Favorite Reads of 2017, so far

Hello all!

It’s been a long time since I wrote a fun post that wasn’t necessarily a review of some kind, so I thought I’d share some of the books I’ve read this year that I’m thankful for.  Some are debuts, published in 2017, backlist books, new series installments, new authors to me.  But since I’m all about reading to my mood, these books came to me at a time when they were helpful and fun.

Anyway, here’s my favorite reads this year (in no particular order):

Truthwitch (The Witchlands, #1)The Only Pirate at the PartyThe Queen of Blood  (The Queens of Renthia, #1)Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns, #1)Not Quite NarwhalFirebrandDream Magic (Shadow Magic, #2)Scion of the Fox (The Realms of Ancient, #1)Air Awakens (Air Awakens, #1)Storm Siren (Storm Siren, #1)Beneath the Sugar Sky (Wayward Children, #3)Rosemary and Rue (October Daye, #1)The Saga of RexShadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

What books have you read this year that felt right?  Which were amazing?


#OTSPSecretSister October and November Packages


My secret sister is on point and always seems to get the month’s package out right at the beginning, so I don’t have long to wait!  October’s theme was Halloween/spooky and included 2 books! and an iZombie Funko Pop for my amazing ladies collection.  The first thing I did after opening this package was spend three hours excavating that tombstone, I found the tiny black skull hidden inside within the first hour.  But that tombstone was huge and I wasn’t sure if there was supposed to be any more.  Unfortunately, I did bruise my hand and typing at work the next couple days was quite interesting.

I did read Fiendish last month as my spooky Halloween read and should be sharing my review very soon!  Such as fun package, thanks secret sister.


November’s theme was Inspire, and it couldn’t be more timely!  I am only tangentially participating in #NaNoWriMo this year, but I am working on getting words on a page.  The round things are inspirational magnets, which I already put on my fridge.  I see them every time I get something to refresh myself.  The colored pencil are my favorite kind of multicolored with multiple shades of a single color to provide blending.  And they will almost certainly make coloring that lovely Labyrinth coloring book so much fun!  I couldn’t be happier with this package 🙂

Sadly, this means that there are only 2 more months for this round and then I’ll have to decide whether I can participate in the next round.  I really hope that I can as this has been such an amazing experience so far.

Cover Reveal: Stolen Enchantress by Amber Argyle

Today is the cover reveal for Stolen Enchantress by Amber Argyle. This cover reveal is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The cover is designed by Melissa Williams Design.

Let me just say that I love this cover!  It was so hard not to share this one before the release date, but that would have ruined the surprise and collective delight!  I hope you love it as much as I do.  And the book sounds super awesome!  Can’t wait to read 🙂

Stolen EnchantressStolen Enchantress (Forbidden Forest #1)
By Amber Argyle
Genre: Fairytale Adaptation/ Epic Fantasy
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: April 9, 2018

Any girl who goes into the Forbidden Forest never comes out again. Except the one who did.

Larkin should have been watching her little sister. Should have paid more attention to the trees looming over her family’s fields. Now Sela is gone. Knowing full well the danger of the forest and its beast, Larkin goes after her anyway. With her sister clutched in her arms, she manages to escape, but not before discovering the truth lurking beneath the wicked boughs.

She may have evaded the beast once, but with the full force of his magic now fixated on her, she isn’t sure how much longer she can resist . . .

You can find Stolen Enchantress on Goodreads

You can pre-order Stolen Enchantress on iBooks

Amber ArgyleAbout the Author:
Bestselling author Amber Argyle writes young-adult fantasies where the main characters save the world (with varying degrees of success) and fall in love (with the enemy). Her award-winning books have been translated into numerous languages and praised by such authors as NYT bestsellers David Farland and Jennifer A. Nielsen.

Amber grew up on a cattle ranch and spent her formative years in the rodeo circuit and on the basketball court. She graduated cum laude from Utah State University with a degree in English and physical education, a husband, and a two-year-old. Since then, she and her husband have added two more children, which they are actively trying to transform from crazy small people into less-crazy larger people. She’s fluent in all forms of sarcasm, loves hiking and traveling, and believes spiders should be relegated to horror novels where they belong.

To receive her starter library of four free books, simply tell her where to send it: http://www.amberargyle.com

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Saturday Spotlight: Tortall: A Spy’s Guide by Tamora Pierce

Tortall: A Spy's Guide

Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 31st 2017 by Random House Books for Young Readers
Today’s spotlight is on a book long in the making, but is not a novel.  This is a companion to the fantastic world created by Tamora Pierce, Tortall.  One of my favorite places, and my answer to the question, “What magical realm would you visit/live in?”  Many of my favorite, inspirational characters live within this universe, Daine, Alanna, Numair, and so many others.  I’m super stoked that Numair’s prequel series comes to us so soon!!  In just a few short months, so this book can trigger memories and refresh your sense of the world and what’s been happening.
Needless to say, I’m very excited to read this book and add it to my collection.  Maybe someone will get it from my wishlist for Christmas 🙂


The secrets of Tortall are revealed. . . .

As Tortall’s spymaster, George Cooper has sensitive documents from all corners of the realm. When Alanna sends him a surprising letter, he cleans out his office and discovers letters from when King Jonathan and Queen Thayet first ascended the throne, notes on creating the Shadow Service of spies, threat-level profiles on favorite characters, Daine’s notes on immortals, as well as family papers, such as Aly’s first report as a young spy and Neal’s lessons with the Lioness. This rich guide also includes the first official timeline of Tortallan events from when it became a sovereign nation to the year Aly gives birth to triplets. Part history, part spy training manual, and entirely fascinating, this beautiful guide makes a perfect gift and is ideal for anyone who loves Alanna, King Jonathan, Queen Thayet, Kel, Neal, Aly, Thom, Daine, Numair, and the unforgettable world of Tortall!

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons, #1)

Hardcover, 376 pages
Published August 28th 2017 by Random House Children’s Books
Recently, I finished listening to the audiobook of Leigh Bardugo’s latest book, the first in the DC Icons series.  While Wonder Woman is not my favorite superhero, I have found her Greek mythology storyline fascinating, so I was expecting good things.
I was a little disappointment.  And I’m not sure if it was the writing or maybe the narrator.  There were parts that I really liked, such as the oracle, the bracelets, Diana’s realizations about humans and her place in the world.  But the overall story felt a bit contrived?  I wanted to finish the story but I had to force myself to get started every time.  I just wasn’t motivated to keep going.
I guess I got caught up in the hype and expected too much.  My plan still definitely includes reading the rest of Leigh’s backlist as I enjoyed the first Grisha book very much and am excited to read Six of Crows.  If I had to guess, WW didn’t surprise me because WW doesn’t lose.  UGH, I feel like I’m rambling now, so I’ll leave it here.
Let me know what you thought about this book.  Did I miss something epic?


Daughter of immortals.

Princess Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mortal. Diana will soon learn that she has rescued no ordinary girl, and that with this single brave act, she may have doomed the world.

Daughter of death.

Alia Keralis just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted by people who think her very existence could spark a world war. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.


Two girls will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. Tested beyond the bounds of their abilities, Diana and Alia must find a way to unleash hidden strengths and forge an unlikely alliance. Because if they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.