Thursday, October 18, 2018

Swoon Thursday (#299): Carols and Chaos by Cindy Anstey


- From the book you’re currently reading, or one you just finished, tell us what made you SWOON. What got your heart pounding, your skin tingling, and your stomach fluttering

- Try to make the swoon excerpt 140 characters (or less), if you are going to tweet about it. Use the hashtag #YABOUND when tweeting


This week, my swoon is from Carols and Chaos by Cindy Anstey!


And so, when they were finally at touching distance, Kate dropped her basket on the ground and threw herself in his arms.

Matt was not hesitant then. She felt his arms go around her, heard his sharp intake of breath, smelled his musky, manly scent, but she could not see him... because her eyes were closed. Closed so that she could wallow in this glorious moment to its fullest, revel in the sensations as Matt kissed her until her toes curled and then trailed his lips down her neck, back up to her mouth, and started all over again. 

- ARC, page 269



Cindy Anstey's books are amazing! I love this scene towards the ending of the book. Carols and Chaos is now available - get your copy today! 

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday (#303): The Waking Forest by Alyssa Wees



"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, I'm featuring:


The Waking Forest by Alyssa Wees
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: March 12, 2019

Summary (from Goodreads):

Pan's Labyrinth meets The Hazel Wood in this novel about a girl with terrifying visions and a wish-granting witch whose lives collide in the most unexpected of ways.

The waking forest has secrets. To Rhea, it appears like a mirage, dark and dense, at the very edge of her backyard. But when she reaches out to touch it, the forest vanishes. She's desperate to know more--until she finds a peculiar boy who offers to reveal its secrets. If she plays a game.

To the Witch, the forest is her home, where she sits on her throne of carved bone, waiting for dreaming children to beg her to grant their wishes. One night, a mysterious visitor arrives and asks her what she wishes for, but the Witch sends him away. And then the uninvited guest returns.

The strangers are just the beginning. Something is stirring in the forest, and when Rhea's and the Witch's paths collide, a truth more treacherous and deadly than either could ever imagine surfaces. But how much are they willing to risk to survive?



This one had me at Pan's Labyrinth! And the author has a ~great~ name. =)

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday (27)


Happy Tuesday! Today I've decided to participate in Top Ten Tuesday, formerly hosted by Jamie at The Broke and the Bookish, now hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl.

Today's topic is:

Bookstores/Libraries I’ve Always Wanted to Visit

1. George Peabody Library in Baltimore, MD

I LIVE in Baltimore. I went to Johns Hopkins University. Yet I've never been to this library. Yikes!

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2. Admont Abbey Library in Admont, Austria

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3. Abbey Library of Saint Gall in St. Gallen, Switzerland 

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4. Clementinum National Library in Prague, Czech Republic

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5. Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Alexandra, Egypt

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6. Livraria Lello in Porto, Portugal (bookstore)

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7. El Ateneo in Buenos Aires, Argentina (bookstore)

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8. The Last Bookstore in Los Angeles, California (bookstore)

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9. The Strand in New York City, New York (bookstore)

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10. Barter Books in Alnwick, UK (bookstore)

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I love this topic! There are so many libraries and bookstores that I want to visit. =)

Monday, October 15, 2018

Promo and Giveaway: The Witchlands Series by Susan Dennard

Happy Monday! I am SO excited to share a new giveaway with you all! I've partnered with Tor Teen to make this possible. Tor Teen has offered to send one USA winner a copy of Truthwitch, Windwitch, and Sightwitch. Enter below!

I adore this series and encourage everyone to check it out. I'll be sharing pictures of my Witchlands collection on Instagram shortly!


About Truthwitch:


Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
Book One of The Witchlands series
Publisher: Tor Teen
Publication Date: January 5, 2016

Official Summary:

On a continent ruled by three empires, some are born with a “witchery”, a magical skill that sets them apart from others.

In the Witchlands, there are almost as many types of magic as there are ways to get in trouble—as two desperate young women know all too well.

Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lie. It’s a powerful magic that many would kill to have on their side, especially amongst the nobility to which Safi was born. So Safi must keep her gift hidden, lest she be used as a pawn in the struggle between empires. 

Iseult, a Threadwitch, can see the invisible ties that bind and entangle the lives around her—but she cannot see the bonds that touch her own heart. Her unlikely friendship with Safi has taken her from life as an outcast into one of reckless adventure, where she is a cool, wary balance to Safi’s hotheaded impulsiveness.

Safi and Iseult just want to be free to live their own lives, but war is coming to the Witchlands. With the help of the cunning Prince Merik (a Windwitch and ship’s captain) and the hindrance of a Bloodwitch bent on revenge, the friends must fight emperors, princes, and mercenaries alike, who will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.



About Windwitch:


Windwitch by Susan Dennard
Book Two of The Witchlands series
Publisher: Tor Teen
Publication Date: January 10, 2017

Official Summary:

The second novel in the New York Times bestselling Witchlands series, now available in trade paperback, an epic fantasy adventure hailed by Alexandra Bracken as “a world you will want to inhabit forever.” 

Sometimes our enemies are also our only allies…

After an explosion destroys his ship, the world believes Prince Merik, Windwitch, is dead. Scarred yet alive, Merik is determined to prove his sister’s treachery. Upon reaching the royal capital, crowded with refugees, he haunts the streets, fighting for the weak—which leads to whispers of a disfigured demigod, the Fury, who brings justice to the oppressed.

When the Bloodwitch Aeduan discovers a bounty on Iseult, he makes sure to be the first to find her—yet in a surprise twist, Iseult offers him a deal. She will return money stolen from him, if he locates Safi. Now they must work together to cross the Witchlands, while constantly wondering, who will betray whom first?

After a surprise attack and shipwreck, Safi and the Empress of Marstok barely escape with their lives. Alone in a land of pirates, every moment balances on a knife’s edge—especially when the pirates’ next move could unleash war upon the Witchlands.



About Sightwitch:


Sightwitch by Susan Dennard
Book 0.5 of the Witchlands series
Publisher: Tor Teen
Publication Date: February 13, 2018

Summary (from Goodreads):

Set a year before Truthwitch, Sightwitch follows Ryber Fortiza, the last Sightwitch Sister as she treks deep underground to rescue her missing best friend. While there, she encounters a young Nubrevnan named Kullen Ikray, who has no memory of who he is or how he wound up inside the mountain. As the two journey ever deeper in search of answers, and as they brave one close call after another, a tentative friendship forms between them—one that might one day grow into something more.

Sightwitch is told through Ryber’s journal entries and her sketches, as well as through supplementary materials (such as other journals, pieces of songs, clippings from history books, flashbacks, etc.). Though meant as a companion novella, this story serves as a set up to Bloodwitch as well as an expansion of the world.



Next up is Bloodwitch!

Bloodwitch (The Witchlands, #3)
(Click on the cover to go to Goodreads!)


Check out the series map!



About the Author:


SUSAN DENNARD is the author of the New York Times bestselling Witchlands series as well as the Something Strange and Deadly series. She has come a long way from small-town Georgia. Working in marine biology, she got to travel the world—six out of seven continents (she’ll get to Asia one of these days!)—before she settled down as a full-time novelist and writing instructor. When not writing, she can be found hiking with her dogs, slaying darkspawn on her Xbox, or earning bruises at the dojo.



The Giveaway:

Catch up on the Witchlands Series! One (1) winner receives:

Book #1: Truthwitch
Book #2: Windwitch
Prequel novel: Sightwitch

Giveaway open to US addresses only.
Prizing and samples provided by Tor Teen.



Sunday, October 14, 2018

I'm on vacation!

Hi bibliovores! If you haven't noticed by now, I'm on vacation! I've been gone since Tuesday and will return this week. I'm in Iceland! It's my first time going to any part of Europe and as I'm typing this post (scheduling it before I leave), I'm SO excited. Wish me luck!

At this point, my trip is almost over, but you can follow my adventures on my personal Instagram! My handle is @alyssasadventuresinwonderland. =)

Talk to you all soon!

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Saturday, October 13, 2018

Stacking the Shelves (#303)


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews, in which bloggers share the books and swag they've received in the past week!


So, what did I get in the week of Sunday, October 7th to Saturday, October 13th?


(all links to Goodreads are provided!)


In the mail:



Thank you so much, Avon! I love this series.


I'm actually in Iceland right now! But I got this book in the mail before I left so I figured I'd put together the STS post anyway. A short and sweet one. I will check out comments and whatnot when I get back this coming week!

Friday, October 12, 2018

My Favorite Greek/Roman-Based YA Books

Happy Friday, bibliovores! Today is another day in which I didn't feel like writing/posting a review, but did feel like posting something... so I'm doing another favorites post! You can check out my other favorites posts in a previous posts (for example). 

I love Greek and Roman mythology! Or even simply the ancient Greece/ancient Rome setting. These books below have some sort of Greek/Roman basis and I love them!

Court of Fives (Court of Fives, #1)  Poisoned Blade (Court of Fives, #2)  Buried Heart (Court of Fives, #3)
The Valiant (The Valiant, #1)  The Defiant (The Valiant #2)
Blood and Sand (Blood and Sand, #1)  Of Poseidon (The Syrena Legacy, #1)  
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)  The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #2)  The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #3)
The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #4)  The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #5)


I've read others, like Everneath by Brodi Ashton, Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini, Abandon by Meg Cabot, Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs. I didn't enjoy these but they are some of the more popular YA books that come up when you're looking at Greek/Roman-based stories.

What I REALLY want is ~adult romance~ novels based on Greek/Roman mythology and/or setting. Any recommendations are appreciated!