"To find out what a story's really about,' the Librarian said,

'you don't ask the writer. You ask the reader."


- SNOW & ROSE by Emily Winfield Martin


Saturday, September 15, 2018

My AUGUST Book Haul and Wrap Up, and my SEPTEMBER TBR 2018


Hello, friends!!! 

School has finally started for us and our schedule is BUSY!
But, it's a schedule and I can finally fit in a bit of "me time" and I am SO extra happy about it, lol! It's not easy to have to "adult" all the time - no one can ever prepare you for all of the responsibilities you will one day be in charge of. Thank goodness for books!!! 

Now, let's talk about BOOKS!!!


*My AUGUST Book Haul*

*REVIEW BOOKS:

- KEEPER OF THE BESS by Meg Kassel (YA/HB) from Entangled Teen
SEE ALL THE STARS by Kit Frick (YA/HB) from Simon and Schuster 
- FIERCE FAIRY TALES: Poems & Stories to Stir Your Soul by Nikita Gill (A/PB) from Hachette Books 


From Disney-Hyperion Books:
- HIP AND HOP IN THE HOUSE!: A Free-Flowing Tortoise and the Hare Collection by Jef Czekaj (C/HB) 
- 1 GRUMPY BRUCE by Ryan T. Higgins (C/Board Book) 
- SANTA BRUCE by Ryan T. Higgins (C/HB) 

From Book Sparks: 
THESE REBEL WAVES (Stream Raiders #1) by Sarah Raash (YA/HB) from Book Sparks
- SEA WITCH by Sarah Henning (YA/HB) 
- THE LEAVING YEAR by Pam McGaffin (YA/PB) 
- SCHOOL TALES by Sharon Myrick (A/PB) 

From Peachtree Publishers:
AM I YOURS? by Alex Latimer (C/HB)  
- THE SOMEWHAT TRUE ADVENTURES OF SAMMY SHINE by Henry Cole (MG/PB) 
- THE BOOKSHOP GIRL by Sylvia Bishop (MG/HB) 
- EBENEZER HAS A WORD FOR EVERYTHING by Chelsea H. Rowe (C/HB) 
- HANSEL & GRETEL by Bethan Woollvin (C/HB) 
- LITTLE WHALE by Jo Weaver (C/HB)  

*BOOKS I RECEIVED AS GIFTS or in GIVEAWAYS - Thank you!!!
- SHADOW OF THE FOX by Julie Kagawa (YA/ARC) 
- ENDLESS WATER, STARLESS SKY (Bright Smoke, Cold Fire #2) by Rosamund Hodge (YA/ARC) 
- A GIRL OF WHITE WINTER (Dark Glass #3) by Barb Hendee (YA/PB) - from Kensington via TLC Book Tours IG giveaway 

*BOOKS I PURCHASED
SPINNING SILVER by Naomi Novik (A/signed HB) - Goldsboro Edition 
- CATWOMAN: SOULSTEALER (DC Icons #3) by Leigh Bardugo (YA/signed HB) 
- TEMERAIRE by Naomi Novik (A/PB) - UK Edition 

*KINDLE EBOOKS I PURCHASED:
NOBODY SAID IT'D BE EASY by Patty Blount (A/eBook) 
- ROSEMARY AND RUE (October Daye Series #1) by Seanan McGuire (A/eBook) 

*What I read in AUGUST*

- SOMEONE I USED TO KNOW by Patty Blount (YA/eARC) - 4 stars
- THE KISS QUOTIENT by Helen Hoang (A/HB) - 4 stars 
- GRACE AND FURY by Tracy Banghart (YA/ARC) - 3 stars 
- BROKEN THINGS by Lauren Oliver (YA/ARC) - 4 stars
- NOBODY REAL by Steven Camden (YA/ARC) - 5 stars
- THE GIRL WITH MORE THAN ONE HEART by Laura Geringer Bass (MG/HB) - 4 stars
AM I YOURS? by Alex Latimer (C/HB) - 5 stars
- STAY SWEET by Siobhan Vivian (YA/HB) - 3 stars 
- FIERCE FAIRYTALES by Nikita Gill (A/PB) - 5 stars 

*My SEPTEMBER TBR*

First, I hope to finish reading
- THE SISTER'S OF THE WINTER WOOD by Rena Rossner (A/ARC) 
- KEEPER OF THE BEES by Meg Kassel (YA/HB) 
- THE CHRISTMAS SISTERS by Sarah Morgan (A/ARC) 

And then, I hope I have enough time to read these too
- BLACK WINGS BEATING by Alex London (YA/ARC) 
- BLANCA & ROJA by Anna-Marie McLemore (YA/ARC) 
- SHADOW OF THE FOX by Julie Kagawa (YA/ARC) 
- LOVE YOU MORE by Gary Urda (C/HB)  
- THE SOMEWHAT TRUE ADVENTURES OF SAMMY SHINE by Henry Cole (MG/PB) 
- HIP & HOP IN THE HOUSE! by Jef Czekaj (MG/HB) 
- GIRAFFE PROBLEMS by Jory John (C/HB) 
- EBENEZER HAS A WORD FOR EVERYTHING by Chelsea Rowe (C/HB) 
- THE BOOKSHOP GIRL by Sylvia Bishop (MG/HB) 
- I LOST MY TOOTH! by Mo Willems (MG/HB) 

Please let me know in the comments what you're reading... 
and leave your blog or book haul links too - I'd love to visit and see what you all have been up to!

Happy reading!!!

Friday, September 14, 2018

Blog Tour (Excerpt/Giveaway): KEEPER OF THE BEES by Meg Kassel (YA)


Black Bird of the Gallows #2
by Meg Kassel
Release date: September 4th, 2018
Published by Entangled Teen
Genre: Young Adult - Paranormal/Fantasy
Format: Hardcover, eBook


SUMMARY

*PLEASE NOTE: 
Keeper of the Bees is the second book in the companion series to BLACK BIRD OF THE GALLOWS. However, as per the publisher, you do not need to read BLACK BIRD OF THE GALLOWS before KEEPER OF THE BEES in order to enjoy them both.

"Beauty and the Beast like you've never imagined!"
- New York Times bestselling author Pintip Dunn

KEEPER OF THE BEES is a tale of two teens who are both beautiful and beastly, and whose pasts are entangled in surprising and heartbreaking ways.

Dresden is cursed.
His chest houses a hive of bees that he can't stop from stinging people with psychosis-inducing venom. His face is a shifting montage of all the people who have died because of those stings. And he has been this way for centuries - since he was eighteen and magic flowed through his homeland, corrupting its people. 

He follows harbingers of death, so at least his curse only affects those about to die anyway. But when he arrives in a Midwest town marked for death, he encounters Essie, a seventeen-year-old girl who suffers from debilitating delusions and hallucinations. His bees want to sting her on sight. But Essie doesn't see a monster when she looks at Dresden.

Essie is fascinated and delighted by his changing features. Risking his own life, he holds back his bees and spares her. What starts out as a simple act of mercy ends up unraveling Dresden's solitary life and Essie's tormented one.

Their impossible romance might even be powerful enough to unravel a centuries-old curse. 

ORDER LINKS can be found HERE!


EXCERPT from KEEPER OF THE BEES

     She closes her eyes. Her breath hitches. Then, she does the improbable and throws herself against me, wrapping her arms around my waist.

     I am paralyzed. Motionless, breathless in my first embrace in a millennium. To be touched... my eyes close as I tremble from head to toe. The pain is glorious, excruciating.

     "Thank you," she breathes against my chest. "You calm my mind. Why is that?"

     "I don't know." Speech takes an unbearable effort. I'm overwhelmed in every single possible way - destroyed on a level she can't begin to comprehend. My arms hover, uncertain how to return her embrace and unsure if I should. Unable to push her away. I feel as though I will shatter if I move, but my arms slowly close around her. One of my hands falls on her hair, where the elastic has loosened. The thin band slips from her hair and falls into my hand. My fingers close around it. 



READ the first book to the companion series NOW!!!

BLACK BIRD OF THE GALLOWS
by Meg Kassel
Release date: September 5th, 2017
Published by: Entangled Teen


SUMMARY to BLACK BIRD OF THE GALLOWS

A simple but forgotten truth:
Where harbingers of death appear, the morgues will soon be full.

Angie Dovage can tell there's more to Reece Fernandez than just the tall, brooding athlete who has her classmates swooning, but she can't imagine his presence signals a tragedy that will devastate her small town. When something supernatural tries to attack her, Angie is thrown into a battle between good and evil she never saw coming. Right in the center of it is Reece - and he's not human.

What's more, she knows something most don't.
That the secrets her town holds could kill them all.
But that's only half as dangerous as falling in love with a harbinger of death.


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Meg Kassel


Meg Kassel is an author of fantasy and speculative books for young adults. 

A graduate of Parson's School of Design, she’s been creating stories, whether with visuals or words, since childhood. 

Meg is a New Jersey native who lives in a log house in the Maine woods with her husband and daughter. 

As a fan of ’80s cartoons, Netflix series, and ancient mythology, she has always been fascinated and inspired by the fantastic, the creepy, and the futuristic. 

She is the 2016 RWA Golden Heart® winner in YA and a double 2018 RITA® finalist for her debut novel, Black Bird of the Gallows.

GOODREADS / WEBSITE / TWITTER / INSTAGRAM / FACEBOOK / AMAZON 

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Release Day Launch (Excerpt/Trailer): THE PRINCE (Wicked Series #3.5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout (NA/A)


From #1 New York Times Bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes THE PRINCE, a new novella in her WICKED SERIES, brought to you by 1,001 DARK NIGHTS!!!

Be sure to grab your copy today!!!


A Wicked Novella, #3.5
by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Release date: August 14th, 2018
Published by: Evil Eye Concepts, Incorporated
Genre: New Adult/Adult - Paranormal Romance/Fantasy
Format: Paperback, eBook


SUMMARY

From #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes a new story in her WICKED series!

She's everything he wants...

Cold. Heartless. Deadly. 
Whispers of his name alone bring fear to fae and mortals alike. The Prince.
There is nothing in the mortal world more dangerous than him. Haunted by a past he couldn't control, all Caden desires is revenge against those who'd wronged him, trapping him in a never-ending nightmare. And there is one person he knows can help him.

She's everything he can't have...

Raised within the Order, Brighton Jussier knows just how dangerous the Prince is, reformed or not. She'd seen firsthand what atrocities he could be capable of. The last thing she wants to do is help him, but he leaves her little choice. Forced to work alongside him, she begins to see the man under the bitter ice. Yearning for him feels like the definition of insanity, but there's no denying the heat in his touch and the wicked promise is his stare.

She's everything he'll take...

But there's someone out there who wants to return the Prince to his former self. A walking, breathing nightmare that is hell-bent on destroying the world and everyone close to him. 

The last thing either of them needs is a distraction, but with the attraction growing between them each now, the one thing he wants more than anything may be the one thing that will be his undoing.

She's everything he'd die for.


BUY LINKS - The Prince (Wicked #3.5)

AMAZON US / AMAZON UK / AMAZON AU / AMAZON CANADA


 
EXCERPT - The Prince (Wicked #3.5)
Did it make you a bad friend if you were complete, a hundred percent envious of that friend? Yes? No? Kind of?
I figured it was somewhere in between.
That’s what I was mulling over as I watched Ivy Morgan brush thick, red curls over her shoulder, laughing at something her boyfriend Ren Owens had said to her.
At least I wasn’t envious of that—their love. Okay, well, that wasn’t entirely true. Pretty sure anyone who was as single as me would be envious of all that warm and fuzzy that was passed back and forth with each long look or casual brush of skin. The two could barely tear their gazes away from one another to eat the dinner we’d grabbed at the cute little diner inside the shopping center on Prytania Street.
I honest to God couldn’t be happier for them. They’d been through so much—way more than two people should ever have to go through to be together, and here they were, stronger and more in love than ever, and they deserved that happiness.
But their epic love story wasn’t the source of a current case of the green-eyed monster that was sitting on my shoulder.
Ivy was just such a… badass.
Even right now, relaxed in the chair, surrounded by twinkling Christmas lights with her hand in Ren’s and her belly full of a cheeseburger deluxe and crinkle fries and half of my tater tots, she could kick ass and take names along with addresses, telephone numbers, and social security numbers.
If the proverbial poo hit the fan, you called Ivy or Ren.
If you needed to know what streets Royal intersected with, you called… me. Or if you needed coffee or fresh beignets but were currently busy, you know, saving the world, you’d call me.
The three of us were all members of the Order, a widespread organization that was literally the only thing that stood between mankind and complete, utter enslavement and destruction by the fae. And not the super cute fae found in Disney movies or some crap like that. Humans thought they were on top of the food chain. They were wrong. The fae was.
The only thing pop culture got right about the fae was their slightly pointy ears. That was it. The fae were more than just beings from another world—the Otherworld—they were capable of glamouring their appearance to blend in with humans. But all Order members, even me, were warded at birth against the glamour. We saw through the human fa├žade to the creature that lurked beneath.

BOOK TRAILER - The Prince (Wicked #3.5)



ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Jennifer L. Armentrout


# 1 New York Times, USA Today and international bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. 

When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories… which explains her dismal grades in math. 

Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

GOODREADS / WEBSITE / FACEBOOK / TWITTER 



Wednesday, August 1, 2018

My JULY Book Haul and Wrap Up, and my AUGUST TBR 2018


Hello, friends!!! 

I really hope that you are all doing well and have been reading a lot of GOOD books!

I have to admit, my anxiety has been really bad lately and it is exhausting. I think I've been trying too hard, which then overwhelms me, and then I end up not accomplishing much of anything. I have a ton of ideas written down in a notebook, blog posts that are half-finished just sitting (over 40 of them!!!), pictures that sit on my phone and never get posted on Instagram... It's been an endless cycle. However! The motivation to get over the slump is strong and I hope to get back into the swing of things regularly... even with our school schedule starting next month! I feel it may be a good thing to have a busy schedule again!

Now, let's talk about BOOKS!!!


*My JULY Book Haul*

*REVIEW BOOKS:
- SPELL AND SPINDLE by Michelle Schusterman (MG/HB) - from the author. 
- THE SISTERS OF THE WINTER WOOD by Rena Rossner (A/ARC) - from Redhook Books/Hachette. 
- 1 GRUMPY BRUCE by Ryan T. Higgins (C/Board Book) - from Disney Hyperion.
- I LOST MY TOOTH! (Unlimited Squirrels) by Mo Willems (C/HB) - from Disney Hyperion. 
- SOMEONE I USED TO KNOW by Patty Blount (YA/eARC) - from Barclay Publicity. 
MY PLAIN JANE (The Lady Janies #2) by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows and Brodi Ashton (YA/HB) - from Book Sparks.
- THE CIRCUS THIEF by Alane Adams (C/ARC) - from Book Sparks. 
- LOVELY, DARK, AND DEEP by Justina Chen (YA/ARC) - from Book Sparks. 
- NOBODY REAL by Steven Camden (YA/ARC) - from Harper 360/Harper Collins. 
- THE CHRISTMAS SISTERS by Sarah Morgan (A/ARC) - from HQN Books via Aro Publicity. 
- THE ADVENTURES OF PHATTY AND PAYASO: Central Park by Marie Unanue (MG) - from JKS Communications. 


*BOOKS I RECEIVED AS GIFTS or THROUGH A TRADE (Thank you!)
- SPINNING SILVER by Naomi Novik (A/ARC) 
- STAY SWEET by Siobhan Vivian (YA/signed HB) 

*BOOKS I PURCHASED
- THE INEXPLICABLE LOGIC OF MY LIFE by Benjamin Alire Saenz (YA/Audiobook) 
- EMBER IN THE ASHES by Sabaa Tahir (YA/PB and Audiobook)
HEARTLESS by Marissa Meyer (YA/HB)
- GRIMM TALES: For Young and Old by Philip Pullman (A/PB) 
- THE YELLOW FAIRY BOOK (Coloured Fairy Books #4) by Andrew Lang (Classic/HB) - Hesperus Press Edition 

My JULY BOOK OF THE MONTH picks:
- SPINNING SILVER by Naomi Novik (A/HB) 


*What I read in JULY*

- WE DON'T EAT OUR CLASSMATES by Ryan T. Higgins (C/ARC) 
- NEVER FOLLOW A DINOSAUR by Alex Latimer (C/HB) 
- DID YOU EAT THE PARAKEET? by Mark Iacolina (C/ARC) 
- GOD BLESS AMERICA: The Story of an Immigrant Named Irving Berlin by Adah Nuchi (C/HB) 
- THE UNEXPECTED EVERYTHING by Morgan Matson (YA/HB) 
- DRAWN TOGETHER by Minh Le (C/ARC) 
- SPELL & SPINDLE by Michelle Schusterman (MG/HB) 
- THE INEXPLICABLE LOGIC OF MY LIFE by Benjamin Alire Saenz (YA/Audiobook) 
- LEAVING AMARILLO (Neon Dreams #1) by Caisey Quinn (NA/eBook) 
- DON'T BLINK by Amy Krouse Rosenthal (C/ARC)
- GRACE AND FURY by Tracy Banghart (YA/ARC) 


*My AUGUST TBR*

First, I hope to finish reading
- THE GIRL WITH MORE THAN ONE HEART by Laura Geringer Bass (MG/HB)
- THE SEAS by Samantha Hunt (A/HB) 
- THE KISS QUOTIENT by Helen Hoang (A/HB) 
- SOMEONE I USED TO KNOW by Patty Blount (YA/eARC) 

And then, I hope I have enough time to read these too
- BROKEN THINGS by Lauren Oliver (YA/ARC) 
- BLANCA & ROJA by Anna-Marie McLemore (YA/ARC)
- THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST by Samantha M. Clark (MG/HB) 
- A BLADE SO BLACK by L.L. McKinney (YA/ARC) 
- THE STORM RUNNER by J.C. and Jennifer Cervantes (MG/ARC) 
- KEEPER OF THE BEES by Meg Kassel (YA/eARC) 
- THE SISTERS OF THE WINTER WOOD by Rena Rossner (A/ARC) 
- SPINNING SILVER by Naomi Novik (A/HB)


Please let me know in the comments what you're reading... 
and leave your blog or book haul links too - I'd love to visit and see what you all have been up to!


Happy reading!!!

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Blog Tour (Review) of SPILL ZONE #2: THE BROKEN VOW Written by Scott Westerfeld and Illustrated by Alex Puvilland (YA)


*A finished-hardcover copies of  SPILL ZONE and THE BROKEN VOW (Spill Zone #2) were sent to me for free by the publisher, Macmillan, for an honest review. All thoughts here are my very own. Any problems, concerns, questions, etc. please contact me via email - thebumblegirl@rocketmail.com - Thank you!

Written by Scott Westerfeld
Illustrated by Alex Puvilland
Release date: July 10th, 2018
Published by First Second (Macmillan) 
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian/Sci-Fi Mystery 
Format: Hardcover, eBook
Format read: Hardcover


SUMMARY

All hell breaks loose in the second volume of New York Times-bestselling author Scott Westerfeld's visionary graphic novel duology.

Three years ago an event destroyed the small city of Poughkeepsie, forever changing reality within its borders. Strange manifestations and lethal dangers now await anyone who enters the Spill Zone. Addison got close enough to the Spill Zone to touch it, literally. She survived the encounter but came back changed.

It turns out she's not alone. North Korea has its own Spill Zone, and a young man named Don Jae is the only one who made it out alive. Alive, but changed. Now Addison, Don Jae, and, curiously, a rag doll named Vespertine, share an unholy bond and uncanny powers.

From Scott Westerfeld, the inspired imagination behind the New York Times bestsellers UGLIES and LEVIATHAN, comes THE BROKEN VOW, the second volume of our highly anticipated new graphic novel series. 


MY REVIEW

*A finished-hardcover copies of  SPILL ZONE and THE BROKEN VOW (Spill Zone #2) were sent to me for free by the publisher, Macmillan, for an honest review. All thoughts here are my very own.


Another page-turner! So much action and the story continues to flow effortlessly!

THE BROKEN VOW picks up right where book one left off... 
Addison has sold off the last of her pictures from the zone and now has enough money to "retire" and take care of her sister, Lexi. But. It seems that Addison may have spent too much time in the zone and she is feeling a bit off... and she not only learns that her Lexi's crazed doll has a huge role in why the Spill happened; there is also another survivor from a different Spill that happened in North Korea who comes looking for Addison for help. Together, they try to understand and figure out why the Spill happened and how to either control the Zone or end it all... 

And guys - the creepy doll, named Vespertine, is still creepy as all heck!
But she's also sassy and kind of grows on you. Trust me - you'll be rooting for her halfway through the storyline! 

Again, the illustrations are so vividly bright and yet still so eerie! The colors make the "monsters" look animated enough to jump off the page. And the style is just right - realistic enough to make the story creepier than it is already, but hard to look away. You really don't want to miss a single detail.

My one and an only TINY little bit of gripe with this book - I want more! 
Although we do get some answers and things seem to end on a well enough note, there is still potential for more and I still have a few questions...

I definitely recommend this series to those who not only enjoy graphic novels and comic books but to someone who really loves to immerse themselves into a new world with an open mind and vivid imagination. There is just so much that these books have to offer!


Check out the first volume in the
SPILL ZONE series now!


Written by Scott Westerfeld
Illustrated by Alex Puvilland
Release date: May 2nd, 2017
Published by First Second (Macmillan) 
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian/Sci-Fi Mystery 
Format: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook
Format read: Hardcover

Paperback edition

SUMMARY

Nobody's ever really explained the Spill. 
Was it an angelic visitation? A nanotech accident? A porthole opening from another world?
Whatever it was, no one's allowed in the Spill Zone these days except government scientists and hazmat teams. But a few intrepid explorers know how to sneak through the patrols and steer clear of the dangers inside the Zone. 

Addison Merrick is one such explorer, dedicated to finding out what happened that night and to unraveling the events that took her parents and left her little sister mute and disconnected from the world.






ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Scott Westerfeld


Scott Westerfeld is a New York Times bestselling author of YA. He was born in Texas and now lives in Sydney and New York City. In 2001, Westerfeld married fellow author Justine Larbalestier.

He is best known for the Uglies and Leviathan series, and his next book, Afterworlds, comes out September 23, 2014.

His book Evolution's Darling was a New York Times Notable Book and won a Special Citation for the 2000 Philip K. Dick Award. So Yesterday won a Victorian Premier's Award and both Leviathan and Midnighters 1: The Secret Hour won Aurealis Awards. Peeps and Uglies were both named as Best Books for Young Adults 2006 by th
e American Library Association.



ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR - Alex Puvilland



 
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