Saturday, November 3, 2018

Graphic Novel Review of Watersnakes by Antonio Sandoval

Read for: Netgalley/ Requested Review/ Graphic Novel Challenge

Synopsis: "Mila is a solitary teenager ready to put another boring summer vacation behind her until she meets Agnes, an adventurous girl who turns out to be a ghost. And not just a regular ghost, but one carrying the essence of an ancient fallen king and a mouth full of teeth that used to be his guardian warriors.    Three-time Eisner Award–nominated writer/artist Tony Sandoval presents a wondrous world of secret places and dreamlike magic hidden in the everyday corners of our sleeping imagination."

My Review:  Upon seeing this cover art, I was getting Viking Valkyrie vibes and really wanted to read it. The artwork throughout this book is absolutely stunning, a soft watercolor look with wispy style, it really added to otherworldly tone of the story. It starts off with a familiar setting, lonely girl discovers a friend, but no-one else can see the friend. Then things really take a turn for the weird and not much makes sense until the end. Even then things are a still left unexplained. I also don't understand the weird obsession with and the roll teeth played in the story. This one really needed to be a multiple volume story to allow for more development. Luckily, the artwork does save the ratings.

My Rating: As much as I wanted to love this one, and I certainly did love the art, it just fell short for me. It was just too abstract of a story to really fit into this short format.  I give it a rating of Two Paws.

I received a copy of Watersnakes via Netgalley under no obligation. The above is my honest unbiased opinion.

You can find out more about Antonio Sandoval (Tony Sandoval) on his Goodreads Page or Website.

Watersnakes will be released on November 20th, but you can pre-order a print copy on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.  Or on release day check your local comic book store and take a flip through and see if it is for you.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Early Reader Bedtime Story: Pete the Cat Goes Camping by James Dean

Read for: Early Reader Challenge

Synopsis: "In Pete the Cat Goes Camping, Pete can't wait to go hiking, fishing, and eat s'mores by the campfire. But when he hears about the mysterious creature named Bigfoot, Pete can't help but wonder: Is Bigfoot real?

Pete the Cat Goes Camping is a Level 1 I Can Read book, which means it's perfect for shared reading with a child."

My Review: Munchkin loves the Pete the Cat books and having just gone on his first camping trip, was excited to read this one. It was a fun book, though I am glad we read it before going camping or he might have been a little scared of Bigfoot. It did capture a lot of the fun moments for kids while camping, including hikes, stories by the fire and of course s'mores. Munchkin really enjoyed it and likes that he is able to read these Pete the Cat books all by himself.

My Rating: This was a fun book as are all the Pete the Cat books, and Munchkin absolutely loves being able to read these completely on his own.  We give it a rating of Four Paws!

Good Night! Sweet Dreams!

Thursday, November 1, 2018

October 2018 Challenge Update & November TBR

We have 60 days left in the year!!! Yikes! I am so not ready for that yet! There are so many books still sitting on my TBR shelves from the beginning of the year.I have to realize that I am just not going to get to all of them :(  But the good news is that I am making really good progress on my challenges! So I challenged myself last month to have less than 50 books remaining on my recently added list (not including the books already planned for next year) and I didn't quite make it, after marking the books I am planning for next year, I am down to 55 books. I think what I will do is early in November, I will do another Try a Chapter challenge for the books I have traded for and see if I am actually going to read them or not (7 books) and the ARCs I received at BTAF (3 books) and that will cut down further on that list.

Children's Book Challenge: COMPLETE
30 - 40 books
45. You Don't Want a Unicorn

Early Reader Challenge: COMPLETE
30-40 books

Graphic Novel Challenge: COMPLETE
23-28 books

Audio Book Challenge: COMPLETE
28-32 books

Classics Challenge: COMPLETE
5 books (1 re-read)

Series Challenge: COMPLETE
4 full series & 6 duologies
Memoirs of Lady Trent Series (5 books & 1 novella): Book 1Book 2Book 3Book 3.5Book 4Book 5 - COMPLETE
Butler VT/Green Mountain Series (9 books & 2 novellas): (Books 1-3 read in 2017) Book 4Book 4.5Book 5Book 6Book 7Book 8 Book 9 - COMPLETE (currently through 2018)
Nevernight Chronicles (2 books so far): Book 1Book 2, - COMPLETE (currently through 2018)
Winternight Trilogy (3 books): Book 1Book 2 - COMPLETE (currently through 2018)
Ree Verakai Duology (2 books): Book 1Book 2 - COMPLETE
Kingdom of Wrenly (13 books so far): Book 1Book 2Book 3Book 4Book 5Book 6Book 7Book 8Book 9Book 10Book 11Book 12Book 13 - COMPLETE (currently)
Compass Boys Series (4 Books): Book 1Book 2Book 3
Daughter of the Pirate King ( 2 Books): Book 1Book 2 - COMPLETE
Six of Crows (2 Books): Book 1Book 2 - COMPLETE
Mask of Shadows (2 Books): Book 1Book 2 - COMPLETE
Sin du Jour Series (7 books & 1 novella): Book 1Book 2Book 1.5Book 3Book 4Book 5Book 6Book 7 - COMPLETE
Wayward Children Series (3 books currently): Book 1Book 2Book 3 - COMPLETE (through 2018)
Girl from Everywhere Duology (2 books): Book 1Book 2 - COMPLETE
High Seas & High Stakes (2 books): Bind Up - COMPLETE
Assassin's Curse Series (2 books): Book 1Book 2 - COMPLETE
The Conqueror's Saga (3 books) - Book 1Book 2Book 3 - COMPLETE
Stalking Jack the Ripper Series (3 books currently) - Book 1,  Book 2Book 3 - COMPLETE (through 2018)
The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein (2 Books) - Book 1Book 2 - COMPLETE

Requested Reviews:
No more than 25
28. Mutts and Mistletoe (DNF)
30. Snowhook
32. The Winter Riddle

TBR Challenge:
50-75 books that I already own as of 12/31/2017

Books Added to Shelves in 2018:
As I read the books I purchase this year I will add a link (I will also note the month they were purchased/ read)
1. Plague of Giants (Jan./April)
2. Moonsilver (Jan./ Jan.)
3. Silver Thread (Jan./Jan.)
4. The Silver Bracelet (Jan./ Jan.)
5. Mountains of the Moon (Jan./ Feb.)
6. Practical Magic (Jan./ Oct.) *
7. I Love My Love (Jan./ Feb.)
8. The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry (Jan./ Feb.)
9. Gods of the North (Jan./March)
10. We Have Always Lived in a Castle (Jan./Sept.) *
11. Life Changing Manga of Cleaning Up (Jan./Jan.)
12. Heart on Fire (Jan./ Jan.)
13.To the Sky Kingdom (Feb./ )
14. Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage (Feb./Feb )
15. Letters from Wolfie (Feb./March )
16. Ketchup Clouds (Feb./Oct)
17. Dead Man's Walk (Feb./ ) - 2019 Series
18. Luck Love and Lemon Pie (Feb./ ) UNHAUL
19. Beartown (Feb./ )
20. The Coincidence of Coconut Cake (Feb./ Feb.)
21. Listen, Slowly (Feb./March) - DNF
22. Ravenous (Feb./ ) - UNHAUL
23. Monstrous (Feb./March )
24. The Astounding Broccoli Boy (Feb./March )
25. Terrier (Feb./ ) - 2019 series
26. Lonesome Dove (Feb./ ) - 2019 series
27. As Brave as You (Feb./ March )
28. Smuggler's Run (Feb./Feb. )
29. The Lost Stone (Feb./March )
30. The Scarlet Dragon (Feb./ March)
31. Sea Monster (Feb./March )
32. Daughter of the Pirate King (Feb./May )
33. The Wolves of Winter (Feb./ May )
34. Heaven on Earth (Feb./ Feb. )
35. Into the Fire (Feb./ March)
36. Still Waters (Feb./April )
37. Red Sister (March/March)
38. Reflections of Yesterday (March/)
39. Sleeping Giants (March/May)
40. Heir to the Jedi (March/April)
41. Jedi Search (March/)
42. Heart of Iron (March/April)
43. Here Comes the Sun (March/April)
44. Hermes: Tales of the Trickster (March/ March)
45. The Witches Curse (March/March)
46. Emma's Dream (March/May)
47. Eko (March/June)
48. Star Wars: Moving Target (March/May)
49. Caging Merrow (March/) - 2019 series
50. The Fifth Season (March/) - 2019 series
51. His Dark Endeavor (March/ Oct.)
52. The Traveling Cat Chronicles (March/July)
53. Greedy Pigs (March/ July)
54. Lustlocked (March/June)
55. Black Powder War (March/) - 2019 series
56. Throne of Jade (March/) - 2019 series
57. The Scandalous Mackenzies (March/) - 2019 series
58. The Stolen Mackenzie Bride (March/) - 2019 series
59. The Wicked Deeds of Daniel Mackenzie (March/) - 2019 series
60. Lady Castle (March/May)
61. Frankenstein Alive, Alive #4 (March/ Sept)
62. Frankenstein Alive Alive Trio (March/ Sept.)
63. Long Walk to Valhalla (March/April)
64. Hard to Serve (March/)
65. Mastering Her Senses (March/)
66. Theirs to Take (March/)
67. The Sapphire Affair (March/May)
68. The Joy of Less (April/May)
69. Nightblade's Vengeance (April/)
70. Circe (April/ May)
71. Tomorrowland (April/)
72. The Wolf (April/)
73. My Lady's Choosing (April/)
74. Sweet Dreams, Sweet Death (April/May)
75. Sky in the Deep (April/April)
76. Beyond the Darkened Shore (April/)
77. Defiant Heir (April/)
78. True North (May/)
79. The Sorting Room (May/ )
80. Lost Stars (May/ )
81. Down Among the Sticks and Bones (May/July)
82. Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day (May/August)
83. Frankenstein Dreams (May/)
84. The Belgaraid (May/)
85. The Rhode Island Short Story Club presents The Club (May/June) *
86. Death Sworn (May/)
87. Sherlock Holmes and the Army of Dr. Moreau (May/)
88. A Court of Frost and Starlight (May/May)
89. Prince of Persia (May/July)
90. Zenith (May/ )
91. In the Heart of the Sea (May/ )
92. The Queen of Sorrow (May/ )
93. I Capture the Castle (May/ June)
94. Cruel Prince (May/)
95. Onyx & Ivory (May/) Unhaul
96. Princesses Behaving Badly (May/)
97. Fight for Everything (May/)
98. Catching Stars (May/) Unhaul
99. Light as Air (May/)
100. Marriage Arrangement (May/May)
101. Furyborn (May/)
102. Sweet Tea & Sympathy (May/)
103. Half Drowned King (May/) - 2019 series
104. A Reaper at the Gates (June/June)
105. The Orphan Queen (June/ )
106. The Mirror King (June/ )
107. The Thief (June/ ) - 2019 series
108. The Queen of Attolia (June/ ) - 2019 series
109. King of Attolia (June/ ) - 2019 series
110. A Conspiracy of Kings(June/ ) - 2019 series
111. Pride's Spell(June/June)
112. Idle Ingredients(June/June)
113. Guardian of Whills(June/Sept. )
114. Such Wicked Intent(June/Oct )
115. The Girl From Everywhere(June/July )
116. The Ship Beyond Time(June/July )
117. And I Darken(June/August)
118. Frostbite(June/Oct. )
119. The Assassin's Curse(June/August)
120. The Pirate's Wish(June/August)
121. Pirateology(June/July)
122. Polly and the Pirates: Vol. 1(June/July )
123. Memoirs of Elizabeth Frankenstein(June/ )
124. Every Heart a Doorway(June/ July)
125. The Tiger's Daughter (July/July)
126. Grace & Fury(July/July) 
127. LifeL1k3(July/) Unhaul
128. Sweet Black Waves(July/) Unhaul
129. The Bird and the Blade(July/)
130. The Slow Regard of Silent Things(July/) - 2019 series
131. The False Fairy(July/July) 
132. The Sorcerer's Shadow(July/July) 
133. The Thirteenth Knight(July/July) 
134. Waking Gods(July/Sept.)
135. Alone(July/July) 
136. You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone(July/) DNF
137. Now I Rise (July/Sept. )
138. Gunslinger Girl (July/)
139. The Pirate (August/August)
140. Unhooked (August/)
141. Bob (August/ Sept.)
142. George (August/Sept)
143. These Rebel Waves (August/) Unhaul
144. All Systems Red (August/)
145. Uprooted (August/)
146. Spinning Silver (August/)
147. Ruin of Stars (August/Oct.)
148. Peace Like a River (Sept./)
149. Lies of Locke Lamora (Sept./) - 2019 series
150. Red Seas Under Red Skies (Sept./) - 2019 series
151. Assassin's Gambit (Sept./)
152. Refugee (Sept./)
153. And The Ocean Was Our Sky (Sept./ Sept.)
154. Bright We Burn (Sept./ Sept.)
155. Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Sept./)
156. Isle of Blood and Stone (Sept./)
157. Heretics Anonymous (Sept./Oct.) *
158. None of the Above (Sept./)
159. Words We Don't Say (Sept./)
160. The Light Between Worlds (Sept./)
161. Misty Inn Collection Books 1-4 (Sept./)
162. Adventures of Laura and Jack (Sept./Oct)
163. Rocky Mountain Cowboy Christmas (Sept./ Sept.)
164. The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein (Sept/ Sept.)
165. Escaping from Houdini (Sept/Oct.)
166. Not Even Bones (Sept./)
167. Fierce Fairytales (Sept./Oct.)
168. May B. (Oct/)
169. Home of the Brave (Oct/)
170. The Dogs of Christmas (Oct/Oct.)
171. The Christmas Light (Oct/)
172. Young Scrooge (Oct/Oct.)
173. Phoenix Empress (Oct/)
174 Royals (Oct/)
175. Boneless Mercies (Oct/)
176. Kill the Farm Boy (Oct/)

March Reading Stats:
I read a total of 25 books this month
3,182 pages read and 2 days, 22 hours and 14 minutes of listening

Resolutions Check in:
1. Read Less Books: I didn't keep count last October but judging by a quick count on the wrap up I did actually read less this month. - CHECK
2. Be More aware while reading: I did mark quite a few pages and lines in all the Frankenstein adaptations this month- CHECK
3. Read More Chunky Books (12 books over 450 pages in 2018): I didn't quite get there this month, I had several over 400 pages but none over 450.
4. Use Library & Overdrive more: I failed at this in October but only because of the waitlist lengths, I have several books on hold but it looks like it will be in November or possibly December until I get them (and this is why my bookshelves are out of control, I don't have the patience)
5. Purge & Re-organize shelves: I did unhaul a couple of books and traded a couple as well. I have started my new pile of books to go to the Library. - CHECK


Yikes, only 2 more TBRs this year!! This month I really need to focus on my Advent Reads books (believe it or not it is a lot of work to post a book every day in December leading up to Christmas) and I also want to focus on getting that Recently Added list down. Last month I wanted it down to 50, and this month I think a good number to shoot for is 40 or less, this isn't allowing for me to purchase many books but I should be anyway since Christmas is coming.  I am also really behind on my requested reviews so I need to get on that, I hate to leave people hanging. So here are the books on this month's TBR . . .
What challenges are you scrambling to finish this year? Is there any one book that you had on your TBR in January that you still want to read this year?

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Review of The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White & Giveaway

Read for: Recently Added

Synopsis: "Elizabeth Lavenza hasn't had a proper meal in weeks. Her thin arms are covered with bruises from her "caregiver," and she is on the verge of being thrown into the streets . . . until she is brought to the home of Victor Frankenstein, an unsmiling, solitary boy who has everything--except a friend.

Victor is her escape from misery. Elizabeth does everything she can to make herself indispensable--and it works. She is taken in by the Frankenstein family and rewarded with a warm bed, delicious food, and dresses of the finest silk. Soon she and Victor are inseparable.

But her new life comes at a price. As the years pass, Elizabeth's survival depends on managing Victor's dangerous temper and entertaining his every whim, no matter how depraved. Behind her blue eyes and sweet smile lies the calculating heart of a girl determined to stay alive no matter the cost . . . as the world she knows is consumed by darkness."

My Review: With my love of Frankenstein, this book obviously became one of my most anticipated releases of the year. I found it really intriguing what White did with the minor side character of the original story, she created a character that is very complex and fully developed. Being familiar with the original story I had a pretty good idea where Elizabeth's story would lead, but Kiersten White threw us a really fantastic twist to the story. She really manage to capture the same dark tone of the story, even though we have such a different perspective. I spent the first half of the book really missing the creature though as he was my favorite part of the original book, but he was integrated into the story in the later half in a spectacular way. Definitely pick this book up, it might start a little slow for some readers (especially if you haven't read or are not a fan of Frankenstein) but it is worth hanging in to the end!

My Rating: I often wonder if any adaptation or re-telling can come close to an original story, but while this doesn't rank quite as high as Frankenstein as a retelling, it definitely has a very strong standing on its own.  I thoroughly enjoyed all the various twists that White integrated, creating a new viewpoint and story.  I give it a rating of Four Paws!!

You never really know what to expect with retelling and adaptations of your favorite book but I am so happy to say this one blew me away and I am excited for others to enjoy it and be able to chat with me about it.   So, I am going to give you a chance to win your own hardcover copy with a signed book plate!

Of course the same rules as before:
~You must be 16 or older to enter 
~This giveaway is for my followers, as a thank you for sticking with me over the years, or joining me now, I, of course welcome new followers!
~Enter the giveaway via the below Rafflecopter methods (I will be checking the required items and if you are not a follower as required, your entry is void, I have had too many entries in the past looking for quick handouts and not actually interacting with my blog).
 ~Open internationally but the winner is responsible for any extra customs fees that your country may add on.
~Giveaway ends midnight on the November 6th winners will be selected the next day (I will be contacting you via email)

This is my final giveaway for my month long blogoversary celebration.  I hope you enjoyed it and thank you for all of the new followers, I hope you will stick around for a while as I post several times a week and have the upcoming Advent Reads in December full of holiday books for you!

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Series Review of The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein by Kenneth Oppel

I have been trying to figure out a way to share all these books I read with you but still include other non-review posts on the blog.  One method I have come up with was to share the reviews for an entire series (or pair) of books in one post.  I will do my absolute best to keep spoilers out of these posts in case you plan to read the books, but there is a slight chance that even the synopsis of a book can give away the result of the previous book. So if you don't want to know anything at all about the later books in a series that might giveaway something in the first book STOP READING NOW!

I have really been enjoying adaptations and re-tellings of Frankenstein this year, and this series originally attracted me as it is set out as a prequel story to the original work.  My favorite thing is when authors can take beloved characters and give them more of a background story or continue the story after the end. So I decided to pick these books up . . .

 Synopsis: "Victor and Konrad are the twin brothers Frankenstein and inseparable until Konrad falls gravely ill. In the forbidden Dark Library, Victor finds an ancient formula, and seeks an alchemist to recreate the Elixir of Life. With friends Elizabeth and Henry, he scales highest trees in the Strumwald, dives deepest lake caves, and each sacrifices a body part."

My Review: Originally I was a little hesitant to pick this one up; I was skeptical that it could hold up to the original Frankenstein. I am glad I did decide to read it in the end though, I like how this is set up as a prequel, so we get to see a younger Victor Frankenstein and where his obsession with life and death all began. Oppel really captured how for Victor the lines between right and wrong were blurred, and how he would do anything for those he loved. Normally, I am not a fan of alchemy in books, but it was presented really well in this one, not so deep as to get confusing with all the science behind it but enough to capture my attention. I also really enjoyed the dynamics of the relationship between Victor, Henry, Elizabeth and Konrad; it added that extra bit of foreshadowing to the second book and Victor's later life and obsessions. I also recommend the audio book, the narrator did a fantastic job of adding that extra bit of emphasis when needed and really added to the story.

My Rating: I was really pleasantly surprised with this one, I feel like this is a great build up of Victor's personality and back story in relation to the original story. I give this one a rating of Three Paws and a Stump Wag.


Synopsis: "When his grieving father orders the destruction of the Dark Library, Victor retrieves a book in which he finds the promise of not just communicating with the dead, but entering their realm, and soon he, Elizabeth, and Henry are in the spirit world of Ch√Ęteau Frankenstein, creating and growing a body."

My Review: I really enjoyed the first book in this duology, but I really struggled to get into this one. We have already established Victor's questionable motivations and decisions, so I felt like this book really wasn't necessary. While the majority of elements from the previous book were relatively believable, with the time period and the belief in alchemy; this book just takes it a bit too far into the fantastical and unbelievable. I did appreciate the development of the relationships between Victor, Henry and Elizabeth; the dynamics between all of them does play nicely into the eventual story contained in the original Frankenstein. Sadly, this one was a disappointment in other aspects, it wasn't as engrossing or intriguing as the first and it doesn't add much as a prequel adaptation to the original Frankenstein other than elevating Victor's questionable decisions and volatile obsession.

My Rating: After the previous book, this one was quite the disappointment. It really took a drastic shift from somewhat believable historical fiction to the paranormal and not really in the same realm as the original work.  I give it a rating of One Paw and a Stump Wag.


Full Series Review: This duology started off so great, I really enjoyed the first book, much more than I anticipated but the second book was as much of a let down as the first was a surprise.  I enjoyed the development and backstory to Victor's character. We get to watch the start of his obsession with life and overcoming death, we also get to see how he developed his early ideas of alchemy and the life force.  If this had just been a single book it would have been a fantastic prequel that I would have highly recommended for fans, but with the addition of the second book and it being such a disappointment (at least in relation to the original Frankenstein) I have to give it a rating of only Two Paws.

Don't forget to enter my Frankenstein Box Giveaway, it ends tonight!

Monday, October 29, 2018

Monday Reading List

Its Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Shelia at Book Journey. Share what books you have finished in the last week, are currently reading and what might be coming up next!

Reviews Posted Last Week:
Links will take you to my review

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco (Series Review)
Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco (Series Review)
Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco (Series Review)
The Frankenstein Adventures by Bil Richardson
Mary, Who Wrote Frankenstein by Linda Bailey (Bedtime Story)
Frankenstein Alive, Alive by Steve Niles and Bernie Wrightson/Kelley Jones (Graphic Novel)

 Books Finished Last Week:
Reviews will be posted at a later date

Practical Magic
This Dark Endeavor
Such Wicked Intent
Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories
Young Scrooge
Thanks for Giving

Currently Reading:
Beneath the Same Stars by Phyllis Cole-Dai - Kindle - 15%

Pages Read/ Time Listened
530:43 Hours Listened (16:13 listened this week)
35,856 Pages Read (817 this week)

Books Added to Shelves Recently: TBR
Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
To the Sky Kingdom by Tang Qi
Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher
Dead Man's Walk by Larry McMurtry
Beartown by Fredrik Backman
Terrier by Tamora Pierce
Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
Reflections of Yesterday by Debbie Macomber
Jedi Search by Kevin J. Anderson
Caging the Merrow by Heather Rigney
The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Opel
Black Powder War by Naomi Novik
Throne of Jade by Naomi Novik
The Scandalous MacKenzies by Jennifer Ashley
The Wicked Deeds of Daniel Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashley
The Stolen Mackenzie Bride by Jennifer Ashley
Hard to Serve by Laura Kaye
Mastering Her Senses by Laura Kaye
Theirs to Take by Laura Kaye
Nightblade's Vengeance by Ryan Kirk
Tomorrowland by Steven Kotler
The Wolf by Leo Carew
My Lady's Choosing by Kitty Curran & Larissa Zageris
Beyond the Darkened Shore by Jessica Leake
Defiant Heir by Melissa Caruso
True North by Marie Force
The Sorting Room by Angelina Singer
Lost Stars by Claudia Gray
Frankenstein Dreams by Michael Sims
The Belgaraid by David Eddings
Death Sworn by Leah Cypess
Sherlock Holmes and the Army of Dr. Moreau by Guy Adams
Zenith by Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings
In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick
The Queen of Sorrow by Sarah Beth Durst
Cruel Prince by Holly Black
Princesses Behaving Badly by Linda Rodriguez McRobbie
Fight for Everything by Laura Kaye
Light as Air by Mari Carr
Furyborn by Claire Legrand
Sweet Tea and Sympathy by Molly Harper
Half Drowned King by Linnea Hartsuyker
The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows
The Mirror King by Jodi Meadows
The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner
King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner
A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner
Such Wicked Intent by Kenneth Opal
Frostbite by Joshua Williamson
Memoirs of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Theodore Roszak
The Bird and the Blade by Megan Bannen
The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss
Gunslinger Girl by Lyndsay Ely
Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell
All Systems Red by Martha Wells
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
Peace Like a River by Leif Enger
Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch
Assassin's Gambit by Amy Raby
Refugee by Alan Gratz
Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao
Isle of Blood and Stone by Makiia Lucier
Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry
None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio
Words We Don't Say by K.J. Reilly
The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth
Misty Inn Collection Books 1-4 by Kristen Earhart
Adventures of Laura and Jack by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco
Not Even Bones by Rebecca Schaeffer
Fierce Fairytales by Nikita Gill
May B. by Caroline Starr Rose
Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate
The Dogs of Christmas by W. Bruce Cameron
The Christmas Light by Donna VanLiere
Young Scrooge by R.L. Stine
The Phoenix Empress by K. Arsenault Rivera


Can you believe that October is almost done? What the heck has happened to this year?! I might be a tiny bit in freak out mode that the end of the year (nevermind the holidays) is fast approaching.  This last week was totally insane at work and at home, turns out the heat wasn't actually fixed over the weekend, only 2 of the issues and it took until Thursday to finally have it all repaired. The only thing I can say is thank goodness this happened now and not in January, and also thank goodness my husband is so handy!

This next week is also going to be crazy busy at work.  Then of course we have Halloween right in the middle of the week, but we thankfully did a trunk or treat over the weekend and won't be going out late on Halloween night.  We also have Munchkin's final soccer game of the season this weekend, again thank goodness because it is getting awfully cold to sit on the sidelines! This mama is ready to sit on the couch under a fluffy blanket wearing fuzzy socks and sipping on hot tea!

I hope you have enjoyed my month long blogoversary celebration and all the giveaways! Don't foget to enter my Frankenstein box giveaway and stick around for one more to close out the month! I also hope that you have been enjoying my Frankenstein week! I have really enjoyed reading all these adaptations and re-imagined books, and if there are enough out there maybe I will make this an annual thing!