Saturday, August 24, 2019

Bout of Books Update 6

I've finished my next book and it was As Death Draws Near! I'm going to be reading The Library of the Unwritten next!

My Reading Journey:

The Seekers by Heather Graham
Started On: August 20th
Finished On August 20th, 9:38 PM
Pages Read: 332

Hunting for a Highlander by Lynsay Sands
Started On: August 21st
Finished On: August 21st, 2:31 PM
Pages Read: 384

Archangel's Prophecy by Nalini Singh
Started On: August 22nd
Finished On: August 22nd, 6:53 PM
Pages Read: 372

A Study in Death by Anna Lee Huber
Started On: August 23rd
Finished On: August 23rd, 10:03 PM
Pages Read: 336

A Pressing Engagement by Anna Lee Huber
Started On: August 23rd
Finished On: August 23rd, 10:49 PM
Pages read: 83

As Death Draws Near by Anna Lee Huber
Started On: August 24th
Pages Read: 349

The Library of the Unwritten by A.J. Hackwith
Started On: August 25th
Currently On: Page 0 of 384

Goals: 10
Read: 6
Pages Read: 1856

Week 34 Reviews: A Study in Death, A Pressing Engagement


From Goodreads:
Scotland, 1831. After a tumultuous courtship complicated by three deadly inquiries, Lady Kiera Darby is thrilled to have found both an investigative partner and a fiancé in Sebastian Gage. But with her well-meaning—and very pregnant—sister planning on making their wedding the event of the season, Kiera could use a respite from the impending madness.

Commissioned to paint the portrait of Lady Drummond, Kiera is saddened when she recognizes the pain in the baroness's eyes. Lord Drummond is a brute, and his brusque treatment of his wife forces Kiera to think of the torment caused by her own late husband.

Kiera isn't sure how to help, but when she finds Lady Drummond prostrate on the floor, things take a fatal turn. The physician called to the house and Lord Drummond appear satisfied to rule her death natural, but Kiera is convinced that poison is the real culprit.

Now, armed only with her knowledge of the macabre and her convictions, Kiera intends to discover the truth behind the baroness's death—no matter what, or who, stands in her way…

From Goodreads:
In this delightful novella from the national bestselling author of A Study in Death, Lady Kiera Darby has one last mystery to solve before she can walk down the aisle...

Scotland, 1831. With her wedding to fellow investigator Sebastian Gage only a day away, Kiera is counting down the hours. But just when matrimonial jitters threaten to consume her, Kiera receives a welcome distraction in the form of a mysterious gold necklace.

The Celtic torc, thought missing for decades, was directly involved in a recent investigation. Now, Kiera feels compelled to uncover the truth behind its sudden reappearance.


But with an overwhelming flock of wedding guests, a muddled cat, an unpaid favor, and a ferocious storm throwing things into disarray, it's anyone's guess whether Kiera and Gage will actually make it to the altar...

My Review:
Yeah, it was so much fun to read these books! They're just so easy to read, I just devoured them! I love reading about Kiera and Gage, they're a fantastic couple, and the mysteries they investigate are intriguing. And oh, the characters that they encounter, they're so interesting!

A Study in Death had a lot of drama. We got to meet Lord Gage, and boy was there a lot of barbs slung back and forth! There was also a lot of bickering between Kiera and Gage, which was fun but a bit hard to read, though I knew they wouldn't separate, at least not permanently, because of the future books in the series. We also learned what happened in Greece, and I feel so bad for him for going through that!

A Study in Death had the first case that they weren't asked to investigate, in fact, most of those that were closest to the victim didn't want it investigated. Which of course was a difficulty, and having to even prove that she was a victim instead of dying of natural causes. So it was interesting watching them try to get around all that and figure out what happened!

I love the fact that the torc that was in A Grave Matter showed up in A Pressing Engagement. So we got to solve that little mystery, as well as all the bustle around the wedding, or avoiding the planning and the last minute details. Just a fun read!

This series is so fantastic and enjoyable and wonderful, and I can't wait to read more!

Author: Anna Lee Huber
Series: Lady Darby #4, 4.5
Read: August 23rd, 23rd, 2019
Source: Ebook.bike
Reason Why: Really enjoying this series and her writing! And they're Historical Fiction 2019 Books and Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2019 Books!
Publisher: Berkley
Published: July 5th 2015, May 17th 2016

A Study in Death:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









A Pressing Engagement:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars








Week 34 Review: Archangel's Prophecy

From Goodreads:
Return to New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh's darkly passionate Guild Hunter world, where human-turned-angel Elena Deveraux, consort to Archangel Raphael, is thrust center stage into an eons-old prophecy....

Midnight and dawn, Elena's wings are unique among angelkind…and now they're failing. The first mortal to be turned into an immortal in angelic memory, she’s regressing. Becoming more and more human. Easier to hurt. Easier to kill.

Elena and Raphael must unearth the reason for the regression before it's too late and Elena falls out of the sky. Yet even as they fight a furious battle for Elena's very survival, violent forces are gathering in New York and across the world.

In China, the Archangel Favashi is showing the first signs of madness. In New York, a mysterious sinkhole filled with lava swallows a man whole. In Africa, torrential monsoon rains flood rolling deserts. And in Elena's mind whispers a haunting voice that isn't her own.

This time, survival may not be possible…not even for the consort of an archangel.

My first review of Archangel's Prophecy
My Review:
Yeah, I had to read to read this book again! I deliberately didn't read it again when I was doing my reread of this series earlier in the year, because I wanted to read it back to back with Archangel's War. So I'm putting it out into the universe by reading this book. But it's coming out in a month, so either way, I don't have much longer to wait!

I remembered most of the broad strokes of this book, like Cassandra, and who the murderer was. Or like the fact that there were no previous Angel-Made's, Elena is the first one. That it was a prophecy about her that had that information floating around. Yeah, that was kinda a bombshell that made perfect sense! And has me wondering about future couples who could also have an Angel-Made!

I did forget smaller details-like why Harrison was targeted. Or how the whole thing with the "you must die for another to live" thing happened, and that the book continued. Which was why I knew I had to reread this book, to have those details fresh in my mind for War.

Again, that ending hit me hard! It's such an intense ending, and yeah, there's the question of what things are going to be like after all this, because they're not going to be the same. It was a pretty desperate move, and I need to know what's going to happen next!

Loved this book so freaking much, and I can't wait for Archangel's War, I need to know how things are going to end!

Author: Nalini Singh
Series: Guild Hunter #11
First Read: September 4th, 2018
Read: August 22nd, 2019
Source: Own
Reason Why: Rereading for Archangel's War, and I just love her writing and this series, and it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2019 Book!
Publisher: Berkley
Published: October 30th 2018
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 34 Review: Hunting for a Highlander

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. 

My Review:
Man, it was a delight to read this book! Dwyn and Geordie were a fantastic couple, there were sparks between them right away, but they also got along together as friends, and that's a good base for a romantic relationship, both of those elements together!

I could really relate to Dwyn, she's not ugly, but she's not beautiful either. She does have lovely hair, and her breasts were mentioned at least once a chapter. So she's not confident in her looks, but she's straightforward, doesn't lie, and yeah, that lead to a few interesting situations!

I think this is the first book in a while that they don't go hunting in secret passageways. Maybe because we've already done so at Buchanan, but the main plot of this book, is that women were invited to marry into the family, because the family has 8 clans behind them. So that plays a part!

So in the end, there's just 2 brothers to find their mates. I still think that Aulay's twin is still alive, but either has lost his memory or something, or feels ashamed for something he shouldn't, and that's why he hasn't come home. Because it would mean another great book in this series, and with a tortured hero with a heck of a story to tell! I would love to read that book!

This book was so fantastic, and I enjoyed it so much!

Author: Lynsay Sands
Series: Highland Brides 8
Read: August 21st, 2019
Source: Edelweiss
Reason Why: Love her writing and this series, and it's a Historical Fiction 2019 Book, Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2019 Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: Avon
Expected Publication: January 28th 2020
/5 Hearts
/5 Books

Week 34 Review: The Seekers

From Goodreads:
THE TRUTH IS SCARIER THAN FICTION

Keri Wolf has joined the crew of The Seekers, a show that searches for paranormal phenomena, as they explore a supposedly haunted old inn on the road between Philadelphia and Harrisburg. The place is famous for its warm welcome—and infamous for being the site of an ax murder rampage in the 1920s. They've barely begun when a very real dead body is discovered in the basement. As a nonfiction author, Keri is supposed to be the rational one, but she can't explain a terrifying apparition that seems to be both a threat and a warning.Former detective Joe Dunhill knows what she's going through—the strange gift of being able to see and talk to the dead is a struggle he shares. A new member of the FBI's Krewe of Hunters, he's on the team investigating the disturbing death. The town is steeped in old-fashioned superstition, and the deeper Joe and Keri plunge into the dark secrets of the inn, the closer they get to a devastating truth. Will a bloody history be repeated? Or can the spirits of the past reach out to stop a killer?

My Review:
It was so great to read this book, and right after The Summoning, too! I'm really happy with that, it always seems like I got behind on reading Heather Graham's books, and at the moment, I'm not! Yeah, I'm really happy with that!

We get to spend more time with Joe, who is now on the path to becoming Krewe himself. Actor Carl is also in this book, and the ending had me thinking he could've been the hero in the next book, that would've really completed this little mini trilogy within the series, but alas.

I think this is the most modern crime that the ghosts were involved with in this series, at least for a while. If I remember right, not all of them even have a historic crime that spurs on the modern one, just that the ghosts stayed  behind for whatever reasons. So that was a bit different, the research was more front and center then behind the scenes and brought up with it was done!

Keri and Joe didn't got off on the right foot, that's for certain! There was a certain amount of animosity, since she maybe saw a woman in white, and since she didn't believe in ghosts at the time, well, yeah, that caused some conflict between them because he called her a liar. But that initial bad interaction made it all the more sweeter when the got together!

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

Author: Heather Graham
Series: Krewe of Hunters #28
Read: August 20th, 2019
Source: NetGalley/Bought
Reason Why: Love her writing and this series, and it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2019 Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: MIRA
Published: July 23rd 2019
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 34 Review: Betty Bites Back

From Goodreads:
FEMINIST FICTION TO FRIGHTEN THE PATRIARCHY! 

Behind every successful man is a strong woman... but in these stories, she might be about to plant a knife in his spine. The characters in this anthology are fed up - tired of being held back, held down, held accountable - by the misogyny of the system. They're ready to resist by biting back in their own individual ways, be it through magic, murder, technology, teeth, pitfalls and even... potlucks. Join sixteen writers as they explore feminism in fantasy, science-fiction, fractured fairy-tales, historical settings, and the all-too-familiar chauvinist contemporary world. 

Introduction by the Editors 

The news in the past few years has been full of women - nasty women, angry women, persistent women, women in pink knitted hats. There's been pushback, but there’s also been overwhelming support. With this anthology we wanted to add our own encouragement. This collection of sixteen tales comes from writers who picked up their pens to add their words to the resistance. 

You're helping, too. By buying this book - and reading it - you're allowing our words to find a space inside your head, to plant a seed, and to offer a different perspective. We hope you enjoy these tales, but more importantly, we hope they make you think about the position of women in the world, how our everyday lives are different from a man's - and in many ways, even different from each other's experiences. 

We all have our own tale. A cat-call. An unwanted touch. A joke at the water cooler... and those are just the micro-aggressions. Other stories make the news. But we're making our own headlines now, with marches, demonstrations and - in our own small way - this book. 

Thank you for joining us as we bite back. 

- Mindy McGinnis, Demitria Lunetta, and Kate Karyus Quinn 

My Review:
Yeah, wow, this book was a really awesome read! The whole concept behind this collection is fighting back against the patriarchy, which is pretty awesome. The patriarchy sometimes makes me boil at the unfairness. So taking it on in stories, I just had to read it!

I enjoyed all of these stories. There was one where the ending, I didn't like so much, it was pretty well written, but the story itself...it was good but I didn't like the direction that it went. Because oh, there are going to be consequences for this and it's not fair!

The first story is about 3 pages long. And there's 2 I believe that are more poetry. So there's a few variations so I never knew what to expect, how many more pages were left for each story. It had me racing and devouring this book!

I don't have a clear stand out favourite. This collection was pretty great, but it was about even, there weren't any over the top wow's for me. And that's OK, because like I said, these stories were all at a pretty high level, all together. That's kinda better too, rather than have a stand out, and a bunch of just OK stories. Yep.

Loved this collection, it was an amazing read!

Authors: Liz Coley, Shannon Green, Elaine Griffin, Lindsey Klingele, Kamerhe Lane, Jenna Lehne, Demitria Lunetta, Emilee Martell, Tracie Martin, Cori McCarthy, Kyrie McCauley, Mindy McGinnis, Kate Karyus Quinn, Melody Simpson, Amanda Sun
Read: August 17th, 2019
Source: NetGalley
Reason Why: Loved the collection idea and it's a SAC 2019 Book!
Published: September 16th 2019
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Friday, August 23, 2019

Bout of Books Update 5

I've finished my next book and it was A Pressing Engagement! I'm going to be reading As Death Draws Near next!

My Reading Journey:

The Seekers by Heather Graham
Started On: August 20th
Finished On August 20th, 9:38 PM
Pages Read: 332

Hunting for a Highlander by Lynsay Sands
Started On: August 21st
Finished On: August 21st, 2:31 PM
Pages Read: 384

Archangel's Prophecy by Nalini Singh
Started On: August 22nd
Finished On: August 22nd, 6:53 PM
Pages Read: 372

A Study in Death by Anna Lee Huber
Started On: August 23rd
Finished On: August 23rd, 10:03 PM
Pages Read: 336

A Pressing Engagement by Anna Lee Huber
Started On: August 23rd
Finished On: August 23rd, 10:49 PM
Pages read: 83

As Death Draws Near by Anna Lee Huber
Started On: August 24th
Currently On: Page 0 of 349

Goals: 10
Read: 5
Pages Read: 1507

Bout of Books Update 4

I've finished my next book and it was A Study in Death! I'm going to be reading A Pressing Engagement next! I'm not reading quite as much as I want, but I have 2 days left to read the other 5 books, since I'm going to finish A Pressing Engagement today. So I have hope!

My Reading Journey:

The Seekers by Heather Graham
Started On: August 20th
Finished On August 20th, 9:38 PM
Pages Read: 332

Hunting for a Highlander by Lynsay Sands
Started On: August 21st
Finished On: August 21st, 2:31 PM
Pages Read: 384

Archangel's Prophecy by Nalini Singh
Started On: August 22nd
Finished On: August 22nd, 6:53 PM
Pages Read: 372

A Study in Death by Anna Lee Huber
Started On: August 23rd
Finished On: August 23rd, 10:03 PM
Pages Read: 336

A Pressing Engagement by Anna Lee Huber
Started On: August 23rd
Currently On: 0 of 83

Goals: 10
Read: 4
Pages Read: 1424

2019 Reviews


Book Blogger Hop #98, August 23rd

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: How do you choose the next book to read? (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver's Reviews)

I decide what I want to read during a week, and I usually choose within those books, but sometimes I just need to read a book, so I do. Yeah, that's about it. What about you guys? Happy reading!

The Reward Challenge Update #414, August 23rd

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 Betty Bites Back which counts 3 times as a NetGalley Book and a SAC 2019 Book, The Seekers which counts 4 times as a NetGalley Book, Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2019 Book and a WoW Book, Hunting for a Highlander which counts 5 times as a Edelweiss Book, Historical Fiction 2019 Book, Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2019 Book and a WoW Book, Archangel's Prophecy which counts twice as a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2019 Book,

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

First Lines Friday #432, August 23rd

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!

"'Kiera, stop fidgeting.' I locked my knees and bit my lip, stifling the urge to squabble with my sister as if we were still children. Especially when the truth was, she was right. I was fidgeting. But how could anyone expect me to stand still? This was perhaps the dozenth fitting in as many days, to fix yet another inconsequential detail on my gown. Though it was true, this wasn't just any dress, and Alana only wanted to make it perfect for me; that awareness led me back to the thoughts that had made me start fidgeting in the first place. Tomorrow was my wedding day." -A Pressing Engagement by Anna Lee Huber

Yeah, a wedding is pretty stressful! Must read more! What about you guys? Happy reading!


Thursday, August 22, 2019

Bout of Books Update 3

I've finished my next book and it was Archangel's Prophecy! I'm going to be reading I don't know what next!

My Reading Journey:

The Seekers by Heather Graham
Started On: August 20th
Finished On August 20th, 9:38 PM
Pages Read: 332

Hunting for a Highlander by Lynsay Sands
Started On: August 21st
Finished On: August 21st, 2:31 PM
Pages Read: 384

Archangel's Prophecy by Nalini Singh
Started On: August 22nd
Finished On: August 22nd, 6:53 PM
Pages Read: 372

Goals: 10
Read: 3
Pages Read: 1088

Random Reads #405, August 22nd

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 2613 which turned out to be Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare! It's been on my TBR pile since June 10th, 2012, and I added it because I love her writing and this series! Happy reading!

Third Sentence Thursday #419, August 22nd

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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!

"He was hers and she was his, and together they were a unit that could not be torn apart by forces either mortal or immortal." -Archangel's Prophecy by Nalini Singh, page 65.

Yes, because they're one bad ass and amazing couple!

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

Will the Time Come #429, August 22nd

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

When an unknown someone shoots him and leaves him to die, Harry Dresden hopes he might be heading to a better place. Unfortunately, being dead doesn't make Harry's life any easier. 
Trapped between life and death, he learns that his friends are in serious trouble. Only by finding his murderer can he save his friends and move on--a feat which would be a lot easier if he had a body and access to his powers. Worse still are the malevolent shadows that roam Chicago, controlled by a dark entity that wants Harry to suffer even in death. 

Now, the late Harry Dresden will have to pull off the ultimate trick without using any magic--or face an eternity as just another lost soul... 

Why the time hasn't come yet...
I've only just started reading these books, and I'm not here yet. But I'm going to be reading it soon, hopefully! What about you guys? Happy reading!

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

ARC August Update 10

So I've read my next ARC, Hunting for a Highlander, and I'm going to be reading I don't know what next!

Reading Journey:

T-Minus by Shannon Greenland
Started On: August 2nd
Finished On: August 2nd
Pages Read: 320

Let's Call it a Doomsday
Started On: August 9th
Finished On: August 9th
Pages Read: 400

The Summoning by Heather Graham
Started On: August 12th
Finished On: August 12th
Pages Read: 384

The Harp of Kings by Juliet Marillier
Started On: August 14th
Finished On: August 14th,
Pages Read: 464

The Paw of the Jungle by Diane Kelly
Started On: August 14th
Finished On: August 14th, 4:52 PM
Pages Read: 320

The How and the Why by Cynthia Hand
Started On: August 14th
Finished On: August 14th, 8:40 PM
Pages Read: 464

The Dukes Stolen Bride by Sophie Jordan
Started On: August 14th
Finished On: August 14th, 10:23 PM
Pages Read: 368

Fan the Fame by Anna Priemaza
Started On: August 16th
Finished On: August 16th, 9:49 AM
Pages Read: 352

Crown of Oblivion by Julie Eshbaugh
Started On: August 16th
Finished On: August 16th, 1:24 PM
Pages Read: 480

Sisters of Shadow and Light by Sara B. Larson
Started On: August 16th
Finished On: August 16th, 8:24 PM
Pages Read: 368

Betty Bites Back Anthology
Started On: August 17th
Finished On: August 17th, 11:30 PM
Pages Read: 320

The Seekers by Heather Graham
Started On: August 20th
Finished On August 20th, 9:38 PM
Pages Read: 332

Hunting for a Highlander by Lynsay Sands
Started On: August 21st
Finished On: August 21st, 2:31 PM
Pages Read: 384

Goals: 25
Read: 13
Pages Read: 4956

Bout of Books Update 2

So yeah, I've finished my next book and it was Hunting for a Highlander! I'm going to be reading I don't know what next!

My Reading Journey:

The Seekers by Heather Graham
Started On: August 20th
Finished On August 20th, 9:38 PM
Pages Read: 332

Hunting for a Highlander by Lynsay Sands
Started On: August 21st
Finished On: August 21st, 2:31 PM
Pages Read: 384

Goals: 10
Read: 2
Pages Read: 716



Waiting on Wednesday #432, August 21st

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

The Duke's Stolen Bride by Sophie Jordan
Expected Publication: October 22nd, 2019
From Goodreads:
An urgent dilemma…

To save her impoverished family, Marian Langley will become a mistress. But she will not be just any mistress. Marian intends to become so skilled, so coveted, that she can set her own terms, retaining control over her body and her fate. Only one problem remains: finding a tutor…

A scandalous solution…

Other men deprive themselves of pleasure for propriety's sake. Nathaniel, Duke of Warrington, would much rather be depraved. He slakes his desires with professionals who ask nothing of him but his coin. Marian's proposal—that he train her without taking her virtue—is an intriguing diversion, until their lessons in seduction spin out of control.

And a most unlikely duchess…

When Marian is blackmailed into engagement by a man she despises, Nate impulsively steals her away. Though he never intended to take a wife, he can't tolerate the idea of Marian forfeiting her freedom to another. But can he bear to give her what she demands—a real marriage?


Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren
Expected Publication: October 22nd, 2019
From Goodreads:
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Unhoneymooners and the “delectable, moving” (Entertainment Weekly) My Favorite Half-Night Stand comes a modern love story about what happens when your first love reenters your life when you least expect it…

Sam Brandis was Tate Jones’s first: Her first love. Her first everything. Including her first heartbreak.

During a whirlwind two-week vacation abroad, Sam and Tate fell for each other in only the way that first loves do: sharing all of their hopes, dreams, and deepest secrets along the way. Sam was the first, and only, person that Tate—the long-lost daughter of one of the world’s biggest film stars—ever revealed her identity to. So when it became clear her trust was misplaced, her world shattered for good.

Fourteen years later, Tate, now an up-and-coming actress, only thinks about her first love every once in a blue moon. When she steps onto the set of her first big break, he’s the last person she expects to see. Yet here Sam is, the same charming, confident man she knew, but even more alluring than she remembered. Forced to confront the man who betrayed her, Tate must ask herself if it’s possible to do the wrong thing for the right reason… and whether “once in a lifetime” can come around twice.

With Christina Lauren’s signature “beautifully written and remarkably compelling” (Sarah J. Maas, New York Times bestselling author) prose and perfect for fans of Emily Giffin and Jennifer Weiner, Twice in a Blue Moon is an unforgettable and moving novel of young love and second chances. 

Yeah, I got these book as an ARC, and yeah, I'm really excited for them! The series is just so great and the authors are also so fantastic! What about you guys? Happy reading!

WWW Wednesday #436, August 21st

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 Hunting for a Highlander, and yeah, really enjoying it, this series is just a lot of fun!
I read The Seekers, and yeah, really great book with a great mystery!
I'm going to be reading The Bridge Kingdom, and I can't wait, I love her writing!

What about you guys? Happy reading! 

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

ARC August Update 9

So I've read my next ARC, The Seekers, and I'm going to be reading Hunting for a Highlander next!

Reading Journey:

T-Minus by Shannon Greenland
Started On: August 2nd
Finished On: August 2nd
Pages Read: 320

Let's Call it a Doomsday
Started On: August 9th
Finished On: August 9th
Pages Read: 400

The Summoning by Heather Graham
Started On: August 12th
Finished On: August 12th
Pages Read: 384

The Harp of Kings by Juliet Marillier
Started On: August 14th
Finished On: August 14th,
Pages Read: 464

The Paw of the Jungle by Diane Kelly
Started On: August 14th
Finished On: August 14th, 4:52 PM
Pages Read: 320

The How and the Why by Cynthia Hand
Started On: August 14th
Finished On: August 14th, 8:40 PM
Pages Read: 464

The Dukes Stolen Bride by Sophie Jordan
Started On: August 14th
Finished On: August 14th, 10:23 PM
Pages Read: 368

Fan the Fame by Anna Priemaza
Started On: August 16th
Finished On: August 16th, 9:49 AM
Pages Read: 352

Crown of Oblivion by Julie Eshbaugh
Started On: August 16th
Finished On: August 16th, 1:24 PM
Pages Read: 480

Sisters of Shadow and Light by Sara B. Larson
Started On: August 16th
Finished On: August 16th, 8:24 PM
Pages Read: 368

Betty Bites Back Anthology
Started On: August 17th
Finished On: August 17th, 11:30 PM
Pages Read: 320

The Seekers by Heather Graham
Started On: August 20th
Finished On August 20th, 9:38 PM
Pages Read: 332

Hunting for a Highlander by Lynsay Sands
Started On: August 21st
Pages Read: 0 of 384

Goals: 25
Read: 12
Pages Read: 4572

Bout of Books Update 1

So yeah, I've finished my first book for Bout of Books, and it was The Seekers! I'm going to be reading Hunting for a Highlander next!

My Reading Journey:

The Seekers by Heather Graham
Started On: August 20th
Finished On August 20th, 9:38 PM
Pages Read: 332

Hunting for a Highlander by Lynsay Sands
Started On: August 21st
Pages Read: 0 of 384

Goals: 10
Read: 1
Pages Read: 332



We Have the Cover of Dread Nation #2!!!!

Yeah, we have the cover of Deathless Divide by Justina Ireland!

We Have the Cover of Sigma Force #15!!!!

Yeah, we have the cover of The Last Odyssey by James Rollins!

Teaser Tuesday #436, August 20th

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Ambrosia of The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
Today's teaser comes from The Seekers by Heather Graham, page 178.

"I thought that people were chanting. Maybe not, because it got windy."

Well, that sounds a bit ominous and creepy! Must read more! What about you guys? Happy reading!

Monday, August 19, 2019

It's Monday! What Are You Reading #428, August 19th

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 #427
Teaser Tuesday #435
WWW Wednesday #435
WOW #431
Will the Time Come #428
Third Sentence Thursday #418
Random Reads #404
First Lines Friday #431
The Reward Challenge Update #413
Book Blogger Hop #97
How Well I Stuck to It #265
Wrote that Review Update #262

Week 33 Reviews:
Dev1at3
Mortal Arts
A Grave Matter
OK, so I got 50 posts in 7 days, which is pretty fantastic, lots of great books read and lots of posts about those books because of reading challenges, so I'm happy. What about you guys? Happy reading!

So this week I want to read A Study in Death, A Pressing Engagement, As Death Draws Near, Betty Bites Back, The Bridge Kingdom, Summer Knight, Death Masks, Jane Anonymous, Kingdom of Souls, The Seeker, Serpent & Dove, and Twice in a Blue Moon.

Scotland, 1831. After a tumultuous courtship complicated by three deadly inquiries, Lady Kiera Darby is thrilled to have found both an investigative partner and a fiancé in Sebastian Gage. But with her well-meaning—and very pregnant—sister planning on making their wedding the event of the season, Kiera could use a respite from the impending madness.

Commissioned to paint the portrait of Lady Drummond, Kiera is saddened when she recognizes the pain in the baroness's eyes. Lord Drummond is a brute, and his brusque treatment of his wife forces Kiera to think of the torment caused by her own late husband.

Kiera isn't sure how to help, but when she finds Lady Drummond prostrate on the floor, things take a fatal turn. The physician called to the house and Lord Drummond appear satisfied to rule her death natural, but Kiera is convinced that poison is the real culprit.

Now, armed only with her knowledge of the macabre and her convictions, Kiera intends to discover the truth behind the baroness's death—no matter what, or who, stands in her way…
In this delightful novella from the national bestselling author of A Study in Death, Lady Kiera Darby has one last mystery to solve before she can walk down the aisle...

Scotland, 1831. With her wedding to fellow investigator Sebastian Gage only a day away, Kiera is counting down the hours. But just when matrimonial jitters threaten to consume her, Kiera receives a welcome distraction in the form of a mysterious gold necklace.

The Celtic torc, thought missing for decades, was directly involved in a recent investigation. Now, Kiera feels compelled to uncover the truth behind its sudden reappearance.


But with an overwhelming flock of wedding guests, a muddled cat, an unpaid favor, and a ferocious storm throwing things into disarray, it's anyone's guess whether Kiera and Gage will actually make it to the altar...
The latest mystery from the national bestselling author of A Study in Death tangles Lady Kiera Darby and Sebastian Gage in a dangerous web of religious and political intrigue.

June 1831. In the midst of their idyllic honeymoon in England's Lake District, Kiera and Gage's seclusion is soon interrupted by a missive from her new father-in-law. A deadly incident involving a distant relative of the Duke of Wellington has taken place at an abbey south of Dublin, Ireland, and he insists that Kiera and Gage look into the matter.

Intent on discovering what kind of monster could murder a woman of the cloth, the couple travel to Rathfarnham Abbey school. Soon a second nun is slain in broad daylight near a classroom full of young girls. With the sinful killer growing bolder, the mother superior would like to send the students home, but the growing civil unrest in Ireland would make the journey treacherous.

Before long, Kiera starts to suspect that some of the girls may be hiding a sinister secret. With the killer poised to strike yet again, Kiera and Gage must make haste and unmask the fiend, before their matrimonial bliss comes to an untimely end...
FEMINIST FICTION TO FRIGHTEN THE PATRIARCHY!

Behind every successful man is a strong woman... but in these stories, she might be about to plant a knife in his spine. The characters in this anthology are fed up - tired of being held back, held down, held accountable - by the misogyny of the system. They're ready to resist by biting back in their own individual ways, be it through magic, murder, technology, teeth, pitfalls and even... potlucks. Join sixteen writers as they explore feminism in fantasy, science-fiction, fractured fairy-tales, historical settings, and the all-too-familiar chauvinist contemporary world.

Introduction by the Editors

The news in the past few years has been full of women - nasty women, angry women, persistent women, women in pink knitted hats. There's been pushback, but there’s also been overwhelming support. With this anthology we wanted to add our own encouragement. This collection of sixteen tales comes from writers who picked up their pens to add their words to the resistance.

You're helping, too. By buying this book - and reading it - you're allowing our words to find a space inside your head, to plant a seed, and to offer a different perspective. We hope you enjoy these tales, but more importantly, we hope they make you think about the position of women in the world, how our everyday lives are different from a man's - and in many ways, even different from each other's experiences.

We all have our own tale. A cat-call. An unwanted touch. A joke at the water cooler... and those are just the micro-aggressions. Other stories make the news. But we're making our own headlines now, with marches, demonstrations and - in our own small way - this book.

Thank you for joining us as we bite back.

- Mindy McGinnis, Demitria Lunetta, and Kate Karyus Quinn
What if you fell in love with the one person you'd sworn to destroy? 

Lara has only one thought for her husband on their wedding day: I will bring your kingdom to its knees. A princess trained from childhood to be a lethal spy, Lara knows that the Bridge Kingdom represents both legendary evil - and legendary promise. The only route through a storm-ravaged world, the Bridge Kingdom controls all trade and travel between lands, allowing its ruler to enrich himself and deprive his enemies, including Lara's homeland. So when she is sent as a bride under the guise of fulfilling a treaty of peace, Lara is prepared to do whatever it takes to fracture the defenses of the impenetrable Bridge Kingdom.

But as she infiltrates her new home - a lush paradise surrounded by tempest seas - and comes to know her new husband, Aren, Lara begins to question where the true evil resides. Around her, she sees a kingdom fighting for survival, and in Aren, a man fiercely protective of his people. As her mission drives her to deeper understanding of the fight to possess the bridge, Lara finds the simmering attraction between her and Aren impossible to ignore. Her goal nearly within reach, Lara will have to decide her own fate: Will she be the destroyer of a king or the savior of her people? 
HARRY DRESDEN -- WIZARD

Lost items found. Paranormal Investigations. Consulting. Advice. Reasonable Rates.
No Love Potions, Endless Purses, or Other Entertainment

Ever since his girlfriend left town to deal with her newly acquired taste for blood, Harry Dresden has been down and out in Chicago. He can't pay his rent. He's alienating his friends. He can't even recall the last time he took a shower.

The only professional wizard in the phone book has become a desperate man.

And just when it seems things can't get any worse, in saunters the Winter Queen of Faerie. She has an offer Harry can't refuse if he wants to free himself of the supernatural hold his faerie godmother has over him--and hopefully end his run of bad luck. All he has to do is find out who murdered the Summer Queen's right-hand man, the Summer Knight, and clear the Winter Queen's name.

It seems simple enough, but Harry knows better than to get caught in the middle of faerie politics. Until he finds out that the fate of the entire world rests on his solving this case. No pressure or anything...
Harry Dresden, Chicago's only practicing professional wizard, should be happy that business is pretty good for a change. But he also knows that whenever things are going good, the only way left for them to go is bad. Way bad.

Recent examples: A duel with the lethal champion of the Red Court, who must kill Harry to end the war between vampires and wizards…Hit men using Harry for target practice…The missing Shroud of Turin—and the possible involvement of Chicago's most feared mob boss…A handless and headless corpse the Chicago police need identified…

Not to mention the return of Harry's ex-girlfriend Susan, who’s still struggling with her semi-vampiric nature—and who seems to have a new man in her life.

Some days, it just doesn't pay to get out of bed. No matter how much you're charging
Bestselling author Laurie Faria Stolarz's thrilling novel Jane Anonymous is a revelatory confessional of a seventeen-year-old girl's fight to escape a kidnapper—and her struggles to connect with loved ones and a life that no longer exists.

Seven months.

That's how long I was kept captive.

Locked in a room with a bed, refrigerator, and adjoining bathroom, I was instructed to eat, bathe, and behave. I received meals, laundered clothes, and toiletries through a cat door, never knowing if it was day or night. The last time I saw the face of my abductor was when he dragged me fighting from the trunk of his car. And when I finally escaped, I prayed I'd never see him again.

Now that I'm home, my parents and friends want everything to be like it was before I left. But they don't understand that dining out and shopping trips can't heal what's broken inside me. I barely leave my bedroom. Therapists are clueless and condescending. So I start my own form of therapy—but writing about my experience awakens uncomfortable memories, ones that should've stayed buried. How far will I have to go to uncover the truth of what happened—and will it break me forever?
Explosive fantasy set in a world of magic and legend, where one girl must sacrifice her life, year by year, to gain the power necessary to fight the mother she has never been good enough for.

Perfect for fans of Sarah J Maas, Tomi Adeyemi and Black Panther

THERE'S MAGIC IN HER BLOOD.

Arrah is a young woman from a long line of the most powerful witch doctors in the land. But she fails at magic, fails to call upon the ancestors and can't even cast the simplest curse.

Shame and disappointment dog her.

When strange premonitions befall her family and children in the kingdom begin to disappear, Arrah undergoes the dangerous and scorned process of selling years of her life for magic. This borrowed power reveals a nightmarish betrayal and a danger beyond what she could have imagined. Now Arrah must find a way to master magic, or at least buy it, in order to save herself and everything she holds dear.

An explosive fantasy set in a world of magic and legend with a twist you will never see coming.
THE TRUTH IS SCARIER THAN FICTION

Keri Wolf has joined the crew of The Seekers, a show that searches for paranormal phenomena, as they explore a supposedly haunted old inn on the road between Philadelphia and Harrisburg. The place is famous for its warm welcome—and infamous for being the site of an ax murder rampage in the 1920s. They've barely begun when a very real dead body is discovered in the basement. As a nonfiction author, Keri is supposed to be the rational one, but she can't explain a terrifying apparition that seems to be both a threat and a warning.Former detective Joe Dunhill knows what she's going through—the strange gift of being able to see and talk to the dead is a struggle he shares. A new member of the FBI's Krewe of Hunters, he's on the team investigating the disturbing death. The town is steeped in old-fashioned superstition, and the deeper Joe and Keri plunge into the dark secrets of the inn, the closer they get to a devastating truth. Will a bloody history be repeated? Or can the spirits of the past reach out to stop a killer?
Bound as one to love, honor, or burn.

Two years ago, Louise le Blanc fled her coven and took shelter in the city of Cesarine, forsaking all magic and living off whatever she could steal. There, witches like Lou are hunted. They are feared. And they are burned.

Sworn to the Church as a Chasseur, Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle: thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. His path was never meant to cross with Lou's, but a wicked stunt forces them into an impossible union—holy matrimony.

The war between witches and Church is an ancient one, and Lou's most dangerous enemies bring a fate worse than fire. Unable to ignore her growing feelings, yet powerless to change what she is, a choice must be made.

And love makes fools of us all.
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Unhoneymooners and the "delectable, moving" (Entertainment Weekly) My Favorite Half-Night Stand comes a modern love story about what happens when your first love reenters your life when you least expect it…

Sam Brandis was Tate Jones's first: Her first love. Her first everything. Including her first heartbreak.

During a whirlwind two-week vacation abroad, Sam and Tate fell for each other in only the way that first loves do: sharing all of their hopes, dreams, and deepest secrets along the way. Sam was the first, and only, person that Tate—the long-lost daughter of one of the world's biggest film stars—ever revealed her identity to. So when it became clear her trust was misplaced, her world shattered for good.

Fourteen years later, Tate, now an up-and-coming actress, only thinks about her first love every once in a blue moon. When she steps onto the set of her first big break, he's the last person she expects to see. Yet here Sam is, the same charming, confident man she knew, but even more alluring than she remembered. Forced to confront the man who betrayed her, Tate must ask herself if it's possible to do the wrong thing for the right reason… and whether "once in a lifetime" can come around twice.

With Christina Lauren's signature "beautifully written and remarkably compelling" (Sarah J. Maas, New York Times bestselling author) prose and perfect for fans of Emily Giffin and Jennifer Weiner, Twice in a Blue Moon is an unforgettable and moving novel of young love and second chances.