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

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35796008-dance-of-thieves
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.**


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