Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Tease Tuesday Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oaks and Hexed by Michelle Krys

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Books and a Beat. Bloggers choose two 
sentences out of our current read to pique others' curiosity.

Hexed (The Witch Hunter, #1)
Hexed by Michelle Krys
If high school is all about social status, Indigo Blackwood has it made. Sure, her quirky mom owns an occult shop, and a nerd just won’t stop trying to be her friend, but Indie is a popular cheerleader with a football-star boyfriend and a social circle powerful enough to ruin everyone at school. Who wouldn’t want to be her?
Then a guy dies right before her eyes. And the dusty old family Bible her mom is freakishly possessive of is stolen. But it’s when a frustratingly sexy stranger named Bishop enters Indie’s world that she learns her destiny involves a lot more than pom-poms and parties. If she doesn’t get the Bible back, every witch on the planet will die. And that’s seriously bad news for Indie, because according to Bishop, she’s a witch too.
Suddenly forced into a centuries-old war between witches and sorcerers, Indie’s about to uncover the many dark truths about her life—and a future unlike any she ever imagined on top of the cheer pyramid.

"Somehow, when I imagined the big moment when I learned the truth whether or not I was a witch, it didn't take place at home with my mom on a Monday night."

Ash's Thoughts:
I've had this one forever and I'm just now getting to it! 


Queen of Hearts (Queen of Hearts Saga, #1)
Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oaks 

Only queens with hearts can bleed.

This is not the story of the Wonderland we know. Alice has not fallen down a rabbit hole. There is no all-knowing cat with a taunting smile. This is a Wonderland where beneath each smile lies a secret, each tart comes with a demand, and only prisoners tell the truth.

Dinah is the princess who will one day reign over Wonderland. She has not yet seen the dark depths of her kingdom; she longs only for her father’s approval and a future with the boy she loves. But when a betrayal breaks her heart and threatens her throne, she is launched into Wonderland’s dangerous political game. Dinah must stay one step ahead of her cunning enemies or she’ll lose not just the crown but her head.

Evil is brewing in Wonderland and maybe, most frighteningly, in Dinah herself.

This is not a story of happily ever after.

This is the story of the Queen of Hearts.

The stone walls started to narrow; Dinah and Wardley turned sideways as they squeezed through, their faces damp with sweat. They turned one corner and then another, a maze of barely visible walls and dirt. 

Jenn's Thoughts:
I am just a little into this book. I think I am going to really love it. I have had it on my TBR for a while now and finally decided to read it. It seems to be all about Wonderland this week. 

Top Ten Tuesday: I Would Name My Kids This!

Top Ten is an original feature/weekly meme originally created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl that features a great bookish top ten every week.

This week's top ten is the character names we love or more accurate the characters we would steal names from for our children! 


This one is hard. There are so many names out there I absolutely adore in books. I will need to just take from my recent reads and go from there. 

For The Girls

Undead Girl Gang  June Optimists Die First Petula ISAN Ava
In Her Skin Vivienne Devils Unto Dust  Daisy

For the Boys 

The Final Six Leo Starry Eyes Lennon Ace of Shades (The Shadow Game #1) Levi

Dream a Little Dream (The Silver Trilogy, #1) Grayson Firstlife (Everlife, #1) Archer

This was really hard! I had to cheat and use google and once I did, I found a whole bunch of names I really love. Yikes. 
So it was hard just picking 10.

Girls names:

1.) Eowyn from Lord of the Rings

The Lord of the Rings (The Lord of the Rings, #1-3)

2.) Alice from Alice in Wonderland

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

3.) Wendy from Peter Pan

Peter Pan

4.) Arya from A Song of Ice and Fire 

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)

5.) Waverly from Strange New World 

Strange New World (Brave New Girl, #2)

Boys names:

6.) Atticus from To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird

7.) Forrest from Forrest Gump 

Forrest Gump (Forrest Gump, #1)

8.) Milo from Catch-22

Catch-22 (Catch-22 #1)

9.) Augustus/Gus from The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars

10.) Rowan from Scythe

Scythe (Arc of a Scythe, #1)

Monday, May 21, 2018

Bookish Banter:Tell Me About Retellings

A little Bookish Banter to get us through.  Bookish Banter is a little bit of banter about our bookish thoughts as we have a friendly discussion over a nice cup of tea. 

Let's discuss retellings. There are so many out there: Classics, Fairytales, Myths, and Lores... What are your thoughts on retellings?

Retellings are some of my favorites. I love reading about how the authors can take other stories and make it into their own. 

The fact that these authors can take stories that are so well done and loved and amazing, and write stories equally amazing is great and very impressive. 

I don't have too much to say on retellings except that I love them.

Some of my favorites are...
Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the BeastBeastly (Beastly, #1; Kendra Chronicles, #1)Splintered (Splintered, #1)Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die, #1)Lost in Wonderland (The Twisted and the Brave, #1)Everland (Everland, #1)


I love retellings. Retellings are my thing. I have to admit that I have read more classic retellings then I have the actual classics. Like Tale of Two Cities- I have never read, but Tell The Wind and Fire- read and loved loved loved. So most of my classic knowledge has come from classic retellings. Kind of crazy right?

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My favorite though... I love fairytale retellings. I love fairytales. The dark, twisted, scary, creepy, original fairytales. They are short though... so making the story longer and with either a modern day flair or just the authors own twist and take on the original makes me so so happy. I  have lots of favorites. 

The thing with fairytale retellings or classic retellings... I don't think you should go into it thinking and comparing to the original. I mean some are really close to the original and some are just an inspiration for the story.... like the Lunar Chronicles. They are inspired by the princess fairytales but they really are a story on their own. 

I don't think we have enough retellings around. There are so many that can still be done. No, I don't have any examples or ideas right now.... but I am sure in time I can think of many of them. There are so many great classics and fairytales out there. If they were a success then they will be again right! 

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Long story short or short story long. Retellings.. I am all over it. As soon as I see a new one coming out...I add it and know I need it ASAP like as in now! 

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Do you like retellings? Is there any you are waiting around for written or to be written?
Let's discuss!

Review: And Then There Were Four by Nancy Werlin

And Then There Were FourTitle:  And Then There Were Four
Author:  Nancy Werlin
Publisher: Dial Books
Publishing Date:  June 6th, 2017
Pages: 416
Genre: YA Psychological Thriller
Series:  Stand Alone
Source:  Audio

Let's not die today. Not even to make things easier for our parents.
When a building collapses around five teenagers--and they just barely escape--they know something strange is going on. Little by little, the group pieces together a theory: Their parents are working together to kill them all. Is it true? And if so, how did their parents come together--and why? And, most importantly, how can the five of them work together to save themselves?

This one has been on my TBR list for a while and to be honest I was a little scared to read it because of mixed reviews. It sounds like a book I would really enjoy but a few reviews had me a bit worried. So I held off and then I decided to just read it. And I did and I loved it. 
There were some kids, they weren't friends some hardly knew each other but they were invited to a meeting in a creaky old really not safe building. Once there the roof caves in and almost kill them. After this, the kids get together and start to put things together. It seems one has an idea that his mother is trying to kill him and maybe this means all the parents have a pact to kill these kids, all for different reasons. So one ends up dead and the rest run for their lives, sticking together, hiding, figuring things out, and trying to find someone to trust. 

This book was just what I wanted it to be. A twisty dark thrilling ride. So I will start off by giving the disclaimer... this book has nothing in it that is believable.... It's totally unrealistic... but I didn't care. I was on the edge of my seat for most of the book. I didn't know what was going on, what was true and what was imagined, and more importantly who was behind the entire mess. It really had me on my toes. This is what made me really love this book. I needed something to wake me up, excite me, send me chills. This book did that. 

The entire premise that parents of some teens get together and make a pact to help kill each other's children seems absurd. Right. This book made it seem real or at least imaged and played out well. I really didn't know what was true, but either way, I was engaged and enthralled. 

There were a couple different characters but two main ones. Saralinda and Caleb. The story is told from both POVs 

I liked Saralinda. I thought she was pretty tough for the life she has been given. I mean she has had it hard physically but really she has had it good otherwise. She was brought up well, she didn't whine or use her shortcomings as a negative thing. She was realistic and optimistic. 

I also liked Caleb. Not as well as Saralinda. He had his own set of issues but I understood his issues and I was able to connect with him. What I really loved about him, his wanting to do the right thing and how he genuinely cared what happened to the others. He seemed a little cold at first, but he really wasn't and as the story progressed I got to know him and really liked him. 

The story was fast paced. It started out with a bang and never slowed down. There were many jaw-dropping moments, WTF moments, and That didn't just happen moments. I love a book that can keep me guessing and never knowing what is really going on. Sometimes these reads can get confusing but if the author does it right... it's just perfect. There was no confusion. Each charcter had a very distinctive voice and the plot was well thought out and put together. The writing was great and the only time I felt lost was when I was feeling lost with the rest of the characters. 

This book really was quite a surprise for me, a little gem and I am so happy I finally read it. I am quite satisfied with this read. 

What A thrilling ride. Loved it!

Nancy Werlin

Nancy Werlin writes young adult fiction: New York Times–bestselling fantasy, Edgar-award winning suspense, and National Book Award-honored realistic novels.

Nancy's newest book is the suspense thriller AND THEN THERE WERE FOUR.

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