Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Waiting On Wednesday [@virgboecker @lbkids]

Waiting On Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine

My pick for this week:

THE KING SLAYER (The Witch Hunter #2) by Virginia Boecker

Magic, suspense, and political intrigue collide in this sequel to The Witch Hunter, perfect for fans of Graceling and the Grisha Trilogy.

Former witch hunter Elizabeth Grey is hiding within the magically protected village of Harrow, evading the price put on her head by Lord Blackwell, the usurper king of Anglia. Their last encounter left Blackwell ruined, but his thirst for power grows stronger every day. He's readying for a war against those who would resist his rule--namely Elizabeth and the witches, wizards, pirates, and healers she now calls her friends.

Having lost her stigma, a magical source of protection and healing, Elizabeth's strength is tested both physically and emotionally. War always means sacrifice, and as the lines between good and evil blur once more, Elizabeth must decide just how far she'll go to save those she loves.

In this sequel to The Witch Hunter, Virginia Boecker delivers a powerful story full of action, suspense, camaraderie, and romance.

published June 14th by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

add to your Goodreads shelf // pre-order from Book Depo // or Amazon


I absolutely enjoyed The Witch Hunter - you can read my review here - and am very excited for The King Slayer. I love the title (and the symmetry it has with the first book's title) and the cover (it's stark but also pretty . . . the red is a bit like blood/a rose/a wax seal) but mostly I can't wait to find out hte story inside.

The world and characters created in The Witch Hunte were so enjoyable, so well imagined and writen and I look forward to seeing them expanded.

"War always means sacrifice, and as the lines between good and evil blur once more, Elizabeth must decide just how far she'll go to save those she loves."

The time to join Elizabeth and her story again can't come soon enough!

That's my pick for this week, what's yours? Tell me in the comments and/or link me to your own post! Also, have a Happy Thanksgiving (at least if you're in/from the US, otherwise have a fantastic Thursday!)

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Santa 365 ~ Spencer Quinn (earc) review [@atriabooks @ChetTheDog]

Santa 365: A Chet and Bernie eShort Story (The Chet and Bernie Mystery Series)
Atria Books
November 24, 2015
add to Goodreads/buy from B&N/or Amazon

Santa doesn’t just deliver gifts—he takes them too!—in this delightful holiday e-short featuring New York Times bestselling sleuths Chet and Bernie.

He sees you when you’re sleeping. He knows when you’re awake. This year, jolly old St. Nick knows Bernie has been sleeping on preparations for a special Christmas celebration with his son Charlie. Enter Plumpy Napoleon, fresh from a short stint in prison, to save Bernie from the naughty list. Plumpy calls his latest business plan “Santa 365.” For a small fee (that only gets bigger), he’ll fill your life with holiday cheer, including elves, a festive party, gifts, and even a Christmas tree delivered right to your front door. Bernie signs on for the full yuletide experience. But after the blowout holiday bash, Bernie and Chet the dog discover one of Santa’s helpers helped himself to more than Christmas candy. The intrepid duo sets out to find the sticky-fingered perp and reclaim the stolen goods. Add in a surprise visit from Bernie’s mom, two elderly sisters seeking their own brand of justice, and an elf with a stocking full of secrets, and you have a Christmas mystery that only Chet and Bernie could possibly unwrap.
Whether you love that Thanksgiving is just about here and that it means Christmas is on its way . . . or you wish there were a few more weeks to go, you will enjoy 'Santa 365'.

In this e-only short story addition to the Chet and Bernie Mysteries series, Bernie celebrating Christmas with his son Charlie (and Chet, too, of course) when an opportunity presents itself. It may not be quite Christmas yet, but that's not stopping Napoleon - one of the crooks Chet and Bernie helped put away. Plumpy's new business, Santa 365, promises to bring the holiday cheer any day. For a fee, of course.

To make the holidays special for Charlie, Bernie agrees. The party goes mostly as planned, until a crime is discovered.

Now it's up to Chet and Bernie to crack the case and solve the day.

'Santa 365' is Christmas themed - with Santa, Christmas trees, presents and elves - but you don't need to be in a Christmas-y mood (or celebrate it at all) for this story. The focus is on Bernie and Charlie, the mystery and, as always, Chet's observations on the situation.

This story, as the author notes in the beginning, doesn't have to fit anywhere in the series, in particular. Some of the relationships or circumstances in the story may fit better between certain books, but it can be read whenever.

Chet's observations continue to be great: as per usual he has taken note of their finances, knows Bernie's the smartest guy around and is ready to grab any bad buy's pants leg.  A few of the lines did seem similar (if not the same) as ones in Scents and Sensibility the latest book,  Those may not be the same in the final version and,aren't noticeable if you don't read the novel and the short story close together.

'Santa 365' is a great read to get you in the holiday spirit . . . and then steal away some of that cheer. With Chet's brilliant and humorous observations and narration style, this is a read for fans of the series or new readers.

review copy received, via NetGalley, from publisher

Top Ten Tuesday: #WeNeedDiverseBooks [@diversebooks @RainbowBoxesYA[

This week's Ten:

This week is a Thanksgiving Freebie (). I decided to change my original theme to something I really am thankful for: Diversity in YA Books.

There is a lot of hate, negativity, cruelty, violence and judgement in the world. We really do need to be more accepting, welcoming and embracing of others and I love when some of those 'others' are present in what I read.

It doesn't need to be all sunshine, roses and rainbows; life/reality/the world is complicated and that's usually reflected. I just love books that reflect how diverse our world is. (And maybe they show someone that we're not all as different as they might think.)

10 of the Diverse YA Books I'm Thankful For 

Made You Up by Francesca Zappia
review // Goodreads

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
review // Goodreads

Challenger Deep by Neal Shuserman
review // Goodreads

The Scorpion Rules (#1) by Erin Bow
review // Goodreads

This Side of Home by Renee Watson
review // Goodreads

This Shattered World (Starbound #2) by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
review // Goodreads

I Am J by Cris Beam
review // Goodreads

The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson
review // Goodreads

Hush by Eishes Chayil
review // Goodreads

Scarlett Undercover by Jennifer Latham
review // Goodreads

Please leave a comment and let me know what your Top Ten topic was for this week (and link me to it) and/or tell me some of your favorite 'Diverse' reads!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Doctor Who: Death Riders ~Justin Richards (earc) review [@JJCRichards @PenguinUKBooks @bbcdoctorwho]

Doctor Who: Death Riders
Penguin Books Limited (UK)
November 17, 2015
160 pages
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The Galactic Fair has arrived on the mining asteroid of Stanalan and anticipation is building around the construction of the fair's most popular attraction - the Death Ride! But there is something sinister going on behind all the fun of the fair; people are mysteriously dying in the Off-Limits tunnels. Join the Doctor, Amy and Rory as they investigate . . .
Doctor Who: Death Rider was my favorite of the three Doctor Who titles I read this month (other reviews here and here).

Author Justin Richard's portrayals of the Doctor, Amy and Rory are absolutely pitch perfect. From their mannerisms to their speech, it wasn't even that it was easy to imagine them as the characters we know from the show: they were them.

I also loved the Galactic Fair. That it bore similarities to a county (or similar) fair someone could attend now, here made it that much better. The small changes in the carnival games, attendees, etc were quirky and fun. (And the best use of a probable, possible coconut.)

The mystery that the three have to investigate, what it presents as, the misconceptions, the side characters involved, the truth, how it has to be solved, etc was great. It felt very much like a Doctor Who episode.

If you have been wishing for a new adventure with Matt Smith's Doctor, then Death Riders is very much recommend. (It is even if you have not been wishing for one)

review copy received, via NetGalley, from publisher
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