Book Blogger Hop

This meme is hosted by Billy at Ramblings of a Coffee Addict!
This week's question is: Do you read hardcovers with the dust jacket on or off? Why or why not?  (submitted by Maria @ A Night's Dream of Books)
MY ANSWER: Honestly, it depends! If I am at home reading in bed, I usually take the dust jacket off because I am usually laying down and for some reason the book slides more when I read like that! But if I'm at work, reading on my lunch break, I leave it on because it doesn't seem to move as much when I'm sitting!

Review--Burned by Karen Marie Moning

It’s easy to walk away from lies. Power is another thing.

MacKayla Lane would do anything to save the home she loves. A gifted sidhe-seer, she’s already fought and defeated the deadly Sinsar Dubh—an ancient book of terrible evil—yet its hold on her has never been stronger.

When the wall that protected humans from the seductive, insatiable Fae was destroyed on Halloween, long-imprisoned immortals ravaged the planet. Now Dublin is a war zone with factions battling for control. As the city heats up and the ice left by the Hoar Frost King melts, tempers flare, passions run red-hot, and dangerous lines get crossed.

Seelie and Unseelie vie for power against nine ancient immortals who have governed Dublin for millennia; a rival band of sidhe-seers invades the city, determined to claim it for their own; Mac’s former protégé and best friend, Dani “Mega” O’Malley, is now her fierce enemy; and even more urgent, Highland druid Christian MacKeltar has been captured by the Crimson Hag and is being driven deeper into Unseelie madness with each passing day. The only one Mac can depend on is the powerful, dangerous immortal Jericho Barrons, but even their fiery bond is tested by betrayal.

It’s a world where staying alive is a constant struggle, the line between good and evil gets blurred, and every alliance comes at a price. In an epic battle against dark forces, Mac must decide who she can trust, and what her survival is ultimately worth.

I’m going all over the place with my TBR pile lately, it’s insane! Anyway, I decided it was time to get caught up on Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series and I finally, finally picked up Burned! It’s been a good long while since I read Iced, and as far as I know, recaps for adult books don’t exist. Tragedy. But luckily, Karen included a guide in the back on people, places, and things that kind of gave me a down and dirty recap on the important things. When I was finally ready to start Burned, I did so with moderate ease!

Mac has just learned that Dani incidentally killed her sister, which was what brought Mac to Ireland and started her whole journey. But Dani was manipulated and before she can really talk to her, Dani disappears in the Hall of All Days through one of the many mirrors. Now Mac is left with her absence and feels tremendous guilt over how she approached Dani, for trying to find her would be impossible.

Mac still has a copy of the Sinsar Dubh trapped inside of her as well, this magical book has been a pain the you-know-what. She fights its pull constantly, knowing that if she were to ever truly accept it, she would lose herself to its magic.

All is not well in Ireland though, the aftermath left by the Hoar Frost King is still apparent. There are black holes left behind that could promise even more destruction and chaos if they are not fixed. But then a new problem occurs for Mac, as if she didn’t already have enough on her plate. Christian was kidnapped by the Crimson Hag who continually kills him and he’s resurrected again and again for her torturous pleasure. Add to that, a new character is on the scene and she’s not at all happy with Mac or any of her friends and has pretty much taken over the abbey that Kat once was in charge of after Rowena was killed. Chaos reigns supreme!

This is definitely a series you are better off reading straight through, no years long gaps in between because it will wreak havoc with your memory. Unless you have the super kind of memory that I envy! Lol! It’s also not for the faint of heart. Things get pretty graphic, both on the violence and sexual levels. So be prepared for that if you’ve never read one of Karen’s books before! I also noticed a few appearances from characters in her other series. I never read that one, but I feel like I might need to one day! Cameo appearances are always enjoyable when you know the who’s!

There was quite the startling revelations made at the end of the book too! Not only did one come in at the halfway point—which I vaguely remember people mentioning at the time that this was a new release—that totally shocked the heck out of me, but the ending cliffhanger was yet another shocker! As were a few other minor things along the way! I may have been gone for too long from this series but I find it easy to dive right back in with these characters! 

Find myself making this a shorter review, but it tends to happen when I take so long to read a book that’s been out for years and I feel like I am the last to read it! Lol! The Fever series still remains one of my favorites, no matter how long it may take me to read the newest additions! It’s a highly addictive read and I am happy to be back!!

Overall Rating 5/5 stars


Random Thursday

There's going to be some weird things to learn today within the pages of That's a Fact Jack: A Collection of Utterly Useless Information [Updated] by Harry Bright and Jakob Anser!

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"Bubble gum is pink because Walter Diemer, a Fleer employee, had only pink coloring left when he mixed up his first successful batch."

That I did not know!

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"Twinkies are 68 percent air and 32 percent Twinkie stuff, which means you can pack three Twinkies in the same space taken up by only one."


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"Saddam Hussein's favorite American snacks were Raisin Bran and Doritos. He disliked Froot Loops."

Yeah, that's random!

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"According to the grocer down the street from Osama Bin Laden's hideout in Abbottabad, Pakistan, Bin Laden's favorite American products were Pepsi and Coke. His favorite TV shows were the Wonder Years, Miami Vice, and MacGyver."

Okay...why was this one in here??

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"Chop suey means 'odds and ends' in Mandarin or 'mixed bits' in Cantonese. It is a purely American dish and mist likely dates back to the 1860s with early Chinese miners and railway workers."

Another new fact! Though I've never been big on Chinese food so I guess I wouldn't really know anything about it!

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"Chinese writing, rather than using letters, is made up of graphic symbols that each represent an idea. The ideogram for 'trouble' depicts two women living under the same roof."

Because clearly two men under one roof wouldn't be trouble either! Has Friends taught us nothing?!

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"While filming a fight scene for Enter the Dragon, Bruce Lee performed a flying kick so fast it could not be seen at 24 frames per second. The cameraman refilmed the sequence in slow motion so it would not appear to be faked."

Never did see any of his movies, but I'm aware of them at least! Lol!

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly blog post by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights releases we're eagerly awaiting.

Juliette Ferrars thought she'd won. She took over Sector 45, was named the new Supreme Commander, and now has Warner by her side. But she's still the girl with the ability to kill with a single touch—and now she's got the whole world in the palm of her hand. When tragedy hits, who will she become? Will she be able to control the power she wields and use it for good?

So excited that there's to be more books in this series! I always felt like there was too much left unsaid at the end of Ignite Me!

TITLE: Restore Me 
AUTHOR: Tahereh Mafi
PUBLISHER: HarperCollins
GENRE: Dystopian YA
RELEASE DATE: March 6, 2018

Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza—but who knows what they'll find seven months after the invasion?

Meanwhile, Kady's cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza's ragtag underground resistance. When Rhys—an old flame from Asha's past—reappears on Kerenza, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict.

With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heros will fall, and hearts will be broken.

EEEK!!! SOOOO excited for this one!! Cannot wait to see how this series will come to an epic end! You know with these two it will be EPIC! Even more amazing is that I will be able to meet them (in my OWN city!) next month!! So looking forward to that signing!!

TITLE: Obsidio
PUBLISHER: Knopf Books for Young Readers
RELEASE DATE: March 13, 2018

RANDOM COVER COPY REVEALS--Kagawa, Plum, & Vincent

From the New York Times, USA TODAY and international bestselling author of The Iron Fey and the Blood of Eden series comes the fiery, hugely anticipated finale of The Talon Saga…


What if dragons walked among us in human form? Enter a modern fantasy of heroes, sacrifice, forbidden love and enemies turned allies who have no choice but to fight side by side… Don't miss the epic conclusion as Ember, Riley and Garrett face off against Dante and the Talon dragon clones. Join them…or burn.

OMG! I SO cannot wait to read this one!! I don't want it to end but at the same time I am dying to see how it ends! It's a bittersweet feeling as a reader!

Inferno releases April 24, 2018 

Nightmare on Elm Street meets Scream in this thrilling and chilling sequel to Dreamfall—which Madeleine Roux, New York Times bestselling author of the Asylum series, called “remarkable, riveting, disorienting, and dark.”

For most people, nightmares always come to an end. But for Cata, Ant, and the others, there may be no escape from theirs. After an experimental treatment meant to cure their insomnia went horribly wrong, the teens were dragged into a shared dreamworld where their most terrifying fears became reality.

The six of them have no way of waking up. And they’re beginning to realize that if they die here, they might actually die in the real world. One of the dreamers is already gone, and anyone could be next. The only thing they know for certain is that they have to work together to survive. But as they learn the truth about one another’s pasts, they soon discover they are trapped with something far worse than their nightmares….

Perfect for fans of Madeleine Roux, Danielle Vega, and Kendare Blake, Neverwake is the final book in this spine-tingling duology full of action, suspense, and horror—and it is sure to keep readers on the edge of their seats until the very last page.

Bummed that this one doesn't release until August! I read the book as an ARC last year around May-ish? So I was pumped and ready at the beginning of the year that this one was 5 months out...well it turned out to be 8. 6-ish as of today. DYING to see how it will all end because that ending was so OMG! Lol!

Neverwake releases August 7, 2018

1986: Rebecca Essig leaves a slumber party early but comes home to a massacre—committed by her own parents. Only one of her siblings has survived. But as the tragic event unfolds, she begins to realize that other than a small army of six-year-olds, she is among very few survivors of a nationwide slaughter.

The Reaping has begun.

Present day: Pregnant and on the run with a small band of compatriots, Delilah Marlow is determined to bring her baby into the world safely and secretly. But she isn’t used to sitting back while others suffer, and she’s desperate to reunite Zyanya, the cheetah shifter, with her brother and children. To find a way for Lenore the siren to see her husband. To find Rommily’s missing Oracle sisters. To unify this adopted family of fellow cryptids she came to love and rely on in captivity.

But Delilah is about to discover that her role in the human versus cryptid war is destined to be much larger—and more dangerous—than she ever could have imagined.

This cover is SOOO gorgeous!! I can't get over it! Lol!! Cannot wait to see how this series will come to an end later this year as well!

Fury release October 30, 2018

Teaser & Top Ten Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Purple Princess of The Purple Booker.

Here are the rules:

1. Grab your current read
2. Open to a page

3. Pick out 2 lines that are SPOILER FREE
4. Name the title, author, etc.

I am definitely already making my guesses as to the identities of certain people mentioned in this early half! I cannot wait to see how things all pan out!

"'Let's just sat we're even now.' His lips moved to the corner of her mouth.

Then, right before making contact, he pulled away. 'I wouldn't wish to repeat something so unpleasant for you.'

Without another word, Dante strutted off, his wide shoulders shaking, as if he were laughing.

Tella burned. After what Dante had just done, they were far from even."  Kindle loc 18%*

*Quote comes from the eARC, therefore it and its location are not final.

TITLE: Legendary
AUTHOR: Stephanie Garber
PUBLISHER: Flatiron Books
GENRE: Fantasy YA
RELEASE DATE: May 29, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

 This week's topic is: Books I’ve Decided I’m No Longer Interested In Reading

*in no particular order
**this one's gonna be hard, because I generally won't buy a book unless I have every intention of reading it (someday). As you can see I couldn't even think of 5! 

3. SPELLS by Aprilynne Pike--I remembered only feeling so-so about the first book in the series, I thought I might read the rest but after a couple of years I just decided against it.
2. OF METAL AND WISHES by Sarah Fine--I remember hearing good things about this one and debated over it for so long. I eventually just turned away since my TBR pile continued to grow.
1. HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD by John Tiffany & Jack Thorne--this one I am still on the fence about. I had initially just put it on a wishlist a few years ago when I was doing the OTSPSecretSister Exchange, just to have some books on my wishlist. I ended up getting it. There have been many mixed reviews on it, so I am not in a rush to read it, but I'd like to think I might one day.

It's Monday! What are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. It's a fun meme where we gather to share what we've read last week and our reading plans for this week.

Last Week I Read:

Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton (4.5 stars)
Potions & Fangs by Alyssa Rose Ivy & Jennifer Snyder (ARC) (4.5 stars)
Sense of Deception by Victoria Laurie (5 stars)

Currently Reading:

Legendary by Stephanie Garber (ARC)

What I Plan to Read this Week:

Burned by Karen Marie Moning

Other Posts of Interest:

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks! The meme is now hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality.

Compared to last week, this week was pretty awesome! Sure real life wise it was dull and blah...but book wise? It was awesome!!

Here's what I bought this week:


This Fallen Prey by Kelley Armstrong--a keeper copy that I finally bought since I had a super awesome B&N coupon!
The Dark Calling by Kresley Cole--it finally arrived after a harrowing 48 hours trying to figure out why Amazon hadn't shipped it!
The Traitor Prince by C.J. Redwine
Sightwitch by Susan Dennard 
Sinister Summer by Colleen Gleason 
Sinister Secrets by Colleen Gleason
Scooby Apocalypse #22 by Keith Giffen

Then for review from the publisher and author, I received:

Lake Silence by Anne Bishop (Early Copy)
Potions and Fangs by Alyssa Rose Ivy & Jennifer Snyder (ARC)--already read, loved, and reviewed!
Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne (ARC)
Legendary by Stephanie Garber (ARC)

THANK YOU Ace Books, Alyssa, HMH Teen, & Flatiron Books!
Then I got some preorder swag this week as well:
 The top picture is a signed book plate from A.C. Gaughen for being on the Street Team for Reign the Earth! That came as a pleasant surprise!
Then the bottom picture is the awesome tarot deck from The Hazel Wood Preorder! Very cool indeed!
THANK YOU Bloomsbury & Flatiron Books!! 
Then I also got my Owl Crate box this weekend! I had already guessed the book, but naturally someone started spoiling it on Twitter by asking for it again. Sigh...

Then I also bought 2 Tervis cups which, I bought two mostly because that's what it took to get free shipping! Lol! So naturally, a few days after I purchased they send me an email that says FREE SHIPPING with no limits! Typical!! Though they did send me the wrong color lid and after emailing they said they'd send the right one, though when I got the "new" email I am fearful they are sending the WRONG color AGAIN because it's the exact same wordage of the previous lid that was WRONG! Oi vey.

 Here's the first cup at all the angles! It says My Weekend is Booked! And naturally, there's books all over it! I LOVE it!! It's about time Tervis did another booklover's cup!

Here's the second one! It's the live action Beauty and the Beast one with the rose! On one side is the rose itself, the other is the glass cloche. When you look at it with the glass cloche, it looks like the rose is inside it!

I had ordered a pink/rose-ish colored lid. They sent me a BLACK one. Black. As in a color that's not on this cup whatsoever! Errg. If they send me yet another black one I am going to totally lose it! Lol!

And that was my haul this week! Pretty good with the exception of the whole lid mix-up thing mentioned above! What did you all get?