Saturday, August 17, 2019

Indie Love Read-a-Thon 2019


Welcome to the Indie Love Read-a-Thon, a blogging event celebrating indie books! The goal of this read-a-thon is to read and share as many indie books as possible over ten days. There will be a scavenger hunt and mini-challenges (with the help of some amazing participating blogs), Twitter chats, and tons of prizes! You can participate as little or as much as you'd like, but the more you participate the more chances of winning you'll have.


THE GUIDELINES
  • This read-a-thon will run from Sunday, September 1st at 12:00 am (your time zone) through Tuesday, September 10th at 11:59 pm (your time zone).
  • Link up below.
  • Create a goals post on your blog, Bookstagram, Booktube, Goodreads account (a shelf in this case), etc. and link back to this post.
  • Read as many indie books as you can! (An indie book is a book that is self published or published outside of the Big 5 publishing houses and their imprints.)
  • Books must be at least 100 pages to count and can be physical copies, ebooks, or audiobooks. 
  • Post a review to Goodreads, your blog, etc. and link it in the Rafflecopter for an entry. (Short reviews of a paragraph or so are fine.)
  • Complete the scavenger hunt for extra entries. 
  • Join the Twitter party on Saturday, September 7th at 3:00 pm (EST) to meet bloggers and authors, talk about what you've been reading, and win prizes. 
  • Tweet your progress using #IndieLoveRAT
  • Challenge schedule and grand prize rafflecopter will be posted on September 1st at 12:00 am EST. 
  • Rafflecopter will remain open for entries until September 2nd at 11:59 pm EST.

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Friday, August 16, 2019

Down the TBR Hole #16


Hi everyone! Here I go again with another edition of Down the TBR Hole! It's always interesting to go back through books I added years ago and wonder what exactly was going on in my brain. This week was an especially mixed bag.

The Down the TBR Hole meme was started by Lost In a Story and it is the most perfect tool for cleaning off shelves that I've come across. Here's how it works:
  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

THE BOOKS


THE NOVICE BY TARAN MATHARU

This book got some hype when it was published didn't it? I remember seeing the cover everywhere, but I couldn't have told you what it was about until I read the synopsis just now. Sadly, this really doesn't sound like something I'd enjoy at the moment. I feel like "kid discovers he has powers and goes to school to learn how to use them" is a bit overdone. VERDICT: PASS



BENEATH BY ROLAND SMITH

This book actually sounds really, really good! But why is it middle grade? I try so hard with middle grade books, but I very rarely end up enjoying them. Still, I'm such a sucker for anything with an underground setting! The jury is still out on this, so for now it stays. VERDICT: KEEP



ODD THOMAS BY DEAN KOONTZ

Why did I add this? I've never read anything by Dean Koontz in my life. My best guess is I added it when the movie was being advertised. I saw the movie, I'm not sure I need to read the book. VERDICT: PASS




DIVERGENT BY VERONICA ROTH

I'm so confused about why this is here?? One version says it's on my TBR list and another says I've read it. Which I have. VERDICT: READ



MR. HANDS BY GARY A. BRAUNBECK

This book looks creepy and I'm not even mad at the hideous cover. Unfortunately, the reviews make it obvious that this is another horror book that's also a deeper, emotional story and gets into some very heavy subjects. I don't need deep horror, I just need scares. VERDICT: PASS



What tropes are played out for you?
What are your SCARY horror recommendations?
Let me know in the comments!

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday #251: Characters I want to be friends with


Today's Topic: 
Top Ten Book Characters 
I’d Love to Be Besties With

Happy Tuesday! This week was difficult for me! While looking for characters that fit the bill I realized that just because I love a character doesn't mean I would want to be friends with them. I chose ten characters from some of my favorite fantasy books that I would definitely love to hang out with! 



Scarlet | Scarlet by Meyer
Morpheus | Splintered by A.G. Howard
Luna | Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
Branwen | Sweet Black Waves by Kristina Perez
Theo | Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian



Loki | Loki: Where Mischief Lies by Mackenzi Lee
Jacks | Finale by Stephanie Garber
Guinevere | The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White
Elisabeth | Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
Lucien | A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

Monday, August 12, 2019

ARC Review: Wild Savage Stars by Kristina Pérez

Title: Wild Savage Stars (Sweet Black Waves #2)
Author: Kristina Pérez
Publication Date: August 27, 2019

Publisher: Imprint
Pages: 384
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//I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review//
Inspired by the legend of Tristan and Iseult, Wild Savage Stars is the spellbinding sequel to Sweet Black Waves.

Branwen has a secret powerful enough to destroy two kingdoms.

Her ancient magic led to a terrible betrayal by both her best friend, the princess Essy, and her first love, Tristan. Now this same magic is changing Branwen. Adrift in a rival court, Branwen must hide the truth from the enemy king by protecting the lovers who broke her heart―and finds herself considering a darker path.

Not everyone wants the alliance with Branwen’s kingdom to succeed―peace is balanced on a knife’s edge, and her only chance may be to embrace the darkness within…

Last year I read Sweet Black Waves and was immediately pulled into the amazing world Kristina Pérez created. The retelling of Tristan and Iseult was unique and heartbreaking and I could not wait to dive back in, so of course I was thrilled when I received an early copy of Wild Savage Stars!

This story picks up immediately after Sweet Black Waves leaves off, with Branwen, Tristan, and Essy arriving in an enemy kingdom. Everything and everyone is a mess after the shocking ending of the first book and Branwen, despite knowing her role in Tristan and Essy's betrayal, cannot bring herself to move on.

I loved all most of the characters so much in the first book and was so utterly surprised when Essy and Tristan betrayed Branwen that this book was extra hard to read. I hated seeing Branwen at odds with both her cousin and Tristan, but I could completely understand why she felt the way that she did. Her desperation and pain was tangible throughout the book and I was rooting for her so hard to find a solution! I did find that, while I also sympathized with Tristan, I did not love him this time around (but maybe that's to be expected).

A new character, Ruan, is also introduced in this book. I had a lot of reservations about him at first, but really came to love him. It does create a bit of a love triangle situation, but it's one that absolutely works and I am here for it. King Marc was also a surprisingly great character!

Wild Savage Stars is full of political intrigue in addition to the fantasy and romance elements and I loved it! Politics can be hit or miss for me, but Kristina Pérez did a wonderful job of keeping my attention. I was constantly on the edge of my seat trying to guess what Branwen would do or what solutions she would come up with. She's the real queen here!

The ending of this book absolutely broke my soul! I don't know how I'm expected to make it another year until book three, but I guess I'll find a way. I can't say much more without spoilers, but if you enjoyed Sweet Black Waves you'll definitely want to get your hands on Wild Savage Stars immediately!


Sunday, August 11, 2019

Weekly Recap: 8/4 - 8/10



HAPPENINGS OFF THE BLOG

Hi everyone! This week has been weird, but thankfully the weekend is here and I’m relaxing! I had my first ever x-rays and MRI this week. I mentioned back pain to my doctor and next think I know I’m in a loud giant tube. Thankfully everything has been normal so far, but I guess we’ll see! I read There Will Come a Darkness this week and now I’m in a reading slump. :/ What do you usually do to get out of a slump?


NEW BOOKS THIS WEEK

Nothing new this week!


THIS WEEK I READ



IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Monday book review of The Darkest Star
The topic was cover redesigns for Top Ten Tuesday
On Thursday I talked about the Grisha Trilogy & hosted a giveaway
I watched sci-fi, comedy, and drama for Saturday Screen Time


UPCOMING REVIEWS



I'm linking up to Stacking the Shelves & The Sunday Post!
Saturday, August 10, 2019

Saturday Screen Time #35: Sci-fi, my kind of humor, and a prison sentence


Happy Saturday, everyone! I'm back with another edition of Screen Time! I only watched one movie (I've been in a bit of a TV mood) but thankfully it was a good one! I also caught up on a couple shows. I've decided I'm going to make this a monthly feature instead of just posting randomly and I'm going to start including a watchlist for the next month. We'll see if that goes better than my TBR lists... 


THIS WEEK IN SCREEN TIME


Moon - This movie has been on my watchlist for a few years, but I never committed to watching it until last night. I was in the mood for something a little slower and weirder than normal so I finally gave it a try. Moon was way less weird than I expected, but it was really unsettling in a lot of ways. The isolation of being in space for three years alone is terrifying enough, but the twist made it a whole lot more disturbing. I'm not a big fan of sci-fi movies but this is one I'll probably be adding to my collection! (4/5 stars)

Schitt's Creek Seasons 4 & 5 - Perhaps not shockingly, after binge watching the first three seasons in a week, I did the same with seasons four and five of Schitt's Creek. This show is hilarious and is my kind of humor! I don't usually like sitcoms or comedy in general, but I could really watch a hundred more hours of this funny, heartwarming show. I loved how much the characters have grown since season one and their individual journeys were so fun to watch. I am also now convinced that Moira and David are the best characters on television. Every single time Moira opens her mouth I crack up! I really need to find more shows like this one. (5/5 stars)

Orange Is the New Black Season 6 - I started OITNB season six back when it was released, but ended up becoming pretty bored with it and stopped watching. With season seven coming out I decided it was time to catch up. While I am glad I finished it (and am enjoying season seven), this season of Orange Is the New Black is easily the least compelling of the series. I did enjoy a couple of the storylines, but overall I definitely didn't love it like the others. I think ending this series a bit sooner would have been the best call, but I'm hoping the last season takes it out on a high note. (3.5/5 stars)


WATCHLIST





What movie have you been let down by recently?
What's the last show you binge watched?
Let me know in the comments!