Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday #334 - Queen of Air and Darkness & Evermore
Queen of Air and Darkness
(The Dark Artifices #3)
by Cassandra Clare
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Publication Date: December 4th 2018
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
ISBN: 9781442468436

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Dark secrets and forbidden love threaten the very survival of the Shadowhunters in Cassandra Clare’s Queen of Air and Darkness, the final novel in the #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling The Dark Artifices trilogy.

What if damnation is the price of true love?

Innocent blood has been spilled on the steps of the Council Hall, the sacred stronghold of the Shadowhunters. In the wake of the tragic death of Livia Blackthorn, the Clave teeters on the brink of civil war. One fragment of the Blackthorn family flees to Los Angeles, seeking to discover the source of the blight that is destroying the race of warlocks.

Meanwhile, Julian and Emma take desperate measures to put their forbidden love aside and undertake a perilous mission to Faerie to retrieve the Black Volume of the Dead. What they find in the Courts is a secret that may tear the Shadow World asunder and open a dark path into a future they could never have imagined. Caught in a race against time, Emma and Julian must save the world of Shadowhunters before the deadly power of the parabatai curse destroys them and everyone they love. (Goodreads)

You guyyyyyys. Are you as excited for this book as I am??
I am currently working through my re-read of Lady Midnight,
and I have Lord of Shadows to re-read next month,
then I'll be nice and refreshed before Queen of Air and Darkness releases in December!!
I. Can't. Wait!!
(Everless #2)
by Sara Holland
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Publication Date: December 31st 2018
Publisher: HarperTeen
ISBN: 9780062653710

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The highly anticipated sequel to New York Times bestseller, Everless!

Jules Ember was raised hearing legends of the ancient magic of the wicked Alchemist and the good Sorceress. But she has just learned the truth: not only are the stories true, but she herself is the Alchemist, and Caro—a woman who single-handedly murdered the Queen and Jules’s first love, Roan, in cold blood—is the Sorceress.

The whole kingdom believes that Jules is responsible for the murders, and a hefty bounty has been placed on her head. And Caro is intent on destroying Jules, who stole her heart twelve lifetimes ago. Jules must delve into the stories that she now recognizes are accounts of her own past. For it is only by piecing together the mysteries of her lives that Jules will be able to save the person who has captured her own heart in this one. (Goodreads)

Ah! This is yet another book that I'm super excited for this December!
I read Everless back when it was first released, and really enjoyed the story!
I'm hoping to re-read it soon to refresh before I start Evermore,
and I can't wait to read both books!!
**"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine,
that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.**

Monday, October 15, 2018

My Thoughts: Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa
Shadow of the Fox
(Shadow of the Fox #1)
by Julie Kagawa
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Publication Date: October 2nd 2018
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pages: 409
ISBN: 9781335145161
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy
Source: Own

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One thousand years ago, the great Kami Dragon was summoned to grant a single terrible wish—and the land of Iwagoto was plunged into an age of darkness and chaos.

Now, for whoever holds the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers, a new wish will be granted. A new age is about to dawn.

Raised by monks in the isolated Silent Winds temple, Yumeko has trained all her life to hide her yokai nature. Half kitsune, half human, her skill with illusion is matched only by her penchant for mischief. Until the day her home is burned to the ground, her adoptive family is brutally slain and she is forced to flee for her life with the temple’s greatest treasure—one part of the ancient scroll.

There are many who would claim the dragon’s wish for their own. Kage Tatsumi, a mysterious samurai of the Shadow Clan, is one such hunter, under orders to retrieve the scroll…at any cost. Fate brings Kage and Yumeko together. With a promise to lead him to the scroll, an uneasy alliance is formed, offering Yumeko her best hope for survival. But he seeks what she has hidden away, and her deception could ultimately tear them both apart.

With an army of demons at her heels and the unlikeliest of allies at her side, Yumeko’s secrets are more than a matter of life or death. They are the key to the fate of the world itself. (Goodreads)

Admittedly, it’s been too long since I’ve read a new book by Julie Kagawa, but as soon as I discovered Shadow of the Fox, I knew I HAD to read the book, and as soon as I possibly could! The summary for the book sounded really great, and I couldn’t wait to check out the story! It was, as with all of Julie’s books, an AMAZING read!!

Let me get started by saying that there are SO many things that I love about this book, and the number one thing being the characters! There are a lot of characters in this book, and I seriously loved them all. We get to read a few different viewpoints throughout the story, including that of two of the main characters, Yumeko, who is half kitsune, and Kage Tatsumi, a mysterious samurai. Yumeko and Tatsumi have to work together throughout the story to reach the same goal, but each for different reasons. I loved watching their relationship grow as the story went along, and I really loved both of these characters. And it’s not just these characters, there are also quite a few awesome secondary characters in the story as well, and I loved ‘meeting’ them all! I can’t want to see what’s in store for them in the next book.

I also really enjoyed the storyline for the book. Not only was the story of the ancient scroll interesting, but the adventure that the characters took along the way was completely fascinating as well. I was so engrossed in this story, that I breezed through it, and now I desperately need the next book in my hands ASAP! (The second book, I should add, is named Soul of the Sword, and is currently expected to release June 2019!)

Though I have a finished copy of this book, I opted to listen to the audiobook version of the story, and it was absolutely fantastic!! The narrators for the story were Joy Osmanski, Brian Nishii, and Emily Woo Zeller, and they did an excellent job reading this story to me. I loved all the voices for the characters and those for the actual story as well. It was very easy to follow along with their narration. I hope they will be narrating the rest of the books in this series as well!

Overall; I loved SO much about Shadow of the Fox, and I’m so glad that I had the book on my TBR this month! I definitely can’t wait to get my hands on the second book next year, and while I wait for that book to release, I’m totally going to make time to read the Talon series, also by Julie, and I will probably kick myself for not having read it sooner!! Fans of Julie Kagawa, or just fans of fantasy stories in general, do check out Shadow of the Fox! I hope you enjoy it just as much as I did.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

My Week in Review • Week 40-41

Happy Sunday, Bookworms!!

Welcome to my weekly Week in Review post!

Here I share all the things I've been up to during the past week.
Check back every Sunday for new updates!

Now, here's what I've been up to this week!

It's been a while since I posted an update, and it's been a pretty slow month so far, thanks to a slump that I'm currently in, (and not just a reading slump. Sigh.) But, I did manage to get a few books read this week, finally, and they were all pretty great reads!

The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by McKenzie Lee was a great sequel to The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue, and I really enjoyed reading Felicity's story!! I also really enjoyed the newest book by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera, What If It's Us. It was a super cute read!!

Julie Kagawa's newest book, Shadow of the Fox, was SOOO good, and I can't believe it's been so long since I last read one of her books. I LOVE her writing, and I adored everything about this story.

And lastly, I finally read 9 from the Nine Worlds by Rick Riordan! This was a short read, but definitely gave me happy vibes, and should hold me over until the next Trials of Apollo book is released next year.

I'm hoping to have all my thoughts for these books up this coming week!
*fingers crossed*

Since it is finally October, I officially started watching Halloween Movies, and while I haven't watched as many as I had hoped, I did watch a few favorites! I could seriously watch Hocus Pocus over and over again and have no regrets at all. :)

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So yeah... if you haven't noticed, my month totally hasn't gone as planned. I had hoped to read ALL the books this month, and do ALL the blogging, and I've done none of these things, even though I started the month with so much ambition! And it's not just these things, but life in general is in a slump. Sigh. I'm hoping for a better week this coming week, and a better update next week as well!

I hope you're all having a great month so far!

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday #333 - The Reckoning of Noah Shaw & Archenemies
The Reckoning of Noah Shaw
(The Shaw Confessions #2)
by Michelle Hodkin
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Publication Date: November 13th 2018
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9781481456463

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Noah Shaw confesses all in this second novel of a chilling new companion series to Michelle Hodkin’s New York Times bestselling Mara Dyer trilogy!

Noah Shaw doesn’t think he needs his father’s inheritance.
He does.

Noah believes there’s something off about the suicides in his visions.
There is.

Noah is convinced that he still knows the real Mara Dyer.
He does not.

Everyone thought the nightmare had ended with Mara Dyer’s memoirs, but it was only the beginning. As old skeletons are laid bare, alliances will be tested, hearts will be broken, and no one will be left unscarred. (Goodreads)

Are you guys as excited as I am for this book??
After the ending of the first book,
I'm super curious to see what's going to happen next for Mara and Noah.
I've been sitting on a copy of this for a while now,
and I can't wait to get started on it!!
(Renegades #2)
by Marissa Meyer
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Publication Date: November 6th 2018
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
ISBN: 9781250311443

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The Renegades Trilogy continues, in this fiercely awaited second installment after the New York Times-bestselling Renegades by Marissa Meyer, author of the Lunar Chronicles.

Time is running out.
Together, they can save the world.
But they each other's worst nightmare.

In Renegades, Nova and Adrian (aka Insomnia and Sketch) fought the battle of their lives against the Anarchist known as the Detonator. It was a short-lived victory.

The Anarchists still have a secret weapon, one that Nova believes will protect her. The Renegades also have a strategy for overpowering the Anarchists, but both Nova and Adrian understand that it could mean the end of Gatlon City - and the world - as they know it. (Goodreads)

Confession: I have not actually started this series yet! 🙈
But, a copy of Archenemies landed on my doorstep a few weeks ago,
so I plan to read both it and Renegades ASAP!!
I really enjoy Melissa's books, so I can't wait to finally read these!!

Those are my WOW picks for this week!!
Leave your link in the comments so I can see what YOU are WOWing for this week!!
**"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine,
that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.**

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Audiobook Spotlight: All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover
All Your Perfects
by Colleen Hoover
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Publication Date: July 17th 2018
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Narrated By: Madeleine Maby
Audio Length:  7 hrs and 43 mins
ISBN: 9781508253662
Genre: Adult | Contemporary | Romance
Source: Overdrive Library Borrow

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Quinn and Graham's perfect love is threatened by their imperfect marriage. The memories, mistakes, and secrets that they have built up over the years are now tearing them apart. The one thing that could save them might also be the very thing that pushes their marriage beyond the point of repair.

All Your Perfects is a profound novel about a damaged couple whose potential future hinges on promises made in the past. This is a heartbreaking page-turner that asks: Can a resounding love with a perfect beginning survive a lifetime between two imperfect people? (Goodreads)

I hadn’t originally planned to read All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover just yet, but I happened to run across the audiobook while browsing my local library’s Overdrive selection, and my curiosity got the better of me. I’ve read a few of Colleens books in the past which I really enjoyed, and something told me that I had to check this book out right away. I’m really glad I did!

All Your Perfects is the story about Quinn and Graham, a young married couple who are dealing with some trials in their relationship. The story is told from present day point of view, which includes all the problems they are facing as their marriage slowly falls apart, as well as through the past when they meet and fall in love. Both parts were equally interesting, though the parts in the present day were the hardest to read. I definitely sympathized with them both for all they were going through, and found so many parts relatable as well. I especially understood Quinn’s pain.

This book was a really quick read, and I found myself flying through the story a lot faster than I anticipated. As I mentioned above, I listened to this book in audio format, and I’m really glad I did. The narrator, Madeleine Maby, did a great job of reading the story, and I instantly recognized her voice from an audiobook that I listened not too long ago, The Room on Rue Amélie. I’m also pretty thrilled to discover that she narrates in a few audiobooks that I plan to listen to soon, and I can’t wait to check those out.

Overall; All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover was a quick, interesting read that I really enjoyed. It definitely makes me want to read that I own of Colleens that I haven’t yet read, and I plan to work more of those into my TBR as soon as possible, starting with It Ends with Us, and hopefully Ugly Love as well! If you love a good realistic contemporary novel, do check out All Your Perfects!

Monday, October 1, 2018

My October 2018 TBR!! #BookBlogtober

Happy Monday, Bookworms!!

You guys... I think October is my most favorite month ever.
I love everything about it. The weather turning cooler.
The colors changing. And, of course, HALLOWEEN!!

I have SO many books that I want to read this month,
including a few scary-themed books that will be perfect to read for Halloween.

Here's what I'm reading this month...

(New reads, re-reads & Halloween reads!)

Renegades by Marissa Meyer
Arch-Enemies by Marissa Meyer
The Diviners by Libba Bray
Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare *
Cress by Marissa Meyer
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater *
The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White
Champion by Marie Lu
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
Hocus Pocus and the All New Sequel by A.W. Jantha

(Review copies I didn't get to in Sept!)

What If It's Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera
The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee
A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi
The Royal Runaway by Lindsay Emory
Welcome to Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand
Four Three Two One by Courtney Stevens

(That I'm super excited for!)

Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand *
9 From the 9 Worlds by Rick Riordan
Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas
Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor
Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks
The Clockmaker's Daughter by Kate Morton
The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory
Broken Things by Lauren Oliver *

* already read

Whoo hooo! Is this a great list or what??
I can't wait to get started on it, and I hope I can keep up.
AND, I hope I can keep up with all the October movies that I want to watch as well!!


What's on YOUR October TBR??

My Thoughts: Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand
Sawkill Girls
by Claire Legrand
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Publication Date: October 2nd 2018
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Pages: 447
ISBN: 9780062696601
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy | Horror | LGBT
Source: Edelweiss Review Copy / Own

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Beware of the woods and the dark, dank deep.

He’ll follow you home, and he won’t let you sleep.

Who are the Sawkill Girls?

Marion: the new girl. Awkward and plain, steady and dependable. Weighed down by tragedy and hungry for love she’s sure she’ll never find.

Zoey: the pariah. Luckless and lonely, hurting but hiding it. Aching with grief and dreaming of vanished girls. Maybe she’s broken—or maybe everyone else is.

Val: the queen bee. Gorgeous and privileged, ruthless and regal. Words like silk and eyes like knives, a heart made of secrets and a mouth full of lies.

Their stories come together on the island of Sawkill Rock, where gleaming horses graze in rolling pastures and cold waves crash against black cliffs. Where kids whisper the legend of an insidious monster at parties and around campfires.

Where girls have been disappearing for decades, stolen away by a ravenous evil no one has dared to fight… until now. (Goodreads)

I was super excited to dive into Sawkill Girls, not only because it sounded really awesome, but also because it is written by Claire Legrand! I read Furyborn by Claire earlier this year, and really enjoyed the story, so I was super curious to see what this new book was about. If you read no future than this, then let me just say… This. Book. Was. Awesome!

If you haven’t yet read the summary for the book, you should totally do that now. It has just enough information to lure you in, but once you actually start reading the book, the story is SO much more than you will ever expect. I don’t want to say too much to give anything away, but the storyline was both completely engrossing, and, at times, absolutely terrifying as well. I’m not much of a fan of horror, and, to be honest, I didn’t realize that this was a horror story until I got a little way into the book, then had to stop and look. So, yeah, it’s not usually much cup of tea, but with this book, I absolutely couldn’t stop reading it! I don’t want to say anymore, so do check it out!

I also want to say that this book has some really great characters as well. The story is told from the three main characters, Zoey, Marion, and Val’s, viewpoints. It was interesting to read the book this way, as all the girls were interesting, yet so similar in thoughts as well. Following along on this insane adventure was both nerve-wracking, yet completely engrossing as well. I also love the diversity in the book as well.

Overall; If you don’t already have Sawkill Girls on your TBR, you definitely want to add it now! The story is completely captivating, and it will draw you in and leave you leave you hooked as you fly through the pages. It will make a great addition to your Halloween TBR!! Check it out, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!!

Sunday, September 30, 2018

My September 2018 Wrap Up & Book Haul!

Happy Sunday, Bookworms!!

Can you believe that today is the last day of September??
This month has FLOWN by!!

But, wow... It's been a pretty great reading month!!
I'm super excited to get started on October!

Here's my recap for the month...

Ruined by Amy Tintera
Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reed
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfeld
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
The Diviners by Libba Bray
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
Vengeful by V.E. Schwab
Wildcard by Marie Lu
Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake
As She Ascends by Jodi Meadows
The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White
An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green
Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco
Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco

Scarlett by Marissa Meyer
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater *
Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren
Prodigy by Marie Lu
Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han *
P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han *
Wildcard by Marie Lu
Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake
The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
The Assassin's Blade by Sarah J Maas
Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare *
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

* re-reads

(Audiobooks & eBooks)

The Other Side of Lost by Jessi Kirby
The Glass Ocean by Beatriz Williams
All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover
For a Muse of Fire by Heidi Heilig
When We Caught Fire by Anna Godbersen
The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes
Broken Things by Lauren Oliver
Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand

Soooooo, September was a pretty awesome book month!!
Not only did a read a lot of pretty awesome books,
but I added some pretty great ones to my collection as well,
including some for my October/Halloween TBR that I can't wait to read!!

Here's hoping that October is yet another great reading month!!
*fingers cross*

How was your reading month??

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