Waiting on Wednesday: Now I Rise by Kiersten White

This is a weekly meme hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine.  “Waiting on Wednesday” spotlights upcoming releases that I’m eagerly anticipating.

Title: Now I Rise

Author: Kiersten White

Publication Date: June 27, 2016



Lada Dracul has no allies. No throne. All she has is what she’s always had: herself. After failing to secure the Wallachian throne, Lada is out to punish anyone who dares to cross her blood-strewn path. Filled with a white-hot rage, she storms the countryside with her men, accompanied by her childhood friend Bogdan, terrorizing the land. But brute force isn’t getting Lada what she wants. And thinking of Mehmed brings little comfort to her thorny heart. There’s no time to wonder whether he still thinks about her, even loves her. She left him before he could leave her.

What Lada needs is her younger brother Radu’s subtlety and skill. But Mehmed has sent him to Constantinople—and it’s no diplomatic mission. Mehmed wants control of the city, and Radu has earned an unwanted place as a double-crossing spy behind enemy lines. Radu longs for his sister’s fierce confidence—but for the first time in his life, he rejects her unexpected plea for help. Torn between loyalties to faith, to the Ottomans, and to Mehmed, he knows he owes Lada nothing. If she dies, he could never forgive himself—but if he fails in Constantinople, will Mehmed ever forgive him?

As nations fall around them, the Dracul siblings must decide: what will they sacrifice to fulfill their destinies? Empires will topple, thrones will be won . . . and souls will be lost.

I know the release of this beauty is eons away, but I couldn’t help but feature one of my most anticipated releases for 2017! If you haven’t read And I Darken, what are you waiting for?! It is hand down one of my favorite historical fictions of all time!

Monthly Wrap Up: September 2016

It’s October guys! While Halloween isn’t one of my favorite holidays, I do plan on carving some pumpkins and eating unhealthy amounts of candy!


I’m posting this monthly wrap up way to late, but better late than never! This month has already been crazy. My family and I just arrived back home from vacation in Destin, Florida (more details to come soon)! I also plan on spending the day in Galveston this weekend and attending the Louisiana Book Festival at the end of this month! It will be my first book festival I have ever attended and I cannot wait! Anyone else attend this festival before? If so, please let me know all about it in the comments below!

As you can see, I read a decent amount of books in the month of September. Most of these books were wonderful. I don’t think I have such a fantastic month of reading like this month for the entire year! For those who want to know, Nemesis was amazing and Scythe was one of my top ten reads this year. Buy Nemesis now and pre-order Scythe. These are books you DO NOT want to miss!


Books Read In September

1. Nemesis by Anna Banks

2. The Cat King of Havana by Tom Crosshill

3. Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

4. It Wasn’t Always Like This by Joy Preble

5. The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love by Sarvenaz Tash

6. Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl

7. Scythe by Neal Shusterman


1. Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (5 stars)

2. Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill (4 stars)

3. Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl (3 stars)

4. Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum (4 stars)

5. The Cat King of Havana by Tom Crosshill (5 stars)

October TBR

This month is almost half way over and I have only read one book on this list (yikes)! Hopefully, I knock most of these off my list soon because I’m dying to read all of these bad boys!

Blog Tour: The Row by J.R. Johansson – Review + Giveaway


unspecified-1Title: The Row

Author: J. R. Johansson

Publication Date: October 11, 2016

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Synopsis: A death sentence. A family torn apart. One girl’s hunt for the truth.

Seventeen-year-old Riley Beckett is no stranger to prison. Her father is a convicted serial killer on death row who has always maintained that he was falsely accused. Riley has never missed a single visit with her father. She wholeheartedly believes that he is innocent.

Then, a month before the execution date, Riley’s world is rocked when, in an attempt to help her move on, her father secretly confesses to her that he actually did carry out the murders. He takes it back almost immediately, but she cannot forget what he’s told her. Determined to uncover the truth for her own sake, she discovers something that will forever change everything she’s believed about the family she loves.

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Once a week, Riley visits her father in prison. Riley’s father has been convicted of horrible crimes that she truly believes he did not commit. In a desperate attempt to prevent her father from execution and finding the truth, Riley is leaving no stone unturned to prove her father’s innocence and find out what really happened to those victims. She also makes an unlikely friend along the way.

This book took me surprise. I work for the local district attorney and all I have ever seen is the victim/prosecutor’s side of a case. For the first time, I got to see the side of the defendant’s family. It has opened my eyes on a new level. In some cases, the defendant’s family still see the defendant as their loved one. How could their loved one commit such a heinous crime(s)?

The Row will have you hooked from the very first chapter. This book is one that will make you think and challenge your current way of thinking. The Row is a very refreshing read that breaks away from the basic contemporary mold. This unique contemporary book is one you need to pick up today!

4 out of 5 stars

Meet The Author


J.R. Johansson’s books have been published in a dozen languages and more than twenty countries worldwide. She has a B.S. degree in public relations and a background in marketing. She credits her abnormal psychology minor with inspiring many of her characters. She lives in Utah with two sons, a wonderful husband, three cats, and a hot tub named Valentino.

She is represented by the stellar Kathleen Rushall of Andrea Brown Literary Agency.

You can find her on Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, and her website.


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Blog Tour: Iron Cast by Destiny Soria – Review + Dream Cast


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Title: Iron Cast

Author: Destiny Soria

Publication Date: October 11, 2016

Publisher: Amulet Books

Synopsis: It’s Boston, 1919, and the Cast Iron club is packed. On stage, hemopaths—whose “afflicted” blood gives them the ability to create illusions through art—captivate their audience. Corinne and Ada have been best friends ever since infamous gangster Johnny Dervish recruited them into his circle. By night they perform for Johnny’s crowds, and by day they con Boston’s elite. When a job goes wrong and Ada is imprisoned, they realize how precarious their position is. After she escapes, two of the Cast Iron’s hires are shot, and Johnny disappears. With the law closing in, Corinne and Ada are forced to hunt for answers, even as betrayal faces them at every turn.

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Iron Cast follows the daring adventures of two best friends who go by the names Corinne and Ada. Corinne and Ada are both hemopaths. Hemopaths are individuals who have special abilities, but are illegal to use in the world they live in.

There is so much to love about this story. The diversity, the era, the tight knit friendship, the setting, the plot twists, and so much more. While the beginning of this book was slow, it did not take long before I was flying through the pages. The “magic” in this book is very unique and I have yet to read anything like it before. The different abilities of the hemopaths was also quite fascinating.

Iron Cast was such a strong debut and I will be waiting for Destiny’s next novel with bated breath. Pick up this book today…you won’t be disappointed!

3. 5 out of 5 stars

Dream Cast


Amandla Stenberg as Ada Navarra


Imogen Poots as Corinne Wells


Aaron Johnson as Gabriel Stone


Leonardo Dicaprio as Johnny Dervish


Cameron Monaghan as Saint


Broderick Hunter as Charlie Lewis

Meet The Author


When I was a little girl, I wrote a book entitled Horses of All Kinds (complete with illustrations and staple binding). I’ve been writing ever since, though with fewer crayons. I grew up in a tiny town in Alabama that you’ve never heard of, where I spent my summers playing with sticks in the woods and exploring such distinguished careers as Forest Bandit, Wayward Orphan, and Woodland Fairy Princess.

Since none of those were actual college majors, I settled on English, so that I could read and write to my heart’s content—and earn a degree while I was at it. After college, I ran away to New Zealand for seven months, where I only pretended to be a character from Lord of the Rings on special occasions. The rest of the time I backpacked across the wilderlands, petted fluffy sheep, and gave tours of a haunted prison.

Nowadays I live and work in the shadow of the mighty Vulcan in Birmingham, AL. In my spare time, I hula hoop badly, direct a Shakespearean web series called Shakes, and snuggle with my cat Sophie (named for the witch in Howl’s Moving Castle, of course).

You can find her on Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and her website.

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Blog Tour: Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig – Playlist + Giveaway


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25036310Title: Last Seen Leaving

Author: Caleb Roehrig

Publication Date: October 4, 2016

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Synopsis: Flynn’s girlfriend has disappeared. How can he uncover her secrets without revealing his own?

Flynn’s girlfriend, January, is missing. The cops are asking questions he can’t answer, and her friends are telling stories that don’t add up. All eyes are on Flynn—as January’s boyfriend, he must know something.

But Flynn has a secret of his own. And as he struggles to uncover the truth about January’s disappearance, he must also face the truth about himself.

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Songs that remind you of the book, a scene and/or character(s)

1. I Know There’s Something Going On – Frida

This song from 1982, about a relationship at its breaking point because of secrets and lies, is a perfect fit for Last Seen Leaving. Flynn, the main character, has been keeping secrets from his girlfriend, January—and when she disappears, he learns there were plenty of things she wasn’t telling him, either. With musical influences from the 80’s bigger than ever, this song also has a surprisingly contemporary feel to it.

2. We Are Young – Fun. (feat. Janelle Monáe)

Fun is one of the bands that January, the missing girl, particularly loves; this song, about (more or less) partying while your life falls apart, has this vibe of reckless cynicism that reminds me of her, Flynn, and their friends. Plus it’s super catchy.

3. Girls/Girls/Boys – Panic! at the Disco

P!atD is another group that January is really fond of, and an anthem about sexual fluidity seems incredibly apropos, given some of the themes of the novel.

4. Wrecking Ball – Freddy & Francine

First: this is NOT a cover of the Miley Cyrus song. Second: what it IS is a song about wanting to support someone in their darkest hour, and it put me in mind of a couple characters from Last Seen Leaving. In the book, January’s favorite indie band is a Detroit-based group called The Disasters; it’s actually a fake band some friends of mine and I invented, but I imagine them sounding a lot like Freddy & Francine, and I imagine that this song would be one of January’s favorites.

5. It’s Not – Aimee Mann

Aimee Mann’s music has gotten me through some bad times, and this song—about false friends and the paralysis of self-doubt—communicates feelings that both January and Flynn experience at one point or another throughout the course of the novel.

6. Black Sheep – Metric

Not to pound you over the head with symbolism, but January gets treated like the black sheep of her family, so this was an easy pick.

7. Venus Fly – Grimes (feat. Janelle Monáe)

This is a LOT of song. It’s got this clubby, electropop, butt-shaking, sexy/dangerous sound to it, BUT it’s also about challenging the power dynamic of dudes creeping on girls when they’re out to dance and have a good time. I think people who’ve read the book will understand why I chose it.

8. Let the Night Fall – Dragonette

In case you haven’t noticed yet, I’m really into synthpop/80’s stuff lately. But, anyway. There’s a scene towards the end of the book where Flynn looks at a photo of himself and January that was taken at a pool party the previous summer; Let the Night Fall—a dreamy, catchy song about great nights with your friends—captures exactly what I think is going through his mind at that moment. It doesn’t hurt that there’s a lyric that literally goes “look at this picture of us / yeah, there’s so much love”.

9. Somebody Loves You – Betty Who

This choice is a little more out there. It’s so upbeat and dancey, like a bonus track from one of Madonna’s early albums, and it has this irrepressibly cheerful vibe that doesn’t totally square with my thriller about secrets and lies and possible murder/kidnapping; but I imagine January’s mother singing this song to her as a little girl, and it just feels right. Besides, the song is just so damn much fun, I couldn’t resist including it on the list.

Meet The Author


Caleb Roehrig is a writer and television producer originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan. Having also lived in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Helsinki, Finland, he has a chronic case of wanderlust, and can recommend the best sights to see on a shoestring budget in over thirty countries. A former actor, Roehrig has experience on both sides of the camera, with a résumé that includes appearances on film and TV—as well as seven years in the stranger-than-fiction salt mines of reality television. In the name of earning a paycheck, he has: hung around a frozen cornfield in his underwear, partied with an actual rock-star, chatted with a scandal-plagued politician, and been menaced by a disgruntled ostrich.

You can find him on Goodreads, Twitter, Instagram, and his website.


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