November 29, 2016

Skitter (The Hatching #2) By: Ezekiel Boone ARC Review

Thank you to NetGalley for providing a free ebook copy of Skitter By: Ezekiel Boone in exchange for an honest review. 

Short Review Summary: 
I still have the heebie jeebies. 

When I read The Hatching (Click to read my review.) back in June I couldn't wait to get my hands on the sequel, Skitter. Even though the first one made me want to set my house on fire when I saw a spider I knew I had to read the next one. Skitter definitely gave me the heebie jeebies as well. Damn spiders are creepy!

Skitter has the same style and writing as the first one and it's done just as well. The writing flows wonderfully and I was able to get right back into it easily. Also, Boone does a great job of reminding you what happened in The Hatching without dragging it out or being boring. I had no issues getting back into the story and that's not always the case for me with sequels.

I like that Skitter has a lot about dealing with the aftermath and some tough choices that need to be made. Everyone is trying to figure out, what do we do now?? I really enjoyed seeing that and I can't wait to see what all will happen in the next book. Especially since this one leaves a few loose ends. 

Overall Skitter is very well done and a bit creepy. Spiders terrify me, but I absolutely loved this book just as much as I did the first. Now I just have one issue. Since this one isn't out yet,  how will I wait so long for book three???

I recommend Skitter for fans of the Arachnophobia movie and to fans of apocalyptic novels. Also, if you read The Hatching and loved it, you definitely need to see what happens in book two! 

November 28, 2016

Music Monday- The Weeknd (Explicit Language)

Music Monday is a weekly feature/meme hosted here at Always Me. The idea behind it is to share one or two songs that you have been enjoying lately. 

This week I am sharing a few songs by The Weeknd. I am thrilled that The Weeknd has a new album (Starboy) that just came out. The last album (Beauty Behind the Madness) is one of my all time favorite albums. So hooray for new music! I could probably listen to him sing anything, his voice is that sexy, but here's just a couple of my favorites! Also, stop reading now if you want to avoid explicit lyrics. 

1. Often 

This may be my favorite song by The Weeknd. WAIT! No, I take that back. Please don't make me pick just one. This one is DEFINITELY one of the top ten songs that are all tied for number one. I just love the sound of this song and those lyrics... oh my. I'll just leave this here and make of it what you will. :D


She asked me if I do this every day, I said often
Asked how many times she rode the wave, not so often
Bitches down to do it either way, often
Baby I can make that pussy rain, often
Often, often, girl I do this often 

2. False Alarm

This one is a little bit different to me because the sound is less sexy and more upbeat. The lyrics are fantastic and deep, but the sound is fun and I like that mix. I'm just thinking The Weeknd can do no wrong. 


She loves everybody
Can't you tell by the signs? 
She loves everybody
She gets off all the time
It's a dark philosophy
And it haunts her constantly 
It's a false alarm to me 
She's a false alarm 

That's it for this Music Monday! Anyone else LOVE The Weeknd and/or find his voice so sexy? What music have you been listening to lately? Also, I hope everyone that celebrates had a great Thanksgiving!

November 23, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday- Empress of a Thousand Skies By: Rhoda Belleza

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature/meme hosted here at Breaking the Spine. The idea behind it is to share upcoming releases that we can't wait to get our hands on!

My pick for this week is Empress of a Thousand Skies By: Rhoda Belleza. This book sounds SPECTACULAR! I really need to find some great sci-fi/fantasy books next year and this one sounds perfect for what I'm looking for. I'm hoping it will a bit similar to The Lunar Chronicles, but maybe with more war and ruthlessness.  Also, that COVER is GORGEOUS!!!

Expected Publication Date: February 7, 2017 

What do you think, does Empress of a Thousand Skies sound great to you as well? Is anyone else looking for something to fill the void that The Lunar Chronicles left behind? What are you waiting on this Wednesday? 

November 21, 2016

Moonlight War- Act 1 (The Realmers #2) By: William Collins Review

I received a free ebook copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! 

Short Review Summary: 
Never a dull moment!

Moonlight War picks up right where A Darker Shade of Sorcery (A Darker Shade of Sorcery Review) left off and I easily got right back into the story! A fantasy novel was exactly what I needed since I was headed to slumpsville. Luckily, this book was the perfect read at the perfect time and kept that from happening. I really enjoyed coming back to this story and to Evan, Brooke, Arantay, and the rest of the gang. Especially Arantay since he's my favorite and there seemed to be a bit more of him in this one. Woot!

I binge-read this whole book in a day. The writing is excellent, the world building is fantastic, and there is never a dull moment. I just couldn't put it down! As with the first novel, I really enjoyed the parts about the school. The training, the classes, and all of the other everyday things. It reminds me a bit of Harry Potter in that way and I love that. Of course there is more going on than just classes and I enjoyed all of that as well. Especially the werewolves and shifters! 

Overall Moonlight War is just as good as the first book and I loved it. There is definitely not a second book slump happening here! I really like this dark fantasy world and how unique and imaginative it is. I can't wait to read the next one and see what happens next. 

I recommend Moonlight War for fans of The Dresden Files and Harry Potter books. 

November 9, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday- I See You By: Clare Mackintosh

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature/meme hosted here at Breaking the Spine. The idea behind it is to share upcoming releases that we can't wait to get our hands on! 

My pick for this week is I See You By: Clare Mackintosh. I haven't read I Let You Go by this author yet, but both books sound fantastic. I've been in a mystery/thriller mood since the summertime and it's not fully gone yet! I'm hoping that I See You will be another winner for me. The summary sounds very intriguing and I'm curious what Zoe will find out about why her picture was in the paper. 

Expected Publication Date: April 4, 2017

What do you all think, does I See You sound great to you as well? I will say I do have an E-ARC of this one so I will be reading it for sure. I can't wait to get to it! Have you read I Let You Go? What did you think of that one? 

November 3, 2016

And the Trees Crept In By: Dawn Kurtagich Review

Short Review Summary: 

After I read The Dead House (which I LOVED!) I was even more excited to read And the Trees Crept In. I was really hoping that this one would be just as good and I'm happy to say that it is! I definitely have a new favorite author here. Everything about And the Trees Crept In drew me in and worked for me. The characters, the suspense and tension, the what the hell is going on aspect, the writing, the format, and the creepiness. 

From the beginning I had a few ideas about what was going on, but I'm happy I was wrong! I had one big guess from the beginning and I wasn't even close. WHAT?! :D I really love stories that keep you guessing, and are even a bit confusing at times, and this one definitely kept me on my toes! 

I really love the build up of tension in And the Trees Crept In. Some parts are a bit slow building, but it's done well and I was never bored. I really cared about Silla and Nori and what would happen to them. This is the kind of story that I feel like you HAVE to care about the characters or it will be a big fat fail. So I'm THRILLED that it was done so well. Also, I liked Gowan quite a bit and his whole role in the story.

The format (like The Dead House) reminded me of House of Leaves. Which is one of my favorite books and it's a style I really enjoy. It's fun and with books like this (that are a bit of a mind screw) it works really well with the story! I will say that the ending is fantastic and everything did end up making sense. So no worries there guys!

Overall I absolutely LOVED And the Trees Crept In. As I said before, I have a new favorite author! I'm already anxiously awaiting her next novel. I'm extremely curious what her mind will come up with next. I guarantee I'll be buying it. 

I recommend And the Trees Crept In for fans of House of Leaves, The Mara Dyer trilogy, and other books that have excellent twists and are mind f**ks!