So I decided I wanted to participate in Clear Your Shit: A Readathon, a 2 month long readathon hosted by Andee and El/Art, running from November 1 to December 27. Why? 1) it was cute and clearly designed (check out Twitter Page!!); 2) I NEED TO CLEAR OUT MY SHIT!!! I have way way way way way too many unread books that I own and these prompts just might help me along.
My plan (keyword: plan) is to update you all on my progress at the end of each week (Sunday) on how I’m doing – if I managed to finish any prompts and what books those were.
So first, my player….
Name: YoungatHeartReader Fatal Flaw: Reads a new book before reading any of the books already owned Top Strength: Audiobook Hero, Master of Headphones Weapon of Choice: a book, which may be magical, or just glittery (see fun and cute) – how could I not pick a book that sparkles?!?!?!
Next, the prompts:
Each week, when I update, I will put the books that I had completed the week before under their prompts (so next week you will see the books I’ve completed this week in their corresponding prompts). My strategy is to save the free choice prompts for emergencies, which means I may not put the book I read that week in until the end so I can see what I can fit into proper prompts (if that makes any sense to anyone besides me lol) but we shall see.
Ok so what have I completed so far this week?
Book with a Map: Illuminae by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman
Character You Want to Fight: Little Monsters by Kara Thomas
So that’s it for this week. Not off to a bad start I don’t think – although I did read 2 library books, so it could have been better. I’m curious what the Mini Battles will be!
Are you participating in Clear Your Shit: A Readathon? Are you now thinking about joining?
Welcome to my stop o the TBR and Beyond Tours Book Tour for Master of One by Jaida Jones and Danielle Bennett. Be sure to scroll down to the bottom to find the Tour Schedule and check out the reviews and other creative content done by other bloggers.
Meet Jaida Jones and Danielle Bennett
Jaida Jones and Danielle Bennett are married co-authors (without wanting to divorce yet) who live in Brooklyn with 8 cats. Danielle is from Victoria, British Columbia, and works freelance as an independent editor, proofreader and plagiarism checker. Jaida is a native New Yorker. Their published work includes four novels from the Volstovic Cycle, in addition to their many twitter rants on intersectional feminism and the NYC subway system. COMING FALL 2020 FROM HARPERTEEN: MASTER OF ONE.
About Master of One
Title: Master of One Author: Jaida Jones & Danie Bennett Publisher: HarperTeen Publishing Date: November 10, 2020 Page Length: 544 Genre: Fantasy Age Range: YA Synopsis: Sinister sorcery. Gallows humor. A queer romance so glorious it could be right out of fae legend itself. Master of One is a fantasy unlike any other.
Rags is a thief—an excellent one. He’s stolen into noble’’s coffers, picked soldier’s pockets, and even liberated a ring or two off the fingers of passersby. Until he’s caught by the Queensguard and forced to find an ancient fae relic for a sadistic royal sorcerer.
But Rags could never have guessed this “relic” would actually be a fae himself—a distractingly handsome, annoyingly perfect, ancient fae prince called Shining Talon. Good thing Rags can think on his toes, because things just get stranger from there…
With the heist and intrigue of Six of Crows and the dark fairy tale feel of The Cruel Prince, this young adult fantasy debut will have readers rooting for a pair of reluctant heroes as they take on a world-ending fae prophecy, a malicious royal plot, and, most dangerously of all, their feelings for each other.
Welcome to my stop on the Book Tour for The Camelot Betrayal (Camelot Rising #2) by Kiersten White, hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours. This series has been on my radar, but alas I haven’t been able to squeeze The Guinevere Deception (Camelot Rising #1) onto my TBR before this tour so I wont be able to review it at this time – however, it is on my overall TBR. Be sure to scroll all the way down to see the Tour Schedule and to enter into a chance to win a finished copy of The Camelot Betrayal.
Meet Kiersten White
Kiersten White is the New York Times bestselling and Bram Stoker award-winning author of the And I Darken trilogy, the Paranormalcy trilogy, The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein, Slayer, The Guinevere Deception, and many other novels. Kiersten lives with her family in sunny San Diego, California, where she perpetually lurks in the shadows.
About The Camelot Betrayal
Title: The Camelot Betrayal Series: Camelot Rising #2 Author: Kiersten White Publisher: Delacorte Press Publishing Date: November 10, 2020 Page Length: 384 Genre: Fantasy, Retelling Age Range: YA Synopisis: The second book in a new fantasy trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White, exploring the nature of self, the inevitable cost of progress, and, of course, magic and romance and betrayal so epic Queen Guinevere remains the most famous queen who never lived.
EVERYTHING IS AS IT SHOULD BE IN CAMELOT: King Arthur is expanding his kingdom’s influence with Queen Guinevere at his side. Yet every night, dreams of darkness and unknowable power plague her.
Guinevere might have accepted her role, but she still cannot find a place for herself in all of it. The closer she gets to Brangien, pining for her lost love Isolde, Lancelot, fighting to prove her worth as Queen’s knight, and Arthur, everything to everyone and thus never quite enough for Guinevere–the more she realizes how empty she is. She has no sense of who she truly was before she was Guinevere. The more she tries to claim herself as queen, the more she wonders if Mordred was right: she doesn’t belong. She never will.
When a rescue goes awry and results in the death of something precious, a devastated Guinevere returns to Camelot to find the greatest threat yet has arrived. Not in the form of the Dark Queen or an invading army, but in the form of the real Guinevere’s younger sister. Is her deception at an end? And who is she really deceiving–Camelot, or herself?
Enter for a change to win a finished copy of The Camelot Betrayal. The giveaway ends on November 16th. Sorry, but this is US only.
Title: The Dilemma Author: B A Paris Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Release Date: June 30, 2020 Page Length: 342 Genre: Mystery, Suspense Age Range: Adult CAWPILE Rating: 7.79/10 Goodreads Synopsis: It’s Livia’s fortieth birthday and tonight she’s having a party, a party she’s been planning for a long time. The only person missing will be her daughter, Marnie.
But Livia has a secret, a secret she’s been keeping from Adam, her husband, until the party is over. Because how can she tell him that although she loves Marnie, she’s glad their daughter won’t be there to celebrate with her?
Adam is determined everything will be just right for Livia and the party is going to be perfect… until he learns something that will leave him facing an unbearable decision.
Content Warning: death of a loved one, grief, terminal illness (not in great detail and a side character), infidelity (cheating)
I have only read one other book by B A Paris and had assumed this would be more of the same – a domestic thriller, but that was not the case. The Dilemma was not what I had expected at all. The Dilemma was more of a domestic suspense then anything. At no point was I concerned for anyone’s life or felt that “at the end of my seat” feeling. Through most of the story I was pretty sure – and it was basically known by the main character throughout most of the story – what had happened. We were merely there to experience the stress of knowing and not sharing that knowledge.
This by no means that this was a bad book! In fact, I really enjoyed it. It has been a while since I’ve read a book like there – where the main stress is trying to find out things for sure and being along for the ride while the main character debates on what’s the best course of action.
The characters were written realistically, and I felt the actions were realistic in the situation as well. The mystery of the second main character was interesting, and really the only part where you were trying to guess who the culprit was. I admit I had suspected a few people for that one. The secondary characters were interesting and reacted to the two main character’s actions realistically. I know I’m saying “realistically” a lot, but there are so many mystery/suspense/thrillers/horrors where the characters do things that only serve the plot and never seem like something a real person would do.
Paris’ writing was enticing and had me devouring the story quickly. Just like the other book I read of her’s, Behind Closed Doors, I completed it in one sitting. Although I didn’t find it to have any big mystery, I still had to find out what happened with the family and how everything was resolved.
If you liked Paris’ writing in the past then I highly recommend this one, just bare in mind that the story is nothing like the others (or at least nothing like Behind Closed Doors). If you want an entertaining book that you can finish quickly because of it, then I highly recommend this one.
I wanted to do another fun post for Halloween (well more if I can find the time). I found this one on The Sassy Book Geek and I think it was originally created by Book Adventures, but it doesn’t look like her blog is still up and running. Either way, it looked fun so let’s get started.
1.) Favorite Scary (Must Read) For Halloween?
Hmm…. I think one I’m going to read every Halloween, just because of the atmosphere of it is Thornhill by Pam Smy.
This book is a mix of graphic novel and prose. It follows a girl in 1982, which is in prose, and another girl in 2017, which is done in graphic novel. It is fun and creepy. It has a haunted house feel to it. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to introduce themselves to graphic novels or if you love a haunted, mysterious house.
2.) Scariest Book Cover, Like Ever?
I’m going to pick two for this one. A novel I own and a manga I want to own.
Madness by Zac Brewer
This novel looks creepy to me! Just look at the dead eyes! That being said, this is a book about mental health and also has LGBTQIA+ rep. So this cover makes complete sense based on the topic and the synopsis, but it was one of the first ones I could think of that aren’t the typical horror covers.
Shiver by Junji Ito
Really anything by Junji Ito would fit for this – all of his covers are just the creepiest thing ever! I want to read everything he’s written too, but this one has 9 short stories within it. They are all horror. The Goodreads page lists the stories within it, so click the cover if you’re curious.
3.) If You Could Go Trick-or-Treating With Any Author, Who Would You Pick?
Oh this is a good one. The first two that come to mind are Jay Kristoff and Victoria Schwab. It think both of these authors would have the best time dressing up and would be so much fun! They’d pick out amazing costumes and wouldn’t be downers about it lol.
4.) If You Could Dress Up As Any Bookish Character For Halloween, Who Would You Be?
There are so many characters I’d love to dress up as… so here are my top three (that I could think of).
Lou from Serpent and Dove
Nina from Six of Crows
Willow from Buffy the Vampire Slayer
5.) If You Could Find Anything (From Any Book) In Your Trick-or-Treat Stash, What Would You Hope To Find?
Oh another hard one… Well I think it has to be magical… oh! He’s not a thing… but I’d love to have my very own Mr. Kindly!
6.) In What Fictional World Would You Like To Go Trick-or-Treating?
I think it’d be fun to go Trick-or-Treating in the world of Nimona! It has a mix of science fiction and fantasy which means I could get almost anything!
7.) What Book Villain Would You Not Like To Meet Alone In A Dark Alley On Halloween?
I think the villain in A Golden Fury would be horrible to meet in a dark alley. I don’t want to say who/what the villain is, but boy its creepy!
8.) Would You Rather Dress Up As A Vampire, Zombie, Werewolf, or Shadowhunter?
I think I’d dress up as a vampire or a Shadowhunter.
9.) Pick A Candy (Just One) From Harry Potter That You Would Love To Find In Your Stash?
I admit I’m not as familiar with Harry Potter and it’s candy, but from what I could find, I guess I’d pick Fizzing Whizzbees.
10.) What Is Your Favorite Halloween Candy?
I love sour candy so my favourite Halloween Candy is Sour Patch Kids.
So that’s the tag. I’m tagging Kristi at Confessions of a YA Reader. But even if I didn’t tag you, feel free to do this yourself – I’d love to see what everyone else comes up with.
Welcome to my stop on the TBR and Beyond Tours Book Tour for I Hope You’re Listening by Tom Ryan. Unfortunately, I was unable to read this before the tour date; however, after reading some of the review, it is definitely going on my TBR. Don’t forget to scroll down to the bottom for the Tour Schedule and a chance to win a copy of I Hope You’re Listening.
Meet Tom Ryan
Tom Ryan is the award winning author of several acclaimed books for young readers. He has been nominated for multiple awards, and was the winner of the 2020 Arthur Ellis Award for Best YA Crime Book. Two of his books were Junior Library Guild selections, and three of his young adult novels, Way to Go, Tag Along, and Keep This to Yourself, were chosen for the ALA Rainbow List, in 2013, 2014 and 2020. He was a 2017 Lambda Literary Fellow in Young Adult Fiction.
Tom, his husband and their dog currently divide their time between Ottawa and Nova Scotia.
About I Hope You’re Listening
Title: I Hope You’re Listening Author: Tom Ryan Publisher: AW Teen Publishing Date: October 6, 2020 Page Length: 368 Genre: Mystery Age Range: YA Synopisis: EVERY MISSING PERSON HAS A STORY.
In her small town, seventeen-year-old Delia “Dee” Skinner is known as the girl who wasn’t taken. Ten years ago she witnessed the abduction of her best friend, Sibby. And though she told the police everything she remembered, it wasn’t enough. Sibby was never seen again.
At night, Dee deals with her guilt by becoming someone else: the Seeker, the voice behind the popular true crime podcast Radio Silent, which features missing persons cases and works with online sleuths to solve them. Nobody knows Dee’s the Seeker, and she plans to keep it that way.
When another little girl in town goes missing, and the case is linked to Sibby’s disappearance, Dee has a chance to get answers with the help of her virtual detectives and the intriguing new girl at school. But how much of her own story is she willing to reveal in order to uncover the truth?
Finished copy of I Hope You’re Listening. This giveaway is US only and ends on October 20th.
Welcome to my stop on the Book Tour for A Golden Fury by Samantah Cohoe. This tour is hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours. It’s been a while since I’ve read an atmospheric historical fiction with fantastical elements and I couldn’t wait to read it once I heard about this tour. Don’t forget to scroll down to the bottom to enter the giveaway and see the schedule for the rest of the tour.
Meet Samantha Cohoe
Samantha Cohoe was raised in San Luis Obispo, California, where she enjoyed an idyllic childhood of beach trips, omnivorous reading, and writing stories brimming with adverbs. She attended Thomas Aquinas College, a Great Books college in California, and graduated with a BA in liberal arts. After studying Philosophical Theology at Yale Divinity School, she decided academia wasn’t for her.
In the midst of marriage, child-bearing, and the identity crisis that followed, she rediscovered her early love of writing and adverbs. In 2011, she moved with her family to Denver, where she currently divides her time between teaching Latin, mothering, writing, reading, and deleting adverbs.
About A Golden Fury
Title: A Golden Fury Author: Samantha Cohoe Publisher: Wednesday Books Publishing Date: October 13, 2020 Page Length: 352 Genre: Historical, Fantasy Age Range: YA CAWPILE: 7.86/10 Synopsis: In her debut novel A Golden Fury, Samantha Cohoe weaves a story of magic and danger, where the streets of Oxford and London come to life, and the curse of the Philosopher’s Stone will haunt you long after the final chapter.
Thea Hope longs to be an alchemist out of the shadow of her famous mother. The two of them are close to creating the legendary Philosopher’s Stone—whose properties include immortality and can turn any metal into gold—but just when the promise of the Stone’s riches is in their grasp, Thea’s mother destroys the Stone in a sudden fit of violent madness.
While combing through her mother’s notes, Thea learns that there’s a curse on the Stone that causes anyone who tries to make it to lose their sanity. With the threat of the French Revolution looming, Thea is sent to Oxford for her safety, to live with the father who doesn’t know she exists.
But in Oxford, there are alchemists after the Stone who don’t believe Thea’s warning about the curse—instead, they’ll stop at nothing to steal Thea’s knowledge of how to create the Stone. But Thea can only run for so long, and soon she will have to choose: create the Stone and sacrifice her sanity, or let the people she loves die.
Thank you to TBR and Beyond Tours and Wednesday Books for providing me with an eARC in exchange for my honest review.
I am so glad I was able to read this book. I haven’t read many books that deal with alchemy and even fewer taking place in a historical setting (18th century). It was hard to believe this was a debut novel. I found Cohoe’s writing to be engaging and I wasn’t able to put the book down until I was finished.
I found Thea to be a really well written and interesting character. She was smart and witty – definitely different from women of her time period. She wanted to make a name for herself in her profession, alchemy, but was also aware of some of the limitations of being a women in that field. Even when she trailed from this sense, how she acted with her love interest still made sense. She was a self-sacrificing character that would do anything in her power to help those she found kinship with. It was interesting that she trusted so few males in her field, but one character she was more than willing to share information with – despite his lack of trustworthiness.
Cohoe’s other characters were interesting as well. While I was reading the story, everyone’s actions made perfect sense. They all had their reasons for doing what they were doing. However, looking back, the two male “love interests” did some acts where t didn’t line up exactly (although there were moments where I wasn’t even sure if that was their purpose – love or friendship).
This book had a lot of self-sacrificing, both by the main character and others, but there was also a lot of selfishness. It seemed like everyone had selfish reasons for doing something – although the main character didn’t have many, and if she did she didn’t always act on them. The characters felt realistic, but still served a purpose in the end.
The plot was interesting and had constant twists and turns. There were many points where I wasn’t sure where the story was going – or at least how it would get there. Everything did end up wrapping up nicely, and relatively neatly, not fully what I was hoping for – but still not unsatisfying. The weakest point of the book – which still wasn’t truly a weakness – was the logic. There were just points in the story where it felt like Cohoe wanted the book to go to this point, but wasn’t fully 100% sure on how to get there. Sometimes the route to getting to that point didn’t fully make sense to me. But really, that is a minor nitpicky point on my part. While reading it, everything made sense and I wasn’t questioning anything – it wasn’t until writing this review that I realized there were point where things didn’t add up entirely (and honestly, that may be because some time has passed between reading and writing this review).
Overall, I greatly enjoyed this book and will be keeping an eye out for more that Cohoe writes. I loved the alchemy element in the story and the strongly written characters.
One finished copy of A Golden Fury. US only! This giveaway ends on October 20th.
Some more spooky content. I was feeling inspired by so many Halloween posts that I couldn’t help myself.
This week I wanted to find books that reminded me of those typical Halloween costumes that you see every year. So I picked 10 “standard” “sexy” Halloween costumes and paired them with 10 books on my TBR that feature that character. So let’s get started…
I became aware of this classic novella after watching The Moth Diaries and a reviewer comparing the two. Carmilla is gothic Victoria novella and is said to have influenced Dracula. Also, did I mention this has LGBTQIA+ rep?
This new adult Fantasy Romance has been calling my name since I first heard about it from Becca from Becca and the Books. It’s described as being very dark, very smutty (seductive in marketing terms), and it sounds like there are fae that I haven’t been exposed to before.
I’ve had this on my TBR for what feels like forever! This Peter Pan retelling has romance – apparently a feisty Tinkerbell and a sexy Hook. This has a high bar to meet though after reading A Worthy Opponent by Katee Robert.
I recently purchased this when I was trying to stock piling a bunch of horrors/thrillers. If I’m being honest I don’t know much about this book other than it involves a cult, which is a buzz word for me!
This LGBTQIA+ book follows a young Loki, the trickster god. I love Loki in the Avengers and other portrayals. Here Loki has the chance to be a hero and it seems it takes place in 19th century London. I’ve loved other books written by Mackenzi Lee and I have high hopes for this one.
This cover! I saw it on Edelweiss and immediately needed it…. and then of course I wasn’t able to get to it before it was released. This book has witches… lesbian witches! Two words that immediate puts the book on my TBR!
This is one of the few (only?) SciFi retellings of Alice in Wonderland that I know of. This was gifted to me a year or so ago and sadly haven’t gotten around to it yet. Honestly, I’m intimated by it. Not for the size, but it feels like it’s a high SciFi Steampunk and I haven’t read many Steampunk books just yet.
There are so many books on my TBR that could have fit this costume, but this is the one that I’ve been told I need to read and I just love this cover redesign so I had to pick it. This follows a 17 year old character that escapes a brutal arrange marriage to a convent of assassins (so of course I’m picturing Nun Assassins). It’s one I’ve been wanting to read for a long time, but keep forgetting to pick it up (in my defense it’s in a different room than my main book shelves).
I was told I HAVE to read this! When I started this list, this was the one I was told to do for Angel – no choice lol. It is on my TBR – mainly from the cover before I was told I had no choice. The main character can communicate with ghosts and spirits and is hiding from demons. The only other thing I know about this book/ series is that it’s a spinoff from other series (The Dark Elements) that I have to read first (so yay 3 more added to my TBR before I even get to it lol).
So that’s it – 10 sexy costumes matched with books on my way-to-big TBR. What books would you have paired with these costumes? What costumes did I miss and what book would you have matched with it? Comment down below.
Welcome to my stop on the Book Tour for Winter, White and Wicked by Shannon Dittemore. This is hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours. Make sure you scroll all the way to the bottom for the schedule to see other content creaters and a giveaway (US Only).
Meet Shannon Dittemore
Shannon Dittemore is a young adult author, conference speaker, and mentor. Her books include the Angel Eyes novels (Thomas Nelson Fiction) and the forthcoming Winter, White and Wicked, to be published by Abrams Books in the fall of 2020. Since 2013, Shannon has taught mentoring tracks at a local school where she provides junior high and high school students with an introduction to writing and the publishing industry. She writes weekly for Go Teen Writers, a blog recognized by Writer’s Digest three years running as a “101 Best Websites for Writers” selection. Shannon’s stories often feature strong female leads grappling with fear and faith as they venture into the wilds of the unknown. In many ways, she’s writing her own life story.
About White, Winter and Wicked
Title: White, Winter and Wicked Author: Shannon Dittemore Publisher: Harry N Abrams Publishing Date: October 13, 2020 Page Length: 384 Genre: Fantasy Age Range: YA Synopisis: Mad Max: Fury Road meets Frozen in this striking YA fantasy about a rig driver’s journey to save her friend
Twice-orphaned Sylvi has chipped out a niche for herself on Layce, an island cursed by eternal winter. Alone in her truck, she takes comfort in two things: the solitude of the roads and the favor of Winter, an icy spirit who has protected her since she was a child.
Sylvi likes the road, where no one asks who her parents were or what she thinks of the rebels in the north. But when her best friend, Lenore, runs off with the rebels, Sylvi must make a haul too late in the season for a smuggler she wouldn’t normally work with, the infamous Mars Dresden. Alongside his team—Hyla, a giant warrior woman and Kyn, a boy with skin like stone—Sylvi will do whatever it takes to save her friend.
But when the time comes, she’ll have to choose: safety, anonymity, and the favor of Winter—or the future of the island that she calls home.
Sarah Glenn Marsh is a great author and a super nice person so I was more than happy to take part in her Book Blitz for her new book, and companion novel to Fear the Drowning Deep, Dread the Harvest Moon. This is hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours. You can find a list of other blogs and Instagrammers that are also taking part in today’s Book Blitz below.
Meet Sarah Glenn Marsh
Sarah Glenn Marsh writes young adult novels and children’s picture books. An avid fantasy reader from the day her dad handed her a copy of The Hobbit and promised it would change her life, she’s been making up words and worlds ever since.
When she’s not writing, Sarah frequents the pottery studio, volunteers her time to sighthound rescue, and raises awareness about her autoimmune disease, Type 1 diabetes. She often enjoys pursuits of the nerd variety, from video games to tabletop adventures. She’s never met an animal or a doughnut she didn’t like.
Sarah lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband and their tiny zoo of four rescued sighthounds, two birds, and many fish. She is the author of Fear the Drowning Deep, the Reign of the Fallen series, and several books for younger readers.
About Dread the Harvest Moon
Title: Dread the Harvest Moon Series: Fear the Drowning Deep (Companion) Author: Sarah Glenn Marsh Publishing Date: October 13th, 2020 Page Length: 354 Genre: Fantasy Age Range: YA Synopisis: A companion novel to Fear the Drowning Deep, an NPR Great Read of 2016.
Three tasks. Two worlds. One deadly queen.
Always follow the rules.
That’s what seventeen-year-old barmaid Liss Corkill does. She’s never cursed or kissed a boy, and until two years ago, when a mythical serpent kidnapped her, she was never late to anything. She knows that if she were like her free-spirited older sister Bridey who sailed to America just before the Great War, her mother would be devastated. Liss is determined to be what everyone expects, even if that means giving up her dreams.
Unless the faeries make you break them.
When Liss accidentally interferes in a fairy queen’s quest for true love, she’s pulled into the vast and dangerous world of Un-Mann, a magical realm as old as the Isle of Man itself. As punishment for her mistake, Liss must complete three tasks for the queen by the night of the Great Harvest Moonlight, the fairies’ biggest yearly celebration.
Or you find something worth dying for.
Liss’s attempts to complete her tasks are met with constant misfortune, as if someone doesn’t want her to win. But she has powerful friends: the town witch, Morag, and her sister’s best friend, Cat, who she’s secretly falling for as they hunt sea monsters by night to protect their home. Sensing a need for inspiration as the final gruesome task draws near, the queen marks Liss’s little sister for death unless Liss succeeds.
Her sister. Her town. Her dreams. If she can’t own who she is and make some new rules, Liss will lose it all.