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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Who's Who:

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

About Candace Fleming

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

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

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Audiobook Review – An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

November 6, 2017 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 0 Comments

Here’s what’s releasing this week: a blend of YA, Adult and the occasional Middle Grade. Something for everyone to look forward to! All book purchase links go to their respective Amazon page.
Help support this blog and use the purchase links to get your copy!

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Week of November 6th, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Stacking the Shelves (177)

November 5, 2017 Bonnie Sunday Book Haul 4 Comments

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

For Review

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

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

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Monthly Rundown: (Ominous) October 2017

November 3, 2017 Bonnie Monthly Rundown 4 Comments

Books Read = 7

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

Posted Reviews

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

Other Reads

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

Unreviewed:

Review Pending:

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

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

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

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

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Book Review – One Fell Sweep (Innkeeper Chronicles #3) by Ilona Andrews

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

Book Review – One Fell Sweep (Innkeeper Chronicles #3) by Ilona AndrewsOne Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews
Series: Innkeeper Chronicles #3
Published by NYLA on December 20th 2016
Pages: 340
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Also by this author: Magic Bites, Magic Rises, Burn for Me

five-stars

Dina DeMille may run the nicest Bed and Breakfast in Red Deer, Texas, but she caters to a very particular kind of guest… the kind that no one on Earth is supposed to know about. Guests like a former intergalactic tyrant with an impressive bounty on her head, the Lord Marshal of a powerful vampire clan, and a displaced-and-superhot werewolf; so don’t stand too close, or you may be collateral damage.

But what passes for Dina’s normal life is about to be thrown into chaos. First, she must rescue her long-distant older sister, Maud, who’s been exiled with her family to a planet that functions as the most lawless penal colony since Botany Bay. Then she agrees to help a guest whose last chance at saving his civilization could bring death and disaster to all Dina holds dear. Now Gertrude Hunt is under siege by a clan of assassins. To keep her guests safe and to find her missing parents, Dina will risk everything, even if she has to pay the ultimate price. Though Sean may have something to say about that!!

“Yes, the princess you were expecting put on her armor and left to kill the dragon. So sorry.”

Dina Demille is at it again and doing anything and everything it takes to save the guests staying at her inn, Gertrude Hunt, a Bed and Breakfast in Red Deer, Texas. Her guests are anything but ordinary individuals though, coming from a multitude of different universes that Earth’s inhabitants don’t even exist and Dina intends to keep it that way. Each story centers around this continued issue of saving her guests, but in One Fell Sweep, we get back to the major plot: Dina’s missing parents. The Hiru was an ancient alien race that flourished until the Draziri declared a holy war on them; few still remained in existence. When a Hiru visits Gertrude Hunt requesting Dina’s assistance with something in exchange for information on her parent’s whereabouts, she wants to say yes for her parent’s sake but knows that saying yes would also bring the Draziri down on all their heads. Naturally, she says yes.

I’ve been a book rut for many months and this was one of the first books to give me a glimmer of hope that maybe this rut isn’t going to last a lifetime. I can always count on Ilona Andrews for that but I’m almost running out of her books so I’m getting a bit nervous. One Fell Sweep was an absolute delight though, between the fascinating world-building, the epic battle scenes, the full-cast of characters that are so well written not a single one ever manages to feel like a secondary character, the subtle inclusion of humor despite the serious storyline:

“Will you take this seriously? The future of an entire species is at stake.”
“Yes, we’re going to save them with a fart gun.”

Oh and the romance. This romance will make even the hardest of hearts swoon.

“You taught me the meaning of loneliness, because when I don’t see you, I feel alone.”

I read this in its finished form (it was also available as a weekly serial released free to read on their website) but I was glad I was able to immerse myself from start to finish. We got to meet Maud, Dina’s sister (who is just as bad ass as her sister) and her daughter Helen who is more badass than both of them combined. Maud married a vampire so Helen is naturally a bit wild around the edges. And has fangs. And is only five-years-old. There’s one particular scene where she sees the Maine Coon that Dina had adopted for the first time that cracked me up to no end:

“He has fangs,” Helen said.
“That’s a kitty,” Maud said. “Be careful. They have sharp claws.”
“What’s his name?”
“He doesn’t have one,” I told her. I hadn’t gotten around to it. “I tell you what, you can name him.”
Helen’s eyes got almost as big as the cat’s. “I can?”
“Yes.”
“I’m going to name him Olasard, after he who hunts the evildoers and rips out their souls.”

I think I need a cat named Olasard too. 😂 I still think there’s something about Olasard, he who hunts evildoers and rip out their souls, that we don’t know yet. And what’s going to happen with Maud and Helen? And where are their parents? So many questions! Next book, please.

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of October 30th, 2017

October 30, 2017 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 0 Comments

Here’s what’s releasing this week: a blend of YA, Adult and the occasional Middle Grade. Something for everyone to look forward to! All book purchase links go to their respective Amazon page.
Help support this blog and use the purchase links to get your copy!

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Week of October 30th, 2017

The Wicker King by Kayla M Ancrum [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 31st 2017 by Imprint

Bad Girls with Perfect Faces by Lynn Weingarten [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 31st 2017 by Simon Pulse

Otherworld (Otherworld #1) by Jason Segel & Kirsten Miller [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 31st 2017 by Delacorte Press

Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 31st 2017 by Razorbill

The Scarecrow Queen (The Sin Eater’s Daughter #3) by Melinda Salisbury [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 31st 2017 by Scholastic Press

Going Viral (Potion #3) by Amy Alward [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 31st 2017 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

The Empress (The Diabolic #2) by S.J. Kincaid [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 31st 2017 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

A Very, Very Bad Thing by Jeffery Self [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 31st 2017 by Push

Girl in a Bad Place by Kaitlin Ward [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 31st 2017 by Point

The Dark Intercept (The Dark Intercept #1) by Julia Keller [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 31st 2017 by Tor Teen

Piper by Jay Asher & Jessica Freeburg [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 31st 2017 by Razorbill

The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor #1) by Jessica Townsend [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 31st 2017 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Baylor’s Guide to Dreadful Dreams (Beyond Baylor #2) by Robert Imfeld [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 31st 2017 by Aladdin

Little Bigfoot, Big City (The Littlest Bigfoot #2) by Jennifer Weiner [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 31st 2017 by Aladdin

The Fourth Ruby (Section 13 #2) by James R. Hannibal [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 31st 2017 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

The Trouble with Twelfth Grave (Charley Davidson #12) by Darynda Jones [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 31st 2017 by St. Martin’s Press

The Mongrel Mage (The Saga of Recluce #19) by L.E. Modesitt Jr. [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 31st 2017 by Tor Books

Joe Ledger: Unstoppable by Jonathan Maberry [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 31st 2017 by St. Martin’s Griffin

Hiddensee: A Tale of the Once and Future Nutcracker by Gregory Maguire [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 31st 2017 by William Morrow

The Rift Frequency (The Rift Uprising Trilogy #2) by Amy S. Foster [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 31st 2017 by Harper Voyager

Malice of Crows (The Shadow #3) by Lila Bowen [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 31st 2017 by Orbit

Barbary Station (Barbary Station #1) by R.E. Stearns [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 31st 2017 by Saga Press

Even If It Kills Her (Bailey Weggins Mystery #7) by Kate White [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 31st 2017 by Harper Paperbacks

After the Fire by Henning Mankell [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 31st 2017 by Vintage

In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 31st 2017 by Atria Books

The Queen’s Prophet by Dawn Patitucci [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 31st 2017 by Turner

Crazy Like a Fox (“Sister” Jane #10) by Rita Mae Brown [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 31st 2017 by Ballantine Books

Mr. Dickens and His Carol: A Novel of Christmas Past by Samantha Silva [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 31st 2017 by Flatiron Books

A Selfie as Big as the Ritz by Lara Williams [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 31st 2017 by Flatiron Books

The King is Always Above the People: Stories by Daniel Alarcón [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 31st 2017 by Riverhead Books

The Right Kind of Rogue (Playful Brides #8) by Valerie Bowman [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 31st 2017 by St. Martin’s Press

Wilde in Love (The Wildes of Lindow Castle #1) by Eloisa James [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 31st 2017 by Avon

The Scandalous Flirt (Cinderella Sisterhood #6) by Olivia Drake [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 31st 2017 by St. Martin’s Press

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Waiting on Wednesday – Black Mirror: Volume I: A Literary Season by Charlie Brooker, Cory Doctorow, Sylvain Neuvel, Claire North

October 25, 2017 Bonnie Waiting on Wednesday 2 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday – Black Mirror: Volume I: A Literary Season by Charlie Brooker, Cory Doctorow, Sylvain Neuvel, Claire NorthBlack Mirror: Volume I: A Literary Season by Charlie Brooker, Cory Doctorow, Sylvain Neuvel, Claire North
Series: Black Mirror #1
Published by Del Rey on February 20th 2018
Pages: 304
Genres: Sci-fi
Format: Hardcover
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Also by this author: Sleeping Giants, Waking Gods

From the creator of Black Mirror comes the first book in an anthology series featuring original stories from leading fiction writers, all set in the world of the cult series.

Edited by Charlie Brooker, the creator of the hit Netflix original series Black Mirror, this book takes the very essence of the globally acclaimed cult TV show to create new, original, darkly satirical stories that tap into our collective unease about the modern world. This is Black Mirror in book form, allowed to roam through the imaginations of some of the leading names in contemporary fiction. This collection will challenge you to see the world in a different—and more disturbing—light.

You have been warned....

I love Black Mirror and its crazy twistedness. I also love Sylvain Neuvel and have heard great things about the other authors so I’m super excited for this collection!

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of October 23rd, 2017

October 23, 2017 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 0 Comments

Here’s what’s releasing this week: a blend of YA, Adult and the occasional Middle Grade. Something for everyone to look forward to! All book purchase links go to their respective Amazon page.
Help support this blog and use the purchase links to get your copy!

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Week of October 23rd, 2017

The Glass Spare (The Glass Spare #1) by Lauren DeStefano [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 24th 2017 by Balzer + Bray

The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 24th 2017 by HarperTeen

Calling My Name by Liara Tamani [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 24th 2017 by Greenwillow Books

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 24th 2017 by Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books

Us Kids Know by J.J. Strong [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 24th 2017 by Razorbill

Ruby and Olivia by Rachel Hawkins [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 24th 2017 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid by Colin Meloy [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 24th 2017 by Balzer + Bray

Reign of Outlaws (Robyn Hoodlum #3) by Kekla Magoon [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 24th 2017 by Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children’s Books

Expelled by James Patterson & Emily Raymond [Purchase]
Published October 23rd 2017 by Little, Brown and Company

Meant to Be by Julie Halpern [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 24th 2017 by Feiwel & Friends

The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 24th 2017 by Thomas Dunne Books

The Tethered Mage (Swords and Fire #1) by Melissa Caruso [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 24th 2017 by Orbit

Leopard’s Blood (Leopard People #10) by Christine Feehan [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 24th 2017 by Berkley Books

Switchback (Nightshades #2) by Melissa F. Olson [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 24th 2017 by Tor.com

Strange Weather by Joe Hill [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 24th 2017 by William Morrow

Blade of Empire (The Dragon Prophecy #2) by Mercedes Lackey & James Mallory [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 24th 2017 by Tor Books

Magic of Wind and Mist (The Hanna Duology) by Cassandra Rose Clarke [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 24th 2017 by Saga Press

Mind Game (Eve Duncan #22) by Iris Johansen [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 24th 2017 by St. Martin’s Press

The Rooster Bar by John Grisham [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 24th 2017 by Doubleday

Tell Tale: Short Stories by Jeffrey Archer [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 24th 2017 by St. Martin’s Press

God’s Fool: A Novel by Mark Slouka [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 24th 2017 by W. W. Norton Company

The It Girls by Karen Harper [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 24th 2017 by William Morrow Paperbacks

First Snow: A Will and a Way\Local Hero by Nora Roberts [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 24th 2017 by Silhouette Books

Uncommon Type: Some Stories by Tom Hanks [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 24th 2017 by Knopf

The First Day by Phil Harrison [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 24th 2017 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Everything Is Awful: And Other Observations by Matt Bellassai [Purchase]
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Waiting on Wednesday – Unbury Carol by Josh Malerman

October 18, 2017 Bonnie Waiting on Wednesday 3 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday – Unbury Carol by Josh MalermanUnbury Carol by Josh Malerman
Published by Del Rey on April 10th 2018
Pages: 384
Genres: Horror
Format: Hardcover
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Also by this author: Bird Box, Black Mad Wheel

The Bram Stoker Award–nominated author of Bird Box returns with a haunting tale of love, redemption, and murder.

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.

The haunting story of a woman literally bringing herself back from the dead, Unbury Carol is a twisted take on the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale that will stay with you long after you’ve turned the final page.

About Josh Malerman

FUN FACTS ABOUT JOSH

1. Shares a birthday with Amelia Earhart
Is the middle child
2. At 12, got stung on the face by a jellyfish after father convinced him the ocean was safe
3. The Twilight Zone: The Movie was the first horror film he saw
4. Almost always writes as horror movie soundtracks play on the record player (The Howling, Poltergeist, and Zombi 2 are great, but Creepshow is best)
5. Sings for the rock n’ roll band The High Strung
6. Wrote/performs the theme song for Showtime’s Shameless (starring William H. Macy)
7. Has only read two books twice: William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom! and Stephen King’s The Shining
8. Is a member of the Detroit Zoo
9. Lives with his fianceé (whose head he recently shaved) in Royal Oak, Michigan

A twisted take on the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale indeed. I’m all for some twisted fairy tales à la Angela Carter.

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What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

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