Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday (183)

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

This week I am excited for Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater and The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White!

Call Down the Hawk is the first book in the spinoff to The Raven Cycle, the Dreamer series. The book follows Adam and Ronan from the old series, along with new characters. I, like many others, am excited for this book largely in part because of Adam and Ronan. They are a cute couple, and I want to see more moments of them together. I'm also excited to meet the new characters, as they look interesting. I'm a big fan of The Raven Cycle, so I expect to enjoy this as well!


The dreamers walk among us... and so do the dreamed. Those who dream cannot stop dreaming – they can only try to control it. Those who are dreamed cannot have their own lives – they will sleep forever if their dreamers die.

And then there are those who are drawn to the dreamers. To use them. To trap them. To kill them before their dreams destroy us all.

Ronan Lynch is a dreamer. He can pull both curiosities and catastrophes out of his dreams and into his compromised reality.

Jordan Hennessy is a thief. The closer she comes to the dream object she is after, the more inextricably she becomes tied to it.

Carmen Farooq-Lane is a hunter. Her brother was a dreamer . . . and a killer. She has seen what dreaming can do to a person. And she has seen the damage that dreamers can do. But that is nothing compared to the destruction that is about to be unleashed...

Release: November 5, 2019

The Guinevere Deception is Kiersten White's first book in the Camelot Rising series. While I haven't read all her books, I really enjoyed her recent novel, The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein! While that book was more horror, this one is fantasy, but both are retellings of women's stories from the literary canon. This book reimagines Guinevere as a changeling sent to protect King Arthur. I'm really excited to see Guinevere navigate her identities and the changing landscape of Camelot. I don't know if this will be part of the story, but I kinda want to see a story where Guinevere and Morgana fall in love. The synopsis doesn't give away anything regarding romance or a love interest, so I'm gonna hold out hope. Side note, if anyone does know of an upcoming YA book where Guinevere and Morgana fall in love, let me know!


There was nothing in the world as magical and terrifying as a girl.

Princess Guinevere has come to Camelot to wed a stranger: the charismatic King Arthur. With magic clawing at the kingdom's borders, the great wizard Merlin conjured a solution--send in Guinevere to be Arthur's wife . . . and his protector from those who want to see the young king's idyllic city fail. The catch? Guinevere's real name--and her true identity--is a secret. She is a changeling, a girl who has given up everything to protect Camelot.

To keep Arthur safe, Guinevere must navigate a court in which the old--including Arthur's own family--demand things continue as they have been, and the new--those drawn by the dream of Camelot--fight for a better way to live. And always, in the green hearts of forests and the black depths of lakes, magic lies in wait to reclaim the land. Arthur's knights believe they are strong enough to face any threat, but Guinevere knows it will take more than swords to keep Camelot free.

Deadly jousts, duplicitous knights, and forbidden romances are nothing compared to the greatest threat of all: the girl with the long black hair, riding on horseback through the dark woods toward Arthur. Because when your whole existence is a lie, how can you trust even yourself?

Release: November 5, 2019

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Top Ten Book Titles That Grab My Attention

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and The Artsy Reader Girl.

1. I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter

2. All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace

3. Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf

4. Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All by Laura Ruby

5. Zero Repeat Forever by G.S. Prendergast

6. The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White

7. These Witches Won't Burn by Isabel Sterling

8. Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

9. Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

10. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Top Ten Character Traits I Like in Book Characters

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and The Artsy Reader Girl.

1. Witty - give me all the funny characters

2. Reflective

3. Bookish/Nerdy

4. Angry girls - ready for revenge!

5. Fighting for a cause they believe in

6. Standing up to authority, even when afraid

7. When they care about someone and refuse to let that someone push them away

8. Soft boys - they just want to make everyone happy, often found near angry girls

9. Drop everything for a loved one in need

10. Nervous to love people, but once they do can't stop

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday (182)

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

This week I am excited for Beyond the Black Door by A.M. Strickland and All the Things We Do in the Dark by Saundra Mitchell!

Beyond the Black Door is author AdriAnne Strickland's first book under pseudonym A.M. Strickland! It's a fantasy standalone set in a world where some people can walk between souls. The main character Kamai is one of those people. But everywhere she goes, she sees a black door. She's always been told to ignore the door, which of course means she opens it. Along with the interesting premise, the main character identifies as asexual. This is one of the handful of books coming out this year with asexual characters, which is super exciting!


Kamai was warned never to open the black door, but she didn't listen...

Everyone has a soul. Some are beautiful gardens, others are frightening dungeons. Soulwalkers―like Kamai and her mother―can journey into other people's souls while they sleep.

But no matter where Kamai visits, she sees the black door. It follows her into every soul, and her mother has told her to never, ever open it.

When Kamai touches the door, it is warm and beating, like it has a pulse. When she puts her ear to it, she hears her own name whispered from the other side. And when tragedy strikes, Kamai does the unthinkable: she opens the door.

A.M. Strickland's imaginative dark fantasy features court intrigue and romance, a main character coming to terms with her asexuality, and twists and turns as a seductive mystery unfolds that endangers not just Kamai's own soul, but the entire kingdom...

Release: October 29, 2019

All the Things We Do in the Dark is a thriller of sorts with a touch of magic. The main character Ava survived sexual assault by a stranger as a child. I know that surviving that assault is a large part of the book, but I do not know how much detail it is described in. Additionally, the book has a f/f romance, with Ava falling for new girl Hailey. But the biggest part of the book is the body Ava finds in the woods. Ava wants to find out what happened to the mystery woman, but she doesn't report the body to the police. The book seems to follows Ava's journey as she tries to heal past scars and find the truth about the dead body.


Something happened to Ava. The curving scar on her face is proof. Ava would rather keep that something hidden—buried deep in her heart and her soul.

But in the woods on the outskirts of town, the traces of someone else’s secrets lie frozen, awaiting Ava’s discovery—and what Ava finds threatens to topple the carefully constructed wall of normalcy that she’s spent years building around her.

Secrets leave scars. But when the secret in question is not your own—do you ignore the truth and walk away? Or do you uncover it from its shallow grave and let it reopen old wounds—wounds that have finally begun to heal?

Release: October 29, 2019

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Top Ten Book Titles With Number Themes

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and The Artsy Reader Girl.

1. A Girl Named Digit by Annabel Monaghan

2. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancy

3. Count All Her Bones by April Henry

4. Just One Day by Gayle Forman

5. None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio

6. Four Days of You and Me by Miranda Kenneally

7. Four Dead Queens of Astrid Scholte

8. My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by Rachel Harris

9. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

10. The Tenth Girl by Sara Faring
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