Monday, September 30, 2019

It's Monday! What Are You Reading #434, September 30th

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 #433
Teaser Tuesday #441
WWW Wednesday #441
WOW #437
Will the Time Come #434
Third Sentence Thursday #424
Random Reads #410
First Lines Friday #437
The Reward Challenge Update #419
Book Blogger Hop #103
How Well I Stuck to It #271
Wrote that Review Update #268

Week 39 Reviews:
Siren's Song
Dragon's Claw
Immortal Born
Wayward Son
Cast in Oblivion
Before She Ignites
The Girl in 6E

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

Random:
We Have the Cover of The Harbinger #2!!!!
Honor Raconteur Author Page

OK, so I got 27 posts in 7 days, and yeah, I had a pretty great week! I read a decent amount of books, and had a really great reading challenge! What about you guys? Happy reading!

So this week I want to read All the Things We Do in the Dark, As She Ascends, When She Reigns, The Athena Protocol, The Babysitters Coven, Be Not Far from Me, The Bone Houses, Clique Bait, There Will Come a Darkness, 99 Days, and 9 Days and 9 Nights.

Sadie meets Girl in Pieces in this dark, emotional thriller by acclaimed author Saundra Mitchell.

Something happened to Ava. The curving scar on her face is proof. Ava would rather keep that something hidden—buried deep in her heart and her soul.

But in the woods on the outskirts of town, the traces of someone else's secrets lie frozen, awaiting Ava's discovery—and what Ava finds threatens to topple the carefully constructed wall of normalcy that she's spent years building around her.

Secrets leave scars. But when the secret in question is not your own—do you ignore the truth and walk away? Or do you uncover it from its shallow grave and let it reopen old wounds—wounds that have finally begun to heal?
Mira, the Hopebearer

Mira Minkoba is on the run with her friends after a fiery escape from the Pit, where she'd been imprisoned for defending the dragons she loves. And she wants answers. Where have all the dragons been taken? Why are powerful noorestones being shipped to the mainland? And did the treaty she's been defending her whole life truly sell out the Fallen Isles to their enemies?

Mira, the Dragonhearted

As her connection to the dragons—and their power—grows stronger, so does Mira's fear that she might lose control and hurt someone she loves. But the only way to find the truth is to go home again, to Damina, to face the people who betrayed her and the parents she's not sure she can trust.

Home, where she must rise above her fears. Or be consumed.
The First Dragon

The Great Abandonment has begun. Panic has seized the Fallen Isles, where no one knows which god will rise next. Mira Minkoba believes her dreams hold the secret to bringing an end to the destruction, but in order to save her people, she'll have to find a legendary treasure: the bones of the first dragon.

The Last Hope

Mira's desperate search leads the Hopebearer and her friends on a dangerous journey into the heart of enemy territory: the Algotti Empire itself. The empress is more than willing to help—for an impossible price. And as tensions escalate beneath the shadows of the risen gods, Mira grapples with a terrifying question: What will she have to sacrifice to preserve what she loves?

The explosive finale to Jodi Meadows's Fallen Isles trilogy is ablaze with sizzling romance and fiery magic as Mira's fight to save dragons from extinction evolves into a mission to save her world from annihilation.
Jessie Archer is a member of the Athena Protocol, an elite organization of female spies who enact vigilante justice around the world.

Athena operatives are never supposed to shoot to kill—so when Jessie can't stop herself from pulling the trigger, she gets kicked out of the organization, right before a huge mission to take down a human trafficker in Belgrade.

Jessie needs to right her wrong and prove herself, so she starts her own investigation into the trafficking. But going rogue means she has no one to watch her back as she delves into the horrors she uncovers. Meanwhile, her former teammates have been ordered to bring her down. Jessie must face danger from all sides if she's to complete her mission—and survive.
Adventures in Babysitting meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer in this funny, action-packed novel about a coven of witchy babysitters who realize their calling to protect the innocent and save the world from an onslaught of evil.

Seventeen-year-old Esme Pearl has a babysitters club. She knows it's kinda lame, but what else is she supposed to do? Get a job? Gross. Besides, Esme likes babysitting, and she's good at it.

And lately Esme needs all the cash she can get, because it seems like destruction follows her wherever she goes. Let's just say she owes some people a new tree.

Enter Cassandra Heaven. She's Instagram-model hot, dresses like she found her clothes in a dumpster, and has a rebellious streak as gnarly as the cafeteria food. So why is Cassandra willing to do anything, even take on a potty-training two-year-old, to join Esme's babysitters club?

The answer lies in a mysterious note Cassandra's mother left her: "Find the babysitters. Love, Mom."

Turns out, Esme and Cassandra have more in common than they think, and they're about to discover what being a babysitter really means: a heroic lineage of superpowers, magic rituals, and saving the innocent from seriously terrifying evil. And all before the parents get home.
Hatchet meets Wild in this harrowing survival story from Edgar Award-winning author Mindy McGinnis.

The world is not tame.

Ashley knows this truth deep in her bones, more at home with trees overhead than a roof. So when she goes hiking in the Smokies with her friends for a night of partying, the falling dark and creaking trees are second nature to her. But people are not tame either. And when Ashley catches her boyfriend with another girl, drunken rage sends her running into the night, stopped only by a nasty fall into a ravine. Morning brings the realization that she's alone - and far off trail. Lost in undisturbed forest and with nothing but the clothes on her back, Ashley must figure out how to survive despite the red streak of infection creeping up her leg.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Sky in the Deep in this bewitching, historical horror novel, perfect for fans of Holly Black and V.E. Schwab.

Seventeen-year-old Aderyn ("Ryn") only cares about two things: her family and her family's graveyard. And right now, both are in dire straits. Since the death of their parents, Ryn and her siblings have been scraping together a meager existence as gravediggers in the remote village of Colbren, which sits at the foot of a harsh and deadly mountain range that was once home to the fae. The problem with being a gravedigger in Colbren, though, is that the dead don't always stay dead.

The risen corpses are known as "bone houses," and legend says that they're the result of a decades-old curse. When Ellis, an apprentice mapmaker with a mysterious past, arrives in town, the bone houses attack with new ferocity. What is it that draws them near? And more importantly, how can they be stopped for good?

Together, Ellis and Ryn embark on a journey that will take them into the heart of the mountains, where they will have to face both the curse and the deeply-buried truths about themselves.
Pretty Little Liars meets Burn for Burn in this thrilling debut from Wattpad star Ann Valett.

Chloe Whittaker is out for revenge. Last year her best friend Monica's life was unceremoniously ruined by the most popular students at their high school, so this year Chloe plans to take each and every one of them down. She traded her jeans and T-shirts for the latest designer clothes, deleted everything on social media that would tie her to Monica (and blow her cover), and carefully devised a way to befriend the members of the popular clique. Now all that's left to do is uncover their deepest, darkest secrets and reveal them to the world.

Chloe has the perfect plan…that is, until she begins to fall for one of the people she's determined to destroy.
 Leigh Bardugo's Six of Crows meets Kristin Cashore's Graceling, with a dash of Winter is Coming, in this showstopping debut YA fantasy!

The Age of Darkness approaches.
Five lives stand in its way.
Who will stop it... or unleash it?

For generations, the Seven Prophets guided humanity. Using their visions of the future, they ended wars and united nations―until the day, one hundred years ago, when the Prophets disappeared.

All they left behind was one final, secret prophecy, foretelling an Age of Darkness and the birth of a new Prophet who could be the world's salvation . . . or the cause of its destruction. As chaos takes hold, five souls are set on a collision course:

A prince exiled from his kingdom.
A ruthless killer known as the Pale Hand.
A once-faithful leader torn between his duty and his heart.
A reckless gambler with the power to find anything or anyone.
And a dying girl on the verge of giving up.

One of them―or all of them―could break the world. Will they be savior or destroyer? Perfect for fans of Throne of Glass, Children of Blood and Bone, and An Ember in the Ashes.
The irresistible sequel to the bestselling 99 Days.

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

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

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


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

Honor Raconteur Author Page

The Story: Ilona Andrews read and recommended Magic and the Shinigami Detective, and yeah, it sounded really fantastic, and I read it and loved it! Such a great read, and I love the series, and I can't wait to read more of her books!

Website

Series: The Case Files of Henri Davenforth, Familiar and the MageImagineer.

The Case Files of Henri Davenforth: Magic and the Shinigami Detective and her site, my reviewCharms and Death and Explosions (oh my!) and her site, my review, Magic Outside the Box and her site, my review.

Familiar and the Mage: The Human Familiar and her site, my review, The Void Mage and her site, my review, Remnants and her site, my review, Echoes and her site, my review.

Imagineer: Imagineer and her site, my review.

Sunday, September 29, 2019

24 Hour Reading Challenge Update 6 and Wrap Up

I read my last book, Girl Against the Universe! When I went to sleep last night, I was kinda hoping that I'd make it to 7 books. Alas, I just barely made 6 books. I took so long reading Autoboyography, though some of the shorter books helped me make my goal, so yeah, I'm satisfied that I read a good amount of books in a short period of time!

My Reading Journey:

Before Now by Norah Olsen
Started On: September 28th
Finished On: September 28th, 1:39 PM
Pages Read: 208

Autoboyography by Christina Lauren
Started On: September 28th
Finished On: September 28th, 7:19 PM
Pages Read: 416

Be Not Far From Me by Mindy McGinnis
Started On: September 28th
Finished On: September 28th, 9:39 PM
Pages Read: 240

All the Things We Do in the Dark by Saundra Mitchell
Started On: September 28th
Finished On: September 29th, 1:05 AM
Pages Read: 304

The Athena Protocol by Shamim Sarif
Started On: September 29th
Finished On: September 29th, 9:05 AM
Pages Read: 304

Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes
Started On: September 29th
Finished On: September 29th, 11:50 AM
Pages Read: 379

Goals: 6-8
Read: 6
Pages Read: 1547

24 Hour Reading Challenge Update 5

I read my next book, The Athena Protocol, and I'm going to be reading Girl Against the Universe next!

My Reading Journey:

Before Now by Norah Olsen
Started On: September 28th
Finished On: September 28th, 1:39 PM
Pages Read: 208

Autoboyography by Christina Lauren
Started On: September 28th
Finished On: September 28th, 7:19 PM
Pages Read: 416

Be Not Far From Me by Mindy McGinnis
Started On: September 28th
Finished On: September 28th, 9:39 PM
Pages Read: 240

All the Things We Do in the Dark by Saundra Mitchell
Started On: September 28th
Finished On: September 29th, 1:05 AM
Pages Read: 304

The Athena Protocol by Shamim Sarif
Started On: September 29th
Finished On: September 29th, 9:05 AM
Pages Read: 304

Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes
Started On: September 29th
Currently On: Page 0 of 379

Goals: 6-8
Read: 5
Pages Read: 1168

Wrote that Review Update #268, September 29th

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 Siren's Song and Dragon's Claw, Immortal Born, Wayward Son, Cast in Oblivion, Before She Ignites, The Girl in 6E, so I have 6 of 6 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 #271, September 29th

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 40:
All the Things We Do in the Dark by Saundra Mitchell, As She Ascends by Jodi Meadows, When She Reigns by Jodi Meadows, The Athena Protocol by Shamim Sarif, The Babysitters Coven by Kate Williams, Be Not Far from Me by Mindy McGinnis, The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones, Clique Bait by Ann Valett, There Will Come a Darkness by Katy Rose Pool, 99 Days by Katie Cotugno, 9 Days and 9 Nights by Katie Cotugno

Tour Books: NA.

Review Books: NA.

NetGalley: NA.

Edelweiss: 5. Check.

Meme Books: NA.

Rereads: 1. Check.

New Books: 6. Check.

Yeah, there's so many books to read, and yeah, hopefully I read them, because I'm really excited about these books!

Week 39:
Before Now by Norah Olson, Deacon Locke Went to Prom by Brian Katcher, The Gentleman's Guide To Getting Lucky by Mackenzi Lee, The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee, Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes, The Grace Year by Kim Liggett, Immortal Born by Lynsay Sands, The Memory Thief by Lauren Mansy, Nyxia by Scott Reintgen, Pulse by Patrick Carman, Scared Little Rabbits by A.V. Geiger, The Third Mrs. Durst by Ann Aguirre, Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell

vs.

Siren's Song by Karen Chance, Dragon's Claw by Karen Chance, Immortal Born by Lynsay Sands,
Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell, Cast in Oblivion by Michelle Sagara, Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows, The Girl in 6E by A.R. Torre

I read 2 of what I planned, and it doesn't balance out because I planned on reading way too many books. Oh, well. There's always next week! What about you guys? Happy reading! 

24 Hour Reading Challenge Update 4

I read my next book, All the Things We Do in the Dark, and I'm going to be reading The Athena Protocol next! Well, I didn't quite finish this on the 28th, but I'm going to count it anyways. Time to sleep for a bit, and then a few more hours for reading!

My Reading Journey:

Before Now by Norah Olsen
Started On: September 28th
Finished On: September 28th, 1:39 PM
Pages Read: 208

Autoboyography by Christina Lauren
Started On: September 28th
Finished On: September 28th, 7:19 PM
Pages Read: 416

Be Not Far From Me by Mindy McGinnis
Started On: September 28th
Finished On: September 28th, 9:39 PM
Pages Read: 240

All the Things We Do in the Dark by Saundra Mitchell
Started On: September 28th
Finished On: September 29th, 1:05 AM
Pages Read: 304

The Athena Protocol by Shamim Sarif
Started On: September 29th
Currently On: Page 0 of 304

Goals: 6-8
Read: 4
Pages Read: 1168

Saturday, September 28, 2019

24 Hour Reading Challenge Update 3

I read my next book, Be Not Far From Me, and I'm going to be reading All the Things We Do in the Dark next! Yeah, that was a really fast read, and now I'm feeling a bit more back on schedule! I have to do a few things, but then back to reading! I think I should be able to finish this next book today!

My Reading Journey:

Before Now by Norah Olsen
Started On: September 28th
Finished On: September 28th, 1:39 PM
Pages Read: 208

Autoboyography by Christina Lauren
Started On: September 28th
Finished On: September 28th, 7:19 PM
Pages Read: 416

Be Not Far From Me by Mindy McGinnis
Started On: September 28th
Finished On: September 28th, 9:39 PM
Pages Read: 240

All the Things We Do in the Dark by Saundra Mitchell
Started On: September 28th
Currently On: Page 0 of 304

Goals: 6-8
Read: 3
Pages Read: 864

24 Hour Reading Challenge Update 2

I read my next book, Autoboyography, and I'm going to be reading Be Not Far From Me next! i took a bit longer than I would've liked, but I'm hoping my next read will go much faster!

My Reading Journey:

Before Now by Norah Olsen
Started On: September 28th
Finished On: September 28th, 1:39 PM
Pages Read: 208

Autoboyography by Christina Lauren
Started On: September 28th
Finished On: September 28th, 7:19 PM
Pages Read: 416

Be Not Far From Me by Mindy McGinnis
Started On: September 28th
Currently On: Page 0 of 240

Goals: 6-8
Read: 2
Pages Read: 624

24 Hour Reading Challenge Update 1

I read my first book, Before Now, and I'm going to be reading Autoboyography next! And yeah, this is off to a good start, I can't wait to read more!

My Reading Journey:

Before Now by Norah Olsen
Started On: September 28th
Finished On: September 28th, 1:39 PM
Pages Read: 208

Autoboyography by Christina Lauren
Started On: September 28th
Currently On: Page 0 of 416

Goals: 6-8
Read: 1
Pages Read: 208

Week 39 Review: The Girl in 6E

From Goodreads:
I haven't touched a human in three years. That seems like it would be a difficult task, but it's not. Not anymore, thanks to the internet.

I am, quite possibly, the most popular recluse ever. Not many shut-ins have a 200-member fan club, a bank account in the seven-figure range, and hundreds of men lining up to pay for undivided attention.

They get satisfaction, I get a distraction. Their secret desires are nothing compared to why I hide... my lust for blood, my love of death.

Taking their money is easy. Keeping all these secrets... one is bound to escape.

What if you hid yourself away because all you could think of was killing? And what if one girl's life was depending on you venturing into society?

Enter a world of lies, thrills, fears, and all desires, in this original thriller from A. R. Torre.

My Review:
Ok, this book won't be for everyone. After all, it's about a woman who wants to kill, but keeps herself enclosed in her apartment, and makes a living being a cam girl. So two vices, death and sex, right together. But I enjoyed this book!

Deanna was a pretty fascinating character. She willingly imprisoned herself in her apartment to keep herself from acting on her darker urges. She had a past, and I kinda guessed the one secret, though now I'm kinda wondering if she killed once or twice, since there was a gap of time between reading the first 2/3rds, and the last third.

First off, there were a few footnotes, that lead to articles about the various bits of information that we got. I don't mind that, though I won't be checking the links out, because there were some pretty weird things. But I'm glad they were there, for those that are interested in checking that information out!

There was a mystery, of who the bad guy was, and there were a few options, though I totally didn't guess who it was until it was basically spelled out, so that was really great! I wish we had a few more answers, why the guy was like that, but yeah, pretty satisfying read!

This book was a fantastic read, and I can't wait to read more of this series!

Author: A.R. Torre
Series: Deanna Madden #1
Read: September 27th, 2019
Source: Ebook.bike
Reason Why: Sounded really great and it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2019 Book!
Publisher: Redhook
Published: January 1st 2014
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 39 Review: Before She Ignites

From Goodreads:
From the New York Times bestselling author of My Lady Jane comes a smoldering new fantasy trilogy perfect for fans of Victoria Aveyard and Kristin Cashore about a girl condemned for defending dragons and the inner fire that may be her only chance of escape.

Mira has always been a symbol of hope for the Fallen Isles, perfect and beautiful—or at least that's how she's forced to appear. But when she uncovers a dangerous secret, Mira is betrayed by those closest to her and sentenced to the deadliest prison in the Fallen Isles.

Except Mira is over being a pawn. As she fights to survive and guards the secret she'd die to protect, Mira must find her inner fire, sparks of romance, and the scorching truth about her own endangered magic—before her very world collapses. 

And that's all before she ignites. 

My Review:
Oh, wow, I devoured this book! It's just under 500 pages, and I read it over the course of an evening! The pages just flew right on by, and yeah, I just enjoyed everything that I was reading! I am reading this book well after it was published, since the other 2 books in the series are out, but that means I can just binge read the other two! I can't wait!

I just want to mention, I know that there was some conflict about the cover, that there was representation in book covers, but that the author isn't a person of colour. As someone who is also white, well, I don't really have anything to say, besides the fact that I'm glad that there is representation. I just wanted to put out there that I knew about it.

There's two fantastic things about this book. Well, there's more, but these are the main things. The first is the setting. It's an interesting world with dragons and the fallen Gods, and I can't wait to learn more about it!

The other is Mira, who has been the symbol of this treaty her whole life. And yeah, it was so great to read about her. She has anxiety and that was kinda hard for me, given that I have a mild version, though no panic attacks. So I'd get worried about her and what was going on. I really enjoyed her journey in this book and I can't wait to read more!

Yeah, this book was fantastic, and I can't wait to read the rest of the trilogy!

Author: Jodi Meadows
Series: Fallen Isles Trilogy #1
Read: September 26th, 2019
Source: Edelweiss/Bought
Reason Why: Love her writing so much, and it sounds so great! And it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2019 Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books
Published: September 12th 2017
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 39 Review: Cast in Oblivion

From Goodreads:
POLITICS ARE HELL

Kaylin wasn't sent to the West March to start a war. Her mission to bring back nine Barrani might do just that, though. She traveled with a Dragon, and her presence is perceived as an act of aggression in the extremely hostile world of Barrani-Dragon politics. Internal Barrani politics are no less deadly, and Kaylin has managed--barely--to help the rescued Barrani evade both death and captivity at the hands of the Consort.

Before the unplanned "visit" to the West March, Kaylin invited the Consort to dinner. For obvious reasons, Kaylin wants to cancel dinner--forever. But the Consort is going to show up at the front door at the agreed upon time. The fact that she tried to imprison Kaylin's guests doesn't matter at all...to her.

A private Barrani Hell, built of Shadow and malice, exists beneath the High Halls. It is the High Court's duty to jail the creature at its heart--even if it means that Barrani victims are locked in the cage with it. The Consort is willing to do almost anything to free the trapped and end their eternal torment. And she needs the help of Kaylin's houseguests--and Kaylin herself. Failure won't be death--it's Hell. And that's where Kaylin is going. 

My first review of Cast in Oblivion
My Review:
Man, I enjoyed reading this book again! I love this series so much, and this book deals with the Adversary at the bottom of the Tower. So yeah, kinda a big deal. There's also the dinner with the Consort that Kaylin desperately tried to stop, but alas. Such a great read!

I read this book again mainly because we're getting closer to Cast in Wisdom, and I'm just really excited for it! And I'm glad that I did, because there's mention of the fief's and the borders, and that's what Wisdom has in its synopsis, so yeah, really excited for that!

I remembered most of the main bits of this story, like the reveal about the first war, and how it ended. But in this series, it's the little things, the politics and new information, that really give it that extra special greatness.

Everything that happened in this book, from the Cohort becoming Lords of the Court, the Adversary,  it's going to change this world. Hopefully for the better! I can't wait to see what's going to happen, like, are we going to see Bellusdeo visiting the High Halls like she was invited to?

Loved reading this book so much, and I can't wait for Cast in Wisdom!

Author: Michelle Sagara
Series: Chronicles of Elantra #14
First Read: November 7th, 2018
Read: September 25th, 2019
Source: Bought
Reason Why: Love this series and her writing, and it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2019 Book!
Publisher: Mira Books
Published: January 29th 2019
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 39 Review: Wayward Son

From Goodreads:
The story is supposed to be over.

Simon Snow did everything he was supposed to do. He beat the villain. He won the war. He even fell in love. Now comes the good part, right? Now comes the happily ever after…

So why can't Simon Snow get off the couch?

What he needs, according to his best friend, is a change of scenery. He just needs to see himself in a new light…

That's how Simon and Penny and Baz end up in a vintage convertible, tearing across the American West.

They find trouble, of course. (Dragons, vampires, skunk-headed things with shotguns.) And they get lost. They get so lost, they start to wonder whether they ever knew where they were headed in the first place…

With Wayward Son, Rainbow Rowell has written a book for everyone who ever wondered what happened to the Chosen One after he saved the day. And a book for everyone who was ever more curious about the second kiss than the first. It's another helping of sour cherry scones with an absolutely decadent amount of butter.

Come on, Simon Snow. Your hero's journey might be over – but your life has just begun. 

My Review:
Yeah, I really enjoyed reading this book! It's the story after the adventure has happened, and yeah, these characters aren't in a great spot! I enjoyed them going on this road trip, they had a few bumps along the way, like the different vernacular which guides their magic.

There were so many developments in this book. Like we got to meet a dragon, and yeah, that was pretty interesting! Oh, and we met some vampires, and yeah, Bas leaned a lot about that part of him, which was really great to read!

We also see them break the rules, like a lot. Like, they're worried about what's going to happen when then get back home. And I'm interested to see what's going to happen, since the way things ended, well, I want to see how it all plays out!

Oh, and that ending! That was so fantastic, and so great to read! There was so much going on, and it was like, oh, what happened? And then it ended, and I'm like, we need a 3rd book, without a 4 year wait, please and thank you! Ah!

I enjoyed this book so much, it was such a great read, and I really hope that we get more!

Author: Rainbow Rowell
Series: Simon Snow #2
Read: September 24th, 2019
Source: Ebook.bike
Reason Why: Loved the first book, and it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2019 Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Published: September 24th 2019
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 39 Review: Immortal Born

From Goodreads:
A simple promise to protect her friend's infant son has turned Allie Chambers' existence upside down. Caring for—and feeding—an orphaned vampire baby has been tricky enough. But as little Liam grows, so does his appetite. He needs more blood than she can personally supply. And when her attempts to steal from a blood bank go awry, Allie wakes up surrounded by doctors, cops…and the gorgeous, mesmerizing Magnus, who she can neither trust nor resist.

Magnus never expected to find his life mate breaking into a blood bank. Clearly, Allie is already entwined with his world—in deeper, more dangerous ways than she realizes. A band of vicious rogue immortals is in pursuit, and Magnus' first task is to keep her safe. His second: to awaken her to mind-blowing pleasure, and hope she'll accept the life, and the passion, that only he can offer.

My Review:
Man, this book was a lot of fun to read! Well, I think every book by Lynsay Sands is a fun read. That's part of her writing style. I really enjoyed Allie and Magnus, because she's a part of this world, yet knew so little about it, because of all the vampire misconceptions.

Honestly, I kinda forgot about this bad guy. It's been at least 2 books, maybe more, since they were the focus. And going back, the last book that I *know* that they were in, was Vampire Most Wanted, which is book 20. That's 10 books ago. He could've been in one or two of the later ones, but I don't now, and I read that book in 2016, and I've read many books since then. So hopefully I'm forgiven for forgetting this bad guy!

One thing that was different with this book, is that Magnus didn't use the plus sides of the life mate bond, until Allie agreed to it all. For good reason, given the way that she was introduced to this world and her focus on her son. So there wasn't any shared dreams in this book, but there were plenty of long glances!

This series is so long running, sometimes it's hard to remember all of these characters, especially since they aren't in every book. So I enjoyed this trip back to Port Henry, and the updates in the lives of those there, since there's been a spur of babies born, which is so darned cute!

Yeah, this was a fantastic read, and I enjoyed it a lot!

Author: Lynsay Sands
Series: Argeneau #30
Read: September 24th, 2019
Source: Bought
Reason Why: Love her writing and this series, and it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2019 Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: Avon
Published: September 24th 2019
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 39 Reviews: Siren's Song, Dragon's Claw


From Goodreads:
War mages are the magical equivalent of tanks: tough, powerful, and deadly. They have to be, in order to defend the supernatural community from the dangerous threats it sometimes faces. But what happens when the threat is them?

John Pritkin has been trying to recover from a demon curse that separated his body and soul and almost killed him. The reunification has left him with a flood of memories to process, some that he recalls from his past and some that he doesn't, as well as wonky magic, fluctuating power levels, and a splitting headache. Something that only intensifies when he finds himself stuck in a city under siege—by his fellow war mages.

As the only one not overwhelmed by a massive enthrallment spell, John must find a way to free his fellow mages before they destroy themselves, and take a city of a million people along with them.

From Goodreads:
Everyone knows that vampires are hard to kill. But when Dory Basarab is called to a crime scene in a smelly basement in Queens, she discovers that that may no longer be the case. Somebody has developed a new weapon, a vamp killer, and left her plenty of clues to follow. One of them leads her to the other side of the world, and to a city like no other, where the paranormal is normal and where death stalks the streets. Can she defeat a clever killer before he kills again, and on an unprecedented scale? 

My first review of Dragon's Claw
My Review:
Yes, wow, I really enjoyed reading these back to back! I mean, it's been a while since I first read Dragon's Claw, so I had to read it again after reading Siren's Song. And I've also read Brave the Tempest, which happens after these two. So I really wanted to know Prikin's side of things!

I really enjoyed seeing things from Pritkin's perspective, since he knew about the taking down of the pillars longer than Dory did, because that's a main focus of why he's there. Well, and the mages being under the control of some who is using them for nefarious means. Yeah.

There's this whole scene where Pritkin is with Dorina, doing mind things, that's not in Dragon's Claw, which is so freaking great, I really enjoyed seeing these two spend more time together. And I mean Dorina, not Dory. And I totally understand why we got in in Siren's Song but not Dragon's Claw!

How they both faced their various bad guys, and that these stories weaved together, it was really fantastic to read! There was a lot going on in this city, and seeing it from both of their perspectives gave us a broader look at everything that was going on and it was so great!

Yeah, these were such great reads, and I enjoyed them so much!

Author: Karen Chance
Series: Cassandra Palmer #8.5, Cassandra Palmer World #12.6, 12.5, Dorina Basarab #4.6, 4.5
First Read: September 11th, 2018
Read: September 22nd, 22nd, 2019
Source: Ebook.bike
Reason Why: Love her writing and this series, and they're Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2019 Books!
Publisher: Karen Chance
Published: September 13th 2019, September 3rd 2018

Siren's Song:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Dragon's Claw:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Friday, September 27, 2019

24 Hour Reading Challenge 2nd September Sign Up

So I've decided to do my 2nd September 24 Hour Reading Challenge, to start tomorrow, September 28th, at 12 PM, to end at the same time on the 29th. This works with my schedule since I don't work on the weekends right now, and I have a family supper on Sunday. This gives me time to do blog stuff before I start reading, so I'm satisfied with it!

As always, my goal is 6-8 books. The books that I want to read are Before Now, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Autoboyagraphy, All the Things We Do in the Dark, The Athena Protocol, The Gallery of Unfinished Girls, Bombshell, Be Not Far From Me, This Darkness Mine, Gem & Dixie, Verify, The Rest Falls Away, 99 Days.

Yeah, there's a lot of overlapping books. But there's a few new ones as well, and I hope to read as many of these as I can! Again, I picked some of the shorter books, so I hope to breeze through a lot of books in this 24 hour period!

What about you guys? Happy reading!

Book Blogger Hop #103, September 27th

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: Have you ever wished that there were official government bookish holidays, and that, by law, employers HAD to give their workers a paid day off? If so, what kind of bookish holiday would you like to have? (submitted by Maria @ A Night's Dream of Books)

I never actually thought of that! But yeah, that would be kinda awesome! And probably on Tuesdays, because that's when books come out. To celebrate all books. That's about all I can think of! What about you guys? Happy reading! 

The Reward Challenge Update #419, September 27th

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 Siren's Song which counts twice as a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2019 Book, Dragon's Claw which counts twice as a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2019 Book, Immortal Born which counts 3 times as a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2019 Book and a WoW Book, Wayward Son which counts 3 times as a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2019 Book and a WoW Book, Cast in Oblivion which counts twice as a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2019 Book, Before She Ignites which counts 4 times as a Edelweiss Book, Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2019 Book and a WoW Book, The Girl in 6E which counts twice as a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2019 Book.

So I have 18 counts which translates to $9 this week! I'll use it to buy books!

First Lines Friday #437, September 27th

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!

"'You all now why you're here.' There are ten of us at the table. We all not like we even have a clue. Eight of the richest men and women in the world stand at the opposite end of the conference room. Last night, I used PJ's phone to look them up. Babel Communications. Swallowed Google back in 2036. Some blogger says they're NASA's dark little shadow and have been for decades." -Nyxia by Scott Reintgen

Well, it makes me wonder what year this is taking place! Must read more! What about you guys? Happy reading!

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Random Reads #410, September 26th

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 6201 which turned out to be Thief's Cunning by Sarah Ahiers! It's been on my TBR pile since October 25th, 2016, and I added it because it sounded really great! Happy reading!

Third Sentence Thursday #424, September 26th

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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 indulged in a moment of imagining I was a dragon and I was setting him aflame." -Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows, page 192.

Well, that's violent and awesome! Love this line!

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

Will the Time Come #434, September 26th

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

Emika Chen barely made it out of the Warcross Championships alive. Now that she knows the truth behind Hideo's new NeuroLink algorithm, she can no longer trust the one person she's always looked up to, who she once thought was on her side.

Determined to put a stop to Hideo's grim plans, Emika and the Phoenix Riders band together, only to find a new threat lurking on the neon-lit streets of Tokyo. Someone's put a bounty on Emika's head, and her sole chance for survival lies with Zero and the Blackcoats, his ruthless crew. But Emika soon learns that Zero isn't all that he seems--and his protection comes at a price.

Caught in a web of betrayal, with the future of free will at risk, just how far will Emika go to take down the man she loves?

Why the time hasn't come yet...
I haven't read the first book yet, but I really want to read them both! What about you guys? Happy reading! 

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday #437, September 25th

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

Starsight by Brandon Sanderson
Expected Publication: November 26th, 2019
From Goodreads:
All her life, Spensa has dreamed of becoming a pilot. Of proving she's a hero like her father. She made it to the sky, but the truths she learned about her father were crushing.

Spensa is sure there's more to the story. And she's sure that whatever happened to her father in his starship could happen to her. When she made it outside the protective shell of her planet, she heard the stars--and it was terrifying. Everything Spensa has been taught about her world is a lie. 

But Spensa also discovered a few other things about herself--and she'll travel to the end of the galaxy to save humankind if she needs to. 
Paw of the Jungle by Diane Kelly
Expected Publication: November 26th, 2019
From Goodreads:
Police officer Megan Luz and her K-9 partner in crime, Brigit, are on all fours as they try to solve their latest Lone Star mystery.

AT THE ZOO
The weather is beautiful, work is slow, and her canine colleague could use a walk. What better day for Megan to take Brigit to the Fort Worth Zoo, where they can let loose and witness the law and order of nature unfold? But what begins as a fun field trip turns serious when a pair of rare hyacinth macaws named Fabiana and Fernando goes missing. Is the new custodian, a gentle soul who happens to be an ex-convict, to blame? Or is something far more sinister afoot?

AND ON THE HUNT
The birds are worth thousands of dollars, and the list of people on the premises who might have stolen them is long. Soon other animals start disappearing. . .and Megan and Brigit have their hands and paws full of suspects. But when a rare black rhino is taken from the zoo, presumably for its black-market-friendly horn, time is of the essence. Can Megan and Brigit find out who's behind the mystery--before they too become prey?

Wow, these are 2 amazing books by great authors in great series, and I've read Paw of the Jungle, and yeah, it was excellent, and I can't wait for them to come out! What about you guys? Happy reading!