Waiting on Wednesday – One Dark Throne

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week I am waiting (and appears I will continue to wait for the ending) for One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake

Expected publication: September 19th 2017 by Harper Teen


 

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With the unforgettable events of the Quickening behind them and the Ascension Year underway, all bets are off. Katharine, once the weak and feeble sister, is stronger than ever before. Arsinoe, after discovering the truth about her powers, must figure out how to make her secret talent work in her favor without anyone finding out. And Mirabella, once thought to be the strongest sister of all and the certain Queen Crowned, faces attacks like never before—ones that put those around her in danger she can’t seem to prevent.

In this enthralling sequel to Kendare Blake’s New York Times bestselling Three Dark Crowns, Fennbirn’s deadliest queens must face the one thing standing in their way of the crown: each other (goodreads summary)

Why I Am Waiting

Well I was anxious to see what happened after the cliff hanger of Three Dark Crowns and get to the end of the conclusion of the story, buuuuut it appears that due to the overwhelming popularity of the first book Kendare Blake has now decided to extend the series from two books to FOUR. FOUR! ugh WHY?! Dulogies are great! I really liked this first book and was intrigued by this strange island that had queens kill of their sisters with their magical abilities in order to win their crown. But I’m not sure this story is enough for FOUR books.

Sorry this waiting on Wednesday post has turned into whining on Wednesday about waiting for more books. I’m still excited for the release of One Dark Throne though, just bummed I wont get the conclusion I was waiting for just yet.

BTW if you have read TDC who is your favorite queen? I’m still a little torn between Arsinoe and Katharine. I just wish Jules could be queen. She’s the toughest of them all. Watch that be a twist in one of the newly added books! HA!

 

All The Feels – Book Review

Author: Daria Stone
Published: June 7th 2016 by Swoon Reads
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Nerd
Rating: ★★★✰✰

ATF_LD_DoodlesCollege freshman Liv is more than just a fangirl: The Starveil movies are her life… So, when her favorite character, Captain Matt Spartan, is killed off at the end of the last movie, Liv Just. Can’t. Deal.

Tired of sitting in her room sobbing, Liv decides to launch an online campaign to bring her beloved hero back to life. With the help of her best friend, Xander, actor and steampunk cosplayer extraordinaire, she creates #SpartanSurvived, a campaign to ignite the fandom. But as her online life succeeds beyond her wildest dreams, Liv is forced to balance that with the pressures of school, her mother’s disapproval, and her (mostly nonexistent and entirely traumatic) romantic life. A trip to DragonCon with Xander might be exactly what she needs to figure out what she really wants. (Goodreads Summary)


I am getting really into the fangirl/nerd books lately. Any that I can find I grab up and blow through them! Eliza and Her Monsters, Geekerella and Fangirl of course ( I reread it constantly) and now we have the appropriately titled All The Feels!

Similar to Geekerella our MC Liv is obsessed with Starveil (not Starfield, not Star Wars, not Star Trek.. they’re going to run out of Star related titles here pretty soon) and ends up attending a convention with her best friend. Liv is devastate when she attends the midnight premiere of the newest Starveil movie and he favorite character is killed off at the very end.  Starveil had been something that she has shared with her late father. It felt like her last connection to him. Shocked and distraught Liv mopes around for weeks before coming up with a plan to save Spartan.

“She’d just thrown gasoline on the fire. Now it was up to fandom to keep it burning.”

I could sympathize with Liv on a certain level. I remember when Allegiant was first released. I drove straight to the book store after work, bought my copy I had on hold, drove straight home and read it straight through to the bitter end. Where, through tears blurring my vision, I hurled it across the room and sat in socked silence for the rest of the night. I felt as though I had lost a friend and was in a depressed fog for about a week. But I got over it (the god awful movies helped a bit) unlike Liv, she cannot let it go. Part of me wanted to shake her! Honey are in college now GROW UP! It started to get in the way of life, so much so that it impacted her hygiene and relationships with the few people in her life. Which is sad, she really doesn’t have much of a life outside of Starveil and the internet.

Her mom wants her to let the fandom go and Liv freaks out. I can understand both sides. The nerd in me could never let go of my love for Harry Potter. But the adult in me also knows that only living in a fantasy world is unhealthy and it is screwing with her future. She bombed her SATs in high school and living her Starveil life online is affecting her current college classes. So I agree with her mother, but not the way she went about banishing Fandom from Liv’s life.

Her BFF Xander is ultra supportive, more so then I would ever expect anyone to be. He lets her whine and mope and does what he can to cheer her up. He is an awesome friend. I love his cosplay style of steampunk 1800’s ware. Makes me think of Will Herondale from The Infernal Devices. He ends up taking her to DragonCon with him. It was fun to experience Liv’s first con though her eyes.

I loved that each chapter began with a quote from a different fandom, like Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and Dr. Who. It was so nerdy I loved it! I really enjoyed this book, it was a cute fun read, the only problem I had was Liv’s obsession being so unhealthy to the point where it was negatively affecting the few relationships she had IRL. If you love fandoms and conventions and geeky romance I would recommend All The Feels.

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Waiting on Wednesday – Tower of Dawn

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week I am waiting waiting WAITING on Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

Expected publication September 5th 2017 by Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children’s Books


31450852In the next installment of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series, follow Chaol on his sweeping journey to a distant empire.

Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.

His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica—the stronghold of the southern continent’s mighty empire. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them.

But what they discover in Antica will change them both—and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined. (Goodreads summary)

Why I Am Waiting

  • Because Sarah J. Maas
  • Because Empire of Storms destroyed me and I need MORE!
  • Because it feels like A Court of Wings and Ruin seems like forever ago.
  • Because Sarah J. Maas
  • Because even though Chaol isn’t anywhere close to being by favorite character ( I seem to be in the minority here) I am very curious about the southern continent, we only explored a small fraction in The Assassin’s Blade stories. I want more.
  • Because I want more Nesryn.
  • Because I need more of this world.
  • SARAH J. FREAKIN MAAS!

Ebook Deals of the Day

There are several awesome e-book deals going on today! Six of Crows aka the magical amazingness penned by Leigh Bardugo is on sale for $2.99! Such an amazing read, I highly recommend it!

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These next 5 are all on my TBR. I loved Armentrout’s Luxe series, I hope this one is as good.

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These next 3 are all on sale through iBooks. Not sure if they are available for this price on other devices. If they are, please let us all know in the comments!

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Drawn to the Pages Designs – Bookish

Hi guys! Happy Monday! As I have mentioned before I am a rep for Drawn to the Pages an etsy shop specializing in watercolored design. She started out with gorgeous watercolored bookmarks, but now she is also selling amazingly beautiful mugs, coasters, keychains, Game of Thrones inspired dragon eggs and we are expecting new surprise products in this months rep package! She has really branched out from just starting a few months ago!

I’m so excited to show you some of her newest products! First are the mugs, that I adore! This first one is a design thats a little tricky for photographing but I still love it! It says Book Nerd and curves around the side of the mug in a chevron pattern. I have this design in bookmark form, and mug form and still need to get it in coaster form. Love it! The second mug is the Hogwarts school crest done in watercolor. So beautiful! And it matches my deathly hallows bookmark!

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Next are the keychains. I just have one right now but I’m eyeing a few more in her shop.

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Then there are the coasters which might be my new obsession! I have an Expresso Patronum one, an Angelic Rune one and Hogwarts crest one and I’m eyeing the new Outlander ones she just posted to her shop!

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And of course she still has her beautiful watercolored bookmarks!

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Thats it for now! I should be getting my next rep package any day now and I can’t wait to share it with you! If you follow me on instagram you can see my unboxing videos and first look at the products! And don’t forget my code TAYLORTAKES15 saves you 15% off your order!

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Friday E-Book Deals

There are several good e-book deals today and one is a freebie! All of these are on my TBR and I’m really looking forward to reading them!

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Violet Ambrose is grappling with two major issues: Jay Heaton and her morbid secret ability. While the sixteen-year-old is confused by her new feelings for her best friend since childhood, she is more disturbed by her “power” to sense dead bodies—or at least those that have been murdered. Since she was a little girl, she has felt the echoes that the dead leave behind in the world… and the imprints that attach to their killers.

Violet has never considered her strange talent to be a gift; it mostly just led her to find the dead birds her cat had tired of playing with. But now that a serial killer has begun terrorizing her small town, and the echoes of the local girls he’s claimed haunt her daily, she realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.

Despite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet on her quest to find the murderer—and Violet is unnerved to find herself hoping that Jay’s intentions are much more than friendly. But even as Violet is getting closer and closer to discovering a killer.. she might become his next prey (Goodreads summary)

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“I made the wrong choice.”

Lina is spending the summer in Tuscany, but she isn’t in the mood for Italy’s famous sunshine and fairy-tale landscape. She’s only there because it was her mother’s dying wish that she get to know her father. But what kind of father isn’t around for sixteen years? All Lina wants to do is get back home.

But then she is given a journal that her mom had kept when she lived in Italy. Suddenly Lina’s uncovering a magical world of secret romances, art, and hidden bakeries. A world that inspires Lina, along with the ever-so-charming Ren, to follow in her mother’s footsteps and unearth a secret that has been kept for far too long. It’s a secret that will change everything she knew about her mother, her father—and even herself.

People come to Italy for love and gelato, someone tells her, but sometimes they discover much more. (Goodreads Summary)

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Available on: Nook, Amazon Kindle, Kobo

Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you’re only seventeen?

Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of death and destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire…

But Akaran has its own secrets—thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most…including herself. (Goodreads Summary)

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