It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? 7/29/19

This week I’m going to read a book my friend got signed for me at BEA, a book that I requested from the Library, and a book that was purchased for me off of my Amazon wishlist.

What are you reading?

Ninth House- Leigh Bardugo

43263680The mesmerizing adult debut from #1 New York Timesbestselling author Leigh Bardugo

Galaxy “Alex” Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale’s freshman class. Raised in the Los Angeles hinterlands by a hippie mom, Alex dropped out of school early and into a world of shady drug dealer boyfriends, dead-end jobs, and much, much worse. By age twenty, in fact, she is the sole survivor of a horrific, unsolved multiple homicide. Some might say she’s thrown her life away. But at her hospital bed, Alex is offered a second chance: to attend one of the world’s most elite universities on a full ride. What’s the catch, and why her?

Still searching for answers to this herself, Alex arrives in New Haven tasked by her mysterious benefactors with monitoring the activities of Yale’s secret societies. These eight windowless “tombs” are well-known to be haunts of the future rich and powerful, from high-ranking politicos to Wall Street and Hollywood’s biggest players. But their occult activities are revealed to be more sinister and more extraordinary than any paranoid imagination might conceive.

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Death Wins a Goldfish: Reflections from a Grim Reapers Yearlong Sabbatical- Brian Rea

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Death never takes a day off. Until he gets a letter from the HR department insisting he use up his accrued vacation time, that is. In this humorous and heartfelt book from beloved illustrator Brian Rea, readers take a peek at Death’s journal entries as he documents his mandatory sabbatical in the world of the living. From sky diving to online dating, Death is determined to try it all! Death Wins a Goldfish is an important reminder to the overstressed, overworked, and overwhelmed that everyone—even Death—deserves a break once in a while.

If you enjoyed Brian Rea’s work in Mary Karr’s The Liars’ Club: A Memoir or in the New York Times‘ popular Modern Love column you’ll love his delightful illustrations of Death in this funny, heartfelt collection of works.

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Pretty Reckless- L.J. Shen

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Penn

They say revenge is a dish best served cold.
I’d had four years to stew on what Daria Followhill did to me, and now my heart was completely iced.
I took her first kiss.
She took the only thing I loved.
I was poor.
She was rich.
The good thing about circumstances? They can change. Fast.
Now, I’m her parents’ latest shiny project.
Her housemate. Her tormentor. The captain of the rival football team she hates so much.
Yeah, baby girl, say it—I’m your foster brother.
There’s a price to pay for ruining the only good thing in my life, and she’s about to shell out some serious tears.
Daria Followhill thinks she is THE queen. I’m about to prove to her that she’s nothing but a spoiled princess.

Daria

Everyone loves a good old unapologetic punk.
But being a bitch? Oh, you get slammed for every snarky comment, cynical eye roll, and foot you put in your adversaries’ way.
The thing about stiletto heels is that they make a hell of a dent when you walk all over the people who try to hurt you.
In Penn Scully’s case, I pierced his heart until he bled out, then left it in a trash can on a bright summer day.
Four years ago, he asked me to save all my firsts for him.
Now he lives across the hall, and I want nothing more than to be his last everything.
His parting words when he gave me his heart were that nothing in this world is free.
Now? Now he is making me pay.

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*First Line Friday 7/19/19* Ninth House- Leigh Bardugo

43263680The mesmerizing adult debut from #1 New York Timesbestselling author Leigh Bardugo

Galaxy “Alex” Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale’s freshman class. Raised in the Los Angeles hinterlands by a hippie mom, Alex dropped out of school early and into a world of shady drug dealer boyfriends, dead-end jobs, and much, much worse. By age twenty, in fact, she is the sole survivor of a horrific, unsolved multiple homicide. Some might say she’s thrown her life away. But at her hospital bed, Alex is offered a second chance: to attend one of the world’s most elite universities on a full ride. What’s the catch, and why her?

Still searching for answers to this herself, Alex arrives in New Haven tasked by her mysterious benefactors with monitoring the activities of Yale’s secret societies. These eight windowless “tombs” are well-known to be haunts of the future rich and powerful, from high-ranking politicos to Wall Street and Hollywood’s biggest players. But their occult activities are revealed to be more sinister and more extraordinary than any paranoid imagination might conceive.

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“By the time Alex managed to get the blood out of her good wool coat, it was too warm to wear it.”

 

Top Ten Tuesday 6/18/19

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: Most Anticipated Releases of the Second Half of 2019

It was really difficult to narrow this list down to ten but I accomplished that but I feel awful that I left a lot off this list.

Which books made your list?

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Boston teen book festival September 23rd, 2017

This was my second year going and still it’s a blast. All the authors they had rivaled like yallfest for top names. Some examples are Victoria aveyard,Leigh bardugo, Susan dennard, Adam silvera and many more. But day or night starts practically at 11 Friday night leave my friends Jens house to start. The many many hours of driving. So go to philly pa to Long Island to get my friend Laura. It’s 1:15. This is point we left sorta to early as it’s middle of the night so we drive north to Boston. We end up getting near the fest at 5:30 am. Oops 🙊 my bad their. And plus we all know road trips equal edm x) I said have music prepared I’ll share their was none. So all get their sorta grumpy ish go to Starbucks and a hunt of a public bathroom 🚽. On our way we found Harvard the college so that was fun/ funny since jen and Laura were being tourist for the school I try not to be so I was playing with my first fidget spinner . Yup I did not take one photo. Finally that’s done and go to front of the Latin school 

And wait for all authors to sign in. So that’s fun since can say good morning yadda yadda. Susan dennard and Amanda foody chatted for extra 10 seconds to chat so anything like that even few seconds you’ll take. After just the waiting for all authors panel to start by 10 am. 

Fun way to kill time and learn everyone’s books. 

Up next was out of my control panel. Which I did since title sounded funny and it was Leigh bardugo, Ashley posten,jayson the guy who wrote miles morales spider man and Kerri M the one who wrote stalking Jack the Ripper. But yea the authors talked about what it was like writing in pre established worlds. With Leigh in wonder women, jayson in spider man, Ashley in Cinderella & new book is anstia, and kerri in Jack the Ripper & Dracula or vlad the impaler. And this was my fav panel and it was hilarious Ashley, leigh and jayson stole the show. And Leigh and jayson joked whose better marvel or Dc. 


Up next was the panel for multi points of view. This panel was ok in parts it was nice to know more about aveyards characters and Lisa maxwells but panel it’s self wasn’t to funny so was high on info and when only gotten 4 hours sleep by 1 your starting to feel it. Oh yea forgot to say the panelists were Victoria aveyard, Lisa maxwell, flame caster author & the timekeepers author. But over all tons of info so a fun panel. 

Last for panels I didn’t take any photo’s but it was about right about dark books. This panel was hard to grasps for me since I don’t fantasy much. But they tried to explain how to write dark aspects and how make writing better with out it going to far And decide when need to start going back to happy moments. The panelist were Amanda foody, the bone witch author, mask of shadows author which I think is Lindsay miller and traci chee author of the reader. 

After that panel day is almost over I always skip the last panel to go to author signing line so can get a head start. And boy can it get super decked out busy. I ended up doing aveyards line and should of done Leigh’s since figured both would be mobbed and of course Leigh’s did I expected, aveyard didn’t as bad. So missed on Leigh to do everyone else. I ended up doing Lisa maxwell, Amanda foody since that’s a must since aquinted friends with her how you know some authors since local. Hunting prince Dracula author and say some things about Audrey since her lust  laying on the line is killing me with her guy from the book. (As can see I’m bad with character names). Then did one of us is lieing author, traci Chee get my arc signed. Then one last long line for Susan dennard since Its her soo nice always and can just start talking from point last met up which was bookcon in june. Didn’t have a book to be signed but got a poster. Which I’ll be hanging up. Last at 5:05 they said closing shop for garages was Ashley poston which she was like i was expecting you to come up since met her a few times to gush about geekerella soooo bad. Sadly couldn’t stay long but nice chat with her. 

Before long ride home I went out to eat with Laura, jen and my friend Toronto aka Toronto or real name kellyanne. We were headIng to a place in Boston endEd up being on the road where Fenway park was. End result we went to brewery across the street to Fenway and since had to drive so couldn’t have much so instead of samples I just went for a desert beer 

And dam is this thing sooo good. Dark taste with the Choco and went down smooth as hell. I’m dieing for more!! Sadly day was done so got in was 8pm to pre pare for another 6-8 hour drive by this point I was up for 24 hours. And made it to Laura’s by 12. And just ended up crashing their thankfully and most part my trip of the fest. 

~~~JUSTIN 

My Most Anticipated August Releases

My Most Anticipated August Releases

Hi, everyone!

August is right around the corner, which means more wonderful Young Adult books are coming out! Check out my most anticipated Young Adult releases for August!


Shimmer and Burn by Mary Taranta

Release Date: August 8, 2017

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A magical new world with adventure, romance, and an intriguing plot? Count me in! Faris will do whatever she can to protect her younger sister, especially when her sister is sold into slavery. When Faris agrees to a scheme to buy her sister, she inadvertently binds herself to Princess Bryn, a power-hungry royal looking to sit on the throne. Faris must now smuggle magic into Avinea with the help of North, a traveling magician, and Faris can’t help but start to fall for North. The fate of the kingdom is at stake and Faris needs to figure out how to work through this dangerous game of magic and intrigue, if she hopes to save her sister and many others.

Preorder Shimmer & Burn

*Mary Taranta has an awesome preorder giveaway for those who preorder her debut! Fill out the form here.


The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee

Release Date: August 8, 2017

IMG_1461High school girl? Check. Good grades? Check. Have to save the world from demons? Whaaaat? Genie Lo thought she was just an average high school student with her only worries being about volleyball, family, and grades. That all changes when she finds out she is meant to save the world from demons with the help from no one other than the Monkey King! I luckily received an advanced copy of this fantastic Chinese folklore tale and my review can be viewed here. This is such a wonderful read, I highly recommend picking this up. And even though I have already read it, it is still one of my most anticipated releases for August. The Epic Crush of Genie Lo is everything I hoped it would be and more!

Preorder The Epic Crush of Genie Lo


The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones

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Release Date: August 8, 2017

Dee Moreno makes a deal with a demon: her heart in exchange for an escape from her current life. She becomes “heartless,” and starts to realize that the trade may be a nightmare she did not sign up for. In this new world, Dee teams up with other deal-making teens and soon finds herself growing closer to one charming and secretive boy. The Hearts We Sold sounds like such a lush, yet atmospheric read; I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy!

Preorder The Hearts We Sold


Crystal Blade by Kathryn Purdie

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Release Date: August 15, 2017

This is the second installment in the Burning Glass series. I highly enjoyed Burning Glass and I am looking forward to the continuation of Sonya’s story! Kathryn Purdie is a great storyteller and she weaves such beautiful writing into her stories, so if you have not already read Burning Glass, you need to now!

Purchase Burning Glass

Preorder Crystal Blade

*Kathryn Purdie also has a special preorder giveaway for those who fill out the required fields here!


Wicked Like a Wildfire by Lana Popović

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Release Date: August 15, 2017

I am super excited for this book, and you should be, too! Iris and Malina are twins who are born with a unique way of manipulating beauty through magic. They live in Old Town Cattaro, where their mother runs a bakery. When their mother is attacked and left hovering between life and death, the sisters must look into their history and the ancient curse that is part of their family. Lies and secrets will come to the surface, but will the sisters be strong enough to overcome these secrets and save their mother?

Preorder Wicked Like a Wildfire


Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

Release Date: August 29, 2017

IMG_1459Who doesn’t love Wonder Woman? This book is going to be amazing, and I know my fellow co-blogger, Stacy, has read this beauty and has posted a review about it here. Plus, the amazingness that is Leigh Bardugo wrote this wonderful piece of work, so it is no question that I’ll be at the bookstore on release day. If you love superheroes and girl power, Wonder Woman: Warbringer is a book you do not want to miss!

Preorder Wonder Woman: Warbringer

*Leigh Bardugo has a great preorder giveaway! Check out the details here.


Here is a list of other books coming out in August:

August 1

  • Blight by Alexandra Duncan
  • Sparks of Light by Janet B. Taylor
  • These Things I’ve Done by Rebecca Phillips
  • Venturess by Betsy Cornwell

August 8

  • In Some Other Life by Jessica Brody
  • Reunited by Colleen Houck

August 15

  • A Map for Wrecked Girls by  Jessica Taylor
  • Ferocious by Paula Stokes
  • The Art of Feeling by Laura Tims

August 22

  • Dress Codes for Small Towns by Courtney C. Stevens
  • The Arsonist by Stephanie Oakes
  • The Rattled Bones by S.M. Parker
  • The Tiger’s Watch by Julia Ember

August 29

  • All Rights Reserved by Gregory Scott Katsoulis
  • The Dazzling Heights by Katharine McGee
  • The Keep of Ages by Caragh M. O’Brien
  • Thirteen Rising by Romina Russell

These are not all the wonderful books coming out in August, so make sure to check out Goodreads and your local bookstore for other upcoming August releases.

What books are you looking forward to coming out in August? 

♥ Nikole

The real Bea day 1 and book haul

So the real Bea start day 1 since show floor is open has started. Since wanted a signing tix for Maggie stiefotter I had to wake up at 4 am to pick up friend and be at javitz center by 6:30 AM.  (Kill me now) to early to be up… But found my friends in line and all chilled the 2 hours to get inside it was fun since I do get to see my bookish friends a lot. But yea chilling in the crystal atrium is fabulous it’s gorgeous at times if you haven’t seen it. I didn’t take any photo’S but check it out. Now it’s 10 am woot woot!! First thing I did since on the way was Disney Hyperion which on the table had the belles which was sooo excited for since if your from NYC you meet dhonelle Clayton way tooooooo much. So  it’s a instant read. Next since like said Disney was on the way was harlequin to meet Sasha & Lindsay Cummings 

They were both fabulous and I talked about with Lindsay was her gorgeous lightning shots she Gets since I’m a weather geek. Rest thru the day is a blur but one time walking thru I bumped into leigh bardugo woot woot always so fabulous and stunning 

Stacy hopped in to. I think it was her first time meeting LB. last few things on the agenda just was pure luck I was at penguin I was watching friends things when suddenly see a friend with warcross I’m like wah!! I had whichwood in my hand in excitement I put my hands up say oh my god but doing so I dropped friends bag thankfully nothing fragile and friend watched the bag. So go get warcross and that book dropped as with there is someone in your house I’m like wth is this dang sorcery all of penguins top books dropping at once?!?!?? After that much else to say minus my boOk haul am I right?? Should I or should I not?? What’s that?? Still can’t hear you??? Ok ok coming it’s coming 

Stop hammer time!!!