Wednesday, April 26, 2017

~Waiting on Wednesday~ One of Us Is Lying

                “Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.  Basically books that are not yet out that we are dying to get our hands on.  This week’s pick is:

One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
Out:  5/30

From Goodreads:
                One of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive.  Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.

                Pay close attention and you might solve this.

                One Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.

                Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.

                Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.

                Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.

                Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.

                And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

                Only, Simon never makes it out of the classroom.  Before the end of detention Simon’s dead.  And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident.  On Monday, he died.  But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder.  Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?

                Everyone has secrets, right?  What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.

Why I’m Waiting:
                So this sounds like a murder mystery twisted version of the Breakfast Club.  Yeah that was my first thought so I’m totally going to have to check this one out.  I like the plot idea and I do love a good mystery.


                What are you waiting on?  Tell me below what you think of this title and leave a link to your WoW as well so I can check it out.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

~Top Ten Tuesday~ Book Turn Offs

 
                Hello everyone!  Top Ten Tuesday is just how it sounds, a topic is picked and we put our Top Ten for that in a post and share and check out everyone’s answers.  Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

The top ten today is: Book Turn Offs

               So I don't have any real solid things that make me say I won't read a book really but there are some things that make a book less appealing to me and thus less likely to make my TBR or Currently Reading pile.

Non-Fiction: I'm all about going into another world and being surprised.  Non-fiction just feels like school work.

Poetry- If there is some poetry woven into a story that is all well and good but a book of straight poems is a bit much.  I never got into it in school and just can't let myself lose with it as much as other styles.

Historical- So yeah I'm not a huge history gal.  Historical aspects with other fantasy or supernatural aspects are fine but when it's just a straight historical I struggle.  I'm very much a product of my generation and when the female lead is "different" because she has opinions and the general idea of women being powerless and more like property. 

Super long series- I love me some series and I don't mind the length normally.  But picking up a book and seeing it already has 8-43 books already out it seems very daunting.  It's a large commitment and even if the series sounds amazing I'm leery to start I mean that is intimidating as hell!

Religious Books- I just don't enjoy strong religious focused books.  I don't mind a religious character but if the whole plot counts on my religious knowledge we're in trouble.

                 What did I miss?  Tell me what you think of my list in the comments below.  Also please link back to your Top Ten as well so I can check out your list and see what I missed!

Reading Challenge Wrap-Up: April

                 Hello happy readers!  So today is the 25th which means it is time for my monthly challenge update and wrap-up.  I think for the first month I've done pretty good.  Here is my standing but please don't forget to share your progress as well!

Goodreads Challenge:
Goal: 125
At: 27

2017 Debut Authors (#2017DebAuthC):
Goal: 12
At:  2
What I've Read:
Still behind…

2017 Rock My TBR (#RockMyTBR):
Goal: As many as possible!
At: 14
What I've Read:
Empire ofStorms (Throne of Glass #5) by Sarah J. Maas (review)

2017 Series Ender Challenge:
Goal: 15+
At: 2
Seriously not my best reading month…

2017 New Releases Challenge:
Goal: 31-60
At: 9
What I've Read:
ShatteredPack (Alpha Girl #6) by Aileen Erin (review)
A Crown of Wishes (The Star Touched Queen #2) by Roshani Chokshi (review)
Blacksouls (Blackhearts #2) by Nicole Castroman (review)

2017 Audiobook Challenge:
Goal: 5-10
At: 8
What I've Listened:
Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5) by Sarah J. Maas


                All in all I'd say it was a pretty successful month.  I didn't get to finish or review my debuts but that just means next month will be even better!  I'd love to hear how you're doing so link back to your wrap up!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Blacksouls (Blackhearts #2)

                Hello happy readers!  So this Saturday my latest giveaway closed and before I start todays review I’d like to congratulate, Maria V, for winning!  I’m super excited and will be heading to the post office later today I hope you enjoy the book!  Now still exciting my review for today, Blacksouls (Blackhearts #2) by Nicole Castroman.  I loved and reviewed Blachhearts here when it came out and I have been eagerly awaiting more since finishing it so when I got an early copy at ApollyCon I was so excited!  Due to an untimely sinus infection I didn’t get to go to the launch party (I seriously cried a little at missing it) but I’m still thrilled to share my thoughts on a fabulous sequel.

Rating:  5 Stars

                So if you know from my review of Blackhearts I went in thinking it was a stand-alone but then as it ended KNEW I couldn’t handle that I needed more.  So when I then went to the end and found out there was more to the story I was thrilled and have been waiting ever since for Blacksouls.  I am so beyond happy this story was more than a stand-alone because there is so much story left to work with.  We left Teach and Anne separated.  Anne was put on a ship to Nassau, not even the ship she was supposed to be sent on, and she knows things are not sunshine and rainbows.  Teach, knows Anne was sent away and is on his way to go after her, even bribing his way onto his father’s own ship as first mate willing to do anything to find his Anne.  Things are never easy for these two and finding one another might be the easiest part of the journey. 
               
                First I have to say I love that we are at sea.  This is a story of how Teach became Blackbeard and while we were landlocked in the previous story the majority of this one takes place on the sea.  There are so many things that start to fall into place and you know they are not going to be easy to overcome but as a reader you are so invested in the characters you can’t help but think of ways for it to work out.  I was glued to the pages and finding out what would happen next.  I seriously think I read the first part without stopping to even have a sip of my water. 
                 Teach is such an amazing character.  He's got a different past than his crew but he is still one of them and never treats anyone as below him and given how he was raised and the time this is a wonderful trait.  He's also dedicated fully to Anne and his mission to find her and have a life with her.  The way he loves her so completely is beautiful and makes your heart flutter.  He also has a strong connection to his men and making sure they are all safe because he's a stand up guy, even as he starts to act like a pirate.  Anne is amazing and strong in this story.  It's great to see her as she breaks free of the life that she had and start working for one she wants and even more learning to take care of and defend herself.  She knows what she wants and she isn't shy about it as much as before because she knows how dangerous the world is and how close she came to losing it. 


                The story is a journey between our two loves but it's also full of pirating goodness with corrupt officials and a dangerous pirate.  New friends and enemies in different shapes and sizes and lots of juicy story points that just make you fly through the book.  I highly recommend this series.  Blacksouls left off in a way that it is clear there is more story to be had and I for one can't wait to read what Teach and Anne do next! 


                Until next time…

Friday, April 21, 2017

~Stacking the Shelves~

                Welcome to Stacking the Shelves was created by Tynga and the full details can be found on her page.  Basically you showcase the books you bought or received each week.  Little, or not so little, weekly book hauls. 

Physical Books:
The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

Audio Book:
Riot ofStorm and Smoke (Threats of Sky and Sea #2) by Jennifer Ellision


                That's if for this week.  Share a link below with what goodies you got this week.  

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

~Waiting on Wednesday~ The Traitor's Kiss (Traitor's Trilogy #1)

                “Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.  Basically books that are not yet out that we are dying to get our hands on.  This week’s pick is:

The Traitor’s Kiss (Traitor’s Trilogy #1) by Erin Beaty
Out:  5/9

From Goodreads:
                An obstinate girl who will not be married.
                A soldier desperate to prove himself.
                A kingdom on the brink of war.

                With a sharp tongue and an unruly temper, Sage Fowler is not what they’d call a lady—which is perfectly fine with her.  Deemed unfit for marriage, Sage is apprenticed to a matchmaker and tasked with wrangling other young ladies to be married off for political alliances.  She spies on the girls—and on the soldiers escorting them.

                As the girls’ military escort senses a political uprising, Sage is recruited by a handsome soldier to infiltrate the enemy ranks.  The more she discovers as a spy, the less certain she becomes about whom to trust—and Sage becomes caught in a dangerous balancing act that will determine the fate of her kingdom.

Why I’m Waiting:
                I discovered this book during a past WoW and I was drawn in by the cover and the description.  I’m ready to give this one a go and it looks like this is also a debut book so I’d love to see this authors work!

                What are you waiting on?  Tell me below what you think of this title and leave a link to your WoW as well so I can check it out.  Also don't forget about my giveaway here, it has a few days left, for a SIGNED copy of A Crown of Wishes.



Monday, April 17, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Things that make me pick a book

                Hello everyone!  Top Ten Tuesday is just how it sounds, a topic is picked and we put our Top Ten for that in a post and share and check out everyone’s answers.  Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  Also don't forget to swing by and enter my giveaway for a SIGNED copy of A Crown of Wishes here

The top ten today is: Things that make me want to read a book instantly

Cover- Yes I know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover and all that but lets be honest we all do.  No I love plenty of books that suffer from an ugly cover and have had plenty of pretty covers not be as good as I hoped but a gorgeous cover is a sure way to get me to…

Summary- I want something that catches my attention and makes me want to start reading ASAP to know more. 

Author- Some books I don’t have to know a cover or a title, like Untitled Chaol book but I know I will have it the day it comes out because Sarah J. Maas is an auto-buy author for me. 

Buzz/Hype- Have I heard of this book and if so was what I heard good?  Some books can be overhyped that is true but it’s great when you can dive into a book everyone is talking about and have people to discuss it with versus some other books not as many people have read yet so you have to wait to discuss it in depth.

My Mood- I generally don’t stick to one type of book and try to read different categories and such to keep it interesting.  Sometimes I’m really craving a stand-alone simple read to enjoy and not have any commitment to a series or maybe I just read a book with a similar kind of storyline/character and I don’t want them to blend together.

Series #- Sometimes I find a series I want to read but if there are too many books already out it can be intimidating to start.  On the flip side if I find a series that the final book is about to come out or is out I can dive in knowing I won’t have to wait which can also be a huge plus!

Price- So this is more so a factor with audiobooks because being practical I can’t buy all the books I want to read because so many fit the above checks.  Sometimes I have to wait for my credit to roll around or a sale to hit but when I do...BAM it's on!


                 What books have I been missing out on?  Tell me what you think of my list in the comments below.  Also please link back to your Top Ten as well so I can check out your list and see what I missed!