Anticipated Reads

Anticipated Reads | October 2017

Oh, look, October is in…2 days.  Sorry this is kind of late, I’ve been a little distracted lately and kind of only just realized how close we are to the end of September.  Anyway, let’s look at some books that are coming out in October that I am really looking forward to.

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October 1st

The Goblins of Bellwater, by Molly Ringle – I’ve discovered that I’m not one for goblins and fair folk stories it seems, and yet the storylines keep intriguing me.  Take this one, for instance – I actually came across it at work this morning because it was shelved on the wrong cart, and reading the synopsis it sounded kind of interesting.  It reminded me a little of The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black, which is one of the few fair folk/goblin stories I’ve read that I really enjoyed.  So, who knows, I might find another one I enjoy. Continue reading “Anticipated Reads | October 2017”

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Bookish Goals (aka Things I Should Do But Probably Will Never Get Around to Doing)

What sort of goals do you guys have when it comes to reading?  Beyond things like the Goodreads Challenge, or year-long reading challenges like Beat the Backlist?  Are they simple things like, for every new release book you read, you also read at least 1 book that’s been on your TBR?

I have all these personal little goals when it comes to reading and I think I’m going to write them all down here.  Who knows, maybe it will even incite me to start achieving some of them. Continue reading “Bookish Goals (aka Things I Should Do But Probably Will Never Get Around to Doing)”

Book Review

Book Review | AN ENCHANTMENT OF RAVENS by Margaret Rogerson

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An Enchantment of Ravensby Margaret Rogerson

Publish Date: September 26, 2017
Published by: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Pages: 300
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)

**I received this as an ARC from the publisher at BookCon2017 in return for an honest review.**

Synopsis:

Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized among them. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes – a weakness that could cost him his life.

Furious and devastated, Rook spirits her away to the autumnlands to stand trial for her crime. Waylaid by the Wild Hunt’s ghostly hounds, the tainted influence of the Alder King, and hideous monsters risen from barrow mounds, Isobel and Rook depend on one another for survival. Their alliance blossoms into trust, then love, violating the fair folks’ ruthless Good Law. There’s only one way to save both their lives, Isobel must drink from the Green Well, whose water will transform her into a fair one—at the cost of her Craft, for immortality is as stagnant as it is timeless.

Isobel has a choice: she can sacrifice her art for a future, or arm herself with paint and canvas against the ancient power of the fairy courts. Because secretly, her Craft represents a threat the fair folk have never faced in all the millennia of their unchanging lives: for the first time, her portraits have the power to make them feel.


My Review:

To be honest, I wasn’t even mildly interested in this book when I first came across it. A painter who suddenly finds herself among fairies? Wait, didn’t I already read that? (A Court of Thorns and Roses). Well, after seeing so much hype about it (and having the ARC was a nice little incentive), I decided to give it a go. It is certainly different from ACOTAR, with a much different feel to it, and definitely feels unique when it comes to books about the fair folk.  Continue reading “Book Review | AN ENCHANTMENT OF RAVENS by Margaret Rogerson”

Book Review

Book Review | SPEAK EASY, SPEAK LOVE by McKelle George

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Speak Easy, Speak Loveby McKelle George

Publish Date: September 19, 2017
Published by: Greenwillow Books
Pages: 368
Genre: YA Historical Fiction/Retelling
My Rating: ★★★★★ (5 out of 5 stars)

**I received this as an egalley from the publisher through Edelweiss in return for an honest review.**

Synopsis:

Six teenagers’ lives intertwine during one thrilling summer full of romantic misunderstandings and dangerous deals in this sparkling retelling of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.

After she gets kicked out of boarding school, seventeen-year-old Beatrice goes to her uncle’s estate on Long Island. But Hey Nonny Nonny is more than just a rundown old mansion. Beatrice’s cousin, Hero, runs a struggling speakeasy out of the basement—one that might not survive the summer. Along with Prince, a poor young man determined to prove his worth; his brother John, a dark and dangerous agent of the local mob; Benedick, a handsome trust-fund kid trying to become a writer; and Maggie, a beautiful and talented singer; Beatrice and Hero throw all their efforts into planning a massive party to save the speakeasy. Despite all their worries, the summer is beautiful, love is in the air, and Beatrice and Benedick are caught up in a romantic battle of wits that their friends might be quietly orchestrating in the background.


My Review:

As soon as I saw the words “Much Ado About Nothing”, “1920’s” and “retelling”, I knew I had to read this book. (Also, that cover is drop-dead gorgeous and immediately grabbed my eye). I absolutely love love love Much Ado About Nothing , and of course, the 1920s is a spectacular time to read about, especially if done well. This one sang to me because it is an enemies-to-lovers romance and a retelling of one of my favorite Shakespeare plays. And it was phenomenal. Continue reading “Book Review | SPEAK EASY, SPEAK LOVE by McKelle George”

Book Review

Book Review | HUNTING PRINCE DRACULA by Kerri Maniscalco

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Hunting Prince Dracula (Stalking Jack the Ripper #2)by Kerri Maniscalco

Publish Date: September 19, 2017
Published by: Jimmy Patterson Books
Pages: 448
Genre: YA Historical Fiction/Mystery
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)

**I received this as an ARC from BookCon2017 in return for an honest review.**

Synopsis:

Bone white. Blood red. Along this path, you’ll soon be dead.

Following the horrifying revelation of Jack the Ripper’s true identity, Audrey Rose Wadsworth flees her home in Victorian London to enroll as the only female student in Europe’s most prestigious forensics school. But it’s impossible to find peace in the dark, unsettling Romanian castle that houses the school—and was also once home to the depraved Vlad the Impaler, otherwise known as Prince Dracula.

When a series of troubling deaths brings whispers of Vlad’s bloodthirsty return from the grave, Audrey Rose and her sharp-witted companion, Thomas Cresswell, must unravel the cryptic clues that will lead them to the shadowlike killer—living or dead.


My Review:

After reading Stalking Jack the Ripper I immediately dived into this one, eager to read more about Audrey Rose and Thomas Cresswell. Not only did I enjoy the first one, but this was going to be focusing on the legend of Count Dracula, so I was even more intrigued to find out what would happen in it. Continue reading “Book Review | HUNTING PRINCE DRACULA by Kerri Maniscalco”

Book Review

Book Review | JANE, UNLIMITED by Kristin Cashore

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Jane, Unlimitedby Kristin Cashore

Publish Date: September 19, 2017 
Published by: Kathy Dawson Books
Pages: 464
Genre: YA Fiction/Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★★ (5 out of 5 stars)

**I received this as an ARC at BookCon2017 in return for an honest review.**

Synopsis:

Jane has lived an ordinary life, raised by her aunt Magnolia—an adjunct professor and deep sea photographer. Jane counted on Magnolia to make the world feel expansive and to turn life into an adventure. But Aunt Magnolia was lost a few months ago in Antarctica on one of her expeditions.

Now, with no direction, a year out of high school, and obsessed with making umbrellas that look like her own dreams (but mostly just mourning her aunt), she is easily swept away by Kiran Thrash—a glamorous, capricious acquaintance who shows up and asks Jane to accompany her to a gala at her family’s island mansion called Tu Reviens.

Jane remembers her aunt telling her: “If anyone ever invites to you to Tu Reviens, promise me that you’ll go.” With nothing but a trunkful of umbrella parts to her name, Jane ventures out to the Thrash estate. Then her story takes a turn, or rather, five turns. What Jane doesn’t know is that Tu Reviens will offer her choices that can ultimately determine the course of her untethered life. But at Tu Reviens, every choice comes with a reward, or a price.


My Review:

Where to start with this book? It is surprising, strange, and completely engrossing. It’s a mystery, a thriller, it’s fantastical, haunting – it’s completely out-of-this-world.  And I loved it. Continue reading “Book Review | JANE, UNLIMITED by Kristin Cashore”