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May 22

Can’t Wait Wednesday #5 – Reticence

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I’m joining in the fun with a Can’t-Wait Wednesday, a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Usually the books are ones yet to be released. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

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Can’t Wait Wednesday #5 – ReticenceReticence (Custard Protocol, #4) by Gail Carriger
Published by Orbit on August 6, 2019
Pages: 368
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Bookish and proper Percival Tunstell finds himself out of his depth when floating cities, spirited plumbing, and soggy biscuits collide in this delightful conclusion to NYT bestselling author Gail Carriger's Custard Protocol series.

Percival Tunstell loves that his sister and her best friend are building themselves a family of misfits aboard their airship, the Spotted Custard. Of course, he'd never admit that he belongs among them. He's always been on the outside - dispassionate, aloof, and hatless. But accidental spies, a trip to Japan, and one smart and beautiful doctor may have him renegotiating his whole philosophy on life.

Except hats. He's done with hats. Thank you very much.

OMG! I am so so so SO excited for this book! I absolutely adore the entire Parasolverse Gail Carriger has written and since this appears to be THE LAST book in that world (*SOB*) I am so here for it. I guess I should probably get onto reading Book 3 before this one comes out in August…

Any other Gail Carriger fans out there?

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May 19

Sunday Post #9 – Seeing People

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Hey everyone! Back with another Sunday Post update, via Kimberly at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s been a LONG time since I did a Sunday Post, but I’d like to get back into it regularly as a way to wrap up. I’m totally patterning mine off of Kimberly’s, at least for now.

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This week I actually got to spend some time with friends! Between school and work (for all of us, not just me) it seems like I mostly text or message my friends on social media, and it was great to get to spend a few hours with some lovely people in my life this week. Mary and Kayla, I’m looking at you. 🙂 I also worked on the yard, mainly the flower bed on the side of my house. I love gardening, digging in the dirt and trying to help things grow. I also worked more hours this week than I have in a long time, which was GREAT for reading, since I work at a college and there are only a very few students here for May term.

I’ve also been way more active on Instagram lately, so if you like following #bookstagram be sure to say hi! I’m BentBookworm over there as well. I’ve been documenting my journey through the Twilight Saga for “Can You Read a Series in a Month,” which has been…entertaining. I felt compelled to record my reactions to some parts in my stories, just so I could remember my feelings. 😉

Weekly Dose of Adorableness:

This big beautiful boy turned ONE YEAR OLD on Saturday! How is that possible?? Also HOW does he still have a year or more of growing left…when he already weighs over 100 lbs?!?

Last Week on Blog

  • A Perilous Undertaking (Veronica Speedwell #2) – historical mystery review
  • Can’t Wait Wednesday #4 – The Wise and the Wicked
  • A Treacherous Curse (Veronica Speedwell #3) – historical mystery review

Next Week on the Blog

  • The Bone Charmer – YA ARC review and tour
  • Can’t Wait Wednesday
  • A Dangerous Collaboration (Veronica Speedwell #4) – historical mystery review

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May 15

Can’t Wait Wednesday #4 – The Wise and the Wicked

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I’m joining in the fun with a Can’t-Wait Wednesday, a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Usually the books are ones yet to be released. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

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Can’t Wait Wednesday #4 – The Wise and the WickedThe Wise and the Wicked by Rebecca Podos
Published by Balzer + Bray on May 28, 2019
Pages: 368
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Ruby Chernyavsky has been told the stories since she was a child: The women in her family, once possessed of great magical abilities to remake lives and stave off death itself, were forced to flee their Russian home for America in order to escape the fearful men who sought to destroy them. Such has it always been, Ruby’s been told, for powerful women. Today, these stories seem no more real to Ruby than folktales, except for the smallest bit of power left in their blood: when each of them comes of age, she will have a vision of who she will be when she dies—a destiny as inescapable as it is inevitable. Ruby is no exception, and neither is her mother, although she ran from her fate years ago, abandoning Ruby and her sisters. It’s a fool’s errand, because they all know the truth: there is no escaping one’s Time.

Until Ruby’s great-aunt Polina passes away, and, for the first time, a Chernyavsky’s death does not match her vision. Suddenly, things Ruby never thought she’d be allowed to hope for—life, love, time—seem possible. But as she and her cousin Cece begin to dig into the family’s history to find out whether they, too, can change their fates, they learn that nothing comes without a cost. Especially not hope.

This just sounds delightful. There’s nothing I can say to describe it better than the blurb – I’m just so excited! I didn’t get an ARC of this so I’m going to have to wait until the end of the month with the rest of the world…hehe. If you’ve read it let me know what you think!

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May 12

Sunday Post #8 – Trying to Get Ahead

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Hey everyone! Back with another Sunday Post update, via Kimberly at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. I’m really trying to stay up with these! I’m totally patterning mine off of Kimberly’s, at least for now.

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This week I’ve mostly been focusing on getting my life organized! This includes the blog, since I know June and July will be CRAZY for me (taking an entire year of organic chemistry in those two months). I’m trying to get as many posts scheduled and lined up as possible – which also means I’ve been reading like crazy. This upcoming week is a little quiet, but I have a lot of new release reviews and tours coming up in the last half of the month and I’m super excited about them all!

Noah in one of his favorite spots! Mine too, though he seems to spend more time in that chair than I do…hmmm.

Last Week on Blog

Next Week on the Blog

  • A Perilous Undertaking (Veronica Speedwell #2) – historical mystery review
  • Can’t Wait Wednesday
  • A Treacherous Curse (Veronica Speedwell #3) – historical mystery review

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May 08

Can’t Wait Wednesday #3 – Dark Shores (Dark Shores #1)

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I’m joining in the fun with a Can’t-Wait Wednesday, a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Usually the books are ones yet to be released. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

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Can’t Wait Wednesday #3 – Dark Shores (Dark Shores #1)Dark Shores (Dark Shores, #1) by Danielle L. Jensen
Published by Tor Teen on May 7, 2019
Pages: 368
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High seas adventure, blackmail, and meddling gods meet in Dark Shores, a thrilling first novel in a fast-paced new YA fantasy series by USA Today bestselling author Danielle L. Jensen.

In a world divided by meddlesome gods and treacherous oceans, only the Maarin possess the knowledge to cross the Endless Seas. But they have one mandate: East must never meet West.

A PIRATE WITH A WILL OF IRON

Teriana is the second mate of the Quincense and heir to the Maarin Triumvirate. Her people are born of the seas and the keepers of its secrets, but when her closest friend is forced into an unwanted betrothal, Teriana breaks her people’s mandate so her friend might escape—a choice with devastating consequences.

A SOLDIER WITH A SECRET

Marcus is the commander of the Thirty-Seventh, the notorious legion that has led the Celendor Empire to conquer the entire East. The legion is his family, but even they don’t know the truth he’s been hiding since childhood. It’s a secret he’ll do anything to protect, no matter how much it costs him – and the world.

A DANGEROUS QUEST

When an Empire senator discovers the existence of the Dark Shores, he captures Teriana’s crew and threatens to reveal Marcus’s secret unless they sail in pursuit of conquest, forcing the two into an unlikely—and unwilling—alliance. They unite for the sake of their families, but both must decide how far they are willing to go, and how much they are willing to sacrifice.

Dark Shores (due out May 7, 2019, so it actually came out YESTERDAY) sounds like it could be the start of an amazing new fantasy series, and I sincerely hope it is! Inspired by Ancient Rome…secrets…seafaring adventurer (but NOT pirating)…fierce females…OMG. Need this book ASAP!

 

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May 05

Sunday Post #7 – In Which My Brain is Mush

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Hey everyone! Back with another Sunday Post update, via Kimberly at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s been a LONG time since I did a Sunday Post, but I’d like to get back into it regularly as a way to wrap up. I’m totally patterning mine off of Kimberly’s, at least for now.

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Finals are FINISHED! Thank you to everyone who left encouraging comments, it was so kind and such a mood boost! I have until June 3rd off now…and then it’s all systems go to cram an entire year of organic chemistry into two months. So best just not to think about that for now…hehe. This week has been good, I just feel like I’ve kind of been drifting around in a fog. I’ve done SOME reading…I finished the middle-grade series I’d been working on, AND the first book in the Twilight Saga. THAT was very…interesting. I have a lot of thoughts about it, hopefully for a later date.

Check out my Instagram story highlights for a play-by-play of my Twilight readthrough. Oh, the drama! *eyeroll*

Last Week on Blog

Wow, I actually had quite a few posts (for me) this week!

Next Week on the Blog

  • When You Find My Body – nonfiction review
  • Can’t Wait Wednesday
  • A Curious Beginning (Veronica Speedwell #1) – historical mystery review

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May 01

Can’t Wait Wednesday #2 – Wild and Crooked

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I’m joining in the fun with a Can’t-Wait Wednesday, a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Usually the books are ones yet to be released. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

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Can’t Wait Wednesday #2 – Wild and CrookedWild and Crooked by Leah Thomas
Published by Bloomsbury YA on June 4, 2019
Pages: 448
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Critically-acclaimed author Leah Thomas blends a small-town setting with the secrets of a long-ago crime, in a compelling novel about breaking free from the past.

In Samsboro, Kentucky, Kalyn Spence's name is inseparable from the brutal murder her father committed when he was a teenager. Forced to return to town, Kalyn must attend school under a pseudonym . . . or face the lingering anger of Samsboro's citizens, who refuse to forget the crime.

Gus Peake has never had the luxury of redefining himself. A Samsboro native, he's either known as the "disabled kid" because of his cerebral palsy, or as the kid whose dad was murdered. Gus just wants to be known as himself.

When Gus meets Kalyn, her frankness is refreshing, and they form a deep friendship. Until their families' pasts emerge. And when the accepted version of the truth is questioned, Kalyn and Gus are caught in the center of a national uproar. Can they break free from a legacy of inherited lies and chart their own paths forward?.

Wild and Crooked (due out June 4, 2019) first caught my attention because of that beautiful and adorable cover. Also it sounds a little bit dark and a little bit hopeful and a whole lot intriguing. I also love that the main characters, while a guy and a girl – apparently remain platonic! YES SEE IT IS POSSIBLE. Thank you.  Anyway, I’m sure it will be awesome and I can’t wait!

 

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May 01

The Sisters of Salem – Cover Reveal

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Not going to lie, I was attracted to this series ENTIRELY by the gorgeous covers! And then the synopsis totally hooked me…I have the first one downloaded to read on my iPad!



The Sisters of Salem
Tish Thawer
(Witches of BlackBrook, #3)
Published by: Amber Leaf Publishing
Publication date: Summer/Fall 2019
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Romance

Through space and time, sisters entwined. Lost then found, souls remain bound.

After facing a relentless foe, three sister witches are forced even further back through time to a place that holds just as much sorrow for them as it does joy.

Returning to their origins in 1685, the trio races to save not only their mother from the clutches of their new enemy but also to secure the future they’ve worked for centuries to build.

Avoiding their younger selves is a necessity that proves difficult, especially when one sister isn’t sure she wants to leave the past behind. Faced with love and loss, these witches are forced to endure the burning times again, and one wrong step could alter history and their future forever.

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Author Bio:

2017 – #1 Bestseller in Historical Fiction (Witches of BlackBrook)
2017 – Top 100 Bestselling in Paid Kindle Store (Witches of Blackbrook)
2015 – Best Cover – Penned Con (The Witches of BlackBrook)
2015 – Readers Choice Award – My New Favorite Book Awards (The Witches of BlackBrook)

Bestselling and Award Winning Author, Tish Thawer, writes paranormal romances for all ages. From her first paranormal cartoon, Isis, to the Twilight phenomenon, myth, magic, and superpowers have always held a special place in her heart.

Tish is known for her detailed world-building and magic-laced stories. Her work has been compared to Nora Roberts, Sam Cheever, and Charlaine Harris. She has received a RONE Award nomination (Reward of Novel Excellence), as well as nominations for Best Cover, Reader’s Choice, and Author of the Year (Fantasy, Dystopian, Mystery).

Tish has worked as a computer consultant, photographer, and graphic designer, and is a columnist for Gliterary Girl media and has bylines in RT Magazine and Literary Lunes Magazine. She resides in Arizona with her husband and three wonderful children and is represented by Gandolfo, Helin, and Fountain Literary Management.

You can find Tish on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/AuthorTishThawer

A common FAQ: “How do you pronounce her last name?”

Answer: Think “Bower” or “Thow-er”. It’s Persian!

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Apr 30

Read a Series in a Month!

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Read a series in a month? Say whaaaaat? YEP! I’m going to try it. And I’m going to try it with a series I’ve put off for a long, long time. Thanks so much to Because Reading for coming up with this idea and hosting!

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The Rules

  1. Pick 1 series. Yes, just 1. Announce which series you’ve picked on your sign up post and link it back here.
  2. Read EVERY book in the series. You don’t have to read novellas or short stories, just the core books.
  3. Read them all between 12am (your time) May 1st and 11:59pm (your time) May 31st. They MUST be marked (on Goodreads) as started and finished in the month of May to count.
  4. Enjoy bragging to everyone about how you’re all caught up on whatever series you read (AKA – have fun)! Use the hashtag #SeriesinaMonth

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So, my series is…drumroll please…

I was 18 when the first book came out, and, being the young English major that I was, I turned up my nose. Fast forward several (ahem) years, and I realize how much of an idiot I was – not for disliking the idea of Twilight, which I’m still suspicious of, but for book-shaming anyone and forcing myself to read only classic or literary books. So.

I’m going to be recording my progress on my Instagram stories (my first time really using stories for anything so don’t laugh too hard at my awkward self), with reactions/quotes/etc., and I’ve put them in Highlights so you can start at the beginning if you wish. It should be…entertaining. I’m notoriously hard to please when it comes to romances, and from everything that I’ve heard over the year I feel like I’ll probably still be doing a lot of eye-rolling as I read these. But, I kind of felt like I needed to read them, since they’re one of the first series that was really marketed for a YA audience and they helped kickstart the genre. A lot of people have told me I’m not missing much, but still…I feel the need to see for myself, almost as a rite of passage. Haha!

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Apr 30

May 2019 New Book Releases

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It’s time for the May new books post! I have not…erm…read any of the books I pre-ordered for April yet. But I had finals this month so I think I will make up for it in May. Also there are SO MANY amazing books coming out in May I had a horrible time narrowing my pre-orders down to just five.

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  • The Bone Charmer – basically necromancers and prophesies, and a bad-boy romance hinted at. Futures told in bones. Um, yes.
  • Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors – I’m a Jane Austen junkie, and I looooove retellings. I was ready to buy it just knowing that, but then this sentence, “It is a truth universally acknowledged that only in an overachieving Indian American family can a genius daughter be considered a black sheep” totally sunk me. I can not WAIT to read this!
  • The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek – a mobile library in Depression-era Appalachia and the woman (with a physical “disfigurement”) that makes it her passion. This strikes so close to home, I feel like weeping. I only hope it’s as good as it sounds.
  • There’s Something About Sweetie (Dimple & Rishi #2) – EEEEEEK finally!!!! I absolutely loved When Dimple Met Rishi and I am so ready for this companion novel. Also the girl on the front just looks so HAPPY, I can’t stand it!
  • Stepsister – a Cinderella retelling where the stepsister CUT OFF HER TOES. OMG. I must know what happens. I must. Holy hell.

And a few more I wanted to mention but didn’t get to pre-order:

  • The Wise and the Wicked – this sounds delightfully witchy and atmospheric (magical realism). I have a feeling I may still end up buying it when it comes out, because my library hasn’t deigned to get it.
  • No Place Like Here – a very short little book (according to the Kindle page count of 230-odd), it sounds like a cute, fluffy summer read.
  • Dark Shores (#1 in a new series) – Pirates, soldiers, secrets, and grand adventures. Yes, yes please. I’m always hoping that I will find a new epic fantasy series that I can totally love.

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What books are you most looking forward to for May? Any of these?

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