Sunday, July 23, 2017

New To My Book Closet

It's that time of the week again. Time to show you what bookish goodies made their way into my home and book closet (to be saved from the evil book eating cat monster named Aria). This is inspired by the various "mailbox" posts out there (eg. In My Mailbox by The Story Siren, and Stacking the Shelves by Tynga's Reviews)

First up is the stuff I received from a Kickstart I backed awhile ago. It was for a #Stucky themed anthology and it came with a bunch of goodies in addition to the book.

The book itself is stunning. It has silver edges, and a fancy bookmark attached and some spot gloss finish on the cover. The back is my favourite (it's Cap's shield under the ice) and the entire book surpassed my expectations. It's really a beautiful piece of art work. 

The Kickstarter did so well that it ended up reaching a bunch of the stretch goals so we got a whole slew of extras (this on top of the extras that came with my category). It was a box filled with amazing #Stucky stuff!

I especially love the art card shown in this photo. It is my favorite piece of art after the cover and I was thrilled to have it in art card format. I also am obsessed with the cute little pin that came with it and the patch. It's all really impressive. The amount of creativity in the fandom is amazing. I need to get a frame to put that art card in and put it on my shelf.

Lastly, I got to pick up my must get from the San Diego Comic Con Funko Pops. This one was shared with Hot Topic and was quickly added to my Stranger Things collection.

STEVE! He even has the hair. It's too perfect. I also appreciate that they used Steve's most memorable (and heroic) moment to model the Pop from. It doesn't excuse that he's a douche the rest of the time, but it made me want to add him to my collection. #IStillThinkNancyPickedTheWrongGuy

Happy Weekend and Happy Reading!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Weekly Obsessions

The awesome Kelly at KellyVision started posting a weekly post highlighting whatever she happened to be obsessed with that week. I LOVE this idea, so much in fact that I will be doing it myself every Saturday

Lots of exciting things revealed this week! I am so excited about all the television announcements being made and all the upcoming reveals still to happen.


American Horror Story Season 7 Theme Revealed

The upcoming American Horror Story season has finally had its theme revealed! Ryan Murphy revealed it on his Instagram and Twitter pages yesterday and I am already loving the potential for this season.
photo copyright belongs to Ryan Murphy

So AHS will finally be delving into cults this year. Evan Peters has been announced as having his largest role to date, so I think we can safely assume he is the cult leader. The premiere date for this season is September 5th. I am already counting down the days.

Mr Mercedes Trailer

I am a huge fan of Harry Treadaway's acting. I loved him in Penny Dreadful and was thrilled when it was announced that he would be in the television adaptation of Stephen King's Mr Mercedes.

A trailer has been revealed, and the show looks like it is going to be intense!

I love that Harry Treadaway is playing the villain. I think he is going to be great in the role. I am loving all the amazing television that is coming our way this autumn!

The Snowman Trailer

This unsettling and creepy trailer has made me want to pick up this book. I am not even sure this premise should work, but the trailer makes it seem like it does.

I am not even sure creepy begins to describe this trailer. I am going to have to get the book before the movie comes out as I tend to prefer to read the book before going to see the movie.

Outlander Season Three Key Art

I enjoy the Outlander TV show, and especially like the cast they have. The show is about to debut its third season in the autumn and I cannot wait.

The key art released is perfect, especially after the events of season two.

It captures the romance and longing that I am sure will be present in the upcoming season.


San Diego Comic Con

This weekend is the huge convention in San Diego where a TON of trailers, news, and other pop culture goodness is revealed. I am going to include the announcements that made me especially excited next week, but for now I am so excited to see what will be revealed, and what we'll be fangirling about for months to come.

What are you obsessed with this week?

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Coming Up For Air by Miranda Kenneally

Coming Up For Air by Miranda Kenneally
Release Date -  July 4, 2017
Publisher Website - Raincost Books
Publisher Social Media - Twitter
Pages -  320 pages
My Rating - 4/5
**received for an honest review from publisher**

Here is the Goodreads synopsis
Swim. Eat. Shower. School. Snack. Swim. Swim. Swim. Dinner. Homework. Bed. Repeat.

All of Maggie’s focus and free time is spent swimming. She’s not only striving to earn scholarships—she’s training to qualify for the Olympics. It helps that her best friend, Levi, is also on the team and cheers her on. But Levi’s already earned an Olympic try out, so she feels even more pressure to succeed. And it’s not until Maggie’s away on a college visit that she realizes how much of the “typical” high school experience she’s missed by being in the pool.

Not one to shy away from a challenge, Maggie decides to squeeze the most out of her senior year. First up? Making out with a guy. And Levi could be the perfect candidate. After all, they already spend a lot of time together. But as Maggie slowly starts to uncover new feelings for Levi, how much is she willing to lose to win?

This is a standalone novel. 
Reading a new installment of Miranda Kenneally's 100 Oaks series is like putting on a favourite cozy sweater. There is a comfort to be found within these pages. Getting glimpses of past characters we've come to love is something I look forward to, and only adds to the nostalgia feel that surrounds these books. Coming Up For Air hit all those sweet spots while still entertaining with a new couple to root for and their story to become invested in.

Maggie is a driven young woman with dreams of qualifying for the Olympics. Swimming is one of the most important things for her, and she is prepared to do what it takes to win. Most of the time she's more than happy to miss out on the 'typical' high school experience to get up early for swim practice. Maggie's journey is one of balance. She, through a college visit, realizes she might have missed out on things in high school that she wants to experience before she leaves (like making out with a guy, for example). Her story arc has her caught between different wants and the pull of what is expected of her, and what she expects for herself. I think her story will be wonderful for those teens who are just as driven as Maggie is, and wondering how they can fit in dating, and other teenage experiences. I admired Maggie's sense of self, and what she wanted. She may get a little lost along the way, but she never looses sight of what she is willing (or not willing) to sacrifice.

Each of these companion novels make some of kind of statement on sex. I was immediately struck with how sex positive this one was. Particularly for the readers who happen to be teen girls. Maggie's desire to hook up and explore that side of herself is presented as being entirely valid, but this novel also explores other choices teens can make and they are made to shown as just as valid. We see people with different view points to relationships, sex, and making out within this novel. It was also refreshing to see a novel address the fact that when you're a teen you feel like everyone is doing the things you're not. That you're the only one who hasn't kissed someone, or had sex, or a million other things. It showcases that everyone experiences things at their own pace, and that you don't have to do something just because you think it is expected of you. It should be because you want to and are ready. It's a message that I don't recall seeing in another novel, and I was glad that it was approached in such a sex positive way.

Romance is something Miranda Kenneally fans have come to expect from her novels, and this one delivers in a big way. If you're a sucker for the 'friends to lovers' trope I predict that Maggie and Levi will be one of your favourite Hundred Oaks couples. The bond of friendship that these two share really is the highlight of the novel, and the move to something more felt entirely natural. It also seems effortless, and I think it takes a lot of skill to make the chemistry that apparent and easy.

While this wasn't my favourite of the Hundred Oaks series it still is a solid contemporary read. I appreciate how this series tackles important issues in each of the books without feeling preachy, or making anyone feel judged. This is easily a series that I could see continue for as long as Miranda wishes to write them. Her fans will love checking in with their favourite characters and falling in love with some new ones.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Waiting On Wednesday ... The Wicked Deep

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pick is The Wicked Deep by Shea Earnshaw

Here is the Goodreads synopsis 
Hocus Pocus and Practical Magic meets the Salem Witch trials in this haunting story about three sisters on a quest for revenge—and how love may be the only thing powerful enough to stop them.

Welcome to the cursed town of Sparrow…

Where, two centuries ago, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery. Stones were tied to their ankles and they were drowned in the deep waters surrounding the town.

Now, for a brief time each summer, the sisters return, stealing the bodies of three weak-hearted girls so that they may seek their revenge, luring boys into the harbor and pulling them under.

Like many locals, seventeen-year-old Penny Talbot has accepted the fate of the town. But this year, on the eve of the sisters’ return, a boy named Bo Carter arrives; unaware of the danger he has just stumbled into.

Mistrust and lies spread quickly through the salty, rain-soaked streets. The townspeople turn against one another. Penny and Bo suspect each other of hiding secrets. And death comes swiftly to those who cannot resist the call of the sisters.

But only Penny sees what others cannot. And she will be forced to choose: save Bo, or save herself. 
I was sold on this as soon as it was compared to Practical Magic! I love witch stories, and I cannot wait to read this one. It sounds incredible!

The wait for this one is pretty long as it doesn't come out until March of next year but something tells me it'll be worth the wait.

Expected release date - March 6, 2018

Sunday, July 16, 2017

New To My Book Closet

It's that time of the week again. Time to show you what bookish goodies made their way into my home and book closet (to be saved from the evil book eating cat monster named Aria). This is inspired by the various "mailbox" posts out there (eg. In My Mailbox by The Story Siren, and Stacking the Shelves by Tynga's Reviews)

Some exciting arrivals this week. First up are two ebooks I picked up after seeing people discuss them online. I am super curious to read these and I hope I can sneak them in this summer.

The King Of Bourbon Street by Thea de Salle (goodreads)
The Queen Of Dauphine Street by Thea de Salle (goodreads)

Next up is a mug I purchased because the Disney fangirl in me could not pass it up.

Snow White is not even my favourite, but this mug is absolutely a must have! #EvilQueenInTraining

Let me know what bookish goodies made their way on your shelves this week!

Happy Weekend and Happy Reading!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Weekly Obsessions

The awesome Kelly at KellyVision started posting a weekly post highlighting whatever she happened to be obsessed with that week. I LOVE this idea, so much in fact that I will be doing it myself every Saturday

So much Stranger Things stuff was announced this week, along with some other things that got me pretty excited this week.


Cover of Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu (goodreads)

I have a thing for superhero stories, and I happen to love the idea of iconic superheros as teens I was super excited when this 'series' was announced. We're impatiently waiting for Leigh Bardugo's take on Wonder Woman to be released, but we get to look at the cover for Marie Lu's take on Batman to make the wait a little easier. 

This cover is going to look amazing with the Wonder Woman cover, and I cannot wait to read Bruce's story. I trut Marie Lu will do a fantastic job. 


Stranger Things Season Two Key Art

Pretty sure everyone who visits this blog is well aware of my Stranger Things obsession. I am so excited that we're finally getting reveals about season two, the most important of which is an official release date. OCTOBER 27!!!

I am so excited to watch this! I happen to be off on Fridays from work so I intend to get up early and binge the entire thing.October can not come quickly enough in my opinion. 


 Second Wave Of Stranger Things Funko Pops

I loved the first wave of Stranger Things Pops from Funko, and was excited to see that we are getting a second wave so quickly. I have preordered most of these, and am eagerly anticipating them arriving.

I particularly love the Nancy and Jonathan ones! It will also be nice to have a Hopper to put along side my Joyce one (I ship it so much).

36 Questions Podcast (link)

You may not know that I adore Jonathan Groff. Have loved him since he came to my attention as Jesse St James in Glee. He's has an incredible singing voice, and I will pretty much watch (or listen) to anything he is involved. (ie - his new Netflix show, Mindhunters, is high on my must watch list this fall). I was curious when I saw the announcement that he was going to be part of a musical in podcast format. I wasn't sure how it would work, but it really (REALLY) does.

It is called 36 Questions, and is based off the 36 Questions that are designed to make strangers fall in love.  In this podcast a couple is trying to save their marriage from the brink of divorce by asking each other these questions. The songs are catchy, both cast members have amazing singing voices, and the story really does come alive in this format. I am impatiently waiting for part two to be released so I can continue this couple's story.

What are you obsessed with this week?

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Waiting On Wednesday ... No Saints In Kansas

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pick is No Saints In Kansas by Amy Brashear

Here is the Goodreads synopsis 
A gripping reimagining of Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood and the brutal murders that inspired it

November is usually quiet in Holcomb, Kansas, but in 1959, the town is shattered by the quadruple murder of the Clutter family. Suspicion falls on Nancy Clutter’s boyfriend, Bobby Rupp, the last one to see them alive.

New Yorker Carly Fleming, new to the small Midwestern town, is an outsider. She tutored Nancy, and (in private, at least) they were close. Carly and Bobby were the only ones who saw that Nancy was always performing, and that she was cracking under the pressure of being Holcomb’s golden girl. The secret connected Carly and Bobby. Now that Bobby is an outsider, too, they’re bound closer than ever.

Determined to clear Bobby’s name, Carly dives into the murder investigation and ends up in trouble with the local authorities. But that’s nothing compared to the wrath she faces from Holcomb once the real perpetrators are caught. When her father is appointed to defend the killers of the Clutter family, the entire town labels the Flemings as traitors. Now Carly must fight for what she knows is right.
I have been on a true crime kick recently with podcasts and wanting to get back into reading some true crime novels. This one caught my eye when I first heard about it. Truman Capote's novel is, arguably, one of the most popular true crime reads out there and I love the idea of a retelling from persepective of Nancy's friend.

There isn't too long of a wait for this one as it comes out in November of this year. I predict it'll be a perfect read for those chilly autumn nights.

Expected release date - November 14, 2017

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