Waiting on Wednesday: Sleeping Beauties

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine where we readers salivate over the books we wish were on our bookshelves yesterday.

This week’s victim: Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King
Publication Date: September 26th, 2017 by Scribner

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In this spectacular father-son collaboration, Stephen King and Owen King tell the highest of high-stakes stories: what might happen if women disappeared from the world of men?

In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep; they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent; and while they sleep they go to another place. The men of our world are abandoned, left to their increasingly primal devices. One woman, however, the mysterious Evie, is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease. Is Evie a medical anomaly to be studied, or is she a demon who must be slain? Set in a small Appalachian town whose primary employer is a women’s prison, Sleeping Beauties is wildly provocative and gloriously absorbing.

So, I actually just heard about this book, um, yesterday, thanks to a fellow blogger’s post. I’m not sure how much longer it would have taken for it to get on my radar, considering I’m not King’s biggest fan by any means, but boy, do I enjoy getting the shit scared out of me reading a King novel from time to time. And the description of this novel really piqued my interest, as does the fact that he collaborated with his son to write it. So much so that I texted my Dad, who used to read everything King ever wrote back when he was a reader, and told him about it. He also seems intrigued and will probably ask me to tell him the ending, once I read it. And if it’s anything like my experiences with The Stand or Salem’s Lot, I have a feeling I’ll be thinking about the plot a lot after I turn the last page.

I’m not sure when I’ll be reading this one, but now that it stumbled upon my radar, I hope to keep it there.

Read on!

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Top Ten Tuesday: The Pages That’ll Be Turning As the Leaves Are Falling

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish, where a different theme is posted each week and book bloggers respond. This week’s theme is: Top Ten Books on Your Fall TBR List.

I’m not sure if this list is meant to be only books that are yet to be published, but coming out this fall, or if older books that you haven’t gotten around to reading yet, but really want to, also count. So I’m going to say that both count and do a hybrid list, because I’m (potentially) rebellious like that.

Communication Failure
By: Joe Zieja
Release Date: November 7th, 2017

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This might be my most anticipated read of the second half of 2017. I find myself thinking about the hilarity of the first book, Mechanical Failure, all the time and I just want to read what happens next. Really badly. Plus, it comes out FOUR DAYS after my birthday (so, so close). Bonus: it’s going to be great inspiration for my Android Starfinder character, I think. 

The Tethered Mage
By: Melissa Caruso 
Release Date: October 24th, 2017 

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I am really jazzed to own a copy of this book. I’ve been lucky enough to read it already and can attest to how amazing it is. But now I need to experience the awesomeness in the proper form, as pages between a book, and relive all the moments that made me fall in love with this story to begin with.

The Republic of Thieves 
By: Scott Lynch

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I told you I was going to cheat and list books that have already been published. I’m currently halfway through with Red Seas Under Red Skies and I think I’m mentally refusing to let myself read it because I don’t want the story to end (which, when I finally let myself read it, means I keep reading it in 100+ page chunks). Luckily, the third installment of the series is already on my bookshelf and I have a feeling I’ll be reading it sooner rather than later. 

Oathbringer 
By: Brandon Sanderson 
Release Date: November 14th, 2017

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I love everything Brandon Sanderson has written, but what started it all was the amazing and mind-blowing Stormlight Archives. Considering I read the first two in the series during vacation almost three years ago, I may need a refresher on happened before this book comes out. But this is a series I definitely don’t mind rereading. 

The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica
By: James A. Owen

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This series I began ages ago and absolutely loved. But like many series and books, I never finished it. Yet it’s been on my mind a lot lately, so I want to go back and reread the first five books I actually read, plus the last two I never got to enjoy. 

Outriders
By Jay Posey 

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I’m slowly getting into sci-fi more and more, and ever since I got surprised with this beauty in a box of awesome books by Jabberwocky Literary Agency, I’ve been wanting to read it. Not to mention that the sequel came out this past July. So I need to bump this one up on my To-Read list. 

Do You Want to Start a Scandal
By: Tessa Dare

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Tessa Dare was one of the first writers who really hooked me into regency romances, my guilty pleasure genre where I usually read those 350-pages-of-heat-and-steam in one sitting. I’ve been wanting to read one of her latest for a while, not to mention that I haven’t read a proper romance in ages. 

Of Silk and Steam
By: Bec McMaster 

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In the same vein as the book above, once I discovered that there were a lot of other genres incorporated into the romance genre (I was just a little behind the times, be gentle), I immediately began searching for authors who combined two of my favorite genres: fantasy and steamy romance. In this search, I discovered Bec McMaster and her London Steampunk series; a series I’ve read the first four books of, but not the fifth. Yet.

The Guns Above
By: Robyn Bennis

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This book I actually discovered because of people sharing the cover on Twitter when it was released back in May. I don’t know too much about it or the author, but I do know, after glancing at both the cover and the synopsis, that this is a book I want to read. Like, really, really want to read.

Silverlock
By: John Myers Myers

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I got this book last Christmas. It caught my interest because the premise seemed like a potential comp title for the book I was writing at the time. So obviously I wanted to read it. Just as obviously, since it’s on this list still, I haven’t yet. The goal: to read it before this Christmas. 

Just looking at this list and making the ambitious assumption that I’m going to be reading all of these books before December, I’m pretty f-ing jazzed. These are some amazing stories and authors, people. Oh, I dream of the day where I can read a lot more frequently than I do right now. I’m never going to catch up on my To-Read List at this rate…

Read on!

Waiting on Wednesday: Damn Fine Story

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine where we readers salivate over the books we wish were on our bookshelves yesterday.

This week’s victim: Damn Fine Story: Mastering the Tools of a Powerful Narrative by Chuck Wendig
Publication Date: October 18th, 2017 by Writer’s Digest

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So, as I mentioned in my review of Invasive, a novel also written by Chuck Wendig, I stumbled upon his blog, Terrible Minds, and fell in love with his writing style, his humor, his wit and his brash honesty. His blog made me want to read Invasive, which I enjoyed, and I’m hoping to read through his other works as well. But considering that his blog is one of the few where I never miss a post–plus the reasons I mentioned above for loving his voice and writing–when I found out he was publishing a book on narrative, this writer was jazzed.

Actually, in his words, the book is “all about the fiddly bits of storytelling — creating great characters, growing narrative organically, identifying and creating theme.”

I can only imagine it has the same elements his blog has, only instead of waiting for the next blog post (which you never really have to wait very long, since he posts pretty consistently, unlike some of us *coughdefinitelymecough*), I get to devour an entire book of hilarity and insight all in one sitting, before I go back and actually read it properly and learn shit.

Oh, and hopefully I can become a better writer, in the progress.

So yeah, I’m ready for next month to indulge in this beauty.

Read on!

Top Ten Tuesday: YA Throwbacks

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish, where a different theme is posted each week and book bloggers respond. This week’s theme is: Throwback Freebie. Personally, I’m going to throw it back to when the YA genre was my main jam.

Harry Potter Series
By: J.K. Rowling

Memory: There are so many memories associated with these books. From devouring entire novels in one evening to midnight releases to dressing up as Luna Lovegood alongside a dozen other friends for the films; like so many others, Harry Potter was a pretty dang important series for me growing up. And still is, even though I can’t label it as an obsession like many do (Lord of the Rings got that one).

The Mortal Instruments
By: Cassandra Clare

Memory: A series that I really enjoyed and probably sparked my interest into shapeshifters. However, I never actually finished the series (stopped on book three) even though I did read the prequel series and enjoyed it immensely. Hopefully I’ll get back into it eventually.

Anything by Tamora Pierce

Memory: I give credit to Tamora Pierce for truly igniting my interest and obsession with reading. I’ve read through everything she’s ever written and am completely jazzed for her latest book to come out. I also want to reread everything she’s written, as well.

Cinder
By: Melissa Meyers

Memory: This was one of the first tastes I had into the sci-fi genre and one of the only sci-fi retellings I think I’ve ever read, but I loved it. Ironically, I still haven’t read the last in the series…yeah, I should probably get on that.

The Hunger Games
By: Suzanne Collins

Memory: I remember hearing all about this series right before the films came out and, like the wanna-be hipster I was, I refused to read them based on their popularity (I was weird, okay?). It wasn’t until a friend of mine dropped all three books on my desk at school that I finally read them (and all three books in one weekend, I might add).

Dragon Rider 
By: Cornelia Funke

Memory: Honestly, I looked through my Goodreads to remember some of the YA novels I’ve read and this book popped up, but I can’t remember too much about the plot. Which is sad, because I’m sure it was lovely.

The Lightning Thief
By: Rick Riordan

Memory: I read this one because my brother asked me to and I enjoyed it thoroughly, but it’s another series that I never continued after the first book, even though I had every intention to. Oops.

The Alchemist
By: Nicholas Flamel

Memory: This was an intriguing series because I really enjoyed it, but at the same time, I found myself getting frustrated with the characters as I was reading it. Yet I always kept reading (until the latest book, which I still haven’t read…sensing a trend, here…).

The Fault in Our Stars
By: John Green

Memory: So, this freakin’ book. It has the opposite story of my experience with The Hunger Games, where I only read it because of all the hype. I remember sitting at home and staying up late to read it all in one sitting, which ended with me bawling my eyes out and stumbling to the bathroom to clean myself up. Which, in turn, woke my Dad up, who wasn’t exactly pleased that my sobbing was “only” caused by a book.

The Summoning
By: Kelley Armstrong

Memory: This is a book I really need to reread again. I read the trilogy and distinctly remember loving that series and I actually find myself thinking about it randomly, yet for the life of me, I can’t remember anything about the plot. Even rereading the synopsis, my mind draws a blank.

So, apparently, my time with YA is filled of memories that are either incomplete now that my memory can’t remember the plots of books that I enjoyed then or nice reminders of how many series I still need to finish (which are both also trends with the adult fantasies that I devour now, sadly enough). Still, it was fun to go down memory lane and reminisce.

Read on!

Waiting on Wednesday: Heart on Fire

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine where we readers salivate over the books we wish were on our bookshelves yesterday.

This week’s victim: Heart on Fire by Amanda Bouchet
Publication Date: January 2018 Piatkus

Who is Catalia Fisa?

With the help of pivotal figures from her past, Cat begins to understand the root of her exceptional magic, her fated union with Griffin Sinta, and Griffin’s role in shaping her destiny.

Only Cat holds the key to unlocking her own power, and that means finally accepting herself, her past, and her future in order to protect her loved ones, confront her murderous mother, and taking a final, terrifying step–reuniting all three realms and taking her place as the Queen of Thalyria.

What doesn’t kill her will only make her stronger…we hope.

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So, I just finished the second book in this trilogy last week and let me tell you, I’m ready to read the third one, especially after looking at that blurb above. It hints at all of the questions I’m ready to have answered. I’m also excited to see Cat finally accept not only her destiny, but the truth of her character. It’s been a long journey for her and she deserves that kind of peace and understanding about herself.

I’m also totally jazzed to watch an Andromeda-Catalia battle.

Also, the covers on all of the books are absolutely stunning, but I love the color scheme that goes with Heart on Fire. It’s gorgeous.

Read on!

Top Ten Characters I Want As My Classmates

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish where a different theme is posted each week and book bloggers respond. This week’s theme is: Back To School Freebie, where it’s a bit more opened ended, as long as you tie your list into a school theme in some fashion. I wanted to write about some of the characters who I’d love to go to school with, whether it’s because they’d get into antics with me, save me from them, are amazing storytellers/nerds or would teach me better than the professors could.

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  • Hermione Granger
    • Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
    • I mean, it probably comes to no surprise that it’s no school worth attending without the presence of Hermione Granger. Her intelligence would keep me humble, her love for books and ability to read would be a challenge to keep up, her humor is something I can appreciate and I think we’d get along really well.
  • Kip Guile
    • Lightbringer series by Brent Weeks
    • Kip is the outcast, the new kid at school, who I’d want to bring into my group of friends. Smart but not overly so, sassy to a fantastic degree, with a fun balance of brave and stupid, he’d be someone I want by my side, as he’d make the day just a little bit brighter.
  • Kvothe
    • Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss
    • If you’ve read Rothfuss, then you know Kvothe is as much of a “duh” choice as Hermione. He’s smart and talented and will outshine anyone in class, and many people might find that annoying. Personally, however, I’d admire him and want to learn everything I could from him.
  • Wayne
    • Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson
    • You know Wayne would be the start of every prank and practical joke and I want in on the hilarity.
  • Bob the Skull
    • The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
    • A soul stuck inside a skull with raunchy humor and the inability to shut up. Um, yes please.
  • Alanna
    • The Lioness Quartet by Tamora Pierce
    • Alanna was the main character in the books that first really got me hooked on reading. You can bet that she’d be one of the characters I’d want to continue chasing that passion with.
  • Astrid
    • The Chaos Quintet by Christopher Husberg
    • Astrid is a vampire who’s lived a lot longer than any humans have and her snark is my favorite characteristic; though her long lifespan and wealth of knowledge being contained in a child’s body is a juxtaposition that serves as a close second. I’d love to sit next to her in class and listen to her own every professor we had.
  • John Watson
    • Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    • A knowledgeable gentleman. Could you ask for a better classmate?
  • Arlen
    • The Demon Cycle by Peter V. Brett
    • Arlen has lived a very difficult, yet also very amazing, life. His perspective would be something I’d love to learn from, spending every lunch period enthralled by his stories.
  • Frodo
    • The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
    • He’s known as a lot of things: The Ring Bearer, the savior of Middle-Earth, amongst many others. But the fact that he loves to read is something you can’t forget, as well as the fact that he’d be my best friend in school, passing notes written in Tengwar.

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I hope you enjoyed this list! Let me know which characters you’d love to sit through school with in the comments below and don’t forget to head over to The Broke and The Bookish to see all the other fantastic memes from this week!

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Breath of Fire

Breath of Fire by Amanda Bouchet was a whirlwind and in the best way.

**Slight spoilers abound after this line**

I really enjoyed the first book of the trilogy, A Promise of Fire (you can read my review here), which I embarrassedly started reading without realizing it was a romance, which did make for a really fun surprise. This time around, I was ready to witness the romance between the couple I’d come to adore so much.

And then I read the first chapter.

I’m one of those readers of romance who absolutely hates it when the main couple has any sort of conflict whatsoever. Especially considering, for so long, I read romance novels to fill a void in my own, non-existent love life (I know, sad, but true), when the couple fought or reach that “threatening-conflict” stage, I always hated that part; because dammit, if my love life was going to suck, at least let me pretend to be in love with X dashing character without having that love threatened! So, naturally, when I started reading Breath of Fire, my stomach immediately twisted in knots and I was completely unprepared to go deal with that kind of conflict in the first chapter.

Just as I was equally unprepared to deal with what happened in chapters two and three.

Let’s just say that reading those (and other sections) while sitting at work was probably not the best move.

Flushed face. Accelerated breath. Chills everywhere. Amongst other things.

I’m sure you’re catching my drift, here. This is a romance, after all.

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Needless to say, I still continued to read it while at work, being turned on by Griffon be damned. I had a book to devour. Which I pretty much did, reading in 100+ page chunks. My favorite aspect of this series is that the balance between romance plot and fantasy plot is done well. I’m just as interested in the romance between Cat and Griffon (which evolves in this book in some fantastic ways, particularly when you look at that last chapter) as I am in figuring out Cat’s destiny and the power bid going on between Sinta and Fisa.

Though that balance and blend between both plots is probably my favorite aspect of the book, there are so many other aspects I adore, as well. Griffon. The incorporation of mythology. Griffon. The banter between everyone in Alpha Sinta. Griffon. The growing familiarity we get of Griffon’s family and Cat’s association (and role) with them. Griffon. The little bits of humor slipped in, especially in terms of word play or the style that the book was written. Griffon. The way that Cat overthinks like I do, making her so relatable.

Have I mentioned I also have a major crush on Griffon?

I will say that although I enjoyed this book thoroughly, I did find some moments a bit cheesy and sometimes, I thought the dialogue between Cat and Griffon to be a bit…much (then again, I’ve never had a man love me that much, so maybe I’m just inexperienced). But other than that, I really had no complaints and thought this was a strong follow up to an already really strong debut. I’m jazzed for the final book, Heart of Fire, to come out in January (which is, by the way, not soon enough, especially after that teaser provided in the back of the book) and I’m pretty sure I’ll be looking up Bouchet’s next series after this one. You should check these out. I bet you’ll enjoy them.

Read on!