OMG! Now I Rise by Kiersten White | Waiting on Wednesday

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I am back again to express my excitement and joy for yet ANOTHER book that has recently got it’s brand spanking new cover. This one – guys – I am completely head over heals in love with.  I was already eagerly anticipating this book because I loved the first in the series And I Darken (you can read my raving review here) but….but….look at this cover!!

now-i-riseLook it up on Goodreads
Preorder it on Amazon

I’m not going to give the synopsis about what this book is about because I think that if you’re stumbling upon this post for the first time an haven’t heard about the series that would be pretty poopy to be spoiled right off the bat because according to the Goodreads page this is the second, and last, in a duology. Suffice to say, I’m giving you both the Goodreads and Amazon links and if you like the look of this book you can explore on your own. If you are new to the Conquerors series and haven’t read the first book And I Darken here is that link to its Goodreads page. Explore away!

Magic, Mayhem, and Con Artists Oh My! | FFBC Blog Tour |Iron Cast ARC Review

Magic, Mayhem, and Con Artists Oh My! | FFBC Blog Tour |Iron Cast ARC Review



Magic, Mayhem, and Con Artists Oh My! | FFBC Blog Tour |Iron Cast ARC ReviewIron Cast by Destiny Soria
Published by Amulet Books on October 11th 2016
Pages: 384

It’s Boston, 1919, and the Cast Iron club is packed. On stage, hemopaths—whose "afflicted" blood gives them the ability to create illusions through art—captivate their audience. Corinne and Ada have been best friends ever since infamous gangster Johnny Dervish recruited them into his circle. By night they perform for Johnny’s crowds, and by day they con Boston’s elite. When a job goes wrong and Ada is imprisoned, they realize how precarious their position is. After she escapes, two of the Cast Iron’s hires are shot, and Johnny disappears. With the law closing in, Corinne and Ada are forced to hunt for answers, even as betrayal faces them at every turn.


**I received this book at BEA for an honest review. My opinions are my own **

How do I begin to express my feelings about Iron Cast? Hm. Well, maybe I should start from the beginning. This year I attended BEA for the very first time. While there I noticed Iron Cast on the shelves. Unfortunately, they didn’t have any other copies and that was the only one there. I’m not proud to admit it, but I stalked that ABRAM’s booth until the last day and I pounced and I was able to get the one copy! I just couldn’t get over the cover for one, but after reading the synopsis, I was completely hooked. Sorry ABRAM’s publishers at BEA 2016, I couldn’t help myself.


But what did I think of the book? Did it meet my expectations?


YES. YES! A million times yes!


Iron Cast flawlessly blends historical fiction and fantasy and creates a beautiful story of friendship and finding yourself. I know, I know this sounds like a lot of stories out there but I’m telling you that as someone that has read a lot of historical fiction and fantasy novels, this one is truly unique.

The first thing is the unique abilities that the two main characters – Ada and Corinne. Their friendship is honestly one of the most refreshing things to read in fiction. They didn’t secretly hate each other. They didn’t end up hating each other. They grew and lived together and honestly having no “friend hate” that some books, especially when it comes to female friendships, made me want to want to spread my arms in the air and twirl around in happiness.

The second thing that I absolutely loved was the magic system, how the two girl’s powers worked, and truly unique it was. I am honestly a magic system groupie. Give me a unique magic system and I am down with it. Actually, it doesn’t even have to be unique but maybe a fresh spin on an old idea! Soria does such an awesome job at the unique part. The magic system in this book is called “hemopathy” is considered an infection of the blood and is hunted. Each person, Ada and Corinne included, use the power differently. Corinne uses poetry and song to convey illusions and get people to see what she wants them. Ada uses her violin to make people feel those illusions. It is in this that the two girls found that together they could create some of the strongest illusions. With the threat of being locked up in Haversham Asylum to be “rehabilitated” you need to be as strong as possible.

Ada and Corinne’s adventures are nothing but spectacular. From their beginning were the two worked for the high-level mobster named Johnny Dervish to a job going back Iron Cast will grab you and not let you go until the very last sentence. Unfortunately for me, it didn’t let me go even after the book finished. My only complaint is that as far as I know this is a stand-alone book. I love this world and magic system that I still cannot wrap my head around the fact that there will be no more stories from it.  I will just have to except this and patiently wait for another of Soria’s books, no matter what, because even if they won’t include the same world as Iron Cast I fell in love with the writing and I will be up for more!

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destinyABOUT THE AUTHOR: Destiny Soria writes Young Adult fiction. Her debut novel, IRON CAST, will be published by Abrams/Amulet in Fall 2016.

Destiny lives in Birmingham, AL, where she spends her time trying to come up with bios that make her sound kind of cool. She has yet to succeed.



Flame in the Mist | Waiting on Wednesday


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I wanted to start to feature pre-published books that I am completely and totally excited for. SO, I have decided to start doing Waiting on Wednesday more frequently. Each week will be a different book but I will try to share books that have had recent news or exciting tidbits about them. Why not share?

So what is this weeks?

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh


From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Wrath and the Dawn, comes a sweeping, action-packed YA adventure set against the backdrop of Feudal Japan where Mulan meets Tamora Pierce.

The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place—she may be an accomplished alchemist, whose cunning rivals that of her brother Kenshin, but because she is not a boy, her future has always been out of her hands. At just seventeen years old, Mariko is promised to Minamoto Raiden, the son of the emperor’s favorite consort—a political marriage that will elevate her family’s standing. But en route to the imperial city of Inako, Mariko narrowly escapes a bloody ambush by a dangerous gang of bandits known as the Black Clan, who she learns has been hired to kill her before she reaches the palace.

Dressed as a peasant boy, Mariko sets out to infiltrate the ranks of the Black Clan, determined to track down the person responsible for the target on her back. But she’s quickly captured and taken to the Black Clan’s secret hideout, where she meets their leader, the rebel ronin Takeda Ranmaru, and his second-in-command, his best friend Okami. Still believing her to be a boy, Ranmaru and Okami eventually warm to Mariko, impressed by her intellect and ingenuity. As Mariko gets closer to the Black Clan, she uncovers a dark history of secrets, of betrayal and murder, which will force her to question everything she’s ever known.

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I chose this one for many reasons but specifically this week because it’s cover was released this week and it is a BEAUTIFUL cover. Oh my! I could just stare at it. I was already drawn to this book because of the synopsis but this cover just makes me want it SO MUCH MORE. It takes place in Feudal Japan and mixes together Mulan and Tamora Pierce, which had me at the very first mention. If that doesn’t wet your whistle during the cover reveal a sneak peek was released as well. You can read it here. Go on ahead!

Villains Come in So Many Shapes & Colors | Top Ten Tuesday

Another try


This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, a meme created by the lovely ladies over at Broke and Bookish, is all about villains. I will be the first to say that I love a good villain, and have been known to judge many books and movies by the quality of their villains. There are some villains I love because of how good they are at getting me to hate them. But there are also villains that sneak up on you. That have you questioning their every motive and whether they are not good or bad. Some turn out good (or gray) but some turn out to be even worse than previously imagined. So for this week my list is going to be…


Top 10 Villains That I Grew to Love
Villains That Snuck Up on Me & I Ended Up Hating



Grew to Love


Severus Snape | Harry Potter series :

God, when I first started reading the Harry Potter series I hated Snape with more passion in the world than I had any other character that I’d read. As a victim of child abuse I felt physically triggered every time I read his scenes with Harry and the others. But with the revelations of books seven opened up a whole other side of Snape that was not allowed to be seen until it was too late. While others, like Sirius’s past mistakes are swept under the rug as childhood pranks, they were still SERIOUS.  He almost killed Snape for FUCK sake, and when is that okay for even a kid, nay, a teenager to do to another?

But again, what makes Snape’s story even sadder is that he wasn’t given the opportunity, like Sirius, to redeem himself in a way that not only the characters, but the readers got to grow into. His redemption was in his death and it was more of an info dump/revoluation that I kind of felt cheated out of. Unlike Sirius, who got two books of redemption and love, we didn’t get the time to see him treat Harry like the son of Lilly (his only friend). He was caught in the middle of being the double agent and that is completely sad.

AGAIN, I say, none of this should condone his behavior to children. He was a bully and mean. But I don’t think anyone could say it better than J.K Rowling herself.


Regina  a.k.a The Evil Queen | Once Upon a Time TV Show :

Ah the Evil Queen, how much I didn’t like her in the beginning. Why that was the point right? But it took me a lot longer for me to like Regina than it did most people. Only recently have I warmed up to her and realized that she is really trying. I can’t necessarily condone her behavior, just like Snape, but again there are more to her character than being black or white.


Kelsier | The Mistborn Trilogy:

I’m probably going to get a lot of flack for this but in the beginning of the story I saw him as a villain. Probably not as black as the true villain in the story, but he did things and for reasons that weren’t necessarily for the best and most noble reasons. Again, this situation and my thoughts changed very fast. But come on. He is definitely a morally gray character.


AIDEN | Illuminae Files Series :

This is one that is difficult for me to admit to because of just how HORRIBLE AIDEN was in Illuminae (I read the audio book and not only evil but was just creepy). But for some reason the psychotic AI system grew on me. Dang. He was such a great villain.


Mr. Darcy | Pride and Prejudice :

I will admit that he wasn’t necessarily a villain, but I sure didn’t like Dr. Darcy. He was a straight asshole. But in the end, and with the help of Colin Firth, I could see that he was just shy and a product of his birth. Does that make it right? No, but more understandable. Dare I say more?

Jaime Lannister | Game of Thrones series :

Ah another one that I hated. I hated Jaime so much, especially about the time they visited the Starks (you know why). But as the story went on I kind of saw him as more of a really disturbed and kicked puppy dog. Did he do some fucked up shit? Yes. Should he die. Probably. But I might be a little sadder now instead of he would have died in the beginning of the series/books in which I would have fist pumped the air and said “Hell yes!” (like what happened with a certain other blonde).

Sneaky Villains/Morally Gray Characters
Albus Dumbledore | The Harry Potter Series:

Before you get your pitchforks out, hear me out. I’ve heard Snape, Umbridge, and other various characters and all deserve to be on this list. I will not say that Dumbledore is necessarily a villain, but if Snape deserves to be placed on this list of morally gray villains so does he. He left Harry in a complete state of ignorance (some might even consider that “for the greater good”), used Harry to destroy Voldemort, and on top of it sent Snape to be a double agent (setting in motion so many things with the relationship between Snape and Harry). If Snape should be accountable for how he behaves towards children, shouldn’t Dumbledore as well? But more on that later on in the month for Read at Midnight’s  #CritYourFave feature. Suffice to say, Dumbledore didn’t just wear gray, he was gray.  I didn’t really like him in the end as much as I did in the beginning of the story and thus is the main reason why he ended up here.

Mr. Wickham | Pride and Prejudice:

This probably is pretty self-explanatory but I did like him in the beginning.  Boy was I wrong. I guess that proves I am a lot more like Elizabeth than I originally thought.


The Townspeople  of Terminus | The Walking Dead :

I WILL ONLY spoil a small bit but but FUCK YOU Terminus. Good day.



I didn’t quite make it to 10, and it seems that the majority of my list consists of morally gray characters in the realm of whether I ended up liking, or not, them from the beginning of their stories to the end. I hope you enjoyed my list and by all means, if you have a comment (respectful disagreement) it’s alright, I love hearing others opinions!

I am back from the Dead!| September Wrap Up


Ah, good gravy! I have had such a busy/hectic few months that I’ve had such little time to formulate anything, let alone read. I think that I’ve said this a lot but it completely 100% true. I have started my Masters in Library Science and I think that I’ve found a balance between my school, mommy-ing and reading. So without further ado, this is my September wrap up.

In the month of September I have read: 8 books



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Some of these books will be reviewed shortly in one way shape or form. But for the most part I will say that September was an awesome book month for me. Books have always been a priority for me, and lately I have not been making them a priority. This has been effecting not only my blog but my mental health. Reading books makes me happy and not doing it has kind of put me in a mental funk. But, I am back and have officially made it a priority to make reading and my blog a priority.  This is really going to be a brief TBR considering I will be speaking about most of these books in the month of October so doing so here would be kind of redundant.


One last order of business. One of the other things that I have been participating in September is the Fall Bookish Bingo created by Bekka over at Pretty Deadly Reviews. I love this game so much and have had such a hard time keeping track the last seasons but I HAVE been in September and have filled out my progress!


So that’s all. I promise that October’s Wrap-up will be a little more specified and formatted better. Until my next post!