Random Thursday

I always wonder where people learn the information that's in That's a Fact Jack: A Collection of Utterly Useless Information [Updated] by Harry Bright and Jakob Anser. It kind of reminds me of my youngest cousin who always seems to know some obscure fact about anything! It's like a Sheldon thing! LOL!


(image borrowed from Youtube)
"A fundamental characteristic of nanotechnology is that nanodevices--structures at a size scale below 100 nanometers--self-assemble."

Whoa! And I had to LOL at my own picture, as soon as I saw "nano", I was reminded of my old Nano Baby! Like a Tamagotchi, but different brand obviously and clearly you're taking care of a baby instead of a little alien dude!


(image borrowed from ScienceAlert)
"You can put out a fire with sound waves."
 
No. Way!
 
 
(image borrowed from Wikipedia)
"On March 15, 1985, Symbolic.com became the first registered Internet domain. Science-fiction writer William Gibson had coined the term 'cyberspace' in his novel Neuromancer only the year before."
 
Never did know what was the first website! 
 
 
(image borrowed from eBay)
"The first item sold on eBay (then called AuctionWeb) was a broken laser pointer that sold for $14--at the time, more than the cost of a new one."
 
Did some semi-famous scientist cough on it or something? LOL!
 
 
(image borrowed from Barbie-Mattel)
"Fifty Barbie dolls are sol on eBay every hour."
 
Seriously?! That's insane! LOL!
 
 
(image borrowed from If it's Hip. It's Here)
"The Canturi Barbie is the most expensive Barbie ever made. Featuring a pink diamond necklace and a sleeveless black dress, the Canturi Barbie sold at auction for $302,500." 
 
I don't think this is the Barbie the book was talking about, but then again maybe it is? Not really sure, but from browsing the pics I learned that her diamond necklace is real! Which makes sense due to that price! Holy cow that's a lot!
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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.
 
 
After battling a sleeping sickness, The Diviners are up against a group of new and malevolent foes--ghosts! Out in Ward's Island sits a mental hospital full of lost souls from people long forgotten. Ghosts who have unusual and dangerous ties to the Man in the Stovepipe Hat also known as the King of Crows.

With terrible accounts of murder and possession flooding in from all over New York City, the Diviners must band together and brave the ghosts haunting the asylum to bring down the King of Crows.
  
 
 
 
 
 

GASP! It's nearly here and I STILL need to read the second book! And it's soo deliciously long! Not sure when I will get to it!


AUTHOR: Libba Bray
PUBLISHER: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
GENRE: Paranormal YA
RELEASE DATE: October 3, 2017




Early Review--The Hunt by Chloe Neill

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Chicagoland Vampires Novels--the hunter becomes the hunted in a New Orleans devastated by a Paranormal war....
When bounty hunter Liam Quinn discovered that Claire Connolly was a Sensitive and infected with magic, he should have turned her in to be locked up in the prison district known as Devil's Isle. Instead, he helped her learn to control her power and introduced her to an underground group of Paranormals and humans who know the truth about the war and those who fought it. 


Now the weight of Liam's own secrets has forced him into hiding. When a government agent is killed and Claire discovers that Liam is the prime suspect, she races to find him before the government can. But she'll discover proving his innocence is no simple matter. Their enemies are drawing closer, and time is running out....



I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a voluntary and honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.

The Hunt is the latest action filled installment that continues Chloe Neill’s newest series, Devil’s Isle, in a magic ridden New Orleans. For years there have been strives with paranormals and “normals”, with magic basically being banned everywhere.

Despite Claire’s efforts in helping Containment out a few weeks ago, she’s being hunted for possessing magic, through no fault of her own. Meanwhile, Liam has been AWOL due to his own encounter of gaining magic. When there’s a recent murder of a Containment agent, all signs point to Liam as the murderer, though Claire and her friends know that he couldn’t possibly have done it.

Claire will have to go find Liam to see if he had ideas on who would want to frame him, but she’s still a little sore at him for leaving. Naturally, things turn out be way bigger than just a random murder of a Containment agent. We gain a little more insight to Claire’s past within this one, which is always great for character development.

I felt like the mystery in this one was done fairly well, but I kind of missed when the murder mystery took a backseat. Suddenly, there doesn’t seem to be a concern in finding out who killed the Containment agent and the focus shifts to our next Big Bad. I’m not sure if we were meant to infer who the true killer was or if I totally just missed the reveal. I was reading this during some stressful days last week and into this week, so it’s a possibility! But we do realize that this murder is really only a stepping stone into the Big Bad news.

The characters of this world continue to amaze me! They are all so fleshed out and given such depth! I love Claire and her strong-willed determination to find Liam and do what’s right by her friends. I love Liam for his strength and desire to keep Claire safe at all costs. I love Gavin for his wit and charm. Then there’s Moses…who’s just 100% Moses! Everyone in here has wonderful qualities to them that make them for entertaining reading material!

While I wouldn’t say this one was quite action packed, I can say that it was still tension packed and a pretty well paced book! There’s more tension and discovery in this one as we first search for Liam and then onto the true murderer and then there’s the whole discovery of the other Big Bad. Tension is rife in this one! It does make the pacing a little slower, but honestly, I didn’t mind it at all since the characters make it worth it in the end!

We get just the tiniest bit of romance in this one! I remember rooting for Claire and Liam since the get-go, but alas, struggle to remember their vibes from the previous book. In this one things are definitely tense and intense between them. They still have their issues to work through, but that seems almost normal with any couple!

The ending to this one was quite the shocker! Despite being bombarded with other shocks throughout this book, the ending was definitely one that lends your jaw to drop! I’ll be eagerly awaiting the next installment of the series because I can tell things are far from over at this point!

The Hunt was yet another example of why I love Urban Fantasy so much! Factoring in Chloe’s generous sense of humor, kickbutt action, an intense romance, and of course paranormal intrigue, you have the makings of a perfectly GREAT read!


Overall Rating 4.5/5 stars

 

The Hunt releases September 26, 2017





 

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.


So to set this scene up a bit, Nemesis and Tyrus are discussing Tyrus ingesting poisons a little at a time to build an immunity. ;)


"I glanced down at his schedule for today. A psychedelic. 'Are you hallucinating as we speak?'

'Not much...apart from your antlers,' he noted." p 52*


*Quote comes from the eARC, therefore it and its page number are NOT final. 










TITLE: The Empress
AUTHOR: S.J. Kincaid
PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
GENRE: Sci-Fi YA
RELEASE DATE: October 31, 2017




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 on my Fall TBR List


*in no particular order
**this will be a mishmash of actual TBR books and some new releases that come out shortly!


10. THE MAY QUEEN MURDERS by Sarah Jude--the TBR jar has decided my next and first spooky read of the season shall be this one! She's a semi-local author I met last year and I still need to read her debut!
9. THE TELLING by Alexandra Sirowy--I still need to read this one too! I liked her first book, felt kind of meh over her latest, so I am hoping this one will be creepy enough for me!
8. THE DEAD LIST by Jennifer L. Armentrout--still can't believe I haven't read it yet! So upset with myself! There should be no JLA books in my TBR pile! They should already be read! LOL!


7. THE COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN by Holly Black--I randomly selected this one from my "spooky" reads TBR jar! 
6. THE SANDCASTLE EMPIRE by Kayla Olson--another randomly selected one! I think this one is more thriller than scary, but that can still be scary! LOL!
5. THE MERCILESS II by Danielle Vega--STILL need to read this one and obviously the third one too!


4. RELIC by Grecthen McNeil--still need to read this one too! It's on my kindle...somewhere...though I'm also forgetting which kindle, old or new! LOL!
3. THERE'S SOMEONE INSIDE YOUR HOUSE by Stephanie Perkins--despite one early review leading me to believe that this one might not be as thrilling or creepy, I still want to give it a go! Cover still kind of gives me a little chill at least! LOL!
2. THE LANGUAGE OF THORNS by Leigh Bardugo--so maybe not a completely creepy or chilling read, but they are fairy tales from Leigh's Grishaverse! And we all know that fairy tales can be rather dark, so I still suspect this will be a very fine Fall read indeed!


1. HUNTING PRINCE DRACULA by Kerri Maniscalco--this very well might upset my reading queue's balance! Total chaos will reign...and yet I don't care because I MUST MUST MUST read this asap!!











ARC Review--Of Flame and Fate by Cecy Robson

Taran Wird, who commands the power to wield fire and lightning, is an oddity in the supernatural world. But neither Taran nor her unique sisters compare to the bizarre entity known as Destiny. And Taran is assigned to protect her.

Born of two witches, Destiny is revered among the supernatural elite for her acute ability to predict the future. Her biggest prophecy involves Taran’s sister, Celia, whom Destiny decreed will bear children strong enough to take on the evil that’s rising. Yet Destiny is not alone in her predictions, or individuality.

When Johnny Fate, a rock star among humans and a male version of Destiny is discovered, his powers and Destiny’s clash, triggering the start of Destiny’s demise and altering the fate of Celia’s unborn children.

Taran, her werewolf lover Gemini, and their allies must determine if it’s Fate who will decide what will become of Celia’s children, or if their lives and the world will perish with Destiny.




I received this ARC from Caffeinated Services in exchange for an honest and voluntary review. I was in no way compensated for this review.


Taran is back in style in Cecy Robson’s Of Flame and Fate! The Weird Girls continues the story with the future of all paranormal kind resting on the shoulders of Celia’s children. Taran charges herself of helping to protect her sister and is also out to protect Destiny, who is the one who can See Celia’s children’s future.

Things get kind of thrown through a loop when suddenly Fate makes an appearance into the exosphere. Johnny Fate is a young musician trying to make a name for himself, but when he and Destiny collide, things happen! Nothing good comes from this as Destiny suddenly becomes very ill. Things then get very dicey as a lot hangs on Destiny so they can know what’s in store for Celia and her children. If Destiny dies, things might change and at the moment, change isn’t a good thing.

Worried that something might happen to Johnny as well, Taran decides to protect him while Destiny is being looked after. Johnny’s powers as Fate are a little unclear but protecting him is vital. And this is where the vampires and Misha come in! Misha has his own set of things happening as well, but those details are very clear just yet. Perhaps in the next book or so we might see more expanding on that.

I’ve pretty much loves this series since it began with Celia and her journey/story. And I love that she and Aric are still involved even though this is Taran’s turn to shine! Though I will say I am DYING for Emme to take the spotlight! Ever since that THING happened in Of Flame and Light I have been wanting to know more! Thankfully Taran does notice little details and we get a few more teases, but I’m really anxious to see more from it! I guess since Emme’s the little sister and I’m the younger sister, I feel a connection to her! Plus everything that’s happened in her cycle of things in romance makes me ache for her! Hence the reason why I NEED her book asap!!

But back to Taran, because she was always a favorite as well because of her fiery attitude (no pun intended…okay, a little intended!)! I’ve loved watching Taran grow as well! She and Gemini have worked out the bulk of their issues and now it seems they have the usual couple issues that tend to pop up regarding futures, safety and the like! I love that Taran still remains the strong and independent young woman that she’s been since the beginning!

The story starts off at a slightly slower pace, we’re thrust in the middle of an adventure that Taran is on and it was a smidge discombobulating at first. As it can be when you’re returning to a series after a year and lot of books in between since you last joined the characters. After that initial disorientation things get on track to the story at large and then things are smooth sailing! I’d say pacing wise at this point was spot on. It’s not all action packed and fast paced, but truly a perfect rate where we have moments of action, tension builders, romantic interludes and other story-building moments! Cecy’s got pacing down to an art!

The ending to this one was pretty exciting too! Nothing too cliffhangery. More like OMG moments and you’re just ready for the next Weird Girls book to come! Hopefully maybe with Emme at the helm, unless we still have one more Taran book! I can’t remember what Cecy said was going to happen in that realm of things! But anyway, The Weird Girls series is definitely one fans of Urban Fantasy should check out! It’s what I’d likely consider classic UF as you have an incredible plot coupled with romance! Plus, since this is Taran we’re talking about, you can bet on there being more than a few laughs! Of Flame and Fate was yet another amazingly GREAT read by Cecy Robson!


Overall Rating 4.5/5 stars


Of Flame and Fate releases September 26, 2018 





 

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:

The Hunt by Chloe Neill (Early Copy)--Review to come later this week!
The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid (3.5 stars)


Review That Was Posted:

A Poison Dark and Drowning by Jessica Cluess (ARC) (4 stars)


Currently Reading:

The Empress by S.J. Kincaid (ARC)


What I Plan to Read this Week...unless I get sidetracked and choose another:

The May Queen Murders by Sarah Jude


Other Posts of Interest: 

Remembering 9/11
Teaser & Top Ten Tuesdays
Do You Have Too Many Books to Read?
Waiting on Wednesday
Meeting My Favorite Authors
Random Thursday
Book Blogger Hop
Stacking the Shelves





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.


So this was a better week. Though it did take FOOOOOREVVVVVVVVVERRRRRRR to get my copy of Warcross. It got lost and Amazon made me wait 2 extra days before declaring it "lost". Then I had to wait another 2 days to get it. Yes, I did read it already, but I was a little aggravated that Amazon had to wait soooooo long to declare it lost when it was clearly LOST! The tracking even said it was miss-sorted and given a new tracking number. What that number was they never told me, because obviously, they didn't know. They didn't handle the situation well at all. But at least I got my book in release week in the end.

So here's what I ended up buying:

Warcross by Marie Lu
Fireblood by Elly Blake
Fireblood by Elly Blake--UK copy because I'm a geek and love them both!
Scooby Apocalypse #17 by Keith Giffen & J.M. DeMatteis


Then in a lovely trade I received:

 Follow Me Back by A.V. Geiger


THANK YOU Danielle!!


I also got my Owl Crate box, sadly I was spoiled again about its contents. But there it is! I'll post the contents here at the end of the month/early October!







That was it for bookish acquirements this week! What did you all get? 



 

Book Blogger Hop

This meme is hosted by Billy at Ramblings of a Coffee Addict
 
 
This week's question is: Have you ever bought a more expensive edition of a book, when a cheaper edition was available, just because you preferred the cover of the more expensive one? (submitted by Maria @ A Night's Dream of Books)
 
 
MY ANSWER: Yes! As to what...uh...I can't think of it at the moment! But basically I buy it if there's extras in it that's exclusive to a specific store. Like I bought the Books-a-Million edition of A Court of Wings and Ruin even though I had to order online and pay for shipping and received zero discounts on it. I also preordered the exclusive edition of Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, I loved Red Queen and I really really need to read the next two books already! Lol! So I already own Red Queen, yet I am buying this special edition of it! 

So yes, I totally do this if it's a book/author I already know I LOVE and need to have ALL the PRETTIES available to me! LOL!






Review--The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid

A Diabolic is ruthless. A Diabolic is powerful. A Diabolic has a single task: Kill in order to protect the person you’ve been created for. Nothing else.

For Nemesis, that person is Sidonia, heir to the galactic Senate. The two grew up side by side, and there’s no one Nemesis wouldn’t kill to keep her safe. But when the power-mad Emperor summons Sidonia to the Imperial Court as a hostage, there is only one way for Nemesis to protect Sidonia.

She must become her.

Now one of the galaxy’s most dangerous weapons is masquerading in a world of corrupt politicians and two-faced Senators’ children, and Nemesis must find within herself the one thing she’s been told she doesn’t have—humanity. With the Empire beginning to fracture and rebellion looming, that could be the one thing that saves her and the Empire itself.
 


I finally decided to give S.J. Kincaid’s The Diabolic a read after hearing rave reviews over it the past few months. And I must say I was quite surprised and delighted by what I found, and also a little puzzled, but more on that in a bit. The Diabolic was definitely not my usual kind of read but it was still entertaining and enjoyable!

For a long time now, Nemesis has been Sidonia’s Diabolic. She is the one who will protect Sidonia at all costs, even if it means her life. Without words, you could say Nemesis considers Sidonia her friend, even though Diabolics are without feeling or capable of it. But when Sidonia’s life is put on the line, Nemesis is willing to step up to the plate and go in her place. Due to political intrigue and Sidonia’s father going against the current emperor, the emperor has demanded that Sidonia come to his “palace”—really more of a spaceship, but I digress. Not wanting their only daughter be sentenced to die, they send Nemesis instead, after a few appearance modifications.

Instead of death, Nemesis finds that the emperor has other plans for her and several other heirs of the ruling nearby territories. This is in part is where things started to get a little muddied for me. The political mechanisms were a little hard to grasp. I’ve never been one for politics, so having it play such a deeply seeded role in this story already was working against me. I managed through it for the most part. I think what was hardest for me to grasp were all the names and terms used for titles. A glossary or index of sorts would’ve been most helpful in order to explain what these terms meant. Granted, there was some explanation as you go along, but it’s just assumed you’ll grasp what these terms are to mean in the long run and this made for a bit of a stifled reading.

But anyway, it’s not long before Nemesis realizes the emperor is not a good man. And his nephew, Tyrus, the one everyone believes is a bit crazy is actually one of the saner ones in the bunch. He concocts a plan where he will need Nemesis’ help in overthrowing his uncle from the throne, since he is next in line anyway. And soon things get even more intense as the political schemes ante up!

I’ve always had the tendency to struggle with space age type reads since they tend to be futuristic and that just opens up a whole new world to learn about. Like with the new vocab and having no idea what these words truly mean. I’m one of those readers who wants to know the details. I would gladly go back and forth with a glossary or such just so I can fully understand what I am reading. But since none was present, I do what I do best and carry on through the pages.

It was interesting watching Nemesis’ character develop. She’s a Diabolic, sort of like an android, she’s supposed to be incapable of feelings and other human emotions and yet, we start to see a change in her. Sure, we still see her dangerous side. Even she admits to having blood on her hands. But we see her start to gain more human like traits in terms of feelings and such. It was quite poetic in a way.

And yes, there’s romance! Naturally, any couple pretending to be a couple will end up falling for one another. I wasn’t sure of Tyrus’ character at first, he has the air of being a stuck-up rich boy use to getting what he wants and his “crazy” like tendencies almost just seemed like a scream for attention, but he ends up being so much more than that. Both he and Nemesis were very deep characters, so I was quite swept up with the feelings that were going around.

While it may not have been the easiest read for me, The Diabolic ended up being quite enjoyable. I can easily love any book as long as I can love the characters. If I can’t care about them, or at least one of them, I can’t find enjoyment within the story. And while some of the world-building in this one did present a struggle, I was immediately attached to these remarkable characters! And I was quite delighted to see that there was no cliffhanger in this one. True, we now know this is a trilogy in the making, but I was still thrilled to see a perfectly satisfying ending that leaves you wondering what could be in store next for our beloved characters. The Diabolic was definitely an intriguing read with the most memorable sort of characters, I can’t wait to see what will happen next! Now onto The Empress!


Overall Rating 3.5/5 stars—Remember for me, a 3 means it was a GOOD read! Pay no attention to Amazon’s meaning for a 3 star read. This one was just short of really good for me!





Random Thursday

What totally obscure and intriguing facts will we learn to day with That's a Fact Jack: A Collection of Utterly Useless Information [Updated] by Harry Bright and Jakob Anser? Only one way to find out!


(image borrowed from WebMD.com)
 "There are more living organisms on the skin of a single human being than there are human beings on the Earth's entire surface. An average adult's skin has a surface area of 16 to 22 square feet, each square inch of which houses nearly 20 million microorganisms."

Whoa.


(image borrowed from Red Bubble)

"Like snowflakes or fingerprints, the bacterial profile in your belly button is unique."

That's truly weird! LOL!



(image borrowed from Barbie.com)
"The average person grows about 138 feet of hair every day."

Whaaaat?! And I totally had this Barbie doll as a kid!! LOL! 



(image borrowed from Live Science)
"Skin is the body's largest organ. An average adult's skin weighs eight to ten pounds, making it two to three times as heavy as the brain."

That's really weird!!



(image borrowed from The Australian Carob Company)
"The carat, standard unit of measurement for gemstones, was originally based on the weight of the carob seed."

That's hilarious and intriguing!! LOL!