Goodreads Monday: House of Beating Wings by Olivia Wildenstein | 5-9-22

Hello Readers!

Goodreads Monday was hosted and created by Lauren’s Page Turners and has now been taken over by Budget Tales Book Blog. To participate, choose a random book from your TBR and show it off.

Title: House of Beating Wings
Author: Olivia Wildenstein
Genre: Adult Fantasy
Publication Date: September 2022
Publisher: Self-Published

For the love of a prince, I freed an enemy king.

“Free the five iron crows, and you will be queen, Fallon,” a blind soothsayer whispered to me, the bastard daughter of a demented faerie and an absentee human father.

Although I’d never yearned to sit upon a throne, I did yearn to sit upon the prince’s lap and win his heart. If a slew of metal relics could help me overthrow the current monarch, put a crown upon my beloved’s head, and a ring around my finger, then treasure-hunting I would go.

If only the oracle had warned me what those crows truly were.

Or rather . . . who.

Fans of Sarah J. Maas and Mary E. Pearson will devour this epic fantasy romance full of deceit, betrayal, and false loves that could swallow a person whole.(Goodreads)

Does this one sound like something you would read?

I got an email for this one over the weekend and I am excited to read another series by her!

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-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

Goodreads Monday: The Make-Up Test by Jenny L. Howe | 4-11-22

Hello Readers!

Goodreads Monday was hosted and created by Lauren’s Page Turners and has now been taken over by Budget Tales Book Blog. To participate, choose a random book from your TBR and show it off.

Title: The Make-Up Test
Author: Jenny L. Howe
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: September 13th, 2022
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

“Allison Avery loves to win. After acing every academic challenge she’s come up against, she’s finally been accepted into her dream Ph.D. program at Claymore University, studying medieval literature under a professor she’s admired for years. Sure, grad school isn’t easy—the classes are intense, her best friend is drifting away, and her students would rather pull all-nighters than discuss The Knight’s Tale—but she’s got this. Until she discovers her ex-boyfriend has also been accepted. Colin Benjamin might be the only person who loves winning more than Allison does, and when they’re both assigned to TA for the same professor, the game is on.

What starts as a personal battle of wits (and lit) turns into all-out war when their professor announces a career-changing research trip opportunity—with one spot to fill. Competing with Colin is as natural as breathing, and after he shattered her heart two years ago, Allison refuses to let him come out on top. But when a family emergency and a late night road trip—plus a very sexy game of Scrabble—throw them together for a weekend, she starts to wonder if they could be stronger on the same team. And if they fall for each other all over again, Allison will have to choose between a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and what could be a twice-in-a-lifetime love.

Charmingly bookish and unequivocally fat positive, The Make-Up Test embraces the truth that people can sometimes change and grow, even when you least expect it.” (Goodreads)

Does this one sound like something you would read?

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-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Fantasy Reads with Romance! (Love Freebie) | 2-8-22

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 Love Freebie so I have come up with, Favorite Fantasy Reads with Romance! I am really excited for this and I can’t wait to share my picks with you. I know I have shared some of these before but it’s because I like them so you get to them again, haha.

1.) The Dark Shores Series by Danielle L. Jensen

2.) The Caraval Trilogy by Stephanie Garber

3.) The Bone Charmer Duology by Breeana Shields

4.) The Bridge Kingdom Series by Danielle L. Jensen

5.) The Winternight Trilogy by Katherine Arden

6.) Glass Alliance Trilogy by Joanna Hathaway

7.) The Traitor’s Circle Trilogy by Erin Beaty

8.) An Ember in the Ashes Quartet by Sabaa Tahir

9.) Mortal Engines Quartet by Philip Reeve

10.) Uprooted by Naomi Novik

What’s a fantasy book you have loved with romance?

Let me know in the comments below!

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-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

First Lines Friday | 2-4-22

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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“The stories of this age begin and end with blood, and mine is no exception.”

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The book is….

Those who see the dead soon join them.

From the author of the critically-acclaimed Blackwing trilogy comes Ed McDonald’s Daughter of Redwinter, the first of a brilliant fantasy series about how one choice can change a universe.

Raine can see–and more importantly, speak–to the dead. It’s a wretched gift with a death sentence that has her doing many dubious things to save her skin. Seeking refuge with a deluded cult is her latest bad, survival-related decision. But her rare act of kindness–rescuing an injured woman in the snow–is even worse.

Because the woman has escaped from Redwinter, the fortress-monastery of the Draoihn, warrior magicians who answer to no king and who will stop at nothing to retrieve what she’s stolen. A battle, a betrayal, and a horrific revelation forces Raine to enter Redwinter. It becomes clear that her ability might save an entire nation.

Pity she might have to die for that to happen…” (Goodreads)

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I started this one yesterday and knew I had to share the first line! It’s so good! I can’t wait to continue on with this book.

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

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-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Books Releasing In the First Half of 2022 | 1-3-22

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 Most Anticipated Books Releasing In the First Half of 2022. I can already name a couple off the top of my head. I’m excited to go through my list once again to see what others I can come up with! Here we go!

P.S, This isn’t even all of them. 😂

1.) The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea by Axie Oh

2.) Echoes and Empires by Morgan Rhodes

3.) Only a Monster by Vanessa Len

4.) All the Right Reasons by Bethany Mangle

5.) A Magic Steeped in Poison by Judy I. Lin

6.) All My Rage by Sabaa Tahir

7.) Hotel Magnifique by Emily J. Taylor

8.) Queen of the Tiles by Hanna Alkaf

9.) Together We Burn by Isabel Ibañez

10.) The Agathas by Kathleen Glasgow and Liz Lawson

11.) A Show for Two by Tashie Bhuiyan

12.) This Place is Still Beautiful by XiXi Tian

13.) Curse of Shadows by A.K. Wilder

What book are you excited for in the first half of 2022?

Let me know in the comments below!

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-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

First Lines Friday | 12-31-21

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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“He’d been blindfolded for thirteen days.
Shackled too, and occasionally gagged, but despite the persistent burn of the ropes sloughing the skin of his wrists and the foul taste of the fabric shoved in his mouth, it was the endless shadow of the blindfold that was driving Aren, the former king of Ithicana, to the brink of madness.”

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The book is….

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I read the first book last year (I think lol) and hadn’t moved on for whatever reason. I started this last night and wow! It has been so good. I can’t believe I waited so long to continue.

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

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-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

WWW Wednesday | 12-29-21

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 currently only reading one book for once. That’s kind of crazy, lol. The book I am on will finish a duology and I would like to have it done by the end of the year. It is called Empress of Flames (The Girl King #2) by Mimi Yu

  • The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • As Good As Dead (A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder #3) by Holly Jackson ⭐⭐⭐

I’m not sure what audiobook I will pick up next.

My next reads will be something from the list below:

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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: Best Books I Read In 2021 | 12-28-21

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 Best Books I Read In 2021. I’ve been thinking of doing a post like this. So, this makes it perfect! I’m curious to go back and see what I rated 5 stars. This list won’t include ever 5 star and some will be a series because I won’t put all 61 5 star reads down. 😂

1.) Yona of the Dawn by Mizuho Kusanagi (all of the volumes I have read this year 😂)

2.) Inuyasha by Rumiko Takahashi (The whole series pretty much!)

3.) Gilded Serpent (Dark Shores #3) by Danielle L. Jensen

4.) The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien

5.) XOXO by Axie Oh

6.) Well Matched (Well Met #3) by Jen DeLuca

7.) A River Enchanted by Rebecca Ross

8.) The Burning God (The Poppy War #3) by R.F. Kuang

9.) Once Upon a Broken Heart by Stephanie Garber

10.) The Red Palace by June Hur

11.) Full Flight by Ashley Schumacher

12.) The Last Words We Said by Leah Sheier

13.) We Were Kings by Court Stevens

14.) Isn’t It Bromantic? (Bromance Book Club #4) by Lyssa Kay Adams

15.) Southern Sun, Northern Star (Glass Alliance #3) by Joanna Hathaway

16.) I Want to Eat Your Pancreas by Yoru Sumino & Izumi Kirihara

17.) Daughter by Kate McLaughlin

18.) Tarnished Empire (Dark Shores #0.5) by Danielle L. Jensen

19.) Beasts of Prey by Ayana Gray

20.) The Box in the Woods (Truly Devious #4) by Maureen Johnson

21.) Nora Goes Off Script by Annabel Monaghan

What book would make your best list for 2021? Have you read any of these? Any of them on your tbr?

Let me know in the comments below!

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-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

Merry Christmas!: The Joy of Christmas Book Tag | 12-25-21

Hello My Lovely Readers!

I hope you all had a great Christmas Eve and an even better Christmas!

Today I am traveling back from family and will open presents with my husband and daughter later once we are home. I am going to miss the holiday season even if it is a busy time of year. I just love it and will obviously keep my tree up until whenever, lol.

Since it is Christmas I will end this post with a fun tag. Enjoy!

(Sam @Sam’s Nonsense is the creator of the tag. Be sure to check them out!)

Anticipation: The Christmas excitement is real, what book release(s) are you most anticipating?

This isn’t the cover for it, but that is also something I am looking forward too! Haha. I really enjoyed Once Upon a Broken Heart and can’t wait to see where the series will go! I just need more Jacks!

Christmas Songs & Carols: What book or author can you not help but sing its/their praises?

Joanna Ruth Meyer, Katherine Arden, R.F. Kuang, and Stephanie Garber. I know that this is a long list but I have enjoyed their books and would recommend them all!

Gingerbread Houses: What book or series has wonderful world-building?

Haha, what a question! Well for starters, every book in this tag I have already mentioned. I would also add Glass Alliance series by Joanna Hathaway and Dark Shores by Danielle L. Jensen.

A Christmas Carol: Favorite classic or one that you want to read

Let’s go with a true classic! But also, let’s make it two. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien.

Christmas Sweets: What book would you love to receive for Christmas?

I would like to receive The Last Words We Said by Leah Scheier. I’m sad I haven’t seen anyone read it because it was so good! It made me cry and I loved every minute of it.

Candles in the Window: What book gives you that warm fuzzy feeling?

Too many to name! So, I’ll go with a series and one from a series. 😂 The Well Met series by Jen DeLuca and Mistletoe and Mr. Right by Sarah Morgenthaler.

Christmas Trees & Decorations: What are some of your favorite book covers?

This would be a really long list, haha. So, I will go with three!

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-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

First Lines Friday | 12-24-21

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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“Only fools climbed to the surface. It was stupid to put yourself in danger like that, my mother always said. Not only were there near-constant debris showers from the rubble belt, but you never knew when the Krell would attack.”

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The book is….

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

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-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)