Teaser & Top Ten Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by MizB of Books and Beat

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.

I really liked this one. It's simple, yet I totally relate to it. From Mellie's point of course!

"And with that, I lost Mellie to her book. Again." p 27*

*Quote comes from the ARC, therefore it and its page number are not final.

TITLE: The Flame Never Dies
AUTHOR: Rachel Vincent
PUBLISHER: Delacorte Press/MIRA Ink
GENRE: Paranormal/Dystopian YA--sort of a blend of both!
RELEASE DATE: August 16, 2016 

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 topic is: Ten 8 Books I Feel Differently About After Time Has Passed

*in no particular order
**Kinda turned this into about books that I just fell out of over time. And all of these I fell out of so long ago it seems. I explain how after a few books I began to feel differently about them and how I lost the spark that I thought we had.

1. PERSEPHONE ALCMEDI SERIES--this is one that I fell out of a few years ago. Sadly it seemed the series was canceled and that in part played into how I fell out of it. I have since donated the books as well. It was a fun series, but I couldn't really remembered what I liked about it at one point, so I decided to gift the books elsewhere.
2. MERCY THOMPSON SERIES--this one will likely cause woe, but yeah, I fell out of this one too. I lost enjoyment in it. I think it was when Mercy and Adam finally got together and it was THEIR first book and a lot of people had said they didn't enjoy it, so I skipped it and never really came back to the series.
3. DOWNSIDE GHOSTS SERIES--another series I fell out of. I enjoyed Stacia's first series. It was cute, quirky, snarky and paranormal-y! This one had the paranormal and edge and grit, but yet even when I read them I found myself disconnecting as the books went on, so I finally just gave up on it.

4. BLACK LONDON SERIES--I wanted to like this one and I did stick with it for most of the series. But I think I finally gave up on it just before it ended. It was one that I found myself reading because I felt like I "had" to since I started the series (before the TBR mountain really came about). Sadly I just lost that feel good feeling I had gotten from the first book.
5. SHADES OF FURY SERIES--another one that I just fell out of. I'm not sure if it was ever canceled. There's still a fourth book to come apparently. But I think when I read the last one and another didn't come, I just gave up waiting.
6. EARTH WITCHES SERIES--I think this is one that can be chalked up to being canceled or it just ended with three books. Since they involved different characters, it's hard to say. I enjoyed them, but I know I also gifted these elsewhere after awhile of not seeing anything new.

7. ABBY SINCLAIR SERIES--one that I fell out of I think after two books. Another case of just not being able to get into the series like I had hoped.
8. MORTAL PATH SERIES--this one was by a semi local author and at that time I wanted to read local authors. Still do, just never found one in the right genre. I can't remember what didn't click with me and this series. I think I read two books and then just stopped. It lacked something, but I can't recall what that is now after so much time.

Let's Watch it AGAIN!!!

Okay, it was all over Twitter after debuting on TV this morning, but seriously, I can't get enough of this teaser trailer! I ADORE Beauty and the Beast and Emma is going to make a great Belle!!

I think to add to the stellar news of this one releasing next year on March 17th is that the animated version, the original version might be coming out of the vault as well! Not only just after its 25th anniversary, but just in time for it coincide with its live action theatrical release! Not that I know what date it's coming out or if it is for sure. I read an article somewhere that it's possibly coming out of that stupid vault next year! Apparently the classics--the ones we all adore and love--only come out of the vault every 7 years. So I guess that tells us to time our having kids right so we can have them watching these beloved classics! If and hopefully when, I find more definitive data I will be sure to post for sure and let you know!  

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.

I didn't do a recap last week because that week before was uneventful for the blog. While away at BEA I didn't get any reading done, but all my meme posts were scheduled to go and that's basically all the action my blog saw! So this recap will just focus on last week!

Last Week I Read:

The Immortal Throne by Bree Despain (ARC)--Review to come at a later date
Awakened by Fire by Erin Kellison (ARC) (3.75 stars)

Review That Was Posted:

Struck by Amanda Carlson (ARC) (4.5 stars)

Currently Reading:

The Flame Never Dies by Rachel Vincent (ARC)

What I Plan to Read this Week:

The Last Star by Rick Yancey--yup! This puppy releases this week and as soon as I get it, I'm reading it!!

Other Posts of Interest:

Stacking the Shelves

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 BEA...WOW! That was a totally awesome time and experience and yeah, lots of great reads to be picked up if I'm so lucky enough to snag them! Luckily, I got all that I was planning for, so I wasn't left upset about any books! I tried to be selective in my picking things up because I knew I had about 200 unread books at home. I've even weeded a few ARCs out that I might read later on or might just giveaway in a giveaway sometime soon! We shall wait and see I guess!

So for the past two weeks, I've acquired a lot of new reads! Ironically, I think I only really got 1 book last week while I was away, so yay?!

The Countdown by Kimberly Derting
The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye
Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder--yes, I already have this one! But when I went to HPB for a tent sale, didn't find anything there, but inside the store I found this beauty! In HARDCOVER! Don't I have a hardcover? Well, yes, and it is signed, but to someone else! I bought it at another bookstore awhile back, but I couldn't help but pick up this copy unsigned as it is! I figure next time I see Maria, I can have her truly personalize it to me! It was marked to $6 and then I used a 15% off coupon so it was practically a steal! A delightful steal that involved squeeing! LOL!
Divine Descendant by Jenna Black

Then I won this one last week as well:

Powerless by Tera Lynn Childs & Tracy Deebs--SIGNED by Tera!! One down, one to go! (in terms of signatures!)

Then for review I received

 Awakened by Fire by Erin Kellison (ARC)--already read & reviewed!


Some pictures of my BEA haul, after I did a cleanse through!

The books I was gunning for:
Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige
A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
The King Slayer by Virginia Boecker
A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess
Heartless by Marissa Meyer
Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Happy Surprises:

Hope and Red by Jon Skovron
The Women in the Walls by Amy Lukavics
And I Darken by Kiersten White
The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles
Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova
Kingdom of Ash and Briars by Hannah West

Finished copies that I either bought or got:

Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul Krueger--SIGNED!
The Awakening of Sunshine Girl by Paige McKenzie--a total bargain as it was only $8 for the hardcover! I still need to read book 1, but I am a sucker for a bargain!
The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight--SIGNED! Been hearing good things about this one and I love a good thriller!
Doon by Carey Corp & Lori Langdom--SIGNED! I still need to start this series and decided I'd rather get book 1 signed than the ARC of book 4 that was also available. I'm weird I guess! LOL!
Return to the Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz--SIGNED!
Everland by Wendy Spinale--SIGNED!
Color Me to Sleep--a coloring book that was out somewhere, so I thought, why not?!

So I really only bought the first three out of these, and felt rather good about that! That tiny blue book was just one that I got for free when I bought Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge. A little book of Everything a Woman Should Know...found some of the info a tad offensive though. Like how to throw a football, change a tire, parallel park, give a mind blowing, knock his socks off kiss...so yeah...not sure how I feel about that one! There wasn't a whole lot of interesting books to choose from when it came to getting my "free book". But it's no biggie!

Then I also got one of my preorder incentives, this one for A Court of Mist and Fury!! The tote is so cool! I think the last one I am waiting on is my The Rose and the Dagger print! Can't wait for that one to arrive either!

Sides 1 & 2! Now to read the book and find that quote!! :D

Yes, I'm terrible! I still need to read it! Though based on the cliffhanger I am hearing about, I feel wise in waiting...not sure how long I will be able to wait though. We shall see! Maybe I'll save it for when we drive, yes DRIVE to Florida! I think it's like 16 hours...so yeah...I'll want a long one! :D

And that was my incredible two week haul!! Pretty excited about everything I got too! What did you all get this week?

ARC Review--Awakened by Fire by Erin Kellison

Get lost in a world of danger, secrets, and desire in the newest installment of bestselling author Erin Kellison’s action-packed Dragons of Bloodfire series.

Billionaire dragon shifter and Bloodkin Triad member Warrick Voclain is no stranger to power. But when his trusted steward’s beautiful granddaughter—all grown up and successful in her own right—seems to be using illegal magic in his presence, he is thrown for a loop. And the fact that she’s doing so to protect him? Alarming.

Samantha Vine needs to stay under the radar, or her secret gift will get her and her granddad killed. She didn’t intend for her quick visit home to stretch into weeks in Warrick’s company, but anyone striking at Warrick would also hurt her granddad. Only she has the ability to see what’s coming…though she’ll need Warrick’s help to stop it.

The use of such magic is punishable by death, and Warrick’s position on the Triad requires that he adhere to the rule of law. But the attraction between them is electric, stirring his blood and straining his control.

Adversaries wait in every shadow, and the easiest way to strike down a powerful dragon is to go for the heart…in Warrick’s case, Samantha. With fire and blood, he’ll reshape the world into one that’s safe for her. And those that don’t bend to his will? They will burn.

75k words / no cliffhanger

I received this eARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.

Awakened by Fire is Erin Kellison’s second book in the Dragons of Bloodfire series and I was ecstatic to read yet another book after the awesomeness of the first one. Though it has been a long while since I read that one, I think I might have forgotten some details. What made it even harder to get into this one at first was that we are brought a new cast of characters. I can’t remember if they were mentioned in the first one, so it felt like a whole new start and that was a little disorienting for awhile, but it didn’t last that long because I was soon absorbed into the new story!
Samantha returns to her home to visit her grandfather who just so happens to be a steward to a very powerful dragon family. His “master” is Warrick Voclain, the dragon that Samantha crushed on during her early years. Her grandfather raised her after her mother died. There’s some more backstory to that, but because it leads to spoiler territory, I’m avoiding going into details. Samantha has worked hard in life and she now has her own budding company that she runs with two friends designing apps. Their photo app is really starting to take off too. But when family obligation beckons, Samantha returns home to be in her cousin’s wedding, a dragon wedding on top of it all. Her cousin is human but is marrying a dragon and is a part of a dragon family. Just a few details to give you an idea of the chaos about to ensue!
Soon enough Samantha finds herself staying longer than necessary when someone is clearly gunning for the people she cares about. She will have to use her special gift in order to figure out who’s the bad guy. Samantha’s talents lie in Time. She’s able to go back in time, but she’s not able to really interact or interfere, she’s more so just there and able to witness things; which becomes incredibly helpful on the road ahead.
Then there’s Warrick, the dragon whose life just might in danger. And Samantha is obligated to help, since her grandfather could be effected too by being his steward.
There was plenty of action in this one, what with all the multiple threats against Warrick, her grandfather, and ever herself since she’s with them most of the time. It made for a thrilling read! There’s also a good deal of dragon politics to get into, which for the most part were pretty easy to get through. Politics has never been something I could understand, still don’t really! LOL! But at least in fiction, it makes sense!
All the while of chasing down leads and possible threats, Samantha and Warrick start to grow closer to one another. I’m really digging these “adult” dragon books I’ve been reading! The YA ones are still awesome too, but with the adult ones, you get the sense of who the dragons really are and most of them are very protective of their hoards. Then comes the heroine and soon enough we start to see the dragon falling for her and needing her in his life. It might seem a little possessive in some ways, but the way Erin executes it, it seems rather romantic in a way. For one, it’s not a one-sided attraction, and secondly, the heroine is usually pretty independent and strong on her own and the dragon dude (since they’ve all been dudes so far) has to really work at winning her heart! And I always enjoy that!
There’s an ever present of danger in this book, which really antes up the momentum of pacing. People are always in danger it seems and then soon the danger is directed at Samantha. So there’s hardly ever a dull moment. I really liked this one, but then at the same time, I was struggling to see how it was supposed to connect to the first book, other than dragons still being among us and having their own set of politics. And then finally…in the last chapter, epilogue really, we get that connection! And I loved it! I finally felt like we had some solid ground beneath us. There might have been earlier name drops, but again, poor memory from reading too much (ha!) makes it hard to remember all the little details like names and such. So maybe name drops happened and I was left unaware. But no matter. We have that connection in this last little piece of the book and it definitely made up for my missing Thane and Emerson.
And I did something I never do before, I read the sampler of what’s to come next time, just to see what direction we’re headed in for I got the feeling it would be with yet another new cast of characters. And it is! But isn’t! Yes, we haven’t formally met them but we have gotten a name drop of sorts from this book regarding them. It does make it a little hard to dive back in, I totally enjoyed Erin’s Reveler series where we kind of focused on the same group of people. There would always be connections, like  book one had couple A and introduced you to the who would turn into couple B, then in book two you see couple B and foundation is laid for couple C. See where I’m going with this? We don’t really have that clear-cut introduction thing going down just yet here. We do in a small sense, but not as well as Erin’s last series. But hopefully things will pick up and with my meticulous notes I’ve taken, I will remember things better. We shall see.
If you’re a dragon loving reader and have been itching for an “adult” dragon read, then I highly recommend checking out this new series by Erin Kellison! Best yet, we’re just getting started, as this is book 2, so it’s the perfect time to dive into a new series!

Overall Rating 3.75/5 stars—just nearly a 4 but a little off the top since my memory struggled to grasp onto these new characters. I was legit trying to remember if Warrick or Samantha made an appearance in the first book and couldn’t get myself focused on the story in the now as much as I tried. Since I now have an idea of how this series will roll, hopefully my transition to the next book will be a bit more smooth!


Follow Friday

This is a weekly blog meme hosted by Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read

The Rules:

  • The goal is to increase blog followers, make friends and have something to post.
  • You create your own post using the post prompt.
  • You leave your link and thumbnail in the linky list that links back to your post prompt.
  • Once you have your post up and linked, visit other posts and tell them hi. The point is to FOLLOW them not just comment.
  • If you see a post that just hit it to the moon, or just want to show appreciation to a fellow blogger friend, like their name on the linky list to show some appreciation.
  • The person with the most likes gets chosen as the next Feature (you can be chosen every 90 days unless we are in need of features)
  • It is required that if you participate that you have to follow the FEATURE. It is a big no-no to participate and ignore the feature. They are the special snowflake in this little blizzard.
  • As a participant it is up to your discretion on how you want people to follow. Please post RSS, GFC etc if you have a follow of choice.

Specific RULES:

  • Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing. You can also grab the code if you would like to insert it into your posts.
  • Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say “hi” in your comments and that they are now following you.
  • If you are using WordPress or another CMS that doesn’t have GFC (Google Friends Connect) state in your posts how you would like to be followed FOLLOW as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don’t just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don’t say “HI”
  • Follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don’t just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don’t say “HI”
  • If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love…and the followers

This week's prompt is: Ten Reasons You Love Your Fave Genre

MY ANSWER: And just the FYI, when talking about my favorite genre here, it's Urban Fantasy! ;)

1. Paranormal--i.e.: someone inhuman is involved; vampires, werewolves, witches, demons, shapeshifters, sorcerers, djinn, etc.

2. Snark--so many of my Urban Fantasies have snarky characters! Sometimes it's the heroine, sometimes a friend or hero. But needless to say there are lots of laughs!

3. Exciting Plots--there's usually something intense or disastrous happening and it's up to the heroine to save the day!

4. Swoony Romance--oh yeah, the romance is definitely hot and swoony! Usually falling in between those lines! LOL! Some is sweeps you off your feet with swoons and others are just plain HOT!

5. Characters--the characters are always delightful! There's a mix of supernatural types and sometimes some who are just plain human. I generally like a mix. One that involves a human interacting with the supernaturals!

6. Magic--there's usually some magic involved in some ways. Not all the time, but I love having magic involved! It's not always the clear-cut kind that's easy to grasp, but it's enjoyable all the same!

7. Fast Paced Plots--the pacing usually tends to be rather intense! Moving from one point to the next and it's all danger and high speeds...so to speak!

8. Twists--sometimes one of the reads will come with a surprising twist that I didn't see coming and I always love being taken by surprise!

9. Variety--there are sooo many paranormal reads to choose from! It's a reader's delight to be overwhelmed with TOO much to read! Speaking as someone who once never had anything new to read, this is a wonderful, if overwhelming, feeling!

10. No Two Are the Same--I love reading so many books that even involve the same paranormal type, like vampires and werewolves. There are sooo many different stories and types of them all! So many authors make them their own, that I love how really, no two are ever really the same.

Random Thursday

So when being online I scan the articles on Yahoo and look for any that would be of interest. I don't really pay attention to current events, because they are usually too sad. But anyway, I came across one that was totally delightful!

In the article, This artist stunningly recreated some of our favorite Disney Princess scenes with dolls by Rachel Paige she talks about photographer, Brain McCarty worked with Disney and created this campaign called Dream Big, Princess. And the gist of it comes down to this photographer recreating famous Disney Princess scenes with Disney Princess dolls!! I found the pictures to be quite delightful and thought to share them here!

If you'd like to read the full article, click here.

Princess and the Frog
Kind of dig the balcony of all things! LOL! Just thinking it could be one hella awesome dollhouse!

This one is my favorite out of the three! Mostly because I loved this moment between Rapunzel and Eugene!

I think I have issues with this one because the doll was changed so drastically from the actual Merida. From her hair to her shoes...she's too doll like and not Merida like!

BEA Recap

So I went to my first BEA last week and it was A-MAZING! I had never done BEA and was ecstatic beyond all reason that it was in Chicago this year (so naturally I teared up a bit to hear it was in NYC next year) but anyway, it was really an incredible time!

I roomed with Nikki at Take Me Away and we both hung out with Amber Du Livre at BEA since she was our Chicago resident! It was a lot of fun! I seriously enjoyed meeting a lot of the bloggers I followed in real life! It was probably the best part of the trip! Yes, the books came second! Maybe even third after all the authors! LOL!

But anyway, on Wednesday, Nikki and I walked around the city a bit. I had deep dish pizza for the first time ever! Lou Malnati's was highly recommend, both by other bloggers and Chicagoans and of course Merit from Chicagoland Vampires! Which deep dish was a really big thing for me folks. I'm from St. Louis and have a love for thin crust and provel cheese! Yum! But Lou's deep dish was pretty tasty if I do say so myself! Probably can never eat any other deep dish again, but good to know Lou's is only 5.5 hours away! LOL!

Then we did some sightseeing and I saw what is called The Bean! Yes, I had never heard of this. When I was last in the city it was about 14 years ago (ish)!

Then we walked around Millennium Park for a bit and I had flashbacks to my trip to Greece and Italy when I saw this:

We walked by Lake Michigan and you can even see a part of the tower/apartment/garage whatever building that was in Divergent!

And then we went to some two of the happiest places on earth:

 The bookstore and the Disney Store--since you know Disney World is super far away! LOL!

And then so began BEA week itself! And since I've been to RT a few times, I was prepared for craziness and lines, lots of lines! It was good prep work for when I go to Disney this summer! Because omg those lines!! We have stories about those lines. Stories that shall never be told again! LOL!

But the great part about all the lines was seeing familiar faces!

 I got to see Nicole from Feed Your Fiction Addiction again, as we've ran into each other at Anderson's events when I decide to make that long haul of a drive up there! It's under 5 hours, so it's not that bad, going home is because it's about midnight then! LOL!
Jess from Gone with the Words--I've been following Jess since we both started blogging near the same time when no one else was really around yet! She was The Cozy Reader back then! So I was soooo psyched to get to see her in person!!

Sadly I didn't get more photos with bloggers, it was so crazy and I didn't know what I was doing half the time. These pictures were literally taken during lines!! LOL! I really regret not getting a picture with Becca from Reading Teen and Pivot Book Totes. We talked a lot, but for some reason we never did a picture! Gah! Also realizing now my hair looks terrible in these pictures, it had to be the end of the day!! Haha!!

Then of course came the authors and all the fabulous books! I was gunning for about 6 books and I got those, plus a bunch more. So what I plan to do, eventually, is go through them because some I was picking up based on what people were saying (both other bloggers and the publishers themselves) and once I read about them and then read through them, I'll do a giveaway!! Sharing the love! Ideally, I like to get around to a giveaway by the summer, early summer mind you! So that way, there can be some summer reading fun!

 Me & Amy Lukavics as I get The Women in the Walls signed!!

 Me & Melissa de la Cruz as I get Return to the Isle of the Lost signed!

Then I met Amie Kaufman and Jay Kirstoff!!

So overall, it was a crazy and hectic and exciting week!! I would probably do BEA again, if just to see more of my blogging friends! And after experiencing Book Con...which you'll notice I'm talking about, I realize why all my friends left on Saturday and skipped Book Con. And yeah...I totally get it now! I experienced it once, I mostly survived, and I'm done! LOL! Unless like one of my GOTTA MEET THEM authors is there, I think it's safe to say I am done with Boon Con. BEA is another matter entirely. So hopefully it can come back to Chicago every other year, because that would be totally awesome! Nothing fun ever happens in the Midwest, so I was very happy to be able to attend this event!