Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Dark Justice: Review

From Goodreads:
She's in love with her sister's killer...
Lauren has loved Luke since first grade. They planned to marry—until he murdered her sister. The moment he was sentenced to prison, Lauren fled with her secret baby and made a new life. Now she'll do anything to keep their daughter safe. But her hard won peace shatters when Luke is exonerated, and it sets her on a path of mixed emotions to discover the truth. Letting a killer into their tightly knit family is out of the question. Or is it?

She almost destroys her life by threatening his…
Prison stole his future with Lauren and twelve years of Luke's life, so the last thing he needs from her is a knife in the back or a gun in his face. Lauren believes he killed her sister, and he has no plans to pick up where they left off. Luke can't afford to trust her, but he wants nothing more than to convince her he's worth fighting for.

Their daughter is in danger…
Luke is heartbroken when he learns they had a child together. Now his daughter is in danger. Lauren trusted the wrong person for far too long, but he hopes she'll now trust him. Luke will risk everything to keep them safe. And Lauren will risk everything if she lets him into her heart.

My Review:
I really enjoyed reading this book! I kinda wish that I'd read Dark Ride first, since it's his sister's story, and came out first, but I didn't need to, I just would've preferred it. I really enjoyed Luke and Lauren's story!

It's told alternating between 3rd person in the present, and 1st in the past, 12 years go when her sister was murdered, and he was charged and convicted with it. Not a good situation to be in! Add in that she found out she was pregnant at the time and so he didn't know, yeah. So much conflict!

I'm wondering if this technically counts as a mystery book, since they know who the bad guy is. They just haven't caught him yet. Because his guilt was shown, proving Luke's innocence. It is a romance book, and I really enjoyed them together, with their complicated past and all!

One thing that I really enjoyed, was their relationship with their daughter. Everybody's been told that he was someone she met in California. And yeah, it's understandable why she wouldn't put her sister's murderer as her child's father, and then when he was proven innocent, well, trust is hard. But I'm glad that they worked it out!

Yeah, really enjoyed this book, it was a great read!

Author: Angela Smith
Read: October 15th, 2019
Source: Pump Up Your Book Review Copy
Reason Why: Sounded really good, and it's a SAC 2019 Book!
Published: September 17th 2019
5/5 Hearts
4/5 Books
4/5 Stars

Bio:
Angela Smith is a Texas native who, years ago, was dubbed most likely to write a novel during her senior year in high school. She always had her nose stuck in a book, even hiding them behind her textbooks during school study time. Her dream began at a young age when her sister started reciting ‘Brer Rabbit’ after their mom read it to them so often. She told her mom she’d write a story one day and never gave up on that dream even though her mom was never able to see it come to fruition. By day, she works as a certified paralegal and office manager at her local District Attorney’s office and spends her free time with her husband, their pets, and their many hobbies. Although life in general keeps her very busy, her passion for writing and getting the stories out of her head tends to make her restless if she isn’t following what some people call her destiny.


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Waiting on Wednesday #440, October 16th

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

The Darkest Assassin by Gena Showalter
Expected Publication: December 10th, 2019
From Goodreads:
From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Gena Showalter comes a new story in her Lords of the Underworld series…

Fox is a demon-possessed immortal with many talents.
Ability to open portals—check
Power to kill the most dangerous Sent Ones—check
Scare away any man who might want to date her—mate
Now, the keeper of Distrust has been marked for death, a winged assassin with rainbow-colored eyes tracking her every move, determined to avenge the males she accidentally decimated. If only she could control the desire to rip off his clothes…

Bjorn is a fierce warrior with many complications.
Tragic, torture-filled past—check
A wife he was forced to wed, who is draining his life force—check
Ever-intensifying desire for the enigmatic Fox—mate
Never has he hesitated to exterminate an evil being. Until now. The sharp-tongued female with a shockingly vulnerable heart tempts him in ways no one else ever has, threatening his iron control.

But, as Fate itself seems to conspire against the unlikely pair, both old and new enemies emerge. And Fox and Bjorn must fight to survive.

And learn to love…

Yeah, we're getting some more from the Angels of the Dark series characters, now that it's merged back with the Lords of the Underworld series! I can't wait to read this! What about you guys? Happy reading!

WWW Wednesday #444, October 16th

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

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

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

I'm currently reading The Art of Theft, and yeah, really enjoying it, it's a fantastic sequel!
I read Dark Justice, and it was a really great read, loved the romance! 
I'm going to be reading Pleasure Unbound, and I can't wait, because Reaper just came out, so I have to reread this series!

What about you guys? Happy reading!

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Teaser Tuesday #444, October 15th

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 Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones, page 10.

"It knelt before her, its empty gaze fixed on her face. It pulled her close."

Well, that's not creepy at all! Must read more! What about you guys? Happy reading!

Jessie Mihalik Author Page

The Story: Ilona Andrews recommended Polaris Rising, and yeah, it sounded really great, and I read and loved it and the sequel, and yeah, can't wait to read more of her books, because they're really great!

Website

Series: Consortium Rebellion, Rogue Queen.

Consortium Rebellion: Polaris Rising and her site, my review, Aurora Blazing and her site, my review,  Chaos Reigning and her site.

Rogue Queen: The Queen's Gambit and her site, my review, The Queen's Advantage and her site, my review.

Monday, October 14, 2019

24 Hour Reading Challenge Update 6 and Wrap Up

I read my last book, Rules for Vanishing! I did go over, but yeah, I do sleep so much, like, 8-10 hours, and this is 24 Hour Reading Challenge, so losing that much means in my mind, I get to extend this. But yeah, finished, made my goal, so I'm happy! I read a ton of great books!

My Reading Journey:

Aurora Blazing by Jessie Mihalik
Started On: October 13th
Finished On: October 13th, 11:29 PM
Pages Read: 400

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
Started On: October 14th
Finished On: October 14th, 11:32 AM
Pages Read: 432

The Wicked Deep by Shae Ernshaw
Started On: October 14th
Finished On: October 14th, 1:52 PM
Pages Read: 308

The Gallery of Unfinished Girls by Lauren Karcz
Stared On: October 14th
Finished On: October 14th, 4:13 PM
Pages Read: 352

A Constellation of Roses by Miranda Asebedo
Started On: October 14th
Finished On: October 14th, 7:25 PM
Pages Read: 336

Rules for Vanishing by Kate Alice Marshall
Started On: October 14th
Finished On: October 14th, 11:47 PM
Pages Read: 416

Goals: 6-8
Read: 6
Pages Read: 1908

24 Hour Reading Challenge Update 5

I read my next book, A Constellation of Roses, and I'm going to be reading Rules for Vanishing next! Since I did take so long to sleep, I'm going to extend until I finish my next book. Well, first I'm going to watch a show, and then read!

My Reading Journey:

Aurora Blazing by Jessie Mihalik
Started On: October 13th
Finished On: October 13th, 11:29 PM
Pages Read: 400

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
Started On: October 14th
Finished On: October 14th, 11:32 AM
Pages Read: 432

The Wicked Deep by Shae Ernshaw
Started On: October 14th
Finished On: October 14th, 1:52 PM
Pages Read: 308

The Gallery of Unfinished Girls by Lauren Karcz
Stared On: October 14th
Finished On: October 14th, 4:13 PM
Pages Read: 352

A Constellation of Roses by Miranda Asebedo
Started On: October 14th
Finished On: October 14th, 7:25 PM
Pages Read: 336

Rules for Vanishing by Kate Alice Marshall
Started On: October 14th
Currently On: Page 0 of 416

Goals: 6-8
Read: 5
Pages Read: 1492

24 Hour Reading Challenge Update 4

I read my next book, The Gallery of Unfinished Girls, and I'm going to be reading A Constellation of Roses next!

My Reading Journey:

Aurora Blazing by Jessie Mihalik
Started On: October 13th
Finished On: October 13th, 11:29 PM
Pages Read: 400

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
Started On: October 14th
Finished On: October 14th, 11:32 AM
Pages Read: 432

The Wicked Deep by Shae Ernshaw
Started On: October 14th
Finished On: October 14th, 1:52 PM
Pages Read: 308

The Gallery of Unfinished Girls by Lauren Karcz
Stared On: October 14th
Finished On: October 14th, 4:13 PM
Pages Read: 352

A Constellation of Roses by Miranda Asebedo
Started On: October 14th
Currently On: Page 0 of 336

Goals: 6-8
Read: 4
Pages Read: 1492

24 Hour Reading Challenge Update 3

I read my next book, The Wicked Deep, and I'm going to be reading The Gallery of Unfinished Girls next!

My Reading Journey:

Aurora Blazing by Jessie Mihalik
Started On: October 13th
Finished On: October 13th, 11:29 PM
Pages Read: 400

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
Started On: October 14th
Finished On: October 14th, 11:32 AM
Pages Read: 432

The Wicked Deep by Shae Ernshaw
Started On: October 14th
Finished On: October 14th, 1:52 PM
Pages Read: 308

The Gallery of Unfinished Girls by Lauren Karcz
Stared On: October 14th
Currently On: Page 0 of 352

Goals: 6-8
Read: 3
Pages Read: 1140

24 Hour Reading Challenge Update 2

I read my next book, Eliza and Her Monsters, and I'm going to be reading The Wicked Deep next!

My Reading Journey:

Aurora Blazing by Jessie Mihalik
Started On: October 13th
Finished On: October 13th, 11:29 PM
Pages Read: 400

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
Started On: October 14th
Finished On: October 14th, 11:32 AM
Pages Read: 432

The Wicked Deep by Shae Ernshaw
Started On: October 14th
Currently On: Page 0 of 308

Goals: 6-8
Read: 2
Pages Read: 832

It's Monday! What Are You Reading #436, October 14th

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 #435
Teaser Tuesday #443
WWW Wednesday #443
WOW #439
Will the Time Come #436
Third Sentence Thursday #426
Random Reads #412
First Lines Friday #439
The Reward Challenge Update #421
Book Blogger Hop #105
How Well I Stuck to It #273
Wrote that Review Update #270

Week 41 Reviews:
Steelheart
Now Entering Addamsville
The Hanging Girl
The Body in the Garden

24 Hour Reading Challenge:
2nd October Sign Up
Update 1

Random:
Laurie Faria Stolarz Author Page
We Have the Cover of Fever #11!!!!

OK, so I got 20 posts in 7 days, it was a shorter week, but yeah, some pretty great books and events, so I'm happy! What about you guys? Happy reading!

So this week I want to read The Art of Theft, Dead Girl Running, What Doesn't Kill Her, Strangers She Knows, Eliza and Her Monsters, Zenith, Nexus and We Set the Dark on Fire.

Charlotte Holmes, Lady Sherlock, is back solving new cases in the Victorian-set mystery series from the USA Today bestselling author of The Hollow of Fear.

As "Sherlock Holmes, consulting detective," Charlotte Holmes has solved murders and found missing individuals. But she has never stolen a priceless artwork—or rather, made away with the secrets hidden behind a much-coveted canvas.

But Mrs. Watson is desperate to help her old friend recover those secrets and Charlotte finds herself involved in a fever-paced scheme to infiltrate a glamorous Yuletide ball where the painting is one handshake away from being sold and the secrets a bare breath from exposure.

Her dear friend Lord Ingram, her sister Livia, Livia's admirer Stephen Marbleton—everyone pitches in to help and everyone has a grand time. But nothing about this adventure is what it seems and disaster is biding time on the grounds of a glittering French chateau, waiting only for Charlotte to make a single mistake...
I have three confessions to make:
1. I've got the scar of gunshot on my forehead.
2. I don't remember an entire year of my life.
3. My name is Kellen Adams...and that's half a lie.

Girl running...from a year she can't remember, from a husband she prays is dead, from homelessness and fear. Tough, capable Kellen Adams takes a job as assistant manager of a remote vacation resort on the North Pacific Coast. There amid the towering storms and the lashing waves, she hopes to find sanctuary. But when she discovers a woman's dead and mutilated body, she's soon trying to keep her own secrets while investigating first one murder...then another.

Now every guest and employee is a suspect. Every friendly face a mask. Every kind word a lie. Kellen's driven to defend her job, her friends and the place she's come to call home. Yet she wonders--with the scar of a gunshot on her forehead and amnesia that leaves her unsure of her own past--could the killer be staring her in the face?
One secret, one nightmare, one lie. You guess which is which.

1. I have the scar of a gunshot on my forehead.

2. I have willfully misrepresented my identity to the US military.

3. I'm the new mother of a seven-year-old girl.

Kellen Adams suffers from a yearlong gap in her memory. A bullet to the brain will cause that. But she's discovering the truth, and what she learns changes her life, her confidence, her very self. She finds herself in the wilderness, on the run, unprepared, her enemies unknown—and she is carrying a priceless burden she must protect at all costs. The consequences of failure would break her. And Kellen Adams does not break.

What doesn't kill her…had better start running.
I have three deadly problems:
1. I've seriously offended a maniacal killer.
2. I just had a bullet removed from my brain.
3. My new daughter is growing up too fast--and she's in the line of fire.

Living on an obscure, technology-free island off California means safety from the murderer who hunts Kellen Adams and her new family.... Or does it? Family time becomes terror-time, and at last, alone, Kellen faces a killer playing a cruel game. Only one can survive, and Kellen knows who must win...and who must die.
Her story is a phenomenon. Her life is a disaster.

In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, she's LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza can't imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves the online one, and she has no desire to try.

Then Wallace Warland, Monstrous Sea's biggest fanfiction writer, transfers to her school. Wallace thinks Eliza is just another fan, and as he draws her out of her shell, she begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile.

But when Eliza's secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she's built—her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity—begins to fall apart.
From #1 New York Times bestselling author duo Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings comes the first book in The Androma Saga, an action-packed thrill ride of adventure, intrigue and steamy star-crossed romance

Known across the galaxy as the Bloody Baroness, Captain Androma Racella and her motley crew of space-bound privateers roam the Mirabel galaxy on the glass starship Marauder, taking what mercenary work they can find to stay alive.

When a routine job goes awry, the Marauder's all-girl crew find themselves placed at the mercy of a dangerous bounty hunter from Andi's past. Coerced into a life-threatening mission, and straight into the path of a shadowy ruler bent on revenge, Andi and her crew will either restore order to the ship—or start a war that will devour worlds.
Return to the high-stakes, riveting world of The Androma Saga in this dazzling finale from #1 New York Times bestselling authors Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings.

With her crew captured and her ship a smoldering ruin, notorious mercenary Androma Racella is no longer the powerful Bloody Baroness, but a fugitive on the run. And with most of the galaxy now trapped under the mind control of the bloodthirsty Queen Nor, not even the farthest reaches of Mirabel can offer safety for the queen's most-hated adversary.

But Andi will risk anything, even her precious freedom, to save her crew. So when she finds herself stranded with bounty hunter Dextro Arez on the unforgiving ice planet of Solera, Andi seeks out the mysterious Arachnid, the one person who seems to be fighting back against the vicious queen…and uncovers the true, devastating reason for Nor's takeover.

Back on Andi's home planet of Arcardius, Nor's actions have made Mirabel vulnerable to invasion from an outside force. Now allying with her mortal enemy may be the only way for the Bloody Baroness to save the galaxy—even if that alliance demands the most wrenching sacrifice of all.
At the Medio School for Girls, distinguished young women are trained for one of two roles in their polarized society. Depending on her specialization, a graduate will one day run a husband's household or raise his children, but both are promised a life of comfort and luxury, far from the frequent political uprisings of the lower class. Daniela Vargas is the school's top student, but her bright future depends upon no one discovering her darkest secret—that her pedigree is a lie. Her parents sacrificed everything to obtain forged identification papers so Dani could rise above her station. Now that her marriage to an important politico's son is fast approaching, she must keep the truth hidden or be sent back to the fringes of society, where famine and poverty rule supreme.

On her graduation night, Dani seems to be in the clear, despite the surprises that unfold. But nothing prepares her for all the difficult choices she must make, especially when she is asked to spy for a resistance group desperately fighting to bring equality to Medio. Will Dani cling to the privilege her parents fought to win for her, or to give up everything she's strived for in pursuit of a free Medio—and a chance at a forbidden love?

Sunday, October 13, 2019

24 Hour Reading Challenge Update 1

I read my first book, Aurora Blazing, and I'm going to be reading Eliza and Her Monsters next! One book down! I started around 7:10, so till 7:10 tomorrow! I'm going to sleep for a bit, and then back to reading!

My Reading Journey:

Aurora Blazing by Jessie Mihalik
Started On: October 13th
Finished On: October 13th, 11:29 PM
Pages Read: 400

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
Started On: October 14th
Currently On: Page 0 of 432

Goals: 6-8
Read: 1
Pages Read: 400

Wrote that Review Update #270, October 13th

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 Steelheart, Now Entering Addamsville, The Hanging Girl, The Body in the Garden, so I have 4 of 4 reviews written!

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

What about you guys? Happy reading!

How Well I Stuck to It #273, October 13th

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 42:
The Art of Theft by Sherry Thomas, Dead Girl Running by Christina Dodd, What Doesn't Kill Her by Christina Dodd, Strangers She Knows by Christina Dodd, Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia, Zenith by Sasha Alsberg by Lindsay Cummings, Nexus by Sasha Alsberg by Lindsay Cummings, We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia

Tour Books: NA.

Review Books: NA.

NetGalley: 3. Check.

Edelweiss: 4. Check.

Meme Books: NA.

Rereads: NA.

New Books: 1. Check.

Ok, I'm happy with this week, it's not too much, and it's not too little, and there's 2 series, and I can't wait to read these books!

Week 41:
Black River Falls by Jeff Hirsch, The Body in the Garden by Katharine Schellman, A Constellation of Roses by Miranda Asebedo, The Eleventh Metal by Brandon Sanderson, The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson, The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin, The Library of Lost Things by Laura Taylor Namey, The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch, Our Year in Love and Parties by Karen Hattrup, Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson, An Unkindness of Magicians by Kat Howard

vs.

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson, Now Entering Addamsville
The Hanging Girl by Eileen Cook, The Body in the Garden by Katharine Schellman

Yeah, I only read 2 of what I wanted, and 2 that I didn't plan on. Just a short week. I read a ton last week, and did a lot of blogging this week, so that's understandable. But I hope I'll do better next week! What about you guys? Happy reading!

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Week 41 Review: The Body in the Garden

From Goodreads:
Perfect for fans of Tasha Alexander and Rhys Bowen, Katharine Schellman's debut novel is sure to delight.

London 1815. Newly widowed Lily Adler returns to a society that frowns on independent women, but she's no stranger to the glittering world of London's upper crust. She's back in town and eager to have a renaissance with friends, particularly with Lady Serena Walter--from their school days--determined to create a meaningful life for herself even without a husband. She expects scandal, gossip, and secrets. What she doesn't expect, as she's visiting Lady Walter is a dead man laying in her garden.

Lily happened to overhear the man just minutes before he was shot: young, desperate, and attempting blackmail. When she finds out Lord Walter bribes the investigating magistrate to drop the case, Lily is worried, and becomes the only one with the key to catching the killer.

Aided by Navy Captain Jack Hartley and heiress from the West Indies Miss Ofelia Oswald, Lily sets out to discover whether her friend's husband is mixed up in blackmail and murder. The unlikely team sets out to conceal their investigation behind the whirl of London's social season, but the deceased knew secrets about people with power. Secrets that the powerful have desire and influence to keep hidden. Now, Lily will have to uncover the truth, before she becomes the killer's next target.

My Review:
This book was a really fantastic read! I'd mostly compare it to the Lady Julia Grey series by Deanna Raybourne, with a widow who starts investigating crimes, as well as the Lady Sherlock series by Sherry Thomas. Oh, and more recently, the Lady Darby Mystery series by Anna Lee Huber, but that just means this book has joined some pretty awesome books!

Lily was a fantastic character! She had to wait a long time to marry her sweetheart-and then now he's died so shortly into their marriage that they fought for and wanted so badly. So it's been rough, and then she's thrown into this investigation, and this was a great use of her energy!

I really enjoyed all the interactions these characters had, especially between Jack and Lily, and Jack and Ofelia. He's stuck between two very smart, very stubborn ladies, and yeah, they have some verbal sparring, and that was so great to read!

Really enjoyed the mystery, it was logical and made sense, and I really was rooting for them! They had narrowed it down right away, but oh, man, were there some complications! I enjoyed how deftly she dealt with them, both the confrontational and the emotional!

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

Author: Katharine Schellman
Series: A Lily Adler Mystery #1
Read: October 11th, 2019
Source: NetGalley
Reason Why: Sounded really fantastic, and it's a DAC Book, Historical Fiction 2019 Book and a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2019 Book!
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Expected Publication: April 7th 2020
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 41 Review: The Hanging Girl

From Goodreads:
Skye Thorn has given tarot card readings for years, and now her psychic visions are helping the police find the town's missing golden girl. It's no challenge—her readings have always been faked, but this time she has some insider knowledge. The kidnapping was supposed to be easy—no one would get hurt and she'd get the money she needs to start a new life. But a seemingly harmless prank has turned dark, and Skye realizes the people she's involved with are willing to kill to get what they want and she must discover their true identity before it's too late.

My Review:
This book was so fantastic! I always enjoy Eileen Cook's books, and this book was no different! I enjoyed how dark and twisted this book was, and yeah, I can't wait to read more of her books! I loved reading this mystery!

One thing that I really loved, was that there was a mention of Italy-of the events that happened in her book, With Malice. Which was just so stinking awesome, just a little thing that if you had no knowledge of With Malice, wouldn't take anything away from this book. But if you do, then it adds, and I just loved that!

I did guess along the lines of one of the twists, but not the whole picture, and besides, it was one of the earlier ones, like, we found out the truth about that whole situation about a 3rd in. But it was nice to be right about something, and still have so much more to wonder about!

That ending! I was a bit confused about how Skye made that jump, but then we got those details and it made sense. Yeah, that came together so well! And par for the course for this book, it's morally grey and I love it!

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

Author: Eileen Cook
Read: October 10th, 2019
Source: Edelweiss/Bought
Reason Why: I love her books, and it sounded really great! And it's a SAC 2019 Book!
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Published: October 3rd 2017
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 41 Review: Now Entering Addamsville

From Goodreads:
Stranger Things meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer in this contemporary novel from the acclaimed author of Eliza and Her Monsters.

When Zora Novak is framed for a crime she didn't commit, she must track down the true culprit and clear her name before it's too late. But in a small town obsessed with ghosts, getting people to believe the truth might prove to be impossible. Fans of Riverdale and Maureen Johnson's Truly Devious will devour this eerie murder mystery. Features spot art and a map by the author.

Zora Novak has been framed.

When someone burns down the home of the school janitor and he dies in the blaze, everyone in Addamsville, Indiana, points a finger at Zora. Never mind that Zora has been on the straight and narrow since her father was thrown in jail. With everyone looking for evidence against her, her only choice is to uncover the identity of the real killer. There's one big problem—Zora has no leads. No one does. Addamsville has a history of tragedy, and thirty years ago a similar string of fires left several townspeople dead. The arsonist was never caught.

Now, Zora must team up with her cousin Artemis—an annoying self-proclaimed Addamsville historian—to clear her name. But with a popular ghost-hunting television show riling up the townspeople, almost no support from her family and friends, and rumors spinning out of control, things aren't looking good. Zora will have to read between the lines of Addamsville's ghost stories before she becomes one herself.

Acclaimed author Francesca Zappia has a perfectly pitched teen voice that shines in this inventive novel. With a compelling cast of memorable characters, a vivid small-town setting, and elements of a classic whodunit, Now Entering Addamvsille is perfect for fans of Brittany Cavallaro, Victoria Schwab, and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Includes interior spot illustrations from the author. 

My Review:
It was so great reading this book! I really enjoyed her first book, and I'm planning on reading her 2nd, but this one just came out, so I had to read it first! And yeah, it was so wonderful, and creepy and I enjoyed reading it so much!

There were two big points of unfairness. How Zora and her sister are treated after the actions of their father-and Zora's incident with a firestarter that lost her 2 fingers. Lots of suspicion there! And how the loss of a will lost Grim the ownership of his family's home. Yeah. Both are prominently featured in this book!

I really enjoyed the mystery, into who the firestarter was, and maneuvering to stop and kill him. He was pretty diabolical, and this story had my flipping the pages so quickly! I just had to know what was going to happen next!

There are still questions in the end. Like where her mother disappeared to. And questions about H. And I bet there's a whole bunch more to learn about firestarters. But we're in a good spot with all these characters, after everything that they went through, and yeah, it was a satisfying ending!

This book was such a great read and I loved it!

Author: Francesca Zappla
Read: October 10th, 2019
Source: Edelweiss
Reason Why: Sounded really great and it's a SAC 2019 Book!
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Published: October 1st 2019
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 41 Review: Steelheart

From Goodreads:
David wants Steelheart — one of the Epics said to be invincible, who killed David's father. For ten years, David has studied and planned for revenge. He wants to join the Reckoners. These rebels assassinate the Epics, super-powered tyrants. He has seen Steelheart bleed.

My Review:
This book was a fantastic read! This world with the Calamity and Epics, yeah, it's so interesting, and I can't wait to explore more in the future books! I really enjoyed this book, it's a sci fi world, with a almost heist like feel, except that the prize is killing Steelheart, which is a pretty bloody and dangerous undertaking!

David was pretty awesome, he's dedicated his life to taking down Steelheart. I loved how clumsy he was with his metaphors, and how he grew relationships with the other members of the Reckoners. He was a fantastic narrator!

Their investigation into Steelheart's weakness was pretty interesting. Because weaknesses are strange and can be pretty particular-and they only have the one incident that proves he has one in the first place. Figuring out what that was made for really entertaining reading!

I loved the two main twists! If you've read the synopsis' of the next two books, than you know what those twists are. But man, they're so well written and woven into the story so well, I just adore them! I can't wait to read more about them and this world and with these characters! I'm so excited!

Loved reading this book, and I can't wait to read more!

Author: Brandon Sanderson
Series: The Reckoners #1
Read: October 10th, 2019
Source: Bought
Reason Why: Sounded really great, and it's a 2019 Dystopia Book and a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2019 Book!
Publisher: Ember
Published: September 24th 2013
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

24 Hour Reading Challenge 2nd October Sign Up

So I've picked the date for my 2nd reading challenge. I'm going to start on October 13th at around 7 or 8, depending, and then read until the same time on the 14th. I can't wait!

Same goal as always, between 6 to 8 books. And the books that I want to read are Eliza and her Monsters, We Set the Dark on Fire, The Rules for Vanishing, As She Ascends, The Gilded Wolves, The Wicked Deep, Crier's War, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Dare You to Lie, The Gallery of Unfinished Girls, Bombshell, This Darkness Mine, Gem & Dixie, Verify, The Rest Falls Away.

Still some more of the same books, bah. But I want to read all of them! What about you guys? Happy reading!

Friday, October 11, 2019

2019 Reviews


Book Blogger Hop #105, October 11th

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: Name one book that gets you in the mood for Halloween. (submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)

I don't really get into the mood of Halloween. It's not really something I do, since I'm too old for trick or treating, and too young to do it for someone else. What about you guys? Happy reading!

The Reward Challenge Update #421, October 11th

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 Steelheart which counts 3 times as a 2019 Dystopia Book and a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2019 Book, Now Entering Addamsville which counts 3 times as a Edelweiss Book and a SAC 2019 Book, The Hanging Girl which counts 3 times as a Edelweiss Book and a SAC 2019 Book, The Body in the Garden which counts 5 times as a DAC Book, Historical Fiction 2019 Book, NetGalley Book and a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2019 Book.

So I have 14 counts which translates to $7 this week! I'll use it to buy books!

First Lines Friday #439, October 11th

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!

"Destiny s like a boulder. Bulky and hard to move. It's easier to leave it alone than try to change it. But that never kept anyone from Trying. Trust me: I'm a profession. Reading people is a talent. I've always been a good observer, but as with any natural ability, if you want to be any good, you've got to work at it." -The Hanging Girl by Eileen Cook

Well, that's an interesting opening! I must read more! What about you guys? Happy reading!

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Random Reads #412, October 10th

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 2975 which turned out to be No Easy Way Out by Dayna Lorentz! It's been on my TBR pile since December 6th 2012, and I added it because I really enjoyed the first book! Happy reading!

Third Sentence Thursday #426, October 10th

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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!

"They were something more dangerous." -Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson, page 133.

Well, more danger doesn't sound good!

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

Will the Time Come #436, October 10th

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

R is recovering from death.

He’s learning how to breathe, how to speak, how to be human, one clumsy step at a time. He doesn’t remember his old life and he doesn’t want to. He’s building a new one with Julie.

But his old life remembers him. The plague has another host far more dangerous than the Dead. It’s coming to return the world to the good old days of stability and control and the strong eating the weak, and stopping it will require a frightening journey into the surreal wastelands of America—and the shadowy basement of R’s mind.

Why the time hasn't come yet...
I didn't realize that this one had come out! But now it's been a while since I read the first book, so I'm going to have to reread it! Can't wait! What about you guys? Happy reading!