Monthly TBR

December 2019 TBR and Challenge

There is only 23 days until Christmas!!! Hopefully, 2020 will be slower year…doubt it. I ventured out once over the Black Friday weekend to get something for my son…I end up purchasing what gifts I needed to get over the internet. I did get several books for gifts for friends and myself (of course…lol).

Hoping to get more reading done then I did in November. I am going to participate in TBR and Beyond Book Club Help Dobby Get Ready for the Holiday Season. It is really easy and not consuming with ready a lot of books for the holiday which is doable for me.

Below is my December TBR for the game and what I am in the mood to read right now.

  • Read a book that has some read on the cover – Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Taila Hobert (it is a group read for TBR and Beyond in January)
  • Read a book that reminds you of the holidays – Afterlife of Holly Chase (re-read)
  • Read a book with snow on the cover – Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle
  • Read a book with a winters cover – The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black

Also doing a group read with TBR and Beyond for The Wicked King and Queen of Nothing. The Wives and Dangerous Alliance are ones that I am interested in reading this month. It is small TBR for December but with the holiday and spending time with family it will hopefully be easy one to achieve.

What on your December TBR? Doing any reading challenges?

Happy reading!

Book Hauls, Monthly Wrap Up

Wrap Up – November 2019

November Wrap Up…it didn’t goes as I had plan! I had a bad case of reading slump for the last couple of months so this month I only read three books. Two were re-read.

Hoping to get a lot more reading done in December. I am not sure I will reach my Goodreads goal of 60 books but we will see.

I didn’t buy as many books this month which is a good thing. Here are my book haul for the month.

How was everyone reading in November? What did you purchase to this month?

Monthly TBR

November 2019 TBR

Wow! We are already in November Where has 2019 gone. Need to get my Christmas shopping done! For November, I am going to participate in TBR and Beyond Book Club Bad Boys, Bad Boys – Who You Gonna Choose reading challenge.

I am going do Cardan rope and if I get it completed I will move onto another rope.

  • Crown – The Wicked King by Holly Black
  • Dark Fantasy – The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh
  • Betrayal – Tiger Queen by Annie Sullivan (re-read and TBR and Beyond Group Read)
  • Female Villain – The Evil Queen by Gena Showalter

Also going to read these especially my most anticipated release coming in the beginning of November.

  • Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
  • Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (TBR and Beyond Group Read)
  • Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan (releases on November 5th)

What is on your TBR this month? Are you doing any reading challenges?

Happy reading!

Book Hauls, Monthly Wrap Up

Monthly Wrap Up and Book Haul – October 2019

Monthly wrap up for October 2019…I read the following books which I am happy that I got six books read this month more than Sept.

Rating:

The Night Weaver by Monique Snyman πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ (Check out Blog Tour Review post)

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

Hex Life πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

Forgotten by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ (Check out Blog Tour Review post)

The Merciless by Danielle Vega πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

Will be posting the other books review this weekend.

Here are the books that I brought this month…I thought I only got six this month but turn out it was a little more…lol!

Let see how I do for November…working on getting my TBR together. How was your October month? Did you get all of the books on your TBR done?

Blog Tour, Reviews, The Fantastic Flying Book Club

Blog Tour (Review & Favorite Quotes) – Forgotten (House of Night Other World #3) By P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast

Hello! Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Forgotten (House of Night Other World #3) by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast. The tour is being hosted by Fantastic Flying Book Club.

I am excited to share my review and favorite quotes. I love the House of Night series and I was very excited to be able to review and be part of the blog tour for Forgotten.

by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast

Publisher: Blackstone Publishing

Release Date: October 29th 2019 

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Synopsis:

Before he was freed by Neferet, Kalona was imprisoned within the earth for centuries because of the Darkness in his heart. But what happened to the Other World’s Kalona? It’s as though he’s been forgotten, or maybe he never existed at all … 

In the present, Other Neferet may have left her House of Night, but she has far from given up her goal of immortality and world domination. As she operates in secret to gain access to Old Magick, the new High Priestess, Anastasia Langford, works toward peace and acceptance for the vampyres of the Other World. But just as Other Kevin’s broken heart will take time to heal, peace in that world will also take time and workβ€”and not all of the Other World vampyres want peace. After all, why should they return to being shunned by humans, especially when they’ve had a taste of how it feels to be in power? 

Meanwhile, Zoey is desperate to help rid the Other World of Neferet once and for all, and not knowing what’s going on over there is eating away at her. But, as the Nerd Herd warns, it’s far too dangerous to call on Old Magick time and again. As a distraction, she throws herself into her work and attempts to bring the humans and vampyres of Tulsa closer together with the first human-vampyre swim meet in history! It’s too bad that something always seems to go wrong whenever the stakes are high. 

What happens when worlds clash and powers that should be left alone are awakened? Can Other Kevin and his world heal from the wounds Neferet continues to inflict? Can Old Magick ever truly be harnessed and used for good? Or will Darkness extinguish Light and leave our heroes broken, hopeless, and as forgotten as Kalona of the Silver Wings? Don’t miss this second to last volume in the House of Night Other World saga!

Find It: Goodreads, Amazon, Bookdepository, B&N, iTunes, Kobo, Google Books


Review

Rating: πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

First I would like to thank The Fantastic Flying Book Club and Blackstone Publishing for selecting me to be part of this blog tour. I have been a fan of House of Night series since I discover them in 2011 and I was happy that P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast decided to do another set of books in HoN world with the Otherworld series.

The book begins with the story of the Other Erebus and Kalona, it shows how Kalona changes and makes a big sacrifice in the end in of his story. In the Otherworld, Other Kevin and Other Zoey with the Nerd Herd have defeated Other Neferet from her evil plans. Of course, they thought they defeated her but she does survive and comes up with another plan to become powerful. She aligns herself with the White Bull to achieve her plan of destruction and immortality. On the way, she enlist Other Lynette who is a human and becomes her handmaiden.

The book has a lot of plot twists and go into different directions which I thought was really good and kept me turning the pages. The book mainly focuses on Neferet and her handmaiden Lynette. It goes into how Neferet is trying to achieve her quest to become a real Goddess while keeping the Other Kevin and Stark off her tracks. We also see Zoey and the Nerd Herd back in the House of Night world setting and how they are dealing with trying to work with humans to allows fledglings to participate in other things outside of the school.

The book deals with grief and how it effects the persons afterward. It was nice to see Other Grandma Redbird and reading how she help Other Kevin and Stark on trying to move on from their lost and not be afraid to grieve and show it. I thought it was nice touch in the book because you really don’t see address often in books.

I really enjoy this book and I would recommend the Otherworld series to anyone who has read the HoN series. Definitely have to read those first before going into this series. It was so nice to see Zoey and Nerd Herd back again. I can’t wait for the fourth book to see what happens next.

Also I love this cover!!! It is gorgeous!


Favorite Quotes

“Joy isn’t easy or inherent. It is a choice, and not always an easy one – not at first.”

“No, my sweet boy. Do not hide your grief. There is no shame in showing your tears. Kevin, being a man means claiming all your power.”

“Well, yeah, but I was talking about hormones. There must be thousands of kids in there.”

Okay, novices. Watch how it’s done. She stood, cupped her hands around her mouth and expertly cheered, GO IN HARD! COME OUT WET! R-A-V-E-N-S! RAVENS! RAVENS! RAVENS!”

“Another win for me, she thought. And I will keep winning, especially now that I am allied with someone who understands what is most important in life – power – and the safety it affords. Choosing to follow this vampyre who will soon be immortal and rule the world was the smartest decision I ever made.”


About the Authors

PC was born in the Midwest, and grew up being shuttled back-and-forth between Illinois and Oklahoma, which is where she fell in love with Quarter Horses and mythology (at about the same time). After high school, she joined the United States Air Force and began public speaking and writing. After her tour in the USAF, she taught high school for 15 years before retiring to write full time. PC is a #1 New York Times and #1 USA Today Best-Selling author and a member of the Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame. Her novels have been awarded the prestigious: Oklahoma Book Award, YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, the Prism, Holt Medallion, Daphne du Maurier, Booksellers’ Best, and the Laurel Wreath. PC is an experienced teacher and talented speaker. Ms. Cast lives in Oregon near her fabulous daughter, her adorable pack of dogs, her crazy Maine Coon, and a bunch of horses. House of Night Other World, book 1, LOVED, releases July 11th. SUN WARRIOR, book 2 in the Tales of a New World series releases October 17th.

Kristin Cast is a #1 NY Times and #1 USA Today bestselling author who teamed with her mother to write the wildly successful HOUSE OF NIGHT series. She has editorial credits, a thriving t-shirt line, and a passion for all things paranormal.

When away from her writing desk, Kristin loves going on adventures with her friends, family, and significant other, playing with her French Bulldogs (Grace Kelly and Sir Laurence Olivier), and discovering new hobbies. This year she’ll work on handstands, gardening, and taking her new puppy (Baloo) to puppy classes.
#HoNLoved releases July 11th.

Find P.C. here: Goodreads, Website, Twitter, Instagram

Find Kristin here: Goodreads, Website, Twitter, Instagram


Check out all of the rest of the blog tour for this awesome book!

Tour Schedule


Prize: Win (1) of (2) HOUSE OF NIGHT OTHER WORLD bundles: a copy of LOVED, LOST and FORGOTTEN by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast and some swag (US Only)

Starts: 23rd October 2019

Ends: 6th November 2019

Giveaway

Don’t forget to hit the giveaway button above for chance to win a great prize and also check out my Instagram post for a chance to win an prizes there. Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to check out the other bloggers tour post!

New Releases

Most Anticipated New Releases – November 2019

I can’t believe that October is almost over and Christmas is only 2 months away. 2019 has gone by fast! Below are my most anticipated new releases for November.

Release Date: November 5, 2019

Synopsis:

In this mesmerizing sequel to the New York Times bestselling Girls of Paper and Fire, Lei and Wren have escaped their oppressive lives in the Hidden Palace, but soon learn that freedom comes with a terrible cost.

Lei, the naive country girl who became a royal courtesan, is now known as the Moonchosen, the commoner who managed to do what no one else could. But slaying the cruel Demon King wasn’t the end of the plan – it’s just the beginning. Now Lei and her warrior love Wren must travel the kingdom to gain support from the far-flung rebel clans. The journey is made even more treacherous thanks to a heavy bounty on Lei’s head, as well as insidious doubts that threaten to tear Lei and Wren apart from within.

Meanwhile, an evil plot to eliminate the rebel uprising is taking shape, fueled by dark magic and vengeance. Will Lei succeed in her quest to overthrow the monarchy and protect her love for Wren, or will she fall victim to the sinister magic that seeks to destroy her?

I am really looking forward Girls of Storm and Shadow because I really love the first one. Can’t wait to see what happens with Lei and Wren.

Synopsis:

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 dream 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…

I haven’t finished all of The Raven Cycle series but I really enjoy Maggie Stiefvater writing. I am getting this book in the special Owlcrate box.

Synopsis:

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 the 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?

I enjoy any books about Camelot and the story about King Arthur. I am looking forward to reading this one.

Release Date: November 19, 2019

Synopsis:

He will be destruction of the crown and the ruination of the throne.

Power is much easier to acquire than it is to hold onto. Jude learned this lesson when she released her control over the wicked king, Cardan, in exchanged for immeasurable power.

Now as the exiled mortal Queen of Faerie, Jude is powerless and left reeling from Cardan’s betrayal. She bides her time determined to reclaim everything he took from her. Opportunity arrives in the form of her deceptive twin sister, Taryn, whose mortal life is in peril.

Jude must risk venturing back into the treacherous Faerie Court, and confront her lingering feelings for Cardan, if she wishes to save her sister. But Elfhame is not as she left it. War is brewing. As Jude slips deep within enemy lines she becomes ensnared in the conflict’s bloody politics.

And, when a dormant yet powerful curse is unleashed, panic spreads throughout the land, forcing her to choose between her ambition and her humanity…

I need to finished the second book in the trilogy but I am looking to forward to how Holly Black ends the series.

Synopsis:

This hot debut is the first book in an epic new series about a princess hiding a dark secret and the con man she must trust to clear her name for her father’s murder.

In the Cyrillan Empire, Affinites are reviled. Their varied gifts to control the world around them are unnatural – dangerous. and Anastacya Mikhailov, the crown princess, has a terrifying secret. Her deadly Affinity to blood is her curse and the reason she has lived her life hidden behind palace walls.

When Ana’s father, the emperor is murdered, her world is shattered. Framed as his killer, Ana must flee the palace to save her life. And to clear her name, she must find her father’s murderer on her own. But the Cyrilia beyond the palace walls is far different from the one she thought she knew. Corruption rules the land, and a greater conspiracy is at work – one that threatens the very balance of her world. And there is only one person corrupt enough to help Ana get to its core: Ramson Quicktongue.

A cunning crime lord of the Cyrilian underworld, Ramson has sinister plans – though he might have met his match in Ana. Because in this story, the princess might be the most dangerous player of all.

I am glad that the author decide to release the book after there was some backlash about the writing. She has corrected those items and has decided to release her debut book.

Do you have any anticipated November releases that you are looking forward too?

Blog Tour, Good Choice Reading Blog Tour, Reviews

Blog Tour (Review + Giveaway) for The Night Weaver by Monique Snyman

Welcome to my blog spot for The Night Weaver by Monique Snyman hosted by Good Choice Reading.

By Monique Snyman

Genre: Young Adult, Horror

Publisher: Vesuvian Books

Release Date: October 15, 2019

SHADOW GROVE IS A PERFECTLY PLEASANT TOWN…

Shadow Grove isn’t a typical town. Bad things happen here. Children disappear, one after the other, and nobody is doing anything about it. Parents don’t grieve, missing posters don’t line the streets, and the sheriff seems unconcerned.

Seventeen-year-old Rachel Cleary lives on the outskirts of Shadow Grove, next to the creepy forest everyone pretends doesn’t exist. Usually the forest is filled with an eerie calm, an unmistakable graveyard solemnity. But the trees have started whispering, forgotten creatures are stirring, and the nights feel darker than ever.

Something is stalking the residents of Shadow Grove, changing them into brain-dead caricatures of themselves. It’s up to Rachel to stop the devouring of her hometown before all is destroyed and everyone she loves is forever lost.

Review

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The story begins with an the mystery behind the abduction of children in a small town called Shadow Grove. Not only are children are missing, certain mothers start acting weird and something evil is plaguing the small town. The teens in the story are the only ones who are concern about the missing children especially the main character Rachel Cleary who wants to help get the children back.

This book is a mixture of dark fantasy, horror, mystery and faeries in it. It introduces two realms – where there is a creature that was let into the human realm called The Night Weaver which is really scary and she causing a lot of havoc on the small town.

I really enjoy this book…it started out with a mystery and scary parts to the stories and then it went into the fae realm which brought together on solving the mystery of how, why and what was taking the children. The plot is intriguing and the writing flows nicely. The characters were well developed and are easily connected to.

About the Author

Monique Snyman’s mind is a confusing bedlam of glitter and death, where candy-coated gore is found in abundance and homicidal unicorns thrive. Sorting out the mess in her head is particularly irksome before she’s ingested a specific amount of coffee, which is equal to half the the recommended intake of water for humans per day. When she’s not playing referee to her imaginary friends or trying to to overdose on caffeine, she’s doing something with words – be it writing, reading, or fixing all the words

Monique Snyman lives in Pretoria, South Africa, with her husband and an adorable Chihuahua. She’s the author of MUTI NATION, a horror novel set in South Africa, and the Bram Stoker Award nominated novel, THE NIGHT WEAVER, which is the first installment in dark fantasy series for young adults.

Tour Schedule

Week 1:

October 14th

Good Choice Reading – Tour Kick-off and Author Interview

MoonShine Art Spot – Review

October 15th

Kelsey Ketch – Author Promotional

For The Love of Fictional Worlds – Reviews

October 16th

FUONLYKNEW – Promotional

October 17th

MahkJchi’s Not-So-Secret Books – Review

October 18th

A Dream Within A Dream – Review2

Week 2

October 21st

Good Choice Reading – Review

October 22nd

She Dreams in Fiction – Promotional

October 23rd

Bucherfansite – Bucherfee vom Bodensee – Promotional

October 24th

Becky on Books – Promotional

October 25th

Movies, Shows, & Books – Review

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