Friday, January 24, 2020

Book Blogger Hop #120, January 24th

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer's permission, I relaunched the meme on February 15, 2013. Check out the hop here

Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop's purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.

The Question of the week is: Do you talk to strangers about books especially when you see someone reading a book? (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver's Reviews)

Nope. I'm shy, so even if I saw that (which I actually never have, since I never really go out except for specific occasions like work or getting food) I wouldn't interrupt someone reading, I wouldn't want someone to do that to me! Or after they were done, well, again, shy. What about you guys? Happy reading!

First Lines Friday #454, January 24th

First Lines Friday is a bookish meme hosted by Literary Marie of Precision Reviews. We encourage all of our fellow book bloggers and bookhearts to play along.

-Grab your current read(s)
-Share the first line(s)
-Include the title and author so that other FLF participants can add the book to their TBR Lists!

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

24 Hour Reading Challenge Update 6

I read my next book, The Will and the Wilds and I'm going to be reading You Owe Me a Murder next! Not going to have time to finish another book today, but hopefully I'll get the rest of the 24 hours tomorrow!

My Reading Journey:

The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson
Started On: January 22nd, 11:00 AM
Finished On: January 22nd, 2:07 PM
Pages Read: 384

The Stars We Steal by Alexa Donne
Started On: January 22nd, 2:30 PM
Finished On: January 22nd, 5:06 PM
Pages Read: 400

Dead in the Doorway by Diane Kelly
Started On: January 22nd, 5:20 PM
Finished On: January 22nd, 8:00 PM
Pages Read: 320

The Last Witness by Claire McFall
Started On: January 22nd, 8:20 PM
Finished On: January 22nd, 9:52 PM
Pages Read: 272

Seven Deadly Shadows by Courtney Alameda and Valynne E. Maetani
Started On: January 23rd, 12:30-1:30, 3:20 PM
Finished On: January 23rd, 5:47 PM
Pages Read: 288

The Will and the Wilds by Charlie N. Holmberg
Started On: January 23rd, 1:35-2:30, 10:00 PM
Finished On: January 23rd, 11:00 PM
Pages Read: 267

You Owe Me a Murder by Eileen Cook
Started On: January 24th
Currently On: Page 0 of 359

Goals: 6-8
Read: 6
Time Used: 15 hours 0 minutes
Pages Read: 1931

24 Hour Reading Challenge Update 5

I read my next book, Seven Deadly Shadows and I'm going to be reading The Will and the Wilds next! I did start a bit later than I wanted to, and then I started reading another book because this one was going a bit slowly, and I got over 100 pages in, so I should finish that one shortly! Can't wait!

My Reading Journey:

The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson
Started On: January 22nd, 11:00 AM
Finished On: January 22nd, 2:07 PM
Pages Read: 384

The Stars We Steal by Alexa Donne
Started On: January 22nd, 2:30 PM
Finished On: January 22nd, 5:06 PM
Pages Read: 400

Dead in the Doorway by Diane Kelly
Started On: January 22nd, 5:20 PM
Finished On: January 22nd, 8:00 PM
Pages Read: 320

The Last Witness by Claire McFall
Started On: January 22nd, 8:20 PM
Finished On: January 22nd, 9:52 PM
Pages Read: 272

Seven Deadly Shadows by Courtney Alameda and Valynne E. Maetani
Started On: January 23rd, 12:30-1:30, 3:20 PM
Finished On: January 23rd, 5:47 PM
Pages Read: 288

The Will and the Wilds by Charlie N. Holmberg
Started On: January 23rd
Currently On: Page 0 of 267

Goals: 6-8
Read: 5
Time Used: 13 hours 0 minutes
Pages Read: 1664

Random Reads #427, January 23rd

Random Reads is a monthly meme (that I'm going to do weekly) hosted by I'm Loving Books to read some books that have been on our TBR piles for a long time. Using Random.org, I got  which turned out to be ! It's been on my TBR pile since , 20, and I added it because ! Happy reading!

Third Sentence Thursday #441, January 23rd

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Third Sentence Thursday is a weekly meme which likes to watch fireworks especially while eating a cookie!
1) Take the book you are currently reading and open it to a random page. Share the third full sentence on that page. (If there isn't a third one – like at the end of a chapter or a blank page – you can share the third sentence of the book or just choose another random page.) Feel free to share more than one sentence, if you feel the need to do so.
2) Review this sentence anyway you want (funny and silly reviews encouraged)
3) Post a link to your sentence at Words I Write Crazy (This Blog)
4) Visit one or two of the other blogs to check out their third sentences!

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Will the Time Come #451, January 23rd

Every Thursday I am going to list a book which I really want to read/keep meaning to get to. These are mostly books which have been on my shelf for awhile now but don't have to be, maybe you got it two weeks ago and really want to read it! Thanks to Jodie from Books for Company for this meme!
Want to Join?
-Pick a book you have been meaning to read
-Do a post telling us about the book    
-Link the post up in the linky  
-Visit the other blogs

From Goodreads:
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Why the time hasn't come yet...

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

24 Hour Reading Challenge Update 4

I read my next book, The Last Witness and I'm going to be reading Seven Deadly Shadows next! Going to start tomorrow, though, not really enough time today to finish another book!

My Reading Journey:

The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson
Started On: January 22nd, 11:00 AM
Finished On: January 22nd, 2:07 PM
Pages Read: 384

The Stars We Steal by Alexa Donne
Started On: January 22nd, 2:30 PM
Finished On: January 22nd, 5:06 PM
Pages Read: 400

Dead in the Doorway by Diane Kelly
Started On: January 22nd, 5:20 PM
Finished On: January 22nd, 8:00 PM
Pages Read: 320

The Last Witness by Claire McFall
Started On: January 22nd, 8:20 PM
Finished On: January 22nd, 9:52 PM
Pages Read: 272

Seven Deadly Shadows by Courtney Alameda and Valynne E. Maetani
Started On: January 23rd
Currently On: Page 0 of 288

Goals: 6-8
Read: 4
Time Used: 9 hours 40 minutes
Pages Read: 1376

24 Hour Reading Challenge Update 3

I read my next book, Dead in the Doorway and I'm going to be reading The Last Witness next!

My Reading Journey:

The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson
Started On: January 22nd, 11:00 AM
Finished On: January 22nd, 2:07 PM
Pages Read: 384

The Stars We Steal by Alexa Donne
Started On: January 22nd, 2:30 PM
Finished On: January 22nd, 5:06 PM
Pages Read: 400

Dead in the Doorway by Diane Kelly
Started On: January 22nd, 5:20 PM
Finished On: January 22nd, 8:00 PM
Pages Read: 320

The Last Witness by Claire McFall
Started On: January 22nd
Currently On: Page 0 of 272

Goals: 6-8
Read: 3
Time Used: 8 hours 10 minutes
Pages Read: 1104

24 Hour Reading Challenge Update 2

I read my next book, The Stars We Steal and I'm going to be reading Dead in the Doorway next!

My Reading Journey:

The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson
Started On: January 22nd, 11:00 AM
Finished On: January 22nd, 2:07 PM
Pages Read: 384

The Stars We Steal by Alexa Donne
Started On: January 22nd, 2:30 PM
Finished On: January 22nd, 5:06 PM
Pages Read: 400

Dead in the Doorway by Diane Kelly
Started On: January 22nd
Currently On: Page 0 of 320

Goals: 6-8
Read: 2
Time Used: 5 hours 30 minutes
Pages Read: 784



24 Hour Reading Challenge Update 1

I read my first book, The Hand on the Wall and I'm going to be reading The Stars We Steal next! Got a later start on this than I wanted, so switching it to a 24 hours of reading. Can't wait to read more!

My Reading Journey:

The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson
Started On: January 22nd, 11:00 AM
Finished On: January 22nd, 2:07 PM
Pages Read: 384

The Stars We Steal by Alexa Donne
Started On: January 22nd
Currently On: Page 0 of 400

Goals: 6-8
Read: 1
Time Used: 3 hours
Pages Read: 384



Stellar Fusion: Review

From Goodreads:
Earth, still patching itself together from the 300 Years War, is severely unprepared and outnumbered when the invasion hits. Their only hope is a small team of peace-keepers on a suicide mission to infiltrate the mother ship and relay critical defense information home.

Sergeant Nakio Atana is the Universal Protectors' elite assassin, and holds within, a spark of unimaginable power. But a daring escape from an enemy ship knocked the first fifteen years of her life into darkness, leaving her with only inexplicable apathy and technical knowledge beyond Earth's evolution.

She is the tip of their spear.

Sergeant Jameson Bennett must guard her with his life.

Together, Atana and Bennett lead the team in hopes her knowledge, and his crew's skills, will render them a soft spot in the Suanoan armor. What they find when they reach the mother ship is entirely unexpected. The truth they uncover will challenge the code they live by and set in motion events that change the future of Earth and their concepts of the power within.

My Review:
This book was pretty fantastic! I loved going on this journey into space, there was such a creative world, I really enjoyed exploring what we did in this book, but there's plenty more for the future books. And there's a few mysteries, like Atana's past! Oh, and there's military action throughout, which is so fantastic!

In a way, this book was sci fi with elements of fantasy. Because yeah, it's space, there's aliens, but there was a element that was woven in that was more paranormal, more fantasy, then sci fi, and the different strands became pretty important!

We learn so much in this book! Obviously, it's the first book and so we know nothing in the beginning. They are fighting this enemy that is so eerie, and there's a lot that they find out in this book, and I can't wait to see where it goes from that!

I did have a problem with the narration, there were bits were it was jarring or was a little unclear. So sometimes I would be pulled out of the book, so it was a little harder to read this book than it would be for others.

Really enjoyed this book, and there's so much potential for the sequel's to explore!

Author: E.L. Strife
Series: Infinite Spark #1
Read: January 21st, 2020
Source: Pump Up Your Books Review Copy
Reason Why: Sounded really great, and it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2020 Book!
Published: April 18th 2018
5/5 Hearts
4/5 Books
4/5 Stars
Bio:
Adopted by two educators, Strife developed a deep love for learning new things. In 2012, she graduated from Oregon State University with two Bachelor’s Degrees in Public Health and Human Sciences: Interior Design and Exercise Sport Science. Her past wears fatigues, suits, and fitness gear, sprinkled with mascara and lace.

“I like to question everything, figure out how things work, and do tasks myself. Experiencing new things is fun but also helps with writing raw and genuine stories. And I’m always trying to push my comfort zones.”

Strife likes the rumble of her project car’s 350-ci V8. She enjoys the rush of snowboarding and riding ATVs on the dunes. But nothing brings her more solace than camping in the mountains where the stars are their brightest.

Strife enjoys connecting with readers and welcomes all feedback and questions.

Contact and Buy AKA Links:


Waiting on Wednesday #454, January 22nd

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating!

The Last Odyssey by James Rollins
Expected Publication: March 24th, 2019
From Goodreads:
To save the world and our future, Sigma Force must embark on a dangerous odyssey into an ancient past whose horrors are all too present in this page-turning thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author James Rollins that combines cutting-edge science, historical mystery, mythology, and pulse-pounding action.

For eons, the city of Troy—whose legendary fall was detailed in Homer’s Iliad—was believed to be myth, until archaeologists in the nineteenth century uncovered its ancient walls buried beneath the sands. If Troy was real, how much of Homer’s twin tales of gods and monsters, curses and miracles—The Iliad and The Odyssey—could also be true and awaiting discovery?

In the frozen tundra of Greenland, a group of modern-day researchers stumble on a shocking find: a medieval ship buried a half-mile below the ice. The ship’s hold contains a collection of even older artifacts—tools of war—dating back to the Bronze Age. Inside the captain’s cabin is a magnificent treasure that is as priceless as it is miraculous: a clockwork gold map imbedded with an intricate silver astrolabe. The mechanism was crafted by a group of Muslim inventors—the Banū Mūsā brothers—considered by many to be the Da Vincis of the Arab world—brilliant scientists who inspired Leonardo’s own work.

Once activated, the moving map traces the path of Odysseus’s famous ship as it sailed away from Troy. But the route detours as the map opens to reveal a fiery river leading to a hidden realm underneath the Mediterranean Sea. It is the subterranean world of Tartarus, the Greek name for Hell. In mythology, Tartarus was where the wicked were punished and the monstrous Titans of old, imprisoned.

When word of Tartarus spreads—and of the cache of miraculous weapons said to be hidden there—tensions explode in this volatile region where Turks battle Kurds, terrorists wage war, and civilians suffer untold horrors. The phantasmagoric horrors found in Homer’s tales are all too real—and could be unleashed upon the world. Whoever possesses them can use their awesome power to control the future of humanity.

Now, Sigma Force must go where humans fear to tread. To prevent a tyrant from igniting a global war, they must cross the very gates of Hell. 


The Honey-Don't List by Christina Lauren
Expected Publication: March 24th, 2019
From Goodreads:
From the New York Times bestselling author behind the “joyful, warm, touching” (Jasmine Guillory, New York Times bestselling author) The Unhoneymooners comes a delightfully charming love story about what happens when two assistants tasked with keeping a rocky relationship from explosion start to feel sparks of their own.

Carey Douglas has worked for home remodeling and design gurus Melissa and Rusty Tripp for nearly a decade. A country girl at heart, Carey started in their first store at sixteen, and—more than anyone would suspect—has helped them build an empire. With a new show and a book about to launch, the Tripps are on the verge of superstardom. There’s only one problem: America’s favorite couple can’t stand each other.

James McCann, MIT graduate and engineering genius, was originally hired as a structural engineer, but the job isn’t all he thought it’d be. The last straw? Both he and Carey must go on book tour with the Tripps and keep the wheels from falling off the proverbial bus.

Unfortunately, neither of them is in any position to quit. Carey needs health insurance, and James has been promised the role of a lifetime if he can just keep the couple on track for a few more weeks. While road-tripping with the Tripps up the West Coast, Carey and James vow to work together to keep their bosses’ secrets hidden, and their own jobs secure. But if they stop playing along—and start playing for keeps—they may have the chance to build something beautiful together…

From the “hilariously zany and heartfelt” (Booklist) Christina Lauren comes a romantic comedy that proves if it’s broke, you might as well fix it.


Problem Child by Victoria Helen Stone
Expected Publication: March 24th, 2019
From Goodreads:
She’s cold, calculating, and can deceive with a smile. Jane Doe is back in the Amazon Charts bestselling series—and this time she’s met her match.

After a brutal childhood, Jane Doe has been permanently wired to look after herself and only herself. Now, looking next to normal, Jane has a lover and a job. But she hasn’t lost her edge. It sharpens when she hears from her estranged family.

Jane’s deeply troubled sixteen-year-old niece, Kayla, has vanished, and no one seems to care. Neither does Jane. Until she sees a picture of Kayla and recognizes herself in the young girl’s eyes. It’s the empty stare of a sociopath.

Jane knows what vengeful and desperate things Kayla is capable of. Only Jane can help her—by being drawn into Kayla’s dark world. And no one’s more aware than Jane just how dangerous that can be.


The Sinner by J.R. Ward
Expected Publication: March 24th, 2019
From Goodreads:
A sinner’s only hope is true love in this passionate new novel in J.R. Ward’s #1 New York Times bestselling Black Dagger Brotherhood series.

Syn has kept his side hustle as a mercenary a secret from the Black Dagger Brotherhood. When he takes another hit job, he not only crosses the path of the vampire race’s new enemy, but also that of a half-breed in danger of dying during her transition. Jo Early has no idea what her true nature is, and when a mysterious man appears out of the darkness, she is torn between their erotic connection and the sense that something is very wrong.

Fate anointed Butch O’Neal as the Dhestroyer, the fulfiller of the prophecy that foresees the end of the Omega. As the war with the Lessening Society comes to a head, Butch gets an unexpected ally in Syn. But can he trust the male—or is the warrior with the bad past a deadly complication?

With time running out, Jo gets swept up in the fighting and must join with Syn and the Brotherhood against true evil. In the end, will love true prevail...or was the prophecy wrong all along?

Between Burning Worlds by Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell
Expected Publication: March 24th, 2019
From Goodreads:
Les Misérables meets The Lunar Chronicles in the out-of-this-world sequel to Sky Without Stars that’s an “explosion of emotion, intrigue, romance, and revolution” (Stephanie Garber, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Caraval series).

A traitor.
A prisoner.
A fugitive.

Wanted by the Regime. Destined to save the planet.

Laterre is on the brink of war. The Third Estate are rioting against the injustices of a corrupt system. The Patriarche, reeling from the murder of his only heir, makes brutal attempts to quash the unrest, while a new militant faction launches a series of deadly attacks.

And three outlaws find themselves pulled into the fray...

Marcellus is now a traitor to his planet, willing to do anything to stop his grandfather from seizing control of Laterre, even if it means joining the Vangarde, a rebel group back from the dead.

Chatine is a prisoner on Bastille. Desperate to survive the harsh conditions of the moon, she becomes embroiled in the Vangarde’s dangerous attempt to free their infamous leader.

Alouette is a fugitive who has been lied to her entire life. Searching for the truth about her mysterious past, she soon finds herself hunted by the Regime for reasons she’s only beginning to understand.

But when Laterre is threatened by the emergence of a deadly new weapon, these three renegades must risk everything, traveling to the far reaches of the System Divine and into the white hot center of a planet ready to ignite.


Thorn by Intisar Khanani
Expected Publication: March 24th, 2019
From Goodreads:
A princess with two futures. A destiny all her own

Between her cruel family and the contempt she faces at court, Princess Alyrra has always longed to escape the confines of her royal life. But when she’s betrothed to the powerful prince Kestrin, Alyrra embarks on a journey to his land with little hope for a better future.

When a mysterious and terrifying sorceress robs Alyrra of both her identity and her role as princess, Alyrra seizes the opportunity to start a new life for herself as a goose girl.

But Alyrra soon finds that Kestrin is not what she expected. The more Alyrra learns of this new kingdom, the pain and suffering its people endure, as well as the danger facing Kestrin from the sorceress herself, the more she knows she can’t remain the goose girl forever.

With the fate of the kingdom at stake, Alyrra is caught between two worlds and ultimately must decide who she is, and what she stands for.

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Includes The Bone Knife, a bonus short story set in the world of Thorn. 

These books are from some fantastic authors, and I've enjoyed a number of these books as ARC's already, and yeah, can't wait for them to all come out! What about you guys? Happy reading!

WWW Wednesday #458, January 22nd

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you'll read next?

Thanks to MizB of Should Be Writing now A Daily Rhythm for starting this meme!

I'm currently reading The Hand on the Wall, and yeah, it's so interesting, and I need to read more! 
I read Stellar Fusion, and it was a fantastic sci fi, there was so much going on! Loved it!
I'm going to be reading The Stars We Steal, and I can't wait, it sounds so fantastic, and I just want to read it!

What about you guys? Happy reading!

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

24 Hour Reading Challenge 3rd January Sign Up

Time for another challenge! I'm going to try to stay within a 24 hour period, not the 24 hours of reading, starting sometime early tomorrow. Though I'll read 1 full length book on Thursday, because I do want to make my goal!

Goals remain as ever 6-8 books. What I want to read, obviously this week's books that I haven't already, Dead in the Doorway, The Hand on the Wall, This Vicious Cure, and The Will and the Wilds.

And then How to Love Your Elf, The Last Witness, Vendetta Road, Good Girls Lie, Just Breathe, Loveboat, Taipei, Infinity Son, The Stars We Steal, Life is Short and Then You Die, A Dress for the Wicked, Beyond a Darkened Shore, Crier's War, The Beholder, The Beckoning Shadow, Far from the Tree, You Owe Me a Murder, Angel's Mage, Day Zero.

Really need to get those bottom ones, since they've been on this list for a few of these challenges now, so bad me!

Seems like a good selection of books, and I can't wait to start reading!

Teaser Tuesday #458, January 21st

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Ambrosia of The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
Today's teaser comes from The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson, page 80.

"We don't have coats like this is Florida. I feel like I'm wearing a mattress."

Yeah, cold weather requires pretty puffed out to be warm coats! What about you guys? Happy reading!

Monday, January 20, 2020

My Boxing Day Book Outlet Orders

Well, I made another Book Outlet order during the boxing day sale. Actually, 2. One just before, because I really wanted to get a copy of The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson, which I did, and then others to take advantage of the sale. So I didn't get so many books as previous times, but here's what I got! (I didn't take pictures of the boxes before I unboxed, since I was in a hurry both times. This is even late, since I got the first almost 2 weeks ago, and the other last week.)

Here are the books I have read in the first order:
(Both Calamity and Queens of Fennbirn, I hadn't read when I got the order, I've now read these books because I had these copies.) I also realized doing this post, that I got a copy of Golden in both orders. Opps.
Here are the books I haven't read in the first order:
Here are the books I have read in the second order:
Here are the books I haven't read in the second order:
Here's my Amazon Associate links for these books!

Read:
Calamity by Brandon Sanderson
Queens of Fennbirn by Kendare Blake
Going Viral by Amy Alward
Darkness Before Dawn by J.A. London
The Hollow by Jessica Verday
The Hidden by Jessica Verday
Etherworld by Claudia Gabel by Cheryl Klam
The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson
Aerie by Maria Dahvana Headley
Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton
The Queen's Resistance by Rebecca Ross
The Queen's Rising by  Rebecca Ross
This Dark Endeavour by Kenneth Oppel
The Reckoning of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin
Bang by Barry Lyga 
A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokski
The Hollow of Fear by Sherry Thomas
Dare Mighty Things by Heather Kaczynski
Of Triton by Anna Banks
The Traitor Prince by C.J. Redwine
The Duff by Kody Keplinger

Unread:
Wildcard by Marie Lu
Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu
The Breathless by Tara Goedjen
Genesis by Brendan Reichs
The Traitor's Ruin by Erin Beaty
The Case for Jamie by Brittany Cavallaro
This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis
Immortal Reign by Morgan Rhodes
A Week of Mondays by Jessica Brody
Rebel of the Sands by Alwin Hamilton
How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather
The Cemetery Boys by Heather Brewer
Reawakened by Colleen Houck
Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger
These Ruthless Deeds by Tarun Hankler
The Body in the Woods by April Henry
Blood of a Thousand Stars by Rhoda Belleza
Golden by Melissa De La Cruz and Michael Johnson
A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess
A Poison Dark and Drowning by Jessica Cluess
Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando
Here Lies Daniel Tate by Cristin Terrill 
A Map of Days by Ranson Riggs
Crown of Thunder by Tochi Onyebuchi
Beast Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi 
Sea Witch by Sarah Henning
Given to the Earth by Mindy McGinnis

What about you guys? Happy reading!

It's Monday! What Are You Reading #450, January 20th

It's Monday! What Are You Reading is a weekly meme hosted by Book Date where we share what we read this past week, what we hope to read this week...and anything in between! This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well...you never know where that next "must read" book will come from!

What happened in the past week:

Weekly Memes:
It's Monday! What Are You Reading #449
Teaser Tuesday #457
WWW Wednesday #457
WOW #453
Will the Time Come #450
Third Sentence Thursday #440
Random Reads #426
First Lines Friday #453
Book Blogger Hop #119
The Reward Challenge Update #435
How Well I Stuck to It #287
Wrote that Review Update #284

Week 3 Reviews:
Mages by Assembly
Daughter of the Blood
Heir to the Shadows
Queen of the Darkness
Sweep With Me

24 Hour Reading Challenge:
2nd January Sign Up
Update 1
Update 2
Update 3
Update 4
Update 5
Update 6 and Wrap Up

OK, so I got 25 posts in 7 days, and it was a pretty good week, I read some really fantastic books, and I can't wait for next week! What about you guys? Happy reading!

So this week I want to read Dead in the Doorway, The Hand on the Wall, Stellar Fusion, This Vicious Cure, and The Will and the Wilds.

Dead in the Doorway is the second in a delightful cozy series from Diane Kelly set in Nashville—where the real estate market is to die for.

A HOUSE WITH GOOD BONES. . .

Whitney Whitaker has scored the perfect piece of real estate: a ramshackle white Colonial at the top of a hill with views of downtown Nashville. What more could a self-taught home-improvement maven and occasional house-flipper ask for? Ideally, the property of Whitney's dreams would not have come with a dead body blocking the entrance to the foyer. But Whitney, always quick to take heavy-duty matters into her own hands, also happens to be a skilled amateur sleuth. So that helps.

AND SKELETONS IN THE CLOSET.

Who is this older woman—and how did her corpse end up at the bottom of the staircase of this locked, unoccupied house? That is what Whitney, along with the support of her wood-working cousin Buck, Detective Collin Flynn, and, of course, feline partner-in-crime Sawdust, intends to find out. Her friendly-neighbor investigation takes a sharp turn, however, when Whitney discovers that the house's former owner was a gourmet baker whose secret recipe for peach pie was to die for—perhaps literally. Now it's up to Whitney to learn the truth about what happened before she loses this killer real-estate deal . . . and the killer comes knocking at her door.
New York Times bestselling author Maureen Johnson delivers the witty and pulse-pounding conclusion to the Truly Devious series as Stevie Bell solves the mystery that has haunted Ellingham Academy for over 75 years.

Ellingham Academy must be cursed. Three people are now dead. One, a victim of either a prank gone wrong or a murder. Another, dead by misadventure. And now, an accident in Burlington has claimed another life. All three in the wrong place at the wrong time. All at the exact moment of Stevie's greatest triumph . . .

She knows who Truly Devious is. She's solved it. The greatest case of the century.

At least, she thinks she has. With this latest tragedy, it's hard to concentrate on the past. Not only has someone died in town, but David disappeared of his own free will and is up to something. Stevie is sure that somehow—somehow—all these things connect. The three deaths in the present. The deaths in the past. The missing Alice Ellingham and the missing David Eastman. Somewhere in this place of riddles and puzzles there must be answers.

Then another accident occurs as a massive storm heads toward Vermont and Ellingham Academy is evacuated. Obviously, it's time for Stevie to do something stupid. It's time to stay on the mountain and face the storm—and a murderer.

In the tantalizing finale to the Truly Devious trilogy, New York Times bestselling author Maureen Johnson expertly tangles her dual narrative threads and ignites an explosive end for all who've walked through Ellingham Academy.
Earth, still patching itself together from the 300 Years War, is severely unprepared and outnumbered when the invasion hits. Their only hope is a small team of peace-keepers on a suicide mission to infiltrate the mother ship and relay critical defense information home.

Sergeant Nakio Atana is the Universal Protectors' elite assassin, and holds within, a spark of unimaginable power. But a daring escape from an enemy ship knocked the first fifteen years of her life into darkness, leaving her with only inexplicable apathy and technical knowledge beyond Earth's evolution.

She is the tip of their spear.

Sergeant Jameson Bennett must guard her with his life.

Together, Atana and Bennett lead the team in hopes her knowledge, and his crew's skills, will render them a soft spot in the Suanoan armor. What they find when they reach the mother ship is entirely unexpected. The truth they uncover will challenge the code they live by and set in motion events that change the future of Earth and their concepts of the power within.
Cat is desperate to find a way to stop Cartaxus and the plague in this gripping finale to a series New York Times bestselling author Amie Kaufman says "redefines 'unputdownable!'"

Cat's hacking skills weren't enough to keep her from losing everything—her identity, her past, and now her freedom. She's trapped and alone, but she's survived this long, and she's not giving up without a fight.

Though the outbreak has been contained, a new threat has emerged—one that's taken the world to the brink of a devastating war. With genetic technology that promises not just a cure for the plague, but a way to prevent death itself, both sides will stop at nothing to seize control of humanity's future.

Facing her smartest, most devastating enemy yet, Cat must race against the clock to protect her friends and save the lives of millions on the planet's surface. No matter the outcome, humanity will never be the same.

And this time, Cat can't afford to let anything, or anyone, stand in her way.
A spellbinding story of truce and trickery from the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Paper Magician series.

Enna knows to fear the mystings that roam the wildwood near her home. When one tries to kill her to obtain an enchanted stone, Enna takes a huge risk: fighting back with a mysting of her own.

Maekallus's help isn't free. His price? A kiss. One with the power to steal her soul. But their deal leaves Maekallus bound to the mortal realm, which begins eating him alive. Only Enna's kiss, given willingly, can save him from immediate destruction. It's a temporary salvation for Maekallus and a lingering doom for Enna. Part of her soul now burns bright inside Maekallus, making him feel for the first time.

Enna shares Maekallus's suffering, but her small sacrifice won't last long. If she and Maekallus can't break the spell binding him to the mortal realm, Maekallus will be consumed completely—and Enna's soul with him.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

24 Hour Reading Challenge Update 6 and Wrap Up

I read my last book, One Dark Throne! It wasn't what I expected, this is days after I started this, but I had the post read, I had the time, so yeah, here's the last book. I do still have a good chunk of time left, but I don't think I can finish Two Dark Reigns in that remaining time. I read a good amount, lots of pages read, so I'm really happy with it all, and I can't wait for my next challenge! What about you guys? Happy reading!

My Reading Journey:

Mages by Assembly by Terah Edun
Started On: January 14th, 12:30 PM
Finished On: January 14th, 2:10 PM
Pages Read: 236

Daughter of the Blood by Anne Bishop
Started On: January 14th, 2:20 PM
Finished On: January 14th, 7:20 PM
Pages Read: 412

Heir of the Shadows by Anne Bishop
Started On: January 14th, 7:30 PM
Finished On: January 15th, 12:45 AM
Pages Read: 482

Queen to the Darkness by Anne Bishop
Started On: January 15th, 1:00 AM to 4:30 AM, 9:40 AM
Finished On: January 15th, 10:43 AM
Pages Read: 430

Sweep With Me By Ilona Andrews
Started On: January 17th, 3:00 PM
Finished On: January 17th, 3:44 PM
Pages Read: 140

One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake
Started On: January 19th, 7:01 AM
Finished On: January 19th, 10:31 AM
Pages Read: 480

Goals: 6-8
Read: 6
Time Used: 20 hours, 55 minutes
Pages Read: 2080

Wrote that Review Update #284, January 19th

Create your own banner at mybannermaker.com!
If you want to participate, set a certain amount of reviews to write, and once you make that goal, you can get a reward!

My reviews to reward is writing all of the reviews of the week, and I motivated myself to write my review for Mages by Assembly, Daughter of the Blood, Heir to the Shadows, Queen of the Darkness, Sweep With Me, so I have 3 of 3 reviews written!

And as always, I want to review this week's reviews!

What about you guys? Happy reading!

How Well I Stuck to It #287, January 19th

So I decided that I should have accountability on sticking to what should be in a week, so I'm doing How Well I Stuck to It every Sunday, because my schedule should be fixed in by now!

Week 4:
Dead in the Doorway by Diane Kelly, The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson, Stellar Fusion by E.L. Strife, This Vicious Cure by Emily Suvada, The Will and the Wilds by Charlie N. Holmberg

Tour Books: 1. Check.

Review Books: NA.

NetGalley: 1. Check.

Old NetGalley: NA.

Edelweiss: NA.

Old Edelweiss: NA.

Rereads: NA.

New Books: 3. Check.

Well, this is a pretty good week, not too long, but a number of amazing books that I really want to read!

Week 3:
Daughter of the Blood by Anne Bishop, Heir to the Shadows by Anne Bishop, Queen of the Darkness by Anne Bishop, Myrnin's Tale by Rachel Caine, Viper and the Farmer by Rachel Caine, The First Day of the Rest of Your Life by Rachel Caine, Glass Houses by Rachel Caine, One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake, Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake, Five Dark Fates by Kendare Blake

vs.

Mages by Assembly by Terah Edun, Daughter of the Blood by Anne Bishop, Heir to the Shadows by Anne Bishop, Queen of the Darkness by Anne Bishop, Sweep With Me by Ilona Andrews

Yeah, I read less than what I planned, but yeah, there were some really great books, so I'm happy that I did read what I did! What about you guys? Happy reading!

The Reward Challenge Update #435, January 19th

The Reward Challenge is almost the complete opposite to a book buying ban as you'll end up buying lots of new books throughout the challenge but only after you've completed a certain amount of reading. It was hosted by Good Golly Miss Holly, so thanks to her for starting it!

OK, so I read Mages by Assembly which counts 3 times as a Review Book and a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2020 Book, Daughter of the Blood which counts twice as a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2020 Book, Heir to the Shadows which counts twice as a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2020 Book, Queen of the Darkness which counts twice as a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2020 Book, Sweep With Me which counts twice as a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2020 Book.

So I have 11 counts which translates to $5.50 this week! I'll use it to buy books!

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Week 3 Review: Sweep With Me

From Goodreads:
A charming, short novella in the Innkeeper Chronicles, from #1 New York Times bestselling author, Ilona Andrews.

Thank you for joining us at Gertrude Hunt, the nicest Bed and Breakfast in Red Deer, Texas, during the Treaty Stay. As you know, we are honor-bound to accept all guests during this oldest of innkeeper holidays and we are expecting a dangerous guest. Or several. But have no fear. Your safety and comfort is our first priority. The inn and your hosts, Dina Demille and Sean Evans, will defend you at all costs. (But we hope we don't have to.)

Every winter, Innkeepers look forward to celebrating their own special holiday, which commemorates the ancient treaty that united the very first Inns and established the rules that protect them, their intergalactic guests, and the very unaware/oblivious people of (planet) Earth. By tradition, the Innkeepers welcomed three guests: a warrior, a sage, and a pilgrim, but during the holiday, Innkeepers must open their doors to anyone who seeks lodging. Anyone. 

My Review:
I just loved reading this novella! I did read it as we were getting the chapters, but I had to read the full book once it was published too! It was great to be back with Dina and Sean again, and since this was a holiday novella, well, there were just all the feels, though there was action and a pretty important development.

Taking place during the Treaty Stay, an Innkeeper holiday celebrating the treaty that set the rules for Innkeepers, aliens and Earth, where anyone can ask to stay and they'll be accepted. I wonder if this is just aliens, because a character asks, but is denied, and he's human. Or is it because another guest asked for him not to be allowed? I'm leaning towards the former...

Dina is under a lot of stress. After she bonded with the baby inn, and it died, her connection to Gertrude Hunt has felt sluggish. And instead of an Assembly meeting, she has to host a very difficult to host guest. So that's a lot of fun. And on top of that, there's a few other stressful guests.

I really enjoyed seeing these characters deal with these various stresses, like trying to make a fast food burger, fighting philosopher space chickens, and more. It was a fun, sweet, entertaining read, and I thoroughly enjoyed it!

This was a fantastic read, I really enjoyed spending more time with these characters, and I can't wait for more from this series!

Author: Ilona Andrews
Series:  Innkeeper Chronicles #4.5
Read: January 17th, 2020
Source: Ebook.bike
Reason Why: Love their writing and this series, and it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2020 Book!
Publisher: NYLA
Published: January 14th 2020
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 3 Reviews: Daughter of the Blood, Heir to the Shadows, Queen of the Darkness



From Goodreads:
The Dark Kingdom is preparing itself for the fulfillment of an ancient prophecy--the arrival of a new Queen, a Witch who will wield more power than even the High Lord of Hell himself. But this new ruler is young, and very susceptible to influence and corruption; whoever controls her controls the Darkness. And now, three sworn enemies begin a ruthless game of politics and intrigue, magic and betrayal, and the destiny of an entire world is at stake.

From Goodreads:
Enough time has passed for the young girl Jaenelle, heir to the magical Darkness, for her physical wounds to heal, while amnesia keeps her frightening memories at bay. But with Saetan--a Black-Jewelled Warlord Prince and Jaenelle's foster-father--to protect her, she will continue to grow. Her magic will mature. Her memories will return. And Jaenelle will face her destiny when she remembers Daemon, Saetan's son, who made the ultimate sacrifice for her love.... 

From Goodreads:
Jaenelle Angelline now reigns as Queen-protector of the Shadow Realm. No longer will the corrupt Blood slaughter her people and defile her lands. But where one chapter ends, a final, unseen battle remains to be written, and Jaenelle must unleash the terrible power that is Witch to destroy her enemies once and for all.

Even so, she cannot stand alone. Somewhere, long lost in madness, is Daemon, her promised Consort. Only his unyielding love can complete her Court and secure her reign. Yet, even together, their strength may not be enough to hold back the most malevolent of forces.

My Review:
Wow, oh, wow, I just loved reading these books! I mean, they're all top reads of 2020 already, and while I haven't read all that many this year yet, well, they so far the best reads, and I can't wait to read more of the series!

I started reading these books because Anne Bishop is coming out with The Queen's Bargain as her 2020 release, so I had to read these books beforehand. These books are *dark* and come with a ton of trigger warnings. From rape to child abuse, torture and slavery, this world is something that's become dark and twisted and severely messed up.

There's so much going on with these books! There's the world building which is so well done, with the Queens and the Warlord Princes, and the Jewels of the Blood. There's the politics of the three realms, though Hell is mostly not involved, besides the fact that it's one of it's members leading the charge in the other two realms. There's characters that you come to care for very deeply being in really tough situations that you have no idea if they're going to get out of them. I just couldn't put these books down, to the point where I only had 40 minutes of sleep before going to work, because I finished Shadows, though, I should go to sleep, picked up Darkness, I should go to sleep, but I should finish this scene, and the next, repeat. Yeah.

We watch the journey of Jaenelle, from a young child, using magic in extraordinary and panic-inducing ways for her loved ones, to an adult, a Queen, Witch, and it was a fantastic journey to go on. Blood ended on a pretty horrific note for her, and I just had to read what what was going to happen next!

There are so many moving parts in this series. From Saetan in Hell, Jaenelle, Daemon and Lucivar in Terreille, and Jaenelle's friends in Kaeleer. I loved how everything came together, how her friends became her court, and it was just so powerful and amazing to read!

That end, though! That was pretty intense, and we were given hints so we kinda knew what was going to happen, more than some characters, and less than others, and different characters knew different things. It was just so fantastic to read!

My one thing is, is that I've read the synopsis' of the later books. And I heard that Twilight's Dawn was pretty emotional. I know something bad is going to happen, and it makes me a bit sad that it's going to happen, that they didn't get a full happy ending.

This was a great initial trilogy in this series, and I can't wait to read the rest of this series, because these were such fantastic, amazing reads!

Author: Anne Bishop
Series: The Black Jewels #1, 2, 3
Read: January 14th, 14th, 15th, 2020
Source: Own, Ebook.bike
Reason Why: Love her writing, and we're getting more of this series soon! And they're Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2020 Books!
Publisher: Roc
Published: March 1st 1998, April 1st 1999, January 1st 2000

Daughter of the Blood:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Heir to the Shadows:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Queen of the Darkness:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 3 Review: Mages by Assembly

From Goodreads:
For readers of Kristin Cashore's Graceling and Tamora Pierce's Tortall Series, co mes a brand-new epic fantasy adventure with twists, turns, magic, and mayhem! 

In this third book in the Algardis series, Mae has been captured, tortured, and left hanging for debt. When she escapes, with the help of a former foe, she has to question whether vengeance is worth it when her entire family's lives hang in the balance.

Going further than she ever has before, Mae must accept that in order to gain retribution she must be willing to be as unflinching as the people who took over her home. Trying to outwit a band of mages and mercenaries isn't easy, but if anyone is up to the task its Maeryn Darnes.

But time isn't on her side and all the magical abilities in the world won't save her when those very same enemies send creatures from the darkness chasing after her with one goal in mind--recapture the girl with the tattoo powers unlocked within her chest.

Back against the wall and knowing no aid is coming, Maeryn Darnes is on a quest to save herself and all she holds dear but the world she thought she knew is no longer as black-and-white as it once seemed. 

My Review:
Man, I enjoyed this book! We dealt with Rivan's betrayal, deciding if she can work with him again after the events of Fortune. We learned more about her magic, magic in general, that we might've known from previous books, but it's been a long time since I've read them, so a refresher was nice!

Almost the entirety of this book is Rivan and Mae. There's really no other characters, except for two encounters, and one is with a creature that can't talk. So we really got to delve into their relationship, and explanations of magic!

At the end of this book, a suspicion about Rivan is confirmed, and we get to see things a little from his side of things, as he explains what he is. Again, it's been a while, so it was great to have these details!

I have a few lingering questions from Fortune that I hope are answered sometime during this series, since Terah Edun has said that these are going to be multi-book story arcs. One is, is the generational sickness actually linked to the women of the Darnes family having their magic locked up? And was the group that her stepmom was a part of, doing the magic on the kids, what's going on there? It wasn't really a priority in this book, given that they were getting away from the bad guys and running, but in the future!

Loved this book, and I can't wait for more from this series and I can't wait to see where it goes from here!

Author: Terah Edun
Series: Guardians of Algardis #3, Algardis #8
Read: January 14th, 2020
Source: Author for Review
Reason Why: Love her writing and this series, and it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2020 Book!
Publisher: Terah Edun
Published: December 16th 2019
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars