Thursday, November 21, 2019

Random Reads #418, November 21st

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 6115 which turned out to be Highland Master by Amanda Scott! It's been on my TBR pile since July 16th, 2016, and I added it because I enjoy her writing! Happy reading!

Third Sentence Thursday #432, November 21st

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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.
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Will the Time Come #442, November 21st

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    
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Mindy McGinnis, award-winning author of The Female of the Species and A Madness So Discreet, returns with a new dark and twisted psychological thriller—perfect for fans of Gone Girl and Fight Club.

Sasha Stone knows her place—first-chair clarinet, top of her class, and at the side of her Oxford-wearing boyfriend. She’s worked her entire life to ensure her path to Oberlin Conservatory as a star musician is perfectly paved.

But suddenly there’s a fork in the road in the shape of Isaac Harver. Her body shifts toward him when he walks by, and her skin misses his touch even though she’s never known it. Why does he act like he knows her so well—too well—when she doesn’t know him at all?

Sasha discovers that her by-the-book life began by ending the chapter of another: the twin sister she absorbed in the womb. But that doesn’t explain the gaps of missing time in her practice schedule, or the memories she has of things she certainly never did with Isaac.

Armed with the knowledge that her heart might not be hers alone, Sasha must decide what she’s willing to do—and who she’s willing to hurt—to take it back.

Why the time hasn't come yet...
I don't know. I started it, but haven't got very far in. Probably going to have to start over. But I want to read it! What about you guys? Happy reading!

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday #445, November 20th

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

Cast in Wisdom by Michelle Sagara
Expected Publication: January 28th, 2020
From Goodreads:
SOMETHING IS WAKING

The fiefs that exist at the heart of the city of Elantra are home to sentient Towers that guard the world against the incursion of Shadow. But between the fiefs exists the gray world of the border zone. In it, geography changes between one passage across a border and the next. The rules of magic are different there—and yet somehow familiar to Kaylin Neya.

When a Shadow escapes, Kaylin must find out how…and why. If Shadows can breach the barrier erected by the Towers, the whole of Elantra will be devoured. It’s happened on other worlds. Bellusdeo, Kaylin’s Dragon companion, absolutely believes it can happen on theirs.

The border zone holds secrets and ancient histories, and people are gathering there in search of its power. Without even understanding what that power is, or why it exists, Kaylin is in a desperate race against time to find those secrets first. She doesn’t know who her enemies are. She doesn’t know how many she’ll face. But she won’t face them alone.

Vendetta Road by Christine Feehan
Expected Publication: January 28th, 2020
From Goodreads:
#1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan pushes the limits in her next novel in the Torpedo Ink series.

Isaak “Ice” Koval is on a club mission when he sees a woman who stops him dead in his tracks. Soleil is a sweet, sexy, girl-next-door type. She’s an innocent who should be nowhere near the rough-and-ready world of the Torpedo Ink motorcycle club. But Ice knows Soleil belongs with him—and he’ll do whatever it takes to keep her.

After a life of drifting from one thing to the next, Soleil Brodeur is determined to take control of her life. When her breakup with her manipulative fiancé turns ugly, Soleil searches out the stranger who offered her a lifeline and ends up in a Las Vegas biker bar where she meets a gorgeous, dangerous man straight out of her most secret fantasies.

High on adrenaline, she finds herself falling faster than she thought possible. But Soleil knows little about the territory she’s stumbled into, and even less about what it really means to be Ice’s woman.…

Hunting for a Highlander by Lynsay Sands
Expected Publication: January 28th, 2020
From Goodreads:
Four Buchanan brothers have found their brides…only three more to go in this scintillating romance from New York Times bestselling author Lynsay Sands…

Lady Dwyn Innes feels utterly out of place among the eligible women who've descended on Buchanan Keep, vying for the attention of the last unmarried brothers. She isn't long-legged and slender like her sisters, or flirtatious and wily like other lasses. Since her betrothed died, Dwyn has resigned herself to becoming an old maid. Yet a chance encounter with a stranger in the orchard awakens her to a new world of sensation and possibility...

After weeks away, Geordie Buchanan returns to find his home swarming with potential brides, thanks to his loving but interfering family. But one lass in particular draws his attention from the moment he spies her climbing a tree. Lady Dwyn is not nearly as plain as she thinks. Her lush figure and eager kisses delight him, as does her honesty. But the real test lies ahead: eliminating a hidden enemy, so that he and Dwyn can seal their Highland passion with a vow. 


Wicked Bite by Jeaniene Frost
Expected Publication: January 28th, 2020
From Goodreads:
In the newest Night Rebel novel, set in New York Times bestselling author Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress world, beautiful, daring vampire Veritas risks all to protect Ian...

Some promises are meant to be broken...

Veritas spent most of her life as a vampire Law Guardian. Now, she's about to break every rule by secretly hunting down the dark souls that were freed in order to save Ian. But the risks are high. For if she gets caught, she could lose her job. And catching the sinister creatures might cost Veritas her own life.

Some vows are forever...

Ian's memories might be fragmented, but this master vampire isn't about to be left behind by the woman who entranced him, bound herself to him, and then disappeared. So what if demons, other Law Guardians, and dangerous, otherworldly forces stand against them? Come hell or high water, Ian intends to remind Veritas of the burning passion between them, because she is the only person seared on his mind--and his soul...


Seven Deadly Shadows by Courtney Alameda and Valynne E. Maetani
Expected Publication: January 28th, 2020
From Goodreads:
Kira Fujikawa has always been a girl on the fringe. Bullied by her peers and ignored by her parents, the only place Kira’s ever felt at home is at her grandfather’s Shinto shrine, where she trains to be a priestess.

But Kira’s life is shattered on the night her family’s shrine is attacked by a vicious band of yokai demons. With the help of Shiro—the shrine’s gorgeous half-fox, half-boy kitsune—Kira discovers that her shrine harbors an ancient artifact of great power . . . one the yokai and their demon lord, Shuten-doji, will use to bring down an everlasting darkness upon the world.

Unable to face the Shuten-doji and his minions on her own, Kira enlists the aid of seven ruthless shinigami—or death gods—to help stop the brutal destruction of humankind. But some of the death gods aren’t everything they initially seemed, nor as loyal to Kira’s cause as they first appeared.

With war drawing nearer by the day, Kira realizes that if this unlikely band of heroes is going to survive, they’re going to have to learn to work together, confront their demons, and rise as one to face an army of unimaginable evil.


The Look-Alike by Erica Spindler
Expected Publication: January 28th, 2020
From Goodreads:
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Other Girl and Justice for Sara comes a thrilling psychological drama about a woman who believes she escaped a brutal murder years ago—but does anyone else believe her?

Sienna Scott grew up in the dark shadow of her mother’s paranoid delusions. Now, she's returned home to confront her past and the unsolved murder that altered the course of her life.

In her mother’s shuttered house, an old fear that has haunted Sienna for years rears its ugly head —that it was she who had been the killer’s target that night. And now, with it, a new fear—that the killer not only intended to remedy his past mistake—he’s already begun. But are these fears any different from the ones that torment her mother?

As the walls close in, the line between truth and lie, reality and delusion disintegrate. Has Sienna’s worst nightmare come true? Or will she unmask a killer and finally prove she may be her mother’s look-alike, but she’s not her clone? 

I've read a few of these as ARC's, and I'm really excited for all of them to come out, there's some really great authors and series coming out on the 28! Can't wait! What about you guys? Happy reading!

WWW Wednesday #449, November 20th

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 Wicked Saints, and yeah, it's dark and awesome and I'm really enjoying it! 
I read Chasing the Shadows, and it was a fantastic sequel, I enjoyed it so much! 
I'm going to be reading Gideon the Ninth, and I can't wait, it sounds fantastic!

What about you guys? Happy reading!

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Teaser Tuesday #449, November 19th

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 Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan, page 196.

"He still hadn't visited his mother. He wasn't putting it off per se, he just hadn't found the time for it."

Well, sounds like someone feels guilty! Must read more! What about you guys? Happy reading!

Monday, November 18, 2019

It's Monday! What Are You Reading #441, November 18th

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 #440
Teaser Tuesday #448
WWW Wednesday #448
WOW #444
Will the Time Come #441
Third Sentence Thursday #431
Random Reads #417
First Lines Friday #444
The Reward Challenge Update #426
Book Blogger Hop #110
How Well I Stuck to It #278
Wrote that Review Update #275

Week 46 Reviews:
Blood & Ash
Heartstone
Dragonshadow
Flamebringer
OK, so I got 23 posts in 7 days, and yeah, it was a pretty good week, read some great books, and some really great books coming this week! Can't wait! What about you guys? Happy reading!

So this week I want to read Chasing the Shadows, Chosen, Gideon the Ninth, Good Girls Lie, and The Last First Girl.

New York Times bestselling author Maria V. Snyder returns with the next page-turning instalment of the new sci-fi series: Sentinels of the Galaxy Year 2522. Lyra Daniels is dead. Okay, so I only died for sixty-six seconds. But when I came back to life, I got a brand new name and a snazzy new uniform. Go me! Seriously, though, it's very important that Lyra Daniels stays dead, at least as far as my ex-friend Jarren, the murdering looter, knows.

While dying is the scariest thing that's happened to me, it morphed my worming skills. I can manipulate the Q-net like never before. But Jarren has blocked us from communicating with the rest of the galaxy and now they believe we've gone silent, like Planet Xinji (where silent really means dead).

A Protector Class spaceship is coming to our rescue, but we still have to survive almost two years before they arrive - if they arrive at all. Until then, we have to figure out how to stop an unstoppable alien threat. And it's only a matter of time before Jarren learns I'm not dead and returns to finish what he started.

There's no way I'm going to let Jarren win. Instead I'll do whatever it takes to save the people I love. But even I'm running out of ideas...
Nina continues to learn how to use her slayer powers against enemies old and new in this second novel in the New York Times bestselling series from Kiersten White, set in the world of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Now that Nina has turned the Watcher's Castle into a utopia for hurt and lonely demons, she's still waiting for the utopia part to kick in. With her sister Artemis gone and only a few people remaining at the castle—including her still-distant mother—Nina has her hands full. Plus, though she gained back her Slayer powers from Leo, they're not feeling quite right after being held by the seriously evil succubus Eve, a.k.a. fake Watcher's Council member and Leo's mom.

And while Nina is dealing with the darkness inside, there's also a new threat on the outside, portended by an odd triangle symbol that seems to be popping up everywhere, in connection with Sean's demon drug ring as well as someone a bit closer to home. Because one near-apocalypse just isn't enough, right?

The darkness always finds you. And once again, it's coming for the Slayer.
Gideon the Ninth is the most fun you'll ever have with a skeleton.

The Emperor needs necromancers.

The Ninth Necromancer needs a swordswoman.

Gideon has a sword, some dirty magazines, and no more time for undead bullshit.

Tamsyn Muir's Gideon the Ninth unveils a solar system of swordplay, cut-throat politics, and lesbian necromancers. Her characters leap off the page, as skillfully animated as necromantic skeletons. The result is a heart-pounding epic science fantasy.

Brought up by unfriendly, ossifying nuns, ancient retainers, and countless skeletons, Gideon is ready to abandon a life of servitude and an afterlife as a reanimated corpse. She packs up her sword, her shoes, and her dirty magazines, and prepares to launch her daring escape. But her childhood nemesis won't set her free without a service.

Harrowhark Nonagesimus, Reverend Daughter of the Ninth House and bone witch extraordinaire, has been summoned into action. The Emperor has invited the heirs to each of his loyal Houses to a deadly trial of wits and skill. If Harrowhark succeeds she will become an immortal, all-powerful servant of the Resurrection, but no necromancer can ascend without their cavalier. Without Gideon's sword, Harrow will fail, and the Ninth House will die.

Of course, some things are better left dead.
Goode girls don't lie…

Perched atop a hill in the tiny town of Marchburg, Virginia, The Goode School is a prestigious prep school known as a Silent Ivy. The boarding school of choice for daughters of the rich and influential, it accepts only the best and the brightest. Its elite status, long-held traditions and honor code are ideal for preparing exceptional young women for brilliant futures at Ivy League universities and beyond. But a stranger has come to Goode, and this ivy has turned poisonous.

In a world where appearances are everything, as long as students pretend to follow the rules, no one questions the cruelties of the secret societies or the dubious behavior of the privileged young women who expect to get away with murder. But when a popular student is found dead, the truth cannot be ignored. Rumors suggest she was struggling with a secret that drove her to suicide.

But look closely…because there are truths and there are lies, and then there is everything that really happened.

J.T. Ellison's pulse-pounding new novel examines the tenuous bonds of friendship, the power of lies and the desperate lengths people will go to to protect their secrets.
Life in a slasher film is easy. You just have to know when to die.

Aerial View: A suburban town in Texas. Everyone's got an automatic garage door opener. All the kids jump off a perilous cliff into a shallow river as a rite of passage. The sheriff is a local celebrity. You know this town. You're from this town.

Zoom In: Homecoming princess, Lindsay. She's just barely escaped death at the hands of a brutal, sadistic murderer in a Michael Jackson mask. Up on the cliff, she was rescued by a horse and bravely defeated the killer, alone, bra-less. Her story is already a legend. She's this town's heroic final girl, their virgin angel.

Monster Vision: Halloween masks floating down that same river the kids jump into. But just as one slaughter is not enough for Billie Jean, our masked killer, one victory is not enough for Lindsay. Her high school is full of final girls, and she's not the only one who knows the rules of the game.

When Lindsay chooses a host of virgins, misfits, and former final girls to replace the slaughtered members of her original homecoming court, it's not just a fight for survival-it's a fight to become The Last Final Girl.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Wrote that Review Update #275, November 17th

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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 Blood & Ash, Heartstone, Dragonshadow, Flamebringer, Winterwood, Novice Dragoneer, so I have 4 of 4 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 #278, November 17th

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 47:
Chasing the Shadows by Maria V. Snyder, Chosen by Kirsten White, Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir, Good Girls Lie by J.T. Ellison, The Last First Girl by Stephen Graham Jones

Tour Books: NA.

Review Books: NA.

NetGalley: 2. Check.

Edelweiss: NA.

Meme Books: NA.

Rereads: NA.

New Books: 3. Check.

Some really great books, and a short week, because I do better if there's a few books, then I can read more books that I meant to read on previous weeks.

Week 46:

Blood & Ash by Deborah Wilde, Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stifvater, Heartstone by Elle Katherine White, Dragonshadow by Elle Katharine White, Flamebringer by Elle Katherine White, Novice Dragoneer by E.E. Knight, A Sanctuary of Spirits by Leanna Renee Hieber, Sick Kids in Love by Hannah Moskowitz, Spartan Destiny by Jennifer Estep, Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw

vs.

Blood & Ash by Deborah Wilde, Heartstone by Elle Katherine White, Dragonshadow by Elle Katharine White, Flamebringer by Elle Katherine White, Winterwood  by Shea Ernshaw, Novice Dragoneer by E.E. Knight

Yeah I didn't read 4 of what I wanted, so it didn't really work out too much, but  there's always next week! What about you guys? Happy reading! 

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Week 46 Review: Novice Dragoneer

From Goodreads:
In the first book in an exciting and charming new coming-of-age fantasy series from the author of the Age of Fire series, an impoverished girl enters into a military order of dragonriders, but her path won't be as easy or as straightforward as she expected.

Fourteen-year-old Ileth grew up in an orphanage, and thanks to her stutter was never thought to be destined for much beyond kitchen work and cleaning. But she's dreamed of serving with the dragons ever since a childhood meeting with a glittering silver dragon and its female dragoneer. For years she waits, and as soon as she is old enough to join, Ileth runs away to become a novice dragoneer at the ancient human-dragon fortress of the Serpentine.

While most of her fellow apprentices are from rich and influential families, Ileth must fight for her place in the world, even if it includes a duel with her boss at the fish-gutting table. She's then sent off to the dragon-dancers after a foolish kiss with a famously named boy and given charge of a sickly old dragon with a mysterious past. But she finds those trials were nothing when she has to take the place of a dead dragoneer and care for his imprisoned dragon in enemy lands. . .

My Review:
This book was so fantastic to read! I don't read much traditional fantasy, I'm more YA, it was pretty awesome to read this book! It's not dense in the writing, but there's 500 pages and 19 chapters. There isn't a huge cast of characters, but there were some that I had a hard time remembering where they'd been previously introduced, of what their name was. But so enjoyable to read!

This world is pretty interesting! This world of dragons and their dragoneers was fascinating, and there were hints of the history of the world, mentions of a fallen country/empire, that seemed to have a lasting impression of the current cultures. There's some politics, because of the whole "imprisoned dragon" thing, and they aren't easy waters to navigate.

I really enjoyed Ileth's journey being a novice. It isn't easy, and she faces a few additional struggles because she grew up in an orphanage. But there's some kind of secret there, because I have a suspicion about her dad...

The journey that Ileth goes on, from starting at the Academy, she has a ton of road blocks in the way. And with a pretty awful purity culture, that a kiss that she didn't initiate could've gotten her kicked out, yeah, sometimes I broiled at some of the unfairness. She had a way of getting into situations, and then finding bizarre ways out getting out of them! So great to read!

I really enjoyed this book, and I can't wait to see where this series goes!

Author: E.E. Knight
Series: Dragoneer Academy #1
Read: November 14th, 2019
Source: NetGalley
Reason Why: Sounded really great, and it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2019 Book!
Publisher: Ace
Published: November 5th 2019
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 46 Review: Winterwood

From Goodreads:
From New York Times bestselling author of The Wicked Deep comes a haunting romance perfect for fans of Practical Magic, where dark fairy tales and enchanted folklore collide after a boy, believed to be missing, emerges from the magical woods—and falls in love with the witch determined to unravel his secrets.

Be careful of the dark, dark wood…

Especially the woods surrounding the town of Fir Haven. Some say these woods are magical. Haunted, even.

Rumored to be a witch, only Nora Walker knows the truth. She and the Walker women before her have always shared a special connection with the woods. And it's this special connection that leads Nora to Oliver Huntsman—the same boy who disappeared from the Camp for Wayward Boys weeks ago—and in the middle of the worst snowstorm in years. He should be dead, but here he is alive, and left in the woods with no memory of the time he'd been missing.

But Nora can feel an uneasy shift in the woods at Oliver's presence. And it's not too long after that Nora realizes she has no choice but to unearth the truth behind how the boy she has come to care so deeply about survived his time in the forest, and what led him there in the first place. What Nora doesn't know, though, is that Oliver has secrets of his own—secrets he'll do anything to keep buried, because as it turns out, he wasn't the only one to have gone missing on that fateful night all those weeks ago.

For as long as there have been fairy tales, we have been warned to fear what lies within the dark, dark woods and in Winterwood, New York Times bestselling author Shea Ernshaw, shows us why.

My Review:
This book was so fantastic! It's so atmospheric, and incredible to read! I enjoyed learning about the Walker family (we got excerpts from their family book, of the various Walker women, their ability and a spell to be able to do what they did, or a recipe of food that they liked. I enjoyed it so much!

This world of humans and magic and of the Wicker Woods, it's just so interesting. It makes the women of the Walker family outcasts, and it puts Nora into some pretty tough situations. The fact that the forest is awake except when there's a full moon, these were bits that I enjoyed reading and learning about so much!

This story is just so cleverly written! There's the mystery of what happened the night the storm came in, that's now trapped them on the mountain for 2 weeks. Finding Oliver in a deeper part of the forest then she'd gone before, yeah, I couldn't stop reading!

There's the tension between the two of them, both romantically, and tense because there's a boy who died the same time that Oliver went missing. And that Oliver doesn't have memories of what happened, well, I just wanted to know!

This book was fantastic, and I can't wait to read more by Shea Ernshaw!

Author: Shea Ernshaw
Read: November 14th, 2019
Source: NetGalley
Reason Why: Loved the first book, and it's a SAC 2019 Book, Sophomore Challenge Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Published: November 5th 2019
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 46 Reviews: Heartstone, Dragonshadow, Flamebringer



From Goodreads:
A debut historical fantasy that recasts Jane Austen's beloved Pride and Prejudice in an imaginative world of wyverns, dragons, and the warriors who fight alongside them against the monsters that threaten the kingdom: gryphons, direwolves, lamias, banshees, and lindworms

They say a Rider in possession of a good blade must be in want of a monster to slay—and Merybourne Manor has plenty of monsters. 

Passionate, headstrong Aliza Bentaine knows this all too well; she's already lost one sister to the invading gryphons. So when Lord Merybourne hires a band of Riders to hunt down the horde, Aliza is relieved her home will soon be safe again.

Her relief is short-lived. With the arrival of the haughty and handsome dragonrider, Alastair Daired, Aliza expects a battle; what she doesn't expect is a romantic clash of wills, pitting words and wit against the pride of an ancient house. Nor does she anticipate the mystery that follows them from Merybourne Manor, its roots running deep as the foundations of the kingdom itself, where something old and dreadful slumbers . . . something far more sinister than gryphons.

It's a war Aliza is ill-prepared to wage, on a battlefield she's never known before: one spanning kingdoms, class lines, and the curious nature of her own heart. 

Elle Katharine White infuses elements of Austen's beloved novel with her own brand of magic, crafting a modern epic fantasy that conjures a familiar yet wondrously unique new world. 

From Goodreads:
The author of Heartstone once again infuses elements of Jane Austen's beloved novels with her own brand of magic in this addictive fantasy that brings back sparring lovers Aliza and Alastair: fierce warriors who match wits, charm, and swords as they fight an epic war to save their world

The Battle of North Fields is over—or so Aliza Bentaine, now a Daired, fervently wants to believe. But rumors are spreading of an unseen monster ravaging the isolated Castle Selwyn on the northern border of the kingdom. When she and Alastair are summoned from their honeymoon by the mysterious Lord Selwyn, they must travel with their dragon Akarra through the Tekari-infested Old Wilds of Arle to answer his call.

They are not alone on this treacherous journey. Shadowing the dragonriders is an ancient evil, a harbinger of a dark danger of which the Worm was only a foretaste, and soon Aliza realizes the terrible truth: the real war is only beginning. 

From Goodreads:
Monsters, manners, and magic combine in this exciting final volume in the Heartstone Trilogy—an exhilarating blend of epic fantasy and Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice—in which a fearless healer and her dragon-riding husband must stop a reawakened evil from destroying their world.

It starts with the inconceivable: Wydrick, sworn enemy of the Daireds, is back from the dead, possessed by a ghast that grants him immortality and inhuman strength. From the isolated northern mountains, Aliza, Alastair, and Akarra chase him into the dangerous Old Wilds, realizing too late that he’s led them into a blizzard. Before he vanishes, Wydrick utters a warning: A terrible, ancient evil has awoken, hungry for blood, and is headed their way.

The danger is closer than they know. The Tekari—sworn enemies of humans—are openly roaming the kingdom and are headed towards the capital, Edonarle. Then unexpected news arrives: riding like a dark dragon on the winds from the south, an ambassador from the Silent King of Els, has left the shores of the distant desert kingdom for the first time in centuries.

Unknown enemy? Or unexpected ally? Plunged into a dangerous world of royal intrigue and ancient grudges, Aliza and Alastair soon realize it will take more than steel and dragonfire to save their kingdom. For the silence of Els hides a secret that could shake House Daired to its foundations, and the time has come to settle accounts.


Silence, it seems, is about to be broken. 

My first review of Heartsong, Dragonshadow
My second review of Heartsong
My Review:
Oh, wow, it was just so great to read these books! I Just love this series, it's so fantastic, and it started off as an excellent retelling of Pride and Prejudice but with dragons and monsters, and just great from there! Such wonderful, enjoyable books to read!

Even though it's my 3rd time reading Heartstone, I just enjoyed it so much. There's the familiar story beats of their relationship, in the facets of their characters, as well as new storylines from the fantasy side that are just so great to read!

Dragonshadow, I remembered a lot what happened in it, which was pretty fantastic. Watching everything come together, it was a bit bittersweet, knowing what was going to happen, but just so fantastic to read!

Flamebringer, I just couldn't put it down! I started it just after midnight, and finished around 4 am. Yeah, I just devoured it, I loved exploring more of this world, and just what the secret of Els was! Oh, how it all came together, it was so fantastic to read!

Loved these books, and I can't wait to read more from Elle Katharine White!

Author: Elle Katharine White
Series: Heartsong #1, 2, 3
First Read: January 23rd, 2017, November 22nd, 2018
Second Read: February 20th, 2018
Read: November 12th, 13, 14th, 2019
Source: Bought
Reason Why: Rereading, and they're 2019 Retelling Reading Challenge Books, Historical Fiction 2019 Books, and a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2019 Books! And Flamebringer is a End of Series 2019 Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: Harper Voyage
Published: January 17th 2017, November 20th 2018, November 12th 2019

Heartstone:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Dragonshadow:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Flamebringer:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 46 Review: Blood & Ash

From Goodreads:
Cold-blooded kidnappers. Long-lost magic. When things get serious, she goes full Sherlock.

Ashira Cohen takes pride in being the only female private investigator in Vancouver. With her skills, hermissing persons case should be a piece of cake.

She wasn't counting on getting bashed in the skull, revealing a hidden tattoo and supernatural powers she shouldn't possess.

Or the bitter icing on top: a spree of abductions and terrifying ghostly creatures on a deadly bender.

And don't even get her started on the golems.

Reluctantly partnered with her long-time nemesis Levi, the infuriating leader of the magic community, Ash resolves to keep her focus on the clue trail and off their sexual tension because WTF is up with that?

But with a mastermind organization pulling strings from the shadows and Levi's arrogance driving her to pick out his body bag, can Ash rescue the captives and uncover the truth or will the next blood spilled be her own?

My Review:
Man, this book was just so fantastic! I loved the world, it was so unique and original, and what we know about the magic, and just how much more there is to learn, about Jezebel's and the history there! And of course the writing is awesome, with such snarky, amazing leads!

The idea of 10 Jewish men, coming together to bond with God on the 5th level and getting magic on the 1st level (a simplified version without using the terms since I'm not familiar with them) yeah, I can see that happening. In her other series, it's mentioned that women aren't treated the best in the Jewish community, so in this book, there's a comment that if it had been women, it would've been done well. Oh course!

We do dive into this world pretty quickly, and there's some terms that are unfamiliar in the first chapter or two. The explanations are organic and there's confusion with the appearance and mystery surrounding a tattoo. It was all so fascinating to read!

Really enjoyed the mystery, of what the ghostly creatures are, where the missing people are. It led to some really awesome confrontations between her and Levi, clashing over what to do next. They had a pretty explosive relationship that I enjoyed reading about!

It was a pleasure reading this book, and I can't wait to read more from this series!

Author: Deborah Wilde
Series: The Jezebel Files #1
Read: November 11th, 2019
Source: NetGalley
Reason Why: Love her writing and it sounded really great! And it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2019 Book!
Publisher: Te De Media
Expected Publication: January 14th 2020
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Friday, November 15, 2019

2019 Reviews


Book Blogger Hop #110, November 15th

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 think that overall work morale would be improved by having a "book lunch", sponsored by the company, at least once a month, or perhaps once a week? (Participation would be voluntary.) (submitted by Maria @ A Night's Dream of Books)

Yeah. Time to read books would be pretty fantastic! What about you guys? Happy reading! 

The Reward Challenge Update #426, November 15th

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 Blood & Ash which counts 3 times as a NetGalley Book and a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2019 Book, Heartstone which counts 4 times as a 2019 Retelling Reading Challenge Book, Historical Fiction 2019 Book, and a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2019 Book, Dragonshadow which counts 4 times as a 2019 Retelling Reading Challenge Book, Historical Fiction 2019 Book, and a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2019 Book, Flamebringer which counts 6 times as a 2019 Retelling Reading Challenge Book, End of Series 2019 Book, Historical Fiction 2019 Book, Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2019 Book and a WoW Book, Winterwood which counts 5 times as a NetGalley Book, SAC 2019 Book, Sophomore Challenge Book and a WoW Book, Novice Dragoneer which counts 3 times as a NetGalley Book and a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2019 Book,

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First Lines Friday #444, November 15th

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!

"This is going to be a story about the Lynch brothers. There were three of them, and if you didn't like one, try another, because the Lynch brother other found too sour or too sweet might be just to your taste. The Lynch brothers, the orphans Lynch. All of them had been made by dreams, one way or another. They were handsome devils, down to the last one." -Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater

Well, this is a fascinating start! If you've read the Raven Boys series, well, you've met the Lynch brothers. I'm so glad that we're getting this spin off series! What about you guys? Happy reading!

24 Hour Reading Challenge Update 4 and Wrap Up

I read my last book, Novice Dragoneer. I didn't read as much as I would've liked, but I did have 1 really bit book, so I did have a lot of pages read, so I'm fairly satisfied with that!

My Reading Journey:

Dragonshadow by Elle Katharine White
Started On: November 13th
Finished On: November 13th, 11:43 PM
Pages Read: 279 of 381

Flamebringer by Elle Katharine White
Started On: November 14th
Finished On: November 14th, 4:46 AM
Pages Read: 368

Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw
Started On: November 14th
Finished On: November 14th, 4:53 PM
Pages Read: 336

Novice Dragoneer by E.E. Knight
Started On: November 14th
Finished On: November 15th, 2:16 AM
Pages Read: 512

Goals: 6-8
Read: 4
Pages Read: 1495

Thursday, November 14, 2019

24 Hour Reading Challenge Update 3

I read my next book, Winterwood, and I'm going to be reading Novice Dragoneer next! I slept too long, so I'm going to extend to the end of the day, or the end of the final book. Whatever is later!

My Reading Journey:

Dragonshadow by Elle Katharine White
Started On: November 13th
Finished On: November 13th, 11:43 PM
Pages Read: 279 of 381

Flamebringer by Elle Katharine White
Started On: November 14th
Finished On: November 14th, 4:46 AM
Pages Read: 368

Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw
Started On: November 14th
Finished On: November 14th, 4:53 PM
Pages Read: 336

Novice Dragoneer by E.E. Knight
Started On: November 14th
Currently On: Page 0 of 512

Goals: 6-8
Read: 3
Pages Read: 983

Random Reads #417, November 14th

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 35444 which turned out to be What the Spell by Brittany Geragotelis! It's been on my TBR pile since April 20th, 2013, and I added it because it sounded really great! Happy reading!

Third Sentence Thursday #431, November 14th

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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!

"I didn't mean . . . the wind caught me by surprise." -Flamebringer by Elle Katharine White, page 49.

Well, that doesn't sound good, something hesitant and apologetic. Having read what happened, it's not a mystery, but as a teaser, it totally is!

What are your guy's 3rd lines? Link up below!