Monthly Archives: September 2015

Waiting on Wednesday-The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan-9/9/15

98a84-waitingonwednesdayIt’s been ages since I have posted a Waiting on Wednesday post! This weekly meme is hosted by Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming new releases that we just can’t wait to get our hands on!

sword of summer

The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #1) by Rick Riordan
October 6, 2015


Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.

One day, he’s tracked down by a man he’s never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. The man tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.

The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.

When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision.

Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die . . .

Fall is always better with a new Rick Riordan book! I am so excited to get to know a new set of demigods.


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After Alice by Gregory Maguire
October 27, 2015


From the multi-million-copy bestselling author of Wicked comes a magical new twist on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, published to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Lewis’s Carroll’s beloved classic

When Alice toppled down the rabbit-hole 150 years ago, she found a Wonderland as rife with inconsistent rules and abrasive egos as the world she left behind. But what of that world? How did 1860s Oxford react to Alice’s disappearance?

In this brilliant new work of fiction, Gregory Maguire turns his dazzling imagination to the question of underworlds, undergrounds, underpinnings — and understandings old and new, offering an inventive spin on Carroll’s enduring tale. Ada, a friend of Alice’s mentioned briefly in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, is off to visit her friend, but arrives a moment too late — and tumbles down the rabbit hole herself.

Ada brings to Wonderland her own imperfect apprehension of cause and effect as she embarks on an odyssey to find Alice and see her safely home from this surreal world below the world. If Euridyce can ever be returned to the arms of Orpheus, or Lazarus can be raised from the tomb, perhaps Alice can be returned to life. Either way, everything that happens next is After Alice.

I love retellings and reimaginings and I have been on a Wonderland kick for a while now. Can’t wait!

Happy Reading!


Top Ten Tuesday-Ten Series I Have Yet to Finish! 9/8/15

toptentuesdayThis week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, has me once again reviewing my TBR list. I thought I was pretty much caught up on all my series, but oh, how wrong I was!

1. Raging Star, (The Dust Lands #3) by Moira Young. I am not sure why I haven’t finished this series.

raging star

2. The World Forgot (The Ever-Expanding Universe #3) by Martin Leicht. I really want to finish this series. I should grab it; I could use a good laugh.

world forgot

3. The Eye of Zoltar (The Chronicles of Kazam #3) by Jasper Fforde. The only reason I have not finished this series is because I really, really want to listen to book three and it’s just not available. Sigh.

eye of zoltar

4. The Invaders (The Brotherband Chronicles #2) by John Flanagan. I don’t think I ever fully recovered from finishing The Ranger’s Apprentice series.


5. Rivals in the City (The Agency #4) by Y.S. Lee. I suppose I just haven’t been in the mood for this one. I am have been eye-ball deep in fantasy.

rivals in the city

6. City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6) by Cassandra Clare. I am not sure I have it in me to finish this series. I was already super annoyed that she stretched a trilogy into six books. This last book is enormous and I just don’t know if I even care. Also, I can’t really remember what happened in book five.

city of heavenly

7. The Dying of the Light (Skulduggery Pleasant #9) by Derek Landy. I haven’t finished this series BECAUSE NO LIBRARY IN THE STATE OF OHIO OWNS THIS IRISH IMPORT. IT IS DRIVING ME INSANE AND I AM GETTING READY TO BUY THE WHOLE DARNED SERIES FOR MYSELF. I am sorry to yell. I am just a bit worked up about this situation.

dying of the light

8. Ensnared (Splintered #3) by A.G. Howard. This is another one that I want to listen to, but it’s not available.


9. Hero of Ages (Mistborn #3) by Brandon Sanderson. Ok, this one is really just to complete the list. I am plowing through this series. I have two audiobooks checked out right now that have holds, so I will listen to them before diving back into this series. I love it.

hero of ages

10. In a Handful of Dust (Not a Drop to Drink #2) by Mindy McGinnis. This one has fallen victim to I-own-it-so-it-is-not-a-priority-syndrome.

in a handful of dust

I have some work to do!

Happy Reading!



Top Ten Tuesday-Where’s the Chemistry? Characters I Didn’t Click With-9/1/15


It’s been ages since I have made a top ten list! I am so happy to be back with   The Broke and the Bookish with an all new list. Check out this list of characters that I just could relate to for one reason or another. No chemistry.

1. Lola from Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins. I loved Anna, but could not get into Lola. I was pretty sad about it, but then I remembered that there are tons of other books to read and I was ok.


2. Gwen and Cassidy from What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick. This is a similar situation. I loved her first book, My Life Next Door, but could not get into this one. I am really excited for The Boy Most Likely To!

what i thought was true

3. America Singer and everyone else from the train wreck that is The Selection by Kiera Cass. I have nothing but UGH to say.


4. Grace from the Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie Stiefvater. Not only did we not click, this girl inspired rage in me. I have since made up with Maggie Stiefvater, thanks to The Raven Boys. But Shiver? Blah.


5. Zoey Redbird from The House of Night series by P.C. Cast. Another rage-inducer.

house of night

6. Ruby and crew from The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken. I am in the minority on this one, I think. I really did not like this book.

darkest minds

7. Hazel and Gus from The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Nope.


8.  Violet and Chelsea from Desires of the Dead (The Body Finder #2) by Kimberley Derting. I really like the first book so I was disappointed when Violet turned into a whiny, insecure person in book two and Chelsea became a bully and everyone was ok with it. I stopped the series here.

desires of the dead

I really try not to waste time reading books that don’t work for me, so I am going to stop here.

Happy Reading!