Received a package in the mail this weekend.

I haven’t read this book and I don’t have a copy yet, but it sounds interesting.  I went ahead and signed up for the street team and I’m hoping it’s as good as it sounds.

I received mail from MacMillan this weekend with this fun stuff as part of the street team.

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Hoping to get through the chapter sampler soon.

Berserker by Emmy Laybourne is being released October 10th 2017 by Feiwel & Friends.

Summary from Goodreads:

Are Hanne’s powers a gift from the old Norse gods, or a curse?

Her brother Stieg swears their powers are a gift from the old gods, but Hanne Hemstad knows she is truly cursed. It’s not Stieg’s fault that their father is dead, their mother has left, and their brother Knut has been accused of a crime he didn’t commit.

No, the fault lies with Hanne and her inability to control her murderous “gift”–she is a Berserker. When someone she loves is threatened, she flies into a killing state. The siblings must leave Norway for the American frontier or risk being brought to justice.

Aided by a young cowboy who agrees to be their guide, Hanne and her siblings use their powers to survive the perilous trail, where blizzards, wild animals, and vicious bounty hunters await.

Will they be able to reach their uncle, the one man Hanne believes may be able to teach her how to control her drive to kill? With Berserker, Emmy Laybourne, the author of Monument 14, presents her vision of an American west studded with Viking glory.

WWW Wednesday

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Hosted by Taking On A World Of Words

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

 

I am currently reading The Third Kiss by Kat Colmer.

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I recently finished Geekerella by Ashley Poston.

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The next book I’ll be reading is History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera.

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Leave me the link to yours in the comments or just let me know your answers.

Review of digital ARC Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller

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Summary from Goodreads:

I Needed to Win.
They Needed to Die.

Sallot Leon is a thief, and a good one at that. But gender fluid Sal wants nothing more than to escape the drudgery of life as a highway robber and get closer to the upper-class—and the nobles who destroyed their home.

When Sal steals a flyer for an audition to become a member of The Left Hand—the Queen’s personal assassins, named after the rings she wears—Sal jumps at the chance to infiltrate the court and get revenge.

But the audition is a fight to the death filled with clever circus acrobats, lethal apothecaries, and vicious ex-soldiers. A childhood as a common criminal hardly prepared Sal for the trials. And as Sal succeeds in the competition, and wins the heart of Elise, an intriguing scribe at court, they start to dream of a new life and a different future, but one that Sal can have only if they survive.

My thoughts:

I really enjoyed Mask of Shadows.  I’m pretty sure this is the first book I’ve read with a gender fluid character and I felt that it really added to the story.  Sal watched everyone he/she knew die and has wanted revenge ever since.  Sal decides to try out to be Opal, a member of the queen’s “The Left Hand”.  They are the queen’s assassins and the other Opal died while on an assignment.  Sal was living life as a thief up until then, not able to read or write, but very skilled.  While on their last heist, Sal meets a lady whom they feel something different for.   Sal even let her keep a piece of jewelry. Sal found the paper about the Left Hand auditions, kills someone for the entry, and leaves.

While trying out for The Left Hand, Sal is competing against 22 others.  Sal is 23 (fitting since it’s my favorite number).  The audition includes learning different skills, both physical and mental.  I really liked the poison lessons.  Sal goes in for a lesson to learn how to read and write and finds Elise, the same girl he stole from.  They flirt and she remembered who Sal was right away.

“I was Sallot Leon-one of the last children of Nacea, orphan and street fighter, highway thiefand Twenty Three.”

I loved Sal, but I really found myself loving Maud, the maid.  She was funny and a great side character.  Elise was bold and smart, always a good combo.  I also really enjoyed the rest of The Left Hand.

I won’t ruin anything for anyone who hasn’t read this yet.  Sal competes.  There is a lot of death, some backstabbing, a little romance, and revenge.

I gave this book 4 stars.  It was a little confusing with all the names and places, but the story was fast paced with a lot of action.

I received a digital copy of this book from Netgalley for review. Mask of Shadows will be released August 29th 2017 by Sourcesbooks Fire.

WWW Wednesday July 26, 2017

Decided to try this one out from Sam at Taking on a World of Words .

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The three W’s are:  What are you currently reading?  What did you just finish reading? What are you reading next?

I am currently reading Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson. 

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This is the story of Tiger Lily and Peter Pan that starts off before Wendy ends up in Neverland.  I’m almost halfway through and Wendy hasn’t arrived yet.  So far there is a friendship growing between Tiger Lily and Peter Pan, but it’s starting to hint at more.

The last book I finished was Invictus by Ryan Graudin.

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Invictus is a time travel book about a boy named Far and his crew on the Invictus.  Far works for a shady guy to go back in time and steal items that wouldn’t be missed.  When on the Titanic, he runs into another time travel thief, Eliot, who has a huge surprise for Far about his past and the future of the world.  Full review of Invictus.

I’m honestly not sure what I’m reading next.  I rarely pick ahead of time unless I have an ARC waiting to be read and reviewed.  I’m currently waiting on a few to be approved, so I won’t pick my next read until I finish Tiger Lily.  I also like to wait and see what my mood is at the time.  

Did you do WWW Wednesday?  If so, post your link in the comments so I can see your answers, too. If you’ve read any of these books, share your thoughts (no spoilers please) below.

 

 

ARC Review of Invictus by Ryan Graudin

Invictus was the first book I’ve read by Ryan Graudin and I’m really glad I gave it a try. The book was a little slow for me at times, but overall, it was really interesting. I absolutely loved the time travel parts.

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Invictus takes place hundreds of years in the future.  Faraway (Far) McCarthy is training to be a time traveler.  During his testing, there are always issues with his date of birth. Far’s mom gave birth to him on a ship while they were in void between time.  She did the one thing she wasn’t supposed to do during time travel, interacted with someone from the past.  Not only did she speak to a gladiator in 95 AD, she got pregnant by him.  During Far’s final exam, he is spotted by Marie Antionette in the Sim.  She winks at him and Far is positive his Sim was hacked, but he fails.

Far receives a message to meet someone about his future.  He goes and ends up signing on to go into the past to steal things no one will miss.  Far not only wants to time travel, but he’s hoping to go on missions to find his missing mom.  He chooses the ship’s name, Invictus, and his crew.  His cousin Imogen was my favorite character in this book.  She is the ship’s historian and is very colorful and happy.  She also has a pet on the ship, a red panda. Far’s friend Gram is the engineer and his girlfriend Priya is the medic.

The Invictus crew goes back in time for heists and all go well until they get to the Titanic. Things are weird with the numbers and they land four hours later than they have planned.  While looking for a book, Far spies another time traveler from the future who steals the book before him.  Eliot ends up on the Invictus and says she wants to work with the crew.  However, Eliot is there for reasons Far and his crew will have a hard time understanding. They must find a way to make things right because Far should have never been born. 

I haven’t really read books on time travel before.  Historical fiction and science fiction are genres I’m pretty with.  I don’t read them often.  But this book ended up being better than I expected.  I enjoyed the writing and details and will definitely be picking up another book from the author in the near future.  I loved the future slang.  The swear words were hashing great. 

I received a digital arc from Netgalley for review.  It did not influence me in any way. Invictus will be released September 26, 2017. 

This Week’s Book Haul

I was able to pick up eight new books this week.  

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I received two books from OwlCrate.  The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee was the July OwlCrate book.  The OwlCrate Jr was The Unicorn in the Barn by Jacqueline K Ogburn. If you’re not already subscribed, I would highly recommend checking them out. 

I purchased two books from Book Depository.  What I love about Book Depository is that I can purchase UK editions and I get free shipping.  This time I bought the 20th Anniversary Edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Hufflepuff edition) and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.

I was able to visit a Half Price Books yesterday and picked up two books I had been looking for.  Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson and Endsinger by Jay Kristoff.  I’m pretty picky when buying used books, but both of these were in very good condition with no writing or marks.

My last purchase yesterday was from Barnes & Noble.  I had a few 20% off coupons to use and found two books I wanted that were already marked down 20% and I saved an extra 10% with my membership card.  I got two books for just over $25.  Both books are by Victoria Aveyard.  A signed first edition of Glass Sword and the b&n exclusive edition of King’s Cage.

No, I probably didn’t need to buy books since I have so many here to read.  But I’m a book addict.  I’ll be going to a book signing tomorrow night with Becky Albertalli and Angie Thomas.  I already have their books, but I’m sure I will pick up a couple books while I’m at Anderson’s Bookshop.  

What have you purchased lately?  Comment below and let me know. 

Help me choose what to read for the Make Me Read It Readathon

I saw this readathon on Kourtni’s blog Kourtnireads and decided to try it out, too.  This readathon is by theinnocentsmiley and teaandtitles and runs from August 6th through August 13th.  #MakeMeRead

“Look at the books you own, either physical, e-book or ones you’ve borrowed from the library and pick out a few you really want to read, or feel like you should read. It’s up to you how many you pick, personally I’d pick a few more than you expect to be able to read in a week. Example: if you think you’ll only read two, pick out five books or if you think you can read seven, pick out ten.
 
Make a list of these books on your blog, or make a video, or a Goodreads shelf or post a picture on Instagram—whatever is easiest for you. Then get friends, other bloggers/booktubers/bookstagrammers etc. to vote on which books you HAVE to read.
 
When the readathon comes along, you read the books in the order of most votes. For example, if one book gets 10 votes—you read that first, then the one that got 7 and so on. If there’s a tie, then it’s your preference. The goal is to read as many as possible.” 
 
  
You get to choose what I will be reading.  Please vote on this poll and I will attempt to read the top 3 books chosen during this time period.  
If you are doing the readathon, comment below and let me know.
I will close the voting for this around August 3rd and announce the winners in a new blog.