Jul 23, 2019

The I SHOULD HAVE READ THAT BOOK Tag

So I saw this tag over at Paper Fury's blog last week and thought it looked like fun! And what a guilt trip inducer it was because holy wow...there's a lot of books in my TBR pile that I still need to read. If only I didn't need that pesky sleep...I could get so much done otherwise! Lol. I borrowed the above image from Paper Fury as, again, no graphics skills whatsoever. The tag was created by Book Nest!


A BOOK THAT A CERTAIN FRIEND IS ALWAYS TELLING YOU TO READ
 
This one was slightly challenging as I can't remember a book that someone's been telling me to read for ages now as I try to read certain books right away to avoid spoilers in the blogosphere. So yeah...difficult! Lol. I know Libba's Diviners series is really popular. I read and loved the first book but have yet to read the rest!



A BOOK THAT'S BEEN ON YOUR TBR FOREVER AND YET YOU STILL HAVEN'T PICKED IT UP

 
Dead Girls are Easy is the first book on my Goodreads TBR list. This was one of my buys from the Borders closing sale...so yeah...I've had it for awhile.



A BOOK SERIES YOU'VE STARTED, BUT YET HAVEN'T GOTTEN AROUND TO FINISHING YET
 
Demitria Lunetta's final book in her duology, In the After. Yes, I'm struggling to finally finish a duology!



A CLASSIC YOU'VE ALWAYS LIKED THE SOUND OF, BUT NEVER ACTUALLY READ

Frankenstein is one I want to give a try one day. It's even in my TBR pile!



A POPULAR BOOK THAT SEEMS EVERYONE BUT YOU HAS READ

I'm projecting aren't I? Yes, it's not out yet, but good lord I feel like every blogger I know has read it! Lol.



A BOOK THAT INSPIRED A FILM/TV ADAPTATION THAT YOU REALLY LOVE, BUT YOU JUST HAVEN'T READ IT YET

Kicking it old school with this one. Every time I tried to think of a show based on a book...I realized I read the book first! Lol. Dexter was a show I watched as it released on DVD but I never did read the books. I don't think I ever will to be honest...my TBR pile is just too big as it is!



A BOOK THAT YOU SEE ALL OVER INSTAGRAM BUT HAVEN'T PICKED UP YET

Since it was in a few boxes last month, I've been seeing a lot of this one! Yet, I still haven't read it! I plan to though!



MORE 2019 RELEASES I NEED TO DESPERATELY READ


 To name a few...














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.



"She reached her room and skidded to a stop. A crack zigzagged through her door as if someone had forced it open." p 60


















TITLE: The Eyes of Tamburah
AUTHOR: Maria V. Snyder
PUBLISHER: HQ Young Adult
GENRE: YA Fantasy

RELEASE DATE: June 17, 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: Top Ten Settings I’d Like to See More Of (Or At All)


*in no particular order
**this was a challenging topic for me as settings aren't ever really a big deal for me with my paranormal reads. True, it's fun when I know where the characters are at but it's never a bid deal for me. So I just chose some places I'd like to see more of!


10. A BOOKSTORE--I could chose no better picture than that of my dearly departed Borders. Though you are gone, you will live in my heart forever!
9. A LIBRARY--I know these settings might be typical in contemporaries, but I'd like to see these in more paranormal reads!
8. ST. LOUIS--the dullest city on earth...no wonder why no one writes about it! Lol! Though it has popped up a time or two in a few of my books!



 7. CHARLESTON, SC--I've been hear a few times myself and while I think it was a minor setting for one author's series, I'd like to see more of it in books! It's a very interesting place! Plus all the haunted spots!
6. DISNEY WORLD/THEME PARKS--at one point in my preteen years, I wanted to write a horror story where a group of teens were trapped in an amusement park where some sinister ghost was trying to kill them all! Because of course it was a ghost! Lol. Yeah...that story didn't get far. But I bet another author could write something along those lines!
5. ROME--one of the only countries I've ever visited outside my own! I'd love to go back and I'd love to see it in books too!


4. CEDARBURG, WI--random city I know! This is about where my aunt in Wisocnsin lives and I have to say that I love it! I think it's a very nice quaint little place that I think would make the setting for a great paranormal or murder mystery where something sinister lurks beneath the calm! Lol. I'm so weird!
3. THE LEMP MANSION--yes, a St. Louis locale. I still need to actually visit it other than the restaurant. But come one, it's one of the most haunted houses in the US...at least I think it earned that title. It's haunted though. Can you say awesome scary story?
2. ALCATRAZ--a place I hope to visit one day! It's on my bucket list with a few other California places (any guesses as to one of them? lol!)! I think a good scary story could happen with this place as the setting!


1. THE WINCHESTER MANSION--another of my California bucket list items! This house is begging to be in a scary story somehow! It was sort of in one my mystery reads last month, but under another name. Now I wonder if there's a reason why we haven't seen this house as a setting for some story or another.




 

Jul 22, 2019

Mini-ish ARC Review--The King by Jennifer L. Armentrout

From #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes the next installment in her Wicked series.

As Caden and Brighton's attraction grows despite the odds stacked against a happily ever after, they must work together to stop an Ancient fae from releasing the Queen, who wants nothing more than to see Caden become the evil Prince once feared by fae and mortals alike.

**Every 1001 Dark Nights novella is a standalone story. For new readers, it’s an introduction to an author’s world. And for fans, it’s a bonus book in the author’s series. We hope you'll enjoy each one as much as we do.**







I received this ARC from Inkslinger PR in exchange for an honest and voluntary review. I was in no way compensated for this review.


I was elated to know that Jennifer L. Armentrout returns yet again to the world of Wicked with The King and writes yet another novella that stars Caden and Brighton! Their story was far from finished in the first novella and the story only gets even more exciting from here! And I'm pretty sure there's another novella next year, because OH MY GOD!!! 

When we last left Bri and Caden things were complicated, Caden had given her the coldest of shoulders after ascending to his Kingly status. Bri had given her heart to him and he basically crushed it in front of her. Nevertheless, she moves on and continues her hunt for Aric, the remaining fae she has yet to kill for the death of her mother. But her attempts get waylaid when Caden decides to make things complicated for her. It seems despite brushing her off, he can't seem to leave her alone.

Caden wants Bri to give up her hunt for Aric, promising that he will exact vengeance for her when he kills Aric. But it's just not enough for Bri and basically, this causes yet another rift between them, as if the first rift wasn't big enough. Despite their arguing, they continue to grow closer to one another and Caden seems to be content to stay in Bri's life...even if he decides to make things more difficult for her.

Wow. Just wow. Jennifer has always written amazing novels and this holds true for her writing novellas as well! I'm pretty sure her grocery list would be a five star read as well! Lol. Soooo much happened in this little story that it held me completely riveted! After a certain event takes place, I was starting to wonder if Jennifer would wrap things up in this novella or not and well...let's just say there HAS to be a third novella in the works because OH MY GOD!!!

Needless to say that The King was yet another completely breathtaking read! Such a short story combined with action, suspense, intrigue, and a legit spine-tingling romance that leaves you absolutely desperate for more! The story really packs an emotional punch on a few levels here. It gets a little dark and intense in some areas, so be advised about that. I can't say more for spoiler reasons, but did want to advise readers because I know some may not care for that type of darkness. Despite some dark areas, I felt like this was an incredibly amazing story! There was quite a deal of character growth too in this one that will lead to quite the storytelling in the next installment, as I refuse to believe there won't be another.

If you've read The Prince, you already know you will need to read this one! It was absolutely amazing! I really liked how Jennifer took this character from the Wicked trilogy and made him a character you could root for! This story had everything in it that a reader could hope for, now to wait ever so (not) patiently for the next installment!


Overall Rating 5/5 stars


The King releases July 23, 2019








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:

Rage by Cora Carmack (ARC)--Review to come at a later date
The King by Jennifer L. Armentrout (ARC) (5 stars)



About to Start Reading:

The Eyes of Tamburah by Maria V. Snyder



What I am Hoping to Actually Finally Read Next:

These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch



Other Posts of Interest:






 

Jul 21, 2019

Let's Discuss--Toy Story 4: Part Review, Part Rant

So this will be a somewhat unconventional review of Toy Story 4, which I FINALLY saw yesterday. You know me, I'm a big Disney fan and Toy Story originated in my youth, so I love that the movies kept coming throughout the years. The rumors I read about this movie was that the storyline would be a love story. And it was in a lot of ways, as it opened with us learning when Bo Peep left the toys when they were still Andy's. So likely sometime right after the second movie when you think about it.

As we all know, the toys now belong to Bonnie, the little girl who was at the day care where Andy's mom had initially donated the toys to before they made their great escape. But it seems within a year? maybe less? Bonnie has already tired of Woody and is about to start kindergarten. It's at an orientation days where she creates Forky, the little spork with eyes, mouth, legs and all that jazz. Forky helps Bonnie get through that first practice day of school and somehow comes to life!

Forky believes he's trash, but it's Woody, the forgotten toy already, who must convince him otherwise. That's when Bonnie's family goes on  road trip before summer ends, it seems they are literally just driving to nowhere. Stopping at campsites and relaxing. All the while, Forky keeps trying to throw himself in the trash and Woody keeps trying to stop him.

When Forky's latest attempts separate him and Woody from the rest of the gang, Woody finds himself outside an antiques store with a very familiar looking lamp in the window. Yes, it's Bo Peep's lamp, though she's not standing on it.

It's not long before we meet creepy dolls...yes, creepy-freaking-dolls in this antiques store! The dummies you see in the picture very much reminded me of the Goosebumps one and there's that girl doll who's like the mob boss of it all. She wants Woody's voice box as hers was always defective and they apparently came from the same time. She wants a voice box that works so the granddaughter of the shopowner will want her and play with her. All toys just want to have a kid of their own. All toys...except some!

Bo and Woody finally reunite after all these years apart. It wasn't the kind of reunion that led to happy kisses and whatnot like we'd see with the Disney Princess group. There's been a lot of time apart for these two. Woody just wants to get him and Forky--who's being held hostage by the creepy doll group--back to Bonnie. Buzz wants to help Woody out in whatever way he can as well and sneaks off and must list to his inner voice, as Woody had suggested, to do what is right in rescuing him.

Overall, I though this was a really cute movie! Ducky and Bunny were probably my favorites. They are two carnival prizes that are attached together and they too want to belong to a kid and reluctantly help Buzz out with his quest in hopes that Bonnie might like them too.

My issues with this movie lie in the ending. That soul crushing ending. I can't decide if this ending crushed me more than the third movie or not. I honestly think this ending was more soul crushing...more soul crushing then when the toys were headed for a fiery inferno!

SPOILER TERRITORY--SINCE IT'S BEEN OUT FOR A MONTH I FEEL LIKE I CAN VENT ABOUT THIS ENDING HERE AND NOW. DO NOT READ WITHIN THE STARRED OFF SECTION IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN IT AND DON'T WANT TO KNOW HOW IT ALL ENDS!!!!!


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Okay, the movie ended where Woody basically had a choice, go back to Bonnie and be her toy for however many years he has left with her or stay with Bo (and a slew of other new toys that he met) and help carnival toys find their kids. He decides to stay with Bo. I wasn't so much destroyed by his decision, what destroyed me, in a sense, was Bonnie! The kid who was obsessed with Woody when she found him at the daycare and played with him. Then Andy actually gives Woody to her and oh, it's all great fun and games. There were a few short movie adventures where they had more great moments together.

I feel like maybe a year passes between the third movie and this one and suddenly Bonnie is DONE with Woody! DONE! Yet she plays with EVERY SINGLE ONE OF ANDY'S TOYS still in all her games! Then in the end credits, a few more scenes pop up and it's revealed that one year later, when Bonnie had her first day of first grave she freaking KEPT FORKY! She kept the freaking spork and then made another plastic utensil toy out of a knife. She has freaking toys made from trash and yet NEVER NOTICED that Woody disappeared! 

WTF.

WTFREAKINGF?! That's what had me walking out of the theater in a way that my soul felt destroyed. Woody was happy with Bo going with the traveling carnival and helping carnival prize toys find a kid for their own, and that was all good. But how can Bonnie not freaking care that she lost her cowboy doll? The toy she LOVED in the third movie and played with through those short film adventures and then not care about him at all? I mean, I get kids move on with toys and all that, but she still played with ALL OF ANDY'S TOYS still but left Woody out. WTF?!

In a way, I feel like that had to happen, so Woody could leave and be with Bo, but it still made me mad. And then he basically leaves all his friends behind. That he will never again see Buzz, Jessie, Bullseye, the Potato Heads, Slink...everyone! His friendship with Buzz didn't last until Infinity and Beyond like they said because they are separated...UNTIL INFINITY AND BEYOND!!! I am destroyed by this! I am destroyed that Bonnie was so freaking fickle with Woody! He might have just been better off staying with Andy! He might have given him to his kid somewhere down the line! Because seriously WTF?!!!!

Bonnie basically turned into a horrible villain for me! I mean, seriously, you kept a freaking spork for a YEAR but don't give a crap that your favorite cowboy doll is gone forever?! I know kids grow out of toys and that's what the movie was trying to say. Bonnie is just fine without Woody, but it angered me soooooo much. Bonnie just HAD to have Woody and she dumps him within a year! Despicable. Woody and his friends are separated for good now and I just feel destroyed by that...even if he is happy with Bo.






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END OF RANT




So all in all, I enjoyed the movie, but am still in a love/hate relationship with that ending! I had the need to vent about my feelings for it, hence the lost post here and why I am even writing something of a movie discussion post here. 

Tell me, if you saw Toy Story 4, how did you feel about the ending? It's been a month, so I'm opening up spoilers to comments too. If you haven't seen the movie yet but plan to, please avoid reading the comments to be safe. I sometimes wait to see movies until they're on DVD too, hence why I blocked off my spoilery rant in the middle.


Overall Movie Rating 4/5 stars





I'm calling this a discussion! ;)





 

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.


I don't know about anyone else but this week seemed especially hard to get through. Every day was a drudgery. Nothing super exciting happened either. So blah....

Books were a little happier! I came home yesterday to see that I had another delivery attempt that required a signature. I can't be sure what this is, for some of my more recent purchases were "pre-orders." I'm anxious to get off work tomorrow so I can go pick it up...and still make it home in time for a phone/skype interview!

Here's what I did get this week:

Becoming the Dark Prince by Kerri Maniscalco--hoping to read Escaping from Houdini next month and then read this little ditty!
What She Found in the Woods by Josephine Angelini
In the Woods by Carrie Jones and Steven E. Wedel
The Eyes of Tamburah by Maria V. Snyder--Australian edition SIGNED!!



For review I received:

The King by Jennifer L. Armentrout--already read, reviewed, and adored! 



Other goodies obtained this week:

More Fairy Loot Tarot cards! I had ordered these just after I made a trade for them and thought oh well? Lol. So I've a few duplicates I might be putting up for swag for trade eventually. Can't wait until I have a full set of these because they are just so gorgeous! I know I'm behind because I skipped a few boxes.


Preorder swag from Dawn Kurtagich for Teeth in the Mist!


THANK YOU Dawn!



And that's it for me this week! Really curious about whatever is waiting for me at the post office on Monday! I'd say I'll try to share the picture with you afterwards, but what with a SKYPE interview--only ever did one of these before--happening the same day, I might be too frazzled to do so. We'll see! You'll always see it Sunday for sure!

What did you all get this week?