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Goodreads Monday (11/13/2017)

Goodreads Monday is a meme hosted by Lauren @Page Turner, and the idea is to post a book that’s on your TBR pile and show it off. This is a great way to show off books I have not yet managed to read!


This week I have chosen:

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Title: One Dark Throne (Three Dark Crowns #2)
Author: Kendare Blake
Published: September 19th 2017 by HarperTeen
Goodreads Summary:

The battle for the Crown has begun, but which of the three sisters will prevail?

With the unforgettable events of the Quickening behind them and the Ascension Year underway, all bets are off. Katharine, once the weak and feeble sister, is stronger than ever before. Arsinoe, after discovering the truth about her powers, must figure out how to make her secret talent work in her favor without anyone finding out. And Mirabella, once thought to be the strongest sister of all and the certain Queen Crowned, faces attacks like never before—ones that put those around her in danger she can’t seem to prevent.

In this enthralling sequel to Kendare Blake’s New York Times bestselling Three Dark Crowns, Fennbirn’s deadliest queens must face the one thing standing in their way of the crown: each other.

I forgot to post last week (oops)!! A little update, so I decided to dress baby Sophia as Cinderella and Tinkerbell for Halloween! She was so cute in her little outfits, I had a hard time deciding which one she should wear all day. Well she solved that problem for me when she had an accident in the Cinderella costume…oh well.

I bought this book last month, and it is currently sitting next to the first one just waiting to be read! I’m debating on waiting until the final book comes out before starting to read it.

How do you read a series? Do you wait for all of it to be released or read it as it comes out? Typically, I read them as they are released and if I am discovering them a few years later I will binge read the whole series. Sometimes I like being able to binge read!

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Waiting on Wednesday (11/01/2017)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by  Jill from Breaking The Spine that shows the upcoming books that many of us are anticipating! This week, I’m waiting for…


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Title:  The Becoming of Noah Shaw (The Shaw Confessions #1)

Author: Michelle Hodkin

Expected Publication:  November 7th 2017

Publisher:  Simon & Shuster Books for Young Readers

Goodreads Summary:

In the first book of the Shaw Confessions, the companion series to the New York Times bestselling Mara Dyer novels, old skeletons are laid bare and new promises prove deadly. This is what happens after happily ever after.

Everyone thinks seventeen-year-old Noah Shaw has the world on a string.

They’re wrong.

Mara Dyer is the only one he trusts with his secrets and his future.

He shouldn’t.

And both are scared that uncovering the truth about themselves will force them apart.

They’re right.

Honestly, I have only read the first book in the Mara Dyer trilogy. I really enjoyed it so I slowly obtained the other two books, but sadly I haven’t picked them up yet. Now I need to reread the first book and then finish the trilogy. This book sounds very interesting and I am very interested in seeing how Hodkin continues Noah and Mara’s story.

What are you waiting for this week?

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Goodreads Monday (10/30/2017)

Goodreads Monday is a meme hosted by Lauren @Page Turner, and the idea is to post a book that’s on your TBR pile and show it off. This is a great way to show off books I have not yet managed to read!
This week I have chosen:

Title: Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns #1)
Author: Kendare Blake
Published: September 20th 2016 by HarperTeen
Goodreads Summary:

When kingdom come, there will be one. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born–three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose..it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown.

I’ve had this book on my TBR shelf since I met Blake last October! I just got her second book in this series, so I think I may have to add them both my November TBR pile! I have hard mixed reviews on this series, so what are your opinions?

What is on your TBR shelf this week?

P.S. I can’t believe Halloween is tomorrow!! I’ve decided that Baby Sophia is going to be Tinkerbell, and I’ll probably dress as either a runaway bride or Sailor Jupiter…I’ll probably decide right before I start giving out candies to the kiddos. If you’re dressing up, what are you going as?

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The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic Book Review

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic by Leigh Bardugothelanguageofthorns

Published: September 26th 2017 by MacMillan/Imprint

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:

Love speaks in flowers. Truth requires thorns.

Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid’s voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy’s bidding but only for a terrible price.

Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, #1 New York Times–bestselling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love.

Perfect for new readers and dedicated fans, these tales will transport you to lands both familiar and strange—to a fully realized world of dangerous magic that millions have visited through the novels of the Grishaverse.

This collection of six stories includes three brand-new tales, all of them lavishly illustrated with art that changes with each turn of the page, culminating in six stunning full-spread illustrations as rich in detail as the stories themselves.

This book included:

  1. Ayama and the Thorn Wood
  2. The Too-Clever Fox
  3. The Witch of Duva
  4. Little Knife
  5. The Soldier Prince
  6. When Water Sang Fire

Since I have already written individual reviews on three of them (you can click on the link to read them), I will focus mainly on the three new ones for this particular review.

Bad fates do not always follow those who deserve them

First off, I just wanted to say that the illustrations in the book by Sara Kipin were simply amazing. They were just as creepy and beautiful as the short story they are based upon. Even if you didn’t read the story, the illustrations themselves gave you a visual representation of what was going on during that time. I honestly, would love just a copy of the picture at the end of each story for my office!

This is the problem with making a thing forbidden. It does nothing but build an ache in the heart

Ayama and the Thorn Wood, kind of set up how we can expect the rest of the stories to be. As in not to expect the Brothers Grimm versions, where everyone has a happy ending with the perfect guy and running off into the sunset together. All these fairy tales take on a much darker theme and have completely different messages than the typical fairy tale.

What harm can a little hope do?

I couldn’t tell if Ayama and the Thorn Wood was a retelling or not, but the last two stories was definitely retellings of The Nutcracker and The Little Mermaid. I loved the direction that Bardugo went with these retellings, and if she wanted to do another book just like this (but longer) I would totally be okay with that. These were just the right amount of dark and imaginative that I expect from Bardugo. I don’t want to go into more detail and spoil anything for you, but there was definitely a Darkling cameo in When Water Sang Fire. I didn’t realize that when he first appeared, but by the end I definitely realized who he was and I wanted more!

This goes to show you that sometimes the unseen is not to be feared and that those meant to love us most are not always the ones who do

Overall, I loved this short story collection and was very sad when it ended. Even if you haven’t read any of Bardugo’s other books, you should definitely check this one out. You don’t even have to read the others to understand what is going on since this is basically the Grishaverses version of our Brothers Grimm.

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Waiting on Wednesday (10/11/2017)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by  Jill from Breaking The Spine that shows the upcoming books that many of us are anticipating! This week, I’m waiting for…


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Title:  Sun Warrior (Tales of a New World #2)

Author: P.C. Cast

Expected Publication:  October 17th 2017

Publisher:  Wednesday Books

Goodreads Summary:

The battle lines have been drawn and Mari, an Earth Walker and Nik, a Companion, who were once from rival clans now find themselves fighting to save each other and their people from destruction.

Thaddeus betrayed his own people, killing Nik’s father and destroying their entire clan. But he wants more. He wants the power he believes Mari has stolen from him and his people and he will do anything he must to get them back, even if it means destroying everything in his path. There is only way to stop Thaddeus, but it means a harrowing journey for Mari and Nik into the heart of darkness. But if they hope to survive the coming fight, they have no choice but to believe in each other.

Sun Warrior (Tales of a New World #2)


This must be the month for sequels, last weeks WOW was a sequel and I’m doing one today! I read the first book and remember it being interested if a little long. Hopefully, this one redeems the first book. The premise sounds very interesting and I can’t wait to see Mari and Nik’s journey.

What are you waiting for this week?

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Goodreads Monday (10/9/2017)

Goodreads Monday is a meme hosted by Lauren @Page Turner,  and the idea is to post a book that’s on your TBR pile and show it off. This is a great way to show off books I have not yet managed to read!


This week I have chosen:

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Title: A Darkness Strange and Lovely (Something Strange and Deadly #2)

Author: Susan Dennard

Published: July 23rd 2013 by Harper Collins Harper Teen

Goodreads Summary:

Perfect for fans of Libba Bray’s The Diviners and Cassandra Clare’s The Infernal Devices series, this spellbinding sequel to Something Strange and Deadly delivers a mix of supernatural forces and intense romance, set against the enchanting backdrop of nineteenth-century Paris.

With her brother dead and her mother insane, Eleanor Fitt is alone. Even the Spirit-Hunters—Joseph, Jie, and the handsome Daniel—have fled to Paris. So when Eleanor hears the vicious barking of hounds and sees haunting yellow eyes, she fears that the Dead, and the necromancer Marcus, are after her.

To escape, Eleanor boards a steamer bound for France. There she meets Oliver, a young man who claims to have known her brother. But Oliver harbors a dangerous secret involving necromancy and black magic that entices Eleanor beyond words. If she can resist him, she’ll be fine. But when she arrives in Paris, she finds that the Dead have taken over, and there’s a whole new evil lurking. And she is forced to make a deadly decision that will go against everything the Spirit-Hunters stand for.

In Paris, there’s a price for this darkness strange and lovely, and it may have Eleanor paying with her life.

A Darkness Strange and Lovely (Something Strange and Deadly, #2)


Last week I highlighted the first book in this series, so I figured I would go ahead and highlight the second book this week! Dennard has become one of my favorite discoveries this year and I can’t wait to see if I enjoy this series as much as her current one. I am still waiting on my copy to arrive in the mail (hopefully by Wednesday) so that I can start reading it!

What is on your TBR shelf this week?

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Goodreads Monday (10/02/2017)

Goodreads Monday is a meme hosted by Lauren @Page Turner,  and the idea is to post a book that’s on your TBR pile and show it off. This is a great way to show off books I have not yet managed to read!


This week I have chosen:

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Title: Something Strange and Deadly (#1)

Author: Susan Dennard

Published: July 24th 2012 by Harper Teen

Goodreads Summary:

There’s something strange and deadly loose in Philadelphia. . . .

Eleanor Fitt has a lot to worry about.

Her brother has gone missing, her family has fallen on hard times, and her mother is determined to marry her off to any rich young man who walks by. But this is nothing compared to what she’s just read in the newspaper:

The Dead are rising in Philadelphia.

And then, in a frightening attack, a zombie delivers a letter to Eleanor . . . from her brother.

Whoever is controlling the Dead army has taken her brother as well. If Eleanor is going to find him, she’ll have to venture into the lab of the notorious Spirit-Hunters, who protect the city from supernatural forces. But as Eleanor spends more time with the Spirit-Hunters, including the maddeningly stubborn yet handsome Daniel, the situation becomes dire. And now, not only is her reputation on the line, but her very life may hang in the balance.

Something Strange and Deadly (Something Strange and Deadly, #1)


I first discovered Susan Dennard from her current series The Witchlands. I loved Truthwitch (and Windwitch is on my TBR shelf). I have the second book in this series, but hopefully I can get the first one soon so that I can start reading it. The good thing about discovering a book series after it is done, is that I don’t have to wait a year for the next book to come out!

What is on your TBR shelf this week?

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The Fall Time, Cozy Time Book Tag

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Hey guys, it’s been awhile since I have done a book tag! I saw this over at Thrice Read, and lets be honest they do the best tags and I love reading them and doing them myself!

 

Crunching Leaves: The world is full of color – Choose a book that has reds/oranges/yellows on the cover

Eon

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Cozy Sweater: It’s finally cold enough to wear warm cozy clothing – What book gives you the warm fuzzies?

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Fall Storm: The wind is howling and the rain is pounding – Choose your favorite book or genre that you like to read on a stormy day.

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Cool Crisp Air: What’s the coolest character you’d want to trade places with?

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I wouldn’t mind being a really cool assassin!

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Hot Apple Cider: What under hyped book do you want to see become the next biggest, hottest thing?

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Coat, Scarves, and Mittens: The weather has turned cold and it’s time to cover up – What’s the most embarrassing book cover you own that you like to keep hidden in public?

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I’m not a huge fan of people on covers of books.

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Pumpkin Spice: What’s your favorite fall time comforts food/foods?

Pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin pie, sweet potato pie….sweet potato anything really =)

 

What’s your favorite underrated books?

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Goodreads Monday (9/25/2017)

Goodreads Monday is a meme hosted by Lauren @Page Turner,  and the idea is to post a book that’s on your TBR pile and show it off. This is a great way to show off books I have not yet managed to read!


This week I have chosen:

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Title: The Forbidden Game (Books #1-3)

Author: L.J. Smith

Published: June 8th 2010 by Simon Pulse (first published December 1st 1997)

Goodreads Summary:

When Jenny buys a game for her boyfriend, Tom, she finds herself inexplicably drawn to the guy behind the counter. There is something mysteriously alluring about Julian’s pale eyes and bleached-blond hair. And when he places the Game into her hands, she knows their connection is something deeper.

But as Jenny and her six friends begin to play the Game at Tom’s birthday celebration, a night of friends and fun quickly turns into a night of terror and obsessive love. Because the Game isn’t just a game – it’s the seven friends’ new reality, where Julian reigns as the Prince of the Shadows.

One by one the friends must confront their phobias to win the Game. To lose the Game is to lose their lives. And that is only the beginning…

I read this book a couple of years ago (okay more than that probably almost 10 now) and I remember it being really good! I love L.J. Smith (before The Vampire Diaries and The Secret Circle tv shows came out) and really loved her work. I just bought this book from Book Outlet and hopefully reread it in the near future (possibly in October for all things spooky).

Side note: Can you believe that next week is already October? Where has the year gone?!

What is on your TBR shelf this week?

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Waiting on Wednesday (9/20/2017)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by  Jill from Breaking The Spine that shows the upcoming books that many of us are anticipating! This week, I’m waiting for…


thelanguageofthorns

Title:  The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Expected Publication:  September 26th 2017

Publisher:  Macmillan/Imprint

Goodreads Summary:

Love speaks in flowers. Truth requires thorns.

Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid’s voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy’s bidding but only for a terrible price.

Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, #1 New York Times–bestselling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love.

Perfect for new readers and dedicated fans, these tales will transport you to lands both familiar and strange—to a fully realized world of dangerous magic that millions have visited through the novels of the Grishaverse.

This collection of six stories includes three brand-new tales, all of them lavishly illustrated with art that changes with each turn of the page, culminating in six stunning full-spread illustrations as rich in detail as the stories themselves.

A short story collection set in the Grishaverse? Yes, please! I can’t wait for this book to come out next week! Bardugo is one of my instant buys, and if you order from Barnes and Noble you can get a signed copy 😉

What are you waiting for this week?