Sunday, September 29, 2019

Stacking the Shelves #340 & 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.

Traded:
Slay

My #ownvoices collection is coming along nicely! (Still looking for ARCs of The Hate U Give and Let Me Hear a Rhyme and an HC of Monday's Not Coming if anyone wants to throw one of these my way..... lol)

Won:
Slay

I won a pre-order of this book from the author and it came on pub day! Huge thanks to Brittney Morris! And now since I have both, I can give the HC to my library teens and let them read it at the same time as me lol (They hate when I'm "late to the party")

From the Library:
 Kim Reaper Vol. 1: Grim BeginningsSoul of Stars (Heart of Iron, #2)
The Fire Keeper (The Storm Runner #2)The Evil Queen (The Forest of Good and Evil, #1)
The Lady RogueTunnel of Bones (Cassidy Blake, #2)



The Weekly Wrap-Up:

Tuesday 09/24/19:  Top 10 Tuesday:  Top 10 (Or 13!) Books on my Fall TBR!
Wednesday 09/25/19: Waiting on Wednesday: Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibañez
Friday 09/27/19: Book Blogger Hop: Bookish Holidays! 



Me on Instagram:


This event was actually really fun and though I didn't have that many people there, we still had a lot of fun. I loved the theme for Banned Book Week and I wanted to do something with it, so I thought keychains might be the best inexpensive and most fun thing we could do. And as it turns out, it was. 

What about you?
What did you get this week?
Did we get any of the same things?
Let me know in the comments!







Saturday, September 28, 2019

Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab

Hardcover, 287 pages           
Release Date: September 3, 2019
Published by: Scholastic Press
Read from: September 26-28, 2019
Source: Library
TW: N/A
For fans of: Paranormal, Ghosts, Adventure, 


     Trouble is haunting Cassidy Blake . . . even more than usual.
     She (plus her ghost best friend, Jacob, of course) are in Paris, where Cass's parents are filming their TV show about the world's most haunted cities. Sure, it's fun eating croissants and seeing the Eiffel Tower, but there's true ghostly danger lurking beneath Paris, in the creepy underground Catacombs.
     When Cass accidentally awakens a frighteningly strong spirit, she must rely on her still-growing skills as a ghosthunter -- and turn to friends both old and new to help her unravel a mystery. But time is running out, and the spirit is only growing stronger.
     And if Cass fails, the force she's unleashed could haunt the city forever.

*MY THOUGHTS*

     I remember picking up the first book in this series only because of the author and not caring that this was MG. And I'm glad I never let that stop me, because I love Cassidy and her creepy best friend lol 
"Maybe it's because everything is spookier at night. It's why people are afraid of the dark. What you can't see is always scarier than what you can."
pg. 19
     Cassidy's parents have chosen the next place for their show: Paris. Cass is excited to do all the touristy things, but she accidentally wakes up a strong and scary spirit while there. She has to find a way to reap him and keep her loved ones (and everyone else in Paris apparently) safe. She has to be sure she can do this.....
"It's hard to believe in ghosts until you see one, and then it's hard not to."
pg. 37
     One of the best parts of this has to be the characters. I LOVE Cass. She is so strong and determined. And let me just say, I don't know that I'd be strong enough to do the things she has. And she's a kid! And Jacob, though I still think he's creepy, I can say he was essential to the story. (I guess I feel like Lara) I just hope he stays the way he is and doesn't do more. (When you read it, you'll understand)
"Most tales are inspired by something."
pg. 110
     I also like the settings of this series. I loved that they came to Paris. I just wish she had given us more worldbuilding. Maybe she didn't give us as much because it's a real place or because its MG, who knows? But I wish there was more. I have never been to the catacombs, but I would love to see how damp and gross and icky it might have been. 
"Fear claws across my skin- fear of heights, fear of falling, fear that this will work, fear that it won't- but maybe this fear is important."
pg. 196-197
     But overall it was a solid story that had me hooked. I don't know the last book I read in two days. I really enjoyed being back with these characters and adding one more. Hopefully we see that person in book 3!
Overall, I give this


Friday, September 27, 2019

Book Blogger Hop: Bookish Holidays!


Have you ever wished that there were official government bookish holidays, and that, by law, employers HAD to give their workers a paid day off? If so, what kind of bookish holiday would you like to have? (submitted by Maria @ A Night's Dream of Books)

All the time. I could read so much more when I'm off for the day. I guess a couple days off would really make  difference. I'd like it to be like Wednesday-Saturday and we're off on Sundays already. 

What about you?

Thursday, September 26, 2019

The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones

e-ARC, 352 pages           
Release Date: September 24, 2019
Published by: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Read from: September 22-26, 2019
Stand-alone
Source: Publisher  & Netgalley (I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and the Publisher in exchange for a just and honest review. This did nothing to influence my review.) 
TW: Animal Death (Kind of... You'll see)
For fans of: Historical, Horror, Paranormal, Stand-alone, YA


     Seventeen-year-old Aderyn ("Ryn") only cares about two things: her family, and her family's graveyard. And right now, both are in dire straits. Since the death of their parents, Ryn and her siblings have been scraping together a meager existence as gravediggers in the remote village of Colbren, which sits at the foot of a harsh and deadly mountain range that was once home to the fae. The problem with being a gravedigger in Colbren, though, is that the dead don't always stay dead.
     The risen corpses are known as "bone houses," and legend says that they're the result of a decades-old curse. When Ellis, an apprentice mapmaker with a mysterious past, arrives in town, the bone houses attack with new ferocity. What is it that draws them near? And more importantly, how can they be stopped for good?
     Together, Ellis and Ryn embark on a journey that will take them deep into the heart of the mountains, where they will have to face both the curse and the long-hidden truths about themselves.

*MY THOUGHTS*

     I'm not ususally one who enjoys reading books on zombies or the undead, but this one super shocked me. I had some trepidation about this one, but I actually really enjoyed it. Definitely a shocker. 
"Death is not to be feared," he said. "But nor can it be foresaken. One must be mindful."
3%
     Ryn and her siblings have been trying to stay under the radar in their village by doing the family business, grave digging. But, unfortunately for them, the dead doesn't always stay dead. The corpses are called "bone houses" coming from an old legend. Then Ellis comes to the village with no real information on him or his family. Suddenly the bone houses have become restless and are coming out in drives. Ellis and Ryn have to work together to face the truth about the curse.
"The living had a tendency to make promises they could not keep."
15%
     The best thing about this was the writing style. The readability of this was so very easy. I found myself able to sit down and get lost in it. I read about 20% everyday. Normally I don't get even close to that. It was a quick, easy read and after all the bricks that came out this month, I was happy for this one.
"...there's worse things to be than loyal and stubborn."
48%
     As for the plot, at some points I did feel like not much was happening, but that was when Lloyd-Jones dropped in a bone house fight which worked really well. And the plot twist at the end.... I remember being worried because I was at 90% and I still had so many questions. But the twist is there and I never saw it coming. And that's why I liked it so much. 
"If you make a jest about hands or "handling: that, said Ryn, "I will shove you down a mine shaft."
57%
     As for the characters, I really liked them. Well, I really liked Ellis for some reason. And I'm glad the author decided to make this a dual POV story because we got to see inside their heads. And as the story went on, this definitely made this work in the reader's favor lol 
"I'll never be a soldier, or a smith, or [...] And if you think of pitying me - do not. For the most part, I truly enjoy my life. But there are limitations."
63%
     This was different from everything I usually read, and as it turns out, this was what I liked best about it. This was a surprise and now I want to try whatever else she's written. I hope everyone enjoys this as well. 
Overall, I give this


Wednesday, September 25, 2019

WoW: Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibañez



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!

Woven in Moonlight

     A lush tapestry of magic, romance, and revolución, drawing inspiration from Bolivian politics and history.
     Ximena is the decoy Condesa, a stand-in for the last remaining Illustrian royal. Her people lost everything when the usurper, Atoc, used an ancient relic to summon ghosts and drive the Illustrians from La Ciudad. Now Ximena’s motivated by her insatiable thirst for revenge, and her rare ability to spin thread from moonlight.
     When Atoc demands the real Condesa’s hand in marriage, it’s Ximena’s duty to go in her stead. She relishes the chance, as Illustrian spies have reported that Atoc’s no longer carrying his deadly relic. If Ximena can find it, she can return the true aristócrata to their rightful place.
     She hunts for the relic, using her weaving ability to hide messages in tapestries for the resistance. But when a masked vigilante, a warm-hearted princess, and a thoughtful healer challenge Ximena, her mission becomes more complicated. There could be a way to overthrow the usurper without starting another war, but only if Ximena turns her back on revenge—and her Condesa.

Published by: Page Street Books
Expected Publication: January 7, 2020

Why I'm Waiting: Besides the fact that this cover is one of the most beautiful things ever, I think this sounds really amazing. And it's super unique. Reasons why I LOVE diverse books, they bring freshness and new stories to books. And as if that's not enough, the first sentence alone is enough to make me want to read it!

What about you?
Will you be waiting on this with me?
Let me know in the comments! 

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

TTT: Top 10 (Or 13!) Books on my Fall TBR!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish and is now run by Jana at That Artsy Reader GirlEach week she will post a new Top Ten list . Everyone is welcome to join. 

This week's topic is:
Top 10 (Or 13!) Books on my Fall TBR!

(I do this as all the books I'm excited for that release in the Autumn months! That means, September, October, and November!)

Still to Read from September: 

Kingdom of SoulsUnpregnant (Unpregnant, #1)
The Tenth GirlThe Lady Rogue
American RoyalsSLAY

September had ALLLL the book birthdays lol I'm late to the party on alot of these and I still want to read so many more! Here's the ones I'm still super excited that I haven't gotten to yet tho! Kingdom of Souls just announced it was becoming a movie, Unpregnant is something I NEED to read and I need to tell my teens about it, I LOVEEEE horror so when The Tenth Girl was offered to me as a blog tour spot I JUMPED at the chance, and I'm not sure how I haven't read The Lady Rogue yet, but I want to soon. American Royals and Slay were on my TBR before I had even seen the cover and listen when I say, IDK I STILL HAVEN'T READ THEM?


To Read in October: 


Royal Holiday (The Wedding Date, #4)Jackpot
The Beautiful (The Beautiful, #1)Ninth House (Alex Stern, #1)

October for me is all about the creepy books, but I would make an exception for Royal Holiday and Jackpot. Then there's The Beautiful and Ninth House where both fit the creepy criteria lol 

To Read in November:

The Toll (Arc of a Scythe, #3)Supernova (Renegades, #3)
Deadly Little Scandals (Debutantes, #2)

I'm thinking this is going to be on EVERYONE'S lists. My birthday is November 2nd, so I just asked for a $50 gift card to Barnes and Noble and a couple days off so I can read The Toll, Supernova, and Deadly Little Scandals. As it turns out, I'm off on the 4th and go back to work on the 5th -_- lol I royally screwed that up didn't I? But no worries, just knowing that I have these on the way to my house is enough to make me happy!

What about you?
Any of these make your list?
Find anything that you forgot?
Let me know in the comments! 

Monday, September 23, 2019

Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco

Hardcover, 444 pages           
Release Date: September 17, 2019
Published by: Jimmy Patterson Presents
Read from: September 14-22, 2019
Stalking Jack the Ripper, #4
Source: Bought
TW: Violence, Death 
For fans of: Historical Fiction, Mystery, Series Ender, Series, YA


     In the shocking finale to the bestselling series that began with Stalking Jack the Ripper, Audrey Rose and Thomas are on the hunt for the depraved, elusive killer known as the White City Devil. A deadly game of cat-and-mouse has them fighting to stay one step ahead of the brilliant serial killer---or see their fateful romance cut short by unspeakable tragedy.
     Audrey Rose Wadsworth and Thomas Cresswell have landed in America, a bold, brash land unlike the genteel streets of London they knew. But like London, the city of Chicago hides its dark secrets well. When the two attend the spectacular World's Fair, they find the once-in-a-lifetime event tainted with reports of missing people and unsolved murders.
     Determined to help, Audrey Rose and Thomas begin their investigations, only to find themselves facing a serial killer unlike any they've heard of before. Identifying him is one thing, but capturing him---and getting dangerously lost in the infamous Murder Hotel he constructed as a terrifying torture device---is another.
     Will Audrey Rose and Thomas see their last mystery to the end---together and in love---or will their fortunes finally run out when their most depraved adversary makes one final, devastating kill?

*MY THOUGHTS*

     I still remember when Stalking Jack the Ripper was about to come out. I was a little iffy on it because although I liked mysteries, I wasn't completely sold on the historical fiction aspect. But now after finishing this last book in that series, I'm so glad I didn't miss out.
"Veins of crimson and black wound through cracks in the cobblestones- tributries of old death meeting the new. The scent of copper mixed with feces pricked my eues and thrilled my heart. This street was a murderer's dream."
pg. 5
     Thomas and Audrey Rose are now in America. They're here to track down aother killer, more grusome than America has seen before. Will they catch them, or is has this crime fighting duo met their match?
"The world needed to be better. And if it wasn't possible for it to be better, we, it's inhabitants needed to do better.
pg. 26
     Of course Maniscalco's prose was still amazing. I loved the way she's not afraid to be gory. It's what originally drew me into this series in the first place. This one was just the same. The same great gore, and the same great mystery, and the same great storytelling. I felt like I was swept off to the morgue to help them and I didn't want to leave. (add that to sentences I never thought I'd type) 
"...I hadrdly recognized myself. I shouldn't delight in such violence, yet there was no denying how extraordinarily alive I felt while studying death.Perhaps it was the devil in me, begging to be set free."
pg. 35
     And of course I still loved the characters. Thomas is still the crazy weirdo guy that I liked from the very beginning. And Audrey is still the headstrong, brave, smart girl from the series. She's still the reason I liked this series so much. Strong female lead and an interest in STEM. HUZZAH!
"We humans could nor help loving our monsters."
pg. 55
     However, for this to be a finale to a series, I wish it had more bodies and less lovey dovey times. (Again, add that to sentences I never thought I'd type) I fell in love with this story because of the science and the way it was like horror and mystery mixed together. This took most of that away and made it more of a love story. Normally I wouldn't complain, because it doesn't leave any loose ends, but still. I just wanted more I guess. 
"I'd never seen this side of Thomas. I didn't fear him; I feared the war he might wage for me."
pg. 164
     As for the historical aspect, I have to say I'm a bit surprised. I had never even heard of  H.H. Holmes. (I'm a very weird and morbid person who does random research like this all the time.) At the end Maniscalco gives us an author's note, but I did a bit more. I was trying to figure out what made her choose him. I'm not sure what made her go with this guy, but he was definitely a good choice because I learned a lot that I didn't know before. 
"If the world thinks we're heading straight to Hell, we might as well enjoy the journey there. I'd rather dance with the devil than sing with angels wouldn't you?"
pg. 263
     I still can't believe this is the end. Although there weren't any questions left unanswered, I still have more. What happens now? Where do they go from here? What ever happened to them? Hopefully we see them later on in other books by Maniscalco.
   Overall, I give this


Sunday, September 22, 2019

Stacking the Shelves #339 & 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.

Traded:
JackpotWar Girls (War Girls, #1)

A huge thanks to the two I traded with to keep building up my #OwnVoices collection. I realized I've only been collecting ARCs if they have a Black character/author. And I've lately only bought these same books. (I'm still looking for Let Me Hear a Rhyme by Tiffany D. Jackson!)

From the Library:
Jackalope Springs Eternal (Lumberjanes, Vol. 12)Carrie


For Review:


From the Library:
Cover image for Bringing Down the DukeCover image for The Mother-in-Law


The Weekly Wrap-Up:

Tuesday 09/17/19:  Top 10 Tuesday: Fave Things to Eat/Drink While Reading! 
Wednesday 09/18/19: Waiting on Wednesday: Blitzed by Alexa Martin
Thursday 09/19/2019: Pumpkin Heads by Rainbow Rowell
Friday 09/20/19: Book Blogger Hop: Are You Done Yet?
Saturday 09/21/19: No Post

Me on Instagram: 


House Divided over here. And with two rival teams at that. We went to Wal-Mart and I couldn't for the life of me figure out why people were looking at us crazy since we were together lol

What about you?
What did you get this week?
Did we get any of the same things?
Let me know in the comments!