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.

I had another pretty great week! Got mostly keeper copies of ARCs and whatnot! Lol! But I also got the last of the Australian copies of Maria V. Snyder's books! Although 1 didn't ship, I'm taking it to be that it's out of print because I know it's older, yet they had it on their site and I thought why not?! They say they'll ship it when it arrives, but I actually wonder if it will ever arrive! But I got the rest and they're here in plenty of time for next Saturday's signing!

So here's what I bought:

Touch of Power by Maria V. Snuder--Australian Edition
Scent of Magic by Maria V. Snyder--Australian Edition
Taste of Darkness by Maria V. Snyder--Australian Edition
Dawn Study by Maria V. Snyder--Australian Fan Edition

Ferocious by Paula Stokes--Keeper copy!
Twice Dead by Kalayna Price--Keeper copy! Apparently I never did pick one of these up! Since I had a coupon to B&N last weekend I put it to good use!
Sealed with a Curse by Jenna Black--since this is one of the few titles to be disappearing before the end of the month, I quickly snatched it up for my kindle!
Prince of Air and Darkness by Jenna Black--another of her titles to disappear very soon and I thought it sounded kinda interesting so again, I clicked that auto-buy stat! 
The Maiden Thief by Melissa Marr--in my height of buying ebooks, I decided to buy this one as well! It's a short little read and was only .99!

For review from the publisher I received this finished copy of:

Ashes Reborn by Keri Arthur
THANK YOU Berkley Books!

I've been seeing a lot of the neat little book bag/covers, whatever you want to call them! I wanted to get one from Book Beau because I had seen a lot of those around. Sadly, they've been out of stock for awhile now, what with the new website still in the works. I check it near daily I tell you! Lol! But I did look to other Etsy shops selling the same kind of product. And since I just wanted to get one to try out as I was noticing my corners being bent in my Vera Bradley bag I take to work everyday and thought one of these covers would do wonders for my books! (Luckily the ones that were getting bent corners were just review books that I was likely to replace with finished copies anyway!)

So I went to the Etsy shop StoryTimeSleeve and picked this one up:

Out of the ones available at the time I thought the peacock feathers were pretty cool! I've used it for a day really by the time it arrived during the week. And since that book was already bent at the corners it was hard to tell how well it worked. So I'll be testing it out better this week! Now I do need to get another one eventually for the times when I know I will be finishing the first book with me at lunch. I also want to get one that can fit my smaller mass market paperbacks. So basically I am in the market to do some serious book sleeve shopping!

Then this little ditty arrived on Saturday. Sadly I was spoiled by pictures on Instagram before mine arrived. So the surprise of what was inside was kinda ruined. Never fear though! If you're been lucky to avoid it, I won't ruin the surprise! I'll post a picture here on the blog in two weeks! Figured that's a safe time! Though I may post on Instagram, but I will do it in a combo pic so you can swipe if you'd like to see and not swipe if you'd rather be surprised for later on! 

I went to the annual Festival of the Little Hills on Friday night as well. While I didn't find anything that spoke to me from the booths, I did so some shopping at the local stores that make up Main Street in St. Charles, MO! It's one of my favorite little areas to shop at! There are some pretty unique stores among the crafty ones!

Anyway, I went to Jake's on Main, aka the Life is Good store and bought this Halloween shirt, though if you know me, I'll wear it any day in the fall no matter what month it is!

Isn't the cutest?! And it doesn't say Happy Halloween or anything like that, so there's nothing that makes this just a Halloween shirt! ;D

Then I went to my favorite Indie bookstore, Main Street Books, which is also where Maria will be next Saturday! While I wasn't in the market for books in particular, I did buy a shirt and necklace that were just too awesome to pass up:

 They had the Out of Print Hermione Granger Library Quote t-shirt on sale!! It was 30% off and since I was at the store, I figure, FREE shipping! It was a deal I couldn't pass up! And naturally, I had to get my House colors!

Then I bought yet another one of these awesome little bookish necklaces! I already own two, but I love them! They hang just write. The charm is the perfect size! And best yet, they have bookish quotes or sayings on them! This one says: Books fall open, you fall in. Said by David McCord!

And that my friends, was my haul this week! In the long run, I really just added 3 books to my TBR pile...but quite a bit more to my credit card bill! LOL! All the more points that get me closer to another B&N gift card! So, what did you all get?


Book Blogger Hop

This meme is hosted by Billy at Ramblings of a Coffee Addict

This week's question is: When you enter an unfamiliar house or apartment for the first time, do you feel disappointed if you don't see any bookshelves, or books on the coffee table? (submitted by Maria @ A Night's Dream of Books)

MY ANSWER: Well...kinda. Lol. Makes me wonder why I thought I liked them in the first place! But I also realize not many people are readers like I'm a reader, so I don't begrudge them too much!


Random Thursday

Let's see what more we can learn about the secret innerworkings of Disney with Disney Facts Revealed: Answers to Fans' Curious Questions as answered by Dave Smith!

(image borrowed from Wikipedia)
Donald Duck is apparently the only character from Mickey and his friends who has a middle name. It's Fauntleroy.

(image borrowed from Disney Clip Art Galore)
Minnie's cat, Figaro, first appeared as her pet in First Aiders in 1944, four years after he appeared in Pinoccchio. He would continue to appear in cartoons with Minnie and Pluto a few more times and ending with Pluto's Sweater which aired in 1949.

(image borrowed from Disney Wiki)
Roger Rabbit appeared in three other short cartoons called Roller Coaster Rabbit, Tummy Trouble, and Trail Mix-up. He naturally starred in Who Framed Roger Rabbit as well. As to which came first, the book didn't say.


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.

In this hotly anticipated sequel to the haunting #1 bestseller Stalking Jack the Ripper, bizarre murders are discovered in the castle of Prince Vlad the Impaler, otherwise known as Dracula. Could it be a copycat killer...or has the depraved prince been brought back to life?

Following the grief and horror of her discovery of Jack the Ripper's true identity, Audrey Rose Wadsworth has no choice but to flee London and its memories. Together with the arrogant yet charming Thomas Cresswell, she journeys to the dark heart of Romania, home to one of Europe's best schools of forensic medicine...and to another notorious killer, Vlad the Impaler, whose thirst for blood became legend.

But her life's dream is soon tainted by blood-soaked discoveries in the halls of the school's forbidding castle, and Audrey Rose is compelled to investigate the strangely familiar murders. What she finds brings all her terrifying fears to life once again.

SOOOOOO cannot wait to read this one! My attempts to obtain an ARC were futile, so I'm busying myself with review books until September 19th rolls around! I can't wait!! :D

PUBLISHER: Little, Brown, & Company
GENRE: Paranormal YA
RELEASE DATE: September 19, 2017 

The battle for the Crown has begun, but which of the three sisters will prevail?

With the unforgettable events of the Quickening behind them and the Ascension Year underway, all bets are off. Katharine, once the weak and feeble sister, is stronger than ever before. Arsinoe, after discovering the truth about her powers, must figure out how to make her secret talent work in her favor without anyone finding out. And Mirabella, once thought to be the strongest sister of all and the certain Queen Crowned, faces attacks like never before—ones that put those around her in danger she can’t seem to prevent.

In this enthralling sequel to Kendare Blake’s New York Times bestselling Three Dark Crowns, Fennbirn’s deadliest queens must face the one thing standing in their way of the crown: each other.

Despite majorly struggling with the first book for some unknown reason, I am willing to give this one another try! Especially since we'll be in this world longer than two books!

AUTHOR: Kendare Blake
PUBLISHER: Harper Teen
GENRE: Fantasy YA
RELEASE DATE: September 19, 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.

So excited to be back with the Weird Girls series! It's so fun! Taran is just a barrel of laughs in my opinion! She's got quite the attitude problem, but I can't help but relate to her sense of humor!

"The cell phone ring sounds through the leather fabric. But it's the familiar ringtone of Emme's phone to my right that has me turning left.

That's right, left.

I'm not stupid. When evil lures you one way, go the other." Kindle loc. 11%*

*Quote comes from the eARC, therefore it and its location are not final

TITLE: Of Flame and Fate
AUTHOR: Cecy Robson
GENRE: Urban Fantasy
RELEASE DATE: September 26, 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: Top Ten Books for Fans of Urban Fantasy (Old School)

*in no particular order

 10. THE HOLLOWS SERIES by Kim Harrison--one of my first "adult" series I ever read in Urban Fantasy! It was awesome! The paranormal peeps basically coexist with humans. Rachel is a witch who somehow always gets into trouble!
9. THE DARK DAYS SERIES by Jocelynn Drake--another good one! A vampire working with a vampire hunter trying to uncover bad guys. It's been awhile since I read it in its entirety so I'm sketchy on all the details but I know I LOVED it!
8. SIGN OF THE ZODIAC SERIES by Vicki Pettersson--here we have superheroes taking on signs of the Zodiac. There's good guys and there's bad guys and all kinds of action and secrets!

7. SABINA KANE SERIES by Jaye Wells--Sabina is part vampire, part mage. Vampires and mages are could imagine what kind of life she lives! Lots of good action in this one!
6. WOMEN OF THE OTHERWORLD SERIES by Kelley Armstrong--a series where there's a lot of different kinds of paranormals! I love each and every one of them! Bitten is still likely my favorite though! 
5. ANNA STRONG CHRONICLES by Jeanne C. Stein--a teacher turned bounty hunter turned vampire. Anna's life was never what you would call easy. I really liked how this one lets us watch Anna grow into her new vampire state. I feel like that's rare these days!

4. SHIFTERS SERIES by Rachel Vincent--another really good one! Mystery, romance, and lots of action...this is a series that was just pure awesomeness!
3. KITTY NORVILLE SERIES by Carrie Vaughn--I still need to read the last two books of this series! But Kitty's a werewolf and she has her own radio show. Then she gets outed that she's a were and soon she has her own talk show! There's still plenty of paranormal drama with more paranormal bad buys plus a hunter soon sets his sights on her. 
2. RILEY JENSON SERIES by Keri Arthur--another one that's been years since I read it. Riley is half were, half vamp and she works as a sort of elite police officer for all the paranormals. Lots of action and romance in this series!!

1. CHICAGOLAND VAMPIRES SERIES by Chloe Neill--probably the newest one out of the bunch, but it did just come to its fitting end earlier this year. Merit is also a newly turned vampire and over the course of a year we watch her transform and adapt to her new life. Lots of excitement, action, tears, and other good things in this series and I am SO excited for the spinoff!

Discussion Challenge: When I Feared Romance

As I was wrapping up my last post I started remembering a time when I didn't like romance in my books. I had had some bad experiences with picking up a book I thought was light on romance and it ended up being overkill on it. It basically made me fear to ever pick up a book from the romance shelves ever again, because I pretty much thought that was what all the books would be like.

When I Feared Romance

I can't remember the book that I read specifically. But it was a vampire romance book, but I thought maybe there's not that much romance/sex in it. Well, I was wrong. There was a good guy and a bad guy. Both wanted to have sex with the heroine. I swear the bad guy told her he wanted to f*** at least three times on one page! Granted, I don't really remember how many times it was. But he went on and on about it! Then the heroine would rather have sex with the other guy because, obviously, he was the good guy! But she didn't know him any better than the bad guy.

Needless to say I was most displeased at the end of the book. I pretty much swore to never buy a book from the romance section again after that. I stuck to my other books that I was getting into, like the Weather Warderns series, The Hollows series, and The Southern Vampire Mystery series. Yes they had romance too, they had maybe 1 or 2 sex scenes, usually there would be 2 if it was Charlaine Harris's books! However, I was able to read through those easily enough because the sex was just something that happened. It wasn't really plot related, which I felt like it was in that other book.

Then I decided to give Maria V. Snyder's Poison Study a try, since Amazon recommended me Magic Study and not Poison Study (eyeroll). I found the book in the romance section and was a tad hesitant, but thought it's more fantasy related than anything. So I bought it anyway, and as we all know, I LOVED IT!

The next time I took a risk, I felt like it was a bigger one. It was for Stray by Rachel Vincent. We had a storyline that sounded really good, more mystery like and needing to hunt down bad guys. Some of my already favorite authors were quoted on the cover praising the book, so I thought okay, I will take the risk and buy it! And again, as we already know, I loved that one too! 

I guess since I was still a teenager when I crossed over to the "adult" books, since I found a severe lack of Paranormal YA titles back then (I call those the Dark Days), I was hoping I would find reads like the few Paranormal YA books that I did read. Romance was a mild theme if anything. Obviously there wasn't any sex in those books back then. I wanted a read that had action and a good storyline! One where the characters left the bedroom more often than not.

Again, these are the things I can remember from my teen mind back then. I still find that I prefer the romance not being the focus of the story, but I do like having romance in the books! Though I can say I feel more embarrassed when reading a sex scene in public no matter what book I'm reading! I feel like other people just KNOW what I'm reading in that moment! Lol!

So I'll ask you guys again, how do you feel about romance in your books? Are you romance readers or more the type that doesn't want the straight up romance story? When did you realize you did or didn't like romance in your reads? I struggle to phrase my question right since my rambling kind of went all over the place! LOL!

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:
Rituals by Kelley Armstrong (Early Copy) (5 stars)
Seduced by Fire by Erin Kellison (ARC) (3.75 stars)
Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris (3 stars)
Review That Was Posted:
Ferocious by Paula Stokes (ARC) (4.5 stars)
Currently Reading:
Of Flame and Fate by Cecy Robson (ARC)
What I Plan to Read this Week:
Ashes Reborn by Keri Arthur (ARC)
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 pretty awesome week! I ordered a keeper copy from my ARC stash, some Australian covers of a beloved author, a review book, and a free read for preordering another book! All in all, a GREAT week!

Here's what I bought:

Reunited by Colleen Houck--keeper copy
Shadow Study by Maria V. Snyder--Australian copy! Yes, I treated myself to quite an expense to order the gorgeous Australian covers for some of Maria's books! These were the first to arrive and I'm hoping the next batch isn't too far behind either! ;D
Night Study by Maria V. Snyder--Australian copy!
Scooby Apocalypse #16 by J.M. DeMatteis & Keith Giffen, Ill. by Carlos D'Anda, Howard Porter, Dale Eaglesham, Andy Owens, & Rom Wagner

For review from Caffeinated Services, I received:

Of Flame and Fate by Cecy Robson (ARC)

Then it looks like Goodreads took it down already, but I did receive the amazing short story Meeting Thomas Cresswell--which I still need to read! I received this for preordering Hunting Prince Dracula!

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