Wednesday, February 28, 2018

~Can't Wait Wednesday~ The Emerald Sea (The Glittering Court #3)

                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 EmeraldSea (The Glittering Court #3) by Richelle Mead
Out: 6/26 

From Goodreads:
                The dazzling conclusion to #1 New York Times bestselling author Richelle Mead’s The Glittering Court series.

                Meet Tamsin, the Glittering Court’s hard-angled emerald.  Her outsized aspirations make her a fierce competitor, rising to the top of the ranks.  But when the ship she boards for the New World is tragically lost at sea, she is quite literally thrown off-course.

Why I’m Waiting:
                Auto-buy author.  I have enjoyed this series and I know where the tale starts and where it ends but there are so many questions about what happened between points A and B that need to be answered!  Plus another series ender and I'm feeling really confident with those right now!!!

                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 27, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Books/series I could re-read forever!

                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:  Series I could re-read forever!

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling-duh do I need to explain this???

The Goddess Summoning series by P.C. Cast- I adore these books and have re-read some of them several times over. 

A Court Of Mist and Fury (ACOTAR #2) by Sarah J. Maas- Okay so I could re-read the whole series and her other series as well but this one in particular because it just blew me away so much and having gone back to re-read book one having swapped my views on things in book 2 I didn't enjoy book 1 as much as I did the first time because book 2 spoiled me!

Vampire Academy series and Dark Swan series by Richelle Mead because Rose and Eugenie are bad ass and Dimitri and Dorian are the best!  Both series has so many things filling its pages I just can't let it go.  Though having recently finished her Georgina Kincaid books I also want to add those but since I only just finished them I haven't re-read yet. 

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvatter- This book is so beautifully written and just made me feel all the feels!

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell- This is such a cute fun book that it's impossible not to love it!  I should also include that I consider Carry On in this too as a package deal!

The Holders series by Julianna Scott- So only 2 books of this 4 books series came out there was an issue with the publisher closing and rights or something but even though it's been 4 years I am still just as eager for more since I pick up the first two books and re-read parts all the time!

Daughter of the Pirate King duology by Tricia Levenseller- So book 2 only comes out today but I had an ARC and I LOVED it plus the first book was re-read a couple of times and I already can't wait to re-read these again!  

Fifty Shades of Grey series by E.L. James- So I was shocked to see this on here myself but looking at the numbers I have re-read this series several times since I first gave it a go.  Until now I hadn't realized how many times I had read them but oh well I had fun!

                So what do you think?  I'm sure I missed several but yeah...Can you re-read any of these?  What are you go to re-reads?  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 26, 2018

Daughter of the Siren Queen (Daughter of the Pirate King #2)

                Hello happy readers!  Okay so today I am super excited to share my thoughts on one of my most anticipated reads of 2018 and an ARC I walked into a wall when I saw I got….should not check e-mail from NetGalley while walking.  That book is, Daughter of the Siren Queen (Daughter of the Pirate King #2) by Tricia Levenseller.  Now you may know I got the first book last year and it ended up being one of my favorite reads of 2017 so I was super excited for the sequel but you can check out my full review here.   Book two comes out tomorrow 2/27/18 but thanks to the publishers and NetGalley I was able to review it a bit early though my hardcover will be here this week!

Rating:  5 Stars

                When we left Alosa had one of the map pieces  but she set off after but she now had a more personal reason to find the final one and settle a score with the owner after his imprisonment of her forcing her to use her siren gift like a trick for him.  Riden is still recovering on her ship, because he's useful and not because she has undeniable feelings for him in the least, while his much lesser half of a brother is imprisoned at her father's keep.  Getting the final piece of the map is goal one and making sure Vordan pays is icing on the cake.  But when she is faced with Vordan again she is presented with a secret her father has kept from her for years.  A secret that puts Alosa and her crew at odds with the feared Pirate King himself.  With danger everywhere they know they have to reach the treasure first if they want to stand a chance against him.  After all, who better to sale to the island of sirens than a ship of women with the Siren Queens daughter as your captain?

                Book one was one of my favorite books I read last year.  I adored it.  I had this one on my most anticipated list for a long time because I needed more.  We made it a good chunk of the book before we even learned that Alosa is a siren she was just a kick-ass pirate with an awesome crew that ruled the seas and had devious plans using the fact that they were underestimated as females to their advantage.  A treasure hunt for the map piece with a cat and mouse between Alosa and Riden.  It was awesome and then you find out more and it's just mind blowing.  My favorite thing is that she didn't need her ability, she was top dog all on her own and that just made her even better.    So I was totally invested in her character and that of her crew from the start.  This merry band of females (and the occasional male) who hold their own and are just as any man and smarter.  Plus I was really wanting to see what would happen between Alosa and RIden given what was between them already.  Though they are both stubborn, Alosa even more so, so I knew it would be good.

                The action was there full of missions, chases, ship battles, sword fights, and more.  It was a fast fun read that really dived into the character and we got to see a softer side of Alosa we knew was there for her crew but being with them the whole time we see the depth of it.  There was the ups and downs that kept you entranced.  It’s a book about ruthless pirates and killer sirens so there is death and pain and some of it hurt my poor little heart.  There is a lot to be learned in this world still and I love how the siren aspect of things is explored.

                But most of all I loved Alosa and Riden.  They are on unsure footing and watching as they press each others buttons time and time again was amazing.  The sexual tension is so tough.  I wanted to shake them at times for being so pig headed but they were always fun to read and I was glued to the screen of my kindle when they were in the same scene!  I liked watching it play out and the development that went into it as they learned about one another and who they truly are.  It was a huge hit for me.  I can't wait to get my physical copy in the mail and convince my bestie she needs to read this next so I can discuss it in more detail with her.   This was by far one of my favorite books so far of 2018 and one of my favorite series I have read!  Highly recommend! 

                Until next time…

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Reading Challenge Wrap-Up: February

                Hello happy readers!  The challenges are pretty self-explanatory but for full details on the challenges themselves please visit the challenge tab.  Also please share your yearly wrap-up / challenges as well I’d love to see how everyone else did! 

Goodreads Challenge:
Goal: 100
At: 13

2018 Debut Authors (#DebutAuthorChallenge):
Goal: 12
At: 1
What I’ve Read:
Everless by Sara Holland (review)

2018 Series Ender Challenge:
Goal: 15+
At: 4
What I’ve Read:
Succubus Revealed (Georgina Kincaid #6) by Richelle Mead
Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity #2) by Victoria Schwab (review)
The Midnight Star (The Young Elites #3) by Marie Lu
Daughter of the Siren Queen (Daughter of the Pirate King #1) by Tricia Levenseller

Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2018:
Goal: 48
At: 6
What I've Read:
Succubus Shadows (Georgina Kincaid #5) by Richelle Mead
Succubus Revealed (Georgina Kincaid #6) by Richelle Mead
Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity #2) by Victoria Schwab
The Midnight Star (The Young Elites #3) by Marie Lu

2018 New Releases Challenge:
Goal: 31-60
At: 7
What I've Read:
DutyBound (Angelbound Origins # 0.5)by Christina Bauer
The Belles (The Belles #1) by Dhonielle (review)
Everless by Sara Holland
Daughter of the Siren Queen (Daughter of the Pirate King #1) by Tricia Levenseller

2018 Audiobook Challenge:
Goal: 30
At: 7
What I've Listened:
Succubus Shadows (Georgina Kincaid #5) by Richelle Mead
Succubus Revealed (Georgina Kincaid #6) by Richelle Mead
Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity #2) by Victoria Schwab
Everless by Sara Holland

                That is my month in reading.  I made some great progress in Series Ender but I am still behind where I want to be in debuts.  Still all in all some amazing reads so I’m happy!  'd love to hear how you're doing so link back to your wrap up!

Saturday, February 24, 2018

~Stacking the Shelves #43~

                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:
Dimension Drift (Dimension Drift Worlds #1) by Christina Bauer

                So I did good and only have one book to share this week.  But my audible credit kicked in yesterday so now I just have to figure out which beauty I'm using it on...Share a link below with what goodies you got this week.  

Friday, February 23, 2018

Everless (Everless #1)

                Hello happy readers!  I hope everyone is excited for the weekend, I'm working so it's iffy lol.  I am hoping to get some reading done so that's a positive.  But first, I am happy to finally be adding a 2018 debut to my list/challenge board!  Today I am happy to share my thoughts on the new Everless (Everless #1) by Sara Holland.

Rating:  4.5 Stars

                In Sempera, time is currency. The rich can live for centuries and the poor die young.  The rich tax the poor and live on in splendor.  The Gerlings are one of those families and no one dislikes the family more than Jules.  She used to live at Everless, the Gerlings estate, with her father as a child but after an accident they fled from their comfortable middle class life for fear of their life.  Now her father is dying and they are behind in bills and going back to Everless to work is the fastest way to earn more time.  It's been years and she was young so she hopes to go unnoticed and unremembered.  But the danger at Everless is still there and Jules finds herself caught up in a mess of secrets and hidden truths. 

                So this book had a beautiful cover that drew me in and the summary kind of reminded me of a fantasy take on the movie In Time that I really liked so I was ready to give it a go.  I quickly fell into this world and it is clear from the start the danger from not just thieves but of giving up your time day by day to try and survive.  It's a very interesting system and like most the rich had all the power.  The history of how time came into the form as it did was rather interesting and I liked how it was woven into the story as a whole.  The world is beautiful and dark all at the same time.  The idea of the glitz and glam on one side and the possibility of anything to the darker side of the poorer struggling to make it from one day to the next.  There were some amazing lines and imagery I wish I had taken the time to pause and bookmark. 

                The characters are interesting in their own way.  There is lots happening as we work to uncover the mystery of the past and I liked that the characters had little things you would come to expect but that they could be unique in some way made it special.  There are little hints of romance but more childhood crushes coming back into your life.  I enjoyed the relationships being developed between the different characters (mostly platonic) and how they relate to one another and their lot in life. 

                There is danger and political intrigue as we navigate royalty but I will say there was a bit less action that I thought.  Though the world building more than made up for that because it has so much set up and the main parts of the mystery were uncovered so I have some high expectations for the next book and where the author will take up.     There are some tropes you expect to see and many things I didn't see coming.  I think this was a slam dunk for a debut and I can't wait for the sequel after what happens and the discoveries that are made in this one.  The world is full of stories and huge potential.  I look forward to more.

                Until next time…

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! So today I have the next book in the first series I finished this year, Succubus Heat (Georgina Kincaid #4) by Richelle Mead.  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.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Love Freebie- Authors I ship the most!

                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:  Love Freebie- Authors who write romance well

                These are all authors whom have several ships I love and would have been happy to make a list of just their ships but that would limit me to like 2 authors lol.  This way I can include them all in one because I think these ladies really know how to get you invested into their characters. 

Sarah J.Maas- SO MANY SHIPS!!!!!  I can't even start out between the two series I have so many ships and I think everyone knows them.

RichelleMead- AGAIN SO MANY SHIPS!  Seriously she has several series I am adoring and love ships from them all! 

CassandraClare-  How many times can I saw SO MANY SHIPS???  We shall see I guess.  But she has an entire universe of characters for you to fall in love with.  Magnus is still my favorite all time character in this world so of course him and Alec but I need the final Dark Artifices book sooner than December so I can know about my newest…

MaggieStiefvater- She is so full of beautiful writing and amazing build up with romance.  I have enjoyed it in all of her series and look forward to more.

RainbowRowell- Romance is so touching and amazing from fantasy to contemporary!

StephaniePerkins- This is just about the cutest of them all!  I love the companion books and how much love and romance are in them!!!

Jennifer L.Armentrout- Okay I haven't even read or caught up with all of her books yet but she has some seriously sexy characters to start and the couples just explode out of the page for you! 

P.C. Cast- I have enjoyed her work for a long time but I still think her Goddess Summoning books are some of my favorite romance books of all!

MarisaMeyer-  She gave me Thorne….that is all I have to say.

Elise Kova- I still need to catch up with the first series but she made me dislike then love someone so much and then worry for their fate such a cruel game really!  Then we have two very different and unlikely people that somehow many the perfect match and I love it! 

                Okay so this was a super hard and painful list because even as I sat here and typed it I wanted to add in all the couples (but didn't for possible spoilers) and add many more authors to the list but this is where I had to stop for the time.   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 12, 2018

The Belles (The Belles #1)

                Hello happy readers!  So I didn’t have any new books to share this weekend but I did get some reading done so yay!  One of the books I was able to finish is a new release I got thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, The Belles (The Belles #1) by Dhonielle Clayton.  I didn’t know a ton about the book when I requested it just that I had seen it around on many anticipated reads sections and when I saw it the summary was rather intriguing so I wanted to give it a go. 

Rating: 4 Stars

                Camellia is a Belle.  She is one who is not born gray and dammed but full of color and able to control beauty in others.  Beauty is a commodity and Belles are raised and trained to use their gifts to beautify.  Camellia wants more than to be any Belle she wants to be the favorite chosen to serve the Queen of Orleans.  When Camellia and her sisters arrive at the palace to be sorted to the proper slots it becomes clear there is much more to the world than they were raised to believe.  Danger, intrigue, secrets and half-truths are everywhere including their own guardians.  Their gifts may be more powerful than anyone realized and when propositioned with a request by the Queen herself to risk her life she is caught between pleasing the queen and trying the untried or save herself and her sisters. 

                So this book appealed to me in the form of seeing beauty as a commodity in a more literal sense.  I am not the make-up type of girl mostly because I don’t have the patience to figure it out or the energy to do it but I love watching other looks and how they can be transformative.  As many people base things on first impressions and looks (beauty) is how most people (women especially) are judged I was curious about this world. 

                The first start of this I was a bit concerned because I didn’t really like Camellia.  She was vain and a bit selfish and it was harder to really feel for her character at first.  I say this because as the story progressed I did grow to like her.  There were moments where she felt just a bit static at times  where later progress seemed to come out of nowhere so it was a bit out of synch to me.  There was a bit of romance as well that just never felt viable for me so I wasn’t too invested though I feel I should have been.  He even had some of my favorite lines.  Another platonic relationship was nicely developed and had me invested but had a rather unsatisfying ending and the lack of concern to even ask about it bothered me a bit given the connection there before. 

"I don't mind it.  Sometimes it reminds me that I'm awake."


"Love is when hearts beat together."

                That probably sounds like a lot of negative things but they were just little things and overall they didn't stop me from enjoying the story.  If anything when I grew to care for Camellia it was even more rewarding.  I did enjoy the slow burn and build of the story and how many different strings that started to tug and play their way into the larger picture over time.  It was beautifully written and paced nicely keeping the suspense and danger building.  We got to know many characters.  I really enjoyed some of the ladies of honor, the other Belles, Remi, Bree and some of the royals and guardians and look forward to learning more about many of them and their roles in the future books.  While you didn’t get to know as much about some they had their own uniqueness to them that had nothing to do with their beauty treatments.  There is also much more to this world than beauty and my favorite moment is when Camellia is trying to help some see their own unique beauty that is there already. I have some theories about the next book and what I think this one has lead to.  I felt some deeper meaning to beauty than what is on the surface and it deepened the story that much more.

                I am excited to learn more about the world not in the court or high society but the regular every day markets and such which we only got glimpses of.  I also look forward to getting to know more about the sisters and characters.  While there were a couple moments with Camellia and Amber that felt a smidge off I am hoping at least one can be explained later.  I am looking forward to the next book in this series.

                Until next time…