June 2017 Book Haul

Do you ever feel guilty about buying so many books? Yeah, me neither… for the most part, anyways. 😉

June’s ridiculous amount of physical books I bought/got for review show this truth.

 

“The Chronicles of Faerie” by O.R. Melling: I’ve been wanting to read this series for years. Went to the library awhile ago to finally start, but they did not have the first one available. (How rude!) Now I own three of them.

 

“Dorothy Must Die” series by Danielle Paige: Decided I wanted to try these books. Bookoutlet had a sale, so why not buy them all even though I don’t know if I’ll like the first book?

 

“Of Triton” and “Of Neptune” by Anna Banks: I bought the first book in this series over three years ago and still. have. not. read. it. Saw these for sale, and thought I’d get them. Maybe having them all will encourage me to, you know, actually read them? #bookwormlogic

 

Books 3,4, and 5 of the “Glamourists Histories” by Mary Robinette Kowal: My dearest friend has praised this series, and, seeing the hardcovers on sale, I thought I’d get them even though I have not read books one and two. They’re pretty, don’t you think?

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“Silver Phoenix” and “Fury of the Phoenix” by Cindy Pon: Always looking for Asian-based fantasies, and so I’m happy to have these added to my library.

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“Jane of Austin” by Hilary Manton Lodge: A contemporary retelling of Jane Austen’s “Sense and Sensibility” that I received for free for review. On my July TBR.

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“These Broke Stars” by Aimee Kaufman and Megan Spooner: I hope this book is as good as it’s gorgeous cover.

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“True to You” by Beck Wade: It was on sale at Lifeway…

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“Defy The Stars” by Claudia Gray: Been eyeing this one for a little while, and, a trip to Barnes and Noble one day saw me leaving with it.

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“King’s Folly” by Jill Williamson: I LOVE the “Blood of Kings” trilogy by Williamson, and this one is supposed to be a prequel series! Found it at a good price and now it is mine. Mwhahahaha! 😀

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“Stealing Snow” by Danielle Page: Because, when buying the author’s other series that is on sale, why not pick up another book by her?

 

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“The Conspiracy of Us” by Maggie Hall: I was at Dollar Tree late one evening, and I found this book. Say what? One of my best deals of the month, for sure.

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“Flamecaster” by Cindy Williams Chima: I had not seen this book before one day browsing at Barnes and Noble. I’m interested in seeing if it is as cool as its cover.

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“Love, Lies, and Spies” by Cindy Antsey: A fun looking regency that I found on sale.

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“Hello, I Love You” by Katie M. Stout: K-Pop. A heroine named Grace. Yesss.

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“Counted With the Stars” by Connilyn Cossette: That cover. ❤

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“Sirens” by Janet Fox: Another good deal. The price was marked $0.99.

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“My Lady Jane” by Cythia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows: This funny re-imagining of Lady Jane Grey’s story is one of my current reads. Picked it up at Barnes and Noble.

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“Ghost Talkers” by Mary Robinette Kowal: I looove the cover of this book. Normally priced way out of my comfortable-book-buying-price, I found it at a nicer price at Bookoutlet.

Did you get any books is June? Feel free to share. 😀

You Might Be A Bookworm If…

You might be a bookworm if…

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1. You spend more money on books than on clothes, shoes, hair products, etc. ( Who needs to look good when there are books? 😉 )


2. You get  freakishly excited when a book store comes into your sights when you are out. (Also, you get looks from whoever is with you because they strangely dread wandering the halls of a bookstore. #why?)

3. Half-Price = Double Happy!


4. You’re running out of shelf space. Again. Maybe even bookcase space.

5. You have to force yourself to smile at someone who just said “reading is boring.” It might  look like this: (>_<)                           

dreamstimefree_1220416. You have at least twenty books that you own, but have not read. Plus, there are all of those books you are planning to buy. #noregretspeople.

 

 

7. Extra money! *goes to book store* Well, there went that.

 

8. Random Individual: “What do you want for your Birthday?” Bookworm: “Books!” Random Individual: “Here’s a gift card. I can’t keep up with all the books you have read.”


9. “Have you read this?” *book worm looks at book, then sighs in disappointment because they momentarily thought they found a new book to add to their TBR pile(s)* “Yes.” 

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10. You see a person with a book you have read , want to go up and talk about book, but you don’t know them 😦


11. Book Sales are your Black Friday.


12. *sees cheap book and reaches for it* “Don’t do it. You already have-” *ignores voice in head and buys the book*


13. Bookworm: “Yay! I have been waiting for this book for so long. Now I can read it.” Books on shelf: “We’ve been waiting to be read longer!” Bookworm: “Hee hee.” * proceeds to read new book*


14. A non-book lover: “Why do you own so many books?” Bookworm: “That question is invalid. Please try again.”

 

*Images by Dmitry BomshteinDaniel Gilbey, and Jody Vrugteveen.

Drama Wednesday (10)— Korean…Books

I love books. I love Korean things. (Dramas. Music. ETC.) No big shock that I get rather excited when I find them combined. It’s like when you mix all of your favorite ice creams together and come up with a wondrous creation that exceeds the individual flavors. (Okay, so this is a rare thing, but imagine if it did work out?)

Today I thought I would share some  books that are either K-Drama/K-Pop themed, or  have Korean elements, that I hope to read soon. These books are ones I have found while wasting time browsing the internet. (No, I’ve not read/finished reading any of them, so I cannot recommend them. They just look like stuff I’d read and like.):

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“K-Love” by Devon Atwood and Alice Cornwall— K-Love is one of my favorite radio stations, but this book is a YA about love that starts with a mother’s love of Korean Dramas. How? The mother sets her daughter up on a blind date with a Korean guy all because of her love for Korean dramas. *plans to buy soon*

 

“Kidnapped Idol,” “Undercover Fan,” and “Snowflake Kisses” by Jennie Bennet— This series of novellas looks so cute. They follow K-Pop stars, and I need them on my shelf right now.

 

“Eun and the Phantom,” “Foxtails,” and “Evangeline” by Erica Laurie— “Eun and the Phantom” is about a woodcutter’s daughter who falls in love with a man cursed to be a phantom. “Foxtails” takes place in regency England, but has Gumihos, which are Korean mythical creatures also known as nine-tailed-foxes. “Evangeline” is about a modern day American girl who is transported to a fantasy world that resembles a historical Korea.

 

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“Hello, I Love You” by Katie M. Stout—Another K-Pop book, this is about a girl who falls in love with a K-Pop star. I’m sure there’s more to it, but that’s all I feel like sharing.

 

“To All The Boys I Loved Before,” “P.S. I Still Love You,” and “Always and Forever, Lara Jean” by Jenny Han— This series just looks like a fun contemporary. It’s about a half-Korean girl who writes letters to boys she has crushes on. These letters are not meant to be seen by the crushes, but someone sends them out. Not. good.

 

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“Lady of Dreams” by W.R. Gingell— This book is another that takes place in a fantasy land that resembles Korea. The heroine is “Half Korean” and can spy on people through dreaming.

 

Do you have any suggestions for books that include Korean elements? Please share. 😀

Top Ten Tuesday: Recent Fantasy/Sci-Fi Additions

The TBR pile. It is an exciting, yet daunting thing. Exciting because ALL THE BOOKS *happy dance while hugging all the books*. Daunting because I will probably never get to all of them, even if I joined the Dauntless faction and did some serious training in the art of reading.

However, the exciting part wins over the daunting part, because to this day I still add books to the stack(s).

Today for Top Ten Tuesday, we’re to post the Top Ten Books we’ve recently added in (X) genre to our To Be Read pile. I have chosen Fantasy/Sci-Fi:

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“Quests for Glory” by Soman Chainani— While I had some issues with the original trilogy, it still stole my heart enough that I would not have mind there being more to this series. Imagine my surprise when I found there is a new book releasing this fall! *wishes it were already out* #teamhortandsophie

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“Lady of Dreams” by W.R. Gingell— Sounds kind of like a Korean Drama, and I may or may not be planning to buy this. Released today, by the way.

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“Evageline” by Erica Laurie— Another one that looks like a K-Drama (Yes, I love books that are like Korean Dramas, Mention Korean Dramas, etc.). It has such a cute cover. 😀

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“The Star-Touched Queen” by Roshani Chokshi— I bought this at Barnes and Noble because 1. Pretty Cover. 2. The writing. What little I read was BEAUTIFUL.

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“Because You Love To Hate Me” by Various Authors— Why this? Because I Love  the Writings of Two of the Authors. *cough* Marissa Meyer and Soman Chainani *cough*

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“Defy The Stars” by Claudia Gray— While part of me is a little wibbly wobbly on reading this book, there is a part of me that want to give it a try because that cover.

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“The Crown’s Game” by Evelyn Skye— Just sounds like an interesting book. (<—Such an original reason to read. #not)

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“The Jane Austen Project” by Kathleen A. Flynn— This is a time-travel book where the characters try to save Jane Austen’s life. If only this could really happen.

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“Forest of a Thousand Lanterns” by Julie C. Dao— Yes, this was on my last TTT list, but *Gollum Voice* I REALLY WANTS TO READS ITS.

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“Diving Under” by Ginna Moran— A romance with mermaids? Yes, please. #pleasehurryandrelease

 

Have any opinions on the above books? What are some books you have recently added to your TBR? (Unless you are a strange creature who has not done that in awhile.)

Top Ten Tuesday: (Later) 2017 Anticpating Book Releases

I have not participated in a Top Ten Tuesday Post since starting this blog, but it is a meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish where you share a list of stuff that they give you. This week I’m to share the Top Ten Book Releases that I’m anticipating for the later part of 2017.

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“The Austen Escape” by Katherine Reay— This one is about a woman named Mary who goes to visit her friend in England. The friend loses her memory, thinks she is in regency England, and leaves Mary in charge of her house. Sounds like a fun read.

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“Rebel Seoul” by Axie Oh”— This book is supposed to be like a Korean action drama, and so…yeah. *wants it now*

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“Forest of a Thousand Laterns” by Julie C. Dao— This is a retelling of the Evil Queen in a Far Eastern setting. I love the title of this book so much.

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“Hunting Prince Dracula” by Kerri Maniscalco— Currently listening to the first book in the series, “Stalking Jack the Ripper.” I’m enjoying it, and therefore anticipate this sequel.

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“A Dangerous Legacy” by Elizabeth Camden— Elizabeth Camden. Need I say more? *excited she is having a second book release in 2017*

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“Where We Belong” by Lynn Austin— I have not read a lot of Lynn Austin, but this one looks so unique in the Christian fiction genre.

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“Exiles” by Jaye L. Knight— Still need to read book three, but I have a feeling I’ll enjoy this one. The cover is rather cool, too.

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“A Name Unknown” by Roseanna M. White— I have been wanting to read this book before the cover was even released. I’m on the author’s street team (So be prepared to read and see a lot of this book in the near future.).

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“Out of the Ordinary” by Jen Turano— If I want a funny book, Jen Turano is the author I know I can trust to make me smile. I’m glad she also has this second 2017 release.

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“Renegades” by Marissa Meyer— I have known for sometime that Marissa Meyer was writing a super hero type story. I love her Lunar Chronicles series, and hope this one will be just as good.

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“In 27 Days” by Alison Gervais— This book was originally a story on Wattpad. The story is about a girl who goes back in time to try and save the life of a guy who committed suicide. Sounds heartrendingly beautiful.

 

What are some 2017 book releases that you are looking forward to releasing this year?

Life Lessons From Fantasy Tag

Dearest Olivia, do forgive me for just now getting around to doing this tag. February was months ago, and I meant to do this before now, but I just have not gotten around to it until now. Thank you for the tag and thinking of me. 😃

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Tag Rules:

  • Link back to Jenelle’s blog. (http://jenelleschmidt.com/)
  • Use the February Is Fantasy Month banner (above)
  • Compose a list of five to ten lessons you’ve learned from reading a fantasy book or watching a fantasy movie
  • Tag two to four other bloggers to do the same

 

Life Lessons Learned from Fantasy (In no particular order):

  1. Heartless by Anne Elisabeth Stengl— taught me that even the most ruined souls can be redeemed by Jesus Christ.
  2. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Adieh—taught me that revenge is not the answer to the pain others cause you.
  3. The Blood of Kings Trilogy by Jill Williamson — taught me that trials can lead to better things.
  4. Storm Siren series by Mary Weber—taught me to love even the most flawed of individuals.
  5. The 2014 Maleficent movie — taught me there are stories behind antagonists’ decisions, and that they, too, can be redeemed.
  6. Fairest by Gail Carson Levine— taught me what is inside is worth more than what is outside of a person.
  7. Gu Family Book (2013 K-Drama) — taught me that Koreans are better at making shows than any other country these days. (I know that is not a story lesson, but I just had to throw this in here.)
  8. The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Anderson— taught me that not all happy endings are what we initially imagined them to be. (The original Little Mermaid story is so much more emotionally wrenching than the Disney version.)
  9. The Ordinary Princess by M.M. Kaye– taught me that the ordinary can be extraordinary by being themselves. large_jvlalnqhCxQfuBhPQKAuWuzvTe1
  10. Beauty and the Beast (1991)-taught me that giving the one you want to love you a library is a sure way to add bonus favor points. #iwouldnotgivethatlibraryawaythough

 

I won’t be tagging anyone, but I’m sure you can do it if you want. Happy Memorial Day!

 

“Beyond the Rising Tide” by Sarah Beard- Book Review

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About:

Kai met Avery only once–in the moment he died saving her life. Now when he’s not using his new healing powers to help people, he watches helplessly as Avery’s life is unraveled by his death. To help her, he risks everything by breaking the rules, dangerously blurring the barriers between life and death.

My Review:

Ghost stories aren’t ones I’ve often read. In fact, until I read “Beyond the Rising Tide,” it had been years since I’d read a ghostly story. But when I saw this book available for review, there was something it that appealed to me. Yes, it has a lovely cover, and that may have helped in my decision to read it. But the synopsis also fascinated me, and I decided to give this book a try.

I think I’ll start with the lovely aspects of this tale, such as what beautiful writing this author has. Seriously, it has some– if not THE– prettiest writing I’ve seen in a YA with a contemporary setting. It made me want to read more of this author’s works, for sure.

Secondly, the romance. Oh man, did I get the feels! As one of the characters was a ghost, there was some tension that made me unsure of just how everything would turn out in the end, and it had me turning pages at a quicker-than-usual pace to see what would happen. Seriously, it still makes my heart pound when I think on it. Now, I won’t say how I feel about the end, because I’m afraid that would cause some spoilers, and I do not wish to ruin the end for anyone. So I will just say that I did at least feel some satisfaction, but I won’t tell you anything more. 😉

My third (and final like I’ll ramble on about) is that I enjoyed how  this book was pretty clean for not being a Christian book (what usually passes the clean test for me). It’s not very easy to find a YA contemporary romance that doesn’t have extreme foul language, and questionable romance scenes. However, the romance was clean (and sigh-worthy) in this book, and there wasn’t extreme foul language. I really appreciated this.

In the end, I think the only thing I did not care for in this book was the “afterlife” picture. As a Christian, I believe in getting to heaven only through having Jesus as your Savior. But I already knew this wasn’t a Christian book when I requested it, and had just chosen to look at the story as a contemporary fantasy. So while I did not agree with some of this story because of personal convictions, I was still able to overall enjoy the book.

So yes, I did like this tale, which means I’m going to give “Beyond the Rising Tide” by Sarah Beard a rating of four. Age recommendation is for mature teens and adults.

Book Review Ratings:

5. Great Book!

4. I  liked it!

3. Okay.

2. Did not like it.

1. Did not finish.

*Thanks to the publisher through SLB Blog Tours for a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review, I was not required to write a positive review.

*Originally posted on my old blog. Hoping to transfer more of my reviews in the coming weeks.