Apr 20, 2021

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 do want to forewarn you dear readers, this teaser is not for the faint of heart...


 

"...I used the faint light to shelve my library. I'd alphabetize them later. Who am I kidding? My books have never been in order in my entire life." p 149*


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

 

 

 

 

 

 

TITLE: Million Dollar Demon
AUTHOR: Kim Harrison

PUBLISHER: Ace Books
GENRE: Urban Fantasy
RELEASE DATE: June 15, 2021



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: Top Ten Colorful Book Covers

 

*in no particular order

 

10. BLACK CITY by Elizabeth Richards--I love the shades of pink and red from the exploding rose!
9. ALL THE STARS AND TEETH by Adalyn Grace--the Owl Crate/paperback version! I loooved this color combination of cool colors and the purple highlights!
8. SHADOWS by Jennifer L. Armentrout--2nd edition paperback, yes I love my Pepe cover one, but you gotta admit this new one is super colorful!



7. WARCROSS by Marie Lu--original hardcover version. You can't get more colorful than all the colors!
6. NO COUNTRY FOR OLD GNOMES by Delilah S. Dawson & Kevin Hearne--still need to read this one, but I loved all the shades of blue on this one!
5. WHAT'S A GHOUL TO DO? by Victoria Laurie--and then there's the shades of pink! This cover totally caught my eye when I saw it!






4. A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU by Claudia Gray--these covers were all so colorful!
3. PART OF YOUR WORLD by Liz Braswell--I know it's got dark colors, but I thought it was pretty colorful!
2. THE GIRL AT MIDNIGHT by Melissa Grey--I love the shades of purple!!




1. CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber--the Russian edition! You didn't think I'd leave Caraval out of this, did you? Lol!












Apr 19, 2021

It's Monday! What are You Reading?

 

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. 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:

Shadow Kiss by Alyssa Rose Ivy (4 stars)
Shadow Dance by Alyssa Rose Ivy (ARC) (4 stars)


Currently Reading:

Million Dollar Demon by Kim Harrison (ARC)


What I Plan to Read Next:

Looking Glass by Christina Henry


Other Posts of Interest:

Let's Discuss: Guilty Pleasures
Teaser & Top Ten Tuesdays
Waiting on Wednesday
Random Thursday
Book Blogger Hop
Stacking the Shelves

 

 

 


 

Apr 18, 2021

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.

 

Another week of the new normal and it was not fun. The week dragged for the most part. There wasn't enough to do to make the day go by faster. I've just hit one of those funks of the year where things are just boring. There's nothing to do. Nothing to look forward to. Although, I'm realllllly hoping next Saturday Independent Bookstore Day happens at my favorite indie store! They participated last year on the postponed date, so hopefully it will still go smoothly this year. Just have to make sure I know their opening time!


Here's what I bought this week:

You Love Me by Caroline Kepnes--keeper copy! I ordered it right at the end of last week so it didn't come until Monday! Of course now I have to have this new hardcover next to my two trade paperbacks, but that's what happens when a series you thought over gets back up again!
Near the Bone by Christina Henry--keeper copy! This one was super creepy in more ways than one so I HAD to have a copy on my shelves! Yay for adding to my shelves instead of TBR this week!


For review I received:

Shadow Dance by Alyssa Rose Ivy (ARC)--already read and reviewed!
Not Your Average Hot Guy by Gwenda Bond (ARC)--an impulse decision...it's paranormal and compared to Darynda Jones and I just immediately agreed to review it...thus adding to the review pile instead of tackling it down to nothing so I can read my TBR series. Maybe after the summer?


THANK YOU Alyssa & St. Martin's Griffin!!



Then one of the pins I ordered earlier this month arrived! Plus a surprise bonus pin!!


Yes, I added another Caraval pin to my Caraval pin collection! It was just small enough to fit...and it was on sale...so yeah, there you go! I got it from Order of Chaos Pins Co. AND it came with this super cute Animal Crossing pin of a multi-colored teddy bear!


Then what came as a huge surprise was my Witchshadow preorder gift! I love these postcards of the characters! The art is just gorgeous!!


 

THANK YOU Tor Teen!!



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








Apr 16, 2021

Book Blogger Hop

 

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

 

This week's question is: How many different weekly memes do you participate in besides the Book Blogger Hop? (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver's Reviews

 

MY ANSWER: Besides this one, 6 others! I do Stacking the Shelves on Sunday, It's Monday! What Are You Reading on Monday, Tuesdays I do Teaser Tuesday and Top Ten Tuesdays, Wednesday is Waiting on Wednesday, and Thursday I do my own meme which is Random Thursdays where I share odd and obscure factoids I come across.






 

Apr 15, 2021

Random Thursday

Let's continue to learn more about outer space from Shane Carley's True Facts That Sound Like Bull$#*t!


(image borrowed from Wikipedia)

If the Earth were to turn into a black hole, its entire mass would have to be compressed into a space smaller than an inch in diameter.


Dang!



(image borrowed from Neo Encyclopedia Wiki)

In the 1950s, the U.S. Air Force almost launched a nuclear missile at the moon as a show of superiority--this blast would have been visible from Earth!


And to think...I thought it was always Dr. Evil's plan! Lol.



(image borrowed from SciTechDaily)

Besides the moon, there are many asteroids and other small bodies that orbit the Earth, becoming a "natural" satellite. However, none are large enough to be considered noteworthy.



(image borrowed Daily Express)

Apparently, "white holes" exist, according to scientists. They would basically be the opposite of black holes.


So they would spew stuff out?



(image borrowed from Wikipedia)

Did you know that the storm raging on Jupiter for the past couple of hundred years could fit the entire Earth inside it three times over?


I mean, I knew the spot was a really big storm, not THAT big! It looks so small in the pictures.







Apr 14, 2021

Waiting on Wednesday

 

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.

 

The job should have been easy.

Get in. Assess the situation. Get out. But for veteran tracker Quentin Rutherford, things get sticky when the girl he’s loved since puberty shows up, conducting her own investigation into the strange occurrences of the small, New Mexico town. He knew it would be a risk coming back to the area, but he had no idea Amber Kowalski had become a bona fide PI, investigating things that go bump in the night. He shouldn’t be surprised, however. She can see the dead as clearly as he can. The real question is, can she see through him?

But is anything that’s worth it ever easy?

To say Amber is shocked to see her childhood crush would be the understatement of her fragile second life. One look at him tells her everything she needs to know. He’s changed. So drastically she barely recognises him. He is savage now, a hardened - in all the right places - demon hunter, and she is simply the awkward, lovestruck girl he left behind.

But she doesn’t have time to dwell on the past. A supernatural entity has set up shop, and it’s up to them to stop it before it kills again.

While thousands of questions burn inside her, she has to put her concern over him, over what he’s become, aside for now. Because he’s about to learn one, undeniable fact: she’s changed, too.

 

I still need to read the first installment of this novella series, but that never stops me from wanting the next one! Lol!

 

TITLE: The Gravedigger's Son
AUTHOR: Darynda Jones

PUBLISHER: 1001 Dark Nights Press
GENRE: Urban Fantasy
RELEASE DATE: May 11, 2021 

 

 

 


 

Apr 13, 2021

ARC Review--Shadow Dance by Alyssa Rose Ivy

Having one ghost in her apartment was tough enough. Having another was out of the question.

The city is being overrun by ghosts from the 1920s, and somehow Gabriella and Rexton’s latest case is at the center of it all. Unsure of who or what to believe, they must work together to find the true villain all the while contending with a passion between them that can be more than a little distracting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest and voluntary review. I was in no way compensated for this review.

 

Alyssa Rose Ivy returns to Ghostly Shadows with Shadow Dance as Gabriella and Rexton continue working to help get rid of unwanted ghosts, all the while teasing us with romantic interludes and the possibility that there is much more to Gabriella’s life than she ever knew.

Things pick up around where they left off in this one, Gabriella and Rexton are continuing to explore their relationship, both business and personal. Then they receive a new case that is filled with mystery. It should be simple, a ghost haunting a house, not letting the owners into the basement, yet when the girlfriend of the owner tried it on her own, it works. After much trial and error in trying to get into the basement, Gabriella is able to do so when Rexton is not around and is able to talk to the ghost to see what might have happened to her and why she’s still around.

I’m really enjoying the aspect of Gabriella trying to help the spirits move on, true, Rexton is out to do that as well, but it seems Gabriella does it with more heart than her beau. This mystery revolving around the death of a ghost from the 1920s was outrageous! Just as you think you might have a handle on things, new twists come up that will turn everything topsy turvy. It’s not done in a far-fetched way either, things are rightly explained in the end.

What really keeps bogging me is Rexton! He seems to know more than he tells and since we get his point of view as well, we kind of know that he knows more than he tells. And it baffles me! He’s so in love with Gabrielle and I do believe he’s sincere there, because you know, incubus and Gabrielle has had her doubts about his intentions too, but knows where he stands now. But still, I feel like Rexton hides a lot from Gabrielle whether it concerns their case or not and I just don’t get why someone does this to someone they love…especially if it’s things regarding that person! I get the need to protect and I believe that’s where he’s coming from, but I can also sense a possible blow up between them as well if he keeps it up.

I do sometimes wish that these books could be longer. While trying to help one ghost out, Gabrielle is always meeting more who need help and she promises to return to them but we never get to see it happen. So it makes me wonder, will we see her go back and help these other ghosts out too? The shortness of the story tends to be my main issue, I feel like there’s still so much going on and I always worry that things left behind now won’t be picked up later.

I’m still really curious about Rexton too. Yes, we get his perspective but I feel like there is a lot we still don’t know about this guy and I really want to know more. Yes, he’s an incubus, but I’m wondering where was he in those short months between prequel story and the first book? What was he doing and why didn’t he come see Gabriella sooner? Such questions will have to remain, as we don’t know what the future holds for these characters, but I plan to be here through it all!

If you’re looking for a good ghosty book—and seriously, in the paranormal genre, who isn’t?—Ghostly Shadows is definitely a series to check out! It’s cute and light-hearted, yet filled with a very heated romance between heroine and hero. It’s a fast paced read that will have you theorizing until the very end! A must read for the paranormal New Adult genre!

 

Overall Rating 4/5 stars

 

 

 


 

 

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.

 

"My brows lifted. 'You don't know who Indiana Jones is, and I'm supposed to believe that you're the knower of secrets and finder of things?'" p 210*


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

 

 

 

 

 

 

TITLE: Grace and Glory
AUTHOR: Jennifer L. Armentrout

PUBLISHER: Inkyard Press
GENRE: YA Paranormal
RELEASE DATE: June 1, 2021


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 Top Ten Book Titles That Sound Like They Could Be Crayola Crayon Colors

 

*in no particular order 



10. STORM AND FURY by Jennifer L. Armentrout--I'd think of this one as an ombre of blue colors
9. SHADOWS by Jennifer L. Armentrout--I'd think of this one as a smoky grey and purple color, much like the cover!
8. THE DARKEST STAR by Jennifer L. Armentrout--I'd think of this one as a midnight blue with a touch of white in the center, like a star sapphire!

 

7. INFERNO by Julie Kagawa--a brilliant red color, naturally!
6. REAWAKENED by Colleen Houck--an airy blue color
5. IN THE WOODS by Carrie Jones & Steven E. Wedel--a deep green color


 

4. THE WICKED DEEP by Shea Ernshaw--a deep blue color that's a shade away from black
3. DANGEROUS LIES by Becca Fitzpatrick--a golden fiery color, much like the cover!
2. ILLUMINAE by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff--a fiery yellow color, sort of like the one you see near the yellow-orange of the cover!




1. ROARING MIDNIGHT by Colleen Gleason--a deep purply color that's a shade away from black