Something To Look Forward To – Week of November 20th, 2017

November 20, 2017 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.
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Week of November 21st, 2017

Siege of Shadows (Effigies #2) by Sarah Raughley [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 21st 2017 by Simon Pulse

The Temptation of Adam by Dave Connis [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 21st 2017 by Sky Pony Press

The City of Sand by Tianxia Bachang [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 21st 2017 by Delacorte Press

The Passion of Cleopatra (Ramses the Damned #2) by Anne Rice & Christopher Rice [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 21st 2017 by Anchor

The Naked World (Jubilee Cycle #2) by Eli K.P. William [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 21st 2017 by Talos

Winter of Ice and Iron by Rachel Neumeier [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 21st 2017 by Saga Press

Killing Pace by Douglas Schofield [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 21st 2017 by Minotaur Books

Poison: A Novel by Galt Niederhoffer [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 21st 2017 by St. Martin’s Press

The Whispering Room (Jane Hawk #2) by Dean Koontz [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 21st 2017 by Bantam

Moon Hunt (North America’s Forgotten Past #24) by W. Michael Gear & Kathleen O’Neal Gear [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 21st 2017 by Forge Books

Secrets of Cavendon (Cavendon Hall #4) by Barbara Taylor Bradford [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 21st 2017 by St. Martin’s Press

Left to Chance by Amy Sue Nathan [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 21st 2017 by St. Martin’s Griffin

Sweet Tea and Sympathy (Southern Eclectic #1) by Molly Harper [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 21st 2017 by Gallery Books

Little Broken Things by Nicole Baart [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 21st 2017 by Atria Books

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Waiting on Wednesday – The Mermaid by Christina Henry

November 15, 2017 Bonnie Waiting on Wednesday 2 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday – The Mermaid by Christina HenryThe Mermaid by Christina Henry
Published by Berkley on June 19th 2018
Pages: 336
Genres: Fantasy
Format: Paperback
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Also by this author: Alice, Red Queen

From the author of Lost Boy comes a historical fairy tale about a mermaid who leaves the sea for love and later finds herself in P.T. Barnum's American Museum as the real Fiji mermaid. However, leaving the museum may be harder than leaving the sea ever was.

Once there was a mermaid who longed to know of more than her ocean home and her people. One day a fisherman trapped her in his net but couldn't bear to keep her. But his eyes were lonely and caught her more surely than the net, and so she evoked a magic that allowed her to walk upon the shore. The mermaid, Amelia, became his wife, and they lived on a cliff above the ocean for ever so many years, until one day the fisherman rowed out to sea and did not return.

P. T. Barnum was looking for marvelous attractions for his American Museum, and he'd heard a rumor of a mermaid who lived on a cliff by the sea. He wanted to make his fortune, and an attraction like Amelia was just the ticket.

Amelia agreed to play the mermaid for Barnum, and she believes she can leave any time she likes. But Barnum has never given up a money-making scheme in his life, and he's determined to hold on to his mermaid.

About Christina Henry

CHRISTINA HENRY is the author of the CHRONICLES OF ALICE duology, ALICE and RED QUEEN, a dark and twisted take on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, as well as LOST BOY: THE TRUE STORY OF CAPTAIN HOOK, an origin story of Captain Hook from Peter Pan.

She is also the author of the national bestselling BLACK WINGS series (BLACK WINGS, BLACK NIGHT, BLACK HOWL, BLACK LAMENT, BLACK CITY, BLACK HEART and BLACK SPRING) featuring Agent of Death Madeline Black and her popcorn-loving gargoyle Beezle.

ALICE was chosen as one of Amazon’s Best Books of the Year in Science Fiction and Fantasy for 2015. It was also a Goodreads Choice Award nominee in Horror and one of Barnes & Noble’s Bestselling Science Fiction and Fantasy novels of 2015.

She enjoys running long distances, reading anything she can get her hands on and watching movies with samurai, zombies and/or subtitles in her spare time. She lives in Chicago with her husband and son.

I absolutely loved what Henry did with Alice in Wonderland and I can’t wait to see what she does with this interesting sounding tale (tail? hahahaha)

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of November 13th, 2017

November 13, 2017 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.
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Week of November 13th, 2017

No Saints in Kansas by Amy Brashear [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 14th 2017 by Soho Teen

Fragments of the Lost by Megan Miranda [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 14th 2017 by Crown Books for Young Readers

Flashtide (Flashfall #2) by Jenny Moyer [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 14th 2017 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

Into the Black (Beyond The Red #2) by Ava Jae [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 14th 2017 by Sky Pony Press

Runebinder (The Runebinder Chronicles #1) by Alex R. Kahler [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 14th 2017 by Harlequin Teen

Good and Gone by Megan Frazer Blakemore [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 14th 2017 by HarperTeen

Seriously Hexed (Seriously Wicked #3) by Tina Connolly [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 14th 2017 by Tor Teen

Being Fishkill by Ruth Lehrer [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 14th 2017 by Candlewick Press

Kids Like Us by Hilary Reyl [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 14th 2017 by Farrar Straus Giroux

Lily’s Mountain by Hannah Moderow [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 14th 2017 by HMH Books for Young Readers

Addison Cooke and the Tomb of the Khan (Addison Cooke #2) by Jonathan W. Stokes [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 14th 2017 by Philomel Books

Goldeline by Jimmy Cajoleas [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 14th 2017 by HarperCollins

Penelope March Is Melting by Jeffrey Michael Ruby [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 14th 2017 by Delacorte Press

Whichwood (Furthermore) by Tahereh Mafi [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 14th 2017 by Dutton Books for Young Readers

Artemis by Andy Weir [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 14th 2017 by Crown Publishing Group (NY)

Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 14th 2017 by Harper

Into the Drowning Deep (Rolling in the Deep #1) by Mira Grant [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 14th 2017 by Orbit

The Eterna Solution (Eterna Files #3) by Leanna Renee Hieber [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 14th 2017 by Tor Books

After the End of the World (Carter & Lovecraft #2) by Jonathan L. Howard [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 14th 2017 by Thomas Dunne Books

Oathbringer (The Stormlight Archive #3) by Brandon Sanderson [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 14th 2017 by Tor Books

The City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy #1) by S.A. Chakraborty [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 14th 2017 by Harper Voyager

Dark Deeds (Keiko #3) by Mike Brooks [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 14th 2017 by Saga Press

Mandelbrot the Magnificent by Liz Ziemska [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 14th 2017 by Tor.com

The Nine (Thieves of Fate #1) by Tracy Townsend [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 14th 2017 by Pyr

Beyond the Empire (The Indranan War #3) by K.B. Wagers [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 14th 2017 by Orbit

The Emerald Circus by Jane Yolen [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 14th 2017 by Tachyon

A Season to Lie (Detective Gemma Monroe #2) by Emily Littlejohn [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 14th 2017 by St. Martin’s Press

American Drifter by Heather Graham & Chad Michael Murray [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 14th 2017 by Forge

The Inside Out Man by Fred Strydom [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 14th 2017 by Talos

The Savage by Frank Bill [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 14th 2017 by FSG Originals

Sleep No More: Six Murderous Tales by P.D. James [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 14th 2017 by Knopf Publishing Group

Hardcore Twenty-Four (Stephanie Plum #24) by Janet Evanovich [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 14th 2017 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

The Walworth Beauty by Michèle Roberts [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 14th 2017 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Strangers in Budapest: A Novel by Jessica Keener [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 14th 2017 by Algonquin Books

The Library at the Edge of the World by Felicity Hayes-McCoy [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 14th 2017 by Harper Perennial

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Book Review – The Trouble with Twelfth Grave (Charley Davidson #12) by Darynda Jones

November 10, 2017 Bonnie Adult, Book Reviews, Read in 2017 2 Comments

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

Book Review – The Trouble with Twelfth Grave (Charley Davidson #12) by Darynda JonesThe Trouble with Twelfth Grave by Darynda Jones
Series: Charley Davidson #12
Published by St. Martin's Press on October 31st 2017
Pages: 352
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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Also by this author: First Grave on the Right, For I Have Sinned, Second Grave on the Left

four-stars

Grim Reaper Charley Davidson is back in the twelfth installment of Darynda Jones’ New York Times bestselling paranormal series.

Ever since Reyes escaped from a hell dimension in which Charley accidently trapped him, the son of Satan has been brimstone-bent on destroying the world his heavenly Brother created. His volatile tendencies have put Charley in a bit of a pickle. But that’s not the only briny vegetable on her plate. While trying to domesticate the feral being that used to be her husband, she also has to deal with her everyday life of annoying all manner of beings—some corporeal, some not so much—as she struggles to right the wrongs of society. Only this time she’s not uncovering a murder. This time she’s covering one up.

Add to that her new occupation of keeping a startup PI venture—the indomitable mystery-solving team of Amber Kowalski and Quentin Rutherford—out of trouble and dealing with the Vatican’s inquiries into her beloved daughter, and Charley is on the brink of throwing in the towel and becoming a professional shopper. Or possibly a live mannequin. But when someone starts attacking humans who are sensitive to the supernatural world, Charley knows it’s time to let loose her razor sharp claws. Then again, her number one suspect is the dark entity she’s loved for centuries. So the question becomes, can she tame the unruly beast before it destroys everything she’s worked so hard to protect?

Charley Davidson series

First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson #1) [Purchase – Review]
For I Have Sinned (Charley Davidson #1.5) [Purchase – Review]
Second Grave on the Left
 (Charley Davidson, #2) [Purchase – Review]
Third Grave Dead Ahead (Charley Davidson, #3) [Purchase]
Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet (Charley Davidson, #4) [Purchase – Review]
Fifth Grave Past the Light (Charley Davidson, #5) [Purchase – Review]
Sixth Grave on the Edge (Charley Davidson, #6) [Purchase – Review]
Seventh Grave and No Body (Charley Davidson, #7) [Purchase]
Eighth Grave After Dark (Charley Davidson, #8) [Purchase]
The Dirt on Ninth Grave (Charley Davidson #9) [Purchase – Review]
The Curse of Tenth Grave (Charley Davidson #10) by Darynda Jones [Purchase Review]
Eleventh Grave in Moonlight (Charley Davidson #11) by Darynda Jones [Purchase Review]

*spoilers to follow from the previous installments*

“I’ll tell you what’s wrong with society. No one drinks from the skulls of their enemies anymore.”

Charley always seems to have a crazy amount of stuff to deal with but I think in Twelfth Grave she managed to surpass herself. After Reyes escapes from the Hell dimension she accidentally trapped him in, she’s having to deal with his new feral nature and trying to figure out if the God side of him has won over the human side or not. And the actual God has given her a timeframe to fix it, or else. She’s having to actually cover up a murder in order to save a friend. Cookie’s daughter Amber and Quentin have decided to open their own detective agency after someone starts stealing office supplies and Charley says she’d help them out to find the culprit (and to keep them out of trouble). Add to that, the Vatican is asking a lot of questions about Charley’s daughter, Beep, who is still in hiding from the dangerous entities that wish to cause her harm. Oh, and did I mention that Charley can’t sleep? Every time she closes her eyes she’s visited by this new godly version of her husband and the visits are becoming increasingly disturbing. Charley’s running on nothing but fumes and an ungodly (ha) amount of coffee.

“But noooo. The man with the balls had to go in because he’s manly with manly balls and a penis to guide him. And now he’s all savage and wild, but he still has his balls. That’s all that’s important, by God. His man parts.”

The penultimate book! Gah. I know that this series is due to end with the thirteenth book but man, I could read the hilarious antics of Charley Davidson forever. We’re finally getting pieces of the mythology behind Charley and the origins of her creation, of Reyes’ purpose in it all, and of course Beep. It’s fascinating although at times it can feel a little rambling since we’re missing all the connecting pieces still. But with only a final book left, I fear we have a lot to cover still but I remain hopeful that Jones is going to knock it out of the park. Her writing has maintained throughout this entire series to be consistent in delivering exciting, non-stop thrills. She continues to heighten the intensity in the final pages, leaving enormous cliffhangers, routinely leaving us readers in the midst of an existential crisis.

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Existential crisis or not, I’ll take all that I can get. Fingers crossed this includes a spin-off Beep series. The countdown to the release of book 13 on October 30, 2018 begins. 354 days to go.

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Book Review – Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

November 9, 2017 Bonnie Adult, Book Reviews, Read in 2017 6 Comments

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

Book Review – Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste NgLittle Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Published by Penguin Press on September 12th 2017
Pages: 352
Genres: Contemporary
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
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Also by this author: Everything I Never Told You

three-half-stars

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned -- from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.

Enter Mia Warren -- an enigmatic artist and single mother -- who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.

When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town--and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia's past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs.

“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.”

In Shaker Heights, Ohio, the residents believe themselves to live in a pseudo-bubble of perfection. The garbage trucks collect trash in alleys so as to not create an eyesore on the streets, their children are all raised to be productive members of society, and any hint of wrongdoing is always brushed off as an impossibility. Mia Warren, a “starving artist” single mother, and her teenage daughter Pearl move to this small town surrounded by an air of mystery, peaking the inquisitiveness of the town’s inhabitants. The duo has lived a nomadic existence since Pearl was born, but they find something in Shaker Heights that they hadn’t found before: a reason to stay. Pearl befriends the Richardson children, whose mother is actually their landlord, and their friendship to Pearl is something that she had never experienced before. Pearl and Mia’s presence, in turn, is a curiosity to the children, not having witnessed anything less than a perfect family before. The secrets of Mia and Pearl’s past and the underlying tension when a family tries to adopt a Chinese-American baby will inadvertently leave an unending change in this community.

Little Fires Everywhere opens with, well, little fires everywhere. Months after Mia and her daughter have moved to town, Mrs. Richardson wakes to find her house on fire, with small fires having been started on each of her children’s beds. Izzy, her youngest, has always been the rebel of the family and is the only one missing and is, therefore, the likely culprit. But no mystery is ever that simple, and figuring out what led up to it is the best part. Flashback to Mia and Pearl’s arrival in her VW Rabbit with their only possessions contained within, they breeze into town much like the obscure Vianne and her daughter, Anouk, breezed into that small French town in Chocolat. They’re looked upon as outsiders, but they quickly make themselves at home in this sequestered community. But when the McCulloughs decide to adopt a Chinese-American baby that was abandoned at a fire station, Mia Warren begins to involve herself in the spectacle for more reasons than one. The sole issue I had with this story was that the topic of race is clearly meant to shine a spotlight on the intricacies of the situation but ended up becoming too simplified in order to achieve an “end” to the storyline. This is also clearly meant to be the main storyline but it’s muddied by Mia’s own story, even when its inclusion was meant to show a reasoning behind her involvement.

Celeste Ng’s sophomore novel proves herself to be incredibly perceptive at bringing contemporary America to life. The foundation of her plot is based on simple legitimacy without the unnecessary addition of drama making her stories feel wholly genuine. Her stories never lack for complexity with Little Fires Everywhere tackling race, class, adoption, abortion in addition to the intricacies of motherhood and the everlasting weight of secrets. Contemporary has never been my favorite genre, but Ng makes it so incredibly appealing that I’m not sure I’ll ever stop seeking out her stories.

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Waiting on Wednesday – Fatal Throne: The Wives of Henry VIII Tell All by Candace Fleming

November 8, 2017 Bonnie Adult, Waiting on Wednesday 4 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday – Fatal Throne: The Wives of Henry VIII Tell All by Candace FlemingFatal Throne: The Wives of Henry VIII Tell All by Candace Fleming
Published by Schwartz & Wade on May 1st 2018
Pages: 416
Genres: Historical Fiction
Format: Hardcover
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The tragic lives of Henry VIII and his six wives are reimagined by seven acclaimed and bestselling authors in this riveting novel, perfect for fans of Wolf Hall and Netflix's The Crown.

He was King Henry VIII, a charismatic and extravagant ruler obsessed with both his power as king and with siring a male heir.

They were his queens--six ill-fated women, each bound for divorce, or beheading, or death.

Watch spellbound as each of Henry's wives attempts to survive their unpredictable king and his power-hungry court. See the sword flash as fiery Anne Boleyn is beheaded for adultery. Follow Jane Seymour as she rises from bullied court maiden to beloved queen, only to die after giving birth. Feel Catherine Howard's terror as old lovers resurface and whisper vicious rumors to Henry's influential advisors. Experience the heartache of mothers as they lose son after son, heir after heir.

Told in stirring first-person accounts, Fatal Throne is at once provocative and heartbreaking, an epic tale that is also an intimate look at the royalty of the most perilous times in English history.

Who's Who:

* M. T. Anderson - Henry VIII
* Candace Fleming - Katharine of Aragon
* Stephanie Hemphill - Anne Boleyn
* Lisa Ann Sandell - Jane Seymour
* Jennifer Donnelly - Anna of Cleves
* Linda Sue Park - Catherine Howard
* Deborah Hopkinson - Kateryn Parr

About Candace Fleming

Candace Fleming is the prolific author of many critically acclaimed, bestselling books for children, including the picture books "Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! "(an ALA Notable Book and four starred reviews), and "Boxes for Katie "(a Junior Library Guild Selection and a "Publishers Weekly "Best Book of 2003); the nonfiction titles "Our Eleanor "(an ALA Notable Book, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and three starred reviews) and "Ben Franklin's Almanac "(an ALA Notable Book, ALA Best Book for Young Adults, James Madison Honor Book, and three starred reviews). She lives in Mt. Prospect, Illinois.

Honestly, I’m always on board with anything Tudor-related. And this sounds good.

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Audiobook Review – An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

November 7, 2017 Bonnie Audiobooks, Book Reviews, Read in 2017, YA 2 Comments

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Audiobook Review – An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret RogersonAn Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
Narrator: Julia Whelan
Published by Simon & Schuster Audio on September 26th 2017
Length: 8 hours and 45 minutes
Genres: Fantasy
Format: Audiobook
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two-stars

A skilled painter must stand up to the ancient power of the faerie courts—even as she falls in love with a faerie prince—in this gorgeous debut novel.

Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes—a weakness that could cost him his life.

Furious and devastated, Rook spirits her away to the autumnlands to stand trial for her crime. Waylaid by the Wild Hunt’s ghostly hounds, the tainted influence of the Alder King, and hideous monsters risen from barrow mounds, Isobel and Rook depend on one another for survival. Their alliance blossoms into trust, then love—and that love violates the fair folks’ ruthless laws. Now both of their lives are forfeit, unless Isobel can use her skill as an artist to fight the fairy courts. Because secretly, her Craft represents a threat the fair folk have never faced in all the millennia of their unchanging lives: for the first time, her portraits have the power to make them feel.

“Why do we desire, above all other things, that which has the greatest power to destroy us?”

In a town named Whimsy, humans practice “Craft” to satisfy the “fair folk” that reside in the forests which border the town. Isobel is a master of her craft, despite her young age, and her portrait art is widely spoken of which she uses to trade for various enchantments to keep her and her family safe. When she’s hired by an autumn prince, her practiced eyed detects a mysterious sorrow in his eyes, something found in ordinary humans but never in the fair folk. She adds this final touch to his portrait and bids farewell to him, thinking she’ll never see him again, but knowing that she was absolutely falling in love with him. Surprisingly, he shows up on her doorstep weeks later but only because he plans to take her back to his court to stand trial for her crimes: painting his face with a weakness.

Isobel was an impassioned character and easy to like… at first. As soon as we’re introduced to the obvious love interest though, the story and her character take a bit of an adverse turn. It quickly became less of a fantasy with romantic elements and more a romance with fantasy elements. And she started thinking things like:

“Walking on a blade’s edge every time we exchanged a curtsy and a bow, knowing one misstep could topple me into mortal peril, made the blood sing in my veins.”

Yeah, thinking I might die any second always gets me excited too. It reminded me immensely of A Court of Thorns and Roses both in story and characterization but where An Enchantment of Ravens fell short was in creating an equally fascinating world and a story that didn’t revolve around a romance that was predictable and lacking in any real passion. I felt the “you must stand trial for your crimes!” storyline was a weak excuse to throw the duo together again and it was easy to foretell they would fall in love. The Romeo and Juliet spin on things making it forbidden for the fair folk to fall in love with humans just added more of a dramatic spin on things. The outside cover is absolutely spectacular but the insides are disappointingly mediocre.

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of November 6th, 2017

November 6, 2017 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.
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Week of November 6th, 2017

Retribution Rails (Vengeance Road) by Erin Bowman [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 7th 2017 by HMH Books for Young Readers

Renegades (Renegades #1) by Marissa Meyer [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 7th 2017 by Feiwel & Friends

The Speaker (Sea of Ink and Gold #2) by Traci Chee [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 7th 2017 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

The Becoming of Noah Shaw (The Shaw Confessions #1) by Michelle Hodkin [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 7th 2017 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Devil in Ohio by Daria Polatin [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 7th 2017 by Feiwel & Friends

War of the Cards (Queen of Hearts Saga #3) by Colleen Oakes [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 7th 2017 by HarperTeen

This Mortal Coil (This Mortal Coil #1) by Emily Suvada [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 7th 2017 by Simon Pulse

Follow Me (The Amateurs #2) by Sara Shepard [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 7th 2017 by Freeform

The First to Know by Abigail Johnson [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 7th 2017 by Harlequin Teen

The Closest I’ve Come by Fred Aceves [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 7th 2017 by HarperTeen

Here We Are Now by Jasmine Warga [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 7th 2017 by Balzer + Bray

Now Is Everything by Amy Giles [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 7th 2017 by HarperTeen

Kat and Meg Conquer the World by Anna Priemaza [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 7th 2017 by HarperTeen

Eight Days on Planet Earth by Cat Jordan [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 7th 2017 by HarperTeen

The November Girl by Lydia Kang [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 7th 2017 by Entangled Publishing

Supergirl: Age of Atlantis by Jo Whittemore [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 7th 2017 by Amulet Books

The Relic War (Daniel Coldstar #1) by Stel Pavlou [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 7th 2017 by HarperCollins

Haven by Mary Lindsey [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 7th 2017 by Entangled Publishing

Rosemarked by Livia Blackburne [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 7th 2017 by Disney-Hyperion

Sisters of Glass by Naomi Cyprus [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 7th 2017 by HarperCollins

The Lost Frost Girl by Amy Wilson [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 7th 2017 by Katherine Tegen Books

The Doldrums and the Helmsley Curse (The Doldrums #2) by Nicholas Gannon [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 7th 2017 by Greenwillow Books

Nightfall (Keeper of the Lost Cities #6) by Shannon Messenger [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 7th 2017 by Aladdin

Valiant Dust (Breaker of Empires #1) by Richard Baker [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 7th 2017 by Tor Books

The Realms of God (The Shards of Heaven #3) by Michael Livingston [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 7th 2017 by Tor Books

The Sisters of the Crescent Empress (The Waning Moon #2) by Leena Likitalo [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 7th 2017 by Tor.com

Down and Out in Purgatory: The Collected Stories of Tim Powers by Tim Powers [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 7th 2017 by Baen

Black Goat Blues (The Mythos War #2) by Levi Black [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 7th 2017 by Tor Books

Places in the Darkness by Christopher Brookmyre [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 7th 2017 by Orbit

The Wrong Stars by Tim Pratt [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 7th 2017 by Angry Robot

Steal the Stars by Mac Rogers [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 7th 2017 by Tor Books

Jade City (The Green Bone Saga #1) by Fonda Lee [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 7th 2017 by Orbit

The Rule of Luck (Felicia Sevigny #1) by Catherine Cerveny [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 7th 2017 by Orbit

Shadowborn (Seraphim #3) by David Dalglish [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 7th 2017 by Orbit

Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 7th 2017 by St. Martin’s Press

The Overneath by Peter S. Beagle [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 7th 2017 by Tachyon Publications

The Midnight Line (Jack Reacher #22) by Lee Child [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 7th 2017 by Delacorte Press

The Quantum Spy by David Ignatius [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 7th 2017 by W. W. Norton Company

Bonfire by Krysten Ritter [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 7th 2017 by Crown Archetype

The Missing by C.L. Taylor [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 7th 2017 by William Morrow Paperbacks

A Christmas Return by Anne Perry [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 7th 2017 by Ballantine Books

City of Lies (Counterfeit Lady #1) by Victoria Thompson [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 7th 2017 by Berkley

Heaven’s Crooked Finger (Earl Marcus #1) by Hank Early [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 7th 2017 by Crooked Lane Books

Displaced by Stephan Abarbanell [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 7th 2017 by Harper

The Ruined House by Ruby Namdar [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 7th 2017 by Harper

The Revolution of Marina M. by Janet Fitch [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 7th 2017 by Little, Brown and Company

Mrs. Osmond by John Banville [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 7th 2017 by Knopf Publishing Group

Third Son’s a Charm (The Survivors #1) by Shana Gale [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 7th 2017 by Sourcebooks Casablanca

Millard Salter’s Last Day by Jacob M. Appel [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 7th 2017 by Gallery Books

Someone You Love Is Gone by Gurjinder Basran [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 7th 2017 by Harper Perennial

Catalina by Liska Jacobs [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 7th 2017 by MCD

Heather, the Totality by Matthew Weiner [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 7th 2017 by Little, Brown and Company

The Time of Mute Swans by Ece Temelkuran [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 7th 2017 by Arcade Publishing

Radio Free Vermont: A Fable of Resistance by Bill McKibben [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 7th 2017 by Blue Rider Press

Sometimes I Think about It: Essays by Stephen Elliott [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 7th 2017 by Graywolf Press

Happy Baby by Stephen Elliott [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 7th 2017 by Graywolf Press

Deadbomb Bingo Ray by Jeff Johnson [Purchase]
Expected publication: November 7th 2017 by Turner

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Stacking the Shelves (177)

November 5, 2017 Bonnie Sunday Book Haul 4 Comments

I keep forgetting to take pictures of my book hauls from my used bookstore’s bag sales (I’ve accumulated so many damn books in recent months) but I’ve at least kept track of the most recent review books I’ve been fortunate enough to receive. 🙂

For Review

Gods of Howl Mountain by Taylor Brown
Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella
The Gone World by Tom Sweterlitsch
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
Strange Fire (Anchor & Sophia #1) by Tommy Wallach

Force of Nature (Aaron Falk #2) by Jane Harper

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Monthly Rundown: (Ominous) October 2017

November 3, 2017 Bonnie Monthly Rundown 4 Comments

Books Read = 7

Oh, well, could be better, could be worse. I started off the month actually on a bit of a roll, finally getting out of my… oh… 4-month hiatus. But then I got a second job. And a new TV that I can watch netflix on! Who can guess what my free time is now spent on? But 7 isn’t bad especially when you look at my 0 in July. Oops. At least I managed a couple reviews too. 🙂

Posted Reviews

*I did a mini-review for Give a Girl a Knife in my Top Ten Tuesday post.

Other Reads

A few of these I still plan on reviewing considering they’re review books but I’m slacking.

Unreviewed:

Review Pending:

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Ominous October – The Empty Grave (Lockwood & Co. #5) by Jonathan StroudBest of the Month: The Empty Grave by Jonathan Stroud ★★★★★
I’m incredibly hard to please when it comes to ending a series in a satisfactory manner. It’s not that I never want series’ to end, it just needs to be done right! I have loved this series so much from the very beginning and I was so nervous about reading the finale but I had nothing to worry about: it was perfection.

Least Favorite: The Twilight Pariah by Jeffrey Ford ★★
This was one I was extremely excited to get to in October. It sounded like the perfect kind of creepy but it really wasn’t and the ending was just bizarre.

Biggest Surprise: Give a Girl a Knife: A Memoir by Amy Thielen ★★★★
Still navigating the waters of Foodie Non-Fiction and this one sounded like it could be a different take on the typically told world of a chef tale. It was. It also made me realize the vast limitations of my own cooking skills. 🙂

Biggest Disappointment: Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King, Owen King ★★
I’m a huge King fan and even though I keep saying that his newer works just aren’t as good as his oldies, I still keep reading them. I get what the duo was trying to do in terms of gender stereotypes, but they just didn’t quite succeed.

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