Saturday, September 24, 2016

Stacking the Shelves #43


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly book haul meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. It's 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 stores or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts, and of course e-books!

If you want to find out more about Stacking The Shelves, please visit the official launch page!


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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #60


Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine, which spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.





Publication date:  December 27th, 2016


From Goodreads:

Seventeen year-old Britta Flannery is at ease only in the woods with her dagger and bow. She spends her days tracking criminals alongside her father, the legendary bounty hunter for the King of Malam—that is, until her father is murdered. Now outcast and alone and having no rights to her father’s land or inheritance, she seeks refuge where she feels most safe: the Ever Woods. When Britta is caught poaching by the royal guard, instead of facing the noose she is offered a deal: her freedom in exchange for her father’s killer.

However, it’s not so simple.

The alleged killer is none other than Cohen McKay, her father’s former apprentice. The only friend she’s ever known. The boy she once loved who broke her heart. She must go on a dangerous quest in a world of warring kingdoms, mad kings, and dark magic to find the real killer. But Britta wields more power than she knows. And soon she will learn what has always made her different will make her a daunting and dangerous force. 

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Stacking the Shelves #42


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly book haul meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. It's 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 stores or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts, and of course e-books!

If you want to find out more about Stacking The Shelves, please visit the official launch page!


Purchased (Hardcover):




Purchased (Kindle):






Free from Amazon:




And I normally don't include coloring books on my Stacking the Shelves posts, but I really love this one!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

A Mortal Song by Megan Crewe Pre-Order Offer

Megan Crewe, author of the upcoming book A Mortal Song, has a nifty offer for those who pre-order!  
Pre-order A Mortal Song in any format (the Kindle version is currently only $0.99!) from any available retailer before Sept 13th, submit an image of your receipt, and you'll get a gift pack that includes:

-An exclusive digital booklet following Sora's journey through Japan with photos from the author's travels and lots of story commentary.

-An exclusive 25-page short story showing a key sequence in the book from another major character's POV.

-An exclusive high-res digital poster of the book cover, signed by the author.

-Access to Megan's secret bonus content webpage, where you'll find deleted scenes from Song as well as her other books.

-A chance to win even bigger prizes, including swag and signed books.


Click here for more information, or to submit your receipt.  



From Goodreads:

Sora's life was full of magic—until she discovered it was all a lie.

Heir to Mt. Fuji's spirit kingdom, Sora yearns to finally take on the sacred kami duties. But just as she confronts her parents to make a plea, a ghostly army invades the mountain. Barely escaping with her life, Sora follows her mother's last instructions to a heart-wrenching discovery: she is a human changeling, raised as a decoy while her parents' true daughter remained safe but unaware in modern-day Tokyo. Her powers were only borrowed, never her own. Now, with the world's natural cycles falling into chaos and the ghosts plotting an even more deadly assault, it falls on her to train the unprepared kami princess. 

As Sora struggles with her emerging human weaknesses and the draw of an unanticipated ally with secrets of his own, she vows to keep fighting for her loved ones and the world they once protected. But for one mortal girl to make a difference in this desperate war between the spirits, she may have to give up the only home she's ever known.

"Megan Crewe's A Mortal Song is engrossing from the first chapter. The world of the kami is beautifully fantastic and delicately drawn, and the switched-at-birth scenario made me instantly feel for both of these resilient, brave girls. A Mortal Song has lots of magic, lots of heart, and lots to love." - Kendare Blake, author of Three Dark Crowns 


I've already pre-ordered my copy, and I'm looking forward to reading it!  If you pre-order, don't forget to submit your receipt by clicking here!  


Waiting on Wednesday #59


Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine, which spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.




Publication date:  November 8th, 2016


From Goodreads:  

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.




Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #58


Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine, which spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.




Publication date:  November 15th, 2016


From Goodreads:

 A collection of humorous autobiographical essays by the Academy Award-nominated actress and star of Up in the Air and Pitch Perfect.

“I’m excited to publish my first book, and because I get uncomfortable when people have high expectations, I'd like to use this opportunity to showcase my ineptitude, pettiness, and the frequency with which I embarrass myself. And while many of my female inspirations who have become authors are incredibly well-educated and accomplished comedy writers, I'm very, very funny on Twitter, according to Buzzfeed and my mom, so I feel like this is a great idea. Quick question: are run-on sentences still frowned upon? Wait, is ending a sentence with a preposition still frowned upon? I mean, upon frowned? Dammit!” —Anna Kendrick

Anna Kendrick’s autobiographical collection of essays amusingly recounts memorable moments throughout her life, from her middle class upbringing in New England to the blockbuster movies that have made her one of Hollywood’s most popular actresses today. Expanding upon the witty and ironic dispatches for which she is known, Anna Kendrick’s essays offer her one-of-a-kind commentary on the absurdities she’s experienced on her way to and from the heart of pop culture.




Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Review: There Once Were Stars by Melanie McFarlane

Read:  August 8th - 10th, 2016

Type:  Kindle (ARC)

Source:  I received a copy of this book from eBooks for Review in exchange for an honest review.

Rating (out of five stars):

Where to find the author:  Website | Goodreads

Where to find this book:  Goodreads | Amazon

From Goodreads:  Peace. Love. Order. Dome. That’s the motto that the Order has given the residents of Dome 1618 to live by. Natalia Greyes is a resident of Dome 1618, a covered city protected from the deadly radiation that has poisoned the world outside for four generations. Nat never questioned the Order, until one day she sees a stranger on the outside of her dome. Now Nat wants answers. What else might her government be hiding from the good and loyal people of Dome 1618? 


There Once Were Stars is a YA dystopian about Natalia and her life in Dome 1618 as she tries to discover the truth about what she's been told by the government all her life.  The residents of the Dome are not allowed outside due to the radiation, but after falling asleep near the edge of the Dome (approaching the walls of the Dome is also forbidden), she wakes up to find someone on the outside looking in at her.  That should be impossible since the radiation should have killed all of the people outside, and she no longer knows what to believe.

I was intrigued by the blurb, and excited about reading There Once Were Stars, but I ended up struggling through it.  The characters needed a little more development, and the writing was a little choppy, but it had an interesting plot.  Unfortunately, I don't believe I was the target audience for this one.  Admittedly, I'm not a fan of zombies, and I didn't realize before I started reading that this book involves "Infected" people.  If you enjoy YA dystopians with a little sci-fi mixed in, especially those dealing with a zombie-like virus infecting everyone, give it a try.

Review: Chasing Fireflies by Taylor Dean

Read:  August 4th - 7th, 2016

Type:  Kindle (ARC)

Source:  I received a copy of this book from eBooks for Review in exchange for an honest review.

Rating (out of five stars):

Where to find the author:  Website | Goodreads

Where to find this book:  Goodreads | Amazon

Series:  The Power of the Matchmaker

From Goodreads: My sisters think I’m crazy.

But, I’ve never forgotten the mysterious woman from my childhood who told me Paul is the name of my one true love. 

She told me to search far and wide for him. 

I haven’t stopped looking ever since.

When I stumble across an article about a successful American entrepreneur named Paul who lives and works in China, I’m intrigued. When the opportunity to teach English in China presents itself on the same day, I know it’s not a coincidence.

It’s destiny.

My sisters say I’m chasing a dream.

Just like the fireflies we tried to catch on the warm summer evenings of our youth, the dream seems beyond my grasp. Will my quest for the elusive Paul always be just short of fulfillment?

My sisters tell me it’s a fool’s errand.

Until I remind them of the day we saw the Red Bird.

The memory silences them.

The Red Bird Incident remains inarguable—and proves my search for Paul is not a silly fantasy.

I will find Paul . . . I will. 


I was a bit torn about Chasing Fireflies, and it took a while for me to decide on a rating.  The plot sounded intriguing, and I did enjoy it, but there was something about it that kept me from loving it.  I can't quite put my finger on it, but it could possibly be the fact that the main character is willing to give up someone she loves just because his name isn't Paul.  I realize that's the point of the book, and that this isn't actually real life, but come on.  

The book, however, is very well-written, which makes up for the main character's sketchy way of choosing her boyfriends, and I was interested to see how everything would turn out in the end.  I guessed the twist pretty early on, but it didn't take away from the story.

Chasing Fireflies is a quick, clean romance, with an original plot.  I would recommend if you're looking for something light to read, especially if you've enjoyed other books in the Power of the Matchmaker series.

Though it is part of the Power of the Matchmaker series, Chasing Fireflies can definitely be read as a stand-alone.

Review: The Truth About Fragile Things by Regina Sirois

Read:  August 2nd - 4th, 2016

Type:  Kindle (ARC)

Source:  I received a copy of this book from eBooks for Review in exchange for an honest review.

Rating (out of five stars):

Where to find the author:  Website | Goodreads

Where to find this book:  Goodreads | Amazon

From Goodreads:  Bryon died fifty years before his time. Charlotte grew up angry. I grew up scared. And Phillip - well, he never grew up. 
And now we are all bound together in one painful heap of humanity. Broken, but bound. And maybe it is only the fact that we are tangled in this terrible knot that will hold us together until we heal. This is unfortunately, and miraculously, my story.

17-year-old Megan Riddick is alive only because a stranger died to save her when she was a toddler. Fifteen years later she finds herself in the same high school as that heroic man's daughter. 

Charlotte Exby never knew her father because he chose to save a child he didn't know instead of raise the one he loved. 

Plagued with guilt and resentment, Megan and Charlotte make an uneasy truce as they join forces to complete the bucket list of the man who made both of their lives possible.


The Truth About Fragile Things focuses on the aftermath of an amazing act of selflessness, and deals with the complicated relationships between those left behind.  Bryon saved Megan, a small child at the time, from being hit by a car after she chased a butterfly into the street.  Bryon, unfortunately, was killed, and Megan has dealt with the guilt ever since.

After noticing that a new freshman student has been giving her hostile stares, Megan's best friend, Phillip, finds out a little about the girl, including her name, which Megan instantly recognizes.  The new girl, Charlotte, is Bryon's daughter.  Charlotte, understandably, dislikes Megan, and Megan, feeling guilty that she is the reason Charlotte doesn't have a father, tries to think of a way to apologize to her.  Charlotte, of course, doesn't want an apology.  It won't bring her father back, after all, but Megan is determined.

Bryon had a bucket list of things to do before he died, which he was never able to accomplish, and Megan and Charlotte agree to finish everything on the list for him.  What follows is a story of heartbreak, guilt, grief, and ultimately, forgiveness.

I enjoyed The Truth About Fragile Things so much more than I thought I would.  It was intriguing and well-written, and I didn't want to put it down.  Though dealing with heavy topics, I think the author did a wonderful job of preventing the book from becoming too depressing by including a few light and funny moments throughout the story.

With complex characters and a unique plot,  The Truth About Fragile Things is an excellent novel, and I would definitely recommend to those who enjoy original and thought-provoking YA books.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Stacking the Shelves #41


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly book haul meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. It's 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 stores or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts, and of course e-books!

If you want to find out more about Stacking The Shelves, please visit the official launch page!


Free from Amazon: