Top Ten Tuesday – Best Books When You’re Short on Time

March 21, 2017 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 6 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Reading slumps are the worst and suddenly picking your next read is the hardest thing you’ve ever done. Sometimes nothing works for you, regardless of size or genre, and that’s when you just need to have a Netflix binge. We’ve all been there. But if you’re not quite to that point, maybe shorter works is the answer. Reading short stories and/or novellas helps get me through because it also gives me a great sense of accomplishment, knocking out a book after no time at all. I broke this up into genres (for you mood readers like me) and they are all under 200 pages. Here’s hoping if you’re stuck in a slump that something here sparks your interest.

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If you’re in the mood for something creepy…
Come Closer
by Sara Gran (194 pages)
Cycle of the Werewolf by Stephen King (128 pages)

If you’re in the mood for something funny…
The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett (120 pages)
I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts On Being a Woman by Nora Ephron (137 pages)

If you’re in the mood for something literary…
Memories of My Melancholy Whores by Gabriel García Márquez (115 pages)
The Pigeon by Patrick Süskind (96 pages)

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If you’re in the mood for something steamy…
How to Misbehave (Camelot #1) by Ruthie Knox (121 pages)
Hearts in Darkness (Hearts in Darkness #1) by Laura Kaye (112 pages)

If you’re in the mood for some fantasy…
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (178 pages)
Something Rich and Strange by Patricia A. McKillip (179 pages)

If you’re in the mood for some non-fiction…
84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff (112 pages)
Wild Delicate Seconds: 29 Wildlife Encounters by Charles Finn (112 pages)

Tor.com is also an excellent source for short fiction available to read free on their website. Be sure to check out their most recent series: Nevertheless She Persisted.

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of March 20th, 2017

March 20, 2017 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 0 Comments

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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 20th, 2017

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Shadow Run (Kaitan Chronicles #1) by AdriAnne Strickland & Michael Miller [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 21st 2017 by Delacorte Press

Pyromantic (Firebug #2) by Lish McBride [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 21st 2017 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

Hellworld by Tom Leveen [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 21st 2017 by Simon Pulse

Redux (Tricksters #2) by A.L. Davroe [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 21st 2017 by Entangled: Teen

Nemesis by Brendan Reichs [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 21st 2017 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

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Blood Family by Anne Fine [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 21st 2017 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Ten Miles One Way by Patrick Downes [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 21st 2017 by Philomel Books

The Hidden Memory of Objects by Danielle Mages Amato [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 21st 2017 by Balzer + Bray

Miss Ellicott’s School for the Magically Minded by Sage Blackwood [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 21st 2017 by Katherine Tegen Books

The Memory Thief by Bryce Moore [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 21st 2017 by Adaptive Books

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The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 21st 2017 by Tor Books

Phantom Pains (The Arcadia Project #2) by Mishell Baker [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 21st 2017 by Saga Press

Star’s End by Cassandra Rose Clarke [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 21st 2017 by Saga Press

Spymaster (The Dragon Corsairs #1) by Margaret Weis & Robert Krammes [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 21st 2017 by Tor Books

Flames of Rebellion (Flames of Rebellion #1) by Jay Allan [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 21st 2017 by Harper Voyager

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Relics by Tim Lebbon [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 21st 2017 by Titan Books

Chalk by Paul Cornell [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 21st 2017 by Tor.com

Dead Man Switch (John Hayes #2) by Matthew Quirk [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 21st 2017 by Mulholland Books

Find Me by J.S. Monroe [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 21st 2017 by Mira Books

Murder on the Serpentine (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt #32) by Anne Perry [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 21st 2017 by Ballantine Books

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A Simple Favor by Darcey Bell [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 21st 2017 by Harper

The Secrets You Keep by Kate White [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 21st 2017 by Harper Paperbacks

Black Fall (Jessica Blackwood #3) by Andrew Mayne [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 21st 2017 by Harper Paperbacks

Lola by Melissa Scrivner Love [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 21st 2017 by Crown Publishing Group (NY)

Mississippi Blood (Penn Cage #6) by Greg Iles [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 21st 2017 by William Morrow

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A Twist of the Knife (Brigid Quinn #3) by Becky Masterman [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 21st 2017 by Minotaur Books

Dying on the Vine: A Mystery (Kelsey McKenna Destination Wedding Mysteries #2) by Marla Cooper [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 21st 2017 by Minotaur Books

The Outsider by Anthony Franze [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 21st 2017 by Minotaur Books

The Cutaway by Christina Kovac [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 21st 2017 by Atria / 37 INK

Baker Street Irregulars: Thirteen Authors with New Takes on Sherlock Holmes by Michael A Ventrella [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 21st 2017 by Diversion Publishing

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Girl in Disguise by Greer Macallister [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 21st 2017 by Sourcebooks Landmark

The River of Kings: A Novel by Taylor Brown [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 21st 2017 by St. Martin’s Press

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 21st 2017 by Scribner

The Devil and Webster by Jean Hanff Korelitz [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 21st 2017 by Grand Central Publishing

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Our Short History by Lauren Grodstein [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 21st 2017 by Algonquin Books

Last Chance Matinee by Mariah Stewart [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 21st 2017 by Gallery Books

If Not for You by Debbie Macomber [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 21st 2017 by Ballantine Books

The Arrangement: A Novel by Sarah Dunn [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 21st 2017 by Little, Brown and Company

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Wait Till You See Me Dance: Stories by Deb Olin Unferth [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 21st 2017 by Graywolf Press

The Hope Chest by Viola Shipman [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 21st 2017 by Thomas Dunne Books

The Little Clock House on the Green (Whispers Wood #1) by Eve Devon [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 23rd 2017 by HarperImpulse

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Stacking the Shelves (167)

March 19, 2017 Bonnie Sunday Book Haul 0 Comments

Happy Sunday, everyone. 🙂 This week was excessively tiring for some reason so I didn’t any reviews knocked out. Better luck next week. Except I’m working a ton of overtime the next two weeks so probably not. lol

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For Review
If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio

Purchased
Owl and the Japanese Circus (The Adventures of Owl #1) by Kristi Charish

Library
The Wanderers by Meg Howrey
Sweep in Peace (Innkeeper Chronicles #2) by Ilona Andrews

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Recommended Reading 101: Assassins

March 18, 2017 Bonnie Recommended Reading 101 1 Comment

Taking classes and getting excited for the assigned reading was always my favorite part of school. Using that same concept and turning different genres, locations, and subjects into a course of their own, you could come up with your own assigned reading. These would be my picks for recommended reading, what would yours be?

Assassins 101

Early Review – Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin #1) by Robin LaFeversIf you’re looking for a story about assassin nuns…

…because let’s be real. Who isn’t? Grave Mercy is the story of Ismae who is sold to a pig farmer but is turned away after he sees the scarring on her body. The scarring that identifies her as having been sired by the god of Death himself. This is one fascinating and thrilling story that is impossible to put down.


 photo 16034235_zpsdsiz2ahv.jpgIf you’re looking for a story that plays on the Cinderella fairy tale…

This series has been hyped to an extraordinary degree but is one that is fully deserving. Throne of Glass was originally a play on the original Cinderella fairy tale and Maas has created a fascinating world full of incredible characters. The sixth and final installment comes out next year and if you’re just starting out, be sure to read The Assasin’s Blade first.


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Dina Demille runs a magical Bed and Breakfast in a small Texas town and when someone or something has brought death to her community, she sets out to stop it. This one manages to possess a strong female lead, believable alpha-males (even a love triangle that I didn’t mind a bit), fantastic secondary characters that aren’t relegated to the background, and some steamy chemistry. If you’re a fan of cozy mysteries, Clean Sweep is the next step up.


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Waiting on Wednesday – American War by Omar El Akkad

March 15, 2017 Bonnie Waiting on Wednesday 10 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday – American War by Omar El AkkadAmerican War by Omar El Akkad
Published by Knopf Publishing Group on April 4th 2017
Pages: 352
Genres: Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic
Format: Hardcover
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An audacious and powerful debut novel: a second American Civil War, a devastating plague, and one family caught deep in the middle--a story that asks what might happen if America were to turn its most devastating policies and deadly weapons upon itself.

Sarat Chestnut, born in Louisiana, is only six when the Second American Civil War breaks out in 2074. But even she knows that oil is outlawed, that Louisiana is half underwater, and that unmanned drones fill the sky. When her father is killed and her family is forced into Camp Patience for displaced persons, she begins to grow up shaped by her particular time and place. But not everyone at Camp Patience is who they claim to be.

Eventually Sarat is befriended by a mysterious functionary, under whose influence she is turned into a deadly instrument of war. The decisions that she makes will have tremendous consequences not just for Sarat but for her family and her country, rippling through generations of strangers and kin alike."

About Omar El Akkad

Omar was born in Cairo, Egypt and grew up in the Middle East before moving to Canada. In a ten-year career as a reporter, he covered stories across the planet — from the war in Afghanistan to the military trials in Guantanamo Bay, the Arab Spring revolutions in the Middle East and the protests in Ferguson, Missouri.

Omar is a recipient of the National Newspaper Award for investigative reporting for his coverage of the “Toronto 18” terrorism arrests. He has also won the Edward Goff Penny Memorial Prize for young Canadian journalists, and has been nominated for several National Magazine Awards. He is a graduate of Queen's University.

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I don’t know what it is about plague stories that intrigue me so. American War sounds terrible and fascinating all at once.

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

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Top Ten Tuesday – Spring TBR Plans

March 14, 2017 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 9 Comments

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Springtime! Otherwise known as the occasional warm day but definitely don’t put those long sleeves away yet. These are the books I’m making plans to get to this upcoming season.

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A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J. Maas
Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carey
Waking Gods (Themis Files #2) by Sylvain Neuvel
Black Mad Wheel by Josh Malerman

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An Artificial Night (October Daye #3) by Seanan McGuire
Feversong (Fever #9) by Karen Marie Moning
American Gods (American Gods #1) by Neil Gaiman
Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children #1) by Seanan McGuire
Owl and the Japanese Circus (The Adventures of Owl #1) by Kristi Charish

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of March 13th, 2017

March 13, 2017 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 2 Comments

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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 13th, 2017

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The White Road of the Moon by Rachel Neumeier [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

Hunted (Hunted #1) by Meagan Spooner [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by HarperTeen

The End of Oz (Dorothy Must Die #4) by Danielle Paige [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by HarperCollins

Bad Blood by Demitria Lunetta [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by Delacorte Press

These Ruthless Deeds (These Vicious Masks #2) by Tarun Shanker & Kelly Zekas [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by Swoon Reads

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Freya by Matthew Laurence [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by Imprint

A Psalm for Lost Girls by Katie Bayerl [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Enemy Exposure (The Raven Files #2) by Meghan Rogers [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by Philomel Books

Echoes of Memory (Ravenborn #2) by A.R. Kahler [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by Simon Pulse

Dorothy Must Die: Stories Vol. 3 by Danielle Paige [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by HarperCollins

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Forget Me Not by Ellie Terry [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by Feiwel & Friends

Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by Greenwillow Books

Maid of the King’s Court by Lucy Worsley [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by Candlewick Press

Yvain: The Knight of the Lion by M.T. Anderson [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by Candlewick Press (MA)

Bronze and Sunflower by Cao Wenxuan [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by Candlewick Press

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The Remnant (Oversight Trilogy #3) by Charlie Fletcher [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by Orbit

Brother’s Ruin (Brother’s Ruin #1) by Emma Newman [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by Tor.com

A Closed and Common Orbit (Wayfarers #2) by Becky Chambers [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by Harper Voyager

The Lady of the Lake (The Witcher#7) by Andrzej Sapkowski [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by Orbit

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The Wanderers by Meg Howrey [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

The Return: A Novel by Joseph Helmreich [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by Thomas Dunne Books

New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by Orbit

Regeneration (Echo Hunter 367 #2) by Stacey Berg [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by Harper Voyager Impulse

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The Forgotten Girls (Stevens & Windermere #6) by Owen Laukkanen [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

The Devil’s Triangle (A Brit in the FBI #4) by Catherine Coulter & J.T. Ellison [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by Gallery Books

Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by St. Martin’s Press

A Death by Any Other Name (Lady Montfort Mystery #3) by Tessa Arlen [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by Minotaur Books

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Skeleton God (Inspector Shan #9) by Eliot Pattison [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by Minotaur Books

Himself: A Novel by Jess Kidd [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by Atria Books

Saratoga Payback by Stephen Dobyns [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by Blue Rider Press

Before the War by Fay Weldon [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by St. Martin’s Press

Every Wild Heart by Meg Donohue [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by William Morrow Paperbacks

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The Book of Polly by Kathy Hepinstall [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by Pamela Dorman Books

Swimmer Among the Stars: Stories by Kanishk Tharoor [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

White Tears by Hari Kunzru [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by Knopf Publishing Group

The Doorposts of Your House and on Your Gates: A Novel by Jacob Bacharach [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by Liveright

Sorry to Disrupt the Peace by Patty Yumi Cottrell [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by McSweeney’s

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The Nightingale Won’t Let You Sleep by Steven Heighton [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by Hamish Hamilton

One of the Boys: A Novel by Daniel Magariel [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by Scribner

The Woman on the Stairs by Bernhard Schlink [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by Pantheon Books

The Idiot by Elif Batuman [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by Penguin Press

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March 12, 2017 Bonnie Sunday Book Haul 3 Comments

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I’M SO EXCITED FOR WAKING GODS. I’m trying to finish a few of the books that I’m already in the middle of before diving in but I really can’t wait much longer. lol The Mists of Avalon is (was?) only $1.99 on Kindle and I figure if I ever read it, it’d be on Kindle because it’s so enormous. And I had to get You Are Here, the new coloring book from The Bloggess. It’s far more lovely than I expected with some gorgeous drawings to color and some incredibly insightful sayings.

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For Review
Waking Gods (Themis Files #2) by Sylvain Neuvel [Purchase]

Purchased
The Mists of Avalon (Avalon #1) by Marion Zimmer Bradley [Purchase]
You Are Here: An Owner’s Manual for Dangerous Minds by Jenny Lawson [Purchase]

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Recommended Reading 101: Time Travel

March 11, 2017 Bonnie Recommended Reading 101 7 Comments

Taking classes and getting excited for the assigned reading was always my favorite part of school. Using that same concept and turning different genres, locations, and subjects into a course of their own, you could come up with your own assigned reading. These would be my picks for recommended reading, what would yours be?

Time Travel 101

In honor of Daylight Savings time, these are a few of my favorite stories that deal with lost time.

Early Review – The Shining Girls by Lauren BeukesIf you’re looking for a time travel crime thriller…

The Shining Girls is the story of a man that travels through time, committing murders. He visits his victims when they are children to warn them of what’s to come later in life when he revisists them. This is a nightmarish tale but Beukes is a truly amazing writer.


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Timeline is the original time travel story for me. Crichton tells the riveting story of a group of archaeologists that are sent back in time to the medieval ages. 600 years before their time. Much like how Crichton blew me away with his scientific detailing in Andromeda Strain, he will have you believing time travel is absolutely possible.


Book Review – The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells by Andrew Sean GreerIf you’re looking for a time travel tale that deals with past lives…

In The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells, Greta Wells undergoes electroconvulsive therapy in an attempt to cure her crippling depression yet after each session finds herself living a slightly different life than her own in a different time period. I read this many years ago and at the time found this to be flawed, yet it’s a story that has curiously stuck with me and that I find myself thinking on often.


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Short & Sweet – A Local Habitation, Feverborn, Wildest Dreams

March 10, 2017 Bonnie Adult, Book Reviews, Read in 2017, Short & Sweet Reviews 10 Comments

Short & Sweet – A Local Habitation, Feverborn, Wildest DreamsA Local Habitation by Seanan McGuire
Series: October Daye #2
Published by DAW on March 2nd 2010
Pages: 390
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Fae
Format: eBook
Source: Library
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Also by this author: Indexing

three-half-stars

Now comes the second in the series-from a dynamic new fantasy talent!
Toby Daye-a half-human, half-fae changeling-has been an outsider from birth. After getting burned by both sides of her heritage, Toby has denied the fae world, retreating to a "normal" life. Unfortunately for her, the Faerie world had other ideas...

Now her liege, the Duke of the Shadowed Hills, has asked Toby to go to the Country of Tamed Lightening to make sure all is well with his niece,

Countess January O'Leary. It seems like a simple enough assignment-until Toby discovers that someone has begun murdering people close to January, and that if the killer isn't stopped, January may be the next victim.

“Jan built herself an ivory tower to keep the wolves out; she never dreamed they were already inside.”

Now that Toby Daye has her PI license back, things are looking up for her. After a girls night out that leads to Tybalt carrying her home (!!!), Toby wakes up to a request from Sylvester, the Duke of Shadowed Hills, that she can’t decline. Sylvester has been unable to reach his niece, the Countess January O’Leary, in the Country of Tamed Lightning. Several weeks have passed without word from her and he’s unable to personally check on her without inciting a political war, so he’s requesting that Toby go in his place. She arrives to find that no one has been able to call for help outside of Tamed Lightning, people have been dying, and the killer is still unknown even as more bodies pile up. Toby refuses to back down without figuring out what’s happening to January and her people.

While the storyline of A Local Habitation drug along at the pace of a snail, it’s the awesome characters that really make this series for me. I love Toby and I love Tybalt. Danny, the Bridge Troll taxi driver was, unfortunately, absent but we got to see her two hilarious cats briefly and the recent pet addition: Spike the rose goblin (who apparently looks like a cat made from a rosebush but I missed that in the original introduction so I just imagine it as this small, round rosebush that just bounces around.) The story itself reads like some campy horror film where individuals keep getting picked off, the others rush to see if they could catch the person, they never do, repeat ad nauseam. There are some pretty obvious clues that happen early on, Toby’s refusal to get out of danger was just stupid, and the mystery was drawn out for far too long. Regardless, the characters remain the big appeal to me and I’m still so glad I gave this series another shot.

Short & Sweet – A Local Habitation, Feverborn, Wildest DreamsFeverborn by Karen Marie Moning
Series: Fever #8
Published by Delacorte Press on January 19th 2016
Pages: 512
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Fae
Format: eBook
Source: Library
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Also by this author: Beyond the Highland Mist

three-half-stars

In Karen Marie Moning’s latest installment of the epic #1 New York Times bestselling Fever series, the stakes have never been higher and the chemistry has never been hotter. Hurtling us into a realm of labyrinthine intrigue and consummate seduction, FEVERBORN is a riveting tale of ancient evil, lust, betrayal, forgiveness and the redemptive power of love.

When the immortal race of the Fae destroyed the ancient wall dividing the worlds of Man and Faery, the very fabric of the universe was damaged and now Earth is vanishing bit by bit. Only the long-lost Song of Making—a haunting, dangerous melody that is the source of all life itself—can save the planet.

But those who seek the mythic Song—Mac, Barrons, Ryodan and Jada—must contend with old wounds and new enemies, passions that burn hot and hunger for vengeance that runs deep. The challenges are many: The Keltar at war with nine immortals who’ve secretly ruled Dublin for eons, Mac and Jada hunted by the masses, the Seelie queen nowhere to be found, and the most powerful Unseelie prince in all creation determined to rule both Fae and Man. Now the task of solving the ancient riddle of the Song of Making falls to a band of deadly warriors divided among—and within—themselves.

Once a normal city possessing a touch of ancient magic, Dublin is now a treacherously magical city with only a touch of normal. And in those war-torn streets, Mac will come face to face with her most savage enemy yet: herself.

“What we achieve at our best moment doesn’t say much about who we are. It all boils down to what we become at our worst moment.”

Feverborn is the penultimate installment of the Fever series, but then again Moning tried ending it once before and we see how well that stuck. Finding out that Feversong was the last of the series prompted a renewed interest in finding out how it’s all going to get resolved (except, there is a tenth installment listed on Goodreads but apparently it’s not actually happening. WE’LL SEE.) Iced was a complete disaster, Burned was mildly better, but Feverborn actually started feeling like the series I’d always loved again.

Mac continues to be unsure of herself in regards to the Sinsar-Dubh, not able to tell whether or not she’s living a complete illusion created by the evil book. The entire city is at risk from Black Holes that consume anything and everything which the Hoar Frost King left behind from the absence of his power. And underneath the Abbey, Cruce is slowly trying to figure out a way to escape his prison and rule all Fae. In the opening pages, Mac is still invisible and I did an eye roll and reconsidered my decision to pick this up. If you remember, she was invisible the majority of Burned which got real fucking old, real fast. But craziness ensues and she finds herself fully visible once again for unknown reasons and while I would normally question the whys and such, I was just so damn pleased she was visible again so she could hopefully get back to business. And that she did.

The points of view alternated between Mac, Ryodan, Jada, Cruce, and Lor, which the latter felt completely out of place and unnecessary but I admit he did add some mild (yet highly sexualized) sense of humor to this dark tale. And of course Mac and Barrons continue to be mad for each other.

Every cell in my body comes to hard, frantic, sexual life when he’s near.’

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There were a few serious issues plot-wise that really detracted from the more positive aspects of this installment. First, the scenes from the past between the Unseelie King and Seelie Queen that were supposed to hint at what’s been happening all along but just confused things even more. Second, which is a major spoiler View Spoiler » And lastly, that ending was just weird and random. View Spoiler » And of course, another cliffhanger! BECAUSE WHY NOT. I can’t say I’m excited for the final installment, but I’m definitely curious to see how this unintentional extension of this series ends up playing out.

Short & Sweet – A Local Habitation, Feverborn, Wildest DreamsWildest Dreams by Kristen Ashley
Series: Fantasyland #1
Published by Self-Published on August 15th 2011
Pages: 563
Genres: Fantasy Romance
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Also by this author: The Golden Dynasty

four-stars

Seoafin "Finnie" Wilde was taught by her parents that life was meant to be lived, every breath was a treasure and to seek every adventure she could find. And she learns this lesson the hard way when they perish in a plane crash when she's fifteen. But she never forgets and when she discovers there is a parallel universe where every person has a twin, she finds a witch who can send her there so she can see her parents again and have the adventure of a lifetime.

But nearly upon arrival in the Winter Wonderland of Lunwyn, she realizes she's been played by her twin of the alternate universe and shortly finds herself walking down the aisle to be wed to The Drakkar.

Instantly thrown into inauspicious circumstances, with years of practice (she did, of course, survive that elephant stampede, if she could do that, she can do anything), Finnie bests the challenges and digs into her adventure. But as Frey Drakkar discovers the woman who is his new wife is not Princess Sjofn, a woman he dislikes (intensely) but instead, his Finnie, a free-spirit with a thirst for venture just like him (not to mention she is his destiny), without her knowledge he orders his new bride bound to his frozen world, everlasting.


I expected Wildest Dreams to remain on my TBR for a very long time, even after it was recommended to fans of A Court of Mist and Fury. It was $0.99 so I snagged it. I have a hard time saying no to most $0.99 books, even though I’m terrible about getting to the actual reading them part. It was hook, line, and sinker when I found out what this story (and series) was about — there is a parallel universe to our world where your twin resides. Finnie, wanting to find adventure, pays a witch to switch her with her twin so she could reside in this fantasy realm for at least a short time. Imagine her great surprise when she finds herself in this new world, minutes from marriage to an angry, brooding man that she’s never laid eyes on before.

First off, these books are long. But fun. And allllll kinds of romance-y. Finnie had some pretty cheesy dialogue that took me a while to get used to (she says cool and freaking entirely way too much) and there’s some serious alpha-male-ness going on, but when it all comes down to it the world-building was actually pretty awesome and the romance was all sorts of cute.

“You are, my wee Finnie, beyond my wildest dreams.”

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