Random Thursday

Reading That's a Fact Jack: A Collection of Utterly Useless Information [Updated] by Harry Bright and Jakob Anser makes me wonder where on earth they found out all this information! It's so weird and obscure! But I love it!

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"New York City taxi medallions--permits affixed to the hoods of New York City's 13,327 official yellow cabs--have provided a far greater return to investors than stocks. If you bought a medallion in 1970 and held on to it till today, you would have outperformed the S&P 500 by several thousand percent!"

Since my edition of this book has the "updated" to it, I'm taking it to mean it was republished in 2013. Whether this fact comes from 2006 or 2013 isn't clear, but just note that the TODAY could mean either year and not actually today in 2017!

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"London cab drivers have big brains. Acquiring exhaustive knowledge of London's labyrinthine roundabouts, mews, and one-ways actually causes portions of the drivers' brains to grow to larger-than-average-sizes."

All I know is I would be reduced to a stressed-out mess! I can't even handle driving in downtown areas, mine included, as well as Chicago...and some other cities, but I might be repressing what they were and the experiences themselves! Needless to say I do not like this kind of driving!!

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"The term 'cop' most likely derives from the British police acronym for Constable On Patrol. Some believe it is a shortened version of 'copper,' which referred to the buttons worn by British bobbies."

More new to me information! Let's just hope I can retain some of this for whenever games of random trivia come up! LOL!

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"In 1598, Queen Elizabeth I created a court appointment of the 'Uncorker of Ocean Bottles,' who was entrusted with opening every ocean bottle that contained a message in her royal presence. Uncorking such a bottle on your own was punishable by death."

Wow. That's severe!!

(image borrowed from Disney Wiki)
"According to maritime law, jetsam is anything deliberately thrown into the sea while flotsam is floating wreckage."

Strange names for eels, but I dig it! Lol!

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly blog post by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights releases we're eagerly awaiting.
The riveting conclusion to the Kingmaker Chronicles, available January 2018!

Who is Catalia Fisa?
With the help of pivotal figures from her past, Cat begins to understand the root of her exceptional magic, her fated union with Griffin Sinta, and Griffin's role in shaping her destiny.

Only Cat holds the key to unlocking her own power, and that means finally accepting herself, her past, and her future in order to protect her loved ones, confront her murderous mother, and taking a final, terrifying step--reuniting all three realms and taking her place as the Queen of Thalyria.

What doesn't kill her will only make her stronger...we hope.
Again, I still need to read the second book but since I loved the first one I cannot wait to see how this stunning series ends!
PUBLISHER: Sourcebooks Casablanca
GENRE: Fantasy
RELEASE DATE: January 2, 2018 

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.

"A dense curtain of dust hid us away from the fighting. The men who had been attacking him were broken on the ground, their bodies still and red.

Almost like the rock knew what I wanted." Kindle loc. 16%*

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

TITLE: Reign the Earth
AUTHOR: A.C. Gaughen

PUBLISHER: Bloomsbury
GENRE: Fantasy YA
RELEASE DATE: January 30, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list  that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.

This week's topic is: Top Ten Books I'm Thankful For (Happy Thanksgiving week in the USA!)

*in no particular order

10. THE RANDOM HOUSE BOOK OF FAIRY TALES adapted by Amy Ehrlich--this was the very first book of fairy tales I remember reading! I would check it out at least once a month on library days back in elementary school! I loved them and it basically helped spawn my love for fairy tales as did Disney because I loved seeing where Disney got their ideas!
9. STRAY by Rachel Vincent--what makes this book extra special for me was that I discovered it in Borders' romance section. I was a little hesitant at first because I knew I wasn't a romance reader but seeing quotes from already favorite authors urged me to give it a shot! Not only did I LOVE it and the series to come, but it also made me realize the stores will shelve books all willy nilly in romance even if there's hardly romance in said book! I still love you Borders!
8. POISON STUDY by Maria V. Snyder--I love love love this book/series so much! I have Amazon to thank for this one because those crazy nuts told me I would love Magic Study based on other books I bought--none of which were Poison Study--I did some digging and realized they skipped over book 1 with the book 2 rec, so I bought it, read it, LOVED it! And it eventually spawned the friendship I now have with Maria! So incredibly grateful for this book!

7. OLD MAGIC by Marianne Curley--what I LOVED about this one is that--in a sense--it was the first book I read with an "ordinary" girl. Yes, she's actually a witch, but she was my first not-popular type who was always overlooked or bullied. I don't know how to explain it really, but it was my first book where the lonely girl became the hero! Of course, she had a co-hero with her too since she was helping him out! I adore this book so much!
6. OBSIDIAN by Jennifer L. Armentrout--I was a tad, just a tad, late to reading this series...there were 3 books out when I started and yeah...that wait for Origin was dreadful! But I feel like this was my first book where the heroine LOVED books! And I mean LOVED! She didn't just read when she could, she read nearly any time Daemon wasn't harassing her! Lol! I loved that about Katy. POWER TO THE BLOGGERS!
5. SHADOWLAND by Jenny Carroll/Meg Cabot--this was my first GHOST book ever! I read it ages ago when Meg was using the pen name Jenny Carroll for them in the beginning. I was always a believer in ghosts and having Suze be a Mediator to the ghosts was just awesome! Plus the story-lines were always superb. The series will always remain one of my favorites and stepping stones of my lover of paranormal books!

4. SNOW by Tracy Lynn--this was one of my first actual fairy tale retellings, I think it was number 3 or 4 in the Once Upon a Time series, but OMG! I loved it! I knew the original Snow White tale well and I just LOVED what Tracy aka Liz Braswell did with this one! It pretty much cemented my love for fairy tale retellings!
3. WICKED: RESURRECTION by Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguie--soooo incredibly grateful for this one because I read the Wicked series when it first came out. I experienced the ultimate devastation when I learned the publisher had cancelled the series due to low sales. I didn't even know a publisher could do THAT at the time! I knew so little! But then in 2009 there was a miracle! The series had resurrected! Lol. Sales got better with the compilations and Nancy & Debbie were finally able to write the finale! Though it was only a 6 year wait and I've already surpassed that with Gena's series, a teeny tiny part of me will always hold out hope that she will write the finale to the Intertwined series, because I know miracles can happen!
2. HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE by J.K. Rowling--of course Harry is on this list! Harry was such a huge part of my life! When I was finally hooked on Harry (lol) there were 3 books out with book 4 coming soonish? Basically release parties were in my future ever since! Releasing them in the summer was absolutely the greatest thing ever because NO SCHOOL! Though I did have a job with that last one and was spoiled with a certain elf's death before I ran away from hearing the rest. If it hadn't been my manager's daughter who spouted such spoilers I would've gone postal! Had it not been the last book, I would've made sure in the future I requested the release night party AND the day after off. Life lessons folks!

1. DEMON IN MY VIEW by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes--the one that started it all...or at least 7 out of the previous 9! I am pretty sure I might have read this one before the first book without realizing it. But THIS is the ONE that started my obsession and LOVE of vampires and all other creatures that go bump in the night! That the heroine was named Jessica as well was just an added bonus! LOL!

The OMG I am Soooo Behind CONTEST!

Hey all! So two weeks ago, I attended the Marissa Meyer signing for Renegades! It was a great and exciting night! I love author signings! I have yet to read Renegades and keep thinking I might try holding off until next year to binge the duology...yes I know I say I will do this a lot with my trilogies which are now all finished and I have yet to pick up a single book 2, but with a duology it's much easier to say this! LOL!

It was fun to hear the story of Renegades evolve! She had apparently been working on it since the middle of the Lunar Chronicles or so...forgive me for not remembering the exact book. It took awhile for her to get the story to be just right since she was also thinking it might be a long series, then a trilogy, and then it was decided on a duology!

But to think the idea came from when she saw a construction sign that was saying what was coming soon, she thought it said Hero School at first and then the idea started to percolate! And here we are some odd years later, it was possibly 4 drafts or maybe 5? that finally created what we have in our hands today!

And since I now officially have an extra copy that I don't need for what I thought I might...I thought it would be nice to give it away here!! So gear up your mouses or finger taps for a giveaway...in 3...2...1
I have one SIGNED copy of Renegades to give to ONE lucky reader!! US addresses only but that does mean international peeps can use a US address for entry purposes if their person can get it to them at their convenience! So have at it! 

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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:

Tithe by Holly Black (4 stars)
Ironside by Holly Black (3.75 stars)

Currently Reading:

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert (ARC)

What I Hope to Read this Week:

Reign the Earth by A.C. Gaughen (ARC)

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.

This was a pretty quiet week bookwise, but that's okay too! I like quiet weeks because I get a chance to catch up on my TBR pile. Or so I like to tell myself! LOL!

Here's what I bought:

 Mistress of All Evil by Serena Valentino

Then for review from the publisher I received:

 Reign the Earth by A.C. Gaughen (ARC)

THANK YOU Bloomsbury!

Book Blogger Hop

This meme is hosted by Billy at Ramblings of a Coffee Addict
This week's question is:  If you had an author-only Thankgsgiving party, who would you invite? (submitted by Kristin @ Lukten av Trykksverte)
MY ANSWER: Ohh this is too hard! I'd want nearly everyone on my shelves there! But to start I will say:
Marianne Curley--because I am DYING to meet her! But she lives in Australia and that's pricey to get to, so since we're talking the gods of book magic making this dinner party possible, she's at the top of the list!

L.J. Smith--another author I've not met. I read The Forbidden Game as my first books of hers and LOVED it! Went on to LOVE The Vampire Diaries that SHE wrote! And still have to read the rest of the Night World books and Dark Visions

Maria V. Snyder--because she's one of my favorite authors and one I've met several times and am good friends with!

Gena Showalter--perhaps so I can beg, plead, cry, and beg some more for that Intertwined book 4! After dinner of course! 

J.K. Rowling--because I realized book magic of the gods at work here! She will be there at the head of the table!!

Jennifer L. Armentrout--because I love love love her books despite being so very very behind with them!

And I think I will leave it at that. I could go on all day with this post!

Random Thursday

We're getting very close to the end of That's a Fact Jack: A Collection of Utterly Useless Information [Updated] by Harry Bright and Jakob Anser. Less than 100 pages left! But don't worry! I have yet another little book of obscure and random facts! Plus we're still in the beginning of that Disney book too!

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"If the minimum wage had risen as fast as the top 1 percent of incomes over the past half century, the lowest-paid workers in the U.S. would earn close to $33.00 an hour."

All that's running through my mind is why didn't we do this?! Lol!

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"The word 'economics' is derived from the Greek oikos ('house') and nemein ('manage').

Anyone else miss this show? I loved the cartoons they showed on this show! Reminiscent of the Mickey Mouse Cartoons from eons ago!

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"There are more Subway sandwich shops in Manhattan (176) than there are actual subway stations (147).

That's weird! LOL!

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"Each floor of New York City's Twin Towers measured 208 feet by 208 feet--just 300 square feet shy of an acre. Each tower comprised 110 stories and had its own ZIP code."

This I did not know!! Dang that's big!

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"The observation deck at One World Trade Center, formerly known as the Freedom Tower, will sit 1,362 feet above the ground. A glass parapet will extend to 1,368 feet--the exact height of the original towers."

This event still shocks the heck out of me and I can still remember what I was doing when I heard about it. I was in science class and they came on the intercom to tell us what happened. I remember I was confused at first because kids were talking and I didn't catch it all. The gist of what I heard was a plane crash in NYC and I didn't understand why that was breaking news for St. Louis. Then the teachers pulled the TV out and it was like OH! That's when the shock really hit!

Review--Ironside by Holly Black

In the realm of faerie...

...the time has come for Roiben's coronation. Uneasy in the midst of the malevolent Unseelie Court, pixie Kaye is sure of only one thing - her love for Roiben. But when Kaye drunkenly declares herself to Roiben, he sends her on a seemingly impossible quest to find a faerie who can tell a lie.

Miserable and convinced she belongs nowhere, Kaye decides to tell her mother the truth - that she is a changeling left in place of the human daughter stolen long ago. Her mother's shock and horror sends Kaye back to the world of Faerie to find her human counterpart and return her to Ironside. But when Kaye returns to the faerie courts, a battle of wits and weapons is being waged over Roiben's throne, and she soon finds herself at the center of it all.

I quickly devoured Holly Black’s Ironside despite knowing I wouldn’t be meeting her this weekend! Once I started my re-read I had to see it through to this one! I skipped over the second book since I heard it was a completely different story with new characters! I mostly wanted to see what would happen with Roiben and Kaye and wow! It was pretty awesome!

So things pick up shortly after we left Tithe, it’s Christmastime, so two months have gone by. Roiben is adjusting to his new life as Unseelie King and Kaye, ready to tell him she loves him, actually finds herself in a different position. With his kingly status, it’s possible Kaye might not be fit to be with him, unless she goes on a quest and accomplishes an impossible task. The task given to her: find a faery that can tell an untruth. And as we all know, faeries can’t lie. Should be fun!

But Kaye’s quest is only the beginning…she’s knee deep into faery politics and the Seelie Queen, Silarial wants Roiben back on her side, to turn over the Unseelie kingdom to her, but Roiben doesn’t want to do this either. War is brewing between the faerie kingdoms. It’s going to be a bumpy ride!

Joining Kaye on her quest is Corny and a newcomer Luis who’s very verse in the ways of faerie despite being human himself. He’s not so much a friend to faeries either, but it makes him an easy ally for Corny and Kaye…or so they may think. Kaye also has the audacious task of finding the real Kaye, the human child that she replaced all those years ago. This is where bargains and betrayals step in.

While I did enjoy this one in part, I was a tad upset to see Kaye and Roiben separated once again. I didn’t expect much in the first book since they just met, but since they’ve sort of established themselves as a couple by its end, I was hoping for some together time. But alas, Kaye’s quest has conditions and one of them is that she cannot see or speak to Roiben until she has completed her quest. It was a bit of letdown in the romance area because there just wasn’t time for them to be together.

I also had thought that the mission to find the human Kaye would’ve taken more than just a mere talking to the Seelie Queen. It was over and done with before it ever really happened. Another minor letdown. But the journey Kaye, Corny, and Luis go does make for some excitement! So it wasn’t a total loss. Though the ending was another story. It wasn’t a bad ending. Not at all. It was just…maybe a little too open-ended? I mean we have ideas of where the characters will be going but even for them, nothing is really set in stone. Those kind of endings are nice in some respect, but sometimes I really just want to know! I felt like Roiben and Kaye’s relationship was still a little rocky and what was to happen between them? While I feel like we’re given a good idea of what will come to pass, it was given more as a suggestion, so here I’m thinking is THAT what happens? It’s definitely something that drives me crazy with series finales!

This was still an enjoyable read though. This is what I was reading (the first book at least) long before I knew what Paranormal YA was. I just knew that I liked vampires, ghosts, faeries, werewolves and the like! So these books will still hold a special place in my heart, but after reading a lot of other books over the years, I feel like something was missing just a bit in the execution of the finale. Perhaps if there was just a little bit more said on what our heroes would do now that everything is over, I would’ve been happier! Or thrown in a little more kissing and I would’ve be happier! Lol! Still an enjoyable read through it all though! Definitely excited for Holly’s next faery book though I am thinking it’s a new kind of faery instead of this one! Can’t wait either way!

Overall Rating 3.75/5 stars
—yup awakward rating time! It was good and enjoyable but falls just a niche short of very good!


Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly blog post by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights releases we're eagerly awaiting.

New York Times bestselling author Maureen Johnson weaves a delicate tale of murder and mystery in the first book of a striking new series, perfect for fans of Agatha Christie and E. Lockhart.
Ellingham Academy is a famous private school in Vermont for the brightest thinkers, inventors, and artists. It was founded by Albert Ellingham, an early twentieth century tycoon, who wanted to make a wonderful place full of riddles, twisting pathways, and gardens. “A place,” he said, “where learning is a game.”

Shortly after the school opened, his wife and daughter were kidnapped. The only real clue was a mocking riddle listing methods of murder, signed with the frightening pseudonym “Truly, Devious.” It became one of the great unsolved crimes of American history. 

True-crime aficionado Stevie Bell is set to begin her first year at Ellingham Academy, and she has an ambitious plan: She will solve this cold case. That is, she will solve the case when she gets a grip on her demanding new school life and her housemates: the inventor, the novelist, the actor, the artist, and the jokester. But something strange is happening. Truly Devious makes a surprise return, and death revisits Ellingham Academy. The past has crawled out of its grave. Someone has gotten away with murder. 

The two interwoven mysteries of this first book in the Truly Devious series dovetail brilliantly, and Stevie Bell will continue her relentless quest for the murderers in books two and three.

Sooooo excited for a new book by Maureen! Though I would've loved a finale to The Shadow Cabinet, I will happily accept a new book entirely! Seems longer than nearly 3 years since her last book!

TITLE: Truly Devious
AUTHOR: Maureen Johnson
PUBLISHER: HarperCollins
GENRE: Mystery YA
RELEASE DATE: January 16, 2018