Something To Look Forward To – Week of April 23rd, 2018

April 23, 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 April 23rd, 2018

Inferno (Talon #5) by Julie Kagawa [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 24th 2018 by Harlequin Teen

The Complication (The Program #6) by Suzanne Young [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 24th 2018 by Simon Pulse

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 24th 2018 by HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray

Love Songs & Other Lies by Jessica Pennington [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 24th 2018 by Tor Teen

Ash Princess (Ash Princess Trilogy #1) by Laura Sebastian [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 24th 2018 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 24th 2018 by Wednesday Books

From the Earth to the Shadows (Valkyrie #2) by Amanda Hocking [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 24th 2018 by Wednesday Books

White Rabbit by Caleb Roehrig [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 24th 2018 by Feiwel & Friends

Redemption (Earthfall #3) by Mark Walden [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 24th 2018 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers

Ozland (Everland #3) by Wendy Spinale [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 24th 2018 by Scholastic Press

The Reckless Rescue (The Explorers #2) by Adrienne Kress [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 24th 2018 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers

The Lifters by Dave Eggers [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 24th 2018 by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

Five Elements #3: The Crimson Serpent by Dan Jolley [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 24th 2018 by HarperCollins

The Defiant Heir (Swords and Fire #2) by Melissa Caruso [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 24th 2018 by Orbit

Time Was by Ian McDonald [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 24th 2018 by Tor.com

Publish and Perish (Linnet Ellery #3) by Phillipa Bornikova [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 24th 2018 by Tor Books

Midnight Wolf (Shifters Unbound #11) by Jennifer Ashley [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 24th 2018 by Berkley Books

Then She Was Gone: A Novel by Lisa Jewell [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 24th 2018 by Atria Books

Never Goodbye by Adam Mitzner [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 24th 2018 by Thomas & Mercer

West by Carys Davies [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 24th 2018 by Scribner

The Husband Hour by Jamie Brenner [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 24th 2018 by Little, Brown and Company

You Think It, I’ll Say It: Stories by Curtis Sittenfeld [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 24th 2018 by Random House

A Scandalous Deal (The Four Hundred #2) by Joanna Shupe [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 24th 2018 by Avon

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Stacking the Shelves (184)

April 22, 2018 Bonnie Sunday Book Haul 1 Comment

Last Week’s… Posts

Last Week’s… Book Mail

For Review
The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle
Awakened by James S. Murray & Darren Wearmouth
Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian

Purchased
The Twilight Zone Radio Dramas, Volume 3 by Various
The Twilight Zone Radio Dramas, Volume 4 by Various

Last Week’s… Obsessions

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TV: I didn’t make it too far into Season 4 last year before I had to get rid of cable. It wasn’t until season 5 was announced that I realized I hadn’t ever got around to catching up again… so I binge-watched the entire season in 2 days. I’m ready for season 5 now!

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I finally got to see Black Panther! It was all sorts of fantastic. I’m a big Marvel fan and of course, had to watch this one before Infinity War comes out next week.

I was obsessed with the Netflix show ‘Dark’ and equally obsessed with the soundtrack of sorts. I spent a lot of time creating a playlist of similar songs that possess the same moody vibe and it’s one of my go-to playlists these days.

Hope you guys have a great week!

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Short & Sweet – Palace of Treason and The Kremlin’s Candidate

April 19, 2018 Bonnie Adult, Audiobooks, Book Reviews, Read in 2018, Short & Sweet Reviews 0 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.

Short & Sweet – Palace of Treason and The Kremlin’s CandidatePalace of Treason by Jason Matthews
Narrator: Jeremy Bobb
Series: Red Sparrow Trilogy #2
Published by Simon & Schuster Audio on June 2, 2015
Length: 20 hrs and 7 mins
Genres: Spy Thriller
Format: Audiobook
Source: the Publisher
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Also by this author: Red Sparrow

four-stars

Red Sparrow is now a major motion picture starring Jennifer Lawrence and Joel Edgerton!

The pulse-pounding sequel to the bestselling, Edgar Award-winning Red Sparrow that The New York Times Book Review called “terrifically good”: star-crossed spies Dominika Egorova and CIA agent Nate Nash return in a cat-and-mouse race to the finish.

Captain Dominika Egorova of the Russian Intelligence Service (SVR) has returned from the West to Moscow and the Center, the headquarters of her service. She finds things worse than when she left. She despises the men she must serve, the oligarchs, and crooks, and thugs of Putin’s Russia. What no one knows is that Dominika is working for the CIA as Washington’s most sensitive penetration of SVR and the Kremlin.

As she expertly dodges exposure, Dominika deals with a murderously psychotic boss; survives an Iranian assassination attempt; escapes a counterintelligence ambush; rescues an arrested agent and exfiltrates him out of Russia; and has a chilling midnight conversation in her nightgown with President Putin in one of the Tsar’s palaces. Complicating the risks is the fact that Dominika is in love with her CIA handler, Nate Nash, and their lust is as dangerous to both of them as committing espionage in Moscow. And when a mole in the SVR finds Dominika’s name on a restricted list of sources, it is a virtual death sentence. She must face off alone against her psycho boss, who’s got an eight-inch knife up his sleeve…

Just as fast-paced, heart-pounding, and action-packed as Red Sparrow, Jason Matthews’s second novel proves he is “an insider’s insider…and a masterful storyteller” (Vince Flynn, #1 New York Times bestselling author).

“Dvorets v Izmene,” said Dominika under her breath.
Benford looked over at Nate, one eyebrow raised.
“Palace of Treason,” Nate said.
“Works for me,” said Gable.”

Palace of Treason, the thrilling follow up to Red Sparrow, places Captain Dominika Egorova in a place both advantageous and dangerous. She’s in a position of great importance within Moscow and is able to provide vital intelligence to the CIA, however, she isn’t beloved by all and a few alarming individuals suspect her of wrongdoing. To make matters even more precarious, she’s caught the eye of the Russian president and one misstep will destroy everything she’s worked for.

Matthews continues to excel at the multitude of characters in these stories that all manage to be meticulously described without becoming excessive. The storyteller’s tendency to fall back on stereotypes, primarily when it comes to the Russians, is a bit of a low point. The lack of depth and distinction, fortunately, didn’t take away from the strength of the plot itself. Egorova fights throughout the story to keep her cover and to quietly take out anyone who could destroy it. She survives through so many assassination attempts that it was both incredible and unbelievable, but then again, she trained for years to survive this kind of life. She’s a woman on a mission, intent on getting payback for what she was forced to do for so many years in the name of Russia, but the one thing that she seems to be willing to risk it all for is love. A bit of a contradiction, but much like the seemingly odd inclusion of recipes at the end of each chapter, it still manages to work out nicely.

“You remember what I told you both in Vienna?” […] “That someday you’re gonna have to make a decision that’ll make you taste your stomach behind your teeth, but you got no choice, and maybe it even means hurting someone you respect and trust. Well, it happened today and it’ll happen again tomorrow, and the next day.”

 

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.

Short & Sweet – Palace of Treason and The Kremlin’s CandidateThe Kremlin's Candidate by Jason Matthews
Narrator: Jeremy Bobb
Series: Red Sparrow Trilogy #3
Published by Simon & Schuster Audio on February 13, 2018
Length: 17 hrs and 48 mins
Genres: Spy Thriller
Format: Audiobook
Source: the Publisher
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Also by this author: Red Sparrow

three-half-stars

In the final, thrilling New York Times bestselling installment of the Red Sparrow Trilogy, Russian counterintelligence chief Dominika Egorova and her lover, CIA agent Nate Nash, must find a Russian agent about to be appointed to a very high office in the US government.

With a plot ripped from tomorrow’s headlines, Jason Matthews’s high-powered, seductive third novel not only continues the dangerous entanglements of Dominika and Nate but reveals with chilling authenticity how Russian espionage can place agents in the most sensitive positions of power. The novel opens with Russian president Vladimir Putin planning the covert assassination of a high-ranking US official with the intention of replacing him with a mole whom Russian intelligence has cultivated for more than fifteen years.

Catching wind of this plot, Dominika, Nate, and their CIA colleagues must unmask the traitor before he or she is able to reveal that Dominika has been spying for years on behalf of the CIA. Any leak, any misstep, will expose her as a CIA asset and result in a one-way trip to a Moscow execution cellar. Along the way, Matthews, a thirty-three-year veteran of the CIA and winner of the Edgar Award for Best First Novel, sets vivid, unforgettable scenes in Moscow; Washington, DC; Hong Kong; New York; the Sudan; and Turkey, and introduces two cold-blooded killers: Iosip Blokhin, a brilliant Spetsnaz military officer, and Grace Gao, ravishing Chinese spy, master of Kundalini yoga, and Beijing-trained seductress.

Ultimately, the lines of danger converge on the spectacular billion-dollar presidential palace on the Black Sea during a power weekend with Putin’s inner circle. Does Nate sacrifice himself to save Dominika? Does she forfeit herself to protect Nate? Do they go down together?

This dazzling finale to Jason Matthews’s New York Times bestselling Red Sparrow Trilogy, called “a primer in twenty-first-century spying...terrifically good” (The New York Times Book Review), confirms the critical acclaim he received for the first two novels, praise that compared Matthews to John le Carré and Ian Fleming.

“The tenets of espionage were immutable—go forth and steal secrets—but technology was changing the Game.”

In The Kremlin’s Candidate, the race is on to identify the Russian spy who is one of three individuals currently in the running to become the next CIA director. This was hands down my favorite plot line of the trilogy and is by far the most thrilling in how Matthews brought everything full circle. Retelling Dominika’s time when she was still just a Sparrow, she was instructed to compromise U.S. Navy lieutenant Audrey Rowland and get her to agree to work with the Russians back in 2005. The mission was a success and Audrey’s been feeding information to them ever since. Flash forward back to the present, Audrey is in place to become the next CIA director and if she gains that position, she’ll be able to obtain the name of the Russian mole, Diva, who she knows intimately well as Dominika Egorova.

Matthews doesn’t settle for that one, immense plot, unfortunately, and it ends up far more convoluted than necessary. In addition to American and Russian spies, North Korean and Chinese spies are also thrown into the mix. There’s even mention of the Chinese version of the Russian “Sparrow” and while I understand we’ve been drilled on assassin and seductresses going hand in hand for three novels, this bit of added detail came off as cheesy more than anything. Sections certainly could have been omitted for a more streamlined story. The build-up to the grand finale does, in retrospect, feel like something I should have anticipated but it still managed to astonish. A lot of the details makes you question whether Matthews is including his actual knowledge from his own personal spying days, or if it’s simply randomly added detail. Either way, it was most convincing. This is the third and final story of the Red Sparrow trilogy and while it is obvious that Matthews has developed a formula by this point, it doesn’t matter, because it’s exciting and it works. In looking back on the near 60 hours I spent listening to the ordeals of Dominika Egorova and Nathaniel Nash, it was easy to lose yourself in the intricate web of the spy world. It was a most enjoyable thrill ride and I’ve never laughed harder at my new favorite insult: “I don’t know what’s wrong with you but I bet it’s hard to pronounce.”

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Waiting on Wednesday – Tiny Crimes: Very Short Tales of Mystery and Murder by Lincoln Michel

April 18, 2018 Bonnie Waiting on Wednesday 4 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday – Tiny Crimes: Very Short Tales of Mystery and Murder by Lincoln MichelTiny Crimes: Very Short Tales of Mystery and Murder by Lincoln Michel
Published by Black Balloon Publishing on June 5, 2018
Pages: 272
Genres: Mystery
Format: Paperback
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Tiny Crimes reimagines the genre of crime writing in 40 very short stories. This anthology gathers leading and emerging literary voices to tell tales of crime and intrigue in only a few hundred words. From the most hardboiled of noirs to the coziest of mysteries, with diminutive double crosses, miniature murders, and crimes both real and imagined, Tiny Crimes rounds up all the usual suspects, and some unusual suspects, too. Benjamin Percy, Amelia Gray, Adam Sternbergh, Yuri Herrera, Julia Elliott, Carmen Maria Machado, Elizabeth Hand, Brian Evenson, Charles Yu, Laura van den Berg, and more scour the underbelly of modern life to expose the criminal, the illegal, and the depraved.

About Lincoln Michel

Lincoln Michel is the editor-in-chief of electricliterature.com and a founding editor of Gigantic. His fiction has appeared in Granta, Oxford American, Tin House, NOON, Pushcart Prize anthology, and elsewhere. His essays and criticism have appeared in The New York TimesThe Believer, Bookforum, Buzzfeed, Vice, The Paris Review Daily, and elsewhere. He is the co-editor of Gigantic Worlds, an anthology of science flash fiction, and the author of Upright Beasts, a collection of short stories (Coffee House Press, 2015). He was born in Virginia and lives in Brooklyn. He tweets at @thelincoln.

I just love the idea behind this one!

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

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Top Ten Tuesday – If You Like To Watch This, Read This

April 17, 2018 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 11 Comments

Whenever I watch something awesome, my brain always jumps to bookish comparisons. Pairing up movies/shows with books is quite possibly my favorite thing. These are the latest comparisons I’ve made:

If you’re a fan of The 100, you should read the short story We have Always Lived on Mars. (It’s also being made into a movie!)
If you’re a fan of Black Mirror, The Possessions make a most fitting episode.

If you’re a fan of American Horror Story: Murder House, House of Leaves involves an equally terrifying house.
If you loved the foreboding time-travel show Dark, The Shining Girls‘ dark, time travel story will also entice.

If getting into the minds of serial killers like in Mindhunter is your thing, Green River Killer is another look inside the mind of a dark individual.

If the silence unsettled you in A Quiet Place, the sightless in Bird Box will no doubt as well.

If witnessing the effects of a murder on a small-town was affecting, Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone is a comparative tale.
If Atomic Blonde made you realize you need more badass lady assassins in your life, Dominika Egorova will do the trick in Red Sparrow.

If you loved Rey in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, you’ll be missing out if you don’t read about Sirantha Jax in Grimspace.

If the history of Dunkirk made you want to learn more about WWII, Salt to the Sea gives another facet to this era.

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of April 16th, 2018

April 16, 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 April 16th, 2018

Shadow Call (Kaitan Chronicles #2) by AdriAnne Strickland & Michael Miller [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 17th 2018 by Delacorte Press

Suitors and Sabotage by Cindy Anstey [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 17th 2018 by Swoon Reads

Hiding Lies (Eleanor Ames #2) by Julie Cross [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 17th 2018 by Entangled: Teen

Your Robot Dog Will Die by Arin Greenwood [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 17th 2018 by Soho Teen

The Girl with More Than One Heart by Laura Geringer Bass [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 17th 2018 by Amulet Books

Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 17th 2018 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

A Friendly Town That’s Almost Always by the Ocean! (Secrets of Topsea) by Kir Fox & M. Shelley Coats [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 17th 2018 by Disney-Hyperion

Thisby Thestoop and the Black Mountain (Thisby Thestoop and the Black Mountain #1) by Zac Gorman [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 17th 2018 by HarperCollins

Head On (Lock In #2) by John Scalzi [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 17th 2018 by Tor Books

The Long Sunset (The Academy #8) by Jack McDevitt [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 17th 2018 by Saga Press

Blackfish City by Sam J. Miller [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 17th 2018 by Ecco

The Real-Town Murders (The Real-Town Murders #1) by Adam Roberts [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 17th 2018 by Gollancz

From Unseen Fire (Aven Cycle #1) by Cass Morris [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 17th 2018 by Daw Books

Before Mars (Planetfall #3) by Emma Newman [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 17th 2018 by Ace Books

The Atrocities by Jeremy C. Shipp [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 17th 2018 by Tor.com Publishing

The City of Lost Fortunes by Bryan Camp [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 17th 2018 by John Joseph Adams/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Dead But Once: Saga of the Redeemed: Book III by Auston Habershaw [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 17th 2018 by Harper Voyager Impulse

Last Shot: A Han and Lando Novel (Star Wars Disney Canon Novel) by Daniel José Older [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 17th 2018 by Del Rey

Traitor Born (Secondborn #2) by Amy A. Bartol [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 17th 2018 by 47North

Noir by Christopher Moore [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 17th 2018 by William Morrow

Liar’s Candle by August Thomas [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 17th 2018 by Scribner

The Elizas by Sara Shepard [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 17th 2018 by Atria Books

The Fallen (Amos Decker #4) by David Baldacci [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 17th 2018 by Grand Central Publishing

The Garden of Blue Roses by Michael Barsa [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 17th 2018 by Underland Press

Warning Light by David Ricciardi [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 17th 2018 by Berkley

The Saint of Wolves and Butchers by Alex Grecian [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 17th 2018 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

The Music of the Deep by Elizabeth Hall [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 17th 2018 by Lake Union Publishing

The Unmourned: A Novel (Monsarrat Trilogy #2) by Thomas Keneally & Meg Keneally [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 17th 2018 by Atria Books

The Soul of a Thief by Steven Hartov [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 17th 2018 by Hanover Square Press

The Spirit Photographer: A Novel by Jon Michael Varese [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 17th 2018 by The Overlook Press

The Little Clan by Iris Martin Cohen [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 17th 2018 by Park Row

Raising the Dad: A Novel by Tom Matthews [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 17th 2018 by Thomas Dunne Books

Every Other Weekend by Zulema Renee Summerfield [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 17th 2018 by Little, Brown and Company

A Sister in My House by Linda Olsson [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 17th 2018 by Penguin Books

The Family Gathering (Sullivan’s Crossing #3) by Robyn Carr [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 17th 2018 by Mira Books

Bad Men and Wicked Women by Eric Jerome Dickey [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 17th 2018 by Dutton Books

A Match Made in Bed (Spinster Heiresses #2) by Cathy Maxwell [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 17th 2018 by Avon

The Girl Who Never Read Noam Chomsky by Jana Casale [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 17th 2018 by Knopf

The Only Story by Julian Barnes [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 17th 2018 by Knopf Publishing Group

The Life List of Adrian Mandrick by Chris White [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 17th 2018 by Touchstone

The Comedown by Rebekah Frumkin [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 17th 2018 by Henry Holt & Company

Rise Up Women!: The Remarkable Lives of the Suffragettes by Diane Atkinson [Purchase]
Published April 17th 2018 by Bloomsbury Publishing

God Save Texas: A Journey Into the Soul of the Lone Star State by Lawrence Wright [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 17th 2018 by Knopf Publishing Group

How to Write an Autobiographical Novel: Essays by Alexander Chee [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 17th 2018 by Mariner Books

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Waiting on Wednesday – The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker

April 11, 2018 Bonnie Waiting on Wednesday 5 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday – The Dreamers by Karen Thompson WalkerThe Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker
Published by Random House on January 15, 2019
Pages: 320
Genres: Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic
Format: Hardcover
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Also by this author: The Age of Miracles

A mesmerizing novel about a college town transformed by a strange illness that locks victims in a perpetual sleep and triggers life-altering dreams—by the bestselling author of The Age of Miracles, for fans of Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven and Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go.

In an isolated college town in the hills of Southern California, a freshman girl stumbles into her dorm room, falls asleep—and doesn’t wake up. She sleeps through the morning, into the evening. Her roommate, Mei, cannot rouse her. Neither can the paramedics who carry her away, nor the perplexed doctors at the hospital. Then a second girl falls asleep, and then another, and panic takes hold of the college and spreads to the town. As the number of cases multiplies, classes are canceled, and stores begin to run out of supplies. A quarantine is established. The National Guard is summoned. Mei, an outsider in the cliquish hierarchy of dorm life, finds herself thrust together with an eccentric, idealistic classmate. Two visiting professors try to protect their newborn baby as the once-quiet streets descend into chaos. A father succumbs to the illness, leaving his daughters to fend for themselves. And at the hospital, a new life grows within a college girl, unbeknownst to her—even as she sleeps. A psychiatrist, summoned from Los Angeles, attempts to make sense of the illness as it spreads through the town. Those infected are displaying unusual levels of brain activity, more than has ever been recorded. They are dreaming heightened dreams—but of what? Written in gorgeous prose, The Dreamers is a breathtaking novel that startles and provokes, about the possibilities contained within a human life—in our waking days and, perhaps even more, in our dreams.

About Karen Thompson Walker

Karen Thompson Walker was born and raised in San Diego, California, where The Age of Miracles is set. She studied English and creative writing at UCLA, where she wrote for the UCLA Daily Bruin. After college, she worked as a newspaper reporter in the San Diego area before moving to New York City to attend the Columbia University MFA program.

A former book editor at Simon & Schuster, she wrote The Age of Miracles in the mornings before work—sometimes while riding the subway.

She is the recipient of the 2011 Sirenland Fellowship as well as a Bomb Magazine fiction prize. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband.

I apologize you guys, this doesn’t come out for ages (it’s not even on Amazon or Book Depository yet) but I’M SO EXCITED.

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Do you remember The Age of Miracles circa 2012? This is the long-awaited follow up! Sleeping disorders make me immediately think of Sleeping Beauties, however, this sounds even better.

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of April 9th, 2018

April 9, 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 April 9th, 2018

Devils Unto Dust by Emma Berquist [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 10th 2018 by Greenwillow

Given to the Earth (Given Duet #2) by Mindy McGinnis [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 10th 2018 by Putnam’s Childrens

Beyond a Darkened Shore by Jessica Leake [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 10th 2018 by HarperTeen

The Fates Divide (Carve the Mark #2) by Veronica Roth [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 10th 2018 by Katherine Tegen Books

Son of the Dawn (Ghosts of the Shadow Market #1) by Cassandra Clare & Sarah Rees Brennan [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 10th 2018 by Shadow Market Enterprises, Inc.

Lizzie by Dawn Ius [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 10th 2018 by Simon Pulse

The Lost Kids (Never Ever #2) by Sara Saedi [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 10th 2018 by Viking Books for Young Readers

Ace of Shades (The Shadow Game #1) by Amanda Foody [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 10th 2018 by Harlequin Teen

The Diminished (Untitled Duology #1) by Kaitlyn Sage Patterson [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 10th 2018 by Harlequin Teen

Winter Glass (Spindle Fire #2) by Lexa Hillyer [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 10th 2018 by HarperTeen

Isle of Blood and Stone (Isle of Blood and Stone #1) by Makiia Lucier [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 10th 2018 by HMH Books for Young Readers

Dreamer (Traveler #2) by L.E. DeLano [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 10th 2018 by Swoon Reads

Picture Us in the Light by Kelly Loy Gilbert [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 10th 2018 by Disney-Hyperion

Relative Strangers by Paula Garner [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 10th 2018 by Candlewick Press

Sam & Ilsa’s Last Hurrah by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 10th 2018 by Knopf Books for Young Readers

The Summer of Broken Things by Margaret Peterson Haddix [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 10th 2018 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers

The Fall of Grace by Amy Fellner Dominy [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 10th 2018 by Delacorte Press

The Orphan Band of Springdale by Anne Nesbet [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 10th 2018 by Candlewick Press (MA)

Burning Magic (Shadow Magic #3) by Joshua Khan [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 10th 2018 by Disney-Hyperion

The Crooked Castle (Carmer and Grit #2) by Sarah Jean Horwitz [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 10th 2018 by Algonquin Young Readers

Unbury Carol by Josh Malerman [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 10th 2018 by Del Rey

Fire Dance by Ilana C. Myer [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 10th 2018 by Tor Books

One Way by S.J. Morden [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 10th 2018 by Orbit

Rebellion’s Fury (Flames of Rebellion #2) by Jay Allan [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 10th 2018 by Harper Voyager

The Thief (Black Dagger Brotherhood #16) by J.R. Ward [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 10th 2018 by Ballantine Books

Taste of Wrath (Sin du Jour #7) by Matt Wallace [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 10th 2018 by Tor.com

Nightblade’s Honor (Blades of the Fallen #2) by Ryan Kirk [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 10th 2018 by 47North

Verdict on Crimson Fields (World of Prime #4) by M.C. Planck [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 10th 2018 by Pyr

The Changeling by Joy Williams [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 10th 2018 by Tin House Books

Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 10th 2018 by Saga Press

The Sixth Day (A Brit in the FBI #5) by Catherine Coulter & J.T. Ellison [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 10th 2018 by Gallery Books

After Anna by Lisa Scottoline [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 10th 2018 by St. Martin’s Press

Macbeth (Hogarth Shakespeare) by Jo Nesbø [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 10th 2018 by Hogarth Press

Serpent in the Heather (Dark Talents #2) by Kay Kenyon [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 10th 2018 by Saga Press

Country Dark by Chris Offutt [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 10th 2018 by Grove Press

A Breath After Drowning by Alice Blanchard [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 10th 2018 by Titan Books

Skyjack (Thea Paris #2) by K.J. Howe [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 10th 2018 by Quercus

Before I Let You In by Jenny Blackhurst [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 10th 2018 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books

The New Neighbors by Simon Lelic [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 10th 2018 by Berkley

Circe by Madeline Miller [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 10th 2018 by Little, Brown and Company

Ecstasy by Mary Sharratt [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 10th 2018 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Demi-Gods by Eliza Robertson [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 10th 2018 by Bloomsbury USA

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Life’s Too Short – Barbed Wire Heart, Unbury Carol, Future Home of the Living God

April 6, 2018 Bonnie Adult, Book Reviews, Life's Too Short, Read in 2018 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.

Life’s Too Short – Barbed Wire Heart, Unbury Carol, Future Home of the Living GodBarbed Wire Heart by Tess Sharpe
Published by Grand Central Publishing on March 6th 2018
Pages: 416
Genres: Southern Gothic/Country Noir
Format: eARC
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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.

DNF @ 16%

Southern Gothic is my jam and Barbed Wire Heart sounded right up my alley. Of course, when you compare anything to Winter’s Bone I’m even more on board. Harley McKenna’s character did in fact, read a lot like Ree Dolly with her badass nature and overall inability to sit on the sidelines letting someone else handle business. It’s an admirable quality and I’m quite fond of this characteristic in female characters. For some reason though, something about the characters, the atmosphere, and the story itself just never rang true for me. It felt like a combination of a lack of authenticity and simply trying too hard to fit in all the guns, the drugs, the bad men, and excessive violence that are characters in and of themselves in novels of this ilk. Whatever it was that ultimately turned me off from this story, I wish it wasn’t the case because I had high hopes for this one.

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.

Life’s Too Short – Barbed Wire Heart, Unbury Carol, Future Home of the Living GodUnbury Carol by Josh Malerman
Published by Del Rey on April 10, 2018
Pages: 384
Genres: Fantasy, Western
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Also by this author: Bird Box, Black Mad Wheel

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Carol Evers is a woman with a dark secret. She has died many times . . . but her many deaths are not final: They are comas, a waking slumber indistinguishable from death, each lasting days.

Only two people know of Carol’s eerie condition. One is her husband, Dwight, who married Carol for her fortune, and—when she lapses into another coma—plots to seize it by proclaiming her dead and quickly burying her . . . alive. The other is her lost love, the infamous outlaw James Moxie. When word of Carol’s dreadful fate reaches him, Moxie rides the Trail again to save his beloved from an early, unnatural grave.

And all the while, awake and aware, Carol fights to free herself from the crippling darkness that binds her—summoning her own fierce will to survive. As the players in this drama of life and death fight to decide her fate, Carol must in the end battle to save herself.

DNF @ 15%

As you might have guessed from the title, Carol is dead. Or at least she dies a lot but she comes back, for some mysterious reason. When Carol was still alive and kicking, she married this pretty horrible dude named Dwight (horrible dude, horrible name… it fits) who only pretended to like her for her money, but now that she’s died again, he intends to keep it that way. Except for her ex, the outlaw James Moxie is coming to save her from a forever death. Yeah, outlaw. This is some bizarre blend of fantasy and the Wild West and there were absolutely no ‘horror’ bits about it. Except having to read characters constantly repeat the phrase “Hell’s heaven” ad nauseam was plenty horrific enough.

Honestly, this just sounds like a bad Lifetime movie, but Bird Box remains one of my all-time favorite horror novels and I keep trying his stories even though nothing has managed to come close.

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Life’s Too Short – Barbed Wire Heart, Unbury Carol, Future Home of the Living GodFuture Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich
Published by Harper on November 14, 2017
Pages: 288
Genres: Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic
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Also by this author: The Round House

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The world as we know it is ending. Evolution has reversed itself, affecting every living creature on earth. Science cannot stop the world from running backwards, as woman after woman gives birth to infants that appear to be primitive species of humans. Twenty-six-year-old Cedar Hawk Songmaker, adopted daughter of a pair of big-hearted, open-minded Minneapolis liberals, is as disturbed and uncertain as the rest of America around her. But for Cedar, this change is profound and deeply personal. She is four months pregnant.

Though she wants to tell the adoptive parents who raised her from infancy, Cedar first feels compelled to find her birth mother, Mary Potts, an Ojibwe living on the reservation, to understand both her and her baby’s origins. As Cedar goes back to her own biological beginnings, society around her begins to disintegrate, fueled by a swelling panic about the end of humanity.

There are rumors of martial law, of Congress confining pregnant women. Of a registry, and rewards for those who turn these wanted women in. Flickering through the chaos are signs of increasing repression: a shaken Cedar witnesses a family wrenched apart when police violently drag a mother from her husband and child in a parking lot. The streets of her neighborhood have been renamed with Bible verses. A stranger answers the phone when she calls her adoptive parents, who have vanished without a trace. It will take all Cedar has to avoid the prying eyes of potential informants and keep her baby safe.

A chilling dystopian novel both provocative and prescient, Future Home of the Living God is a startlingly original work from one of our most acclaimed writers: a moving meditation on female agency, self-determination, biology, and natural rights that speaks to the troubling changes of our time.

DNF @ 20% (+ scan reading)

The concept of evolution reversing itself is a potentially fascinating story, but Erdrich didn’t exactly tackle the details of this idea. It’s merely a stated occurrence and the story instead focuses on women being rounded up for breeding stock because there are so few “original” babies being born. Which… just sounds a lot like The Handmaid’s Tale to me. Whether or not it’s the renewed interest in The Handmaid’s Tale what with the new show, but there have been a ridiculous amount of dystopian tales surrounding the degradation of women as of late. This is all well and good, I’m always on board for a good dystopian story, but with Future Home of the Living God, Erdrich’s attempts to hop on the bandwagon of dystopian lit results in nothing more than a lesser, imitative version.

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