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.

A decadent spring break getaway on an exotic beach becomes a terrifying survival story when six Miami teens are kidnapped and ransomed.

Maddie is beyond done with her cousin Genesis’s entitled and shallow entourage. Genesis is so over Miami’s predictable social scene with its velvet ropes, petty power plays, and backstabbing boyfriends.

While Maddie craves family time for spring break, Genesis seeks novelty—like a last-minute getaway to an untouched beach in Colombia. And when Genesis wants something, it happens.

But paradise has its price. Dragged from their tents under the cover of dark, Genesis, Maddie, and their friends are kidnapped and held for ransom deep inside the jungle—with no diva left behind. It all feels so random to everyone except Genesis. She knows they were targeted for a reason. And that reason is her.

Now, as the hours count down, only one thing’s for certain: If the Miami hostages can’t set aside their personal problems, no one will make it out alive.

I LOOOOOOOVE Rachel's books! I've been a fan of hers since I first read Stray! I remember it like was yesterday strolling through my beloved Borders and stumbling upon her book on the endcap of the romance section. I picked it up because the cover drew my eye, but I was super hesitant to read it because it was in romance. I had been burned before by buying a book from the romance section thinking it wouldn't be that "romancey" and it ended up being about sex in every other chapter. It was too much for me, I didn't mind a sex scene or two, but I didn't want in all throughout the story, which this one was! But I noticed that Kim Harrison AND Kelley Armstrong both quoted on the cover and I loved their books, so I trusted their judgment! LOL! This was before blogging, so I didn't know what other judgment to trust! And naturally, I ADORED the book and have been a fan of Rachel ever since! She's AUTO BUY people! :D

So sorry for that long winded paragraph too! LOL!

TITLE: 100 Hours
AUTHOR: Rachel Vincent
PUBLISHER: Katherine Tegen Books
GENRE: Thriller YA
RELEASE DATE: March 28, 2017

Nicole Castroman brings the dangerous pirate ports of the Caribbean to life in this vibrant sequel to Blackhearts—the reimagined origin story of history’s most infamous pirate, Blackbeard.

Edward “Teach” Drummond is setting sail to the Caribbean as first mate on the most celebrated merchant ship in the British fleet—until he rebels against his captain. Mutiny is a capital offense and Teach knows it could cost him his life, but he believes it worth the risk in order to save his crew from the attacking Spanish ships.

Sailing on the same blue waters, Anne barely avoids the Spanish attack, making it safely to Nassau. But lawless criminals, corrupt politics, and dangerous intentions fill the crowded streets of this Caribbean port. Soon, Anne discovers that the man entrusted to keep the peace is quite possibly the most treacherous of them all—and he just happens to hold Teach’s fate in his terrifying hands.

Life and death hang in the balance when Teach and Anne are given a dangerous mission. It’s a mission that will test their love, loyalty and devotion, forcing them down a path neither one could have ever imagined.

I first believe this series to be a duology, and right away I thought it would be better to wait and binge it. Well, I've since learned that it will be a trilogy. And I don't think I can wait another full year to start this series, so I will likely binge the first two, and then scream in agony when it ends with a likely cliffhanger! LOL!

TITLE: Blacksouls
PUBLISHER: Simon Pulse
GENRE: Historic Fiction YA
RELEASE DATE: April 11, 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.

I am taking my time with this book, which both surprises and pleases me! I'm really enjoying it so far and I think my unusually slow pace is kind of warranted! LOL! And though (at the time of writing this post) I'm not far into it, I can finally see why we're all Team Rhys, because yeah...I'm on that team too! LOL!

"'So I'm your huntress and thief?'

His hands slid down to the cup the backs of my knees as he said with a roguish grin, 'You are my salvation, Feyre.'" p 213

TITLE: A Court of Mist and Fury
AUTHOR: Sarah J. Maas
PUBLISHER: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
GENRE: Fantasy YA
RELEASE DATE: May 3, 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: Ten Books I Loved Less/More Than I Thought I Would

*in no particular order

Books I Had Hoped to Love, but Didn't as Much:

10. THREE DARK CROWNS by Kendare Blake--I wanted to love this one, but sadly I struggled to figure out what was really going on. I think all the changes in point of views didn't work in my favor. I still liked it and do plan on reading the next one, but it left me more befuddled than bedazzled.
9. THE EDGE OF EVERYTHING by Jeff Giles--this one so sounded like it was a book for! Strange new guy, not quite human, deaths, trying to escape death...but yet the execution was all around. I think my main issue was the way the story was told, it was a lot more telling than showing.
8. WINTER HALO by Keri Arthur--I adore Keri's books, but yet for some reason I am really struggling with her newest one. I don't think it's quite for me. Perhaps too futuristic? Too sciencey? I'm not sure.

7. WARRIOR WITCH by Danielle L. Jensen--I had really been enjoying this series run its course. And then when I was finally reading the final book, I found I really, really did not like the ending at all. It didn't jive with me and left with very unhappy thoughts and feelings. It kind of ruined the whole series for me after that.
6. WINTERSONG by S. Jae-Jones--it saddens me to include this one here. A Labyrinth retelling?! The idea made my heart soar, but yet...I just could not get into this story. Try as I might and after checking to see how much progress I made at one point I was dismayed to see that I wasn't even halfway through. I knew then that this was likely to end up being a disappointment.

Books I Thought I Would Enjoy but Ended Up Loving Entirely:

5. UNHOOKED by Lisa Maxwell--Peter Pan is one of my favorite fairy tales! The idea of going to a place where you would never grow up was kind of fascinating! And the fact that we have teenagers in this one intrigued me and I pretty much knew I would enjoy this one, but I was totally swept away with this one!
4. ASSASSIN'S HEART by Sarah Ahiers--this was pitched to be a mix of The Godfather and Romeo and Juliet and that got my attention right away. I mean, Juliet pretty much wants to kill Romeo! LOL! But yet, it was sooo much more than that! I was so moved by this book! I loved it and I cannot wait to read the second book set in this world!
3. NIGHTSTRUCK by Jenna Black--being a Jenna Black fan I was pretty excited for her first horror novel! And not only was this one creepy, it was also really friggin weird! And I LOOOOVE weird!! The ending was positively shocking and it shook me to my core!! I absolutely cannot wait to read the next one!

Books I Read Under Peer Pressure, but With the Belief that I Would Like It & I Ended Up LOVING Them:

2. THE WINNER'S CURSE by Marie Rutkoski--this was one I didn't think I would read, but then after reading some reviews, I found out that it actually sounded pretty interesting. And when I read this first one I was blown away! It surpassed all expectations and the series as a whole was just phenomenal!
1. ILLUMINAE by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff--this was another one I had some initial hesitancy over. I wasn't sure how I'd feel about a story that's told in so many different formats. Would I really like this? And then after reading more and more reviews, I probably succumbed to peer pressure from my blogging friends and gave it a try. I trusted their judgement. I was once again blown away by this one! 

Discussion Challenge: Ch-Ch-Changes!

So this topic obviously is about:

Cover Changes

It's something we all fear. Maybe we appreciate is sometimes, but let's face it, we fear them! Myself in particular is because they are putting an END to a GREAT cover scheme! And yeah, I have OCD when it comes to my books. Ending the look/size/style/EVERYTHING about the books drives me crazy!!

I can't decide if it's worse when they change them at book 1 or book 3 (in a 3 trilogy) we all know the horror that was almost The Winner's Curse trilogy. I mean to change it at the last book, are you insane?! What's worse is when they decide to do this cover change and yet they release the new book 1 in ONLY paperback! I mean come on! If you're subjecting me to a cover change that I can't do anything about, can't you at least offer the new book 1 in paperback AND hardcover? Is that really so much to ask?!

Here are some examples! Look at how many cover changes there were from ARC to hardcover to paperback!! It's ridiculous! Now granted with the Into the Dark trilogy, the change from ARC to hardcover wasn't too bad. I mean, I did think the first book was called Into the Dark, but that's the series name, so yeah, that needed fixing. But then by the paperback's release I was kind of ehh. Rebel of the Sands though had pretty massive changes. I really liked the ARC cover, the hardcover was gorgeous, the new paperback, eh. It's pretty cool. 

The problem though is the series will never ever ever match. Unless I want to wait out all the years until everything is in paperback. I really really just wish that publishers would offer a hardcover with the newly designed (and sometimes disliked) cover design in hardcover. Because seriously! You would think by now publishers would understand how much readers deplore cover changes. Whether you do it at book 2 or book 3, you're pretty much guaranteed to make readers mad. 

Here's another example from one of my most favorite series, the Study trilogy (the first one!) by Maria V. Snyder! It had a great cover concept in the beginning! I loved it! Granted the cover model had to be changed for the second book because I think she stopped modeling. But still, the concept was the same. And then by the third (and at the time, final book)? BAM! Whole new cover concept. Straight up the end. I was kind of upset by this one because I really liked this first look. And it always makes me wonder what that final book would've looked like.

But now that there's another trilogy out the covers were once again redesigned, but the worst part is it doesn't look like the publisher is releasing them in paperbacks! Just ebooks! Bah!

And now one final picture:

I present to you all the original covers of The Mediator series by Jenny Carroll aka Meg Cabot! Ironically, all these mismatching covers don't bother me. Lol! I feel like it just proves how devoted to this series I am! These were all the original formats and cover designs, that I'm aware of. Now granted, the last book is a step into the adult world while the other 6 were YA. So yeah, a different cover/look is kinda warranted to say that Suze is all grown up! Now they did redo the previous five books when the sixth one came out. But I wasn't really wanting matching covers back then because I was devoted to my original ones.

And in a way...I think that's how I still am. I am devoted to the original covers. Whatever way I first buy that book, that's the cover! Now generally it is the first one. So that's not an issue and with adulthood comes credit cards, so yeah, I'll charge it to buy the new one too. Though I am desperately wishing that they would just release the new cover as a hardcover too.

So now that I've written a long rambling post about this. What are your thoughts about cover changes? Where are you on the scale? Don't mind them? Hate them? They are done solely to drive you insane? Were there ones you approved of were you still upset by them? Or did you like them both?

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:

 Sparks of Light by Janet B. Taylor (ARC)--Review to come at a later date

Review That Was Posted:

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones (ARC) (3 stars)

Currently Reading:

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

What I Might Start this Week:

Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton

Other Posts of Interest:

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!

I had a pretty good book week! Most of these were keeper copies! 

I bought:

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton--yeah I fell victim to needing the paperback to have a matching copy to the series at large. Just wish it could've been offered in hardcover too!
The Turn by Kim Harrison--so I had planned on going to Kim's signing in Cincinnati when she was on tour but it was literally the same day as Stephanie Garber's signing. So since I've met Kim before I decided to go see a new to me author!
The Operator by Kim Harrison--yeah...I just kind of felt like picking this one up in hardcover too since I was already placing an order! LOL!
Starfall by Melissa Landers--ironically, she was signing at the same bookstore as Kim only a few hours earlier. I got to meet her last year but I fell victim to needing to have a signed copy of Starfall to complete my signed duology set! Yeah...I definitely have a book buying problem!
Then for review I received:   
Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop (Early Copy)--now I just need to read books 3 & 4 and I'll be all set! I am sooo behind in everything these days!!

And then this also came in the mail which was a wonderful surprise:
We Can Be Mended by Veronica Roth--I initially thought this was to be delivered as an ebook so it was a nice surprise seeing it in my mail on Friday!

And that was my haul! What did you all get?



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: What was the First Book that Moved You? Scared You, Made You Cry, Disturbed Your View of the World?

MY ANSWER: Ooh tough one! Hmm...I can't really remember what the very first one was. But one that had me really dropping the tears was:

Strange and Ever After by Susan Dennard

Now generally it takes a death to really make me cry...so I will leave you here with that! Because I can't bring myself to spoil a book even over 2 years later! Lol!

Another one (and this will be somewhat sorta minor-y spoilery) that I remember just needlessly crying over was:

Undead to the World by D D Barant

I can't really remember this series too well. But I sort of remember this final book. If only because I was bawling like a baby. The setup was that the heroine was in an alternate alternate universe (yes the double alternate is necessary) and the dog there died!! Not the real dog but the dog from this particular world! It's twisted I know, but I was seriously crying!! This one is just over 4 years old and it's only a minor detail but yeah...I cried!

Random Thursday

Journeying back to Disney Facts Revealed: Answers to Fans' Curious Questions by Dave Smith we'll learn some shocking new facts regarding all things Disney!

(image borrowed from Disney Wiki)
So kind of twisting this one because it was just asked to the author about his favorite villain. He chose The Horned King from The Black Cauldron since most of the other villains were more humorous like Madam Mim or Cruella...I never did see this one but yeah, dude's creepy!

(image borrowed from Pinterest)
Walt Disney apparently liked using the technique of starting the movie by using a book to open the scene and introduce you to the story! I enjoyed this motif as well! As you can see Snow White was one of them, as well as Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, The Sword in the Stone, Robin Hood, The Jungle Book, The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, and Enchanted!

(image borrowed from Ramblings of a Reel Head)
Snow White like many other stories has no determined time. The original Grimm story was published in 1812, so it "obviously" occurs before then.

(image borrowed from Oh My Disney)
In order to stay somewhat financially afloat in the postwar years in the 1940s Disney kept the company going by producing short cartoons, educational films, "and package features which were shorts and featurettes tied together and released as features, as well as producing merchandise. By the 1950s he had a hit with Cinderella, had started the True-Life Adventures, and was about to embark in the fields of TV and theme parks."
(image borrowed from Fanpop)
Sebastian's full name is "Horatio Felonious Ignacious Crustaceous Sebastian".

(image borrowed from Wikipedia)
Apparently Disney was initially in preliminary discussions regarding turning this story into an animated feature. It never really made it past those discussions though!