Waiting on Wednesday

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This is a feature started on Breaking the Spine that puts the spotlight on upcoming books.

This week’s pick is:

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Wicked Like A Wildfire

Release date: August 15th 2017

Goodreads: All the women in Iris and Malina’s family are born with a gleam—a unique way of manipulating beauty through magic. Seventeen-year-old Iris sees flowers as fractals and turns her kaleidoscope visions into glasswork, her twin sister Malina interprets moods as music, and their cold, distant mother Jasmina bakes scenery into decadent treats at her confectionery in Old Town Cattaro, Montenegro.
Jasmina forbids Iris and Malina to share their gleams with anyone, and above all, she forbids them to fall in love—being discovered could shatter the quiet lives they’ve built in their tucked-away, seaside town. But Iris and Malina are tired of abiding by their mother’s rules and rebel in secret whenever they can.
Yet when a mysterious, white-haired woman attacks their mother and leaves her hovering between life and death, the sisters unearth an ancient curse that haunts their line—a wicked bargain that masquerades as a blessing, and binds the twins’ fates—and hearts—to a force larger than life. To save each other, they must untangle a thousand years of lies and reveal their own hurtful secrets. But even the deepest sacrifice might not be enough.
Wicked Like a Wildfire is the first book in a sumptuous, bewitching duology about the power of love, death, magic, and the many faces of beauty.

Why I’m excited: I’ve been binge watching a lot of Charmed so this one really caught my attention. The cover is gorgeous and it seems like it will be easy to get sucked into this book.

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Weekly Reading Recap

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Been marathoning DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. So good. Also, cannot stop listening to the Moana soundtrack. Amazing!!

Currently reading: secret-of-a-heart-note

Finished reading: rose-under-fire-bigvassa-in-the-nightgirls-in-the-moonmosquitoland

Reviewed: fantastic-beasts-and-where-to-find-themever the hunted

What I’m hoping to get to next week: moon-chosensilver stars to read

girls-in-the-moonvassa-in-the-night to review

What this means for my 2016 challenges:

  • 208 books read in total
  • 97 contemporary books read
  • 90 paranormal/fantasy books read
  • 47 2016 debut authors read
  • 117 reviews posted

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Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday was started by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday there’s a different topic. This week’s topic is Top Ten New to Me Authors I Read this Year.

10. mosquitoland Kevin Arnold. Read two books by him this year. Enjoyed them both and looking forward to more.

9. of-metal-and-wishes Sarah Fine. Really enjoyed her writing style so will be checking out this sequel plus her others.

8. still-life-with-tornado A.S. King. This book put A.S. King’s other books on my Christmas list.

7. darkness becomes her Kelly Keaton. Looking forward to the others in her series now.

6. outliers Kimberly McCreight. I’ve seen her books around in the stores but this was the first one I picked up.

5. we are the ants Shaun David Hutchinson. I liked his unique spin on things.

4. miss peregrin Ransom Riggs. I flew through this series at the very beginning of the year. Seems like so long ago.

3. shooter Caroline Pignat. Amazing book so will definitely be checking out her others.

2. this savage song Victoria Schwab. Another amazing book so I will definitely have to check out her others.

1. aristole and dante Benjamin Alire Saenz. For some reason I always thought I had read this one but this was my first time this year.

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Book Review: Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill

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Ever the Hunted

Release date: December 27th 2016

4 stars

Seventeen year-old Britta Flannery is at ease only in the woods with her dagger and bow. She spends her days tracking criminals alongside her father, the legendary bounty hunter for the King of Malam—that is, until her father is murdered. Now outcast and alone and having no rights to her father’s land or inheritance, she seeks refuge where she feels most safe: the Ever Woods. When Britta is caught poaching by the royal guard, instead of facing the noose she is offered a deal: her freedom in exchange for her father’s killer.
However, it’s not so simple.
The alleged killer is none other than Cohen McKay, her father’s former apprentice. The only friend she’s ever known. The boy she once loved who broke her heart. She must go on a dangerous quest in a world of warring kingdoms, mad kings, and dark magic to find the real killer. But Britta wields more power than she knows. And soon she will learn what has always made her different will make her a daunting and dangerous force.

As one of the books on my anticipated list for winter, I was excited to have the chance to read this early. I was looking forward to magic, great characters, and some surprises. It was a little slow to get into at first but I was glad I stuck with it because it ended up being a very good read that has made me excited to see where the series is going to go.

I really liked Britta as the main character. She was strong and capable in a world where women had no rights so when her father was murdered, she had to fend for herself since she couldn’t inherit the house or land. She wasn’t naive and she had plenty of skills that could help her survive and the more she grew as a character, the more I found myself liking her. She had a strong sense of justice and a desire to learn the truth about her father’s death and find his murderer – no matter who it was.

I really enjoyed the romance in the book. Britta’s feelings for Cohen were complex since she had known him for years before he left for his training. She had developed some feelings for him before he left but with him accused of her father’s murder and her having to hunt him down in exchange for her life, it forced her to question how much she thought she knew.

I also enjoyed a lot of the supporting characters, especially Enat and Leif. They did well to add to the story without overtaking the plot. I definitely look forward to seeing more great supporting characters in the rest of the series.

As mentioned, it was a little slow at first but once the plot began picking up the pace, I was hooked. It did feel like this book was setting up for the overall series so it did its job in making me excited to see where Erin Summerill takes it.

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Book Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Script Edition – JK Rowling

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

5 stars

When Magizoologist Newt Scamander arrives in New York, he intends his stay to be just a brief stopover. However, when his magical case is misplaced and some of Newt’s fantastic beasts escape, it spells trouble for everyone…

I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of going back into the world of Harry Potter, especially when it involves new stories. This book and The Cursed Child proved that. The Cursed Child had me prepared for what reading a script style would be like so I found myself getting easily absorbed into the story.

It was a little different seeing the magical world from only adults’ POV. It was great to learn about the magical community in America and how differently they operate from The Ministry of Magic. My favourite part though, was getting to learn so much more about the magical creatures that were only touched on during the Harry Potter series.

The book worked as a great companion to the film. During the movie I was trying to absorb as much as possible but little details sometimes slip by so using the script book gave me a chance to pick up on them. In reverse, the script doesn’t fully show how wonderful awkward all the characters were but I was able to see it because of the movie. I would definitely recommend watching and reading of the book/movie combo.

 

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November Wrap-Up/December TBR

It’s the last month of the year! How did that happen???!!!!

November Wrap-Up:

vanish Vanish – Sophie Jordan. 3/5 stars.

a million worlds with you A Million Worlds With You – Claudia Gray. 4.5/5 stars. Review. A great way to end this great series.

hidden-sophie Hidden – Sophie Jordan. 3/5 stars. An enjoyable series.

every-hidden-thing Every Hidden Thing – Kenneth Oppel. 3/5 stars. Review. Loved the concept but it was a bit hard to get into.

breathless Breathless – Sophie Jordan. 3/5 stars.

roseblood Roseblood – AG Howard. 4/5 stars. Review. Really enjoyed this twist on Phantom of the Opera. Great characters with an amazing supporting cast.

hamilton Hamilton: The Revolution – Lin-Manuel Miranda. 5/5 stars. Love the show, love the book. Loved all the footnotes.

tales from shadowhunter Tales From the Shadowhunter Academy – Cassandra Clare and friends. 4/5 stars. Like most anthologies, some stories stood out more than others but it was nice to go back into this world.

history is all you left me History is All You Left Me – Adam Silvera. 4/5 stars. Review. Adam Silvera really knows how to create characters that I fall in love with.

nerve Nerve – Jeanne Ryan. 3.5/5 stars. Sometimes it felt like the action, the need to be fast-paced, impacted the growth of the characters.

before-i-fall Before I Fall – Lauren Oliver. 3.5/5 stars. I really wanted to read this before the movie comes out next year. I know the book will probably be better.

still-life-with-tornado Still Life With Tornado – AS King. 4/5 stars. Review. A book that has me wanting to read the author’s other books.

small-great-things Small Great Things – Jodi Picoult. 4/5 stars. Review. A very powerful read.

fantastic-beasts-and-where-to-find-them Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them script edition – JK Rowling. 5/5 stars. Loved the trip back into this world. The characters were wonderfully awkward. Loved every minute of it.

ever the hunted Ever The Hunted – Erin Summerill. 4/5 stars. Really interesting world and really liked the main character.

dead girls society Dead Girls Society – Michelle Krys. 3.5/5 stars. Got drawn in more than I was expecting at the beginning. It took a little bit but once it got going, I was in.

kids-of-appetite Kids of Appetite – David Arnold. 3.5/5 stars. I heard great things about this one but I had a hard time getting into it. Might try it again to see if my thoughts change.

December TBR:

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Waiting on Wednesday

New WoW

This is a feature started on Breaking the Spine that puts the spotlight on upcoming books.

This week’s pick is:

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This Is How It Happened

Release date: July 11th 2017

Goodreads: When Genevieve Grace wakes up from a coma, she can’t remember the car crash that injured her and killed her boyfriend Dallas, a YouTube star who had just released his first album. Genevieve knows she was there, and that there was another driver, a man named Brad Freeman, who everyone assumes is guilty. But as she slowly pieces together the night of the accident, Genevieve is hit with a sickening sense of dread—that maybe she had something to do with what happened.
As the internet rages against Brad Freeman, condemning him in a brutal trial by social media, Genevieve escapes to her father’s house, where she can hide from reporters and spend the summer volunteering in beautiful Zion National Park. But she quickly realizes that she can’t run away from the accident, or the terrible aftermath of it all.
Incredibly thought-provoking and beautifully told, Paula Stokes’s story will compel readers to examine the consequences of making mistakes in a world where the internet is always watching…and judging.

Why I’m excited: Every Paula Stokes book that I’ve read has been better than the last. I have a feeling this one will be an amazing story that will stay with me.

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Weekly Reading Recap

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First snowstorm of the year!

Currently reading: mosquitoland

Finished reading: fantastic-beasts-and-where-to-find-themever the hunteddead girls societykids-of-appetite

Reviewed: small-great-thingsstill-life-with-tornado

What I’m hoping to get to next week: vassa-in-the-nightgirls-in-the-moon to read

fantastic-beasts-and-where-to-find-themever the hunted to review

What this means for my 2016 challenges:

  • 204 books read in total
  • 95 contemporary books read
  • 89 paranormal/fantasy books read
  • 46 2016 debut authors read
  • 115 reviews posted

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Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday was started by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday there’s a different topic. This week’s topic is a Top Ten Holiday freebie so I did Top Ten Things to get an impatient book lover who buys books the second they come out.

10. Gift card. They’re practical and you know the bookworm will be spending it on something they want.

9. coasters Book inspired coasters to host an awesome book club.

8. tote A book inspired tote bag to carry all the books they buy.

7. mug A book inspired mug to drink from while reading.

6. tea Tea inspired by their favourite books to put in the mug.

5. shirts A shirt with a quote from a favourite book or fandom.

4. socks Cozy reading socks for curling up by a fire with a mug of tea and a book.

3. gloves Literary fingerless gloves. How many people will think to buy something like this for the bookworm in your life?

2. pillow-book A pillow inspired by books to hug when your bookworm’s favourite characters die.

1. A bookish subscription box. There’s so many of them out there. A lot come with a hardcover copy of a new release book plus some items bookworms will love. Some are jewelry based off many different fandoms. They’re very addicting.

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Book Review: Still Life With Tornado by AS King

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Still Life with Tornado

4 stars

“I am sixteen years old. I am a human being.”
Actually Sarah is several human beings. At once. And only one of them is sixteen. Her parents insist she’s a gifted artist with a bright future, but now she can’t draw a thing, not even her own hand. Meanwhile, there’s a ten-year-old Sarah with a filthy mouth, a bad sunburn, and a clear memory of the family vacation in Mexico that ruined everything. She’s a ray of sunshine compared to twenty-three-year-old Sarah, who has snazzy highlights and a bad attitude. And then there’s forty-year-old Sarah (makes good queso dip, doesn’t wear a bra, really wants sixteen-year-old Sarah to tell the truth about her art teacher). They’re all wandering Philadelphia—along with a homeless artist allegedly named Earl—and they’re all worried about Sarah’s future.
But Sarah’s future isn’t the problem. The present is where she might be having an existential crisis. Or maybe all those other Sarahs are trying to wake her up before she’s lost forever in the tornado of violence and denial that is her parents’ marriage.
“I am a human being. I am sixteen years old. That should be enough.”

This was my first experience with an A.S. King novel even though I’ve heard amazing things about the author’s other books. Now that I’ve finally read one, I definitely plan on getting to all the others hopefully soon. I really enjoyed the writing and the author’s style so I’m curious to see what else she has done.

This was one of those books where it’s hard to put into words exactly what I think in fear of spoiling key details. It’s one of those books that feels like it’s heading in one direction then swerves into another you never saw coming. It’s one of those books that goes deeper than expected.

At just over 300 pages I was expecting a quick read but it definitely was not. It’s hard and a book that leaves you emotionally exhausted by the end, but in all the best ways possible because you just read something that affecting. It’s a book that has convinced me to pick up all the author’s other titles because I enjoyed it that much.

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