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Top 5 Wednesday: Books You Want to Read Before 2019, November 14, 2018

Top 5 Wednesday

Good Morning!

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created by GingerReadsLainey and now managed by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. For more information on this meme, visit the Goodreads group.

This weeks theme is: Books You Want to Read Before 2019

This challenge is perfect it allowed me to really sit down and look at what I really wanted to read before the end of the year and only choose 5 rather than me having a pile that is not practical.

The five books that I want to finish before the end of the year are:

Monstress Vol. 2
Monstress, Vol. 2: The Blood

by Marjorie M. Liu and Sana Takeda
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Maika Halfwolf is on the run from a coalition of forces determined to control or destroy the powerful Monstrum that lives beneath her skin. But Maika still has a mission of her own: to discover the secrets of her late mother, Moriko.

In this second volume of Monstress, collecting issues 7-12, Maika’s quest takes her to the pirate-controlled city of Thyria and across the sea to the mysterious Isle of Bones. It is a journey that will force Maika to reevaluate her past, present, and future, and contemplate whether there’s anyone, or anything, she can truly trust–including her own body.

A Poison Dark and Drowning
A Poison Dark and Drowning
 by Jessica Cluess
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Henrietta doesn’t need a prophecy to know that she’s in danger. She came to London to be named the chosen one, the first female sorcerer in centuries, the one who would defeat the bloodthirsty Ancients. Instead, she discovered a city ruled by secrets. And the biggest secret of all: Henrietta is not the chosen one.

Still, she must play the role in order to keep herself and Rook, her best friend and childhood love, safe. But can she truly save him? The poison in Rook’s system is transforming him into something monstrous as he begins to master dark powers of his own.

So when Henrietta finds a clue to the Ancients’ past that could turn the tide of the war, she persuades Blackwood, the mysterious Earl of Sorrow-Fell, to travel up the coast to seek out strange new weapons. And Magnus, the brave, reckless flirt who wants to win back her favor, is assigned to their mission. Together, they will face monsters, meet powerful new allies, and uncover the most devastating weapon of all: the truth.

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The Sign of Four
 by Arthur Conan Doyle
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When a beautiful young woman is sent a letter inviting her to a sinister assignation, she immediately seeks the advice of the consulting detective Sherlock Holmes.

For this is not the first mysterious item Mary Marston has received in the post. Every year for the last six years an anonymous benefactor has sent her a large lustrous pearl. Now it appears the sender of the pearls would like to meet her to right a wrong.

But when Sherlock Holmes and his faithful sidekick Watson, aiding Miss Marston, attend the assignation, they embark on a dark and mysterious adventure involving a one-legged ruffian, some hidden treasure, deadly poison darts and a thrilling race along the River Thames.

Inheritance
Inheritance 
by Christopher Paolini
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It began with Eragon… It ends with Inheritance.

Not so very long ago, Eragon — Shadeslayer, Dragon Rider — was nothing more than a poor farm boy, and his dragon, Saphira, only a blue stone in the forest. Now the fate of an entire civilization rests on their shoulders.

Long months of training and battle have brought victories and hope, but they have also brought heartbreaking loss. And still, the real battle lies ahead: they must confront Galbatorix. When they do, they will have to be strong enough to defeat him. And if they cannot, no one can. There will be no second chance.

The Rider and his dragon have come further than anyone dared to hope. But can they topple the evil king and restore justice to Alagaësia? And if so, at what cost?

Carols and Chaos
Carols and Chaos
 by Cindy Anstey
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A lady’s maid and a valet become entangled in a yuletide counterfeiting scheme in this romantic Christmas YA adventure.

1817. The happy chaos of the Yuletide season has descended upon the country estate of Shackleford Park in full force, but lady’s maid Kate Darby barely has the time to notice. Between her household duties, caring for her ailing mother, and saving up money to someday own a dress shop, her hands are quite full. Matt Harlow is also rather busy. He’s performing double-duty, acting as valet for both of the Steeple brothers, two of the estate’s holiday guests.

Falling in love would be a disaster for either of them. But staving off their feelings for each other becomes the least of their problems when a devious counterfeiting scheme reaches the gates of Shackleford Park, and Kate and Matt are unwittingly swept up in the intrigue. Full of sweetness, charm, and holiday shenanigans, Carols and Chaos is perfect for fans of Jane Austen and Downton Abbey.

What books are you hoping to get to before the end of the year?

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Tag: It’s Finally Fall!

Good Morning All!

I am doing the Finally Fall Tag!  I was not tagged to do this tag but I wanted to do it anyway.

In fall, the air is crisp and clear:
Name a book with a vivid setting!

 

The Stocking Jack the Ripper Series.

Nature is beautiful… but also dying:
Name a book that is beautifully written,
but also deals with a heavy topic like loss or grief

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Fall is back to school season:
Share a non-fiction book that taught you something new.

TroubleMaker

In order to keep warm, it’s good to spend some time with the people we love: Name a fictional family/household/friend-group that you’d like to be a part of.

 

The friend group for the Finishing School Series.
Sophronia, Dimity, Sidheag, Agatha and Genevieve

The colorful leaves are piling up on the ground:
Show us a pile of fall-colored spines!

Fall book stack 2018

Fall is the perfect time for some storytelling by the fireside:
Share a book wherein somebody is telling a story.

The Name of the wind

The nights are getting darker:
Share a dark, creepy read.

Jamaica Inn

The days are getting colder:
Name a short, heartwarming read that could warm up
somebody’s cold and rainy day

I don’t read many Heartwarming books but I will go with.

Love, Lies and Spies

Fall (luckily, it’s my favorite season) returns every year:
Name an old favorite that you’d like to return to soon.

Jane Eyre

Fall is the perfect time for cozy reading nights:
Share your favorite cozy reading “accessories”!

Cozy book accessories

A blanket and a cup for my tea.

Spread the autumn appreciation and tag some people!

I know we are getting to the end of Fall. So if you have not done this post yet and you want to please consider yourself tagged!

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The Liebster Award #3

I was nominated by Ivy @ ivysbooks, thank you so much, Ivy, for the nomination.  If you have not checked her out yet you really should.

The Liebster Award

The Liebster Award is an award that exists only on the internet and is given to bloggers by other bloggers. The earliest case of the award goes as far back as 2011. Liebster in German means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.

THE RULES

  • Link to this blog post in your Liebster Award blog post
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you, provide a link to their blog and display the award.
  •  Answer the questions given to you (if nominated, if you were not nominated you can use my questions)
  • Create more questions for your nominees to answer (I’m looking for unique and creative ones)
  • Comment on this blog post with a link DIRECTLY to your Liebster award. To make it easy for me to read them all.

Questions:

What is your least favourite book trop?

Adult/student relationships (ex. Vampire Academy)

Favourite size and shape for a book?

8 x 5.25 typical size for a UK Paperback

Have you ever preferred the tv/movie adaptation to the book? which one?

I can’t think of any.

Favourite non-fiction book you’ve read.

Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson

What is your most recent addiction?

LOL Stickers for my bullet Journal

Do you buy more than one copy of books? If so which book do you have the most copies off?

Yes. As of writing this post Pride and Prejudice.

If your favourite book was to be adapted would you prefer a TV show or movie?

A TV show most preferably a mini series.

Continued from question 7, who would play the main character?

I have no idea

Continued from question 8, who would play the villain?

I have no ides

What’s your current read?

While writing this (this is done long before it will go up) Waistcoats & Weaponry by Gail Carriger.

What is your all-time favourite fantasy book/series, that is not Harry Potter?

The Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger

My Questions

  1. How do you decide what book to read next?
  2. Do you prefer series or standalones?
  3. What book would you like to see get more love?
  4. What do you like the best physical books, e-books, or audio books?
  5. Is there any genre or subgenre that you don’t want to read?
  6. POV’s multiple or single?
  7. What is your favorite way to treat yourself?
  8. What is your favorite time of day?
  9. What is your favorite genre?
  10. What is your favorite bookish quote?
  11. What is your favorite Disney Movie?

I nominate:

Well since you will see a lot of Award/Tag posts over the next few weeks while I catch up so I am not going to nominating anyone. But if you like these questions please feel free to do them and Tag me so I can see your answers.

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Read-a-Thon

Tome Topple Read-a-thon #7

Tome Topple Read-a-thon

Good Morning Everyone!

I am so happy to say Tome Topple #7 if upon us!  I am so happy that we are getting another round this year! I get so happy when this comes around even though big books usually intimidate me.

What is Tome Topple?

Tome Topple is a two-week read-a-thon that usually takes place a few times a year.  The main objective of Tome topple is to read Tomes (books over 500 pages).

When is Tome Topple?

Tome Topple will be happening from midnight in your time zone on November 16th and will run until 11:59pm in your time zone on November 29th.

This is a very relaxed 2 week read-a-thon. They have challenges if you need help coming up with book. They are not required they are for those that enjoy having the reading challenges.

Challenges (not a requirement)
1. Read more than 1 tome
2. Read a graphic novel (still over 500 pages!)
3. Read a tome that is part of a series
4. Buddy read a tome
5. Read an adult novel

** Bonus Challenges: check out Sam’s IG for IG challenges closer to the readathon! **

Hosts
Sam – youtube.com/channel/UCpnjp7mgeQGdtesz5v6xY_A
Adriana – youtube.com/user/perpetualpages
Sarah-Jane – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzd1…
Sian – https://www.youtube.com/user/readersr…
Caz – youtube.com/user/littlebookowl
Sam – @willread4booze http://willreadforbooze.com

Social
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Goodreads group: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/…

My Tome Topple TBR:

Inheritance by Christopher Paolini  |  Add to Goodreads
Red Sister by Mark Lawrence | Add to Goodreads
The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher  |  Add to Goodreads
The Tiger’s Daughter by K. Arsenault Rivera  |  Add to Goodreads

Are you going to participate in Tome Topple?

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New Releases

Book Blitz: Fate’s Fools by Ophelia Bell

Fate’s Fools
Ophelia Bell
(Fate’s Fools, #1)
Publication date: November 6th, 2018
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance

How do you find a soulmate – without a soul?

Deva Rainsong was meant to be nothing more than a vessel to house the enemy’s soul. Bred in a lab with a link to the enemy’s bloodline, she is a mix of all four higher races and the only creature of her kind. No one, not even her family, knows how she works, or what she is truly capable of. And now, with the death of the enemy in the last war, Deva has lost her purpose. Despite the deep connection she forms with five men along her journey, love without a soul can only be an empty affair. Deva refuses to bind any man to that meaningless existence.

Unclaimed, empty, and soulless, Deva has been left with nothing but a deep, cold longing for a love that Fate will never offer. But, when Fate hounds begin hunting members of the bloodline, it becomes Deva’s personal quest to find out how to stop them. With her special link, and her five suitors in tow, she is in a singularly unique position. Together, the band of six will embark on a mission to uncover the secrets of bloodline souls, love, rogue Fate hounds, and the true extent of Deva’s powers…

Warning: this story is a fast-burn HOT and steamy reverse-harem odyssey, with some M/M content, not meant for the faint of heart (or libido)… #whychoose!

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EXCERPT:

The ursa claim that when they go on their pilgrimage as young adults, they do this thing they call “soul searching.” I’ve always wondered what this meant. Are their souls like vessels that need to be emptied out like old luggage and filtered through to find clues to their true path in life? Or are they missing their souls and the pilgrimage is how they find them?

I’ve never asked anyone else this question before because I kind of already know the answer. Their soul-searching was a journey to understand the souls they already possessed. I’d have liked to think that my own pilgrimage was the same thing, except I was probably fooling myself.

First of all, I’m not really on a pilgrimage at all. I ran away from home and my family is probably looking for me.

And second, I don’t have a soul, which is a double-edged sword. It means I’m nearly impossible for my family to find, but it also means I am missing the one thing that could probably tell me where I belong in the world, and I’m fairly certain my own quest isn’t going to lead me to it.

Ever since I ran, I’ve been going through the motions of this so-called “soul search,” but haven’t really learned a whole lot about myself that I didn’t already know. I’m an infinitely adaptable creature and a quick study, yet the powers I was born with are still wimpy as fuck. Three weeks into a self-imposed exile from the life I knew, all I’d really learned were things related to the human world to which I’d fled.

Humanity was both amazingly resilient and heart-breakingly fragile at the same time. I finally understood why the higher races were so drawn to them. Why the dragons used to collect human mates and hoard them like treasure.

That particular instinct wasn’t exactly dormant in me. Thanks to my somewhat unorthodox origins, I was magically linked to a special segment of humanity that was infused with divine blood. And thanks to that blood, there was something distinctly magical hurting some of the humans of the bloodline.

My deepest instincts urged me to protect them. Whether it was my dragon nature at work, or a trait of one of the other four races that ran in my blood, I kind of wanted to take half the bloodline home with me just to keep them safe. That would have solved a lot of issues, but it wasn’t exactly feasible to show up in the Dragon Glade or one of the other three sacred homes of the four higher races with a whole pile of humans in tow.

Even if I could go home. One of the few things I’d learned about myself was that I was stubborn as hell. I was part human, so that resilience and tenacity was there, but I was also immortal, so not so fragile, at least not on the outside. I couldn’t leave the human world until I’d figured out what was hurting the people I was linked to and why, even if it meant keeping watch over the one thing they possessed that I didn’t: their souls.

The irony was not lost on me.


Author Bio:

Ophelia Bell loves a good bad-boy and especially strong women in her stories. Women who aren’t apologetic about enjoying sex and bad boys who don’t mind being with a woman who’s in charge, at least on the surface, because pretty much anything goes in the bedroom.

Ophelia grew up on a rural farm in North Carolina and now lives in Los Angeles with her own tattooed bad-boy husband and four attention-whoring cats.

If you’d like to receive regular updates on Ophelia’s publications, freebies, and discounts, please subscribe to her mailing list: http://opheliabell.com/subscribe/

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Reviews

Review: The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton

The Price Guide to the Occult
The Price Guide to the Occult

by Leslye Walton
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Synopsis
When Rona Blackburn landed on Anathema Island more than a century ago, her otherworldly skills might have benefited friendlier neighbors. Guilt and fear instead led the island’s original eight settlers to burn “the witch” out of her home. So Rona cursed them. Fast-forward one hundred–some years: All Nor Blackburn wants is to live an unremarkable teenage life. She has reason to hope: First, her supernatural powers, if they can be called that, are unexceptional. Second, her love life is nonexistent, which means she might escape the other perverse side effect of the matriarch’s backfiring curse, too. But then a mysterious book comes out, promising to cast any spell for the right price. Nor senses a storm coming and is pretty sure she’ll be smack in the eye of it. In her second novel, Leslye Walton spins a dark, mesmerizing tale of a girl stumbling along the path toward self-acceptance and first love, even as the Price Guide’s malevolent author — Nor’s own mother — looms and threatens to strangle any hope for happiness.

What I thought
Price Guide to the Occult is a young adult urban fantasy stand alone novel. This book came out in the beginning of this year and since then I have heard more disappointing reviews than positive ones so even though I had already purchased it I was a little weary about reading it. I have learned this year that I need to trust in what I think I will like and not by what others reviews say. Since this sounded like something I would like I gave it a chance, and I am happy that I did. This may not have been the most action packed book but it was perfect for me when I read it.

The writing of this book is absolutely beautiful. This is the first book that I have read by this author but I am going to have to give her other book a chance just for the writing alone.  This story opens with a backstory that lays the ground work for the whole story. Yes the back story is important please do not skip it just because its before chapter 1. I am very happy you get this upfront instead of through out the story. It made everything make so much since from the beginning and there was no flipping back and forth trying to figure out what was happening.

I’m sorry I don’t have any really deep thoughts about this book and I am not going to go into too much detail due to the fact that it is a short book and would be very easy to spoil. This is not meant to be be a fast pace book, which is where I think most of the bad rep came from.  I read this coming out of a reading slump and it was the perfect time for me to read it.

There is a Trigger Warning for cutting and self harm.

If you are on the fence about reading the book because of all of the reviews I say you should give it a chance.

My Rating: /5

4 Stars

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Memes

Top 5 Wednesday: Largest Books on TBR, November 7, 2018

Good Morning!

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created by GingerReadsLainey and now managed by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. For more information on this meme, visit the Goodreads group.

This weeks theme is: Largest Books on TBR

This weeks theme was chosen in honor of #TomeToppleReadathon coming back this month, discuss those big books on your shelf!

I went through and picked books off of my physical shelf so I do own all of these. I have added the Goodreads links and synopses just in case you want to know more.

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

by Susanna Clarke
1006 Pages
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Sophisticated, witty, and ingeniously convincing, Susanna Clarke’s magisterial novel weaves magic into a flawlessly detailed vision of historical England. She has created a world so thoroughly enchanting that eight hundred pages leave readers longing for more.

English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory.

But at Hurtfew Abbey in Yorkshire, the rich, reclusive Mr Norrell has assembled a wonderful library of lost and forgotten books from England’s magical past and regained some of the powers of England’s magicians. He goes to London and raises a beautiful young woman from the dead. Soon he is lending his help to the government in the war against Napoleon Bonaparte, creating ghostly fleets of rain-ships to confuse and alarm the French.

All goes well until a rival magician appears. Jonathan Strange is handsome, charming, and talkative-the very opposite of Mr Norrell. Strange thinks nothing of enduring the rigors of campaigning with Wellington’s army and doing magic on battlefields. Astonished to find another practicing magician, Mr Norrell accepts Strange as a pupil. But it soon becomes clear that their ideas of what English magic ought to be are very different. For Mr Norrell, their power is something to be cautiously controlled, while Jonathan Strange will always be attracted to the wildest, most perilous forms of magic. He becomes fascinated by the ancient, shadowy figure of the Raven King, a child taken by fairies who became king of both England and Faerie, and the most legendary magician of all. Eventually Strange’s heedless pursuit of long-forgotten magic threatens to destroy not only his partnership with Norrell, but everything that he holds dear.

Kingdom of Ash
Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas
983 Pages
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Years in the making, Sarah J. Maas’s #1 New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series draws to an epic, unforgettable conclusion. Aelin Galathynius’s journey from slave to king’s assassin to the queen of a once-great kingdom reaches its heart-rending finale as war erupts across her world. . .

Aelin has risked everything to save her people―but at a tremendous cost. Locked within an iron coffin by the Queen of the Fae, Aelin must draw upon her fiery will as she endures months of torture. Aware that yielding to Maeve will doom those she loves keeps her from breaking, though her resolve begins to unravel with each passing day…

With Aelin captured, Aedion and Lysandra remain the last line of defense to protect Terrasen from utter destruction. Yet they soon realize that the many allies they’ve gathered to battle Erawan’s hordes might not be enough to save them. Scattered across the continent and racing against time, Chaol, Manon, and Dorian are forced to forge their own paths to meet their fates. Hanging in the balance is any hope of salvation―and a better world.

And across the sea, his companions unwavering beside him, Rowan hunts to find his captured wife and queen―before she is lost to him forever.

As the threads of fate weave together at last, all must fight, if they are to have a chance at a future. Some bonds will grow even deeper, while others will be severed forever in the explosive final chapter of the Throne of Glass series.

Inheritance
Inheritance by Christopher Paolini
860 Pages
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It began with Eragon… It ends with Inheritance.

Not so very long ago, Eragon — Shadeslayer, Dragon Rider — was nothing more than a poor farm boy, and his dragon, Saphira, only a blue stone in the forest. Now the fate of an entire civilization rests on their shoulders.

Long months of training and battle have brought victories and hope, but they have also brought heartbreaking loss. And still, the real battle lies ahead: they must confront Galbatorix. When they do, they will have to be strong enough to defeat him. And if they cannot, no one can. There will be no second chance.

The Rider and his dragon have come further than anyone dared to hope. But can they topple the evil king and restore justice to Alagaësia? And if so, at what cost?

The Well of Ascension
The Well of Ascension
 by Brandon Sanderson
781 Pages
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Vin, the street urchin who has grown into the most powerful Mistborn in the land, and Elend Venture, the idealistic young nobleman who loves her, must build a healthy new society in the ashes of an empire. Three separate armies attack. As the siege tightens, an ancient legend seems to offer a glimmer of hope. But even if it really exists, no one knows where to find the Well of Ascension or what manner of power it bestows.

 

The Romanovs
The Romanovs: 1613-1918
 by Simon Sebag Montefiore
744 Pages
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The Romanovs were the most successful dynasty of modern times, ruling a sixth of the world’s surface for three centuries. How did one family turn a war-ruined principality into the world’s greatest empire? And how did they lose it all?

This is the intimate story of twenty tsars and tsarinas, some touched by genius, some by madness, but all inspired by holy autocracy and imperial ambition. Simon Sebag Montefiore’s gripping chronicle reveals their secret world of unlimited power and ruthless empire-building, overshadowed by palace conspiracy, family rivalries, sexual decadence and wild extravagance, with a global cast of adventurers, courtesans, revolutionaries and poets, from Ivan the Terrible to Tolstoy and Pushkin, to Bismarck, Lincoln, Queen Victoria and Lenin.

What are some of the largest books on your TBR?

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