New Releases | RoseBlood by A. G. Howard

RoseBlood is a Phantom of the Opera–inspired retelling in which Rune’s biggest talent—her voice—is also her biggest curse.

Rune, whose voice has been compared to that of an angel, has a mysterious affliction linked to her talent that leaves her sick and drained at the end of every performance. Convinced creative direction will cure her, her mother ships her off to a French boarding school for the arts, rumored to have a haunted past.
 
Shortly after arriving at RoseBlood conservatory, Rune starts to believe something otherworldly is indeed afoot. The mystery boy she’s seen frequenting the graveyard beside the opera house doesn’t have any classes at the school, and vanishes almost as quickly as he appears. When Rune begins to develop a secret friendship with the elusive Thorn, who dresses in clothing straight out of the 19th century, she realizes that in his presence she feels cured. Thorn may be falling for Rune, but the phantom haunting RoseBlood wants her for a very specific and dangerous purpose. As their love continues to grow, Thorn is faced with an impossible choice: lead Rune to her destruction, or save her and face the wrath of the phantom, the only father he’s ever known.


A. G. Howard is also the author of Splintered, which is a retelling of Alice in Wonderland, so retelling’s are kind of her thing. This title will be released on January 10, 2017 and I’m really excited to see how she’s gonna pull this off. On another note, can you guys believe I’ve never read The Phantom of the Opera!? There’s really no excuse of why I haven’t – I own the book! Still excited about this release, which is available for pre-order.

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The Book Theme Meme

The Book Theme Meme is a weekly meme that pairs books and music hosted by Lila. If you want to participate, here’s what to do:

  • Link back to the originator (Lila @ The Bookkeeper’s Secrets)
  • Choose a book or series
  • Choose a song that you feel represents the book (fyi: it doesn’t have to have words, it can be classical or score)
  • Tell us what about the song reminds you of the book. Is it a particular lyric/s? Is it the general feeling of the song? Explain a little.
  • Add your name, blog, and link to your post in the comments!
  • Voila! You’re done!

Gasoline & Cinder

“Gasoline” by Halsey paired with Cinder by Marissa Meyer. Both have a very Asian inspired theme that’s also futuristic in feel. The song is basically the life of Cinder, although altered a bit. The song goes:

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Rip It Or Ship It

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Thank you the orang-utan librarian for tagging me in this fun tag – it was ages ago!  For this tag  you need to put characters names into a jar (or whatever) and pick two out at random. After that you decide if you rip them or ship them. Here goes nothing!

Bilbo Baggins + Sookie Stackhouse =

Hehe, can you imagine Sookie living in Middle Earth with Bilbo!? I surely can’t – she’s much to daft to enjoy the lovely company of Bilbo Baggins. RIP IT!

Bella Swan + Ethan Wate =

This was tricky. They’re both awful characters, but they’re also really similar to each other. Bella’s pining for Edward, Ethan for Lena, and they’re both in physical danger for their love. At first I was like, too similar, but then I figured if they can both be weak together and for one another it might work. I’m thinking since they’re both betas they need alphas but who knows; let’s give it a go. SHIP IT!

Pat Peoples + Katherine =

Mhmm, this is a proper match. Katherine is a no nonsense character (well, for most of the book) that needs a guy that’s not gonna scare off easily. Lucky for her, Pat is absolutely bonkers, so he’s not gonna be scared of her temper or wicked tongue. Pat also needs someone not afraid of his crazy and that will tell him off every once in a while – Kat’s just the girl because she’s a bit crazy too. SHIP IT!

Mr. Rochester + Angel Crawford =

This one is hysterical! Angel’s a modern-day, American, white trash, zombie. Mr. Rochester is an Englishman, from the Victorian era, and has status and money – he’s also not dead. Hmm, although this might seem like the most opposite couple in the world, I’m gonna SHIP IT! Angel is just looking for someone to tell her she’s worth it and special, however, she doesn’t take shit from anyone. Mr. Rochester needs that vulnerability but also that strength. SHIP IT!

Jasper Dent + Jane Eyre =

How ironic that I’d get Jane right after Mr. Rochester, but the verdict isn’t the same. Jane brings everything to the table, yet she has her own baggage, whereas Jasper just doesn’t add any life to the relationship. This just wouldn’t work. RIP IT!

Greg Gaines + Selene Vanreem =

Greg is too douchey for Selene, plus he’s a superficial crybaby that would give up much too easily. RIP IT!

Jay Gatsby + Macbeth =

This is such an odd match that I really pondered it. Macbeth started out relatively normal until he morphed into psycho status. Gatsby’s the life of the party but nobody knows the true him, he doesn’t even know. They’re both lost and easily manipulated because they want what they’ve been told or seen in life. Two people as fudged up as these two could either build together or crumble together, it’s hard to say. SHIP IT!

Mark Watney + Katniss =

I had to steal Mark Watney from the Orag-utan Librarian – I’m currently reading The Martian. She’s overly serious, he’s too silly. They’re both resourceful and natural leaders. She could use a laugh and he could use some serious. I like this match. SHIP IT!

Thomas + David Rice =

Davy’s fun, Thomas is boring. Can’t see this working, mainly because I don’t know who Thomas is (going by the book not the movie). RIP IT!

Arthur Dent + Percy Jackson =

Another awkward pairing with these two. Thinking they’d both annoy the shit outta each other, plus it’s creepy. RIP IT!

DJ + Jack Carson =

Jack Carson would murder little DJ’s heart. If we’re talking about DJ in book 3 then that might stand a chance, but overall this wouldn’t work. RIP IT!

John Carter + Elizabeth Bennett =

Elizabeth Bennet isn’t a very docile lass and she doesn’t take well to pompous, egotistical males…so this match would not work. The majority of A Princess of Mars is John Carter telling the reader how heroic he is and how cowardice isn’t in his genetic make up blah blah blah. Nah, RIP IT!

 

Well, that was fun. Since I was tagged for this ages ago I’m not gonna tag anyone, but if you’d like to do it link back to me so I can read it 🙂 Hope you enjoyed this

WWW Wednesday

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This is a weekly meme hosted by Taking On A World Of Words (SamAnnElizabeth) where we answer the three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you just finish reading?
  • What are you planning on reading next?

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?
(Just realized A Gathering of Shadows is book 2)

WHAT DID YOU JUST FINISH READING?

The Air He Breathes – Brittainy C. Cherry ★ ★ ★  (New Adult/Romance/Drama)
Girl of Myth and Legend – Giselle Simlett (ARC) DNF/15% (YA/Fantasy)
Easy Street (The Hard Way) – Ron Perlman ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ (nonfiction/autobiography)

WHAT DO YOU PLAN ON READING NEXT?

(Same thing as last week)

The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde:

I’m honestly looking forward to this. Gothic fiction is a genre I enjoy but don’t read often enough. Some might disagree with it being labeled a Gothic fiction novel (I’ve read some reviews that vehemently state this), however since I haven’t read it yet I wouldn’t know. After watching Penny Dreadful (which is amazing by the way) I became increasingly interested in the character of Dorian Gray – due to the fact that it’s a novel and I hadn’t read it – which is why I’m giving it a go now. This is a short novel, nevertheless, I plan to listen to the audio book and read it.

Excitement Level: 6/10

Eleanor – Jason Gurley:

Having won this novel a Goodreads Giveaway (read about that here), I’d been meaning to read it all year. However, knowing I’d need to write a review, I procrastinated until I was really in the mood for genre of Eleanor. I’m in that mood.

Excitement Level – 8/10

The Fault in Our Stars – John Green:

There was a guy named John Green on an episode of the television series Death in Paradise, and I’ve been promising to read this book for awhile soooo…..

Excitement level – 1/10

TV Tuesday | Justified

Tuesday

‘Ello, this is the TV Tuesday Meme! It’s quite simple, every Tuesday you’ll do these things:

Choose between these three:

  • Book-to-Movie/TV show adaptation  (have you seen it? If no, do you plan to?)
  • Book you think should be a movie/TV show  (Why?)
  • Movie/TV show that prompted you to read a book?

*Optional – put up the trailer

Lastly:

  • Link back to your post in the comments section (so I can stalk your post ;D)

Book-to-Movie/TV show adaptation

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Justified is a modern-day western, which calls to me on many levels. I’ve always had a deep fondness for westerns such as, Firefly, Deadwood, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, A Fistful of Dollars (spaghetti), One-Eyed Jacks (spaghetti), Cowboys and Aliens (entertainment only), True Grit, Django Unchained, I could go on forever, baby (Home Alone). There was something so purely magnetic about it’s languid tension that I go bonkers for every time I encounter a western, or western-themed TV series/movie, which brings me to Justified. Based on the Raylan Givens series by Elmore Leonard, this TV show renewed my faith in westerns and the magic it incites. As a result, I’m excited to take the trip to Harlan, Kentucky in the book along with the show.



 

Random Friday #2: Easy Street (The Hard Way) by Ron Perlman

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Random Fridays  is a weekly meme hosted by Rebeca at “Books and Messy Buns”. Anyone can join, you just have to do the following:

  • Pick up the book you’re currently reading (or read last)
  • Go to this random number generator and insert the total amount of pages in your book
  • Generate a random number
  • Open your book in the page with number you got
  • Repeat step 2 and 3 but with the number of lines in that page
  • Your random sentence is the first sentence in the line with the number you got (it doesn’t matter if the sentence starts a few lines before)
  • Make a post in your own blog where you share your sentence and link back to my blog as the host
  • Share the link to your post in the comments’ section here for the book community to see :)

I was never nuts about encouraging my student actors to make it a profession.

– Ralph Arzoomanian, “Easy Street (The Hard Way) by Ron Perlman

WWW Wednesday

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This is a weekly meme hosted by Taking On A World Of Words (SamAnnElizabeth) where we answer the three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you just finish reading?
  • What are you planning on reading next?

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

WHAT DID YOU JUST FINISH READING?

Loving True: The Men of CCD – Marie Rochelle ★  (IR)*
Wickedest Witch – Eve Langlais ★ ★ ★  (Paranormal/humor) *
Beauty and the Blitz – Sosie Frost ★ ★ ★ ★(New Adult/retelling/sports romance/humor) *
Tethered – L.D. Davis ★ ★ ★ ★ (multicultural/romance/teen-to-adulthood)*
Flirting with Chaos – Kenya Wright ★ ★ ★ ★(dark romance/new adult)*
Easy Street (The Hard Way) – Ron Perlman ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ (nonfiction/autobiography)*
Jane – Michelle N. Onuorah ★ ★ ★ ★ (IR/Religious-themes/serious topics)*

Review to come *

WHAT DO YOU PLAN ON READING NEXT?

The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde:

I’m honestly looking forward to this. Gothic fiction is a genre I enjoy but don’t read often enough. Some might disagree with it being labeled a Gothic fiction novel (I’ve read some reviews that vehemently state this), however since I haven’t read it yet I wouldn’t know. After watching Penny Dreadful (which is amazing by the way) I became increasingly interested in the character of Dorian Gray – due to the fact that it’s a novel and I hadn’t read it – which is why I’m giving it a go now. This is a short novel, nevertheless, I plan to listen to the audio book and read it.

Excitement Level: 6/10

Eleanor – Jason Gurley:

Having won this novel a Goodreads Giveaway (read about that here), I’d been meaning to read it all year. However, knowing I’d need to write a review, I procrastinated until I was really in the mood for genre of Eleanor. I’m in that mood.

Excitement Level – 8/10

The Fault in Our Stars – John Green:

There was a guy named John Green on an episode of the television series Death in Paradise, and I’ve been promising to read this book for awhile soooo…..

Excitement level – 1/10

Wishlist Wednesday #2

Hosted by Pen to Paper

 

Our favorite white trash zombie, Angel Crawford, has enough problems of her own, what with dealing with her alcoholic, deadbeat dad, issues with her not-quite boyfriend, the zombie mafia, industrial espionage and evil corporations. Oh, and it’s raining, and won’t let up.

But things get even crazier when a zombie movie starts filming in town, and Angel begins to suspect that it’s not just the plot of the movie that’s rotten. Soon she’s fighting her way through mud, blood, bullets and intrigue, even as zombies, both real and fake, prowl the streets.

Angel’s been through more than her share of crap, but this time she’s in way over her head. She’ll need plenty of brainpower to fit all the pieces—and body parts—together in order to save herself, her town, and quite possibly the human race.

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TV Tuesday

Tuesday

‘Ello, this is the TV Tuesday Meme! It’s quite simple, every Tuesday you’ll do these things:

Choose between these three:

  • Book-to-Movie/TV show adaptation  (have you seen it? If no, do you plan to?)
  • Book you think should be a movie/TV show  (Why?)
  • Movie that prompted you to read a book?

*Optional – put up the trailer

Lastly:

  • Link back to your post in the comments section (so I can stalk your post ;D)

Movie that prompted you to read a book?

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The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien is one of those novels you shouldn’t go your life without ever reading, however I didn’t read it until after I saw the movie. It’s a story overflowing with adventure, childlike humor and amazement in the eyes of Bilbo Baggins of Bag-End. There’s trolls, dwarfs, hobbits, goblins, and other fantastical elements that engender an extremely vivid picture that’s so magical. This novel is a wonderful bedtime story (trust me – I’ve done it on more than one occasion), and the audiobook is very fun to listen.

New Releases | Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2) by Amie Kaufman

Gemina (The Illuminae Files, #2)

Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.


I’ve yet to read Illuminae, but I heard it was an overwhelming success. Available for pre-order only. Publication date is October 18, 2016.