October Wrap Up

October was a slow reading month for me. I listened to more music and podcasts at work then I did audiobooks.. yeah its been one of those months (Thank God for Dear Hank and John!). I did read 4 new books, reread 2 HP books and made bigger dent in The Fiery Cross. (November will be the month I finish it!!!)

  • Invictus
  • The Walled City
  • This Darkness Mine
  • All The Crooked Saints
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
  • The Fiery Cross
  • The Scorpio Races

I concluded repping for 4 shops

I also got to attend the first (hopefully annual) Oklahoma Teen Book Con last weekend and met Maggie Steifvater, Ryan Graudin, Scott Reintgen, and Windy Spinale! It was amazing and so great to see so many awesome authors come to little old Oklahoma! Full post about that to come later but just in case you don’t believe me here is a picture of Maggie Stiefvater speaking on a panel and signing my books!! ❤️ ❤️❤️❤️

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Waiting on Wednesday – Renegades

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 on Renegades by Marissa Meyer

Expected publication: November 7th 2017 by Feiwel & Friends


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Secret Identities.
Extraordinary Powers.
She wants vengeance. He wants justice.

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies—humans with extraordinary abilities—who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone…except the villains they once overthrew.

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice—and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both. (Goodreads summary).

Why I Am Waiting

I fell head over heals in love with Marissa Meyer’s story telling from the first chapter of Cinder. The Lunar Chronicles is still one of my favorite series that I reread frequently (partially because I own the audio books and Rebecca Soler is a top notch narrator!) I wasn’t as captivated by Heartless as I was by The Lunar Chronicles but I’m also not a fan of Alice in Wonderland, like at all. Renegades will be her first non retelling and I am super excited to see what she has got in store! From the summary it sounds a bit like a dystopian, which I am drawn to like a magnet, and a bit futuristic, and a whole lot of GIVE ME NOW! This releases on the same day as The Becoming of Noah Shaw… I might have to flip a coin to determine which one to read first!

Ebook Deals of the Day

There are several really good ebooks on sale this week! My Lady Jane is one of my favorite books that I ever got in one of my Owlcrates and they just revealed the cover for My Plain Jane that comes out next year (WHYYYYYY????!!) and I’m super excited about it! The Crown’s Game was a good read, I also got to meet the author Evelyn Sky when she came through on the Epic Reads tour and it was fascinating to hear her background and why she focused on Russian History. Very interesting story. I also got to meet Kimberley McCreight the author of the Outliers at the same tour! The other three are on my TBR, I have seen both the movie and the Broadway show of The Color Purple but I have yet to read the book. I’m considering setting a goal in 2018 to read a classic one a month or something like that..

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I’m not sure when these deals expire so get them for dirt cheap prices before they are gone!

BTW I DON”T get paid to promote these. I just get a lot of deals sent to my inbox and I want to share them with book lovers!

Happy Reading!

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Waiting on Wednesday – The Becoming of Noah Shaw

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 anxiously waiting on The Becoming of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin

November 7th 2017 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers


25548744In the first book of the Shaw Confessions, the companion series to the New York Times bestselling Mara Dyer novels, old skeletons are laid bare and new promises prove deadly. This is what happens after happily ever after.

Everyone thinks seventeen-year-old Noah Shaw has the world on a string.

They’re wrong.

Mara Dyer is the only one he trusts with his secrets and his future.

He shouldn’t.

And both are scared that uncovering the truth about themselves will force them apart.

They’re right. (goodreads Summary)

Why I am Waiting

I absolutely LOVED the Mara Dyer series! LOVED IT, loved it! It was the perfect blend of creepy and mystery, haunting and dreamy! Noah is one of the main characters and one of my top book boyfriends so I am sooo excited that not only is he getting his own SERIES (I assume from his POV!?!?!) but it will still feature him and Mara! Eeeek! The Fangirl is starting to come out (can’t you tell with ALL THE CAPS)! The blurb is super vague, I’m assuming it takes place after the Retribution of Mara Dyer but I could be totally wrong! You never know with Michelle Hodkin but I don’t care I will take any scraps I can get! I was planning a reread of the Mara Dyer books before this comes out but with all the amazing October new releases it may not happen unless I can get ahold of the audio books that Audible keeps so heavily guarded. Christy Carlson Romano read the audio books and is the perfect voice for Mara! I wonder who they will have read Noah’s series? Oh gosh I’m so excited! Hurry November HURRY HURRY!

September Owlcrate 

September’s Owlcrate may have been the best one yet, I mean it came with a BOOK SLEEVE from the infamous BOOKBEAU! This favoritism has nothing to do with my new addiction to book sleeves BTW. . Anyways, the theme was Mythical Creatures and actually contained a Percy Jackson item in it which is a first!

 

  • Exclusive bath salts from @thesoaplibrarian
  • An exclusive Game of Thrones wooden bookmark from @inkandwonder.designs
  • An exclusive dragon canvas coin purse made by Owlcrate
  • An exclusive sticker of Hagrid and Buckbeak designed by @susanne_draws
  • An exclusive unicorn&mermaid book sleeve from @bookbeau
  • A collectible pin and magazine from Owlcrate
  • Before SheIgnites by @unicornwarlord (which had an exclusive cover, signed bookplate, letter from the author, and guide to the dragons in the book)!

I’ve heard great things about Before She Ignites. I may have to move it up on my list to behind Turtles All the Way Down and just before The Becoming of Noah Shaw. Ah so many great books coming out I love it!!

 

Here’s my full unboxing with a little help from Chairman cat.

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Highland Bluff Studio – Bookish

I am loving being a rep for Highland Bluff Studio! I was chosen to be a rep for September and then was asked to stay on for October! It has been so fun getting to collaborate with HBS and my fellow reps! Highland Bluff Studio started out just selling what they called Soy Candles for Nerds! They don’t use dye in their candles, focuing more on the scents they create which are seriously some of THE BEST smelling bookish candles I have ever come across! They have since expanded to travel tins, room spray and now BOOK SLEEVES! There are more changes coming to the shop as well, some candles are being retired to make way for new glass candles that you can use as DRINKING GLASSES once the candle wax is gone! How cool! My October Rep Package is on its way and I can’t wait to share it with y’all! Until then here are some pictures from my September Rep package! And if you go shopping (which you totally should, I am as soon as I get my paycheck!) be sure to use my discount code TAYLORTAKES10 to save yourself 10%

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Love their Glass Candles, they are getting a makeover soon and the Book Nerd and Fantastic Beasts candles will be retired so if you like them get them while you can!
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Love the scent of this room spray!
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“Whether you come back by page or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.”

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I love this quote from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them! I’m a huge worrier and I’m trying to get better about that.
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I love Luna and this candle smells divine!

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This Book Nerd candles smells of Leather and Old Books!❤️

Don’t forget to use my discount code TAYLORTAKES10  to save 10% off your purchase!

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Warcross – Book Review

Author: Marie Lu
Published: September 12th 2017 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy
Rating: ★★★★★

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For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire. (Goodreads summary)


“Everything’s science fiction until someone makes it science fact”

OH MY GOSH I LOVED THIS BOOK AND I NEED THE SECOND ONE RIGHT NOW!

I am not even kidding. After the disappointment that was the Young Elite series I was both nervous but so excited for this book and IT DID NOT DISAPPOINT!

This book reminded me a lot of Ready Player One in many ways. Also set in a (not so?) futuristic world where a virtual reality game called Warcross has become the obsession of the time.

“Some people still say that Warcross is just a stupid game. Others say it’s a revolution. But for me and millions of others, it’s the only foolproof way to forget our troubles. Tonight, I can join in with everyone else, put on my glasses, and watch magic happen.”

So as stated in the blurb Emika hacks into the opening of the Warcross World Championships and, instead of getting in trouble for it, she is offered a job by the creator of Warcross. He needs a spy to insure the safety of this years tournament and to uncover a security issue. Emika is then drafted onto a team and is thrust into the World Championships of Warcross. Everything about the games from the wild card drafting to competing in the the different areans just blew me away! I mean, can we talk about the world building please. OH.MY.GOSH. So I absolutely LOVED Marie Lu’s Legend series and the world building she did there. This was 5 steps beyond that. (Also Marie Lu did state that Warcross and Legend DO take place in the same universe and one is the future of the other! This could be the past of the Legend world!!)  It was not hard at all to imagine this world as I was reading it. I was constantly seeing it in vivid colors, both in the games and in the Tokyo setting. Sometimes I am just amazed at how one person can create such a crazy vivid realistic but totally fantasized place with just 26 letters rearranged over and over again. And that my brain can take those letters and project this vivid colorful world into my mind perfectly..

I really liked Emika’s character. I love the fact that she has rainbow hair, I love WHY she has rainbow hair. I can sympathize with her past. She’s very likable right off the bat! She is cleaver and sneaky and just all around awesome! I’m sorry, my fangirling is starting to take over again. -deep breaths- There was a lot of diversity in this book as well. Emika is Chinese-American, the Captain of her Warcross team Asher Wing (Day’s possible ancestor???) is in a wheelchair, Hideo Tanaka is Japanese with a British accent and of course since this is a World Championship there are many other nationalities involved.

Annnnd the cliffhanger was brutal! But I really didn’t expect anything less from Marie Lu. . I am in desperate need of the sequel! I also just finished Ryan Graudin’s Invictus and now all I can think of is getting ahold of a Recorder’s Time Machine and time traveling to 2018 to get my hands on Warcross #2 (rumors are it might be called Darkcross??) and more information as to how this coincides with Legend!!