Highly Anticipated Titles ~ November 2018

Highly Anticipated Titles is a monthly feature showcasing some of the book releases I’m most excited for each month. November is a little lighter on the new titles front but that doesn’t mean I’m any less excited!

ArchenemiesArchenemies by Marissa Meyer

Published by Feiwel & Friends

Expected on November 6, 2018

Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Science Fiction

Time is running out.
Together, they can save the world.
But they each other’s worst nightmare.

In Renegades, Nova and Adrian (aka Insomnia and Sketch) fought the battle of their lives against the Anarchist known as the Detonator. It was a short-lived victory.

The Anarchists still have a secret weapon, one that Nova believes will protect her. The Renegades also have a strategy for overpowering the Anarchists, but both Nova and Adrian understand that it could mean the end of Gatlon City – and the world – as they know it.

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Waiting on Wednesday: Girls of Paper and Fire

“Waiting on” Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that highlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.

GirlsofPaperandFireGirls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

Publisher: Jimmy Patterson Books

Expected Date: November 6, 2018

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

Each year, eight beautiful girls are chosen as Paper Girls to serve the king. It’s the highest honor they could hope for…and the most cruel.

But this year, there’s a ninth girl. And instead of paper, she’s made of fire.

In this lush fantasy, Lei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most oppressed class in Ikhara. She lives in a remote village with her father, where the decade-old trauma of watching her mother snatched by royal guards still haunts her. Now, the guards are back, and this time it’s Lei they’re after–the girl whose golden eyes have piqued the king’s interest.

Over weeks of training in the opulent but stifling palace, Lei and eight other girls learn the skills and charm that befit being a king’s consort. But Lei isn’t content to watch her fate consume her. Instead, she does the unthinkable–she falls in love. Her forbidden romance becomes enmeshed with an explosive plot that threatens the very foundation of Ikhara, and Lei, still the wide-eyed country girl at heart, must decide just how far she’s willing to go for justice and revenge.

TW: violence and sexual abuse.

I’ve been interested in Natasha Ngan’s work for a long time and I’m super excited to read Girls of Paper and Fire. A lush fantasy world with an F/F romance, heck yes I cannot wait to have this in my hands!!!

Are you excited for Girls of Paper and Fire?

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Book Review: The Spy with the Red Balloon by Katherine Locke

TheSpywiththeRedBalloonThe Spy with the Red Balloon by Katherine Locke

Published by Albert Whitman Company on October 2, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Historical, Fantasy

Pages: 368 Format: Hardcover Source: Purchased

5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

Siblings Ilse and Wolf hide a deep secret in their blood: with it, they can work magic. And the government just found out.Blackmailed into service during World War II, Ilse lends her magic to America’s newest weapon, the atom bomb, while Wolf goes behind enemy lines to sabotage Germany’s nuclear program. It’s a dangerous mission, but if Hitler were to create the bomb first, the results would be catastrophic.

When Wolf’s plane is shot down, his entire mission is thrown into jeopardy. Wolf needs Ilse’s help to develop the magic that will keep him alive, but with a spy afoot in Ilse’s laboratory, the letters she sends to Wolf begin to look treasonous. Can Ilse prove her loyalty—and find a way to help her brother—before their time runs out?

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Cover Reveal: The Risk by Elle Kennedy

Today I’ve got an exciting cover reveal for one of my favorite romance authors! Elle Kennedy is back with the second installment of Briar U and I’m thrilled to share the cover of The Risk with all of you. Check it out below!

The Risk

Series: Briar U (Book Two)

Publisher: Elle Kennedy Inc.

Release Date: February 18, 2019

Haven’t read Book 1 of Briar U? Find out more about THE CHASE



Bad girl Brenna Jensen would never date a hockey player. It’s too much of a risk, and not just because her hockey-coach father would kill her if she ever got involved with one. She’s been there, done that, not looking for a repeat. But a certain college player has gotten under her skin. He’s cocky, insolent and all about the games…and yet resisting him is getting harder and harder…

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Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Magic Systems

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Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey (Gingerreadslainey on Youtube) as a way for book reviewers and lovers to share their love of lists every Wednesday. Check out the Goodreads group.

  1. Grishaverse
  2. Shades of Magic
  3. Children of Blood and Bone
  4. Daughter of Smoke and Bone
  5. Old Kingdom

I know this was last week’s topic but since I couldn’t pass up highlighting my favorite magic systems. Not surprisingly these five coincide with some of my favorite series and fictional worlds. The magic systems in play have a lot to do with my love for these books and the intricacy the authors wove throughout is astounding.

What are your Top 5 Magic Systems? Did we pick any of the same?

Let me know in the comments below!

Teaser Tuesday: A Very Large Expanse of Sea


Hosted by A Daily Rhythm, Teaser Tuesday is a bookish meme meant to highlight passages from books you are currently reading.

Here are the rules (as described by A Daily Rhythm):

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Today I’m bringing you teasers from Tahereh Mafi’s new YA contemporary, A Very Large Expanse of Sea which comes out next week. I’m flying through it and already love it tremendously so I wanted to share with all of you.

Ocean was leaning against the doorframe, not quite in the room and not quite outside of it, a gym bag slung across his chest. He waved at me.


“Yeah.” He smiled. “I, um, spend a lot of time in the gym. Anyway, I honestly didn’t know you’d be in here. Your music is just super loud.”

Are you excited for A Very Large Expanse of Sea?

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Mini Reviews: Wildcard & Escaping from Houdini

I’m finally getting to a bunch of fall releases which means I’ll probably be doing lots of mini reviews. This time around I’ve got my thoughts on Wildcard and Escaping from Houdini to share.

WildcardWildcard by Marie Lu

Published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers on September 18, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Science Fiction

Pages: 341 Format: Hardcover Source: Purchased

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

All bets are off. This time the gamble is survival.

Emika Chen barely made it out of the Warcross Championships alive. Now that she knows the truth behind Hideo’s new NeuroLink algorithm, she can no longer trust the one person she’s always looked up to, who she once thought was on her side.

Determined to put a stop to Hideo’s grim plans, Emika and the Phoenix Riders band together, only to find a new threat lurking on the neon-lit streets of Tokyo. Someone’s put a bounty on Emika’s head, and her sole chance for survival lies with Zero and the Blackcoats, his ruthless crew. But Emika soon learns that Zero isn’t all that he seems—and his protection comes at a price.

Caught in a web of betrayal, with the future of free will at risk, just how far will Emika go to take down the man she loves?

Marie Lu’s writing is constantly evolving and always leaves me impressed. Wildcard is no different with intriguing characters and a fast-paced gripping novel that left me reeling. Emika, guided by her conscience and adapting to no longer being a lone wolf, led the way but I couldn’t get enough of the side characters. The innovative and engaging world that these characters inhabit is still so cool to me and there was tons of action even if it wasn’t all game specific. Lu did not shy away from some massive revelations and took on answers to difficult moral questions. Overall I was thrilled with the conclusion to this duology and totally recommend this to Marie Lu and SciFi fans!

escapingfromhoudiniEscaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco

Published by Jimmy Patterson on September 18, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Historical, Mystery

Pages: 431 Format: Hardcover Source: Purchased

5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

Audrey Rose Wadsworth and her partner-in-crime-investigation, Thomas Cresswell, are en route to New York to help solve another blood-soaked mystery. Embarking on a week-long voyage across the Atlantic on the opulent RMS Etruria, they’re delighted to discover a traveling troupe of circus performers, fortune tellers, and a certain charismatic young escape artist entertaining the first-class passengers nightly.

But then, privileged young women begin to go missing without explanation, and a series of brutal slayings shocks the entire ship. The strange and disturbing influence of the Moonlight Carnival pervades the decks as the murders grow ever more freakish, with nowhere to escape except the unforgiving sea. It’s up to Audrey Rose and Thomas to piece together the gruesome investigation as even more passengers die before reaching their destination. But with clues to the next victim pointing to someone she loves, can Audrey Rose unravel the mystery before the killer’s horrifying finale?

Once again Kerri Maniscalco has delivered a riveting tale of murder and mayhem and my love for Audrey Rose and Thomas continues to expand. The two of them are just perfect! Sure they make mistakes, but even though the mind and heart can be confusing, the two of them make exceptional partners. The deaths and investigation were incredibly gruesome and being stuck on a ship traveling across the Atlantic added more terror to the atmosphere. Plus I’m forever a fan of carnivals, circuses, etc. and Mephistopheles’ show and stars thrilled me and provided plenty of cover for crime. I absolutely recommend picking up this series!

Have you read either of these books? Enjoy these series or authors?

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