Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Wishlist Wednesday


*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*

 by Alwyn Hamilton

Publisher:
Viking Books for Young Readers
Release DateMarch 6, 2018
Pages: 480

The Story:

The breathless finale to the New York Times bestselling Rebel of the Sands series will have you on the edge of your seat until the dust from the final battle clears!

When gunslinging Amani Al'Hiza escaped her dead-end town, she never imagined she'd join a revolution, let alone lead one. But after the bloodthirsty Sultan of Miraji imprisoned the Rebel Prince Ahmed in the mythical city of Eremot, she doesn't have a choice. Armed with only her revolver, her wits, and her untameable Demdji powers, Amani must rally her skeleton crew of rebels for a rescue mission through the unforgiving desert to a place that, according to maps, doesn't exist. As she watches those she loves most lay their lives on the line against ghouls and enemy soldiers, Amani questions whether she can be the leader they need or if she is leading them all to their deaths.

-via Amazon


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Meet the Author

Alwyn Hamilton was born in Toronto and lived between Canada, France, and Italy until the was three, when her family settled in the small French town of Beaune. She studied History of Art at King's College, Cambridge, graduated in 2009, and lives in London.






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

Happy Reading!

Monday, May 21, 2018

New YA Releases : Week of May 21st


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


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Furyborn by Claire Legrand

From Twinkle, with Love by Sandhya Menon

Always Never Your by Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka


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


Happy Reading!
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Wishlist Wednesday


*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*

 by Sarah J. Maas

Publisher
Disney-Hyperion
Release Date: January 9, 2018
Pages: 336

The Story:

From the New York Times best-selling author duo Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner comes a "literally breathtaking" new sci-fi series about a death-defying mission on an alien planet.
When Earth intercepts a message from a long-extinct alien race, it seems like the solution humanity has been waiting for. The Undying's advanced technology has the potential to undo environmental damage and turn lives around, and their message leads to the planet Gaia, a treasure trove waiting to be explored.
For Jules Addison and his fellow scholars, the discovery of an ancient alien culture offers unprecedented opportunity for study... as long as scavengers like Amelia Radcliffe don't loot everything first. Despite their opposing reasons for smuggling themselves onto the alien planet's surface, they're both desperate to uncover the riches hidden in the Undying temples. Beset by rival scavenger gangs, Jules and Mia form a fragile alliance... but both are keeping secrets that make trust nearly impossible.
As they race to decode the ancient messages, Jules and Mia must navigate the traps and trials within the Undying temples and stay one step ahead of the scavvers on their heels. They came to Gaia certain that they had far more to fear from their fellow humans than the ancient beings whose mysteries they're trying to unravel. But the more they learn about the Undying, the more Jules and Mia start to feel like their presence in the temple is part of a grand design--one that could spell the end of the human race...
-via Amazon

Meet the Author


Meagan Spooner

Amie Kaufman


Meagan Spooner is the New York Times bestselling author of the Skylark trilogy and the Starbound trilogy.She grew up reading and writing every spare moment of the day, while dreaming about life as an archaeologist, a marine biologist, an astronaut. She graduated from Hamilton College in New York with a degree in playwriting, and has spent several years since then living in Australia. She's traveled with her family all over the world to places like Egypt, South Africa, the Arctic, Greece, Antarctica, and the Galapagos, and there's a bit of every trip in every story she writes. She currently lives and writes in Asheville, North Carolina, but the siren call of travel is hard to resist, and there's no telling how long she'll stay there. In her spare time she plays guitar, plays video games, plays with her cat, and reads.
Amie Kaufman is the New York Times and internationally bestselling co-author of The Illuminae Files (Illuminae, Gemina) and the Starbound Trilogy (These Broken Stars, This Shattered World, Their Fractured Light.) Her award-winning books are published in almost 30 countries, and she is based in Melbourne, Australia, where she lives with her husband, their rescue dog, and an extremely large personal library. To learn about her latest releases or be notified about events and signings in your area, you can sign up for her newsletter at www.amiekaufman.com.
Want to see my entire Wishlist? Check it out on Amazon: Books I Dream About

Happy Reading!

Monday, May 14, 2018

New YA Releases : Week of May 14th


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


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War Storm by Victoria Aveyard

Onyx & Ivory by Mindee Arnett

The Queen of Sorrow by Sarah Beth Durst


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


Happy Reading!
Sunday, May 13, 2018

Spread the Word Sunday : On My Block

*Spread the Word Sunday is a meme hosted by The Tattered Page to announce some sort of book related news or cause.*

Hey Bookies!

This is a completely non-book related post, but I have to share this marvelous Netflix discovery:


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Synopsis:


On My Block, co-created by Lauren Iungerich (creator of Awkward) and Eddie Gonzalez & Jeremy Haft, is a coming of age comedy about four bright, funny and street-savvy friends find their lifelong friendship tested as they navigate their way through the triumph, pain and the newness of high-school set in a rough inner city Los Angeles neighborhood.

Here's the trailer:


Starring
- Sierra Capri as Monse Finnie
-Diego Tinoco as Cesar Diaz
-Jason Genao as Ruben "Ruby" Martinez
-Brett Gray as Jamal Turner

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Thoughts:

Although the show is considered a comedy, it is about 4 young adults trying to navigate life in a gritty Los Angeles existence while their lifelong long is put to the test. Central ideas include gangs, a scavenger hunt for the mythical neighborhood treasure from a heist in the '80s, first love, deportation and more.

Jamal Turner's character is HILARIOUS! And I sympathize with him on so many levels. I had a feeling if there were a quiz out there to find out which On the Block Character you are, my result would be his character.

Low and behold, there is such a quiz. Thanks to the all glorious Buzzfeed

Here is my result:



Let me not forget to mention the music! On My Block's soundtrack was fire. I have a playlist dedicated to songs from the show. Here it is:




SORROWS - BLESSED

ONE AND ONLY - BLESSED

COMEMYWAY - JSPH

EYE FOR AN EYE - SiDizen King & The Strike

JUST A LITTLE - Bantu

INSECURE - Stwo

ELECTRIC - Alina Baraz ft. Khalid

BOTTLE ROCKET - Kovas ft. Domo Genesis

PARACHUTE - AM!R

2 - H.E.R.

BLOOD ON ME - Sampha

RUNNER - Kevin Abstract

LEVELS - Tattoo Money

And I have to say -- I am utterly obsessed with the Monse and Cesar ship! I need them to stay together. Forever. Find a life together outside of their block -- pun intended ;) A better life. Monse a famous writer, Cesar a successful architect. Get married. Have beautiful babies. And have holiday visits with the "fam". 

I need them to be another rare couple that lasts through the TV show's running. Like Nathan Scott and Haley James. Forever and Always #TeamNaley!

I need there to be a Ride or Die Team Monsar! 


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Have you watched On My Block? If not, you NEED to! If so, what are your thoughts? Any ships? Favorite character? Drop a comment below.

Happy Watching!

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Wishlist Wednesday


*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*

 by Sarah J. Maas

Publisher
Wednesday Books 
Release Date: February 6, 2018
Pages: 400

The Story:

The conclusion to the gorgeous and lush Wintersong duology, Shadowsong by S. Jae-Jones.
Six months after the end of Wintersong, Liesl is working toward furthering both her brother’s and her own musical careers. Although she is determined to look forward and not behind, life in the world above is not as easy as Liesl had hoped. Her younger brother Josef is cold, distant, and withdrawn, while Liesl can’t forget the austere young man she left beneath the earth, and the music he inspired in her.
When troubling signs arise that the barrier between worlds is crumbling, Liesl must return to the Underground to unravel the mystery of life, death, and the Goblin King―who he was, who he is, and who he will be. What will it take to break the old laws once and for all? What is the true meaning of sacrifice when the fate of the world―or the ones Liesl loves―is in her hands?
“A maze of beauty and darkness, of music and magic and glittering things, all tied together with exquisite writing. This is a world you will want to stay lost in.”―Marie Lu, #1 New York Timesbestselling author
-via Amazon


S. Jae-Jones

Meet the Author

S. Jae-Jones (called JJ) is an artist, an adrenaline junkie, and the NYT bestselling author of WINTERSONG and the forthcoming SHADOWSONG. When not obsessing over books, she can be found jumping out of perfectly good airplanes, co-hosting the Pub(lishing) Crawl podcast, or playing dress-up. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she now lives in North Carolina, where she is developing a southern accent.
Want to see my entire Wishlist? Check it out on Amazon: Books I Dream About

Happy Reading!

Monday, May 7, 2018

New YA Releases : Week of May 8th


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


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Puddin' by Julie Murphy

Bone Roses by Kathryn Lee Martin

The Foreseeable Future by Emily Adrian


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


Happy Reading!

In My Mailbox


*In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren which allows bloggers to share what books they bought/received each week.*


Hey Bookies! This week's In My Mailbox is an assortment of books and I am so excited to share with you what I received in my mailbox recently. I recently read Winter Wolf and decided to get the next two books in the trilogy. Take a look at my haul below:


*If you're interested in the other books that are on my radar you can check out my Amazon Wishlist: Books I Dream About!

Happy Reading!
Sunday, May 6, 2018

Spread the Word Sunday


Spread the Word Sunday is a meme hosted by The Tattered Page to announce some sort of book related news or cause.

It is that time of year again! 

B-E-A 2018!

BookExpo is the biggest book convention event happening in NYC -- as far as I know anyway. I *fingers crossed* will be attending Thursday and Friday. Apparently, Wednesday is a full day but I didn't find out until after I requested my original two days off.


For those who do not know what the Book Expo America is, I provided some info below:

"Content is being consumed in more dynamic ways than ever before and new methods must be used to engage readers. BookExpo is evolving to lead the global publishing industry to its consumer driven future and celebrate storytelling in all its forms. It’s the place where industry, authors and readers converge to define the new publishing universe.
BookExpo provides a focused professional environment to discover emerging authors and the next blockbuster titles, engage with the world’s most influential publishers and learn from industry leaders and peers.
BookExpo culminates with BookCon, our two day Fan event where storytelling and pop culture collide.
Embrace the future of publishing with us in New York City on May 31 – June 2, 2017."

Show Floor Hours
                                           May 30th: Wednesday       
9:00pm - 6:00pm
                                           May 31st: Thursday
9:00am - 6:00pm
                                           June 1st: Friday
9:00am - 5:00pm



*For more info, check out the official website for the 
Book Expo America 2018*

Are you attending this year? What are your most anticipated books? Are you attending any bookish events outside of BEA? Drop a comment below!

Happy Reading!

Friday, May 4, 2018

Feature Friday ARC Review : A Touch of Gold by Annie Sullivan



*Feature Friday is a meme hosted by The Tattered Page to feature YA books that have not yet been released by reviewing them.



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

Publisher
Blink

Release DateAugust 14, 2018
Pages: 320
Source: ARC

The Story:

King Midas once had the ability to turn all he touched into gold. But after his gift—or curse—almost killed his daughter, Midas relinquished The Touch forever. Ten years later, Princess Kora still bears the consequences of her father’s wish: her skin shines golden, rumors follow her everywhere she goes, and she harbors secret powers that are getting harder to hide.
Kora spends her days locked in the palace, concealed behind gloves and veils, trying to ignore the stares and gossip of courtiers. It isn’t until a charming young duke arrives that Kora realizes there may be someone out there who doesn’t fear her or her curse. But their courtship is disrupted when a thief steals precious items from the kingdom, leaving the treasury depleted and King Midas vulnerable. Thanks to her unique ability to sense gold, Kora is the only one who can track the thief down. As she sails off on her quest, Kora learns that not everything is what it seems—not thieves, not pirates, and not even curses. She quickly discovers that gold—and the power it brings—is more dangerous than she’d ever believed.
Midas learned his lesson at a price. What will Kora’s journey cost?
From author Annie Sullivan comes A Touch of Gold, the untold story of the daughter King Midas turned to gold, perfect for fans of Cinder and The Wrath and the Dawn.
This book features a beautiful, decorated cover.
via Amazon
Rating



My Review

First off, I want to thank Blink for sending me 
A Touch of Gold to read and review.

Tag Line:



Gold is wealth. Wealth is power. Power is a curse.
Opening Line:

Once upon a time, a little girl helplessly watched as liquid gold spun a web across her tiny frame, racing up to wrap her up in an icy coccon.


Plot:


To be honest, I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into when I decided to read A Touch of Gold. One, because I decided not to read the blurb and two, because the first few pages told me the story was inspired by King Midas.

I love retellings of interesting myths and fables. But I didn’t know where there story was headed at all. And that definitely worked in its favor.

Gold. Pirates. A cursed princess. And a kingdom at stake.

Bearing the consequences of her fathers curse, Princess Kora spent many years hidden away at the castle while the kingdom crumbled around her. Until the last of her father’s Gold goes missing she is forced to leave the shelter of her castle and seek the gold before it’s too late.

The pacing of A Touch of Gold was a nicely tuned to the unfurling of the plot-line. While not terribly exciting -- considering it is also a pirate's tale -- or steamy -although there is a love-triangle, sort of -- Annie Sullivan'writing was interesting and did not drag. A Touch of Gold world-building was decent as well. I did not expect this to be a seafaring, pirates' tale. But, though not the most exceptional story, I thoroughly enjoyed A Touch of Gold.


"While we're vying for control, I wink at him. It's another trick I've learned from my cousin--she  has no qualms about using her femininity to distract Rhat when they fight.

The move has the same effect oon Royce. He pulls back just a little, and while he's distracted, I grab the smaller piece of wood tucked into the back of my shirt that's meant to represent a dagger. I ram it into his ribs." --pages 245

All in all, while I may not be obsessed with A Touch of Gold, I did quite enjoy it. It was a quick read and if you like mythological retellings, the story is definitely worth a read.

Meet the Author:


Annie Sullivan
Annie Sullivan grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana. She received her Masters degree in Creative Writing from Butler University. She loves fairytales, everything Jane Austen, and traveling. Her wanderlust has taken her to every continent, where she’s walked on the Great Wall of China, found four-leaf clovers in Ireland, waddled with penguins in Antarctica, and cage dived with great white sharks in South Africa. You can follow her adventures on Twitter (@annsulliva) or on her blog: anniesullivanauthor.wordpress.com.


***Check out Annie Sullivan's website for more information about her and A Touch of GoldHERE

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