Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday #62

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

Publication date: January 7, 2020

When Amaya rescues a mysterious stranger from drowning, she fears her rash actions have earned her a longer sentence on the debtor ship where she’s been held captive for years. Instead, the man she saved offers her unimaginable riches and a new identity, setting Amaya on a perilous course through the coastal city-state of Moray, where old-world opulence and desperate gamblers collide. Amaya wants one thing: revenge against the man who ruined her family and stole the life she once had. But the more entangled she becomes in this game of deception—and as her path intertwines with the son of the man she’s plotting to bring down—the more she uncovers about the truth of her past. And the more she realizes she must trust no one… 

Packed with high-stakes adventure, romance, and dueling identities, this gender-swapped retelling of The Count of Monte Cristo is the first novel in an epic YA fantasy duology, perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas, Sabaa Tahir, and Leigh Bardugo.

Monday, November 18, 2019

Review: Me by Elton John

Read: October 16th - 19th, 2019

Type: Kindle

Source: Purchased

Rating (out of five stars):

View this book: Goodreads | Amazon

Publication date: October 15th, 2019

Goodreads Blurb:

In his first and only official autobiography, music icon Elton John reveals the truth about his extraordinary life, which is also the subject of the film Rocketman. The result is Me - the joyously funny, honest and moving story of the most enduringly successful singer/songwriter of all time. 
Christened Reginald Dwight, he was a shy boy with Buddy Holly glasses who grew up in the London suburb of Pinner and dreamed of becoming a pop star. By the age of twenty-three, he was on his first tour of America, facing an astonished audience in his tight silver hotpants, bare legs and a T-shirt with ROCK AND ROLL emblazoned across it in sequins. Elton John had arrived and the music world would never be the same again.
His life has been full of drama, from the early rejection of his work with song-writing partner Bernie Taupin to spinning out of control as a chart-topping superstar; from half-heartedly trying to drown himself in his LA swimming pool to disco-dancing with the Queen; from friendships with John Lennon, Freddie Mercury and George Michael to setting up his AIDS Foundation. All the while, Elton was hiding a drug addiction that would grip him for over a decade. 
In Me Elton also writes powerfully about getting clean and changing his life, about finding love with David Furnish and becoming a father. In a voice that is warm, humble and open, this is Elton on his music and his relationships, his passions and his mistakes. This is a story that will stay with you, by a living legend.

I've been a fan of Elton John's music for years but never gave much thought to how things were behind the scenes. I knew a little bit about him before reading this - bits and pieces picked up over the years by reading snippets on entertainment sites - but I definitely know a lot more now. He doesn't seem to hold back at all and it doesn't seem like he tried to hide the truth about anything that's happened in his life, whether it might make him look bad or not. He goes into detail about the things he's been through - his addiction, family problems, relationship issues, business drama - with an honest and upfront, yet ultimately optimistic, attitude. He's been through a lot and from reading this book, it seems like he's aware of just how outrageous his life has been.

Open and honest, this is one of the best celebrity autobiographies I've ever read. If you're a fan of his, or just a fan of good autobiographies in general, I would highly recommend this one.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Stacking the Shelves #52

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly book haul meme hosted by Tynga of  Tynga's Reviews and Marlene of Reading Reality. 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!

Click the covers to be carried to the Goodreads page for each book!  😊

Since it's been a while since I've shared a Stacking the Shelves post, this one will include books from the last few weeks instead of just one week.  :)  

Purchased (Kindle):

Purchased (audiobooks):

Borrowed from the library:

Friday, November 8, 2019

Cover Reveal - Scammed AND The Deceivers by Kristen Simmons

It's a double cover reveal!  Both the paperback of The Deceivers and the hardcover of Scammed will be released on February 4th!


In Kristen Simmons's young adult thriller Scammed, the stakes are higher. The cons are riskier. And nothing is what you think it is. 
Brynn Hilder is living a life she never dreamed possible: She lives in a mansion, getting a top-rate education at Vale Hall. She has friends and an almost-boyfriend. Anything she wants, she can have. 
The only catch? To stay in this life, she has to help the director of Vale Hall take down the bad guys of Sikawa City by collecting secrets and running cons. 
Getting everything she wants and fighting evil doesn’t seem like such a bad deal. The thing is, she’s not so convinced anymore that Dr. Odin is really going after bad people after all. And the friends and almost-boyfriend that have made her life so different are all liars and con artists—so can she trust that any of it is real?

The Deceivers

Welcome to Vale Hall, the school for aspiring con artists. 
When Brynn Hilder is recruited to Vale, it seems like the elite academy is her chance to start over, away from her mom’s loser boyfriend and her rundown neighborhood. But she soon learns that Vale chooses students not so much for their scholastic talent as for their extracurricular activities, such as her time spent conning rich North Shore kids out of their extravagant allowances.
At first, Brynn jumps at the chance to help the school in its mission to rid the city of corrupt officials—because what could be better than giving entitled jerks what they deserve? But that’s before she meets her mark—a senator’s son—and before she discovers the school’s headmaster has secrets he’ll stop at nothing to protect. As the lines between right and wrong blur, Brynn begins to realize she’s in way over head.

You can pre-order Scammed at the following places:

Find the Author:  Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday #61

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

Publication date: May 26th, 2020

From Amazon:

"Fans of The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society will adore The Jane Austen Society… A charming and memorable debut, which reminds us of the universal language of literature and the power of books to unite and heal." —Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Girls of Paris

Just after the Second World War, in the small English village of Chawton, an unusual but like-minded group of people band together to attempt something remarkable.

One hundred and fifty years ago, Chawton was the last home of Jane Austen, one of England's finest novelists. Now it's home to her remaining heirs and a diminishing estate. With the last bit of Austen's legacy threatened, a group of disparate individuals come together to preserve both Jane Austen's home and her legacy. These people—a laborer, a young widow, the local doctor, and a movie star, among others—could not be more different and yet they are united in their love for the works and words of Austen. As each of them endures their own quiet struggle with loss and trauma, some from the recent war, others from more distant tragedies, they come together to create the Jane Austen Society.

A powerful and moving novel that explores the tragedies and triumphs of life, both small and large, and the universal humanity in us all, Natalie Jenner's The Jane Austen Society is destined to resonate with readers for years to come.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Review: The Shadow Prince by Stacey O'Neale


The Shadow Prince
Stacey O’Neale
(Mortal Enchantment #0.5)
Publication date: March 25th 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Prequel novella to the award-winning YA fantasy series Mortal Enchantment. Discover a world of elemental powers, courage, duty, sacrifice, forbidden romance and a war for the very elements of life. 
Sixteen-year-old Rowan is an elemental prince. Banished to the mortal world, he doubts he will ever return to Avalon and claim the fire court throne. Until he receives a challenge from his estranged mother. If he slays Kalin, the half-human, half-elemental, princess of the air court, she will abdicate her throne. Is he capable of completing such a heinous task? And what price will he pay if he refuses?
Perfect for fans of Holly Black and Sarah J. Maas.
“Filled with betrayal and intrigue, The Shadow Prince is a dark and twisty novella from an exciting new author!” Katee Robert, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author

Rating (out of five stars):   

As a prequel novella, The Shadow Prince achieves its goal and is a fantastic setup for the rest of the series.  It has an interesting premise and nice world-building, as well as a surprising number of twists, considering it's less than 100 pages. 

It's intense and action-packed, and the cliffhanger will make you want to immediately start reading the next book to find out what happens. 

Fast-paced and intriguing, The Shadow Prince is an excellent introduction to the Mortal Enchantment series!

The Shadow Prince is part of the
Mortal Enchantment box set

Author Bio: 
Award-winning author, Stacey O’Neale, lives in Annapolis, Maryland. When she’s not writing, she spends her time fangirling over books, blogging, watching fantasy television shows, cheering for the Baltimore Ravens, and hanging out with her husband and daughter. 

Her career in publishing started as a blogger-turned-publicist for two successful small publishers. Stacey writes young adult fantasy and adult science fiction romance. Her books always include swoon-worthy heroes, snarky heroines, and lots of kissing. 


Sunday, November 3, 2019

New Blog Layout!

I updated my blog layout tonight!  I completely changed everything, from the favicon to the colors to the header, and while it isn't perfect, I think it looks much better than it did before!  I thought this was the perfect opportunity to revamp everything since I'm trying to get back into reviewing and posting here. 

I have a couple of posts coming soon, so here's hoping I can get back into the swing of things and 2020 will be an awesome year for this blog.  :) 

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Cover Reveal - Set Fire to the Gods by Sara Raasch and Kristen Simmons

(Artist: Johannes Voss
Art Directors: Michelle Taormina and Jenna Stempel-Lobell)

This cover looks amazing!  I absolutely cannot wait to read this book.  


Ash is descended from a long line of gladiators, and she knows the brutal nature of war firsthand. But after her mother dies in an arena, she vows to avenge her by overthrowing her fire god, whose temper has stripped her country of its resources.
Madoc grew up fighting on the streets to pay his family's taxes. But he hides a dangerous secret: he doesn't have the earth god’s powers like his opponents. His elemental gift is something else—something that hasn't been seen in centuries.
When an attempted revenge plot goes dangerously wrong, Ash inadvertently throws the fire and earth gods into a conflict that can only be settled by deadly, lavish gladiator games. The fights put Madoc in Ash's path, and she realizes that his powers are the weapon her rebellion needs—but Madoc won’t jeopardize his family, regardless of how intrigued he is by the beautiful warrior.
But when the gods force Madoc’s hand, he and Ash uncover an ancient war that will threaten more than one immortal—it will unravel the world.

Where to find the authors:

Sara Raasch:  Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads

Kristen Simmons:  Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Goodreads

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Book Deal - Storm Born by Stacey O'Neale

Stacey O'Neale's Storm Born, the first book in her award-winning YA fantasy series, Mortal Enchantment, is today's Bookbub Featured Deal, and you can get it for only $0.99 on Amazon!

Find Stacey on GoodreadsTwitterFacebookInstagram, or at her official website.

Discover a world of elemental powers, courage, duty, sacrifice, forbidden romance and a war for the very elements of life. 
Kalin Matthew's never had a choice. An unbreakable contract decided her destiny at birth. Live in the mortal world with her mother until the stroke of midnight on her sixteenth birthday, then leave the only life she's ever known and move to Avalon, the land of Arthurian myth and legend, to rule at her father's side, the king of the air court. 
But before she enters his powerful and dangerous world, she's attacked by a fire court assassin and saved by Rowan, who is equal parts terrifying and alluring. 
Not long after, she learns her father is missing. Now she must take over his duties, which include shifting control of the elements -- a power she has yet to harness. As Rowan attempts to train her, war looms between the four courts. If she fails, her father will die, and the courts will fall, but the betrayal she's about to uncover may cost her even more.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

I'm Back - Sort Of...

It's been over a year since I've updated this blog, and I've missed it!  Life has been super hectic, and I haven't been reading as much as I normally do, and I haven't had much time to review the books that I have read.  But I've been trying to get back into reading regularly again, and I'm planning to start posting reviews here soon.  We'll see how it goes  :)