Waiting on Wednesday: Aurora Rising

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

This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Aurora Rising (The Aurora Cycle, #1)

From Goodreads:

From the internationally bestselling authors of THE ILLUMINAE FILES comes an epic new science fiction adventure.

The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but his own boneheaded heroism sees him stuck with the dregs nobody else in the Academy would touch…

A cocky diplomat with a black belt in sarcasm
A sociopath scientist with a fondness for shooting her bunkmates
A smart-ass techwiz with the galaxy’s biggest chip on his shoulder
An alien warrior with anger management issues
A tomboy pilot who’s totally not into him, in case you were wondering

And Ty’s squad isn’t even his biggest problem—that’d be Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley, the girl he’s just rescued from interdimensional space. Trapped in cryo-sleep for two centuries, Auri is a girl out of time and out of her depth. But she could be the catalyst that starts a war millions of years in the making, and Tyler’s squad of losers, discipline-cases and misfits might just be the last hope for the entire galaxy.

They’re not the heroes we deserve. They’re just the ones we could find. Nobody panic.

The need for this story is STRONG.


Top Ten Tuesday: Outrageous/Crazy/Uncharacteristic Things I’ve Done for the Love of Books


  Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Every week they have a different theme for bloggers to post their top tens about, and this week I’m listing…          

Outrageous/Crazy/Uncharacteristic Things I’ve Done for the Love of Books

  1. I drove four+ hours to attend a festival
  2. I left my husband at home and got a hotel room on my own so I could attend a festival
  3. I missed a family gathering
  4. I left my husband with friends and no car
  5. I carried two very large canvas bags weighing about 90lbs
  6. I’ve also carried bags that weighed 85lbs and 70lbs
  7. I’ve stopped following/lost friendships because I didn’t like how someone handled themselves when it came to new books (meaning they were rude that they got an ARC when nobody else really did). I also lost friendships (loose term) because I felt I was being used for my arcs.
  8. I’ve fibbed about how much I really spent on books
  9. I started a hidden list on Amazon for the books I’m quietly keeping an eye on
  10. I’ve ignored adult chores so I could read/listen/finish a book I was highly addicted to.

What have you done for the love of books?

Ask Me Anything by Molly E. Lee Blog Tour – Excerpt and Pre-Order Giveaway

I’m so excited to be a part of the Ask Me Anything Blog Tour! I hope you enjoy an excerpt!

“I should have kept my mouth shut. But Wilmont Academy’s been living in the Dark Ages when it comes to sex ed, so I used my kick-ass coding skills to create a totally anonymous blog where teens can come to get real sex advice.

And holy hell, the site went viral overnight. Except now the school administration has forced Dean—my coding crush, aka the hottest guy in school—to try to uncover who I am. Ask me anything…except how to make things right.”

Molly was inspired to write this story after she and her editor were discussing the political climate and how it is affecting women and diminishing their power. This novel is Molly’s way of trying to make a difference and help the conversation move forward.


Red lights pulsed over the stage in beat with the music. Amber and I joined the crowd, screaming our excitement when the massive projector screen lit up with deadmau5. From where we stood, we could see him behind his epic DJ table, the massive silver mouse head—its big round eyes lit up with X’s—as he bounced and pressed all the magic buttons to create the perfect sounds.

The beats were epic—smooth and slow, and rapid and sharp. That was the best thing about him, he had his hand in everything and it pulsed like a living, breathing song inside you. The perfect hacking music, too, allowing you to lose yourself in the rhythm and fall completely off the grid.

But we weren’t hacking tonight.


This—with Amber in front of me, swaying to the beat of the music—it was better.

I never thought I’d say that in my life. But it was true. Song after song, I held on to Amber’s hips, dancing with her, watching her lose herself to the music. Watching her smile and cheer and perfectly bounce against me. She was beyond beautiful, the freedom in her eyes, the spark that fired behind them when she’d turn to glance up at me despite feeling that I was there.

There were at least a thousand other people surrounding us, and even more than that behind us—but it felt like we were alone.

Her body soft against the hard planes of mine.

The way she rolled her hips, and the way I gripped them, following her with my own moves. Perfection.

There was no other way to describe it. She made me feel awake—like she was this living flame lighting up a world I hadn’t realized was dark before she came into it.

And I couldn’t believe I’d gotten lucky enough to be the one holding on to her fire. We danced the night away, and when the last song quieted throughout the loud venue, I leaned down and tucked my head over her shoulder and breathed her in. She smelled like lavender and vanilla and the smoke that coated the concert hall.

She wrapped an arm around me from behind, turning her head so our noses touched.

My heart raced like a gun had gone off.

Her eyes were excited, open, and just a tad bit afraid. I didn’t move. I wouldn’t. Not again. And if this was all she wanted—dancing and comfort and fun—then I would give it to her a hundred times over and never ask for more.

A few breaths and she inched her lips closer, brushing them with a feather-light touch over mine.

Pre-Order Giveaway:


   – Signed-copy of Ask Me Anything
   – Microsoft Surface Pro 6 with keyboard and pen
   – Amber’s Zox bracelet
   – Arrow extra-large Book Beau
   – Custom Ask Me Anything tumbler
   – Two Disney ColorPop lipsticks
   – Hackers Blu-ray

*If an international entrant is chosen they will receive a $1200 Amazon Gift Card in equal value of prize shown. 

All the details and more for Molly’s Epic giveaway can be found at the link below: 

Books Left Unread #164


Books Left Unread

Welcome to my blog post where I talk about the books I have been meaning to read, but just have not yet. You know what I am talking about – the books that have remained unread for various reasons yet when you see them you think, “You know, I really need to read that.” Instead you get distracted by another book, series, or something in your TBR pile. It happens to the best of us. I want to spotlight those books in the hope that I can persuade myself to move them up on my TBR list.

This week’s post is dedicated to:

Trickster’s Choice by Tamora Pierce

Trickster's Choice (Daughter of the Lioness, #1)

I haven’t read anything by this author before but I know there is a lot of hype around whatever she writes… maybe that is what keeps me from starting this?


Review: Heroine


This is another book I’ve been struggling to find the right words to use to properly describe. This was such a powerful story that it shook me to my core. This was so many things to me: raw, dirty, gritty, real, believable, gutsy, dark, scary, heart-breaking, terrifying, horrific, beautiful, core-shattering, and so much more. Prepare yourself now because I am going to recommend this to nearly everyone.

Mickey believed she was an everyday high school girl with hopes of playing softball until she couldn’t play anymore. Everything changed when she and her best friend were in a car accident. Mickey had to have reconstructive surgery on her hip and that meant she may not be healed in time for the upcoming training season. She needed to be ready for that training season as she is the star catcher and to the uber talented pitcher. These girls were predicted to win it all so the pressure was on. Mickey quickly discovers the painkillers she was prescribed helped her overcome the hurdles standing in her way. She also discovered that they made her feel good. That quickly becomes a feeling Mickey cannot get away from.

You can absolutely bet your bottom dollar that this story has trigger warnings. This was actually a whole new level of story I hadn’t read before as it was told from Mickey’s POV – the girl who was spiraling into a full-blow drug addiction. Sure, it started out innocent but it quickly – and I do mean quickly – became something so much more. Being able to read the story from that POV was shocking and masterfully done. I swore I felt Mickey’s obsession. It was as if I was right there beside her and I was obsessed with this story. Once I started this, I could not do anything else until I figured out what happened. Mickey was a powerful protagonist. The seemingly innocent high school student and star softball catcher started out with innocent intentions but was soon stealing her mom’s wedding ring and stealing cash out of random people’s purses to fuel her habit. To be able to see that stellar character arc was brilliant. I was simply aghast with everything Mickey went through, said, and did to get her fix while hiding her habit from her family and friends.

Make no mistake that Mickey’s new drug addiction was not the only demon she was facing: she is adopted due to her Mom being infertile, her parents divorced after he had an affair, then her dad remarried and has a new baby on the way. Mickey has to find a way to make this her new-normal somehow. The tensions were high and emotions all over the place. Hence the reason Mickey chased that allusive high throughout the book because she wanted a break from reality, a small chance to feel good for even a short amount time. McGinnis was able to weave all of this together in the most fluid way imaginable.

This is going to be one story that stays with me for a very, very long time and I will not stop singing its praises anytime soon. There were parts that were difficult to get through, but that was a testament to McGinnis’ writing and her mastery of it. I would go into more detail about things that stood out to me but I really want you all to give this a chance. I know it is tough, the subject matter is not idea but I feel it is absolutely necessary. This kind of story happens every single day. This is not new but it is relevant and I am very thankful it is out in the world.

The Center of the Universe Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway


Author: Ria Voros

Pub. Date: April 2, 2018

Publisher: KCP Loft

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Pages: 512

Find it: GoodreadsAmazonB&NTBD

Grace Carter’s mother — the celebrity news anchor GG Carter — is everything Grace is not. GG is a star, with a flawless wardrobe and a following of thousands, while Grace — an aspiring astrophysicist — is into stars of another kind. She and her mother have always been in different orbits.

Then one day GG is just … gone. Cameras descend on their house, news shows speculate about what might have happened and Grace’s family struggles to find a new rhythm as they wait for answers.

While the authorities unravel the mystery behind GG’s disappearance, Grace grows closer to her high school’s golden boy, Mylo, who has faced a black hole of his own. She also uncovers some secrets from her mother’s long-lost past. The more Grace learns, the more she wonders. Did she ever really know her mother? Was GG abducted … or did she leave? And if she left, why?

Author Ria Voros (Nobody’s Dog, The Opposite of Geek) reaches for the stars here, deftly combining mystery with a passion for science and themes of mother-daughter bonds, celebrity, first love and best friendship.

Facts about astronomy and astrophysics are seamlessly woven into the story and are supplemented by an interview with real-life astrophysicist Elizabeth Tasker, making this the perfect book for readers who love STEM. And even readers who don’t have stars in their eyes will love this smart, suspenseful, relatable and literary novel.

About Ria:

Ria Voros is a YA and children’s author, teacher, presenter and obsessive reader. Her children’s and young adult novels have been finalists for the White Pine Award, the Rocky Mountain Book Award, and been a Best Books for Kids and Teens selection. She has an MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia. When she’s not writing, teaching or eating sweet things, Ria can be found hiking to the tops of mountains or buying too many books at any bookstore she enters. She lives in Victoria, BC, Canada with her husband, daughter and son.

Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads

Giveaway Details:

3 lucky winners will win a finished copy of THE CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE, US Only.

Giveaway Link:


Tour Schedule:

Week One:

3/25/2019- Sweet Southern Home– Review

3/26/2019- Lifestyle of Me– Review

3/27/2019- Ramblings of a Book Nerd– Review

3/28/2019- Book-Keeping– Review

3/29/2019- Do You Dog-ear?– Review

Week Two:

4/1/2019- Moonlight Rendezvous– Review

4/2/2019- PopTheButterfly Reads– Review

4/3/2019- A Gingerly Review– Review

4/4/2019- Here’s to Happy Endings– Review

4/5/2019- two points of interest– Review

Waiting on Wednesday: Kingsbane

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

This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

Kingsbane by Claire Legrand

Kingsbane (Empirium, #2)

From Goodreads:

Rielle Dardenne has been anointed Sun Queen, but her trials are far from over. The Gate keeping the angels at bay is falling. To repair it, Rielle must collect the seven hidden castings of the saints. Meanwhile, to help her prince and love Audric protect Celdaria, Rielle must spy on the angel Corien — but his promises of freedom and power may prove too tempting to resist. Centuries later, Eliana Ferracora grapples with her new reality: She is the Sun Queen, humanity’s long-awaited savior. But fear of corruption — fear of becoming another Rielle — keeps Eliana’s power dangerous and unpredictable. Hunted by all, racing against time to save her dying friend Navi, Eliana must decide how to wear a crown she never wanted — by embracing her mother’s power, or rejecting it forever.

YES – PLEASE AND THANK YOU. I cannot wait to find out what happens next!