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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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A Conspiracy of Stars

Release date: January 2nd 2018

Goodreads: Octavia has only ever had one goal: to follow in the footsteps of her parents and become a prestigious whitecoat, one of the scientists who study the natural wonders of Faloiv. The secrets of the jungle’s exotic plants and animals are protected fiercely in the labs by the Council of N’Terra, so when the rules suddenly change, allowing students inside, Octavia should be overjoyed.
But something isn’t right. The newly elected leader of the Council has some extremist views about the way he believes N’Terra should be run, and he’s influencing others to follow him. When Octavia witnesses one of the Faloii—the indigenous people of Faloiv—attacked in front of her in the dark of night, she knows the Council is hiding something. They are living in separate worlds on a shared planet, and their fragile peace may soon turn into an all-out war.
With the help of Rondo, a quiet boy in class with a skill for hacking, and her inquisitive best friend, Alma, Octavia is set on a collision course to discover the secrets behind the history she’s been taught, the science she’s lived by, and the truth about her family.

Why I’m excited: I can’t wait to see a book about a girl scientist and this sounds like it’s going to take very relevant topics to today into its fantasy/sci-fi world.

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Weekly Reading Recap

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It’s less than 2 weeks until Christmas. Just waiting on a few more parcels to arrive and wrap and I’m done.

Currently reading: The Broken World

Finished reading: a-million-junesThunderheadReign the Earth20821121

Reviewed: Queen's RisingHeart of Iron

What I’m hoping to get to next week: Honor Among Thieves35098416 to read

Thunderhead to review

Books read it 2017: 198

Debut authors read in 2017: 40

Debut authors read for 2018: 6

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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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War Storm

Release date: May 15th 2018

Goodreads: VICTORY COMES AT A PRICE.
Mare Barrow learned this all too well when Cal’s betrayal nearly destroyed her. Now determined to protect her heart—and secure freedom for Reds and newbloods like her—Mare resolves to overthrow the kingdom of Norta once and for all… starting with the crown on Maven’s head.
But no battle is won alone, and before the Reds may rise as one, Mare must side with the boy who broke her heart in order to defeat the boy who almost broke her. Cal’s powerful Silver allies, alongside Mare and the Scarlet Guard, prove a formidable force. But Maven is driven by an obsession so deep, he will stop at nothing to have Mare as his own again, even if it means demolishing everything—and everyone—in his path.
War is coming, and all Mare has fought for hangs in the balance. Will victory be enough to topple the Silver kingdoms? Or will the little lightning girl be forever silenced?
In the epic conclusion to Victoria Aveyard’s stunning series, Mare must embrace her fate and summon all her power… for all will be tested, but not all will survive.

Why I’m excited: I am both ready and very not ready for this conclusion.

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Weekly Reading Recap

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Or at least Winter. Woke up to snow this morning.

Currently reading: 20821121

Finished reading: Queen's Rising18079675Traitor's GameHeart of Iron

Reviewed: Tempests and SlaughterNightwalker

What I’m hoping to get to next week: Reign the EarthThunderhead to read

Queen's RisingHeart of Iron to review

Books read it 2017: 194

Debut authors read in 2017: 40

Debut authors read for 2018: 6

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November Wrap-Up/December TBR

 

November Wrap-Up:

Everless Everless – Sara Holland. 4/5 stars. Review. I really enjoyed the concept of this book and I would love to see a prequel based on the mythology.

Cruel Prince The Cruel Prince – Holly Black. 3.5/5 stars. Review. There were interesting parts but I did find the twists predictable.

Artemis Artemis – Andy Weir. 3.5/5 stars. This was a lot of fun to read. It did get very technical at some points but it was still good.

The Taking big The Taking – Kimberly Derting. 3/5 stars. This one was predictable but I think I was definitely in the mood for some aliens because it was enjoyable.

Runebinder Runebinder – Alex R Kahler. 3/5 stars. This was another one where I really liked the concept, the action was good, but there wasn’t a whole lot of development.

Siege of Shadows Siege of Shadows – Sarah Raughley. 3.5/5 stars. Review. I thought this one was even better than the first. More action, more world-building, and I’m definitely excited for the next one.

Zenith Zenith – Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings. 3.5/5 stars. Review. There were some tropes but it was still a solid first book in what could be a great series.

The Replaced The Replaced – Kimberly Derting. 3/5 stars. See The Taking.

Together at Midnight Together at Midnight – Jennifer Castle. 4/5 stars. I loved the dynamic between Max and Kendall and the concept was so good.

Love, Hate, and Other Filters Love, Hate, and Other Filters – Samira Ahmed. 4/5 stars. Review. Definitely a read that makes an impact.

Dangerous Art of Blending in The Dangerous Art of Blending In – Angelo Surmelis. 4/5 stars. Review. This book was so good. Like the one above, it leaves an impact.

countdown The Countdown – Kimberly Derting. 3/5 stars. See The Taking.

Tempests and Slaughter Tempests and Slaughter – Tamora Pierce. 4.5/5 stars. Such a throwback. I loved the Tortall series when it first came out and I loved seeing the childhood of one of my favourite characters.

Nightwalker Batman: Nightwalker – Marie Lu. 4/5 stars. I’m not the biggest Batman fan so I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this. Bruce made some stupid decisions but I enjoyed his friendship with Harvey and Dianne.

Hazel Wood The Hazel Wood – Melissa Albert. 3.5/5 stars. This one was pretty slow to get into but once I did, it was very good. Creepy and perfect for curling up with.

Sylo big Sylo – DJ MacHale. 3/5 stars. This was a little slow, predictable, but this seems like a series I could really get into.

Heart of Iron Heart of Iron – Ashley Poston. 4.5/5 stars. I absolutely loved this. The characters were great, the plot was great, and this author is definitely making her way up my auto-buy list.

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:

Midnights

The Midnights

Release date: March 6 2018

Goodreads: Susannah Hayes has never been in the spotlight, but she dreams of following her father, a former rock star, onto the stage. As senior year begins, she’s more interested in composing impressive chord progressions than college essays, certain that if she writes the perfect song, her father might finally look up from the past long enough to see her. But when he dies unexpectedly, her dreams—and her reality—shatter.
While Susannah struggles with grief, her mother uproots them to a new city. There, Susannah realizes she can reinvent herself however she wants: a confident singer-songwriter, member of a hip band, embraced by an effortlessly cool best friend. But Susannah is not the only one keeping secrets, and soon, harsh revelations threaten to unravel her life once again.
Set against the scintillating landscape of Southern California, The Midnights is an evocative coming-of-age debut about loss, creativity, and finding your voice while you’re still finding yourself.

Why I’m Excited: Besides sounding very good, this seems to be the type of book I gravitate toward in the Spring.

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Weekly Reading Recap

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Saw the movie Wonder this weekend. So good.

Currently reading: Heart of Iron

Finished reading: Sylo bigHazel WoodNightwalkerTempests and Slaughter

Reviewed: Love, Hate, and Other FiltersDangerous Art of Blending in

What I’m hoping to get to next week: Queen's RisingTraitor's Game to read

NightwalkerTempests and Slaughter to review

Books read it 2017: 190

Debut authors read in 2017: 40

Debut authors read for 2018: 5

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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 is Top Ten books on my winter TBR.

10. Heart of Iron Heart of Iron – Ashley Poston

9. Queen's Rising The Queen’s Rising – Rebecca Ross.

8. 35396838 The Final Six – Alexandra Monir

7. Honor Among Thieves Honor Among Thieves – Rachel Caine and Ann Aguire

6. 35068453 Purple Hearts – Michael Grant.

5.  35098416 When My Heart Joins the Thousand – AJ Steiger.

4. 35068610 Winterfolk – Janel Kolby

3. 34848207 A Conspiracy of Stars – Olivia A. Cole

2. 35230722 The Tombs – Deborah Schaumberg

  1. 31180248 Leah on the Offbeat – Becky Albertalli

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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:

Truth Lies Here

The Truth Lies Here

Release date: August 21st 2018

Goodreads: Netflix’s Stranger Things meets Men in Black in the first stand-alone young adult novel from Lindsey Klingele.
WHAT’S GOING ON IN BONE LAKE? THE TRUTH WILL SURPRISE YOU.
This funny, eerie stand-alone novel is set in small town Michigan, where Penny, an aspiring journalist, teams up with the nerdy boy-next-door and the town’s star quarterback to find her conspiracy theorist father after he goes missing and several other townspeople turn up dead in the woods.
The deeper she digs, the weirder things start to get. Townspeople repeat the same phrases—verbatim. Men in black suits stroll around Main Street. Chunks of her memory go missing. Pretty soon, Penny’s research leads her to the long-ago meteorite crash in Bone Lake’s woods, and she’s going to have to reconsider her definition of “real” if she wants answers. . . .

Why I’m excited: I like what the book is compared to with Stranger Things and Men in Black, plus I really enjoyed Lindsey’s writing in her Marked Girl series.

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Weekly Reading Recap

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It’s almost Black Friday, which means lots of book deals. And means my TBR pile grows even more out of control.

Currently reading: Tempests and Slaughter

Finished reading: countdownDangerous Art of Blending inLove, Hate, and Other FiltersTogether at Midnight

Reviewed: Siege of ShadowsZenith

What I’m hoping to get to next week: NightwalkerHeart of Iron to read

Love, Hate, and Other FiltersDangerous Art of Blending in to review

Books read it 2017: 186

Debut authors read in 2017: 40

Debut authors read for 2018: 4

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