Waiting on Wednesday

I hate waiting...
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly blog post by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights releases we're eagerly awaiting.

Riley Blackthorne’s life as a Demon Trapper is about to hit the wall. Knowing she will always be a target for those who want to exploit her “connections” with Hell, she’s learning defensive magic. It seems the only way to ensure she and her fiancĂ©, Denver Beck, have a future together. But not everyone in Atlanta, or at the Vatican, is pleased by this news. In fact, some want to ban the use of all magic, and Riley would make the perfect scapegoat.

As a new demonic enemy stalks her, Guild politics roil the city, throwing the trappers into chaos. To protect herself and the man she loves, Riley will be forced to choose: continue in her legendary father’s footsteps, or carve her own path. A path that may well lead to her losing everything she so desperately seeks to protect.

A new Demon Trappers book!!! Hurrah!!!

TITLE: Mind Games
AUTHOR: Jana Oliver
PUBLISHER: Nevermore Books
GENRE: Paranormal YA

RELEASE DATE: October 31, 2015


Kitty Doe is a Blackcoat rebel and a former captive with a deadly connection to the most powerful and dangerous man in the country, Prime Minister Daxton Hart. Forced to masquerade as Daxton's niece, Lila Hart, Kitty has helped the Blackcoats take back the prison known as Elsewhere. But Daxton has no intention of ceding his position of privilege—or letting Kitty expose his own masquerade. Not in these United States, where each person's rank means the difference between luxury and poverty, freedom and fear...and ultimately, between life and death.

To defeat the corrupt government, Kitty must expose Daxton's secret. Securing evidence will put others in jeopardy, including the boy she's loved forever and an ally she barely trusts. For months, Kitty's survival has hinged on playing a part. Now she must discover who she truly wants to be, and whether the new world she and the rebels are striving to create has a place in it for her after all.

Cannot wait to see how this series ends! It's totally awesome!!

TITLE: Queen
AUTHOR: Aimee Carter
PUBLISHER: HarlequinTeen
GENRE: DystopianYA

RELEASE DATE: November 24, 2015 

GRAPHIC NOVEL REVEIW--Legend: The Graphic Novel by Marie Lu, Adapted by Leigh Dragoon, Ill. by Kaari

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths--until the day June's brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Now, caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family's survival, while June tries desperately to avenge Metias's death.

But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together and the sinister lengths to which their country will go to keep its secrets.

Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, Marie Lu's exhilarating first novel is sure to move readers as much as it thrills. 

I was beyond happy to see Marie Lu’s Legend turned into a graphic novel! Legend: The Graphic Novel has all the fun ad excitement and thrills of its book predecessor! What’s even more astounding is that Leigh Dragoon, the adaptor of the Vampire Academy graphic novels, also adapted this one! Though, the illustrator Kaari, didn’t design do the artwork for those, she is still an amazing artist! The drawings are just so perfect! I’m not much of a graphic novel reader, just the occasional one here and there (and it’s usually one based on a book I’ve read! Lol!) but I’ve come to appreciate the drawings these artists do to bring life to characters I’ve only seen in my head while reading!

It’s been over a year or so since I binge read the Legend trilogy, so I could only remember bits and pieces of it. But when reading the graphic novel, I was able to recall details fairly well! And I’m even more astonished with how well the story reads after its been transformed from a 300+ page book into a graphic novel of 160 or so pages. And it’s astounding, because the story practically reads the same! We see the same events and moments…and the feels are all still there! It’s incredible!!

I love seeing the action scenes play out as well! It’s like watching a movie on the page! Which is funny because that’s how I read as well, like I see a movie in my head! But this time it’s in full color right in front of my face!

Even better, when it’s been so long since you’ve read a book, when you go back to re-read it, in a sense, you can once again be surprised by a multitude of happenstances! Granted I could recall a thing or two, but there’s still that magic of seeing it happen all over again! Seeing the characters realize the secrets and such that have been kept from them for so long!

Best yet, it does seem like this trilogy might be completed—tears over Vampire Academy stopping at Shadow Kiss, what a world we live in! As the second one is already slated to release next year! So if Prodigy: The Graphic Novel is just around the corner, hopefully that means Champion: The Graphic Novel will follow the year after!

This is one read all Legend fans will not want to miss out on! It’s an incredibly fast read, but ultimately amazing!

Overall Rating 5/5 stars


Review--Firewalker by Josephine Angelini

Worlds divide, magic slays, and love lies in the second book of Josephine Angelini’s The Worldwalker Trilogy.

"You think I’m a monster, but my choices, as ruthless as they seem, are justified."

Lily is back in her own universe, and she's ready to start a new life with Rowan by her side. True, she almost died in the Pyre that fueled their escape from New Salem, and must hide her magic for the safety of everyone she cares about, but compared to fighting the Woven, the monstrous creatures inhabiting the alternate Salem, life is looking pretty good.

Unfortunately, Lillian, ruthless ruler of the 13 Cities, is not willing to let Lily go that easily. If she can’t persuade Lily to return to her world, she will force her to come back by doing away with the ones she loves.

Picking up right where Trial By Fire left off, Firewalker is another sexy, fast-paced, heartbreaking thrill ride from internationally bestselling author Josephine Angelini!

It feels like ages since I read Josephine Angelini’s Trial by Fire, and since Firewalker picks up exactly where we left off, it took me a bit to get caught up and get back into the flow of things. Other than that struggle and a few issues with pacing, I quite enjoyed this installment in the trilogy.

Firewalker starts off at a slow pace as Lily tries to heal from her ordeal of being burned alive. Luckily, she has Rowan at her side and he’s very skilled with such things! Though, right away it seems, Lily starts to keep secrets from Rowan. Mainly that Lillian starts to contact Lily in her dreams and Lily engages in it. Lillian starts to show Lily her memories to perhaps give her a better understanding of the choices she, Lillian, has made.

Though to me, I still feel like Lillian can’t be trusted and Lily thinks this too, but at the same time sees some good in Lillian. I have yet to truly see this myself as I still think Lillian might really be bad after all. But we shall have to wait and see for the third book in the trilogy to provide answers.

In this new adventure, Lily is joined by her friends, Breakfast, Ana, and Tristan, her ex-boyfriend, Tristan, though the two Tristans do eventually meet. Rowan suggests to Lily that she make them her mechanics, for they all have the potential to be so and Lily agrees with him on this at least. Rowan want to train them to protect Lily, because he knows that he will eventually have to go back to his world and basically save his people and such from Lillian’s tyranny.

As I said, the pacing to this one was rather slow. Things dragged out a lot, and it was struggle for me to read through it all at times. There are still enjoyable parts here and there, but I still feel like I don’t have a grasp on the big picture here. What exactly are we trying to achieve? There are so many hidden agendas, so many other small plot twists that throw a wrench into the scheme of things, that I can’t quite get a firm hold on what Lily’s goal is.

Lily and Rowan are still quite the couple though. And when Lily begins keeping her secrets right away, I was already expecting agony and doom. And there is a blowup of sorts, that’s expected though. What comes as surprising are the little things that happen afterwards. And it’s things I won’t mention, obviously, but it does lead you to a particular idea that doesn’t full take form just yet. But it’s during all this relationship drama that we see Lily’s Tristan fight to win her back, if subtly. Though Lily’s heart seems set on Tristan, there is potential for a love triangle drama.

Amidst the slow pacing and some secretive confusion, Firewalker was still a pretty decent read. I am definitely looking forward to seeing how it all plays out in the end. The ending of this one was filled with both shocks and confusions. There are some shocks that are confusions even, because while something might be said…we’re left wondering, is it true? Who know really! That’s the best and most aggravating part! The third and final book, now known as Witch’s Pyre…instead of Traitor’s Pyre, will come out next year and I am still most definitely looking forward to that one! Especially since I wonder if there’s more depth to the title change or if it was simply a title change! More waiting to find out I guess!

Overall Rating 3.5/5 stars


Teaser & Top Ten Tuesdays

Here are the rules:
1. Grab your current read      
2. Open to a page
3. Pick out 2 lines that are SPOILER FREE
4. Name the title, author, etc

"This morning she told a joke to make me feel better. She's tough and funny and caring. Beautiful. And that ass. Don't look at her ass, you idiot. It's the same ass you've seen a million times, so just forget about it because the last thing you need is to start remembering what it feels like. She really isn't Lillian, is she? She sort of is, Lillian, though, in all the best ways. No, that's wrong. I'm not looking for Lillian in Lily anymore, and I haven't since we've been on the run. It's strange, but I'm starting to wonder if it wasn't Lillian I loved. Maybe what I loved was the Lily in

TITLE: Firewalker
AUTHOR: Josephine Angelini
PUBLISHER: Feiwel & Friends
GENRE: Modern Fantasy YA
RELEASE DATE: September 1, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list  that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.

This week's question is: Ten Bookish Things I Want to Quit Or Have Quit

*in no particular order


 1. DOWNSIDE GHOSTS by Stacia Kane--not sure what really happened with any of these, but towards the end of the series, I started losing interest. I might have quit with two books left.
2. BLACK LONDON by Caitlin Kittredge--another series I lost interest in with two books to go. Not sure what happened.
3. PERSEPHONE ALCEMEDI by Linda Robertson--well I think this one was canceled, but since it's been too long since I've read them, I kind of gave up on it. I even donated the books awhile back.


4. TRACEY O'HARA--for most of these it's sort of due to the author not writing anymore. That and other little things. I couldn't always get into the story. New characters sometimes throw me off after the first book, especially if I can't place where they were at in the first book. Sometimes they were so minor that I literally don't know them. Or they may have even been entirely new.

And because this topic is so hard, I'm stopping at 7! Lol. More than half, so yay!

ARC Review--A Sky Unbroken by Megan Crewe

The rebels have been disbanded, their plans ruined. Betrayed by those she trusted most, Skylar finds herself herded, along with a small group of Earthlings, into a living museum—a human zoo—on the Kemyates’ space station, subject to her captors’ every whim. Any move Skylar makes could result in the extinction of her people—but giving in means losing any hope of freedom.

Meanwhile, Win returns home and evades punishment by pretending to be loyal to Kemya. But he can’t bear knowing that Skylar is imprisoned or watch his fellow Kemyates swallow the Council’s lies about Earth. He must bring the truth to the Kemyate public and see the Earthlings freed—even if it means openly challenging his world’s rulers.

In this final book of the action-packed Earth & Sky trilogy, neither Skylar nor Win knows they are about to uncover an even deeper conspiracy—one that could push the future they’re fighting for completely out of reach.

I received this eARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, I was in no way compensated for this review.

A Sky Unbroken brings Megan Crewe's thrilling futuristic trilogy to a close, and I must say despite the bumpy ride, it was pretty enjoyable.

I guess my first complaint off the back is that the book picks up right where we left off, and I don't know about you, but I haven't read The Clouded Sky in several months. So my memory of what happened was pretty much nil. So diving right back into the story with little to no recap of events had me staggering for pages! I was left scrambling to figure out why Skylar was in a dark room somewhere and Win was facing his own punishments. Add to that, Skylar's early chapters are told through her drug induced state, that really just made it all the worse! If the narrator is confused, how can I follow along without more confusion?

Well, that was the case for the first few chapters. I'd like to say my memory came back as the chapters came along, but it barely did. I could only recall a few scant events that happened towards the end. But with that, I was recalled to the heartbreak that I felt by Jule's betrayal. I really liked Jule! I was Team Jule for Pete's sake! And then he went and betrayed them all to help his family, who are really an inconsiderate and ignorant bunch, his father at least. So yeah, his betrayal stung. And I could get why Skylar struggled to forgive him. I knew any romance between them was dead, on her end. So alas, she must turn back to her first pick.

That's how it felt to me anyway. I'm kind of going out of order in my usual way of reviews, so bare with me! We're onto romance, in case you missed my segue! We knew Win has had feelings for Skylar for awhile now. Sure, the first kiss in book 1 was more experimental than based on feelings, but I think we could see his feelings were true in book 2 when Skylar was all over Jule. Skylar though has complicated feelings. I want to get into this, I really do. I just deleted a nice little ranting paragraph, but I felt like that it got close to spoiler territory. Basically my feelings on this are that I am not happy with Skylar's behavior. I wish I could say more, but again, it touches the boundaries of spoilers.

Basically, we know this. Earth is gone. Forever. Just a blip and everything Skylar knew is gone forever. We learn quickly that a handful of humans were saved and they, with Skylar, are placed in the "human zoo" the Kemyates have on their ship. Win, along with his fellow Earth sympathizer friends work to free them. They believe Earthlings should be treated equally as Kemyates.

Then the plot moves into political territory and a sort of human rights movement. But things got a little more complicated than that when you throw in secret after secret that the higher ups in power have been keeping. I was at loss for what it all meant. Basically, all I could take away from it was what I've always known. The Kemyates, and now the Earthlings, need a new place to call home. And the higher ups are basically trying to delay finding said home for whatever purpose I couldn't be clear of.

In short, I was very confused and conflicted over the last half of this book. The first two books were really good. I was entertained and intrigued. But just past halfway through this one and I quickly lost all those feelings and was left with confusion. Just plain old confusion that only got deeper as the pages went along.

The ending though, does wrap things up nicely in a way. We can imagine a bright and happy future, filled with possibilities for the characters. Though some questions, ones I can't really delve into for spoiler reasons, remain unanswered.

Still, it was a decent trilogy that was enjoyable to read. Perhaps, I would've enjoyed it and understood things better had I done a binge read. I highly recommend binging the trilogy to avoid confusion between novels as they seem to read better as one long stream other than one with two breaks.

Overall Rating 3/5 stars

A Sky Unbroken releases October 13, 2015

It's Monday! What are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. It's a fun meme where we gather to share what we've read last week and our reading plans for this week.

The Past 2 Weeks I've Read:

Blood Hunt by Lucienne Diver (ARC)--Review to come at a later date
The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich (4.5 stars)
Survive the Night by Danielle Vega (4.5 stars)
The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent (4.5 stars)
Lion's Share by Rachel Vincent (5 stars)
Rowan by Josephine Angelini (3.5 stars)

Review That Was Posted:

Menagerie by Rachel Vincent (ARC) (4.5 stars)

Currently Reading:

Firewalker by Josephine Angelini

What I Hope to Read this Week:

Legend: The Graphic Novel by Marie Lu, Adapted by Leigh Dragoon & Ill. by Kaari
Maplecroft by Cherie Priest

Other Posts of Interest (just from LAST WEEK):

Rachel Vincent Signing +CONTEST

Hey all, so I was MIA yesterday and it's because I took a day trip to Tulsa, OK. What can I say...I was bored! LOL! 

But Rachel Vincent was in attendance with Jennifer Lynn Barnes and I love Rachel's books and felt like going, so I went!

Sadly the signing wasn't super full because it was apparently the same day as the State Fair! What timing! But that just meant less of a signing line! LOL! 

And check out the amazing sculpture outside the library! I posted it on Instagram as well, but am doing it here again! I was just like WOW! Can I hire the guy who did this to make one for my dream house someday? *Also note I plan to have at least 2 incredibly cool gargoyle statues outside too! LOL! To protect the house of course! ;)

And now for a giveaway! I have here the ORIGINAL COVER/EDITION of My Soul to Take! Rachel's first YA book! Sadly, they only had books 1-4, as my bestie who couldn't come told me she basically needed 2-6...but don't tell her what I bought! It's for Xmas! ;)

So same story, 1 US winner (sorry! I really am going to get my act together soon and get that international contest up. Thinking next month or towards the end of this month, just because things have been and will continue to be crazy busy!) will win a SIGNED copy of My Soul to Take! Just fill out the rafflecopter!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

We have a WINNER!

We'll make this short and sweet and announce the winner of a SIGNED copy of Ice Like Fire! Which doesn't release for another week!! And I still haven't read it! :(

And the winner is.....


Congrats!! The winner has been emailed and will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner will be chosen! Thanks again for entering! I am back in the contest business and still have my Six of Crows giveaway running here. Plus, check back in a few hours for a new one!!

And I promise international peeps I will be planning a contest for you soon! It just might take a little while!

Stacking the Shelves--2 week edition

This weekly meme is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

Stacking The Shelves is all about the books we are adding to our shelves each week, sharing with you our excitement for our newest titles and maybe have you discover a new book in the process!

So the past two weeks have been filled with so many awesome books! And bookish goodies!! And because of that, I present a TON of pictures!

Here's what I bought bookwise the past two weeks:

 Wayfarer by Lili St. Crow*
Nameless by Lili St. Crow*
Sisters of Blood and Spirit by Kady Cross*--a keeper copy
This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee**
Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch**
Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett**
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo**
Ungodly by Kendare Blake
Midnight Frost by Jennifer Estep--I had acquired ALL the other books while at RT the past few years and then I had a B&N coupon 2 weeks ago, so I decided to buy the middle book I was missing!
Tiger's Promise by Colleen Houck--another coupon buy, I read it already, but wanted a paper copy because SO pretty! And SMOOTH!!
A Mad Zombie Party by Gena Showalter
Demons of the Hellmouth: A Guide for Slayers by Rupert Giles (& Nancy Holder)--because awesome!
Menagerie by Rachel Vincent--keeper copy
Trickster Blood by Lucienne Diver--kindle freebie!!

*Books I bought from Jennifer of HelloKittyBookSales of Instagram! Thanks Jennifer!!
**SIGNED Copies!!

Then books I WON:

Kisses and Curses by Multiple Authors--Won from FREEBOOKFRIDAY! The first time ever that I've won from the site!
Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder--JAPANESE EDITION!! And it's SIGNED!!

THANK YOU Jessica Brody & Maria V. Snyder!!

For review I received:

THANK YOU Tarcher!

Then I shopped at Society6 at the BookwormBoutique

 a "shopping" bag to warn people about me!
and this amazing framed piece that says: The World Belongs To Those Who Read...and it shows the world map behind it! I'm going to have to rearrange some current wall hangings in order to fit this one in! Might take awhile because I have to wait for some help. I'm short after all! ;)

Then SWAG:

 The one on the left shows the swag I acquired at the Boston Teen Author Festival
Then I got buttons and a cool tattoo from Leigh Bardugo on Wednesday, though I probably will just hoard the tattoo!

Then I ordered some t-shirts awhile back and they finally arrived!! And of course now it's too cold for just a t-shirt. Sigh...

The one on the left says: Embrace Your Weird--I bought this one from Represent.com, which Felicia Day designed and proceeds went to antibullying programs and such. I loved Felicia's Charley character and I just loved the slogan on the shirt, as I am all about embracing my weird!

The second is one I bought from TeeSpring when I saw Kimberly Derting post a picture of it on Instagram, and I thought...that is SO ME!!! It says: If you can read this shirt I was forced to put my book down and re-enter society.


Then lastly, I got a B&N gift card for spending too much money on my credit card again! Yay?!


And finally, out of breath...that was my amazing haul from the past two weeks! What did you all get?