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Cover Reveal: When the Sky Falls by Scarlett St. Clair

When the Sky Falls
Scarlett St. Clair
(When Stars Come Out #2)
Publication date: TBA
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult

Anora Silby has reached an uneasy alliance with the Order—she will ferry souls into Spirit and help weaken Influence, a God of Chaos who grows in power. To do this, she must train and learn to summon the Adamantine Gates.

But Influence isn’t Anora’s only enemy. Mysterious figures watch her from a distance and Valryn from all over the states begin to protest her freedom. Not to mention, Roth DuPont, the current head of the Order, is essentially holding her hostage.

Then a prominent Elite is found murdered, and all evidence points to the Eurydice.

Shy Savior knows Anora didn’t commit the crime, but proving her innocents becomes difficult when he discovers she’s been conspiring with death-speakers—an act that is considered treason by the Order. As he searches for the real murderer, Shy uncovers threads that lead him to truths that will change his—and Anora’s—world forever.

Alliances shift and a different kind of chaos ensues.

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Scarlett St. Clair lives in Oklahoma with her husband. She has a Master’s degree in Library Science and Information Studies and spends a lot of time researching reincarnation, unsolved murders and Greek mythology-all of which made it into her debut novel, When Stars Come Out.

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5 Disappointing Reads of 2018

As I was trying to figure out what posts I should do I saw that a lot of people have been doing the best books that they read and their biggest disappointments for 2018. So that looked like a good idea to me.  I picked the top 5 that stood out to me when I looked back over what I read last year. and here are the 5 most disappointing books that I read in no particular order. Sadly these are not the only books that I was disappointed in this year but the 5 that stood out the most when I looked back on what I read.

beneath the sugar sky

Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire | Goodreads

untamed

Untamed by A.G. Howard | Goodreads

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The Cruel Prince by Holly Black | Goodreads

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Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi | Goodreads

Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe

Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa de la Cruz | Goodreads

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5 Best Books I read in of 2018

As I was trying to figure out what posts I should do I saw that a lot of people have been doing the best books that they read and their biggest disappointments for 2018. So that looked like a good idea to me.  I picked the top 5 that stood out to me when I looked back over what I read last year. and here are the 5 best books that I read in no particular order.Soulless (Illustrated Edition)

Soulless by Gail Carriger | Goodreads

Maus I and II by Art Spiegelman | Goodreads

The strange case of the Alchemists daughter

The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss | Goodreads

Monstress, Vol. 1 and 2 by Marjorie M. Liu and Sana Takeda | Goodreads

A Holiday by Gaslight

A Holiday by Gaslight: A Victorian Christmas Novella by Mimi Matthews | Goodreads

It was not easy to pick just 5 so I took the ones that stood out to me the most.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? January 7, 2019

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Good Morning!

It’s the start of another week. It’s Monday! What are you Reading is hosted by Kathryn from Book Date, this is a weekly event to share what we’ve read in the past week and what we hope to read, plus whatever else comes to mind.

Last Weeks Books
Kiss of Steel

Kiss of Steel by Bec McMaster
4.5 Stars
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When Nowhere Is Safe

Most people avoid the dreaded Whitechapel district. For Honoria Todd, it’s the last safe haven. But at what price?

Blade is known as the master of the rookeries—no one dares cross him. It’s been said he faced down the Echelon’s army single-handedly, that ever since being infected by the blood-craving he’s been quicker, stronger, and almost immortal.

When Honoria shows up at his door, his tenuous control comes close to snapping. She’s so…innocent. He doesn’t see her backbone of steel—or that she could be the very salvation he’s been seeking.

Crazy Rich Asians
Crazy Rich Asians
by Kevin Kwan
4 Stars
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When New Yorker Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home and quality time with the man she hopes to marry. But Nick has failed to give his girlfriend a few key details. One, that his childhood home looks like a palace; two, that he grew up riding in more private planes than cars; and three, that he just happens to be the country’s most eligible bachelor.

On Nick’s arm, Rachel may as well have a target on her back the second she steps off the plane, and soon, her relaxed vacation turns into an obstacle course of old money, new money, nosy relatives, and scheming social climbers.

Current Reads:
I am not sure which one I will be picking up so I am going to put the three books that I am looking at.

Elantris
Elantris
by Brandon Sanderson
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Elantris was the capital of Arelon: gigantic, beautiful, literally radiant, filled with benevolent beings who used their powerful magical abilities for the benefit of all. Yet each of these demigods was once an ordinary person until touched by the mysterious transforming power of the Shaod. Ten years ago, without warning, the magic failed. Elantrians became wizened, leper-like, powerless creatures, and Elantris itself dark, filthy, and crumbling.

Arelon’s new capital, Kae, crouches in the shadow of Elantris. Princess Sarene of Teod arrives for a marriage of state with Crown Prince Raoden, hoping — based on their correspondence — to also find love. She finds instead that Raoden has died and she is considered his widow. Both Teod and Arelon are under threat as the last remaining holdouts against the imperial ambitions of the ruthless religious fanatics of Fjordell. So Sarene decides to use her new status to counter the machinations of Hrathen, a Fjordell high priest who has come to Kae to convert Arelon and claim it for his emperor and his god.

But neither Sarene nor Hrathen suspect the truth about Prince Raoden. Stricken by the same curse that ruined Elantris, Raoden was secretly exiled by his father to the dark city. His struggle to help the wretches trapped there begins a series of events that will bring hope to Arelon, and perhaps reveal the secret of Elantris itself.

A rare epic fantasy that doesn’t recycle the classics and that is a complete and satisfying story in one volume, Elantris is fleet and fun, full of surprises and characters to care about. It’s also the wonderful debut of a welcome new star in the constellation of fantasy.

Sherlock Holmes and the Shadwell Shadows
Sherlock Holmes and the Shadwell Shadows

by James Lovegrove
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In the stews of London’s East End, an outbreak of insanity sees ordinary men and women reduced to gibbering, incoherent wrecks; a mysterious creeping fog hides terrifying apparitions within that rob the wits of all who see them and even inspire suicide.

Sherlock Holmes, in the infancy of his detecting career, deduces a connection between these sinister “shadows” and an Oriental drug lord who is bent on expanding his criminal empire. Yet there are even more sinister forces at work, as the great detective faces a challenge so fearsome and deadly that his career may be over almost as soon as it has begun.

Timekeeper
Timekeeper
by Tara Sim
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I was in an accident. I got out. I’m safe now.

An alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, where a damaged clock can fracture time—and a destroyed one can stop it completely.

A prodigy mechanic who can repair not only clockwork but time itself, determined to rescue his father from a Stopped town.

A series of mysterious bombings that could jeopardize all of England.

A boy who would give anything to relive his past, and one who would give anything to live at all.

A romance that will shake the very foundations of time.

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2019 Goals

Hello Everyone!

I thought I would put together a post for my 2019 goals. I have decided to do this for two reasons, first so that I can hold myself accountable and second so that I can see what I accomplished once we get to the end of the year. This year I will be starting a new job and I am not sure what all will be coming my way so I am not sure how much reading I will get done.  I read more in 2018 than I ever have in one year but I am hoping to do half as well this year.

I learned a few things this past year regarding my reading first I do not have to purchase all the new releases and read them to be relevant. Some of the books that I was most disappointed about this year I only picked them up because they were popular. I also realized that big hardback books scare me if they are in paperback it does not bother me as much. Crazy I know but I’m working on it.

Goodreads Goal
I am setting my Goodreads goal to 15 books. I find this is a good number because there is no stress to hit it and I mostly just like being able to go back and see the list of books that I read throughout the year.

Physical TBR
I started this year with a physical TBR of 236 I really want to get this number down to at least 175. I really want to get my backlist of books down.

My 2019 10 Books I want to read
Setting up TBR’s is not generally a good thing for me because I am such a mood reader. So what I have done is I picked out 10 books that I am excited about but they keep getting pushed down my pile because of other books. The plan is to help keep these books on the top of my pile of books.

  1. The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman | Add to Goodreads
  2. Timekeeper by Tara Sim | Add to Goodreads
  3. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard | Add to Goodreads
  4. The Darkling Bride by Laura Andersen | Add to Goodreads
  5. Duels and Deception by Cindy Anstey | Add to Goodreads
  6. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo | Add to Goodreads
  7. Witchfall by Victoria Lamb | Add to Goodreads
  8. The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton | Add to Goodreads
  9. The Poe Shadow by Matthew Pearl | Add to Goodreads
  10. Now I Rise by Kiersten White | Add to Goodreads

More Specific Reading Goals
I want to either finish or catch up on at least 3 series.
I want to read at least 3 tomes (books over 500 pages).
Purchase less books.

What are some of your goals for this year?

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Book Blitz: Shrouded Kingdom by Rachel Medhurst

Shrouded Kingdom
Rachel Medhurst
Publication date: December 28th, 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Once a human. Now a fae princess, destined to be queen.

Layanna Fairling has never belonged to her village, and yet, when it’s threatened by a tyrant who wants her dead, she knows she has to protect it.

Three mysterious strangers who claim Layanna is a changeling and future ruler of the Seelie Court arrive to aid her. They also claim that the only way of saving her village is by overthrowing the Unseelie tyrant who inherited the throne from his evil father when he slayed her real parents, the Fae King and Queen of Althea.

The tyrant’s greed and violence threaten to tear apart the kingdom she never knew existed, leaving Layanna with a simple choice. Overthrow the handsome and powerful tyrant, or lose everyone and everything she loves.

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The hiss of an arrow barely missing my head made my stomach plummet to my feet. The thud of the sharp tip ploughing into the ground next to the tree nearby forced my body into action. I didn’t even pause to look behind me.

“Wait!” someone shouted.

As if I would wait for the same person to shoot me with an arrow.

My threadbare leather shoes attacked the dry earth like acorns when they thudded against the ground. A slight breeze caught my hair, making it fly behind me. The skirt of my ice blue dress almost got caught under my feet, so I grabbed it up into my hands and ran as fast as I could.

“Go away,” I whispered between laboured breaths.

The whistle of another arrow brought on a yelp as my heart leapt into my throat. It landed behind me, the echo of it piercing the earth far too close for comfort.

Trees were silently strong around me as I kept my focus on the village. It was only a short distance. I would be safe there.

Silence suddenly surrounded me, the whisper of wind gone, the patter of my feet slowed down, as if I was moving in slow motion. What was happening?

A split second later, I was running at full pelt through the gap in the trees. The woods disappeared behind me as I thrust into the village square, my panting harsh in my ears as Dorian, the butcher’s son, stared at me from where he rested his meat cart.

“Are you well, Layanna?” he called as I came to a stop.

His light brown eyes watched me as I straightened my skirts and cleared my throat. A quick glance over my shoulder confirmed that no one had followed me from the woods although, I still couldn’t shake the feeling of foreboding that rushed over me.

 

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Rachel Medhurst grew up in Surrey, England. She writes to prove that no matter where you come from, you can be anything you want to be. Your past may shape you, but it doesn’t define you. When Rachel isn’t writing, she can be found reading and walking in nature.

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Wrap Up

December 2018 Wrap Up

Good Morning Everyone,

I can’t believe its January already.  December was a crazy month and I somehow read 15 books. I had a mix of good and bad reads this month but overall I am very happy with what I read.

Inheritance by Christopher Paolini
4 Stars
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The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
4 Stars
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List of 13 by E.A. Comiskey
2 Stars
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The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle
4 Stars
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Elk River Ghost, Tales, and Lore by Mack Samples
2 Stars
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A Flight of Broken Wings by Nupur Chowdhury
4.5 Stars
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Mr. Dickens and His Carol by Samantha Silva
4.5 Stars
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A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi
4 Stars
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Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal
4 Stars
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Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart
2 Stars
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Fireside Chat with a Grammar Nazi Serial Killer by Ryan Suvaal
4 Stars
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Poison or Protect by Gail Carriger
5 Stars
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Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy
3 Stars
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Chasing Christmas Past by Melanie Karsak
5 Stars
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Monstress, Vol. 2: The Blood by Marjorie M. Liu and Sana Takeda
5 Stars
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How was your reading the month?

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