Something To Look Forward To – Week of January 15th, 2018

January 15, 2018 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 1 Comment

Here’s what’s releasing this week: a blend of YA, Adult, and the occasional Middle Grade. Something for everyone to look forward to! All book purchase links go to their respective Amazon page.
Help support this blog and use the purchase links to get your copy!

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Week of January 15th, 2018

Blood and Sand by C.V. Wyk [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 16th 2018 by Tor Teen

Zenith (The Androma Saga #1) by Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 16th 2018 by Harlequin Teen

Poison’s Cage (Poison’s Kiss #2) by Breeana Shields [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 16th 2018 by Random House Books for Young Readers

Truly Devious (Truly Devious #1) by Maureen Johnson [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 16th 2018 by Katherine Tegen Books

All That Was: A Novel by Karen Rivers [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 16th 2018 by Farrar Straus Giroux

Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 16th 2018 by Soho Teen

You Won’t Know I’m Gone (The Black Angel Chronicles #2) by Kristen Orlando [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 16th 2018 by Swoon Reads

Senlin Ascends (The Books of Babel #1) by Josiah Bancroft [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 16th 2018 by Orbit

Red Clocks by Leni Zumas [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 16th 2018 by Lee Boudreaux Books

Iron Gold (Red Rising Saga #4) by Pierce Brown [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 16th 2018 by Del Rey Books

The Night Masquerade (Binti #3) by Nnedi Okorafor [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 16th 2018 by Tor.com

Apart in the Dark: Novellas by Ania Ahlborn [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 16th 2018 by Gallery Books

Walk in the Fire (Judah Cannon #2) by Steph Post [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 16th 2018 by Polis Books

The Night Market by Jonathan Moore [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 16th 2018 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Lullaby Road by James Anderson [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 16th 2018 by Crown

Light It Up (Peter Ash #3) by Nick Petrie [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 16th 2018 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

City of Endless Night (Pendergast #17) by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 16th 2018 by Grand Central Publishing

Theory of Shadows by Paolo Maurensig [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 16th 2018 by Farrar Straus and Giroux

The Take by Christopher Reich [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 16th 2018 by Mulholland Books

Munich by Robert Harris [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 16th 2018 by Knopf Publishing Group

Palaces by Simon Jacobs [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 16th 2018 by Two Dollar Radio

Carnegie’s Maid by Marie Benedict [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 16th 2018 by Sourcebooks Landmark

The Girls in the Picture by Melanie Benjamin [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 16th 2018 by Delacorte Press

A Treacherous Curse (Veronica Speedwell #3) by Deanna Raybourn [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 16th 2018 by Berkley

Flight of the Hawk: The River (A Novel of the American West #1) by W. Michael Gear [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 17th 2018 by Five Star Publishing

The Girl on the Velvet Swing: Sex, Murder, and Madness at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century by Simon Baatz [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 16th 2018 by Mulholland Books

Everything Here is Beautiful by Mira T. Lee [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 16th 2018 by Pamela Dorman Books

The Infinite Future by Tim Wirkus [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 16th 2018 by Penguin Press

Oliver Loving by Stefan Merrill Block [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 16th 2018 by Flatiron Books

Where the Line Bleeds: A Novel by Jesmyn Ward [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 16th 2018 by Scribner

The Largesse of the Sea Maiden: Stories by Denis Johnson [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 16th 2018 by Random House

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2017 End of Year Book Survey

January 12, 2018 Bonnie End of Year Survey 4 Comments

Hosted by The Perpetual Page-Turner

Total Number Of Books You Read: 135
Pages Read: 42,930
Minutes Listened To: 511 hours, 24 minutes
Number of Audiobooks: 49
Number of Re-Reads
: 10
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy. Urban Fantasy came in second.

1. Best Book You Read In 2017?

Book Review – One Fell Sweep (Innkeeper Chronicles #3) by Ilona Andrews

One Fell Sweep (Innkeeper Chronicles #3) by Ilona Andrews

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

Book Review – A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J. Maas

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?

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How to Talk to a Widower by Jonathan Tropper

I loved This is Where I Leave You and thought it may have been a fluke, but I loved this one too.

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

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The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

This one was especially fantastic on audio.

5. Best series you started in 2017? Best Sequel of 2017? Best Series Ender of 2017?

Short & Sweet – The Book of Mirrors, The Atomic Weight of Love, Rosemary & RueEarly Review – White Hot (Hidden Legacy #2) by Ilona AndrewsOminous October – The Empty Grave (Lockwood & Co. #5) by Jonathan Stroud

Best New Series: Rosemary and Rue (October Daye #1) by Seanan McGuire
Best Sequel: White Hot (Hidden Legacy #2) by Ilona Andrews
Best Series Ender: The Empty Grave (Lockwood & Co. #5) by Jonathan Stroud

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?

Ruth Reichl. I read and loved Tender at the Bone and can’t wait to read more of hers.

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

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(Poetry) Late Wife by Claudia Emerson

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

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Isolation by Bex-chan

Never have I read a 1,000+ page book faster.

9. Book You Read In 2017 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

3

Harry Potter 4 Eva.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017?

Rapid Fire Reviews – Lightwood, The Weight of This World, Wildfire, The Rules of Magic

Lightwood by Steph Post

11. Most memorable character of 2017?

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Misery by Stephen King

For not the best of reasons.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?

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The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories by Angela Carter

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2017?

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Letting Go of the Person You Used to Be: Lessons on Change, Loss, and Spiritual Transformation by Lama Surya Das

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read?

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Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table by Ruth Reichl

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2017?

Book Review – Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

ittle Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

“Sometimes you need to scorch everything to the ground, and start over. After the burning the soil is richer, and new things can grow. People are like that, too. They start over. They find a way.”

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?

Oddly enough, my shortest and longest were both Stephen King books.

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Guns by Stephen King (25 pages/49 minutes)
It by Stephen King (1,169 pages/44 hours and 57 minutes)

17. Book That Shocked You The Most

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The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

18. OTP OF THE YEAR

Hidden Legacy Series: Nevada Baylor + Connor “Mad” Rogan

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

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The Weight of This World by David Joy

Thad Broom and Aiden McCall

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2017 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

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I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts On Being a Woman by Nora Ephron

21. Best Book You Read In 2017 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

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Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017?

Short & Sweet – The Book of Mirrors, The Atomic Weight of Love, Rosemary & Rue

Tybalt from Rosemary and Rue.

23. Best 2017 debut you read?

Book Tour Review – The Possessions by Sara Flannery Murphy

The Possessions by Sara Flannery Murphy

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

Rapid Fire Reviews – Artemis, Ink and Bone, Into the Drowning Deep, The Hazel Wood

Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

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Warcross (Warcross #1) by Marie Lu

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2017?

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The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Rapid Fire Reviews – Lightwood, The Weight of This World, Wildfire, The Rules of Magic

The Rules of Magic (Practical Magic #2) by Alice Hoffman

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

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Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017?

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Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

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Origins (Alphas 0.5) by Ilona Andrews

This one made me mad because I love Ilona but hated this. lol

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2017?

I wasn’t super social online this year so I’m really not sure I discovered anyone new. lol

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2017?

These were crazy ass books but the reviews came out pretty damn funny.

Short & Sweet – Beyond Shame, Beyond Control, Beyond Denial

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

The End of Your Life Book Club

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

I actually attended a few bookish events this year and they were all fantastic: in April there was an Ellen Hopkins book signing and Independent Bookstore Day and in September I went on a Lit Crawl.

5. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

I went through some major life changes this year and it got me in a rut of epic proportions. I didn’t read a book for months. So, life, in general, was definitely the most challenging thing.

6. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2017?

Overcoming that epic rut and finding enjoyment in reading again was definitely a great moment.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

White Hot (Hidden Legacy #2) by Ilona Andrews

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

I’m always pleased when anyone reads or comments. Any love is better than no love at all. 🙂

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

I discovered bookish podcasts, but more specifically: Potterotica. This shit is so funny guys. SO FUNNY.

10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

I wanted to work on getting better at DNF-ing because honestly, why continue to suffer through mediocrity? I had 17 DNFs in 2016 and 33 this year. I also continued to keep up with my book spreadsheet where I keep track of all the details of the books I read (or the ones I DNF).

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2017 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2018?

Well, at this point I’ve already read 9 books this year but the one book that is a top priority would be…

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Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6) by Sarah J. Maas

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2018 (non-debut)?

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Magic Triumphs (Kate Daniels #10) by Ilona Andrews

3. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

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The Last Equation of Isaac Severy: A Novel in Clues by Nova Jacobs

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2018?

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Only Human (Themis Files #3) by Sylvain Neuvel

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2018?

I’d really like to implement a new theme this year.

6. A 2018 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:

Only 2018 release I read in 2017:

Rapid Fire Reviews – Artemis, Ink and Bone, Into the Drowning Deep, The Hazel Wood

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

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Top Ten Tuesday – Ten 2017 Releases I Didn’t Get To

January 9, 2018 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 10 Comments

Books other than my small Review mountain, right? hahaha… Yeah, that’s a whole other list. These ten are just a small chunk of the 2017 releases that I really would have liked to get around to. Maybe this year. 🙂

The Dry (Aaron Falk #1) by Jane Harper
I’d had on my eye on this curious sounding mystery for a while but it wasn’t until the second book in the series showed up in my mailbox that I knew I had to pick this up sooner rather than later.

Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6) by Sarah J. Maas
I had been consistently keeping up with all Maas releases but I’m admittedly not a big Chaol fan and definitely lost most of my excitement for this one.

All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg
I haven’t read anything by Attenberg but if you compare anything to Tropper I’m guaranteed to want it.

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
I waited until the hype had died down before reading Girl on the Train and I feel I’ve been subconsciously doing that with this one too.

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann
I love True Crime books and I honestly don’t know why I don’t read more of them.

American War by Omar El Akkad
There’s a PLAGUE, guys. A PLAGUE. And war. I have no idea why I like such dark shit.

Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer #1) by Laini Taylor
Honestly, the only reason I haven’t read this is because I’m torn. I won a beautiful hardcover copy but Steve West narrates the audiobook and I’d feel guilty listening. Help. lol

The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband (Rokesbys #2) by Julia Quinn
I read Because of Miss Bridgerton last year and it was so much fun. And my first Quinn! Crazy, I know.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
I read three of Reid’s novels last month and I’m officially on the Reid bandwagon.

Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
I’ve only loved Horowitz’s Sherlock duology but I loved it so much. This title has been getting a lot of love and I just recently picked it up in a recent Audible sale so this should happen soon.

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of January 8th, 2018

January 8, 2018 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 2 Comments

Here’s what’s releasing this week: a blend of YA, Adult, and the occasional Middle Grade. Something for everyone to look forward to! All book purchase links go to their respective Amazon page.
Help support this blog and use the purchase links to get your copy!

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Week of January 8th, 2018

Unearthed (Unearthed #1) by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by Disney-Hyperion

The Curses (The Graces #2) by Laure Eve [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by Amulet Books

Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe #2) by Neal Shusterman [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by Clarion Books

A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by Simon Pulse

A Taxonomy of Love by Rachael Allen [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by Amulet Books

Starlight Nights (738 Days #2) by Stacey Kade [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by Forge

The Case of the Perilous Palace (The Wollstonecraft Detective Agency #4) by Jordan Stratford [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

Magic, Madness, and Mischief by Kelly McCullough [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by Feiwel & Friends

The Beginning Woods by Malcolm McNeill [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by Sky Pony Press

Blood Fury (Black Dagger Legacy #3) by J.R. Ward [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by Ballantine Books

Beneath the Sugar Sky (Wayward Children #3) by Seanan McGuire [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by Tor.com

The Lost Plot (The Invisible Library #4) by Genevieve Cogman [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by Ace Books

Gnomon by Nick Harkaway [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by Knopf Publishing Group

Shroud of Eternity (Sister of Darkness: The Nicci Chronicles #2) by Terry Goodkind [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by Tor Books

Sinless (Eye of the Beholder #1) by Sarah Tarkoff [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by Harper Voyager

Dark State (Empire Games #2) by Charles Stross [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by Tor Books

Robots vs. Fairies by Dominik Parisien & Navah Wolfe [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by Saga Press

Still So Strange by Amanda Downum [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by ChiZine Publications

The Infernal Battalion (The Shadow Campaigns #5) by Django Wexler [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by Ace

Grist Mill Road by Christopher J. Yates [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by Picador USA

Just Between Us by Rebecca Drake [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by St. Martin’s Griffin

Operator Down (Pike Logan #12) by Brad Taylor [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by Dutton Books

Lie With Me by Sabine Durrant [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 11th 2018 by Mulholland

The Job of the Wasp by Colin Winnette [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by Soft Skull Press

Two Girls Down by Louisa Luna [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by Doubleday Books

The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by Crown Publishing Group (NY)

The Questionable Behavior of Dahlia Moss (Dahlia Moss Mysteries #3) by Max Wirestone [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by Redhook

The Maze at Windermere by Gregory Blake Smith [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by Viking

Fools and Mortals by Bernard Cornwell [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by Harper

The English Wife by Lauren Willig [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by St. Martin’s Press

Last Stop in Brooklyn (A Mary Handley Mystery #3) by Lawrence H. Levy [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by Broadway Books

The Widows of Malabar Hill (Perveen Mistry #1) by Sujata Massey [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by Soho Press

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Heart Spring Mountain by Robin MacArthur [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by Ecco

Peculiar Ground by Lucy Hughes-Hallett [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by Harper

King Zeno by Nathaniel Rich [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by MCD

The Days When Birds Come Back by Deborah Reed [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Say My Name by Allegra Huston [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by Mira Books

Winter (Seasonal #2) by Ali Smith [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by Pantheon Books

Phone (Umbrella #3) by Will Self [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by Grove Press

The Afterlives: A Novel by Thomas Pierce [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by Riverhead Books

The Boat People by Sharon Bala [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by Doubleday Books

This Could Hurt by Jillian Medoff [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by Harper

Christmas in July by Alan Michael Parker [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by Dzanc Books

Neon in Daylight by Hermione Hoby [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by Catapult

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Stacking the Shelves (180)

January 7, 2018 Bonnie Sunday Book Haul 4 Comments

Recent Posts

New Books

For Review

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

Purchased

On the Edge (The Edge #1) by Ilona Andrews

From Audible
The Terror by Dan Simmons
The Fortune Teller by Gwendolyn Womack
Let Me In by John Ajvide Lindqvist

And my last used book haul from 2017. 🙂

(From top to bottom)

The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband (Rokesbys #2) by Julia Quinn
Lady of Conquest (Brides of Legend #2) by Teresa Medeiros
A Kiss to Remember (Once Upon a Time #3) by Teresa Medeiros
Sister by Rosamund Lupton
I Love Everybody (and Other Atrocious Lies) by Laurie Notaro
The Lost Continent: Travels in Small Town America by Bill Bryson
Vienna Waltz Teresa Grant
Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea by Chelsea Handler
Peter & Max (Fables Peter & Max) by Bill Willingham
The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Martin H. Greenberg
The Returned (The Returned #1) by Jason Mott
Dead Letters by Caite Dolan-Leach

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Early Review – Unearthed (Unearthed #1) by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

January 6, 2018 Bonnie Book Reviews, Early Review, Read in 2018, YA 7 Comments

I received this book free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Early Review – Unearthed (Unearthed #1) by Amie Kaufman & Meagan SpoonerUnearthed by Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner
Series: Unearthed #1
on January 9th 2018
Pages: 336
Genres: Sci-fi
Format: ARC
Source: the Publisher
Amazon | B&N | Book Depository | Audible
Goodreads

Also by this author: Illuminae, Hunted

three-stars

When Earth intercepts a message from a long-extinct alien race, it seems like the solution the planet has been waiting for. The Undying's advanced technology has the potential to undo environmental damage and turn lives around, and Gaia, their former home planet, is a treasure trove waiting to be uncovered.

For Jules Addison and his fellow scholars, the discovery of an alien culture offers unprecedented opportunity for study... as long as scavengers like Amelia Radcliffe don't loot everything first. Mia and Jules' different reasons for smuggling themselves onto Gaia put them immediately at odds, but after escaping a dangerous confrontation with other scavvers, they form a fragile alliance.

In order to penetrate the Undying temple and reach the tech and information hidden within, the two must decode the ancient race's secrets and survive their traps. But the more they learn about the Undying, the more their presence in the temple seems to be part of a grand design that could spell the end of the human race...

“The worthy will rise into the stars . . .”

In a time when resources on Earth are limited, power grids are failing, and families are only allowed to have a single child, the discovery of an extinct alien race possessing the technology to make life a little less uncomplicated is a shining beacon of hope. Of course, traveling to a different galaxy to a planet named Gaia is the only requirement. Amelia Radcliffe is a scavenger, on Gaia illegally with the intent to obtain as much tech as she can to not only buy herself a ticket off the planet but to also buy her sister back from the servitude contract she’s locked in. Jules Addison is a scholar and is on Gaia with the hopes of decoding more of the alien language. His father, Dr. Elliott Addison, was the first to decode the message received from the alien race, and the first to realize that while their technology may benefit life on Earth, it may not be for the best in the long term. Jules seeks to find evidence that his father was right and to find out what dangers lie with the technology left by this race of mysterious beings. The two end up teaming up to work their way through the alien temple in hopes of uncovering a solution to both of their issues.

First things first, I read very little YA these days but there was something extremely fun about this book that I enjoyed right off the bat. I found positive and negative aspects both in this story but I felt they balanced each other out, still making this an entertaining tale. It was very Mission to Mars (2000) meets Indiana Jones and while there was a budding romance that built up quickly, it never overtook the plot like some YA romances tend to do. I honestly didn’t buy how quickly they reached the point that they do by the end of the novel, but for some reason, it didn’t lessen my enjoyment as a whole. The characterization was nicely balanced with snarky, badass Amelia and prim and proper Jules, although at times it was hard to differentiate between the two because each would tell the story from their point of view in alternating chapters. The inclusion of puzzles as the duo worked their way through the alien temple was a ton of fun, although it was often vaguely written and hard to visualize exactly what they were dealing with. There was a lot of internal dialogue that I felt could have been cut out a lot, resulting in more actual conversation, and towards the end, I felt like stuff started getting to be a bit repetitive and/or drawn out for no particular reason leading to that inevitable cliffhanger. My overall enjoyment certainly lessened by the time I finished but the cliffhanger ending was incredibly curious without that predictable reveal of “I knew that’s what was happening” sort of reveal.

Despite this being yet another typical “teenagers save the world” sort of story, this puzzle of a plot is enough to get a reader invested into sticking around for the second part of this novel that won’t be released until 2019.

related-reads-blue

Sleeping Giants (Themis Files #1) by Sylvain Neuvel [Review]
Fortune’s Pawn (Paradox #1) by Rachel Bach [Review]
Warcross (Warcross #1) by Marie Lu

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Book Review – I Remember Nothing: and Other Reflections by Nora Ephron

January 5, 2018 Bonnie Adult, Book Reviews, Read in 2018 0 Comments

Book Review – I Remember Nothing: and Other Reflections by Nora EphronI Remember Nothing: and Other Reflections by Nora Ephron
Published by Knopf on November 9th 2010
Pages: 137
Genres: Non-Fiction, Funny-ha-ha, Memoir
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Amazon | B&N | Book Depository | Audible
Goodreads

Also by this author: Heartburn

four-stars

Nora Ephron returns with her first book since the astounding success of I Feel Bad About My Neck, taking a cool, hard, hilarious look at the past, the present, and the future, bemoaning the vicissitudes of modern life, and recalling with her signature clarity and wisdom everything she hasn’t (yet) forgotten.

Ephron writes about falling hard for a way of life (“Journalism: A Love Story”) and about breaking up even harder with the men in her life (“The D Word”); lists “Twenty-five Things People Have a Shocking Capacity to Be Surprised by Over and Over Again” (“There is no explaining the stock market but people try”; “You can never know the truth of anyone’s marriage, including your own”; “Cary Grant was Jewish”; “Men cheat”); reveals the alarming evolution, a decade after she wrote and directed You’ve Got Mail, of her relationship with her in-box (“The Six Stages of E-Mail”); and asks the age-old question, which came first, the chicken soup or the cold? All the while, she gives candid, edgy voice to everything women who have reached a certain age have been thinking . . . but rarely acknowledging.

Filled with insights and observations that instantly ring true—and could have come only from Nora Ephron—I Remember Nothing is pure joy.

“On some level, my life has been wasted on me. After all, if I can’t remember it, who can? The past is slipping away and the present is a constant affront.”

I Remember Nothing: and Other Reflections, Ephron’s last essay collection published before her death in 2012, touches on the tragedy of aging and is probably not something that I could fully appreciate only being in my 30s (but I still loved it). She discusses becoming forgetful, about physical changes, but she touches on stories from her life that she has managed to remember in vibrant detail. She also includes several recipes, in particular, one for ricotta pancakes in an essay about Teflon (which is far more riveting than it sounds at first glance.) She bemoans the discovery of the hazards of Teflon since her ricotta pancakes never come out quite the same in any other pan and in the recipe, instructs you to heat up a Teflon pan until carcinogenic gas is released into the air. I will always adore her wit though and her random stories that may seem inconsequential but are just anecdotes into the life of a pretty extraordinary sounding woman. Reading her discussion on the personal tragedy that led to her only fiction novel, Heartburn, was emotional.

“I mention all this so you will understand that this is part of the process: once you find out he’s cheated on you, you have to keep finding it out, over and over and over again, until you’ve degraded yourself so completely that there’s nothing left to do but walk out.”

You can tell when she writes that it’s old news, but it’s still something that managed to transform her into who she is today, leaving that unseen yet indelible impression.

“People always say that once it goes away, you forget the pain. It’s a cliché of childbirth: you forget the pain. I don’t happen to agree. I remember the pain. What you really forget is love.”

It will be a sad day when I no longer have any new Nora to read. The Most of Nora Ephron will be my last so I’m saving that one for a rainy day.

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Monthly Rundown: December 2017

January 4, 2018 Bonnie Monthly Rundown 4 Comments

Books Read = 11

I consider this a raging success considering I worked 65 hour weeks the entire month. I posted a TON of reviews because I had a bit of a backlog going and I was determined not to enter the year with those still hanging over me. I usually do book cover collages for these posts but fuck that, there’s too many. 😂

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Best of the Month: How to Talk to a Widower by Jonathan Tropper ★★★★★
I read and loved This is Where I Leave You but I had yet to pick up anything else by this author. I ended up reading two this month. I constantly love the dark humor and sarcastic nature of his characters and can’t wait to pick up the rest of his stuff.

Least Favorite: Getting Rid Of Bradley by Jennifer Crusie ★★33734
I signed up for the Audible Romance Package and was running out of ideas so decided to try some old Crusie stories. I absolutely adored Agnes and the Hitman but I have honestly yet to find anything else of hers that I love… I’ve read three others and they’ve all been meh. Bet Me is next and I’ve been told it’s a good one.

Biggest Surprise: Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid ★★★★½
I read an ARC of Forever, Interrupted way back in 2013 and it managed to rub me the wrong way so badly that I wasn’t even super willing to give the author another shot. Thanks to the Audible Romance Package, I decided to chance it. I listened to three of hers this month and while one was meh, the other two were enough to have me forgetting our rough start.

Biggest Disappointment: Opposite House: Poems by Claudia Emerson ★★★
I’m not huge on poetry, but I’m always willing to give it a shot. Late Wife totally changed poetry for me and I wanted anything and everything of Emerson’s, although her works are a bit hard to find. I purchased a copy of this one and it was nothing like Late Wife. Still beautiful, but not nearly what I was hoping for.

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Waiting on Wednesday – Barbed Wire Heart by Tess Sharpe

January 3, 2018 Bonnie Waiting on Wednesday 3 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday – Barbed Wire Heart by Tess SharpeBarbed Wire Heart by Tess Sharpe
Published by Grand Central Publishing on March 6th 2018
Pages: 416
Genres: Southern Gothic/Country Noir
Format: Hardcover
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Never cut the drugs--leave them pure.Guns are meant to be shot--keep them loaded.Family is everything--betray them and die.

Harley McKenna is the only child of North County's biggest criminal. Duke McKenna's run more guns, cooked more meth, and killed more men than anyone around. Harley's been working for him since she was sixteen--collecting debts, sweet-talking her way out of trouble, and dreading the day he'd deem her ready to rule the rural drug empire he's built.

Her time's run out. The Springfields, her family's biggest rivals, are moving in. Years ago, they were responsible for her mother's death, and now they're coming for Duke's only weak spot: his daughter.

With a bloody turf war threatening to consume North County, Harley is forced to confront the truth: that her father's violent world will destroy her. Duke's raised her to be deadly--he never counted on her being disloyal. But if Harley wants to survive and protect the people she loves, she's got to take out Duke's operation and the Springfields.

Blowing up meth labs is dangerous business, and getting caught will be the end of her, but Harley has one advantage: She is her father's daughter. And McKennas always win.

About Tess Sharpe

Born in a mountain cabin to a punk-rocker mother, Tess Sharpe grew up in rural northern California. Living deep in the backwoods with a pack of dogs and a herd of formerly feral cats, she is the author of Barbed Wire Heart and the critically acclaimed YA novel Far From You.


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Top Ten Tuesday – Best New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2017

January 2, 2018 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 1 Comment

I don’t branch out as much as I would like when it comes to new authors. Some of these ten are well-loved authors, a few debuts, and a fan-fic. Yes, that counts. Don’t agree? I will fight you. Anyways, in looking back on my reading year, I didn’t have the best year. But these ten were definite highlights and are in no particular order.

The Possessions by Sara Flannery Murphy
Isolation by Bex-Chan
Lightwood by Steph Post
Late Wife by Claudia Emerson
Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table by Ruth Reichl

The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories by Angela Carter
The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
Because of Miss Bridgerton (Rokesbys #1) by Julia Quinn

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