Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Bruja Born (Brooklyn Brujas #2) by Zoraida Córdova (ARC) - Review


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I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Lula feels like an outsider. After Alex gains newfound Encantrix powers have scarred her more than her healing abilities can fix, Lula just wants to be comforted by her family. Thank the Deos for Maks, her boyfriend who sees the best in her and brings a spark of light to her life. Then a bus crash changes everything. All of her classmates are dead, including Maks. With her powers Lula can resurrect Maks, even if she needs the help of her sisters in order to defy Death. Magic that defies the laws of the deos is unpredictable and dangerous. When it's all said and done, though, Maks isn't the only one that's back.

Bruja Born (Brooklyn Brujas #2) by Zoraida Córdova is a fantastic sequel to Labyrinth Lost. In fact, I definitely preferred this sequel to book one. Labyrinth Lost was good and very promising, but it didn't quite hit the mark for me. However, I needed to return to the world that Córdova created because her world-building is top notch. As much as I enjoyed exploring the world of Los Lagos the first time around, I loved exploring the sisters' expanding world at home seeing more of the magic they're capable of since they've really started to come into their own. Without the Alice in Wonderland major inspiration, this novel is able to stand more on its own two feet. Honestly, I think I prefer Lula more than Alex as the leading perspective character. I found myself much more invested in Lula and her story rather than Alex who sometimes fell a bit short for me. Lula goes through a lot here, and as far as I'm concerned she's more realistic and relatable overall despite her flaws. My one favorite "cameo" in this story is at the 26% - Adam Silvera get a shout out! Finally, I just want to mention that this novel is more a companion to book one rather than a direct sequel. You wouldn't necessarily need to be familiar with Labyrinth Lost to appreciate Bruja Born, but honestly it just makes the story more intriguing to know the characters, world, and everything the Moritz family has been through.

Overall, Bruja Born hooked me right from the get go. I'm can't wait to see book three - and, of course, I expect it's going to feature Rose, the third Moritz sister, who has psychic abilities. I'm also looking forward to seeing more of the Thorne Hill Alliance and the Knights of Lavant in the next book. In the meantime, though, I will need to pick up the Cordova's other fantasy series, The Vicious Deep to tide myself over. If you're a fan of dark YA urban fantasies, witches, magic, you'll need to try this companion novel.

Thanks again, NetGalley!


I read this ARC from May 24 - 25, 2018 and my review is also available on Goodreads.

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Worlds I’d Want To Live In


Happy Tuesday everyone!  Welcome to the first Top Ten Tuesday now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week's topic is Bookish Worlds I’d Want To/ Never Want to Live In, but I've narrowed my list down to placed I'd want to live.  Here we go, in no particular order:


The Wizarding World - Just anywhere, please.  Maybe someday I'll get to go to the closed thing we have in Florida...


Red London, Arnes - If you've read the Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab, you understand exactly what I mean.  If I were visiting I'd also like to be an Antari so I could travel between worlds, but I'd still love to be free to explore more of Arnes and their world.


The Shire, Middle-Earth - Hobbits really know how to live and I'd love to visit one of their homes.  Not to mention have a meal with them, or go to one of their parties!



Long Island, New York - Specifically, I'd like to see Camp Half-Blood from Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and the Olympians.  I'd love to see the Big House, the cabins, maybe take part in some of the activities while I'm at it.


Henrietta, Virginia - There are so many places I'd love to visit in and near this town where The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater is set from 300 Fox Way, The Barns, Monmouth Manufacturing, Aglionby Academy, to Cabeswater.


Night Vale - I'm not exactly sure if I'd like to live in this Twilight Zone-esque Southwestern town, but I'd at least like to visit if only to meet Cecil and see his radio studio - and maybe visit Khoshekh.  Both the podcast and the novel adaptation are some of my favorites.


Corfu, Greece - I love the setting of Gerald Durrell's Corfu Trilogy (plus both the 2005 tv movie and the new series are pretty great too).  The flora and the fauna sound beautiful in his memoirs.


Manhattan, New York - Particularly the NYC of The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare.  Who wouldn't like to visit the New York Institute?  (Either the book or tv adaptation version actually.)


Alexandria, Egypt - I mean, the Great Library of Alexandria still stands - of course, I'd want to live in the city where it's headquartered.  As a librarian, I don't think I could resist


New Fiddleham, New England - This series is so much fun - think Sherlock Holmes meets Doctor Who - and Jackaby's small town and his house are practically inviting characters themselves.

What bookish worlds would you love to have to opportunity to visit or live?  What ones would you rather stay away from?  What are some books on your list this week?  As usual, thanks for visiting my and perhaps even commenting down below!

Monday, May 28, 2018

Music Monday: Troye Sivan


Happy Monday everyone and welcome back to Music Monday! Let's share some songs we've been enjoying lately!  If you would like to play and I really hope you do, please see the rules and link up below.

Rules:

Every Monday share a few songs you've been enjoying lately.  It doesn't have to be a specific genre, new, or one of your favorites - just something you'd like to share with others.  If possible, share a music or lyric video of the song and your thoughts on the song(s), artist(s), and/or music video(s).

If you would like to participate in Music Monday, please join the link up by sharing your post's url.

This week I'm spotlighting the three singles released so far from Troye Sivan's upcoming album, Bloom, called "Bloom," "My My My!," and "The Good Side."  I really love the sound of all of these and I don't know how I hadn't heard any of his before now.  I just happened hear "My My My" on the radio within the last week making me look up his music.  I'm going to have to get my hands on a copy of his first studio album, and then this album later this summer.  Have you listened to his music before?  What is your favorite song of his?






Sunday, May 27, 2018

Sunday Funday: Deadpool 2 (2018) - Review


Happy Sunday everyone!  I can't believe it's already Memorial Day Weekend - it's nice to have some time off!  This weekend is the 44th Utica Sertoma Ice Cream Festival at Velvet Ice Cream's Headquarters which is one of my favorite events to go to during this holiday weekend.  It's is the first real fair of the season and really kicks off the summer.  I got to go on Saturday and their new flavor,  pineapple upside-down cake, was really tasty!

Anyway, this past Tuesday I had the opportunity to see Deadpool 2 at the movie theater.  The first film was great (read my review here) and I had high hopes for the sequel and it really delivered.  Keep reading for my thoughts on the movie, and to see what movies I'm hoping to next up at the theater:


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I wouldn't say Deadpool 2 is better than the original movie but it's still just as great. My favorite new addition to the cast is easily Domino - and yes her power of luck is extremely cinematic. Josh Brolin's Cable is also very commanding whenever he shows up on screen. Plus, I liked having the chance to see Julian Dennison back on the big screen as Russell aka Firefist. If you haven't seen him in Taika Waititi's Hunt for the Wilderpeople, I can't recommend it enough. I was so pleased to see he got cast in this big budget superhero movie and is getting some much deserved attention. Go, Ricky Baker! Anyway, as you can expect there are a ton of laugh out loud moments, jokes, and fourth wall breaks. As much as I was planning on talking about the awesome everyman Peter and his mustache, I definitely have to mention one of the other members of the X-Force called The Vanisher. Basically, his character is invisible and we only see his face for a couple of seconds - did you catch who plays him? Oh my gosh, I couldn't believe they got him for the part! Wow! Finally I wanted to mention that quick little group cameo in the mansion. Yes, it makes you question the timeline of the X-Men movies timeline even more, but it was a good laugh.

Now I'm going to mention some things I was a little underwhelmed or disappointed with in this movie. I was hoping to see a little more of the X-Force aside from Domino after seeing them featured in the trailers like they are. Somehow I totally missed the fact that Bill Skarsgard appears as one of the group. I also wish that that *that* didn't happen to Vanessa before the opening credits rolled since I really enjoyed her part in the first movie, but at least we got those titles during the opening credits. I also wish we got to see a little more of Leslie Uggams as Blind Al, but I will say that her scenes that we do get are pretty great. I was also hoping to see more of the Essex Home for Mutant Rehabilitation, though Eddie Marsan gives it his all as the Headmaster.

Overall, Deadpool 2 is a great sequel with a lot of crazy action scenes, cool CGI, and a fantastically warped sense of humor. It totally earns its R-rating and is definitely worth seeing at the theater. However, it never quite manages to outdo its predecessor, but either way it's still quite a ride. Don't forget to stay for the mid credits scene (but don't worry about staying all the way until the very end). Before today, I didn't realize how much I needed an action sequence set to Dolly Parton's "9 to 5". Here's to hoping we get to see Deadpool again soon. By the way Marvel/ Fox, you should really hop to it on a Domino movie and that Black Widow movie. As a matter of fact, I wouldn't mind seeing them cross over into each other's stories.


My review was originally posted on Letterboxd.

Next Up:




Solo: A Star Wars Story (May 25th) - I'm hoping to see this one on Tuesday (I like to take advantage of the great discount the movie theater offers on Tuesday).  Han Solo is one of my favorite characters in this series and I'm anxious to see what Alden Ehrenreich does with the character.



Incredibles 2 (June 15th) - Okay, The Incredibles is one of my favorite movies and I absolutely can't wait to catch up with the Parr family.  I can't wait to see more of Jack Jack's new powers!

How has your week been?  What movies have you seen recently?  Are you planning on seeing any of these?  As usual, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!

Friday, May 25, 2018

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2) by Leigh Bardugo + 50/50 Friday




On Friday's I take part in three weekly link ups - The Friday 56, hosted by Freda's Voice, Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader, and 50/50 Friday is a new weekly link up and it is hosted by Carrie @ The Butterfly Reader and Laura @ Blue Eye Books. For The Friday 56, you choose a book, a book you have just finished, a book you are about to start, your current read, and share a line or a few lines that grab you (but don't spoil anything) from page 56 or 56% of the way through the ebook. Post it and share your post's url on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post. As for Book Beginnings, you share the first sentence or so and your initial thoughts, impressions, or whatever else it inspires, and then link up your post's url with Rose City Reader. Then, for 50/50 Friday, every week there's a new topic featuring two sides of the same coin - you share a book that suits each category and link up on the hosts blogs.






This week I'm spotlighting one of my current #BeatTheBacklist reads, Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2) by Leigh Bardugo.  This will be my fifteenth read of the fifty books I've challenged myself to read for this reading challenge.  I'd say I'm doing pretty good so far!  I'm so excited to be back in the world of Ketterdam because I absolutely loved book one (you can see my review here).  By the way, does anyone imagine Kaz as a younger version of Tommy Shelby (played by Cillian Murphy) from Peaky Blinders?  Or is that just me?



Beginning: 

Retvenko leaned against the bar and tucked his nose into his dirty shot glass.

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"Your friends are not coming," said Bajan.  "It is time to think of your own surviva.  You could be home with your family by summer's end.  Van Eck can help you if you let him."

50/50 Friday: Book You Wish Was Recommended To You More/Less - I'm going with authors instead for this week's topic instead that are recommended to me all the time at work.  Both of the authors I've selected have been recommended to me a ton of times for a wide variety of reasons.


More - Louise Penney - I've been really trying to decide if I should start into the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series.  Maybe a few more recommendations would really sell me.


Less - Debbie Macomber - I've read one or two of her stories in the past and while she's a good writer she isn't quite my style.  I'm not particularly interested in reading more of her soon.

What are you reading today?  Have you read any of these authors?  As usual, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Best Fantasy Character Names


Happy Tuesday everyone!  Welcome to the first Top Ten Tuesday now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week's topic is Best Character Names - and I'll be spotlighting some of my favorite fantasy names.

From The Legend of Drizzt by R.A. Salvatore


Zaknafein


Jarlaxle


Guenhwyvar

From The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien


Eowyn


Faramir


Aragorn

From  A Song of Ice and Fire



Tyrion


Daenerys

From Discworld by Terry Pratchett


Vetinari

From Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas



Chaol


Do you like any of these names?  What are some of your favorite character names?  As always, thanks as always for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!

Monday, May 21, 2018

Peril in the Old Country (Terribly Serious Darkness #1) by Sam Hooker (ARC) - Review


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I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Terrors lurk in the Old Country from goblins, bloodthirsty cannibals from nearby Carpathia, nefarious secret societies, to bloodless murder victims. Then there are the government agencies that might take you in for "questioning" in the middle of the night. Sloot can barely keep himself from drowning in the sense of doom that saturates the Old Country. Any minute could be his last, but now things are looking worse than ever as he's been ordered to correct a ghastly financial statement. It's almost certain that this will lead to Sloot's grisly death, but that probably isn't the worst thing that could happen.

I have a feeling that if you like Terry Pratchett or Douglas Adams, you'll also like the tone and style of Peril in the Old Country by Sam Hooker. I loved the dark, tongue-in-cheek sense of humor. Sloot is something like a mild mannered Arthur Dent sort of character who gets thrown into a whole new world that is nothing like what he's used to. He gets thrown into more and more ridiculous and terrible events and he has to deal with all of these changes to his life now. Unfortunately, the humor doesn't always quite work or flow as well as I would like it to, but the absurdly dark sense of humor is one of my favorite aspects. I also loved some of the ridiculous (in a good way) details that go into the story. I know that this style won't be for everyone, but it's still quite a bit of fun in my opinion. I will definitely want to try the future installments of the Terribly Serious Darkness series.



Thanks again, NetGalley!


I read this ARC from May 16 - 17, 2018 and my review is also on GoodreadsPeril in the Old Country by Sam Hooker will be released on June 5th, 2018.

Music Monday: BTS


Happy Monday everyone and welcome back to Music Monday! Let's share some songs we've been enjoying lately!  If you would like to play and I really hope you do, please see the rules and link up below.

Rules:

Every Monday share a few songs you've been enjoying lately.  It doesn't have to be a specific genre, new, or one of your favorites - just something you'd like to share with others.  If possible, share a music or lyric video of the song and your thoughts on the song(s), artist(s), and/or music video(s).

If you would like to participate in Music Monday, please join the link up by sharing your post's url.

So I've heard of BTS, the K-Pop boy band for a while now and I know a lot of people love their music.  Somehow, though, I'd never managed to hear any of their songs until this past weekend when I decided to get out from under that rock.  The first song I tried was their newest release called "Fake Love" which was trending at #1 on YouTube on Saturday.  While it's not my usual style at all, their sound is pretty addictive - and they're great dancers - and the cinematography and editing in the video is good.  Next up I listened to their first song from 2013 called "No More Dream".  I can easily see how much younger they look.  I think I'll have to try more of their music in the future.





Saturday, May 19, 2018

Legendary (Caraval #2) by Stephanie Garber (ARC) - Review


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I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Tella and Scarlett should be celebrating the end of Caravel - after all Tella finally escaped her father and she saved her sister from an arranged marriage - yet Tella still isn't truly free. Out of desperation, she's made a deal with a criminal and she owes him Legend's, the master of Caraval's, real name which is something that no one has ever been able figure out. Tella only has one chance to figure out his name and that is by winning the next round of Caraval, usually that would be next year but now the schedule has been has been bumped up. She's still reeling from the events of the last one before she's thrown right back into it. Caraval asks a lot of its players, and this time is different, but for Tella the stakes are greater than ever. In fact, if Tella loses and fails to uphold her end of the bargain she'll lose everything and everyone she cares about, but if she wins Caraval and Legend himself will be destroyed forever.

Legendary by Stephanie Garber is a fantastically imaginative sequel to last year's Caraval, but this time around the stakes are higher than the first time around and more personal. This time around we get to see another round of the game, but now it's much different game altogether. There's a whole new setting, a whole new magical mystery to get wrapped up in, and so many dark twists and turns to wrap your head around. In this sequel, we follow the story from Tella's perspective rather than Scarlett's. Like the first time around, Tella kind of grated on nerves. I don't know if I'm getting old or what. Either way, there are times where she doesn't make the brightest decisions out there. Though I will agree that she has grown as a character over the course of the series, like she says she isn't a silly little girl, but she definitely has a lot quite a bit of growing up to do. One of my favorite aspects in this novel is that we get to find out a little more about the wider world these two sisters inhabit, especially in regards to the fantasy elements like the Fates and the Deck of Destiny.

Overall, Legendary is a more than worthy sequel to Stephanie Garber's debut novel. I love being engrossed in an intricately twisted world where you're never quite sure sure what's real at any given time. If you enjoyed Caraval, I expect you'll want to devour book two as soon as you can. I also expect you'll want to try this series if you liked The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. Garber has such a way with words that I was on the edge of my seat with anticipation throughout. After that ending I'm absolutely dying for the third book in this series, Finale!

Thanks again, NetGalley!  I read this ARC from May 12 - 14, 2018 and my review is also on GoodreadsLegendary by Stephanie Garber will be released on May 29th, 2018.

Friday, May 18, 2018

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha #1) by Tomi Adeyemi + 50/50 Friday




On Friday's I take part in three weekly link ups - The Friday 56, hosted by Freda's Voice, Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader, and 50/50 Friday is a new weekly link up and it is hosted by Carrie @ The Butterfly Reader and Laura @ Blue Eye Books. For The Friday 56, you choose a book, a book you have just finished, a book you are about to start, your current read, and share a line or a few lines that grab you (but don't spoil anything) from page 56 or 56% of the way through the ebook. Post it and share your post's url on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post. As for Book Beginnings, you share the first sentence or so and your initial thoughts, impressions, or whatever else it inspires, and then link up your post's url with Rose City Reader. Then, for 50/50 Friday, every week there's a new topic featuring two sides of the same coin - you share a book that suits each category and link up on the hosts blogs.


This week I'm spotlighting one of my current reads which is also on of my most highly anticipated reads of the year, Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha #1) by Tomi Adeyemi.  I'm not that far through yet, but so far I'm already hooked - it's totally living up the hype so far! 


Beginning: 

Pick me.

It's all I can do not to scream.  I dig my nails into the marula oak of my staff and squeeze to keep from fidgeting.  Beads of sweat drip down my back, but I can't tell if it's from dawn's early heat or from my heart slamming against my chest.  Moon after moon I've been passed over.

Today can't be the same.

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I open the purse and the sight is beautiful I nearly cry.  The silver shines like the scales of the sailfish, its weight a promise of things to come.  Five hundred!  After a new boat, that's almost a year's worth of rest for Baba.  Finally.

50/50 Friday: Book You Can/ Can't Bring Yourself To Reread


Can - Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling - I don't reread often at all, but every now and then I go back and reread a small part of this series.


Can't - Cirque du Freak by Darren Shan - I loved this creative vampire series in my younger days, but I'm kind of scared to revisit it because what if it doesn't live up to my memories.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Neanderthal Opens the Door to the Universe by Preston Norton (ARC) - Review


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I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Cliff is a 6'6" and 250 pound loser, in fact his nickname at school is Neanderthal. He has no one in his corner and everything has gone bad to worse since his older brother's suicide last year. Cliff can't stand the star quarterback, Aaron. When Aaron returns to school after a near-death experience, he says that he saw God when he was out of it. The real kicker is that God gave Aaron a to-do list to make Happy Valley High suck less - and that he needs to help Neanderthal. No one is more surprised than Cliff himself when he agrees to help Aaron with the list which features everything from a vindictive English teacher, a mysterious computer hacker, a decidedly unchristian cult of Jesus Teens, the local drug dealers, and the meanest bully at the school. For the first time since he lost his brother, Cliff feels like he's part of something bigger than himself. Fixing a screwed up school isn't as easy as it looks and as soon as Cliff think they've completed the list, he realizes their mission hits much closer to home than he expected.

I'm so glad I found Neanderthal Opens the Door to the Universe by Preston Norton. YA Contemporary isn't usually my go-to genre choice, but this new novel is a compelling must-read. Cliff is now one of my favorite leading guys in YA. He's been dealt a crappy hand in life and he's so fed up by everything, but he hasn't given in and has hope for the future. After all with Aaron, he begins to try to put make seemingly small changes in order to enact bigger, positive change at their school and in their own lives. Another one of my favorite things about Cliff is his sense of humor. I mean, sometimes his inner monologue is laugh out loud funny - if crude at times. The author does a brilliant job of developing his cast of characters from the main characters and the supporting characters, but Cliff himself is for me the most compelling. I felt an entire spectrum of emotions for him from misty-eyed sadness, red-hot anger, to uplifting hope.

Overall, Neanderthal Opens the Door to the Universe is an absolute must for fans of brutally honest, yet ultimately hopeful, funny, and relatable YA Contemporary with a well-written cast. If you're interested in the work and writing style of John Green and Andrew Smith, you may enjoy Preston Norton's style. I will definitely have to check into Norton's other releases and his future projects.

Thanks again, NetGalley!


I read this ARC from May 14 - 15, 2018 and my review is also on Goodreads.  Neanderthal Opens the Door to the Universe will be released on June 5th, 2018.

Blood Ghast Blues (Black Box Inc. #2) by Jake Bible (ARC) - Review


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I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The next victim of gorily destructive demons is the One Guy, a major extradimensional crime lord. If he wants to survive a fate worse than death at their hands, the One Guy will have to go to Black Box Inc. to save him. Chase and his team at Black Box Inc. - Lassa, omnisexual yeti; Harper, an ex-Fae assassin; and Sharon, a business savvy zombie—will have to get the One Guy to Washington, D. C.'s Department of Extradimensional Affairs and get him into protective custody. First they'll just have to keep ahead of the blood ghasts, dimentionalist rednecks, vengeance-seeking kobolds, and his many other enemies, including Chase himself who knows first hand that you can’t trust the One Guy as far as you can throw him.

I was so happy to be approved for the sequel to Black Box Inc. because book one is just so much fun. Luckily, Blood Ghast Blues really lived up to my expectations. Jake Bible's brand of urban fantasy is quite unique as it deals with a wide variety creatures coming into our world via portals from other dimensions. He does a fantastic job writing butt kicking action scenes, cool worldbuilding, and awesome characters and dialogue. As cool as the magic system is in Chase's Asheville, North Carolina, the characters really make this story. I love the team at Black Box Inc. Everyone plays off of each other really well, the dialogue and banter is topnotch, and, even better, each player brings something special to the team. By the way, since I've been watching the tv series Lucifer I can't help but to compare Harper to Maze - and if that alone doesn't want to make you pick up this series I don't know what will. Finally, while technically this is the second book in a series, it is also described as a standalone sequel. You don't necessarily have to have read book one before jumping in here, but it's just all the better to already be familiar with the world and characters.

Blood Ghast Blues (Black Box Inc. #2) by Jake Bible is a fantastic new installment of an epic new urban fantasy series. If you're a fan of Lucifer, The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher, and The Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne, I have a feeling you'll want to meet Chase Lawter and his crew at Black Box Inc. Since this is a standalone installment of the series, you don't already need to be familiar with the story before jumping in here. New a fun, fast-paced new urban fantasy series, then look no further. I hope we get to see more of Chase, Lassa, Harper, and Sharon in the future.



Thanks again, NetGalley!  I read this ARC from May 7 - 12, 2018 and my review is also on GoodreadsBlood Ghast Blues by Jake Bible was released on April 13, 2018.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Summer 2018 Comment Challenge - June Sign-Up Post


This June (hopefully July and August, as well) I will be participating in the Summer 2018 Comment Challenge, hosted by Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense and Lonna @ FLYLēF.  This will be my fourth time participating in the challenge - Summer 2016, Winter 2017, & Summer 2017 - and it is perfect if you love comments and making new blogging buddies.  For each month that you sign up, you will get paired up with a blogger (a different one for each month - if you sign up for more than one) and you will engage with them by commenting on either 5+ or 10+ of their posts for the month.  It's a brilliant way to reach out to new blogs, make connections (and get your comment activity up at the same time)!  There's even a social media option to connect further with your partner which I plan on taking advantage of on Twitter using the hashtag #Summer18CC.  In short, I plan on being ambitious in June by commenting 10+ times with my to be announced partner - I can't wait to "meet" you!