Sunday, February 12, 2017

Sunday Funday: Book Haul & The LEGO Batman Movie


Happy Sunday everyone! I hope everyone's having a great weekend!  I know I am - I've actually had some free time for a nice change.  The last couple of weeks at my jobs have been pretty crazy all the way around and my schedule has been insane.  Anyway, since the Christmas I've picked up a few new to me books and I've even been approved for a few ARCs on Netgalley which I'm really pleased about.


The biggest name new release that I picked up for a steal this Saturday is Caraval by Stephanie Graber!  I've heard so many fantastic things about it that I'm really hyped up for it - I can't wait to get started.  I dare say that even Finn looks begrudgingly interested in this book that I've shoved in front of his face.


In January, I also picked up a few new to me books by taking advantage of some gift cards including The Ballad of Black Tom by Tom LaVelleDead Boys by Gabriel Squailia, Lost Gods by Brom, and Starflight by Melissa Landers.

Like I said above, I've also just managed to approved for some ARCs on NetGalley and I'm really excited to begin all of them:



Future Threat (Future Shock #2) by Elizabeth Briggs - I was hooked on book one, Future Shock, so I jumped at the chance to review the sequel as a part of Rockstar Book Tours upcoming blog tour.  My stop will be on March 3rd, so be sure to check back then to see my review!



From Ice to Ashes by Rhett C. Bruno - In this case, the author actually approached me about his upcoming release called From Ice to Ashes.  I liked one of his previous releases, The Circuit: Executor Rising and this sounds like it has a lot of potential.  It's official release date is March 28th.



Waking Gods (Themis Files #2) by Sylvain Neuvel - Of all of these ARCs, I'd say that this is the one that I'm most eagerly anticipating - I mean, did you read Sleeping Giants?  It was pretty awesome!  The official release date will be April 4th.



Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts - This made my Top Ten Tuesday list of 2017 debuts I'm Excited For and the summary of this sounds exactly like my kind of YA fantasy, plus I've already seen some great reviews!  This releases on June 2nd.



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Before work on Saturday, I thought I'd treat myself to seeing The LEGO Batman Movie at my local movie theater - since I have a gift card and all - and I'm so glad I did!  It was so much fun to see with a big crowd of people to gauge everyone's reactions to the action and laugh out loud humor.  If you loved The LEGO Movie and Will Arnett's Batman, you'll have to go see his own movie.  It really lived up to the hype - it's so much fun!  There's a lot of high-octane rat-a-tat-tat action and dialogue.  And, Batman's mixes and the movie's overall soundtrack is pretty awesome.  There are also a ton of references to Batman's past - comic book and onscreen (keep your eyes peeled for all of the Adam West era references) - as well as DC and Marvel references (I laughed out loud at Batman's password!).  This movie has a great voice cast behind it - Michael Cera's Robin is so bubbly that you just can't help but love him and Ralph Fiennes Alfred certainly has his moments.  Also, you'll want to keep your eyes open for all of the villains that show up - my two favorites being Lord Voldemort and Sauron!


14 comments:

  1. YAY you got Caraval! I really hope you like it! I thought it was 100% worth the hype. Your cat is like, get out of my face, Mom!

    I loved Starflight! It's my favorite Landers book. I'm waiting for my Starfall preorder to arrive. So excited!

    Have a fantastic week, Lauren! =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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    1. Fingers crossed! It's definitely his "getwhat's in your hand out of my face" look! :D

      Thanks! And, I hope you enjoy Starfall. :)

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  2. I saw the Lego Batman movie on Friday too. I wasn't always a big Batman fan but I know enough to have gotten a lot of the nods to the past. I thought that was well done. Lol at the password :-)
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    1. Batman is easily my favorite DC character - I haven't read many of the comics but I have always liked the adaptations. :)

      Thanks for coming over!

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  3. Aw herd babe! What a cutie! Future Threat looks pretty good! Happy reading this coming week!

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    1. He's just stinking cute, isn't he! :)

      Thanks, Anna!

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  4. I saw Lego Batman on Saturday and it was so fun! I loved all the Adam West references because growing up that was the Batman I knew!
    I loved Starflight and can't wait to read Starfall (my preorder is taking forever to arrive) so I hope you enjoy it as well!
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    1. It was, wasn't it! I'm glad to hear you liked it, Clare!

      Thanks - I hope you get it soon!

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  5. The Lego Batman movie sounds like a lot of fun. I'm glad you got to go see it. Caraval sounds good and it's sitting on my TBR pile here at home but it'll be a little bit before I get to it. I hope you enjoy it!!

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    1. Mine may be too - but I hope I can get to it pretty quickly!

      Thanks, Bill!

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  6. I got Caraval a few days ago. Still don't know when I'll read it though (hopefully soon). Also, I'd love to read your thoughts on Future Threat and Waking Gods (emphasis on Waking Gods, really). I will really, really, REALLY, read Sleeping Giants soon. Very soon...

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    1. Good luck on it and I hope you enjoy it, czai! I hope you love Sleeping Giants - it's so good!

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  7. I've got Sleeping Giants on my list because I keep hearing of wonderful things about it! Way to go on getting approved for an ARC of it!

    Gemma
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