Friday, June 15, 2018

On My Shelf: Lirael by: Garth Nix

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 bought this one a while ago, not long after I read Sabriel. I really enjoyed Sabriel, so naturally I am looking forward to more from this world. One of these days I will need to make time to get caught up on this series!

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

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Book Review: The Bane Chronicles by: Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, & Maureen Johnson

Release Date: November 11, 2014
from Margaret K. McElderry Books
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"Fans of The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices can get to know warlock Magnus Bane like never before in this collection of New York Times bestselling tales, in print for the first time with an exclusive new story and illustrated material.

This collection of eleven short stories illuminates the life of the enigmatic Magnus Bane, whose alluring personality, flamboyant style, and sharp wit populate the pages of the #1 New York Times bestselling series, The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices.

Originally released one-by-one as e-only short stories by Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson, and Sarah Rees Brennan, this compilation presents all ten together in print for the first time and includes a never-before-seen eleventh tale, as well as new illustrated material."

My Thoughts:

The Shadowhunter world is one of my all time favorites and The Infernal Devices is a series that holds a special place in my heart, but in recent years I have fallen behind on the new releases and the time has come for me to rectify that. So I finally made my way through The Bane Chronicles and overall it was a fun ride and I really loved getting to spend some more time with Magnus. I especially loved visiting with some of my favorites again (WILL AND TESSA AND JEM). So here is a quick recap of each of the novellas in The Bane Chronicles and my quick thoughts on each.

What Really Happened In Peru: This was a really short and fun read. It was nice hanging out with Magnus again, even if I never really truly found out what happened in Peru.

The Runaway Queen: I enjoyed this one more than I enjoyed the first. It was quick and fun and Magnus is always great. It also helps you start to understand how Magnus became Magnus.

Vampires, Scones, And Edmund Herondale: Those Herondale boys really know how to steal your heart. For a short book this one packed a punch.

The Midnight Heir: WILL AND JEM AND TESSA AND MY HEART. I forever love those three and Will is still as dramatic as ever. My only complaint is that this book definitely feels more like a prologue of a story to come and not it’s own individual story.

The Rise Of The Hotel Dumort: I really enjoyed the setting of this one and how it all played out against the backdrop of the stock market crash. These stories get better as the anthology moves along.

Saving Raphael Santiago: This was interesting getting the deeper backstory for Raphael. Funny too.

The Fall Of The Hotel Dumort: This one wasn’t my favorite. Nothing about it really grabbed me. Still love Magnus though.

What To Buy The Shadowhunter Who Has Everything: This one is my favorite of the novellas so far. Magnus is SO endearing and adorable. And gosh he is so gone for Alec and it’s too much.

The Last Stand Of The New York Institute: This one was fantastic! I loved getting to see the backstory on the Circle and seeing the first time Jocelyn met Magnus. And I got to see my fave Tessa!

The Course Of True Love (And First Dates): This was adorable. I forever love Magnus and Alec.

The Voicemail Of Magnus Bane: I had the pleasure of experiencing this at the City of Heavely Fire launch event in NYC. Cassie Clare and the other authors there read this aloud and it was hysterical. Such a fun little story.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Excerpt Reveal: The Fragile Ordinary by: Samantha Young

  
  From the New York Times bestselling author of The Impossible Vastness of Us and the On Dublin Street series comes a heartfelt and beautiful new young adult novel, set in Scotland, about daring to dream and embracing who you are. Don’t miss THE FRAGILE ORDINARY releasing on June 26, 2018, and get a sneak peek of the book below!
   
I am Comet Caldwell. And I sort of, kind of, absolutely hate my name. People expect extraordinary things from a girl named Comet. That she’ll be effortlessly cool and light up a room the way a comet blazes across the sky. But from the shyness that makes her book-character friends more appealing than real people to the parents whose indifference hurts more than an open wound, Comet has never wanted to be the center of attention. She can’t wait to graduate from her high school in Edinburgh, Scotland, where the only place she ever feels truly herself is on her anonymous poetry blog. But surely that will change once she leaves to attend university somewhere far, far away. When new student Tobias King blazes in from America and shakes up the school, Comet thinks she’s got the bad boy figured out. Until they’re thrown together for a class assignment and begin to form an unlikely connection. Everything shifts in Comet’s ordinary world. Tobias has a dark past and runs with a tough crowd—and none of them are happy about his interest in Comet. Targeted by bullies and thrown into the spotlight, Comet and Tobias can go their separate ways…or take a risk on something extraordinary.
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“Endearing and relatable, Comet-the girl who is searching for her place in this world-will shoot through the sky and into your heart.”— #1 New York Times bestselling author Erin Watt


       

EXCERPT:

Hearing and feeling Tobias’s heart beat beneath my cheek was the most wonderful feeling in the world. Despite my worry for him and for Stevie, I couldn’t help but feel happy as the boy I loved slept in my bed with his arm around me.
The morning sun woke him around nine in the morning. He groaned and then grew still, maybe realizing I was curled up against him. For a moment I tensed, fearing he was going to regret everything he’d said last night.
Instead he trailed his fingers down my arm. “You awake?” his voice rumbled above me.
I smiled, liking the tingles that bubbled and fizzed in certain parts of my body at the mere sound of his voice. “Yeah.”
“What time is it?”
I told him.
“Crap.”
“What?” I asked, sitting up as he reached across the bed to where his phone lay on the bedside table.
“Stevie and my mom.” He cursed again as he flicked the screen. “They’ve texted and called a bunch of times. I better call my mom back first before she calls the police or something.” He pressed the screen and held the phone to his ear. “Mom,” he said almost immediately. “I’m fine.” Tobias scowled. “I’m a big boy…no…no, I didn’t…I’m with Comet…” Streaks of color appeared high on his cheeks, surprising me. Tobias rarely got embarrassed. “No, we just fell asleep…yeah…I’m on my way.” He hung up and gave me an apologetic look. “I have to go.”
At his beleaguered tone, I placed a reassuring hand on his arm. “She’s your mum. It would be weird if she wasn’t worried you didn’t come home.”
“Yeah, whatever.” He shook his head and got off the bed, leaving me to frown at him.
Tobias seemed to be in a continually bad mood with his mother. I wish I had the guts to tell him to talk to her about why he was so mad, but I didn’t want to push too hard too soon on such a delicate subject.
“I’ll go appease her,” he said, slipping his trainers on. “Then come back?”
I opened my mouth to agree and then remembered my promise from the night before. “I’m going over to Vicki’s this morning.”
“Right. How about I meet you outside the Espy around three o’ clock?”
Relieved and delighted that he not only didn’t regret saying what he had last night but that he wanted to see me again so soon, I grinned and got off the bed. Tobias gave me that boyish smile of his and I reached for his hand, needing to touch him.
He squeezed mine, a solemnity entering his gaze. “I want to invite Stevie to meet us. I’m hoping that together we can talk him out of this bullshit. When it was just me I wasn’t getting anywhere, but he cares about you. Maybe he’ll listen.”
I nodded, loving him even more for wanting to help his cousin. “Definitely. If we let him know we’re here to help him through everything with his mum but that we can only do that if he walks away from Dean and the drugs…maybe he’ll see sense.”
I hoped.
Tobias hoped, too. I could see the turmoil in his eyes and I wanted desperately to be able to take it away.
It was as I was leading him from my bedroom to the front door that I heard the hallway floor creak behind us. I turned ever so slightly, catching sight of my dad in my peripheral. Ignoring him I hugged Tobias goodbye and waved him off down the garden path. I closed the door and turned to face my father. He stood frowning at me in his pajamas, a cup of coffee in one hand, a piece of toast in the other.
“Did that boy stay over?” he asked, sounding incredulous.
His tone suggested I’d done something wrong. I stiffened. “Yes.”
Dad took a step toward me, glowering now. “Don’t you think that’s something you should run past us first? You’re only sixteen, Comet.”
“Almost seventeen.” I bristled. How dare he suddenly play the parental card! Just when I was happy and didn’t need him, he wanted to stick his nose in where it was not wanted! A fire lit inside me and swept out of me before I could control it. “And let’s not play the concerned parent act, Kyle.” I strode toward my bedroom and shoved open the door. “You don’t get to decide which parts of my life you want to take an interest in. Having a kid? Kind of an all-or-nothing deal.” I stepped inside, gripping the door in my hand as I sneered at him. “You decided long ago it was nothing for you. No changing your mind now.” And with that I slammed the door in his shocked face.



Samantha Young is the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of adult contemporary romances, including the On Dublin Street series and Hero, as well as the New Adult duology Into the Deep and Out of the Shallows. Every Little Thing, the second book in her new Hart’s Boardwalk series, will be published by Berkley in March 2017. Before turning to contemporary fiction, she wrote several young adult paranormal and fantasy series, including the amazon bestselling Tale of Lunarmorte trilogy. Samantha’s debut YA contemporary novel The Impossible Vastness of Us will be published by Harlequin TEEN in ebook & hardback June 2017 Samantha has been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award 2012 for Best Author and Best Romance for On Dublin Street, Best Romance 2014 for Before Jamaica Lane, and Best Romance 2015 for Hero. On Dublin Street, a #1 bestseller in Germany, was the Bronze Award Winner in the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2013, Before Jamaica Lane the Gold Medal Winner for the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2014 and Echoes of Scotland Street the Bronze Medal Winner for the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2015. Samantha is currently published in 30 countries and is a #1 international bestselling author.
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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Recent Reads: Fae and Swoon and Hearts and Twists


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 Bookly 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 fae, swoon, hearts, and twists.



Monday, June 11, 2018

Readers Live A Thousand Lives Turns Six

Not sure how this happened.... but somehow I have been blogging for six years. This has been such an incredible journey and one I am forever thankful for. I am so glad that one random day six years ago I started this blog on a whim because I wanted a way to share my love of books with others and through that I found a community that is just as passionate about books as I am and it was such a wonderful thing.


So a quick recap, here are some of my favorite posts from the past year:

I say it every single year, but I am forever grateful for the friendships I've made because of blogging. I wouldnt be who I am today without my wonderful Wifey Michele... a day rarely goes by where we don't speak and I've never met anyone who just gets me the way Michele does. And of course there are my lovely minxes (Kat, Donna, Lauren, and Kiki) who are the most supprotive group of ladies in the world. And us minxes were brought together by the one and only M. Leighton who is the kindest person in the entire world. And of course I am so thankful to have met Vi, Jessica, and Magen. There is no greater friend than a book friend.

And now it is giveaway time!


Box of Books

-one winner will win the books pictured above
-giveaway is open to the US only
-must be 18 years of age to enter
-I am not responsible for lost or damaged items
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-one winner will win a mystery package of swag (basically I am going to throw a bunch of swag into a yellow envelope)
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Friday, June 8, 2018

Book Review: Almost Impossible by: Nicole Williams

Release Date: June 19, 2018
from Crown Books For Young Readers
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.
"Fans of Sarah Dessen, Stephanie Perkins, and Jenny Han will delight as the fireworks spark and the secrets fly in this delicious summer romance from a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author.

When Jade decided to spend the summer with her aunt in California, she thought she knew what she was getting into. But nothing could have prepared her for Quentin. Jade hasn't been in suburbia long and even she knows her annoying (and annoyingly cute) next-door neighbor spells T-R-O-U-B-L-E.

And when Quentin learns Jade plans to spend her first American summer hiding out reading books, he refuses to be ignored. Sneaking out, staying up, and even a midnight swim, Quentin is determined to give Jade days--and nights--worth remembering.

But despite their storybook-perfect romance, every time Jade moves closer, Quentin pulls away. And when rumors of a jilted ex-girlfriend come to light, Jade knows Quentin is hiding a secret--and she's determined to find out what it is."

My Thoughts:

YA Contemporary normally isn’t my thing, but Nicole Williams is an exception to that rule because she is one of my favorites and I adore everything she writes. So of course I thoroughly enjoyed Almost Impossible. It was such a quick read and it was so much fun and it was oh so adorable.

Quentin and Jade were both such great characters. I especially liked Jade and found her to be incredibly likable. She has lived a very different life and finally wants to experience some teenage normalcy. This leads her to a summer spent with her Aunt and Uncle and to Quentin. Quentin is so damn adorable and charming and I cannot. These two together just make you smile. They have great chemistry and great back and forth and they are super cute together.  I really liked how sweet this was and that it was never over the top angst. I mean they are teenagers and there is drama, but it’s never unbelievable or too much.

I do admit that I figured out the twist very early on, but I found I didn’t even care. I really just enjoyed being along for the ride and watching Jade experience her first real teenage summer. Jade learns a lot about herself over the summer and really comes into her own. Her and Quentin just made me smile so much.

Almost Impossible was another wonderful read from Nicole Williams and she never ever lets me down. The adorableness level was off the charts here and this is the kind of book I know I’ll pick up again when I need a pick me up. 

Thursday, June 7, 2018

On My Shelf: Jane's Melody by: Ryan Winfield

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 snagged this book at BEA years ago because I had heard good things about it, but then of course I just never got to it because there are so many books to read. It sounds like a heartbreaking one and it has good reviews.

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

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Waiting On Wednesday #265: Sea Witch by: Sarah Henning

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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"Everyone knows what happens in the end.
A mermaid, a prince, a true love’s kiss.
But before that young siren’s tale, there were three friends.
One feared, one royal, and one already dead.

~~~~~~~~~~

Ever since her best friend, Anna, drowned, Evie has been an outcast in her small fishing town. A freak. A curse. A witch. 

A girl with an uncanny resemblance to Anna appears offshore and, though the girl denies it, Evie is convinced that her best friend actually survived. That her own magic wasn’t so powerless after all. And, as the two girls catch the eyes—and hearts—of two charming princes, Evie believes that she might finally have a chance at her own happily ever after.

But her new friend has secrets of her own. She can’t stay in Havnestad, or on two legs, unless Evie finds a way to help her. Now Evie will do anything to save her friend’s humanity, along with her prince’s heart—harnessing the power of her magic, her ocean, and her love until she discovers, too late, the truth of her bargain. 


The rise of Hans Christian Andersen’s iconic villainess is a heart-wrenching story of friendship, betrayal, and a girl pushed beyond her limits—to become a monster." 

This cover is SO stunning! It sounds so fantastic and cannot wait for it. 

Sea Witch will be released on July 31, 2018.
What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Book Review: Bring Me Their Hearts by: Sara Wolf

Release Date: June 5, 2018
from Entangled Teen
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.
"Zera is a Heartless – the immortal, unageing soldier of a witch. Bound to the witch Nightsinger ever since she saved her from the bandits who murdered her family, Zera longs for freedom from the woods they hide in. With her heart in a jar under Nightsinger’s control, she serves the witch unquestioningly.

Until Nightsinger asks Zera for a Prince’s heart in exchange for her own, with one addendum; if she’s discovered infiltrating the court, Nightsinger will destroy her heart rather than see her tortured by the witch-hating nobles.

Crown Prince Lucien d’Malvane hates the royal court as much as it loves him – every tutor too afraid to correct him and every girl jockeying for a place at his darkly handsome side. No one can challenge him – until the arrival of Lady Zera. She’s inelegant, smart-mouthed, carefree, and out for his blood. The Prince’s honor has him quickly aiming for her throat.

So begins a game of cat and mouse between a girl with nothing to lose and a boy who has it all.

Winner takes the loser’s heart.

Literally."

My Thoughts:

I knew this was going to be a Teresa book, but it still managed to blow me away. Once I picked it up it was incredibly hard to stop reading. I only stopped once because I had to get some sleep, but the second I got home from work the next day I picked it up and read it through to the end. The concept is so so good and I am pretty much obsessed with this book and I need the next book ASAP as possible, because who gave the book permission to end like that?!?! Pretty sure that ending is ILLEGAL!

Zera is such a great heroine. She is so complex and has so many layers and she is far from perfect. Her motives are selfish, but she struggles with them and she struggles with who she is. Zera is a Heartless and she hates it, she doesn’t want to be a monster but she has done terrible things when she let that monster take control. And then we have our Prince… Lucian. I adored him. He comes off so cold initially but then you slowly see behind the mask. He tries so hard to make people think he doesn’t care but he cares more than most. And OMG the banter between Zera and Lucian is fantastic! Both of them are so witty and they go back and forth so well. Honestly the banter all around is fantastic, which brings me to some of the other characters I adored. Malachite is probably my favorite and he had me cracking up on multiple occasions. And I loved Fione too. All of these characters are so witty and are all characters after my own heart. Pun 100% intended. 

The plot of this book was consuming and addictive. I could not put it down. It balances action with scheming and intrigue so well, but it also has romantic moments. And OH MAH GAH the romance! It was such a slow burn but also enemies to lovers and both were done so well. Zera comes so far over the course of this book and my heart hurt for her. She really struggled and in the course of trying to get her heart back she formed relationships and started to find her humanity.  

I think one of my favorite things about this book though is that nobody is really fully good or bad, well there is one person who needs to go die in a hole, but for the most part everyone has their motivations and the motivations are understandable. Zera is a Heartless, not by choice, but she’s still done terrible things and is willing to do terrible things. The witches aren’t exactly good creating Heartless and their past is dark, but they also aren’t bad and much of what they did was to protect themselves in a war. And the humans are the same. So many are manipulated and scared, but then there are those using that for their own ends. Basically there is just a lot going on and so many moving pieces and layers.

All in all, Bring Me Their Hearts is an incredible fantasy read. I cannot wait for the sequel because I need to know what is coming next!

Friday, June 1, 2018

On My Shelf: So Much More by: Kim Holden

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 one in a Bookworm Box back when I was still subsribed to it. I love the simplistic cover and it sounds really good. Plus people really seem to love this author.

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

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