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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Top Ten Tuesday – Covers Made For Kindle Reading

May 2, 2017 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 6 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

I love romances but damn they get some bad covers. I’ve read all of these (and highly recommend them!) but these covers were not seen in public. Oh no, these are Kindle reading only.

How to Misbehave (Camelot #1) by Ruthie Knox
Hearts in Darkness (Hearts in Darkness #1) by Laura Kaye
Beyond the Highland Mist (Highlander #1) by Karen Marie Moning
Asking for It (Asking for It #1) by Lilah Pace
Never Seduce a Scot (The Montgomerys and Armstrongs #1) by Maya Banks

The Many Sins of Lord Cameron (Mackenzies & McBrides #3) by Jennifer Ashley
Seven Secrets of Seduction (Secrets #1) by Anne Mallory
Some Like It Wild (Kincaid Highland #2) by Teresa Medeiros
Say Yes to the Marquess (Castles Ever After #2) by Tessa Dare
Seduced by Her Highland Warrior (MacKinloch Clan #2) by Michelle Willingham

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of May 1st, 2017

May 1, 2017 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 7 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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GUYS, IT’S HERE.

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

I’m so excited I could cry. I took the day off work just so I could stay up all night and read all day. I might need to schedule in a nap but I’M SO EXCITED.

All right, here’s the rest of the books being released this week. 🙂

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Week of May 1st, 2017

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The Pearl Thief by Elizabeth Wein [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Disney-Hyperion

Dreamfall (Dreamfall #1) by Amy Plum [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by HarperTeen

Avenged (Ruined #2) by Amy Tintera [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by HarperTeen

The Dark Prophecy (The Trials of Apollo #2) by Rick Riordan [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Disney-Hyperion

Star Wars: Rebel Rising by Beth Revis [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Disney Lucasfilm Press

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The Black Witch (The Black Witch Chronicles #1) by Laurie Forest [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Harlequin Teen

Always and Forever, Lara Jean (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #3) by Jenny Han [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Delacorte Press

The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Philomel Books

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Count All Her Bones (Girl, Stolen #2) by April Henry [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

The Scattering (The Outliers #2) by Kimberly McCreight [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by HarperCollins

One Cut by Eve Porinchak [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Simon Pulse

Deep Water by Katherine Nichols [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Simon Pulse

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And We’re Off by Dana Schwartz [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Razorbill

Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Sourcebooks Fire

Four Weeks, Five People by Jennifer Yu [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Harlequin Teen

Love and Vandalism by Laurie Boyle Crompton [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 1st 2017 by Sourcebooks Fire

Spellslinger (Spellslinger #1) by Sebastien de Castell [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 4th 2017 by Hot Key Books

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Kill All Happies by Rachel Cohn [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Disney-Hyperion

How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by HMH Books for Young Readers

Noteworthy by Riley Redgate [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Amulet Books

Say No to the Bro by Kat Helgeson [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Cold Summer by Gwen Cole [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Sky Pony Press

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The Lost Kingdom of Bamarre (The Two Princesses of Bamarre 0.5) by Gail Carson Levine [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by HarperCollins

Posted by John David Anderson [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Walden Pond Press

Jelly Bean Summer by Joyce Magnin [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky

Just Dreaming (Silver #3) by Kerstin Gier [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

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Spill Zone (The Spill Zone #1) by Scott Westerfeld [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by First Second

The Emperor’s Riddle by Kat Zhang [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Aladdin

Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Dutton Books for Young Readers

The Lost Legacy (The Supernormal Sleuthing Service #1) by Gwenda Bond & Chistopher Rowe [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Greenwillow Books

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The Jane Austen Project: A Novel by Kathleen A. Flynn [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Harper Perennial

City of Miracles (The Divine Cities #3) by Robert Jackson Bennett [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Broadway Books

The Guns Above (Signal Airship #1) by Robyn Bennis [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Tor Books

Borrowed Souls (Soul Charmer #1) by Chelsea Mueller [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Talos

Cold Reign (Jane Yellowrock #11) by Faith Hunter [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Ace

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All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries #1) by Martha Wells [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Tor.com

The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carey [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Orbit

Tremontaine by Ellen Kushner [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Saga Press

Skitter (The Hatching #2) by Ezekiel Boone [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books

Red Wolf (Shifters Unbound #10) by Jennifer Ashley [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Berkley Books

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What My Body Remembers by Agnete Friis [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Soho Crime

16th Seduction (Women’s Murder Club #16) by James Patterson [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 1st 2017 by Little, Brown and Company

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Riverhead Books

Crime Song (Frank Marr #2) by David Swinson [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Mulholland Books

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The Graves (Abby Endicott #2) by Pamela Wechsler [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Minotaur Books

Proving Ground (Lourdes Robles, #1) by Peter Blauner [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Minotaur Books

I’ll Eat When I’m Dead by Barbara Bourland [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Grand Central Publishing

Broken Bay: A Novella by Andrea Dunlop [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Atria Books

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The Baker’s Secret: A Novel by Stephen P. Kiernan [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by William Morrow

The Language of Solitude: A Novel (The Rising Dragon #2) by Jan-Philipp Sendker [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Atria / 37 INK

Fen: Stories by Daisy Johnson [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Graywolf Press

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Stars Over Clear Lake by Loretta Ellsworth [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Thomas Dunne Books

Murder Between the Lines (Kitty Weeks Mystery #2) by Radha Vatsal [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 1st 2017 by Sourcebooks Landmark

Goodnight from London: A Novel by Jennifer Robson [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by William Morrow

‘Round Midnight by Laura McBride [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Touchstone

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The Original Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Park Row Books

The Best of Adam Sharp by Graeme Simsion [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by St. Martin’s Press

All the Best People by Sonja Yoerg [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Berkley Books

Salt Houses by Hala Alyan [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

No One Can Pronounce My Name by Rakesh Satyal [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Picador

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Meet Me at Beachcomber Bay by Jill Mansell [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Sourcebooks Landmark

Confessions of a Domestic Failure: A Humorous Book about a Not So Perfect Mom by Bunmi Laditan [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Mira Books

The Garden of Small Beginnings by Abbi Waxman [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Berkley Books

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Until It Fades by K.A. Tucker [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Atria Books

Against All Odds by Danielle Steel [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Delacorte Press

Nothing Like a Duke (The Duke’s Sons #4) by Jane Ashford [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Sourcebooks Casablanca

The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

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The Leavers by Lisa Ko [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Algonquin Books

Before We Sleep by Jeffrey Lent [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Bloomsbury USA

Trajectory: Stories by Richard Russo [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Knopf Publishing Group

The Stars Are Fire by Anita Shreve [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Knopf Publishing Group

The Dinner Party: Stories by Joshua Ferris [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Little, Brown and Company

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Short & Sweet (Beauty & the Beast Retellings) – A Court of Thorns and Roses, Hunted, Lost in a Book

April 28, 2017 Bonnie Book Reviews, New Adult, Read in 2017, Short & Sweet Reviews, YA 10 Comments

Short & Sweet (Beauty & the Beast Retellings) – A Court of Thorns and Roses, Hunted, Lost in a BookA Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Narrator: Jennifer Ikeda
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #1
Published by Recorded Books on May 5th 2015
Length: 16 hrs and 7 mins
Genres: Fantasy, Fairy-Tales/Retellings
Format: Audiobook
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

four-stars

Feyre's survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price ...

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre's presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.

‘I was as unburdened as a piece of dandelion fluff, and he was the wind that stirred me about the world.’

Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorite fairy tales and it’s always so fascinating to see how authors mold fairy tales into a unique story of their own. A Court of Thorns and Roses definitely veers off the standard path making “Beast/Tamlin” a member of the fae court, making “Belle/Feyre” a badass female hunter, and removing the animated furniture entirely. The story still revolves around the curse and the time ticking down before it’s too late, but Maas adds a magical element (and a deviant female villain) to this already magical fairytale that I absolutely adored. What I loved most was the incredibly dark turn she took the tale which gave the added opportunity of adding a new level of complexity and intrigue to Feyre’s character.

“Don’t feel bad for one moment about doing what brings you joy.”

Like spending time re-reading. I occasionally get hang-ups about “wasting” time re-reading when I should be spending my time reading stories that I haven’t yet experienced. But sometimes a re-read is necessary (like when you’re gearing up for the final installment of a beloved trilogy!!) and sometimes the second time is even better than the first. I read A Court of Thorns and Roses for the first time in June 2016 and it was far from love at first sight (mostly because I was never Team Tamlin) but during this re-read I was able to set aside my issues with the romance and focus more on the world building and the fascinating aspects of the story itself that I didn’t pay much attention to the first time. I also decided to splurge and bought the audiobook copies and guys, let me tell you, these are fantastic on audio with Jennifer Ikeda’s narration. I’m pretty devastated that she won’t be returning to narrate A Court of Wings and Ruin but it’s still well worth listening to her narrate the first two installments, I’ll just be reading the third one with my eyeballs instead. 🙂

Short & Sweet (Beauty & the Beast Retellings) – A Court of Thorns and Roses, Hunted, Lost in a BookHunted by Meagan Spooner
Published by HarperTeen on March 14th 2017
Pages: 384
Genres: Fantasy, Fairy-Tales/Retellings
Format: eBook
Source: Library
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three-half-stars

Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. Though she grew up with the city’s highest aristocrats, far from her father’s old lodge, she knows that the forest holds secrets and that her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them.

So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas…or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance.

Deaf to her sisters’ protests, Yeva hunts this strange Beast back into his own territory—a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of creatures that Yeva’s only heard about in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin or salvation. Who will survive: the Beauty, or the Beast?


“She wept because she did not know what she wanted, and because she wanted everything.”

Yeva has never been comfortable living among the town aristocrats but instead dreams of the stories her father would tell her when she was younger; of the forest and the magic contained within. When her father loses his fortune and they are forced to move back to his lodge in the woods, Yeva could not be more content knowing she can spend her days familiarizing herself once again with the woods even though she knows it’s not a reasonable way for her to spend her life. Her father also begins spending his days and nights in the woods, mentioning hunting a beast and when he fails to come home after weeks of being gone, Yeva sets out to help him only to be captured by the beast that her father was hunting.

“She moves like beauty, she whispers to us of wind and forest—and she tells us stories, such stories that we wake in the night, dreaming dreams of a life long past. she reminds us of what we used to be.
She reminds us of what we could be.”

Hunted is told primarily from Yeva’s point of view but is interspersed with short snippets from the Beast, showing the constant battle between his animalistic side while he fights to retain a hold of his humanity. Yeva is kept in a cell for weeks on end, telling him stories of Ivan and the Firebird to the one on the other side of her cell door who brings her food every day, having no idea that he is also her captor. The Beast finally shows himself to her and reveals that he captured her for a purpose: she must train to be a more superior hunter than she already is because she’s the only one that can kill the creature responsible for cursing him.

Hunted is a combination of the classic Beauty and the Beast fairy tale with the Ivan, the Firebird, and the Gray Wolf Russian fairy tale and it’s a slow to unfold type of story. There’s also a disassociation from any sort of emotional connection that was key in my own connection with the story. I found it to be a beautiful story in essence of a young girl not knowing what to do with her life, wandering aimlessly, and I really wanted to feel her adversity but I never quite felt like there is much at stake for our young heroine. The significance behind the Firebird plays a huge role in this tale, as well as storytelling in general, and the romantic building blocks were left feeling incomplete in the attempts at focusing on the bigger picture. There is a note at the end Spooner includes regarding the origins of this story and the lengthy process it took to come to fruition was a heartwarming story. Her dedication to all of her readers was unbelievably touching and made me wish I had loved this story more than I did.

‘Male or female, young or old, if you’re reading this book, then you’re also that child reading by flashlight and dreaming of other worlds. Don’t be scared of her, that inner Beauty, or her dreams. Let her out. She’s you, and she’s me, and she’s magic.
There’s no such thing as living happily ever after — there’s only living. We make the choice to do it happily.’

Short & Sweet (Beauty & the Beast Retellings) – A Court of Thorns and Roses, Hunted, Lost in a BookBeauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book by Jennifer Donnelly
Published by Disney Press on January 31st 2017
Pages: 352
Genres: Fantasy, Fairy-Tales/Retellings
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
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two-stars

Smart, bookish Belle, a captive in the Beast’s castle, has become accustomed to her new home and has befriended its inhabitants. When she comes upon Nevermore, an enchanted book unlike anything else she has seen in the castle, Belle finds herself pulled into its pages and transported to a world of glamour and intrigue. The adventures Belle has always imagined, the dreams she was forced to give up when she became a prisoner, seem within reach again.

The charming and mysterious characters Belle meets within the pages of Nevermore offer her glamorous conversation, a life of dazzling Parisian luxury, and even a reunion she never thought possible. Here Belle can have everything she has ever wished for. But what about her friends in the Beast’s castle? Can Belle trust her new companions inside the pages of Nevermore? Is Nevermore’s world even real? Belle must uncover the truth about the book, before she loses herself in it forever.

“Isn’t that what a good story does? It pulls you in and never lets you go.”

DAMMIT, I WANTED THIS STORY TO PULL ME IN AND NEVER LET ME GO.

Lost in a Book replicates its Disney counterpart where Belle is a captive of the Beast in his castle that still includes Cogsworth, Lumiere, Mrs. Potts, Chip, and more. Beast reveals his library to Belle and she is awed, but instead of the bright shiny room of perfection we all have embedded in our minds:

Belle immediately realizes how much the library has fallen into disrepair and needs to be cleaned excessively. Within this library, she finds a room and within this room a special book which transports her to a world of adventure where anything is possible. She quickly becomes enamored with the book and the world it shows her, despite her understanding that it isn’t actually real, and is constantly sneaking away to be in this world. When she isn’t hiding in the book, she’s complaining ad nauseam about her provincial life.

Good gawd, we get it, you hate your life. Lost in a Book quickly becomes less about the Beast and all about Belle… more scenes from his point of view would have been welcome. Any scenes that showed the Beast’s feelings for Belle grow felt lacking any sort of emotion and instead felt like all it was was a last ditch effort to save his servants. Maybe those parts were left out with the understanding that we knew, based on the Disney production, how Beast actually felt, but I wanted to see it included in the story itself since there were so many changes I felt it should have been able to stand on its own. Especially in regards to the villain: Gaston was absent completely in exchange for a female villain: Death. Yes, Death. You see, the story actually starts with Death and her sister Love.

Indeed. See Death and Love made a bet that Belle wouldn’t be the one to break the spell (Death obviously bet against her) and when she began to realize that Love might actually win, she set out to make sure that didn’t happen. *yawn* This could have been a charming addition to Beauty and the Beast retellings but the story lacked any real substance and most definitely lacked the magic the original tale had.

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Early Review – White Hot (Hidden Legacy #2) by Ilona Andrews

April 27, 2017 Bonnie Adult, Book Reviews, Early Review, Read in 2017 12 Comments

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

Early Review – White Hot (Hidden Legacy #2) by Ilona AndrewsWhite Hot by Ilona Andrews
Series: Hidden Legacy #2
Published by Avon on May 30th 2017
Pages: 384
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
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Also by this author: Magic Bites, Magic Rises, Burn for Me

four-half-stars

Nevada Baylor has a unique and secret skill—she knows when people are lying—and she's used that magic (along with plain, hard work) to keep her colorful and close-knit family's detective agency afloat. But her new case pits her against the shadowy forces that almost destroyed the city of Houston once before, bringing Nevada back into contact with Connor "Mad" Rogan.

Rogan is a billionaire Prime—the highest rank of magic user—and as unreadable as ever, despite Nevada's "talent." But there's no hiding the sparks between them. Now that the stakes are even higher, both professionally and personally, and their foes are unimaginably powerful, Rogan and Nevada will find that nothing burns like ice . . .

Hidden Legacy Series

Burn for Me (Hidden Legacy #1) by Ilona Andrews [Purchase|Review]

Nevada Baylor hasn’t spoken with Rogan in months and she’s slowly begun to move on with her life even though the maddening man (ha — see what I did there) is never far from her mind. She agrees to investigate the murder of Cornelius Harrison’s wife and Nevada not only finds herself in the middle of a massive conflict between multiple magical families (or “Houses”) but right back in the path of Rogan himself. This time around they realize that they simply get more done when they work together as allies.

‘Suddenly the past two months of normal life tore apart, like fragile paper, and I was right back next to Rogan, about to charge into a fight. And it felt right.’

The conflict between Houses puts the duo in serious danger when some of the most powerful members of the magical society become involved. When they’re not trying to keep one another from dying, they’re trying to work out what to do with the sparks flying between them.

“And now that I’m conveniently here, you decide to give it another shot. Is there a shortage of attractive women in your life, Connor?”
“There is a shortage of you in my life,” he said.

This is my 17th Ilona Andrews book and I feel I can safely declare myself a rabid fangirl. (I have yet to dive into her The Edge series but give me time.) Ilona Andrews stories are absolutely one of the reasons I remain as hardcore an Urban Fantasy fan as I am today and her Hidden Legacy series only helps solidify that. Their characterization is superb and no character is left without a role or sounding like a replica of another. Nevada is one awesome badass lady that can hold her own, Rogan is far more beyond being just a love interest placeholder and professional of zingy one-liners, and even the side characters (Nevada’s sniper mother, crazy sisters, and hilarious grandmother) are fantastic.

Grandma Frida burst through the door in her yellow rubber-ducky pajamas. 
“Grandma’s here,” I added.

What I love about this series is how developed her world-building is beyond “people have powers” — we meet some new players in the game: summoners, fulgurkinetics, elementalists, and even some magically created monsters not of this world. In lesser hands, these unique aspects would easily come across as cheesy and overwhelming but Andrews makes everything so fascinating. If I’m being real, the fantastic world-building is only an added bonus when it comes to the romance though and it’s rare that I say anything along those lines (worldbuilding is typically always first because if you don’t have worldbuilding… you’ve got yourself a bodice ripper, amirite?) Urban Fantasy typically always includes a romance in some shape or form but there’s some crazy sexual tension going on (and has since book 1) but View Spoiler » And also, some good news… the wait for book 3 is not long at all: Wildfire comes out July 25th, 2017. I’m already chomping at the bit and even contemplating reading both again because this series is that good (horrendously bad covers aside, but at least Rogan finally found a shirt by book 3.) 🙂

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Waiting on Wednesday – Odd & True by Cat Winters

April 26, 2017 Bonnie Waiting on Wednesday 17 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday – Odd & True by Cat WintersOdd & True by Cat Winters
Published by Amulet Books on September 12th 2017
Pages: 368
Genres: Fairy-Tales/Retellings
Format: Hardcover
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Also by this author: In the Shadow of Blackbirds, The Cure for Dreaming, The Uninvited: A Novel

Trudchen grew up hearing Odette’s stories of their monster-slaying mother and a magician’s curse. But now that Tru’s older, she’s starting to wonder if her older sister’s tales were just comforting lies, especially because there’s nothing fantastic about her own life—permanently disabled and in constant pain from childhood polio.

In 1909, after a two-year absence, Od reappears with a suitcase supposedly full of weapons and a promise to rescue Tru from the monsters on their way to attack her. But it’s Od who seems haunted by something. And when the sisters’ search for their mother leads them to a face-off with the Leeds Devil, a nightmarish beast that’s wreaking havoc in the Mid-Atlantic states, Tru discovers the peculiar possibility that she and her sister—despite their dark pasts and ordinary appearances—might, indeed, have magic after all.

About Cat Winters

Cat Winters is an award-winning, critically acclaimed author of fiction that blends history with the supernatural. Her young adult works include IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS, THE CURE FOR DREAMING, THE STEEP AND THORNY WAY, and the forthcoming ODD & TRUE (Sept. 2017). Her adult novels are THE UNINVITED and YESTERNIGHT. She has been named a Morris Award finalist, a Bram Stoker Award nominee, and an Oregon Spirit Book Award winner, and her books have appeared on numerous state and "best of" lists.

Winters was born and raised in Southern California, just a short drive down the freeway from Disneyland, which may explain her love of haunted mansions, bygone eras, and fantasylands. She currently lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and two kids.

I’ve been all about the fantasy lately and especially Fairy-Tales/Retellings. This one sounds all sorts of fantastic and that cover is badass. 🙂

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Top Ten Tuesday – Book Turnoffs

April 25, 2017 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 11 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

I don’t like to limit myself when it comes to books. I try my best to keep an open mind when trying new things, but some topics have been tried and most of the time they have failed. This week’s topic is about all those subjects that just never work out.

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Toxic Relationships (abuse, cheating, etc.) — There are just some topics that make me sick to my stomach and this is one of them. I’ve read very few stories that were done well.


Dying Kids/Suicide — There are just far too many of these sorts of stories and while I wholly believe the importance of making these issues aware to the general public I’ve just grown weary of their heartbreaking material.


Animal deaths — Look, kill off the main character. Kill off the best friend. Kill an entire village. I DON’T CARE WHO DIES BUT IT BETTER NOT BE THE ANIMAL.


Love triangles — There are a few stories that have love triangles that I’ve enjoyed… I think? There has to be at least one since there are approximately a billion of them. No… can’t think of any. Just kidding, I’ve always hated these.


Steampunk — Steampunk is one of those genres that I feel like I should love. It’s like some strange eclectic form of fantasy but no matter how many I try I absolutely cannot get on board with this genre.


Sports — A character plays sports? A character watches sports? A character talks about sports? Honestly, it doesn’t matter, I really don’t care about any of it.


Christian fiction or when “clean” romance is referenced — Simply put, I am not a religious person in any way and I certainly don’t want to read about it. And as far as “clean” romances go… honestly, why fucking bother? *snore*


Motivational shit — I’ve read Oprah’s book and Shonda Rhimes book and both were lovely. Sometimes they help when times are tough. But honestly, most of the time I just want to be like “SHUT UP, MY LIFE SUCKS, LET ME WALLOW.” How’s that for personal motivation?


Westerns — Admittedly, I haven’t tried too many of these but the ones I have were a snooze fest. Maybe I’m picking the wrong ones? Maybe I just have problems with cowboys. Who knows.


Plays — I remember having to read a lot of these in school so maybe that’s where it all went wrong. For me though, I don’t want to read a play… I want to see it.

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of April 24th, 2017

April 24, 2017 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 1 Comment

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

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Week of April 24th, 2017

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Legion (Talon #4) by Julie Kagawa [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 25th 2017 by Harlequin Teen

Lucky Girl by Amanda Maciel [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 25th 2017 by Balzer + Bray

The Whole Thing Together by Ann Brashares [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 25th 2017 by Delacorte Press

Between Two Skies by Joanne O’Sullivan [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 25th 2017 by Candlewick Press

Maud: A Novel Inspired by the Life of L.M. Montgomery by Melanie J. Fishbane [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 25th 2017 by Razorbill Canada

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Sunkissed (The Ladybirds #3) by Jenny McLachlan [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 25th 2017 by Feiwel & Friends

Looking for Group by Rory Harrison [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 25th 2017 by HarperTeen

The Wonder of Us by Kim Culbertson [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 25th 2017 by Point

180 Seconds by Jessica Park [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 25th 2017 by Skyscape

North of Happy by Adi Alsaid [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 25th 2017 by Harlequin Teen

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Blood Brothers by Colleen Nelson [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 25th 2017 by Dundurn Group

The Ship (The Ship #1) by Antonia Honeywell [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 25th 2017 by Orbit

The Wingsnatchers (Carmer and Grit #1) by Sarah Jean Horwitz [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 25th 2017 by Algonquin Young Readers

The Door in the Alley (The Explorers #1) by Adrienne Kress [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 25th 2017 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers

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Walkaway by Cory Doctorow [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 25th 2017 by Tor Books

Within the Sanctuary of Wings (The Memoirs of Lady Trent #5) by Marie Brennan [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 25th 2017 by Tor Books

Buffalo Soldier by Maurice Broaddus [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 25th 2017 by Tor.com

Borne by Jeff VanderMeer [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 25th 2017 by MCD/FSG (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

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Skullsworn by Brian Staveley [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 25th 2017 by Tor Books

Wicked Abyss (Immortals After Dark #18) by Kresley Cole [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 25th 2017 by Gallery Books

Snared (Elemental Assassin #16) by Jennifer Estep [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 25th 2017 by Pocket Books

Blade Bound (Chicagoland Vampires #13) by Chloe Neill [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 25th 2017 by Berkley Books

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I Found You by Lisa Jewell [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 25th 2017 by Atria Books

No Easy Target by Iris Johansen [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 25th 2017 by St. Martin’s Press

The Red Hunter by Lisa Unger [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 25th 2017 by Touchstone

Burntown: A Novel by Jennifer McMahon [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 25th 2017 by Doubleday Books

Fallout by Wil Mara [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 25th 2017 by Forge Books

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The Man in the Microwave Oven (Theo Bogart Mysteries #2) by Susan Cox [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 25th 2017 by Minotaur Books

A Single Spy by William Christie [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 25th 2017 by Minotaur Books

The Black Hand: The Epic War Between a Brilliant Detective and the Deadliest Secret Society in American History by Stephan Talty [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 25th 2017 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Golden Prey (Lucas Davenport #27) by John Sandford [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 25th 2017 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Cold Earth: A Shetland Mystery (Shetland Island #7) by Ann Cleeves [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 25th 2017 by Minotaur Books

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The Standard Grand by Jay Baron Nicorvo [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 25th 2017 by St. Martin’s Press

All the Rivers by Dorit Rabinyan [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 25th 2017 by Random House

The Last Neanderthal by Claire Cameron [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 25th 2017 by Little, Brown and Company

Beartown by Fredrik Backman [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 25th 2017 by Atria Books

The Unprotected: A Novel by Kelly Sokol [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 25th 2017 by Skyhorse Publishing

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The Witchfinder’s Sister by Beth Underdown [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 25th 2017 by Ballantine Books

Feast of Sorrow: A Novel of Ancient Rome by Crystal King [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 25th 2017 by Touchstone

The Most Beautiful Woman in Florence: A Story of Botticelli by Alyssa Palombo [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 25th 2017 by St. Martin’s Griffin

Under a Sardinian Sky by Sara Alexander [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 25th 2017 by Kensington Publishing Corporation

The Forever Summer by Jamie Brenner [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 25th 2017 by Little, Brown and Company

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Making Waves (Beach Lane #1) by Laura Moore [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 25th 2017 by Ballantine Books

You’re the One That I Want: A Novel by Giovanna Fletcher [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 25th 2017 by Thomas Dunne Books

Ride Rough (Raven Riders #2) by Laura Kaye [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 25th 2017 by Avon

Six Impossible Things (Rhymes With Love #6) by Elizabeth Boyle [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 25th 2017 by Avon

Before I Ever Met You by Karina Halle
Expected publication: April 25th 2017 by Metal Blonde Books

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Oola: A Novel by Brittany Newell [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 25th 2017 by Holt Paperbacks

The F Word by Liza Palmer [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 25th 2017 by Flatiron Books

Anything Is Possible: A Novel by Elizabeth Strout [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 25th 2017 by Random House

Startup by Doree Shafrir [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 25th 2017 by Little, Brown and Company

One Good Thing (Ten Beach Road #5) by Wendy Wax [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 25th 2017 by Berkley Books

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Stacking the Shelves (171)

April 23, 2017 Bonnie Sunday Book Haul 0 Comments

Hello, everyone! I missed posting last weekend because I had a terrible cold, so here are my posts for the last two weeks. 🙂

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New Books

Got two review books this week: The Boy on the Bridge and Lightwood. I snagged up a few Kindle sales too. I’m most excited to finally read Love is a Mix Tape… I’ve been wanting that for ages. And I had to snag up a digital copy of Darkfever because it was (and still is!) only $0.99.

For Review
The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carey [Purchase]
Lightwood by Steph Post [Purchase]

Purchased

Love is a Mix Tape (Music #1) by Rob Sheffield [Purchase]
The Essential Rumi by Jalaluddin Rumi [Purchase]
Darkfever (Fever #1) by Karen Marie Moning [Purchase]

I also keep forgetting to share my growing collection of audibles in part because of sales, an Audible giveaway I won, Kindle matchmaker deals, and my renewed membership. Here’s what I’ve snagged over the last couple of months.

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater [Purchase]
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by Stephen King [Purchase]
A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1) by Sarah J. Maas [Purchase]
A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas [Purchase]
All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders [Purchase]
Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2) by Leigh Bardugo [Purchase]
Legion (Legion #1) by Brandon Sanderson [Purchase]
Borderline (The Arcadia Project #1) by Mishell Baker [Purchase]

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Recommended Reading: Psychological Thrillers

April 22, 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?

Psychological Thrillers 101

6569735If you’re looking for a story from a survivor of a massacre…

…then pick up Dark Places. After her family was all killed and her brother is sent to prison for the crime, Libby Day tries her best to live a normal life, to no avail. She begins to reinvestigate the crime after a group known as “The Kill Club” shares with her their belief that her brother is actually innocent. Gone Girl may be her most popular but Dark Places is Gillian Flynn’s best story yet.


Early Review + Giveaway! Night Film by Marisha PesslIf you’re looking for a literary mystery with unique visual incorporation…

An investigative journalist begins searching for a young girl gone missing and falls down the rabbit hole of an even bigger mystery at work. The actual story of Night Film is superb but the incorporation of visual aids (newspaper articles, websites, and case notes) that takes this mystery to a whole other level.


Classic Curiosity – And Then There Were None by Agatha ChristieIf you’re looking for a go-to classic…

And Then There Were None is a constant guessing game when ten people arrive on an island and one by one they each suffer a tragic fate. A nursery rhyme is the only thing that predicts exactly how each guest will fall, but who is next, and who is responsible for committing the crimes? Such twisted good fun.


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