Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Waiting On Wednesday #272: Fury by: Rachel Vincent

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine
It spotlilghts upcoming releases that we are dying to read.

"1986: Rebecca Essig leaves a slumber party early but comes home to a massacre—committed by her own parents. Only one of her siblings has survived. But as the tragic event unfolds, she begins to realize that other than a small army of six-year-olds, she is among very few survivors of a nationwide slaughter.

The Reaping has begun.

Present day: Pregnant and on the run with a small band of compatriots, Delilah Marlow is determined to bring her baby into the world safely and secretly. But she isn’t used to sitting back while others suffer, and she’s desperate to reunite Zyanya, the cheetah shifter, with her brother and children. To find a way for Lenore the siren to see her husband. To find Rommily’s missing Oracle sisters. To unify this adopted family of fellow cryptids she came to love and rely on in captivity.

But Delilah is about to discover that her role in the human versus cryptid war is destined to be much larger—and more dangerous—than she ever could have imagined." 

I haven't caught up on this series yet, but I hope to soon and I am still really looking forward to this one.

Fury will be released on October 30, 2018.
What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Monday, September 17, 2018

70 Thoughts I Had While Re-Reading A Court Of Thorns And Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Release Date: May 5, 2015
from Bloomsbury USA Children's
Goodreads | Amazon

"A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore.

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and George R. R. Martin, this first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down!"

My Thoughts:

1. So excited for my yearly re-read! I love picking up on new things each time.
2. Also there will be SPOILERS for the series cause the book has been out for years now and cause I’m gonna have thoughts about things.
3. There is forever going to be a part of me that resents Elaine and Nesta for what they let Feyre go through alone. They were the older sisters and did NOTHING. Seriously, what would they have done without Feyre? This is my biggest issue with Nesta; she never appreciates what Feyre did.
4. The night sky painted on her dresser. Glorious foreshadowing.
5. Forever wondering if this mercenary is going to show up again.
6. Feyre is steel and I love her for it.
7. It’s small, but I love that the guys take the contraceptive because it’s about time.
8. And there he is. The giant tool.
9. You know… I wonder would Tamlin have killed Feyre had she declined to go with him? I mean those were the only two options he gave.
10. Her family does nothing to stop Tamlin and it’s ridiculous.
11. Also her father telling her to make something of herself is fantastic foreshadowing.
12. Oh man, the “lamb in a kingdom of wolves” line here parallels so well with the line at the end of ACOMAF.
13. Lucian is such a bastard… I know he grows over time… but again another one I will forever hold a small bit of anger towards.
14. Tamlin… such a smooth talker *rolls eyes*
15. It really was low of Tamlin to hold her family against her.
16. *sigh* Tamlin does try to be nice but he’s not so good at it.
17. “If not a Lord than a High Lady, if that was even possible” OH THE FORESHADOWING.
18. Feyre always belonged in the Night Court. Whenever she’s nervous she thinks of a night sky.
19. Yes we know Tamlin has “moods”.
22. Starlight again. Always drawn to starlight.
23. OMG again with the foreshadowing. Feyre's need to learn to swim at a young age literally saves her life.
24. Okay fine the poem thing was funny and sweet.
25. What a stupid liar. Acting like his family was killed for no reason whatsoever.
26. Tugging! It’s so Rhysand that drew her out on Fire Night.
27. There he is! My sexy charming High Lord of the Night Court.
28. In hindsight, it’s very telling that even when Feyre loved Tamlin she still fears him in some way and is intimidated by him.
29. “Don’t ever disobey me again” yeah the signs were ALL here.
31. It’s always so crazy going back and seeing how unsure Feyre was when we first met her. She grew so much.
32. You hold your tongue! Such blasphemy against my Night Court.
33. Feyre on faerie wine is fantastic.
34. I will never get over how good at acting Rhysand was. He played the game so well.
35. “I don’t enforce rank in my court” oh you so funny and such a liar Tam.
36. Chapter 27 – you know the first time I read this chapter I was like “dayummmm Sarah so risky” and then I read ACOMAF…
37. Also such difference in what Tamlin thinks Feyre can handle vs what Rhys thinks she can handle.
38. I did always love Alis and when it came down to it she did the right thing.
39. Gods. Can we just imagine how different things would have been had Feyre just said “I love you” right here.
40. I do give Nesta credit for trying to get to Feyre and being so smart… but she is still so terrible in some ways.
41. Nesta is steel but I really just can’t forgive her for all those years.
42. Yes. There are no limits to what Nesta can do which is why I need her to remove her head from her ass.
43. Oh how dare you Feyre. This is all your fault for not saying I love you to Tamlin. I mean Amarantha isn’t to blame at all. *insert sarcasm*
44. Under the mountain we go.
45. Amarantha is a psycho bitch.
46. Seriously such a psycho.
47. Rhysand forever protecting Feyre.
48. “Rhysand tells me you’re a huntress.” Yes. Yes she is and he knew she could handle this.
49. “I fell in love with you, smartass, because you were one of us—because you weren’t afraid of me, and you decided to end your spectacular victory by throwing that piece of bone at Amarantha like a javelin. I felt Cassian’s spirit beside me in that moment, and could have sworn I heard him say, ‘If you don’t marry her, you stupid prick, I will.” All I could hear was this ACOMAF quote as I read this scene.
50. And look who is here to save Feyre again… Rhys… and Tamlin nowhere to be found.
51. Feyre darling *swooooons*
52. He showed her his wings!
53. She really did always speak her mind around Rhys.
54. Lucian. Always a prick. He can’t help it.
55. Seriously. Rhys is the only thing that got her through these trials.
56. He sent her Velaris and it saved her!
57. Tamlin had the chance to get her out and he didn’t. Because Tamlin does not put Feyre first, not truly.
58. My High Lord of the Night Court is so broken. That scene in Feyre’s cell breaks me.
59. And this is the moment that changes everything. The moment that truly breaks Feyre nearly beyond repair.
60. So cruel. Such a cruel twist from Amarantha.
62. Rhysand is the only one who even reacts!
63. Rhysand is the one who tries to kill Amarantha even without his powers.
65. IDK how so many of us completely missed Rhysand’s visceral reaction.
66. And once again… Rhysand is the only reason she even survives, because of their bond.
67. And then after everything Rhys did, all the maneuvering, Tamlin gets credit.
68. Ugh and I almost forgot it’s Rhys that gets the other High Lords to save Feyre.
70. AND THERE IT IS… the bond... SNAP

Wrap Up
Reading this book after finishing the series is such a stark contrast. Everything looks so different now that everything has come to light and I really think that’s brilliant. Sarah hid so much in plain sight. This book is really like on giant prologue in how it sets up events to come. The layers are forever one of my favorite things about this series.

Friday, September 14, 2018

On My Shelf: The Forgetting by: Sharon Cameron

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 got this as an unsolicited ARC, but when I got it I had a bunch of other books to read and just couldn't squeeze this one in, but it sounded so good so I held onto it. Plus, I really do love that cover.  

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

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Nicole Speaks: Turtles All The Way Down by: John Green

Every now and then my sister drops by the blog to join me in my book rambling and share her thoughts. 
If you want to know more about Nicole, click here.
Release Date: October 10, 2017
from Dutton Books for Young Readers
Goodreads | Amazon

"Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship."

Nicole Speaks:

I have read books about vampires, zombies, aliens and every monster under the sun, but none have ever crept into my brain and nested in my mind quite like the villain of this story; Azas’ anxiety.  I am not proud to admit how much I relate to Aza in this book.  That is not a good thing, but it is something I have been accepting and working to overcome, long before I began reading this story.  Aza struggles with severe anxiety that disrupts her ability to live her everyday life.  She is crippled by thoughts surrounding germs, illnesses and her own impending death.  Her mental health issues caused her fear over her physical health.

As I read this book, I found myself screaming how terrible of a friend Daisy was to Aza.  Daisy is the embodiment of my fears.  She is how I imagine every “friend” I have feels about me.  She refers to Aza as her “best friend and greatest burden,” and as “exhausting.”  Reading this felt like a punch to the chest.  Depression is not an easy thing to live with.  Anxiety can be suffocating.  You live life feeling as Aza puts it, “clueless, helpless, useless.  Less.”  When someone tells you you’re “exhausting” or in my own personal experience “draining,” you’re overcome with a confusing mix of emotions; anger, guilt, sadness.  But that is why this book felt so important to me.  Daisy isn’t really a terrible friend, and Aza isn’t a horrible person.  Mental health issues are exhausting, and while you’re own world feels too much to handle, sometimes you forget that other people are living their own lives around you too.  Daisy and Aza’s friendship reminds you that you cannot fully understand what someone else is feeling.  They may not understand what you are going through, and you may not understand their point of view, but that does not make their feelings any less real or valid.

This book was especially important to me because so often books about mental health show this great journey to recovery, and while seeing the light at the end of the tunnel can be helpful and encouraging, seeing Aza struggle to live with her issues and move forward, felt much more realistic.  Recovery isn’t always easy, quick, or permanent, but it is so important to remember that working towards becoming a healthier you, is progress.  You may trip and fall along the way, but “you pick your endings, and your beginnings,” and as long as you get back up, you will be one step closer to being okay. 

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