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Weekly Wishlist (#9)

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Because I needed a post in my life that kept me up to date on all things BOOKS!  and it seemed like Wishlist Wednesday was dead, I decided to make my own.

Welcome to Weekly Wishlist!

I’m all about breaking bending the rules to my will, so I’m switching it up!  I’m going to pair books that are already in the wild…with books soon to be released. Click the covers to be taken to the Amazon page.

Except this week…I’m SWITCHING things up!  Because I’ve been getting some awesome recommendations from lovely people on goodreads and here, and I want to showcase those books.

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The Farther He Runs: Kick

In an explosive novel of long-awaited release from the award-winning author of The Deeper He Hurts, two emotionally exposed Marines learn to lean on each other—and discover the courage to act on their innermost needs.

After years away from home, Tanner Dorsey is back and sorting through feelings that have him in a stranglehold. The hardened Marine will do anything for a fallen comrade, so when an accident leaves Finn Kelley fighting for his life, Tanner’s eager to be there for him. In fact, Tanner’s ready and willing to do anything Finn asks—especially if it means finally acting on the sexual tension that’s always kept him craving more.

Finn senses it too—when he brushes against Tanner’s stubbled jaw, when he inhales the scent of the T-shirt that clings to Tanner’s body like a second skin. Now that he’s more vulnerable than ever, Finn knows the time is right to take control, even if it means risking the heart and soul of their friendship. The bond they share goes beyond desire; it’s a bond of brotherhood, forged under conditions few could imagine. But once they cross that line, there will be no more secrets. No more boundaries. And no turning back.

The Farther He Runs is intended for mature audiences and includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

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The wonderfully awesome Pandapants Annelise (this nickname is YOURS now; you’re stuck with it!) recommended this to me recently and OHEMGEEEEEE I want to read it so so badly!  I mean seriously, that bluuuuuuuurb!  I just… so much win?!  I think yes.  Plus, Annelise is wonderful, and she loved this book, so…MOAR WIN!

Full Tilt (Full Tilt, #1)

“I would love you forever, if I only had the chance…”

Kacey Dawson has always lived life on the edge–impulsively, sometimes recklessly. And now, as lead guitarist for a hot up-and-coming band, she is poised at the brink of fame and fortune. But she is torn between wanting to be a serious musician, and the demons that lure her down the glittering, but alcohol-soaked path of rock stardom. A wrecked concert in Las Vegas threatens to ruin her career entirely. She wakes up with the hangover from hell and no memory of the night before, or how she ended up on her limo driver’s couch…

Jonah Fletcher is running out of time. He knows his situation is hopeless, and he’s vowed to make the most of the handful of months he has left to him. His plans include seeing the opening of his glass installation at a prestigious art gallery…they do not include falling in love with a wild, tempestuous rock musician who wound up passed out on his couch.

Jonah sees that Kacey is on a path to self-destruction. He lets her crash with him for a few days to dry out and get her head on straight. But neither of them expected the deep connection they felt, or how that connection could grow so fast from friendship into something more. Something deep and pure and life-changing…something as fragile as glass, that they both know will shatter in the end no matter how hard they try to hold on to it.

Full Tilt is a story about what it means to love with your whole heart, to sacrifice, to experience terrible grief and soaring joy. To live life with all its beauty, and all its pain, and in the end to be able to smile through tears and know you wouldn’t have changed a thing.

***FIRST BOOK IN A TWO PART DUET***
All In (Full Tilt #2) forthcoming…
#nocliffhanger #nocancer #tearjerker

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Trinity (from Goodreads) recommended this one to me and it just… that blurb tugs at some serious heartstrings, and I can tell the read is bound to BREAK me, but I am deeeeesperate for it anyway.  Thanks, Trinity!

Living Dead Girl

Once upon a time, I was a little girl who disappeared.

Once upon a time, my name was not Alice.

Once upon a time, I didn’t know how lucky I was.

When Alice was ten, Ray took her away from her family, her friends — her life. She learned to give up all power, to endure all pain. She waited for the nightmare to be over.

Now Alice is fifteen and Ray still has her, but he speaks more and more of her death. He does not know it is what she longs for. She does not know he has something more terrifying than death in mind for her.

This is Alice’s story. It is one you have never heard, and one you will never, ever forget.

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And finally, the LOVELY LADY Lauren recommended this to me recently in one of our #commentconversations because she knows I loooooooove books that break me…and apparently this one broke her BIG TIME.  I. Cannot. Wait! to get my hands on a copy!

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Have a book YOU’D like to recommend to me?!  AWESOME!  Either shoot me a comment down below, or send me a recommendation on Goodreads RIGHT HERE!

What do you guys think–have you read any of these…or WANT to?  What did you think of them, if so?  Let me know your thoughts and as always…

Until next time, happy book-ing!

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Stacking the Shelves (#47)

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Stacking the Shelves
Hosted by:  Tynga’s Reviews
Description: Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

Find their latest post here!

Bau is coming to town today to get the rest of his stuff (all…two? boxes worth)  I guess we’ll be hanging out or something, I’m not going to make him drive the 6 hours here just to turn around and kick him out for a 6 hour trip back.  We’ve already agreed to be nice to each other while he’s here (there’s been some…moments, lately, of not-so-nice) so I guess if he reneges on his agreement I can kick him out.  😉  But I’m hoping he sticks to the plan lol.

I HAVE FIVE!!!! days of work left and then like three days to clean a bit and then….AND THEN!  Keith will be here.  It just… I don’t even… I’m trying not to think about it too hard, because the closer we get, the more terrified I feel.  Not for any specific reason–I’m not scared about living with him, or anything like that.  But… I’m about to up-heave my entire life?  And that’s terrifying to me, as I’m so used to staying in the safe zone.  This is a GOOD move for me, I know it is–and once we’re on the road, I’ll be fine.  It’s just getting over this little “before” hurdle I’m having trouble with.

My mom had her surgery on Monday.  She had a second carpal tunnel done on her right hand, and an ulnar nerve impingement done on her right elbow.  She’s in this HUGE…er…cast-like thing?  but so far she seems to be doing fine.  She goes back to work today (Saturday).

We had to go in to learn the new safes at work yesterday.  They’re suuuuuuper easy and I probably could have figured out how to do it on my own, buuut it’s probably good we did a bit of training.  Though honestly… I only have five days left?  So it doesn’t really matter one way or another.

And…I think that’s about it!  I have a TON of cover reveals, blitz posts, and other fun stuff scheduled to come in the next few weeks (YAY!)  Also, been working on my reviews–slowly but steadily getting through those ARC backlogs, though… I keep adding more on.  OH WELL, this is my life now!  I’m totally cool with that!

How are you guys?!

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from publishers/edelweiss/netgalley
(for blog tours)

Capturing The Captain (American Pirate Romances Book 1)

Swords & Stilettos (Enlighten Series, Book One)

Fifteen Seconds of Normal

from publishers/authors/edelweiss/netgalley
(for review)

(HUGE thanks to Deanna @ A Novel Glimpse for the hot tip on these two!)

Full Tilt (Full Tilt, #1)

All In (Full Tilt, #2)

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from instafreebie

Black Beauty (Everleaf #0.5)

free on kindle

Coal (Everleaf #1)

Iron Breakers: Stag's Run

(these next three came in a bundle, free on Kindle; interested in picking the bundle up?  CLICK HERE! )

Demon Street Blues (Wicked Good Witches #1)

Alpha Knows Best (Wicked Good Witches #2)

Bye Bye Bloodsucker (Wicked Good Witches #3)

recentpurchased

Hidden Huntress (The Malediction Trilogy, #2)

Warrior Witch  (The Malediction Trilogy, #3)

The Forgetting

Double Take

Roots and Wings (City Limits, #1)

Sunshine and Rain (City Limits, #2)

All We Have Left

The SnowFang Bride (Snowfang #1)

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What are some of the books YOU picked up/added to your shelves (either real or virtual?)  Let me know below, or link me to your own Stacking the Shelves!

Until next time, happy book-ing!

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Weekly Wishlist (#8)

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Because I needed a post in my life that kept me up to date on all things BOOKS!  and it seemed like Wishlist Wednesday was dead, I decided to make my own.

Welcome to Weekly Wishlist!

I’m all about breaking bending the rules to my will, so I’m switching it up!  I’m going to pair books that are already in the wild…with books soon to be released. Click the covers to be taken to the goodreads page.

Books in the Wild

four of them this week, penguins, because OH MY GOODNESS I NEED THESE BOOKS!

Soldier (Talon, #3)

The price of freedom is everything.

When forced to choose between safety with the dragon organization Talon and being hunted forever as an outcast, Ember Hill chose to stand with Riley and his band of rogue dragons rather than become an assassin for Talon. She’s lost any contact with her twin brother, Dante, a Talon devotee, as well as Garret, the former-enemy soldier who challenged her beliefs about her human side.

As Ember and Riley hide and regroup to fight another day, Garret journeys alone to the United Kingdom, birthplace of the ancient and secret Order of St. George, to spy on his former brothers and uncover deadly and shocking secrets that will shake the foundations of dragons and dragonslayers alike and place them all in imminent danger as Talon’s new order rises.

Why I want it:

First off, cover envy for liiiiiife for this entire series.  They’re so gorgeous and fun to touch and I just want to spend the rest of forever petting them!  Which…sounds a little bit naughty, but that’s cool.  Secondly… I’m sort of obsessed?  with Riley.  Because RIIIIILEY!

Eona: The Last Dragoneye (Eon, #2)

Eon has been revealed as Eona, the first female Dragoneye in hundreds of years. Along with fellow rebels Ryko and Lady Dela, she is on the run from High Lord Sethon’s army. The renegades are on a quest for the black folio, stolen by the drug-riddled Dillon; they must also find Kygo, the young Pearl Emperor, who needs Eona’s power and the black folio if he is to wrest back his throne from the selfstyled “Emperor” Sethon. Through it all, Eona must come to terms with her new Dragoneye identity and power – and learn to bear the anguish of the ten dragons whose Dragoneyes were murdered. As they focus their power through her, she becomes a dangerous conduit for their plans. . . .

Eona, with its pulse-pounding drama and romance, its unforgettable fight scenes, and its surprises, is the conclusion to an epic story only Alison Goodman can create..

Why I want it:

Let’s be honest:  I only own Eon in Kindle format, so…I wouldn’t say no?  if someone wanted to buy me BOTH of these books for my shelves.  Also:  I MUST KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT!  I cannot handle the anticipation for very much longer!

Love Me, Love Me Not

Dating isn’t easy when you’re in the middle of a blood feud.

Anastasia Vila’s family can turn into swans, but just once she’d like them to turn into responsible adults.

After hundreds of years, they still cling to the blood feud with the Renard family. No one remembers how it started in the first place—but foxes and swans just don’t get along.

Vilas can only transform into their swan shape after they have fallen in love for the first time, but between balancing schoolwork, family obligations, and the escalating blood feud, Ana’s got no time for love. The only thing keeping her sane is her best friend, Pierce Kent.

But when Pierce kisses Ana, everything changes.

Is what Pierce feels for her real, or a byproduct of her magic? Can she risk everything for her best friend? And when the family feud spirals out of control, Ana must stop the fight before it takes away everything she loves.

Including, maybe…Pierce.

This Entangled Teen Crave book contains language, violence, and lots of kissing. Warning: it might induce strong feelings of undeniable attraction for your best friend.

Why I want it:

Uhm.  This sounds kiiiiiiind of like a retelling.  Is this a retelling?!  I don’t care, I need it even if it’s not a retelling, because SWANS.  And LOVE.  And just general WANT IT ness!

The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You

Trixie Watson has two very important goals for senior year: to finally save enough to buy the set of Doctor Who figurines at the local comic books store, and to place third in her class and knock Ben West–and his horrendous new mustache that he spent all summer growing–down to number four.

Trixie will do anything to get her name ranked over Ben’s, including give up sleep and comic books–well, maybe not comic books–but definitely sleep. After all, the war of Watson v. West is as vicious as the Doctor v. Daleks and Browncoats v. Alliance combined, and it goes all the way back to the infamous monkey bars incident in the first grade. Over a decade later, it’s time to declare a champion once and for all.

The war is Trixie’s for the winning, until her best friend starts dating Ben’s best friend and the two are unceremoniously dumped together and told to play nice. Finding common ground is odious and tooth-pullingly-painful, but Trixie and Ben’s cautious truce slowly transforms into a fandom-based tentative friendship. When Trixie’s best friend gets expelled for cheating and Trixie cries foul play, however, they have to choose who to believe and which side they’re on–and they might not pick the same side.

Why I want it:

Pretty sure I’ve mentioned this book in a similar post before, but…I just… this book sounds so cute and nerdy and geekish and I love aaaaaaaall of those things in my reads, so yus.  Definite NEED TO PICK UP ASAP!

What do you guys think–have you read any of these…or WANT to?  What did you think of them, if so?  Let me know your thoughts and as always…

Until next time, happy book-ing!

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Top Ten Tuesday (#44)

 

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HOSTED BY: The Broke and The Bookish
DESCRIPTION:  Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Last week’s theme: Books I’ve Added to My TBR Lately

Find their latest post here!

But as usual, IIIII want to go a different direction ENTIRELY.  Instead, I give you:

Top Ten 2017 Releases I’m Laying Penguin Eggs For!

because if you tell me you’re not excited for new books, you’re lying.

Click the cover to go to the goodreads page!

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Caraval (Untitled, #1) Before you enter the world of Caraval, you must remember that it’s all a game . . .

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their ruthless father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the legendary, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

Then, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation to Caraval finally arrives. So, Tella enlists a mysterious sailor’s help to whisk Scarlett away to this year’s show. But as soon as the trio arrives, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nonetheless soon becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with her sister, with Legend, and with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.

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Poison's Kiss (Poison's Kiss, #1)A teenage assassin kills with a single kiss until she is ordered to kill the one boy she loves. This commercial YA fantasy is romantic and addictive like– a poison kiss– and will thrill fans of Sarah J. Maas and Victoria Aveyard.

Marinda has kissed dozens of boys. They all die afterward. It s a miserable life, but being a visha kanya a poison maiden is what she was created to do. Marinda serves the Raja by dispatching his enemies with only her lips as a weapon.

Until now, the men she was ordered to kiss have been strangers, enemies of the kingdom. Then she receives orders to kiss Deven, a boy she knows too well to be convinced he needs to die. She begins to question who she s really working for. And that is a thread that, once pulled, will unravel more than she can afford to lose.

This rich, surprising, and accessible debut is based in Indian folklore and delivers a story that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.

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The Gallery of Unfinished Girls Mercedes Moreno is an artist. At least, she thinks she could be, even though she hasn’t been able to paint anything worthwhile since her award-winning piece Food Poisoning #1 last year.

Her lack of inspiration might be because her abuela is lying comatose in faraway Puerto Rico after suffering a stroke. Or the fact that Mercedes is in love with her best friend, Victoria, but is too afraid to admit her true feelings.

Despite Mercedes’s creative block, art starts to show up in unexpected ways. A piano appears on her front lawn one morning, and a mysterious new neighbor invites Mercedes to paint with her at the Red Mangrove Estate.

At the Estate, Mercedes can create in ways she never has before. She can share her deepest secrets and feel safe. But Mercedes can’t take anything out of the Estate, including her new-found clarity. As her life continues to crumble around her, the Estate offers more solace than she could hope for. But Mercedes can’t live both lives forever, and ultimately she must choose between this perfect world of art and truth and a much messier reality.

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The next generation. A new adventure…The Duchess's Descendants (Jordinia #3)

Over three decades have passed since the Ducelle Empire reclaimed the land, and Jordinia has never prospered more. When the Emperor negotiates a treaty among neighboring nations, Jordinia is awarded an archipelago of islands in the north. With intentions to colonize, His Majesty enlists his two underachieving nephews on an expedition to chart the wilderness.

Reclusive Ludwig has his violin and no desire to travel, while his charismatic brother Drew is seduced by the grandeur of making history…and money. Desperate to flee a secret scandal of her own, their sister Johanna insists upon accompanying them. With a team of soldiers – including longtime friend and royal guardsman, Bram Visigoth – the Cosmith siblings set off to conquer their uncle’s newly-acquired territory.

From an icy shipwreck to precarious encounters with the native inhabitants, almost nothing goes as planned in this fast-paced comedy of errors teeming with humor, fantasy and plenty of romance. Prepare to fall in love with Jordinia all over again!

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Daughter of the Pirate King A 17-year-old pirate captain intentionally allows herself to get captured by enemy pirates in this thrilling YA adventure.

If you want something done right . . .

When the ruthless pirate king learns of a legendary treasure map hidden on an enemy ship, his daughter, Alosa, knows there’s only one pirate for the job—herself. Leaving behind her beloved ship and crew, Alosa deliberately facilitates her own kidnapping to ensure her passage on the ship, confident in her ability to overcome any obstacle. After all, who’s going to suspect a seventeen-year-old girl locked in a cell? Then she meets the (surprisingly perceptive and unfairly attractive) first mate, Riden, who is charged with finding out all her secrets. Now it’s down to a battle of wits and will . . . . Can Alosa find the map and escape before Riden figures out her plan?

Debut author Tricia Levenseller blends action, adventure, romance, and a little bit of magic into a thrilling YA pirate tale.

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The Bear and the NightingaleA young woman’s family is threatened by forces both real and fantastical in this debut novel inspired by Russian fairy tales.

In a village at the edge of the wilderness of northern Russia, where the winds blow cold and the snow falls many months of the year, a stranger with piercing blue eyes presents a new father with a gift – a precious jewel on a delicate chain, intended for his young daughter. Uncertain of its meaning, Pytor hides the gift away and Vasya grows up a wild, willful girl, to the chagrin of her family. But when mysterious forces threaten the happiness of their village, Vasya discovers that, armed only with the necklace, she may be the only one who can keep the darkness at bay.

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Radio (The Vinyl Trilogy Book 2) After the traumatic events at the dreaded prison Red Bay, Ronja is hanging by a thread. Whispers trail her through the Belly, carrying rumors of her borderline supernatural voice. Plagued by nightmares and haunted by the memories of those she could not save, she clings to the promise that her gift will soon become the weapon of the Anthem.

When doubt and arrogance cloud the eyes of their once trusted commander, Ronja and her friends are forced to take matters into their own hands. Armed with little more than an idea, they strike out on their own to silence The Music and The Conductor once and for all. But time is running out, and a new threat is stirring within the walls of the city…

The highly anticipated sequel to the #1 Amazon Bestseller Vinyl, Radio delves deep into the twisted world of Revinia, weaving a tale of sacrifice, song, romance, and revolution.

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WintersongBeware the goblin men and the wares they sell.

All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.

But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.

Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.

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The Bone Witch (The Bone Witch, #1) When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead, she learns she is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy means that she’s a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community. But Tea finds solace and guidance with an older, wiser bone witch, who takes Tea and her brother to another land for training.

In her new home, Tea puts all her energy into becoming an asha — one who can wield elemental magic. But dark forces are approaching quickly, and in the face of danger, Tea will have to overcome her obstacles…and make a powerful choice.

Memoirs of a Geisha meets The Name of the Wind in this brilliant new fantasy series by Rin Chupeco!

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I mean….no way is this even CLOSE to all of them, but it’s a start, and I’m SO FREAKING STOKED!

What new releases are you most looking forward to?  Which ones are you worried will disappoint you with HYPE?

Feel free to share your thoughts with me in the comments, or link me to your own Top Ten Tuesday!

Until next time, happy book-ing!

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Weekly Wishlist (#7)

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Because I needed a post in my life that kept me up to date on all things BOOKS!  and it seemed like Wishlist Wednesday was dead, I decided to make my own.

Welcome to Weekly Wishlist!

I’m all about breaking bending the rules to my will, so I’m switching it up!  I’m going to pair books that are already in the wild…with books soon to be released. Click the covers to be taken to the Amazon page.

Books Soon-to-Be

Thirteen Rising (Zodiac, #4)

Why I want it:

This one doesn’t even have a blurb yet BUT OH MY PENGUINS, look at that cover!  That coooooover!  If I could marry a book for its cover, THIS WOULD BE THAT BOOK because this book is absolutely stunning and gorgeous and I love it.  Once it’s in my hands, ain’t NOBODY getting it back out of my grasp, okay?  NOBODY.

The Bone Witch (The Bone Witch, #1)

When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead, she learns she is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy means that she’s a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community. But Tea finds solace and guidance with an older, wiser bone witch, who takes Tea and her brother to another land for training.

In her new home, Tea puts all her energy into becoming an asha — one who can wield elemental magic. But dark forces are approaching quickly, and in the face of danger, Tea will have to overcome her obstacles…and make a powerful choice.

Memoirs of a Geisha meets The Name of the Wind in this brilliant new fantasy series by Rin Chupeco!

Why I want it:

I absolutely fell in love with Rin Chupeco’s writing style in her The Girl from the Well series, and I need more of her books in my life.  Also, this book?  Gets released to the wild ONE DAY before my birthday, so….hint hint, nudge nudge?  Anyone?  AAAAANYONE?!

Books in the Wild

Forbidden

She is pretty and talented – sweet sixteen and never been kissed. He is seventeen; gorgeous and on the brink of a bright future. And now they have fallen in love. But… they are brother and sister.

Seventeen-year-old Lochan and sixteen-year-old Maya have always felt more like friends than siblings. Together they have stepped in for their alcoholic, wayward mother to take care of their three younger siblings. As defacto parents to the little ones, Lochan and Maya have had to grow up fast. And the stress of their lives—and the way they understand each other so completely—has also brought them closer than two siblings would ordinarily be. So close, in fact, that they have fallen in love. Their clandestine romance quickly blooms into deep, desperate love. They know their relationship is wrong and cannot possibly continue. And yet, they cannot stop what feels so incredibly right. As the novel careens toward an explosive and shocking finale, only one thing is certain: a love this devastating has no happy ending.

Why I want it:

I’ve heard SUCH awesome things about this book, and I’ve been all about pushing myself off my comfort zone cliff this year, so… This very quickly got put on my wishlist.  Sorry, not sorry.

Kill the Boy Band

Just know from the start that it wasn’t supposed to go like this. All we wanted was to get near them. That’s why we got a room in the hotel where they were staying.

We were not planning to kidnap one of them. Especially not the most useless one. But we had him—his room key, his cell phone, and his secrets.

We were not planning on what happened next.

We swear.

From thrilling new talent Goldy Moldavsky comes a pitch-black, hilarious take on fandom and the badass girls who have the power to make—or break—the people we call “celebrities.”

Why I want it:

This has been on my want to read list since I FIRST HEARD about this book.  In fact, I think I pushed the “want to read” button before I even read the blurb–that title got to me, penguins!  Really though, this sounds super entertaining and kind of darkly humorous, and I need it in my life.  I need it SO HARD.

What do you guys think–have you read any of these…or WANT to?  What did you think of them, if so?  Let me know your thoughts and as always…

Until next time, happy book-ing!

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Top Ten Tuesday (#43)

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HOSTED BY: The Broke and The Bookish
DESCRIPTION:  Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Last week’s theme: Books I’ve Added to My TBR Lately

Find their latest post here!

But as usual, IIIII want to go a different direction ENTIRELY.  Instead, I give you:

Top Ten Favorite Episodes from The Lizzie Bennet Diaries

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Because I loooooooove me some Lizzie Bennet.  In fact, I looooooove me some ANYTHING Pride and Prejudice, but I don’t feel I’ve obsessed enough in recent weeks.  Let me fix that for you all.

Find ALL episodes by clicking on the cast image right up there ^^^ .  Go watch…and enjoy!

Episode 14–I Really Suck at Video Games

I just….I sort of love?  the glimpse of sisterly affection and rivalry we see in this episode.  This is one of the first times we see Lizzie and Lydia actually SORT OF bonding, and I adore it.

Episode 37–Lydia vs. Mr. Collins

When you put Lydia Bennet up against Ricky…. Ahem, MR. Collins….you get a very awkward and hilarious mess.

Episode 45–Wickham Story Time

BATMAN!…. But seriously, this episode?  Full of teasers and foreshadows and….yeah, looking back on it, I should have known better.

Episode 58–Care Packages

Okay, y’all–Fitz is ABSOLUTELY one of my favorite characters in this web series.  Can anyone say ADORABLE?!  And quirky?!  And just generally epic?!  Because yeah, all of that.

Episode 83–Corporate Interview

This episode gives me LIFE.  LIFE, I TELL YOU!  And at the same time, in one fell swoop, it SNATCHES IT AWAY!  Gaaaaaaaaah!

Episode 94–Revelations

I just….there’s so so so much heart to this episode, I can’t even handle it.

Episode 98–Gratitude

YAS!  YAS!  YAAAAAAAAAS!

Yes, that’s all I have to say to this one.

Episode 99–Future Talk

Trust me, this one will get you RIGHT in the feels.  RIGHT THERE IN THE FEELS, MAN!

And because there are OTHER side episodes that go right along with these main ones…here are two of my favorite side eps!

Episode 25 of The Lydia Bennet–Kicks

This episode…. It hit me hard, and probably not for the reasons you expect.  See, the first time I watched this series?  I knew.  I sort of had an inkling.  And all it took was looking at Lydia in THIS video, and listening to her…compared to all the ones that come before.  This is still one of the hardest episodes for me to watch, because I’ve been here.

Episode 5 of Domino Application Demo–If Else

And this one.  Because Gigi shows SO much strength, and poise, and clear-headed determination… I admire this woman.  I really, really do.

Have you guys watched this web series yet?!  If so, what did you think–and don’t like, we all know you loved it!  😉  If you haven’t yet… WHY THE HECKLES NOT IT’S AMAZEBALLS?!?!?!

Feel free to share your thoughts with me in the comments, or link me to your own Top Ten Tuesday!

Until next time, happy book-ing!

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Weekly Wishlist (#6)

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Because I needed a post in my life that kept me up to date on all things BOOKS!  and it seemed like Wishlist Wednesday was dead, I decided to make my own.

Welcome to Weekly Wishlist!

I’m all about breaking bending the rules to my will, so I’m switching it up!  I’m going to pair books that are already in the wild…with books soon to be released. Click the covers to be taken to the Amazon page.

Books Soon-to-Be

Black Moon (Zodiac, #3)

Why I want it:

I’m not copy/pasting the blurb because I haven’t even read the second book yet (I own it though!) and I’m NOT about to spoil myself, but… LOOK?!?!?!?!?! at this gorgeous cover?  It’s so freaking stunning, I can’t eeeeeeven right now.  I adoooored Zodiac and I’m keeping my fingers crossed I adore Wandering Star because I NEED THIS BOOK IN MY LIFE and on my shelves!

Queens of Geek

When BFFs Charlie, Taylor and Jamie go to SupaCon, they know it’s going to be a blast. What they don’t expect is for it to change their lives forever.

Charlie likes to stand out. SupaCon is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star, Jason Ryan. When Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s long-time crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought.

While Charlie dodges questions about her personal life, Taylor starts asking questions about her own.

Taylor likes to blend in. Her brain is wired differently, making her fear change. And there’s one thing in her life she knows will never change: her friendship with Jamie—no matter how much she may secretly want it to. But when she hears about the Queen Firestone SupaFan Contest, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe.

Why I want it:

This book honestly had me at the pink hair on the cover, I cannot EVEN with how much I adore it–it’s so textured and pretty and PINK!  And I’m not one for pink, usually, but…I need more pink books in my reading life.  Also, SUPACON!?!?! Because you all know I looooooove me some nerd/geek culture! (because… I am one.  A nerd/geek, that is)

Books in the Wild

Kingdom of Ash and Briars

Bristal, an orphaned kitchen maid, lands in a gritty fairy tale gone wrong when she discovers she is an elicromancer with a knack for shape-shifting. An ancient breed of immortal magic beings, elicromancers have been winnowed down to merely two – now three – after centuries of bloody conflict in the realm. Their gifts are fraught with responsibility, and sixteen-year-old Bristal is torn between two paths. Should she vow to seek the good of the world, to protect and serve mortals? Or should she follow the strength of her power, even if it leads to unknown terrors? She draws on her ability to disguise herself as a man to infiltrate a prince’s band of soldiers, and masquerades as a fairy godmother to shield a cursed princess, but time is running out. As an army of dark creatures grows closer, Bristal faces a supernatural war. To save the kingdoms, Bristal must find the courage to show her true form.

Building on homages to Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Jane Austen’s Emma and the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, Hannah West makes a spectacular debut.

Why I want it:

Are you CAH-RAY-ZAY?!  Do you even know me?  Seriously, tell me, DO YOU?!  Because if you do, you know better than to ask that question because you already know the answer is HULLOOOOOO, it’s a retelling and the cover is gorgeous and I need it in my hands.  In mah hands, RIGHT NOW please and thank you!

The October Faction Volume 1 (October Faction, #1)

The October Faction details the adventures of retired monster-hunter Frederick Allan and his family… which include a thrill-killer, a witch, and a warlock. Because sometimes crazy is the glue that binds a family together.

Why I want it:

Because apparently I need more graphic novels in my life and this one looks SUPER intriguing.  It’s sort of got that Addams Family vibe going on, which I just… Yeah, gimme.

What do you guys think–have you read any of these…or WANT to?  What did you think of them, if so?  Let me know your thoughts and as always…

Until next time, happy book-ing!

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Top Ten Tuesday (#42)

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HOSTED BY: The Broke and The Bookish
DESCRIPTION:  Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Last week’s theme: Top Ten Favorite Movies

Find their latest post here!

But as usual, IIIII want to go a different direction ENTIRELY.  Instead, I give you:

The Right Ways to Give Thanks as Book Penguins

Because HAPPY TURKEY DAY, penguins!

Are you partaking in the merry gobbler?  It’s okay if you are–we’re totally different from those waddlers, after all!  Also, if you don’t have turkey, you can’t have pie, and today is ALL ABOUT celebrating pie!  Best just be safe–eat the bird and be thankful it’s not you on that table! (though let’s be honest…. I’ve never heard of anyone eating penguin.  We’re just too fluffy and fancy and adorable, I guess!)

Speaking of giving thanks, today’s the day to do it!  So let me just set you all on the path to awesome and lay you the ways a book penguin does exactly this!

email

I mean, electronic communication is the greatest invention since tuna fish!  You don’t have to leave the igloo, there are no icky stamps to get caught in your beak, there’s no fight to make your wings GRASP THE PEN ALREADY…and you can, in essence, be completely anonymous!  The pros far outweigh the cons, I think.

I always like to include kind gestures in mine.  For instance… “I will watch your kids sleep, if you let me!” and “Let me stare at you while I clean your windows!”

Of course, no one ever takes me up on these?  Maybe I should work more on my word choice and less on flailing prettily…

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And by this, I mean own literally every scrap of a word that has ever even considered falling out of the mouths of your favorite authors.  How?!  Well, get creative!

For one, you could follow them on every social media site ever.  Just copy/paste every status update, every tweet, every response comment….. (and if you’re feeling really inspired, you can THEN craft love notes to yourself from their words.  It’s meant to be, I tell you!)

OOOOOOR you could just pull a Misery and tie them up in your spare bedroom.  Blame the screaming and weird noises on the television, your family and friends will NEVER know the difference!

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In which I mean:  insult them in every possible way, because HELLO?!  You only pick on the people you love, right?!  Go ahead, call them mop buckets full of glitter glue.  Tell them their writing is the worst thing to happen since glow in the dark stars were invented…and by worst, you mean you want to make constellations on your ceiling with them.

And then!

Do the most horrible thing you ever could…and leave them a high star rating.

Just punishment, after all.  How DARE they make you love them so hard.  Now you have to share it with the world!


Okay, okay…so MAYBE there’s a reason people always shoot down my ideas.  You have to admit, though–I got spunk!  But let’s be serious for a minute, because there ARE ways you can thank the authors and publishers you work with and admire.  Here are some actual ideas:

–tweet out your love.  Remember to mention using the @name format, so they can see your kind words!

–snap a picture of those ARCs and share, share, share!

–mention how great they are on Facebook!

–send a thank you email?  I don’t know if this is even a thing, but…I think if you’re really close to the authors/publishing agents, you could get away with it.

But most importantly–keep being the awesome, lovely book penguins you already are!  This is more than thanks enough!

Happy Thanksgiving, guys.  Go eat a bird.

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Sunday Post (#36)

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So–I started packing!  Officially!  There are boxes, FILLED, with stuff!

I mean….not many boxes?  BUT THERE ARE BOXES!  Just with books and movies…..BUT IT’S A START!

I don’t know why I felt like screaming at you, penguins.  Please don’t take it personally, I’m just in a screaming mood I guess?  I don’t know.  I don’t know.

I also…don’t really have much going on in my life this week?  I’m not even sure what I’m doing NEXT week, aside from continuing to slowly fill boxes with my stuff because THE MOVE IS COMING, THE MOVE IS COMING!

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So…let’s just get to the post, huh?  Yes?  So I can stop screaming and scaring the penguins?  Cause…I think that’s a great idea.

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Cait @ Paper Fury asks Are Book-To-Movie Adaptations Good, or Bad?

Briana @ Pages Unbound Reviews wants to share her Reflections on Five Weeks of Bookstagram

Ashleigh @ A Frolic through Fiction says Let’s Talk:  When are you classed as a “reviewer”?  How do you decide which books to review?

Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts tells you Reason #14 I’d Be a Terrible Protagonist

The Bookavid wants to tell you the Annoying Things People Say to Readers ( #bloggerconfessions )

Lys @ The Mad Reader wants to discuss How School Influenced Me as a Reader

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Piper Perish

The Kiss That Killed Me

ThisWeek'sPenguins

Sunday Post (#36)

Bookmark Monday (#46)

Book Blitz, Book Trailer, and Giveaway:  Weariland

Release Day Celebration and Giveaway: The Boyfriend Whisperer

Top Ten Tuesday (#41)

Release Day Blitz, Book Trailer, and Giveaway: Worth the Risk

Weekly Wishlist (#5)

Dear How-To Penguin (#2)

Villainous Love Songs (#28)

Friday Fever (#4)

Friday 56 (#4)

Stacking the Shelves (#44)

Book Photo Sundays (#1)

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The Boxer and the Butterfly, by Sasha Hibbs

Magic Poetry, by  Píaras Ó Cionnaoith

AND THAT’S A WRAP!

Have any fun stories you’d like to share?  How about book recs?  Music?  Funny Disney spoof videos?  Adorable animals doing adorable things?!  Feel free to share down below–or link me to your own weekly wrap up!

Until next time, happy book-ing!

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Friday Fever (#4)

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Hello, and welcome to Friday Fever–your one stop igloo for all things bookish and sales-worthy!

I decided to make this meme because:

1.) I don’t know who hosts the Friday Finds posts anymore;
2.) I’m too lazy to go seeking out the new host, if there is one;
3.) I always did my own thing with Friday Finds anyway, so why not just make it OFFICIALLY my own idea?!

As  always, these are all epic finds under $2.00 $5.00 on Amazon Kindle!
Click the cover to be taken to the AMAZON page!

Remember:  these deals can change at any time.  ALWAYS double check before hitting the buy button!

No descriptions because HOLY BOOKS, PENGUINS (also, lazy)!

Also, I’m not splitting these into prices this week because I don’t wanna because there are SO MANY awesome book deals happening right now I’m very worried for my wallet…

Contemporary vs. Fantasy

Shadow Blessed (The Shadow Accords Book 1) by [Holmberg, D.K.]

Shadow Cursed (The Shadow Accords Book 2) by [Holmberg, D.K.]

Shadow Born (The Shadow Accords Book 3) by [Holmberg, D.K.]

The Muse: A Novel by [Burton, Jessie]

Mage Slave (The Enslaved Chronicles Book 1) by [Thorne, R. K.]

Gena/Finn by [Moskowitz, Hannah, Helgeson, Kat]

Emerge: The Awakening: (Book 1) by [Craven, Melissa A.]

Unspeakable by [Rushton, Abbie]

The Sorcerer's Concubine (The Telepath and the Sorcerer Book 1) by [Dolamore, Jaclyn]

The Sorcerer's Wife (The Telepath and the Sorcerer Book 2) by [Dolamore, Jaclyn]

All the Rage: A Novel by [Summers, Courtney]

Slave, Warrior, Queen (Of Crowns and Glory-Book 1) by [Rice, Morgan]

Rogue, Prisoner, Princess (Of Crowns and Glory-Book 2) by [Rice, Morgan]

Knight, Heir, Prince (Of Crowns and Glory-Book 3) by [Rice, Morgan]

Please Ignore Vera Dietz by [King, A.S.]

Switched (A Trylle Novel Book 1) by [Hocking, Amanda]

Every Day by [Levithan, David]

The Darkest Corners by [Thomas, Kara]

A Great and Terrible Beauty (The Gemma Doyle Trilogy Book 1) by [Bray, Libba]

Welp, there you go!  Some awesome reads for epic prices!  Have you guys read any of them?  Are there any you’re dying to read and bought immediately?  Let me know your thoughts below!

(and please remember:  I DID NOT!!! pick up every single book listed here, just the ones that I didn’t already have and/or am super excited about!  Most of these are just books I feel YOU lovely penguins might be interested in!)

Until next time, happy book-ing!

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