F Is for Friday #3 – June 5th

F is for Friday is a weekly book blog meme hosted by Lyn at Nomadic Worlds!

F – FEATURE YOUR LATEST BOOK OBSESSION

This is a new ARC I recieved from Edelweiss and I am really excited to read it! This doesn’t publish until October, so my review will be delayed, but it looks like a great new series for upper middle-grade readers! The premise is fun, the cover is inviting, and I’ve only heard good things about this author!

Launch of a new series for upper middle graders about a girl who has lived as an international thief, now returned to the real world.

Frankie Lorde and her dad have been a team for as long as Frankie can remember. Being a tutor under the man responsible for some of the world’s biggest heists has given Frankie a unique perspective on the world. And a special set of life skills. Frankie can spot an FBI agent in a second. Pick a lock in two seconds. Steal a Bugatti in three. Then dad is arrested.

Frankie is sent to live with her uncle, her dad’s brother who she barely knows, and is, ironically a cop. Now Frankie has to go to middle school, learn what suburban kids wear and eat. But also ironically, Frankie is in Greenwich, CT, one of the richest towns in America. Seeing the starkness of super rich and the super not rich who support the community gives Frankie an idea. How to use her skills for doing good, to even the score…

I – INDICATE WHICH BOOK/S YOU ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO READING THIS WEEKEND.

Super excited about this book! I read the introductory novella, Vanishing Point, for a recent book blitz and I can’t wait to read more about Kate Carpenter. Similar to the book above, this features the high stakes world of art and it’s many interesting characters. Reading this as part of a book tour with Love Book Tours, scheduled to post my review Sunday! Check it out if you can! This will be a great new release!

A stolen painting. A gangster intent on revenge. And nothing is what it seems.

Art consultant Kate Carpenter has an off-the-books sideline in art recovery, dealing with thieves, gangsters and the occasional war criminal to reunite priceless artworks with their owners. But when she refuses a request from the owner of one missing painting, Yuri Sokolov isn’t prepared to take no for an answer.

Her knowledge has cost him millions, he wants revenge, and he isn’t planning to show any mercy. The only way that Kate can get Yuri Sokolov to keep his distance is to find out exactly what happened to his painting, but when she starts scraping away at the surface, she finds that nothing is exactly as it appears.

Don’t Blink is the first book in the Kate Carpenter series.

F – FAVORITE QUOTE OF THE WEEK/DAY

My favorite quotation of the week comes from Incendiary by Zoraida Córdova!

The king’s justice will stop at nothing to destory its enemies, and we’re waging a war we cannot win. But I keep fighting, maybe because it is all I’ve ever known, or maybe because the alternative is dying and I can’t do that until I’ve paid for my sins.

CORDOVA, Z. (2020). -1-. In INCENDIARY (p. 14). Place of publication not identified, NY: LITTLE, BROWN.

I finally snagged a copy of Incendiary after hearing some great things. I did enjoy it and I’ve got a full review publishing today! You can find it here: Incendiary Review. Overall, I really enjoyed it and I think it was a solid start to a new series with a cool magic system. I do think it suffers a little bit from the YA fantasy genre problem of things getting overwritten. Recently, dystopian futures were in vogue and it seems like this book goes along with the prevailing trends right now. I still enjoyed it and will be looking forward to the next book! Have you read it? Tell me what you think!

F – FIVE THINGS YOU’RE HAPPY OR GRATEFUL FOR THIS WEEK.

  1. (Did you know it’s super hard to think of 5 new things you are thankful for each week? Some of these are repeats, but they are still true) Supporting Black voices – I’ve seen so many people lifting up Black authors, small business owners, and community members and it has been truly amazing. I hope we can keep this trend of supporting voices that need amplifying!
  2. New Releases – Lots of new releases in the next week and so many book birthdays to celebrate! I will always be grateful for new books!
  3. Family – My family has been so supportive and I am thankful and grateful to have them!
  4. Book Mail – Book mail is always fun and I’m getting through my TBR stack, but it’s be a journey!
  5. Readers – Thankful for the people who read my blog, whether you are fellow bloggers, readers, authors, or whoever you are! I am grateful for you!

What is your FIFF? Let’s talk about it!

Can’t Wait Wednesday #3 – The Dark Tide by Alicia Jasinska

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 Jill at Breaking the Spine. These are normally books that have not come out yet!

Welcome to another Can’t Wait Wednesday! This week, I am featuring a book that has good hype! This title is set to be released August 4th! The premise sounds really interesting and this is a debut YA novel!

The Dark Tide by Alicia Jasinska

Synonpsis from goodreads…

The Wicked Deep meets A Curse So Dark and Lonely in this gripping, dark fairy-tale fantasy about two girls who must choose between saving themselves, each other, or their sinking island city.

Every year on St. Walpurga’s Eve, Caldella’s Witch Queen lures a boy back to her palace. An innocent life to be sacrificed on the full moon to keep the island city from sinking.

Lina Kirk is convinced her brother is going to be taken this year. To save him, she enlists the help of Thomas Lin, the boy she secretly loves, and the only person to ever escape from the palace. But they draw the queen’s attention, and Thomas is chosen as the sacrifice.

Queen Eva watched her sister die to save the boy she loved. Now as queen, she won’t make the same mistake. She’s willing to sacrifice anyone if it means saving herself and her city.

When Lina offers herself to the queen in exchange for Thomas’s freedom, the two girls await the full moon together. But Lina is not at all what Eva expected, and the queen is nothing like Lina envisioned. Against their will, they find themselves falling for each other. As water floods Caldella’s streets and the dark tide demands its sacrifice, they must choose who to save: themselves, each other, or the island city relying on them both.

Have you read this? Did you like it? What book are you excited to read?

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Top Ten Tuesday – #3 – Books That Give off Summer Vibes

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week a new theme is suggested for bloggers to share their thoughts on book stuff! This week’s theme is Books that Give Off Summer Vibes (or winter if you live in the southern hemisphere) (submitted by Kristin @ Lukten av Trykksverte)

Summerish Books I Love

Summer Books I’d Love to Read

What are your top 10 books that remind you of summer? Let me know in the comments!

The Sunday Post #2 – May 31st

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer.

If you missed stacking the shelves this week, check out a selection of our new reads!

A weekly wrap up of last week’s posts!

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday: New Review: A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown and The Sunday Post

Monday: New Review: The Mermaid, The Witch, and the Sea by Maggie Tokuda-Hall

Tuesday: New Review: #VeryFat #VeryBrave by Nicole Byer and Another Top 10 Tuesday!

Wednesday: New Review: Shades of Magic: The Steel Prince: Night of Knives by V. E. Schwab and Can’t Wait Wednesday!

Thursday: New Review: The Winged Lion by Patrick D. Carlson

Friday: F is For Friday!

Saturday: New Review: The Circus Rose by Betsey Cornwell and Stacking the Shelves!

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Stacking the Shelves – Saturday, May 30th

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and Reading Reality, which is all about sharing the books that you’ve acquired in the past week!

Welcome to Staking the Shelves on Book Bustle! It’s been an eventful week with book blitzes, several reviews, and a great haul of books this week! All of these will be reviewed in the next few months!

From @bookbustle on Instagram…

What books did you buy, get approved for, or borrow? Have you read any of these books? What did you think?

F Is for Friday #2 – May 29th

F is for Friday is a weekly book blog meme hosted by Lyn at Nomadic Worlds!

F – FEATURE YOUR LATEST BOOK OBSESSION

I just picked this up and…..WOW! This is great! Something I’ve realized as I’ve read it is that it is trope heavy, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. All the stories have been told right? At this point, we are recycling concepts, but that’s still literature. It’s still art. I loved that this was set in a Spain-esque world with really cool Spanish influenced names and all the accent marks! Not everyone has the same magic in this book, some can steal memories or influence people, while others can read thoughts, etc. I like this magic system and I have high hopes for the rest of the book and the eventual series! Look out for my review soon!

From goodreads…

I am Renata Convida.


I have lived a hundred stolen lives.


Now I live my own.

Renata Convida was only a child when she was kidnapped by the King’s Justice and brought to the luxurious palace of Andalucia. As a Robari, the rarest and most feared of the magical Moria, Renata’s ability to steal memories from royal enemies enabled the King’s Wrath, a siege that resulted in the deaths of thousands of her own people.

Now Renata is one of the Whispers, rebel spies working against the crown and helping the remaining Moria escape the kingdom bent on their destruction. The Whispers may have rescued Renata from the palace years ago, but she cannot escape their mistrust and hatred–or the overpowering memories of the hundreds of souls she turned “hollow” during her time in the palace.

When Dez, the commander of her unit, is taken captive by the notorious Sangrado Prince, Renata will do anything to save the boy whose love makes her place among the Whispers bearable. But a disastrous rescue attempt means Renata must return to the palace under cover and complete Dez’s top secret mission. Can Renata convince her former captors that she remains loyal, even as she burns for vengeance against the brutal, enigmatic prince? Her life and the fate of the Moria depend on it.

But returning to the palace stirs childhood memories long locked away. As Renata grows more deeply embedded in the politics of the royal court, she uncovers a secret in her past that could change the entire fate of the kingdom–and end the war that has cost her everything.

I – INDICATE WHICH BOOK/S YOU ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO READING THIS WEEKEND.

If you haven’t heard, I am starting a podcast with my husband and son where we visit our local library, pick out a book, read it, and we have a conversation about what we read. My son is picking a middle grade book, I’m getting a (usually) YA book, and my husband is getting a general fiction book (could be anything, but probably fiction). We are setting out on this journey in an effort to promote visiting your local library and reading in general! We enjoy reading as a family, but you don’t have to have kids or a spouse to enjoy reading! We’ll have several special episodes including resources at your local library, ebooks vs. print books, and starting a book club with friends and family!

All of this is to say that I have picked (library visit tomorrow, hopefully it’s still available) Novice Dragoneer by E. E. Knight! This was published last year and I am very excited to read it!

From goodreads…

In the first book in an exciting and charming new coming-of-age fantasy series from the author of the Age of Fire series, an impoverished girl enters into a military order of dragonriders, but her path won’t be as easy or as straightforward as she expected.

Fourteen-year-old Ileth grew up in an orphanage, and thanks to her stutter was never thought to be destined for much beyond kitchen work and cleaning. But she’s dreamed of serving with the dragons ever since a childhood meeting with a glittering silver dragon and its female dragoneer. For years she waits, and as soon as she is old enough to join, Ileth runs away to become a novice dragoneer at the ancient human-dragon fortress of the Serpentine.

While most of her fellow apprentices are from rich and influential families, Ileth must fight for her place in the world, even if it includes a duel with her boss at the fish-gutting table. She’s then sent off to the dragon-dancers after a foolish kiss with a famously named boy and given charge of a sickly old dragon with a mysterious past. But she finds those trials were nothing when she has to take the place of a dead dragoneer and care for his imprisoned dragon in enemy lands. . . . 

F – FAVORITE QUOTE OF THE WEEK/DAY

My favorite quotation of the week comes from Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett

This is a story about magic and where it goes and perhaps more importantly where it comes from and why, although it doesn’t pretend to answer all or any of these questions.

Terry Pratchett, Equal Rites, ebook, 2007

This week, I read and reviewed The Magic of Terry Pratchett by Marc Burrows. It inspired me to revisit the first book that I read of Terry Pratchett’s, Equal Rites. There is a specific order to read the books in, or as many Pterry (not a typo) fans have endeavored to read each book in it’s publication order. I am a fan of Terry’s brand of satire and not taking himself too seriously. My review will be publishing later this fall, closer to the publication date!

F – FIVE THINGS YOU’RE HAPPY OR GRATEFUL FOR THIS WEEK.

  1. Community – Super thankful for the community of book bloggers, authors, publishers, etc. You are all so great!
  2. New Releases – Lots of new releases in the next week and so many book birthdays to celebrate! I will always be grateful for new books!
  3. Family – My family has been so supportive and I am thankful and grateful to have them!
  4. Escapism – Sometimes you just need to escape from the real world for a bit and I am thankful that I have the resources to be able to do that.
  5. Readers – Thankful for the people who read my blog, whether you are fellow bloggers, readers, authors, or whoever you are! I am grateful for you!

What is your FIFF? Let’s talk about it!

Can’t Wait Wednesday #2 – Shielded by KayLynn Flanders

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 Jill at Breaking the Spine. These are normally books that have not come out yet!

Welcome to another Can’t Wait Wednesday! This week, I am featuring a new ARC for which I was just approved! I’ve read through the initial goodreads reviews, which can be so hit or miss, but I have high hopes! Some reviews said it has a basic plot and not a lot of depth. We will certainly see!

Shielded by KayLynn Flanders

Synonpsis from goodreads…

For fans of Sorcery of Thorns and Furyborn comes a thrilling new fantasy about a kingdom ravaged by war, and the princess who might be the key to saving not only those closest to her, but the kingdom itself, if she reveals the very secret that could destroy her.

The kingdom of Hálendi is in trouble. It’s losing the war at its borders, and rumors of a new, deadlier threat on the horizon have surfaced. Princess Jennesara knows her skills on the battlefield would make her an asset and wants to help, but her father has other plans.

As the second-born heir to the throne, Jenna lacks the firstborn’s–her brother’s–magical abilities, so the king promises her hand in marriage to the prince of neighboring Turia in exchange for resources Hálendi needs. Jenna must leave behind everything she has ever known if she is to give her people a chance at peace.

Only, on the journey to reach her betrothed and new home, the royal caravan is ambushed, and Jenna realizes the rumors were wrong–the new threat is worse than anyone imagined. Now Jenna must decide if revealing a dangerous secret is worth the cost before it’s too late–for her and for her entire kingdom.

Have you read this? Did you like it? What book are you excited to read?

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Top Ten Tuesday – #2 – Top Ten Opening Lines

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week a new theme is suggested for bloggers to share their thoughts on book stuff! This week’s theme is Opening Lines (Best, favorite, funny, unique, shocking, gripping, lines that grabbed you immediately, etc.).

I chose opening lines from books I adore!

  1. “The braziers in the torture chamber had burned low while Irene waited for the count to arrive.” – The Mortal Word by Genevieve Cogman (Beautiful book series with magic, literary tropes, chaos, order, dragons, fey, and so much more!)
  2. “Current theories on the creation of the Universe stat that, if it was created at all and didn’t just start, as it were, unofficially, it came into being between ten and twenty thousand million years ago.” – Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
  3. “Victor readjusted the shovels on his shoulder and stepped gingerly over an old, half-sunken grave.” – Vicious by V. E. Schwab (Last week’s Top 10 Tuesday was about Vicious and Vengeful. Did you know I love these books?)
  4. “When Mr. Bilbo Baggins of Bag End announced that he would shortly be celebrating his eleventy-first birthday with a party of special magnificence, there was much tal and exitement in Hobbiton.” – The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkein (Do I need to say more?)
  5. “Harry Potter was a highly unusual boy in many ways.” – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling
  6. “Alexey Fyodorovich Karamazov was the third son of Fyodor Pavlovich Karamazov, a landowner well known in our district in his own day, and still remembered among us owing to his gloomy and tragic death, which happened thirteen years ago, and which I shall describe in its proper place.” – The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (A classic and something I read for a college course.)
  7. “Callum Hunt was a legend in his little North Carolina town, but not in a good way.” – The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare (Long time fan of Holly Black and Cassandra Clare. This is a middle grade book and series that I really enjoyed from the beginning. Fun plot, cool magic, and great friends.)
  8. “The date was April 14, 1912, a sinister day in maritime history, but of course the man in suite 63-65, shelter deck C, did not yet know it.” – The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson (Larson is a storyteller and my goodness this is a riveting tale of the serial killer who stalked the Chicago World’s Fair.)
  9. “It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn’t know what I was doing in Net York.” – The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  10. “Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionale end of the Western Sprial arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun.” – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (Towel day was yesterday and of course I celebrated!)

What are your top 10 opening lines? Let me know in the comments!

The Sunday Post – May 24th

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer.

If you missed stacking the shelves this week, check out a selection of our new reads!

A weekly wrap up of last week’s posts!

Monday

Monday Spotlight: New Release in YA Fiction – The Obsidian Tower by Melissa Caruso

Welcome to the first Monday Spolight on Book Bustle! This will be a weekly post highlighting a new release in a rotating genre! Today, we’ve got The Obsidian Tower by Melissa Caruso, out on June 2nd! Check out our review on Book Bustle here: Review – The Obsidian Tower The Obsidian TowerMelissa CarusoPublication date: June … Continue reading “Monday Spotlight: New Release in YA Fiction – The Obsidian Tower by Melissa Caruso”

Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday – 10 Reasons Why I Love #Vicious and #Vengeful by V. E. Schwab

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week a new theme is suggested for bloggers to share their thoughts on book stuff! This week’s theme is Reasons Why I Love (insert your favorite book title, genre, author, etc. here). -1- THE COVERS These covers … Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday – 10 Reasons Why I Love #Vicious and #Vengeful by V. E. Schwab”

Wednesday

Book Blitz – The Strange Book of Jacob Boyce by Tom Gillespie @tom_gillespie @lovebooksgroup

The Strange Book of Jacob BoyceTom GillespiePublication date: July 21st, 2020Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Psychological Thriller, Mystery A spiralling obsession. A missing wife.</br A terrifying secret. Will he find her before it’s too late? When Dr Jacob Boyce’s wife goes missing, the police put it down to a simple marital dispute. Jacob, however, fears something darker. … Continue reading “Book Blitz – The Strange Book of Jacob Boyce by Tom Gillespie @tom_gillespie @lovebooksgroup”

Can’t Wait Wednesday – I Can’t Wait For…Fable by Adrienne Young #CWW

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 Jill at Breaking the Spine. These are normally books that have not come out yet! Welcome to Can’t Wait Wednesday at Book Bustle! This is … Continue reading “Can’t Wait Wednesday – I Can’t Wait For…Fable by Adrienne Young #CWW”

Thursday

Book Tour – Tomb of the Gods by Brian Moreland – Review #flametreepress #RandomThingsTours

Welcome!  This is my stop on the Tomb of the Gods blog tour with Random Things Tours!  So glad you are here!  Tomb of the GodsBrian MorelandPublication date: May 21st, 2020Genres: Adult, Historical Fiction, Horror Deep inside the tomb exists a hidden world of wonder and terror. In 1935, British archaeologists vanished inside an Egyptian … Continue reading “Book Tour – Tomb of the Gods by Brian Moreland – Review #flametreepress #RandomThingsTours”

Friday

Saturday

Monday: Xpresso Tours Book Blitz for Elephant by Natalie Rodriguez and a quick Monday Spotlight for a new release!

Tuesday: My review of Again Again by E. Lockhart and Another Top 10 Tuesday!

Wednesday: My stop on The Outlanw’s Daughter book tour with Lone Star Book Blog Tours and a Can’t Wait Wednesday!

Thursday: The Match Disaster book blitz with RABT Book Tours!

Friday: My review of The Called Shot by Thomas Wolf and an F is For Friday!

Saturday: My review of A Song of Wraiths and Ruin and another Stacking the Shelves!

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Stacking the Shelves – Saturday, May 23rd

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and Reading Reality, which is all about sharing the books that you’ve acquired in the past week!

Welcome to Staking the Shelves on Book Bustle! It’s been an eventful week with book blitzes, several reviews, and a great haul of books this week! All of these will be reviewed in the next few months!

What books did you buy, get approved for, or borrow?