Top Ten Tuesday (9)

“Top Ten Tuesday” is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

I just did a summer reads post last Wednesday (check it here), so for my summer reads freebie for Top Ten Tuesday I picked my top 10 most anticipated releases of the summer (June-Aug).  There might be a few overlapping with the above mentioned post. These will be in order of release date. I will include the descriptions of only books that are either standalones or the first in a series, as to avoid spoilers. Click on the title or the cover for a link to Amazon. 

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Title: Lightness Falling
Author: Stacey Marie Brown
Release Date: June 1, 2017
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance

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I just did the cover reveal for this book today on my blog! —>click here to go to the post!

The link to buy isn’t available yet, but click here to get the first book in the series for only $0.99!


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Title: Dividing Eden
Author: Joelle Charbonneau
Release Date: June 3, 2017
Genre: YA Fantasy

Dividing Eden by [Charbonneau, Joelle]

Twins Carys and Andreus were never destined to rule Eden. With their older brother next in line to inherit the throne, the future of the kingdom was secure.

But appearances—and rivals—can be deceiving. When Eden’s king and crown prince are killed by assassins, Eden desperately needs a monarch, but the line of succession is no longer clear. With a ruling council scheming to gain power, Carys and Andreus are faced with only one option—to take part in a Trial of Succession that will determine which one of them is worthy of ruling the kingdom.

As sister and brother, Carys and Andreus have always kept each other safe—from their secrets, from the court, and from the monsters lurking in the mountains beyond the kingdom’s wall. But the Trial of Succession will test the bonds of trust and family.

With their country and their hearts divided, Carys and Andreus will discover exactly what each will do to win the crown. How long before suspicion takes hold and the thirst for power leads to the ultimate betrayal?”


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Title: The Darkest Promise
Author: Gena Showalter
Release Date: June 13, 2017
Genre: Paranormal Romance

The Darkest Promise: A Dark, Demonic Paranormal Romance (Lords of the Underworld) by [Showalter, Gena]

This is the 13th full length LOTU novel. These books brought me back from a 5 year year slump and I’m obsessed!


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Title: Roar
Author: Cora Carmack
Release Date: June 13, 2017
Genre: YA Fantasy

Roar by [Carmack, Cora]

In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.

Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora’s been groomed to be the perfect queen. She’s intelligent and brave and honorable. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people.

To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks—storm magic. And the people selling it? They’re not Stormlings. They’re storm hunters.

Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage.
She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough.

Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become its master.


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Title: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue
Author: Mackenzi Lee
Release Date: June 27, 2017
Genre: YA, Historical Fiction

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by [Lee, Mackenzi]

Henry “Monty” Montague doesn’t care that his roguish passions are far from suitable for the gentleman he was born to be. But as Monty embarks on his grand tour of Europe, his quests for pleasure and vice are in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

So Monty vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.


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Title: Mordacious #2 (Unknown Title)
Author: Sarah Lyons Fleming
Release Date: June ?, 2017
Genre: Dystopian, Zombies

I don’t even have a cover for this one because it hasn’t bee released yet 🙁 But I’m so excited for this book! Sarah Lyons Fleming is amazing, but she’s an indie author so sometimes deadlines aren’t as fixed as author’s with huge publishers.

Click here to see my review on her first book of this series. 


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Title: The Last Magician
Author: Lisa Maxwell
Release Date: July 18, 2017
Genre: YA Fantasy

The Last Magician by [Maxwell, Lisa]

Stop the Magician.
Steal the book.
Save the future.

In modern day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic—the Mageus—live in the shadows, hiding who they are. Any Mageus who enters Manhattan becomes trapped by the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their power—and often their lives.

Esta is a talented thief, and she’s been raised to steal magical artifacts from the sinister Order that created the Brink. With her innate ability to manipulate time, Esta can pilfer from the past, collecting these artifacts before the Order even realizes she’s there. And all of Esta’s training has been for one final job: traveling back to 1902 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order—and the Brink—before the Magician can destroy it and doom the Mageus to a hopeless future.

But Old New York is a dangerous world ruled by ruthless gangs and secret societies, a world where the very air crackles with magic. Nothing is as it seems, including the Magician himself. And for Esta to save her future, she may have to betray everyone in the past.


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Title: The Secret History of Us
Author: Jessi Kirby
Release Date: August 1, 2017
Genre: Contemporary YA

The Secret History of Us by [Kirby, Jessi]

Contemporary YA is not usually a genre I seek out, but this book sounds too good to pass up. 

When Olivia awakes in a hospital bed following a near-fatal car accident, she can’t remember how she got there. She figures it’s because she was in a coma for a week, but as time goes on, she realizes she’s lost more than just the last week of her life—she’s lost all memory of events that happened years ago. Gone is any recollection of starting or graduating high school; the prom; or her steady boyfriend Matt. Trying to figure out who she is feels impossible when everyone keeps telling her who she was.

As Liv tries to sort out her family and friends’ perceptions of her, the one person she hasn’t heard enough from is Walker, the guy who saved her the night her car was knocked off that bridge into the bay below. Walker is the hardened boy who’s been keeping his distance and the one person that has made Liv feel like her old self…whoever that is. With feelings growing for Walker, tensions rising with Matt, and secrets she can’t help but feel are being kept from her, Olivia must find her place in a life she doesn’t remember living.”


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Title: Zero Repeat Forever (The Nahx Invasions Book 1)
Author: G. S. Prendergast
Release Date: August 29, 2017
Genre: YA Fantasy

Zero Repeat Forever (The Nahx Invasions Book 1) by [Prendergast, G. S.]

He has no voice or name, only a rank, Eighth. He doesn’t know the details of the mission, only the directives that hum in his mind.
Dart the humans. Leave them where they fall.
His job is to protect his Offside. Let her do the shooting.
Until a human kills her…

Sixteen-year-old Raven is at summer camp when the terrifying armored Nahx invade. Isolated in the wilderness, Raven and her fellow campers can only stay put. Await rescue. Raven doesn’t like feeling helpless, but what choice does she have?

Then a Nahx kills her boyfriend.

Thrown together in a violent, unfamiliar world, Eighth and Raven should feel only hate and fear. But when Raven is injured, and Eighth deserts his unit, their survival comes to depend on trusting each other…”


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Title: Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons Series)
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Release Date: August 27, 2017
Genre: YA Fantasy

Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons Series) by [Bardugo, Leigh]

She will become one of the world’s greatest heroes: WONDER WOMAN. But first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning. . . .

Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mere mortal. Even worse, Alia Keralis is no ordinary girl and with this single brave act, Diana may have doomed the world.

Alia just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.

Together, Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. If they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.”


There’s my list! what did you choose for the freebie? Make sure you provide your link so I can check it out!

Ensnared by Rita Stradling

Title: Ensnared
Author: Rita Stradling
Genre: NA, Sci-Fi, Romance
Format: eARC provided by NetGalley
Description (Source: NetGalley):

Ensnared by [Stradling, Rita]

A Near Future Retelling of Beauty and the Beast

Alainn’s father is not a bad man. He’s a genius and an inventor. When he’s hired to create the robot Rose, Alainn knows taking the money is a mistake. Rose acts like a human. She looks exactly like Alainn. But something in her comes out wrong.

To save her father from a five-year prison sentence, Alainn takes Rose’s place. She says goodbye to the sun and goes to live in a tower no human is allowed to enter. She becomes the prisoner of a man no human is allowed to see.

Believing that a life of servitude lies ahead, Alainn finds a very different fate awaits her in the company of the strange, scarred recluse.


Today is Ensnared Release day! It was supposed to be in December, but it was pushed up 🙂
Review:

I did another review on this author back in February of this year (Making Bad Choices) and really enjoy her writing.

Ensnared is a re-telling of Beauty and the Beast set in the future. Robots have become a part of everyday life in this new future, where they work as policeman, nurses, and even companions. It’s pretty creepy.  Alainn is a strong protagonist and I like pretty much everything about her. She is 24, which is nice because I like a little older (LOL “older! I’m 30😂😂) characters. She has had time to experience life and see what else is out there before falling in love with Lor. Alainn had been through a horrifying experience when she was only 17, which only strengthened the depth of her character. Overall, Alainn is caring, adventurous, witty, and fun to read.  The romance between Alainn and Lor was more of a slow burn than an inferno, making it more realistic and believable. The love between Alainn and Lor seemed genuine and lasting. There weren’t a lot of sexy scenes, but the few there were were well done. Somewhat graphic, but not vulgar. I would say appropriate for 16+.

Rating:

    

Final Thoughts:
–  This was a very quick read and captured my interest within the first chapter. Like the last book I read from her, Making Bad Choices, it is a great book to read if you have an open afternoon and need a book to get your mind off things, without having to concentrate too hard on keeping up with the plot or characters.


TLDR; Well-done retelling of Beauty and the Beast packed with romance, courage, and compassion. I’ll be on the lookout for more from this author.


Cover Reveal of Lightness Falling by Stacey Marie Brown

It’s no secret that I absolutely adore Stacey Marie Brown (See this review of City in Embers), so I was really excited to have the opportunity to participate in the cover reveal of the second book in her Lightness Saga.

Side note: Pick up the first book (The Crown of Light) for only $0.99 now on Amazon! 

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Title: Lightness Falling

Series: Lightness Saga, book #2

Author: Stacey Marie Brown

Genre: NA- Urban Fantasy/ Paranormal Romance

Release Date: June 1, 2017

Cover Designer: Dane Low at e-book laynch

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LIGHTNESS FALLING - ABOUT BOOK

Lightness Falling (Lightness Saga Book 2) 004In gaining the crown, Kennedy lost friends, her first love, and her heart.

And now her throne is being threatened.

In this time of turmoil, radical groups surface trying to kill her and take down the kingdom. Kennedy is forced to go undercover and penetrate one of these groups with the help of the one person she has sworn against ever seeing again.

Lorcan Dragen. The one man she let in, but cannot have.

What she has to do to save her falling reign is dangerous, foolish, and impossible. That doesn’t even come close to the truth she discovers along the way.

Kennedy’s world is flipped upside down with heartbreaking discoveries, betrayal, secrets, lies…and a darkness Kennedy won’t be able to fight.

Herself.

When lightness falls, darkness rises. Which side will win? Find out in the conclusion of Kennedy’s story.

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Stacey Marie Brown is a lover of hot fictional bad boys and sarcastic heroines who kick butt. She also enjoys books, travel, TV shows, hiking, writing, design, and archery. Stacey swears she is part gypsy, being lucky enough to live and travel all over the world.

She grew up in Northern California, where she ran around on her family’s farm, raising animals, riding horses, playing flashlight tag, and turning hay bales into cool forts. She volunteers helping animals and is Eco-friendly. She feels all animals, people, and environment should be treated kindly.

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The Friday 56 (5)

The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda’s Voice.

This week I chose 56% of  of Scythe of Darkness by Dawn Husted.


He reached his hand up. I breathed in slowly, holding my breath. What was he about to do?”


I’m about 25% of the way through this book and can’t put it down. I also participate in “First Lines Friday”, to see the first lines of this book head over to that post by clicking here


Scythe of Darkness

For Mia Hieskety, surviving high school meant focusing on exams and avoiding stupid parties. After breaking up with the only boyfriend she ever had, dating was off the agenda. That is, until Thanatos came along.

Inexplicably drawn to Thanatos, she’s determined to find out who he is and why he insists on wearing gloves to school. Something is off about him. And it’s as if she can feel him when he’s near.

Without warning, she’s thrust into a sinister world and discovers a truth that she never expected. When a supernatural connection puts Mia’s life at risk, she doesn’t know who to trust—especially Thanatos. But what if she’s in love with him?


First Lines Friday (12)

First Lines Fridays is hosted by Wandering Words.

Here are the rules (as outlined by Wandering Words):

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book

This week’s book is an ARC I received from the author. I’m about 25% into it and can’t put it down! I’ll likely be done with the book by tomorrow and hopefully have the review up by Monday! I’m using this book for my Friday 56 as well, so if you’re interested check it out here


The compulsion to find him made me slightly crazy”


Scroll down for more info about the book.


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For Mia Hieskety, surviving high school meant focusing on exams and avoiding stupid parties. After breaking up with the only boyfriend she ever had, dating was off the agenda. That is, until Thanatos came along.

Inexplicably drawn to Thanatos, she’s determined to find out who he is and why he insists on wearing gloves to school. Something is off about him. And it’s as if she can feel him when he’s near.

Without warning, she’s thrust into a sinister world and discovers a truth that she never expected. When a supernatural connection puts Mia’s life at risk, she doesn’t know who to trust—especially Thanatos. But what if she’s in love with him?


The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

Title: The Star-Touched Queen
Author: Roshani Chokshi
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Format: eBook
Description
(Source: Amazon):

The Star-Touched Queen by [Chokshi, Roshani]Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you’re only seventeen?
Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of Death and Destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire…
But Akaran has its own secrets — thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most. . .including herself.
A lush and vivid story that is steeped in Indian folklore and mythology. The Star-touched Queen is a novel that no reader will soon forget.


Review:

First of all, can we just appreciate this cover? 😍😍😍😍😍

The Star-Touched Queen is about a girl who is cursed with a horoscope of death and destruction. This makes her a social outcast and expendable within her kingdom. The story starts out pretty quickly with not an overabundance of world building, which is helpful if you are like me and don’t want to wait 3-5 chapters to get hooked on the book. I think one of the reasons the book begins so well is because of the protagonist Maya. She struck me as immediately likable, as she is strong, independent, an quick-witted. She makes some pretty stupid decisions in the book, but they aren’t out of character and I think readers can empathize with her logic during these decisive moments. 

Although the story starts out interesting, I found most of the first half of the book went pretty slow for me, but the last half definitely made up for it. The last half was more action based and starts to wind in the plot of the next book. The action scenes were well done and the climax didn’t seem rushed, which is a huge pet peeve of mine.  

I find that I’m torn on Chokshi’s descriptive style throughout the book. Some of the metaphors used just didn’t really make a lot of sense, but there were other times that I found myself completely enthralled with the tale Chokshi was spinning. Obviously this is subjective to who is reading, but overall her writing was beautiful. 

There were two reasons this book was only 3/5 stars for me. The first was what I had already mentioned about the book moving slowly in the first half. The second is the connection between Maya and Amar. I didn’t feel the passion or love between them and would have liked to have seen their relationship grow through more interactions in the book, rather than just a few kisses here or there. 

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Final Thoughts:
– I have the next book A Crown of Wishes on NetGalley so I will be moving onto that book next. Although I gave this book 3 stars (which is still NOT a bad review) I am excited to move onto the next because I love the character the story will be surrounding. 


Top 5 Wednesday (13)

This feature is hosted in the Top Five Wednesday group on Goodreads.

The topic this week is….


I’ve got a a couple “summer-y” ARCs that I’m dying to get into. I like to read romance over the summer as well!

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Watch me Disappear from Janelle Brown is a new Thriller set to be released this summer! I was really excited to get an ARC for this and will be reading / reviewing closer to the release date in July.

Who you want people to be makes you blind to who they really are.

It’s been a year since Billie Flanagan—a Berkeley mom with an enviable life—went on a solo hike in Desolation Wilderness and vanished from the trail. Her body was never found, just a shattered cellphone and a solitary hiking boot. Her husband and teenage daughter have been coping with Billie’s death the best they can: Jonathan drinks as he works on a loving memoir about his marriage; Olive grows remote, from both her father and her friends at the all-girls school she attends.

But then Olive starts having strange visions of her mother, still alive. Jonathan worries about Olive’s emotional stability, until he starts unearthing secrets from Billie’s past that bring into question everything he thought he understood about his wife. Who was the woman he knew as Billie Flanagan?

Together, Olive and Jonathan embark on a quest for the truth—about Billie, but also about themselves, learning, in the process, about all the ways that love can distort what we choose to see. Janelle Brown’s insights into the dynamics of intimate relationships will make you question the stories you tell yourself about the people you love, while her nervy storytelling will keep you guessing until the very last page.”


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Be True to Me is another ARC I was lucky enough to receive. It’s released in June so another perfect beginning of summer read!

It’s the summer of 1976 on Fire Island, where sunbathing, lobster bakes, and the Bicentennial celebration reign.

Jean, a sometimes cruel, often insecure, and always envious rich girl, is accustomed to living in her glamorous older sister’s shadow. So when Gil Burke, a handsome newcomer with uncertain ties to one of the most powerful families in the exclusive enclave of Sunken Haven, notices Jean—not her sister—Jean is smitten.

Then Fritz, a girl from outside the gilded gates who humiliated Jean in the Island’s tennis championship last year, meets Gil. The chemistry between them is undeniable, and she quickly falls Gil herself. Soon the girls are competing for much more than a tennis trophy, with higher stakes than either of them can imagine.

Through the alternating perspectives of Jean and Fritz, Adele Griffin captures the angst of feeling like you don’t belong and the urgency of first love with vivid language and perceptive wit.”


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The Darkest Promise by Gena Showalter is the latest installment of the Lords of the Underworld Series. It is another June release. I’ve listened to the audio of the other 14 books so I’ll likely be getting the audio to this one as well. 

Possessed by the demon of Misery, Cameo isn’t allowed to experience joy. If she dares, her memory is wiped clean. With no other recourse, she sneaks into a land more fantastical than any fairy tale, determined to find the one man with the key to her redemption. 

Lazarus the Cruel and Unusual rules his kingdom with a single unwavering focus: to build his army and annihilate his enemies. Nothing distracts him—until Cameo. He is relentless in his quest to make her smile…and seduce her into his bed. 

As dark forces conspire against them, threatening to destroy the fragile bond they’ve forged, the once-calm Lazarus grows crazed. Every heart-stopping kiss and wicked touch causes Cameo to teeter on the brink of happiness. But if she falls, she risks forgetting him forever…”


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Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed. I just bought this book because I read the little sample on Amazon and was bawling by the time I got to the end of the sample. I’m not usually one to read books like this, but the stories hit me hard. 

This bestselling book from the author of Wild collects the best of The Rumpus’s Dear Sugar advice columns plus never-before-published pieces. Rich with humor, insight, compassion—and absolute honesty—this book is a balm for everything life throws our way.

Life can be hard: your lover cheats on you; you lose a family member; you can’t pay the bills—and it can be great: you’ve had the hottest sex of your life; you get that plum job; you muster the courage to write your novel. Sugar—the once-anonymous online columnist at The Rumpus, now revealed as Cheryl Strayed, author of the bestselling memoir Wild—is the person thousands turn to for advice.”


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By the end of the summer I will be rereading Empire of Storms in preparation for Chaol’s novel, Tower of Dawn!


That’s it! What’s on your Summer Reading list?

Top Ten Tuesday (8)

“Top Ten Tuesday” is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

I haven’t done a Top 10 Tuesday in a while, and to be honest I almost skipped this one due to the topic. Mother’s Day used to be a really hard holiday for me, and sometimes still is. I’m going to be real for a minute here and tell you a story. It’s long, you’ve been warned. 

The topic this week is….

There once was a girl who got pregnant when she was only 16 by a man whom she didn’t love. She decided to keep the baby and gave birth to a little girl the winter of her senior year in high school. After high school the teenage mother took to partying with her friends and instead of finding babysitters for her baby she locked the baby in her bedroom closet for 10-12 hours without food or changing diapers. This continued on for about a year before the baby’s paternal grandmother paid the mother a surprise visit and saw the living conditions of the baby. Several days after this confrontation the baby was dropped off at her grandmother’s with a note that the mother would return in a few weeks.

The baby became a little girl and did not see her mother again for years. The little girl, desperate for her mother’s approval, decided to try living with her mother when she was 10, where she was subsequently abused by her mother and mother’s husband. After two years the little girl moved back to her dad’s house. The little girl would spend the next 10 years wondering what it was that made her so unlovable and easy to throw away. It didn’t make sense to the girl why she would feel this way. Her grandmother, who helped to raise her, and her dad were the best. They never mistreated her and loved her more than anything in the world.

But the girl had a mom shaped hole in her heart, and thought she would never fill it….until one beautiful little boy, followed by another less than 2 years later, came along. Over time, that mom-sized hole was almost completely filled with her own motherly love for her children. There will probably always be a tiny pocket of longing and bitterness for a mother that was never meant to be, but the girl finds solace in the fact that her own children will never have to feel the kind of despair or desperation that she felt as a child and into adulthood. 


So this week as part of my freebie I chose the mothers I wish I had. I am including TV/Movies as well. 

The second part is appreciation for awesome grandmother’s/aunts/substitute mothers (excluding dads from this because there will be a dad post in June for Father’s Day).


Moms I wish I had

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Lorelai Gilmore from Gilmore Girls

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Lorelai was always so supportive of Rory and loved her unconditionally. I loved how they were always part of a team!


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Maura Sargent from The Raven Cycle Series

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Maura trust Blue to make her own decisions, for the most part, and actually reminds me a lot of Lorelai.


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Molly Weasley from The Harry Potter Series

Honestly, I think even people who had good moms probably wanted Molly Weasley as their mom sometimes, lol. I love her so much!


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Maria from Mordacious and Until the End of the World

Mordacious (The City Series Book 1) by [Fleming, Sarah Lyons] Until the End of the World (Until the End of the World, Book 1)

Maria loves her daughters so much that she sacrificed her own safety and nearly her own life for them. When I see Maria I picture not only the mother I wish I had, but the mother I would like to be. 


Awesome grandmother’s/aunts/substitute mothers

 

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Michelle Benoit, Scarlet’s Grandmother in The Lunar Chronicles

CAUTION—–SPOILER FOR THIS BOOK BELOW! YOU’VE BEEN WARNED!

Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles Book 2)

Ya’ll. I ugly cried in this book for Scarlet’s grandmother. My own grandmother (who helped to raise me) had just died before I read this book and I was a damn mess. 


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Calla from The Raven Cycle Series

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I’m including Calla here too, because I just love her. I’ve always wanted a crazy aunt like her! I love this fan art of Calla because I love how it captures Calla’ sassy ass attitude. 


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Nan and Pop from An Ember in the Ashes

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I know we don’t get to know them very well, but we do know they loved Laia very much. The way Laia speaks of Nan reminds me of my own grandmother. 


That’s all I can think of right now. Sorry it’s not a full top 10! 😁

Make sure to leave your link for your top 10 in the comments if you want me to check it out! I look forward to seeing everyone else’s picks this week. Thank you for reading!

 

April Wrap-up

Hey look! It’s May 14th and I’m FINALLY getting around to my monthly wrap up. See what had happened was….no good excuse, lol. I’ve just been caught up with life. Being a “baseball mom” is killling me. 

Overall for April I read 9 books, bought 7 physical books, received 2 Arcs, and bought 5 audio books. I actually started utilizing my library in April so I’ve only bought what really interests me, books I want to reread, or books not available at my library.

I don’t include eBooks on here because I buy an obscene amount of those and I’m not ever in a mood for a self-induced guilt trip. So we are just going to pretend they didn’t happen. That’s how Adulting works right? Just ignore the things you don’t want to think about? 😉



Bookish Stuff




Physical Book Haul:

  1. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – Review here
  2. Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  3. Given to the Sea by MindyMcGinnis – I got this in my April Fairy Loot
  4. Living with the Living Dead by Greg Garrett – I received this as an ARC from Oxford University Press!
  5. Watch me Disappear by Janelle Brown – I received this as an ARC from Random House! I AM SO EXCITED TO READ THIS BOOK.
  6. Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
  7. The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness – so I bought both of these used from Amazon, and the bookstore sent me a hardcover instead of paperback. Normally this would be okay, but it doesn’t match the first two books now 🙁
  8. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas – Review here
  9. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas – Review here

Bookish Items:

I got the bag, the bookmark, the pin, the magnet, the ACOMAF coffee mug, and the notebook all from my FairyLoot box this month! If you haven’t subscribed to their box I highly recommend it! I got this adorable Chip coffee mug from the Disney Store, and 6 new Funkos! Links for those below:


Audio Book haul:

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  1. From Burning Ashes by Stacey Marie Brown
  2. Dirty Sexy Saint by Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde
  3. Darkness of Light by Stacey Marie Brown
  4. The Silent Waters by Brittany C. Cherry
  5. Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher

Books Read and Reviewed:

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Review Links:

Click the title to go to my review

  1. Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray (YA, Sci-Fi ) 4/5 stars
  2. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (YA, Sci-Fi ) 5/5 stars
  3. Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh (YA, Fantasy, Retellings) 4/5 stars
  4. A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab (YA, Fantasy) 4/5 stars
  5. The Glitch by Ramona Finn (YA, Sci-fi) 4/5 stars

Books Read and Not Reviewed:

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These books were read but not reviewed either because the book either doesn’t fit the scope of this blog, or I haven’t gotten to it yet. I’ve added stars next to the titles to show if I recommend it or not though 🙂

  1. Across the Divide by Stacey Marie Brown (NA, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy) 5/5 stars
  2. Alex by Sawyer Bennett (Contemporary Romance) 3/5 stars
  3. Garrett by Sawyer Bennett (Contemporary Romance) 3/5 stars
  4. From Burning Ashes by Stacey Marie Brown (NA, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy) 5/5 stars
  5. The Silent Waters by Brittany C. Cherry – DNF this book. I might come back to it, but it was very cliche up to about 25%, which is where I put it down.

I had intended to do this post as a mini wrap up, but it appears that was not meant to be. So thanks for sticking it out and reading my two week late wrap up 😂

First Lines Friday (11)

First Lines Fridays is hosted by Wandering Words.

Here are the rules (as outlined by Wandering Words):

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book

I couldn’t decide which “first line” I wanted to include because there is a prologue, but I love the first line from chapter one as well. So I’m including both 🙂 


PROLOGUE

A secret is a strange thing.”


CHAPTER ONE

Theoretically, Blue Sargent was probably going to kill one of these boys.”


Scroll down for more info about the book.


Since this is a sequel I won’t add the description due o potential spoilers. If you want more info just click on the photo and it will take you to Amazon.

If you want to read my review for the first book in the series click here.