Sunday, November 23, 2014

Stacking the Shelves *41*

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly feature hosted by Tynga's Reviews showcasing new books we've gotten a hold of (bought/given/gifted/trade/for review).

Hi everyone! The blog has been a bit quiet these past few weeks, real life has been exceedingly busy unfortunately but everything should be quieting down again. Which means more time for reading, more reviews and a general return to normalcy. Yay! In the meantime, here are the goodies I've managed to get my hands on lately:

Alright, so even though I *still* need to read Grave Mercy, I jumped at the chance to get my hands on Dark Triumph.  The His Fair Assassin books are the kind of books I just know I'll love, you know? So, having the sequel at the ready seemed like a great idea!  I'd ordered City of a Thousand Dolls way back but Amazon didn't have it in stock at the time. So, it was a very pleasant surprise when I got an email saying the book was finally on it's way!  And,  despite not having gotten into my copies of the first two books in the Finishing School trilogy, I couldn't resist getting a copy of the 3rd and final book, Waistcoats & Weaponry. I'm so bad xD


Alanna is a book I've wanted to read for AGES, so when I found out there was a deal going on for the e-book version, I took advantage in a heartbeat.  Magonia is a new one for me, I only found out about it a few weeks ago (thanks Nori! xx) so of course, when I saw it up for grabs on EW, I was all over that.  And well Legion is a Brandon Sanderson book.  That's all the reason I need to buy it. Which means that when the lovely Nikki mentioned the ebook was on for a low low price, I almost went into hysterics and bought it that very second :D
That's it for me this week - link me up to your haul so I can hop back!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Harry Potter MotW #68

Harry Potter Moment of the Week 

Harry Potter Moment of the week is a weekly meme hosted over at Uncorked Thoughts. The idea is to share one favorite moment, magical item, character, spell, quote, object from the books, films or J.K.Rowling herself!    For information on how to join up & for upcoming topics, click here.

  Free Week ~ Favorite Hangout from the Series

This week is a free week so I decided to to chat about what would likely be my favorite place to hang out in the series.  Previously, I've brought up my love for certain locations in the HP world, such as Hogsmeade, Diagon Alley and The Burrow but honestly, there's one specific spot I'm pretty sure I'd waste away in until I was nothing more than dust and bones:

The Library

Let's face it: I think most of us would camp out 'Hermione-style' in the library waaaaayyy longer than what might be considered normal.  I mean, there are oodles of books in there. Books as old as time, shiny new books and every book in between that.  And they're magical books. MAGIC. I can totally picture myself befriending a nice house elf and bribing him to bring me snacks at my chosen spot among the books at all hours of the day/night.  I might not leave till I read On second thought, who do I have to speak with to get a Time-Turner? Or the Philosopher's Stone...

The Hogwarts Library is located on the third and fourth floors of Hogwarts Castle and contains tens of thousands of books on thousands of shelves. Overseen by Madam Irma Pince, the library is where students can go to peruse or borrow books to supplement their studies (or for personal enjoyment). The library closes at 8:00 pm.-Source

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday *100*

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine in which we spotlight an upcoming book release we're especially looking forward to!

Here's my pick this week:

The Sin Eater's Daughter
by Melinda Salisbury
The Sin Eater's Daughter #1
Expected Pub Date: February 24 2015 by Scholiastic

A startling, seductive, deliciously dark debut that will shatter your definition of YA fantasy.

16-year-old Twylla lives in the castle. But although she's engaged to the prince, no one speaks to her. No one even looks at her. Because Twylla isn't a member of the court. She's the executioner.

As the goddess-embodied, Twylla kills with a single touch. So each week, she's taken to the prison and forced to lay her hands on those accused of treason. No one will ever love her. Who could care for a girl with murder in her veins? Even the prince, whose royal blood supposedly makes him immune to her touch, avoids her.

But then a new guard arrives, a boy whose playful smile belies his deadly swordsmanship. And unlike the others, he's able to look past Twylla's executioner robes and see the girl, not the goddess. Yet a treasonous romance is the least of Twylla's problems. The queen has a plan to destroy her enemies-a plan that requires an unthinkable sacrifice. Will Twylla do what it takes to protect her kingdom? Or will she abandon her duty in favor of a doomed love?
Who could possibly resist the lure of this book? Not me, that's for sure! The blurb starts off by promising to ''shatter our definition of YA fantasy'' which is already quite the impressive feat...Then, we get an MC living in a castle who's also an executioner. One single touch from her can kill O.O  Woah. And then, there's mention of a goddess, romance, an evil queen and the utmost of sacrifices.  Yup. this book is begging to be read.  Add a really unique title and one stunning cover and I'm sure I won't be the only one lining up to get my hands on The Sin Eater's Daughter.

Are you excited for this one too? Who am I kidding, of course you are!
Don't forget to link me up to your WoW pick this week :)

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Harry Potter MotW #67

Harry Potter Moment of the Week 

Harry Potter Moment of the week is a weekly meme hosted over at Uncorked Thoughts. The idea is to share one favorite moment, magical item, character, spell, quote, object from the books, films or J.K.Rowling herself!    For information on how to join up & for upcoming topics, click here.

  Which Weasley Character Would You Be?

This is a fantastic question! Who doesn't love the Weasleys?!  As much as I truly adore Ron, Fred and George, as cool as Bill and Charley are and as much as my heart will always belong to Mr and Mrs Weasley, there's one Weasley I've always identified with the most (and no, it ain't Percy!)

Ginny Weasley

From the moment we first met Ginny as a quiet young girl with a massive crush on Harry Potter, she instantly became my kindred spirit.  And the more we got to know about her, the more I loved her. She's Harry's #1 fangirl (like me) plus she's crazy powerful, despite her small size.  In the books she's feisty, independent and a bit of a rebel.  And when her whole romance with Harry developed I was swooning and left wishing that the Harry Potter series had a little more romance to it...I would have loved to bask in all of their stolen moments ♥  Beyond being the main protagonist's love interest, Ginny is a girl that is a fitting role-model in her own right.  I know Hermione comes off a bit more rebellious and less stuffy in the films, but I never forgot that Ginny was the original rebel of the series.

Ginevra Molly "Ginny" Weasley was a pure-blood witch, the youngest of Arthur and Molly Weasley's seven children, and the first female to be born into the Weasley line for several generations. She attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and was sorted into Gryffindor house. During her first year, she came under the influence of the memory of Tom Riddle's sixteen-year-old self, preserved in a diary, and was forced to re-open the Chamber of Secrets, endangering the lives of many students, including herself.
Following that ordeal, Ginny grew into a confident young woman, becoming an important member of Dumbledore's Army, an organisation taught and led by Harry Potter. She would later fight in the Battle of the Department of Mysteries in 1996, the Battle of the Astronomy Tower in 1997, and the Battle of Hogwarts in 1998. She was also an accomplished Quidditch player, playing Chaser and Seeker at different times for the Gryffindor House team.
After the Second Wizarding War she became a professional Quidditch player for the Holyhead Harpies. Upon retiring from the Harpies, Ginny became the senior Quidditch correspondent for the Daily Prophet. -Source 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday *99*

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by  Breaking the Spine which spotlights upcoming book releases that we're especially looking forward to!

Here's my pick this week:

Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman
Seraphina #2
Expected Publication: March 10th (!!) 2015 by Random House

The kingdom of Goredd: a world where humans and dragons share life with an uneasy balance, and those few who are both human and dragon must hide the truth. Seraphina is one of these, part girl, part dragon, who is reluctantly drawn into the politics of her world. When war breaks out between the dragons and humans, she must travel the lands to find those like herself—for she has an inexplicable connection to all of them, and together they will be able to fight the dragons in powerful, magical ways.

As Seraphina gathers this motley crew, she is pursued by humans who want to stop her. But the most terrifying is another half dragon, who can creep into people’s minds and take them over. Until now, Seraphina has kept her mind safe from intruders, but that also means she’s held back her own gift. It is time to make a choice: Cling to the safety of her old life, or embrace a powerful new destiny?
So...I'm cheating again this week >.<  See, despite having added Seraphina to my TBR shelf before it even came out - and - the fact that I've owned a copy and have for the past few years... I still haven't actually read it. *cringe* I know, I's awful!  But, I vow that my everlasting shame will soon be over.  Yes, you have my word that I will read Seraphina before Shadow Scale comes out.  I mean, Shadow Scale comes out so, I'm taking that as a sign.  That fact, combined with all the wonderful things I've heard about the first book makes me pretty sure this will be a series I'll fall completely in love with.

Have you read and loved Seraphina?
Let me know when you link me up :)

Friday, November 7, 2014

Review: Deity

Deity by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Covenant #3
Published November 6th 2012 by Spencer Hill Press

"History is on repeat, and things didn't go so well the last time. "

Alexandria isn't sure she's going to make it to her eighteenth birthday--to her Awakening. A long-forgotten, fanatical order is out to kill her, and if the Council ever discovers what she did in the Catskills, she's a goner... and so is Aiden. 

If that's not freaky enough, whenever Alex and Seth spend time "training"--which really is just Seth's code word for some up-close and personal one-on-one time--she ends up with another mark of the Apollyon, which brings her one step closer to Awakening ahead of schedule. Awesome. 

But as her birthday draws near, her entire world shatters with a startling revelation and she's caught between love and Fate. One will do anything to protect her. One has been lying to her since the beginning. Once the gods have revealed themselves, unleashing their wrath, lives will be irrevocably changed... and destroyed. 

Those left standing will discover if love is truly greater than Fate...
Deity is the third book in the Covenant Series and this time around, things are getting serious.  It's been awhile since I ventured back into the world of daimons and mythology imagined by Jennifer L. Armentrout, but it didn't take long for me to get back into the swing of things.  JLA has a wonderful way of refreshing one's memory, without going into a whole repetitive recap - she just slides in reminders here and there, and since I have a pretty good memory, that was all I needed!  The stakes are decidedly higher this time around, and our heroine Alex Andros seems up for the task - but even she couldn't be fully prepared for what's in store...

Deity picks up fresh off the heels of Pure without missing a beat. True to form, Alex had gotten into a heap of trouble at the end of book 2,but she managed to survive (barely), and now everyone is preparing as best they can for her upcoming 'Apollyon' awakening when she turns 18.  Not to mention that she's dealing with the horrible aftermath of the events of the previous book.  Alex has her hands full with this Apollyon thing as it is, but now she's also taking on tons of beings who want her dead before she awakens, including pures, daimons and gods. Yeah.  And if all that wasn't enough, she's got not one, but two boys vying for her attention.  And as much as she wishes they both had noble intentions, she begins to doubt one of them...and that's when things get...interesting.

Let's clear things up before we go any further.  Yes, this series features a prominent love-triangle and yes I'm reading it all the same.  As much as I have a hard time with love-triangles, I can stomach them sometimes, when there's a reason behind the situation.  And in the Covenant Series, there is a reason why our MC Alex, has two boys trying to win her favor.  That being said, since it's been so long since I read the second book, I found myself more easily frustrated at the beginning of Deity, with the situation at hand.  I feel like my days of having the ability to be swept away by the idea of two boys fighting over a girl have long passed. I also found myself annoyed with Alex for being so blind to one of her boy's true intentions.  I mean, it feels like it's been obvious from the word go, but girl sure takes her sweet time clueing in! Luckily though, as the plot thickened and the action moved forward, I found myself swept away with Alex and her situation, wanting to know more.

Deity is at that middle point in the series, where it's almost impossible to discuss plot developments and character arcs without getting into spoilers.  Suffice it to say that there are surprises a plenty to be found here.  It's clear that Ms Armentrout is setting up the board for her grand finale, moving all the pieces into place.  The endgame certainly isn't crystal clear, given that there are still 2 books to the series (plus a novella) BUT, the reader gets a clear sense of mounting stakes.  There's more danger, and you're never quite sure who you can trust.  And when the dust finally settles...err, who am I kidding? The dust never fully settles in this one.  THAT ending might very well kill fans of the series. If not, it will certainly have them running to the bookstore to pick up book 4 Apollyon, and the novella Elixir (which would be book 3.5) in a mad rush.

Luckily for me, I have the entire series at the ready.  I doubt very much I'll be able to hold off jumping into Elixir AND Apollyon - seriously guys, THAT ENDING!!! Gah!  So despite a few frustrations in the romance department, I definitely enjoyed Deity for the most part.

My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Harry Potter MotW #66

Harry Potter Moment of the Week 

Harry Potter Moment of the week is a weekly meme hosted over at Uncorked Thoughts. The idea is to share one favorite moment, magical item, character, spell, quote, object from the books, films or J.K.Rowling herself!    For information on how to join up & for upcoming topics, click here.

  Best 'Luna' Moment

Oh wow, this is a loaded question.  It seems like every moment Lunar was in could fit the bill here! From the moment she was introduced she had no problem being memorable - she's such a surprising and endearing character, it's really impossible not to love her!

I think my favorite Luna moment is from way at the end of Deathly Hallows, and unfortunately wasn't in the film.  It's when things are getting really bleak for Harry and co. and he, Ron and Hermione are trying to navigate the battle of Hogwarts under the Invisibility Cloak. Suddenly, they're faced with TONS of Dementors and Harry can not, for the life of him conjure up a Patronus.  That's when Luna, Ernie and Seamus swoop in to save the day:

And then a silver hare, a boar, and a fox soared past Harry, Ron, and Hermione's heads: The dementors fell back before the creatures' approach. Three more people had arrived out of the darkness to stand beside them, their wands outstretched, continuing to cast their Patronuses: Luna, Ernie, and Seamus.
"That's right," said Luna encouragingly, as if they were back in the Room of Requirement and this was simply spell practice for the D.A. "That's right, Harry... come on, think of something happy..."
"Something happy?" he said, his voice cracked.
"We're all still here," she whispered, "we're still fighting. Come on, now..."
There was a silver spark, then a wavering light, and then, with the greatest effort it had ever cost him, the stag burst from the end of Harry's wand..
-Deathly Hallows, Chapter 32: The Elder Wand.
(p.521 of the Bloomsbury UK hardback ed.)

The way Luna encourages Harry warms my heart in a way that I truly cannot describe. ♥ The simplicity of her words just cut through everything else going on. She reaches Harry in a way I'm not sure anyone else could have quite managed, especially with so few words.  I know some people knock Luna for being odd sometimes a lot, but if you can't see past all of that to THIS^^, well...I feel sorry for you.

Gif has nothing to do with my moment this week but...Luna + Patronus = close enough?

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday *98*

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine in which we spotlight an upcoming book release we're especially looking forward to!

Here's my pick this week:

The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows
The Orphan Queen #1
Expected Pub Date: March 10th 2015 by Katherine Tegen

Wilhelmina has a hundred identities. 
She is a princess. When the Indigo Kingdom conquered her homeland, Wilhelmina and other orphaned children of nobility were taken to Skyvale, the Indigo Kingdom’s capital. Ten years later, they are the Ospreys, experts at stealth and theft. With them, Wilhelmina means to take back her throne.

She is a spy. Wil and her best friend, Melanie, infiltrate Skyvale Palace to study their foes. They assume the identities of nobles from a wraith-fallen kingdom, but enemies fill the palace, and Melanie’s behavior grows suspicious. With Osprey missions becoming increasingly dangerous and their leader more unstable, Wil can’t trust anyone.

She is a threat. Wraith is the toxic by-product of magic, and for a century using magic has been forbidden. Still the wraith pours across the continent, reshaping the land and animals into fresh horrors. Soon it will reach the Indigo Kingdom. Wilhelmina’s magic might be the key to stopping the wraith, but if the vigilante Black Knife discovers Wil’s magic, she will vanish like all the others.
There is absolutely nothing about this book that doesn't appeal to me. Magic? Check. Wraiths? Check. A Spy/Princess? Check and check! Even the name of the kingdom in this world is brilliant: Indigo Kingdom. I love it! I haven't read anything by Jodi Meadows yet but her Newsoul Series has been on my TBR shelf since the first book came out. I can definitely say the same for this one ^^ The best part about The Orphan Queen (for me) is that this pretty releases the day of my birthday, so all the more reason to get excited :D

Are you as pumped about The Orphan Queen as I am?
Let me know when you link me up below.