Teaser & Top Ten Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Purple Princess of The Purple Booker.


Here are the rules:

1. Grab your current read
2. Open to a page

3. Pick out 2 lines that are SPOILER FREE
4. Name the title, author, etc.


I am definitely already making my guesses as to the identities of certain people mentioned in this early half! I cannot wait to see how things all pan out!


"'Let's just sat we're even now.' His lips moved to the corner of her mouth.

Then, right before making contact, he pulled away. 'I wouldn't wish to repeat something so unpleasant for you.'

Without another word, Dante strutted off, his wide shoulders shaking, as if he were laughing.

Tella burned. After what Dante had just done, they were far from even."  Kindle loc 18%*


*Quote comes from the eARC, therefore it and its location are not final.


TITLE: Legendary
AUTHOR: Stephanie Garber
PUBLISHER: Flatiron Books
GENRE: Fantasy YA
RELEASE DATE: May 29, 2018



Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.


 This week's topic is: Books I’ve Decided I’m No Longer Interested In Reading


*in no particular order
**this one's gonna be hard, because I generally won't buy a book unless I have every intention of reading it (someday). As you can see I couldn't even think of 5! 
 

3. SPELLS by Aprilynne Pike--I remembered only feeling so-so about the first book in the series, I thought I might read the rest but after a couple of years I just decided against it.
2. OF METAL AND WISHES by Sarah Fine--I remember hearing good things about this one and debated over it for so long. I eventually just turned away since my TBR pile continued to grow.
1. HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD by John Tiffany & Jack Thorne--this one I am still on the fence about. I had initially just put it on a wishlist a few years ago when I was doing the OTSPSecretSister Exchange, just to have some books on my wishlist. I ended up getting it. There have been many mixed reviews on it, so I am not in a rush to read it, but I'd like to think I might one day.






It's Monday! What are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. It's a fun meme where we gather to share what we've read last week and our reading plans for this week.


Last Week I Read:

Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton (4.5 stars)
Potions & Fangs by Alyssa Rose Ivy & Jennifer Snyder (ARC) (4.5 stars)
Sense of Deception by Victoria Laurie (5 stars)


Currently Reading:

Legendary by Stephanie Garber (ARC)


What I Plan to Read this Week:

Burned by Karen Marie Moning


Other Posts of Interest:





Stacking the Shelves

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks! The meme is now hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality.


Compared to last week, this week was pretty awesome! Sure real life wise it was dull and blah...but book wise? It was awesome!!

Here's what I bought this week:

 

This Fallen Prey by Kelley Armstrong--a keeper copy that I finally bought since I had a super awesome B&N coupon!
The Dark Calling by Kresley Cole--it finally arrived after a harrowing 48 hours trying to figure out why Amazon hadn't shipped it!
The Traitor Prince by C.J. Redwine
Sightwitch by Susan Dennard 
Sinister Summer by Colleen Gleason 
Sinister Secrets by Colleen Gleason
Scooby Apocalypse #22 by Keith Giffen


Then for review from the publisher and author, I received:


Lake Silence by Anne Bishop (Early Copy)
Potions and Fangs by Alyssa Rose Ivy & Jennifer Snyder (ARC)--already read, loved, and reviewed!
Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne (ARC)
Legendary by Stephanie Garber (ARC)


THANK YOU Ace Books, Alyssa, HMH Teen, & Flatiron Books!
 
 
Then I got some preorder swag this week as well:
 
 The top picture is a signed book plate from A.C. Gaughen for being on the Street Team for Reign the Earth! That came as a pleasant surprise!
Then the bottom picture is the awesome tarot deck from The Hazel Wood Preorder! Very cool indeed!
THANK YOU Bloomsbury & Flatiron Books!! 
Then I also got my Owl Crate box this weekend! I had already guessed the book, but naturally someone started spoiling it on Twitter by asking for it again. Sigh...

Then I also bought 2 Tervis cups which, I bought two mostly because that's what it took to get free shipping! Lol! So naturally, a few days after I purchased they send me an email that says FREE SHIPPING with no limits! Typical!! Though they did send me the wrong color lid and after emailing they said they'd send the right one, though when I got the "new" email I am fearful they are sending the WRONG color AGAIN because it's the exact same wordage of the previous lid that was WRONG! Oi vey.

 Here's the first cup at all the angles! It says My Weekend is Booked! And naturally, there's books all over it! I LOVE it!! It's about time Tervis did another booklover's cup!


Here's the second one! It's the live action Beauty and the Beast one with the rose! On one side is the rose itself, the other is the glass cloche. When you look at it with the glass cloche, it looks like the rose is inside it!

I had ordered a pink/rose-ish colored lid. They sent me a BLACK one. Black. As in a color that's not on this cup whatsoever! Errg. If they send me yet another black one I am going to totally lose it! Lol!


And that was my haul this week! Pretty good with the exception of the whole lid mix-up thing mentioned above! What did you all get?





Blogoversary Winners!!!

Hey all! It's been a long day and my computer finally seems to be cooperating. At least for now! Lol! Otherwise I would've tried doing this earlier this morning. But things are working for the moment so I thought I would get going on announcing the winners to my blogoversary giveaway!



The winner of the SIGNED books and book sleeve is...


BRANDI DAGWAN!!!

Congrats Brandi!!


And the winner of their choice of a book from The Book Depository of a $20 (US) value is...

AMY!

Congrats Amy!!
 
 
The winners have been contacted and will have 48 hours to respond to the email to claim their prize or else a new winner will be chosen!
 
Thank you so much to everyone who entered! There was over 1000 entries and I was thrilled to see that!! I'm planning another giveaway next month surrounding a signing I am SUPER excited about, so stick around for that!
 
 
 
 

Review--Sense of Deception by Victoria Laurie

In "New York Times" bestselling author Victoria Laurie s newest Psychic Eye Mystery, Abby Cooper senses a convicted killer is innocent, but she ll need hard evidence to save the woman before it s too late. A ticked-off judge has tossed Abby in the slammer for contempt of court, and during her brief but unpleasant stay she learns the story of a condemned woman who is facing a far more serious sentence. Skylar Miller has been found guilty of murder and faces the death penalty. Everyone believes she's guilty, including her own family and her ex-husband everyone, that is, except Abby, whose finely honed intuition tells her this woman doesn't belong behind bars. 

With the help of her husband Dutch and her friend Candice, Abby launches into her own investigation to clear Skylar and find the real killer. But after a final appeal is denied and Skylar's attorney scrambles for a stay of execution, time is running short and the list of suspects keeps growing. There's no margin for error as the life of an innocent woman hangs in the balance.


Brushing off the dust on some of my older TBR books, I found myself returning to Victoria Laurie’s first series, Psychic Eye Mystery! I remember discovering this series when I tired of not finding any paranormal books in the YA section, those are the Dark Years friends. What’s great about diving back into this series is that each book kind of stands on its own. There are some things that carry over from book to book, but it’s mostly personal stuff that you can easily get right back into. Sense of Deception is one where Abby has a very tight deadline to solve the case or else an innocent woman’s life will be put to an end.

At the beginning of this book, Abby finds herself being held in contempt of court and sent to prison. Her cellmate just happens to be of a woman named Skylar Miller who has been on death row for killing her son for the past decade. Her final appeal is just over a week away and after exchanging just a few words with her, Abby is convinced without a doubt that Skylar is innocent. Once she’s free from jail, she gets on the case and begins the long and tedious process of research.

Though trying to prove Skylar’s innocence isn’t her only case, she’s still trying to help her husband, Dutch, find a way to convict a serial rapist/killer—coincidentally whose trial she was testifying at when she was held in contempt—and get him put behind bars for good, and also, help the detective that arrested Skylar with a case he’s struggling with. Nothing Abby can’t handle, though there is that looming deadline until Skylar’s final appeal. Texas is a state that’s fond of the death penalty and if the appeal doesn’t go in her favor, she’ll be looking at the needle by midnight.

To my knowledge, Abby has never had to solve such a cold case before. Especially one that most people considered closed. Since my gut instinct is to always trust Abby and her gut, I was rooting for her. Though she hits many obstacles and dead ends, each failure felt like the end for poor Skylar. Naturally, some of the people Abby has to question about an event that was ten years ago, aren’t the most savory. It’s a good thing her BFF, Candice, has her back! Candice is one tough cookie, who I would never want to be caught on her bad side! But I love that she and Abby always have each other’s back when it comes to these cases of theirs.

What I have always loved about Victoria’s mysteries are the amazing characters! Abby is such a real person to me! She’s carefree, has amazing talents being a psychic, but isn’t without her flaws. She had me laughing more than once throughout this book. Plus the relationships she has with her friends, coworkers, and her husband too, are just amazing! They are such a tight-knit group at times, even though they challenge one another and may have doubts when it comes to work related matters, they always manage to stick it out together.

The story has a nice balance of mystery solving and everyday life, add in the fact that Abby is psychic, and you’ve got just the right twist to make things interesting! I am so happy to have returned to this series and after a brief interruptus of review books, I plan to come back here and get caught up with it! It’s one of the longest running series I’ve read to date at 15 books, whether there will be a book 16 this summer I have yet to find out, fingers crossed though!

Try as I might with this one, I didn’t quite get to the whodunit before Abby did. I at one point had a brief suspicion over the murderer, but then what I thought were more promising suspects came about! It’s kind of fun though to be taken by surprise and to remember that I ought to go with my gut, like Abby when it comes to picking my suspects! Lol!

If you’re looking for a fun, light-hearted mystery with the added touch of paranormal and still increasing danger, then look no further than Victoria Laurie and her Psychic Eye Mystery series!!


Overall Rating 5/5 stars






Book Blogger Hop

This meme is hosted by Billy at Ramblings of a Coffee Addict!
 
 
This week's question is: Have you ever found yourself acting like a favorite character in a novel? If so, which one? (submitted by Maria @ A Night's Dream of Books)
 
 
 
MY ANSWER: Hmm...well I can definitely say Katy from the Lux series, because obviously we both blog and fangirl and read!
 

 


I also felt like I related to Rose from Vampire Academy, mostly an attitude thing with the snarkiness and not taking crap from people. Alas, I have no literal butt-kicking skills like she did!








Random Thursday

We have just about 50 pages left in That's a Fact Jack: A Collection of Utterly Useless Information [Updated] by Harry Bright and Jakob Anser! I can't believe I've been using this book for a few years now! I can't even remember when I bought it! I had been running out of ideas for Random Thursday posts and wanted purely random nonsense facts that are rather interesting! So let's continue this randomness!


(image borrowed from Wikipedia)
"Shakespeare coined thousands of new words, or 'neologisms', in his plays and sonnets. Among these are: amaze, bedroom, excellent, fitful, majestic, radiance, and summit."


Wow! Bedroom?! Really? That's trippy! LOL!

(image borrowed from the CDC)
"E. coli was one of the first organisms to have its genome sequenced."


Ooookay?


(image borrowed from Foodal)
"After a ten-year study, FDA food inspectors found that two out of every three ground beef samples contained E. Coli. Chicken and turkey samples fared even worse."


I remember the great Taco Bell E. Coli fiasco. Or well, vaguely!


(image borrowed from Al Waha)
"Twenty-five percent of all the vegetables consumed in the United States are French fries."


I KNEW it was a veggie! Lol! But eek, really?!


(image borrowed from Cars.com)
"One out of five American meals is eaten in a car."


I am not that one!