Saturday, August 27, 2016

So, since my end-of-the-week post isn't just about what I got in my mailbox or on my Kindle each week -- though that is a big part of it, I won't lie -- I decided to change up the title and intro a bit.  I might tweak the format a bit over time, but for the most part, it'll contain the same stuff: stuff I got, stuff I did, and stuff that's coming up on the blog.  Plus, I get to use the awesome GIF you see here and blow kisses to all the people who sent me lovely books and bookish things.  Oh, and I've started linking up to Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Sunday Post hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer since I'm not using a specific meme title anymore.
First week of school down! And Katie got one of her same teachers from last year because she moved up a grade and switched from math to reading as her concentration, so that works out well and put Katie's anxiety to rest. She likes her afternoon teacher, too, who is new to the district but not to teaching. I think it's going to be another great year! (I'm going to keep up the optimism until it kills me, lol.)

Katie's at a sleepover and Jerrod's at work, so I'm really hoping to get some reading done today. Though, left to my own devices, I usually end up binge-ing some Netflix. I'm in the middle of my Gilmore Girls rewatch and it's going smashingly. But I'm the only one who likes it in my house, so I don't get to watch often, and I really want to be done by Thanksgiving when they air the reboot. Here's hoping. Or maybe I should just call in sick again - a few times! - before then, lol.

Okay, okay. On to the books. Here's what I scored this week...

From Publishers/For Review:

I received some gorgeous finished copies this week, along with some really, really anticipated ARCs. I'll be hosting a promotional stop for Furthermore this week, and I can't wait to start reading A Study in Scarlet Women, Sherlock fan that I am, but you know I was MOST excited to receive that amazing Marie Lu box of awesome. =D =D =D

It Ends with UsLove & GelatoThe Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo

Got these awesome titles from Simon & Schuster Audio this week! Just in time, too, because I was dying for some new listens and these are sure to be awesome!


Be on the lookout for a new trade post soon...a different kind of post, too. I know there's been a lot of drama over on the tag lately, but I still want to complete my collections and help some others along the way. I've thought about posting something regarding all the drama, but what I want to say most is that just because that's what you see on the tag doesn't mean that there isn't beauty happening behind the scenes. I've helped more than a couple people with their collections without asking for anything in return...except maybe some good karma. :) I just wish people focused on that aspect more...

I just posted a new #booksfortrade | Have You Seen This? post this week! I updated my lists, too! I'm still looking for a few high profile ARCs, like Throne of Glass, On the Fence, and Scarlet (Gaughen), plus some other 2016 releases, including Wintersong and Traitor to the Throne, plus others.


The Luckiest Lady in LondonBecause of Miss Bridgerton (Rokesbys #1)The Rogue Not Taken (Scandal & Scoundrel, #1)Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake (Love By Numbers, #1)Jane Steele

Can you tell I'm still in a regency romance mood? :P

So, that's my haul. =) What fabulous bookmail did you get this week?

The Week in Review:


How to Hang a Witch

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Promotional/Discussion Posts:

Currently Reading:

The Edge of EverythingI've only just started this book, but it had me at the prologue. The humor and the snark are on point and the voice is perfect. I imagine I'll have this book finished by tonight if everyone leaves me alone. =) Also, this book is making me wish for colder weather, though I don't want a storm like Zoe is facing.

Currently Listening:

Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake (Love By Numbers, #1)Like I said above, I've been on a romance kick. I had to do something since my library hasn't uploaded any new YA titles in weeks, maybe months. I'm dying over here. Or rather, swooning...especially with the rakish Ralston on the loose. :D

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Friday, August 26, 2016

Hi Everyone. I know I haven't been around posting much this summer, but school starts up again this week so hopefully I'll have more time soon. I've read a lot, so I have many things to review.

Right now though, I want to share something that happened to us last weekend. I'm just going to go ahead and copy paste what I posted to my facebook. I've shared it around to different animal shelters I follow as well.


If you own a no-touch/automatic soap dispenser. Please get rid of it now. It is deadly to your cat if he or she gets any on her.

Friday night, our 6 month old Kitten jumped up on the sink and set it off. Some of it got on his fur. I didn't notice it right away, but when I did, I wiped as much off as I could not thinking much of it. I've been beating myself up inside ever since, because I should have known better.

Saturday Morning we woke up and he wasn't acting like him self. His tongue was hanging out, and he wouldn't eat or drink. He felt hot to the touch. Thank goodness this didn't happen when we were away because we had family checking on them every other day. He would be dead right now if we hadn't been home.

I immediately started googling cat tongues hanging out and quickly came to the realization that he had been poisoned from the soap dispenser the night before. A 65 dollar call to the Poison Control number, and we were on our way to the vet.

It is now Sunday night and he's hopefully spending his last night in the animal hospital. We were told he's doing well and starting to eat and drink again. He will hopefully be able to come home tomorrow. The remainder of the soap he licked off burned his mouth and throat. It could have been so much worse. He could have died.

I seriously never gave it a thought. It's just hand soap right? Well it's not. And as convenient as it was to wash our hands in the kitchen without having to pump the soap out, it certainly isn't worth our cats life. Or worth the 600 dollar vet bill we will be paying to get him better.

I'm posting this knowing I will probably get some negative feed back. Trust me, I know now I should have been a smarter pet owner and put him the tub right away. But I'm also posting this because a few of my friends and family expressed that they would never have thought about it either. In fact, if you look on YouTube, there are people video taping their cats walking under these things and laughing about them setting them off. It's not funny at all. :(

So please please please! Learn from my mistake and don't let this happen to your kitty. I've since removed our hand soaps and will be replacing our cleaners with more animal friendly options.

Nimbus is home now and back to himself. Thank goodness. He's been getting extra love and attention, but lets be real, I've always spoiled him so it's not much more. lol. He's my baby. Pixie has kinda taken to the hubby, but Nimbus, he's a momma's boy for sure.

He has a few shaved spots from where they and to put the IVs. :*( Poor little guy. The vet was wonderful and while it was expensive, it was worth it to have my boy safe and healthy again.
This is a copy of the vet bill.

I wanted to share this on here because a lot of people really don't know the danger of these things. Even the Vet tech assistant was surprised when I was telling her the story. It's just not something you think about. So please be safe kitties and throw those things away if you have them.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Title: How to Hang a Witch
Author: Adriana Mather
Narrator(s): Adriana Mather
Series: How to Hang a Witch, book #1
Length: 10 hrs 41 mins
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers, Listening Library
Publication Date: July 26, 2016
Source: ARC received from publisher, audiobook received from publisher
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Audible

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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.

It's kind of funny to me how varied the reviews have been for this book. I guess you either like witchy books or you don't? But it probably goes deeper than that. How to Hang a Witch came highly recommended to me by a close friend, so I already had pretty high expectations for the novel. And then the publisher sent both the ARC and the audio for review, and it was rather an obvious decision. I switched between the two formats as I read, and I honestly don't know which version I prefer.

The author narrates her own book and I almost always love that because they know the inflections they intended, how long a pause should be and any accents or pronunciations that might not come through in the standard text version. However, I found the audio a little too...slow. I think all audiobooks are slow, though, which is why I usually speed up the playback to twice the normal speed. My husband thinks I'm listening to chipmunks or the Gilmore Girls, but it's what works best for me. Audiobooks available on the new Volumes app from Random House, however, don't have this feature, which kind of sucks because that's how review copies are sent out now. Bummer, but it's a doable bummer. It only changes the listening experience slightly, and it's no fault of the actual narration, which was actually good otherwise.

This novel was definitely different. I just love a good witch story, though...especially one so steeped in history. You've got the mean girls. The historical aspect. The ghost and practicing witches. And then you've got an author descended from Cotton Mather himself. I genuinely enjoyed the novel and found that the story as a whole came together in a very pleasing fashion: very The Craft meets Hocus Pocus with a bit of real-life history thrown in for good measure.

Here's the thing: I like a really atmospheric read. And this book was exactly that. I just wish I'd read it during the fall when I definitely will be rewatching Hocus Pocus, The Craft, and all of my other Halloween favorites. A gorgeous summer day just didn't cut it for me. So, maybe that has something to do with why some aren't loving this book. I think listening and reading put me in the right frame of mind for this story eventually, but obviously not everyone will have that opportunity bestowed upon them like I did.

This story also lends itself to a lot of theorizing. And some will find it easy to guess what's really going on -- like I did -- while others will find themselves led astray easily, guessing all manner of outcomes. I suppose part of your reading enjoyment will be derived from how you feel about guessing correctly and possibly early.

Also: how you feel about doomed romances and love triangles in general. Both are sort of present to some degree, but I honestly thought they took a backstage to everything else. The author uses key historical events to make events in the book more relevant - and creepy - and I found that aspect much more enjoyable.

The entire story was compelling and very readable, from the ostracized Mather in a town of witch descendants to the ghost stuck on this earthly plane to the curse that encompasses them all. I'll definitely be featuring How to Hang a Witch on my fall and Halloween favorites lists. And I'm pretty excited to see that there's going to be a sequel now. The ending was satisfying, but I can't help wanting more.


GIF it to me straight:

About the author:

Adriana Mather is the 12th generation of Mathers in America, and as such her family has their fingers in many of its historical pies – the Mayflower, the Salem Witch Trials, the Titanic, the Revolutionary War, and the wearing of curly white wigs. Also, Adriana co-owns a production company, Zombot Pictures, in LA that has made three feature films in three years. Her first acting scene in a film ever was with Danny Glover, and she was terrified she would mess it up. In addition, her favorite food is pizza and she has too many cats.

Find Adriana:

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's WoW selection is...

's Pick:

Title: The Dragon's Price
Author: Bethany Wiggins
Series: Transference, book #1
Publisher: Crown BFYR
Publication Date: February 21, 2017

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Fans of Julie Kagawa’s Talon and Renee Ahdieh’s The Wrath and the Dawn will devour this action-packed fantasy adventure about a girl who chooses to surrender herself to a deadly dragon rather than marry an enemy prince.

When two warring kingdoms unified against a deadly menace laying waste to both their lands, they had to make a choice: vow to marry their heirs to one another, or forfeit their lives to the dragon.

Centuries later, everyone expects the sheltered princess Sorrowlynn to choose the barbarian prince over the fire-breathing beast—everyone, that is, except Sorrow, who is determined to control her own destiny or die trying.

As she is lowered into the dragon’s chamber, she assumes her life is over until Golmarr, the young prince she just spurned, follows her with the hopes of being her hero and slaying the dragon. But the dragon has a different plan. . . .

If the dragon wins, it will be freed from the spell that has bound it to the cave for centuries. If Sorrow or Golmarr vanquish the dragon, the victor will gain its treasure and escape the cave beneath the mountain. But what exactly is the dragon hiding?

There are no safe havens for Sorrow or Golmarr—not even with each other—and the stakes couldn’t be higher as they risk everything to protect their kingdom.

I'm always thinking to myself when I read fantasy, "MOAR DRAGONS, please!!!" And here is a book that's apparently been on my TBR for over a year, and it features a dragon with a treasure, a girl with a death wish, and a prince who just doesn't know when to quit...and it now has a cover. Or, at least, I only just discovered it has a cover. Either way, I am excite! I already have high hopes that the dragon and the princess fall in love. *insert all the heart eyes*

What are you desperately waiting for this Wednesday? Let us know in the comments or share a link to your own WoW post!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

{TTT} Awhile on the Pile

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the awesome ladies at The Broke and the Bookish. Apparently, they are overly fond of list-making and love to share their bookish lists with the rest of us book nerds.  =) We're game.

This week's topic is Ten Books That Have Been On Your Shelf (Or TBR) From Before You Started Blogging That You STILL Haven't Read Yet:

Jen's Picks:

Back before I started blogging - or right around the same time, anyway - Borders went out of business. It was rather heartbreaking because at the time, that's where I did all of my book shopping, and they had these awesome 40% off coupons all the time. Plus, membership was free! Anyway, I visited their closing sales rather frequently and ended up with a lot of books on my shelves that to this day, I still haven't read. And I've been blogging for over five years now! :*( Mind you, not all of those pictured are from the Borders going-out-of-business sales. Some I truly had every intention of reading as soon as I got home with them. But I think even then I was a mood reader...I just didn't know it yet.

A lot of these have ended up in my #booksfortrade pile, but not all. And if you don't know what that is, you can find out more here. I honestly do still plan to read the Marchetta books, Sabriel and Twenty Boy Summer. One day...

Which books from before blogging are still sitting neglected on your shelves?

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