Monday, February 27, 2017

New YA Releases : Week of February 27th


Here are some upcoming releases this week. Release dates sources: 
Barnes & Noble, Amazon, etc.






One Blood Ruby by Melissa Marr


Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

Lifeblood by Gena Showalter

The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas


Are any of these on your Bookish Wishlist or Pre-Order cart? Which do you look most forward to?

Happy Reading!
Monday, February 20, 2017

New YA Releases : Week of February 20th


Here are some upcoming releases this week. Release dates sources: 
Barnes & Noble, Amazon, etc.





The Dragon's Price by Bethany Wiggins

A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab

Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas

Beautiful Broken Girls by Kim Savage


Are any of these on your Bookish Wishlist or Pre-Order cart? Which do you look most forward to?

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Writing Kick Wednesday! : When the Last Day is Ended


*Writing Kick Wednesday! is where you a writing piece of yours of someone you admire, the meme is hosted by The Tattered Page*


Hey Bookies!

In honor of Valentine's Day, this week's Writing Kick Wednesday!, features my favorite poem of ALL TIME. It has no title and the writer is unknown. I was made privy to it when I watched Dracula Untold - a movie I love by the way and am still waiting for a sequel:


When the last day is ended,

And the nights are through;

When the last sun is buried

In its grave of blue;

When the stars are snuffed like candles,

And the seas are no longer fret;

When the winds unlearn their cunning,

And the storms forget;

When the last lip is palsied,

And the last prayer said;

Love shall reign immortal

While the worlds lie dead!

Hope you enjoyed it. Please feel free to leave your questions, suggestions or thoughts in the Comments section.

Happy Reading!

Wishlist Wednesday #122


*Wishlist Wednesday is where you show a book that has been on your wishlist/TBR list for a while, the meme is hosted by Pen to Paper*


The Gender Game by Bella Forrest

Publisher
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform 
Release Date: September 24, 2016
Pages: 416

The Story:


A toxic river divides nineteen-year-old Violet Bates's world by gender.
Women rule the East. Men rule the West.

Welcome to the lands of Matrus and Patrus.

Ever since the disappearance of her beloved younger brother, Violet's life has been consumed by an anger she struggles to control. Already a prisoner to her own nation, now she has been sentenced to death for her crimes.

But one decision could save her life.

To enter the kingdom of Patrus, where men rule and women submit.

Everything about the patriarchy is dangerous for a rebellious girl like Violet. She cannot break the rules if she wishes to stay alive. But abiding by rules has never been her strong suit, and when she is thrust into more danger than she could have ever predicted, Violet is forced to sacrifice many things in the forbidden kingdom ... including forbidden love.


In a world divided by gender, only the strongest survive...

-via Amazon



Meet the Author

Bella Forrest is a lover of fantasy, romance, action, and mystery-infused stories with twists you don’t see coming. She has sold over six million books since her first novel was published in 2012. 

*The Gender Game 4: The Gender War is available NOW!*
*A Shade of Vampire 40: A Throne of Fire is available NOW!*

Sign up to Bella's New Release email list and you'll automatically be notified as soon as her next book is released: www.MoreBellaForrest.com

Check out her website: www.bellaforrest.net



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Monday, February 13, 2017

New YA Releases : Week of February 13th


Here are some upcoming releases this week. Release dates sources: 
Barnes & Noble, Amazon, etc.





We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

Gilded Cage by Vic James

The Valiant by Lesley Livingston

The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro


Are any of these on your Bookish Wishlist or Pre-Order cart? Which do you look most forward to?

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Wishlist Wednesday #121


*Wishlist Wednesday is where you show a book that has been on your wishlist/TBR list for a while, the meme is hosted by Pen to Paper*


The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

Publisher
Del Rey 
Release Date: January 10, 2017
Pages: 336

The Story:

At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t mind—she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.

After Vasilisa’s mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisa’s new stepmother forbids her family from honoring the household spirits. The family acquiesces, but Vasilisa is frightened, sensing that more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows.

And indeed, crops begin to fail, evil creatures of the forest creep nearer, and misfortune stalks the village. All the while, Vasilisa’s stepmother grows ever harsher in her determination to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for either marriage or confinement in a convent.

As danger circles, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves and call on dangerous gifts she has long concealed—this, in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurse’s most frightening tales.


-via Amazon









Meet the Author

Katherine Arden is the author of the upcoming title The Bear and the Nightingale, which is the first novel of a trilogy set in a fantastic verision of medieval Russia.










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Monday, February 6, 2017

New YA Releases : Week of February 6th


Here are some upcoming releases this week. Release dates sources: 
Barnes & Noble, Amazon, etc.




Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhonda Belleza

Rise of Fire by Sophie Jordan

King's Cage by Victoria Aveyard


Are any of these on your Bookish Wishlist or Pre-Order cart? Which do you look most forward to?

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Saturday, February 4, 2017

Review : Crimson Peak by Nancy Holder

*Warning: This review may contain spoilers. Read at your own risk.

Publisher
Titan Books

Release DateOctober 20, 2015
Pages: 320
Source: Own

The Story:

When her heart is stolen by a seductive stranger, a young woman is swept away to a house atop a mountain of blood-red clay: a place filled with secrets that will haunt her forever. 

Between desire and darkness, between mystery and madness, lies the truth behind Crimson Peak. From acclaimed director Guillermo del Toro.
via Amazon

Rating






One-word ReviewHAUNTING

Reading Tune Crimson Peak by Fernando Velazquez 


Tag Line:


Beware


Opening Line:



The first time I saw a ghost, I was ten years old. 
It was my mother's.

My Review

Plot:


I loved this book! Simply put. Crimson Peak by Nancy Holder is the Official Novelization of the movie with the same title. I watched the movie in theaters when it was first released back in October2015, loved the movie and subsequently squealed with joy when I found out they were selling the novelization on Amazon.

Crimson Peak is a historical Gothic horror romance. How does that not sound absolutely enticing?! 

"Whom promised Edith that her own life would hold a "Happily Ever After' with a man who would build her a castle --'with his own two hands,' she would say, smiling very dreamily, then add, 'like your father.'" - page 22

The plot entails a young American woman, Edith Cushing, living with her loving father, a widower and wealthy and successful businessman, in 1887 Buffalo, New York. She is a young girl at the time who sees the black, spine-chilling ghost of her dead mother, ravaged by black cholera, who gives her a warning: Stay away from Crimson Peak!

"She felt a decaying hand wrap around her shoulder, smelled the damp earth of the grave, and heard the desiccated lips, a hoarse distortion of the voice she had known better than her own as it whispered in her ear:
'My child, when the time comes, beware of Crimson Peak.'" - page 23

Fourteen years later, determined to make a writer and New Age woman of herself, Edith tries to publish her novel but turned down because it is not a romance, much to her discouragement. In swoops dashing, English baronet Sir Thomas Sharpe who is not only handsome and inventive but loves her work . . .

On a mission to fund his invention that will cultivate the lucrative red clay on his family's land and restored the family land, Thomas is accompanied by his sister, Lucille, to America. Together they make quite a stir in Buffalo's social elite society. *Details for you to discover on your own hehe*

A shrewd businessman, Carter Cushing - Edith's father - rebukes Thomas' efforts and sends thebaronet packing. or so he thought  . . . 

"'But I cannot leave you, Edith. In fact, I find myself thinking of you at the most inopportune moments of the day. I feel as if a link, a thread, exists between your heart and mine. And that, should that link be broken by distance or time . . . well, I fear my heart would cease to beat and die. And you'd soon forget about me.'" - page 98

The pacing of the story was perfect; not once did I feel it dragged or like I needed to take a breath. The suspense filled the story with tension and the romance was perfectly blended in. I flew through the 348 pages and was sad when it was over. Crimson Peak is the perfect mix of murder, mystery, romance and supernatural horror.

Nancy Holder did a fantastic job of novelizing the Crimson Peak movie. She attention to detail is remarkable. And not only does she stick to the movie but the additional details that comes with books was heart-achingly good!

All in all, I loved reading Crimson Peak and would recommend it to anyone who is willing. 

"'Of all the ghosts the ghosts of our old loves are the worst.'" - page 106

Meet the Author:


CRIMSON PEAK: THE OFFICIAL MOVIE NOVELIZATION has been selling like crazy in a number of different formats and I've been receiving stellar reviews. Of course, I had the wonderful script by Guillermo del Toro and Matthew Robbins to work from, as well as a screening of GdT's breathtaking movie. Writing this novelization was a dream come true for me!

I was born in California and have lived in Germany and Japan. I was a ballet dancer for a while but after an injury I gave that up. I attended the University of Hawaii and graduated from the University of California at San Diego. I am also a faculty member of the Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing Program, offered through the University of Southern Maine.

I live in San Diego with the writer Mark Mandell and our sweet Corgi, Tater. I love to travel, read, and watch movies. I'm also an avid Jazzerciser and yogini.

***Check out Nancy Holder's website for more information about her and Crimson Peak: HERE

Happy Reading!







Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Wishlist Wednesday #120


*Wishlist Wednesday is where you show a book that has been on your wishlist/TBR list for a while, the meme is hosted by Pen to Paper*




Rose Petal Graves by Olivia Wildenstein


Publisher
Olivia Wildenstein 
Release Date: February 14, 2017
Pages: 376

The Story:

Myth and fantasy collide in "the most haunting love story," perfect for fans of Maas's A Court of Thorns & Roses and Pocahontas. ANCIENT SECRETS CANNOT REMAIN BURIED FOREVER. Founded two centuries ago by a powerful tribe of Gottwa Indians, Rowan was a quiet town, so quiet that I fled after graduation. Staying away was the plan, but Mom died suddenly. Dad said she suffered a stroke after she dug up one of the ancient graves in our backyard, which happens to be the town cemetery. Creepy, I know. Creepier still, there was no corpse inside the old coffin, only fresh rose petals. As we made preparations for Mom’s burial, new people began arriving in Rowan, unnervingly handsome and odd people. I begged them to leave, but they stayed, because their enemies—my ancestors—were beginning to awaken.

-via Amazon



Meet the Author

Olivia Wildenstein grew up in New York City, the daughter of a French father with a great sense of humor, and a Swedish mother whom she speaks to at least three times a day. She chose Brown University to complete her undergraduate studies and earned a bachelor’s in comparative literature. After designing jewelry for a few years, Wildenstein traded in her tools for a laptop computer and a very comfortable chair. This line of work made more sense, considering her college degree.

When she’s not writing, she’s psychoanalyzing everyone she meets (Yes. Everyone), eavesdropping on conversations to gather material for her next book, baking up a storm (that she actually eats), going to the gym (because she eats), and attempting not to be late at her children’s school (like she is 4 out of 5 mornings, on good weeks).

Wildenstein lives with her husband and three children in Geneva, Switzerland, where she’s an active member of the writing community.



Want to see my entire Wishlist? Check it out on Amazon: Books I Dream About

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