May 21, 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.

"Starving is its own special brand of hell. My lips are cracked and my throat is so dry it's difficult to swallow. My arms weigh a ton apiece, and my feet feel like they're encased in concrete blocks. My thoughts won't focus, and every now and then I realize I've been staring into the dark, thinking about nothing at all. As if my brain has turned itself off to preserve energy." p 28-29

TITLE: 99 Lies
AUTHOR: Rachel Vincent
PUBLISHER: Katherine Tegen Books
GENRE: YA Thriller

RELEASE DATE: June 26, 2018

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 That I Refuse to Let Anyone Touch (too special/valuable, perhaps?) (submitted by Savannah Grace @ Scattered Scribblings)

*in no particular order
**Since the answer obviously can't be every single one of the currently 1803 books in my possession, I went with the top ten! ;)

10. BROKEN by Marianne Curley--a random edition to choose, I know! This was one I actually won SIGNED! Since Marianne is from Australia and I'll likely never get to meet her I would basically never allow anyone to touch this one!
9. THE LANGUAGE OF THORNS by Leigh Bardugo (or ANY Bardugo book!)--to date this is currently my favorite book from Leigh! Of course I've loved all her books, but this one is my fave since it's fairy tale related. It's also signed as many of my Leigh books no touchie!
8. DARKFEVER by Karen Marie Moning (or ANY Fever book!)--lol, you guessed it! Last year I drove all the way to Kentucky to meet Karen and was able to get my entire collection to date signed, so one's touching those puppies!
7. ANY CLASSIC EDITION--so I've a few special classic editions on my shelves that I would never loan out because of their beauty. And in this one's case because it's interactive with extra pieces and "thrills." I don't think I'd trust anyone enough to let them borrow it!
6. ANY PAPERBACK BOOK--I made the mistake of letting my mom read this one once upon a time. I saw her...I'm sorry, this is hard...I saw her BENDING THE COVER ALL THE WAY AROUND when reading it. After that I pretty much never loan out my Mass Market Paperbacks!
5. ANY SIGNED BOOK--so as you can imagine, I've a LOT of signed books! I've traveled far and wide, paid a lot of money for different conventions and all the travel fees that went with them to meet my favorite authors. Kelley being one of them! So if it's a signed book, it's likely not leaving my house!
4. ANY HARRY POTTER BOOK--I mean, most people have their own set by now right? Well, to be doubly sure I'd never have to loan mine out--not that I would--I bought my sister her own complete set as a new classroom gift and then since some of her editions were never returned, I bought my niece her own set because she kept eyeing mine! Lol.
3. ANY L.J. SMITH BOOK--I've at least 6 original cover editions of L.J. Smith's books, plus 4 of her new compilations which are hefty basically I'd never loan any of those out for classic cover reasons and fear of damage to hefty spines!
2. DEMON IN MY VIEW by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes--my first vampire book. It holds a special place in my heart and will never leave my side! Either edition! Lol. Plus they're signed as I FINALLY got to meet Amelia a few years one touches those either!
1. CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber--yeah...I've got quite the collection of Stephanie's books and I can honestly say I'd never loan any of them out! But I'd likely buy that one for you for Christmas! ;)

May 20, 2019

The Seven Deadly Sins Book Tag

I saw yet another fun tag over at Fiction No Chaser that looked too fun to pass up! She saw this tag at Romance Book Binge. The picture above is once again borrowed from Fiction No Chaser. I really need to learn how to design graphics! Lol.

GREED: what is your most inexpensive book? expensive book?

My most inexpensive book was probably Oh My Goth which I recently bought at the used book fair for $2! It has some little girl's name and drawing on the cover page yeah. Lol.
Obviously my most expensive book was my Goldsboro Caraval! I tracked down one of the misprinted covers and paid a pretty penny for it! Some people spend $$$ on purses some spend $$$ on books! 

 WRATH: what author do you have a love/hate relationship with?

Julie Kagawa! I swear this woman ended every single Talon book with a cliffhanger to top the one before it! I love her books but man I have got to learn to binge read them! Lol.

GLUTTONY: what book have you devoured over and over again with no shame?

Well, I'm not one who rereads very often, though I did just recently. But one I devoured over and over as a teenager was, of course, Demon in My View! I had to have read it at least a dozen times!

SLOTH: what book have you neglected to read due to laziness?

I've a crummy memory and when I last read book 7 in this series, I wasn't keeping I've no idea what's been happening! This one is 450+ pages and the text is rather small with non-existent line spacing, so it's kind of daunting to read!

PRIDE: what book do you talk about most in order to sound like an intellectual reader?

I probably couldn't have a full on discussion about it since I haven't read it since before college but I did read the FULL VERSION of The Count of Monte Cristo! I love me a good revenge story...I wonder if that's healthy or not? lol.

LUST: what attributes do you find attractive in male or female characters?

I love me a good sarcastic mannerism kind of guy. One who comes off smarmy and a bit ass-ish, but deep down has a good heart. Totally meltworthy!

ENVY:what book would you most like to receive as a gift?

Either UK ARC of Legendary or Finale! Though I am also willing to trade for it too! You know, pretty much any of my trade books. No souls though. Mine's a little wouldn't be a good deal! LOL! 

If you're feeling the urge to talk 7 deadly sins with books, consider yourself tagged!


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:

Soul of the Sword by Julie Kagawa (ARC)--Review to come at a later date 

Review That Was Posted:

The Missing Season by Gillian French (ARC) (1.5 stars)

DNF Review:

The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg (ARC) 

Currently Reading:

99 Lies by Rachel Vincent

Up Next:

The Burning Shadow by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Other Posts of Interest:


May 19, 2019

Stacking the Shelves--The Finale Part 2 Edition

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 more or less survived my first week downtown. And it was as awful as I imagined it to be. The commute there isn't too bad, but the commute home is dreadful. I sit in traffic every day, 2 or maybe 3 days there were accidents shutting down the lane. And naturally, there wasn't one of those helpful blinking boards to tell you this because it happened in areas they don't have those. It's dreadful. I don't understand how other people do this everyday. In other news, I do have an interview after work on fingers crossed!!

The week wasn't too bad though bookwise...thank goodness! Here's what I got:

Legendary by Stephanie Garber--the paperback, SIGNED! Another one down for my collection!! :D

Finale by Stephanie Garber--UK hardcover, SIGNED edition! And I got it signed/personalized while I was at it, because why not?! I'm in the process of ordering the other three and am cursing my phone as it's apparently causing troubles/delays with Waterstones trying to call me for payment!

Then in February I won the Discussion Challenge contest and I picked a preorder of this beauty:

Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly

THANK YOU Shannon & Nicole!

Then my Finale Fairy Loot box came and while I did get spoiled on item "type", I was still surprised and blown away by the details themselves!! This box was amazing!!! I'll be sharing pictures much later, likely the week they have all the prompts because I'd rather be safe than sorry in sharing contents later than sharing them earlier.

KUDOS to the Fairy Loot Team!

And this book...oh wow. It is gorgeous!! I truly hope everyone who is ordering it hasn't been spoiled for the design because just wow! Totally worth the fortune I paid for it! Lol.

And then lastly I was able to snag some swag for myself at the Finale signing and got the buttons I wanted but couldn't afford to order from Kelper's for Legendary. So all in all, a good week...for books!

What did you all get this week?

May 17, 2019

Stephanie Garber Signing Recap & GIVEAWAY!!

So this past Monday I had the immense pleasure of seeing Stephanie Garber again! This time, it was for Finale as previously I met her just after Caraval released! And WHOA! It was an amazing signing! She was in conversation with Nadine Brandes who had just released Romanov which is now in my TBR pile too!
(and this is only part of my collection! Some was already back in my cube on wheels!)

Stephanie is without a doubt one of the sweetest, most genuine and kind authors I've ever met! Granted a LOT of them are all of those things too, but I positively love Stephanie! It's always a wonderful feeling when one of your favorite authors feels like they could be your very best friend!

I was also happy to meet @BiblioStacks in line! She drove over 5 hours to St. Louis for the signing! I think we were the two with the most books for Stephanie to sign when she only has three out at this point! LOL.

So time for a long overdue giveaway! ONE lucky winner will receive the ENTIRE Caraval Trilogy SIGNED! Plus goodies!

This giveaway is open to US addresses only, sorry! But that does mean if you have a US address you can use, you're golden! Must be 18 years or older or have a guardian's permission to enter. Giveaway ends Saturday, May 25th and winner will have 48 hours to respond to my email or else a new winner will have to be chosen.


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Book Blogger Hop

This meme is hosted by Billy at Ramblings of a Coffee Addict!
This week's question is: Which author would you most like to interview, and why? (submitted by Nicki @ Nicki J. Markus/Asta Idonea)
MY ANSWER: Hmm...this is actually a tough one. I've been fortunate enough to have interviewed favorite authors before! A lot of them are super kind enough to answer a few questions in an email when I have them!
I guess one I would really like to interview, but edges on impossible because I don't think she's writing anymore is L.J. Smith--the real one!
I loved read her books growing up and still have a few of them to read in my TBR pile at some point!