Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Can't-Wait Wednesday / Waiting on Wednesday #73

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Title: Wicked Fox
Author: Kat Cho
Expected Publication: June 25th 2019
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Mythology

A fresh and addictive fantasy-romance set in modern-day Seoul.

Eighteen-year-old Gu Miyoung has a secret--she's a gumiho, a nine-tailed fox who must devour the energy of men in order to survive. Because so few believe in the old tales anymore, and with so many evil men no one will miss, the modern city of Seoul is the perfect place to hide and hunt.

But after feeding one full moon, Miyoung crosses paths with Jihoon, a human boy, being attacked by a goblin deep in the forest. Against her better judgment, she violates the rules of survival to rescue the boy, losing her fox bead--her gumiho soul--in the process.

Jihoon knows Miyoung is more than just a beautiful girl--he saw her nine tails the night she saved his life. His grandmother used to tell him stories of the gumiho, of their power and the danger they pose to humans. He's drawn to her anyway.

With murderous forces lurking in the background, Miyoung and Jihoon develop a tenuous friendship that blossoms into something more. But when a young shaman tries to reunite Miyoung with her bead, the consequences are disastrous . . . forcing Miyoung to choose between her immortal life and Jihoon's.

What are you waiting for this Wednesday?  Let us know in the comment section below.

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking The Spine.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Can't-Wait Wednesday / Waiting on Wednesday #72

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Title: Kingdom of Exiles
Author: Maxym M. Martineau
Expected Publication: June 25th 2019
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal

Fantastic Beasts meets Assassin's Creed in this epic, gripping fantasy romance from debut author Maxym M. Martineau.

Exiled beast charmer Leena Edenfrell is in deep trouble. Empty pockets forced her to sell her beloved magical beasts on the black market—an offense punishable by death—and now there's a price on her head. With the realm's most talented murderer-for-hire nipping at her heels, Leena makes him an offer he can't refuse: powerful mythical creatures in exchange for her life.

If only it were that simple. Unbeknownst to Leena, the undying ones are bound by magic to complete their contracts, and Noc cannot risk his brotherhood of assassins...not even to save the woman he can no longer live without.

What are you waiting for this Wednesday?  Let us know in the comment section below.

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking The Spine.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Again, but Better by Christine Riccio





Again, but Better by Christine Riccio

Published: May 7th 2019 by Wednesday Books
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Page: 377
Rating: 4
of 5 stars
Review by: Tina


Synopsis

Shane has been doing college all wrong. Pre-med, stellar grades, but made zero friends and unhappy with her life. Shane signs up for a semester abroad in London. She's going to right all her college mistakes: make friends, pursue boys, and find adventure! She is soon faced with the complicated realities of living outside her bubble, and when self-doubt sneaks in, her new life starts to fall apart.


Review
After following xtinemay on booktube for years, I was surprised to learn that she has published a book. The book is inspired by xtinemay's semester of studying abroad during her college years.
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Again, but Better is separated into 2 parts: year 2011 and year 2017. The story begins with a youthful Shane traveling abroad to England with big shining eyes and a bright smile. She makes long lasting friendship with her flatmates and meets a guy named Pilot who has her heart. Her journey is one of self discovery as she tries to follow a different path that's different from one chosen for her by her parents. A hiccup happens during her semester and it wasn't all roses and sunshine.


Now it's year 2017. Shane is brilliant in her career but lost touch with her cousins, no longer speaks to her parents, have an unfulfilling love realtionship, feels jaded. She thinks back to 2011 and wonders if she could do it all over again. What choices would she make? How would she heal her relationships?

She seeks out Pilot in 2017 and they were given a chance to redo and live 6 years again. Shane discovers so much about herself and those around her. She relives 2011 as a 26 year old knowing what she knows, she chooses her paths carefully and makes better informed decisions.

I think Again, but Better is a really cute contemporary romance. I can see the changes in Shane as she grows from a naive fearful child to a capable independent woman. I enjoyed the plot dramas and heavy conflicts. If I hadn't known this story was written by Christine, I would have thought it was written by any contemporay author. Well done for a debut novel.






Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Can't-Wait Wednesday / Waiting on Wednesday #71:

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Title: Blood Heir
Author: Amélie Wen Zhao
Expected Publication: June 4th 2019
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Retellings

Blood Heir is the first book in a new series about a princess hiding a dark secret and the conman she must trust to clear her name for her father's murder.
In the Cyrilian Empire, Affinites are reviled and enslaved. Their varied abilities to control the world around them are unnatural--dangerous. And Anastacya Mikhailov, the crown princess, might be the most monstrous of them all. Her deadly Affinity to blood is her curse and the reason she has lived her life hidden behind palace walls.

But when Ana's father, the emperor, is murdered, her world is shattered: Ana is the one framed as his killer. To save herself, she must flee the safety of the palace and enter a land that hunts her and her kind. And to clear her name, she must find her father's murderer on her own. Yet, what Ana finds is far worse than she ever imagined. A greater conspiracy is at work in Cyrilia, one that threatens the very balance of her world. And there is only one person corrupt enough to help her get to its rotten core: Ramson Quicktongue.

A cunning crime lord of the Cyrilian underworld, Ramson has sinister plans--though he might have met his match in Ana. Because in this story, the princess might be the most dangerous player of all.

What are you waiting for this Wednesday?  Let us know in the comment section below.

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking The Spine.

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Shon's June 2019 TBR


Can you believe it's June already? The year is halfway over. We are only six months away from 2020! OMG! 

I did not get to read as many books as I wanted to read last month. So for my June TBR I'm going to read all the books I didn't read last month and then tried to squeeze in 3 more books.

Books I'm Reading:

Cavalier by T.L. Smith

 The Hatter's Game: Part I by Cole McCade
The Hatter's Game: Part II by Cole McCade 


Tell me, what's on your TBR for June??

Happy Reading!!



Friday, May 31, 2019

Shon's May 2019 Wrap Up & Book Haul!


May Book Haul

Fresh Ink: An Anthology by Lamar Giles (Editor)
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone: Slytherin Edition; Black and Green Hardcover by J. K. Rowling
Thick: And Other Essays by Tressie McMillan Cottom
With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
Aurora Rising by Jay Kristoff, Amie Kaufman
The Paris Mysteries by James Patterson
We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal
Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas**
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston**
The Nature of the Game by Amy Aislin**
Top Secret by Sarina Bowen,  Elle Kennedy**
Unchained by Helen Hardt**
Cavalier by T.L. Smith**
**not pictured, eBook

May Wrap Up
Halo by Ella Frank & Brooke Blaine
Viper by Ella Frank & Brooke Blaine
Angel by Ella Frank & Brooke Blaine
Top Secret by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy
Backdraft by Cole McCade
Crescendo by Cole McCade



You guys!! May was such a great month for books!! There were so many new releases, and I'm thrilled to add some of them to my collection.

I didn't read as many books this month as I did last month, but I did manage to read 7 books.

Now it's time to say Goodbye to May, and Hello to June, and all the books I plan to read next month!

How many books did you read in May?

And what new books did you add to your TBR?!


Happy Reading!!!



Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Can't-Wait Wednesday / Waiting on Wednesday #70:

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Title: Sorcery of Thorns
Author: Margaret Rogerson
Expected Publication: June 4th 2019
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult


All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power.

Then an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire. Elisabeth’s desperate intervention implicates her in the crime, and she is torn from her home to face justice in the capital. With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy. Not only could the Great Libraries go up in flames, but the world along with them.

As her alliance with Nathaniel grows stronger, Elisabeth starts to question everything she’s been taught—about sorcerers, about the libraries she loves, even about herself. For Elisabeth has a power she has never guessed, and a future she could never have imagined.
What are you waiting for this Wednesday?  Let us know in the comment section below.

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking The Spine.