Stacking the Shelves

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks! The meme is now hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality.

This was another slow week in some ways. I got a few books this week! Plus my Secret Santa gift which as of this moment of writing my post I have not opened yet. I making myself send off my Secret Santa's before I allow myself to open mine. I just gotta wrap it. Which FYI Secret Santa people, my wrapping skills have yet to approve with time! LOL!

But anyway, since I will likely open that next week, here's what I got this week:

Full Moons and Mistletoe by Alyssa Rose Ivy--already read and reviewed! I don't know why I passed on this one last year, but since it came up FREE this week, I downloaded it and then immediately purchased the next one!
Full Moons and Candy Canes by Alyssa Rose Ivy

Brave by Jennifer L. Armentrout--SIGNED! I decided to just go ahead and order this beauty signed! *That way* the next time I meet Jennifer I won't have a huge stack of books to get signed! Lol! At least that's my reasoning! So it's a totally frugal purchase!

Caraval by Stephanie Garber--the Waterstones' Edition paperback! Yes, I'm slightly nuts! I paid a pretty penny to get this edition! The stained edges are so pretty too!
And then I won a contest at Silver's Reviews and received this beauty!
The Faerie Handbook by Carolyn Turgeon
THANK YOU Elizabeth & Harper Design! 
And finally, I bought yet another book sleeve from Fandom Designs--my family already thinks I'm nuts buying so many of these! But I HAD to get this one!
 It's Chapter 55 from a beloved book! I was sooo excited to snag one of these!! It's beautiful!!
And that was my haul this week! What did you all get? 

2018 Discussion Challenge

Here's what you have to do:

  • The 2018 Book Blog Discussion Challenge runs from January 1st until December 31st, 2018.
  • Sign-ups will remain open until December 31st, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Central. (So, you can sign up all year long! Come join us!)
  • Create a sign-up post announcing your intention to participate and link up below. There is no need to say what your discussion posts will be about – just tell us that you’re joining and let us know what your goal is. (Please note, you may do this in an update post, or a post of other challenges—you’re not required to make a completely separate post—but you can if you’d like!)
  • Please link back to both challenge hosts and include the challenge button in your sign-up posts.
  • There will be a kick-off post on January 1, 2018 on both Feed Your Fiction Addiction and It Starts at Midnight where you’ll be able to leave your links for any January discussions. At the beginning of every month, a new post will go up on both blogs for that month’s links. Every month, we’ll update this 2018 Book Blog Challenge Page with the links to that month’s Challenge linky—so you’ll always know where to find the latest link-up!
  • Share it! The more people we get to participate in this, the more awesome discussions we can all be a part of and the more fun it will be! So, invite your friends to join us!
  • This challenge is to help get us discussing books and book blogging, so talk about whatever you want as long as it’s relevant to book blogging. Discussions can be book related or book blogging related (or generally blogging related—no discussions about things that are completely off-topic like travel or fashion, etc). Discussions can also be about you personally if it’s a get-to-know-you type post.
  • If you forgot to leave your discussion link in the challenge month in which you posted the discussion or the linky list closed before you had a chance to leave it, you can leave it in a future month. (No duplicates, though.)
  • There will also be monthly giveaways, so make sure you check in each month!
  • Every month, we’ll feature our favorite posts from one randomly chosen participant. There will be extra options in the Rafflecopter for commenting on posts by our featured blogger.
  • Use the hashtag #LetsDiscuss2018 to share your progress and connect with other participants on Twitter.
  • Have questions? Feel free to ask in the comments!

The Levels:

1-10 – Discussion Dabbler
11-20 – Creative Conversationalist
21-30 – Chatty Kathy
31-40 – Terrifically Talkative
41+ – Gift of the Gab

Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2018

January 2018 will kick off the seventh year for the Mount TBR Reading Challenge (I miscounted last year!) and I don't seem to be getting those mountains moved at all. Despite the fact that I hope to have knocked 150 books off of my 2017 Mount TBR by the end of December, there are still whole mountain ranges lined up and down my hallway and in my back room waiting to be conquered. As fast as I read 'em and get them off the stacks, my bookaholic ways help me replace them. [Case in point--just returned from a long weekend in which I brought home about 20-25 new-to-me books.]

So, once again, I plan to concentrate on reading primarily from my own books in the coming year. And you're invited to join me in knocking out some of those books that have been waiting in the wings for weeks....months...even years.

Challenge Levels:

Pike's Peak: Read 12 books from your TBR pile/s
Mount Blanc: Read 24 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Vancouver: Read 36 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Ararat: Read 48 books from your TBR pile
Mt. Kilimanjaro: Read 60 books from your TBR pile/s
El Toro: Read 75 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Everest: Read 100 books from your TBR pile/s
Mount Olympus (Mars): Read 150+ books from your TBR pile/s

And the rules:
*Once you choose your challenge level, you are locked in for at least that many books. If you find that you're on a mountain-climbing roll and want to tackle a taller mountain, then you are certainly welcome to upgrade.  All books counted for lower mountains carry over towards the new peak.

*Challenge runs from January 1 to December 31, 2018.

*You may sign up anytime from now until November 1st, 2018.

*Books must be owned by you prior to January 1, 2018. No library books. If you're looking for a library book challenge or one that counts books on your non-owned TBR list, then there may be challenges out there that do that. This one does not.

*Rereads may count only in the following circumstances: If you did not own the book when you read it long ago and far away [based on your age, you can decide what that might mean] and you bought the book pre-January 1, 2018 intending to reread it now that it's your very own.  [To clarify--the intention is to reduce the stack of books that you have bought for yourself or received as presents {birthday, Christmas, "just because," etc.}. Audiobooks and E-books may count if they are yours and they are one of your primary sources of backlogged books.]

*You may count any "currently reading" book that you begin prior to January 1--provided that you had 50% or more of the book left to finish when January 1 rolled around.  I will trust you all on that.

*You may count "Did Not Finish" books provided they meet your own standard for such things, you do not plan to ever finish it, and you move it off your mountain [give it away, sell it, etc. OR remove it from your e-resources]. For example, my personal rule (unless it's a very short book) is to give a book at least 100 pages. If I decide I just can't finish it and won't ever, then off the mountain it goes and I count it as a victory--the stack is smaller! 

*Books may be used to count for other challenges as well.

*Feel free to submit your list in advance (as incentive to really get those books taken care of) or to tally them as you climb.

*There will be quarterly check-ins and prize drawings!

*A blog and reviews are not necessary to participate. If you have a blog, then please post a challenge sign up and link THAT post (not your home page) into the linky below. Non-bloggers, please leave a comment declaring your challenge level--OR, if you are a member of Goodreads, I will once again put together a group for the challenge there. Feel free to sign up HERE if that's where you want to participate. At the beginning of the year, I will update the sidebar link called Mount TBR Review Headquarters for current reviews and progress updates.


2018 New Release Challenge

The 2018 New Release Challenge is a year-long challenge in which we aim to read books released in 2018.  From this year on, I’ll be the sole host of the challenge, and I hope that won’t keep any of you away!  There is one post on the top of my homepage for all review links for the year, where the link is open for books you read and review each quarter. I will also do monthly wrap-up posts where you can link up as well.

In 2017, so far, I have read 75 books read that were released this year, and I don’t see why this should be any different next year. This is why I want to continue with the New Release Challenge. I always tend to do better when someone cheers for me, and I cheer for them. Also, trying to make sure I am held accountable both for the ARCs I receive and books I buy is important to me.

As always, I have already created a 2018 Release shelf on Goodreads, if you want to check it out to help you be inspired 

There is a Facebook Group for the 2018 New Release Challenge, to have a place where we can keep up with each other, cheer each other on, and get to know each other better. It is also a place where we can help each other find even more new releases. For those of you who have already participated, it’s the same group as before.

The rules for the 2018 New Release Challenge are simple:

  • Books have to be released and reviewed in 2018.
  • Other challenges can be used as well, if you are participating in the Netgalley / Edelweiss challenge or in the COYER challenge, books can count towards more than one challenge, as long as the ones you use for the 2018 New Release Reading Challenge qualify to the other rules.
  • The minimum length for a book to qualify is 100 pages, it can be in any format though, physical, e-book, ARC or audiobook.
  • The New Book Release Challenge is open from January 1st through December 31st 2018, and sign-ups are open until September 1st 2018.
  • You don’t have to be a blogger to participate, you can link to your review on Goodreads or Booklikes instead – so don’t be shy!

There are five levels  in the 2018 New Release Challenge:

  1. 1-30 books per year – New Release Newbie
  2. 31-60 books per year – New Release Pro
  3. 61-100 books per year – New Release Veteran
  4. 101-200 books per year – New Release Enthusiast
  5. 200+ books per year – New Release Obsessed
To sign up, please link your sign-up post in the linky below, and also make sure you use the quarterly linky for your reviews, as that will be the way the giveaway winner will be chosen. You can choose if you want to do monthly or quarterly challenge updates on your blog, but you will have the possibility to link up each quarter with your reviews.

Mini-ish Review--Full Moons and Mistletoe by Alyssa Rose Ivy

One Alpha Wolf
One Single Mom
And a Christmas neither will ever forget…

Single mom Alexandra will do anything for her son Langdon even if it means hunting down his wolf shifter father who doesn't know the boy exists. With each full moon Langdon comes closer to shifting, and Alexandra knows she's running out of time.

Ryder is the Alpha of his pack and out of his mind longing for his mate who slipped away from him before he could claim her. When Alexandra and Langdon appear in Ryder's life, he'll stop at nothing to protect them and keep his family by his side.

Full Moons and Mistletoe is a short little read from the talented Alyssa Rose Ivy. I didn’t read this one initially, but when it popped back up in my feeds as a free read, I thought why not?! It’s a holiday read and it’s paranormal! What could be more perfect? And it truly was an amazing read!

I think (for the most part) that this one actually takes place outside the Chronicles world! Here we have Alexandra with a bit of a problem; her three-year-old son is starting to shift into a wolf. She knows who the father is because she walked out on him after one incredible weekend. She had her doubts and insecurities about their fling but she knows her son needs his help to understand what is happening to him.

Ryder has been missing Alex pretty much since she left him. He knew, nearly right away, that she was the one for him; his perfect mate. And when he comes home one night to find her on his couch, he’s shocked and elated. But when she tells him all she wants is for him to help their son through his shifting issues, he’s a little less happy. The woman he wants as his is back in his life and he’s not about to let her get away a second time. He promises his help, but first she must spend the weekend with him and let him prove to her that he wants to be with her for the long haul.

Naturally, amid these romantic shenanigans we have another kind of danger. There are pack politics at play here that Alex doesn’t fully understand and when the life of her son becomes in danger, she will need Ryder’s help in rescuing him.

This was a fun little holiday read! I didn’t think I would enjoy it as much as I did! I loved how Ryder basically had to start over in trying to woo Alex back into his life. Their fling the first time around really was a quick and almost abrupt sort of thing. The previous chemistry between them helped to make the sudden romance more believable! And enjoyable!

The ending to this one was pretty perfect too! Such a short little read, but one I enjoyed far more than I anticipated! I am definitely going to be picking up Alyssa’s latest holiday read soon too!

Overall Rating 5/5 stars 


Mini Review--Life After Legend by Marie Lu

If you’ve always wanted to know what happened after June and Day’s second first meeting, you can find out in this LEGEND short story.

The story was a offered as a bonus for those who preordered Warcross. It will be available to the public near the end of 2017 or early 2018

Marie Lu’s Life after Legend was so awesome! This was the short little read you got for free when you pre-ordered Warcross. I believe this will be made into an ebook next year and be sold to everyone!

This is truly a short-short read at just about 21 pages. It’s from Day’s point of view and basically shows us what he was doing ten years after Champion before he and his brother returned to L.A. And as you might recall, he didn’t have his full memories after having a surgery that saved his life. He could remember his family and even Tess, but June wasn’t fully there. Yet he dreams about a girl he can’t seem to chase down.

This is basically just all the things he thought about and whatnot prior to seeing June again at the end of Champion. More of scene than a short story, but still one that fills with me all the happy feels! Definitely a must read for all fans of the Legend trilogy!

Overall Rating 5/5 stars 

Graphic Novel Review--Champion: The Graphic Novel by Marie Lu, Leigh Dragoon, & Kaari

June and Day have sacrificed so much for the people of the Republic─and each other─and now their country is on the brink of a new existence. June is back in the good graces of the Republic, working within the government's elite circles as Princeps-Elect, while Day has been assigned a high-level military position.

But neither could have predicted the circumstances that will reunite them: just when a peace treaty is imminent, a plague outbreak causes panic in the Colonies, and war threatens the Republic's border cities. This new strain of plague is deadlier than even, and June is the only one who knows the key to her country's defense. But saving the lives of thousands will mean asking the one she loves to give up everything.

Omg. I forgot how totally wrecked I was after I read Champion, Champion: The Graphic Novel has reminded me of these feelings! Lol! As you might remember it was both heart-wrenching and heart-warming, but still, omg, I am wrecked!

Once again, Leigh Dragoon, Kaari, and Marie Lu work together to bring us yet another amazing and stellar graphic novel of one seriously amazing book series! I was so thrilled that this series got to conclude, as we know another beloved one failed to make good sales to continue.

Anywho, in this one we see Day and June and the new Elect, Anden, fight to bring peace to the Republic. But war is still eminent. The Colonies and the Republic are still battling it out and the plague is still riding strong throughout the cities. They believe a cure might be found within Eden’s blood, but Day is loath to trust the Republic who has turned its back on him and his family time and again.

The road to peace is going to be a long and bumpy ride for Day, June, and pretty much everyone. Day, as we learned previously, is sick and dying. He has a short time left to do a lot of impossible things and save the people he loves, but will he have the time to do it all?

Naturally, I remembered bits and pieces of this one! Particularly that ending as it started to come about! But wowzers, totally forgot about the timeframe! I think that’s what got me the most emotional about the situation! As its predecessor novel, this is still a heart-racing read indeed! And all my original feels that I had when reading it came back as I read this graphic novel! It was just so incredible! I love being able to see a book come to life in this way! Yes, movies and TV shows are great, but there’s something totally amazing about seeing it all illustrated!

Once again I feel saddened by seeing this series come to an end, but I must say it was done truly well! I loved the overall outcome of things and how it came about in resolving. It’s truly one of the best ways to end a series! Even in a graphic novel!

Overall Rating 5/5 stars


Graphic Novel Review--Prodigy: The Graphic Novel by Marie Lu & Leigh Dragoon Ill. by Kaari

The second book in the best-selling Legend trilogy comes to life in this vibrant graphic novel adaptation.

After escaping from the Republic's stronghold, Day and June are on the run in Vegas when the country learns that their Elector Primo has died and his son has stepped in to take his place. They meet up with the rebel stronghold of the Patriots—a large organization straddling the line between the Republic and its warring neighbor, the Colonies—and learn about an assassination plot against the Elector. Using threats and blackmail to get what he wants, the Patriots' leader, Razor, convinces June to let herself be captured by Republic soldiers so she can win over the Elector and feed him a decoy assassination plan. But when June realizes that the new Elector is nothing like his father, she must work with Day to try to stop the Patriots' plot before Razor can fulfill his own devastating plans.

The best thing about graphic novels are how fast they read! In fact, I did a quick re-read of the first Legend: The Graphic Novel before diving into Prodigy: The Graphic Novel! I’ve gotta say I looooove what Leigh Dragoon and Kaari have done to Marie’s story! I find myself remembering bits and pieces of the actual book as I read. Granted, there may be something missing, I read it so long ago that I can’t really say. But the meat of the story is there!

Day and June are on the run from the Republic. They are wanted for crimes they didn’t commit. Day watched his brother die in his place, while his younger brother Eden, is still being held prisoner within. They meet up with Kaede and join a resistance group. One that plans on assassinating the new Elector. Only something isn’t quite right. June suspects there is something else going on, for the new Elector, Anden isn’t all that bad.

The best part about having such a cruddy memory is that I can still be taken by surprise of the events of already read books! This story was quite thrilling and exciting! I loved every moment of it! The artwork is definitely one of my favorites! Kaari has some seriously amazing skills! Everything is so detailed and precise. I’m not much of a comic book or graphic novel reader but I seem to be lucky enough to find some pretty amazing ones to read and see!

If you’ve yet to read these amazing graphic novels, I highly recommend them! They are quick and fast reads but still totally enjoyable! They tell the story we all already know pretty well all things considered. One always expects to see something cut or changed, but again, I have a bad memory for these things, I can remember some of the bigger details and whatnot. In lieu of that factoid, I’d say this one was pretty perfect in keeping true to the novel! I cannot wait to read Champion: The Graphic Novel next! This is a great way to revisit a favorite series in a shorter manner! I truly loved everything about it!

Overall Rating 5/5 stars


Book Blogger Hop

This meme is hosted by Billy at Ramblings of a Coffee Addict!

This week's question is: If you celebrate Christmas, do you feel the need to stop reading anything but Christmas-themed romances as the holiday season starts? (submitted by Maria @ A Night's Dream of Books)

MY ANSWER: Nope. I don't really read themed reads based on the seasons or holidays. So I continue reading whatever I was reading before the holidays popped up.

Review--The Midnight Star by Marie Lu

There was once a time when darkness shrouded the world, and the darkness had a queen.

Adelina Amouteru is done suffering. She’s turned her back on those who have betrayed her and achieved the ultimate revenge: victory. Her reign as the White Wolf has been a triumphant one, but with each conquest her cruelty only grows. The darkness within her has begun to spiral out of control, threatening to destroy all she’s gained.

When a new danger appears, Adelina’s forced to revisit old wounds, putting not only herself at risk, but every Elite. In order to preserve her empire, Adelina and her Roses must join the Daggers on a perilous quest—though this uneasy alliance may prove to be the real danger.

I’m having trouble with analyzing my feelings over Marie Lu’s The Midnight Star! She brought about an epic conclusion to The Young Elites trilogy in a way that I never saw coming! Though I was sort of betting on one part of the outcome, though it was such a small thing to be right about in the big picture, which ironically made me insanely happy despite a few tears!

Adelina is queen now, she pretty much has everything she could ever want, but yet, her new life is not all what she was hoping for. Violetta, her sister, has run away from her and joined the Daggers. Violetta wanted her to give up her powers for she feared they would eventually destroy her. Driven by her powers and the voices she’s heard since coming into her powers, she searches for Violetta, whether she wants revenge or reconciliation isn’t too clear, but soon a new travesty will take her full attention.

Adelina and Magiano find themselves in cahoots with the Daggers, the very ones who had turned against Adelina. Raffaele speaks of a prophecy of sorts that basically says that all the Young Elites with their gifted powers will eventually die from them. That in order to save all of them and thus the world they know, they will have to give their powers back to the gods and goddesses. Adelina isn’t too fond of this plan since she in fact loves her powers and how she’s become so much stronger with them, but when she sees that her sister is ailing because of her own abilities, Adelina knows she must at least try.

I’ve always felt for Adelina in this one. Perhaps I am not remembering the first book well enough, but I felt like at every turn Adelina was always pushed into being a villain. Her choices were taken from her and she was forced to help Teren in order to save her sister. Her newfound friends turned against her and never seemed to want to hear her side of things. I’ve just felt heartbreak for her. True, she has made some crazy scary choices over the course of the series. The powers that she gained seemed to have gone straight to her head and she couldn’t really think clearly.

There was still a nice dose of romance scattered throughout the book! Even with Enzo coming back to life in a somewhat zombie-ish-like form, I was still pretty much Team Magiano! He continued to stay by Adelina’s side no matter what happened and I admired him for that! Their romance wasn’t overly gushy or lovey dovey and I loved that about it too! I loved that their feelings ran deep and the ways that they did show affection with one another was endearing. Would I have minded just a teeny bit more kissing? Naturally! But I still enjoyed what we got regardless!

The pacing and action in this one was pretty incredible as well! Going from a search for her sister amid all the different countries to a journey that is fraught with extreme danger made for a heart-racing read indeed!

I had heard that this book turned people into an emotional wreck and oh my goodness, I so get it now! I feel wrecked over several things! So much happened, so many tears were shed for so many different reasons! And yet, I have to say that the ending was pretty satisfying in the long run, despite all the emotional turmoil I endured! If it wasn’t for that tiny little extra piece that we had at the end, I think I would be more of a blubbering mess right now. As it is, I’m just emotionally wrecked! Lol! That I have dealt with before, so it’s nothing new! Needless to say the ending was pretty freaking perfect all things considered!

Marie Lu is an author who just knows how to write incredible, heart-touching, and soul-wrenching stories! She is extraordinarily talented and I cannot wait to read more stories from her in the future!

Overall Rating 4.5/5 stars 


Random Thursday

I interrupt the Disney Facts Revealed month for a series of special Disney posts with facts about Aladdin in honor of the 25th anniversary! I saw all these in an article, Disney's Aladdin: 25 Magical Fun Facts for 25th Anniversary on Yahoo and I will share that link with you at the end of the month! There is no visible author on the article, just a general department.

All pictures were borrowed from the article as well!

Aladdin came out in theaters on November 25, 1995 and it is slightly inspired from the 1940s film The Thief of Bagdad which featured a powerful genie, a scheming vizier named Jaffar, an easily manipulated sultan, and a magic carpet. Abu was actually the name of the hero from this movie, so it's fitting that Aladdin's sidekick has the same name!

In early story ideas there was going to be two genies; a Genie of the Lamp and a Genie of the Ring. It was expected that Jaffar would get the ring and thus that genie and lead to an epic genie showdown!

As we all know, the merchant at the beginning of the film is voiced by Robin Williams. In keeping with the early script, this was going to be a freed genie that assumed human form. It would've been revealed to be so at the end of the film, but obviously that idea was cut.

The animators crafted the Genie around Robin Williams' rapid fire improv work. Co-director Ron Musker said that Robin did the first scene of the movie in about 25 takes, all completely different. Robin would follow the script for a little bit and then go off on his own ideas. Robin created about 16 hours worth of work that the creative team had to piece together "like a ransom note".

Among the many voices the Genie imitates in the film were Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ed Sullivan, Groucho Marx, Robert De Niro, Carol Channing, Ethel Merman, Rodney Dangerfield, Jack Nicholson, Peter Lorre, and Alec Guinness. Other celebrities he channeled but didn’t make the final cut: John Wayne, George H.W. Bush, and Dr. Ruth Westheimer.

Patrick Stewart was originally meant to voice Jafar but conflicts with Star Trek: Next Generation prevented that from happening.


Hey all! A fellow blogger, Andrea Heltsley writing as Drea Shane has written a book! And it's coming out very soon! Next Monday in fact!

“A page-turner that will leave you breathless and wanting more . . .”

Drea Shane’s debut reverse-harem takes paranormal romance to a whole new level. The Luna’s Destiny is a slow-burn, sensually appealing combination of shifters and Greek mythology. The only thing hotter than the Alpha shifters is the chemistry they have with the sharp-tongued heroine, Sydney.

My name is Sydney and I’m the Alpha’s daughter. As one of the few remaining female shifters, I find our pack suffocating and overbearing. Eventually, I’ll be the Luna of my own pack once I find my mate.

Keyword: Eventually. Unfortunately for me, Dad’s called Assembly and soon our territory will be swarming with potential Alpha mates. I’d hoped to make it through the final change on my eighteenth birthday before I had to deal with mating.

My birthday signals the blending of my human and wolf souls into one. I’ll finally have access to my full shifter powers. It will also be the night I bond to the mate I have yet to meet.

As if that isn’t enough, a chance encounter with a mysterious and alluring wolf has me questioning everything. Then there’s Joe, Dad’s enforcer and protégé. I can’t figure out why these feelings of desire are cropping up anytime I’m near the pain-in-the-ass shifter. Assembly hasn’t even started, so chaos is sure to ensue.

Then, my dad drops a bombshell, a family secret that turns my world upside down. Nothing for me or the shifter race will ever be the same. It might just take the Moon Goddess herself to get me through this.

* This is the first book in a slow-burn, reverse harem series. Not intended for younger audiences. *

A Moon Goddess Novel

A combination of paranormal shifter-y goodness and Greek mythology, this is definitely a read you won't want to miss! You can preorder it here on Amazon!

The Luna's Destiny releases December 18, 2017 


Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly blog post by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights releases we're eagerly awaiting.

As two lethal elemental gods set out to destroy Mytica, sworn enemies must become allies in the final fight to save the kingdoms.

Jonas continues to willfully defy his destiny, but the consequences of plotting his own course are drastic. As the fight for Mytica rages on, he must decide just how much more he's willing to sacrifice.

Lucia knows there's something special about her daughter and she'll do anything to protect her, even if that means facing Kyan alone.

Amara is called back home to Kraeshia. Grandma Cortas has her own plans for Mytica's future. She promises Amara power, revenge, and dominance if she agrees to be part of her scheme.

Magnus and Cleo's love will be put to the ultimate test. Dark magic is causing widespread destruction throughout the kingdom. Enemies across the sea are advancing. And unrest is stirring throughout the land. Is their love strong enough to withstand the outside forces tearing them apart?


AUTHOR: Morgan Rhodes
PUBLISHER: Razorbill
GENRE: Fantasy YA
RELEASE DATE: February 6, 2018 


Review--The Rose Society by Marie Lu

Once upon a time, a girl had a father, a prince, a society of friends. Then they betrayed her, and she destroyed them all.

Adelina Amouteru’s heart has suffered at the hands of both family and friends, turning her down the bitter path of revenge. Now known and feared as the White Wolf, she flees Kenettra with her sister to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army of allies. Her goal: to strike down the Inquisition Axis, the white-cloaked soldiers who nearly killed her.

But Adelina is no heroine. Her powers, fed only by fear and hate, have started to grow beyond her control. She does not trust her newfound Elite friends. Teren Santoro, leader of the Inquisition, wants her dead. And her former friends, Raffaele and the Dagger Society, want to stop her thirst for vengeance. Adelina struggles to cling to the good within her. But how can someone be good when her very existence depends on darkness?

Bestselling author Marie Lu delivers another heart-pounding adventure in this exhilarating sequel to The Young Elites.

I finally picked up Marie Lu's The Rose Society! It's time I finish Adelina's story and most likely be emotionally destroyed by the finale if the murmurs I heard about it are anything to go by! Lol! Naturally I had no recollection of The Young Elites, but a helpful summary/recap helped to fill that void and I was soon ready to dive into this one and see Adelina wreak her revenge!

Adelina wants nothing more than to have her revenge on the people who have wronged her. Such as the Daggers who cast her out without even blinking an eye, then there's Teren who helped lead her on her path that led to her disbandment, and the queens who want to see her dead as well. She will take them all out one by one if she has to, but knows she will need some help. With her sister, Violetta, at her side they will round up other Young Elites to their cause and give themselves all a little bit of justice and power.

This book was pretty exciting! Adelina is truly evolving into her villainous form and I must say, I like it! I understand her hurts and I root for her all the way. It seems everyone in this book is scheming something for their own needs. There's definitely more than one villainous character in this story.

I was also surprised by another occurrence in this book. True, this has been out for two years and the finale for a year now as well, but I can't bring myself to mention things that are surprising! No spoilers here. But let's say things take on an interesting and surprising development! I've always said something in lieu of this situation and it's why I can never believe the first part of the act when it happens because I feel like things can always change. Yes, even that! 

If that hasn't confused you enough, let's move on! Lol! We also get a possible romance in this one as well! A new character comes onto the scene and there are sparks flying here and there between him and Adelina. What it will mean for the finale I have no clue as of yet. It seems like anything is possible. Though I did like how the idea of a possible romance was sort of just that. It really didn't derail Adelina from her goals. This is definitely not a romance story and I knew that going in, but again, the little added touch of possibilities was still rather nice.

There's lots of tension and even suspense in this one! Adelina is fighting to get her group together so that she may take back the kingdom that she believes is her right. Enemies are all about. Death is always a possibility for any of them. The action was intense and I loved it! And that ending! Just when we think things might be taking a nice little pause, well Marie throws a few curveballs at us. So thankful that I can just dive right into the finale!

The Rose Society pretty much kept me on the edge of my seat and I am suspecting that I might as well maintain that position for The Midnight Star! Bring it on!!

Overall Rating 4.5/5 stars

Let's Discuss: Cheating: Deal Breaker or Not?

A long while back I wrote down a topic idea I saw again at We Live and Breathe Books, and it discussed cheating in books and whether or not it was a deal breaker for you. I'd thought I'd talk about that!

Cheating: Deal Breaker or Not?

Firstly I loathe cheating and it's sort of rare when it pops up in a book. There might be some extenuating circumstances, but all the same, I keep thinking to whoever is the cheater, just break up with one! It's so rare when it pops up in the books I read though, like I literally can't think of one book that might have had cheating in it. One of my more recent reads was close, but the guy did dump his current girlfriend of the time, because let's face it, that chick was really *itchy anyway.

This discussion is getting to be much shorter than I anticipated. Mostly because, as I said, I hardly ever come across cheating in the books I read. When it does, I'm usually just hoping that it ends. Like the cheater stops seeing one of the people they're seeing. I guess since romance is usually a side occurrence in my books, cheating doesn't seem relevant to begin with.

So while I don't care to see it in my books I read, I guess it's not necessarily a deal breaker. Granted if there was a book that revolved solely around cheating then yeah, I'd drop it there on the store shelf!

Teaser & Top Ten Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Purple Princess of The Purple Booker.

Here are the rules:

1. Grab your current read
2. Open to a page

3. Pick out 2 lines that are SPOILER FREE
4. Name the title, author, etc.

"Dead me belowdecks, sightless eyes, bloody chests. The whispers excitedly remind me of what had happened on the ship. Dead men, dead men." p 171

TITLE: The Rose Society
AUTHOR: Marie Lu
PUBLISHER: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
GENRE: Fantasy YA
RELEASE DATE: October 13, 2015 

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list  that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.

This week's topic is: Top Ten Bookish Settings I'd Love to Visit

*in no particular order

10. NEVERLAND--despite already being a grownup I don't want to be one! Lol! 
9. WONDERLAND--it might be mad but I always thought it would be a pretty cool place to explore!
8. CARAVAL--wherever it may be at the time of course! It's a scary game but I can't help but want to experience it as well! Reading has obviously made me lose all sense of my mind!

7. THE HOLLOWS--hanging out with Rachel, Jenks, Ivy, and Trent would be AWESOME! Get some Piscary's Pizza and just hang out! I'd love this!!
6. KETTERDAM--yeah...I'm thinking only this just because I'd want to hang with Kaz and crew. I'll be their seventh crow! Lol.
5. DOON--a magical kingdom hidden within Scotland? Hell yeah!

4. MYTICA--I'd pretty much want to go all over the place here!
3. SITIA--I chose this country only because magic isn't banned! And you know, it might be less dangerous. Maybe. Probably not!
2. THE NIGHT COURT--I mean what other court would there be?

1. HOGWARTS--because duh! Lol! Plus Hogsmeade and every other inch of this magical world! I want to see it ALL!!