Fall Time Cozy Time Book Tag {Tag Thursday}


Hi, and welcome to a new Tag Thursday!

Fall is by far and wide my FAVORITE season! I mean, spring and summer are ok too (winter is just evil and turns me into a big ball of sadness), but fall is AMAZING. I love the atmosphere so much. The world gets all these beautiful colors, the air turns crisp, the clothes turn cozy and there is magic in the air. Also, there’s Halloween! Have I mentioned I love Halloween already? If not, here’s my daily exclamation: Halloween rocks!

Anyway, since I’m completely in the fall mood, I really wanted to do a fall-themed tag. And thus was discovered: the Fall Time Cozy Time Book Tag!

Original tag by Novels and Nonsense on Youtube. Watch the original video here.

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Ten Characters I’d Name A Kid (Or Pet) After {Top Ten Tuesday}


Hosted by The Broke & The Bookish

At present time, I do not have any kids or pets. I do, however, have a LIST OF NAMES I’d like to use one day for a kid or pet (whichever comes first).

Fair warning: I’m pretty shallow when it comes to names. This list contains names that I think sound nice and has NOTHING to do with whether or not I actually LIKE the character. If a villain has a pretty name, I wouldn’t mind naming someone after them. However, I would probably keep that little fact to myself then 😉

So here’s my list of names! For fun, I did add a few personality traits.

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Saving People, Hunting Things – Anna Dressed In Blood by Kendare Blake {Book Review}

anna-dressed-in-blood-by-kendare-blakeTitle: Anna Dressed In Blood (Anna #1)
Author: Kendare Blake
Publisher: Tor Teen
Release Date:  October 17th, 2011
Standalone/Series: Duology
Genre: Young Adult – Horror – Paranormal

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My rating in stars: 4,5 stars
My rating in words: Loved it!

What it’s about:

Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the murderous dead, and keep pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects the usual: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

Yet she spares Cas’s life.

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On Wednesdays We Wear Black – How To Hang A Witch by Adriana Mather {Book Review}

How To Hang A Witch by Adriana MatherTitle: How To Hang A Witch
Author: Adriana Mather
Publisher: Knopf Books
Release Date:  July 26th, 2016
Standalone/Series: Unclear
Genre: Young Adult – Fantasy – Paranormal

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My rating in stars: 3,5 stars
My rating in words: I liked it

What it’s about:

It’s the Salem Witch Trials meets Mean Girls in a debut novel from one of the descendants of Cotton Mather, where the trials of high school start to feel like a modern day witch hunt for a teen with all the wrong connections to Salem’s past.

Salem, Massachusetts is the site of the infamous witch trials and the new home of Samantha Mather. Recently transplanted from New York City, Sam and her stepmother are not exactly welcomed with open arms. Sam is the descendant of Cotton Mather, one of the men responsible for those trials and almost immediately, she becomes the enemy of a group of girls who call themselves The Descendants. And guess who their ancestors were?

If dealing with that weren’t enough, Sam also comes face to face with a real live (well technically dead) ghost. A handsome, angry ghost who wants Sam to stop touching his stuff. But soon Sam discovers she is at the center of a centuries old curse affecting anyone with ties to the trials. Sam must come to terms with the ghost and find a way to work with The Descendants to stop a deadly cycle that has been going on since the first accused witch was hanged. If any town should have learned its lesson, it’s Salem. But history may be about to repeat itself.

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Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst {Waiting on Wednesday}

“Waiting on” Wednesday is a weekly event hosted at Breaking the Spine. The purpose is to spotlight upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.

My pick for this week: Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst


Expected publication:

November 22nd, 2016

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What it’s about:

Betrothed since childhood to the prince of Mynaria, Princess Dennaleia has always known what her future holds. Her marriage will seal the alliance between Mynaria and her homeland, protecting her people from other hostile lands. But Denna has a secret. She possesses an Affinity for fire—a dangerous gift for the future queen of a kingdom where magic is forbidden.

Now, Denna must learn the ways of her new home while trying to hide her growing magic. To make matters worse, she must learn to ride Mynaria’s formidable warhorses before her coronation—and her teacher is the person who intimidates her most, the prickly and unconventional Princess Amaranthine (called Mare), sister of her betrothed.

When a shocking assassination leaves the kingdom reeling, Mare and Denna reluctantly join forces to search for the culprit. As the two work together, each discovers there’s more to the other than she thought. Mare is surprised by Denna’s intelligence and bravery, while Denna is drawn to Mare’s independent streak. Soon their friendship is threatening to blossom into something more.

But with dangerous conflict brewing that makes the alliance more important than ever, acting on their feelings could be deadly. Forced to choose between their duty and their hearts, Mare and Denna must find a way to save their kingdoms—and each other.

Why I am waiting for this release:

A fantasy where the heroine falls in love with the princess instead of the prince? Yes, please!

What book release are you eagerly anticipating?

Random Recommendation Extravaganza {Top Ten Tuesday}


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This weeks’ Top Ten Tuesday is all about recommendations! Honestly, pretty much all books I read are based on recommendations and reviews. If a fellow blogger gave a good review on a book and it sounds like a book for me, I’ll give it a try. I’m pretty boring like that. I am trying to pick up more books on a whim though. It’s just, you know, kinda scary.

ANYWAY, back to recommendations! Yes, recommendations are good. So here are a few of my super random book recommendations based on super random things! (AKA my excuse to fangirl about some of my latest faves):

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It’s Not You, It’s Me – The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler {Book Review}

The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah OcklerTitle: The Summer of Chasing Mermaids
Author: Sarah Ockler
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date:  June 1st, 2015
Standalone/Series: Standalone
Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary

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My rating in stars: 3 stars
My rating in words: It was okay

What it’s about:

The youngest of six talented sisters, Elyse d’Abreau was destined for stardom—until a boating accident took everything from her. Now, the most beautiful singer in Tobago can’t sing. She can’t even speak.

Seeking quiet solitude, Elyse accepts a friend’s invitation to Atargatis Cove. Named for the mythical first mermaid, the Oregon seaside town is everything Elyse’s home in the Caribbean isn’t: An ocean too cold for swimming, parties too tame for singing, and people too polite to pry—except for one.

Christian Kane is a notorious playboy—insolent, arrogant, and completely charming. He’s also the only person in Atargatis Cove who doesn’t treat Elyse like a glass statue. He challenges her to express herself, and he admires the way she treats his younger brother Sebastian, who believes Elyse is the legendary mermaid come to life.

When Christian needs a first mate for the Cove’s high-stakes Pirate Regatta, Elyse reluctantly stows her fear of the sea and climbs aboard. The ocean isn’t the only thing making waves, though—swept up in Christian’s seductive tide and entranced by the Cove’s charms, Elyse begins to wonder if a life of solitude isn’t what she needs. But changing course again means facing her past. It means finding her inner voice. And scariest of all, it means opening her heart to a boy who’s best known for breaking them . . .

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Can’t Beat The Odds? Change The Game – Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo {Book Review / Spoiler-Free}

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh BardugoTitle: Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2)
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Orion
Release Date:  September 27th, 2016
Standalone/Series: Part two in the Six of Crows duology
Genre: Young Adult – Fantasy

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My rating in stars: 5 stars
My rating in words: New all-time favorite!

What it’s about:

Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and left crippled by the kidnapping of a valuable team member, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of magic in the Grisha world.

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