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!

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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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Daughter of the Burning City – Book Review

Author: Amanda Foody
Published: July 25th 2017 by Harlequin Teen
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Mystery
Rating: ★★★★★

 

30237061Sixteen-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)


“Wicked, Wicked to the core, The city will burn forevermore”

This book was INSANELY good! I received it in my August Once Upon A Book Club box and the gifts that came with it just made reading it sooo much better!

Sorina and her “family” are so interesting. Sorina doesn’t have eyes but she can see and create illusions for others to see. She creates her own family, a grandfather figure, a sister thats also a best friend, funny bickering little brothers. These illusions perform in a Freak Show in the Gomorrah Festival, all having their own odd talent to add to the show. Our story starts out with one of her family members being murdered. This is obviously a problem for more then one reason. 1. Murder 2. Illusions can’t be murdered. Or can they?

Lets talk about the Gomorrah Festival itself. While it is indeed a traveling festival it is also a traveling city with a rich dark history. I loved the vivid descriptions of the festival and the different shows and booths. Gomorrah is split into two sections, there is Uphill where Sorina’s freak show performs and then there is Downhill where the darker more depraved shows and booths reside. There is a sharp contrast between the two and it was interesting to see it through Sorina’s eyes, someone who has lived with the festival almost all her life and yet she rarely ventured into the Downhill.

Sorina herself was a very strong character. She loves her family dearly, even though they aren’t truly real and she will stop at nothing to keep them safe. The craziest thing about her wasn’t her illusions, SHE HAS NO EYES! Yet she can see! The sight of an eyeless face unnerves most people so she wears masks almost all the time. It was so interesting to learn about her abilities as an Illusion Worker through her thoughts, her description of their strings pooling around her feet as she manipulates them. Crazy descriptive writing on Foody’s part!

I loved the mystery of this book. It was the perfect blend of mystery and magic! It kept me guessing right up until the end. The twist really got me! It was so hard to put it down at times! I am now eagerly awaiting Amanda Foody’s next novel Ace of Shades she did so well with this debut novel I can’t help but have high hopes for the next one!

“The smoke is part of Gomorrah’s legend: once upon a time, we were burned to the ground. But we did not die. Instead we kept burning, kept moving, kept growing. The smoke surrounds us, even if we no longer burn.”

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My Once Upon a Book Club box with Daughter of the Burning City and all the correlating gifts!

September Wrap Up

This month I only read 6 new books and reread four old favorites. It really felt like I read more then this. huh. Well 4 of the 6 were new releases that I flew through and will hopefully actually review them. I’ve gotten so lazy about reviews. Maybe my life will calm down enough to actually sit down and think and write a review. and maybe llamas will start talking. Anything can happen!

  • Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Manizcalco
  • Warcross by Marie Lu
  • Wonder Woman Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
  • Elixir by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody
  • Deity by Jennifer L. Armentrout

My favorite was probably Warcross. I don’t know. WW, Hunting Prince Dracula and Daughter of the Burning City were very close contenders. Heck I loved them all equally!

  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

I’m currently reading

  • The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon (I know feels like I have been reading this forever! I kinda have, but its my lunch book, so I get 20 minutes of it a day 5 days a week soo… Don’t judge me!)
  • Invictus

and rereading

  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

For September I was also a rep for 3 very awesome companies!

I have loved every minute of it! All three of these companies are fantastic and produce good quality merch. Angela’s designs are gorgeous and continue to amaze me every time she releases a new one! Sam and  Michelle and Logan create amazing boxes with gifts that seem like they have been pluck right out of the included book!

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E-Book Deals

A bunch more e-book deals this week! I’ve read a few of these, but the rest are on my TBR. Shallow Graves is perfect for Halloween, The Female of the Species is an amazing read, I highly recommend it! The is the perfect chance to get Replica read before the sequel Ringer comes out in October!

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Breezy remembers leaving the party: the warm, wet grass under her feet, her cheek still stinging from a slap to her face. But when she wakes up, scared and pulling dirt from her mouth, a year has passed and she can’t explain how.

Nor can she explain the man lying at her grave, dead from her touch, or why her heartbeat comes and goes. She doesn’t remember who killed her or why. All she knows is that she’s somehow conscious—and not only that, she’s able to sense who around her is hiding a murderous past.

Haunted by happy memories from her life, Breezy sets out to find answers in the gritty, threatening world to which she now belongs—where killers hide in plain sight, and a sinister cult is hunting for strange creatures like her. What she discovers is at once empowering, redemptive, and dangerous. (Goodreads summary)Screen Shot 2017-09-25 at 11.00.12 AM

Alex Craft knows how to kill someone. And she doesn’t feel bad about it. When her older sister, Anna, was murdered three years ago and the killer walked free, Alex uncaged the language she knows best. The language of violence.

While her crime goes unpunished, Alex knows she can’t be trusted among other people, even in her small hometown. She relegates herself to the shadows, a girl who goes unseen in plain sight, unremarkable in the high school hallways.

But Jack Fisher sees her. He’s the guy all other guys want to be: the star athlete gunning for valedictorian with the prom queen on his arm. Guilt over the role he played the night Anna’s body was discovered hasn’t let him forget Alex over the years, and now her green eyes amid a constellation of freckles have his attention. He doesn’t want to only see Alex Craft; he wants to know her.

So does Peekay, the preacher’s kid, a girl whose identity is entangled with her dad’s job, though that does not stop her from knowing the taste of beer or missing the touch of her ex-boyfriend. When Peekay and Alex start working together at the animal shelter, a friendship forms and Alex’s protective nature extends to more than just the dogs and cats they care for.

Circumstances bring Alex, Jack, and Peekay together as their senior year unfolds. While partying one night, Alex’s darker nature breaks out, setting the teens on a collision course that will change their lives forever. (goodreads summary)

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What if you aren’t the Chosen One?

The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?

What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.

Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.

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The Jewel means wealth. The Jewel means beauty. The Jewel means royalty. But for girls like Violet, the Jewel means servitude. Not just any kind of servitude. Violet, born and raised in the Marsh, has been trained as a surrogate for the royalty—because in the Jewel the only thing more important than opulence is offspring.

Purchased at the surrogacy auction by the Duchess of the Lake and greeted with a slap to the face, Violet (now known only as #197) quickly learns of the brutal truths that lie beneath the Jewel’s glittering facade: the cruelty, backstabbing, and hidden violence that have become the royal way of life.

Violet must accept the ugly realities of her existence… and try to stay alive. But then a forbidden romance erupts between Violet and a handsome gentleman hired as a companion to the Duchess’s petulant niece. Though his presence makes life in the Jewel a bit brighter, the consequences of their illicit relationship will cost them both more than they bargained for. (goodreads summary)

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Lyra

From a distance, the Haven Institute, tucked away on a private island off the coast of Florida, looks serene and even beautiful. But up close the locked doors, military guards, and biohazard suits tell a different story. In truth, it is a clandestine research facility where thousands of replicas, or human models, are born, raised, and observed.

But when a surprise attack is launched on Haven, two of its young experimental subjects—Lyra, or 24, and the boy known only as 72—manage to escape. As they make their way through a new and menacing environment, they meet a stranger named Gemma, who has embarked on a perilous quest of her own. And as Lyra tries to understand Haven’s purpose, she uncovers earth-shattering secrets that will change the lives of both girls.

Gemma

Gemma has been in and out of hospitals her whole life. A sickly child, she has grown into a lonely adolescent whose life is circumscribed by home, school, and her best friend, April.

But after she is nearly abducted by a stranger claiming to know her, Gemma starts to investigate her family’s past and discovers her father’s mysterious connection to the secretive Haven research facility. Hungry for answers, she travels to Florida, only to stumble upon two human models, or replicas, 24 and 72—and a completely new set of questions. As Gemma tries to unravel the mysteries of Haven, she learnes terrible truths about herself and her family that will threaten to destroy everything she loves.

Two girls, two stories, one novel.

While the stories of Gemma and Lyra mirror each other, each contains revelations critically important to the other story. Their narratives can be read separately or in alternating chapters. (goodreads summary)

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When Rachelle was fifteen she was good—apprenticed to her aunt and in training to protect her village from dark magic. But she was also reckless— straying from the forest path in search of a way to free her world from the threat of eternal darkness. After an illicit meeting goes dreadfully wrong, Rachelle is forced to make a terrible choice that binds her to the very evil she had hoped to defeat.

Three years later, Rachelle has given her life to serving the realm, fighting deadly creatures in an effort to atone. When the king orders her to guard his son Armand—the man she hates most—Rachelle forces Armand to help her find the legendary sword that might save their world. As the two become unexpected allies, they uncover far-reaching conspiracies, hidden magic, and a love that may be their undoing. In a palace built on unbelievable wealth and dangerous secrets, can Rachelle discover the truth and stop the fall of endless night?

Inspired by the classic fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood, Crimson Bound is an exhilarating tale of darkness, love, and redemption.

(This is a standalone novel, not part of the Cruel Beauty Universe.) (goodreads summary)

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The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud tells the haunting story of a young man who narrowly survives a terrible car wreck that kills his little brother. Years later, the brothers’ bond remains so strong that it transcends the normal boundaries separating life and death. Charlie St. Cloud lives in a snug New England fishing village. By day he tends the lawns and monuments of the ancient cemetery where his younger brother, Sam, is buried. Graced with an extraordinary gift after surviving the accident, he can still see, talk, and even play catch with Sam’s spirit. But townsfolk whisper that Charlie has never recovered from his loss.

Into his carefully ordered life comes Tess Carroll, a captivating, adventuresome woman training for a solo sailing trip around the globe. Fate steers her boat into a treacherous storm that blows her back to harbor, to a charged encounter with Charlie, and to a surprise more overwhelming than the violent sea itself. Charlie and Tess discover a beautiful and uncommon connection that leads to a race against time and a desperate choice between death and life, between the past and the future, between holding on and letting go.

Luminous, soulful, and filled with unforgettable characters, The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud is one of those rare, wise books that reveal the mysteries of the unseen world around us, gently transforming the worst pain of loss into hope, healing, and even laughter. Suspenseful and deeply moving, its startling climax reminds us that sometimes tragedies can bring about miracles if we simply open our hearts. (goodreads summary)

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Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart? (goodreads summary)

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Grace Mae knows madness.

She keeps it locked away, along with her voice, trapped deep inside a brilliant mind that cannot forget horrific family secrets. Those secrets, along with the bulge in her belly, land her in a Boston insane asylum.

When her voice returns in a burst of violence, Grace is banished to the dark cellars, where her mind is discovered by a visiting doctor who dabbles in the new study of criminal psychology. With her keen eyes and sharp memory, Grace will make the perfect assistant at crime scenes. Escaping from Boston to the safety of an ethical Ohio asylum, Grace finds friendship and hope, hints of a life she should have had. But gruesome nights bring Grace and the doctor into the circle of a killer who stalks young women. Grace, continuing to operate under the cloak of madness, must hunt a murderer while she confronts the demons in her own past.

In this beautifully twisted historical thriller, Mindy McGinnis, acclaimed author of Not a Drop to Drink and In a Handful of Dust, explores the fine line between sanity and insanity, good and evil—and the madness that exists in all of us. (goodreads summary)

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Gold is in my blood, in my breath, even in the flecks in my eyes.

Lee Westfall has a strong, loving family. She has a home she loves and a loyal steed. She has a best friend—who might want to be something more.

She also has a secret.

Lee can sense gold in the world around her. Veins deep in the earth. Small nuggets in a stream. Even gold dust caught underneath a fingernail. She has kept her family safe and able to buy provisions, even through the harshest winters. But what would someone do to control a girl with that kind of power? A person might murder for it.

When everything Lee holds dear is ripped away, she flees west to California—where gold has just been discovered. Perhaps this will be the one place a magical girl can be herself. If she survives the journey.

The acclaimed Rae Carson begins a sweeping new trilogy set in Gold Rush-era America, about a young woman with a powerful and dangerous gift. (goodreads summary).

 

Most of these deals expire at the end of the month, so get them while you can!

Happy Reading!

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Once Upon a Book Club Box

I also have the pleasure of representing Once Upon a Book Club Box for the next few months. OUABC is a very unique subscription box. It contains a book and several bookish goodies like all the others, but this particular book was hand picked to correlate with gifts included in the box. Each gift feels like it taken right out of the pages of the story. They have both an Adult box and a YA box. I’m representing the YA box (obviously!)

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The Book picked for August’s box was Daughter of the Burning City. I was so excited because that book was high on my list of books to read and it DID NOT disappoint!

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The box come with several wrapped gifts that correlate directly with what is going on in the story. When you reach the page number a note marks the exact line where you should open your gift and it is magical!

I really really enjoyed this box and getting to participate in a book club. If you want to join in on the fun be sure to use my code TAYLORTAKES10 to save 10% on your box! I am eager to start on my September box book and can’t wait to share that with ya’ll as well!

Happy Reading!

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