Friday Favorites | Recommended I Read

May 10, 2019 Bonnie Friday Favorites 2 Comments

This week’s topic is about books recommended to me. My bestie gives me the best romance and classic recommendations and my mom gives me recommendations for everything in between. Try as I might, I can’t get to all of them but these books are the ones I’m honestly determined to get around to sooner rather than later.

Recommendations from Dani
The Winter King (Weathermages of Mystral #1) by C.L. Wilson
The Heist (Fox and O’Hare #1) by Janet Evanovich
Phoenix Unbound (Fallen Empire #1) by Grace Draven

Recommendations from my Mum
The Magus by John Fowles
Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang
Coyote Blue by Christopher Moore

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Audiobook Sync 2019: Week 3 Titles | The Epic Crush of Genie Lo and Shadow of the Fox (May 9 – May 16)

May 9, 2019 Bonnie Sync 1 Comment

A new week of free audiobooks! Be sure to sign up for email and/or text alerts at Audiobook Sync to remind you when new titles are available. The audiobooks can be downloaded onto your computer and easily transferred to your smartphone for easy listening — and remember that these audiobooks are yours to keep! In case you’re new to the Audiobook Sync program, here are the details:

Each audiobook will be available for you to download onto your computer and/or mobile device for one week. The files are available from Thursday morning 7am Eastern Time until the following Thursday morning at 7am Eastern time when the new audiobook titles become available. You may download more than once if you have more than one device. When you have downloaded the MP3 files they are yours to keep.

The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee | Read by Nancy Wu
Published by Recorded Books
 | Download available here!

The struggle to get into a top-tier college consumes sixteen-year-old Genie’s every waking thought. But when she discovers she’s a celestial spirit who’s powerful enough to bash through the gates of heaven with her fists, her perfectionist existence is shattered. Enter Quentin, a transfer student from China whose tone-deaf assertiveness beguiles Genie to the brink of madness. Quentin nurtures Genie’s outrageous transformation-sometimes gently, sometimes aggressively-as her sleepy suburb in the Bay Area comes under siege from hell-spawn. This epic YA debut draws from Chinese folklore, features a larger-than-life heroine, and perfectly balances the realities of Genie’s grounded high school life with the absurd supernatural world she finds herself commanding.

Shadow of the Fox (Shadow of the Fox #1) by Julie Kagawa | Read by Joy Osmanski, Brian Nishii, Emily Woo Zeller
Published by HarperAudio
 | Download available here!

One thousand years ago, the great Kami Dragon was summoned to grant a single terrible wish—and the land of Iwagoto was plunged into an age of darkness and chaos. Now, for whoever holds the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers, a new wish will be granted. A new age is about to dawn.

Happy listening!

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Waiting on Wednesday – Shorefall: A Novel (Founders #2) by Robert Jackson Bennett

May 8, 2019 Bonnie Waiting on Wednesday 7 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday – Shorefall: A Novel (Founders #2) by Robert Jackson BennettShorefall by Robert Jackson Bennett
Series: Founders #2
Published by Del Rey Books on January 21, 2020
Pages: 512
Genres: Fantasy
Format: Hardcover
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Also by this author: American Elsewhere, Foundryside

The upstart firm Foundryside is struggling to make it. Orso Igancio and his star employee, former thief Sancia Grado, are accomplishing brilliant things with scriving, the magical art of encoding sentience into everyday objects, but it's not enough. The massive merchant houses of Tevanne won't tolerate competition, and they're willing to do anything to crush Foundryside.

But even the merchant houses of Tevanne might have met their match. An immensely powerful and deadly entity has been resurrected in the shadows of Tevanne, one that's not interested in wealth or trade routes: a hierophant, one of the ancient practitioners of scriving. And he has a great fascination for Foundryside, and its employees - especially Sancia.

Now Sancia and the rest of Foundryside must race to combat this new menace, which means understanding the origins of scriving itself - before the hierophant burns Tevanne to the ground.

About Robert Jackson Bennett

Robert Jackson Bennett is a two-time award winner of the Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novel, an Edgar Award winner for Best Paperback Original, and is also the 2010 recipient of the Sydney J Bounds Award for Best Newcomer, and a Philip K Dick Award Citation of Excellence. City of Stairs was shortlisted for the Locus Award and the World Fantasy Award. City of Blades was a finalist for the 2015 World Fantasy, Locus, and British Fantasy Awards. His seventh novel, City of Miracles, is in stores now.

Robert lives in Austin with his wife and large sons. He can be found on Twitter at @robertjbennett.

Founders Series

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Foundryside (Founders #1) by Robert Jackson Bennett

I honestly can’t remember a time when I was more excited about a book. Foundryside was absolutely spectacular and I am so eager to get my hands on the next installment! January is SO far away.

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

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Book Review | In ‘The Unhoneymooners’, Enemies Become Lovers

May 7, 2019 Bonnie 2019, Adult, Book Reviews, Early Review 4 Comments

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

Book Review | In ‘The Unhoneymooners’, Enemies Become LoversThe Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
Published by Gallery Books on May 14, 2019
Pages: 432
Genres: Romance
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
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Also by this author: My Favorite Half-Night Stand, Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating, Love and Other Words


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Olive is always unlucky: in her career, in love, in…well, everything. Her identical twin sister Amy, on the other hand, is probably the luckiest person in the world. Her meet-cute with her fiancé is something out of a romantic comedy (gag) and she’s managed to finance her entire wedding by winning a series of Internet contests (double gag). Worst of all, she’s forcing Olive to spend the day with her sworn enemy, Ethan, who just happens to be the best man.

Olive braces herself to get through 24 hours of wedding hell before she can return to her comfortable, unlucky life. But when the entire wedding party gets food poisoning from eating bad shellfish, the only people who aren’t affected are Olive and Ethan. And now there’s an all-expenses-paid honeymoon in Hawaii up for grabs.

Putting their mutual hatred aside for the sake of a free vacation, Olive and Ethan head for paradise, determined to avoid each other at all costs. But when Olive runs into her future boss, the little white lie she tells him is suddenly at risk to become a whole lot bigger. She and Ethan now have to pretend to be loving newlyweds, and her luck seems worse than ever. But the weird thing is that she doesn’t mind playing pretend. In fact, she feels kind of... lucky.

Olive’s twin sister Ami just got married to a dudebro named Nate yet before the party was even over, everyone had become violently ill from the free seafood buffet Ami had won in a contest. Everyone except Olive (due to a fortunate shellfish allergy) and her new brother-in-law Ethan (because of a general aversion to buffet style eating). Being too sick to go on their free honeymoon (also won in a contest) Ami convinces Olive to go for her and Nate convinces Ethan to go for him. Ten days in Maui would be a complete dream, however, Olive and Ethan hate each other so it’s not expected to feel like paradise. Their plan to stay as far away from each other as possible goes awry when Olive runs into her new boss and quickly buries herself in the lie that she’s actually there for her honeymoon. Then Ethan runs into his ex who is there with her new fiancé and suddenly he’s telling her that he and Olive are there on their honeymoon too. Suddenly they find themselves spending far more time than planned together, only to keep up appearances, of course. It’s not like they’re enjoying each others company or anything.

Do you know how you showed someone in fifth grade that you had a crush on them? By being the rudest prick on the playground? Well, Olive and Ethan act like they never graduated to sixth grade. Their rudeness slowly begins to morph into playful banter and they finally started to leave their fifth-grade antics behind. The characters themselves weren’t the easiest to like (which made it hard to root for them) what with Olive’s continued insistence that she possesses the worst luck on Earth, convinced that everything she touches is going to end up going wrong somehow. She can’t even manage to enjoy her day at the spa while she’s being pampered in Maui.

‘This type of blissful, transcendent spa experience isn’t for me. I’m the one who gets a fungal infection from a pedicure in the Cities and a bikini wax burn at a spa in Duluth.’

It became tiresome, quickly. Ethan wasn’t much better with his strange attitude he has towards Olive that wasn’t explained away till the latter half of the story and not in the most explainable way either. The biggest flaw in this romance, and what makes this my least favorite Christina Lauren to date, is the overwhelming amount of drama. There are multiple sub-plots that are clearly meant to cause that “necessary” tension in a romance, but it felt like they had gone overboard with the unnecessary angst. Admittedly though, the authors turned my doubts around with some stellar character development that made these intolerable people actually likable. They manage to create such enviously romantic pairs (yet still never straying into far-fetched territory) that you can’t help but hope to find a love that makes you feel just as good.

“What are we doing tonight?” he asks […]
“Do we really want to push it?” I ask. “We’ve been together for…” I pick up his arm and glance at his watch. “Like eighty years straight. There are bruises, but no bloodshed yet. I say we quit while we’re ahead.”
“What does that entail?”
“I get the bedroom and Netflix, you wander the island to check on your hidden horcruxes.”

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of May 6th, 2019

May 6, 2019 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 0 Comments

Here’s what’s releasing this week: a blend of YA, Adult, Middle Grade, and the occasional Non-Fiction. Something for everyone to look forward to!

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Week of May 6th, 2019

Finale (Caraval #3) by Stephanie Garber
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Flatiron Books

Dark Shores by Danielle L. Jensen
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Tor Teen

Aurora Rising (The Aurora Cycle #1) by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Knopf Books for Young Readers

The Lovely and the Lost by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Freeform

Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale by Lauren Myracle
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by DC Ink

Last Things by Jacqueline West
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Greenwillow Books

Nocturna (A Forgery of Magic #1) by Maya Motayne
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Balzer + Bray

Castle of Lies by Kiersi Burkhart
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Carolrhoda Lab (R)

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by HarperTeen

Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens by Tanya Boteju
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Simon Pulse

All Our Broken Pieces by L.D. Crichton
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Disney-Hyperion

Somewhere Only We Know by Maurene Goo
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Hope and Other Punchlines by Julie Buxbaum
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Delacorte Press

Her Royal Highness (Royals #2) by Rachel Hawkins
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

The Goodbye Summer by Sarah Van Name
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Sourcebooks Fire

Again, but Better by Christine Riccio
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Wednesday Books

This Is Not a Love Scene by S.C. Megale
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Wednesday Books

How It Feels to Float by Helena Fox
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Dial Books

Finding Orion by John David Anderson
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Walden Pond Press

The Absence of Sparrows by Kurt Kirchmeier
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Hurricane Season by Nicole Melleby
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Algonquin Young Readers

Shouting at the Rain by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Nancy Paulsen Books

Jane Doe and the Cradle of All Worlds (Jane Doe Chronicles #1) by Jeremy Lachlan
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Carolrhoda Books (R)

Dream Within a Dream by Patricia MacLachlan
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Margaret K. McElderry Books

Middlegame by Seanan McGuire
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Tor.com

A Chain Across the Dawn (The Universe After #2) by Drew Williams
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Tor Books

Westside: A Novel by W.M. Akers
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Harper Voyager

Exhalation: Stories by Ted Chiang
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Knopf

Empire of Grass (The Last King of Osten Ard #2) by Tad Williams
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Daw Books

Stranger Things: The Other Side (Stranger Things Comics #1-3) by Jody Houser
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Dark Horse Books

Tangle’s Game by Stewart Hotston
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Abaddon

The Stone Circle (Ruth Galloway #11) by Elly Griffiths
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Theater of Spies (Tales from the Black Chamber #2) by S.M. Stirling
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Ace Books

Such a Perfect Wife by Kate White
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Harper Paperbacks

The East End by Jason Allen
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Park Row

The Big Kahuna (Fox and O’Hare #6) by Janet Evanovich & Raymond Benson
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

The Runner (The China Thrillers #5) by Peter May
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Quercus

The Last Time I Saw You by Liv Constantine
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Harper

Spring Cleaning: A Novel by Antonio Manzini
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Harper Paperbacks

First Kill (Kirk McGarvey #24) by David Hagberg
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Forge

The Scent of Murder (Jazz Ramsey #1) by Kylie Logan
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Minotaur Books

The Kremlin Strike: A Novel by Dale Brown
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by William Morrow

The Guest Book: A Novel by Sarah Blake
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Flatiron Books

Blackberry and Wild Rose by Sonia Velton
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Blackstone Publishing

The Daughter’s Tale by Armando Lucas Correa
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Atria Books

The Welsh Fasting Girl by Varley O’Connor
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Bellevue Literary Press

The Flight Portfolio by Julie Orringer
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Knopf Publishing Group

The Tubman Command by Elizabeth Cobbs
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Arcade

The Road to Grantchester by James Runcie
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Bloomsbury Publishing

A Murderous Malady (Florence Nightingale Mystery #2) by Christine Trent
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Crooked Lane Books

The Unquiet Heart (Sarah Gilchrist #2) by Kaite Welsh
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Pegasus Books

The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna: A Novel by Juliet Grames
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Ecco

The Yankee Widow by Linda Lael Miller
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Mira Books

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Sourcebooks Landmark

Tightrope by Amanda Quick
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Berkley

The Bride Test (The Kiss Quotient #2) by Helen Hoang
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Berkley

Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by William Morrow Paperbacks

You, Me, and the Sea: A Novel by Meg Donohue
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by William Morrow Paperbacks

The Little Teashop on Main by Jodi Thomas
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Hqn

Drawing Home by Jamie Brenner
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Little, Brown and Company

Blessing in Disguise by Danielle Steel
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Delacorte

The Southern Side of Paradise (Peachtree Bluff #3) by Kristy Woodson Harvey
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Gallery Books

Sunset Beach by Mary Kay Andrews
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by St. Martin’s Press

The Farm by Joanne Ramos
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Random House

The Unpassing by Chia-Chia Lin
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

The Archive of Alternate Endings: Stories by Lindsey Drager
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Dzanc Books

Light from Other Stars by Erika Swyler
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Bloomsbury Publishing

State of the Union: A Marriage in Ten Parts by Nick Hornby
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Riverhead Books

Juliet the Maniac: A Novel by Juliet Escoria
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Melville House

The Castle on Sunset by Shawn Levy
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Doubleday Books

Lake of the Ozarks: My Surreal Summers in a Vanishing America by Bill Geist
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Grand Central Publishing

Black Death at the Golden Gate: The Race to Save America from the Bubonic Plague by David K. Randall
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by W. W. Norton & Company

The Killer Across the Table: Unlocking the Secrets of Serial Killers and Predators with the FBI’s Original Mindhunter by John E. Douglas & Mark Olshaker
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Dey Street Books

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Monthly Rundown | April 2019

May 3, 2019 Bonnie Monthly Rundown 4 Comments

Books Read = 11

After “Mediocre March”, April went immensely better, thank goodness. I thought for sure I was headed straight for Slumpville. I finally managed to find a non 3-star read (and even read my second 5 star of the year!) I participated in the OWL’s Magical Readathon and while I didn’t do as well as I had hoped (I thought I could read all 12, lol) I did manage to read 8 (with the 9th being a DNF). Not bad, if I do say so myself.

I got a little sidetracked and ended up reading a few unplanned ones as well.

I’ve been once again having a hard time writing reviews and I’ve been trying to brainstorm ways to make reviews fun and interesting again not just for me but for my readers. Is it just me or are standard reviews just not as exciting anymore? For me, at least in terms of writing reviews, I need to get back to basics and start doing what I used to do and what worked for years: keeping a notebook, taking notes, writing down quotes, jotting down random feelings. Being able to refer to this when I actually sit down to write makes it so much easier for me because it gives me a starting point rather than sitting down with all my thoughts and being overwhelmed and just moving on to the next book. Hoping to get find my groove in May a little more.

41150551Best of the Month: Like Lions: A Novel (Bull Mountain #2) by Brian Panowich ★★★★★
I absolutely loved Bull Mountain (that one got 5 stars from me too) and I was so anxious to get my hands on this sequel that I ordered a copy from across the pond before it was available in the US. I’m so glad I did. This was just as fantastic. I can’t wait to see what Panowich has in store for us next.

Least Favorite: The Right Swipe (Modern Love #1) by Alisha Rai ★★40853115
I’ve heard many great things about Alisha Rai and was drawn to this new contemporary romance series of hers that involves the world of online dating. I was definitely in the mood for some fluff but the characters + story just didn’t do it for me.

Biggest Surprise: Unholy Ghosts (Downside Ghosts #1) by Stacia Kane ★★★★
I  bought this way back in 2015 and it’s always been one of those I mean to start but never do, typically because I’m unwilling to commit to a new series. I’m a huge Urban Fantasy fan though so I always felt guilty when I’d see it on my TBR. I’m not sure why I’m quite as surprised as I am that I loved it. I never knew I needed some dark Urban Fantasy in my life but this was the answer. I can’t wait to pick up the next installment.

Biggest Disappointment: Vicious (Villains #1) by V.E. Schwab ★★40874032
I bought this one in 2015 too! This was the month of knocking out the metaphorical dust bunny collecting ebooks, apparently. It was one of those that I kept holding off on picking up because everyone truly raved about this title (and Schwab in general.) Yes, this was my first Schwab too. I’m disappointed on many levels.

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Audiobook Sync 2019: Week 2 Titles | Othello and You (May 2 – May 9)

May 2, 2019 Bonnie Sync 1 Comment

Sync is back!! This year’s program kicks off on April 25th and there will be a total of 28 titles available, two available for download each week. Be sure to sign up for email and/or text alerts at Audiobook Sync to remind you when new titles are available. The audiobooks can be downloaded onto your computer and easily transferred to your smartphone for easy listening — and remember that these audiobooks are yours to keep! In case you’re new to the Audiobook Sync program, here are the details:

Each audiobook will be available for you to download onto your computer and/or mobile device for one week. The files are available from Thursday morning 7am Eastern Time until the following Thursday morning at 7am Eastern time when the new audiobook titles become available. You may download more than once if you have more than one device. When you have downloaded the MP3 files they are yours to keep.

Othello by William Shakespeare | Read by Ewan McGregor, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kelly Reilly, Edward Bennett, James Laurenson, Tom Hiddleston, Alastair Sims, David Mara, Michael Hadley, Michael Jenn, Michelle Fairley, Martina Laird
Published by Naxos AudioBooks
 | Download available here!

Shakespeare’s Othello is one of his finest and most famous tragedies. This highly acclaimed performance, which ran between November 2007 and February 2008 at the Donmar Warehouse in London, features Chiwetel Ejiofor as the Moor Othello, Ewan McGregor as the scheming Iago, and Kelly Reilly as the gentle Desdemona. This recording features music written specifically for the stage production which enjoyed huge success – each performance was a sell-out.

You by Charles Benoit | Read by David Baker
Published by Full Cast Audio
 | Download available here!

Charles Benoit has created a stunner of a debut novel, one of the most anticipated titles of the fall season. Told entirely in the second person, the story quickly immerses us in the world of bright, disaffected Kyle Chase, who once showed great potential but by tenth grade has become a genuine slacker. With uncanny insight, crafting what can only be called YA Noir, Benoit takes us deep inside the mind of a young man on a collision course with catastrophe. Of the print version, Publisher’s Weekly said in a starred review: “Disturbing content blends with skillful, fast-paced writing, adding a thriller spin to the novel’s vicious realism.” Now David Baker – narrator of our highly acclaimed recording of Graceling – offers a reading that captures and builds the sense of loss and dread that makes this novel both disturbing and irresistible.

Happy listening!

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Waiting on Wednesday – The King of Crows (The Diviners #4) by Libba Bray

May 1, 2019 Bonnie Waiting on Wednesday 3 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday – The King of Crows (The Diviners #4) by Libba BrayThe King of Crows by Libba Bray
Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers on February 4, 2020
Pages: 336
Genres: Historical Fiction, Occult & Supernatural
Format: Hardcover
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Also by this author: Beauty Queens

The breath-taking finale to the epic New York Times bestseller, The Diviners, from Printz winner and beloved author, Libba Bray.

After the horrifying explosion that claimed one of their own, the Diviners find themselves wanted by the US government, and on the brink of war with the King of Crows.

While Memphis and Isaiah run for their lives from the mysterious Shadow Men, Isaiah receives a startling vision of a girl, Sarah Beth Olson, who could shift the balance in their struggle for peace. Sarah Beth says she knows how to stop the King of Crows-but, she will need the Diviners' help to do it.

Elsewhere, Jericho has returned after his escape from Jake Marlowe's estate, where he has learned the shocking truth behind the King of Crow's plans. Now, the Diviners must travel to Bountiful, Nebraska, in hopes of joining forces with Sarah Beth and to stop the King of Crows and his army of the dead forever.

But as rumors of towns becoming ghost towns and the dead developing unprecedented powers begin to surface, all hope seems to be lost.

In this sweeping finale, The Diviners will be forced to confront their greatest fears and learn to rely on one another if they hope to save the nation, and world from catastrophe...

About Libba Bray

Libba Bray is the New York Times bestselling author of The Gemma Doyle trilogy (A Great and Terrible BeautyRebel AngelsThe Sweet Far Thing); the Michael L. Printz Award-winning Going BovineBeauty Queens, an L.A. Times Book Prize finalist; and The Diviners series. She is originally from Texas but makes her home in Brooklyn, NY, with her husband, son, and two sociopathic cats.

The series finale! Well, at least now I know how long I have to (finally) get around to reading Before the Devil Breaks You! February 2020 seems ages away but it really isn’t. Fingers crossed that January LaVoy for the audiobook narration.

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

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Top Ten Tuesday – Inspirational + Literary Quotes

April 30, 2019 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 15 Comments

There’s nothing better than reading some amazing line in a book and having it really resonate with you. I love each and every one of these incredible quotes and would love to see these hanging in my house.

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“I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul”
-William Ernest Hensley [Link]

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“Hope is the thing with feathers, that perches in the soul…”
-Emily Dickinson [Link]

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“It is a serious thing
Just to be alive
On this fresh morning
In this broken world.”
-Mary Oliver [Link]

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“We are all in the gutter, but
some of us are looking at the stars.”
-Oscar Wilde [Link]

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“There was a lust of wandering his feet
that burned to set out for the ends of the earth.”
-James Joyce [Link]

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“Buy the ticket. Take the ride.”
Hunter S. Thompson [Link]

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“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by,
and that has made all the difference.”
-Robert Frost [Link]

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“My mission in life is to not merely survive, but to thrive
and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”
-Maya Angelou [Link]

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“It takes courage to grow up
and become who you really are.”
-E.E. Cummings [Link]

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“I am, I am, I am.”
-Sylvia Plath [Link]

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of April 29th, 2019

April 29, 2019 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 April 29th, 2019

King of Fools (The Shadow Game #2) by Amanda Foody [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 30th 2019 by Inkyard Press

Brief Chronicle of Another Stupid Heartbreak by Adi Alsaid [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 30th 2019 by Inkyard Press

When I Was Summer by J.B. Howard [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 30th 2019 by Viking Books for Young Readers

How to Be Luminous by Harriet Reuter Hapgood [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 30th 2019 by Roaring Brook Press

Hearts Made for Breaking by Jen Klein [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 30th 2019 by Random House Books for Young Readers

Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 30th 2019 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Extraordinary Birds by Sandy Stark-McGinnis [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 30th 2019 by Bloomsbury Children’s Books

The Rise of Winter (Terra Protectorum #1) by Alex Lyttle [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 1st 2019 by Central Avenue Publishing

Aru Shah and the Song of Death (Pandava Quartet #2) by Roshani Chokshi [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 30th 2019 by Rick Riordan Presents

Spy School British Invasion (Spy School #7) by Stuart Gibbs [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 30th 2019 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers

Waste Tide by Chen Qiufan [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 30th 2019 by Tor Books

One Word Kill (Impossible Times #1) by Mark Lawrence [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 1st 2019 by 47North

The Unbound Empire (Swords and Fire #3) by Melissa Caruso [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 30th 2019 by Orbit

Wild Cards IX: Jokertown Shuffle: (Wild Cards #9) by George R.R. Martin [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 30th 2019 by Tor Books

The Invited by Jennifer McMahon [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 30th 2019 by Doubleday

A Good Enough Mother by Bev Thomas [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 30th 2019 by Pamela Dorman Books

The 18th Abduction (Women’s Murder Club #18) by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 29th 2019 by Little, Brown and Company

Next Girl to Die (The Calderwood Cases #1) by Dea Poirier [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 1st 2019 by Thomas & Mercer

Every Last Breath (Final Hour #1) by Juno Rushdan [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 30th 2019 by Sourcebooks Casablanca

Little Darlings by Melanie Golding [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 30th 2019 by Crooked Lane Books

Collusion (Collusion #1) by Newt Gingrich & Pete Earley [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 30th 2019 by Broadside Books

Murder on Trinity Place (Gaslight Mystery #22) by Victoria Thompson [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 30th 2019 by Berkley Books

Murder Knocks Twice (Speakeasy Mystery #1) by Susanna Calkins [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 30th 2019 by Minotaur Books

Park Avenue Summer by Renee Rosen [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 30th 2019 by Berkley

Cape May: A Novel by Chip Cheek [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 30th 2019 by Celadon Books

The Abolitionist’s Daughter by Diane C. McPhail [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 30th 2019 by John Scognamiglio Book

Springtime in a Broken Mirror: A Novel by Mario Benedetti [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 30th 2019 by The New Press

The Red Daughter: A Novel by John Burnham Schwartz [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 30th 2019 by Random House

The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters: A Novel by Balli Kaur Jaswal [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 30th 2019 by William Morrow

Never a Bride (Duke’s Daughters #4) by Megan Frampton [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 30th 2019 by Avon

Anything But a Duke (Duke’s Den #2) by Christy Carlyle [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 30th 2019 by Avon

A Prince on Paper (Reluctant Royals #3) by Alyssa Cole [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 30th 2019 by Avon

Highland Crown (Royal Highlander #1) by May McGoldrick [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 30th 2019 by St. Martin’s Press

Slow Burn (Moonlight and Motor Oil #2) by Kristen Ashley [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 30th 2019

The View from Alameda Island by Robyn Carr [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 30th 2019 by MIRA

Walking on the Ceiling by Aysegül Savas [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 30th 2019 by Riverhead Books

Lie With Me: A Novel by Philippe Besson [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 30th 2019 by Scribner

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