Book Review – A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J. Maas

May 19, 2017 Bonnie Book Reviews, New Adult, Read in 2017 5 Comments

Book Review – 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
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #3
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on May 2nd 2017
Pages: 720
Genres: Fantasy
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Also by this author: Queen of Shadows, A Court of Thorns and Roses, A Court of Mist and Fury

three-half-stars

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.

A Court of Thorns and Roses series

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1) by Sarah J. Maas
A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas

Well, it’s finally here.

I’m so exasperated and everyone and their mother has given this 5 stars at this point so I’m feeling like quite the outcast. I liked A Court of Thorns and Roses, adored A Court of Mist and Fury, and A Court of Wings and Ruin was quite possibly my most anticipated book of the year. I took the day off work to read this and while I can’t say that I regret doing so or that the book was bad, it just wasn’t what I was expecting. There were things I liked and things I didn’t like, so I’ll start with the good.

The best parts of this book were, surprisingly, the war scenes. We all knew a war was coming in this installment but I never quite expected it to be nearly as epic and for all the fae and their magical powers to be quite as badass as they were. Savage, brutal, and thrilling (and the war makes up a large chunk of this book). In terms of the best (non-violent) parts, Feyre getting to explore more that the Court of Dreams has to offer was lovely. Her depictions of the city were enough to form magical cities in my mind, but the library carved inside an actual mountain? The shelves built into the stone walls, the reading nooks, the low-burning lamps, the cozy chairs, and the fireplaces.

And lastly, I loved how she incorporates all of the lesser characters that seemed to have minor roles in the conclusion: the Suriel, the Weaver, the Bone Carver, and even a new terrifying beastie.

And now onto the bad.

I’ll do my best.

My first issue: the beginning. The story opens where the ending of Mist left off with Feyre returning to the Spring Court. She’s intent on gathering information about King Hybern and his armies but it turned into this long and drawn out affair that transformed Feyre into this cruel and vindictive person that I didn’t much care for. What she intended to achieve simply didn’t seem necessary to the story as a whole either. My second issue was actually with the writing itself. I’m not sure if less editing was done, or time constraints to get this done and published (or a combination of the two) but this read incredibly uneven. There’s so much to accomplish with a final book in a series and it felt like Maas had a checklist of things that needed to be answered, actions that the characters had to take to set up certain events, etc. and we bounced hurriedly onto the next task on her list just as soon as one was completed. The story lacked a grace and flow that was needed to draw these three stories together in order to give it the final farewell it deserved. And lastly, in terms of farewells, the ending caused the majority of my grumbles. Maas implied throughout the entire book of things impending that never came to fruition and things ended all nice and neat with a pretty little bow on top. Clearly, many (and I mean many) fans were perfectly content, I, unfortunately, was not. But as I said, it wasn’t a bad ending but it wasn’t the ending I expected.

Maas has already announced that there are two additional trilogies to come set in this same world and while I was originally excited, I’d really like to know the focus on those stories before committing to more. What started as a beauty and the beast retelling turned into a fascinating world full of magic and fae. While I don’t give this final installment the highest of marks, this was still a most engrossing trilogy.

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Audiobook Sync: Week 4 Titles | The Gathering and In Our Backyard (May 18 – May 24)

May 18, 2017 Bonnie Audiobooks, Sync 4 Comments

This week’s free set of titles is ready to download! Make sure you get these downloaded by May 24th because a new set of books will be available to download on May 25th. In case you’re new to the Audiobook Sync program, here are the details:

Any individual may participate by downloading the OverDrive App to their device of choice and returning to the SYNC website each Thursday after 7am Eastern Time to download the new audiobook pair for the week. Each title is available for one week only, but once downloaded they can be kept forever, so the opportunity to listen can extend well beyond the term of the summer program.

This year’s program kicks off on April 27th and there will be a total of 32 titles available to 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!

Now without further ado, your free audiobook titles this week….

The Gathering (Shadow House #1) by Dan Poblocki | Read by Dan Bittner | Published by Scholastic Audiobooks | Download available here!

Multiplatform takes on horror with a trilogy that brings Miss Peregrine to middle grade with an online Skeleton Creek twist! Come Play With Us…

Buildings have memories. Places bear scars. We’ve all had those moments–a chill in the air, a sense that something terrible once happened where we stand. But some houses are more than scary. They’re hungry.

Larkspur House has lured five kids inside, and they’re trapped. The five will have to look carefully–there are clues to the house’s secrets scattered all over the grounds, and if they can figure out the past, it might show them a way out of their terrifying present. Will they stay strong enough to discover the house’s weakness and escape? Or will the horrors of Larkspur House scare the five right out of their minds?

In Our Backyard: Human Trafficking in America and What We Can Do to Stop It by Nita Belles | Read by Nicol Zanzarella | Published by Oasis Audio | Download available here!

Modern slavery is happening all around you . . . and you can be part of the solution.

Human trafficking is not just something that happens in other countries. Nor is it something that just happens to “other people,” such as runaways or the disenfranchised. Even kids in your own neighborhood can fall victim. But they don’t have to.

Through true stories and expertise from her many years of boots-on-the-ground experience, anti-trafficking expert Nita Belles teaches you everything you need to know about human trafficking in the United States, helping you identify risk factors, take practical steps to keep your loved ones and neighbors safe from predators, and recognize trafficking around you, so that you can help fight it.

Happy listening!

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Waiting on Wednesday – He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly

May 17, 2017 Bonnie Waiting on Wednesday 3 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday – He Said/She Said by Erin KellyHe Said/She Said by Erin Kelly
Published by Minotaur Books on June 6th 2017
Pages: 400
Genres: Mystery
Format: Hardcover
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Also by this author: The Burning Air

On the eve of a solar eclipse, a couple forced into hiding discovers that they can no longer run from their past in this taut psychological suspense novel.

In the summer of 1999, Kit and Laura travel to a festival in Cornwall to see a total eclipse of the sun. Kit is an eclipse chaser; Laura has never seen one before. Young and in love, they are certain this will be the first of many they’ll share.

But in the hushed moments after the shadow passes, Laura interrupts a man and a woman. She knows that she saw something terrible. The man denies it. It is her word against his.

The victim seems grateful. Months later, she turns up on their doorstep like a lonely stray. But as her gratitude takes a twisted turn, Laura begins to wonder—did she trust the wrong person?

15 years later, Kit and Laura are living under assumed names and completely off the digital grid: no Facebook, only rudimentary cell phones, not in any directories. But as the truth catches up to them, they realize they can no longer keep the past in the past.

From Erin Kelly, queen of the killer twist, He Said/She Said is a gripping tale of the lies we tell to save ourselves, the truths we cannot admit, and how far we will go to make others believe our side of the story.

About Erin Kelly

Erin Kelly was born in London in 1976 and grew up in Essex. She read English at Warwick University and has been working as a journalist since 1998.

She has written for newspapers including The Sunday Times, The Sunday Telegraph, the Daily Mail and the Express and magazines including Red, Psychologies, Marie Claire, Elle and Cosmopolitan.

I’ve read two of Erin Kelly’s books, The Burning Air and The Poison Tree, both ages ago but they left memorable impressions on me. The blurb for her new one is quite mysterious but I like the sound of it.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Best Books I Read Because Of My Mum

May 16, 2017 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 12 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

My mom instilled in me a love of reading at an early age. I remember always taking walks to the library that was only a block or two away from my home when I was young. We’d spend hours there and I loved every minute of it. Throughout my life though she’s recommended a variety of books to me and these are the ones that left the most lasting impression over the years.

The Secret of the Old Clock (Nancy Drew #1) by Carolyn Keene
These are some of the first books I remember my mom recommending me. My mom grew up in the same small town I did and would tell me stories about hanging out in the library and reading all the Nancy Drews (and Hardy Boys). I never got around to the Hardy Boy’s and I didn’t finish all the Nancy Drew’s but I sure did love them.

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
This is my mom’s favorite book and she passed along that love to me. I went on to read many of Scott O’Dell’s stories but there was something truly special about Island of the Blue Dolphins. We’re about to do our first ever re-read soon, right mum? 🙂

The Clan of the Cave Bear (Earth’s Children #1) by Jean M. Auel
I read this at an incredibly young age when you consider how much cave sex was going on. People these days would tend to think this is a bad thing, but her never limiting what I decided to pick up was vital to my growing love for reading.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter #1) by J.K. Rowling
I was a bit late to the Potter party but my mom was the first to get me a copy. I lived with my other parent for a short period of time who was one of those weirdos you hear about that, for religious reasons, wouldn’t let Harry Potter in their house. Hail Satan. I would sneak my copies into my bedroom and read under my sheet at night with a flashlight just like Harry did. Best mom ever.

Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon
My mom and I read these together, well, as together as we could back before Kindles when we only had one copy. I read them first and she quickly scooped them up. I had just handed off Dragonfly in Amber to her and grabbed Voyager to take with me to work that day. I worked in a gold mine and I hated it so bad, I was constantly sneaking off to hide in the bathroom to read. My copy of Voyager was so old and beat up it had split in half and I accidentally grabbed the second half. It was the worst day ever but still good for a laugh to this day.

Edgar Allan Poe
My mom gave me my first introduction to Edgar Allan Poe by way of a small little book that was crumbling it was so old and if you couldn’t tell it was ancient, the $0.35 price tag gave it away. He quickly became one of my all-time favorites thanks to that little book.

Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
I was a huge Goosebumps fan but fell out of love with horror as I got older. She clued me into this one (I read this before I had even picked up Stephen King) and it reminded me of everything that I used to love about the genre.

Skeleton Crew by Stephen King
My mom told me she tried reading this book when she was pregnant with me and that one particular story grossed her out so bad that she put it down and didn’t come back to it for months. I laughed, thinking she was over-reacting. Then I read The Raft and I knew what she was talking about. I started reading this in March 2014 and didn’t manage to get back around to it and finish until March of 2016. I actually think Survivor Type is even more horrifying though.

That Same Flower: Floria Aemilia’s Letter to St. Augustine by Jostein Gaarder
My mom came to visit my several years ago (we live in separate states) and when it came time to say goodbye in the extremely early hours of the day she left me this book, told me it was beautiful, and that I had to read it. I was much too sad to think about going back to sleep so I stayed up and read this cover to cover. It was beautiful and got me through the saddest times of that night.

The Collector by John Fowles
Fowles was a generalized recommendation from her many years ago and not sure quite where to start, I started at the beginning. The Collector may be crazy psycho (it’s about this guy that kidnaps this girl and keeps her in his basement — so what) but what an incredible book to claim as your debut novel. I have yet to read anything else by Fowles (it’ll happen, I swear) but this remains the best recommendation ever.

Thank you, mommy. I wouldn’t be the reader I am today if it wasn’t for you. <3

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of May 15th, 2017

May 15, 2017 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 6 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 May 15th, 2017

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Thick as Thieves (The Queen’s Thief #5) by Megan Whalen Turner [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Greenwillow Books

Seeker (Riders #2) by Veronica Rossi [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Tor Teen

The Crown’s Fate (The Crown’s Game #2) by Evelyn Skye [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Balzer + Bray

Flame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist #1) by Renee Ahdieh [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

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The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Grit by Gillian French [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by HarperTeen

The Best Kind of Magic (Windy City Magic #1) by Crystal Cestar [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Disney-Hyperion

My Future Ex-Girlfriend by Jake Gerhardt [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Viking Books for Young Readers

My Fairy Godmother Is a Drag Queen by David Clawson [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Sky Pony Press

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Grace and the Fever by Zan Romanoff [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

A Million Junes by Emily Henry [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Razorbill

The Crying Rocks by Janet Taylor Lisle [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers

Contagion (Dark Matter #1) by Teri Terry [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 18th 2017 by Orchard Books

Violet Grenade by Victoria Scott [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Entangled Teen

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Antisocial by Jillian Blake [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Delacorte Press

No Second Chances by Kate Evangelista [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Swoon Reads

The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Feiwel & Friends

Seeking Mansfield by Kate Watson [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Flux

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The World’s Greatest Detective by Caroline Carlson [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by HarperCollins

Quicksand Pond by Janet Taylor Lisle [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers

The Shadow Cipher (York #1) by Laura Ruby [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Walden Pond Press

You’re Not Proper (Striker #1) by Tariq Mehmood [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by HopeRoad Publishing

Moon Shadow by Erin Downing [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Aladdin

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The Empire’s Ghost by Isabelle Steiger [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Thomas Dunne Books

Vanguard (The Genesis Fleet #1) by Jack Campbell [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Ace Books

Wicked Wonders by Ellen Klages [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Tachyon Publications

Full Wolf Moon by Lincoln Child [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Doubleday Books

Shattered Warrior by Sharon Shinn [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by First Second

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Greedy Pigs (Sin du Jour #5) by Matt Wallace [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Tor.com

It’s Always the Husband by Michele Campbell [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by St. Martin’s Press

Broken River: A Novel by J. Robert Lennon [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Graywolf Press

Testimony (Kindle County Legal Thriller #10) by Scott Turow [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Grand Central Publishing

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The Second Day of the Renaissance (Inspector Trotti #1) by Timothy Williams [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Soho Crime

You Were Here by Gian Sardar [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Flatiron Books

New Boy (Hogarth Shakespeare) by Tracy Chevalier [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Hogarth

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Eagle and Empire (Hesperian Trilogy #3) by Alan Smale [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Del Rey Books

Lilli de Jong: A Novel by Janet Benton [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Nan A. Talese

The Scribe of Siena by Melodie Winawer [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Touchstone

Anne Boleyn: A King’s Obsession (Six Tudor Queens #2) by Alison Weir [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Ballantine Books

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Rise and Shine, Benedict Stone by Phaedra Patrick [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Park Row Books

The Beach House: Coming Home: A Novel by Georgia Bockoven [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by William Morrow Paperbacks

Secrets in Summer by Nancy Thayer [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Ballantine Books

The Queen of Dauphine Street (NOLA Nights #2) by Thea de Salle [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 15th 2017 by Pocket Star

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Evensong: A Novel by Kate Southwood [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by W. W. Norton & Company

The Awkward Age by Francesca Segal [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Riverhead Books

Bad Dreams and Other Stories by Tessa Hadley [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Harper

Dr. Edith Vane and the Hares of Crawley Hall by Suzette Mayr [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Coach House Books

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Stacking the Shelves (172)

May 14, 2017 Bonnie Sunday Book Haul 4 Comments

I’ve gotten a bit lazy with my weekly posts! I’m exhausted practically all the time lately and usually by the time I realize that I don’t have a post for the next day, I’m usually in bed and good luck getting me up. I haven’t been spending my weekends getting stuff ready for the week and I need to get back into the groove of that so I have some posts ready to go in advance and not just the night before. 🙂

Recent Posts

New Books

I realized I keep forgetting to share my BOTM pick from April (lol, my May box is already en route.) I haven’t read it yet because I haven’t been quite in the mood yet but I’m very excited to get around to it.

I (of course) pre-ordered ACOWAR (and also took the day off work just to read it). Sadly, it was a bit of a disappointment for me. I picked up Wedding Girl on sale for Kindle and an Agatha Christie. My library checkouts are a bit random. I don’t often read Non-Fiction but I have always been fascinated by the Tudor time period. What led up to the Tudor time period? Well, that’s my current obsession. I’m currently reading The Wars of the Roses and I absolutely love it. I’ve since added a crazy amount of fascinating sounding histories to my TBR because apparently it’s quickly become my thing. I’m all ears for recommendations. 🙂

Purchased
American War by Omar El Akkad [Purchase]
A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J. Maas [Purchase]
Wedding Girl by Stacey Ballis [Purchase]
Death on the Nile (Hercule Poirot #17) by Agatha Christie [Purchase]

Library Checkouts

The Wars of the Roses: The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors by Dan Jones [Purchase]
The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England by Dan Jones [Purchase]

What new books did you get this week?

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Audiobook Sync: Week 3 Titles | Bronx Masquerade and Teenage Diaries (May 11 – May 17)

May 11, 2017 Bonnie Audiobooks, Sync 3 Comments

This week’s free set of titles is ready to download! Make sure you get these downloaded by May 17th because a new set of books will be available to download on May 18th. In case you’re new to the Audiobook Sync program, here are the details:

Any individual may participate by downloading the OverDrive App to their device of choice and returning to the SYNC website each Thursday after 7am Eastern Time to download the new audiobook pair for the week. Each title is available for one week only, but once downloaded they can be kept forever, so the opportunity to listen can extend well beyond the term of the summer program.

This year’s program kicks off on April 27th and there will be a total of 32 titles available to 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!

Now without further ado, your free audiobook titles this week….

Bronx Masquerade by Nikki Grimes | Read by Jessica Almasy, Kevin R. Free, Marc Damon Johnson, Sisi Aisha Johnson, Melanie Martinez, Cherise Boothe | Published by Recorded Books | Download available here!

Acclaimed poet, novelist, journalist, and educator Nikki Grimes was born and raised in New York City. Each of the 18 kids in Mr. Ward’s inner city classroom has something important to say, but some don’t even realize it. Then Mr. Ward begins to have “open mic” poetry slams once a month on Fridays. Young adult listeners will identify with the characters in Bronx Masquerade as they explore questions about life and self-expression. “As always, Grimes gives young people exactly what they’re looking for-real characters who show them they are not alone.”-School Library Journal

Teenage Diaries: Then & Now by Radio Diaries | Read by Hosted by Joe Richman | Published by HighBridge Audio | Download available here!

They conduct interviews, keep audio journals, and record the sounds of daily life; usually collecting more than 30 hours of raw tape over the course of a year, edited into documentaries airing on NPR’s All Things Considered. Whether it’s the story of Amanda, a gay teen trying to understand her sexuality, or the story of Juan, who crossed the Rio Grande with his family illegally, these stories offer insight into the mysterious life of teenagers. Sixteen years later, five of those diarists return to chronicle their grown-up lives.

Happy listening!

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of May 8th, 2017

May 8, 2017 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 3 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 May 8th, 2017

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A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 9th 2017 by Amulet Books

Reaper by Kyra Leigh [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 9th 2017 by Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books

Brave New Girl by Rachel Vincent [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 9th 2017 by Delacorte Press

The Traitor’s Kiss (Traitor’s Trilogy #1) by Erin Beaty [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 9th 2017 by Imprint

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It Started With Goodbye by Christina June [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 9th 2017 by Blink

It’s Not Like It’s a Secret by Misa Sugiura [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 9th 2017 by HarperTeen

Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 9th 2017 by Balzer + Bray

Someone Else’s Summer by Rachel Bateman [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 9th 2017 by Running Press

The Lines We Cross by Randa Abdel-Fattah [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 9th 2017 by Scholastic Press

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Deacon Locke Went to Prom by Brian Katcher [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 9th 2017 by Katherine Tegen Books

Dear Reader by Mary O’Connell [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 9th 2017 by Flatiron Books

That Thing We Call a Heart by Sheba Karim [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 9th 2017 by HarperTeen

The Go-Between by Veronica Chambers [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 9th 2017 by Delacorte Press

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The Girl Who Wouldn’t Die by Randall Platt [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 9th 2017 by Sky Pony Press

Edgeland by Jake Halpern & Peter Kujawinski [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 9th 2017 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Birdy Flynn by Helen Donohoe [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 9th 2017 by Oneworld Publications

Umberland (Everland #2) by Wendy Spinale [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 9th 2017 by Scholastic Press

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Deadmen Walking (Dark-Hunter: Deadman’s Cross Trilogy #1) by Sherrilyn Kenyon [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 9th 2017 by Tor Books

Assassin’s Fate (The Fitz and The Fool Trilogy #3) by Robin Hobb [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 9th 2017 by Del Rey

Owl and the Electric Samurai (The Adventures of Owl #3) by Kristi Charish [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 9th 2017 by Gallery Books

The Queen and the Cure (The Bird and the Sword Chronicles #2) by Amy Harmon [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 9th 2017

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D’Arc (War With No Name #2) by Robert Repino [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 9th 2017 by Soho Press

The Last Iota by Robert Kroese [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 9th 2017 by Thomas Dunne Books

House of Names: A Novel by Colm Tóibín [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 9th 2017 by Scribner

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Woman No. 17 by Edan Lepucki [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 9th 2017 by Hogarth

Sycamore: A Novel by Bryn Chancellor [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 9th 2017 by Harper

Some Rise by Sin: A Novel by Philip Caputo [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 9th 2017 by Henry Holt and Co.

There Your Heart Lies by Mary Gordon [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 9th 2017 by Pantheon Books

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The Play of Death (The Hangman’s Daughter #6) by Oliver Pötzsch [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 9th 2017 by Mariner Books

Becoming Bonnie by Jenni L. Walsh [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 9th 2017 by Forge Books

Mr. Rochester by Sarah Shoemaker [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 9th 2017 by Grand Central Publishing

Among the Lesser Gods by Margo Catts [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 9th 2017 by Arcade Publishing

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Fake Plastic Love by Kimberley Tait [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 9th 2017 by Flatiron Books

The Book of Summer: A Novel by Michelle Gable [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 9th 2017 by Thomas Dunne Books

How to Be Human: A Novel by Paula Cocozza [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 9th 2017 by Metropolitan Books

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 9th 2017 by Viking – Pamela Dorman Books

Men Without Women: Stories by Haruki Murakami [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 9th 2017 by Knopf Publishing Group

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Audiobook Sync: Week 2 Titles | Feed and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (May 4 – May 10)

May 5, 2017 Bonnie Audiobooks, Sync 4 Comments

This week’s free set of titles is ready to download and they are two I’ve personally been anxious to read for years! Make sure you get these downloaded by May 10th because a new set of books will be available to download on May 11th. In case you’re new to the Audiobook Sync program, here are the details:

Any individual may participate by downloading the OverDrive App to their device of choice and returning to the SYNC website each Thursday after 7am Eastern Time to download the new audiobook pair for the week. Each title is available for one week only, but once downloaded they can be kept forever, so the opportunity to listen can extend well beyond the term of the summer program.

This year’s program kicks off on April 27th and there will be a total of 32 titles available to 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!

Now without further ado, your free audiobook titles this week….

Feed by M.T. Anderson | Read by David Aaron Baker, a Full Cast
Published by Listening Library | Download available here!

For Titus and his friends, it started out like any ordinary trip to the moon—a chance to party during spring break and play with some stupid low-grav at the Ricochet Lounge. But that was before the crazy hacker caused all their feeds to malfunction, sending them to the hospital to lie around with nothing inside their heads for days. And it was before Titus met Violet, a beautiful, brainy teenage girl who has decided to fight the feed and its omnipresent ability to categorize human thoughts and desires. Following in the footsteps of George Orwell, Anthony Burgess, and Kurt Vonnegut Jr., M. T. Anderson has created a not-so-brave new world—and a smart, savage satire that will captivate listeners with its view of an imagined future that veers unnervingly close to the here and now.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams | Read by Stephen Fry
Published by Random House Audio | Download available here!

Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.

Together this dynamic pair begin a journey through space aided by quotes from The Hitchhiker’s Guide (“A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have”) and a galaxy-full of fellow travelers: Zaphod Beeblebrox–the two-headed, three-armed ex-hippie and totally out-to-lunch president of the galaxy; Trillian, Zaphod’s girlfriend (formally Tricia McMillan), whom Arthur tried to pick up at a cocktail party once upon a time zone; Marvin, a paranoid, brilliant, and chronically depressed robot; Veet Voojagig, a former graduate student who is obsessed with the disappearance of all the ballpoint pens he bought over the years.

Where are these pens? Why are we born? Why do we die? Why do we spend so much time between wearing digital watches? For all the answers stick your thumb to the stars. And don’t forget to bring a towel!

Happy listening!

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Monthly Rundown: April 2017

May 4, 2017 Bonnie Monthly Rundown 10 Comments

Books Read = 18

18 again! Three months in a row, woo-hoo. I’ve been listening to a ton of audiobooks (8 out of 18 this month) and went on a bit of a fairytale binge following my re-read of A Court of Thorns and Roses. That series was just as good on audio — and even better the second time around.

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11419680Best of the Month: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater ★★★★★
I had been holding off on reading this one for ages and after recently discovering my undying love for Steve West’s narration, I bought the audible version and oh man… I loved this so much.

Least Favorite: The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison ★★29981261
Oh man. This book. This started off so intriguing and I loved the similarities to The Collector but that ending was positively infuriating.

49011Biggest Surprise: The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories by Angela Carter ★★★★
I’d been wanting to read something of Angela Carter’s for ages and I was on a massive fairytale kick so I started this one spontaneously. I need everything else of hers, immediately.

Biggest Disappointment: Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book by Jennifer Donnelly ★★Short & Sweet (Beauty & the Beast Retellings) – A Court of Thorns and Roses, Hunted, Lost in a Book
I had so much hope for this one! It sounded so cute! But it just didn’t work for me at all.

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