July 2016 Wrap Up!


Hey guys!

July is now over, and what a month that was! I attended the Book Riot monthly book club meeting in Toronto, I met a boy, I got sun poisoning and a severe sun burn, and I seen some great movies too! So all in all July was a month to remember. Here’s hoping August will be just as good… minus the nasty sun burn!

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


Triad Blood by Nathan Burgoine – July 1st, 2016

We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson – July 9th, 2016 

Empire of Dust by Eleanor Herman – July 16th, 2016

Court of Fives by Kate Elliott – July 22nd, 2016

Poisoned Blade by Kate Elliott – July 29th, 2016

Morning Glories Vol. 3: P.E. by Nick Spencer – July 29th, 2016

Night Flower by Kate Elliott – July 30th, 2016

Morning Glories Vol. 4: Truants by Nick Spencer – July 30th, 2016

The Assassin Game by Kirsty McKay – July 31st, 2016

6 novels +  1 novella +  2 graphic novels = a success!

Other books I’ve started:



Morning Star by Pierce Brown – 5/5

Triad Blood by Nathan Burgoine – 3/5

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas – 4/5 

Empire of Dust by Eleanor Herman – 4/5

We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson – 5/5

Court of Fives by Kate Elliott – 4/5

(Click the links to read the reviews)


Waiting On Wednesday

NevernightJuly 6th, 2016

A Torch Against the Night – July 13th, 2016

Empire of Storms – July 20th, 2016

Three Dark Crowns – July 27th, 2016

What’s Next?

Next Sequel (The Exiled Queen / The Mirror King)July 15th, 2016


Top 10 Tuesday

Books I Enjoyed Under 2000 Ratings – July 5th, 2016

10 Facts About Me – July 12th, 2016

10 Books Set Outside the U.S.A – July 19th, 2016

Top 5 Wednesday

Outside of My Comfort Zone – July 6th, 2016

Wish There Was a Sequel – July 13th, 2016

Recent Additions Wishlist – July 20th, 2016


Haul #49 – July 7th, 2016

Haul #50July 14th, 2016

Haul #51July 21st, 2016

Haul #52July 28th, 2016



July Awards


July Achievements

500 Blog Followers – July 2016

21,000 Blog ViewsJuly 2016

8500 Blog Visitors – July 2016


The Diverse Book Tag July 11th, 2016

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag – July 16th, 2016

Pokemon GO Book Tag – July 23rd, 2016


Benefits to Re-Reading – July 2nd, 2016


Book Bingo Progress July

Squares I obtained this month:


M/M Romance – Triad Blood by Nathan Burgoine


White Cover – Morning Glories Vol. 3: P.E. by Nick Spencer

Part of 4+ Series – Morning Gories Vol. 4: Truant by Nick Spencer

2016 Debut – The Assassin Game by Kirtsy McKay


June, July, August Release – Poisoned Blade by Kate Elliott

Mental Health – We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson


PoC Main Character – Court of Fives by Kate Elliott

Political Intrigue – Empire of Dust by Eleanor Herman

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

Until next time,

Sig New




Summer TBR Wipeout 2016 | Update #2

Summer TBR Wipeout

Hey guys!

Summer had finally begun. It’s the time to sit back and let loose. So that’s where Summer TBR Wipeout comes in.

This read-a-thon is hosted by Olivia from The Candid Cover. This read-a-thon runs from July 3rd – August 14th. And the point of it, is to read as many books from your never ending TBR’s! Not to mention there is a sweet giveaway for all the participants as well! So come and join the fun!!


Update #2

We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson

Ruined by Amy Tintera

Court of Fives by Kate Elliott

Poisoned Blade by Kate Elliott

The Mirror King by Jodi Meadows

The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow

The Swan Riders by Erin Bow

So far I have read 3 books:

We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson

Court of Fives by Kate Elliott

Poisoned Blade by Kate Elliott


And I have started 2 books: Scorpian Rules by Erin Bow

(I also read 2 other books that didn’t end up on my TBR… haha)

So far I think I am off to a good start. There is still 2 more weeks left in the Summer TBR Wipeout, and I am thinking I can knock a few more of those books off my list!

I will be posting my wrap up post on August 14th, so stay tuned! And don’t hesitate to join in on the fun as well!

Until next time,



Court of Fives by Kate Elliott (Court of Fives #1) | REVIEW

Court of FivesCourt of Fives by Kate Elliott (Court of Fives #1)
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on August 18th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Action & Adventure
Pages: 448
Format: Hardcover

LINKS: Good Reads | Amazon | Indigo | Book Depository

On the Fives court, everyone is equal.

And everyone is dangerous.

Jessamy’s life is a balance between acting like an upper-class Patron and dreaming of the freedom of the Commoners. But away from her family, she can be whomever she wants when she sneaks out to train for the Fives, an intricate, multilevel athletic competition that offers a chance for glory to the kingdom’s best competitors.

Then Jes meets Kalliarkos, and an improbable friendship between the two Fives competitors—one of mixed race and the other a Patron boy—causes heads to turn. When Kal’s powerful, scheming uncle tears Jes’s family apart, she’ll have to test her new friend’s loyalty and risk the vengeance of a royal clan to save her mother and sisters from certain death.


4 Stars

First Line:

We four sisters are sitting in the courtyard at dusk in what passes for peace in our house.


COVER 🌟🌟🌟🌟           PLOT 🌟🌟🌟


WRITING 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟        WORLD 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

The Good

Court of Fives by Kate Elliott takes us on an adventure into a world divided by racism, sexism, and classism. It follows a brave young girl that was born in the middle of both races. Her father is Saroese, and her mother Efean. Her and her sisters grew up behind high walls to protect them from the prejudices on the outside for it is unheard of for a Saroese man to have several children with an Efean concubine.

When Jessamy, our main protagonist goes against her fathers orders and runs in the Fives, an obstacle course competition things start to get a little messy. Now her father is off to marry a princess of Saroese ethnicity, her mother and sisters are taken away, and she is sponsored to run the Fives by a tyrant lord, and Jessamy must figure out what’s the most important for her.

I loved all the characters in Court of Fives, even the evil ones. Some noteworthy characters include Jessamy, Lord Kalliarkos, Amaya, and Lord Gargaron. Jessamy is a strong and brave heroine that will stop at nothing until she achieves her dreams and aspirations. Lord Kalliarkos is sweet, caring, and sees beyond ethnicity and social standing treating everyone in the same manner. Amaya is feisty and multi-layered although she comes off a tad bit whiny and conceited. Lord Gargaron is a straight up asshole, pardon my language, and I don’t like the things he does but I love his motivations.

The world Elliott has created is vast and expansive. She pulls no stops when it comes to customs, religion, social class, and history. Even the way each character’s personality reflects off the way they were brought up. This world felt new and invigorating and I can’t wait to learn even more. Elliott’s writing is lyrical and and flows well with the story. Each character’s dialogue felt distinct and driven. The writing is one of the aspects that keeps Court of Fives interesting and exciting.

I have to believe he will do as he promised. Yet the truth is that I trust him because of the way he snared my fingers in his. That is the worst reason of all to trust, but my bitter heart will not stop singing its recklessly giddy song.

Court of Fives -Kate Elliott

The Bad

The plot. Now before you guys start saying, “How can a story be 4 stars with a bad plot?,” “That doesn’t make any sense,” let me explain myself.

The plot is very loose fitting in Court of Fives. It is pretty much a setting up of a more bigger plot line that will probably occur in the sequel. All we get this time around is world building, character establishing/growth, and intricate storytelling. What we don’t get is the bigger picture. Court of Fives is just a stepping stone for something more, I can feel it. I just wish there was a more exciting ending.

Ok, that’s it. Let me know what you guys thought of Court of Fives by Kate Elliott! I would love to hear your opinions as well!

Until next time,

Sig 3



Kate ElliottAs a child in rural Oregon, Kate Elliott made up stories because she longed to escape to a world of lurid adventure fiction. She now writes fantasy, steampunk, and science fiction, often with a romantic edge. It should therefore come as no surprise that she met her future husband in a sword fight.

When he gave up police work to study archaeology, they and their three children fell into an entirely new set of adventures in dusty Mexican ruins and mouthwatering European pastry shops. Eventually her spouse’s work forced them to move to Hawaii, where she took up outrigger canoe paddling.

Also, there is a schnauzer.

July 2016 Book Haul!


Hey guys!

Here are all the books I got in July! There is quite a few to get through.

So let’s get started shall we?


Skyborn by David Dalglish

Black Wolves by Kate Elliott

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

The Darkest Magic by Morgan Rhodes

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

And I Darken by Kiersten White

The Gray Wold Throne by Cinda Williams Chima

The Crimson Crown by Cinda Williams Chima

Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman

A Dance of Shadows by David Dalglish

A Dance of Ghosts by David Dalglish

A Dance of Chaos by David Dalglish

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands

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 New


Comic Book Haul [#52]


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.

Batgirl #1A & 1B

Writer: Hope Larson
Artist: Rafael Albuquerque
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: July 27, 2016
Cover Price: $2.99

“Beyond Burnside” Chapter One: The Batgirl you know and love is going global with Eisner Award-winning and New York Times best-selling writer Hope Larson (A Wrinkle in Time, Goldie Vance) and all-star artist Rafael Albuquerque (AMERICAN VAMPIRE). In order to up her game, Babs travels to Japan on a quest to train with the most elite modern combat masters of the East. But when a chance meeting with an old friend puts a target on her back, Batgirl may need to use her new skills to solve a deadly mystery.

Detective Comics #937A & 937B

Writer: James Tynion IV
Artist: Alvaro Martinez, Raul Fernandez
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: July 27, 2016
Cover Price: $2.99

“RISE OF THE BATMEN” Chapter Four: Batman’s found his way into the heart of the Colony, the mysterious new organization cutting its way through Gotham City! Unfortunately, now that he’s in he may find there’s no way out!

Nightwing #1A & 1B

Writer: Tim Seeley
Artist: Javi Fernandez
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: July 27, 2016
Cover Price: $2.99

“BETTER THAN BATMAN” Chapter One: Batman taught Nightwing everything he knows-but what if everything he taught him is wrong? When Dick is stuck with a new mentor who challenges everything Batman taught him, Nightwing has to shatter his concept of justice in order to fight for what he knows is right.

The Flash #3A & 3B

Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artist: Carmine Giandomenico
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: July 27, 2016
Cover Price: $2.99

“LIGHTNING STRIKES TWICE” Chapter Three: In issue #3, dozens of innocent people mysteriously gain super-speed! But not all are heroic, and it’ll take everything The Flash and August have to harness the lightning before Black Hole does.

Harley Quinn #30A & 30B

Writer: Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti
Artist: Elsa Charretier
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: July 27, 2016
Cover Price: $3.99

As Harley’s monthly series comes to an end, the world prepares for twice as much Harley when her new series debuts in August! And you’d better believe Harley’s burning the place down on the way out the door…

Titans #1A & 1B

Writer: Dan Abnett
Artist: Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: July 27, 2016
Cover Price: $2.99

After an old ally returns to the team, the Titans set their sights on a dangerous enemy with the power to change reality itself! But the Titans have never faced a threat this massive before, and with so much on the line, will they be able to stand united as a team? Or will their past mistakes be their undoing?

Spider-Gwen #10

Spider-Gwen #10

Writer: Jason Latour
Artist: Robbi Rodriguez
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: July 27, 2016
Cover Price: $3.99

Spider-Gwen lost her powers in SPIDER-WOMEN and now has to face FRANK CASTLE without Spider-help!

Black Panther #4A & 4B

Writer: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Artist: Brian Stelfreeze
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: July 27, 2016
Cover Price: $3.99

• “A NATION UNDER OUR FEET,” the first arc of the new hit BLACK PANTHER series, comes to a startling conclusion!
•  Suicide bombers terrorize the people of Wakanda, further eroding any last bits of goodwill towards the royal family…
•  T’Challa struggles to unite his citizens, who are choosing to side with Zenzi and The People in growing numbers…
•  A familiar villain reveals his part in T’Challa’s current ruination…and it’s not who you think!

The Mighty Thor #9A & 9B

Writer: Jason Aaron
Artist: Russell Dauterman
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: July 27, 2016
Cover Price: $3.99

• Marvel’s most corrupt corporations are up to something sinister, but Thor and S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Roz Solomon are determined to stop them.
•  At the heart of the ultimate white-collar crime? None other than the Silver Samurai and the Exterminatrix!
•  OH! And it turns out millions of lives depend on the God of Thunder saving Roxxon’s own evil executive Dario

X-Men '92 #5

X-Men ’92 #5

Writer: Chris Sims, Chad Bowers
Artist: Cory Hamscher
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: July 27, 2016
Cover Price: $3.99

• An X-TRA special and X-TREME one-off tale featuring the best romance the ’90s can offer!
•  Scott Summers and Jean Grey want nothing more than a quiet, romantic getaway.
•  But time for “romance” and “quiet” doesn’t exist when you’re an X-Man!
•  Something Sinister this way comes for our two lovebirds!!!

Captain America: Steve Rogers #3A & 3B

Writer: Nick Spencer
Artist: Jesus Saiz
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: July 27, 2016
Cover Price: $3.99

• Hydra vs. Hydra! The Red Skull vs. Zemo, with Captain America caught in the crossfire.
•  The trial of Maria Hill begins.

Beauty #9A & 9B

Writer: Jeremy Haun, Jason Hurley
Artist: Brett Weldele
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: July 27, 2016
Cover Price: $3.99

Some believe everything is perfect in life, love, and beauty. When it comes to THE BEAUTY, perfection is dangerous.

Red Thorn #9

Red Thorn #9

Writer: David Baillie
Artist: Meghan Hetrick
Publisher: Vertigo
Release Date: July 27, 2016
Cover Price: $3.99

There have been many secrets and many questions since Thorn broke free from his prison beneath the Earth nine months ago-but all of that is about to change. There is a woman stalking the streets of Glasgow who won’t rest until she has the answers she seeks. And what she discovers will alter the fates of two worlds forever. Join us on this epic journey as Lura Investigations gets to the bottom of what makes this dark Celtic fantasy tick.

Grumpy Cat and Pokey #6A & 6B

Writer: Ilias Kyriazis, Ben Fisher, Derek Fridolfs
Artist: Steve Uy, Ken Haeser, Ilias Kyriazis
Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment
Release Date: July 20, 2016
Cover Price: $3.99

Three more misadventures of The World’s Grumpiest Cat! When two dog-loving boys visit the household, they can’t wait to play fetch and take Grumpy Cat for a walk. Wait until you see how the curmudgeonly kitten teaches these kids the difference between canines and felines! Next, Grumpy and Pokey discover a supposed genie’s lamp… and their wishes are whimsical and wacky! Finally, a local witch wants to recruit the two cats as her supernatural familiars. What’s more superstitious than a black cat? A white-and-gray cat with a blackened spirit!

Jem and the Holograms #17A & 17B

Writer: Kelly Thompson
Artist: Sophie Campbell
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Release Date: July 20, 2016
Cover Price: $3.99

Still reeling from the shattering conclusion to DARK JEM, JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS regroup-desperate to find a path forward. Meanwhile, THE MISFITS find themselves with a unique problem… one lead singer too many!

Archie #10A & 10B

Writer: Mark Waid
Artist: Veronica Fish
Publisher: Archie Comics
Release Date: July 27, 2016
Cover Price: $3.99

It’s Team Archie vs. Team  Betty! A civil war has broken out in Riverdale – friends against friends, parents against parents, with the entire town torn down the middle by an event that forces everyone to take sides! No joke-the events of this issue will impact Archie and his pals for some time to come!

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Pink #2A & 2B

Writer: Brendan Fletcher, Kelly Thompson
Artist: Daniele Nicuolo
Publisher: Boom! Studios
Release Date: July 27, 2016
Cover Price: $3.99

Once a Ranger, always a Ranger. Kimberly must embrace her past to become the hero her family needs. The return of Angel Grove’s original Pink Ranger is here.

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



We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson | REVIEW

We Are the AntsWe Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson
Published by Simon Pulse on January 19th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBT+
Pages: 455
Format: Hardcover

LINKS: Good Reads | Amazon | Indigo | Book Depository

There are a few things Henry Denton knows, and a few things he doesn’t.

Henry knows that his mom is struggling to keep the family together, and coping by chain-smoking cigarettes. He knows that his older brother is a college dropout with a pregnant girlfriend. He knows that he is slowly losing his grandmother to Alzheimer’s. And he knows that his boyfriend committed suicide last year.

What Henry doesn’t know is why the aliens chose to abduct him when he was thirteen, and he doesn’t know why they continue to steal him from his bed and take him aboard their ship. He doesn’t know why the world is going to end or why the aliens have offered him the opportunity to avert the impending disaster by pressing a big red button.

But they have. And they’ve only given him 144 days to make up his mind.

The question is whether Henry thinks the world is worth saving. That is, until he meets Diego Vega, an artist with a secret past who forces Henry to question his beliefs, his place in the universe, and whether any of it really matters. But before Henry can save the world, he’s got to figure out how to save himself, and the aliens haven’t given him a button for that.


5 Stars

First Line:

Life is bullshit.


COVER 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟           PLOT 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟


WRITING 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟        FEELS 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Depression isn’t a war you win. It’s a battle you fight every day. You never stop, never get to rest.

We Are the Ants – Shaun David Hutchinson

The Good

We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson is a beautifully written novel about a boy who must decide if the world is worth saving. Henry’s dad left him and the family when he was younger, his mother is struggling with work and money, his grandmother is suffering from Alzheimers, and his boyfriend Jesse committed suicide last year for unknown reasons. To top it all off he is constantly getting abducted by aliens. And these aliens have given him a big red button to press. If Henry pushes the button the world will continue going on, but if he doesn’t the world will end. They have given him 144 days to decide.

Now if this is starting to sound like a sci-fi dystopian, not to worry. It is far from it. I can say that the alien abductions are a metaphor for something else, that of which I can’t tell you. But now it is up to Henry if life as we know it, is worth saving.

The plot is beautiful executed with Hutchinson’s raw and truthful writing. He makes you really think about what matters in life, all the little things we do. Is it all worth it in the grand scheme of things? If we kiss our boyfriend/girlfriend today will it end world hunger? If we do our homework or study for our next test are we going to be the next noble prize winner? Most answers to that is no. But that doesn’t mean that these little things don’t matter. They matter to us, and that’s the most important aspect you take away from We Are the Ants.

The characters are all flawed in some way or another. Poor Henry is a lost soul. He has no idea why his father left them all those years ago, he has no idea why Jesse killed himself, and he has no idea if life is still worth living. I have never connected with a character more in any other book. There are times in life where I have felt just as lost as he has, but that’s totally normal. Then he meets the new boy in school, Diego. Diego is everybody and nobody. Because of his shady past he lives each day as a new one to make up for all the time he has lost. He has a ton of issues he needs to work through, but he meets Henry and things change. He makes it his mission to prove to Henry that life is worth saving.

The romance was adorable, and it wasn’t the typical swoon worthy romance you usually find in other contemporaries. It was raw, and real. It was flawed.

We Are the Ants makes you feel a ton of emotions as it takes you on a bumpy roller coaster ride. I’ve learned a lot from reading it and I can’t express enough how much you guys need to get your hands on a copy of this book. It’s a story we all need to hear… well read. I know you’ll love it!

We may not get to choose how we die, but we can chose how we live. The universe may forget us, but it doesn’t matter. Because we are the ants, and we’ll keep marching on.

We Are the Ants – Shaun David Hutchinson

The Bad

I can honestly say I have no issues with this novel. Shaun David Hutchinson knocks it out of the park again with his masterful story telling with real, and raw emotions. I do wish that we got to find out what happens after day 144 because ends on day 143. A bit of a cliffhanger where we get to imagine our own ending!

Sometimes I think gravity may be death in disguise. Other times I think gravity is love, which is why love’s only demand is that we fall.

We Are the Ants – Shaun David Hutchinson

I loved The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley last year by Huthinson, and he doesn’t disappoint this time around either! Let me know what you guys thought of We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson! I would love to hear your opinions as well!

Until next time,

Sig 3



Shaun David HutchinsonShaun David Hutchinson is a major geek and all about nerdy shenanigans. He is the author of The Deathday Letter, fml, and the forthcoming The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley. He can be reached at shaun@shaundavidhutchinson.com. He currently lives in South Florida with his partner and dog and watches way too much Doctor Who.

Three Dark Crowns | Waiting on Wednesday [#17]


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 Dark Crowns

Author: Kendare Blake
Series: Untitled #1
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: September 20th, 2016


Three Dark CrownsIn every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.

The last queen standing gets the crown.

Why I’m Waiting

Three sisters fighting for one crown. Only one can be queen! Three unique and awesome powers to boot. It will be an EPIC fight to the death… or will it?

P.S. Kendare Blake is the author of Anna Dressed in Blood series and the Goddess War series.

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

Until next time,

Sig New