Something To Look Forward To – Week of March 12th, 2018

March 12, 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 March 12th, 2018

The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 13th 2018 by Candlewick

Dayfall by Michael Ares [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 13th 2018 by Tor Books

Slay (Freya #2) by Matthew Laurence [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 13th 2018 by Imprint

Time Bomb by Joelle Charbonneau [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 13th 2018 by HMH Books for Young Readers

The Radical Element (A Tyranny of Petticoats #2) by Jessica Spotswood [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 13th 2018 by Candlewick Press

Chaotic Good by Whitney Gardner [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 13th 2018 by Knopf

Nothing Left to Burn by Heather Ezell [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 13th 2018 by Razorbill

In Sight of Stars by Gae Polisner [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 13th 2018 by Wednesday Books

Twelve Steps to Normal by Farrah Penn & James Patterson [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 13th 2018 by jimmy patterson

The Wild Robot Escapes (The Wild Robot #2) by Peter Brown [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 13th 2018 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Like Vanessa by Tami Charles [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 13th 2018 by Charlesbridge

Time Jumpers (Five Kingdoms #5) by Brandon Mull [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 13th 2018 by Aladdin

Impostor Syndrome (The Arcadia Project #3) by Mishell Baker [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 13th 2018 by Saga Press

The Flaw in the Stone (The Alchemists’ Council #2) by Cynthea Masson [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 13th 2018 by ECW Press

The Feed: A Novel by Nick Clark Windo [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 13th 2018 by William Morrow

Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach by Kelly Robson [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 13th 2018 by Tor.com

Arm of the Sphinx (The Books of Babel #2) by Josiah Bancroft [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 13th 2018 by Orbit

The Hollow Tree by James Brodgen [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 13th 2018 by Titan Books

The Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday Horror by Mallory Ortberg [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 13th 2018 by Holt Paperbacks

Dearest Ivie (Black Dagger Brotherhood #15.5) by J.R. Ward [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 13th 2018 by Ballantine Books

The Affliction (Maggie Detweiler and Hope Babbin #2) by Beth Gutcheon [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 13th 2018 by William Morrow

This Is How It Ends by Eva Dolan [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 13th 2018 by Bloomsbury USA

Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 13th 2018 by Berkley

Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 13th 2018 by Flatiron Books

Exhibit Alexandra by Natasha Bell [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 13th 2018 by Crown Publishing Group (NY)

Looking Glass (The Naturalist #2) by Andrew Mayne [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 13th 2018 by Thomas & Mercer

A Dangerous Game (New York Confidential #3) by Heather Graham [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 13th 2018 by Mira Books

Rip Crew (Valentine Pescatore #3) by Sebastian Rotella [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 13th 2018 by Mulholland Books

Clean Sweep by Michael J. Clark [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 13th 2018 by ECW Press

Fade to Black (Doug Brock #2) by David Rosenfelt [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 13th 2018 by Minotaur Books

A Reckoning (Dickinson Family Saga #2) by Linda Spalding [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 13th 2018 by Pantheon Books

A Different Kind of Evil: A Novel by Andrew Wilson [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 13th 2018 by Atria Books

The Sparsholt Affair by Alan Hollinghurst [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 13th 2018 by Knopf Publishing Group

Men and Apparitions by Lynne Tillman [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 13th 2018 by Soft Skull Press

The Flicker of Old Dreams by Susan Henderson [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 13th 2018 by Harper Perennial

Laura & Emma by Kate Greathead [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 13th 2018 by Simon Schuster

Whiskey by Bruce Holbert [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 13th 2018 by MCD

Memento Park by Mark Sarvas [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 13th 2018 by Farrar Straus and Giroux

Anatomy of a Miracle by Jonathan Miles [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 13th 2018 by Hogarth Press

Feast Days by Ian MacKenzie [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 13th 2018 by Little, Brown and Company

The Parking Lot Attendant by Nafkote Tamirat [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 13th 2018 by Henry Holt & Company

Lacking Character by Curtis White [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 13th 2018 by Melville House Publishing

Paris Metro by Wendell Steavenson [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 13th 2018 by W. W. Norton Company

Graffiti Palace: A Novel by A.G. Lombardo [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 13th 2018 by MCD

Pure Hollywood: And Other Stories by Christine Schutt [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 13th 2018 by Grove Atlantic

The Red Word by Sarah Henstra [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 13th 2018 by Black Cat

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Audiobook Review – Red Sparrow (Red Sparrow Trilogy #1) by Jason Matthews

March 9, 2018 Bonnie Adult, Audiobooks, Book Reviews, Read in 2018 4 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 – Red Sparrow (Red Sparrow Trilogy #1) by Jason MatthewsRed Sparrow by Jason Matthews
Narrator: Jeremy Bobb
Series: Red Sparrow Trilogy #1
on June 4th 2013
Length: 17 hours and 55 minutes
Genres: Spy Thriller
Format: Audiobook
Source: the Publisher
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Also by this author: Palace of Treason, The Kremlin's Candidate

four-stars

An impossible to put down, highly commercial espionage thriller written by a CIA insider.

In today’s Russia, dominated by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, state intelligence officer Dominika Egorova struggles to survive in the cast-iron bureaucracy of post-Soviet intelligence. Drafted against her will to become a “Sparrow,” a trained seductress in the service, Dominika is assigned to operate against Nathaniel Nash, a first-tour CIA officer who handles the CIA’s most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence. The two young intelligence officers, trained in their respective spy schools, collide in a charged atmosphere of tradecraft, deception, and inevitably, a forbidden spiral of carnal attraction that threatens their careers and the security of America’s valuable mole in Moscow. Seeking revenge against her soulless masters, Dominika begins a fatal double life, recruited by the CIA to ferret out a high-level traitor in Washington; hunt down a Russian illegal buried deep in the U.S. military and, against all odds, to return to Moscow as the new-generation penetration of Putin’s intelligence service. Dominika and Nathaniel’s impossible love affair and twisted spy game come to a deadly conclusion in the shocking climax of this electrifying, up-to-the minute spy thriller.

In a not so fictional world, moles have infiltrated both the U.S. and Russian governments and it’s often difficult to determine what side anyone is on. Nathaniel Nash is a CIA officer in charge of handling CIA assets, most important of those is MARBLE, a Russian mole that is a high-ranking foreign intelligence officer that has been selling secrets to the United States for years. Dominika Egorova is a Russian intelligence officer, recruited by her uncle the deputy director of the foreign intelligence service, but is forced into attending Sparrow school where she’s taught the art of seducing her enemies. She’s also gifted with synesthesia which allows her to see emotions as colors — quite helpful when it comes to detecting whether someone is lying or not. When Dominika is instructed by Russian officials to use her Sparrow skills on Nate Nash in order to uncover the mole he was hiding, it quickly becomes more than just an assignment.

“Trouble is the beginning of disaster.”

Red Sparrow is Jason Matthews’ first novel but it certainly reads like it was penned by someone with a skilled hand, likely due to his own 33-years of experience as a CIA operative. Red Sparrow reads like a far more sophisticated version of the majority of spy novels, undeniably missing the pulse-pounding action sequences but instead is a nuanced psychological game of chess. He details what would easily be considered the superfluous minutiae of what it means to be a spy but these details effectively build up rather than diminish the complexity of the story as a whole. His experience in the intelligence world certainly shows and this textbook guide on how to be a spy is cloaked with the cover of a fiction novel. Just in case you were worried this was going to be too serious, Matthews includes a recipe at the end of each chapter (the recipe for the Creamed Horseradish sauce had me drooling.)

Red Sparrow, as I stated, certainly lacks the standard pulse-pounding action sequences, but the espionage being conducted for almost 18 hours in this thrilling audiobook concludes with higher than before stakes in the most dangerous of games. I’m even more excited for the film now.

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Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John le Carré
Casino Royale (James Bond (Original Series) #1) by Ian Fleming

 

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Waiting on Wednesday – A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3.1) by Sarah J. Maas

March 7, 2018 Bonnie Waiting on Wednesday 7 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday – A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3.1) by Sarah J. MaasA Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #3.5
Published by Bloomsbury YA on May 1st 2018
Pages: 272
Genres: Fantasy
Format: Hardcover
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Also by this author: Queen of Shadows, A Court of Thorns and Roses, A Court of Mist and Fury

Narrated by Feyre and Rhysand, this bridges the events in A Court of Wings and Ruin and the upcoming novels in the series.

Feyre, Rhys, and their close-knit circle of friends are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly-changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it, a hard-earned reprieve. Yet even the festive atmosphere can't keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated--scars that will have far-reaching impact on the future of their Court.

About Sarah J. Maas

Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series (Queen of Shadows, Book 4, will be out in September 2015), as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses series (out 5/5/15).

Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she's not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.

I wasn’t the greatest fan of A Court of Wings and Ruin but I finally read the blurb for this and it wasn’t what I originally thought it was going to be. I was under the impression it was going to be a focus on a different character/pairing but I guess that’s because these are just novellas? I have no idea, there are so many installments in this series now I can’t keep anything straight. I’m down for more Rhysand though. 🙂

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

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Top Ten Tuesday – Greatest Literary Quotes About Change

March 6, 2018 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 5 Comments

My life underwent substantial change in the middle of last year and if there’s one thing I’ve learned, change tends to set in motion more change. Change is one of those inevitable facts of life and you either adapt to it or you don’t.

The following ten quotes are some of my favorite literary quotes about change.

“No one can tell what goes on in between the person you were and the person you become. No one can chart that blue and lonely section of hell. There are no maps of the change. You just come out the other side. Or you don’t.”

― Stephen King, The Stand

“I’m choosing happiness over suffering. I know I am. I’m making space for the unknown future to fill up my life with yet-to-come surprises.”

― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

“Stuff your eyes with wonder, he said, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.”

― Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

“You’re always you, and that don’t change, and you’re always changing, and there’s nothing you can do about it.”

― Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book

“I can’t go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.”

― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

“You cannot change what you are, only what you do.”

― Philip Pullman, The Golden Compass

“Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.”

― Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Frankenstein

“And that is how change happens. One gesture. One person. One moment at a time.”

― Libba Bray, The Sweet Far Thing

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”

― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

“Life belongs to the living, and he who lives must be prepared for changes.”

― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of March 5th, 2018

March 5, 2018 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 3 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 March 5th, 2018

The Final Six by Alexandra Monir [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by HarperTeen

Pacifica by Kristen Simmons [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Tor Teen

The Unbinding of Mary Reade by Miriam McNamara [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Sky Pony Press

Restore Me (Shatter Me #4) by Tahereh Mafi [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by HarperCollins

Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha #1) by Tomi Adeyemi [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Henry Holt Books for Young Readers

Hero at the Fall (Rebel of the Sands #3) by Alwyn Hamilton [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Viking Books for Young Readers

Inkmistress by Audrey Coulthurst [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Balzer + Bray

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Simon Pulse

Genesis (Project Nemesis #2) by Brendan Reichs [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

The Case for Jamie (Charlotte Holmes #3) by Brittany Cavallaro [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Katherine Tegen Books

Feeder by Patrick Weekes [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Margaret K. McElderry Books

Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Dutton Books for Young Readers

Mapping the Bones by Jane Yolen [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Philomel Books

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by HarperTeen

The Beauty That Remains by Ashley Woodfolk [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Delacorte Press

In Search Of by Ava Dellaira [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

After the Shot Drops by Randy Ribay [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by HMH Books for Young Readers

The Place Between Breaths by An Na [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books

More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Bloomsbury Children’s

A Kiss in the Dark by Gina Ciocca [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Simon Pulse

The Midnights by Sarah Nicole Smetana [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by HarperTeen

A World Below by Wesley King [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Simon Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books

Blue Window by Adina Gewirtz [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Candlewick Press

Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

P.S. I Miss You by Jen Petro-Roy [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Feiwel & Friends

Midnight in the Piazza by Tiffany Parks [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by HarperCollins

The City Where We Once Lived by Eric Barnes [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Arcade

Burn Bright (Alpha & Omega #5) by Patricia Briggs [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Ace

Lake Silence (The Others #6) by Anne Bishop [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Ace

Blood of the Four by Christopher Golden & Tim Lebbon [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Harper Voyager

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Star Wars: Novelizations #8) by Jason Fry [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Del Rey Books

The Coincidence Makers by Yoav Blum [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by St. Martin’s Press

The Warrior Within by Angus McIntyre [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Tor.com

Smoke Eaters by Sean Grigsby [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Angry Robot

Daughters of the Storm (Blood and Gold #1) by Kim Wilkins [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Del Rey Books

Tricks for Free (InCryptid #7) by Seanan McGuire [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Daw Books

Master Assassins (The Fire Sacraments #1) by Robert V.S. Redick [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Talos

Quietus by Tristan Palmgren [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Angry Robot

Good Guys by Steven Brust [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Tor Books

Highland Dragon Master (Dawn of the Highland Dragon #3) by Isabel Cooper [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Sourcebooks Casablanca

The Escape Artist by Brad Meltzer [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Grand Central Publishing

The Last Equation of Isaac Severy: A Novel in Clues by Nova Jacobs [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Touchstone

The Woman Left Behind by Linda Howard [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by William Morrow

If I Die Tonight by Alison Gaylin [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by William Morrow Paperbacks

Barbed Wire Heart by Tess Sharpe [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Grand Central Publishing

The Longest Silence (Shades of Death #4) by Debra Webb [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Mira Books

The Big Get-Even by Paul Di Filippo [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Blackstone Audiobooks

Closer Than You Know by Brad Parks [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Dutton Books

Panorama by Steve Kistulentz [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Little, Brown and Company

Close to Home (DI Adam Fawley #1) by Cara Hunter [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Penguin Books

The Girlfriend by Sarah J. Naughton [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Sourcebooks Landmark

They All Fall Down by Tammy Cohen [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Pegasus Books

Dodging and Burning: A Mystery by John Copenhaver [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Pegasus Books

The Sandman (Joona Linna #4) by Lars Kepler [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Knopf Publishing Group

Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Soho Press

The Day She Disappeared by Christobel Kent [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Sarah Crichton Books

Crimson Lake (Crimson Lake #1) by Candice Fox [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Forge

A Brush with Shadows (Lady Darby Mystery #6) by Anna Lee Huber [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Berkley Books

The Darkling Bride by Laura Andersen [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Random House

Holmes Entangled: The Final Endeavor of Sherlock Holmes by Gordon McAlpine [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Seventh Street Books

Court of Lions: A Novel by Jane Johnson [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Pegasus Books

The Last Wave by Gillian Best [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by House of Anansi Press

All the Beautiful Girls by Elizabeth J. Church [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Ballantine Books

The Cloister by James Carroll [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Nan A. Talese

Bachelor Girl by Kim van Alkemade [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Touchstone

Sugar Money: A Novel by Jane Harris [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Arcade Publishing

Undiscovered Country: A Novel Inspired by the Lives of Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok by Kelly O’Connor McNees [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Pegasus Books

The Dragon Queen by William Andrews [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Lake Union Publishing

Happiness by Aminatta Forna [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Atlantic Monthly Press

Indecent by Corinne Sullivan [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Wednesday Books

The Other Side of the Bridge by Camron Wright [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Shadow Mountain

I’ll Be Your Blue Sky by Marisa de los Santos [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by William Morrow

Speak No Evil: A Novel by Uzodinma Iweala [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Harper

Husbands and Other Sharp Objects: A Novel by Marilyn Simon Rothstein [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Lake Union Publishing

Whiskey & Ribbons by Leesa Cross-Smith [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 8th 2018 by Hub City Press

The Family Next Door by Sally Hepworth [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by St. Martin’s Press

Camp Austen: My Life as an Accidental Jane Austen Superfan by Ted Scheinman [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Fsg Originals

The Adulterants by Joe Dunthorne [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Tin House Books

As You Wish (The Summerhouse #3) by Jude Deveraux [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Mira Books

A Rogue of Her Own (Windham Brides #4) by Grace Burrowes [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Forever

Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Flatiron Books

Awayland: Stories by Ramona Ausubel [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Riverhead Books

Gun Love by Jennifer Clement [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Hogarth Press

The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Little, Brown and Company

Census by Jesse Ball [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Ecco

The Little Book of Feminist Saints by Julia Pierpont [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Random House

A Tokyo Romance: A Memoir by Ian Buruma [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Penguin Press

Ask Me About My Uterus: A Quest to Make Doctors Believe in Women’s Pain by Abby Norman [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Nation Books

The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote by Elaine F. Weiss [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Viking

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Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Could Re-Read Forever

February 27, 2018 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 8 Comments

The topic today: books I could re-read forever. These are all favorites of mine, but not all favorites are ones I could re-read forever. I don’t re-read often, although I should. I choose not to as much because I like to spend my time reading new books, finding new possible favorites. But sometimes falling into an old favorite though is one of the most comforting things a reader can do. These are ten books that will always be a comfort to me.

The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir by Jenny Lawson
The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff
Awakening the Buddha Within by Lama Surya Das
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Night Shift by Stephen King
Darkfever (Fever #1) by Karen Marie Moning
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
Dear Mr. You by Mary-Louise Parker
I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts On Being a Woman by Nora Ephron

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of February 26th, 2018

February 26, 2018 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 4 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 February 26th, 2018

Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 27th 2018 by Random House Books for Young Readers

Everlife (Everlife #3) by Gena Showalter [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 27th 2018 by Harlequin Teen

Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 27th 2018 by Balzer + Bray

Daughter of the Siren Queen (Daughter of the Pirate King #2) by Tricia Levenseller [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 27th 2018 by Feiwel & Friends

All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages by Saundra Mitchell [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 27th 2018 by Harlequin Teen

The Traitor’s Game (The Traitor’s Game #1) by Jennifer A. Nielsen [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 27th 2018 by Scholastic Press

Cadaver & Queen by Alisa Kwitney [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 27th 2018 by Harlequin Teen

Garden of Thorns by Amber Mitchell [Purchase]
Published February 27th 2017 by Entangled Publishing

Where I Live by Brenda Rufener [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 27th 2018 by HarperTeen

To Right the Wrongs (Erin Blake #2) by Sheryl Scarborough [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 27th 2018 by Tom Doherty Associates

People Like Us by Dana Mele [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 27th 2018 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

I Stop Somewhere by T.E. Carter [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 27th 2018 by Feiwel & Friends

Honor Code by Kiersi Burkhart [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 1st 2018 by Carolrhoda Books

This Tiny Perfect World by Lauren Gibaldi [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 27th 2018 by HarperTeen

A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 27th 2018 by Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers

This Heart of Mine by C.C. Hunter [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 27th 2018 by Wednesday Books

The Calculus of Change by Jessie Hilb [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 27th 2018 by Clarion Books

The Serpent’s Secret (Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond #1) by Sayantani DasGupta [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 27th 2018 by Scholastic

Witch Creek (Wildlands #4) by Laura Bickle [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 27th 2018 by Harper Voyager

Blade and Bone (The Book of the Black Earth #3) by Jon Sprunk [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 27th 2018 by Pyr

Zero Day (The Hatching #3) by Ezekiel Boone [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 27th 2018 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books

The Sea Beast Takes a Lover: Stories by Michael Andreasen [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 27th 2018 by Dutton Books

The Tangled Lands by Paolo Bacigalupi & Tobias S. Buckell [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 27th 2018 by Saga Press

The Shape of Water by Guillermo del Toro, Daniel Kraus [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 27th 2018 by Feiwel & Friends

Last Dragon Standing (Heartstrikers #5) by Rachel Aaron [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 1st 2018 by Aaron/Bach LLC

Into the Thinnest of Air (Ishmael Jones #5) by Simon R. Green [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 1st 2018 by Severn House Publishers

Green Sun by Kent Anderson [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 27th 2018 by Mulholland Books

The Policeman’s Daughter (Detective Sarah Alt #3) by Trudy Nan Boyce [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 27th 2018 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

The Liar’s Girl by Catherine Ryan Howard [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 27th 2018 by Blackstone Publishing

The Hush by John Hart [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 27th 2018 by St. Martin’s Press

The Wrong Sister by T.E. Woods [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 27th 2018 by Kensington

Winter Sisters by Robin Oliveira [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 27th 2018 by Viking

Promise by Minrose Gwin [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 27th 2018 by William Morrow

The Judge’s Wife by Ann O’Loughlin [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 27th 2018 by Skyhorse Publishing

A Long Way from Home by Peter Carey [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 27th 2018 by Knopf Publishing Group

Silver Girl by Leslie Pietrzyk [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 27th 2018 by Unnamed Press

The Little Wedding Island by Jaimie Admans [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 2nd 2018 by HQ Digital

Hello Stranger (The Ravenels #4) by Lisa Kleypas [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 27th 2018 by Avon

The Sins of Lord Lockwood (Rules for the Reckless #6) by Meredith Duran [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 27th 2018 by Pocket Books

The Marquis and I (The Worthingtons #4) by Ella Quinn [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 27th 2018 by Zebra

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The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South by Radley Balko [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 27th 2018 by PublicAffairs

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 27th 2018 by Harper

Behemoth: A History of the Factory and the Making of the Modern World by Joshua B. Freeman [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 27th 2018 by W. W. Norton Company

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Stacking the Shelves (181)

February 25, 2018 Bonnie Sunday Book Haul 6 Comments

Is it just me or did it seem like January equaled about 4 months and February flew by? Short month, sure, but seriously, where the heck did this month go? I quit my second job on the first of this month per doctors orders (I fucked up my ankle and haven’t really been giving it the best of healing opportunities. Working 60 hours is hard on ankles, yo.) so I’ve been taking it easy a lot and that involves reading and lots of Netflix. All in all, it hasn’t been a terrible month.

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New Books

This is about two months worth, for the record. lol

For Review

From Simon Audio
Red Sparrow (Red Sparrow Trilogy #1) by Jason Matthews
Palace of Treason (Red Sparrow Trilogy #2) by Jason Matthews
The Kremlin’s Candidate (Red Sparrow Trilogy #3) by Jason Matthews

From Edelweiss
Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren

Physical ARC from Publisher
The Broken Girls by Simone St. James
Torn (The Unraveled Kingdom #1) by Rowenna Miller

Purchases

From Audible
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
The Diviners (The Diviners #1) by Libba Bray
Lair of Dreams (The Diviners #2) by Libba Bray
Before the Devil Breaks You (The Diviners #3) by Libba Bray
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Strangler Vine (Avery & Blake #1) by M.J. Carter
Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer #1) by Laini Taylor
Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1) by Neal Shusterman
Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe #2) by Neal Shusterman
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

Kindle Purchases
Huế 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam by Mark Bowden
The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin

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Rapid Fire Reviews – The Dry, Strange Weather, Witch Creek, The Wolves of Winter

February 22, 2018 Bonnie Adult, Audiobooks, Book Reviews, Early Review, Read in 2018 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 – The Dry, Strange Weather, Witch Creek, The Wolves of WinterThe Dry by Jane Harper
Series: Aaron Falk #1
Published by Flatiron Books on January 10th 2017
Pages: 336
Genres: Mystery
Format: eBook
Source: Library
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Short Summary: Federal Agent Aaron Falk returns to his small hometown for the funeral of his childhood friend who is accused of murdering his family and then committing suicide, but this small town is full of terrible secrets and shocking surprises.

Thoughts: This mystery is one of the most impressive debuts that I’ve read in a very long time, intertwining a past vs. present story, a captivating writing style, and a tangled mystery that was most thrilling when all is revealed.

Verdict: Whether or not this needed to be the start of a series, Jane Harper impressed me so much I’ll be reading anything and everything she writes.

four-stars

Rapid Fire Reviews – The Dry, Strange Weather, Witch Creek, The Wolves of WinterStrange Weather by Joe Hill
Published by William Morrow on October 24th 2017
Pages: 432
Genres: HorrorFantasy
Format: ARC
Source: Library Thing
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Also by this author: NOS4A2Twittering from the Circus of the DeadThe Fireman: A Novel

Short Summary: A camera that slowly eats your soul with each picture, a mall security guard is believed to have prevented a mass shooting, a man on his first skydiving adventure lands on a seemingly sentient cloud, and a sudden apocalyptic event in Boulder, Colorado causes the clouds to rain deadly nails.

Thoughts: Strange Weather is an indelible collection of four short stories about vastly different topics that relate in some way to weather but all leave you with that unsettled feeling that Hill is oh so good at.

Verdict: While this was an impressive collection, it wasn’t consistent and I hoped for a little more from certain tales; however, it is apparent that Hill is just as talented in short story form as he is in novels.

four-stars

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

Rapid Fire Reviews – The Dry, Strange Weather, Witch Creek, The Wolves of WinterWitch Creek by Laura Bickle
Series: Wildlands #4
Published by Harper Voyager on February 27th 2018
Pages: 384
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
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Also by this author: Dark AlchemyNine of Stars

Short Summary: Petra Dee won’t let a little thing like cancer stop her from finding her husband who she fears is lost to the darkness that lies under her town, but the Tree of Life is growing strong again and the power behind it won’t be stopped.

Thoughts: Petra’s perseverance to find her husband was admirable, but quitting chemo halfway through to go in search of him was fairly asinine and this installment, the weakest so far, could and should have been more about her search for Gabriel.

Verdict: I love this magical series and despite this weak installment, the cliffhanger means there are more installments to come and I’m still definitely on board for more Petra (and 100% more of her coyote side-kick Sig.)

three-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 Fire Reviews – The Dry, Strange Weather, Witch Creek, The Wolves of WinterThe Wolves of Winter by Tyrell Johnson
Narrator: Jayme Mattler
on January 2nd 2018
Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
Genres: Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic
Format: Audiobook
Source: the Publisher
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Short Summary: After a nuclear war and a devastating pandemic, Lynn McBride and her family are surviving in the wilds of Canada, but secrets her parents kept hidden are suddenly seeing the light of day and those secrets endanger everyone.

Thoughts: This can easily be compared to all the big names: The Road, The Passage, Ashfall, etc. because despite my continued love for the genre, it’s been done to death; however, Johnson manages to still make this a worthwhile tale (especially with the added help of narrator Jayme Mattler).

Verdict: As a debut author, Johnson’s pick of genre may be overdone but his writing skills shine with possibility for future novels.

three-stars

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.

 

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