Monday, September 4, 2017

Will Not See Blog Tour

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About the Book

Book title: Will Not See  
Author: Chautona Havig   
Release date: August 29, 2017  
Genre: Christian Fiction / contemporary / suspense (light)

When Vikki Jeffries wakes up in a Rockland hotel with no idea of who she is and why she can’t remember… well, anything, the Rockland medical community begins to take a closer look at what may have happened to cause a second case of inexplicable amnesia. But for Vikki, this is more than a medical anomaly–it’s her life. What is she doing in Rockland, thousands of miles away from her home in Apache Junction, Arizona? Who is she? Why is no one looking for her? Or are they? Will Not See: Not everything is as it seems.

My Thoughts

Even though I liked None So Blind, I did feel like there was something missing and that I was jipped in that there was no explanation whatsoever for Ella's memory loss, it just seemed to happen. However, this companion novel/sequel, changed the whole series for me and I love it! I enjoyed the suspenseful atmosphere of the book, while still having some humor and slice of life elements in it. This was a rollercoaster ride from the beginning as soon as the reader realizes that Vikki has a very different past from Ella. 

Will Not See cleared up some of the questions that I was left with at the end of None So Blind, such as what caused the memory loss?, etc. Although that major question is still left unsolved, I feel like we were given some clues as to what actually happened to Ella and Vikki. I can't wait for the third book to come out next year because I am hoping that it will explain everything that has happened and why! 

I loved getting to know Vikki and Brandon, as well as revisiting Ella and David from None So Blind. Vikki is so different from Ella and I like how at the end of the book she is still trying to figure out who she is ass a person. Brandon was good, and I like how he also seemed to balance out Vikki and wasn't scared to be around her after finding out about her possible past before the memory loss. I look forward to revisiting these characters in the next book. 

Overall, I really enjoyed this book! I normally do not like suspense novels, but this was a perfect blend of suspense and several other genres. I am giving it 5/5 Stars because it exceeded my expectations and I was hooked until the very end. 

About the Author

Author of the Amazon bestselling Aggie and Past Forward Series, Chautona Havig lives and writes in California’s Mojave Desert. With dozens of books to her name, Chautona spends most of her time writing, but when she takes the rare break, she can be found reading, sewing, paper crafting, or sleeping and dreaming of finishing the dozens of books swirling in her overly-active imagination at any given moment

Guest Post from Chautona Havig

The circle of death swirls on the screen and it shifts. The bank balance appears, and with it, my heart sinks. It’s been a tough few months, financially. The bottom line proves it. My reaction? Inhale. Exhale. “Okay, now we know the worst. We can do something about it.” My husband, on the other hand, suffers a definite blow. Kevin might not sleep that night. Instead, he’ll mull over what we could have done differently, how we can make changes, if he’s a failure at this thing called life. He’ll pray—for hours. They say ignorance is bliss. And sometimes, that’s true. It’s also a personality thing, I think. I tend to be a “let me have your worst” kind of gal. But when the negative arrives, I also tend to want to shield Kevin from it all. I don’t know how he can worry so much. He can’t fathom how I can turn it off. But sometimes those personality things go deeper—into what can be serious faults. It has been said, “There are none so blind as those who will not see. The most deluded people are those who choose to ignore what they already know.” Or, in the words of Jeremiah, “Now hear this, O foolish and senseless people, who have eyes but do not see, who have ears but do not hear.”

What does this have to do with not seeing?

As I work on the Sight Unseen series, one recurring theme happens, of course. Memory loss—the removal of all insight into one’s past. You can hear who you were, be informed of what you did and why others think you did it, but you can’t know your own self the way you once did. It’s a fresh slate, and it can be a good thing in some respects. Those around you can now see the difference between habits and personality traits—true dislikes and those conditioned by life. What might have been a fear once could be gone if the cause of that fear is blotted out. But even for these fictional characters, truth doesn’t change. In None So Blind, Ella takes her memory loss and uses it as an opportunity to reinvent herself, if you will. And you know what? If you asked her family about it, they’d tell you that it fits her personality. That take-charge, gotta get ’er done attitude Dani may have used in different ways, but both “manifestations” of the woman had those qualities. Sure, Ella’s was tempered by recent experience, but not much.

Vikki Jeffries, is almost the antithesis of Ella in that respect.

The past is in the past. It scares her. Is it because she doesn’t know it? Because she’s frightened by the unknown? We don’t know. But what we do know is anything associated with that past, even the few very personal items she finds, she rejects. It’s as if ignorance of them will protect her from them. Where Ella runs to face her problems, Vikki runs from them. But despite those differences, I find it interesting that both women did the same thing, basically—just at different times. Before her “episode,” Ella chose to blind herself to her faults. She knew them. Lived with them daily, but couldn’t face or address them. So, she “refused to see.” Vikki—we don’t know. But I think the story shows that she couldn’t blind herself to truth before her episode. As much as she might have ached to, she just couldn’t. Now that the opportunity is here, however, she grasps it and if she insists on squeezing her eyes shut indefinitely, it may cost her everything—her life. Her soul.

Philippians 4:8, “…whatever is true.”

They say ignorance is bliss. Well, “they” also say, “Truth hurts.” And sometimes it does. But so do the consequences of that ignorance. I guess the next time the bank balance dips low, I won’t be handling the fallout alone. Then again, one can always pray that it doesn’t dip low! I think we’ll start there.

Blog Stops

August 29: Just Jo’Anne
August 29: Carpe Diem
August 30: Blogging With Carol
August 30: Lots of Helpers
August 31: Genesis 5020
September 1: Quiet Quilter
September 1: Back Porch Reads
September 2: Fiction Aficionado
September 3: A Reader’s Brain
September 4: Bigreadersite
September 4: The Scribbler
September 5: Mommynificent
September 6: Christian Bookaholic
September 6: Moments Dipped in Ink
September 6: Margaret Kazmierczak
September 8: Pause for Tales
September 9: Blossoms and Blessings
September 10: A Baker’s Perspective
September 10: Pursuing Stacie
September 11: His Grace is Sufficient
September 11: Reader’s cozy corner


To celebrate her tour, Chautona is giving away a grand prize of the None So Blind Paperback, the Will Not See Paperback, a Journaling Bible (Choice of KJV or NLT), Prismacolor Pencils, and a Christian Hymns Album!! Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!

Monday, August 7, 2017

The Reading Quest TBR

Hello everyone!

Just over a week ago I heard about this fun reading challenge called the Reading Quest hosted Aentee over Reading at Midnight. The artwork for this reading challenge was done by Read, Think, Ponder

#TheReadingQuest is a reading challenge which has a bingo board with the list of reading challenges that need to be completed. However, the catch is that you have to pick one of four characters and follow their "quest" and complete their reading challenges (and the side quests which are the reading challenges in the middle) before moving on to the next character. Here are the characters that can be chosen:

And here is the Quest board:
I have chosen to start as the Bard because I have several books that I want to read this month that fulfill those quests and it just sounds cool to be a bard.

So how The Reading Quest works is that each participant starts off with 10 experience points, 10 health points, and at level 1. Participants get to level up every +50 XP. There are several ways to earn points:

  • For every book read to complete a step of the quest - +10XP. 
  • If character challenges are completed before the end of the challenge (Sept. 10th) - +50XP 
  • +30XP for any character challenges completed after complete your character's path. 
  • For every 20 pages read characters will receive +1 Health point 
  • Players can also earn up to 20 health points for meaningful social media posts with +1HP for each post. 
Here are the challenges I have to complete as the Bard: 
  • A book that has a movie/tv adaptation 
  • A fairy tale retelling
  • A book cover with striking typography 
  • A book translated from another language 
  • A banned book 
These are the books that I plan on reading - in order of the above challenges:

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon 

Hunted by Megan Spooner

An Unusual School for Girls by Kathleen Baldwin 

Heidi by Joanna Spryi 

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle 

I plan on doing weekly updates during The Reading Quest and which side quests I end up completing.

Let me know if any of you plan on taking part in The Reading Quest and which character quest you chose!

Happy Reading,
Janelle L. C.

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Friday, August 4, 2017

What I Read in July

Hello everyone,

Today's post is my July Wrap-up. I managed to read 42 books, granted most of them were graphic novels and manga. Because I have such a long list of books I am only going to give my star rating and I might have posts up later this month with mini-reviews for the novels that I read this month.

 I've also decided to divide this post into six sections, the first section are all the books I read before all the read-a-thons I took part in, the next four will be my wrap-up  for each read-a-thon, and then the sixth part will be an update of how I am doing with my TBR jar challenge so far. Here are the books that I read in July:

1. Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Vol. 2 by Naoko Takeuchi 
3.75/5 Stars

2. Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Vol. 3 by Naoko Takeuchi 
3.75/5 Stars

3. Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith
4/5 Stars

4. Library Wars: Love and War Vol. 7 by Kiiro Yumi
4/5 Stars

5. Library Wars: Love and War Vol. 8 by Kiiro Yumi
4/5 Stars

6. Library Wars: Love and War Vol. 9 by Kiiro Yumi 
4/5 Stars

7. Lucky in Love by Kasie West
4/5 Stars

8. Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Beats Up the Marvel Unvierse by Ryan North
3/5 Stars

9. Lock & Key by Sarah Dessen
4/5 Stars

10. Library Wars Vol. 10 by Kiiro Yumi 
4/5 Stars

11. Library Wars Vol. 11 by Kiiro Yumi 
4/5 Stars

12. Library Wars Vol. 12 by Kiiro Yumi 
4/5 Stars

13. Library Wars Vol. 13 by Kiiro Yumi 
4/5 Stars

14. Library Wars Vol. 14 by Kiiro Yumi
4/5 Stars

15. Library Wars Vol. 15 by Kiiro Yumi
4/5 Stars

16. Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life by Bryan Lee O'Malley 
4/5 Stars

17. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World by Bryan Lee O'Malley
4/5 Stars

18. Scott Pilgrim and the Infinite Sadness by Bryan Lee O'Malley

4/5 Stars

19. Scott Pilgrim Gets it Together by Bryan Lee O'Malley 
4/5 Stars

20. Scott Pilgrim vs. the Universe by Bryan Lee O'Malley 
4/5 Stars

21. Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour by Bryan Lee O'Malley 
4/5 Stars

22. The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan
3.85/5 Stars

23. Skip Beat Vol. 3 by Yoshiki Nakamura 
3/5 Stars

24. Cruel Crown by Victoria Aveyard
3/5 Stars

25. One Piece Vol. 6 by Eiichiro Oda 
3/5 Stars

26. Skip Beat Vol. 4 by Yoshiki Nakamura 

3/5 Stars

My Personal Read-a-thon (July 19th) Wrap-up:

I managed to read one whole book and 100 pages of another book during my personal read-a-thon which is pretty good considering I ended up being busier than I expected that day! The book that I completed was:

27. Matilda by Roald Dahl
5/5 Stars

And I read 100 pages of You Are Here by Jennifer E. Smith

24 Hour-a-thon:
I decided to take part in this read-a-thon on a whim. I managed to finish two books I had already started before this read-a-thon.
The two books I finished were:

28. You Are Here by Jennifer E. Smith
4/5 Stars

29. With You Always by Jody Hedlund
3.75/5 Stars

And the books that I read from start to finish are:

30. Shopping For Time by Carolyn Mahaney, Nicole Whitacre, Kristin Chesemore, and Janelle Bradshaw
4/5 Stars

31. The Magic Finger by Roald Dahl
4/5 Stars

32. The Twits by Roald Dahl
4/5 Stars

33. Esio Trot by Roald Dahl
4/5 Stars

24in48 Read-a-thon:
I didn't do a TBR for this one because it overlapped with the last few hours of the 24Hour-a-thon. The goal was to read for 24 hours within the span of 48 hours. Since I knew that I would not be able to hit the 24 hour goal, I decided to set a goal for myself of 12 hours which even then was pushing it. I managed to get  8 hours and 55 minutes of reading done that weekend.

34. George's Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl
4/5 Stars

35. Anne of Windy Poplars by L. M. Montgomery
4/5 Stars

36. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
4/5 Stars

BookTube-a-thon Wrap-Up:
I also took part in the BookTube-a-thon, which started right after the 24in48 Read-a-thon on July 24th and went through until the 30th. If you would like to see my TBR and the reading challenges click here.

 37. Wanderlost by Jen Malone
4/5 Stars

38. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
4/5 Stars

39. The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me by Roald Dahl
4/5 Stars

40. The Vicar of Nibbleswicke by Roald Dahl
4/5 Stars

41. Lost at Sea by Bryan Lee O'Malley
3/5 Stars

And then the last two books I finished in July were:

42. Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
4/5 Stars

43. Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
3/5 Stars

My TBR Jar Challenge Update:
At the beginning of the month I shared my TBR jar challenge. This month I managed to read seven books from it! I am hoping that next month I will be able to get almost as many books knocked off my TBR.

Happy Reading,
Janelle L.C.

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