Friday, July 21, 2017

On My Shelf: The Vicious Deep by: Zoraida Cordova

On My Shelf is a feature I started here on the blog and I'm sure there are a ton of similar ones out there, but basically I just wanted to start spotlighting some of the MANY backlist titles I have accumulated on my shelf and kindle. The idea is to spotlight an older book I have on my massive TBR. I also thought it would be a fun way to discuss these books with my fellow bloggers, get some of your thoughts and figure out which ones I need to read ASAP and which ones can wait a bit more. And if you want to join in too, I would love to see what is on your shelf! Just leave me a link in the comments.

I grabbed this one at BEA a few years ago almost at random. I walked by the booth, saw a pretty cover and that the author was signing and just got on line. Of course it has now been years and I still haven't gotten around to this one. I still love the cover and it does sound really cool but you know how it is: so many books so little time.

So tell me. Have you read it? Did you love it? Hate it? Was it meh?

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Mini Review: Sin In San Fran (Great Exploitations #4) by: Nicole Williams

Release Date: February 11, 2014
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"Eve isn’t used to failure. Especially when it comes to her Errands, but that’s exactly where she finds herself waking up in a hospital bed, bruised and bloodied.

Not only has the Tucker Errand been derailed, Henry Callahan’s is about to do the same. When G informs Eve that the competition is moving in on Henry, she orders her to drop the Tucker Client and get back to Henry, forcing Eve to decide what’s more important: winning the big-time Errands, or keeping her promises to her small-time Clients. Whatever her answer, she knows one thing—she can’t succeed at both without threatening to fail everyone."

My Thoughts:

This serial is crazy addictive. I honestly don’t know why I never finished it when I first started it. This concept is so original and I just love that. I love that it crosses lines and plays with right and wrong. I adore Eve and I also adore Henry. I know we are supposed to believe he did something terrible, but I just don’t buy it. Everything we have seen and learned about Henry up until this point just does not mesh with what we are supposed to believe. I have no idea how Nicole is going to wrap all of this up in one more story but I can’t wait to see how she does.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Waiting On Wednesday #234: The Becoming Of Noah Shaw by: Michelle Hodkin

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine
It spotlilghts upcoming releases that we are dying to read.
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"In the first book of the Shaw Confessions, the companion series to the New York Times bestselling Mara Dyer novels, old skeletons are laid bare and new promises prove deadly. This is what happens after happily ever after.

Everyone thinks seventeen-year-old Noah Shaw has the world on a string.

They’re wrong.

Mara Dyer is the only one he trusts with his secrets and his future.

He shouldn’t.

And both are scared that uncovering the truth about themselves will force them apart.

They’re right. " 

Noah Shaw is one of my very favorite characters, so I am so so so excited for more of him. But I will admit that I am also terrified of this book because I need my Noah and Mara to be okay in the end!

The Becoming Of Noah Shaw will be released on November 7, 2017.
What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Recent Reads: Herondales and Football

Recent Reads is feature here on the blog. The point is to feature books I've read recently in quick recap fashion with fun info-graphics. The info-graphics came from the Bookout app, which is a great app for bloggers. You can log quotes and thoughts and track your reading stats (and no I'm not paid for this, I just really like this app). Recently I dove into worlds of Herondales and football.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Book Review: Daughter Of Smoke And Bone (Daughter Of Smoke And Bone #1) by: Laini Taylor

Release Date: September 27, 2011
from Little Brown Books for Young Readers
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"Around the world, black hand prints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands", she speaks many languages - not all of them human - and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?"

My Thoughts:

This is one of those books that has come highly recommended and has been on my TBR for years. One person in particular has been dying for me to read this one (*side eyes my Wifey*). And now is the point when I admit that I have been an idiot putting this book off for so long. My gosh this book was amazing. So so agonizingly wonderful.

Karou is a wonderful heroine. She is smart and funny and so so witty. I adored everything about her. And I also loved Akiva. My poor broken and beaten down Akiva. These two. They make my heart hurt so damn much. I can’t get over how much I love them.

Daughter Of Smoke And Bone is a wonderful story and the writing is some of my favorite of all time. It’s so lyrical and gorgeous and Laini Taylor truly brings this world to life so vividly. It is so easy to get lost in the beautiful prose. At times this book is such a slow burn, but it is the very best kind of slow burn. This book took me by surprise on many occasions. The book did not go how I expected it to at all. It was better. The ending to this book absolutely crushed me. My mouth was left hanging open at the end.

I think my favorite thing about this book though is that there really is no good side. There are characters I like and characters I hate, but they both come from both sides of the war. I think there is something so important about this. This ages long war is not necessarily a war of good vs evil. It’s a war plain and simple with both sides doing terrible and horrible things. And that war forces good people to do terrible things.

Daughter Of Smoke And Bone was a fantastic read. It’s the kind of book that is so achingly good. That leaves your stomach in knots and dreading the outcome but still dying to have your answers. I’ll be needing Days Of Blood And Starlight ASAP.

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