Sunday, December 8, 2019

Wrote that Review Update #278, December 8th

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If you want to participate, set a certain amount of reviews to write, and once you make that goal, you can get a reward!

My reviews to reward is writing all of the reviews of the week, and I motivated myself to write my review for As She Ascends and When She Rules, A Bad Day for Sunshine, Wicked Hour, Spartan Destiny, Sick Kids in Love, so I have 5 of 5 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 #281, December 8th

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!

Nothing planned!

Tour Books: NA!

Review Books: NA!

NetGalley: NA!

Old NetGalley: NA!

Edelweiss: NA!

Old Edelweiss: NA!

Rereads: NA!

New Books: NA!

Yeah, just having a free week, there's so many books that I've wanted to read that I haven't, so I'm going to try and read as many of them as I can this week!

Week 49:
Infinity Son by Adam Silvera, Just Breathe by Cammie McGovern, Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen, Origin by Jessica Khoury, The Sign of the Jaguar by Jessica Kkoury, Vitro by Jessica Kkoury, Kalahari by Jessica Kkoury, Race the Sands by Sarah Beth Durst, Wicked Hour by Chloe Neill

vs.

As She Ascends by Jodi Meadows, When She Rules by Jodi Meadows, A Bad Day for Sunshine by Dayndra Jones, Wicked Hour by Chloe Neill, Spartan Destiny by Jennifer Estep, Sick Kids in Love by Hannah Moskowitz

Yeah, I hardly read what I planned on, just the one book, but I read 5 that I didn't plan on, vs. the 7 that I did. Oh, well, I wasn't feeling too great this week. That I read as much as I did, I'm happy with, and there's always next week! Though it is going to be a bit busy, what with the moving and all right at the tail end, and the start of the next week...

We Have the Cover of Return to the Hollows #1!!!!

Yeah, we have the cover of American Demon by Kim Harrison and it's so fantastic! I love the colours!

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Week 49 Review: Sick Kids in Love

From Goodreads:
Isabel has one rule: no dating.
It's easier—
It's safer—
It's better—
—for the other person.
She's got issues. She's got secrets. She's got rheumatoid arthritis.
But then she meets another sick kid.
He's got a chronic illness Isabel's never heard of, something she can't even pronounce. He understands what it means to be sick. He understands her more than her healthy friends. He understands her more than her own father who's a doctor.
He's gorgeous, fun, and foul-mouthed. And totally into her.
Isabel has one rule: no dating.
It's complicated—
It's dangerous—
It's never felt better—
—to consider breaking that rule for him.

My Review:
This book was pretty awesome to read! It's pretty short though a bit slow paced, and between chapters were snippets of her column, of her asking different questions to different people, and it was interesting to see their views! And her romance, yeah, it's different, Sasha is adorable, and Isabel isn't always as likable as he is, which isn't something that I've read a lot of!

This book was a really fantastic look at what it's like, living with being sick with something that probably won't kill you, but makes your quality of life not so good. I really enjoyed who Isabel was, quirks from a broken home and from various issues through her life.

There was this one thing with her imaginary friend that died at the same age that Isabel currently was, so who has died each year, basically, as Isabel grew up. She was mentioned, but it felt a little cut off, like I felt there should've been a transition that happened in the end, and there's stuff about her changing, but nothing quite on her imaginary friend.

I kinda wonder if there's a bit of a metaphor in fulfillment-how she knows there's something wrong but the doctors can't find anything so shrug it off, and we don't find out what it was, the thing with her imaginary friend-and being a representation about how life is like with a chronic illness. I have no idea, I'm not a high literature understanding kinda of girl.

Really enjoyed reading this book, it was a really fantastic read!

Author: Hannah Moskowitz
Read: December 5th, 2019
Source: NetGalley
Reason Why: Sounded really great, and it's a SAC 2019 Book!
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Published: November 5th 2019
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 49 Review: Spartan Destiny

From Goodreads:
This Spartan makes her own destiny . . .

Most kids at the Colorado branch of Mythos Academy know me as Rory Forseti, the daughter of Reaper assassins. Secretly, I'm a member of Team Midgard, a group of students and adults tasked with stopping Covington, the evil leader of the Reapers of Chaos. For me, the mission is a deeply personal one, since Covington is also the man who murdered my parents.

When my friends and I get a lead on a powerful artifact that Covington wants to steal, we think we finally have a chance to thwart the Reapers and stop them for good. Team Midgard comes up with a plan, but everything goes sideways, and I'm suddenly in the fight of my life.

My worst fears might have come true, but I know what my Spartan destiny is—to save my friends, or die trying . . 

My Review:
Yeah, this book was so fantastic! I wasn't quite sure whether or not this was the end of the series. On the one hand, it does wrap up the big story line with Covington. On the other, that means we're done with Rory and company. But I found on Jennifer Estep's website a mention that this was the final book.

This is our 3rd adventure starring Rory, so we've gotten to know her and her friends. I loved how it started off, that was very tricky! It set things up quite nicely for everything that happened later! I enjoyed spending more time with these characters!

So Rory has this fear of the heart, that Covington is going to get ahold of it and use it to control her, make her a Reaper, and on others. But she's a Spartan, she's not going to sit there and do nothing. So she makes a plan so he can't get get the heart.

Wow, that ending! Rory has to make some really tough choices-and she has to be smart. It wasn't easy, and it was almost hard to read, watching her have to make battlefield decisions. She's just a teen, and she's making these life and death decisions for her and and her loved ones, decisions that if she makes wrong, could ripple out and affect so many lives in a negative way! That's a lot of pressure!

Loved reading this book so much, it was so fantastic, and I can't wait to read more of her books!

Author: Jennifer Estep
Series: Mythos Academy: Colorado #3
Read: December 3rd, 2019
Source: Author for Review
Reason Why: Love her writing and this series, and it's a End of Series 2019 Book and a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2019 Book!
Publisher: Jennifer Estep
Expected Publication: January 14th 2020
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 49 Review: Wicked Hour

From Goodreads:
In the second novel in the Heirs of Chicagoland series, vampire Elisa Sullivan gets drawn into the shifting sands of Pack politics.

Vampires were made, not born--until Elisa Sullivan came along. As the only vampire child in existence, she grew up with a heavy legacy, and tried to flee her past. Then circumstances drew her back to Chicago, and she stayed to keep it safe. With shifter Connor Keene, the only son of Pack Apex Gabriel Keene, at her side, she faced down a supernatural evil that threatened to destroy Chicago forever.

After the dust from the attack has settled, Elisa is surprised when Connor invites her to a usually private Pack event in the north woods of Minnesota, and by the warm welcome she receives from some of Connor's family, even though she's a vampire. But the peace doesn't last. The shifters tell tales of a monster in the woods, and when the celebration is marred by death, Elisa and Connor find themselves in the middle of a struggle for control that forces Elisa to face her true self--fangs and all.

My Review:
Wow, I really enjoyed reading this book! I enjoy reading about Elisa and Conner so much, they're a couple with really great chemistry and a fair number of obstacles between them, like the fact that they're different types of supernaturals, and that both are in pretty high positions of power.

I enjoyed getting away from Chicago for this book, to have time for them to develop their relationship away from their parents and where they grew up. It's a working vacation, especially when there's a death, but it's new scenery to read about!

The mystery of what was going on with this pack was interesting! What with the broken magic, and differing politics between the elders and the younger generation, there was a lot of conflict for them to sort through and it was so great to read!

I don't know how long this series is going to go, but I'm going to enjoy each book that we get, because I enjoy being with these characters so much! I really enjoyed their relationship, and I can't wait to spend more time with them!

This book was so fantastic, and I can't wait to read more!

Author: Chloe Neill
Series: Heirs of Chicagoland #2
Read: December 3rd, 2019
Source: Ebook.bike
Reason Why: Love her writing and this series, and it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2019 Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: Berkley
Published: December 3rd 2019
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 49 Review: A Bad Day For Sunshine

From Goodreads:
New York Times bestselling author Darynda Jones is back with the brand-new snarky, sassy, wickedly fun Sunshine Vicram series!

Sheriff Sunshine Vicram finds her cup o' joe more than half full when the small village of Del Sol, New Mexico, becomes the center of national attention for a kidnapper on the loose.

Del Sol, New Mexico is known for three things: its fry-an-egg-on-the-cement summers, its strong cups of coffee—and a nationwide manhunt? Del Sol native Sunshine Vicram has returned to town as the elected sheriff—an election her adorably meddlesome parents entered her in—and she expects her biggest crime wave to involve an elderly flasher named Doug. But a teenage girl is missing, a kidnapper is on the loose, and all of it's reminding Sunny why she left Del Sol in the first place. Add to that trouble at her daughter's new school and a kidnapped prized rooster named Puff Daddy, and Sunshine has her hands full.

Enter sexy almost-old-flame Levi Ravinder and a hunky US Marshall, both elevens on a scale of one to blazing inferno, and the normally savvy sheriff is quickly in over her head. Now it's up to Sunshine to juggle a few good hunky men, a not-so-nice kidnapping miscreant, and Doug the ever-pesky flasher. And they said coming home would be drama-free. 

My Review:
This book was so awesome! I've really enjoyed her Charley Davidson series, and yeah, I was really excited to read this book! Sunshine was a fantastic character, and she had the same kind of narration that seems to be Darynda Jones style, though it was dialed back in her YA series.

Mainly, this book is a mystery. It's not really a paranormal, there's weird stuff going on in town, and there's this one character, and this one incident, and one character mentions Charley, but Sunshine's a sheriff, and that involves solving the various crimes brought to her attention.

There are a ton of mysteries in this book. There's the main one where a teenage girl is abducted, a minor one where there's an escaped felon, an over arching series one, and a minor one that had my scratching my head as to what was going on! So great to read!

There's this one big reveal, and it made me so mad, the way it went about it-not at the book, but at the characters who revealed it. Because it was so petty and honestly could be dangerous. And it was a little aggravating, how it was handled, but it was the better path.

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

Author: Darynda Jones
Series: Sunshine Vicrum #1
Read: December 3rd, 2019
Source: NetGalley
Reason Why: Love her writing and it sounded really great! And it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2019 Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Expected Publication: April 7th 2020
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 50 Reviews: A Death of No Importance, Death of a New American, Death of an American Beauty



From Goodreads:
Through her exquisite prose, sharp observation and deft plotting, Mariah Fredericks invites us into the heart of a changing New York in her remarkable debut adult novel.

New York City, 1910. Invisible until she's needed, Jane Prescott has perfected the art of serving as a ladies' maid to the city's upper echelons. When she takes up a position with the Benchley family, dismissed by the city's elite as "new money", Jane realizes that while she may not have financial privilege, she has a power they do not—she understands the rules of high society. The Benchleys cause further outrage when their daughter Charlotte becomes engaged to notorious playboy Norrie, the son of the eminent Newsome family.

But when Norrie is found murdered at a party, Jane discovers she is uniquely positioned—she's a woman no one sees, but who witnesses everything; who possesses no social power, but that of fierce intellect—and therefore has the tools to solve his murder. There are many with grudges to bear: from the family Norrie was supposed to marry into, to the survivors of a tragic accident in a mine owned by the Newsomes, to the rising anarchists who are sick of those born into wealth getting away with anything they want. Jane also knows that in both high society and the city's underbelly, morals can become cheap in the wrong hands: scandal and violence simmer just beneath the surface—and can break out at any time. 

From Goodreads:
The atmospheric, compelling follow-up to the stunning debut A Death of No Importance, featuring series character, Jane Prescott.

In 1912, as New York reels from the news of the Titanic disaster, ladies' maid Jane Prescott travels to Long Island with the Benchley family. Their daughter Louise is to marry William Tyler, at his uncle and aunt's mansion; the Tylers are a glamorous, storied couple, their past filled with travel and adventure. Now, Charles Tyler is known for putting down New York's notorious Italian mafia, the Black Hand, and his wife Alva has settled into domestic life.

As the city visitors adjust to the rhythms of the household and plan Louise's upcoming wedding, Jane quickly befriends the Tyler children’s nanny, Sofia—a young Italian-American woman. However, one unusually sultry spring night, Jane is woken by a scream from the nursery—and rushes in to find Sofia murdered, and the carefully locked window flung open.


The Tylers believe that this is an attempted kidnapping of their baby gone wrong—a warning from the criminal underworld to Charles Tyler. But Jane is asked to help with the investigation by her friend, journalist Michael Behan, who knows that she is uniquely placed to see what other tensions may simmer just below the surface in this wealthy, secretive household. Was Sofia's murder fall-out from the social tensions rife in New York, or could it be a much more personal crime?

From Goodreads:
The third in the compelling series, set in Gilded Age New York, featuring Jane Prescott.

Jane Prescott is taking a break from her duties as lady's maid for a week, and plans to begin it with attending the hottest and most scandalous show in town: the opening of an art exhibition, showcasing the cubists, that is shocking New York City.

1913 is also the fiftieth anniversary of Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation speech, and the city's great and good are determined to celebrate in style. Dolly Rutherford, heiress to the glamorous Rutherford's department store empire, has gathered her coterie of society ladies to put on a play—with Jane's employer Louise Tyler in the starring role as Lincoln himself. Jane is torn between helping the ladies with their costumes and enjoying her holiday. But fate decides she will do neither, when a woman is found murdered outside Jane's childhood home—a refuge for women run by her uncle.

Deeply troubled as her uncle falls under suspicion and haunted by memories of a woman she once knew, Jane—with the help of old friends and new acquaintances, reporter Michael Behan and music hall pianist Leo Hirschfeld—is determined to discover who is who is making death into their own twisted art form.

My Review:


Author: Mariah Fredericks
Series: Jane Prescott #1, 2, 3
Read: December
Source: Ebook.bike, NetGalley
Reason Why: I saw Death of an American on NetGalley it sounded fantastic! And they're Historical Fiction 2019 Books and Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2019 Books!
Publisher: Minotaur
Published: April 10th 2018, April 9th 2019
Expected Publication: April 14th 2020

A Death of No Importance:
/5 Hearts
/5 Books
/5 Stars









Death of a New American:
/5 Hearts
/5 Books
/5 Stars









Death of an American Beauty:
/5 Hearts
/5 Books
/5 Stars

Week 49 Reviews: As She Ascends, When She Reigns


From Goodreads:
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.

From Goodreads:
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 romance and fiery magic as Mira's fight to save dragons from extinction evolves into a mission to save her world from annihilation. 

My Review:
Wow, it was so fantastic to read these books! I mean, they're pretty big, at around 500 pages each, and the stories just flew right by! They were excellently plotted, paced, and written, and I couldn't wait to read more!

Loved spending more time with this crew! Mira with her anxiety and her new found powers, Aaru who we learned from his perspective how he ended up in the Pit, and all the others! There's some conflict because there's the political motivations and there's saving the dragons motivation, but it was so great to read!

Mira goes on quite the journey in these books, both mentally and physically. She learns about her powers and how to use them as well as their origins. She also learns more about the Mira Treaty, because there is layer after layer of deception woven in!

So many emotions! There were heartbreak and loss, but there were also some really fantastic moments of love and hope. And wow, was that ending intense, and it didn't go where I was expecting it to! Loved it so much!

Loved reading this series so much, and I can't wait to read more by Jodi Meadows, both with Brodi Aston and Cynthia Hand, and by herself! 

Author: Jodi Meadows
Series: Fallen Isles #2, 3
Read: November 30th, December 1st, 2019
Source: Ebook.bike
Reason Why: Love her writing and this series, and they're Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2019 Books and WoW Books! And When She Reigns is a End of Series 2019 Book!
Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books
Published: September 11th 2018, September 10th 2019

As She Ascends:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









When She Reigns:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Friday, December 6, 2019

2019 Reviews


Book Blogger Hop #113, December 6th

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer's permission, I relaunched the meme on February 15, 2013. Check out the hop here

Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop's purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.

The Question of the week is: Do you keep your TBR stack on a separate shelf from your already read books or are they mixed? (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver's Reviews)

The ones that I've gotten after I put my bookshelves in their current configuration, yes, I have them separate. Now there's not really room for them on my shelves, so they're on the floor in my book room, mostly. I had them separate before the current configuration, but when I changed things, they got added in together. But the ones that I've gotten since then, the unread ones are in my room, and the read ones are on the shelves, or waiting to go on the shelves. What about you guys? Happy reading!

The Reward Challenge Update #429, December 6th

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 As She Ascends which counts 3 times as a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2019 Book and WoW Book, When She Reigns which counts 4 times as a End of Series 2019 Book, Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2019 Book and WoW Book, A Bad Day for Sunshine which counts 4 times as a NetGalley Book, Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2019 Book and a WoW Book, Wicked Hour which counts 3 times as a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2019 Book and a WoW Book, Spartan Destiny which counts 4 times as a End of Series 2019 Book, Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2019 Book and a Review Book, Sick Kids in Love which counts 3 times as a NetGalley Book and a SAC 2019 Book.

So I have 21 counts which translates to $10.50 this week! I'll use it to buy books!

First Lines Friday #447, December 6th

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!

I'm not reading anything today. Just not feeling great, so I've slept most of today. What about you guys? Happy reading!

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Random Reads #420, December 5th

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 4444 which turned out to be Diamonds are Forever by Michelle Madow! It's been on my TBR pile since May 3rd, 2014, and I added it because I've enjoyed her writing and this series! Happy reading!

Third Sentence Thursday #434, December 5th

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1) Take the book you are currently reading and open it to a random page. Share the third full sentence on that page. (If there isn't a third one – like at the end of a chapter or a blank page – you can share the third sentence of the book or just choose another random page.) Feel free to share more than one sentence, if you feel the need to do so.
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"Tamra thought she should have that tattooed on her forehead so the idiots she was trying to train stood a chance of remembering it." -Race the Sands by Sarah Beth Durst, page 1.

Well, sounds harsh, but it's a harsh situation all around, so it warrants that!

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

Will the Time Come #444, December 5th

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

Tether, the sequel to Tandem, continues the captivating tale of rebellion and romance that spans parallel worlds.

Everything repeats.

Sasha expected things to go back to normal once she got back on Earth. But now that she knows parallel worlds are real, and that an alternate version of herself exists in a world called Aurora, her old life no longer seems to make sense . . . and her heart breaks daily for Thomas, the boy she left behind. Troubled by mysterious, often terrifying visions and the echoes of a self she was just beginning to discover, Sasha makes the difficult decision to journey once more through the tandem.

Thomas is waiting for her on the other side, and so is strange, otherworldly Selene, Sasha’s analog from a third universe. Sasha, Selene, and their other analog, Juliana, have a joint destiny, and a new remarkable power, one that could mean salvation for Selene’s dying planet. With Thomas’s help, Sasha and Selene search for the missing Juliana. But even if they can locate her, is Sasha willing to turn her back on love to pursue a fate she’s not sure she believes in?

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

24 Hour Reading Challenge Update 4 and Wrap Up

I read my final book, Sick Kids in Love. I've realized that there's 2 types of 24 hour reading challenges. One where I have limited time, so all I do is read. The other is when I have more available time, so I have other things to do, and it's 24 hours of reading, and I'll mark down when I started, because it'll sprawl out a bit. This was the latter, and the next one, starting later today, will be as well. Though I'll try and keep it as close to 1 calendar day as I can!

My Reading Journey:

A Bad Day for Sunshine by Darynda Jones
Started On: December 3rd
Finished On: December 3rd, 2:56 PM
Pages Read: 267 of 400

Wicked Hour by Chloe Neill
Started On: December 3rd
Finished On: December 3rd, 10:07 PM
Pages Read: 352

Spartan Destiny by Jennifer Estep
Started On: December 3rd
Finished On: December 4th, 12:55 AM
Pages Read: 273

Sick Kids in Love by Hannah Moskowitz
Started On: December 5th
Finished On: December 5th, 3:01 AM
Page Read: 300

Goals: 6-8
Read: 4
Pages Read: 1192

We Have the Cover of Consortium Rebellion #3!!!!

Yeah, we have the cover of Chaos Reigning by Jessie Mihalik! And it's awesome!

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday #446, December 4th

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

Alone in the Wild by Kelley Armstrong
Expected Publication: February 4th, 2020
From Goodreads:
In #1 New York Times bestseller Kelley Armstrong's latest thriller, the hidden town of Rockton is about to face a challenge none of them saw coming: a baby.

Every season in Rockton seems to bring a new challenge. At least that's what Detective Casey Duncan has felt since she decided to call this place home. Between all the secretive residents, the sometimes-hostile settlers outside, and the surrounding wilderness, there's always something to worry about.

While on a much needed camping vacation with her boyfriend, Sheriff Eric Dalton, Casey hears a baby crying in the woods. The sound leads them to a tragic scene: a woman buried under the snow, murdered, a baby still alive in her arms.

A town that doesn’t let anyone in under the age of eighteen, Rockton must take care of its youngest resident yet while solving another murder and finding out where the baby came from - and whether she's better off where she is.

#1 New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong again delivers an engaging, tense thriller set in perhaps the most interesting town in all of contemporary crime fiction.


The Stars We Steal by Alexa Donne
Expected Publication: February 4th, 2020
From Goodreads:
Engagement season is in the air. Eighteen-year-old Princess Leonie “Leo” Kolburg, heir to a faded European spaceship, only has one thing on her mind: which lucky bachelor can save her family from financial ruin?

But when Leo’s childhood friend and first love Elliot returns as the captain of a successful whiskey ship, everything changes. Elliot was the one that got away, the boy Leo’s family deemed to be unsuitable for marriage. Now, he’s the biggest catch of the season and he seems determined to make Leo’s life miserable. But old habits die hard, and as Leo navigates the glittering balls of the Valg Season, she finds herself falling for her first love in a game of love, lies, and past regrets.
Deathless Divide by Justina Ireland
Expected Publication: February 4th, 2020
From Goodreads:
The sequel to Dread Nation is a journey of revenge and salvation across a divided America.

After the fall of Summerland, Jane McKeene hoped her life would get simpler: Get out of town, stay alive, and head west to California to find her mother.

But nothing is easy when you're a girl trained in putting down the restless dead, and a devastating loss on the road to a protected village called Nicodermus has Jane questioning everything she thought she knew about surviving in 1880's America.

What's more, this safe haven is not what it appears - as Jane discovers when she sees familiar faces from Summerland amid this new society. Caught between mysteries and lies, the undead, and her own inner demons, Jane soon finds herself on a dark path of blood and violence that threatens to consume her.

But she won't be in it alone.

Katherine Deveraux never expected to be allied with Jane McKeene. But after the hell she has endured, she knows friends are hard to come by - and that Jane needs her, too, whether Jane wants to admit it or not.

Watching Jane's back, however, is more than she bargained for, and when they both reach a breaking point, it's up to Katherine to keep hope alive - even as she begins to fear that there is no happily-ever-after for girls like her. 

Golden in Death by J.D. Robb
Expected Publication: February 4th, 2020
From Goodreads:
In the latest thriller in the #1 New York Times bestselling series, homicide detective Eve Dallas investigates a murder with a mysterious motive and a terrifying weapon.

Pediatrician Kent Abner received the package on a beautiful April morning. Inside was a cheap trinket, a golden egg that could be opened into two halves. When he pried it apart, highly toxic airborne fumes entered his body and killed him.

After Eve Dallas calls the hazmat team and undergoes testing to reassure both her and her husband that she hasn't been exposed it's time to look into Dr. Abner's past and relationships. Not every victim Eve encounters is an angel, but it seems that Abner came pretty close though he did ruffle some feathers over the years by taking stands for the weak and defenseless. While the lab tries to identify the deadly toxin, Eve hunts for the sender. But when someone else dies in the same grisly manner, it becomes clear that she's dealing with either a madman or someone who has a hidden and elusive connection to both victims.


The Queen's Assassin by Melissa de al Cruz
Expected Publication: February 4th, 2020
From Goodreads:
Perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas and Red Queen, this is the first novel in a sweeping YA fantasy-romance duet about a deadly assassin, his mysterious apprentice, and the country they are sworn to protect from #1 NYT bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz.

Caledon Holt is the Kingdom of Renovia's deadliest weapon. No one alive can best him in brawn or brains, which is why he's the Guild's most dangerous member and the Queen's one and only assassin. He's also bound to the Queen by an impossible vow--to find the missing Deian Scrolls, the fount of all magical history and knowledge, stolen years ago by a nefarious sect called the Aphrasians.

Shadow has been training all her life to follow in the footsteps of her mother and aunts--to become skilled enough to join the ranks of the Guild. Though magic has been forbidden since the Aphrasian uprising, Shadow has been learning to control her powers in secret, hoping that one day she'll become an assassin as feared and revered as Caledon Holt.

When a surprise attack brings Shadow and Cal together, they're forced to team up as assassin and apprentice to hunt down a new sinister threat to Renovia. But as Cal and Shadow grow closer, they'll uncover a shocking web of lies and secrets that may destroy everything they hold dear. With war on the horizon and true love at risk, they'll stop at nothing to protect each other and their kingdom in this stunning first novel in the Queen's Secret series.

Belle Révolte by Linsey Miller
Expected Publication: February 4th, 2020
From Goodreads:
Emilie des Marais is more at home holding scalpels than embroidery needles and is desperate to escape her noble roots to serve her country as a physician. But society dictates a noble lady cannot perform such gruesome work.

Annette Boucher, overlooked and overworked by her family, wants more from life than her humble beginnings and is desperate to be trained in magic. So when a strange noble girl offers Annette the chance of a lifetime, she accepts.

Emilie and Annette swap lives—Annette attends finishing school as a noble lady to be trained in the ways of divination, while Emilie enrolls to be a physician’s assistant, using her natural magical talent to save lives.

But when their nation instigates a frivolous war, Emilie and Annette must work together to help the rebellion end a war that is based on lies.


Together We Caught Fire by Eva V. Gibson
Expected Publication: February 4th, 2020
From Goodreads:
A forbidden attraction grows even more complicated when the guy Lane Jamison has crushed on for years suddenly becomes her step-brother in this sexy and gorgeously written debut novel about the lines between love, desire, and obsession.

What happens when the boy you want most becomes the one person you can’t have?

Lane Jamison's life is turned upside down the week before her senior year when her father introduces her to his new fiancée: mother of Grey McIntyre, Lane’s secret, longtime crush. Now with Grey living in Lane’s house, there’s only a thin wall separating their rooms, making it harder and harder to deny their growing mutual attraction—an attraction made all the more forbidden by Grey’s long-term girlfriend Sadie Hall, who also happens to be Lane’s friend

Torn between her feelings for Grey and her friendship with Sadie—not to mention her desire to keep the peace at home—Lane befriends Sadie’s older brother, Connor, the black sheep of the strict, evangelical Hall family. Connor, a metal working artist who is all sharp edges, challenges Lane in ways no one else ever has. As the two become closer and start to open up about the traumas in their respective pasts, Lane begins to question her conviction that Connor is just a distraction.

Tensions come to a head after a tragic incident at a party, forcing Lane to untangle her feelings for both boys and face the truth of what—and who—she wants, in this gripping and stunningly romantic debut novel.


Straight on Till Morning by Liz Brazwell
Expected Publication: February 4th, 2020
From Goodreads:
What if Wendy first traveled to Neverland… with Captain Hook?

Sixteen-year-old Wendy Darling's life is not what she imagined it would be. The doldrums of an empty house after her brothers have gone to school, the dull parties where everyone thinks she talks too much, and the fact that her parents have decided to send her away to Ireland as a governess-it all makes her wish things could be different.

Wendy's only real escape is in writing down tales of Never Land. After nearly meeting her hero, Peter Pan, four years earlier, she still holds on to the childhood hope that his magical home truly exists. She also holds on to his shadow.

So when an opportunity to travel to Never Land via pirate ship presents itself, Wendy makes a deal with the devil. But Never Land isn't quite the place she imagined it would be. Unexpected dangers and strange foes pop up at every turn, and a little pixie named Tinker Bell seems less than willing to help.

But when Captain Hook reveals some rather permanent and evil plans for Never Land, it's up to the two of them to save Peter Pan-and his world. 


The King of Crows by Libba Bray
Expected Publication: February 4th, 2020
From Goodreads:
The breath-taking finale to the epic New York Times bestseller, The Diviners, from Printz winner and beloved author, Libba Bray.

After the horrifying explosion that claimed one of their own, the Diviners find themselves wanted by the US government, and on the brink of war with the King of Crows.

While Memphis and Isaiah run for their lives from the mysterious Shadow Men, Isaiah receives a startling vision of a girl, Sarah Beth Olson, who could shift the balance in their struggle for peace. Sarah Beth says she knows how to stop the King of Crows-but, she will need the Diviners' help to do it.

Elsewhere, Jericho has returned after his escape from Jake Marlowe's estate, where he has learned the shocking truth behind the King of Crow's plans. Now, the Diviners must travel to Bountiful, Nebraska, in hopes of joining forces with Sarah Beth and to stop the King of Crows and his army of the dead forever.

But as rumors of towns becoming ghost towns and the dead developing unprecedented powers begin to surface, all hope seems to be lost.

In this sweeping finale, The Diviners will be forced to confront their greatest fears and learn to rely on one another if they hope to save the nation, and world from catastrophe...


Ember Queen by Laura Sebastian
Expected Publication: February 4th, 2020
From Goodreads:
The thrilling conclusion to the series that began with the instant New York Times bestseller “made for fans of Victoria Aveyard and Sabaa Tahir” (Bustle), Ember Queen is an epic fantasy about a throne cruelly stolen and a girl who must fight to take it back for her people.

Princess Theodosia was a prisoner in her own country for a decade. Renamed the Ash Princess, she endured relentless abuse and ridicule from the Kaiser and his court. But though she wore a crown of ashes, there is fire in Theo’s blood. As the rightful heir to the Astrean crown, it runs in her veins. And if she learned nothing else from her mother, she learned that a Queen never cowers.

Now free, with a misfit army of rebels to back her, Theo must liberate her enslaved people and face a terrifying new enemy: the new Kaiserin. Imbued with a magic no one understands, the Kaiserin is determined to burn down anyone and everything in her way.

The Kaiserin’s strange power is growing stronger, and with Prinz Søren as her hostage, there is more at stake than ever. Theo must learn to embrace her own power if she has any hope of standing against the girl she once called her heart’s sister.


What Kind of Girl by Alyssa Sheinmel
Expected Publication: February 4th, 2020
From Goodreads:
Girl In Pieces meets Moxie in this unflinching exploration of the many forms of abuse society inflicts upon women, and the strength it takes to rise above it all to claim your worth.

The girls at North Bay Academy are taking sides. It all started when Mike Parker's girlfriend showed up with a bruise on her face. Or, more specifically, when she walked into the principal's office and said Mike hit her. But the students have questions. Why did she go to the principal and not the polcie? Why did she stay so long if he was hurting her? Obviously, if it's true, Mike should be expelled. But is it true?

Some girls want to rally for his expulsion—and some want to rally around Mike. The only thing that the entire student body can agree on? Someone is lying. And the truth has to come out.

A Good Girl's Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
Expected Publication: February 4th, 2020
From Goodreads:
For readers of Kara Thomas and Karen McManus, an addictive, twisty crime thriller with shades of Serial and Making a Murderer about a closed local murder case that doesn't add up, and a girl who's determined to find the real killer--but not everyone wants her meddling in the past.

Everyone in Fairview knows the story.

Pretty and popular high school senior Andie Bell was murdered by her boyfriend, Sal Singh, who then killed himself. It was all anyone could talk about. And five years later, Pip sees how the tragedy still haunts her town.

But she can't shake the feeling that there was more to what happened that day. She knew Sal when she was a child, and he was always so kind to her. How could he possibly have been a killer?

Now a senior herself, Pip decides to reexamine the closed case for her final project, at first just to cast doubt on the original investigation. But soon she discovers a trail of dark secrets that might actually prove Sal innocent . . . and the line between past and present begins to blur. Someone in Fairview doesn't want Pip digging around for answers, and now her own life might be in danger.

This is the story of an investigation turned obsession, full of twists and turns and with an ending you'll never expect. 

Scammed by Kristen Simmons
Expected Publication: February 4th, 2020
From Goodreads:
Brynn Hilder is living a life she never dreamed possible: She lives in a mansion, getting a top-rate education at Vale Hall. She has friends and an almost-boyfriend. Anything she wants, she can have.

The only catch? To stay in this life, she has to help the director of Vale Hall take down the bad guys of Sikawa City by collecting secrets and running cons.

Getting everything she wants and fighting evil doesn’t seem like such a bad deal. The thing is, she’s not so convinced anymore that Dr. Odin is really going after bad people after all. And the friends and almost-boyfriend that have made her life so different are all liars and con artists—so can she trust that any of it is real?

The stakes are higher. The cons are riskier. And nothing is what you think it is.


Yes No Maybe So by Becky ALbertallli and Aisha Saeed
Expected Publication: February 4th, 2020
From Goodreads:
New York Times bestselling authors Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed have crafted a resonant, funny, and memorable story about the power of love and resistance.

YES
Jamie Goldberg is cool with volunteering for his local state senate candidate—as long as he’s behind the scenes. When it comes to speaking to strangers (or, let’s face it, speaking at all to almost anyone), Jamie’s a choke artist. There’s no way he’d ever knock on doors to ask people for their votes…until he meets Maya.

NO
Maya Rehman’s having the worst Ramadan ever. Her best friend is too busy to hang out, her summer trip is canceled, and now her parents are separating. Why her mother thinks the solution to her problems is political canvassing—with some awkward dude she hardly knows—is beyond her.

MAYBE SO

Going door to door isn’t exactly glamorous, but maybe it’s not the worst thing in the world. After all, the polls are getting closer—and so are Maya and Jamie. Mastering local activism is one thing. Navigating the cross-cultural romance of the century is another thing entirely. 


What I Want You to See by Catherine Linka
Expected Publication: February 4th, 2020
From Goodreads:
Winning a scholarship to California’s most prestigious art school seems like a fairy tale ending to Sabine Reye’s awful senior year. After losing both her mother and her home, Sabine longs for a place where she belongs.

But the cutthroat world of visual arts is nothing like what Sabine had imagined. Colin Krell, the renowned faculty member whom she had hoped would mentor her, seems to take merciless delight in tearing down her best work—and warns her that she’ll lose the merit-based award if she doesn’t improve.

Desperate and humiliated, Sabine doesn’t know where to turn. Then she meets Adam, a grad student who understands better than anyone the pressures of art school. He even helps Sabine get insight on Krell by showing her the modern master’s work in progress, a portrait that’s sold for a million dollars sight unseen.

Sabine is enthralled by the portrait; within those swirling, colorful layers of paint is the key to winning her inscrutable teacher’s approval. Krell did advise her to improve her craft by copying a painting she connects with . . . but what would he think of Sabine secretly painting her own version of his masterpiece? And what should she do when she accidentally becomes party to a crime so well -plotted that no one knows about it but her?

Complex and utterly original, What I Want You to See is a gripping tale of deception, attraction, and moral ambiguity.

Yeah, there's some really fantastic books coming out on the 4th! I've read Alone in the Wild, and have a few more as ARC's, and yeah, can't wait for these books to come out! What about you guys? Happy reading!