Lately, I’ve been thinking about how much of a mood reader I am and the fact that it has its upsides and its downsides. I know my fellow mood readers will agree with me when I say that it can sometimes be impossible to read a book when you’re a mood reader and just not in the mood for it. You try to start it and then find yourself getting impatient and/or walking away from the book. However, at the opposite end is when you’re really in the mood for a book and can’t put it down for anything.
Which brings me to what I want to talk about –
The pros and cons of being a mood reader.
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You guys must be thinking, “She’s recommending The Bone Season again?” Yes, yes I am. I can’t stop thinking about the most recent release and just want all my fellow fantasy/dystopian lovers to read the series because it deserves all the praise (though, of course, I’m extremely biased at this point since I already love it so much).
Another reason I wanted to make this post is because I’ve been working on a little Paige and Warden playlist that I want to share with everyone. It’s still a work in progress but what better way to share what I have so far than by recommending the books, right?
I think it’s safe to say I’m still in book hangover mode nearly three months post The Song Rising and feeling all the Paige and Warden feels.
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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly post hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming book releases that you’re eagerly anticipating!
This week I’m spotlighting a fantasy standalone that I’m highly anticipating, The Wood by Chelsea Bobulski. I discovered this while browsing NetGalley last week and was instantly drawn in by the synopsis and the mention of a portal and how kind of dark it all sounds. I’ve not seen much about it but from the reviews on Goodreads so far it definitely seems like one to watch out for. I can’t wait to read it!
August 1st, 2017
After her father goes missing in the woods that they protect, Winter tries to seek the truth in what happened, why the wood is changing, and what it all has to do with the arrival of a mysterious stranger in this thrilling YA debut.
When Winter’s dad goes missing during his nightly patrol of the wood, it falls to her to patrol the time portals and protect the travelers who slip through them. Winter can’t help but think there’s more to her dad’s disappearance than she’s being told.
She soon finds a young man traveling in the wood named Henry who knows more than he should. He believes if they can work together to find his missing parents, they could discover the truth about Winter’s dad.
The wood is poisoned, changing into something sinister—torturing travelers lost it. Winter must put her trust in Henry in order to find the truth and those they’ve lost.
Bobulski’s eerie debut is filled with friendship, family, and the responsibilities we choose and those we do not.
You can pre-order it on: Amazon, B&N, Book Depository, Google Play and Kobo
What books are you excited for!?
If you do Waiting on Wednesday link me to your post so I can see. 😊
Spoiler Warning: If you haven’t read A Darker Shade of Magic this review will contain spoilers for it as its the second book in the series. Also, there are possible minor spoilers for A Gathering of Shadows in this review as well – read at your own discretion.
You can read my review for A Darker Shade of Magic here.
A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic #2)
It has been four months since a mysterious obsidian stone fell into Kell’s possession. Four months since his path crossed with Delilah Bard. Four months since Prince Rhy was wounded, and since the nefarious Dane twins of White London fell, and four months since the stone was cast with Holland’s dying body through the rift–back into Black London.
Now, restless after having given up his smuggling habit, Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila, who disappeared from the docks as she always meant to do. As Red London finalizes preparations for the Element Games–an extravagant international competition of magic meant to entertain and keep healthy the ties between neighboring countries–a certain pirate ship draws closer, carrying old friends back into port.
And while Red London is caught up in the pageantry and thrills of the Games, another London is coming back to life. After all, a shadow that was gone in the night will reappear in the morning. But the balance of magic is ever perilous, and for one city to flourish, another London must fall.
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Now for Part 2 of the bookish questions I received for my Q&A! This one had some really tough questions but I had a lot of fun answering them. Be sure to check out Part 1 and be on the lookout for Part 3 where I’ll answer all of the blog related and random questions I received. 😁
Thanks so much again for the questions guys! Be sure to check out all of their blogs. 💕
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At the end of last month I celebrated my one year blogiversary by announcing a Q&A. I didn’t realize just how many questions I would end up getting so I’ve decided to separate them into parts as well as categories. Part 1 and 2 are both going to be book questions as I got more book questions than anything and putting them all into one post would make for a very long post. And then Part 3 is going to be the blog related and random questions I received.
Also, there were a few questions that were very similar to each other or exactly the same. For those, I answered them by whoever asked the question first. If you don’t see your questions in this post then be on the lookout for the other ones because they’ll be in one of them. 😊
Thanks so much to everyone who asked me questions! Be sure to check out all of their blogs. 💕
Now onto Part 1 –
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Standalone Sunday is a weekly feature created by Megan @ bookslayerReads that spotlights a standalone novel that you loved and would recommend or one that you’re excited to read. Be sure to check out her blog and original post by clicking on the above link! 😊
When Bellamy McGuire is offered a summer job babysitting for the wealthy Baldwin family, she’s reluctant to accept. After all, everyone in town knows about the mysterious happenings at the mansion on the hill—including the sudden disappearance of the Baldwin’s eldest son, Tate. The former football star and Golden Boy of Wellhollow Springs became a hermit at the age of sixteen, and no one has seen or heard from him since. Rumors abound as to why, with whisperings about a strange illness that has caused deformity…turned him into a real-life monster. Bellamy wants to dismiss these rumors as gossip, but when she’s told that if she takes the job she must promise to never, ever visit the 3rd floor of the mansion, she begins to wonder if there really is some dark truth being hidden there.
Tate’s condition may not be the only secret being kept at Baldwin House. There are gaps in the family’s financial history that don’t add up, and surprising connections with unscrupulous characters. At night there are strange noises, unexplained cold drafts, and the electricity cuts out. And then there are the rose petals on the staircase. The rose petals that no one but Bellamy seems to be able to see. The rose petals that form a trail leading right up to the 3rd floor, past the portrait of a handsome young man, and down a dark hallway where she promised she would never, ever go…
As Bellamy works to unravel the mysteries of Baldwin House and uncover the truth about Tate, she realizes that she is in way over her head, in more ways than one. Can her bravery and determination help to right the wrongs of the past and free the young man whose story has captured her heart?
– Goodreads Synopsis (x)
This week I’ve decided to spotlight a standalone that I’ve yet to read but really want to. Bellamy and The Brute is a Beauty and the Beast retelling, which is a huge reason why it caught my eye. I adore Beauty and the Beast retellings! There’s also the fact that I’ve seen nothing but praise for it and it’s a standalone. Coming across a great fantasy standalone is still pretty rare so anytime one is published it almost always goes straight on my TBR. So, yeah, this is definitely one book I’m going to have to read soon.
If anyone is interested it’s currently $4.99 for a Kindle copy through Amazon US.
Have you read Bellamy and The Brute? Did you like it? If not, do you want to read it? If you participate in Standalone Sunday be sure to link me to your post so I can see it. 😊
This month was pretty great! 😊
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I’m doing this tag for two reasons. One, because it’s been a while since I last did a tag and I really wanted to do this one. Two, because last week Google Chrome decided to delete all of my bookmarks and thus my whole folder full of tag links. Over half of the tags that I’ve been tagged in and had links to I’ve lost and I learned that my about me section doesn’t have all of them either. So, now I feel really bad. I just wanted to let you guys know because there are a lot of tags I was tagged in that I might never get around to. 😖
Now onto the post –
I’m pretty sure I was tagged by multiple people to do this but I only have the link to the one that Michelle @ Book Adventures tagged me in. Thanks so much again for the tag, Michelle! Be sure to check out her post for this as well as her blog because both are amazing. 💕
This tag was originally created by Emmmabooks on Booktube.
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So, my little book blog hit an important milestone last week – it turned a year old! *cue confetti and balloons falling from the ceiling*
I know we all say something similar but I can’t believe I made it to one year on this blog. I go through hobbies like they’re nothing – crocheting, tumblr, making fan videos, writing fanfiction, and Instagram. None of those lasted very long. I even tried knitting once and that was out the window in hours. But somehow this little blog has stuck and I don’t see myself ever giving it up. I attribute that largely to all of the incredible friends I’ve made on here. Some of you I don’t go a day without talking to and honestly my life would be boring without you! I wonder what I even did before joining the book community and how I spent all that time reading books without anyone to share my thoughts with or fangirl with.
I’ve been wracking my brain this past week on what I was going to do for my blogiversary. I wanted to do a giveaway but can’t swing it this month (might do a belated one in a few months instead). So, I decided to just do the Q&A I originally announced in February’s wrap-up.
I already have a few questions from those comments but…
Does anyone have any questions for me? Book questions? Blog questions? Random questions?
I’ll be making a separate post to answer all of the questions within the next week or two! 😊