Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Beach 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 today is:  Beach Reads

All the Feels by Danika Stone
Don’t Get Caught by Kurt Dinan
Outspoken by Lora Richardson
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line (Veronica Mars #1) audiobook- doesn’t this take you to Neptune Beach!
Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
Anna and the French Kiss (all of them really) by Stephanie Perkins
Becoming Alpha (all of them really and the newest one’s cover was just released today here!) by Aileen Erin

                 Tell me what you think of my list in the comments below.  Which would you recommend so I know which ones to get first?  Also please link back to your Top Ten as well so I can check out your list and see what I missed!

Cover Reveal! Shattered Pack (Alpha Girl #6)

Shattered Pack
Aileen Erin
(Alpha Girl, #6)
Published by: Ink Monster LLC
Publication date: November 29th 2016
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

Meredith Molloney never thought she’d find a mate, let alone someone like Donovan Murry—one of the most powerful Alphas alive. Now that she’s no longer cursed and the evil Luciana Alvarez has been taken care of, she thinks life will finally settle down. Boy, has she never been so wrong
In the middle of the night, Donovan gets a call telling him that his pack has gone to pieces. The news that his second in command has been found brutally murdered has Donovan packing his bags for Ireland, but the last thing Meredith wants to do is leave Texas. She’s heard about how the Celtic Pack are with outsiders. And Donovan has more than a few exes in the pack that will be less than friendly.
Meredith’s never let a few angry wolves stop her, and she’s not about to start now. She’s faced down much worse the past few months. But when she gets there, she finds that it’s not just a few exes who stand in the way between her and her Full Moon Ceremony with Donovan
Meredith is thrust in to a deadly game of pack politics, one the fey have happily joined in on. When the dust settles, she knows she’ll either have everything that she wants or lose it all.

Author Bio:
Aileen Erin is half-Irish, half-Mexican, and 100% nerd--from Star Wars (prequels don't count) to Star Trek (TNG FTW), she reads Quenya and some Sindarin, and has a severe fascination with the supernatural. Aileen has a BS in Radio-TV-Film from the University of Texas at Austin, and an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. She lives with her husband in Los Angeles, and spends her days doing her favorite things: reading books, creating worlds, and kicking ass.

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Monday, May 30, 2016

Movie Review: X-Men: Apocalypse & Alice Through the Looking Glass

                Hello happy readers and Happy Memorial Day.  I hope you all have a good and safe day no matter what your plans are as this is a day many use for fun and parties it is a rather sad holiday for others.  That said I’m working but have made lots of goodies for my crew.  I also had a busy weekend with a birthday party and a double feature of X-Men:  Apocalypse and Alice Through the Looking Glass.  That said since I mentioned last movie review that I want to do a few more of these here and there I thought this would be a great one to do.  First though don’t forget to check out my giveaway open until 6/6 for a SIGNED copy of The Last Star by Rick Yancey here.  Now onto the movies.

 Rating: 5 Stars

                Okay so know as I discuss this I love these types of movies for sure but I’ve never read any of the source material so I have no idea if it’s “faithful” or not this is purely based on my enjoyment in watching the story develop.  I have really enjoyed the newest X-Men movies, I enjoyed the originals but this new set of the younger characters we know so well really are amazing.  Apocalypse takes place in the 80’s some years after Days of Future Past where Mystic is a hero among mutants and Magneto is a wanted man but one who has disappeared while Charles has been running his school and helping mutants understand and control their powers. 

                We’ve had past looks at Magneto, Charles, Raven, Beast along with Quicksilver and even our CIA agent.  However this time we get out first real look at young Jean Grey, Cyclops, Nightcrawler, Storm, Psylocke and Angel as well.  Quicksilvers scene in the last movie was one of my favorite scenes because it was just so much fun, and he has a similar scene in this one putting his powers and quirky personality to the test again to a great soundtrack that just makes you laugh.  I dare you to watch it and not at least crack a smile.

                The bond between these characters is beautiful, since the first movie the connection between Charles and Magneto and their friendship and how even on opposite ends of things they have that respect for one another.  They are vastly different and the actors play off one another well.  The whole cast does a great job in my opinion.  Raven as she struggles with who and what she is now, no longer as comfortable in her natural mutant form with everyone expecting her to be a hero.  Magneto and a particular scene in the forest that just starts the whole movie really going forward in a huge way. 

                Apocalypse has tons of action scenes and some good CGI that didn’t seem exceptionally cheesy.  We also got our Wolverine scene in there that again plays well into the whole universe.  There were also some battles fought on the mental front and instead of simply having it be a battle of wills that it is, it’s shown in a my substantial and physical way that shows the depth and severity of it all.  All in all I think it was a great movie and I look forward to seeing what will happen next.

Rating:  4.5 Stars

                This one I had huge hopes for in 3D as the first Alice was the BEST movie I had ever saw in 3D before.  That said my theatre had to readjust the projector during the first 3D trailer so maybe that played into it but the 3D wasn’t nearly as epic as the first.  Again it may have been technical difficulties but while I saw some cool 3D here and there it wasn’t as immersive as the first so that kind of let me down some. 

                The story itself takes place three years after the first, when Alice came back to her world and took charge of her own destiny rather than marry some horrid boy as society would like.  She is yet again facing societies expectations of a woman after returning from her journey as a sea captain she finds things have changed.  As her world is spinning she is pulled back to Wonderland only to find things there have changed as well.  Her dear friend Hatter is fallen ill and only Alice can save him by taking on Time himself.  Yes Time is a person and a thing and it is so convoluted and fun! 

                All the things I loved in the first one were there from the beautiful landscapes and bright and colorful world to the very colorful characters and the wonderful quotes that just make you think.  I enjoyed the story well enough, save Hatter by going through time.  The experience was fun and going back in time we learn more about both the Hatter and the queens while also teaching valuable lessons like the importance of family and of being yourself and with that to not let the world tell you who you will be but to make your own path in it and find your true self. 

                While I really enjoyed all of these aspects I didn’t love it as much as the first be it for the 3D let down and it was a bit harder to follow and really be in there.  While I love Hatter I don’t see where saving his life was worth everyone risking all of Wonderland itself and I find it hard to believe so many would put that to be.  Still really enjoyed it and plan to buy it when it’s out.  That’s all for now I’d love to hear your thoughts on either movie in the comments down below.  Also can I say I’m obsessed with the Pink song in the credits!

                Until next time…

Friday, May 27, 2016

Challenge Wrap-Up: May

                So today is the 25th (okay so I lost track of my days for a bit and I'm two days late) which means it is time for my monthly challenge update and wrap-up; Month 5.  Basically I want to share my progress with you all and it helps me hold myself accountable.  With that in mind this is how I’ve done this month.

Goodreads Challenge:
Goal: 100
At: 60

2016 Debut Authors:
Goal: 12
At:  5
TheStar-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi (review)

Rock My TBR:
Goal: As many as possible!
At: 27
What I've Read:
TheSelection (review), The Elite (review), & The One by Keira Cass
Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor (review)
The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey (review & giveaway ends 6/6)

Series Ender Challenge:
Goal: 15+
At: 5
What I've Read:
None this month but I'm closer to finishing a couple series so hoping to have a couple next month!  Though technically I finished the original Selection trilogy lol.

                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!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Days of Blood & Starlight (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #2)

                Hello happy readers!  I’m beyond ready for this weekend.  I attended The Last Star (The 5th Wave #3) launch party at Little Shop of Stories on Tuesday with the author Rick Yancey and I have a signed copy and some other swag in a giveaway here.  I was super excited to be caught up and I’m ready to dive into that book myself but I have some others in the que first.  One I finished via audiobook on the round trip drive to the event, which I’ll be discussing today and that is Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor, the sequel to Daughter of Smoke and Bone which I reviewed here.  You know the drill as with any sequel there will be spoilers for the first book in the series.

Rating:  5 Stars

                Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a world free of bloodshed and war.  This is not that world.

                That is pretty much an accurate summary.  When we left off Karou had just regained her memories of her past time and realized that the man, or angel really, she loved Akiva had done some unspeakable things having thought he had lost her forever.  Karou is determined to go to her once home of Eretz to find out what is left of her people, the chimaera.  Finding her people all but whipped out and feeling a burning hatred for the angels she volunteers her services, taking her mentor and father-figures place as the resurrectionist to build more monster like chimaera to fight the angels and take back what was taken, even if it means working with the one who killed her in her first life.  Akiva is in a horrid place himself having realized the mistake he had made and knowing he had once again lost the love of his life, but this time because of his own actions.  Still all he can do at this point is to try and make amends for her and himself as he once more swears off killing the chimaera and instead vows to help as many as he can even as he puts himself at risk of discovery.

                All the things I loved in the first book, the beautiful writing and the world and all the interesting and fantastical creatures are back and even better.  We spend a good portion of the time surrounded by chimaera and large chunks in Eretz.  I just adored the world that was built and how intricate everything was but yet simple enough to understand.  The first book had a lot to do with wishes which I loved the idea of, who doesn’t, but this one left those out as we have moved past it.  Still magic has a price.  This is something else I enjoy.  I love all types of magic in stories but for some reason the magic that comes with a price, something for something rather than someone having unlimited power always seems more substantial.  You can see the price the magic takes on Karou, the pain tithe.  First let me just say I’d never do magic I have ZERO tolerance for pain, seriously my vehicle accident at the start of the year broke my pinky finger and I thought it would hurt less to chop it off than to keep bumping it or moving it.  I’m a big baby there I know. 

                 Karou is still a strong character for me if not a bit pigheaded at times.  She goes through each and every resurrection and no matter how hurt she is she keeps going.  Karou is fighting her fight in rage and heartbroken but she also has a strong sense of helping her people.  She is working with a monster, because it is the best hope for her people.  I really enjoyed from both the chimaera camp and the angel side.  While I already loved Akiva and the little bit I saw of Hazael and Liraz I loved Hazael he was so funny and charming and easy going I think anyone could love him but Liraz was kind of on my dislike list.  However seeing more in depth their life and what they go through as Joram’s bastards the misbegotten and things with Jael she kind of grew on me.  I also grew to enjoy Kirin and how he was the last of Karou’s kind to his crush on her as a young boy, awe.  Him and Issa are some of my favorite of the chimaera.  Two who did not grow on me were Thiago and Ten.  I didn’t like Thiago from book one the white wolf and his pomp, entitlement, and rage and Ten is him in female form basically his lapdog.  Though to even out the field it was great to see Zuzana and Mik again!  I just adored them in the first book Zuzana may be one of my favorite characters with her small stature but fierce none the less.  Also in the audiobook version the accents done for the different characters Zuz’s was my favorite.  The sweetness between Zuzana and Mik in the middle of the epic war going on played nicely to balance it out. 

                 Days of Blood and Starlight is still a very character driven story but there is lots of action happening.  There is a war after all.  The brutality of war is there as well.  There were certain times while listening that I was gripping the steering wheel so tightly that I thought I might break it hoping something wouldn’t or would happen.  It was intense.  I also was glad to be in my vehicle where I could yell at the characters and not have anyone hear my craziness because oh I was in a full range of emotions for sure!  I’m excited to dive into book three but now having read one and listened to one I’m stuck on which format I enjoyed better.  I’d love to hear your thoughts and feels below in the comments. 

                Until next time…


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

~Waiting on Wednesday~ The Reader

                “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 Reader (Sea of Ink & Gold #1)by Traci Chee
Out: 9/13

From Goodreads:
                Sefia knows what it means to survive.  After her father is brutally murdered, she flees into the wilderness with her aunt Nin, who teaches her to hunt, track, and steal.  But when Nin is kidnapped, leaving Sefia completely alone, none of her survival skills can help her discover where Nin’s been taken, or if she’s even alive.  The only clue to both her aunt’s disappearance and her father’s murder is the odd rectangular object her father left behind, an object she comes to realize is a book—a marvelous item unheard of in her otherwise illiterate society.  With the help of this book, and the air of a mysterious stranger with dark secrets of his own, Sefia sets out to rescue her aunt and fine out really happened the day her father was killed—and punish the people responsible.

Why I’m Waiting:
                Not going to lie the title got my attention first.  I’m a reader after all.  The idea of a society where people don’t know what a book is horrifies me.  Really because where would I be?  The world has me interested to know more and it just shows that a book can solve most things ;)

                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, May 24, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I feel differently about over time

                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-ish today is:  Books I feel differently about over time

So I haven't re-read any of my childhood books, that I remember, and I only got really into reading again a few years back so my times between books aren't super substantial but here goes.

Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling- I love them more and more each time I read them.  It's like having finished them and the movies and all the HP stuff everywhere to always fill you with joy is enhances it!

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick- I hadn't read any angel type books at this point and I was caught with how they played out.  Now looking back I don't know if I would view them as highly as I did originally.

Evernight by Claudia Gray- This was a different take on vampires for me and something very interesting.  Thinking about specific plot points now though I don't know if they would touch me in the same way.

Kissed by an Angel by Elizabeth Chandler- Okay this book got me in the feels.  I recently was thinking about this book, I don't remember why, and I think it would still do the same thing to me.

Elixir by Hilary Duff- Okay so I was a huge Lizzie McGuire fan and I loved her in some of her movies no matter how cheesy they are I can still watch many of them so pair her with a beautiful cover and I was down.  I read the first two books when they came out and only finished the series some time later and while I did enjoy having completed the series it wasn't the same as I didn't have the same connection to the characters that I did in the past. 

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl- I read this series some time back and I was never in LOVE with it but I think my like for it has fizzled with time.

House of Night series by P.C. Cast & Kristen Cast- Okay so this one will always have a place in my heart as one of the series I got into when first getting into books again and I do adore P.C. Cast's writing and her ability to make some seriously LOL moments.  Still not sure if I started the series for the first time today if I'd enjoy them the same way.

Evermore series by Alyson Noel- I remember reading this series as it came out and being captivated by it but over time while I'm still glad to have read it I think it should have been condensed.

                 Tell me what you think of my list in the comments below.  Which would you recommend so I know which ones to get first?  Also please link back to your Top Ten as well so I can check out your list and see what I missed!

Monday, May 23, 2016

The Infinite Sea (The 5th Wave #2)

                Hello happy readers to another Monday.  So this weekend wasn't as productive as I would have liked but it was good none the less and I was able to finish a book off my goal list to be prepared for the release of the final book tomorrow.  That's right I read The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey.  I read The 5th Wave (review) pretty much the day before/day of seeing the movie opening weekend and was super stoked to dive into this one but I also knew the next book wouldn't be out for a few months and decided to hold off until closer to that time.  Though once I found out about the signing event at my favorite place, Little Shop of Stories, I knew I had to read before then so A) I wouldn't be spoiled and B) I could discuss and ask questions.  So that said I'll be getting a copy of TheLast Star signed tomorrow for one lucky reader all the details will be at the bottom of this post.

Rating:  4.5 Stars

                The Infinite Sea takes place where we left off in the 5th Wave.  Cassie has found her brother, and her old school crush who is now a surrogate type big brother to Sam, and his crew.  Her other boyfriend of sorts just risked everything to help and was going to blow the place up, hit the others where it hurts.  He promised he would find her again but with the explosion and all she isn't certain he made it out.  I know I was upset thinking the same thing.  The group is hold up trying to wait for Evan to keep his promise and find them but also to make another plan.  We focus this time on more POV's including Ringer, who had a large portion, and even some smaller sections from the silent Poundcake which were different.  We discover more the depths the others will sink to in order to eradicate humanity.  Many battles are fought with life and death, hope and despair, love and hate. 

                First let me say I really did enjoy this follow up and everything it had to offer.  I think for the most part it kept the pace and moved along while offering lots of action as well as psychological and emotional aspects.  There was a bit of slowness towards the beginning for me before it really kicked off but not enough that it really detracted.  I think the POV of Ringer was a bit off putting in the start.  I liked her and I enjoyed her sections for sure but I guess I was expecting to start off with Cassie again thinking her the main character of the series for me so starting with Ringer and not knowing it was her at first kind of threw me.  Ringer actually had a much larger POV than anyone else and the things she discovers and the emotion she brings into things was unique.  She comes off as a cold hard bitch but she has so much going on inside of her that to see this, having only see the outer shell before was refreshing.  With the vast majority of the population gone it is impossible to be unaffected by the world and what the others have done but her misery started before that.

                What I did really love was seeing the dynamic between all the characters.  So much of the last book was Cassie alone or her and Evan together then Ben and his unit.  To see them together and how personalities clash and people adjust is something fun.  When her brother was taken Sam was this small child who was scared and wanted his bear but now he's a soldier, a tiny one for sure, but he is more fierce than she is used to seeing him.  Also trying to explain Evan to the group is….hard.  He didn't make it easy by any means but yeah. 

                There is a lot happening as we discover more and more about the others and their plan for Earth.  It really does twist and turn and leaves you really messed up in the head by the end of it but in a good way.  There is A LOT happening.  It's hard to really explain but I did enjoy seeing it through Ringer's eyes. 

                That's all I can really share because it's an experience you have to experience for yourself.  I'd love to hear your thoughts and feels in the comments down below.  What did you think of the others plans?  Would you survive at this point?  Now for the giveaway I'm using a generic picture for the book because well I don't have the physical book in my hands yet and it won't be signed until tomorrow night ten I have a long drive home and work in the AM but I wanted to get this giveaway up and going early so as to get it to the winner that much sooner!  It is only open to the US only, sorry shipping is killer.  The giveaway will be open for 2 weeks (June 6th) so don't forget to keep getting in your entries!  Good luck!
Update: Picture of the giveaway goodies!  The book, a bag, and poster!

                Until next time… a Rafflecopter giveaway

Friday, May 20, 2016

The Conch Shell of Doom

                Hello happy readers!  Another week has flown right one by.  Where does the time go?  Anywho I got some reading time in on my days off and today I’m going to share my thoughts on one.  This is an upcoming release which will be out next week, Tuesday May 24th, and that is The Conch Shell of Doom by Ryan Hill.  I had the pleasure of connecting with the author last year when I attended UtopiaCon, which sadly I won’t be able to attend this this year, and was very pleased when he contacted me with his new title.  I was provided a copy for an early honest review.

Rating:  4 Stars

                The Conch Shell of Doom follow a group of very different people on a quest to save the world.  Bailey is your typical boring high school kid dealing with anxiety and normal things on summer break when he accidentally hears his parents plotting to unleash evil in the form of Trenton Maroney and his oceanic army.  He doesn’t believe it at first but as he sees things that are undeniably not normal he is forced to believe.  Franklin, an immortal searching for a way to finally end his brother once and for all instead of simply stopping his return every few decades.  Within all of this is the powerful and mysterious Conch Shell of Doom.  All parties collide in this fun quest to save or destroy the world as sides are picked and battles fought. 

                So I went into this book not knowing a whole lot about it and just from the fun cover and concept just dove in.  I think it was the perfect decision because this book is fun.  There is plenty of serious things happening, trying to save the world, good vs. evil, family drama, oceanic armies and the like sure but it was also at its core fun.  The cover and title alone lead you to believe it will be a bit whimsical.  A conch shell being super powerful, yep that’s crazy and funny. 

                There is a diverse and eclectic cast of characters in this one for sure from the hardened yet sentimental Franklin, don’t mess with his Mustang, to the bartender with spunk, to the group of high school kids who are not what one would call mature to the disfigured and magical Mr. Lovell to some minions including crooked cops, a stoner, and more.  Each one had their own voice and traits that made them stand out.  I think Julie might be my favorite though. 

                The whole story is quick witted and fast paced so you breeze right on through it.  It’s a series of events that are humorous and fun but also have some serious notes to them.  I don’t know how to describe it any other way and explaining to much would take away some of the fun.  It kind of reminded me in tiny pieces here and there of some of my favorite things and there are pop culture references galore!  So for now I’ll just have to say if you want a fun read pick up The Conch Shell of Doom and give it a go.

                Until next time…

Thursday, May 19, 2016

The Elite (The Selection #2)

                Hello happy readers!  So as you may know from last week’s review of The Selection by Kiera Cass I am moving through the series, somewhat slowly as I am listening to them and only have about a 5-7 minute commute to and from work so not a ton of listening to be had currently but I have another trip coming up on the 24th so cheers there.  I hope to at least finish up the original three books in the series before moving on to the novellas and the two spin-off/after books.  So today, go figure, I’m going to share my thoughts and feels for book two, The Elite, which will contain spoilers from the first book if you haven’t read the series yet.

Rating:  4.5 Stars

                So when we left off we had just went from a large group of girls down to the Elite, and only six to boot as Maxon didn’t want to keep anyone around and in danger unnecessarily.  Things heat up in the competition for Maxon’s heart as he girls are now expected to learn and do more of what a princess would.  America has to figure out where her heart is, with her first love Aspen who broke her heart but came back for her.  Or Prince Maxon, whom she has real feelings for but isn’t sure of everything that comes with him, like the crown.  She wants time to try and make her decision but as things progress time may be against her and she may lose her ability to choose.

                In book one I was not very fond of her interactions with Aspen once he came to the palace.  I was happy that he got out of where he was and it turned out well for him and I even understand in some part his reasons for breaking her heart.  I was even happy that it might give her closure but instead it opened up a new can of worms.  While she was developing real feelings for Maxon she now had her first love waiting in the wings which wasn’t fair to either to either guy even if Aspen was aware and Maxon was technically dating many girls at once.  Morality aside it was risky and stupid to keep talking with him like that and sneaking moments.  As we move forward though and things happen outside of the control and understanding of America she is forced to see the not so pleasant side of ruling and she isn’t pleased.  Upset and pulling away from Maxon and the crown leads him to waver in his certainty of her and look more seriously at the other girls.  Which adds even more flames to the fire that is the mess of emotions.   

                Character wise I still really liked Maxon though he had some moments where I was with America in being uncertain.  His reasons make sense and paired with his inexperience they are almost sweet but he expects her to understand his faults and missteps in that area but doesn’t always offer the same with her in regards to the other girls and politics.  Still I was firmly Team Maxon.  Aspen on the other hand I enjoyed as a character and I loved his support and loyalty to his country and America but I didn’t approve of what he was doing in trying to win her while she was in the selection.  It is against the rules and the risks are much too high.  America was still nervous and unsure and relatable if not a bit indecisive which got to me a bit more on reflection than it did in the moment.

                With the girls being so few now we really got to dive more into them and who they are, along with what they were there for.  Some suspicions were confirmed others enlightened.  Also can I say how much I still love Marley!  The bond forged between her and America was on point for me and something I think that was needed in the otherwise cattiness that occurs in the situation.  Special note also to  America's maid, Ann, Mary, and Lucy were also so much fun.  The way America interacts with them and they are with her, true confidents who would do anything for her and she for them seeing them as people.  It kind of helps keep her grounded in the opulence of the palace.          

                I really liked the aspect of including the rebels and learning more about the country as a whole.  I always suspected something was off but this did kind of catch me by surprise.  Maybe because of how insane it was and how honestly I think it could have played out.  How this way of life really happened.  We also get to know more about other countries as well from the dignitaries coming over to visit and interact, each group unique with their different customs and preferences on being handled.  Also seeing the girls step up and have more responsibility was good to see who shined and who failed. 

                Still really enjoying the series and I'm excited to continue on in the series, I have them all (accept the newest one) waiting for me on my shelf.  I'm excited to have finally started this series.  While I wish I had been up on the series before hand so I could have enjoyed all the talk of them I also like not having to wait so there is that!  I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments down below.  Did you enjoy the picks for the elite?  Were you rooting for Maxon or Aspen?  Let's discuss!

                Until next time…

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

~Waiting on Wednesday~ Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5)

                “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:

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
Out: 9/6

From Goodreads:

                The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius.  Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who posses magic find themselves at odds with those who don't.

                As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world.  With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

                Aelin's journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless.  Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?

Why I’m Waiting:
                Hello it's Sarah J. Maas and a Throne of Glass book!  I haven't finished Queen of Shadows yet, but that is strategically planned.  I was so devastated at the end of Heir of Fire then having to wait a year to find out what happens….I didn't want to devour it in one day and be left so long to wait.  So I'm slowly reading it and hoping to finish closer to the release date of this one so there is no wait.  Though I did miss judge and there are planned to be six books not five so I could possibly do this again next time….for the finale.  Just saying it's an option.  But I will say reading and stopping is so hard!      

                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, May 17, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I picked up on a whim

                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 today is:  Books I picked up on a whim

Books I READ on a whim

Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill–It looks so bright and pretty!

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater- I saw the cover in the store one day and it just made me want to see more and now she's an auto-buy author!

A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick–I don't even remember how I came to this one but I did enjoy it.

There are more but I was having a brain lapse lol.

 Books I BOUGHT on a whim but haven't read yet:

Adorkable by Sarra Manning– I say "adorkable" all the time and then I happened to see it was the title of a book….knowing nothing about it but the title I knew I needed to have it.

Semi-Charmed Life by Nora Zelevansky- Okay so I was having a 90’s moment and jamming out to the 90’s station and had just recently been singing out the lyrics to “Semi-Charmed Life” by Third Eyed Blind and yeah it just made me need it.

I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga- A book about a guy who has a history with a killer….I saw this after I had tossed around a few ideas similar to it for a story myself.

Eat, Brains, Love by Jeff Hart- I saw this one on sale super cheap on BookOutlet and I just finished a TWD marathon and figured zombies….score!

Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys- I'm not a big historical fiction type of girl but for some reason when I saw this one I needed to buy it.  I think it may have something to do with the cover.


                 Tell me what you think of my list in the comments below.  Which would you recommend so I know which ones to get first?  Also please link back to your Top Ten as well so I can check out your list and see what I missed!