Standalone Sunday 9/3/17

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Standalone Sunday was created by Megan at bookslayerreads.com. It is a post to recommend a standalone book (not a series) that you enjoyed.

 

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We Are Still Tornados by Michael Kun & Susan Mullen

 

It’s the summer of 1982, and for Scott and Cath, everything is about to change.

Growing up across the street from each other, Scott and Cath have been best friends for most of their lives. Now they’ve graduated high school, and Cath is off to college while Scott stays at home trying to get his band off the ground. Neither of them realized that their first year after high school would be so hard.

Fortunately, Scott and Cath still have each other, and it’s through their letters that they survive heartache, annoying roommates, family dramas, and the pressure of figuring out what to do with the rest of their lives. And through it all, they realize that the only person they’ve ever wanted to turn to is each other. But does that mean they should think about being more than friends? One thing is clear: Change is an inescapable part of growing up, and we share unbreakable bonds with the friends who help us navigate it.

 

Hardcover, 304 pages
Published November 1st 2016 by St. Martin’s Griffin

 

August 2017 Wrap Up

I participated in both the Make Me Read It Readathon and ARC August which definitely pushed me to read more than normal. Even with a bit of traveling, I managed to read 13 books in August.  I also made it through half of another.

Here is what I read.

 

 

The Hollow Girl by Hilary Monahan  4  1/2 stars  (arc)

Geekerella by Ashley Poston  5 stars

History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera  5 stars

Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller  4 stars (closer to  4 1/2)  (arc)

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Posted my August book haul too soon! A lot more books came in.

I guess I posted my Massive Book Haul too soon.  I ended up getting a lot more books sooner than I expected.

 

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I won these books from Entangled Teen on twitter.  Black Bird of the Gallows, Remember Yesterday, All The Stars Left Behind, Omega, and Enigma.

 

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These were ordered from Barnes & Noble online.  Akata Witch, The Epic Crush of Genie Lo, Little & Lion, Dress Codes for Small Towns, and Monstress.

 

 

The Rattled Bones was the Page Habit book for August and Wicked Like A Wildfire was the Fairy Loot book.  I will be making a post for both of these boxes soon.

 

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Bernie Sanders Guide To Political Revolution was purchased at a book tour for Bernie.

 

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Not a book, but my pre-order gifts came in for Moxie.  #moxiegirlsfightback

 

I also got two digital books.  A Messy Beautiful Life from Entangled Teen and Feel Me Fall from the author.

 

 

Cover Reveal: Savage by Nicole Conway

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Savage (Dragonrider Legacy #1)

by Nicole Conway

Publication Date:  September 26, 2017

Publisher:  Month9Books

 

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Savage begins the Dragonrider Legacy series, a thrilling companion to the international bestselling Dragonrider Chronicles.

 

Never send a hero to do a monster’s job.

 

Forty years have passed since Jaevid Broadfeather brought peace to Maldobar and Luntharda. But that fragile truce will be tested as darkness gathers on the horizon. The vicious armies of the Tibran Empire have crossed the far seas and are threatening to destroy Maldobar completely. Not even the dragonriders can match the Tibran war machines. And after an attempt to awaken Jaevid from his divine sleep fails, the fate of Maldobar is looking grim.

 

Reigh has never known what it means to be a normal human. Raised amongst the gray elves in the wild jungle of Luntharda, he’s tried everything to fit in. But the dark power within him is bursting at the seams—refusing to be silenced. And while his adoptive father, Kiran, insists this power must be kept secret, Reigh knows he’s running out of time.

 

As Maldobar burns, the world is desperate for a new hero. Destiny has called, and one boy will rise to answer.

 

Link to Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35300138-savage  

 

Pre-order Link:

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Nicole is the author of the children’s fantasy series, THE DRAGONRIDER CHRONICLES, about a young boy’s journey into manhood as he trains to become a dragonrider. She has completed the first two books in the series, and is now working on the third and final book.
Originally from a small town in North Alabama, Nicole moves frequently due to her husband’s career as a pilot for the United States Air Force. She received a B.A. in English with a concentration in Classics from Auburn University, and will soon attend graduate school.
She has previously worked as a freelance and graphic artist for promotional companies, but has now embraced writing as a full-time occupation.
Nicole enjoys hiking, camping, shopping, cooking, and spending time with her family and friends. She also loves watching children’s movies and collecting books. She lives at home with her husband, two cats, and dog.

 

Website • Twitter • Facebook • Goodreads

 

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Thank you Senator Sanders

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I don’t expect to get political on my blog since I respect that everyone has different views. But I was able to go see Bernie Sanders last night in Aurora, IL.  This was a book tour event hosted by Anderson’s Bookshop.  This is exactly what I needed right now.

Senator Sanders is such an inspiration and he motivates me to do more.  He spent over an hour talking last night.  The beginning was spent mentioning the book, but then he just took off from there. He spoke to use about Texas right away.

Some of the topics he covered were healthcare, voter suppression, the future with our children, climate change, racism and hate, how truly rich the richest people in the world are, immigration, personal stories from people he met, and so much more.  He was passionate and funny.

If you are somewhat progressive, please check out this new book. It’s YA and written more for a younger generation to inspire and motivate them.

 

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A handful of the books were signed (not sure how many total) and I was lucky enough to receive one.  Guests were also able to buy shirts, hats, and buttons.  I did buy a shirt, but it went right into the hamper last night when I got home.

 

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Overall, it was a great night.  This was my first time going to any type of political tour and I will definitely be going to more.

 

Final #ARCAugust Update

I’m pretty happy with how many ARCs I managed to finish in August.  Especially since I also did the Make Me Read It Readathon and none of those were ARCs.  I managed to finish 9 books and started a 10th.

Here is what I managed to read.

 

 

The Hollow Girl by Hillary Monahan    I gave this book 4  1/2 stars. I loved the blood magic and the Romani culture.

The Mask of Shadows by Linsy Miller   I gave this book 4 stars.  I loved the action and gender fluid character, but was confused a bit by all the people, times, and setting.  The second half of the book was easily 5 stars though.

The Third Kiss by Kat Colmer  I also gave this book 4 stars.  I loved the curse and demons.

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Waiting on Wednesday 8/30/17

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Waiting on Wednesday was created by breaking the spine to show off an upcoming release you are looking forward to.

This week I’m picking Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh.

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Summary from Goodreads:

An LGBT fantasy series that follows a talented necromancer who must face down a deadly nemesis who has learned how to turn her magic into a weapon.

Odessa is one of Karthia’s master necromancers, catering to the kingdom’s ruling Dead. Whenever a noble dies, it’s Odessa’s job to raise them by retrieving their souls from a dreamy and dangerous shadow world called the Deadlands. But there is a cost to being raised–the Dead must remain shrouded, or risk transforming into zombie-like monsters known as Shades. If even a hint of flesh is exposed, the grotesque transformation will begin.

A dramatic uptick in Shade attacks raises suspicions and fears among Odessa’s necromancer community. Soon a crushing loss of one of their own reveals a disturbing conspiracy: someone is intentionally creating Shades by tearing shrouds from the Dead–and training them to attack. Odessa is faced with a terrifying question: What if her necromancer’s magic is the weapon that brings Karthia to its knees?

A lavish fantasy with a surprising and breathtaking LGBT romance at its core, Reign of the Fallen is a gutsy, unpredictable read that will grab readers by the throat and never let go….

 

Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: January 23rd 2018 by Razorbill
Add to Goodreads here.

Review of Boomerang Boyfriend by Chris Cannon (digital arc)

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Summary from Goodreads:

Working with her best friend’s brother at Betty’s Burgers, free-spirited Delia starts to see Jack in a new light. Not only has Jack-the-Jerk turned into a hottie, he’s even acting like a nice guy, who rescues dogs and knows how she likes her coffee. But if Jack is into her, then why is he keeping her a secret? Of course, if her best friend doesn’t approve, Delia could lose the only family she’s ever known.
Seeing Delia in her retro waitress uniform throws Jack’s world out of whack. She’s always been just another pain in the butt little sister…not a datable female. But she’s rockin’ the Pie Princess tiara, and even her hot-pink striped hair is sexy. What’s that about? He needs to get his head on straight, because artsy, funky Delia and her nonconformist ways don’t fit in his safe and ordered world.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains kisses that make the world fall away and snarky humor that may cause you to LOL in public places.

 

My thoughts:

Most books from Entangled Teen (Crush) are cute reads and this was no exception. They’re fun and easy to read.  A perfect choice for me to read between fantasies or more serious books.

Delia is a bit annoying at times, but I love that she’s cool with standing out.  She has pink streaks in her hair and does weird things with make-up.  She’s artsy and isn’t really afraid to be herself.  I loved that about her.  Her family life isn’t great, but she makes the best out of it.

Jack is kind of an ass.  But he did lose his dad and grandpa in an accident and only has girls left in his family.  He seemed a bit afraid to live life at times.  But he’s a dog lover and that made him much better to me.  He’s also close to his friend, Trevor, and that made him more likable.

I actually liked the other characters and would have loved to read more about them. Aiden could be a pain and was a bit boring, but I liked him more once we knew his secret.

I was kind of pleasantly surprised to find that this book took place in Illinois.  Not only that, but Canton, IL.  My daughter moved to Pekin last year and I’m pretty sure her boyfriend’s mom lives in Canton.  I’ve never been there, but it was cool to have that connection when reading.

I liked Jack and Delia together, but not as much as I hoped.  I do think they bring out good things in each other and I really liked the ending.  I especially loved the dog stories throughout the book.

Overall, this was a 3 1/2+ star book for me (rounded it up to 4 stars).  I received a copy of this book from Entangled Teen through Netgalley for review.

Boomerang Boyfriend is set to be released September 11, 2017.

You can add it to Goodreads here.

 

Cover Reveal: The Perils of Growing Up Werewolf (Hair In All The Wrong Places #2) by Andrew Buckley

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The Perils of Growing Up Werewolf

(Hair in all the Wrong Places #2)

by Andrew Buckley!

 

Being a werewolf is no picnic. Colin’s constantly hungry, spends a ton of time shaving, and fights to keep his emotions in check to avoid turning into a giant, drooling, hairy, smelly, howling wolf. But Colin’s not the only creature hanging around the town of Elkwood. Vampires, zombies, goblins, ogres, and other questionable visitors and their various shenanigans have got everyone on edge.

 

Colin just wants to live a normal life, date, and get his homework done on time. But the town of Elkwood needs him. So when a secret government organization asks for his help, will he be able to control the animal inside, or will he give in to the perils of growing up werewolf?

 

Link to Goodreads:
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Pre-order Link:
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About the author:

Andrew Buckley

Andrew Buckley attended the Vancouver Film School’s Writing for Film and Television program. After pitching and developing several screenplay projects for film and television, he worked in marketing and public relations, before becoming a professional copy and content writer. During this time Andrew began writing his first adult novel, DEATH, THE DEVIL AND THE GOLDFISH, followed closely by his second novel, STILTSKIN. He works as an editor for Curiosity Quills Press.

Andrew also co-hosts a geek movie podcast, is working on his next novel, and has a stunning amount of other ideas. He now lives happily in the Okanagan Valley, BC with three kids, one cat, one needy dog, one beautiful wife, and a multitude of characters that live comfortably inside of his mind.

Andrew is represented by Mark Gottlieb at the Trident Media Group.

 

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

 

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Massive August Book Haul

I purchased and received a lot of books in August.  I decided not to take pictures of everything because there are so many, but wanted to share what I got.

I do have some pictures that I took to share.  For the rest, I’ll use the goodreads cover photos.

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My first stack.  Want, Miles Morales, and A Fiece & Subtle Poison were purchased at Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville, IL.  Miles Morales is signed.  The Love Interest, Frostblood, Lost in a Book, and In the Afterlight were purchased at Half Price Books.

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How to Disappear was pre-ordered from Barnes & Noble.  The author sent the bookmarks and signed book plate.

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