Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Book Riot's 2018 Read Harder Challenge - July Update: Supernatural and Philosophy & Smoke Gets In Your Eyes


It's already the end of July - meaning 14 of the 24 tasks for Book Riot's 2018 Read Harder Challenge are complete!  The tasks I completed required me to read an essay anthology and a book of social science.   For the tasks, I selected Supernatural and Philosophy: Metaphysics and Monsters... For Idjits edited by Galen A. Foreman and Smoke Gets In Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty respectively.  Read on to see my mini reviews and what's next for August:


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Supernatural and Philosophy: Metaphysics and Monsters... for Idjits edited by Galen A Foresman is an entry of The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series that I needed to get my hands on as soon as I heard of it. While I was in college, I had to read a few entries in this series for class assignments and they were fun and accessible ways to approach a variety of philosophical theories. Overall, this installment featuring one of my all time favorite tv series wasn't bad in the least, but it was somewhat underwhelming. The essays that are featured are on a variety of fascinating topics, but in some cases taken as a whole they are a bit too repetitive. Several of the essays use the same episodes for examples and sometimes even the same scenes to make their points. Plus, many of the essays, especially "Team Free Will: Something Worth Fighting For", "Mothers, Lovers, and Other Monsters: The Women of Supernatural", "Dean Winchester and the Supernatural Problem of Evil", "Angels and Atheists" and "Oh God, You Devil" in particular I'd actually like to see reworked with what we know about the series since this was released in 2013. I have to say I was also fully expecting "Masculinity and Supernatural Love" to discuss Castiel's close bond with Dean (and Sam, too) since she discusses the bond between the brothers and to a much lesser extent Bobby. Anyway, if you're interested in Supernatural, you may want to try this philosophy book which uses the series to discuss prominent theories via a series of essays. It isn't for everyone, but it is fascinating nevertheless.


I read this book on July 11, 2018 and my review is also on Goodreads.


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Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty is a fascinating, refreshingly frank, and a very educational look into the death industry, death rituals, and Doughty's personal experiences. I highly recommend this book of social science, though, fair warning, it isn't for the faint of heart. There's so much to learn and take into consideration. By the way, Svengoolie even gets a mention (!) in the final chapter as a suggestion for the author's web series to be paired up with a classic horror movie. I like her series as it is, but to be honest I'd totally watch her in a show like that! If you're interested in Caitlin Doughty's Ask A Mortician series on YouTube, you'll definitely want to try this book. I'll definitely need to read her 2017 release, From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death.

I read this book from July 5 - 11, 2018 and my review is also on Goodreads.


Next Up For August:


A western 


My choice: Retribution Rails (Vengance Road #2) by Erin Bowman - I really enjoyed Vengeance Road and I can't wait try this companion novel - and to have the opportunity to read it as a part of this challenge.

A book of colonial or postcolonial literature 


My choice: Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor - This post-apocalyptic fantasy set in postcolonial Africa? Yes, please!

Are you taking part in Book Riot's Read Harder Challenge, or have you ever in the past?  Have you read any of these books that I read this month, or plan to read next month?  As always thanks very much for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!

Top Ten Tuesday: Popular Books That Lived Up To The Hype


Happy Tuesday everyone!  Welcome to the first Top Ten Tuesday now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week's topic is Popular Books That Lived Up To The Hype.  Here we go, in alphabetical order by title:


Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi


Cinder by Marissa Meyer


The Cruel Prince by Holly Black


Dark Matter by Blake Crouch


The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee


Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff






More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera


Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco


What popular books do you think lived up to the hype?  Have you read any of the books on my list?  As always, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!

Monday, July 30, 2018

Make Me Read It Readathon 2018 - Announcement & Poll


Welcome to my sign up post for the 2018 Make Me Read It Readathon, hosted by Ely @ Of Wonderland and Val @ The Innocent Smiley.  I took part in this readathon for the first time last year and I enjoyed the challenge so much that I just had to come back this year.  It begins midnight wherever you are on August 6th and goes through to August 13th.

Rules:
Look at the books you own, either physical, e-book or ones you've borrowed from the library and pick out a few you really want to read, or feel like you should read. It’s up to you how many you pick, personally I'd pick a few more than you expect to be able to read in a week. Example: if you think you’ll only read two, pick out five books or if you think you can read seven, pick out ten.

Make a list of these books on your blog, or make a video, or a Goodreads shelf or post a picture on Instagram—whatever is easiest for you. Then get friends, other bloggers/ booktubers/ bookstagrammers etc. to vote on which books you HAVE to read.

When the readathon comes along, you read the books in the order of most votes. For example, if one book gets 10 votes—you read that first, then the one that got 7 and so on. If there's a tie, then it's your preference. The goal is to read as many as possible.

The books I'm hoping to tackle this time around are all urban fantasy and most of them have been on my tbr for a little while now.  My fingers are crossed that I'll check many of them off my tbr!

Sandman Slim (Sandman Slim #1) by Richard Kadrey - All I needed to here that this is for fans of H.P. Lovecraft, Christopher Moore, and Jim Butcher - that sounds like a great combination to me.

Midnight Riot (Peter Grant #1) by Ben Aaronovitch - This is also called Rivers of London and features a cop with London's Metropolitan Police who can speak with the lingering dead and crimes involving magic and manifestations of the uncanny.

My Life as a White Trash Zombie (White Trash Zombie #1) by Diana Rowland -  I can't say I've ever read a zombie book like this, but since iZombie is one of my favorite shows I think I need to try this series.

Deadly Curiosities (Deadly Curiosities #1) by Gail Z. Martin - I've been hoping to get to this author for awhile - and plus that cover has been done by Chris McGrath who is one of my favorites.  I mean, the figure on the left side is totally Cal Leandros from Moonshine!

Moon Called (Mercy Thompson #1) by Patricia Briggs - I've heard so many fantastic things about this series and I'm excited to start a new series featuring a coyote shapeshifter at the center.

Dirty Magic (Prospero's War #1) by Jaye Wells - A cop with magic powers, illegal street magic, and a Magic Enforcement Agency?  Sign me up!

Dead to Rites (Mick Oberon #3) by Ari Marmell - I haven't read any of the previous books in the series yet, but this sounds really cool.  Noir urban fantasy with a fae private eye?  Yes, please!

Working Stiff (Revivalist #1) by Rachel Caine - I love Caine's YA Great Library series and I'd like to try this series that sounds like it's for fans of Pushing Daisies and iZombie.

Day Shift (Midnight, Texas #2) by Charlaine Harris - I am hooked on the NBC tv adaptation called Midnight, Texas and while I wasn't quite as enthralled by book one in the series I can't wait to get back into the world before the tv series comes back for season two on October 26th.

Now it's your turn to decide what I'll be reading and in what order, so let's get to the poll!

The Poll:


What Should I Read Next?

Sandman Slim (Sandman Slim #1) by Richard Kadrey
Midnight Riot (Peter Grant #1) by Ben Aaronovitch
My Life as a White Trash Zombie (White Trash Zombie #1) by Diana Rowland
Deadly Curiosities (Deadly Curiosities #1) by Gail Z. Martin
Moon Called (Mercy Thompson #1) by Patricia Briggs
Dirty Magic (Prospero's War #1) by Jaye Wells
Dead to Rites (Mick Oberon #3) by Ari Marmell
Working Stiff (Revivalist #1) by Rachel Caine
Day Shift (Midnight, Texas #2) by Charlaine Harris
Created with PollMaker

Thanks for voting everyone!  I'm looking forward to seeing what I'll be reading during the readathon!  As always thanks for visiting my blog!

Music Monday: Snow White, Cinderella, Peter Pan


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 sharing some of my favorite classic Disney songs.  I've picked one song from each from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), Cinderella (1950), and Peter Pan (1953).  You might have noticed, but the princess songs from the first two movies aren't my favorites from their movies.  What are your favorite songs from these movies?






Friday, July 27, 2018

See All The Stars by Kit Frick (ARC) - Review


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

THEN - They were four—Bex, Jenni, Ellory, Ret. Electric, headstrong young women; Ellory’s whole solar system. Lazy summer days. A party. A beautiful boy. Ellory met Matthias and fell into the beginning of a spectacular, bright love. NOW - Ellory is alone, her once inseparable group of friends torn apart by secrets, deception, and a shocking incident that changed their lives forever. Ellory returns to Pine Brook to navigate senior year after a two-month suspension and summer away—no boyfriend, no friends. No going back. Tormented by some and sought out by others, troubled by a mysterious note-writer who won’t let Ellory forget, and consumed by guilt over her not entirely innocent role in everything and everyone she’s lost, Ellory finds that even in the present, the past is everywhere.

I was really hoping to like See All the Stars by Kit Frick more than I did. I've seen so many glowing reviews for it and it's compared to We Were Liars by E. Lockhart and One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus which were stories I particularly enjoyed, but I just feel kind of meh about this debut. I mean, it isn't a bad read or anything - I was just never hooked like I was with the two stories it has been compared to. First, I'll talk about my favorite aspect of the novel which is the fact that it isn't told chronologically. The timeline is broken up, jumping back and forth between then and now asking the reader to put together the clues and try to figure out what happened between this group of friends. For this sort of story that aspect works really well, especially as things really begin to pull together the drama and the tension begins to ratchet up in decent increments that make you want to compulsively read through the story. Even if it isn't all that difficult to make an educated guess as to the truth.

Now for the aspects I didn't really care for, the story kind of drags - I didn't feel like I had to hang on to every word as I was turning the pages to learn the story behind the incident and the aftermath - and I wasn't invested in the characters enough to really care one way or the other before of afterward. I know the characters are supposed to come off as edgy or something, but I mostly came away with pretentious - looking back on the story I'm not sure why the reveal was such a surprise, especially to the characters who lived the story. One of the things that also bothers me in YA are absent or mostly absent parents - and that's what we get here - seriously, to the parents in YA just watch your kids, or have more than a minor passing role in their life.

Overall, See All the Stars by Kit Frick is a debut YA mystery for fans of We Were Liars by E. Lockhart and One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus. It wasn't quite as what I was hoping for but it is still engrossing and suspenseful. Thanks, NetGalley!

I read this ARC from July 25 - 27, 2018 and my review is also on GoodreadsSee All the Stars by Kit Frick will be released on August 14th, 2018.

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds #1) by Alexandra Bracken + 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, The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds #1) by Alexandra Bracken.  I've had this on my tbr for ages, but as when I saw the trailer for the upcoming movie adaptation I figured now was as good as time as any to jump in.


Beginning:

When the white noise went off, we were in the Garden pulling weeds.

56:

If there is a single thing I'll miss about Thurmond, I thought as I edged toward sleep, it's this.  The quiet moments, when we were allowed to talk about forbidden things.

50/50 Friday: Best/ Worst Book from the First Half of the Year



Worst - #PrettyBoy Must Die by Kimberly Reid - This sounded like a really cool combination of #AlexFromTarget meets the Gallagher Girls by Ally Carter and Spy Kids, but the main character was too arrogant and irritating to salvage what could have been a fun romp.  Maybe not the worst worst, but definitely the biggest disappointment.


Best - The Cruel Prince by Holly Black - I have managed to read so many wonderful books so far this year, but Holly Black's newest release still stands out to me even though I read it back in January.  Her work is consistently stunning, if you ask me. 

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Girl at the Grave by Teri Bailey Black (ARC) - Review


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

No matter what Valentine does she cannot get away from her mother's grim legacy. When a new string of murders occurs in her small town, all signs seemingly point to the daughter of a murderer. Interestingly enough the son of her mother's victim is the only person on Valentine's side. Valentine plans on uncovering the real killer, but when she discovers the truth she will have to come to terms with her own secrets, even if it means losing those she cares about.

Girl at the Grave by Teri Bailey Black is a debut Gothic-tinged YA historical mystery thriller. It was one of my more anticipated books of the season and while it was decent, it didn't quite live up to my expectations. My favorite aspect of the novel is Valentine herself. She hasn't exactly had an easy life, but that's shaped her into the independent and decisive character that she is. The only thing that she isn't decisive about is boys. There is a love triangle, which if you know me I'm not usually a fan. I preferred Rowan from the start - beyond that the drama with Sam is just too wishy-washy in my personal opinion. I will say though that the author does a very good job of creating drama in terms of the murders and the core mystery, especially with all the twists and turns to keep us guessing. Learning about the town history was also interesting, but sometimes things got bogged down with the details and complexities. The story is a decent murder mystery, but honestly I was hoping there was going to be more of a horror or paranormal element as well.

Overall, this debut thriller by Teri Bailey Black is a more than serviceable YA historical mystery thriller. There were a few elements that didn't quite work for me, but I still enjoyed following Valentine's atmospheric story. Personally, I was expecting a little more murder mystery and a little less love story, but maybe that's just me.


I read this ARC from July 25 - 26, 2018 and my review is also on GoodreadsGirl at the Grave by Teri Bailey Black will be released on August on August 7th, 2018.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

The Point by John Dixon (ARC) - Review


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

Scarlett Winter has always been an outsider as a daredevil and troublemaker, but she's hiding special powers she doesn't understand. She has no choice after graduation - either go to West Point or jail. She expects that she'll just be joining the army like her father before her, but she's actually joining a special unit of others with powers like her. Scarlett and her fellow students are learning to more accurately use their abilities, from telekinetic combat to running recon missions through strangers' dreamscapes, for eventual government service. Scarlett may have the strongest ability in her year with her power to control energy and use it as a weapon, she's a bomb waiting to explode, and she's not sure she can control herself for much longer. When a dangerous threat arises from the school's dark past, Scarlett will need to decide if she can truly step up and be a hero.

The Point by John Dixon is an addicting sci-fi thriller with a great central premise. Honestly, as soon as I heard military training, X-Men, and a secret West Point unit I was absolutely sold. Some of my favorite moments of the story are the training sequences and seeing the cadets powers in action. As for Scarlett, Dixon has created a pretty fantastic character arc for our leading lady. She really comes into her own as a part of a the Long Gray Line and through her training. That being said she never loses herself in the process, though she does seem to change her ways a little too quickly for my tastes. By the way, when it comes to Scarlett's power did anyone else think of Sebastian Shaw from X-Men? Anyway, one of my few issues is that I wish the world-building had been handled a little more thoroughly for the posthumans. I enjoyed what we got about they came to be, but it wasn't quite enough for me - bit of a missed opportunity there.

Overall, The Point by John Dixon is a great standalone sci-fi for fans of X-Men. This story isn't terribly unique, but it's still a fun read that you can quickly devour. It is an older YA read, but I think that it could make a great adult crossover story as well. This novel was my first read by this author, but I think now I'm going to have to read more of his work - I think a great starting place would be Phoenix Island which inspired the tv show Intelligence with Josh Holloway.


I read this ARC from July 20 - 25, 2018 and my review is also on GoodreadsThe Point by John Dixon will be released on August 7th, 2018.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Birthday Giveaway (INT) - A Reaper at the Gates (An Ember in the Ashes #3) by Sabaa Tahir


If you haven't already guessed, today's my birthday - happy birthday to me!  There's plenty of virtual cake and ice cream, balloons, and confetti to go around!  


Let's get to what you all came for - the giveaway (int).  Since I haven't hosted my own giveaway in ages, I thought I'd do up my birthday in awesome bookish fashion with an international giveaway of one of my favorite sequels of released this summer, A Reaper at the Gates (An Ember in the Ashes #3) by Sabaa Tahir - here is my review, if you're interested in seeing my thoughts.


This giveaway will last until Midnight (ET), Tuesday, July 31st, 2018.  I will alert the winner via email and they will have 48 hours to respond or I will have to select another winner.  Good luck and may the odds be ever in your favor!

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Thank you for celebrating my special day with me and as always, thank you for visiting my blog and perhaps commenting down below.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books With Sensory Reading Memories


Happy Tuesday everyone!  Welcome to the first Top Ten Tuesday now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week's topic is Books With Sensory Reading Memories (where I was, what time of year it was, who I was with, what I was eating, etc.) which was submitted as a topic by Jessica @ A Cocoon of Books.  Here we go, in no particular order:


Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling - I took this with me on a family vacation in 2002 to Virginia.  It got so hot that the spine glue melted - I still have that copy, at least I can say it looks unique and well loved!


The Final Descent by Rick Yancey - I have no idea why I remember this, but I can remember eating White Castle cheeseburgers and onion chips back when I was reading this.


The Cat Who Knew Shakespeare by Lilian Jackson Braun - Technically, this is just before I started reading it, but when I bought it at a yard sale the original owner talked to me about how much she loved the series.


Up The Down Staircase by Bel Kaufman - A friend of mine was in a production of this and at his urging I picked up a copy.


Slashback by Rob Thurman - I was reading this eighth installment of the Cal Leandros series on a trip to Ohio Amish Country - we even went to Heini's Cheese Chalet which has some of the best cheese.


Libriomancer by Jim C. Hines - I picked this up at the Island Bookstore on Mackinac Island.  The cashier mistook me for a college student who lives on the island.  I guess I have a clone out there somewhere!


Scowler by Daniel Kraus - I listened to this on audio - if you don't know it's a really dark and intense story.  For some reason I decided it would be a good idea to listen in an empty room in the dark.  Definitely a mistake on my part!


Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick - I was listening to this on audio at work while I was digitizing 1930s traffic reports of Akron, Ohio - let's just say that 1930s Akron was a dangerous time to be alive.


Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte - I listened to this entire classic on audio while biking on my favorite bike path over the course of a couple weeks.


Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson - I listened to this magnificent 18 cassette long audiobook while driving to work in my old car.


What are some of your sensory reading memories?  Have you read any of the books on my list?  As always, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!

Monday, July 23, 2018

Mini Reviews: Children of Blood and Bone, Daughter of the Pirate King, Hunting Prince Dracula, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, & A Reaper at the Gates


Happy Monday everyone!  Today I'm sharing mini reviews of some recent five star reads - Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha #1) by Tomi AdeyemiDaughter of the Pirate King (Daughter of the Pirate King #1) by Tricia LevensellerHunting Prince Dracula (Stalking Jack the Ripper #2) by Kerri ManiscalcoMr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan, and A Reaper at the Gates (An Ember in the Ashes #3) by Sabaa Tahir.  Without further ado, here we go:


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Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha #1) by Tomi Adeyemi is one of the most hyped up books of 2018. Luckily, it totally lives up to the hype and is one of my favorite reads of 2018. This is honestly one of the best debut YA fantasy novels I've ever had the pleasure of picking up. Adeyemi's prose is downright stunning, the world-building and magic system is a breath of fresh air, and the characters are well-drawn. Zélie is a fantastic leading character and I love her narration, but the other characters with POV chapters are just as intriguing. I know my review doesn't this story justice at all, but take my word for it - you need this story in you life. If you like X-Men, Harry Potter, and Black Panther, I have a feeling you'll enjoy Children of Blood and Bone. I don't know about you, but I'm absolutely dying for book two, Children of Virtue and Vengeance.


I read this debut novel from May 7 - 24, 2018 and my review is also on Goodreads.



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Daughter of the Pirate King (Daughter of the Pirate King #1) by Tricia Levenseller was exactly I needed! I'd heard so many great things about this YA adventure fantasy romance with pirates, but I don't know why I put it off. Either way, I'm so glad I tried the audiobook because the story and the production was so addicting. Alosa is a clever and cunning pirate who easily holds her own and I adored every minute I got to spend with her as well as her crew. I also enjoyed the world building and fantasy elements especially as we learn more and more about Alosa's heritage and abilities. If you like Pirates of the Caribbean and The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig, I have a feeling you'll love this debut novel. I can't wait to read the sequel, Daughter of the Siren Queen!


I listened to this audiobook from June 9 - 14, 2018 and my review is also on Goodreads.



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Hunting Prince Dracula (Stalking Jack the Ripper #2) by Kerri Maniscalco had a lot to live up to as the sequel to one of my favorite reads of 2017. I shouldn't have worried, though, because it is a brilliant and more than worthy sequel to Stalking Jack the Ripper. I thoroughly enjoyed being back with Audrey Rose and Thomas Cresswell. Plus, the setting here is so cool and quite creepy - I mean, it's Dracula's castle as a school of forensic science! You can't get much better than that for atmosphere! This time around we also get introduced to few great new additions to the cast of characters. Daciana, Thomas Cresswell's sister, totally steals the show in my opinion. Anyway, aside from the characters, one of my favorite aspects of this story are all the twists and turns - and here there are quite a few doozies. Let me tell you, after that ending I'm dying to see some of my favorite characters return in Escaping from Houdini. I don't know how I'll be able to wait until September. Overall, if you haven't started in on this series and enjoy brilliant characters, great twists, and a tight central mystery, you absolutely need to begin Kerri Maniscalco's Stalking Jack the Ripper series.


I read this novel from April 26 - May 7, 2018 and my review is also on Goodreads.



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Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore is an awesome story. I have no idea why I didn't read this years ago when it was originally released. I'm going to be honest, I would totally want to work in and explore Mr. Penumbra's fascinating little shop. Robin Sloan's novel is a fantastic combination of mystery and modern fantasy and it pulled me in right from the very beginning - I just had to know more! The story wasn't quite what I was expecting, but I'm still glad that it managed to pleasantly surprise me in the long run. Plus, I'm pretty sure I just found a new favorite audiobook narrator, Ari Fliakos. This novel comes highly recommended from me and I have a feeling you'd enjoy it if you also like Libriomancer by Jim C. Hines, Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, and The Man Who Loved Books Too Much by Alison Hoover Bartlett.

I listened to this audiobook from April 20 - 22, 2018 and my review is also on Goodreads.



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An Ember in the Ashes series by Sabaa Tahir has quickly become one of my favorite YA fantasy series and the third installment, A Reaper at the Gates is no exception. I simply can't get enough of Sabaa Tahir's brilliantly fast-paced and twisty writing, world-building, and complex cast of characters. As much as I enjoy reading from the perspectives of Laia and Elias, I have to admit that I was particularly drawn to Helene's story line in this installment of the series in particular. I found myself looking forward to her chapters the most. On that note, can I just mention how much I like Elias, especially as we learn more and more about his new role even though it's taking him further from the human world. I also just want to mention the cover change in the series - I loved the two original covers, but I do like the new ones as well with this installment's cover (so far) taking the top spot. Finally, I have to know: how am I supposed to wait until next year for the finale to this marvelous series?!


I read this novel from July 14 - 19, 2018 and my review is also on Goodreads.


Congrats for making it this far!  Have you read any of these books yet - and did you like them as much as I did?  As always, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!