Friday, April 21, 2017

~Stacking the Shelves~

                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. 

Physical Books:
The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

Audio Book:
Riot ofStorm and Smoke (Threats of Sky and Sea #2) by Jennifer Ellision

                That's if for this week.  Share a link below with what goodies you got this week.  

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

~Waiting on Wednesday~ The Traitor's Kiss (Traitor's Trilogy #1)

                “Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.  Basically books that are not yet out that we are dying to get our hands on.  This week’s pick is:

The Traitor’s Kiss (Traitor’s Trilogy #1) by Erin Beaty
Out:  5/9

From Goodreads:
                An obstinate girl who will not be married.
                A soldier desperate to prove himself.
                A kingdom on the brink of war.

                With a sharp tongue and an unruly temper, Sage Fowler is not what they’d call a lady—which is perfectly fine with her.  Deemed unfit for marriage, Sage is apprenticed to a matchmaker and tasked with wrangling other young ladies to be married off for political alliances.  She spies on the girls—and on the soldiers escorting them.

                As the girls’ military escort senses a political uprising, Sage is recruited by a handsome soldier to infiltrate the enemy ranks.  The more she discovers as a spy, the less certain she becomes about whom to trust—and Sage becomes caught in a dangerous balancing act that will determine the fate of her kingdom.

Why I’m Waiting:
                I discovered this book during a past WoW and I was drawn in by the cover and the description.  I’m ready to give this one a go and it looks like this is also a debut book so I’d love to see this authors work!

                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.  Also don't forget about my giveaway here, it has a few days left, for a SIGNED copy of A Crown of Wishes.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Things that make me pick a book

                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 hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  Also don't forget to swing by and enter my giveaway for a SIGNED copy of A Crown of Wishes here

The top ten today is: Things that make me want to read a book instantly

Cover- Yes I know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover and all that but lets be honest we all do.  No I love plenty of books that suffer from an ugly cover and have had plenty of pretty covers not be as good as I hoped but a gorgeous cover is a sure way to get me to…

Summary- I want something that catches my attention and makes me want to start reading ASAP to know more. 

Author- Some books I don’t have to know a cover or a title, like Untitled Chaol book but I know I will have it the day it comes out because Sarah J. Maas is an auto-buy author for me. 

Buzz/Hype- Have I heard of this book and if so was what I heard good?  Some books can be overhyped that is true but it’s great when you can dive into a book everyone is talking about and have people to discuss it with versus some other books not as many people have read yet so you have to wait to discuss it in depth.

My Mood- I generally don’t stick to one type of book and try to read different categories and such to keep it interesting.  Sometimes I’m really craving a stand-alone simple read to enjoy and not have any commitment to a series or maybe I just read a book with a similar kind of storyline/character and I don’t want them to blend together.

Series #- Sometimes I find a series I want to read but if there are too many books already out it can be intimidating to start.  On the flip side if I find a series that the final book is about to come out or is out I can dive in knowing I won’t have to wait which can also be a huge plus!

Price- So this is more so a factor with audiobooks because being practical I can’t buy all the books I want to read because so many fit the above checks.  Sometimes I have to wait for my credit to roll around or a sale to hit but when I do...BAM it's on!

                 What books have I been missing out 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!

Sentinel (Covenant #5)

                 Hello happy readers!  So first things first don’t forget I still have a giveaway up and running for a SIGNED copy of A Crown of Wishes here.  Today I'm going to be discussing my thoughts on the final book in the Covenant series, Sentinel, by Jennifer L. Armentrout and my overall thoughts on the series.  Spoilers through the series, duh.

Rating:  5 Stars

                So when we left off in the last book stuff had gotten real.  Our group was taking hit after hit and it ended with Alex being broken by Ares but being spirited away and healed by Apollo.  Like I said series.  We finally know which god is behind things pulling all the strings and bent on war.  Makes sense really.  But as the mortal world starts to slip into chaos Alex has to reconcile what happened and shake herself doubt away and dive back into the fray.  She will do anything necessary even work with a known enemy of the past to face the enemy of the present. All while trying to figure out a way out of this mess that lets her have her happily ever after in the end.

                 The options don't look good.  Alex has been this strong force of nature through the books so far.  She has had her moments of weakness and doubt sure but never like this.  She actually wanted to die.  Ares broke her.  This is a hard hit to suffer.  Aiden as always is there by her side willing to do anything to help.  I love how supportive he is with her.  Their connection from the start has always been off the charts but in this one it just really hits you in the core.  There are so many moments where they just know the other and what they need on instinct or a single look.  They are equals and always have been despite the breed order or her Apollyon powers they have always treated each other as equals.  Both knowing the other is in danger and not trying to shut them away but instead trusting them and their ability to make it through.  This really touches the heart.

                 Then we have Seth.  I hated him.  I didn't like him from the start but then I grew to hate his character and the evil he was a part of in his power hungry daze.  I equated him with a rapist drugging her with the bond and then leeching her power even when she tried to say no.  At the end of the last book with the showdown with Ares, all the pain, misery, and despair she felt as he broke her body and spirit I hoped he would feel every ounce through the bond.  Let him take on the horror he brought on.  He did.  He is suddenly seeing through the haze of his power madness and wants to help, suddenly seeing the error of his ways.  There was nothing he could do to redeem himself in my eyes.  Though watching as he tried and meet skepticism and resistance from everyone else I enjoyed that.  He got back on charm for so long seeing it not work, that everyone held him accountable for his evil deeds was refreshing.  I liked that they never tried to belittle those deeds.

                 Now adding this into the story was huge story points but we still have a war to finish.  This is the final book and there was a lot of ground to cover.  We have to save the world and nothing is ever easy or without cost.  This doesn't change here.  There is a price to be demanded and no matter how hard or gut wrenching for the good of all our heroes will face it.  I was constantly on the edge of my seat finishing this book trying to think of any twists or loop holes to make everything I wanted to happen to happen.  There was a lot to cover and it wasn't smooth sailing and in war people die.  This book actually had me getting teary and/or crying in different parts just thinking about certain characters futures (yes I know vague me) and this got more intense the closer we got to the end.

                 I was so nervous as I got closer that it might not end in a way that satisfied me.  I should not have worried though because JLA knows what she's doing and this series was amazing.  It hits you with all the feels and then some but you end feeling complete.  Like how it ends you can instantly see it from the start looking back on the whole journey.  It also did something that I wasn't sure was possible given how I felt about Seth pre this book and that's make me want to read his spin-off/sequel series.  I think I'm going to hold off a few months before I start these but I have the first three ready to go.  While there is the spin-off/sequel series I think the Covenant series wraps up nicely in Sentinel and I highly recommend it. 

                Until next time…

Saturday, April 15, 2017

~Stacking the Shelves~

                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. 

Physical Books:
DarkTriumph (His Fair Assassin #2) by Robin LaFevers

E-Books (ARC):
Path to OldTalbot by Jordan Mierek
Blank Space by Alla Kar

                That's if for this week.  Share a link below with what goodies you got this week. 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Unique Books

                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 hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

The top ten today is:  Unique Books

This topic was super hard because I always find something unique in all the stories I read and that is why I love them so.  But here are a few I thought of without going too deep because I could pick and choose all day long!  In no particular order:  

Every Day by David Levithan- The main character doesn't have a body but drifts between peoples bodies each day living their lives

Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley- the book takes place in the span of 24 hours.

The Scorpio Races of The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater- both series have her very unique take from a yearly race of dangerous water horses to a group of kids searching for a sleeping Welsh king in search of a favor.

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher- Okay so I haven't read this one yet but I did just marathon the Netflix season and OMG

Firstlife by Gena Showalter- Your first life doesn’t really count it's just a dress rehearsal for your afterlife…what?

Uglies by Scott Westerfield- I only finished the first two books but the concept was definitely something unique to me.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor- So this book has so much happening and introduced me to chimaera.

Vicious by VE Schwab- From the POV of a villain

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas- So the whole world of the Night Court and all the different powers and people…just in awe

Cursed by Christina Bauer- Necromancers were kind of new to me

Some books I haven't read yet but seem like they will be really unique:

Wicked Like A Wildfire by Lana Popovic
Illuminae by Amy Kauffman and Jay Kristoff
Magonia by Maria Dahvana

This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

Monday, April 10, 2017

Reign of Shadows (Reign of Shadows #1)

                Hello happy readers!  Don’t forget to check out my giveaway open until 4/22 for a SIGNED copy of A Crown of Wishes here.  Now for today I am correcting an oversight on my part.  I swear I wrote a review for this book already, like I honestly remember typing up all my thoughts about it but I can’t find it on any computer of flash drive so maybe I just had a very vivid dream.  Anywho I wanted to share my thoughts in the real world on a book I just adored and listened to in one sitting, Reign of Shadows (Reign of Shadows #1) by Sophie Jordan. 

Rating:  4 Stars

                In a world cloaked in darkness for the last seventeen years the world is not a nice place.  Luna, Relhok’s lost princess, has been hiding since she was born and darkness fell, that’s how she stays alive by others thinking her dead.  However when a mysterious Fowler is out in the dark woods braving things Luna is drawn to him.  When her safe home for all these years is attacked they must work together to escape.  Luna realizes things are much more treacherous than she imagined as threats keep stacking up against them.  Falling in love with so many secrets between them may be more dangerous yet. 

                Reign of Shadows is my first Sophie Jordan book and one that I listened to on Audible.  I got it on sale and waiting for my new credit to kick in so I could get another more expensive title but was loving listening to many of my books.  So when I was home from work and not interested in watching any TV to relax and didn’t want to turn the lights on to read I started this one.  I figured an hour or two in I’d go to sleep.  Well that didn’t happen.  I was listening completely entranced in the world and story and then next thing you know when I do start to get tired because well it had been a long day I see how long I have left in the chapter and find I only have about two hours left in the book and it is WAY past my bed time.  I then decide to finish it because I’m already going to be tired the next day I should just finish it or I’d be thinking about it.  So I got less than two hours of sleep that night and it was totally worth it.  Though thinking back about this now I see where I might have “typed” my review and just done it in my head. 

                I really liked the pace of the story it just kept moving forward and did so quickly.  The story was easy to follow and kept you invested throughout.  I liked seeing both Luna and Fowler and what was happening within themselves and how being together really changed them and their plans.  I also loved the whole idea of Luna having the handicap/disability that she does.  I can't think of a better way to say it without spoilers though we learn about it so early I don't worry about it being spoilery just that it was so much better to learn as they reveal it.  She is so strong and determined and doesn't let anything slow her down.  Fowler though, I love how he develops.  He is so closed off and separate from everyone and everything in the start but he starts to see the value in having someone with you and caring about someone else.  And the romance that develops between them is so nice I loved how it progressed. 

                There was so much to love about this story.  Everything from the character development to the journey and action and more.  We are on a mission after all.  Darkness has fallen and we have evil rulers and so so much goodness to work with.  I am looking forward to continuing on in the series but I have to admit I will probably wait to listen just because I liked the first audiobook experience so much.  Maybe I'll listen to book two in one sitting as well?  Though I probably won't start it if I have to work the next day just to be safe.  I highly recommend giving this one a read/listen. 

                Until next time…