Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday #370

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.


Goodreads Description:

Esha is a legend, but no one knows. It’s only in the shadows that she moonlights as the Viper, the rebels’ highly skilled assassin. She’s devoted her life to avenging what she lost in the royal coup, and now she’s been tasked with her most important mission to date: taking down the ruthless General Hotha.

Kunal has been a soldier since childhood, training morning and night to uphold the power of King Vardaan. His uncle, the general, has ensured that Kunal never strays from the path—even as a part of Kunal longs to join the outside world, which has been growing only more volatile.

Then Esha’s and Kunal’s paths cross—and an unimaginable chain of events unfolds. Both the Viper and the soldier think they’re calling the shots, but they’re not the only players moving the pieces. As the bonds that hold their land in order break down and the sins of the past meet the promise of a new future, both rebel and soldier must make unforgivable choices.

Drawing inspiration from ancient Indian history and Hindu mythology, the first book in Swati Teerdhala’s debut fantasy trilogy captivates with electric romance, stunning action, and the fierce bonds that hold people together—and that drive them apart.

Hardcover, 496 pages
Expected publication: April 23rd 2019 by Katherine Tegen Books
Pre-Order here and here

I am pretty curious about this book :D That cover is stunning. And the book sounds pretty exciting too. I have not heard anything about it yet, though, ack. But, I have traded for an ARC of it which will be arriving later this month, and so I cannot wait to read this book :D I think and hope I will love it. Sounds awesome.
What are you waiting for on this legendary Wednesday?

Saturday, November 10, 2018

In My Mailbox #366

This week haven't been going all that well. Hmm. But I did read one regular sized book, finally. Ahh! My re-read of The Scorpio Races. <3 My most precious. And it was the first book I have read and loved in two whole months. What. So rude. I am planning on reading a bunch more this coming week :D Fingers crossed for me. Not feeling the best, as I had my first wisdom tooth removed on Thursday. It hurts. Can't open my mouth right and cannot chew right and only half taste things I eat. It sucks. And I think I have a cheek infection, because there is puss coming out, and I think that is the only place that hurts so. Inside of my cheek. Ugh. Because the dentist cut me with something, I think. Hmph. If not better by Monday, I have to go back. Which will be beyond painful, and I do not want that at all. Keep fingers crossed it will get better for me? Only blogged twice this week. Aaack. I shall be better. I'm waiting on The Clockwork Ghost :D And shared my review of The Scorpio Races. <3 Ninth read. Ahh. It's the most precious for me. I have taken new pictures of books to sell this week, and it's breaking my heart a little that I have to sell so many. Sigh. But no room. Need to get rid of older ones. Ack. But, no one is buying. Hopefully soon. I also got some stunning mail this week :D Eee. I love it all so very much. <3 I had a good week, despite all the pain. Hoping it will be better tomorrow :) Also! I have a giveaway for two finished copies of Borrowed. Which looks like such an amazing book. And it has so so so very few entries. Any chance you all could enter it? :D If you win, I am very sure you will like the book. <3 Thank you. Hope you are all doing well :)

The Sea of Monsters. Now pretty sure that I have all the graphic novels, haha :D Had to have them all. <3
The Mortal Instruments Graphic Novel 2. I adore these books. Love this artist. Must re-read the books :D
Shadow in the North + Tin Princess. Now own all four from this series :D Hoping to read them all soonish.
Pippin No Lickin'. Yay! This looks adorable :D Thank you so much JKS Communications for this one :D
Lady Sherlock Swag. Ahh! Thank you so much Sherry for this most gorgeous swag :D So in love with it.
Pop Figures. Eee! A whole bunch of new ones. Love my Coraline ones. So cute. They are all adorable.

The Raven's Tale. EEE! Thank you so much Abrams for approving me for this one :D I'm SO EXCITED.
White Stag. Ahh! So excited to be taking part in the blog tour for this one :D Thank you so St. Martins :D

More Instagram photos here. <3

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Review: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Reading this book will always give me the most magical feeling. This was my ninth read of it. And it never fail to make me happy. And heartbroken too. The Scorpio Races is such a huge favorite of mine. I know I will always love reading it. There is not a single thing about this book that I do not love. Which is the best feeling.

There is so much I could say about this book. But I'm pretty sure I have already said it all, haha. I have shared about it for seven years now. And yet I will never tire of reading this book or writing about it, honestly. I need everyone to know about it too. To love Sean and Puck like I love them. To love it all the same way I do.

Will try not to write too much about the book this time, because mostly I just want to share a little about how much I love it. And how much I need all of you to read it too, if you haven't yet. This book means so much to me. And so this re-read was once again perfection. I love that every time I read this book I end up loving it more than before. Which should not be possible, considering how much I already love it. The Scorpio Races tells the story of an island. A small one, with not that many people living on it. Life is hard there, most of the time. Though those who love this island are happy. Like Puck and Sean. They have different lives, but I would say that they have the same heart, which is the most important. Reading about them makes me so so very happy.

This is a book about horses. Yet not the normal kind. These horses are from the water. And they are huge and deadly. And the most amazing to read about. It is also a book about getting to know someone. About Puck getting to know the island and herself, and Sean too. About her learning more about what is left of her family, and how to deal with that. It is about Sean learning how to care for someone other than Corr. About him learning to fight for what he wants most of everything. And risk losing it all. Which breaks me.

Everything about this book is perfection. And every time I read it, it kills me more. It's full of emotions and heartbreak and joy and I love every single moment of it. There is so much I could share about all of it. But I won't. Just that I love this book. So so very much. I love Puck. I love Finn, her brother. I am still angry at her other brother, Gabe. Hmph. I love the sisters they spend time with. It breaks my heart how they are living at the moment, a year after their parents died. I wish that people would have helped them. Hmph.

I loved reading about Sean and Puck all over again. How they first meet. How they start spending time together. And start caring about each other. How they race each other with their horses. The very best thing. Their small touches still kills me. I wish there had been a bit more romance, but I'm so happy with what is there. Sigh. I ship them so very much. This whole book is perfection. The november cakes. The november sea. The water horses. The race. The whole Mutt thing still makes me the most angry. Ugh.

But every part of this book thrills me. And I am so happy with how well written The Scorpio Races is. I just wish there was so much more after it. I wish it had not ended after four hundred pages. And that ending. My god. It is evil. Yet so hopeful. Completely perfect too. But yes. I very much need more. I need more of Sean and Puck and everything. I really hope there will be more. This book is simply stunning. In a way, it makes me feel alive. Which is the best feeling a book can give me. These characters are simply the best.

I'll admit that I'm still waiting for Maggie to share that she's writing a direct sequel to The Scorpio Races. It is my biggest wish. To get to read more about Sean and Puck and Corr and Finn and Holly and everyone. I don't feel that their story is over. Yet I fear that Maggie will not write more about them. And I need her to. So very badly. I have hope, though. Hope that she will soon announce a sequel. I am crossing my fingers for it. And hoping that it will not be a companion book, haha. I very much need a direct sequel for it. Sigh.

This book have been out for seven years now. And if you still have not read it, shame on you. Because it is the most amazing book with such stunning characters and the most precious story. The Scorpio Races is not a book to be missed. I am so thrilled that I still love it as much as I did the first time I read it, seven years ago. This ninth read have been amazing. I needed this lovely book right now. I have not yet listened to the audiobook, but I will. I am sure I will love it too. This book brings me so much joy every single time.


Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday #369

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.


Goodreads Description:

It was only a few weeks ago that the Biedermann twins, Tess and Theo, along with their friend Jaime Cruz, followed the secrets of the Morningstarrs’ cipher further anyone had in its century-and-a-half history—and destroyed their beloved home in the process. But the Old York Cipher still isn’t solved. The demolition of 354 W. 73rd Street only revealed the next clue in the greatest mystery of the modern world, and if Tess, Theo, and Jaime want to discover what lies at the end of the puzzle laid into the buildings of New York by its brilliant, enigmatic architects, they will need to press on.

But doing so could prove even more dangerous than they know. It is clear that the Morningstarr twins marshaled all the strange technology they had spent their lives creating in the construction of the Cipher, and that technology has its own plans for those who pursue it. It is also clear that Tess, Theo, and Jaime are not the only ones on the trail of the treasure. As enemies both known and unknown close in on them from all sides and the very foundations of the city seem to crumble around them, they will have to ask themselves how far they will go to change the unchangeable—and whether the price of knowing the secrets of the Morningstarrs is one they are willing to pay.

Hardcover, 336 pages
Expected publication: May 14th 2019 by HarperCollins
Pre-Order here and here

I pretty much adored the first book in this series. And I have been waiting for news about the second one :D And eee! I simply cannot wait for The Clockwork Ghost. The summary sounds exciting. And that cover is so very gorgeous. Sigh. Is it May yet? The cover is not up on Amazon/Goodreads yet. Hmph. Despite being revealed a whole month ago. How rude. It is gorgeous. Laura shared about the cover here, and her story about the cat when she was younger just about killed me. Laura is amazing. <3 Can't wait to read.
What are you waiting for on this searching Wednesday?

Saturday, November 3, 2018

In My Mailbox #365

Another week gone by. Way too fast. Ahh. I read a short book this week; a very short one. But I am going to start my re-read of The Scorpio Races tomorrow, finally :D And hoping that will make me want to read more other books too. Fingers crossed. I have done a bunch of house things this week, and a tiny bit of catching up. A bit more behind right now. Ahhh. Plus side, my laptop is finally back from service :D Eee. And it is so so good to have my laptop back. Sigh. It's so much better. I do wish they had given me a new one, sigh, but I shall survive. So far, the problems seems to have been fixed. So yay for that. I just have not had any time to catch up yet. But soon. I hope. Need to get everything done before December. Today I have seen two movies at the cinema with my nephew, and cleaned cat pee. Ugh. My hips are killing me with pain right now. It's the worst. But I'm surviving, haha. Probably :D Also more blog posts this week :D Though they were all later in the week, ack. This week I'm waiting on Soul of the Sword. <3 I shared my review of Orgo Runners: The First Run :) I'm taking part in the blog tour for Borrowed :D Psst, enter the giveaway. Then I shared the gorgeous cover for Immunity. <3 Would mean the most to me if you would leave a comment. Thank you so so much to all of you that do so :D I will comment back. Soon. Just so behind. Hmph. And ahh! This mail week! I am dying :D So so much awesome. A bunch of trades. Some bought. Some ARCs gotten. Sigh. It is all precious and perfect. <3 This week have been pretty great :)

Percy Jackson. Realized I was missing some of the graphic novels, so working on getting all of them :)
The Hidden Blade. Ordered this at the end of august, with my other Sherry books, just now arrived. Ack.
Shiver + Linger. EEE! Thank you so much for trading these ARCs with me Megan :D I am so so happy.
City of Ghosts. Love! Thank you so much Amanda for this awesome ARC trade :D I love it so much. <3
Furyborn ARC Box. Minus the ARC :D Eee! Thank you so much Iryna for this amazing trade :D Love it.
Six of Crows paperback set. Final part of a trade with Jordan :D Thank you so much. Had to have these.
A Map of Days. I know, I hated book three. But I couldn't help it. I want to know what happens, haha :)
Song for a Whale. Eee! Thank you so much to RHC for sending me this book for the blog tour :D Love.
Sleepover at the Museum. Taking part in this blog tour; thank you so much RHC :D So excited to read it.
The Tiger in the Well + The Ruby in the Stone. Two of four arrived. Have not read this series just yet :D
Coraline. Eee! My Coraline doll has arrived :D And ahh! She is gorgeous. Love. And first of my pops :D

More Instagram photos here. <3

Friday, November 2, 2018

Cover Reveal: Immunity by Erin Bowman

Eee! I am so so very excited about this book :D I pretty much adored the first one, Contagion. And waiting for Immunity is all kinds of painful. Because of that very very rude ending. Must know what happens next. If the rest of the characters survive. If the romance I am wishing for will happen. Ahh. I must know all the details :D July 2nd cannot come fast enough. And oh my gosh. This cover. I cannot. Look how gorgeous it is! Ahh! They both look so stunning together. Love the colors for Immunity. Sigh. I simply cannot wait for this precious book to be out. I shall love it the very most, I am sure. What do you think of this cover? :D

Survivors of a deadly planetary outbreak take on a new, sinister adversary in the white-knuckle sequel to Contagion, which New York Times bestselling author Amie Kaufman called “gripping, thrilling and terrifying in equal measures.”

They thought their nightmare was over, but Thea, Coen, and Nova’s rescue was only the beginning. After being imprisoned on a ship they thought was their ticket to safety, it’s clear that the threat they left behind isn’t as distant as they’d hoped—and this time the entire galaxy is at risk.

Now that threat is about to be unleashed as an act of political warfare. To prevent an interstellar catastrophe, the survivors must harness the evil they faced on the planet Achlys and learn to wield the only weapon they have left: themselves.

The first installment in Erin Bowman’s duology earned a starred review from Publishers Weekly, who called the plot “intricate and action-packed,” and fans of Jonathan Maberry, Rick Yancey, and Madeline Roux will relish in Bowman’s tense, high-stakes conclusion to the events of Contagion.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Borrowed Blog Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway

Today I'm taking part in the blog tour for Borrowed by Lucia DiStefano :D I have not read this book, but I might do it one day, because it seems pretty much amazing. I do not often read contemporary books, but this one looks great. And a bit heartbreaking. And I'm hoping to have the time to read it soon. Huge thank you to the publisher, Elephant Rock Books, for letting me take part in this awesome blog tour. Today I am sharing a great guest post by Lucia and sharing a bit about the book too, and hosting a US giveaway for two copies of this book being sent by the publisher :D Borrowed looks gorgeous and sounds stunning too.

Guest Post by Lucia DiStefano.

“Write what you know.” Common wisdom, right? I had it memorized before I was tall enough for even the TeaCup ride, and I remember feeling constrained by it. After all, writing a few stories had already exhausted what I knew in my young life. I didn’t want to stop scribbling in order to gather more knowledge, and anyway, most of what passed for story-worthy knowledge those days came from spying on neighbors, most of whom wisely kept their private lives behind the privet.

But in the decades after I shed that obnoxiously lurky kid-self, I’ve come to see that common wisdom sometimes deserves to be questioned. Sure, maybe the advice to write what you know makes sense: won’t the piece feel more accomplished when it explores a topic with which you can claim a certain level of expertise? Won’t the whole thing be better crafted if you can adroitly work in the requisite details? Maybe, but…

When I heard the better advice to “write what you want to know,” a whole lotta doors were kicked in for me. Ah, the power of one wee word. (Well, technically, one wee word plus a wee preposition.)

I believe that curiosity is every bit as important as knowledge when it comes to writing, and, when it comes to fiction specifically, perhaps even more important.

It’s said that if you want to learn how to do something really well, teach it to someone else. And I’d extend that further: If you want to know someone/something really well, draw them in your own words. I would hazard to say that writing is always an act of exploration, whatever the subject or however humble the platform. But to push past what you can comfortably write about and step into the chancier unknown-but-wanna-know takes a willingness to risk (which means a willingness to fail, if failing means getting it wrong).

“How can I write what I don’t know, though?” you may be asking. “Like, doesn’t knowing come first, before the writing?” Permit me to borrow wisdom from Anne Lamott and Ernest Hemingway: The “how” arrives in unapologetically shitty first drafts.

And that brings me to my favorite P-word. (Not popcorn, although the bag of peanut butter-coated popcorn I once wolfed down in Fredericksburg, Texas was pretty amazing, so maybe I should consider peanut butter and popcorn as runners-up P-words.) 


To write what you want to know rests on the foundation of giving yourself permission first to not already know everything worth knowing. (I know you know that, but you’d be amazed at how many people think that, if they don’t know something, it’s not worth knowing. Hmmm…four “knows” in one sentence. Not bad.)

And then it means giving yourself permission to explore (aka to play, which is another powerful P-word pertaining to writing). Permission to coast on “what if?” while you’re sussing out the whys and hows. Permission to write something that only pleases you as the first steps on the journey toward writing something that you’ll be proud to share with others. And permission to inhabit worlds and people you may never know experientially, but you can know through the transformative power of creativity.

For instance, my journey from flickery first idea to finished novel began with wanting to know what it would be like to feel the self you knew slip away as another self, one you hadn’t invited, took over. (The closest I ever came to that was the occasional reverse deja vu moment when I should’ve remembered something but didn’t. Hardly a parallel.)

I could have let the fact that I haven’t had a dramatic and sudden event causing me to question my personal identity stop me from exploring it via story and characters and language. I could have…

As Flannery O’Connor famously said, “I write to discover what I know,” which assumes that we know more than we give ourselves credit for (which also assumes different ways of knowing and various levels of knowing, which is a mega-discussion best left for another day, when you have time to sit with me over a cuppa something hot).

When you give yourself permission to wonder before you know, and when you permit yourself to engage in discovery through dreaming and plotting and writing, you dramatically expand the world for your first and most important reader: you.

Official release date: November 1st 2018. 264 Pages.  

Love, mystery, and danger collide in this new literary thriller with the dark heart of a Gillian Flynn novel and the lyrical prose of Jandy Nelson’s I’ll Give You the Sun.

A triumph of authenticity, grace, and nail-biting suspense, Lucia DiStefano’s ingenious debut is an unflinching, genre-bending page-turner.

As seventeen-year-old Linnea celebrates the first anniversary of her heart transplant, she can’t escape the feeling that the wires have been crossed. After a series of unsettling dreams, inked messages mysteriously appear on her body, and she starts to wonder if this new heart belongs to her at all.

In another Austin neighborhood, Maxine braces for a heartbreaking anniversary: her sister Harper’s death. Between raising her brothers and parenting her grief-stricken mother, Max is unable to ignore her guilty crush on Harper’s old flame or shake her lingering suspicion that her sister’s drowning wasn’t really an accident. With Harper as the sole connection, Linnea and Maxine are soon brought together in fantastic and terrifying ways as the shocking truth behind Harper’s death comes to light.

A former high school English teacher, Lucia DiStefano currently works as an editor, ghostwriter, and writing coach. First-generation Sicilian-American and daughter of an olive farmer, she admits to having recurring pasta dreams. Hailing from central Connecticut, Lucia lives near Austin, Texas with her husband and an old bloodhound named Waffle.

Where to find Lucia DiStefano:

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Publisher's book page here.

Blog Tour Schedule:

August 1: Cover reveal at YA Interrobang
September 4: Review at Alice Reeds
September 10: Author interview at Alice Reeds
September 24: Cover reveal at BubblersRead
October 8: Review at Liz Loves Books  
October 9-15: Giveaway at Miss Print
October 15: Review at BubblersRead
October 17: Guest post at Liz Loves Books
October 22: Excerpt at YA Interrobang
October 25: Author interview at YA Outside the Lines  
October 31: Author interview at Katya de Becerra: The Last Day of Normal
November 1: Giveaway and guest post at Carina’s Books
November 5: Author interview at BubblersRead
November 12: Author guest post at BubblersRead
Week of November 12: Author interview at Cynsations
November 20: Author interview at The Story Sanctuary
And more to come, including a podcast special at The Writing Barn and an event with book blogger, reviewer, and YouTuber BookRatMisty!
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