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.

"'And I'm with her,' Breakfast added, pointing at Una. 'The scary one.'" p 76

TITLE: Witch's Pyre
AUTHOR: Josephine Angelini
PUBLISHER: Feiwel & Friends
GENRE: Fantasy YA
RELEASE DATE: September 20, 2016 

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list  that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.

This week's topic is: Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly NOT Want To Read A Book

*in no particular order
**this is going to be a lot harder...there's not usually much that will deter me from reading a book.

5. WESTERNS--yeah, I think a book I tried could be considered some kind of mesh of paranormal/dystopian with a western twist. I quickly learned westerns weren't for me.
4. ROMANCE--this is usually just for the books that are straight up romances. I don't like stories that just focus on characters falling in love with some minor interference. I like my romance to be a side course, not the main dish! Lol.
3. COMPLEX MAGICAL SYSTEMS--if the magical system confuses me within the description, then it's most likely to confuse me in the book. And those are ones I can't handle reading because I'm suffering migraines trying to understand the world I'm reading about.
2. CHEATING--if a description automatically mentions a character being a cheater, I'm not likely to pick it up at all because I don't condone cheating.
1. CONTEMPORARY--I've said it so many times, but yeah, contemp reads aren't for me. I used to read them as a teen, only because there weren't enough paranormals to read! And now that I have an abundance of them, I've never looked back to contemp books. 

That's all I got! I'm sure I will be agreeing with things you all say and tell myself I should've thought of that! LOL!


Review--Witch's Pyre by Josephine Angelini

Lily Proctor has come a long way from the weak, sickly girl she used to be. She has gained power as a witch and a leader, found her way home, chosen to face battle again, and (after losing her first love and being betrayed by her new love) she has learned more about loss and grief than she ever wanted to know.

Thrust once again into a society different from anything they have ever seen, Lily and her coven are determined to find answers―to find a new path to victory, a way to defeat the monstrous Woven without resorting to nuclear weapons or becoming a tyrannical mass murderer like her alternate self, Lillian. But sometimes winning requires sacrifices . . . and when the only clear path to victory lies at Lillian's side, what price will Lily be willing to pay?

Internationally bestselling author Josephine Angelini takes us on another emotionally wrenching thrill ride in the stunning conclusion to her Worldwalker Trilogy.

It’s never a good idea to read a trilogy with two years apart between each book. I think that’s pretty much where my troubles lied with this series. Witch’s Pyre is the final book in Josephine Angelini’s Worldwalker trilogy. It’s a trilogy filled with magic, time travel, love, betrayal...all the good stuff. But yet, sadly I just struggled with it.

Like I said, I really think my reading the books nearly two years apart each didn’t do me any favors. This is a trilogy that picks up right where it left off with little to no recap in between. You’re thrust right into the middle of all the action and you better know what’s going on or else you will find yourself lost like I was.

Here’s what we know, Lily and her friends find themselves in a new place called Bower City. Grace, the one in charge, has brought them there because she thinks it will be for the best. Yet the city is far different than any they’ve been to before. Here witches aren’t allowed to have mechanics and whatnot, because they see it as a form of slavery. Toshi, Grace’s assistant, has been helpful in showing the group around the city, almost too helpful and it’s not long before Lily and her friends start to suspect something fishy is going on.

Rowan makes a surprise appearance shortly after their arrival into the city as well. And if you remember, because I barely did, Lily was betrayed by Rowan in the worst possible way. Yet, he’s still one of her mechanics and despite all that’s happened there’s still a bond that ties them together. And they may eventually need his help in order to leave Bower City, for things aren’t exactly as perfect as they seem.

This series was rather intriguing with the whole alternate worlds and realities. That everyone had a doppelganger as well was interesting. Though I was surprised that Lillian, Lily’s doppelganger, didn’t really have too much of a role in this one. I felt like we didn’t even see her really, the only time she came on the page was when Lily was mindspeaking with her. I was always under the belief that Lillian was a villainous sort as well. But it seemed like by the last book (from my most vaguest of recollections) that she was on a path towards redemption. It soon becomes clear that the real villain of this story is Grace and Lily and her friends are going to need all the help they can get to put a stop to her tyranny.

There wasn’t much for romance in this one since it seems Rowan and Lily were on the outs. That’s the other problem with my poor memory. I can’t really remember if I am supposed to care about these two as a couple! I know I loved Rowan in the first book and his own novella from way back then too. And a part of me was heartsick at seeing these two separated, though I can’t really remember much about Rowan’s betrayal anyway. Only that I was somewhat hesitant to call it a full on betrayal! We do get insight on that though in this one!

It’s really hard to write a review for a book I didn’t fully understand. That’s not to say it was bad, it wasn’t. I just have a really bad memory and I couldn’t really find my groove back with this series. It’s definitely one you would want to binge read in order to full grasp the intricate worldbuilding. It was definitely an interesting read, I just feel like I would’ve done better to have binge read it. If only I could’ve known that ahead of time!

I feel like the ending wasn’t quite complete either. Granted, there’s resolution and what not, but I feel like there should have been more to say about all the characters’ fates and happy endings. We get a little teaser with the epilogue that only leaves me more befuddled than anything. I just wish I knew where more of the characters were at after all was said and done.

Overall Rating 2.5/5 stars—and remember for me, this means it was an okay read! None of that “I didn’t like it” nonsense Amazon and Goodreads go with.


Discussion Post Challenge: Me & Cartoons

I had a sudden idea for a discussion post as I was typing up a comment and I felt like instead of explaining something in my comment, I cut it short and then decided to turn my spiel into a post! 

Me & Cartoons

So I'm an adult, and I find I watch cartoons a lot! Lol! But at the same time, I'm not really watching them, they're just on when I'm blogging or doing other things on my computer. It's merely background noise. And I'd rather have that one then something I really want to watch. With the shows that I actually watch I like to devote my full attention to them, so I don't normally watch those and blog at the same time.

I think I get my cartoon watching from my late grandfather. I grew up living with my grandparents, mom and sister after my parents divorced when I was really young. And I remember my grandpa always watching cartoons! Now maybe it was partly for my benefit, but I don't think that was always the case! He would watch the classics, Scooby Doo (which is also where my love for that show comes from), Looney Tunes (the original classic ones), Tom & Jerry, The Flintstontes, and the rest of the Hanna-Barbara line-up! I still watched my 90s cartoons as a kid too, because 90s Nicktoons were some of the greatest cartoons ever! Plus a few other non-Nick ones!

But yeah...I find when it's blogging time, I'll throw on some cartoons. I put Boomerang on a lot when I see some of the good ones are on! I'll admit, a lot of the newer Scooby Doo cartoons didn't appeal to me. I guess because, you know, it's not the original cast and all that! Though I think Casey Kasem did do a lot of voicing Shaggy even in the newer shows. Pretty much up until he died as I check out his flimography bio.

Sadly, I don't get to watch too much of my 90s shows as it seems The Splat is only on starting at 9pm, and yeah...I'm not always up then during the week! Lol. Plus it seems they're on a marathon kick now, so there's literally two shows on each night come the weekend! And the DVD editions of some of these are still pretty steep. I wish Netflix would just be able to have them! 

So what about you guys? What are your opinions/thoughts on cartoons? Do you "watch" TV when blogging?

ARC Review--Violet Grenade by Victoria Scott

DOMINO: A runaway with blood on her hands.

CAIN: A silent boy about to explode.

MADAM KARINA: A woman who demands obedience.

WILSON: The one who will destroy them all.

When Madam Karina discovers Domino in an alleyway, she offers her a position inside her home for entertainers in secluded West Texas. Left with few alternatives and an agenda of her own, Domino accepts. It isn’t long before she is fighting her way up the ranks to gain the madam’s approval. But after suffering weeks of bullying and unearthing the madam’s secrets, Domino decides to leave. It’ll be harder than she thinks, though, because the madam doesn’t like to lose inventory. But then, Madam Karina doesn’t know about the person living inside Domino’s mind.

Madam Karina doesn’t know about Wilson.

I received this ARC from the publisher, via Netgalley, in exchange for a voluntary and honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.

I’ve been a big fan of Victoria Scott ever since Dante first came onto the page! He was a fun kind of hero, who’s a bit bad and yet still lovable! Violet Grenade almost seems like it wouldn’t be my type of read, because where’s the paranormal? Where’s the fantasy? Where are the chills that thrillers so often pull from me? Well, in a way this book sort of works as a thriller in some sense, but not in the way you would usually think. All I can say is that I loved it!
Violet Grenade is a very dark kind of book, let me warn you, in case that isn’t your thing. It’s dark. Very dark. But it is still YA, so it’s not all slash and guts or anything! Domino is a runaway, she’s been on the streets for a few years now having escaped a life she longs to forget. Its past that’s too dark for her even to try to remember. Even if she wanted to, she couldn’t, because she also has Wilson living in her head. Yup, you heard right! Wilson is Domino’s protector you could say. He shields her from all the bad things that happen so she doesn’t have to remember them all and he was also there when she had to live through them, but that comes about later on.
When Domino’s friend is arrested, she’s determined to pay his bail, but how’s a homeless girl without a high school diploma supposed to get a job. Those required background checks and social security numbers and since Domino ran away, she doesn’t want to be found again. Then in walks Madam Karina. An older woman with flare. She sees potential in Domino and offers her a job at her house, in her establishment. She would be able to make money and help out her friend. Domino is very artistically talented and it’s what drew Madam Karina’s eye to begin with. Seeing no other option, Domino agrees.
Here is where things start to get a little bit darker. Madam Karina runs a particular house. I wouldn’t call it one for prostitutes, though it’s pretty close. Here is a house filled with young women, girls like Domino, who entertain their customers in whatever way possible. With jokes, music, art, you name it. There’s a structure of hierarchy involved and Domino is bottom rung, but she soon will climb to the top. She will make the money she needs to help her friend and to help herself. What she wants most is a home of her own. But she’s soon going to learn that things aren’t always what they appear to be.
This book was dark. I don’t know if I’ve ever read a book that had this level of darkness. I’m not saying that it’s a bad thing either. I really enjoyed this book! I loved Domino’s character and how she was brave even without Wilson. She knows that her alter ego has a dark side and does terrible things. She tries to fight him on taking control even when she’s suffering at the hands of others who have no care for her being. The things that these girls did to Domino, that they would do to each other, is kind of sick. But I get it, despite all that. I just can’t believe that they would actually have camaraderie with one another when it seems everyone wants to become Top Girl.
I really liked the fact that despite the evil that was nearly all the girls, Domino is able to make friends with one, Poppet. Yeah, there are no ordinary names in this one, and I honestly liked that too! Poppet is sort of the simple girl, yet she’s the only one who shares a lick of kindness to Domino and is very genuine. Then there’s Cain, he works at the house too, but more as a serving boy instead of entertainer. He too has a dark past and it seems only warranted that he and Domino are drawn to one another. The romance was very subtle and hardly there, which I felt like was the right move for this particular story. Besides it makes those few small moments even more powerful.
The ending to this one was absolutely freaking perfect! I loved how explosive it was! And though the very end leaves a few things left unsaid, you can pretty much imagine what might happen next in those areas. While I would’ve loved to know what truly happens, I feel fine with the way things ended here. Violet Grenade is truly one of a kind! It’s one of the most exciting reads I’ve read this year and is sure to end up on my favorites list for the year too! This is one read you won’t want to miss!

Overall Rating 5/5 stars

Violet Grenade releases May 2, 2017


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:

 Burning by Danielle Rollins (3.5 stars)
Breaking by Danielle Rollins (ARC)--Review to come at a later date

Reviews that Were Posted:

Blade Bound by Chloe Neill (ARC) (5 stars)
Legion by Julie Kagawa (ARC) (5 stars)

Currently Reading:

Witch's Pyre by Josephine Angelini

What I Plan to Read this Week:

Public Enemies by Ann Aguirre

Other Posts of Interest:

Stacking the Shelves

This weekly meme is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

Stacking The Shelves is all about the books we are adding to our shelves each week, sharing with you our excitement for our newest titles and maybe have you discover a new book in the process!

Well I almost did really good this week and didn't buy any books...but...then I felt the need to pick up a few e-novellas that I had yet to buy! Yeah, so I guess together, they would make 1 book! LOL!

 Kat in Zombieland by Gena Showalter
Dark Side of the Rainbow by Danielle Paige
The Queen of Oz by Danielle Paige

And then I received a coupon to get a "free" luggage tag from Shutterfly, of course there was still shipping and tax to pay but I went for it because I knew exactly what I wanted to make!

It's a picture of one of my bookcases! I figure this is the PERFECT tag to have on my luggage piece that I fill with books for such trips! You know, as a helpful hint to TSA that yes, I like books! This suitcase is filled with books! No need to touch and disrupt the tenaciously Tetris stacked piles!!

So naturally, I expect they will anyway!

And then last week, I meant to share a picture of the charms I got from the Hebel Design April subscription box! Since I forgot, I'll do it now!

I got a postcard with a quote from Obsidian, a glow-in-the-dark little alien girl keychain--fun fact, I used to have this same little alien in non-glow-in-the-dark format from one of those gumball machines, so I recognize that it was the girl one! LOL!, a kind of midi-ring charm with a blood ruby charm--the "extra" charm that was ACOTAR related, a cookie charm--and my favorite from the bunch, and a Gizmo which has a note from a Halloween extra scene...I think I need to re-read that one wherever it be at to remember how Gizmo fits in...because I totally can't recall off the top of my head at the moment! LOL!

And that was my haul this week! Not too shabby since they were all e-novellas!! Which again I estimate it to be about 1 book's worth of reading! And priced! LOL! So what did you all get?

TBR Book Tag

So I recently saw this fun book tag post at The Book Nympho and thought it looked like a lot of fun! It basically goes into details about our dreaded TBR pile and how much it grows and what's inside it! Lol.

1. How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

For the most part I use Goodreads. Goodreads contains all the books I own in the "Want to Read" list, with the occasional un-owned title thrown in when I enter contests! I also have my TBR jars! Yes, they multiplied. Every time I get a new book, depending on if it's a bought book or review book, I write the title down on a slip of paper and add it to whatever jar I feel it fits into. There's basically the General jar, the I-Need-to-Read-it-ASAP jar, and the "thrillers and scary books" jar! Lol. Yeah, I thought I would read scary books in October one year...didn't quite happen. So all my books are accounted for that way. I do occasionally know what book I want to read so then I do have to go through the jar to find said slip if I can remember, otherwise when I want the jar to choose for me, I toss aside those books that I've already read and forgot to eliminate!

2. Is your TBR pile mostly print or ebook?

Definitely print! There are a few ebooks, but only a few!

3.  A book that's been on your TBR the longest?

Well according to Goodreads, the first book I put on my Want to Read list was Terri Garey's Dead Girls are Easy.

This was one of the first books I bought from Borders closing sales. (sniff) I then proceeded to buy the rest of the series while I was at it. And yeah...I still haven't read it! It's been in my pile since 2011, which is likely when my TBR pile started forming! All those books I bought during the sales, then a few RT cons...and then the blogosphere started to really grow then too, and all the book recommendations started to pile up! This was actually one of them!

4. A book you recently added to your TBR pile?

Well as of writing this post it was Rachel Vincent's Blind Tiger! Sooo can't wait to read this one! LOVED Rachel's Shifter series, which was one I read at the start of my blogging days. It was actually the second book or possibly third book that led to the creation of my blog!

5. A book in your TBR pile strictly because of its beautiful cover?

That would be A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess! I saw this cover and was like whoa!!! Still haven't read it yet!! 

6. A book on your TBR pile you plan on never reading?

Uh...is that possible? I mean my TBR pile is so vast because I really want to read all the books! I just don't have the time!

7. An unpublished book on your TBR you're excited for?

Currently none? The way my TBR pile is fashioned is that only books I currently possess are in the TBR pile. I've currently read all my unpublished ARCs that were once apart of the pile. One of my more recent ones that I read and loved was:

Breaking by Danielle Rollins!

8. A book on your TBR pile that everyone's read but you?

Till Death by Jennifer L. Armentrout. The fact that I have any of her books on my TBR pile saddens me. And there are quite a few! I fell sooo behind!

9. A book on your TBR everyone recommends to you?

I technically don't actually have You by Caroline Kepnes yet, but I really want it because it's been recommended so many times! It sounds creepy and twisted and I can't help but want it!

10. A book on your TBR pile you're dying to read?

Uh...all of them? Lol. But to give you a more specific choice:

The Return by Jennifer L. Armentrout. Yes, I am shameful. :(

11. How many books are on your Goodreads TBR shelf?

301, which apparently isn't all that bad! Considering that around 10% of those are wishlist books, so I don't technically have them, and also included are books that I added to my "to read" shelf for contest entries in ongoing contests! LOL!

Follow Friday

This is a weekly blog meme hosted by Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read
The Rules:

  • The goal is to increase blog followers, make friends and have something to post.
  • You create your own post using the post prompt.
  • You leave your link and thumbnail in the linky list that links back to your post prompt.
  • Once you have your post up and linked, visit other posts and tell them hi. The point is to FOLLOW them not just comment.
  • If you see a post that just hit it to the moon, or just want to show appreciation to a fellow blogger friend, like their name on the linky list to show some appreciation.
  • The person with the most likes gets chosen as the next Feature (you can be chosen every 90 days unless we are in need of features)
  • It is required that if you participate that you have to follow the FEATURE. It is a big no-no to participate and ignore the feature. They are the special snowflake in this little blizzard.
  • As a participant it is up to your discretion on how you want people to follow. Please post RSS, GFC etc if you have a follow of choice.

Specific RULES:

  • Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing. You can also grab the code if you would like to insert it into your posts.
  • Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say “hi” in your comments and that they are now following you.
  • If you are using WordPress or another CMS that doesn’t have GFC (Google Friends Connect) state in your posts how you would like to be followed FOLLOW as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don’t just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don’t say “HI”
  • Follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don’t just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don’t say “HI”
  • If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love…and the followers

This week's prompt is: What are Some of Your Favorite TV Shows?


Current ones:

Cancelled/Retired ones:

That's off the top of my head! And yeah...didn't include all those Nickelodeon ones either! But all those 90s shows and cartoons would count too! LOL!

Random Thursday

Back to Disney Facts Revealed: Answers to Fans' Curious Questions by Dave Smith. As I thumb through some of these questions, some really seem like too plain of questions. I think one was even asking about Dave's favorite character or something like that. And those I was skipping since they're just opinionated ones!

(image borrowed from Wikipedia)
Someone once thought that Ariel looks a little like Alice and wondered if the animator was inspired by Alice when drawing Ariel. Well in the long run it seems the answer is no. For the animator, Glen Keane, used his wife for inspiration more so.

(image borrowed from Wikipedia)
One fan questioned whether Snow White ever had a sister, for they thought they heard a rumor. Well that came from another Grimm fairy tale that involved Rose Red who was in fact Snow White's sister. But Disney took no part in that fairy tale.

And I'll add my comment, "for now"! Because you never know!

(image borrowed from Disney Wikia)
Apparently Arthur was voiced by three different people and a fan wondered why. Dave says that the first boy hired to voice Arthur was growing up and his voice changed. So the filmmakers had to hire someone who sounded the same as the first boy originally did.

And I'm guessing after that second time, they had to do it again!

(image borrowed from Wikipedia)
One fan questioned the history of The Lion King. They originally were going to call this movie King of the Jungle, but obviously that changed. Disney artists went to Africa to study the land and get ideas for locations for the story. The studio received live animals to study as well in the ways that they walked and what not. After years of production, the film finally hit theaters in June 1994.

Does anyone else remember back in they day of VHS when they would sometimes show this footage of their upcoming movies? I feel like I vaguely remember seeing clips of an artist watching a lion cub romp around the studio room!

(image borrowed from Amazon)
Rumor has it that there are 6,469,952 black spots in 101 Dalmatians. A fan questions its validity. Dave answers that this was a number given in publicity materials for the film. He gathers that it was an educated guess because he says it would be hard to count ALL the spots, especially on moving Dalmatians.