Waiting on Wednesday

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

There’s no place like home. Especially if home is the infamous Isle of the Lost. Mal, Evie, Carlos, and Jay haven’t exactly turned their villainous noses up at the comforts of Auradon after spending their childhoods banished on the Isle. After all, meeting princes and starring on the Tourney team aren’t nearly as terrible as Mal and her friends once thought they would be.

But when they receive a mysterious invitation to return to the Isle, Mal, Evie, Carlos, and Jay can’t help feeling comfortable in their old hood—and their old ways. Not everything is how they left it, though, and when they discover a dark mystery at the Ise’s core, they’ll have to combine all of their talents in order to save the kingdom.

I thought the first book was rather cute! The movie...the movie was cute, if a little hooky with all the singing. I get that it's Disney and especially Disney Channel movies are all about the signing! But I think this one will be fun to read! And I thought it was quite comical that Kristin Chenwoth sang a song called "Don't You Want to Be Evil?" because it totally reminded me of "Popular"!

TITLE: Return to the Isle of the Lost
AUTHOR: Melissa de la Cruz
PUBLISHER: Disney-Hyperion
GENRE: DISNEY! (yeah not sure what to call this? lol!)
RELEASE DATE: May 24, 2016 

Despite Rives and Skye's attempt to destroy Nil, the island remains. And back in this world, Nil won't let Skye go. Haunted by a darkness she can't ignore, Skye wrestles with Nil nightmares that worsen by the day and threaten to tear her apart. As Skye fights to keep her mind intact, she realizes that to finally break free of Nil, she must end Nil's vicious cycle once and for all--and she can't do it alone.

Who will return to Nil, and in the end, who will survive? In this thrilling final installment of the Nil series, the stakes have never been higher: everyone's fate hangs in the balance, including Nil's own--and Nil will fight to the death. When the full force of the island is unleashed, Skye faces an impossible choice, a cruel one she'd never imagined she'd have to make. Soon one Nil truth becomes painfully clear: only one side can win.

Losing isn't an option, but winning will cost Skye everything.

Perfect for fans of Lost and survivalist stories, NIL ON FIRE is a stunning conclusion to the Nil trilogy that will leave readers breathless.

I still need to start this series but what better way to do that then binge the trilogy once it's all out?! No waiting! YAY!

TITLE: Nil on Fire
AUTHOR: Lynn Matson
PUBLISHER: Henry Holt and Co.
GENRE: Action/Thriller-y YA--haven't read book 1 yet so I can't determine its genre...
May 31, 2016


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.

Okay, time to be bad! I couldn't decide between two teasers, so naturally I am choosing both!! And also naturally, they are both over two lines! ;)

"'No one is going to see her naked but me.'

Kimberly huffed, her cheeks flaming with embarrassment. 'Oh my God, no one is going to see me naked! I can shower myself!'

Cormac frowned, peering down at her with a wistful expression. 'Are you sure? I certainly wouldn't mind.'" Kindle loc. 59%*

"Heather closed her eyes, gritting her teeth. 'I'm not even going to ask why you need a bodyguard. I'm not sure I want to know. But I do want you safe. Mr. Hunter--Cormac--dragon...person. I appreciate you offering to protect my daughter--but I want you to know that if you do a thing to hurt my little girl, I don't care what you are. I will hunt you down.'" Kindle loc. 83%*  

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

TITLE: Smoke and Mirrors
AUTHOR: Jess Haines
PUBLISHER: Smashwords
GENRE: Urban Fantasy
RELEASE DATE: May 1, 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 Teen Years & Childhood Characters You'd Love To Revisit As Adults

*in no particular order

1. HARRY & CO.--no explanation necessary
2. JESSICA & AUBREY--my first vampire novel. The one that hooked me into paranormal reads and never wanting to read an ordinary setting book again!
3. KATE & JARROD--my first Aussie read and my first time-traveling one too! Oh how I ADORED these characters and the magic and the romance and the time traveling! It was all soooo MAGICAL! LOL!

4. SUZE & JESSE--how I would love to re-read this series including its most recent addition again!! It was such an incredible read and I adored every moment and book of it! And Discovering books 5, 6, and 7 were just oh so wonderful delights!! (Ignoring the fact that buying book 7 is what led to my cc problems, it's not the book's fault though!)
5. JESSICA & CO.--my MOST favorite fairy tale retelling from the Once Upon a Time series!! If you struggled with Liz Braswell's Disney retellings, I highly recommend this one despite all that! This one was AMAZING!!
6. THE RANDOM HOUSE BOOK OF FAIRY TALES--this was one I checked out endlessly from the library when I was in elementary school! I loved all the fairy tales in it! It was a wide collection of them! It was where I also got my first taste of Grimm fairy tales as Snow White was in it! That one wasn't as "grim" as say Cinderella, but I enjoyed reading this fuller version than what I knew from Disney!

7. DISNEY CLASSICS--okay not sure where to lump this one! But we had all these Disney books that might have been mail ordered subscription or grocery store buys...I can't remember! They were just always on the shelf at my grandparents house! Some were original Disney stories or some were the Disney movies told in storybook format and some were just stories told Disney style, because apparently The Princess Who Never Laughed was a storybook before this one! I just always remembered reading this one, because Goofy was hilarious when he wasn't even trying to be and yet that Princess never even smirked...at first! ;)
8. STREGA NONA--took me a loooong time to get this name right! Luckily I was close enough that Goodreads jumped in to the rescue! I remember being read this in elementary school as well! I thought it was pretty funny and how ol' Strega Nona showed Big Anthony how it was done!
9. THE RAINBOW FISH--another delightful tale from childhood! A good moral lesson in what it means to have friends and appearances and all that! Good emphasis on sharing too! Though...I don't think it necessary means to rip off your body parts and share with friends...but I guess it's different when you're a fish! LOL!

10. DEAR AMERICA DIARIES--I never read a lot of these, nowhere near even half since there were sooo many! But I found these to be quite enjoyable! Firstly, "Diary" books are always kind of fun in some sense! And then to have one with a girl on Titanic!! Yeah, this was one that stuck with me in some ways! Plus, you do get a bit of a history lesson. However small. And there was always a section of historical notes in back so you knew how realistic the diary was. And yeah...I think the author at the time knew it was probably a cash crop to write this one a year(ish) after the movie Titanic came out! I think we were all hoping to see Jack (Leo) walking around! LOL!


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.

Last week got crazy busy for me halfway through and I wasn't even able to read 2 books. Which was pretty upsetting for me. LOL! Hopefully things won't be as hectic this week. Though I know a good chunk of today will be busy!

Last Week I Read:

The Winner's Kiss by Marie Rutkoski (5 stars)

Review That Was Posted:

 The Warrior Witch by Danielle L. Jensen (ARC) (2 stars)

Currently Reading:

Smoke and Mirrors by Jess Haines (ARC)

What I Hope to Read this Week:

Hunt by Alyssa Rose Ivy (ARC)

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!

I had me a nicey-nice week! The work portion wasn't so nice, but the bookish portion was definitely more my style!!

Here's what I got from beautiful Tuesday:

The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh
The Mirror and the Maze by Renee Ahdieh
Prodigy the Graphic Novel by Marie Lu, Ill. by Kaari, Adapted by Leigh Dragoon
It Takes One by Kate Kessler
Bright Blaze of Magic by Jennifer Estep
Soldier by Julie Kagawa

Then on Saturday to celebrate Independent Bookstore day, I went to a local bookstore and found me a bargain! Plus since my mom was with me and also bought a book, we both got to get an ARC! So naturally, she let me choose for her! Here's what I got from that:

 Shadows by Paula Weston--this was on my wishlist for awhile now and wouldn't you know it I found the first book in the series in the bargain shelf! It was half off!!
The Flame Never Dies by Rachel Vincent (ARC)--SO cannot wait to read this one because it's Rachel Vincent!!
Heir to the Sky by Amanda Sun (ARC)--I had heard mixed things about this one. At first I was curious and then I got nervous, but when I saw this among the choices, I thought why not?!  

THANK YOU Main Street Books!!

It also happened to be the Greater St. Louis Area Book Fair this weekend! So I stopped by there after work on Friday! There were a TON of books, but sadly, as I realized last year, very little organization. I mean it is organized by genres, but you'll find YA books in the adult Sci-Fi/Fantasy and adult Urban Fantasies in the YA section, YA books in the children's section...it's just utter chaos! I basically go to see if I can find books for my collections and if I can happen to find a random title that's on my back burner. I did find three lovelies and it only cost $9 for them all!

The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey--heard good things about this creepy psychological thriller! I'm pretty sure I bought it on my kindle as a kindle deal some time ago, but how can I say no to a $5 paperback?
Enclave by Ann Aguirre--I initially had this one some years ago and then just donated it. But I decided I wanted to give it a go again at some point! And at $3 for a hardcover, into my hands it went!
Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause--I read this one years ago in middle school, we won't mention what year it was, but it was definitely some time AFTER it was first published! LOL! I have this original cover art (I assume it's original) in paperback, but when I saw it in hardcover for $1, I decided it was meant to be! 


Then I also received my OTSP Secret Sister gift for April in the mail this week! 

After the Woods by Kim Savage
Dumbledore Funko Pop
Coloring book
Coloring bookmarks!


Then for review from the authors themselves I received:
Smoke and Mirrors by Jess Haines (ARC)
Hunt by Alyssa Rose Ivy (ARC)
Struck by Amanda Carlson (ARC)

THANK YOU Jess, Alyssa, and Amanda!!!
More fun bookish stuff I bought this week:

a funny bookmark
a sign to go on my bookshelf

Then I got my preorder gifts for ordering The Crown's Game!

Trading Cards
a Sticker!!

THANK YOU Tsar! ;)

And that was my freaking awesome week!! Definitely makes up for things being super crazy at work! What did you all get??

2016 Series Enders Challenge--Jan-April Wrap-up

So I've been a wee bit forgetful in my wrapping up the series I finish by the month! I know I joined the challenge a bit later than January, but I'll just do a quick recap of all the series I finished since I started the challenge!




Dark Angels Series by Keri Arthur


Splintered Series by A.G. Howard


The Orphan Queen Duology by Jodi Meadows

The Winner's Curse Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski