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.

"There was a dead tax attorney in my closet, sobbing uncontrollably into the hem of her blouse. She'd been there a few days now. It made getting dressed in the morning awkward." p 1

TITLE: Eighth Grave After Dark
AUTHOR: Darynda Jones
PUBLISHER: St. Martin's Press
GENRE: Paranormal Mystery
RELEASE DATE: May 19, 2015

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 Favorite Books of 2017

*in no particular order

10. AS OLD AS TIME by Liz Braswell--after an unsuccessful attempt to enjoy Liz's previous two Disney stories retold, I was surprised to find how much I really really enjoyed this one!! I thought it was pretty perfect! Although...I wouldn't have minded an extended epilogue!
9. TORN by Alyssa Rose Ivy--was psyched to have Haley's story beginning this year! I think her next installment is releasing next! Can't wait!
8. WONDER WOMAN: WARBRINGER by Leigh Bardugo--I wasn't sure how I would like this one since all I know of the DC universe is what I learned from the first Batman movies! Lol! I really liked this one despite my little knowledge of Wonder Woman!

7. INTO THE FIRE by Jeaniene Frost--Finally read the last Vlad installment! Always intrigued me that he was on the covers, yet we had Leila's point of view! Still an amazing series! So glad Jeaniene's not done with this world! Can't wait for Ian's turn!! 
6. A PROMISE OF FIRE by Amanda Bouchet--really liked this one as well! Reminded me of Maria V. Snyder's Study world. Probably just a general thing though...fantasy, magic, a slow burn romance! I've got to read book 2 already!
5. ROAR by Cora Carmack--one that took me by surprise! It was a rough start, but it wasn't long before I was addicted!

4. CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber--if owning 9 editions didn't tell you how much I enjoyed this one...well, I can't help you. Lol!!
3. HUNTING PRINCE DRACULA by Kerri Maniscalco--sooooo loved this one! EVERYTHING about it was perfect! 
2. A COURT OF MIST AND FURY by Sarah J. Maas--yes I am shame faced. I STILL need to read ACOWAR! Hopefully soon! Maybe even this year! I hope! I hope! I hope! 

1. THE LANGUAGE OF THORNS by Leigh Bardugo--I loved this one! As a HUGE fairy tale fan I was ecstatic for a collection of fairy tales from the Grishaverse! I loved how they were somewhat familiar tales too!


Mini Review--Full Moons and Candy Canes by Alyssa Rose Ivy

Dark magic is no match for fate...

Three years after Nancy's mom disappeared she receives her first clue of where to find her. Too bad the clue is delivered in the form of a half-naked shifter on her living room floor. To make matters worse there is another shifter in the room, a wolf shifter she can't stop thinking about.

Norm can't get Nancy off his mind. It should be easy because she's not his destined mate-- so why can't he seem to forget the memories of their kiss?

When Nancy's freedom is threatened, Norm is willing to do anything to protect her and to make her his mate.

Full Moons and Candy Canes is Alyssa Rose Ivy’s second holiday read that continues on from Full Moons and Mistletoe but with new and familiar characters! This time we follow Nancy and Norm and the possibility of their own romance and the obstacles they will need to overcome to have it. Familiar faces are still around and they mostly encourage Nancy and Norm to get together!

A year has gone by since the events of the first book, Ryder and Alexandra are happily married and are even expecting another baby, Nancy and Norm had a kiss happen at the wedding that neither one has been able to forget, yet Nancy has held herself back from falling for Norm for reasons unknown. When her dad decides to throw Christmas ball that they had stopped throwing when her mother disappeared three years ago. Nancy has continued to search for her mother despite her father’s opinion on the matter. And it’s when her friend decided to post a picture of Nancy on a “need a date” website that things start to get out of control. Suddenly she’s getting all sorts of emails from guys she’s never met willing to be her date for the big ball, it’s then that she turns to Norm for help.

It was just supposed to be a simple matter of helping her find this dating ad and having it removed, but when a shifter winds up at her door that things start to get very serious. Someone is very clearly after Nancy and it has something to do with her mother. Norm will stop at nothing to keep her safe.

I really enjoyed this story, in some ways more than the first, for there was definitely more “Christmas”-ness to this one. I loved seeing Nancy and Norm fall for each other all over again. It’s not quite like Alex and Ryder’s romance re-blossoming. Nancy and Norm shared one kiss, yet nothing ever happened afterwards due to their own fears and whatnot. But I liked watching them come back together. It was sweet.

One thing that I felt like needed more development was the actual mystery of what happened to her mother. Things are explained in some ways, but then there’s just not enough explanation. Nancy is realizing there’s some secrets to her family history. And I still don’t really feel like I know what it all was. I know that since this was a novella, things had to be short and usually a simple explanation and resolution comes into play. It’s usually why I can’t handle novellas; I’m always left wanting more! Lol!

Besides that little tidbit, I had no other issues with this story! It was cute and quirky and romantic and lots of good paranormal people in it! A perfectly delightful holiday read for a paranormal reader!

Overall Rating 4/5 stars 


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:

The Rose Society by Marie Lu (4.5 stars)
The Midnight Star by Marie Lu (4.5 stars)
Prodigy: The Graphic Novel by Marie Lu, Leigh Dragoon, & Kaari (5 stars)
Champion: The Graphic Novel by Marie Lu, Leigh Dragoon, & Kaari (5 stars)
Life After Legend by Marie Lu (5 stars)
Full Moons and Mistletoe by Alyssa Rose Ivy (5 stars)

Review that was Posted:

Killman Creek by Rachel Caine (ARC) (4.5 stars)

About to Start Reading:

Full Moons and Candy Canes by Alyssa Rose Ivy

What I Plan to Read this Week:

Eighth Grave After Dark by Darynda Jones
Brighter than the Sun by Darynda Jones

Other Posts of Interest:

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks! The meme is now hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality.

This was another slow week in some ways. I got a few books this week! Plus my Secret Santa gift which as of this moment of writing my post I have not opened yet. I making myself send off my Secret Santa's before I allow myself to open mine. I just gotta wrap it. Which FYI Secret Santa people, my wrapping skills have yet to approve with time! LOL!

But anyway, since I will likely open that next week, here's what I got this week:

Full Moons and Mistletoe by Alyssa Rose Ivy--already read and reviewed! I don't know why I passed on this one last year, but since it came up FREE this week, I downloaded it and then immediately purchased the next one!
Full Moons and Candy Canes by Alyssa Rose Ivy

Brave by Jennifer L. Armentrout--SIGNED! I decided to just go ahead and order this beauty signed! *That way* the next time I meet Jennifer I won't have a huge stack of books to get signed! Lol! At least that's my reasoning! So it's a totally frugal purchase!

Caraval by Stephanie Garber--the Waterstones' Edition paperback! Yes, I'm slightly nuts! I paid a pretty penny to get this edition! The stained edges are so pretty too!
And then I won a contest at Silver's Reviews and received this beauty!
The Faerie Handbook by Carolyn Turgeon
THANK YOU Elizabeth & Harper Design! 
And finally, I bought yet another book sleeve from Fandom Designs--my family already thinks I'm nuts buying so many of these! But I HAD to get this one!
 It's Chapter 55 from a beloved book! I was sooo excited to snag one of these!! It's beautiful!!
And that was my haul this week! What did you all get? 

2018 Discussion Challenge

Here's what you have to do:

  • The 2018 Book Blog Discussion Challenge runs from January 1st until December 31st, 2018.
  • Sign-ups will remain open until December 31st, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Central. (So, you can sign up all year long! Come join us!)
  • Create a sign-up post announcing your intention to participate and link up below. There is no need to say what your discussion posts will be about – just tell us that you’re joining and let us know what your goal is. (Please note, you may do this in an update post, or a post of other challenges—you’re not required to make a completely separate post—but you can if you’d like!)
  • Please link back to both challenge hosts and include the challenge button in your sign-up posts.
  • There will be a kick-off post on January 1, 2018 on both Feed Your Fiction Addiction and It Starts at Midnight where you’ll be able to leave your links for any January discussions. At the beginning of every month, a new post will go up on both blogs for that month’s links. Every month, we’ll update this 2018 Book Blog Challenge Page with the links to that month’s Challenge linky—so you’ll always know where to find the latest link-up!
  • Share it! The more people we get to participate in this, the more awesome discussions we can all be a part of and the more fun it will be! So, invite your friends to join us!
  • This challenge is to help get us discussing books and book blogging, so talk about whatever you want as long as it’s relevant to book blogging. Discussions can be book related or book blogging related (or generally blogging related—no discussions about things that are completely off-topic like travel or fashion, etc). Discussions can also be about you personally if it’s a get-to-know-you type post.
  • If you forgot to leave your discussion link in the challenge month in which you posted the discussion or the linky list closed before you had a chance to leave it, you can leave it in a future month. (No duplicates, though.)
  • There will also be monthly giveaways, so make sure you check in each month!
  • Every month, we’ll feature our favorite posts from one randomly chosen participant. There will be extra options in the Rafflecopter for commenting on posts by our featured blogger.
  • Use the hashtag #LetsDiscuss2018 to share your progress and connect with other participants on Twitter.
  • Have questions? Feel free to ask in the comments!

The Levels:

1-10 – Discussion Dabbler
11-20 – Creative Conversationalist
21-30 – Chatty Kathy
31-40 – Terrifically Talkative
41+ – Gift of the Gab

Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2018

January 2018 will kick off the seventh year for the Mount TBR Reading Challenge (I miscounted last year!) and I don't seem to be getting those mountains moved at all. Despite the fact that I hope to have knocked 150 books off of my 2017 Mount TBR by the end of December, there are still whole mountain ranges lined up and down my hallway and in my back room waiting to be conquered. As fast as I read 'em and get them off the stacks, my bookaholic ways help me replace them. [Case in point--just returned from a long weekend in which I brought home about 20-25 new-to-me books.]

So, once again, I plan to concentrate on reading primarily from my own books in the coming year. And you're invited to join me in knocking out some of those books that have been waiting in the wings for weeks....months...even years.

Challenge Levels:

Pike's Peak: Read 12 books from your TBR pile/s
Mount Blanc: Read 24 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Vancouver: Read 36 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Ararat: Read 48 books from your TBR pile
Mt. Kilimanjaro: Read 60 books from your TBR pile/s
El Toro: Read 75 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Everest: Read 100 books from your TBR pile/s
Mount Olympus (Mars): Read 150+ books from your TBR pile/s

And the rules:
*Once you choose your challenge level, you are locked in for at least that many books. If you find that you're on a mountain-climbing roll and want to tackle a taller mountain, then you are certainly welcome to upgrade.  All books counted for lower mountains carry over towards the new peak.

*Challenge runs from January 1 to December 31, 2018.

*You may sign up anytime from now until November 1st, 2018.

*Books must be owned by you prior to January 1, 2018. No library books. If you're looking for a library book challenge or one that counts books on your non-owned TBR list, then there may be challenges out there that do that. This one does not.

*Rereads may count only in the following circumstances: If you did not own the book when you read it long ago and far away [based on your age, you can decide what that might mean] and you bought the book pre-January 1, 2018 intending to reread it now that it's your very own.  [To clarify--the intention is to reduce the stack of books that you have bought for yourself or received as presents {birthday, Christmas, "just because," etc.}. Audiobooks and E-books may count if they are yours and they are one of your primary sources of backlogged books.]

*You may count any "currently reading" book that you begin prior to January 1--provided that you had 50% or more of the book left to finish when January 1 rolled around.  I will trust you all on that.

*You may count "Did Not Finish" books provided they meet your own standard for such things, you do not plan to ever finish it, and you move it off your mountain [give it away, sell it, etc. OR remove it from your e-resources]. For example, my personal rule (unless it's a very short book) is to give a book at least 100 pages. If I decide I just can't finish it and won't ever, then off the mountain it goes and I count it as a victory--the stack is smaller! 

*Books may be used to count for other challenges as well.

*Feel free to submit your list in advance (as incentive to really get those books taken care of) or to tally them as you climb.

*There will be quarterly check-ins and prize drawings!

*A blog and reviews are not necessary to participate. If you have a blog, then please post a challenge sign up and link THAT post (not your home page) into the linky below. Non-bloggers, please leave a comment declaring your challenge level--OR, if you are a member of Goodreads, I will once again put together a group for the challenge there. Feel free to sign up HERE if that's where you want to participate. At the beginning of the year, I will update the sidebar link called Mount TBR Review Headquarters for current reviews and progress updates.


2018 New Release Challenge

The 2018 New Release Challenge is a year-long challenge in which we aim to read books released in 2018.  From this year on, I’ll be the sole host of the challenge, and I hope that won’t keep any of you away!  There is one post on the top of my homepage for all review links for the year, where the link is open for books you read and review each quarter. I will also do monthly wrap-up posts where you can link up as well.

In 2017, so far, I have read 75 books read that were released this year, and I don’t see why this should be any different next year. This is why I want to continue with the New Release Challenge. I always tend to do better when someone cheers for me, and I cheer for them. Also, trying to make sure I am held accountable both for the ARCs I receive and books I buy is important to me.

As always, I have already created a 2018 Release shelf on Goodreads, if you want to check it out to help you be inspired 

There is a Facebook Group for the 2018 New Release Challenge, to have a place where we can keep up with each other, cheer each other on, and get to know each other better. It is also a place where we can help each other find even more new releases. For those of you who have already participated, it’s the same group as before.

The rules for the 2018 New Release Challenge are simple:

  • Books have to be released and reviewed in 2018.
  • Other challenges can be used as well, if you are participating in the Netgalley / Edelweiss challenge or in the COYER challenge, books can count towards more than one challenge, as long as the ones you use for the 2018 New Release Reading Challenge qualify to the other rules.
  • The minimum length for a book to qualify is 100 pages, it can be in any format though, physical, e-book, ARC or audiobook.
  • The New Book Release Challenge is open from January 1st through December 31st 2018, and sign-ups are open until September 1st 2018.
  • You don’t have to be a blogger to participate, you can link to your review on Goodreads or Booklikes instead – so don’t be shy!

There are five levels  in the 2018 New Release Challenge:

  1. 1-30 books per year – New Release Newbie
  2. 31-60 books per year – New Release Pro
  3. 61-100 books per year – New Release Veteran
  4. 101-200 books per year – New Release Enthusiast
  5. 200+ books per year – New Release Obsessed
To sign up, please link your sign-up post in the linky below, and also make sure you use the quarterly linky for your reviews, as that will be the way the giveaway winner will be chosen. You can choose if you want to do monthly or quarterly challenge updates on your blog, but you will have the possibility to link up each quarter with your reviews.

Mini-ish Review--Full Moons and Mistletoe by Alyssa Rose Ivy

One Alpha Wolf
One Single Mom
And a Christmas neither will ever forget…

Single mom Alexandra will do anything for her son Langdon even if it means hunting down his wolf shifter father who doesn't know the boy exists. With each full moon Langdon comes closer to shifting, and Alexandra knows she's running out of time.

Ryder is the Alpha of his pack and out of his mind longing for his mate who slipped away from him before he could claim her. When Alexandra and Langdon appear in Ryder's life, he'll stop at nothing to protect them and keep his family by his side.

Full Moons and Mistletoe is a short little read from the talented Alyssa Rose Ivy. I didn’t read this one initially, but when it popped back up in my feeds as a free read, I thought why not?! It’s a holiday read and it’s paranormal! What could be more perfect? And it truly was an amazing read!

I think (for the most part) that this one actually takes place outside the Chronicles world! Here we have Alexandra with a bit of a problem; her three-year-old son is starting to shift into a wolf. She knows who the father is because she walked out on him after one incredible weekend. She had her doubts and insecurities about their fling but she knows her son needs his help to understand what is happening to him.

Ryder has been missing Alex pretty much since she left him. He knew, nearly right away, that she was the one for him; his perfect mate. And when he comes home one night to find her on his couch, he’s shocked and elated. But when she tells him all she wants is for him to help their son through his shifting issues, he’s a little less happy. The woman he wants as his is back in his life and he’s not about to let her get away a second time. He promises his help, but first she must spend the weekend with him and let him prove to her that he wants to be with her for the long haul.

Naturally, amid these romantic shenanigans we have another kind of danger. There are pack politics at play here that Alex doesn’t fully understand and when the life of her son becomes in danger, she will need Ryder’s help in rescuing him.

This was a fun little holiday read! I didn’t think I would enjoy it as much as I did! I loved how Ryder basically had to start over in trying to woo Alex back into his life. Their fling the first time around really was a quick and almost abrupt sort of thing. The previous chemistry between them helped to make the sudden romance more believable! And enjoyable!

The ending to this one was pretty perfect too! Such a short little read, but one I enjoyed far more than I anticipated! I am definitely going to be picking up Alyssa’s latest holiday read soon too!

Overall Rating 5/5 stars 


Mini Review--Life After Legend by Marie Lu

If you’ve always wanted to know what happened after June and Day’s second first meeting, you can find out in this LEGEND short story.

The story was a offered as a bonus for those who preordered Warcross. It will be available to the public near the end of 2017 or early 2018

Marie Lu’s Life after Legend was so awesome! This was the short little read you got for free when you pre-ordered Warcross. I believe this will be made into an ebook next year and be sold to everyone!

This is truly a short-short read at just about 21 pages. It’s from Day’s point of view and basically shows us what he was doing ten years after Champion before he and his brother returned to L.A. And as you might recall, he didn’t have his full memories after having a surgery that saved his life. He could remember his family and even Tess, but June wasn’t fully there. Yet he dreams about a girl he can’t seem to chase down.

This is basically just all the things he thought about and whatnot prior to seeing June again at the end of Champion. More of scene than a short story, but still one that fills with me all the happy feels! Definitely a must read for all fans of the Legend trilogy!

Overall Rating 5/5 stars 

Graphic Novel Review--Champion: The Graphic Novel by Marie Lu, Leigh Dragoon, & Kaari

June and Day have sacrificed so much for the people of the Republic─and each other─and now their country is on the brink of a new existence. June is back in the good graces of the Republic, working within the government's elite circles as Princeps-Elect, while Day has been assigned a high-level military position.

But neither could have predicted the circumstances that will reunite them: just when a peace treaty is imminent, a plague outbreak causes panic in the Colonies, and war threatens the Republic's border cities. This new strain of plague is deadlier than even, and June is the only one who knows the key to her country's defense. But saving the lives of thousands will mean asking the one she loves to give up everything.

Omg. I forgot how totally wrecked I was after I read Champion, Champion: The Graphic Novel has reminded me of these feelings! Lol! As you might remember it was both heart-wrenching and heart-warming, but still, omg, I am wrecked!

Once again, Leigh Dragoon, Kaari, and Marie Lu work together to bring us yet another amazing and stellar graphic novel of one seriously amazing book series! I was so thrilled that this series got to conclude, as we know another beloved one failed to make good sales to continue.

Anywho, in this one we see Day and June and the new Elect, Anden, fight to bring peace to the Republic. But war is still eminent. The Colonies and the Republic are still battling it out and the plague is still riding strong throughout the cities. They believe a cure might be found within Eden’s blood, but Day is loath to trust the Republic who has turned its back on him and his family time and again.

The road to peace is going to be a long and bumpy ride for Day, June, and pretty much everyone. Day, as we learned previously, is sick and dying. He has a short time left to do a lot of impossible things and save the people he loves, but will he have the time to do it all?

Naturally, I remembered bits and pieces of this one! Particularly that ending as it started to come about! But wowzers, totally forgot about the timeframe! I think that’s what got me the most emotional about the situation! As its predecessor novel, this is still a heart-racing read indeed! And all my original feels that I had when reading it came back as I read this graphic novel! It was just so incredible! I love being able to see a book come to life in this way! Yes, movies and TV shows are great, but there’s something totally amazing about seeing it all illustrated!

Once again I feel saddened by seeing this series come to an end, but I must say it was done truly well! I loved the overall outcome of things and how it came about in resolving. It’s truly one of the best ways to end a series! Even in a graphic novel!

Overall Rating 5/5 stars


Graphic Novel Review--Prodigy: The Graphic Novel by Marie Lu & Leigh Dragoon Ill. by Kaari

The second book in the best-selling Legend trilogy comes to life in this vibrant graphic novel adaptation.

After escaping from the Republic's stronghold, Day and June are on the run in Vegas when the country learns that their Elector Primo has died and his son has stepped in to take his place. They meet up with the rebel stronghold of the Patriots—a large organization straddling the line between the Republic and its warring neighbor, the Colonies—and learn about an assassination plot against the Elector. Using threats and blackmail to get what he wants, the Patriots' leader, Razor, convinces June to let herself be captured by Republic soldiers so she can win over the Elector and feed him a decoy assassination plan. But when June realizes that the new Elector is nothing like his father, she must work with Day to try to stop the Patriots' plot before Razor can fulfill his own devastating plans.

The best thing about graphic novels are how fast they read! In fact, I did a quick re-read of the first Legend: The Graphic Novel before diving into Prodigy: The Graphic Novel! I’ve gotta say I looooove what Leigh Dragoon and Kaari have done to Marie’s story! I find myself remembering bits and pieces of the actual book as I read. Granted, there may be something missing, I read it so long ago that I can’t really say. But the meat of the story is there!

Day and June are on the run from the Republic. They are wanted for crimes they didn’t commit. Day watched his brother die in his place, while his younger brother Eden, is still being held prisoner within. They meet up with Kaede and join a resistance group. One that plans on assassinating the new Elector. Only something isn’t quite right. June suspects there is something else going on, for the new Elector, Anden isn’t all that bad.

The best part about having such a cruddy memory is that I can still be taken by surprise of the events of already read books! This story was quite thrilling and exciting! I loved every moment of it! The artwork is definitely one of my favorites! Kaari has some seriously amazing skills! Everything is so detailed and precise. I’m not much of a comic book or graphic novel reader but I seem to be lucky enough to find some pretty amazing ones to read and see!

If you’ve yet to read these amazing graphic novels, I highly recommend them! They are quick and fast reads but still totally enjoyable! They tell the story we all already know pretty well all things considered. One always expects to see something cut or changed, but again, I have a bad memory for these things, I can remember some of the bigger details and whatnot. In lieu of that factoid, I’d say this one was pretty perfect in keeping true to the novel! I cannot wait to read Champion: The Graphic Novel next! This is a great way to revisit a favorite series in a shorter manner! I truly loved everything about it!

Overall Rating 5/5 stars