Sunday, February 25, 2018

Reading Challenge Wrap-Up: February

                Hello happy readers!  The challenges are pretty self-explanatory but for full details on the challenges themselves please visit the challenge tab.  Also please share your yearly wrap-up / challenges as well I’d love to see how everyone else did! 

Goodreads Challenge:
Goal: 100
At: 13

2018 Debut Authors (#DebutAuthorChallenge):
Goal: 12
At: 1
What I’ve Read:
Everless by Sara Holland (review)

2018 Series Ender Challenge:
Goal: 15+
At: 4
What I’ve Read:
Succubus Revealed (Georgina Kincaid #6) by Richelle Mead
Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity #2) by Victoria Schwab (review)
The Midnight Star (The Young Elites #3) by Marie Lu
Daughter of the Siren Queen (Daughter of the Pirate King #1) by Tricia Levenseller

Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2018:
Goal: 48
At: 6
What I've Read:
Succubus Shadows (Georgina Kincaid #5) by Richelle Mead
Succubus Revealed (Georgina Kincaid #6) by Richelle Mead
Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity #2) by Victoria Schwab
The Midnight Star (The Young Elites #3) by Marie Lu

2018 New Releases Challenge:
Goal: 31-60
At: 7
What I've Read:
DutyBound (Angelbound Origins # 0.5)by Christina Bauer
The Belles (The Belles #1) by Dhonielle (review)
Everless by Sara Holland
Daughter of the Siren Queen (Daughter of the Pirate King #1) by Tricia Levenseller

2018 Audiobook Challenge:
Goal: 30
At: 7
What I've Listened:
Succubus Shadows (Georgina Kincaid #5) by Richelle Mead
Succubus Revealed (Georgina Kincaid #6) by Richelle Mead
Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity #2) by Victoria Schwab
Everless by Sara Holland

                That is my month in reading.  I made some great progress in Series Ender but I am still behind where I want to be in debuts.  Still all in all some amazing reads so I’m happy!  'd love to hear how you're doing so link back to your wrap up!

Saturday, February 24, 2018

~Stacking the Shelves #43~

                Welcome to Stacking the Shelves was created by Tynga and the full details can be found on her page.  Basically you showcase the books you bought or received each week.  Little, or not so little, weekly book hauls.

E-Books Review:
Dimension Drift (Dimension Drift Worlds #1) by Christina Bauer

                So I did good and only have one book to share this week.  But my audible credit kicked in yesterday so now I just have to figure out which beauty I'm using it on...Share a link below with what goodies you got this week.  

Friday, February 23, 2018

Everless (Everless #1)

                Hello happy readers!  I hope everyone is excited for the weekend, I'm working so it's iffy lol.  I am hoping to get some reading done so that's a positive.  But first, I am happy to finally be adding a 2018 debut to my list/challenge board!  Today I am happy to share my thoughts on the new Everless (Everless #1) by Sara Holland.

Rating:  4.5 Stars

                In Sempera, time is currency. The rich can live for centuries and the poor die young.  The rich tax the poor and live on in splendor.  The Gerlings are one of those families and no one dislikes the family more than Jules.  She used to live at Everless, the Gerlings estate, with her father as a child but after an accident they fled from their comfortable middle class life for fear of their life.  Now her father is dying and they are behind in bills and going back to Everless to work is the fastest way to earn more time.  It's been years and she was young so she hopes to go unnoticed and unremembered.  But the danger at Everless is still there and Jules finds herself caught up in a mess of secrets and hidden truths. 

                So this book had a beautiful cover that drew me in and the summary kind of reminded me of a fantasy take on the movie In Time that I really liked so I was ready to give it a go.  I quickly fell into this world and it is clear from the start the danger from not just thieves but of giving up your time day by day to try and survive.  It's a very interesting system and like most the rich had all the power.  The history of how time came into the form as it did was rather interesting and I liked how it was woven into the story as a whole.  The world is beautiful and dark all at the same time.  The idea of the glitz and glam on one side and the possibility of anything to the darker side of the poorer struggling to make it from one day to the next.  There were some amazing lines and imagery I wish I had taken the time to pause and bookmark. 

                The characters are interesting in their own way.  There is lots happening as we work to uncover the mystery of the past and I liked that the characters had little things you would come to expect but that they could be unique in some way made it special.  There are little hints of romance but more childhood crushes coming back into your life.  I enjoyed the relationships being developed between the different characters (mostly platonic) and how they relate to one another and their lot in life. 

                There is danger and political intrigue as we navigate royalty but I will say there was a bit less action that I thought.  Though the world building more than made up for that because it has so much set up and the main parts of the mystery were uncovered so I have some high expectations for the next book and where the author will take up.     There are some tropes you expect to see and many things I didn't see coming.  I think this was a slam dunk for a debut and I can't wait for the sequel after what happens and the discoveries that are made in this one.  The world is full of stories and huge potential.  I look forward to more.

                Until next time…

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

~Can't Wait Wednesday~ Moonlight and Midtown (Fairy Tales of the Magicorum #1.5)

                Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Wishful Endings.  Waiting on Wednesday has been don for some time so I am switching it up for now!  Basically books that are not yet out that we are dying to get our hands on.  This week’s pick is:

Moonlight and Midtown (Fairy Tales of the Magicorum #1.5) by Christina Bauer
Out:  5/27

From Goodreads:
                After battling werewolves and evil aunties, Bryar Rose is ready to enjoy her new life.  No more crazy aunties.  Her curse is toast.  And Bry’s new man, Knox, is literally a dream come true.  Best of all, Bry will soon attend a regular high school.  Forget those sketchy tutors!  To get ready, Bry is dedicating the rest of her summer to some serious back-to-school shopping with her best friend, Elle.  It’s a blast, except for one thing:

                Mysterious strangers are following Bry across Manhattan.

                All these stalkers have oddly familiar scents and an uncanny ability to slip into the shadows whenever Bry tries to confront them.  Even worse, their presence is making Knox act crazy with a capital C.
                But Bry’s having none of it. Enough of her life has already been ruined by secrets.  With Elle’s help, Bry plans to confront these strangers, find out what they want, and send them packing.  Trouble is, the truth about their identity won’t be so easy to manage, especially when Bry finds out how these stalkers could change her future with Knox…and not for the better.

Why I’m Waiting:
                I love this author.  Auto-buy right there alone.  But I really enjoyed book one of the series and look forward to seeing where these characters go. 

                What are you waiting on?  Tell me below what you think of this title and leave a link to your WoW as well so I can check it out.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I've given up on reading/finishing

                Hello everyone!  Top Ten Tuesday is just how it sounds, a topic is picked and we put our Top Ten for that in a post and share and check out everyone’s answers.  Top Ten Tuesday is now being hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl.

The top ten today is:   Books I think I’ve decided against reading (at the moment)

The Vampire Diaries series by L.J. Smith- I started reading before the show ended up liking the show way more. Also I hate Damon...I made it like 5-6 books in and I still hate him for stuff from book 1 lol. 

The Fallen series by Thomas E. Eniegoski- So I started reading this when I heard there was a TV movie featuring one of the vamps from The Vampire Diaries so yeah I read…they didn’t really capture me.

Riley Bloom series by Alyson Noel- I enjoyed the original series back when I first started out but I never go into the books from Riley.

Thirst series by Christopher Pike- I go back and forth on this, more now since I’m only apparently one book from finish it (thought I had more than that) the story was interesting but I remember it being a bit too far out there for me. 

Immortal series by Gillian Shields- I read book one forever ago and I’m pretty sure I picked it up because the cover was pretty.  I have the other books but I don’t remember what the first one was about fully so not sure if I’ll finish them.

Dark Guardian series by Rachel Hawthorne- I found the whole series for super cheap and I was looking to stock up my shelves and thought they looked cool….I ended up with way too many books I will never catch up on and I don’t remember what they are about anymore.

Eve series by Anna Carey- I don’t think I ever knew what these were about but I got them because the cover was pretty and the title was my name!

A Shade ofVampire series by Bella Forrest- So a friend recommended this to be forever ago and I got the first couple on my kindle thinking I would dive in before too long.  Cut to recently when I was looking through and found them and realized that there are like 55 books in the series and that is just a bit too intimidating for me at the moment.  That’s a serious commitment. 

Under theNever Sky series by Veronica Rossi- So these had pretty covers for me and looked interesting when I first started out but I never got to them and now I don’t have that desire for them as I did back then.

Tempest series by Julie Cross- the first cover drew me in and I was in an angel faze having just read like Hush, Hush, Halo, and Fallen and thought this would be one but it was actually about time travel or something I think but I didn’t pick it up again and now here it sits on my shelf.

                So what do you think?  Should I give any of these a try?  What have you given up on?  Tell me what you think of my list in the comments below.  Also please link back to your Top Ten as well so I can check out your list and see what I missed!

Monday, February 19, 2018

Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity #2)

                Hello happy readers!  I hope you all had a great weekend.  I know I was thrilled to see Black Panther, which was awesome, and my family came up and helped me with some yard work for which I appreciate it but still feel all over my sore body.  So my last "car book" aka audiobook I listen to when in the car only (until that point of no return at the end where you have to finish) was the second half of the duology by Victoria Schwab, Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity #2) by Victoria Schwab.  I previously reviewed the first book, This Savage Song and really enjoyed it so having finished book two I was able to finish a series towards my goal and read an amazing book!

Rating:  5 Stars

                Kate Harker and August Flynn took different paths at the end of book one.  She went in search of someplace new and monster free or at least where everyone doesn’t know her.  August went back to his side of the city, to his family though as he last fell he is less concerned with being “human” and more in filling his part.  Kate has dealt with monsters all her life and now even though her new town doesn’t believe they have any, she will hunt them.  Until she comes across a new kind of monster that she can’t let get away even if it brings her back to Verity.  August is fighting a battle and the monsters are winning between Sloane and Alice they are even worse than Kate’s father ever was.  This new monster feeds on chaos and brings out the inner demons of its victims making this a monster not so easily vanquished.  Because there are many kinds of monsters, the kind that are out in the open and those in your head and heart.  

"Are you afraid of your own shadow?"

                So I got a thrill as I started this book.  Kate is basically an expert in monsters in this poor town who believes they are free and clear of the violent monsters.  But monsters are made in many ways and she is determined to hunt them down.  She has even found herself in a crew that provide her with technical support, even as she tries to keep them away.  I enjoyed meeting the new characters who were seeing things others weren't ready to acknowledge and help in the way they could.  It also brought me up to see that Kate, despite all she lost wasn't completely alone.  August has Leo in his head and after everything that happened he isn't the same light hearted August we grew to love and hope for he is still in there just more easily drowned out to do what he is meant to do.  Given the severity of what happened in the last book and the build up to it, I love that it played such a huge role on him.  It gives it weight.  I hate when sometimes something is such a huge important thing only after to find it was brushed over in the next part so seeing something have lingering effects was nice.  Horrible but nice in a way only bookish people will understand.

"Kate wondered who was more addicted to their high, serial killers of coffee addicts."

                We got to learn more about the Wardens with Kate but with August we got to see deeper into the FTF and the crew he has in there.  Both have found their respective places even though something is clearly missing.  But we also got a new sunai, Soro.  Soro was very interesting for me from calling it "they" as no gender was associated to the completely utilitarian approach to things.  I loved that how each one was made shaped them.   I also enjoyed the demented Alice and Sloan.  They were next level vindictive and crazy to them that was both horrifying and thrilling. 

"There was a strange place, between knowing and not knowing.  A place where things could live in the back of your head without weighing your heart."

                There is a lot of violence and monsters to be faced and this world has trained our duo well.  They are both trying to fight the dark but it takes them coming together to really understand the darkness and light inside.  I waiting for the first part of them apart wanting so badly to hurry to them back together because August and Kate just had this way together.  Their friendship had been forged through the fire of life and death chases and a deeper understanding of the world as a whole seeing it from the others side.  So much this was so beautifully written.  It made my heart race and tears to fall and I am both happy with the end and sad.  I didn't know what to rate this at first and had to take a few days to let it simmer and not just be upset at the fact everyone didn't get a happily ever after because I knew it wouldn't have been the right ending for this story and these characters.  Still it was an amazing story and a thrill ride from the start.  I am looking forward to reading more by the author in the near future. 

                Until next time…

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Stacking the Shelves #42

                Welcome to Stacking the Shelves was created by Tynga and the full details can be found on her page.  Basically you showcase the books you bought or received each week.  Little, or not so little, weekly book hauls.

E-Books Review:
A Song of Summer Lost (The Magh Meal Chronicles #1) by Sarah Negovetich

King’s Cage (Red Queen  #3) by Victoria Aveyard
The Queen’s Poisoner (Kingfountain #1) by Jeff Wheeler

                These are all my new goodies!  Share a link below with what goodies you got this week.