Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. It lets us all gush about what soon-to-be released books we are jumping-up-and-down excited for.

*A little note*
 I decided to throw a linky down below for anyone who'd like to use it to hop around to other WoW posts.  The Waiting on Wednesday meme is still very much credited to Jill @ Breaking the Spine, but with the current linky at her site stretching to well over 1300 links, I thought it might be nice to have a fresh one.  This is just for the time being, and I'll do it weekly if it's something people want to use. And of course, I'll discontinue as soon as Jill returns!
by Ashley Poston

hitting shelves February 27th, 2018
from Balzer & Bray
An action-packed tale full of romance, royalty, and adventure, inspired by the story of Anastasia. Perfect for fans of Six of Crows,Cinder, and the cult classic television show Firefly.

Seventeen-year-old Ana is a scoundrel by nurture and an outlaw by nature. Found as a child drifting through space with a sentient android called D09, Ana was saved by a fearsome space captain and the grizzled crew she now calls family. But D09—one of the last remaining illegal Metals—has been glitching, and Ana will stop at nothing to find a way to fix him.

Ana’s desperate effort to save D09 leads her on a quest to steal the coordinates to a lost ship that could offer all the answers. But at the last moment, a spoiled Ironblood boy beats Ana to her prize. He has his own reasons for taking the coordinates, and he doesn’t care what he’ll sacrifice to keep them.

When everything goes wrong, she and the Ironblood end up as fugitives on the run. Now their entire kingdom is after them—and the coordinates—and not everyone wants them captured alive.

What they find in a lost corner of the universe will change all their lives—and unearth dangerous secrets. But when a darkness from Ana’s past returns, she must face an impossible choice: does she protect a kingdom that wants her dead or save the Metal boy she loves?

My thoughts: Having just finished Geekerella, I am already desperate for more writing from Ashley Poston.  And this one is obviously a complete departure from her writing style in her first book, but looks amazing nonetheless.  Also---inspired by Anastasia?? YES.  Also, also--- completely swoony cover. Need poster now please.

What book are you eagerly anticipating this week?

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

No Good Deed by Kara Connolly {review}


No Good Deed
by Kara Connolly
♦publisher: Delacorte Press
♦release date: July 18th, 2017
♦hardcover, 352 pages
♦intended audience: Young adult
♦stand-alone
♦source: from publisher for honest review

Ellie Hudson is the front-runner on the road to gold for the U.S. Olympic archery team. All she has to do is qualify at the trials in jolly old England. When Ellie makes some kind of crazy wrong turn in the caverns under Nottingham Castle—yes, that Nottingham—she ends up in medieval England.

Ellie doesn’t care how she got to the Middle Ages; she just wants to go home before she gets the plague. But people are suffering in Nottingham, and Ellie has the skills to make it better. What’s an ace archer to do while she’s stuck in Sherwood Forest but make like Robin Hood?

Pulled into a past life as an outlaw, Ellie feels her present fading away next to daring do-gooding and a devilishly handsome knight. Only, Ellie is on the brink of rewriting history, and when she picks up her bow and arrow, her next shot could save her past—or doom civilization’s future.

Review:  This was such a fun adventure.  Champion archer Ellie Hudson stumbles through a portal into the Middle Ages of Sherwood Forest, pops out on the grounds of Nottingham Castle, and instantly becomes a wanted "man" for trespassing.  She's forced to earn her freedom with a little test of archery skills---what a perfect time to be good with a bow and arrow. ;) 

What I love is that this wasn't a retelling of Robin Hood--it's fully a time travel story, where a very modern girl lands in middle ages and finds herself in very ironic company. She meets a Will, a John, a Friar, and a reluctant nun at the Sisters of Marian priory--and immediately fits them all into the story she knows so well.  She takes on her brothers name (Robert). And with a few acts of trying to right a few of the Sheriff 's wrongs, she becomes the legend of Robin Hood with all the help of her merry men.  I loved Ellie's witty attitude and bravery, and even though she does seem to fall into her new surroundings a little too easily, it's still fun to see her take it all on, throwing everyone for a loop with her wild way of speaking,  crazy impulsiveness, and stubborn determination.  There's just a tiniest little hint of romance, but my favorite relationship was the friendship that grew between Ellie, Will, and John. Lots of great characters,  some great action and intense feats of archery, and lots of things to make you appreciate the differences between medieval times and our own! 

If you're looking for a good, entertaining historical time travel book that certainly doesn't take itself too seriously, pick up No Good Deed!  


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Waiting on Wednesday

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. It lets us all gush about what soon-to-be released books we are jumping-up-and-down excited for.

*A little note*
 I decided to throw a linky down below for anyone who'd like to use it to hop around to other WoW posts.  The Waiting on Wednesday meme is still very much credited to Jill @ Breaking the Spine, but with the current linky at her site stretching to well over 1300 links, I thought it might be nice to have a fresh one.  This is just for the time being, and I'll do it weekly if it's something people want to use. And of course, I'll discontinue as soon as Jill returns!
by Jamie Questell

hitting shelves March 6th, 2018
from Entangled Teen
Goodreads:
Pitched in the vein of Maggie Stiefvater meets Tim Burton, in which a teen girl is entrapped by a cursed carnival when a kiss turns her into a living doll, and must figure out how to break the decades-old curse so she can become human again — without destroying the carnival (and the boy) she's growing to love in the process.

Edelweiss:
The Night Circus meets Tim Burton in this enthralling debut.
LeGrand’s Carnival Fantastic isn’t like other traveling circuses. It’s bound by a charm, held together by a centuries-old curse, that protects its members from ever growing older. Seventeen-year-old Emmaline King is drawn to the circus like a moth to a flame…and unwittingly recruited into its folds by a mysterious teen boy whose kiss is as cold as ice.

Forced to travel through Texas as the new Girl In the Box, passing out fortunes and searching for the poor soul she can transfer the curse to with one frosty kiss, Emmaline begins to fall for the quiet carnival carpenter Ben Singer. Ben is just as desperate to start a life outside the carnival as Emmaline is to escape her destiny—but giving in to their undeniable attraction means Ben’s fate would be sealed.

Breaking the curse seems like their only chance at happiness—but no curse means no charm, either, dooming every circus worker they’ve grown to care about in the process.

My thoughts:  So..I had to include both available descriptions. The EW one gives a little more indepth info, but OMG that one important detail we get from the GR description! She gets turned into a living doll???  I've suddenly got all the creepy Coraline shivers, not to mention Doctor Who (if you're a fan, you're sure to know the episode I mean xD). Plus, AMAZING cover, cool carnival setting (still irresistable even though it's everywhere), and chilling curses. Yep, I'm excited for this one. 

What book are you eagerly anticipating this week?


Sunday, July 16, 2017

New Shelf Goodies & The Weekly Nutshell {194}

For New Shelf Goodies, I'll be showing you what lovely books I acquired this week, whether from publishers, or the library, or from whatever half-crazed book-buying binge I happened to go on. :D (Inspired by Tynga's Stacking the Shelves) The Weekly Nutshell will be just that...my week here at Stories & Sweeties, in a nutshell. (inspired by Ginger @ GReads and her recaps at the end of the TGIF posts)


Here's what landed on my doorstep this week!

Purchased: 
Eeeeee :D So excited to have this pretty edition. I plan to get them all eventually, but first priority was Ravenclaw. ;) I love the special house-specific info and artwork inside. 

For review:
This looks so fun,  and I can read it once I pry it out the hands of my youngest LOL.
Very excited for both of these! These two were duplicate copies for me, though, so I'll be finding good homes for them!
This looks dark and creepy and wonderful. Can't wait to dive in. 
Aaaaaaa, new Stephanie Perkins! I loved Anna and the French Kiss and I can't wait to see her tackle a horror story! This came in a fun promo pack, wrapped in police tape and with some cute (and slightly melty) custom M&Ms! :D

I also received this brilliant promo package for She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton & Alexandra Boiger. This is such a beautiful book and includes the stories of some great woman in history to inspire us all. ♥  The package came with the book, two t-shirts (one adult, one child's). a book bag, a card, and a bracelet! 

Many thanks to Disney Books and Penguin Random House for all the wonderful review books! 

The Weekly Nutshell:
So this week on the blog, I posted my WoW post of The Wicked Deep, which is suppose to have all the witchy goodness of Hocus Pocus + Practical Magic.  Sounds like a pre-order to me LOL.  I posted my review of the ever so gorgeous Disappearances by Emily Bains Murphy.  A new favorite, guys--I love when that happens. :)  Lastly, I posted my tour stop for The Last Magician b Lisa Maxwell---and while I haven't gotten to read this one yet, I couldn't be more excited to get to it. I loved her Peter Pan retelling, Unhooked, last year. 

This week I listened to the audiobook of Geekerella. OMG guys...suuuuch a cute story.  I hope to get my full review written up this week. I loved the story---and had just a few little gripes with the audio performance LOL. But in the meantime, if you're in need of a cheer-up book, definitely reach for this one.  I'm also currently reading No Good Deed by Kara Connelly for the blog tour, stopping here this coming Wednesday.  Enjoying this one! It's a fun little romp though Sherwood Forest ;D. 

That's all for me! Hope everyone is having a great summer!

Friday, July 14, 2017

The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell {blog tour excerpt + giveaway!}

Hey everyone! Today I'm so excited to be a part of the Rock Star book tour for 
The Last Magician!!
Last year I was so blown away with Lisa Maxwell's spooky reimagined Peter Pan in Unhooked, so you can imagine my excitement at hearing her next would be an epic fantasy time-travel adventure!  Read on for more info about this amazing book, and don't forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway for a copy of the book and some sweet swag! :D

•ABOUT THE BOOK•

by Lisa Maxwell
♦publisher: Simon Pulse
♦release date: July 18th, 2017
♦hardcover, 512 pages
♦intended audience: Young adult
♦series, duology
Stop the Magician.
Steal the book.
Save the future.

In modern day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic—the Mageus—live in the shadows, hiding who they are. Any Mageus who enters Manhattan becomes trapped by the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their power—and often their lives.

Esta is a talented thief, and she's been raised to steal magical artifacts from the sinister Order that created the Brink. With her innate ability to manipulate time, Esta can pilfer from the past, collecting these artifacts before the Order even realizes she’s there. And all of Esta's training has been for one final job: traveling back to 1902 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order—and the Brink—before the Magician can destroy it and doom the Mageus to a hopeless future.

But Old New York is a dangerous world ruled by ruthless gangs and secret societies, a world where the very air crackles with magic. Nothing is as it seems, including the Magician himself. And for Esta to save her future, she may have to betray everyone in the past.



•EXCERPT•
Harte Darrigan cursed himself ten times over as he pushed his way through the crowd of The Devil’s Own, a smoke-filled boxing saloon on the Lower East Side named for the gang that ran it. The sound of bones crunching as fist met face caused the crowd to surge with an eagerness that made Harte’s pulse race and turned his resolve to mush.
The dive was filled with the type of people Harte had done everything he could to avoid becoming. They represented the most dangerous parts of humanity—if you could even call it that—south of Houston Street, the wide avenue that divided the haves from the have-nots and probably-never-wills. Harte himself might have been a liar and a con man, but at least he was an honest one. Or so he told himself. He’d risked everything to get out of Paul Kelly’s gang three years ago, and he didn’t want the life he’d managed to build for himself since then to get muddied by the never-ending war between the different factions that ruled lower Manhattan.
Yet there he was.
He shouldn’t have come. He was an idiot for agreeing to this meeting, a complete idiot to let Dolph Saunders goad him into being drawn back into this world with an impossible promise—freedom. A way out of the city. It was fool’s dream.
He must be a fool, because he knew what Dolph Saunders was capable of and had still agreed to meet him. He’d seen Dolph’s cruelty with his own eyes, and if Harte were smarter, he’d turn tail and leave before it was too late. . . .
But then a familiar voice was calling his name over the crowd, and he knew his chance had passed.
The kid approaching him was probably the skinniest, shortest guy in the room. He wore a pair of spectacles on the tip of his straight nose, and unlike most of the crowd that populated the Devil’s Own, he wasn’t dressed in the bright colors or flamboyant style that characterized the swells of the Bowery. Instead, the kid wore suspenders over a simple shirtwaist, which made him look like an overgrown newsboy. Unlike the barrel-chested men that curled themselves around their drinks after a long day of hard labor, Nibsy Lorcan had the air of someone who spent most of his time indoors poring over books.
Harte Darrigan,” Nibsy said, giving a sharp nod of his head in greeting. “It’s good to see you again.”
I wish I could say the same, Nibs.”
The kid tucked his hands into his pockets. “We were beginning to think you wouldn’t show.”
Your boss made it sound like I’d be an idiot not to come and at least listen to what he had to say.”
Nibsy smiled genially. “No one could take you for an idiot, Darrigan.”
Not sure I agree with you, Nibs, seeing as I’m here and all. Where’s Dolph anyway? Or did he send you to do his dirty work for him like usual?”
He’s in back, waiting.” Nibsy’s eyes flickered over the barroom. “You know how he is.”
Yeah,” Harte said. “I know exactly how he is. Just like I should have known better than to come here.”
He turned to go, but Nibs caught him by the arm. “You’re already here. Might as well listen to what he has to say.” He gave an aw-shucks shrug that Harte didn’t buy. “At least have a drink. Can’t argue with a free drink, now, can you?”
He glanced at the door at the back of the barroom.
Harte might have been an idiot, but he was a curious idiot. He couldn’t imagine what would have made Dolph desperate enough to ask for his help after the falling-out they’d had. And he wanted to know what would possess Dolph—a man much more likely to hold his secrets close—to make such wild promises.
I’ll listen to what he has to say, but I don’t want any drink.”
Nibs shifted uneasily before recovering his affable-looking smile. “This way,” he said, leading Harte toward the back of the bar and through double saloon doors to a quieter private room.
It might have been years since Harte had seen him, but Dolph didn’t look all that different. Same lean, hard face anchored by a nose as sharp as a knife. Same shock of white in the front of his hair that he’d had since they were kids. Same calculating gleam in his icy eyes. Or at least in the eye Harte could see—the other was capped by a leather patch.
There were four others in the room. Harte recognized Viola Vaccarelli and Jianyu Lee, Dolph’s assassin and spy, respectively. The other two guys were unknowns. From their loud pants and tipped bowler hats, Harte guessed they were hired muscle, there in case things went south. Which meant that Dolph trusted Harte about as much as Harte trusted Dolph.
Fine. Maybe they’d been friends once, but it was better this way.
Good to see you again, Dare,” Dolph said, using an old nickname Harte had long since given up. Harte didn’t miss that Dolph hadn’t offered his hand in greeting, only gripped the silver gorgon head on the top of his cane more tightly.
Can’t say the feeling’s mutual.”
The two peacocks in the corner shifted, but Viola’s mouth only twitched. She didn’t reach for her knives and he wasn’t dead yet, so he must be safe for the moment.
You want something to drink?” Dolph asked, settling himself back in his chair but not offering a seat to Harte.
Let’s cut the bullshit, Dolph. Why’d you want to see me? You know I’m out of the game.”
Not from what I’ve heard. Whatever freedom you pretend, Paul Kelly’s still got you on a leash, doesn’t he?”
I’m not on anybody’s leash,” Harte said, his voice a warning. But he wasn’t surprised that Dolph knew the truth. He always did manage to find out the very things a person wanted to keep hidden. “And I know there’s no way you can do what you hinted at. Getting out of the city? I wasn’t born yesterday.”
Then why did you come?” Dolph asked.
Hell if I know,” Harte said. He realized he was crushing the brim of his hat and forced himself to relax his fist.
Dolph’s eye gleamed. “You never could resist a challenge, could you?”
Maybe I wanted to see if the rumors about you were true,” he said coldly. “If you’d really lost it after Leena, like everybody said.”
I don’t talk about that.” Dolph’s expression went fierce, even as his face went a little gray. “Nobody talks about that if they want to keep breathing.”
I bet they don’t,” Harte said. He shook his head. “This was a mistake.” He turned to go, but Jianyu stepped in front of the door, blocking his way. “Call him off, Dolph.”
I’ve got a proposition for you,” Dolph said, ignoring Harte’s command.
I’m not interested.” He turned his attention to Jianyu. “I bet your uncle’s real proud of you right about now, isn’t he? He must love you being a lapdog for that one there.”
Everyone knew that Jianyu Lee was the nephew of Tom Lee, the leader of the On Leong Tong over in Chinatown. The kid could have had his own turf, maybe even run his own crew, but here he was working for Dolph. But that was the thing about Dolph Saunders—he had this way of pulling people in. Even people who should’ve had some brains.
Jianyu just smiled darkly, an expression that warned Harte not to push.
I said call him off, Dolph,” Harte said again, trying not to let his nerves show. He might be a fool, but he wasn’t stupid enough not to realize how dangerous his position was.
I think you’d be interested if you gave me five minutes,” Dolph said. “Or I can always have one of my boys convince you.”
Threats?” Harte looked back over his shoulder. “That doesn’t seem your style, old man.”
With a handful of years on Harte, Dolph couldn’t have been older than his mid-twenties. But with the streak of white hair and the way he’d been born to lead, Dolph had always seemed even older. Once, “old man” had been a term of endearment between friends. Not anymore. Now Harte slung the nickname like an insult.

Dolph’s mouth curved to acknowledge the slight, but he didn’t otherwise react. “Never used to be,” he admitted. “But it turns out you can teach an old dog new tricks.” 


•ABOUT THE AUTHOR•


Lisa Maxwell is the author of Sweet Unrest, Gathering Deep, Unhooked, & The Last Magician (Simon Pulse, Spring 2017). When she's not writing books, she's an English professor at a local college. She lives near DC with her very patient husband and two not-so patient boys.





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Thursday, July 13, 2017

The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy


The Disappearances
by Emily Bain Murphy
♦publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
♦release date: July 4th, 2017
♦hardcover, 400 pages
♦intended audience: Young adult
♦stand-alone
♦source: from publisher for honest review
What if the ordinary things in life suddenly…disappeared?

Aila Quinn’s mother, Juliet, has always been a mystery: vibrant yet guarded, she keeps her secrets beyond Aila’s reach. When Juliet dies, Aila and her younger brother Miles are sent to live in Sterling, a rural town far from home--and the place where Juliet grew up.

Sterling is a place with mysteries of its own. A place where the experiences that weave life together--scents of flowers and food, reflections from mirrors and lakes, even the ability to dream--vanish every seven years.

No one knows what caused these “Disappearances,” or what will slip away next. But Sterling always suspected that Juliet Quinn was somehow responsible--and Aila must bear the brunt of their blame while she follows the chain of literary clues her mother left behind.

As the next Disappearance nears, Aila begins to unravel the dual mystery of why the Disappearances happen and who her mother truly was. One thing is clear: Sterling isn’t going to hold on to anyone's secrets for long before it starts giving them up.

Review: There are times when I feel like I need to rate books is "gasps".  I love when a story and it's characters has me so wrapped up and invested in what's going on that it actually pulls a gasp from my lips at all it's little twists and turns and revelations....several times in the case of The Disappearances.  From the synopsis, I knew I might like this one, but I had no idea how much it would make me love it. 

I had no idea this was going to be a historical setting, so that was a welcome surprise.  The 1940s WWII era is one of my favorites to read about because it adds just one more layer of tension and emotion for it's characters, even if, as it is in this case, it's really more on the peripheral of the story. Aila's father is drafted and they are sent to an old friend of their mother's to stay.  What she finds there is a town caught in a horrible curse, families desperate to deflect blame away from themselves, and things she never knew about her mother.  

The writing is absolutely gorgeous--the setting, the magical curse, and the high-running emotions make for a kind of ethereal dreamy feeling, but there are also parts that are very grounded as Aila does what she can to settle into a new town and school. The concept is really creative...losing things that are so basic but so precious that they often get taken for granted: colors, scents, stars. And there are two disappearances later on that truly had me in tears (no spoilers! ;D) . But, oh..be prepared to have your heart ripped out a few times in this story. It was also a creative twist in the way the people of Sterling dealt with the Disappearances. By pure ingenuity and determination to not let it beat them.  Aila jumps right in, using clues in her mothers Shakespeare book to both help unravel the curse and to clear her mothers name.

In all of this, Aila finds many things, a closeness to her mother's past, a new sense of family and good friends, a boldness in herself, and a surprising brush with love.  Needless to say, I loved this one and highly recommend to those who love stories full of family secrets, gorgeous writing, historical settings. Shakespeare, mystery, a slow burning romance, wonderful characters, and a reminder of the little things that make life beautiful.  

•ABOUT THE AUTHOR•


Emily Bain Murphy grew up in Indiana, Hong Kong, and Tokyo, and has also called Massachusetts and Connecticut home.

She loves books, Japanese karaoke, exploring new cities, and anything with Nutella. Her debut YA fantasy, THE DISAPPEARANCES, will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2017.

Murphy currently lives in San Francisco with her family and is at work on her second novel.


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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. It lets us all gush about what soon-to-be released books we are jumping-up-and-down excited for.

*A little note*
 I decided to throw a linky down below for anyone who'd like to use it to hop around to other WoW posts.  The Waiting on Wednesday meme is still very much credited to Jill @ Breaking the Spine, but with the current linky at her site stretching to well over 1300 links, I thought it might be nice to have a fresh one.  This is just for the time being, and I'll do it weekly if it's something people want to use. And of course, I'll discontinue as soon as Jill returns!

by Shea Ernshaw

hitting shelves March 6th, 2018
from Simon Pulse
Hocus Pocus and Practical Magic meets the Salem Witch trials in this haunting story about three sisters on a quest for revenge—and how love may be the only thing powerful enough to stop them.

Welcome to the cursed town of Sparrow…

Where, two centuries ago, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery. Stones were tied to their ankles and they were drowned in the deep waters surrounding the town.

Now, for a brief time each summer, the sisters return, stealing the bodies of three weak-hearted girls so that they may seek their revenge, luring boys into the harbor and pulling them under.

Like many locals, seventeen-year-old Penny Talbot has accepted the fate of the town. But this year, on the eve of the sisters’ return, a boy named Bo Carter arrives; unaware of the danger he has just stumbled into.

Mistrust and lies spread quickly through the salty, rain-soaked streets. The townspeople turn against one another. Penny and Bo suspect each other of hiding secrets. And death comes swiftly to those who cannot resist the call of the sisters.

But only Penny sees what others cannot. And she will be forced to choose: save Bo, or save herself.

My thoughts:  Dear book, you had me at Hocus Pocus + Practical Magic :)  Plus, you know, witch sisters, small town mentality, secrets and ensuing chaos...it makes for a fun mix. ;D


What book are you eagerly anticipating this week?

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. It lets us all gush about what soon-to-be released books we are jumping-up-and-down excited for.
by Deborah Schaumberg

hitting shelves February 20th, 2018
from HarperTeen
New York, 1882. A dark, forbidding city, and no place for a girl with unexplainable powers.

Sixteen-year-old Avery Kohl pines for the life she had before her mother was taken. She fears the mysterious men in crow masks who locked her mother in the Tombs asylum for being able to see what others couldn’t. Avery denies the signs in herself, focusing instead on her shifts at the ironworks factory and keeping her inventor father out of trouble. Other than secondhand tales of adventure from her best friend, Khan, an ex-slave, and caring for her falcon, Seraphine, Avery spends her days struggling to survive.

Like her mother’s, Avery’s powers refuse to be contained. When she causes a bizarre explosion at the factory, she has no choice but to run from her lies, straight into the darkest corners of the city. Avery must embrace her abilities and learn to wield their power—or join her mother in the cavernous horrors of the Tombs. And the Tombs has secrets of its own: strange experiments are being performed on “patients”…and no one knows why.

My thoughts:  History + Magic is always going to be a combination that draws me right to a book.  Throw in some creepy crow-mask wearing baddies, some mother/daughter mystery, and secret mystical powers, and there's no stopping my need to for this one!!

What book are you eagerly anticipating this week?

Sunday, July 2, 2017

New Shelf Goodies & The Weekly Nutshell {193}

For New Shelf Goodies, I'll be showing you what lovely books I acquired this week, whether from publishers, or the library, or from whatever half-crazed book-buying binge I happened to go on. :D (Inspired by Tynga's Stacking the Shelves) The Weekly Nutshell will be just that...my week here at Stories & Sweeties, in a nutshell. (inspired by Ginger @ GReads and her recaps at the end of the TGIF posts)


Here's the goods for this week! ;)
For review:
No Good Deeds by Kara Connolly
Oh this looks fun---a modern girl gets sucked back to Robin Hood times and kicks butt with her crazy-good archery skills. Huzzah! 
Murder, Magic, and What We Wore by Kelly Jones
Excited for all the gowns and magic and Victorian shenanigans!! xD

Thank you, PRH for these two!!

From Trades: 
Invictus by Ryan Graudin
The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli
So excited for both of these. Sad, though, these two took a beating in the mail, especially Namsara. It seriously looks like the package was sat on sideways. Not cool, PO. I put them in the book press at work for a few days and it helped, but they are still a bit wavy.  Still, awesome to have them!!

Bought:
Rebel Magisters by Shawna Swendson
Rebel Rising by Shawna Swendson
I've been wanting to buy these for so long! I have no idea why these two were not published traditionally, because the first book, Rebel Mechanics was so awesome! You can check out my review here. 

See my Rose Tyler FunkoPop there? She wanted to hang out with all the bad-ass chicks in this week's book haul :D

The Weekly Nutshell 
This week turned out to be all about the Best Kind of Magic series LOL. I posted my review of this absolutely adorable book on Friday, but for my WoW pick this week, I also chose the upcoming sequel, The Sweetest Kind of Fate.  Also this week, I posted my monthly "What's New" list featuring the amazing list of books coming out in July. 

This week I'm reading the Disappearances---really enjoying this one.  I had no idea it was going to be set in the 40s, but it just added another layer of interest to this beautiful writing for me.  Not sure what is next, but I'm still listening to Caraval on audiobooks and really loving it.  

Hope everyone is have a wonderful week! And Happy 4th of July to my friends in the states! :D