Saturday, November 18, 2017

Stacking The Shelves [#76]/Sunday Post [#7]/Mailbox Monday [#7]

Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality as a way to share all the books we got during the week!

The Sunday Post is hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer. Its a weekly post to showcase what books you got, recap the week, and talk about what will be coming up this week on the blog!

Mailbox Monday is hosted on its own site. It is there to show off the books acquired during the week!

2 new ebooks this week. I got them from the library. More books that I want to continue/finish the series of.

  • Shadows in the Silence (Angelfire #3) by Courtney Allison Moulton (Goodreads)
  • Lullaby (Watersong #2) by Amanda Hocking (Goodreads)
I really liked the first two Angelfire books but just never got around the finishing the last book. I also started the Watersong series and generally enjoyed Wake. I had actually picked Lullaby up before from the library but it always tended to take a back shelf to other books. So I'm gonna try and read it now since I'm not prioritizing a bunch of books before it. 

Weekly Recap:


Cover Reveals:

So this week only one review. The one I promised you guys from last week! I honestly didn't do much reading this week due to being busy. Mostly preparing for thanksgiving. Between making sure we have all the stuff for the food we're making and getting our apartment super clean, I just haven't had a chance to read this week. Me and my fiance host both our families at our place so it's a big thing for us to get everything ready. 

In addition to thanksgiving, I'm also working hard on prepping things for our daughters 3rd birthday! Her party is only 2 weeks away! So it's crunch time on getting that stuff prepared as well. We bought some stuff for a few specific decorations I wanna make. She's having a minion/despicable me themed party! 

Review of Monsters (Ashes #3) by Ilsa J. Bick
Review of The Forever Song (Blood of Eden #3) by Julie Kagawa

And maybe in next weeks recap there might be a picture of my daughter who is ever so excited to help mommy make pies for thanksgiving! :) 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Can't-Wait Wednesday [#4]

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight the books we are eagerly awaiting. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine.

Queen of Air and Darkness (The Dark Artifices #3)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Expected Publication: December 4, 2018

What if damnation is the price of true love?

Innocent blood has been spilled on the steps of the Council Hall, the sacred stronghold of the Shadowhunters. In the wake of the tragic death of Livia Blackthorn, the Clave teeters on the brink of civil war. One fragment of the Blackthorn family flees to Los Angeles, seeking to discover the source of the blight that is destroying the race of warlocks. Meanwhile, Julian and Emma take desperate measures to put their forbidden love aside and undertake a perilous mission to Faerie to retrieve the Black Volume of the Dead. What they find in the Courts is a secret that may tear the Shadow World asunder and open a dark path into a future they could never have imagined. Caught in a race against time, Emma and Julian must save the world of Shadowhunters before the deadly power of the parabatai curse destroys them and everyone they love.

I haven't even read The Dark Artifices series yet and I'm looking forward to this. Cassandra Clare has yet to write a book I didn't like. So I'm definitely looking forward to this! And isn't that cover gorgeous?!?!?! I love it!

New Releases: Week of November 14, 2017

Fragments of the Lost
Author: Megan Miranda
Publisher: Crown
Publication Date: November 14, 2017

Jessa Whitworth knew she didn't belong in her ex-boyfriend Caleb's room. But she couldn't deny that she was everywhere--in his photos, his neatly folded T-shirts, even the butterfly necklace in his jeans pocket . . . the one she gave him for safe keeping on that day.

His mother asked her to pack up his things--even though she blames Jessa for his accident. How could she say no? And maybe, just maybe, it will help her work through the guilt she feels about their final moments together.

But as Jessa begins to box up the pieces of Caleb's life, they trigger memories that make Jessa realize their past relationship may not be exactly as she remembered. And she starts to question whether she really knew Caleb at all.

Each fragment of his life reveals a new clue that propels Jessa to search for the truth about Caleb's accident. What really happened on the storm-swept bridge?

Other New Releases This Week:
The City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy #1) by S.A. Chakraborty (11/14/17) [Harper Voyager]
Into the Black (Beyond The Red #2) by Ava Jae (11/14/17) [Sky Pony Press]
Flashtide (Flashfall #2) by Jenny Moyer (11/14/17) [Henry Holt and Co.]
After The End of The World (Carter & Lovecraft #2) by Jonathan L. Howard (11/14/17) [Thomas Dunne]

Monday, November 13, 2017

Review: The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

The Retribution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #3)
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: November 4, 2014
Pages: 470
Format: Hardcover/Own

Mara Dyer wants to believe there's more to the lies she’s been told.
There is.

She doesn’t stop to think about where her quest for the truth might lead.
She should.

She never had to imagine how far she would go for vengeance.
She will now.

Loyalties are betrayed, guilt and innocence tangle, and fate and chance collide in this shocking conclusion to Mara Dyer’s story.

Retribution has arrived.

Review: You can definitely see how Mara changes and adapts in this book. She wakes up weak and drugged up in Horizons. She can't use her power, or even control her own body with what she's been put on. Its extremely unnerving for her. But by the end of the book, she's killed people with her power and without. She went from being scared of hurting someone because of what she could do, to intentionally doing it. After all she's gone through, she's changed 100% percent. She no longer fears the people tormenting her. She knows she has more power than them and uses it to her advantage, even though this causes a rift in a friendship.

One of the things I enjoyed about this book was the before chapters. We get a lot of Mara's grandmothers story. We see how she came to know the Shaw family originally, how she came to the states, how exactly her life actually intertwined with Noah's mothers. Despite the before chapters being a bit slow and not contributing a whole lot in the first few sections, it was necessary for background and fully made up for with the information we learned. We learned through Mara's grandmother, that Noah was fully planned and intentionally conceived. He was made with a plan to end the Hero/Shadow cycle and make the world better. His gift was also known. He wasn't just born with it randomly. He was made because of that gift it was known he was going to have. Poor Noah. He was pretty much born for a certain reason and was supposed to have no choice in whether he carried it out. Obviously though, things do not work out like others have planned. You can't stop a persons free will.

*Spoilers* We also learn that Noah's father is behind all the torture Mara went through. He hired all the people who tortured her, including Dr. Kells. He was the reason she endured so much. He is an awful person. What's even worse is Jude sided with and helped Noah's dad with this stuff. It was 100% awful. Speaking of Dr. Kells and Jude though, we learn something interesting. Dr. Kells maiden name is Lowe. As in the same Lowe that is Jude Lowe. Come to find out, Dr. Kells kept adopting twins with the anomaly and kept trying to trigger it and make them manifest, hoping to make someone like Noah. She kept killing groups of twins doing this until she got to Jude and Claire. She got it to work on Jude without him dying afterwards. However, she never predicted that his manifestation would cause him to be so dark and awful. She created a monster in him. I was shocked learning about what she did.

I have to say, I was slightly disappointed with the ending. I expected the scene with Mara killing Jude and Noah dying and Mara bringing him back to be more action filled. Instead it was just kinda dragging along. She triggered Judes death like she did many other peoples, instead of torturing him. And Noah, she was devastated when he was killed, but her bringing him back didn't seem to have a big reaction. It was like, yes he's alive! But that was it. I really expected these scenes to be better than they were.

I do have to say, I did love the Mara/Noah scenes at the end. I loved that they chose their love for each other over everything else. After all the stuff they both endured, it was nice seeing them really genuinely happy being together.

4 Stars!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Cover Reveal: Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare

The cover for the 3rd Dark Artifices book was revealed a few hours ago! And it is GORGEOUS!!!! Here it is!

Los Angeles, 2012. It’s been five years since the events of the Mortal Instruments when Nephilim stood poised on the brink of oblivion and Shadowhunter Emma Carstairs lost her parents. After the blood and violence she witnessed as a child, Emma has dedicated her life to the eradication of demons and being the best, fastest and deadliest Shadowhunter since Jace Lightwood. Raised in the Los Angeles Institute, Emma is paired as a parabatai with her best friend, Julian. As Emma hunts those who caused the death of her parents, the trail they’re following leads back to those they’ve always been taught to trust. At the same time, Emma is falling in love with Julian — her closest friend and, because he is her parabatai, the one person in the world she’s absolutely forbidden by Shadowhunter Law to love. Set against the glittering backdrop of present-day Los Angeles, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches from the warlock-run nightclubs of the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica.

Expected Publication Date: December 4th, 2018 (Which also happens to be my daughters 4th birthday!)

Stacking The Shelves [#75]/Sunday Post [#6]/Mailbox Monday [#6]

Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality as a way to share all the books we got during the week!

The Sunday Post is hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer. Its a weekly post to showcase what books you got, recap the week, and talk about what will be coming up this week on the blog!

Mailbox Monday is hosted on its own site. It is there to show off the books acquired during the week!

So no new books this week. Probably a good thing as I have books I need to catch up on anyways. 

Weekly Recap:


So yay! I got Noah Shaw read and reviewed like promised! However, if you guys noticed, it ended up being a day late. If you follow the blogs Facebook page I gave a quick update why. Computer issues... Yay.... We love those huh??? (SARCASM) Lol.

So I've been using my fiances laptop for everything the past few months. His has been more reliable than mine. So on Tuesday, when I planned on doing my review. I ended up with it crashing and constantly restarting trying to fix the issue. Eventually it seemed to have repaired it. So I was able to finally get the review up a day late on Wednesday. Well, his laptop started doing its issue again Friday, and added a new issue to it (OH JOY). Now I can't even do anything really without it crashing and restarting. It is an almost 5 year old laptop (though fully updated with Windows 10), so I don't blame it breaking, it just sucks!!!! 

So where does this leave me? Well currently, I'm back on my own laptop. I stopped using it because it was being incredibly slow and has some issue I'm not sure about. Honestly, I think my laptop just needs Windows 10 freshly reinstalled to fix the issues, but I have to take it to Best Buy to get that done. It's working ok at the moment with me on it (multiple updates seemed to have fixed some of the slowness), but we'll probably be taking it in this week to get its issue fixed (its still under warranty and everything) so I can have it working faster and correctly again. So until then I'm dealing with the slowness, or using my fiances desktop computer when he's not on it. We'll probably take his laptop in as well with mine but I'm doubtful they are gonna be able to fix his. :( Looks like he'll need a new one come tax time. I'll be doing my best to still get stuff up though until my laptop is fixed! 

In other news, we've narrowed our wedding venues down to 3 options. And they are some of the few venues under $3,000 around us with good packages (good amounts of stuff included). So that's pretty exciting! 

Review of The Retribution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #3) by Michelle Hodkin - This was meant to go up this past week, but between computer issues and school work, it's been delayed. :( This week for sure though!!!!! :D 
Review of The Forever Song (Blood of Eden #3) by Julie Kagawa - I've been in a mood for this book lately so I'll definitely be getting it read! 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Review: The Becoming of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin

The Becoming of Noah Shaw (The Shaw Confessions #1)
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: November 8, 2017
Pages: 384
Format: Galley/Netgalley

In the first book of the Shaw Confessions, the companion series to the New York Times bestselling Mara Dyer novels, old skeletons are laid bare and new promises prove deadly. This is what happens after happily ever after.

Everyone thinks seventeen-year-old Noah Shaw has the world on a string.

They’re wrong.

Mara Dyer is the only one he trusts with his secrets and his future.

He shouldn’t.

And both are scared that uncovering the truth about themselves will force them apart.

They’re right.

Review: Oh my god! I loved this book so much! So, I really want to keep this review spoiler free so I might be a bit vague about a few things. But trust me, you definitely want to experience this book and it's shocking moments when you read it, not in a review. So small bit of info, you should read all the Mara Dyer books before this to fully understand things happening. I actually haven't completely. I'm in the middle of Retribution (book 3), so I've read enough of it to understand the referenced things generally. So I wasn't missing much information. However, remember all those before notes, letters and chapters in Retribution?? We get to see a different side of that in this book. And we get to see how they end up coming to the main story!

Noah Shaw! I honestly think I enjoyed reading from his point of view more than Mara's. Don't get me wrong. I love the Mara Dyer books, but I just generally think I liked Noah's point of view a little bit better. I felt so bad every time we were with Noah when he was experiencing another Gifted's death. You couldn't help but feel awful every time he was seeing a death and couldn't do a thing to stop it. I could not imagine being in his shoes. What made things worse for him was that he knew these people had gifts like him, and he couldn't figure out why others like him were dying. On top of all this he was still dealing with everything regarding his father and his "research." Poor Noah was juggling so much.

The majority of the book revolves around trying to find out why other gifted are going missing and dying and who else in general has a gift. Come to find out, two more people really close to the Shaw and Dyer families had hidden gifts, one not knowing he had one, and one knowing and intentionally hiding it from them. We also catch up with friends from the Mara Dyer books. One being helpful to Noah and Mara, one not. Mentioned person who is not causes a lot of drama and issues throughout this book, including one of the huge scenes at the end. But throughout this book we see some new gifts come to light, new secrets revealed, and a lot of changes within many of our favorite characters due to their trauma and experiences with their gifts.

I really liked Daniel in this book. We see him really be like the brother Noah never had. And we even see Noah be exactly that for Daniel in return after the huge betrayal Daniel experienced from one of the people closest to him. And whats worse, is the ending. I have no idea how poor Daniel is going to handle what happened at the ending once he finds out about it. He will definitely need Noah's support. 

And Mara. Mara Mara Mara. My feelings about her are all over the place in this book. I loved the happy, loving, caring scenes between her and Noah in this book. But I also couldn't shake her actions. Hiding stuff from Noah. After all she went through and she still hides things from the person she loves. Not to mention she was always a prime suspect in the deaths that were happening. And she always acted differently regarding it. She would deny it sometimes, or just not say anything at all, but she seemed to be the most suspicious of the group regarding the people dying. She never had a straightforward reaction regarding it. She was just different from the Mara we used to know. 

The ending. I still do not know how to react to the ending of this book. Lets just say all the things that happened at the end are setting up for an incredibly interesting next book. It was not my favorite ending, but a good one still. I am incredibly excited for the next book because I sense it will have a lot of interesting things going on! 

5 Stars!