Waiting on Wednesday #1: The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova



Hi everyone! I'm finally jumping on the wagon & will be participating in the weekly meme "Waiting on Wednesday" hosted by Breaking the Spine. (I'll be using this image for now, but I may change it later.. ;)

This week I am waiting on:


The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova
(Loom Saga #1)
January 10th 2017, Keymaster Press
Her vengeance. His vision.

Ari lost everything she once loved when the Five Guilds’ resistance fell to the Dragon King. Now, she uses her unparalleled gift for clockwork machinery in tandem with notoriously unscrupulous morals to contribute to a thriving underground organ market. There isn’t a place on Loom that is secure from the engineer turned thief, and her magical talents are sold to the highest bidder as long as the job defies their Dragon oppressors.

Cvareh would do anything to see his sister usurp the Dragon King and sit on the throne. His family’s house has endured the shame of being the lowest rung in the Dragons’ society for far too long. The Alchemist Guild, down on Loom, may just hold the key to putting his kin in power, if Cvareh can get to them before the Dragon King’s assassins.

When Ari stumbles upon a wounded Cvareh, she sees an opportunity to slaughter an enemy and make a profit off his corpse. But the Dragon sees an opportunity to navigate Loom with the best person to get him where he wants to go.

He offers her the one thing Ari can’t refuse: A wish of her greatest desire, if she brings him to the Alchemists of Loom.

I'm super excited to read this first installment in the Loom Saga! Elise Kova is the author of the amazing Air Awakens series (have you read it? So good!) so I know this book will be nothing short of EPIC. Can't wait to get my hands on a copy and get my heart broken (because honestly, that's what Elise Kova knows how to do best *cries*). Have you added this book to your TBR? :)

As in now, I am participating in the Guild Games and I'm ridiculously proud to be a member of the Harvester's Guild (there are 5 guilds in total). We are currently sowing and reaping resources to unlock new content & win swag. It's all good fun and you are welcome to join us.


The Week's Entrée #117

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

Can you believe Fall/Autumn is already here?! My sister & I are so excited because finally the temperature is dropping and we can finally take out the sweaters (at least for washing, it's still too hot to use hehe :). 

Also, we are visiting California this week!!! I haven't been to the U.S. since last year, so I'm pretty happy about it. It'll be a short trip, but I will sure make the best of it! :D
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Latest posts in other sites:

On Kate Tilton, Authors & Readers, I shared the story of how I became an International Blogger!

In a nutshell, my book reviewing/blogging journey started over 5 years ago as a simple reader looking for more books along the lines of HP and/or Twilight. When my parents gave me an iPod Touch for my birthday, I started downloading free indie books, which led me to learn about author and publishers' pages, and consecutively, to learn about Book bloggers. 

However (and this is not in the post), I first started reviewing book in a website called Cuzinlogic as part of their review team, then in another book blog as a guest reviewer that didn't last long since the blogger focused too much in Adult Romance books and it just wasn't my kind of audience, so eventually I decided to open my own book blog, which is this one. I've been a happy book blogger ever since. ♥


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New books!

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


Big thanks to the publicist of Denis Lipman for sending me an ARC of Striking Terror. This read will be a hard one for sure!
Also huge thanks to St. Martin's Press & YABC for the eARC of The Best Possible Answer. So so excited to read it!

{Purchased}


Everyone says this book is a MUST read so I just had to snatch a copy while it was on sale on Amazon!
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To Read This Week:


These are two books that I started a while back but ended up putting down to read other books. Now I'm ready to finally read them and hopefully I will end up enjoying their stories. ♥
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And that's it for The Week's Entrée! What are you all reading? :)

Cover Reveal: Raene and the Three Bears by R.S. McCoy


Hi everyone! I'm a bit late for the cover reveal that happened on Wednesday, but I still want to share with you all the cover of Raene and the Three Bears by R.S. McCoy! This is the sequel to Blossom and the Beast and ohmygush, you guys, that book is SO SO GOOD. Like FREAKIN' GOOD (and PSSSST! It's currently $0.99 on Amazon!) so naturally, I am extremely excited for the sequel!

So without further ado....


THE COVER:


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I LOVE IT AND I NEED IT NOW. This book is coming out at the end of November and I'm seriously counting the days until I can read more about the amazingly creative world R.S. McCoy created. It's so addicting! ♥♥♥ Here's a bit more about Raene and the Three Bears!

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Raene and the Three Bears by R.S. McCoy
Release date: November 29th, 2016
Genre: YA Paranormal
Pages: 300
Find it: Amazon | Goodreads

Book Summary:
*A paranormal romance retelling of Goldilocks and the Three Bears*

A golden-haired beauty with a tiger totem, Raene Randal is powerless to stop the dissolution of her life. Her uncle and best friend, Kaide, is sending her away for good. While Raene knows his actions are fueled by the sudden and unexplained loss of his bride, Blossom, that doesn’t change the fact that her future is certain. As the niece of a Pyro politician, it’s Raene’s duty to cross the realm and fulfill her marriage arrangements with an Alderwood Bear Clan. 

The rest of her life is mapped out, but Raene has one choice left: to choose a husband from the sons of the Bear Clan’s leader—too bad she’s not interested in any of them. She knows her duty, but so far from her home and everyone she knows, Raene finds keeping her promises harder than she ever thought. 

On the far side of the realm, Blossom knows nothing of Kaide’s implosion or Raene’s departure. She’s trapped in the Aero city at the whim of Syndicate Mercer. As much as she tries to adapt to her aerial totem and her new role within the Aero branch, Blossom knows it’s only a matter of time before she sees Kaide again, but this time, she’ll be his enemy.

A new paranormal romance from RS McCoy, author of The Sparks Saga, The Luminary Chronicles, and The Extraction Files series. 

Book Two of The Alder Tales. 
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About R.S. McCoy 
Rachel McCoy is a Texan living in New Jersey. Between binge watching MTV reality shows and baking gluten free treats, she writes paranormal fantasy and science fiction novels. She is the self-published author of the Sparks Saga trilogy as well as numerous short stories, some of which now reside in anthologies. Back when she lived in the real world, Rachel earned a degree in marine biology, which contributed to her die-hard love of manta rays. 

Classic Fridays #8: Diverse Books


Hi everyone! Welcome to another post of CLASSIC FRIDAYS, a brand new weekly meme created by the wonderful Team Gray members of BBCP (Book Blogger Creativity Project).

What is Classic Fridays? A set of questions that can be answered about any book/series. A topic will be chosen every week and with each topic, there will be a set of questions. These topics will range from your TBR to Current Reads and everything bookish in-between! For more info about this meme and future topics, you can visit this page. You can also sign-up to receive next week's topic HERE.

This Week's Topic:

... Diverse Books...

What’s your definition of a diverse book?
For me, a book is diverse when each character has its own voice. Characters that are not only defined by their skin color, gender, orientation, religion or culture, but able to represent and express how our world (and fictional worlds) truly is. With many dreams. Different opinions. Equal worth.

What should a diverse book include/not include? Why or why not?
Oh, I think everything! I feel that each book is diverse in its own way, the only thing that each book needs is to rightly represent us humans (and aliens and monsters and our entire world). To respect. Enhance. Love the differences and similarities between each human being.

Is your current read diverse?

I'm reading A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas so I think it is a bit? There are lots of fairies and humans and beings that I'm not sure what they are exactly. I don't know if a character is described by skin tone, but I imagine everyone differently. Different skin tones and such. I even imagine Feyre with slanted eyes haha.

In what way is your book diverse?
I think that the whole idea of the courts divided by season and daylight gives the opportunity to showcase colorful characters.

Do you think there is enough diversity in books published nowadays?
Not at all, but we are getting there! I hope for a day that everywhere we look, diverse books will be part of our normal bookish world.

In what way do you think the book community has grown to accept and promote diverse books?
The thing is, the book community is the one that's been pleading for diverse books, so much that we finally made our voice heard. Naturally, we are just glad to promote them even more.

What are some of your favorite diverse books?
 
These are two of my faves but there are so many out there that I want to read too!

Why do you think it’s important for there to be diverse books?
Because we all need our voice heard. To proudly display who we are so others can also see us.

When did you start enjoying more books that are diverse?
A couple of years ago I started reading more diverse reads ad have not looked back since.

Explain your perfect scenario/plot of a diverse book that you wish would be written.
Ohh... this is tricky, but for example, as a Mexican I would love for authors to not only go by the usual cliches such as us only wearing sombreros and eating tacos or tamales 24/7. We do love tamales and we do love tacos but we also love pizza and spaghetti, including other delicious Mexican dishes. And while some wear sombreros, others wear hats and headbands, and basically dress like everybody else in this world. :)

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Don't forget to leave me a link to your Classic Fridays post if you participate! ♥

English/Spanish Book Review: Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Title: Stalking Jack the Ripper
Author: Kerri Maniscalco
Genre: YA Historical Thriller
Publisher: Jimmy Patterson
Published:  September 20th, 2016
Page Count:  336 pages
Format:  eARC
Source: From publisher via Edelweiss


Summary:
Presented by James Patterson's new children's imprint, this deliciously creepy horror novel has a storyline inspired by the Ripper murders and an unexpected, blood-chilling conclusion...

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord's daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father's wishes and society's expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle's laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

The story's shocking twists and turns, augmented with real, sinister period photos, will make this dazzling debut from author Kerri Maniscalco impossible to forget.
*The Reader's Review*
My rating: 5/5 stars
.This review can also be found on YA Books Central.

Dear readers, I've found my favorite book of 2016. Stalking Jack the Ripper is a lusciously dark mystery thriller set in nineteenth-century London inspired by the gruesome murders of the infamous Jack the Ripper. From page one I was fighting for breath, praying not to throw up by these events, and yet, drinking the words in as if there was no tomorrow. The writing entranced me, the characters became my allies and suspects, and the forensic studies ... they sure kept me up at night.

I don't often read horror or thrillers since my stomach goes weak whenever there is blood and gore involved, but I'm sure glad I gave this book a chance because AMAZING doesn't even begin to cover it. Like the characters, I learned to push my feelings over blood aside and grow cold and calculated trying to solve the cases of Jack the Ripper. I was going back and forth over my suspect list, ever growing as each chapter moved on. I started to strongly suspect a certain character by 50% into the story, yet the author does a great job at keeping you second-guessing until the very end. I really liked that.

The main character, Audrey Rose Wadsworth, is a force to be reckoned with. Her personality is admirable and her ideas plus her determination to study the field she loves is pretty kick-ass. Despite living in a society that questions the value of women in fields outside hosting tea parties and being wives, she pushes on by pursuing a career in forensic studies under her uncle's supervision while not renouncing to her "girly" manners. She's an early version of the modern women and does a great job. I loved her!

As a thriller, I believed Stalking Jack the Ripper would only be a dark, bloody read, but as it turns out, it was also full of dark humor. It kept the heaviness from being too much, and I often found myself laughing quite loud at night. The twisted humor often came from the dashing Thomas Cresswell who is also interested in forensic studies. He is like a young adult version of Sherlock Holmes, including sharp mind and attention to details. He made me swoon like no other character and also pray for him to not be the ripper. I'm sure many readers will come to fancy him like me!

Final Verdict: 

To put it simply, Stalking Jack the Reader is bloody brilliant (pun intended). I fear my words won't ever do justice to this fascinating take on one of the world's most known serial killers, but I must insist on readers to pick it up once it comes out. This debut novel by Kerri Maniscalco will set new standards to YA Thrillers, trust me. It's dark and horrifying, historically accurate (with twists from the author), and offers the intriguing experience through the eyes of a young girl who defies the norms of 1888 London. Can't wait for the next book in the series (because yes, it's a series!!!!).

*Spanish Book Review/ Reseña en Español*

Queridos lectores, he encontrado mi libro favorito de 2016. Stalking Jack the Ripper (El Acecho de Jack el Destripador) es un thriller oscuro y de misterio inspirado en los brutales asesinatos del infame y vil Jack el Destripador. Desde la primera página quedé hipnotizada por las palabras de Kerri Maniscalco y su habilidad de dar una nueva perspectiva a uno de los casos de asesinos seriales más famosos de la historia. 

A decir verdad, no suelo leer novelas de terror o de suspenso debido a que mi estómago se debilita cada vez que hay sangre y vísceras involucrados, pero estoy muy feliz de que le di a este libro una oportunidad porque Stalking Jack the Ripper es simplemente increíble en todos los aspectos posibles. Los personajes son interesantes, el misterio cautivante y el simple hecho de haber abierto una página más sobre la historia de Jack el Destripador hace esta historia resaltar. De la misma forma, Kerri Maniscalco hace un gran trabajo al mantener el suspenso hasta el último capítulo y creo que muchos lectores apreciarán este detalle.

Todos los personajes son brillantes, pero el personaje principal, Audrey Rose Wadsworth, es mi favorito. Su personalidad e ideas son admirables, pero el hecho de que está determinada en especializarse en ciencias forenses la hace inusual e intrigante. A pesar de vivir en una sociedad que cuestiona el valor de la mujer en campos fuera de fiestas de té o el ser ama de casa, ella lucha por seguir una carrera difícil bajo la supervisión de su tío sin renunciar a sus costumbres femeninas. Ella es como una versión temprana de la mujer moderna y hace un gran trabajo. ¡La admiro!

Y como una película de suspenso, pensaba que Stalking Jack the Ripper sólo sería una lectura oscura y sangrienta, pero resultó que también está llena de humor negro. Ésto ayudó mucho a que la historia no fuera tan pesada, de hecho me hizo reir constantemente del humor torcido que generalmente provenía del apuesto Thomas Cresswell (que también le interesan los estudios forenses). Él es como una versión joven de Sherlock Holmes, incluyendo su mente aguda y la atención a detalles. Amo a este tipo de personajes y estoy segura que muchas lectoras (y lectores) se enamorarán de él. ♥

Veredicto final:

En pocas palabras, Stalking Jack the Ripper es una novela histórica sangrienta pero muy brillante. Temo que mis palabras nunca le harán justicia a esta fascinante toma de uno de los asesinos seriales más conocidos del mundo, pero debo insistir que los lectores deben de conseguirse este libro y sumergirse en su historia. Es oscura y horrible, históricamente exacta (con giros de la autora, por supuesto), y ofrece una fascinante experiencia a través de los ojos de una joven que desafía las normas de Londres de 1888. ¡Muero por la siguiente entrega de Stalking Jack the Ripper!

The Week's Entrée #116

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

I've been in a blogging slump lately, barely writing 3 posts per week :( Part of it is laziness and another part is lack of inspiration. Maybe it also has to do with a reading slump that I'm finally getting out of... either way, I want to be more active here on the blog. I miss writing reviews so much and just doing fun posts (so if you do bookish tags, TAG ME, they are always fun to do).

Also, in a totally unrelated topic, I have to tell you that I've been obsessing over Aladdin's A Whole New World song ♥. Been singing it at the top of my lungs for the past two days in a very melancholic way LOL. And I'm LOVING this video with the voice actors singing it in 1993 and 23 years later. Watch it!!!!

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New books!

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


Thanks to the publishers for granting me access to Roseblood by A.G. Howard and Shadow Fall by Audrey Grey. They both look like great reads!
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To Read This Week:


Remember when I said I was reading ACOMAF last week? Yeah... I barely started it yesterday night because I ended up reading other novellas. BUT I will finish it this week. I'm already hooked, you know ;). And next I'll be reading my copy of #Static by Eric Laster. Hope this one turns into a good read because I just got out of a slump so I'm not in the mood to put down any more books. :/
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And that's it for The Week's Entrée! What are you all reading? :)

Classic Fridays #7: Fall Books


Hi everyone! Welcome to another post of CLASSIC FRIDAYS, a brand new weekly meme created by the wonderful Team Gray members of BBCP (Book Blogger Creativity Project).

What is Classic Fridays? A set of questions that can be answered about any book/series. A topic will be chosen every week and with each topic, there will be a set of questions. These topics will range from your TBR to Current Reads and everything bookish in-between! For more info about this meme and future topics, you can visit this page. You can also sign-up to receive next week's topic HERE.

This Week's Topic:

... Fall Books...

What are some of your favorite books about fall?

I can't remember a book exactly about Fall, but I love a small passage in Anna and the French Kiss during that season. I loved the descriptions and I felt as if I were in Paris seeing all the beautiful fall colors.

What’s your favorite fall drink to go with a book?
Pumpkin Spice Latte or Cappuccino for sure! If not, Hot Chocolate. These drinks are perfect for any reading during the night.

What types of books (genre-wise) do you enjoy more in the fall? (Think of it like seasonal reading) :)
I love reading YA Contemporaries during this season. I know that many prefer them to be summer reads, but I love the warm feeling the fluffy contemporary books give me, just like my favorite warm drinks during chilly nights.

What is one book that you seem to just have to read every year?

For Contemporary, I read Anna and the French Kiss. For Fantasy it is Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen and Harry Potter.

Does the season affect the types of books that you read? Do you find yourself spending more time reading or less? 
Not really, I seem to read the same kind of books (Contemporary and Fantasy) but I do tend to read a bit more since by now I am scrambling to catch up with my Goodreads challenge. I am WAY behind.

When do you consider it’s fall-time in the place that you live? 
Fall time truly begins starting November. It's when the weather finally starts to cool down and we can use our sweaters.

What's your favorite fall-ish book cover?

Fall of Frost by Brian Hall. It's not YA, or even fiction, but the cover does look very fall-ish.

How many books are in your Fall TBR right now?
I haven't really looked that far into my TBR, but let's just say around 30 because I do have to catch up with my challenge.

Which book would you recommend to read specifically during Fall season?

Hmm... Crane by Stacey Rourke! It's creepy and about Sleepy Hollow, so perfect for Halloween!

How many books on your shelf have the word “Fall” on the cover?
Only two! Fall of Frost and Catch Me When I Fall. :)

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Don't forget to leave me a link to your Classic Fridays post if you participate! ♥