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!!


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!


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.


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


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 🙂


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!


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.

January 7-13, 2018 Book Haul

This week brought so many books!!  First off my Boxer Day sale from Book Outlet arrived.  I filled in a full holes and picked up a couple interesting titles.  Then I had a bunch of library books come in all at the same time 🙂  A book trade came through, and finally, I went to a used book sale at a local public library today, where paperbacks were only 50 cents!!  How could I say no to anything that looked even remotely interesting?


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Book Haul: January 1-6 2018

First book haul post of the year!  Woot!  Here’s the books I received during the first week of January.  These were a combination of review copies picked up at work, trades arriving, contest winning, and pre-orders coming in. This is going to be a fantastic year for books 🙂


The Cruel Prince by Holly Black (B&N special edition) is both a pre-order and a trade.  I’m loving both the black cover and the gold foil on the book itself!  Last Star Burning by Caitlin Sangster is an arc I received in a trade.  I’m pretty excited to read this one.



I received this finished copy of The Nine by Tracy Townsend from a blog contest last month.



Winter of Ice and Iron by Rachel Neumeier is an arc from a trade.  Heart on Fire by Amanda Bouchet is a pre-order.  Onyx & Ivory by Mindee Arnett, The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green, Likelik3 by Jay Kristoff, and Across the Dark Water by Jennifer Lynn Alvarez are review copies from work.  I’m going to have to be pretty picky about what 2018 releases I read with my current plans.


These last 2 are also arcs that I received through trade.  The Sky is Yours by Chandler Klang Smith and Don’t Cosplay with my Heart by Cecil Castelluci.  These weren’t on my radar until they were offered up for trade, so I’m excited for these two.

Waiting on Wednesday: January 2018 Releases

Hey all!  This year is full of fantastic releases, and I want to make sure I’m featuring as many as possible as I focus on reading my backlog.  Sprinkled with some new releases, of course!  So, to that end, here is the list of January releases in fantasy and science fiction across all ages.  Enjoy!

Hoping to Read Soon!

The Hazel WoodReign of the FallenThe Night Masquerade (Binti, #3)The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1)

Excited for the Release!

Reign the Earth (The Elementae, #1)Cast in Deception (Chronicles of Elantra, #13)Markswoman (Asiana, #1)Zenith (The Androma Saga, #1)Deadly Sweet (Spellwork Syndicate, #1)Naondel (The Red Abbey Chronicles, #2)Gunslinger GirlEverlessA Conspiracy of StarsShadow Weaver (Shadow Weaver #1)

Are you looking forward to any of these new releases?  Did I miss one of your most anticipateds?  Let me know in the comments!

Blog Tour: Heart on Fire by Amanda Bouchet + Giveaway

Heart on Fire (Kingmaker Chronicles, #3)

Heart on Fire by Amanda Bouchet

The Kingmaker Chronicles, #3

Publication date: January 2, 2018

 The riveting conclusion to The Kingmaker Chronicles!

My thoughts:

This was a great ending to the trilogy!  I’m going to be super vague about everything because this is definitely a series I recommend reading in order, and I don’t want to give away any spoilers.  To that end, you should know that we spend a lot of time in Cat’s head.  Like A LOT.  To the point that I felt like she was overthinking things, and in slowed the pace way down.

That was the only complaint I had about this book though, honestly.  There were less steamy moments, but no less action and tense scenes.  In fact, I was frequently worrying about favorite characters fast approaching death!  I loved that Cat and Griffin came to terms about certain aspects of their relationship.  And I loved how much more we learned about Cat.  Amanda is truly wonderful at weaving characters I can get behind.

I hope we get more from this universe in the future!  I’d love to see more books written about other side characters 🙂



Without Griffin—and apparently a few meddling Gods—to push me along, I’d still be telling fortunes at the circus, lying about my past, ignoring my future, and living as far away from my tyrant mother as humanly possible.

True understanding thuds into place. Hope isn’t just an abstract concept; it’s me. Flesh and blood me. Griffin knew it all along. Probably everyone did. I’m an idea in human form.

I have the power of the Gods at my fingertips.

The only thing ever stopping me has been me.

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USA Today bestselling author AMANDA BOUCHET grew up in New England and studied French at the undergraduate and graduate levels, first at Bowdoin College and then at Bowling Green State University. She moved to Paris, France, in 2001 and has been there ever since. She met her husband while studying abroad, and the family now includes two bilingual children, who will soon be correcting her French. Connect with her at

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