Welcome to Barefoot Dokusha! Here you will find reviews of the books that I have been reading - a variety of genres, but mostly YA, places I have been, and deals that can be found.

I enjoy sharing things I find with others, and hope that you enjoy them too!

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Giveaway: The Secret Lives of Four Wives - Updated

The Secret Lives of the Four Wives

Attempting to rise above the secrets of her past, Bolanle, a university graduate, marries Baba Segi, who promises her everything in exchange for agreeing to become his fourth wife. Thus she enters into a polygamous world filled with expensive clothes, a generous monthly allowance...and three Segi wives who disapprove of the newest, youngest, most educated addition to the family. There's Iya Femi, a fiery vixen with a taste for money; Iya Tope, a shy woman whose kindness is eclipsed by terror; and Iya Segi, the first, most lethal, and merciless of them all.

Bolanle quickly becomes Baba Segi's prized possession...until her very presence unlocks a secret that the other wives have long since guarded, and unleashing it could change life as they know it. **Goodreads**

4/5 stars. I really enjoyed reading each persons point of view on how an addition had effected the family. You also get background information on the characters which help understand how they have become the person they are and the secrets they hold.

Leave a comment on this post by Monday, April 30, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. CST to be entered into a drawing to win this book. One person will be chosen randomly using Random.org. I enter names when using Random.org. So please make sure you put a last initial or something to identify you from others. You may receive additional entries by "liking" us on Facebook (A Life in Books), following the blog, and for referrals. You must leave a comment for each item you have done. For referrals make sure who you refers lets me know in their comment that they were referred by you.

Update: Instead of a list of books, you can either choose the book that is above, or one of the 2 items below:

$5 Book Depository gift card
$5 Amazon gift card

Friday, March 30, 2012

Last Day for March Giveaway

Today is the last day of the March giveaway for Crimson Wind. Winner will be drawn the old-fashioned way....out of a hat! I'm going to put all the names on a slip of paper and let my son draw out of a hat. :) Good luck! As of posting there is approximately 23.5 hours left. Ah, the joy of graveyard shift. I will actually be working 11pm-7am tomorrow night, then my son has a soccer tournament from 7am-2:30pm, then I work 3pm-11pm. So names won't be picked until......April 1st? Hopefully I will still be awake after 24 hours of NO sleep! :)

Friday, March 23, 2012

The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa

Publication Date: August 1, 2010 | Series: Harlequin Teen (Book 2) Half Summer faery princess, half human, Meghan has never fit in anywhere. Deserted by the Winter prince she thought loved her, she is prisoner to the Winter faery queen. As war looms between Summer and Winter, Meghan knows that the real danger comes from the Iron fey—ironbound faeries that only she and her absent prince have seen. But no one believes her. Worse, Meghan's own fey powers have been cut off. She's stuck in Faery with only her wits for help. Trusting anyone would be foolish. Trusting a seeming traitor could be deadly. But even as she grows a backbone of iron, Meghan can't help but hear the whispers of longing in her all-too-human heart. (description taken from Amazon.com)

My thoughts...... I liked this book as much as I liked the first one. I do have some issues with the story. I have thought about creating a seperate blog to issue the concerns in depth. Wouldn't want any spoilers on here! The girl and 2 guy love triangle doesn't really bother me, but at times it did in this book. I love the action and adventure you get with Meghan, Puck, and Ash. Having Grimm and Iron Horse as well was very nice! I think the book was well written, and read (the audiobook). When I started the series I wasn't sure I would like book about Fae, but....I DO! Tomorrow I will start book 3. Will take me a few days to get through it as I only have the print version. I couldn't find an audiobook version that I could listen to while at work.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Sneak Peek Into April's Giveaway

The month of April brings another book giveaway to followers of the blog! As with last month you can receive up to 5 entries. I won't be posting the question just yet, but here's the book I will be giving away.

Friday, March 16, 2012

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

The Iron King is a story about Meghan Chase. Her brother is kidnapped and she flees to the Fae realm to rescue him. The story tells about her adventure to reclaim her brother. With the help of her best friend, a fae from another Court, and a talking cat, Meghan ventures out to rescue her brother from a powerful King that will destroy the Fae world.

I really enjoyed this book. It kept me catpured throughout the entire story. There's fighting, a budding romance, and lots of action. I can't wait to read The Iron Queen!

Reading level: Ages 14 and up (8th grade)
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin Teen; Original edition (February 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373210086
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373210084

Contest and Updates

I am having Kindle withdraws! :) I am continuing the contest for the book to the end of the month. You can have up to 5 enteries.

I am moving, but I am also ready for April's giveaway (another book; completely different than the book that is up for grabs now). Each month I plan to do at least 1 giveaway. Signups will be for either 2 weeks or one month, depending on how many giveaways I'll be doing.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Kindle Out of Commission

My Kindle Keyboard is out of commission. I'm not really sure what is wrong with it. Amazon wants $65 for a replacement. I'm just a month out of my warranty. Go figure! I feel all alone with out it.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Monday, March 5, 2012

Giveaway: Crimson Wind (Horngate Witches #2) by Diana Pharaoh Francis

Up for grabs is a paperback copy of Crimson Wind (Horngate Witches #2) by Diana Pharaoh Francis. You can get addition entries for referrals and for liking our facebook page A Life in Books. Leave a comment below with the best book you have read so far this year!  I will allow up to 5 enteries each. So if you leave a comment, "like" on facebook, and refer 3 people you will have 5 entries. Since I still have the book and not enough people I will continue this contest until March 30th. A winner will be announced April 5th (sorry, I'm moving on the 31st so the winner announcement will be delayed. At this time the contest is for US residents only! Please help spread the word! **UPDATE** I am going to make this an international contest! **

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Slipping Reality by Emily Beaver

Description from Amazon:

July 15, 2011
In a time of hardship and heartbreak, sometimes, reality just isn't enough. Slipping Reality is the story of fourteen-year-old Katelyn Emerson, who, when faced with the glaring reality of her brother's illness, rebels against the truth by slipping away into the depths of her own imagination. There, she finds the kind of support and comfort she feels she deserves. There, she does not have to feel so alone. And yet, as Katelyn's grasp on reality begins to unravel, so too does the story of a girl who grew up too fast and fell apart too soon. Emily Beaver's debut novel is a coming of age story that deals with the trials of young grief, insight, and growth where it's least expected.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse Publishing (July 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 146342714X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463427146
My Review

2 stars - it was OK

This book was first written by the author when she was 14 years old. For the age the book was pretty good. I was over half the book before I actually got into it. It was lacking creativity in the beginning. I would recommend this for pre-teens/early teens. Especially if they are dealing with a similar situation.