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Friday, 16 November 2018

Movie Love: Films I Plan to See in 2018

Author Announcement: Sacrifice Her has been renamed Running Scared. View cover reveal and new plot here. Add on Goodreads. The Sacrifice Series is now tentatively set for Fall 2019. The other four covers will be revealed together early 2019. Thanks for all your support.

So the Christmas holidays are over a month away but that doesn't mean the movie season isn't swinging. So far for 2018, I've seen these films in theaters: Hotel Artemis, Incredibles 2, Antman and the Wasp, Equalizer 2 and Venom.



Films I Plan to See (hopefully)

The Grinch

Ralph Breaks the Internet

If Beale Street Could Talk

Mary Queen of Scots

Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse

Mary Poppins

Aquaman

Bumblee

I sort of want to see

Creed 2

Green Book

Mortal Engines

Note: Mowgli: LOTJ and Roma are coming out on Netflix (and theaters) so I'll stream those.

Thank you for stopping by and enjoy your weekend.

Thursday, 15 November 2018

Getting Personal: Back from the End?

Hey readers, I'm happy to say this blog is back up and running. I was supposed to do this post on  Monday the 5th of November. Unfortunately, the evening before I had a bad fall in the backyard, in the mud. So that was not good. Anyway, I'm happy to be posting today.



I am still undiagnosed with my illness but that's just a matter I have to accept. Right now seems the perfect time to revive my review blog. QueendSheena has always held a special place in my heart. There is also my Tumblr which is my writing website for the time being. Plus there's a special reveal tomorrow exclusive to that site, my ko-fi page and Goodreads. I will add a link to my Friday post so all you can see it as well. 

I have been dealing with things including job hunting to help boost my freelancing income. Right now I'm taking part in Nanowrimo which you can find out more about on Twitter. I also started a Facebook group if you can believe it. That along with my writings has me one busy bee. 

So thank you, everybody, who has supported me in the past. I hope you and new readers/visitors will continue to do so in the future.

Saturday, 3 November 2018

I have Returned

Yes, the blog is back. After serious consideration, I've decided to keep my precious. More about the entire situation on Monday.




Friday, 7 September 2018

Goodbye Post



Leave it to me to be late for my own goodbye party. I started this blog October 2011 and had an incredible journey. Meeting all kinds of writers, bloggers, readers and more. I want to know that I'm grateful for all the support I received over the years. Now just shy of my blog's seventh anniversary, it is time to say goodbye. This site will remain for posterity and you can always stop by to look at my posts including reviews for books/movies/tv, blog hops, cover reveals and more. 

Thank you for everything and feel free to check me on my social media sites. Take care.




Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Waiting on Wednesday: Desencant of the Crane



Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that allows us to spotlight books we are eagerly anticipating to be released.

It would be the last week of my blog where I would find the cover and blurb for a book that equaled love at first sight. The cover reveal was just this Monday (August 28) but this is a must read for me already. The blurb has such a great appeal and gravitas. A complete must and  I'm completely in love.


Release Date: April 2, 2019

Blurb: "Tyrants cut out hearts. Rulers sacrifice their own." 

Princess Hesina of Yan has always been eager to shirk the responsibilities of the crown, but when her beloved father is murdered, she’s thrust into power, suddenly the queen of an unstable kingdom. Determined to find her father’s killer, Hesina does something desperate: she engages the aid of a soothsayer—a treasonous act, punishable by death... because in Yan, magic was outlawed centuries ago.

Using the information illicitly provided by the sooth, and uncertain if she can trust even her family, Hesina turns to Akira—a brilliant and alluring investigator who’s also a convicted criminal with secrets of his own. With the future of her kingdom at stake, can Hesina find justice for her father? Or will the cost be too high?

In this shimmering Chinese-inspired fantasy, debut author Joan He introduces a determined and vulnerable young heroine struggling to do right in a world brimming with deception.
This masterpiece is a must read for me. What about you? Thanks for coming during my final week.

Monday, 27 August 2018

Monday MishMash: August 2018 in Final Week



Monday Mishmash is a weekly meme created by Kelly Hashway for sharing what's going on in your life and noggin. You just grab a button and post your business...I mean thoughts online. No biggie. Have fun!

1. It is bittersweet having the final week of my blog being this week. I know life changes just don't afford me the time or energy to upkeep this blog anymore. But I still love it with all my heart. Met some cool people here and hope to keep those relationships as I move forward. Feel free to check me up on Tumblr, Twitter, FB and Insta.

2. Been able to purchase a couple of books this summer and I can't wait to read them all!

3. Went to the movies for the first time in nearly a year. Saw five movies including Hotel Artemis, Incredibles 2 and The Meg. Had a wonderful time.

4. Health is still wonky and I caught a really bad stomach bug over the summer. Didn't help matters.

5. Working on my Swoon Reads submission. I got a cover made and it's so gorgeous. My Cinderella retelling is moving along swimmingly.

6. Freelance orders have slowed. I recently raised my prices but it had to be done. I write full time and need to earn enough to make a decent living.

7. Decided I will be closing up this blog at the end of August. I will leave QueendSheena up for prosperity but no new posts will happen after August 31. Thank you to all the bloggers and readers who supported me.

Thanks for stopping by and it has been great blogging with all of you.

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Waiting On Wednesday: Broken Things



Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that allows us to spotlight books we are eagerly anticipating to be released.

Lauren Oliver knows how to write tales that captivate readers. Broken Things sounds like another winner. I'm excited to get my hands on a copy this October.



Release Date: October 2, 2018

Blurb: It’s been five years since Summer Marks was brutally murdered in the woods. 

Everyone thinks Mia and Brynn killed their best friend. That driven by their obsession with a novel called The Way into Lovelorn the three girls had imagined themselves into the magical world where their fantasies became twisted, even deadly.

The only thing is: they didn’t do it. 

On the anniversary of Summer’s death, a seemingly insignificant discovery resurrects the mystery and pulls Mia and Brynn back together once again. But as the lines begin to blur between past and present and fiction and reality, the girls must confront what really happened in the woods all those years ago—no matter how monstrous.


So what do think? Is Lauren Oliver an author you'd like to check out? Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Waiting on Wednesday: For A Muse Of Fire



Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that allows us to spotlight books we are eagerly anticipating to be released.

I have yet to read any of Heidi's books but I have heard good things. So I'm intrigued to read her upcoming release. I have followed her online for a while and enjoy her content and mindset. The cover alone is a sight to behold. Hopefully I'll be blown away once I receive my copy.


Release Date: September 25, 2018

Blurb: A young woman with a dangerous power she barely understands. A smuggler with secrets of his own. A country torn between a merciless colonial army, a terrifying tyrant, and a feared rebel leader. The first book in a new trilogy from the acclaimed Heidi Heilig blends traditional storytelling with ephemera for a lush, page-turning tale of escape and rebellion. For a Muse of Fire will captivate fans of Sabaa Tahir, Leigh Bardugo, and Renée Ahdieh.

Jetta’s family is famed as the most talented troupe of shadow players in the land. With Jetta behind the scrim, their puppets seem to move without string or stick—a trade secret, they say. In truth, Jetta can see the souls of the recently departed and bind them to the puppets with her blood. But the old ways are forbidden ever since the colonial army conquered their country, so Jetta must never show, never tell. Her skill and fame are her family’s way to earn a spot aboard the royal ship to Aquitan, where shadow plays are the latest rage, and where rumor has it the Mad King has a spring that cures his ills. Because seeing spirits is not the only thing that plagues Jetta. But as rebellion seethes and as Jetta meets a young smuggler, she will face truths and decisions that she never imagined—and safety will never seem so far away.

Heidi Heilig creates a vivid, rich world inspired by Asian cultures and French colonialism. Her characters are equally complex and nuanced, including the bipolar heroine. Told from Jetta’s first-person point-of-view, as well as chapters written as play scripts and ephemera such as telegrams and letters, For a Muse of Fire is an engrossing journey that weaves magic, simmering romance, and the deep bonds of family with the high stakes of epic adventure.
 
What do you think? Thanks for stopping by. Next post will be on Friday.

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Waiting On Wednesday: Give The Darkness My Love



Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that allows us to spotlight books we are eagerly anticipating to be released.

An eerie book with a drop-dead cover written by Beth Revis? Sign me up! This book releases in September and that is not soon enough for me to get my grubby little hands on it.  What would you do to save those you care about? A simple question. The tough one this book asks. What wouldn't you do to save those you care about? Now that's a kickass move right there and a must read for me.


Release Date: September 25, 2018

Purchase: Amazon, Book Depository, Barnes & Noble

Blurb: When seventeen-year-old Nedra Brysstain leaves her home in the rural, northern territories of Lunar Island to attend the prestigious Yugen Academy, she has only one goal in mind: learn the trade of medicinal alchemy. A scholarship student matriculating with the children of Lunar Island's wealthiest and most powerful families, Nedra doesn't quite fit in with the other kids at Yugen, who all look down on her. 

All, except for Greggori "Grey" Astor. Grey is immediately taken by the brilliant and stubborn Nedra, who he notices is especially invested in her studies. And that's for a good reason: a deadly plague has been sweeping through the North, and it's making its way toward the cities. With her family's life--and the lives of all of Lunar Island's citizens--on the line, Nedra is determined to find a cure for the plague. 

Grey and Nedra continue to grow closer, but as the sickness spreads and the body count rises, Nedra becomes desperate to find a cure. Soon, she finds herself diving into alchemy's most dangerous corners--and when she turns to the most forbidden practice of all, necromancy, even Grey might not be able to pull her from the darkness.
I can't wait for this book! Beth Revis is a talented author, it has a great blurb and oh that cover gives me chills! So what do you think? Can this book worm it's way into your reading heart? Let me know and thanks for stopping by.

Monday, 6 August 2018

Getting Personal: The Final Countdown

When I started the QueendSheena blog it was not my first time hosting a blog. A few even going defunct once the site folded (looking at you Greatest Journal). But this time I wanted to go a specific route moving forward in my writing journey. Wanting to meet other writers, readers, bloggers and so on. So I created this blog and over the years it has become more than I ever dreamed.



It has expanded to having reviews for books, movies, tv shows and more. I have shared my personal experiences, writing journey, supported the works of others through tours, blog posts and more. I love this blog with all of my heart. Which is why it is hard but time for a huge change.

August 2018 will be the last month of me posting here. On the last Friday in August my final post will go up. The blog will remain posted for posterity. I want everybody to know this decision was mulled over for months. I have been blogging less and focusing more on other things. Due to an unexpected illness, my time has been crunched by quite a bit and I have had to prioritize things. Including missing a lot of posts on this blog. So I would like to have QueendSheena go out with a bang instead of a whimper. Next post will be Wednesday, August 8 with my weekly WOW.



Thank you to everyone who supported my blogging journey. Goodbyes are never easy but I will still be around. My main site is on Tumblr and you can also find me on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. So take care and you all have my eternal gratitude for following me on this beautiful journey.





Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Waiting on Wednesday: Music Boxes



Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that allows us to spotlight books we are eagerly anticipating to be released.

Yes, I'm a little late but I still wanted to get this out. I have known Tonja Drecker as a blogger for a while. She's fun, infection and a hard worker. Imagine my surprise finding out this month that she has a book coming out. Due to my health issues and personal stuff, I have fallen behind on blogging and news. Finding this out though makes me very happy. Tonja has reviewed and supported books for young readers for years. She's the perfect person to bring such a book to life. Congrats girl, I can't wait to read your book in 2019.


Release Date: February 5, 2019

Blurb: I only desire your talent. . .

Twelve-year-old Lindsey McKay's biggest dream is to be a famous ballerina. But after moving to New York, she ends up at the Community Center with a teacher who’s a burly bear in tights.
When she meets Madame Destinée, the teacher of a top dance school who offers her classes for free, Lindsey can't believe her luck. In exchange, she must perform in the school’s exclusive midnight shows, ones sure to make her a star. But something’s not right...

One by one, the other dancers disappear. Each time they do, a music box with a figurine just like the missing ballerina joins Madame Destinée’s growing collection. If Lindsey doesn’t discover the truth about the dance school, she might end up a tiny figurine herself.

What do you think? Are you excited about this book too? Do you know Tonja from blogging or otherwise? Comment below and see you on Friday with a Netflix review.

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Waiting on Wednesday: Four Dead Queens



Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that allows us to spotlight books we are eagerly anticipating to be released.

Pretty sure the first I saw this book was Twitter where someone shared the cover reveal. Before I never heard of it but buy when I did, hooked immediately. The cover is absolutely gorgeous but the blurb is what sealed the deal. I want to know about these queens, I want to know more about the main character and I want to read this book now! Sadly I have to wait until 2019 but there's no question that I'm excited about this release.



Release Date: February 26, 2019

Blurb: A divided nation. Four Queens. A ruthless pickpocket. A noble messenger. And the murders that unite them.

Get in quick, get out quicker.

These are the words Keralie Corrington lives by as the preeminent dipper in the Concord, the central area uniting the four quadrants of Quadara. She steals under the guidance of her mentor Mackiel, who runs a black market selling their bounty to buyers desperate for what they can’t get in their own quarter. For in the nation of Quadara, each quarter is strictly divided from the other. Four queens rule together, one from each region:

Toria: the intellectual quarter that values education and ambition
Ludia: the pleasure quarter that values celebration, passion, and entertainment
Archia: the agricultural quarter that values simplicity and nature
Eonia: the futurist quarter that values technology, stoicism and harmonious community

When Keralie intercepts a comm disk coming from the House of Concord, what seems like a standard job goes horribly wrong. Upon watching the comm disks, Keralie sees all four queens murdered in four brutal ways. Hoping that discovering the intended recipient will reveal the culprit – information that is bound to be valuable bartering material with the palace – Keralie teams up with Varin Bollt, the Eonist messenger she stole from, to complete Varin’s original job and see where it takes them.


What did you think of this book? Did you love the cover too? Let me know. Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, 25 June 2018

Apologies

Last week I was a complete no-show. Sorry life got in the way. But I'm back this week.



Friday, 15 June 2018

Netflix Dragon: April and May 2018

Netflix Dragon segment is back. This week I'll be sharing what I've viewed for April and May. Perhaps you will find a new show/movie to stream and enjoy.

Shadow Hunters: Season 3 (First half)


With news of Freeform canceling the series, the second half was moved from this August 2018 to early 2019. Still, we had an exciting start to Season 3 with new main villain Lilith on the warpath. Clary has her shadow hunter skills put to the ultimate test as does the rest of the cast. Magnus and Alec face the challenges with their relationship on several fronts. Jace has his own demons to face. Other characters face challenges as well and no one is left unscathed. The first half left us a huge cliffhanger not knowing if some characters even survived. Needless to say 2019 needs to hurry up.


Black Lightning: Season One


I completed the season of this new amazing superhero show on the CW. Airing on Netflix the following week helped me stay on top. This black superhero family was built from the ground up and I enjoyed every minute of it. Season 2 is a must see when it starts.

Billions: Season 3


Chuck Rhodes and Bobby Axelrod are at it again. Watching their rivalry to stay ahead of the law and destroy each other is just captivating. Especially when they have to team up to ensure each other's survival. Highly recommend. So glad Showtime allowed Netflix to stream this series.


Megamind


Megamind was a fun film to watch. I have heard it was one of the most popular among Dreamworks Animation fans and I can see why. Not without its flaws, the film takes its own turn with how a supervillain defines himself and just what it really means to be a hero. A fun watch.


A Series of Unfortunate Events: Season 2


I enjoyed the second season for this series which was ironic since I loathed the first season. Minus the last two episodes which I didn't even watch because I found most of the season one so irksome. But the new format of doing each episode in two parts for season two has solved a lot of issues from the previous season. If you liked the first then the second will be even better. If not I leave it to you to decide if a second chance is worth it. It was for me.


Amityville: The Awakening



This horror is both a tragedy in story and quality. Nothing great but still touching enough to feel bad for a family torn apart by accidents and terrible decision making. If you want to watch another Amityville horror film or a fan of the lead actress, go ahead. Otherwise, there is no real need to watch this film. I thought it was serviceable but not that good.


Evil Genius: the True Story of America's Most Diabolical Bank Heist



While this documentary was well done it was also very prejudicial. Highlighting one criminal as this monstrous mastermind while sidelining her mental illness and allowing male partners in crime a slide despite being just as responsible. It is still a great watch but I wished the blame was spread more fairly across the board. Plus there's no question that this was a horrible crime and all participants deserved to go to prison. Except for the one victim who was dragged into this scheme then blown up. Tragic.


Trollhunters: Season 3


I plan to do a full review for this soon. Season 3 has Jim and his friends/allies dealing with consequences from the previous season as well as new challenges. An epic event that's a must watch for any fan of the show and potential newcomers. I can't recommend this show enough for all ages.


Other Shows:

The Blacklist - Rewatched Seasons 1- 2 in preparation to watch Season 4.

Kung Fu Panda 2 - Rewatched both for fun and research purposes for a future Youtube channel.

The Incredibles - Rewatched since Incredibles 2 is coming to theaters in June.

Thank you for stopping by. Did you see any shows you might want to see? Any old or new favorites? Let me know and see you next Monday.

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Waiting on Wednesday: The Light Between Worlds



Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that allows us to spotlight books we are eagerly anticipating to be released.

I saw the cover on twitter and decided to find out more. A fantasy that takes you to another world that readers compare to Narnia? I'm in!



Release Date: October 23, 2018

Summary: Five years ago, Evelyn and Philippa Hapwell cowered from air strikes in a London bomb shelter. But that night took a turn when the sisters were transported to another realm called the Woodlands. In a forest kingdom populated by creatures out of myth and legend, they found temporary refuge. 

When Ev and Phil finally returned to London, nothing had changed at all—nothing, except themselves. 

Now, Evelyn spends her days sneaking into the woods outside her boarding school, wishing for the Woodlands. Overcome with longing, she is desperate to return no matter what it takes. 

Philippa, on the other hand, is determined to find a place in this world. She shields herself behind a flawless exterior and countless friends, and moves to America to escape the memory of what was. 

But when Evelyn goes missing, Philippa must confront the depth of her sister’s despair and the painful truths they’ve been running from. As the weeks unfold, Philippa wonders if Ev truly did find a way home, or if the weight of their worlds pulled her under.


What do you think of the cover? Does this story sound like something you would like to read? Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Book Review: What Happens Next

Note: I have been flip-flopping on posts lately but it can't be helped. Good news I'll be getting my blood test results this week to find out what has been worsening my ailments. Then my doctor and I can move forward with the best health options to help.

Today I'm back with my review hat on. This story is a picture book focused on how to tackle bullying.

Title: What Happens Next by Susan Hughes (Illustrated by Carey Sookocheff)

Release Date: March 15, 2018

Source: NetGalley

Purchase: Amazon


Summary: What Happens Next is a raw, realistic story told by an unnamed protagonist who is made to feel different from everybody else―even invisible sometimes. Bullied by a girl at school, our narrator gives a terse script of the related facts (What Her Friends Do: Laugh. What Everyone Else Does: Nothing.) and emotions (How I Feel Sometimes: Bad. Really Bad.). 

The narrator takes these hurt feelings home, where Mom listens and offers some ideas. At school the next day, the child confronts the bully by turning a “weirdo” fascination with science into an opportunity to find common ground, and maybe help the bully see the world in a new way. 

Spare illustrations in a limited palette of blues and greens convey feeling alone even in the hustle and bustle of a crowded schoolyard. Graphic novel–style panels set a steady pace for the emotional impact of this important story that doesn’t simplify the realities of feeling like an outsider. It’s a powerful starting point for discussions of emotions, empathy, and how we relate to others.

Review

Stories about conquering bullies are often touching and informative. This one is no different. From good descriptions of how the bullied MC is feeling to the acts of the bully to intimidate her. Both words and images help evoke the pain of the victim and the superiority of the bully. Also, I loved showing how animals can comfort people in times of stress. Plus I felt the mother-daughter relationship was very genuine from when the child pretended to be 'fine' to when they had a talk about what was going on in school. The solution was also interesting and a different take from most books about girls being bullied by other girls. Overall a nice story for children.

My issue, however, was the way science was used in the book. While the positives of girls being interested in science is commendable. There was an underlying forced science is for girls message I didn't like. Yes, science is important but no one should be forced whether directly or subliminally to take on subjects they don't like. There's nothing wrong with loving science but a girl is no less if it's not for her. I remember as a teen having Math forced on me by my parents. It was awful and I ended up only getting worse at it until I was finally in a position to not do the subject anymore. So that scene where science was just forced into the story and used without any context to 'change' the bully bothered me. So I would say to parents that they should buy this book at their own discretion. If it does not bother you, do what you think is best for your child. I would, however, let the child know that they don't have to feel forced to take on any subject and should study and enjoy school as a whole.

Rating: 3 Stars

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Waiting on Wednesday: Second Star



Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that allows us to spotlight books we are eagerly anticipating to be released.

J.M. Sullivan has been an author I have kept my eye on for some time. She hosts #authorconfession and a podcast. She writes retellings which I'm a huge fan of. This time around we are getting a new story of Peter Pan and Wendy. This will be a sci-fi space novel with an all-new adventure and the fairy Tinkerbell is now all tech named Tinc. I found out about this story through twitter months ago and now that it has a release date I can't wait to get my hands on it.




Release Date: March 5, 2019

Summary/Blurb: Still reeling from the shock of her childhood hero being alive and well, Captain Wendy Darling is appointed the mission of a lifetime: find the lost crew of the Jolly Roger and bring them home. But on the ageless planet, time is finally running out, and Wendy must decide who to trust– the legendary captain, or his mysterious mechanic, Pan– before darkness consumes them all.



Thanks for stopping by for another WOW. What you think of the cover and blurb? See you on Friday.

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Waiting on Wednesday: The Girl King



Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that allows us to spotlight books we are eagerly anticipating to be released.

When I saw the cover reveal for this book, it took my breath away. Then I read the blurb and knew I had to get my own copy. There's no question that this sweeping three perspective novel is right up my alley. I can't wait for 2019.



Release Date: January 2019

Blurb: One empire. Two princesses. A war that could tear the world apart.
Sisters Lu and Min have always known their places as the princesses of the Empire of the First Flame: the eldest, assertive Lu, will be named her father’s heir and become the dynasty’s first female ruler, while timid Min will lead a quiet life in Lu’s shadow. Then their father names their male cousin Set the heir instead, throwing both girls’ lives into chaos.
Determined to reclaim her birthright, Lu is forced to flee, leaving Min to face the volatile court alone. Lu crosses paths with Nokhai, the lone, unlikely survivor of the decimated Ashina, nomadic wolf shapeshifters. Nok never learned to shift—and he has no trust for the Empire that killed his family—but working with the princess might be the key to unlocking his true power.
As Lu and Nok form a tenuous alliance, Min’s own hidden power awakens—a forbidden, deadly magic that could secure Set’s reign … or allow her to claim the throne herself. But there can only be one Emperor, and the sisters’ greatest enemy could very well turn out to be each other.
Told in three distinct points-of-view, this first book in a sweeping fantasy series weaves a story of ambition, betrayal, and sacrifice.
So what do you think? Is this story up your alley? Isn't to cover breath taking? Thanks for stopping by. Netflix Nation will be back to Fridays only as of next week.

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Disliked Reading



Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl

I generally enjoy most of the books I've read. So I decided to just list the books I didn't like reading because I'm not usually glad if they were unenjoyable. This list is in no particular order except for #1.

1. Riot School by Robert Rayner - This book was absolute trash. Not sorry, it was racist, Islamophobic, Anti-Muslim, sexist, misinformation and so many other things. Worst of all it was touted as educational material for young readers. Just thinking about this book makes me upset. As if we are not already trying to make the world a better place without this crap. A huge no!

2. Soldier by Julie Kagawa - There was so much potential but it got bogged down by a sudden switch in focus and a drop in writing quality. The love triangle was always around but when it suddenly took priority over everything else without reason it just messed up the third book in this series. I continued since not everything was awful but I still don't understand why this book even exists. 

3. The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare - If you wanted Harry Potter to bore you, here's the perfect book.

4. Willow by V.C. Andrews - So boring it's almost fatal. Stay away!

5. The Mortal Instruments: City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare - I feel so betrayed. What did I do wrong universe? I love this series and the author but I think this book tried to kill me. I'm just floored, it was so bad.

So that's my list this week. Thank you for stopping by and I'll be trying to post regularly as of now. My health has been unexpectedly in a downturn of late. Take care.


Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Waiting on Wednesday: The Dark Deep



Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that allows us to spotlight books we are eagerly anticipating to be released.

This week the cover for the upcoming Middle-Grade novel The Dark Deep was revealed. I have been hearing about this book for a while through Ally Condie's twitter and my interest was piqued. But after seeing the cover and the full premise? I'm 100% down for this book.




Release Date: October 2, 2018

Pre-order: Amazon, The Book Depository

Summary: When a bullying incident sends twelve-year-old Nico Holland over the edge of a cliff into the icy waters of Still Cove, where no one ever goes, friends Tyler and Ella - and even 'cool kid' Opal -rush to his rescue... only to discover an island hidden in the swirling mists below.

Shrouded by dense trees and murky tides, the island appears uninhabited, although the kids can't quite shake the feeling that something about it is off. Their suspicions grow when they stumble upon an abandoned houseboat with an array of curiosities inside: odd-looking weapons, unnerving portraits, maps to places they've never heard of, and a glass jar containing something completely unidentifiable.

As the group delves deeper into the unknown, their discoveries - and their lives -begin to intertwine in weird and creepy ways. Something ancient has awakened... and it knows their wishes and dreams - and their darkest, most terrible secrets. Do they have what it takes to face the shadowy things that lurk within their own hearts?

I thought the cover was absolutely epic and like the meme suggests, I can't wait to read this one.

Thanks for stopping by. Friday I'll be doing a Netflix Dragon post.



Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Waiting on Wednesday: What If It's Us



Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that allows us to spotlight books we are eagerly anticipating to be released.

The excitement for this upcoming novel in the book world is high. Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera are both amazing authors in their own right. Together? Oh heaven have mercy, I am so pumped! The cover was revealed just recently and is absolutely fantastic and touching. Personally, I'm ready for this romance but have to wait for October. Darn. But behold and see if you will be just as excited waiting for this release.




Release Date: October 9, 2018

Pre-Order: Amazon, The Book Depository

Summary on Goodreads: Arthur is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a showstopping romance when you least expect it.

Ben thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn’t be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things.

But when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them?

Maybe nothing. After all, they get separated.

Maybe everything. After all, they get reunited.

But what if they can’t quite nail a first date . . . or a second first date . . . or a third?

What if Arthur tries too hard to make it work . . . and Ben doesn’t try hard enough?

What if life really isn’t like a Broadway play?

But what if it is?

Have you heard about this book? What do you think of the cover? I'm definitely excited.

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