Sep 25, 2020

Book Blogger Hop

This meme is hosted by Billy at Ramblings of a Coffee Addict!
 
 
This week's question is:  Do you have a pet peeve about books? (submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)
 
 
 
MY ANSWER: Well, that's kind of hard. In terms of writing techniques, there's lots of little nuisances that might depend on how they're executed. One author might do it in a way that won't bother me and another might drive me crazy with how they do the thing. I'm thinking in terms of character traits or something like that.

One thing I ABSOLUTELY HATE and is a HUGE pet peeve, is cover changes mid-series! That's my #1 no matter the author, the series, or how I felt about the previous cover! It drives me absolutely insane!! Because then in the very end...you basically have to wait until that final book you've waited years for to come out in paperback another year after its hardcover release to even contemplate having a matching set, but then it's not hardcover which makes me sadder. So then I basically end up having mismatching formats with matching covers. Because, yeah...like 90% of the time I end up buying the previous books just to have matching covers...if I love the author of course. Which 95% of the time I do! 

In this scenario, I'm still debating about what to do with Jennifer L. Armentrout's Origin series. LOOOOOVED the original covers, HAAAAATE this new cover look.










Sep 24, 2020

Random Thursday

Ready to learn more totally true facts that sound like the opposite? Lol. True Facts that Sound Like Bull$#*t by Shane Carley continues to be a quick and entertaining read! Let's continue our read through on Nature!



(image borrowed from Healthline)
We think tomatoes originated in Italy, because, you know PIZZA! But they are actually grown in South America!


I mean I like salsa too!



(image borrowed from Wikipedia)
The tarsiers' eyes are as big as their brain! Their eyes are so big that they can't even move them. Their necks have evolved to allow their heads to swivel like an owl's does!


Omg, these guys are so cute! He's a real live Beanie Boo! 




(image borrowed from Medical News Today)
Did you know bananas are technically berries? Oh and raspberries and strawberries aren't.


Mind. Blown. 




(image borrowed from World Wildlife Fun)
A human being could swim in a blue whale's veins. A blue whale's heart is about the size of a car, so the veins have to be big too!


Whoa. I mean...I guess I should get it since they're so big! 




(image borrowed from Wikipedia)
The Camponotus saundersi, a type of ant, can basically self-destruct and cause himself to explode as a defense mechanism during a fight with another ant. It has glands that are filled with a corrosive and sticky substance that can paralyze its attackers and save other members of its colony.


Where was that in A Bug's Life?! 






 

Sep 23, 2020

Review--Possession by M. Verano

All her life, Laetitia has wanted to be a star. It’s more than an ambition - somewhere deep inside, she feels certain that she was born for greatness.

But her path to stardom now seems to be halted by a mysterious undiagnosed illness that’s taken over her body. Doctors don’t have a clue what could be causing it. She stays home from school most days, documenting her strange symptoms. Symptoms that start with fevers and chills, but soon escalate to strange items her body seems to be producing - bones, nails, and even glass.All the while, Laetitia is fixated on what's happening in the news: race riots that are moving ever closer to her neighborhood. But when visions of horrific scenes begin to invade her mind, even the media can’t distract her.

As Laetitia's illness worsens, she soon begins to wonder - is her sickness biological, or is it something more? Are the voices she hears signs of insanity - or signs of something much more sinister and demonic? Or, perhaps, signs of something more benevolent... something holy?

Laetitia always knew she'd be a star... she just never knew how quickly it would all manifest.

 

 

Another creepy novel down and this time it was M. Verano’s Possession, the second book of the Diary of a Haunting trilogy and this one definitely had a different feel to it. This time there was no haunted house, but a haunted person, you could say. Laetitia has vibrant dreams of being a famous singer, but everything begins to slowly crumble for her as time goes on and strange things continue to happen to her.

Laetitia thought it was just a sore throat, one that she intended to remedy as soon as she could, for there were very important auditions coming up in a few months that could start her career as a famous singer. But then the dreams start, terrifying ones where she wakes up feeling the aftermath of the pain that occurred in her nightmare. They are unexplainable and they don’t go away.

She starts out writing blog posts, fun ones that involve her different hairstyles with wigs or singing tips, but when mysterious and disturbing photos that are straight out of her nightmares appear on her blog without her doing, she shuts it down and turns into private diary entries instead. And let me tell you guys, this book was pretty scary and disturbing…which made it a perfect Halloween read!

There are a few pictures in here that may also be considering disturbing, but none that I would call horrifying. In fact, they sometimes get a little distorted so you can’t really make out what you’re seeing, but from Laetitia’s descriptions, you know.

Laetitia and her family start to believe that she may very well be possessed by something sinister. Things continue to escalate as time goes by and though he was not directly involved, we do catch an appearance of the mysterious Dr. Montague Verano. The author’s own character in this series is puzzling, he played more of a role in the first book but here, he’s merely mentioned in some documents that appear evidence style and of course in the forward and author’s note.

It’s weird, even though when you read the forward or preface in the beginning, you know the outcome…of sorts, but not what it pertains or how we got there. You almost wonder in the good doctor might have been misleading us. You’ll find out if he was or not by reading of course and it was definitely a powerful and chilling ending!

I was amazed by how current event related this book was too. Though it didn’t mention any real/true events it creates its own (that I am aware of) that feels real enough. Protests of racial injustice is brought to fore, yet the author does this in a way that just brings it in as an event. It didn’t really feel like it was sharing his points or whatnot. And let’s remember that this book is already four years old. The events are more or less background details though. Laetitia mentions it on occasion though, so you know it’s going to be significant.

While Possession didn’t necessarily provide the ghosts we saw in the first book of the trilogy it did still provide other elements of a good ghost story. It’s definitely not one to read late into the night…unless you like that sort of thing! Lol! I’m still sort of curious about one thing that was mentioned regarding Laetitia’s family house that never really got discussed again, but I guess it’s just supposed to be one of those unsolved mysteries…no pun intended! Possession is a perfect read for this time of year and you honestly don’t have to read the first book in the series in order to grasp the contents of this one, but I still recommend it for that too was a pretty creepy read!

 

Overall Rating 5/5 stars

 

 

 

 


 
 

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




A dazzling new edition of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, fully illustrated in brilliant color and featuring exclusive interactive paper craft elements, including a foldout Hogwarts letter and more!
 
In this stunning new edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, experience the story as never before. J.K. Rowling's complete and unabridged text is accompanied by full-color illustrations on nearly every page and eight exclusive, interactive paper craft elements: Readers will open Harry's Hogwarts letter, reveal the magical entryway to Diagon Alley, make a sumptuous feast appear in the Great Hall, and more.

Designed and illustrated by award-winning design studio MinaLima -- best known for establishing the visual graphic style of the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films -- this edition is sure to be a keepsake for Harry Potter fans, a beautiful addition to any collector's bookshelf, and an enchanting way to introduce the first book in this beloved series to a new generation of readers.


Can you IMAGINE what this series will look like with Minalima adding the super cool features?! Omg I am so excited! I might not buy the entire series...yet...I don't know. I only bought the first book illustrated, and in the UK anniversary hardcover editions, and the 10th anniversary US side...so I might stick with book 1 for this format too! Lol. Yeah...I buy a lot of books!


AUTHOR: J.K. Rowling
ILLUSTRATOR: Minalima
PUBLISHER: Scholastic Inc
GENRE: MG Fantasy
RELEASE DATE: October 20, 2020





In near-future New Orleans, Draugar, again-walkers, are faster and stronger than most humans, but not venomous until they are a century old. Until then, they shamble and bite. Since not everyone wants to see their relatives end up that way, Geneviève Crowe makes her living beheading the dead.

But now, her magic’s gone sideways, and the only person strong enough to help her is the one man who could tempt her to think about picket fences: Eli Stonecroft, a faery who chose to be a bar-owner in New Orleans rather than live in Elphame.

Then human businessmen start turning up as draugar.

Suddenly, the queen of the again-walkers and the wealthy son of one of the victims, both hire Geneviève to figure it out. She works to keep her magic in check, the dead from crawling out of their graves, and enough money for a future that might be a lot longer than she’d like. Neither her heart nor her life are safe now that she’s juggling a faery prince, murder, and magic.



I only just found out about this book a few weeks ago as I was writing this post in advance! I just ordered a backtitle from Melissa (from earlier in the year) and then I find out she's got a new series starting! SWEET!


AUTHOR: Melissa Marr
PUBLISHER: MM Ink
GENRE: Modern Fantasy
RELEASE DATE: September 2, 2020





Sep 22, 2020

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.

 

"My pulse pounded harder, faster, so loud in my ears I could hear nothing except a primal part of my brain shouting a warning. Behind you. Behind you. Look behind you! I whirled around, eyes wide as I searched for my pursuer." Kindle loc. 16%*


 

*Quote comes from the eARC therefore it and its location are not final. 

 

 

 

 

TITLE: Eventide
AUTHOR: Sarah Goodman

PUBLISHER: Tor Teen
GENRE: YA Horror
RELEASE DATE: October 6, 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 On My Fall 2020 TBR

 

*in no particular order

 

10. Eventide by Sarah Goodman--I mean obviously! Lol!
9. HORRID by Katrina Leno--now if only a B&N near me would HAVE IT IN STORE!
8. POSSESSION by M. Verano--super excited to read the rest of this series!



7. THE LONELY DEAD by April Henry--kind of choosing random spooky titles that I may or may not actually get to!
6. WATCHER IN THE WOODS by Kelley Armstrong--I've got to get caught up in this series!
5. WINTERWOOD by Shea Ernshaw--loved her first book!
 
 
 
 
4. TALES FROM THE HINTERLAND by Melissa Albert--another review book I want to read!
3. HOCUS POCUS & THE ALL NEW SEQUEL by A.W. Jantha--keep meaning to read this around Halloween, not sure if this will be the year or not!
2. THE MERCILESS II by Danielle Vega--so need to finish this series!
 
 
 
1. CRUSH by Tracy Wolff--and of course my #1!
 



 





Sep 21, 2020

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:


Harrow Lake by Kat Ellis (5 stars)
Diary of a Haunting by M. Verano (5 stars)
Teeth in the Mist by Dawn Kurtagich (4.5 stars)



Review That Was Posted:

White Fox by Sara Faring (ARC) (3 stars)


Currently Reading:

Eventide by Sarah Goodman

 

What I Plan to Read Next:

Possession by M. Verano


Other Posts of Interest:

Teaser & Top Ten Tuesdays
The Would You Rather Book Tag
Waiting on Wednesday--The Bardugo Edition
Random Thursday
Book Blogger Hop
CONTEST TIME!!!

Stacking the Shelves--The What Did I DO? Edition

 

 

 

 


 

Sep 20, 2020

Stacking the Shelves--The What Did I DO? Edition

 

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.

 

This was a most exhausting the week. I guess because it was the week after a holiday/short week. The weekend was a relief, but then sadly, it ended. This week I apparently had a one click problem with Edelweiss, because after getting a few last week, I was approved for another, then I went  and clicked another, then immediately bought two books after reading the first book! So yeah...it was insane to say the least! LOL!

As I said on twitter...


  

Here's what I bought:


Possession by M. Verano
Books of Shadows by M. Verano
 
 
 
And then this beauty arrived after months of waiting for its release date to come forth:
 
 
Finale by Stephanie Garber--the Persian edition! My set is COMPLETE!
 
 
 
Then for review I received:
 
The Iron Raven by Julie Kagawa (ARC)
Eventide by Sarah Goodman (ARC)

 
THANK YOU Inkyard Press & Tor Teen!


Then my Owl Crate arrived! At first I was devastated because tracking said it would arrive on Monday and I didn't think I'd last the weekend without being spoiled for it! Luckily, I went unspoiled and oh WOW! This book was 100% amazing for me!




Then just a little something fun and Disney that I ordered a few weeks ago! Finally got lucky on MerchPass with this one!


It's the 90th Anniversary of Pluto commemorative key!




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

Also it took INSANNNNNELY long to write this post with the new blogger interface. Had to exit it 2 or 3 times just to be able to highlight text! HIGHLIGHT text!!! And what is with this new and "improved" 3 step process to friggin add a photo!?







Sep 19, 2020

CONTEST TIME!!!

 Hello Folks! As you might have seen on my Instagram this week, and throughout the bookiverse our dear author friend, Rachel Caine is not doing well. She has cancer and can no longer be treated for it, so she is now on hospice. My heart aches for one of my favorite authors and one of the first "adult" authors I ever read. As I mentioned on my Instagram post, in 2007 Rachel took time out of a conference she was attending just to spend a few minutes with me and my mom. It was a great way to start a day that's for sure!

So to continue spreading the love for one of my favorite authors and to help her and her family out during this difficult time, I want to give away one of her books! Any one of her books! And she has A LOT to choose from! (up to $20 USD Value)


Here are just a few of the books you can choose from (mostly the first in her series)! Pretty much you have your choice of any of her books as long as they're available on The Book Depository (for international) or Amazon and such!


So standard giveaway rules apply, this will be open to international readers as long as The Book Depository ships to you. You must be 13 years or older to enter or have your guardian's permission. And that's pretty much it! Just fill out the form below!






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