February 11-17 Book Haul and #OTSPSecretSister

I’m a bit late, but I wanted to share all the fun goodies that came in the mail last week!

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Blog Tour Book Review + Giveaway: Sightwitch by Susan Dennard

Sightwitch (The Witchlands, #0.5)

Hardcover, 208 pages
Published February 13th 2018 by Tor Teen
So, some life stuff happened and I’m only 1/2 way through this book!  So I’m giving you my initial thoughts for this blog tour and 2 giveaways!!  One for a signed UK mass market paperback (US only unless you pay for shipping!) and one for a sea fox taro card designed by myself and signed by Susan Dennard (INT since it’s flat)!
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Book Haul: February 4-10, 2018

This last week was a good week for books!  So many trades came in, a small order from Book Outlet (most of it was for my new Secret Sister this round!), and a couple new ones from work.  And I’m still super behind on my TBR.  Go figure 🙂

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The books on the left are from Book Outlet.  The ones on the right are from a trade.  These covers just drew me in.

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Here’s the new books that I picked up at work.  Dreadful Young Ladies is a soon-to-be-released anthology full of great authors.  And Sarah Beth Durst’s new December 2018 release promises to be amazing.  And then there’s a final copy of The Rogue Queen.

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And here’s the last of the trades I received this week.  I’m extremely excited for Clean Sweep!  It will probably be my next listen at work when I finish up Godsgrave, which I’m loving.

Have you read any of these yet?  What am I in for?

Ace of Shadows Book Tag: #Irons #AceofShades #Awesome

As part of Amanda Foody’s #Shadowgang, specifically the #Irons Team, I’m incredibly excited to tell you about her upcoming book, Ace of Shades. This Ace of Shades book tag, Irons version, came from Amber at The Literary Phoenix.

 

Ace of Shades takes place in the very mysterious, very dangerous City of Sin. Name a fictional city with a personality of its own!

Laini Taylor created a wonderful city that had its name erased from everywhere, including people’s memories!  Weep is steeped in prejudice, fear, and desire for freedom.

Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer, #1)

The City of Sin is home to three ruthless gangs: the Irons, the Scarhands and the Doves. Tell us about your favorite fictional criminal family/gang!

I did just finish reading Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows, and I know the Dregs will be a popular answer to this question, BUT I’m reading Godsgrave by Jay Kritoff, and the Red Church is my choice for this question 🙂
Godsgrave (The Nevernight Chronicle, #2)

Enne and Levi are about to be thrown into a deadly game… Name your favorite book in which the characters must play with, and for, their lives.

Breath of Fire by Amanda Bouchet seems our main gang of Cat, Griffin, and friends in a tournament where each round tends to be to the death!

Breath of Fire (Kingmaker Chronicles, #2)

The Irons are a gang of cheats… What is your favorite character that tricks and sneaks around in order to get what they need?

Elise Kova’s Arianna from the Loom Saga is known as the White Wraith for extremely good reasons!

The Alchemists of Loom (Loom Saga, #1)

The City of Sin is full of people with dark and complicated pasts. Name one book or book series you used to like, but don’t anymore.

Twilight, when trying to reread it after the first movie released, I learned a lot about my reading style, which is to skim read the first time and depth read subsequently.  Unfortunately, this turned me on to the lackluster writing style and killed the series for me.

Twilight (Twilight, #1)

With complicated pasts abound, we can find many… burnt cinnamon rolls, so to speak. Name a character that has a prickly and tough exterior, but is actually a sweetheart deep down!

The main character of the Monstress graphic novel series!  Can’t remember her name, but she’s not only bada** but has a nurturing side as well.

Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening (Monstress, #1)

Not only anti-heroes live in the Ace of Shades world! In New Reynes, one can find plenty of villains as well. Which bookish character do you just love to hate?

The Great Library of Alexandria in Rachel Caine’s Ink and Bone.  No one should do that to books!
Ink and Bone (The Great Library, #1)

You, much like our main character Enne’s mother, went missing in the City of Sin. The main character from the last book you read is the one looking for you… How screwed are you?

 Well, if we’re counting current read, then I’m screwed because there’s no way I’m beating Mia Corvere.  Now if we’re looking at the last book I finished that would be Tiffany Haddish’s autobiography, then I think I might be safe.  Even though she’s a bada**, she prefers humor and laughter rather than violence 🙂  (I hope!)
The Last Black Unicorn
Excited and ready to read Ace of Shades now, right? It’s set to release on April 10th 2018!
Goodreads Synopsis:

Welcome to the City of Sin, where casino families reign, gangs infest the streets…and secrets hide in every shadow.
Enne Salta was raised as a proper young lady, and no lady would willingly visit New Reynes, the so-called City of Sin. But when her mother goes missing, Enne must leave her finishing school—and her reputation—behind to follow her mother’s trail to the city where no one survives uncorrupted.
Frightened and alone, her only lead is a name: Levi Glaisyer. Unfortunately, Levi is not the gentleman she expected—he’s a street lord and a con man. Levi is also only one payment away from cleaning up a rapidly unraveling investment scam, so he doesn’t have time to investigate a woman leading a dangerous double life. Enne’s offer of compensation, however, could be the solution to all his problems.
Their search for clues leads them through glamorous casinos, illicit cabarets and into the clutches of a ruthless mafia donna. As Enne unearths an impossible secret about her past, Levi’s enemies catch up to them, ensnaring him in a vicious execution game where the players always lose. To save him, Enne will need to surrender herself to the city…
And she’ll need to play.

Add it to your TBR today!

Preorder through Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Book Depository / Indiebound 

Book Review: Marabel and the Book of Fate by Tracy Barrett

Marabel and the Book of Fate

Hardcover, 304 pages
Published February 6th 2018 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
A cute MG that features a brave princess, her best friend/maid servant, and a snarky unicorn. I hope they change the cover to match the unicorn’s description though as he is described as a blue unicorn with gold horn and white mane/tail. The cover has it backwards! I don’t think that adults or teens would find as much enjoyment in this tale, but there are good lessons such as believing in yourself, looking past appearances, working through problems, and even tackling xenophobia and compromise. Definitely a title to recommend and shelve in school libraries.

Summary:

Free-spirited Marabel must defy expectations to rescue her brother–and their kingdom.

In Magikos, life is dictated by the Book of Fate’s ancient predictions, including the birth of a royal Chosen One who will save the realm. Princess Marabel has grown up in the shadow of her twin brother, Marco, who everyone assumes is the true Chosen One. While Marco is adored and given every opportunity, Marabel is overlooked and has to practice her sword fighting in secret.

But on the night of their thirteenth birthday, Marco is kidnapped by an evil queen, and Marabel runs to his rescue. Outside the castle walls for the first time, accompanied by her best friend and a very smug unicorn, Marabel embarks on a daring mission that brings her face-to-face with fairies, trolls, giants–and the possibility that all is not as it seems in Magikos.

Book Haul: January 21-27, 2018

Last week was an awesome week for book mail!  I was going to post this overview on Saturday when my Book Outlet order arrived.  Except, well, my Book Outlet order didn’t arrive.  So then I didn’t really feel like talking about books when I was worried about my books that were stuck in a different city.

But I’m all geared up and exhilarated again, so I’d like to share all the awesome that did arrive last week!!

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My last OTSPSecretSister of the round came and super brightened my day!  I have had so much fun sending and receiving cheer 🙂  This month’s theme was purple and it was perfect.  I’ve listened to some of the Nightvale podcast and was excited when a book came out.  Tricks for Free is a signed arc in the InCryptid series.  The caramel corn is a local specialty.  Who doesn’t need a giant hashtag eraser?  And I’m excited to try the colourpop lippie stick.  I’ve never had one before and rarely wear lipstick, but yay!

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I’ve been eagerly waiting for the sequel to Peadar O’Guilin’s The Call, so when The Invasion showed up at work, I had to snap it up!  RWBY Vol. 1 is the result of a trade.

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Cast in Deception and The Bones of the Earth were also results of recent trades.

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Another trade meant getting the mp3 audiobook of The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms.  And I won a Twitter giveaway from Emily R. King, the last of her The Rogue Queen arcs 🙂

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The last thing I want to share was the preorder incentive from The Cruel Prince.  That pin is gorgeous and hurray for author signatures!

Book Review: The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

The Hazel Wood (The Hazel Wood, #1)

Hardcover, 368 pages
Expected publication: January 30th 2018 by Flatiron Books
 This was an incredibly told, well-written, spooky dark, original fairy tale that was absolutely sucked me in and wouldn’t let go!  Yeah, so I ended up loving this book as it hits on a large chunk of the reasons I love to read fantasy.  I really don’t want to give away any of the fun twists and turns, but I will say that this is a bit of a meta story with tales being told and lived within the overall narrative.
The only part I didn’t care for was the male companion to the main character.  I didn’t feel like he really added that much.  Maybe I missed something.  But I’m pretty sure many readers will ship them, and I won’t begrudge them that.  I just personally didn’t care for him.
Having listened to this as an audiobook, I wanted to quickly comment on the lovely narrator, Rebecca Soler.  You might recognize her for narrating The Lunar Chronicles, which is how I found her.  Rebecca is one of my favorite narrators and her reading just enhanced my experience with this book.
One last statement: Normally, I love long series featuring favorite characters, and while I wouldn’t mind seeing where this story continues, I’d also be ok with it as a stand alone.  Not sure what it’s planned for, but either way I loved this book!

Summary:

Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: her mother is stolen away―by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set. Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.”

Alice has long steered clear of her grandmother’s cultish fans. But now she has no choice but to ally with classmate Ellery Finch, a Hinterland superfan who may have his own reasons for wanting to help her. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began―and where she might find out how her own story went so wrong.