Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday: The Traitor's Ruin by Erin Beaty

 "Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating.

This week, what's really got my pages in a twist is...

The Traitor’s Ruin
(The Traitor’s Circle #2)
Publication Date: July 10, 2018
Hardcover, 384 pages, Imprint
Genres: YA, Historical Fiction

After proving her worth in book one as a deft spy and strategic matchmaker, Sage Fowler is now comfortably positioned in high society as the royal tutor. When she’s called upon to teach his majesty’s soldiers how to read and write, she jumps at the chance to serve her kingdom of Demora—and to be reunited with her fiancĂ©, Captain Alex Quinn.

During a skirmish, Sage and Alex are separated. She watches him die before he can deliver important military intel—or so she thinks. She escapes from the enemy and makes an unlikely alliance with a mysterious soldier from a third nation. As Sage tries to rally their support against a common foe, the important political alliance is plagued by secrets and betrayal.

Can Sage complete Alex’s mission and save her kingdom once more?

My Thoughts

Yep. Once again, another series that I haven’t yet started, but I still want to read the sequel. I know nothing about this series, but the covers are pretty. I’m hoping to get my hands on the first book sometime soon. Maybe it’ll be on Book Outlet one day…

I feel like my TBR is just full of YA fantasies. Anyone else feel that way?

What book are you waiting for this Wednesday?

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Top Ten Television Shows

It’s Top Ten Tuesday time!

If you’re unaware, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly original feature created by The Broke and the Bookish, and it’s now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week there’s a new Top Ten theme that the blogger responds to with their own list of answers.

This week’s theme is… *drumroll please*…

Freebie!

Which basically means, I get to pick the topic. So, this week, I’m going a non-bookish route. I’m actually going to list my top ten favorite television shows! Yay!

Also, while I have a lot of other TV shows I love, please note that these are just the big ones. They’re kind of the ones that either are a staple of my childhood or that I’m super (probably unhealthily) obsessed with as an adult.

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Avatar: The Last Airbender
Daredevil

Voltron: Legendary Defender

SpongeBob (the early years)
Charmed
Danny Phantom

The Office
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Supernatural
Game of Thrones

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Alright, there you have it. My list of favorite television shows. What’s your topic this week? Let me know in the comments section.

Monday, April 16, 2018

My Thoughts on the Incredibles 2 Trailer

I thought I’d share my thoughts and feels about the new Incredibles 2 trailer. In case you haven’t seen it, I’ve posted it below:


Like most millennials, I was very excited for this film, as I was in the core audience of kids who watched the first movie in theaters. However, after seeing what the synopsis of this film is going to be through various sneak peeks and trailers, I’ve come to realize that I might not enjoy this one as much as I thought.

Why, you ask? Well, there’s a possibility that this movie will play on that Mr. Dad stereotype, where the husband and father has to “babysit” his own kids while the mom does work. Think Daddy Day Care or Baby Daddy.

I’m still going to watch the film in theaters; I’m just hoping that there’s not as much of the Mr. Dad stuff as appears in the trailer.

I’m also a little concerned about the voices for the kids. Since it’s been ten years, I guess they got new voices for them, even Frozone’s wife sounds different. I’ll have to get used to that. I wish they would have grown the kids a few years instead, but I guess I’ll just have to be happy with what Disney’s giving me.

The math scene in this trailer is hilarious, though. Along with all of the Jack Jack stuff. That poor kid. I’m also excited to see all of the new powers and control Violet exhibits. I think that’s probably the most exciting part: seeing the three superpowered kids get stronger and more knowledgeable about their abilities.

Oh, and Edna is back too! That’s super fun.

What do you think about the new Incredibles 2 trailer? Did you like the first movie?

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Rebecca Ross + Alexandra Monir NYC Signing Recap

I went to another signing event. This time it was for Rebecca Ross’s The Queen’s Rising.


This event, like most of the others I’ve been to, was at NYC’s Books of Wonder. It was a science fiction/fantasy YA signing. There were supposed to be three authors there: Rebecca Ross, Dhonielle Clayton, and Alexandra Monir. Unfortunately, Dhonielle couldn’t make it. It kind of sucked because my roommate bought The Belles book to get it signed. Oh well…

I was actually only interested in Ross’s book. I’d been meaning to check it out since its release. This signing event popped up on my radar, though, so I was glad I waited to purchase a copy.

At the event, Rebecca and Alexandra talked about a bunch of stuff during their panel. Alexandra mentioned how she used to be a pop star who opened up for bands like O-Town. I had no idea that she used to do that. And for her newest release, The Final Six, Alexandra actually went to space camp (for adults) to learn all the space-y stuff. She also has an Iranian astronaut friend to double-check the book’s science.


Rebecca mentioned that she wrote The Queen’s Rising because she wanted more female characters in fantasy for teens. She loves The Lord of the Rings and used to role-play as Aragorn, but then she realized there are no prominent female characters in those books. She also said that the main character of the book spoke directly to Rebecca with the line “I have yet to master my passion.” I’m not sure if this line is in the book or not, because I haven’t read it yet, but it’s a cool line.

Originally, Rebecca wasn’t planning on her book being a series, but she ended up writing sequel in 24 days! She also wrote the first book in a little over 40! Man, I wish I could do that.


Once the panel was over, Rebecca and Alexandra signed books. I only needed to have Rebecca sign mine, so I chatted with her about her book cover. Apparently, the cover actually has a lot of significance to the story. There’s a constellation, the passion symbols, and even the main character’s blue cloak.

All in all, this event wasn’t my favorite, but it was okay. There were cookies, so that made it better. Have any of you read The Queen’s Rising or The Final Six? If so, what did you think of them?

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Stacking the Shelves: The Rising Queen Edition


"Stacking the Shelves" is a weekly haul meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality. It allows book buyers to share their accumulation of books with the online book-loving community.

This week wasn’t too shabby. It went by pretty fast, and it’s finally getting warmer! I didn’t have to wear my puffy coat 3/5 weekdays. That’s some good progress.

I’ve still been super into Buffy the Vampire Slayer, so that hasn’t slowed down any. I’m looking for recommendations for books that have a similar vibe to seasons five through seven of Buffy. I just love those seasons. Probably because they’re the first seasons I watched as a pre-teen. So, anyone have any recs? Adult or YA, I’m not picky. Preferably with a Spike-like male lead, though. ;)

The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross

Only one book this week. Well, technically I bought two, but the other one won’t be delivered until next week, and even then, it’s being delivered to my parents’ house. So you all won’t get to see it until May.

I actually went to Rebecca Ross and Alexandra Monir’s SFF signing/panel this past Wednesday, so I picked up The Queen’s Rising while I was there. I thought about buying Monir’s The Final Six, but it has some not-so-great reviews going for it. I think I’ll hold off until it’s on Book Outlet or something. Stay tuned for my signing event recap! It should be up tomorrow. *crosses fingers*

What books have you bought/received lately?

Friday, April 13, 2018

Dean Winchester Friday

Dean Winchester (or sometimes Jensen Ackles) Fridays make me a very happy fangirl. You'll see why when you watch the gif.


It’s weird thinking Dean could not like any kind of food. In a season thirteen episode, Dean even eats lizard. Lizard!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

A Few More Cover Reveals For You

Time for more cover reveals! And more discussion about said cover reveals! Are you excited?

Shadow and Ice
(Gods of War #1)
Publication Date: October 23, 2018
Mass Market, 384 pages, HQN
Genres: Adult, Romance, Paranormal, Fantasy

Gena Showalter, the New York Times bestselling author who brought you the Lords of the Underworld, introduces a scorching new paranormal romance series… Gods of War.

Knox of Iviland has spent his life competing in the All Wars, where vicious warriors with supernatural powers fight to the death to claim new realms. One winner takes everything—and all losers die. Enslaved as a child for his ability to control shadows, the most ruthless champion in history will stop at nothing to kill his king. But first he must win the battle for Earth. When a fearsome weapon imprisons every combatant in ice, centuries pass without progress…until she walks in.

Vale London craves a fun arctic getaway with her foster sister before settling down to open a bakery. Street-tough but vulnerable, she is unprepared to find ancient gods escaping a frozen cave—merciless beings who target her when she inadvertently enters their war.

Though Vale is now his enemy, Knox is consumed with lust and a fierce need to protect her. But only one combatant can prove victorious, and he will have to choose: live for freedom, or die for love.

My Thoughts

The colors are very pretty for this one, and the model is super nice to look at, but I don’t know. I was expecting a little more. It’s kind of the typical romance cover. I was crossing my fingers for more fantasy/paranormal than that, though.

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Sherwood
Meagan Spooner
Publication Date: March 19, 2019
Hardcover, 352 pages, HarperTeen
Genres: YA, Retelling, Fantasy

Robin of Locksley is dead.

When news comes that he's fallen in battle at the King's side in the Holy Land, Maid Marian doesn’t know how she’ll go on. Betrothed to Robin, she was free to be herself, to flaunt the stifling rules of traditional society and share an equal voice with her beloved when it came to caring for the people of her land.

Now Marian is alone, with no voice of her own. The people of Locksley, persecuted by the Sheriff of Nottingham, are doomed to live in poverty or else face death by hanging. The dreadful Guy of Gisborne, the Sherriff’s right hand, wishes to step into Robin’s shoes as Lord of Locksley, and Marian’s fiancĂ©. Society demands that she accept her fate, and watch helplessly as her people starve.

When Marian dons Robin's green cloak, and takes up his sword and bow, she never intended that anyone should mistake her for Robin, returned from the Holy Land as a vigilante. She never intended that the masked, cloaked figure she created should stand as a beacon of hope and justice to peasant and noble alike. She never intended to become a legend.

But all of Nottingham is crying out for a savior. So Marian must choose to make her own fate and become her own hero...

Robin Hood.

My Thoughts

This one has a really pretty cover. I’m actually very intrigued now. The other retelling book Spooner wrote, Hunted, has a similar cover, and it’s pretty too. I’m thinking I should definitely get my hands on this one. I liked Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen, so I’ll probably enjoy this one.

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20th Anniversary US Harry Potter Covers

My Thoughts

Umm… Okay, so I’ve never been a fan of Brian Selznick’s artwork. It’s just too dry for me. The black and white is so boring for Harry Potter. It doesn’t fit with the tone of Hogwarts. I actually don’t plan on buying these. I’ll stick to the other HP editions.

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Those are some recently revealed covers. What do you think? Do you like them?

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday: Bright We Burn by Kiersten White

 "Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating.

This week, what's really got my pages in a twist is...

Bright We Burn
(The Conqueror’s Saga #3)
Publication Date: July 10, 2018
Hardcover, 416 pages, Delacorte Press
Genres: YA, Historical Fiction

Haunted by the sacrifices he made in Constantinople, Radu is called back to the new capital. Mehmed is building an empire, becoming the sultan his people need. But Mehmed has a secret: as emperor, he is more powerful than ever . . . and desperately lonely. Does this mean Radu can finally have more with Mehmed . . . and would he even want it?

Lada's rule of absolute justice has created a Wallachia free of crime. But Lada won't rest until everyone knows that her country's borders are inviolable. Determined to send a message of defiance, she has the bodies of Mehmed's peace envoy delivered to him, leaving Radu and Mehmed with no choice. If Lada is allowed to continue, only death will prosper. They must go to war against the girl prince.

But Mehmed knows that he loves her. He understands her. She must lose to him so he can keep her safe. Radu alone fears that they are underestimating his sister's indomitable will. Only by destroying everything that came before--including her relationships--can Lada truly build the country she wants.

Claim the throne. Demand the crown. Rule the world.

My Thoughts

Well, I still haven’t read And I Darken or Now I Rise, but I’m definitely anticipating this one. I’m still a little wigged out by the cover, so I’m hoping the UK one is better. Then, I plan on getting all three via Book Depository.

What book are you waiting for this Wednesday?

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Top Ten Books I Loved But Will Never Re-Read

It’s Top Ten Tuesday time!

If you’re unaware, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly original feature created by The Broke and the Bookish, and it’s now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week there’s a new Top Ten theme that the blogger responds to with their own list of answers.

This week’s theme is… *drumroll please*…

Books I Loved But Will Never Re-Read

I want to say that I’ll probably never reread these. Not that I’ll never reread these books. These ones are just books that

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Poison Princess by Kresley Cole

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Falling Under by Gwen Hayes

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

White Cat by Holly Black

Timepiece by Myra McEntire

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan

Intertwined by Gena Showalter

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Alright, there you have it. My list of books I’ll probably never re-read. What did you put on your list? Let me know in the comments section.