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.


Juliette Ferrars thought she'd won. She took over Sector 45, was named the new Supreme Commander, and now has Warner by her side. But she's still the girl with the ability to kill with a single touch—and now she's got the whole world in the palm of her hand. When tragedy hits, who will she become? Will she be able to control the power she wields and use it for good?











So excited that there's to be more books in this series! I always felt like there was too much left unsaid at the end of Ignite Me!


TITLE: Restore Me 
AUTHOR: Tahereh Mafi
PUBLISHER: HarperCollins
GENRE: Dystopian YA
RELEASE DATE: March 6, 2018


Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza—but who knows what they'll find seven months after the invasion?

Meanwhile, Kady's cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza's ragtag underground resistance. When Rhys—an old flame from Asha's past—reappears on Kerenza, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict.

With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heros will fall, and hearts will be broken.




EEEK!!! SOOOO excited for this one!! Cannot wait to see how this series will come to an epic end! You know with these two it will be EPIC! Even more amazing is that I will be able to meet them (in my OWN city!) next month!! So looking forward to that signing!!


TITLE: Obsidio
PUBLISHER: Knopf Books for Young Readers
GENRE: Sci-Fi YA
RELEASE DATE: March 13, 2018






RANDOM COVER COPY REVEALS--Kagawa, Plum, & Vincent

From the New York Times, USA TODAY and international bestselling author of The Iron Fey and the Blood of Eden series comes the fiery, hugely anticipated finale of The Talon Saga…

INFERNO

What if dragons walked among us in human form? Enter a modern fantasy of heroes, sacrifice, forbidden love and enemies turned allies who have no choice but to fight side by side… Don't miss the epic conclusion as Ember, Riley and Garrett face off against Dante and the Talon dragon clones. Join them…or burn.







OMG! I SO cannot wait to read this one!! I don't want it to end but at the same time I am dying to see how it ends! It's a bittersweet feeling as a reader!

Inferno releases April 24, 2018 


Nightmare on Elm Street meets Scream in this thrilling and chilling sequel to Dreamfall—which Madeleine Roux, New York Times bestselling author of the Asylum series, called “remarkable, riveting, disorienting, and dark.”

For most people, nightmares always come to an end. But for Cata, Ant, and the others, there may be no escape from theirs. After an experimental treatment meant to cure their insomnia went horribly wrong, the teens were dragged into a shared dreamworld where their most terrifying fears became reality.

The six of them have no way of waking up. And they’re beginning to realize that if they die here, they might actually die in the real world. One of the dreamers is already gone, and anyone could be next. The only thing they know for certain is that they have to work together to survive. But as they learn the truth about one another’s pasts, they soon discover they are trapped with something far worse than their nightmares….

Perfect for fans of Madeleine Roux, Danielle Vega, and Kendare Blake, Neverwake is the final book in this spine-tingling duology full of action, suspense, and horror—and it is sure to keep readers on the edge of their seats until the very last page.


Bummed that this one doesn't release until August! I read the book as an ARC last year around May-ish? So I was pumped and ready at the beginning of the year that this one was 5 months out...well it turned out to be 8. 6-ish as of today. DYING to see how it will all end because that ending was so OMG! Lol!

Neverwake releases August 7, 2018



1986: Rebecca Essig leaves a slumber party early but comes home to a massacre—committed by her own parents. Only one of her siblings has survived. But as the tragic event unfolds, she begins to realize that other than a small army of six-year-olds, she is among very few survivors of a nationwide slaughter.

The Reaping has begun.

Present day: Pregnant and on the run with a small band of compatriots, Delilah Marlow is determined to bring her baby into the world safely and secretly. But she isn’t used to sitting back while others suffer, and she’s desperate to reunite Zyanya, the cheetah shifter, with her brother and children. To find a way for Lenore the siren to see her husband. To find Rommily’s missing Oracle sisters. To unify this adopted family of fellow cryptids she came to love and rely on in captivity.

But Delilah is about to discover that her role in the human versus cryptid war is destined to be much larger—and more dangerous—than she ever could have imagined.


This cover is SOOO gorgeous!! I can't get over it! Lol!! Cannot wait to see how this series will come to an end later this year as well!

Fury release October 30, 2018





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.


I am definitely already making my guesses as to the identities of certain people mentioned in this early half! I cannot wait to see how things all pan out!


"'Let's just sat we're even now.' His lips moved to the corner of her mouth.

Then, right before making contact, he pulled away. 'I wouldn't wish to repeat something so unpleasant for you.'

Without another word, Dante strutted off, his wide shoulders shaking, as if he were laughing.

Tella burned. After what Dante had just done, they were far from even."  Kindle loc 18%*


*Quote comes from the eARC, therefore it and its location are not final.


TITLE: Legendary
AUTHOR: Stephanie Garber
PUBLISHER: Flatiron Books
GENRE: Fantasy YA
RELEASE DATE: May 29, 2018



Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.


 This week's topic is: Books I’ve Decided I’m No Longer Interested In Reading


*in no particular order
**this one's gonna be hard, because I generally won't buy a book unless I have every intention of reading it (someday). As you can see I couldn't even think of 5! 
 

3. SPELLS by Aprilynne Pike--I remembered only feeling so-so about the first book in the series, I thought I might read the rest but after a couple of years I just decided against it.
2. OF METAL AND WISHES by Sarah Fine--I remember hearing good things about this one and debated over it for so long. I eventually just turned away since my TBR pile continued to grow.
1. HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD by John Tiffany & Jack Thorne--this one I am still on the fence about. I had initially just put it on a wishlist a few years ago when I was doing the OTSPSecretSister Exchange, just to have some books on my wishlist. I ended up getting it. There have been many mixed reviews on it, so I am not in a rush to read it, but I'd like to think I might one day.






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:

Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton (4.5 stars)
Potions & Fangs by Alyssa Rose Ivy & Jennifer Snyder (ARC) (4.5 stars)
Sense of Deception by Victoria Laurie (5 stars)


Currently Reading:

Legendary by Stephanie Garber (ARC)


What I Plan to Read this Week:

Burned by Karen Marie Moning


Other Posts of Interest:





Stacking the Shelves

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.


Compared to last week, this week was pretty awesome! Sure real life wise it was dull and blah...but book wise? It was awesome!!

Here's what I bought this week:

 

This Fallen Prey by Kelley Armstrong--a keeper copy that I finally bought since I had a super awesome B&N coupon!
The Dark Calling by Kresley Cole--it finally arrived after a harrowing 48 hours trying to figure out why Amazon hadn't shipped it!
The Traitor Prince by C.J. Redwine
Sightwitch by Susan Dennard 
Sinister Summer by Colleen Gleason 
Sinister Secrets by Colleen Gleason
Scooby Apocalypse #22 by Keith Giffen


Then for review from the publisher and author, I received:


Lake Silence by Anne Bishop (Early Copy)
Potions and Fangs by Alyssa Rose Ivy & Jennifer Snyder (ARC)--already read, loved, and reviewed!
Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne (ARC)
Legendary by Stephanie Garber (ARC)


THANK YOU Ace Books, Alyssa, HMH Teen, & Flatiron Books!
 
 
Then I got some preorder swag this week as well:
 
 The top picture is a signed book plate from A.C. Gaughen for being on the Street Team for Reign the Earth! That came as a pleasant surprise!
Then the bottom picture is the awesome tarot deck from The Hazel Wood Preorder! Very cool indeed!
THANK YOU Bloomsbury & Flatiron Books!! 
Then I also got my Owl Crate box this weekend! I had already guessed the book, but naturally someone started spoiling it on Twitter by asking for it again. Sigh...

Then I also bought 2 Tervis cups which, I bought two mostly because that's what it took to get free shipping! Lol! So naturally, a few days after I purchased they send me an email that says FREE SHIPPING with no limits! Typical!! Though they did send me the wrong color lid and after emailing they said they'd send the right one, though when I got the "new" email I am fearful they are sending the WRONG color AGAIN because it's the exact same wordage of the previous lid that was WRONG! Oi vey.

 Here's the first cup at all the angles! It says My Weekend is Booked! And naturally, there's books all over it! I LOVE it!! It's about time Tervis did another booklover's cup!


Here's the second one! It's the live action Beauty and the Beast one with the rose! On one side is the rose itself, the other is the glass cloche. When you look at it with the glass cloche, it looks like the rose is inside it!

I had ordered a pink/rose-ish colored lid. They sent me a BLACK one. Black. As in a color that's not on this cup whatsoever! Errg. If they send me yet another black one I am going to totally lose it! Lol!


And that was my haul this week! Pretty good with the exception of the whole lid mix-up thing mentioned above! What did you all get?





Blogoversary Winners!!!

Hey all! It's been a long day and my computer finally seems to be cooperating. At least for now! Lol! Otherwise I would've tried doing this earlier this morning. But things are working for the moment so I thought I would get going on announcing the winners to my blogoversary giveaway!



The winner of the SIGNED books and book sleeve is...


BRANDI DAGWAN!!!

Congrats Brandi!!


And the winner of their choice of a book from The Book Depository of a $20 (US) value is...

AMY!

Congrats Amy!!
 
 
The winners have been contacted and will have 48 hours to respond to the email to claim their prize or else a new winner will be chosen!
 
Thank you so much to everyone who entered! There was over 1000 entries and I was thrilled to see that!! I'm planning another giveaway next month surrounding a signing I am SUPER excited about, so stick around for that!
 
 
 
 

Review--Sense of Deception by Victoria Laurie

In "New York Times" bestselling author Victoria Laurie s newest Psychic Eye Mystery, Abby Cooper senses a convicted killer is innocent, but she ll need hard evidence to save the woman before it s too late. A ticked-off judge has tossed Abby in the slammer for contempt of court, and during her brief but unpleasant stay she learns the story of a condemned woman who is facing a far more serious sentence. Skylar Miller has been found guilty of murder and faces the death penalty. Everyone believes she's guilty, including her own family and her ex-husband everyone, that is, except Abby, whose finely honed intuition tells her this woman doesn't belong behind bars. 

With the help of her husband Dutch and her friend Candice, Abby launches into her own investigation to clear Skylar and find the real killer. But after a final appeal is denied and Skylar's attorney scrambles for a stay of execution, time is running short and the list of suspects keeps growing. There's no margin for error as the life of an innocent woman hangs in the balance.


Brushing off the dust on some of my older TBR books, I found myself returning to Victoria Laurie’s first series, Psychic Eye Mystery! I remember discovering this series when I tired of not finding any paranormal books in the YA section, those are the Dark Years friends. What’s great about diving back into this series is that each book kind of stands on its own. There are some things that carry over from book to book, but it’s mostly personal stuff that you can easily get right back into. Sense of Deception is one where Abby has a very tight deadline to solve the case or else an innocent woman’s life will be put to an end.

At the beginning of this book, Abby finds herself being held in contempt of court and sent to prison. Her cellmate just happens to be of a woman named Skylar Miller who has been on death row for killing her son for the past decade. Her final appeal is just over a week away and after exchanging just a few words with her, Abby is convinced without a doubt that Skylar is innocent. Once she’s free from jail, she gets on the case and begins the long and tedious process of research.

Though trying to prove Skylar’s innocence isn’t her only case, she’s still trying to help her husband, Dutch, find a way to convict a serial rapist/killer—coincidentally whose trial she was testifying at when she was held in contempt—and get him put behind bars for good, and also, help the detective that arrested Skylar with a case he’s struggling with. Nothing Abby can’t handle, though there is that looming deadline until Skylar’s final appeal. Texas is a state that’s fond of the death penalty and if the appeal doesn’t go in her favor, she’ll be looking at the needle by midnight.

To my knowledge, Abby has never had to solve such a cold case before. Especially one that most people considered closed. Since my gut instinct is to always trust Abby and her gut, I was rooting for her. Though she hits many obstacles and dead ends, each failure felt like the end for poor Skylar. Naturally, some of the people Abby has to question about an event that was ten years ago, aren’t the most savory. It’s a good thing her BFF, Candice, has her back! Candice is one tough cookie, who I would never want to be caught on her bad side! But I love that she and Abby always have each other’s back when it comes to these cases of theirs.

What I have always loved about Victoria’s mysteries are the amazing characters! Abby is such a real person to me! She’s carefree, has amazing talents being a psychic, but isn’t without her flaws. She had me laughing more than once throughout this book. Plus the relationships she has with her friends, coworkers, and her husband too, are just amazing! They are such a tight-knit group at times, even though they challenge one another and may have doubts when it comes to work related matters, they always manage to stick it out together.

The story has a nice balance of mystery solving and everyday life, add in the fact that Abby is psychic, and you’ve got just the right twist to make things interesting! I am so happy to have returned to this series and after a brief interruptus of review books, I plan to come back here and get caught up with it! It’s one of the longest running series I’ve read to date at 15 books, whether there will be a book 16 this summer I have yet to find out, fingers crossed though!

Try as I might with this one, I didn’t quite get to the whodunit before Abby did. I at one point had a brief suspicion over the murderer, but then what I thought were more promising suspects came about! It’s kind of fun though to be taken by surprise and to remember that I ought to go with my gut, like Abby when it comes to picking my suspects! Lol!

If you’re looking for a fun, light-hearted mystery with the added touch of paranormal and still increasing danger, then look no further than Victoria Laurie and her Psychic Eye Mystery series!!


Overall Rating 5/5 stars






Book Blogger Hop

This meme is hosted by Billy at Ramblings of a Coffee Addict!
 
 
This week's question is: Have you ever found yourself acting like a favorite character in a novel? If so, which one? (submitted by Maria @ A Night's Dream of Books)
 
 
 
MY ANSWER: Hmm...well I can definitely say Katy from the Lux series, because obviously we both blog and fangirl and read!
 

 


I also felt like I related to Rose from Vampire Academy, mostly an attitude thing with the snarkiness and not taking crap from people. Alas, I have no literal butt-kicking skills like she did!