Wednesday, September 23, 2015

'Waiting On' Wednesday #20: Black Widow: Forever Red by Margaret Stohl

The most amazing thing about Margaret Stohl is that she is awesome, okay?! She lives life as if every day should be the grandest of adventures. Such a free spirit who just goes for it and expects happy endings. She's infectious too. Spend some time with her and you'll know exactly what I mean. 

So seeing her paired with one of my all time faves... it's serendipity. Black Widow needed Margie, because she needed someone who could delve into the darkness of Natasha's  backstory and come out with a fractured hero and slowly piece her together again without losing the depth of character and multi-facets that come with this lady assassin.

Check over at, the 12th of October for an exclusive interview I will post because Margie is too nice to me and I love her too much not to ask ALL the QUESTIONS.

  • Title: Black Widow: Forever Red
  • Publisher: Marvel Press
  • Publishing date: October 13, 2015
  • Author(s): Margaret Stohl
  • Series: Cannot imagine this book is standalone


Enter the world of the Avengers' iconic master spy

Natasha Romanoff is one of the world's most lethal assassins. Trained from a young age in the arts of death and deception, Natasha was given the title of Black Widow by Ivan Somodorov, her brutal teacher at the Red Room, Moscow's infamous academy for operatives.

Ava Orlova is just trying to fit in as an average Brooklyn teenager, but her life has been anything but average.The daughter of a missing Russian quantum physicist, Ava was once subjected to a series of ruthless military experiments-until she was rescued by Black Widow and placed under S.H.I.E.L.D. protection. Ava has always longed to reconnect with her mysterious savior, but Black Widow isn't really the big sister type.

Until now.

When children all over Eastern Europe begin to go missing, and rumors of smuggled Red Room tech light up the dark net, Natasha suspects her old teacher has returned-and that Ava Orlova might be the only one who can stop him. To defeat the madman who threatens their future, Natasha and Ava must unravel their pasts. Only then will they discover the truth about the dark-eyed boy with an hourglass tattoo who haunts Ava's dreams. . . .

Black Widow: Forever Red features all the heart-pounding adventure readers expect from Marvel, written by #1 New York Times best-selling author Margaret Stohl. Uncover a new side of the Marvel Universe that will thrill loyal fans and newcomers alike, as Stohl reveals the untold story of Black Widow for the very first time.

As always thanks to Breaking the Spine for hosting.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

#TopTenTuesday: Ten Movies I Love Based On Books

Thanks to the Broke and the Bookish for hosting.

Yay... today is a freebie and I wanted to be all over this post since well... it has been dead around here. However, school is kicking my butt as well as a bad reaction to having my eyes dilated yesterday for an eye exam. The migraine set in half way through the day and ugh... anyone who has migraines knows what a pain they are.

1. Pride & Prejudice [all of them!] 

From Greer Garson to Keira Knightley to Jennifer Ehle to Bride & Prejudice: the musical - they all are ever so fun and romantic and likable

2. The Maze Runner 

I did not like this series. However, the films have managed to pull the best parts of the story, which kept me reading despite not really connecting on a relatable level to the characters. This cast is so cute too! 

3. Clueless 

As a movie from book adaptation... I think it is rather brilliant. As a cult film, I adore how it still stands the test of time when I watch it. 

4. The Princess Bride

Okay... why hasn't everyone seen this film?! Tis adorable.

5. Bridget Jones's Diary

Another book that I did not like but adored the movie. So hilarious! 

6. It's Kind of a Funny Story

Absolutely amazing. Great casting and just worked so perfectly. The book is wonderful and the movie so complementary to the greatness of the book.

7. Anne of Green Gables

Made for television however, this movie was pretty much passed around my entire family and middle school group of friends because I bought it on VHS. Such a great adaptation. Perfection... everything was perfection.

8. Catching Fire

I have liked all these films but Catching Fire felt the most brilliantly emotional to me after loving these books. 

9. Mary Poppins

Goes down in such a delightful way! Seriously, the best and I adore the Princess Diaries in part because that's Julie Andrews, ya'll as the grandmother... but I cannot help but think Mary Poppins took over running a country. Hah.

10. To Kill a Mockingbird

Such a great film with all the heart, heartbreak and internal reasoning that made this book awesome.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

BOOK RELEASE: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

In case you haven’t noticed yet, I am a huge Sarah J. Maas fan. So I'm ecstatic to be a part of this Book Blitz featuring Queen of Shadows Release Day. It’s not like Maas has been featured in my Waiting On Wednesday posts? Yes, I’m being facetious! Search by the WoW or author tag, and you'll find she's there. :)

Also, I come bearing gifts. Check out the Rafflecopter giveaway at the bottom of this post for the chance to win. For now, let’s get you up to speed on the awesomeness that is Queen of Shadows.


  • Author: Sarah J. Maas
  • Pub. Date: September 1, 2015
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
  • Pages: 656
  • Find it: AmazonBarnes
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Sarah J. Maas’s New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series reaches new heights in this sweeping fourth volume.

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past . . .

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

Celaena’s epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena’s story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

Read Chapters 1-5 of QUEEN OF SHADOWS HERE!


sarahSarah J. Maas is the author of the New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling Throne of Glass series–Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight,and Heir of Fire, and the series’ prequel, The Assassin’s  Blade– as well as the New York Times and USA Today bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses. She wrote the first incarnation of the Throne of Glass series when she was just sixteen, and it has now sold in twenty-three languages. Queen of Shadows, the fourth book in the Throne of Glass series, will release worldwide on September 1st, 2015. A New York native, Sarah currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and dog. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hamilton College in 2008 with a degree in Creative Writing and a minor in Religious Studies.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

#TopTenTuesday: Ten Characters I Didn't Click With

Thanks to the Broke and the Bookish for hosting.

Oh wow! Do some of these topics just seem too difficult when you first read them, but as you start thinking about it, you get on a roll and then hit a brick wall? That's how this week's Top Ten Tuesday went for me. So let's see if I can get to ten... hmmm.

Michael from The Eye of MindsTo be honest, this book turned me off to the rest of the series. James Dashner's style doesn't work for me and he tends to use a similar plot for each of his series. While I adore Dylan O'Brien and The Maze Runner movies, the source material for them very much irritated me, even though I did manage to read all three of them but not the prequel. Which is my long way of saying, I read The Eye of Minds, did not click with the main character and was completely turned off of the series.

Miss April Spink and Miss Mirian Forcible from Caroline. While I adore Neil Gaiman's books, these two pair of actresses who are supposed to be harbingers of danger just didn't click with me even when they were making references to olden Hollywood times.

Dunstan Thorn from Stardust. Another Neil Gaiman character because when you love someone's writing so much and then you don't connect with a certain character it is because you're very unnerved by not liking someone in a book you love. Actually Stardust is my least fave book by Gaiman and I loved the movie! Sadly I think there might be a trend starting here.

Captain Frederick Wentworth from Persuasion. Okay, so that man there who is playing the part, Captain Wentworth, is such a sight for sore eyes. However, in the book, I did not care for him at all. He seemed wishy-washy to me and just not as dreamy as everyone seemed to think he was. Please don't judge me on this one. Aaaaaah.

Rukia from Bleach. She was supposed to be teaching Ichigo and yet I felt she just taunted him instead of being kind. It took her way too long in my opinion to catch on to how sweet, sensitive Ichigo was to everyone not just his family. 

Faye Chamberlain in The Secret CircleShe just is so so reckless and selfish and just despite knowing how the circle could protect them all insists on going it alone... and that's all she wants even when she nearly kills someone with her out of control powers.

Bridget Jones from Bridget Jones's Diary. Ridiculous book that I had the hardest time getting through. Nothing really clicked with me and yet, I LOVED the MOVIE. Again, something about the book's narrative turned me off but it didn't translate to the movie.

Greg from Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. Too old, too persnickety about how you speak to really connect with this character. He and his friend, Earl, were just too crass for me to handle. Their way of speaking nowadays just doesn't click with me at all.

Every character in The Alex Crow. Normally, I can related 100% to Andrew Smith's books but I could not get this book to click at all. None of the characters appealed to me. :(