Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Waiting on Wednesday: (66)

Instant Karma 

Marissa Meyer
Feiwel & Friends
Expected: November 3, 2020

Description from GoodReads:

In this young adult contemporary romance, a girl is suddenly gifted with the ability to cast instant karma on those around her—both good and bad.

Chronic overachiever Prudence Daniels is always quick to cast judgment on the lazy, rude, and arrogant residents of her coastal town. Her dreams of karmic justice are fulfilled when, after a night out with her friends, she wakes up with the sudden ability to cast instant karma on those around her. Pru giddily makes use of the power, punishing everyone from public vandals to karaoke hecklers, but there is one person on whom her powers consistently backfire: Quint Erickson, her slacker of a lab partner and all-around mortal enemy. Soon, Pru begins to uncover truths about Quint, her peers, and even herself that reveal how thin the line is between virtue and vanity, generosity and greed . . . love and hate. 

Why I Want It:

As you all know, I've been a fan of Marissa Meyer ever since I saw Cinder advertised in a magazine before its release. Since then, she's an auto buy author for me.

Although, I'm not usually as big of a contemporary fan as I am a fantasy fan, but I can't help but count down the days until Instant Karma's release. 

Fun fact about Prudence and her karma casting abilities, she was originally a character in Meyer's Renegades series, until the idea for this book struck her. I've been excited for Instant Karma ever since I read that interview. 

That's my Waiting on Wednesday this week! Will you be picking up Instant Karma? What are you waiting on this week?

Friday, June 12, 2020

Recommendation Fridays: The Lady Janies by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows and Brodi Ashton

I discovered My Lady Jane when I received a hardcover in OwlCrate's Royalty box for June 2016. I had read at least one book from each of the authors previously, I took My Lady Jane on a camping trip with me and the rest is history.

The series plays with history and adds a comedic and slight paranormal twist to those stories. My Lady Jane is the story of Jane Grey, with a hint of shapeshifters. My Plain Jane is the story of Jane Eyre, with a hint of ghosts. And the upcoming release, My Calamity Jane, is the story of Calamity Jane, with a hint of garou. Or in other words, a werewolf.

These stories area ton of fun and are perfect for fans of the original tales. I have yet to read My Calamity Jane, but I know it's going to be the best one yet.

I would recommend the series for fans of the following books and genres:
Historical Fiction, Comedy, Paranormal, Retellings, Jane Eyre, Jane Grey, Calamity Jane

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows

Release Date: June 7, 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen
Series: The Lady Janies, #1
Format: Hardcover, 512 pages

Description from GoodReads:

Edward (long live the king) is the King of England. He’s also dying, which is inconvenient, as he’s only sixteen and he’d much rather be planning for his first kiss than considering who will inherit his crown…

Jane (reads too many books) is Edward’s cousin, and far more interested in books than romance. Unfortunately for Jane, Edward has arranged to marry her off to secure the line of succession. And there’s something a little odd about her intended…

Gifford (call him G) is a horse. That is, he’s an Eðian (eth-y-un, for the uninitiated). Every day at dawn he becomes a noble chestnut steed—but then he wakes at dusk with a mouthful of hay. It’s all very undignified.

The plot thickens as Edward, Jane, and G are drawn into a dangerous conspiracy. With the fate of the kingdom at stake, our heroes will have to engage in some conspiring of their own. But can they pull off their plan before it’s off with their heads?

Read Ohana Reads' Review of My Lady Jane

My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows

Release Date: June 26, 2018
Publisher: HarperTeen
Series: My Lady Janies, #2
Format: Hardcover, 447 pages

Description from GoodReads:

You may think you know the story. After a miserable childhood, penniless orphan Jane Eyre embarks on a new life as a governess at Thornfield Hall. There, she meets one dark, brooding Mr. Rochester. Despite their significant age gap (!) and his uneven temper (!!), they fall in love—and, Reader, she marries him. (!!!)

Or does she?

Prepare for an adventure of Gothic proportions, in which all is not as it seems, a certain gentleman is hiding more than skeletons in his closets, and one orphan Jane Eyre, aspiring author Charlotte Brontë, and supernatural investigator Alexander Blackwood are about to be drawn together on the most epic ghost hunt this side of Wuthering Heights.

Read Ohana Reads' Review of My Plain Jane

My Calamity Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows

Release Date: June 2, 2020
Publisher: HarperTeen
Series: My Lady Janies, #3
Format: Hardcover, 516

Description from GoodReads:

Welcome ​to 1876 and a rootin’-tootin’ America bursting with gunslingers, outlaws, and garou.

JANE (a genuine hero-eene)

Calamity’s her name, and garou hunting’s her game—when she’s not starring in Wild Bill’s Traveling Show, that is. She reckons that if a girl wants to be a legend, she should just go ahead and be one.

FRANK (*wolf whistle*)
Frank “the Pistol Prince” Butler is the Wild West’s #1 bachelor. He’s also the best sharpshooter on
both sides of the Mississippi, but he’s about to meet his match. . . .

ANNIE (get your gun!)
Annie Oakley (yep, that Annie) is lookin’ for a job, not a romance, but she can’t deny there’s something about Frank she likes. Really likes. Still, she’s pretty sure that anything he can do,
she can do better.

After a garou hunt goes south and Jane finds a suspicious-like bite on her arm, she turns tail for Deadwood, where there’s been talk of a garou cure. But things ain’t always what they seem—meaning the gang better hightail it after her before they’re a day late and a Jane short.

   And that's The Lady Janies by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows. The series is filled with cute and hilarious scenes, I hope you guys enjoy the series as much as I do.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Waiting on Wednesday: (65)

Rebecca Schaeffer
Market of Monsters, #3
HMH Books for Young Readers 
Expected: September 8th, 2020

Description from GoodReads:

Nita finally has Fabricio, the boy who betrayed her to the black market, within her grasp. But when proof that Kovit’s a zannie—a monster who eats pain in order to survive—is leaked to the world, Nita must reevalute her plans.
With enemies closing in on all sides, the only way out is for Nita and Kovit to take on the most dangerous man in the world: Fabricio’s father. He protects the secrets of the monsters who run the black market. Stealing those secrets could be the one thing that stands between Nita and Kovit and certain death in the thrilling conclusion to the trilogy that began with the critically acclaimed Not Even Bones.

Why I Want It:

Anything bloody and murderous is right up my alley, add some paranormal and you know I'm your gal. When I first picked up Not Even Bones, I hand sold it to anyone at work who would listen.  I read Only Ashes Remain this past summer and have been dying to get my hands on When Villains Rise ever since. 

That's my Waiting on Wednesday this week! Will you be picking up When Villains Rise? What are you waiting on this week?

Monday, April 20, 2020

Bookstagram Mondays: (3)

My family on my dad's side is german, my grandparents were from Germany. My sisters and I went to a german immersion school growing up. I took german classes until I was in grade 10. 

While I've grown rusty over the years, I still collect german editions of books. I don't have a huge selection as it's expensive to ship from Germany, and the books are just expensive in general, but I'm proud of my collection. 

Do you collect different language books?

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Buy Local: McNally Robinson Booksellers

Today I wanted to give a shout out to my local indie, and place of employment, McNally Robinson Booksellers. 

Like most places, they're currently closed to the public, but they are still selling by phone and on their  website.

If you're looking to splurge a bit, or are in need of another book to read, may I recommend checking them out?

They offer $8 CAD shipping to ANYWHERE in Canada if you spend $30 CAD, and offer next day delivery within Winnipeg and Saskatoon for as low as $5 CAD. 

They also offer contactless curbside pick up at both the Winnipeg and Saskatoon locations. 

Remember, in times like these, local shops are the ones that suffer. So, don't forget to give them a little love. 

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Book Review: Frozen Beauty by Lexa Hillyer

Release Date: March 17th, 2020
Read: March 21st - 23rd, 2020
Publisher: HarperTeen
Series: Standalone
Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Source: HarperCollins

Description from GoodReads:

Everyone in Devil’s Lake knows the three golden Malloy sisters—but one of them is keeping a secret that will turn their little world inside out….

No one knows exactly what happened to Kit in the woods that night—all they have are a constellation of facts: icy blue lips and fingers cold to the touch, a lacy bra, an abandoned pick-up truck with keys still in the ignition. Still, Tessa, even in her fog of grief, is certain that her sister’s killer wasn’t Boyd, the boy next door whom they’ve all loved in their own way. There are too many details that don’t add up, too many secrets still tucked away.

But no matter how fiercely she searches for answers, at the core of that complicated night is a truth that’s heartbreakingly simple.

Told in lush, haunting prose, Frozen Beauty is a story of the intoxicating power of first love, the deep bonds of sisterhood, and a shocking death that will forever change the living.

Friday, April 10, 2020

Book Review: The Betrothed by Kiera Cass

Release Date: May 5, 2020
Read: February 28-29th, 2020
Publisher: HarperCollin's Children's Books
Series: The Betrothed, #1
Format: ARC, 400 pages
Source: McNally Robinson

Description from GoodReads:

When King Jameson declares his love for Lady Hollis Brite, Hollis is shocked—and thrilled. After all, she’s grown up at Keresken Castle, vying for the king’s attention alongside other daughters of the nobility. Capturing his heart is a dream come true.

But Hollis soon realizes that falling in love with a king and being crowned queen may not be the happily ever after she thought it would be. And when she meets a commoner with the mysterious power to see right into her heart, she finds that the future she really wants is one that she never thought to imagine.