Wednesday, December 19, 2018

On My Shelf: Face Of Death by: Kelly Hashway

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've had this one for years now and I even got it signed but I've just never gotten around to it. I enjoyed the first two books in the series but then my taste in books started to change a bit and I kinda lost interest for a bit. But there is only one book left in the trilogy for me to read and its not even that big of a book. I feel like I should finish out the series but it always seems like there is something else to read.

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


Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Winter TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke And The Bookish and now hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl.

I'm a moody reader, but here are the books I am hoping to read this Winter!


Monday, December 17, 2018

Book Review: Spectacle (Menagerie #2) by: Rachel Vincent

Release Date: May 30, 2017
from Harlequin MIRA
Goodreads | Amazon

"In this riveting sequel to New York Times bestselling author Rachel Vincent's acclaimed novel Menagerie, Delilah Marlow will discover that there is no crueler cage than the confines of the human mind…

When their coup of Metzger's Menagerie is discovered, Delilah and her fellow cryptids find their newly won freedom brutally stripped away as they are sold into The Savage Spectacle, a private collection of "exotic wildlife." Specializing in ruthless cryptid cage matches, safari-style creature hunts and living party favors, the Spectacle's owner, Willem Vandekamp, caters to the forbidden fetishes of the wealthy and powerful. At the Spectacle, any wish can be granted—for the right price.

But Vandekamp's closely guarded client list isn't the only secret being kept at the Spectacle. Beneath the beauty and brutality of life in the collection lie much darker truths, and no one is more determined than Delilah to strip the masks from the human monsters and drag all dark things into the light."

My Thoughts:

I’m obsessed. This is easily one of my favorites reads this year. This book is heartbreaking and it’s very heavy at times, but it’s also so good. I love these characters so much and the book is agonizing because I’m worried about them constantly.

Delilah is incredibly. I absolutely love her. She cares so much for others and always puts everyone else first. She’s never willing to leave anyone behind and she does not give up. And I can’t express how much I love Gallagher. He is so wonderful and just so good. He will do anything for Delilah and I love their bond. And Eryx is still wonderful and Romily is so so interesting. I love this world and these characters and I already cannot wait to get back to them.

This book is so heartbreaking. Somehow they wind up in a worse situation than they were during Menagerie. None of these characters have it easy and what they go through is truly horrendous. Humans have an incredible capacity for cruelty. Especially when they convince themselves that someone or something is lesser or unworthy. In so many ways this book parallels things in the real world. We may not have cryptids but we have humans and they can be just as cruel as the villains in this story.

Spectacle is a really amazing read and I had a hard time putting it down. I listened to this one on my bus ride home from work and every day I looked forward to that ride so I could get back to these characters and see what was happening to them. This book is heavy but man oh man is it amazing. I cannot wait to read Fury and see how this all comes to an end.


Friday, December 14, 2018

On My Shelf: Finding Audrey by: Sophie Kinsella

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 believe I got this one randomly in the mail from the publisher, but at the time I just didn't have the time to read it. I remember seeing a lot of people really loving it and I do like the sound of it. Hopefully one day.


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

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Mini Review: The Wicked Ones (Ghosts Of The Shadow Market #6) by: Cassandra Clare & Robin Wasserman

Release Date: September 11, 2018
from Shadow Market Enterprises
Goodreads | Amazon

"Celine Montclaire goes to the Shadow Market to escape. She would go anywhere in Paris, or the entire world, to escape the suffering she experiences at the hands of her family. She did not expect to meet Valentine Morgenstern there, or to have him promise her freedom and the heart of the man she secretly loves. On one condition, of course. At the Shadow Market, nothing is for free."

My Thoughts:

I have loved these novellas, but I admit I was a bit nervous about this one. I don’t particularly like The Circle (obviously) and I hate Stephen Herondale and the dishonor he brings to that name. In a line of so many amazing people he is a real turd and I just didn’t know if I’d have sympathy for Celine. But I was curious to see how things played out. And at the end of it all I still don’t really like Celine, but it’s so easy to see how she fell in with Valentine. She was alone and had nobody and Valentine preyed on that. And when she had the chance to finally have what she always wanted, she made the selfish and wrong choice. I can see what led her to these decisions and I sympathize but I don’t have to like her for it. And Stephen is still a turd. I did enjoy the Jem storyline here with his hunt for the lost Herondale. I’m really excited to see how this is all going to develop. I mean we all know it leads to Kit, but how is my question. These novellas have been so great for filling out this world and I can’t wait for the next one.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Waiting On Wednesday #281: King Of Scars by: Leigh Bardugo

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


"Nikolai Lantsov has always had a gift for the impossible. No one knows what he endured in his country’s bloody civil war—and he intends to keep it that way. Now, as enemies gather at his weakened borders, the young king must find a way to refill Ravka’s coffers, forge new alliances, and stop a rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army.

Yet with every day a dark magic within him grows stronger, threatening to destroy all he has built. With the help of a young monk and a legendary Grisha Squaller, Nikolai will journey to the places in Ravka where the deepest magic survives to vanquish the terrible legacy inside him. He will risk everything to save his country and himself. But some secrets aren’t meant to stay buried—and some wounds aren’t meant to heal." 



I'm still behind and haven't read Six of Crows yet (I hope to soon!) but I loved Nikolai in the Grisha trilogy so I am so excited for this one.

King Of Scars will be released on January 29, 2019.
What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Recent Reads: Wizards and Assassins

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 wizards and assassins.



Monday, December 10, 2018

Book Review: Be More Chill by: Ned Vizzini

Release Date: June 1, 2004
from Disney Hyperion
Goodreads | Amazon

"Jeremy Heere is your average high school dork. Day after day, he stares at beautiful Christine, the girl he can never have, and dryly notes the small humiliations that come his way. Until the day he learns about the "squip." A pill-sized supercomputer that you swallow, the squip is guaranteed to bring you whatever you most desire in life. By instructing him on everything from what to wear, to how to talk and walk, the squip transforms Jeremy from Supergeek to superchic."


My Thoughts:

So not so long ago, my sisters became obsessed with this little musical called Be More Chill. Naturally I wanted to know what all the fuss was and I promptly became obsessed with the album. I then had the chance to see if Off Broadway and it was amazing! I already have tickets to see it when it comes to Broadway next year. So naturally I had to read the book after loving the play so much.

The book is very different from the play, but the core of it is the same. I mean the idea of a pill that helps you be cool is so enticing to any high schooler and even adults. We all want things to be easier, so it’s easy to identify with Jeremy. High school is hard and it’s easy to see why Jeremy just wants to get through it all. Be More Chill is a good read with characters that are easy to identify with.

I will say though that I didn’t love the narration. Jesse Eisenberg did a good job and he really captured Jeremy, but I didn’t love the changes between chapters. They decided it was a good idea to put this sci-fi sounding music stuff in between chapters and I found it more annoying than anything and it took away some of the flow. I get what they were going for, but I don’t think it worked.

Be More Chill was a good read with a cool concept. I enjoyed going back and reading the source of something I already loved and even though it was different I could still identify the moments that inspired different parts of the play. Definitely recommend this one. It’s a quick and fun read.

Friday, December 7, 2018

On My Shelf: The Trouble With Mistletoe by: Jill Shalvis

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 off of Book Outlet last year I believe, but haven't read it because I feel like it has to be read at the Christmas time of year. It sounds so cute and I know Passionflix made it a movie, so I wanna read the book before watching. Maybe this year is the year!

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

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Mini Review: A Deeper Love (Ghosts Of The Shadow Market #5) by: Cassandra Clare & Maureen Johnson

Release Date: August 14, 2018
from Shadow Market Enterprises Inc
Goodreads | Amazon

"It is only three years since Tessa Gray lost her beloved husband William Herondale, and she is searching for a reason to live, trying to find the path of being a warlock with the guidance of her friend Catarina Loss. World War 2 rains down destruction on their world, and Tessa and Catarina become nurses who make bargains at the Shadow Market for enchantments to help suffering mundanes. But can Brother Zachariah bear to see the woman he loves risk her life, or might he consider breaking sacred vows to save her from loneliness?"

My Thoughts:

I have a bone to pick with Cassandra Clare and Maureen Johnson… how dare they write a book specifically designed to make me cry. I mean first I had to be in a world without Will Herondale, and then I had to witness poor Tessa grieving for Will and Jem too and on top of that Jem and Tessa so clearly wanting what cannot be and my heart was ripped to shreds. But of course I loved every single second of it. Will and Jem and Tessa are forever my favorites and even though I had to be in a Will-less world, I still adored being with Tessa and Jem for a short time. Tessa is an extraordinary woman and I'll forever idolize her. And Jem is just... Jem and the best. These novellas have been so wonderful as a whole and this was one of my favorites of them. I’ll never tire of catching up with these characters.


Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Waiting On Wednesday #280: A Curse So Dark And Lonely by: Brigid Kemmerer

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 a lush, contemporary fantasy retelling of Beauty and the Beast, Brigid Kemmerer gives readers another compulsively readable romance perfect for fans of Marissa Meyer.

Fall in love, break the curse. 

It once seemed so easy to Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall. Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, he knew he could be saved if a girl fell for him. But that was before he learned that at the end of each autumn, he would turn into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. That was before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper Lacy. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother barely holding their family together while constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, she learned to be tough enough to survive. But when she tries to save someone else on the streets of Washington, DC, she's instead somehow sucked into Rhen's cursed world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom. 

A prince? A monster? A curse? Harper doesn't know where she is or what to believe. But as she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what's at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin." 

It's a Beauty and the Beast retelling, so of course I have to read it.

A Curse So Dark And Lonely will be released on January 29, 2019.
What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Cozy/Wintry Reads

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke And The Bookish and now hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl.

So not sure if these are all within the the prompt, but these are some of my favorite books to read during the winter months.


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