Saturday, March 31, 2018

March 2018 Wrap Up & Book Haul!

Happy Saturday, Bookworms!

Can you believe it's the last day of March?? Where has the month gone?

I had another pretty good reading month in March,
though I didn't read quite as many books as I did in January and February,
but I still put a pretty decent dent in my TBR!!

I'm super excited to get started on my April TBR tomorrow!!

Here are all the books I read, and added to my collection in March:

Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi
A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab
The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan
I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman
#MurderTrending by Gretchen McNeil
The Storm Runner by Jennifer Cervantes
Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
Pacifica by Kristen Simmons
Bone Music by Christopher Rice
Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi
Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton
The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan
Restore Me by Tahereh Mafic
The Traitor Prince by C.J. Redwine
I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman
Emergency Contact by March H.K. Choi
Bone Music by Christopher Rice
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
Obsidio by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

* = Re-reads

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer
Lost Crow Conspiracy by Rosalyn Eves
Ice Wolves by Amie Kaufman

While working on this post I discovered that I actually read more books than I thought I did, so, go me! I read a lot of really great books this month, including Glass Sword and Throne of Glass, both of which I've been meaning to read for FOREVER, and I'm so glad that I finally got to them!

I also read Obsidio and Hero at the Fall, both of which are the last books in their series, and I'm SO SAD to see them end!

Also, Children of Blood and Bone was one of the best books I read this month. If you've not yet read it, DO IT!

So, yeah... March was a pretty good month for books. :)
Now I'm ready to tackle my April TBR, and I can't wait to get started on it!

That's all for me this month! How was YOUR month??

Friday, March 30, 2018

Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi • Q&A!!
Emergency Contact
by Mary H.K. Choi
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Publication Date: March 27th 2018
Publisher: Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9781534408968
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary
Source: For Review

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For Penny Lee high school was a total nonevent. Her friends were okay, her grades were fine, and while she somehow managed to land a boyfriend, he doesn’t actually know anything about her. When Penny heads to college in Austin, Texas, to learn how to become a writer, it’s seventy-nine miles and a zillion light years away from everything she can’t wait to leave behind.

Sam’s stuck. Literally, figuratively, emotionally, financially. He works at a cafĂ© and sleeps there too, on a mattress on the floor of an empty storage room upstairs. He knows that this is the god-awful chapter of his life that will serve as inspiration for when he’s a famous movie director but right this second the seventeen bucks in his checking account and his dying laptop are really testing him.

When Sam and Penny cross paths it’s less meet-cute and more a collision of unbearable awkwardness. Still, they swap numbers and stay in touch—via text—and soon become digitally inseparable, sharing their deepest anxieties and secret dreams without the humiliating weirdness of having to see each other. (Goodreads)
Today I'm sharing a really awesome Q&A with Mary H.K. Choi about her newest book, Emergency Contact! I recently had the opportunity to check out this book, and I really enjoyed it. Not only did the book have a really cute storyline, but it also has great characters who deal with real life issues that are so relevant in the world today. I especially love that the two main characters get to know each other via text message. I could totally relate to that, as I'm the biggest introvert, and that's basically the only way I will talk to people if I can help it at all. :) Sounds interesting, right??

Keep reading to check out my Q&A session with Mary, and then get a copy of this book for yourself!!

Q. What inspired you to write Emergency Contact?

A: An amazing long-distance friendship that became a face-meltingly awesome relationship.

Q. The characters in your book sound adorably awkward, which I can definitely relate to. Are any of these characters inspired by yourself or someone you know?

A. There are aspects to Penny that are mined directly from my truest self. I stole the tattoos and certain anecdotes from my person whose name happens to be Sam. It’s a good name!

Q. The characters in your story stay in touch, and become closer, via text. Do you find it easier to communicate with people digitally, or do you favor talking in person more.

A. I have awful social anxiety. There are times where if I go to a party or feel like I have to be “on” for a sustained period of time I’ll be depressed the next day. My wiring or my OS is very particular and usually if I’m in a room with too many people I’m crunching a lot of arithmetic on how everyone is doing or if I’m spending enough time talking to everyone and that sort of thing. I get overwhelmed and then I get depleted worrying and whirring. I spend most days alone working or with my person. I can be a challenging friend in that way but by now I think my real friends know my true heart. I may not be able to come to every dinner party or birthday drinks but they know I love them and think about them frequently. I’m a lot more demonstrative through text and voice memo or sometimes I’ll write a longhand letter and post it in the mail if I want them to know how much I love them. I love my friends so much.

Q. If you were a main character in this story, who would your emergency contact be?

A. My emergency contact is my person Sam. Sam knows how to get in touch with my family and my other friends and is my go-to for crises big and small. I also trust their decision-making. Sam also knows how to do the extremely fiddly and tricky work of deducing whether something is an actual emergency or if I need the hard re-set of a nap.

Q. What was the hardest part of writing this book? And your most favorite part?

A. Honestly the promotion has been the toughest. The actual writing of the book and the rewriting and seeing if it passes the “read it out loud” test and the “read it on your phone or kindle” test or “print the whole thing out again-again and read it” test was terrible at the time but in hindsight was tremendously satisfying. I think I’m having the most difficulty with talking about my book and insisting that it deserves to live in the world in the pantheon of other books. I’m working hard to stand up for my work and fighting to get space for this creative nugget I made up out of my brain. It’s all mortifying in strange ways but I believe in it.

My favorite part is when everyone is still water-colored and wavy. You have a general idea of your story and maybe you know how it ends but you don’t have to commit to a certain sequence of events or arc and every character is filled with endless possibility and the limitations of you as a creator haven’t yet been tested. That’s the fun part.

Q. What did you learn from writing this story? And what do you hope your readers will take away from the story?

A. I learned what my capabilities are. And how much endurance I possess even when the tiny pile of words couldn’t dream of becoming a massive hill of words. I hope that readers will believe in their artistry.

Q. And lastly, because I am ALWAYS wondering what everyone is reading... What was the
last book you read and LOVED? And, what are you currently reading at the moment?

A. I just finished Pachinko (I desperately need the Korean translated version so my parents can read it) and Everything I Never Told You. I just started The Belles. And I’m right in the middle of Children of Blood and Bone. I’m finding myself flipping to see how much of I have left because I want to savor it as I go. I hate when you accidentally house a book. It’s satisfying but bittersweet like eating the last Dorito without knowing it was your last.

Mary H.K. Choi is a writer for the New York Times, GQ, Wired, and the Atlantic. She has written comics for Marvel and DC, as well as a collection of essays called Oh, Never Mind. She is the host of Hey, Cool Job!, a podcast about jobs, and is a culture correspondent for VICE News Tonight on HBO. Emergency Contact is her first novel. Mary grew up in Hong Kong and Texas and now lives in New York. Follow her on Twitter at @choitotheworld.


By Mary H.K. Choi
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Thursday, March 29, 2018

My Thoughts: Ice Wolves by Amie Kaufman
Ice Wolves
(Elementals, #1)
by Amie Kaufman
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Publication Date: March 27th 2018
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9780062457981
Genre: Middle Grade | Fantasy
Source: Edelweiss

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Everyone in Vallen knows that ice wolves and scorch dragons are sworn enemies who live deeply separate lives.

So when twelve-year-old orphan Anders takes one elemental form and his twin sister, Rayna, takes another, he wonders whether they are even related. Still, whether or not they’re family, Rayna is Anders’s only true friend. She’s nothing like the brutal, cruel dragons who claimed her as one of their own and stole her away.

In order to rescue her, Anders must enlist at the foreboding Ulfar Academy, a school for young wolves that values loyalty to the pack above all else. But for Anders, loyalty is more complicated than obedience, and friendship is the most powerful shapeshifting force of all. (Goodreads)

Amie Kaufman is one of those authors that, for me, never disappoints with her amazing writing, and I'm always excited to check out something new by her. When I discovered Ice Wolves, the first book in her brand new middle grade series, Elementals, I knew I would have to check it out. I'm so glad that I did! I really enjoyed the book, and I think this series is off to a really great start!

Ice Wolves is a story about a young orphan boy named Anders, who lives on the streets with his sister, Rayna, doing what they have to do to make it through another day, and keeping each other safe at all costs. When they discover that they can take on elemental forms, one of a wolf, and one of a dragon, they wonder if what they know of their past is even true. And when Rayna is stolen away by the dragons, Anders does the thing he wants to do the least in order to save her.

I've read quite a few middle grade books this month, which I unfortunately don't get to do much lately, and I'm amazed at how different they are than the books that were around when I was younger. Ice Wolves is no exception. It has a great cast of diverse characters, and while the story is fantasy, it also has some extremely relatable situations as well. I love that! I also really enjoyed the storyline for this book, especially the parts about the dragons and the wolves being enemies. I feel like I can guess which direction the storyline is going to take in the next two books, but I'm excited either way to read them to see what happens next.

Overall; Ice Wolves is a really great beginning to what should prove to be a really entertaining series by Amie Kaufman! I will most definitely be keeping my eye out for information on the next book in the series, which at the moment is currently untitled, and set to release sometime in 2019. I can't wait to check it out! If you're a fan of Amie's work, or if you're just a fan of really addictive middle grade fantasy, do check out Ice Wolves!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday #311 - Puddin' by Julie Murphy & 9 Days & 9 Nights by Katie Cotugno
(Dumplin' #1)
by Julie Murphy
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Publication Date: May 8th 2018
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
ISBN: 9780062418388

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It is a companion novel to Dumplin', which follows supporting characters from the first book in the months after Willowdean's star turn in the Clover City pageant.

Millie Michalchuk has gone to fat camp every year since she was a girl. Not this year. This year she has new plans to chase her secret dream—and to kiss her crush. Callie Reyes is the pretty girl who is next in line for dance team captain and has the popular boyfriend. But when it comes to other girls, she’s more frenemy than friend. When circumstances bring the girls together over the course of a semester, they will surprise everyone (especially themselves) by realizing they might have more in common than they ever imagined. (Goodreads)

You guys! I am SOOOOO excited for this book! I loved Dumplin' when I first read it, and I plan to re-read it again next month before I start Puddin', and I can't wait to read both of them! If you've not yet read Dumplin', read it! Then check out Puddin' as well!
9 Days & 9 Nights
by Katie Cotugno
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Publication Date: May 1st 2018
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
ISBN: 9780062674111

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The irresistible sequel to the bestselling 99 Days.

Molly Barlow isn’t that girl anymore. A business major at her college in Boston, she’s reinvented herself after everything that went down a year ago . . . after all the people she hurt and the family she tore apart.

Slowly, life is getting back to normal. Molly has just said “I love you” to her new boyfriend, Ian, and they are off on a romantic European vacation together, starting with scenic London. But there on a Tube platform, the past catches up to her in the form of Gabe, her ex, traveling on his own parallel vacation with new girlfriend Sadie.

After comparing itineraries, Ian ends up extending an invite for Gabe and Sadie to join them on the next leg of their trip, to Ireland. Sadie, who’s dying to go there, jumps at the prospect. And Molly and Gabe can’t bring themselves to tell the truth about who they once were to each other to their new significant others.

Now Molly has to spend nine days and nine nights with the boy she once loved, the boy whose heart she shredded, without Ian knowing. Will she make it through as new, improved Molly, or will everything that happened between her and Gabe come rushing back? (Goodreads)

Ahhhh, I am SO curious about this sequel to 99 Days! I read that book a few years ago, and I'm really curious to see what's up for Molly in this story. I think I may have to re-read the first book before starting this, so that should be fun as well!

Those are my picks for this week!!
What books are you excited to get your hands on??

**"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 27, 2018

My Thoughts: Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

Glass Sword
(Red Queen #2)
by Victoria Aveyard
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Publication Date: February 9th 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 444
ISBN: 9780062310668
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy
Source: Own

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If there’s one thing Mare Barrow knows, it’s that she’s different.

Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

The electrifying next installment in the Red Queen series escalates the struggle between the growing rebel army and the blood-segregated world they’ve always known—and pits Mare against the darkness that has grown in her soul. (Goodreads)

At the beginning of 2018 I set a goal to get caught up on some of the book series that I had started in the past, but had never finished. The Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard was one of the series at the top of my list, and I especially wanted to get caught up on it before the last book in the series, War Storm, is released in May. I originally read Red Queen way back when it was first released, and really enjoyed the story, but somehow got behind on the series over the years. I'm determined to get caught up on it this year, and after re-reading Red Queen last month, I was *finally* able to start on Glass Sword, and I really enjoyed it as well!

One thing I like about this series is that it has a lot of great characters. While most of the ones we know and love from the first book around still around in Glass Sword, we are also introduced to a LOT of interesting new characters as well. I love them all, old and new, but the one character that still managed to surprise me was Mare. She's quite the fighter, definitely a favorite of mine, and has been from the beginning. I'm really curious to continue the series to see what fate the next book holds for her and her group of friends.

Glass Sword picks up right where Red Queen leaves off, and I was super curious, especially after that cliffhanger ending in Red Queen. This book kept me guessing on what was going to happen next, and it never felt like there was a dull moment when reading it. And, of course, this book also ends with a pretty massive cliffhanger ending, and I'm DYING to start Kings Cage to see what's going to happen next. Luckily I don't have to wait long to start that one, since it has already been released, and I just know I'll be pining away for War Storm once I finish it.

Overall; Glass Sword was an interesting sequel to Red Queen, and I'm super curious to see what's going to happen next in Kings Cage! It looks like I may actually get caught up on this series before War Storm is released, and I'm pretty excited that I will get to read that book along with everyone else! (Fingers Crossed.)  If you read and loved Red Queen, but have not yet continued along with the series, you should definitely do so! Enjoy!

Monday, March 26, 2018

My Thoughts: Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi
Aru Shah and the End of Time
(Pandava Quartet #1)
by Roshani Chokshi
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Publication Date: March 27th 2018
Publisher: Rick Riordan Presents
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9781368012355
Genre: Middle Grade | Fantasy | Mythology
Source: Review Copy

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Twelve-year-old Aru Shah has a tendency to stretch the truth in order to fit in at school. While her classmates are jetting off to family vacations in exotic locales, she'll be spending her autumn break at home, in the Museum of Ancient Indian Art and Culture, waiting for her mom to return from her latest archeological trip. Is it any wonder that Aru makes up stories about being royalty, traveling to Paris, and having a chauffeur?

One day, three schoolmates show up at Aru's doorstep to catch her in a lie. They don't believe her claim that the museum's Lamp of Bharata is cursed, and they dare Aru to prove it. Just a quick light, Aru thinks. Then she can get herself out of this mess and never ever fib again.

But lighting the lamp has dire consequences. She unwittingly frees the Sleeper, an ancient demon whose duty it is to awaken the God of Destruction. Her classmates and beloved mother are frozen in time, and it's up to Aru to save them.

The only way to stop the demon is to find the reincarnations of the five legendary Pandava brothers, protagonists of the Hindu epic poem, the Mahabharata, and journey through the Kingdom of Death. But how is one girl in Spider-Man pajamas supposed to do all that? (Goodreads)

Aru Shah and the End of Time is the first book in a brand new Pandava Quartet series by New York Times bestselling author Roshani Chokshi ! I have read The Star-Touched Queen series by Roshani in the past, and really, really enjoyed the story, so when this book crossed my radar, I knew I would have to check it out!! I'm so glad I did, I really enjoyed this book!

Aru Shah and the End of Time is the first book to be released by the new Disney-Hyperion imprint, Rick Riordan Presents! If you don't know what Rick Riordan Presents is, you can read more about it Here. Basically, it's an imprint that will be devoted just middle grade books by authors from underrepresented cultures and backgrounds. Does that sound great, or what?? How awesome will it be to read about different cultures, from authors that are actually from each culture? I don't know about you guys, but I'm pretty excited for this!!

Aru Shah and the End of Time is a story is about a 12 year old girl named Aru Shah, who, in an attempt to impress her schoolmates, unintentionally releases and ancient demon, who, if not stopped, could cause the end of time.

Let me say, if you're a fan of Rick Riordan's stories, or of any kind of mythology, you will definitely want to check out this book. I love reading Rick's books, because not only are they completely engaging, but they are also educating as well. I felt this and SO MUCH MORE about Aru Shah and the End of Time. Not only did Roshani Chokshi keep me completely entertained with the story, but it also taught me all about Hindu Mythology, which I knew nothing about, but am now completely fascinated with.

This book also has some really great characters. There's not just one, but TWO awesome heroines' in the story, and it was absolutely fascinating to go along on their journey with them to stop the end of time. These girls were in no way perfect, and brought up so many memories from my youth. (Yup, I was once a 12 year old girl. I get it, Aru!) I love them! There are a lot of really awesome secondary characters in the story as well, Boo being one of my favorites, and I was completely fascinated by them all!

The storyline for the book, as I mentioned above, is all about Hindu mythology. I'll be perfectly honest with you, I probably wouldn't know half of the things I know about Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and Norse mythology without having read Rick Riordan's books, and I LOVE that I have retained that information long after I read them. (It helps with those Jeopardy categories!) I know the same is going to happen with this book. Not only is Roshani is telling us a story with Aru Shah and the End of Time, she's also educating us on Hindu Mythology as well, and I love that! The whole story was completely fascinating, and I can't wait to get my hand on the next book(s) in the series as soon as possible.

Overall; I really, really enjoyed Aru Shah and the End of Time, and I absolutely can't wait to read the rest of the books in this series when they are released!! I love the characters, and the storyline, and the fact that it made me laugh out loud so many times. I loved it! (As if you can't tell!) If you're a fan of mythology, and love books that are similar to Rick Riordan's, do check out Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi! I hope you enjoyed it just as much as I did!

Sunday, March 25, 2018

My Thoughts: Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (Audiobook)
(The Illuminae Files #3)
by Amie Kaufman
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& Jay Kristoff
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Publication Date: March 13th 2018
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Pages: 615
ISBN: 9780553499193
Genre: Young Adult | Science Fiction
Source: Own

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Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza—but who knows what they'll find seven months after the invasion?

Meanwhile, Kady's cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza's ragtag underground resistance. When Rhys—an old flame from Asha's past—reappears on Kerenza, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict.

With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heroes will fall, and hearts will be broken. (Goodreads)

Obsidio, the third and final book in The Illuminae Files series by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff was definitely one of my most anticipated books of March, and I'm SOOOOO very thrilled to have finally read the book! Though I didn't want to see this series come to an end, this was definitely the best ending ever, and I'm so glad to have had the chance to read it!

I originally read Illuminae back when it was first released, but somehow Gemina had gotten pushed back on my TBR, and I didn't read it until this year, when I decided to start the series over again from the beginning. I opted to re-read Illuminae in audiobook format, just to refresh my mind so that I could finally start Gemina, and that was seriously the best decision I have ever made. I have listened to a LOT of audiobooks this year, but the ones for this series are definitely my favorite, and I'm so glad I chose to read Gemina and Obsidio this way as well. Not only are the books narrated by a full cast of characters, but you also get sound effects as well, which makes the audiobook even more interesting. This is not some bland narrator reading the story to you, this was so much more. And I loved it. If you have the opportunity to check out this series in audiobook format, DO IT!

Ahem, moving on...

The storyline for the book picks up right where Gemina leaves off, and it doesn't waste any time throwing you right back into the story. I had absolutely no idea what to expect when starting this book, especially after the ending of Gemina, but wow, this story was quite a ride. I don't want to go into too many details and ruin anything for you, so if you want to know how things end, you'll have to read the book yourself. *wink*

Also, while there are some familiar characters that we've met from the previous books in the story, there are also a lot of new characters as well. I actually love that book has a different set of characters as the story goes along, but that all our favorite ones are still around as well. With each book I find new people to like, and I love that! Asha and Rhys were both great characters, and I loved seeing Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik again as well!

Overall; Obsidio was an excellent ending to a really awesome series! I can't say that I've read too many books or series like it so far, and I loved every minute of it. I really don't want to let the characters or story go, at all, but thank goodness I have both the books and audiobooks, so I can re-visit them again anytime I want to. (And I most definitely will.) Still, I don't want it to end! *Pout* If you've not yet checked out The Illuminae Files series, or read this final book, you must do so! And I hope you enjoy it just as much as I did.

My Week in Review • Week 12

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 week I only finished two books, but they were both really great reads! The first book was Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, and it was So awesome. I can't believe this series is finished already! It's so good. If you haven't read it yet, you should!

The second book I read was Lost Crow Conspiracy by Rosalyn Eves, which is the follow-up to Blood Rose Rebellion. This was a really good read as well, and you can see my thoughts for it on the blog here!

I only watched one movie this week, but it was a great movie! My girls and I went to see Love, Simon, and we really enjoyed it. Nick Robison was the most perfect Simon. If you've not yet seen the movie, or read the book, you totally need to do so, and soon!

Happy Sunday, Bookworms! I hope you are all having a great weekend so far. Please excuse the short post from me today, I've hurt my back and even sitting on my computer chair is kind of painful. But, I pretty much updated all the things for this week, so there's that!

Can you believe that we only have one more week left of March? I still have so much reading I need to finish! Hopefully I can get caught up with that this week. I'm really looking forward to starting my April TBR, as well as my Marvel Movie Marathon!

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

Saturday, March 24, 2018

My Thoughts: Bone Music by Christopher Rice
Bone Music
(Burning Girl #1)
by Christopher Rice
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Publication Date: March 1st 2018
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (Amazon Publishing)
Pages: 464
ISBN: 9781542048309
Genre: Fiction | Thriller | Mystery
Source: For Review

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There’s more than one way to stoke the flames of revenge…

Charlotte Rowe spent the first seven years of her life in the hands of the only parents she knew—a pair of serial killers who murdered her mother and tried to shape Charlotte in their own twisted image. If only the nightmare had ended when she was rescued. Instead, her real father exploited her tabloid-ready story for fame and profit—until Charlotte finally broke free from her ghoulish past and fled. Just when she thinks she has buried her personal hell forever, Charlotte is swept into a frightening new ordeal. Secretly dosed with an experimental drug, she’s endowed with a shocking new power—but pursued by a treacherous corporation desperate to control her.

Except from now on, if anybody is going to control Charlotte, it’s going to be Charlotte herself. She’s determined to use the extraordinary ability she now possesses to fight the kind of evil that shattered her life—by drawing a serial killer out from the shadows to face the righteous fury of a victim turned avenger. (Goodreads)

I have to admit, when I was first introduced to Bone Music by Christopher Rice, I was a little weary. I am not exactly a very big fan of mystery thrillers, mostly because I'm a big chicken and they tend to freak me out. However, I decided to give this book a shot, mostly because I have seen the book around a lot lately, and also it sounded really interesting as well! I'm so glad I did! I really enjoyed this book.

The storyline for Bone Music starts out as a mystery thriller, which made me a little nervous because, as I mentioned above, I'm a big ol' chicken when it comes to scary stuff. But, I went ahead and started reading it anyways, and by the second chapter, I was hooked. The more I read of the book, the more I enjoyed it. Though this book is listed as a thriller, it also as a bit of a sci-fi twist to it as well, and that really made the story even more interesting for me. I don't want to go into too many more details about the storyline, as I don't want to spoil it for you, so if you want to know more, check out the book!

Bone Music also has a really interesting cast of characters as well, including the main character, Charlotte, who was kidnapped, then raised, by two serial killers who murdered her mother when she was a baby. That's not at all a good start for kid, right? And after she's finally found and rescued, her whole childhood is then exploited by her father, who only wants to make money off her pain. Knowing all that she went through growing up definitely made me understand her better throughout the story, and appreciate her character growth as well. I liked Charlotte, and I'm curious to see what's next for her in the future.

Overall; I really enjoyed reading Bone Music! I think it's a good start to what should prove to be an interesting book series. Oh, did I mention that it is, in fact, going to be a series? I haven't found any information on book #2 yet, but I will most definitely be keeping my eye out for it. If you're a fan of a good mystery thriller with a sci-fi twist, do check out Bone Music by Christopher Rice!