7.12.18

#Discussion: Books I Meant to Read in 2018

I had high high hopes this year for reading, including clearing off some new reads and some backlist titles, but I definitely did not get all that done. I did read a lot of poetry, which I am very happy about, but I feel like I really dropped the ball in some ways. Here are eights books that I meant to read this year but didn't get to. No spoilers please!

A CONJURING OF LIGHT

Author: V.E. Schwab
Series: Shades of Magic #3
Source: Purchased from Somewhere??? I THINK Books of Wonder
Publisher: Tor Books
Publication Date: February 21, 2017

Summary:
Witness the fate of beloved heroes - and enemies.

THE BALANCE OF POWER HAS FINALLY TIPPED...
The precarious equilibrium among four Londons has reached its breaking point. Once brimming with the red vivacity of magic, darkness casts a shadow over the Maresh Empire, leaving a space for another London to rise.

WHO WILL CRUMBLE?
Kell - once assumed to be the last surviving Antari - begins to waver under the pressure of competing loyalties. And in the wake of tragedy, can Arnes survive?

WHO WILL RISE?
Lila Bard, once a commonplace - but never common - thief, has survived and flourished through a series of magical trials. But now she must learn to control the magic, before it bleeds her dry. Meanwhile, the disgraced Captain Alucard Emery of the Night Spire collects his crew, attempting a race against time to acquire the impossible.

WHO WILL TAKE CONTROL?
And an ancient enemy returns to claim a crown while a fallen hero tries to save a world in decay.
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THE QUEEN'S RISING

Author: Rebecca Ross
Series: The Queen's Rising #1
Source: HCC Frenzy
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: February 6, 2018

Summary:
When her seventeenth summer solstice arrives, Brienna desires only two things: to master her passion and to be chosen by a patron.

Growing up in the southern Kingdom of Valenia at the renowned Magnalia House should have prepared her for such a life. While some are born with an innate talent for one of the five passions—art, music, dramatics, wit, and knowledge—Brienna struggled to find hers until she belatedly chose to study knowledge. However, despite all her preparations, Brienna’s greatest fear comes true—the solstice does not go according to plan and she is left without a patron.

Months later, her life takes an unexpected turn when a disgraced lord offers her patronage. Suspicious of his intent, and with no other choices, she accepts. But there is much more to his story, and Brienna soon discovers that he has sought her out for his own vengeful gain. For there is a dangerous plot being planned to overthrow the king of Maevana—the archrival kingdom of Valenia—and restore the rightful queen, and her magic, to the northern throne. And others are involved—some closer to Brienna than she realizes.

With war brewing between the two lands, Brienna must choose whose side she will remain loyal to—passion or blood. Because a queen is destined to rise and lead the battle to reclaim the crown. The ultimate decision Brienna must determine is: Who will be that queen?
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4.12.18

2019 Reading Challenge: Reading Challenge Throwback #RCThrowback2019

It's that time of year again, we're all rushing to finish books so we hit our Goodreads Challenge and clean up any other reading challenges we committed to this year (like mine - that I definitely did not succeed at). But it's also a time when we look forward to the future: a new year, a fresh start, more reading challenges to sign up for and never finish! But I'm here to give you some redemption. My reading challenge this year is to do ... all the ones you never quite finished. Introducing...


Reading Challenge Throwback (#RCThrowback2019)



Maybe you DNFed a book that you probably would have finished but just didn't had time. Maybe you only had one more square to finish off that bingo. Maybe you never actually finished that series. And you're still feeling guilty. Well, no more! This reading challenge will help you finish off all those old ones so you can feel accomplished and in control of your life - and your TBR.


I know, big promises.


So how does it work?

Step 1: Find old blog posts, lists, Twitter promises, etc. in which you said "hey, I will totally do that reading challenge"
Step 2: Compile those books into one list
Step 3: Link that list to this post so we can help each other out
Step 4: Start reading!
Step 5: As you read, cross off those books on the old reading challenge
Step 6: Feel accomplished
Step 7: Get your TBR under control (Optional)
Step 8: Praise me (Also Optional)


I am only focusing on the last two reading challenges that I signed up for, even though I probably have about 20 that I never finished. I didn't want to overwhelm myself too much next year since I have been having a hard time keeping up with reading and blogging. I don't want to sign up for something I won't be able to complete (again).

13.9.18

We Can(ada) Read: #Spotlight: TRUE BORN Trilogy by L.E. Sterling + #Giveaway!

We Can(ada) Read is by Canadians for EVERYONE to learn more about some amazing Canadian authors! It is a highlight of Canadian Literature and those of us who promote it as much as possible.

For a full schedule of events, please check out the Kick-Off post!



Thank you to Moonbeam Books for sponsoring the amazing giveaway! Scroll to the bottom!
The entire TRUE BORN Trilogy is out! The last book, TRUE STORM, released on May 1, 2108. So today I am spotlighting the entire series! Learn more about each book below...

TRUE BORN

Author: L.E. Sterling
Series
: True Born Trilogy #1
Publisher
: Entangled: Teen
Publication Date
: May 3, 2016
Summary
:
Welcome to Dominion City.


After the great Plague descended, the world population was decimated…and their genetics damaged beyond repair.


The Lasters wait hopelessly for their genes to self-destruct. The Splicers pay for expensive treatments that might prolong their life. The plague-resistant True Borns are as mysterious as they are feared…


And then there’s Lucy Fox and her identical twin sister, Margot. After endless tests, no one wants to reveal what they are.

When Margot disappears, a desperate Lucy has no choice but to put her faith in the True Borns, led by the charismatic Nolan Storm and the beautiful but deadly Jared Price. As Lucy and the True Borns set out to rescue her sister, they stumble upon a vast conspiracy stretching from Dominion’s street preachers to shady Russian tycoons. But why target the Fox sisters?

As they say in Dominion, it’s in the blood.
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12.9.18

We Can(ada) Read: Eileen @ BookCatPin - #REVIEW: SLEIGHT by Jennifer Sommersby + #Giveaway

We Can(ada) Read is by Canadians for EVERYONE to learn more about some amazing Canadian authors! It is a highlight of Canadian Literature and those of us who promote it as much as possible.

For a full schedule of events, please check out the Kick-Off post!


Thank you to Moonbeam Books for sponsoring the amazing giveaway! Scroll to the bottom!
Hello, my name is Eileen and I'm the blogger behind BookCatPin. Yes, that’s books, cats and Pin meaning I’m a book lover and a cat lady. Pin is my childhood nickname added in for a bit of a personal touch. You can often find me reading and cuddling with my cats. I also love sharing pictures and stories of books and my kitties on my social media!

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SLEIGHT

Author: Jennifer Sommersby
Series
: AVRA-K #1
Publisher
: HarperCollins
Publication
Date: April 3, 2018
Rating
: 4/5 stars

Summary
:
Growing up in the Cinzio Traveling Players circus, Genevieve Flannery is accustomed to a life most teenagers could never imagine: daily workouts of extravagant acrobatics; an extended family of clowns; wild animals for pets; and her mother, Delia, whose mind has always been tortured by visions—but whose love Geni never questions. In a world of performers who mystify and amaze on a daily basis, Delia’s ghostly hallucinations never seemed all that strange . . . until the evening Geni and her mother are performing an aerial routine they’ve done hundreds of times, and Delia falls to her death.

That night, a dark curtain in Geni’s life opens. Everything has changed.

As they reel from the tragedy, the Cinzio Traveling Players are also grappling with the circus’s new owner: a generous, mysterious man whose connection to the circus—Geni suspects—has a dark history. And suddenly, Geni is stumbling into a new reality of her own, her life interrupted daily by the terrors only Delia used to see. As the visions around her grow stronger, Geni is not sure who she should trust or love. Worst of all, she’s starting to question whether she can trust her own mind.

A thrilling and mysterious novel that captures the magic of the big top itself, Sleight is a high-flying fantasy that will enchant readers.
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Thank you Jamie for the opportunity to read and review Sleight! I was very excited to discover that Sleight was not only written by a Canadian but she's also a local author to me! I jumped on the chance to read it.