Wednesday, January 20, 2016

'Waiting On' Wednesday #23: Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Marissa Meyer turned some of the most beloved fairytales into epic steampunk-space war stories that chronicled the lives of Cinder, Scarlet, Cress and Winter. Yes, the character names also moonlight as the titles of their stories and you can probably guess which character was whom in the original fairytale that inspired them. That said, the plotting was inspired. A massive weaving of four major characters into one huge undertaking that doesn’t always run concurrent but always overlaps; leads up to the battle for the galaxy. Seems wildly familiar, huh? Despite my description being very StarWars-esque; The Lunar Chronicles feel wholly unique and equally entertaining.

Also, seriously how do you not want something written by Marissa Meyer? How do you not want her book writing about Alice in Wonderland's Queen of Hearts?! THE. BEST. MASHUP. EVER!

  • Title: Heartless
  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
  • Publishing date: November 8, 2016
  • Author(s): Marissa Meyer
  • Series: standalone

Long before she was the terror of Wonderland—the infamous Queen of Hearts—she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.
Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the yet-unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend and supply the Kingdom of Hearts with delectable pastries and confections. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next queen. 
At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the king’s marriage proposal, she meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the king and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship. Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

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Catherine fled out to the balcony, running as fast as her heeled boots and strangling corset would allow. The cool night air sent a chill racing across her enflamed skin, but every breath remained a struggle.
She lifted her skirts and slipped down the steps into the rose gardens. She heard a splinter of glass and startled cries behind her and wondered what chaos Cheshire must be causing now, but she dared not look back, not even as she reached the gardens.
The world tilted. She paused at a wrought-iron gate, gripping one of the decorative finials for support. Catching her breath, she stumbled on. Down the clover-filled path between rose arbors and trickling fountains, passing topiaries and statues and a pond of water lilies. She reached for the back of her dress, desperate to loosen the stays. To breathe. But she couldn’t reach. She was suffocating.
She was going to be sick.
She was going to faint.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

'Waiting On' Wednesday #22: Half Lost by Sally Green

The final book in the Half Bad Trilogy by Sally Green is gorgeous. Of course, the cover comes in a lovely metallic shade with a silhouette tree on it. The previous two novels in the series, followed the same graphic design. As a collector, remaining true to the other covers makes me immensely happy. SHINY!

Also, the trilogy holds two Guinness World Records: The Most Translated Book by a Debut Author, Pre-publication — selling in a whopping 45 languages before it was released in the U.K. — and Most Translated Children’s Book By a Debut Author. Fox 2000 purchased the film rights before the first book, Half Bad, hit shelves and to show how serious they were about its development, Fox 2000 hired Karen Rosenfelt to produce. Rosenfelt comes from that other pretty well know YA-fantasy franchise — Twilight. Yeah… you know, it’s no big deal.

You can read the entire first chapter of Half Lost HERE.

  • Title: Half Lost
  • Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
  • Publishing date: March 29, 2016
  • Author(s): Sally Green
  • Series: Half Bad Trilogy

The Alliance is losing. Their most critical weapon, seventeen-year-old witch Nathan Brynn, has killed fifty-two people, and yet he’s no closer to ending the tyrannical, abusive rule of the Council of White Witches in England. Nor is Nathan any closer to his personal goal: getting revenge on Annalise, the girl he once loved, before she committed an unthinkable crime. There is an amulet, protected by the extremely powerful witch Ledger, which could be the tool Nathan needs to save himself and the Alliance. But the amulet is not so easily acquired. And lately Nathan has started to suffer from visions: a vision of a golden moment when he dies, and of an endless line of Hunters, impossible to overcome. Gabriel, his closest companion, encourages Nathan to run away with him, to start a peaceful life together. But even Gabriel’s love may not be enough to save Nathan from this war, or from the person he has become.
Set in modern-day Europe, the final book in the Half Bad trilogy is more than a story about witches. It’s a heart-poundingly visceral look at survival and exploitation, the nature of good and evil, and the risks we take for love.

Over on Goodreads, Green addressed fans who are worried about leaving the Half Bad world behind after this book and what plans she has next in publishing.
I’m currently editing HALF LOST. Then I’m hoping to write a short story related to the HALF BAD world, but will have to see how that goes. In September I’ll start on a completely new novel. I’ve got a few different ideas but haven’t decided which one to follow yet – I think it will depend on the mood I’m in. That book will probably be a stand alone, just because I want a break from trilogy/series writing.
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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

#TopTenTuesday: Books in 2015 I Should Have Read

Thanks to the Broke and the Bookish for hosting.

Inevitably, some books end up on the TBR pile that never actually get read in the year they were released. I do not have time nor do I believe it to be scientifically possible to read all the books my brain tells me I should read. Here are the top ten books from 2015, that I really hope to read one of these days.

#1 --> Winter by Marissa Meyer must be read! I know, I know; but it's because "the end" books freak me out. No excuse, I know, since The Lunar Chronicles remain some of my favorite books to push onto others.

#2 --> My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga shows up on all my favorite people's lists of must reads and so yeah... I really need to read this book even though... yet again I haven't!

#3 --> Uprooted by Naomi Novik was a book I really wanted to read. Actually purchased and then somehow ended up shuffled aside until viola! I have not read it yet.

#4 --> Made You Up by Francesca Zappia has one of the most stunning covers from last year and since my daily life involves working with, trying to understand atypical-neuro functions so that my daughter feels as if she fits in with the rest of the world, it seemed like a book I'd like. 

#5 --> Bone Gap by Laura Ruby ... yeah... I feel embarrassed to even admit I haven't read this one. For shame on me! 

#6 --> The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch by Daniel Kraus was one of those books that every time I see the cover, I think why have I not read this book?! Still... even as I type this out, I am kicking myself for not reading this one yet.

#7 --> The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan which was featured on Fangirlish, because of course it's being turned into a movie. I have a feeling this book will be my next THE DUFF which means I will read it right before the movie comes out. Still... it will get read.

#8 --> The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough is one of those books, I've actually had in my hands to start and then a deadline came due or something or another and I have NOT been able to get back to it. A travesty really since Martha is brilliant and I know this book will delight me as few do.

#9 --> Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin comes in at number nine because yeah... I have this book. Am suppose to review this book... and I don't even know. Everything about it should make me want to read it like yesterday and yet... no dice!  

#10 --> Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes came out in December, so do I get a sort of pass on this book? Given that I drove 39 hours over our holiday break and covered five states to make sure my little ones were able to hang out with grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins for Christmas break?

Tell me what I am missing by not reading these. Have an idea which ones I should read first, tell me which and why? Help meeeeeeee... :)

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Thursday, January 7, 2016

Hello... in the next 24 hours get an e-copy of "Trixter" by Alethea Kontis for review


If you are a YA blogger who wants to review TRIXTER, email Alethea Kontis at the following address: and she will send you an electronic copy.

Frequently, I push Alethea's books because --

 1} She writes some of the best fairytale retellings and I buy all her books always.

 2} She is so dang smart and researches the heck out of the fairytales she uses.

3} She wears massive amounts of glitter and is overall the princess she wants to be!

4} She works really hard for her successes and gives and gives of herself.

5} She's AWESOME. Okay... that's all you really needed to know anyway, right?

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

'Waiting On' Wednesday #21: Because of Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn

Who absolutely adores the Bridgerton series by Julia Quinn? Now romance doesn't feature regularly, heavily on my TBR pile but I still adore it especially when its infused with the homey hilarity that Quinn manages. She's got a golden touch of humor that makes me belly laugh out loud.

  • Title: Because of Miss Bridgerton
  • Publisher: Avon
  • Publishing date: March 29, 2016
  • Author(s): Julia Quinn
  • Series: Bridgerton

Sometimes you find love in the most unexpected of places…
This is not one of those times.
Everyone expects Billie Bridgerton to marry one of the Rokesby brothers. The two families have been neighbors for centuries, and as a child the tomboyish Billie ran wild with Edward and Andrew. Either one would make a perfect husband… someday.
Sometimes you fall in love with exactly the person you think you should…
Or not.
There is only one Rokesby Billie absolutely cannot tolerate, and that is George. He may be the eldest, and heir to the earldom, but he’s arrogant, annoying, and she’s absolutely certain he detests her. Which is perfectly convenient, as she can’t stand the sight of him, either.
But sometimes fate has a wicked sense of humor…
Because when Billie and George are quite literally thrown together, a whole new sort of sparks begins to fly. And when these lifelong adversaries finally kiss, they just might discover that the one person they can’t abide is the one person they can’t live without...
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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

#TopTenTuesday : Bookish New Year Resolutions 2016 Edition

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My life lately has been controlled by sickness and in health issues... yes, my hubby had gastric bypass surgery and he's still recovering. I cannot believe how much weight he has lost but he's struggling to make the changes necessary to stay healthy now that he's missing three quarters of his stomach.

I, of course, came back from NY Comic-Con with strep which transitioned into pneumonia and just overall when I was down, I couldn't get back up again. It happens. Music tells the story we so frequently feel is boring. Y'know what I mean?

For now though, I am back and determined to do better this year! So yeah... how about that resolutions' list?! You all up for 2016 yet? Can you believe I'm starting out the year with a sinus infection. No? Me neither.

#1 --> Read more books that have been on my shelf for years and I desperately want to read but let ARCs and blogging duties take precedence.

#2 --> Read 100 books for the Goodreads challenge and actually write mini-reviews for all of them.

#3 --> Follow a Reading Challenge so my 100 books is diverse and fun.

#4 --> Spend less and go to the library! My house is too full as it is for the books I need to review much less my gargantuan and growing pack of books overflowing on the numerous shelves I own. Literally there is no room at the inn for anymore.

#5, #6, #7 --> Go to more book signings, interview authors at them and get those interviews posted right away to Fangirlish.

#8 --> Read aloud to my son and daughter, and convince them that this should be a thing we should do together.

#9 --> Go after ARCs with publishers more actively and prove myself worthy of them sending the fun packages to when it comes to blog tours and promotions. 

#10 --> Remember that reading is my escape and to quit stressing over all that I cannot get done because I put family first. Family should come first!

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