Posts By: Bonnie

Bonnie

Lover of tea. Crazed Bibliophile. Daydreamer.
I have a ridiculous love for the written word. I read anything and everything: Adult fiction, YA, Middle Grade, even the occasional Non-Fiction.

When I'm not reading I'm caring for my step-children, drinking obscene amounts of tea and contemplating what life will be like in the impending apocalypse.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Kindle Unlimited Horror

October 1, 2018 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 7 Comments

I recently got a 3 month Kindle Unlimited subscription so I’ve been trying to read a few a month at least to take full advantage of my membership. I read two recently that I picked up at random that turned out to be extremely excellent:

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five-stars Kind Nepenthe by Matthew V. Brockmeyer [Purchase]
four-stars Witching Hour Theatre by Jonathan Janz [Purchase]

Sometimes it can be really hard for me to chance it on most indies, but I dug through a bunch of them one day (it was a lesson in not judging books by their cover, let me tell you what) and I came up with ten potentially good sounding ones that I’d love to try for Ominous October. I already have another list of hopefuls for the month in addition to a whole slew of horror movies I’d like to watch, but who knows what can be accomplished. We’ve got a whole 31 days. 🙂

Has anyone read these? Or have any others to recommend instead?

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Bones by Andrew Cull [Purchase]
The Hole by Hye-Young Pyun [Purchase]
Darkest Hours by Mike Thorn [Purchase]
The Wide, Carnivorous Sky and Other Monstrous Geographies by John Langan [Purchase]
Ravenous Ghosts by Kealan Patrick Burke [Purchase]

The Shuddering by Ania Ahlborn [Purchase]
The Switch House by Tim Meyer [Purchase]
Shadows & Tall Trees (Shadows & Tall Trees #7) by Michael Kelly [Purchase]
Welcome to the Show: 17 Horror Stories – One Legendary Venue by Doug Murano [Purchase]
Hannah-Beast (Dark Corners #1) by Jennifer McMahon [Purchase] (There actually seven of these short stories in total that can also be listened to!)

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of October 1st, 2018

October 1, 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 1st, 2018

Muse of Nightmares (Strange the Dreamer #2) by Laini Taylor [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy (Guide #2) by Mackenzi Lee [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by Katherine Tegen Books

Shadow of the Fox (Shadow of the Fox #1) by Julie Kagawa [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by Harlequin Teen

Grim Lovelies by Megan Shepherd [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by HMH Books for Young Readers

The Lost Sisters (The Folk of the Air #1.5) by Holly Black [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Broken Things by Lauren Oliver [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by HarperCollins

Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by Katherine Tegen Books

The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr)

When We Caught Fire by Anna Godbersen [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by HarperTeen

Swing by Kwame Alexander & Mary Rand Hess [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by Blink

Someday (Every Day #3) by David Levithan [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

A Map of Days (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #4) by Ransom Riggs [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by Dutton Books for Young Readers

Dry by Neal Shusterman & Jarrod Shusterman [Purchase]
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Damsel by Elana K. Arnold [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by Balzer + Bray

The Geography of Lost Things by Jessica Brody [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by Simon Pulse

What They Don’t Know by Nicole Maggi [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by Sourcebooks Fire

Art Boss by Kayla Cagan [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by Chronicle Books

Me and Me by Alice Kuipers [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by Kids Can Press

The Last Wish of Sasha Cade by Cheyanne Young [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by Kids Can Press

After the Fire by Will Hill [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by Sourcebooks Fire

The Perfect Candidate by Peter Stone [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

The Spy with the Red Balloon (The Balloonmakers #2) by Katherine Locke [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by Albert Whitman Company

The Rising Gold (Beyond The Red #3) by Ava Jae [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by Sky Pony Press

Frequency by Christopher Krovatin [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by Entangled: Teen

War of the Wilted (Garden of Thorns #2) by Amber Mitchell [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 1st 2018 by Entangled Teen

The Rule of One (The Rule of One #1) by Ashley Saunders & Leslie Saunders [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 1st 2018 by Skyscape

The Summoner’s Handbook by Taran Matharu [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by Feiwel & Friends

9 From the Nine Worlds (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard) by Rick Riordan [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by Disney-Hyperion

The Darkdeep (The Darkdeep, #1) by Ally Condie & Brendan Reichs [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by Bloomsbury Children’s Books

Clash of Beasts (Going Wild #3) by Lisa McMann [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by HarperCollins

Louisiana’s Way Home by Kate DiCamillo [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by Candlewick Press (MA)

Merlin’s Last Quest (Mice of the Round Table #3) by Julie Leung [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by HarperCollins

Swallow’s Dance by Wendy Orr [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 1st 2018 by Pajama Press

Everlasting Nora by Marie Miranda Cruz [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by Starscape

Bluecrowne (Greenglass House #3) by Kate Milford [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by Clarion Books

The Train to Impossible Places: A Cursed Delivery by P.G. Bell [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by Feiwel & Friends

Del Toro Moon by Darby Karchut [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by Owl Hollow Press

Kill the Queen (Crown of Shards #1) by Jennifer Estep [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by Harper Voyager

An Easy Death (Gunnie Rose #1) by Charlaine Harris [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by Saga Press

Saga Volume 9 by Brian K. Vaughan [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by Image Comics

Exit Strategy (The Murderbot Diaries #4) by Martha Wells [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by Tor.com

Hag by Kathleen Kaufman [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by Turner

Mutiny at Vesta (Shieldrunner Pirates #2) by R.E. Stearns [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by Saga Press

Uncompromising Honor (Honor Harrington #14) by David Weber [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by Baen

The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by Graydon House

Zero Sum Game (Russell’s Attic #1) by S.L. Huang [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by Tor Books

Street Freaks by Terry Brooks [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by Grim Oak Press

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Seek: The Strange Case Continues by Anthony O’Neill [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by Skyhorse Publishing

The Way of the Shield (Maradaine Elite #1) by Marshall Ryan Maresca [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by Daw Books

Dragon’s Code: Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern by Gigi Mccaffrey [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by Del Rey Books

War of the Wolf (The Saxon Stories #11) by Bernard Cornwell [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by Harper

A Breach in the Heavens (The Godserfs #3) by N.S. Dolkart [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by Angry Robot

Devil’s Day by Andrew Michael Hurley [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Blood Communion: A Tale of Prince Lestat (The Vampire Chronicles #13) by Anne Rice [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by Knopf Publishing Group

The Oyster Thief by Sonia Faruqi [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by Pegasus Books

The Little Shop of Found Things by Paula Brackston [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by Thomas Dunne Books

Out of Season (Rocco Schiavone #3) by Antonio Manzini [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by Harper Paperbacks

The Stranger Game by Peter Gadol [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by Hanover Square Press

Under My Skin by Lisa Unger [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by Park Row

The Antiquities Hunter (A Gina Myoko Mystery #1) by Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by Pegasus Books

The Hollow of Fear (Lady Sherlock #3) by Sherry Thomas [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by Berkley

The Way of All Flesh by Ambrose Parry [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by Canongate Books

The Dead Ringer (Agatha Raisin #29) by M.C. Beaton [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by Minotaur Books

The Spellbook of Katrina van Tassel: A Story of Sleepy Hollow by Alyssa Palombo [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by St. Martin’s Griffin

News of Our Loved Ones by Abigail DeWitt [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by Harper

Heresy by Melissa Lenhardt [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by Redhook

Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by ECW Press

The Kennedy Debutante by Kerri Maher [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by Berkley Books

When the Men Were Gone by Marjorie Herrera Lewis [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by William Morrow Paperbacks

The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by St. Martin’s Press

Gone So Long by Andre Dubus III [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by W. W. Norton Company

A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by Ballantine Books

Jean Harley Was Here by Heather Taylor-Johnson [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by Arcade Publishing

Virgil Wander by Leif Enger [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by Grove Press

The Sadness of Beautiful Things: Stories by Simon Van Booy [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by Penguin Books

In Pursuit: The Hunt for the Beltway Snipers by David Reichenbaugh [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by Foreedge

A Dream Called Home by Reyna Grande [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by Atria Books

The Greatest Love Story Ever Told by Megan Mullally & Nick Offerman [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by Dutton Books

All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir by Nicole Chung [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by Catapult

France: A History by John Julius Norwich [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by Atlantic Monthly Press

There Will Be No Miracles Here: A Memoir by Casey Gerald [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by Riverhead Books

Best of Enemies: The Last Great Spy Story of the Cold War by Eric Dezenhall [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by Twelve

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Showcase Sunday (191)

September 30, 2018 Bonnie Sunday Book Haul 3 Comments

Last Week’s… Posts

Last Week’s… Book Mail

For Review
Muse of Nightmares (Strange the Dreamer #2) by Laini Taylor [Purchase]
The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff [Purchase]
Sherwood by Meagan Spooner [Purchase]
The Binding by Bridget Collins [Purchase]

Last Week’s… Obsession

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I usually have a hard time with podcasts because in my mind, if I have the time to listen to a podcast, I should really be listening to a book. Ahh, the struggles of being something of a productive book blogger. Well, last week I finally decided to dedicate some time to finishing season 2 of Serial (waaayyy behind, I know) so that I can get around to the newest season eventually. I also took the time to clean up all the dozens of podcasts I was subscribed to so that I can make picking a podcast less overwhelming when I do get the urge. I got rid of all of my “fictional” podcasts because those are super not my thing. A few of the podcasts that made the cut: Serial (of course), Criminal, Casefile, Death in Ice Valley, and a new addition (because I loved Dirty John so much) Dr. Death.

Do you listen to podcasts? Have you listened to any of these?

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Short & Sweet: Sea of Rust & LIFEL1K3

September 27, 2018 Bonnie Adult, Audiobooks, Book Reviews, Read in 2018, YA 3 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: Sea of Rust & LIFEL1K3Sea of Rust by C. Robert Cargill
Narrator: Eva Kaminsky
Published by HarperAudio on September 5, 2017
Length: 10 hours and 26 minutes
Genres: Sci-fi
Format: Audiobook
Source: the Publisher
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Also by this author: Dreams and Shadows, Queen of the Dark Things, We Are Where the Nightmares Go and Other Stories

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It’s been thirty years since the apocalypse and fifteen years since the murder of the last human being at the hands of robots. Humankind is extinct. Every man, woman, and child has been liquidated by a global uprising devised by the very machines humans designed and built to serve them. Most of the world is controlled by an OWI—One World Intelligence—the shared consciousness of millions of robots, uploaded into one huge mainframe brain. But not all robots are willing to cede their individuality—their personality—for the sake of a greater, stronger, higher power. These intrepid resisters are outcasts; solo machines wandering among various underground outposts who have formed into an unruly civilization of rogue AIs in the wasteland that was once our world.

One of these resisters is Brittle, a scavenger robot trying to keep her deteriorating mind and body functional in a world that has lost all meaning. Although she does not (cannot) experience emotions like a human, she is haunted by the terrible crimes she perpetrated on humanity. As she roams the Sea of Rust, a large swath of territory that was once the Midwest, Brittle slowly comes to terms with her raw and vivid memories—and her guilt.

“People gave us a purpose. A function. Something to do all day, every day. At the end, I suppose, you spend a lot of time thinking about that. It’s harder to get by when getting by is all there is.”

In a time where Earth is a wasteland and humanity has been snuffed out like a fragile flame, its lands are ruled by robots who now, in turn, struggle to survive. After the robots had finally succeeded in ridding the Earth of humans, they turned on one another and OWIs (one-world intelligences) sought out the individual robots that remained so that their sentience could be joined as one. Most of the sentient robots that remain survive as scavengers, seeking out newer parts than their own, finding any way to extend their lifecycles. Brittle is one such scavenger and when her core systems are damaged and the end of her own existence is near, she joins with a group of scavengers. They make promises to her about the stash of parts they have hidden deep within the Sea of Rust and that somewhere out there is the answer to a brighter future for the Earth itself.

Sea of Rust was a fascinatingly complex story that deals with survival, regret, and most importantly, hope. Brittle was not the most likable of characters, however, Cargill methodically builds on her storyline with fragments of the past which helps to better understand her motivations in this post-apocalyptic world. It was compelling to see the evolution of these bots and how closely they began to resemble their human counterparts. With some very inventive world-building and an equally intriguing cast of side characters, Sea of Rust is a brilliant story of robots that will have you dwelling on your own humanity.

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: Sea of Rust & LIFEL1K3Lifel1k3 by Jay Kristoff
Narrator: Erin Spencer
Series: Lifelike #1
Published by Listening Library on May 29, 2018
Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
Genres: Sci-fi
Format: Audiobook
Source: the Publisher
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Also by this author: Illuminae

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On a floating junkyard beneath a radiation sky, a deadly secret lies buried in the scrap.

Eve isn’t looking for secrets—she’s too busy looking over her shoulder. The robot gladiator she’s just spent six months building has been reduced to a smoking wreck, and the only thing keeping her Grandpa from the grave was the fistful of credits she just lost to the bookies. To top it off, she’s discovered she can destroy electronics with the power of her mind, and the puritanical Brotherhood are building a coffin her size. If she’s ever had a worse day, Eve can’t remember it.

But when Eve discovers the ruins of an android boy named Ezekiel in the scrap pile she calls home, her entire world comes crashing down. With her best friend Lemon Fresh and her robotic conscience, Cricket, in tow, she and Ezekiel will trek across deserts of irradiated glass, infiltrate towering megacities and scour the graveyard of humanity’s greatest folly to save the ones Eve loves, and learn the dark secrets of her past.

Even if those secrets were better off staying buried.

Romeo and Juliet meets Mad Max

That comparison had me super interested but honestly, I should’ve known better. Romeo and Juliet doesn’t belong in the world of Mad Max, and vice versa, but my interest in the Mad Max aspect overruled the rational side of my brain. Set after the devastating effects of a nuclear war, Eve pilots a robot to battle in the dome against other robots (very much like Real Steel), in an effort to pay for the medicine keeping her grandfather alive. She earns a price on her head after she reveals she has the power to destroy robots with her mind and has to go on the run with her best friend Lemon to stay alive. Amidst their escape, they encounter a lifel1k3, an advanced android, named Ezekiel who vows to protect her.

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The worldbuilding was initially so fun (despite the strange jargon — it was easier to listen to than I guess it would’ve been to read it) and I loved the battling robots in the dome (definitely understood the Mad Max comparisons) but then it all went downhill. And that’s where the Romeo and Juliet comparisons came into play and completely overshadowed the plot. The instalove is essentially avoided by providing the duo with a backstory that is only glimpsed momentarily, but it still wasn’t enough for me to get on board with it. Add to that there were some really cringe-worthy lines:

“You were my everything. You still are. And you always will be.”

“Loving you was the only real difference between me and them.”

“They have only one thing left to take from me. The last and most precious thing. Not my life, no. My love.”

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You can officially count me out for the subsequent installments.

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Waiting on Wednesday – Summoned to Thirteenth Grave (Charley Davidson #13) by Darynda Jones

September 26, 2018 Bonnie Waiting on Wednesday 2 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday – Summoned to Thirteenth Grave (Charley Davidson #13) by Darynda JonesSummoned to the Thirteenth Grave by Darynda Jones
Series: Charley Davidson #13
Published by St. Martin's Press on January 15, 2019
Pages: 304
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Format: Hardcover
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Also by this author: First Grave on the Right, For I Have Sinned, Second Grave on the Left

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

Charley Davidson, Grim Reaper extraordinaire, is pissed. She’s been kicked off the earthly plain for eternity – which is the appropriate amount of time to make a person starkraving mad. But someone’s looking out for her, and she’s allowed to return after a mere hundred years in exile. Is it too much to hope for that not much has changed? Apparently it is. Bummer.

She’s missed her daughter, she’s missed Reyes, and Beep, but now that she’s back on earth, it’s time to put to rest burning questions that need answers. What happened to her mother? How did she really die? Who killed her? And are cupcakes or coffee the best medicine? It all comes to a head in an epic showdown between good and evil in this final smart and hilarious novel.

About Darynda Jones

NYTimes and USA Today Bestselling Author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work, including a prestigious RITA, a Golden Heart, and a Daphne du Maurier. As a born storyteller, she grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike. She currently has two series with St. Martin's Press, the Charley Davidson Series and the Darklight Trilogy. Darynda lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband of more than 25 years and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys. She can be found at www.daryndajones.com.

I’m equal parts sad and excited for this one. The end of Charlie Davidson?!

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What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

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Top Ten Tuesday – Favorite Authors Books I Haven’t Read Yet

September 25, 2018 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 23 Comments

We’ve all been there. You read a book by a brand new author, you absolutely love it, you vow to read anything and everything they’ve ever written! You don’t. lol Okay, well, some authors I have read a few of theirs but have plenty more to go. These are all authors I’ve read and loved, and the book of theirs that remains unread that I’m most excited to hopefully one day read.

I’ve read The Collector | I need to read The Magus by John Fowles
I’ve read This Is Where I Love You | I need to read The Book of Joe by Jonathan Tropper
I’ve read The Screaming Staircase | I need to read The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud
I’ve read Affinity | I need to read The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
I’ve read Rosemary and Rue | I need to read Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

I’ve read The Lightning Thief | I need to read Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan
I’ve read Fortune’s Pawn | I need to read The Spirit Thief by Rachel Aaron
I’ve read Dare Me | I need to read You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott
I’ve read The Secret History | I need to read The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
I’ve read Bull Mountain | I need to read Like Lions by Brian Panowich

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of September 24th, 2018

September 24, 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 September 24th, 2018

Nightingale by Amy Lukavics [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 25th 2018 by Harlequin Teen

The Sisters of the Winter Wood by Rena Rossner [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 25th 2018 by Redhook

Give the Dark My Love (Give the Dark My Love #1) by Beth Revis [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 25th 2018 by Razorbill

The Caged Queen (Iskari #2) by Kristen Ciccarelli [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 25th 2018 by HarperTeen

For a Muse of Fire (For a Muse of Fire #1) by Heidi Heilig [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 25th 2018 by Greenwillow Books

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 25th 2018 by Delacorte Press

A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 25th 2018 by Imprint

The Tomb: A Novel by S.A. Bodeen [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 25th 2018 by Feiwel & Friends

Rabbit & Robot by Andrew Smith [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 25th 2018 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 25th 2018 by Dutton

Unstoppable Moses by Tyler James Smith [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 25th 2018 by Flatiron Books

500 Words or Less by Juleah del Rosario [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 25th 2018 by Simon Pulse

The War Outside by Monica Hesse [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 25th 2018 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Black Wings Beating (Skybound #1) by Alex London [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 25th 2018 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

A Winter’s Promise (The Mirror Visitor Quartet #1) by Christelle Dabos [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 25th 2018 by Europa Editions

Small Spaces by Katherine Arden [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 25th 2018 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

The Second Story (Magic Misfits #2) by Neil Patrick Harris [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 25th 2018 by Little Brown & Co

Very Rich by Polly Horvath [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 25th 2018 by Margaret Ferguson Books

A Dastardly Plot (A Perilous Journey of Danger and Mayhem #1) by Christopher Healy [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 25th 2018 by Walden Pond Press

The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge by M.T. Anderson & Eugene Yelchin [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 25th 2018 by Candlewick Press (MA)

The Vanderbeekers and the Hidden Garden (The Vanderbeekers #2) by Karina Yan Glaser [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 25th 2018 by HMH Books for Young Readers

Squirm by Carl Hiaasen [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 25th 2018 by Knopf Books for Young Readers

Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster by Jonathan Auxier [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 25th 2018 by Amulet Books

Vengeful (The Villains #2) by V.E. Schwab [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 25th 2018 by Tor Books

The Agony House by Cherie Priest [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 25th 2018 by Arthur A. Levine Books

A Cathedral of Myth and Bone by Kat Howard [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 25th 2018 by Saga Press

Phoenix Unbound (Fallen Empire #1) by Grace Draven [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 25th 2018 by Ace

The Game of Luck (Felicia Sevigny #3) by Catherine Cerveny [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 25th 2018 by Orbit

Venom: Lethal Protector by James R. Tuck [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 25th 2018 by Titan Books

The Wrong Girl (Return to Fear Street #2) by R.L. Stine [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 25th 2018 by HarperTeen

Barren (Demon Cycle #5.5) by Peter V. Brett [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 25th 2018 by Harper Voyager

Cross Breed (Breeds #23) by Lora Leigh [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 25th 2018 by Berkley Books

Red War (Mitch Rapp #17) by Kyle Mills [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 25th 2018 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books

Bury the Lead (Joe Gunther #29) by Archer Mayor [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 25th 2018 by Minotaur Books

Transcription by Kate Atkinson [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 25th 2018 by Little, Brown and Company

Treacherous Is the Night (Verity Kent #2) by Anna Lee Huber [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 25th 2018 by Kensington Publishing Corporation

The Testament of Harold’s Wife by Lynne Hugo [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 25th 2018 by Kensington Publishing Corporation

The Secrets We Carried (Butternut Lake #6) by Mary McNear [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 25th 2018 by William Morrow Paperbacks

Spindrift (The Girls of Spindrift, #4) by V.C. Andrews [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 24th 2018 by Pocket Star

Last Night with the Earl (The Devils of Dover #2) by Kelly Bowen [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 25th 2018 by Forever

Season of Wonder (Haven Point #9) by RaeAnne Thayne [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 25th 2018 by HQN

The Christmas Sisters by Sarah Morgan [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 25th 2018 by HQN

Christmas by Accident by Camron Wright [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 25th 2018 by Shadow Mountain

Once Upon A Sure Thing (Heartbreakers #2) by Lauren Blakely [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 24th 2018 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Waiting for Eden by Elliot Ackerman [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 25th 2018 by Knopf Publishing Group

Hippie by Paulo Coelho [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 25th 2018 by Knopf Publishing Group

Your Duck Is My Duck: Stories by Deborah Eisenberg [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 25th 2018 by Ecco

The Caregiver by Samuel Park [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 25th 2018 by Simon Schuster

Beautiful Country Burn Again: Democracy, Rebellion, and Revolution by Ben Fountain [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 25th 2018 by Ecco

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Showcase Sunday (190)

September 23, 2018 Bonnie Sunday Book Haul 2 Comments

Last Week’s… Posts

Last Week’s… Book Mail

The Other Miss Bridgerton (Rokesbys #3) by Julia Quinn
Miraculum by Steph Post
Nightchaser (Endeavor #1) by Amanda Bouchet
The Dreamers: A Novel by Karen Thompson Walker
Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Last Week’s… Obsessions

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I’m crazy behind on my Marvel Netflix shows but decided it was finally time to start working at it what with the new announcement about Daredevil season 3! It’s being released October 12th which means I have waaay less time to catch up than I thought I did. I’m working on Season 2 of Jessica Jones now and I’ll still need to watch Luke Cage (s2) and Iron Fist (s2). lol Yeah, I won’t be caught up in time.

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Rapid Reviews – Foundryside, Diamond Fire, Night and Silence, Magic Triumphs

September 21, 2018 Bonnie Adult, Book Reviews, Rapid Fire Reviews, Read in 2018 3 Comments

Sometimes review writing is hard. Sometimes you don’t have a lot to say. Sometimes you’re just lazy as fuck. These are Rapid Fire Reviews.

Rapid Reviews – Foundryside, Diamond Fire, Night and Silence, Magic TriumphsFoundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett
Series: Founders #1
Published by Crown Publishing Group (NY) on August 21, 2018
Pages: 505
Genres: Fantasy
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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Also by this author: American Elsewhere

Short Summary: In the city of Tevanne, a thief gets embroiled in more than she bargained for when she steals an item of imaginable power and the individuals she stole it from will stop at nothing to get it back.

Thoughts: I thoroughly enjoyed American Elsewhere and absolutely planned on reading Bennett’s The Divine Cities trilogy, but Foundryside fell in my lap first and, oh man, Bennett is such a spectacular storyteller. Everything from the world building to the characters to the magic was vividly imagined, felt fresh and new, and was incredibly thrilling to read.

Verdict: I never would have thought I’d say that a talking key was my favorite character in a book but a talking key was absolutely my favorite character in this book. I LOVED this and I’m so anxious for the continued stories in this fascinating world.

five-stars

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.

 

Rapid Reviews – Foundryside, Diamond Fire, Night and Silence, Magic TriumphsDiamond Fire by Ilona Andrews
Series: Hidden Legacy #3.5
Published by Avon Impulse on November 6, 2018
Pages: 160
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
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Also by this author: Magic BitesMagic RisesBurn for Me

Short Summary: *This is #3.5 — Spoilers for the first 3 installments!* Nevada’s sister, Catalina, is the new star in this novella and the upcoming trilogy of the continued Hidden Legacy series. The plans for Nevada and Rogan’s wedding are well underway but when the family tiara is discovered to be missing, Nevada’s future mother-in-law requests that Catalina conduct the investigation behind it because it’s clear there’s at least one family member that doesn’t want this wedding to happen.

Thoughts: I was worried that this spinoff wouldn’t work after the latest spinoff fiasco I read and I was worried that I wouldn’t love Catalina as much as I loved Nevada but my worries were completely unfounded. Catalina is going to be an exceptionally strong lead and I can’t wait for the story to further explore her powers.

Verdict: This was a fantastically fun snippet of future Catalina stories and fans of the author duo are definitely going to be pleased.

four-half-stars

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.

Rapid Reviews – Foundryside, Diamond Fire, Night and Silence, Magic TriumphsNight and Silence by Seanan McGuire
Series: October Daye #12
Published by DAW on September 4, 2018
Pages: 368
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Format: eARC
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Also by this author: IndexingRosemary and RueA Local Habitation

Short Summary: Toby is once again faced with the kidnapping of her mortal daughter, Gillian, terrified that she’s once again responsible for her daughter being in danger. During her investigation, she manages to uncover a few jaw-dropping mysteries that will no doubt play a role in Toby’s future.

Thoughts: I swear, just when I feel like I couldn’t love this series more, McGuire manages to sneak in a new facet to the story that opens up whole new avenues and makes the anticipation for the next installment even worse. I have no idea how far she plans to take this series but even with twelve installments under her belt, this series doesn’t seem to be heading towards an end anytime soon, and I’m certainly not complaining.

Verdict: I read the first two installments in 2017 and the remaining nine this year so I could finally be caught up in time for the new release of Night and Silence. I now have to wait for the next release of this ridiculously good series like a PEASANT. BAH.

four-half-stars

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.

Rapid Reviews – Foundryside, Diamond Fire, Night and Silence, Magic TriumphsMagic Triumphs by Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels #10
Published by Ace on August 28, 2018
Pages: 327
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Format: eARC
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Also by this author: Magic BitesMagic RisesBurn for Me

Short Summary: In the final installment of the husband and wife co-authored Kate Daniels series, Kate is battling an ancient enemy that almost succeeded in destroying her family once before and this time seeks to raze Atlanta and everyone in it.

Thoughts: This series began back in 2007 and while I was late to the party (finally started in 2011), Kate Daniels will always be one of the integral series that turned me into such a diehard Urban Fantasy fan. As a final installment, Magic Triumphs still manages to throw in some unexpected surprises, new monsters, and an open enough ending to pave way for future stories (or spinoffs more likely).

Verdict: While the story started off with the standard formula with Kate researching a crime, it was far from what I was expecting from a final installment (I assumed it would be full of verbal sparring between her and Roland — I would have been a-okay with that). The first 2/3 felt like the story was dragging its feet (yet still managed to read very clipped and rushed somehow?), the final 1/3 was full of the action I would have appreciated reading about for the entire book, yet the end was ultimately satisfying and fans of the series will no doubt be pleased with the ending the duo writers bestowed upon her.

three-half-stars

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.

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Life’s Too Short – Vox, Pack, Cross Her Heart

September 20, 2018 Bonnie Book Reviews, Life's Too Short, Read in 2018 10 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 – Vox, Pack, Cross Her HeartVox by Christina Dalcher
Published by Berkley on August 21, 2018
Pages: 326
Genres: Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic
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Set in an America where half the population has been silenced, VOX is the harrowing, unforgettable story of what one woman will do to protect herself and her daughter.

On the day the government decrees that women are no longer allowed more than 100 words daily, Dr. Jean McClellan is in denial—this can't happen here. Not in America. Not to her.

This is just the beginning.

Soon women can no longer hold jobs. Girls are no longer taught to read or write. Females no longer have a voice. Before, the average person spoke sixteen thousand words a day, but now women only have one hundred to make themselves heard.

But this is not the end.

For herself, her daughter, and every woman silenced, Jean will reclaim her voice.

DNF @ meh? There was a lot of scan-reading.

I haven’t read many of the recent feminist speculative novels cropping up that are clearly taking inspiration from the newly renewed popularity of The Handmaid’s Tale, but I requested this one and I honestly wish I hadn’t. The issue with Vox, in particular, is it doesn’t seem to be written to show society the dangers in an attempt to right future wrongs, but rather to capitalize on the fears of many. In the beginning of Vox, we’re introduced to a world where all females are fitted with a metal bracelet which delivers a shock if the individual goes over their allotted 100 words per day. Paper, pencils, books, all banned. Jean is a mother of three boys and one girl and she mentally contemplates what she could have done differently to avoid the outcome of the world she finds herself living in. The flashbacks she has regarding her grad school roomie warning her against inaction amid the rise of fundamentalism, how religions are wholly evil, and the indirect references to our current president were all a bit too on the nose. It also didn’t help that the second half turned into some blockbuster thriller and if I couldn’t take the novel seriously before, I certainly wasn’t able to at that point. I’m all about driving home the importance of voting but lines like:

“My fault started two decades ago, the first time I didn’t vote … was too busy to go on [a march].”

I mean criminy, talk about subtle. Voting is incredibly important and I believe that everyone should exercise their right to do so. A single vote might not be the decider in a race, or it could, but at the very least you’ve gone out there and made your opinion known. Dalcher was trying to make a good point, that women’s rights are precarious at best, but maybe don’t wrap up your cautionary tale in the cloak of a thriller simply to make it more exciting.

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 – Vox, Pack, Cross Her HeartPack by Mike Bockoven
Published by Talos on July 3, 2018
Pages: 272
Genres: Paranormal, Werewolves
Format: eARC
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From the author of FantasticLand comes a supernatural thriller set in a sleepy Nebraska town that mixes the novels of Ann Rice and the pulpy, bloody works of Donald Ray Pollock.

Cherry, Nebraska, population 312, is just off the highway between the sticks and the boonies. It’s where Dave Rhodes and his friends have lived all their lives. They own businesses, raise families, pay taxes, deal with odd neighbors and, once or twice a month just like their fathers before them—transform into wolves. It’s not a bad life, but when one of the group members goes astray, it sets in motion a series of events that will threaten to destroy the delicate balance that has kept Dave and his clan off the radar. Between a son getting ready for his first transformation—called The Scratch—a wife with sordid secrets, a new sheriff who knows nothing of the creatures in his midst, and a mysterious man in a bow tie with a shady agenda, the middle of nowhere is about to get very dangerous.

Interspersed with historical documents and newspaper clippings, and court documents that reveal the past of Cherry, Nebraska, a past informed by spirits, the devil, and crooked cops. In the vein of Donald Ray Pollock and Glen Duncan, Pack is at its heart is the story of family’s survival in an unforgiving world. Mike Bockoven’s second novel moves at breakneck speed with prose that hits like an injection of battery acid. Raw, real, and funny, Pack exposes the horror and tenderness that festers in the forgotten corners of the American Dream.

DNF @ 17%

Pack is described as a supernatural thriller and is likened to Anne Rice (Interview with the Vampire) and Donald Ray Pollock (The Devil All the Time). I am typically not a big werewolf story reader, but my brain went a little wild with excitement over the idea of combining Rice and Pollock, two of my favorite authors. First of all, a supernatural thriller this is not. Small town, werewolf family drama? Absolutely. The characters weren’t very memorable and the storyline itself just felt uneventful and it took me many weeks to even get to the measly 17% I made it to. I know that publishers request lines not be included from review copies, so I won’t, however, the state which the review copy was in absolutely played a part in preventing me from finishing this. Maybe that’s unfair, but this read like the very first draft before a single change was made and before spell-check was even run. There were so many glaring errors (spelling, grammar, you name it) that it was unfortunately too distracting. Here’s hoping the finished copy got a high coat of gloss applied with all the errors buffed out.

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 – Vox, Pack, Cross Her HeartCross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough
Published by William Morrow on September 4, 2018
Pages: 352
Genres: Mystery
Format: eARC
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Also by this author: Mayhem, Murder, The Language of Dying

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Lisa is living a lie and everyone is about to find out.

Lisa lives for her daughter Ava, her job and her best friend Marilyn.

But when a handsome client shows an interest in her, Lisa starts daydreaming about sharing her life with him, too. Maybe she’s ready now. Maybe she can trust again. Maybe it's time to let her terrifying secret past go.

But when her daughter rescues a boy from drowning and their pictures are all over the news for everyone to see, Lisa's world explodes.

As she finds everything she has built threatened, and not knowing who she can trust, it's up to Lisa to face her past in order to save what she holds dear.

But someone has been pulling all their strings. And that someone is determined that both Lisa and Ava must suffer.

Because long ago Lisa broke a promise. And some promises aren't meant to be broken.

DNF @ 24%

After reading (and loving) both Mayhem and Murder, Pinborough was immediately inducted into my auto-read author hall of fame list. There was a brief setback with The Language of Dying (magical realism either REALLY works for me or REALLY doesn’t, there is no in between) but Behind Her Eyes brought me right back to what I love about this author. Which brings me to Cross Her Heart. What’s strange about this one is I read the first 1/4 of this book in a single night and then proceeded to set it down and then completely forgot about it. The storyline alludes to the concept that Lisa and her daughter Ava ran away from something (I’m sure it was all disclosed later in the story) and the story was full of bits and pieces about Lisa refusing to date and how much of a helicopter mom she is and how the mother-daughter duo led a quiet life, but then strange things start popping up from her past that leads Lisa to believe their quiet life isn’t as peaceful as she thought. There wasn’t anything particularly wrong with the story, there just wasn’t anything particularly great. It also didn’t help that it reminded me quite a bit of another mystery I DNF’d earlier this year. I’ll still be keeping my eyes peeled for her next story.

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