Waiting on Wednesday – Tangerine by Christine Mangan

February 21, 2018 Bonnie Waiting on Wednesday 4 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday – Tangerine by Christine ManganTangerine by Christine Mangan
Published by Ecco on March 27th 2018
Pages: 320
Genres: Historical Fiction, Mystery
Format: Hardcover
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The last person Alice Shipley expected to see since arriving in Tangier with her new husband was Lucy Mason. After the accident at Bennington, the two friends—once inseparable roommates—haven’t spoken in over a year. But there Lucy was, trying to make things right and return to their old rhythms. Perhaps Alice should be happy. She has not adjusted to life in Morocco, too afraid to venture out into the bustling medinas and oppressive heat. Lucy—always fearless and independent—helps Alice emerge from her flat and explore the country.

But soon a familiar feeling starts to overtake Alice—she feels controlled and stifled by Lucy at every turn. Then Alice’s husband, John, goes missing, and Alice starts to question everything around her: her relationship with her enigmatic friend, her decision to ever come to Tangier, and her very own state of mind.

Tangerine is a sharp dagger of a book—a debut so tightly wound, so replete with exotic imagery and charm, so full of precise details and extraordinary craftsmanship, it will leave you absolutely breathless.

About Christine Mangan

Christine Mangan has her PhD in English from University College Dublin, where her thesis focused on 18th-century Gothic literature, and an MFA in fiction writing from the University of Southern Maine. Tangerine is her first novel.

I don’t take the risk of picking up debuts as often as I should, but the blurb on the front cover completely sold me:

“As if Donna Tartt, Gillian Flynn, and Patricia Highsmith had collaborated on a screenplay to be filmed by Hitchcock.”

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

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Top Ten Tuesday – Series I’m No Longer Interested in Finishing

February 20, 2018 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 28 Comments

The standalone novel has become a rarity; it’s all about the series. I read my fair share of series but sometimes, they’re drawn out far past their expiration date and you couldn’t pay me to see it through to the end. Here are just a few series that I’ve quit and don’t plan on picking back up anytime soon:

Shopaholic Series by Sophie Kinsella // Last installment readMini Shopaholic (Shopaholic #6)
I adored this series in the beginning but Becky became a bit of a nuisance. And then she created a mini hellion version of herself.

Night Huntress Series by Jeaniene Frost // Last installment readDestined for an Early Grave (Night Huntress, #4)
I don’t recall any particular reason why I stopped reading this other than I moved on to better UF and this one was long forgotten.

Chicagoland Vampires Series by Chloe Neill // Last installment readBiting Bad (Chicagoland Vampires #8)
One of the “better UF” series but clearly this one didn’t last either.

White Trash Zombie Series by Diana Rowland // Last installment readHow the White Trash Zombie Got Her Groove Back (White Trash Zombie, #4)
This series was an entertaining series, but somewhere I think it got too serious for its own good. I mean, the Zombie mafia? Really?

The Iron Druid Chronicles Series by Kevin Hearne // Last installment readTricked (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #4)
I loved the first three installments in this series but felt that they were all a bit too repetitive and formulaic. I kept thinking I’d get around to 5 eventually but that was 4 years ago.

The Custard Protocol Series by Gail Carriger // Last installment readPrudence (The Custard Protocol #1)
I adored Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate series. It is one of the few times steampunk has worked for me. The Custard Protocol? Cheesy and ridiculous. I’m so very disappointed I didn’t love this one too.

Cormoran Strike Series by Robert Galbraith // Last installment readThe Cuckoo’s Calling (Cormoran Strike #1)
That quote of the woman smoking a cigarette still haunts my dreams.

Shatter Me Series by Tahereh Mafi // Last installment read: Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3)
I thought this series was over but apparently, it has been brought back from the dead and now there are six books planned? Hard fucking pass.

Lincoln Rhyme Series by Jeffery Deaver // Last installment readThe Skin Collector (Lincoln Rhyme #11)
I’ve been reading this series since I was a teenager and I attribute it to my current love of mysteries. The newer installments just aren’t doing it for me but this will always be a special series for me.

The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare // Last installment read:  City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4)
I loved the first three installments in this series and loved the conclusion but wow, this book was super unneeded. I’m still mildly tempted to read The Dark Artifices spin-off, but it has yet to happen.

 

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of February 19th, 2018

February 19, 2018 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 February 19th, 2018

Pitch Dark by Courtney Alameda [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 20th 2018 by Feiwel & Friends

The Tombs by Deborah Schaumberg [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 20th 2018 by HarperTeen

Ink, Iron, and Glass (Ink, Iron, and Glass #1) by Gwendolyn Clare [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 20th 2018 by Imprint

Blood of a Thousand Stars (Empress of a Thousand Skies #2) by Rhoda Belleza [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 20th 2018 by Razorbill

Heart of Ash (Blood and Salt #2) by Kim Liggett [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 20th 2018 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Mercy Rule by Tom Leveen [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 20th 2018 by Sky Pony Press

Hooper by Geoff Herbach [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 20th 2018 by Katherine Tegen Books

R Is for Rebel by J. Anderson Coats [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 20th 2018 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers

Flight Season by Marie Marquardt [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 20th 2018 by Wednesday Books

The Clarity: A Novel by Keith Thomas [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 20th 2018 by Atria/Leopoldo Co.

Outpost (Donovan Trilogy #1) by W. Michael Gear [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 20th 2018 by Daw Books

The Rending and the Nest by Kaethe Schwehn [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 20th 2018 by Bloomsbury USA

Ambiguity Machines: and Other stories by Vandana Singh [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 20th 2018 by Small Beer Press

Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories by Kelly Barnhill [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 20th 2018 by Algonquin Books

Battle Hymn (America Rising #3) by William C. Dietz [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 20th 2018 by Ace Books

The Armored Saint (The Sacred Throne #1) by Myke Cole [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 20th 2018 by Tor.com

The Song of All (The Legacy of the Heavens #1) by Tina LeCount Myers [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 20th 2018 by Night Shade Books

A Time of Dread (Of Blood and Bone #1) by John Gwynne [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 20th 2018 by Orbit

Agent in Place (Gray Man #7) by Mark Greaney [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 20th 2018 by Berkley

The French Girl by Lexie Elliott [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 20th 2018 by Berkley Books

Down the River unto the Sea by Walter Mosley [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 20th 2018 by Mulholland Books

Sunburn by Laura Lippman [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 20th 2018 by William Morrow

Fifty Fifty (Detective Harriet Blue #2) by James Patterson & Candice Fox [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 19th 2018 by Little, Brown and Company

Sirens by Joseph Knox [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 20th 2018 by Crown Publishing Group (NY)

The One by John Marrs [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 20th 2018 by Hanover Square

Kill the Angel: A Novel (Colomba Caselli #2) by Sandrone Dazieri [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 20th 2018 by Scribner

The Woman in the Water (Charles Lenox Mysteries 0) by Charles Finch [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 20th 2018 by Minotaur Books

The Tuscan Child by Rhys Bowen [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 20th 2018 by Lake Union Publishing

All the Names They Used for God: Stories by Anjali Sachdeva [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 20th 2018 by Spiegel & Grau

Some Hell by Patrick Nathan [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 20th 2018 by Graywolf Press

Where the Dead Sit Talking by Brandon Hobson [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 20th 2018 by Soho Press

Rosie Colored Glasses by Brianna Wolfson [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 20th 2018 by Mira Books

Straying: A Novel by Molly McCloskey [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 20th 2018 by Scribner

A Duke in the Night (The Devils of Dover #1) by Kelly Bowen [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 20th 2018 by Forever

Educated by Tara Westover [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 20th 2018 by Random House

What Are We Doing Here? by Marilynne Robinson [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 20th 2018 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

In the Enemy’s House: The Secret Saga of the FBI Agent and the Code Breaker Who Caught the Russian Spies by Howard Blum [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 20th 2018 by Harper

The Watergate: Inside America’s Most Infamous Address by Joseph Rodota [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 20th 2018 by William Morrow

Blue Dreams: The Science and the Story of the Drugs that Changed Our Minds by Lauren Slater [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 20th 2018 by Little, Brown and Company

The Future of Humanity: Terraforming Mars, Interstellar Travel, Immortality, and Our Destiny Beyond Earth by Michio Kaku [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 20th 2018 by Doubleday Books

Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations by Amy Chua [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 20th 2018 by Penguin Press

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Life’s Too Short – Bonfire, The Wedding Date, Andrea Vernon and the Corporation for UltraHuman Protection

February 16, 2018 Bonnie Book Reviews, Life's Too Short 8 Comments

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

Life’s Too Short – Bonfire, The Wedding Date, Andrea Vernon and the Corporation for UltraHuman ProtectionBonfire by Krysten Ritter
Published by Crown Archetype on November 7th 2017
Pages: 288
Genres: Mystery
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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Should you ever go back?

It has been ten years since Abby Williams left home and scrubbed away all visible evidence of her small town roots. Now working as an environmental lawyer in Chicago, she has a thriving career, a modern apartment, and her pick of meaningless one-night stands.

But when a new case takes her back home to Barrens, Indiana, the life Abby painstakingly created begins to crack. Tasked with investigating Optimal Plastics, the town's most high-profile company and economic heart, Abby begins to find strange connections to Barrens’ biggest scandal from more than a decade ago involving the popular Kaycee Mitchell and her closest friends—just before Kaycee disappeared for good.

Abby knows the key to solving any case lies in the weak spots, the unanswered questions. But as Abby tries to find out what really happened to Kaycee, she unearths an even more disturbing secret—a ritual called “The Game,” which will threaten the reputations, and lives, of the community and risk exposing a darkness that may consume her.

With tantalizing twists, slow-burning suspense, and a remote, rural town of just five claustrophobic miles, Bonfire is a dark exploration of the question: can you ever outrun your past?

DNF @ 10%

I’ve become a big dnf-er in recent months, especially when I was working two jobs because my time was oh so very precious. This was one that didn’t make that crucial “worth it” mark. I’ve had Bonfire sitting on my digital shelf for months but in my mind, I was saving it for when I needed something awesome, for when I wanted to read a really great book. I’m not sure exactly how I established such lofty expectations for this book, but I did. This really had all the workings of a book I’d no doubt love: mysterious disappearances, the small-town girl returns home, and possible legal/courtroom drama. It could have been a perfect combination of Sharp Objects and The Fever but quickly morphed into an Erin Brockovich novelization but without the allure of Julia Roberts. There wasn’t anything completely terrible about Bonfire, there just wasn’t anything special about it either.

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 – Bonfire, The Wedding Date, Andrea Vernon and the Corporation for UltraHuman ProtectionThe Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
Published by Berkley Books on January 30th 2018
Pages: 320
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: eARC
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A groomsman and his last-minute guest are about to discover if a fake date can go the distance in a fun and flirty debut novel.

Agreeing to go to a wedding with a guy she gets stuck with in an elevator is something Alexa Monroe wouldn't normally do. But there's something about Drew Nichols that's too hard to resist.

On the eve of his ex's wedding festivities, Drew is minus a plus one. Until a power outage strands him with the perfect candidate for a fake girlfriend...

After Alexa and Drew have more fun than they ever thought possible, Drew has to fly back to Los Angeles and his job as a pediatric surgeon, and Alexa heads home to Berkeley, where she's the mayor's chief of staff. Too bad they can't stop thinking about the other...

They're just two high-powered professionals on a collision course toward the long distance dating disaster of the century--or closing the gap between what they think they need and what they truly want...

DNF @ I don’t even know

This debut contemporary romance has a glowing recommendation from none other than Roxanne Gay on the very front of this cover. I had such high hopes for this mold breaker of a romance novel that includes an interracial couple but there wasn’t even enough of a spark for me to want to see how everything played out. It all starts with a somewhat cliché meeting in a broken down elevator where the duo strikes up a stilted and awkward conversation which leads to him asking her to be his date at a wedding. First things first, there was zero chemistry. No spark. None. I didn’t particularly care for either character but I certainly didn’t care for Drew after my first impression of him.

“Don’t look at me like that! I’m not a girlfriend kind of guy! And when I could tell that she might want something more serious, I ended it.”

Ohhh. Yay. A real charmer.

And I can understand that Alexa’s continued lack of self-confidence was supposed to be something that a normal woman could sympathize with but it was so constant even in the short amount that I read that it was distracting to the actual story.

‘…she was almost distracted enough not to wonder if he could detect the Spanx underneath her dress. Almost.”

See, she’s even distracted.

“Oh, and don’t forget! The hashtag is #jollymosh.” Molly smiled and glided away.

If I ever actually get married, someone please shoot me if I ever have a hashtag for my damn wedding. Especially one as terrible as that.

Warning, bout to get vicious. Bottom line? The writing was stilted and simple, the characters lacked any sort of complexity and originality, despite including an interracial couple Guillory was far from breaking any sort of mold, and even the whole reason for the story, the romance, fell completely flat and wasn’t anything to swoon over. Some serious steam can result in (literary) elevators, but you won’t find that here. Check out The Hating Game for one particularly great elevator scene and Hearts in Darkness for what you’d hoped Alexa and Drew’s elevator meeting would have been like.

I received this book free from the Author 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 – Bonfire, The Wedding Date, Andrea Vernon and the Corporation for UltraHuman ProtectionAndrea Vernon and the Corporation for UltraHuman Protection by Alexander C. Kane
Narrator: Bahni Turpin
Published by Audible Studios on August 22nd 2017
Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
Genres: Fantasy
Format: Audiobook
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Andrea Vernon always thought she would spend her life living in Paris writing thought-provoking historical novels all day and sipping wine on the Seine all night. But the reality is she's drowning in debt, has no prospects, and is forced to move back to Queens, where her parents remind her daily that they are very interested in grandchildren.Then, one morning, she is kidnapped, interviewed, and hired as an administrative assistant by the Corporation for UltraHuman Protection. Superheroes for hire, using their powers for good. What could possibly go wrong?Lots.Her coworkers may be able to shoot lightning out of their hands or have skin made of diamonds, but they refuse to learn how to use the company's database. She has a swell hook-up buddy relationship with The Big Axe, but he's pushing to go exclusive. Then there's the small matter of a giant alien space egg hovering over Yankee Stadium, threatening civilization as we know it.Will Andrea find contentment in office drudgery? Can she make a life together with a guy who's eight feet tall and never puts down his axe? And will she ever figure out how her boss likes her coffee?

DNF @ 28%

I have a sense of humor, I swear. It’s just… sarcastic and dark. Doesn’t make it any less funny.

Goofy humor? I don’t get. I understand that a joke was intended, but my brain clearly lacks the proper wiring for actual laughter to occur. That’s exactly what it was like listening to Andrea Vernon. Bahni Turpin does a superb job narrating what I’m sure is a very hilarious and entertaining tale about superheroes. But we’re not talking superheroes like Wolverine. No, instead we’ve got Teleporter Joe who can only teleport one way to Roosevelt Island (and only when he has an erection) and anyone that teleports with him gets diarrhea.

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Waiting on Wednesday – The Other Miss Bridgerton (Rokesbys #3) by Julia Quinn

February 14, 2018 Bonnie Waiting on Wednesday 2 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday – The Other Miss Bridgerton (Rokesbys #3) by Julia QuinnThe Other Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn
Series: Rokesbys #3
Published by Avon on July 24th 2018
Pages: 384
Genres: Historical Romance
Format: Paperback
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She was in the wrong place...

Fiercely independent and adventurous, Poppy Bridgerton will only wed a suitor whose keen intellect and interests match her own. Sadly, none of the fools from her London season qualify. While visiting a friend on the Dorset coast, Poppy is pleasantly surprised to discover a smugglers' hideaway tucked inside a cave. But her delight turns to dismay when two pirates kidnap her and take her aboard a ship, leaving her bound and gagged on the captain's bed…

He found her at the wrong time...

Known to society as a rascal and reckless privateer, Captain Andrew James Rokesby actually transports essential goods and documents for the British government. Setting sail on a time-sensitive voyage to Portugal, he's stunned to find a woman waiting for him in his cabin. Surely, his imagination is getting the better of him. But no, she is very real—and his duty to the Crown means he's stuck with her.

Can two wrongs make the most perfect right?

When Andrew learns that she is a Bridgerton, he knows he will likely have to wed her to avert a scandal—though Poppy has no idea that he is the son of an earl and neighbor to her aristocratic cousins in Kent. On the high seas, their war of words soon gives way to an intoxicating passion. But when Andrew's secret is revealed, will his declaration of love be enough to capture her heart…?

About Julia Quinn

#1 New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn loves to dispel the myth that smart women don't read (or write) romance, and in 2001 she did so in grand fashion, appearing on the game show The Weakest Link and walking away with the $79,000 jackpot. She displayed a decided lack of knowledge about baseball, country music, and plush toys, but she is proud to say that she aced all things British and literary, answered all of her history and geography questions correctly, and knew that there was a Da Vinci long before there was a code. Ms. Quinn is one of only sixteen members of Romance Writers of America's Hall of Fame, her books have been translated into 29 languages, and she currently lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest.

Rokesbys Series

Because of Miss Bridgerton (Rokesbys, #1)  by Julia Quinn
The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband (Rokesbys, #2) by Julia Quinn

I’m finally reading The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband and I’m so thoroughly enjoying it. Because of Miss Bridgerton was my very first Quinn novel but I think I picked a good one to start with. I can’t wait for more in this series!

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

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Top Ten Tuesday – Books That Make Me Believe in Love

February 13, 2018 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 6 Comments

It’s that time of year, guys.

Yes, it’s almost the day of lurve. Or, really, just another fucking Wednesday. Here are the top ten books that caused me to actually feel something in that cold, dark area known as my heart.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Christmas at Tiffany’s by Karen Swan
One Plus One by Jojo Moyes
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas
Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Romancing the Duke (Castles Ever After #1) by Tessa Dare
Because of Miss Bridgerton (Rokesbys #1) by Julia Quinn

What books make you believe in love?

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

February 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 February 12th, 2018

Honor Among Thieves (The Honors #1) by Rachel Caine & Ann Aguirre [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 13th 2018 by Katherine Tegen Books

Active Memory (Mirador #3) by Dan Wells [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 13th 2018 by Balzer + Bray

Shatter (Glitter Duology #2) by Aprilynne Pike [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 13th 2018 by Random House Books for Young Readers

The Traitor Prince (Ravenspire #3) by C.J. Redwine [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 13th 2018 by Balzer + Bray

Sightwitch (The Witchlands 0.5) by Susan Dennard [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 13th 2018 by Tor Teen

When Light Left Us by Leah Thomas [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 13th 2018 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

The Precious Dreadful by Steven Parlato [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 13th 2018 by Simon Pulse

Nexus (Zeroes #3) by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, & Deborah Biancotti [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 13th 2018 by Simon Pulse

Switching Gears by Chantele Sedgwick [Purchase]
Published February 14th 2017 by Sky Pony Press

Don’t Forget Me by Victoria Stevens [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 13th 2018 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Break Us (Nikki Kill #3) by Jennifer Brown [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 13th 2018 by Katherine Tegen Books

The Sweetest Kind of Fate (Windy City Magic #2) by Crystal Cestari [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 13th 2018 by Disney-Hyperion

Prettyboy Must Die by Kimberly Reid [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 13th 2018 by Tor Teen

Hamilton and Peggy!: A Revolutionary Friendship by L.M. Elliott [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 13th 2018 by Katherine Tegen Books

The Strange and Deadly Portraits of Bryony Gray by E. Latimer [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 13th 2018 by Tundra Books (NY)

The Oceans between Stars (Chronicle of the Dark Star #2) by Kevin Emerson [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 13th 2018 by Walden Pond Press

Gunpowder Moon by David Pedreira [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 13th 2018 by Harper Voyager

Pride and Prometheus by John Kessel [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 13th 2018 by Saga Press

Starlings by Jo Walton [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 13th 2018 by Tachyon Publications

The Rogue Queen (The Hundredth Queen #3) by Emily R. King [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 13th 2018 by Skyscape

Unclean Spirits (Gods & Monsters #1) by Chuck Wendig [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 13th 2018 by Abaddon

The World Awakening (Gateways to Alissia #3) by Dan Koboldt [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 13th 2018 by Harper Voyager Impulse

The Lucky Ones by Tiffany Reisz [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 13th 2018 by Mira Books

Night Moves (Alex Delaware #33) by Jonathan Kellerman [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 13th 2018 by Ballantine Books

Thirty-Seven: A Novel by Peter Stenson [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 13th 2018 by Dzanc Books

The Ghost Notebooks by Ben Dolnick [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 13th 2018 by Pantheon Books

Poison: A Novel (Dismas Hardy #17) by John Lescroart [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 13th 2018 by Atria Books

The Kremlin’s Candidate (Red Sparrow Trilogy #3) by Jason Matthews [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 13th 2018 by Scribner

The Legacy: A Thriller (Children’s House #1) by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 13th 2018 by Minotaur Books

The Plea (Eddie Flynn #2) by Steve Cavanagh [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 13th 2018 by Flatiron Books

White Houses by Amy Bloom [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 13th 2018 by Random House

Madness Is Better Than Defeat by Ned Beauman [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 13th 2018 by Knopf Publishing Group

The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore by Kim Fu [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 13th 2018 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Winter Kept Us Warm by Anne Raeff [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 13th 2018 by Counterpoint Press

Don’t Skip Out on Me by Willy Vlautin [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 13th 2018 by Harper Perennial

Mrs. by Caitlin Macy [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 13th 2018 by Little, Brown and Company

Sadness Is a White Bird by Moriel Rothman-Zecher [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 13th 2018 by Atria Books

The Driest Season by Meghan Kenny [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 13th 2018 by W. W. Norton Company

Song of a Captive Bird by Jasmin Darznik [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 13th 2018 by Ballantine Books

All the Castles Burned by Michael Nye [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 13th 2018 by Turner

The Queen of Hearts by Kimmery Martin [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 13th 2018 by Berkley

Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 13th 2018 by Dial Press

Night Shift: A Choose-Your-Own Erotic Fantasy by Joanna Angel [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 13th 2018 by Cleis Press

Hotel Silence by Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 13th 2018 by Grove Press, Black Cat

The Chateau by Paul Goldberg [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 13th 2018 by Picador USA

The Invention of Ana by Mikkel Rosengaard [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 13th 2018 by Custom House

Knucklehead by Adam Smyer [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 13th 2018 by Akashic Books

Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 13th 2018 by Grove Press

A Perfect Universe: Ten Stories by Scott O’Connor [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 13th 2018 by Gallery/Scout Press

The Radicals by Ryan McIlvain [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 13th 2018 by Hogarth Press

Any Groom Will Do (The Brides of Belgravia #1) by Charis Michaels [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 13th 2018 by Avon Impulse

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Monthly Rundown: January 2018

February 10, 2018 Bonnie Monthly Rundown 14 Comments

Books Read = 18

Whoops. Posting my month in review after the new month is almost halfway over. 😂 Anyways! The first month of the new year was a success in some ways. I didn’t get much reviewing done but I decided to focus solely on reading instead. I knocked out three review books (six in total really, if we’re counting DNFs — those mini-reviews are still to come) and finally got back into the Toby Daye series reading 3-5. I’m on a bit of an urban fantasy roll but February has shown a bit of a focus on mysteries. We’ll see if that continues. 🙂

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Unreviewed DNFs

36119984Best of the Month: Lady Killer 2 by Joëlle Jones ★★★★★
I remember stumbling upon the first installment of this at the library and not expecting a whole lot but it was such enormous fun. The second installment only gets better.

Least Favorite: Through This House (October Daye #4.5) by Seanan McGuire ★★★34110508
This was only a short story but it was definitely my least “installment” of the Toby series to date. I’m just glad there wasn’t an entire novel centered around this storyline.

35506547Biggest Surprise: Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds ★★★★
I’d been hearing all the raves about this book and I’m always intrigued by anything verse so I gave it a whirl. Wow. What an incredible story.

Biggest Disappointment: Sourdough by Robin Sloan ★★★33916024
This still ended up being a decent read but the start of this was so incredibly interesting and fun but the second half of this story was a completely different sort and I was ultimately pretty disappointed.

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Waiting on Wednesday – We Are Where the Nightmares Go and Other Stories by C. Robert Cargill

February 7, 2018 Bonnie Waiting on Wednesday 6 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday – We Are Where the Nightmares Go and Other Stories by C. Robert CargillWe Are Where the Nightmares Go and Other Stories by C. Robert Cargill
Published by Harper Voyager on June 12th 2018
Pages: 448
Genres: Collections & Anthologies, Horror
Format: Hardcover
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Also by this author: Dreams and Shadows, Queen of the Dark Things

From the critically acclaimed author of Sea of Rust and Queen of the Dark Things comes a hair-raising collection of short fiction that illuminates the strange, humorous, fantastical, and downright diabolical that tantalize and terrorize us: demons, monsters, zombie dinosaurs, and Death itself.

In the novella "The Soul Thief’s Son" C. Robert Cargill returns to the terrain of the Queen of the Dark Things to continue the story of Colby Stevens . . .

A Triceratops and an Ankylosaurus join forces to survive a zombie apocalypse that may spell extinction for their kind in "Hell Creek" . . .

In a grand old building atop a crack in the world, an Iraq War veteran must serve a one-year term as a punisher of the damned condemned to consume the sins of others in the hope that one day he may find peace in "In a Clean, White Room" (co-authored with Scott Derrickson) . . .

In "The Town That Wasn’t Anymore," the village of Pine Hill Bluff loses its inhabitants one at a time as the angry dead return when night falls to steal the souls of the living . . .

And in the title story, "We Are Where the Nightmares Go," a little girl crawls through a glowing door beneath her bed and finds herself trapped in a nightmarish wonderland—a crucible of the fragments of children’s bad dreams.

These tales and four more are assembled here as testament to Cargill’s mastery of the phantasmagoric, making We Are Where the Nightmares Go and Other Stories a collection of unnerving horror and fantasy will keep you up all night and haunt your waking dreams.

About C. Robert Cargill

C. Robert Cargill likes his coffee black, his hamburgers topped with fried eggs and his restaurants to be of the greasy spoon variety. Most nights, if you can find him, you’ll see him huddled in the booth of a diner, sucking down coffee as fast as the waitress can pour it, arguing with a number of other writers over something silly about which he will fight with great passion. He’s been a waiter, a video store clerk, a travel agent, a camp counselor, an airline reservation agent, a sandwich artist, a day care provider, a voice actor, and most notably, a freelance writer and film critic.

Cargill began his career with Ain’t it Cool News under the pseudonym Massawyrm, writing there for over a decade, subsequently becoming a staff writer for film.com, hollywood.com and co-founding the animated movie review site Spill.com. In the meantime he appeared on countless podcasts, webshows and in the occasional local film. During a fateful drunken night in Vegas, Cargill pitched the idea for the film SINISTER to friend and director Scott Derrickson, resulting in both the film and a screenwriting partnership between the two. When not writing films with Derrickson, Cargill spends his time writing novels and painting miniatures.

Cargill lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and (as he is contractually obligated to tell you) his dog. And really, if you find yourself in Austin, in a diner, in the middle of the night, and someone is talking way too loud, there’s a good chance it’s him.

I’m terrible and still have yet to read Sea of Rust, however, I adored both Dreams and Shadows and Queen of the Dark Things and this collection sounds like all kinds of fun.

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What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

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Top Ten Tuesday – Books on my TBR the Longest

February 6, 2018 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 16 Comments

I’ve had books on my TBR for years. YEARS. But, since I’m all about particulars, it must be said, that I’m going off of Goodreads stats alone and these are all from 2011 since that’s when I first joined Goodreads. If I’m being honest though, these books have been on my “shelf” for far longer, but let’s just stick to the facts, shall we?

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield // added Mar 16, 2011
The Dragon Queen (Tales of Guinevere #1) by Alice Borchardt // added Mar 16, 2011
The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton // added Mar 16, 2011
The Bells by Richard Harvell // added Jun 22, 2011
The Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier // added Jul 28, 2011

The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov // added Jul 28, 2011
Watership Down by Richard Adams // added Oct 04, 2011
The Shadow Of The Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón // added Oct 04, 2011
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote // added Oct 19, 2011
The Magus by John Fowles // added Oct 19, 2011

What books have gathered dust bunnies on your shelves?

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