Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Top Ten Things to Eat/Drink While Reading


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and The Artsy Reader Girl. I don't actually snack much while reading, but here is what I snack on when I do.

1. Hot Chocolate - my favorite drink any time of year!

2. Dark Chocolate Covered Pretzels

3. Cheddar Pretzels - I get the Rold Gold brand

4. Hot Apple Cider - this is mostly in the fall/winter due to seasonal availability

5. Gummy Bears

6. Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups - specifically Trader Joe's

7. Twizzlers

8. Pumpkin Muffins - I like to make these and my whole family loves them

I can't think of anything else. Also, I often snack with a napkin nearby, as many of these snacks can make for messy fingers!

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday (180)


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

You might have noticed that I haven't posted a Waiting on Wednesday for a few weeks. I finally got a little time, and was able to type this up. Let me tell you, college is super busy! This week, I am super excited for The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh and Fireborne by Rosaria Munda!

The Beautiful is the first book in the vampire comeback! Publishing got a little sick of vampires after maybe 2015, but readers (including me!) have been wanting them to come back. Well, Renée Ahdieh has answered the call! There are more vampire books coming out as well, but as far as I know, The Beautiful is the first of the wave. It's also an exciting new take on vampires! The book is set in New Orleans in the late 1800s. The city of New Orleans is ruled by vampires, and disturbing murder start occurring. It's described as a 'sultry romance', which means it's right up my alley!

Synopsis:

In 1872, New Orleans is a city ruled by the dead. But to seventeen-year-old Celine Rousseau, New Orleans provides her a refuge after she's forced to flee her life as a dressmaker in Paris. Taken in by the sisters of the Ursuline convent along with six other girls, Celine quickly becomes enamored with the vibrant city from the music to the food to the soirées and—especially—to the danger. She soon becomes embroiled in the city's glitzy underworld, known as La Cour des Lions, after catching the eye of the group's leader, the enigmatic Sébastien Saint Germain. When the body of one of the girls from the convent is found in the lair of La Cour des Lions, Celine battles her attraction to him and suspicions about Sébastien's guilt along with the shame of her own horrible secret.

When more bodies are discovered, each crime more gruesome than the last, Celine and New Orleans become gripped by the terror of a serial killer on the loose—one Celine is sure has set her in his sights . . . and who may even be the young man who has stolen her heart. As the murders continue to go unsolved, Celine takes matters into her own hands and soon uncovers something even more shocking: an age-old feud from the darkest creatures of the underworld reveals a truth about Celine she always suspected simmered just beneath the surface.

Release: October 8, 2019

Fireborne has another of my favorite supernatural creatures, dragons! In this world, the two main characters were orphaned during a revolution. Annie was lowborn and given a chance to rise, Lee's family was part of the old aristocracy. The book seems to have a similar basic plot to other fantasies,  but the dragons are gonna be what makes it special!

Synopsis:

Annie and Lee were just children when a brutal revolution changed their world, giving everyone—even the lowborn—a chance to test into the governing class of dragonriders.

Now they are both rising stars in the new regime, despite backgrounds that couldn’t be more different. Annie’s lowborn family was executed by dragonfire, while Lee’s aristocratic family was murdered by revolutionaries. Growing up in the same orphanage forged their friendship, and seven years of training have made them rivals for the top position in the dragonriding fleet.

But everything changes when survivors from the old regime surface, bent on reclaiming the city.

With war on the horizon and his relationship with Annie changing fast, Lee must choose to kill the only family he has left or to betray everything he’s come to believe in. And Annie must decide whether to protect the boy she loves . . . or step up to be the champion her city needs.

From debut author Rosaria Munda comes a gripping adventure that calls into question which matters most: the family you were born into, or the one you’ve chosen.

Release: October 15, 2019

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Top Ten Books I've Read That Are Outside My Norm


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

1. Wilder Girls by Rory Power - this veers towards horror/thriller, but I loved it!

2. Once and Future by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy - this does have the fantasy I love, but it also has a lot of outer space, which I don't read *as* much

3. The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg - I don't usually read much music-inspired books, but I loved Eulberg's other books!

4. Believarexic by J.J. Johnson - this book is a little different stylistically than what I usually read, but it's gorgeously written!

5. The Only Thing to Fear by Caroline Tung Richmond - this is a great alternate history book

6. Asylum by Madeleine Roux - this falls into the horror genre, which I usually avoid, but I couldn't resist the actual pictures from real asylums!

7. The Madmen's Daughter by Megan Shepherd - I don't read much historical fiction that doesn't also have a fantasy element, but I enjoyed this book

8. Rush by Eve Silver - Rush has a very scifi/aliens vibe, but it also has enough general paranormal elements that it pulled me in

9. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot - this is one of the few non-fiction books that I have read and enjoyed, but at times it practically reads like fiction!

10. The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White - one more scary book. Despite how often they're coming up in this list, I usually don't read many. Also, the writing in this is some of the best I've ever read!

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Top Ten Books I've Read That I'd Love to Own


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and The Artsy Reader Girl. I missed last week's Waiting on Wednesday post (I happen to be starting my second year of college), but I'm hoping to get back on track!

1. Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard

2. The Darkest Star by Jennifer L. Armentrout

3. The Pledge by Kimberly Derting

4. Take a Bow by Elizabeth Eulberg

5. My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, and Brodi Ashton

6. The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes

7. Asylum by Madeleine Roux

8. The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White

9. Hooked by Liz Fichera

10. Queen of Ruin by Tracy Banghart

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Top Ten Tropes I LOVE


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and The Artsy Reader Girl. For those that don't know, a trope is a common theme or plot device used in fiction.

1. Enemies-to-lovers - This pretty common, especially in fantasy. A favorite of mine is the Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi

2. There's only one bed! - This often comes up in romances, especially if any travel is involved. Are the characters pulling up at the only inn for miles around? Chances are there'll only be one bed. This was done well in A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas.

3. Characters says "I absolutely won't do x." Cut to next scene, and it shows the character begrudgingly doing x. I can't think of a book with this, but it definitely happens.

4. Forbidden romance - Books will often take time for the characters to get together, and I really like it when it's something besides the characters themselves. A great example of this is the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead

5. Chaotic good side character - You can't always predict what they'll do, but usually they're doing out of loyalty/to protect someone they love. Or just because they wanna see something go boom. I can't think of a book character at the moment, but this is essentially Loki in Thor Ragnarok.

6. Chosen one - I know this trope bugs a lot of people, and there's definitely a history of bias as to *who's* the chosen one, but I love when a character who thought they were no one, suddenly finds out they're a big deal. A book I loved with a chosen one was Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini. That also has forbidden romance.

7. Girl gangs/found families - Found families are big in YA, and one of my favorites is in the Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter.

8. Accidentally blabs feelings while incapacitated/shares things in sleep - A character might get drunk and accidentally tell their love interest that they like them. Or, a character might asleep, and the other character hears them muttering their name, or something important.

9. Reincarnated lovers - This is where two people are in love, but for some reason they keep dying and being reborn. In each new life they find each other, only to die again. I actually working on a book with this premise. Another book that has this (to okay effect) is Fallen by Lauren Kate.

10. Surprise baby - This is most common with adult romance. There are multiple ways this can come about. The most common one is a couple accidentally gets pregnant, and figure out how to be together. Another is that the woman gets pregnant, but the couple gets separated, and so they reconnect later once the child is born. Lastly, and this is most common in historical romance, is where the heroine gets pregnant and either isn't married or the husband died, and is in need of a new partner to act as the baby's other parent. I love this trope in The Scandal of it All by Sophie Jordan!
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