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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

FIERCE READS Winter '19 Unboxing!

I know we're just really digging into Fall, but it's already time to take a look at what's coming out in next year's cold, cold winter months! At least cold weather makes for the best snuggle-up-and-read -ing times, right?

Let me know which of these you are most curious about, which you'd like to see early reviews of, and which winter/spring books you are most looking forward to for 2019!



THE BOOKS:
Ransacker
Last Girl Lied To
Small Town Hearts
Strangers Assume My Girlfriend is My Nurse
Bloom
Squad
The Beast Player





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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Atmospheric Autumn Reading Recommendations!

Although I firmly believe you should read whatever you want, whenever you want, I can't deny that certain books just say 'FALL' to me...



FEATURING:
We Have Always Lived in the Castle
The Accident Season
Daughter of Smoke and Bone
The Replacement
The Lost
Blood & Salt






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Saturday, October 6, 2018

Moodboard: The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke



It feels like I've been talking about The Boneless Mercies for ages now. Maybe because I kind of have. From a stunning cover, intriguing and catchy title, to the fact that it's a gender-flipped take on Beowulf, there were a lot of things that had this book on my must-read list.

So obviously, I was more than happy to be part of the book's official blog tour, especially since it meant getting to do something that I don't do often: creating a mood board.

I'm the last leg of the tour, so make sure to check out all of the other great stops! I'll be talking more about my thoughts on the book very soon, but until then, here's a little sneak peek of what you're in for with this atmospheric feminist fantasy...







The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published October 2nd 2018 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Get it here.

A dark standalone YA fantasy about a band of mercenary girls in search of female glory.
Frey, Ovie, Juniper, and Runa are the Boneless Mercies—girls hired to kill quickly, quietly, and mercifully.

But Frey is weary of the death trade and, having been raised on the heroic sagas of her people, dreams of a bigger life.

When she hears of an unstoppable monster ravaging a nearby town, Frey decides this is the Mercies' one chance out. The fame and fortune of bringing down such a beast would ensure a new future for all the Mercies. In fact, her actions may change the story arc of women everywhere.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

SEPTEMBER BOOK HAUL + OCTOBER TBR

I AM SO BEHIND at life.
So we're combining ye olde Sept book haul with my TBR for the month of October, which is so overgrown and unachievable for me, especially at this time of year, but... eh? whatever.

Also, I still can't find my tripod. =/




THE BOOKS:
THE HAUL
Witch Born
City of Ghosts
The Agony House
Girl in a Bad Place
Frequency

THE TBR:
everything mentioned above, probably, but also:
Lost Soul, Be At Peace
The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge
The Storm Runner
Freedom Trials
AfterImage
Imposters
The Boneless Mercies
Hearts Unbroken
Shadowshaper
and maybe another ebook, hopefully something that's calling to me from my shelves, and just... who knows? I'm feeling over-ambitious and likely setting myself up for failure.
Yay!




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Monday, October 1, 2018

30 Day Book Binge FREE PRINTABLES!

As I mentioned last week, the 6th (sixth!!) round of 30 Day Book Binge is beginning -- right now! Today! Right this minute!

And of course, as has become tradition, I've made a printable calendar, set of bookmarks, and a daily log all as free printables for those of you who are participating!

The theme this month is pumpkins (who'da thought?), but you should probably expect some more free printables to pop up throughout the month, I'm just saying. . .

Also, I've had some requests to do a Monday-start calendar, so in the printables folder, you'll find TWO versions of this month's calendar, one starting on Sunday, and one starting on Monday. Who loves ya, baby?  



Click through to the printables folder to download your free calendar, reading log, and bookmark set!
And as I said, make sure to check back throughout the month — or follow the hashtag #30DayBookBinge so you don't miss anything! — because I have plans so hopefully there should be more! (fingers crossed)

I do hope you'll join me for the world's most chill reading challenge this month! There's something about Fall that just seems so... readerly to me, so I think it's the perfect time to join in, if you haven't yet taken the plunge. Make sure to share what you're reading, get some encouragement, and cheer other readers on on social media with the hashtag #30DayBookBinge.

Enjoy your printables!

Thursday, September 27, 2018

30 DAY BOOK BINGE Round

It's that time again!
Join me for the #30DayBookBinge, the most low-key, low-presh book "challenge" ever.

More info here at bit.ly/30DayBookBinge
(post with printables will be live on the 1st)
or follow along on social media with the hashtag #30DayBookBinge!




Hope to see you joining in this month!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

BACKLIST LOVE (8)

Time for another backlist love! This one is another deviation from the norm, in that we're looking at books I *haven't* read, but just had to have, for some reason? And yet they're just sitting untouched on my shelves... Also, Amazon informs me that I actually own multiple copies of not 1, but TWO of these books!
WHY THO?

(Amazon also informs me that two of the three are on sale! So that's probably why...)




Thief's Covenant, Ari Marmell, vlog, backlist love, book blog, ya books, The Book Rat, BookRatMisty
Once she was Adrienne Satti. An orphan of Davillon, she had somehow escaped destitution and climbed to the ranks of the city's aristocracy in a rags-to-riches story straight from an ancient fairy tale. Until one horrid night, when a conspiracy of forces--human and other--stole it all away in a flurry of blood and murder. Today she is Widdershins, a thief making her way through Davillon's underbelly with a sharp blade, a sharper wit, and the mystical aid of Olgun, a foreign god with no other worshippers but Widdershins herself. It's not a great life, certainly nothing compared to the one she once had, but it's hers.

But now, in the midst of Davillon's political turmoil, an array of hands are once again rising up against her, prepared to tear down all that she's built. The City Guard wants her in prison. Members of her own Guild want her dead. And something horrid, something dark, something ancient is reaching out for her, a past that refuses to let her go.

Widdershins and Olgun are going to find answers, and justice, for what happened to her--but only if those who almost destroyed her in those years gone by don't finish the job first.


Angelfall, Penryn, Susan Ee,  vlog, backlist love, book blog, ya books, The Book Rat, BookRatMisty
It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back. Anything, including making a deal with Raffe, an injured enemy angel. Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco, where Penryn will risk everything to rescue her sister and Raffe will put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

Sweet Venom, Tera Lynn Childs, vlog, backlist love, book blog, ya books, The Book Rat, BookRatMisty
Grace just moved to San Francisco and is excited to start over at a new school. The change is full of fresh possibilities, but it’s also a tiny bit scary. It gets scarier when a minotaur walks in the door. And even more shocking when a girl who looks just like her shows up to fight the monster.

Gretchen is tired of monsters pulling her out into the wee hours, especially on a school night, but what can she do? Sending the minotaur back to his bleak home is just another notch on her combat belt. She never expected to run into this girl who could be her double, though.

Greer has her life pretty well put together, thank you very much. But that all tilts sideways when two girls who look eerily like her appear on her doorstep and claim they’re triplets, supernatural descendants of some hideous creature from Greek myth, destined to spend their lives hunting monsters.

These three teenage descendants of Medusa, the once-beautiful Gorgon maligned in myth, must reunite and embrace their fates in this unique paranormal world where monsters lurk in plain sight.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

I Do Not Trust You by Laura J Burns and Melinda Metz | excerpt

I Do Not Trust You, Laura J. Burns, Melinda Metz, excerpt, blog tour, ya book, adventure books, Egyptian mythology, YA romance


Today, I'm joining the blog tour for I Do Not Trust You, a globe-trotting, Egyptian god -wielding adventure / slash / romance-ish thing, which I will be reviewing in short order. But until then, I've got an excerpt to share with you, so you can get a taste of the style!
Check it out below, let me know your thoughts in the comments, and whether this book is on your to-read list, and keep an eye out for my upcoming review!




“You should’ve seen Miss Memphis here get into it with Nick last period,” Brianna said, squeezing in between M and Inez at their usual spot in the cafeteria. “She shut him down with her crazy ancient cultures voodoo.”
“He’s an ass. He’s lucky he’s hot,” their friend Ayana commented, waving her spork in Nick’s direction.
M shrugged. “I wouldn’t try to debate him in Physics. I just know more about Rome than he does.”
“What about AP Chem? Would you debate him in that?” Inez asked in a fake-serious voice. “Would you debate him in German class?”
“She’d debate him in German, in German,” Brianna joked. “And if he tried to fight back, she’d switch to Greek.”
M threw a French fry at her. “I can’t help it. I grew up speaking different languages.”
“And learning about pharaohs. And becoming well versed in the history of the Etruscan people,” Ayana said, putting on a fake accent that was probably supposed to be British. “Oh, and setting broken bones in the bush.”
“That only happened once,” M muttered. Her friends laughed.
“Anyway, it was epic. Thanks,” Brianna said. “I can’t stand fighting with people, and Nick always goes after me.”
“He knows you hate it,” M pointed out. “That’s why he does it.”
“An ass, like I said.” Ayana shrugged.
“You think he’s coming to the party tonight?” Brianna asked.
“Probably. Everyone else is,” Inez replied. “Even Memphis.” M made a face. “Anything to get out of the house. Bob and Liza would expect me to play board games with them otherwise.” Her friends exchanged a glance. M winced. “No offense.”
“Oh, were you offending someone?” Nick piped up from behind her. “Good girl.”
Immediately Bri looked down, while Ayana rolled her eyes. Inez just smirked, glancing back and forth between M and Nick.
“I was not offending anyone. I only meant I don’t like parties,” M said. She didn’t bother to turn toward him. It didn’t matter; he inserted himself onto the bench next to her anyway. A little tingle ran up her spine as the scent of his cologne hit her nostrils, spicy and warm.
“Mmm, they’re boring. Everyone talking about the prom or the senior trip or whatever. I’m over it,” Nick said.
Me too, thought M, wishing she didn’t agree with him. She loved her friends, but even they were all about high school. M just didn’t care. High school was nothing more than what she had to get through before she could leave. After the crash, after the shock of Bob and Liza becoming her guardians, she’d asked if she could go off to college early, either Boston University or the University of Sheffield in England. Both had the kind of archaeology program she wanted and would’ve let her in with no questions. They knew her father. They knew high school was a waste of time for someone like her.
But her guardians said no. They said she needed stability and normalcy after losing her dad. Never mind that traveling the world and taking care of herself was normal for her. While she and Dad technically lived in Boston, she’d never spent more than a few months there during the school year. They traveled. Half the year spent on digs. She missed it.
“What’s with this thing, anyway? Is it to fight off bad guys?” Nick teased, finding an excuse to touch her. He reached for M’s collapsible bo staff, tucked in the inside pocket of her jacket like always. But before he touched it, be- fore his flirty smile registered in her mind, M had already grabbed his hand, twisted it back to the breaking point, and used the pain to push him off the cafeteria bench and onto the floor. With her other hand, she whipped out the stick and shoved it up against his throat.
M froze. He’s just hitting on you. Her friends were aghast, and everyone nearby watched, openmouthed. Nick’s eyes were wide with panic.
“Sorry.” M stood up, leaving Nick on the floor. “I’m really sorry.”
“Freak,” he muttered, climbing to his feet. He glanced around, noticing the barely concealed laughter from onlookers. “Jeez, I just wanted a fry,” he joked, as if he hadn’t been humiliated, then hurried out of the cafeteria.
“What. The. Hell?” Inez asked. “He was flirting with you and you beat him up!”
“I know.” M groaned, shoving her staff back into her pocket. “I didn’t mean to. It was just reflex.”
Her friends were silent. She’d freaked them out. Should she explain the years of self-defense and  martial arts training? That she and Dad ended up in some rough places? Her friends lived in a city, they understood danger. Sort of. In a nice, upscale Boston kind of way.
M sighed. There was no point in trying to explain. No- body understood her life.
“You kinda push all the guys away,” Brianna pointed out quietly. “Maybe not like that, but still . . .”
“I don’t do romance,” M replied. She was done with love, period. She’d loved her parents, and they were both gone. Love hurt too much. It was better to steer clear of it.
They all ate in silence for a minute.
“I mean, he is an ass,” Ayana said finally. And everybody laughed.

M: You up?

MIKE: It’s a 12 hr time difference. Of course I’m up.

M: Like you never sleep in on weekends.

MIKE: Fine, your text woke me.

M: I don’t think that glyph is a lotus. It’s bending the wrong way.

MIKE: It has to be a lotus. If it’s not, the whole phrase is wrong.

M: The rest of the phrase never sat well with Nefertum anyway.

MIKE: Your dad said it was a lotus.



Excerpt copyright Laura J Burns and Melinda Metz, 2018. 
Shared courtesy Wednesday Books. 
In stores now.


I Do Not Trust You, Laura J. Burns, Melinda Metz, excerpt, blog tour, ya book, adventure books, Egyptian mythology
<b>I Do Not Trust You
  by Laura J Burns and Melinda Metz 320 pages
Published September 11th 2018 by Wednesday Books
Memphis "M" Engle is stubborn to a fault, graced with an almost absurd knowledge of long lost languages and cultures, and a heck of an opponent in a fight. In short: she's awesome.

Ashwin Sood is a little too posh for her tastes, a member of an ancient cult (which she’s pretty sure counts for more than one strike against him), and has just informed Memphis that her father who she thought was dead isn’t and needs her help.

From the catacombs of Paris to lost temples in the sacred forests, together they crisscross the globe, searching for the pieces of the one thing that might save her father. But the closer they come to saving him—and the more they fall for one another—the closer they get to destroying the world.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

MORE BUZZWORDSS | Book Chat

Forgive me if this is a repost, but I came across this while searching for a link for my Keeper of the Bees review, and I've looked and looked and can't see that I ever posted this video here, which was uploaded to my youtube channel back in May... Dropped the ball on this one.

Anyway, today's video brought to you by Casper the Friendly Ghost... Sorry about that. But here are some things that I can't get enough of, that make a book auto-buy/add.
Let me know some of yours in the comments!

And if you'd like to see dedicated videos with recommendations/favorites on any of these buzzwords, let me know, because I think that could make for a very fun new series!

Friday, September 14, 2018

Keeper of the Bees by Meg Kassel | review

Before I get into the review, can we talk about this cover, though?!?! *heart eyes emoji*

Keeper of the Bees by Meg Kassel
Fantasy/Magical Realism(ish), 304 pages
Published September 4th 2018 by Entangled: Teen
KEEPER OF THE BEES is a tale of two teens who are both beautiful and beastly, and whose pasts are entangled in surprising and heartbreaking ways.

Dresden is cursed. His chest houses a hive of bees that he can’t stop from stinging people with psychosis-inducing venom. His face is a shifting montage of all the people who have died because of those stings. And he has been this way for centuries—since he was eighteen and magic flowed through his homeland, corrupting its people.

He follows harbingers of death, so at least his curse only affects those about to die anyway. But when he arrives in a Midwest town marked for death, he encounters Essie, a seventeen-year-old girl who suffers from debilitating delusions and hallucinations. His bees want to sting her on sight. But Essie doesn’t see a monster when she looks at Dresden.

Essie is fascinated and delighted by his changing features. Risking his own life, he holds back his bees and spares her. What starts out as a simple act of mercy ends up unraveling Dresden’s solitary life and Essie’s tormented one. Their impossible romance might even be powerful enough to unravel a centuries-old curse.



Keeper of the Bees has one of the more intriguing (and by intriguing I mean, potentially really, really odd) premises of any book synopsis I’d read this year, which in Misty-world basically translates to, ‘I need to read this and see.’ I needed to know if its oddness would be carried off, or would overwhelm the story; whether it’d be a magical realist bit of amazingness, or an absolute hot mess. Fortunately, it was the former.

Keeper of the Bees starts weird and stays weird, but it is that deft, writerly weirdness that works. From nearly the first moment, I was enthralled and half in love (with the characters, the world, the history, the backstory). It at once feels like a grand, sweeping saga and a small town quirky romance: an epic told on a small scale. If you’re familiar with my tastes, you’ll know these are both things I love – anything with the words epic, saga, quirky or ‘small town’ are pretty sure to end up on my TBR (thank you, lists (and lists) of buzzwords). This didn’t disappoint on any of those levels. It does have a bit of that isolated, small town feel, and it does have the weight of centuries-spanning history at its back, and the two meld together beautifully.

Aside from the exceptionally well-done weirdness, the real strength of the story is in its characters.  Dresden, the male MC, reads like the desert in a rainstorm, coming to life again after a century of drought; he’s old and drained and colorless and harsh, until something happens to reawaken him, who he is and who he was, little by little. His interactions with others like him are by turns intriguing, creepy and sweet, and the whole thing gives a feel that there is even more backstory in the author’s mind than we are being given on the page (which – assuming enough is given on the page – is a hallmark of good writing for me; I like an author who knows her world).

The female lead, Essie, feels fresh and wholesome in the least saccharine way. It may concern people to hear a book that deals heavily with mental illness be described as “quirky,” but where her family history and her dealings with mental illness could feel exploitative or cheap, they instead feel like simply a part of her. There are oddities, there is at times almost a whimsical nature to her illness and her hallucinations, but it’s never treated as a throwaway joke, and that, I think, makes all the difference. The duality of what is actually going on and what she sees, and her struggle to distinguish the two, works really well as a device to heighten the tension, and to give it a magical realist bent, but it never feels as if that is the sole purpose of her illness. She’s not just sick-as-a-plot-point, and it’s never presented as if, she’d be really super duper grand what-a-girl… if only she weren’t so crazy. Instead, she feels fully realized and dynamic, with an interesting personality independent of the often-bizarre landscape of her mental illness.

And of course, the romance is sweet and rootforable, with the story as a whole having a tension that leaves you wondering if everything could ever possibly come out alright in the end.
Highly recommended for fans of A. S. King, Sarah Addison Allen, and those with similar lists of buzzwords to my own.


Content warning:  mental illness, self-harm, violence, assault. And lots of bees, if that’s not your thing



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