Mar 22, 2019

Book Blogger Hop

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

This week's question is: Do you read along with your Audio books? (submitted by Angelica @ Paperback Princess)

MY ANSWER: I don't read/listen to audio books, so I can't answer this question! Lol.

Mar 21, 2019

Random Thursday

Time for amazing Animal facts from Doug Lennox's The Little Book of Answers! These factoids regarding animals has been really intriguing since they sometimes have nothing to do with animals at all!

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Unknown contestants earned the nickname "dark horse" back when Sam Flynn, a horse trader from Tennessee would go to town to town trading horses at auction. When it so happened that a race was held in the same town, Flynn would add a coal black racing horse in with his workhorses. This horse was called Dusky Pete. He would bet heavily on his own horse and would win. When Flynn's deception started to spread so came the warning to "beware the dark horse."

That's an interesting twist! I didn't know that!

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All unneutered male cats earned the nickname "Tom" from a 1760 book called, "The Life and Adventures of a Cat." The feline hero of this book was named, you guessed it, Tom. From then on all male cats who weren't neutered were called toms.

And that just gives us an eye-opened to another Tom!!

(image borrowed from The Spruce Pets)
The saying, "Never look a gift horse in the mouth" means to never examine a gift for value. The saying is traced to St. Jerome; in 400 AD he wrote a letter advising an unhappy recipient of a horse to be grateful for the gift itself and to not look for flaws. Although, it's still common practice--as it was then--to look into a newly acquired horse's mouth where you can tell its age by looking at its teeth.

Another interesting factoid that I never really knew its origins. Though, it does kind of make the "beware Trojans bearing gifts" controversial! Lol!

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John T. Scopes is famous for being on trial in 1925 when he was teaching Darwin's theory of evolution at a school instead of the biblical origins of mankind. The trial shocked many people who never knew that people might be related to apes. From these exclamations came, "Well, I'll be a monkey's uncle!" And thus the phrase is still used when one is taken by surprise by something!
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Thomas Hobson was the owner of a livery stable in Cambridge. He was a very stubborn man who earned the nicnkame "Livery Nazi" because no matter who the customer was he would always rent the horse nearest to the stable door first. He would never rent horses out of order and became famous for this. "Hobson's choice" came to mean "take it or leave it." And that's why we say when we have no choice at all, it's a Hobson's choice!
I actually never heard of this particular choice! Lol.

Mar 20, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday--My MOST ANTICIPATED Release in 2019

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine

Welcome, welcome to Finale, the third and final book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Caraval series!

Welcome, welcome to Caraval...all games must come to an end.

It’s been two months since the last Caraval concluded, two months since the Fates have been freed from an enchanted deck of cards, two months since Tella has seen Legend, and two months since Legend claimed the empire’s throne as his own. Now, Legend is preparing for his official coronation and Tella is determined to stop it. She believes her own mother, who still remains in an enchanted sleep, is the rightful heir to the throne.

Meanwhile, Scarlett has started a game of her own. She’s challenged Julian and her former fiancĂ©, Count Nicolas d’Arcy, to a competition where the winner will receive her hand in marriage. Finaly, Scarlett feels as if she is in complete control over her life and future. She is unaware that her mother’s past has put her in the greatest danger of all.

Caraval is over, but perhaps the greatest game of all has begun―with lives, empires, and hearts all at stake. There are no spectators this time: only those who will win...and those who will lose everything. . .

Without a doubt my #1 MOST ANTICIPATED release this year!! I ADORE this series so much, so hard! I've already ordered 4 copies of this one, tentatively 4 more, but I'm waiting to actually place an order for the UK ones once it's out so I can get all 4 covers! I'm even planning to re-read the series leading up to this one's release. If I am lucky, I'll finish Tuesday afternoon so I can go to the bookstore after work and pick up my copy! If only B&N could guarantee release day delivery for members, they'd have it made then!

TITLE: Finale
PUBLISHER: Flatiron Books
GENRE: YA Fantasy
RELEASE DATE: May 7, 2019


Mar 19, 2019

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.

"'Cordelia is dead, Vasilia is dead, and whatever deals they struck with you are dead as well.' I looked from one noble to another. 'I am queen now, and I will not be bullied, cowed, or otherwise intimidated or insulted by any of you.'" Kindle loc. 8%*

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

TITLE: Protect the Prince
AUTHOR: Jennifer Estep
PUBLISHER: Harper Voyager
GENRE: Fantasy

RELEASE DATE: July 2, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week's topic is: Books On My Spring 2019 TBR

*in no particular order
**subject to change based on mood or other gained review books or new releases! :D

10. THE DEVOURING GRAY by Christine Lynn Herman
9. RESTORE ME by Tahereh Mafi--to be followed by Shadow Me, then Defy Me!
8. THE BEYOND by Chloe Neill

7. CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber--YES! I am planning to RE-READ Caraval and Legendary prior to Finale's release!!
6. THE KINGDOM by Jess Rothenberg
5. THESE REBEL WAVES by Sara Raasch--to be followed by These Divided Shores...if I like it. PLEASE let me like it!

4. BREATH OF FIRE by Amanda Bouchet--to be followed by Heart on Fire, if I'm lucky!
3. THE WICKED KING by Holly Black--wishful thinking!
2. POLARIS RISING by Jessie Mihalik--upping this in the TBR pile based on all the rave reviews!

1. 99 LIES by Rachel Vincent--would like to get one of her duologies completed and I still need to start the other!


Mar 18, 2019

Totally Should've...Tag!

Here's another fun tag I saw earlier in the week and had to wait until the weekend when I do my blogging to give it a whirl! I saw this one at JennReneeRead and she saw it at The Bibliophile Girl!


I amended this one a tad! You're probably tired of hearing my agony over these series being canceled. I will never get over how ALL of these ended...with DIRE CLIFFHANGERS!! DIIIIIRRRRE!


I loved this one! It was spooky and eerie and totally crazy! A spinoff while not necessary still would've been cool!


Susan Ee--I felt like her Angelfall trilogy was the only one she wrote. I would've LOVED for more books from her!
Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguie--I'm pretty sure they're still writing, but it's been eons since they've written a book together! They were my first author duo and remain one of my favorites!


I never got over who Kitty ended up with. I still need to finish the series (2 books left) I've had 10 books to deal with her choice and I am still not happy! Nor will I be when I read the last two!


Still not over it. Will NEVER be over it.


I'd probably be scared out of my wits to see it, but this one was definitely creepy and would make a good movie! Now I just need to read the rest of the series!


I think it was once optioned for TV but never went anywhere sadly. It's a good actiony kind of series filled with many paranormal peeps, so a TV series probably would've worked best!


Part of the reason why I gave up on this series was because of all the points of view. I can't remember how many it was, but after I tried to pick up book two and sink into it, I struggled because we kept switching points of view and just as I got used to one character, we jumped to another. It was just too much with its storyline for me.


I was always a fan of the original cover art that was on the ARC. It just looked more "doomy" to me then a finger pressing a button...that basically sets off a computer virus to destroy society as we know it! 


So the original is on the left and the new one is on the right. I can't remember the exact reason why there was a cover change. Something to do with the copyright laws or something? I don't know if she couldn't use the old cover anymore or she given the option to change it and Jennifer decided it was time for a change. While neither cover really speaks for the story, I just always thought the old ones were prettier! 


Uninvited was a fun read! I remember really liking it and it ended in a way that things could've been just fine. I mean, yeah, you might wonder a few things, but you can use your imagination. Unleashed was a very underwhelming follow-up. I gave the first book 4/5 stars and the second one 2.5/5 stars.

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:

House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig (ARC)--Review to come at a later date
Wicked Charm by Amber Hart (3.5 stars)
Every Breath You Take by Chris Marie Green (4 stars)

Review That Was Posted:

Sherwood by Meagan Spooner (ARC) (2.5 stars)

Currently Reading:

Protect the Prince by Jennifer Estep (ARC)

What I Plan to Read Next:

The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman (ARC)

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