Can’t Freakin’ Wait Wednesday 10/04/19

Can't Wait Wednesday

Can’t Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tressa over at Wishful Endings and was based on Waiting on Wednesday’s, which is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. She created it to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released, but that’s not always the case. I happen to have pile upon piles of books I am excited to read, so thought this would be a fun meme in which to partake!

I was declined on Netgalley for this beauty and I am so sad! I really was looking forward to getting this early, but I guess I can’t be too upset because I really do have too many books to read right this moment, anyway. Still, though! I cannot wait for this to release in AUGUST! It’s stunning and the synopsis is so thrilling. It sounds like such a creepy tale, and I am here for it! Secrets are such a great thing to build a plot around, I find, because you generally get a narrator who is either unreliable or just doesn’t tell you things that come back in to surprise you in the end. SO CAN’T WAIT!

Have you read this yet or is it on your TBR? What do you think of the description? And which cover do you like better? UK (left) or US (right)?

The Blair Witch Project meets Imaginary Girls in this story of codependent sisterhood, the struggle to claim one’s own space, and the power of secrets

Sixteen-year-old Skye is done playing the knight in shining armor for her insufferable younger sister, Deirdre. Moving across the country seems like the perfect chance to start over.

In their isolated new neighborhood, Skye manages to fit in, but Deirdre withdraws from everyone, becoming fixated on the swampy woods behind their house and building monstrous sculptures out of sticks and bones.

Then Deirdre disappears.

And when something awful comes scratching at Skye’s window in the middle of the night, claiming she’s the only one who can save Deirdre, Skye knows she will stop at nothing to bring her sister home.

#ReadIrishWomenChallenge

OF COURSE I’M PARTICIPATING IN #READIRISHWOMENCHALLENGE!! Obviously, I’m pretty late starting, but better late than not going to the party – unless you don’t want to go, in which case more power to you! Anyway, not the point hahahah

I have so many Irish women authors to read, so I’m just going to show you my insane TBR for this and try to fit them in the categories!

  1. Other Words For Smoke, which I’ve started and love (Sarah Maria Griffin)
  2. Perfectly Preventable Deaths because of course! (Deirdre Sullivan)
  3. Spellbook of the Lost and Found (Moira Fowley-Doyle)
  4. Last Ones Left Alive (Sarah Davis-Goff)
  5. The Break (Marian Keyes)
  6. The Importance of Being Aisling (Emer McLysaght&Sarah Breen)
  7. The Girl in Between (Sarah Carroll)
  8. Girls will be Girls (Emer O’Toole)
  9. All the Bad Apples (Moira Fowley-Doyle)
  10. Spare and Found Parts (Sarah Maria Griffin)
  11. Not Lost (SMG)

That’s enough, right? I’d actually love to read Country Girls by Edna O’Brien and Constellations by Sinead Gleeson, if I can get them.

What’s on your TBR this month? Are you participating in a challenge? Let me know in the comments! I’m actually also participating in the TBR & Beyond Book Club April Dark Fantasy challenge, which can be found here.

xxx See you soon!

Sunday Post No. 5 | 07 April 2019

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme


Last week on the blog

Wicked Saints (YA Dark Fantasy)
You’d Be Mine (YA Contemporary)

Can’t Freaking Wait Wednesday 03/04/19 (meme)

Opposite of Always (YA Contemporary)

Audio Round Up (small reviews/wrap-up)


This week on the blog

Other Words for Smoke (book launch)
#readirishwomenchallenge (Reading Challenge)

Can’t Freaking Wait Wednesday 10/04/19 (meme)

How to Make Friends with the Dark (YA Contemporary)

Audiophile Friday (small reviews/wrap-up meme)


Latest book haul

Netgalley approvals –

  • Tiger Queen

Physical haul:

From the publisher –

  • Other Words for Smoke
  • All My Colours
  • The Quiet at the End of The World

Illumicrate –

  • Once & Future

Waterstones –

  • The Devouring Gray

Currently reading and recently finished

I’m about halfway through To Best The Boys, which is so wonderful. I’m loving Rhen and her whole take on life. Also reading The Invited by Jennifer Mahon (out at the end of the month) and listening to Wandfasted, which is the prequel to The Black Witch. Obviously, I finally finished The Black Witch (audio) and also read Opposite of Always, which I already posted my review! Totally check it out! Hoping to read some more of Other Words for Smoke before the launch tomorrow.


A few final words

My goodness, it has been such a busy week. I haven’t had a day off since Dingle! I’m exhausted 😴 and I’ve a lot on this week! So excited for the book launch tomorrow! Sarah Maria Griffin is literally one of my favourite authors and I can’t wait to see her talk about her newest weird book child! You all need to check her out and then buy her book, or the other way around. Also heading to Gin Experience on Friday evening, which is a great time! Chat soon, Wayfarers x


Audiobook Round Up

Welcome to my audiobook round up!

I’ve been listening to a lot of audiobooks lately when I’m driving around for work, at my part time job, making dinner, or cleaning around the house. Basically, anytime I would rather be reading, but can’t for various reasons. It’s really upped my books read count and I’ve gotten through a few really great books. However, I haven’t been reviewing them here on the blog at all, so I decided I’ll do a weekly (maybe monthly or bi-weekly – depending on what I have to talk about) play about what I’ve listened to recently.

Now, some people consider audiobooks cheating, but I don’t see how that could be the case. For some people, it’s the only way they can actually read, be it a disability or otherwise. And for people like me who have a busy life, it’s a great way to get through that backlog of a TBR. I mean, I’ve finally gotten to The Black Witch and Talon (among others), which have been on my to read list for at least a year.

Another thing I’ve found is how differently some things are pronounced by voice actors versus how I thought they were pronounced. Really interesting and I’ve learned a lot. Anyway, let’s get to it! I’m only going to talk about 3 this week.

    Little Monsters by Kara Thomas (9hr 13 mins)

This was a psychological thriller and really intrigued me start to finish. Twists on lurid details on brutal characters. I really couldn’t figure this one until it explicitly told us what happened. Kacey, the MC, has had a really rough upbringing, which made me instantly connect with her. She’s just moved to live with her father, whom she’s never met previously, and his family. The story follows both past and present timelines to fill in some gaps of what is currently happening. I didn’t realize this was based on a true crime event, so that was even more shocking. Kara Thomas brings up some really interesting point about forgiveness and how far you’ll go to protect your people. I really loved this and it was totally 4✨.

    The Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco (13hr 39mins)

This is book 2 in The Bone Witch series, so I won’t say too much about what happens. I don’t like spoilers, anyway. So, the chapters of this story alternate between Tea (her past and basically why she is where she is now) and the bard (the current chronicler). And I learned her name is not like the drink, but the ‘a’ is pronounced when you say her name! Chupeco has really written some great stuff in this. I loved all of the characters because they were done so well. The emphasis on gender roles and conformity was very well done, as well as overcoming expectations of other. Solid 4✨.

    Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke (5hr 40mins)

WPM was a story about three very different kids and a secret. Two girls the boy caught between them. The telling varies between narrators, each telling a bit more of the story from their own perspective, and each told by a different voice actor. So a lot of information is kept from the reader until it’s necessary to know it. This is a mystery and I really enjoyed it. Not a very long read, but extremely compelling. The characters are beautifully built and the world is a bit spooky. Bear in mind, nothing is as it seems, so try not to draw too many conclusions. I was pretty surprised by the ending, so this was a solid 4 ✨ for me. Also, a beautiful cover.

All times given are the minutes it would take to finish if listened to at normal speed. I get distracted and bored too easily if I listen at 1.0 speed, so I have my app set to 1.5 speed. It’s more like it sounds in my head when I’m reading a print or ebook.

So, tell me your thoughts in the comments! Love to know if you’ve read or listened to any and what you thought.

Until next time, wayfarers.

x, Mere

Can’t Freakin’ Wait Wednesday 03/04/19

Can't Wait Wednesday

Can’t Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tressa over at Wishful Endings and was based on Waiting on Wednesday’s, which is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. She created it to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released, but that’s not always the case. I happen to have pile upon piles of books I am excited to read, so thought this would be a fun meme in which to partake!

So, a twisted, futuristic AI Disneyland? Where do I sign up!? I am so excited to read this upcoming release from Jess Rothenberg. It really sounds unique and interesting. I also find it thought-provoking when I read a story about created beings that feel things that way humans do – like in LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff (spoiler: I LOVED IT!) And the way this story is going to be told through various platforms – interviews, testimony, and memories – sounds amazing! I really want this now. It’s too bad I was declined on Netgalley.

Have you read this yet or is it on your TBR? What do you think of the description? And which cover do you like better? UK (left) or US (right)?

Welcome to the Kingdom… where ‘Happily Ever After’ isn’t just a promise, but a rule.

Glimmering like a jewel behind its gateway, The Kingdom(TM) is an immersive fantasy theme park where guests soar on virtual dragons, castles loom like giants, and bioengineered species–formerly extinct–roam free.

Ana is one of seven Fantasists, beautiful “princesses” engineered to make dreams come true. When she meets park employee Owen, Ana begins to experience emotions beyond her programming including, for the first time… love.

But the fairytale becomes a nightmare when Ana is accused of murdering Owen, igniting the trial of the century. Through courtroom testimony, interviews, and Ana’s memories of Owen, emerges a tale of love, lies, and cruelty–and what it truly means to be human.

Can’t Freakin’ Wait Wednesday 27/03/19

Can't Wait Wednesday

Can’t Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tressa over at Wishful Endings and was based on Waiting on Wednesday’s, which is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. She created it to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released, but that’s not always the case. I happen to have pile upon piles of books I am excited to read, so thought this would be a fun meme in which to partake!

Magic is my brand! I love witches and unique magic systems, mages and intrigue. I’ve heard some great things about this novel, and WOULD YOU LOOK AT THAT COVER? From the same author that brought us An Enchantment of Ravens, we get to dive into a world of evil sorcerers and magical tools, misled orphans and twisted justice. I totally need this in my life because I have a sneaky feeling Elisabeth is the strong protagonist we all need! The summary mentions a ‘power she has never guessed’ and I am here for it! Obviously, she’s going to change things in her world, and I am ready to find out exactly how she does it!

Have you read this yet or is it on your TBR? What do you think of the description?

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“If you are looking for magic you will find it inside this book. Sorcery of Thorns is a bewitching gem, full of slow burning romance, loyal friendships, and extraordinary world building. I absolutely loved every moment of this story.” —Stephanie Garber, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Caraval series

From the New York Times bestselling author of An Enchantment of Ravens comes an imaginative fantasy about an apprentice at a magical library who must battle a powerful sorcerer to save her kingdom.

All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power.

Then an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire. Elisabeth’s desperate intervention implicates her in the crime, and she is torn from her home to face justice in the capital. With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy. Not only could the Great Libraries go up in flames, but the world along with them.

As her alliance with Nathaniel grows stronger, Elisabeth starts to question everything she’s been taught—about sorcerers, about the libraries she loves, even about herself. For Elisabeth has a power she has never guessed, and a future she could never have imagined.

Can’t Freakin’ Wait Wednesday 20/03/19

Can't Wait Wednesday

Can’t Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tressa over at Wishful Endings and was based on Waiting on Wednesday’s, which is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. She created it to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released, but that’s not always the case. I happen to have pile upon piles of books I am excited to read, so thought this would be a fun meme in which to partake!

Gay. Feminist. Immigrant. Arthurian retelling! Sounds refreshingly unique and utterly amazing! I am feeling all the things while waiting for this to be in my hands… I don’t have the words to adequately explain how much I want this and I’m definitely not the only one. This is a much needed tale for many of our modern society. It’s so great to see such diversity in YA novels. It does get tiring reading the same themes all the time, so I am very happy to find out about more books such as this. And it’s a space opera? What more could we ask for? Plus, I for one cannot wait to see how Merlin is done, as Merlin is generally my favourite in any Arthurian tale. 

Have you read this yet or is it on your TBR? What do you think of the description?

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A new King Arthur has risen and she’s got a universe to save

Coming to terms with your identity is always difficult. But for Ari, the 42nd reincarnation of King Arthur, it just got a whole lot more complicated. Gender-bending royalty, caustic wit and a galaxy-wide fight for peace and equality all collide in this epic adventure.

With an awkward adolescent Merlin and a rusty spaceship, this is the Arthurian legend as you have never before seen it.