Cora Carmack Rage (Stormheart #2) Cover Reveal and Release Date

Today is the day for cover reveals! Earlier I posted about Stephanie Garber’s new Legendary (Carval #2) whose cover matches the first book beautifully. Now we have…



Rage (Stormheart #2) by Cora Carmack

Release day June 12th 2018
Published by Tor Teen

All Aurora Pavan ever wanted was a choice, to control her own life. Now she’s got more choices than she can handle.

Princess or adventurer.

Duty or freedom.

Her Kingdom or the Stormhunter she loves.

If she knows anything, it’s that choices have consequences— like the storm now tangled with her heart, the alarming disappearance of her mother and friend, and the fall of her kingdom to the Locke family. To set things right, she joins a growing revolution on the streets of Pavan. She puts her knowledge of the palace to use to aid the rebellion, but the Lockes aren’t the only sinister thing plaguing Pavan. The Rage season is at it’s peak and not a day passes without the skies raining down destruction. But these storms seem… different than any she’s ever encountered. They churn with a darkness that frightens her, and attack with a will like she’s never seen. This feels like more than Rage. It feels like war. (description taken from



Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She’s done a multitude of things in her life– boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. She is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Losing It series. – from Goodreads



UPDATE – Publication of this book has been pushed back to 2019 due to the author’s health concerns. Exact date of publication not currently set as of February 15th, 2018.

UPDATE – Official release date has been updated to June 11th, 2019. Mark your calendars!


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Why We Read


Every person is made up by their past experiences. The sum of those experiences makes them the person they are today. Their likes, dislikes, wants, needs, and dreams all have root in moments and memories. One of these moments from our past influenced us to become readers, we didn’t just wake up one morning with a yen for a good book without some kind of outside influence. Continue reading

July Wrap Up

Here we are at the end of July. Summer is winding down and all things “pumpkin” are starting to show up in stores and I’m sure the infamous pumpkin spice latte is not far behind. I don’t mind fall, but the last bit of summer is always bittersweet.

July wasn’t the most fantastic month of reading for me. Let’s face it, the bright sunshine had me outside with the dog more often than I sat inside curled up with a good book.

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Rainbow Book Tag

I ran across this tag over at Reading Every Night and thought it looked like fun. There are so many beautiful book covers in such varied colors. I’ve been guilty of buying a book by the strength of it’s cover alone and, admittedly, eye catching color combinations certainly play a roll in that. Here are some covers of books I have read that make up the rainbow!



  • It must be the dominant colour of the cover not the spine!
  • If you do not own a book of a certain colour, just choose one that has the colour on it somewhere.
  • It has to be a book you own and/or has to be the exact edition you read (e.g. there are two different covers for Me Before You, you would choose the one you read).
  • Tag some people to do it! Whether they be Bloggers, Bookstagrammers or BookTubers.



Victoria by Daisy Goodwin



Bryant & May and the Bleeding Heart (Bryant and May #11) by Christopher Fowler
It was pretty hard to find an orange book that I had read!



Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire



Freedom’s Ransom (Catteni #4) by Anne McCaffrey



Silent in the Sanctuary by Deanna Raybourn



The Witch of Painted Sorrows by M.J. Rose



The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon



The Tale of Castle Cottage (The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter #8) by Susan Wittig Albert



Nefertiti by Michelle Moran



A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab



Heartless by Marissa Meyer



That is it for the Rainbow Book Tag! It was actually pretty difficult to find the orange and pink covers. Red, black, and white gave me plenty of options! If you want to do this tag, please do, just toss your link to it in the comments here so I can check it out. Have a beautiful day, everyone!

Also, toss me a follow over on Goodreads. I’d love to see what everyone is reading!

Top Ten Tuesday – Female Literary Leads


Hello hello and welcome to another week of Top Ten Tuesday. The ladies at The Broke and the Bookish are still on their July break so today’s theme is another left to the individual blogger. This Tuesday I am going with Top Ten(ish) Female Literary Leads. These will be books that I have read with strong and influential female characters.

The Bone Season series by Samantha Shannon

I’ve made it no secret that I adore this series by Samantha Shannon. Our leading lady, Paige Mahoney, displays many of the characteristics I find appealing in a female character. She is cast off by society, told she is less than human, and sent to become a prisoner in what is effectively a slave camp. What happens? She begins leading a rebellion to topple all that is wrong in society and pull those that are different, the voyants, up into the light. Paige is strong, determined, and aware of her fear and uses it to her advantage. One of the best things about Paige is that she is also flawed, she does her best, makes mistakes, and learns from them. She doesn’t give in. For me, she is one of the best female leads in recent literature.

The Bone Season Review
The Song Rising Review



Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab

Schwab has received a lot of attention recently and for good reason, she is an amazing author. In her Shades of Magic books we encounter one of my all time favorite female characters, Delilah Bard. Lila is so many things. She is strong, highly intelligent, calculating, self reliant, and unafraid to tackle whatever is thrown her way. Sure, she is also cocky and more than a little rude but that is just more reason to love her. Lila sets the bar high for positive female characters in fantasy.

A Darker Shade of Magic Review
A Conjuring of Light Review


Veronica Speedwell Series by Deanna Raybourn

In Raybourn’s Veronica Speedwell series we are given a truly extraordinary character. The books are set in Victorian times when women were still considered little more than a pretty accessory. Ms. Speedwell breaks the mould by being educated and having a successful career. She makes her own money, does her own work, and speaks up for herself at every opportunity. Contrary to the times she is no dainty flower prone to fainting and being delicate, but instead a wild rose. Strong, beautiful, and not easily tamed.

A Curious Beginning Review
A Perilous Undertaking Review


The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede

In Wrede’s Enchanted Forest Chronicles we have two female characters that deserve recognition. First we have Cimorene, a princess from a land where women were expected to learn needle point and giggle prettily behind dainty fans. Cimorene is having none of that nonsense and instead goes to work for the king of the dragons, go on adventures, and save two kingdoms from evil wizards. She is pretty bad ass.

Also in these books is the witch Morwen. Morwen casts aside all preconceived notions of what it is to be a proper witch, makes her own decisions, and is side by side with Cimorene saving the Enchanted Forest. Both of these characters are prime examples of female strength in literature.



Bitterblue (Graceling Realm #3) by Kristin Cashore

I have probably talked about Bitterblue until I am blue in the face. No matter where I am, where I’ve moved, or what I am doing, picking up a copy of Bitterblue feels like home. Bitterblue is the queen of a kingdom in a state of terrible turmoil. Her people have been lied to, manipulated, used, abused, and murdered all during her father’s reign. This queen, little more than a child, has to find the strength to lead them out of that darkness. Her determination in the face of terrible odds always gives me heart. She doesn’t give up, doesn’t give in, and she is always trying to do her very best and beyond for the people she governs. Bitterblue is amazing.

Bitterblue Review


There are my top five on a Top Ten Tuesday. I did not want to add characters simply for the task of finding ten of them. I wanted to give you characters that I truly thought displayed strength, courage, intelligence, and perseverance. Something I love about the fantasy genre is that, for the most part, it is unafraid to give us shining examples of strong female characters and that is, to put it simply, beautiful.

June Wrap Up


Another month of 2017 has passed us by. Here, summer is upon us with long, warm days by the pool and watching fireflies at night. My daughter thinks that the fireflies are tiny little faeries and it is adorable watching her chase them in the evening. Of course, then the dog tries to eat them which leads to a bit of a meltdown but it is still adorable. Other than the first day of summer, June was a fairly productive month after I got over the reading slump at the beginning…


Books Read

Golden Son by Pierce Brown – rainbow starrainbow starrainbow starrainbow starrainbow star

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas – rainbow starrainbow starrainbow star

Morning Star by Pierce Brown – rainbow starrainbow starrainbow starrainbow star

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare – rainbow starrainbow star (review coming July 7)

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas – rainbow starrainbow starrainbow starrainbow star (review coming July 14)

And I Darken (The Conqueror’s Saga #1) by Kiersten White–  DNF (I may try this one again some other time)


Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday – Added to the TBR

Top Ten Tuesday – Father Figures in Literature

Top Ten Tuesday – Series I Want to Read

Top Ten Tuesday – Best Reads of 2017

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday – June 7

WWW Wednesday – June 14

WWW Wednesday – June 21

WWW Wednesday – June 28

Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday – June 1

Throwback Thursday – June 8

Throwback Thursday – June 15

Throwback Thursday – June 22

Throwback Thursday – June 29

Other Posts

My Life in Books Tag

The Ultimate Book Tag

Mini Review Friday

Book Life Tag

Books I Won’t Be Reading

Unique Blogger Award

Down the TBR Hole #1

What Cats Do – Book Tag

Outside of Books

June included my fifth wedding anniversary! I got married on June 24th, 2012 in Groton, Connecticut. My now husband had just joined the Navy and he wasn’t permitted to live off base or given a housing allowance unless he was married. So, standing on a rocky beach looking out at the water on a sunny morning we were married with only the priest and my parents in attendance.

Now, to the part that makes me chuckle. The 24th rolled around this year and my husband suggested going kayaking on the lake. Sure! Sounds fun. So the three of us head to the lake and besides a small incident where my husband and daughter fell out of the boat we had a great time. I ended up with a horrible sunburn on my shins and ankles but it was still fun. The day passes, we come home, I’m making dinner and he STILL has not mentioned our anniversary. It was curious but not particularly odd as my husband isn’t exactly emotionally outspoken so I let it go.

My husband LOVES shellfish, especially lobster, but we don’t get it outside of special occasions now. Living so far from the water (I miss the ocean) it is just too expensive. When we lived in Connecticut it was cheaper than beef! So when he comes down for dinner and sees lobster he seems confused as to why. The big dolt thought our anniversary was the next day. I gave him a hard time but it was a good laugh. He went out to the car and brought in my present which was a new FitBit Charge 2 as my old FitBit Charge HR was literally falling apart. All in all, it was a memorable day.

Look at me sharing personal stuff. I never do that! But it was a really great day so I wanted to share it with you wonderful folks.



That is all for this month! I hope you all have a wonderful July!




May Wrap Up


The end of a another month and I believe my theme for this year is, “How in the world is this year flying by so quickly?” Wasn’t I outside yesterday watching fireworks for New Years? I also just nearly typed 2016 instead of 2017. I feel like I’ve missed this whole year so far. Despite my personal misgivings on the passage of time, I did get through a few books in May and wanted to go through a quick run down of them.


A Perilous Undertaking by Deanna Raybourn – 4 stars
So far I have read two books by Deanna Raybourn and have loved them both. The Veronica Speedwell series is set in Victorian England. Ms. Speedwell is a forward thinking butterfly hunter and she along with her slightly cranky companion Stoker they solve perplexing mysteries. The dialogue is more of a witty banter which is very entertaining. Excellent books.

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas – 2 stars
Yes, I am that jerk that didn’t like this book. It is currently sitting a 4.59 stars on Goodreads and I wish I had loved it as much as everyone else seemed to. The first two books in this series were amazing and I devoured them. The third one needed a hard re-write in my opinion.

The Haunting of Ashburn House by Darcy Coates – 4 stars
I don’t pick up a horror novel often but when I do I like it to scare the pants off of me and give me some nightmares. While I was reading this book I was terrified to turn off the lights or turn my back to an empty room. It was great.

Victoria by Daisy Goodwin – 4 stars
What is better than stumbling across a great book? I picked this one up on a mere whim and am so glad that I did. In this book we follow the first couple years of Queen Victoria’s reign. We get to witness her growth, intelligence, determination, and cunning. The young Queen impressed me and left me wanting to learn more about her.

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller – DNF – 2 stars
I will be the first to admit that it is my own fault that I didn’t like this book. When I see the name Achilles I expect daring fights, bravado, and bloody battles. What I don’t expect is a love story. If you have read any of my reviews you may have noticed I’m not that interested in love stories and I couldn’t bring myself to finish this one.


I have found myself watching Once Upon a Time toward the end of the month. I started it a few years ago and got annoyed watching them meandering around Neverland and turned it off. Kind of glad I’m giving it another shot because Hook and his guyliner is the stuff of TV legend.

In May I also got through the rest of season 2 of Reign. I’m still pissed about all that happened to Conde because the situation wasn’t entirely his fault. However, Greer is the shit. The. Shit.

So many people talk about Sense 8 I decided to give it a shot. I hardly got through the first episode. Too many characters, no clear plot, and very little personality. I just couldn’t do it.

Usually the only time I watch TV is while I’m making dinner but I found myself devouring Penny Dreadful season 2 whenever I had spare time. I love that show. It’s creepy, has carefully developed characters, and always keeps me on my toes.

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Covers

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Things on Our Reading Wish List

Top Ten Tuesday: Mothers in Literature

Top Ten Tuesday: Summer Reads

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases

What Are You Reading Wednesday

WWW Wednesday – May 3

WWW Wednesday – May 10

WWW Wednesday – May 17

WWW Wednesday – May 24

WWW Wednesday – May 31


Thank you, followers! – In May I also had the honor of hitting 150 followers and wanted to thank you all again for that! I love reading and having the opportunity to share my opinions on those books with you all. Since I started blogging I’ve met many wonderful bibliophiles and have truly enjoyed my discussions with you all.




Thank you, followers!


Look at Ron Swanson. That man is celebrating something and so am I. This morning I hit 150 followers! I just wanted to give a quick shout out to all of you wonderful folks in appreciation. When I started this blog it was purely for my own entertainment as a way to record my thoughts on what I had read to go back and peruse later. Since I became active on twitter in the reading community and joined in the discussions on other blogs I have met and interacted with so many wonderful people. I just wanted you all to know that I see you and appreciate each and every one of you. Here’s to you!


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