Waiting on Wednesday – Sea of Rust: A Novel by C. Robert Cargill

April 12, 2017 Bonnie Waiting on Wednesday 12 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday – Sea of Rust: A Novel by C. Robert CargillSea of Rust: A Novel by C. Robert Cargill
Published by Harper Voyager on September 5th 2017
Pages: 448
Genres: Sci-fi
Format: Hardcover
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Also by this author: Dreams and Shadows

A scavenger robot wanders in the wasteland created by a war that has destroyed humanity in this evocative post-apocalyptic “robot western” from the critically acclaimed author, screenwriter, and noted film critic

It’s been thirty years since the apocalypse and fifteen years since the murder of the last human being at the hands of robots. Humankind is extinct. Every man, woman, and child has been liquidated by a global uprising devised by the very machines humans designed and built to serve them. Most of the world is controlled by an OWI—One World Intelligence—the shared consciousness of millions of robots, uploaded into one huge mainframe brain. But not all robots are willing to cede their individuality—their personality—for the sake of a greater, stronger, higher power. These intrepid resisters are outcasts; solo machines wandering among various underground outposts who have formed into an unruly civilization of rogue AIs in the wasteland that was once our world.

One of these resisters is Brittle, a scavenger robot trying to keep her deteriorating mind and body functional in a world that has lost all meaning. Although she does not (cannot) experience emotions like a human, she is haunted by the terrible crimes she perpetrated on humanity. As she roams the Sea of Rust, a large swath of territory that was once the Midwest, Brittle slowly comes to terms with her raw and vivid memories—and her guilt.

Sea of Rust is both a harsh story of survival and an optimistic adventure. A vividly imagined portrayal of ultimate destruction and desperate tenacity, it boldly imagines a future in which no hope remains, yet where a humanlike AI strives to find purpose among the ruins.

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.

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Cargill’s Dreams and Shadows books are a couple of my favorites, combining fantasy and horror in such a fantastic way. I can’t wait to see what he does with Science Fiction next.

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What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

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Top Ten Tuesday – Most Unique

April 11, 2017 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 11 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Today’s topic is all about those books that possess something uniquely special about them. Whether it’s the story themselves or the way the story is told, these books are some of the most unique I’ve stumbled upon over the years.

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S by J.J. Abrams
This book is like a convoluted treasure map. There’s a story, there are notes from multiple people written in the sidebar about the story, there are notes written on various paraphernalia (napkins, postcards, etc.) and there are many different websites dedicated to figuring out the truth of this book. It’s really something.

Brian Froud’s Faerielands series
Each of the four books in this series is written by a different author, but each story is based on a piece of Brian Froud’s art. Each is equally brilliant, however, The Wood Wife is by far my favorite.

Locke & Key series by Joe Hill
By far the most suspenseful graphic novel I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. A mysterious mansion and keys with unimaginable powers — this series is both horrifying and entertaining as hell.

When We Were Animals by Joshua Gaylord
A story which combines the werewolf legend with coming-of-age, navigating the trickiness betwixt childhood and adulthood. And somehow it works perfectly.

American Elsewhere by Robert Jackson Bennett
A small town in New Mexico shrouded in mystery that can’t be found on any map. A research station that was closed in the 70s. A Stepford Wives type of perfection in the town’s inhabitants. And an outsider that found her way in.

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The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan
An emotional read, written in the way of a dictionary with definitions and a story behind each word.

Fairyland series by Catherynne M. Valente
A twelve-year-old girl named September is invited on an adventure to Fairyland. Much like The Chronicles of Narnia but much more magical.

Dear Mr. You by Mary-Louise Parker
A remarkably written book consisting of a series of letters written to all the men who made her the woman she is today.

Night Film by Marisha Pessl
A fascinating, edge-of-your-seat thriller that immerses you in the investigation with a full range of visuals from newspaper articles, websites, and case notes.

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
Much like Night Film in its use of different visuals but is quite the adventure in and of itself.

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of April 10th, 2017

April 10, 2017 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 8 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 April 10th, 2017

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Blacksouls (Blackhearts #2) by Nicole Castroman [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 11th 2017 by Simon Pulse

Given to the Sea by Mindy McGinnis [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 11th 2017 by Putnam’s Childrens

Spindle Fire (Spindle Fire #1) by Lexa Hillyer [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 11th 2017 by HarperTeen

Fireworks by Katie Cotugno [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 11th 2017 by Balzer + Bray

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The Freemason’s Daughter by Shelley Sackier [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 11th 2017 by HarperTeen

Duels and Deception by Cindy Anstey [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 11th 2017 by Swoon Reads

Alex and Eliza: A Love Story by Melissa de la Cruz [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 11th 2017 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

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The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 11th 2017 by Balzer + Bray

Literally by Lucy Keating [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 11th 2017 by HarperTeen

Run the Risk (On the Edge #3) by Allison van Diepen [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 11th 2017 by HarperTeen

The Takedown by Corrie Wang [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 11th 2017 by Freeform

Cheesus Was Here by J.C. Davis [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 11th 2017 by Sky Pony Press

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The Fearsome Firebird (The Curiosity House #3) by Lauren Oliver & H.C. Chester [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 11th 2017 by HarperCollins

One Hundred Spaghetti Strings by Jen Nails [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 11th 2017 by HarperCollins

The Star Thief by Lindsey Becker [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 11th 2017 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

The End of the Wild by Nicole Helget [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 11th 2017 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Dream Magic (Shadow Magic #2) by Joshua Khan [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 11th 2017 by Disney-Hyperion

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Thrawn (Star Wars Disney Canon Novel) by Timothy Zahn [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 11th 2017 by LucasBooks

Proof of Concept by Gwyneth Jones [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 11th 2017 by Tor.com

Void Star: A Novel by Zachary Mason [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 11th 2017 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Avengers of the Moon by Allen Steele [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 11th 2017 by Tor Books

Cold Welcome (Vatta’s Peace #1) by Elizabeth Moon [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 11th 2017 by Del Rey Books

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One Perfect Lie by Lisa Scottoline [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 11th 2017 by St. Martin’s Press

The Day I Died by Lori Rader-Day [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 11th 2017 by William Morrow Paperbacks

The Burial Hour (Lincoln Rhyme #13) by Jeffery Deaver [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 11th 2017 by Grand Central Publishing

The Grave Tender by Eliza Maxwell [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 11th 2017 by Lake Union Publishing

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Dangerous to Know (Lillian Frost & Edith Head #2) by Renee Patrick [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 11th 2017 by Forge Books

Devil’s Breath (Max Tudor #6) by G.M. Malliet [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 11th 2017 by Minotaur Books

Cruel Is the Night by Karo Hamalainen [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 11th 2017 by Soho Crime

The Finishing School by Joanna Goodman [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 11th 2017 by Harper Paperbacks

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Sawbones (Laura Elliston #1) by Melissa Lenhardt [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 11th 2017 by Redhook

Long Black Veil by Jennifer Finney Boylan [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 11th 2017 by Crown

The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 11th 2017 by Ballantine Books

Music of the Ghosts by Vaddey Ratner [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 11th 2017 by Touchstone

The Horse Dancer by Jojo Moyes [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 11th 2017 by Penguin Books

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The Girl Between by Lisa Stromme [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 11th 2017 by Sourcebooks Landmark

The Widow of Wall Street: A Novel by Randy Susan Meyers [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 11th 2017 by Atria Books

The Night the Lights Went Out by Karen White [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 11th 2017 by Berkley Books

And Then There Was Me: A Novel by Sadeqa Johnson [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 11th 2017 by Thomas Dunne Books

Two From the Heart by James Patterson [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 11th 2017 by Little, Brown and Company

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Stacking the Shelves (170)

April 9, 2017 Bonnie Sunday Book Haul 2 Comments

Another week has gone by. I can’t believe it’s already April guys! I got to sit out on my balcony for the first time in what feels like ages so I’m looking forward to more of those days. I didn’t have to work a billion hours this week so I got some things posted on the blog this week. I also went to see Ellen Hopkins at my local Barnes & Noble yesterday and got to chat (more like chatter in indecipherable tones because I was a bundle of nerves) with her and ask her a couple of questions. I’ll try to write up a small post about it later this week. 🙂

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Last week I got a super fun package from Big Honcho Media and Disney-Hyperion. That little sneaker keychain is my new favorite thing. 🙂

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Kill All Happies by Rachel Cohn [Purchase]
Wildman by J.C. Geiger [Purchase]

From Edelweiss:

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Hello, Sunshine: A Novel by Laura Dave [Purchase]

Purchased

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I already owned Tilt but I decided I’d really love to have my favorite Hopkins (Triangles) signed as well so I bought a new copy.

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Kindle Purchase:
What Nora Knew by Linda Yellin [Purchase – Only $1.99!]

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Recommended Reading: Stories in Verse

April 8, 2017 Bonnie Recommended Reading 101 3 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?

Verse 101

I’m going to an event to see Ellen Hopkins today so in celebration of this exciting event, I’m sharing a few of my favorite stories in verse!

2241059If you’re looking for a coming-of-age story in verse from one of the very best…

Identical is about Kaeleigh and Raeanne, twins, that seem to have the perfect life but their secrets run dark and deep. It deals with a lot of issues: self-harm, bullying, drug abuse, and rape just to mention just a few. Hopkins carefully layers each issue within the tale without making it feel excessive. This is one of Hopkins’ best and has a most unforgettable twist.


753028If you’re looking for some free verse poetry about the deceased of a fictional town…

Spoon River Anthology was such an amazingly fun read, delving into the history of the residents of Spoon River and usually how they each met their death. More along the lines of poetry but highly recommended for those of you that haven’t found any poetry collections that actually work for you. This one is for you.


Short & Sweet – Half-Blood Prince, The Rose and the Dagger, The Lover’s DictionaryIf you’ve read a ton of verse, but are looking for something different…

Lover’s Dictionary is a gorgeous little story that is told verse-like but is actually a series of dictionary definition entries. It’s emotional and moving and show every facet that love entails — the good and the bad. It’s a powerful little book so be prepared to feel things.


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Short & Sweet (Fantasies) – Sweep in Peace, Feversong, Golden Dynasty,

April 7, 2017 Bonnie Book Reviews, Short & Sweet Reviews 8 Comments

Short & Sweet (Fantasies) – Sweep in Peace, Feversong, Golden Dynasty,Sweep in Peace by Ilona Andrews
Series: Innkeeper Chronicles #2
Published by NYLA on November 13th 2015
Pages: 315
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Format: eBook
Source: Library
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Also by this author: Magic Bites

four-stars

Dina DeMille doesn’t run your typical Bed and Breakfast. Her inn defies laws of physics, her fluffy dog is secretly a monster, and the only paying guest is a former Galactic tyrant with a price on her head. But the inn needs guests to thrive, and guests have been scarce, so when an Arbitrator shows up at Dina's door and asks her to host a peace summit between three warring species, she jumps on the chance.

Unfortunately, for Dina, keeping the peace between Space Vampires, the Hope-Crushing Horde, and the devious Merchants of Baha-char is much easier said than done. On top of keeping her guests from murdering each other, she must find a chef, remodel the inn... and risk everything, even her life, to save the man she might fall in love with. But then it's all in the day's work for an Innkeeper...

“What are you planning?” I asked, as we turned toward the grand ballroom.
“Just a small demonstration for the public good,” he said. “I am so sorry.”
“You’re apologizing in advance.”
“Yes.”
“Never a good sign.”

Dina DeMille runs a Victorian Bed and Breakfast in a small Texas town but it’s certainly far from normal. She only caters to otherworldly visitors but they are few and far between these days and her only visitor is Caldenia who is actually a permanent resident since she has a price on her head and can’t leave the grounds. When Dina is approached with a dangerous but tempting offer to host a peace summit between three warring groups, she knows that if all goes well this could end up helping the Inn more than anything. But on the other hand, if things go wrong, it could be disastrous and she could lose the Inn for good. Dina takes the chance and hopes for the best.

In Sweep in Peace we get to witness the truly magical capabilities of the Inn and Dina herself and we’re introduced to a large number of new characters but most importantly is my favorite: Orro, the chef she hires to feed the massive group of people now occupying her Inn. She also gets a new cat that remains a bit of a mystery but I look forward to finding out more about him in (hopefully!) the next installment. I read Clean Sweep early last year and felt it was a fun, cozy sort of paranormal mystery. It was a bit forgettable, nothing extraordinary, and I decided that picking up the next installment wasn’t worthwhile.

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I’ve been crazy in the mood for Urban Fantasy lately and Sweep in Peace was literally the only one immediately available for check-out at my library so I decided what the hell. IT WAS SO GOOD. It was funny and exciting and I completely fell in love with these characters like I somehow managed to avoid doing in the first. Now I’m on hold for the third installment and the wait is interminable. That’ll teach me.

“This is blasphemy!” Odalon declared in the same way Gerard Butler had once roared “This is Sparta.” Sadly, Odalon had nobody to kick into a bottomless hole for emphasis, so he settled for looking extremely put out.

Short & Sweet (Fantasies) – Sweep in Peace, Feversong, Golden Dynasty,Feversong by Karen Marie Moning
Series: Fever #9
Published by Delacorte Press on January 17th 2017
Pages: 512
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Format: eBook
Source: Library
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Also by this author: Beyond the Highland Mist

four-stars

#1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Marie Moning returns with the epic conclusion to her pulse-pounding Fever series, where a world thrown into chaos grows more treacherous at every turn. As Mac, Barrons, Ryodan, and Jada struggle to restore control, enemies become allies, right and wrong cease to exist, and the lines between life and death, lust and love, disappear completely.

Black holes loom menacingly over Dublin, threatening to destroy the Earth. Yet the greatest danger is the one MacKayla Lane has unleashed from within: the Sinsar Dubh—a sentient book of unthinkable evil—has possessed her body and will stop at nothing in its insatiable quest for power.

The fate of Man and Fae rests on destroying the book and recovering the long-lost Song of Making, the sole magic that can repair the fragile fabric of the Earth. But to achieve these aims, sidhe-seers, the Nine, Seelie, and Unseelie must form unlikely alliances and make heart-wrenching choices. For Barrons and Jada, this means finding the Seelie Queen who alone can wield the mysterious song, negotiating with a lethal Unseelie prince hell-bent on ruling the Fae courts, and figuring out how to destroy the Sinsar Dubh while keeping Mac alive.

This time, there’s no gain without sacrifice, no pursuit without risk, no victory without irrevocable loss. In the battle for Mac’s soul, every decision exacts a tremendous price.


*Beware! Spoilers from the first 8 installments… but that’s to be expected, right?*

Feversong opens to the tragedy that Feverborn left us with: the evil book inside her, the Sinsar Dubh, has finally found a way to take complete control over Mac. Finally possessing a sentient form, the book wastes no time in wreaking havoc on Dublin and its remaining inhabitants. How to possibly destroy the book without also destroying Mac in the process is something no one knows how to do, but stopping the book before it gains, even more, power is crucial to saving the last of the human race. The black holes that were left behind by the Hoar Frost King continue to hover mere feet above the Earth and until the Song of Making is discovered, there may soon not be an Earth to save. Time is quickly running out.

I’m not going to go into plot details because if you love the series, you’re going to read it anyways, but I will say this: There’s a lot riding on a final installment, especially for such a well-loved series that has gone on for as long as it has. There are an immense amount of loose-ends to tie up, deciding how to wrap up the stories of beloved characters (whether they get their happily ever after or not), and trying to find an ending that isn’t predictable but that doesn’t also come out of left field. Series endings have a low probability of impressing me which makes me truly wonder why I embark on as many series as I do. While there were still some questions that went unanswered (not enough to make me grumpy) and a few plot lines that were wrapped up a bit too neatly (nothing’s perfect though), I was overall impressed with how entertaining this final installment was. Have I changed my mind that all installments after Shadowfever were necessary? Nope, but they still gave me more time in a fantasy world that I will always love.

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Feversong marks the (second) end of the Fever series, but I’m not entirely convinced that it couldn’t emerge once again from the ashes like a phoenix. It’s been done once before so I won’t say it isn’t possible. There were a few extra pieces of the puzzle that could most definitely go on to form a new book (books?), but I was happy with the ending in Shadowfever and I’m shockingly happy with the ending in Feversong View Spoiler » so let’s not push our luck, k Moning?

I hope she creates a new wonderfully magical world for me to fall in love and obsess over soon.

Short & Sweet (Fantasies) – Sweep in Peace, Feversong, Golden Dynasty,The Golden Dynasty by Kristen Ashley
Series: Fantasyland #2
on August 22nd 2011
Pages: 530
Genres: Fantasy
Format: eBook
Source: Borrowed
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Also by this author: Wildest Dreams

four-stars

Circe Quinn goes to sleep at home and wakes up in a corral filled with women wearing sacrificial virgin attire - and she is one of them. She soon finds out that she’s not having a wild dream, she’s living a frightening nightmare where she’s been transported to a barren land populated by a primitive people and in short order, she’s installed very unwillingly on her white throne of horns as their Queen.
Dax Lahn is the king of Suh Tunak, The Horde of the nation of Korwahk and with one look at Circe, he knows she will be his bride and together they will start The Golden Dynasty of legend.
Circe and Lahn are separated by language, culture and the small fact she’s from a parallel universe and has no idea how she got there or how to get home. But facing challenge after challenge, Circe finds her footing as Queen of the brutal Korwahk Horde and wife to its King, then she makes friends then she finds herself falling in love with this primitive land, its people and especially their savage leader.

A word to the wise about these books: they’re… kinda like crack. Imagine there’s an alternate but magical reality where there’s a different version of you and that it’s possible to swap spots with your other version and live in that very different and magical world. In Wildest Dreams, the first installment of this series, Finnie Wilde made the choice to switch places. In Golden Dynasty, Circe Quinn had no knowledge of this alternate world and woke up in it terrified where she’s about to be set free by a primitive type people and hunted, captured, and raped by men who wish to find wives. It’s an ordeal that she didn’t think she would live through, but Circe survived and discovered that she had been caught by the King himself and was now Queen of these people.

Now, wait a minute!! I know what you’re thinking!!

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But for you Game of Thrones fans out there… how many of you ended up loving Khal Drogo and Daenerys together??

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*cries* Why did he have to die?!

Because Golden Dynasty is a straight up epic Game of Thrones continuation story, taking you on a path that GRRM could never have dreamed up. It takes Khal Drogo and Daenerys’ story to a whole new and amazing level. How could she possibly fall in love with her rapist, you ask? Excellent question; I asked it myself. All I have to say is, Kristen Ashley works wonders in the development of Circe and Lahn’s relationship, generating one of the most intense and passionate romances I’ve read. She also delves deep into the culture of these people without turning it into some excuse for the heinous acts done. Suffice it to say, this entire series has been magical and I can see why Ashley is so beloved in the romance genre.

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Monthly Rundown: March 2017

April 6, 2017 Bonnie Monthly Rundown 6 Comments

Books Read = 18

So I didn’t make the hoped-for 19 books read (I read 17 in January, 18 in February… was aiming for 19 in March just to be funny.) This month also consisted of a lot of poetry collections and a few graphic novels but damn guys, this was a rough month work-wise. I worked 54 hours the week of the 20th and 68 hours the week of the 27th. Suffice it to say, by this past weekend, I was a straight-up zombie. I slept 13 hours when I got home Friday night. So all in all, I’m surprised I got anything done really.

But enough whining and onto the books! I posted reviews for 8 books and had a DNF post for pretty much 3 of the biggest anticipated releases of the year. Suffice it to say, I was not impressed. I still have yet to get back to my review books (shame) and I just recently started a Kindle Unlimited trial so I’m trying to focus on making that worthwhile… so I’ve definitely got my hands full for April!

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Unreviewed Reads

I’ve gotten super lazy with my review writing. Having so little free time I’ve only wanted to spend my time actually reading. These books didn’t get reviewed this month and it may or may not get done in the future. lol

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26025989Best of the Month: The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher ★★★★
I don’t think I ever intended on reading this but I was intrigued by the concept of her reading the last story she’d ever tell on audio. It was beautiful and moving and now I want to read everything else she wrote in her life.

Least Favorite: Dawn of Zombie Haiku by Ryan Mecum ★★10733556
My expectations weren’t crazy high for this one so it’s not a massive disappointment but I thought it would be fun. It was weird, extremely gross, and … how exactly is a zombie capable of writing haiku again? lol

25657772Biggest Surprise: Because of Miss Bridgerton (Rokesbys #1) by Julia Quinn ★★★★
I’d been trying to decide on what my very first Julia Quinn book would be for years now and I finally took the plunge. This one was super adorable and I can’t wait to read more of her works.

Biggest Disappointment: Wires and Nerve, Volume 1 (Wires and Nerve #1) by Marissa Meyer ★★★29772863
There wasn’t anything terribly wrong with this one but I didn’t much care for the artwork and the characterization for everyone was weirdly off. The plot itself was actually very intriguing though (plus, I love Iko) and I’ll pick up the next one for that reason alone.

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Waiting on Wednesday – Sleeping Beauties: A Novel by Stephen King and Owen King

April 5, 2017 Bonnie Waiting on Wednesday 10 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday – Sleeping Beauties: A Novel by Stephen King and Owen KingSleeping Beauties: A Novel by Stephen King, Owen King
Published by Scribner on September 26th 2017
Pages: 720
Genres: Horror, Fantasy
Format: Hardcover
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Also by this author: Doctor Sleep

In this spectacular father-son collaboration, Stephen King and Owen King tell the highest of high-stakes stories: what might happen if women disappeared from the world of men?

In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep; they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent; and while they sleep they go to another place. The men of our world are abandoned, left to their increasingly primal devices. One woman, however, the mysterious Evie, is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease. Is Evie a medical anomaly to be studied, or is she a demon who must be slain? Set in a small Appalachian town whose primary employer is a women’s prison

Sleeping Beauties is wildly provocative and gloriously absorbing.

About Owen King

I'm the author of the novel Double Feature and We're All In This Together: A Novella and Stories, co-editor (with John McNally) of the anthology Who Can Save Us Now, and co-author (with Mark Poirier) of the graphic novel Intro to Alien Invasion. My writing has appeared in publications such as Grantland, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Prairie Schooner, Subtropics, Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, and One Story. My next book, Sleeping Beauties, a novel co-authored with Stephen King, will be published by Scribner in 2017.

My wife is the beautiful and mysterious Kelly Braffet. She has written three wonderful books, but my personal favorite is Save Yourself.

About Stephen King

Stephen King was born in Portland, Maine in 1947, the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. He made his first professional short story sale in 1967 to Startling Mystery Stories. In the fall of 1973, he began teaching high school English classes at Hampden Academy, the public high school in Hampden, Maine. Writing in the evenings and on the weekends, he continued to produce short stories and to work on novels. In the spring of 1973, Doubleday & Co., accepted the novel Carrie for publication, providing him the means to leave teaching and write full-time. He has since published over 50 books and has become one of the world's most successful writers.

Stephen lives in Maine and Florida with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. They are regular contributors to a number of charities including many libraries and have been honored locally for their philanthropic activities.

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I cannot get over this cover — absolutely to die for — and damn, does it sound good!

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

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Top Ten Tuesday – Harry Potter Bucket List

April 4, 2017 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 14 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
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Today’s topic is a Fandom Freebie and the most important fandom that I consider myself a part of is, of course, Harry Potter. I haven’t done too many HP specific posts shockingly enough (I discussed why I love HP and last year’s Santa List was predominantly HP stuff), so this time I’ve decided to talk about the Harry Potter related things I’d love to do.

I’ve received my Hogwarts letter:

And I definitely know my House:

But the other awesome Harry Potter related things one can do are endless. Here are just a few that I’d love to say I’ve done… someday.

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Glenfinnan Viaduct, Scotland

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Who wouldn’t want to take a steam train over the Glenfinnan Viaduct just like in the movies?

Elephant House

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Just to see where it all began. Plus, I hear they have great coffee. 🙂

Kings Cross, London

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Ask the employees in London’s King Cross station how to find Platform 9 3/4? Awww yeees.

Bodleian Library, Oxford

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I’ve always wanted to see this library after the beautiful descriptions in The Discovery of Witches, but certain library scenes in the Harry Potter movies were shot there as well.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Florida, Japan, and LA

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Naturally.

Let a wand pick me

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I’ll bring a fan with me so I can do a perfect reenactment. lol

See Cursed Child on Broadway

Butterbeer

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Seriously. I can’t die until I’ve had authentic Butterbeer.

Get a Harry Potter tattoo

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What would I get? Absolutely no idea.

Write some Harry Potter fan-fic someday for fun

Who knows, could be fun. 🙂

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of April 3rd, 2017

April 3, 2017 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 5 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 April 3rd, 2017

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Gem & Dixie by Sara Zarr [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 4th 2017 by Balzer + Bray

The End of Our Story by Meg Haston [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 4th 2017 by HarperTeen

Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 4th 2017 by Simon Pulse

Blacklist (Beautiful Idols #2) by Alyson Noel [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 4th 2017 by Katherine Tegen Books

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Toward a Secret Sky by Heather Maclean [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 4th 2017 by Blink

Shadowcaster (Shattered Realms #2) by Cinda Williams Chima [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 4th 2017 by HarperTeen

Mars One by Jonathan Maberry [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 4th 2017 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Defy the Stars (Defy the Stars #1) by Claudia Gray [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 4th 2017 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

True North (True Born Trilogy #2) by L.E. Sterling [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 4th 2017 by Entangled: Teen

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Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 4th 2017 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Definitions of Indefinable Things by Whitney Taylor [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 4th 2017 by HMH Books for Young Readers

Speak of Me as I Am by Sonia Belasco [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 4th 2017 by Philomel Books

Other Breakable Things by Kelley York & Rowan Altwood [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 4th 2017 by Entangled: Teen

Get It Together, Delilah! by Erin Gough [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 4th 2017 by Chronicle Books

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Royce Rolls by Margaret Stohl [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 4th 2017 by Freeform

Pretty Fierce by Kieran Scott [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 4th 2017 by Sourcebooks Fire

The Last Thing You Said by Sara Biren [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 4th 2017 by Amulet Books

Perfect (Flawed #2) by Cecelia Ahern [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 4th 2017 by Feiwel & Friends

Give Me a K-I-L-L (Fear Street Relaunch #6) by R.L. Stine [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 4th 2017 by A Thomas Dunne Book for St. Martin’s Griffin

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The Last Spell (The Thickety #4) by J.A. White [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 4th 2017 by Katherine Tegen Books

A Whisper of Horses by Zillah Bethell [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 4th 2017 by Feiwel & Friends

The Forgetting Spell (Wishing Day #2) by Lauren Myracle [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 4th 2017 by Katherine Tegen Books

Counting Sheep: Calpurnia Tate, Girl Vet (Calpurnia Tate #4) by Jacqueline Kelly [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 4th 2017 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

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Journey Across the Hidden Islands by Sarah Beth Durst [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 4th 2017 by Clarion Books

Prisoner of Ice and Snow by Ruth Lauren [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 4th 2017 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

The Eagle’s Quill (Secrets of the Seven #2) by Sarah L. Thomson [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 4th 2017 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

At the Bottom of the World (Jack and the Geniuses #1) by Bill Nye & Gregory Mone [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 4th 2017 by Amulet Books

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Winter Tide (The Innsmouth Legacy #1) by Ruthanna Emrys [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 4th 2017 by Tor.com

Waking Gods (Themis Files #2) by Sylvain Neuvel [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 4th 2017 by Del Rey

Kokoro (Kojiki #2) by Keith Yatsuhashi [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 4th 2017 by Angry Robot

Myth of the Maker by Bruce R. Cordell [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 4th 2017 by Angry Robot

Saga, Vol. 7 by Brian K. Vaughan [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 4th 2017 by Image Comics

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Brimstone by Cherie Priest [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 4th 2017 by Ace Books

The End of the Day by Claire North [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 4th 2017 by Redhook

The Moon and the Other by John Kessel [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 4th 2017 by Saga Press

Red Sister (Book of the Ancestor #1) by Mark Lawrence [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 4th 2017 by Ace

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The Chosen (Black Dagger Brotherhood #15) by J.R. Ward [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 4th 2017 by Ballantine Books

The House of Binding Thorns (Dominion of the Fallen #2) by Aliette de Bodard [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 4th 2017 by Ace Books

Gauntlet (Arena #2) by Holly Jennings [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 4th 2017 by Ace

Bound (Alex Verus #8) by Benedict Jacka [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 4th 2017 by Ace

Where the Dead Lie (Sebastian St. Cyr #12) by C.S. Harris [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 4th 2017 by Berkley Books

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Marshall’s Law (Marshall Grade #2) by Ben Sanders [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 4th 2017 by Minotaur Books

All By Myself Alone by Mary Higgins Clark [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 4th 2017 by Simon & Schuster

Ragdoll (Detective William Fawkes #1) by Daniel Cole [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 4th 2017 by Ecco

Bad Seeds (Jade de Jong #5) by Jassy Mackenzie [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 4th 2017 by Soho Crime

War Cry : A Courtney Family Novel by Wilbur Smith [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 4th 2017 by William Morrow

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The Half Wives by Stacia Pelletier [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 4th 2017 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

My Last Lament by James William Brown [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 4th 2017 by Berkley Books

A Twist in Time (Kendra Donovan #2) by Julie McElwain [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 4th 2017 by Pegasus Books

Tell Me How This Ends Well by David Samuel Levinson [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 4th 2017 by Hogarth Press

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The Sisters of Blue Mountain by Karen Katchur [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 4th 2017 by Thomas Dunne Books

Castle of Water: A Novel by Dane Huckelbridge [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 4th 2017 by Thomas Dunne Books

Miss You by Kate Eberlen [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 4th 2017 by Harper

My Italian Bulldozer by Alexander McCall Smith [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 4th 2017 by Pantheon Books

The Forbidden Garden: A Novel by Ellen Herrick [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 4th 2017 by William Morrow Paperbacks

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No One Is Coming to Save Us: A Novel by Stephanie Powell Watts [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 4th 2017 by Ecco

Sympathy by Olivia Sudjic [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 4th 2017 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

How to Make a French Family: A Memoir of Love, Food, and Faux Pas by Samantha Verant [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 4th 2017 by Sourcebooks

This Time Around by Tawna Fenske [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 4th 2017 by Montlake Romance

Marlena: A Novel by Julie Buntin [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 4th 2017 by Henry Holt and Co.

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The Billionaires (Lover’s Triangle #1) by Calista Fox [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 4th 2017 by St. Martin’s Griffin

Ever My Love (MacLeod #10) by Lynn Kurland [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 4th 2017 by Jove

My One True Highlander (No Ordinary Hero #2) by Suzanne Enoch [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 4th 2017 by St. Martin’s Paperbacks

The Romance Reader’s Guide to Life by Sharon Pywell [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 4th 2017 by Flatiron Books

What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky: Stories by Lesley Nneka Arimah [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 4th 2017 by Riverhead Books

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