It's Monday! What are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. It's a fun meme where we gather to share what we've read last week and our reading plans for this week.

Last Week I Read:

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

Reviews that Were Posted:

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

Currently Reading:

Witch's Pyre by Josephine Angelini

What I Plan to Read this Week:

Public Enemies by Ann Aguirre

Other Posts of Interest:

Stacking the Shelves

This weekly meme is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

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

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

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

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

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

So naturally, I expect they will anyway!

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

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

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

TBR Book Tag

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

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

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

2. Is your TBR pile mostly print or ebook?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

6. A book on your TBR pile you plan on never reading? that possible? I mean my TBR pile is so vast because I really want to read all the books! I just don't have the time!

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

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

Breaking by Danielle Rollins!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Follow Friday

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

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

Specific RULES:

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

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


Current ones:

Cancelled/Retired ones:

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

Random Thursday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

“It’s dark magic brings him back.”

Tori Burns and her family left D.C. for claustrophobic Chaptico, Maryland, after suddenly inheriting a house under mysterious circumstances. That inheritance puts her at odds with the entire town, especially Jesse Slaughter and his family—it’s their generations-old land the Burns have “stolen.” But none of that seems to matter after Tori witnesses a young man claw his way out of a grave under the gnarled oak in her new backyard.

Nathaniel Bishop may not understand what brought him back, but it’s clear to Tori that he hates the Slaughters for what they did to him centuries ago. Wary yet drawn to him by a shared sense of loss, she gives him shelter. But in the wake of his arrival comes a string of troubling events—including the disappearance of Jesse Slaughter’s cousin—that seem to point back to Nathaniel.

As Tori digs for the truth—and slowly begins to fall for Nathaniel—she uncovers something much darker in the tangled branches of the Slaughter family tree. In order to break the centuries-old curse that binds Nathaniel there and discover the true nature of her inheritance, Tori must unravel the Slaughter family’s oldest and most guarded secrets. But the Slaughters want to keep them buried… at any cost.

From award-winning author Elle Cosimano comes a haunting, atmospheric thriller perfect to hand to readers of the Mara Dyer trilogy and Bone Gap.

Really liked Elle's Nearly books and still need to read her other standalone from last year, but this one is already on my list! LOL!

AUTHOR: Elle Cosimano
PUBLISHER: Disney-Hyperion
GENRE: Thriller YA
RELEASE DATE: June 13, 2017


Review--Burning by Danielle Rollins

After three years in juvie, Angela Davis is just a few months shy of release, and she'll finally be free from the hole that is Brunesfield Correctional Facility. Then Jessica arrives. Only ten years old and under the highest security possible, this girl has to be dangerous, even if no one knows what she did to land in juvie. As strange things begin happening to Angela and her friends that can only be traced to the new girl's arrival, it becomes clear that Brunesfield is no longer safe. They must find a way to get out, but how can they save themselves when the world has forgotten them?

Danielle Rollins brings us a new story to have us jumping at the shadows, or in this case, the flames. Burning isn’t your ordinary girl-discovers-she-has-magical-powers kind of read. Oh no. This one is far more than that simple line. This one gets deep into the terrifying things that come from such a situation.

Angela has been spending the past few years in a juvenile detention center for breaking and entering, and basically stealing stuff. We learn more about how she came to that life, but the real story focuses on her interactions with little girl named Jessica who is also brought to juvie. Right away Angela, is scared of this strange little girl and how at times it looks like her eyes have turned pure black.

Angela and her cellmates start to notice certain changes being made to the prison. A group known as SciGirls comes to help get the girls involved in their program which basically gets girls involved in science and whatnot. The leader, Dr. Gruen has a special interest in Jessica and wants Angela’s help in getting Jessica to open up. Angela soon learns that Jessica is no ordinary girl.

I wouldn’t exactly call this book a horror novel like Danielle’s other books written under her pen name Danielle Vega. This one is more of a thriller with a twist of paranormal tied in. The book is pretty freaky too in some spots. It’s definitely one that keep you turning the pages. While the pacing isn’t overly fast, it’s not exactly slow either. It’s just the right amount to keep you invested and slowly show you its tantalizing secrets.

I think one of the most terrifying aspects of this book was its setting! We’re talking a prison…so to speak. Prison for teens at least, so yeah juvie but still the same atmosphere in some ways. Angela is a criminal, so are her friends, their young age kept them from being tried as adults. And based on their crimes, Angela and her friends are sort of the worse defenders. So I was actually a bit surprised when Jessica came to stay with them in their cell. Her supposed crime was pretty high up there I guess, but still, the age differences had me wondering if it was a smart move? Throwing a ten-year-old into a cell with sixteen-year-olds? Maybe it does work out that way. I don’t know. I would assume that Danielle did her research when it came to these things, so naturally, I just rolled with it.

This book was pretty weird. And I like weird. Yet I also like answers, we don’t get too many of those in this one. I’d like to think that what I inferred to have happened is the case. But there were just things that get left unsaid at the end that didn’t leave me 100% satisfied. I plan to read Breaking next, which is said to be a companion novel. So maybe those answers might be mentioned in there. We’ll have to see. It was little things really, like when it came to the SciGirls group. And some other things that I really cannot mention, but again, I have some theories about what happened there and think my guess is fairly good, but there is still some questions that I have at the end that I seriously have no clue to answering! Lol.

We have a few teases of romance in this one as well. Granted, it’s not really the kind of book where you should expect there to be love and kisses and all that. I wasn’t really expecting there to be anything really, so the little teases and tastes that we got were surprising yet well played. They weren’t there just to simply have kisses and teases, so that was kind of nice.

Overall, Burning was a most intriguing read. I feel like at the end of every novel of Danielle’s I’ve had questions. Ones that make me feel like the story is far from over. Though it seems one of them really was over at the end. I hope to learn more from the next book of this maybe kind of series? It’s unclear whether this one will be a part of a larger world series or not, but one can always hope for these things! If you’re looking for an eerie read that will keep you guessing and twist your head around a bit, I would totally recommend Burning!

Overall Rating 3.5/5 stars

ARC Review--Legion by Julie Kagawa

The legions are about to be unleashed, and no human, rogue dragon or former dragon slayer can stand against the coming horde. Book 4 of 5 in The Talon Saga from New York Times bestselling author Julie Kagawa.

Dragon hatchling Ember Hill was never prepared to find love at all--dragons do not suffer human emotions--let alone the love of a human and a former dragonslayer, at that. With ex-soldier Garret dying at her feet after sacrificing his freedom and his life to expose the deepest of betrayals, Ember knows only that nothing she was taught by dragon organization Talon is true. About humans, about rogue dragons, about herself and what she's capable of doing and feeling.

In the face of great loss, Ember vows to stand with rogue dragon Riley against the dragon-slaying Order of St. George and her own twin brother Dante--the heir apparent to all of Talon, and the boy who will soon unleash the greatest threat and terror dragonkind has ever known.

Talon is poised to take over the world, and the abominations they have created will soon take to the skies, darkening the world with the promise of blood and death to those who refuse to yield.

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

Julie Kagawa has been one of my most favorite authors ever since I picked up The Iron King, when I heard about her dragon series, I knew it was going to be epic and for the past four years now, it’s proven to be absolutely true! Legion continues the story that follows Ember, Riley, Garret, and Dante; dragons and dragon hunter all from different ends of the track. The looming sense of danger that’s been brewing pretty much since Rogue is finally coming to light, but since we still have one more book to go, we’re only just seeing the finishing line in sight!
So things pick up pretty much where we left off in Soldier and since I just finished that right before starting this one, I was pumped and ready to go! Garret’s life was hanging in the balance when we last saw him after he defeated the Patriarch in a duel to prove his innocence. And since they’re in the middle of nowhere we’re talking no hospitals. And since this is Julie Kagawa we’re talking about here, I honestly didn’t know how things were going to turn out! She’s one of those amazingly awesome authors who delights in tormenting her readers. Lol. But as I was telling myself as I read, this series is far from over and this is Garret. Think things practically and you’ll know how things will turn out.
We start to see inklings of what Talon has planned for…everyone. I feel like this time, Dante gets a few more chapter time and even though some of that included flashbacks to a time when he and Ember were still kids or even going back to the very beginning of their time at playing human, we see things a bit differently through his perspective.  I’d like to say it put his character into more defining light, but honestly, the boy still confuses me and worries me. I know I said last time his position was made clear, but I guess a part of me still hoped for better. Dante is almost a bit scary in this one, at least I thought he was in his ways of thinking.
Seeing Talon’s plans of course was just as frightening. What it really adds up to is knowing that Ember and her friends are in for one heck of a finale! We even get to know why Talon is so keen on getting Ember back in their clutches and let me tell you, I wasn’t prepared for that kind of scary! It’s twisted and insane and just so dark!! I mean man!! But yet, I can’t help but love it all the same!
Needless to say that Legion was full on incredibly awesome! The tension is so thick you could cut a knife through it! The pacing is spot on! We’re lead deeper and deeper into this story and more characters step up to join the cause in helping Riley and Ember defeat Talon. It’s going to take a lot of work and lot more manpower and dragon-power than these two can provide alone!
Onto the romance of the story, because it has to be mentioned. I’ve liked how subtle the romance is in the story. I mean it doesn’t encompass who Ember is or what she is setting out to do. And even then, it’s still so subtle there’s hardly any there at all. Because when you think of it, things are much too chaotic to be taking time out for a make out session! But it’s still there, in those little stolen moments between Ember and…someone. I won’t mention names, even though I think we all know who she’s going to choose, who she chose in fact in Soldier. But there’s that. It is finally settled and resolved in this one though. At least I am 99% sure! As I said before, with Julie, you never really know for sure until it’s all said and done! But I do like how things were left off in this area of things. I think this was the best resolution for everyone. We’ll see.
I can’t help but feel like there might be something BIG on the horizon with the final book. And I am not just talking about the big showdown with Talon, because since there is one more book left, we know things are far from over with all the enemies on all the fronts. There was something that happened in this one, pretty early on too. And the results that stemmed from it had my mind whirling at full speed wondering what it will mean. Sadly, it’s not addressed full on. But there are hints. Teeny, tiny little hints. And I paid attention to those, oh boy was I!! And now after finishing the book, I was perturbed by it not really being addressed. It’s possibly I saw something from nothing that’s not really there at all. Or it’s also possible that it won’t be addressed until the final book! Read the lines carefully, my friends, and see if you can see what I saw and determine if it means anything! That’s another thing I love about reading, developing all these crazy and sometimes, not so crazy, theories!
Legion was full on excitement!! The pages were rife with action, suspense, dire circumstances and toe curling events! It’s a read that will have you staying up way past bedtime determined to finish it because it is just that un-put-down-able! I had very little experience with dragons before Julie Kagawa, but ever since Talon, my heart has been won over by them! I am both ecstatic and sadden to read the final book next year, but it will definitely be a read to surpass all reads as every book I’ve read but Julie Kagawa has been pure magic and one amazing adventure!

Overall Rating 5/5 stars

Legion releases April 25, 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.

"No one can figure out why Jessica's here, but everyone agrees that weird things happen when she's around. Lights go out. The air gets dry and hot. Once, she walked into the cafeteria and all three industrial-sized fans stopped working at the exact same second." p 101

TITLE: Burning
AUTHOR: Danielle Rollins
PUBLISHER: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
GENRE: Thriller YA

RELEASE DATE: April 5, 2016

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

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

This week's topic is: Top Ten Topics/Words That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book**

*in no particular order
**baring that it's a book within my genre and its description hooks me

4. BEAUTY AND THE BEAST--be they retellings, inspirations, or any of that jazz! Yeah it's like number 7, but this is SOLELY Beauty & the Beast!! :D
2. DEAD--come on, this word usually leads to something intriguing!!
1. RACHEL VINCENT--going with an author for this one! I've LOVED every book Rachel has written!! She's one of my autobuy authors, so if her name's on the cover, I'm usually buying it!