May 31, 2023

Can't Wait 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 tenth book in the New York Times bestselling Villains series takes a dive into the Underworld, exploring how Hades turned from god to villain.

The myth has been told for Brothers Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades waged a years-long war against their father Cronus and his tyrannical Titans. Upon their mighty victory, Zeus split the world into three. For himself, he claimed the Sky and what fell below it. To his brother Poseidon, he assigned dominion over the Sea. And his oldest brother, Hades, would rule the Underworld.

While Hades tries to make the best of a lonely situation, eternity proves a long time to be forced live in a role—a domain—he never wanted. And the part of the story no one tells is that when your family treats you like a villain, it is far too easy to become one.

Years of being ignored and shamed by his family reach a fiery head, when three perfectly alive witches find their way into the land of the dead. Bored and lonely, Hades befriends these mysterious Odd Sisters and makes a bargain that will change the course of fate. But when you’re a god, making a deal has the potential to rewrite more stories than just your own . . .


I'm still about 3 books behind in the Disney Villains series! I will be curious to see what notes Serena takes with his story, if it will contain any of the actual Greek mythology threads or still be a Disney-ified version.


TITLE: Fire & Fate
AUTHOR: Serena Valentino

PUBLISHER: Disney Hyperion
GENRE: Disney
RELEASE DATE: July 18, 2023






May 30, 2023

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 set her duffel down on the bed and was about to head downstairs when she heard something. A soft, rhythmic sound. 

It was coming from her closet." p 20*

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






TITLE: Holly Horror
AUTHOR: Michelle Jabes Corpora
PUBLISHER: Penguin Teen
GENRE: YA Horror
RELEASE DATE: August 15, 2023

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 6 Things That Instantly Make Me Not Want to Pickup a Book

*in no particular order

6. BODICE RIPPING COVERS--basically no historical romances for me!
no regular contemporary romances either!
this is hit or miss, but I usually pass these up since they don't seem to tell you much.
I used to avoid all illustrated covers for some reason, but now that I love them, I might still pass on one if it's just kind of blah looking.
not a fan of the color, so if there's just too much of it I might not pick it up right away. That being said, I won't avoid it entirely! I mean, I have at least 3 copies of Stephanie Garber's PINK B&N Once Upon a Broken Heart! Lol.
if the cover description gives enough info and I see that the hero and heroine are like decades apart in age, I probably won't bother to read it because the really big age differences tend to throw me off...unless one's a vampire who is 200+ years old but still looks the same age as the other! I am okay with that much! Lol. Weird I know.

May 29, 2023

Let's Discuss: Where Have All the Authors Gone?


So it was just now (or yesterday really since I'm posting this the next day!) as I was responding to a comment that a bit of a discussion came to mind and I thought, let's discuss it! And yes, then I decided to give my post title a play on words on that old 90s song! Bonus points if you know the one!

When Authors Quit the Biz

Have you ever had a favorite author who just seemed to quit writing? Either they disappear from all bookish realms or maybe just their books but you still see them on social media? It was as I was going through my TBR pile for my Thursday meme that I realized a few authors I used to LOVE no longer write anymore.

First that came to mind was Victoria Scott! I LOVED her YA books! They were just incredibly awesome and I even had the pleasure of meeting her a time or two at my now deceased and beloved RT Booklovers Convention! But she hasn't seemed to put any books out in a few years and I know she started a sort of book box subscription for aspiring writers that I looked at when it first came out. But alas, it doesn't seem like she writes anymore. 

There was also another author I read for a short time (I say short because she only seemed to have 3 books and a series that didn't take off), Cara Lynn Shultz! She had a nice ghosty YA trend going and for awhile it looked like she would have at least a sequel to the one, but nothing ever came of it. I still follow her on Instagram, but it doesn't look like she's writing anymore either.

It makes me wonder sometimes, do writers lose their love for writing? Do they no longer have the itch to write the story that's taking up space in their heads? I know there's likely a hundred thousand reasons as to why they left that world, but it always makes me wonder as a reader, why? All the whys. Especially if they left a series unfinished, that always hurts!

You know me, I've wayyyyyy too many series that were canceled by publishers and authors who decided not to finish them. It's as I sit here writing that I remember another author who seemed to leave the writing world behind but I still steadfastly followed her on Instagram and I no loner see any of her posts with her adorable dog or stunning clothing designs. It makes me sad, especially since this was an author I read a lot of her books and loved them (and that cancelled YA series because OMG it was SO FREAKING INCREDIBLE!)! She was also one I had lunch with at my first RT all those years ago! It was a group lunch that I still look back on fondly.

So I guess my post is more about me mourning the loss of authors and just wondering...where have they gone? Have you ever had a favorite author who left the writing world behind...and even the social media world?

Memorial Day 2023


Be sure to take a moment of today to remember all the men and women who have died fighting for our country. 

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:

A Game of Retribution by Scarlett St. Clair (4 stars)


Currently Reading:

Holly Horror by Michelle Jabes Copora (ARC)



What I Plan to Read Next:

Ruling Destiny by Alyson Noel (Early Copy)



Other Posts of Interest:

Teaser and Top Ten Tuesdays
Can't Wait Wednesday
Books from the Backlog #32
Book Blogger Hop
Stacking the Shelves