Nov 12, 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.

Di's logic was very sound here. I couldn't agree more!

"'Well, fine then--if you could buy anything, what would you buy?' she had countered.

'Books,' he had replied.

'Seriously? You read them once and then you put them on a shelf to take up space. Forever.'

'And to reference later,' he had argued, "and reread.'

'You have a photographic memory, Di.'

'They are also adequate weapons. They also smell nice.'" p 55

TITLE: Soul of Stars
AUTHOR: Ashley Poston

PUBLISHER: Balzer + Bray
RELEASE DATE: July 23, 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: Favorite Bookmarks

*in no particular order




Though sidebar, I am still afraid to use it away from home! Lol!


Nov 11, 2019

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:

Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston (3.5 stars)

Currently Reading:

Soul of Stars by Ashley Poston 

What I Plan to Read Next:

The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black (B&N ed.)

Other Posts of Interest:

Nov 10, 2019

Review--Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston

Seventeen-year-old Ana is a scoundrel by nurture and an outlaw by nature. Found as a child drifting through space with a sentient android called D09, Ana was saved by a fearsome space captain and the grizzled crew she now calls family. But D09—one of the last remaining illegal Metals—has been glitching, and Ana will stop at nothing to find a way to fix him.

Ana’s desperate effort to save D09 leads her on a quest to steal the coordinates to a lost ship that could offer all the answers. But at the last moment, a spoiled Ironblood boy beats Ana to her prize. He has his own reasons for taking the coordinates, and he doesn’t care what he’ll sacrifice to keep them.

When everything goes wrong, she and the Ironblood end up as fugitives on the run. Now their entire kingdom is after them—and the coordinates—and not everyone wants them captured alive.

What they find in a lost corner of the universe will change all their lives—and unearth dangerous secrets. But when a darkness from Ana’s past returns, she must face an impossible choice: does she protect a kingdom that wants her dead or save the Metal boy she loves?

Heart of Iron is my first Ashley Poston book and I have to say it was one of the most unique stories of Anastasia I’ve read. I honestly can’t recall too many of them in my reading lifetime. I of course grew to adore the animated movie of the story, LOL!

The story is told in four points of view, so a little more than typical, but not the most I've ever read. We have Ana, D09, Jax, and Robb. Those first three pretty much are family of a kind, as Ana and D09 were found when Ana was seven and were taken in by a space pirate captain, Siege. A little background info, D09 is an android type robot with some human likeness you could say. He was found with Ana and is a guard of sorts for her, he’s her constant companion and of course, Ana is starting to have feelings for him, yet he’s keeping a secret from her and that is that he’s sort of dying in the computer sense.

Then we have Jax who has his own secret history that eventually gets revealed but he flies the pirate ship you could say and had other unique talents. Then Robb comes into the picture, he was just a boy trying to find out what happened to his father who disappeared 10 years ago. He wants to find the ship that his father was last on in hopes that it will have clues for him to follow. And ironically, that is exactly where Ana wants to go to help find some tech that could help Di—as she calls D09, for she does know that he is have glitches, she just doesn’t know how badly they are.

And thus the story takes off with these unlikely characters coming together—with other supporting characters too of course—in hopes of finding the answers they seek. And naturally, things go completely and totally wrong for them all.

It’s right about the time they leave the mystery spaceship that things turn in the direction of Ana being revealed as the lost princess, as it is heavily mentioned and you pretty much know this from the getgo since the book was pushed as Anastasia in Space.

In general, I really liked this one, yet as with most books set in space, I struggled with it too. There was just so much to know about this world and space and all the technological gizmos and workings it becomes overwhelming at times. Especially since there’s also the mysterious and dark history that has yet to be uncovered. I will admit all the treasonous and murderous plots and backstabbing royals did make for an interesting plot twist. 

There was not one, but two romances taking place in this one! We had the somewhat forbidden love between Ana and Di, which I kept trying to figure out how that would work since Di isn’t officially human being part android/robot. But naturally, forces are trying to tear them apart! And then we have the somewhat equally forbidden romance between Jax and Robb. It was never truly clear if royal society frowned upon same sex couples, but since they start out as enemies there was definitely that slow burning hate to love romance going between them that was just oh so enjoyable.

I’d say that the pacing to this one was somewhere in the middle of slow and fast. While it was a relatively decent paced novel, it was all the space lingo and futuristic gizmo talk and history that kind of bogged me down. While I didn’t full heartedly love this one, I will say that I really enjoyed it and can’t wait to start the sequel. Which I should be somewhat started by the time you all are reading this, if not full on starting! 

Heart of Iron was a fun read nevertheless despite a few issues I had with it, but that’s just my own weirdness when it comes to space novels. It was still a fun read and I look forward to reading the next one!

Overall rating 3.5/5 stars 

Nov 8, 2019

Book Blogger Hop

This meme is hosted by Billy at Ramblings of a Coffee Addict!
This week's question is: Can you stop reading before the end of a chapter? (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver's Reviews)
MY ANSWER: If I absolutely have to, I will. I don't like doing it. There are times when there's a page break in the chapter and I will totally stop at one of those if I have to "stop" for some going back to work or something! Lol. 
So yes. I don't like doing it, but will if necessary.

Nov 7, 2019


(image borrowed from

Dropping in to say that I will be MIA for the rest of this week! I'm going to Charleston, SC for YALLFest! If you're going too drop me a line on twitter and maybe we can hang out together, you know in line! LOL! Friday's usual meme will be posted, my StS will likely be held off until next week! Never know what I might buy while on vacation!

See you all Monday!

Random Thursday

Let's dive back into Weird But True by Leslie Gilbert Elman! This is a fun book so far, the only thing that nags at me a bit is there's no table of contents or organization to the facts. You basically see a few themes in them as you go, but you won't know until you read them! So let's see what we will learn today!

(image borrowed from Fast Growing Trees)
The Ginkgo tree comes in male and female varieties and it's the female tree that produces a fruit that contains butyric acid that smells rancid butter or vomit. Every one in two hundred male versions of these trees will also produce this "lovely" fruit.

Eww. Eww. Eww!

(image borrowed from Bored Panda)
A group of ginkgo trees survived the atomic bomb assault in Hiroshima, Japan during WWII and are still alive today (copyright 2010).


(image borrowed from Fine Art America)
Europe's autumn leaves are more likely to be yellow while those in North America will also turn red or orange. This color change depends on what happens in the chlorophyll in the leaves. Leaves will turn yellow when the green chlorophyll breaks down and allows the natural yellow pigment to show. Leaves turn red when a new red pigment called anthocyanin is produced. No one really knows why the leaves only turn yellow in Europe and many colors in North America.

The red ones are my favorite! So I'm glad I'm on the right continent for that!

(image borrowed from Youtube)
When we see products such as food, cosmetics, and toiletries like shampoo have a red or orange color, it was obtained from the crushed bodies of female cochineal beetles found in Peru, Mexico, and the Canary Islands. It takes 70,000 beetles to make one pound of dye.

Aka things I wish I never knew! Lol.

(image borrowed from Brown Eyed Baker)
White bread was considered to be a higher quality than brown bread so medieval bakers would whiten their flour by mixing it with alum, chalk, clay, or even ground bones.

Again...things I wish I never knew!

Nov 6, 2019

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

New York Times bestselling author Christie Craig returns with her next heart-stopping romantic suspense about a woman on the run and the man trying to uncover her secrets.

Police detective Juan Acosta doesn't only carry scars on the outside. He's filled with guilt and anger ever since his undercover job led to the murder of those he loved the most. Now he's living for one thing: revenge. That is, until Juan meets his beautiful new neighbor.

Vicki Holloway prides herself on being capable and independent, but her life is turned upside down when her sister Sara is killed by an abusive ex. Fearing for the safety of her niece, Vicki and the little girl go into hiding...resurfacing in Texas with new identities.

Juan finds his once-frozen heart thawing around Vicki, but he knows she's hiding something. Juan needs answers, but Vicki isn't talking. She has to keep her secrets if she wants to keep Bell safe, which means resisting her growing feelings for the sexy, scarred man next door. But when Juan's quest for justice brings danger to her door, divulging the truth might be the only thing that keeps her alive.

I enjoyed Christie's thriller from last year and am excited to return to this world again with other characters!!

GENRE: Mystery
RELEASE DATE: November 5th, 2019

**So yeah, apparently they changed the release date after I scheduled this one! Lol. So either I have it...or I need to get it! At the time of writing this post, I haven't preordered it yet!

Nov 5, 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.

"Lying was an art form. He simply had perfected it." p 17

TITLE: Heart of Iron
AUTHOR: Ashley Poston
PUBLISHER: Balzer + Bray
RELEASE DATE: February 27, 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 Give Off Autumn Vibes

*in no particular order

BEHOLD! My earlier picture from Instagram that was books with fall colored vibes! My list will include some of these and then some other choices for those black colored spines!
10. ENSNARED by A.G. Howard
9. KILL THE FARM BOY by Delilah S. Dawson & Kevin Hearne
8. WHITE HOT KISS by Jennifer L. Armentrout (New Cover)
7. THE SHADOW HOUR by Melissa Grey
6. FEVERSONG by Karen Marie Moning
5. THE FIERY HEART by Richelle Mead
4. ILLUMINAE by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
2. END OF DAYS by Susan Ee
1. OBLIVION by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Original Cover)--and of course HE'S #1!!

Nov 4, 2019

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:

Heart of Ash by Kim Liggett (3.5 stars)

Currently Reading:

Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston

What I Plan to Read Next:

Soul of Stars by Ashley Poston

Other Posts of Interest:


Nov 3, 2019

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.

Well, as you can see my mini vacation--that I may or may not have mentioned, I can't remember if I did or not, lol--didn't happen. There's a bit of a family situation going on with my stepdad's side and he's with them a few hours away and my mom didn't want to go further out of town in case things happen. So we stayed in town sadly. We're hoping to reschedule the trip, but I'm not sure how things will go. But I've my YALLFest trip happening next weekend, so that will help get me through my short work week! Better yet, I'll have another signing on Monday when I return! Nothing positive on the job search, but I'm still keeping at it!

Since I didn't get to go out of town this weekend, I found myself on an in-town shopping spree! Finding deals, buying things like clothes on sale and other things I will eventually need, Christmas and Birthday presents for relatives...I'm making good progress! But of course, that's another dent into the bills and I haven't even gone out of town yet! LOL!

Anyways, here's what I added to my stacks this week:

Soul of Stars by Ashley Poston--I jumped the gun and just bought it even though I just started the first one! Lol.
Coached to Death by Victoria Laurie

Caraval Boxed Set by Stephanie Garber--of course I HAD to buy this one! I mean I'm a Caraval Collector after all! Lol!! It didn't hurt that I had a won a GC AND Amazon lowered the price AND they added an extra savings coupon! It was a steal!!

For review I received:

Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles (ARC)

THANK YOU Wednesday Books!

Then I FINALLY got my Fairy Loot box! I was getting worried about this one when for four or five days it just sat there with a label created!

I was pretty pleased with this box overall! Glad the book was more in line with the UK cover and had enhancements added to it! :D
Then I won the September Giveaway in the 2019 Series Enders Reading Challenge! I got an Amazon gift card which I immediately applied to my purchase of the Caraval Book Set!!

THANK YOU Holly @ Words Fueled by Love!
Then awhile back I had ordered myself a book sleeve--which, it's been awhile since I last bought one. Well, sorta--August, I checked! ;) Before that it was even longer! But look at what I bought:
THE HAUNTED MANSION: Madame Leota Book Sleeve! THE HAUNTED MANSION!! My most favorite ride at Disney World! And Madam Leota is just wicked cool! So I had to buy this one and I was able to get that extra large size I struggle to find these days, so it was an added plus!
This beauty came from Enchanted Extras By Bri
That was it for me this week! Next week's StS will be postponed since I will be out of town for YALLFest! I'll a do a two week haul the following week. Hope you all have a GREAT week ahead!