Let's Discuss: Favorite Dessert

So I started to notice I am falling so incredibly behind on my Discussion Challenge! 16 days into the month and not even one post! Shame!! I haven't had any bright ideas so I went to the list of "Comfy Questions" I saw on Twitter. This was initially one of those, "for every like" type prompts but I thought I could easily turn the questions into Discussion Challenge questions! I'm skipping the first question which is regarding tea and how you drink it, I don't drink tea, so moving onto the next...


Wow. Such a loaded question! Lol! There are so many that I like! I may be a picky eater (and boy am I! Though I have improved vastly over the years, but still pretty picky to your average Joe), but there are still quite a few sweet treats I enjoy!

Chocolate chip cookies--homemade of course!, Peanut Butter Cup Cookies...think Peanut Blossom, but with a mini peanut butter cup instead, Reese's peanut butter cups--duh! Lol!, Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter pie--I found this recipe like 2 or 3 years ago that has a chocolate chip cookie crust and then a peanut butter filling/topping that's coated in melted chocolate chips! It's super sweet but it's soooo good! I only make that at the holidays though, usually Thanksgiving since Christmas is filled with cookies! And ooh, Gooey Butter Cookies are another favorite!

So yeah, I guess I'm a cookie girl from the sounds of it! Lol!

What's your favorite dessert?

Review--Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza—but who knows what they'll find seven months after the invasion?

Meanwhile, Kady's cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza's ragtag underground resistance. When Rhys—an old flame from Asha's past—reappears on Kerenza, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict.

With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heroes will fall, and hearts will be broken.

I finally finished the conclusion to Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff’s hit series, The Illuminae Files, Obsidio! It was as awesome as expected! All expectations were exceeded, as expected! Lol! In this final installment we meet a new set of characters and also get to see the ones we’ve already fell in love with as well, which I wasn’t expecting so much to the degree it was met at, so that was a happy surprise!

We meet Kady’s cousin, Asha Grant as she lives on Kerenza IV and is a part of a secret rebel group that is trying to get rid of BeiTech who have taken over their home. Life on Kerenza has changed drastically with food shortages and curfews and of course, the soldiers who tear apart their planet. Things are crazy! So when Asha comes face to face with her ex-boyfriend, Rhys, who just happens to be a team member of BeiTech things get dicey. Asha’s fellow rebels think that Rhys can be turned over to their side and be used as an inside man, but Asha isn’t too sure. There’s a lot of history between her and Rhys and not all of it was pleasant.

We also get to see segments between Kady, Ezra, Ella, Nik, and Hannah as well as they are trying to band together their motley crew of survivors from the ships that have previously fell. But the odds are against them as they will not have enough food and oxygen to last them on their journey to Kerenza to take down BeiTech. Not only that, but there’s tension in the air regrading Syra being the new leader and her plans for the crew.

And what would the story be without our favorite AI, AIDAN? AIDAN will always be a mystery to me. Ignoring the fact that it’s a computer, but the way it actually thinks and perhaps even feels? It’s scary, yet not. It acts in the way a human might when it comes the hard decisions. The fact that it has lasted this long in the trilogy always baffled me, and oddly, not. It makes sense for AIDAN to continue to play a role in the course of things.

I truly never thought a book like Illuminae, Gemina, and Obsidio would hold my attention so tight. Upon hearing that the story is told in a course of emails, notices, video chats, and an assortment of other type documents, I was never really sure how a story could unfold and yet still make sense. But Amie and Jay truly make this process work! I could never even fathom the idea of writing like this for the entire book! All 600+ pages of it! Of course we had a good deal of artwork to enjoy on some of these pages as well, some of which was illustrated by the fabulous Marie Lu!

The Illuminae Files is definitely a sight to behold! This is without a doubt one of the most unique series I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading! It blew me away from the getgo and held me entranced for just as long! I’ve always struggled with futuristic/space-ish books, but with this series I was able to fall into the story so easily, so seamlessly, that when I finally turned the last page, I was saddened that there wasn’t more. I was even more saddened this time around as this is the final book of the trilogy!

There was plenty of action in this one! If you think a book composed of chats, letters, notices, and emails can’t be thrilling and on the edge of your seat riddled with action, you’d be wrong! There was plenty of action and suspense in this one! Moments that had me gasping and holding my breath! The added romances between the three starring couples were still acknowledge as well, I suspected seeing Asha and Rhys rekindle their old flame and fighting it as well, but being able to see moments with the other two was a happy surprise! Speaking of which, there were surprises at every turn in this epic story and my emotions were basically continually punched over and over with the ordeals that Amie and Jay made me go through.

Obsidio was the thrill ride adventure I had been so badly waiting for ever since reading Gemina two years ago! It had everything I was hoping for in a finale and then some! I hope that this will not be the last time Amie and Jay write a series together because these two are just incredible awesome. Mind. Blown.


Overall Rating 5/5 stars


Book Blogger Hop

This meme is hosted by Billy at Ramblings of a Coffee Addict!
This week's question is: Who is your favorite children's books author and why? (submitted by Kitty @ Vicarious Bookworm)
MY ANSWER: I don't read too many Childrens' books these days but I will say I was quite taken with What Do You Do with an Idea by Kobi Yamada and illustrated by Mae Besom!

I don't know why, but I just found it to be a cute and inspiring little story! It was quite fun too! Even as an adult reader! So naturally, I might have bought the other two additions to this little series!

Random Thursday

Okay, so last month I went through the rest of this book of Disney facts and was a little upset to find that as the questions kept coming, they were more in regards to "where did this object go", "who wrote this", "what's your favorite 'x'" The book didn't provide as many factoids as I would've hoped. So this month will be the final month of Disney facts until I can hopefully find another/better book. This one was fun on occasion but not what I initially though it would be. So, let's journey back to Disney Facts Revealed: Answers to Fans' Curious Questions by Dave Smith.

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Richard Sherman, one of the brothers who helped write the songs to Mary Poppins, commented on the ever so fun to say Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious song in regards to how it was created: it was "a word we sort of concocted from our childhood when we used to make up double-talk words." He and his brother also brainstormed words that could be a part of it, "supercolossal" and "atrocious" helped them get started!

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One fan asked about any non-Disney movies being filmed at the Walt Disney Studio in Burbank, Dave replied that some scenes from the 1992 Chaplin movie were shot at the studio and was one of the last films to shoot on Disney Studio's old business street.

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The first release day of Disney DVDs was on December 2, 1997 and there was 8 movies that came out that day. They included: George of the Jungle, Phenomenon, Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey, The Rock, and Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas.

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The first known Disney cloisonne pin was made for the Mickey Mouse Club in 1930. A few more pins were made in the 1930s and the decades to come but it was more in the 1980s when the pins became more popular. It was sparked by fans' interest in pins during the 1984 Olympic Games in L.A. More pins were made over the years that led to pin trading stations being opened at the parks. In October 1999, the first pin trading station opened in Disney World and in April 2000 one opened in Disneyland. Dave estimates that there are around 15,000 pins from the time they started to the current date (2016).

*not entirely positive if this was the first pin or not! It looked old and was what came up in my search. So I thought why not?! LOL!

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Anyone else remember Disney Dollars? I actually found I had maybe 3 of these in my collection somewhere. When a fan asked Dave if they were still in use, he said yes. Though as I searched for this picture, I learned that in 2016, likely after the book was published, the dollars have been discontinued largely due to people using cash, credit, and gift cards. "Funny money" seemed pointless to offer. 

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One fan asked if there were any references from Snow White's Scary Adventures in the new Seven Dwarfs Mine Train ride and Dave said YES! The two vultures on the crane near the mine entrance of the ride were apart of the original ride, as were the figures of Grumpy, Doc, Bashful, Sleepy, and Happy that we see in the cottage near the end of the attraction. New figures of Snow White, Dopey, and Sneezy were added to the ride.

And now when I venture back in October, I will have to look for those vultures and take a closer look at the dwarfs! I don't remember seeing the vultures so I will have to look for them!

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.

New York Times bestselling author Kevin Hearne returns with the finale to his wildly popular action-adventure series, The Iron Druid Chronicles.

Two-thousand-year-old Druid Atticus O'Sullivan travels to Asgard and faces off against the Norse gods to try and prevent Ragnarok in the final battle for the fate of mankind.

I am sooo behind in this series! I really need to get caught up now that it's ending! Hopefully this year, but it's too soon to say! Lol!

TITLE: Scourged
AUTHOR: Kevin Hearne
GENRE: Urban Fantasy
RELEASE DATE: April 3, 2018 

Witch and vintage store owner Lily Ivory faces her most difficult mystery to date with a case of mistaken identity that hits close to home...

Lily Ivory and her friends are planning a 1950s-themed brunch to benefit the local women's shelter. When a figure from her past shows up unannounced, threatening her unless she returns something that belonged to him, Lily's fiancé, Sailor, steps in to defend her. After the same man is found dead later that day, Sailor is the primary suspect. He swears he's innocent, but multiple witnesses ID him as the perpetrator of the assault. Lily vows to clear his name...only she's not sure where to start with the mounting evidence against him.

When she sees Sailor in the neighborhood despite knowing he's in jail, Lily starts to wonder if there could be a doppelganger in San Francisco. When she's not busy helping customers find matching outfits for the upcoming event, searching for a vintage wedding dress for her own nuptials, and dealing with an ill-timed magical cold, Lily begins to suspect one of her magical foes is targeting her loved ones in an attempt to weaken her.

Another series I need to seriously get caught up in! This is such a fun cozy mystery series! I really like the added fact that it involves magic too!

PUBLISHER: Berkley Books
GENRE: Paranormal Mystery
RELEASE DATE: April 3, 2018 


Review--Lake Silence by Anne Bishop

In this thrilling and suspenseful fantasy, set in the world of the New York Times bestselling Others series, Vicki DeVine and her lodger, the shapeshifter Aggie Crowe, stumble onto a dead body . . . and find themselves enmeshed in danger and dark secrets.

Human laws do not apply in the territory controlled by the Others–vampires, shapeshifters, and paranormal beings even more deadly. And this is a fact that humans should never, ever forget . . .

After her divorce, Vicki DeVine took over a rustic resort near Lake Silence, in a human town that is not human controlled. Towns like Vicki’s have no distance from the Others, the dominant predators that rule most of the land and all of the water throughout the world. And when a place has no boundaries, you never really know what’s out there watching you.

Vicki was hoping to find a new career and a new life. But when her lodger, Aggie Crowe–one of the shapeshifting Others–discovers a dead body, Vicki finds trouble instead. The detectives want to pin the man’s death on her, despite the evidence that nothing human could have killed the victim. As Vicki and her friends search for answers, things get dangerous–and it’ll take everything they have to stay alive.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest and voluntary review. I was in no way compensated for this review.

New York Times bestselling author, Anne Bishop returns to the world of The Others with her newest novel, Lake Silence that also starts off the new spinoff series. While our favorite characters are not in this book, they do get mentioned, we are able to meet a whole new cast of characters and I have to say, I liked them a lot! They’re all so different from the characters we’ve met before, I think this series will turn out to be just as remarkable as its predecessor!

Vicki DeVine is a newly divorcee who has come into possession of a cabin resort near Lake Silence. She knows she only got it so her lowly ex, Yorick Dane and his new wife got to keep all the cooler “toys” they owned during their marriage, but Vicki was happy to have a place of her own and a way to continue on living her life with the money that would come in once the resort is up and running. She’s in Other territory, even has a Crow as her first resident, but she adjusts well to her new situation and is even starting to like being a business owner. Then one morning, she notices Aggie Crow trying to heat up an eyeball. Yes, an eyeball. This soon leads to the discovery of a dead body on her property and launches a full investigation into his death, but this is only the start of the chaos that Vicki will have to endure.

It seems that her ex-husband, Yorick, didn’t realize a good thing when he had it. Namely that piece of property Vicki now calls him and he will do everything possible to get it back in his possession, not knowing that Vicki has gained herself quite the array of allies in town.

I had initially thought that this one would be a sort of murder mystery given the premise, but that’s not the case. I can’t say I was overly disappointed, because the story that began to unfold held my attention just as strongly as Anne’s previous books. As before, we get many points of view from the cast of characters. Even the notorious villains of the story who are only know as Them. It was interesting to get their perspective on things and kind of gave you the heads up for when something scandalous was about to happen.

In a way, Vicki was like Meg in some ways. Not that she was a blood prophet, but her insecurities over herself made her a relatable heroine. Like Meg, she was getting adjusted to a new way of life, though unlike Meg, she was used to the most basic of things and all that kind of jazz. But it felt like she shared an innocence that was similar to Meg’s.

As before, the pacing to this one wasn’t as fast paced as I usually like. It had a more sedate pace, but one that still keeps you highly engaged with the story and wanting to know what happens next. This sort of pace usually wouldn’t work for me, but for some reason, Anne does it in a way that keeps me hooked!

There’s not a whole lot of romance in this one either, but if Anne’s first series of The Others was anything to go by, I have full hope to see something happen eventually. There is already some things going into motion with Vicki and town resident, Julian who’s also an Intuit. They are friends as it is, but it seems like there’s a potential for more to come. Best thing about Julian? He runs the bookstore in town! Oh yeah!! Lol! And Vicki is a pretty big reader too, so there’s more reason to love this heroine!

The ending to this one was packed with action! There was so much going on and I found myself really enjoying this part! Let’s just say that the things that were happening with the villains of this story were served justice Other style and I couldn’t help but love it. I might be harboring a dark side that enjoys a good dose of vengeance! Lol! Happily I found that there were no cliffhangers in this one! I don’t know if Anne plans to stick with these characters for the future books to come or how this new series will play out, but I can say that I am eagerly looking forward to finding out!

You can easily read this book without needing to read the previous series, there are some occurrences that are mentioned in this book that played a role in the first series, but nothing that would lead to confusion and other than mentioning the first set of characters as well, there were no real cameo appearances, though I hope that might change in the future! Lake Silence was a most engaging read that I enjoyed to the fullest!

Overall Rating 4.5/5 stars


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.

"A hand came down on the book, and I...squeaked...and jumped back as far as my arms allowed without giving up the book and losing my place. After all, I did have priorities." p 92

"I loved books, and given a line of credit, I could imagine having to sell my car to feed my book addiction and pay off my bookstore debt." p 94

TITLE: Lake Silence
AUTHOR: Anne Bishop
GENRE: Urban Fantasy
RELEASE DATE: March 6, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week's topic is: Books That Surprised Me (in a good or bad way)

*in no particular order

10. SCYTHE by Neal Shusterman--I guess I was just surprised with this one overall. I didn't know what to really expect and even though it wasn't as fast as I usually like I still really liked it!
9. THE IRON KING by Julie Kagawa--when trying to remember what books surprised me, I looked through my archives and found a post with said surprising books! Lol! This one was a happy surprise as it was one I won! Faerie books can always be hard to get an idea of if I'll like it or not but I LOVED this one!
8. DEMONS NOT INCLUDED by Cheyenne McCray--I was initially hesitant over this one because I thought it was more romance focused, but I was happily surprised to find it was more action focused with some romance on the side!

7. VAMPIRE ACADEMY by Richelle Mead--I remember being hesitant to pick this one up because I thought it was going to be overly dramatic about this and that. I had some bad experiences with the last few YA books I read before I started reading adult (before there were any real amount of Paranormal YA to read!) but my friends on a discussion board back then told me I HAD to read it. And I did. And I was sooo surprised by how freaking amazing it was!!
6. SOULLESS by Gail Carriger--this was likely my first steampunk/historical setting type book and I wasn't sure if I would enjoy it. I was happily surprised to find that I LOVED it! It was so awesome and funny and entertaining!
5. SUCCUBUS BLUES by Richelle Mead--I was surprised to find that I really really enjoyed this one! Naturally, when dealing with a succubus, I thought this book was going to have too much sex for my liking. I was again, surprised to find that it wasn't so romance focused at all! And omg, I LOVED this series so much!! So it was yet another happy surprise!

4. INTERTWINED by Gena Showalter--yes this was another surprising read! Having read practically all girl point of views since ever (excluding Harry Potter of course) I was a little worried about reading from a boy's point of view way back then. But OMG! I LOVED this series!! It basically opened the door to reading from the male pov. I was devastated...so utterly, UTTERLY devastated that this series was canceled and that even the author felt so disconnected from it that the 4th book was scrapped practically from the time the third book released. I will never know what happened to Aiden and his friends and the souls that lived within him. *sobs
3. THE WINNER'S CURSE by Marie Rutkoski--I can't remember what held me back from reading this one right away. I guess I wasn't sure if it was for me or not. But then I read some reviews and just plunged into reading it and oh wow! I was totally surprised by a lot of things! Naturally, I came to love this series!
2. AS OLD AS TIME by Liz Braswell--I was totally surprised by this one! Since I was kind of let down by her first two Twisted Tales, I wasn't sure how she would handle this one. I decided to give it that rare third chance since it was Beauty and the Beast we were talking about and was thrilled to discover that this was an amazing me!

1. CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber--I had heard sooooo much hype for this book long before it came out. And when there's that much hype, I am always a little hesitant about reading said book. Even if I am a little excited about the premise, I am usually still hesitant too because EVERYONE is raving about it and I hadn't even heard of it yet! Lol! But I was thrilled to learn that the raving and excitement was warranted! This book was incredible!

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:

Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody (ARC)--Review to come at a later date
The Dark Calling by Kresley Cole (5 stars)

Currently Reading:

Lake Silence by Anne Bishop

What I Plan to Read this Week:

Obsidio by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

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 a pretty good week! I didn't add too much to my TBR pile, and two books were just keeper copies too!

I bought:

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw
To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo--Keeper Copy
Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton--Keeper Copy
The Shadow by Marianne Curley--SO excited to read this one! I LOVED The Guardians of Time trilogy many years back! Of course, it's been ages since I read them, so I plan to re-read them and review them for the first time in the coming weeks!
High Voltage by Karen Marie Moning--SIGNED!

Then in a trade with Emily from Emily Reads Everything I got:

Pacifica by Kristen Simmons (ARC)


Then I got my preorder swag from Amanda Foody! Ironically in the same week I read Ace of Shades

Bookmarks from each of the gangs
A SIGNED bookplate!


And then Fierce Reads was able to send me another Gone Rogue poster and I was thrilled to see that UPS delivered this one and had it gently placed at my doorstep completely undamaged!

THANK YOU Fierce Reads!!!