Tuesday, March 28, 2017

~Waiting on Wednesday~ Fireblood (Frostblood #2)

                “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:

Fireblood (Frostblood #2) by Elly Blake
Out:  9/12

From Goodreads:
                In this action-packed sequel to Frostblood, the future of Ruby’s world and a court ruled by the love of her life depends on the uncovered secrets of her past.

                Against all odds, Ruby has defeated the villainous Frost King and melted his throne of ice.  But the bloodthirsty Minax that was trapped inside is now haunting her kingdom and everyone she loves.  The answers to its demise may lie to the south in Sudesia, the land of the Firebloods, and a country that holds the secrets to Ruby’s powers and past…

                Despite warnings from her beloved Arcus, Ruby accompanies a roguish Fireblood named Kai to Sudesia, where she must master her control of fire in a series of trials to gain the trust of the suspicious Fireblood queen.  Only then can she hope to access the knowledge that could defeat the rampaging Minax—which grows closer every moment.  But as sparks fly in her moments alone with Kai, how can Ruby decide whom to trust?  The fate of both kingdoms is now in her hands.  

Why I’m Waiting:
                 I really enjoyed the Frostblood!  It was awesome and amazing and I wanted to know more.  I’m not loving the idea of what feels like a love-triangle type thing in this summary, more because I don’t know this Kai cat and I adore Ruby and Arcus but I’m still excited for this book.  I want to see the other side, see more of what Ruby is, more Fireblood.  Plus it comes out on my birthday!

                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.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Reading Challenge Wrap-Up: March

                Hello happy readers!  So today is the 25th which means it is time for my monthly challenge update and wrap-up.  I am posting this from ApollyCon so I had to prep this a couple days early I may have even finished another book in since then but this is where I am as of 3/22!  Don't forget to share your progress as well!

Goodreads Challenge:
Goal: 125
At: 23

2017 Debut Authors (#2017DebAuthC):
Goal: 12
At: 2
What I've Read:
Nothing new this month…

2017 Rock My TBR (#RockMyTBR):
Goal: As many as possible!
At: 13
What I've Read:
Apollyon (Covenant #4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
 Sentinel (Covenant #5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

2017 Series Ender Challenge:
Goal: 15+
At: 2
Sentinel (Covenant #5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

2017 New Releases Challenge:
Goal: 31-60
At: 6
What I've Read:
The BoneWitch (The Bone Witch #1) by Rin Chupeco (review)
TheseRuthless Deeds (These Vicious Masks #2) by Tarun Shanker (review)
Beauty ofthe Beast (Fairy Tale Retellings #1) by Rachel Demeter (review)

2017 Audiobook Challenge:
Goal: 5-10
At: 7
What I've Listened:
Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare- So I’ve reached the lower end of my goal but I am loving this one so I’ll probably surpass it by far!
Apollyon (Covenant #4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout 
Sentinel (Covenant #5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

                 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!

~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. Some of these were supposed to arrive last week but they were delayed so I had nothing to share.  Now I have more so I guess win/win.

Physical Books:
Blood of Wonderland (Queen of Hearts Saga #2) by Colleen Oakes
Long WayHome (Thunder Road #3) by Katie McGarry
TheseRuthless Deeds (These Vicious Masks #2) by Tarun Shanker & Kelly Zekas (review
Reign ofShadows & Rise of Fire (Reign of Shadows 1 & 2) by Sophie Jordan

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

Friday, March 24, 2017

Beauty of the Beast

                Hello happy readers!  So I am posting this from ApollyCon!  With it happening during several posts I had to get them ready in advance and be ahead of the game for once so score me!  I will share thoughts and feels about the event as I return and can type them up!  But for today I wanted to extend the Beauty and the Beast theme of things and share my thoughts about a retelling of sorts with you, Beauty of the Beast by Rachel L. Demeter.  I reviewed her other title A Kindled Winter (review) so when she told me about her Beauty and the Beast retelling type book I was excited to receive a copy for my honest review.

Rating:  4.5 Stars

                So I should start out advising this isn't a Disney version of the story and it has some serious adult items in it of a mature nature.  So be warned.  This is a story of Adam a Prince, hidden from the world in seclusion after his families massacre and his disfigurement.  No real contact with the world and having given up on hope.  Isabella is a beauty trying to find a way out of a very bad situation, an engagement to a monster she doesn't want but agreed to trying to save her ailing father.  Seeking shelter from the storm Isabella and her father end up at Adam's door and things don't go smoothly by any means.  Still through pain and mutual haunting dark thoughts they find kindred sprits in one another.  Can they both find happiness despite the past or will the past come back to rip it away?

                Normally I'm not one for historical stories.  I just never seem to connect fully with them but the whole Beauty and the Beast retelling had me overlooking that.  I'm so glad I did too because the story was so good.  As a retelling the majority of the major points were known, but some things just caught you off guard.  I hadn't expected so many things.  It was also much darker in times that I had been expecting which fit perfectly to the story itself but it was enough to make me give a warning to those sensitive to things like animal cruelty and sexual assault. 

                The POVs swap between Adam and Isabella and really let us see how things are developing.  We get to see how the other feels about one another from the ill fated meeting through getting to know one another and developing feelings.  Adam was harsh and bitter about the world but given his life and what he has been through it's understandable and we love him anyways hoping he will work to be better and repent for his past actions.  Isabella is strong and loyal.  She loves her father and is willing to sacrifice herself to save him, that much love and devotion is inspiring.  She acted before she thought from time to time which I can see everyone does it especially when excited about something.  Isabella was also a nice balance of optimistic willing to see the good in everyone but also not a total push over.  Her step-sisters were wretched to her but she still wanted them taken care of. 

                After they meet, at first I didn’t know how they could ever get close.  But then as the story continued and things progressed it just seemed so natural.  Again the dual perspective really helped.  I liked the story and how it played out, it all seemed to happen at a natural pace and didn't rush into things.  I think there is something for everyone to enjoy.  I loved it as a story on its own but also as a retelling of my favorite Disney movie growing up.  

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

~Waiting on Wednesday~ Obsidian and Stars (Ivory & Bone #2)

                “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:

Obsidian and Stars (Ivory & Bone #2) by Julie Eshbaugh
Out:  6/13

From Goodreads:
                In the sequel to Ivory and Bone—the prehistoric fantasy novel that New York Times bestselling author Amie Kaufman described as a “richly crafted world of life-and-death stakes”—the story shifts to Mya’s viewpoint as vengeful adversaries force her to flee the life she once knew.

                After surviving the chaotic battle that erupted after Lo and the Bosha clan attacked, now Mya is looking ahead to her future with Kol.  All the things that once felt so uncertain are finally falling into place.  But the same night as Kol and Mya’s betrothal announcement, Mya’s brother Chev reveals his plan to marry his youngest sisters Lees to his friend Morsk.  The only way to avoid this terrible turn of events, Morsk informs Mya when he corners her later, is for Mya to take Lee’s place and marry him herself.

                Refusing to marry anyone other than he beloved, and in an effort to protect her sister, Mya runs away to a secret island with Lees.  And though it seems like the safest place to hide until things back home blow over, Mya soon realizes she’s been followed.  Lurking deep in the recesses of this dangerous place are rivals from Mya’s past whose thirst for revenge exceeds all reason.

                With the lives of her loved ones on the line, Mya must make a move before the enemies of her past become the undoing of her future.

Why I’m Waiting:
                 I enjoyed the first book Ivory & Bone (review) and I am looking forward to see what happens next.  Plus another beautiful cover! 

                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, March 21, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: One Sitting Reads

                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:  Read in on sitting

Reign of Shadows (Reign of Shadows #1) by Sophie Jordan (I just realized I never reviewed this...)
The Edge of Juniper by Lora Richardson (review)
Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley
Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse
The Lost & Found by Katrina Leno
Just a Few Inches by Tara St. Pierre (review)
A Season for Fireflies by Rebecca Maizel
Quanta Reset (The Shadow Ravens #3) by Lola Dodge- all books in this series (review)
Acca (Angelbound #3) by Christina Bauer- All books in both her series (review)
Alpha Unleashed (Alpha Girl #5) by Aileen Erin- again all of her books (review)

                 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!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Beauty & the Beast Live-Action Movie

                Hello again happy readers!  So as I mentioned earlier today I went and saw the live action Beauty & the Beast in theaters this weekend with a large group of my friends.  We were all huge fans of the original movie and most had just re-watched the cartoon the week of (or me the day of) to make sure we were in the spirit.  So now I’d like to share my thoughts about the movie.

Rating:  5 Enchanted Roses

                I LOVED IT!  It was so close to the original it that it was impossible not to love it and think of my childhood.  It gave me all the feels and warm moments even making me tear up in parts.  So much was similar and I loved this movie on its own but also for breathing new life into my beloved childhood movie I still regularly watch as an adult for a new generation.  The visuals were stunning, the detail in all of the animated characters was impeccable, and seriously Lumiere and Cogsworth were so grand and regal while Mrs. Potts and Chip were so artfully delicate.  The movie was a feast for the eyes for sure.  It was one of the best live action movies I've seen in a while with the blend of animation/CGI that is so well done it look real.  I could almost imagine seeing the cast as a clock and tea pot moving around and looking like they were really doing so right in front of me.    
                While it was close it also added more items in, answered some questions we had from the original that as children we didn’t really think to ask but as adults we did wonder about.   It also added more depth to the story in making the Beast more articulate and able to really converse with Belle and really challenge her intelligence in a way that made them fit even more.  She didn’t teach him to read but instead they discussed books.  None of the changes they made were so large or invasive that it changed the story but they seem so natural it’s like they were always supposed to be that way.  It also gave it such depth.  The only thing I wished they had added was that they never once mention the Beasts real name, which is Adam by the way.  I didn’t learn that was his name until a couple years ago when I took some quiz and he was my Disney prince.  My friends found it humorous that my favorite prince had been the Beast and as my name is Eve made them all cackle. 

                 My friends and I were some of the many who sang along to most of the movie with only slight hiccups where the trimming from what I was used to was off just a bit but we adjusted and kept on going.  It was so much fun I’m surprised I don’t have a bruise on my arm from my friend constantly hitting my arm with excitement as something happened or was about to happen.  There were also jokes in there that fit the story and ironically some hit close to home with the radical and odd weather.  It was a great time for all of us and everyone I saw coming out was in love.  Yes there were a couple of fun animated moments I would have liked to see that didn’t make it were very few to be sure.  As for the "gay scene" that people are protesting...my friends and I couldn't even figure out where it was.  It was so faint and let's be honest seeing the original again even as a teenager I knew LeFou was gay so nothing seemed different to me.  
                I can’t wait to see the movie again and I will be right in line to get it on DVD/Blu-Ray for sure so I can put it on all the time.  I can’t say again how much I adored this movie both as remaking one of my beloved movies but also as a movie that can stand on its own.  I highly recommend everyone to see this movie both adult and child it is truly something everyone can enjoy! 

                Until next time…