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!

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!

Book Blitz: A Rite of Hearts Undone by Lauren Sergeant



Children of the Glaring Dawn, Book 2
Young Adult Fantasy
Published Date: May 22, 2020
Publisher: INtense Publications LLC

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As they journey into the land of the Jini, Ihva grapples with her divinely-appointed role and Jasper struggles to resolve the fearful nature of his existence. With things at home deteriorating and Gant on the brink of war, Ihva presents a solution, and Jasper must decide how far he’s willing to go to see his purpose through.

With the world upending and their feelings dividing them, can Ihva and Jasper find a way to reconcile their differences to overcome the Shadow’s conquest?



About the Author

Lauren C. Sergeant, author of the Children of the Glaring Dawn series, adventures through life as a wife, mother, author, and assistant property manager. Having dabbled in over a dozen languages and taken more than a handful of international trips, she expresses her fascination with people in the novels she writes. The relationships of her characters with each other and with themselves draw readers into her keen attentiveness to what it means to be human. She spins epic tales of love, humor, and struggle, but in the end, she is just another individual on this quest called life.

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F Is for Friday – May 22nd

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

F – FEATURE YOUR LATEST BOOK OBSESSION

I recently read Again Again, after waiting for approval on NG for what felt like a century. Though it has some mixed reviews on goodreads, I adored this book. I’d never read anything by E. Lockhart before and it looks like some of their other novels are chick lit, a bit of mystery/thriller. This was a fast, surprising, and raw story about loss, love, and self-discovery. Look for my review of this wonderful book next Tuesday!

From goodreads…

In this novel full of surprises from the New York Times bestselling author of We Were Liars and Genuine Fraud, E. Lockhart ups the ante with an inventive and romantic story about human connection, forgiveness, self-discovery, and possibility.

If you could live your life again, what would you do differently?

After a near-fatal family catastrophe and an unexpected romantic upheaval, Adelaide Buchwald finds herself catapulted into a summer of wild possibility, during which she will fall in and out of love a thousand times—while finally confronting the secrets she keeps, her ideas about love, and the weird grandiosity of the human mind.

A raw, funny story that will surprise you over and over, Again Again gives us an indelible heroine grappling with the terrible and wonderful problem of loving other people. 

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

I snagged this great title from NetGalley a few weeks ago and I’m slowly working my way through my list of backlogged titles, trying to get back to that coveted 80%. Though this isn’t the cover on NetGalley, I still really like it! I’ve read the first chapter and I think this will be a solid Star Wars story. Look for my review coming out June 30th!

From goodreads…

It’s been a few years since Poe’s mother passed away, and Poe and his father, who was a pilot for the Rebellion, have had more and more trouble connecting. Not sure what he wants to do with his life, teenage Poe runs away from home to find adventure, and to figure out what kind of man he is meant to be.

F – FAVORITE QUOTE OF THE WEEK/DAY

My favorite quotation of the week comes from The Chalice and the Crown by Kassandra Flamouri!

“Something dark, something dangerous has been stalking me from the shadows of sleep and it’s getting closer”

– Sasha

I really loved this book and I think this quotation really captures the essence of the narrative. It’s a dark fantasy set in two worlds, framed by a prima ballerina’s supposed descent into madness. It’s such an interesting concept and I loved it! Check out my review of The Chalice and The Crow by Kassandra Flamouri!

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

  1. Employment – I’m super grateful that both my husband and I are able to work at our day jobs.
  2. Book Bloggers – I am still fairly new to the book blog scene and there are so many bloggers that have welcomed me to this community! I am grateful for each and every one of you!
  3. New Releases – In the last two weeks, I’ve reviewed so many books that have book birthday’s next week and there are at least 3 on June 2nd! Book birthdays are so fun to celebrate!
  4. Book Mail – Getting a lot of book mail recently and I am so thankful for authors willing to send me print copies of their books to review!
  5. Nonfiction – I love nonfiction and I am so happy to have been able to read some great new releases in nonfiction!

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