Sunday, June 30, 2019

We Have the Cover of Bone Grace #1!!!!

Yeah, we have the cover of Bone Crier's Moon by Kathryn Prudie!


We Have the Cover of Circle of Shadows #2!!!!

Yeah, we have the cover of Cloak of Night by Evelyn Skye!

We Have the Cover of The Liars #1!!!!

Yeah, we have the cover of The Truth App by Jack Heath! And it looks fantastic!

We Have the Cover of Seven Deadly Shadows!!!!

Yeah, we have the cover of Seven Deadly Shadows by Courtney Alameda and Valynne Maetani!

We Have the Cover of Red Hood!!!!

Yeah, we have the cover of Red Hood by Elana K. Arnold!

We Have the Cover of Be Not Far From Me!!!!

Yeah, we have the cover of Be Not Far From Me by Mindy McGinnis!

We Have the Cover of Crown of Feathers #2!!!!

Yeah, we have the cover of Heart of Flames by Nicki Pau Preto! And it looks so great!

We Have the Cover of System Divine #2!!!!

Yeah, we have the cover of Between Burning Worlds by Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell! 

We Have the Cover of Fire & Thorns #4!!!!

Yeah, we have the cover of The Empire of Dreams by Rae Carson!

We Have the Cover of The Pioneer #2!!!!

Yeah, we have the cover of The Survivor by Briget Tyler! And it looks so great!

We Have the Cover of The Cerulean Duology #2!!!!

Yeah, we have the cover (and the title) of The Alcazar by Amy Ewing and it's pretty beautiful!

We Have the Cover of The Final Six #2!!!!

Yeah, we have the cover (and the title) of The Life Below by Alexandra Monir!

We Have the Cover of Truly Devious #3!!!!

Yeah, we have the cover of The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson!

We Have the Cover of This Mortal Coil #3!!!!

Yeah, we have the cover of This Vicious Cure by Emily Suvada!

We Have the Cover of The Honors #3!!!!

Yes, yes, yes, we have the cover of Honor Lost by Ann Aguirre and Rachel Caine!

Wrote that Review Update #255, June 30th

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 Containment, The Reckoning of Noah Shaw, The Unkindest Tide and Hope is Swift, Wherever She Goes, The Eyes of Tamburah, My Favourite Half-Night Stand, The Evil Queen, Roar and Rage, so I have 8 of 8 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 #258, June 30th

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 27:
The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman, Grim Lovelies by Megan Shepard, A Lady in Disguise by Lynsay Sands, Sworn to Justice by Terah Edun, Tricks for Free by Seanan McGuire, That Ain't Witchcraft by Seanan McGuire, The Measure of a Monster by Seanan McGuire

Tour Books: NA.

Review Books: NA.

NetGalley: 2 in 1. Check.

Edelweiss: NA.

Meme Books: NA.

Rereads: NA.

New Books: 5. Check.

Yeah, this week isn't really balanced, but there's a bunch of books that I just want to read!

Week 26:
Destroy All Monsters by Sam J. Miller, Dev1at3 by Jay Kristoff, My Favourite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren, Roar by Cora Carmak, Rage by Cora Carmak, The Virtue of Sin by Shannon Schuren, Wherever She Goes by Kelley Armstrong

vs.

Containment by Caryn Lix, The Reckoning of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin, The Unkindest Tide by Seanan McGuire, Hope is Swift by Seanan McGuire, Wherever She Goes by Kelley Armstrong, The Eyes of Tamburah by Maria V. Snyder, My Favourite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren, The Evil Queen by Gena Showalter, Roar by Cora Carmak, Rage by Cora Carmak

Yeah, I only read 4 of what I wanted, but I read pleasant that I wanted to read in previous weeks which is pretty good! And some new ones, too! So yeah, really happy with this week! 

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Week 26 Reviews: Roar, Rage


From Goodreads:
Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become its master.

Legend says that Aurora Pavan's ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. Aurora has been groomed to be the perfect queen...but she's yet to show any trace of the magic she'll need to protect her people.

To keep her secret and save her crown, she'll have to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom: He'll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe.

But the more Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her.

When a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there's a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage...

She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she's brave enough.

From Goodreads:
From New York Times bestselling author Cora Carmack, the second in the captivating new YA fantasy/romance Stormheart series, perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and Victoria Aveyard.

Princess or adventurer.

Duty or freedom.

Her Kingdom or the Stormhunter she loves.

If Aurora knows anything, it's that choices have consequences. To set things right, she joins a growing revolution on the streets of Pavan.

In disguise as the rebel Roar, she puts her knowledge of the palace to use to aid the rebellion. But the Rage season is at its peak and not a day passes without the skies raining down destruction. Yet these storms are different…they churn with darkness, and attack with a will that's desperate and violent.

This feels like more than rage.


It feels like war.

My Review:
I enjoyed reading these books so much! This world of storms and Stormlings, it's so interesting and fascinating! I loved watching Aurora-Rora-Roar, go on this journey, learning about herself and the world around her.

I love the fact that the hunters used knowledge similar to what we have, with their magic. It was such a great juxtaposition! Plus the fact that their job is intensely dangerous, and the hunters were great characters, was so great to read!

There were a few big plot lines. There was Roar learn about her magic, there was her romance with Locke/Kiran. There was Cassian and his family taking over Pavan. And then there was the Stormlord with abilities like Roar who has it out for the royal Locke family. Yeah. I have a suspicion on his father's identity, given some clues that were offered.

That ending of Rage, yeah, that was pretty epic! It was pretty intense, and I didn't expect it to go in that direction! And yeah, can't wait for the 3rd book (because there has to be a 3rd one, only one threat was dealt with!) and have more with these characters!

These books were so great and I enjoyed reading them so much!

Author: Cora Carmack
Series: Stormheart #1, 2
Read: June 28th, 28th, 2019
Source: Own, Edelweiss
Reason Why: Love her writing, and they're Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2019 Books and WoW Books!
Publisher: Tor Teen
Published: June 13th 2017
Expected Publication: August 27th 2019

Roar:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Rage:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 26 Review: The Evil Queen

From Goodreads:
Classic fairy tales are turned on their heads as strong heroines take charge and save the princes and the world in this magical action and romance-filled trilogy from the New York Times bestselling author of the Everlife novels and the White Rabbit Chronicles, beginning with a teen prophesied to become the Evil Queen from Snow White who refuses to be pigenonholed into her destiny.

Far, far away, in the magical realm of Enchantia, creatures of legend still exist, magic is the norm, and fairytales are real. Except, fairytales aren't based on myths and legends of the past—they are prophecies of the future. Though Princess Everly Morrow was brought to the mortal realm as an infant, she knows she's destined to rule a kingdom in Enchantia, thus fulfilling a beloved fairytale. But which one?

At seventeen, when an ability to commune with mirrors manifests, she begins to suspect the truth, and it's more sinister than anyone ever realized…

She is destined to be Snow White's greatest enemy, the Evil Queen.

With powers beyond her imagination or control—and determined to prove herself good—Everly returns to the land of her birth, smack dab in the middle of the creepiest forest of all time. There, Everly meets Roth Charmaine, the supposed Prince Charming. Their attraction is undeniable, but their relationship is doomed. As bits and pieces of the prophecy unfold, Everly faces one betrayal after the other, and giving in to her dark side proves more tempting every day. Soon, she will have to choose. Be a hero and walk away, or become the queen—and villain—of her dreams.

The battle between good and evil is on!

My Review:
Oh, man, this book was so fantastic to read! I absolutely loved this retelling, that the fairy tales were prophecies, and how people had characteristics of the different players in the tale, and so there were multiple people who could be the different players.

We have the beginning which is set slightly in the future, and so we knew what was going to happen. And as Everly went on her journey, I kinda cringed inside, because like Noel and Ophelia pointed out, it takes heat and pressure to make diamonds.

One thing that I really enjoyed about Everly was her habit of nicknaming people by their initials. Like Snow White and the Evil Queen became SW and EQ. Just a little piece, but I noticed it and I enjoyed it!

I guess Nicolas really is a bad guy, but you think he'd not put his dead lady love's child in harms way. Like, what would she think of his actions? But I guess since he's evil, he doesn't think like that, or doesn't care. Which isn't a good kind of love.

So I'm really looking forward to the future books. Because I think we'll get to explore the other kingdoms, as well as go through other fairy tales. Plus there's Nicolas plotting out there. And maybe Farrah will feel the regret and could work things out with Truly, though she definitely has a lot to make amends for, she had some true Evil Queen moments!

This book was so fantastic, and I can't wait to see where the series goes from here!

Author: Gena Showalter
Series: The Forest of Good and Evil #1
Read: June 28th, 2019
Source: NetGalley
Reason Why: Love her writing and it sounded good, and it's a 2019 Retelling Reading Challenge Book, Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2019 Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Published: June 25th 2019
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 26 Review: My Favourite Half-Night Stand

From Goodreads:
By the New York Times bestselling author who "hilariously depicts modern dating" (Us Weekly), My Favorite Half-Night Stand is a laugh-out-loud romp through online dating and its many, many fails.

Millie Morris has always been one of the guys. A UC Santa Barbara professor, she's a female-serial-killer expert who's quick with a deflection joke and terrible at getting personal. And she, just like her four best guy friends and fellow professors, is perma-single.

So when a routine university function turns into a black tie gala, Mille and her circle make a pact that they'll join an online dating service to find plus-ones for the event. There's only one hitch: after making the pact, Millie and one of the guys, Reid Campbell, secretly spend the sexiest half-night of their lives together, but mutually decide the friendship would be better off strictly platonic.

But online dating isn't for the faint of heart. While the guys are inundated with quality matches and potential dates, Millie's first profile attempt garners nothing but dick pics and creepers. Enter "Catherine"—Millie's fictional profile persona, in whose make-believe shoes she can be more vulnerable than she's ever been in person. Soon "Catherine" and Reid strike up a digital pen-pal-ship...but Millie can't resist temptation in real life, either. Soon, Millie will have to face her worst fear—intimacy—or risk losing her best friend, forever.

Perfect for fans of Roxanne and She's the Man, Christina Lauren's latest romantic comedy is full of mistaken identities, hijinks, and a classic love story with a modern twist. Funny and fresh, you'll want to swipe right on My Favorite Half-Night Stand.

My Review:
Man, this book was a lot of fun to read! The whole idea of creating a dating profile and matching with one of your friends-and he doesn't know it's you, yeah, it had so much potential, and this book matched it and more! Such a great read!

One thing that was really great was their group of friends. Millie, Reid, Chris, Ed and Alex. They were a really fun gang, and awesome to read about, especially with their romantic adventures with the dating app. They were a great group!

The romance in this book was spicy and sweet in alternating times. The messages that they exchanged, getting to know each other, even though Millie already knew Reid pretty well already. They were a way for Millie to open up, which she really needed!

I can understand why Millie doesn't share basically anything about herself. And I can understand why her friends were a bit tired of it. Combined with the whole Catherine thing, something was bound to implode eventually. But I'm glad that they worked it out!

This book was a hilarious and awesome book and I really enjoyed it!

Author: Christina Lauren
Read: June 27th, 2019
Source: NetGalley
Reason Why: Love their writing, and it's a SAC 2019 Book!
Publisher: Galley Books
Published: December 4th 2018
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 26 Review: The Eyes of Tamburah

From Goodreads:
Treasure hunting has never been more dangerous... Tomb Raider meets Poison Study!

New York Times bestselling author Maria Snyder begins an action-packed new fantasy series.

'He thinks you are the thief...'

Shyla is a researcher who resides in the underground desert city of Zirdai, which is ruled by the wealthy Water Prince and brutal Heliacal Priestess. Even though Shyla is sun-kissed - an outcast, considered cursed by the Sun Goddess - she is still renowned for uncovering innumerable archaic facts, lost artefacts, ancient maps, and obscure historical documents. Her quiet life is about to change when Banqui, an archaeologist, enlists her services to find The Eyes of Tamburah: legendary gemstones that bestows great magic to its wielder. These ancient objects can tip the balance of power and give whoever possesses them complete control of the city.

But chaos erupts when The Eyes are stolen soon after they're found - and Shyla is blamed for the theft. Forced to flee, with the Prince's soldiers and the Priestess' deacons on her trail, Shyla must recover the jewels and clear her name. A quest that will unearth secrets even more valuable than The Eyes of Tamburah themselves...

My Review:
Oh, wow, I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, but wow, was it so fantastic! This world was so incredible and detailed and I can't wait to explore more of it! And the characters, wow, Shyla with her logical ways and stubbornness!

I feel a little bit silly, that I was surprised there was only 2 eyes. I kinda thought that it wasn't quite literal, that there were a number of different gems that where his "eyes." I don't know why I thought that way. My brain is weird!

This book had so many elements to it. From the investigation into the Invisible Sword group, to the adventures she has on the various levels, mostly trying to get from one level to the next. There's a slight romance, but it's not a focus.

There's a ton of unfairness in this book. Like the sun kissed, those people who are blond, are left on the surface to die as babies. And the Priestess and the Prince, yeah, they both are pretty horrible, though in the beginning I had the idea he could be a love interest. Yeah, that's not going to happen! Especially with the black river!

There were so many secrets, about magic, about the group called the Invisible Sword, about her former home in the monastery, about the city that she calls home. This book was the start of change for them all, but they have a long road ahead of them, Shyla listed out her tasks, and boy, they're a doozy, but I think she can accomplish them!

Loved this book so much, and I can't wait for more! This series is going to be so fantastic!

Author: Maria V. Snyder
Series: Archives of the Invisible Sword #1
Read: June 26th, 2019
Source: Ebook.bike
Reason Why: Love her writing and it sounds good, and it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2019 Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: Harper Collins
Published: June 17th 2019
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 26 Review: Wherever She Goes

From Goodreads:
When it's your word against everyone else's--what do you do?

Bree Finch has fallen on some troubled times: her marriage has ended, she's separated from her young daughter, Charlotte, and she's haunted by a past she can't escape. Routine helps, and every afternoon, during her lunch break, Bree goes for a jog in the park near her office. It's the same every day: the same route, the same mothers with their children, the same people walking their dogs.

One day, during her jog, she spots a young boy a bit older than Charlotte, a boy she saw just the day before with his mother. But his mother is nowhere to be seen now. Nervous, Bree watches the boy as he wanders into the parking lot. And then she watches as a man grabs the boy, forcing him into an SVU. She watches as the boy cries and screams for his mother. She watches as the man slams the door shut, revs the engine and takes off. 

She runs after them into traffic, and tries to take a photo, but can't. The SVU is gone.

Bree can't deny what she's seen, and she can't get the little boy or his screams out of her head. But, she's the only one who believes that she witnessed the kidnapping of a child. No one else at the park saw the boy or someone snatching him, and she can't give a detailed description of the child. The police don't believe her, nor does her estranged husband, with whom she has a tense and complicated relationship. Instead, they begin asking Bree the questions: Why is she always alone in the park? Why does she spend so much time there? Does she realize that she makes the other mothers nervous, with the way she watches them and their children?

Then, days later, a woman is murdered--and Bree is the first person the police talk to. 

Not because they think she may have witnessed something. 

Not because they believe her about the kidnapped boy. 

Because she's their main suspect. 

My Review:
Wow, this book was really fantastic! Though the synopsis is a little bit misleading, since the police don't go to Bree about the murdered lady, she goes to them, and they don't really seem to care. But the whole thing with the kidnapped boy who they don't believe exists, yeah, that's definitely true!

I enjoyed the mystery, of how Bree used her skills to first identify the woman, learn more about her, and investigate her murder. We learned more about Bree along the way, because she kept those skills hidden for a reason!

I love the fact that Bree works at a library, since I trained to do the same. I dislike that her boss was an asshole, though, because that doesn't really represent the breed of librarians, you know? But people aren't stereotypes, they might fit some characteristics, but they are individual!

Her relationship with her ex-husband and their daughter was a key part of this book. It's why she convinced herself to drop or stay away from the case for a little while. And yeah, it went to a different place then I was expecting, but it was really great, and I'm glad for the happy ending!

This book was so awesome, it's a really amazing read!

Author: Kelley Armstrong
Read: June 25th, 2019
Source: Bought
Reason Why: Love her writing and it sounds really good, and it's a SAC 2019 Book and WoW Book!
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
Published: June 25th 2019
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 26 Reviews: The Unkindest Tide, Hope is Swift

From Goodreads:
Hundreds of years ago, the Selkies made a deal with the sea witch: they would have the sea for as long as she allowed it, and when the time came, she would call in all their debts at once. Many people assumed that day would never come. Those people were wrong.

When the Luidaeg—October "Toby" Daye's oldest and most dangerous ally—tells her the time has come for the Selkies to fulfill their side of the bargain, and that Toby must be a part of the process, Toby can't refuse. Literally. The Selkies aren't the only ones in debt to the Luidaeg, and Toby has to pay what she owes like anyone else. They will travel to the fabled Duchy of Ships and call a convocation of the Selkies, telling them to come and meet the Luidaeg's price...or face the consequences.

Of course, nothing is that simple. When Dianda Lorden's brother appears to arrest Dianda for treason against the Undersea, when a Selkie woman is stripped of her skin and then murdered, when everything is falling apart, that's when Toby will have to answer the real question of the hour.

Is she going to sink? Or is she going to swim?

My Review:
Reading these stories was so freaking great! Last book, they were healing from the events of The Brightest Fell, but they've now taken steps toward recovery, and we get plenty of Tybalt in The Unkindest Tide, because we didn't get a lot of him in Night and Silence.

There's not a big reveal/twist like Janet in Night and Silence. There's the whole working with the Selkies, but that's just a bit change, we knew it was coming. We did get to slot in some understandings of the world, of the interactions of the various Firstborns and the Three, which was pretty great.

One thing that I wanted to comment on, is that Arden's novella at the end of Once Broken Faith, Dreams and Slumbers, the cost of Luidaeg's help was that Arden would let Toby go when Toby was needed. Well, that happened, but Arden made enough of a fuss that Toby commented on it. That's not very nice to Toby, Arden! 

Gillian is kinda awful in this book. Well, there was a point where she was pretty decent, but that was short lived. Because becoming Roane, that's permanent, not the 100 year thing that she was facing before. I just wish that she and Toby could have a more positive relationship now that Gillian knows the truth!

Hope is Swift is a pretty awesome novella, because we get to be in Raj's head. Also, there's a non-binary character, I believe is the term, Cal. Cal was awesome, loved their and Raj's not-friendship relationship! It's interesting, the idea that becoming a king means losing your freedom, and for a cat, freedom seems to be pretty essential. There was also his relationship with Helen, which might not survive the coming changes in its current form, but they had a really good talk and came to an understanding. 

So in future books, there's the new debt that Toby has incurred with the Luidaeg (because you know she got into situations where she needed that help!), and how all that is going to play out. There's also Marcia, who there were some strange remarks made about her, that might be important in the future.

Loved reading these, and I can't wait for more adventures with Toby!

Author: Seanan McGuire
Series: October Daye #13, 13.5
Read: June 24th, 24th, 2019
Source: NetGalley
Reason Why: Love her writing and this series so, so much! And they're Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2019 Books and The Unkindest Tide is a WoW Book!
Publisher: DAW
Expected Publication: September 3rd 2019, September 3rd 2019

The Unkindest Tide:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Hope is Swift:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 26 Review: The Reckoning of Noah Shaw

From Goodreads:
Noah Shaw confesses all in this second novel of a chilling new companion series to Michelle Hodkin's New York Times bestselling Mara Dyer trilogy!

Noah Shaw doesn't think he needs his father's inheritance.
He does.

Noah believes there's something off about the suicides in his visions.
There is.

Noah is convinced that he still knows the real Mara Dyer.
He does not. 

Everyone thought the nightmare had ended with Mara Dyer's memoirs, but it was only the beginning. As old skeletons are laid bare, alliances will be tested, hearts will be broken, and no one will be left unscarred. 

My Review:
Man, this book was so freaking good! I wanted to read it sooner, and I started it, multiple times. But Noah was in a strange head space after separating with Mara and that was edging onto one of my buttons, that when I was pulled from this book, I didn't go back. But I got over myself and started reading this book and I just couldn't stop!

I think some of the most fascinating parts of this book was Noah's memory at the mental hospital in the 2nd Mara book, and the memories of Noah's ancestor, the one who found Mara's grandmother, M, all those years ago.

The bigger picture is slowly coming into focus in this book, with the professor and what's going on in this world. And Noah's interesting with M are a big part of that, because she's definitely a bit part of that picture!

That ending was just absolutely evil! We got some answers, but some just seem just outside our grip. And yeah, it just ended like that, and I need to know what's going to be the fallout of what happened, and what's going to happen from here! I need to know!

Loved this book so much, and I'm so exciting for the 3rd book!

Author: Michelle Hodkin
Series: The Shaw Confessions #2
Read: June 24th, 2019
Source: NetGalley
Reason Why: Love her writing and this series, and it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2019 Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Published: November 13th 2018
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 26 Review: Containment

From Goodreads:
Kenzie and her friends find themselves on the run and up against another alien invasion headed towards Earth.

They may have escaped Sanctuary, but Kenzie and her friends are far from safe. 

Ex-Omnistellar prison guard Kenzie and her superpowered friends barely made it off Sanctuary alive. Now they're stuck in a stolen alien ship with nowhere to go and no one to help them. Kenzie is desperate for a plan, but she doesn't know who to trust anymore. Everyone has their own dark secrets: Omnistellar, her parents, even Cage. Worse still, she's haunted by memories of the aliens who nearly tore her to shreds—and forced her to accidentally kill one of the Sanctuary prisoners, Matt.

When Kenzie intercepts a radio communication suggesting that more aliens are on their way, she knows there's only one choice: They must destroy the ship before the aliens follow the signal straight to them. Because if the monstrous creatures who attacked Sanctuary reach Earth, then it's game over for humanity.

What Kenzie doesn't know is that the aliens aren't the only ones on the hunt. Omnistellar has put a bounty on Kenzie's head—and the question is whether the aliens or Omnistellar get to her first.  

My Review:
Man, this book was a fantastic sequel! I totally didn't know where it was going to go-both in the story line, and where the characters physically where. I enjoyed spending more time with these characters-they face a lot of threats again in this book and they grow as human beings!

Like the previous book, there's a ton of action in this book. It's not all our gang vs. aliens, the bounty on Kenzie's head was another threat, as well as Omnistellar as a company. But it brought in a interesting cast of characters of whom I want to get to know better since they seem pretty interesting!

There's a good number of twists and developments in this book. Some good, some bad. Like the plan that Omnistellar has. That one, oh, man, I couldn't believe their audacity! It's not surprising, given their position and their lack of understanding of the threat. But come on! We know, and it was like, no no no, they can't do that!

The ending of this book isn't quite as positive as the last one, since they're in a more uncertain position then they were at the end of Sanctuary. And I'm itching to find out what's going to be happening next, I know it's going to be very exciting!

Loved reading this book, and I can't wait for the final book!

Author: Caryn Lix
Series: Sanctuary #2
Read: June 23rd, 2019
Source: Edelweiss
Reason Why: Loved the first book, and it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2019 Book, Sophomore Challenge Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Expected Publication: August 6th 2019
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Friday, June 28, 2019

Book Blogger Hop #90, June 28th

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: Would you or do you choose a book solely on the cover? (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver's Reviews)

Kinda. A cover could catch my attention, but if the synopsis doesn't, as well, then I wouldn't read it. I just have too many books to read to read one that I'm not interested in! What about you guys? Happy reading!

The Reward Challenge Update #406, June 28th

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 Containment which counts 5 times as a NetGalley Book, Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2019 Book, Sophomore Challenge Book and a WoW Book, The Reckoning of Noah Shaw which counts 4 times as a NetGalley Book, Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2019 Book and a WoW Book, The Unkindest Tide which counts 4 times as a NetGalley Book, Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2019 Book and a WoW Book, Hope is Swift which counts twice as a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2019 Book, Wherever She Goes which counts 3 times as a SAC 2019 Book and WoW Book, The Eyes of Tamburah which counts 3 times as a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2019 Book and a WoW Book, My Favourite Half-Night Stand which counts 3 times as a NetGalley Book and a SAC 2019 Book, The Evil Queen which counts 5 times as a 2019 Retelling Reading Challenge Book, NetGalley Book, Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2019 Book and a WoW Book, Roar which counts 3 times as a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2019 Books and WoW Book, Rage which counts 4 times as a Edelweiss Book, Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2019 Books and WoW Book.

So I have 40 counts which translates to $20 this week! I'll use it to buy books!

First Lines Friday #424, June 28th

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!

"Why do we love fairy tales? Oh, let me count the reasons. Magic. Inspiration. Adventure. True love.
But, there are reasons to hate these stories as well. Murder. Betrayal. Heartbreak. Some characters live, some die, but all suffer in one way or another." -The Evil Queen by Gena Showalter

Yeah, there's reasons for love and hate in fairy tales! Must read more! What about you guys? Happy reading!

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Random Reads #397, June 27th

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 2282 which turned out to be Sleepwalker by Karen Robards! It's been on my TBR pile since January 17th, 2012, and I added it because I enjoy her writing! Happy reading!

Third Sentence Thursday #411, June 27th

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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!

"But as Lemon watched, the scavver pilot slapped a control pad in his cockpit, and a cluster of short-range rockets pooped from the machina's shoulders, ready to unload right at Zeke's exposed back." -Dev1at3 by Jay Kristoff, page 25.

Well, that's not a good situation! And a pretty tense one, too!

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

Will the Time Come #421, June 27th

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

Sixteen-year-old Cheyenne Wilder is sleeping in the back of the car while her stepmom fills a prescription for antibiotics. Before Cheyenne realizes what's happening, the car is being stolen.

Griffin hadn't meant to kidnap Cheyenne and once he finds out that not only does she have pneumonia, but that she's blind, he really doesn't know what to do. When his dad finds out that Cheyenne's father is the president of a powerful corporation, everything changes--now there's a reason to keep her. 

How will Cheyenne survive this nightmare?

Why the time hasn't come yet...
I don't know, but it sounds really great, but I can't wait to read it! What about you guys? Happy reading! 

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday #424, June 26th

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

Sapphire Flames by Ilona Andrews
Expected Publication: August 27th, 2019
From Goodreads:
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrew comes an enthralling new trilogy set in the Hidden Legacy world, where magic means power, and family bloodlines are the new currency of society…

In a world where magic is the key to power and wealth, Catalina Baylor is a Prime, the highest rank of magic user, and the Head of her House. Catalina has always been afraid to use her unique powers, but when her friend’s mother and sister are murdered, Catalina risks her reputation and safety to unravel the mystery.

But behind the scenes powerful forces are at work, and one of them is Alessandro Sagredo, the Italian Prime who was once Catalina’s teenage crush. Dangerous and unpredictable, Alessandro’s true motives are unclear, but he’s drawn to Catalina like a moth to a flame.

To help her friend, Catalina must test the limits of her extraordinary powers, but doing so may cost her both her House–and her heart. 

Blind Spot by Brenda Novak
Expected Publication: August 27th, 2019
From Goodreads:
New York Times bestseller Brenda Novak's Evelyn Talbot series returns, with a heavily pregnant Evelyn being held hostage.

With Jasper Moore, the privileged boy who attacked her when she was only sixteen, finally caught and in prison, Dr. Evelyn Talbot, founder and head psychiatrist at Hanover House (a prison/research facility for psychopaths in remote Alaska), believes she can finally quit looking over her shoulder. She’s safe, happier than she’s ever been and expecting her first child. She’s also planning to marry Amarok, her Alaska State Trooper love interest and the town’s only police presence. But before the wedding can take place, a psychopath from the much more recent past comes out of nowhere and kidnaps her in broad daylight. 

Instead of planning her wedding, Evelyn finds herself doing everything she can to survive, save her baby and devise some way to escape while Amarok races the clock to find her - before it’s too late. 

Rage by Cora Carmack
Expected Publication: August 27th, 2019
From Goodreads:
From New York Times bestselling author Cora Carmack, the second in the captivating new YA fantasy/romance Stormheart series, perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and Victoria Aveyard.

Princess or adventurer.

Duty or freedom.

Her Kingdom or the Stormhunter she loves.

If Aurora knows anything, it's that choices have consequences. To set things right, she joins a growing revolution on the streets of Pavan.

In disguise as the rebel Roar, she puts her knowledge of the palace to use to aid the rebellion. But the Rage season is at its peak and not a day passes without the skies raining down destruction. Yet these storms are different…they churn with darkness, and attack with a will that’s desperate and violent.

This feels like more than rage.

It feels like war.

These Divided Shores by Sara Raasch
Expected Publication: August 27th, 2019
From Goodreads:
The thrilling sequel to These Rebel Waves—full of deadly magic, double crosses, and a revolution—from Sara Raasch, the bestselling author of the Snow Like Ashes series.

As a child, she committed unforgivable acts to free Grace Loray from King Elazar of Argrid. Now Elazar’s plan to retake the island has surpassed Lu’s darkest fears: he’s holding her and his son, Ben, captive in an endlessly shifting prison, forcing them to make a weapon that will guarantee Elazar’s success. Escape is impossible—unless Lu becomes the ruthless soldier she hoped never to be again.

Vex failed to save Lu and Ben—and that torments him as much as his Shaking Sickness. With the disease worsening, Vex throws himself into the rebellion against Argrid. The remaining free armies are allied with the stream raider syndicates—and getting them to cooperate will take a strength Vex thought burned on a pyre six years ago.

Imprisoned, betrayed, and heartbroken, Ben is determined to end his father’s rampage. Watching Elazar sway the minds of Grace Loray as he did those of Argrid, Ben knows he has to play his father’s game of devotion to win this war. But how can a heretic prince defeat the Pious God?

As armies clash and magic rises, Lu, Vex, and Ben will confront their pasts . . . or lose their futures forever.

Crown of Coral and Pearl by Mara Rutherford
Expected Publication: August 27th, 2019
From Goodreads:
For generations, the princes of Ilara have married the most beautiful maidens from the ocean village of Varenia. But though every girl longs to be chosen as the next princess, the cost of becoming royalty is higher than any of them could ever imagine…

Nor once dreamed of seeing the wondrous wealth and beauty of Ilara, the kingdom that’s ruled her village for as long as anyone can remember. But when a childhood accident left her with a permanent scar, it became clear that her identical twin sister, Zadie, would likely be chosen to marry the Crown Prince—while Nor remained behind, unable to ever set foot on land.

Then Zadie is gravely injured, and Nor is sent to Ilara in her place. To Nor’s dismay, her future husband, Prince Ceren, is as forbidding and cold as his home—a castle carved into a mountain and devoid of sunlight. And as she grows closer to Ceren’s brother, the charming Prince Talin, Nor uncovers startling truths about a failing royal bloodline, a murdered queen… and a plot to destroy the home she was once so eager to leave.

In order to save her people, Nor must learn to negotiate the treacherous protocols of a court where lies reign and obsession rules. But discovering her own formidable strength may be the one move that costs her everything: the crown, Varenia and Zadie.

Yeah, there's some really amazing books coming out on the 27th! I love these authors and these series, and I can't wait to read them! So excited for these books! What about you guys? Happy reading!