Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #143: The Wanderers, Black Widow and Eternal Sacrifice!!! (YA)

"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.

This is where we get to 'spotlight' books that we are anxiously waiting to be released!!! The ones that we are dying to get our hands on and read into the wee hours of the night!!!
And, quite possibly, to make our shelves look pretty too :) 

What I'm currently waiting for... 

*Note: These have all been mentioned before many months ago, and now that their release dates are approaching, I need to exclaim again as to why I need these in my life as soon as possible!!!

by Kate Ormand

Expected release date: September 1st, 2015
(Published by Sky Pony Press)

BECAUSE... a circus full of SHAPESHIFTERS!!!

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by Margaret Stohl 

Expected release date: October 13th, 2015
(Published by Marvel Press)

A more indepth look into Black Widow, her past and present and what she's all about!!!

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by Stacey O'Neale

Expected release date: October 2015 
(Published by Phoenix Reign Publishing)

And, it's one of the best fae series I've ever read!!!

SO, what are you all waiting for this week?!?!?

Wednesday, August 19, 2015


The wonderful ladies, Andi (Andi's ABCs) and Brittany (The Book Addict's Guide) have come up with a brilliant way to share and help our book obsessions and collections!!! 
HAVE YOU SEEN THIS is a new feature for those of us searching hard-to-find editions of books, primarily older copies of ARCs, early or foreign editions, etc...

Hosts: Andi (Andi's ABCs) and Brittany (The Book Addict's Guide)
*Updated 8/19/2015*

A huge THANK YOU to Brittany and Andi for not only putting this together but continuing it to allow us to easily find what we desperately are looking for :)

And a big thanks to all the wonderful booknerds who have fed my geeky heart! My collections have grown so quick, I am in book heaven :)

You can see my original posts here and see how much my shelves have grown :)

And now, there are a few more that I am still hoping to find...

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I am a HUGE Stiefvater fan!!! HUGE!!!

I just can't explain just how much I love her writing, her art, and everything about her - she is so unique, inspiring and real. 

Here is what I am looking for
- LAMENT, ARC and Hardcover
- BALLAD, ARC and Hardcover 

I'm also looking for:
- International copies of THE SCORPIO RACES!!!
So far, I have the UK paperback :)

International copies of SHIVER!!!
So far, I have the Italian paperback :)

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I love Lauren Oliver's writing!

She is one of the first authors I was introduced to when I first started book blogging.
I have so many fond personal memories that are connected to when I read her books.
I've been considering creating a post about this... maybe one day.

I am still looking for an ARC of DELIRIUM!!! 

- Any international copies of Delirium

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Other books I would love to have in my collection... 

One of my favorite contemporary authors!!!
All I need to complete this Jennifer E. Smith collection is: 


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Another favorite contemporary!

I'm looking for...

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And last, but certainly not least!
I'm looking for Jess Rothenberg's... 

This was the book that not only kicked off my book blogging, but it was the very first book signing I had ever gone too! Lots of good memories here :)  
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If you have any of these and you are willing to let it go, please contact me...
I'll be more than happy to work something out with you!!!

Thank you to Andi and Brittany for putting this together!!!
And thank you to all of you who take the time to peek at my list and help me find my long lost loves!!!

Waiting On Wednesday #142: THE TROUBLE WITH DESTINY by Lauren Morrill (YA)

"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.

This is where we get to 'spotlight' books that we are anxiously waiting to be released!!! The ones that we are dying to get our hands on and read into the wee hours of the night!!!
And, quite possibly, to make our shelves look pretty too :) 

What I'm currently waiting for... 

by Lauren Morrill
Expected release date: December 8th, 2015
Published by Delacorte (RandomHouse)
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary


It's not about the destination, it's about the journey...

With her trusty baton and six insanely organized clipboards, drum major Liza Sanders is about to take Destiny by storm - the boat, that is. When Liza discovered that her beloved band was losing funding, she found Destiny, a luxury cruise ship complete with pools, midnight chocolate buffets, and a $25,000 spring break talent show prize. 

Liza can't imagine senior year without the band, and nothing will distract her from achieving victory. She's therefore not interested when her old camp crush, Lenny, shows up on board, looking shockingly hipster-hot. And she's especially not interested in Russ, the probably-as-dumb-as-he-is-cute prankster jock whose ex, Demi, happens to be Liza's ex-best friend and leader of the Athenas, a show choir that's the band's greatest competition. 

But it's not going to be smooth sailing. After the Destiny breaks down, all of Liza's best-laid plans start to go awry. Liza likes to think of herself as an expert at almost everything, but when it comes to love, she's about to find herself lost at sea. 

Why I'm waiting for THE TROUBLE WITH DESTINY...

First... it's another book from Lauren Morrill! 
I quite enjoy her books :) 

Second... let the battle of the bands begin!!!

Lastly... romance!!!
Possibly a love-triangle???

SO, what are you dying to get your hands on this week?!?!?

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Waiting On Wednesday #141: THE SHADOW QUEEN by C.J. Redwine (YA)

"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.

This is where we get to 'spotlight' books that we are anxiously waiting to be released!!! The ones that we are dying to get our hands on and read into the wee hours of the night!!!
And, quite possibly, to make our shelves look pretty too :) 

What I'm currently waiting for... 

by C.J. Redwine
Expected release date: February 23rd, 2016
Published by Balzer + Bray (HarperCollins)
Genre: Young Adult Fairy Tale Retelling


Lorelai Diederich, crown princess and fugitive at large, has one mission: kill the wicked queen who took both the Ravenspire throne and the life of her father. 
To do that, Lorelai needs to use the one weapon she and Queen Irina have in common - magic. She'll have to be stronger, faster, and more powerful than Irina, the most dangerous sorceress Ravenspire has ever seen. 

In the neighboring kingdom of Eldr, when Prince Kol's father and older brother are killed by an invading army of magic-wielding ogres, the second-born prince is suddenly given the responsibility of saving his kingdom. To do that, Kol needs magic - and the only way to get it is to make a deal with the queen of Ravenspire, promise to become her personal huntsman... and bring her Lorelai's heart. 

But Lorelai is nothing like Kol expected - beautiful, fierce, and unstoppable - and despite dark magic, Lorelai is drawn in by the passionate and troubled king. Fighting to stay one step ahead of the dragon huntsman - who she likes far more than she should - Lorelai does everything in her power to ruin the wicked queen. But Irina isn't going down without a fight, and her final move may cost the princess the one thing she still has left to lost. 

Why I'm waiting on THE SHADOW QUEEN... 

First... don't you know me at all?!?!? 
It is a retelling of SNOW WHITE!!!
A darker retelling - with dark magic, ogres and dragons?!

Secondly... that bookcover is to die for!!!
Seriously! Everyone always uses a red apple, and I am loving the black dark vibe this has!

Lastly... it's a fairytale retelling!!! 
Don't you know me at all?!?!? lol

WHAT are you waiting for this week?!?!?

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Waiting On Wednesday #140: A STEP TOWARD FALLING by Cammie McGovern (YA)

"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.

This is where we get to 'spotlight' books that we are anxiously waiting to be released!!! The ones that we are dying to get our hands on and read into the wee hours of the night!!!
And, quite possibly, to make our shelves look pretty too :) 

What I'm currently waiting for... 

by Cammie McGovern
Expected release date: October 6th, 2015
Published by Harper Teen
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary


Emily has always been the kind of girl who tries to do the right thing - until one night when she does the worst thing possible. She sees Belinda, a classmate with developmental disabilities, being attacked. Inexplicably, she does nothing at all. 

Belinda, however, manages to save herself. When their high school finds out what happened, Emily and Lucas, a football player who was also there that night, are required to perform community service at a center for disabled people. Soon, Lucas and Emily begin to feel like maybe they're starting to make a real difference. Like they would be able to do the right thing if they could do that night all over again. 
But can they do anything that will actually help the one person they hurt the most? 

Why I'm waiting for A STEP TOWARD FALLING... 

First... I have not read Cammie McGovern's debut, Say What You Will - but, I have heard nothing but high praises... and her writing is, again, being compared to Jennifer Nevin, Jandy Nelson and Robyn Schneider - all amazing contemporary writers. 

Second... the summary alone got me all teary eyed. 
It's so hard being a teen. I'd like to think that people would reach out and help others that are being attacked, mistreated, bullied... but, it's a scary world; and it's so hard to stick up for yourself, and sometimes even harder to help others. I'm really intrigued to see how these characters find themselves and help others that truly need it. 

Lastly... this cover is amazing! 

SO, what are you waiting for?!?!?

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Book Haul #99: Books and Planners!

Hello, bookworms!!!

These summer days are going by way too fast! 

How are we suppose to do all the things we normally do plus all the things we always think we can accomplish during our summer months, lol??? 

I must admit, although I have been short on time to do all the blogging and reading I wish I was doing, I have also been distracted with reorganizing my house and redoing my craft room and desks in order to better accommodate my new obsession with my planners! 

If you know me, you know that I like to get creative whenever I can and have shared a few of my projects here and there. A new thing that I have been passionate about for a while now is planning, and all the super creative ways to use a planner. And starting this week, I will be featuring my planner things here on the blog. This will be an addition to what I have been doing with my blog already. No worries! I will still be doing my book thing too!... you have to admit, planners are a type of book too, right??? Just think of it as a bonus feature ;)

SO, what have you all been up to???

*What I received for review...
- NOT AFTER EVERYTHING by Michelle Levy (ARC) from Penguin
- NEVER ALWAYS SOMETIMES by Adi Alsaid (HB) from HarlequinTeen 

*From friends... 

THE SHRUNKEN HEAD (The Curiosity House #1) by Lauren Oliver (ARC) from Xander at Forever Bookish

*What I purchased...
- kikki.K Peach Perforated Personal Large (A5) Planner 

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A few pics from the last two weeks... 

My July wrap-up!
My August TBR!!!
My planners!!!
White: Webster's Pages Color Crush - Personal (Medium)
Peach: kikki.K Perforated Personal Large (A5)
A peek inside my planner!
Kiddos and I took a ride to our B&N...
they got books, and I didn't! lol

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Thanks for stopping by!!!

Please leave a comment with your link so I can visit your hauls too!!!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Waiting On Wednesday #139: TRUEST by Jackie Lea Sommers (YA)

"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.

This is where we get to 'spotlight' books that we are anxiously waiting to be released!!! The ones that we are dying to get our hands on and read into the wee hours of the night!!!
And, quite possibly, to make our shelves look pretty too :) 

What I'm currently waiting for... 

by Jackie Lea Sommers
Expected release date: September 1st, 2015
Published by Katherine Tegen Books (HarperCollins)
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary 
Format: Hardcover, eBook


Silas Hart has seriously shaken up Westlin Beck's small-town life. Brand new to town, Silas is different then the guys in Green Lake. He's curious, poetic, philosophical, maddening - and really, really cute. 

But, Silas has a sister - and she has a secret. 

And West has a boyfriend. 

And life in Green Lake is about to change forever. 

TRUEST is a stunning, addictive debut. Romantic, fun, tender and satisfying, it asks as many questions as it answers. 

Why I'm waiting for TRUEST... 

First of all, the cover is STUNNING!!!
And even though the summary sounds a bit confusing to me, it seems that the book is from West's point-of-view... Silas is the new boy in town causing a bit of a stir... and that Silas' sister is a whole other person, not West - am I right??? 

Second of all, it sounds like a deep-thinking, emotional, pull-at-your-heartstrings contemporary - I love these kinds of books!

And lastly, the reviews coming in for this book are mostly 5-stars!!!
Which is a bit intimidating because my expectations are going to be high! 

SO, what are you waiting for this week???

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Book Haul #98: July 2015 Book Haul

Hello, bookworms!!!

It's been waaay too long since I've posted an update or haul!

Usually my summers are low key and relaxing; but with four boys running around now, it's been quite busy, distracting and tiring, lol! I am not complaining, I am very blessed! But, it would be nice to have energy to read, blog and review more... 
How are all of you doing???

*What I received for review...
- LETTERS TO ZELL (PB) by Camille Griep (A) 
- ARMADA by Ernest Cline (Hardcover) from PenguinRandomHouse 
- DON QUIXOTE and THE SECRET GARDEN by Jennifer Adams, Illustrated by Alison Oliver, from the author.
- SUMMER BY SUMMER (PB) by Heather Burch (A) from BookSparks 
- THE DAY THE MUSTACHE TOOK OVER (ARC) by Alan Katz (MG) from Bloomsbury
- A WHOLE NEW WORLD (A Twisted Tale #1) by Liz Braswell (ARC) from Disney Press for RockStar Book Tours

ARCs I received from TheNovl/Little Brown: 
NOT IF I SEE YOU FIRST by Eric Lindstrom 
DRIFT & DAGGER by Kendall Kulper 
TRULY MADLY DEEPLY (Famous in Love #2) by Rebecca Serle 
THE DEAD HOUSE by Dawn Kurtagich 

*What we received from both of my #OTSPSecretSister's...
- A NIGHT DIVIDED (ARC) by Jennifer A. Nielsen 
- NANNY X RETURNS (ARC) by Madelyn Rosenberg (MG)
- THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL (PB) by Soman Chainani (MG)
- Percy Jackson and the Olympians: THE LIGHTNING THIEF (Graphic Novel) by 

*From #BooksForTrade... 
- SHIVER (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #1) by Maggie Stiefvater (Audiobook)

*What I purchased...
- LOCKED: A Famous in Love Novella (#0.5) by Rebecca Serle (eNovella)
- THE BEAST (The Hunter Legends #1) by Lindsay Read (eBook)
- ROWAN (The Worldwalker Trilogy #1.5) by Josephine Angelini (eNovella)
- SNOW WHITE by The Brothers Grimm, Illustrated by Camille Rose Garcia (HB)

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A few pics from the past few weeks... 

Books that made me cry!
Popular/Loved books that I own and still haven't read... yet!!!
Books that I will be re-reading in August!
My biggest (and cutest) distraction! Pool time fun with the little ones :)

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Thanks for stopping by!!!

Please leave a comment with your link so I can visit your hauls too!!!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Cover Reveal: GAME ON (Lewis Creek #2) by Michelle Smith (YA)

by Michelle Smith
Expected release date: January 2016
Published by Spencer Hill Contemporary
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance 
Format: Paperback, eBook


Eric Perry is Lewis Creek's resident bad boy. When he’s named the new starting pitcher in a town that thinks baseball is everything and he is nothing but trouble, Eric knows he has to clean up his act. Lay low, his coach tells him—at least long enough to actually pitch a game. But when a fight with his teammate lands him in jail yet again, his season may be over before it starts…until his next door neighbor, Bri, comes to the rescue. Making a deal with Eric's coach, she offers him one final chance at redemption: community service.

Bri Johnson hadn’t talked to Eric in months. Her boyfriend Matt, Eric’s teammate and the school’s golden boy, didn’t like her to be around Eric. Matt didn’t like a lot of things Bri did or said or wore, which is why she ends it with him the same night he and Eric get into a fight—a fight over her. That night is the reason Bri offers to take Eric with her to the community center each week, so he can keep his spot on the team. But spending time with Eric only makes her life worse, as scandalous rumors start flying and Matt refuses to let her move on. 

While Eric and Bri work closely together at the center, old stories of stargazing, first kisses, and a time when they were friends start to re-connect them. As they open up their secrets and their hearts to each other, they start to see that they are more than what other people think they are—and even more than what they think about themselves.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Michelle Smith

Michelle Smith was born and raised in North Carolina, where she developed a healthy appreciation for college football, sweet tea, front porches, and a well-placed “y’all.” She’s a lover of all things happy, laughs way too much, and fully believes that a little bit of kindness goes a long way.

Michelle lives near the Carolina coast with her family.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Cover Reveal and Giveaway: GAIA (The Wings of War #2) by Karen Ann Hopkins (YA)

by Karen Ann Hopkins
Expected release date: 
Published by: Self-published
Genre: Young Adult Supernatural 
Format: Paperback, eBook


Watchers and Angels are at war. Which side will Ember choose?
As the apocalypse draws near, Demons are becoming bolder and Watchers are joining forces to fight them. But the Watchers have their own agenda, one that defies Biblical scripture. They don’t want the rapture to happen, making them enemies of the Celestial Host.
Against her own better judgment and an impassioned plea from a higher being, Embers stays true to her first mentor, seeking out a powerful earth Watcher to continue her supernatural lessons. Ember has had a glimpse into the future and knows what’s coming. She is being forced to develop her powers as quickly as possible, to fight the dark forces that are spreading across the earth. Heaven’s sentinels have abandoned their posts to prepare for war. And the walls between the planes of existence are weakening. But who can Ember trust? Her guardian and lover is a Demon. Her best friend is a growler. And her mentor is a psychopath. Humankind is on the precipice; at the end of times. As Ember struggles with morality, she soon discovers that there’s something more frightening than anything she’s faced before.

Excited about Gaia? Then be sure and sign up to be a part of the blog tour in August!


- ONE lucky winner will receive a $25 gift card (Amazon, B&N, iTunes).
- THREE winners will each receive a paperback copy of book one, EMBERS! 
- Please enter via the Rafflecopter form. 
- Giveaway is open internationally.

(Bumbles and Fairy-Tales will not be held responsible for any lost, stolen, damaged, etc. prizes.)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Karen Ann Hopkins

Karen Ann Hopkins resides in northern Kentucky with her family on a farm that boasts a menagerie of horses, goats, peacocks, chickens, ducks, rabbits, dogs and cats. Karen's main job is homeschooling the kids, but she finds time to give riding lessons, coach a youth equestrian drill team, and of course, write. She was inspired to create her first book, Temptation, by the Amish community she lived in. The experimental knowledge she gained through her interactions with her neighbors drove her to create the story of the star-crossed lovers, Rose and Noah.

Karen grew up about a mile from Lake Ontario in Upstate New York. She was bitten by the horse bug at the age of five, and after diligently taking riding lessons for several years, was rewarded with her first horse when she turned eleven. The feisty horse's name was Lady, a Quarter Horse-Thoroughbred cross, who became Karen's steadfast companion. Through the years, the constant force in her life was horses. Eventually, she found her place as a riding instructor herself. Before accepting her fate in the barnyard, she worked a short stint as a paralegal, traveled abroad, and guided tourists on horseback riding tours in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. 

Karen is currently working on her Amish mystery series, Serenity's Plain Secrets, along with the YA paranormal/fantasy series, The Wings of War. Karen is also excited to announce the Temptation series has been optioned for TV by Pilgrim Studios and is available on Audible. More books in the Temptation series are in the works. 

Waiting On Wednesday #138: A THOUSAND NIGHTS by E.K. Johnston

"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.

This is where we get to 'spotlight' books that we are anxiously waiting to be released!!! The ones that we are dying to get our hands on and read into the wee hours of the night!!!
And, quite possibly, to make our shelves look pretty too :) 

What I'm currently waiting for... 

by E.K. Johnston
Expected U.S. release date: October 6th, 2015
Published by Disney Hyperion
Genre: Young Adult Retelling
Format: Hardcover, eBook


Lo-Melkhiin killed three hundred girls before he came to her village, looking for a wife.
When she sees the dust cloud on the horizon, she knows he has arrived. She knows he will want the loveliest girl: her sister. She vows she will not let her be next.

And so she is taken in her sister's place, and she believes death will soon follow. Lo-Melkhiin's court is a dangerous palace filled with pretty things: intricate statues with wretched eyes, exquisite threads to weave the most beautiful garments. She sees everything as if for the last time. But the first sun rises and sets, and she is not dead. Night after night, Lo-Melkhiin comes to her and listens to the stories she tells, and day after day she is awoken by the sunrise. Exploring the palace, she begins to unlock years of fear that have tormented and silenced a kingdom. Lo-Melkhiin was not always a cruel ruler. Something went wrong. 

Far away, in their village, her sister is mourning. Through her pain, she calls upon the desert winds, conjuring a subtle unseen magic, and something besides death stirs the air. 

Back at the palace, the words she speaks to Lo-Melkhiin every night are given a strange life of their own. Little things, at first: a dress from home, a vision of her sister. With each tale she spins, her power grows. Soon she dreams of bigger, more terrible magic: power enough to save a king, if she can put an end to the rule of a monster. 

Why I am waiting for A THOUSAND NIGHTS... 

First of all... which cover do you think is the prettiest??? 
Surprisingly, I am leaning towards the US cover... I feel that it suits the actual story much, much better.

Second... from the summary, it seems that the story is hardly a retelling. I'm curious to see what other changes, twists, etc. this author has done.

Lastly... it's one of my very few classic favorites! I'm really looking forward to it!!!

SO, what are you waiting for this week???

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