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 blog tour for Bruce's Big Storm, hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. This is a spotlight post, so scroll down for the synopsis, information about the author, and a chance to win your very own copy of the book!


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

Sunday, October 6, 2019

The Sunday Post [28]

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly at the Caffeinated Reviewer! It's an opportunity to share news, post a recap for the previous week, showcase books, and highlight what's planned for the week ahead.

News: 

I'm sorry for the lack of posts this week! My last few reads have been DNFs, so those reviews will be on my DNF&Y post at the end of the month. However, I do review them on Goodreads and Amazon beforehand, so you can always check there if you're interested in what hasn't been working for me.

My son started at a new school two weeks ago, and he's really enjoying it. Instead of a 15-minute recess, it's 30-45 minutes depending on the day (sometimes they go outside twice), and they have gym every single day! My son is so much happier when I pick him up in the afternoons, and he always has something to share. It's such a relief to not be worrying about him and his education. He's being challenged mentally (the workload is a little more intense, but he's thriving), and he has an outlet for all of his energy. The only negative is that we have to leave earlier in the morning to get there on time (it's all the way across town), but it's totally worth it.

Soccer games have officially started, so that's what I'm doing 3-4 days a week. Our game was at 8 AM yesterday, so I'm dragging today. Mama needs a break! I have six kids on my team, and they're wonderful to work with. They actually listen when I ask them to do something, and they want to be there learning and playing. We haven't won any of our games, but we're also playing older kids since there aren't enough in our age group. I'm very proud of them and what they've accomplished, and they've scored each game so they're happy. My son actually made the goal yesterday and I was so proud! I almost forgot that I needed to be running down the field and getting them into position for the next play. I didn't think I would enjoy coaching, but it has been such a rewarding experience. 

Previous week on the blog:

Sunday: Nothing!
Monday: DNF&Y [21]
Thursday: Nothing! 
Friday: Nothing!
Saturday: Nothing!

What I'm currently reading:

An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1) by Sabaa Tahir
How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse (The Thorne Chronicles, #1) by K. Eason

We're trying to finish the Transformers book before it's due back at the library (three more days, I think), but the kids keep falling asleep before I've finished a single chapter. On the one hand, I'm thrilled they're asleep so I can read my books, but on the other... they need to stay awake a little longer if we're going to get through this one. 

An Ember in the Ashes is a book I've been wanting to read for ages, but haven't had the time. When I realized my library had the audiobook, I jumped at the opportunity to listen to it (especially since Steve West is one of the narrators). It's been really great so far! I'm curious how the main character's stories will overlap.

How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Universe is what I'm starting today, so hopefully it's as good as it sounds!

I'm also trying to learn how to read tarot cards, because I think the concept is really interesting. I don't know how I feel about divine intervention or magical elements, but I do think the cards give you perspective. They challenge you to look at your life and where it's going, and maybe offer insight you wouldn't have considered on your own. 

However, I did do a reading for my mom (because you're supposed to practice a lot to familiarize yourself with the cards, also journaling), and she started crying after two cards. I'm still using books to help with interpretation, but it's also about intuition. How a reader chooses to connect the cards and their meanings. Apparently, my father is sick and she didn't know how to tell me, but he has stress tests later this week for his heart. Maybe the cards were just a way for her to communicate her fears to me, or just share the news in general, but I think they're a great tool for introspection. 

Kitchen Table Tarot: Pull Up a Chair, Shuffle the Cards, and Let's Talk Tarot by Melissa Cynova has been an invaluable resource. She speaks in a way that's relatable and not overwhelming. A lot of books tell you what the cards are, what they mean, and how they can be interpreted. Cynova gives examples from past readings she's done, and uses terminology that sticks in my brain. Like, how when water is present in a card, it represents emotion. The more water, the more emotion. If you're interested in tarot cards, I highly recommend this book. Rachel Hawkins actually suggested it on Twitter when we had a brief conversation about tarot (love her). 

What I plan on reading next:

The Best at It by Maulik Pancholy
Fireborne (The Aurelian Cycle, #1) by Rosaria Munda
10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston

What I'm watching:

I've started watching Friends from the very beginning! I don't think I've ever watched it all the way through. I still need to finish Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Supernatural

Challenge Updates: 


Don't forget to enter my 2 Year Blogoversary Giveaway! There are only two days left!

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

My Weekly Pull [90] & Can't Wait Wednesday [60]

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!

Daredevil #12 by Chip Zdarsky, Marco Checchetto, Julian Totino Tedesco
Spider-Verse #1 by Jed MacKay, Juan Frigeri, Wendell Dalit
Canto #5 by David M. Booher, Drew Zucker 

Transformers Ghostbusters #5 by Erik Burnham, Dan Schoening, Nick Roche

Jacob's comics for the week!
Savage Avengers #6 by Gerry Duggan, Kim Jacinto
Punisher #16 by Matthew Rosenberg, Szymon Kudranski, Greg Smallwood
Marvel Comics #1001 by Al Ewing, Amanda Conner, Rod Reis
Batman Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III #6 by James Tynion IV, Freddie Williams II, Kevin Eastman
Absolute Carnage Immortal Hulk #1 by Al Ewing, Filipe Andrade, Kyle Hotz

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.

Tweet Cute by Emma Lord
Expected publication: January 21st 2020
Synopsis (via Goodreads): Meet Pepper, swim team captain, chronic overachiever, and all-around perfectionist. Her family may be falling apart, but their massive fast-food chain is booming ― mainly thanks to Pepper, who is barely managing to juggle real life while secretly running Big League Burger’s massive Twitter account.

Enter Jack, class clown and constant thorn in Pepper’s side. When he isn’t trying to duck out of his obscenely popular twin’s shadow, he’s busy working in his family’s deli. His relationship with the business that holds his future might be love/hate, but when Big League Burger steals his grandma’s iconic grilled cheese recipe, he’ll do whatever it takes to take them down, one tweet at a time.

All’s fair in love and cheese ― that is, until Pepper and Jack’s spat turns into a viral Twitter war. Little do they know, while they’re publicly duking it out with snarky memes and retweet battles, they’re also falling for each other in real life ― on an anonymous chat app Jack built.

As their relationship deepens and their online shenanigans escalate ―
people on the internet are shipping them?? ― their battle gets more and more personal, until even these two rivals can’t ignore they were destined for the most unexpected, awkward, all-the-feels romance that neither of them expected.

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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

State of the ARC [15]

State of the ARC is a monthly meme hosted by Avalinah at Avalinah's Books! It's an opportunity for readers to catch up on their long overdue ARCs, but right now I'm using it to keep up with my upcoming ARCs instead. It helps me stay organized!

Scars Like Wings by Erin Stewart (10/1)
The Last True Poets of the Sea by Julia Drake (10/1)
10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston (10/1)

Cursed by Thomas Wheeler, Frank Miller (Illustrator) (10/1)
How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse (The Thorne Chronicles, #1) by K. Eason (10/8)
The Best at It by Maulik Pancholy (10/8)


The Grace Year by Kim Liggett (10/8)
Fireborne (The Aurelian Cycle, #1) by Rosaria Munda (10/15)
Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren (10/22)

Songs from the Deep by Kelly Powell (11/5)
When the Stars Lead to You
by Ronni Davis (11/12)
Coral by Sara Ella (11/12)

Tweet Cute by Emma Lord (1/21)
When We Were Vikings by Andrew David MacDonald (1/28)
Foul is Fair (Foul is Fair, #1) by Hannah Capin (2/4)

Jack Kerouac is Dead to Me by Gae Polisner (4/7)

Scars Like Wings, The Last True Poets of the Sea, and 10 Blind Dates are my newest ARCs! I'll be reading and reviewing them for various blog tours this month, so check back later for my thoughts! I'm nearly finished with Cursed, but I'm bummed I wasn't able to review it before its release date (today). I wasn't expecting the brutality and violence, but it's been an interesting read so far.

October is going to be a busy reading month for me, so you'll likely see some increased activity over the next few weeks. I'm struggling to stay on top of everything at the moment, so if anyone knows how to clone humans, let me know. My son's new school is all the way across town, which means we've had to adjust our pick up and drop off times (early and earlier), but it's worth it since he's actually happy and enjoying school now. Soccer games have officially started (scheduling has been a nightmare), and now our weekends are full. Thankfully, no one is sick! Flu shots here we come...

I'm going to try and knock out a lot of blogging this weekend! I really miss popping in and saying hello, and I know I've missed some amazing posts. Don't be alarmed if you get a million comment notifications. ;) 

What is your most anticipated read for October?