Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday - Beauty & the Beast: Lost in a Book by Jennifer Donnelly




Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine,  that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating or books that are in our TBR pile.  This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is


Summary (By Goodreads)

An original addition to the beloved Beauty and the Beast fairy tale, Lost in a Book follows the lonely, bookish Belle as she finds an enchanted book in the Beast’s library called Nevermore that carries her into a glittering new world. There, Belle is befriended by a mysterious countess who offers her the life she’s always dreamed of.

But Nevermore is not what it seems, and the more time Belle spends there, the harder it is to leave. Good stories take hold of us and never let us go, and once Belle becomes lost in this book, she may never find her way out again.

This deluxe hardcover novel expands upon the beautiful story and world seen in the new Walt Disney Studios' film, Beauty and the Beast.
 

Beauty and the Beast is one of my favourite stories and I can't wait until the new movie by Disney is released. What a great spin-off to check out before then!

- Christinabean

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday - Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth






Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine,  that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating or books that are in our TBR pile.  This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is



Summary (by Goodreads)

On a planet where violence and vengeance rule, in a galaxy where some are favored by fate, everyone develops a currentgift, a unique power meant to shape the future. While most benefit from their currentgifts, Akos and Cyra do not—their gifts make them vulnerable to others’ control. Can they reclaim their gifts, their fates, and their lives, and reset the balance of power in this world?

Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power—something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.

Akos is from the peace-loving nation of Thuvhe, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Though protected by his unusual currentgift, once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get his brother out alive—no matter what the cost. When Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. They must decide to help each other to survive—or to destroy one another.

Veronica Roth, the author of the Divergent series.  I think she could probably make a book of doodles popular if she wanted to.  Totally looking forward to this series...

- Christinabean

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday - Frost Blood by Elly Blake




Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine,  that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating or books that are in our TBR pile.  This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is


Summary (By Goodreads)

Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a fireblood who must hide her powers of heat and flame from the cruel frostblood ruling class that wants to destroy all that are left of her kind. So when her mother is killed for protecting her and rebel frostbloods demand her help to kill their rampaging king, she agrees. But Ruby's powers are unpredictable, and she's not sure she's willing to let the rebels and an infuriating (yet irresistible) young man called Arcus use her as their weapon.

All she wants is revenge, but before they can take action, Ruby is captured and forced to take part in the king's tournaments that pit fireblood prisoners against frostblood champions. Now she has only one chance to destroy the maniacal ruler who has taken everything from her and from the icy young man she has come to love.

Fast-paced and compelling, Frostblood is the first in a page-turning new young adult three-book series about a world where flame and ice are mortal enemies—but together create a power that could change everything.

This title caught my attention because I've been reading a lot of books about Queens with supernatural powers recently - Three Dark Crowns, Empire of Storms...let's keep the trend going eh?

- Christinabean

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday - Take the Key and Lock Her Up




Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine,  that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating or books that are in our TBR pile.  This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is


Summary (by Goodreads)

THE PRINCESS IS DEAD.
LONG LIVE THE PRINCESS.


Centuries ago, the royal family of Adria was killed . . . or so everyone thought.
Now Grace Blakely knows the truth:

There was one survivor, and that survivor’s blood runs through her veins. This simple fact could cause a revolution — which is why some people will stop at nothing to keep it from coming to light.

There is only one way for Grace to save herself, save her family, and save the boy she loves. She must outmaneuver her foes, cut through the web of lies that has surrounded her for years, and go back to the source of all her troubles, despite the risk.

If she wins, she will inherit a throne.

And if she loses, she will inherit the fate of all the dead princesses who came before her.
 

So confession time....I started to read the first Embassy Row novel and nearly fell asleep. It has been on my reader, half-read for years.  BUT now that I've read the summary for Book 3, I am keenly interested in discovering what the heck I missed out on...although, on the other hand, it does sound vaguely similar to a Barbie movie I watched last month with my daughter....

- Christinabean



Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday






Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine,  that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating or books that are in our TBR pile.  This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is


Summary (by Goodreads)

An epic clash between gods and mortals threatens to tear Mytica apart . . . and prove that not even the purest of love stands a chance against the strongest of magic.

MAGNUS and CLEO are forced to test the strength of their love when Gaius returns to Mytica claiming he's no longer the King of Blood but a changed man seeking redemption.

LUCIA, pregnant with the child of a Watcher, has escaped the clutches of the unhinged fire god. Her powers are dwindling as she goes forth to fulfill a prophecy that will keep her baby safe . . . but could mean her demise.

JONAS treks back to Mytica with a plan to overtake Amara, but fate takes hold when he runs into the beautiful Princess Lucia and joins her on her perilous journey.

AMARA has taken the Mytican throne, but with no way to unleash the water magic trapped within her stolen crystal, she'll never be able to seize glory and get sweet revenge.

And what kind of darkness will descend--and who will be safe--after Prince Ashur reveals the dangerous price he paid to cheat death?
 

Seriously? If you have not already started reading this series, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR??  In my bookie world this was an EPIC series. Warring kingdoms, magic, ancient beings, back-stabbing, death, unlikely foes and alliances. Lots and lots of characters to love and hate. Its like Game of Thrones with easier to pronounce characters!  Start with Book #1 though....and expect to call in sick while you read because this is Book 5. 
- Christinabean

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday






Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine,  that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating or books that are in our TBR pile.  This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is


Summary (by Goodreads)

The explosive final novel in the Endgame trilogy. Two keys have been found. The strongest Players are left. One final key remains to win Endgame and save the world.

For Sarah, Jago, Aisling, Maccabee, Shari, An, and Hilal, Endgame has reached its final phase. The third key, Sun Key, is all that stands between one Player saving their line—or perishing along with the rest of the world. And only one can win.

West Bengal, India: Maccabee is Playing to win. He has Earth Key and Sky Key and he is determined to find Sun Key. But in Endgame, fate can turn in the blink of an eye. He must Play carefully. He must watch his back.

Kolkata, India: An Liu is Playing for death. His goal: stop Endgame, and take the world down with him.

Sikkim, India: For Aisling, Sarah, Jago, Shari, and Hilal, their mission is to stop Endgame. Sun Key must not be found.

No matter what they’re Playing for, all of the remaining Players have one thing in common: they will end the game, but on their own terms.
 

So, when I first started reading the Endgame trilogy, I was actually more interested in how the heck they could turn a book into a game worth mucho money in gold.  And then I started to read it and forgot all about the contest and began getting into the story.  There are tons of characters and lots going on but it kept me riveted.  Enough to buy book #2.  But then to be honest, it has sat on my bookshelf.  Seeing the last book released just gives me more incentive to continue with this trilogy because I had enjoyed it so much.  My company closes for the holidays between Xmas and New Year's.  I have a feeling I will be catching up on my TBR list during that time...

- Christinabean


p.s.
I know that I don't post nearly as often as I have in the past.  My blog partner has taken a break to work on some other things so I haven't had time to put up many reviews but I do want to say how much I appreciate all of your comments to the posts I do list.  Sometimes when you blog, you feel like you are just chatting to yourself in an empty room.  I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only one who hears the echos.  Much love. xoxo.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Stacking the Shelves


Stacking the Shelves allows us to share the books we have added to our collections - physical, virtual, borrowed, bought or received


I received this title from the library over the weekend. I love Kendare Blake! She also wrote Anna Dressed in Blood.  She is a lovely author if you ever get a chance to chat with her. I would absolutely be an embarrassing fan girl if I were to meet her in person.

So I am trying really hard to take books out of the the library and only purchase the ones that I REALLY LOVE so that I have room on my bookshelf for those I will read again and again.  I am only 25 pages in but so far I'm enjoying it.  What's on your shelf this week?

- Christinabean

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