It's Monday! What are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. It's a fun meme where we gather to share what we've read last week and our reading plans for this week.

Last Week I Read:

Windwitch by Susan Dennard (4 stars)
Violet Grenade by Victoria Scott (ARC)--Review to come at a later date

Currently Reading:

Blade Bound by Chloe Neill

What I Plan to Read this Week:

The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

Other Posts of Interest:


Ramble on the 90s--Discussion Post Challenge

So let's try having a discussion post. Granted this one might be weird! I thought I would explain why the Pink Power Ranger was always my favorite one. Granted being a girl, I did like the color pink, but I also adored that the original Pink Power Ranger was Amy Jo Johnson!

Growing up, I watched a variety of shows, cartoons...other "kid like shows" and Power Rangers was one I stumbled upon by chance. I can't remember how really. Possibly when I heard there was a movie coming out, I happened upon the show. I immediately took a liking to Kimberly, but not just because she was the Pink Ranger, but because she was a brunette, like myself! LOL!

Yeah, it's a weird reasoning. But so many of those shows I watched that were live action and featured "kids like me", the girl heroine always seemed to be blonde. Now I don't have anything against blondes, but let's face it, as a kid you want to see someone who looks like you on TV. And finding a brunette in the 90s was harder than you would think! I mean come on, they hardly had Theresa dolls on the shelf, it was always Barbie. I mean does anyone else even remember Midge? Barbie's redheaded BFF?

So yeah, needless to say, I adored Kimberly!! And let's not even mention the fact that later on the in the TV series, she was replaced! With a blonde chick. I can't even remember who she was. I was too upset to want to continue the show. I mean I tried, but it wasn't the same! Plus come on, we all saw the budding romance between Kimberly and Tommy!

Then later on in life I discovered the Teen show that was totally for me...SO WEIRD! What 90s-early 2000s kid didn't watch this show on Disney Channel?! It was freaking awesome!

This show was early paranormal television folks! Way before its time naturally! It involved a girl whose mom was a rockstar and she and her family were always traveling, it seemed her mom never stopped doing tours...weird. Lol. Anyway, everywhere she went, Fi--who rocked the brown hair--would discover something WEIRD happening! We've had vampire encounters, possible aliens, I think, Will O the Wisp--or however that was spelled, name it and it was probably on the show! It was awesome! I WISH Disney would put this show on DVD to hold and rewatch and cherish forever!

But somewhere down the line of the show, the actress (Because I always felt like it had to be the actress had better offers coming at her and wanted to leave the show or something like that) was replaced...with a blonde chick. You couldn't even imagine my agony over this one too! Because all of a sudden this blonde chick who had no idea anything paranormal related existed, nor did she really believe in it from the start like Fi did, she was suddenly solving "cases" or problems that were paranormal related. I don't think the show lasted more than season with her and the helm.

Another plus of the show were some very hot guys: Eric von Detten, Eric Lively, Partick Levis? Yeah...they were really really cute!! Loved the Erics particularly! And I think they were cousins on the show...or was it brothers? Oddly, as I went to check my spelling on the names, I learned there were only 3 seasons! Seemed so much longer back then...but I guess that meant Fi was only around for the first two. The show even had a website that was Fi's website from the actual show! It was sooo cool! I've tried going back to it in years past but always get that error that basically says "what the heck are you looking for?". So sad. So very sad.

So yeah...that's the end of my rant/discussion or whatever you want to call this ramble! LOL!


Stacking the Shelves

This weekly meme is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

Stacking The Shelves is all about the books we are adding to our shelves each week, sharing with you our excitement for our newest titles and maybe have you discover a new book in the process!

This was a pretty okay week I guess. Been house bound a little too much lately. After a week of being sick and then finding out this weekend my go-to movie theater didn't have my movie playing, I was pretty bummed out. Didn't do anything again. I've got to get out of the house soon!

Here's what I got this week though:

Feversong by Karen Marie Moning
Frostblood by Elly Blake--keeper copy! LOVED this one!
The Last Harvest by Kim Liggett
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard--the UK paperback, and of course it arrived at my door the day AFTER I went to Susan's signing! Typical! LOL!

I was gifted this beauty as well:

Dawn Study by Maria V. Snyder--a most wonderful read indeed!

Then I got in the mail my preorder incentive for Crystal Storm:

Buttons of all the characters on the covers so far!! I was right nearly with all my guesses too! Felix was the only one I didn't get. Really didn't know who it was!

Then I made a trip to Hot Topic to spend my Hot Topic cash from November...and got myself two Funkos I had been dying for! And finally one of them came into the store!

I got the Hot Topic EXCLUSIVE Metallic Pink Power Ranger and 
the Hot Topic EXCLUSIVE Harry Potter WITH Hedwig!
Then to add $5 more dollars to my lot to save $15 I magically found SAILOR MOON socks for $5! And if you look closely at the top you'll see that the socks basically look like her awesome boots!

And that was my haul this week! What did you all get?

Follow Friday

This is a weekly blog meme hosted by Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read


The Rules:

  • The goal is to increase blog followers, make friends and have something to post.
  • You create your own post using the post prompt.
  • You leave your link and thumbnail in the linky list that links back to your post prompt.
  • Once you have your post up and linked, visit other posts and tell them hi. The point is to FOLLOW them not just comment.
  • If you see a post that just hit it to the moon, or just want to show appreciation to a fellow blogger friend, like their name on the linky list to show some appreciation.
  • The person with the most likes gets chosen as the next Feature (you can be chosen every 90 days unless we are in need of features)
  • It is required that if you participate that you have to follow the FEATURE. It is a big no-no to participate and ignore the feature. They are the special snowflake in this little blizzard.
  • As a participant it is up to your discretion on how you want people to follow. Please post RSS, GFC etc if you have a follow of choice.

Specific RULES:

  • Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing. You can also grab the code if you would like to insert it into your posts.
  • Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say “hi” in your comments and that they are now following you.
  • If you are using WordPress or another CMS that doesn’t have GFC (Google Friends Connect) state in your posts how you would like to be followed FOLLOW as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don’t just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don’t say “HI”
  • Follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don’t just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don’t say “HI”
  • If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love…and the followers
This week's prompt is: What Movie from Book Coming Out in 2017 Are You Most Excited About?

MY ANSWER: There's a new take on Beauty and the Beast by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve coming out in March that I'm REALLY excited about! ;)
(image borrowed from New York Daily News)

Not really sure what other ones are coming out this year. So it's hard to say after this one! 

Random Thursday

Time for more obscure and randomness from That's a Fact Jack: A Collection of Utterly Useless Information [Updated] by Harry Bright and Jakob Anser!

(image borrowed from Wikipedia)
"Throughout its lifetime, an elephant goes through six sets of teeth. The elephants starves to death once the sixth set of teeth falls out."

Oh that was not what I was expecting to read at all! So sad!!!

Review--Windwitch by Susan Dennard

Sometimes our enemies are also our only allies…

After an explosion destroys his ship, the world believes Prince Merik, Windwitch, is dead. Scarred yet alive, Merik is determined to prove his sister’s treachery. Upon reaching the royal capital, crowded with refugees, he haunts the streets, fighting for the weak—which leads to whispers of a disfigured demigod, the Fury, who brings justice to the oppressed.

When the Bloodwitch Aeduan discovers a bounty on Iseult, he makes sure to be the first to find her—yet in a surprise twist, Iseult offers him a deal. She will return money stolen from him, if he locates Safi. Now they must work together to cross the Witchlands, while constantly wondering, who will betray whom first?

After a surprise attack and shipwreck, Safi and the Empress of Marstok barely escape with their lives. Alone in a land of pirates, every moment balances on a knife’s edge—especially when the pirates’ next move could unleash war upon the Witchlands.

So reading Susan Dennard's Windwitch right after Truthwitch was a good idea! LOL. Not only was I still in that same mindset for the (albeit, confusing) world, but I was able to get familiar with the characters all the more quickly. I definitely liked this one a bit more than Truthwitch I think. There are still too many things that I don't know about this world and I would still kill for a glossary to help out with those terms that are still not familiar to me, but since that's not an option, carrying on is what I do best anyway!

I'm not really grasping this whole "this is Merik's book" like the previous book was "Safi's". I only say that because we still get so many different characters' points of view. It doesn't really feel like a book that belongs to any one character. That being said, still totally psyched for Bloodwitch! Aeduan is still a favorite character of mine and whether we truly get more of his point of view or not, I cannot wait to read the next book.
We open this book to a fire, Merik has been betrayed by someone close to him and he suspects his sister is the culprit. Luckily he was able to get most of his crew to safety, but since none of them can really find him again, he goes along with playing dead in order to find proof of his sister's treachery. Meanwhile Safi and her new "friend" Vaness were attacked and they managed to escape their ship unharmed but are soon taken hostage by yet another group of bad guys. Led by a very familiar face.

Then we have my favorite duo, Iseult and Aeduan who have temporarily teamed up in order to find Safi. There was an arrangement made you could say, and no, nothing so scandalous! As before, we do a lot of hip-hopping with all the different points of view. While I understand the purpose of this and it does work for the most part, I can't help but also feel overwhelmed and confused at the best of times. There's just too much going on it seems to keep everything straight. Not to mention all these other groups that keep popping up who want one thing or another. As I said, I would kill for a glossary, one that includes characters too, just to keep things on the level.

Susan has created quite an intricate world here. I both enjoy it, and yet am deeply befuddled by it at times. I seriously feel like a glossary would go a long way in my understanding of things and whatnot. But even without one, I can generally get an idea of what's going on. But then again, I am seriously overwhelmed with all the names and words that get tossed about too casually.

There was still a great deal of action in this one! Some startling surprises too and I have no idea what these things might mean for the future. It will definitely make things interesting for future books. Sadly I also missed the intense bond between Iseult and Safi. Their friendship was one of the highlights of Truthwitch. And since they are still separated, I missed their bond. I also missed Safi and Merik's flirting with one another, as they too were separated. The best relationship to watch evolve of course was Iseult and Aeduan. While there's nothing overly swoony happening, we are definitely getting a foundation built between them.

I may not be able to enjoy this series 100% so far, but I can say that I am invested. I am liking what I've read so far anyway and will be seeing this series through to its end! The characters are definitely the highlight for me since the world-building is still a little shaky! Oddest thing of all for me to say, but I am also hoping for more swoony moments in the next book! LOL! Past me would be shocked to hear that! Windwitch was definitely better than its predecessor and I can only hope this means that each book will continue to outshine the one before it!

Overall Rating 4/5 stars

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly blog post by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights releases we're eagerly awaiting.
Mira and Francesca Cillo—beautiful, overprotected, odd—seemed untouchable. But Ben touched seven parts of Mira: her palm, hair, chest, cheek, lips, throat, and heart. After the sisters drown themselves in the quarry lake, a post-mortem letter from Mira sends Ben on a quest to find notes in the seven places where they touched. Note by note, Ben discovers the mystical secret at the heart of Mira and Francesca's world, and that some things are better left untouched.  

I still want to read Kim's first thriller mystery from last year, but I'm already adding her to my release list it seems! I love a good mystery!

AUTHOR: Kim Savage
PUBLISHER: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux
GENRE: Thriller/Mystery YA
RELEASE DATE: February 21, 2017

The Girl of Fire and Thorns meets The Queen of the Tearling in this thrilling fantasy standalone about one girl’s unexpected rise to power.

Freya was never meant be queen. Twenty third in line to the throne, she never dreamed of a life in the palace, and would much rather research in her laboratory than participate in the intrigues of court. However, when an extravagant banquet turns deadly and the king and those closest to him are poisoned, Freya suddenly finds herself on the throne.

Freya may have escaped the massacre, but she is far from safe. The nobles don’t respect her, her councillors want to control her, and with the mystery of who killed the king still unsolved, Freya knows that a single mistake could cost her the kingdom – and her life.

Freya is determined to survive, and that means uncovering the murderers herself. Until then, she can’t trust anyone. Not her advisors. Not the king’s dashing and enigmatic illegitimate son. Not even her own father, who always wanted the best for her, but also wanted more power for himself.

As Freya’s enemies close in and her loyalties are tested, she must decide if she is ready to rule and, if so, how far she is willing to go to keep the crown.
I STILL need to check out this author's first duology! I try to make it a point to read something of theirs first before going crazy and buying everything they've written! LOL! Might hold off on purchasing this one until I've at least read her first book, but it's one I feel like I will enjoy regardless!
GENRE: Fantasy YA
RELEASE DATE: February 21, 2017 
In the explosive finale to New York Times bestselling author Jeaniene Frost’s Night Prince series, Vlad is in danger of losing his bride to an enemy whose powers might prove greater than the Prince of Vampire’s….

In the wrong hands, love can be a deadly weapon.

For nearly six hundred years, Vlad Tepesh cared for nothing, so he had nothing to lose. His brutal reputation ensured that all but the most foolhardy stayed away. Now falling in love with Leila has put him at the mercy of his passions. And one adversary has found a devastating way to use Vlad’s new bride against him.

A powerful spell links Leila to the necromancer Mircea. If he suffers or dies, so does she. Magic is forbidden to vampires, so Vlad and Leila enlist an unlikely guide as they search for a way to break the spell. But an ancient enemy lies in wait, capable of turning Vlad and Leila’s closest friends against them…and finally tearing the lovers apart forever.
Vlad's final book! Vlad's final book! Vlad's! Final! Book!!! EEEEEEEP!
GENRE: Urban Fantasy
RELEASE DATE: February 28, 2017  

Teaser & Top Ten Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Purple Princess of The Purple Booker

Here are the rules: 

1. Grab your current read
2. Open to a page
3. Pick out 2 lines that are SPOILER FREE 
4. Name the title, author, etc.

"Aeduan was intrigued, though. It wasn't often people surprised him, and it was even less often that people challenged him. The Threadwitch did more than that." p 102

TITLE: Windwitch
AUTHOR: Susan Dennard
GENRE: Fantasy YA
RELEASE DATE: January 10, 2017 

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list  that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.

This week's topic is: Ten Underrated/Hidden Gem Books I've Read In The Past Year Or So

*in no particular order
**going to be hard since if I enjoy a book, I don't think of it as underrated! 

10. STRUCK by Amanda Carlson--NORSE MYTHOLOGY people!! While not involving Thor, it still has those same concepts. Minus the superhero motif. 
9. ARCANA RISING by Kresley Cole--I feel like people don't truly know how awesome this series is! It's freaking amazing!!! Tarot cards come to life and having a battle to the death practically! And it has an insanely awesome love triangle that will seriously leave you not knowing who to choose!!
8. DOON by Carey Corp & Lorie Langdon--I only just started this series last year and I must say it was amazing! I still need to read the last book too. It's sort of a time travel book, but more like traveling to a fantasy world instead of straight up past!

7. THE IMMORTAL THRONE by Bree Despain--I looooved this series! You guys don't understand how much torment I suffered when the original publisher closed up shop before the third book released with the second book having a HUMONGOUS cliffhanger!
6. HUNT by Alyssa Rose Ivy--Alyssa is my most favorite NA author ever! She writes paranormal NA people!! Shapeshifters! And every book has been amazing!!
5. THE STORYSPINNER by Becky Wallace--I still need to read the last one to this duology but it's another I feel like I don't see around enough. It's a loosely retold story of Sleeping Beauty and I have to say I enjoyed this first installment far more than I thought I would!

4. GRETA AND THE LOST ARMY by Chloe Jacobs--this is another amazing series I don't see enough of! It's definitely got that Labyrinth vibe what with Goblin kings and mystical worlds! This was the final book of the trilogy and it was perfect!
3. RECKONING by Veronica Wolff--another of my most favorite series that I feared was in danger of disappearing forever, but then Veronica finally wrote the final book! And it. Was. Awesome!!!
2. REMEMBRANCE by Meg Cabot--truly don't see enough of this one! The Mediator series was my lifesaver as a teenager and to HAVE this book  come out years was INCREDIBLE! This is what is must have felt like for all your Veronica Mars fans when the movie released!! I ADORED this book!!

1. STALKING JACK THE RIPPER by Kerri Manisclco--perhaps I might be misjudging this one by calling it "under appreciated", but again, I felt like I didn't see it around enough. Once I Jack the Ripper in the title I was immediately intrigued! It was a most incredible read too!!


It's Monday! What are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. It's a fun meme where we gather to share what we've read last week and our reading plans for this week.

Last Week I Read:

 Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken (4 stars)
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard (3.5 stars)
Scooby Apocalypse #1-9 by J.M DeMatteis, Keith Giffen, Jim Lee (4.5 stars)

Review That Was Posted:

Phantom Kiss by Chloe Neill (ARC) (5 stars)

Currently Reading:

Windwitch by Susan Dennard

What I Plan to Read this Week:

Violet Grenade by Victoria Scott (ARC)

Other Posts of Interest: