Musing Monday – January 9th, 2017

Musing Mondays is a weekly theme, now being hosted by Ambrosia @ The Purple Booker, that asks you to answer one of the prompt questions and that week’s random question.

PROMPTS:

  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) this past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: What do you think about books being made into movies or tv shows and do you always read the book first?


I bought the following book(s) this past week…

Okay, these weren’t books that I bought in the past week, these are actually all of the books that I bought last month. I didn’t do a book haul for December so I thought that this would be a good time to showcase the beauties added to my bookshelf! Thank you, Book Outlet and Barnes & Noble, for always being there to take my money. HUGS!

What do you think about books being made into movies or tv shows and do you always read the book first?

I like movie/tv adaptations, because they bring to life the stories that we all cherish and love. Yes, they aren’t always true to the original story, but it’s still fun getting to see your characters in the flesh. I will never not be happy that Hollywood is smart enough to realize that some of the best stories actually come from books. I mean, it’s pretty obvious! I also try to read the book first before watching the movie or show, but it doesn’t always work out that way. Honestly, either way is fine. I don’t think there’s a right or wrong way!


What books did you get during December? Have you read any of the ones that I got? What did you think of them? What do you think about movie/tv adaptations of books? Leave a link to your Musing Mondays post in the comments below!

Musing Mondays – December 5th, 2016

Musing Mondays is a weekly theme, hosted by the lovely MizB @ Books and a Beat, that asks you to answer one of the prompt questions and that week’s random question.

PROMPTS:

  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) this past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: Do you visit your local library regularly? If so, what’s your earliest memory of visiting a library?


I blogged about ____ this past week…

I don’t ever do monthly wrap-ups or weekly check-ins, so for this Musing Monday I decided to do a little recap of last week’s blog posts. I know you’re so excited, right?!

Also, because I made a vow to do more discussion and random fun posts – be on the lookout this week, as they will be finally coming! Yay!

Do you visit your local library regularly? If so, what’s your earliest memory of visiting a library?

I do visit my local library, though not very regularly as I have an insane book buying problem which leads me to pick up those books to read first. My local library is great though! I don’t really have an earliest memory of it because I only started going to it this past year. Crazy, right?! I can say that my mind was blown when I went the first time. I thought it would dead and kind of lame, but to my surprise, that place was hopping! I loved seeing how full it was and being surrounded by so many people sitting around reading, browsing the stacks, or doing work on their computers. That place just makes me so happy every time I go!


What did you blog about this week? Do you visit your local library? Does it make you as happy as mine makes me? Leave a link to your Musing Monday post in the comments below!

Musing Mondays – November 28th, 2016

Musing Mondays is a weekly theme hosted by the lovely MizB @ Books and a Beat, that asks you to answer one of the prompt questions and that week’s random question.

PROMPTS:

  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) this past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: If you were a character, which author would you trust with your life (to write your story)?


I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…

This is just a little warning for everyone – I’m about to go on a serious Monday morning rant. Things are about to get a little dicey.

I love being a book blogger. I love getting to share my love for reading and books with so many different awesome people all over the world. This community is one of the most supportive, accepting, and caring group of people that there is… USUALLY.

Unfortunately, lately things have been getting a little out of control and quite frankly, downright awful. I’m not one to normally commentate on or get involved in all the social media (mainly Twitter) hullabaloo, as I find it a little childish, but this past week has just really irked me to no end. So let me just say this once…

DON’T BE A SOCIAL MEDIA ASSHOLE.

Y’all, bashing one on another on social media just because you don’t agree on something is about the most trivial and immature thing you can do. Instead, if you don’t like what someone else thinks or does – please just block, unfollow, or ignore them. It’s pretty simple and makes everyone’s lives just a little less negative. This bookish community should be positive and a shining example to the rest of the world what it’s like to be tolerant, accepting, and uplifting. By blasting or passive aggressively subtweeting someone, you are only giving that person more power over you and letting them affect your life. You can’t fix stupid, especially by going on a Twitter rampage. So just let Donald Trump be the official Twitter ignorant idiot. Because you are are better than that!

So let’s try and spread a lot more love and positivity this holiday season, okay?

I love each and everyone one you nerds and I want you to know that I’m always here if you need a hug, a laugh, or just a little pick-me-up.

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If you were a character, which author would you trust with your life (to write your story)?

Hmmm, this is a tough question this week! I don’t really know who would be able to write my life story… It would need to be someone who can write sassy female characters really well. Schwab does a really good job with Lila Bard, and Maas has as well with Aelin, so I’d be okay with either one of them to write me. Oh, and I’d definitely trust Mindy Kaling as well! Although, I think she’d do better with turning my life into a tv show.


What are your thoughts on all of the Twitter negativity lately? Am I overreacting because I’m too old? (HAHA!) What author would you trust to write your life story? Leave a link to your Musing Mondays post in the comments below!

Musing Mondays – November 21st, 2016

Musing Mondays is a weekly theme hosted by the lovely MizB @ Books and a Beat, that asks you to answer one of the prompt questions and that week’s random question.

PROMPTS:

  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) this past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: Are there any particular worlds in books in which you’d like to live?


I bought the following book(s) this past week…

I was able to snag all of these books online from Barnes and Noble last weekend. Three of them are already almost here, and I just got confirmation last night that Scythe has shipped as well! I’m really excited to dive into The Architect of Song as Howard is one of my favorite authors after reading her Splintered series. I’ve also heard great things about the book so I’m really happy about that! I read The Bone Season when it first came out so I will probably do a reread of that one before moving on to The Mime Order. I’ve actually owned The Queen of the Tearling for a while now but I haven’t read it yet. I thought I’d do a binge read of the whole series once the final book is released in December.

Are there any particular worlds in books in which you’d like to live?

HA! What fictional world wouldn’t I like to live in?! But off the top of my head… Harry Potter, Red Rising, Wonderland, Percy Jackson, Middle Earth, and Terrasen. Give me a couple of more minutes and I’d come up with about 10 more. 🙂


Have you bought any new books this week? If so, which ones? Have you read any of the books that I purchased? What did you think of them? Which book worlds would you like to live in? Leave a link to your Musing Monday post in the comments below!

Musing Mondays – November 14th, 2016

Musing Mondays is a weekly theme hosted by the lovely MizB @ Books and a Beat, that asks you to answer one of the prompt questions and that week’s random question.

PROMPTS:

  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) this past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: How has your reading changed in the last 10 years?


I can’t wait to get a copy of…

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Scythe (Scythe, #1) by Neal Shusterman

I actually just preordered this beauty last night from Barnes & Noble. If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll know how I rebelled against the system and placed two separate orders so I could use both of my discount coupons that expired today. Yes, I am just that good. Ever since I heard about this book a couple of months ago, I have been anxiously awaiting its release date. I mean, read just read that synopsis and tell me you aren’t obsessed!

In a world where disease has been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed (“gleaned”) by professional reapers (“scythes”). Citra and Rowan are teenagers who have been selected to be scythe’s apprentices, and—despite wanting nothing to do with the vocation—they must learn the art of killing and come to understand the necessity of what they do.

Only one of them will be chosen as a scythe’s apprentice. And when it becomes clear that the winning apprentice’s first task will be to glean the loser, Citra and Rowan are pitted against one another in a fight for their lives.

See? You’re obsessed now too, right?!

 How has your reading changed in the last 10 years?

That’s actually a really good question. I don’t really know if my reading habits have changed any. I think the only noticeable change is that now that I’m blogging, I tend to read a lot more hyped and popular novels than I used to. I used to just browse the bookstore and pick up whatever struck my fancy. Now, while I still do that to a certain extent, I also make sure to grab new releases. Oddly enough, I also read a lot more YA novels than I did. I used to read a fairly even mix of YA and general/literary fiction, but blogging has pushed some of my general fiction to the wayside. Weird, right? But I’ve been grabbing a lot more GF novels recently so expect to see more reviews of those in the future.


What books can you not wait to get a copy of? New or upcoming releases, maybe some oldies? Is Scythe on your TBR? How has your reading changed in the last 10 years? Leave a link to your Musing Monday in the comments below!

Musing Mondays – November 7th, 2016

Musing Mondays is a weekly theme hosted by the lovely MizB @ Books and a Beat, that asks you to answer one of the prompt questions and that week’s random question.

PROMPTS:

  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) this past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: Do you prefer fast-paced novels, or slow, descriptive novels?


Up next I think I’ll read…

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The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid

A Diabolic is ruthless. A Diabolic is powerful. A Diabolic has a single task: Kill in order to protect the person you’ve been created for.

Nemesis is a Diabolic, a humanoid teenager created to protect a galactic senator’s daughter, Sidonia. The two have grown up side by side, but are in no way sisters. Nemesis is expected to give her life for Sidonia, and she would do so gladly. She would also take as many lives as necessary to keep Sidonia safe.

When the power-mad Emperor learns Sidonia’s father is participating in a rebellion, he summons Sidonia to the Galactic court. She is to serve as a hostage. Now, there is only one way for Nemesis to protect Sidonia. She must become her. Nemesis travels to the court disguised as Sidonia—a killing machine masquerading in a world of corrupt politicians and two-faced senators’ children. It’s a nest of vipers with threats on every side, but Nemesis must keep her true abilities a secret or risk everything.

As the Empire begins to fracture and rebellion looms closer, Nemesis learns there is something more to her than just deadly force. She finds a humanity truer than what she encounters from most humans. Amidst all the danger, action, and intrigue, her humanity just might be the thing that saves her life—and the empire.

I’m currently only about 100 pages away from finishing Like a River Glorious, so I hope by the time this post is actually published, I should have finished it and started on The Diabolic. I’ve been anxiously waiting for this book to arrive for the past few months. I kind of had a freak out moment when I went to my local Books-A-Million the other day and there no more copies left. But luckily, I was able to snag the LAST copy at Target when I stopped by there yesterday. I might’ve done a little happy dance in the aisle…Don’t judge. Also, this is the November BOTM for Perustopia Book Club, which is hosted by Regan at PeruseProject and Sasha at ABookUtopia (both booktubers). You can check out and join the Goodreads group HERE.

 Do you prefer fast-paced novels, or slow, descriptive novels?

I personally read both. It really depends on the novel and what I’m in the mood for. I mean, there are very few classic novels that would be considered fast-paced but I’ve still a lot of them. You definitely wouldn’t call The Count of Monte Cristo or War and Peace fast-paced but those are two of my favorite books. But I also reallyyy enjoy a good action novel too, like Red Rising. I think it all depends on what mood I’m at that moment.


Have you read The Diabolic yet? What book is next on your TBR? What type of novel do you prefer? Leave a link to your Musing Monday in the comments below!

Musing Mondays – October 31st, 2016

Musing Mondays is a weekly theme hosted by the lovely MizB @ Books and a Beat, that asks you to answer one of the prompt questions and that week’s random question.

PROMPTS:

  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) this past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: What’s your favorite horror novel (if you read that genre)?


I bought the following book(s) this past week…

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Two girls, two stories, one epic novel

From Lauren Oliver, New York Times bestselling author of Before I Fall and the Delirium trilogy, comes an epic, masterful novel that explores issues of individuality, identity, and humanity. Replica is a “flip book” that contains two narratives in one, and it is the first in a duology. Turn the book one way and read Lyra’s story; turn the book over and upside down and read Gemma’s story. The stories can be read separately, one after the other, or in alternating chapters. The two distinct parts of this astonishing novel combine to produce an unforgettable journey. Even the innovative book jacket mirrors and extends the reading experience.

Lyra’s story begins in the Haven Institute, a building tucked away on a private island off the coast of Florida that from a distance looks serene and even beautiful. But up close the locked doors, military guards, and biohazard suits tell a different story. In truth, Haven is a clandestine research facility where thousands of replicas, or human models, are born, raised, and observed. When a surprise attack is launched on Haven, two of its young experimental subjects—Lyra, or 24, and the boy known only as 72—manage to escape.

Gemma has been in and out of hospitals for as long as she can remember. A lonely teen, her life is circumscribed by home, school, and her best friend, April. But after she is nearly abducted by a stranger claiming to know her, Gemma starts to investigate her family’s past and discovers her father’s mysterious connection to the secretive Haven research facility. Hungry for answers, she travels to Florida, only to stumble upon two replicas and a completely new set of questions.

While the stories of Lyra and Gemma mirror each other, each contains breathtaking revelations critically important to the other story. Replica is an ambitious, thought-provoking masterwork.

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I actually already own an ARC of this masterpiece that I was able to snag and get signed at BookCon. Kristoff and Kaufman are probably two of the coolest authors ever and are incredibly nice. You can read my review for this awesome book HERE.

Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminae continues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.

Once again told through a compelling dossier of emails, IMs, classified files, transcripts, and schematics, Gemina raises the stakes of the Illuminae Files, hurling readers into an enthralling new story that will leave them breathless.

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An epic novel of magic and mysticism, Celts and faeries, mad kings and druids, and the goddess struggling to reign over magic’s last outpost on the Earth.

What became of magic in the world? Who needed to do away with it, and for what reasons? Drawing on myth, legend, fairy tales, and Biblical mysteries, The Last Days of Magic brilliantly imagines answers to these questions, sweeping us back to a world where humans and magical beings co-exist as they had for centuries.

Aisling, a goddess in human form, was born to rule both domains and—with her twin, Anya—unite the Celts with the powerful faeries of the Middle Kingdom. But within medieval Ireland interests are divided, and far from its shores greater forces are mustering. Both England and Rome have a stake in driving magic from the Emerald Isle. Jordan, the Vatican commander tasked with vanquishing the remnants of otherworldly creatures from a disenchanted Europe, has built a career on such plots. But increasingly he finds himself torn between duty and his desire to understand the magic that has been forbidden.

As kings prepare, exorcists gather, and divisions widen between the warring clans of Ireland, Aisling and Jordan must come to terms with powers given and withheld, while a world that can still foster magic hangs in the balance. Loyalties are tested, betrayals sown, and the coming war will have repercussions that ripple centuries later, in today’s world—and in particular for a young graduate student named Sara Hill.

The Last Days of Magic introduces us to unforgettable characters who grapple with quests for power, human frailty, and the longing for knowledge that has been made taboo. Mark Tompkins has crafted a remarkable tale—a feat of world-building that poses astonishing and resonant answers to epic questions.

What’s your favorite horror novel (if you read that genre)?

I don’t really read horror novels usually so I can’t say that I have a real answer for this question. I tend to stay away from horror novels and movies, as I don’t enjoy being scared haha. Who knew, right? I am currently reading How to Hang a Witch though, and while it’s not really scary, it is very suspenseful with just a hint of creepy.


What does your most recent book haul look like? Do you have a favorite horror novel or movie? Leave a link to your Musing Monday post in the comments!

Musing Mondays – October 24th, 2016

Musing Mondays is a weekly theme hosted by the lovely MizB @ Books and a Beat, that asks you to answer one of the prompt questions and that week’s random question.

PROMPTS:

  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) this past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: Take a guess at what might happen in the book you’re currently reading.


I bought the following book(s) this past week…

I feel like this is like one of my most chosen prompts each week but I can’t help it. I have a seriously horrible habit about buying way too many books. Which definitely wasn’t helped by Book Outlet having a sale last week! So thank you, Book Outlet, for feeding my insatiable book buying appetite and for helping be my topic for this week’s Musing Monday!

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Walk on Earth a Stranger (The Gold Seer Trilogy, #1) by Rae Carson

I actually read this book back in the spring when I checked it out from the library. But now that I’ve bought a copy of the second book in the trilogy, I figured I had to have the entire collection! You can read my review of it HERE.

Gold is in my blood, in my breath, even in the flecks in my eyes.

Lee Westfall has a strong, loving family. She has a home she loves and a loyal steed. She has a best friend—who might want to be something more.

She also has a secret.

Lee can sense gold in the world around her. Veins deep in the earth. Small nuggets in a stream. Even gold dust caught underneath a fingernail. She has kept her family safe and able to buy provisions, even through the harshest winters. But what would someone do to control a girl with that kind of power? A person might murder for it.

When everything Lee holds dear is ripped away, she flees west to California—where gold has just been discovered. Perhaps this will be the one place a magical girl can be herself. If she survives the journey.

The acclaimed Rae Carson begins a sweeping new trilogy set in Gold Rush-era America, about a young woman with a powerful and dangerous gift.

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Revenge and the Wild by Michelle Modesto

I really think that I’m on a Western kick right now. The last few Westerns that I’ve read have all been really good. And when you add steampunk and the fantastical to it? I need it!

The two-bit town of Rogue City is a lawless place, full of dark magic and saloon brawls, monsters and six-shooters. But it’s perfect for seventeen-year-old Westie, the notorious adopted daughter of local inventor Nigel Butler.

Westie was only a child when she lost her arm and her family to cannibals on the wagon trail. Nine years later, Westie may seem fearsome with her foul-mouthed tough exterior and the powerful mechanical arm built for her by Nigel, but the memory of her past still haunts her. She’s determined to make the killers pay for their crimes—and there’s nothing to stop her except her own reckless ways.

But Westie’s search ceases when a wealthy family comes to town looking to invest in Nigel’s latest invention, a machine that can harvest magic from gold—which Rogue City desperately needs as the magic wards that surround the city start to fail. There’s only one problem: the investors look exactly like the family who murdered Westie’s kin. With the help of Nigel’s handsome but scarred young assistant, Alistair, Westie sets out to prove their guilt. But if she’s not careful, her desire for revenge could cost her the family she has now.

This thrilling novel is a remarkable tale of danger and discovery, from debut author Michelle Modesto.

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The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore

Romeo and Juliet was never my favorite of Shakespeare’s plays, but this book just sounds way too good to pass up!

For twenty years, the Palomas and the Corbeaus have been rivals and enemies, locked in an escalating feud for over a generation. Both families make their living as traveling performers in competing shows—the Palomas swimming in mermaid exhibitions, the Corbeaus, former tightrope walkers, performing in the tallest trees they can find.

Lace Paloma may be new to her family’s show, but she knows as well as anyone that the Corbeaus are pure magia negra, black magic from the devil himself. Simply touching one could mean death, and she’s been taught from birth to keep away. But when disaster strikes the small town where both families are performing, it’s a Corbeau boy, Cluck, who saves Lace’s life. And his touch immerses her in the world of the Corbeaus, where falling for him could turn his own family against him, and one misstep can be just as dangerous on the ground as it is in the trees.

Beautifully written, and richly imaginative, The Weight of Feathers is an utterly captivating young adult novel by a talented new voice.

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Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell

Peter Pan retelling?! Yes, please!

For as long as she can remember, Gwendolyn Allister has never had a place to call home—all because her mother believes that monsters are hunting them. Now these delusions have brought them to London, far from the life Gwen had finally started to build for herself. The only saving grace is her best friend, Olivia, who’s coming with them for the summer.

But when Gwen and Olivia are kidnapped by shadowy creatures and taken to a world of flesh-eating sea hags and dangerous Fey, Gwen realizes her mom might have been sane all along.

The world Gwen finds herself in is called Neverland, yet it’s nothing like the stories. Here, good and evil lose their meaning and memories slip like water through her fingers. As Gwen struggles to remember where she came from and find a way home, she must choose between trusting the charming fairy-tale hero who says all the right things and the roguish young pirate who promises to keep her safe.

With time running out and her enemies closing in, Gwen is forced to face the truths she’s been hiding from all along. But will she be able to save Neverland without losing herself?

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The Mime Order (The Bone Season, #2) by Samantha Shannon

I think I may have to reread the first book in this series before reading this one, because I don’t really remember anything at all about it other than that I loved it.

Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal prison camp of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the survivors are missing and she is the most wanted person in London…

As Scion turns its all-seeing eye on the dreamwalker, the mime-lords and mime-queens of the city’s gangs are invited to a rare meeting of the Unnatural Assembly. Jaxon Hall and his Seven Seals prepare to take centre stage, but there are bitter fault lines running through the clairvoyant community and dark secrets around every corner. Then the Rephaim begin crawling out from the shadows. But where is Warden? Paige must keep moving, from Seven Dials to Grub Street to the secret catacombs of Camden, until the fate of the underworld can be decided.

 Take a guess at what might happen in the book you’re currently reading.

Well I started Paper and Fire (The Great Library, #2) by Rachel Caine last night. I have a feeling that our favorite group of rebellious teens are going to break in to the Alexandrian Library and do a little prison rescue. I’m really excited about this second book, as I’m only about 70 pages into it and it’s been non-stop excitement from the first page. I highly recommend this series to any fans of alternate history, steampunk, or dystopian. The second book just came out in July so you aren’t far behind if you start on it now!


What books have you bought lately? Have you read any of the ones from my book haul? Leave a link to your Musing Monday in the comments below!

Musing Mondays – October 17th, 2016

Musing Mondays is a weekly theme hosted by the lovely MizB @ Books and a Beat, that asks you to answer one of the prompt questions and that week’s random question.

PROMPTS:

  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) this past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: Who are the key players in your current book? (or current themes, if nonfiction)


I bought the following book(s) this past week…

I got paid on Friday so I thought I’d have a little Treat Yo’self Day, which obviously included a trip to the bookstore. I think I did really good yesterday as two of the books were found in the bargain price section! Don’t you just love saving money?

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As the daughter of a meth dealer, Wavy knows not to trust people, not even her own parents. Struggling to raise her little brother, eight-year-old Wavy is the only responsible “adult” around. She finds peace in the starry Midwestern night sky above the fields behind her house. One night everything changes when she witnesses one of her father’s thugs, Kellen, a tattooed ex-con with a heart of gold, wreck his motorcycle. What follows is a powerful and shocking love story between two unlikely people that asks tough questions, reminding us of all the ugly and wonderful things that life has to offer.

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The thrilling finale to the New York Times bestselling Young Elites series from “hit factory” Marie Lu.

There was once a time when darkness shrouded the world, and the darkness had a queen.

Adelina Amouteru is done suffering. She’s turned her back on those who have betrayed her and achieved the ultimate revenge: victory. Her reign as the White Wolf has been a triumphant one, but with each conquest her cruelty only grows. The darkness within her has begun to spiral out of control, threatening to destroy all that she’s achieved.

Adelina’s forced to revisit old wounds when a new danger appears, putting not only Adelina at risk, but every Elite and the very world they live in. In order to save herself and preserve her empire, Adelina and her Roses must join the Daggers on a perilous quest—though this uneasy alliance may prove to be the real danger.

Bestselling author Marie Lu concludes Adelina’s story with this haunting and hypnotizing final installment to the Young Elites series.

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After a harrowing journey across the country, Leah Westfall and her friends have finally arrived in California and are ready to make their fortunes in the Gold Rush. Lee has a special advantage over the other new arrivals in California—she has the ability to sense gold, a secret known only by her handsome best friend Jefferson and her murdering uncle Hiram.

Lee and her friends have the chance to be the most prosperous settlers in California, but Hiram hasn’t given up trying to control Lee and her power. Sabotage and kidnapping are the least of what he’ll do to make sure Lee is his own. His mine is the deepest and darkest in the territory, and there Lee learns the full extent of her magical gift, the worst of her uncle, and the true strength of her friendships. To save everyone, she vows to destroy her uncle and the empire he is building—even at the cost of her own freedom.

The second epic historical fantasy in the Gold Seer trilogy by Rae Carson, the acclaimed author of The Girl of Fire and Thorns.

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Once a city of enormous wealth and culture, Prague was home to emperors, alchemists, astronomers, and, as it’s whispered, hell portals. When music student Sarah Weston lands a summer job at Prague Castle cataloging Beethoven’s manuscripts, she has no idea how dangerous her life is about to become. Prague is a threshold, Sarah is warned, and it is steeped in blood.
Soon after Sarah arrives, strange things begin to happen. She learns that her mentor, who was working at the castle, may not have committed suicide after all. Could his cryptic notes be warnings? As Sarah parses his clues about Beethoven’s “Immortal Beloved,” she manages to get arrested, to have tantric sex in a public fountain, and to discover a time-warping drug. She also catches the attention of a four-hundred-year-old dwarf, the handsome Prince Max, and a powerful U.S. senator with secrets she will do anything to hide.

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An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity.

One snowy night Arthur Leander, a famous actor, has a heart attack onstage during a production of King Lear. Jeevan Chaudhary, a paparazzo-turned-EMT, is in the audience and leaps to his aid. A child actress named Kirsten Raymonde watches in horror as Jeevan performs CPR, pumping Arthur’s chest as the curtain drops, but Arthur is dead. That same night, as Jeevan walks home from the theater, a terrible flu begins to spread. Hospitals are flooded and Jeevan and his brother barricade themselves inside an apartment, watching out the window as cars clog the highways, gunshots ring out, and life disintegrates around them.

Twenty years later, Kirsten is an actress with the Traveling Symphony. Together, this small troupe moves between the settlements of an altered world, performing Shakespeare and music for scattered communities of survivors. Written on their caravan, and tattooed on Kirsten’s arm is a line from Star Trek: “Because survival is insufficient.” But when they arrive in St. Deborah by the Water, they encounter a violent prophet who digs graves for anyone who dares to leave.

Spanning decades, moving back and forth in time, and vividly depicting life before and after the pandemic, this suspenseful, elegiac novel is rife with beauty. As Arthur falls in and out of love, as Jeevan watches the newscasters say their final good-byes, and as Kirsten finds herself caught in the crosshairs of the prophet, we see the strange twists of fate that connect them all. A novel of art, memory, and ambition, Station Eleven tells a story about the relationships that sustain us, the ephemeral nature of fame, and the beauty of the world as we know it.

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I am Henrietta Howel. The first female sorcerer. The prophesied one. Or am I?

Henrietta Howel can burst into flames. When she is brought to London to train with Her Majesty’s sorcerers, she meets her fellow sorcerer trainees, young men eager to test her powers and her heart. One will challenge her. One will fight for her. One will betray her. As Henrietta discovers the secrets hiding behind the glamour of sorcerer life, she begins to doubt that she’s the true prophesied one. With battle looming, how much will she risk to save the city–and the one she loves?

 Who are the key players in your current book? (or current themes, if nonfiction)

Well, I’m currently in the middle of Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass, #3) by Sarah J. Maas. I’m sure most of you are aware of the main characters in this series but there are a couple of newly introduced ones in this book. The most important main character in this book is obviously Celaena Sardothien, and then we have our other mains – Dorian and Chaol. However, now added to the playing field are Aedion Ashryver, Manon Blackbeak, and Rowan Whitehorn (my personal favorite asshole). I’m really enjoying Aedion and Rowan (obviously!), but I am pretty much bored to tears during Manon’s chapters. I just don’t really care about the witches if I’m being honest. I’ll compare her to how I felt about Nehemia – boring and uninteresting. And if she can meet the same fate as the princess, (and hopefully sooner rather than later), I’ll be one happy camper.


Have you read any of the books that I bought this week? If you have, please leave a link to your review of them (if you have one)! What are some of your recent book purchases? Who are the key players in your current read?

Musing Mondays – October 10th, 2016

Musing Mondays is a weekly theme hosted by the lovely MizB @ Books and a Beat, that asks you to answer one of the prompt questions and that week’s random question.

PROMPTS:

  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) this past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: Can you recall a time that you weren’t an avid reader?


I can’t wait to get a copy of…

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The Last Days of Magic by Mark Tompkins

An epic novel of magic and mysticism, Celts and faeries, mad kings and druids, and the goddess struggling to reign over magic’s last outpost on the Earth

What became of magic in the world? Who needed to do away with it, and for what reasons? Drawing on myth, legend, fairy tales, and Biblical mysteries, The Last Days of Magic brilliantly imagines answers to these questions, sweeping us back to a world where humans and magical beings co-exist as they had for centuries.

Aisling, a goddess in human form, was born to rule both domains and—with her twin, Anya—unite the Celts with the powerful faeries of the Middle Kingdom. But within medieval Ireland interests are divided, and far from its shores greater forces are mustering. Both England and Rome have a stake in driving magic from the Emerald Isle. Jordan, the Vatican commander tasked with vanquishing the remnants of otherworldly creatures from a disenchanted Europe, has built a career on such plots. But increasingly he finds himself torn between duty and his desire to understand the magic that has been forbidden.

As kings prepare, exorcists gather, and divisions widen between the warring clans of Ireland, Aisling and Jordan must come to terms with powers given and withheld, while a world that can still foster magic hangs in the balance. Loyalties are tested, betrayals sown, and the coming war will have repercussions that ripple centuries later, in today’s world—and in particular for a young graduate student named Sara Hill.

The Last Days of Magic introduces us to unforgettable characters who grapple with quests for power, human frailty, and the longing for knowledge that has been made taboo. Mark Tompkins has crafted a remarkable tale—a feat of world-building that poses astonishing and resonant answers to epic questions.

I saw this book at my local Books-A-Million a couple of weeks ago, and it has literally been on my mind ever since. While the cover immediately grabbed my attention, the synopsis is what has really got me interested! I took Mythology my last semester of school and I really enjoyed the section on Celtic myths, which is probably helped by the fact that Ireland is my favorite place in the world and that my mom’s side of the family is Irish. And while I’m a sucker for any mythology, be it Greek, Roman, or Norse, the literary world tends to overplay them a bit. So when I saw this book was about the Celts, well… Count me in!

I’ve noticed that a lot of the Goodreads reviews for The Last Days of Magic are pretty polarizing, and it seems to me like this might be  a love-it-or-hate-it novel. Now I noticed the biggest complaint to be that there’s too much history and background information, and not enough action. Well since I am a bit of a history nerd, that probably won’t bother me too much. This also is just the first book in the series so I expect it just be the introduction and buildup to real action that comes later on. Either way, this book has got me all kinds of interested and I plan on grabbing a copy the next time I make a trip to the bookstore!

Can you recall a time that you weren’t an avid reader?

I’ve always been a huge reader, but I guess a period of my life where I wasn’t reading as much as I usually do, was probably my first 2 years of college. But I think that’s probably a very normal situation for anyone who’s attended university. Sorry I didn’t have a more interesting answer for y’all nerds! 😉


What does your Musing Monday look like? Are there any books that you’ve seen recently that really piqued your interest? What do you think about my choice? Have you always been an avid reader?