Thursday, June 30, 2016

Wendy's BOOK HAUL

Hello, Hello!


It's me Wendy

I got back from work last night and came home to my BookOutlet package. There is nothing like a fresh set of books...ahhhhh. I would have taken a picture of my box but I couldn't wait and tore it up like the Hulk. Seriously. My family was looking at me like I was from a different universe. BUT I think this picture makes up for it. Also, I caved and purchased Lady Midnight, without even reading the Immortal Instruments Novels (it's on my to-read list I promise).


From left to right:
Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
(Don't You) Forget About Me by Kate Karyus Quinn
The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Soundless by Richelle Mead
Origin (Corpus, #1) by Jessica Khoury
Let me know what your book haul consists of on the comments below :)

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Waiting On Wednesday #5: This Savage Song

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.


Title: This Savage Song
Author:  Victoria Schwab
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
To Be Release:  July 5th 
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Dystopia
Buy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository 


Synopsis

There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.

Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.

What's your "waiting on" pick this week?

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Shon's June Reading Wrap Up & Book Haul

Hello Bookworms!  Another month has come to an end and that means it's time for my monthly wrap up!  I read one book this month. I don't know what happened, after reading Girl Against the Universe I started five books and I'm about 25% into each book.


June Wrap-Up



Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes



Maguire is bad luck.

No matter how many charms she buys off the internet or good luck rituals she performs each morning, horrible things happen when Maguire is around. Like that time the roller coaster jumped off its tracks. Or the time the house next door caught on fire. Or that time her brother, father, and uncle were all killed in a car crash—and Maguire walked away with barely a scratch.

It’s safest for Maguire to hide out in her room, where she can cause less damage and avoid new people who she could hurt. But then she meets Jordy, an aspiring tennis star. Jordy is confident, talented, and lucky, and he’s convinced he can help Maguire break her unlucky streak. Maguire knows that the best thing she can do for Jordy is to stay away. But it turns out staying away may be harder than she thought.


I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars.  See full review here



June Book Haul 


1.  Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes






2.  Legend: The Graphic Novel by Marie Lu




Born into an elite family in one of the Republic's wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a military prodigy. Born into the slums of the Republic’s Lake Sector, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives are not as sinister as they often seem. 

  3.  Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins




Harper Price, peerless Southern belle, was born ready for a Homecoming tiara. But after a strange run-in at the dance imbues her with incredible abilities, Harper's destiny takes a turn for the seriously weird. 

4.  Miss Mayhem (Rebel Belle #2) by Rachel Hawkins






 5.  The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey




Beneath the streets of New York City live the Avicen, an ancient race of people with feathers for hair and magic running through their veins.

 6.  The Bitter Kingdom (Fire and Thorns #3)by Rae Carson






7.  The Sculptor by Scott McCloud



David Smith is giving his life for his art—literally. Thanks to a deal with Death, the young sculptor gets his childhood wish: to sculpt anything he can imagine with his bare hands.

 

8.  The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman




London, April 1812. On the eve of eighteen-year-old Lady Helen Wrexhall’s presentation to the queen, one of her family’s housemaids disappears-and Helen is drawn into the shadows of Regency London. There, she meets Lord Carlston, one of the few who can stop the perpetrators: a cabal of demons infiltrating every level of society.

 

9.  These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly



Jo Montfort is beautiful and rich, and soon—like all the girls in her class—she’ll graduate from finishing school and be married off to a wealthy bachelor. Which is the last thing she wants. Jo secretly dreams of becoming a writer—a newspaper reporter like the trailblazing Nellie Bly.


10. I Almost Forgot About You by Terry McMillan




In I Almost Forgot About You, Dr. Georgia Young's wonderful life--great friends, family, and successful career--aren't enough to keep her from feeling stuck and restless. When she decides to make some major changes in her life, quitting her job as an optometrist, and moving house, she finds herself on a wild journey that may or may not include a second chance at love. 

11. Paper Princess by Erin Watt



From strip clubs and truck stops to southern coast mansions and prep schools, one girl tries to stay true to herself.

These Royals will ruin you…


12. I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios


If Skylar Evans were a typical Creek View girl, her future would involve a double-wide trailer, a baby on her hip, and the graveyard shift at Taco Bell. But after graduation, the only thing separating Skylar from art school is three months of summer…until Skylar’s mother loses her job, and Skylar realizes her dreams may be slipping out of reach.

13. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon



My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.
 

14. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander



A copy of Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them resides in almost every wizarding household in the country. Now Muggles too have the chance to discover where the Quintaped lives, what the Puffskein eats and why it is best not to leave milk out for a Knarl.
 

15. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling


When a letter arrives for unhappy but ordinary Harry Potter, a decade-old secret is revealed to him that apparently he’s the last to know. His parents were wizards, killed by a Dark Lord’s curse when Harry was just a baby, and which he somehow survived. Leaving his unsympathetic aunt and uncle for Hogwarts, a wizarding school brimming with ghosts and enchantments, Harry stumbles upon a sinister mystery when he finds a three-headed dog guarding a room on the third floor. Then he hears of a missing stone with astonishing powers which could be valuable, dangerous – or both. An incredible adventure is about to begin!
 

Top Ten Tuesday #29: FREEBIE WEEK


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is FREEBIE WEEK -- topic of your choice or go back and do one you missed!



Shon & Wendy's Top Ten Books I Can't Believe I've Never Read

Shon's Picks



1. Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer




2. Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer




3. Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer




4. Stars Above (The Lunar Chronicles #4.5) by Marissa Meyer




5. Outlander (Outlander #1) by Diana Gabaldon





Wendy's Picks


6. An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes #1) by Sabaa Tahir




7. Shadow and Bone (The Grisha #1) by Leigh Bardugo




8. City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare



9. The Death Cure (The Maze Runner #3) by James Dashner



10. Last Sacrifice (Vampire Academy #6) by Richelle Mead

Friday, June 24, 2016

The Friday 56: June 24, 2016


The Friday 56 is a weekly blog meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. Grab a book, any book. Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader. Find any sentence, or few, just don't spoil it. Post it.


"I love love stories. Cath said."

Nick nodded his head a few more times, And then they both started laughing."



From Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell


The Friday 56 is a weekly blog meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. Grab a book, any book. Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader. Find any sentence, or few, just don't spoil it. Post it.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday #28: Top Ten Favorite 2016 Releases So Far This Year






Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten Favorite 2016 Releases So Far This Year.



Shon's Picks

1. Paper Princess (The Royals #1) by Erin Watt







2. The Winner's Kiss (The Winner's Trilogy #3) by Marie Rutkoski







3. The Score (Off-Campus #3) by Elle Kennedy












4. Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes







(Shon's - Review)
Tina's Picks

5. A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas







6. The Raven King (The Raven Cycle #4) by Maggie Stiefvater






7. Dreamology by Lucy Keating






(Tina's - Review)




8. Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands, #1) by Alwyn Hamilton






(Tina's - Review)


9. Passenger (Passenger #1) by Alexandra Bracken






(Tina's - Review)


10. Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology by Leah Remini







11. Starflight (Starflight #1) by Melissa Landers






(Tina's - Review)

Monday, June 20, 2016

Mist & Whispers by C.M. Lucas Blog Tour l June 20 - 26th







Mist & Whispers
by C.M. Lucas
Series: The Weaver's Riddle
Published: April 5th 2016 by Oftomes Publishing
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 521
Format: Kindle Edition
Source: Publisher
Goodreads
Purchase: Amazon




Synopsis

Imagine a world in eternal darkness. A world where skeletal beasts lurk in the forest. Where the women are missing, and the men are in need of salvation...

In the West-English town of Little Wolf Green, Scott's bookshop is about to close down. Convinced the bookshop holds the key to her mother's identity, sixteen year old Anya Piddling vows to save Scott's, whatever the cost.
When four books of magic and myth take the world by storm, Anya begins a journey to discover the truth about the author, known only as the Weaver. Followed closely by her friends, and one surly, bitter ex-boyfriend, Anya soon realises a whole new world awaits: a world gone very wrong, with maddening whispers in the forest, magical winged Kings and a dragon-boy that understands her, inside and out. But this world needs a saviour... and everyone is looking at her.

ERIMUS HALL

HIS HEART THRASHED against his chest, a prisoner desperate to be freed from this burden. There was no way out. He had a job to do, and if it wasn’t done at that moment, his entire plan would be over before it even began.
    The earth was but sludge, encasing his feet as he struggled up the bank. Bullets of rain struck his face as the winds lashed around him, obscuring his view and leaving him helpless in the dark.
   Then, as if a divine hand was guiding the way, a flash of lightning revealed his final destination; Erimus Hall. The Hall was only another hundred meters away, run down and deserted, but his sanctuary nonetheless.
    Resisting the temptation to rest against the stone wall at the top of the bank, he pushed on, clambering across it with the rain-soaked trunk in his hands. Once over and sure of his feet, he took a moment to look around. Any sign of someone following and he’d have to revert to his back up location, as even with his goal in sight, he wouldn’t allow himself the risk of assuming he was home safe.
    A clap of thunder quickened his pace and a minute later he’d reached the doorway, where a century’s worth of ivy had claimed the oak as its own. He set on it straight away, teasing back the creeper with a gentle hand, the whole time fighting against the instincts that were screaming inside his head.
    Just tear it down – you’re going too slow – someone’s going to see you!
    No. He couldn’t leave a sign that he’d been there. It had to look natural.
    Two more bursts of lightning gave him a glimpse of what he needed to allow his unmarked entry into the building. With the trunk safely inside he took one more look around, and with another strike of lightning, he was gone.

My Thoughts...

When we where first approached to be a part of the blog tour for Mist & Whispers by C.M. Lucas, our (my) curiosity was instantly piqued. This book sounded intriguing, and I couldn't wait to read the story.

It was really interesting to read this story, this book has a little of everything, love triangles, magic, dragons and more. Maybe a little to much more at some times in the story.

SPOILERS

There are some things about the book I did not like. For example, once the story move from England, Anya start whining a lot. I hate characters that are whining , it take away from the story.

And when Anya finally stop whining, she get her magic on.

Overall; I really enjoyed Mist & Whispers, so much more than I expected to. Once I really got into the story, I absolutely could not put it down, and I love that it kept me guessing the whole time. Definitely check this out if you're into fantasy reads! I'm definitely looking forward to reading the next book.


Happy Reading!!

If you purchase a copy of Mist & Whispers you will be entered to win 1 of 10 Proof copies of the sequel. These will be special edition.

Rules to Enter:

Send proof of purchase to: oftomes@oftomes.com
*Oftomes Publishing will be selecting the winners



Claire Marie Lucas lives in South-East England with her husband and three children. She began writing stories from inside her wardrobe at the tender age of six and hasn't stopped writing in obscure places since; her current favourite being the cupboard beneath her stairs.

Mist & Whispers is her debut novel.
 

Official Website : www.cmlucas.com


 

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