I’m baaaack! | Hiatus progress + August TBR

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Hi, guys! It’s officially August, and that means… I am officially back in the blogging game! I thought a good way to get back into the swing of things would be to write a quick post about my hiatus, so… voila!

In my hiatus post, I talked a big game about getting ahead on reviews… Well, that didn’t really happen. And that’s okay! I really needed to step back from the blog and not stress for a while. I had one project especially that I really didn’t want to rush, and taking a hiatus helped that happen! I also decided to let myself read whatever I wanted, not just what was up next in my “schedule”, and thus a couple of highly-anticipated review books happened a little bit earlier than I’d anticipated, lol. I also got a few re-reads in!

Here’s a graphical representation of my hiatus, for anyone curious what went down:

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Hiatus Announcement + Giveaway!

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July 9th – July 31st

I know, I know — I just took a short hiatus a little over a month ago, before/during/and after BEA, thanks to the craziness that surrounded that week… but man it’s hard to catch up after falling behind! After BEA, being super busy with work, then ALA, and now another project I’m currently working on… I’ve been feeling like a bit of a failure at blogging. =S I have no buffer of reviews to post! I haven’t finished a review book in 2-3 weeks! What is happening?!?! Just busyness, and I’ll have more time to do all of that soon. But with the stress I’m feeling, I took a hard look at what I want to be doing, and it’s not “read a book, write a review, post immediately,” which is what I’ve been doing for… well, a while.

So I’ve decided it’s time to put the blog on “pause” for a little bit. I’ve actually been toying with the idea of taking a hiatus for some time, for the sole purpose of getting ahead on my posts and reviews. Part of my stress is the teetering stack of books I want to read/review in the coming months. I can feel them watching me, I swear. And for some reason, right now, I’m more stressed about it all, than I am excited to read them. Which is not okay!!! (And trust me, I know this stress is self-inflicted. That just makes it harder to banish!)  So, I’ve decided to take the breather I need to help me let go, try to get my busyness under control, and try to get ahead, for once, on my blog posts. So…

I’ll be taking a break from posting here until the end of July.

I’ll still be on Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads, etc, so I’m not going totally dark! I just want to use this time to read lots of books and write lots of reviews and posts, and not worry about posting them until I’m back, so I can schedule out a few weeks in advance. :)

BUT I don’t want to go away for any length of time without doing something fun for you all, who are so wonderful to stick around and put up with me. ;)

So, I mentioned how I’ve been getting stressed about upcoming review books… Yeah, yeah, I hear you being all, “WHY, Nikki?! You should just be excited!!” and I know that, I really do, so I wanted to take this time to feature some of the upcoming Fall/Winter (but not necessarily review-) books that I truly am over-the-moon-excited about…

…And I also want to give away a preorder of a Fall/Winter book YOU are excited about!!

So here are some books that I am DYING FOR AND I CANNOT WAIT TO READ THEM (also some ideas for the giveaway-winner’s book of choice? It’s up to you!)…

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I still left off a TON of books I’m excited about in addition to these — if I hadn’t cut myself off though, this post would end up being a giant wall of book covers. But I think that covers at least 1 book per month from September through March! Are we excited yet?!

What books are YOU most looking forward to this fall/winter??

I really want to hear what everyone is most excited about reading, what they’ve maybe already preordered(???), and what they’d choose to preorder if they win! Just fill out the Rafflecopter below and be sure to fill in the “commented” entry if you leave a comment!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This giveaway is for 1 fall/winter preorder of $17 or less, and is open to international entries if The Book Depository ships to you. If the book you want isn’t available for preorder yet, that’s fine! I can order it when it shows up.

♥ See you back here in August! ♥

ARC Review: UPROOTED by Naomi Novik

I received this book for free from Del Rey. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.

ARC Review: UPROOTED by Naomi Novik
Uprooted

Written by: Naomi Novik
Publisher: Del Rey
Release Date: May 19th 2015
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 438
Source: NetGalley
Buy: B&N, Amazon, Book Depository
Add on: Goodreads

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Naomi Novik, author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed Temeraire novels, introduces a bold new world rooted in folk stories and legends, as elemental as a Grimm fairy tale.

“Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley. We hear them sometimes, from travelers passing through. They talk as though we were doing human sacrifice, and he were a real dragon. Of course that’s not true: he may be a wizard and immortal, but he’s still a man, and our fathers would band together and kill him if he wanted to eat one of us every ten years. He protects us against the Wood, and we’re grateful, but not that grateful.”

Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life.

Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.

The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows—everyone knows—that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn’t, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her.

But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose.

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I’ve been incredibly delinquent in writing this review, because this is one of those books that I just want to shove into people’s hands and say, “Just read it, you’ll thank me later.” What else is there to say, other than that?! Nothing, that’s what.

But I really need to try, becuase if you’re not convinced you need it yet, then I’m not doing my job right. So, here goes.

First and foremost: Reading Uprooted was an awesome experience, for me. I love re-reading books, and I often fantasize about being able to read an amazing book again for the first time — obviously, that’s impossible… but I think Uprooted is the closest I’ve ever come to what that would feel like. Reading this book felt like re-reading an old favorite, but getting to do so for the first time again. I felt such an intense familiarity with the tone, with the story, with the world and the characters — it reminded me of my favorite fantasy books, in the best way. But it never felt overly derivative — there were so many new twists and unique characters and such a sense of newness to the book, coupled with that old familiarity… It was just amazing.

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Waiting on Wednesday – Winter

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine,
which spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating!

 

Waiting on Wednesday – Winter
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The Lunar Chronicles #4

Written by: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release Date: November 10th 2015
Genres: Retelling, Sci-Fi, Young Adult
Pages: 824
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Add on: Goodreads

Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend—the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?

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Cannot. Handle. Waiting. Any. Longer…

The Lunar Chronicles are some of my absolute favorite retellings, and from even the tiny bit we’ve seen of Winter as a character so far, I already know I’m going to ADORE her story. And obviously, I’m also dying to see Cinder, Kai, Scarlet, Wolf, Cress, and Thorne again. AND IKO. Ugh. So much need.

AND IT’S OVER 800 PAGES LONG, SOMEONE HOLD ME.

What book are YOU anxiously awaiting today?

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ARC Review: REBEL MECHANICS by Shanna Swendson

ARC Review: REBEL MECHANICS by Shanna Swendson
Rebel Mechanics
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Written by: Shanna Swendson
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Release Date: July 14th 2015
Genres: Alternate History, Sci-Fi, Steampunk, Young Adult
Pages: 320
Source: Borrowed from a friend
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Add on: Goodreads

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A sixteen-year-old governess becomes a spy in this alternative U.S. history where the British control with magic and the colonists rebel by inventing.

It’s 1888, and sixteen-year-old Verity Newton lands a job in New York as a governess to a wealthy leading family—but she quickly learns that the family has big secrets. Magisters have always ruled the colonies, but now an underground society of mechanics and engineers are developing non-magical sources of power via steam engines that they hope will help them gain freedom from British rule. The family Verity works for is magister—but it seems like the children's young guardian uncle is sympathetic to the rebel cause. As Verity falls for a charming rebel inventor and agrees to become a spy, she also becomes more and more enmeshed in the magister family’s life. She soon realizes she’s uniquely positioned to advance the cause—but to do so, she’ll have to reveal her own dangerous secret.

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You know those books that, for the entire time you’re reading them, make you ask yourself, “Why am I still reading this?!”

Rebel Mechanics was one of those books, for me.

Now, that’s not to say that it’s a bad book. It’s not. There wasn’t anything about it that upset me or made me actively dislike it — at least not that much. It’s just one of those books that was incredibly meh, for me.

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Waiting on Wednesday – Their Fractured Light

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine,
which spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating!

 

Waiting on Wednesday – Their Fractured Light
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Starbound #3

Written by: Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Release Date: December 1st 2015
Genres: Romance, Sci-Fi, Young Adult
Pages: 400
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Add on: Goodreads

** Some spoilers for the 1st two books in this synopsis!! **

A year ago, Flynn Cormac and Jubilee Chase made the now infamous Avon Broadcast, calling on the galaxy to witness for their planet, and protect them from destruction. Some say Flynn’s a madman, others whisper about conspiracies. Nobody knows the truth. A year before that, Tarver Merendsen and Lilac LaRoux were rescued from a terrible shipwreck—now, they live a public life in front of the cameras, and a secret life away from the world’s gaze.

Now, in the center of the universe on the planet of Corinth, all four are about to collide with two new players, who will bring the fight against LaRoux Industries to a head. Gideon Marchant is an eighteen-year-old computer hacker—a whiz kid and an urban warrior. He’ll climb, abseil and worm his way past the best security measures to pull off onsite hacks that others don’t dare touch.

Sofia Quinn has a killer smile, and by the time you’re done noticing it, she’s got you offering up your wallet, your car, and anything else she desires. She holds LaRoux Industries responsible for the mysterious death of her father and is out for revenge at any cost.

When a LaRoux Industries security breach interrupts Gideon and Sofia’s separate attempts to infiltrate their headquarters, they’re forced to work together to escape. Each of them has their own reason for wanting to take down LaRoux Industries, and neither trusts the other. But working together might be the best chance they have to expose the secrets LRI is so desperate to hide.

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I. Adore. This. Series. …No, like, I don’t think you understand. These books are literally everything. Adventure. Romance. Action. Suspense. Conspiracies. Space-traveling sci-fi goodness. They’ve got all the completion of standalones mixed with the awesomeness of a series… Honestly, companion novels are my newest favorite thing ever, especially with the level of overlap present in the Starbound series. UGH. And did I mention the feels? These books seriously bring the feels.

So. Final book in this trilogy? Bringing in new characters in the form of a daredevil onsite hacker and a thief/pickpocket? Yes. 100% yes. Sign me up, count me in, I am absolutely on board for this level of awesomeness.

Is it December yet?????

What book are YOU anxiously awaiting today?

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