#TEAM CINDER!

#TEAMCINDER

Calling all of my fellow Lunartics and Marissa Meyers fans, check out the stepback art for the new paperback edition of CINDER! I am so proud to be a part of this series and having the opportunity to reveal this art, as well as the new cover to you all!

These paperbacks are gorgeous and I can’t wait for you to see the rest of the series! They are available for pre-order now and will be available February 4th, 2020! Keep your eyes open for the stepback art of Scarlet, Cress, and Winter in the next few days on Instagram! Follow the hashtag #LunarEverAfter! Go #TeamCinder!

 

Cinder Stepback Art Reveal

 

 


[SYNOPSIS]

A forbidden romance. A deadly plague. Earth’s fate hinges on one girl . . .

CINDER, a gifted mechanic in New Beijing, is also a cyborg. She’s reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s sudden illness. But when her life becomes entwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she finds herself at the centre of a violent struggle between the desires of an evil queen – and a dangerous temptation.

Cinder is caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal. Now she must uncover secrets about her mysterious past in order to protect Earth’s future. This is not the fairytale you remember. But it’s one you won’t forget. 


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Mood Monday – Happy New Year!

I took a little hiatus for posting and slowed my social media down a lot over the holiday so I could focus on being with family. Chase goes back to school tomorrow and I am so excited to get my house back in order and get my routine together. I haven’t been reading much either, which honestly feels kind of good. I don’t plan on speeding through as many books as I did last year, I want to go back to enjoying what I read.

What I’ve Been Reading Lately: Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
Thoughts So Far: It’s a Sanderson… so I’m loving it… LOL but seriously, I am enjoying the world so far. It’s far more political than I thought, but the characters are really moving this story forward. Raoden is a straight up cinnamon roll, I totally love him and his sense of responsibility. I think what he is doing for the people of Elantris is just so heartwarming and selfless. I definitely recommend this book for people wanting to dip their toes into epic fantasy.

What’s Up Next:
I have quite a few book reviews coming up, some book tours, and some cover releases! I plan on cross posting my Instagram to my blog for these. I was asked to be on the Lunar Chronicles #TeamCinder crew, host a giveaway from MacMillan for All the Stars and Teeth, and do a blog tour for Foul is Fair! I feel like all of my hard work is finally paying off and it’s both exhausting and exhilarating!

I hope you all have an amazing Monday! My new planner gets in today and I am excited to organize my life. I have a book planner that I LOVE but I need one for all of my daily activities for my family. Life is good!

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Wild Wednesday – WWW

 

This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and brought back by Taking on a World of Words.

Rules are to just answer three questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


Currently reading: Well Met by Jen DeLuca
This book is CUTE. I am only a few chapters in and I am such a sucker for those steamy, adult romcoms! I’ve already found myself laughing. It’s giving me Fix Her Up vibes with it’s character driven, spicy romance that I am a sucker for!

Recently finished: The Christmas Pact by Vi Keeland
This book was on my radar because again.. sucker for fast, cute romance! It was a free audible membership listen for December!  This was an enjoyable fast paced Christmas novella and is definitely an adult read in language and content! I really enjoyed the characters and I already miss them! This was perfect for my desire to read a little holiday book!

Overall Story : ⭐️⭐️⭐️✨
Characters: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Steam Level: 🔥🔥
Audio Narrators: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Reading Next: The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams
This book was sent to me by my friend Erin (IG: @story_hoarder). Her and I send each other books and ARCs to read and she said this one would be perfect for me! I am so excited to finish up Well Met to start on this one! Here is the synopsis from GoodReads!

The first rule of book club:
You don’t talk about book club.

Nashville Legends second baseman Gavin Scott’s marriage is in major league trouble. He’s recently discovered a humiliating secret: his wife Thea has always faked the Big O. When he loses his cool at the revelation, it’s the final straw on their already strained relationship. Thea asks for a divorce, and Gavin realizes he’s let his pride and fear get the better of him.

Welcome to the Bromance Book Club.

Distraught and desperate, Gavin finds help from an unlikely source: a secret romance book club made up of Nashville’s top alpha men. With the help of their current read, a steamy Regency titled Courting the Countess, the guys coach Gavin on saving his marriage. But it’ll take a lot more than flowery words and grand gestures for this hapless Romeo to find his inner hero and win back the trust of his wife.”




I hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday and get a lot of reading done!

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It’s been a while… WHOOPS!

It has been WEEKS since I’ve updated. The holiday season just comes sweeping in so fast and I can’t hardly keep up! I’ve been reading so much, then reading none at all. It’s going to get even busier soon! I have so many things I want to write about, mostly my experience reading and finishing The Stormlight Archive and HOW EXCITED I AM for Storm4 to be released a month early next year! I definitely am going to need a re-read!

Tomorrow I do plan on writing a blog, we shall see with time constraints and whether or not Xander lets me hop on!

Besides that, life has been pretty good lately. The kids are rambunctious, Chuck is gone at basketball a lot, my christmas shopping is ALMOST done!! Things are looking up! For now, I’m going to work on my shelves a little bit and read some more Ninth House!

Oh and I requested the ARC of Aurora Burning so FINGERS CROSSED that I get it! I got Aurora Rising last year and was able to blog about it so I am PRRRAYYYYING I get lucky again!

XOXO

Rachael

Topic Tuesday – Hype Disappointments and Ratings

Today for Topic Tuesday I want to talk about some of the books that just didn’t live up to the hype for me and how I rate them. I feel like people think that Goodreads is the place to tell everyone how you feel personally when really we should be focusing mostly on critically – the characters, the plot, the setting… it drives me crazy when someone KNOWS they don’t like this author, or this genre and they rate the book poorly. “I don’t like adult romance so 1 star.” Like ? Why are you even reading it? Just say, “not for me,” and don’t rate it because you didn’t really give it a fair chance because you already didn’t like it!

I don’t believe that it’s fair for us to also rate books that are for an audience that isn’t for us poorly.  I’m a 31 year old, I’m not middle grade, or YA so when I rate a YA book and it’s too juvenile, I rate it as if I were that age. How would I feel back then? I see people on Goodreads reviewing books like City of Ghosts saying its too young and giving it 3 or less stars. Excuse me?!

I’m not trying to make this a negative Nancy post but I do think it’s important that we are honest with ourselves and our audience. I think we need to remember that authors are people to and we can’t bash them or rate their books poorly if we read it when it wasn’t marketed towards us. So with that being said, here are some books that for me, critically and personally, did not live up to the hype regardless of the issues listed above.


  • The Cruel Prince by Holly Black – There are so many problematic themes in this book just for the sake of being problematic. I have zero interest in reading TWK and QoN.
  • After by Anna Todd – Again, problematic and abusive themes that don’t really get addressed… it’s romanticized.
  • The Mortal Instruments by Cassie Clare – Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE THE INFERNAL DEVICES, but I cannot get into TMI. I’ve tried multiple times. I think the writing is poor and there is a weird taboo relationship theme going on here.
  • Dark Age by Pierce Brown – I am so beyond disappointed in this book. I was bored for so much of it. This adult scifi definitely needed some more meat.
  • The Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young – Another book that felt like it had zero plot. I didn’t connect to any of the characters.
  • The Fever King by Victoria Lee – This book was just all around bad. It was promoted as a YA scifi/fantasy but I wouldn’t want my young teen kids to read this. The inappropriate language was flippant and unnecessary and seemed to be there for show. The plot had mega holes.

Now, although these books didn’t work for me personally or critically, that doesn’t mean they won’t work for you! I am a FIRM believer in people reading, no book should be shamed (unless it’s ridiculous… yall know what I mean), so if The Cruel Prince makes you happy, I’M HAPPY FOR YOU! I want you to be excited and to celebrate reading in any capacity!

I’m back posting this because I forgot to publish it yesterday LOL!

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Mood Monday – I’m feeling BLAH!

Happy Monday! I woke up feeling energized only to be hit with some serious laziness. I made the mistake of giving Chase Benadryl last night for his allergies and he woke up around 9:30am, groggy as hell so I let him stay home.

I turned on Muse of Nightmares that I’m buddy reading with Amanda (@bibliomaniacamanda) and I had forgotten how much heartbreak this book has. I know that Strange the Dreamer is rough, but the two new protags, Nova and Kora, and the insight to Minya just cracks your heart in two. I’m halfway through Part II and I know so much more awaits me.

The rest of this week will be spent trying to push through Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson. I absolutely love his writing but with the House Cup Readathon going on the last few months I kept pushing it back. Now we changed the way points are tallied so I’d love to just knock it out!

I have a few book reviews to write, I recently read Rules of Vanishing and honestly I am so upset with how this book unfolded.. but that’s for another post!

I hope you guys have an amazing week!

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TGIF – FORREAL

Oh my gosh you guys! I haven’t posted anything for like.. 2 weeks? I am SO BEHIND it’s not even funny! I’m sitting here stuffing my face with leftover pasta, just thinking about the insanity that has been my life. Let’s rewind a little.

Last Wednesday – Chuck ran himself over with a power jack with a pallet of beer on it; busted his foot wide the hell open! We sat in the ER for 6 hours for them to give him 3 stitches, a boot that was too small, and no crutches even though they charged insurance for some. Luckily his work is covering the cost of the medical bills but DANG, his foot was gnarly! Chuck was off Thursday, Friday, and the following Monday so naturally we treated this like an unexpected vacation. Hence the reason for my lack of posts. My family will always come first y’all!

This Tuesday – This was Chuck’s first day back at work. I had so much catching up to do, mainly over on Bookstagram! I was so behind on my own comments, my algorithm group comments, my DMs… holy moly my DMs were wild! Most of them were well wishes for Chuck so that felt really good!!

Wednesday I was finally getting back into the groove of  my social media life. I was caught up on my partnership posts and started reading An Ember in the Ashes via audio with @bibliomaniacamanda because she’s never read it *GASP*. I love that series with my whole heart.

Thursday I had to help at my son’s school for a teacher luncheon and then I had Chase’s parent teacher conference. Chase’s reading score is off the charts for second grade and the rest of his report was so impressive. I am so proud of my little guy!

Friday – today… BOO BLAST. I woke up this morning and loaded the kids up, met my cousin at Lowes to pick up hay bales, delivered them to the school and started setting up for the Boo Blast/Trunk or Treat event. This was for the catholic schools in the region. It started at 5 so I went and set up a cute little trunk (a camping scene lolol) and made a ton of Mom jokes that the kids didn’t laugh at but the parents did (SCORE). Chase had a blast! My in laws had Xander and took him to the event for a little bit, but it was just so cold!

So… here I am, sitting at the computer trying to give an update of the whirlwind that has been my life for the last two weeks. Xander is asleep and Chase is off with his bio dad for the weekend. I hope everyone has been enjoying their Friday and I hope you’re loving what you’re reading! Along with AEITA, I’m also reading Royally Screwed, which is an adult smut novel and my oh my is it steamy! Shane East (who is Steve West) narrates it and it is just so good! If you’re looking for a good adult, non cheesy romance with a good plot, This series is for you! They are all standalones as well!

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Soulwalkers by Cassidy Thomas

Soulwalkers by Cassidy Thomas
Publisher: Little Big Books
Publication Date: December 3rd, 2019
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Rating: 4 Stars

Synopsis:

Kia LaStrauss can see into your soul with the touch of her hand. She can see your fears, desires, wants. She can see your past. Your present. Your future. She is a Soulwalker. 

New Orleans is the city Kia calls home: a city of revelry, jazz, wonder, and magic. She grew up listening to stories of magic and mysticism, but they were just stories… or so she thought. After experiencing two visions of the future, Kia learns of the existence of Soulwalkers, and that she is one of them. With the help of her mentor Ian, she begins to learn what she is capable of, and the consequences of her newfound power. But even Ian cannot prepare her for what she will discover. 

Kia is thrown into a world once unimaginable, where the touch of a hand could kill her and every new discovery can change the course of her life forever. 


DISCLAIMER:
Thank you Cassidy Thomas for this free finished copy to read and review. This is no way shapes my opinions, all thoughts expressed are my own.


REVIEW

I really enjoyed this YA urban fantasy! I love stories that center in New Orleans because the world-building is always so rich. Within this world, we have Soulwalkers, people who can see your soul with a touch… however, there is a balance to this magic system. This adds a level of stress to this ability, throwing me for a loop when you learn about Kia’s first walk. This book explores more magic than soul walking but I don’t want to say too much and spoil the surprises! This book has many twists and turns, some totally unexpected! This is a super quick, exciting read and I would recommend this to anyone who likes books you can devour in a sitting!

I liked the multiple points of view as I’m always wondering what everyone is thinking other than the MC. It just gives a book more depth to me.

***could be considered spoilery***

I enjoyed the romance aspect as I’m a total romance sucker. The only thing I think can be worked upon is the term of endearment. Ian would call Kia kid when they had a “mentor/student,” relationship but once it was more it seemed a bit demeaning. Calling the person you’re interested in as “kid,” isn’t for me, but honestly I think it could just be my own opinion! Other than that, I was totally rooting for the characters!

This book is available for preorder on Amazon and will be available 12/3!

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TGIF – I’m Going to LA!

Tomorrow I fly out with my mom to Los Angeles, CA! This will be my first time in LA and my second time in California! I’m a midwestern gal and I typically stay put! Ha! I cannot wait to eat all of the food! I’m hoping to also find a Korean bookstore… maybe pick up the Korean edition of Harry Potter! How cool would that be? I’m going to read a few chapters of The Ten Thousand Doors of January tonight for a buddy read with my gal Kat (@kathardistywrites) and then I will start All the Stars and Teeth with Kelli (@starlightfaerytale) on Monday!

This week I re-read via audio Clockwork Angel and I forgot how much I missed Will and Jem. Knowing Will and his backstory just made it that much more heartbreaking. The first time I read this series I didn’t really feel bothered by any of the characters but OH MY GOSH, when Nathaniel came around and Jessamine was all over him, y’all, I wanted to reach into the phone and choke both of them! So annoying! This was also my first time listening to the audio. I don’t necessary enjoy the narrator. Tessa is supposed to be young but she sounded in her 70’s. It was perfect for the Dark sisters, LOL!

I’m planning on reading Conversations with a Killer this weekend while traveling. I have a fascination with serial killers, but Ted Bundy in particular, people seem to romanticize him. So before I write about him for Topic Tuesday next week (along with the book review), I want to see what that book is about. I mean, everyone says he was a handsome, unassuming man, but is that really how he was perceived? Most people look at photos of Ted Bundy and do not feel that way!

Chuck (@mr.rqdavis_) will not be traveling with me on this LA journey! He is going to the Leigh Bardugo book signing for me in St. Louis, MO! How sweet is that? He’s bringing Shadow and Bone to get signed and is getting a signed copy of Ninth House for Amanda! Shadow and Bone is such a special story to me because Chuck reminds me so much of Mal… I know everyone loves the Darkling… but I’ll always love Mal more! I can’t wait to see his stories! Follow him on his insta to see! The signing is tomorrow!

Anyways, I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! I’ll be back for Mood Monday with stories of my whirlwind 24 hours in LA and hopefully have some cool new things to share!


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Thirsty Thursday – Fireborne by Rosaria Munda

Wow wow wow, where in the heck did Thursday go? Let’s talk about an upcoming release that I am lucky to be a part of! Fireborne by Rosaria Munda!

Fireborne is a debut trilogy published by Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers! I am so excited for this as this is supposed to be like Game of Thrones x Red Rising! SIGN ME UP! I am so excited to have the chance to read this book early as it releases on October 15th, 2019! I plan on binging it all weekend long! You can pre-order HERE or from most online book sellers!


Synopsis:

Game of Thrones meets Red Rising in a debut young adult fantasy that’s full of rivalry, romance… and dragons.

Annie and Lee were just children when a brutal revolution changed their world, giving everyone—even the lowborn—a chance to test into the governing class of dragonriders. Now they are both rising stars in the new regime, despite backgrounds that couldn’t be more different. Annie’s lowborn family was executed by dragonfire, while Lee’s aristocratic family was murdered by revolutionaries. Growing up in the same orphanage forged their friendship, and seven years of training have made them rivals for the top position in the dragonriding fleet.

But everything changes when survivors from the old regime surface, bent on reclaiming the city. With war on the horizon and his relationship with Annie changing fast, Lee must choose to kill the only family he has left or to betray everything he’s come to believe in. And Annie must decide whether to protect the boy she loves . . . or step up to be the champion her city needs.

From debut author Rosaria Munda comes a gripping adventure that calls into question which matters most: the family you were born into, or the one you’ve chosen.


Will you be reading Fireborne when it releases? I cannot wait to see the reviews!

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