Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #39: "Crooked Kingdom" by Leigh Bardugo

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event, hosted Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2) 


Title: "Crooked Kingdom"
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Expected Publication: September 27, 2016
 
Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn't think they'd survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they're right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and left crippled by the kidnapping of a valuable team member, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz's cunning and test the team's fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city's dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of magic in the Grisha world.

After the ending of Six of Crows, I've been incredibly desperate for this book. Is Inej ok? What will happen to Nina? Can Wylan be fixed? And can Kaz finally open himself up? I need to know! *flings self onto bed*
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What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday #65: Ten Books That Have Been On My TBR From Before I Started Blogging That I STILL Haven't Read Yet

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
 
This Week's Topic:
Ten Books That Have Been On My TBR From Before I Started Blogging That I STILL Haven't Read Yet
 
It's hard to remember all of the books I've been meaning to read, but fortunately on Goodreads it lists the date when you added a book to your TBR.
 
1.
The Notebook (The Notebook, #1)
I added this book to my TBR before I saw the movie. Now that I've seen the movie, I don't want to read it.
 
2.
Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)
Yep, still haven't read it.
 
3.
Confessions of a Shopaholic (Shopaholic, #1)
I saw the movie and thought it was super cute so I added it to my TBR. That was four years ago.
 
4.
Bridget Jones's Diary (Bridget Jones, #1)
Another book I added after seeing the movie.
 
5.
My Sister's Keeper
Added this before seeing the movie. I don't want to read it now.
 
6.
Pride and Prejudice
I haven't read many classics, so I'd like to fix that... eventually.
 
7.
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
Yeah, yeah, yeah. Everyone's read it except for me. But I finally checked it out from my library and hope to start it this week!
 
8.
A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle, #1)
I promise to read you soon!
 
9.
Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush, #1)
After adding this to my TBR, I saw quite a few negative reviews of this book. While I am wary, I still want to read it and see if it's as bad as people seem to think it is.
 
10.
Dark Visions (Dark Visions, #1-3)
After reading and loving the Night World series (except for Strange Fate because WHEN IS THAT BOOK COMING OUT), I decided I wanted to read the rest of LJ Smith's work. Still haven't gotten to Dark Visions, Vampire Diaries, The Secret Circle, and The Forbidden Game.
 
As you can see, I have plenty of books that have been sitting on my TBR for longer than I'd like to admit. But I will get to them! I just may take a while...
 

Monday, August 22, 2016

Bout of Books 17: 8/22-8/28

 Bout of Books 17
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 22nd and runs through Sunday, August 28th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 17 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team 

1. Post on your site, Twitter, Google+, Goodreads, YouTube, Instagram or Facebook account and declare your intentions to join us. It's EASY. We ask you share info to help spread the word. Please link back to us so others can find us here.

2. Add the direct link to your sign up post to the linky in this post. You have until Tuesday, August 23rd at 11:59pm CST to sign up. (If the linky is closed, you're too late.)
 
3. On August 22nd, READ!

Goals:
~Finish 3 books
~Participate in 1 Twitter char
~Complete 3 challenges 

Daily Progress
8/22
~Currently Reading: Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins (finished), Torn by Jennifer L. Armentrout (started)
~Number of Pages Read Today: 180
~Total Pages Read: 180
~Total Books Finished: 1
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8/23
~Currently Reading: Torn by Jennifer L. Armentrout
~Number of Pages Read Today: 193
~Total Pages Read: 373
~Total Books Finished: 1
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8/24
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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday #64: Ten Books With Amazing Fantasy Settings

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
 
This Week's Topic:
Ten Things Books Have Made Me Want To Do or Learn About After Reading Them
 
Since the majority of the books I read are fantasy, I decided to list the ten books with my favorite fantasy settings.
 
1.
A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1) 

2.
Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)

3.
The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1)

4.
Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)

5.
Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)

6.
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #1)
 
7.
Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)
 
8.
Truthwitch (The Witchlands, #1)

9.
The Orphan Queen (The Orphan Queen, #1)

10.
A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1)

I love how unique each one of these fantasy worlds are. It's amazing to see what each author creates. And I also really like how not each fantasy world includes magic or strange creatures. What are your favorite fantasy worlds?

Monday, August 15, 2016

UNKNOWN Release Day Blitz





Amber Tate believes the worst thing she’ll suffer in life is dealing with the unrequited love she feels for her brother’s best friend, Rylen Fite. She also believes war is something unfortunate that happens places far, far away from her rural Nevada town. She’s wrong on both counts.

When an unknown organization meticulously bombs major cities in the United States and across the globe, a trickle-down effect spreads to remaining towns at an alarming speed—everything from food and water sources to technology and communications are compromised. Without leadership, the nation is split between paralysis and panic, but Amber isn’t one to hide or watch helplessly. She’s determined to put her nursing skills to use, despite the danger, even if it means working alongside the man she can never have.

In this first installment of NY Times bestselling author, Wendy Higgins’s debut New Adult series, a frighteningly realistic apocalyptic America is brought to life, entwined with searing romantic tension that will leave you eager for more.
 
Giveaway:
Open International
Grand Prize: Signed Paperback copy of Unknown with Poster, bookplate stickers, and bookmarks
1st & 2nd Prize: digital copies of Unknown (has to be B&N or Amazon user - will be gifted via their email address) plus signed bookmarks and bookplate stickers

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About Wendy Higgins:
Wendy Higgins is the USA Today and NY Times bestselling author of the SWEET EVIL series from HarperTeen, the high fantasy duology THE GREAT HUNT, and her independently published Irish Fantasy SEE ME.
After earning a Creative Writing degree from George Mason University and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Radford, Wendy taught high school English until achieving her dream job as a full-time writer.
Wendy lives on the Eastern Shore of Virginia with her husband, daughter, son, and little doggie Rue.


Sunday, August 14, 2016

Summer Blog Promo Tour ~ Amanda from Brains, Books, and Brawn

Hey everyone! My name is Amanda and I blog at Brains, Books, and Brawn! Back on July 1, my blog celebrated its first birthday. This has inspired me to look back on my favourite moments over my short time blogging and pick my top 5 to share with you today. :)
 
Without further delay, my top blogging moments (in no particular order)!

 
1. Simon & Schuster Canada’s blogger meet-up
Back at the end of June, I had the honour of going to S&S Canada’s second blogger meet-up. The other attendees were some of my favourite bookish friends so I knew as soon as I got there that I was in for an incredible day. The author guests were also some of my favs! We spent the day with Kevin Sands (aka Kevin MaJR and author of The Blackthorn Key), Kevin Sylvester (aka Kevin MiNR and author of MiNRS), and Erin Bow, author of The Scorpion Rules. We learned about some great upcoming releases, played games, had awesome food, and laughed A LOT. It was a day that reminded me how glad I am to have found this community. I was exhausted and energized all at the same time.
 
2. Fierce Reads Fall 2015 tour @ Indigo Yonge & Eglinton
This was my first major signing and it was SO cool. I finally got to meet Shelly, hung out with Joey, Patty, and Tiff, and got to hear hilarious and amazing authors talk about their books and touring together. When I got to meet them to have my books signed it was even better. Josephine Angelini loved my UK editions of her books and posed with them completing the face (which was missing half as Witch’s Pyre wasn’t even near being released yet).
 

 
3. #otspsecretsister
I have made so many cool new blog friends through being a part of this penpal/secret santa program. Not only was shopping for the sisters I sent to incredibly fun but the packages I received always happened to come when I needed them most. It always brought SO much cheer to my day. I also loved getting letters back from the blogger I was anonymously sending to. I even get to meet the first sister I sent to next weekend! I’m so excited :)
 
4. Resting Witch Face Squad
Zoraida’s street team is the first one I’ve done and it’s so fun! I love Labyrinth Lost and getting to work with her to support the book is awesome. Some of my Toronto blogger friends are also doing it and it’s funny getting to bug the ones that aren’t in the same circle and plan with the ones that are. I’ve also found a bunch of cool new bloggers to follow on Twitter. Street teams, I’ve learned are a giant fangirl fest. It’s frickin’ awesome :P
 
5. Book Blog Ontario meet-up
This was the main starting point of my friendships with local bloggers. We all gathered in a big event room at a local bowling alley/restaurant/bar and had hours to stand around a talk books. I met so many new people as I was a complete newbie when the event happened and it made me feel so connected to my new community. The people I had the chance to meet there have become some of my best friends! I never really went out or hung out before but I now frequently do things like head out for lunch/dinner with my new book friends.


Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #38: "Empire of Storms" by Sarah J. Maas

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event, hosted Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5) 


Title: "Empire of Storms"
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Expected Publication: September 6, 2016
 
The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those don't.

As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

Aelin's journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?
 
I finished Queen of Shadows just recently, as in this morning, and I'm still figuring out how I feel about it. It started off really shaky for me, especially with being a hardcore Chaoleana shipper. I feel like it might take me a couple days to really figure out how I feel about it. But I'm still really excited to Empire of Storms. I have a ton of ships and I'm (terrified) excited to see how they end up. And it comes out the day my classes start back up, so I definitely won't be able to pay attention in any of my classes that day. However I'm still annoyed with there being multiple special editions.
 
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What are you waiting on?