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This week's question is: Share a random quote from the book you are currently reading.- Suggested by Journey Through Fiction



MY ANSWER: Going to share with you from my read as of now...basically last Friday as at this time I don't know how busy or tired or whatever I'll be at my new job that I start on Monday!


"Jahandar reached for the first page...

And stifled a cry.

It burned his hand.

No matter.

He dragged his sleeve across his fingertips and tried again.

The text was an early form of Chagatai. Translating it would be a painstaking process, even for a man as learned as Jahandar. And especially with such pressing time constraints.

Again, no matter.

His heart thundered as he drew the single candle closer to begin his work.

For his children, he would move mountains.

He would not fail again." p 66-67

Really liking this one so far too!!






Random Thursday

Continuing with the book titled That's a Fact Jack: A Collection of Utterly Useless Information [Updated] by Harry Bright & Jakob Anser...I learned a few new things today about complete randomness...


"The universe is beige. According to astronomers at John Hopkins University, the color of all light in the universe hexadecimal RGB value #FFF8E7. The color is now referred to as 'cosmic latte'."


"If you put a mirror one light-year away from Earth and looked at it through a telescope, you would see two years into Earth's past."





Review--The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

One Life to One Dawn.

In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad's dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph's reign of terror once and for all.

Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she'd imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It's an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid's life as retribution for the many lives he's stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets?

Inspired by A Thousand and One Nights, The Wrath and the Dawn is a sumptuous and enthralling read from beginning to end.


I have finally read The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh and I must say it was quite fascinating! I was only vaguely familiar with the origin story, A Thousand and One Nights, I mostly remember a retelling of said tale called The Storyteller's Daughter, which if I can recall was the same concept in general.

Shahrzad, nickname Shazi, was an admirable heroine. She was strong willed and wasn't the flouncy sort. She was determined to kill the boy-king who had killed her best friend, among dozens of other young girls for seemingly no reason. Every day he would marry a young bride and by the next dawn, she would be dead. Shazi decides it's time for Khalid's reign to end. She was going to kill him herself if she had to, and that's why she volunteered herself to be his bride. And for whatever reason, this is allowed.

Naturally, Khalid has a reason for why he is murdering his brides every night, though that reason is slow to come by. Instead of trying to figure that out right away, Shazi attempts to just stay alive for as long as possible and to do this, she begins with a story that lasts a night or two longer. Khalid is intrigued by his newest wife and he begins to almost falter in his emotions.

In the meantime, we are getting other perspectives, as this is in third person point of view, from different characters with their own agendas. Such as Tariq, who was a boy from Shazi's "old life". One she loved and who loved her. Tariq is determined to save her at any cost. Though I didn't get any real love vibes from these two. I guess because they aren't together on the pages. So naturally, of course, we start seeing a true love connection with Shazi and Khalid.

I was impressed with their romance. While it seemed to come about rather quickly, it was never really "true love" until much later on. In fact, Shazi tries to fight her growing feelings, because falling for the boy who murdered her best friend wasn't acceptable. I found I didn't mind their love either. It felt believable.

What was a bit confusing for me was the whole reason Khalid was murdering these girls. I mean we get an explanation and I understood it, but I guess I was just expecting something more! Something more detailed, rather than just the answer we were given. So that was kind of a letdown almost, because I felt like this was all building up to something so spectacular and horrifying. Though we do get quite a shock at the end! But it happened so quickly, I was left wondering what exactly just happened. I didn't think it was as horrifying at first, but when I look again and think, is it possible that it was "this", then WOW! That is terrible! So yes, there's a bit of confusion going on for me! LOL!

But all in all, this was a fascinating read! I enjoyed reading a book with a new culture for me to learn about! The glossary in back was most helpful but I found I only referenced it a handful of times, because I was loathe to interrupt reading to understand a word. I got the vague idea of what each new vocab word was, just not in all its details! 

I definitely cannot wait to read the next book, The Rose and the Dagger! And naturally, I am one to torment myself, I did not read the excerpt in back because then I would want to read more! I've learned my lesson from reading sneak peeks! So hence, I will just have to suffer in silence. Haha!


Overall Rating 4.5/5 stars





ARC Review--A Whole New World by Liz Braswell

Welcome to a new YA series that reimagines classic Disney stories in surprising new ways. Each book asks the question: What if one key moment from a familiar Disney film was changed? This dark and daring version of Aladdin twists the original story with the question: What if Jafar was the first one to summon the Genie?

When Jafar steals the Genie’s lamp, he uses his first two wishes to become sultan and the most powerful sorcerer in the world. Agrabah lives in fear, waiting for his third and final wish.To stop the power-mad ruler, Aladdin and the deposed Princess Jasmine must unite the people of Agrabah in rebellion. But soon their fight for freedom threatens to tear the kingdom apart in a costly civil war.

What happens next? A Street Rat becomes a leader. A princess becomes a revolutionary. And readers will never look at the story of Aladdin in the same way again.


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

Also, my apologies for the lengthy review. There was a lot to be said!


The newest series to hit the YA world, A Twisted Tale, in which we get to see beloved Disney movies changed with a single moment. Such as the first one, A Whole New World, where Liz Braswell questions what would happen if Jafar actually got the lamp first instead of Aladdin? And this is the result.

I've read a handful of reviews already that pretty much say this was a wasted read. And while I can see their point and it's very valid, I find that I can't 100% agree with it, maybe 95%! True, not much difference, but I'm stubborn and if I want to read something despite unpleasant reviews, I'll still likely read it on my own. I can't speak for everyone who's read this, but I almost wonder if other readers are expecting to get the villain's side of the story or expecting to root for the villain and that's what caused the unenjoyment or played a role in it all. That's really not the case after I've read this. The villain is still the villain and the heroes are still the heroes. Things just happen differently.

Told in multiple third person points of view, we get to see a little bit of everyone; Aladdin, Jasmine, and even Jafar. But the third person view point wasn't executed properly, in my opinion. I felt like we were being told a LOT of the story instead of shown. The whole show, don't tell is really rather important. There was a sort of disconnect with the story because I barely knew who these people were outside of the Disney movie! And it was funny at times, having them wish things happened differently, basically having them wish this was the movie.

We get to see a new side of Agrabah with the Street Rats. Apparently, the name isn't at all derogatory as we thought, because they even call themselves this. They are thieves of the marketplace, just struggling to survive and have a little personal gain, whereas Aladdin only steals the food he needs in order to live. One of these characters was Morgiana, and I really want to say this was based on a character from the Aladdin TV series! Though it's been years since I've watched it. The name just sounded sooo familiar to me! And I do believe, if I am recalling correctly, she was a Street Rat friend of Aladdin's.

The first 1/4 of the book or so pretty much follows the movie directly. Even the dialogue was nearly spot on from the movie. Which is a take it or leave it kind of thing I guess. And it's at the moment when Aladdin hands off the lamp to Jafar that things change. Jafar becomes ruler of Agrabah and the most powerful sorcerer in the world. Everyone's on pins and needles waiting to see what the third wish will be.

We see the Genie again as well, and while you can almost see the character that Robin Williams brought to life, there was also a difference to him. He wasn't as jovial as we initially met him. I kind of spent a lot of time comparing each character to their movie counterpart. There was a general sameness to them all, but again, subtle differences. Though some of these differences outright bugged me, such as Iago apparently liking to eat the crackers that were constantly shoved down his throat. Really? Abu and Rajah were there as well, though I felt like Abu didn't have his same spunk, though he was talkative in his own way. He just wasn't as adorable as his movie counterpart. And Rajah was even more in this one, and by that I just mean more. He was more than tiger, he was Jasmine's pet.

Though be aware there is a brief moment  or two (can't really elaborate on the second one) of animal abuse in this book. Just wanted to warn fellow animal lovers out there who might pick this up.

And as with any Disney rendition, there's a serious case of insa love. Aladdin and Jasmine meet under the same circumstances--though she says hello to the camel who's her aunt, instead of the doctor--they still fall in love rather quickly. That's just a Disney staple it seems, so again, it's a take it or leave it kind of enjoyment.

Also, it's been said that though marketed as YA, this really doesn't read as YA. It's possibly more middle grade, or just the very young YA. A good read for those looking to venture into the YA world. For Disney fans, I say if you're intrigued even a little by this, then read it. It wasn't a terrible read, but it really wasn't a great read either. So perhaps a library checkout would be best. As I said, the writing was a little subpar and exhibited a lot of telling instead of showing. Character development felt weakened because of this.

A Whole New World has an interesting premise to it, in seeing what would happen if the key moment in a beloved Disney movie was changed. While this one didn't really live up to my expectations, I still look forward to seeing what other authors will contribute to this series.

And on a side note, while I didn't enjoy this author's work here, I truly enjoyed one of her earlier books called Snow, that was written under the name Tracy Lynn. That's back to your basic retelling of Snow White. Not at all related to the Disney movie, either but the original Grimm fairy tale.


Overall Rating 2.5/5 stars


 A Whole New World releases September 1, 2015





 

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.


Delilah S. Dawson’s award-winning Blud series comes full circle as Tish and Criminy, stars of Wicked as They Come, embark on a sexy and harrowing final adventure in a world RT Book Reviews called “delightfully edgy with hidden charms.”

Ever since landing in the magical world of Sang and falling in love with dashing ringmaster Criminy Stain, Tish has been waiting for the axe to fall. Until her dying grandmother’s last breath on Earth, Tish can’t bring herself to give up her all-too human frailty and commit to life on Sang as a youthful, long-lived Bludman like her handsome husband. But when a peculiar twist of fate delivers Tish’s grandmother to Sang, an unexpected chain of events forces Tish and Criminy to embark on one last wild adventure. From old friends to new and into the lair of terrifying enemies, the couple’s love and longevity will be pushed to the brink by each harrowing encounter. Is blud thicker than blood, and can Tish and Crim find their wicked ever after?


CRIMINY RETURNS!! At least for 1 final book!! Can't wait to read this one where we get to see Criminy and Tish again! So far I am only seeing it as an ebook, but I REALLY hope that changes because I NEED a paperback to go with my other 3!

TITLE: Wicked Ever After
AUTHOR: Delilah S. Dawson
PUBLISHER: Pocket Star
GENRE: Urban Fantasy
RELEASE DATE: October 5, 2015 


Something Wicked This Way Comes...

As a thief, I stick to the shadows as much as possible. But when the head of the Sinclair Family picks me to compete in the Tournament of Blades, there's no escaping the spotlight—or the danger.

Even though he's my competition, Devon Sinclair thinks I have the best shot at winning what's supposed to be a friendly contest. But when the competitors start having mysterious "accidents," it looks like someone will do anything to win—no matter who they hurt.

As if I didn't have enough to worry about, mobster Victor Draconi is plotting against Devon and the rest of my friends, and someone's going around Cloudburst Falls murdering monsters. One thing's for sure. Sometimes, humans can be more monstrous than anything else...


Another one I can't wait to read!! Really liked Cold Burn of Magic and excited to see what's in store next for Lila!! And this cover is just sooo awesome too! Love the shadowy silhouettes!

TITLE: Dark Heart of Magic
AUTHOR: Jennifer Estep
PUBLISHER: Kensington
GENRE: Paranormal YA

RELEASE DATE: October 27, 2015 




 

ARC Review--Crucible Zero by Devon Monk

The national bestselling author of Infinity Bell returns to her “fresh and unique” world where the truce between the ruling Houses has shattered and chaos now reigns. Only one woman has the power to save the world—but she could also destroy it...

Matilda Case never thought of herself as a hero. But because she is galvanized—and nearly immortal in her stitched, endlessly healing body—she doesn’t have much of a choice. Even if she doesn’t want to save the world, she’s the only one capable of traveling in time to do so.

But her rescue attempt hasn’t gone as planned. She’s stuck in an alternate universe, and her world is in danger of disappearing. Worst of all, an unfathomably powerful man who can also travel through history doesn’t want her to put things to rights. He’s willing to wage bloody war to stop Matilda, unless she surrenders control of time to him.

Now, with the minutes ticking, Matilda must make impossible decisions, knowing that one wrong choice will destroy her—and any chance of saving everything she loves...


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


Devon Monk returns to her House Immortal series with what I believe is the final book! If you haven't read the series yet, you're missing out! Here we have a futuristic setting that basically involves modernized Frankensteins! Crucible Zero was a whirlwind of action and adventure, making it a suitable read for all Urban Fantasy fans!

Matilda has done what should be impossible, she's traveled back in time in order to save the people she loves and put a stop to Slater once and for all. But odd thing is, while she managed to go back in time, it's to a completely new time. It was a bit confusing at first to grasp, but as the story rolls along, it becomes easier to understand.

Matilda wants to kill Slater. That's the number one goal. But also in this new(ish) world, the plague is still a problem, but her brother Quinten happens to be formulating a cure. And he who holds the cure, pretty much controls the world. But Quinten isn't the power hungry type. To make matters more complicated, Slater knows that Matilda isn't from this specific time period. He knows her completely. And now it's basically a race to see who can kill who first and chose the set time period, as Slater rather rule the world in where everyone Matilda loves is dead. 

She gets to re-meet Abraham and Foster, and start relationships anew. It was odd because in some sense, Abraham knew her. I can't remember the very last moments of Infinity Bell which might have further explained the event behind that, but as I like to tell myself, just roll with it! While there was still some romance in this one, things were back to being all to new between Abraham and Matilda. Matilda knew she still loved her Abraham, but this wasn't necessarily her Abraham 100%. But yet an attraction still lay between them and watching it regrow and spawn was just as enjoyable as the first time we saw these two grow to care for one another.

Perhaps the hardest thing to read through, were the moments when Matilda traveled through time again for seemingly no reason. I couldn't figure out the reasons behind it, possibly just some faulty backlash from her first time-traveling event that takes her back to her old timeframe. What made it confusing to grasp was that these passages weren't always clear. You didn't know what was happening until suddenly Matilda is in a new situation after being in the middle of another. But luckily, there were only a handful of these kind of moments.

The rest of the story involved one race to another. It was quite exciting because time is of the essence, so it makes the story hurtle at a fast pace. Matilda, Foster, and Abraham have to defeat Slater before he kills them after all.

The ending was just as harrowing and exciting as the rest of the story! And it's within this ending you see some finality. Which makes me believe that this is the end of the series. I haven't heard anything that said how long this series is, but I believe that it ends here. And if it does, I'm completely happy with that! The ending was perfect! You get the sense of Happily Ever After, yet still knowing that life will go on for these characters. And that's really the best kind of ending a reader can hope for!

Crucible Zero was a fast-paced and thrilling read! I highly recommend starting from the beginning of this series and giving it a read-through! It's unique and engaging, sure to please Urban Fantasy readers of all kind!


Overall Rating 4/5 stars


Crucible Zero releases September 1, 2015





Teaser & Top Ten Tuesdays

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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



"His breath fanned on her skin as he bent toward her ear. 'This morning, I was no where I should have been. Last night, I was not where I wanted to be.'" p 112














TITLE: The Wrath & The Dawn
AUTHOR: Renee Ahdieh
PUBLISHER: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
GENRE: Fantasy YA
RELEASE DATE: May 12, 2015





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This week's topic is: Top Ten Books That Would Be On Your Syllabus If You Taught Fantasy vs. Dystopian 101


*in no particular order

Oh yes this will be a fun class in seeing the differences between Fantasy (the past...or is it?) and the possible bleak future!!


THE FANTASY READS:


1. THE KISS OF DECEPTION by Mary E. Pearson--a wonderful fantasy series that is just awesome! Especially in its ability to trick the reader!
2. FALLING KINGDOMS by Morgan Rhodes--loove this series, so we're including it! Plus I think it's a fine example of multiple points of view, but keeping the reader's focus on the story and not making them confused!
3. SNOW LIKE ASHES by Sara Raasch--read this earlier this year and can only remember loving it! So hence, it's in the syllabus!

4. A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES by Sarah J. Maas--the prefect blend of fantasy and faeries and fairy tale!
5. POISON STUDY by Maria V. Snyder--because it's awesome and an amazing series! Plus it was practically my first fantasy read and I thought it was well done in creating a fantasy world and not making it overly confusing!


THE DYSTOPIAN READS:


6. ANGEL BURN by L.A. Weatherly--a creepy future where angels are trying to rid Earth of humans!
7. UNDER THE NEVER SKY by Veronica Rossi--another dismal and bleak future taking place on Earth!
8. THE VAULT OF DREAMERS by Caragh M. O'Brien--a deceptively creepy read where you never know who to trust in this futuristic setting!


9. DIVERGENT by Veronica Roth--because despite Allegiant, I really did enjoy this series that was practically my first dystopian! So yes, this is included in the syllabus!

10. POISON PRINCESS by Kresley Cole--a creepy future where nearly everyone on Earth is dead and gone, except a remaining few who are caught in a deadly game? Will the past repeat itself as it has time and again? Seriously?! LOVE this series and need the next book!!!






ARC Review--The Drafter by Kim Harrison

Detroit 2030. Double-crossed by the person she loved and betrayed by the covert government organization that trained her to use her body as a weapon, Peri Reed is a renegade on the run.

Don’t forgive and never forget has always been Peri’s creed. But her day job makes it difficult: she is a drafter, possessed of a rare, invaluable skill for altering time, yet destined to forget both the history she changed and the history she rewrote.

When Peri discovers her name on a list of corrupt operatives, she realizes that her own life has been manipulated by the agency. She joins forces with a mysterious rogue soldier in a deadly race to piece together the truth about her final task, unable to trust even herself.





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


Kim Harrison's newest Peri Reed series starts with The Drafter and this world here is a far cry more different than her Hollows series. There's not any paranormal in it, but there's still tons of action, a great heroine, danger, deception and all sorts of other good things to make up a great story!

Like with any brand new series, there's a lot of world-building to get through, that this one is set in the future, makes it a tad harder. At least for me. Especially when it concerns technology! I've never been the best with technology and knowing it all in details! I can work my basic devices, but getting into the details of them all, not so much! LOL! So trying to figure out what gadgets Peri was using and for what purposes was a little discombobulating, but luckily those moments were few and far between. What was harder to grasp was Peri's talents as a drafter. She can basically change time, she stops it and then rewrites it. It was a bit confusing at first, because I couldn't grasp what was happening. What changes were really being made and what effect they would have on the present or new present. And then there's the whole changing the outcome of not dying or having someone else not die or actually die!

Confused yet? Yeah, I kind of was too!

Anyway, Peri works for Opti, which is basically the top company in this future world. What they did, I never fully grasped either. But when a job goes wrong and Peri drafts and loses three years of her life, she struggles to put all the pieces back together. Yes, time gets lost when Peri drafts, which was another concept I couldn't quite figure out. I mean, it just seemed like after a draft, life went on as normal, but no, time has passed! I couldn't figure out what happened during that time! Did Peri do this or that...how is it no one else seems to be affected by the time jump? It just happens to be three weeks later! It was minor nuisances really, they didn't detract from the story too much, but it did make things a tad complicated to comprehend!

Anyway, Peri is trying to put the pieces of her life back together after learning of a huge betrayal and that leads to further revelations that continue to put a damper on the life she thought she knew. There's lie after lie, deception after deception. Who is good and who is evil? Peri finds herself amongst the alliance, which is a rebel group of sorts looking to bring Opti down. And we get the sense of familiarity amongst one man in particular, Silas. We get that sense mostly, because he occasionally has a few chapters from his third person point of view.

Despite having moments of confusion, I did enjoy this one. There's a lot of mystery being built up and we've only touched the surface of it all. The ending led to more revelations that were totally shocking!

As far as romance goes, this one was pretty much without. There was one moment of passion in the beginning but that nearly gets forgotten once the plot steers us on the course we're meant to be on. Though there is potential for more romance further down the line. We'll just have to wait and see where things take us!

The Drafter is an intriguing read filled with mystery throughout! Not the clear-cut, whodunit kind of mystery but just that overall feeling of people hiding things constantly and you never know why. Peri has only scratched the surface in the learning area. We have a long way to go I expect to see where her journey takes us and I for one, will be looking forward to it!

For fans of Kim Harrison, I urge you to give this one a try! There's no paranormal elements, but plenty more mystery, intrigue, and the lovable kind of characters that are pretty much a staple for Kim Harrison! Be sure to order your copy asap!


Overall Rating 3.5/5 stars--a minor take down from the confusion I had when it came to futuristic elements and the rewriting of time. I figure by the next book, I'll be more able to understand it all! That is if my memory of this one returns in a timely manner! ;)


The Drafter releases September 1, 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.


Hey all! I start my new job today! So not sure what my week will be like or how much reading will get done! Doesn't help that I caught a cold of some kind over the weekend! Typical! But I did rather well in reading last week and not only knocked out a 500+ page book but then four more books, plus starting another!


Last Week I Read:

The Diviners by Libba Bray (3.75 stars)
Wolfcry by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes (2.5 stars)
Wyverhail by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes (2 stars)
Bloodwitch by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes (3 stars)
Bloodkin by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes (3 stars)


Currently Reading:

The Wrath & The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh


What I Hope to Maybe Might Start:

Get Dirty by Gretchen McNeil


Other Posts of Interest:






 

Stacking the Shelves

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!



I had a pretty awesome week! Got all the books I ordered last week due to coupons, plus some preorders! Here's what I raked in this week:

 Slasher Girls & Monster Boys Edited by April Genevieve Tucholke
The Creeping by Alezandra Sirowy
Entwined by Heather Dixon
Trixter by Alethea Kontis
Tales of Arilland by Aletha Kontis
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer--HARDCOVER! I previously had the paperback, among all the other hardcovers. So naturally, I had to correct that! Most especially since I'll be seeing Marissa when I go to YALLFest later this year and can re-complete my set with signed copies!


For review from the publisher I received:

Chapelwood by Cherie Priest (Early Copy)


THANK YOU Roc!


Then not book related but still TOTALLY AWESOME finds:

This incredibly soft and AWESOME blanket with sugar skulls all over it! Found it at TJ Maxx in the Halloween section and picked it up! It's just like my previous one with bats all over it. I figure I'll use this up until Halloween, since it's for Day of the Dead and then use the bats after that! Because bats are more all year round than the sugar skulls! ;)

Funko Pop MAXIMUS!!! Super excited to have this one in my collection because as you know from Friday, I love this horse! He's soooo funny! And ironically, when I looked at the back of the box, they show the Rapunzel and Pascal figures that were only at Comic Con. Sadly, B&N only showed the regular Rapunzel and Pascal. I really liked that Comic Con one though. Sigh...but Maximus! YES!!!



And that was my haul this week! What did you get?