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 🙂

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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.

 

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

 

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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.

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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 🙂

 

GODS. I’M AN IDIOT.

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 www.amandabouchet.com.

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

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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?

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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!

 

#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 🙂