[Book Review/TBBR] Prosperity


(Prosperity, Book #1)

Alexis Hall

What rating would you give it?
5++++++++++++++++++++ of 5 Stars

What did you think of the book?

This was better than I could have imagined! I loved the consistent, snarky voice of characters, the diversity of the cast, the setting and world-building…ASDFGHJKL:LKJHGFDS I have only praise for this book. It goes right up there as one of my favorite books of the year!

I literally had moments of actual laughing out loud and scaring people around me. I’m not even joking here.

This novel is abso-friggin-lutely the best thing ever and you HAVE to read it if you’re into:

  • Skyships!
  • Victorian-esque inspired alternative worlds!
  • Ridiculously hot and snarky as ALL hell antihero!
  • Did I forget to mention THE COVER ART?!?!? *PTERODACTYL SCREECHES BECAUSE HOMGGGG* I took one look at that cover and knew I wanted an ARC of this book and I WOULD HAVE IT IF IT WAS THE LAST THING I DID
  • THE INSANELY IN CHARACTER, IN-VOICE NARRATION – which I know, for some people can be a problem. And truthfully, if the author doesn’t know what they’re doing accents can sound like complete nonsense or just come out wonky—EXCEPT THAT’S NOT THE CASE HERE. ALEXIS HALL RULES!!

  • The style of storytelling, which I very much choose to read as a series of scenes that all worked together to create the bigger whole.
  • Distinct voices of ALL the characters (not just the main one)
  • Lush, fully developed characters that I could BELIEVE. WHOLLY.
  • The name PICCADILLY. Because, honestly, how can you not love someone with a name like that?

I recently got an ARC for Liberty and Other Stories which combines Books 2-4 and 6 together in a single volume. I cannot wait to see what shenanigans the characters will get up to in these stories to come… >)

Would you recommend this book?



Do you even have to ask???

Reviewed by AMS (amomentsilence)

Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Publication Date: October 2014
Format: eBook, ARC
Pages: 235
Genre: M/M Steampunk / SciFi, POC,
QUILTBAG / LGBTQUI, Victorian, Totally
in-character narration, fun fun FUN story!
Age: Young Adult / Adult
Reviewer: AMS (amomentsilence)
Source: Provided by NetGalley
Challenge: 2014 Good Reads Reading Challenge (100)


Ideas For The Perfect Bookish Presents (reblog/repost)

[ Source: Fiktshun ]

Here are 12 gift ideas for those book lovers in your life.

  1. A gift card (online or printed) to your book lover’s favorite bookstore. Some stores let you personalize the cards (online) with your own pics, some let you buy holiday themed ones. What better gift to give than books of their choice to your favorite readers.
  2. An eReader. While the reader in your life may love print books to decorate their bookshelves, there are those times when they may want to have a number of their favorite reads with them at all times. This is where the eReader comes in. And if they already have one, why not get them the newest edition.
  3. Signed books. If you know your reader’s favorite authors and books, what better gift than to get them a signed copy. While they might not be personalized, there are plenty of places to get fantastic signed books such as your local Barnes & Noble or Indie Bookstore. Online they always have an amazing selection at Books of Wonder. There are also plenty of online Indie Bookstores that offer signed books – just do a quick Google search to find them.
  4. Knock Knock does this amazing personal library kit. They are super cheap and super cute and for anyone who lends books out, it will help them keep track of who has their book(s) and for how long. They are sold at Amazon and other online retailers, but check out their site,HERE.
  5. A book light. A good book can’t always be set aside. Even if it means reading late into the night or early into the morning. Even if means disturbing the person sleeping next to them. Why not get them a book light so they won’t feel as guilty when they devour those unputdownable reads.
  6. An embosser. Books that are embossed with personal details following “Library of” look so pretty. There are plenty of places online that sell them, including Williams-Sonoma.
  7. Bookshelves or a book tower. A brand new set of shelves to store their prized possessions will always be a hit with book lovers. If space is an issue, get a book tower. They sell them in two heights over at DWR.
  8. Super cute Page Markers. If your book lover likes to tag their favorite pages, instead of making them dog-ear their beloved tome, get them some super cute sticky notes/page markers like these from See Jane Work. They also have these fun expressions ones.
  9. A tote bag. If your book lover likes to take a book or a few along with them wherever they go, get them a tote that will allow them to do so. If your budget is big and the reader in your life is a brand junkie, then the sky is the limit and they might just love this patent red leatherGucci tote. Or if the budget is a bit smaller, this cute “Got Books” tote which is sold by JanWay is the way to go.
  10. A reading chair. There is nothing better than curling up in a comfy reading chair with a good book. Kelly Swallow sells some fab patchwork reading chairs that any reader would love, love, love. And Shabby Chic does some amazing super comfy slipcovered chairs that are to die for.
  11. A book blog. If your reader wants to join a community of book lovers and share their love of books, get them the gift of a blog hosting package, a blog design and a domain name. Print out a “certificate” listing what you’d like to get them and they can choose the name and design/designer. If budget is a concern, they have some great pre-made themes on Etsy and Creative Market.
  12. If your book lover is an audiobook fan, get them a year’s membership to Audible.

And so this post won’t seem completely without a shred of merit from me, I’d add these ideas of my own to the list above:

  1. ACTUAL BOOKS. I really don’t understand why this isn’t on the list above. Did they think that this shouldn’t be mentioned on a list for book lovers because it seems the most obvious? Trust me when I say, most people actually need reminding of this very easily forgotten fact. This is never something to take for granted. However, to be safe, the best way to get books for a book lover is to either get them from their (CURRENT and UP-TO-DATE) wishlist or to ask them straight out which books they’re really looking forward to reading (and don’t already have).
  2. Book inspired mugs. Or just really interesting mugs depicting things you know they like (animals, TV show, character, quotes, authors, etc…). You’d be surprised how many book lovers are also mug lovers!
  3. If your book lover also loves music, then you can pair the two loves together by finding or making a playlist of songs for their favourite books or characters. You can create or find them on LiveJournal, Tumblr, 8tracks, or even Spotify You should choose whichever platform your giftee likes best!
  4. Pristine copies of the final book (or books) in a series they love and help them complete their collection!
  5. If your book lover also loves jewelry, then I have just the thing.
  6. Actually, pretty much anything from Etsy is probably a good idea.
  7. Decorative bookends. For those who need a little help keeping those books standing upright.
  8. Bedrest reading pillows. For EVERYONE. How anyone gets anything done without them is a complete mystery to me. @___@
  9. Talkative Bookmarks. For the reader who needs help distinguishing between the teetering pile by their bed, desk, or floor. XD
  10. A reading journal for the book lover that likes to keep track of the important things in life.

[TBBR] The Beauty

23250725The Beauty

Aliya Whiteley

What rating would you give it?
3.75/4 of 5 Stars

What were your initial thoughts of the book?

What. The. Actual. Hell.

What were your thoughts AFTER you’d finished reading it?

. . . What. The Actual.  Hell.


Stunning book! And what a concept, too! But seriously. All that praise aside… WHAT. THE. HELL.

This was one weird as fuck book. I liked it, but damn was it weird!

I’m not sure what I was supposed to get or learn from this tale, but it was definitely thought provoking. A true mix of disturbing imagery and brilliant concept and execution; I couldn’t put this book down!

From this point on, there will be spoilers. I can’t help that. This is obviously a book for discussion, which means spoilers. End of story.

I guess I should come out and say this review is more a “book discussion/book rant/I need to say something about everything weird and fucked up that went on in these pages,” so proceed at your own risk.


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A Novel Challenge! Great Resource For Finding Book/Reading Challenges For The Upcoming Year

EDIT 1/19/16: THEY HAVE MOVED! Find them here: http://novelchallenge.weebly.com/


For those of you still deciding on which reading challenges you’d like to participate in this year, this website is easily the best resource for finding your next challenge! And for those who need ideas for next year and the years to follow, A Novel Challenge updates regularly, adding new challenges for the upcoming year in the last months of the previous.

Taken from A Novel Challenge:

This is the place to find your next reading challenge. We find reading challenges and events (or your submit them to us) and we post them here so that they’re all in one place. So take a look around. There’s a reading challenge out there for everyone!