Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Top Ten Things I Like to Bake

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week is supposed to be favorite foods from books, but I can't think of any, so I'm just going to do my favorite things to bake!

1. Oreo Truffles

2. Pumpkin Muffins/Bread

3. Chocolate Chip Cookies

4. Pumpkin Pie

5. Apple Pie

6. Cake (any cake, all the cake!)

7. Pancakes

8. Chocolate Pretzels (those things with the pretzel, Hershey's kiss, and m&m on top)

9. Brownies

10. Rice Krispy Treats

I love baking, so if you have any cool recipes, let me know!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday (66)

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week, I am super excited for The Becoming of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin! I loved the Mara Dyer trilogy, and I can't wait for more in that world. I love Noah and I'm waiting with baited breath to learn about where he and Mara are now. Though I am excited, I'm also worried because if there are more books, it means that they get in more trouble. I don't even have words, all I am is *grabby hands*.


In the first book of the Shaw Confessions, the companion series to the New York Times bestselling Mara Dyer novels, old skeletons are laid bare and new promises prove deadly. This is what happens after happily ever after.

Everyone thinks seventeen-year-old Noah Shaw has the world on a string.

They’re wrong.

Mara Dyer is the only one he trusts with his secrets and his future.

He shouldn’t.

And both are scared that uncovering the truth about themselves will force them apart.

They’re right.

Release: November 7, 2017

Monday, October 9, 2017

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

Title: Tower of Dawn
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Release: September 5, 2017
Pages: 660
Review: 5 Stars


In the next installment of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series, follow Chaol on his sweeping journey to a distant empire.

Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.

His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica—the stronghold of the southern continent's mighty empire. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them.

But what they discover in Antica will change them both—and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.

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Minor Spoilers Ahead!

First Impressions

I was not expecting to enjoy this book as much as I did. While I love Sarah J. Maas, I went into Tower of Dawn not liking Chaol much, if at all. But by the end of the book, I liked Chaol much more than when I started. Unlike most of her books, ToD was pretty slow for most of the book, and then everything seemed to happen in the last 50 or so pages.


Holy moly, the characters. Let's start with Yrene. She has become a much more experienced healer since we saw her last in The Assassin and the Healer. Now, Yrene has accomplished amazing feats with her healing magic, and it looks like she might be the next leader of the Torre, the Healer on High. I loved Yrene. She'd be amazing alone for being able to put up with Chaol's crap. Yrene is an amazing human being. She's also friends with some of the members of the royal family, and it's cool to see their interactions.

Chaol whines a lot in this book. To be fair, he did just lose the use of his legs, but instead of handling it decently, he takes out his angst on everyone around him. Basically, he is not a person you would want to hang out with. Yrene manages to help Chaol over time, but he starts out very resistant to her. Luckily, she knows when to push him and when to hang back. Chaol definitely grows as person, and he seems much calmer by the end of the book.

The characters don't stop! Now we're on to Nesryn. In Queen of Shadows, she was mostly a background character. We know that she's an archer and that she an Chaol are sleeping together. That's pretty much it. Right off the bat, Nesryn is a much larger character in Tower of Dawn than in any previous books. One example is she gets a large portion of the POV time. Nesryn starts off the book still in the background, but she shines in part two. And let me just say, Nesryn and Sartaq forever!

The reader doesn't really get to know Sartaq until part two, but boy do we get to know him. I was rather untrusting of him in part one, but I realize in part two that he's actually super awesome. Sartaq is dedicated to his people, both his blood family and his hearth family. I can't wait to learn more about Borte and the rest of Sartaq's hearth family.

Along with our main crew, there are a bunch of other awesome characters in Tower of Dawn. There's Hafiza, the Healer on High in the Torre Cesme. She seems like an awesome lady, and leads to the Torre well. There's Hasar, one of the royal children. She's not the nicest, but she's oftentimes hilarious. Luckily, we'll be getting more Hasar in the future.


Up until now, we knew very little about the Southern Continent, where all of this book takes place. There's lots of description, which can get a bit tedious at times, but really emphasizes the beauty of this empire. I was lucky enough to see Sarah talk in September, and she mentioned that much of the Southern Continent was inspired by Genghis Khan and the Mongols. With that in mind, the world building has cool connections to our own world. I really hope I get to see more of the Southern Continent, or at least the characters we met there.

Author Bio:

Sarah J. Maas is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series and A Court of Thorns and Roses series, as well as a USA Today and international bestselling author. Sarah wrote the first incarnation of the Throne of Glass series when she was just sixteen, and it has now sold in thirty-five languages. A New York native, Sarah currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and dog. Empire of Storms, the fifth Throne of Glass novel,is available now.

She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hamilton College in 2008 with a degree in Creative Writing and a minor in Religious Studies.

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Monday, September 25, 2017

Book Blitz: Undressed by Kimberly Derting

I love Kimberly Derting, and I can't wait to share her newest release with you! This book may not be appropriate for younger readers.

Title: Undressed
Author: Kimberly Derting
Publisher: Kingsley Books
Release: August 27, 2017
Pages: 326


Can two people whose dreams have been cast aside find a new passion...together?

No one ever expected straight-A student Lauren Taylor to make waves. But that was the old Lauren, before she went to college and became an online stripper to make ends meet. Now, Lauren is on the run with a secret and a bag of cash, fleeing landlocked Arizona for the beaches of California.

Will Gabaldon was one of the hottest surfers on the circuit, but fate had something else in mind. When a surfing accident shattered his budding career, Will was forced into a life of tending bar and doing odd jobs just to survive.

A swim instructor with secrets like Will is the last thing Lauren wants. A distraction like Lauren is the last thing Will needs.

But soon, both discover there’s one thing more dangerous than the wave that ended Will's career: Love.

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"Falling in love has never felt so good. With the warmth of the sun, and the sand between your toes, Derting takes you on the summer you always imagined with Undressed." ―Heidi McLaughlin, NY Times bestselling author of Forever My Girl (soon to be a major motion picture)

"A strong debut from a promising author." ―Publishers Weekly (The Body Finder)

"If you're in the mood for some psychological thrillers, evil masterminds, strong heroines and hot heroes, then I'd definitely pick up the Body Finder series." ―USA Today (The Body Finder)

"...fast-paced and engrossing." ―VOYA (The Pledge)

"As always, this author writes a gripping tale...With another sequel set up, this intriguing series continues to provide great entertainment for suspense fans." ―Kirkus Reviews (The Last Echo)

"...a refreshing take on paranormal romance..." ―Romantic Times (The Body Finder)

"More great suspense from a prolific new writer with a vibrant imagination." ―Kirkus Reviews (The Pledge)

Author Bio:

Kimberly Derting is the author of the award-winning THE BODY FINDER series, THE PLEDGE trilogy, THE TAKING trilogy, and UNDRESSED (her first book in The Men Of West Beach series). Her books have been translated into 15 languages, and both THE BODY FINDER and THE PLEDGE were YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selections. She lives in the Pacific Northwest, where the gloomy weather is ideal for writing anything dark and creepy. Her three beautiful (and often mouthy) children serve as an endless source of inspiration and frequently find the things they say buried in the pages of their mother's books, or on Twitter for the world to see.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday (65)

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week, I'm excited for Renegades by Marissa Meyer! I am a big fan of the recent superhero trend, in both books and movies. I also love Marissa Meyer! I loved The Lunar Chronicles as well. I'll hopefully get to see Marissa this fall, either at YALLFest or at her event at Quail Ridge Books.


Secret Identities.
Extraordinary Powers.
She wants vengeance. He wants justice.

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies—humans with extraordinary abilities—who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone...except the villains they once overthrew.

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice—and in Nova. But Nova's allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.

Release: November 7, 2017
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