Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday (192) Reign of the Fallen

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 9:00 PM with 2 comments
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating. Click the link to see the original post plus a whole slew of links to other blogs. After you read this one, of course.


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Reign of the Fallen

Author: Sarah Glenn Marsh

Publisher: Razorbill
Release Date: January 23, 2018

Goodreads:


An LGBT fantasy series that follows a talented necromancer who must face down a deadly nemesis who has learned how to turn her magic into a weapon.

Odessa is one of Karthia's master necromancers, catering to the kingdom's ruling Dead. Whenever a noble dies, it's Odessa's job to raise them by retrieving their souls from a dreamy and dangerous shadow world called the Deadlands. But there is a cost to being raised--the Dead must remain shrouded, or risk transforming into zombie-like monsters known as Shades. If even a hint of flesh is exposed, the grotesque transformation will begin.

A dramatic uptick in Shade attacks raises suspicions and fears among Odessa's necromancer community. Soon a crushing loss of one of their own reveals a disturbing conspiracy: someone is intentionally creating Shades by tearing shrouds from the Dead--and training them to attack. Odessa is faced with a terrifying question: What if her necromancer's magic is the weapon that brings Karthia to its knees?

A lavish fantasy with a surprising and breathtaking LGBT romance at its core, Reign of the Fallen is a gutsy, unpredictable read that will grab readers by the throat and never let go....


Why I'm Excited: I don't read a lot of fantasy, but I've always been fascinated by necromancy. Let's be honest, though, that cover is amazing. I'd probably pick this up if it was about a girl watching paint dry. So pretty! I'll definitely be keeping my eyes open for this one. 

What are you waiting for on this Wednesday? Link me up!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Weekly Rewind 5.20.17

Friday, May 19, 2017 8:27 PM with 4 comments
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Weekly Rewind
The new books on my shelves and my week in a nutshell.


Throughout my student teaching semester I was using my weekend post as a way to let people know what's going on in my life, so I've decided to rename my weekend post because this feature is more personal than just what books I've received. The Weekly Rewind will be about what's going on with me and my blog, as well as about the books I've added to my shelves. This post is linked to Stacking the Shelves over at Tynga's Reviews and the Sunday Post over at Caffeinated Book Reviewer.


My Life and Blog

Life: I'm feeling sick as shiiiiiiit. I just do not have the energy to write about life right now...I'll catch up next week. Only 3 more weeks of school! 

Blog and reading: Nothing this week on the blog front. I've started a trillion books over the last couple of weeks, but nothing is really sticking. I hate slumping, but it happens. I really just don't read when I'm sick. I watch bad tv.

New books: I am excited for this small haul. So without further ado, I hope you are all having fabulous weekends!

For Review

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One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus
The Breakfast Club + murder mystery is a compelling synopsis. I need to get on this one. 
Romancing the Throne by Nadine Jolie Courtney
Two sisters at a prep school fall for a royal. I'm a bit hesitant about the sibling love triangle...but swoon at princes. 
Dawn Breaks Dawn by Sara Larson
Princess. Power. Kingdom. Yada, yada.
House of Furies by Madeline Roux
A maid at a boarding house realizes everything is not as it seems. I like books with photos. 

What I snagged from the library

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The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord
I've only read one book by this author so far, but I am looking forward to this one and like the camp setting. 
It's Always the Husband by Michele Campbell
I love a good twisty mystery, especially when it's about bad female friendships. 

Well that's it for me this week. Feel free to leave a link to whatever weekend post you do (Stacking the Shelves, The Sunday Post, etc). I love to see what books people have recently snagged and especially enjoy hearing about my fellow bloggers' weeks. I hope you are all having a fabulous weekend!



Friday, May 12, 2017

Weekly Rewind 5.13.17

Friday, May 12, 2017 10:25 PM with 3 comments
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Weekly Rewind
The new books on my shelves and my week in a nutshell.


Throughout my student teaching semester I was using my weekend post as a way to let people know what's going on in my life, so I've decided to rename my weekend post because this feature is more personal than just what books I've received. The Weekly Rewind will be about what's going on with me and my blog, as well as about the books I've added to my shelves. This post is linked to Stacking the Shelves over at Tynga's Reviews and the Sunday Post over at Caffeinated Book Reviewer.


My Life and Blog

Life: Last week I lost one of my beloved cats, Juniper. Two weekends ago, she was really sick when I went home, so my husband and I took her to the emergency vet. They had her for a few days, but her condition was not getting better, and then she took a nosedive. There were so many things that was horrible about the situation. I wasn't there to say good-bye, so my poor husband had to both make the decision AND say good-bye to her alone. We were already a few thousand dollars deep into her treatment, and it still didn't save her. Plus, it was just so fast and unexpected. When we lost our fat kitty earlier this school year, it was the worst, but I had been expecting it because he was sick for a long time. This completely blind-sided me. Heartbroken. 

On a more positive note, I do have something to celebrate this weekend. My husband is coming down to VA to spend the weekend with me. Our first date was going to see the movie The Fifth Element, and the studio is doing a limited 20 year anniversary release on Sunday. So we've decided that of course we have to go see it. I can't wait.

Anyway, so glad it is the weekend! There are only 20 more days of school, and boy are my kids acting like it. Also, I watched the movie Sing three times this week because it was the movie all three of my classes voted for their reward day (they took their state reading test on Monday, so Tuesday was reward day). It was actually pretty good...but three times! Those songs are still stuck in my head. 

Blog and reading: Nothing on the blog this week. I realized after I had already turned out the lights and had snuggled under the covers on Tuesday night that I hadn't posted a WoW. Oh, well. I'm currently reading Little Monsters, which I'm digging, Ramona Blue (still), Here Lies Daniel Tate, and Into the Water--which is unfortunately not as compelling as Girl on the Train (at least so far at ~ 60 pages). 

New Books: Just a few books this week, but I'm excited for all of them. So without further ado, I hope you're all having fabulous weekends!

For Review

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Little Monsters by Kara Thomas
I'm really enjoying this one so far. It follows a girl (with a so far just hinted dark past), whose friend goes missing after a party after her friend ditched and went to the party without her. 
Here Lies Daniel Tate by Cristin Terrill
A con-man worms his way into a family by pretending to be their long-lost son, only to find out that he chose the wrong family. I've been very much looking forward to this one. I've started reading it, but Little Monsters has been holding my attention more. 
The Heirs by Susan Reiger
After their father dies, five adult brothers' lives are thrown into turmoil when a woman claims partial ownership of their inheritance by claiming she had two kids with their father. I enjoy a good upperclass family drama, so I have high hopes for this one. 

What I snagged from the library

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Ok, so I still have to read the second book...but I'm still excited for this. 
Duels and Deception by Cindy Anstey
I still need to read Love, Lies, and Spies (despite owning it), but I dig these Austenish-style books this author is writing. 
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Miss Sloane
I'm looking forward to this woman takes on the government story. I really like Jessica Chastain. 

Well that's it for me this week. Feel free to leave a link to whatever weekend post you do (Stacking the Shelves, The Sunday Post, etc). I love to see what books people have recently snagged and especially enjoy hearing about my fellow bloggers' weeks. I hope you are all having a fabulous weekend!

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Weekly Rewind 5.6.17

Saturday, May 6, 2017 8:11 AM with 18 comments

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Weekly Rewind
The new books on my shelves and my week in a nutshell.


Throughout my student teaching semester I was using my weekend post as a way to let people know what's going on in my life, so I've decided to rename my weekend post because this feature is more personal than just what books I've received. The Weekly Rewind will be about what's going on with me and my blog, as well as about the books I've added to my shelves. This post is linked to Stacking the Shelves over at Tynga's Reviews and the Sunday Post over at Caffeinated Book Reviewer.



Life and Blog

Life: This week was very rough, and I'm finding myself unable to talk about it right now. So this is just going to be about books and I'll catch up with you all next week.

Blog and reading:TTT and a WoW this week. I'm currently reading Ramona Blue (after setting it aside for awhile). I'm actually loving it now that I picked it back up. I snagged Into the Water this week, though, so imagine my attention is going to shift to that. 

New books: I have some titles this week that I am quite excited about. So without further ado, I hope you're all having fabulous weekends!

For Review

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The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich
I've been excited to start this trope-busting book. I adore this cover.
The Best Kind of Magic by Crystal Cestari
A girl who can see "true love" falls for a boy who isn't her soul mate...or something. 
Grit Gillian French
This realistic fictional story follows the girl dubbed the "town slut" after her best friend disappears. 
New Boy by Tracy Chevalier
Have you read any of the Hogath Shakespeare books? I haven't yet (and cannot flipping wait for Gillian Flynn's take on Hamlet). This is a modern retelling of Othello. 
#antisocial by Jillian Blake
The phones of students at a prep school get hacked and secrets get revealed--which sounds like a very familiar storyline. 
Grace and the Fever by Zan Romanoff
A girl falls for the lead of a famous band...which also sounds like a very familiar storyline.

What I snagged from the library

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Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
Can.Not.Wait.

Well that's it for me this week. Feel free to leave a link to whatever weekend post you do (Stacking the Shelves, The Sunday Post, etc). I love to see what books people have recently snagged and especially enjoy hearing about my fellow bloggers' weeks. I hope you are all having a fabulous weekend!









Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday (191) The Immortalists

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 7:32 AM with 5 comments
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating. Click the link to see the original post plus a whole slew of links to other blogs. After you read this one, of course.


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The Immortalists 

Author: Chloe Benjamin

Publisher: G.P. Putnam
Release Date: January 9, 2018

Goodreads:


If you were told the date of your death, how would it shape your present?

It’s 1969 in New York City’s Lower East Side, and word has spread of the arrival of a mystical woman, a traveling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone their date of death. In search of one thing they can know for sure, the Gold siblings — four adolescents on the cusp of self-awareness — sneak out to hear their fortunes.

Their prophecies inform the next five decades. Golden boy Simon runs away to San Francisco, where he lives a life of decadence and unmitigated sexuality; chameleonic Klara becomes a magician obsessed with blurring fantasy and reality; Daniel, a natural leader, rises in ranks as a prestigious military doctor; and shy, bookish Varya throws herself into longevity research, where she tests the boundary between science and immorality.

A sweeping novel of remarkable ambition and depth, THE IMMORTALISTS probes the line between destiny and choice, reality and illusion, this world and the next. It is a deeply moving testament to the power of story, the nature of belief and the unrelenting pull of familial bonds.

Why I'm Excited: The synopsis reminds me of the witch in Big Fish (one of my favorite movies). I love books that follow several members of the same family--and the knowing their death date adds a new (ok, not brand new) twist. I'm loving that cover, too. A lot. I'll definitely be keeping my eyes open for this one. 

What are you waiting for on this Wednesday? Link me up!

Monday, May 1, 2017

TTT: All About Covers

Monday, May 1, 2017 10:38 PM with 7 comments

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme/original feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Click the link to go to their site to see the original list for today, plus links to a whole slew of other blogs...After you read mine, of course.





TTT: Freebie Cover Week

A few years ago I did this whole thing about my favorite themes/motifs for covers. My tastes haven't changed too much (and some of those covers will probably show up again), but there are some new covers that can definitely be added, plus some new themes that now make my list. Today was a long-ass day, though, so I'm going to skip the whole linking thing. I know you're all perfectly capable of looking up a book on GR if it looks interesting to you. <3

Ships and/or Pirates

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Starry Skies

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Birds

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Illustrated

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Cityscapes

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Circus

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Overlay
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Typography

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Creepy

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2017 Books

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Ok, so that was a total time suck and I HAVE to stop fiddling with this. I know I'm going to look at some of your lists and say: I can't believe I forgot that one...but that's ok. I'm sure I will update this a couple of years from now again. 

So that's it for me. What did you come up with for your cover freebie? Link me up!

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