Sunday, March 26, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading #303, March 27th

It's Monday! What Are You Reading is a weekly meme hosted by Book Date where we share what we read this past week, what we hope to read this week...and anything in between! This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well...you never know where that next "must read" book will come from!

What happened in the past week:

Weekly Memes:
It's Monday! What Are You Reading #302
Teaser Tuesday #310
WWW Wednesday #310
WOW #307
Will the Time Come #301
Third Sentence Thursday #292
Random Reads #278
First Lines Friday #297
The Reward Challenge Update #288
Follow Friday #280
LLFL Reading Challenge Update 65
How Well I Stuck to It #132
Wrote that Review Update #137

Week 12 Reviews:
The Great Pursuit
All Hallows Eve
Haunted Destiny
Elite
The Struggle
Truthwitch
Nemesis
The Death Code
The Unlikeable Demon Hunter
Slay
Literally
The Word for Yes
Girl on the Wire
Girl in the Shadows

Random:
We Have the Cover of All the Crooked Saints!!!!
We Have the Cover of The Nevernight Chronicles #2!!!!
Deborah Wilde Author Page
Mercedes Lackey Author Page

OK, so I got 28 posts in 7 days, so yeah, a pretty good week, and I can't wait to read this week! What about you guys? Happy reading!

So this week I want to read whatever I want to read!

How Well I Stuck to It #131, March 26th

So I decided that I should have accountability on sticking to what should be in a week, so I'm doing How Well I Stuck to It every Sunday, because my schedule should be fixed in by now!

Week 14:
Mask of Shadows by Lindsey Miller

Tour Books: NA.

Review Books: NA.

NetGalley: 1. Check.

Edelweiss: NA.

Meme Books: NA.

Rereads: NA.

New Books: NA.

So a very short week, but yeah, a pretty interesting book! What about you guys? Happy reading! 

Wrote that Review Update #137, March 26th

Create your own banner at mybannermaker.com!
If you want to participate, set a certain amount of reviews to write, and once you make that goal, you can get a reward!

My reviews to reward is writing all of the reviews of the week, and I motivated myself to write my review for The Great Pursuit, All Hallows Eve and Haunted Destiny, Elite, The Struggle, Truthwitch, Nemesis, The Death Code, The Unlikeable Demon Hunter and Slay, Literally, The Word for Yes, Girl on the Wire and Girl in the Shadows, so I have 11 of 11 reviews written!

And as always, I want to review this week's reviews!

What about you guys? Happy reading!

Mercedes Lackey Author Page

The Story: I saw Hunter on NetGalley, and it looked really fantastic, so I requested, and got it! And it was so fantastic, and the sequel was just as amazing! I just can't wait to read more of her more recent books! Also, a novella in Five Hundred Kingdoms was in Harvest Moon!

Website

Series: Hunter, Five Hundred Kingdoms.

Hunter: Hunter and her site, my review, Elite and her site, my review, Apex.

Five Hundred Kingdoms: The Fairy Godmother and her site, my review, One Good Night and her site, my review, Fortune's Fool and her site, my review, The Snow Queen and her site, my review, The Sleeping Beauty and her site, my review, A Tangled Web and her site, (Part of *Harvest Moon*), Beauty and the Werewolf and her site, my review.

A Tangled Web is a short story in Harvest Moon, set in the Five Hundred Kingdom, here's my review.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Week 12 Reviews: Girl on the Wire, Girl on the Shadows


From Goodreads:
A ballerina, twirling on a wire high above the crowd. Horses, prancing like salsa dancers. Trapeze artists, flying like somersaulting falcons. And magic crackling through the air. Welcome to the Cirque American!

Sixteen-year-old Jules Maroni’s dream is to follow in her father's footsteps as a high-wire walker. When her family is offered a prestigious role in the new Cirque American, it seems that Jules and the Amazing Maronis will finally get the spotlight they deserve. But the presence of the Flying Garcias may derail her plans. For decades, the two rival families have avoided each other as sworn enemies.

Jules ignores the drama and focuses on the wire, skyrocketing to fame as the girl in a red tutu who dances across the wire at death-defying heights. But when she discovers a peacock feather—an infamous object of bad luck—planted on her costume, Jules nearly loses her footing. She has no choice but to seek help from the unlikeliest of people: Remy Garcia, son of the Garcia clan matriarch and the best trapeze artist in the Cirque.


As more mysterious talismans believed to possess unlucky magic appear, Jules and Remy unite to find the culprit. And if they don't figure out what’s going on soon, Jules may be the first Maroni to do the unthinkable: fall.

From Goodreads:
Eighteen-year-old Moira Mitchell grew up in the shadows of Vegas's stage lights while her father's career as a magician soared. More than anything, Moira wants to be a magician too, but her father is dead set against her pursuing magic.

When an invitation to join the Cirque American mistakenly falls into Moira's possession, she takes action. Instead of giving the highly coveted invitation to its intended recipient, Raleigh, her father's handsome and worldly former apprentice, Moira takes off to join the Cirque. If she can perform alongside its world-famous acts, she knows she’ll be able to convince her dad that magic is her future.

But when Moira arrives, things take on an intensity she can't control as her stage magic suddenly feels like…real magic. To further distract her, Raleigh shows up none too pleased at Moira't for her. As tensions mount and Moira's abilities come into question, she must decide what's real and what's an illusion. If she doesn't sort it out in time, she may forever remain a girl in the shadows. 

My Review:


Author: Gwenda Bond
Series: Girl on the Wire #1, 2
Read: March 24th, 24th, 2017
Source: Ebook.bike, NetGalley
Reason Why: Sounded really great, and they're Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2017 Books, and Girl on the Shadows is a WoW Book!
Publisher: Skyscape
Published: October 1st 2014, July 5th 2016

Girl on the Wire:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Girl on the Shadows:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 12 Review: The Word for Yes

From Goodreads:
After their parents' divorce, Jan, Erika, and Melanie have to get used to the new world order: a father who's moved to another continent and a mother who throws herself into moving on. Jan, off at her first semester of college, has plenty to worry about, including an outspoken roommate who's kind of "out there" and an increasingly depressed and troubled long-distance boyfriend. Her younger sisters, left at home in New York City, and dealing with all the pressures of life in high school, aren't exactly close. Erika is serious and feels awkward and uncomfortable in crowds, though her beauty tends to attract attention. Melanie is socially savvy and just wants to go out—to concerts, to parties, wherever—with her friends. The gap between all three girls widens as each day passes.

Then, at a party full of blurred lines and blurred memories, everything changes. Starting that night, where there should be words, there is only angry, scared silence.

And in the aftermath, Jan, Erika, and Melanie will have to work hard to reconnect and help one another heal.

At once touching and raw, Claire Needell's first novel is an honest look at the love and conflicts among sisters and friends, and how these relationships can hold us together—and tear us apart.

My Review:


Author: Claire Needell
Read: March 24th, 2017
Source: Edelweiss
Reason Why: Sounded really fantastic, and it's a DAC Book, SAC 2017 Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: Harper Teen
Published: February 16th 2016
5/5 Hearts
2/5 Books
3/5 Stars

Week 12 Review: Literally

From Goodreads:
A girl realizes her life is being written for her in this unique, smart love story that is Stranger Than Fiction for fans of Stephanie Perkins.

Annabelle's life has always been Perfect with a capital P. Then bestselling young adult author Lucy Keating announces that she's writing a new novel—and Annabelle is the heroine. 

It turns out, Annabelle is a character that Lucy Keating created. And Lucy has a plan for her. 

But Annabelle doesn’t want to live a life where everything she does is already plotted out. Will she find a way to write her own story—or will Lucy Keating have the last word? 

The real Lucy Keating's delightful contemporary romance blurs the line between reality and fiction, and is the perfect follow-up for readers who loved her debut Dreamology, which SLJ called, "a sweet, quirky romance with appealing characters."

My Review:


Author: Lucy Keating
Read: March 23rd, 2017
Source: Edelweiss
Reason Why: Sounded really great, and it's a SAC 2017 Book, Sophomore Challenge Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: Harper Teen
Expected Publication: April 11th 2017
5/5 Hearts
/5 Books
/5 Stars

Week 12 Reviews: The Unlikeable Demon Hunter, Slay


From Goodreads:
Bridesmaids meets Buffy with a dash of the seven deadly sins.

The age-old story of what happens when a foul-mouthed, romance impaired heroine with no edit button and a predilection for hot sex is faced with her worst nightmare–a purpose.

Ari Katz is intelligent, driven, and will make an excellent demon hunter once initiated into the Brotherhood of David. However, this book is about his twin Nava: a smart-ass, self-cultivated hot mess, who is thrilled her brother is stuck with all the chosen one crap.

When Nava half-drunkenly interrupts Ari's induction ceremony, she expects to be chastised. What she doesn't expect is to take her brother's place among the–until now–all-male demon hunters. Even worse? Her infuriating leader is former rock star Rohan Mitra.

Too bad Rohan's exactly what Nava's always wanted: the perfect bad boy fling with no strings attached, because he may also be the one to bring down her carefully erected emotional shields. That's as dangerous as all the evil fiends vying for the bragging rights of killing the only female ever chosen for Demon Club.

Odds of survival: eh.

Odds of having a very good time with Rohan before she bites it: much better. 

My Review:


Author: Deborah Wilde
Series: Ari Katz #1, 1.5
Read: March 23rd, 23rd, 2017
Source: NetGalley, Free
Reason Why: Sounded really good, and they're Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2017 Books!
Publisher: Ta Da Media, Deborah Wilde
Expected Publication: April 18th 2017

The Unlikeable Demon Hunter:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Slay:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 12 Review: The Death Code

From Goodreads:
With short, fast-paced, alternating point-of-view chapters, The Death Code starts several weeks after The Murder Complex ended. Zephyr keeps the secret about Meadow close—that if she dies, The Murder Complex will be destroyed, too. Meadow, desperate to find her brother, father, and little sister, is determined to fearlessly fight to the end, even if it means sacrificing herself and her friends, new and old. The Death Code introduces a memorable cast of secondary characters and delivers a vivid and scary thrill ride read. 

My Review:


Author: Lindsay Cummings
Series: The Murder Complex #2
Read: March 22nd, 2017
Source: Ebook.bike
Reason Why: Loved the first book, and it's a 2017 Dystopia Book, LLFL Book, Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2017 Book, WoW Book and a WTC Book!
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Published: May 26th 2016
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 12 Review: Nemesis

From Goodreads:
The princess didn't expect to fall in love--with her nemesis.

Princess Sepora of Serubel is the last Forger in all the five kingdoms. The spectorium she creates provides energy for all, but now her father has found a way to weaponize it, and his intentions to incite war force her to flee from his grasp. She escapes across enemy lines into the kingdom of Theoria, but her plans to hide are thwarted when she is captured and placed in the young king's servitude.

Tarik has just taken over rulership of Theoria, and must now face a new plague sweeping through his kingdom and killing his citizens. The last thing he needs is a troublesome servant vying for his attention. But mistress Sepora will not be ignored. When the two finally meet face-to-face, they form an unlikely bond that complicates life in ways neither of them could have imagined.

Sepora's gift could save Tarik's kingdom from the Quiet Plague. But should she trust her growing feelings for her nemesis, or should she hide her gifts at all costs?

A thrilling futuristic fantasy in which the fate of the world's energy source is in the hands of a prince and princess who are rivals, by the New York Times-bestselling author of the Syrena Legacy. 

My Review:


Author: Anna Banks
Series: Nemesis #1
Read: March 22nd, 2017
Source: Ebook.bike
Reason Why: Sounded really great, and I've enjoyed her other books! And it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2017 Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Published: October 4th 2016
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 12 Review: Truthwitch

From Goodreads:
In a continent on the edge of war, two witches hold its fate in their hands.

Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home.

Safi must avoid capture at all costs as she's a rare Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so Safi must keep it hidden - lest she be used in the struggle between empires. And Iseult's true powers are hidden even from herself.

In a chance encounter at Court, Safi meets Prince Merik and makes him a reluctant ally. However, his help may not slow down the Bloodwitch now hot on the girls' heels. All Safi and Iseult want is their freedom, but danger lies ahead. With war coming, treaties breaking and a magical contagion sweeping the land, the friends will have to fight emperors and mercenaries alike. For some will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.

My Review:


Cahr Awen

Author: Susan Dennard
Series: The Witchlands #1
Read: February 21st, 2017
Source: Ebook.bike
Reason Why: I love her writing! And it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2017 Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: Tor Teen
Published: January 5th 2016
/5 Hearts
/5 Books
/5 Stars

Week 12 Review: The Struggle

From Goodreads:
A bloody path has been chosen… 

The war against the Titans continues, and they remain determined to wreak havoc on the world, but Seth has become something all gods fear. Now the most dangerous, most absolute power no longer resides in those who have been freed from their tombs. 

The Great War fought by the few is coming… 

All may doubt and fear what Seth has become. All except the one woman who might be his final chance at redemption. Josie will do anything to prove that Seth is on their side, but fate has a nasty way of changing lives, of changing people. 

In the end, the sun will fall… 

The only way they can save the future and save themselves is by facing the unknown together. It will take more than trust and faith. It will take love and the kind of strength not easily broken. No matter what, their lives will never be the same. 


For what the gods have feared has come to pass. The end of the old is here and the beginning of the new has been ushered in…

My Review:


Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Titan #3
Read: March
Source: Ebook.bike
Reason Why: Love her books and this series, and it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2017 Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published: March 20th 2017
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 12 Review: Elite

From Goodreads:
Joy wants nothing more than to live and Hunt in Apex City without a target on her back. But a dangerous new mission assigned by her uncle, the city's Prefect, may make that impossible.

In addition to her new duties as one of the Elite, Joy is covertly running patrols in the abandoned tunnels and storm sewers under Apex Central. With her large pack of magical hounds, she can fight the monsters breaking through the barriers with the strength of three hunters. Her new assignment takes a dark turn when she finds a body in the sewers: a Psimon with no apparent injury or cause of death.

Reporting the incident makes Joy the uncomfortable object of PsiCorp's scrutiny—the organization appears more interested in keeping her quiet than investigating. With her old enemy Ace still active in Hunts and the appearance of a Folk Mage who seems to have a particular interest in her, Joy realizes that the Apex conspiracy she uncovered before her Elite trials is anything but gone.

As the body count rises, she has no choice but to seek answers. Joy dives into the mysterious bowels of the city, uncovering secrets with far-reaching consequences for PsiCorp... and all of Apex City.

My Review:


Author: Mercedes Lackey
Series: Hunter #2
Read: March 20th, 2017
Source: Ebook.bike
Reason Why: Loved the first book, and it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2017 Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Published: September 6th 2016
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 12 Reviews: All Hollows Eve, Haunted Destiny


From Goodreads:
Salem was a place near and dear to Jenna Duffy and Samuel Hall—it was where they'd met on a strange and and sinister case.

They never dreamed that they'd be called back. That history could repeat itself in a most macabre and terrifying fashion.

But, then again, it was Salem at Halloween. Seasoned Krewe members, they still find themselves facing the unspeakable horrors in a desperate race to save each other—and perhaps even their very souls.

From Goodreads:
Between the evil and the deep blue sea… 

A historic cruise ship, a haunted ship, the Celtic American Line's Destiny, sets sail from the Port of New Orleans—with a killer on board. He's known as the Archangel Killer because of the way he displays his victims in churches. And how he places a different saint's medallion on each body. No one knows exactly who he is or why he's doing this. 

Jackson Crow—head of the FBI's Krewe of Hunters, a special unit of paranormal investigators—is assigned to the case, along with local agent Jude McCoy. Then Alexi Cromwell, who works in the ship's piano bar, is drawn into the situation when a victim's ghost appears to her—and to Jude. She and Jude share an attraction, and not just because of their mutual talent. 

There are many suspects, but one by one they're ruled out… Or are they? In the end, Jude and Alexi have to rely on each other to catch the killer and escape his evil plans for Alexi. 

My Review:


Author: Heather Graham
Series: Krewe of Hunters #17.5. 18
Read: March 19th, 19th, 2017
Source: Ebook.bike, NetGalley/Bought
Reason Why: Love her books and this series! And they're Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2017 Books!
Publisher: Evil Eye Concepts, Incorporated, Mira
Published: October 28th 2015, May 24th 2016

All Hallows Eve:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Haunted Destiny:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars