Thursday, February 28, 2019

Devour Your TBR - Fantastic February Wrap Up & Monstrous March TBR


Happy Friday everyone!  This year I've decided to take part in Devour Your TBR which is hosted by Kathy @ Books and Munches and destiny.  Each month the Goodreads Group for the challenge dedicated to knocking out our ever growing TBRs comes up with a themed challenge.  For February the theme was Fantastic February and I selected eight books which you can see in the photo above.  Keep reading to see my thoughts on the four books I completed for February's challenge in the order that I read them, and also my potential TBR for Monstrous March (all about creepy books, thrillers, horrors, and spooky reads).



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Trail of Lighting (The Sixth World #1) by Rebecca Roanhorse was absolutely amazing! Why did I put it off for so long?! It's easily taken its place as a favorite read of 2019. I loved getting to know all of Roanhorse's complex characters. Maggie is hands down one of my favorite leads without question - I have to appreciate her honesty, smarts, and her special set of skills. As fantastic as all of the characters are here, the world-building is stunningly refreshing (I just wish I was more familiar with Navajo language, pronunciation, culture, and traditions). This is the first Navajo post-apocalyptic urban fantasy that I've ever read and I have to say that I need more. I'm dying for book two, Storm of Locusts. I could go on and on about this, but just do yourself a favor and jump right in!


I read Trail of Lighting from February 2 - 21, 2019 and my review is also on Goodreads.



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I love Holly Black's take on faeries and their world. That being said this is probably my least favorite that I've read from her, but also her oldest and it's wonderful to see how much she's grown as a writer. My main issue with with this particular novel is the lead. I wasn't all that interested in her, but Roiben is pretty cool. I will definitely need to continue this series very soon.

I read Tithe from February 21 - 22, 2019 and my review is also on Goodreads.


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The Red Plague Affair (Bannon & Clare #2) by Lilith Saintcrow is a great sequel. I quite enjoyed jumping back into this steampunk world and seeing everyone again. It took me a second to remember where the previous one ended and get back into the swing of things, I had so much fun. I'm looking forward to picking up book three, The Ripper Affair, in the future. If you like The Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger, I have a feeling you'll love Bannon & Clare from Lilith Saintcrow.

I read this novel from February 21 - 27, 2019 and my review is also on Goodreads.


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I picked this up at a thrift store on the premise alone - there's a portal to a Tolkien-esque dimension opens up in Cleveland, Ohio. I always love finding fantasy novels set in Ohio and this sounded like it would be full of potential. Anyway, it starts off well. I particularly enjoyed reading about just how the magic leaching through the portal affects the real world - and those coming from that dimension. I also liked reading about just how inhuman and different all of those creatures and figures are from us. Unfortunately, this story never quite lived up to my hopes. It was a little too dry, the main character Kline Maxwell (his name should be flipped in my opinion) wasn't all that interesting, and the story became too politically convoluted as it went on. I was hoping for something more similar to The Last Hot Time by John M. Ford which was absolutely awesome. Even though I wasn't the biggest fan of The Dragons of the Cuyahoga (Cleveland Portal #1), I would like to see more of this world and read the sequel, The Dwarves of Whiskey Island.

I read this from February 27 - 28, 2019 and my review is also on Goodreads.


My Monstrous March TBR:


Pitch Dark by Courtney Alameda - I absolutely loved Shutter and I don't know why I'm putting off this one, but this seems like the perfect time to finally pick it up.

Wax by Gina Damico - I won this during the last YASH and it sounds quite creepy.  I'm getting House of Wax (1953) and A Bucket of Blood (1959) vibes, but maybe that's just me.

Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues (White Trash Zombie #1) by Diana Rowland - The first book in this series pleasantly surprised me and was a lot of fun.  I can't wait to get to the sequel.

Two Weeks' Notice (Revivalist #2) by Rachel Caine - Book one was an awesomely dark zombie series opener and I'm really looking forward to seeing where it goes.

Suspicious Minds (Stranger Things #1) by Gwenda BondStranger Things is one of my favorite tv shows, so it's an understatement to say that I'm excited about this.

Bird Box by Josh Malerman - I've had this on my radar for ages, but now that there's a Netflix movie adaptation I need to read this stat.  I need to see what all the hype is about.

Campfire by Shawn Sarles - I'm having visions of R.L. Stine and Christopher Pike and this thought makes me very happy.


Are you taking part in this month's challenge? Have you read any of these books?  I'll be starting off March with Bird Box and Suspicious Minds since I borrowed them from the library.  I think I'll have a great reading month!  As always, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!

Book Riot's 2019 Read Harder Challenge - February Update: Reveal & All The Birds In The Sky


February has just ended - how?! Anyway, this means that I've completed 4 out of 24 books of Book Riot's 2019 Read Harder Challenge!  How is 2019 going by so quickly?!  The tasks I completed required me to read a book published prior to January 1, 2019, with fewer than 100 reviews on Goodreads and a novel by a trans or nonbinary author.  For the tasks, I selected Reveal (Among Us Trilogy #3) by Anne-Rae Vasquez and All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders.  Read on to see my mini reviews and what's next for March:


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Reveal by Anne-Rae Vasquez is the final installment of the Among Us Trilogy. I've absolutely loved this series since I first found book one, Doubt. As it turns out for book two, Resist, and this finale, I acted as a beta reader for the author. It was an awesome experience to have the opportunity to go through these two final novels line by line and chapter by chapter with the author. Plus, I have to admit that it was just plain cool to see my name in the acknowledgments.
Anyway, Reveal is a fantastic finale! This is the first time I've read it in its final form. It's incredibly addicting and I loved catching up with all of the characters and seeing where everyone is and how they end up. I couldn't have asked for a better conclusion. If you are a fan of Supernatural or Fringe, I have a feeling you'll love the Among Us Trilogy.

I read this novel from February 2 - 7, 2019 and my review is also on Goodreads.


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I've been wanting to read All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders since it was first released in 2016, but for some reason I kept putting it off. Luckily, Book Riot's 2019 Read Harder Challenge finally gave me the push I really needed to pick it up. Overall, I really enjoyed the author's writing style which is quite creative and quirky. I was thoroughly entangled by exploring the world she's created over the course of the novel. The story also packs quite an emotional punch, doesn't it. I only had one real issue with the novel - it's just a little too meandering for my tastes in the long run. I am looking forward to reading more from this author in the future, particularly The City in the Middle of the Night.

I read this novel on February 14, 2019 and my review is also on Goodreads.

Next Up For March:

An alternate history novel


My choice: Curtsies & Conspiracies (Finishing School #2) by Gail Carriger - Carriger has become one of my favorite authors and I need to get caught up on her work.

A book of mythology or folklore


My choice: The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus #1) by Rick Riordan - I've completed three of Riordan's series and I need to finally start in on this series before I jump into The Trials of Apollo.


Have you read any of these books?  Are you participating in the Read Harder Challenge this year, or have you in the past?  As always, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Fictional Places In TV Shows I'd Like To Visit


Happy Tuesday everyone!  Welcome to the Top Ten Tuesday now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week's topic is Places Mentioned In Books That I’d Like to Visit (submitted by Georgia @justreadthemm).  I feel like I recently did a similar topic so I'm going to focus on Fictional Places In TV Shows I'd Like To Visit instead.  Here we go, in alphabetical order by tv show:


The Addams Family Mansion at 0001 Cemetery Lane - The Addams Family



The Sunnydale High School Library in Sunnydale, CA - Buffy the Vampire Slayer


The Library - Doctor Who


Downton Abbey in Yorkshire, England - Downton Abbey



The Harvard Laboratory in Cambridge, MA - Fringe



The Grantchester Vicarage in Grantchester, Cambridgeshire, England - Grantchester


Camelot, Albion - Merlin


Mr. Gold Pawn Broker and Antiques Dealer in Storybrooke, ME - Once Upon A Time 



Hawkins, IN - Stranger Things


The Men of Letters Bunker near Lebanon, KS - Supernatural


What fictional places would you love to visit?  As always, thanks very much for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!

Monday, February 25, 2019

Rayne & Delilah's Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner (ARC) - Review


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

Every Friday night, best friends Delia and Josie become Rayne Ravenscroft and Delilah Darkwood, hosts of the campy creature feature show Midnite Matinee on the local cable station TV Six. But with the end of senior year quickly approaching, the girls face tough decisions about their futures. Josie has been dreading graduation, as she tries to decide whether to leave for a big university and chase her dream career in mainstream TV. And Lawson, one of the show's guest performers, a talented MMA fighter with weaknesses for pancakes, fantasy novels, and Josie, is making her tough decision even harder. Scary movies are the last connection Delia has to her dad, who abandoned the family years ago. If Midnite Matinee becomes a hit, maybe he'll see it and want to be a part of her life again. And maybe Josie will stay with the show instead of leaving her behind, too. As the tug-of-war between growing up and growing apart tests the bonds of their friendship, Josie and Delia start to realize that an uncertain future can be both monstrous...and momentous.

Rayne & Delilah's Midnite Matinee is my first ever Jeff Zentner novel, but I now know that I absolutely need to read more from him in the future. I think this novel has become a new read of 2019 as well as a new favorite YA Contemporary. As soon as I heard about this I knew I needed to try it ASAP as a big fan of Svengoolie, so needless to say I was quite excited when I realized I managed to get approved on NetGalley. Luckily, it totally lived up to all of my expectations. There's a little bit of everything, but I loved reading about the friendship, sense of humor, love, and following your dreams. The story packs quite an emotional punch as well since it also deals with making big decisions, dealing with change, and worrying whether or not you'll get left behind. It certainly is a celebration of new beginnings and respecting endings. The title characters, aka Josie and Delia, though are what really make the story because they are so well developed and well written that they could practically walk right off of the page. Finally, I'd just like to mention how much I appreciated all of the talk of campy and cult horror and sci-fi classics as well as real life horror hosts.

Overall, Rayne & Delilah's Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner is an absolute must read YA Contemporary novel. If you're a fan of Scream All Night by Derek Milman, Becky Albertalli, Adam Silvera, David Levithan, Svengoolie, and classic horror hosts, I have a feeling you'll enjoy this new release. I can't wait to read more from Jeff Zentner in the future. I think I've found a new favorite author. Thanks again, NetGalley!


I read this ARC from February 17 - 21, 2019 and my review is also on Goodreads.  Rayne & Delilah's Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner will be released on February 26, 2019.

Music Monday: Dean Lewis


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 three of my favorite songs from the talented Australian singer Dean Lewis - Be Alright (2018), 7 Minutes (2019), and Waves (2016).  By the way, I first came across his music when Waves was featured on an episode of Shadowhunters.  I don't know about you, but I think Dean Lewis and Ed Sheeran could perform a wonderful duet.







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Friday, February 22, 2019

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): The Red Plague Affair (Bannon & Clare #2) by Lilith Saintcrow + 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.


Happy Friday everyone!  This week I'm spotlighting one of my current Fantastic February reads, The Red Plague Affair (Bannon & Clare #2) by Lilith Saintcrow.  The first book in this steampunk urban fantasy was a lot of fun and I'm looking forward to see more of these characters.  If you like Sherlock Holmes and Gail Carriger's The Parasol Protectorate, I have a feeling you'll get a kick out of this series as well.

Beginning: 

I am too bloody old for this.

56:

Even the Little Crown weighed terribly, and what was it like to host a being as ancient and headstrong as Britannia?

50/50 Friday: Favorite/ Least Favorite Sarcastic Character


Favorite - Harry Dresden from The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher - Hands down one of my all time favorite characters. 


Least Favorite - Evie from Paranormalcy by Kiersten White - Evie kind of started to grate on my nerves after awhile.

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

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Whispers of Shadow & Flame by L. Penelope - Cover Reveal

Welcome my stop on the cover reveal tour for book 2 in L. Penelope’s Earthsinger Chronicles, Whispers of Shadow & Flame.

The first book in the series, Song of Blood & Stone was named one of TIME Magazine’s top 10 fantasy books of 2018. Check out the cover reveal and giveaway below!


Title: Whispers of Shadow & Flame (Earthsinger Chronicles, Book 2)
Author: L. Penelope
Published by: St. Martin’s Press
Release Date: October 1, 2019
Genre: Fantasy

Book Description:

The cursed will face the gods. They have nothing to lose.

"A master class in fantasy world-building.” - TIME Magazine on Song of Blood & Stone
The Mantle that separates the kingdoms of Elsira and Lagrimar is about to fall. And life will drastically change for both kingdoms.

Born with a deadly magic she cannot control, Kyara is forced to become an assassin. Known as the Poison Flame in the kingdom of Lagrimar, she is notorious and lethal, but secretly seeks freedom from both her untamed power and the blood spell that commands her. She is tasked with capturing the legendary rebel called the Shadowfox, but everything changes when she learns her target’s true identity.

Darvyn ol-Tahlyro may be the most powerful Earthsinger in generations, but guilt over those he couldn’t save tortures him daily. He isn’t sure he can trust the mysterious young woman who claims to need his help, but when he discovers Kyara can unlock the secrets of his past, he can’t stay away.
Kyara and Darvyn grapple with betrayal, old promises, and older prophecies—all while trying to stop a war. And when a new threat emerges, they must beat the odds to save both kingdoms.
Pre-order the paperback today!

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Whispers-Shadow-Flame-Earthsinger-Penelope/dp/125014809X

BN: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/whispers-of-shadow-flame-l-penelope/1130016254?ean=9781250148094

BAM: https://www.booksamillion.com/p/Whispers-Shadow-Flame/L-Penelope/9781250148094?id=7469620796685

Indiebound: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781250148094

Catch up on the Series:


Song of Blood & Stone, Earthsinger Chronicles Book 1 – Special Edition Paperback releases July 16, 2019. (Ebook & hardcover available now). Breath of Dust & Dawn, Earthsinger Chronicles Book 1.5 – Available now!

Cover Reveal Giveaway:

L. Penelope is giving away a signed, hardcover copy of Song of Blood & Stone. International welcome!

Enter the giveaway

About the Author:

L. Penelope is an award-winning fantasy romance author. Equally left and right-brained, she studied filmmaking and computer science in college and sometimes dreams in HTML. She lives in Maryland with her husband and furry dependents. Sign up for new release information, exclusives, and giveaways on her website: http://www.lpenelope.com.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Loved With Fewer Than 2,000 Ratings On Goodreads


Happy Tuesday everyone!  Welcome to the Top Ten Tuesday now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week's topic is Books I LOVED with Fewer than 2,000 Ratings on Goodreads.  Here we go, in alphabetical order.  The titles are linked to the Goodreads page.


An Assassins Guide to Love and Treason by Virginia Boecker


Corpse & Crown by Alisa Kwitney




Sherlock Holmes: The Red Tower by Mark A. Latham




The Spectral City by Leanna Renee Hieber


A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews


Have you read any of these books?  What underrated books do you think deserved more love?  As always, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!

Monday, February 18, 2019

Music Monday: Billie Eilish


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 some of my favorite Billie Eilish songs.  I don't know if I've mentioned how much I enjoy this talented young artist's music before, but here we go.  I'm including bury a friend, Bellyache, and you should see me in a crown.  The music video for bury a friend is the newest as it was released at the end of January and the song is probably my favorite of all three of them.  Plus, the video is practically its own mini horror movie and it totally works for the song.  What songs are you listening to today? 







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Friday, February 15, 2019

Slime Spewing Vampire Velociraptors by Kat de Falla - Blog Tour, Review, & Giveaway


I'm very excited to welcome you all to my leg of the Slime Spewing Vampire Velociraptors blog tour, hosted by Rockstar Book Tours!  Today, you'll find the details and summary for this novel, my review, an about the author, Kat de Falla, a giveaway, and the blog tour schedule.  Thanks for visiting my stop on this blog tour!


About the Book:
Title: SLIME SPEWING VAMPIRE VELOCIRAPTORS (Moto Maddie BMX Portal #2)
Author: Kat de Falla
Pub. Date: May 10, 2017
Publisher: Ravenswood Publishing
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 118
Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, B&N, iBooks, TBD
When Pea opened a portal and the alien cat, Max Gigan, jumped through from another dimension, he certainly didn't expect the talking tomcat to stay on as a family pet. He soon learns it can come in handy to have a fur ball from an alternate universe around when his friend re-opens the portal letting in vampire velociraptors who want to slime and eat the whole city!

Pea’s dad is one of the first infected. But his dear old dad isn’t the only one. The dinosaurs escape the museum where the portal opened, and rampage through Milwaukee. As Pea's dad gets sicker, the BMX gang joins together with the feline army to corner the raptors and use them to develop an antidote. But Pea's meddling step-monster brothers threaten to ruin everything! A city wide alert goes out for the misidentified "turkeys" while Pea and his gang try to stay ahead of the hunt.

Can the kids capture the dinos and get them home before they control everyone with their vampire powers? Will Pea’s dad remain infected forever? Join Pea and his gang in their battle against the SLIME SPEWING VAMPIRE VELOCIRAPTORS.
My Review:

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Slime Spewing Vampire Velociraptors (Moto Maddie BMX Portal #2) is the action-packed, fun filled follow up to Flying Mutant Zombie Rats. I'm glad to be back in Pea's world, but don't feel left out if you haven't read book one in the series. Luckily for new readers, you won't feel out of the loop if you didn't start from the beginning of the series. Like with book one, book two is a fast-paced gem with real life science that really shines. If you're a middle school student, reluctant reader, or a kid at heart, I have a feeling you'll love Kat de Falla's Moto Maddie BMX Portal series.


About the Book:
Title: FLYING MUTANT ZOMBIE RATS (Moto Maddie BMX Portal #1)
Author: Kat de Falla
Pub. Date: December 2, 2018
Publisher: Kat de Falla
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 132
Find it: GoodreadsAmazonB&NiBooksTBD

Summer vacation is almost here! And Pea O'Neil is stoked to try out the new local BMX track which is finally open. He and his gang of friends can ride all summer long!
But when Pea tries a back flip, he unwittingly opens a portal to another dimension and hordes of flying mutant zombie rats are unleashed upon the city. With the help of an otherworldly talking cat sent to help prevent the demise of humankind, Pea and his friends must hunt down the hungry mutants and send them back before the portal closes.

But when the zombie rats attack a neighbor man, the boys have to enlist the help of a graveyard looney and the city's stray cats. With time running out, Pea and his gang track the monsters to the city's sewer system. But in the city sewer of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, it’s eat…or get eaten.
About Kat:


Kat was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where she learned to roller skate, ride a banana seat bike, and love Shakespeare. She holds a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and is happily employed as a retail pharmacist. She is married to her soul mate, composer Lee de Falla and raising four kids together ala the Brady Bunch. The Seer's Lover was Kat's first book and she is working feverishly on four different series at the moment!

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Kat is so much an extravert that she has come full circle and enjoys her alone time as much as her social adventures. Connect with Kat (who does indeed love cats!)

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Giveaway Details:

One lucky winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card, International.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:
1/28/2019- Kelly P's Blog- Excerpt
1/29/2019- Lone Tree Reviews- Review
1/30/2019- Savings in Seconds- Review
1/31/2019- Character Madness and Musings- Spotlight
2/1/2019- Dazzled by Books- Excerpt

Week Two:
2/4/2019- FUONLYKNEW- Review
2/5/2019- BookHounds YA- Interview
2/6/2019- Adventures Thru Wonderland- Review
2/7/2019- Owl Always Be Reading- Excerpt
2/8/2019- The Pages In-Between- Review

Week Three:
2/11/2019-Wonder Struck- Review
2/12/2019- Novel Novice- Excerpt
2/13/2019- Book-Keeping- Review
2/14/2019- Twirling Book Princess- Excerpt
2/15/2019- Always Me- Review

Week Four:
2/18/2019- Two Chicks on Books- Excerpt
2/19/2019- Good Choice Reading- Spotlight
2/20/2019- Parajunkee- Excerpt
2/21/2019- Jaime's World- Excerpt
2/22/2019- CoffeeCocktailsandBooks Blog- Review