Sep 17, 2014

"Waiting On" Wednesday #165: Waistcoats & Weaponry by Gail Carriger!

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
        


Waistcoats & Weaponry
(Finishing School, #3)
by
Gail Carriger

Publication date:
November 4th, 2014


Class is back in session...

Sophronia continues her second year at finishing school in style--with a steel-bladed fan secreted in the folds of her ball gown, of course. Such a fashionable choice of weapon comes in handy when Sophronia, her best friend Dimity, sweet sootie Soap, and the charming Lord Felix Mersey stowaway on a train to return their classmate Sidheag to her werewolf pack in Scotland. No one suspected what--or who--they would find aboard that suspiciously empty train. Sophronia uncovers a plot that threatens to throw all of London into chaos and she must decide where her loyalties lie, once and for all.
 
Gather your poison, steel tipped quill, and the rest of your school supplies and join Mademoiselle Geraldine's proper young killing machines in the third rousing installment in the New York Times bestselling Finishing School Series by steampunk author, Gail Carriger.

 
 
 
I love Gail Carriger's steampunk world, as well as her hilarious & charming characters, and I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of Waistcoats & Weaponry. I wanted to read this one even before I read Curtsies & Conspiracies, especially because having read her Parasol Protectorate series, I know what the plot is, and I'd love to see how it will be discovered, (though I now know who will do the discovering), and on top of that, seeing Conall Maccon - yes, please!
 
But, after reading the awesomeness that's the 2nd Finishing School book Curtsies & Conspiracies, now I'm dying to read this book, I'm so excited & can't wait!!!

 
What are you waiting for this week?
  
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Sep 16, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Authors I've Only Read One Book From But NEED to Read More!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created & hosted @ The Broke and the Bookish. 
For more info about it, check out the post HERE.
     
 

So, My Top Ten Authors I've Only Read One Book From But NEED to Read More are:


#1 - John Corey Whaley

I loved his YA contemporary Where Things Come Back when I read it a few years ago, so I've been waiting for his next book, and it finally came out this year, so I need to get Noggin & read it! 


#2 - Joe Abercrombie

I know, what I've been waiting for? I finally tried him a few months ago, I got an eARC from Half a King, absolutely loved it, and if this book was any indication about his adult fantasy, I can only imagine how awesome they are! So, yes, I need to read more by Joe Abercrombie, and soon.  (If only I had the time...)


#3 - Pamela Freeman

I've read only her Ember & Ash novel a few years ago, but it was an awesome epic fantasy, and I need to read more by her.
 
 
#4 - Anne Elisabeth Stengl

Another fantasy, but what can I do, I love fantasy ;) though these are more fairytale-like than epic fantasy. I loved her Heartless book, and even though I've gotten most of her other books, I still haven't gotten around to them. I think it's my fault, because I've wanted to reread Heartless first, and I haven't found the time...
 
 
#5 - Patrick Rothfuss

I read The Name of the Wind years ago, and I need to read more, but still haven't. I blame it on the chunky size of the books, especially The Wise Man's Fear, and I need to reread the 1st one, so yes, I still haven't, even though I've wanted to. I might just wait the final book to be out, so I'll go on a Kingkiller Chronicle binge ;)


#6 - Ernest Cline

Because my most fav book is Ready Player One, of course I want to read anything else Ernest Cline writes. I'm really looking forward to Armada next year, and hopefully it won't get postponed again.


#7 - Kate Kae Myers

Kate Kae Myers is another author I discovered through NetGalley, and I've been waiting for her next book since then, and Inherit Midnight should be published (finally) in 2015, as long as it doesn't get postponed again, and it sounds awesome...


#8 - Andrew Buckley

I loved his book Stiltskin, and I need to read so much more!
 

#9 - Lou Anders

So, his debut Frostborn was published only a month ago, but it was amazing, and I was left eager for more (and there wasn't a cliffhanger), but I need to see what else Lou Anders has imagined for his worlds & characters.
 

#10 - Isaac Marion
 
Warm Bodies is one of my fav books, and even though I'm reluctant about reading a sequel (I was happy if it stayed that way), at the same time, I want to read more, no matter if it's set in that world, or anything new Isaac Marion imagines.
  
  
What about you? 
   
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Sep 15, 2014

Travel the World in Books Readathon: Wrap Up!


The Travel the World in Books Readathon was hosted by Tanya M. @ Mom's Small Victories, Becca @ Lost in Books & Savvy Working Gal.

Even though my reading didn't go as planned (as always, I strayed from my planned reading list, then again, that's nothing new, I'm such a moody reader), I still managed to complete my goals.
  
I participated in one challenge: Book Scavenger Hunt Challenge, finished one previously started book, read three more full-length books, one short story & two novellas.

During this read-a-thon I read:

  
The Final Murder took me to Norway, Sweden & France, and the author is from Norway, too. The rest of the authors were all American, and most of them took me to USA, with the exception of Curtsies & Conspiracies that took me to the UK. I wish I read more around the world books, but being from Macedonia, they still counted for me. I also tried a few books that didn't quite hooked me in, so I gave up or put it aside for now, but the one that I'd like to point out is:

 
...even though I didn't get far in it, it did take me to Ethiopia, Chile, UK & France, and if I kept going, it would've taken me to more countries. I still haven't given up, just put it aside for now.

Overall, it was really fun read-a-thon, and I love themed read-a-thones, and I hope there will be another one, so I can join again.

Sep 13, 2014

"Curtsies & Conspiracies" by Gail Carriger

  
Title: Curtsies & Conspiracies

Author: Gail Carriger
 
Series: Finishing School, #2


My rating: 5 of 5


(Book read on September 9th, 2014.)


Summary:



Does one need four fully-grown foxgloves for decorating a dinner table for six guests? Or is it six foxgloves to kill four fully-grown guests? 

Sophronia's first year at school has certainly been rousing. First, her finishing school is training her to be a spy (won't Mumsy be surprised!). Secondly, she gets mixed up in an intrigue over a stolen device and has a cheese pie thrown at her. Now, as Sophronia sneaks around the dirigible school, eavesdropping on the teachers' quarters and making clandestine climbs to the ship's boiler room, she learns that there may be more to a school trip to London than at first appears...
  
Vampires, werewolves, and humans are all after the prototype Sophronia recovered in Etiquette & Espionage, which has the potential to alter human and supernatural travel. Sophronia must try to uncover who is behind a dangerous plot to control the prototype ... as well as survive the London season with a full dance card.
 
 
 


My Thoughts on the Book:



First of all, I adore the Parasol Protectorate series, and I really enjoyed the first book in this prequel spin-off series Etiquette & Espionage. But, this second book, managed to surprise & amaze me by the fact how awesome it was, and how much I fell in love with all the characters & the story itself.

The story was really interesting & highly entertaining, but what I loved most were the characters, of course. I adore Sophronia. She's like what Alexia Tarabotti would've been like as a young girl, if she wasn't a supernatural. I can totally imagine them being alike. I can probably gush a lot about the reasons why I love her, but I'll stop myself, you'll just have to read it for yourself & see why. But, she would be one awesome & maybe even terrifying spy when she finishes ;)

I also adored the rest of the characters: Dimity, Vieve, Soap, Felix, Sidheag, Pillover, Niall, etc. I can only imagine, what they'll get into in the next book. I'm laughing now just thinking about everything that happened in this book. Believe me, you won't be bored even one second while reading this book. You'll just keep turning the pages, and when it will be over, you'll be left eager for more.

I adored all the banter & interactions between all the characters, no matter if it was just friendly teasing, flirting, or just plotting & scheming. It was fun, charming, interesting, and I had a smile plastered on my face for most of the time while reading this book. Also, Lord Akeldama - that was precious. And that ending - hilarious, but full of awesomeness! I still can't believe what they did & where they did it, and that they actually got away with it - loved it so much!!!

If you enjoy books that will make you laugh, or steampunk books, or historical books, or banter-filled books, or just books full of curious characters & situations, or even better - everything I just mentioned - then Curtsies & Conspiracies and the Finishing School series are the books for you, and I can't recommend them enough!!!
 
 
 

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Sep 12, 2014

"Burning Dawn" by Gena Showalter


Title: Burning Dawn

Author: Gena Showalter

Series: Angels of the Dark, #3


My rating: 5 of 5


(Book read on September 8th, 2014.)  


Summary:



New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter returns with a sizzling Angels of the Dark tale about a winged warrior renowned for his ruthlessness, and the woman who becomes his obsession...
 
A tormented past has left Thane with an insatiable need for violence, making him the most dangerous assassin in the skies.
He lives by a single code: no mercy. And as he unleashes his fury on his most recent captor, he learns no battle could have prepared him for the slave he rescues from his enemy's clutches — a beauty who stokes the fires of his darkest desires. 
  
Elin Vale has her own deep-rooted scars, and her attraction to the exquisite warrior who freed her challenges her every boundary.
But Thane's unwavering determination to protect her means she must face her greatest fears — and enter a world in which passion is power, and victory means breathtaking surrender.  
 


My Thoughts on the Book:



Burning Dawn is the third & so far the best book in the Angels of the Dark series, and I'm left wanting for more of these characters and their world. 

I had my doubts before reading the first book, mostly because I'm not a fan of angel books, but because I'm a fan of the Lords of the Underworld series & characters, I decided to give it a try, and now I'm thoroughly hooked & addicted. I guess, if someone changed my mind when it comes to angels, I should've guess it will be Gena Showalter. Burning Dawn is amazing paranormal romance, and one of the best books set in that world (in the Lords of the Underworld series & this spin-off).

From the moment I met Thane in Wicked Nights, I was intrigued by him & wanted to read his story. And now I absolutely adore him. What he has been through, and why he is who he is right now, and the friendship, loyalty & brotherly love between him, Bjorn & Xerxes (which is absolutely amazing), and the man he became now, everything was depicted through the story, so the readers will get to know him, and probably adore him like me.

I adored the banter between Thane, Xerxes & Bjorn. Now I can definitely understand them & their connection, and they're like family & best friends rolled into one, and to be honest, their loyalty is amazing. Also, now I'm really interested in both Xerxes & Bjorn's stories. I didn't care before this book, but now I hope I won't wait too long for them.

As for the female main character - Elin Vale - she was absolutely amazing! From the moment I started reading her PoV, I knew I will love her as a character, and I was right. She might be vulnerable, but she's also a fighter, a survivor, and actually quite strong, she's smart, sweet, funny, adorable & snarky - and who doesn't love that? Especially in a book character. I know I'm a sucker for that ;)

Anyway, she was awesome, and I loved the way she stood up to Thane, fought for what she believed in & wanted, and I loved the banter & interactions between her & Thane. They were all kinds of adorable (imagine, the terrifying Thane adorable), and so entertaining & charming, too. I also appreciated that there wasn't too much drama or possessiveness. Yes, they both felt that, but they didn't act too much on it, they actually tried to give themselves a little space first, and after they fought, despite getting away a.k.a storming off, they quickly realised their mistake, and so on. It was all done almost perfectly, that's why I loved this book so much.

Another thing I quite loved were the secondary characters. I adored seeing again Anya, Axel, Lucien, Zacharel, Kaia & a few of the other harpies, as well as the mention of some the characters I know & love, but I also loved getting to know Bellorie, Chanel, Octavia & Savanna - they were hilarious & so much fun, I'm definitely intrigued by Adrian, too, and there were lots of others that I'm excited about learning more about in the future books. As I said, now I'm throughly addicted to the Angels of the Dark series.

But, even though the story was funny, charming, entertaining & sweet, it was also heartbreaking and full of danger. It wasn't all nice, there were the villains, the secondary story, lots of dangerous fights for your life situations, deaths, and all of that completed one story that made me unable to stop reading this book until I finished it.

I highly recommend Burning Dawn to every fan of adult paranormal romances. And I highly recommend Gena Showalter's books, she's my most favorite adult paranormal romances, and author I'll always read more of, and the world she created in both Lords of the Underworld and expanded even more in the Angels of the Dark series is amazing & addicting, so I highly recommend them all!


 

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