Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday #104 - My Reading Wishlist

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Ten Things On My Reading Wishlist

Doctor Who: Time Lord Fairy Tales - I want this so bad but when I have a little $ it's out of stock. Every. Single. Time.
A Conjuring of Light by VE Schwab - I'm pretty disappointed that I don't own this one yet because these books are soooo good!
Jim Kay's illustrated HP & the Prisoner of Azkaban - I've been getting these for Christmas each year so I'm obviously looking forward to this. 

The Graveyard Book (graphic novel) - I honestly don't even own the original Graveyard Book but I wish I did. 
Stardust (illustrated by Charles Vess) - I actually bought this once but it never actually made it to me and I couldn't get my money back. I still really want it though. Vess is one of my favorite artists as well. 
The Sleeper and the Spindle (artwork by Chris Riddell) - Another awesome artist. I read this one in Trigger Warning but I definitely want this illustrated version. 

The Cats of Ulthar by H.P. Lovecraft, told through the macabre art of Abigail Larson - Abigail has been one of my favorite budding artists for over a decade. I adore her stuff and was so excited when she came out with this since she usually just does covers. This might need to be a birthday present this year. 

And since the prompt was 'things', I also really want a nice long-lasting book light and a time turner necklace, to be honest. Alas, we'll see if I can fit them into the budget this Christmas. :)

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Can't Wait Wednesday #11 - The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Tressa @ Wishful Endings and spotlights the books we are excited about and have yet to read. This meme is based on Waiting on Wednesday which is hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine.

I Can't Wait For... The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

Expected Publication: July 18th, 2017
by Simon Pulse

Stop the Magician. 
Steal the book.
Save the future.

In modern day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic--the Mageus--live in the shadows, hiding who they are. Any Mageus who enters Manhattan becomes trapped by the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their ower--and often their lives.
Esta is a talented thief, and she's been raised to steal magical artifacts from the sinister Order  that created the Brink. With her innate ability to manipulate time, Esta can pilfer from the past, collecting these artifacts before the Order even knows she's there. And all of Esta's training has been for one final job: traveling back to 1902 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order--and the Brink--before the Magician can destroy it and doom the Mageus to a hopeless future.
But Old New York is a dangerous world ruled by ruthless gangs and secret societies, a world where the very air crackles with magic. Nothing is as it seems, including the Magician himself. And for Esta to save her future, she may have to betray everyone in the past.

Why I Can't Wait: 
Modern day magicians, a badass time-traveling female thief, and a diverse cast of characters very much makes me want to read this right now. Plus, that cover reminds me of AURYN (the intertwined snake necklace) from The Neverending Story so much that I was immediately interested in this book, even if it doesn't sound anything like The Neverending Story.
This honestly seems to have a little of everything I love though.
Fantasy. Urban fantasy. Historical fiction. 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday #103 - Detailed Covers

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Cover Theme Freebie! 

I was looking through my Goodreads TBR using the covers option and realized that I love intricate covers. Especially if they are illustrated. So I rounded up a bunch of my favorites.

I'm leaving this all 'big' so you can see the details! 

The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman & illustrated by Chris Riddell - This is just gorgeous. Riddell is such an amazing artist and does an awesome job with Gaiman's work. 
Unnatural Creatures by Neil Gaiman - I love the border art on this. Both of these are on my wishlist because Gaiman is one of my top faves. 

The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly - This cover drew me in a few years ago and I've been on the lookout for it ever since.

Summer and Bird by Katherine Catmull -  I love the swan and all of the other birds perched on the border. 
Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier - Lots of gorgeous swirls and whorls. 

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic by Leigh Bardugo - This one isn't out yet but gosh this cover makes me want to pre-order. 
Delphine by Richard Sula - This one is pretty simplistic in a way but I still love the vines.

Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho - I'm not actually sure what this one is about but I love that cover.
The Marvels by Brian Selznick - I love the colors in this one. Plus, Selznick's books always have amazing artwork.

Have you read any of these? Do you like busy covers or do you like minimalist covers more? 

May 2017 Most Anticipated New Releases

May looks like it will be an awesome month for new releases!
Here are a few of the ones I'm most anticipating. 

May 2nd

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas - (YA/NA) 
I only just finished ACOMAF recently and really want to continue this story even though I'm not in love with it. 
The Black Witch by Laurie Forest - (Young Adult) I was originally psyched about this just by that title. A witch with no powers with powerful enemies? Yeah, I want to know how that turns out. 
Dreamfall by Amy Plum - (Young Adult) I basically love anything to do with dreams and nightmares so this sounds awesome.

The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carey - (Adult) I loved The Girl With All the Gifts and am excited to read more from that world. 

May 16th

The Crown's Fate by Evelyn Skye - (Young Adult) I've been dying for this! The Crown's Game was really good so I'm hoping the sequel is even better!
Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh - (Young Adult) 
This one sounds fantastic and I've seen so many people mention it!

May 30th

Dark Breaks the Dawn by Sara B. Larson - (Young Adult) 
This is another one that I've seen mentioned so many times that I'm purely interested from the pre-hype.
House of Furies by Madeleine Roux - (Young Adult)
I love a good horror story and Madeleine Roux seems to be pretty good with them so I definitely want to read this one! 

What books are you looking forward to?

Monday, May 1, 2017

May 2017 TBR

This is sort of a broken record of a TBR list since I didn't really get a chance to read any books in April. I'm hoping to catch up though. 

Struck out = Finished reading
CR = Currently Reading

For Review:
The Dragon of the Month Club by Iain Reading
2. Jorie and the Golden Key by A.H. Richardson
3. A Gathering of Ravens by Scott Oden

For Fun: 
1. Caraval by Stephanie Garber
2. And I Darken by Kiersten White
3. Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

Borrowed/Library Holds:
1. The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carey
2. Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon