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:

From Barnes and Noble:



Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Top Ten Tuesday #84: Top 10 Creepy Purple, Yellow and Green Book Covers (or It's Mardi Gras Time!)

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme that was formerly created at The Broke and the Bookish but has now moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. 

This week's top 10 Tuesday topic is Top 10 Creepy Purple, Yellow and Green Book Covers (or it's Mardi Gras time)!

So, this week's Top Ten Tuesday topic is a pretty interesting one!  First off, it's rare that we do topics where THREE book cover colors are mentioned and another thing, this theme is inspired by Mardi Gras, which is unfortunately a celebration that I don't really celebrate.  But, I'm surprised that the colors PURPLE, YELLOW and GREEN are associated with this celebration!  Also, this topic gave me another excuse to make another CREEPY COVERS list, so I'm picking out the creepiest covers with yellow, purple and green colors!