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Cinderella Retellings for Fairy Tale Lovers


I wanted to give my bookshelves and backlist a little attention, and I love fairy tale retellings, so why not combine the two to form Captain Planet? Or, when that doesn't work, a blog post about Cinderella retellings I've read. ;)

Cinder by Marissa Meyer - Cinderella meets cyberpunk, aliens (kind of), plagues, and a quest to save the world.

What Is Hidden by Lauren Skidmore - Cinderella in a fantasy Venice where everyone (literally) wears a mask and a killer is on the loose.

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine - This Cinderella has a good excuse for being so obedient: she's cursed! But that doesn't stop her from taking matters into her own hands.


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Series I'm Loving in 2017


This week's Top 10 Tuesday topic is "best books you've read in 2017 so far." I've read 24 books this year. About half of those were not great. A number of the good ones are from series, so today we'll talk about . . .

Series I'm Loving in 2017

The Others by Anne Bishop - I didn't realize I was reading the last book until the very end, but it closed out nicely. I'm really sad to leave these guys behind. I could totally read another five books just about daily life in the Courtyard. It's been a great series (which I'll likely reread many times), and even though this story is done, the author has a new book set in this world out next spring. I don't know if it'll be an auto-buy like these were, but I'm definitely checking it out.


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Series I've Been Meaning to Start

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

We all have a TBR list a mile long. I don't stick with a ton of series, but I'm always adding new ones to my list. Here are a few I added . . . uh, "recently." ;)

Ashes trilogy by Ilsa J. Bick - Honestly, this has been on the list so long I've forgotten what it's about. I read another book by this author and wasn't thrilled, but apparently I liked the idea enough to keep this title in the running.

Lock & Mori by Heather W. Petty - I have high hopes of reading this soon. I forget why I didn't before. The library didn't have it? Anyway, it's "Summer of Deception" on Riveted right now, and I think/hope this will make an appearance.

Silver Blackthorn trilogy by Kerry Wilkinson - I have a vague memory of this being something British? Yeah, that'll do.

Glass Sentence trilogy by S.E. Grove - Something about continents locked in different time periods? I picked up the second book at a bargain outlet and now need to get hold of the first.

Serafina series by Robert Beatty - I just picked this up at the library and hope to start it this week!


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The Evaporation of Sofi Snow by Mary Weber (2 stars)

More like 2.5 stars. There are some really strong points and great ideas, but other things didn't work as well for me personally.

This eARC was provided through NetGalley for review. Some things may have changed in the final version.
The Evaporation of Sofi Snow by Mary Weber
Series: The Evaporation of Sofi Snow #1
Genres: YA, Sci-fi
Published on June 6, 2017
Published by Thomas Nelson
Final Rating: 2 stars
Ever since the Delonese ice-planet arrived eleven years ago, Sofi's dreams have been vivid. Alien. In a system where Earth's corporations rule in place of governments and the humanoid race orbiting the moon are allies, her only constant has been her younger brother, Shilo. As an online gamer, Sofi battles behind the scenes of Earth's Fantasy Fighting arena where Shilo is forced to compete in a mix of real and virtual blood sport. But when a bomb takes out a quarter of the arena, Sofi's the only one who believes Shilo survived. She has dreams of him. And she's convinced he's been taken to the ice-planet.

Except no one but ambassadors are allowed there.

For Miguel, Earth's charming young playboy, the games are of a different sort. As Ambassador to the Delonese, his career has been built on trading secrets and seduction. Until the Fantasy Fight's bomb goes off. Now the tables have turned and he's a target for blackmail. The game is simple: Help the blackmailers, or lose more than anyone can fathom, or Earth can afford.

I love a lot of the ideas woven throughout The Evaporation of Sofi Snow, and I'm a sci-fi movie geek, so yay for aliens and space and strange tech! The plot structure and pacing weren't my favorite, but some of that is due to personal preference.


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The Magic of Book Swag

Book swag seems more popular than ever. Book subscription boxes and Etsy are full of graphic prints, bookmarks, candles, pins, Funko figures, jewelry, mugs, t-shirts, totes, and more.

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I totally get the obsession with it. There are so many options and so much cool stuff to choose from!


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