Down The TBR Hole #2

It’s a meme kinda day for me, I’m reading a couple of books simultaneously to try and play catch up, we’ll see if it works or if I break down in tears lol.

Down The TBR Hole, a meme originally hosted by Lia @ Lost In A Story where you clean up your TBR of all those books you’re never going to read and sort through it and get a better handle on what all you got! (If someone can slide me the current host, I’ll gladly update this post)

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when you’re scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well that’s going to change! – Lia @ Lost In A Story

What do you do?

  • Go to your GoodReads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books.
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

I’m doing 10-15 today!

GoodReads: 

In this dark, thrilling fairy tale, it is the wolf who saves the girl. Fell, the dark-furred twin brother of Larka, the heroine of The Sight, must face life without his sister or the rest of his loving pack. He’s a lone wolf now, a “kerl,” an outcast from his kind who shares his sister’s fatal gift for seeing the future and the thoughts of others. This gift leads him to befriend a young girl, also an outcast from her people. They have a shared destiny: to free the land from a tyrannical ruler who would enslave man and animal alike.

I loved The Sight and I own this one, so, it stays.

 

GoodReads:
Part blistering espionage thriller, part riveting police procedural, and part piercing exposé on social injustice, The Girl Who Played with Fire is a masterful, endlessly satisfying novel. 

Mikael Blomkvist, crusading publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to run a story that will expose an extensive sex trafficking operation. On the eve of its publication, the two reporters responsible for the article are murdered, and the fingerprints found on the murder weapon belong to his friend, the troubled genius hacker Lisbeth Salander. Blomkvist, convinced of Salander’s innocence, plunges into an investigation. Meanwhile, Salander herself is drawn into a murderous game of cat and mouse, which forces her to face her dark past.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Another that I own and loved the first one, so this one stays as well!

 

GoodReads:
The stunning third and final novel in Stieg Larsson’s internationally best-selling trilogy.

Lisbeth Salander – the heart of Larsson’s two previous novels – lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority who have allowed the vulnerable, like herself, to suffer abuse and violence. And, on her own, she will plot revenge – against the man who tried to kill her, and the corrupt government institutions that very nearly destroyed her life.

Once upon a time, she was a victim. Now Salander is fighting back.

~from the jacket

Another that stays, but, I’m labelling this as maybe. If I start to lose interest in the second one then I might just donate these and say I tried!

 

GoodReads:
Complete text of Legacy and Spellbound in a single volume.

Holly Cathers is not the same person she was almost a year and a half ago. After discovering her connection to an ancient legacy of witches, Holly has accepted her destiny as a descendant of the House of Cahors. She is determined to end an intergenerational feud that has plagued her family for centuries.

Holly will have to overcome unworldly obstacles as she battles to protect her loved ones — including Jer, a member of the rival House of Deveraux and her one true love. A war of magical proportions is being waged, and Holly is at the center of it all.

Lives will be lost, and sacrifices will have to be made…

Okay…Another that I already own, already read the first, are you seeing the pattern here? It stays. Man. I suck at this.

 

GoodReads:
WHAT IS LOST…
WILL BE FOUND

In this stunning follow-up to the global phenomenon The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown demonstrates once again why he is the world’s most popular thriller writer. The Lost Symbol is a masterstroke of storytelling – a deadly race through a real-world labyrinth of codes, secrets, and unseen truths…all under the watchful eye of Brown’s most terrifying villain to date. Set within the hidden chambers, tunnels, and temples of Washington, DC., The Lost Symbol accelerates through a startling landscape toward an unthinkable finale.

As the story opens, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned unexpectedly to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol Building. Within minutes of his arrival, however, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object – artfully encoded with five symbols – is discovered in the Capitol Building. Langdon recognizes the object as an ancient invitation…one meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of esoteric wisdom.

When Langdon’s beloved mentor, Peter Solomon – a prominent Mason and philanthropist – is brutally kidnapped, Langdon realizes his only hope of saving Peter is to accept this mystical invitation and follow wherever it leads him. Langdon is instantly into a clandestine world of Masonic secrets, hidden history, and never-before-seen locations – all of which seem to be dragging him toward a single, inconceivable truth.

As the world discovered in The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, Dan Brown’s novels are brilliant tapestries of veiled histories, arcane symbols, and enigmatic codes. In this new novel, he again challenges readers with an intelligent, lightning-paced story that offers surprises at every turn. The Lost Symbol is exactly what Brown’s fans have been waiting for…his most thrilling novel yet.

So I’ve read the first two but I’m not really in a hurry to read this, for now, I’m going to say it goes, if I get around to reading it, fine, if not, not bothered lol.

 

GoodReads: 
Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon awakens in an Italian hospital, disoriented and with no recollection of the past thirty-six hours, including the origin of the macabre object hidden in his belongings. With a relentless female assassin trailing them through Florence, he and his resourceful doctor, Sienna Brooks, are forced to flee. Embarking on a harrowing journey, they must unravel a series of codes, which are the work of a brilliant scientist whose obsession with the end of the world is matched only by his passion for one of the most influential masterpieces ever written, Dante Alighieri’s The Inferno. 

Dan Brown has raised the bar yet again, combining classical Italian art, history, and literature with cutting-edge science in this sumptuously entertaining thriller.

Goes. Same reason as #3 in the Langdon series!

Final Score:

3/6 Stay, 2/6 Go, 1/6 Maybe

At least it was better than my first round lol. Anyone else whittling away their TBR?

TBR Alphabet Tag

Doing a tag today, this looks like so much fun, thank you Angelica @ The Book Cover Girl for tagging me!

Rules:

  • Name a book title from your TBR for every letter of the alphabet (can exclude words like ‘the’ if need be) these must be books that you have physical/e-book copies of and not ones you intend on getting but haven’t yet.
  • Try and include different authors for every single one
  • At the bottom of your list put how many you could fill in (out of 26)
  • Tag other people to join in and link back to the person who tagged you!

 

A

The A.B.C. Murders by Agatha Christie

B

Brothers by Da Chen

C

(The) Children of Men by PD James

D

(A) Death in Harlem by Karla FC Holloway

E

Echantee by Gita Trelease

F

Fixed Odds by William McIntyre

G

The Gift of Rain by Tan Twan Eng

H

The Hollow Hills by Mary Stewart

I

Ignite the Stars by Maura Milan

J

Jade City by Fonda Lee

K

Kennig & Gold by Christopher M. Struck

L

Leviathan by Scott Westerfield

M

(The) Mobster’s Lament by Ray Celestin

N

The never game by Jeffrey Deaver

 

 

O

One? by Jennifer L. Cahill

P

(The) Phantom Forest by Liz Kerin

Q

Queen’s Shadow by E.K. Johnston

 

R

(The) Red Labyrinth by Meredith Tate

S

(The) Spec Set by Taya Okerlund

T

The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala

U

Under Ordshaw by Phil Williams

V

Viper by Bex Hogan

 

W

We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal

X

I got nothing.

Y

Still nothing…

Z

Aaaand now I give up

Oh look, it’s finished!

So that brought me up to 23/26, not too shabby!

Tagging:

Isabelle

Michelle

Sophia

Whoever else wants to do it.

Happy Friday you all! AVENGERS TOMORROW, YAAAAAAS!

 

 

 

 

 

Cover Reveal: Captain Black Shadow

Bringing you another cover reveal today!

This one is for Captain Black Shadow, the first instalment of Janina S. Franck’s fantasy adventure series, Chronicles of the Bat.

So here we gooooooooooo

The Cover, designed by Eerilyfairdesign:

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The life of a shipwright’s son is a quiet one, always staying in one place while sailors of all sorts pass through, telling tales of their daring escapades to any who will listen. For the young Griffin, stories of adventure aren’t enough; he longs to see the world for himself, to have adventures out on the ocean, and to captain his own ship. Even if that means abandoning his old life and running away. But the seas of Jianlah are a dangerous place, filled with strange creatures, treacherous waters, and most dangerous of all: pirates. So when Griffin finds himself aboard the Bat, the most notorious pirate ship of all, his adventures are only beginning.

Title: Captain Black Shadow (Book 1 of the Chronicles of the Bat Series)
Author: Janina S. Franck
Release Date: 4th July
Publisher:Snowy Wings Publishing
Cover Designer: Eerilyfairdesign
Add it on GoodReads

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Our lovely author, Janina S. Franck!
So if you’re interested, please add it to your GoodReads/TBR/Give it a preorder!

You can expect a review of it from me, in June!

Book Cover Reveal

Justice watches from the shadows… Throughout history, the world has witnessed cruel, gruesome, and twisted murders at the hands of the most notorious serial killers. For those who were never caught—Jack the Ripper, the Atlanta Ripper, and the Cleveland Torso Murderer—their crimes will live on in infamy as their identities are forever chased, but never revealed. It’s 1947 in Washington, D.C. and a dangerous murderer has boldly discarded two headless bodies nearby the White House and the Jefferson Memorial. With no leads, Detective Clive O’Reilly is feeling desperate. When a stranger convinces O’Reilly to join him at a local pub, he is treated to a wild tale about Prudence Blackwood, an immortal who seeks vengeance for those murdered by history’s most notorious serial killers. Initially in disbelief over her existence, O’Reilly is surprised to discover that she’s very real and she’ll be assisting in the investigation. But Prudence has unorthodox methods. With the body count rising, O’Riley will have to find a way to work with her to stop the most brutal killer in D.C.’s history before more victims are added to the list.

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DIGITAL ARCS OF THE IMMORTAL PRUDENCE BLACKWOOD:

Book reviewers and bloggers interested in reviewing the book may request a digital ARC of The Immortal Prudence Blackwood. ARCs are available through NetGalley and at the publisher’s website.

Title: The Immortal Prudence Blackwood
Author: Stephanie Grey
Genre: Suspense
Publication date: September 12, 2019
Publisher: BHC Press
Available Formats: Hardcover: 978-1-64397-032-5, $26.95 Softcover: 978-1-947727-83-0, $15.95 Ebook: 978-1-948540-33-9, $7.99 LCCN: 2018948482

 

The Immortal Prudence Blackwood releases on September 12, 2019 in hardcover, trade softcover, and ebook. Preorder is currently available from select retailers.

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The Inspiration Behind The Immortal Prudence Blackwood With Author Stephanie Grey

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I wish I could say it was a misty and stormy night when the idea for an immortal woman who eliminates the world’s most notorious, unidentified serial killers struck me, and that I had an amazing tale. But the truth isn’t quite so mysterious and exotic. That’s how it normally goes, right?

It was quite hot outside, which was normal for a March day in Hawaii. It’s difficult to get into a dark frame of mind when the sun is constantly shining and there’s a beautiful, blue ocean view from your window.

On that particular morning, I was reading the news and stumbled across an article titled, “Rabbit hole leads to incredible 700-year-old Knights Templar cave complex.”

This cave, found underneath a farmer’s field in Shropshire, UK, was concealed by a rabbit hole. The article explained the caves were linked to the Knights Templar, a Catholic military order that was founded in 1119. Over time, the Templars’ military influence faded and, by 1307, the French King Philip IV plotted to bring down the Knights Templar. Most were arrested on charges including heresy and dozens were later burned at the stake. Pope Clement V disbanded them in 1312.

The owners of the property sealed the entrance to the caves in 2012 after black magic ceremonies were conducted there.

Reading this amazing story and seeing the incredible photographs immediately made me think about a woman living in the 1700s discovering an ancient cave covered in glyphs. But…you can’t just have a story about a woman finding a really old cave. Where would she go from there?

For the next few days, I mulled over ideas about this woman’s destiny. I caught a TV show about a man who had a scarf with blood on it and was trying to prove that his ancestor was the real Jack the Ripper. The man’s lead was a bust, but that’s when I knew what the woman would do: she would murder the serial killers whose identities were never discovered, thus evading capture. She would be the reason why the gruesome crimes stopped.

It didn’t take long for me to narrow down the woman’s name to Prudence Blackwood and write her history. However, it did take a month to research the murderers I wanted to include, as well as the history of each time period featured in the book. The “modern day” portion of the story takes place in 1947, and I am so very grateful for my grandmother, Barbara Thomas, for her immense help and knowledge of that time period.

I love Prudence’s story and I sincerely hope that readers will love it, too. If you’re interested in seeing the photographs that inspired me, please visit this website.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Stephanie Grey is a graduate of East Tennessee State University with a degree in journalism. Writing has always been present in Stephanie’s life. From a young age, she has been writing short stories for her family to enjoy. When she entered high school, she decided that she would one day write a full-length novel. She finally achieved her goal and is the proud author of three novels, including The Immortal Prudence Blackwood. She continues to write and hopes to be able to share her stories with the world for many years to come.


EXCLUSIVE DIGITAL CONTENT!

Be sure to visit The Immortal Prudence Blackwood’s publicity page to download free exclusive digital content!

 

Spring Reading List

Hey guys, another BESpring19 post!

AJ had a neat concept for what our Spring lists were like, so here’s today’s prompt done spectacularly by Sam

[Thank you to Sam & Clo for putting this event together!]

If you’ve perused my site you’ll notice a ‘To-Read’ Page. You’ll also have noticed I haven’t read anything on that page because I got over eager with NetGalley and Review Pit and I am now trying to push through those before returning to those books. Whoops. So, instead of just copying and pasting that list I’m going to just show you my April and May eARCs list that I have written up in my journal!

*RP=Review Pit, A=From Author (or Publisher), BT=Blog Tour, This=Read

April eARC Order
1. The Crying Machine
2. KAEROU Time to go Home (A)
3. Forever People (BT)
4. The Negatives (BT)
5. Crown of Feathers
6. Tangle’s Game
7. Dark Shores
8. Heavenward (BT)
9. Hallow (BT)
10. Becoming Mrs. Lewis
11. The Ice House
12. Hearthfire (A)
13. One? (A)
14. Magic or Die (RP)
15. Under Ordshaw (A)
16. The Path Keeper

April Regular Books
1. Red Sister
2. Grey Sister
3. Holy Sister [Digitally Gifted to me from the publishers via NetGalley!]

May eARC Order (thus far)
1. The Nightingale’s Sonata
2. The Red Labyrinth
3. In the Shadow of the Wolves
4. Tea House Detective
5. Kingdom of Exiles
6. Akela
7. The Last Tsar’s Dragons
8. Dragon’s Trail (Outworlders #1) (RP)
9. New Magic (Outworlders #2) (RP)
10. The Spec Set (A)
11. Imminent Dawn (RP)
12. The White Raven (RP)
13. Marjorie Diaz’s Unfortunate Introduction to Magical High Society (Marjorie Diaz #1) (RP)
14. Bone Diggers (RP)
15. Tear You Apart (RP)
16. The Ballet Lover 
17. The Swan Keeper

That Brings us to a total of….36.

…Yea, we’ll see how that goes!

Have you read any of these? Are any on your list, and if not, what’s on your Spring reading list?

I’m off to go laugh-cry as I look at the list again.

GoodReads Tag

Hey all, another tag is coming your way, I’m just too tired after like a concert and weird chest injury, I’m just ready to sleep my life away but first, I was tagged by the amazingly awesome Isabelle @ Bookwyrmbites. She got it from Lindsay @ Singer of Stories.

So here we go!

 

WHAT IS THE LAST BOOK YOU MARKED AS READ?

That would be the last book I finished reading, GhondathaI really try to keep up with my GR on what I’m reading and what I’ve finished, it helps me so much when I go to look at what I’ve done for the month lol.

 

WHAT IS THE LAST BOOK YOU MARKED AS “TBR”?

That would be Shadows of the Short Days by Alexander Dan Vilhjálmsson. Joanne Harris rated it and I’m in love with one of her books, so I figured, if it’s good enough for her, it’s good enough for me. It hasn’t come out yet but you can bet I’ll be watching for it! It’s also set in Reykjavik which I always find to be beautiful, so, I’m already a sucker for the setting.

 

WHAT BOOK DO YOU PLAN TO READ NEXT?

I’m getting my NetGalley list under control currently, and I’ve already started my next read but haven’t been able to go full throttle if you know what I mean, just read the first couple of chapters, I start the real reading tonight and that’s The Fever King by Victoria Lee. [Thanks for the rec, Kal- The Fever King Review]

I can honestly say that even though I’ve only read 2 chapters in, it’s already sucked me in which is impressive. It’s like Descendant of the Crane all over again lol.

I also have two other goals for this week, so, we’ll see lol. I was hoping to have this read done by tomorrow, but, shit happens.

 

DO YOU USE THE STAR RATING SYSTEM?

Can we not just have half ratings as well? Is that too much to ask? I liked Isabelle’s response with having a Highly Rec, and so on. I don’t mind the stars, I just hate it because not all my 3 stars are the same, like a mystery 3 star holds a different weight than a poetry 3 star and so on.

 

ARE YOU DOING THE 2019 READING CHALLENGE?

Yaaaaaaaas.

I already beat my challenge. I have exceeded my own expectations. Whoops. [That never happens]

 

DO YOU HAVE A WISHLIST?

No. My want to read is just like ‘oh I may someday get to this before I die’ I tend to keep my wishlist separate on Amazon. They are the ones that I know I’ll definitely get.

 

WHICH BOOK DO YOU PLAN ON BUYING NEXT?

I’ve been doing a lot of preorders lately, well, I say a lot, but more than usual as I try not to buy books but I’ve been going wild these past few months and really need to slow my roll. That being said, the next preorder coming out is Descendant of the Crane, and I am very very very very excited about it.

 

DO YOU HAVE ANY FAVORITE QUOTES? SHARE A FEW!

Yes. I actually have to laugh because half of them were just accidental highlights of random crap but I do have real highlights and quotes!

Each of our careful footsteps tapped home the message that we had come to a lawless place of death, a place where the hopeful invention of fearful man that I clutched in my hand would likely prove a feeble defense, and where the answers to greater mysteries than those we’d spent the last dozen weeks trying to unravel would be made plain with brutal finality.”
– Caleb Carr, The Alienist

Yes, it’s a lie, but the media repeated it, and a lie repeated becomes perception, and perception is reality. Perception is also very hard to change.”
– A.G. Riddle, The Atlantis Plague, Book 2

But loving lets you look, and look, and look again. You notice the back of a hand, the turn of a head, the way of a walk. When you first love, you look blind and you see it all as the glorious, beloved whole, or a beautiful sum of beautiful parts. But when you see the one you love as pieces, as whys—why he walks like this, why he closes his eyes like that—you can love those parts, too, and it’s a love at once more complicated and more complete. ”
– Ally Condie, Crossed, Matched #2

It’s sweet to sacrifice for one we love—it’s sweet to have someone to sacrifice for,”
– L.M. Montgomery, Chronicles of Avonlea

I detest poor people,” thought Amory suddenly. “I hate them for being poor. Poverty may have been beautiful once, but it’s rotten now. It’s the ugliest thing in the world. It’s essentially cleaner to be corrupt and rich than it is to be innocent and poor.”
– F. Scott Fitzgerald, This Side of Paradise

Her heart is played like well-worn strings; in her eyes, the sadness sings— of one who was destined for better things.”
– Lang Leav, Love & Misadventure

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS? SHARE A FEW!

Hmmm. Okay, let’s see, I’ll go for like 4

  1. L.M. Montgomery
  2. J.K. Rowling
  3. Agatha Christie
  4. Philip Pullman
  5. Tamora Pierce

(Ahhh Isabelle we both have excellent taste! Tamora Pierce Rules)

 

HAVE YOU JOINED ANY GROUPS?

Yes! I’m not always active in them, but I usually keep up with their current reads if they have them, well, okay I try. Here are all the groups I’m in.

– GoodReads Feedback [This one is great if you want to know what’s up when something on GR isn’t acting as it should]
– Booksirens Book Reviewers [I don’t do anything with this one but ‘eeeeey it’s there]
– Harry Potter Fan Club [Uh, I guess I forgot about this one, it’s not very active or what I expected but not a bad group!]
– Around the World in 80 Books [Okay I want to be more active in this one but it’s hard to get the books for it, but it’s pretty awesome anyway]
– Juliet’s Library Book Club [I’m still on the waiting list for the book from last month from this group, but it’s got some great picks!]
– Agatha Christie Lovers [Are we even surprised? They’re reading Murder on the Orient Express right now so I skipped ahead and read next month’s book since I didn’t want to reread the current pick yet.]
– 2019 Reading Challenges [This group is amazing, different reading challenges divided by monthly, quarterly, yearly, I’m doing three yearly challenges, the GR challenge itself, clear the shelves and reading prolific works by an author!]

 

Who Do I tag?

You. All of you. Please, take this tag, hoard it, use it, and if you want to be tagged in this post properly, let me know!

Harry Potter Book Night & The Week Ahead

So, I’m dead tired, I’m actually leaning back in the recliner and my head is dangling off the side of it as I type this. Does it sound uncomfortable? Well, it is.

Today at our library was Harry Potter Book Night, and the event was so much fun for my daughter! They had a man come in to explain some creatures, and she got to pet the cutest and largest snake I’ve ever seen in my life, and I was so proud of her as she is usually the type to shy away from anything not fluffy [she was even excited to see the tarantula!]. She also got make a winged key and a dragon egg and spent probably two hours doing everything so it was a nice Sunday for us. I wish her school would have done something for it as well but I’m super happy that our library did and I basically screamed ‘take my money’ at them when they announced they were.

I’m chugging along with bookstagram, the blog, and still….still progressing through the ARCs.

I’ve got two ARCs for this week plus The Priory of The Orange Tree extract I got from NetGalley, and then that’s it I’m taking a week break so I can go through my monthly Agatha Christie and reading the follow-up book to The Axeman’s Jazz; Dead Man’s Blues.

There’ll be at least one review post this week, and I’ll do a list of my top Dystopia picks tomorrow. Speaking of Dystopia novels, anyone have a favorite in that genre?

That’s it, there’s my post, I’m going to go to bed now, lol toodles everyone!