Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday (159)

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

This week I am excited for Aurora Rising by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman. It's the first book in a new series from the authors behind The Illuminae Files, so I know it'll be good. The book features a ragtag group of heroes, which is a kryptonite of mine. While the cast of characters would be enough to get me interested, there's also the promise of a mysterious girl found in cryogenic freeze. Let me tell you, mysterious girls are my jam. Add in some fun science and I am ready to drown in this book. I also adore the tagline, and I hope it will embody the feel of the book.


The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but his own boneheaded heroism sees him stuck with the dregs nobody else in the Academy would touch…

A cocky diplomat with a black belt in sarcasm
A sociopath scientist with a fondness for shooting her bunkmates
A smart-ass techwiz with the galaxy’s biggest chip on his shoulder
An alien warrior with anger management issues
A tomboy pilot who’s totally not into him, in case you were wondering

And Ty’s squad isn’t even his biggest problem—that’d be Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley, the girl he’s just rescued from interdimensional space. Trapped in cryo-sleep for two centuries, Auri is a girl out of time and out of her depth. But she could be the catalyst that starts a war millions of years in the making, and Tyler’s squad of losers, discipline-cases and misfits might just be the last hope for the entire galaxy.

They're not the heroes we deserve. They're just the ones we could find. Nobody panic.

Release: May 7, 2019

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR

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

1. The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu - April 9, 2019

2. Defy Me by Tahereh Mafi - April 2, 2019

3. The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston - April 2, 2019

4. Her Royal Highness by Rachel Hawkins - May 7, 2019

5. Broken Throne by Victoria Aveyard - May 7, 2019

6. Hope and Other Punchlines by Julie Buxbaum - May 7, 2019

7. These Witches Don't Burn by Isabel Sterling - May 28, 2019

8. Shadow and Flame by Mindee Arnett - June 4, 2019

9. The Beholder by Anna Bright - June 4, 2019

10. Ghosts of the Shadow Market by Cassandra Clare, etc - June 4, 2019

11. Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi - June 11, 2019

12. Storm and Fury by Jennifer L. Armentrout - June 11, 2019

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday (158)

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

This week I am super excited for Defy Me by Tahereh Mafi. I'm so excited that I can't adequately put it into words. First, I want to note that the cover is gorgeous! But then again, all the covers in this series are. I love how the eyelashes look like metal shards. I can't wait to see Juliette and Warner together again. Especially given all the new information we learned about Juliette at the end of Restore Me. I'm 99% sure I've preordered it, and I know I'll dive in the second I get it! I seriously cannot wait to get my hands on this book.


Will Juliette’s broken heart make her vulnerable to the strengthening darkness within her?

Juliette’s short tenure as the supreme commander of North America has been an utter disaster. When the children of the other world leaders show up on her doorstep, she wants nothing more than to turn to Warner for support and guidance. But he shatters her heart when he reveals that he’s been keeping secrets about her family and her identity from her—secrets that change everything.

Juliette is devastated, and the darkness that’s always dwelled within her threatens to consume her. An explosive encounter with unexpected visitors might be enough to push her over the edge.

Release: April 2, 2019

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Top Ten Standalone Books That Need a Sequel

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

1. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

2. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

3. The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes

4. Rook by Sharon Cameron

5. On the Fence by Kasie West (honestly, I'll take sequels to any/all of her books!)

6. The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich

7. A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

8. The Problem With Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout

9. Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

10. The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White

Monday, March 11, 2019

Giveaway and Interview: Spectacle by Jodie Lynn Zdrok!

Hello, and welcome to my first giveaway in a while! Let's just say college has been crazy.

Anyway, last month I had the pleasure of going to see Jodie Lynn Zdrok, along with authors Leigh Statham and Nicole Conway, at Quail Ridge Books. It was awesome to there them chat and to celebrate the release of Jodie's first book Spectacle! While there I was able to get an ARC signed to giveaway to reader of my blog! More details below.

Before we get to the fun stuff, here are a few pictures from the event and some info about Spectacle!

It was so great getting to meet Jodie, and you can't quite tell, but I'm wearing my favorite BB-8 skirt!

A delicious red velvet Spectacle cake!

From left to right: Leigh Statham, Nicole Conway, Jodie Lynn Zdrok

Title: Spectacle
Author: Jodie Lynn Zdrok
Publisher: Tor Teen
Release: February 12, 2019
Pages: 368


A YA murder mystery in which a young reporter must use her supernatural visions to help track down a killer targeting the young women of Paris.

Paris, 1887.

Sixteen-year-old Nathalie Baudin writes the daily morgue column for Le Petit Journal. Her job is to summarize each day's new arrivals, a task she finds both fascinating and routine. That is, until the day she has a vision of the newest body, a young woman, being murdered--from the perspective of the murderer himself.

When the body of another woman is retrieved from the Seine days later, Paris begins to buzz with rumors that this victim may not be the last. Nathalie's search for answers sends her down a long, twisty road involving her mentally ill aunt, a brilliant but deluded scientist, and eventually into the Parisian Catacombs. As the killer continues to haunt the streets of Paris, it becomes clear that Nathalie's strange new ability may make her the only one who can discover the killer's identity--and she'll have to do it before she becomes a target herself.

You Can Find it At:
The Regulator
Quail Ridge Books (you can maybe even get a signed copy!)
Barnes & Noble


1. What three words first come to mind when you think of Spectacle?

Atmospheric, dark, murdery. (Can we pretend that’s a word?)

2. What snack would you pair with Spectacle for readers who like to eat while reading?

Well, when they’re in season, I will always give a shoutout to my beloved Cadbury Mini Eggs. But to be on brand with Nathalie and Spectacle, I’d have to say pain au chocolat (chocolate croissants).

3. What's your daily writing process like?

Hmmm…I’m not always able to write daily per se—unless I’m on deadline—because I have a day job and some outside commitments. But I do spend a lot of time each day thinking through plot elements, scenes, and characters even when I’m not at a computer (and often when I’m running or swimming). When I’m on deadline, I’m writing every scrap of time I can—mornings, lunch hour, nights, weekends.  When I’m not on deadline and can write at a more leisurely pace, I like to sit on the sofa or in my study, with my cat beside me and a candle lit. Snacks are never far away, either.

4. What kind of research did you have to do for Spectacle?

So much! Historical and place details great and small, maps of Paris, the occult elements, the etymology of words—I researched all of these things in one form or another. I do have a background in history, so I came into this with some knowledge of the era as well as a good foundation with regard research methods and sources. I used history books, academic articles, the internet, and for some of the places, my own visits and photographs.

5. What YA books would you recommend for fans of Spectacle?
I have not read any of the following, because I don’t like to read inside my subgenre while working on it, but readers and reviewers have likened Spectacle to the Stalking Jack the Ripper, Jackaby, and The Diviners series. All on my TBR!

Author Bio:

Jodie Lynn Zdrok holds two MAs in European History and an MBA. In addition to being an author, she's a marketing professional, a freelancer, and an unapologetic Boston sports fan. She enjoys traveling, being a foodie, doing sprint triathlons, and enabling cats. Spectacle is her debut.

You Can Find Her At:


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