June 2016 Wrap Up!

June-Wrap-Up

Hey guys!

Welcome back to another end of the month special. June has been a really good month for me. I managed to get a lot of reading done, had some pretty successful blog posts, and attended quite a few bookish events as well. Earlier in the month I attended a book signing by 3 Canadian authors for their first contemporary books, I also attended my first Read Harder Book Group meeting hosted by Book Riot peeps, and I was one of the lucky bloggers that got invited to Simon & Schuster Canada’s Fall Preview event this last Saturday. I had such a blast, and loved meeting all my fellow bloggers, and new authors as well!

So let’s take a look back at June 2016!


Wrap-Up-Books-Ive-Read

Citrus Volume 1 by Saburo Uta – June 3rd, 2016

Morning Star by Pierce Brown – June 18th, 2016

Siren’s Song by Mary Weber – June 19th, 2016

Saga Volume 4 by Brian K. Vaughan – June 19th, 2016 

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas – June 27th, 2016

Bravest Warriors Volume 2 by Joey Comeau – June 29th, 2016

3 novels + 1 manga + 2 graphic novels = a success!

Other books I’ve started:

The King Slayer by Virginia Boecker

Empire of Dust by Eleanor Herman

Triad Blood by Nathan Burgoine


Wrap-Up-Reviews

Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum – 5/5

The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight – 4/5

Morning Glories Volumes 1 & 2  by Nick Spencer – 5/5 & 4/5

Storm Siren by Mary Weber – 5/5

Siren’s Fury by Mary Weber – 4/5

Siren’s Song by Mary Weber – 4/5

(Click the links to read the reviews)


WOW's-and-Whats-NExt

Waiting On Wednesday

And I DarkenJune 1st, 2016

The Merciless IIJune 8th, 2016

The Beauty of DarknessJune 15th, 2016

The Assassin GameJune 22nd, 2016

Three Truths and a LieJune 29th, 2016

What’s Next?

New Trilogy (Winner / Half Bad)June 16th, 2016


Wrap-Up-Tops

Top 10 Tuesday

Fall 2016 ReleasesJune 14th, 2016

Characters That Got on My Nerves – June 28th, 2016

Top 5 Wednesday

Favorite Character NamesJune 8th, 2016


Wrap-Up-Comic-Book-Hauls

Haul #44June 2nd, 2016

Haul #45June 9th, 2016

Haul #46June 16th, 2016

Haul #47June 23rd, 2016

Haul #48June 30th, 2016


Wrap-Up-Awards-+-Achievements

June Awards

N/A

June Achievements

450 Blog Followers – June 2016

19,000 Blog ViewsJune 2016

7500 Blog Visitors – June 2016


Wrap-Up-Tags

Netflix and Books Tag June 11th, 2016

Book Buying Habits Tag – June 25th, 2016


BOOK BINGO

Book Bingo Progress June

Squares I obtained this month:

B

Red Cover – Siren’s Fury by Mary Weber

Over 500 Pages – Morning Star by Pierce Brown

N

Magic – A Court of Mist of Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Free – It’s Free!

G

Starts with S, U, M, M, E, R – Siren’s Song by Mary Weber


And that was June. I had a great month, thank you guys for spending it with me! See you guys in July!

Until next time,

Sig New

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Comic Book Haul [#48]

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Hey guys!

Welcome back to another Comic Book Haul! Today I want to show you what I got this week in comics. I have always been a lover/reader/collector of all sorts of comic books and I can’t wait to show you which ones I got this week.


Spider-Man / Deadpool #6A & 6B

Writer: Scott Aukerman
Artist: Reilly Brown
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: June 29, 2016
Cover Price: $3.99

• Deadpool goes Hollywood! See the M w/the M on the set of his own MOVIE!
•  And he brings his pal Spidey along, as he has lots of experience selling out!
•  All-Star Special Issue-written by Scott Aukerman of TV’s Comedy Bang Bang!


Black Panther #3A & 3B

Writer: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Artist: Brian Stelfreeze
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: June 29, 2016
Cover Price: $3.99

• The most anticipated Marvel series since Whedon & Cassaday’s Astonishing X-Men!
•  The Midnight Angels continue the liberation of Wakanda with extreme prejudice, and T’Challa’s indecisions could cost him more than just the throne.
•  Coates and Stelfreeze weave a quintessential Black Panther tale that will change the tapestry of the Marvel Universe forever.


Captain America: Steve Rogers #2A & 2B

Writer: Nick Spencer
Artist: Jesus Saiz
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: June 29, 2016
Cover Price: $4.99

As Steve battles a resurgent Hydra more dangerous than ever before, he must confront a ghost from his past!

Spider-Gwen Annual #1A & 1B

Writer: Jason Latour
Artist: Chris Brunner
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: June 29, 2016
Cover Price: $4.99

• The first ever SPIDER-GWEN ANNUAL is here and it’s huge.
•  Threads for the next year of SPIDER-GWEN are laid down here in these stories:
SPIDER-GWEN and CAPTAIN AMERICA go on a secret mission!
THE MARY JANES get loud!
CAPTAIN STACY and GWEN meet SHE-HULK?!
SPIDER-HAM!!!


Jem and the Holograms #16A & 16B

Writer: Kelly Thompson
Artist: Sophie Campbell
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Release Date: June 29, 2016
Cover Price: $3.99

DARK JEM PART-concludes! PIZZAZZ rejoins THE MISFITS in time to confront looming threat of Silica. But it will take everyone working together-and performing together-in one SUPER SHOW to stop Silica and The Sickness’s spread once and for all.


Plutona #5

Plutona #5

Writer: Jeff Lemire
Artist: Emi Lenox
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: June 29, 2016
Cover Price: $2.99

MINI-SERIES CONCLUSION With the kids torn apart and lost in the woods, nothing can prepare them for what happens next. The startling conclusion to PLUTONA, with an ending that no one will see coming!


There ya have it! My Comic Book Haul for this week. Let me know if you guys read any of these series and let’s spark a conversation!

Until next time,

Sig New

Three Truths and a Lie | Waiting on Wednesday [#13]

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Hey guys!

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights highly anticipated upcoming releases.

So here’s what I’m waiting on this week!


Three Truths and a Lie

Author: Brent Hartinger
Series: Standalone
Genre: YA, Mystery
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: August 2nd, 2016

goodreads

Three Turths and a LieA weekend retreat in the woods and an innocent game of three truths and a lie go horribly wrong in this high-octane psychological thriller filled with romantic suspense by a Lambda Award–winning author.

Deep in the forest, four friends gather for a weekend of fun.

Truth #1: Rob is thrilled about the weekend trip. It’s the perfect time for him to break out of his shell…to be the person he really, really wants to be.

Truth #2: Liam, Rob’s boyfriend, is nothing short of perfect. He’s everything Rob could have wanted. They’re perfect together. Perfect.

Truth #3: Mia has been Liam’s best friend for years…long before Rob came along. They get each other in a way Rob could never, will never, understand.

Truth #4: Galen, Mia’s boyfriend, is sweet, handsome, and incredibly charming. He’s the definition of a Golden Boy…even with the secrets up his sleeve.

One of these truths is a lie…and not everyone will live to find out which one it is.

Why I’m Waiting

Another game I love playing with friends. The lies I tell can be so believable. This mystery/thriller sounds like it’s just up my alley!

“One of these truths is a lie…and not everyone will live to find out which one it is.”

This excites me beyond belief!


What has you guys waiting this week? Let me know down below!

Until next time,

Sig New

June 2016 Book Haul!

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Hey guys!

Here is my June book haul!

So let’s get started shall we?


INDIGO

Draw the Line by Laurent Linn

Published by Margaret K. McElderry

Released May 17th, 2016

Series: Standalone

Hardcover

The Crown’s Game by Eveyln Skye

Published by Balzer + Bray

Released May 17th, 2016

Series: The Crown’s Game #1

Hardcover

Illuminae by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman

Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers

Released October 20th 2015

Series: The Illuminae Files #1

Hardcover

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Released September 1st 2015

Series: Standalone

Hardcover

Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima

Published by HarperCollins

Released April 5th 2016

Series: Shattered Realms #1

Hardcover

The Rose and The Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

Published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books

Released April 26th 2016

Series: The Wrath and the Dawn #1

Hardcover


From Friends

A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

Published by Tor Books

Released February 23rd 2016

Series: Shades of Magic #2

Hardcover

Every Day by David Levithan

Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers

Released August 28th 2012

Series: Every Day #1

Paperback


AMAZON

The Mirror King

The Mirror King by Jodi Meadows

Published by Katherine Tegen Books

Released April 5th, 2016

Series: The Orphan Queen #2

Hardcover


ARCs

The Scorpian Rules by Erin Bow (Simon & Schuster Canada)

The Swan Riders by Erin Bow (Simon & Schuster Canada)

We Know It Was You by Maggie Thrash (Simon & Schuster Canada)

Swarm by Scott Westerfeld (Simon & Schuster Canada)

MINRS2 by Kevin Sylvester (Simon & Schuster Canada)

The Beast is an Animal by Peternelle can Ardale (Simon & Schuster Canada)

Poisoned Blade by Kate Elliott (Little, Brown Books)


That was definitely a big month for me! Did you guys pick up any of these books too? See you next month!

Until next time,

Sig 3

Characters That Got on my Nerves | Top 10 Tuesday [#36]

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Hey guys!

Welcome back to another Top 10 Tuesday weekly fun on my blog! Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. If you want to join in the fun, hop on over to their blog to see what it’s all about!

This week’s topic is Top 10 Characters That Got on my Nerves.

*** THIS IS MY OPINION: DO NOT HATE ON ME FOR IT ***

So we have all read books where we didn’t like or could really care less for a certain character. A lot of the times it happens to be the main character or active love interest. And now by no means am I saying that the author who wrote them is garbage because some of these characters come from some of my favorite books, what I am saying is that I honestly did not like them. So let the haters gonna hate begin!


10. Myles from Storm Siren

Storm Siren

Reasons Why:
  • He was beyond creepy
  • Could never tell if he was good or bad

 


9. Eleanor from Eleanor and Park

Eleanor and Park

Reasons Why:
  • She whined too much
  • No major character growth

 


 

8. Mare from The Red Queen

Red Queen

Reasons Why:
  • Thought she was the Queen of the world
  • Played up her Special Snowflake status constantly

 


7. Clary from the City of Bones

City of Bones

Reasons Why:
  • Boring and dull
  • Couldn’t see why everyone loved her in the book

 


6. Cinder from Cinder

Cinder

Reasons Why:
  • Again boring and dull
  • No extraordinary character growth

 


5. Lorelai from The Shadow Queen

The Shadow Queen

Reasons Why:
  • Not likeable
  • Generic and boring

 


4. Ianthe from A Court of Mist and Fury

 

A Court of Mist and FuryReasons Why:
  • Professional manipulator
  • Two-faced!

 


3. Lucia from Falling Kingdoms

Frozen Tides

Reasons Why:
  • Generic and boring
  • Not likeable


2. Chaol from Throne of Glass

Throne of Glass

Reasons Why:
  • Snoozefest
  • Lacks depth

 


1. Mal from Shadow and Bone

Shadow and Bone

Reasons Why:
  • SO BORING
  • Everything he did got on my nerves

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Well there you have it! Top 10 Characters That Got on my Nerves. What characters got on your nerves? Do we share any similarities? Let me know!

Until next time,

Sig New

Weekly Cover Reveal Recap | June 20 – June 26

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Hey guys!

Here are the covers that were revealed during the week of June 20 – June 26. Click the author to hop on over to their GoodReads page to add it to you’re TBR!

FANTASY

A Crown of Wishes (The Star-Touched Queen #2) by Roshani Chokshi

Published by St. Martin’s Griffin

March 28th 2017

When Gauri, the princess of Bharata, is captured by her kingdom’s rivals, she can only find help in Vikram, the cunning prince of an enemy kingdom. Unsatisfied with royal life, Vikram offers Gauri a chance to win back her kingdom in exchange for her battle prowess. They set aside their differences and team up to compete in the Tournament of Wishes, wherein the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor. Every which way they turn new trials will test their wit and strength. But what Gauri and Vikram soon discover is that there’s nothing more dangerous than what they most desire.

Shadowcaster (Shattered Realms #2) by Cinda Williams Chima

Published by HarperTeen

April 4th 2017

Alyssa ana’Raisa is the reluctant princess heir to the Gray Wolf throne of Fells, a queendom embroiled in a seemingly endless war. Hardened by too many losses, Lyss is more comfortable striking with a sword than maneuvering at court. After a brush with death, she goes on the offensive, meaning to end the war that has raged her whole life. If her gamble doesn’t pay off, she could lose her queendom before she even ascends to the throne…

Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer

Published by HarperCollins

April 11th 2017

Half-sisters Isabelle and Aurora are polar opposites: Isabelle is the king’s headstrong illegitimate daughter, whose sight was tithed by faeries; Aurora, beautiful and sheltered, was tithed her sense of touch and voice on the same day. Despite their differences, the sisters have always been extremely close…

The Ship Beyond Time (The Girl From Everywhere #2) by Heidi Heilig

Published by Greenwillow Books

March 28th 2017

Nix has spent her whole life journeying to places both real and imagined aboard her time-traveling father’s ship. And now it’s finally time for her to take the helm. Her father has given up his obsession to save her mother—and possibly erase Nix’s existence—and Nix’s future lies bright before her. Until she learns that she is destined to lose the one she loves. But her relationship with Kash—best friend, thief, charmer extraordinaire—is only just beginning. How can she bear to lose him? How can she bear to become as adrift and alone as her father? …

CONTEMPORARY

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

Published by Balzer + Bray

April 11th 2017

What does a sixteen-year-old girl have to do to kiss a boy? Molly Peskin-Suso wishes she knew. She’s crushed on twenty-six guys…but has kissed exactly none. Her twin sister Cassie’s advice to “just go for it” and “take a risk” isn’t that helpful. It’s easy for her to say: she’s had flings with lots of girls. She’s fearless and effortlessly svelte, while Molly is introverted and what their grandma calls zaftig…

American Street by Ibi Zoboi

Published by Balzer + Bray

February 14th 2017

On the corner of American Street and Joy Road, Fabiola Toussaint thought she would finally find une belle vie—the good life. But after leaving Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Fabiola’s mother is detained by U.S. immigration, leaving Fabiola to navigate her loud, American cousins—Chantal, Donna and Princess—the grittiness of Detroit’s west side, a new school, and a surprising romance, all on her own. Just as she finds her footing in this strange new world, a dangerous proposition presents itself, and Fabiola must learn that freedom comes at a cost. Trapped at the crossroads of an impossible choice, will she pay the price for the American dream?

The Hidden Memory of Objects by Danielle Mages Amato

Published by Balzer+Bray

March 21st 2017

Megan Brown’s brother, Tyler, is dead, but the cops are killing him all over again. They say he died of a drug overdose, potentially suicide—something Megan cannot accept. Determined to figure out what happened in the months before Tyler’s death, Megan turns to the things he left behind. After all, she understands the stories objects can tell—at fifteen, she is a gifted collage artist with a flair for creating found-object pieces. However, she now realizes that her artistic talent has developed into something more: she can see memories attached to some of Tyler’s belongings—and those memories reveal a brother she never knew…

Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson

Published by Bloomsbury

February 14th 2017

Jade believes she must get out of her neighborhood if she’s ever going to succeed. Her mother says she has to take every opportunity. She has. She accepted a scholarship to a mostly-white private school and even Saturday morning test prep opportunities. But some opportunities feel more demeaning than helpful. Like an invitation to join Women to Women, a mentorship program for “at-risk” girls. Except really, it’s for black girls. From “bad” neighborhoods

MYSTERY / HISTORICAL

Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson

Published by Katherine Tegen Books

January 24th 2017

Mary B. Addison killed a baby.

Allegedly. She didn’t say much in that first interview with detectives, and the media filled in the only blanks that mattered: A white baby had died while under the care of a church-going black woman and her nine-year-old daughter. The public convicted Mary and the jury made it official. But did she do it? She wouldn’t say…

Wait for Me by Caroline Leech

Published by HarperTeen

January 31st 2017

Can their love survive a war?

It’s 1945, and Lorna Anderson’s life on her father’s farm in Scotland consists of endless chores and rationing, knitting Red Cross scarves, and praying for an Allied victory. So when Paul Vogel, a German prisoner of war, is assigned as the new farmhand, Lorna is appalled. How can she possibly work alongside the enemy when her own brothers are risking their lives for their country? …

Siren’s Song by Mary Weber (Storm Siren #3) | REVIEW

Siren's SongSiren’s Song by Mary Weber (Storm Siren #3)
Published by HarperCollins on March 1st, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Action & Adventure
Pages: 384
Format: Hardcover

LINKS: Good Reads | Amazon | Indigo | Book Depository

Nym and Draewulf prepare to face off in a battle destined to destroy more lives than it saves.

With the loss of Tulla still fresh in mind, Rasha’s fate unknown, and Lord Myles taken over by the dark ability, Nym and the few Bron soldiers rush to warn Cashlin’s queen. Only to discover it may already be too late for the monarch and her eerie kingdom. As the Luminescents are sifting through Nym’s past memories and the queen is reading into her future, Nym is given a choice of how to defeat Draewulf, but the cost may be more than she can bear. And even then there are no guarantees.

With that reality burrowing into her bones—along with the guilt of the lives she will sacrifice—Nym returns to her homeland of Faelen to raise an army of peasants through promises of freedom. But when the few friends she has left, along with the world and citizens she loves, are staring down the face of a monster and his undead army, will Nym summon every element her blood is capable of controlling . . . or surrender to a different strength—one of sacrifice?

Because in the end, death may be more merciful for them all.

🌟🌟🌟🌟

4 Stars

*** CHECK OUT THE REVIEW FOR BOOK ONE: STORM SIREN
AND BOOK TWO: SIREN’S FURY***
** MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS: READ AT OWN RISK!!!**

First Line:

Short mewing sounds ripple the night air inside the thin wooden shack.


Review

COVER 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟                PLOT 🌟🌟🌟🌟

CHARACTERS 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟    ROMANCE 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

WRITING 🌟🌟🌟🌟             WORLD 🌟🌟🌟🌟


The Good

  • This marks the end of this trilogy, and a great way to finish it off! The plot finally concludes and all is worked out in the end.
  • Nym’s powers are fully developed and she becomes who she truly is meant to be. Her song is unleashed. Out of all the characters she was one of my favorites. She was flawed, and never thought of herself as the chosen one. She struggled and learned from her mistakes.
  • We finally get more back story on our main character and more explanations of the world and myths behind it. Weber’s writing continues with its lyrical prose and vivid descriptions!
  • The romance was on the rocks this book, but it was nice to see Nym and Eogan’s bond grow exponentially. It was also nice to see two characters in particular begin to blossom a relationship during all the chaos!

The Bad

  • There were certain things I wished were more explored in the story. I also wish more of the side characters took a more active role in the ending. There was such amazing character growth with the side characters in Siren’s Fury, that I feel was wasted when they were only conveniently used for their powers this time around.
  • The final battle wasn’t as grand as it could have been. I felt a little disappointed with it.

I am very satisfied with this finale. Let me know what you guys thought of Siren’s Song by Mary Weber! I would love to hear your opinions as well!

Until next time,

Sig 3

#BewareTheSong

Mary WeberMary Weber is a ridiculously uncoordinated girl plotting to take over make-believe worlds through books, handstands, and imaginary throwing knives. In her spare time, she feeds unicorns, sings 80’s hairband songs to her three muggle children, and ogles her husband who looks strikingly like Wolverine. They live in California, which is perfect for stalking L.A. bands, Joss Whedon, and the ocean. Her debut YA fantasy novel, STORM SIREN and SIREN’S FURY are available now in bookstores and online, and SIREN’S SONG will be out March 2016 from TN HarperCollins.