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 

Mid-Year Book Freak-Out Tag 2017

Since I haven’t participated in a book tag for awhile, I thought it would be fun to try out this one.  I wasn’t tagged by anyone, but anyone can participate if they like!  The Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag was created by Chami from ReadLikeWildfire and Ely from Earl Grey Books a few years ago to recap your reading from the first half of the year and to anticipate for the upcoming half of the year.

Many of these are 2017 titles, but I’ve read a pretty good mix of new and older releases this year, so a few are from other years.

Best book you’ve read so far in 2017?

The Queen of Blood  (The Queens of Renthia, #1)

I really liked this one and am greatly anticipating having time to read the sequel soon.  Check out my review here!

Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2017?

Magic Shifts (Kate Daniels, #8)

Technically I could have put the second half of this series here and it would all be true.

New release you haven’t read yet, but want to?

The Crowns of Croswald

I was able to read the first chapter or so online and it was over too quickly.  I hope my copy arrives soon!

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year?

The Tiger’s Daughter (Their Bright Ascendency #1)

I just love the synopsis for this one and keep hearing awesome things about it.

Biggest disappointment?

By Your Side

I was excited to read this one as I hadn’t read YA contemporary in forever, but I couldn’t bypass the unrealistic and unexplained reasons for the main characters being locked in a library for any length of time.

Biggest surprise? Favorite new author?
(Debut or new to you)

Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns, #1)

This book counts for both questions as I wasn’t expecting to love this book as much as I did, and I haven’t read anything by Kendare Blake before this.  Although I own several by her.

Newest fictional crush?

Dream Magic (Shadow Magic, #2)

Not sure it’s a crush per se, but I fell in love with the jewel spiders.  And I generally hate spiders!!

Newest favorite character?


I’m sensing an animal theme as my newest favorite character would have to be the granite griffins that have a cat form 🙂

A book that made you cry?

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3)

SO many reasons to cry.

A book that made you happy?

Truthwitch (The Witchlands, #1)

This book focused on character growth and relationships in a way that was truly healthy.  And that meant a lot to me!

Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)?

Not Quite Narwhal

You’ll just have to pick up this book to fully understand its gorgeousness, but I was not ready for just how adorable this book is!

What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

An Enchantment of RavensThe Fire Queen (The Hundredth Queen, #2)The Last Namsara (Iskari #1)Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress, #1)Scion of the Fox (The Realms of Ancient, #1)The Tethered MageAkata Witch (Akata Witch, #1)The Reluctant Queen (The Queens of Renthia, #2)

Hopefully, I’ll have time to read all of these before the year runs out!!


What about you?  Feel free to continue this tag and share some of the fantastic reads that you’ve found throughout the first half of 2017 🙂  Don’t forget to link back to the creators!

Pokemon Go Book Tag!


Disclaimer:  Pokemon Go belongs to Niantic and Nintendo

This is my very first book tag! And even though I can’t play on my own account yet, I’ve been catching pokemon for my husband.  It’s so much fun and crazy addictive, so I’m excited to try this out! The tag was created by Aentee @ Read AT Midnight, and although I was not tagged by anyone, I saw this post on Maria’s blog, Big City Bookworm! Go check out their posts!

This craze has swept the world by storm! Everyone is playing Pokémon GO now. Everywhere you look you will find Pokémon Trainers with their eyes glued to their phones, trying to catch their next best Pokémon or battling gyms for the prestige! It’s the best addiction–next to books–that you could have! Come and join in.


  • NIL. Link back to Aentee’s blog is appreciated but optional. Feel free to use her graphics. Tag people, don’t tag people, whatever. Just have fun!

pokemon-tag-01startersWild Magic (Immortals, #1)


Ok, I’ve been reading since I can remember so I don’t know what book actually started my love for reading. However, the very first  author that I can point to that I absolutely loved and had to have more of was Tamora Pierce, and the first book I read by her was Wild Magic.  I fell in love with Tortall and love to re-read all the books set in that world occasionally 🙂

pokemon-tag02pikachuThe Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe  (Chronicles of Narnia, #2)


I can still remember when the children’s librarian handed me a plain, little book called The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis.  Narnia is a great place to get lost in, and I really dislike reading from the “Classic” lists that get assigned in English classes.  (I was able to avoid most of those, thankfully!)

pokemon-tag-03-zubatCity of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)The Lord of the Rings (The Lord of the Rings, #1-3)


This is a toss-up between Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien and The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare.  I tried to read The Hobbit, and I have seen the first Lord of the Rings movie, but neither of them grabbed my attention.  I didn’t feel anything for the characters at all.  With City of Bones, I had read the first one when it first came out, but then it exploded in hype and didn’t hold up to a re-read for me.  The movie was pretty blah, but the new TV series was really fun to watch.

pokemon-tag-04-dittoShadow Magic


For this entry, I decided to focus on the tropes aspect.  I thought Joshua Khan did a fantastic job of blending horror, fantasy, and mystery tropes together in his recent release, Shadow Magic.  He took the tropes and twisted them to create an original story that left me wanting more!  Luckily, this is the first in a series and the sequel comes out next April.

pokemon-tag-05-snorlaxThe Eye of the World (Wheel of Time, #1)


Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan!  I’ve had several friends suggest this series, and the reviews look great.  But there’s 14 books and tons of side material!  I have too many other books, series, and authors to pick this monstrous series right now.

pokemon-tag06-gengarThe Call


Just last week I shared my review of The Call by Peadar O’Guilin, which was one of the creepiest and most well-written books I have read all year.  I definitely lost some sleep thinking about everything that happens in this book and while hoping for sequels!

pokemon-tag07-nidokingqueenFire Touched (Mercy Thompson, #9)


Generally, I don’t latch onto specific relationships in books enough to have a favorite bookish OTP.  Usually, I pick out my next book boyfriend 🙂  But, I do like to read Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series to see how Mercy and Adam work together through different trials and relationship bumps.  I was rooting for them to get together early on in the books.

pokemon-tag08-rapidashMagic Bites (Kate Daniels, #1)

After discovering the Kate Daniels series late last year, I have been blazing through these books.  Each is fantastic, which is crazy because they save the world from the apocalypse in almost every book.  But the characters are compelling and grow with each story, so it totally works for me!

pokemon-tag09-eeveeAvatar: The Last Airbender (The Promise, #1)


I couldn’t settle on a series of novels for this one, so I chose a graphic novel series instead.  Avatar: the Last Airbender needs to continue to put out more stories, TV series, books, etc.!  I love this universe and all the characters from the originals through Legend of Korra.  I would continue to read these far after they ran out of ideas and started getting absurd.

pokemon-tag14-magikarpThe Testing (The Testing, #1)


I loved The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau so much more than both The Hunger Games and Divergent.  I felt like this series was more cerebral, cunning, and problem-solving than just relying on luck and strength.  Those did come into play occasionally, but the protagonist had to use her knowledge more than anything else through all three novels.  I wish Hollywood would make this into a movie; I’d take all my friends to see it!

pokemon-tag12-legendaryThrone of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)


When Throne of Glass originally came out, I was intrigued but not enough to purchase it.  One of my friends had read it and said she thought it was kind of slow.  Well, I would have to agree that book 1 is the clunkiest, but it only gets better from there.  I just finished book 4 and cannot be more excited for the release of book 5 this September.  I’m even planning to drive a little over 2 hours to meet the author during her tour around the States!  It’s safe to say that I’m obsessed with Sarah J. Maas now 😉

I got to see and touch one of Insight Editions’ signed & numbered collector’s editions of Crimson Peak: The Art of Darkness, which runs around $250 I think, at BEA16.  It was so cool with a raised crest on the cover (like 2 inches) and all the pages inside had fun little extras.  I own the regular version, and it’s absolutely stunning as well.  It makes me feel like I’m not settling at all.



I just got a copy of this through work and cannot be more excited to read it.  S. Jae-Jones has stated that Wintersong was inspired by the movie Labyrinth, which was one of my absolute favorite movies when I was younger and still is, really.  I can’t wait to see what awaits us in this world and can only hope the author tells a great story.

pokemon-tag11-lure-modulePoison Study (Study #1)


I was auto-buying Maria V. Snyder books for several series until I realized that I had more than 10 books by this author that were unread!  But the Poison Study series was just so good that I wanted to read more by her.  Some day soon, I’m going to have to binge read a whole lot of these to get them off my TBR shelf.



Ever since I finished reading the last of the Fablehaven series by Brandon Mull back in 2010, I’ve wanted more from that universe and those characters.  Then, I met the author at a signing during ALA13, and he told me that he had another series planned and was working on it.  So for the last three years, I’ve been randomly remembering to search the internet for word of progress or a release date–anything that would tell me about it.  So I was ecstatic to learn, while at BEA16, that not only did it have a title, Dragonwatch, but it also has a release date.  Yippee!  Even if it doesn’t come out until March 2017…

This was really fun!  Now I’m going to have to find other posts to read as well as tagging some people to incite more participation.


MightyThorJRS | BookHuntress | Bookish Devices | Books Bones & Buffy | Mister Kristoff