WWW Wednesday: Jun 30, 2021

It’s time for another WWW Wednesday! This is a bookish meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words where bloggers answer the 3 Ws:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

If you’d like to learn more about any of these books, click on the cover to be taken to the Goodreads page.


Current Reads

  • Witches Steeped in Gold by Ciannon Smart: I’m reading this with a few of the folks from the Write Reads gang and, so far, I’m enjoying my time with it! Am I kind of confused? Yes. But I’m still completely sucked in by the imagery and the plot, so I’m having a good time, lol. I’ve also only completed part one as our vacation last week put me behind. You would think I would read more on vacay, but that was not the case! Either way, this is the story of two Jamaican witches who should hate each other having to work together to overthrow a common foe. I’m intrigued and excited to continue!
  • Foxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovitch: This is the fifth book in the Rivers of London series, which I have been buddy reading since the beginning of the year and loving! I think Moon Over Soho continues to be my fave, but I’m liking this one so far. Our main character, Peter, is on the case of two missing girls which, at first, doesn’t appear to be magic-related. But, of course, it wouldn’t be a Rivers of London novel without some magical funny business. I’m behind on this buddy read, as well, but what I’ve read so far, I’ve enjoyed.
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Blog Tour: Mirrorland by Carole Johnstone

Hello, reader!

Today, I’m bringing you another blog tour post for the ever wonderful The Write Reads! If you’re a blogger and have been looking for a blog tour company you might want to try, I can’t recommend Dave highly enough. Beyond the fact that he’s awesome, the last three tours I’ve done have all been books I’ve absolutely adored!

But I’m getting ahead of myself, aren’t I? I haven’t talked about the book I’ll be reviewing for this tour post! Today, I’m talking about a dark and frightening thriller that had me up until 3 in the morning because I could not put it down. The fact that it’s a debut novel absolutely blows my mind! Come with me as I dive into the world of Mirrorland by Carole Johnstone!

Well, first let me start by thanking Dave @ The Write Reads, the publisher, Scribner, and Netgalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for my participation with this tour and an honest review. And extra special thanks has to go out for the beautiful finished hardback Scribner sent my way! It is, as always, very much appreciated.

Okay! Now to gush about this book!


Synopsis


Twelve years ago my life began again.

But it was a lie.

With the startling twists of Gone Girl and the haunting emotional power of Room, Mirrorland is the story of twin sisters, the man they both love, and the dark childhood they can’t leave behind.

Cat lives in Los Angeles, about as far away as she can get from her estranged twin sister El and No. 36 Westeryk Road, the imposing gothic house in Edinburgh where they grew up. As girls, they invented Mirrorland, a dark, imaginary place under the pantry stairs full of pirates, witches, and clowns. These days Cat rarely thinks about their childhood home, or the fact that El now lives there with her husband Ross.

But when El mysteriously disappears after going out on her sailboat, Cat is forced to return to the grand old house, which has scarcely changed in twenty years. No. 36 Westeryk Road is still full of shadowy, hidden corners, and at every turn Cat finds herself stumbling on long-held secrets and terrifying ghosts from the past. Because someone—El?—has left Cat clues all over the house: a treasure hunt that leads right back to Mirrorland, where she knows the truth lies crouched and waiting… A sharply crafted mystery about love and betrayal, redemption and revenge, Mirrorland is a propulsive, page-turning debut about the power of imagination and the price of freedom. Perfect for fans of Gillian Flynn, Ruth Ware, and Daphne du Maurier.”

Book Details


  • Title: Mirrorland
  • Author: Carole Johnstone
  • Publisher: Scribner
  • Publication date: April 20th, 2021
  • Genre: Thriller/Mystery
  • Age group: Adult
  • Content/Trigger Warnings: For a full list of potential content and trigger warnings, check out this book’s page on BookTriggerWarnings.com

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Book Review: The Unwanted by Z.T. Soyoye

Title: The Unwanted

Author: Z.T. Soyoye

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Source: Gifted (author)

Content/Trigger Warnings: For a full list of potential content and trigger warnings, check out this book’s page on BookTriggerWarnings.com

Rating: ★★★

Book Links:
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One Sentence Synopsis

Young Alex is trying to find his place at his new school, but when he learns about a kidnapping plot and the fact he has superpowers on the same day, his world gets turned upside down.

Favorite Quote

“So, don’t ever think that because you mess up, you’re worthless. Everyone has a purpose.”

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The Blogger Recognition Award

Hello, reader!

Today, I’ll be doing my post for The Blogger Recognition Award! I was lucky enough to be nominated by the wonderful Danni @ _ForBooksSake. Her blog is incredible, especially if you’re into thrillers and true crime. Even if you aren’t, you’ll find something to love on Danni’s blog! You should definitely go give her a follow 💖

I’m not sure who originally started this award/tag, so if any of you lovely people know, drop a comment so I can acknowledge them, as well!


The Rules:

  • Thank the blogger/s who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Write a post to show your award.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Select up to 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  • Comment (or pingback) on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

How My Blog Started:

It was mostly a whim! And my blog had a bit of a stutter start, to be honest. I made my first post in August of 2019, I believe? And then I didn’t really update again until November, lol. I don’t know what took me so long to really commit to the idea of my book blog. Probably nerves that people would find it and, ya know, actually read words that I wrote.

Once I got over the nerves, though, my blog became a place where I could truly sink into my love of books. I’ve always been a book lover, a reader, someone who would live in a library if it were feasible. But I’ve never really had a space where I felt comfortable droning on and on about books and why I loved them. My friends love me, but I’m sure they would have gotten bored after awhile 😂 So, when I actively started using my blog and I started to discover the online bookish community, I knew I had made the right choice to give this whole blogging thing a chance. Almost two years later and I’m firmly entrenched now. Y’all are stuck with me!

My Advice for New Bloggers:

  • Make your blog what you want it to be! Try not to compare yourself to other bloggers, especially people who have been doing this for awhile. If you want to do wrap ups, awesome! If you don’t want to do wrap ups, cool! You want to make your blog a space that you enjoy coming back to and updating, not a chore, so do what feels right and what fits in your schedule. You will find your audience just by being you, trust me.
  • Blog tours are some of my favorite posts to write and a lot of fun to join! BUT… try not to overcommit yourself. It can lead to burnout and your blog (and will to read…) will suffer for it. Unless you thrive on chaos, of course.

My Nominations:

If I could tag more than 15 bloggers, I would! There are so many fantastic, bookish people out there who have helped support my blog and run fabulous ones of their own and I appreciate all of you so much 💕

#5OnMyTBR – Aliens

#5OnMyTBR is a bookish meme hosted by E. @ Local Bee Hunter’s Nook where you chose five books from your to-be-read pile that fit that week’s theme. If you’d like more info, head over to the announcement post!


Hello, reader!

It’s Monday, it’s rainy here near Boston, and it’s time for another 5 On My TBR! Today, we’ll be exploring the stars and talking about books that involve aliens. It wasn’t too hard to find five books that are on my TBR that features extraterrestrials because I do love sci-fi, but I don’t pick it up nearly enough. I don’t know why… I typically fall in love with the sci-fi books I do pick up. It’s just so hard to drag me away from fantasy 😂

But enough rambling! Let’s get to the post!


#1. The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow

I’ve wanted to read this book since it came out because it sounds like something I would love! There’s a secret library, an alien who loves human music, and DRAMA! I mean, I was immediately hooked just because of the secret library aspect, lol. I honestly haven’t heard much about this book, but what I have heard makes me think I’m going to absolutely love it.

Also, the cover is so pretty 😍

#2. Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

The main reason this book is on my TBR is because Brandon Sanderson is one of my favorite authors. The fact that this sounds like it’s going to be epic certainly helps, though! In this one, the aliens aren’t so friendly and our main character wants nothing more than to be able to join the fight against them. It sounds like it would be a fun and fast-paced read and I can’t wait to pick it up!

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First Lines Friday #12

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?  If you want to make your own post, feel free to use or edit the banner above, and follow the rules below:

  • 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!

If you’re using Twitter, don’t forget to use #FirstLinesFridays!


Hello, reader!

We’ve made it to another Friday and I’m ready for some rest! It’s been a busy week at work and I’m ready to be able to just sit with a book and relax. And it just so happens that the book I’m planning to crack open this weekend is the book I’m using for this week’s First Lines Friday. It’s a thriller that seems like it’s going to be dark, twisty and right up my alley!

But, before I start giving you more hints, let’s look at the first few lines.


The Line(s):

“The sky was pink. Which was better than red, El said, when we started to get scared again. Grandpa had always told us, Red sky at night, sailor’s delight; red sky in the morning, sailor’s take warning. And he used to be one. The wind was cold, getting colder. El’s face was still streaked with tears, and her fingers twitched. I couldn’t stop shaking.”


The Hints:

This story centers a set of twin sisters…

…who created their own fantasy world when they were young…

…but now one of the sisters has gone missing.


The Reveal:

Click the cover to be taken to the Goodreads page

Goodreads Synopsis

“With the startling twists of Gone Girl and the haunting emotional power of Room, Mirrorland is a thrilling work of psychological suspense about twin sisters, the man they both love, and the dark childhood they can’t leave behind.

Cat lives in Los Angeles, far away from 36 Westeryk Road, the imposing gothic house in Edinburgh where she and her estranged twin sister, El, grew up. As girls, they invented Mirrorland, a dark, imaginary place under the pantry stairs full of pirates, witches, and clowns. These days Cat rarely thinks about their childhood home, or the fact that El now lives there with her husband Ross.

But when El mysteriously disappears after going out on her sailboat, Cat is forced to return to 36 Westeryk Road, which has scarcely changed in twenty years. The grand old house is still full of shadowy corners, and at every turn Cat finds herself stumbling on long-held secrets and terrifying ghosts from the past. Because someone—El?—has left Cat clues in almost every room: a treasure hunt that leads right back to Mirrorland, where she knows the truth lies crouched and waiting…

A twisty, dark, and brilliantly crafted thriller about love and betrayal, redemption and revenge, Mirrorland is a propulsive, page-turning debut about the power of imagination and the price of freedom.”


This is a book I’m reading for a The Write Reads tour and I can’t wait to get started! It sounds like it’s going to be a creepy and thrilling ride.

Did those first few lines capture your attention? Did they make you want to read the rest of the story? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

Blog Tour: Shards of Earth by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Hello, reader!

Today, I’m happy to share my stop on the blog tour being hosted by the always fabulous The Write Reads! This time, it’s my pleasure to talk about a fantastic new science fiction that completely captured my imagination. Be prepared, y’all: this book is the epic beginning to a brand new series and it promises to be mind-blowing! I’m talking about Shards of Earth by Adrian Tchaikovsky!

Now, before I get into it, I want to send my usual regards to Dave @ The Write Reads for allowing me a spot on this tour. I also want to thank the publisher, Tor, and Netgalley, for providing me with a free e-ARC in exchange for my participation in this tour. It is always appreciated! And it’s especially appreciated when I end up loving the book so much!

But I’m getting ahead of myself, aren’t I? Let’s get to the post!


Synopsis


This high-stakes space-based adventure will be perfect for those who loved Children of Time, also by Adrian Tchaikovsky.

The war is over. Its heroes forgotten. Until one chance discovery . . .


Idris has neither aged nor slept since they remade his mind in the war. And one of humanity’s heroes now scrapes by on a freelance salvage vessel, to avoid the attention of greater powers.

Eighty years ago, Earth was destroyed by an alien enemy. Many escaped, but millions more died. So mankind created enhanced humans ­such as Idris – who could communicate mind-to-mind with our aggressors. Then these ‘Architects’ simply disappeared and Idris and his kind became obsolete.

Now, Idris and his crew have something strange, abandoned in space. It’s clearly the work of the Architects – but are they really returning? And if so, why? Hunted by gangsters, cults and governments, Idris and his crew race across the galaxy as they search for answers. For they now possess something of incalculable value, and many would kill to obtain it.

Praise for Adrian Tchaikovsky:

‘Brilliant science fiction’ – James McAvoy on Children of Time


‘Full of sparkling, speculative invention’ – Stephen Baxter on The Doors of Eden

Shards of Earth is the first thrilling instalment in the Final Architecture trilogy – by the Arthur C. Clarke award-winning novelist Adrian Tchaikovsky.”

Book Details


  • Title: Shards of Earth
  • Author: Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Publisher: Tor
  • Publication date: May 27th, 2021
  • Genre: Science Fiction
  • Age group: Adult
  • Content/Trigger Warnings: For a full list of potential content and trigger warnings, check out this book’s page on BookTriggerWarnings.com

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Blog Tour: Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon

Hello, reader!

It’s time for my first The Write Reads blog tour of June and we are starting with an absolute gem! Today, I’ll be talking about a sweet young adult romance that turned me into a puddle of emotions. It’s by a well-known author in the young adult community, though this is my first book by here. I promise you, it won’t be the last! What book am I talking about? It’s Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon!

Before I get started, I have to thank Dave @ The Write Reads, Penguin, and Netgalley for providing me with a free e-ARC in exchange for my participation with this tour. As always, it is much appreciated! Small plug: if you’re a book blogger looking to get into the blog tour scene, you cannot go wrong with Dave and all the wonderful people that make The Write Reads so fantastic. Get it on the fun!

Alright, now let’s get to the post 😁


Synopsis


#1 New York Times bestselling author of Everything, Everything and The Sun is Also a Star Nicola Yoon is back with a new and utterly unique romance.

Evie is disillusioned about love ever since her dad left her mum for another woman – she’s even throwing out her beloved romance novel collection.

When she’s given a copy of a book called Instructions for Dancing, and follows a note inside to a dilapidated dance studio, she discovers she has a strange and unwelcome gift. When a couple kisses in front of her, she can see their whole relationship play out – from the moment they first catch each other’s eye to the last bitter moments of their break-up.

For Evie, it confirms everything she thinks she knows about love – that it doesn’t last.

But at the dance studio she meets X – tall, dreadlocked, fascinating – and they start to learn to dance, together. Can X help break the spell that Evie is under? Can he change Evie’s mind about love?

Praise for Nicola Yoon:

‘Gorgeous and lyrical’ New York Times

‘Powerful, lovely, heart-wrenching’ Jennifer Niven

‘This extraordinary first novel about love so strong it might kill us is too good to feel like a debut’ Jodi Picoult”

Book Details


  • Author: Nicola Yoon
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • Publication date: June 3rd, 2021
  • Genre: Romance/Contemporary
  • Age group: Young Adult
  • Content/Trigger Warnings: Divorce, grief, strong language

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May 2021 Wrap Up

Hello, reader!

Somehow, we have already made it through May and my mind is legitimately boggled. Like, how is it already June?! Of course, I’m a happy girl because summer is when I ✨thrive✨! I’m a creature of sun and warmth, so summer is my favorite. But, before we go full force into the summer vibes, I still need to wrap up our last full month of spring.

May was a month where I read quite a bit, but wasn’t as into the books I managed to read. It wasn’t like anything was particularly bad, but I could feel a reading slump gnawing at the edges of my consciousness and I think that affected my reading enjoyment. Still, I managed to read 11 books last month and I’m astonished about that! That’s impressive when I was starting to feel slumpy.

But enough rambling for now. Let’s see what I managed to read in the month of May!


Books Read


Click on the covers to be taken to the book’s Goodreads page

Book: The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien

Rating: ★★★

Thoughts: I finally made it all the way through the second book in the Lord of the Rings trilogy! This was the book that stopped me from completing it years ago because I could not get over the long, drawn out descriptions. Something about listening to it on audio, though, made it vastly more enjoyable. I will say, I didn’t enjoy it as much as Fellowship of the Ring but it was still a good time.


Book: The Gallery of Wonders by Marc Remus

Rating: ★★

Thoughts: Sigh… this book had so much potential. It’s a story that follows a young girl and her friends who get sucked into a magical painting. They get to attend a school that teaches you how to wield magic paintbrushes and it’s all super fantastical. Unfortunately, it’s also basically Harry Potter, but make it about painting. Seriously, the comparisons where vast and, after awhile, it took me right out of the story. The writing was also stilted and just… not it. I’m sad cause it sounded so good!


Book: Things to Do Before the End of the World by Emily Barr

Rating: ★★★

Thoughts: I read this book for a blog tour hosted by The Write Reads and, quite honestly, I had no idea what I was going into when I picked it up 😂 It was categorized as a thriller, though lots of people where calling it a contemporary, so I went in with an open mind. I found myself really enjoying following our main characters journey as she came into her own while the world was literally dying around her. You can read my full review here!

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