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 wanted to dive back into Agathe Christie but instead settled for an oldie but a goodie, relying on Harry Potter and the whirlwind of the Triwizard Tournament to engage and tire me. Harry had just taken a bath with the golden egg, and my eyes started to flutter as Snape confronted him on the stairs.

Then...a laugh.

I heard it--I definitely heard it. A human laugh." p 130*

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

TITLE: Brightly Burning
AUTHOR: Alexa Donne
PUBLISHER: HMHBooks for Young Readers
RELEASE DATE: May 1, 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: Top Ten Books on My Spring TBR

*in no particular order
**TBR for me usually means books I already own, so for my picks I'm going from what I already have vs the new releases

10. FOUR by Veronica Roth--I still haven't read this one! I feel like one of the very few people who wasn't upset with the Divergent trilogy, so I plan to give this one a read very, very soon!
9. THE NAMED by Marianne Curley--I plan to re-read the first three installments of The Guardians of Time series so I can read the latest one which just released this month! I LOVED this series when I first read it and remember feeling devastated over its ending so I cannot wait to read the newest installment after a round of catch-up!
8. CARVE THE MARK by Veronica Roth--Veronica is coming to St. Louis next month!! I am super excited! She hasn't been here since Insurgent released! Still kind of shocked she's returning too! Lol! Since she's coming for The Fates Divide so I plan to read the first book of the duology then buy the second one at the signing to be read thereafter!

7. DAUGHTER OF THE PIRATE KING by Tricia Levenseller--Fierce Reads is coming to St. Louis in May! Tricia Levenseller is among the authors coming so I want to get her books read beforehand as well!
6. THE SHADOW QUEEN by C.J. Redwine--STILL need to start this series! I'll be meeting the author at The Origin Event later this year so I want to try to get caught up with this series by then!
5. TORN by Jennifer L. Armentrout--to behind in so many series of one of my most favorite author pains me! I've got to make it a better priority to read her books asap!!

4. THE DEAD LIST by Jennifer L. Armentrout--another one I've been meaning to read! Heck, I meant to read it when it was online for free! That's how long I've had it! LOL!
3. HAVEN by Mary Lindsey--another author at The Origin Event who's book I want to read before attending!
2. TITANS by Victoria Scott--I was on the Street Team for this one but for reasons unknown, my ARC never arrived. I bought the book when it came out but other review books kept getting in the way, then other new releases I was dying for...and here it sits. Since Victoria will be at The Origin Event this one's on my list to read before November as well!

1. ALMOST MIDNIGHT by C.C Hunter--another book I want to read before The Origin Event! One last farewell to the Shadow Falls gang!

It's Monday...TIME FOR A GIVEAWAY!!!!

Hey all! I thought I would save this post for today since it's Monday and as we know Mondays are ugh!

This past weekend I had the immense pleasure of attending a signing with Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff! And it was AWESOME! All signings are of course, but I was stoked that these two were able to come to my humble little city and it was everything I could've hoped for in terms of awesomeness! 

I had not had the pleasure of hearing them talk about the book and their writing process when I got to briefly meet them at BEA in 2016, so this signing was what I had been missing that time! I always just like to bask in what the authors have to say, I rarely can think of my own question these days. It's sad sometimes...lol! I feel like there has to be something I could ask, but nothing really ever comes up! Oh well. It was still a most enjoyable event and I was thrilled that they came!

So naturally, since I attended an event with these two fabulous authors, you know there's gonna be a giveaway involved since I had to buy an extra copy of Obsidio...

But I thought that wasn't quite enough for a giveaway from these two, and since there was that sale for 3/$30 with B&N in their YA section a month or two ago...

I decided to give away a SIGNED set of the ENTIRE TRILOGY!!! Yes, now you can own The Illuminae Files SIGNED by BOTH authors!! All hardcovers too, friends!

This giveaway will be open to US addresses only, because international shipping is way more than I can afford these days. But if you have a friend in the US who you can use to ship to and get the books later, that works too!

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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:

Lake Silence by Anne Bishop (4.5 stars)
Obisido by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (5 stars)

Currently Reading:

Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne (ARC)

What I Plan to Read this Week:

Four by Veronica Roth

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.

This week was kind of a mess. I guess the whole losing an hour to start it out, prior to that I had a verrrrrrry loooooong road trip day and I guess I never really recup'd well. It was tiring, sore...so things were just meh and the days just dragged since they were looooooonger. 

But I did get some good books out of it! Better yet that I didn't add too much to the TBR pile because I already read one of them! It was a 600+ page book of awesomeness!!

 Here's what I bought:

Scooby Apocalypse #23 by Keith Giffen, Scott Kolins, J.M. Dematteis
Obsidio by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff--SIGNED!!
Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi--SIGNED!! I had wanted to go up to Anderson's sooo badly to meet her in person, but I had decided against it otherwise I'd have to use a vacation day to get up there in time and then drive all night long to get back home. (so instead I basically did all that the next day to meet Karen Marie Moning in Kentucky. Yeah. I'm weird! But it didn't cost me a vacation day!)
Four of a Kind by Kate Kessler--somehow missed that this released last week! I had it down as this week! Still need to start this series too!

Then I also bought yet another book sleeve--the addiction is strong you guys!! So strong!!! But it GLOWS IN THE DARK!!! Lol!

This beauty came from StoryHero on Etsy! It's my second one from Becky's shop! I now have the standard size and large size!!

It's beautiful!!! And it held Obsidio sooooo well!! Obsidio could've had another 100 pages and still been a perfect fit!! 

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


Let's Discuss: Favorite Dessert

So I started to notice I am falling so incredibly behind on my Discussion Challenge! 16 days into the month and not even one post! Shame!! I haven't had any bright ideas so I went to the list of "Comfy Questions" I saw on Twitter. This was initially one of those, "for every like" type prompts but I thought I could easily turn the questions into Discussion Challenge questions! I'm skipping the first question which is regarding tea and how you drink it, I don't drink tea, so moving onto the next...


Wow. Such a loaded question! Lol! There are so many that I like! I may be a picky eater (and boy am I! Though I have improved vastly over the years, but still pretty picky to your average Joe), but there are still quite a few sweet treats I enjoy!

Chocolate chip cookies--homemade of course!, Peanut Butter Cup Cookies...think Peanut Blossom, but with a mini peanut butter cup instead, Reese's peanut butter cups--duh! Lol!, Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter pie--I found this recipe like 2 or 3 years ago that has a chocolate chip cookie crust and then a peanut butter filling/topping that's coated in melted chocolate chips! It's super sweet but it's soooo good! I only make that at the holidays though, usually Thanksgiving since Christmas is filled with cookies! And ooh, Gooey Butter Cookies are another favorite!

So yeah, I guess I'm a cookie girl from the sounds of it! Lol!

What's your favorite dessert?

Review--Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza—but who knows what they'll find seven months after the invasion?

Meanwhile, Kady's cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza's ragtag underground resistance. When Rhys—an old flame from Asha's past—reappears on Kerenza, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict.

With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heroes will fall, and hearts will be broken.

I finally finished the conclusion to Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff’s hit series, The Illuminae Files, Obsidio! It was as awesome as expected! All expectations were exceeded, as expected! Lol! In this final installment we meet a new set of characters and also get to see the ones we’ve already fell in love with as well, which I wasn’t expecting so much to the degree it was met at, so that was a happy surprise!

We meet Kady’s cousin, Asha Grant as she lives on Kerenza IV and is a part of a secret rebel group that is trying to get rid of BeiTech who have taken over their home. Life on Kerenza has changed drastically with food shortages and curfews and of course, the soldiers who tear apart their planet. Things are crazy! So when Asha comes face to face with her ex-boyfriend, Rhys, who just happens to be a team member of BeiTech things get dicey. Asha’s fellow rebels think that Rhys can be turned over to their side and be used as an inside man, but Asha isn’t too sure. There’s a lot of history between her and Rhys and not all of it was pleasant.

We also get to see segments between Kady, Ezra, Ella, Nik, and Hannah as well as they are trying to band together their motley crew of survivors from the ships that have previously fell. But the odds are against them as they will not have enough food and oxygen to last them on their journey to Kerenza to take down BeiTech. Not only that, but there’s tension in the air regrading Syra being the new leader and her plans for the crew.

And what would the story be without our favorite AI, AIDAN? AIDAN will always be a mystery to me. Ignoring the fact that it’s a computer, but the way it actually thinks and perhaps even feels? It’s scary, yet not. It acts in the way a human might when it comes the hard decisions. The fact that it has lasted this long in the trilogy always baffled me, and oddly, not. It makes sense for AIDAN to continue to play a role in the course of things.

I truly never thought a book like Illuminae, Gemina, and Obsidio would hold my attention so tight. Upon hearing that the story is told in a course of emails, notices, video chats, and an assortment of other type documents, I was never really sure how a story could unfold and yet still make sense. But Amie and Jay truly make this process work! I could never even fathom the idea of writing like this for the entire book! All 600+ pages of it! Of course we had a good deal of artwork to enjoy on some of these pages as well, some of which was illustrated by the fabulous Marie Lu!

The Illuminae Files is definitely a sight to behold! This is without a doubt one of the most unique series I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading! It blew me away from the getgo and held me entranced for just as long! I’ve always struggled with futuristic/space-ish books, but with this series I was able to fall into the story so easily, so seamlessly, that when I finally turned the last page, I was saddened that there wasn’t more. I was even more saddened this time around as this is the final book of the trilogy!

There was plenty of action in this one! If you think a book composed of chats, letters, notices, and emails can’t be thrilling and on the edge of your seat riddled with action, you’d be wrong! There was plenty of action and suspense in this one! Moments that had me gasping and holding my breath! The added romances between the three starring couples were still acknowledge as well, I suspected seeing Asha and Rhys rekindle their old flame and fighting it as well, but being able to see moments with the other two was a happy surprise! Speaking of which, there were surprises at every turn in this epic story and my emotions were basically continually punched over and over with the ordeals that Amie and Jay made me go through.

Obsidio was the thrill ride adventure I had been so badly waiting for ever since reading Gemina two years ago! It had everything I was hoping for in a finale and then some! I hope that this will not be the last time Amie and Jay write a series together because these two are just incredible awesome. Mind. Blown.


Overall Rating 5/5 stars


Book Blogger Hop

This meme is hosted by Billy at Ramblings of a Coffee Addict!
This week's question is: Who is your favorite children's books author and why? (submitted by Kitty @ Vicarious Bookworm)
MY ANSWER: I don't read too many Childrens' books these days but I will say I was quite taken with What Do You Do with an Idea by Kobi Yamada and illustrated by Mae Besom!

I don't know why, but I just found it to be a cute and inspiring little story! It was quite fun too! Even as an adult reader! So naturally, I might have bought the other two additions to this little series!

Random Thursday

Okay, so last month I went through the rest of this book of Disney facts and was a little upset to find that as the questions kept coming, they were more in regards to "where did this object go", "who wrote this", "what's your favorite 'x'" The book didn't provide as many factoids as I would've hoped. So this month will be the final month of Disney facts until I can hopefully find another/better book. This one was fun on occasion but not what I initially though it would be. So, let's journey back to Disney Facts Revealed: Answers to Fans' Curious Questions by Dave Smith.

(image borrowed from Disney Wiki)
Richard Sherman, one of the brothers who helped write the songs to Mary Poppins, commented on the ever so fun to say Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious song in regards to how it was created: it was "a word we sort of concocted from our childhood when we used to make up double-talk words." He and his brother also brainstormed words that could be a part of it, "supercolossal" and "atrocious" helped them get started!

(image borrowed from Rotten Tomatoes)
One fan asked about any non-Disney movies being filmed at the Walt Disney Studio in Burbank, Dave replied that some scenes from the 1992 Chaplin movie were shot at the studio and was one of the last films to shoot on Disney Studio's old business street.

(image borrowed from Youtube)
The first release day of Disney DVDs was on December 2, 1997 and there was 8 movies that came out that day. They included: George of the Jungle, Phenomenon, Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey, The Rock, and Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas.

(image borrowed from Yesterday, Tomorrow, and Fantasy)
The first known Disney cloisonne pin was made for the Mickey Mouse Club in 1930. A few more pins were made in the 1930s and the decades to come but it was more in the 1980s when the pins became more popular. It was sparked by fans' interest in pins during the 1984 Olympic Games in L.A. More pins were made over the years that led to pin trading stations being opened at the parks. In October 1999, the first pin trading station opened in Disney World and in April 2000 one opened in Disneyland. Dave estimates that there are around 15,000 pins from the time they started to the current date (2016).

*not entirely positive if this was the first pin or not! It looked old and was what came up in my search. So I thought why not?! LOL!

(image borrowed from Inside the Magic)
Anyone else remember Disney Dollars? I actually found I had maybe 3 of these in my collection somewhere. When a fan asked Dave if they were still in use, he said yes. Though as I searched for this picture, I learned that in 2016, likely after the book was published, the dollars have been discontinued largely due to people using cash, credit, and gift cards. "Funny money" seemed pointless to offer. 

(image borrowed from Walt Disney World)
One fan asked if there were any references from Snow White's Scary Adventures in the new Seven Dwarfs Mine Train ride and Dave said YES! The two vultures on the crane near the mine entrance of the ride were apart of the original ride, as were the figures of Grumpy, Doc, Bashful, Sleepy, and Happy that we see in the cottage near the end of the attraction. New figures of Snow White, Dopey, and Sneezy were added to the ride.

And now when I venture back in October, I will have to look for those vultures and take a closer look at the dwarfs! I don't remember seeing the vultures so I will have to look for them!

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.

New York Times bestselling author Kevin Hearne returns with the finale to his wildly popular action-adventure series, The Iron Druid Chronicles.

Two-thousand-year-old Druid Atticus O'Sullivan travels to Asgard and faces off against the Norse gods to try and prevent Ragnarok in the final battle for the fate of mankind.

I am sooo behind in this series! I really need to get caught up now that it's ending! Hopefully this year, but it's too soon to say! Lol!

TITLE: Scourged
AUTHOR: Kevin Hearne
GENRE: Urban Fantasy
RELEASE DATE: April 3, 2018 

Witch and vintage store owner Lily Ivory faces her most difficult mystery to date with a case of mistaken identity that hits close to home...

Lily Ivory and her friends are planning a 1950s-themed brunch to benefit the local women's shelter. When a figure from her past shows up unannounced, threatening her unless she returns something that belonged to him, Lily's fiancé, Sailor, steps in to defend her. After the same man is found dead later that day, Sailor is the primary suspect. He swears he's innocent, but multiple witnesses ID him as the perpetrator of the assault. Lily vows to clear his name...only she's not sure where to start with the mounting evidence against him.

When she sees Sailor in the neighborhood despite knowing he's in jail, Lily starts to wonder if there could be a doppelganger in San Francisco. When she's not busy helping customers find matching outfits for the upcoming event, searching for a vintage wedding dress for her own nuptials, and dealing with an ill-timed magical cold, Lily begins to suspect one of her magical foes is targeting her loved ones in an attempt to weaken her.

Another series I need to seriously get caught up in! This is such a fun cozy mystery series! I really like the added fact that it involves magic too!

PUBLISHER: Berkley Books
GENRE: Paranormal Mystery
RELEASE DATE: April 3, 2018