A Friend Made One of My Bookish Dreams Come True

I hope everyone had a good week. I’ve been watching the Hurricane Patricia coverage here and there and now bracing myself for the residual storms that are supposed to go through Texas later today. I think we’ll just get a good downpour but we’ll see. Seems there are worries about flooding.

This week was a good one! My friend Jess, at The Reading Nook Reviews, was so incredibly generous and sent me one of my most wanted books of 2016- Rebel of the Sands. I can’t wait to dive into it. But first, I have a few reviews books to read.

Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews is a weekly meme where you show what books you’ve purchased, gotten from the library, received from giveaway, as gifts or for review.

The Books

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I had to purchase Illuminae of course (and highly recommend it to all sci fi lovers). Thank you Tundra Books, Abrams, Jess and McDuffie Communications.

Posts from Last Week

Did you see the cover reveal for Mary Pearson’s The Beauty of Darkness? What do you think?

 

Blog Tour- Review and Giveaway for Illuminae by Amy Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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I am honored  thrilled ecstatic to be part of this tour because Illuminae has been one of the most immersive, unique and exciting science fiction novels I’ve read in recent memory. THIS BOOK.

I’ll be featuring my rambling thoughts (expressions of awe and love) within the confines of a review. I also have the pleasure of offering one of you, my lovely readers, your own copy.

IlluminaeSummary:
This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

Review

Illuminae Review

Giveaway

Random House is offering up one finished copy of Illuminae to one of my US/Canada readers.
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Top Ten Tuesday- My Top Ten Reads So Far in 2015

I saw Becca on Twitter talking about doing her Top Ten Tuesday (meme created by The Broke and the Bookish) post and I really liked the prompt this week so thought I’d jump in and do one. So, here I go, attempting to pick ten of my favorite books that I’ve read so far this year. I’m most likely going to forget a couple. These are not in order of my love and adoration.

Top Ten Books I’ve Read in 2015

23437156Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo- I love Leigh Bardugo. I’ve read everything I can find of hers and she is on my “read no matter what” list. I had high expectations for SoC and let me tell you- it lived up to ALL of them. I can’t recommend this one enough. I fell in love with the characters, especially Kaz. Go into this one expecting the Grisha world but a different feel than the prior series.
Release Date: September 29th 2015

23395680Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff- I’ll admit it I was worried I’d not like this one. I thought that the way it was written with e-mails, chats, etc would not allow me to bond with the characters or really connect to the story. How wrong I was! I fell in love with the characters and the story was sublime. I will be reading this one again and pushing it on my husband (who’s not a reader). This sci fi hit all the right notes for me.
Release Date: October 20th 2015

23719469An Inheritance of Ashes by Leah Bobet- If you’re like me you see the crow on the cover and you think- that looks similar to SoC. I decided to request it based on the description and I’m so glad I did. This book was slow paced and so atmospheric. I really loved the slow build and quiet eeriness Bobet provoked with her writing. I totally shipped the wrong couple (oops) and I’m still in love with one of the characters. I really, really need another book concerning this character! His story had so much more in my opinion. If you like Not a Drop to Drink then you might enjoy this one too. It is a much different story but the feel was similar to me.
Release Date: October 6th 2015

25068467Uprooted by Naomi Novak- Have you been on Twitter? If so you’ve probably seen the hype surrounding this book. It has many, many folks saying how wonderful it is so I was intimidated to read it. I had the feeling I’d love it because it hit so many of the things I adore but I was still nervous since I had HIGH expectations. I am so thrilled that I loved it. The writing was strong and I loved the fairy tale feel. The Dragon was such a great character and over all this book was just fabulous. MY REVIEW
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untitledRebel Mechanics by Shanna Swendson- I was really in the need for just this type of book when I read Rebel Mechanics. It was fun, fast paced and I loved Lord Henry. I couldn’t help but picture him as the 10th Doctor so I fell madly in love with him. That love drove me through the story and had me giddy for each of his scenes. The rest of the book was good too, haha! I really liked the mix of alternate history and steampunk and really just found it an all around good time. MY REVIEW
Release Date: July 14th 2015

Ritter_BeastlyBones_jkt_COMP.inddBeastly Bones by Will Ritter- Last year I fell in love with Jackaby so I immediately dove into this sequel when a copy arrived. I adored the writing, story and it had DINOSAUR BONES. I loved the archeology bits and really the characters are amazing. How can you not love Jackaby? I think these books are amazingly fun and I hope we get to see many, many more adventures in the future.
Release Date: September 22nd 2015

23719270Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman- THAT COVER. THAT SUMMARY. This book was so well done. I was surprised by the twists, I was horrified, I was moved. I was so happy to see a YA go with the western feel and really I can’t say enough about this book. I was really surprised with just how powerful and amazing this one was because it’s a standalone and I’ll admit that at times I feel those are rushed (with character development). Not so in VR. I felt attached to all the characters, main and secondary. I was very concerned for everyone’s well being which is saying a lot.
Release Date: September 1st 2015

18488433The Storyspinner by Becky Wallace- I didn’t hear a whole lot about this one when I requested it but based on the summary I felt confident it would be a ‘Kristen book’ I was right. I loved the pacing, story arc and setting. I thought the characters were wonderfully crafted and I loved the magic system Becky created. It had a fantasy feel but also sort of a history feel since the world was so realistic and easy to believe. MY REVIEW
Release Date: Out Now

A Darker Shade final for IreneA Darker Shade of Magic by Victoria Schwab- I really loved Victoria’s YA books but let me just say her adult (crossover?) books are AMAZING. I absolutely love the direction her writing has taken and this world building was stellar. Alternate worlds, cross dressing pirates, bad ass characters. What’s not to love?  MY REVIEW
Release Date: Out Now

T21569527he Heart of Betrayal by Mary Pearson- THIS BOOK. I was on the edge of my seat, completely gripped and blown away. Most sequels aren’t better than the first book but this one was. This book was so incredibly well done I must reread it, and soon. I really can’t wait to see how Mary breaks my heart with the next book. Do be kind Mary, please?
Release Date: July 7th 2015 

There are more I could add! Even as I type this I’m thinking of other books I loved (END OF DAYS, ANYTHING COULD HAPPEN, etc) the list could go on and on. I obviously have read some amazing books this year so far.

Link to your Top Ten Tuesday if you did one if not- what are some of your favorite books you’ve read this year?

Stacking the Shelves

This week I focused on writing reviews. I’d been having a writing rut but finally broke free this week and mostly caught up! I still have a couple left to write but it feels good to have less waiting to be done. If you’re a blogger what do you do when you get in a review- writing rut? I decided not to force writing them so just continued to read and watch TV. I had hoped it would pass pretty quickly and it did. So happy I didn’t get far, far behind.

Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews is a weekly meme where you show what books you’ve purchased, gotten from the library, received from giveaway, as gifts or for review.

Books

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Last Week’s Posts

  • Review of Uprooted by Naomi Novik
  • Review of Rebel Mechanics by Shanna Swendson
  • Review of The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough

 

Stacking the Shelves

I was out of town last weekend so I didn’t post so this will be for two week’s worth of books. Boy, did I have a great haul these last two weeks. I love each of these books oh so much. I can’t wait to read the ones I’ve not read it.

Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews is a weekly meme where you show what books you’ve purchased, gotten from the library, received from giveaway, as gifts or for review.

The Books

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Ahhh! I love all of these so much! I have read End of Days (look for my review next week), Shadows (LOVE this series) and Ember in the Ashes. I’ve started Rook and I’m loving it.

Random yet Relevant

I’ve interviewed a couple of these authors from my stack up above so I wanted to direct you over to their interviews if you’re interested.

  • Interview with Sharon Cameron author of Rook. I interviewed Sharon a couple of years ago about her debut series. She talks about automatons and which fictional characters she wishes she’d written. So check it out especially if you’re on the fence about reading her other series.
  • Interview with Sabaa Tahir author of An Ember in the Ashes. I adore Sabaa and her debut novel was exceptional. Learn more about how long she worked on it and her music play list.

Last Week’s Posts

Posts to Look For Next Week

  • Interview with Renee Ahdieh author of The Wrath & the Dawn + Giveaway
  • Blog Tour A Matter of Heart – Giveaway
  • Review of Rook by Sharon Cameron
  • Review of End of Days by Susan Ee

I’ve not been as active commenting or replying to comments because I’ve not been in the mood to blog much this last week. I keep trying to get myself motivated but it wasn’t happening. So, I’m hoping that the fresh month of May will help inspire me. So far so good. May you will be an amazing month, right?

How have you been?