The Week's Entrée #176

Hi everyone! Welcome to another edition of The Week's Entrée!

I am failing miserably at getting back to blogging, this slump is really making me feel so lazy this month BUT instead of beating myself up, I'm already taking measures for December to be an EPIC month of blogging. I have really fun things planned for this blog and bookstagram that I am quite excited to share with you soon. Just finalizing a few details :D

In other news, I think I will be sharing with you my favorite bookstagram photo that my sister and I took the week before from now on. So... here's my favorite!


It's basically and appreciation post for Fairyloot since our rep time with them has come to an end. It was such a blast representing such an amazing company and if you are looking to try out a book subscription, I highly suggest Fairyloot boxes! ♥
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New books!
{For review}
From publishers, authors, Netgalley/Edelweiss, etc.



I was browsing Netgalley the other day (as one does) and I stumbled into this BEAUTIFUL cover and my goodness, did I hit that request button so fast. Enchant actually sounds pretty great (Wiccans!!!) so I'm pretty pumped that my request was approved quite fast. Cannot wait to read it!

{Purchased}



I couldn't resist to order a copy of the Amazon Collector's Edition of A Darker Shade of Magic by Victoria Schwab! It's so gorgeous and I cannot wait to finally start reading this series. I hope they also publish the next two books like this too!
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To Read This Week:



I read the first chapter of Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare last week but I feel that I will love it?!?! Also trying to buddy read  Enchant by Micalea Smeltzer this week with my friend Becky. I made her request it on Netgalley last week and she was finally approved, yay!
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And that's it for this edition of The Week's Entrée! What are you all reading? :)

ReMade Season 2 is Live!


Hi everyone! Super excited to announce that the second season of REMADE from Serial Box  Publishing is finally here! ReMade is a serialized YA Dystopian Thriller team-written by some of today’s most popular YA authors -- Matthew Cody (Super), Andrea Phillips (Revision), Kiersten White (And I Darken), Gwenda Bond (Girl on a Wire), Carrie Harris (Bad Taste in Boys), and E. C. Myers (The Silence of Six)!

This serial releases one episode every week and you can listen to it on audio or download in ebook format when you subscribe! The first episode of Season 2, Patch Job, is now available, and if you haven't read the first season, you are sorely missing out! More details of this awesome serial below. ;)

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Patch Job by Andrea Phillips
ReMade #2.1
November 15th, 2017 from Serial Box Publishing
YA Dystopia/Thriller
This is the 1st episode in the second season of ReMade, a 14-episode serial from Serial Box Publishing. This episode was written by Andrea Phillips.

You live. You love. You die. Now RUN.

A figure from the group’s past reappears, bringing up some serious questions about their remade lives. Is anything they thought they knew true? Can caretakers ever be good? And, most important, who can they trust?

One moment proved fateful for a group of teenagers—and not just because it’s the moment they all happened to die. At the moment of their deaths, they were snatched forward into the future and remade in a world they hardly recognize. Now, after facing murderous robots and an unpredictable environment, the teens have begun to find their footing. But can they survive long enough to figure out why they were remade? And will they ever be able to stop running?
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About ReMade
You live. You love. You die. Now RUN. ReMade
Every minute, 108 people die. In one of those minutes this fall, twenty-three of those deaths will be teenagers. Now they are humanity’s last hope for survival. Awakened in a post-apocalyptic world and hunted by mechanical horrors, these teens search for answers amidst the ruins of civilization. Fate, love, and loyalty face off in this adrenaline -pumping adventure.

The Week's Entrée #175

Hi everyone! Welcome to another edition of The Week's Entrée!

This week I am committing to read THREE BOOKS. This another attempt to somehow get super close to completing my Goodreads challenge. However, I'm not stressing out too much because who am I kidding? I won't certainly read 67 books before the year ends *weeps in a corner*.

But I do feel like picking back up books that for several reasons, I ended up setting aside to read others. So yeah, that's something that I may end up doing. MAYBE.  But for now, here's a stack of books that I want to read before the year ends.


Spot a few you loved? :)

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New books!
{For review}
From publishers, authors, Netgalley/Edelweiss, etc.



I was browsing Netgalley the other day (as one does) and I stumbled into this BEAUTIFUL cover and my goodness, did I hit that request button so fast. Enchant actually sounds pretty great (Wiccans!!!) so I'm pretty pumped that my request was approved quite fast. Cannot wait to read it!
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To Read This Week:


I finally started reading Over Ruled by Brittney Joy and I really hope to enjoy it! The first few chapters makes it look promising! And perhaps I will crack open Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare. I heard The Infernal Devices is really good so I'm both nervous and excited! Can't wait to meet Will!!!
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And that's it for this edition of The Week's Entrée! What are you all reading? :)

Book Review: Spinner by Michael J. Bowler

Title: Spinner
Author: Michael J. Bowler
Genre: YA Horror
Published: July 25th 2015
Page count: 405 pages
Format: Paperback
Source: From author in exchange of an honest review


Book Summary:
Fifteen-year-old Alex is a “spinner.” His friends are “dummies.” Two clandestine groups of humans want his power. And an ancient evil is stalking him. If people weren’t being murdered, Alex might laugh at how his life turned into a horror movie overnight.

In a wheelchair since birth, his freakish ability has gotten him kicked out of ten foster homes since the age of four. Now saddled with a sadistic housemother who uses his spinning to heal the kids she physically abuses, Alex and his misfit group of learning disabled classmates are the only ones who can solve the mystery of his birth before more people meet a gruesome end.

They need to find out who murdered their beloved teacher, and why the hot young substitute acts like she’s flirting with them. Then there’s the mysterious medallion that seems to have unleashed something malevolent, and an ancient prophecy suggesting Alex has the power to destroy humanity.

The boys break into homes, dig up graves, elude kidnappers, fight for their lives against feral cats, and ultimately confront an evil as old as humankind. Friendships are tested, secrets uncovered, love spoken, and destiny revealed.

The kid who’s always been a loner will finally learn the value of friends, family, and loyalty.

If he survives…
*The Chef's Review*
    Actual rating: 4/5 stars
Spinner is full of surprises and I enjoyed reading it very much. For some reason, it reminded me of the Netflix series, Stranger Things. I haven't seen it yet, but from the things I've heard and read about, it brought it to mind. This book is about a group of young teenagers with different disabilities (great rep!) that get chased by evil forces and paranormal beings that are lurking in their hometown. It is especially about Alex, who is the main character of this story, and his unique abilities that draws danger into his group of friends.

What I Liked:

I like the way this book is written. It has a very interesting beginning that drew me in from the very start. It has a combination of suspense, thriller, horror and paranormal. I had a very clear image of what was going on inside the story, that it felt like if I were watching a horror movie. I confess that at some point I had to stop reading. It was in the middle of the night and I am easily scared, so....

Alex is such a cool character--sweet, selfless and smart. Him, along with his friends, create such a dynamic group and I couldn't help but laugh along with them despite their somber circumstances. I really liked how they are very open among themselves and helped each other out when they were having trouble. The saying "boys will be boys" fits perfectly to them.

One of the things that most surprised me in this story was the smartness of the characters to reach out for help. There was evil all around, but the boys had the sense to trust some people including adults. There were times that had me thinking, "Oh, no. They are screwed" but Alex and his friends were fortunate to have people to rely on and that is something you don't usually get to see in YA books.

What didn't do it for me:

Overall I really enjoyed the book, but I do have to admit that after the first amazing chapters the book got a bit slow for my taste. Once I got past that, however, everything else went smoothly. 

Oh, and one thing that had me confused was that some characters suddenly appeared without explanation and I never quite understood how they got there.

Final Verdict:

I don't generally read scary books but because of Halloween season, I decided to give Spinner a try and read out of my comfort zone. I don't regret it one bit. I liked it and totally recommend it if you like thrillers/horror novels!

Happy reading! -- The Chef 

Waiting on Wednesday #43: Stolen Enchantress by Amber Argyle


Hi everyone! Welcome to another "Waiting on Wednesday" post (meme hosted by Breaking the Spine!). 

This week I am waiting on:


Stolen Enchantress by Amber Argyle
April 9th 2018, Starling Publishing
YA Fantasy
Beauty and the Beast meets The Pied Piper 

Any girl who goes into the Forbidden Forest never comes out again. Except the one who did. 

Larkin should have been watching her little sister. Should have paid more attention to the trees looming over her family’s fields. Now Sela is gone. Knowing full well the danger of the forest and its beast, Larkin goes after her anyway. With her sister clutched in her arms, she manages to escape, but not before discovering the truth lurking beneath the wicked boughs. 

She may have evaded the beast once, but with the full force of his magic now fixated on her, she isn’t sure how much longer she can resist . . .
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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST MEETS THE PIED PIPER!! Need I say more? Also, I may have been drawn initially to this book because of its STUNNING cover. It's so so gorgeous I need it. ♥♥♥
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What are you waiting on this week? :)

The Week's Entrée #174

Hi everyone! Welcome to another edition of The Week's Entrée!

My sister & I are once again hosting our monthly book haul giveaway on our Instagram account and you can win either a copy of The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo, The Tiger's Watch by Julia Ember or Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao. It's open International! Click on the image below to enter ;)


On another note, I've started listening to audios while walking/running on my treadmill and it's kind of fun! I usually listen to music but I'm finding it much more calming to just walk and listen to a story. Perhaps I've finally found my new exercise regime that I can stick by? :D

Do you listen to audiobooks???

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New books!
{For review}
From publishers, authors, Netgalley/Edelweiss, etc.



I downloaded a copy of Chainbreaker since I heard such great things about Timekeeper, which I will listen in audiobook next week. So excited plus I love the new covers!
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To Read This Week:


I'm still not done with You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone by Rachel Lynn Solomon but omg, I am LOVING it so much. I feel that my heart will get broken by the time I am done with it. I can feeeeeel it.  And I know I know I said I was reading Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao but it is now for real. I hope to love it. ♥
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And that's it for this edition of The Week's Entrée! What are you all reading? :)

I'm Participating in #NaNoWriMo!


Hey guys! This month is National Novel Writing Month (also known as NaNoWriMo), and just like last year, I've joined forces with my lovely friend Becky from The Life of a Book Nerd Addict to tackle a new novel.

We are super excited about this project and we're committed to finish at least the first draft in this event! It's a Dark YA Fantasy inspired by Mexican Mythology and I loooooove it so much! That's all I can say for now. ;)

Oh! And yesterday I made this temporary cover with its temporary title (everything is temporary LOL) just so we could feel more inspired and excited. I kinda like how it turned out, what do you think?


 

To be honest, the idea to write a novel is something fairly new to me. Ever since I became a book blogger and reviewer I've been more than content to work with books, not write them. I love to help authors get their books out there in the hands of readers. The publishing industry has always fascinated me, especially the publicity/marketing areas, but the last year I've been thinking more and more about it and I guess that once a story idea starts to form in your head, it's natural to consider putting it down on paper. It's also quite fun creating your own world and rules. ;)

Anywhoo, so this is what I'm doing right now. Will probably keep updating you on how my co-writer and I are doing with this novel. 

As of now, current Nano word count is:

5,235 words

Aiming to reach 7k today. Wish me luck! :)