Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday #326 - Two Dark Reigns & Escaping From Houdini

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37486213-two-dark-reigns
Two Dark Reigns
(Three Dark Crowns #3)
by Kendare Blake
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Publication Date: September 4th
Publisher: HarperTeen
ISBN: 9780062686145

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Kendare Blake returns with the highly anticipated third book in the Three Dark Crowns series!

Katharine sits on the throne, Mirabella and Arsinoe are in hiding, and an unexpected renegade is about to wage a war of her own. The crown has been won, but these queens are far from done. (Goodreads)

YOU GUYSSSS!!
Is anyone else super excited for this book??
I am!!
I am starting my re-read of the first two books in the series soon,
and I'm hoping to have them both read before the new book is released.
I can't wait to see what's going to happen next!!


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30375937-escaping-from-houdini
Escaping from Houdini
(Stalking Jack the Ripper #3)
by Kerri Maniscalco
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Publication Date: September 18th 2018
Publisher: Jimmy Patterson
ISBN: 9780316551694

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In this third installment in the #1 bestselling Stalking Jack the Ripper series, a luxurious ocean liner becomes a floating prison of scandal, madness, and horror when passengers are murdered one by one…with nowhere to run from the killer. .

Audrey Rose Wadsworth and her partner-in-crime-investigation, Thomas Cresswell, are en route to New York to help solve another blood-soaked mystery. Embarking on a week-long voyage across the Atlantic on the opulent RMS Etruria, they’re delighted to discover a traveling troupe of circus performers, fortune tellers, and a certain charismatic young escape artist entertaining the first-class passengers nightly.

But then, privileged young women begin to go missing without explanation, and a series of brutal slayings shocks the entire ship. The strange and disturbing influence of the Moonlight Carnival pervades the decks as the murders grow ever more freakish, with nowhere to escape except the unforgiving sea. It’s up to Audrey Rose and Thomas to piece together the gruesome investigation as even more passengers die before reaching their destination. But with clues to the next victim pointing to someone she loves, can Audrey Rose unravel the mystery before the killer’s horrifying finale? (Goodreads)

And here is yet another book that I can't wait to get my hands on!
I've only read the first book in this series so far,
but I'm hoping to read Hunting Prince Dracula and this book back-to-back!

**"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine,
that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.**


Tuesday, August 7, 2018

My Thoughts: Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson

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Dance of Thieves
(Dance of Thieves #1)
by Mary E. Pearson
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Publication Date: August 7th 2018
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Pages: 384
ISBN: 9781250159014
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy
Source: Review Copy/Own

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A new novel in the New York Times–bestselling Remnant Chronicles universe, in which a reformed thief and the young leader of an outlaw dynasty lock wits in a battle that may cost them their lives—and their hearts.

When the patriarch of the Ballenger empire dies, his son, Jase, becomes its new leader. Even nearby kingdoms bow to the strength of this outlaw family, who have always governed by their own rules. But a new era looms on the horizon, set in motion by a young queen, which makes her the target of the dynasty's resentment and anger.

At the same time, Kazi, a legendary former street thief, is sent by the queen to investigate transgressions against the new settlements. When Kazi arrives in the forbidding land of the Ballengers, she learns that there is more to Jase than she thought. As unexpected events spiral out of their control, bringing them intimately together, they continue to play a cat and mouse game of false moves and motives in order to fulfill their own secret missions. (Goodreads)


Dance of Thieves is the first book in a brand new duology by Mary E. Pearson, and is also a spin-off of The Remnant Chronicles trilogy, which happens to be one of my most favorite series ever! Dance of Thieves was one of my most anticipated reads for 2018, and I was SO very excited to finally read this book. Having finally read it, I definitely was not disappointed, and I think it’s a perfect start to what should be a really awesome duology!

Before I started Dance of Thieves, I decided to re-read The Remnant Chronicles to refresh my brain before starting this new book, and I’m so glad I did. Not only did I enjoy diving back into that series again, but it also gave my brain a nice refresher, and reminded me why I love the series so much. I definitely plan to re-read the series again soon, and if you haven’t yet checked it out, you totally should!

Dance of Thieves was full of a LOT of awesome new characters, and I fell in love with SO many of them, including Kazi, the main character in the story, and her crew. They definitely made the book special, and I’m super curious to see what’s going to happen next in the series for them, as well as Jase and the Ballenger crew, who we also get to know really well in the story. And while all of these new characters are great, one of the things I loved most about this book was getting to see some of my most favorite characters from the previous series! You don’t get to see them much, but definitely enough to put a happy smile on my face, and I’m hoping we get to see them more often in the next book.

The setting of the book reminds me a lot of the previous series, yet it feels completely different as well, which was fun. Mary did an excellent job with the world-building for the book, and I could picture everything so perfectly in my mind. The storyline was very addictive, and I found myself flying through the pages a whole lot quicker than I expected to. The book ends with a pretty massive cliffhanger, one that kind of made my jaw drop open, and I’ll definitely be pining away until I can get my hands on the next book to see what’s going to happen next!

Overall; I really, really enjoyed Dance of Thieves, and I do believe it’s a great beginning to what should be another awesome series by Mary E. Pearson! I will definitely be pining away until I can get my hands on the next book in the series, which is currently untitled, but set to release sometime in 2019, which is definitely not soon enough for me. *grin* I will definitely be keeping my eye out for more information on the sequel, and I can’t wait to check it out when it’s released!

Monday, August 6, 2018

My Thoughts: #MurderTrending by Gretchen McNeil

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34521785-murdertrending
#MurderTrending
by Gretchen McNeil
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Publication Date: August 7th 2018
Publisher: Freeform Books
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9781368010023
Genre: Young Adult | Mystery | Thriller
Source: Review Copy

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WELCOME TO THE NEAR FUTURE, where good and honest 8/18 citizens can enjoy watching the executions of society’s most infamous convicted felons, streaming live on The Postman app from the suburbanized prison island Alcatraz 2.0.

When eighteen-year-old Dee Guerrera wakes up in a haze, lying on the ground of a dimly lit warehouse, she realizes she’s about to be the next victim of the app. Knowing hardened criminals are getting a taste of their own medicine in this place is one thing, but Dee refuses to roll over and die for a heinous crime she didn’t commit. Can Dee and her newly formed posse, the Death Row Breakfast Club, prove she’s innocent before she ends up wrongfully murdered for the world to see? Or will The Postman’s cast of executioners kill them off one by one? (Goodreads)


When I first discovered #MurderTrending by Gretchen McNeil, I was intrigued! To be honest, I’m kind of a big chicken when it comes to scary stories, and because of that, I was a little weary about starting this book. But, I was more curious than I was weary, so I decided to check it out anyways, and I’m SO glad I did!!

Let me first say that #MurderTrending has a very interesting storyline. Imagine a twisted reality tv show where you can watch the executions of convicted felons live on a streaming app from a prison island called Alcatraz 2.0. That’s not exactly something I would be into in real life, but it did make for an addictive read! I also liked that while this was obviously fiction, it included SO MUCH that’s relatable to the world today, like the reality star president and government that seemed too similar to our current government. I have to say, it would be awesome if the last chapter of the book would happen in real life. *grin* Just sayin’.

#MurderTrending is full of interesting characters as well, including the main character, Dee, who finds herself right in the middle of Alcatraz 2.0 after being wrongly convicted of a crime that she didn’t commit. Dee has a really interesting backstory, one that is actually quite terrifying, and I can’t even imagine being in her shoes in this story. The things this girls has gone through in the past, and then goes through on the island, are pretty insane. But at least she has the help of some other fascinating characters on the island, while trying not to get killed by some terrifying psychos in the process.

Overall; If you like a good thriller story, #MurderTrending may just be right up your alley! This book was definitely an addictive and quick read. I think it’s a standalone book, but the ending was definitely written in a way were the could totally be a sequel, so I'm curious to know if there’s going to be a second book in the future. If so, I will totally check it out! Fans of Gretchen McNeil, or fans of thrillers in general, do add #MurderTrending to your TBR now!

My Week in Review • Week 31



Happy Monday, 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!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35796008-dance-of-thieves https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34521785-murdertrending https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37688046-the-darkest-legacy

This week I read 5 books, which is not the start I had hoped for August, but still isn't too bad.

I FINALLY read Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson, which just happens to be my MOST anticipated read for 2018, and I have to tell you, this book was definitely worth the wait!

#MurderTrending by Gretchen McNeil and The Darkest Legacy by Alexandra Bracken were both on my TBR for this week, and both are books that I also really enjoyed. I will have my thoughts for ALL of these books up on the blog this week!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17347380-harry-potter-and-the-half-blood-prince https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29519517-twisted-palace

And I also finished my re-read of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince earlier this week, and I can't believe that I'm almost finished my re-read of this series. (AGAIN!!) Seriously, how is it that I can just read these books over and over again, and they never get old. They are so magical!!

And I also finished Twisted Palace by Erin Watt this week as well!!




I've not watched any movies this week, but the hubby and I did start watching Parks and Recreation, which is really interesting so far!

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I don't really have much to recap for this week, as it was a pretty busy week getting things together for the kids to go back to school. I can't believe they are heading back already, and I'm not really looking forward to our Summer Break coming to an end. There are going to be SO many changes this school year, and I'm not sure I'm ready for them at all. Sigh. But, we'll see how it goes, and I plan to enjoy the kids being home for the next few days until they go back.

And hey, at least I might have some more reading time soon! :)

That's all for me this week, so....

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

My August 2018 TBR!!


Happy First day of August, Bookworms!!

August?? Did I really just say AUGUST??
How is it August already??
Sigh.

July was a really great reading month for me,
but now I'm super excited to get started on my August TBR!
I have a lot of awesome books planned to read,
along with a few re-reads as well,
and I'm hoping to squeeze in some books that I'm behind on also.

I can't wait to get started!!

Here's what I'm planning to read in August!!


To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han *
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling *
Cinder by Marissa Meyer *
Legend by Marie Lu
Queens of Fennbirn by Kendare Blake *
One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake *
Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake *
Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare *
Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

* = books I'm re-reading




These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch
#MurderTrending by Gretchen McNeil
In Another Time by Caroline Leech
The Other Side of Lost by Jessi Kirby




(Books I have Preordered)

Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson
Catwoman: SoulStealer by Sarah J. Maas
City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch



So, that's just a bit of my TBR for August!!
I'm really looking forward to reading all these books,
and I'm hoping that I'll be able to keep up,
and fit in a few more books as well!!

Here's hoping for a great month in August!!

What's on your TBR this month??

Waiting on Wednesday #325 - #MurderTrending & City of Ghosts

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34521785-murdertrending
#MurderTrending
by Gretchen McNeil
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Publication Date: August 7th 2018
Publisher: Freeform
ISBN: 9781368010023

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WELCOME TO THE NEAR FUTURE, where good and honest 8/18 citizens can enjoy watching the executions of society’s most infamous convicted felons, streaming live on The Postman app from the suburbanized prison island Alcatraz 2.0.

When eighteen-year-old Dee Guerrera wakes up in a haze, lying on the ground of a dimly lit warehouse, she realizes she’s about to be the next victim of the app. Knowing hardened criminals are getting a taste of their own medicine in this place is one thing, but Dee refuses to roll over and die for a heinous crime she didn’t commit. Can Dee and her newly formed posse, the Death Row Breakfast Club, prove she’s innocent before she ends up wrongfully murdered for the world to see? Or will The Postman’s cast of executioners kill them off one by one? (Goodreads)

Does this book sound interesting, or what??
It's been too long since I read a book by Gretchen McNeil,
and I really can't wait to check it out!




https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35403058-city-of-ghosts
City of Ghosts
(Cassidy Blake #1)
by Victoria Schwab
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Publication Date: August 28th 2018
Publisher: Scholastic
ISBN: 9781338111033

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Cassidy Blake's parents are The Inspectres, a (somewhat inept) ghost-hunting team. But Cass herself can REALLY see ghosts. In fact, her best friend, Jacob, just happens to be one.

When The Inspectres head to ultra-haunted Edinburgh, Scotland, for their new TV show, Cass—and Jacob—come along. In Scotland, Cass is surrounded by ghosts, not all of them friendly. Then she meets Lara, a girl who can also see the dead. But Lara tells Cassidy that as an In-betweener, their job is to send ghosts permanently beyond the Veil. Cass isn't sure about her new mission, but she does know the sinister Red Raven haunting the city doesn't belong in her world. Cassidy's powers will draw her into an epic fight that stretches through the worlds of the living and the dead, in order to save herself. (Goodreads)

Is anyone else SOOOO excited for this new book by Victoria Schwab??
*raises both hands*
This is yet another book that I can't wait to get my hands on,
and I'm super curious to finally check it out!!


What exciting new books are YOU waiting 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, July 31, 2018

My July 2018 Wrap Up & Book Haul!


Happy Tuesday, Bookworms!!

Can you believe that today is officially the LAST day of July??
This month has floooooown by!
I'm not quite ready for July to be over,
mostly because I don't want our Summer Break to be over,
but I have a lot of great books on my August TBR, 
and I'm excited to start those!

But before we get to that, here's my Wrap Up for July!!

Hocus Pocus & the All-New Sequel by A.W. Jantha
Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton
Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart
The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas
The Lightning Thief - Illustrated Edition - by Rick Riordan



Warcross by Marie Lu
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson
The Mermaid by Christina Henry
The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
We'll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han
It's Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han
Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton
Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare


*not pictured*

Contagion by Erin Bowman
Sea Witch by Sarah Henning
In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
When We Found Home by Susan Mallery
Mystic Summer by Hannah McKinnon
Fawkes by Nadine Brandes
Listen to Your Heart by Kasie West
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
One Small Thing by Erin Watt
Twisted Palace by Erin Watt


July was another great reading month for me!
I didn't know if it would be or not, since the kids were kind of busy all month.
But, I'm totally not going to complain about reading 21 books!

There weren't a lot of new releases this month,
and I didn't have any books pre-ordered,
but I still added some pretty cool books to my collection this month,
and I can't wait to read the ones I haven't read yet!!

That's my July Wrap Up!! How was your month??
Check back tomorrow to see my August TBR!!

Monday, July 30, 2018

My Thoughts: Sea Witch by Sarah Henning

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36502054-sea-witch
Sea Witch
by Sarah Henning
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Publication Date: July 31st 2018
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9780062438775
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy | Retelling
Source: Edelweiss

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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. (Goodreads)


The first thing that drew me to Sea Witch by Sarah Henning was its absolutely stunning cover. If you know me at all, you know that I can’t resist a gorgeous cover! Then I discovered that this was a retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid, and I just knew that I had to check it out. I’m a huge fan of retellings, and I was super curious to see the authors take on this classic story. It was definitely worth the read!

I really enjoyed the storyline for this book. As I said, I love a good retelling, especially those of The Little Mermaid, because, seriously, there are not nearly enough mermaid books in my life. The story is told from the two main characters alternate perspectives, which was nice. There’s a bit of romance in the book as well for these characters, but to be honest, I didn’t really buy into it, and there’s a reason why. I love that the book is set both at sea and a faraway kingdom, because both are completely fascinating to me. There are quite a few twists and turns throughout the book that caught me by surprise, and I LOVED that about the book. I totally didn’t see a few of them coming, and that doesn’t happen often for me! And which is also the reason why I’m choosing to be pretty vague with this review. I don’t want to accidently give away any of the surprises, so do read the book so you can enjoy them as well!

Overall; Sea Witch was a really quick and enjoyable read for me! I enjoyed the authors take on the original story, including the twists that I probably should have seen coming but didn’t. I will definitely be keeping my eye out for more books by Sarah Henning in the future, including her next book, Throw Like a Girl, which is set to release sometime in 2019!

My Week in Review • Week 28 - 30



Happy Sunday Monday, 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've updated, so this post may be a little long! Sorry, I'm trying to get back in the habit of updating again!



I've read quite a few books since I last updated, and I really enjoyed them all!

This month I finished the last two books in the Summer series by Jenny Han, and it was really awesome to read these books again. I also read Susan Mallery's newest, When We Found Home, and Mystic Summer by Hannah McKinnon!



I officially started my re-read of The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare this month, and I looooooooved re-reading Clockwork Angel! I can't wait to get started on Clockwork Prince next month. I also finished In the Afterlight , closing out the Darkest Minds series, and I'm SO excited for the new book and the movie to come out later this month! Contagion by Erin Bowman and The Mermaid by Christina Henry were two review books I had for this month, and they were both great!



I really enjoyed reading Sea Witch by Sarah Henning, which was a Little Mermaid retelling, and you can see my review for the book on the blog today!! I also finished Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas and Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton this week, and I FINALLY read The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, which was SO good!

Wow, what an update. So many books!




I've watched a few movies over the past few weeks, including Blockers, which was kind of hilarious, and very relatable. We also had a Mission: Impossible movie marathon before going to see the new movie, M:I Fallout this weekend. Ghost Protocol is still my favorite, I think, but these movies just get better and better as they go along!!


The Hubby and I also finished watching the last season of The Office, and it totally made me remember why I hate getting invested in a series. They always come to an end! I hate letting go of my favorite characters!!


Sigh.

We have now moved on to Parks and Recreation though, and I'm really enjoying it so far!


SOOO many pictures. Check out my Bookstagram HERE.




Sorry that it's been so long since I last updated! I'm hoping to get back in the swing of things soon. We only have about a week and a half left of summer break, and then the kids will be heading back to school, which will hopefully give me a little bit of free time. (We shall see!)

Not much left to update, I suppose. So....

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