May 16, 2021

Stacking the Shelves

 

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks! The meme is now hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality.

 

Well, I honestly can't say that this week was any better than last. I'm starting to think I need to have a job change as this one isn't shaping out to be the best fit. So I might start quietly looking for something else.

 

This week I got:

 

Realm Breaker by Victoria Aveyard--SIGNED!
The Gravedigger's Son by Darynda Jones--I still need to read the first one but thought I might as well add the second to my kindle to it!


Then I got this beautiful postcard map from Realm Breaker:



Then my ACOSF pin finally arrived!!

THANK YOU Bloomsbury!!


Other fun stuff I bought that arrived this week:



A new shirt from Woot! I couldn't help myself! It's Disney AND books!!



Then I ordered the new spell coin from Lit Joy Crate for my obsessively weird coin collection! Lol! Plus, Lumos was just so cool and I love how it looks!



And that was it for me this week! What did you all get?







May 14, 2021

Book Blogger Hop

This meme is hosted by Billy at Ramblings of a Coffee Addict!
 
 
This week's question is: What book character do you think you are most like and why? (submitted by Julie @ JadeSky)
 
 
 
MY ANSWER: First one to come to mind is Katy from Jennifer L. Armentrout's Obsidian! Not only are we both readers/bloggers/reviewers, but we also don't take crap from people. I mean I still love Katy for dumping the spaghetti on Daemon's head after he was being an ass. I would soooo do this too! I came close once, but instead of spaghetti, I dropped my gum into an ass's hair! Lol. I mean, I didn't smash it into his hair, so he could easily peel it out...but yeah. 

I've been reading too much YA lately to think of an "adult" novel character. I know I have some, but I'm also sporting a wicked headache as I write this, so my ability to think backwards isn't going so well. Lol.








May 13, 2021

Review--The Princess Will Save You by Sarah Henning

 

When a princess’s commoner true love is kidnapped to coerce her into a political marriage, she doesn’t give in—she goes to rescue him.

When her warrior father, King Sendoa, mysteriously dies, Princess Amarande of Ardenia is given what would hardly be considered a choice: Marry a stranger at sixteen or lose control of her family’s crown.

But Amarande was raised to be a warriornot a sacrifice.

In an attempt to force her choice, a neighboring kingdom kidnaps her true love, stable boy Luca. With her kingdom on the brink of civil war and no one to trust, she’ll need all her skill to save him, her future, and her kingdom.

The Princess Will Save You is a YA fantasy adventure inspired by The Princess Bride, in which a princess must rescue her stable boy true love, from the acclaimed author of Sea Witch, Sarah Henning.

 

Sarah Henning’s The Princess Will Save You is the proclaimed gender swap of The Princess Bride in the YA world and as a huge fan of the movie/book I can say that it is all that and more! This has all the fanfare and excitement you would experience from the cult classic movie (and the book too in some ways) with a few added twists! This is a fantasy read not to be missed! And in more recent news, Sarah has announced it’s no longer a duology, but a trilogy!

Princess Amarande is best friends with the stable boy, Luca, whom she grew up with as a child. They spend their days practicing sword fights in the fields and life is pretty good all around, until the day her father, the king dies mysteriously. Ama believes he was poisoned but no one really wants to look into it, they write it off as a tragic accident and they are anxious to get her married asap so she can be on the throne, for yes, we are in those times where a queen does not rule the kingdom on her own. With three other neighboring kingdoms there are three potential suitors, but none rub her the wrong was as Renard.

When Ama finds Luca missing and a note that tells her to marry Renard or else, Ama knows exactly what she has to do. She has to save he best friend. Though we the reader will learn the error of her ways, as the story is told in multiple third person point of view, and we soon learn just how far Renard will go to get his crown.

Luca is kidnapped by a trio of thieves who are determined to collect their money by delivering him to the meeting point. Luca is a very carefree sort of guy, very sweet and humble. He soon becomes almost friends with one of his kidnappers, but never fear, there’s no romance in that area.

Meanwhile we watch as Ama fights tooth and nail to overcome obstacle after obstacle and enemy after enemy to get to her friend.

I have to say, Sarah did an incredible job of giving this book all The Princess Bride feels! It very much has that same air and tone to it that the movie and book did. There’s still some differences, such as the bonafide born-a-princess is riding out to rescue her farm boy. There are pirates/thieves acting as the kidnappers, two boys and a girl, all from different walks of life and you’ll be surprised by what happens with these guys. We have a prince who is very much the Six-Fingered Man in some ways.

The pace to this one was just the right speed. If you’re familiar with the movie you kind of know where the path will take you, as it does follow that storyline in its own way. The ending though is something else entirely! I had thought I was devising a similar theory as Ama was, but the ending totally threw that theory out the window and now has me absolutely baffled! I love it when an author does that! Luckily, I’m ready to dive into the next book but I fear what sort of cliffhanger I might encounter there as well. We’re in new territory after this book and I am all for exploring it!

There was still a bit of romance in this one with Ama and Luca. For year, they’ve fought their feelings for each other and now they’re going all out with them. Perhaps it’s not as an intense love as the proclaimed couple before them, but it’s still just as sweet as there’s nothing either of them wouldn’t do to keep the other one safe. I’m hoping Sarah will deepen their relationship a bit more as the series trickles along!

The Princess Will Save You is one of the first retellings I’ve encountered for The Princess Bride and I positively loved it! I cannot wait to see what Sarah is going to do with this series. It’s fast-paced exciting adventure with mystery, betrayals, intrigue and more. It’s a page-turning kind of read for sure and should not be missed!

 

Overall Rating 4.5/5 stars

 

 

 


 

 

Random Thursday

We're nearing the halfway mark of the chapter on space in True Facts That Sound Like Bull$#*t by Shane Carley! Time to learn a little more about that little thing called space! Lol.


(image borrowed from Wikipedia)

Did you know there are about 100 billion galaxies in the observable universe alone? Though, as I said, that's in the "observable" universe...


Whoa.



(image borrowed from Wikipedia)

Did you know that astronauts can feel through their spacesuits? There are silicone fingertips on their gloves which allow them to experience some sense of touch.



(image borrowed from Universe Today)

Did you know that about 1/3 of the mass of the asteroid belt is made up of one object, known as Ceres? Ceres is a dwarf planet that is almost 600 miles wide and makes of 33% of the asteroid belt's mass.

 

 

 (image borrowed from USA Today)

Did you know that a spacesuit can cost anywhere from 2 million to 12 million dollars?


Dannnng! And they send a handful of people up at once? Dannnng! That's a lot of books there! Lol!



(image borrowed from Wikipedia)

Did you know that Venus is the hottest planet in the galaxy? Despite Mercury being closer to the sun, Venus' atmosphere traps heat in, making it hotter than the first planet.


I feel like I remember learning this from school days. There are things you know you know, but you don't remember them until they're said. Lol.








May 12, 2021

Waiting on Wednesday

 

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine.

 

It's been two years since Selina Kyle last set eyes on Gotham City...and now that Batman is gone...Selina is back! Or at least, Holly Vanderhees is. As Gotham's newest socialite, she'll put her old talent for picking pockets to new use while rubbing shoulders with the city's finest citizens. But her past is catching up to her, and she is running out of time...

Luke Fox has been looking for just the right opportunity to show Batman he can protect the city from Gotham's worst as Batwing. When several high-profile fundraisers are disturbed, Luke's clandestine activities clash with his parents' expectations. As a scion of one of Gotham's finest families, he's expected to attend these events with pride. As Batwing, he's trying to stop a new team of villains from ruining his mother's plans. Now he feels permanently one step behind...

Will Selina have what it takes to outsmart Batwing before it's too late? Or will she be the final victim of her greatest heist yet?

 

I STILL need to read the novel version of this one but when I saw it was going to be a graphic novel too I got super excited! What I might try doing is read the book then read the graphic novel!

 

TITLE: Catwoman: Soul Stealer (The Graphic Novel)
AUTHOR: Sarah J. Maas
ILLUSTRATOR: Samantha Dodge

PUBLISHER: DC Comics
GENRE: Comic Books
RELEASE DATE: June 1, 2021

 

 

 

 


 

May 11, 2021

Teaser & Top Ten Tuesdays

 

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Purple Princess of The Purple Booker



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.

 

Finally starting this series which is a sort of backwards version of The Princess Bride where the princess will save the stable boy, and it wouldn't be a proper nod to the cult classic without a similar line...

 

"It made her livid.

Which meant the princess required two things to mend her frustrations: Luca and cold, hard, deadly steel.

Whenever she came to him this way at the stable, Luca's answer was the same: 'Always, Princess.'" p 29


 

 

 

 

 

 

TITLE: The Princess Will Save You
AUTHOR: Sarah Henning

PUBLISHER: Tor Teen
GENRE: YA Fantasy
RELEASE DATE: July 7, 2020



Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

 

This week's topic is: Top Ten Books with Nature on the Cover (flowers, trees, landscapes, animals, etc.)

 

*in no particular order

 

 
10. A CURSE SO DARK AND LONELY by Brigid Kemmerer--woodsy thorny branches and a spring of green!
9. FOREST OF A THOUSAND LANTERNS by Julie C. Dao--flowers and a snake (gasp!)
8. THE WICKED DEEP by Shea Ernshaw--night sky, spooky tree branches, and a raven!





7. BLACK CITY by Elizabeth Richards--a rose shattering!
6. THE GHOST TREE by Christina Henry--a spooky tree in the dark woods!
5. THE IRON RAVEN by Julie Kagawa--a raven with a bit of "greenery" along the sides





4. ZERO REPEAT FOREVER by G.S. Prendergrast--a dandelion puff n a waterdrop sort of thing, lol!
3. ECHOES by Alice Reeds--the tops of palm trees
2. CRAVE by Tracy Wolff--a flower with a drop of blood...which is sort of found in nature!





1. NOCTURNE by Syrie James--the ultimate nature cover: snow, woods with trees, and a rose!!











 


May 10, 2021

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

 

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

 

Last Week I Read:

What Once Was Mine by Liz Braswell (ARC)--Review to come at a later date


 

Currently Reading:

The Princess Will Save You by Sarah Henning



What I Plan to Read Next:

The Queen Will Betray You by Sarah Henning (ARC)



Other Posts of Interest:

Teaser & Top Ten Tuesdays
Waiting on Wednesday
Random Thursday
Book Blogger Hop
Stacking the Shelves