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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:

Onyx and Ivory

Onyx & Ivory

Release date: May 15th 2018

Goodreads: They call her Traitor Kate. It’s a title Kate Brighton inherited from her father, the former royal Master of Horse, after he tried to assassinate the high king years ago. Now, Kate lives as an outcast, clinging to the fringes of society as a member of the Relay, the imperial courier service. Only those most skilled in riding and bow hunting for the Relay; and only the fastest survive, for when night falls, the nightdrakes—deadly flightless dragons—come out to hunt.
Fortunately, Kate has a secret edge: she is a wilder, born with magic that allows her to influence the minds of animals, like the horses she rides. But it’s this magic that she needs to keep hidden, as being a wilder is forbidden, punishable by death or exile. And it’s this magic that leads her to a caravan massacred by nightdrakes in broad daylight—the only survivor her childhood friend, her first love, the boy she swore to forget, the boy who broke her heart.
The high king’s second son, Corwin Tormane, never asked to lead. Even as he waits for the uror—the once-in-a-generation ritual to decide which of the king’s children will succeed him—he knows it’s always been his brother who would assume the throne. And that’s fine by him. He’d rather spend his days away from the palace, away from the sight of his father, broken with sickness from the attempt on his life. But the peacekeeping tour Corwin is on has given him too much time to reflect upon the night he saved his father’s life—the night he condemned the would-be killer to death, and lost the girl he loved. Which is why he takes it on himself to investigate rumors of unrest in one of a remote city-states, only for his caravan to be attacked—and for him to be saved by Kate.
With their paths once more entangled, Kate and Corwin have to put the past behind them. The threat of drakes who attack in the daylight is only the beginning of a darker menace stirring in the kingdom—one whose origins have dire implications for Kate’s father’s attack upon the king, and will thrust them into the middle of a brewing civil war in the kingdom of Rime.

Why I’m excited: Mindee Arnett is taking on high fantasy! I’m pulling for Kate and Corwin already!

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Weekly Reading Recap

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No matter how big my TBR pile is, I always get excited when book mail shows up.

Currently reading: a thousand nights

Finished reading: reneagdesLives of Desperate GirlsKiss me in new yorkTrust me I'm Trouble

Reviewed: The Nowhere GirlsRules of Rain

What I’m hoping to get to next week: Into the Bright UnknownSpindle to read

Kiss me in new yorkreneagdes to review

Books read it 2017: 166

Debut authors read in 2017: 39

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Series Spotlight: Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

Every Thursday I’m going to be putting the spotlight on a book series and talking about it. It might be one I’ve read, one I’m reading, or one I haven’t gotten to yet, depending on what I feel like talking about that week. This week’s series and kicking off this feature is:

snow like ashesice like firefrost like night

Snow Like Ashes trilogy by Sara Raasch

Review status: All 3! Snow Like Ashes, Ice Like Fire, Frost Like Night

All books are released, covers match!

I fell in love with this series from the beginning. It does have a lot of political talk and military strategy over magical development but I enjoyed that it was different. There’s still plenty of magic, world-building, and character development as well.

Favourite character: Meira. She was badass. I’m not usually one to have the main character as my favourite but Meira was just such a great character. She was loyal, fierce, determined, and when she made mistakes, she would own up to them and learn from them.

Favourite book: Frost Like Night. It was the conclusion. It was epic. It was a long book but I finished it in one night because I had to know how it would end and who would survive.

Status: Finished and one my shelf of favourite fantasies.

Author status: Auto-buy!

Next up from Sara Raasch: These Rebel Waves coming July 3rd.

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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:

Not If I Save You First

 

Not If I Save You First

Release date: March 27th 2018

Goodreads: Maddie and Logan were torn apart by a kidnapping attempt when they were young. They were only kids — Logan’s dad was POTUS and Maddie’s father was the Secret Service agent meant to guard him. The kidnappers were stopped — but Maddie was whisked off to Alaska with her father, for safety. Maddie and Logan had been inseparable . . . but then she never heard from him again.
Now it’s a few years later. Maggie’s a teenager, used to living a solitary life with her father. It’s quiet — until Logan is sent to join them. After all this time without word, Maddie has nothing to say to him — until their outpost is attacked, and Logan is taken. They won’t be out of the woods until they’re . . . out of the woods, and Maddie’s managed to thwart the foes and reconcile with Logan.

Why I’m excited: I can always count on Ally Carter for an exciting story and a great romance.

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Weekly Reading Recap

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I am sick. Hopefully this means for reading time.

Currently reading: Trust me I'm Trouble

Finished reading: Trust Me I'm LyingLove, Life, and the ListRules of RainThe Nowhere Girls

Reviewed: Long Way DownWhen It's Real

What I’m hoping to get to next week: Kiss me in new yorkLives of Desperate Girls to read

The Nowhere GirlsRules of Rain to review

Books read it 2017: 162

Debut authors read in 2017: 37

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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:

Puddin

Puddin’

Release date: May 8th 2018

Goodreads: It is a companion novel to Dumplin’, which follows supporting characters from the first book in the months after Willowdean’s star turn in the Clover City pageant.
Millie Michalchuk has gone to fat camp every year since she was a girl. Not this year. This year she has new plans to chase her secret dream—and to kiss her crush. Callie Reyes is the pretty girl who is next in line for dance team captain and has the popular boyfriend. But when it comes to other girls, she’s more frenemy than friend. When circumstances bring the girls together over the course of a semester, they will surprise everyone (especially themselves) by realizing they might have more in common than they ever imagined.

Why I’m excited: I loved Dumplin’ so I can’t wait to go back into this world of Willowdean and her friends.

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Weekly Reading Recap

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I feel like this week just flew by. I hope this is a good reading week because I feel the need to lose myself in fictional worlds.

Currently reading: The Nowhere Girls

Finished reading: BurnWhen It's RealThat Inevitable Victorian ThingLong Way Down

Reviewed: NyxiaFireblood

What I’m hoping to get to next week: Rules of RainLove, Life, and the List to read

Long Way DownWhen It's Real to review

Books read it 2017: 158

Debut authors read in 2017: 37

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September Wrap-Up/October TBR

One big month of releases down, one to go. I love October. It’s a great time for creepy reads, fantasy reads, cozy socks, and hot chocolate.

September Wrap-Up:

Earthbound Earthbound – Aprilynne Pike. 3/5 stars. This was good but it didn’t grab me as much as a lot of the books I picked up this month.

earthquake Earthquake – Aprilynne Pike. 3/5 stars. See above.

Moxie Moxie – Jennifer Mathieu. 4/5 stars. Review. Girl power to the max!

Kat and Meg Kat and Meg Conquer the World – Anna Priemaza. Review. 3.5/5 stars. This was cute and I thought it was very relevant to today, especially with the Youtube star aspect.

Otherworld Otherworld – Jason Segel/Kirsten Miller. 3.5/5 stars. I loved the concept and I think I would have enjoyed it more if Warcross by Marie Lu still wasn’t in my head.

Afterlife of Holly Chase The Afterlife of Holly Chase – Cynthia Hand. 4/5 stars. Review. This was a short read but still fun.

What I Thought Was true big What I Thought Was True – Huntley Fitzpatrick. 3.5/5 stars. I enjoyed this one but it wasn’t my favourite Huntley novel.

Brooding YA Hero Brooding YA Hero – Carrie Ann DiRisio. 3.5/5 stars. Review. So hilarious while also being very true.

Great Pursuit The Great Pursuit – Wendy Higgins. 4/5 stars. Review. Books like this are the reason Wendy Higgins is on my auto-buy author list.

30201161 The Careful Undressing of Love – Corey Ann Haydu. 3/5 stars. I had a bit of a hard time connecting at first but I enjoyed the story in the end.

Retribution Rails Retributions Rails – Erin Bowman. 4/5 stars. Erin Bowman + westerns = do no wrong. Love it.

Fireblood Fireblood – Elly Blake. 4/5 stars. Review. Just as good, if not more, then the first one.

Release Release – Patrick Ness. 4/5 stars. Patrick Ness always seems to find a way to get me right in the feels. No matter what.

North of Happy big North of Happy – Adi Alsaid. 3.5/5 stars. It was a little predictable but once I got into it, I liked it.

Nyxia Nyxia – Scott Reintgen. 4.5/5 stars. Review coming. This might be my choice for surprise of the year. I really wasn’t sure going into it but ended up finishing it in one night.

Long Way Down Long Way Down – Jason Reynolds. 4.5/5 stars. Powerful. Just powerful.

When It's Real When It’s Real – Erin Watt. 4/5 stars. This was cute and fun. It had some tropes I’m not a huge fan of but it was worth it in the end.

October TBR:

Rules of RainInto the Bright UnknownThe Nowhere GirlsHere We Are Now

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Weekly Reading Recap

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So many books came out in September. So many more coming out in October!

Currently reading: Long Way Down

Finished reading: NyxiaNorth of Happy bigReleaseFireblood

Reviewed: Great PursuitBrooding YA Hero

What I’m hoping to get to next week: When It's RealThat Inevitable Victorian Thing to read

FirebloodNyxia to review

Books read it 2017: 154

Debut authors read in 2017: 37

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Waiting on Wednesday on a Thursday

New WoW

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

This week’s pick is:

Ink Iron and Glass

Ink, Iron and Glass

Release date: February 20th 2018

Goodreads: Can she write a world gone wrong?
A certain pen, a certain book, and a certain person can craft entirely new worlds through a branch of science called scriptology. Elsa comes from one such world that was written into creation by her mother—a noted scriptologist.
But when her home is attacked and her mother abducted, Elsa must cross into the real world and use her own scriptology gifts to find her. In an alternative 19th-century Italy, Elsa finds a secret society of pazzerellones—young people with a gift for mechanics, alchemy or scriptology—and meets Leo, a gorgeous mechanist with a smart mouth and a tragic past. She recruits the help of these fellow geniuses just as an assassin arrives on their doorstep.
In this thrilling debut, worlds collide as Elsa unveils a deep political conspiracy seeking to unlock the most dangerous weapon ever created—and only she can stop it.

Why I’m excited: This sounds fantastic. I love the idea of scriptology and a character coming to life to save her mother. It sounds like it will be action-packed and like it will have the misfit vibe I love so much.

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