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!



Had a GREAT week! Not only was it my birthday, but I also got my TBTBSanta gift and it was just all sorts of happiness this week!

So here's what I got in the normal course of the week:

 Nightshade by Andrea Cremer--UK Copy! Yes, I found yet another UK copy at my local Half Priced Books so I snatched that baby up! And since I read this one, it just gets shelved!


My Birthday Haul:

So miscellaneous things such as the complete series of Veronica Mars! I can finally finish season 3!
a wallet, a sweatshirt and this AWESOME mug with a stack of books and a bookworm coming out of one that my mom got for me from her trip to Mexico!
And the creme de la creme: Jim Shore Bookends of Cinderella and BELLE reading a BOOK!!!


My TBTBSanta gift from Terri:

Harry Potter Socks!
Neverland by Anna Katmore
Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
CHOCOLATE & HOT CHOCOLATE
a GINGERBREAD card!

YAY! Thanks Terri!



More micelleaneous items I bought with a partial gift card and coupon from a variety of places:

Boy Meets World: The Complete Series DVD--with sale price and my coupon it was $40!!
Mama's Family: The Complete Series DVD--one of my fave shows from the 90s!
The Maze Runner DVD
a small set of bookends for my nightstand


a B&N giftcard from my coworkers


And that was my awesome week! Next week...Christmas! YAY! What did you all get?









Top 5 Sundays

Top 5 Sundays is a weekly blog meme created by Larissa at Larissa and Friends' Bookish Life.

Every Sunday I will post a TOP 5 list on the blog. It can be about anything and every week I'll have a new theme {You can vote on next week’s theme on my left sidebar!} and I will ad the Mr.Linky bellow the post so you can do a list with the theme and add you link to it.

Rules:
1 - Write a post listing your TOP 5 choices within the theme I chose (or was chosen on a poll) for the week.
2 - Mention this Blog on the post and link back to it.
3 - Feel free to use the Feature's image (there is a smaller size version of it bellow)
4 - After you've finished your post, add you link (of the post, not your blog's main page) to the Mr.Linky at the end of that week's post.
5 – If you don’t have a blog to post, just leave your list in the comments =)



This week's topic is: Characters You Want to Get Their Own Stories! (Spin-off, POV, Special Book, Episode or Movie, etc.)



*in no particular order


JANCO
Souldfinder Series by Maria V. Snyder

I loooooove Janco! I'd love to see him get his own book, but with the newest (and yet to come) Shadow Study book, we get awfully close with Janco getting his own chapters! But still...I'd loooove to see him with his own book!


JACKAL
Blood of Eden Trilogy by Julie Kagawa

Ooooohhhh how I would LOVE for there to be a Jackal book!! Possibly with him meeting a girl--vampire/human/hunter/or something else entirely who has a snark slash attitude to match his!! That would be hilarious!!


CASS
Women of the Otherworld Series by Kelley Armstrong

I always had hope that Cass would get her own novel, but sadly it never happened. While I don't see it happening anymore, I guess I could still hope for another novella. I know that there was at least one (that I can recall) with Cass and her sort of "birthday"...but I guess I just want MORE!



ADAM
Shatter Me Trilogy by Tahereh Mafi

I guess I would want another Adam story, I wasn't thrilled with how things ended on his part. His character took a total turn around from the first book. I think I'd like to see him again where he can redeem himself a bit.


DAVID
Underworld Movies Saga

Why yes, that's my Theo! Theo played a vampire before taking on the lifechanging role of Four! And I seriously would not ever say NO to seeing him play David again! Because that's how I first met and fell in love with Theo! Then I learned we have the same birthday and he's only 3 years older than me and it's been crushing ever since 2012!








Follow Friday

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

Here are the general rules to Follow Friday:
  1. Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts and any one else you want to follow on the list  
2. Follow our Featured Bloggers
3. Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing.
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6. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love...and the followers
7. If you want to show the link list, just follow the link below the entries and copy and paste it within your post!
8. If your new to the follow Friday hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog!



This week's question is: Do you have a go to genre when you’re happy, sad, or angry? – via Take Me Away…


MY ANSWER: Not really. I've kind of broadened my paranormal only genre over the past year or two! Now I read some dystopians and what I call "thrillers" such as Jennifer Armentrout's Don't Look Back--that kind of real life scary read where the scary is more likely to happen in real life!

Anywho! I pretty much just read whatever when I'm in one of those moods. Of course, if I am too "emotional" I might not be in the right frame of mind to read. I wouldn't enjoy myself if I was too emotionally at the moment. But there really is no go to read or go to genre! I have wayyyy too many books in my TBR Mountain of Doom that I can't be overly selective with them. I would really love to be able to read all these books before I die in some odd decades...but with the amount I add every year...I am beginning to wonder if that's even a possibility! LOL!




 

Mini(ish) Review--A Haunting is Brewing by Juliet Blackwell

In this all-new novella, New York Times bestselling author Juliet Blackwell’s popular characters from her Witchcraft Mysteries and Haunted Home Renovation Mysteries find themselves joining forces to solve a supernatural dilemma…

When Mel Turner is hired to rehab an old Victorian mansion to act as the eerie setting for a Halloween bash, she’s expecting the normal challenges—old wiring, bad plumbing, maybe a ghostly specter or two. But when a young man is killed after spending the night in the house, and the mannequins in the attic start to come to life, it’s clear that this is serious paranormal activity. Maybe this time, a real witch is needed.

Recommended by a mutual friend, vintage clothes expert Lily Ivory arrives to offer her help with the mannequins. Armed with Lily’s spells and Mel’s know-how, the two women must figure out the cause of all of the ghostly commotion—before Mel’s renovation project turns into even more of a deadly haunt…


Juliet Blackwell's A Haunting is Brewing is a short little Halloween read that brings her two series together! If you've read any of the books in her two series, you'll know that both Mel and Lily live in the San Fransisco area and I have been just waiting for these two to run into one another and it finally happens!

Mel has been roped into yet another volunteer project, this time it's to get an old Victorian mansion up to code so that college students can have their Halloween ball there. Maya, Lily's youngest employee at the store is one of said college students and is Mel's biggest help in getting the house ready. It's basically Mel doing her job in fixing things...and naturally talking to the ghost!

Though the ghost is not there at first. One of the college students turned up dead in the house after one night. It looks like an apparent suicide, but looks can always be deceiving. The guy's ghost hangs around the house and Mel tries to get him to tell her who murdered him, but he can't remember. There are some dark vibes coming from the house and a set of creepy life sized dolls that look like the family members who once lived there. It's not long before Lily is called in by Maya to have a look at the dolls' clothes to try to get a vibe off of them.

While a very short read, it was a highly enjoyable one! I loved seeing these two sets of characters colliding! It was a story moreso from Mel's point of view, but still third person. But crossovers like this are always fun! Especially when you love both the series! I wouldn't say you have to have read any of them before to understand what's going on here. It's a pure standalone, like all the mystery books are in their respective series. In fact, I'd say this would be a good one to read if you're curious about either or both of these series! You get a taste of what both Mel and Lily can do and what their life is like, minus their boyfriends. No romance in this one, but still a fast, fun little read!

The whodunit was quite a shocker too! The ladies had a short list of suspects, but I had one of my own that wasn't included...well I was wrong for sure! Though the twist was quite shocking. But I felt like the reveal was a little rushed, but had to remind myself this is a novella, so time is of the essence!

A fast, fun read! I loved it! And again, I highly recommend getting this one if you were curious about Juliet's two series! It will give you just the right amount from both heroines and then you can decide from there which one to start with! Not only that, but there is a sneak peek at each of the two series next novel as of its release date, so you'll get even more of a taste of the hauntingly, magical experience! (Heehee!)


Overall Rating 4.5/5 stars




Random Thursday

How about another Disney Fun Fact?! Since last week I mentioned the original name for Thumper, I thought I'd share with you a few of the other names that were thrown around to name Tramp from Lady in the Tramp.

In the screenwriting process, Tramp was called by various names, some included: Rags, Homer, and Bozo.

I think I like Tramp best! Lady and Homer or Lady and Bozo just doesn't have a nice ring to it! LOL!

This was yet another fun fact brought to you by the Disney Desk Calendar 2014! And you can bet I'm getting the same one for 2015! ;)






Review--A Vision in Velvet by Juliet Blackwell

Lily Ivory hopes to score some great vintage fashions when she buys an antique trunk full of old clothes. But she may have gotten more than she bargained for.…

As soon as Lily opens the trunk, she feels strange vibrations emanating from a mysterious velvet cloak. When she tries it on, Lily sees awful visions from the past. And when the antiques dealer who sold her the cape is killed, Lily suspects a supernatural force might be behind his death.

Then Lily’s familiar, Oscar the potbellied pig, disappears. Lily will do anything to get him back—including battling the spirit of a powerful witch reaching out from the past. But even with the aid of her grandmother, unmasking a killer and saving Oscar might be more than one well-intentioned sorceress can handle.



Juliet Blackwell's latest mystery in the Witchcraft Mystery series is A Vision in Velvet and it was quite the exciting and thrilling read! I love a good paranormal mystery read and Juliet is one of my go-to for that one! (Victoria Laurie is another!) 

Each book is a sort of standalone in some sense, but as always there are some plot points that get carried over, such as past adventures and relationships, but I would say one can read this without needing to read the others, but as always I highly recommend reading the others!

Lily finds herself in the thick of another mystery when one of her fellow shopkeepers in the area is murdered shortly after she did business with him. Not that she's a main suspect, but it does present quite the problem. As Lily starts to investigate the shopkeeper's most recent dealings, tragedy strikes when Oscar suddenly goes missing and Lily is pretty sure it's in the magical way meaning it will be a lot harder to find him.

This was another fun mystery and I loved it! While considered "cozy", I still found it rather thrilling! There are plenty of danger filled moments for Lily when she gets herself in way over her head. Luckily, she has amazing friends with their own powerful abilities that she can turn to in a bind.

I enjoy Lily's character! She's spunky! She has a simple touch to her, she doesn't have a cell phone and she's working to get her GED...she's not your average witch, yet she's still a lovable and enjoyable character.

The  mystery was pretty intense, as it got a lot darker than I thought it would. Naturally, the mystery took a magical turn. While Lily is struggling to solve the mystery, she's also desperate to find Oscar, because, naturally, she's grown attached to the little guy that was thrust upon her.

Aidan remains to be a man of mystery and it's quite possible the relationship Lily has formed with him will be taking a very dramatic turn come next book! Things happened, things change...it was intense! And then there's Sailor! You gotta love that man! He's still got that kind of dangerous vibe about him, but Lily has wormed her way into his heart.

The mystery itself was good too! I so didn't see this one coming! Naturally, I'm making my guesses and while I was right a time or two...my end result was far from the actual answer! And let me tell you, those last few moments were pretty scary and intense! I was freaked for a bit there! LOL!

Juliet brings us another delightful and incredible mystery and I look forward to more from her! Seriously, if you want a paranormal mystery start with Juliet Blackwell! You won't be disappointed! 


Overall Rating 5/5 stars




COVER REVEAL--Mylena Chronicles by Chloe Jacobs



Greta and the Goblin King (Mylena Chronicles #1)
Release Date: 12/11/12
Entangled Teen

Summary from Goodreads:


While trying to save her brother from a witch’s fire four years ago, Greta was thrown in herself, falling through a portal to Mylena, a dangerous world where humans are the enemy and every ogre, ghoul, and goblin has a dark side that comes out with the eclipse.

To survive, Greta has hidden her humanity and taken the job of bounty hunter—and she’s good at what she does. So good, she’s caught the attention of Mylena’s young goblin king, the darkly enticing Isaac, who invades her dreams and undermines her will to escape.

But Greta’s not the only one looking to get out of Mylena. An ancient evil knows she’s the key to opening the portal, and with the next eclipse mere days away, every bloodthirsty creature in the realm is after her—including Isaac. If Greta fails, she and the lost boys of Mylena will die. If she succeeds, no world will be safe from what follows her back...



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Greta and the Glass Kingdom (Mylena Chronicles #2)
Release Date: 2015
Entangled Teen

Summary from Goodreads:


The sequel to the Hansel & Gretel retelling Greta and the Goblin King ups the stakes of danger and romance. As conflict surges across Mylena, the tough Greta struggles to save those she loves.

Against all odds, Greta and the Goblin King miraculously survived the battle against the evil Agramon. Greta should be happy to be alive and ready to claim her place in Mylena by Isaac's side. Yet nothing is the way she thought it would be. The battle against Agramon left a dark magick inside Greta that will eventually kill her. Isaac hasn't been the same since he almost went Lost. And there are whispers of a rebellion brewing throughout Mylena...

Determined to save Mylena from a bitter civil war, they travel to the mysterious Glass Kingdom to form an uneasy alliance with the deadly Faerie race. But when an unexpected disaster tears Greta and Isaac apart, she must make the journey on her own. Along the way, she discovers a conspiracy stretching back to events she never thought she would have to revisit, betrayal from allies whose loyalty she never questioned, and an enemy vying to control all of Mylena.

Follow Greta into unexpected romance, explosive secrets, and shocking betrayals that will leave her and all of Mylena forever changed in the stunning second installment of The Mylena Chronicles.





About the Author

Chloe Jacobs is a native of nowhere and everywhere, having jumped around to practically every Province of Canada before finally settling in Ontario where she has now been living for a respectable number of years. Her husband and son are the two best people in the entire world, but they also make her wish she'd at least gotten a female cat. No such luck. And although the day job keeps her busy, she carves out as much time as possible to write. Bringing new characters to life and finding out what makes them tick and how badly she can make them suffer is one of her greatest pleasures, almost better than chocolate and fuzzy pink bunny slippers.



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