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Waiting on Wednesday – January 9, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine in which we share a book that we are eagerly anticipating!

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

The Gilded Wolves

From Goodreads:

Set in a darkly glamorous world, The Gilded Wolves is full of mystery, decadence, and dangerous but thrilling adventure.

Paris, 1889: The world is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. In this city, no one keeps tabs on secrets better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier, Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. But when the all-powerful society, the Order of Babel, seeks him out for help, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance.

To find the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin will need help from a band of experts: An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian who can’t yet go home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in all but blood, who might care too much.

Together, they’ll have to use their wits and knowledge to hunt the artifact through the dark and glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the world, but only if they can stay alive.

This kind of reminds me of Strange the Dreamer with all of the different people chosen based on their occupations and picked to go on a journey.

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WWW Wednesday – January 9, 2019

WWW Wednesday is a book blog meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words where bloggers answer three questions: What are you currently reading? What did you just finish reading? What are you going to read next?

Currently Reading:

I am currently reading The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis and Fire & Heist by Sarah Beth Durst.

Just Finished:

The Wicker King

I recently finished reading The Wicker King by K. Ancrum

Reading Next:

Next, I will be reading The Wicked King by Holly Black and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis.

What’s on your WWW Wednesday this week? Be sure to comment below and I’ll check it out!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2019

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. I decided to post the first five books based upon actual length. However, the last five novels are books that felt like they took me forever to finish.

1. The Wicked King, Holly Black

2. The Girl King, Mimi Yu

3. The Gilded Wolves, Roshani Chokshi

4. A Curse So Dark and Lonely, Brigid Kemmerer

5.  Enchantee, Gita Trelease

6. Courting Darkness, Robin LaFevers

7. The Ruin of Kings, Jenn Lyons

8. Finale, Stephanie Garber

9. Shadow & Flame, Mindee Arnett

10. The Beholder, Anna Bright

Book Reviews

Analiese Rising by Brenda Drake

Analiese Rising

Title: Analiese Rising
Author: Brenda Drake
Rating: ★★★

I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Half-Blood meets Antigoddess in a thrilling, romantic new series from New York Times bestselling author Brenda Drake.

When a stranger gives Analiese Jordan a list of names before he dies, the last thing she expects to see is her own on it. Not. Cool. Her search for answers leads to the man’s grandson, Marek, who has dangerous secrets of his own. Both are determined to unlock the mystery of the list.

But the truth is deadly. Analiese is a descendant of the God of Death, known as a Riser, with the power to raise the dead and control them. Finding out she has hidden powers? Cool. Finding out she turns corpses into killers? No, thank you.

Now the trail plants her and Marek in the middle of a war between gods who apparently want to raise an army of the Risen, and Analiese must figure out how to save the world—from herself.

This is a love story centered around mythology. And it all started when Analiese was a good samaritan and helped an elderly man with a task she promised him during his last breaths. The man was carrying a bag to his grandson that Analiese was now tasked with doing. After opening the bag to figure out the old man’s grandson’s address, she finds what looks to be a hit list. After a closer look, she realizes that her name is also on this list. 

Initially, I was really excited for this novel. For me, there was not enough focus on the plot and too much focus on the romantic element. There was so much potential, but I don’t feel like the novel was executed to its full extent! I found it hard to connect to the characters. 

The reason I was most disappointed was because there was a lost opportunity with the clues Analiese and Marek were left to figure out. It would’ve made the book if the audience was able to see examples in the novel and try to figure it out themselves. I remember Chasing Vermeer did that when it came out during my dreaded middle school days. That would’ve been an awesome incorporation!

There was a lot of potential, but this novel just fell short for me.

Expected publication date is January 8, 2019.


Cauliflower Pancetta Mac ‘n’ Cheese

20180924_180239Recipe: Cauliflower Pancetta  Mac ‘n’ Cheese
Vendor: HelloFresh
Calories: 700

Time: 30 min
Rating: ★★★

CHEESE…I need more cheese. This was good, but I felt like it was very dense and I would’ve liked a thinner cheese sauce that had a bit more flavor. The pancetta really stole the show and I used the whole pack (the recipe only called for half). Healthier, to me, generally means less flavor, and this fell into that stereotype. I would give it another shot, though.


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Three-Day Lyrical Challenge Tag| Day 3

So, I’ve seen this around and have been hoping to be tagged (no shame!), so I was very excited when Sara tagged me to do it! WARNING: My favorite type of music most of you will not like, but give it a try!

The rules are simple:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Share one of your favorite song/lyrics one at a time for three days.
  3. Nominate three other bloggers each day.

I went a different route on this one. Not every song has lyrics and may still be amazing. What better song to choose for my last one than possibly one of my favorite songs from a soundtrack of one of my favorite series? The Battle from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. This song is also my favorite scene in the entire movie.

The story is heroic, adventurous, and entertaining. I wish they would complete the series and create movies of the other novels!

Tag! You’re it!: Mischenko  Jo  Saman

No pressure if you don’t want to participate! If you want to be included in any of my future tags, let me know! If you want to be removed from any future tags, also let me know. If you want to do this and weren’t tagged, please do. Also, tag me back so I can see your answers!