Mid-February Book Haul

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Is it me or is this year already off to a fast pace? It’s only the middle of February and I have a full blown TBR on my hands from all the books I’ve already acquired this month. So, I figured it was time for a mid-month book haul!

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I think I may be getting slightly better at this whole taking pictures of books thing? Maybe. Probably not, though. Because, let’s be real, I own a camera and sometimes I’m way too lazy to pick it up. So, until I get past that, it’s iPhone pictures with some fancy filters for the win.

28220892Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter

In the enchanted kingdom of Brooklyn, the fashionable people put on cute shoes, go to parties in warehouses, drink on rooftops at sunset, and tell themselves they’ve arrived. A whole lot of Brooklyn is like that now—but not Vassa’s working-class neighborhood.

In Vassa’s neighborhood, where she lives with her stepmother and bickering stepsisters, one might stumble onto magic, but stumbling away again could become an issue. Babs Yagg, the owner of the local convenience store, has a policy of beheading shoplifters—and sometimes innocent shoppers as well. So when Vassa’s stepsister sends her out for light bulbs in the middle of night, she knows it could easily become a suicide mission.

But Vassa has a bit of luck hidden in her pocket, a gift from her dead mother. Erg is a tough-talking wooden doll with sticky fingers, a bottomless stomach, and a ferocious cunning. With Erg’s help, Vassa just might be able to break the witch’s curse and free her Brooklyn neighborhood. But Babs won’t be playing fair…

27883214Caraval (Caraval #1) by Stephanie Garber

Whatever you’ve heard about Caraval, it doesn’t compare to the reality. It’s more than just a game or a performance. It’s the closest you’ll ever find to magic in this world . . .

Welcome, welcome to Caraval―Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.

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

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic 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.

29772863Wires and Nerve, Volume 1 by Marissa Meyer, illustrations by Douglas Holgate

In her first graphic novel, #1 New York Times and USA Today bestseller Marissa Meyer follows Iko, the beloved android from the Lunar Chronicles, on a dangerous and romantic new adventure — with a little help from Cinder and the Lunar team.

In her first graphic novel, bestselling author Marissa Meyer extends the world of the Lunar Chronicles with a brand-new, action-packed story about Iko, the android with a heart of (mechanized) gold. When rogue packs of wolf-hybrid soldiers threaten the tenuous peace alliance between Earth and Luna, Iko takes it upon herself to hunt down the soldiers’ leader. She is soon working with a handsome royal guard who forces her to question everything she knows about love, loyalty, and her own humanity. With appearances by Cinder and the rest of the Rampion crew, this is a must-have for fans of the bestselling series.

127459The Sweet Far Thing (Gemma Doyle #3) by Libba Bray

IT HAS BEEN A YEAR OF CHANGE since Gemma Doyle arrived at the foreboding Spence Academy. Her mother murdered, her father a laudanum addict, Gemma has relied on an unsuspected strength and has discovered an ability to travel to an enchanted world called the realms, where dark magic runs wild. Despite certain peril, Gemma has bound the magic to herself and forged unlikely new alliances. Now, as Gemma approaches her London debut, the time has come to test these bonds. The Order – the mysterious group her mother was once part of – is grappling for control of the realms, as is the Rakshana. Spence’s burned East Wing is being rebuilt, but why now? Gemma and her friends see Pippa, but she is not the same. And their friendship faces its gravest trial as Gemma must decide once and for all what role she is meant for.

25647303Can’t Buy Forever by Susan Laffoon

In the early 1950s, Odessa Drake (Dessa) is rescued from a bleak existence with a single mother. She takes a chance on the unknown to work in a boarding house owned by a widowed great aunt in Mineville, New York. Dessa is devoted to Aunt Flo and especially a young man, Nicholas, who appears and takes shelter in the attic, the only available space. Four years pass. She looks forward to each day because of his presence, in spite of the tedious work. Dessa is now eighteen and knows little more of Nicholas than the day he arrived to work the mines. She knows only he is a remarkable man who has a limp and she trusts Nicholas explicitly. There is a familiarity both recognize and an unshakeable bond develops. Nicholas has reasons to keep his past buried. Dangers loom and become evident when Nicholas gets too close and exposes their bond. What is the mystery behind this threat? To discover the answer, they escape by railway heading West, colliding with treachery and uncovering secrets, mile by mile. Their journey is impossible, but, they are supported by friends who risk their lives to make sure a great love and lineage is preserved. Or is it? None will forget their odyssey as they proceed to their destiny farther than they imagined.

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Review to come.

289695Seeing Redd (The Looking Glass Wars #2) by Frank Beddor

Alyss of Wonderland’s rule has only just begun, and already those who prefer chaos to peace are threatening to destroy everything worth imagining. Trailed by newly appointed royal bodyguard Homburg Molly, Alyss is doing her best to keep pace with the non-stop demands of being queen while attempting to evade Molly for a few private moments with Dodge.

Alyss’ life is a challenging mix of duty, love, and tough decisions, and then a series of phantom sightings set fire to an urban myth of Her Imperial Viciousness’ return and have everyone… seeing Redd.

Has Redd somehow freed herself and her chief assassin, The Cat, from the confines of the Heart Crystal? If not, then who has resurrected Redd’s brutal foot soldiers the Glass Eyes and set them loose to attack Wonderland on all sides?

Battles rage, looking glasses explode, and the Alyssians once again unite to defend White Imagination in this fast-paced follow-up to the New York Times best-selling The Looking Glass Wars.

13477819Who Could That Be at This Hour? (All the Wrong Questions #1) by Lemony Snicket

The adventure began in a fading town. Far from anyone he knew or trusted, a young Lemony Snicket started an apprenticeship for a secret organization shrouded in mystery and secrecy. He asked questions that shouldn’t have been on his mind. Now he has written an account that should not be published that shouldn’t be read. Not even by you. Seriously, we recommend that you do NOT ask your parents for this, the first book in his new ALL THE WRONG QUESTIONS series.
Lemony Snicket, in case you don’t already know, grew up to be the author of A Series of Unfortunate Events series.

78408Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography (A Series of Unfortunate Events) by Lemony Snicket

A Warning from the Publisher:

Many readers have questions about Lemony Snicket, author of the distressing serial concerning the trials of the charming but unlucky Baudelaire orphans, published under the collective title A Series of Unfortunate Events. Before purchasing, borrowing, or stealing this book, you should be aware that it contains the answers to some of those questions, such as the following:

1. Who is Lemony?
2. Is there a secret organization I should know about?
3. Why does Lemony Snicket spend his time researching and writing distressing books concerning the Baudelaire orphans?
4. Why do all of Lemony Snicket’s books contain a sad dedication to a woman named Beatrice?
5. If there’s nothing out there, what was that noise?

Our advice to you is that you find a book that answers less upsetting questions than this one. Perhaps your librarian, bookseller, or parole officer can recommend a book that answers the question, “Aren’t ponies adorable?”

HAVE YOU READ THESE? OR GIVE ME RECOMMENDATIONS BASED ON THESE READS.

 

Blog Tour – Review: The Wolf Mirror by Caroline Healy

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wolfmirrorBook Title: The Wolf Mirror
Author: Caroline Healy
Expected Publication Date: February 2017

Changing places doesn’t always help you see things.

Cassie throws the first punch in a brawl at Winchester Abbey Girl’s School. Her subsequent suspension is a glitch in Cassie’s master plan; Finish School/Get Job/Leave Home (and never come back). As punishment, her mother banishes her to Ludlow Park, their creepy ancestral home. In the dark, of a stormy night, Cassie finds herself transported to 1714, the beginning of the Georgian period.

With the help of a lady’s maid and an obnoxious gentleman, Mr. Charles Stafford, Cassie must unravel the mysterious illness afflicting Lord Miller. If Lord Miller kicks the bucket the house goes to Reginald Huxley, the brainless cousin from London.

Cassie’s task is to figure out who is poisoning the Lord of Ludlow without exposing herself to the ridicule of her peers, getting herself committed to the asylum or worse, married off to the first man who will have her.

Cassie must learn to hold her tongue, keep her pride in check and reign in her rebellious nature – because, the fate of her entire family, for generations, rests on her shoulders.

Meanwhile, Lady Cassandra Miller frantically searches for her smelling salts or her trusted governess Miss. Blythe, whose soothing advice she would dearly love. Instead, Cassandra finds some woman and a boy squatting in the Ludlow mansion; her father, her lady’s maid and all the servants have magically disappeared.

Tell-a-vision, the In-her-net, horseless carriages and women wearing pantaloons; Cassandra is afraid that she might have inhaled foul air causing her to temporarily lose her senses.

Only when both girls can get over their pride, societal prejudices and self-importance will they be able to return to their rightful century. Until then, they are free to wreak maximum damage on their respective centuries.

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Blog Tour – Review, Audio Excerpt: Halfway Hunted (Halfway Witchy #3) by Terry Maggert

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Welcome to my blog tour stop for Halfway Hunted, book three of the Halfway Witchy series, by Terry Maggert narrated by Erin Spencer. You can see the rest of the blog tour, plus giveaways, below! You can also find my review of Halfway Dead, the first book of the series, here and Halfway Bitten, the second book, here!

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hunted-3dAudiobook Title: Halfway Bitten
Author: Terry Maggert
Narrator: Erin Spencer
Publisher: Terry Maggert
Length: 6 hours and 56 minutes (unabridged)
Audio Release Date: Nov. 10, 2016

Welcome to Halfway; where the waffles are golden, the moon is silver, and magic is just around every corner.

A century old curse is broken, releasing Exit Wainwright, an innocent man trapped alone in time.

Lost and in danger, he enlists Carlie, Gran, and their magic to find the warlock who sentenced him to a hundred years of darkness. The hunter becomes the hunted when Carlie’s spells awaken a cold-blooded killer intent on adding another pelt to their gruesome collection: hers.

But the killer has never been to Halfway before, where there are three unbreakable rules:

  1. Don’t complain about the diner’s waffles.
  2. Don’t break the laws of magic.
  3. Never threaten a witch on her home turf.

Can Carlie solve an ancient crime, defeat a ruthless killer and save the love of her life from a vampire’s curse without burning the waffles?

Come hunt with Carlie, and answer the call of the wild.

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January Wrap Up

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This month was a pretty great refresh for me. I constantly make the mistake of letting work and other things that stress out my life take up so much unwarranted time when I could be doing something I love like reading. I’ve made a lot of changes to help me focus more on reading a blogging. I bought a Life Planner with an adorable cactus theme because, hello I love my desert life, and just this simple act has been really pushing me to stay on task better than I have ever before. I’ve always been an organized person, but this has really taken that to the next level.

did start trying to read one book at a time, which didn’t include any reviews I was reading or audiobooks, and sort of failed? I’ve been chugging away through Lair of Dreams for a while now and I’m painfully close to the end. Unfortunately, because of this it kept me from reading ANY of the books on my original January TBR.

On a personal note, my husband and I bought a house in November and it’s finally starting to feel like home. We’re now completely moved in and focusing on the things we want to make better, like building some sick bookshelves in our spare bedroom to convert it into a library/office/extra closet for me. My husband and I got adorable matching tattoos and I simultaneously permanently paid homage to Carrie Fisher, who has always been a major heroine of mine. So I’d say, all in all, pretty good month.

What have I read?

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Total books I’ve read in 2017

8 out of my goal of 100
I am on track for my yearly goal

What have I posted?

January TBR
Blog Tour – Review, Audio Excerpt & Giveaway: Halfway Dead (Halfway Witchy #1) by Terry Maggert
Top Ten Tuesday: 2016 Releases I Meant To Get (But Totally Mean To)
WWW Wednesday: January 11, 2017
Blog Tour – Review, Audio Excerpt & Giveaway: Halfway Bitten (Halfway Witchy #2) by Terry Maggert
Blog Tour – Review, Audio Excerpt: Errant Spark (Elemental Trials #1) by Ronelle Antoinette
January Book Haul
Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Graphic Novels/Comics

What am I listening to?

Other than books, music is my second love. I, unfortunately, don’t spend as much time listening to music these days thanks to my obsession with podcasts and audiobooks, but when I’m in dire need of a good playlist I know I can turn to Nokkuo. Nokkuo is a minimalist design independent clothing started by a few friends of mine, with a collection launching in spring of this year. They aim to provide comfortable clothing for explorers of the unknown. On top of some awesome designs coming our way, they are my go to music exploration and provide some pretty rad playlists. Recently they came out with a best of January playlist which you can listen to here. I implore you to check it and them out.

What am I looking at?

 

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Photo by Grant Morgan

 

I am obsessed with this picture of my three bandmates! It’s rare to find a photo of the three of them together while we’re playing a show, let alone without me ruining the picture with an unwarranted hair flip. You can check us out on facebook here.

How was your January?

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Graphic Novels/Comics

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Yes! I am so super stoked for this week’s theme of graphic novels/comics! I am so that uber annoying person who tries to convince all of my friends that they definitely do need to read every comic ever created. You know, the type that starts pointing things out about the comics versus the movies. That’s me. Feel bad for my husband.

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What are your favorite comics?

January Book Haul

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I, like most bibliophiles, have a serious problem when it comes to having anything resembling self-control about how much money I spend on books on a monthly basis. Between frequent visits to local independent shops, living two seconds away from a Barnes and Noble and a used bookstore, not to mention being an avid Target enthusiast I buy a lot of books. This isn’t even taking into consideration the book subscription boxes that I receive. I told you, it’s a problem.

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What’s strange is I was shocked at the small amount that I had actually acquired this month. Of course, this could be due to my over active imagination exaggerating how many books I actually buy, but it seems like smaller haul than normal. Also, please ignore the obviously terrible lighting that I took this picture in that caused major glares on a couple of the books. I read books, not much for photography.

21416690The Invisible Library (The Invisible Library #1) by Genevieve Cogman

The first installment of an adventure featuring stolen books, secret agents, and forbidden societies – think Doctor Who with librarian spies!

Irene must be at the top of her game or she’ll be off the case – permanently…

Irene is a professional spy for the mysterious Library, which harvests fiction from different realities. And along with her enigmatic assistant Kai, she’s posted to an alternative London. Their mission – to retrieve a dangerous book. But when they arrive, it’s already been stolen. London’s underground factions seem prepared to fight to the very death to find her book.

Adding to the jeopardy, this world is chaos-infested – the laws of nature bent to allow supernatural creatures and unpredictable magic. Irene’s new assistant is also hiding secrets of his own.

Soon, she’s up to her eyebrows in a heady mix of danger, clues and secret societies. Yet failure is not an option – the nature of reality itself is at stake.

23272028A Study in Charlotte (Charlotte Homes #1) by Brittany Cavallaro

The last thing Jamie Watson wants is a rugby scholarship to Sherringford, a Connecticut prep school just an hour away from his estranged father. But that’s not the only complication: Sherringford is also home to Charlotte Holmes, the famous detective’s great-great-great-granddaughter, who has inherited not only Sherlock’s genius but also his volatile temperament. From everything Jamie has heard about Charlotte, it seems safer to admire her from afar.

From the moment they meet, there’s a tense energy between them, and they seem more destined to be rivals than anything else. But when a Sherringford student dies under suspicious circumstances, ripped straight from the most terrifying of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Jamie can no longer afford to keep his distance. Jamie and Charlotte are being framed for murder, and only Charlotte can clear their names. But danger is mounting and nowhere is safe—and the only people they can trust are each other.

A Study in Charlotte is the first in a trilogy.

15839976Red Rising (Red Rising #1) by Pierce Brown

“I live for the dream that my children will be born free,” she says. “That they will be what they like. That they will own the land their father gave them.”

“I live for you,” I say sadly.

Eo kisses my cheek. “Then you must live for more.”

Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations.

Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children.

But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity already reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow—and Reds like him—are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.

Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity’s overlords struggle for power. He will be forced to compete for his life and the very future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society’s ruling class. There, he will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies… even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.

29938354Dragon Springs Road by Janie Chang

From the author of Three Souls comes a vividly imagined and haunting new novel set in early 20th century Shanghai—a story of friendship, heartbreak, and history that follows a young Eurasian orphan’s search for her long-lost mother.

That night I dreamed that I had wandered out to Dragon Springs Road all on my own when a dreadful knowledge seized me that my mother had gone away never to return . . .

In 1908, Jialing is only seven years old when she is abandoned in the courtyard of a once-lavish estate outside Shanghai. Jialing is zazhong—Eurasian—and faces a lifetime of contempt from both Chinese and Europeans. Until now she’s led a secluded life behind courtyard walls, but without her mother’s protection, she can survive only if the estate’s new owners, the Yang family, agree to take her in.

Jialing finds allies in Anjuin, the eldest Yang daughter, and Fox, an animal spirit who has lived in the courtyard for centuries. But Jialing’s life as the Yangs’ bondservant changes unexpectedly when she befriends a young English girl who then mysteriously vanishes.

Murder, political intrigue, jealousy, forbidden love … Jialing confronts them all as she grows into womanhood during the tumultuous early years of the Chinese republic, always hopeful of finding her long-lost mother. Through, every turn she is guided, both by Fox and by her own strength of spirit, away from the shadows of her past toward a very different fate, if she has the courage to accept it.

23310751First & Then by Emma Mills

Devon Tennyson wouldn’t change a thing. She’s happy watching Friday night games from the bleachers, silently crushing on best friend Cas, and blissfully ignoring the future after high school. But the universe has other plans. It delivers Devon’s cousin Foster, an unrepentant social outlier with a surprising talent for football, and the obnoxiously superior and maddeningly attractive star running back, Ezra, right where she doesn’t want them: first into her P.E. class and then into every other aspect of her life.

Pride and Prejudice meets Friday Night Lights in this contemporary novel about falling in love with the unexpected boy, with a new brother, and with yourself.

Have you read these? Or give me recommendations based on these reads.

Blog Tour – Review, Audio Excerpt: Errant Spark (Elemental Trials #1) by Ronelle Antoinette

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Welcome to my blog tour stop for Errant Spark (Elemental Trails Book #) by Ronelle Antoinette, narrated by Ginny Ross. You can find the rest of the tour stops below.

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30833113Author: Ronelle Antoinette
Narrator: Ginny Ross
Length: 10h 25m
Publisher: Ronelle Antoinette⎮2016
Series: The Elemental Trials (#1)
Genre: Romantic Fantasy
Release date: Nov. 01, 2016

In Egalion’s Imperial court, there is splendor and luxury, but it’s also a realm of treachery. Cloak-and-dagger political maneuvering threatens to destroy the peace of two thousand years.

Battlemage Jex Xander has a mouth that gets him into trouble; while in contrast, Enari Namelum speaks not at all. Amidst the mounting chaos, passion and romance should be the last thing on their minds, but life and the Goddess seem to have other ideas.

They say to keep your friends close and your enemies closer, but, at court you can’t tell one from the other…and they change at the flip of a coin.

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