Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday(59): Favorite Character Names...

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.

Favorite Character Names....

Melissa's Picks
  1. Imogene from The Blue Girl by Charles de Lint and Imogene's Antlers by David Small I have no clue why but I just really like the name Imogene.
  2.  Aileana Kameron from The Falconer by Elizabeth May This name is so pretty unfortunately I pretty sure I'm saying it wrong every-time I read it.
  3.  Kami Glass from The Lynburn Trilogy I just really dig how the name Kami Glass just flows and sound short,sweet,and simple. 
  4.  Winnie Mehta from My So-Called Bollywood Life This name just rolls of the tongue it sounds nice to the ears.
  5. Fenella from Unthinkable (Impossible #3) by Nancy Werlin The name Fenella just sound so pretty to me and also old timey in a great way.
Jessica's Picks
(I'm a huge fan of Cassandra Clare obvi... )
  1. Johnathan "Jace" Wayland from City of Bones (Mortal Instruments #1) By Cassandra Clare ...I love the name Jace, and it seems so strong.
  2. Tessa Gray from Clockwork Angel( The Infernal Devices #1) by Cassandra Clare...Tessa, is not only an amazing individual but she also is a bad*** even though she didn't chose Jem..
  3. Magnus Bane from The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare...I mean it is THEE Magnus Bane! He is a wonderful character who lives up to his name. 
  4. Simon Lewis from Tales of a Shadow Hunter by Cassandra Clare ...I don't know any Simon's so there's that, and Simon went through some terrible things.....
  5. Callum Hunt from The Iron Trial (Magisterium #1) by Holly Black and Cassandare Clare... I like the name Callum it's a strong name, and it sounds magical... 
Let us know what your favorite character names are below!

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Review: Bruja Born by Zoraida Cordova

Title: Bruja Born
Author: Zoraida Cordova
Publisher:  Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: June 5th, 2018

Three sisters. One spell. Countless dead.
Lula Mortiz feels like an outsider. Her sister's newfound Encantrix powers have wounded her in ways that Lula's bruja healing powers can't fix, and she longs for the comfort her family once brought her. Thank the Deos for Maks, her sweet, steady boyfriend who sees the beauty within her and brings light to her life.

Then a bus crash turns Lula's world upside down. Her classmates are all dead, including Maks. But Lula was born to heal, to fix. She can bring Maks back, even if it means seeking help from her sisters and defying Death herself. But magic that defies the laws of the deos is dangerous. Unpredictable. And when the dust settles, Maks isn't the only one who's been brought back...

Thank you Netgalley for providing me a free review copy in exchange for an honest review

This book was pretty interesting... I loved the first book and this one was just as good.You can tell right away that this book is going to be different than Labyrinth Lost was, because Alex and Lula have different ways of telling a story and this has it's own feel to it. It's Lula telling the story, and you can tell. Not going to lie though I had issues with the main character Lula, she's an extremely complex character, who's both soft and strong at the same time, it did however take 75% of the book for her to become strong. Lula made a huge literal life altering decision based on teenage love...so what i'm getting at it that she didn't make a lot of smart choices. 

The cover s quite pretty and I really like the overall feel of it.This book talks about grief, and learning to let go but also about love and knowing when to hold on.The world we were introduced to in the first book was really expanded in Bruja Born and based on that cliffhanger it's going to get much bigger!!!I  need the next book because I have so many questions and emotions about what is going to happen. I can already tell that Rose's book is going to be wild and I can't wait.3/5

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Cant-Wait Wednesday(92): Dance of Thieves & Four - Letter Word

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted here, at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine.

Title: Dance of Thieves (Dance of Thieves #1) 
Author: Mary E. Pearson
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Release Date: August 7, 2018

When the patriarch of the Ballenger empire dies, his son, Jase, becomes its new leader. Even nearby kingdoms bow to the strength of this outlaw family, who have always governed by their own rules. But a new era looms on the horizon, set in motion by a young queen, which makes her the target of the dynasty's resentment and anger.

At the same time, Kazi, a legendary former street thief, is sent by the queen to investigate transgressions against the new settlements. When Kazi arrives in the forbidding land of the Ballengers, she learns that there is more to Jase than she thought. As unexpected events spiral out of their control, bringing them intimately together, they continue to play a cat and mouse game of false moves and motives in order to fulfill their own secret missions.

Title: Four - Letter Word
Author: Christa Desir
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: May 15, 2018

Eight friends. One game. A dozen regrets. And a night that will ruin them all, in this high stakes gripping story of manipulation and innocence lost, from the author of Bleed Like Me.

Chloe Sanders has wasted the better part of her junior year watching her best friend Eve turn away from her for the more interesting and popular Holly Reed. Living with her grandparents because her parents are currently serving as overseas volunteers, Chloe spends her days crushing on a dark-haired guy named Mateo, being mostly ignored by Eve and Holly, and wishing the cornfields of Iowa didn’t feel so incredibly lonely.

But shortly after spring break, a new girl transfers to her high school—Chloe Donnelly. This Chloe is bold and arty and instantly placed on a pedestal by Eve and Holly. Now suddenly everyone is referring to Chloe Sanders as “Other Chloe” and her social status plummets even more.

Until Chloe Donnelly introduces all her friends to a dangerous game: a girls vs. guys challenge that only has one rule—obtain information by any means necessary. All the warning bells are going off in Other Chloe’s head about the game, but she’s not about to commit social suicide by saying no to playing.

Turns out the game is more complicated than Other Chloe thinks. Chloe Donnelly hates to lose. She's got power over everyone—secrets she’s exploiting—and she likes to yank their strings. Only soft-spoken Mateo is sick of it, and when the game turns nasty, he chooses Other Chloe to help him expose everything Chloe Donnelly has done. But neither realize just how much the truth could cost them in the end.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Book Blogger Hop(1)

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer's permission, Rambling of a Coffee Addict relaunched the meme on February 15, 2013.Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. 

There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop's purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog. 

May 11th - 17th 
Blog Hopper Question

Could you ever pick a favorite book or is it like choosing your favorite child? (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver's Reviews)

Melissa's Answer
Honestly I have no problem picking a favorite book, truth be told if I had kids ( I don't ) I would probably have a favorite. I have a few core favorite book but I also have my favorite at this moment books.Truth be told, I think it's weird if you don't have any core favorite books.

Jessica's Answer
I don't have children but I don't exactly have a favorite book. I read so many books of all genres, so it's hard to choose just one. I would say Harry Potter, all of them but I don't know. I have books that I really like but that's it no faves yet!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Blog Tour: Darkness is Coming

Darkness is Coming
by Charles W. Jones
Genre: Horror

When Jess buys the house on Scarlet Lane, she quickly learns there’s more inside the house than the walls. A strange clicking fills the house at night, terrifying her children, ghosts reveal themselves, and she discovers a dark entity frightened a young girl, causing her to fall down the stairs to her death.

After Mason is released from prison, he is lucky to find a job and a place to live in his hometown. When he meets Jess, he discovers she bought his childhood home on Scarlet Lane, but he doesn’t know anything about the dark things that reside there, and has been sent on a mission by his employer to find something, though he isn’t given any details of what he’s looking for. 

Only a few know what happened in the old mining at the base of the mountain when the beast made itself known over two hundred years ago. Throughout the years it toys with the residents, possessing them, tormenting them, killing them. An unexpected hero tells Jess and Mason the town’s history, and about the beast trapped in the house on Scarlet Lane, sharing the plan to end its reign of terror before it takes more lives.

Book Links: Goodreads * Amazon

Chapter 1

(June 13, 1854)

She woke in the night, sitting up, eyes darting around the darkened room, the only light coming from the stars and the moon. She didn’t know what had woken her as it hadn’t her husband lying next to her in bed, his snores subtle.

Unfamiliar sounds came from the open window, unlike night birds chirping or frogs croaking in the wetlands. She strained to identify what had awoken her. Unsure if it was something scratching a rock, or something else. No, it was closer to the commotion a woodpecker made when it pecked through bark, searching for bugs or carving out a home, but, still, different.

Curious, she pulled away the blankets, glancing at her husband, hoping he’d awoken, too, so she wouldn’t be the only one suffering the uncomfortable call, but nothing had disturbed him. Her feet found the bearskin rug at the edge of the bed, and she cautiously ventured to the window, peering into the night.

The landscape was bright with the full moon filling the woods, and she quickly shifted her eyes through the trees, but not seeing anything to cause alarm.

The creek babbled softly, mixing with the disturbance, trying to distract her from her quest of finding what caused the sound. She detected no squirrels frolicking in the branches, no mice or rabbits darting across the leaf strewn forest floor, and no birds or bats fluttering in the air.

The sound grew stronger, giving her the impression that unseen claws clicked at the soil and tree trunks as it, whatever it was, made its journey through the woods. Then the sound stopped, leaving only the creek to play its music.

She trembled, and she crossed her arms in front of her full bosom, rubbing the skin hidden beneath the layer of her cotton nightgown.

A slight movement caught her attention, freezing the motion of her hands. Straining her eyes in the meager light, she focused on the spot, but nothing further gave her cause to continue her stare into the night.

Her gaze dropped lower to the ground, finding an eerie darkness, thicker than the other shadows. It undulated, washing across the ground to the clearing bordering the house, causing her to think of a thousand snakes writhing together.

A frown came with the thought, then she gasped as the clicking erupted again, louder, like many people popping their knuckles simultaneously, but still the description didn’t give justice to what she heard.

Her heart sped up its pace with the darkness swirling in eddies like a breeze churned its surface though the air was calm. Her hands reached to the top of the sash to pull the window closed as the haze shifted into a column, dark and thick, not allowing her eyes to penetrate its core.

The window stuck in its track. She focused on the black shape as it transformed into a human form taller than her house as her hands fought the sash, slapping at it with her palms, trying to release it. Even with her fear filled sobs and banging on the window frame, her husband continued to sleep.

The giant came closer, moving steadily toward the house. In her terror, she managed to free the window, and it slid down, but not before a hand swirling with storm clouds reached through the opening, grabbing her wrist.

The power of lightning surged through her, shaking her. She didn’t scream, she couldn’t, her throat was constricted. The torment filling her ended as abruptly as it had begun, and she gasped for air.

She woke from a daze, wondering why she stood at the window, glancing across the yard to the trees. The glow of the moon caused dew to twinkle on the ground and trees. The window was closed, making the room feel stuffy. She pushed the sash up, then traipsed back to bed.

Charles W. Jones grew up in the small town Shoshoni, WY, and he managed to break free from its grasp with his soul intact. Growing up in a small town scared him to death most of the time. It's very dark at night - really dark. To top it off, it is full of ghosts; well, that's what Charles thought when he was kid. Turns out it was just the constant wind blowing dirt and tumbleweeds. Two of Charles' novels are set in Shoshoni, Dreamwalker: The Second Plain and HOME A Novel.

There isn't a part of the horror genre Charles doesn't like. He likes it creepy, filled with suspense, or even brutal with intense torture scenes. His favorite horror movies have always been the slasher movies; give him the gore. Clive Barker is Charles' greatest influence, but is also inspired by Lewis Carroll, Stephen King, and Frank Beddor. Real life is a large contributor to his writing, where he finds beauty in the most unexpected places. 

Music has always been a great contributor to Charles' life, by means of not only entertainment, but personal soundtrack. When he writes, he listens to different types of music to set the mood of the scene he is writing. Eurythmics will always be at the top of his playlist, but many other bands and genres occupy his mind.
Contact Links: Website * Facebook * Twitter * Google+ * Amazon * Goodreads

Follow the tour HERE for exclusive excerpts, guest posts and a giveaway!

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday (91): Game of Secrets & Sweet Black Waves

This lovely picture is borrowed from Thoughts on Tomes, you should check out her page!

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine and specifically spotlights upcoming novels we can't wait to read. As always, there are some amazing upcoming books, but this week I'm particularly excited for..

***Just wanted let everyone know this will be our last W.O.W, as of next week we will start Can't Wait Wednesday's with  Wishful Endings, it's based on W.O.W's.***

Jessica's Pick

Title: Game of Secrets
Author:  Kim Foster
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Release Date: May 15th, 2018

Felicity Cole sells flowers in the streets of Victorian London to feed herself and her young brother. But she has a close-guarded secret--her brother is a Tainted, born with special abilities that society fears and a shadowy organization called the Hunstsman scours the country to eliminate. When Felicity becomes the target of one of these individuals, she discovers something horrible: she's Tainted, too.

Rescued by a mysterious gentleman on the eve of execution, she's whisked away to a school funded by Queen Victoria, established to train selected Tainted into assassins in service of the crown.

Struggling to harness her incredible strength, speed, and agility, and despised by her classmates, all she wants is to use her new position to find a cure so she can be normal and reunited with her brother.

But with the Golden Jubilee fast approaching and the discovery that there's a traitor in their midst, she has no choice but to embrace the one thing she's been fighting all along.

I'm here for the underdogs fighting back!! Also throw in powers, kick*** fighting, and trying to protect your brother, the only family you have left!?!?!I can feel the emotions brewing already!!

Melissa's Pick

Title:Sweet Black Waves
Author: Kristina PĂ©rez
Publisher: Imprint
Release Date: June 5, 2018

As best friend and lady-in-waiting to the princess, Branwen is guided by two principles: devotion to her homeland and hatred for the raiders who killed her parents. When she unknowingly saves the life of her enemy, he awakens her ancient healing magic and opens her heart. Branwen begins to dream of peace, but the princess she serves is not so easily convinced. Fighting for what's right, even as her powers grow, will set Branwen against her best friend and the only man she's ever loved.

Inspired by the legend of Tristan and Eseult, this is the story of the legend’s true heroine. For fans of Graceling and The Mists of Avalon, this is the first book of a lush fantasy trilogy about warring countries, family secrets, and forbidden romance.

Magic, family secrets, and forbidden romance. Hot Dam Sweet Black Waves sounds awesome!!!

These are the books we're excited for, drop a comment below and let us know what you're waiting for!! 

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Teaser Tuesday(18): The Lost Sun & The Bridge Ladies

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Ambrosia @ The Purple Booker.
Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

Grab your current read.

Open to a random page.

Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page.

BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR 

"From the ground, I say. "I don't have money. All my father's went to his victims, and I have a state trust pays for school. I can't touch it." pg, 143
 The Lost Sun (United States of Asgard #1)

"Her lack of poker is her poker face.She has hidden her scars well.I imagine they all have." Pg. 69
The Bridge Ladies

by Betsy Lerner

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