Book Blogger Hop

This meme is hosted by Billy at Ramblings of a Coffee Addict
This week's question is:  If you had an author-only Thankgsgiving party, who would you invite? (submitted by Kristin @ Lukten av Trykksverte)
MY ANSWER: Ohh this is too hard! I'd want nearly everyone on my shelves there! But to start I will say:
Marianne Curley--because I am DYING to meet her! But she lives in Australia and that's pricey to get to, so since we're talking the gods of book magic making this dinner party possible, she's at the top of the list!

L.J. Smith--another author I've not met. I read The Forbidden Game as my first books of hers and LOVED it! Went on to LOVE The Vampire Diaries that SHE wrote! And still have to read the rest of the Night World books and Dark Visions

Maria V. Snyder--because she's one of my favorite authors and one I've met several times and am good friends with!

Gena Showalter--perhaps so I can beg, plead, cry, and beg some more for that Intertwined book 4! After dinner of course! 

J.K. Rowling--because I realized book magic of the gods at work here! She will be there at the head of the table!!

Jennifer L. Armentrout--because I love love love her books despite being so very very behind with them!

And I think I will leave it at that. I could go on all day with this post!

Random Thursday

We're getting very close to the end of That's a Fact Jack: A Collection of Utterly Useless Information [Updated] by Harry Bright and Jakob Anser. Less than 100 pages left! But don't worry! I have yet another little book of obscure and random facts! Plus we're still in the beginning of that Disney book too!

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"If the minimum wage had risen as fast as the top 1 percent of incomes over the past half century, the lowest-paid workers in the U.S. would earn close to $33.00 an hour."

All that's running through my mind is why didn't we do this?! Lol!

(image borrowed from Disney Wiki)
"The word 'economics' is derived from the Greek oikos ('house') and nemein ('manage').

Anyone else miss this show? I loved the cartoons they showed on this show! Reminiscent of the Mickey Mouse Cartoons from eons ago!

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"There are more Subway sandwich shops in Manhattan (176) than there are actual subway stations (147).

That's weird! LOL!

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"Each floor of New York City's Twin Towers measured 208 feet by 208 feet--just 300 square feet shy of an acre. Each tower comprised 110 stories and had its own ZIP code."

This I did not know!! Dang that's big!

(image borrowed from NY Daily News)
"The observation deck at One World Trade Center, formerly known as the Freedom Tower, will sit 1,362 feet above the ground. A glass parapet will extend to 1,368 feet--the exact height of the original towers."

This event still shocks the heck out of me and I can still remember what I was doing when I heard about it. I was in science class and they came on the intercom to tell us what happened. I remember I was confused at first because kids were talking and I didn't catch it all. The gist of what I heard was a plane crash in NYC and I didn't understand why that was breaking news for St. Louis. Then the teachers pulled the TV out and it was like OH! That's when the shock really hit!

Review--Ironside by Holly Black

In the realm of faerie...

...the time has come for Roiben's coronation. Uneasy in the midst of the malevolent Unseelie Court, pixie Kaye is sure of only one thing - her love for Roiben. But when Kaye drunkenly declares herself to Roiben, he sends her on a seemingly impossible quest to find a faerie who can tell a lie.

Miserable and convinced she belongs nowhere, Kaye decides to tell her mother the truth - that she is a changeling left in place of the human daughter stolen long ago. Her mother's shock and horror sends Kaye back to the world of Faerie to find her human counterpart and return her to Ironside. But when Kaye returns to the faerie courts, a battle of wits and weapons is being waged over Roiben's throne, and she soon finds herself at the center of it all.

I quickly devoured Holly Black’s Ironside despite knowing I wouldn’t be meeting her this weekend! Once I started my re-read I had to see it through to this one! I skipped over the second book since I heard it was a completely different story with new characters! I mostly wanted to see what would happen with Roiben and Kaye and wow! It was pretty awesome!

So things pick up shortly after we left Tithe, it’s Christmastime, so two months have gone by. Roiben is adjusting to his new life as Unseelie King and Kaye, ready to tell him she loves him, actually finds herself in a different position. With his kingly status, it’s possible Kaye might not be fit to be with him, unless she goes on a quest and accomplishes an impossible task. The task given to her: find a faery that can tell an untruth. And as we all know, faeries can’t lie. Should be fun!

But Kaye’s quest is only the beginning…she’s knee deep into faery politics and the Seelie Queen, Silarial wants Roiben back on her side, to turn over the Unseelie kingdom to her, but Roiben doesn’t want to do this either. War is brewing between the faerie kingdoms. It’s going to be a bumpy ride!

Joining Kaye on her quest is Corny and a newcomer Luis who’s very verse in the ways of faerie despite being human himself. He’s not so much a friend to faeries either, but it makes him an easy ally for Corny and Kaye…or so they may think. Kaye also has the audacious task of finding the real Kaye, the human child that she replaced all those years ago. This is where bargains and betrayals step in.

While I did enjoy this one in part, I was a tad upset to see Kaye and Roiben separated once again. I didn’t expect much in the first book since they just met, but since they’ve sort of established themselves as a couple by its end, I was hoping for some together time. But alas, Kaye’s quest has conditions and one of them is that she cannot see or speak to Roiben until she has completed her quest. It was a bit of letdown in the romance area because there just wasn’t time for them to be together.

I also had thought that the mission to find the human Kaye would’ve taken more than just a mere talking to the Seelie Queen. It was over and done with before it ever really happened. Another minor letdown. But the journey Kaye, Corny, and Luis go does make for some excitement! So it wasn’t a total loss. Though the ending was another story. It wasn’t a bad ending. Not at all. It was just…maybe a little too open-ended? I mean we have ideas of where the characters will be going but even for them, nothing is really set in stone. Those kind of endings are nice in some respect, but sometimes I really just want to know! I felt like Roiben and Kaye’s relationship was still a little rocky and what was to happen between them? While I feel like we’re given a good idea of what will come to pass, it was given more as a suggestion, so here I’m thinking is THAT what happens? It’s definitely something that drives me crazy with series finales!

This was still an enjoyable read though. This is what I was reading (the first book at least) long before I knew what Paranormal YA was. I just knew that I liked vampires, ghosts, faeries, werewolves and the like! So these books will still hold a special place in my heart, but after reading a lot of other books over the years, I feel like something was missing just a bit in the execution of the finale. Perhaps if there was just a little bit more said on what our heroes would do now that everything is over, I would’ve been happier! Or thrown in a little more kissing and I would’ve be happier! Lol! Still an enjoyable read through it all though! Definitely excited for Holly’s next faery book though I am thinking it’s a new kind of faery instead of this one! Can’t wait either way!

Overall Rating 3.75/5 stars
—yup awakward rating time! It was good and enjoyable but falls just a niche short of very good!


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.

New York Times bestselling author Maureen Johnson weaves a delicate tale of murder and mystery in the first book of a striking new series, perfect for fans of Agatha Christie and E. Lockhart.
Ellingham Academy is a famous private school in Vermont for the brightest thinkers, inventors, and artists. It was founded by Albert Ellingham, an early twentieth century tycoon, who wanted to make a wonderful place full of riddles, twisting pathways, and gardens. “A place,” he said, “where learning is a game.”

Shortly after the school opened, his wife and daughter were kidnapped. The only real clue was a mocking riddle listing methods of murder, signed with the frightening pseudonym “Truly, Devious.” It became one of the great unsolved crimes of American history. 

True-crime aficionado Stevie Bell is set to begin her first year at Ellingham Academy, and she has an ambitious plan: She will solve this cold case. That is, she will solve the case when she gets a grip on her demanding new school life and her housemates: the inventor, the novelist, the actor, the artist, and the jokester. But something strange is happening. Truly Devious makes a surprise return, and death revisits Ellingham Academy. The past has crawled out of its grave. Someone has gotten away with murder. 

The two interwoven mysteries of this first book in the Truly Devious series dovetail brilliantly, and Stevie Bell will continue her relentless quest for the murderers in books two and three.

Sooooo excited for a new book by Maureen! Though I would've loved a finale to The Shadow Cabinet, I will happily accept a new book entirely! Seems longer than nearly 3 years since her last book!

TITLE: Truly Devious
AUTHOR: Maureen Johnson
PUBLISHER: HarperCollins
GENRE: Mystery YA
RELEASE DATE: January 16, 2018

Review--Tithe by Holly Black

Welcome to the realm of very scary faeries!

Sixteen-year-old Kaye is a modern nomad. Fierce and independent, she travels from city to city with her mother's rock band until an ominous attack forces Kaye back to her childhood home. There, amid the industrial, blue-collar New Jersey backdrop, Kaye soon finds herself an unwilling pawn in an ancient power struggle between two rival faerie kingdoms - a struggle that could very well mean her death.

Here it is folks, my FIRST re-read since 2009 or 2010! Can’t really remember exactly what year it was but I know when Borders closed their doors forever, my TBR pile truly began…there are still books from those weeks of sales that I still need to read. But that’s beside the point!

I had decided I wanted to re-read Tithe by Holly Black because I wanted to give Ironside a try, but knew it would be impossible to read it without total and epic confusion. This was also in part because when I had started it, I was expecting to meet Holly Black on Sunday, but I have since learned that she had to cancel and my world fell apart completely. That’s no way to start ANY day of the week!

I was surprised with how much I was able to remember with this one. I didn’t remember everything, but as I was reading, I was like, oh yes, I remember this part! Though I might have got some memories confused with one another. But it was quite fun to re-read it! I can’t wait to dive headfirst into Ironside after this review!

Kaye is the daughter of a wannabe rockstar and when an accident leads her and her mom to move back in with her grandmother, things couldn’t be better truly. Kaye has fond memories of her New Jersey childhood home. She had great friends and was just generally excited to see them again. Only, these friends, you see, are actually faeries!

Kaye was always able to see faeries as a child and still can somehow now as a teenager. It’s after a night out with friends when she’s going home that she runs into an injured faery. Though Roiben’s no ordinary faerie, he’s the Unseelie Queen’s right-hand man! It’s not long after that Kaye is reacquainted with the world of faeries as her old friends come back needing her help. They first warn her against, Roiben and then they ask for her help with a “pretend sacrifice” so that they free/unaligned faeries can retain their freedom status for another seven years. But things quickly fall out of hand.

Kaye has a certain connection with the faery world that stems back farther than her childhood memories and it’s about to totally invade the world she thought she knew. I have to say that I was once again enchanted and thrilled with the world Holly created. At times I might have gotten some of the names mixed up, we go from calling the Unseelie and Seelie Queen from titles to names and other people in the same manner and it kind of got a little overwhelming. It kind of effected the whole reveal at the end a little bit because I wasn’t quite sure how I should be reacting because I was a little like, wait, who did IT?! Lol. But that only lasted for a moment because things were more cleared up and I was more like ohhhh!

These are not your ordinary faeries either. If you haven’t read this series yet, I will tell you that Holly’s faeries are definitely the dangerous kind. Ones who delight in using humans to play their games and torturing them. They are very dark and vicious, even the Seelie type! This was my first ever exposure to faeries when I read it however many years ago that was! And I always remember enjoying it! Particularly the relationship between Roiben and Kaye.

It’s definitely a subtle romance buildup. After Kaye helps save Roiben’s life, they are thrust together unexpectedly. They will have hurdles to cross and learn to trust one another. But I like that they are able to overcome the obstacles thrown at them. There were only a few kisses between them as well, and they didn’t always feel truly genuine, but you could still tell that there was a little something between them with each one!

The ending was pretty exciting too! As I said, some of the reveals were a bit confusing because so many names being tossed out. There’s no cliffhanger despite this being a trilogy which I only learned of in recent years. Before blogging my way of finding out about new books was seeing them on the shelves and eventually typing the author’s name in a search on Amazon! I was pretty old school! Lol! But this one ends pretty perfectly so you wouldn’t even know about a sequel unless you were super savvy back then! I cannot wait to see what Kaye and Roiben’s next adventure will entail…for apparently the second book didn’t involve them at all, and since the store didn’t have that one as well, I am skipping over it for now!

Overall Rating 4/5 stars


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.

My first ever re-read since...since I don't remember when! 2010 or earlier most likely!! Lol! Also I ** part of the f-word for censorship purposes!

"'Kelpies basically liked to drown people and then eat most of them--all but their guts. You're not supposed to get on their backs, yadda, yadda, yadda, they're f***ing evil as hell, yadda, yadda, yadda, not to mention they shapeshift. Oh, yeah, you can tame them if you happen to manage to get a bridle on them. Fat chance of that.'" p 122

TITLE: Tithe
AUTHOR: Holly Black
PUBLISHER: Simon Pulse
GENRE: Paranormal YA
RELEASE DATE: October 1, 2002 

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: Top Five Books I Want My Niece to Read

*in no particular order
**Yes I could only truly think of 5 good ones. Don't get me wrong, there are a TON I'd still recommend to her as she gets older, but then I'd just be picking titles from my read pile and that's not necessarily what I want to accomplish here. Plus I feel like she's still young and doesn't really have a genre she likes. She's reading her different middle grade books, which I don't really remember what she has in that area anymore either! Ironically, I do buy my niece a book every Christmas as that's my godmother's gift to her every year. She'll be 9 by this Xmas, so we're moving into chapter book territory already!

5. THE COMPLETE GRIMM'S FAIRY TALES by the Brothers Grimm--when she gets to the right age, I'd like her to read some of the original fairy tales! Granted, I think I might have started reading some of them in a children-friendly version of tales, but Snow White was still pretty gruesome, so I know that one was likely accurate! She loves Disney already, so I'm hoping this one will be a hit with her!
4. THE ISLE OF THE LOST by Melissa de la Cruz--as I said, my niece loves Disney all well and good. She adores The Descendants and since I've read this one already I thought she might like it too. Her own copy of course! Lol! But she'll be newly 9 by Xmas, anyone else think this will be the right age level for her? My book last year was slightly frowned upon, by HER, and it was Ella Enchanted! I thought she'd LOVE a book where the heroine has the same name as her! I know I would've at her age!

3. DEMON IN MY VIEW by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes--okay, I'm pushing here, but I might give her a copy of the very first vampire book I ever read and got me hooked on vamps! Might wait until 13 for that since I was about that age when I first read it!
2. OBSIDIAN by Jennifer L. Armentrout--and since I'm pushing, I might as well push this on her too! I doubt she'll be a blogger and truly appreciate it, but I still adore this one and found so much to love about it!

1. HARRY POTTER by J.K. Rowling--yup, leaving it at Harry Potter! I would love for her to read this series as well! I think she might later once she's a little older. Her mother and I both read and enjoyed it! I gifted the entire series (in paperback) to my sister's classroom last year, so she has a copy ready for her!



Let's Discuss: Series vs Standalones

I can't remember exactly where I saw this particular post idea, but I thought it would fun enough to chat about for a moment! But basically it comes to reading (of course!) and how much/what you like to read!

Series vs Standalones

I feel like there are merits to both! With series you get a nice long running selection of books! You'll have plenty of reading material for years to come--if you choose to read it as they release--or you'll set yourself up for some nice binge reading! You get to stay with a certain cast of characters for a length of time and if you're enjoying them and loving them, that's amazing! Series are fun because you get to stay with the same characters for awhile and if you're enjoying them, it's fun to watch their journey no matter how long it is!

But on the other hand, standalones are kind of fun too! You'll get a one and done kind of story with (hopefully) complete resolution! The characters will reach their goal by the end of the book and there will (hopefully) be a happy resolution! Standalones are kind of refreshing after you've read sooo many series and are still mid-series all over the place with the TBR pile! 

Both styles have their merits. Though when it comes to what I actually prefer, that's a bit harder. I honestly can't say if I favor one more than the other. Like I said, they both have their positives to them. If you like sticking with the same group of people for awhile and have long drawn out missions and goals, series are great! Standalones are great for a quickie read, though sometimes they can leave you wanting more! Maybe the ending wasn't 100% resolute. Maybe there were these teeny, tiny bits that leave you to think more could happen, and yeah, that can happen! Authors may not be sure if a book is series material right away. Other times even when it is purely standalone you can still long for more! 

Though, I still haven't answered which is my favorite. I don't think I really favor one more than the other. True, with my line of reads the majority of them are series! Paranormal reads tend to be series I feel like, though some series can read as standalones too with just the tiniest bit that connects them to previous books. Standalones are refreshing though after reading so many series installments. I just read a standalone last week that I really enjoyed, though of course I'm wondering about how things would turn out in the very end! Hoping I can get an answer out of the author besides the "what do you think happened?". Don't get me wrong, I do like to imagine things happening the way I first initially thought of, but if you give me time to think, I will have at least 2 completely different scenarios and a possibly third that's not fully fleshed out. Sometimes maybe more too! Lol!

Suffice to say, I enjoy them both! Perhaps series are favored just a tad more than standalones, but after reading so many series installments for so long, sneaking in a standalone is very refreshing and fulfilling. It makes standalones more enjoyable after reading so many series/series installments.

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:

Killman Creek by Rachel Caine (ARC)--Review to come at a later date
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black (4 stars)
Scythe by Neal Shusterman (4 stars)

Currently Reading:

Tithe by Holly Black

What I Plan to Read this Week:

Ironside by Holly Black 

Other Posts of Interest:


Stacking the Shelves--2 Week Edition!

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks! The meme is now hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality.

Oh wow! These past two weeks were crazy! I attended 2 events and had a fab time and got beautiful books signed and new editions and just general craziness! Then we are starting to repaint the house and did my room first and oooomg I have so much stuff in my room! Books were moved back and forth, bookcases being emptied and filled, shifting furniture, taking down pictures and rehanging them, moving knickknacks off and on bookshelves...and that's not even including the painting part!

So here is what I bought in my two weeks of awesomeness...

One Foot in the Grave by C.C. Hunter--Keeper Copy
Haven by Mary Lindsey
Blue Blooded by Amanda Carlson--Keeper Copy, as I read the eARC and never got around to buying the paper copy!
The Empress by S.J. Kincaid--Keeper Copy
Ironside by Holly Black
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard--Collectors' Edition
Scooby Apocalypse #19 by J.M. DeMatteis, Keith Giffen, & Carlos D'Anda

The Signed Copies:

The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell--SIGNED! Decided I would give this one another go and why not do it with a signed copy?!
The Becoming of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin--SIGNED!
The Trouble with Twelfth Grave by Darynda Jones--SIGNED! Sooo hoping tog et caught up with this series soon!
Renegades by Marissa Meyer--SIGNED!

For review I received:

This Fallen Prey by Kelley Armstrong (ARC)

THANK YOU Minotaur Books!!


An awesome t-shirt I ordered from Shirt.Woot! Isn't it glorious?!

And that was my happy amazing and incredible haul from the past two weeks!! What did you all get?