Wednesday, February 21, 2018

~Can't Wait Wednesday~ Moonlight and Midtown (Fairy Tales of the Magicorum #1.5)

                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:

Moonlight and Midtown (Fairy Tales of the Magicorum #1.5) by Christina Bauer
Out:  5/27

From Goodreads:
                After battling werewolves and evil aunties, Bryar Rose is ready to enjoy her new life.  No more crazy aunties.  Her curse is toast.  And Bry’s new man, Knox, is literally a dream come true.  Best of all, Bry will soon attend a regular high school.  Forget those sketchy tutors!  To get ready, Bry is dedicating the rest of her summer to some serious back-to-school shopping with her best friend, Elle.  It’s a blast, except for one thing:

                Mysterious strangers are following Bry across Manhattan.

                All these stalkers have oddly familiar scents and an uncanny ability to slip into the shadows whenever Bry tries to confront them.  Even worse, their presence is making Knox act crazy with a capital C.
                But Bry’s having none of it. Enough of her life has already been ruined by secrets.  With Elle’s help, Bry plans to confront these strangers, find out what they want, and send them packing.  Trouble is, the truth about their identity won’t be so easy to manage, especially when Bry finds out how these stalkers could change her future with Knox…and not for the better.

Why I’m Waiting:
                I love this author.  Auto-buy right there alone.  But I really enjoyed book one of the series and look forward to seeing where these characters go. 

                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, February 20, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I've given up on reading/finishing

                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 now being hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl.

The top ten today is:   Books I think I’ve decided against reading (at the moment)

The Vampire Diaries series by L.J. Smith- I started reading before the show ended up liking the show way more. Also I hate Damon...I made it like 5-6 books in and I still hate him for stuff from book 1 lol. 

The Fallen series by Thomas E. Eniegoski- So I started reading this when I heard there was a TV movie featuring one of the vamps from The Vampire Diaries so yeah I read…they didn’t really capture me.

Riley Bloom series by Alyson Noel- I enjoyed the original series back when I first started out but I never go into the books from Riley.

Thirst series by Christopher Pike- I go back and forth on this, more now since I’m only apparently one book from finish it (thought I had more than that) the story was interesting but I remember it being a bit too far out there for me. 

Immortal series by Gillian Shields- I read book one forever ago and I’m pretty sure I picked it up because the cover was pretty.  I have the other books but I don’t remember what the first one was about fully so not sure if I’ll finish them.

Dark Guardian series by Rachel Hawthorne- I found the whole series for super cheap and I was looking to stock up my shelves and thought they looked cool….I ended up with way too many books I will never catch up on and I don’t remember what they are about anymore.

Eve series by Anna Carey- I don’t think I ever knew what these were about but I got them because the cover was pretty and the title was my name!

A Shade ofVampire series by Bella Forrest- So a friend recommended this to be forever ago and I got the first couple on my kindle thinking I would dive in before too long.  Cut to recently when I was looking through and found them and realized that there are like 55 books in the series and that is just a bit too intimidating for me at the moment.  That’s a serious commitment. 

Under theNever Sky series by Veronica Rossi- So these had pretty covers for me and looked interesting when I first started out but I never got to them and now I don’t have that desire for them as I did back then.

Tempest series by Julie Cross- the first cover drew me in and I was in an angel faze having just read like Hush, Hush, Halo, and Fallen and thought this would be one but it was actually about time travel or something I think but I didn’t pick it up again and now here it sits on my shelf.

                So what do you think?  Should I give any of these a try?  What have you given up 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, February 19, 2018

Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity #2)

                Hello happy readers!  I hope you all had a great weekend.  I know I was thrilled to see Black Panther, which was awesome, and my family came up and helped me with some yard work for which I appreciate it but still feel all over my sore body.  So my last "car book" aka audiobook I listen to when in the car only (until that point of no return at the end where you have to finish) was the second half of the duology by Victoria Schwab, Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity #2) by Victoria Schwab.  I previously reviewed the first book, This Savage Song and really enjoyed it so having finished book two I was able to finish a series towards my goal and read an amazing book!

Rating:  5 Stars

                Kate Harker and August Flynn took different paths at the end of book one.  She went in search of someplace new and monster free or at least where everyone doesn’t know her.  August went back to his side of the city, to his family though as he last fell he is less concerned with being “human” and more in filling his part.  Kate has dealt with monsters all her life and now even though her new town doesn’t believe they have any, she will hunt them.  Until she comes across a new kind of monster that she can’t let get away even if it brings her back to Verity.  August is fighting a battle and the monsters are winning between Sloane and Alice they are even worse than Kate’s father ever was.  This new monster feeds on chaos and brings out the inner demons of its victims making this a monster not so easily vanquished.  Because there are many kinds of monsters, the kind that are out in the open and those in your head and heart.  

"Are you afraid of your own shadow?"

                So I got a thrill as I started this book.  Kate is basically an expert in monsters in this poor town who believes they are free and clear of the violent monsters.  But monsters are made in many ways and she is determined to hunt them down.  She has even found herself in a crew that provide her with technical support, even as she tries to keep them away.  I enjoyed meeting the new characters who were seeing things others weren't ready to acknowledge and help in the way they could.  It also brought me up to see that Kate, despite all she lost wasn't completely alone.  August has Leo in his head and after everything that happened he isn't the same light hearted August we grew to love and hope for he is still in there just more easily drowned out to do what he is meant to do.  Given the severity of what happened in the last book and the build up to it, I love that it played such a huge role on him.  It gives it weight.  I hate when sometimes something is such a huge important thing only after to find it was brushed over in the next part so seeing something have lingering effects was nice.  Horrible but nice in a way only bookish people will understand.

"Kate wondered who was more addicted to their high, serial killers of coffee addicts."

                We got to learn more about the Wardens with Kate but with August we got to see deeper into the FTF and the crew he has in there.  Both have found their respective places even though something is clearly missing.  But we also got a new sunai, Soro.  Soro was very interesting for me from calling it "they" as no gender was associated to the completely utilitarian approach to things.  I loved that how each one was made shaped them.   I also enjoyed the demented Alice and Sloan.  They were next level vindictive and crazy to them that was both horrifying and thrilling. 

"There was a strange place, between knowing and not knowing.  A place where things could live in the back of your head without weighing your heart."

                There is a lot of violence and monsters to be faced and this world has trained our duo well.  They are both trying to fight the dark but it takes them coming together to really understand the darkness and light inside.  I waiting for the first part of them apart wanting so badly to hurry to them back together because August and Kate just had this way together.  Their friendship had been forged through the fire of life and death chases and a deeper understanding of the world as a whole seeing it from the others side.  So much this was so beautifully written.  It made my heart race and tears to fall and I am both happy with the end and sad.  I didn't know what to rate this at first and had to take a few days to let it simmer and not just be upset at the fact everyone didn't get a happily ever after because I knew it wouldn't have been the right ending for this story and these characters.  Still it was an amazing story and a thrill ride from the start.  I am looking forward to reading more by the author in the near future. 

                Until next time…

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Stacking the Shelves #42

                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.

E-Books Review:
A Song of Summer Lost (The Magh Meal Chronicles #1) by Sarah Negovetich

King’s Cage (Red Queen  #3) by Victoria Aveyard
The Queen’s Poisoner (Kingfountain #1) by Jeff Wheeler

                These are all my new goodies!  Share a link below with what goodies you got this week.  

Friday, February 16, 2018

Succubus Heat(Georgina Kincaid #4)

                Hello happy readers! I have reviewed the previous titles:  Succubus BluesSuccubus on TopCity of Demons Succubus Dreams.

Rating:  5 Stars

                Georgina had let love in and while it was difficult she still opened up and fell hard for Seth despite the difficulties of their relationship he was willing to work around them.  Until he broke things off by sleeping with her best friend.  She’s been in a foul mood since the heartbreak but on the plus side she’s been kicking butt at her job.  So much so that her demon boss Jerome outsources her to frozen Vancouver to spy.  Life is hard enough when Jerome is kidnapped and with that all those under him lose their powers.  Georgina no longer has to worry about her life-sucking ability and can finally be with Seth physically with nothing stopping them….accept he’s dating her best friend Maddie.  As demons circle the prime territory on the table Georgina must find Jerome before all hell breaks lose.     
                This book…I went in having been told it was emotionally easier to read than the previous book that made me cry.  I felt lied to.  It was not emotionally easier.  At least not for me.  I was still not over the break up.  Or her turning to Dante.  He’s not 100% horrible in that he did help in the last book but he isn’t someone I wanted front and center for Georgina but when you’re hurt you don’t make the best choices.  Following this story at first was hard to be in Georgina’s head being stuck in such a horrible spot.  While I understood the reason he broke things off the how….I don’t know if I can forgive it.  Maddie didn’t know about them so she’s on cloud nine with her new great guy and has no idea all her gushing to her bestie is causing her pain.  I mean he picked the worst person ever to end things with her.  So yes lots of pain felt. 

                As the story progresses and she loses her ability I was so conflicted.  I was torn between wanting them to take the moment and reconnect but I was also still ticked off at him.  I also genuinely like Maddie.  I relate to her more than I’d like to admit.  So while the personal emotional upheavals kept coming I was like Georgina and tried to focus on the tangible like solving another demonic mystery to save her boss.  He may not be boss of the year but he is the demon she knows ….and likes on occasion.  I loved the spy/thriller aspect as she searched for clues.  More importantly I enjoyed the way she handled being without her shifting power.  That is something she has relied on for so long it shows just how much easier it made life..frizz! 

                Everything was moving quickly and I didn't want to pause my audiobook for even a second.  I was on a roller coaster of emotions from start to finish and the ending just blew me away.  I have some serious thoughts, hopes, and prayers for the next two books. 

                Until next time…

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Movie Corner #2

                Hello happy readers!  I love books as we all know but I also love all different forms of entertainment like TV and movies.  As I have been seeing more and more movies again I have decided to go ahead and make this a bi-weekly post to share my quick thoughts on the movies I have seen in theatres (because I’m on nights and Netflix is my friend when insomnia kicks in).  So here goes:

Winchester:  Rating: 5 Iron Nails
                This is the story of the Winchester house that is said to be the house spirits built.  Massive and complex that was constantly being built on until the day she died.  It’s a horror story following a doctor who is sent to examine the controlling percentage of the Winchester company to see if she is “mentally fit” to be in control.  Clearly everyone finds her a bit unwell.  So our doctor who is haunted by the past as is goes to see this woman and her home and gets more than he bargained for.  The house was beautifully done and it only bumps it up on my list of places I’d love to visit and tour.  It was a pretty good horror movie and while I don’t get scared or normally “jump” my friend did several times as did many people in the pretty packed theatre.  I would say it was a win with beautiful visuals, acting, and a haunting ghost story that is easy to follow and enjoy.   

Fifty Shades Freed:  4.5 Stars
                I previously shared my thoughts on the books here and the movies: Fifty Shades of Grey and Fifty Shades Darker.

                The final book turned movie.  I enjoyed it.  I really did.  Due to time I wasn’t able to re-read this book before the movie but it was still fresh having read it again last year so I may not remember some small little things that were skipped/changed but for me it was good.  I heard some say it was rushed or cut weird and such but I enjoyed the way it played out.  They cut some of the unnecessary stuff that didn’t really pay off as much in the books like the pre-nup issues with his family and his former sub club talk.  I would have liked to see more on some aspects and yes some of the scenes were trimmed down a lot but overall the overall story was there.  I would have enjoyed more with the lesser characters like Taylor, Mia, Jose, etc.  I’m still mad overall that they just cut out Dr. Flynn to a simple line in movie two that he was in therapy because I enjoyed him as a character. 

                I like the books but I also really enjoyed the more empowered version of Anna in the movies that she is able to stand up to him more where it counts.  Some changes I enjoyed were that Anna understood the danger right off and so many little fights about security guards were resolved.  The honeymoon was more happy fun than his protective issues.  I also loved some changes made to the ending though the ending is also where I had a few issues.   Mainly the reason I took half a star is because of the ending…that did feel a bit rushed and I didn’t get closure on some things mostly about Mrs. Robinson.  While I could appreciate the willingness to move on and focus on the good I was missing that ‘ah ha’ moment and personally an explanation was owed.  They needed more time to talk.  I am looking forward to seeing it again with my friend but even more when it comes to blu-ray with the “extended cut” and hopefully little scenes will be in there like with Darker having the pool scene!

                So looks like I only saw two movies so far this month but it was super icky weather out and frankly on my days off I had enough stuff to do around the house and books I wanted to finish the idea of getting dressed and driving in the ick was not appealing.  But I am seeing Black Panther this weekend!  Anywho I’d love to hear your thoughts on either of these films and what else I should see.  I’m considering Shape of Water.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

~Can't Wait Wednesday~ Leah on the Offbeat

                Happy Valentine's Day everyone!  I am spending the day at work hoping to squeeze in my other half....of the book I'm currently reading because I'm single but hey tomorrow chocolate goes on sale!  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:

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli
Out:  4/24

From Goodreads:
                Leah Burke—girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier’s best friend from the award-winning Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—takes center stage in this novel of first love and senior-year angst.

                When it comes to drumming, Leak Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic.  An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged.  She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it.  And even thought her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.

                So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways.  With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high.  It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she might love one of them more than she ever intended.

Why I’m Waiting:
                 I loved Simon so of course I want to know more about this world and these characters.

                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.