Weekly Wrap-up | June.10.2017

Weekly Wrap-up has moved to Saturday … because I have a lot of awesome Friday things planed from here on out. Poor Saturday was getting overlooked.

Weekly posts

Book Review | A Court of Wings and Ruin “Rant-view”

Audiobook Monday | June.5.2017

Top 10 Tuesday | 10 YA Fantasy Books That I’ve Recently Added To My TBR List

Book Review | Carve the Mark

Book Review | Crown of Midnight

First Lines Friday | Outside the rain splattered window of the taxi …

Book Review | Illuminae


Currently reading

Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes, Michelle RowenRebel Spring (Falling Kingdoms #2) by Morgan Rhodes, Michelle Rowen

Continuing this book and series with the (really awesome) Falling Kingdoms Fantasy League group. This week we covered chapters 21 – 25. Looking forward to more fun predictions and discussions over the course of the next few weeks!


The Black Witch by Laurie ForestThe Black Witch (The Black Witch #1) by Laurie Forest

One of my Most Anticipated Book Releases of May 2017. I was able to get just past the halfway point of The Black Witch this week and I am really enjoying it. This story is well written and developing nicely! I am really excited to finish up this book this week. There has been a lot of recent controversy over this book, and so far from my own experience and research, this controversy has been completely misrepresented and unwarranted. Laurie has been


The Copper Promise by Jen WilliamsThe Copper Promise (The Copper Cat #1) by Jen Williams

I continued reading The Copper Promise with a fellow GR friend and reviewer (Follow her Instagram @haileesbooksandstuff). I am enjoying this book but I have been reading through it in tiny bits at a time. But still a lot of snark, a lot of brutal stuff, and definite Indiana Jones vibes … AND DRAGONS! So basically ALL GREAT THINGS! I am very much looking forward to reading more of this story over the following week.


 

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya MenonWhen Dimple met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

One of my Most Anticipated Book Releases of May 2017, this book is full of cute interactions and cultural discussions. I was able to get to the halfway point just last night and so far it is a solid cute contemporary read. This book is not pure fluff though. It goes over a few societal issues along the way and I think very tastefully done. The writing is good and the characters are enjoyable. I have had a few issues with this book so unfortunately I don’t foresee it being a solid 5 star rating from me … but most people have loved this book through and though and I can see why.

 


Finished Reading

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. MaasA Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3) by Sarah J. Maas

Oh boy … this book was top 5 most anticipated books of 2017 and what a disappointment! Which means the year of disappointment continues! So far only 2 of my top 5 has paid off … and this book was not one of them!

I’m not going to waste a lot of time complaining here because you can read my A Court of Wings and Ruin “Rant-view” if you need to see all the ways this book let me down!

Anyway … I rated this 2/5 stars and cried big raging tears because this book was an utter catastrophe of anticipation and hype!


 

Long May She Reign by Rhiannon thomasLong May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas

This book was a decent read but it in no way rocked my world. It had serious potential but it was just a little bit flat and anticlimactic. This book was … beige. I didn’t love it and I didn’t hate it. It was a decent read with little passion from me one way or the other. Probably best for a rainy day or a camping/beach read where you need a book that doesn’t require an intense amount of concentration. Still enjoyable though. I rated this book a middle of the road 3/5 stars.


 

The Magicians by Lev GrossmanThe Magicians (The Magicians #1) by Lev Grossman

This week I listened to this book as and audiobook and really did enjoy it. The narrator was well chosen for this one and it added to the experience in a positive way. I was expecting a story with a ton of magic and maybe even a Hogwart’s type cast with a Narnia twist. Which essentially is what I got … only more. This is not your childhood Hogwarts … and it not your childhood Narnia. This was actually a raw accounting of life, college, friendship, mistakes, and struggle. What do you do when you get everything your heart desired … and it becomes a curse? What do you do when your dream world becomes a reality … and it still doesn’t make you happy? I have not yet written a review for this book nor have I been able to figure out how I will rate it. This is the type of book that gets you thinking more and more … finding the deeper tones … the deeper meanings the further from it you get. I believe I will be somewhere around a 3.5/5 stars for this read.


ARC Approvals

Hearts are like balloons by Candace RobinsonHearts Are Like Balloons by Candace Robinson

Paperback, 228 pages

Expected publication: June 30th 2017

I was given a copy of this book by author Candace Robinson and I couldn’t be more excited about adding this book to my currently reading shelf. I am hoping to get this one started with my full attention this upcoming Monday!

(Goodreads synopsis):

May Falkner’s past two years have been a rough road. When her father suddenly passes away, May needs to find a job to help out her mom and regain some control over her life. Working at the bookstore helps her heal, laugh, and hope again. It also leads her to cross paths with Nico Evitts, who begins as just a co-worker, but becomes so much more

When it all becomes perfect, because there is no perfect, life steps in to prove once again that it all can crash down harder than before. This is a story about finding yourself, love, and the things in life that are still here.

Hearts are like balloons. Sometimes they inflate… Sometimes they deflate…”


The Tiger's Daughter by K Arsenault RiveraThe Tiger’s Daughter (Their Bright Ascendency #1) by K. Arsenault Rivera

Paperback, 512 pages

Expected publication: October 3rd 2017

When this approval came through from Netgalley I was shocked! Literally shocked. Because I was honestly crazy excited to receive an ARC of one of my most anticipated reads of the year! I really and truly cannot want to dive into this one once I clear my currently reading list!

I mean … Tribal warrior lesbians? I’m. Here. For. It!

(Goodreads synopsis):

Even gods can be slain….

The Hokkaran empire has conquered every land within their bold reach―but failed to notice a lurking darkness festering within the people. Now, their border walls begin to crumble, and villages fall to demons swarming out of the forests.

Away on the silver steppes, the remaining tribes of nomadic Qorin retreat and protect their own, having bartered a treaty with the empire, exchanging inheritance through the dynasties. It is up to two young warriors, raised together across borders since their prophesied birth, to save the world from the encroaching demons.

This is the story of an infamous Qorin warrior, Barsalayaa Shefali, a spoiled divine warrior empress, O-Shizuka, and a power that can reach through time and space to save a land from a truly insidious evil.”


Weekly Outlook

This next week I will be finishing up a few things on my Currently Reading list and adding a whole lot of new reads to the list!

My phone recently broke so I have not been posting to Instagram because of it. But this issue should be remedied sometime this week when I will be flooding the Insta-feed!

I also look forward to posting so many new reviews! I’m feeling super productive right now and hopefully it hold up!

As always, I wish everyone a happy and enjoyable week!


What books are you currently reading? What books did you recently finish reading? What do you have planned for the upcoming week?

I would love to hear about your week as well! Comment below!

Weekly Wrap-up | May.19.2017

 

Weekly posts

Book Review | The Dagger in the Desk

Book Review | A Lady by Midnight

Book Review | King’s Cage


Currently reading

Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes, Michelle RowenRebel Spring (Falling Kingdoms #2) by Morgan Rhodes, Michelle Rowen

Continuing this book and series with the (really awesome) Falling Kingdoms Fantasy League group. This week we covered chapters 6 – 10. So far I am enjoying this book a lot more than book one. Looking forward to more fun predictions and discussions over the course of the next few weeks!


 

The Great Hunt by Robert JordanThe Great Hunt (The Wheel of Time #2) by Robert Jordan

Continuing this series with book two. This week I was able to finally read past the 70% mark! Unfortunately I have to return it to the library today, and I will not be able to get it back in my hands for several more weeks to finish


Long May She Reign by Rhiannon thomasLong May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas

This week I started Long May She Reign and was immediately captivated. The writing is decent and the story is good. I am around the 50% mark on this book right now and, while still enjoying it, I have reached a slight lull. I’m hoping to finish this one up in the next day or two!


The Black Witch by Laurie ForestThe Black Witch (The Black Witch #1) by Laurie Forest

This week I started The Black Witch with a few fellow reviewers and bloggers ( Bentley @ Book Bastion and Solomon @ The Bookish King, check them out!). I have not been able to delve very far into this book yet, but so far I am really enjoying it! There has been a lot of recent controversy over this book, and so far from my own experience and research, this controversy has been completely misrepresented and unwarranted.


The Copper Promise by Jen WilliamsThe Copper Promise (The Copper Cat #1) by Jen Williams

I started reading The Copper Promise with a fellow GR friend and reviewer (Follow her Instagram @haileesbooksandstuff). Again, I have not gotten very far into this book, but so far there is a lot of snark, a lot of brutal stuff, and I’m getting major Indiana Jones vibes … so basically ALL GREAT THINGS! I am very much looking forward to reading more of this story over the following week.


Finished Reading

This week has been a busy week for STARTING books … not so much for finishing them.

Then and Always by Dani AtkinsThen and Always by Dani Atkins

I was able to audiobook this book in a little less than 4 hours time. It is a really touching and emotional love story that I was very happy to experience. A quick easy read and the perfect contemporary to break up the massive amount of fantasy reads I currently have running. This book got a 3.5/5 stars rating from me. Read the full review here.

 

 


NetGalley Approval

The Goblins of Bellwater by Molly RingleThe Goblins of Bellwater

This week I received my first NetGalley ARC approval and for a book I have been extremely excited about reading because 1) Goblins and 2) THAT COVER IS GORGEOUS!

(Excerpt from Goodreads Synopsis): A contemporary romance inspired by Christina Rossetti’s eerie, sensual poem, “Goblin Market.”

Four neighbors encounter sinister enchantments and a magical path to love in a small, modern-day Puget Sound town, where a fae realm hides in the woods and waters…


Weekly Outlook

This next week I will be continuing with my Currently Reading list and hopefully starting Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones and The Goblins of Bellwater by Molly Ringle. Also looking forward to catching up a little on TOO many of my reviews left unwritten.

My daughter will be finishing up her last few days of school this week, so I am hoping to get the family out on some outdoor adventures. We are ready for summer!

As always, I wish everyone a happy and enjoyable week!