Book Review – Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling

November 17, 2018 Bonnie Book Reviews, Read in 2018, YA 1 Comment

Book Review – Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – The Original Screenplay by J.K. RowlingFantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling
Illustrator: MinaLima
Series: Fantastic Beasts The Original Screenplay #2
Published by Arthur A. Levine Books on November 16, 2018
Pages: 304
Genres: Fantasy
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
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Also by this author: The Cuckoo's Calling, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 & 2, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

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J.K. Rowling’s five-film Fantastic Beasts adventure series continues with the original screenplay for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

At the end of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald was captured in New York with the help of Newt Scamander. But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escapes custody and sets about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings.

In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore enlists Newt, his former Hogwarts student, who agrees to help once again, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world.

This second original screenplay from J.K. Rowling, illustrated with stunning line art from MinaLima, expands on earlier events that helped shape the wizarding world, with some surprising nods to the Harry Potter stories that will delight fans of both the books and films.

What the fuck even was that.

I haven’t watched the movie yet so this is solely a review of the book, but wow, I’m certainly not rushing to the theatres anytime soon.

The story is seriously a big hot mess though and while I loved the first installment, the follow-up really threw everything I liked about it into a blender. The characters changed in ludicrous fashion, the motivations behind the characters themselves were murky at best, and there was little to no plot development. This feels like the middle book of a trilogy but apparently, we have three more books to “look forward to.”

The biggest issue I had was the very clear attempt to merge these “prequel” stories with the original Harry Potter series. I felt if the writers simply focused on telling these stories and letting them stand on their own merits they might not have felt the need to remind us every so often that hey! This is set in the Harry Potter world! It just felt messy. The biggest flaw was McGonagall’s cameo. She was in her 70s in the original stories, which began in 1997, yet in The Crimes of Grindewald she’s a Hogwarts professor in a story set in the mid-20s. I can imagine the cameos are far more exciting in film, but the timeline super doesn’t match, at least in accordance with what Rowling has stated previously about her characters. Seriously, so unnecessary.

There are also additions to the story that simply don’t end up making a whole lot of sense. Like that bit about Nagini having been an actual human at one point in her life? It’s revealed that she’s a Maledictus, able to transform into a snake but due to a blood curse passed down in her family, she’ll transform into a snake one day and never be able to transform back. Sure, it was interesting tidbits and expands on Nagini’s story, and sure, maybe this all becomes more vital later on in this series, but the small bit we’re given seemed pretty inconsequential.

But the icing on the cake was the “twist” at the end. Serious spoiler, beware. View Spoiler »

The original stories are already so fascinatingly complex and these attempts to expand on what has already been drilled into our brains from many a re-reads just comes across as lazy and is really destroying the magic of Harry Potter for me.

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Monthly Rundown: October 2018

November 15, 2018 Bonnie Monthly Rundown 7 Comments

Yes, I’m well aware that the month ended over two weeks ago. 😂 November has been an odd one for me and I’m having a difficult time sitting down to read or blog even though I have buckets of time on my hands now that I’ve found myself jobless. I’m used to rigid scheduling and working my ass off, so having hours upon hours to just do whatever is causing me to develop a bit of an eye twitch. lol Relaxing? What’s that? October was a productive month of reading but November isn’t shaping up to be real great. It is what it is.

Books Read = 24

That looks like more than it really was, I swear. Four of them were shortish stories and another four were graphic novels.

Posted Reviews

Apparently, I didn’t post a single review! lol Sounds about right.

Unreviewed Reads

There are a couple review books I read in October that aren’t listed since I’ll be reviewing them… eventually.



 

Best of the Month: The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle ★★★★½
This was my first LaValle and it’s not going to be my last. I have no idea why I waited so long to pick up anything of his up but this one was a perfect introduction. This was like dark Urban Fantasy + Lovecraftian horror and it was near perfect.

Least Favorite: The Calculating Stars (Lady Astronaut #1) by Mary Robinette Kowal ★★
I bought both books in this series at the same time because I anticipated that I would adore this. I am so disappointed. I really loved the beginning of this but the love definitely died. Kowal really goes all out trying to cover all the things (women’s rights, race issues, religious issues) and while I love a good book on empowerment and focusing on issues that need discussing, it began to feel like the primary focus of the novel rather than the whole saving the world bit it was supposed to be about. Also, the sex scenes were super fucking awkward.

Biggest Surprise: Roomies by Christina Lauren ★★★★½
This has been the year of Christina Lauren for me (this is my fourth of theirs) and while not my absolute favorite due to a little sputtering at the end of this one, it still surprises me how much I love their books. I don’t read a whole lot of fluff but this is some real good fluff. Exactly what I’ve come to expect for this dynamic duo.

Biggest Disappointment: Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children #1) by Seanan McGuire ★★
I’ve loved pretty much everything of McGuire’s and (much like The Calculating Stars) everyone I know raves about this series but it super didn’t work for me. Everyone talks about how whimsical this series is and I really thought that I’d love it but I didn’t like the characters, the world-building, or the unnecessary gruesome aspects. This is, unfortunately, going in the series graveyard.

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Waiting on Wednesday – Vigilance by Robert Jackson Bennett

November 14, 2018 Bonnie Waiting on Wednesday 1 Comment

Waiting on Wednesday – Vigilance by Robert Jackson BennettVigilance by Robert Jackson Bennett
Published by Tor.com on January 29, 2019
Pages: 192
Genres: Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic
Format: Paperback
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Also by this author: American Elsewhere, Foundryside

Robert Jackson Bennett's Vigilance is a dark science fiction action parable from an America that has permanently surrendered to gun violence.

The United States. 2030. John McDean executive produces "Vigilance," a reality game show designed to make sure American citizens stay alert to foreign and domestic threats. Shooters are introduced into a "game environment," and the survivors get a cash prize.

The TV audience is not the only one that's watching though, and McDean soon finds out what it's like to be on the other side of the camera.

About Robert Jackson Bennett

Robert Jackson Bennett is a two-time award winner of the Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novel, an Edgar Award winner for Best Paperback Original, and is also the 2010 recipient of the Sydney J Bounds Award for Best Newcomer, and a Philip K Dick Award Citation of Excellence. City of Stairs was shortlisted for the Locus Award and the World Fantasy Award. City of Blades was a finalist for the 2015 World Fantasy, Locus, and British Fantasy Awards. His seventh novel, City of Miracles, is in stores now.

Robert lives in Austin with his wife and large sons. He can be found on Twitter at @robertjbennett.

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of November 12th, 2018

November 12, 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 November 12th, 2018

This Splintered Silence by Kayla Olson [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 13th 2018 by HarperTeen

Shatter the Suns (Last Star Burning #2) by Caitlin Sangster [Purchase
Expected publication: November 13th 2018 by Simon Pulse

The Reckoning of Noah Shaw (The Shaw Confessions #2) by Michelle Hodkin [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 13th 2018 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

The Storyteller (Sea of Ink and Gold #3) by Traci Chee [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 13th 2018 by Penguin Young Readers Group

The Lying Woods by Ashley Elston [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 13th 2018 by Disney-Hyperion

Four Three Two One by Courtney C. Stevens [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 13th 2018 by HarperTeen

The Resolutions by Mia Garcia [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 13th 2018 by HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books

Your Own Worst Enemy by Gordon Jack [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 13th 2018 by HarperTeen

Pulp by Robin Talley [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 13th 2018 by Harlequin Teen

Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor #2) by Jessica Townsend [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 13th 2018 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 13th 2018 by Orbit

Lies Sleeping (Peter Grant #7) by Ben Aaronovitch [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 13th 2018 by Daw Books

We Can Save Us All by Adam Nemett [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 13th 2018 by The Unnamed Press

The Winter Road by Adrian Selby [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 13th 2018 by Orbit

Limetown: The Prequel to the #1 Podcast by Cote Smith, Zack Akers, Skip Bronkie [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 13th 2018 by Simon Schuster

Vita Nostra (Метаморфозы #1) by Marina Dyachenko [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 13th 2018 by Harper Voyager

Creatures of Want and Ruin by Molly Tanzer [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 13th 2018 by John Joseph Adams/Mariner Books

The Last Unicorn: The Lost Journey by Peter S. Beagle [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 12th 2018 by Tachyon Publications

Bedfellow by Jeremy C. Shipp [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 13th 2018 by Tor.com

Muck by Dror Burstein [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 13th 2018 by Farrar Straus and Giroux

Long Road to Mercy (Atlee Pine #1) by David Baldacci [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 13th 2018 by Grand Central Publishing

Look Alive Twenty-Five (Stephanie Plum #25) by Janet Evanovich [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 13th 2018 by Putnam Pub Group

The Shadows We Hide by Allen Eskens [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 13th 2018 by Mulholland Books

In the Galway Silence (Jack Taylor #14) by Ken Bruen [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 13th 2018 by Mysterious Press

The Western Wind by Samantha Harvey [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 13th 2018 by Grove Press

A Light of Her Own by Carrie Callaghan [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 13th 2018 by Amberjack Publishing

The Three Button Trick and Other Stories by Nicola Barker [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 13th 2018 by Ecco

A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 13th 2018 by Hogarth Press

Insomnia by Marina Benjamin [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 13th 2018 by Catapult

The Last Sheriff in Texas: A True Tale of Violence and the Vote by James P. McCollom [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 13th 2018 by Counterpoint

Dirty John and Other True Stories of Outlaws and Outsiders by Chris Goffard [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 13th 2018 by Simon Schuster

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of November 5th, 2018

November 5, 2018 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 0 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 November 5th, 2018

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 6th 2018 by Jimmy Patterson Books

Archenemies (Renegades #2) by Marissa Meyer [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 6th 2018 by Feiwel & Friends

Slow Burn (Anchor & Sophia #2) by Tommy Wallach [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 6th 2018 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 6th 2018 by HMH Books for Young Readers

Frozen Reign (Burning Glass #3) by Kathryn Purdie [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 6th 2018 by Katherine Tegen Books

Little White Lies by Jennifer Lynn Barnes [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 6th 2018 by Freeform

Hell Divers IV: Wolves (Hell Divers #4) by Nicholas Sansbury Smith [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 6th 2018 by Blackstone Audiobooks

Toxic by Lydia Kang [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 6th 2018 by Entangled: Teen

The XY by Virginia Bergin [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 6th 2018 by Sourcebooks Fire

This Is What It Feels Like by Rebecca Barrow [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 6th 2018 by HarperTeen

Inkling by Kenneth Oppel [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 6th 2018 by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

Angel and Bavar by Amy Wilson [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 6th 2018 by Katherine Tegen Books

Flashback (Keeper of the Lost Cities #7) by Shannon Messenger [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 6th 2018 by Aladdin

Lizzy and the Good Luck Girl by Susan Lubner [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 6th 2018 by Running Press Kids

The Girl with the Dragon Heart (Tales from the Chocolate Heart #2) by Stephanie Burgis [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 6th 2018 by Bloomsbury Children’s Books

Love Like Sky by Leslie C. Youngblood [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 6th 2018 by Disney-Hyperion

How to Fracture a Fairy Tale by Jane Yolen [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 5th 2018 by Tachyon Publications

City of Ash and Red by Hye-Young Pyun [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 6th 2018 by Arcade Publishing

Breach (Cold War Magic #1) by W.L. Goodwater [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 6th 2018 by Ace Books

Static Ruin (Voidwitch Saga #3) by Corey J. White [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 6th 2018 by Tor.com

Texas Hold’em (Wild Cards #27) by George R.R. Martin [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 6th 2018 by Tor Books

The Arrival of Missives by Aliya Whiteley [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 6th 2018 by Titan Books

Alice Payne Arrives (Alice Payne #1) by Kate Heartfield [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 6th 2018 by Tor.com

Leopard’s Run (Leopard People #10) by Christine Feehan [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 6th 2018 by Berkley Books

Nothing to Devour (Motherless Children Trilogy #3) by Glen Hirshberg [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 6th 2018 by Tor Books

They Promised Me the Gun Wasn’t Loaded by James Alan Gardner [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 6th 2018 by Tor Books

Annihilation (Mass Effect: Andromeda #3) by Catherynne M. Valente [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 6th 2018 by Titan Books

Past Tense (Jack Reacher #23) by Lee Child [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 5th 2018 by Delacorte Press

You Don’t Own Me (Under Suspicion #6) by Mary Higgins Clark & Alafair Burke [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 6th 2018 by Simon Schuster

The Red Ribbon by H.B. Lyle [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 6th 2018 by Quercus

Who I Am by Sarah Simpson [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 6th 2018 by Aria

 The Feral Detective: A Novel by Jonathan Lethem [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 6th 2018 by Ecco

A Shot in the Dark (Constable Twitten #1) by Lynne Truss [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 6th 2018 by Bloomsbury USA

Ways to Hide in Winter by Sarah St. Vincent [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 6th 2018 by Melville House

The Best Bad Things: A Novel by Katrina Carrasco [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 6th 2018 by MCD

Solace Island (Solace Island #1) by Meg Tilly [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 6th 2018 by Berkley

An Elderly Lady is Up to No Good by Helene Tursten [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 6th 2018 by Soho Crime

The Clincher (Horseshoer Mystery Series #1) by Lisa Preston [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 6th 2018 by Skyhorse Publishing

The Pallbearer by Jordan Farmer [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 6th 2018 by Skyhorse Publishing

Wolves of Eden by Kevin McCarthy [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 6th 2018 by W. W. Norton Company

The Kinship of Secrets by Eugenia Kim [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 6th 2018 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

A Dangerous Duet by Karen Odden [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 6th 2018 by William Morrow Paperbacks

City of Secrets (Counterfeit Lady #2) by Victoria Thompson [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 6th 2018 by Berkley

Heads You Win by Jeffrey Archer [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 6th 2018 by St. Martin’s Press

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 6th 2018 by Flatiron Books

My One and Only Duke (Rogues to Riches #1) by Grace Burrowes [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 6th 2018 by Forever

Evening in Paradise: More Stories by Lucia Berlin [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 6th 2018 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Those Who Knew by Idra Novey [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 6th 2018 by Viking

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of October 29th, 2018

October 29, 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 October 29th, 2018

OtherEarth (Otherworld #2) by Jason Segel & Kirsten Miller [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 30th 2018 by Delacorte Press

Salt by Hannah Moskowitz [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 30th 2018 by Chronicle Books

The Brilliant Death by Amy Rose Capetta [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 30th 2018 by Viking Books for Young Readers

The Darkest Star (Origin #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 30th 2018 by Tor Teen

This Cruel Design (This Mortal Coil #2) by Emily Suvada [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 30th 2018 by Simon Pulse

The Spite Game by Anna Snoekstra [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 30th 2018 by Mira Books

This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story by Kheryn Callender [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 30th 2018 by Balzer + Bray

You Are The Everything by Karen Rivers [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 30th 2018 by Algonquin Young Readers

The Monster Baru Cormorant (Baru Cormorant #2) by Seth Dickinson [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 30th 2018 by Tor Books

Fury (Menagerie #3) by Rachel Vincent [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 30th 2018 by Mira Books

Elevation by Stephen King [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 30th 2018 by Scribner

Archangel’s Prophecy (Guild Hunter #11) by Nalini Singh [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 30th 2018 by Berkley

Shades of Wicked (The Night Rebel #1) by Jeaniene Frost [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 30th 2018 by Avon

Daughters of the Lake by Wendy Webb [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 1st 2018 by Lake Union Publishing

Alice Isn’t Dead by Joseph Fink [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 30th 2018 by Harper Perennial

The Labyrinth Index (Laundry Files #9) by Charles Stross [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 30th 2018 by Tor.com

The Sea Dreams It Is the Sky by John Hornor Jacobs [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 30th 2018 by Harper Voyager

The Governesses by Anne Serre [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 30th 2018 by New Directions

Mage Against the Machine by Shaun Barger [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 30th 2018 by Saga Press

Deranged (Jessie Cole #3) by T.R. Ragan [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 30th 2018 by Thomas & Mercer

Prisoners of Hope (An Amanda Doucette Mystery #3) by Barbara Fradkin [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 30th 2018 by Dundurn

Dark Sacred Night (Renée Ballard #2) by Michael Connelly [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 30th 2018 by Little, Brown and Company

River Bodies (Northampton County #1) by Karen Katchur [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 1st 2018 by Thomas & Mercer

Residue (Kevin Kerney #13) by Michael McGarrity [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 30th 2018 by W. W. Norton Company

The Love Letter by Lucinda Riley [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 1st 2018 by Macmillan

Uneasy Lies the Crown (Lady Emily #13) by Tasha Alexander [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 30th 2018 by Minotaur Books

Paper Wife: A Novel by Laila Ibrahim [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 30th 2018 by Lake Union Publishing

Family Trust by Kathy Wang [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 30th 2018 by William Morrow

Cherry Blossoms by Kim Hooper [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 30th 2018 by Turner

Beautiful Sinner (Devil’s Rock #5) by Sophie Jordan [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 30th 2018 by Avon

The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 30th 2018 by Berkley Books

A Season to Celebrate by Fern Michaels [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 30th 2018 by Zebra

The White Darkness by David Grann [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 30th 2018 by Doubleday Books

The Lady in the Cellar: Murder, Scandal and Insanity in Victorian Bloomsbury by Sinclair McKay [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 30th 2018 by White Lion Publishing

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Waiting on Wednesday – Ragged Alice by Gareth L. Powell

October 24, 2018 Bonnie Waiting on Wednesday 6 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday – Ragged Alice by Gareth L. PowellRagged Alice by Gareth L. Powell
Published by Tor.com on April 23, 2019
Pages: 208
Genres: Fantasy
Format: Paperback
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In Gareth L. Powell's Ragged Alice a detective in a small Welsh town can literally see the evil in people's souls.




Orphaned at an early age, DCI Holly Craig grew up in the small Welsh coastal town of Pontyrhudd. As soon as she was old enough, she ran away to London and joined the police. Now, fifteen years later, she’s back in her old hometown to investigate what seems at first to be a simple hit-and-run, but which soon escalates into something far deadlier and unexpectedly personal—something that will take all of her peculiar talents to solve.

About Gareth L. Powell

Gareth L. Powell is an award-winning author from the UK. His alternate history thriller, Ack-Ack Macaque won the 2013 BSFA Award for Best Novel, spawned two sequels, and was shortlisted in the Best Translated Novel category for the 2016 Seiun Awards in Japan. His short fiction has appeared in a host of magazines and anthologies, including Interzone, Solaris Rising 3, and The Year’s Best Science Fiction, and his story ‘Ride The Blue Horse’ made the shortlist for the 2015 BSFA Award.

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of October 22nd, 2018

October 22, 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 October 22nd, 2018

An Assassin’s Guide to Love and Treason by Virginia Boecker [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 23rd 2018 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Watch You Burn by Amanda Searcy [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 23rd 2018 by Delacorte Press

One Giant Leap (Untitled Duology #2) by Heather Kaczynski [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 23rd 2018 by HarperTeen

The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 23rd 2018 by HarperTeen

Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass #7) by Sarah J. Maas [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 23rd 2018 by Bloomsbury YA

Imagine Us Happy by Jennifer Yu [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 23rd 2018 by Harlequin Teen

That Night by Amy Giles [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 23rd 2018 by HarperTeen

West (East #2) by Edith Pattou [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 23rd 2018 by HMH Books for Young Readers

Anna and the Apocalypse by Katharine Turner & Barry Turner [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 23rd 2018 by Imprint

Wrath of the Dragon King (Dragonwatch #2) by Brandon Mull [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 23rd 2018 by Shadow Mountain

Charlie Hernández and the League of Shadows by Ryan Calejo [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 23rd 2018 by Aladdin

Lu (Track #4) by Jason Reynolds [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 23rd 2018 by Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books

Roar of Sky (Blood of Earth #3) by Beth Cato [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 23rd 2018 by Harper Voyager

Shadow and Ice (Gods of War #1) by Gena Showalter [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 23rd 2018 by HQN

Thin Air (Black Man #2) by Richard K. Morgan [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 23rd 2018 by Del Rey Books

The Guardian (The Immortal Dealers #2) by Sarah Fine [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 23rd 2018 by 47North

Cold Iron (Masters and Mages #1) by Miles Cameron [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 23rd 2018 by Orbit

Red Moon by Kim Stanley Robinson [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 23rd 2018 by Orbit

The Dream Gatherer by Kristen Britain [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 23rd 2018 by Daw Books

A Conspiracy of Truths by Alexandra Rowland [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 23rd 2018 by Saga Press

Pulse by Michael Harvey [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 23rd 2018 by Ecco

The Reckoning by John Grisham [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 23rd 2018 by Doubleday Books

Vendetta (Catherine Ling #5) by Iris Johansen [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 23rd 2018 by St. Martin’s Press

Cape Diamond (Frank Yakabuski #2) by Ron Corbett [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 23rd 2018 by ECW Press

Dead Ringer by Kate Kessler [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 23rd 2018 by Redhook

The Fox by Frederick Forsyth [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 23rd 2018 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Virtual Sabotage by Julie Hyzy [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 23rd 2018 by Calexia Press

A Cloud in the Shape of a Girl by Jean Thompson [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 23rd 2018 by Simon Schuster

Marilla of Green Gables: A Novel by Sarah McCoy [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 23rd 2018 by William Morrow

The Rain Watcher by Tatiana de Rosnay [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 23rd 2018 by St. Martin’s Press

Not Quite Over You (Happily Inc. #4) by Susan Mallery [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 23rd 2018 by HQN

A Brand New Ending (Stay #2) by Jennifer Probst [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 23rd 2018 by Montlake Romance

Promise Me You (The Eastons #2) by Marina Adair [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 23rd 2018 by Montlake Romance

Duchess by Design (The Gilded Age Girls Club #1) by Maya Rodale [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 23rd 2018 by Avon

The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 23rd 2018 by Berkley Books

Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 23rd 2018 by Mariner Books

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Waiting on Wednesday – My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

October 17, 2018 Bonnie Waiting on Wednesday 4 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday – My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan BraithwaiteMy Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
Published by Doubleday Books on November 20, 2018
Pages: 240
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Format: Hardcover
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Satire meets slasher in this short, darkly funny hand grenade of a novel about a Nigerian woman whose younger sister has a very inconvenient habit of killing her boyfriends.

"Femi makes three, you know. Three and they label you a serial killer."

Korede is bitter. How could she not be? Her sister, Ayoola, is many things: the favorite child, the beautiful one, possibly sociopathic. And now Ayoola's third boyfriend in a row is dead. Korede's practicality is the sisters' saving grace. She knows the best solutions for cleaning blood, the trunk of her car is big enough for a body, and she keeps Ayoola from posting pictures of her dinner to Instagram when she should be mourning her "missing" boyfriend. Not that she gets any credit. A kind, handsome doctor at the hospital where Korede works, is the bright spot in her life. She dreams of the day when he will realize they're perfect for each other. But one day Ayoola shows up to the hospital uninvited and he takes notice. When he asks Korede for Ayoola's phone number, she must reckon with what her sister has become and what she will do about it. Sharp as nails and full of deadpan wit, Oyinkan Braithwaite has written a deliciously deadly debut that's as fun as it is frightening.

About Oyinkan Braithwaite

Oyinkan Braithwaite is a graduate of Creative Writing and Law from Kingston University. Following her degree, she worked as an assistant editor at Kachifo, a Nigerian publishing house, and as a production manager at Ajapaworld, a children’s educational and entertainment company. She now works as a freelance writer and editor. In 2014, she was shortlisted as a top-ten spoken-word artist in the Eko Poetry Slam, and in 2016 she was a finalist for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. She lives in Lagos, Nigeria.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Libraries & Bookstores I’d Love To Someday Visit

October 15, 2018 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 21 Comments

Have you ever googled “beautiful bookstores/libraries” before? There are some truly amazing book filled places around the world. I was fortunate enough to visit Trinity College Library in Dublin this past summer and it filled me with the greatest desire to see more beautiful book filled places that manage to take my breath away. Here are just a scant few that I would adore to visit in person someday. 🙂

Zhongshuge in Yangzhou, China
The secret to this optical illusion is apparently black mirrored floors and slightly curved shelves to give the appearance of a “tunnel of books”.

Word on the Water in London, England
A 1920s Dutch barge that was converted into a floating bookstore. Apparently, in the winter there’s even a woodburning stove that’s lit. <3

Mysterious Bookshop in New York, New York
The Mysterious Bookshop is the world’s oldest and biggest bookstore that stocks only mystery, crime fiction, espionage, and thrillers. Sounds like my cup of tea.

The Haunted Bookshop in Melbourne, Australia
This bookshop is full of the paranormal and occult. They also do ghost tours of Melbourne. I don’t know though, their spiders freak me out enough.

Cărturești Carusel Bookstore in Bucharest, Romania
The name translates as “Carousel of Light” which is most fitting for this gorgeous three-story bookstore.

Arthur Conan Doyle Room @ The Toronto Library in Toronto, Ontario
This rare book collection is a dedication to Doyle’s life and all the genres he branched out into but of course all things Sherlock.

Cuypers Library in Amsterdam, Netherlands
This is a research library dedicated primarily to art history, but the building itself is its own piece of art.

Providence Athenaeum in Providence, Rhode Island
Both Edgar Allan Poe and H.P. Lovecraft were said to have visited this place often. Odd, I would have expected somewhere far gloomier.

Seattle Metaphysical Library
They boast a collection of over 13,000 books on topics related to parapsychology, shamanism, magic, and UFOs. Apparently it’s also dreadfully hard to visit what with their odd hours.

Old Bodleian Library in Oxford, England
Pictures of this place make me positively swoon.

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