Monday, October 21, 2019

Mini Reviews [34]

Once & Future (#1-2) by Kieron Gillen, 
Dan Mora & Tamra Bonvillain (Illustrators)

Synopsis (via Goodreads): When a group of Nationalists use an ancient artifact to bring a villain from Arthurian myth back from the dead to gain power, ex-monster hunter Bridgette McGuire escapes her retirement home and pulls her unsuspecting grandson Duncan, a museum curator, into a world of magic and mysticism to defeat a legendary threat.

Bestselling writer Kieron Gillen (The Wicked + The Divine, Star Wars) and Russ Manning Award-winning artist Dan Mora (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Klaus) explore the mysteries of the past, the complicated truths of our history and the power of family to save the day…especially if that family has secret bunkers of ancient weapons and decades of experience hunting the greatest monsters in Britain’s history!

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I am loving this series -- hooked from the very first page! The first issue sold out waaaay before it's release date, and they ended up doing three or four additional printings (which also sold out). This all happened before the first issue was actually published! I was fortunate enough to snag a first printing, but only because I pre-ordered this one in advance (yay newsletters!). After reading the synopsis, how could I not? However, all of the other covers are amazing, and I was tempted to buy one of each!

If you like fantasy or retellings, Once & Future is definitely worth reading! There's also a badass grandma barely blinking at monsters, which I thought was a wonderful addition to the story. Her grandson, Duncan, has no idea what's happening, or who his grandmother really is. Their relationship is realistic and also hilarious. She has no problem tossing a spear at him, or telling him to run and run fast, while she looks for something. I really like this duo, and I'm so happy they decided to make this an ongoing series instead of a mini. I cannot wait to see what adventures they go on!


New Mutants: War Children (#1)
by Chris Claremont, 
Bill Sienkiewicz (Illustrator)
Synopsis (via Goodreads): Don’t miss this momentous event as legendary creators CHRIS CLAREMONT and BILL SIENKIEWICZ reunite with Magik, Wolfsbane, Cannonball, Cypher, Mirage, Karma, and Sunspot to share this never before told story of the New Mutants’ past! When Warlock experiences a nightmare, he begins going haywire, and it’s up to his friends to save him! But as Warlock grows more frenzied, they should be worrying about being able to save themselves…and doubly so when Magik’s inner demon, Darkchylde, threatens to break free! Also, a special guest appearance by none other than Kitty Pryde!

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I hate to say it, but The New Mutants: War Children was bad. The author assumed a lot of the reader, so the circumstances of the story were poorly explained. Additionally, the characters were familiar but also unrecognizable. If I hadn't read a similar series previously, I wouldn't have known who they were or what they were doing. A new reader will likely have a difficult time with this one, and it's not fair to assume everyone will have a base knowledge of the world being written about. There has to be some context and background information.

The story was all over the place and I felt like it went on forever. They're trying to find their friend and prevent him from doing something bad (needed more details), but there was nothing leading up to that moment. We go from one thing to the next with very little explanation, and then the story ends. I wish I could say the illustrations saved this one for me, because I typically enjoy Sienkiewicz's style, but this was just terrible. Everything was blurred and out of focus, or scratchy and unidentifiable, and there was a lot going on. If The New Mutants: War Children hadn't been a comic, I probably wouldn't have finished it.


Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal: Age of 
Resistance (#1) by Nicole Andelfinger, 
Mona Finden, Matias Basla, &
Miquel Muerto (Illustrators)
Synopsis (via Goodreads): Return to another world, another time…in the age of wonder. The Skeksis reign over Thra, but there are distant echoes of rebellion in the air. Gelfling and unlikely heroes emerge to champion what is good and just, but their stories started long ago. Epic tales of adventure, magic, and mystery send us back in time to witness the untold histories that forged these protectors of Thra. 

Based on a story by Jim Henson’s Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance series writers, Will Matthews & Jeffery Addiss, Nicole Andelfinger (Lumberjanes) and Matias Basla (Sparrowhawk) present an official prequel to the next chapter of the pop culture phenomenon, streaming on Netflix this August.

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I thought this was a wonderful first issue for Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. I haven't watched the new Netflix series yet, but The Dark Crystal is one of my favorite childhood movies. I recently watched it with my son and realized I'd forgotten about some of the darker aspects of the story -- whoops! He said it wasn't too scary, but that he didn't want to watch it again, haha.

New Gelflings are introduced, familiar creatures make an appearance, and we see a world that existed before the destruction that led to The Dark Crystal. Skeksis are portrayed as protectors, although I suspect they have ulterior motives based on what I already know about them. Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance was a solid first issue that has me looking forward to the next one!


Spider-Man (#1) by J.J. Abrams,
Henry Adams, Olivier Coipel
 & Sara Pichelli (Illustrators)
Synopsis (via Goodreads): The most shocking and incredible comic of 2019 is here as J.J. ABRAMS (STAR WARS, STAR TREK, SUPER 8) and his son HENRY ABRAMS are joined by superstar artist SARA PICHELLI (MILES MORALES, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY) team up for SPIDER-MAN! What do they have planned for Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson?! Who is Cadaverous?! The Modern Master of Mystery Makes His Marvel this September!

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First of all, WHAT THE FUCK J.J. ABRAMS? HOW COULD YOU? Second, that was one hell of a first issue! I was definitely not expecting that particular twist, but I can see how it impacts the rest of the story. That doesn't mean I have to like it!

This new Spider-Man is likely going to be about Peter and MJ's son, Ben. I love it when we see what our Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man is like with kids, which is one of the reasons I enjoyed Amazing Spider-Man Renew Your Vows so much (they had a daughter in that one). Ben is an emotional teenager that doesn't get a long with his father, which is plenty interesting on its own since Peter Parker is the father in this scenario. Aunt May is also alive and kicking, and she's one of my all-time favorite comic book characters!

I'm not sure how this story is going to play out, since things have already happened very differently from what I was expecting, so this should be interesting! If you like Spider-Man, be sure check this one out!

Thursday, October 17, 2019

10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston
[Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway]

Hello! Welcome to the next stop on the 10 Blind Dates blog tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. I'm thrilled I get to share my thoughts on this book with you! Thank you for stopping by, and don't forget to enter the giveaway at the bottom!

Title: 10 BLIND DATES
Author: Ashley Elston
Pub. Date: October 1, 2019
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
Pages: 336
Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, Kindle, Audible, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, TBD

Sophie wants one thing for Christmas-a little freedom from her overprotective parents. So when they decide to spend Christmas in South Louisiana with her very pregnant older sister, Sophie is looking forward to some much needed private (read: make-out) time with her long-term boyfriend, Griffin. Except it turns out that Griffin wants a little freedom from their relationship.

Heartbroken, Sophie flees to her grandparents' house, where the rest of her boisterous extended family is gathered for the holiday. That's when her Nonna devises a (not so) brilliant plan: Over the next ten days, Sophie will be set up on ten different blind dates by different family members. Like her sweet cousin Sara, who sets her up with a hot guy at an exclusive underground party. Or her crazy aunt Patrice, who signs Sophie up for a lead role in a living nativity. With a boy who barely reaches her shoulder. And a screaming baby.

When Griffin turns up unexpectedly and begs for a second chance, Sophie feels more confused than ever. Because maybe, just maybe, she's started to have feelings for someone else . . . Someone who is definitely not available.

This is going to be the worst Christmas break ever . . . or is it?

"This piece-by-piece romance doesn't need its Christmas theme to sell, but it makes it glitter all the more."—Booklist

"In a funny holiday romance that has Sophie dog-sitting in a hockey rink, watching porn at a drive-in theater, and playing the Virgin Mary in a middle school Nativity, Elston cleverly reflects the family members' personalities through their choices of dates for Sophie."—Publishers Weekly

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I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own. Any quotes I use are from an unpublished copy and may not reflect the finished product.

10 Blind Dates was my first holiday read of the year! I'm happy to report it was heartwarming and absolutely adorable. I loved the family dynamics! Most of the characters in this book were related, and I really enjoyed seeing how they interacted with each other. There were so many aunts, uncles, and cousins! It would've been easy to get lost in the chaos, but there was something comforting about it too.

I do have a couple of issues... the first one being the number of blind dates Sophie goes on. It was pretty obvious from the beginning who she would end up with, so after a certain point the dates started to feel like a waste of time. I would've liked to see their relationship develop a little more, but it's just a brief blip at the end. Additionally, her relationship with Griffin was weird. He was a stalker, and I really wish that had been addressed. He messaged her nonstop after the breakup, commented on what she was doing with other guys, and showed up unexpectedly on multiple occasions (even going so far as to reach out to one of her cousins for information about where she'd be). It was icky. He was icky.

The dates themselves were super fun, and I'm actually a little jealous of her adventures! I'm happy I was able to live vicariously through her, if only for a few hours. The family hijinks and shenanigans, the betting pool, and the dating activities had me laughing out loud and grinning like a fool! It was also nice that some of her previous dates popped up sporadically throughout the rest of the book. 10 Blind Dates was never boring, and even managed to surprise me a time or two. A few of her dates were really lovely, while others were a train wreck you couldn't look away from.

Sophie's family was probably my favorite thing about this book! They all live near each other, so her grandmother's house is always full of people and food (really, really good food). This book made me crave a cannoli! Everyone wanted to participate in Sophie's blind dates, because they wanted to see her smile and have fun. They were invested in her happiness, which was sweet and made my heart feel full. It's not a perfect family, but the love is there and that's what matters. I really liked the relationship between the Fab Four, and wish they'd been able to do more together as a group. They're included on a few of the dates, but I think more isolated moments with them would have been fun! Charlie is hilarious, Olivia is a fierce friend, and Wes is very much The Boy Next Door.

I thought all of the dates were creative and believable, and I'm happy Sophie was willing to take the time she needed to sort through her feelings. She didn't waver whenever Griffin claimed he wanted her back, but she was internally conflicted over what to do. Her emotions and responses felt honest and relatable, but she was also willing to admit when something wasn't working. She gave herself some much needed room to breathe, and she remembered what it was like to be surrounded by people who loved her.

The side story with her sister was stressful! It added another emotional layer to the story, and some long-distance driving. I don't want to give too much away, because it was fun trying to guess what Sophie's dates would be before she went on them, but Sara's choice was my favorite! Also, I wish the characters had been fleshed out just a smidge more, but it wasn't a huge issue. There was so much good to focus us! Simply put, 10 Blind Dates was a fun and entertaining read that I enjoyed immensely!

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

My Weekly Pull [92] & Can't Wait Wednesday [62]

My Weekly Pull is something I do every Wednesday (when the stars align in my favor) to show which comics I had pulled for me that week! If you're into comics, or you're looking to start, please join me! If you decide to do your own post, there's a link-up at the bottom. I would love to stop by and check it out!

Transformers #13 by Brian Ruckley, Angel Hernandez, Alex Milne, Winston Chan
Marked #1 by David Hine, Brian Haberlin, Geirrod Van Dyke
Spider-Man #2 by J.J. Abrams, Henry Abrams, Sara Pichelli, Olivier Coipel

Firefly #10 by Greg Pak, Dan McDaid, Lee Garbett
Once & Future #3 by Kieron Gillen, Dan Mora

Jacob's comics for the week!
Absolute Carnage #4 by Donny Cates, Ryan Stegman
Absolute Carnage Avengers #1 by Leah Williams, Zac Thompson, Guiu Villanova, Alberto Albequerque, Clayton Crain
Absolute Carnage Scream #3 by Cullen Bunn, Gerardo Sandoval
Absolute Carnage vs Deadpool #3 by Frank Tieri, Marcelo Ferreira, Tyler Kirkham
Guardians of the Galaxy #10 by Donny Cates, Cory Smith, Patrick Zircher
History of the Marvel Universe #4 by Mark Waid, Javier Rodriguez, Steve McNiven
Hit-Girl #9 by Peter Milligan, Alison Sampson, Declan Shalvey
Strayed #3 by Carlos Giffoni, Juan Doe

If you enjoy fantasy, retellings, or Arthurian legend (and aren't opposed to the occasional zombie), then I highly recommend Once & Future. I've only read the first two issues and I'm completely smitten with the story! There's also a kickass grandma! Her grandson is adorable and wholly unprepared for the world she's thrown him into. I'm am so, so happy they decided to make this an ongoing series instead of a mini -- whoop!

Firefly is about to get ugly! I hope Greg Pak doesn't kill off anyone I like, because that would really suck. The first issue of Spider-Man was brutal. My eyes were watering after two pages (I'm seriously going to cry just thinking about it)! Damn you, J.J. Abrams! I believe this new series is going to be about MJ and Peter's son, Ben.

Marked is a new one I'm going to try -- just look at that cover! Also, "terrifying, soul-destroying magic" sounds like loads of fun. ↣ The Marked may look like cool young influencers, but beneath the designer clothes, their bodies are tattooed with the magical glyphs of an ancient order that secretly protects the world against evil forces. With no new occult threats, The Marked use their tattooed powers solely for the pursuit of pleasure until a young woman called Liza creates a dangerous new form of Hybrid Sorcery. The party is over for The Marked. You'll believe in magic-terrifying, soul-destroying magic.

Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings, that highlights upcoming releases that we're anticipating and excited to read. It's a spinoff of the feature Waiting on Wednesday that was hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

Sick Kids in Love by Hannah Moskowitz
Expected publication: 11/5/19
Synopsis (via Goodreads): Isabel has one rule: no dating.
It's easier--
It's safer--
It's better--
--for the other person.
She's got issues. She's got secrets. She's got rheumatoid arthritis.
But then she meets another sick kid.
He's got a chronic illness Isabel's never heard of, something she can't even pronounce. He understands what it means to be sick. He understands her more than her healthy friends. He understands her more than her own father who's a doctor.
He's gorgeous, fun, and foul-mouthed. And totally into her.
Isabel has one rule: no dating.
It's complicated--
It's dangerous--
It's never felt better--
--to consider breaking that rule for him.

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I wasn't sure about this one until I saw the small print on the cover! It says, They don't die in this one, which is a huge relief after reading the synopsis. 

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Monday, October 14, 2019

An Ember in the Ashes
(An Ember in the Ashes, #1) by Sabaa Tahir

Narrated by Fiona Hardingham & Steve West
Synopsis (via Goodreads): Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.


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An Ember in the Ashes was a phenomenal read! I flew through the audiobook and looked forward to being in the car for a little extra listening time (quietly, since the kids are too young for this book). Steve West and Fiona Hardingham are amazing narrators and really brought this story to life. I could listen to them for hours, and I did! I cannot wait to listen to the rest of this series on audio, and I've already purchased physical copies for my shelves. Sabaa Tahir has created a very unique and compelling story, although I wish she was a little nicer to Laia and Elias (she seems to really like making my heart stop and creating scenarios that take my breath away).

The characters in this book are memorable and relatable. Laia didn't start off wanting to change the world, she just wanted to get through the day without drawing attention to herself. When she loses her family, her brother becomes her priority, and she learns that she's stronger than she thinks. We see her go from someone that doesn't want to be noticed, to a person that's willing to sacrifice herself for others. There's very obvious character growth, but it happens over the course of the entire book, which made it more honest and believable.

Elias doesn't want to be a soldier. He doesn't want to spend his life killing for the Empire, so he makes secret plans of his own. When those plans are unexpectedly thwarted, he finds himself battling friends and foes alike. It's hard to know who to trust in this book, since everyone seems to have ulterior motives or they know something we don't. I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop, but was still surprised when it finally did. There is so much going on in this book -- so many threads -- that it's mind-blowing. Everyone and everything is connected. One small action ripples out until it causes unexpected waves. I absolutely loved it!

Even the secondary characters were well-written and fleshed out. Elias treasured his friends and their place in his life, and he never wanted his actions to impact them negatively. The members of the Resistance, Cook, Izzy, Helene -- all wonderfully written. I could clearly see them in my mind, and I cared about what happened to (most of) them.

An Ember in the Ashes is extremely violent. People are tortured, murdered, and forced into slavery. We see a very dark side of human nature, and how scary it is when one group of people thinks they are better than another. The Martials believe they are superior to the Scholars simply because there was a fight and they won. They kill freely and without mercy, and were even willing to do it to their own comrades. Tahir has painted a very frightening picture that rings true in certain aspects of the world today.

The world-building was incredible! It was so vivid and realistic! I felt like I was there experiencing the world with Laia and Elias. I walked through the catacombs and hidden tunnels, scaled precarious mountain trails and danced at a Moon Festival. Unfortunately, that also meant I shared in Elias and Laia's pain and discomfort (like their emotional turmoil wasn't bad enough -- eesh).

I'm kicking myself for waiting so long to start this series, but hopefully the fourth and final book is published before I finish the third! I already know I'm not going to want to wait once I get that far. I'm going to need answers! If you haven't read An Ember in the Ashes, I highly recommend it! Once you start, you're not going to be able to stop.


Saturday, October 12, 2019

How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse
(The Thorne Chronicles, #1) by K. Eason

Synopsis (via Goodreads): First in a duology that reimagines fairy tale tropes within a space opera—The Princess Bride meets Princess Leia.

Rory Thorne is a princess with thirteen fairy blessings, the most important of which is to see through flattery and platitudes. As the eldest daughter, she always imagined she’d inherit her father’s throne and govern the interplanetary Thorne Consortium.

Then her father is assassinated, her mother gives birth to a son, and Rory is betrothed to the prince of a distant world.

When Rory arrives in her new home, she uncovers a treacherous plot to unseat her newly betrothed and usurp his throne. An unscrupulous minister has conspired to name himself Regent to the minor (and somewhat foolish) prince. With only her wits and a small team of allies, Rory must outmaneuver the Regent and rescue the prince.


How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse is a feminist reimagining of familiar fairytale tropes and a story of resistance and self-determination—how small acts of rebellion can lead a princess to not just save herself, but change the course of history.

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I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own. Any quotes I use are from an unpublished copy and may not reflect the finished product.

To be fair, How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse fell somewhere between three and four stars, but I don't normally do half-star ratings. It all boiled down to this: Would I read it again? No, I wouldn't. However, I really enjoyed the experience of reading it once, and I'm happy it happened. I thought the story was very unique and told with an interesting perspective. 

Unfortunately for me, I was oftentimes lost within the technical jargon of the book. We're introduced to new planets, moons, solar systems, etc. In addition to the setting, we're told about the intricacies of arithmancy and alchemy, how the two originated, and so on and so forth. I thought the arithmancy was interesting, but it was also a little confusing. Could anyone choose to be an Arithmancer, or was it similar to magic? Was magic real in this book? The addition of the faeries and their gifts made me think so. It was fascinating to see how the author integrated both the fantastical and the factual. It was just a smidge boring at times, especially when the lessons occurred at the start of chapters and didn't really tie into what was currently happening. 

Rory is a remarkable character, and I enjoyed seeing her navigate the political minefield she was thrust into. She's away from her planet, her family, and everything she's known since birth, yet she manages to thrive and find a way to survive. Her fairy gifts help, but also her training with the Vizier and Grytt. She was a well-rounded person, very thoughtful, and sincere even as a teenager. Yes, she was prone to tantrums and the like befitting her age, but she typically handled herself well when it mattered. She was clever and cared more about others than herself. She's also wicked smart and tended to outthink most of the people around her, which was really beneficial when she was surrounded by enemies. 

There's not much of a romance in this one, but it does play a role in the story. I wasn't a fan of how quickly the L word was used (they hadn't known each other long enough, or spent a significant amount of time with one another), but the feelings were there. I would have thought the two of them were too busy trying to stay alive and thwart a war to even consider the possibility of a relationship (other than a political one forced on them). I wish that had been left out, and the two of them had established a respectful, meaningful friendship instead (which I think does happen, but is overshadowed by the L word confession). 

The plot was discovered pretty early on, but it takes most of the book before Rory can act on the information she's accumulated. She actually stumbles across The Big Secret almost as soon as she gets to her new home, but the facts aren't confirmed until later on. It was quite the secret, too.

Overall, I'm very happy I took a chance on How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse. It didn't remind me of The Princess Bride or Princess Leia, but simply a space story with some fairytale references tossed in. I'm also not 100% sure when this book takes place, but there are references that make me think it's the distant future. I wish the time period had been more clear. I might read the second book when it comes out, because I'm curious how Rory will handle the new situation she's found herself in, but I'll probably wait until my library has a copy.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

My Weekly Pull [91] & Can't Wait Wednesday [61]

My Weekly Pull is something I do every Wednesday (when the stars align in my favor) to show which comics I had pulled for me that week! If you're into comics, or you're looking to start, please join me! If you decide to do your own post, there's a link-up at the bottom. I would love to stop by and check it out!
Gwenpool Strikes Back #3 by Leah Williams, David Baldeon
Miles Morales Spider-Man #11 by Saladin Ahmed, Ig Guara, Jose Carlos, Mike Hawthorne

Jacob's comics for the week!
Absolute Carnage Miles Morales #3 by Saladin Ahmed, Federico Vincentini, Clayton Crain
Amazing Spider-Man #31 by Nick Spencer, Ryan Ottley
Doctor Doom #1 by Christopher Cantwell, Salvador Larroca, Aco
Spawn #301 by Todd McFarlane, Bill Sienkiewicz 
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Urban Legends #17 by Gary Carlson, Frank Fosco, Erik Larsen
Usagi Yojimbo #5 by Stan Sakai

Only two for me this week! I know I said I didn't like the first issue of Gwenpool Strikes Back, but Deadpool was an interesting addition to the second. I feel like Leah Williams was able to write his character with more authenticity, but Gwenpool still felt off. I don't really like her in this series, or understand what she's trying to accomplish. Yes, she wants to be relevant so Marvel will keep her around (she's aware she's in a comic just like Deadpool), but her methods are unusual even by her standards. You can guess what she's been up to just by looking at the cover for the most recent issue. Surely there's a better way for her to make a comeback? 

Miles Morales Spider-Man is still one of my favorites! Saladin Ahmed in an incredible writer. If you haven't read anything by him, you're missing out on some stellar storytelling!

Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings, that highlights upcoming releases that we're anticipating and excited to read. It's a spinoff of the feature Waiting on Wednesday that was hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

All the Pretty Things by Emily Arsenault
Expected publication: March 17th 2020
Synopsis (via Goodreads): For fans of Sadie and The Cheerleaders comes an all new thriller about a boy who turns up dead under suspicious circumstances and the one girl who may be the key to solving the mystery of his untimely death.

For Ivy, summer means roller-coaster season, spinning cotton candy at the Fabuland amusement park, and hanging out with her best friend, Morgan. But this summer is different.

One morning, Morgan finds a dead body. It's their former classmate and coworker Ethan. To make matters worse, Morgan is taken to a hospital psych ward only days later, and she's not saying much--not even to Ivy.

The police claim that Ethan simply took a bad fall, but Ivy isn't convinced and realizes it's up to her to get answers. What she finds is unsettling--it's clear that some people aren't being honest about Ethan's last night at Fabuland. Including Morgan. And the more secrets Ivy uncovers, the closer she gets to unraveling dark truths that will change her life forever.

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All the Pretty Things sounds like the perfect October read, but it doesn't come out until March! 

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Bruce's Big Storm by Ryan T. Higgins
[Blog Tour: Spotlight & Giveaway]

Hello! Welcome to the next stop on the Bruce's Big Storm blog tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. I'm thrilled I get to this spotlight post with you! Thank you for stopping by, and don't forget to enter the giveaway at the bottom!


Title: BRUCE’S BIG STORM
Author: Ryan T. Higgins
Pub. Date: September 3, 2019
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Pages: 48
Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, Kindle, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, TBD

Bruce's home is already a full house.

But when a big storm brings all his woodland neighbors knocking, he'll have to open his door to a crowd of animals in need of shelter-whether he likes it or not.

Readers will love this next installment of the uproarious, award-winning Mother Bruce series.

About Ryan:

Ryan T. Higgins is a New York Times Bestselling author/illustrator residing in Southern Maine. He lives with his two dogs, two cats, one gecko, one tortoise, one son, one daughter, and one wife. As a child, he lived on a diet of cartoons, cheese sandwiches, and climbing trees. At the age of four he decided to become a cartoonist and he’s been making his own cartoons ever since.


Giveaway Details:
3 winners will receive a finished copy of BRUCE’S BIG STORM, US Only.

Tour Schedule:

Week One:
10/1/2019- Shortcake_bibliophage- Excerpt
10/2/2019- Cindy's Love of Books- Excerpt
10/3/2019- fictitious.fox- Review
10/4/2019- BookHounds YA- Review

Week Two:
10/7/2019- PopTheButterfly Reads- Review
10/8/2019- Do You Dog-ear?- Review
10/9/2019- Savings in Seconds- Review
10/10/2019- The Try Everything- Excerpt
10/11/2019- Starlight Reads- Review

Week Three:
10/14/2019- Treestand Book Reviews- Review
10/15/2019- Beagles and Books- Review
10/16/2019- Little Red Reads- Review
10/17/2019- Wonder Struck- Review
10/18/2019- Life Within The Pages- Review

Week Four:

10/21/2019- Fyrekatz Blog- Review
10/22/2019- Southern Girl Bookaholic- Review
10/23/2019- Two points of interest- Review
10/24/2019- Novel Novice- Review
10/25/2019- Here's to Happy Endings- Review

Week Five:

10/28/2019- YA Book Nerd- Review
10/29/2019- Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers- Review
10/30/2019- Nerdophiles- Review
10/31/2019- Wishful Endings- Review