I’m Baaaack!

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After a nearly month-long hiatus with a few random Facebook posts, I’m back to book blogging! After much contemplation, I am implementing a few changes.  I hope these changes result in less stress for me and more quality content for you.

I have decided to nurture my writing career, which means that I will be cutting down on blog tours and release blitzes. I won’t stop altogether, but I won’t be posting them several times a week either.  10722311c37ba3ce14fee257b84cceba

Review Guidelines have changed completely, as in I WILL NO LONGER BE ACCEPTING UNSOLICITED REVIEW REQUESTS! This isn’t a punishment or a snub to the authors that have nurtured my book obsession.  I have found that in accepting review requests, my time is no longer my own.  Once I’ve agreed to review a book, I am obligated to review it in a timely fashion.  This is a fair and acceptable practice, I just don’t have time to read books in a short period like I used to.  It’s not fair to me or the author. I have also been receiving requests by persons who have clearly not bothered to read my guidelines in any capacity.  This is quite annoying.  Instead, I will be reading books on my TBR (To Be Read) List and posting reviews.  This blog still remains dedicated to Science Fiction, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Super Hero, Historical, Action/Adventure, Horror/Suspense genres.  I will, on occasion throw in a romance IF I’ve read it personally and enjoyed it.

Unfortunately, I will no longer be offering Developmental Editing. I will try to post a weekly update for your viewing pleasure! tumblr_moysfp4aBE1rhhxyso1_500

I hope everyone enjoys the new changes being made, I look forward to interacting with you and would love to hear your feedback!

Thank you for your continued support!

Happy Reading!

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Season Finale Review: Underliner by Ruth Juliano

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As hinted at earlier, Bibliogal is going on a summer hiatus.  I am taking time to regro

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up and revamp the blog. This autumn, there will be changes.  Just as I was about to announce this hiatus; a book fell into my lap (okay not my lap but my kindle) and I couldn’t wait until fall to write about it.

Here’s the official synopsis of the book, as found on Amazon:

Benjamin was raised to only care about people for as long as he needed something from them. He believed that if an issue couldn’t be solved with charm then it could be solved with money.
Frequently underestimated, and tired of being alone, Benjamin returns home after years abroad determined to make his department the crowning jewel of his father’s company.  If there’s one thing he knows, it’s books.
He quickly discovers that a lot of things aren’t what they had seemed while he was away, and has no idea what’s been going on. With the unexpected intervention of a girl from the wrong side of the ‘yawning chasm’ and an unusual chess club, Benjamin’s reality is seen in a whole new light.
Developing sympathy and empathy after so many years can have its downsides, but it can also lead to finding the one thing he really wants. Friends.”

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This book blew me away.  It’s like a layered cake: each bite reveals more ooey-gooey goodness inside.pusheen-cat-eats-cake-animated-gif  On the surface, it seems like a “rich playboy-meets regular joes and has to figure out what his priorities are” scenario. Benjamin evolves with the story, each time the story progresses and moves forward, so does Ben.  This is a book about a boy becoming a man…and it’s also about righting wrongs, and helping those who can’t help themselves.  All things that I love to read. Sex, Crime, Drama; it all unfolds like a delicious episode of Law and Order and who doesn’t love Law and Order?dgyz4_s-200x150

 

I’m happily giving this book 5 out of 5 Stars and I’m going to spend hiatus reading Juliano’s books.  She has over a dozen!! All of them are coming of age stories about uncomfortable topics, sure to jolt you out of any book slump or burnout you may encounter.

I need to end this by saying THANK YOU to Ruth Juliano.  I was getting disheartened by a few things in the blogging realm.  I was losing sight of my vision and the will to open a book.  I had forgotten what it was like to read for pleasure instead of reading on a tight deadline.  I had also forgotten how much I love reading Crime Dramas….Like REALLY REALLY LIKE them (After Urban Fantasy, they’re my next favorite genre!) Thank you, tenor1Ruth, for making me remember what all this was started for!

I hope everyone checks out Ruth Juliano and finds a book they absolutely love! I also hope you tune in next season for more Bibliogal action!

Happy Reading,

Bibliogal ❤

Rise Of The Sea Witch

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Rise of the Sea WitchRise of the Sea Witch by Stacey Rourke

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I couldn’t put this book down! I’m a huge fan of fairytale retellings and mermaids in general, so when I was approached with the ARC of this title…I said yes without hesitation.
The story is an origin story of the famed sea witch that we all know from the Little Mermaid tale. Much like Disney’s take on Maleficent, Rourke weaves the sad tale of a misunderstood character who was tasked to take on too much, too fast. Vanessa lives in the shadow of her brother and is haunted by some pretty vicious ghosts from her past. The author does a beautiful job of creating a fantastic story with well-rounded characters and tense, action-packed scenes. I read this book in a day and was left with a book hangover for days afterward. Highly recommend to anyone who enjoys fantasy, fairytales, and adventures under the sea.
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Title: Rise of the Sea Witch
Author: Stacey Rourke
Genre: YA Fantasy/ Fairy Tale and Folklore
Cover Designer: Najla Qamber Designs
Publisher: Anchor Group Publishing
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR
Blurb: 
Details of the sea witch’s banishment have been exaggerated. The body count that preempted it was not. Once an illustrious princess, her hands and tentacles were stained with the blood of thousands. No one could comprehend how the hooks of madness dragged her down from her life of privilege.  
Born Princess Vanessa of Atlantica, the ambitious young royal was one of two children born to the great King Poseidon. She and her brother, Triton, were groomed from birth to rule. Yet only one would ascend that coveted throne. While carefree Triton flits through his training with a cavalier demeanor and beguiling charm, Vanessa’s hunger for her father’s acceptance drives her to push herself to the limits of magic, and combat to become a leader worthy of her people.   
When war against the humans ravages their once regal kingdom, political sides are chosen. Factions from the seven seas challenge the existing leadership, pitting Vanessa against her brother in a vicious battle for the crown. Traitors are exposed, dark family secrets revealed, and a once strong sibling bond is strained to its breaking point.
Only when the ink black waters from the ultimate betrayal rescind, will the truth be known of how the villainous sea witch rose with one name on her vengeful lips–Triton.
RONE Award Winner for Best YA Paranormal Work of 2012 for Embrace, a Gryphon Series Novel
Young Adult and Teen Reader voted Author of the Year 2012
Turning Pages Magazine Winner for Best YA book of 2013 & Best Teen Book of 2013 
Stacey Rourke is the author of the award winning YA Gryphon Series, the chillingly suspenseful Legends Saga, and the romantic comedy Adapted for Film. She lives in Michigan with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant dogs. She loves to travel, has an unhealthy shoe addiction, and considers herself blessed to make a career out of talking to the imaginary people that live in her head. 
Visit her at www.staceyrourke.com
or on Twitter or instagram at Rourkewrites.
Amazon: http://amzn.to/1OJcVNO

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Kingdom of Darkness Release Blitz

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Title: Kingdom of Darkness
Series: Kingdom Journals #2
Author: Tricia Copeland
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Release Date: June 21, 2017

“… the previous night’s vision, or whatever it was, ended with a name I heard clear as day, as if the people were in my room. Ivy, the girl and boy recited together.” – Camille

Could her dreams be real? Is she the key to freeing witches from their curse? Of course not, right? Thinking that her only chance at a normal life lay in a new treatment, Camille joins Dr. Antos and a group of teens for a month long camping trip in Iceland. There she meets Jude, a fellow schizophrenic. Dr. Antos invites Camille and Jude to extend their work with him on the island of Sardinia. Camille is suspicious of Dr. Antos’s intentions but her dad goes missing, leaving her no choice but to travel to Italy. Is she walking into a lion’s den or has her illness invaded her reality?




Tricia Copeland grew up in Georgia and now lives in Colorado with her family. Her books include the clean new adult Being Me Series, Is This Me?, If I Could Fly, Thinking You Know Me, and the final installment, Being Me, as well as a young adult novellas, Drops of Sunshine and the Lovelock Chronicles, Lovelock Ones: Native One, published in The Butterfly Box. If she’s not out running, you can find Tricia at www.triciacopeland.com or your favorite social media.

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New Fantasy Trilogy Alert!!

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Oric and the Alchemist’s Key (The Oric Trilogy Book 1) by Lesley Wilson

Oric returns from an early-morning foraging expedition to find his home, Dunburton Manor, sacked by a band of marauders. Alchemist Deveril, Oric’s mentor and friend, lies fatally wounded. The old man thrusts a key into Oric’s hand, saying that it will unlock the secret to great wealth. Deveril also warns of terrible danger should the key fall into wrong hands.

Esica Figg, moneylender and arch villain is determined to steal the key – even if he has to kill Oric to get it. Oric escapes the burning manor and wanders the countryside until he stumbles upon Bayersby Manor, the ancestral home of Sir Edred and Lady Myferny. Together with his new friends, Ichtheus the apothecary and kitchen maid, Dian, Oric experiences many adventures, some hilarious, some life threatening. The trio is helped, but more often hindered by Sir Edred’s comical wolfhound Parzifal, and a donkey named Braccus.

The story culminates in a vicious battle when Esica Figg attempts to unseat Sir Edred. But does Oric unravel the mystery of the Alchemist’s key?

 

Amazon UK  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Oric-Alchemists-Key-Trilogy-Book-ebook/dp/B01MDP4HLN/ref=la_B0034PGWS2_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1495634377&sr=1-2

 

Amazon US  https://www.amazon.com/Oric-Alchemists-Key-Trilogy-Book-ebook/dp/B01MDP4HLN/ref=la_B0034PGWS2_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1495634377&sr=1-2

 

Goodreads  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/23796.Lesley_Wilson?from_search=true

 

Twitter  https://twitter.com/OmlaLesley

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Oric and the Lockton Castle Mystery (The Oric Trilogy Book 2) by Lesley Wilson

Lockton Castle, a four day ride from Bayersby Manor, is in the grip of an epidemic. Concerned that the disease will spread if left unattended, Sir Edred sends young Apothecary Oric to administer to the sick.

Upon his arrival at the castle, Oric fears that something far more sinister than an epidemic is afoot. Determined to explore the castle, he waits until everyone retires to bed. The secret he unearths sends him racing back to Bayersby Manor before the inmates of Lockton Castle arise.

Mother Olive, soothsayer and troublemaker, chooses market day in the village of Kilterton to deliver a terrifying prophecy. Furious over the raucous disturbance the old woman causes, Sir Edred, Lord of Bayersby, instructs a notoriously zealous priest to nip Mother Olive’s dire warning in the bud. Father Chrispian delivers fire and brimstone sermons from his pulpit in St Griswald’s Church; does he pacify the country folk or make the already volatile situation worse.

Aided by his mentor, Ichtheus, his friend, Dian, and Parzifal, the faithful wolfhound, Oric battles to save all that he holds most dear.

 

Amazon UK

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Oric-Lockton-Castle-Mystery-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B01MYCJH92/ref=la_B0034PGWS2_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1495634377&sr=1-1

 

Amazon US

https://www.amazon.com/Oric-Lockton-Castle-Mystery-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B01MYCJH92/ref=la_B0034PGWS2_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1495634377&sr=1-1

 

Goodreads  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/23796.Lesley_Wilson?from_search=true

 

Twitter  https://twitter.com/OmlaLesley

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