Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday [142]

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:
Caraval #2

LEGENDARY

by: Stephanie Garber
Publication Date: May 29th, 2018

 

A heart to protect. A debt to repay. A game to win.

After being swept up in the magical world of Caraval, Donatella Dragna has finally escaped her father and saved her sister Scarlett from a disastrous arranged marriage. The girls should be celebrating, but Tella isn’t yet free. She made a desperate bargain with a mysterious criminal, and what Tella owes him no one has ever been able to deliver: Caraval Master Legend’s true name.

The only chance of uncovering Legend’s identity is to win Caraval, so Tella throws herself into the legendary competition once more—and into the path of the murderous heir to the throne, a doomed love story, and a web of secrets…including her sister's. Caraval has always demanded bravery, cunning, and sacrifice. But now the game is asking for more. If Tella can’t fulfill her bargain and deliver Legend’s name, she’ll lose everything she cares about—maybe even her life. But if she wins, Legend and Caraval will be destroyed forever.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval...the games have only just begun.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday [141]

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:
Emporium

FURYBORN

by: Claire LeGrand
Publication Date: May 22nd, 2018
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

 

The stunningly original, must-read fantasy of 2018 follows two fiercely independent young women, centuries apart, who hold the power to save their world...or doom it.

When assassins ambush her best friend, the crown prince, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing her ability to perform all seven kinds of elemental magic. The only people who should possess this extraordinary power are a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light and salvation and a queen of blood and destruction. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven trials to test her magic. If she fails, she will be executed...unless the trials kill her first.

A thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a mere fairy tale to bounty hunter Eliana Ferracora. When the Undying Empire conquered her kingdom, she embraced violence to keep her family alive. Now, she believes herself untouchable--until her mother vanishes without a trace, along with countless other women in their city. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain on a dangerous mission and discovers that the evil at the heart of the empire is more terrible than she ever imagined.

As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world--and of each other.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday [140]

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:
Red Queen #4

WAR STORM

by: Victoria Aveyard
Release Date: May 15th, 2018

VICTORY COMES AT A PRICE.

Mare Barrow learned this all too well when Cal’s betrayal nearly destroyed her. Now determined to protect her heart—and secure freedom for Reds and newbloods like her—Mare resolves to overthrow the kingdom of Norta once and for all… starting with the crown on Maven’s head.

But no battle is won alone, and before the Reds may rise as one, Mare must side with the boy who broke her heart in order to defeat the boy who almost broke her. Cal’s powerful Silver allies, alongside Mare and the Scarlet Guard, prove a formidable force. But Maven is driven by an obsession so deep, he will stop at nothing to have Mare as his own again, even if it means demolishing everything—and everyone—in his path.

War is coming, and all Mare has fought for hangs in the balance. Will victory be enough to topple the Silver kingdoms? Or will the little lightning girl be forever silenced?

In the epic conclusion to Victoria Aveyard’s stunning series, Mare must embrace her fate and summon all her power… for all will be tested, but not all will survive.

 


Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday [139]

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

SAVE THE DATE

by: Morgan Matson
Publication Date: June 5th, 2018
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult

 

Charlie Grant’s older sister is getting married this weekend at their family home, and Charlie can’t wait—for the first time in years, all four of her older siblings will be under one roof. Charlie is desperate for one last perfect weekend, before the house is sold and everything changes. The house will be filled with jokes and games and laughs again. Making decisions about things like what college to attend and reuniting with longstanding crush Jesse Foster—all that can wait. She wants to focus on making the weekend perfect.

The only problem? The weekend is shaping up to be an absolute disaster.

There’s the unexpected dog with a penchant for howling, house alarm that won’t stop going off, and a papergirl with a grudge.

There are the relatives who aren’t speaking, the (awful) girl her favorite brother brought home unannounced, and a missing tuxedo.

Not to mention the neighbor who seems to be bent on sabotage and a storm that is bent on drenching everything. The justice of the peace is missing. The band will only play covers. The guests are all crazy. And the wedding planner’s nephew is unexpectedly, distractingly…cute.

Over the course of three ridiculously chaotic days, Charlie will learn more than she ever expected about the family she thought she knew by heart. And she’ll realize that sometimes, trying to keep everything like it was in the past means missing out on the future.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday [76]

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookis in June 2010 and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week they will post a new Top Ten list that one of their bloggers over at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join! This week Top Ten is...

Top Ten Books I'd Slay a Lion to Get Early

*not in order & some come out today*

 

  

  

  
Summoned to the 13th Grave, by Darynda Jones

For which books you'd slay that lion?

Monday, April 30, 2018

[Review] Lady Midnight, by: Cassandra Clare

The Dark Artifices #1

LADY MIDNIGHT

by: Cassandra Clare
Publication Date: March 28th, 2016
Read Date: April 22, 2018
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 698

 

In a kingdom by the sea…

In a secret world where half-angel warriors are sworn to fight demons, parabatai is a sacred word.

A parabatai is your partner in battle. A parabatai is your best friend. Parabatai can be everything to each other—but they can never fall in love.

Emma Carstairs is a warrior, a Shadowhunter, and the best in her generation. She lives for battle. Shoulder to shoulder with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of Los Angeles, where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries—the most powerful of supernatural creatures—teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries turn up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were when she was a child, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge—and Julian’s chance to get back his brother Mark, who is being held prisoner by the faerie Courts. All Emma, Mark, and Julian have to do is solve the murders within two weeks…and before the murderer targets them.

Their search takes Emma from sea caves full of sorcery to a dark lottery where death is dispensed. And each clue she unravels uncovers more secrets. What has Julian been hiding from her all these years? Why does Shadowhunter Law forbid parabatai to fall in love? Who really killed her parents—and can she bear to know the truth?

The darkly magical world of Shadowhunters has captured the imaginations of millions of readers across the globe. Join the adventure in Lady Midnight, the long-awaited first volume of a new trilogy from Cassandra Clare.

my rate


Have you ever been present where an accident is about to happen? Like you see all the pieces apart, and you know that when they get together a bomb will go off. That's what I felt when reading this book.

I started this book TWO YEARS ago because it took me this long to finish something that was hurting my heart. I was NOT looking forward to reading this series because I knew it was going to be bad, for the lack of words. I knew that my favorite OTP couldn't be together. I knew it was going to be tough to put my thoughts aside from what I was actually reading. And THAT was my problem with the whole book.

Look, the series is not bad. The story in this book is NOT bad, like the overall thing. The romance can be thrown to the trash (my feelings are talking here), but it was well written. The whole mystery to be resolved was good. The action scenes were packed. And the freaking plot twist at the end was not expected.

I'm telling you, this book ripped my heart out, but am I going to read the next two? YES! Am I hoping for a happy end? Yes. Do I think is going to screw my mind from here out? Yes.

Overall, I want more. I know Ms. Clare will keep stabbing my heart, but at the end, she will stick out for me (us, the readers).

[Update Post] Bookish Bingo: Spring 2018

My sign up post here!

These are the books that I read in the month of MAR that crossed some of the spots from the bingo:
These are the books that I read in the month of APR that crossed other spots from the bingo:
  • WHITE COVER: Thank you, Mr. Falker, by Patricia Polacco
  • ANIMAL ON COVER: Hipopotamister, by John Patrick Green
  • SECOND CHANCE: Lady Midnight, by Cassandra Clare
  • FLOWERS ON COVER: The Junkyard Wonders, by Patricia Polacco
    • BINGO!

Woo! I did my first, and hoping is not the only one, bingo!

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Stalking the Shelves [30]

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, which is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. You can read more about the creation of this meme by visiting the official launch page here.

March 25th, 2018 to April 28th, 2018

READ THESE PAST WEEKS:
  • Every Little Thing, by Samantha Young
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid #1, by Jeff Kinney
  • Amulet #1, by Kazu Kibuishi
  • Dear Girl, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
  • The Little Red Cat Who Ran Away, by Patrick McDonnell
  • Blue Sky White Stars, by Sarvinder Naberhaus
  • Avalanche, by Cambria Hebert
  • Thank You, Mr. Falker, by Patricia Polaco
  • The Art of Miss Chew, by Patricia Polaco
  • #Junkie, by Cambria Hebert [REREAD]
  • #Rev, by Cambria Hebert [REREAD]
  • Hippopotamister, by John Patrick Green
  • Salt in His Shoes, by Deloris Jordan
  • Listen to the Wind, by Greg Mortenson
  • Last Stop on Market Street, by Matt de la Peña
  • Love, by Matt de la Peña
  • Lady Midnight, by Cassandra Clare
  • The Storyteller, by Evan Turk
  • Ada's Violin, by Susan Hood
BORROWED FROM THE LIBRARY:
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid #1, by Jeff Kinney
  • Amulet #1, by Kazu Kibuishi
  • Dear Girl, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
  • The Little Red Cat Who Ran Away, by Patrick McDonnell
  • Blue Sky White Stars, by Sarvinder Naberhaus
  • Thank You, Mr. Falker, by Patricia Polaco
  • The Art of Miss Chew, by Patricia Polaco
  • Hippopotamister, by John Patrick Green
  • Salt in His Shoes, by Deloris Jordan
  • Listen to the Wind, by Greg Mortenson
  • Last Stop on Market Street, by Matt de la Peña
  • Love, by Matt de la Peña
  • Lady Midnight, by Cassandra Clare
  • The Storyteller, by Evan Turk
  • Ada's Violin, by Susan Hood

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Thursday Tracks [88]

Ohhh! You know, and if you don't you'll know now, that I LOVE, love, LoVe music. Just as I live and breathe words, I live and breathe music. Those two things are just part of me as any other organ in my body. As you can see in my Music page, I hear music while reading! My Thursdays are dedicated to music thanks to this feature! Created to share what song, album, playlist, artist I got stuck in my head every week. 
Now, this week song is...

I FALL APART

Artist: Post Malone
Album: Stoney


favorite part of the lyrics: I love the whole song, so there's no point in just writing everything here.

Hear me next Thursday!

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday [138]

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:
Honey #3

THE GREATEST RISK

by: Kristen Ashley
Publication Date: May 1st, 2018
Genre: Erotica, BDSM, Romance, Adult

 

A woman unable to connect, struggling to hide another part of her. A man burning to learn her truth, and make her whole. Through explosive passion and deep exploration, they are about to take the greatest risk of all. But will they be able to take that leap, and come out on the other side together?

In this next passionate novel in the Honey series, New York Times bestselling author Kristen Ashley delivers a stunningly romantic and intensely sexy novel that will stay with you long after you turn the final page.