Book Feature: Hell of Hosanna

Imagine the Empire State Building removed from New York City. Imagine that building reconstructed brick-by-brick on your father’s private island-the trappings of the past stolen from the public to indulge unfettered hypocrisy. This is James’s defeated and ravaged landscape when his father, Fep Anglish, successfully monopolizes all forms of industry into one perfect company called U atop the collapse of the old world.

Ownership becomes a thing of the past. Now, anyone can have anything-temporarily. Is this hosanna? Maybe on paper. But to James, the “rent and move on” lifestyle is a total hell. And in this hell, his impossible dream of becoming something fuels his transience and passivity.

This is reality until one strange day, when the whole thing comes tumbling down on itself and James finally gets the opportunity to break away. In a U space shuttle, he travels to the ultimate unknown in boundless space.

Freedom, finally? The real hosanna?

Written By Kip Langton

Review: Once Upon a Royal Christmas

Once Upon a Royal Christmas was the perfect was to kick off the holidays and my marathon of holiday romcoms.

Gracie is a children’s party princess who wins a contest to bring her Princess Snowflake to the country of San Glacera during their Christmas festivities.

The grumpy-sunshine relationship between Gracie and Prince Nikolas of San Glacera was everything I wanted in a romcom. I especially loved reading as Nikolas slowly melts from the abominable snow prince as he gets to know Gracie.

The scene in the Christmas Tree Maze was by far my favorite in this book, and for once I didn’t mind that the author included and epilogue because I definitely wanted to know what happened to these two after the final chapter.

I listened to Once Upon a Royal Christmas as an audiobook, and the narrator, Brittany Pressley, did a fantastic job keeping my attention throughout the book.

Thank you to Dreamscape Media, Hallmark Publishing and NetGalley for the advanced audiobook copy of this book.

Review: Snowy Montana Nights

Winter in Montana. Hot cowboys. Small towns.

If I haven’t sold you already, then the 🔥🔥🔥 Santa scene is definitely a reason for you to pick up Snowy Montana Nights.

I picked this up because of the setting – Gardiner, MT, a town on the Northside of Yellowstone National Park. I loved visiting Montana and this small town definitely brought me right back to Big Sky Country.

I really liked the tension between Wendy and Zane, as well as the building relationship between them. The side characters in this really made the story come alive!

This is book three in the Dallas Debutantes series, but can be read as a standalone.

Review: Live Your Best Life According to Nala Cat

There’s nothing like enjoying cute kitty photos and positive affirmations together with your own kitty.

Every night before bedtime The Boyfriend and I, along with our sweet kitty, Cora, read stories together. Living Your Best Life According to Nala Cat was so sweet with so many adorable photos of @nala_cat.

This would be a great book to keep in your desk for days you need a little positive encouragement in the middle of the day.

Review: Lore Olympus

Lore Olympus was such a #bookstagrammademedoit book. The illustrations were beautiful – the colors so vibrant – and the story of Greek gods in graphic novel form I just couldn’t pass up reading this one.

I’ve been in such a reading slump, too. So graphic novels have been my go to books recently, and Lore Olympus was definitely and indulgent read while I’m in this slump.

I really enjoyed reading this story – especially the beginning of Persephone and Hade’s relationship. But the parties and relationships between the gods on Olympus.

I read this quickly, but I didn’t find myself connecting with any of the characters. I think it would be difficult to connect with Greek gods, to be honest.

That said, I am absolutely looking forward to reading the next volume of this series, which releases this July.

Review: Kingston and the Magician’s Lost and Found

I couldn’t read Kingston and the Magician’s Lost and Found fast enough. 

Kingston has moved back to Echo City, the last place his father was seen alive, and King is determined to find his father again. Except King’s Mom wants nothing to do with magic in their lives anymore.

But when King sees a reflection that looks like his Dad in the closed down theater he was last seen in, he makes a plan with his friends to break in and figure out what’s going on.

There were so many twists and turns in this book, and I was on the edge of my seat so often! I could not believe this was a middle grade book!

Review: Cupcake

Cupcake was such a cute read! Ariel, whose nickname is Cupcake, is nominated for homecoming court her senior year of high school And while she’s not unpopular, she doesn’t describe herself as the “princess type.”

The prince Ariel is paired with for homecoming court, Rhys, is the quarterback of the high school football team.

The friendship that builds between Cupcake and Rhys was super cute and (spoilers!) I loved the very slow burn to them kissing.

This was definitely a feel good YA read with lots of different representations. Absolutely an enjoyable read!

Review: Midnight Confessions

I always enjoyed Stephen Colbert’s Midnight Confessions segment on The Late Show. I’m actually a little disappointed he stopped doing it. (That and the big furry hat!)

So when I saw Midnight Confessions on the clearance rack at Barnes and Noble, you know I had to pick it up.

And let me tell you. I laughed just as hard at this book as I did when Colbert did this segment on his late night show.

This was a quick read but definitely brightened up my day every time I cracked it open.

Review: The Layover

The Layover will not be one of my favorite romcoms – but I did enjoy the settings for this story.

Ava is engaged to Alexander, but he wants her to quit her job as a flight attendant. On her last trip, she has an overnight layover in Belize that gets extended because of mechanical issues.

During the layover, Ava realizes she loves her job and doesn’t want to quit – she enjoys being a world wanderer. When she calls Alexander to tell him her decision, things go awry.

Here’s what I didn’t like:

—Ava’s relationship with Alexander: This relationship felt very toxic. It felt like Alexander was 100 percent in charge and just wanted a pretty wife to show off.

—Ava’s relationship with Jack: It happened too quickly. They went from enemies to kissy faces too quickly for me and I just didn’t believe it.

—Ava’s insecurity in herself: Hello, girl! Let’s talk! You’re a freakin’ world traveler, have great stories to share, and secure enough to wander around a city alone. Embrace your self and take up the space you deserve.

Here’s what I did like:

—I absolutely want to plan a trip to Belize now! Swimming in bioluminescence lagoons sounds amazing.

—The competition between Ava and Jack on the plane to Belize and the competition between Ava and Gen on the plane headed back to the states.

Review: Travel Hacks

If I had purchased this book – I would have been really disappointed. Travel Hacks – while a great concept – was a let down.

Granted, I am a pretty seasoned traveler and know a lot about the ins and outs of airline travel. However, there were a lot of poor suggestions in this book. Some of the “hacks” have even been disproven. (Like looking for airline tickets on an Apple vs. a Windows computer for cheaper rates – while fares vary, they don’t vary by computer type.)

There were also a bunch of recommendations for different apps to use while traveling. I wanted to check out some of them because they sounded useful. However, most of them were not listed in the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.

The author also recommends checking out locations on FourSquare to find wifi passwords – I’m pretty certain FourSquare is no longer the social media platform it used to be.

I can’t say I would recommend this book. I did find it interesting to see what “hacks” the author decided to include, though. If you’re a new traveler and looking for travel tips, this is definitely NOT the book to read.

Thank you to NetGalley for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest opinions.