Waiting on Wednesday – A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J. Maas

February 1, 2017 Bonnie Waiting on Wednesday 12 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday – A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J. MaasA Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on May 2nd 2017
Pages: 648
Genres: Fantasy
Format: Hardcover
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Also by this author: Queen of Shadows

Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin's maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.
As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.
In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.

About Sarah J. Maas

Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series (Queen of Shadows, Book 4, will be out in September 2015), as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses series (out 5/5/15).

Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she's not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.

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It’s become a tradition that I take a day off work to read the new release in Maas’ Throne of Glass series but I am absolutely taking a day off for this one.

And holy shit, that cover could not be more gorgeous.

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine

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Top Ten Tuesday – Best Graphic Novels

January 31, 2017 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 12 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

I was a big time comic book nerd when I was a kid. I’d read any I could get my hands on but I was super obsessed with the X-Men. I even had ginormous posters of Storm and Rogue in their skin-tight outfits that totally would have belonged in some teenage boys bedroom. I forgot a bit about my love of comics as I got older so imagine my surprise when I became a blogger and realized there’s an actual market for them still. Comics, graphic novels, if there’s a difference I have no idea what it is but damn, do they ever make me feel like a happy little kid again. These, in a variety of genres, are the best of the bunch.

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For anyone who loves a badass lady…
Lady Killer by Joëlle Jones

For anyone looking to break the mold…
Bitch Planet, Vol. 1: Extraordinary Machine by Kelly Sue DeConnick

For the grown up Harry Potter fan…
The Unwritten, Volume 1: Tommy Taylor and the Bogus Identity by Mike Carey

For fans of anything requiring an exorcism…
Outcast, Vol. 1: A Darkness Surrounds Him by Robert Kirkman

For the true crime fan…
Green River Killer by Jeff Jensen

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For the zombie lover…
Revival, Vol. 1: You’re Among Friends by Tim Seeley

For the fairytale fan…
Fables, Volume 1: Legends in Exile by Bill Willingham

For the fantasy fan…
The Sandman, Vol. 1: Preludes and Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman

For the obscure science fiction fan…
Saga, Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan

For the true horror fan…
Locke & Key, Vol. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft by Joe Hill

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of January 30th, 2017

January 30, 2017 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 0 Comments

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

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Week of January 30th, 2017

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Caraval (Caraval #1) by Stephanie Garber [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 31st 2017 by Flatiron Books

Dawn Study (Soulfinders #3) by Maria V. Snyder [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 31st 2017 by Mira Books

The Dark Days Pact (Lady Helen #2) by Alison Goodman [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 31st 2017 by Viking Books for Young Readers

Wires and Nerve, Volume 1 (Wires and Nerve #1) by Marissa Meyer [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 31st 2017 by Feiwel & Friends

Wrath of the Storm (Mark of the Thief #3) by Jennifer A. Nielsen [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 31st 2017 by Scholastic Press

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Long Way Home (Thunder Road #3) by Katie McGarry [Purchase]
xpected publication: January 31st 2017 by Harlequin Teen

By Your Side by Kasie West [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 31st 2017 by HarperTeen

The Careful Undressing of Love by Corey Ann Haydu [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 31st 2017 by Dutton Books for Young Readers

The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 31st 2017 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book by Jennifer Donnelly [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 31st 2017 by Disney Press

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Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 31st 2017 by Harlequin Teen

Wait for Me by Caroline Leech [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 31st 2017 by HarperTeen

Fire Color One by Jenny Valentine [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 31st 2017 by Philomel Books

How to Break a Boy by Laurie Devore [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 31st 2017 by Imprint

Blood of Wonderland (Queen of Hearts Saga #2) by Colleen Oakes [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 31st 2017 by HarperTeen

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Unfolding by Jonathan Friesen [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 31st 2017 by Blink

Exo by Fonda Lee [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 31st 2017 by Scholastic

Me and Marvin Gardens by A.S. King [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 31st 2017 by Arthur A. Levine Books.

Warrior Bronze (Gods and Warriors #5) by Michelle Paver [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 31st 2017 by Dial Books

The Crystal Ribbon by Celeste Lim [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 31st 2017 by Scholastic Press

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Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 31st 2017 by Orbit

Crossroads of Canopy (Titan’s Forest #1) by Thoraiya Dyer [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 31st 2017 by Tor Books

Home (Binti #2) by Nnedi Okorafor [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 31st 2017 by Tor.com

The Ghoul Vendetta (SPI Files #4) by Lisa Shearin [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 31st 2017 by Ace Books

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Snowblind: A Thriller (Dark Iceland #2) by Ragnar Jónasson [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 31st 2017 by Minotaur Books

Behind Her Eyes: A Novel by Sarah Pinborough [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 31st 2017 by Flatiron Books

My Husband’s Wife by Jane Corry [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 31st 2017 by Pamela Dorman Books

The Prisoner (John Wells #11) by Alex Berenson [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 31st 2017 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Unpunished (Gardiner and Renner #2) by Lisa Black [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 31st 2017 by Kensington Publishing Corporation

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Things We Have in Common by Tasha Kavanagh [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 31st 2017 by MIRA

Home Sweet Home by April Smith [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 31st 2017 by Knopf Publishing Group

Rather Be the Devil (Inspector Rebus #21) by Ian Rankin [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 31st 2017 by Little, Brown and Company

Distress Signals by Catherine Ryan Howard [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 2nd 2017 by Blackstone Publishing

Right Behind You (Quincy & Rainie #7) by Lisa Gardner [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 31st 2017 by Dutton

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The Man Who Never Stopped Sleeping: A Novel by Aharon Appelfeld [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 31st 2017 by Schocken

Shoes for Anthony: A Novel by Emma Kennedy [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 31st 2017 by Thomas Dunne Books

In the Shadow of Lakecrest by Elizabeth Blackwell [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 1st 2017 by Lake Union Publishing

The Runaway Midwife: A Novel by Patricia Harman [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 31st 2017 by William Morrow Paperbacks

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I Liked My Life by Abby Fabiaschi [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 31st 2017 by St. Martin’s Press

The Girl in the Garden by Melanie Wallace [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 31st 2017 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

The Happiness In Between: A Novel by Grace Greene [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 31st 2017 by Lake Union Publishing

The Odds of You and Me by Cecilia Galante [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 31st 2017 by William Morrow Paperbacks

The Young Widower’s Handbook by Tom McAllister [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 7th 2017 by Algonquin Books

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Some Kind of Magic by Mary Ann Marlowe [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 31st 2017 by Kensington Publishing Corporation

Falling for the Highlander by Lynsay Sands [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 31st 2017 by Avon

Fury on Fire (Devil’s Rock #3) by Sophie Jordan [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 31st 2017 by Avon

4 3 2 1 : A Novel by Paul Auster [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 31st 2017 by Henry Holt and Co.

The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 31st 2017 by Random House

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Stacking the Shelves (160)

January 29, 2017 Bonnie Sunday Book Haul 5 Comments

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New Books

Quite a few new ones this week. Two review books I’m excited about having read and loved the author’s past works. Purchased a few too… I fell in love with Clive Barker’s books last year and couldn’t pass up on snagging another one for just a buck. And I’m planning a re-read of Maas’ A Court of Thorns and Roses series before the final in the trilogy in May so I was excited to see this one pop up on sale for $1.99!

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Review Books
Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough
The Burning World (Warm Bodies #2) by Isaac Marion

Purchased
Weaveworld by Clive Barker [Only $0.99 on Kindle!]
A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1) by Sarah J. Maas

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Recommended Reading 101: Reality TV

January 28, 2017 Bonnie Recommended Reading 101 5 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?

Reality TV 101

Book Review – The Last One: A Novel by Alexandra OlivaIf you’re looking for something post-apocalyptic…

Alexandra Olivia’s debut novel was enough to make me believe there’s still some life in the post-apocalyptic genre. Twelve individuals participate in a wilderness survival show with no idea that in the world outside, their survival is becoming less reality tv and more reality.


Book Review – The Long Walk by Stephen KingIf you’re looking for something subtly horrific…

In The Long Walk, 100 boys compete in a  to see who can out walk the other 99. Only Stephen King could write such a spellbinding tale of a bunch of boys doing nothing but walking.


Ominous October – A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul TremblayIf you’re looking for some family drama and an exorcism…

A Head Full of Ghosts is a mystery/horror combination, where a family who garners the attention of a television producer is given their own television show. Their daughter is diagnosed with schizophrenia but they soon realize that she may need an exorcism instead.


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Short & Sweet – The Book of Mirrors, The Atomic Weight of Love, Rosemary & Rue

January 27, 2017 Bonnie Audiobooks, Book Reviews, Read in 2017, Short & Sweet Reviews 4 Comments

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

Short & Sweet – The Book of Mirrors, The Atomic Weight of Love, Rosemary & RueThe Book of Mirrors by E.O. Chirovici
Published by Atria/Emily Bestler Books on February 21st 2017
Pages: 288
Genres: Mystery
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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three-stars

An elegant, page-turning thriller in the vein of Night Film and Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, this tautly crafted novel is about stories: the ones we tell, the ones we keep hidden, and the ones that we’ll do anything to ensure they stay buried.

When literary agent Peter Katz receives a partial book submission entitled The Book of Mirrors, he is intrigued by its promise and original voice. The author, Richard Flynn, has written a memoir about his time as an English student at Princeton in the late 1980s, documenting his relationship with the protégée of the famous Professor Joseph Wieder. One night just before Christmas 1987, Wieder was brutally murdered in his home. The case was never solved. Now, twenty-five years later, Katz suspects that Richard Flynn is either using his book to confess to the murder, or to finally reveal who committed the violent crime.

But the manuscript ends abruptly—and its author is dying in the hospital with the missing pages nowhere to be found. Hell-bent on getting to the bottom of the story, Katz hires investigative journalist John Keller to research the murder and reconstruct the events for a true crime version of the memoir. Keller tracks down several of the mysterious key players, including retired police detective Roy Freeman, one of the original investigators assigned to the murder case, but he has just been diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s. Inspired by John Keller’s investigation, he decides to try and solve the case once and for all, before he starts losing control of his mind. A trip to the Potosi Correctional Centre in Missouri, several interviews, and some ingenious police work finally lead him to a truth that has been buried for over two decades...or has it?
Stylishly plotted, elegantly written, and packed with thrilling suspense until the final page, The Book of Mirrors is a book within a book like you’ve never read before.

‘They’d all been wrong and had seen nothing but their own obsessions in the windows they’d tried to gaze through, which, in fact, turned out to have been mirrors all along.’

When Peter Katz receives a compelling partial manuscript, he contacts the author immediately in hopes of receiving the end of the story only to find out that he’s been hospitalized from complications due to lung cancer. He dies days later but Peter is unable to leave the story be because the story involves an individual by the name of Joseph Wieder who was murdered in real-life and he feels the story possesses the echoes of truth. Could this story possibly be the puzzle piece that ends up solving this unsolved crime? When Peter hires investigative journalist John Keller to look for the missing manuscript, he comes up empty. Diving back into the past and interviewing individuals who knew Joseph Wieder in an attempt to decipher whether the manuscript was truthful or not proves to be difficult. Who remembers details from decades later? So were the police correct at the time of the crime, is the manuscript correct, or is the truth still waiting to be uncovered?

The Book of Mirrors is a book within a book. The first part of this novel we’re introduced to Peter Katz, and we get to read the exact manuscript that he did. We become acquainted with Richard Flynn (the author of the manuscript) and Laura Baines. Both are students at Princeton and both are acquainted with Joseph Wieder. We learn of the mystery behind Wieder, a brilliant psychology, and of the secret experiments that he was conducting on individuals minds. Whether or not the experiments were what inevitably caused his death or not, it would have been interesting to learn more about them, but rather the story seems to only wish to paint Wieder as something of a mad scientist. The second part of the story is told from the point of view of John Keller, the investigative journalist. And the third and final part is told from the point of view of retired police detective Roy Freeman, the original investigator of the Wieder murder. The separate points of view would have given the story dimension but the voices themselves detract from this objective since they all, unfortunately, sound the same.

Comparisons to Night Film are way offThe story is a slow-paced mystery but the lack of urgency is simply due to the fact that there wasn’t a need for it: the crime was almost three decades old and almost everyone that could have possibly been involved is deceased. This certainly takes away any heightened intensity that a typical detective thriller may have but doesn’t take away from the interest in discovering the truth. Unreliable statements, secrets, and flawed memories will keep the reader speculating but could also have the effect of causing irritation at a continued lack of progress in the investigation. While the resolution is plausible, it was wrapped up a little too flawlessly for my liking.

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

Short & Sweet – The Book of Mirrors, The Atomic Weight of Love, Rosemary & RueThe Atomic Weight of Love by Elizabeth J. Church
Narrator: Jennifer Van Dyck
Published by Brilliance Audio on May 3rd 2016
Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
Genres: Historical Fiction
Format: Audiobook
Source: Library Thing, Library
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four-stars

In her sweeping debut novel, Elizabeth J. Church takes us from the World War II years in Chicago to the vast sun-parched canyons of New Mexico in the 1970s as we follow the journey of a driven, spirited young woman, Meridian Wallace, whose scientific ambitions are subverted by the expectations of her era.

In 1941, at seventeen years old, Meridian begins her ornithology studies at the University of Chicago. She is soon drawn to Alden Whetstone, a brilliant, complicated physics professor who opens her eyes to the fundamentals and poetry of his field, the beauty of motion, space and time, the delicate balance of force and energy that allows a bird to fly.

Entranced and in love, Meridian defers her own career path and follows Alden west to Los Alamos, where he is engaged in a secret government project (later known to be the atomic bomb). In married life, though, she feels lost and left behind. She channels her academic ambitions into studying a particular family of crows, whose free life and companionship are the very things that seem beyond her reach. There in her canyons, years later at the dawn of the 1970s, with counterculture youth filling the streets and protests against the war rupturing college campuses across the country, Meridian meets Clay, a young geologist and veteran of the Vietnam War, and together they seek ways to mend what the world has broken.

Exquisitely capturing the claustrophobic eras of 1940s and 1950s America, The Atomic Weight of Love also examines the changing roles of women during the decades that followed. And in Meridian Wallace we find an unforgettable heroine whose metamorphosis shows how the women’s movement opened up the world for a whole generation.

“We have to take flight. It’s not given to us, served up on a pretty, parsley-bordered platter. We have to take wing. Was I brave enough to do that? Or would I be content to remain earthbound?”

The Atomic Weight of Love spans the time during World War II and the years during the Vietnam War. In the 1940s, Meridian Wallace was a young woman ahead of her time who chose to study biology in hopes of one day becoming an ornithologist at the University of Chicago. She meets a brilliant physics professor, Alden Whetstone, who is twenty years older than her but challenges her intellectually. They fall in love, they get married, and she gives up her dreams (temporarily at first) to move to a community in Los Alamos, New Mexico to become an unhappy housewife where Alden is assisting with the Manhattan Project. As the years pass by, Meridian is forced to evaluate the decisions she’s made in life and her personal evolution.

“I would not open the door to hope, no matter how exquisite her feathers, how promising and sweet her song. I was done with hope.”

Atomic is a most poignant story with an appropriate narrative voice for the time period. The writing manages to be consistently crisp and never tedious despite the entire lifetime that is told within these pages. Meri’s continued sacrifices that she makes throughout her life are disheartening to see but her insistence on continuing to study the local crows is the focal point of this tale. The community that Meri and Alden reside in is a study in women during the wartime where they range between happy housewives to the women looking to break the mold and help out right alongside the men. Meri’s two loves, Alden and a younger man she meets late in life, are portrayed through a critical lens and while never overly romantic, the passion is still evident. Alden himself was written rather one-dimensionally and comes off as a despot, but I felt that this was once again a sign of the times and the expectations of a woman’s role comes into play and Meri’s inability to ever fit into that role.

Meridian had an ample and fulfilling life, finally finding the purpose she had always sought. It was a satisfying story of accomplishment and fruition but at the conclusion, I couldn’t help wishing for more for Meridian.

Short & Sweet – The Book of Mirrors, The Atomic Weight of Love, Rosemary & RueRosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire
Series: October Daye #1
Published by DAW on September 1st 2009
Pages: 368
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Format: eBook
Source: Library
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three-stars

October "Toby" Daye, a changeling who is half human and half fae, has been an outsider from birth. After getting burned by both sides of her heritage, Toby has denied the Faerie world, retreating to a "normal" life. Unfortunately for her, the Faerie world has other ideas...

The murder of Countess Evening Winterrose pulls Toby back into the fae world. Unable to resist Evening's dying curse, which binds her to investigate, Toby must resume her former position as knight errant and renew old alliances. As she steps back into fae society, dealing with a cast of characters not entirely good or evil, she realizes that more than her own life will be forfeited if she cannot find Evening's killer.

“We have to burn brightly. We can’t burn forever.”

October “Toby” Daye is a changeling and after spending fourteen years living as a koi in a pond she’s back to trying to live a normal life working the night shift at a grocery store. Ha, honestly, I already love it. Toby has to solve the murder of a fae friend, her own life is on the line if she doesn’t, and Toby is such a badass. She’s a changeling, only half-fae, so she doesn’t possess quite the badassery that everyone else does but she really holds her own. The side characters are also surprisingly fantastic (Danny, the Bridge Troll taxi driver was my personal favorite next to Tybalt), I loved seeing all the various fae species (especially the rose goblins), and there’s clearly much to learn about Toby and her backstory which I’m super eager for. There’s a romance in this installment but it doesn’t consume the story and thank gawd because ew. But there’s another romance that we only get hints of and…

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I’m totally kicking myself. I listened to Rosemary and Rue on audio in late 2011 and I gave it two stars because I was so fucking bored. I’m now chalking that up to the fact that I was brand new to audiobooks and didn’t really know what I was doing because I clearly wasn’t listening to this super interesting urban fantasy story with an awesome heroine. Or maybe the narrator was really bad? I have no idea, guys, but I’ve officially re-read it and while I only gave it 3 stars, it was an excited for the next installment 3 stars. (Which means I also need to give Moon Called another shot since I also listened to it around the same time and also didn’t like it.) Anyways, many, many thanks to Christina for being book pusher extraordinaire. I’m so glad I gave this one a second chance. 🙂

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The Bedtime Book Tag

January 26, 2017 Bonnie Book Tag 10 Comments

Every once in a while it’s good to mix it up and do a random, fun post. I’ve never participated in a Book Tag before but I think it’s something I could get used to. 🙂 I found this Book Tag by way of Jessie at Ageless Pages Reviews who found it posted by Lindsey at Bring My Books (who also created these adorable graphics!). The original tag was created by YouTube user Kellys BookSpill, and can be found here!

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Basically the entire Fever series. I don’t know how it’s even possible but I read the entire (original 5 books, all 2,354 pages) series in a single week. I was working full time and I attended 4 hours of night school four days a week as well.

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Book Review – The Woman in Black by Susan Hill

 

I read a lot of horror so I feel I’m kind of immune to most I read in the genre these days. But The Woman in Black by Susan Hill freaked me out so bad I had to ask my partner to walk with me upstairs to our darkened bedroom. lol

 

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Early Review – The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls: A Novel by Anton DiSclafani
This book, which I shortened to ‘Horsey Camp‘, has become the reference point for how bad a book is. “Yeah, this is shit… but is it Horsey Camp bad?” This book received all the rave reviews but I found this to be terribly dull.

 

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Hands down, A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J. Maas. It has become a tradition for me to take the release day off for new installments in her Throne of Glass series but I’m planning on doing that for this book as well.

 

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I’m not big on the book boyfriends but I must admit to being quite infatuated with both Rhys (A Court of Mist and Fury) and Rogan (Burn For Me/White Hot). These are my mental interpretations:

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You’re welcome.

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Probably Hunger Games. Or any story where the world has ended and there are zombies and I’m required to run to save my life. I like to imagine that I’d be a badass that could hold my own in hand-to- hand combat and that I wouldn’t accidentally eat some poisonous berry and die but I’d probably be one of the first to go.

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I’ve read so many insane cliffhangers that I couldn’t even think of one when I got to this question. And then I was reminded how brutal the ending of Heir of Fire, the third installment in the Throne of Glass series, was. I binge read the first three and then had to wait 9 months for the next one. It was a painfully long time.

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This is probably more space than night time but I think it’s gorgeous.

 

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hogwarts

Definitely the Harry Potter world. Getting my school supplies in Diagon Alley. Picking out a pet. Platform 9¾ at King’s Cross Station. Taking the Hogwarts Express. Making new forever friends. Changing into our robes. Getting sorted into our respective houses. Learning about magic. Practicing magic. Roaming the castle. *sigh*

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Um, no monsters? Only massive dust bunnies, please and thank you. But if I really had to pick, I’d say definitely no to Pennywise. Holy hell no.

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Waiting on Wednesday – The Readymade Thief by Augustus Rose

January 25, 2017 Bonnie Waiting on Wednesday 4 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday – The Readymade Thief by Augustus RoseThe Readymade Thief by Augustus Rose
Published by Viking on August 1st 2017
Pages: 384
Genres: Coming-of-Age
Format: Hardcover
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An addictive literary puzzle that introduces an unforgettable young heroine plunged into the twisted world of a secret society with a dark agenda.

Lee Cuddy is seventeen years old and on the run, alone on the streets of Philadelphia.

After taking the fall for a rich friend, Lee reluctantly accepts refuge in the Crystal Castle—a cooperative of homeless kids squatting in an austere, derelict building. But homeless kids are disappearing from the streets in suspicious numbers, and Lee quickly discovers that the secret society’s charitable façade is too good to be true. She finds an unexpected ally in Tomi, a young artist and hacker whose knowledge of the Internet’s black market is rivaled only by his ability to break into and out of buildings. From abandoned aquariums to highly patrolled museums to the homes of vacationing Philadelphians, Tomi and Lee can always chart a way to the next, perfect hide-out.

But the harder Lee tries to escape into the unmapped corners of the city, the closer she unwittingly gets to uncovering the disturbing agenda of the very men who pull the strings of the secret society she’s hoped to elude, a group of fanatics obsessed with the secrets encoded in the work of early-twentieth-century artist Marcel Duchamp. What these men want is more twisted than anything Lee could’ve imagined, and they believe Lee holds the key to it all.

The Readymade Thief heralds the arrival of an astoundingly imaginative and propulsive new voice in fiction for fans of Marisha Pessl and Ernest Cline.

About Augustus Rose

Augustus Rose is a novelist and screenwriter. He was born in the northern California coastal town of Bolinas, and grew up there and in San Francisco. He lives in Chicago with his wife, the novelist Nami Mun and their son, and he teaches fiction writing at the University of Chicago.

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This sounds intriguing and the Marisha Pessl comparison makes sense but not sure about Ernest Cline… we’ll see I guess!

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine

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Top Ten Tuesday – Committed to Reading in 2017

January 24, 2017 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 21 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

The one New Years resolution I always make is a list of books I’m definitely reading this year. In past years, I haven’t always succeeded but it’s helpful to me to have a list in mind even if I don’t always accomplish it. Which makes no sense, but whatever. Making it official in a blog post that I can look back on should help. *fingers crossed*

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The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings #1) by J.R.R. Tolkien [Purchase]
I read this one several decades ago but don’t remember much and ended up quitting mid-way through Two Towers. Hoping to finally be able to cross this off my list.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë [Purchase]
Next up on the classics I was never forced to read… last year I purchased the Audible narration by Thandie Newton and it sounds beautiful. I’m actually really excited but I hear it’s a sad one.

Thursbitch by Alan Garner [Purchase]
This one has become a running joke at this point. I spent far more than I usually spend on books to get this shipped to from the UK and yet it sits on my shelf collecting dust bunnies.

American Gods by Neil Gaiman [Purchase]
With the show coming out soon, this needs to be read sooner than later since I’m a book before the movie/show purist.

The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower #1) by Stephen King [Purchase]
Above comment also applies to Gunslinger. Also because I finally conquered The Stand last year and I wanted to read that one before Dark Tower series because Roland. 🙂

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Troubled Waters (Elemental Blessings #1) by Sharon Shinn [Purchase]
After I read A Court of Mist and Fury I went a teensy bit crazy for anything similar. Maas recommended almost all of Shinn’s books and this one looks the best. Another possibility is Archangel.

Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie [Purchase]
Anytime I’m in the mood for something cute and fluffy, Bet Me always seems to be at the top of everyone’s lists. I’ve read a few other Crusie’s and they’re fun (Agnes and the Hitman being my absolute favorite) so this one needs to be next.

Undead (Undead #1) by Kirsty McKay [Purchase]
I won this series in a contest years ago and I’m a bit embarrassed that I haven’t made time for it. In an attempt to read more “light” reads, I’d like to finally make time for this fun sounding zombie series.

The Duchess War (Brothers Sinister #1) by Courtney Milan [Purchase]
I adore Courtney Milan. Her Turner series always makes the list for favorite historical romances so I have no idea why I haven’t dove into this one yet. This is the year!

Stop in the Name of Pants! (Confessions of Georgia Nicolson #9) by Louise Rennison [Purchase]
Okay, this one tops it. How do I read 8 installments in a series one year and then not finish? I only have 2 installments left and when thinking of fluffy, fun reads I needed to read this immediately came to mind.

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of January 23rd, 2017

January 23, 2017 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 3 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 January 23rd, 2017

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Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 24th 2017 by Katherine Tegen Books

The You I’ve Never Known by Ellen Hopkins [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 24th 2017 by Margaret K. McElderry Books

After the Fall by Kate Hart [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 24th 2017 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

City of Saints & Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 24th 2017 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

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The Ethan I Was Before by Ali Standish [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 24th 2017 by HarperCollins

The Someday Birds by Sally J. Pla [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 24th 2017 by HarperCollins

That Burning Summer by Lydia Syson [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 24th 2017 by Sky Pony Press

Land of Hidden Fires by Kirk Kjeldsen [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 24th 2017 by Grenzland Press

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The Skill of Our Hands by Steven Brust & Skyler White [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 24th 2017 by Tor Books

Eleventh Grave in Moonlight (Charley Davidson #11) by Darynda Jones [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 24th 2017 by St. Martin’s Griffin

Passing Strange by Ellen Klages [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 24th 2017 by Tor.com

Department Zero by Paul Crilley [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 24th 2017 by Pyr

A Conversation in Blood (Egil and Nix #3) by Paul S. Kemp [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 24th 2017 by Del Rey

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The House of Fame: A Novel (Nick Belsey #3) by Oliver Harris [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 24th 2017 by Harper Paperbacks

The Prometheus Man by Scott Reardon [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 24th 2017 by Mulholland Books

Fatal: A Novel by John Lescroart [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 24th 2017 by Atria Books

The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 24th 2017 by Ballantine Books

Lightwood by Steph Post [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 24th 2017 by Polis Books

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The Patriots by Sana Krasikov [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 24th 2017 by Spiegel & Grau

Days Without End by Sebastian Barry [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 24th 2017 by Viking

World, Chase Me Down by Andrew Hilleman [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 24th 2017 by Penguin Books

Clownfish Blues: A Novel (Serge A. Storms #20) by Tim Dorsey [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 24th 2017 by William Morrow

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The Signal Flame: A Novel by Andrew Krivak [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 24th 2017 by Scribner

Three Years with the Rat by Jay Hosking [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 24th 2017 by Thomas Dunne Books

No Man’s Land by Simon Tolkien [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 24th 2017 by Nan A. Talese

Mexico: Stories by Josh Barkan [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 24th 2017 by Hogarth

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This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 24th 2017 by Flatiron Books

Perfect Little World: A Novel by Kevin Wilson [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 24th 2017 by Ecco

The Fifth Letter by Nicola Moriarty [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 24th 2017 by William Morrow

Accidentally on Purpose (Heartbreaker Bay #3) by Jill Shalvis [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 24th 2017 by Avon

A Crown of Bitter Orange (La Vie en Roses #3) by Laura Florand [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 24th 2017 by AOS Publishing

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Who Killed Piet Barol?: A novel by Richard Mason [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 24th 2017 by Knopf

Dark at the Crossing by Elliot Ackerman [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 24th 2017 by Knopf

A Harvest of Thorns by Corban Addison [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 24th 2017 by Thomas Nelson

Number 11 by Jonathan Coe [Purchase]
Expected publication: January 24th 2017 by Knopf Publishing Group

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