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.



"Guma lifted the cane and ran the end of it gently over her niece's cheek. Xifeng went rigid. A bead of perspiration trickled down her back, but she did not take her eyes off the older woman." p 33*


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










TITLE: Forest of a Thousand Lanterns
AUTHOR: Julie C. Dao
PUBLISHER: Philomel Books
GENRE: Fantasy YA
RELEASE DATE: October 10, 2017





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: Top Ten Books I Read in My School Days (for fun!)


*in no particular order


10. OLD MAGIC by Marianne Curley--I've talked a lot about this one! Time traveling, romance, magic, curses...it's just awesome!
9. DEMON IN MY VIEW by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes--my first vampire read! A young writer discovers the vampires she writes about are very real and aren't too pleased with her for sharing their secrets!
8. THE SILVER KISS by Annette Curtis Klause--a teen vampire romance, not quite so typical as you might think! The vamp's younger brother who's an older vamp (yes it's that twisted) is on a murder spree and he's determined to stop him!


7. THE NAMED by Marianne Curley--more time traveling, but this time it's by a cast of teens who do it to keep the timeline the same whereas their enemies want to change things for their own gain!
6. BLUE IS FOR NIGHTMARES by Laurie Faria Stolarz--my first taste of a YA thriller! A girl who gets nightmares that can lead to bad things if ignored. And her best friend is being stalked.
5. COMPANIONS OF THE NIGHT by Vivian Vande Velde--one I read sooooo long ago! I think I even donated my copy when I was trying to be all "adult" like when I was a teen. What was I thinking? It's a teen vampire romance, but the romance was quite different! I do remember enjoying it! Vivian had a very different kind of style from what I recall and I loved her books!


4. BLOOD AND CHOCOLATE by Annette Curtis Klause--my first teen werewolf romance! And I LOOOVED IT!! Do yourself a favor, don't see the movie because it will ruin it for you. It's an okay movie, but the book was phenomenal! There's also a very good mystery surrounding it and it too has a surprising ending!
3. THE FORBIDDEN GAME TRILOGY by L.J. Smith--my first L.J. series! It was awesome!! Jenny and her friends play a game where they're forced to face their greatest fears. Only thing is, they were literally sucked into the game and are literally facing their fears head on!
2. ROSWELL HIGH by Melinda Metz--I started watching the TV series and then I discovered there was a book series! Belatedly I learned the series came first and it makes sense since I was seeing sooo many differences in the book then the show! I later went on to read every Roswell book adaptation there was! I especially enjoyed the short little series that picked up where the show left off!


1. THE VAMPIRE DIARIES: THE AWAKENING by L.J. Smith--the original Vampire Diaries! Don't be fooled by the later books, those aren't truly L.J. beyond The Return trilogy. This was our original teen vampire romance series I feel like! LOL! While I did like how this series ended at book 4, I did think the newer series was pretty good. Though vastly different, I think the timeline got messed up too since our graduating class of 92 or 93 suddenly had cell phones as their town went into chaos! Lol!!







Discussion Challenge: Why I Don't Read Samplers

Another quick discussion idea came to me when I was doing something or other earlier this week, so I quickly wrote it down before I forgot and waited until I had time to write it! Never fails that I actually get busy one weekend and it interferes with blogging! LOL! But anyway, my post today is about...


Why I Don't Read Samplers


Samplers can be a gift or a curse depending on how you look at it. For me, they've always been a curse! It all goes back to the days where I would read the extra sneak peek into the next book in the back of book I just finished. I'd be reading it and getting really into it, then I turned the page and noting! Don't get me wrong, I totally see the point of samplers. Especially when it comes to attracting new readers and enticing old ones!

But for the reader that is me, I think samplers are the devil!




Samplers basically do what they are supposed to do, but I don't like them! Lol! I don't like having the story cut off and I think well I just wasted that time reading something I can't finish. When I could've been starting my next full length read. And odds are that if I decided to read the sampler, we're months away from the release and I will have a loooooooong time until I get to read the actual book. So I will have to re-read whatever it is I just read. And when you have a very, very overwhelming TBR pile that you would like to, in essence, finish before you die, you realize you can't waste your times on books you aren't enjoying, so you DNF it and you also don't really want to waste your time on a sample of a book you're going to read eventually anyway. So that's basically why I don't read samplers, but again, I totally totally understand their purpose!

So what about you guys, do you read samplers? Do you love or hate them?





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 I Read:

Of Flame and Fate by Cecy Robson (ARC)--Review to come at a later date
Ashes Reborn by Keri Arthur (ARC)--Review to come at a later date


Currently Reading:

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao (ARC)


What I Plan to Start Reading this Week:

Stars Above by Marissa Meyer


Other Posts of Interest:





 

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.


I had another pretty great week! Got mostly keeper copies of ARCs and whatnot! Lol! But I also got the last of the Australian copies of Maria V. Snyder's books! Although 1 didn't ship, I'm taking it to be that it's out of print because I know it's older, yet they had it on their site and I thought why not?! They say they'll ship it when it arrives, but I actually wonder if it will ever arrive! But I got the rest and they're here in plenty of time for next Saturday's signing!


So here's what I bought:

Touch of Power by Maria V. Snuder--Australian Edition
Scent of Magic by Maria V. Snyder--Australian Edition
Taste of Darkness by Maria V. Snyder--Australian Edition
Dawn Study by Maria V. Snyder--Australian Fan Edition

Ferocious by Paula Stokes--Keeper copy!
Twice Dead by Kalayna Price--Keeper copy! Apparently I never did pick one of these up! Since I had a coupon to B&N last weekend I put it to good use!
Sealed with a Curse by Jenna Black--since this is one of the few titles to be disappearing before the end of the month, I quickly snatched it up for my kindle!
Prince of Air and Darkness by Jenna Black--another of her titles to disappear very soon and I thought it sounded kinda interesting so again, I clicked that auto-buy stat! 
The Maiden Thief by Melissa Marr--in my height of buying ebooks, I decided to buy this one as well! It's a short little read and was only .99!


For review from the publisher I received this finished copy of:

Ashes Reborn by Keri Arthur
 
 
THANK YOU Berkley Books!



I've been seeing a lot of the neat little book bag/covers, whatever you want to call them! I wanted to get one from Book Beau because I had seen a lot of those around. Sadly, they've been out of stock for awhile now, what with the new website still in the works. I check it near daily I tell you! Lol! But I did look to other Etsy shops selling the same kind of product. And since I just wanted to get one to try out as I was noticing my corners being bent in my Vera Bradley bag I take to work everyday and thought one of these covers would do wonders for my books! (Luckily the ones that were getting bent corners were just review books that I was likely to replace with finished copies anyway!)

So I went to the Etsy shop StoryTimeSleeve and picked this one up:


Out of the ones available at the time I thought the peacock feathers were pretty cool! I've used it for a day really by the time it arrived during the week. And since that book was already bent at the corners it was hard to tell how well it worked. So I'll be testing it out better this week! Now I do need to get another one eventually for the times when I know I will be finishing the first book with me at lunch. I also want to get one that can fit my smaller mass market paperbacks. So basically I am in the market to do some serious book sleeve shopping!


Then this little ditty arrived on Saturday. Sadly I was spoiled by pictures on Instagram before mine arrived. So the surprise of what was inside was kinda ruined. Never fear though! If you're been lucky to avoid it, I won't ruin the surprise! I'll post a picture here on the blog in two weeks! Figured that's a safe time! Though I may post on Instagram, but I will do it in a combo pic so you can swipe if you'd like to see and not swipe if you'd rather be surprised for later on! 


I went to the annual Festival of the Little Hills on Friday night as well. While I didn't find anything that spoke to me from the booths, I did so some shopping at the local stores that make up Main Street in St. Charles, MO! It's one of my favorite little areas to shop at! There are some pretty unique stores among the crafty ones!

Anyway, I went to Jake's on Main, aka the Life is Good store and bought this Halloween shirt, though if you know me, I'll wear it any day in the fall no matter what month it is!

Isn't the cutest?! And it doesn't say Happy Halloween or anything like that, so there's nothing that makes this just a Halloween shirt! ;D


Then I went to my favorite Indie bookstore, Main Street Books, which is also where Maria will be next Saturday! While I wasn't in the market for books in particular, I did buy a shirt and necklace that were just too awesome to pass up:

 They had the Out of Print Hermione Granger Library Quote t-shirt on sale!! It was 30% off and since I was at the store, I figure, FREE shipping! It was a deal I couldn't pass up! And naturally, I had to get my House colors!

Then I bought yet another one of these awesome little bookish necklaces! I already own two, but I love them! They hang just write. The charm is the perfect size! And best yet, they have bookish quotes or sayings on them! This one says: Books fall open, you fall in. Said by David McCord!


And that my friends, was my haul this week! In the long run, I really just added 3 books to my TBR pile...but quite a bit more to my credit card bill! LOL! All the more points that get me closer to another B&N gift card! So, what did you all get?







 

Book Blogger Hop

This meme is hosted by Billy at Ramblings of a Coffee Addict



This week's question is: When you enter an unfamiliar house or apartment for the first time, do you feel disappointed if you don't see any bookshelves, or books on the coffee table? (submitted by Maria @ A Night's Dream of Books)


MY ANSWER: Well...kinda. Lol. Makes me wonder why I thought I liked them in the first place! But I also realize not many people are readers like I'm a reader, so I don't begrudge them too much!




 

Random Thursday

Let's see what more we can learn about the secret innerworkings of Disney with Disney Facts Revealed: Answers to Fans' Curious Questions as answered by Dave Smith!


(image borrowed from Wikipedia)
Donald Duck is apparently the only character from Mickey and his friends who has a middle name. It's Fauntleroy.


(image borrowed from Disney Clip Art Galore)
Minnie's cat, Figaro, first appeared as her pet in First Aiders in 1944, four years after he appeared in Pinoccchio. He would continue to appear in cartoons with Minnie and Pluto a few more times and ending with Pluto's Sweater which aired in 1949.


(image borrowed from Disney Wiki)
Roger Rabbit appeared in three other short cartoons called Roller Coaster Rabbit, Tummy Trouble, and Trail Mix-up. He naturally starred in Who Framed Roger Rabbit as well. As to which came first, the book didn't say.






 

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.


In this hotly anticipated sequel to the haunting #1 bestseller Stalking Jack the Ripper, bizarre murders are discovered in the castle of Prince Vlad the Impaler, otherwise known as Dracula. Could it be a copycat killer...or has the depraved prince been brought back to life?

Following the grief and horror of her discovery of Jack the Ripper's true identity, Audrey Rose Wadsworth has no choice but to flee London and its memories. Together with the arrogant yet charming Thomas Cresswell, she journeys to the dark heart of Romania, home to one of Europe's best schools of forensic medicine...and to another notorious killer, Vlad the Impaler, whose thirst for blood became legend.

But her life's dream is soon tainted by blood-soaked discoveries in the halls of the school's forbidding castle, and Audrey Rose is compelled to investigate the strangely familiar murders. What she finds brings all her terrifying fears to life once again.


SOOOOOO cannot wait to read this one! My attempts to obtain an ARC were futile, so I'm busying myself with review books until September 19th rolls around! I can't wait!! :D

PUBLISHER: Little, Brown, & Company
GENRE: Paranormal YA
RELEASE DATE: September 19, 2017 



The battle for the Crown has begun, but which of the three sisters will prevail?

With the unforgettable events of the Quickening behind them and the Ascension Year underway, all bets are off. Katharine, once the weak and feeble sister, is stronger than ever before. Arsinoe, after discovering the truth about her powers, must figure out how to make her secret talent work in her favor without anyone finding out. And Mirabella, once thought to be the strongest sister of all and the certain Queen Crowned, faces attacks like never before—ones that put those around her in danger she can’t seem to prevent.

In this enthralling sequel to Kendare Blake’s New York Times bestselling Three Dark Crowns, Fennbirn’s deadliest queens must face the one thing standing in their way of the crown: each other.


Despite majorly struggling with the first book for some unknown reason, I am willing to give this one another try! Especially since we'll be in this world longer than two books!


AUTHOR: Kendare Blake
PUBLISHER: Harper Teen
GENRE: Fantasy YA
RELEASE DATE: September 19, 2017 





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.


So excited to be back with the Weird Girls series! It's so fun! Taran is just a barrel of laughs in my opinion! She's got quite the attitude problem, but I can't help but relate to her sense of humor!


"The cell phone ring sounds through the leather fabric. But it's the familiar ringtone of Emme's phone to my right that has me turning left.

That's right, left.

I'm not stupid. When evil lures you one way, go the other." Kindle loc. 11%*


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






TITLE: Of Flame and Fate
AUTHOR: Cecy Robson
PUBLISHER: Self
GENRE: Urban Fantasy
RELEASE DATE: September 26, 2017


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: Top Ten Books for Fans of Urban Fantasy (Old School)


*in no particular order

 10. THE HOLLOWS SERIES by Kim Harrison--one of my first "adult" series I ever read in Urban Fantasy! It was awesome! The paranormal peeps basically coexist with humans. Rachel is a witch who somehow always gets into trouble!
9. THE DARK DAYS SERIES by Jocelynn Drake--another good one! A vampire working with a vampire hunter trying to uncover bad guys. It's been awhile since I read it in its entirety so I'm sketchy on all the details but I know I LOVED it!
8. SIGN OF THE ZODIAC SERIES by Vicki Pettersson--here we have superheroes taking on signs of the Zodiac. There's good guys and there's bad guys and all kinds of action and secrets!


7. SABINA KANE SERIES by Jaye Wells--Sabina is part vampire, part mage. Vampires and mages are enemies...you could imagine what kind of life she lives! Lots of good action in this one!
6. WOMEN OF THE OTHERWORLD SERIES by Kelley Armstrong--a series where there's a lot of different kinds of paranormals! I love each and every one of them! Bitten is still likely my favorite though! 
5. ANNA STRONG CHRONICLES by Jeanne C. Stein--a teacher turned bounty hunter turned vampire. Anna's life was never what you would call easy. I really liked how this one lets us watch Anna grow into her new vampire state. I feel like that's rare these days!


4. SHIFTERS SERIES by Rachel Vincent--another really good one! Mystery, romance, and lots of action...this is a series that was just pure awesomeness!
3. KITTY NORVILLE SERIES by Carrie Vaughn--I still need to read the last two books of this series! But Kitty's a werewolf and she has her own radio show. Then she gets outed that she's a were and soon she has her own talk show! There's still plenty of paranormal drama with more paranormal bad buys plus a hunter soon sets his sights on her. 
2. RILEY JENSON SERIES by Keri Arthur--another one that's been years since I read it. Riley is half were, half vamp and she works as a sort of elite police officer for all the paranormals. Lots of action and romance in this series!!


1. CHICAGOLAND VAMPIRES SERIES by Chloe Neill--probably the newest one out of the bunch, but it did just come to its fitting end earlier this year. Merit is also a newly turned vampire and over the course of a year we watch her transform and adapt to her new life. Lots of excitement, action, tears, and other good things in this series and I am SO excited for the spinoff!