Friday, March 16, 2018

My Thoughts: The Wish Granter by C.J. Redwine
The Wish Granter
(Ravenspire #2)
by C.J. Redwine
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Publication Date: February 14th 2017
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Pages: 425
ISBN: 9780062360274
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy | Retelling
Source: Own

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The world has turned upside down for Thad and Ari Glavan, the bastard twins of Súndraille’s king. Their mother was murdered. The royal family died mysteriously. And now Thad sits on the throne of a kingdom whose streets are suddenly overrun with violence he can’t stop.

Growing up ignored by the nobility, Ari never wanted to be a proper princess. And when Thad suddenly starts training Ari to take his place, she realizes that her brother’s ascension to the throne wasn’t fate. It was the work of a Wish Granter named Alistair Teague, who tricked Thad into wishing away both the safety of his people and his soul in exchange for the crown.

So Ari recruits the help of Thad’s enigmatic new weapons master, Sebastian Vaughn, to teach her how to fight Teague. With secret ties to Teague’s criminal empire, Sebastian might just hold the key to discovering Alistair’s weaknesses, saving Ari’s brother—and herself.

But Teague is ruthless and more than ready to destroy anyone who dares stand in his way—and now he has his sights set on the princess. And if Ari can’t outwit him, she’ll lose Sebastian, her brother…and her soul. (Goodreads)

I’ve had The Wish Granter, the second book in the Ravenspire series by C.J. Redwine, on my TBR for longer than I care to admit. With the third book in the series coming out this month, I figured that it was the perfect time to binge read both books, and having just finished the book, I’m kicking myself for not having read it sooner!!

When I started reading The Wish Granter, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that though this was the second book in the series, it’s also a standalone as well. The first book, The Shadow Queen, had been a Snow White retelling, and while I knew The Wish Granter had different characters, I assumed we’d see the characters from the first book around as well. We didn’t. This is a completely different set of characters and a completely different story as well, so that was interesting!

The Wish Granter is a Rumpelstiltskin retelling, and I was super excited to learn that, as I am raking my brain and can’t remember reading any retellings of this story as of yet. Actually, other than just the basic knowledge of the original story, and what little I’ve seen on the TV Show Once Upon a Time, I know very little of his story. It was definitely interesting, even though Rumpelstiltskin is quite the cruel man.

This story had a lot of interesting characters, including Rumpelstiltskin himself, who, as I mentioned, was very evil, but very well written as well. A very sneaky, evil little man, and while I had no love for him at all, the author did a great job of making him an cruel villain.

The star of the story, for me at least, was Ari, who is the twin of Thad, the newly crowned king of Súndraille. After Thad made a dangerous wish with the Wish Granter, aka Rumpelstiltskin, to become king, Ari takes it upon herself, with the help of her brothers new weapons master, Sebastian, to find a way to defeat Rumpel and release her brother from their bargain. I appreciate her determination and fierceness throughout the story, and I also love that she’s not at all what you’d expect from a princess. I love how down to earth she was, and I also love her love for food. (I can relate.) IF there was only one thing I wanted more of throughout the story, it would have been more Ari & Sebastian times. (Wink.)

The storyline for the book was really interesting, and held my attention throughout. Some parts were hard to read, mostly the things that happened at the hands of Rumpelstiltskin, but otherwise I was pretty engrossed in the story. I’m super excited to move on to the next book in the series now.

Overall; I really enjoyed reading The Wish Granter, and now having finally read the book, I wish I hadn’t waited so long to do so. Lucky for me I have the third book in the series, The Traitor Prince, sitting on my shelf, and I can’t wait to get started on it. If you’re a fan of fairytale retellings, and want to read a good story about Rumpelstiltskin, do check out The Wish Granter! (And if you haven’t already checked out the first book in the series, The Shadow Queen, do check it out as well!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

My Thoughts: Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi
Restore Me
(Shatter Me #4)
by Tahereh Mafi
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Publication Date: March 6th 2018
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pages: 448
ISBN: 9780062676368
Genre: Young Adult | Dystopian
Source: Own

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Juliette Ferrars thought she'd won. She took over Sector 45, was named the new Supreme Commander, and now has Warner by her side. But she's still the girl with the ability to kill with a single touch—and now she's got the whole world in the palm of her hand. When tragedy hits, who will she become? Will she be able to control the power she wields and use it for good? (Goodreads)

Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi was one of my most anticipated reads for 2018, and I’m so glad to have finally read the book. I just recently finished my re-read of the original series, so that the story would be fresh in my mind for when I finally read Restore Me, and I super curious to see which direction this new part of the series would take. Now that I’ve finished the book, I’m definitely curious to know more.

One of the things I love most about Restore Me is that almost all of my favorite characters from the previous books are in the new book as well, including one particular character who is my most favorite. (I won’t mention who it is, but read the first chapter of the book and you’ll know. Also, I think we all can agree that this particular person really needs their own series already. *wink*) I love all the old familiar characters, but we also get to meet a lot of interesting new characters in the story as well, which I found refreshing. Some of these characters I definitely want to know more about, and some have me a little worried, but all of which I want to know more about.

The storyline for the book takes place just a few weeks after where Ignite Me leaves off, so if you don’t remember much about the story, you may want to check out some recaps for the previous books. I’m really glad I reread the original series before starting this one, as there is so much I had forgotten! As I mentioned above, I was curious to see where the storyline was going to go for this series, and I was definitely digging it at first. I’m still debating on how I feel about the end of the book, but now that the stage has been set, so to speak, and I’m even more curious to see what’s going to happen next.

Overall, Restore Me is off to an interesting start, and now that I know which direction this new part of the series will be taking, I’m definitely curious to check it out as well. If you like the previous books in this series, or if you’re just a fan of Tahereh Mafi’s awesome writing, you’ll definitely want to check out this book!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

My Thoughts: Broken Beautiful Hearts by Kami Garcia
Broken Beautiful Hearts
by Kami Garcia
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Publication Date: February 6th 2018
Publisher: Imprint
Pages: 416
ISBN: 9781250079206
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary
Source: Netgalley | Own

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From #1 New York Times–bestselling author Kami Garcia comes a red-hot romance that will break your heart and put it back together again.

Her heart has to break before it can open.

When star soccer player Peyton Rios receives an offer from her first-choice college, senior year starts off exactly as planned. But when Peyton uncovers her boyfriend’s dark secret, she confronts him—and finds herself falling down a flight of stairs. Peyton’s knee—and maybe her dream of going pro—is shattered. Everyone is talking: Was she pushed, or did she fall? Peyton knows the truth, even if no one believes her.

He has to let someone in before it’s too late.

With her future on the line, Peyton goes to stay with her uncle in a small Tennessee town to focus on her recovery. Dating is the last thing on her mind—until she meets sweet, sexy Owen Law.

But Peyton doesn’t trust her heart, especially when she senses that Owen is hiding something. When their secrets are finally exposed, Peyton has to decide if love is worth fighting for. (Goodreads)

Broken Beautiful Hearts by Kami Garcia is one of the books that I was MOST excited to release in February, and I’m so thrilled to have read finally the book! I read Kami’s The Lovely Reckless when it first released back in 2016, and fell absolutely in love with the story, so I just knew I would love Broken Beautiful Hearts as well. And, I did!

If you don’t already know this about me, I am a HUGE fan of contemporary novels. I seriously can’t get enough of them! And it’s even better when the contemporary is a love story. I love reading those stories the most. Broken Beautiful Hearts fits both of those categories, and it’s definitely one of the best I’ve read in a while. I really enjoyed this book.

Peyton is a star athlete on her high school soccer team, and has a bright future ahead of her. All of that changes after an incident with her boyfriend which left her injured, and no one will believe her about that happened. After receiving a few threats, she goes to stay with her uncle and cousins in another state to recover, and to learn how to move on, with the help of a few new friends.

Without going into details, I think most of you know where this storyline is going to go. Let me just say that some parts of this story made me completely rage. Almost all of it was because of Peyton’s ex-boyfriend. What a jerk, and I hate that girls actually have to deal with guys like him, and worse, every day. The fact that no one believed her was awful, and the abusive, stalker tendencies of her ex-boyfriend are just one of my worst nightmares for my daughters, as it hits a little too close to home. But, I love the message that Kami makes in the story regarding this, and I hope that all girls, or boys, reading it will know that this is not ok, and you don’t have to take it. Help is there.

I should also mention that not the entire story was rage-inducing. There were also a lot of sweet moments as well. I love Peyton and her family. Her twin football playing cousins were adorable, and I love their protectiveness over her. She also had a really great, supportive mom and uncle as well. And then there is Owen, who she meets when she goes to stay with her uncle, and lots of swoon-worthy moments ensue. Sighhhhhh.

Overall; I really, really enjoyed reading Broken Beautiful Hearts.  I love the characters, (well, most of them,) and the story so much. I will definitely be re-reading this book soon, and I’ll also be keeping my eye out for more contemporaries by Kami Garcia in the future! If you love a good contemporary story as much as I do, do check out Broken Beautiful Hearts soon!

Waiting on Wednesday #309 - Save the Date by Morgan Matson & Listen to Your Heart by Kasie West
Save the Date
by Morgan Matson
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Publication Date: June 5th 2018
Publisher: Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9781481404570

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Charlie Grant’s older sister is getting married this weekend at their family home, and Charlie can’t wait—for the first time in years, all four of her older siblings will be under one roof. Charlie is desperate for one last perfect weekend, before the house is sold and everything changes. The house will be filled with jokes and games and laughs again. Making decisions about things like what college to attend and reuniting with longstanding crush Jesse Foster—all that can wait. She wants to focus on making the weekend perfect.

The only problem? The weekend is shaping up to be an absolute disaster.

There’s the unexpected dog with a penchant for howling, house alarm that won’t stop going off, and a papergirl with a grudge.

There are the relatives who aren’t speaking, the (awful) girl her favorite brother brought home unannounced, and a missing tuxedo.

Not to mention the neighbor who seems to be bent on sabotage and a storm that is bent on drenching everything. The justice of the peace is missing. The band will only play covers. The guests are all crazy. And the wedding planner’s nephew is unexpectedly, distractingly…cute.

Over the course of three ridiculously chaotic days, Charlie will learn more than she ever expected about the family she thought she knew by heart. And she’ll realize that sometimes, trying to keep everything like it was in the past means missing out on the future. (Goodreads)

Um, does this book sound hilariously wonderful, or what??
Plus, it's Morgan Matson, so you knooooooow it's going to be good.
Just the summary for this book has me longing for summertime.
I can't wait to check it out!!
Listen to Your Heart
by Kasie West
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Publication Date: May 29th 2018
Publisher: Point
ISBN: 9781338210057

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Talking to other people isn't Kate Bailey's favorite activity. She'd much rather be out on the lake, soaking up the solitude and sunshine. So when her best friend, Alana, convinces Kate to join their high school's podcast, Kate is not expecting to be chosen as the host. Now she'll have to answer calls and give advice on the air? Impossible.

But to Kate's surprise, she turns out to be pretty good at the hosting gig. Then the podcast gets in a call from an anonymous guy, asking for advice about his unnamed crush. Kate is pretty sure that the caller is gorgeous Diego Martinez, and even surer that the girl in question is Alana. Kate is excited for her friend ... until Kate herself starts to develop feelings for Diego. Suddenly, Kate finds that while doling out wisdom to others may be easy, asking for help is tougher than it looks, and following your own advice is even harder.

Kasie West's adorable story of secrets, love, and friendship is sure to win over hearts everywhere. (Goodreads)

Ah, and yet another book that has me longing for summertime!
And this one sounds like a lot of fun as well!
And it's Kasie West, who ALSO never fails to disappoint!!
I'm so excited for both of these books!!

Your turn!! What book are you Waiting for this week??

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

My Thoughts: To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
To Kill a Kingdom
by Alexandra Christio
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Publication Date: March 6th 2018
Publisher: Feiwel Friends
Pages: 342
ISBN: 9781250112682
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy | Retelling
Source: Netgalley

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Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most—a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever.

The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory hobby—it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good—But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy? (Goodreads)

I have to admit, the first thing that drew me to To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo was that amazing cover.  I don’t think I have ever seen a book cover with tentacles on it, so of course I was intrigued! After reading the summary for the book, and discovering that it was a Little Mermaid retelling with a dark twist, I KNEW I would have to check this book out. And I’m so glad I did!!

I adore a good retelling, especially when they are of some of my favorite stories and movies. I can’t tell you how many times I watched The Little Mermaid when I was growing up, but I know it was enough times that I basically have the movie memorized. Because of that, the storyline felt completely familiar, but it had a dark twist to it as well, which was surprising, and also wonderful! I did not expect the main characters to be so dark and completely different than what we originally know. I did not expect Princess Lira to be a siren that lures unsuspecting humans to their deaths and steals their hearts, and I definitely did not expect Prince Elian to be a professional siren killer. But that’s exactly what you get from these main characters. I love that the story was told from both Lira and Elian’s viewpoints, as getting to see both sides of the story while reading the book was definitely interesting.

As I mentioned above, the storyline for the book is both familiar, yet completely new as well. That’s one of the things I love most about retellings; that an author can take an original story and put their own twist to it. And this book definitely had a twist to it. I did not expect it to be as dark as it was, but that just made it even more interesting and engrossing. I seriously couldn’t get through this story fast enough, and when I had to put it down to do other things, I was constantly pining to get back to it. I’m kind of bummed that it’s a standalone novel, as I would have loved to keep reading the story!!

Overall; yeah, if you can’t tell, I really liked To Kill a Kingdom!! Now that Alexandra Christo is on my radar, I will definitely be keeping my eye out for new books from her, especially if she has more retellings to tell! If you love a good retelling, and are a fan of The Little Mermaid, you will definitely want to check out To Kill a Kingdom!!

Monday, March 12, 2018

#NowWeRise Blog Tour: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Happy Monday, Bookworms!!

Today I'm participating in the #NoWeRise Blog Tour for
The Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi!!

Scroll down to see my thoughts for this awesome book, 
and check out the graphic at the bottom of the post to see what Maji clan you belong to!!
Children of Blood and Bone
(Legacy of Orïsha #1)
by Tomi Adeyemi
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Publication Date: March 6th, 2018
Publisher: Henry Holt Books for Young Readers
Pages: 525
ISBN: 9781250170972
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy | Magic
Source: Review Copy / Own

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Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut, perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Sabaa Tahir.

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now, Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers—and her growing feelings for the enemy. (Goodreads)

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi is one of those books that you see EVERYWHERE, and you have to wonder what the hype is all about because everyone is talking about the book. That was me with this book. The first thing that drew me to the book was the gorgeous cover, and then I checked out the summary for the story and knew I wanted to read it. I wish I wouldn’t have waited so long to do so, this story was seriously great, and now I definitely know what all the hype is about!!

The Children of Blood and Bone is the first book in the Legacy of Orïsha series. I’m not sure at the moment how many books will be in this series, but I hope that it will be a lot, because I seriously want more of this story. The series is off to such a great start with this first book! I recently heard the author describe the book as Black Panther with a magical twist, and that is exactly what I thought of while reading the book. It only took me a few pages to become completely hooked, and once I started reading, I seriously couldn’t stop. Not only is the story great, but the book also has some pretty amazing characters as well, all of which are SO well written. All of these things together make for such a great read.

I had an advanced copy of this book, which is what I originally started reading, and then I discovered the audiobook version of the book. If you follow my blog or social media any at all, you’ll know that I’m completely in love with audiobooks at the moment, so I was completely torn on which format I wanted to read the book in. I had started out reading the review copy of the book, but the sample of the audiobook that I listened to was SO GOOD, that I really wanted to listen as well. So, I ended up doing both!! I followed along in the book while Bahni Turpin narrated the audiobook to me, and it was such an awesome experience. (And I totally need to start doing this for books/audiobooks more often!) If you have the opportunity to check out the book in audio format, I highly recommend it. But, the book version is amazing too. Whichever way you decide to read the book is fine, as long as you just read it!

Overall; I really enjoyed The Children of Blood and Bone so much, it’s definitely one of my favorites of the year so far! I absolutely cannot wait to get my hands on the next book in the series, which I don’t currently see a release date or book name for, but which I will definitely be keeping my eye out for more information for. I can’t wait to find out what’s going to happen next! Definitely add this book to your TBR, and read it as soon as possible! And feel free to tell me what you thought of the book here, or on social media as well! I really hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

Happy Reading!!

Tomi Adeyemi is a Nigerian-American writer and creative writing coach based in San Diego, California. After graduating Harvard University with an honors degree in English literature, she received a fellowship that allowed her to study West African mythology and culture in Salvador, Brazil. When she’s not working on her novels or watching Scandal, she can be found blogging and teaching creative writing to her 4,500 subscribers at Her website has been named one of the 101 best websites for writers by Writer’s Digest.
Her debut West African YA Fantasy novel is CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE (Holt Books for Young Readers/Macmillan). The CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE movie is in development at Fox 2000/Temple Hill Productions with Karen Rosenfelt and Wyck Godfrey (Twilight, Maze Runner, The Fault In Our Stars) producing it.
If you want to know everything important about her and her stories, you can read this blog post: Why I Write, Telling A Story That Matters.
If you're an aspiring author, check out her writing tips and free writing resource library here. (

Now it's time to discover what Maji Clan you belong to!

Going by the chart above, I would be part of the Healer Clan!!
*Healers can heal a wide variety of ailments and injuries*

Does that sound awesome, or what?? I'd love to be a healer!!

Did you check the chart to see what clan you would be in??
If so, feel free to share your answer in the comments below!
I'd love to see what clan you are in.

And, again, if you've not yet read this book, you should totally do so!!

Sunday, March 11, 2018

My Week in Review • Week 10

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!

This past week I had the pleasure of reading four really interesting books, including Hero at the Fall, the third and final book in the Rebel of the Sands series by Alwyn Hamilton. This book was a really great ending to an awesome series, and you can see my thoughts for the book here!

I also read To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo, which is a retelling of The Little Mermaid with a dark twist, and which was also pretty awesome! I still need to write a review for this book, but I'm hoping to work on that for this coming week.

Ah! And I finally read Children of Blood and Bone this week, and it was all everyone said it would be AND MORE! Think Black Panther with a magical twist, and that's what you get with this book. I loved it, and will definitely have my thoughts for it up this week.

The last book I read this week was Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi! I have to say I was super curious to see what direction this new part of the series would take, and I'm still trying to sort my thoughts for it. I'm hoping to have them up soon!

I only watched one movie this week, but The Hubby and I finally went to see Black Panther, and it was Great!! I looooooved the last post credit scene as well. *swooooon*

Next month I'll be starting my Marvel Movie Marathon Month, in which I watch ALL the Marvel movies in order before the release of Infinity War. I am very, very excited for this. Can it be April already?? :)

I know I probably said this last week, but March has been the weirdest month. I'm almost ready for it to be over already. *grin*

This week has been a pretty lazy week for me. The hubby took the week off, and it was nice to spend time with him for our anniversary. But, I didn't get much accomplished having him home. haha! Here's hoping for a little bit of normalcy to return next week!

That's about all for me this week. How was your week?

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday #308 - War Storm by Victoria Aveyard & A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas
War Storm
by Victoria Aveyard
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Publication Date: May 15th 2018
Publisher: Harper Teen
ISBN: 9780062422996

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Mare Barrow learned this all too well when Cal’s betrayal nearly destroyed her. Now determined to protect her heart—and secure freedom for Reds and newbloods like her—Mare resolves to overthrow the kingdom of Norta once and for all… starting with the crown on Maven’s head.

But no battle is won alone, and before the Reds may rise as one, Mare must side with the boy who broke her heart in order to defeat the boy who almost broke her. Cal’s powerful Silver allies, alongside Mare and the Scarlet Guard, prove a formidable force. But Maven is driven by an obsession so deep, he will stop at nothing to have Mare as his own again, even if it means demolishing everything—and everyone—in his path.

War is coming, and all Mare has fought for hangs in the balance. Will victory be enough to topple the Silver kingdoms? Or will the little lightning girl be forever silenced?

In the epic conclusion to Victoria Aveyard’s stunning series, Mare must embrace her fate and summon all her power… for all will be tested, but not all will survive. (Goodreads)

I know I shouldn't be as excited as I am for this book to release, as I've not completely finished the series yet, but... I am SO excited for this book! And I do believe that it was that excitement that finally got me off my tush to finally get caught up on this series. I just finished re-reading the first book, and if things go as planned, I will be all caught up when War Storm is released in May!!

A Court of Frost and Starlight
(A Court of Thorns and Roses #3.1)
by Sarah J. Maas
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Publication Date: May 1st 2018
Publisher: Bloomsbury YA
ISBN: 9781681196312

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The Winter Solstice. In a week. I was still new enough to being High Lady that I had no idea what my formal role was to be. If we'd have a High Priestess do some odious ceremony, as lanthe had done the year before. A year. Gods, nearly a year since Rhys had called in his bargain, desperate to get me away from the poison of the Spring Court to save me from my despair. Had he been only a minute later, the Mother knew what would have happened. Where I'd now be. Snow swirled and eddied in the garden, catching in the brown fibers of the burlap covering the shrubs My mate who had worked so hard and so selflessly, all without hope that I would ever be with him We had both fought for that love, bled for it. Rhys had died for it. (Goodreads)

Ah, but this is yet another series I still need to get caught up on! I had hoped to re-read the first book in the series last month, but I unfortunately didn't get to it, so I'm going to try again this month. And, hopefully, I will be caught up on this series as well when this new book is released! It sounds interesting!!

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

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Audiobooks: Why I Love Them & Where I Get Them! (And a Playster Promo Code!)

Hello, Bookworms!!
And Happy Tuesday to you!!

Today on Instagram we are talking about Audiobook Recommendations for #AlltheBooksMarch, and I thought it would be the perfect day for a blog post on the reasons why I love audiobooks, and where I get them!!

Before I get started, I have a few things to say about audiobooks.

First, if you don't think audiobooks count as reading, then we can't be friends. *grin* Actually, we can be friends, but I would have to completely disagree with you. Audiobooks definitely count as reading!

Second, if you think audiobooks aren't for you, you probably just haven't found the right one yet!! The narrator definitely makes the book, so if you try one and find yourself not liking it, try another one!! I'll list some recommendations a little later in the post.

Third, while audiobooks will never replace my love for physical books, they are great alternative when you just don't have time to read, and I know they are going to get more popular as time goes on!

Now that I've got that out there, let's talk about why I love audiobooks!!

1. I can listen anywhere and everywhere! (And I do!)

I am a busy mom, and most days I have very little time to sit and read. That is one of the main reasons why I love audiobooks. I can listen pretty much anytime, anywhere, including while sitting in the bleachers or in the carpool lane waiting on the children. I also listen while I'm cleaning, grocery shopping, and even when mowing the yard. The only time I can't listen is when I'm sitting down. I have to actually be doing something to enjoy the audiobook!

2. I get to read a LOT more!

Because I can listen anywhere, I get to read a whole lot more. Which works for me as I'm always behind on my reading!

3. You can listen with your family.

Audiobooks are great for car rides where the whole family can listen along! My kids have listened along to Harry Potter on audiobook, and I think they all really enjoyed it.

4. The narrator can make it an amazing experience.

Have you listened to one of the newer audiobooks lately? No longer is it a person just reading the story for you. You can now find audiobooks with full casts of characters, and even sound effects! Yes, some audiobooks even have sound effects, which makes the story really interesting. The narrator can definitely make the book a more rememberable experience for you.

5. Less strain on the brain. (And the eyes!)

I don't know about you guys, but if I read too much at one time, I start to get a headache, both from brain strain and eye pain. Not an issue with audiobooks!

6. Pronunciation.

Have you ever been reading a book and not know how to pronounce a word, name or place correctly? Yeah, we've all been there. Audiobooks definitely help clear that up. And, it's interesting to go back and listen to a book you've read in the past, and finding a word that you pronounced wrong when you were reading the book!

7. You can get through the hard to read books.

Have you ever tried reading a book that you just couldn't get into? Audiobooks can help with that as well! Especially with classic stories. They can take me the longest to get through, but having someone else read it to me can be a much better experience!

8. Audiobooks are always with me.

Thanks to my handy, dandy smartphone, I always have audiobooks with me! This can come in handy when you accidentally leave your book, e-reader, or tablet at home, or even when you just don't want to take one with you. I also have a set a bluetooth headphones that I use that have an amazingly long battery life, so as long as I have those with me, I'm all set.

9. Other than reading, I'd rather be listening to audiobooks than doing anything else.

And this is why I never have time to watch movies or tv. *grin*

10. Audiobooks are an escape from reality.

And we all need that sometimes.

Wow, that got pretty ramble-y!!
Now that you know WHY I love audiobooks, let's talk about the places I get them!

My local library is an AMAZING resource for audiobooks, and where most of the ones I listen to come from. Not only do they have a great selection to choose from, (and are always adding new ones), but they also have digital media as well, including:

Overdrive - I love Overdrive! Our library is always adding new books and audiobooks for us to listen to via the site. The only downside is that sometimes you have to go on a waiting list, and for the more popular books, it could turn into a long wait. I still love it though.

RBDigital and Axis 360 - My library also offers these digital sites, which I have used a few times, but are not updated very often.

Hoopla Digital - Hoopla is probably my most favorite of the digital services my library offers. They have an AMAZING selection of books, and you don't have to put anything on hold or go on a waiting list to check something out. It basically works on a credit type system. Every month you get a certain amount of 'credits', (our library gives us 10 per month), and you can use those to check out any audiobook (or movie, music, comic or ebooks) that they offer. They have a pretty great selection of audiobooks, and they add new stuff every week! I currently have 1200+ books in my 'favorites' folder waiting to be checked out. I LOVE THIS SITE!!

Check with your library to see what audiobook options they have available, and if they don't have any of the ones listen above, ask them to look into them!

Audible is another great source for both old and new audiobooks! I've had this service for a few months now, and I'm currently using my credits every month to buy the Harry Potter books on audio, which I usually just check out from the library. This service is good for books that you want to own, and they have pretty much every audiobook you can think of. It may seem a bit pricey, but I imagine that audiobooks aren't cheap to make, so it's definitely worth it to me.

(There are other sites online were you can purchase audiobooks, but Audible is the only one I have experience with.)

You can also get audiobooks from Amazon as well. I did not know this until recently. Most MP3 audiobooks are reasonably priced as well, especially for older books.

Playster Media is a new-to-me site that is perfect for hardcore listeners of audiobooks, (or anyone, really!)! I was recently offered a complimentary subscription to the site, and I instantly fell in love! They have a huge selection of audiobooks to choose from, including both new and older books, and it's unlimited!!

Playster currently offers two unlimited plans for audiobooks:
  • The first is plan is Audiobook Basic, which allows you to listen to unlimited audiobooks from a select select number of titles for $14.95 a month.
  • The second plan is Audiobook Premium, which means you can listen to any audiobook the site offers for $29.95 a month.
(You can get an idea of what audiobooks they offer and which work with the different plans here:

Now, you may think that these options are a bit pricey as well, but just like with Audible, you get what you pay for!! Consider this, you pay half of this amount to stream music from Apple, and these are BOOKS! I love the idea of unlimited service, and I love that they have both newer books as well as older books that I want to listen to as well. You don't get to own the books you listen to, but I don't really want to own all of them, so this works perfectly for me.

(Also, Playster also has different plans that include ebooks, music, movies and even games. Yes, GAMES! I did not look too far into these options, as I'm mostly here for the audiobooks. *wink*)

And today I'm teaming up with Playster with a deal for YOU!! Below is a promo code that will give you 60 days of All-Media access (audiobooks, ebooks, music, movies) for $6! To activate just visit and click Start Your Free Month. Enter code Bee60 on the next page in the box provided. Enjoy!!

** The All Media Access includes unlimited ebooks, unlimited music, unlimited movies and TV shows and unlimited Basic Audiobooks. (Keep in mind while looking at audiobooks; while listening to audiobooks is unlimited, aything with a gold star in the upper right hand corner is Premium only, while all other titles are available to both Basic and Premium members.)

And, as promised, here are a few audiobook recommendations for your listening pleasures! I've recently listened to and LOVED all of these audiobooks, and I hope you will as well!!

To any one new to audiobooks, I definitely recommend the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling! Whether you are new to the series, or reading it for the 10th time, you will definitely enjoy the audio version of these books. They are narrated by the amazing Jim Dale, and he will draw you into the story with his different voices and narration. Definitely worth a listen!

Note: Jim Dale also narrated The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, which is another great listen.

I recently listened to the audiobooks for both Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda and The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli and LOVED them! I had read the books before, but it was my first time listening to the audiobooks, and they were awesome.

So, you know earlier when I mentioned that some audiobooks have a full cast of characters AND sound effects? I was talking about The Illuminae Chronicles series by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. This series is the best, and I can't wait to get the third book, Obsidio, on audio as soon as it is released!!

And my last recommendation is Ready Player One by Ernest Cline! I read this book for the very first time earlier this year, and I opted to listen to the audiobook, which is narrated by the talented Wil Wheaton, and it was seriously one of the best decisions I've ever made. This is a really great audiobook!

Sooo, my super simple post about why I love audiobook has gotten really long! (I do believe this is the longest post I've EVER made in my 7 years of blogging!) If you made it this far, kudos to you! You deserve an audiobook! So I hope you'll check out the ones I recommended, if you haven't already, and also don't forget to check out the Playster promo as well!

Do you love audiobooks?? If so, what are some of your favorites??

Happy Reading..., er... Listening, Bookworms!!

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