Waiting on Wednesday – Daughter of the Burning City

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 on Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

Expected publication: July 25th 2017 by Harlequin Teen


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A darkly irresistible new fantasy set in the infamous Gomorrah Festival, a traveling carnival of debauchery that caters to the strangest of dreams and desires.

Sixteen-year-old Sorina has spent most of her life within the smoldering borders of the Gomorrah Festival. Yet even among the many unusual members of the traveling circus-city, Sorina stands apart as the only illusion-worker born in hundreds of years. This rare talent allows her to create illusions that others can see, feel and touch, with personalities all their own. Her creations are her family, and together they make up the cast of the Festival’s Freak Show.

But no matter how lifelike they may seem, her illusions are still just that—illusions, and not truly real. Or so she always believed…until one of them is murdered.

Desperate to protect her family, Sorina must track down the culprit and determine how they killed a person who doesn’t actually exist. Her search for answers leads her to the self-proclaimed gossip-worker Luca, and their investigation sends them through a haze of political turmoil and forbidden romance, and into the most sinister corners of the Festival. But as the killer continues murdering Sorina’s illusions one by one, she must unravel the horrifying truth before all of her loved ones disappear. (Goodreads Summary)

Why I Am Waiting

After reading The Night Circus, Carnival of Secrets and Caraval I am throughly intrigued by anything carnival/festival like. Add in magical illusions that are the real deal and you can just take my money! With this book it looks like you get magic and a mystery, and I love a good mystery. The Author has another book coming out next april in a vegas like setting with casinos and street gangs. If this book is as good as I am hoping Amanda Foody will be added to my list of authors to watch.

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Our Dark Duet – Book Review

Author: Victoria Schwab
Published: June 13th 2017 by Greenwillow Books
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Monsters
Rating: ★★★★✰

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KATE HARKER isn’t afraid of monsters. She hunts them. And she’s good at it.

AUGUST FLYNN once yearned to be human. He has a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost.

THE WAR HAS BEGUN.

THE MONSTERS ARE WINNING.

Kate will have to return to Verity. August will have to let her back in. And a new monster is waiting—one that feeds on chaos and brings out its victims’ inner demons.

Which will be harder to conquer: the monsters they face, or the monsters within?


“Monsters,” he said slowly, “all want the same thing: to feed. They are united by that common goal, while you are all divided by your morals and your pride. What do I think? I think that if you cannot come together, you cannot win.”

I loved This Savage Song. It was the first Victoria Schwab book I had ever read and I knew before I even finished that I had to read her other works. The way she write is just amazing. And the way, the style in which she wrote this beautiful soul crushing book was just perfect. She definitely is not afraid to mess with our feelings and strike right for the feels. Our Dark Duet picks up a few months after the ending of This Savage Song. Kate is now living in Prosperity hunting the few monsters that are there. August has stayed behind to take Leo’s place in the Flynn Task Force with his dead brother haunting his thoughts. While hunting monsters Kate comes across a monster no one has ever seen before. Not a Malchai, Corsai, or a Sunai, but something else entirely. She tracks it back to Verity. And thats where things really start getting good. or really bad. depending upon how you look at it.

August Flynn. He is an amazingly well rounded character. A monster that only wants to be human forced to do monstrous things to save humans. He is seriously messed up in this book. Killing his brother and Kate leaving and the city going to hell in a hand basket and having to reap more and more souls is just taking its toll on him. He struggles with what to do, hearing Leo’s voice in his head telling him to let go and let the monster loose but not wanting to lose what little “humanity” he has.

Kate Harker. I love my blondies. There really aren’t that many out there so I am biased towards them. Kate has started over, she has a new name and a new identity. She tries to cover up her pain and loneliness with monster hunting. She meets new friends  colleagues  fellow monster hunters in Prosperity and fills her life with that. All in, the only way Kate knows how to. But Verity is always in the back of her mind.

I don’t feel like I can say much more without spoiling. The book starts out a bit slow but then as soon as it picks up you are hurled full force into that heart wrenching ending. Oh that ending. I have to say I knew part of it was coming but that still doesn’t prepare you for it! Ugh. I loved it though, I don’t know how she could have ended it any better while getting the point across.

“People were messy. They were defined not only by what they’d done, but by what they would have done, under different circumstances, molded as much by their regrets as their actions, choices they stood by and those they wished they could undo. Of course, there was no going back—time only moved forward—but people could change.
For worse.
And for better.”

Waiting on Wednesday – The Disappearances

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 on The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy

Expected publication: July 4th 2017 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt


32614919What if the ordinary things in life suddenly…disappeared?

Aila Quinn’s mother, Juliet, has always been a mystery: vibrant yet guarded, she keeps her secrets beyond Aila’s reach. When Juliet dies, Aila and her younger brother Miles are sent to live in Sterling, a rural town far from home–and the place where Juliet grew up.

Sterling is a place with mysteries of its own. A place where the experiences that weave life together–scents of flowers and food, reflections from mirrors and lakes, even the ability to dream–vanish every seven years.

No one knows what caused these “Disappearances,” or what will slip away next. But Sterling always suspected that Juliet Quinn was somehow responsible–and Aila must bear the brunt of their blame while she follows the chain of literary clues her mother left behind.

As the next Disappearance nears, Aila begins to unravel the dual mystery of why the Disappearances happen and who her mother truly was. One thing is clear: Sterling isn’t going to hold on to anyone’s secrets for long before it starts giving them up. (Goodreads Summary)


Why I Am Waiting

The entire premise of this book is intriguing. Things disappearing every 7 years and crazy things like scents of foods and dreaming. Crazy weird stuff. And crazy weird stuff is what I like! I love mysteries too, and this is one mysterious sounding book! It looks like this will be a stand alone so that will be a nice break from all of these series and trilogies and dulogies that I’m surrounded by!

Happy Book Birthday!- Our Dark Duet

 

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Today is the release day for Victoria Schwab’s Our Dark Duet! It is the conclusion for the Monsters of Verity dulogy and the sequle to This Savage Song!

Kate Harker is a girl who isn’t afraid of the dark. She’s a girl who hunts monsters. And she’s good at it. August Flynn is a monster who can never be human, no matter how much he once yearned for it. He’s a monster with a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost.

Nearly six months after Kate and August were first thrown together, the war between the monsters and the humans is terrifying reality. In Verity, August has become the leader he never wished to be, and in Prosperity, Kate has become the ruthless hunter she knew she could be. When a new monster emerges from the shadows—one who feeds on chaos and brings out its victim’s inner demons—it lures Kate home, where she finds more than she bargained for. She’ll face a monster she thought she killed, a boy she thought she knew, and a demon all her own. (goodreads summary)


I received This Savage Song in last year’s July Owlcrate and LOVED IT! I really love anything V-Schwab writes. (if you haven’t read her A Darker Shade of Magic trilogy you best get on that ASAP!) It was such a different type of world with monsters and humans living together with the evil acts of humans creating the monsters that we see. We met August, a monster who doesn’t want to be a monster or do monsters things, and Kate who is the daughter of the biggest monster in Verity, a human who runs one side of the city and has taught her to be as ruthless as he is. It’s somewhat hard to even explain but I just couldn’t put it down! Thank God it didn’t end on a cliff hanger, it made it a little easier to wait for Our Dark Duet. I am so excited to read this, it will be the second ending to a series of her’s that I will have read this year. (Way to be productive V-Schwab!) I pre-ordered this baby so it should be on my front porch when I get home if Amazon isn’t lying to me. I can’t wait to start reading it!

I highly recommend reading this series as well as the Shades of Magic series I mentioned earlier and pretty much anything else with Victoria Schwab/V.E. Schwab name on it. She is a fantastic writer with intriguing fantasy worlds. I know I haven’t read this second and final installment yet but that just it, her writing is so good I don’t have to read first recommend later. I can just recommend. But of course I will read, I will ALWAYS read!

A Court of Wings and Ruin – Review

Author: Sarah J. Maas
Published: May 2nd 2017 by Bloomsbury Childrens Books
Genre: Fantasy,  New Adult,
Rating: ★★★★★

ACOWAR_USFeyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all. ( goodreads summary)


“Remember that you are a wolf. And you cannot be caged.”

I read ACOTAR in two days. I read ACOMAF in one day. I some how managed to stretch this book out a whole week. I wanted to devour it like I did ACOMAF but I just couldn’t bear the end coming. But come it did and it left me an emotional wreck! Those last 100 pages were a roller coster of feels and emotions BUT… it did not end up getting thrown across the room like Allegiant. So there’s that.. But I think Sarah J. Maas did an excellent job of wrapping this part of ACOTAR series. She about gave me a heart attack several times but I thought the ending was pretty perfect.

I have been trying for 2 weeks now to write a review worthy of this beautiful book. But that is just obviously not going to happen. This book gave me all the feels and I’m still just completely messed up over it. SO I’m just going to bullet all of the snippets that are still flying around in my brain in as non spoliery of a way that I can.

  • Rysand is the best
  • Hybern is the worst
  • Tamlin is the literal worst
  • I hate the Spring Court and I fully support all of the carefully thought out shenanigans Ferye pulled there.
  • Lucian. I’m so glad he was in this book more. His family drama puts Mor’s family drama to shame!
  • Feyre – man has she done some amazing character growth. She’s not the starving little human who thinks so little of herself. She IS High Lady of the Night Court. She knows who and what she is deep down inside and it doesn’t bother her one bit.
  • Cassian and Nesta. Oh sweet lord if the next book isn’t all about them I’m suing.
  • I honestly didn’t feel sorry for Elaine. Buck up buttercup. Stop being such a weakling.
  • Her fiancé is a twerp though.
  • I foresee an underlying problem in future books being a love triangle between Azriel, Elaine and Lucien.
  • RIP the Suriel. I actually got a little teary eyed at that part.
  • The Bone Carver’s form that he shows to Feyre is actually WHAT!?!
  • I still don’t understand what that thing was living in the bottom of the library
  • Is a requirement for being a High Lord acting like a douchebag?
  • The High Lord of the Dawn Court is actually ******’s Father! WHAT?!?!
  • Mor.. huh.. well that explain’s a lot.
  • Cassian and Nesta be still my heart♥
  • Rysand and Feyre be still my heart
  • Father Archeron be still my broken heart!
  • AMEREN YOU FITHLY LYING SON OF A MOTHER!!
  • The cavalry has arrived!
  • DANG Elaine finally grew a pair!
  • AMEREN! ♥♥♥♥
  • RYSAND NOOOOOOO!!!!!!!
  • WHYYYYY?!?!?!
  • NOOOOOO!
  • WHY SARAH WHYYYY?!?!
  • $(&%*&@$(*#&$!
  • I still can’t believe who died and who didn’t. I feel like there should have been more casualties because it is a war and all.. but I love my little character babies and am sooo glad they are all safe and sound!

I can’t wait for the next installment of this series. I am so unbelievable sad that Feyra and Rys won’t be front and center for that but I have fallen in love with this world that Sarah J. Maas has created as much as her characters and can’t wait to read more of it!

“The great joy and honor of my life has been to know you. To call you my family. And I am grateful – more than I can possibly say – that I was given this time with you all”

 

 

A Million Junes – Book Review

Author: Emily Henry
Published: May 16th 2017 by Razorbill
Genre: Young Adult, Magical Realism, Contemporary, Fantasy
Rating: ★★★★✰

I received a digital ARC from Penguin’s First to Read.30763950

In their hometown of Five Fingers, Michigan, the O’Donnells and the Angerts have mythic legacies. But for all the tall tales they weave, both founding families are tight-lipped about what caused the century-old rift between them, except to say it began with a cherry tree.

Eighteen-year-old Jack “June” O’Donnell doesn’t need a better reason than that. She’s an O’Donnell to her core, just like her late father was, and O’Donnells stay away from Angerts. Period.

But when Saul Angert, the son of June’s father’s mortal enemy, returns to town after three mysterious years away, June can’t seem to avoid him. Soon the unthinkable happens: She finds she doesn’t exactly hate the gruff, sarcastic boy she was born to loathe.

Saul’s arrival sparks a chain reaction, and as the magic, ghosts, and coywolves of Five Fingers conspire to reveal the truth about the dark moment that started the feud, June must question everything she knows about her family and the father she adored. And she must decide whether it’s finally time for her—and all of the O’Donnells before her—to let go. (Goodreads Summary)


This was a beautifully written book about love, shared grief, family legacy and conditioned hatred. I haven’t read anything by Emily Henry before but after finishing A Million Junes I have added The Love That Split the World to my TBR. This was a magical Romeo and Juliette-esque story that had me occasionally double-checking to make sure I was not in fact reading a Maggie Stiefvater novel.

I loved our two MCs Jack (June) O’Donnell and Saul Angert, I could read their bantering all day long. You know how I love a snarky sarcastic character and June was that character. The way she kept teasing Saul about his age just cracked me up. I loved the relationship between June and her best friend Hannah. I never really had a close girlfriend growing up so relationships like that fascinate me. I feel like this is how they should all be like. Hannah inadvertently helped June step way out of her comfort zone. Henry did a great job of developing these characters, especially June.

The world building in this book was magical. It’s in a fictional town in Michigan where June lives in a home that generations of O’Donnals’s have lived in. Legend surrounds her home and the land she lives on. From magical healing cherries to coywolves that steal shoes (but ignore chickens) to memories just floating around in the air, the supernatural is just right there. I’m afraid to say any more, lest I give away anything spoilery.

I really enjoyed this book and really appreciate Penguin for providing me an ARC. A Million Junes releases on May 16th and If you’re a fan of Maggie Stiefvater or Holly Black I would recommend this, even if you haven’t read anything by those authors it would still suggest checking it out!

Owlcrates – Bookish

So I have been away from the blogging world for a few months which is a few months of amazing Owlcrates I owe you! Lets start with the most recent one shall we?

So here is April’s Owlcrate – Head Over Heels

  •  ‘The Upside of Unrequited’ by @beckyalbertalli!
  • An exclusive fabric Pride and Prejudice headband from @storiarts!
  • A super cute keychain inspired by Simon Vs. The Homosapiens Agenda, designed exclusively by @bookwormboutique!
  • An exclusive mini candle featuring couples from Rainbow Rowell novels! Handmade by @novellyyours!
  • Yummy chocolate cherry Anna and the French Kiss tea created exclusively by @theteaspot!
  • A beautiful ACOMAF art print designed by the talented @eviebookish!
  •  An exclusive chapter sampler for Umberland by @wendyspinale and @iready
  •  A monthly collective OwlCrate pin!


March’s Owlcrate – Sailors, Ships & Seas

February Owlcrate – Run Away With the Circus

  • Caraval by Stephanie Garber
  • Cinnamon Donut Lip-Balm (Geek Fire Labs)
  • Carnival-themed Sticky Page Flags (Girl of all Work)
  • Caramel-Popcorn Mini Soy Candle (Frostbeard)
  • Upcycled Playing-Card Notebook (Attic Journals)
  • Exclusive OwlCrate “Acrobats” Button.
  • Exclusive Caraval Author Letter, Signed Bookplate and Art Print.

January Owlcrate – Classic Remix

December Owlcrate – Epic

November Owlcrate – Wonderland

November LitCube – Sorting Hat (I like to mix it up every now and then)

October Owlcrate – Once Upon a Dream

September Lit Joy Crate

  • Book: The Gilded Cage by Lucinda Gray, published by Macmillan
  • Rifle Paper Company pocket notebook
  • The Werewolves of Millers Hollow Game, to solve your own murder mystery
  • Pique Tea crystal blend samples
  • A Chatbooks gift card to record your photo memories
  • Bird print with artwork by Canary Jane

September Owlcrate – Darkness

So thats it. we are all caught up! This month (April) was my 12th Owlcrate which was 1 year of Owlcrate! whoo!

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