Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Waiting on Wednesday #201: A Trial of Sorcerers by Elise Kova and Sing Me Forgotten by Jessica S. Olson

Hello everyone! "Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, that is hosted by Breaking the Spine and the purpose of this event is that we spotlight upcoming releases of books that we are excited for!  This will also tie into Wishful Ending's Can't Wait Wednesday post!

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selections are:


A Trial of Sorcerers

By: Elise Kova

Expected Publication Date: March 4th, 2021

Buy on:   Amazon

Ice is in her blood.

Eighteen-year-old Waterrunner Eira Landan lives her life in the shadows — the shadow of her older brother, of her magic’s whispers, and of the person she accidentally killed. She’s the most unwanted apprentice in the Tower of Sorcerers until the day she decides to step out and compete for a spot in the Tournament of Five Kingdoms.

Pitted against the best sorcerers in the Empire, Eira fights to be one of four champions. Excelling in the trials has its rewards. She's invited to the royal court with the “Prince of the Tower,” discovers her rare talent for forbidden magic, and at midnight, Eira meets with a handsome elfin ambassador.

But, Eira soon learns, no reward is without risk. As she comes into the spotlight, so too do the skeletons of a past she hadn't even realized was haunting her.

Eira went into the trials ready for a fight. Ready to win. She wasn't ready for what it would cost her. No one expected the candidates might not make it out with their lives.

This is the first book in a young adult, epic fantasy that's a tale of competition, coming of age, distant lands, elemental magic, and romance. It's perfect for fans of the Legend of Korra, Truthwitch, and A Sorcery of Thorns.

Oooh!  I wonder what kind of secrets the main character has?  Definitely looking forward to this book!

Sing Me Forgotten

By: Jessica S. Olson

Expected Publication Date: March 9th, 2021

Buy on:  Amazon

Isda does not exist. At least not beyond the opulent walls of the opera house.

Cast into a well at birth for being one of the magical few who can manipulate memories when people sing, she was saved by Cyril, the opera house’s owner. Since that day, he has given her sanctuary from the murderous world outside. All he asks in return is that she use her power to keep ticket sales high—and that she stay out of sight. For if anyone discovers she survived, Isda and Cyril would pay with their lives.

But Isda breaks Cyril’s cardinal rule when she meets Emeric Rodin, a charming boy who throws her quiet, solitary life out of balance. His voice is unlike any she’s ever heard, but the real shock comes when she finds in his memories hints of a way to finally break free of her gilded prison.

Haunted by this possibility, Isda spends more and more time with Emeric, searching for answers in his music and his past. But the price of freedom is steeper than Isda could ever know. For even as she struggles with her growing feelings for Emeric, she learns that in order to take charge of her own destiny, she must become the monster the world tried to drown in the first place.

YAAASSS!  A fantasy book that deals with music!!!  Can't wait to check this book out!

So, what upcoming books are you looking forward to?  Please respond below!

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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Waiting on Wednesday #200: Cloaked Shadows by Melissa Hawkes and The Bright and the Pale by Jessica Rubinkowski

Hello everyone! "Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, that is hosted by Breaking the Spine and the purpose of this event is that we spotlight upcoming releases of books that we are excited for!  This will also tie into Wishful Ending's Can't Wait Wednesday post!

Yay!!! I finally reached 200 posts!  That over 200 books I've been looking forward to over the years!

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selections are:


Cloaked Shadows

By: Melissa Hawkes

Expected Publication Date: February 28th, 2021

Buy on:   Amazon

The journey starts here...

Ikena Ralliday is plagued with nightmares of her father's brutal death at the hands of a monstrous Sinturi, those abominations which feast on humans to survive. They snatch children from their beds, infect animals with their darkness and serve one purpose only - to overrun Nevera and destroy the magical Cloaks.

When Ikena - a human - discovers that she herself is a magical, she should obey the law and report to the Cloak army. But that would mean never again seeing her home and all those she loves again. She can hide her magic away, but it's becoming impossible to control. Besides, no matter how much she resists, Ikena is drawn more and more into the heart of the endless war between the Cloaks and the Sinturi.

It seems her fate is tied to that of Nevera's and danger is always lurking.

Oooh!  A story about a human girl actually possessing magical powers and having to keep those powers a secret?  Sounds awesome!

The Bright and the Pale

By: Jessica Rubinkowski

Expected Publication Date: March 2nd, 2021

Buy on:  Amazon

Seventeen-year-old Valeria is one of the only survivors of the freeze, a dark magical hold Knnot Mountain unleashed over her village. Everyone, including her family, is trapped in an unbreakable sheet of ice. Ever since, she’s been on the run from the Czar, who is determined to imprison any who managed to escape. Valeria finds refuge with the Thieves Guild, doing odd jobs with her best friend Alik, the only piece of home she has left.

That is, until he is brutally murdered.

A year later, she discovers Alik is alive and being held against his will. To buy his freedom, she must lead a group of cutthroats and thieves on a perilous expedition to the very mountain that claimed her family. Only something sinister slumbers in the heart of Knnot.

And it has waited years for release.

CW: death of a family member, discrimination, childhood trauma, work camps

A fantasy book that takes place in Russia?  Count me in!

So, what upcoming books are you looking forward to?  Please respond below!



Saturday, February 20, 2021

Stacking the Shelves #87: February 20, 2021


Stacking The Shelves is a book meme created by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality and it is about sharing books that you are adding to your shelves, whether it's physical or virtual.  This means including books that you bought from the store or online, books you borrowed from friends or from the library, books you've reviewed, gifts and ebooks!

Hey everyone!  I just celebrated my birthday a few weeks ago and I loved all the gifts I got!  I finally got the "Joker" DVD, Rocko's Modern Life Complete series set and the complete series of the Littles!  I'm so happy at all the gifts I got and I hope to watch all of these shows and movies soon!  On the negative side of things, I'm having some sinus problems as I keep having short breaths and it's making it hard for me to breathe at night when I'm trying to sleep. I tried drinking some coffee, which is slowly helping me breathe a bit better, but I'm still recovering from the short breaths.  Has anyone else have this problem and if so, what did you do to cure it?

Books Bought:

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