Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #53: Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel

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" selection is:

Title:  Black Bird of the Gallows
Author:  Meg Kassel
Expected Publication Date:  September 5th, 2017

A simple but forgotten truth: Where harbingers of death appear, the morgues will soon be full.

Angie Dovage can tell there’s more to Reece Fernandez than just the tall, brooding athlete who has her classmates swooning, but she can’t imagine his presence signals a tragedy that will devastate her small town. When something supernatural tries to attack her, Angie is thrown into a battle between good and evil she never saw coming. Right in the center of it is Reece—and he’s not human.

What's more, she knows something most don't. That the secrets her town holds could kill them all. But that’s only half as dangerous as falling in love with a harbinger of death.

Wow! One of the leads is a harbinger of death?  Now I'm really interested in checking this book out, especially in finding out how the heroine will handle her possible love interest being a harbinger of death!

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

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday #52: Top 10 Books to Get You in the Mood for School!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

This week's top 10 Tuesday topic is is a back to school freebie and I have decided to do a topic on "Top 10 Books to get you in the mood for School!" With all the "forced" required reading we had to do in school, it feels good to have some books that you can just pick out on your own and read them to get you in the mood for school!

So here's my top 10 Books to get you in the mood for School (in no particular order, of course)!

1.  The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

If you want a book that is full of RAW ACTION and some serious GRITTY VIOLENCE, then "The Hunger Games" will definitely get you pumped up for school!

2.  Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

A book that's set in an academy where the VAMPIRES go?  What a great read for all of you paranormal romance fans!

3. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

For those of you who want a contemporary romance that is full of all kinds of GOOD, CUTE and CUDDLY feels, "Lola and the Boy Next Door" is one book that will make you feel all good inside in time for school!

4. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

For all of you fans who want a good old classic that represented that BEAUTY and WONDER of school, "Anne of Green Gables" is definitely one school read that deserves a spot on this list!

5.  Easy by Tammara Webber

Want to learn to protect yourself against unwanted sexual advances in school?  Then definitely pick up "Easy" while also getting in on some of that GOOD OLE romance!

6. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier

Get into the spirited of banned books by reading one of the most CONTROVERSIAL yet ICONIC school reads of all time, "The Chocolate War!"

7.  Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta

A book about a girl going to an all boys school?  The possibilities of reading such a story is so ENDLESS!

8.  The Piper's Son by Melina Marchetta

The continuation to one of the most beloved RAW contemporary romances out there is definitely worth the read in time for school!

9.  Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

Aaahhh....the wonders of experiencing your FIRST LOVE and uncovering the mysteries of your PAST. Not bad for a school read, huh?

10. Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Want a book where ANGELS go to school and fight to save the world?  Then "Unearthly" is one book that will get in the mood!

Monday, August 21, 2017

☀Daily Book Chat #14: ☀ Book Covers…Do you use them for your reviews?

 Hello everyone! Welcome to my  ☀Daily Book Chat☀ where I do some SERIOUS discussions that fellow book fans will get a kick out of and relate their thoughts about the subject to other book fans!

Today's discussion question is"Book Covers...Do you use them for your reviews?"

I know, I know.

You are probably saying to yourself "Do I use Book Covers for my reviews?  What kind of stupid question is that?"  

Well, I have been looking around the lovely blogosphere for awhile now and I have noticed that there are some blogs where the blogger posts a review, but there is no cover to accompany the review.  Now, the information for the book such as the title of the book, the author, the number of pages, the genre of the book, the publisher and the date that the book was released on are still in the posts, but the book covers are completely absent.

So, my question to you is, "Is it important to have book covers in your reviews or it isn't that important?"

I would honestly say that as long as you have a way for fellow enthusiastic readers, like myself, to recognize the book that you are reviewing, then it would be fine to not have book covers included in your reviews.  


Let's say that you happened to read a completely different edition of the book or the book you've just read was a classic work such as "A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens," but it was written by a different author or has a different artist.  While still having the book information will allow other book fans to recognize the book, having a book cover can help make locating the book a whole lot easier since you would know what the book looks like!  Also, having a book cover posted on your review can make your review look even more creative, with something that would help make the book you've read really stand out to book fans who are reading your reviews!

Well, that's the down low on what I think about this whole "Are Book Covers necessary for a book review" debate!  What are your thoughts?  Do you think that having Book covers are important for your reviews?

Place your opinions in the comments below! always everybody:


New Releases on the Horizon #27: August 20, 2017 - August 26, 2017

Hey everyone!  I just started this new thing on my blog called "New Releases on the Horizon!"  It's where I list all the new books being release throughout the year and I choose from 10 books that I have the most interest in checking out and I also will list the dates the books will be released and where you can find them if you are interested.

So, be on the lookout for some new books on the horizon!

Expected Publication: August 22nd, 2017 by Soho Teen  

The God Peak (The God Wave Trilogy #2) by Patrick Hemstreet   

The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Perez    
Expected Publication:  August 22nd, 2017 by Viking Books for Young Readers  

Red Swan by P.T. Deutermann  
Expected Publication:  August 22nd, 2017 by St. Martin's Press 

The Rattled Bones by S.M. Parker  
Expected Publication:  August 22nd, 2017 by Simon Pulse  

Dress Codes for Small Towns by Courtney C. Stevens 
Expected publication: August 22nd, 2017 by HarperTeen  

The Arsonist by  Stephanie Oakes  
Expected publication:  August 22nd, 2017 by Dial Books   

The Tiger's Watch (Ashes of Gold #1) by Julia Ember    
Expected publication:  August 22nd, 2017 by Harmony Ink Press    

The Store  by James Patterson    

Expected publication:  August 24th, 2017 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers  

The Monday Review #1: Batman: The Killing Joke by Alan Moore

Hello everyone! I just joined this new meme called "The Monday Review" which is hosted by The Caramel Files and basically the goal of this meme is to link up your favorite book reviews and the links include reviews that were from the past week, month, year, whichever, as long as it's your favorite review!

I enjoyed writing this review because not only was it one of the highest rated reviews on Goodreads, but it really captures my excitement at having to read one of the most iconic "Batman / Joker" stories out there!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Cover Reveal: Three Heart Echo by Keary Taylor

Three Heart Echo 

Keary Taylor

Publication date: September 12th 2017
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Suspense
The demented thing is that this evolved from the most sickly sweet, heart-wrenching love story you’ve ever heard. I went to Sully because I just couldn’t get over Jack’s murder. I couldn’t deal.

Iona came to me for the same reason most did: because there was no closure. A love cut too short. She begged me to open the gate between the living and the dead.
We should have left it shut.

This. This is not a love story. This is a possession story. A story of lies. A story of two faces. This is a story of death and violent echoes from the other side.

And there will be no happy endings.

Keary Taylor is the USA TODAY bestselling author of over twenty novels. She grew up along the foothills of the Rocky Mountains where she started creating imaginary worlds and daring characters who always fell in love. She now splits her time between a tiny island in the Pacific Northwest and Utah, with her husband and their two children. She continues to have an overactive imagination that frequently keeps her up at night.


Book Blitz: The Devil's Revolver by V.S. McGrath

The Devil’s Revolver 

V. S. McGrath

(The Devil’s Revolver Series, #1)
Publication date: September 5th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
She is Hettie Alabama — unlikely, scarred, single-minded, and blood bound to a revolver forged by a demon.

The first book in an epic, magic-clad series featuring the Wild West reimagined as a crosscultural stereoscope of interdimensional magic and hardship, The Devil’s Revolver opens with a shooting competition and takes off across the landscape after a brutal double murder and kidnapping — to which revenge is the only answer. Hettie Alabama, only seventeen years old, leads her crew of underdogs with her father’s cursed revolver, magicked to take a year off her life each time she fires it. It’s no way for a ranch girl to grow up, but grow up she does, her scars and determination to rescue her vulnerable younger sister deepening with every year of life she loses.

A sweeping and high-stakes saga that gilds familiar Western adventure with powerful magic and panoramic fantasy, The Devil’s Revolver is the last word and the blackest hat in the Weird West.

Book trailer:

Hettie couldn’t say what had woken her; her eyes had simply snapped open and she’d known something was amiss.

Sure enough, she found the rope had been chewed through, the frayed ends still wet. Dammit, Abby.

This was the third time in two weeks. She yanked her coat over her thin nightgown, grabbed her boots and Winchester and padded quickly down the stairs. Outside, she pushed her bare feet into the cold, hard leather and checked her rifle’s action, loading it quickly. Coyotes were often seen roaming the ranch, and there’d been rumors of a pack of wolves roving the hills. But out here, it was men Hettie was more afraid of.

Vicki So, writing as V. S. McGrath, is a published romance author (as Vicki Essex) and has six books with Harlequin Superromance: Her Son’s Hero (July 2011); Back to the Good Fortune Diner (January 2013), which was picked for the Smart Bitches Trashy Books Sizzling Book Club; In Her Corner (March 2014); A Recipe for Reunion (March 2015); Red Carpet Arrangement (January 2016); and Matinees with Miriam (November 2016). She lives in Toronto, Canada.