Waiting on Wednesday: “Starling” by Fiona Paul

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StarlingfpTitle: Starling (Secrets of the Eternal Rose #3)

Author: Fiona Paul

ETA: March 20, 2014

Summary from Goodreads: In the final book in the trilogy, Cass and Luca are back in Venice trying to find the Book of the Eternal Rose to clear Luca’s name and keep them both out of prison. But the hunters become the hunted when the Order of the Eternal Rose figures out their plan. Filled with twists and turns, danger and torrid romances, this novel brings the Secrets of the Eternal Rose novels to a thrilling, heart-pouding, sexy conclusion.

Why: Did you miss my reviews of Venom and Belladonna? Read them for more as to why I can’t wait to see how this series ends!

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ARC Review: “Belladonna” by Fiona Paul

BelladonnaBelladonna (Secrets of the Eternal Rose #2) by Fiona Paul

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In the second in the stunning Secrets of the Eternal Rose series, Cassandra Caravello is trying to forget Falco, the wild artist who ran off with her heart, as she grows closer to her strong, steady fiancé, Luca. But Luca seems to have his own secrets. When he’s arrested by soldiers in the middle of the night, Cass’s life is once again thrown into chaos. She must save Luca, and that means finding the Book of the Eternal Rose—the only evidence that will prove he’s innocent.

So begins her journey to Florence, a city haunted by whispers of vampirism, secret soirees and clandestine meetings of the Order of the Eternal Rose. And home to Falco, who is working for the Order’s eerily stunning leader, the Belladonna herself.

Can Cass trust her heart to lead her to the truth this time?
Nothing is as it seems in this seductive thriller, where the truth may be the deadliest poison of all.

Four and a half stars

Thanks to NetGalley and Philomel for this eARC! This title will be released July 16th.

WARNING: This review WILL contain spoilers for the first book, Venom. Read my review of that one HERE!

I don’t know what I was expecting when I started this book, but lemme give it to you straight: I was NOT expecting THAT.

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Top Ten Books on my Have-But-Need-To-Read List

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You may or may not know that I have an ridiculously out of control list of books that I own but have yet to read. Currently, my list has 51 books on it. I know, it’s insane. The problem becomes that I’ve gotten so backed up in review that I haven’t been able to read for fun for a really long time. I’m so excited that, at the end of this month, I finally get to read these books I’ve been buying since like June. And so here are the 10 books that’ll probably be fighting for that top spot!

1. The Crown of Ember by Rae Carson

Okay, I’m waytoo excited for this one. My review of The Girl of Fire and Thorns was probably before most of you started following this blog, but I DIED with happiness, and I’ve mentioned it on an bunch of lists after that. Mostly in how YA books DON’T NEED love triangles.

2. Starling by Lesley Livingston

I have been dying to read this book since I first heard about it way before it came out. I think I used it for my WoW all the way back in June. That’s SIX MONTHS of waiting. I really hope it’s good!

3. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

This is actually on loan from a friend and I’ve had it FOREVER. I really need to get this back to her. But after reading The Immortal Rules, I fell in love with Julie and HAD to get my hands on this as fast as possible!

4. The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

I’ve heard mixed things about this one, but after the blog eruption that happened when the last book came out, I knew I just HAD to check this one out just to know what people were talking about!

5. Gilt by Katherine Longshore

I died to get my hands on this one, because few things are better than YA Tudor his-fic for me. I don’t know how I feel about this being a Kitty story since I’m usually an Anne Boleyn girl, but I’m excited for a new take on something I haven’t read into the ground!

6. Angelfall by Susan Ee

I bought this one a little while ago because it was on sale, and also because people whose opinions I really trust DIED over this book because they thought it was so amazing. Clearly, I had to give it a try.

7. Obsidian by Jennifer Armentrout

The blogosphere freaking exploded over this book, so I knew there was no way I could survive as one of you without reading it at some point. I just haven’t gotten there yet…

8. Team Human by Sarah Rees Brennen and Justine Larbalestier

I have a copy SIGNED BY SARAH. I know this book is going to be fantastically awesome. Now I just need time to actually read it…

9. Carnival of Souls by Marissa Marr

This idea sounds SO COOL. The cover is FLIPPING FANTASTIC. I cannot wait to read this and hopefully it’ll meet all my hopes! It’s literally burning a hole in my bookshelf! 😉

10. Tithe by Holly Black

MY COPY IS SIGNED BY HOLLY. How I haven’t read it yet is a mystery, if only because while I read I can flip back to the pretty signature.

Stacking the Shelves #10

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It has been FOREVER since I’ve done one of these, and this post will show it! This is one of the biggest Stacking the Shelves posts I’ve EVER HAD. So here we go!

For Review – eARCs

Splintered by A. G. Howard ~ Uses for Boys by Erica Lorraine Scheidt

Who I Kissed by Janet Gurtler ~ Wilde’s Meadow by Krystal Wade

Tournament of Chance by S. G. Rogers ~ Senshi by Cole Gibsen

Pantomime by Laura Lam

For Review – Physical ARCs

Infatuate by Aimee Agresti ~ Secrets by Tim Mettey

Bought

Cleopatra Confesses by Carolyn Meyer ~ Origin by Jessica Khoury

Starling by Lesley Livingston

Waiting on Wednesday #21

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Title: Starling (Click for Goodreads)

Author: Lesley Livingston

ETA: August 28th, 2012

Summary from Goodreads: “Love is just the beginning… of the end.”

Mason Starling is a champion fencer for Gosforth Academy, but she’s never had to fight for her life. Until now. When a ferocious storm rips through Manhattan and unleashes terrifying creatures onto Gosforth’s campus, Mason barely escapes alive. Without help from the mysterious stranger who appeared in the midst of the storm, she might not have made it at all. But now, in the aftermath, Mason’s life begins to spin dramatically, mystically out of control, and the only one who seems able to help her is the stranger who can remember nothing but his name: Fennrys Wolf.

As Mason and Fenn uncover more about Fenn’s past and the strange events that surround them, they realize that Mason’s family — and its dark allegiance to the ancient Norse gods — is at the center of everything. A predetermined fate seems to be closing in on Mason, but is it possible to change one’s destiny?

Readers who fell in love with Lesley Livingston’s Wondrous Strange trilogy and those who love Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series will be captivated by the sweeping romance and pulse-pounding action of Starling.

Why I’m Waiting: GUYS. GUYS GUYS! I first found out about this book on a Waiting on Wednesday post ages ago and GUYS I’ve been psyched for it ever since. Champion fencer? Norse Gods? A shout out to Mortal Instruments fans? The fact that I haven’t preordered this yet is because I can’t remember the address I’ll be located at when it’s released. 😛

Top Ten Books On My Summer TBR List

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

My TBR list is OUT OF CONTROL. Seriously. Trying to pick just 10 books is going to be super hard. However, I’ve tried to break this down so maybe it’ll make some sense. And keep me from going overboard. I’m going with 5 books I have but need to read, and then 5 books I want to get this summer!

Have but need to read:

Rapture by Lauren Kate ~ Insignia by SJ Kincaid ~ Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill ~ The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Cathrynne Valente ~ The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke

Books I can’t wait to get!

Endlessly by Kiersten White ~ Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff ~ Defiance by CJ Redwine ~ Starling by Lesley Livingston ~ Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard