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 Movie from Book Coming Out in 2017 Are You Most Excited About?

MY ANSWER: There's a new take on Beauty and the Beast by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve coming out in March that I'm REALLY excited about! ;)
(image borrowed from New York Daily News)

Not really sure what other ones are coming out this year. So it's hard to say after this one! 

Random Thursday

Time for more obscure and randomness from That's a Fact Jack: A Collection of Utterly Useless Information [Updated] by Harry Bright and Jakob Anser!

(image borrowed from Wikipedia)
"Throughout its lifetime, an elephant goes through six sets of teeth. The elephants starves to death once the sixth set of teeth falls out."

Oh that was not what I was expecting to read at all! So sad!!!

Review--Windwitch by Susan Dennard

Sometimes our enemies are also our only allies…

After an explosion destroys his ship, the world believes Prince Merik, Windwitch, is dead. Scarred yet alive, Merik is determined to prove his sister’s treachery. Upon reaching the royal capital, crowded with refugees, he haunts the streets, fighting for the weak—which leads to whispers of a disfigured demigod, the Fury, who brings justice to the oppressed.

When the Bloodwitch Aeduan discovers a bounty on Iseult, he makes sure to be the first to find her—yet in a surprise twist, Iseult offers him a deal. She will return money stolen from him, if he locates Safi. Now they must work together to cross the Witchlands, while constantly wondering, who will betray whom first?

After a surprise attack and shipwreck, Safi and the Empress of Marstok barely escape with their lives. Alone in a land of pirates, every moment balances on a knife’s edge—especially when the pirates’ next move could unleash war upon the Witchlands.

So reading Susan Dennard's Windwitch right after Truthwitch was a good idea! LOL. Not only was I still in that same mindset for the (albeit, confusing) world, but I was able to get familiar with the characters all the more quickly. I definitely liked this one a bit more than Truthwitch I think. There are still too many things that I don't know about this world and I would still kill for a glossary to help out with those terms that are still not familiar to me, but since that's not an option, carrying on is what I do best anyway!

I'm not really grasping this whole "this is Merik's book" like the previous book was "Safi's". I only say that because we still get so many different characters' points of view. It doesn't really feel like a book that belongs to any one character. That being said, still totally psyched for Bloodwitch! Aeduan is still a favorite character of mine and whether we truly get more of his point of view or not, I cannot wait to read the next book.
We open this book to a fire, Merik has been betrayed by someone close to him and he suspects his sister is the culprit. Luckily he was able to get most of his crew to safety, but since none of them can really find him again, he goes along with playing dead in order to find proof of his sister's treachery. Meanwhile Safi and her new "friend" Vaness were attacked and they managed to escape their ship unharmed but are soon taken hostage by yet another group of bad guys. Led by a very familiar face.

Then we have my favorite duo, Iseult and Aeduan who have temporarily teamed up in order to find Safi. There was an arrangement made you could say, and no, nothing so scandalous! As before, we do a lot of hip-hopping with all the different points of view. While I understand the purpose of this and it does work for the most part, I can't help but also feel overwhelmed and confused at the best of times. There's just too much going on it seems to keep everything straight. Not to mention all these other groups that keep popping up who want one thing or another. As I said, I would kill for a glossary, one that includes characters too, just to keep things on the level.

Susan has created quite an intricate world here. I both enjoy it, and yet am deeply befuddled by it at times. I seriously feel like a glossary would go a long way in my understanding of things and whatnot. But even without one, I can generally get an idea of what's going on. But then again, I am seriously overwhelmed with all the names and words that get tossed about too casually.

There was still a great deal of action in this one! Some startling surprises too and I have no idea what these things might mean for the future. It will definitely make things interesting for future books. Sadly I also missed the intense bond between Iseult and Safi. Their friendship was one of the highlights of Truthwitch. And since they are still separated, I missed their bond. I also missed Safi and Merik's flirting with one another, as they too were separated. The best relationship to watch evolve of course was Iseult and Aeduan. While there's nothing overly swoony happening, we are definitely getting a foundation built between them.

I may not be able to enjoy this series 100% so far, but I can say that I am invested. I am liking what I've read so far anyway and will be seeing this series through to its end! The characters are definitely the highlight for me since the world-building is still a little shaky! Oddest thing of all for me to say, but I am also hoping for more swoony moments in the next book! LOL! Past me would be shocked to hear that! Windwitch was definitely better than its predecessor and I can only hope this means that each book will continue to outshine the one before it!

Overall Rating 4/5 stars

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly blog post by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights releases we're eagerly awaiting.
Mira and Francesca Cillo—beautiful, overprotected, odd—seemed untouchable. But Ben touched seven parts of Mira: her palm, hair, chest, cheek, lips, throat, and heart. After the sisters drown themselves in the quarry lake, a post-mortem letter from Mira sends Ben on a quest to find notes in the seven places where they touched. Note by note, Ben discovers the mystical secret at the heart of Mira and Francesca's world, and that some things are better left untouched.  

I still want to read Kim's first thriller mystery from last year, but I'm already adding her to my release list it seems! I love a good mystery!

AUTHOR: Kim Savage
PUBLISHER: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux
GENRE: Thriller/Mystery YA
RELEASE DATE: February 21, 2017

The Girl of Fire and Thorns meets The Queen of the Tearling in this thrilling fantasy standalone about one girl’s unexpected rise to power.

Freya was never meant be queen. Twenty third in line to the throne, she never dreamed of a life in the palace, and would much rather research in her laboratory than participate in the intrigues of court. However, when an extravagant banquet turns deadly and the king and those closest to him are poisoned, Freya suddenly finds herself on the throne.

Freya may have escaped the massacre, but she is far from safe. The nobles don’t respect her, her councillors want to control her, and with the mystery of who killed the king still unsolved, Freya knows that a single mistake could cost her the kingdom – and her life.

Freya is determined to survive, and that means uncovering the murderers herself. Until then, she can’t trust anyone. Not her advisors. Not the king’s dashing and enigmatic illegitimate son. Not even her own father, who always wanted the best for her, but also wanted more power for himself.

As Freya’s enemies close in and her loyalties are tested, she must decide if she is ready to rule and, if so, how far she is willing to go to keep the crown.
I STILL need to check out this author's first duology! I try to make it a point to read something of theirs first before going crazy and buying everything they've written! LOL! Might hold off on purchasing this one until I've at least read her first book, but it's one I feel like I will enjoy regardless!
GENRE: Fantasy YA
RELEASE DATE: February 21, 2017 
In the explosive finale to New York Times bestselling author Jeaniene Frost’s Night Prince series, Vlad is in danger of losing his bride to an enemy whose powers might prove greater than the Prince of Vampire’s….

In the wrong hands, love can be a deadly weapon.

For nearly six hundred years, Vlad Tepesh cared for nothing, so he had nothing to lose. His brutal reputation ensured that all but the most foolhardy stayed away. Now falling in love with Leila has put him at the mercy of his passions. And one adversary has found a devastating way to use Vlad’s new bride against him.

A powerful spell links Leila to the necromancer Mircea. If he suffers or dies, so does she. Magic is forbidden to vampires, so Vlad and Leila enlist an unlikely guide as they search for a way to break the spell. But an ancient enemy lies in wait, capable of turning Vlad and Leila’s closest friends against them…and finally tearing the lovers apart forever.
Vlad's final book! Vlad's final book! Vlad's! Final! Book!!! EEEEEEEP!
GENRE: Urban Fantasy
RELEASE DATE: February 28, 2017  

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.

"Aeduan was intrigued, though. It wasn't often people surprised him, and it was even less often that people challenged him. The Threadwitch did more than that." p 102

TITLE: Windwitch
AUTHOR: Susan Dennard
GENRE: Fantasy YA
RELEASE DATE: January 10, 2017 

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: Ten Underrated/Hidden Gem Books I've Read In The Past Year Or So

*in no particular order
**going to be hard since if I enjoy a book, I don't think of it as underrated! 

10. STRUCK by Amanda Carlson--NORSE MYTHOLOGY people!! While not involving Thor, it still has those same concepts. Minus the superhero motif. 
9. ARCANA RISING by Kresley Cole--I feel like people don't truly know how awesome this series is! It's freaking amazing!!! Tarot cards come to life and having a battle to the death practically! And it has an insanely awesome love triangle that will seriously leave you not knowing who to choose!!
8. DOON by Carey Corp & Lorie Langdon--I only just started this series last year and I must say it was amazing! I still need to read the last book too. It's sort of a time travel book, but more like traveling to a fantasy world instead of straight up past!

7. THE IMMORTAL THRONE by Bree Despain--I looooved this series! You guys don't understand how much torment I suffered when the original publisher closed up shop before the third book released with the second book having a HUMONGOUS cliffhanger!
6. HUNT by Alyssa Rose Ivy--Alyssa is my most favorite NA author ever! She writes paranormal NA people!! Shapeshifters! And every book has been amazing!!
5. THE STORYSPINNER by Becky Wallace--I still need to read the last one to this duology but it's another I feel like I don't see around enough. It's a loosely retold story of Sleeping Beauty and I have to say I enjoyed this first installment far more than I thought I would!

4. GRETA AND THE LOST ARMY by Chloe Jacobs--this is another amazing series I don't see enough of! It's definitely got that Labyrinth vibe what with Goblin kings and mystical worlds! This was the final book of the trilogy and it was perfect!
3. RECKONING by Veronica Wolff--another of my most favorite series that I feared was in danger of disappearing forever, but then Veronica finally wrote the final book! And it. Was. Awesome!!!
2. REMEMBRANCE by Meg Cabot--truly don't see enough of this one! The Mediator series was my lifesaver as a teenager and to HAVE this book  come out years was INCREDIBLE! This is what is must have felt like for all your Veronica Mars fans when the movie released!! I ADORED this book!!

1. STALKING JACK THE RIPPER by Kerri Manisclco--perhaps I might be misjudging this one by calling it "under appreciated", but again, I felt like I didn't see it around enough. Once I Jack the Ripper in the title I was immediately intrigued! It was a most incredible read too!!


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:

 Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken (4 stars)
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard (3.5 stars)
Scooby Apocalypse #1-9 by J.M DeMatteis, Keith Giffen, Jim Lee (4.5 stars)

Review That Was Posted:

Phantom Kiss by Chloe Neill (ARC) (5 stars)

Currently Reading:

Windwitch by Susan Dennard

What I Plan to Read this Week:

Violet Grenade by Victoria Scott (ARC)

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!

What a week. I've been sick ever since Monday. It started out as a sore throat and then just kept escalating despite taking preventive medicine, then switching to real treating medicine. It's been terrible really. I'm congested on one side of my face it feels like. Ugh...felt like I was just sick not that long ago and here we go again!

But it was still a good week for books! Despite Amazon deciding to totally delay a book for no known reasons whatsoever! They're on a roll this year to totally ticking me off, yet I still shop there, so it's just venting really! LOL!

Here's what I bought:

Crimson Dagger by Morgan Rhodes--somehow missed this one last year!! It's MORE MAGNUS!!!
Windwitch by Susan Dennard
Roseblood by A.G. Howard
Scooby Apocalypse #9 by Keith Giffen, Jim DeMatteis, Ron Wagner & Dale Eaglesham--already read and reviewed!

Then I received my final OTSPSecretSister gift from my not so secret anymore sister, Jessica Walker!

The House by Christine Lauren
Black Beauty by Constance Burris
a library kit
a gorgeous journal for bright ideas
and of course, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups!!

THANK YOU SO MUCH Jessica for all the love you've been sending these months!!

Then in an awesome trade with Rachel from Rachel's Book Reviews, I received:

Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter (ARC)

THANK YOU Rachel!! 

Then I also got a Xmas gift that was belated due to it not being shipped out until January:

It's a Supernatural share the LOVE sweatshirt! All the proceeds were going to families in need! From what I understood the Supernatural boys put this idea together! Thought it was cool, because one, SUPERNATURAL, two a great cause, and three SUPERNATURAL!!!

And that was my haul this week! What did you get?

Comic Review--Scooby Apoclaypse Issues 1-9 by Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis, Ron Wagner, Dale Eaglesham, Howard Porter

Those meddling kids-Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy, and their dog, Scooby-Doo-get more ghost-debunking than they bargained for when faced with a fundamental change in their world. The apocalypse has happened. Old rules about logic no longer apply. The creatures of the night are among us, and the crew of the Magical Mystery Machine has to fight to survive-because in the apocalyptic badlands of the near-future, the horrors are real!

This new monthly series takes Scooby and the gang to a whole new level and features character designs by comics superstar Jim Lee!

Scooby Apocalypse is a whole new Scooby Doo universe! Here the gang is just getting together under new circumstances. And it's not about solving mysteries and catching bad guys in a creepy mask, here, the monsters are real!

The world is going to hell in a handbasket Velma is afraid it's partially her fault. She asks Daphne and Fred for their help in exposing the company she works for and that the virus or whatever you want to call it it, that will take out a human's tendencies towards evil and other bad things is irrevocably erased. But naturally, something went wrong with the program and the virus that is latching onto people is turning them into monsters!

Shaggy worked as a dog caretaker at the facility and Scooby Doo was the first "expierment" to make dogs more intelligent on a human level where they could even talk. But sadly, Scooby is a "failed" experiment for he never seemed to gain that killer instinct.

This first issue was more about setting the scene and circumstances and it ended in a most chilling way. It even includes an extra story of Shaggy's first day on the job!

Rating 5/5 stars

The apocalypse continues as Scooby and the gang explore a mysterious facility that may hold the key to their survival. Little do they know that a particularly powerful puppy and his gang of mutated mutts are waiting in the shadows-and they’re ready to attack!

The adventure continues in this one as the we learn a bit more abut what's happening to the world. It definitely has an apocalyptic feel to it as the gang is running for their lives and there seem to be no other people about. We learn of the mysterious Four, a group of people who are behind the imaginings of the facility where Velma worked. The gang is struggling to get out the place but the monsters are everywhere it seems. They believe that all these monsters were once human beings too, and we slowly see Daphne go to a dark place in order to survive.

Rating 5/5 stars

After fleeing a monster-infested underground base, Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy and Scooby stumble upon a desert ghost town where they hope to catch their breath. But when night falls, they learn it’s not a ghost town after all—and the terrors that show up like to bite! Scooby Snack is about to take on a whole new meaning.

The fight to survive continues on with the gang and Scooby as they try to get out of the facility alive. And when the finally get a step forward, one of their own is injured. 

I especially enjoyed this issue for there was a moment on the rooftop where we could see a few iconic things from the Scooby Doo universe at large! 

Rating 5/5 stars

After fleeing a monster-infested underground base, Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy and Scooby stumble upon a desert ghost town where they hope to catch their breath. But when night falls, they learn it’s not a ghost town after all—and the terrors that show up like to bite! Scooby Snack is about to take on a whole new meaning. 

The gang is still on the run, it seems there is no longer anywhere safe for them to hide out. There will always be the danger of monsters lurking around somewhere. Add to that there's another group that's following Scooby and the gang...led by a very familiar face! Dun dun DUN!!!!

Rating 5/5 stars

The world is a monster madhouse, and Scooby and the gang have been fighting for their lives, for every sunrise, for every moment. But they’ve had enough-it’s time to stop reacting and start solving the mystery of who turned all of humanity into mindless hordes of bloodthirsty creatures. A single clue leads the gang and their Mystery Machine to Seattle, on the trail of one of the four scientists who infected the world with nanites. Where to start? Velma has a plan, and watch out, because whenever Velma has a plan, things get very dangerous very fast.

The gang has taken refuge in a MallMart, yup, you read it right! I've found it odd that we have yet to see any other survivors in this series yet. I'm still struggling to understand the greater concept at large here and what Velma unintentionally did with this "virus". I get what she wanted to do, and I realize the evil that used it in the wrong way, somehow, but how was it initiated exactly? I'm getting more and more curious about this comic series and trying to understand the origins of it all.

Rating 4/5 stars

Scooby and the gang are under siege! While the minutes tick by as they await the next wave of monsters, Velma does some soul-searching…which leads to some stunning revelations! You’ll never look at her the same again!

Well, in this issue we finally get a little bit of background information. Not a whole lot mind you, but a little more insight to Velma's background and what led her to her current situation of sorts. We learn more about who she is, who the mysterious Four are that she mentioned earlier. It was definitely what I had been hoping for, but alas I still have questions about this whole virus thing. But in due time, I think, we will learn more!

And we get to see more of that special little somebody again that we saw a few issues back! It totally had me thinking of the first movie again with the live cast! LOL!

Rating 5/5 stars

Clean up on aisle “doo”! The gang is going to need all the help they can get when it comes to escaping from the shopping wasteland known as Mall Mart. Does Freddy have what it takes to lead the team to safety? Or will he need an assist from the resident team scaredy cat, Shaggy?

The gang is still trapped in the MallMart and trying to get out. But they're kind of surrounded by evil demons and monsters. What I love about this series so far is how very "origin" like is for the Scooby gang. We're seeing them meet. We're seeing them interact for the first time. There's a lot of animosity between Daphne and Velma. Daphne struggles to trust Velma since she was a part of this organization that created the virus that created the monsters. Though Velma still stands by what she says in trying to do what's right.

The ending was rather shocking too! There was quite a few shocking cliffhangers in it too! Luckily I was in binge reading mode!  

Rating 5/5 stars

Escaping Mall-Mart took a toll on Scooby and friends-particularly on Fred, whose broken leg needs more attention than the Mystery Machine’s rinky-dink first aid kit can provide. The gang needs to find a hospital stat-but Velma would rather let Fred’s leg crumble to dust than fight more bloodthirsty creatures. But wait-are those paramedics? Nurses? Are they at least friendly? No? Really?

The gang has escaped the MallMart but not unscathed. Fred has been hurt and they need to get him to a doctor. But where to find one in an apocalypse? Luckily, they manage to find a hospital nearby, but unluckily, it would seem, the hospital isn't exactly empty. Yup, more monsters. A scary doctor one to boot!

One issue I had with this one was the mysterious reappearance of Scooby. It just so happened that he found them through his special tech goggles--which is also how he can communicate with them--after he played distraction with the monsters so the gang could get into their Mystery Machine and get away. Hospitals always creep me out when it comes to the scary stuff! Spent too much time in them as a kid.

Rating 4.5/5 stars

Now that Velma has a fully charged laptop, she can’t keep her secrets from the rest of the gang any longer. And when they learn how Velma was behind the infection that turned the world into a horror-infected wasteland, she’ll be lucky if her new friends don’t kill her before the monsters do!

Velma tries to come to terms with the things that are happening and her role in them. She's dealing with a lot of guilt and these new friends she have seem to understand at times. Daphne warms up to her every now and then, but then the cold shoulder makes a quick comeback. We don't get to know everything she's thinking but we get the idea she has a plan of her own. Things end kind of abruptly in this side of things but what's more surprising is the next part!

Our unexpected visitor returns and as we kind of saw the last time, he's even more powerful than before. But inside it seems is still that little puppy we all knew and love from long ago. He seems vicious about 99.9% of the time, but there maybe some good to him as well. I admit to getting a little teary in the latter portion of this one. Let's just say that it involved animals...and it's the apocalypse if you recall, so*t happens.

Rating 5/5 stars

So far this comic series is really shaping up to be a good one! It's very intense in some areas. I do want to recommend that while it does feature Scooby Doo, this comic is not meant for young children. There are some scary moments in it, like legit scary looking monsters! LOL! And cursing! I wasn't expecting the cursing! The last series I read...again, Scooby Doo, but the friendly kid safe one, didn't have any of that! It's not f-bombs or anything but yeah, I was surprised by it. So this is definitely a comic series for the adult Scooby Doo fan! 

We get a bit of that romantic tension between Fred and Daphne too! It's quite comical in some ways because Daphne has no interest in romantic interludes with Fred. I can't help but wonder if that might change in the future! I cannot wait to see where this series will go and what kind of resolution will come about...hopefully one will come about for that matter!

Overall Rating 4.5/5 stars