Waiting on Wednesday: Roseblood by A.G. Howard

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.
This week pick is:



Author: A.G. Howard
Publisher: Amulet Books
Expected Release: January 10, 2017

In this modern day spin on Leroux’s gothic tale of unrequited love turned to madness, seventeen-year-old Rune Germain has a mysterious affliction linked to her operatic talent, and a horrifying mistake she’s trying to hide. Hoping creative direction will help her, Rune’s mother sends her to a French arts conservatory for her senior year, located in an opera house rumored to have ties to The Phantom of the Opera.

At RoseBlood, Rune secretly befriends the masked Thorn—an elusive violinist who not only guides her musical transformation through dreams that seem more real than reality itself, but somehow knows who she is behind her own masks. As the two discover an otherworldly connection and a soul-deep romance blossoms, Thorn’s dark agenda comes to light and he’s forced to make a deadly choice: lead Rune to her destruction, or face the wrath of the phantom who has haunted the opera house for a century, and is the only father he’s ever known.

A. G. Howard brings the romantic storytelling that Splintered fans adore to France—and an entirely new world filled with lavish romance and intrigue—in a retelling inspired by a story that has captivated generations. Fans of both the Phantom of the Opera musical and novel, as well as YA retellings such as Marissa Meyer’s Cinder, will devour RoseBlood.

Blog Tour & Author Book Tour Announcement: Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

Hi everyone! We just wanted to let you all know how excited we are to be part of the FURTHERMORE by Tahereh Mafi Blog Tour! Below is the synopsis of the book, pre-order links and Tahereh's Book Tour Schedule! And guess what? She will also be tour with her uber talented husband, Ransom Riggs!


The bestselling author of the Shatter Me series takes readers beyond the limits of their imagination in this captivating new middle grade adventure where color is currency, adventure is inevitable, and friendship is found in the most unexpected places.
There are only three things that matter to twelve-year-old Alice Alexis Queensmeadow: Mother, who wouldn't miss her; magic and color, which seem to elude her; and Father, who always loved her. The day Father disappears from Ferenwood he takes nothing but a ruler with him. But it's been almost three years since then, and Alice is determined to find him. She loves her father even more than she loves adventure, and she's about to embark on one to find the other.
But bringing Father home is no small matter. In order to find him she'll have to travel through the mythical, dangerous land of Furthermore, where down can be up, paper is alive, and left can be both right and very, very wrong. Her only companion is a boy named Oliver whose own magical ability is based in lies and deceit--and with a liar by her side in a land where nothing is as it seems, it will take all of Alice's wits (and every limb she's got) to find Father and return home to Ferenwood in one piece. On her quest to find Father, Alice must first find herself--and hold fast to the magic of love in the face of loss.

Tahereh Mafi is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the SHATTER ME series. (You can learn how to pronounce her name here.) She was born in a small city somewhere in Connecticut and currently resides in Santa Monica, California with her husband, fellow author Ransom Riggs. She can usually be found over-caffeinated and stuck in a book. SHATTER ME is her first series, with television rights optioned by ABC Signature Studios; FURTHERMORE, her newest project, will be out on August 30th, 2016.
Her work is represented by Jodi Reamer of Writers House, LLC.

9/1: Reading One Book at a Time
9/7: Oh the Book Feels

Tuesday, August 30th at 6 PM – NYC
Celeste Barthos Ballroom
476 5th Ave
New York, NY 10018

Thursday, September 1st at 7 PM – MENLO PARK

1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025

Loop Day Events for Tales of the Peculiar
*Please note that these are ticketed events. Check in with your local bookseller for more details*

9-10 AM
3 Railr
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11 AM-12 PM
6120 La Salle Avenue
Oakland, CA 94611

2-3 PM
601 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94107

4:30-5:30 PM
51 Tamal Vista Boulevard
Corte Madera, CA 94925

7-8 PM
140 Kentucky Street
Petaluma, CA 94952

Tuesday, September 6th at 7 PM – AUSTIN

603 N. Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703

Wednesday, September 7th at 7 PM – DENVER

2526 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80206

Thursday, September 8th at 7 PM – ROSEVILLE

2180 North Hamline Ave.
Roseville, MN 55113

Friday, September 9th at 6 PM – CINCINNATI

Rookwood Pavilion
2692 Madison Road
Cincinnati, OH 45208

Saturday, September 10th at 5 PM – DECATUR

The Decatur Library
215 Sycamore Street
Decatur, GA 30030

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading is a weekly meme hosted by
Here is what we Finished, Currently Reading, and what is
Next In line. How about you? These were some fantastic reads and we are so excited to share what we think with you! So make sure you keep your eyes out for our reviews!

 The Hand That Feeds You

  How to Hang a Witch Results May VaryStephen King and Philosophy The Beast (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #14) Roman Crazy (Broads Abroad, #1) After You (Me Before You, #2)

 This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity, #1) Hexed (The Witch Hunter, #1) Furthermore
The Insanity of God: A True Story of Faith Resurrected The One Real Thing (Hart's Boardwalk, #1) The Last Star (The 5th Wave, #3)

Movie Review: Kubo and the Two Strings

I cannot tell you how long it has been since I have to an actual theater and seen an actual movie. It felt bewildering because I was thinking to myself of things I was putting to the side to see this movie. However, as soon the film began all things were suddenly pushed aside and here I was taken from my seat on an adventure of a boy and his musical instrument. 

The story follows this young boy, Kubo, as he heads into his neighboring town to tell imaginative stories that seem fictional but are a piece of Kubo's life that he has kept himself hidden from. However, one night forgetting his mother's warning of returning home by nightfall, Kubo releases a spirit and from there his adventure begins. 

Monkey, Beetle, and Kubo all brought something special to the movie. I do have to say that Monkey was by far my favorite character even though Beetle did take the comedy part of the film. 

This for me was not the animated film that I was expecting. I feel for me that there is this constant familiarity when it comes to animated films and for me this wasn't the case. At first I was not sure how I felt about it but sleeping on it, I was glad. Happy. This film brought on a melancholy feeling that resonated with me throughout the film and through the rest of the night. It struck a chord with me and it took me by surprise. 

I do admit the ending did bring about some watery eyes and the way the movie ended was in a content way. A feel good ending. I do not know if this one showing is the end of Kubo for me but it is a film I recommend one go see but without expectations. Go in with a clear head and prepare yourself for a story that can capture your heart. 

Book Review: Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris

Behind Closed DoorsTitle: Behind Closed Doors
Author: B.A. Paris
Publication Date: August 9, 2016
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Pages: 304
Source: Publisher
Format: ARC/Paperback
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Psychological Thriller

Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace: he has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You'd like to get to know Grace better. But it's difficult, because you realize Jack and Grace are never apart. Some might call this true love. Picture this: a dinner party at their perfect home, the conversation and wine flowing. They appear to be in their element while entertaining. And Grace's friends are eager to reciprocate with lunch the following week. Grace wants to go, but knows she never will. Her friends call -- so why doesn't Grace ever answer the phone? And how can she cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim? And why are there bars on one of the bedroom windows? The perfect marriage? Or the perfect lie?   
This book was fantastically creeptastic! It gave me major heart palpitations and imprinted a fear in me that I couldn't quite shake off. I had to take several breaks as I read. And it wasn't because it was suspenseful. In fact, the author shows us her hand right up front. We know exactly what's going on within the first couple of chapters but it's exactly why I felt compelled to keep reading. I couldn't wait to see how events would unfold, especially when we find out how despicable and loathsome Jack really is.

Behind Closed Doors allowed me to reflect on the realities some people face behind their own closed doors. Especially when you see Jack through Grace's eyes. At one point, she wonders how someone so evil could be so handsome. I mean, why doesn't he have unsightly horns growing out of his head for all the world to see? Scary and Grace's first-hand account makes it even more terrifying. Like many books I've read as of late, it's told in alternating past/present chapters. This technique dominated the pacing, kept my heart racing and the goosebumps flaring. 

Despite spotting a few plot holes, I enjoyed the reading experience. My heart broke for Grace's sister, Millie, who was born with Down syndrome. Grace's ploy to escape this dreaded life hinges on keeping her sister safe. Her unconditional love towards her sister, and her sister's love and trust in her, was touching and if I bit my fingernails, I would have nubs for fingers.

What made it even more riveting was the relationship Jack and Grace had with their alleged friends. Several dinner parties and lunches later, no one has caught onto the fact that something is dreadfully wrong with this marriage. Except for one. And this also made me think: how many details do we really notice about people? Are we programmed to not dig too deep? And even if we notice things that seem "off," how much of our own imagination leads us to conclude the opposite of the truth because the truth is so outlandish?

But that ending...I don't know if it could've been more perfect. I loved it! 

I suggest this one if you're in the mood for a dark, twisty, tense drama, with well-written characters and unrelenting pacing. But before you do, I feel the need to say that if someone has ever experienced anything close to what goes on between this couple, it may prove painful. And as a dog lover, there was an incident in the book that was hard to digest.

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