Friday, July 21, 2017

Friday 56! July 20, 2017

The Friday 56 is a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice. Grab a book, any book. Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader. Find any sentence, or few, just don't spoil it. Post it.

"With his finger he began to trace the words against her skin- it was something they had been doing there whole lives, ever since they realized they needed a way to silently communicate during boring study sessions or time with adults. A-R-E-Y-O-U-A-L-L-R-I-G-H-T?"




Happy Reading
Xo,
Wendy



Wednesday, July 19, 2017

"Waiting On" Wednesday / Can't-Wait Wednesday #40: The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking The Spine



Title: The Library of Fates
Author: Aditi Khorana 
Publisher:Razorbill
Expected publication: July 18, 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult



A romantic coming-of-age fantasy tale steeped in Indian folklore, perfect for fans of The Star-Touched Queen and The Wrath and the Dawn

No one is entirely certain what brings the Emperor Sikander to Shalingar. Until now, the idyllic kingdom has been immune to his many violent conquests. To keep the visit friendly, Princess Amrita has offered herself as his bride, sacrificing everything—family, her childhood love, and her freedom—to save her people. But her offer isn't enough.

The unthinkable happens, and Amrita finds herself a fugitive, utterly alone but for an oracle named Thala, who was kept by Sikander as a slave and managed to escape amid the chaos of a palace under siege. With nothing and no one else to turn to, Amrita and Thala are forced to rely on each other. But while Amrita feels responsible for her kingdom and sets out to warn her people, the newly free Thala has no such ties. She encourages Amrita to go on a quest to find the fabled Library of All Things, where it is possible for each of them to reverse their fates. To go back to before Sikander took everything from them.

Stripped of all that she loves, caught between her rosy past and an unknown future, will Amrita be able to restore what was lost, or does another life—and another love—await?



What are you waiting for this Wednesday?  Let us know in the comment section below.

-Shon

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

COVER REVEAL + GIVEAWAY | The Fangs of Freelance by Drew Hayes

We are sharing the cover and synopsis of The Fangs of Freelance which is the fourth book in the hilarious series following Fred, the vampire accountant, and the misadventures he finds himself in.

The Fangs of Freelance (Fred, the Vampire Accountant 4) 
Drew Hayes
Goodreads

Summary:

When Fred formed his own parahuman clan out of necessity, he understood that it was going to come with new responsibilities. Much as he hoped those tasks would center around extra paperwork and perhaps the occasional mandatory class, enough time around the supernatural has taught him to be ready for anything. Or so he thought.

As a freelance accountant for the Agency, Fred soon finds himself being tossed into new, unexpected, and perilous situations. From inventorying ghostly castles, to exploring unsettling amusement parks, to negotiating with dangerous mages, it seems there is no end to the uses for an accountant of Fred’s specialty. But dangerous as the new jobs are, the greatest threat may come from the past. An old enemy is making waves once more, an enemy who would go to great lengths to destroy Fred and everyone he loves. And this time, they've brought backup.



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About the Author

Drew Hayes is an aspiring author from Texas who has written several books and found the gumption to publish a few (so far). He graduated from Texas Tech with a B.A. in English, because evidently he's not familiar with what the term "employable" means. Drew has been called one of the most profound, prolific, and talented authors of his generation, but a table full of drunks will say almost anything when offered a round of free shots. Drew feels kind of like a D-bag writing about himself in the third person like this. He does appreciate that you're still reading, though.

Drew would like to sit down and have a beer with you. Or a cocktail. He's not here to judge your preferences. Drew is terrible at being serious, and has no real idea what a snippet biography is meant to convey anyway. Drew thinks you are awesome just the way you are. That part, he meant. Drew is off to go high-five random people, because who doesn't love a good high-five? No one, that's who.  


Visit him at: http://www.drewhayesnovels.com for the latest book news, and fun extras.

 
GIVEAWAY
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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

"Waiting On" Wednesday / Can't-Wait Wednesday #39: The Ends of the World by Maggie Hall

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking The Spine



Title: The Ends of the World (The Conspiracy of Us #3)
Author: Maggie Hall 
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Expected publication: July 18, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Mystery, Contemporary



The Circle is hers.

But Avery West has lost everything else: her mother, the family she’d just found, and the one boy she trusted. In their place are unfathomable power, a staged relationship that makes her question every real feeling she’s ever had, and a mission to find the cure to the virus that’s made her own blood a weapon.

Then disaster strikes, turning Avery, Stellan, Jack, and Elodie into the most wanted people in the world. To clear their names and the growing rift between the families of the Circle before the world dissolves into World War Three, they’ll have to make a desperate, dangerous final race for Alexander the Great’s tomb. What they will find inside will mean the world’s salvation—or destruction.

Avery will have to decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice—for the world, for family, and for love—in this thrilling conclusion to the Conspiracy of Us series.



What are you waiting for this Wednesday?  Let us know in the comment section below.

-Shon

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

"Waiting On" Wednesday / Can't-Wait Wednesday #38: Ash and Quill by Rachel Caine

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking The Spine



Title: Ash and Quill (The Great Library #3)

Author: Rachel Caine 
Publisher: Berkley
Expected publication: July 11, 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult



The unforgettable characters from Ink and Bone and Paper and Fire unite to save the Great Library of Alexandria from itself in this electrifying adventure in the New York Times bestselling series.

Hoarding all the knowledge of the world, the Great Library jealously guards its secrets. But now a group of rebels poses a dangerous threat to its tyranny....

Jess Brightwell and his band of exiles have fled London, only to find themselves imprisoned in Philadelphia, a city led by those who would rather burn books than submit. But Jess and his friends have a bargaining chip: the knowledge to build a machine that will break the Library’s rule.

Their time is running out. To survive, they’ll have to choose to live or die as one, to take the fight to their enemies—and to save the very soul of the Great Library....


What are you waiting for this Wednesday?  Let us know in the comment section below.

-Shon

Monday, July 3, 2017

Monday Reviews: American Kingpin (The True Story)



 
American Kingpin: The Epic Hunt for the
Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road
Written by Nick Bilton
Published May 2nd 2017 by Portfolio
Genres: Non-fiction, Crime, Cyber Crime, History, Biography
Page: 354
Rating: 5 of 5 stars
Review by: Tina



Synopsis

True story of the man who built a billion-dollar online drug empire and almost got away with it.

In 2011, a twenty-six-year-old libertarian programmer named Ross Ulbricht launched the ultimate free market: the Silk Road, a clandestine Web site hosted on the Dark Web where anyone could trade anything--drugs, hacking software, forged passports, counterfeit cash, poisons--free of the government's watchful eye.

The Silk Road quickly ballooned into $1.2 billion enterprise, and Ross embraced his new role as kingpin. He enlisted a loyal crew of allies in high and low places, all as addicted to the danger and thrill of running an illegal marketplace as their customers were to the heroin they sold. Through his network he got wind of the target on his back and took drastic steps to protect himself--including ordering a hit on a former employee. As Ross made plans to disappear forever, the Feds raced against the clock to catch a man they weren't sure even existed, searching for a needle in the haystack of the global Internet.


Review

Reading a non-fiction novel was not a 2017 goal of mine. I happen upon the title when going through an email list of recommended readings I received from audible. 


What luck! It's captivating. Engrossing. Thrilling. It is almost like reading a real life story of Heisenburg! What a way to start the month of July!

Unbeknownst to Ross Ulbricht, the creator of a small startup website known as the Silk Road, he became the Kingpin on the dark web. With no tech background and self taught, he rises up from one fail dream to another and became the web persona, the infamous Dread Pirate Roberts.


I can't fathom all the events that occur as true; they are just too out of character for Ross. But let me say, I became completely immersed in the world of cyberdom. The experience is eye opening and shocking. Exhilarating fantastic read!


Saturday, July 1, 2017

Shon's July TBR & Most Anticipated Releases!!

Helloooooooo, July!!

I can't believe that July is here already!!
This year is really flying by.
I read seven books last month.

Here's are the books I'm *hoping* to read this month.

~ July TBR ~

Empty Net (Scoring Chances #4) by Avon Gale 
Coach's Challenge (Scoring Chances #5) by Avon Gale
Good Boy (WAGs #1) by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy
Stay (WAGs #2) by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
 

Follow Me Back (Follow Me Back #1) by A.V. Geiger
Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde
One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Most Anticipated Releases for July!!!

Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy by Ameriie

Tell me, what's on your July TBR??
What are you Most excited to read in July??

Happy Reading!!


Friday, June 30, 2017

Shon's June Reading Wrap Up & Book Haul

~ June Book Haul ~


The Iron Trial (Magisterium #1) by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare
The Copper Gauntlet (Magisterium #2) by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare 
Ruined (Ruined #1) by Amy Tintera 
Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer
Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer
This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity #1) by Victoria Schwab
My Lady Jane (The Lady Janies #1) by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton & Jodi Meadows
Ice Like Fire (Snow Like Ashes #2) by Sara Raasch 
The Murder of an Angel (Confessions #4) by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro

~ June Warp Up ~

Cursed (Cursed Superheroes #1) by Jessica Sorensen

Maddening (Cursed Superheroes #2) by Jessica Sorensen 

Undead (Cursed Superheroes #3) by Jessica Sorensen

True Colors (True Love #2) by Anyta Sunday

Royal Pain (His Royal Hotness #1) by Tracy Wolffx

Strong Enough by Melanie Harlow & David Romanov 

Power Play (Scoring Chances #3) by Avon Gale 

How was your month?? What books did you add to your collection??

Happy Reading!

 

Friday 56! June 30, 2017

The Friday 56 is a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice. Grab a book, any book. Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader. Find any sentence, or few, just don't spoil it. Post it.

"Me, I'm more of a converse and T-shirt kind of girl, but I'm wearing my most flattering jeans. I move out of Jose's Hold and get up from our table."




From: Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James

Happy Reading
Xo,
Wendy

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

"Waiting On" Wednesday / Can't-Wait Wednesday #37: Lucky in Love by Kasie West

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking The Spine.



Title: Lucky in Love
Author:   Kasie West
Publisher: Scholastic

Expected publication: July 25, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult, Romance


In this new contemporary from YA star Kasie West, a girl who wins the lottery learns that money can cause more problems than it solves, especially when love comes into the picture.

Maddie doesn't believe in luck. She's all about hard work and planning ahead. But one night, on a whim, she buys a lottery ticket. And then, to her astonishment --

She wins!

In a flash, Maddie's life is unrecognizable. No more stressing about college scholarships. Suddenly, she's talking about renting a yacht. And being in the spotlight at school is fun... until rumors start flying, and random people ask her for loans. Now, Maddie isn't sure who she can trust.

Except for Seth Nguyen, her funny, charming coworker at the local zoo. Seth doesn't seem aware of Maddie's big news. And, for some reason, she doesn't want to tell him. But what will happen if he learns her secret?

With tons of humor and heart, Kasie West delivers a million-dollar tale of winning, losing, and falling in love.




What are you waiting for this Wednesday?  Let us know in the comment section below.

-Shon

Monday, June 26, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday #76: Best Books You've Read In 2017 So Far



Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Best Books You've Read In 2017 So Far. 

SHON'S PICK


1. Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1) by Cassandra Clare 
In a kingdom by the sea…

In a secret world where half-angel warriors are sworn to fight demons, parabatai is a sacred word.

A parabatai is your partner in battle. A parabatai is your best friend. Parabatai can be everything to each other—but they can never fall in love.







2. Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices #2) by Cassandra Clare
Emma Carstairs has finally avenged her parents. She thought she’d be at peace. But she is anything but calm. Torn between her desire for her parabatai Julian and her desire to protect him from the brutal consequences of parabatai relationships, she has begun dating his brother, Mark. But Mark has spent the past five years trapped in Faerie; can he ever truly be a Shadowhunter again?




3. Strong Enough by Melanie Harlow and David Romanov
I wasn’t looking for Derek Wolfe.

I wasn’t looking for anybody. All I wanted was to start a new life in America. But when I found myself stranded here with no place to go, he came to my rescue, offering me a place to stay.

He’s smart, successful, and sexy as hell—I can barely sleep knowing he’s right down the hall. And when the chemistry between us explodes one night with fierce, fiery passion, it’s hard to deny there’s something real there. . .

But he does.


 


WENDY'S PICK

 
4. The Diabolic (The Diabolic #1) by S.J. Kincaid  


5. City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare


6. City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments #2) by Cassandra Clare

TINA'S PICK

7. A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J. Maas


8. Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab (Monsters of Verity #2)

The story is action packed and chock full of emotions and heart.  Great characters and complex story. I just want to sob when it was over.

9. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

This is such a sweet cute book. It's completely a feel good read. It's a little sarcastic but also witty and warm. It's short and to the point.

10. This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

Such a fun read! It started off reminding me of 13 Reasons Why then slowly the story unravels.  I love how the story revolves around music. It gives a magical essence and very uplifting.

Monday Reviews: Ruined series by Amy Tintera

Ruined series by Amy Tintera
Published by HarperTeen
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance
Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Review by: Tina
 
Synopsis
Emelina Flores sets off on a dangerous journey to the enemy kingdom of Lera. Somewhere within Lera’s borders, Em must infiltrate the royal family and find her captured sister Olivia. In a brilliant, elaborate plan of deception and murder, Em marries Prince Casimir, next in line to take Lera’s throne.


Review
I heard about Ruined for some time and it came highly recommended by Margot from #epicreads. I was skeptical at first but the story was entertaining and fast paced.

In the kingdom of Ruina, there are two kinds of people: the kind with the elements, the Ruined, and the kind without, the Useless. Em's kingdom is destroyed by Lera and Vallos and her sister is kidnapped. She puts together a solid plan with the backing of the Oslo country, the Warriors. With only one attendant, she kills the Vallos princess and enters Lera as the new bride-to-be. 

The series is unexpectedly fun. I felt Em is great as the brains behind the entire operation and Cas is charming and wanting to please (reminding me of Dorian's personality from the Throne of Glass series).

However, Avenged was a let down. I didn't like the direction it was going and the frustrating fact that Em took a back seat and let her sister rule the Ruined. It started to show a similar feel to The Young Elites series when the leaders lose all control and destruction is inevitable. There was nothing I want more than seeing the magical sister eliminated.

 

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Sunday Post #11 Week in Review





Happy Sunday, Bookworms!!

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog. You can find more info here: Sunday Post Meme.



Can you believe that this is the last week of June? Where has the month gone? I feel like it's gone by so quickly, and I've not accomplished anything (and by anything I mean, I have still not finished Lady Midnight).


Here's what we where up to last week!


*Bookish
We received two ARC via NetGalley for the exchange of an honest review.


True Colors (True Love #2) by Anyta Sunday
I gave this book a 2 stars

Not a big fan of how the book started. I did find myself intrigued at the beginning of the book. I was curious as to what happened between our two main characters. After I found out the reason for their fallout I was a little disappointed. I was expecting something more. I start to lose interest after this.







Royal Pain (His Royal Hotness #1) by Tracy Wolff
 

I gave this a book 4 stars.

I might do a full review after the book is release.


Also, we receive a package from Candlewick Press to celebrate the cover redesign of The Books of Pellinor epic fantasy series and the release of the prequel The Bone Queen.


Coming up this week is Top Ten Tuesday, "Waiting On" Wednesday, Thursday Thrills, Friday 56! and books review.

Until next week!


Happy Reading!!!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Friday 56! June 23, 2017

Happy Friday Everyone! I'm so happy it's the weekend, it means I get to read more! :) Hope you enjoy this Friday 56!

The Friday 56 is a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice. Grab a book, any book. Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader. Find any sentence, or few, just don't spoil it. Post it.

"Monty had been tracing my grandmother's path for so long, he was Walking between worlds at random, searching for a hint of the frequency that meant she'd been there. He'd never found one."


Have a safe and fun weekend
Happy Reading

Xo,
Wendy

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

"Waiting On" Wednesday / Can't-Wait Wednesday #36: Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking The Spine.



Title: Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy
Author: Ameriie
Publisher: Bloomsbury

Expected publication: July 11, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Short Stories, Anthologies


Leave it to the heroes to save the world--villains just want to rule the world.

In this unique YA anthology, thirteen acclaimed, bestselling authors team up with thirteen influential BookTubers to reimagine fairy tales from the oft-misunderstood villains' points of view.

These fractured, unconventional spins on classics like "Medusa," Sherlock Holmes, and "Jack and the Beanstalk" provide a behind-the-curtain look at villains' acts of vengeance, defiance, and rage--and the pain, heartbreak, and sorrow that spurned them on. No fairy tale will ever seem quite the same again!

Featuring writing from . . .

Authors: Renée Ahdieh, Ameriie, Soman Chainani, Susan Dennard, Sarah Enni, Marissa Meyer, Cindy Pon, Victoria Schwab, Samantha Shannon, Adam Silvera, Andrew Smith, April Genevieve Tucholke, and Nicola Yoon

BookTubers: Benjamin Alderson (Benjaminoftomes), Sasha Alsberg (abookutopia), Whitney Atkinson (WhittyNovels), Tina Burke (ChristinaReadsYA blog and TheLushables), Catriona Feeney (LittleBookOwl), Jesse George (JessetheReader), Zoë Herdt (readbyzoe), Samantha Lane (Thoughts on Tomes), Sophia Lee (thebookbasement), Raeleen Lemay (padfootandprongs07), Regan Perusse (PeruseProject), Christine Riccio (polandbananasBOOKS), and Steph Sinclair & Kat Kennedy (Cuddlebuggery blog and channel).




What are you waiting for this Wednesday?  Let us know in the comment section below.

-Shon

Monday, June 19, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday #75: Top Ten Series I've Been Meaning To Start But Haven't





Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten Series I've Been Meaning To Start But Haven't.


Shon's Pick

1. The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
2. The Half Bad Trilogy by Sally Green
3. Red Rising by Pierce Brown
4. The Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy by Laini Taylor 
5. The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare

Wendy's Pick