Saturday, March 30, 2019

Cover Reveal Roundup #12

A new week, a whole new set of covers revealed!

This is SO pretty! I love the floral patterns and the colors and the font of the title! Just. Everything about it.

Illustration and lettering: Carmi Grau
Design: Cassie Gonzalez
Pub date: November 12th, 2019!

*****

omg I really, REALLY like this one! I love the colors, especially.

Illustrated by: Jim Tierney
Pub date: January 7th, 2020!

*****

So when I first saw this, I didn't love it. But the more I see it, the more I like it???? I just don't like the snake! I'm sure this'll look better in black, too.

Pub date: January 7th, 2020!

*****

I like this one! 

Cover art: DeAnna Pierce
Pub date: November 5th, 2019!

*****

This is fucking GORGEOUS. Two girls on the cover! The details! I'm sure this will look even better as a finished copy too. Ugh, LOVE.

Done by: David Curtis and Erin Fitzsimmons
Pub date: October 1st, 2019!

*****

Hmm, I don't love this but I like it a lot! It works for me, except for the author's name where it is. That just doesn't look good. Haha.

Illustrated by: Charlotte Day
Designed by: Jet Purdie
Pub date: May 30th, 2019!

*****

Oh, I like this one a lot! And I like the mirror-ness of it (idk the word I want, LOL).

Pub date: October 1st, 2019!


My favorite this week is DEFINITELY Crier's War. Which one's yours? :)

Friday, March 29, 2019

March Mini Reviews

Today I'm talking about a bunch of books I read both super early and super late this month. And I liked them all; I just didn't love any of them!

*****

Title: Voices: The Final Hours of Joan of Arc
Author: David Elliott
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Release Date: March 26th, 2019!
*eARC kindly provided by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's Book Group via NetGalley*

Find it on Goodreads.


My Review!
This was a really unique way of bringing Joan's story to life. Most have heard some variation of it, probably, even if they don't know a lot about what happened. And this gives insight, while sometimes definitely conjecture or unrealistic, into Joan and how brave and proud and dedicated she was. I just didn't like all the poems from the inanimate/non-people objects or the ones about a specific word, like lust. I don't think they really added to it, and I would've liked more of Joan's POV and the trials themselves. It was definitely worth a read, though!
Rating: 3 Paw Prints!


Title: The Waking Forest
Author: Alyssa Wees
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: March 12th, 2019!
*eARC kindly provided by Random House Children's via NetGalley*

Find it on Goodreads.


My Review!
It's been SUPER difficult to review this one, because I devoured it in almost a single sitting, couldn't talk about it because it was very early, and just in general forgot all that had happened in it thanks to my wonderful brain. This also makes it hard to rate because, again, I should've written my thoughts and feels down sooner. Anyway, I LOVE witch stories, so that was a big reason why this was on my list (and that cover!), and I enjoyed it. I just. I remember getting super confused throughout the story. There was a lot going on, and it was hard to keep track of at times. But I liked it!
Rating: 3 Paw Prints!


Title: The Illiad
Author: Gareth Hinds
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Release Date: March 12th, 2019!
*Physical ARC kindly provided by Candlewick Press*

Find it on Goodreads.


My Review!
I think this could be a good way to reach new readers of the classic, but for me, it just didn't hit the mark. Maybe it was because the artwork wasn't in color (as I read the ARC), but something about it just didn't flow well. It was confusing at times, how it was written, and the characters were hard to tell apart (but that's just the bad luck of there being so many in The Illiad!). That war touched hundreds of lives, all because of the fickleness of gods and men. And I enjoyed reading this new adaptation of it! 
Rating: 3 Paw Prints!


Title: Heroine
Author: Mindy McGinnis
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: March 12th, 2019!

Find it on Goodreads.


My Review!
DAMN. This book was hard to read, because it's told in the POV of an addict. And it's a very realistic, accurate portrayal, and one that is sometimes difficult to understand or sympathize with. But I'm getting better at having more empathy for people in situations like this, and I think it's important to have stories like this in YA. And Mindy IS SO GOOD AT TACKLING STUFF LIKE THIS. It's sad, because Mickey truly fucked up a lot of the good things in her life. By the end, though, she's trying and getting better and she's not 100% herself yet. She's never going to be perfect, either. But there's hope in this, and a lot of people who still like her and want her to know that they support her. I also loved how Heroine centered around a softball team, because these girls are fire and fierce and I adore them all. Definitely worth a read!
Rating: 3 Paw Prints!

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Cover Reveal Roundup #11

A new week, a whole slew of covers revealed!

omg I'm loving this trend of illustrated covers in YA! YES, PLEASE, GIVE ME MORE OF THEM.

Art by: Alexx Dovelin
Designed by: Samira Iravani
Pub date: October 29th, 2019!

*****

I love the colors and the flowers and the font, but I don't love the cover on a whole. I don't know what it is, but something's not working for me.

Designed by: Lindsey Andrews
Pub date: November 5th, 2019!

*****

Oooooo, I REALLY like this one!

Designed by: Maggie Edkins Willis
Pub date: August 20th, 2019!

*****

At first, I was looking at this one like, eh it's fine. AND THEN I saw the shape of the creepy woman, and was like omg. I like it!

Pub date: September 24th, 2019!

*****


This one is pretty boring, tbh. I feel bad saying that esp when you put it up against these other covers, but it's just not my cup of tea!

Pub date: September 3rd, 2019!

*****


I'm not a huge fan of covers with a giant face on them, but I like this one!

Pub date: August 27th, 2019!

*****


Ohhhh, I REALLY like this one!

Art by: Tomasz Mro
Designed by: Krisitie Radwilowicz
Pub date: August 6th, 2019!

*****


Ugh, this one is kinda boring me, to be honest. I'm sure the snake is important to the book, but it feels so bland.

Designed by: Keith Hayes
Pub date: October 1st, 2019!

*****


Aw, this one is super cute! A BEAGLE ON THE COVER!

Cover art by: C.B. Messer
Pub date: September 10th, 2019!

*****


Oh, I like this one! I don't love it, but I definitely like it.

Cover art by: Craig White
Design by: Ellen Kokontis
Pub date: September 3rd, 2019!

*****


I LOVE this one! My friends don't and think the background is plain. But I'm a fan!! 

Designer: Jenna Stempel-Lobell
Artist: Adeyemi Adegbesan
Pub date: September 10th, 2019!


So many good ones here, I almost can't pick a favorite! But A River of Royal Blood just slightly edges out the rest. Which one do you love the most? :)

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Bookish Bingo: Winter Wrap-Up

As always, this is hosted by Bekka @ Pretty Deadly Reviews. I love it when I can fill up the whole board!


THE BEST
*Pink Cover: Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
*Fave Author: Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
*Animal on the Cover: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
*White Cover: Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan
*Start a Series: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

THE GOOD
*2018 Release You Missed: Ivan by Kit Rocha
*Blue Cover: Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas
*Set in Europe: It Happened One Autumn by Lisa Kleypas
*LGBT+: The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried by Shaun David Hutchinson
*Historical: Scandal in Spring by Lisa Kleypas
*Spin-Off: King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo
*Religious Minority MC: Our Year of Maybe by Rachel Lynn Solomon
*Author of Color: Tikka Chance on Me by Suleikha Snyder
*2019 Debut: Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto

THE ENJOYABLE
*Features Tech: The Fever King by Victoria Lee
*Romance: Secrets of a Summer Night by Lisa Kleypas
*Male Main Character: Bloom by Kevin Panetta
*Fantasy: Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
*Book Was a Gift: The Little Mermaid and Other Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen
*Second Chance: Only a Breath Apart by Katie McGarry

THE EH
*Dec, Jan, Feb Release: The Cold Is In Her Bones by Peternelle van Arsdale
*Co-Authored: Once & Future by Amy Rose Capetta & Cori McCarthy
*Disabled MC: A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer


Have you read any of these books? If so, what'd you think of them? :)

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

(117) Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme that was started by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week's topicBooks On My Spring 2019 TBR


Already Released


ARCs

I've gotten really lucky with ARCs/eARCs so I've got a LOT of reading to do over the spring. These ones are at the top of my list, and I'm super excited to get to Sorcery of Thorns and King of Fools especially. I also waited super patiently for We Set the Dark on Fire, and now that I finally have a copy, I can't wait to get to it! Same goes with Evelyn Hugo. I've heard such good things about them both. Here's to knocking down those TBRs!


What books are YOU hoping to read this spring? Are any of these on your TBR? Let's talk! :)

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Cover Reveal Roundup #10

Almost forgot to post this, WHOOPS. 😂

Oh, I LIKE this! It's very simple, and sometimes that doesn't work, but I think it does here. And the colors are great!

Designed by: Sammy Yuen
Pub date: October 29th, 2019!

*****

asdkfjkl; I LOVE IT!!! The colors, the characters, the art. Ugh, just so good!

Designed by: Rich Deas and Mallory Grigg
Cover art: Jim Tierney
Pub date: September 3rd, 2019!

*****

This feels old-timey classic, and I love that. Big fan!

Designed by: Jaime Jones
Pub date: November 5th, 2019!

*****

Oh, this. I AM IN LOVE. It's got the perfect vibe of whimsy and spooky.

Designed by: Matt Saunders
Pub date: August 27th, 2019!

*****

omg this is so BADASS, I LOVE IT!

Designed by: Cliff Nielson
Pub date: September 17th, 2019!

Bonus: the new cover for the Seafire paperback!

*****

Gah, i love it. So fierce and pretty!

Pub date: October 15th, 2019!

*****

This feels super old-school, and while I don't love it, I like it a lot!

Designed by: Chun Lo
Pub date: October 1st, 2019!


My favorites are definitely There Will Come a Darkness and War Girls. What are yours? :)

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

From the Den: February Edition

From the Den is a feature to showcase the books that I don't post reviews for on the blog, whether I liked them or not. I read so many books that never make it onto The Fox's Hideaway, so I wanted a feature where I could still tell y'all about them. :)

*****

I didn't read a whole lot in February. I was not in the biggest mood for books, and they weren't holding my attention very well. But I read a few short stories (a couple Melina Marchetta ones that just made me want MORE and a Winners Trilogy tale), and the two books below, which I highly enjoyed! omg that makes it sound like that's ALL I read, and no, I read more like King of Scars and Red, White and Royal Blue but I'll be talking about them later!

A January Release
It's been a REALLY long time since I've read a Katie McGarry book, and boy, I've forgotten how emotional and heavy they are. It's not a bad thing, but this was hard to read at times. And my eyes glazed over sometimes when there was a little repetitiveness in the storyline and heavy-handed discussions on "life lessons" (religious and otherwise). But it gave me feels! And I adored both Jesse and Scarlett, and their relationship with one another. They were both damaged, and they had so much to learn and realize, and it was difficult. But they could rely on each other's support and understanding, and they had help from Glory and Paster Hughes and Marshall. A whole system of people who loved them and wanted the best for them when they couldn't get that from their own parents. There were so many touching moments, and I was really impressed with how the author tackled abuse and forgiveness and how it's okay to still love someone but not want them in your life. It reminded me how much I've loved other books from her in the past, and how she just gets the teenage experience.
Rating: 3.5 stars


A March Debut
I was always going to read this book, but I read it sooner so I could leave a review on Amazon to counteract all the homophobic ones it's been getting. And boy, am I glad! I didn't love it like I'd hoped, but I think this has one of the most complexly, well-written villains I've ever read. 

*Spoilers*
[I saw the way that the author wove in every part of Calix's manipulations but so subtly that you could miss it if you didn't read it as what he is: a predator, disguised as a hero, and someone who will do anything to gain back his power. I just need to know why he gave it up in the first place, and why he wanted it back so badly he was willing to destroy a government AGAIN. Unless... I feel like he wants to go after the rest of the torn-apart United States now. Or what's left of the world. There's gotta be more to his plans. ANYWAY. He was so very, extremely fascinating as a villain (except for, you know, the child abuse parts and the general grossness with which he interacts with the boys), even when you thought he was the good guy]. It was a slower read, and sometimes the science and tech aspects went over my head. But I really enjoyed it! And I'm invested in what's gonna happen to Noam and Dara in the sequel. They've been been through so much, and I need to see them get their much-deserved happiness.
Rating: 3.5 Paw Prints!


What books did you end up reading in February? Have you read either of these yet? What'd you think of them? Let's talk! :)

Monday, March 11, 2019

A Romance That Sizzles and Shines

Title: Hometown Troublemaker
Author: Brighton Walsh
Publisher: Bright Publishing, LLC
Release Date: March 14th, 2019!
*eARC kindly provided by Brighton in exchange for a review*


From Goodreads...
Aurora "Rory" Haven's life is in shambles. Her ex-husband's living with the woman he cheated with, her oldest daughter blames her for the divorce, and she's broke. To make ends meet, she partners with the too-young, way too hot local contractor she has absolutely no business fantasizing about.

Nash King is working overtime so he can take over the family business. He doesn't need the distraction of his best friend's sister, but the hot-as-hell, pearl-clutching divorcée barrels her way into his everyday life. He's managed to ignore his attraction to her for a decade. What's another couple months?

The summer heat and forced proximity has tempers flaring…and their chemistry sizzling. But Havenbrook's gossip mill is churning full-force, and the last thing Rory needs is everyone finding out she's crushing on a man eight years her junior. Except crushing doesn't have anything on what's really going on...

What would happen if the townspeople found out paint wasn't the only thing being stripped?


My Review!
HOT DAMN! It feels like I’ve been waiting forever for a new book from Brighton even though Second Chance Charmer was out last year, so I was stoked when she dropped this in my inbox like SURPRISE. I’m a lucky reader. *heart eyes* Anyway, Brighton’s always been a favorite of mine, but this one hit it out-of-the-park!

I honestly cannot remember how I felt about Rory in book one, when it was a younger Haven front and center. All I could remember was that she was a bit of a snob, super judgmental, and didn’t have the best relationship with her sisters. And tbh, some of that is still true. But I LOVE HER!!! I have mad respect and admiration for people who rebuild their lives after they’ve burned to ashes. After her husband cheated and she got divorced, Rory had to come to grips with A LOT of things, and her insecurity could get the best of her. But I loved seeing messy, confused, and I don’t give a fuck Rory. She spent so long shoving her dreams down and doing what everyone else expected of her, but she found her footing eventually, even if she stumbled along the way. And I could understand her determination to do everything herself, to be independent. But I also hated seeing how she beat herself up over things, how she stayed humble when she should’ve bragged about her accomplishments, damn it, and how she wouldn’t let people in and see who she really was. Because who she really is a damn good mother, sister, daughter, and friend, and she deserved to know that she was perfect just as she is.

But it’s okay, because Nash had zero problems telling her that often, and reminding her that she didn’t have to have it all together, that it was okay to break apart sometimes. He was there to catch her when she fell and needed a hand up, and he was so incredibly supportive of her. Fuck, this boy!! I love him so goddamned much. At first I wasn’t sure if he’d be another of those “I’m a lone wolf, I don’t need to be tied down to one woman, hooooooowl” heroes, but he proved me wrong. He fell head over heels for a woman eight years older, and he didn’t give a fuck about the age difference or about how badly he could get hurt. He just wanted her. He had to work through some things too, though. He grew up almost like an outsider, and it burrows into him, that sense of not-belonging, and the judgment people shoved onto his family name. Just because his dad is trash, it doesn’t mean he is!!! Nash needed to understand that he was good enough as he is, that he has done so well for himself and he should be so proud of what he’s accomplished. The family business boomed when he took over, and it’s all he’s ever wanted in life. Well, that, and Aurora Haven, the town princess.

They were SO GOOD together and omg this was hot. Nash has got a dirty, dirty mouth. I love it. But not only was the romance aspect delicious, but their relationship was just so solid. It was super fun and passionate. And Nash adored taking care of Rory, even when she insisted, no really, that she was fine and didn’t help, he wouldn’t force her or step into her space. He gave her room, but stayed at her side just in case. And Rory was a bright spot for him, the person he could trust to have his back and make him take needed breaks. I also loved that Nash got to know her kids, that they grew to care for him too. omg when he was teaching Ella how to fix the front porch, my heart just fucking MELTED. I’m not a big fan of kids in books (I’m just not a kid person), but somehow Brighton is the exception. I’ve loved her books with a mom MC the most out of them all!! Go figure! Of course, it was hard watching Rory almost self-sabotage their relationship, but Nash was right there telling her not to give up. And she didn’t, but she did need time to figure out who she was and what she wanted. Her ex really did a number on her, but Nash was patient and kind, and gah. *more heart eyes*

Another aspect I adored about this was the relationship between the Haven women. Rory was always at the top of the tier, and so she didn’t know her sisters well for most of her adult life. She didn’t really care to, and that was on her. But she’s growing as a person, and throughout the story, it shows that she’s put in time for Mac and Willow, and even Natalie, who just absolutely refuses to take her calls. The book had such a huge focus on what it means trying to keep up with friendships and relationships as an adult, on what it means having to put in the energy and time to cultivate them. And just how fucking complicated family is, and how sometimes, you’re still dealing with childhood trauma and insecurities. I still hate Mayor Haven, to be honest. I don’t care that he’s finally being called out for his shit, he’s a terrible person and he’s really screwed with his daughters’ heads and made them feel worthless time and time again. But their mom is trying, and their grandma is AWESOME, and Rory finally feels like she has people in her corner. People who will drop everything to make sure she is okay, and if she isn’t, to be there for the hard stuff and kick the asses of those who dare to hurt her.

While I don’t love big age differences like this, it totally worked for me. Because I loved this one! It was the perfect mix of angst and sweetness, and I adore the characters so much. Not just Nash and Rory, but all of them. And I can’t fucking wait for the next one! I need all of their books, but especially Mac’s, and Drew’s.


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