Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #43: "Bound by Blood and Sand" by Becky Allen

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

Bound by Blood and Sand 

Title: "Bound by Blood and Sand"
Author: Becky Allen
Expected Publication: October 11, 2016

Jae is a slave in a dying desert world.

Once verdant with water from a magical Well, the land is drying up, and no one remembers the magic needed to keep the water flowing. If a new source isn’t found soon, the people will perish. Jae doesn’t mind, in a way. By law, she is bound by a curse to obey every order given her, no matter how vile. At least in death, she’ll be free.

Lord Elan’s family rules the fading realm. He comes to the estate where Jae works, searching for the hidden magic needed to replenish the Well, but it’s Jae who finds it, and she who must wield it. Desperate to save his realm, Elan begs her to use it to locate the Well.

But why would a slave—abused, beaten, and treated as less than human—want to save the system that shackles her? Jae would rather see the world burn.

Though revenge clouds her vision, she agrees to help if the kingdom’s slaves are freed. Then Elan’s father arrives. The ruler’s cruelty knows no limits. He is determined that the class system will not change—and that Jae will remain a slave forever.

A slave girl who gains magic and, instead of using it to punish those who have hurt her, she decides to use it to help other slaves? A terrible ruler? I want it. Plus, I smell a forbidden romance, and I tend to be a sucker for those.
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What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday #68: Ten Books On My Fall TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
This Week's Topic:
Ten Books On My Fall TBR
Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2)
Ohmygod it releases today and I can't wait to get my copy.
I've heard some really mixed reviews, but I can't wait to finally have this book in my hands even if I don't like the cover at all.
Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5)
I started this the moment I got it at Target, but I haven't had much time since then because of school.
Blood Promise (Vampire Academy, #4)
I'm hoping to finish the Vampire Academy series because I really want to get to Sydney's spin off.
The Problem with Forever
I'm really excited to try JLA's YA contemporary, even if it is a lot longer than most other contemporary novels.
Black Iris
I'm really excited for Bad Boy, so I want to read his other books while I wait.
The Star-Touched Queen (The Star-Touched Queen, #1)
Everyone loves this book so I obviously need to read it.
Champion (Legend, #3)
I WILL finish this series this year!
Scarlet (Scarlet, #1)
I've heard such great things and I have it on my bookshelf, so I have to read it!
Earth's End (Air Awakens, #3)
While I was a bit disappointing by Fire Falling, I do want to continue the series and see if it gets better.
My (tentative) Fall TBR has a bunch of new releases and backlist books that I'm trying to read to catch up on those series. So many books, too little time.
What's on your Fall TBR?

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Review ~ "Queen of Shadows" by Sarah J. Maas

Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4)Title: "Queen of Shadows"
Series: Throne of Glass, #4
Author: Sarah J. Maas

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Published: September 1, 2016
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Pages: 648
Format: Hardcover
Source: Bought

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The queen has returned.

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past…

She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

The fourth volume in the New York Times bestselling series continues Celaena’s epic journey and builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #42: "Gemina" by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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

Gemina (The Illuminae Files, #2) 

Title: "Gemina"
Authors: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Expected Publication: October 18, 2016 

The highly anticipated sequel to the instant New York Times bestseller that critics are calling “out-of-this-world awesome.”
Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.
The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminae continues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.
Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy's most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.
When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station's wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.
But relax. They've totally got this. They hope.
Once again told through a compelling dossier of emails, IMs, classified files, transcripts, and schematics, Gemina raises the stakes of the Illuminae Files, hurling readers into an enthralling new story that will leave them breathless

While I didn't love Illuminae as much as everyone else seemed to, I still really liked it. I'm really excited to get to know these new characters, and I'm hoping to see some of the characters from the first book make an appearance as well!
What are you waiting on?

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Bloggiesta ~ Fall 2016

I'm really excited that it's time for Bloggiesta again. I've been super busy with school. It's only been a week and a half and I'm already behind. Because of this I've had pretty much no time to work on blogging, but I'll be honest and admit that I've been slacking for a while due to just not having much motivation. And I'm hoping Bloggiesta helps fix that! If you don't know what Bloggiesta is, you can look it up here!

My (Tentative) To-Do:
~Cross post 20 reviews to Amazon
~Cross post 20 reviews to B&N
~Cross post recent reviews to Goodreads
~Schedule a weeks worth of posts
~Write (at least) 4 reviews
~Write Waiting on Wednesdays for the rest of this month and part of next's
~Write (at least) 2 Top Ten Tuesdays
~Clean e-mail inbox
~Work on Nori's 365 Commenting Challenge
~Update reading challenge lists 
~Start thinking about theme changes
~Update About Me page
~Update Contact Me page
~Update Reviews page
~Maybe learn how to make a drop down menu list
~Work on bullet journal
So this looks like a lot, and feels like a lot, but some of these should be really easy tasks. I just need to actually make myself do it. Fortunately I don't work Friday and Sunday, and work is super slow Saturday, so I should be able to get things done then. Wish me luck!