Saturday, July 20, 2019

The Reading Rush TBR


Happy Saturday everyone!  This week I'm taking part in The Reading Rush (previously known as BookTubeAThon) which runs from July 22nd - July 28th.  So many bloggers from around the world take part in this annual readathon that I finally decided I couldn't miss this because it sounds like such fun.  It's all about reading as much as you can during the course the readathon and I'm taking part in the seven official challenges.  Keep reading to see my TBR for this readathon:

1. Read a book with purple on the cover


Once & Future (Once & Future #1) by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy - This sounds like it's going to be an awesome Arthurian retelling - and just look at that cover!

2. Read a book in the same spot the entire time


Ms. Marvel, Vol. 9: Teenage Wasteland by G. Willow Wilson - Kamala Khan is hands down one of my favorite current Marvel comics characters and I can't wait to see more of her adventures.

3. Read a book you meant to read last year


Dreadful Company (Dr. Greta Helsing #2) by Vivian Shaw - I loved book one in this series and I don't know why I haven't read the sequel yet.  I loved Shaw's brand of dark urban fantasy, gothic horror, and mystery and I have high expectations for book two.

4. Read an author’s first book


We Hunt the Flame (Sands of Arawiya #1) by Hafsah Faizal - The hype is strong with this one - and it sounds like it'll be amazing.  My fingers are crossed that it'll be just that good!

5. Read a book with a non-human main character


This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity #1) by Victoria Schwab - Schwab has quickly become one of my favorites.  I can't wait to read more from her in this YA series opener!

6. Pick a book that has five or more words in the title


The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins - I've had this on my shelf for ages and it's high time I finally pick it up.  It sounds like it'll be great.

7. Read and watch a book to movie adaptation



Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews - I've been meaning to read and watch this for ages, and now I'll finally be getting around to it.  I'll be listening to the audiobook via Libby.


Have you ever taken part in this readathon?  Have you read any of these books (or watched this adaptation)?  What book should I read first?  As always, thanks very much for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!

Friday, July 19, 2019

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): Prudence (The Custard Protocol #1) by Gail Carriger + 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 Sci-fi July reads for Devour Your TBR, Prudence (The Custard Protocol #1) by Gail Carriger.  I'm so glad I'm finally diving into this series since I adored The Parasol Protectorate and Finishing School.  Plus, I really liked seeing young Prudence in the later books of The Parasol Protectorate and Carriger's brand of steampunk is a favorite.

Beginning:

Lady Prudence Alessandra Maccon Akeldama was enjoying her evening exceedingly.  The evening, unfortunately, did not feel the same about Lady Prudence.

56:

"You forget about my father's pack.  Terrible gossips, werewolves.  Worse than Dama's drones."

50/50 Friday: Favorite/ Least Favorite Fandom





Favorite - Good Omens - This is a new favorite and the Neil Gaiman and the cast seem to have so much fun with it as well!



Least favorite - The Time Tunnel - I love this '60s sci-fi tv show, but there really isn't a fandom.  It only had one season, but it was so much awesome time travel stuff.  I wish there was more to it because it was cancelled pretty abruptly (it was pretty costly to produce) so a good deal of the main storyline never got wrapped up.  If only.  


What are you reading this week?  Have you read any of these books?  As always, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!

Thursday, July 18, 2019

The Identity Crisis Book Tag

Happy Thursday everyone!  Today I'm doing something a bit different - a brand new book tag!  I haven't done one of these in a long time, but this one really caught my eye.  The Identity Crisis Book Tag was created by Loretta @ Laughing Listener and it features a whole bunch of bookish personality quizzes that are right up my alley.  Without further ado, let's get to the tag!

Loretta's Rules:

1. Take all the quizzes down below and record your answers somehow. I decided to just copy the text from each quiz and paste it into my post, but screenshots work too! Whatever floats your goat (Yes goat. I SAID WHAT I SAID).

2. NO CHEATING. You get one shot to take each quiz my friends. I’m watching you. ∗Suspicious squinty eyes∗

3. Use this post to give credit to the creator Loretta @ The Laughing Listener or tag me on twitter @LaughnListener so I can see everyone’s answers!!

4. Tag some friends to spread the fun!




Who I Am: Kilorn Warren

“Did you forget about Kilorn? Well you shouldn’t have! He may not be the center of attention but he has stuck by Mare since day one and didn’t even hesitate to join the Scarlet Guard. Just like Kilorn, your loyalty and bravery are your most admirable qualities. Rise, Red as the Dawn!”

My thoughts: I've only read the first three books and honestly I don't have plans on reading any more of the series (the first book was the best by far), but Kilorn was a decent character and a good friend to Mare.  I don't see anything wrong with being Kilorn for a day (at least as far as I've read).



Who I Am: Charlotte Branwell and Mark Blackthron

"You may be underestimated and some may count you out, but you're a serious person when you need to be, and take responsibility very seriously. You're incredibly loyal (though it may not seem like it at times), and your friends are lucky to have you."

My thoughts: Both of these two are fantastic characters and it sounds like a great combination to me.  I haven't read Queen of Air and Darkness yet, but Mark is one of my favorite side characters in that series.  Plus, Charlotte and her husband Henry made a pretty great team.



Who I Am: Rowan and Asterin

"You may come off as stand-offish at first, but once a new friend earns your loyalty, they have it for life. Not without good reason. You've been through your fair share of struggles and are careful to protect yourself from more."

My thoughts: This description sounds like it totally fits me! Anyway, though, I've only read the first three books in the series so far so I've only just met both Rowan and Asterin.  Either way, they're both pretty fascinating characters so far.



Who I Am: Katniss Everdeen

"You're smart, talented, and fiercely independent. You may not mean to but everyone looks up to you. Not only have you got a fiery spirit but you have a big heart — your friends and family mean the world to you. Keep on being you."

My thoughts: I've taken other character quizzes from this series and just like here I nearly always get Katniss.  As an INTJ like Katniss herself, I'm glad to get compared to her character.  There aren't enough of us awesome lady INTJs, especially in YA!



Who I Am: Neville Longbottom

"You’re awkward and clumsy and hate being the center of attention. But you’re brave and big-hearted and people can always trust you to help them out in a bad situation."

My thoughts: Outside of the Golden Trio, Neville has hands down the best character arc in the series.  Needless to say, I'm pretty thrilled to be compared to such a great character who really grows over the course of his time at Hogwarts.



Who I Am: Rhysand, High Lord of the Night Court

"A prince of darkness with a heart of gold, you’re the most powerful High Lord in Prythian. Despite your smoldering good looks and mind-crushing powers, you still manage to make time to appreciate art and nature a few close friendships. You’d give your life for those you love, and sell your soul to keep them safe."

My thoughts: I haven't read this one yet, but book one is currently on my shelf.  I've heard a lot of great things about it, so I'm excited to pick it up.  Rhysand sounds like quite the character.  I'd totally like to have mind-crushing powers.



Who I Am: Adam Parrish

"You've had a rough life, and are determined to make it better on your own terms. You are driven by your own free will, and sometimes lose sight of the big picture with your fixation on change. However, you are one of the strongest people ever, and no matter what the change brings, you will endure."

My thoughts: I honestly love everyone in this series so I would have been great with any of our main five.  I gotta say though I definitely relate the most with Adam out of all of them.  I'll say it again: us INTJs got to stick together!



Who I Am: Victoria

"Yeah, no one better cross you. Mess with you and it's a death sentence. You're not one to play games and are willing to do whatever it takes to reach your goals — no matter how bloody it can get. But life doesn't always have to be filled with hate! Just blood. Lots of blood."

My thoughts: This series wasn't really my cup of tea, but I guess it could be fun to be the villain.  I have been told I'm not someone to cross...



Who I Am: Vivi

"You have a can-do attitude and others may come to you to seek advice. You just want a normal life and spend a lot of time at Target."

My thoughts: That description fits me pretty well except for the Target part - nothing against Target.  Vivi is a pretty interesting character in contrast with both Jude and Taryn.  I can't wait to see what happens to her and everyone else in The Queen of Nothing.


Who I Am: Cress

"A Lunar shell confined to a satellite to aid Queen Levana with hacking and surveillance of Earthen countries. She is a petite girl with very long honey blonde hair, a heart-shaped face, and freckles. She has a very overactive imagination, and nervous around people due to her lack of social interaction growing up."

My thoughts: Well, I don't look like Cress except for the freckles, but I am pretty good with computers and I definitely have an overactive imagination.  Cress is also my favorite female character in the series (Cinder comes in second place) and Thorne is my favorite male character in the series (Kai is next in line), so this works for me!


What do you think?  Who are you in these series?  I know the rules say to tag people, but I'm leaving this open to all those who'd like to take part.  As always, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!  Thanks to Loretta for creating such a fun tag!

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Pride Month 2019 - Wrap Up & Mini Reviews


Happy Wednesday everyone!  As you may know, June was Pride Month and I decided to celebrate by reading five LGBTQIAP books (check out my tbr post here).  I'm a bit behind with my wrap up, but  I completed my personal challenge and I ended up enjoying all of them - 2 four star and 3 five star reads.  I recommend all of them!  Keep reading to see my thoughts on the books I read last month:


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A Case of Possession (A Charm of Magpies #2) by K.J. Charles is an excellent follow-up to The Magpie Lord. I'm definitely looking forward to reading the final book in the series, Flight of Magpies. This m/m romance is quite steamy - more so than what I would usually prefer - but I particularly enjoy getting to know both Lord Crane and Stephen Day. I also like the author's brand of historical fantasy. If you enjoyed Jonathan Stranger & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke and enjoy romance as well, I have a feeling you'll want to start this fast-paced series.


I read this book from June 8 - 9, 2019 and my review is also on Goodreads.



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The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy (Montague Siblings #2) by Mackenzi Lee
The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee is absolutely fantastic. Felicity is just the best and I love the fact that she gets the chance to lead her own book. Mackenzi Lee's and her unique style has quickly become one of my favorite authors. All of her characters are wonderful to get to know. It was a lot of fun to see Monty and Percy again and see where they a year after we last saw them. Plus, it was great getting to know the new people as well and I'd have to say that Sim is my favorite from that group. Like with the previous installment of the world-building here is just as fantastic - I started to feel like quite the traveler while reading. Overall, The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy (Montague Siblings #2) is an absolute must read. I can't wait to read more from Mackenzi Lee and hopefully more from Felicity, Monty, and the whole crew in the future.


I read this from June 1 - 6, 2019 and my review is also on Goodreads.



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I've heard so many great things about The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid and now that I've read it I can say I officially understand the hype. Evelyn Hugo is one of the most fascinatingly complex characters I've read about in a long time. She does whatever it takes to get herself where she needs to be. She's quite manipulative and cunning and it's great to see how her plans play out. She knows she's made plenty of mistakes, but she's always unapologetically herself and loyal to those in her circle. She's definitely a Slytherin if there ever was one, and she amazing. Anyway, aside from all of the brilliant characters I also enjoyed the Old Hollywood aspect - I enjoy reading about the time and I'm a fan of classic movies, so this fictionalized look was right up my alley. My only issue: I wasn't nearly as interested in the present day section of the story. Overall, though, this novel is well worth your time. I need to read more from Taylor Jenkins Reid - Daisy Jones & The Six here I come!


I read this novel from June 8 - 12, 2019 and my review is also on Goodreads.



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I can't resist Greek mythology and after reading Circe I knew I needed to tackle Miller's debut novel The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller stat. Luckily for me it was absolutely amazing. I won't be able to do it justice here but its near 400 pages are entirely worth it.

I read this book from June 1 - 3, 2019 and my review is also on Goodreads.



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Wow! Have I mentioned how much I love V.E. Schwab's style recently? Because I really do - she's become such one of my all time favorites so quickly. I don't know why I waited so long to read the sequel of Vicious because it's another great novel from her. Vengeful (Villains #2) by V.E. Schwab is easily one of my favorite reads of 2019. I enjoyed getting to see everyone again, but to be honest I was particularly glad to see more of Victor Vale. Of course, I was back with everyone, but Victor's hands down my favorite. Morally gray characters (and sometimes full on villains) are some of the most intriguing to characters to follow, and that's no different here. By the way, Marcella is a great new adversary - she definitely lives up to the hype. Finally, I know my review doesn't adequately express just how awesome this sequel is. Either way, though, if you enjoyed book one you'll need to pick up this as well. I can't wait for the next installment of this series and anything and everything by this author.


I read this novel from June 19 - 28, 2019 and my review is also on Goodreads.


Have you read any of these books?  What did you read for Pride Month?  As always, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Auto-Buy Authors


Happy Tuesday everyone!  Welcome to the Top Ten Tuesday now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week's topic is Auto-Buy Authors.  I love all of these authors below and anytime something new from them comes out I just need to add it to my collection.  Here we go, in alphabetical order by last name:

Holly Black

Jim Butcher

Neil Gaiman

Kevin Hearne

Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Mindy McGinnis

Marissa Meyer

V.E. Schwab

Maggie Stiefvater

Cat Winters


Have you read any of these authors?  Who are some of your auto-buy authors?  As always, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!

Monday, July 15, 2019

Music Monday: Bluegrass Ramble


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.

Happy Monday everyone!  This week I'm spotlighting a couple of new-to-me favorite bluegrass songs that I heard on the Bluegrass Ramble radio show.  I love listening to it on the weekends.  Bluegrass is one of my favorite music genres and it's a great way to discover new favorites, especially if you're listening closer to the end of the program.  Anyway, give "Graveyard Blues" by Balsam Range and "The Blue Diamond" Mines by The Johnson Mountain Boys a listen:





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Friday, July 12, 2019

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): Archenemies (Renegades #2) by Marissa Meyer + 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 Sci-fi July reads for Devour Your TBR, Archenemies (Renegades #2) by Marissa Meyer.  Marissa Meyer is one of my favorite YA authors and I like her take on the superhero genre.  I'm glad to finally be back in this world!



Beginning:

Adriana crouched on the rooftop, peering at the delivery entrance behind the Gatlon City Hospital.  It was early morning - the sun hadn't risen yet, though hints of light were turning the sky from charcoal gray to pale violet.  The dimness made it difficult to see anything ten stories below, beyond a couple of vans and a supply truck.

56:

"Now, that does leave one conundrum," said Evander.

50/50 Friday: Favorite/ Least Favorite Character Arc - This week I'm featuring Stranger Things characters in honor of the newest season (only covering the first two seasons here).



Favorite - Steve Harrington - Easily has the best arc in the series - it's something when a character organically pulls a 180 and goes from my least favorite character to my favorite.



Least favorite - Jonathan Byers - Jonathan's still one of my favorite big hearted characters in the show, but he just didn't  have quite as interesting of a storyline in season two for me.


What are you reading this week?  Have you read any of these books?  As always, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!

Thursday, July 11, 2019

The Phoenix Grail (The Phoenix Succession #1) by Helen Savore - Blog Tour


Happy Thursday everyone!  Welcome to my leg of The Phoenix Grail  blog tour!  Today, you'll find the details and summary for this novel and an about the author, Helen Savore.  Thanks for visiting my spotlight!




Title: The Phoenix Grail (The Phoenix Succession #1) 
Author: Helen Savore
Publisher: Oberon's Forge Press LLC
Publication Date: June 21, 2019
Price: $11.95
Format: Paperback and eBook (Amazon & Goodreads)
Pages: 454
The stories Alexandrea tell don’t come to life, they already are! Alexandrea’s family descends from King Arthur’s knights, the sole humans who can see the Fae. They’ve worked with Merlin’s forgotten apprentice for generations to stop Fae from leeching life. Now she is the last, and must follow in the footsteps of the grail knights, seeking the Phoenix grail. Worse, the fae are visiting Earth more, including Alexandrea’s friend Jamie who sees visions predicting his patients deaths. 
Can Alexandrea summon the Phoenix in time to regain what her ancestors lost and stop the deaths that plague our world?

About Helen:


Helen Savore writes fantastical worlds filled with a mixture of modern and medieval settings. She explores stories loosely based on Arthurian legends, secretly wishing that King Arthur would return to pull the world from the brink of darkness. An engineer by day, and a gamer when time allows, this paper ninja writes, reads, plays with pen-and-paper RPGs and folds origami. It’s not surprising that her stories are filled with unexpected folds and twists that blend seamlessly with reality. You can also follow her on Twitter @ImaPaperNinja. Or http://www.oberonsforgepress.com

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

BLASTAWAY by Melissa Landers Release Day Blitz



I am so excited that BLASTAWAY by Melissa Landers is available now and that I get to share the news!
If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Melissa Landers, be sure to check out all the details below.
This blitz also includes a giveaway for a finished copy of the book, US Only, courtesy of Disney-Hyperion and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

About the Book:
Title: BLASTAWAY
Author: Melissa Landers
Pub. Date: July 9,2019
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
Pages: 304

Kyler Centaurus isn't your typical runaway. All he wanted was a quick trip to the legendary Fasti Sun Festival. Who wouldn't want to see new stars being born? Um, try Kyler's entire family. They couldn't care less about mind-blowing wonders of science.

When an accidental launch sequence ends with Kyler hurtling through space on the family cruiser, the thrill of freedom is cut short by two space pirates determined to steal his ship. Not happening!

Luckily, Kyler bumps into Fig, a savvy young Wanderer who makes a living by blowing up asteroids. She could really use a ride to Earth and Kyler could really use a hand with the pirates.

But when Kyler learns the truth about Fig's mission, the two must put aside their differences long enough to stop the threat of astronomical proportions racing towards Earth.


Exclusive Excerpt!

At some point, I must have fallen asleep.

I say that for two reasons. First, my chin was wet with drool, and I hardly ever slobber on myself when I’m awake. And second, I was no longer on Earth.

I sat bolt upright and stared out the window as distant stars whizzed past in a blur. There were no planets in sight, and judging by the swirling purple nebula ahead of me, this wasn’t the way to Nana’s house. I checked the navigation screen and felt my mouth drop open. The flashing beacon that represented my ship was halfway between Earth and Fasti.

(So you see, it is totally possible to steal a spaceship on accident.)

I guess my hand hit the EXECUTE button when I fell asleep. And because it would take just as long for me to turn around and go home as it would to finish my journey, it made sense to keep going, right? Either way, my parents would ground me into the afterlife, so I might as well earn the sentence, right?

Right.

An electric thrill rushed through my veins when I thought about the possibilities that lay ahead of me. Anything could happen on this trip. Literally anything. I could discover a brand-new element. Or meet a secret race of aliens. Or invent a new energy source. Or eat so much chocolate that I puked. Either way, I had complete freedom to make this journey into whatever I wanted, and once I realized that, there was no freaking way I could turn back. It was like the universe had dropped a gift in my lap, a gift I had no intention of returning.    

I wiped the drool off my chin and smiled.

“Hold onto your stars, Fasti. Here I come.”

About Melissa:


Melissa Landers is a former teacher who left the classroom to pursue other worlds. A proud sci-fi geek, she isn’t afraid to wear her Princess Leia costume in public—just ask her kids. She lives just outside Cincinnati in the town of Loveland, “Sweetheart of Ohio.”










Giveaway Details:

1 winner will win a finished copy of BLASTAWAY, US Only.