Sunday, May 15, 2022

It's Monday! What Are You Reading #571, May 16th

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 #570
Teaser Tuesday #578
WWW Wednesday #578
WOW #574
Will the Time Come #571
Third Sentence Thursday #561
Random Reads #547
First Lines Friday #574
Book Blogger Hop #239
Monthly ARC's Update 9
The Reward Challenge Update #556
Wheel of TBR #103
How Well I Stuck to It #408
Wrote that Review Update #405

Week 19 Reviews:
Game Changer

Magical Readathon: Orilium:

Clean Sweep ARC Challenge: 
Update 9

Random:

OK, so I got 28 posts in 7 days, and yeah, it's been a quiet week, but this current week is my week off, and I'm really going to take advantage of all this time off! Sleeping in is much preferred to getting up at 4:20 for work! What about you guys? Happy reading!

So this week I want to read whatever I want! 

Clean Sweep ARC Challenge Update 13

Ok, so I read my next book for Clean Sweep ARC Challenge, and it was The Hunt and I'll be reading Gauntlet next! 

My Reading Journey:

The Life She Had by K.L. Armstrong
Started On: May 1st
Finished On: May 1st, 8:55 PM
Pages Read: 320

A Curse of Queens by Amanda Bouchet 
Started On: May 3rd
Finished On: May 3rd, 9:20 PM
Pages Read: 496

Heroic Hearts Anthology 
Started On: May 4th
Finished On: May 4th, 10:21 PM
Pages Read: 368

Alone Out Here by Riley Redgate
Started On: May 5th
Finished On: May 5th, 9:34 PM
Pages Read: 400

Claws for Suspicion by Deborah Blake
Started On: May 6th
Finished On: May 6th, 4:02 PM
Pages Read: 288

Killers of a Certain Age by Deanna Raybourn
Started On: May 6th
Finished On: May 6th, 8:40 PM
Pages Read: 368

Game Changer by Neal Shusterman
Started On: May 7th
Finished On: May 7th, 9:45 PM
Pages Read: 400

Wolf in the Shadows by Maria Vale
Started On: May 8th
Finished On: May 8th, 9:10 PM
Pages Read: 360

The Stars Between Us by Cristin Terrill
Started On: May 9th
Finished On: May 9th, 8:36 PM
Pages Read: 400

Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood
Started On: May 11th
Finished On: May 11th, 8:12 PM
Pages Read: 384

Blue Hearts of Mars by Nicole Grotepas
Started On: May 12th
Finished On: May 12th, 9:34 PM
Pages Read: 368

'Till the World Ends Anthology
Started On: May 14th
Finished On: May 14th, 10:30 PM
Pages Read: 448

The Hunt by Megan Shepard 
Started On: May 15th
Finished On: May 15th, 7:30 PM
Pages Read: 384

The Gauntlet by Megan Shepard 
Started On: May 16th
Currently On: Page 0 of 400

Books Read: 13
Goal: 25 Books
Pages Read: 4984

Wrote that Review Update #406, May 15th

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 Game Changer, Wolf in the Shadows, The Stars Between Us, Good Girls Go to Heaven, Sparrow Hill Road, Train Yard Blues, The Girl in the Green Silk Gown, Winter's Orbit, Love on the Brain, Blue Hearts of Mars, so I have 7 of 7 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 #408, May 15th

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 20:
Nothing Planned! 

Just another free week, I have plenty of ARC's to read, and I already have everything ready-I just have to read the books! 

Week 19:
Nothing Planned! 

vs.

Game Changer by Neal Schusterman, Wolf in the Shadows by Maria Vale, The Stars Between Us by Cristin Terrill, Good Girls Go to Heaven by Seanan McGuire, Sparrow Hill Road by Seanan McGuire, Train Yard Blues by Seanan McGuire, The Girl in the Green Silk Gown by Seanan McGuire, Winter's Orbit by Everina Maxwell, Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood, Blue Hearts of Mars by Nicole Grotepas

I had a free week to read whatever I wanted, and I did, and I had a great time and I'm glad for the books that I read, and I can't wait for next week! What about you guys? Happy reading!

Wheel of TBR #103, May 15th

I saw Codie's Book Corner doing the Wheel of TBR, and I thought that sounded like a great way to pick what to read from your TBR. So thanks to her! I'll only do 3 spins, because I'm doing this every week, and so it won't make up my total TBR of the week, but it'll be a start!

Rules:
1. For each week of the month, I'll do 3 spins each week to read each week though I do have the rest of the month to read them. Once a prompt is used, I'll randomly choose one from the list, keeping track of how often a colour comes up. If colour comes up 3 or more times in month, I'll do another spin once it comes up 3 times.
2. If I don't read a book that week or at least start it before the end of the month, then for my next week of spins, I have to add a punishment for each book unread. I'll roll for each unread book, and have to apply each and every punishment chosen to the week.
3. Each month I'll get a prompt from my Binge Read Wheel (either specifically picking the prompt, or spinning the wheel) and I have to read at least 9 books, though I can read more!

Of the books from the last week, I read Winter's Orbit by Everina Maxwell, Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood, 'Till the World Ends Anthology, and I started The Hunt by Megan Shepherd.

Binge Read Wheel:
For this month, I chose ARC. I read Wolf in the Shadows by Maria Vale, The Stars Between Us by Cristin Terrill, Blue Hearts of Mars by Nicole Grotepas, so I've read 8/9+.

Prompts Used This Week:
Treat Yo' Shelf, Award, Physical Book to Read in 2022.

Treat Yo' Shelf-Blue-Two Weeks' Notice by Rachel Caine-I just bought this book, so that works! 

Award-Spring Green-Far from the Tree by Robin Benway-This book has won a few literary awards, too many to list, so that works! You don't know how hard it was to find an ARC that I haven't read that won an award! 

Physical Book to Read in 2022-Yellow-Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth-This is my Physical List, so that works! 

Colour Totals:
Red: 4
Orange: 0
Yellow: 1
Chartreuse: 0
Green: 0
Spring Green: 1
Cyan: 0
Azure: 1
Blue: 1
Violet: 1
Magenta: 0 
Rose: 0 

Prompts for Next Week:
Review Week-Red
Less Than 500 Ratings-Orange
Hardcover-Yellow
Goodreads Update Feed-Chartreuse
ARC Book to Read in 2022-Green
A-Z Random-Spring Green
Booktuber Read-Cyan
WIWTR-Azure
Review Post-Blue
New Author-Violet
Word Inspiration-Magenta
Narrator-Rose

So those are some of the books I'm going to try to read this week. What about you guys? Happy reading!

The Reward Challenge Update #556, May 15th

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 Game Changer which counts 4 times as a Edelweiss Book, SAC 2022 Book and a WoW Book, Wolf in the Shadows which counts 4 times as a NetGalley Book, Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2022 Book and a WoW Book, The Stars Between Us which counts 4 times as a NetGalley Book, SAC 2022 Book and a WoW Book, Good Girls Go to Heaven which counts twice as a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2022 Book, Sparrow Hill Road which counts 4 times as a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2022 Book, RR Book and a WTC Book, Train Yard Blues which counts twice as a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2022 Book, The Girl in the Green Silk Gown which counts twice as a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2022 Book,
Winter's Orbit which counts 3 times as a DAC Book and a SAC 2022 Book, Love on the Brain which counts 4 times as a NetGalley Book, SAC 2022 Book and a WoW Book, Blue Hearts of Mars which counts 3 times as a NetGalley Book and a SAC 2022 Book.

So I have 32 counts which translates to $16 this week! I'll use it to buy books!

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Clean Sweep ARC Challenge Update 12

Ok, so I read my next book for Clean Sweep ARC Challenge, and it was 'Til the World Ends and I'll be reading The Hunt next! 

My Reading Journey:

The Life She Had by K.L. Armstrong
Started On: May 1st
Finished On: May 1st, 8:55 PM
Pages Read: 320

A Curse of Queens by Amanda Bouchet 
Started On: May 3rd
Finished On: May 3rd, 9:20 PM
Pages Read: 496

Heroic Hearts Anthology 
Started On: May 4th
Finished On: May 4th, 10:21 PM
Pages Read: 368

Alone Out Here by Riley Redgate
Started On: May 5th
Finished On: May 5th, 9:34 PM
Pages Read: 400

Claws for Suspicion by Deborah Blake
Started On: May 6th
Finished On: May 6th, 4:02 PM
Pages Read: 288

Killers of a Certain Age by Deanna Raybourn
Started On: May 6th
Finished On: May 6th, 8:40 PM
Pages Read: 368

Game Changer by Neal Shusterman
Started On: May 7th
Finished On: May 7th, 9:45 PM
Pages Read: 400

Wolf in the Shadows by Maria Vale
Started On: May 8th
Finished On: May 8th, 9:10 PM
Pages Read: 360

The Stars Between Us by Cristin Terrill
Started On: May 9th
Finished On: May 9th, 8:36 PM
Pages Read: 400

Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood
Started On: May 11th
Finished On: May 11th, 8:12 PM
Pages Read: 384

Blue Hearts of Mars by Nicole Grotepas
Started On: May 12th
Finished On: May 12th, 9:34 PM
Pages Read: 368

'Till the World Ends Anthology
Started On: May 14th
Finished On: May 14th, 10:30 PM
Pages Read: 448

The Hunt by Megan Shepard 
Started On: May 15th
Currently On: Page 0 of 384

Books Read: 12
Goal: 25 Books
Pages Read: 4600

Week 19 Review: Blue Hearts of Mars

From Goodreads:
Seventeen-year-old Retta Heikkinen is in love with a boy--a thoroughly gorgeous, captivating, and mysterious boy known as Hemingway. The situation is rather ideal: he likes her, she likes him. There's just one little problem.

He's a blue heart, an android.

Being in a relationship is its own complicated mess, but how long can a forbidden love last? Soon Retta discovers a secret that could destroy the uneasy truce between the blue hearts and humans, which makes life under the domes on Mars possible. Would exposing what she knows make things better or worse? And how can she know for certain without exposing the secret?

My Review:
I had a good time reading this book, but I would've enjoyed reading it more if I'd read it more around the time that it came out. Retta was just a bit young, and while that explains some of her actions, that doesn't mean I had the best time reading about them.

There were a few decisions that had me scratching my head. We're popped right into this world with not a lot of context, and I would've loved a bit more detail about this world.

I enjoyed this book, but it's not one that I'll think about much in the future. 

Author: Nicole Grotepas 
Read: May 12th, 2022
Source: NetGalley 
Reason Why: Sounded really great, and it's a SAC 2022 Book!
Publisher: Nicole Grotepas
Published: January 11th 2013
5/5 Hearts
1/5 Books
1/5 Stars

Week 19 Review: Love on the Brain

From Goodreads:
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Love Hypothesis comes a new STEMinist rom-com in which a scientist is forced to work on a project with her nemesis—with explosive results.

Like an avenging, purple-haired Jedi bringing balance to the mansplained universe, Bee Königswasser lives by a simple code: What would Marie Curie do? If NASA offered her the lead on a neuroengineering project—a literal dream come true after years scraping by on the crumbs of academia—Marie would accept without hesitation. Duh. But the mother of modern physics never had to co-lead with Levi Ward.

Sure, Levi is attractive in a tall, dark, and piercing-eyes kind of way. And sure, he caught her in his powerfully corded arms like a romance novel hero when she accidentally damseled in distress on her first day in the lab. But Levi made his feelings toward Bee very clear in grad school—archenemies work best employed in their own galaxies far, far away.

Now, her equipment is missing, the staff is ignoring her, and Bee finds her floundering career in somewhat of a pickle. Perhaps it's her occipital cortex playing tricks on her, but Bee could swear she can see Levi softening into an ally, backing her plays, seconding her ideas…devouring her with those eyes. And the possibilities have all her neurons firing. But when it comes time to actually make a move and put her heart on the line, there's only one question that matters: What will Bee Königswasser do?

My Review:
Yeah, I really enjoyed reading Ali Hazelwood's 2nd full length novel! I just love books with women in STEM, and while it's infuriating the challenges that they face-because they're female-it's good to have their time in the spotlight. 

Bee's personality was Marie Curie, neuroscience, and trademarking various expressions, like Sausage Reference TM. And her hatred for her nemesis, Levi. Plus she had a great sense of humour, and the ability to poke fun of herself. Loved reading about her! And then there's her nemesis relationship with Levi, which may not be what she expected...

Ok, I just have to say-ducks. A specific part of their anatomy. Just hilarious! Or the recitation of whatever, and what was chosen! And her twitter, What Would Marie Curie Do, and her online relationship with SHMAC. There was just fantastic humour in this book!

And that ending? I was not expecting that! It was such a fantastic ending, and I loved how everything worked out! I would've liked a few more details about the one part with the legal action with the twitter stuff, but other than that, I had a really great time with that ending! 

This was another fantastic book from Ali Hazelwood, and I can't wait to read more (including the STEM novellas that are coming out!) 

Author: Ali Hazelwood 
Read: May 11th, 2022
Source: NetGalley 
Reason Why: Love her writing and it sounded good, and it's a SAC 2022 Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: Berkley
Expected Publication: August 23d 2022
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 19 Review: Winter's Orbit

From Goodreads:
Ancillary Justice meets Red, White & Royal Blue in Winter's Orbit, Everina Maxwell's gut-wrenching and romantic debut.

A famously disappointing minor royal and the Emperor's least favorite grandchild, Prince Kiem is summoned before the Emperor and commanded to renew the empire's bonds with its newest vassal planet. The prince must marry Count Jainan, the recent widower of another royal prince of the empire.

But Jainan suspects his late husband's death was no accident. And Prince Kiem discovers Jainan is a suspect himself. But broken bonds between the Empire and its vassal planets leaves the entire empire vulnerable, so together they must prove that their union is strong while uncovering a possible conspiracy.

Their successful marriage will align conflicting worlds.

My Review:
I quickly became very obsessed with this story. With audiobooks, I listen over the course of a couple of days, depending on how long it is. This book, which was 14 parts, 15.5 hours, and I listened to it in one day. And this is on top of me not being able to listen the whole time, and mostly at 1.5 speed, I finished just before 12 am. I just couldn't put this story down! I loved Kiem and Jainan's story! 

When I read reviews of this book, people seemed to have different opinions about whether this is more of a sci fi book or a romance. It's set in a sci fi world, that we don't get a lot of details of. It has romance, but it so very slow burn with kisses being fade to black, with some heart-breaking and warming misunderstandings. It's got a lot of political undertakings, and a bit of a murder mystery. There wasn't one part that was featured more, it's a mix of a bunch of different elements that add up to become this story.

Kiem and Jainan were such great characters to read about! Kiem feels intimidated by Jainan's brains, while Jainan feels intimidated by Kiem's social and outgoing nature. Oh, and they both found the other attractive, but since they wound up in an arranged marriage-just after and because of Jainan's previous partner, Taam-died. So it's complicated.

And of course Taam's death has further ramifications, besides having to have a new royal to marry Jainan to be the treaty representative. The reason why they need the treaty, well, the group that oversees that sees unrest there, and oh, I really enjoyed the investigation into his death and how it worked out-those there were some secrets that hurt! 

I learned while writing reviews that we're going to have another book in this world, Ocean's Echo and I can't express how excited I am for it. I mean, I feel like we barely scraped the surface. We learned that this empire is just a backwater collection of planets-so we really know little about the wider world. And the remnants-what the heck is going on with them? I want to know more! 

Loved reading this book, and I can't wait to see what Everina Maxwell writes next! 

Author: Everina Maxwell
Read: May 10th, 202
Source: Library 
Reason Why: Sounded really good, and it's a DAC Book and a SAC 2022 Book! 
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Published: February 2nd 2021
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 19 Reviews: Good Girls Go to Heaven, Sparrow Hill Road, Train Yard Blues, The Girl in the Green Silk Gown




From Goodreads:
Ever wondered what really happened to Rose Marshall, the pretty little dead girl who started it all? Well, you can finally find out...starting today.

"Good Girls Go to Heaven" introduces you to Rose Marshall and the ecology of the ghostroads, where death is not forever; it's not even for tonight.

There are a lot of stories trapped and tangled in the twilight. This is only one of them. But it's the one I have to tell.

Give a girl a ride?

Rose Marshall died in 1952 in Buckley Township, Michigan, run off the road by a man named Bobby Cross—a man who had sold his soul to live forever, and intended to use her death to pay the price of his immortality. Trouble was, he didn't ask Rose what she thought of the idea.

It's been more than sixty years since that night, and she's still sixteen, and she's still running.

They have names for her all over the country: the Girl in the Diner. The Phantom Prom Date. The Girl in the Green Silk Gown. Mostly she just goes by "Rose," a hitchhiking ghost girl with her thumb out and her eyes fixed on the horizon, trying to outrace a man who never sleeps, never stops, and never gives up on the idea of claiming what’s his. She's the angel of the overpass, she's the darling of the truck stops, and she's going to figure out a way to win her freedom. After all, it's not like it can kill her.

You can't kill what's already dead. 

During and after the great depression they were traded for food, sex, shelter, and power. Twenty of the seemingly ordinary nickles carved with dark representations of world evils and imbued with magical powers that transformed the deliciously macabre bits of lost art into carriers of death, destruction, and ill luck.

Where these coins go, so does his will. Each coin is imbued with his malice and a desire for destruction. With each life ruined... the Carver's life goes on. Seventeen stories tell the tale of the Carver's legacy: coins designed for beauty morphed into catalysts of pain.

The second book in the Ghost Roads series returns to the highways of America, where hitchhiking ghost Rose Marshall continues her battle with her killer--the immortal Bobby Cross.

For Rose Marshall, life began when it ended. She has friends, a home, and a purpose in the strange twilight where she spends her afterlife. Sure, she's an urban legend who didn't live to see her eighteenth birthday, but she's had time to adapt, and while things could be better, she's pretty happy with her lot in death.

At least until Bobby Cross--the man who killed her in the first place--plays his ultimate card in the hole, resulting in her untimely, unwanted resurrection. Suddenly breathing and worse, suddenly mortal, Rose must find a way to solve the riddle she never wanted to contend with: how does a living dead girl make it back to the ghostroads without actually dying?

Her quest will make allies out of enemies and enemies out of allies as she runs from the lands of the living to the lands of the dead, trying to find a way safely home...and safely back to her grave.

My Review:
I really enjoyed reading these books! I love Seanan McGuire's books, and I love the InCryptid series, so I had to read this spin off series! I really enjoyed watching Rose walk the Ghost Roads, and the adventures that she has! They're such great reads!

It was interesting, because InCryptid deals with non-human species-and this deals with humans but after they've passed, for the most part (I'm looking at you, Emma, banshee that you are!) So that was a change of pace, and I really enjoyed learning the rules! 

The first book is a collection of various stories of Rose, throughout the years, including Good Girls Go to Heaven, though the beginning of that became a part of a different story in Sparrow Hill Road. It wasn't what I was expecting, but I enjoyed watching her have all these adventures-meet all these people and allies-and of course, enemies, in Bobby Cross.

The Girl in the Green Silk Gown was different, it's your usual novel, and yeah, Bobby Cross came up with a pretty evil plan! I felt bad for Rose, though her various complaints about how awful being in a living body is, how awful it is-like, I'm still in one. Don't make me think about how gross it is! But it was a really great story, and I enjoyed how they resolved it! 

I'm pretty sure Angel of the Overpass takes place after That Ain't Witchcraft, since it was published 2 years after. So what happened is going to be a game changer in the fight against Bobby Cross, since it was the corrupted Crossroads that made the deal with him, and now that they're gone, I wonder how that's going to affect him! 

These were some really great stories, and I'm so excited to read book 3! 

Author: Seanan McGuire 
Series: Ghost Roads #0.9, 1, 1.1, 2
Read: May 9th, 9th, 9th, 10th, 2022
Source: Online, Library, Ebook.bike
Reason Why: Love her writing and the InCryptid series, and they're Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2022 Books! And Sparrow Hill Road is a RR Book and a WTC Book! 
Publisher: Edge of Propinquity, DAW, EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing
Published: January 2010, May 6th 2014, October 13th 2013, July 17th 2018

Good Girls Go to Heaven: 
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars








Sparrow Hill Road: 
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars








Train Yard Blues: 
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars








The Girl in the Green Silk Gown:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 19 Review: The Stars Between Us

From Goodreads:
Cristin Terrill's YA novel The Stars Between Us is set in a glittering new world, about a girl who discovers that behind the glamor and romance, the world is teeming with conspiracies, secrets, and murder.

There's always been a mystery to Vika Hale’s life. Ever since she was a child, she's had an unknown benefactor providing for her and her family, making sure that Vika and her sister received the best education they could. Now, Vika longs for a bigger life than one as a poor barmaid on a struggling planet, but those dreams feel out of reach. Until one day Vika learns that her benefactor was a billionaire magnate who recently died under suspicious circumstances, and Vika has shockingly been included in his will. Invited to live on a glittering neighboring planet, Vika steps into a world she can hardly believe is real.

The only blight on Vika's lavish new life is the constant presence of Sky Foster, a mysterious young man from Vika's past who works for her benefactors. She doesn't like or trust Sky, but when she narrowly escapes an explosion and realizes someone is targeting the will's heirs, Vika knows Sky is the only one who can help her discover the identity of the bomber before she becomes their next victim. As Vika and Sky delve into the truth of the attacks, they uncover a web of secrets, murder, and an underground rebellion who may hold the answers they've been looking for. But Sky isn't who he seems to be, and Vika may not escape this new life unscathed.

In The Stars Between Us, Cristin Terrill sweeps readers away to a Dickensian-inspired world where secrets are currency and love is the most dangerous risk of all. 

My Review:
I had a really great time reading this book! I really enjoyed her first book, and this one sounded really great! I really enjoyed reading Vika's story, and watching her go from rags to riches. Well, not her own riches, because this story wasn't what I expected!

I thought that by being her benefactor, that the money would be going straight to her, so I wasn't expecting that it would be a condition that his son would get the money-if he married her. That the guy was evaluating her to see if she fit his standards of what he wanted from his son's wife. Yeah. That was strange, but I enjoyed watching it play out! 

Sometimes, I wasn't sure if I liked Vika all that much. 


This was a pretty great book from Cristin Terril, and I can't wait to read more! 

Author: Cristin Terril
Read: May 9th, 2022 
Source: NetGalley 
Reason Why: Love her writing and it sounded really great, and it's a SAC 2022 Book and a WoW Book! 
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Expected Publication: August 2nd 2022
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 19 Review: Wolf in the Shadows

From Goodreads:
The latest book in Maria Vale's award-winning Legend of All Wolves series is packed with all the action and heat you've come to expect!

A wolf shifter hero with a haunted past
A shifter heroine with a lot to learn about being part of the Pack
Dark secrets that could destroy everything they love
Fantasy-level world building and epic romance-the new werewolf standard

Shifter Julia Martel has been spoiled and pampered by all the alpha males around her whose urge to protect her have left her uninformed and vulnerable. Now the Great North Pack has relegated Julia to the care of the wolf at the very bottom of the Pack hierarchy, Arthur Graysson. Julia wants nothing to do with the Pack, except to escape back to her life of luxury and idleness, but the more time she spends with Arthur, the more she learns about the Pack, the dark secrets Arthur carries with him, and the fierceness within herself that could save them all...

My Review:
This was such a great read! I really enjoyed getting Julia and Arthur's story! I just love this world, and it makes me a little sad, because according to the author's note after Wonderland in Shifters and Mistletoe, this is the final book in the series. I enjoy it so much, and it's a little sad to say goodbye to these characters and this world!

This book does run parallel with Season of the Wolf, though it continues on after that one finishes, because both Julia and Constantine are taken in by the Pack at the same time. And it was a little strange, because it's been a minute since I read Season of the Wolf, but once I got through the weirdness in my brain, it was really great!

This was such a fantastic read, and I can't wait to see what Maria Vale writes next! 

Author: Maria Vale 
Series: The Legend of All Wolves #5
Read: May 8th, 2022
Source: NetGalley 
Reason Why: Love her writing and this series, and it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2022 Book and a WoW Book! 
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Expected Publication: August 26th 2022
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 19 Review: Game Changer

From Goodreads:
All it takes is one hit on the football field, and suddenly Ash's life doesn't look quite the way he remembers it.

Impossible though it seems, he's been hit into another dimension—and keeps on bouncing through worlds that are almost-but-not-really his own.

The changes start small, but they quickly spiral out of control as Ash slides into universes where he has everything he's ever wanted, universes where society is stuck in the past…universes where he finds himself looking at life through entirely different eyes.

And if he isn't careful, the world he's learning to see more clearly could blink out of existence…

My Review:
I had such a great time reading this book! The whole concept of being the center of the universe for a bit-it's such an interesting concept. And the different worlds that he brought into being with the various choices-conscious and unconscious-were so great to read!

This is a book about seeing what it's like to be someone else, to experience things that who you are as a person, wouldn't. He can't (or at least doesn't, not sure if he can) but he does make changes that shows him just how difficult it can be-and how little has been done since the 60's.

There's also the world where he was gay-and the world where he was a girl. Both experiences that he'd normally not have. I loved how that opened up his world view. 

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

Author: Neal Schusterman
Read: May 7th, 2022
Source: Edelweiss/Bought
Reason Why: Love his writing and it sounded really good, and it's a SAC 2022 Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: Harper Teen
Published: February 11th 2021
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Friday, May 13, 2022

Monthly ARC's Update 9

So I read my next book for Monthly ARC's and it was Claws for Suspicion by Deborah Blake from the May list!

Here's the link to this month's post with my journey.

How it Works: 
This is my monthly ARC accountability challenge, to list out the books that I have as ARC's that are being published in the coming month, rounding them up at the start of the month, and seeing how well I did at the end, as well as rounding up the next month's books. 

Book Blogger Hop #240, May 13th

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, Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer 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 post negative reviews? Do you promote those reviews if you post?  (submitted by Heather @ MM Romance Reviewed)

No, if I'm interested in a book, then I'll enjoy it if I read it. The thing is that in my reviews, I've written so many, so many positives, that I have to put in more negatives, because I've run out of a lot of the good things to say. What about you guys? Happy reading! 

First Lines Friday #574, May 13th

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!

"David Rush was an Eagle Scout. Was. In addition to his scout training, he had secured an ROTC scholarship for his first two years at Missouri State and frequently spent weekends camping with his uncle, Lt. John Rush, a retired medical officer in the United States Marine Corps. If there was anyone in Paul Tillerson’s B-field that fateful night who possessed the know-how to survive the carnage—possibly even lead the other victims out of danger—it was David. David Rush had the skills to survive. And his attackers knew that. Which is why he was one of the first targets of the ambush. What follows in this documentary is not conjecture. These are facts, confirmed and verified by a panel of independent researchers and forensic specialists." -Clown in a Cornfield 2: Frendo Lives by Adam Cesare

Yeah, I'm itching to continue this book! Must read more now! What about you guys? Happy reading! 

2022 Reviews

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Clean Sweep ARC Challenge Update 11

Ok, so I read my next book for Clean Sweep ARC Challenge, and it was Blue Hearts of Mars and I'll be reading Clown in a Cornfield: Frendo Lives next! 

My Reading Journey:

The Life She Had by K.L. Armstrong
Started On: May 1st
Finished On: May 1st, 8:55 PM
Pages Read: 320

A Curse of Queens by Amanda Bouchet 
Started On: May 3rd
Finished On: May 3rd, 9:20 PM
Pages Read: 496

Heroic Hearts Anthology 
Started On: May 4th
Finished On: May 4th, 10:21 PM
Pages Read: 368

Alone Out Here by Riley Redgate
Started On: May 5th
Finished On: May 5th, 9:34 PM
Pages Read: 400

Claws for Suspicion by Deborah Blake
Started On: May 6th
Finished On: May 6th, 4:02 PM
Pages Read: 288

Killers of a Certain Age by Deanna Raybourn
Started On: May 6th
Finished On: May 6th, 8:40 PM
Pages Read: 368

Game Changer by Neal Shusterman
Started On: May 7th
Finished On: May 7th, 9:45 PM
Pages Read: 400

Wolf in the Shadows by Maria Vale
Started On: May 8th
Finished On: May 8th, 9:10 PM
Pages Read: 360

The Stars Between Us by Cristin Terrill
Started On: May 9th
Finished On: May 9th, 8:36 PM
Pages Read: 400

Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood
Started On: May 11th
Finished On: May 11th, 8:12 PM
Pages Read: 384

Blue Hearts of Mars by Nicole Grotepas
Started On: May 12th
Finished On: May 12th, 9:34 PM
Pages Read: 368

Clown in a Cornfield 2: Frendo Lives by Adam Cesare
Started On: May 13th
Currently On: Page 0 of 416

Books Read: 11
Goal: 25 Books
Pages Read: 4152

Random Reads #547, May 12th

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 1780 which turned out to be Darkest Fear by Cate Tiernan! It's been on my TBR pile since November 19th, 2012, and I added it because I enjoyed her other books and it sounded really great! What about you guys? Happy reading!

Third Sentence Thursday #561, May 12th

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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!

"Why not buy from them?" -Blue Hearts of Mars by Nicole Grotepas, page 8.

This has no context, so why not? Now to read more! What are your guy's 3rd lines? Link up below!

Will the Time Come #571, May 12th

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

From Goodreads:
As a slave in the Kipchak Khanate, Jinghua has lost everything: her home, her family, her freedom … until the kingdom is conquered by enemy forces and she finds herself an unlikely conspirator in the escape of Prince Khalaf and his irascible father across the vast Mongol Empire. On the run, with adversaries on all sides and an endless journey ahead, Jinghua hatches a scheme to use the Kipchaks’ exile to return home, a plan that becomes increasingly fraught as her feelings for Khalaf evolve into a hopeless love.

Jinghua’s already dicey prospects take a downward turn when Khalaf seeks to restore his kingdom by forging a marriage alliance with Turandokht, the daughter of the Great Khan. As beautiful as she is cunning, Turandokht requires all potential suitors to solve three impossible riddles to win her hand—and if they fail, they die.

Jinghua has kept her own counsel well, but with Khalaf’s kingdom—and his very life—on the line, she must reconcile the hard truth of her past with her love for a boy who has no idea what she’s capable of ... even if it means losing him to the girl who’d sooner take his life than his heart.

The Bird and the Blade is a lush, powerful story of life and death, battles and riddles, lies and secrets from debut author Megan Bannen.

Why the time hasn't come yet...
I don't know! I got this book as an ARC, and I've now bought it, so I really need to read it! What about you guys? Happy reading! 

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

We Have the Cover of October Daye #16!!!!

 Yeah,, we have the cover of Be the Serpent by Seanan McGuire, and I love it! 


Clean Sweep ARC Challenge Update 10

Ok, so I read my next book for Clean Sweep ARC Challenge, and it was Love on the Brain and I'll be reading Blue Hearts of Mars next! 

My Reading Journey:

The Life She Had by K.L. Armstrong
Started On: May 1st
Finished On: May 1st, 8:55 PM
Pages Read: 320

A Curse of Queens by Amanda Bouchet 
Started On: May 3rd
Finished On: May 3rd, 9:20 PM
Pages Read: 496

Heroic Hearts Anthology 
Started On: May 4th
Finished On: May 4th, 10:21 PM
Pages Read: 368

Alone Out Here by Riley Redgate
Started On: May 5th
Finished On: May 5th, 9:34 PM
Pages Read: 400

Claws for Suspicion by Deborah Blake
Started On: May 6th
Finished On: May 6th, 4:02 PM
Pages Read: 288

Killers of a Certain Age by Deanna Raybourn
Started On: May 6th
Finished On: May 6th, 8:40 PM
Pages Read: 368

Game Changer by Neal Shusterman
Started On: May 7th
Finished On: May 7th, 9:45 PM
Pages Read: 400

Wolf in the Shadows by Maria Vale
Started On: May 8th
Finished On: May 8th, 9:10 PM
Pages Read: 360

The Stars Between Us by Cristin Terrill
Started On: May 9th
Finished On: May 9th, 8:36 PM
Pages Read: 400

Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood
Started On: May 11th
Finished On: May 11th, 8:12 PM
Pages Read: 384

Blue Hearts of Mars by Nicole Grotepas
Started On: May 12th
Currently On: Page 0 of 368

Books Read: 10
Goal: 25 Books
Pages Read: 3784

Waiting on Wednesday #574, May 11th

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

The Graveside Bar and Grill by Darynda Jones
Expected Publication: June 14th, 2022
From Goodreads:
From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Darynda Jones comes a new story in her Charley Davidson series…

*more information to come.

Trouble With the Cursed by Kim Harrision
Expected Publication: June 14th, 2022
From Goodreads:
Rachel Morgan must keep her friends close—and her enemies closer—in the next Hollows novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison.

Rachel Morgan, witch-born demon, has one unspoken rule: take chances, but pay for them yourself. With it, she has turned enemies into allies, found her place with her demon kin, and stepped up as the subrosa of Cincinnati—responsible for keeping the paranormal community at peace and in line.

Life is . . . good? Even better, her best friend, Ivy Tamwood, is returning home. Nothing’s simple, though, and Ivy’s not coming alone. The vampires’ ruling council insists she escort one of the long undead, hell-bent on proving that Rachel killed Cincy’s master vampire to take over the city. Which, of course, Rachel totally did not do. She only transformed her a little.

With Rachel’s friends distracted by their own lives and problems, she reaches out to a new ally for help—the demon Hodin. But this trickster has his own agenda. In the end, the only way for Rachel to save herself and the city may be to forge a new understanding with her estranged demon teacher, Al. There’s just one problem: Al would sell his own soul to be rid of her. . . .

A Face to Die For by Iris Johansen
Expected Publication: June 14th, 2022
From Goodreads:
Eve Duncan is in a fight against time while trying to unearth one of the lost secrets of the world's history in this installment from #1 New York Times bestselling author Iris Johansen.

Archaeologist Riley Smith has been obsessed with Helen of Troy since she was a small girl, trailing her professor father all over the world in search of the tomb of the world’s most beautiful woman. Professor Smith set out to prove that, instead of a myth, Helen had been a living, breathing queen who inspired Homer to write The Iliad.

Forensic sculptor Eve Duncan has the unusual skills needed to recreate the face that launched a thousand ships—revealing Helen’s true appearance for the first time in history. But convincing Eve to take on the challenge will be difficult because her efforts will come at great personal cost.

When tomb raiders murder Riley’s father, she is determined to reach the burial site first, get revenge for his death, and enlist Eve’s help. Also on hand to help is her father's associate Michael Cade, but he has his own secret agenda when it comes to finding Helen.

Now both Riley and Eve are in danger and in a race across one of the most remote parts of the world. At least they have their trust in each other as they hunt for Helen. 

Go Hunt Me by Kelly DeVos
Expected Publication: June 14th, 2022
From Goodreads:
For Dracula lovers and fans of Diana Urban’s All Your Twisted Secrets, this spine-tingling thriller follows seven horror buffs as their dream trip to a remote Romanian castle turns into a nightmare when they begin to be killed one by one.

Alex Rush is ready for the trip of a lifetime.

She and her friends have made some creepily awesome films together throughout high school, so with only a few months left before they go their separate ways for college, they’re determined to make the best one yet: an epic short film that reimagines the story of Dracula, filmed on location at a remote castle in Romania.

But when they get there, it’s not quite the majestic setting they planned for. Menacing weapons line the walls, the twisted halls are easy to get lost in, and with no connection to the outside world, the group is unexpectedly off the grid. After just a few hours spent under its roof, Alex and her friends have no trouble imagining how this dark, terrifying castle inspired one of the most enduring horror novels of all time.

Only soon they no longer have to use their imaginations to understand the location’s terrifying history—just as they get the film’s first shot rolling, one of Alex’s friends disappears, and she’s nearly certain she saw a cloaked stranger lurking in the shadows. As more members of the group begin to meet an untimely demise, Alex is desperate to stop the bloodshed, even if it means facing a monster she never thought would be let loose.

Valiant Ladies by Melissa Grey
Expected Publication: June 14th, 2022
From Goodreads:
Two teen vigilantes set off on an action-packed investigation to expose corruption and deliver justice in Valiant Ladies, Melissa Grey's YA historical fiction novel inspired by real seventeenth century Latinx teenagers known as the Valiant Ladies of Potosí.

By day Eustaquia “Kiki” de Sonza and Ana Lezama de Urinza are proper young seventeenth century ladies. But when night falls, they trade in their silks and lace for swords and muskets, venturing out into the vibrant, bustling, crime-ridden streets of Potosí in the Spanish Empire's Viceroyalty of Peru. They pass their time fighting, gambling, and falling desperately in love with one another.

Then, on the night Kiki's engagement to the Viceroy's son is announced, her older brother—heir to her family’s fortune—is murdered. The girls immediately embark on a whirlwind investigation that takes them from the lowliest brothels of Potosí to the highest echelons of the Spanish aristocracy.

Breaking Time by Sasha Alsberg
Expected Publication: June 14th, 2022
From Goodreads:
Fate brought them together. Time will tear them apart.

When a mysterious Scotsman appears out of nowhere in the middle of the road, Klara thinks the biggest problem is whether she hit him with her car. But, as impossible as it sounds, Callum has stepped out of another time, and it’s just the beginning of a deadly adventure. 
 
Klara will soon learn that she is the last Pillar of Time—an anchor point in the timeline of the world and a hiding place for a rogue goddess’s magic. Callum is fated to protect her at all costs. A dark force is hunting for the Pillars, to claim the power of the goddess—and Klara and Callum are the only two standing in the way. Thrown together by fate, the two have to learn to trust one another and work together…but they'll need to protect their hearts from one another if they're going to survive.

Rise of the Vicious Princess by C.J. Redwine
Expected Publication: June 14th, 2022
From Goodreads:
The first in a YA political fantasy duology about a fierce princess determined to bring lasting peace to her kingdom regardless of the cost to her heart.

Princess Charis Willowthorn is the dutiful sword of Calera. Raised to be ruthless and cunning, her only goal is to hold her war-torn kingdom together long enough to find a path toward peace with their ancient foe, Montevallo, even if the cost is her own heart.

When violence erupts in the castle itself and an unseen enemy begins sinking Calera’s ships, Charis realizes a threat much greater than Montevallo is coming for her people. So she forms a plan. By day, she is Calera’s formidable princess intent on forging an alliance with Montevallo. By night, she disguises herself as a smuggler and roams the sea with a trusted group of loyalists, hunting for their new enemies. And through it all, there’s the one boy she can’t have—who guards her life but steals her heart.

But her enemies are much closer than Charis realizes, and her heart isn’t the only thing she has left to lose.

Yeah, some really great books coming out shortly! I'm so exited, I've read a few of these, and they were so great! What about you guys? Happy reading!