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Most Anticipated New Releases – June 2019

Here are some my most anticipated new releases for June that I am looking forward too.

Release Date: June 4

Synopsis:

All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery – magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle neneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power.

Then an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire. Elisabeth’s desperate intervention implicates her in the crime, and she is torn from her home to face justice in the capital. With no one to turn to buy her sworn ememy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy. Not only could the Great Libraries go up in flames, but the world along with them.

As her alliance with Nathaniel grows stronger, Elisabeth starts to question everything she’s been taught – about sorcerers, about the libraries she loves, even about herself. For Elisabeth has a power she has never guessed, and a future she could never have.

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Selah has waited her whole life for a happily ever after. As the onky daughter of the leader of Potomac, she knows her duty is to find the perfect match, a partner who will help secure the future of her people. Now that day has finally come.

But after an excruciatingly public rejection from her closest childhood friend, Selah’s stepmother sughests an unthinkable solution: Selah must set sail across the Atlantic, where a series of potential suitors awaits – and if she doesn’t come home engaged, she couldn’t come home at all.

From England castle gardens to the fjords of Norge, and under the eye of the dreaded Imperiya Yotne, Selah’s quest will be the journey of a lifetime. But her stepmother’s schemes aren’t the only secrets hiding belowdecks…and the stakes of voyage may be higher than any happy ending.

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The Shadow Market is a meeting point for faeries, werewolves, warlocks and vampires. There the Downworlders buy and sell magical objects, make dark bargains, and whisper secrets theh do not want the Nephilim to know. Through two centuries, however, there has been a frequent visitor to the Shadow Market from the City of Bones, the very heart of the Shadowhunters. As a Silent Brother Zachariah is sworn keeper of the laws and lore of the Nephilim. But once he was a Shadowhunter called Jen Carstairs, and his love, then and always, is the warlock Tessa Gray

Follow Brother Zachariah and see, against the backdrop of the Shadow Market’s dark dealings and festive celebrations, Anna Lightwood’s first romance, Matthew Fairchild’s great sin and Tessa Gray plunged into a world war. Valentine Morgenstern buys a soul at the Market and a young Jace Wayland’s soul finds safe harbor. In the Market is hidden a lost heir and a beloved ghost, and no one can save you once you have traded away your heart. Not even Brother Zachariah…

Release Date: June 11

Synopsis:

Eighteen-year-old Trinity Marrow may be going blind, but she can see and communicate with ghosts and spirits. Her unique gift is part of a secret so dangerous that she’s been in hiding for years in an isolated compound fiercely guarded by Wardens – gargoyle shape-shifters who protect humankind from demons. If the demons discover the truth about Trinity, they’ll devour her, flesh and bone, to enchance their own powers.

When Wardens from another clan arrice with disturbing reports that something out there is killing both demons and Wardens, Trinity’s safe world implodes. Not the least because one of the outsiders is the most annoying and fascinating person she’s ever met. Zayne has secrets of hisnown that will upend her world yet again – but working together becomes imperqtive once demons breach the compound and Trinity’s secret comes to light. To save her family and maybe the world, she’ll have to put her trust in Zayne. But all bets are off as a supernatural war is unleashed.

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Before the birth of time, a monk uncovers the Devil’s Tongue and dares to speak it. The repercussions will be felt for generations…

Sixteen-year-old photography enthusiast Zoey has been fascinated by the haunted, burnt-out ruins if Medwyn Mill House for as long as she can remember – so she and her best friend, Poulton, run away from home to explore them. But are they really alone in the house? And who will know if something goes wrong?

In 1851, seventeen-year-old Roan arrives at the Nill House as a ward – one of three, all with something to hide from their new guardian. When Roan learns that she is connected to an ancient secret, she must escape the house before she is trapped forever.

In 1583, Hermione, a new young bride, accompanies her husband to the wilds of North Wales where he plans to build the largest water mill and manison in the area. But rumors of unholy rituals lead to a tragic occurrence and she wl need all her strength to defeat it.

Three women, centuries apart, drawn together by one Unholy Pact. A pact made by a man who, more than a thousand years later, may still be watching…

Release Date: June 18

Synopsis:

Michelle Ruiz Keil’s YA fantasy debut about love, found family, and healing is an ode to post-punk San Francisco through the eyes of a Mexican-American girl.

Seventeen-year-old Xochi is alone in San Francisco, running from her painful past: the mother who abandoned her, the man who betrayed her. Then ine day, she meets Pallas, a precocious twelve-year-old who lives with her rockstar family in one of the city’s storybook Victorians. Xochi accepts a position as Pallas’s live-in governess and quickly finds her place in their household, which is relaxed and happy despite the band’s larger-than-life fame.

But on the night of the Vernal Equinox, as a concert afterparty rages in the house below, Xochi and Pallas accidentally summon a pair of ancient creatures devoted to avenging the wrongs if Xochi’s adolescence. She would do anything to exact vengeance on those who’ve hurt her, no one is safe – not the family she’s chosen, nor the one she left behind.

Release Date: June 25

Synopsis:

One thousand years ago, a wish was made to the Harbinger of Change and a sword of rage and lightning was forged. Kamigoroshi. The Godslayer. It had one task: to seal away the powerful demon Hakaimono.

Now he has broken free.

Kitsune shapeshifter Yumeko has one task: to take her piece of the ancient and powerful scroll to the Steel Feather temple in order to prevent the summoning of the Harbinger of Change, the great Kami Dragon who will grant one wish to whomever hilds the Scrill of a Thousand Prayers. But she has a new enemy now. The demon Hakaimono, who for centuries was trapped in a cursed sword, has escaped and possessed the boy she thought would protect her, Kage Tatsumi of the Shadow Clan.

Hakaimono has done the unthinkable and joined forces with the Master of Demons in order to break the curse of the sword and set himself free. To overthrow the empire and cover the land in darkness, they need one thing: Scroll of a Thousand Prayers. As the paths of Yumeko and the possessed Tatsumi cross once again, the entire empire will be thrown into chaos.

Synopsis:

Welcome to the Forest of Good and Evil. A dream come true, and a living nightmare.

Evil isn’t born, it’s made. One thought and action at a time. Take a good look at what you’ve made.

Far, far away, in the realm of Enchantia, creatures of legend still exist, magic is the norm and fairy tales are real. Except, fairy tales aren’t based on myths and legends of the past – they are prophecies of the future.

Raised in the mortal realm, Everly Morrow has no idea she’s a real life fairy tale princess – until she manifests an ability to commune with mirrors.

Look. See… What will one peek hurt?

Soon, a horrifying truth is revealed. She is fated to be Snow White’s greatest enemy, the Evil Queen.

With powers beyond her imagination or control- and determined to change Fate itself – Everly returns to the land of her birth. There, she meets Roth Charmaine, the supposed Prince Charming. Their attraction is undeniable, but their relationship is doomed.

As bits and pieces of the prophecy unfold, Everly faces one betrayal after another, and giving in to her dark side proves more tempting every day. Can she resist, or will she become the queen – and villia – she was born to be?

Synopsis:

Lemon Fresh has been seen better days.

After the climactic battle in Babel, she finds herselg separated from Ezekiel and Cricket in the wastelands. Lemon’s abilities to manipulate electricity make her as a deviate, and deadly corporate operatives are hunting her to use as a weapon in the war between BioMaas Incorporated and Daedelys Technologies. Instead, Lemon finds herself falling in with a group of fellow deviates – a band of teenagers with astonishing abilities, led by an enigmatic figure known as the Major, who may hold the secrets to Lemon’s past.

Meanwhile, Cricket finds himself in possession of the puritanical Brotherhood, a religious cult set for head-on collision with the Major and his band. Searching for Lemon, Ezekiel fibds a strange ally in an old enemy, and uncovers a pilot that may see him reunited with his beloved Ana.

And inside Babel, a remade Eve hatches a plan to bring an end to the world.

Synopsis:

When his dad is caught emblezzing funds from half the town, Rob goes from popular lacrosse player to social pariah. Even worse, his father’s suicide attempt leaves Rob and his mother responsible for his care.

Everyone thinks of Maegan as a typical overach, but she has a secret of her own after the pressure got to her last year. And when her sister comes home from college pregnant, keeping it from her parents might be more than she can handle.

When Rob and Maegan are paired together for a calculus project, they’re both reluctant to let anyone through the walls they’ve built. But when Maegan learns of Rob’s plan to fix the damage caused by his father, it could ruin more than their fragile new friendship…

What are you looking forward to coming out this month?

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Mera: Tidebreaker by Danielle Paige E-Arc Review

Published Date: April 2, 2019

Publisher: DC Ink

Stars: 4 out 5

Synopsis:


Mera and Aquaman origin story that explores Mera’s first steps on land as well as her first steps ad a hero or villian, forcing her to choose to follow her heart or her mission to kill.

Mera is teenage royalty, heir to the throne of Xebel, the other not-so-lost colony under the sea. But Mera is destined to wear a different crown, that of Atlantis. When the inhabitants of Xebel plot to overthrow their homeland of Atlantis, Mera is sent to kill the heir to the throne, Arthur Curry. As the unrest between their colonies grows, Mera and Arthur unexpectedly fall in love…will Arthur Curry be the king at Mera’s side in Atlantis, or will he die under her blade?


Review:

***Recieved this e-Arc from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review***

Growing up as kid, I knew about Aquaman but not mention about Mera, so I was interested in reading the graphic novel about her and Aquaman origins. I was excited to get the opportunity from the publisher to read and review the story.

First I have to say that the artwork in graphic novel was stunning. The look of pages made it easy to read and follow along with the story.

The graphic novel did give a good backstory of Mera and told her story on why she wanted to be seen as a strong warrior and independent person that would be worthy to rule the kingdom when the time came. She wanted to prove that she could and was as strong warrior like her mother was. Also she wanted to prove to her father that he could depend on her to take the lead and action when call upon and she didn’t need to depend upon anyone. Her character was intriguing, very immature and headstrong, but she also show a softer side who was concern on making the right decision.

I do have a couple complaints about the story.

First, there wasn’t any backstory on why the Xebel and Atlantis were at war with each other and there were the no explanation on why it all happened. It would have been nice to have brief backstory on why killing Authur was important.

Second, I did not enjoy the instalove. I don’t believe it was necessary for Mera and Authur to fall in love in such a short time period. I think the story could have just had them become friends who need to get to know and understand each before it led into instalove.

Overall, I gave the graphic novel 4 out 5 stars.

If you read the graphic novel, what did you think of it? What did you like or dislike about it?

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March 2019 Wrap Up & Book Haul

Hello! Well it has been awhile since I posted on here…sorry life sort of gotten in the way of me blogging regularly. But I am going to do better in posting and have setup a schedule to make sure I meet my posting goals.

March Reading Wrap-Up

For the last two months, I have been in a reading slump. In February, I only read 2 books and then this month I read 4 books. I am hoping that April will be a better reading month.

But my readinf slump didn’t stop me from buying books. My March book haul. Sort went a little crazy with buying last month…I guess I was making up for not buying a lot in February. I blame Book Outlet and B&N for having good sales.

Did you meet your March reading goals? How do you get out of a reading slump? Did you buy any books in March? Which ones did you get?

JoAnne

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Teri Bailey Black Interview – Author of Girl at the Grave

Check out the Q&A with Teri Bailey Black on Girl at the Grave.

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Teri Bailey Black, author of Girl at the Grave

The TBR and Beyond Facebook group did a group read of Girl at the Grave back in October. It went fantastic and everyone seemed to really enjoy this Gothic romance/historical fiction. We asked Teri to answer some questions for the group and blog. There are spoiler questions at the bottom that were asked by various members in the group – the spoiler section is well marked, so you can avoid it if you haven’t read the book yet.

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2019 Reading Goals

Looking back on my reading challenge in Goodreads for 2018 and I am happy with what I did accomplished from May 2018 when I started the challenge. Compare to 2017 and previous years, I did really good…I didn’t read anything but textbooks for the last 6 years which I didn’t record any of those readings in Goodreads.  I can’t believe that I read 14,513 pages this year, I hope to accomplish more reading in 2019.

2018 reading journey

Reading Challenges that I am participating this year are:

Challenges:

  • TBR and Beyond – Yearly Reading Challenge: I am moderator for TBR and Beyond Facebook group and we are running a yearly reading challenge in the group. I hoping to get a lot of the 32 items done by the end of 2019.
  • The 2019 Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge: Another challenge that I am going to do is Modern Mrs. Darcy reading challenge. It seems to be an interesting challenge which help me read different types of books that I haven’t in the past.
  • Goodreads 2019 Reading Challenge: I have set my reading challenge on Goodreads from 37 books to 100 books. Let see if I can come close or even meet the 100 books.

Goals:

  • Book Series: This year I want to finish all of the series books that I had started but never finished. I decided that I need to complete all of my unfinished series collection. My plan to include the one book from the series into my monthly TBR and I am hoping that will help me finish up with different series I have on my book shelf. Here are some of the series that I want to complete in 2019:
    • Cassandra Clare:
      • The Infernal Devices series
      • The Dark Artifices series
    • Sarah J. Maas:
      • Throne of Glass series
    • Alison Goodman:
      • Lady Helen series
    • Laini Taylor:
      • Strange the Dreamer series
      • Daughter of Smoke & Bones series
    • Leigh Bardugo:
      • Grishaverse series (Six of Crows)
  • Audiobooks: I want to increase my audiobooks collection, I am going to get a couple of my physical books in the audio version so that I can read them while I am at work, home (when cleaning and doing laundry), and driving long distance.
  • Backlist: Going to try to read some my older books that I have been on my shelf for a long time. Let’s see if I can accomplish that with all of the great new books coming out in 2019.
  • Reading Time goal: Setting time in the morning, afternoon and nighttime to read about 15 to 20 minutes day. Also going to read two books per week to get accomplish my TBR every month (crossing my fingers)

This all of my reading challenges and goals for 2019. Hoping that I will get majority of them done.

 

 

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Welcome to my new blog!

Hi Everyone!

Welcome to my new book blog! I decided to start a blog to share my love of books and anything that holds my interest. I restarted reading books for pleasure instead of reading for college, I recently graduated with my Master degree in May and I decided it was time to get back into reading the books I love and am passion about. I thought creating this blog would keep me on track on my reading goals and reviewing/showcasing the books for others who would be interested in reading them.

I started to review e-arcs from Net Gallery which I will be posting on here, Amazon, my Goodreads, and my Instagram account.

Hope you all will follow me on my new adventure!

JoAnne