Waiting on Wednesday – Barbed Wire Heart by Tess Sharpe

January 3, 2018 Bonnie Waiting on Wednesday 3 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday – Barbed Wire Heart by Tess SharpeBarbed Wire Heart by Tess Sharpe
Published by Grand Central Publishing on March 6th 2018
Pages: 416
Genres: Southern Gothic/Country Noir
Format: Hardcover
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Never cut the drugs--leave them pure.Guns are meant to be shot--keep them loaded.Family is everything--betray them and die.

Harley McKenna is the only child of North County's biggest criminal. Duke McKenna's run more guns, cooked more meth, and killed more men than anyone around. Harley's been working for him since she was sixteen--collecting debts, sweet-talking her way out of trouble, and dreading the day he'd deem her ready to rule the rural drug empire he's built.

Her time's run out. The Springfields, her family's biggest rivals, are moving in. Years ago, they were responsible for her mother's death, and now they're coming for Duke's only weak spot: his daughter.

With a bloody turf war threatening to consume North County, Harley is forced to confront the truth: that her father's violent world will destroy her. Duke's raised her to be deadly--he never counted on her being disloyal. But if Harley wants to survive and protect the people she loves, she's got to take out Duke's operation and the Springfields.

Blowing up meth labs is dangerous business, and getting caught will be the end of her, but Harley has one advantage: She is her father's daughter. And McKennas always win.

About Tess Sharpe

Born in a mountain cabin to a punk-rocker mother, Tess Sharpe grew up in rural northern California. Living deep in the backwoods with a pack of dogs and a herd of formerly feral cats, she is the author of Barbed Wire Heart and the critically acclaimed YA novel Far From You.


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Top Ten Tuesday – Best New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2017

January 2, 2018 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 1 Comment

I don’t branch out as much as I would like when it comes to new authors. Some of these ten are well-loved authors, a few debuts, and a fan-fic. Yes, that counts. Don’t agree? I will fight you. Anyways, in looking back on my reading year, I didn’t have the best year. But these ten were definite highlights and are in no particular order.

The Possessions by Sara Flannery Murphy
Isolation by Bex-Chan
Lightwood by Steph Post
Late Wife by Claudia Emerson
Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table by Ruth Reichl

The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories by Angela Carter
The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
Because of Miss Bridgerton (Rokesbys #1) by Julia Quinn

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

January 1, 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.
Help support this blog and use the purchase links to get your copy!

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Week of January 1st, 2018

The True Queen (The Impostor Queen #3) by Sarah Fine [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 2nd 2018 by Margaret K. McElderry Books

Gunslinger Girl by Lyndsay Ely & James Patterson [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 2nd 2018 by jimmy patterson

Ink (The Skin Books #1) by Alice Broadway [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 2nd 2018 by Scholastic Press

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 2nd 2018 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Batman: Nightwalker (DC Icons #2) by Marie Lu [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 2nd 2018 by Random House Books for Young Readers

A Conspiracy of Stars by Olivia A. Cole [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 2nd 2018 by Katherine Tegen Books

The Forgotten Book by Mechthild Gläser [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 2nd 2018 by Feiwel & Friends

Between the Blade and the Heart (Valkyrie #1) by Amanda Hocking [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 2nd 2018 by Wednesday Books

As You Wish by Chelsea Sedoti [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 2nd 2018 by Sourcebooks Fire

Everless (Untitled #1) by Sara Holland [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 2nd 2018 by HarperTeen

Love and Other Train Wrecks by Leah Konen [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 2nd 2018 by Katherine Tegen Books

Together at Midnight by Jennifer Castle [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 2nd 2018 by HarperTeen

Someone to Love by Melissa de la Cruz [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 2nd 2018 by Harlequin Teen

You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone by Rachel Lynn Solomon [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 2nd 2018 by Simon Pulse

Busted by Gina Ciocca [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 2nd 2018 by Sourcebooks Fire

Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet by Jennifer L. Armentrout [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 2nd 2018 by HMH Books for Young Readers

Green by Sam Graham-Felsen [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 2nd 2018 by Random House

Chainbreaker (Timekeeper #2) by Tara Sim [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 2nd 2018 by Sky Pony Press

Runaways: An Original Novel by Christopher Golden [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 2nd 2018 by Marvel Press

Pretty Dead Girls by Monica Murphy [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 2nd 2018 by Entangled: Teen

A Sky Full of Stars (Rose Lee Carter #2) by Linda Williams Jackson [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 2nd 2018 by HMH Books for Young Readers

Flower Moon by Gina Linko [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 2nd 2018 by Sky Pony Press

Escape from Aleppo by N.H. Senzai [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 2nd 2018 by Simon Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books

Shadow Weaver (Shadow Weaver #1) by MarcyKate Connolly [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 2nd 2018 by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky

Winterhouse (Winterhouse #1) by Ben Guterson [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 2nd 2018 by Henry Holt & Company

Snow Lane by Josephine Angelini [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 2nd 2018 by Feiwel & Friends

Warrior Genius (Geniuses #2) by Michael Dante DiMartino [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 2nd 2018 by Roaring Brook Press

Fairy Mom and Me by Sophie Kinsella [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 2nd 2018 by Delacorte Press

Saga, Vol. 8 (Saga #8) by Brian K. Vaughan [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 2nd 2018 by Image Comics

Fallen Gods (The Tides Of War #2) by James A. Moore [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 2nd 2018 by Angry Robot

The Queen of All Crows (The Map of Unknown Things #1) by Rod Duncan [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 2nd 2018 by Angry Robot

Cry Your Way Home by Damien Angelica Walters [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 2nd 2018 by Apex Book Company

Robicheaux (Dave Robicheaux #21) by James Lee Burke [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 2nd 2018 by Simon Schuster

Beneath the Mountain by Luca D’Andrea [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 2nd 2018 by Harper Paperbacks

Darkness, Sing Me a Song (Holland Taylor #4) by David Housewright [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 2nd 2018 by Minotaur Books

The Wolves of Winter by Tyrell Johnson [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 2nd 2018 by Scribner

Don’t Look For Me (Carter Blake #4) by Mason Cross [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 2nd 2018 by Pegasus Books

The Bomb Maker by Thomas Perry [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 2nd 2018 by Mysterious Press

A Map of the Dark (Agent Elsa Myers #1) by Karen Ellis [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 2nd 2018 by Mulholland Books

The Devil’s Song by Lauren Stahl [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 2nd 2018 by Kaylie Jones Books

Death Below Stairs (Kat Holloway #1) by Jennifer Ashley [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 2nd 2018 by Berkley Books

Murder Has a Motive (Mordecai Tremaine Mystery #2) by Francis Duncan [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 2nd 2018 by Sourcebooks Landmark

In the Shadow of Agatha Christie: Classic Crime Fiction by Forgotten Female Authors: 1850-1917 by Leslie S. Klinger [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 2nd 2018 by Pegasus Books

Scones and Scoundrels (Highland Bookshop Mystery #2) by Molly MacRae [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 2nd 2018 by Pegasus Books

Impossible Saints by Clarissa Harwood [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 2nd 2018 by Pegasus Books

Red Sky at Noon by Simon Sebag Montefiore [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 2nd 2018 by Pegasus Books

The Lost Season of Love and Snow by Jennifer Laam [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 2nd 2018 by St. Martin’s Griffin

Impossible Saints by Clarissa Harwood [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 2nd 2018 by Pegasus Books

The Outcasts of Time by Ian Mortimer [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 2nd 2018 by Pegasus Books

The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 2nd 2018 by Random House

A State of Freedom: A Novel by Neel Mukherjee [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 2nd 2018 by W. W. Norton Company

The Art of Mystery: The Search for Questions by Maud Casey [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 2nd 2018 by Graywolf Press

Mouths Don’t Speak by Katia D. Ulysse [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 2nd 2018 by Akashic Books

The Spring Girls: A Modern-Day Retelling of Little Women by Anna Todd [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 2nd 2018 by Gallery Books

Every Dog Has His Day (Bluff Point #3) by Jenn McKinlay [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 2nd 2018 by Berkley Books

The Rogue Is Back in Town (The Wayward Wallflowers #3) by Anna Bennett [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 2nd 2018 by St. Martin’s Press

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Life’s Too Short – Made for Love, A Plague of Giants, Shadowless

December 30, 2017 Bonnie Adult, Book Reviews, Life's Too Short 2 Comments

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

Life’s Too Short – Made for Love, A Plague of Giants, ShadowlessMade for Love by Alissa Nutting
Published by Ecco on July 4th 2017
Pages: 320
Genres: Contemporary
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
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Also by this author: Tampa

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Hazel has just moved into a trailer park of senior citizens, with her father and Diane—his extremely lifelike sex doll—as her roommates. Life with Hazel’s father is strained at best, but her only alternative seems even bleaker. She’s just run out on her marriage to Byron Gogol, CEO and founder of Gogol Industries, a monolithic corporation hell-bent on making its products and technologies indispensable in daily life. For over a decade, Hazel put up with being veritably quarantined by Byron in the family compound, her every movement and vital sign tracked. But when he demands to wirelessly connect the two of them via brain chips in a first-ever human “mind-meld,” Hazel decides what was once merely irritating has become unbearable. The world she escapes into is a far cry from the dry and clinical bubble she’s been living in, a world populated with a whole host of deviant oddballs.

As Hazel tries to carve out a new life for herself in this uncharted territory, Byron is using the most sophisticated tools at his disposal to find her and bring her home. His threats become more and more sinister, and Hazel is forced to take drastic measures in order to find a home of her own and free herself from Byron’s virtual clutches once and for all.

DNF @ 40%

I knew from having read Tampa that Nutting could come up with some bizarre shit of a storyline that I’d still relish in reading. But I have come to realize with this novel that even I have limits. Made for Love felt like some bizarro Black Mirror parody sort of world where Hazel leaves her husband Byron who wants to implant a mind-meld chip into her brain. We’re given a flashback to how they met and it was all such a hilarious spoof on Fifty Shades of Grey and I was completely on board. Even the terribly awkward (but extremely comical) return home to her father where she finds him residing with a real-life sex-doll named Diane. Bizarre, yes. But I was still fully on board. I’m apparently cool with strange science fiction storylines and sex-dolls but I draw the line with strange men attracted to dolphins. Yeah, you read that right. After several chapters of Hazel and her father (and we mustn’t forget Diane), we’re thrown for a loop when we’re introduced to Jasper who, after conning his latest girlfriend into giving him all her money and bailing, experiences a random dolphin attack and finds himself only attracted to dolphins. And describes this attraction in explicit detail. I may never look at a dolphin the same.

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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.

Life’s Too Short – Made for Love, A Plague of Giants, ShadowlessA Plague of Giants by Kevin Hearne
Series: Seven Kennings #1
Published by Del Rey Books on October 17th 2017
Pages: 618
Genres: Fantasy
Format: ARC
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Also by this author: Hounded, Hammered

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In the start of a compelling new series, the New York Times bestselling author of The Iron Druid Chronicles creates an unforgettable fantasy world of warring giants and elemental magic.

In the city of Pelemyn, Fintan the bard takes to the stage to tell what really happened the night the giants came . . .

From the east came the Bone Giants, from the south, the fire-wielding Hathrim - an invasion that sparked war across the six nations of Teldwen. The kingdom's only hope is the discovery of a new form of magic that calls the world's wondrous beasts to fight by the side of humankind.

DNF @ 30%

I really loved the first few installments of Hearne’s Iron Druid Chronicles but I called it quits after book four. The humor was still there, the great characters, but it started to feel very repetitive. I heard about a brand new series coming from him and was so ready for a fresh new story. And one about a fantasy world with giants and magic? Oh man, I’m so disappointed this wasn’t all I had hoped it to be. The opening was extremely promising, where a bard with magical abilities begins to tell the story of the Bone Giants. He’s able to take on the appearance and voice of individuals so most of the first chapters were voiced by a different individual with a different perspective of things ongoing. Around the time when Hearne attempts to merge their storylines together was when he lost me. There were too many characters with obscure names, too many points of view, and too much to keep track off right from the beginning to keep me invested.

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Life’s Too Short – Made for Love, A Plague of Giants, ShadowlessShadowless by Hasan Ali Toptaş
Published by Bloomsbury on October 17th 2017
Pages: 320
Genres: Literary Fiction
Format: Hardcover
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Hasan Ali Toptaş, "the Turkish Kafka", playfully challenges ideas of identity and memory in this surprising and beguiling novel.

In an Anatolian village forgotten by both God and the government, the muhtar has been elected leader for the sixteenth successive year. When he drunkenly staggers to bed that night, the village is prospering. But when he awakes to discover that Nuri, the barber, has disappeared in the dead of night, the community begins to fracture. In a nameless town far, far away, Nuri walks into a barbershop, not knowing how he has arrived. Blurring the lines of reality to terrific effect, this novel is both a compelling mystery and an enduring evocation of displacement.

DNF @ 15%

I typically stick with a pretty concrete set of genres because literary fiction and I so rarely get along. Sometimes I really try to push myself out of my comfort zone, hoping to find some diamond in the rough that will inevitably encourage me to venture outside that zone more often. This is one of those out of my comfort zone picks. Unfortunately, this is not encouraging me to pick up more literary fiction but instead to stay securely comfortable in the genres that I consistently love.

I never quite understood what was going on because it was this strange blend of literary fiction and magical realism, except I guess it’s supposed to be real but honestly, I don’t even know. I’m sure there is some beauty to a story such as this but when “his ears grew larger than soup ladles”, the broom suddenly had a voice, walls shivered at his touch, and his hair grew back immediately after being cut I just knew this was unfortunately not the book for me.

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Rapid Fire Reviews – Artemis, Ink and Bone, Into the Drowning Deep, The Hazel Wood

December 29, 2017 Bonnie Adult, Book Reviews, Rapid Fire Reviews, Read in 2017, YA 4 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.

Artemis by Andy Weir
Narrator: Rosario Dawson
Published by Audible on November 14th 2017
Length: 8 hours and 59 minutes
Genres: Sci-fi
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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Short Summary: Jazz Bashara is a full-time resident (and smuggler) of Artemis, the only city on the moon, but when she’s offered a sum of money that would solve all of her problems she accepts, the only problem is this job is completely out of her comfort zone and causes her more problems than she had before.

Thoughts: This story wouldn’t have been nearly as fantastic if it wasn’t narrated by Rosario Dawson who transformed this oftentimes comical heist on the moon into an actual performance.

Verdict: I loved The Martian and I loved Artemis so Andy Weir can just keep those entertaining Sci-Fi stories coming.

four-stars

Rapid Fire Reviews – Artemis, Ink and Bone, Into the Drowning Deep, The Hazel Wood

Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine
Series: The Great Library #1
Published by Berkley on April 5th 2016
Pages: 374
Genres: Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Source: Blogging for Books
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Short Summary: In an alternate universe where books are illegal to the public and the Library of Alexandria is still standing, a group of individuals train to enter into the service of the Library and realize that corruption reigns supreme from within.

Thoughts: Caine has created a fascinating alternate universe with hints of steampunk and while there seemed to be a little too much going on at times it was a captivating story with a full cast of characters and ends with a cliffhanger that leaves you no option but to continue.

Verdict: An intriguing first installment that gets the mild info-dumping necessary with any fantasy world out of the way in hopeful anticipation of a solid follow-up in Paper and Fire.

three-half-stars

Rapid Fire Reviews – Artemis, Ink and Bone, Into the Drowning Deep, The Hazel Wood

Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant
Series: Rolling in the Deep #1
Published by Orbit on November 14th 2017
Pages: 440
Genres: Fantasy
Format: Hardcover
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Short Summary: Everyone was presumed dead after the Atargatis was lost at sea, but a new crew is being assembled to go back to the Mariana Trench to search for the existence of mermaids, this time presumably taking better precautions.

Thoughts: Grant was a bit excessive with her use of prose and her oftentimes exhaustive detailing of characters; however, her much apparent research into marine biology was incredibly informative and the gory horror was a definite thrill.

Verdict: A good one for campy horror fans and science nerds alike, but there’s no denying this story is drowning in an unnecessary amount of pages.

three-stars

Rapid Fire Reviews – Artemis, Ink and Bone, Into the Drowning Deep, The Hazel Wood

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
Published by Flatiron Books on January 30th 2018
Pages: 368
Genres: Fantasy
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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Short Summary: Alice and her mother have spent their lives on the road, trying to evade Alice’s grandmother and the bad luck that shadows their every step, but when her mother is kidnapped and taken to the Hinterland (a supernatural world that her grandmother created in her fairy tales) Alice is forced to confront the fact that these fairy tales might be real.

Thoughts: The blend of dark fantasy/fairy tales in a contemporary world was so fascinating and Alice’s character is incredibly likable; however, the mystery (and the story itself) unraveled a bit at the end and wasn’t as coherent a closure as I would have liked.

Verdict: Interesting fairy tale world, solid opening, mediocre ending: still definitely worth a read.

three-stars

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Rapid Fire Reviews – Lightwood, The Weight of This World, Wildfire, The Rules of Magic

December 28, 2017 Bonnie Adult, Book Reviews, Rapid Fire Reviews, Read in 2017 7 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 Fire Reviews – Lightwood, The Weight of This World, Wildfire, The Rules of MagicLightwood by Steph Post
Published by Polis Books on January 24th 2017
Pages: 336
Genres: Southern Gothic/Country Noir
Format: eBook
Source: the Author
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Short Summary: When Judah Cannon is released from prison and returns to his hometown of Silas, Florida, he finds himself swiftly wrapped up in the troublesome workings of his family once again except this time may not result in prison, but death.

Thoughts: Steph Post has written a riveting noir-style story about revenge and betrayal that switches up the typical Appalachian setting of most Southern Gothic novels and gives us a peek at the dynamic and dangerous world of Florida scrub country.

Verdict: Daniel Woodrell, Donald Ray Pollock, and Cormac McCarthy are all big names of the often lurid genre but Steph Post proves with Lightwood that her name is just as deserving to be listed amongst them.

four-stars

Rapid Fire Reviews – Lightwood, The Weight of This World, Wildfire, The Rules of MagicThe Weight of This World by David Joy
Published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons on March 7th 2017
Pages: 260
Genres: Southern Gothic/Country Noir
Format: eARC
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Short Summary: Aiden McCall and Thad Broom have been best friends since they were children, both trapped by the imaginary confines of their hometown even after a huge amount of money ends up in their possession after witnessing the violent death of their drug dealer.

Thoughts: Joy’s graceful prose is all the more evident when its backdrop is a brutal tale but the two pair perfectly by focusing on the powerful loyalty between two lifelong friends.

Verdict: There’s no sophomore slump to be had here; The Weight of the World is just as fantastic as Where All Light Tends to Go which makes the wait for The Line That Held Us all the more interminable.

four-stars

Waiting on Wednesday – Wildfire (Hidden Legacy #3) by Ilona AndrewsWildfire by Ilona Andrews
Series: Hidden Legacy #3
Published by Avon on July 25th 2017
Pages: 400
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
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Short Summary: Life is never quiet for Nevada Baylor who realizes she’s in love with Mad Rogan, has to contend with being hired for a job by his beautiful ex, but she’s also dealing with her evil grandmother trying to kidnap her solely because of the power she possessed.

Thoughts: The intricate world-building, passionate romance, and overall excitement of this series continue in this installment that just might not be the last in the trilogy as first presumed.

Verdict: This is the 19th Ilona Andrews story so clearly I’m a bit of a fangirl; however, it never ceases to amaze me the originality of their stories and how I don’t think I’ll ever get enough of them.

four-stars

Rapid Fire Reviews – Lightwood, The Weight of This World, Wildfire, The Rules of MagicThe Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
Series: Practical Magic #2
Published by Simon & Schuster on October 10th 2017
Pages: 384
Genres: Historical FictionMagical Realism
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
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Short Summary: In Practical Magic we learn about the Owens sisters in the present day and in this unexpected prequel, we learn about their ancestors and the curse on the family that dates back to the early 1600s.

Thoughts: The Rules of Magic is an enchanting story that flows softly, never with any sense of urgency or climax, but delineates on a family that we never quite knew we wanted (or needed) to know more of until this was released.

Verdict: I was worried that this prequel (released twenty-two years after Practical Magic would feel stale and wouldn’t possess the same magic as its predecessor: I was wrong.

four-stars

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Top Ten Tuesday – Something To Look Forward To in 2018

December 26, 2017 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 7 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

2018 is just around the corner and today I rounded up my top ten titles I’m most excited for.

Walk in the Fire (Judah Cannon #2) by Steph Post | Expected publication: January 16th 2018 by Polis Books
I just finished Lightwood and really, really enjoyed it. Looking forward to this follow-up.

High Voltage (Fever #10) by Karen Marie Moning | Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Delacorte Press
This series just keeps going and going. I can’t stop.

Barbed Wire Heart by Tess Sharpe | Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Grand Central Publishing
I can’t explain my love for books set in the backwoods involving drug empires and gun running. It is what it is.

Only Human (Themis Files #3) by Sylvain Neuvel | Expected publication: May 1st 2018 by Del Rey Books
These audiobooks are so beyond amazing and I can’t wait to see how Neuvel closes out this trilogy.

Magic Triumphs (Kate Daniels #10) by Ilona Andrews | Expected publication: May 8th 2018 by Ace
THE LAST ONE, GUYS. *sniffle*

Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott | Expected publication: July 17th 2018 by Little, Brown and Company
I still haven’t read Abbott’s 2017 release but I’m always excited for anything new from her.

The Line That Held Us by David Joy | Expected publication: August 14th 2018 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Joy is quickly becoming another

Missing Person by Sarah Lotz | Expected publication: November 1st 2018 by Mulholland Books
“…about a group of amateur detectives infiltrated by the sadistic killer whose case they’re investigating.” I couldn’t add to my TBR fast enough.

Untitled (Throne of Glass #7) by Sarah J. Maas | Expected publication: September 4th 2018 by Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children’s Books
ANOTHER LAST IN A SERIES.

Untitled (Charley Davidson #13) by Darynda Jones | Expected publication: October 30th 2018 by St. Martin’s Press
ANOTHER SERIES END?? Four favorites, coming to an end. I might cry.

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of December 25th, 2017

December 25, 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 December 25th, 2017

The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily by Laura Creedle [Purchase]
Expected publication: December 26th 2017 by HMH Books for Young Readers

Before Now by Norah Olson [Purchase]
Expected publication: December 26th 2017 by Katherine Tegen Books

Breaking the Ice (Juniper Falls #2) by Julie Cross [Purchase]
Expected publication: December 26th 2017 by Entangled Publishing

The Mind Virus (The Wired #3) by Donna Freitas [Purchase]
Expected publication: December 26th 2017 by HarperTeen

The Young Queens (Three Dark Crowns 0.5) by Kendare Blake [Purchase]
Expected publication: December 26th 2017 by HarperTeen

Kill All Angels (The Vicious Circuit #3) by Robert Brockway [Purchase]
Expected publication: December 26th 2017 by Tor Books

Count to Infinity (Count to the Eschaton Sequence #6) by John C. Wright [Purchase]
Expected publication: December 26th 2017 by Tor Books

Nemo Rising by C. Courtney Joyner [Purchase]
Expected publication: December 26th 2017 by Tor Books

Survival by Ben Bova [Purchase]
Expected publication: December 26th 2017 by Tor Books

The Wanted (Elvis Cole #17) by Robert Crais [Purchase]
Expected publication: December 26th 2017 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

The Mannequin Makers by Craig Cliff [Purchase]
Expected publication: December 26th 2017 by Milkweed Editions

The Last Man in Tehran (Kyra Stryker & Jonathan Burke #4) by Mark E. Henshaw [Purchase]
Expected publication: December 26th 2017 by Touchstone

The Last Suppers by Mandy Mikulencak [Purchase]
Expected publication: December 26th 2017 by Kensington

The Road to Bittersweet by Donna Everhart [Purchase]
Expected publication: December 26th 2017 by Kensington

Now That You Mention It by Kristan Higgins [Purchase]
Expected publication: December 26th 2017 by Harlequin Books

A Distant Heart by Sonali Dev [Purchase]
Expected publication: December 26th 2017 by Kensington Publishing Corp.

Mesmerized (The Mad Morelands #1) by Candace Camp [Purchase]
Expected publication: December 26th 2017 by Harlequin Books

When You Love a Scotsman (Seven Brides for Seven Scotsmen #2) by Hannah Howell [Purchase]
Expected publication: December 26th 2017 by Zebra

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Life’s Too Short – The Simplicity of Cider, Tess of the Road, Strange Fire

December 21, 2017 Bonnie Book Reviews, Life's Too Short 4 Comments

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

Life’s Too Short – The Simplicity of Cider, Tess of the Road, Strange FireThe Simplicity of Cider by Amy E. Reichert
Published by Gallery Books on May 16th 2017
Pages: 336
Genres: Magical Realism
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
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Also by this author: The Coincidence of Coconut Cake

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Fall in love with The Simplicity of Cider, the charming new novel about a prickly but gifted cider-maker whose quiet life is interrupted by the arrival of a handsome man and his young son at her family’s careworn orchard by the author of The Coincidence of Coconut Cake and Luck, Love & Lemon Pie.

Focused and unassuming fifth generation cider-maker Sanna Lund has one desire: to live a simple, quiet life on her family’s apple orchard in Door County, Wisconsin. Although her business is struggling, Sanna remains fiercely devoted to the orchard, despite her brother’s attempts to convince their aging father to sell the land.

Single dad Isaac Banks has spent years trying to shield his son Sebastian from his troubled mother. Fleeing heartbreak at home, Isaac packed up their lives and the two headed out on an adventure, driving across the country. Chance—or fate—led them straight to Sanna’s orchard.

Isaac’s helping hands are much appreciated at the apple farm, even more when Sanna’s father is injured in an accident. As Sanna’s formerly simple life becomes increasingly complicated, she finds solace in unexpected places—friendship with young Sebastian and something more deliciously complex with Isaac—until an outside threat infiltrates the farm.

From the warm and funny Amy E. Reichert, The Simplicity of Cider is a charming love story with a touch of magic, perfect for fans of Sarah Addison Allen and Gayle Forman.

DNF @ 20%

I adore Magical Realism and I adored Reichert’s debut The Coincidence of Coconut Cake but this one just didn’t do it for me. I’ve had a rollercoaster of a reading year and being very much a mood reader it seemed like every time I picked this one up, it never felt like the right time. Alas, I’m making this my last attempt (my fifth attempt, for the record) and calling it quits. This book possessed a lovely, heartwarming feel to it as you learn about the orchard and see all these special touches of magic throughout but as the summary states, Sanna is most prickly indeed. Her character was so completely off-putting to me that it lessened my interest in everything else. Did she redeem herself in the end? Possibly. But if I’ve restarted a book five times in a single year and still can’t get through it, honestly, that was more time spent trying than should be necessary.

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 – The Simplicity of Cider, Tess of the Road, Strange FireTess of the Road by Rachel Hartman
Published by Random House Books for Young Readers on February 27th 2018
Pages: 544
Genres: Fantasy
Format: eARC
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Also by this author: Seraphina

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Meet Tess, a brave new heroine from beloved epic fantasy author Rachel Hartman.

In the medieval kingdom of Goredd, women are expected to be ladies, men are their protectors, and dragons get to be whomever they want. Tess, stubbornly, is a troublemaker. You can’t make a scene at your sister’s wedding and break a relative’s nose with one punch (no matter how pompous he is) and not suffer the consequences. As her family plans to send her to a nunnery, Tess yanks on her boots and sets out on a journey across the Southlands, alone and pretending to be a boy.

Where Tess is headed is a mystery, even to her. So when she runs into an old friend, it’s a stroke of luck. This friend is a quigutl—a subspecies of dragon—who gives her both a purpose and protection on the road. But Tess is guarding a troubling secret. Her tumultuous past is a heavy burden to carry, and the memories she’s tried to forget threaten to expose her to the world in more ways than one.

Returning to the fascinating world she created in the award-winning and New York Times bestselling Seraphina, Rachel Hartman introduces readers to a new character and a new quest, pushing the boundaries of genre once again in this wholly original fantasy.

DNF @ 15%

Blogger Problem #74: Being blinded by the excitement surrounding an ARC that you accept it without completely thinking it through.

Seraphina was a real struggle for me to get through, especially when all my blogger friends were raving about it. Despite this, I still picked up Shadow Scale (Seraphina #2) and ended up DNF-ing. Even though Tess of the Road is not classified as Seraphina #3, it really is. It’s set in the same world, most of the same characters, just focusing on a different main character. Same series, spin-off series, either way… I really should have skipped over this one. Hartman’s world building is spectacular but I continue to struggle with the pacing of her stories.

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.

Life’s Too Short – The Simplicity of Cider, Tess of the Road, Strange FireStrange Fire by Tommy Wallach
Narrator: Julia Whelan, Joy Osmanski, Madeleine Maby, Corey Brill, Jacques Roy, Gibson Frazier
Published by Simon & Schuster Audio on October 3rd 2017
Pages: 386
Length: 9 hours and 35 minutes
Genres: Fantasy
Format: Audiobook
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Also by this author: We All Looked Up, Thanks for the Trouble

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It only takes a spark.

They said that the first generation of man was brought low by its appetites: for knowledge, for wealth, for power. They said mankind’s voracity was so great, the Lord sent his own Daughter to bring fire and devastation to the world.

The survivors were few, but over the course of centuries, they banded together to form a new civilization—the Descendancy—founded on the belief that the mistakes of the past must never be repeated.

Brothers Clive and Clover Hamill, the sons of a well-respected Descendant minister, have spent their lives spreading that gospel. But when their traveling ministry discovers a community intent on rediscovering the blasphemous technologies of the past, a chain of events will be set in motion that will pit city against city…and brother against brother.

Along with Gemma Poplin, Clive’s childhood sweetheart, and Paz Dedios, a revolutionary who dreams of overthrowing the Descendancy, Clive and Clover will each play a pivotal role in determining the outcome of this holy war, and the fate of humanity itself.

DNF @ 10%

I understand that the whole purpose of a blurb is to quickly encourage readers to pick it up, but when you do, and the blurb is nothing like it promised, that’s mighty disappointing. Oregon Trail meets Westworld was what hooked me and caused me so much excitement I admittedly didn’t even read the rest of the blurb (although this is a rampant problem for me.) If I had read the entire blurb I would have been immediately put off by the excessive religiousness and would’ve skipped this. But nooooo…. my 10-year-old brain started daydreaming of Oregon Trail instead.

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Strange Fire is told from the point of view of two brothers from a religious society that views technology to be the root of all evil. It’s less fantasy and more futuristic dystopian but possessed an essence of more popular dystopian novels (Brave New World, Fahrenheit 451, Handmaid’s Tale, as well as the more recent Blood Red Road.) The writing was well done but the plot was slow to build which makes more sense when you consider it’s the start of a series. I tried to keep an open mind regarding the religious aspects but this ultimately just failed to capture my interest.

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Waiting on Wednesday – The Last Equation of Isaac Severy: A Novel in Clues by Nova Jacobs

December 20, 2017 Bonnie Waiting on Wednesday 4 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday – The Last Equation of Isaac Severy: A Novel in Clues by Nova JacobsThe Last Equation of Isaac Severy: A Novel in Clues by Nova Jacobs
Published by Touchstone on March 6th 2018
Pages: 352
Genres: Mystery
Format: Hardcover
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The Family Fang meets The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry in this literary mystery about a struggling bookseller whose recently deceased grandfather, a famed mathematician, left behind a dangerous equation for her to track down—and protect—before others can get their hands on it.

Just days after mathematician and family patriarch Isaac Severy dies of an apparent suicide, his adopted granddaughter Hazel, owner of a struggling Seattle bookstore, receives a letter from him by mail. In it, Isaac alludes to a secretive organization that is after his final bombshell equation, and he charges Hazel with safely delivering it to a trusted colleague. But first, she must find where the equation is hidden.

While in Los Angeles for Isaac’s funeral, Hazel realizes she’s not the only one searching for his life’s work, and that the equation’s implications have potentially disastrous consequences for the extended Severy family, a group of dysfunctional geniuses unmoored by the sudden death of their patriarch.

As agents of an enigmatic company shadow Isaac’s favorite son—a theoretical physicist—and a long-lost cousin mysteriously reappears in Los Angeles, the equation slips further from Hazel’s grasp. She must unravel a series of maddening clues hidden by Isaac inside one of her favorite novels, drawing her ever closer to his mathematical treasure. But when her efforts fall short, she is forced to enlist the help of those with questionable motives.

About Nova Jacobs

Nova Jacobs holds an MFA from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts and is a recipient of the Nicholl Fellowship from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Jeremy. The Last Equation of Isaac Severy is her first novel.

This sounds like so much fun.


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