Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Spring TBR

                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:  Spring TBR

                So these are a combination of books already out / and upcoming release.  Some I have already be it a new release or ARC and others I can’t wait to get my hands on and may have pre-ordered! 

A Court of Frost and Starlight (ACOTAR #3.5) by Sarah J. Maas- might be my top pick if I’m honest!  I have it on pre-order!
Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young- I was lucky enough to score an ARC of this one that I can’t wait to dive into!
King’s Cage & War Storm (Red Queen #’s 3 & 4) by Victoria Aveyard- I have been putting on reading book three until closer to the release of the final book given a warning of a cliff-hanger so I am stoked to finish these bad boys up!
Secrets of Bennett Hall by Jordan Elizabrth Mierek- I got a review copy of this one and have been eagerly awaiting an opening in my schedule to check it out.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan– At least start the series I seriously want to read them this year!
The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross- A debut book I am most excited for this year because come on this cover….so beautiful!
A Reaper at the Gates (Ember Quartet #3) by Sabaa Tahir- I didn’t realize this was going to be a Quartet but I am more than eager to find out what happens now given book two!  Though again not a fan of the cover change :(
Hero at theFall (Rebel of the Sands #3) by Alwyn Hamilton- I had this on pre-order and I can’t wait to see where this series ends given all the story and characters we have before us.
Starswept (Starswept #1) by Mary Fan- another review book I got that sounded super interesting and unique and look forward to getting into plus hello this cover!
A Song ofSummer Lost (The Megh Meall Chronicles #1) by Sarah Negovetich- A new release from an author I am a fan of so of course I’m ready to check it out.

                         So what do you think?  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, March 19, 2018

Succubus Revealed (Georgina Kincaid #6)

                Hello happy readers!  I finally finished reviewing the whole Georgina Kincaid series!  I literally finished books 5 and 6 in the same day forgoing sleep to finish.  Yes I was obsessed with finding out how it ended.  I'm excited to have them all up now and if you need a refresher here are my thoughts on Succubus Revealed the final book and overall thoughts on the series.  If you missed it I previously reviewed all the books:  SuccubusBlues, Succubus on Top, City of Demons & Succubus Dreams, Succubus Heat, and SuccubusShadows.

Rating: 5 Stars

                This is what it all comes down to.  Georgina has been a succubus for a long time and lived many lives.  She finally has the man she loves and while there are complications things are on the up-swing.  Until she gets papers of transfer to what would normally be a desirable destination….Vegas.  While it might be a dream gig it pulls her away from her friends and life she has built, but most importantly Seth.  There is just something suspicious about everything and if there is every a snowballs chance in hell of getting out of this business she is going to try.

                This is it.  The culmination of all the other stories and what is to become of our favorite succubus and her favorite author.  We have been waiting for it through five previous books and I was glued in through it all.  I will say this one has more emotional action / drama rather than physical action but it was very rewarding for me.  I had a lot of the plot figured out early on, some I suspected from previous book and some hints but it became apparent to me very early in this book what took them much longer to figure out.  Still even when I knew watching them come up with it and then come to terms with what it meant was a roller coaster.  Ups and downs that had you unsure what way was up at points.  Georgina is always so strong and ready for anything but you see that there are times when even she is scared to face things.  I loved seeing the juxtaposition in her and how everything from the previous stories had been building to this moment.  Little bread crumbs along the way.  I love when a story is so well set up that you can look back to the first book and see certain things in a different light. 

                There is still the zanny and snazzy lines we love from our characters and their care free attitudes for many things to compliment the more emotional side of things.  I loved getting to see more with the Mortensen women because they were always so much fun.  The girls just touched your heart and I loved their interaction with Georgina.  I also enjoyed getting to see more with Peter, Cody, Hugh, Carter, and Roman.  Roman really turned a corner in the last book for me and I wasn’t sure if he was going to revert in this final installment or not but I am glad to see his character developed the way he did.  Of course Carter is amazing for me, I loved the idea of having an angel hanging out in the crew of hellish creatures.  We also got to meet some new lesser immortals in Vegas and the return of Bast, whom I was on the fence about. I really enjoyed the mystery of this story and how it has been building since book one and the payoff was everything to me in the end and I am happy.  That said I still have some questions about a few things that I would have liked more on just because I’m curious but overall the important things were there.  I think the book could have been a bit longer and the end had a bit of a rush to it for me mainly because I still have some questions.  None of this will detract any points because this story as a whole gave me so much more than I could have asked for I just wanted more.  But that seems to be the way with books we love.

                Now I have a few things I need to discuss that are total spoilers for the books and series.  So don’t continue on if you haven’t finished the series. 

Seriously this is you last warning!!!

                So he always thought they were connected.  Her past loves.  Seth and her first husband, the name I can’t spell since I listened to the audiobook.  But I knew from book one there was a connection stronger and as the series developed I saw hints all over the place.  When Seth got her a ring in style to her original wedding ring.  Him calling her his world.  The Maddie thing (she slept with his best friend in the first life and he slept with hers in this one) the parallel was real and while I hated it the parallel is what made me understand it better but more when he finally explained himself at the end of the last book in his note.  I just love it.  I love that they finally got to have their fresh start. 

                But now onto questions I still have.  I want to know what happened, for sure with Roman and Yasmine.  I want to wish for the best and until I hear otherwise they are okay.  Side note I loved that they brought Yasmine back.  What else…oh yeah what about Bast?  Did we ever find out if he was truly her friend who was lying under orders thinking it was no big deal or did he know the part he was playing?  What became of Jerome, did he get to keep his gig or did someone else take over Seattle?  If so who?  Also what about Niphon and his major screw up?  I hope he got blasted for all the torment, Jerome too.  And to think I liked him and she SAVED him.  Moving on, so she has leave Seattle which makes sense what Carter told her but the family is still there so they will make visits to see the girls and all so they could still be friends just on the down low right?  I am going with yes!  Because another big question is what about Kayla?  With them gone who is going to teach Kayla about her gift so she understands what she sees?  Also I would have LOVED a scene with them at the end with Georgina as a human and what difference Kayla sees in her.  I want to say that Carter keeps popping in and checking on them (and sending new pony toys for the stable) to keep his vow because what happens to him now.  He has been here this whole time to save her and that just made me feel amazing his final endearment “Daughter of man” just made my heart swell.  And last that I can think of at the moment:  Maddie and Doug.  I’m glad Georgina and Doug made up and we learned that Maddie ended up meeting someone which I’m happy about and it’s silly but we never find out if Doug got Georgina’s old job and I wanted to make sure the shop was in good hands!


                Okay so that was the does it for my thoughts on the whole series. I don’t know if there was one thing that got me so deeply involved in this series, more so than I have been in one for some time but I love it.  This series is one I will forever look back on with affection and love and will re-read in the future for sure.  I can’t wait to get a few of my friends to read these so we can discus though it will be a struggle to keep my lips sealed!  I highly recommend this series!

                Until next time…

Friday, March 16, 2018

Witch's Pyre (Worldwalker #3)

                Hello happy readers!  So today I have my thoughts on a series ender I have been meaning to read for a while and finally did.  I read the first book of the trilogy and loved it.  Same for book two until the end just broke me and left me nervous about continuing on.  Then my bestie wanted to borrow a book and saw the cover for book one and asked if I had read this series (because yes I have plenty of books on my shelves I haven’t read and thus not a huge fan of loaning out those until I have read them first) and I had the first couple so I let her borrow book one.  I had planned to read the final book this year anyways so this would give me incentive.  Mind you the last time she was reading a book it took forever and a day for me to be able to talk about it but this one she flew through in a couple days.  So I had to get on it and that weekend at work I finally read the amazing finale for the Worldwalker trilogy by Josephine Angelini, Witch’s Pyre.  I have previously reviewed the first books:  Trial by Fire & Firewalker.

 Rating:  5 Willstones

                Lily has come a long way from the sick girl she used to be in the world we know.  She has traveled worlds, gained power as a witch, become a leader, and faced dangerous travels and battles.  She has also lost a lot.  Her first crush and best friend and in a different way the man she loves after he betrayed her in the worst possible way.  Now Lily and her coven are introduced to a new society unlike anything they have ever seen.  A society that lives with the Woven but something isn’t right in the perfect utopia and Lily is determined to find the answer.  Along the way she begins to uncover a deeper truth.  There is still nuclear war to be prevented and many sides to fight on.  Can Lily find a way to victory that doesn’t turn her into the tyrannical other her, Lillian or cost the lives of all those she cares for?

                So when I went into this book I was nervous.  At the end of the last book Rowan did something horrible.  He betrayed her in the worst possible way to me.  He took her will stones from her and locked her in a cage.  Knowing that she was still haunted by her last similar encounter and promising to protect her from such a fate being the one to do it made him dead in my eyes.  So I was worried he’d show up and magically be forgiven and all is well.  I wasn’t near ready to forgive him.  Even waiting almost two years between books as soon as I saw his name my anger was right back at peak level for him.  But I was so thrilled that the story didn’t go that way.  There was so much happening and I loved the way things played out.
                This new city that has been thriving all these years.  The discovery of a whole world who knew they were there but didn’t try to help.  There is a lot going on and a lot of mystery and intrigue happening.  I liked getting to know more about the others and the coven bond as it grew stronger for some and weaker for others.  When Rowan did show up, because we knew he was, it was natural for me.  The way the story plays out is so much better than I could have imagined.  There is the conflict outside our little coven from all the challenges they face but also within as everyone in the coven has their own baggage and thus react differently to things. 

                I really enjoyed getting to see a wider aspect of the world in this book.  We see the west coast but we also learn about how the rest of the world is doing.  It is such a vast contract to how they were doing in the colonies.  We also got to learn more about the Woven and the different types and what makes them unique.  We traveled a ton and used up some serious magic as the plots were uncovered.  It was a thrill ride for me.  I got the character work I have come to love in this series but I also got the action we expect as the series comes to an end and so many irons are in the fire.  Battle is on the horizon and lines have been drawn. 
                I saw several things coming from the start but others caught me off guard in the best way.  There was death and tears but also life and joy.  I covered the emotional spectrum in this for sure.  The end was very fitting and really encompassed what we had been building towards.  There is a real payoff in the end and while I would love to go back into the world and continue to see the “after” and more from those who made it I am also completely at ease with the end.  There was nothing that was really left hanging everything was pretty much covered and I am so happy with how things happened.  So many characters got some great arcs overall with real depth.  It was amazing.  I highly recommend this series!!!

                Until next time…

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Movie Corner #4

                Hello happy movie fans!  So with the weather as nice as it was I did try to get a bit of work done in the yard but I also don’t like yard work so it doesn’t last long til I call it a day and I can treat myself to a movie after.  That said here is what I’ve seen the last two weeks:

Red Sparrow:  4 Stars
                So I was intrigued by this movie as I am with most spy movies.  I also was a huge fan of La Femme Nikita back in the day and I have liked most of the JLaw movies I have seen so yeah it was a given I was going to go see this one.  This movie really was a deep spy thriller and went further in places than I was expecting it to many times.  I enjoyed the back and forth in the story and the constant mind games / espionage at play never knowing who was doing what and for what reasons.  I enjoyed the movie and it was just what it claims to be so I’d call it a win. 

Death Wish: 4 Stars
                So this was a movie I was anticipating because I love me some Bruce Willis action.  He is a surgeon who has a pretty great life but then tragedy strikes and even though he’s always played by the rules he finds the police can’t do much to help.  So he starts to take things into his own hands.  I liked the movie.  It was a bit of action, revenge, and humor.  I found it to be an entertaining movie that may have some flaws but I went in for a good time and got it. 

Gringo:  4.5 Stars
                So this trailer looked pretty funny and it was enough to bring me in to see it.  But I was happily surprised the story had a lot more going on than I first thought and I found myself super entertained by the shenanigans going on.  It had a good storyline and fun characters to love or hate.  Harold / Gringo was hilarious and had me cracking up at the convoluted mess he is in and I love it. 

A Wrinkle in Time:  3.5 Stars
                So I never read this book.  I had no idea what it was about really but kids going on a journey to save the ones father and traveling through time or the universe.  Light vs dark kind of thing.  Well I knew the trailer looked beautiful and I was curious.  So there were some pretty amazing scenes that were visually beautiful which I adored but there were others that just really seemed very drab given the amazement I had just saw.  It didn’t balance I guess for me.  The story also while having its beautiful moments and meanings had a lot happening and a lot of the time I wasn’t 100% sure what was going on.  It jumped around without a whole lot of explanation.  Things felt a bit rushed as well.  The beginning of the movie had some beautiful scenes that really make you feel for the characters and real emotions from the actors specifically the vulnerability and pain but then as it progresses into the journey of the story we kind of lose it at many times throughout.  Plus the lack of shock over all the crazy new OMG moments caught me.  Also it included one of my bigger pet peeves involving bullies (that they are cruel and do unforgiveable things but they are really just victims of their own circumstances and that means it’s okay but it’s not it gives them depth sure but hurting someone because you are hurt never makes it okay) that I will never condone or let slide.  Overall I didn’t hate it but I didn’t love it.  I wouldn’t mind checking it out if it was on TV or something but I don’t think I’ll be buying it for my collection. 


                What movies have you seen recently?  What should I see?  This weekend I’m super excited to see the new Tomb Raider and of course the book to movie adaptation Love, Simon.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

~Can't Wait Wednesday: The Smoke Thieves~

                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:

The Smoke Thieves (The Smoke Thieves #1) by Sally Green
Out:  5/1

From Goodreads:
                A princess, a traitor, a hunter and a thief.  Four teenagers with the fate of the world in their hands.  Four nations destined for conflict.

                In Brigant, Princess Catherine prepares for a loveless political marriage arranged by her brutal and ambitious father.  In Calidor, downtrodden servant March seeks revenge on the prince who betrayed his people.  In Pitoria, feckless Edyon steals cheap baubles for cheaper thrills as he drifts from town to town.  And in the barren northern territories, thirteen-year-old Tash is running for her life as she plays bait for the gruff demon hunter Gravell.

                As alliances shift and shatter, and old certainties are overturned, our four heroes find their past lives transformed and their futures inextricably linked by the unpredictable tides of magic and war.  Who will rise and who will fall?  And who will claim the ultimate prize?

Why I’m Waiting:
                I just recently discovered it and it looks rather interesting.  I'm not familiar with the authors other titles but it seems to be getting some solid reviews from some of my Goodreads friends so that is promising. 

                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.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Ready Player One

                Hello happy readers!  So there are some books that you always want to read but keep pushing off for one reason or another and for me this was Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.  I heard so many amazing things from reviewers I trusted but it was always something I would check out “soon” but that never seemed to be the right time.  Then the movie was being made and I knew I had a deadline.  I wanted to read before the movie.  Again was on my wish list but hadn’t bought it until I saw the trailer for the movie and knew it was time.  So I got the audiobook because it seemed like the best idea (plus I had a credit so it was cheaper) plus it was narrated by Will Wheaton which I found rather fun.  Now I finished it before the movie and here are my thoughts on the book alone.

Rating:  5 Stars

                Ready Player One takes place in a future world that has went down the drain.  The world is horrible a living dystopia really and the main way of life is virtual reality the utopia known as the OASIS.  Worlds upon worlds exist within this space and you can do anything and be anyone you want.  Most people spend more time in the OASIS than in the real world, even more since the creators’ death that launched the hunt.  Upon his death all of his wealth including control over the OASIS is on hold for whoever finds his hidden Easter egg.  He has hidden keys throughout the game and you must get all three and pass through their challenges to move on but the winner will find the ultimate prize.  The creator was obsessed with 80’s life from games and pop culture and lived for this world.  Now the race is on and everyone is searching for the egg some willing to kill to control the OASIS and if they do life as it is known will end in the utopia world you can create. 

                So I’m not a big gamer.  I enjoy playing some games for sure but mostly with others.  Still I can see the appeal just as I would rather spend hours reading/listening to my book hold up somewhere in my own little world I can see how others find the same in games.  I also suck at most games which is probably why I never got really into them. Still the world that is built is amazing.  The OASIS is amazing.  This whole virtual world that basically turns to raising people in it from education, work, and so on.  I understand it right away and was pulled in.  Wade is one of those kids he makes his own way in this harsh world and has dedicated years of his life to solving this puzzle.  He clearly loves the hunt and research for it logging in every show/movie/music/game/etc from the 80’s he is an encyclopedia of knowledge and can site most of it off the cuff.  He is doing what he can to search but traveling in the OASIS costs money and he doesn’t have any hence the copious amounts of research.

“For a bunch of hairless apes, we’ve actually managed to invent some pretty incredible things.”

                The search had gone so long without the first key being found that many had given up the hunt.  Still as a discovery is made the hunt has a huge resurgence and things get a whole lot more interesting.  Wade is suddenly a OASIS celebrity and everyone is trying to find out who he really is (because no one uses their real data online when you can be anyone/anything you want to be) and the information he found.  Soon the game is a foot yet again and the stakes become even higher as a cooperation reaches out and makes an offer for his assistance making the consequences clear if he chooses not to take the offer.  Danger is real and not just in the virtual world.  This is pretty great since the majority of the story takes place in VR making the consequences seem less than dire but really it never occurred to me.  I always felt the stakes were high for sure.  If you die in VR you start from scratch including everything you had earned which when you are in a race that would be a hard blow. 

“You’d be amazed how much research you can get done when you have no life whatsoever.”

                Cline also has a way of writing that makes the VR world seem as vital as the real world.  It is in many ways given the importance and prevalence of it in the world.  The world is full of fantastic characters that you want to know more about, moral dilemmas, and questions about life all on top of this epic journey full of 80’s nostalgia and some of the best lines and quips around.  I fell in love with this book and the writing.  Some parts made me cringe, laugh, gasp and more.  It was a thrill ride from start to finish and I couldn’t wait to see how it all played out in the end.  For a book wrote several years ago it was shockingly on point and I loved every moment of it.  It has also given me this urge to check out some classic/older games and some of the older more obscure movies referenced in the book I had never heard of before.  The only down side is having read it so close to the movie release now when I see a trailer I see differences and I just hope the movie is even half as good as the book because I’m stoked to see it.  And I will see it the earliest time it’s available! 

“That was when I realizes, as terrifying and painful as reality can be, it’s also the only place where you can find true happiness.  Because reality if real.”

                Until next time…

Saturday, March 10, 2018

~Stacking the Shelves #45~

                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 for Review:
Sky in the Deep  by Adrienne Young

Hero at the Fall (Rebel of the Sands #3) by Alwyn Hamilton

                These are all my new goodies!  One is a debut and the other is a series ender so whoohoo I'm excited.  I need to get to some serious reading/listening I’m falling behind of where I want to be.  Share a link below with what goodies you got this week.