Throne of Glass Read Along

Discuss Chapters 1-28 for 2015 TBR Pile Challenge

The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski (Review)

"unlike any book I've read before"

The Bodies We Wear by Jeyn Roberts (Review)

"as things normally go, it is in the darkest moments where we see some sort of light."

Accordance by Shelly Crane (Review)

"Accordance was a great second installment to one of my all-time favorite series!"

From Ashes by Molly McAdams (Review)

"The romance was amazing, I became so invested in the characters, and the story held me in its grasp from beginning to end."

The Queen of Zombie Hearts by Gena Showalter (Review)

"white-hot romance, amazing characters"

Of Monsters and Madness by Jessica Verday (Review)

"The world was spectacularly built ..."

Blood-Drenched Beard by Daniel Galera (Review)

"a bit too confusing and foreign for me to fully enjoy"

Review + #Giveaway: Polaroid Cube + Accessories

"a chance to win not only the Cube Cam itself, but 5 custom designed accessories that will make using the Cube 10000x more fun"

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Bookish Digest: March 2015

Hello lovelies! Welcome to Bookish Digest - something we'll be putting together at the end of every month to highlight our recent favorite reads and recap any posts you may have missed. We also include an About My Life and Things I'm Looking Forward To section in an effort for you to get to know us better. Don't forget to tell us in the comments some things that happened to you over the past month so we can get to know you guys better too!




Updates for 2015 TBR Pile Challenge:



Series:
Stand Alone
Genre:
Adult, Horror, Mystery
Website:Ania Ahlborn

Goodreads
Review:
To be posted sometime in June
From indie horror author and bestselling sensation Ania Ahlborn, this brand-new supernatural thriller questions: how far would you go for success, and what would you be capable of if the promise of forever was real?

With his marriage on the rocks and his life in shambles, washed up crime writer Lucas Graham is desperate for a comeback. So when he’s promised exclusive access to notorious cult leader and death row inmate Jeffrey Halcomb, the opportunity is too good to pass up. Lucas leaves New York for the scene of the crime—a split-level farmhouse on the gray-sanded beach of Washington State—a house whose foundation is steeped in the blood of Halcomb’s diviners; runaways who, thirty years prior, were drawn to his message of family, unity, and unconditional love. Lucas wants to tell the real story of Halcomb’s faithful departed, but when Halcomb goes back on his promise of granting Lucas exclusive information on the case, he’s left to put the story together on his own. Except he is not alone. For Jeffrey Halcomb promised his devout eternal life…and within these walls, they’re far from dead.


Reviews

Author/Book Promotion
Before He Finds Her by Michael Kardos {Author Interview}
City Love by Susane Colasanti {Giveaway}
Announcing The Maze Runner and Scorch Trials Collector's Edition {Blast}
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir {Trailer + Giveaway}

Gone Reading Review and Giveaway
Follower Appreciation - Thank you for 5 awesome years

About My Life in March
It sucked. Really. Trust me, you don't want me to get started on just how much.

Things I'm Looking Forward to in April
Spring. Please. PLEASE.

Easter Holidays.

My husband being done with this semester and some quality family time. I need a break. I need time to catch up on all the bloggy stuff and my Amazon closet of depression (don't ask). I need my life to stop sucking and start rocking.



Series:
Throne of Glass #2
Genre:
Young Adult, High Fantasy, Romance
Website:Sara J. Maas

Goodreads
Review:
To Be Posted June 6
"A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached.

It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend."

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena's world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie...and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.


Top Ten Tuesday
We got a raccoon in our attic and after about a week of attempting to catch it on our own, it had babies! At the point we called in the pros and after a week of waiting for mama to leave on her own, they had to go up there and and remove her by force. My attic sounded like a war zone. Now we just have to get it cleaned out because it is hella-gross, and reactively toxic, up there.

I caught up on my Goodreads reading goal. Kinda. I'm one book behind, and almost finished with my current read, which is a lot better than the beginning of the month was I was three books behind.

Spring! I abhor winter and cold! Sure the snow is pretty and makes for some great snuggle weather, but ugh. I am so over behind cold and layering up. Cannot wait to bring my hammock out and read in the sunshine and warmth!

Things I'm Looking Forward to in April
Getting back to working in my yard. I love working in my yard. Last year I had the genius idea to upload audio books on to my phone so I can work in my yard and not lose reading time. (That does remind me that I need to get a book uploaded!)

Catching up on my series . . . again. I was doing so good, too. While I've already knocked out three books from my Spring TBR, I still have 13 books to go.


Series:
Splintered #1
Genre:
Young Adult, Retelling, Fantasy
Website:A.G. Howard 

Goodreads
Review:
-
This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence.

Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.

When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.

Reviews

About My Life in March
I had another car die on me...  Seriously have no idea why vehicles don't last with me lol. I was so careful and yet one day while helping my brother, it decided to take a leap towards its final death.

I reorganized my entire apartment.  This doesn't seem like much but when I say entire it includes my books.  This means I moved A LOT of books over the period of two days.  It was a lot of work but I'm happy with how it turned out.

Had a job interview.  Doesn't seem like much but it is.  This was an interview for a job in my field and I know if I want it the job is mine. 

Things I'm Looking Forward to in April

The Indie Girl Event.  It's not as big as it has been previous years but as always I am so excited to feature many wonderful women on the blog.  Make sure you look out for all of our awesome Indie Girl posts <3

Hopefully getting organized again.  I have been a complete mess for months.  Being off work and out of school has really thrown me (add in one dead car).  I am trying to get back into a schedule and regain control!
 

Series:
Forbidden Men #5
Genre:
New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Website:Linda Kage 

Goodreads
Review:
To be posted April 5 on Stuck in Books
Let your hair down, Caroline, they said. It'll be fun, they said.
I know I've closed myself off in a major way over the past year, ever since “the incident” where I messed up my life completely. It's past time I try to live again or just give up altogether. But this is quite possibly the craziest thing I've ever done. In a last ditch effort to invigorate myself, I'm standing outside Oren Tenning's bedroom, I just peeled off the sexiest pair of underwear I own, and my hand is already raised to knock. My brother would disown me for doing anything with his best friend, and he'd probably kill Oren. But if I play my cards right, no one will ever know about this. Not even Ten.

Maybe after tonight, I’ll finally get over this stupid, irrational crush I hate having on the biggest jerk I’ve ever met. Or maybe I’ll just end up falling for him even harder. Maybe I’ll discover there’s so much more to my crude, carefree hunk than meets the eye.

Reviews
Consequence by Shelly Crane {5/5}
Changing Everything by Molly McAdams {4/5}

Indie Author Spotlight
Shelly Crane {Interview + Giveaway}

About My Life in March
Austin Book Fest! I had the pleasure of being Rachel Harris' table assistant at ABF, and it was such a good time! I love that woman. I also got to see Jennifer L. Armentrout--who is absolutely fantastic--and Shelly Crane, Molly McAdams, Chelsea Fine, and MORE awesome people. I met Lauren Blakely who was so sweet to me. Monica Murphy, again--so sweet. And I met Katie McGarry who is honestly and truly one of the most amazing humans I've ever met. I feel so lucky to have gotten time to chat with her. I adore Katie so, so much. (And clearly, I have not been able to stop gushing about her.)

The Orphan Queen book signing! Jodi Meadows and Brodi Ashton had a signing at a bookstore super near where I live earlier in the month. They were so funny and nice and I am such a fan. AND I got to see some of my best friends--Mary from Mary Had a Little Book Blog and Katie from Mundie Moms. Two awesome Texas bloggers and seriously awesome people. It was such a great time!

The Walking Dead season finale. Hi my name is Jessica and I am officially lost for the next however long while waiting for more of my favorite show. WHAT EVER SHALL I DO???

New. Series. Addictions. Linda Kage's Forbidden Men series. I am so caught up in it. I'm finishing book 2 tonight (yes, I read book 5 already--I started with book 5, then went to book 1, then book 2, and next will be book 3. They can be read out of order), and let me tell you right now that this series is so full of awesome. Each story is so DIFFERENT yet they interconnect and I love it so much. And my other obsession--Kylie Scott's Stage Dive series. I grabbed Lick because I adore the premise of getting married on a whim. Don't know why, but those stories work for me waaaay more often than not. So I read Lick, then I read Play and loved that one even MORE (Mal is hilarious and the whole book makes my heart soar), and now I'm on Lead. And will probably 1-click Deep sometime within the next 24 hours. Because these books, y'all. THESE BOOKS. (I haven't marked them on GR yet. I'm gonna re-read them soon and mark them then. Because I like excuses to re-read my favorite things.)

Things I'm Looking Forward to in April
Teen Book Con! The author I'm most excited to meet is Susane Colasanti. I am such a huge fangirl for her books. And, of course, I'll get to see my bookish friends! I love hanging out with them. They are some of my favorite people

TLA. I'm aiming to go to TLA this year. Hopefully it'll work out, but I'm pretty sure no matter what I'll get to spend at least a little time with Victoria Scott so I am ALL OF THE EXCITEMENT. Love. Her. So. Hard.

Finally getting to read some of the books I've been excited to read! I have Fall with Me by Jennifer L. Armentrout. Can't wait to finally take time for that. And Chosen Thief by Scarlett Dawn. And--hopefully--the first BDB book. I have bunches of books I've been dying to have time for, and I'm hoping so hard I make it to at least SOME of them in April. *fingers crossed*

Reviews
 
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Tell us - what went on in your month?! What were some of your favorite books this month? Favorite posts from either your blog or others? What are some new (or old) and noteworthy things we should know about? Be sure to leave a link!

Vote for May's TBR Pile Read-a-Long Read!


Read Along with us in May!

We need you to help us choose our TBR Pile Read Along book!

Reading books together makes for a great motivation to tackle our dusty TBR Piles! And this time, we're all about choosing the books together. We invite you to vote on a book you'd like to read most in March!

  
  

The voting poll will be open until April 12 and we'll announce the May read along, along with the discussion schedule, on April 14.

For some reason, the poll will not embed properly, so super frustrating. Click HERE to be taken to the poll and vote for May's read along book.

The Bookish Team will host two discussion posts, where we'll talk about the plot, favorite/least favorite moments and characters, and share memorable quotes! By joining in the read-a-long, you'll earn yourself extra points for July's giveaway.

And remember, it's never too late to sign up for the 2015 TBR Pile Reading Challenge and/or join our monthly read-a-longs. You'll have another chance to sign up on Debbie's March - April Wrap Up that will be posted April 25.

Top Ten Tuesday: New Additions

Top 10 Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted over at The Broke and The Bookish

Ten Books You Recently Added To Your To-Be-Read List

These books have most recently been added to my ever-growing TBR pile. Whether through recommendations from bloggers, favorite authors, or amazing synopses, I must read these books!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18336965-my-heart-and-other-black-holes https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16429619-the-kiss-of-deception https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24397040-a-whole-new-world
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22465597-vanishing-girls https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22836575-99-days https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20757532-shutter https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22055262-a-darker-shade-of-magic
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18367581-afterworlds https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18144703-the-tragedy-paper https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22504678-lady-thief

Have you recently added any of these books to your TBR? What books have you most recently added? Be sure to leave me a link to your TTT!
  
      
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