Wednesday, May 4, 2016

{WOW} WAYFARER by Alexandra Bracken

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 with 1 comment

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's WoW selection is...

's Pick:

Title: Wayfarer
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Series: Passenger, book #2
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publication Date: January 3, 2017

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All Etta Spencer wanted was to make her violin debut when she was thrust into a treacherous world where the struggle for power could alter history. After losing the one thing that would have allowed her to protect the Timeline, and the one person worth fighting for, Etta awakens alone in an unknown place and time, exposed to the threat of the two groups who would rather see her dead than succeed. When help arrives, it comes from the last person Etta ever expected—Julian Ironwood, the Grand Master’s heir who has long been presumed dead, and whose dangerous alliance with a man from Etta’s past could put them both at risk.

Meanwhile, Nicholas and Sophia are racing through time in order to locate Etta and the missing astrolabe with Ironwood travelers hot on their trail. They cross paths with a mercenary-for-hire, a cheeky girl named Li Min who quickly develops a flirtation with Sophia. But as the three of them attempt to evade their pursuers, Nicholas soon realizes that one of his companions may have ulterior motives.

As Etta and Nicholas fight to make their way back to one another, from Imperial Russia to the Vatican catacombs, time is rapidly shifting and changing into something unrecognizable… and might just run out on both of them.

I don't know how I missed the cover reveal for this one, but I saw it on Amazon over the weekend and was like, YEP. I know Passenger was rather hit-or-miss for most people, but it was a hit with me. I've always liked Bracken's writing, and these books are no different. Plus, the premise for this sequel is just so compelling. Characters back from the dead. Mercenaries and girls with ulterior motives. And the possible destruction of time as we know it? YES, PLEASE!

What are you desperately waiting for this Wednesday? Let us know in the comments or share a link to your own WoW post!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Welcome to my stop on The Square Root of Summer Blog Tour: This Is Who I Am Now. This blog tour is a little different, in that us bloggers were tasked with answering a set of questions immediately upon receipt and then answering them again in a few months' time to see what had changed in that time. You can check out my responses below; but first, a bit more about the book:

Title: The Square Root of Summer
Author: Harriet Reuter Hapgood
Series: stand-alone
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Publication Date: May 3, 2016 -- that's today!!
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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This is what it means to love someone. This is what it means to grieve someone. It's a little bit like a black hole. It's a little bit like infinity.

Gottie H. Oppenheimer is losing time. Literally. When the fabric of the universe around her seaside town begins to fray, she's hurtled through wormholes to her past:

To last summer, when her grandfather Grey died. To the afternoon she fell in love with Jason, who wouldn't even hold her hand at the funeral. To the day her best friend Thomas moved away and left her behind with a scar on her hand and a black hole in her memory.

Although Grey is still gone, Jason and Thomas are back, and Gottie's past, present, and future are about to collide—and someone's heart is about to be broken.

This Is Who I Am Now

What Brings You The Most Joy In Life?

- Feb/March 2016: my daughter’s smiling face
- May 2016: still my Katiebug…when she’s happy, I’m happy :)

So, my little girl will always be the light of my life and she brings me so much joy each and every day. She can also be a royal pain, but I wouldn't have it any other way.

What Are You Reading?

- Feb/March 2016: I’ve been re-reading a lot of fantasy lately – mostly via audio – including the Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima, The Girl of Fire and Thorns series by Rae Carson, and The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski
- May 2016: Right now, I’m listening to Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton. I read the book earlier this year but a good friend got me the audio for my birthday. And I’m reading Free to Fall by Lauren Miller, which has been on my TBR for ages.

I’ve been doing a lot of re-reading lately, so I guess that hasn’t changed much in the last few months. But I've also decided to start reading more of my backlist titles instead of always focusing on review books. Starting Free to Fall over the weekend was the beginning and it's already going really well.

What Is Something You’re Really Looking Forward To?

- Feb/March 2016: Katie’s 8th birthday and the #PenguinTeenOnTour stop in Dallas…I get to interview Alison Goodman before the event!
- May 2016: our big family trip to Schlitterbahn this summer…first time all of us sisters have taken our families on vacation together!

I was really looking forward to chatting with Alison Goodman, but she got delayed in Canada after that tour stop, so I got to interview Rachel Hawkins instead, which was super fun. Katie went along with me, too, and had Rachel sign the copies of the Hex Hall series that I gave her. ;)

What Is One Thing That’s Worrying You?

- Feb/March 2016: money…buying a house really depletes your funds
- May 2016: money…need to save for the big trip in July…some things never change

Apparently, money needs to grow on trees because I'll never have enough of it. But we knew that it would be hard at first when we bought the house we did because it's older and it's on a big lot that required we buy a much bigger (read: powerful) mower than what we had. That's done, but now we have a family trip on the books and that also requires money.

What Is Something That You Always Have With You?

- Feb/March 2016: a book, either a physical copy, my Kindle, or audiobooks on my phone...or all three
- May 2016: this answer will never change :)

This question really requires no further comment. =)

What Is Something That You Wish You Could Change?

- Feb/March 2016: the fact that the library I use recently reinstated the non-resident fee :(
- May 2016: the lack of empathy in the world – I’ve just seen so much hate and negativity in the world lately and it’s hard not to let it get me down

When I first answered this question, I was focused more on something I wished I could change in my own little world, but I've really been trying to work on my overall outlook on life, and well, that's where my recent answer stems from. A little love and understanding goes a long way.

About the author:

Harriet Reuter Hapgood is a freelance fashion journalist and author of THE SQUARE ROOT OF SUMMER (coming May 2016). Her first-ever professional writing credit was for Just Seventeen magazine, and she's been YA obsessed ever since. She likes burritos, cats, Gwyneth Paltrow and young adult fiction, which she plans to write more of, though she's also considering a PhD in Dawson’s Creek.

Find Harriet:

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Monday, May 2, 2016

Big shout-out to Andi at Andi's ABCs and Brittany at The Book Addict's Guide for putting together such an awesome feature and helping the rest of us realize our dream of book hoarding collecting, lol.

Still hoping to trade for some of the ARCs I seriously covet while also culling some books that I've already read or no longer plan to collect and keep in my "library".

I've created an ARC wishlist on Goodreads, but here is a list of my most wanted ARCs to complete my collections:

ARC of Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
ARC of Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen
ARC of The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab
ARC of Vicarious by Paula Stokes
ARC of Asunder by Jodi Meadows
ARC of On the Fence by Kasie West

Of course, I'm also willing to trade newer ARCs for newer ARCs. ;)

ARC of Caraval by Stephanie Garber
ARC of Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin
ARC of Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
ARC of The Sleeping Prince by Melinda Salisbury
ARC of A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess
ARC of A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
ARC of Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones
ARC of Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

And finished copies for finished copies. Here's that wishlist. Those listed above are just some of the ARCs that remain the most elusive from my collection.

Recent successful amazing trades (aw, yeah!):

ARC of Cinder by Marissa Meyer (Thanks, Sabrina!!!!)
ARC of Scarlet by Marissa Meyer (Thanks, Beth!!!!)
ARC of A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab
ARC of Vicious by V.E. Schwab (Thanks, Jessica!)
ARC of Slasher Boys and Monster Girls by April Genevieve Tucholke (Thanks, Rachel!)
ARC of Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke (Thanks, Nicole!)
ARC of Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers (Thanks, Rachel!)
ARC of The Mirror King by Jodi Meadows (Thanks, Lisa!)
ARC of Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes
ARC of When We Collided by Emery Lord (Thanks, Sabrina!!!!)
ARC of My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton & Jodi Meadows
ARC of Rebel Sands by Alwyn Hamilton (the one with the simple blue cover)
ARC of The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh (Thanks, Crystal, Bridget & Liz!!!!)

And below are pictures of what I have available for trade. I also have this trade list, as well as a comprehensive wishlist (2nd tab).

2016 ARCs
FYI - I will also be adding a copy of The Rose and the Dagger soon. A trade/friendly gesture turned into a snafu that left me with an extra copy. Apparently, I'm too good with the sneaky and also not good enough. :P

highly sought after ARCs
(for these, I will *only* entertain offers from the above wishlist of coveted ARCs)

2015 ARCs

2014 and older ARCs

finished copies - paperback

finished copies - hardcover

I'd be willing to ship multiple books for anything on my highly coveted list of ARCs above -- unless you're also seeking a highly sought after ARC, in which case it's one for one -- if that helps any. =) Also, if you have something on my wishlist that you'd be willing to trade but don't see anything you want among my offerings, still hit me up because I might be willing to part with something not shown here. =D

I'll continue using the #booksfortrade feed as well, but I thought I'd spread the word a bit more here on the blog, too. If you want to make a trade, comment below, email me at mrsjbruce at gmail dot com, or hit me up on Twitter at @starryeyedjen.

For the tl;dr crowd, the books I have for trade are pictured above and this is my ARC wishlist. This is my finished copy wishlist. =) I reserve the right to refuse any trade. I might also be willing to trade multiple items for the right trade. :D

Thanks for taking a look and potentially helping a book hoarder achieve her dreams of allthebooks!

Saturday, April 30, 2016

So, since my end-of-the-week post isn't just about what I got in my mailbox or on my Kindle each week -- though that is a big part of it, I won't lie -- I decided to change up the title and intro a bit.  I might tweak the format a bit over the next few weeks, but for the most part, it'll contain the same stuff: stuff I got, stuff I did, and stuff that's coming up on the blog.  Plus, I get to use the awesome GIF you see here and blow kisses to all the people who sent me lovely books and bookish things.  Oh, and I've started linking up to Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga's Reviews since I'm not using a specific meme title anymore.  April's also doing her own Stacking the Shelves posts on Sundays.  Stop by and say hi!  =)
Another long, rainy week over with. Thank goodness. :) It was a good week to read some amazing new releases, though. And I'm kind of proud of the community -- despite, ahem, other things -- because I didn't see any spoilers for TRK. I'm sure they were probably out there, but I managed to finish without seeing any, and for that I'm thankful.

So, tomorrow's my birthday. And it kind of feels like the publishers knew that, even though I know that's not possible. :P But I got some amazing new reads this week, anyway. I didn't really need any new books to add to my TBR, but you won't find me complaining. :P

Okay, okay. On to the books. Here's what I scored this week...

From Publishers:

LOOK AT ALL OF THOSE FANTASTIC NEW BOOKS! I have to say I am most excited about Vassa in the Night, but all of them sound great. I also now have duplicates of This Savage Song and My Lady Jane, so look for me to be adding those to my #booksfortrade list soon so I can share the love.


Nothing new this week, but I'm expecting a few to come in next week. :) Look for a new #booksfortrade | Have You Seen This? post soon! I'm still looking for a few high profile ARCs, like Throne of Glass, The Near Witch, and Scarlet (Gaughen), plus some other 2016 releases.


The Rose & the Dagger (The Wrath & the Dawn, #2)Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands, #1)

So my lovely friend and co-blogger April got me an early birthday present! She knows I'm dying without access to a library, so she gifted me with two audiobooks I've been really looking forward to. I read an ARC of Rebel of the Sands, then I basically forced April to listen to it, and then I really wanted to listen to it myself, so she grabbed that one for me. And I loved the audio for The Wrath and the Dawn, so it was natural to want to hear the sequel on audio, too. Thanks, bestie! Don't know what I'd do without you!!!


I pre-ordered The Raven King ages ago from Fountain Bookstore, so my glorious signed and doodled copy arrived on Wednesday. I prepared for the slight delay by also pre-ordering the audiobook version, which I would've gotten eventually anyway because Will Patton is amazing as the narrator for this series and I know I'll be doing a re-listen of the whole series soon. ;0) I usually pre-order through Amazon, but this is one time when I am supremely glad I spent the extra dough to buy from an indie. =)


Still missing the use of the library. Still whining about it. Still waiting on my sis to go renew her library card so I can use it since they're now charging that outrageous non-resident fee.

So, that's my haul. =) What fabulous bookmail did you get this week?

The Week in Review:


The Raven King (The Raven Cycle, #4)P.S. I Like You
Current Giveaways:

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Promotional/Discussion Posts:
Currently Reading:

Free to FallI've been wanting to read this book forever, and I just keep letting review books keep me from it. No longer, I say. I will read this and then I'll get back to my normally scheduled program. ;)

Currently Listening:

The Rose & the Dagger (The Wrath & the Dawn, #2)I left work when I hit 90% on the audiobook and I haven't picked it back up yet because OH MY GOD THE ANGST AND TORMENT AND I MAY NOT MAKE IT THROUGH THIS. So, I'll probably leave the ending till my commute on Monday morning because I'm a scaredy-cat, no matter what I tell myself. :P

Upcoming Reviews:

Ever the Hunted (Clash of Kingdoms, #1)Outrun the MoonThe Rose & the Dagger (The Wrath & the Dawn, #2)Devil and the Bluebird

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Friday, April 29, 2016

P.S. I Really Liked This Book

Friday, April 29, 2016 with 9 comments
Title: P.S. I Like You
Author: Kasie West
Series: stand-alone
Publisher: Scholastic
Publication Date: July 26, 2016
Source: ARC received from publisher
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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What if the person you were falling for was a total mystery?

While Lily is spacing out in Chemistry one day, she picks up her pencil and scribbles a line from one of her favorite songs on the desk. The next day, someone else has written back to her on the desk! Soon enough Lily and the mystery student are exchanging notes, and lyrics, and even sharing secrets. When Lily finds out that her anonymous pen pal is a guy, she's flustered -- and kind of feels like she's falling for him. She and her best friend set out to unravel the identity of the letter writer -- but when the truth is revealed, the guy is the LAST person Lily could have ever imagined it to be. Now that Lily knows the truth, can she untangle her feelings and gather the courage to listen to her heart?

From beloved author Kasie West (The Distance Between Us) comes an utterly charming story about mixed messages, missed connections, and the magic of good old-fashioned secret admirer notes.

If you're looking for one of the most adorable, quirky, feel-good YA romances to come along in a good while, THIS IS YOUR BOOK. Even if I was in the worst mood ever, this book would make me smile. It's got some seriously awesome powers of cuteness, in that P.S. I Like You is kinda like the Powerpuff Girl of YA contemporary.

It's not that the secret is all that hard to figure out, but the most fun aspect of the book is watching as it all unravels, seeing how long it takes the characters themselves to figure out the mystery. I loved the back and forth of the desk writing (a thing I also loved in Plus One), using lyrics to get to know one another at first. And it's awesome that it was music that kind of brought these two odd souls together. Music should bring people together...even bitter enemies. :)

I lovelovelove hate-to-love romances. They get me every time. And the romance in P.S. I Like You is no exception. It actually reminded me a bit of The DUFF, in that it featured the ultra-hot Mr. Perfect -- who turns out to be anything but -- and the kinda dorky but lovable girl who hates his guts. Except this story is way more PG than that one, though no less worthy of the swoons. ;-)

I've loved every Kasie West book -- and I've read them all -- and one aspect I always enjoy is how she incorporates so much family into her stories. It's not just the connection between friends and love interests that she focuses on, but she also makes sure that the main character's family has a pivotal role in her life. They might be kooky or annoying, but they are there.

This book was just so freaking cute, no ifs, ands, or buts about it. The warm and fuzzies it left me with cannot be denied. (Just writing up this review has made me want to sit down and read it again!) P.S. I Love You is the pick-me-up book I never knew I needed but have always wanted.

GIF it to me straight:

About the author:

I write YA. I eat Junior Mints. Sometimes I go crazy and do both at the same time. My novels, published through Harper Teen are: PIVOT POINT and its sequel SPLIT SECOND. And my contemporary novels: THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US, ON THE FENCE, and THE FILL-IN BOYFRIEND. My agent is the talented and funny Michelle Wolfson.

Find Kasie:

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