Week In Review

February 13 – 19

Happy Long Weekend! Tomorrow is Family Day here in Ontario, and I am so happy that the long weekend is here! All I want to do is curl up on the couch and read (so pretty much like every other weekend).

 

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In terms of books, I received an e-ARC of Julie Murphy’s Ramona Blue via Edelweiss (thank you!). And my pre-order of one of my most anticipated books arrived on Friday:

A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab!!! This is the last book in the Shades of Magic trilogy, and I’m so so so excited to read this book.

I finished four books this week, so I’m at 24 books finished so far this year, on my way to my goal of 100 books for the year. I read:

Wonder, by R.J. Palacio;

Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn (re-read);

Behind Her Eyes, by Sarah Pinborough (read this before it gets spoiled for you!); and

The Perfect Stranger, by Megan Miranda (ARC).

Currrently, I’m still reading A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis, Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World, by Kelly Jensen (Ed.), and I have started to read Good As Gone by Amy Gentry.

I had two reviews on the blog this week: Devil’s Advocate (X-Files: Origins #2) by Jonathan Maberry, and Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins.

Now it’s time for some coffee and reading. I hope you’re all enjoying your long weekend!

Rebel Belle

By Rachel Hawkins

Source: Purchased

Series: Rebel Belle #1

Publication Date: April 8, 2014

Published by Putnam Juvenile

My Rating: four-stars

Rebel Belle

Cover image and synopsis from Goodreads:

Harper Price, peerless Southern belle, was born ready for a Homecoming tiara. But after a strange run-in at the dance imbues her with incredible abilities, Harper’s destiny takes a turn for the seriously weird. She becomes a Paladin, one of an ancient line of guardians with agility, super strength and lethal fighting instincts.

Just when life can’t get any more disastrously crazy, Harper finds out who she’s charged to protect: David Stark, school reporter, subject of a mysterious prophecy and possibly Harper’s least favorite person. But things get complicated when Harper starts falling for him—and discovers that David’s own fate could very well be to destroy Earth.

With snappy banter, cotillion dresses, non-stop action and a touch of magic, this new young adult series from bestseller Rachel Hawkins is going to make y’all beg for more.

I have this entire series already on my bookshelf. It’s like I knew I would love the first book and immediately want to read the rest of the series!

The humour and snark in this book reminded me so much of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which is one of my favourite TV shows. I loved the premise, action, and humour in this story.

I also enjoyed the romance aspect of this book, and SPOILER I totally loved that Harper’s ex-boyfriend Ryan became the Mage and is now part of the team with her and David! I’m very excited to see how the relationship between the three of them plays out in the next book.

Rebel Belle was such a fun read! Recommended!

Devil’s Advocate

By Jonathan Maberry

Source: Library

Series: The X-Files: Origins #2

Publication Date: January 3, 2017

Published by Imprint

My Rating: three-stars

Devil’s Advocate

Cover image and synopsis from Goodreads:

How did Fox Mulder become a believer? How did Dana Scully become a skeptic? The X-Files Origins has the answers in this young adult origin story.

The X-Files Origins: Devil’s Advocate will explore the teen years of Dana Scully, the beloved character depicted in the cult-favorite TV show The X-Files. Her story is set in the spring of 1979, when serial murder, the occult, and government conspiracy were highlighted in the news.

The book will follow Scully as she experiences life-changing events that set her on the path to becoming an FBI agent.

I was really excited when I heard about the X-Files: Origins books, one about a young Dana Scully and the other (Agent of Chaos, by Kami Garcia) about a young Fox Mulder. I put a hold on these at my library as soon as I could, and was really excited to pick them up in early February.

I like The X-Files TV show, but I’m not knowledgeable about all of the show’s storylines and mythology. I was a little too young when it first aired to watch it, but over the years I’ve seen a number of episodes. And because this is a story about Dana Scully in her teens, in high school, I didn’t feel like I was missing out by not knowing everything about the show (although if you are a fan, there may be references in this book that went over my head – but I did catch some!). I am a fan of the character of Dana Scully, and reading about her as a teenager was so fun!

Sadly, the mystery that is central to the story failed to really capture my interest. I thought the culprit was pretty clear from the start, but it was still somewhat fun to see Dana work at solving it.

This was a fun read but in the end it was just okay for me. I am hoping that I’ll like Agent of Chaos more.

Week In Review

February 6 – 12

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Happy Walking Dead Day!! After the mid-season finale, the show is back with a new episode tonight and I’m EXCITED! I’ve been watching the AMC marathon all weekend and I can’t wait for the new episode.

It’s been another busy week, book-wise! Lots of books via Edelweiss and purchases, thanks to a great deal on some Kobo e-books:

Edelweiss:

Little Monsters, Kara Thomas

The Shadow Cipher, Laura Ruby

Things That Surprise You, Jennifer Maschari

It’s Not Like It’s a Secret, Misa Sugiura

Romancing the Throne, Nadine Jolie Courtney

Everything All At Once, Katrina Leno

House of Furies, Madeleine Roux

Purchased:

All Our Wrong Todays, Elan Mastai

Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World, Kelly Jensen (ed.)

Over the Garden Wall: Tome of the Unknown (graphic novel), Pat McHale and Jim Campbell

What You Don’t Know, JoAnn Chaney

World, Chase Me Down, Andrew Hilleman

My Sister Rosa, Justine Larbalestier

The Star-Touched Queen, Roshani Chokshi

How To Love, Katie Cotugno

Love, Lies and Spies, Cindy Anstey

Library:

Wayfarer, Alexandra Bracken

Bad Blood, Jennifer Lynn Barnes (this must be the fourth time I’ve taken this book out…I will read it this time!)

My reading has slowed down a little but I’ve still stayed well ahead of schedule with my Goodreads goal. This past week, I’ve read:

In Your Room, Jordanna Fraiberg;

Rebel Belle and Miss Mayhem, Rachel Hawkins.

I’m still reading A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis, as well as Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World, and Wonder, by R.J. Palacio.

The blog this week was busy:

I reviewed I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid and The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan. I also posted about the upcoming Ottawa Blogger Meet Up, and shared a Waiting on Wednesday post.

Back to The Walking Dead marathon! Happy Sunday!

The Royal We

By Heather Cocks, Jessica Morgan

Source: Purchased

Series: n/a

Publication Date: April 7, 2015

Published by Grand Central Publishing

My Rating: four-stars

The Royal We

Cover image and synopsis from Goodreads:

“I might be Cinderella today, but I dread who they’ll think I am tomorrow. I guess it depends on what I do next.”

American Rebecca Porter was never one for fairy tales. Her twin sister, Lacey, has always been the romantic who fantasized about glamour and royalty, fame and fortune. Yet it’s Bex who seeks adventure at Oxford and finds herself living down the hall from Prince Nicholas, Great Britain’s future king. And when Bex can’t resist falling for Nick, the person behind the prince, it propels her into a world she did not expect to inhabit, under a spotlight she is not prepared to face.

Dating Nick immerses Bex in ritzy society, dazzling ski trips, and dinners at Kensington Palace with him and his charming, troublesome brother, Freddie. But the relationship also comes with unimaginable baggage: hysterical tabloids, Nick’s sparkling and far more suitable ex-girlfriends, and a royal family whose private life is much thornier and more tragic than anyone on the outside knows. The pressures are almost too much to bear, as Bex struggles to reconcile the man she loves with the monarch he’s fated to become.

Which is how she gets into trouble.

Now, on the eve of the wedding of the century, Bex is faced with whether everything she’s sacrificed for love-her career, her home, her family, maybe even herself-will have been for nothing.

I purchased this book as soon as it came out, and after glowing recommendations from friends, I finally picked it up to read in January.

I took my time reading The Royal We. While I immediately found myself enjoying the book, it took me longer than I usually take to read a book to get through it. I didn’t always feel like picking the book up and getting back into the story. Normally for me that’s a sign that I am not really enjoying a book, but with The Royal We, the more I read, the more I liked and got caught up in the story. I’ve read Go Fug Yourself, the authors’ website, over the years and I really enjoy their humour. I was happy to see that same sense of humour in this book.

Although it took me some time to get into the story, I did ultimately enjoy The Royal We so much. It’s fun, funny, full of swoons, and the kind of book that will have you reading with a smile on your face.

There’s also a film adaptation in the works, which I’m very excited about! This is definitely a recommended read if you’re looking for a fun, romantic book!