Top Ten Tuesday – Creepy Pairings

October 3, 2017 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 6 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Today’s topic post was supposed to be about literary characters that we have crushes on but that’s not really my style. Also, it’s October and I’m all about the horror and various other weird shit. So today I’m discussing the top ten creepy pairings in literature.

You (You #1) by Caroline Kepnes
Girl visits bookshop. Cashier takes down her credit card info and stalks her online (thank you, social media). He sets up a chance run-in with said girl and while the two end up together, well, Joe was one creepy son of a bitch.

The Collector by John Fowles
Frederick becomes obsessed with a stranger and decides to keep her in his basement until she starts to love him. Right. Completely normal.

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Honestly, do I have to say anything?

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Nick and Amy were happily married until she disappeared without a trace. View Spoiler »

Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
Sure, it wasn’t icky to read about but when it really comes down to it, girl got with a dead guy. Gross.

Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades #1) by E.L. James
Suuurreee you can talk about how hot Christian is but dude was straight up nothing but a nicely dressed psycho stalker.

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
One of the most stomach-turning and unsettling reads of the bunch (especially after having it brought to visual life on Hulu).

Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles #3.5) by Marissa Meyer
Queen Levana was always the evil villain but using your physic powers to force someone into marrying you is a crazy low.

Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1) by George R.R. Martin
Plenty of creepy pairings to choose from but Jamie and Cersei take the top prize for sure.

Origins (Alphas 0.5) by Ilona Andrews
When some creepy vampire man kidnaps you and your child and forces you to let him feed on you but it’s okay, you love him by the end of the 157 pages.

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of October 2nd, 2017

October 2, 2017 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 4 Comments

Here’s what’s releasing this week: a blend of YA, Adult and the occasional Middle Grade. Something for everyone to look forward to! All book purchase links go to their respective Amazon page.
Help support this blog and use the purchase links to get your copy!

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Week of October 2nd, 2017

Before the Devil Breaks You (The Diviners #3) by Libba Bray [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Ringer (Replica #2) by Lauren Oliver [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 by HarperCollins

The Ship of the Dead (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #3) by Rick Riordan [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 by Disney-Hyperion

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter #3) by J.K. Rowling [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 by Arthur A. Levine Books

Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 by Feiwel & Friends

Top Ten by Katie Cotugno [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 by Balzer + Bray

Far from the Tree by Robin Benway [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 by HarperTeen

Everything Must Go by Jenny Fran Davis [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 by Wednesday Books

Among the Red Stars by Gwen C. Katz [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 by HarperTeen

13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 by Flatiron Books

The Devils You Know by M.C. Atwood [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 by Soho Teen

Akata Warrior (Akata Witch #2) by Nnedi Okorafor [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 by Viking Books for Young Readers

We All Fall Down by Natalie D. Richards [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 by Sourcebooks Fire

That Inevitable Victorian Thing by E.K. Johnston [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 by Dutton Books for Young Readers

Uncanny by Sarah Fine [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 by Skyscape

Not Your Villain (Sidekick Squad #2) by C.B. Lee [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 5th 2017 by Duet Books, the YA imprint of Interlude Press

The Last Namsara (Iskari #1) by Kristen Ciccarelli [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 by HarperTeen

The Flash: Hocus Pocus by Barry Lyga [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 by Amulet Books

Jek/Hyde by Amy Ross [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 by Harlequin Teen

Ally (Nemesis #2) by Anna Banks [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 by Feiwel & Friends

Satellite by Nick Lake [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 by Knopf Books for Young Readers

Devils & Thieves (Devils & Thieves #1) by Jennifer Rush [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

The Hanging Girl by Eileen Cook [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 by HMH Books for Young Readers

Haunting the Deep (How to Hang a Witch #2) by Adriana Mather [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 by Knopf Books for Young Readers

27 Hours (The Nightside Saga #1) by Tristina Wright [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 by Entangled Publishing

Seize Today (Forget Tomorrow #3) by Pintip Dunn [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 by Entangled Publishing

Strange Lies (Strange Truth #2) by Maggie Thrash [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 by Simon Pulse

Things I’m Seeing Without You by Peter Bognanni [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 by Dial Books

The Pack (The Wanderers #2) by Kate Ormand [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 by Sky Pony Press

Ghosts of Greenglass House (Greenglass House #2) by Kate Milford [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 by Clarion Books

Gertie Milk and the Keeper of Lost Things by Simon Van Booy [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 by Razorbill

The Unlikely Story of a Pig in the City by Jodi Kendall [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 by HarperCollins

The Wizards of Once (The Wizards of Once #1) by Cressida Cowell [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 by HMH Books for Young Readers

Diego and the Rangers of the Vastlantic (Timeless #1) by Armand Baltazar [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 by Katherine Tegen Books

The War I Finally Won (The War That Saved My Life #2) by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 by Dial Books

The Tiger’s Daughter (Their Bright Ascendency #1) by K. Arsenault Rivera [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 by Tor Books

Blackwing (Ravens’ Mark #1) by Ed McDonald [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 by Ace Books

The Bloodprint (The Khorasan Archives #1) by Ausma Zehanat Khan [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 by Harper Voyager

In the Footsteps of Dracula: Tales of the Un-Dead Count by Stephen Jones [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 by Pegasus Books

The Genius Plague by David Walton [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 by Pyr

The Trials of Solomon Parker by Eric Scott Fischl [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 by Angry Robot

The Core (The Demon Cycle #5) by Peter V. Brett [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 by Del Rey

Haunted Nights by Ellen Datlow & Lisa Morton [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 by Anchor Books

Under the Pendulum Sun by Jeannette Ng [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 by Angry Robot

The Templar Brotherhood (The Lost Treasure of the Templars #3) by James Becker [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 by Berkley Books

What the Hell Did I Just Read: A Novel of Cosmic Horror (John Dies at the End #3) by David Wong [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 by St. Martin’s Press

Six Months, Three Days, Five Others by Charlie Jane Anders [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 by Tor.com

From Here to Eternity: Travelling the World to Find the Good Death by Caitlin Doughty [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 by WW Norton

The Murders of Molly Southbourne by Tade Thompson [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 by Tor.com

A Scandal in Battersea (Elemental Masters #12) by Mercedes Lackey [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 by Daw Books

The Dark Lake by Sarah Bailey [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 by Grand Central Publishing

Odd Child Out (Jim Clemo #2) by Gilly Macmillan [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 by William Morrow Paperbacks

Fear: A Novel by Dirk Kurbjuweit [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 by Harper

The Last Day of Emily Lindsey by Nic Joseph [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 by Sourcebooks Landmark

The Secrets on Chicory Lane by Raymond Benson [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 by Skyhorse Publishing

Old Scores (Barker & Llewelyn #9) by Will Thomas [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 by Minotaur Books

If You Knew My Sister by Michelle Adams [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 by St. Martin’s Griffin

The Prague Sonata by Bradford Morrow [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 by Atlantic Monthly Press

The Last Ballad: A Novel by Wiley Cash [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 by William Morrow

The Stolen Marriage by Diane Chamberlain [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 by St. Martin’s Press

The Orphan of Florence by Jeanne Kalogridis [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 by St. Martin’s Griffin

Last Christmas in Paris: A Novel of World War I by Heather Webb & Hazel Gaynor [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 by William Morrow Paperbacks

Dogs at the Perimeter: A Novel by Madeleine Thien [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 by W. W. Norton Company

Her Body and Other Parties: Stories by Carmen Maria Machado [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 by Graywolf Press

Fresh Complaint: Stories by Jeffrey Eugenides [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 by Scribner

The Relive Box and Other Stories by T.C. Boyle [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 by Ecco

Christmas in London by Anita Hughes [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 by St. Martin’s Griffin

Without Merit by Colleen Hoover [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 by Atria Books

Perfectly Undone by Jamie Raintree [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 by Graydon House

The Vineyard: A Novel by María Dueñas [Purchase]
Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 by Atria Books

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Stacking the Shelves (176)

October 1, 2017 Bonnie Sunday Book Haul 8 Comments

New Joe Hill!!!!! New Stephen King!!!!! BEST MAIL WEEK EVER.

Review Books

Physical ARCs

Strange Weather by Joe Hill
A Plague of Giants (Seven Kennings #1) by Kevin Hearne
Shadowless by Hasan Ali Toptaş

From Simon & Schuster Audio

Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King & Owen King
An Unkindness of Magicians by Kat Howard
An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

Edelweiss/Netgalley

The City Where We Once Lived by Eric Barnes

Kindle Purchases

Stillhouse Lake (Stillhouse Lake #1) by Rachel Caine

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Recommended Reading 101: Fae

September 30, 2017 Bonnie Recommended Reading 101 2 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?

Fae 101

6283272If you’re looking for dark Urban Fantasy…

The Fever series is quite possibly by favorite Urban Fantasy series (although I admittedly still have plenty more to make time to read). The story starts with a murder but quickly transforms into a nightmare where if it isn’t stopped the Earth could be overrun with Fae, and far from the good sort.


If you’re looking for a whimsical adventure…

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making is one of the most whimsical adventures you could ever go on. This has definite shades of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe but with an unforgettable heroine and a stunning writing-form that will appeal to young and old alike.


Short & Sweet – Hex Hall (Hex Hall, #1) by Rachel HawkinsIf you’re looking for a story with a collection of paranormal beings, including fae..

Hex Hall was such a fun read filled with all sorts of paranormal creatures and set within the walls of a boarding school. Who doesn’t love a good boarding school story?


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Waiting on Wednesday – The World of Lore: Monstrous Creatures by Aaron Mahnke

September 27, 2017 Bonnie Waiting on Wednesday 10 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday – The World of Lore: Monstrous Creatures by Aaron MahnkeThe World of Lore: Monstrous Creatures by Aaron Mahnke
Published by Del Rey on October 10, 2017
Pages: 320
Genres: Horror, Paranormal
Format: Hardcover
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A fascinating, beautifully illustrated guide to the monsters that are part of our collective psyche, from the host of the hit podcast Lore, soon to be an online streaming series.

They live in shadows--deep in the forest, late in the night, in the dark recesses of our minds. They're spoken of in stories and superstitions, relics of an unenlightened age, old wives' tales, passed down through generations. Yet no matter how wary and jaded we have become, as individuals or as a society, a part of us remains vulnerable to them: werewolves and wendigos, poltergeists and vampires, angry elves and vengeful spirits.

In this beautifully illustrated volume, the host of the hit podcast Lore serves as a guide on a fascinating journey through the history of these terrifying creatures, exploring not only the legends but what they tell us about ourselves. Aaron Mahnke invites us to the desolate Pine Barrens of New Jersey, where the notorious winged, red-eyed Jersey Devil dwells. He delves into harrowing accounts of cannibalism--some officially documented, others the stuff of speculation . . . perhaps. He visits the dimly lit rooms where seances take place, the European villages where gremlins make mischief, even Key West, Florida, home of a haunted doll named Robert.

In a world of "emotional vampires" and "zombie malls," the monsters of folklore have become both a part of our language and a part of our collective psyche. Whether these beasts and bogeymen are real or just a reflection of our primal fears, we know, on some level, that not every mystery has been explained and that the unknown still holds the power to strike fear deep in our hearts and souls. As Aaron Mahnke reminds us, sometimes the truth is even scarier than the lore.

Praise for the Lore podcast

"Truth can often be much scarier than fiction--something Mahnke proves as he dives deep into the world of folklore and the darker side of history in a quest to root out the fragment of truth at the bottom of our fears."
--Entertainment Weekly

"Unlike so much horror that needs over-the-top viscera to scare you, this podcast leans on history--folklore, myth, the stuff people once thought was true--to tell its tales."
--The Atlantic

"Narrated by Mahnke in a style that evokes spooky campfire stories, Lore is a history lesson like no other."--Esquire

About Aaron Mahnke

Aaron Mahnke is the creator, producer, and host of the hit podcast Lore (Best of iTunes 2015 & 2016), Executive Producer of the Lore television show on Amazon (from the producers of The Walking Dead), and author of The World of Lore book series (Penguin Random House / Del Rey).

Born and raised in Illinois, Aaron now lives with his wife and children on the historic North Shore of Boston, where he writes and records full-time.

The Lore podcast is so good and damn but if I wish I had Amazon prime for the upcoming show. I’ll just have to be content with this fantastic sounding book that is going to be a perfect October read.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Ten Books That Feature Badass Ladies

September 26, 2017 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 12 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Nothing makes a book better than a badass lady. When I first started compiling this list there were so many to choose from, which was refreshing to see, so minimizing this list took some time. I settled on 10 of my favorite ladies from Young Adult lit and Adult lit.

Devi: Fortune’s Pawn (Paradox #1) by Rachel Bach

Cotter leaned forward. “Where do you get off being such a bossy bitch?”
I looked him dead in the eyes. “I was born a bossy bitch, so you can either roll with it or get rolled over.”

Kara: Sleeping Giants (Themis Files #1) by Sylvain Neuvel

“Perhaps, deep down inside that rugged shell of yours, there is a little girl desperately waiting for her Prince Charming to propose.”
“Of course there is. Only until now, I’d been pretty successful at keeping that little brat’s mouth shut.”

Ree: Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell

“Never. Never ask for what ought to be offered.”

Constance Kopp: Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart

He looked up and said, in a loud, plain voice, “She’s not a regular lady.”

Rosetta: I Shall be Near to You by Erin Lindsay McCabe

“All these boys, all these men, they are something to someone. There are people back home, waiting on them and the waiting ain’t never going to end now. For the rest of my life I am waiting too.”

Aelin: Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) by Sarah J. Maas

“We all bear scars,… Mine just happen to be more visible than most.”

Ismae: Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin #1) by Robin LaFevers

“I comfort myself with the knowledge that if Duval ever feels smothered by me, it will be because I am holding a pillow over his face.”

Darla: Ashfall (Ashfall #1) by Mike Mullin

Darla had been doing something by the fire. Now she returned and began stripping the blanket off me. I grabbed it before she could pull it away from my groin, to preserve my modesty.
“Let go. There’s nothing there I haven’t seen. Who do you think undressed you, anyway? And honestly, I’ve seen better equipment on goats.”

Lucy: The Screaming Staircase (Lockwood & Co. #1) by Jonathan Stroud

“I wasn’t pretty, but as my mother once said, prettiness wasn’t my profession.”

Puck: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

“My mother always said that I was born out of a bottle of vinegar instead of born from a womb and that she and my father bathed me in sugar for three days to wash it off. I try to behave, but I always go back to the vinegar.”

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of September 25th, 2017

September 25, 2017 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 September 25th, 2017

There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Dutton Books for Young Readers

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic by Leigh Bardugo [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Imprint

Invictus by Ryan Graudin [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Margaret K. McElderry Books

Freefall by Joshua David Bellin [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by McElderry Books

House of Ash by Hope Cook [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Amulet Books

Disappeared by Francisco X. Stork [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Arthur A. Levine Books

The Ravenous by Amy Lukavics [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Harlequin Teen

The Dark Assassin (The Starblade Chronicles #3) by Joseph Delaney [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Greenwillow Books

Shadowblack (Spellslinger #2) by Sebastien de Castell  [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 27th 2017 by Hot Key Books

Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Simon Pulse

The Town Built on Sorrow by Oppegaard David [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Flux

A Short History of the Girl Next Door by Jared Reck [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Knopf Books for Young Readers

The 12 Dares of Christa by Marissa Burt [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Katherine Tegen Books

Wishtree by Katherine Applegate [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Feiwel & Friends

Skeleton Tree by Kim Ventrella [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Scholastic Press

The Wolf Hour by Sara Lewis Holmes [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Arthur A. Levine Books

The Wonderling (The Wonderling #1) by Mira Bartok [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Candlewick Press (MA)

Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King & Owen King [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Scribner

An Unkindness of Magicians by Kat Howard [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Saga Press

Provenance by Ann Leckie [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Orbit

Horizon (Bone Universe #3) by Fran Wilde [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Tor Books

Paradox Bound by Peter Clines [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Crown

The Hunt (Devil’s Isle #3) by Chloe Neill [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Berkley Books

Archangel’s Viper (Guild Hunter #10) by Nalini Singh [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Berkley

The Fire Queen (The Hundredth Queen #2) by Emily R. King [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Skyscape

The Black Tides of Heaven (Tensorate #1) by JY Yang [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Tor.com

The Red Threads of Fortune (Tensorate #2) by JY Yang [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Tor.com

Sleep Like a Baby (Aurora Teagarden #10) by Charlaine Harris [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Minotaur Books

The Blind by A.F. Brady [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Park Row Books

The Blackbird Season by Kate Moretti [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Atria Books

The Visitors by Catherine Burns [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Gallery/Scout Press

The Second Sister: A Novel by Claire Kendal [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Harper Paperbacks

Such a Pretty Girl by Tess Diamond [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Avon

Unforgivable Love: A Retelling of Dangerous Liaisons by Sophfronia Scott [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by William Morrow Paperbacks

A Casualty of War (Bess Crawford #9) by Charles Todd [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by William Morrow

Savage Country by Robert Olmstead [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Algonquin Books

Hanna Who Fell from the Sky by Christopher Meades [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Park Row Books

Mrs. Miracle: A Novel (Angelic Intervention #4) by Debbie Macomber [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by William Morrow Paperbacks

Second Acts by Teri Emory [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Amberjack Publishing

The Scotsman Who Saved Me (Seven Brides for Seven Scotsmen #1) by Hannah Howell [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Zebra

Five-Carat Soul by James McBride [Purchase]
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Riverhead Books

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Stacking the Shelves (175)

September 24, 2017 Bonnie Sunday Book Haul 6 Comments

It’s been ages since I did a Sunday book haul so I’ll only share my review books and random ebooks picked up from Kindle daily deals. My local used bookstore does a monthly bag sale where you can fill an entire back for $5 and I’ve been going monthly the past couple of months and it has definitely built up my physical collection mighty quickly. lol I’ll try to remember to take a picture of my haul when I inevitably go again next time. 🙂

New Books

For Review
The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
Ultraluminous: A Novel by Katherine Faw Morris
Catalina: A Novel by Liska Jacobs
The City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy #1) by S.A. Chakraborty
Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich
Artemis by Andy Weir
Witch Creek: A Wildlands Novel (Wildlands #4) by Laura Bickle
Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman

Kindle Purchases
Hawk of May (Down the Long Wind #1) by Gillian Bradshaw
Kingdom of Summer (Down the Long Wind #2) by Gillian Bradshaw
Nightshades (Nightshades #1) by Melissa F. Olson
His Majesty’s Dragon (Temeraire #1) by Naomi Novik
Slouching Towards Bethlehem: Essays by Joan Didion

Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Thicker Than Blood (Thicker Than Blood #1) by Madeline Sheehan & Claire C. Riley
Comfort Me with Apples: More Adventures at the Table by Ruth Reichl
Death on the Nile (Hercule Poirot #17) by Agatha Christie
Wedding Girl by Stacey Ballis

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Short & Sweet – River of Teeth Duology

September 22, 2017 Bonnie Adult, Audiobooks, Book Reviews, Read in 2017 0 Comments

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

Short & Sweet – River of Teeth DuologyRiver of Teeth by Sarah Gailey
Published by Tantor Audio on August 22nd 2017
Length: 4 hours and 1 minute
Genres: Alternate Reality, Fantasy
Format: Audiobook
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three-half-stars

In the early 20th Century, the United States government concocted a plan to import hippopotamuses into the marshlands of Louisiana to be bred and slaughtered as an alternative meat source. This is true.

Other true things about hippos: they are savage, they are fast, and their jaws can snap a man in two.

This was a terrible plan.

Contained within this volume is an 1890s America that might have been: a bayou overrun by feral hippos and mercenary hippo wranglers from around the globe. It is the story of Winslow Houndstooth and his crew. It is the story of their fortunes. It is the story of his revenge.

In 1909, Robert F. Broussard, a congressman from Louisiana introduced a bill for $250,000 in funding to deal with the invasive Water Hyacinth that was clogging the Louisiana waterways by introducing hippos into the wild to eat them. True story. The bill failed to pass but Sarah Gailey’s novella portrays a world where the opposite happened and the hippopotami have quickly become a bigger problem than the Water Hyacinth ever thought to be. Winslow Remington Houndstooth was a former hippo rancher who lost his ranch after it was razed to the ground by an enemy. He’s been hired by the government to herd the feral hippo population into the Gulf because they’re currently wreaking havoc on the trading route potential the Harriet area boasts. He puts together a crew of hippo-riding “hoppers” consisting of Regina “Archie” Archambault, a con artist, Cal Hotchkiss, a dangerous sharpshooter, Hero Schackleby, a demolition expert, and contract killer Adelia Reyes. Nothing good can come of a group of such people.

“It’s not a caper,” Houndstooth replied, sounding irritated. “It’s an operation. All aboveboard.”

This novella was honestly a ton of fun. It was very much an Oceans 11 style caper, excuse me, operation, with revenge, murder, and treachery aplenty. I don’t care what kind of genre you typically read, hearing that a book is about man-eating hippos should entice just about anyone. The lively team is quickly assembled and the mission plan is immediately put into effect which definitely limited the time spent on these interesting people but Sarah Gailey still did a fantastic job in bringing their personalities to life. The mission itself is full of twists and turns and a level of excitement that only made me want more of everything in terms of length and detail that could have been possible with this story. The narrator Peter Berkrot was a pleasure to listen to despite the various accents and French ladies he was forced to attempt. ‘A’ for effort and for making this spirited story that much more fun to listen to.

“I regret nothing: it was worth it for the hats alone.”

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

Short & Sweet – River of Teeth DuologyTaste of Marrow by Sarah Gailey
Published by Tantor Audio on September 12th 2017
Length: 4 hrs and 15 mins
Genres: Alternate Reality, Fantasy
Format: Audiobook
Source: the Publisher
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three-stars

A few months ago, Winslow Houndstooth put together the damnedest crew of outlaws, assassins, cons, and saboteurs on either side of the Harriet for a history-changing caper. Together they conspired to blow the damn that choked the Mississippi and funnel the hordes of feral hippos contained within downriver, to finally give America back its greatest waterway.

Songs are sung of their exploits, many with a haunting refrain: "And not a soul escaped alive."

In the aftermath of the Harriet catastrophe, that crew has scattered to the winds. Some hunt the missing lovers they refuse to believe have died. Others band together to protect a precious infant and a peaceful future. All of them struggle with who they've become after a long life of theft, murder, deception, and general disinterest in the strictures of the law.

“And not a soul escaped alive, and not a soul escaped alive, hi-ho hop-whoa! And everybody died.”
Not everybody, asshole, she thought tartly.

The devastation may have been severe, but our ragtag bunch of hoppers did, in fact, survive despite the songs now sung about the Harriet catastrophe. The only problem is, they’ve been split up and remain uncertain about who survived and where they could possibly be. Houndstooth and Adelia remain together and are both searching for lost loves. Archie and Hero have remained together despite Archie’s attempt on Hero’s life. But the explosion at the Harriet changed much more than the situation of the hippo population, it changed the surviving individuals too and their emotional advancement is the primary focus in Taste of Marrow.

‘Alone and lonely ain’t the same thing at all,’ Hero said, shaking their head.”

Taste of Marrow certainly lacked the focus of its predecessor, since its focus was on a group of individuals that had lost their own focus in life. Emotions were all over the place and it often felt like a bit of a scatterbrained read. The heart of this alternate history, the hippo population, took a bit of a back seat to focus more on the hoppers themselves. Also missing was the excitement of the caper/operation. While I felt this was definitely lacking when compared to River of Teeth, it still had its own individual charm and was a satisfying conclusion to the stories of these colorful individuals. Sarah Gailey is definitely one to keep an eye out for.

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Waiting on Wednesday – The Gone World by Tom Sweterlitsch

September 20, 2017 Bonnie Waiting on Wednesday 5 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday – The Gone World by Tom SweterlitschThe Gone World by Tom Sweterlitsch
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons on February 6th 2018
Pages: 400
Genres: Sci-fi
Format: Hardcover
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Inception meets True Detective in this science-fiction thriller of spellbinding tension and staggering scope. The Gone World follows a special agent into a savage murder case with grave implications for the fate of mankind.

Shannon Moss is part of a clandestine division within the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. In Western Pennsylvania, 1997, she is assigned to solve the murder of a Navy SEAL's family--and to locate his teenage daughter, who has disappeared. Though she can't share the information with conventional law enforcement, Moss discovers that the missing SEAL was an astronaut aboard the spaceship U.S.S. Libra--a ship assumed lost to the darkest currents of Deep Time. Moss knows first-hand the mental trauma of time-travel and believes the SEAL's experience with the future has triggered this violence.

Determined to find the missing girl and driven by a troubling connection from her own past, Moss travels ahead in time to explore possible versions of the future, seeking evidence or insight that will crack the present-day case. To her horror, the future reveals that it's not only the fate of a family that hinges on her work, for what she witnesses rising over time's horizon and hurtling toward the present is the Terminus: the terrifying and cataclysmic end of humanity itself.

Luminous and unsettling, The Gone World bristles with world-shattering ideas yet remains at its heart an intensely human story.

About Tom Sweterlitsch

Tom Sweterlitsch was born in Iowa and grew up in Ohio.  His first novel, Tomorrow and Tomorrow was published in 2014.  He has co-written several short films with Director Neill Blomkamp for Oats Studios including RakkaFirebase, and Zygote.  Before becoming a writer, he worked for the Carnegie Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped for twelve years.  His new novel, The Gone World, is due out in February from Putnam Books. Tom lives in Pittsburgh with his wife and daughter.

This sounds all sorts of awesome. A True Detective comparison certainly doesn’t hurt.

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What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

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