WWW Wednesday (8/4/21)

Hello, My Lovely Bookworms!

This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and is now hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

It consists of answering these three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

I am listening to The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien still.

I started A Fate of Wrath & Flame by K.A. Tucker on Monday and I am 42% through! I may try to finish it today. It’s an interesting mix of Urban Fantasy / Time Travel. There are some intense plot twists and I’m loving the romance plot.

  • A Far Wilder Magic by Allison Saft (arc) ⭐⭐⭐

After I finish my current audiobook I will continue on with The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien.

My next arc will be When Night Breaks by Janella Angeles. I also plan to read Between, You, Me, and the Honeybees by Amelia Diane Coombs. I got it in from the library so I need to get to it!

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What is your current read? Are you loving it? Have you read or want to read any that I have listed? Let me know in the comments!

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-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

Top Ten Tuesday: Covers That Make Me Want to Read/Buy the Book (8/3/21)

Hello Bookworms!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.

Today’s prompt is Titles or Covers That Made Me Want to Read/Buy the Book but I’ve change the made to make. I love prompts like this because I get to go through my tbr pile once again and see what the heck I have on it, haha. Usually it’s because of the cover or title anyways so it works.

1.) Always Jane by Jenn Bennett

2.) Queen of the Tiles by Hanna Alkaf

3.) All the Right Reasons by Bethany Mangle

4.) A Lair of Bones by Helen Scheuerer

5.) God of Neverland by Gama Ray Martinez

6.) That Dark Infinity by Kate Pentecost

7.) Lease On Love by Falon Ballard

8.) The Girl with the Hickory Heart by Lauren Nicolle Taylor

9.) Song of the Forever Rains by E.J. Mellow

10.) Escape to Witch City by E. Latimer

Are any of these on your tbr? What one would you read based on the cover?

Let me know in the comments below!

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-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

Goodreads Monday: The Red Palace by June Hur

Hello Readers!

Goodreads Monday is hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners. To participate, choose a random book from your TBR and show it off.

Title: The Red Palace
Author: June Hur
Genre: YA Historical Fiction / Mystery
Publication Date: January 25th, 2022
Publisher: Feiwel Friends

June Hur, critically acclaimed author of The Silence of Bones and The Forest of Stolen Girls, returns with The Red Palace—a third evocative, atmospheric historical mystery perfect for fans of Courtney Summers and Kerri Maniscalco.

To enter the palace means to walk a path stained in blood…

Joseon (Korea), 1758. There are few options available to illegitimate daughters in the capital city, but through hard work and study, eighteen-year-old Hyeon has earned a position as a palace nurse. All she wants is to keep her head down, do a good job, and perhaps finally win her estranged father’s approval.

But Hyeon is suddenly thrust into the dark and dangerous world of court politics when someone murders four women in a single night, and the prime suspect is Hyeon’s closest friend and mentor. Determined to prove her beloved teacher’s innocence, Hyeon launches her own secret investigation.

In her hunt for the truth, she encounters Eojin, a young police inspector also searching for the killer. When evidence begins to point to the Crown Prince himself as the murderer, Hyeon and Eojin must work together to search the darkest corners of the palace to uncover the deadly secrets behind the bloodshed.” (Goodreads)

I am so excited I got this book early! When I read the email it seriously made my day. I am not one for Historical Fiction but there is something about her writing that draws you in. They are also part Mystery / Thriller so they are so hard to put down!

Does this one sound like something you would read?

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-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

Weekly Update (8/1/21)

Hello Lovely Bookworms!

I feel like weeks just go by faster and faster.

I didn’t post one of these last week because I just didn’t feel like it and that’s okay!

Nothing has really been going on besides the usual. I have been trying to get into a better routine for when my daughter starts school and we begin the process of homeschooling. I’m quite nervous but I also feel like everything will be alright, lol. Next Monday is the first day and I am just not ready to have a kindergartner.

My reading for July was quite sporadic. I did a lot of reading in the beginning and ending. The middle was okay I guess. Hopefully August will be the month I finish up my arcs (I have 6 left!) but I’m sure I’ll be busy with schooling.

So yeah, that’s it!

I hope you all have been doing well. ❤

  • Defy the Night by Brigid Kemmerer (arc) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Lakesedge by Lyndall Clipstone (arc) ⭐⭐
  • Cold the Night, Fast the Wolves by Meg Long (arc) ⭐⭐⭐
  • Daughter by Kate McLaughlin (arc) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Dragonblood Ring by Amparo Ortiz (arc) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • A History of Wild Places by Shea Ernshaw (arc) ⭐⭐⭐
  • Full Flight by Ashley Schumacher (arc) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • The Two Towers (The Lord of the Rings #2) by J.R.R. Tolkien (audiobook)
  • A Far Wilder Magic by Allison Saft (arc)
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How was your week? Did you do anything fun over the weekend? Read anything good this week? Let me know in the comments!

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-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

August’s Most Anticipated Releases (2021)

Hello Lovely Readers!

I am back with my second post of doing anticipated releases! This time I am actually getting to it a day before the new month starts so that is good, haha. I love a little bit of progress!

This time around I have done it a tad different as this is easier for me to add it to Instagram as well. I hope you enjoy the new format!

Are any of these books on your tbr? What are you looking forward to reading in July?

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-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

Book Review: Fae Conqueror (Tangled Fae #5) by Sarah K.L. Wilson

Title: Fae Conqueror (Tangled Fae #5)
Author: Sarah K.L. Wilson
Genre: YA Fantasy / Fae
Publication Date: July 13th, 2020
Publisher: Self-Published
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

She can conquer the Fae – but at what cost?

From USA Today bestselling author Sarah K. L. Wilson comes this thrilling conclusion to a deliciously trope-filled young adult romantic fantasy series about a viciously funny mortal girl and her quest to hunt, trap, and conquer powerful fae.

Allie had an army, allies, and a plan, but with all of those things slipping through her fingers she is being driven further and further toward a path she hadn’t planned to take and a choice she didn’t want to make.

How selfless is Allie, really? Would she give her own life to save her people … and her new husband?

Or will she have to carve out another way forward? And what might that way cost her?” (Goodreads)

Fae Hunter / Fae Captive / Fae Nightmare / Fae Pursuit

I have finally finished the series! And with that comes heartache as I have to say goodbye to another group of characters and the world that they live in. It’s always bittersweet.

Since this is a conclusion there was a lot of plot lines that needed to be tied up before the end and I think the author did a really good job with this. The stakes are still quite high when it comes to the impending doom of the human world and Allie is giving it her all to rid the mortal realm of the fae. She is also throwing insults every step of the way while doing it, ha. Honestly, the humor never ends in these books and I love it.

The relationship between Scouvrel and Allie is still one that has big impact in the games they are playing but it’s very minor intimately between them. They aren’t always on the page together but when they are their moments together are still sweet but nonethless have a good amount of banter. I still wish there would have been a bit more from them though.

I did think her sister would have a bigger role after book three but with another evil introduced her role kind of minored out and the other was more of a threat. I didn’t mind it though as it gave more plot twists.

A lot of good messages can be found throughout the book like sacrifice and having hope that someone can change.

Overall, this was a great conclusion. I’m glad I have another series knocked off.

First Lines Friday (7/30/21)

Hello Lovely Readers!

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!
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“Baba says only wicked things happen after midnight, but I know better.”

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The book is….

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I’m so happy I got my hands on an arc for this book! I haven’t started it yet but I do know I will be getting to it soon as it comes out in September. That first line has me intrigued though!

Have you read this book? Do you want to read it?

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-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

Arc Review: The Case of the Cursed Crop by Michael Anthony Steele

Title: The Case of the Cursed Crop
Author: Michael Anthony Steele
Genre: Children’s Fiction / Mystery
Publication Date: August 1st, 2021
Publisher: Stone Arch Books
Rating: 4 stars

Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for an earc to read in exchange for a review!

“When Batman and Mystery Inc. arrive at the same farm outside of Gotham City, they soon find themselves in for the fright of their lives! Every time an eerie fog rolls in, fearsome farm monsters come out to play. Can the Caped Crusader help Scooby and the gang crack this case of cursed cropland before the creepy creatures carry them away? Find out in this action-packed chapter book for fans of both Batman and Scooby-Doo!” (Goodreads)

Growing up I loved watching Scooby-Doo. When I saw this on Netgalley as a “read now”, I figured why not! I am always down for something that is Scooby-Doo.

This was a fun read and I loved the illustrations that were included. This reads as a children’s book, so just a bit lower than middle grade. I also know it’s one that my daughter would enjoy since it’s easy to get through much like the Magic Tree House series. The chapters are short and easily grasp your attention, even as an adult.

It was easy to read the words in my head as the characters would say them which made it that much more enjoyable. I also liked the inclusion of batman which reminded me of the older shows with him and Robin in them!

Overall, this was a fun mystery and I will definitely be checking out the other ones in this series with my daughter!

Book Review: Fae Pursuit (Tangled Fae #4) by Sarah K.L. Wilson

Title: Fae Pursuit (Tangled Fae #4)
Author: Sarah K.L. Wilson
Genre: YA Fantasy / Fae
Publication Date: June 5th, 2020
Publisher: Self-Published
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“Allie Hunter is playing a dangerous game for mortals.

From USA Today bestselling author Sarah K. L. Wilson comes a deliciously trope-filled young adult romantic fantasy about a viciously funny mortal girl and her quest to hunt, trap, and conquer powerful fae.

Allie thought she was saving her own mortality and stopping the Fae incursion when she killed the Balance – one of four Fae roles – and took a particularly essential Fae as her captive.

But Allie didn’t think through the consequences. Now, she has one of the four roles of the Faewald. A role she must fulfil by force of magic.

Worse, the Blood Moon has risen in the Faewald and that means it is the time of the Wild Hunt.

Can Allie find a way to save her people while fleeing the Wild Hunt and fighting against a magic that seeks to control her?

It’s still just one mortal girl against the Faewald, but now the stakes couldn’t be higher.

For lovers of The Cruel Prince and An Enchantment of Ravens comes a world of violent fae, trickery, and magic. Grab the fourth book of the Tangled Fae series today!” (Goodreads)

Fae Hunter / Fae Captive / Fae Nightmare

I have been determined to get some series I have started completed and I am back to this one! I can see the finish line!

There are so many good things to say about this book like the cat and mouse games that Scouvrel and Allie play. You never know which one is which because their roles are always switching. I also like that Allie is determined to play the fae games by her own rules. She is kindhearted and still tries to save the human world even when they weren’t kind to her. She definitely doesn’t hold a grudge towards them but the same can’t be said for her twin sister or Scouvrel, haha.

When it comes to the romance aspect, there isn’t much besides a few kisses here and there. I’m okay with this but I will say that sometimes I wish there relationship would progress past the games a bit more. I do like their back and forth but it still feels the same as previous books.

As with the other books, I am never expecting what will happen when it comes to the plot. Characters from previous books make appearances and really know what it means to be a plot twist. I liked that there was more from her sister and there has also been glimpses into the past when it comes to events that have previously happened in the faeworld. Everything is coming together and I can’t wait to see what is going to happen in the fifth and final book!

Overall, this was another great installment!

WWW Wednesday (7/28/21)

Hello, My Lovely Bookworms!

This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and is now hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

It consists of answering these three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

I am listening to The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien still.

I started Cold the Night, Fast the Wolves by Meg Long last night. For some reason I didn’t know that this has Sci-fi elements to it. I’m honestly not loving the book which makes me sad. Hopefully it gets better as I’m only 26% but I do have one complaint already.

  • I Fell in Love After School Vol. 1 by Haruka Mitsui (manga) ⭐⭐⭐
  • Defy the Night by Brigid Kemmerer (arc) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Lakesedge by Lyndall Clipstone (arc) ⭐⭐

After I finish my current audiobook I will continue on with The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien.

My next read will be If You, Then Me by Yvonne Woon. I have it in from the library so I need to get to it!

After that, it will be another arc. I will most likely pick up Daughter by Kate McLaughlin. I was sent early access from the publisher since I loved the author’s first book. I haven’t read a mystery/thriller in awhile so I am so ready for it!

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What is your current read? Are you loving it? Have you read or want to read any that I have listed? Let me know in the comments!

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-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)