Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday: A Blade so Black by L.L. McKinney

This bookish meme tells the blogosphere what we're waiting patiently (and sometimes not so patiently) for! It's hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine!

A Blade So Black

     The first time the Nightmares came, it nearly cost Alice her life. Now she's trained to battle monstrous creatures in the dark dream realm known as Wonderland with magic weapons and hardcore fighting skills. Yet even warriors have a curfew.
     Life in real-world Atlanta isn't always so simple, as Alice juggles an overprotective mom, a high-maintenance best friend, and a slipping GPA. Keeping the nightmares at bay is turning into a full-time job. But when Alice's handsome and mysterious mentor is poisoned, she has to find the antidote by venturing deeper into Wonderland than she’s ever gone before. And she'll need to use everything she's learned in both worlds to keep from losing her head . . . literally.

Published by: Imprint
Expected Publication: September 25, 2018

Why I'm Waiting: Normally I use my most anticipated book of the year as the first WoW of the year, but this year I didn't have a cover or synopsis to use. Now that they're here, I can honestly say this is without a doubt my most anticipated book of 2018. I cannot wait to have this book in my hands! It not only has a gorgeous cover, but it also sounds amazing! ANDDDDD it's a retelling of Alice in Wonderland! Y'all know retellings are my kroptyonite! I can read them all day! And let's be real, if you think I'm not excited about fantasy with a black girl, you're outta your mind!!!!!!!!!!!  (P.S. Y'ALL THIS COVER GIVES ME CHILLSSSSS!)

What are you waiting on this week?
Will you be waiting on this with me?

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Top Ten Bookish Resolutions/Goals!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the BookishEach week we will post a new Top Ten list . Everyone is welcome to join. 

This week's topic is:
Top Ten Bookish Resolutions/Goals

1. Read more diversely: Read more than just what caters to me or those close to me. 

2. Become more active on social media: I normally don't say anything at all unless it has to do with a book or my dog. I use my personal one more. But lately I haven't used either and I want to remedy that!

3. Add my reviews to Goodreads, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble: I used to be REALLY GOOD at doing this, but after B&N made that rule to where you can only add a review if the book is out, it kinda went to the backburner. But now I have a new system and hopefully it works easier that way. 

4. Develop more original content: I have SO MANY IDEAS, but because of school I had no time to implement them. But now that I have more free time, I plan to do all the things I couldn't do before. 

5. Go to more author signings and conferences: I have plans to do both of these things, but only 2 of each. But I want to do MORE. 

6. Read more outside my comfort zone: I didn't realize this was a problem until I realized out of the 6 books I've already read this year, 3 were contemp romance, 2 were comic books, and 1 was fantasy. I want to read more fantasy, more historical fiction, and more MG. 

7. Don't be afraid to be the black sheep: I sometimes find that I refrain to post reviews I DNF'ed or books that I didn't like because I'm the black sheep.... Not in 2018. If a book's not for me, it's just not for me. 

8. STOP BUYING/ REQUESTING BOOKS BASED ON THE COVER: If you know me, you know I have this BAD. I can't stop it tho. I wish this wasn't such a huge thing I struggle with, but I can't shake it. This year I want to do better about this and at the very least limit the pretty cover books to checking them out from the library so there's no commitments lol 

9. Try my hand at being a bookstagrammer: I have 0 props (I have a very active puppy who likes to chomp on anything left sitting out lolol) but I want to get more as I build my library back up in the new apartment

10. Replace your bookshelves: I lost 3 floor to ceiling book shelves in my old apartment, so now I'm hanging on to the one floor to ceiling bookshelf in my living room. Before the year is over I want to replace my shelves and build my library like I planned to do in my old apartment before we were displaced! 

What are your resolutions/goals?

Monday, January 15, 2018

Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh

ARC, 370 pages
Release Date: January 23, 2018
Published by: Soho Teen
Read from: January 12-14, 2018
Reign of the Fallen, #1
Source: #booksfortrade
For fans of:  LGBTQ+, Fantasy, Necromancy, Romance, YA

     Odessa is one of Karthia's master necromancers, catering to the kingdom's ruling Dead. Whenever a noble dies, it's Odessa's job to raise them by retrieving their souls from a dreamy and dangerous shadow world called the Deadlands. But there is a cost to being raised--the Dead must remain shrouded, or risk transforming into zombie-like monsters known as Shades. If even a hint of flesh is exposed, the grotesque transformation will begin.
    A dramatic uptick in Shade attacks raises suspicions and fears among Odessa's necromancer community. Soon a crushing loss of one of their own reveals a disturbing conspiracy: someone is intentionally creating Shades by tearing shrouds from the Dead--and training them to attack. Odessa is faced with a terrifying question: What if her necromancer's magic is the weapon that brings Karthia to its knees?


     First things first.... I have to admit I wanted to read this so bad because of the beautiful cover. But then I read the synopsis and found out what would be on the inside, I really wanted it. This book has been on my TBR for a while, so it's no surprise that I got to it as soon as I could.
"Progress,' the king always says when he gives his twiceyearly public address, 'is a slow-acting poidon that will ensure Karthia's eventual death.'"
pg. 9
     In this world, the Dead never really die if they choose not to. They are covered with a shroud to be raised by the Necromancer before they can become a monster that no one likes, a Shade. But suddenly, to say no one likes them, there is an abundance of Shades attacking Karthia. Odessa must find out what's happening and save Karthia before it's too late.
"Love is difficult to disguise."
pg. 126
    I really loved Odessa. I loved her kick ass attitude and how she was able to meet everything head on. She made it through some of the toughest times and I thought it made her into a stronger heroine. I also really loved the supporting characters and all they brought to the story. It made it into a better story because of them. Especially Meredy and her "pet." I loved them and I am already thinking about what animal I would use if I had that power. 
"Death be damned."
pg. 189
     What I didn't care for about this book was the plot. My goodness the very first chapter of this book had me hooked. And then nothing happened until the climax at the end. The middle was literally her getting over something. (You'll understand when you read it.) I do think that part of the book was needed, however I don't feel it needed that much time spent on it. I also thought the plot was entirely too predictable. I literally called every plot twist with the exception of one. Maybe it's just me, I read alot, so I know where I would put these twists, but I was hoping for something that would throw me for a loop. 
"Before I met you, it wasn't hard to be heartless."
pg. 272
   I also wasn't completely sold on the world-building. I wanted so much to know more about Karthia and the way they can see the Gates to the Deadlands and just... I needed more. I liked what she gave us, but there was no explanation of the different powers and just simple things like that. I wanted more. 
"Death is an ending, not a new beginning."
pg. 325
     As someone who's not really a fantasy reader, I'm glad I took a chance on this one. It had great characters, a great romance, and a great type of magic. Although I wanted more, I still feel it had a great story with a great heroine! 
Overall, I give this

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Stacking the Shelves #251 & the Weekly Wrap-Up!

This bookish meme tells the blogosphere what all we borrowed, bought, and received for review. It's hosted over at Tynga's Reviews.

For Review:

Winner Take AllTo Kill a Kingdom
The Other Side of LostThe Lies They Tell
9 Days and 9 NightsSea Witch
Blank 133x176
(All of This Is True by Lygia Day PeƱaflor)

Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe, #2)

From the Library:
You'll Miss Me When I'm GoneLumberjanes, Vol. 7: A Bird's-Eye View

The Weekly Wrap-Up!

Monday 01/08/18: No Post
Wednesday 01/10/17: Waiting on Wednesday:  Legendary by Stephanie Garber
Friday 01/12/17: Book Blogger Hop: Most Looking Forward to in 2018! 
 Saturday 01/13/17:  No Post

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What went on at your blog this week? 

Friday, January 12, 2018

Book Blogger Hop: Most Looking Forward to in 2018!

 What upcoming titles are you looking forward to reading in 2018? 

Sea WitchA Blade So Black
Ash PrincessTo Kill a Kingdom

What about you?
Any that you are looking forward to too?