Something To Look Forward To – Week of February 27th, 2017

February 27, 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 February 27th, 2017

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 28th 2017 by Balzer + Bray

Rebels Like Us by Liz Reinhardt [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 28th 2017 by Harlequin Teen

The Free by Lauren McLaughlin [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 28th 2017 by Soho Teen

Sad Perfect by Stephanie Elliot [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 28th 2017 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

One Blood Ruby (Seven Black Diamonds #2) by Melissa Marr [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 28th 2017 by HarperCollins

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Off the Ice (Juniper Falls #1) by Julie Cross [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 28th 2017 by Entangled: Teen

Lifeblood (Everlife #2) by Gena Showalter [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 28th 2017 by Harlequin Teen

Freedom’s Slave (Dark Caravan Cycle #3) by Heather Demetrios [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 28th 2017 by Balzer + Bray

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 28th 2017 by Feiwel & Friends

The Beast Is an Animal by Peternelle van Arsdale [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 28th 2017 by Margaret K. McElderry Books

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A Good Idea by Cristina Moracho [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 28th 2017 by Viking Books for Young Readers

Camp So-And-So by Mary McCoy [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 1st 2017 by Carolrhoda Books

A Lie for a Lie by Robin Merrow MacCready [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 28th 2017 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

Splinter by Sasha Dawn [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 1st 2017 by Carolrhoda Books

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The Many Reflections of Miss Jane Deming by J. Anderson Coats [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 28th 2017 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers

The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 28th 2017 by Scholastic Press

See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 28th 2017 by Dial Books

Well, That Was Awkward by Rachel Vail [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 28th 2017 by Viking Books for Young Readers

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Thunderbird (Miriam Black #4) by Chuck Wendig [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 28th 2017 by Saga Press

Into the Fire (Night Prince #4) by Jeaniene Frost [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 28th 2017 by Avon

Game of Shadows by Erika Lewis [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 28th 2017 by Tor Books

The Wrong Dead Guy (Another Coop Heist #2) by Richard Kadrey [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 28th 2017 by Harper Voyager

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Revenger by Alastair Reynolds [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 28th 2017 by Orbit

Bane and Shadow (Empire of Storms #2) by Jon Skovron [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 28th 2017 by Orbit

Agents of Dreamland by Caitlín R. Kiernan [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 28th 2017 by Tor.com

Worldshaker (The Grudgebearer Trilogy #3) by J.F. Lewis [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 28th 2017 by Pyr

Live Echoes (Sim War #5) by Henry V. O’Neil [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 28th 2017 by Harper Voyager Impulse

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Bone Box (Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus #24) by Faye Kellerman [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 28th 2017 by William Morrow

The Housekeeper by Suellen Dainty [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 28th 2017 by Washington Square Press

No Darker Place (Shades of Death #1) by Debra Webb [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 28th 2017 by Mira Books

Marked for Revenge (Jana Berzelius #2) by Emelie Schepp [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 28th 2017 by Mira Books

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The Fifth Element (Odd Singsaker #3) by Jørgen Brekke [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 28th 2017 by Minotaur Books

The Lost Book of the Grail by Charlie Lovett [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 28th 2017 by Viking

An Almond for a Parrot by Wray Delaney [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 28th 2017 by Mira Books

In Farleigh Field: A Novel of World War II by Rhys Bowen [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 1st 2017 by Lake Union Publishing

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The Typewriter’s Tale by Michiel Heyns [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 28th 2017 by St. Martin’s Press

Miss Treadway and the Field of Stars: A Novel by Miranda Emmerson [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 28th 2017 by Harper

No Other World: A Novel by Rahul Mehta [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 28th 2017 by Harper

If I Could Tell You by Elizabeth Wilhide [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 28th 2017 by Penguin Books

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Till Death by Jennifer L. Armentrout [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 28th 2017 by William Morrow

A Million Little Things (Mischief Bay #3) by Susan Mallery [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 28th 2017 by Mira Books

Everything Belongs to Us by Yoojin Grace Wuertz [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 28th 2017 by Random House

Windy City Blues by Renee Rosen [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 28th 2017 by Berkley Books

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My Fair Duchess (Dukes Behaving Badly #5) by Megan Frampton [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 28th 2017 by Avon

Sinful Scottish Laird (Highland Grooms #2) by Julia London [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 28th 2017 by Harlequin Books

Windswept (Wales #2) by Deborah Martin [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 28th 2017 by Pocket Books

A Lady’s Code of Misconduct (Rules for the Reckless #5) by Meredith Duran [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 28th 2017 by Pocket Books

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Stacking the Shelves (164)

February 26, 2017 Bonnie Sunday Book Haul 7 Comments

Recent Posts

New Books

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For Review
The Space Between the Stars by Anne Corlett [Purchase]

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Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty [Purchase]
The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe [Purchase]

Purchased

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(New books in the right stack) I visited the bookstore for the first time in forever! I had just recently done a shelf cleanup and had some books to trade and I ended up coming home with four bright shiny new ones! My Libba Bray and Rachel Bach series are officially complete! I also picked up the newest Sarah Waters book and the only one that I didn’t have yet!

The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters [Purchase]
Honor’s Knight (Paradox #2) by Rachel Bach [Purchase]
Heaven’s Queen (Paradox #3) by Rachel Bach [Purchase]
A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle #1) by Libba Bray [Purchase]

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Recommended Reading 101: Aussie YA

February 25, 2017 Bonnie Recommended Reading 101 4 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?

Aussie YA 101


Book Tour Review – Fury by Shirley MarrIf you’re looking for a Aussie murder mystery…

Fury was such a thrilling debut read that made it impossible to put this down (I stayed up till 2am to finish it). Hands down one of the best YA mysteries I’ve ever read. A bit hard to get a hold of this but well worth it.


Early Review – Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley

If you’re looking for something compelling and realistic…

Graffiti Moon remains one of my all-time favorites in realistic YA. Cath Crowley is a most amazing writer and this story of love, humor, and amazing characterization is completely unforgettable.


Book Review – Stolen: A Letter to My Captor by Lucy Christopher

If you’re looking for an emotionally complex whirlwind…

Stolen was not a story that I anticipated to love so much that I’m still bringing it up five years later. Stockholm Syndrome is a delicate subject matter to tackle but I believe it was handled incredibly well.


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Short & Sweet – Everything I Never Told You, Big Little Lies

February 24, 2017 Bonnie Adult, Book Reviews, Short & Sweet Reviews 8 Comments

Short & Sweet – Everything I Never Told You, Big Little LiesEverything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
Narrator: Cassandra Campbell
Published by Blackstone Audio on June 26th 2014
Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery
Format: Audiobook
Source: Freebie
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four-half-stars

A haunting debut novel about a mixed-race family living in 1970s Ohio and the tragedy that will either be their undoing or their salvation.

Lydia is dead. But they don't know this yet....

So begins the story in this exquisite debut novel about a Chinese American family living in a small town in 1970s Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee; their middle daughter, a girl who inherited her mother's bright blue eyes and her father's jet-black hair. Her parents are determined that Lydia will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue - in Marilyn's case that her daughter become a doctor rather than a homemaker, in James' case that Lydia be popular at school, a girl with a busy social life and the center of every party.

When Lydia's body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together tumbles into chaos, forcing them to confront the long-kept secrets that have been slowly pulling them apart. James, consumed by guilt, sets out on a reckless path that may destroy his marriage. Marilyn, devastated and vengeful, is determined to find a responsible party, no matter what the cost. Lydia's older brother, Nathan, is certain the neighborhood bad boy Jack is somehow involved. But it's the youngest of the family, Hannah, who observes far more than anyone realizes - and who may be the only one who knows the truth about what happened.

A profoundly moving story of family, history, and the meaning of home, Everything I Never Told You is both a gripping pause-resister and a sensitive family portrait, exploring the divisions between cultures and the rifts within a family and uncovering the ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives struggle, all their lives, to understand one another.

‘Before that she hadn’t realized how fragile happiness was, how if you were careless, you could knock it over and shatter it.’

Lydia is the third child of Marilyn and James Lee and is undeniably their favorite. Her absence from breakfast one morning arouses suspicion but never would they have imagined that her body would be found at the bottom of the lake near their house. Lydia’s death, while tragic, ends up being the catalyst for unveiling the multitude of issues within the Lee household. The year is 1970 and the steps that led to this tragedy began over a decade ago when Marilyn, a white woman from Virginia, and James, a first-generation Chinese-American, married despite the ill opinions on their interracial relationship. When Marilyn gets pregnant, she gives up her dream of becoming a doctor and instead devotes her time and energy to Lydia so that one day she can become what Marilyn could not, never stopping to consider what Lydia actually desired. James, after a difficult life of always being the outsider, he constantly pushes his children to fit in and be social so they never have to experience what it’s like to be an outsider. We may know from the very first sentence that Lydia is dead, but the path that brought her to this point remains a mystery. Ng rewinds to the very beginning and allows Lydia’s story to finally reveal the truth that she never dared speak aloud.

‘It would disappear forever from her memory of Lydia, the way memories of a lost loved one always smooth and simplify themselves, shedding complexities like scales.’

I have had this book on my shelf for an obscenely long time simply because family dramas usually possess suburban type spectacles that I’d rather do without. But this book had depth, it had the most well-written characters that I have read in recent memory, it had a captivating storyline, and it completely broke my heart. Ng gracefully unmasks the secrets kept by the Lee’s and their two surviving children, Nathan and Hannah, through multiple storylines without it once getting convoluted. Marilyn and James’ lifetime of broken dreams and of the racism that they faced is egregious, but it’s their complete lack of familiarity and understanding with one another and their own children that was truly terrible. The emotional intricacy of this superbly written tale and the devastating ending will resonate with me for a long time to come.

Short & Sweet – Everything I Never Told You, Big Little LiesBig Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
Published by Berkley on July 29th 2014
Pages: 460
Format: eBook
Source: Library
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two-half-stars

Big Little Lies follows three women, each at a crossroads:

Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest (how is this possible?).
And to top it all off, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?).

Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn’t be, with those rambunctious twin boys? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body.

But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay.
New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all.

Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.

“Did anyone really know their child? Your child was a little stranger, constantly changing, disappearing and reintroducing himself to you. New personality traits could appear overnight.”

In the coastal seaside town of Pirriwee, everything and everyone is covered in a thin veneer of gloss, though it only does so much to hide the imperfections underneath. And the fact that someone is dead after Trivia Night at the local school goes terribly wrong. But who it is and how it happened remains a mystery… or so it seems.

Madeleine’s youngest child is entering kindergarten, but so is her ex-husband’s daughter. The ex-husband that left her and their baby girl to survive on their own fifteen years prior. Celeste, a stay at home mom, and her husband Perry, a hedge fund manager, are the parents of twin boys and they live in a palatial house on the beach. Things definitely look perfect from the outside but Perry has an uncontrollable anger problem that is only getting worse. Jane is a single mom who’s little boy Ziggy was the product of a one-night stand; a one-night stand that left her mentally scarred and unable to heal. The adults all have their fair share of drama going on but to make matters worse there is a terrible ongoing situation of bullying happening at the kids’ school and the truth is far from easy to ascertain. Family drama, infidelity, domestic abuse, and bullying are all adequate plot points on their own but Big Little Lies combines them all for an intense story about the imperfections that many endeavor to hide from the world.

“They say it’s good to let your grudges go, but I don’t know, I’m quite fond of my grudge. I tend it like a little pet.”

This is my first Moriarty book and I’m still struggling to establish whether I actually liked it. The mystery and the anticipated big reveal was all that kept me going because the writing style felt very haphazard and slightly sloppy, written in a flippant and emotionally disjointed way. I would understand that demeanor for some of her characters, but everyone is written in such a way. The story starts off with a Quentin Tarantino type hook: someone is dead but you don’t know who it is and you don’t know what led up to this point. Now, let’s rewind it to six months before the death and go back through everything with a fine-tooth comb. Let’s also intersperse it with gossiping mothers (and the occasional father) who are all convinced it has something to do with a shocking affair, or it was because of some fight that happened between a couple of mothers months back on the playground, or maybe it was when one of the kids handed out birthday invitations to all but one child, or maybe it was Madeleine’s Erotic Book Club. Absolutely no one has any clue what’s actually going on.

idk chris pratt middle finger i dont care who cares

Okay, so basically if you didn’t guess, I gave zero fucks about their petty squabbles. But still, I zoomed through these 460 pages (honestly, that many pages were completely unnecessary). While the mom drama is pretty horrifying in the heavy doses we’re given, it’s despairingly accurate, I know because I have had to personally refuse to participate in that shit (fuck the PTA, honestly). There is also this constant veil of humor over everything, despite the seriousness of a few of the storylines, and I can’t say that I liked it, especially when the domestic abuse storyline had me breathing like I needed a paper bag. Moriarty’s stand against domestic violence isn’t handled poorly (although it could have been handled better), I just felt that the inclusion of comic relief in the story to lessen the seriousness only ended up leaving a bad taste in my mouth. View Spoiler » Many readers may be pleased to have this comic relief to lighten the seriousness of domestic abuse, bullying, and infidelity, but I for one could have done without it. All it managed to do was lessen the depth and seriousness of these grim issues.

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The Coffee Book Tag

February 23, 2017 Bonnie Book Tag 4 Comments

I am a coffee addict.

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So this book tag totally spoke to me. 🙂

Found this post thanks to Jessie and Dani @ Ageless Pages Reviews and Lindsey @ Bring My Books.

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Lord of the Rings immediately comes to mind. I’ve decided this is the year I’ll finally conquer it though! Wish me luck. lol

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For years I’ve noticed people come out in droves to read Little Women. I always said that when I finally got around to reading it that I’d save it for Christmas. I’m happy to say I finally made that happen this past year.

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Juniper by Monica Furlong. I went through all my books that were boxed up recently and found this in there. I only have fond memories of this one.

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Book Review – Fortune’s Pawn (Paradox #1) by Rachel Bach

Fortune’s Pawn felt like a shot of adrenaline that I absolutely could not put down. SO GOOD, PEOPLE.

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Written in Red (The Others #1) by Anne Bishop

Everyone is reading this series (I blame Christina). I have no idea why I haven’t but I’m determined to start this year.

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Darkhouse was one of the first Indie books I took a chance on and it paid off. Halle’s Experiment in Terror series remains one of my all-time favorites.

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Life’s Too Short: Feedback, A Promise of Fire, The Girls

Most disappointing in recent memory is definitely Feedback. I’m just pretending it never existed, it’s better that way.

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The Sweet Far Thing (Gemma Doyle #3) by Libba Bray

Everyone loves to hate on the ending for these (because it certainly isn’t a happily ever after) but it’s one that has stuck with me for years. I can’t remember things from last week but I vividly remember the ending to this trilogy that I read over a decade ago. That’s saying something I think.

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Book Review – Paris, My Sweet: A Year in the City of Light by Amy Thomas

I know it’s cliché to want to visit Paris, but it’s truly a beautiful city that I really do wish I’ll be able to see someday. Paris, My Sweet was such a fun (and delicious!) read that made me want to make it a reality that much more.

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Audiobook Review – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

“Classic” is such a broad term. Is a book from 1962 a classic? If so, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. This book broke my heart but damn, what a story.

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The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey. The story itself is magical but the real magic is Ivey’s writing. Goals.

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Waiting on Wednesday – Wildfire (Hidden Legacy #3) by Ilona Andrews

February 22, 2017 Bonnie Waiting on Wednesday 4 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday – Wildfire (Hidden Legacy #3) by Ilona AndrewsWildfire by Ilona Andrews
Series: Hidden Legacy #3
Published by Avon on July 25th 2017
Pages: 384
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Format: Paperback
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Also by this author: Magic Bites

Just when Nevada Baylor has finally come to accept the depths of her magical powers, she also realizes she’s fallen in love. Connor “Mad” Rogan is in many ways her equal when it comes to magic, but she’s completely out of her elements when it comes to her feelings for him. To make matters more complicated, an old flame comes back into Rogan’s life…

Rogan knows there’s nothing between him and his ex-fiance, Rynda Sherwood. But as Nevada begins to learn more about her past, her power, and her potential future, he knows she will be faced with choices she never dreamed of and the promise of a life spent without him.

As Nevada and Rogan race to discover the whereabouts of Rynda’s kidnapped husband and are forced to confront Nevada’s grandmother, who may or may not have evil motives, these two people must decide if they can trust in each other or allow everything to go up in smoke.

About Ilona Andrews

Ilona Andrews is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade. (Gordon is still sore about that.)

Gordon and Ilona currently reside in Oregon with their two children, three dogs, and a cat. They have co-authored two series, the bestselling urban fantasy of Kate Daniels and romantic urban fantasy of The Edge.

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hahaha Rogan finally got a shirt!

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

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Top Ten Tuesday – Series I Quit After the First Book

February 21, 2017 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 17 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

This is my black sheep post.

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I went into these series with the highest of hopes! Rave reviews, popular authors — for whatever reason I was looking forward to each and every one of these. Many of these are well loved by many but just didn’t do it for me and I liked these far less than I expected. It is what it is.

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Something Strange and Deadly (Something Strange and Deadly #1) by Susan Dennard [Review]
Poison Princess (The Arcana Chronicles #1) by Kresley Cole [Review]
Incarnate (Newsoul #1) by Jodi Meadows
Sanctum (Guards of the Shadowlands #1) by Sarah Fine
The Madman’s Daughter (The Madman’s Daughter #1) by Megan Shepherd [Review]

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The Gathering (Darkness Rising #1) by Kelley Armstrong
An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes #1) by Sabaa Tahir [Review]
Prudence (The Custard Protocol #1) by Gail Carriger [Review]
Finnikin of the Rock (Lumatere Chronicles #1) by Melina Marchetta
Red Rising (Red Rising #1) by Pierce Brown

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of February 20th, 2017

February 20, 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 February 20th, 2017

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A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic #3) by V.E. Schwab [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 21st 2017 by Tor Books

Beautiful Broken Girls by Kim Savage [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 21st 2017 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 21st 2017 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 21st 2017 by HarperTeen

The Dragon’s Price (Transference #1) by Bethany Wiggins [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 21st 2017 by Crown Books for Young Readers

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Against All Silence (SOS #2) by E.C. Myers [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 21st 2017 by Adaptive Books

The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 21st 2017 by Simon & Schuster

Everything Beautiful Is Not Ruined by Danielle Younge-Ullman [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 21st 2017 by Viking Books for Young Readers

Ronit & Jamil by Pamela L. Laskin [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 21st 2017 by Katherine Tegen Books

Optimists Die First by Susin Nielsen [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 21st 2017 by Wendy Lamb Books

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Seven Surrenders (Terra Ignota #2) by Ada Palmer [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 21st 2017 by Tor Books

Cold Counsel by Chris Sharp [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 21st 2017 by Tor.com

Empire’s End (Star Wars: Aftermath #3) by Chuck Wendig [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 21st 2017 by Del Rey Books

Kings of the Wyld (The Band #1) by Nicholas Eames [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 21st 2017 by Orbit

Steal the Lightning: A Field Ops Novel (Field Ops #3) by Tim Lees [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 21st 2017 by Harper Voyager Impulse

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A Cast of Vultures (Sam Clair #3) by Judith Flanders [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 21st 2017 by Minotaur Books

Most Dangerous Place (Jack Swyteck #13) by James Grippando [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 21st 2017 by Harper

Humans, Bow Down by James Patterson, Emily Raymond, Jill Dembowski [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 20th 2017 by Little, Brown and Company

Shining City: A Novel by Tom Rosenstiel [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 21st 2017 by Ecco

Rusty Puppy (Hap and Leonard #12) by Joe R. Lansdale [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 21st 2017 by Mulholland Books

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Spook Street (Slough House #4) by Mick Herron [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 21st 2017 by Soho Crime

I See You by Clare Mackintosh [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 21st 2017 by Berkley Books

The Drifter by Christine Lennon [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 21st 2017 by William Morrow Paperbacks

The Book of Mirrors by E.O. Chirovici [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 21st 2017 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books

Dead Letters by Caite Dolan-Leach [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 21st 2017 by Random House

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The English Agent (Christopher Marlowe Mystery #2) by Phillip DePoy [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 21st 2017 by Minotaur Books

A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 21st 2017 by William Morrow

The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 21st 2017 by Mira

Daughter of a Thousand Years by Amalia Carosella [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 21st 2017 by Lake Union Publishing

The Good at Heart: A Novel by Ursula Werner [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 21st 2017 by Touchstone

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The News from the End of the World by Emily Jeanne Miller [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 21st 2017 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 28th 2017 by Mira

Running: A Novel by Cara Hoffman [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 21st 2017 by Simon & Schuster

The Schooldays of Jesus by J.M. Coetzee [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 21st 2017 by Viking

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Things We Lost in the Fire: Stories by Mariana Enríquez [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 21st 2017 by Hogarth

Last Day on Earth: Stories by Eric Puchner [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 21st 2017 by Scribner

Setting Free the Kites by Alex George [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 21st 2017 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

The Mother’s Promise by Sally Hepworth [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 21st 2017 by St. Martin’s Press

The Keeper of Lost Things: A Novel by Ruth Hogan [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 21st 2017 by William Morrow

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Stacking the Shelves (163)

February 19, 2017 Bonnie Sunday Book Haul 5 Comments

I’m really kicking myself because I think this past Friday was the first day I didn’t have a post since the start of the year. Admittedly, it was kind of a shitty week so I should cut myself some slack but still grumpy about it. I ended up watching a lot of Friends because it always ends up putting a smile on my face. My reading has been all over the place too and I was headed towards a slump for a little while there but I think I’m back at it. Here’s to a more productive week. 🙂

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Only library books this week! I’ve already read (listened) to The Princess Diarist and it was fantastic. Men Explain Things to Me is a hard but necessary read.

Library Checkouts

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The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher
Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit

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Recommended Reading 101: Forbidden Love

February 18, 2017 Bonnie Recommended Reading 101 1 Comment

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?

Forbidden Love 101

8179495If you’re looking for something literary and brutally honest…

A chance encounter with a stranger leads a woman to question everything about herself, her marriage, and her life. Love in Mid Air was beautifully written and hopeful tale of life continuing even when you didn’t think it could.


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If you’re looking for something in verse…

Triangles bounces between three female characters all dealing with mid-life crisis clichés but Hopkins gives each an enthralling complexity in her first adult novel.


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If you’re looking for a complex tragedy…

Indiscretion is full of characters that most will fail to sympathize with but their story will enrapt you. Dubow’s writing reads much like Fitzgerald and its sultry rhythm will be the highlight of this tale.


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