Fangirl Friday: Katie O’Neill’s The Tea Dragon Society


Not too long ago, I shared my review for the delightfully wonderful webcomic turned physical graphic novel.  Now, I want to share some of my delightful EEP and OMG THAT’S FANTASTICAL AND AMAZING moments that made me ❤ this story even more.

The first part of my tale reaches back to BEA17, when I discovered that Katie O’Neill was going to be in attendance signing advanced copies of The Tea Dragon Society with Oni Press.  I knew that I wasn’t going since it was back in New York, but one of co-workers was and asked me to let her know if there was anything she could be on the watch for.  While I was watching social media throughout the day, I saw a post about Oni Press’ signing schedule for the day (or week, I forget which), and Katie’s name was included.

So I sent an email to my co-worker, who saw it and said she would try 🙂  Later that day, she sent me this picture of Katie holding an arc, and I knew she’d made it in time.  EEP!  How cool?


So, I used up a lot of luck to have this little chamomile tea dragon plush come home with me.  It was announced as part of a bundle available at NYCC17, another convention I wouldn’t be able to attend.  I had a booksfortrade buddy offer to try and pick one up while she was there, and asked one of my bosses at work if she had any contacts going.  She said she would put out a feeler or two, and I didn’t hear anything again after that.

Unfortunately, my buddy arrived after all the bundles were sold out 😦  And I hadn’t heard back about it from my boss that week or the next.  But then, one day, I walked away from my desk to refill my ice water, and when I returned, there was little chamomile and the glorious finished version of The Tea Dragon Society.

I cannot wait for the card games and future stories that the author is working on!



Throwback Thursday: Fiendish by Brenna Yovanoff


Hardcover, 341 pages
Published August 14th 2014 by Razorbill
This cover really grabbed my attention when it was first released, but I didn’t get around to picking it up until my Secret Sister sent it in my October box.  I read it the week of Halloween, which was perfect timing with the spooky mystery and setting.

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#OTSPSecretSister, #TBTBSanta, #SecretbookSanta 2017 packages of cheer

I had the absolute pleasure of participating in a couple of secret santas arranged through Twitter.  I was new to all of them, and I loved being able to search for little fun gifts and wishlist books for people I didn’t really know.  It was a lot of fun, and I plan to participate again next year if they happen and I have the finances available!

I just want to take the time to thank the wonderful people who organized these exchanges and the generous people who contributed to my Christmas joy this year!

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Looking ahead to 2018

As I mentioned in my last post, these last few months have been rather busy for me, and there hasn’t been much time for blogging.  But that doesn’t mean I haven’t been thinking about the blog and where I want it to go in the future.

I enjoy featuring books that have released each month, but instead of waiting until the next month to look back on what I didn’t have time to read or review, I want to post about books that I’m excited to see release!

That is partially because I want to focus on reading more of the books that have been sitting on my physical and electronic shelves for years.  My TBR is incredibly huge and I can’t believe the number of amazing books that continue to be published, and the large fandoms I’ve been missing out on over the last couple years.  So many series and authors to catch up on!!

Although, I’m going on a book-buying ban, I’m hoping to share more book haul posts and sharing other fun bookish things as they come up.  We’ll see how it goes 🙂

October, November, December Books to Read 2017

These last few months have been crazy, and I haven’t been doing much posting on here.  I do want to share some books that released over the last 3 months that I haven’t had a chance to read or review.  I don’t think I’ll do it this way next year due to a change in my reading plans, but I’ll have dedicated post to explain that very soon!



A Plague of Giants (Seven Kennings, #1)Akata Warrior (Akata Witch, #2)The Adventurers Guild (The Adventurers Guild #1)The Last Namsara (Iskari, #1)A Shiver of Snow and SkyLast Star Burning (Last Star Burning #1)Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress, #1)The Tethered Mage (Swords and Fire #1)Academy of Assassins (Academy of Assassins #1)Beasts Made of NightWolves and Roses (Fairy Tales of the Magicorum, #1)Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow


Seventh Decimate (The Great God's War #1)The City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy, #1)The Nine (Thieves of Fate, #1)Into the Drowning DeepWinter of Ice and Iron


The Fall of the Readers (The Forbidden Library, #4)The Rebels of Gold (Loom Saga, #3)The Young Queens (Three Dark Crowns, #0.5)


That’s it for this year!  I know I missed some of your favorite books, so let me know your favorites in the comments.

Waiting on Wednesday: Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire

Beneath the Sugar Sky (Wayward Children, #3)

Hardcover, 160 pages
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by
As expected, I loved this installment just as much as much as the previous two!  This story picks up shortly after the end of Every Heart a Doorway and gives us several new characters to fall in love with as well as checking up on others from the first book.  I really enjoyed the mix of fresh and loved character development.  We were even treated to more diverse characters such as a Muslim baker and a bigger girl happy with her appearance.
I can’t wait for more of these books to follow!  Seanan confirmed that there are plans to continue the series for another couple of books at least.  And hopefully more.  As long as they keep selling, they will keep coming.  I wholeheartedly support this trend and will do my best to make sure that the publisher knows we want more!


Beneath the Sugar Sky returns to Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children. At this magical boarding school, children who have experienced fantasy adventures are reintroduced to the “real” world.

Sumi died years before her prophesied daughter Rini could be born. Rini was born anyway, and now she’s trying to bring her mother back from a world without magic.