Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme started by the Broke and the Bookish.  Each week they chose a new meme and bloggers pick their Top Ten Books, TV Shows, Movies, etc that fit that theme. This week the theme is: Books I'm Thankful For!


Okay so I sat at my desk and tried to think of just ten books to put on this list that I was thankful for. The problem was I had a hard time nailing it down to just ten as I went through the stacks against my wall and my "To Read" section on Goodreas.com. What I realized was I lot of a good memories of lot of those books that seem special to me. The ones I picked up after college that reminded me how much I missed reading for fun (that's right I said it, I read for fun!). There were the ones I'll never get to read again twice I push on all my friends because the remind that books can surprised you. Of course I have the books the got me out funk, out of feeling low, alone, and so many other things. Lastly I found books that mean something to me because I share my love of those books with family members. 

So at the end of the day I decided that I couldn't pick ten, twenty, of even just a small group to represent the books I'm thankful for. Because at the end of the day I'm thankful for them all. For the ones I'll never get around to reading because there's enough time. To the ones I'm not into because I know they made someone else happy. For the ones that haven't been written yet because I'll have worlds, adventures, and new things to learn with those.

But, mostly I'm thankful for my local library being badass and having a never ending selection from to take from. As much as I'd love to buy all the books, my budget doesn't allow for that. So I'm enternally grateful for that as well.


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Tortall: A Spy's Guide - Review

Author: Tamora Pierce
Genre: YA Fantasy
Series: Tortall Series
Format: Hardback
Pages: 320

The secrets of Tortall are revealed. . . .

As Tortall’s spymaster, George Cooper has sensitive documents from all corners of the realm. When Alanna sends him a surprising letter, he cleans out his office and discovers letters from when King Jonathan and Queen Thayet first ascended the throne, notes on creating the Shadow Service of spies, threat-level profiles on favorite characters, Daine’s notes on immortals, as well as family papers, such as Aly’s first report as a young spy and Neal’s lessons with the Lioness. This rich guide also includes the first official timeline of Tortallan events from when it became a sovereign nation to the year Aly gives birth to triplets. Part history, part spy training manual, and entirely fascinating, this beautiful guide makes a perfect gift and is ideal for anyone who loves Alanna, King Jonathan, Queen Thayet, Kel, Neal, Aly, Thom, Daine, Numair, and the unforgettable world of Tortall! 


The Tortall books were some of my favorites growing up, and that feeling as changed since becoming an adult. Through all of those years two characters have always been my favorite: George Cooper and Numair Salmalin. So to finally have a book put together by the bits of papers that George Cooper had in a spare room was all I needed to know. With the added bonus that Numair would make an appearance, just and added bonus! Nothing about this book disappointed me.

It's just not the work of Tamora Pierce, but of her and friends who also love the land of Tortall. However, I couldn't tell. Everything flowed together wonderful. There wasn't a moment where I didn't think a page didn't fit well into the world that Tamora Pierce had created, or that a character felt different from how I remembered them. 

I loved the added bits of artwork as well. Finally getting to see what a few of the characters actually look like in, as well as how a few of the Immortal Creatures actually look like. In some places it added it a bit of fun, like the section all about the feasts for Their Majesties.

As a whole I thought the book flowed well together. Each section is clearly marked of what you're about to get, and each section dips its toe into a different part of the stories that came before it. Mentions of characters, places, and events. Which was fun to be brought back to places I haven't been in years! It was also a reminder of certain characters that I disliked, because sadly some of them made an appearance that they are want to do.

It was also fun to get to see a bit for the Lioness's children. While Aly has a whole book written around her, her brother's only get a small mention. So it was nice to get to see a bit of them. Of course it was delightful to see a grown up George Cooper as well. Though, not much has really changed in my opinion.

Really I don't have enough words to talk about how much I adored Tortall: A Spy's Guide. The only bad thing I have to say is that I'm always sad when Beka Copper doesn't get a mention, but I also understand she was a little before the time frame of this book. I was also sad that Faithful got very little mention. Faithful is one of my favorite creatures in the entire Tortall world!

Honestly, it was great book that I had to force myself to not devour in a single sitting. And it's one I'll go back and reread to see what I missed the first the time around.

Buy, Borrow, or Skip: If you are fan of Tamora Pierce you  need to add this to your collection. If you haven't read any of her books... Why are you still sitting there? Go to you local library, bookstore, or Free Little Library. Right now?!

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Can't Wait Wednesday

Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings to spotlight and talk about the books we're excited about what we have yet to read. Generally they are books that have yet to be released, but don't have to be. It is based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous at Breaking the Spine. 

Release Date: December 6th, 2017
Author: Janina Woods
Genre: Mystery 
Pages: 316

Sherlock Holmes is missing. Dr. Watson receives a cursed note, summoning him to the city of Milan. In his plight, he turns to the one person who can help him: Mycroft Holmes, secret agent and eternally concerned elder brother. Mycroft has to team up with Dr. Watson and fellow agent Victoria Trevor to follow Sherlock’s trail and stand against the dark forces that threaten his life.

Why I'm Waiting: I love Sherlock Holmes anything. So I'm pretty excited to Mycroft forced to team up with Dr. Watson.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Happy Release Day - Runebinder

Series: Runebinder #1
Author: Alex R. Kahler
Pages: 400

Magic is risen.

When magic returned to the world, it could have saved humanity, but greed and thirst for power caused mankind's downfall instead. Now once-human monsters called Howls prowl abandoned streets, their hunger guided by corrupt necromancers and the all-powerful Kin. Only Hunters have the power to fight back in the unending war, using the same magic that ended civilization in the first place.

But they are losing.

Tenn is a Hunter, resigned to fight even though hope is nearly lost. When he is singled out by a seductive Kin named Tomás and the enigmatic Hunter Jarrett, Tenn realizes he's become a pawn in a bigger game. One that could turn the tides of war. But if his mutinous magic and wayward heart get in the way, his power might not be used in favor of mankind.

If Tenn fails to play his part, it could cost him his friends, his life…and the entire world.

There are a lot of amazing books out today, but Runebinder is on the top of my TBR pile of the new releases out today. So run, don't walk, to your local bookstore today and check on the new release section. 


Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme started by the Broke and the Bookish.  Each week they chose a new meme and bloggers pick their Top Ten Books, TV Shows, Movies, etc that fit that theme. This week the theme is: Books I Want My Future Nieces and Nephews to Read!

  1. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  2. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
  3. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

  1. The Witches by Roald Dahl
  2. Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce
  3. The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett

  1. Matilda by Roald Dahl
  2. Goosebumps by R.L. Stine
  3. Redwall by Brian Jacques

  1. Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant by Tony Cliff 

Monday, November 13, 2017

Cover Release - The Mermaid

Release Date: June 19, 2018
Publisher: Berkley
Author: Christina Henry
Series: Stand Alone
Once there was a mermaid who longed to know of more than her ocean home and her people. One day a fisherman trapped her in his net but couldn't bear to keep her. But his eyes were lonely and caught her more surely than the net, and so she evoked a magic that allowed her to walk upon the shore. The mermaid, Amelia, became his wife, and they lived on a cliff above the ocean for ever so many years, until one day the fisherman rowed out to sea and did not return.

P. T. Barnum was looking for marvelous attractions for his American Museum, and he'd heard a rumor of a mermaid who lived on a cliff by the sea. He wanted to make his fortune, and an attraction like Amelia was just the ticket.

Amelia agreed to play the mermaid for Barnum, and she believes she can leave any time she likes. But Barnum has never given up a money-making scheme in his life, and he's determined to hold on to his mermaid.

I'm so excited for this! I read my first Christina Henry book this year, Lost Boy, and I absolutely adored it. My review can be found, here! I'm really excited to see Henry's take on a man like P.T. Barnum. He's a legend for so many things, and so few of those are good things. The Mermaid  is definitely on my watch list for 2018!


Thursday, November 9, 2017

Cover Release - Noir: A Novel

I've been waiting for two years for this book. Every since I first heard Christopher Moore talk about it during his book tour for Secondhand Souls. Finally I saw the cover for it today, and I'm all the more excited for it. Christopher Moore has combined two of my favorite things: his writing and Noir Novels. So here is a quick look at Christopher Moore's newest novel, Noir: A Novel. I cannot wait for April!

Release Date: April 17, 2018
Publisher: William Morrow
Author: Christopher Moore
Series: Stand Alone

San Francisco. Summer, 1947. A dame walks into a saloon . . .

It’s not every afternoon that an enigmatic, comely blonde named Stilton (like the cheese) walks into the scruffy gin joint where Sammy "Two Toes" Tiffin tends bar. It’s love at first sight, but before Sammy can make his move, an Air Force general named Remy arrives with some urgent business. ’Cause when you need something done, Sammy is the guy to go to; he’s got the connections on the street.

Meanwhile, a suspicious flying object has been spotted up the Pacific coast in Washington State near Mount Rainer, followed by a mysterious plane crash in a distant patch of desert in New Mexico that goes by the name Roswell. But the real weirdness is happening on the streets of the City by the Bay.

When one of Sammy’s schemes goes south and the Cheese mysteriously vanishes, Sammy is forced to contend with his own dark secrets—and more than a few strange goings on—if he wants to find his girl.