Saturday, July 14, 2018

~Stacking the Shelves #56~


                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.  So it's been a few weeks since I had anything to post about on one of these.  I've been sticking to my budget pretty well but when I come into some amazon credit….well you know I use it for books! 

Physical Book:

A Reaper at the Gates (An Ember in the Ashes #3) by Sabaa Tahir

E-Book:

Yumi (A Flame in the Mist #1.75) by Renee Ahdieh

                A very small haul but I'm happy with it.  I do have a couple pre-orders that are months away and so many books I want but I'm being very careful lol.   Share a link below with what goodies you got this week. 

Friday, July 13, 2018

A Study in Shifters (The Adventures of Marisol Holmes #1)


                Hello happy readers!  I hope you all are having a good Friday and have some fun plans for the weekend ahead.  It's a bit later in the day but wow is it hot as Hades out and humid here and yard work….death.  Still my grass was almost to my knees so it was kind of necessary.  That said today I am here to discuss a relative new release that I finished last week but have been a bit slow to get my thoughts to paper.  The title is the first book in a new series, A Study in Shifters (The Adventures of Marisol Holmes #1) by Majanka Verstraete.  I was provided a digital ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review thanks to NetGalley and Monster House Books. 

Rating:  4 Stars

                Marisol Holmes, descendant of Sherlock Holmes, and half jaguar shifter and next in line to the shifter throne, is trying to repair the damage done from a mistake she made.  After she trusted the wrong guy in the worst way Marisol is able to convince the Conclave, the underground organization of detectives solving supernatural cases, to give her a chance to redeem herself.  She is put on a new case, one she has even more reason to solve as the evidence is pointing towards a fellow jaguar shifter and that could spell bad news for her mother and her place on the throne.  She is on the case, undercover at the school working in secret with her new supervisor, *cough* babysitter *cough* but things get very personal as the case unfolds.  Can she unravel the mystery and solve the case before too much damage or life is lost?

                So I was stoked about this book for obvious reasons.  Shifters, Sherlock, and I have read all but one series by this published house and loved them so far so why not.  It was a new to me author and I was ready to dive in.  Like the other books I have enjoyed from this publisher it has beyond everything else awesome worlds and super fast paced books you can fly by.  This was no exception.  A Study in Shifters is a fast paced read that really keeps the story moving along as it builds the world around you.  Marisol is trying to recover from a big mistake involving a boy and more than just a broken heart.  I liked diving right into things.  Marisol was really hard on herself for her mistakes, which I find relatable.  I'm not a shifter and thankfully none of my mistakes were ever this life and death but I know each time I make one, more so when I was still in school, I could fill a library with my worried 'should of' or 'could of' moments.  Still even as she struggles with pushing things down she is very clever and amazing at facts and puzzles, something we associate with a Holmes.  Stealing a line from a fav show that recently got the boot, she has a high IQ but low EQ, basically book smart not interacting with people smart. 

                There is a strong hierarchy in the shifter world.  Each clan has a leader and then a leader of the clans which is a power struggle.  I loved the dynamic about the different clans and look forward to getting to know more of the different clans and their ins and outs as the series continues.  Mannix, the one who betrayed Marisol, is a great Moriarty like villain.  All of this was a fun and interesting story full of mystery and puzzles which I adored. 

                Still there were a few things that for me lessened my adoration of the book slightly.  Again I was reading an ARC  so some of this may have been corrected or edited prior to publication.  The biggest was some repetition.  I understand the need for some for sure in building but some aspects , but the constant references to the "big betrayal," were a bit excessive especially in the first part of the story.  IT was mentioned so often I felt they whole event could have been explained twice instead of the references.  There was also a lot of talk about the different modes and the mind palace which I enjoyed but sometimes her mode or palace was mentioned a few times in the same paragraph.  It pulled me slightly from the action of the story here and there which is a shame because it's really good.  I think I just didn't connect as much to that lead in being as mysterious and vague, maybe because that wasn't the mystery I wanted to focus on.

                So overall I enjoyed  this start to a new series and will be looking for book two for sure.  The story, the characters, mystery, and this fun little world melding Sherlock and shifters is bound to be lots more fun.  And most importantly it was entertaining and that is what counts for me.  I was captured and really enjoyed my reading time so I still rate it high and look forward to reading more.  Because to be sure there are some things I figured out and others I did not see coming in the least and that is always great.   I'm excited to see what is next for Marisol, Indra, Mannix, Roan, Wyatt and the shifter clans!

                Until next time…

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

~Can't Wait Wednesday: Wildcard (Warcross #2)~


                Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Wishful Endings.  Basically books that are not yet out that we are dying to get our hands on.  This week’s pick is:

Wildcard (Warcross #2) by Marie Lu
Out:  9/18

From Goodreads:
                Emika Chen barely made it out of the Warcross Championships alive.  Now that she knows the truth behind Hideo’s new NeuroLink algorithm, she can no longer trust the one person she’s always looked up to, who she once thought was on her side.

                Determined to put a stop to Hideo’s grim plans, Emika and the Phoenix Riders band together, only to find a new threat lurking on the neon-lit streets of Tokyo.  Someone’s put a bounty on Emika’s head, and her sole chance for survival lies with Zero and the Blackcoats, his ruthless crew.  But Emika soon learns that Zero isn’t all that he seems—and his protection comes at a price.

                Caught in a web of betrayal, with the future of free will at risk, just how far will Emika go to take down the man she loves?

Why I’m Waiting:
                 So I really loved Warcross (review).  The way it ended….I just need to know more.  I need to know what will happen next.  I have some theories but mostly just some wild hopes.  I honestly don’t know what to expect and that has me both anxious, nervous and excited! 

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

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books so far in 2018!


                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 Artsy Reader Girl

The top ten today is:  Best Books I’ve read in 2018…so far!

This is hard as I've read so many amazing books so far this year.  But here goes and in no particular order…and no novellas were considered to make it easier on me, sorry ACOFAS!

Daughter of the Siren Queen (Daughter of the Pirate King #2) by Tricia Levenseller (review)

Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer #1) by Laini Taylor (review)

The Queen's Rising (The Queen's Rising #1) by Rebecca Ross (review)

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli (review)

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (review)

Juniper Skies (The Juniper Series #3) by Lora Richardson (review)

Witch's Pyre (Worldwalker #3) by Josephine Angelini (review)

Succubus Revealed (Georgina Kincaid #6) by Richelle Mead (review)

Hero at the Fall (Rebel of the Sands #3) by Alwyn Hamilton (review)

Legendary (Caraval #2) by Stephanie Garber (review)
               
                So what do you think?  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!

Monday, July 9, 2018

Obsession


                Hello happy readers!  I hope you all had a good weekend.  I worked and thus I'm off today facing the daunting task of having to mow which is a very long and tiring process for numerous reasons.  But before I even think about going out there, I wanted to share with you my thoughts on a stand-alone spin-off novel of a series I read a couple years back and LOVED.  The novel in question, Obsession by Jennifer L. Armentrout.  It is an adult novel in the same Lux universe but you don't have to read the series to enjoy this it can stand on its own, though it does have a link to the series.  I have been thrilled to know a new book/series is coming out in this world and this was perfect to get me back in the zone/world as it has been a bit.  So thoughts ahead but remember this is an adult book.

Rating:  4 Stars

                Hunter is an Arum.  He isn't what you would call a good guy or hero.  He works for the DoD I that they leave him be and he gets to kill bad Luxen for them.  Not the worst job.  Until they saddle him with babysitting a human who has Luxen trying to kill her.  Serena thought her best friend was having a mental breakdown talking about aliens but now she's stuck with a man who is most definitely not human and other not human things trying to kill her, so maybe she's the one having the breakdown.  Mutual attraction is instant for the duo but tempers flare as they are forced into a life and death situation.  She stirs something new inside of him, breaking his rules, and he may be an alien but he is to die for.  Can he keep her safe and at what cost?

                I was a bit sketchy on some of the finer points in the Luxen world when I dove in and was a bit nervous but that was not at all important.  It tells you everything you need to know in the story.  It was different getting to know things from an Arum side though which was cool.  But as a whole the story is easy to follow in the universe and if anything just made me want to re-read the Lux series lol. 

“But when friendships begin with cupcakes, chocolate at that, no truer bond develops.”

                That said this books had me confused on how to rate it for a while.  Hunter is not the guy you root for the happily ever after.  He is not just a "bad boy" but he has moments of being so much worse.  In the end I ended up enjoying the story and characters as a whole understanding the way things came about and such.  Being in both of their heads for the alternating POV's was key I think.  I loved the story in the end I was so excited but there were moments in the story that held me in pause and made me rethink Hunter towards the start.  He has some serious moments doing things that are NOT okay in any way of thinking and normally I'd condemn a character for that but in this, knowing what both were thinking at the time it kind of smoothed it over.  Still part of my brain is thinking that is not cool dude like ever.  So I went back and forth and is ultimately why I didn't rate it a 5 stars because right after finishing it I LOVED it and I still really enjoyed it but there was some things that were played as sexy, and hindsight for them could be, but are not okay.  Still given my slight concerns there, again the dual POV really saved this for me because it's kind of hard to call someone out for doing something when the other character is really into it, I had to factor that in.

                Other than that which I feel had to be addressed, I still really ended up loving this book.  The chemistry between Serena and Hunter was there.  A bit of insta-lust which I think most people can relate to.  I also loved that she questioned her sanity on numerous occasion from aliens to her desire for one given her precarious situation.  It grounded it.  I wanted more for each of them as the story progressed.  Seeing from an Arums perspective on the Luxen both current and their history I really can see the war between them in a new light.  The way Serena is slowly let into the world and what he tells her not just about the whole alien thing but about him was sweet.  Then you of course have some seriously sexy times.  Again this is an adult story so there is lots of swearing and sexy times.  I enjoyed them for sure but more I liked the progression and how each builds and expands not only the sexy time itself but the connection between them. 

                The story and action were so much fun and despite some flaws in the beginning with Hunter and consent I love his "I will kick you a$$" attitude because more than anything he has what it takes to back it up.  I even like his cocky sexy attitude because yeah he kind of is.  Serena has been through a lot and she managed to roll with everything pretty well, probably in a constant state of shock given everything, and she has a good head on her shoulders.  She is also strong in that she will go after what she believes or wants and even if it isn't the safe option or the option.  I like that she isn't afraid to disagree or argue with Hunter even at the start when she is afraid of him.  There is plenty of sexy times, action, suspense and some good laughs in there as well!  It was dark and dangerous.  Overall I enjoyed the book and kind of wish it wasn't a stand alone because there is more story that can be told to be sure.    

                Until next time…

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Movie Corner #12


                Hello happy movie fans!    These last two weeks haven't held many movies.  Mostly because the only one I was super excited for the theatre had issues and I only got the see the first half of it and had to rain check it to see the whole thing.  Which was a bit annoying but worked out in the end.  Then I must be old or something because my back started to hurt something serious and the idea of sitting in those seats just wasn't something I was excited for and with movies I wasn't dying to see it was just let go.  But my back is better now and my one good friend is officially off in her new home far far away and I managed to squeeze in a few more hours hanging out each day than I thought so I say a win!  So what one movie did I see…


Jurassic World:  Fallen Kingdom - Rating:  5 Stars
                I really enjoy the Jurassic Park movies.  The originals are great fun, more 1 and 3 I honestly don't remember 2 that well.  That said I loved the reboot how it was years later and of course people wouldn't let that idea go but this time it was successful and working…until they go and do something stupid like make a new dinosaur with all these deadly things in one.  I was excited to see where it would go from there.  So seeing a sequel was coming I was stoked and the concept behind it was fun.  I really enjoyed this one.  I liked the idea that people were fighting to save the dinosaurs.   In this world an entire generation have grown up with living dinosaurs so the idea that they could be gone is pretty unique.  The story is fast moving and has lots happening in it and it even includes a few hilarious moments that are more inside jokes which I loved.  The dinosaurs are beautifully done and the combination of real effects and CGI blend together in ways they could be real and that is what make them amazing.  The production value on this is amazing.  I really enjoyed the story and the subplots going on in the story including the connections between the characters both human and dinosaurs.  It had the humor mixed in with all the action that keeps it moving quickly along.  I mean Chris Pratt is hilarious in this roll but the others have their moments for sure to lighten the mood in between the danger keeping you on the edge of your seat.  Plus they brought back Jeff Goldblum which was pretty freaking amazing if you ask me.  All in all it was an enjoyable ride and I look forward to seeing it again. 

*****
                What movies have you seen recently?  What should I see?  Right now the most anticipated releases are looking like Antman and the Wasp, The First Purge, Hotel Transylvania 3 (though I need to see #2) and Skyscraper.  I would also like to see a couple that are already out but ones like Sicario 2 I need to get to watching the first one before I can watch it.  All these sequels I wasn't prepared for.  Have to step up! 

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

~Can't Wait Wednesday~ The Dark Lands (Angelbound Origins #5)

                Happy 4th of July!  Everyone enjoy and be safe!  Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Wishful Endings.  Waiting on Wednesday has been don for some time so I am switching it up for now!  Basically books that are not yet out that we are dying to get our hands on.  This week’s pick is:

The Dark Lands (Angelbound Origins #5) by Christina Bauer
Out:  September 

From Goodreads:
                Nineteen-year-old Myla Lewis is loving life—she’s now a wife, mother, and Queen of the Thrax.  Oh yeah, and being a super-powerful demigoddess who moves souls into Heaven or Hell doesn’t suck, either.  In fact, everything is pretty much awesome.  Until something craptastic happens.

                Her honorary older brother Walker enters the Dark Lands, home to the rule-loving ghouls, and vanishes without a trace.

                Now it’s up to Myla to solve the mystery of Walker’s disappearance.  Of course, Myla likes interacting with ghouls about as much as elective dental surgery.  To make matters harder, everyone thinks that Walker is simply taking a well-deserved vacation.  Buy Myla and her Angelbound love, Lincoln, both suspect that the ghoul Oligarchy took Walker in order to somehow release Lucifer, the ex-King of the Angels and an all around nut job who really needs to stay locked up.

                Long story short, Myla and Lincoln have just two days to rescue their good friend and stop Lucifer from taking over the after-realms.  Even for them, this may be a too-tall order, especially when Myla’s own father allows his past friendship with Lucifer to threaten Walker’s future.

Why I’m Waiting:
                One of my favorite authors and series.  They are all super fun fast reads that really draw you in and keep you engaged until the very end.  Also I love Walker so I need to know what is going on with him!


                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.