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Waiting on Wednesday (4/4/2018)

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…


 thefatesdivide

Title:  The Fates Divide (Carve the Mark #2)

Author: Veronica Roth (Goodreads Author)

Expected Publication: April 10th 2018

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Goodreads Summary:

In the second book of the Carve the Mark duology, globally bestselling Divergent author Veronica Roth reveals how Cyra and Akos fulfill their fates. The Fates Divide is a richly imagined tale of hope and resilience told in four stunning perspectives.

Fate brought them together. Now it will divide them.

The lives of Cyra Noavek and Akos Kereseth are ruled by their fates, spoken by the oracles at their births. The fates, once determined, are inescapable.

Akos is in love with Cyra, in spite of his fate: He will die in service to Cyra’s family. And when Cyra’s father, Lazmet Noavek—a soulless tyrant, thought to be dead—reclaims the Shotet throne, Akos believes his end is closer than ever.

As Lazmet ignites a barbaric war, Cyra and Akos are desperate to stop him at any cost. For Cyra, that could mean taking the life of the man who may—or may not—be her father. For Akos, it could mean giving his own. In a stunning twist, the two will discover how fate defines their lives in ways most unexpected.

I just found out that this series is a duology (I don’t know how I went all year after the first book was released not knowing this!) So that means I can buy both books and just binge read them both and not have to suffer from book hangover!

What are you waiting for this week?

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Goodreads Monday (4/2/2018)

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:

ourdarkduet

Title:  Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity #2)

Author: Victoria Schwab (Goodreads Author)

Published: June 13th 2017 by Greenwillow Books

Goodreads Summary:

THE WORLD IS BREAKING. AND SO ARE THEY.

KATE HARKER isn’t afraid of monsters. She hunts them. And she’s good at it.

AUGUST FLYNN once yearned to be human. He has a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost.

THE WAR HAS BEGUN.

THE MONSTERS ARE WINNING.

Kate will have to return to Verity. August will have to let her back in. And a new monster is waiting—one that feeds on chaos and brings out its victims’ inner demons.

Which will be harder to conquer: the monsters they face, or the monsters within?

Happy day after Easter! I hope yours was spent having fun with family whether you celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ or not! We went to church and saw so many cute babies (so I didn’t have to worry if mine started talking during the service, I could just blame another one lol). We then gave baby S her very first Easter basket full of goodies, and she enjoyed playing with the plastic eggs filled with nothing more than her new toys. Oh well, what can you do. Our night ended with the hubs grilling, so overall we had a pretty good day.

This week I chose Our Dark Duet because it has been sitting on my shelf since last summer! I need to finish this duology ASAP, even if that is so that I can only clear off some space on my ever growing TBR shelf.

What did you do yesterday? What is on your TBR shelf this week?

Here’s a pic of one of my pups celebrating Easter =)

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Waiting on Wednesday (3/21/2018)

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…


 toil&trouble

Title:  Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft

Author:Tess Sharpe (Goodreads Author) (Editor)Jessica Spotswood (Goodreads Author) (Editor)Brandy Colbert (Goodreads Author)Zoraida Córdova(Goodreads Author)Andrea Cremer (Goodreads Author)Kate Hart (Goodreads Author)Emery Lord (Goodreads Author)Elizabeth May (Goodreads Author) ,Anna-Marie McLemore (Goodreads Author)Tehlor Kay Mejia (Goodreads Author)Lindsay Smith (Goodreads Author)Nova Ren SumaRobin Talley(Goodreads Author)Shveta Thakrar (Goodreads Author)Brenna Yovanoff(Goodreads Author) 

Expected Publication: August 28th 2018

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Goodreads Summary:

A young adult fiction anthology of 15 stories featuring contemporary, historical, and futuristic stories featuring witchy heroines who are diverse in race, class, sexuality, religion, geography, and era.

Are you a good witch or a bad witch?

Glinda the Good Witch. Elphaba the Wicked Witch. Willow. Sabrina. Gemma Doyle. The Mayfair Witches. Ursula the Sea Witch. Morgan le Fey. The three weird sisters from Macbeth.

History tells us women accused of witchcraft were often outsiders: educated, independent, unmarried, unwilling to fall in line with traditional societal expectations.

Bold. Powerful. Rebellious.

A bruja’s traditional love spell has unexpected results. A witch’s healing hands begin to take life instead of giving it when she ignores her attraction to a fellow witch. In a terrifying future, women are captured by a cabal of men crying witchcraft and the one true witch among them must fight to free them all. In a desolate past, three orphaned sisters prophesize for a murderous king. Somewhere in the present, a teen girl just wants to kiss a boy without causing a hurricane.

From good witches to bad witches, to witches who are a bit of both, this is an anthology of diverse witchy tales from a collection of diverse, feminist authors. The collective strength of women working together—magically or mundanely–has long frightened society, to the point that women’s rights are challenged, legislated against, and denied all over the world. Toil & Trouble delves deep into the truly diverse mythology of witchcraft from many cultures and feminist points of view, to create modern and unique tales of witchery that have yet to be explored.

Continuing on my trend of anthologies, I found this one that’s coming out in August the other day and thought it would be great for this weeks WOW. I just finished a YA anthology (be on the look out for a review soon) and now I just want to read more!

Do you have a favorite YA anthology that I should check out?

What are you waiting for this week?

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Waiting on Wednesday (2/7/2018)

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:  Sightwitch (The Witchlands, #0.5)

Author: Susan Dennard

Expected Publication: February 13th 2018

Publisher:  Tor Teen

Goodreads Summary:

Set a year before TruthwitchSightwitch follows Ryber Fortiza, the last Sightwitch Sister as she treks deep underground to rescue her missing best friend. While there, she encounters a young Nubrevnan named Kullen Ikray, who has no memory of who he is or how he wound up inside the mountain. As the two journey ever deeper in search of answers, and as they brave one close call after another, a tentative friendship forms between them—one that might one day grow into something more.

Sightwitch is told through Ryber’s journal entries and her sketches, as well as through supplementary materials (such as other journals, pieces of songs, clippings from history books, flashbacks, etc.). Though meant as a companion novella, this story serves as a set up to Bloodwitch as well as an expansion of the world.

Susan Dennard is coming to south Texas on the 20th, and she is still 5 hours away from me ='(….why must Texas be so darn big?!

I loved Truthwitch, and I have Windwitch on my TBR….but I am thinking of waiting and start it after I get my hands on this book! Mainly so I can just stay in that universe a bit longer than one book.

What are you waiting for this week?

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Goodreads Monday (2/5/2018)

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 Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic #3)

Author: V.E. Schwab

Published: February 21st 2017 by Tor Teen

Goodreads Summary:

Witness the fate of beloved heroes – and enemies.

THE BALANCE OF POWER HAS FINALLY TIPPED…
The precarious equilibrium among four Londons has reached its breaking point. Once brimming with the red vivacity of magic, darkness casts a shadow over the Maresh Empire, leaving a space for another London to rise.

WHO WILL CRUMBLE?
Kell – once assumed to be the last surviving Antari – begins to waver under the pressure of competing loyalties. And in the wake of tragedy, can Arnes survive?

WHO WILL RISE?
Lila Bard, once a commonplace – but never common – thief, has survived and flourished through a series of magical trials. But now she must learn to control the magic, before it bleeds her dry. Meanwhile, the disgraced Captain Alucard Emery of the Night Spire collects his crew, attempting a race against time to acquire the impossible.

WHO WILL TAKE CONTROL?
And an ancient enemy returns to claim a crown while a fallen hero tries to save a world in decay.

Ah, can’t believe that we are already 5 days into February!!!! I feel like I have been seriously slacking already this year on my blog, and hopefully this month I’ll be able to turn that around!

What is on your TBR shelf this week?

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Goodreads Monday (1/8/2018)

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:

thelastmagician

Title:  The Last Magician 

Author: Lisa Maxwell

Published: July 18th 2017 by Simon Pulse

Goodreads Summary:

Stop the Magician. Steal the book. Save the future.

In modern-day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic—the Mageus—live in the shadows, hiding who they are. Any Mageus who enters Manhattan becomes trapped by the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their power—and often their lives.

Esta is a talented thief, and she’s been raised to steal magical artifacts from the sinister Order that created the Brink. With her innate ability to manipulate time, Esta can pilfer from the past, collecting these artifacts before the Order even realizes she’s there. And all of Esta’s training has been for one final job: traveling back to 1902 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order—and the Brink—before the Magician can destroy it and doom the Mageus to a hopeless future.

But Old New York is a dangerous world ruled by ruthless gangs and secret societies, a world where the very air crackles with magic. Nothing is as it seems, including the Magician himself. And for Esta to save her future, she may have to betray everyone in the past.

Hello it’s the second Monday of January and it’s my birthday!!!!!! I just bought this book with all the Christmas B&N gift cards I received, and I finally can’t wait to read it!

Have you read it? What are your thoughts?

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Goodreads Monday (1/1/2018)

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:

windwitch

Title:  Windwitch (The Witchlands #2)

Author: Susan Dennard

Published: January 10th 2017 by TorTeen

Goodreads Summary:

After an explosion destroys his ship, the world believes Prince Merik, Windwitch, is dead. Scarred yet alive, Merik is determined to prove his sister’s treachery. Upon reaching the royal capital, crowded with refugees, he haunts the streets, fighting for the weak—which leads to whispers of a disfigured demigod, the Fury, who brings justice to the oppressed.

When the Bloodwitch Aeduan discovers a bounty on Iseult, he makes sure to be the first to find her—yet in a surprise twist, Iseult offers him a deal. She will return money stolen from him, if he locates Safi. Now they must work together to cross the Witchlands, while constantly wondering, who will betray whom first?

After a surprise attack and shipwreck, Safi and the Empress of Marstok barely escape with their lives. Alone in a land of pirates, every moment balances on a knife’s edge—especially when the pirates’ next move could unleash war upon the Witchlands.

I can’t believe it’s the very first day of a new year already!!! So…HAPPY 2018!!! Since it is the first of January, I guess I should come up with some New Years Resolutions:

  1. Read more to baby S
  2. Read more for myself
  3. Finish my masters

I think those are goals that I can actually keep up with this year. Did you make any resolutions?

Windwitch has been on my TBR shelf since January of last year, so I think it is definitely time to dust it off and read it! I read Truthwitch in like 2 days last year, and loved it a lot so I have high hopes for this one! Which I think is why I keep putting it off, I don’t want to be disappointed if I don’t like it as much as the first.

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Waiting on Wednesday (12/27/2017)

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 Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1)

Author: Holly Black

Expected Publication: January 2nd 2018

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Goodreads Summary:

Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

I can’t believe that January is right around the corner! I don’t know yet what book will be my very first purchase of the new year, but this one is on top of my list! It sounds very intriguing and it’s a new series to boot.

What are you waiting for this week?

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Goodreads Monday (12/25/2017)

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:

wonderwoman

Title:  Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons #1)

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Published: August 28th 2017 by Random House Children’s Books

Goodreads Summary:

Daughter of immortals.

Princess Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mortal. Diana will soon learn that she has rescued no ordinary girl, and that with this single brave act, she may have doomed the world.

Daughter of death.

Alia Keralis just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted by people who think her very existence could spark a world war. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.

Together.

Two girls will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. Tested beyond the bounds of their abilities, Diana and Alia must find a way to unleash hidden strengths and forge an unlikely alliance. Because if they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.

Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons, #1)


Merry Christmas!!! If you celebrate Christmas, I hope you have a very wonderful day full of family and friends!

This week I want to highlight Wonder Woman by Leigh Bardugo for GRM! I’ve had this book on my shelf since September, and I am hoping that by putting it on here it will motivate me to pick it up and read it! I’ve heard so many great things about this book and I can’t wait to pick it up. Have you read it? What are your opinions?

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Nameless Book Review

Nameless by Lili St. Crownameless

Tales of Madness and Beauty #1

Published: April 4th 2013 by Razorbill

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:

When Camille was six years old, she was discovered alone in the snow by Enrico Vultusino, godfather of the Seven—the powerful Families that rule magic-ridden New Haven. Papa Vultusino adopted the mute, scarred child, naming her after his dead wife and raising her in luxury on Haven Hill alongside his own son, Nico.

Now Cami is turning sixteen. She’s no longer mute, though she keeps her faded scars hidden under her school uniform, and though she opens up only to her two best friends, Ruby and Ellie, and to Nico, who has become more than a brother to her. But even though Cami is a pampered Vultusino heiress, she knows that she is not really Family. Unlike them, she is a mortal with a past that lies buried in trauma. And it’s not until she meets the mysterious Tor, who reveals scars of his own, that Cami begins to uncover the secrets of her birth… to find out where she comes from and why her past is threatening her now.

Nameless (Tales of Beauty & Madness, #1)


Reading the premise, I went in thinking that this was going to be a very great dark retelling of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. With a bonus of vampires and other types of creatures mixed in. What I got was a lot different that what I was expecting to get.

First, I want to talk about Cami. I really liked her in the beginning. She was mysterious with a dark hidden past, and just trying to find her place in the world. But then, the “I’m not really a Vultusino, so I shouldn’t get comfortable” routine got old real quick. She’s been there since she was 6 years old, if they were going to get rid of her I think they would have done it by now. She definitely has the I’m a little rich girl with no real problems so I will create problems for myself syndrome. This was especially evident, when everyone is just trying to help her and keep her safe and she just runs off and tries to do things without consulting anyone. I understand being independent and doing things on your own, but when someone has to bail you out of every situation it’s time to grow as a character and figure things out. I think that was my biggest problem with Cami. There was no actual character growth, so therefore she wasn’t very relatable. She just seemed very whiny and then petulant when things didn’t go her way.

Cami’s relationship with Nico was an interesting one. At first it was kind of like a big brother/little sister vibe that turned into a romantic one? Then after her birthday, their relationship became super weird and almost like he was a father figure. At least, that was how it seemed she was treating it. It was like all before her birthday, Cami knew exactly how Nico felt about her and didn’t question it one bit. Then she did a complete 180, and acted like if she did one single thing wrong he would kick her out of the house and never speak to her again. To sum up, their relationship is not very believable and therefore are my least favorite couple this year.

Plot wise, this book moved very slow and I mean achingly slow. For the first half of the book, I think the author was trying to set up the world? But all I got was confusion, on top of confusion. There are so many different types of creatures and references to an event that happened to create the dystopian world, I have no idea what any of it means. We are left with a lot more questions than answers. The plot started in the prologue and then didn’t reappear again to about halfway through the book, or at least that’s what it seemed like. The big moment felt very rushed, and then for me the ending took way too long.

Overall, I was very meh about this book. I really enjoyed St. Crows Strange Angels series, so I was hoping that I would enjoy this one as well. At this point, I don’t think I will continue with the series as there is way too many books on my TBR shelves to read. But, if you do enjoy dystopianesque, vampires, and fairy tale retellings you may enjoy this book and hopefully more than I did!