Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday #306 - A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir and Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian
A Reaper at the Gates
(An Ember in the Ashes #3)
by Sabaa Tahir
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Publication Date: June 12th 2018
Publisher: Razorbill
ISBN: 9780448494500

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Beyond the Empire and within it, the threat of war looms ever larger.

The Blood Shrike, Helene Aquilla, is assailed on all sides. Emperor Marcus, haunted by his past, grows increasingly unstable, while the Commandant capitalizes on his madness to bolster her own power. As Helene searches for a way to hold back the approaching darkness, her sister’s life and the lives of all those in the Empire hang in the balance.

Far to the east, Laia of Serra knows the fate of the world lies not in the machinations of the Martial court, but in stopping the Nightbringer. But while hunting for a way to bring him down, Laia faces unexpected threats from those she hoped would aid her, and is drawn into a battle she never thought she’d have to fight.

And in the land between the living and the dead, Elias Veturius has given up his freedom to serve as Soul Catcher. But in doing so, he has vowed himself to an ancient power that will stop at nothing to ensure Elias’s devotion—even at the cost of his humanity. (Goodreads)

Admittedly, I am a little behind on this series. I read the first book and really enjoyed it, but haven't yet read the second book, even though I own it as well. I'm hoping to re-read the first book soon so that I can finally read the second book, and then read this one as well!

I also have to admit that I'm seriously bummed about the cover changes mid-series. As I mentioned, I have copies of the first two books, and they are the old covers. Bummer!

Ash Princess
(Ash Princess Trilogy #1)
by Laura Sebastian
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Publication Date: April 24th 2018
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9781524767068

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Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Queen of Flame and Fury, was murdered before her eyes. Ten years later, Theo has learned to survive under the relentless abuse of the Kaiser and his court as the ridiculed “Ash Princess.” Pretending to be empty-headed and naive when she's not enduring brutal whippings, she pushes down all other thoughts but one: Keep the Kaiser happy and he will keep you safe.

When the Kaiser forces her to execute her last hope of rescue, Theo can't keep her feelings and memories pushed down any longer. She vows revenge, throwing herself into a plot to seduce and murder the Kaiser's warrior son with the help of a group of magically gifted and volatile rebels. But Theo doesn't expect to develop feelings for the Prinz. Or for her rebel allies to challenge her friendship with the one person who's been kind to her throughout the last hopeless decade: her heart's sister, Cress.

Cornered into impossible choices and unable to trust even those who are on her side, Theo will have to decide how far she's willing to go to save her people and how much of herself she's willing to sacrifice to become queen. (Goodreads)

Does my second pick for this week sound really awesome, or what? (Plus that book cover is pretty stunning as well!) I am super curious about this one, and I can't wait to check it out ASAP!!

Those are my picks for the week, now it's your turn!!
**"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine,
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Monday, February 19, 2018

My Thoughts: Obsidio by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (Audiobook)
(The Illuminae Files #2)
by Amie Kaufman
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& Jay Kristoff
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Publication Date: October 18th 2016
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9780553499155
Genre: Young Adult | Sci-Fi
Source: Own

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Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminae continues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope. (Goodreads)

I have been trying to work Gemina onto my reading list ever since it was first released, and now that I have officially read the book, I'm kicking myself for not having read it sooner! Illuminae was such a good book, and I really enjoyed it SO much, and I have no idea why I put off reading this book. (Yes I do, so many books, so little time...) But, I finally read the book and it was awesome, just like I knew it would be!

Before I started reading Gemina, I decided to re-read the first book, Illuminae, so that the story would be fresh in my mind. I've just recently started doing this with book series that I haven't yet finished, and with book series that have new books coming out for them, and it's seriously one of the best decisions I've ever made. I had forgotten so much of the story, (which happens when you read as many books as I do), and the refresher was just what I needed. Not only did I start to remember all the things that I had forgotten, but the re-read also made me super stoked to read Gemina as well, and I couldn't wait to dive into the book.

I opted to listen to the audiobook both for my re-read of Illuminae, as well as for Gemina, and this is yet another one of the best decisions I've ever made. I've listened to a LOT of audiobooks lately, and I can honestly say that none I've listened to compare to those for Illuminae and Gemina. Not only do you get a FULL CAST of narrators for this series, all of who are pretty amazing as they read the story to you, but you ALSO get pretty awesome sound effects as well, which work perfectly with this series! (I remember one particular sound effect of a bomb going off just as I had stuck my head in the fridge, and it nearly scared the living daylights out of me. You had to be there, it was really awesome.) If you have the opportunity to check out this series in audio format, I highly recommend you do so! I will definitely be checking out the Obsidio, the third book, in audio as well.

Ok, I feel like I'm getting a little ramble-y with this review, so let me get back to the point. The storyline for Gemina follows much along the same timeline and storyline as Illuminae, just with a completely different cast of characters, though all of which were just as awesome as the characters in book one. Two of the main characters, Hanna and Nik, were both really interesting, but it was Ella that really stole the show. They all have quite the adventure in this book, and while the storyline felt so similar to that in the Illuminae, it also felt completely different as well, (if that makes any sense at all). I really enjoyed the book, and I can't wait to get my hands on Obsidio as soon as it's released!!

Overall; if you've made it this far, then you've probably figured out that I really enjoyed Gemina! It's an awesome story with great characters, and if you haven't yet checked out the series, then I highly recommend you add it to your TBR. And if you can get it in audiobook format, then yes, do check it out as soon as you possibly can. It's a great series, and I can't wait to get my hands on Obsidio in March!!

Sunday, February 18, 2018

My Week in Review • Week 7

Happy Sunday, and 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!

Hi guys! This week was another busy, yet also somewhat productive week for me! I managed to read four books, the first being The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden, which I have been SO super curious about, and I'm so glad to have finally read. It was an interesting read!

I also finished Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff as well, and I am now SO EXCITED for Obsidio to release next month!!

 Say You'll Remember Me by Katie McGarry was a must read for me this month, and I enjoyed very much. (And which reminded me that I really need to get caught up on her Thunder Road series, which I really need to do soon!)

And I just finished My Unexpected Forever by Heidi McLaughlin earlier today, which is the sequel to Forever My Girl, which I also really enjoyed. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the books in this series soon as well!

I also managed to squeeze in a few movies this week as well! I've already watched You've Got Mail about a dozen times already this year, but this time I watched it with my book club ladies, and it was so fun to discuss!

The rest of the movies I watched were from my February Movies to Watch list, which I probably will not get to finish this month, but I'm ok with that! I enjoyed re-watching all of these. :)

This week we had basketball tournaments, but NOW Cheer Season is officially over! (And thank goodness for that, because I am SO behind on everything!) I'm hoping to spend all of next week getting caught up, but something tells me that probably won't happen. We shall see how things go, I suppose! I definitely hope to read more books, at least. :)

I'm also hoping to get caught up on some movies next week as well, as there are quite a few in the theater that I want to see, as well as some at home I want to watch. I promised the hubby that I would *finally* watch the Star Wars movies, so I'm hoping to get started on those soon, and I definitely need to go see Forever My Girl and Maze Runner: The Death Cure before they leave the theater.

Other than that, I really have no other plans for the next few weeks except to read and blog, and that sounds perfectly alright to me. :)

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

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday #305 - Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli & Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett
Leah on the Offbeat
by Becky Albertalli
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Publication Date: April 24th 2018
Publisher: HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray
ISBN: 9780062643803

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Leah Burke—girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier’s best friend from the award-winning Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—takes center stage in this novel of first love and senior-year angst.

When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.

So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended. (Goodreads)

So, I just recently finished my re-read of Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda,
and now I want nothing more than to read Leah on the Offbeat!!
Her story sounds like it's going to be a great read,
and I really can't wait to check it out! I already have my copy preordered,
and I can't wait for it to release! I love Leah!

Starry Eyes
by Jenn Bennett
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Publication Date: April 3rd 2018
Publisher: Simon Pulse
ISBN: 9781481478809

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Ever since last year’s homecoming dance, best friends-turned-best enemies Zorie and Lennon have made an art of avoiding each other. It doesn’t hurt that their families are the modern day, Californian version of the Montagues and Capulets.

But when a group camping trip goes south, Zorie and Lennon find themselves stranded in the wilderness. Alone. Together.

What could go wrong?

With no one but each other for company, Zorie and Lennon have no choice but to hash out their issues via witty jabs and insults as they try to make their way to safety. But fighting each other while also fighting off the forces of nature makes getting out of the woods in one piece less and less likely.

And as the two travel deeper into Northern California’s rugged backcountry, secrets and hidden feelings surface. But can Zorie and Lennon’s rekindled connection survive out in the real world? Or was it just a result of the fresh forest air and the magic of the twinkling stars? (Goodreads)

(I know what you're probably thinking... *Why in the world are there two WOW picks this week??* Well, that's because I've already started a list that includes *most* of the WOW picks that I want to use this year, and in order to use them all, I have to do a double post every week. *grin*)

Anyway... I read Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett last year,
and really enjoyed the story!
Starry Eyes sounds really great as well,
and I can't wait to check it out!!
**"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine,
that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.**

Sunday, February 11, 2018

My Week in Review • Week 6

Happy Sunday, and 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!

So this week was another productive week, and I managed to knock 5 more books off my TBR!!

First, I finally, FINALLY read Heartless by Marissa Meyer, and I enjoyed it so so much. I also read Broken Beautiful Hearts by Kami Garcia, which I loved as well, and The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan which was interesting as well! I'm hoping to have my thoughts for these up on the blog this week!

I officially finished my re-read of Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli this week as well, which I LOVED reading again, and can't wait to see the movie for! I also finished re-reading the Shatter Me series as well!!

I also managed to squeeze in three movies this week as well, all from my *February Movies to Watch* List, which is full of adorable rom-coms that I adore. I still have a LOT of movies on the list to watch, but I hope I can get to them all before the month is over!!

If you can read the happiness in this post, it's because Basketball Cheer season is officially over! (With the exception of a tournament game or two, apparently.) BUT, I will officially have my evenings free again, and that makes me SO Happy! I'm hoping to get caught up on ALL the things once I get back in a routine. :)

There's not really much else to update for this week, so I will leave you here!


Thursday, February 8, 2018

My Thoughts & Giveaway: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
The Cruel Prince
(The Folk of the Air #1)
by Holly Black
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Publication Date: January 2nd 2018
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Reader
Pages: 384
ISBN: 9780316310277
Genre: Young Adult | Paranormal | Fantasy | Fairies
Source: From Publisher for Review

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Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself. (Goodreads)

Today I'm teaming up with the awesome folks at NOVL to bring you a giveaway for
The Cruel Prince
by Holly Black!! Keep reading to see my thoughts for the book, AND enter the giveaway to win a copy of the book and other awesome goodies!!

It's been a while since I've read a book by Holly Black, so I was super excited to dive right into The Cruel Prince, her newest release. The summary for the book sounded really awesome, and, it's been way too long since I've had the pleasure reading a book about fairies. So needless to say, I was pretty excited to start this book. It was really great!

To keep things short and sweet, I'm going to say that there was so much about this book to like. It has really well written characters, including the main character, Jude, who was amazing and quite a badass, and super easy to relate to. There are a lot interesting secondary characters as well to get to know. The storyline was completely engrossing, and I couldn't turn the pages fast enough to see what was going to happen next. Also, the world-building was INSANE. I could picture the fairie world perfectly in my mind, and I loved every single description.

So yes, overall, I basically really loved this book. (What's not to love? Ok, a few things that happen with the characters, but I'm not going to go over that here.) Apparently this is going to be a 3 book series, and I'm insanely curious to know what is going to happen in the next two books, titled The Wicked King (expected 2019), and The Queen of Nothing, (expected 2020). It's going to be a looooong wait to get my hands on these books, but I am really looking forward to reading them! I must know what's going to happen next for Jude and all the fairies in the fairie world. If you're a fan of fairie books, or of Holly's books in general, you'll definitely want to check this out! (And I hope you enjoy it just as much as I did!)

Now, as promised, it's time to share the giveaway information!!

Look your most bewitching at the revel! One (1) winner receives:

A Copy of The Cruel Prince
Acorn necklace
Twig of thorns ring

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday #304 - Love & War by Melissa de la Cruz
Love & War
(Alex & Eliza #2)
by Melissa de la Cruz
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Publication Date: April 17th 2018
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9781524739652

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1780. Albany, New York.

As the war for American Independence carries on, two newlyweds are settling into their new adventure: marriage. But the honeymoon's over, and Alexander Hamilton and Eliza Schuyler are learning firsthand just how tricky wedded life can be. Alex is still General George Washington's right-hand man and his attention these days is nothing if not divided--much like the colonies' interests as the end of the Revolution draws near. Alex & Eliza's relationship is tested further by lingering jealousies and family drama. (Goodreads)

Confession:I have not yet read the first book in this series.
(Gasp, I know, right!?!)
I have the book sitting on my shelf, but I've just not had time to read it yet.
(But I really, really want to!!)
I think I'll wait until this book is released so I can read them together!
(I can't wait!)
**"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine,
that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.**

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Have Been On My TBR the Longest and I Still Haven’t Read

February 6: Books That Have Been On My TBR the Longest and I Still Haven’t Read

Oh my, this Top Ten Tuesday list could get REALLY long.
I have SOOOOOOO many books that have been on my TBR for way too long.
Here are just a few that I'm hoping to read this year!!

Legend by Marie Lu
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
The Diviners by Libba Bray

The Luxe by Anna Godbersen
Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger

Amy & Rogers Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
Looking for Alaska by John Green

As I mentioned above, I have SO many books that I could put on this list.
My TBR is huge, and I feel like I'm always adding more than I take off it.
I really am hoping to read all of these books this year...
Wish me luck!!

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