Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday (124)


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


This week I am practically dying for The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee! I absolutely loved The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue, and I have no doubt that Lady's Guide will be just as amazing! Felicity is a doctor in the making that is limited by her time. I have no doubt that if she were alive today, Felicity would cure the common cold, discover a new organ, and more. I can't wait read Felicity's adventures across Europe as she pursues her dreams.

Synopsis:

Felicity Montague is through with pretending she prefers society parties to books about bone setting—or that she’s not smarter than most people she knows, or that she cares about anything more than her dream of becoming a doctor.

A year after an accidentally whirlwind tour of Europe, which she spent evading highwaymen and pirates with her brother Monty, Felicity has returned to England with two goals in mind—avoid the marriage proposal of Callum Doyle, a lovestruck suitor from Edinburgh; and enroll in medical school. However, her intellect and passion will never be enough in the eyes of the administrators, who see men as the sole guardians of science.

But then a small window of hope opens. Doctor Alexander Platt, an eccentric physician that Felicity idolizes, is looking for research assistants, and Felicity is sure that someone as forward thinking as her hero would be willing to take her on. However, Platt is in Germany, preparing to wed Felicity’s estranged childhood friend Johanna. Not only is Felicity reluctant to opening old wounds, she also has no money to make the trip.

Luckily, a mysterious young woman is willing to pay Felicity’s way, so long as she’s allowed to travel with Felicity disguised as her maid. In spite of her suspicions, Felicity agrees, but once the girl’s true motives are revealed, Felicity becomes part of a perilous quest that will lead her from the German countryside to the promenades of Zurich to secrets lurking beneath the Atlantic.

Release: October 2, 2018

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Book Blitz: Like Never and Always by Ann Aguirre


I am so excited that LIKE NEVER AND ALWAYS by Ann Aguirre is available now and that I get to share the news!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Ann Aguirre, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for a Kindle Oasis & 5 finished copies of the book, courtesy of Ann and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

Title: Like Never and Always
Author: Ann Aguirre
Release Date: July 17, 2018
Publisher: Tor Teen
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
Pages: 336

Synopsis:

On a hot summer night, a screech of brakes and shattering glass changes two lives forever.

Liv wakes in the hospital, confused when they call her Morgan. She assumes it’s a case of mistaken identity, yet when the bandages come off, it’s not her face in the mirror anymore. It’s her best friend Morgan’s.

Morgan always seemed to have the perfect life, yet Liv must navigate endlessly disturbing secrets of the criminal and murderous variety—and a romance that feels like a betrayal. Torn between the boy she loved as Liv and the boy she’s grown to love as Morgan, Liv still has to survive Morgan’s last request.

You Can Find it At:
Goodreads

Excerpt:

“Just let this be the second secret you keep for me,” I say then. “Thanks for not telling Nathan, by the way.”

Clay leans his arm along the door frame, tilting his head slightly out the open window as if he needs the air. “You couldn’t pay me to talk to that jackass lately.”

“You two fighting?”

“No. He’s just . . . Nathan.” He hesitates. “I wasn’t going to tell you this . . .”

“What?” Anything that could divert me from my precarious situation, even momentarily, seems like a welcome distraction.

“He brought a girl home last night.” From his tone he expects this to destroy me.

And sure, there’s a twinge because before, I thought Nathan and I had a soul-deep connection. Fact is, he’s a little immature, a lot selfish, and I just never noticed. They say love is blind, but I’d say that infatuation is blind, and love is tolerant. When you really love someone, it’s not that you can’t see the flaws; you’re just willing to forgive them.


Belatedly I realize he’s expecting a reply. “I’m not surprised. Nathan is used to getting what he wants just like you’re using to giving things up. Oh, I was going to ask him to drop this off, but since you’re here . . .” I fish in my backpack for his hoodie.

Yes, I’ve been carrying it for like four days. First I hesitated to wash it, but I didn’t want to be a sad girl who’s still smelling her ex’s clothes a month later. Then I didn’t return it because that felt like final acceptance, —superstitious, I know. Over is over, and random articles of clothing don’t change anything.

“You didn’t need to bother with that. I’ve had it forever.”

“All the more reason for you to have it back,” I say.

“Do you need to be this cool about everything?” he bursts out. “I know you have to be scared and hurt—”

“Yeah, I am, all those things. And yes, I have to be this way, or I can’t function. Why are you even here anyway?” The pain and frustration cracks my voice, and I really wish I was anywhere else.

“Because I’m worried about you.”

“Then stop. I accepted your decision, now respect mine. It’ll be easier if I don’t have to see you.”

His jaw clenches, showing the force he’s exerting to bite back whatever he wants to say.

Finally he just takes his hoodie but he pauses with his hand on the door. “You know you can call me, right? Even if we’re not together, I’d never let anyone hurt you. One call and I’m there.”

My heart feels like it’ll crack in two, but I’m resolute; I have to be. “I already deleted your number.”

Author Bio:

Ann Aguirre is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author with a degree in English Literature; before she began writing full time, she was a clown, a clerk, a voice actress, and a savior of stray kittens, not necessarily in that order. She grew up in a yellow house across from a cornfield, but now she lives in sunny Mexico with her husband, children, and various pets. She likes books, emo music, and action movies. She writes all kinds of genre fiction for adults and teens.

You Can Find Her At:
Website
Goodreads

Giveaway:

1 winner will win a Kindle Oasis, US Only.
5 winners will win a finished copy of LIKE NEVER AND ALWAYS, US Only.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Top Ten Favorite Novellas/Short Stories


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

1. Son of the Dawn by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan

2. The Assassin and the Desert by Sarah J. Maas

3. Born to Endless Night by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan

4. The Midnight Heir by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan

5. One and Only by Jennifer L. Armentrout

6. A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas

7. The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

8. Beauty and the Blacksmith by Tessa Dare

9. Not for Humans by Holly Black

10. Iron to Iron by Ryan Graudin

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday (123)


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


This week I am super excited for Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa! This book looks to be based in Japanese mythology, which is super excited! There's also shapeshifting and dragons, which both sound amazing! I loved Julie Kagawa's Iron Fey series (which by the way, more were just announced!), so I imagine I'll love this as well!

Synopsis:

Once Every Thousand Years...

Every millennium, one age ends and another age dawns...and whoever holds the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers holds the power to call the great Kami Dragon from the sea and ask for any one wish. The time is near...and the missing pieces of the scroll will be sought throughout the land of Iwagoto. The holder of the first piece is a humble, unknown peasant girl with a dangerous secret.

Demons have burned the temple Yumeko was raised in to the ground, killing everyone within, including the master who trained her to both use and hide her kitsune shapeshifting powers. Yumeko escapes with the temple’s greatest treasure—one part of the ancient scroll. Fate thrusts her into the path of a mysterious samurai, Kage Tatsumi of the Shadow Clan. Yumeko knows he seeks what she has...and is under orders to kill anything and anyone who stands between him and the scroll.

A wish will be granted and a new age will dawn.

Release: October 2, 2018

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Top Ten Books I've Read So Far in 2018


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

1. Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian

2. Say You'll Remember Me by Katie McGarry

3. My Plain Jane by Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand, and Jodi Meadows

4. Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi

5. The Game Can't Love You Back by Karole Cozzo

6. Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart

7. The Darkest Star by Jennifer L. Armentrout

8. A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas

9. Onyx and Ivory by Mindee Arnett

10. The Duke Who Ravished Me by Diana Quincy
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