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
Source: Netgalley
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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
Source: Netgalley
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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
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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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
Source: Edelweiss
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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
Source: Edelweiss
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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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Waiting on Wednesday – Middlegame by Seanan McGuire

September 19, 2018 Bonnie Waiting on Wednesday 9 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday – Middlegame by Seanan McGuireMiddlegame by Seanan McGuire
Published by Tor.com on May 7, 2019
Pages: 528
Genres: Fantasy
Format: Hardcover
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Also by this author: Indexing, The Book of Mirrors, Rosemary and Rue, A Local Habitation

New York Times bestselling and Alex, Nebula, and Hugo-Award-winning author Seanan McGuire introduces readers to a world of amoral alchemy, shadowy organizations, and impossible cities in this standalone fantasy.

Meet Roger. Skilled with words, languages come easily to him. He instinctively understands how the world works through the power of story.

Meet Dodger, his twin. Numbers are her world, her obsession, her everything. All she understands, she does so through the power of math.

Roger and Dodger aren’t exactly human, though they don’t realise it. They aren’t exactly gods, either. Not entirely. Not yet.

Meet Reed, skilled in the alchemical arts like his progenitor before him. Reed created Dodger and her brother. He’s not their father. Not quite. But he has a plan: to raise the twins to the highest power, to ascend with them and claim their authority as his own.

Godhood is attainable. Pray it isn’t attained.

About Seanan McGuire

Seanan is the author of the October Daye urban fantasies, the InCryptid urban fantasies, and several other works both stand-alone and in trilogies or duologies. In case that wasn't enough, she also writes under the pseudonym "Mira Grant." For details on her work as Mira, check out MiraGrant.com.

Seanan lives in a creaky old farmhouse in Northern California, which she shares with her cats, Alice and Thomas, a vast collection of creepy dolls and horror movies, and sufficient books to qualify her as a fire hazard. She has strongly-held and oft-expressed beliefs about the origins of the Black Death, the X-Men, and the need for chainsaws in daily life.

This is so far from being released but I’M SO DAMN EXCITED.

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What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

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Top Ten Tuesday – Ominous October TBR

September 18, 2018 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 27 Comments

Well, almost. The one month I allow myself to go crazy and read nothing but horror! One of these days I’ll take my bestie’s advice and do some random horror month in like March just to appease my horror needs. Or at the very least just read more throughout the year? Hmmm… or both.

I’ve been hosting Ominous October since 2014 and it’s one of my favorite things ever. This go around, I’ve realized I was quite ambitious in my picks (really long audios and a few really long books… eek.) and especially with all the crazy stuff going on life-wise, these are the ten I’d like to get around to but I’m not holding my breath about getting through the entire list. But who knows! I might turn this slump around and knock out this list and then some. 🙂 I might also just start early. lol

Ghost Story by Peter Straub (532 pages)
I’ve been slowly working my way through all the “classic” horror novels and this is one of them. I’ve heard mixed things but it’s one I’m quite excited about. I love a good ghostie story.

Hell House by Richard Matheson (302 pages)
This has honestly been on my Ominous October plans for like the last 3 years. I have been so. damn. excited. for this book… I love Matheson and I honestly have no freaking idea why I haven’t read this yet. This one is top priority!

Books of Blood: Volumes One to Three by Clive Barker (507 pages)
After thoroughly enjoying The Thief of Always and The Hellbound Heart, I quickly made it my mission to collect all the Clive Barker books. I have all three volumes of this collection that I recently was so excited to find at my used bookstore.

Nightmares and Dreamscapes by Stephen King (992 pages)
I’m still slowly but surely making my way through King’s catalog and I think this might be next up! Looking back over the ones I’ve loved the most and his short story collections are simply incredible.

Dark Tales by Shirley Jackson (208 pages)
The Haunting of Hill House remains one of the books that stand out in my mind that made me start loving horror at an early age. I’ve always wanted to try something else of hers and decided on this one.

The Listener by Robert R. McCammon (10h 27m)
I’ve heard nothing about rave reviews about anything and everything McCammon has written and I have yet to read a single one of them. I’m not sure if this is necessarily the best one to start with, but here goes nothing.

Kill Creek by Scott Thomas (15h 46m)
This was a completely random Audible daily deal pick up but I’m so glad I took the chance. The reviews have me most excited about this one!

Let Me In by John Ajvide Lindqvist (16h 54m)
I’ve been wanting to watch this movie for YEARS because it looks so damn creepy but I keep insisting to myself that I need to read the book first so I figured I should knock that out one of these days.

Lair of Dreams (The Diviners #2) by Libba Bray (20h 12m)
I read (and loved) The Diviners and am currently in the middle of a re-listen because I read it waaaaaaaaay back in 2012 and knew a re-read was the most advisable thing before diving into Lair of Dreams. These are fantastic on audio, January Lavoy does an incredible joy. And boy, are they creepy.

At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft (4h 48m)
I love me some Lovecraft. Lovecraft narrated by the late Edward Herrmann? Even better.

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of September 17th, 2018

September 17, 2018 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 1 Comment

Here’s what’s releasing this week: a blend of YA, Adult, and the occasional Middle Grade. Something for everyone to look forward to! All book purchase links go to their respective Amazon page.
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Week of September 17th, 2018

Wildcard (Warcross #2) by Marie Lu [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

The Impossible Girl by Lydia Kang [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Lake Union Publishing

Strange Grace by Tessa Gratton [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Margaret K. McElderry Books

The Deepest Roots by Miranda Asebedo [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by HarperTeen

Escaping from Houdini (Stalking Jack the Ripper #3) by Kerri Maniscalco [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Jimmy Patterson

Pride by Ibi Zoboi [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Balzer + Bray

What the Woods Keep by Katya de Becerra [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Imprint

The Iron Flower (The Black Witch Chronicles #2) by Laurie Forest [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Harlequin Teen

The Good Demon by Jimmy Cajoleas [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Amulet Books

A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Simon Pulse

Analee, In Real Life by Janelle Milanes [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Simon Pulse

Unclaimed Baggage by Jen Doll [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

The Storm Runner (The Storm Runner #1) by J.C. Cervantes [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Rick Riordan Presents

The Mona Lisa Key (Time Castaways #1) by Liesl Shurtliff [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Katherine Tegen Books

The Magical Unicorn Society Official Handbook by Selwyn E. Phipps [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Feiwel & Friends

Mecha Samurai Empire (United States of Japan #2) by Peter Tieryas [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Ace

Echoes of Evil (Krewe of Hunters #26) by Heather Graham [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by MIRA

Time’s Convert (All Souls Universe #1) by Deborah Harkness [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Viking

Legion: The Many Lives of Stephen Leeds (Legion #1-3) by Brandon Sanderson [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Tor Books

Rosewater by Tade Thompson [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Orbit

Charmcaster (Spellslinger #3) by Sebastien de Castell [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Orbit

Secret Passages in a Hillside Town by Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Pushkin Press

The Queen of Crows (The Sacred Throne #2) by Myke Cole [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Tor.com

Vampires Like It Hot (Argeneau #28) by Lynsay Sands [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Avon

Lethal White (Cormoran Strike #4) by Robert Galbraith [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Mulholland Books

The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Sourcebooks Landmark

The Infinite Blacktop (Claire DeWitt Mysteries #3) by Sara Gran [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Atria Books

Button Men by Andrew Gross [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Minotaur Books

Guess Who by Chris McGeorge [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Hanover Square Press

Courtney’s War (Courtney #17) by Wilbur Smith [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Zaffre

The Ancient Nine by Ian Smith [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by St. Martin’s Press

Edinburgh Dusk (Ian Hamilton Mysteries #2) by Carole Lawrence [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Thomas & Mercer

I Know You Know by Gilly Macmillan [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by William Morrow Paperbacks

A Willing Murder by Jude Deveraux [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Mira Books

A Forgotten Place (Bess Crawford #10) by Charles Todd [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by William Morrow

The Labyrinth of the Spirits (Cemetery of Forgotten Books #4) by Carlos Ruiz Zafón [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Harper

Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Riverhead Books

The Paris Seamstress by Natasha Lester [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Forever

The Lost Carousel of Provence by Juliet Blackwell [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Berkley Books

Laurentian Divide (Northern Trilogy #2) by Sarah Stonich [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Univ Of Minnesota Press

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Knopf Publishing Group

Deviation by Luce D’Eramo [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Farrar Straus and Giroux

Why Not Tonight (Happily Inc. #3) by Susan Mallery [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by HQN

Life on the Leash by Victoria Schade [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Gallery Books

Something Great and Beautiful: A Novel of Love, Wall Street, and Focaccia by Enrico Pellegrini [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Other Press (NY)

Boomer1 by Daniel Torday [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by St. Martin’s Press

The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish by Katya Apekina [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Two Dollar Radio

The Escape Artists: A Band of Daredevil Pilots and the Greatest Prison Break of the Great War by Neal Bascomb [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Untrue: Why Nearly Everything We Believe About Women, Lust, and Infidelity Is Wrong and How the New Science Can Set Us Free by Wednesday Martin [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Little, Brown Spark

These Truths: A History of the United States by Jill Lepore [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by W. W. Norton Company

The Revolution Generation: How Millennials Can Save America and the World (Before It’s Too Late) by Josh Tickell [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Atria/Enliven Books

Daemon Voices: On Stories and Storytelling by Philip Pullman [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Knopf Publishing Group

The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War by Ben Macintyre [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Signal

Tigerland: The Miracle on East Broad Street by Wil Haygood [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Knopf Publishing Group

How to Invent Everything: A Survival Guide for the Stranded Time Traveler by Ryan North [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Riverhead Books

Nobody Cares by Anne T. Donahue [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by ECW Press

Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth by Sarah Smarsh [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Scribner

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Waiting on Wednesday – Heads You Win: A Novel by Jeffrey Archer

September 12, 2018 Bonnie Waiting on Wednesday 8 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday – Heads You Win: A Novel by Jeffrey ArcherHeads You Win: A Novel by Jeffrey Archer
Published by St. Martin's Press on November 6, 2018
Pages: 448
Genres: Historical Fiction
Format: Hardcover
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Leningrad, Russia, 1968. Alexander Karpenko is no ordinary child, and from an early age, it is clear he is destined to lead his countrymen. But when his father is assassinated by the KGB for defying the state, he and his mother will have to escape from Russia if they hope to survive. At the docks, they are confronted with an irreversible choice: should they board a container ship bound for America, or Great Britain? Alexander leaves that choice to the toss of a coin . . .

In a single moment, a double twist decides Alexander’s future. During an epic tale of fate and fortune, spanning two continents and thirty years, we follow his triumphs and defeats as he struggles as an immigrant to conquer his new world. As this unique story unfolds, Alexander comes to realize where his destiny lies, and accepts that he must face the past he left behind in Russia.

With a final twist that will shock even his most ardent fans, this is #1 New York Times bestseller Jeffrey Archer’s most ambitious and creative work since Kane and Abel.

About Jeffrey Archer

Jeffrey Howard Archer, Baron Archer of Weston-super-Mare (born 15 April 1940) is an English author and former politician.

He was a Member of Parliament and deputy chairman of the Conservative Party, and became a life peer in 1992. His political career, having suffered several controversies, ended after a conviction for perverting the course of justice and his subsequent imprisonment. He is married to Mary Archer, a scientist specialising in solar power. Outside politics, he is a novelist, playwright and short story writer.

I’ve never actually read anything from this author, but I just found out that the audio narration is being done by Richard Armitage and if you haven’t listened to anything he’s narrated, what are you even doing with your life?

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

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Top Ten Tuesday – Underrated Gems Pt. 4

September 10, 2018 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 15 Comments

One of the things that I love most about blogging is helping to bring more attention to all the books that manage to fall under the radar. The amazing ones that aren’t nearly as appreciated as they deserve to be. These ten are books that I loved reading and would love to see more people love too.

Past Underrated Gem Posts:

Underrated Gems
Underrated Gems Pt. 2
Underrated Gems Pt. 3

Lightwood (Judah Cannon #1) by Steph Post [Purchase|Review]
100 Goodreads ratings, 32 Amazon ratings

We Are Where the Nightmares Go and Other Stories by C. Robert Cargill [Purchase|Review]
119 Goodreads ratings, 4 Amazon ratings

Witching Hour Theatre by Jonathan Janz [Purchase]
142 Goodreads ratings, 17 Amazon ratings

The Bird Market of Paris: A Memoir by Nikki Moustaki [Purchase|Review]
267 Goodreads ratings, 59 Amazon ratings

The Case of the Baker Street Irregular by Robert Newman [Purchase]
274 Goodreads ratings, 12 Amazon ratings

What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia by Elizabeth Catte [Purchase]
590 Goodreads ratings, 38 Amazon ratings

Something Rich and Strange by Patricia A. McKillip [Purchase]
746 Goodreads ratings, 9 Amazon ratings

Final Girls by Mira Grant [Purchase|Review]
1,008 Goodreads ratings, 51 Amazon ratings

Tighter by Adele Griffin [Purchase]
1,110 Goodreads ratings, 45 Amazon ratings

Love in Mid Air by Kim Wright [Purchase]
1,025 Goodreads ratings, 82 Amazon ratings

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