Sep 24 2018

Fun Readathon! Wrap-Up for #TackleTBR and #BookReview Times Two

Tackle Your TBR Readathon 2018 #TackleTBR
Tackle Your To-be-Read Read-a-thon 2018

9/21: Challenge & Giveaway at Wishful Endings


Initials Challenge
This challenge is to find books to represent your initials.

J— L — D —
The Jakkattu Vector by P.K. Tyler; Lenape Country: Delaware Valley Society Before William Penn by Jean R. Soderlund; Double Negative by C. Lee McKenzie

9/22: Challenge & Giveaway at Operation Awesome


Name a Book with Retold Fairy Tales, Folktales, Myths | or name a Diverse Book
The diverse book movement recognizes all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, Native, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.

Cinderella: An Islamic Tale by Fawzia Gilani

9/23: Read-a-thon Ends (no challenge)
9/24: Wrap-Up

Day of the challenge: Day 5 (9/21)
What I read: Water’s Blood

Day of the challenge: Day 6 (9/22)
What I read: Water’s Blood

Day of the challenge: Day 7 (9/23)
What I read: Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands #1) by Alwyn Hamilton

Total number of finished books:
Titles of finished books:
Best Punch Cookbook: Punch Recipes to Make Your Food Exciting by April Blomgren
Water’s Blood (The Elemental Clan Series Book 1) by Elaine Calloway
Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands #1) by Alwyn Hamilton

My GOALS during TackleTBR:

  1. Finish reading 3 booksCheck!
  2. Take part in the challenges/ contests Done
  3. Write 3 book reviews Yup!
  4. Be a great host on Thursday! I hope so!

Book Review:

Water’s Blood (The Elemental Clan Series Book 1) by Elaine Calloway
4 star rating image on the blog of @JLenniDorner
Publication Date: January 26, 2013
#WeNeedDiverseBooks — New Orleans is a cultural minority. Brooke and Ella have a “mixed-culture appearance,” including olive colored skin.
#SpecFic — This urban fantasy, paranormal romance is speculative fiction. It has angels, demons, and elementals living among humans.
#DebutAuthor — Near as I can tell, this was the first book by Elaine Calloway
I haven’t read this, or anything by this author, before. Weather has an important part in this book, not only because there are elementals, but also because a rainy night prevents a tragedy.

The story is told from multiple, or variable, third-person point of view, as the perspective shifts among the characters with each chapter. It’s done well, and wasn’t as disruptive, for me, as when that’s done in first-person. I also appreciate that the chapters were short, and thus easy to read between doing too many things in my very busy week.

In many cultures and religions, iron is something that keeps evil at bay; in this book, the Fallen Angels/ Minare draw strength from black iron. It amused me that “sinners smell like rum and honey.”

The character I had trouble connecting with and understanding was Alex. He’s mentioned as a great father and cop time and again. But, when he knows his daughter is missing, he stops for a couple of beers and a nap, as figuring out what to do can wait until morning. The book even states that Ella feels like her dad had forgotten about her. Ella stayed with her best friend, but Alex didn’t stop there to pick her up (or even check if she was there), just went to the bar where Brooke works. Alex does later think he can handle a search for his own kid. And he tells her he never stopped scavenging the streets trying to find her.

I’m curious why “heaven” and sometimes “hell,” as locations, weren’t capitalized as proper nouns?
There was also a possible inconsistency where Cristos is punched in the face, then goes hoarse from being punched… in the gut? If the punch landed wrong, I missed it.

I was surprised how many song lyrics were used in the book. It’s an especially gray area of copyright law in which few authors dare to venture.

Brad Pitt in New Orleans! I felt the setting was well-developed and expertly woven throughout the story.

Good use of the title in the story, which is something I always appreciate.

A part that made me laugh:
It took him a moment to remember his pseudonym. How did authors do it so well? Half the time he couldn’t remember what name to answer to.

It’s nice to see Mercury as the messenger. I wonder if in the next book, where a preview indicated a certain Elemental becomes an EMT, if anyone will remark on the caduceus frequently being used as a symbol of medicine instead of the Rod of Asclepius?


If you like the idea of powerful beings of myth guarding humans on Earth, then you would enjoy Fractions of Existence, too.
If you liked this book because there’s a main character with a strong connection to the water element, who is trying to save humans from a sinister group, and is conflicted because it seems they must choose between love or the world, you would also enjoy Fractions of Existence.

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all about the trope 2018 book reading challenge= weather

Book Review:

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

5 star rating image on the blog of @JLenniDorner
Published March 8th 2016
#WeNeedDiverseBooks — Consider the number of people who live in the desert region mentioned, have ancestors from the desert, or have a religion based on stories that came from this (fictionalized) desert area, it shouldn’t be a diverse book… BUT it is.
#SpecFic — A line blurs between fantasy, myth, legends, and magical realism. Perhaps even some historical romance.
#DebutAuthor — This was the first book by Alwyn Hamilton.
I haven’t read this, or anything by this author, before.

Action! Adventure! Drops of romance. Story-telling around the fire. A quest for equality.

Those are just some of the reasons I love this book. It was realistic and easy to read. The world building felt so realistic that I’d believe magic exists in the places in this book. The characters were all wonderful, and introduced at the perfect pace for each to be memorable and properly developed.

The diverse characters are described “as dark as any desert [person] was supposed to be.”

There are myths, histories, woven through the story. It felt like listening to my elders giving me the stories of our past. Absolutely loved how this was written. There’s a line, “True names had power.” Which is a belief of my people, so that really hit home for me.

A fantastic climax and ending. Makes me really crave the next book. I cannot recommend this book enough. Completely fantastic.

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  1. Well done! I enjoy Tackle TBR most years, but this year I was just too busy last week to read anything other than the instructions for what I was doing!

    Of course, you make me want to add those to my own TBR now!
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    1. The best part of book reviews is adding to the growing TBR pile of others. Ha ha ha.
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  2. So glad you joined us! I’ve been meaning to read Rebel of the Sands, so I’m glad you loved it. 🙂
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    1. I really did enjoy it. Looking forward to next year!
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    • Damyanti on September 26, 2018 at 2:50 AM

    Well do me on tackling the challenge! I’m loading my kindle at the moment so I’ll check out these books.
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    1. Excellent! Kindle loading is great.
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