Tuesday, February 20, 2018

A Very Late Cover Reveal

It's a testament to how bad I am at blogging right now that I failed to post a cover reveal last week. WHOOPS. And while I could just brush it over, I don't want to. Both because I signed up (and I *never* not do what I said I'd do, it feels unprofessional and rude) and because it's for a favorite author of mine. It's been a long time since Brighton's published a new book (she's been co-writing saucy little novellas since last year, but that's it), so I'm SUPER stoked for this one! Anyway, without further ado, the cover!

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Coming March 19th!!

Willow Haven’s content. Okay, that’s a lie, but she has tried her damndest. Trouble is, it never sticks. Second oldest in a family her town was named after, she’s always felt the pressure. From the townspeople, from her sisters, but most of all from her daddy—the original Good Old Boy and Havenbrook’s reigning mayor. The only time she didn’t feel that stress had been those blissful months spent in the arms of the resident bad boy. The same one who broke her heart beyond repair when he left without a word.

Life hasn’t come easy for Finn Thomas. He’s had to claw and fight for everything he’s ever had—and truth be told, it hasn’t been much. He spent the first eighteen years of his life living so far from the wrong side of the tracks, he couldn’t even see them through his trailer window. The only thing that ever came easy for him and made his sorry ass happy was the one girl he loved with all his heart. And the one thing he had no choice but to leave behind.

When an opportunity arises to return to his tiny, southern hometown and open the first bar in a formerly dry county, he jumps at the chance. That won’t win him points with the mayor, who’s hell bent on making Finn’s life a nightmare for sullying his namesake. Too bad for Mayor Haven, Finn’s got his sights set on more than just the town, and this time he won’t be scared off quite so easily.


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Meet Brighton:
Brighton Walsh spent nearly a decade as a professional photographer before deciding to take her storytelling in a different direction and reconnect with her first love: writing. When she’s not pounding away at the keyboard, she’s probably either reading or shopping—maybe even both at once. She lives in the Midwest with her husband and two children, and, yes, she considers forty degrees to be hoodie weather. Her home is the setting for frequent dance parties, Lego battles, and more laughter than she thought possible.

Connect with Brighton:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brightonwalshwrites

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Current Events in WIPs, Books, and TV

I was going to do my more personal checking in post, but I'm just not up for it at the moment, so I decided to do this one instead because I realized too that it'd been a long time since I've posted a current events. I haven't been doing so well on the blogging front, even though I've been reading A LOT (gotta keep up with my friend Val), but I'm getting through it. I've got my March Madness event coming up, a few blog tours, and reviews, but I'm not forcing posting. That never helps. So, it might be slow for the rest of the month, but I'm coming back swinging in March! :D


Since NaNo ended, I'd only written around 3,000 more words to my WIP. I took a break, but then I just never quite got back into it. Because I realized that a major plot point (my MC's relationship and breakup with her roommate) needed to go. It was so much a part of the first 50,000 words that a domino effect was going to happen. And I get SO discouraged and de-motivated when I see this and know things need to change, but I'm stuck on the idea of finishing a story first. So you know what? I decided to just fucking fix things before moving on, because I don't think I'm the type of writer who can do otherwise. And I need to do what works for *me* and no one else.

And it is WORKING. I'm using Scrivener because of course, and I've already rewritten the whole first chapter (and I'm nearly done with the second), thrown out the idea that my two MCs met before their freshman year of college, and have plans for the rest of the book. It's going to be not only stronger, but better after all of this. And then I can finally get back to where I stopped, and keep going. 

I've got a deadline for myself: the end of March. I'm giving myself three months (April-June) to send it off to people, get feedback, edit edit edit. And hopefully, it'll be ready to go once Pitch Wars starts again in August. I might not even enter. I won't know yet. But I needed an actual, concrete deadline because that seemed to work during NaNo. I won it, and now I can finish my first ever book. So this is also a post to keep me in line, to hold me accountable. LET'S DO THIS.


Like I said in the intro to this post, I've been reading *so much* lately. I'm already at 32 books and climbing. I'm competing with Val to see who can read the most books this year, and she is making me work for it. But it's been FUN. I'm reading more, but I *want* to do it. I'm not reviewing as fast as I'm reading, but oh well. That's not the point of it for me. It never has been. I try to at least write a small paragraph about everything, especially if it's a review copy, but I don't push myself into writing full reviews for all anymore. And I try not to let myself get too behind on them, but you know, it's hard. Haha. Anyway, I'm currently reading quite a few books right now.

*Furyborn (yes Val, still): fantasy is not holding my attention so well right now, so it's slow-going, but it's good!
*More Than We Can Tell: it hasn't grabbed me nearly like LTTL did, which is making me sad, but also I'm not liking Emma a whole lot 😬
*Beyond Addiction: I am LOVING this series.
*Alex, Approximately: it's free to read again on rivetedlit.com, so I'm gonna give it a second try this coming weekend
*Into the Drowning Deep: after hearing so much about it from Val, I was super curious. I'm 12% into it and omg I am INTRIGUED and can't wait to read more!

Always hoping to finish books on my weekends, so we'll see! 


I just finished catching up with Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which is the fucking BEST SHOW EVER. I love the humor, the characters, the relationships. I love how current and relevant it is, and especially recently, I've loved the depth to it. I'ts so, so good. I'm still catching up with Bob's Burgers, which makes me laugh a lot. Also. Louise is my favorite. I want to be her someday. I've been rewatching Legend of the Seeker, too, which is an all-time fave show of mine and something that I just love so much. 

I started a new show called 9-1-1 that focuses on first responders. It's decently good. It's not spectacular, but it's made me cry a few times already, and the episodes are very tone heavy and emotional. And the characters are pretty great! I'm not sold on all of them, but I truly enjoy what they're trying to do here. I also have a big watchlist now that I've got Hulu, so I might do a separate post about what's on it!


What have you been writing, reading, and watching lately? Are you a fan of BK99 too? Are you a writer who can't move forward when you know things need to get fixed behind you? Let's talk! :)

Monday, February 5, 2018

February 2018 Releases

Wow, we're already into February! It feels not quite possible. But I guess January did go by really fast for me because work got slammed. I'm hoping for a quieter month, so I can finish my NaNo story and read even more books. :D Anyway, here's a big batch of new releases for your viewing pleasure!
 
February 1st

February 6th

February 13th

February 20th

February 27th


I've already read: Daughter of the Siren Queen, which I enjoyed but not NEARLY as much as the first book.

From NetGalley/ALA: The Belles, which I grabbed when I was at annual last year and still haven't read. It's such a *huge* book that I haven't wanted to start it when I didn't have the time it needed. Also Tess of the Road and American Panda from NG. Since it's only the two, I REALLY hope to get to them this month!

My most anticipated: the All Out anthology! Queer historical stories from queer authors? FUCKING GIMME IT ALREADY. Also Heart of Iron because it's inspired by Anastasia, which is a faaaave of mine.


What February books are YOU most excited about? Did I miss any that should be on my radar? Let's talk! :)

Friday, February 2, 2018

Cover Reveal: The Secret Thief by Nina Lane


The Synopsis:
Behind his beautiful eyes
Lay a thousand secrets and lies.
But my own secrets are all laid bare
The twisted reality of a disgraceful affair.

I once deciphered the mysteries hidden in art
Then mistakes and desire tore me apart.

Now I'm shipwrecked at the end of the earth
Desperate again to prove my worth.

The lighthouse keeper is a stranger to me
Yet one night with him sets me free.

We find ourselves united by the stars above
Both of us needing the salvation of love.

Until our secrets and shame continue to build
And what was flourishing will soon be killed.



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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Nina Lane writes hot, sexy romances about professors, bad boys, candy makers, and protective alpha males who find themselves consumed with love for one woman alone. Originally from California, Nina holds a PhD in Art History and an MA in Library and Information Studies, which means she loves both research and organization. She also enjoys traveling and thinks St. Petersburg, Russia is a city everyone should visit at least once. Although Nina would go back to college for another degree because she's that much of a bookworm and a perpetual student, she now lives the happy life of a full-time writer.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

January Mini Reviews

Because of various reasons, I was able to read a lot of January releases before their pub dates, and here are the ones that I didn't write full reviews for. Not necessarily because I didn't like them, but because I didn't have much to say about them. But I enjoyed all of the reads!

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Title: The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1)
Author: Holly Black
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: January 2nd, 2018!
I picked up a copy of this from ALA annual.

Find it on Goodreads.


My Review!
This took me a LONG time to get into. I've been starting and stopping it since like the end of June. But I decided to push through a bit longer, and I got hooked. I wasn't a big fan of the MC's voice. It felt at odds in this book. But I did like her character; she was cunning, manipulative and resourceful, and fit in well with the Faerie Folk. She was a fighter, and someone who enjoyed a challenge, and she was not afraid to make the tough choices. She was not, I would say, a villain. But she grew up in this world, and she could be as wicked as one of them.

I really appreciated that this story wasn't a nice one. I've read many that involved faeries, but ones that didn't really explore both the decadency and cruelty of the courts. They are not nice creatures, and their world was one that you had to survive by whatever means necessary. It made for a lot of complexity and moral ambiguity in the characters, which I've a weakness for. As the plot thickens, and the place descends into chaos, I was so intrigued to find out what would happen that I finished this quicker than I expected. The Cruel Prince was good, but just not great, for me.
Rating: 3.5 Paw Prints!

Title: Mary's Monster
Author: Lita Judge
Publisher: Roaring Books
Release Date: January 30th, 2018!
Physical ARC kindly provided by Macmillan.

You can find it on Goodreads.

My Review!

A super fascinating look into Mary Shelley's life, and what spurred the idea of her famous novel, Frankenstein. It's told in free verse and with illustrations on every single page, which I felt fit the setting and Mary's life. And I think the author tried to stay as true as possible with this biographical story. There was so much pain and grief and heartbreak, and it didn't help that Mary was in an emotionally abusive relationship with another artist. Everything shaped who she was, and it all led to Mary creating a monster that has survived for two hundred years. I enjoyed this and it gave me new appreciation for the story of Frankenstein, which I read in 2015 for an English class but didn't love. Definitely worth the read!
Rating: 3 Paw Prints!


Title: Blood and Sand (Untitled, #1)
Author: C.V. Wyk
Publisher: Tor Teen
Release Date: January 16th, 2018!
I picked up a copy of this from ALA annual.

Find it on Goodreads.

My Review!
Pretty sure this is a surprise series (bc if not, WHAT AN AWFUL OPEN ENDING), and I am not exactly happy about that. But I loved the period and setting in which this was set, that the author decided to write about a female Spartacus, that she wove real history in with her own fictional narrative. I was hooked, though had hoped for much more from this. It wasn't as action-packed as I'd expected it to be, and I almost wish this hadn't had a romance at all (especially since it wasn't super developed)? But I loved the Xanthus and Attia team-up (that! one! fight! GAH). Also enjoyed the banter between Xanthus and his brothers, fellow gladiators who know each so well and who have found comfort in their dangerous lives. But yeah, I didn't love this as much as I wanted to. Yet if there is a sequel, you can bet I'll be reading it.
Rating: 3.5 Paw Prints!


Title: Unearthed (Unearthed, #1)
Authors: Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Release Date: January 9th, 2018!
I picked up a copy of this from ALA annual.

Find it on Goodreads.

My Review!
WHATWHATWHATisthatending !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Seriously, though. I've got theories. And now that I'm finally writing a review after finishing this book back in AUGUST, I don't remember much about the book itself. But I did enjoy it a hella lot. It really is Lara Croft meets Indiana Jones in space. Mia and Jules are polar opposites. They care about different things. One wants to preserve the history and restore his family name, and the other just wants to survive and save her sister. They make an unlikely duo, but it WORKS. This is a slower-paced novel that wasn't always easy for me to follow (this is why I'm not a science fiction person), but I was intrigued by everything. It had the feel of the past but was set in the future. It was full of intensity and discovery and archaeology fun. And I'm dying for the sequel!

Rating: 3.5 Paw Prints!


Title: The Hazel Wood (The Hazel Wood, #1)
Author: Melissa Albert
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Release Date: January 30th, 2018!
I picked up a copy of this from ALA annual.

Find it on Goodreads.


My Review!
I really, really liked this book. Like, a lot. What I really loved was that this was basically about Alice's relationship with her mom. It's the focal point of everything, and their bond is one that felt realistically flawed but so wonderful. But I'm not sure I loved it on a whole? It definitely had the feel of fairytales, but the darker ones, the ones that are a little fucked up and don't really have happy endings. It was atmospheric, and I was pretty hooked. And that fucking twist? OMG. But I think I expected a bit more where the Hinterland was involved, and I wasn't always a fan of the things that happened. This one is hard for me to pin down, but I am 100% reading the sequel (or companion?) and the actual Hinterland tales.
Rating: 3.5 Paw Prints!

Monday, January 29, 2018

From the Den: December 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 read A LOT of books in December, but most of them will be talked about in different posts. I've grouped a lot of them together because omg so many books. I also finished my reread of The Scorpio Races and reread Prisoner of Azkaban on Christmas Day. Anyway, here are some of my December reads!


A September Release
*eARC kindly provided by Flatiron Books via NetGalley*

Gah, this was so EFFING GOOD. It took me a damn long time to finish, but I loooved it. It lost me in moments, but the bleeding heart of the story, two women who learned that they were more than their origins, that they could shape their own futures, was my favorite part of this. There was such a beautiful, deep love between Mina and Lynet, and one that was threaded throughout the course of the book, and woven into every interaction between them. And I adored the blossoming romance between Lynet and Nadia, a girl with her own ambition but who decided what she wanted could be more than she thought. Such a fantastic, original, and truly feminist take on Snow White. I loved this story of girl power, friendship, and breaking free of those who would try to mold you into a person you don't want to be. It was a slow-burn kind of tale, but one that is worth it for that ending. JUST. GAH. I LOVED. 
Rating: 4.5 Paw Prints!


Free Simon & Schuster Reads
When I saw this on Simon Pulse's site, Riveted Lit, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to read it. And holy shit, what a WILD ride. It went places I wasn't expecting, and man. I don't even know, guys. It was just a thrilling, fucked-up book!
Rating: 3 Paw Prints!


another thing about the rules. they weren't meant to be broken. they were meant for the broken to follow. 

Oh, this was hard on the heart. But so important. And gritty and real and a very honest look at gun violence. That ending got me so much. I don't know what to even say about it because I feel like it's something you should just experience without knowing anything about it beforehand. But yeah, SO GOOD. Definitely worth a read.
Rating: 4 Paw Prints!


A Wattpad Book
This was SUPER CUTE. Not wholly original as it pulls from so many different fairytales, but I definitely enjoyed the story. I'm glad I ended up reading it (and you can too as it's on Wattpad!) and after reading Julie's debut too, I'm so looking forward to anything else she writes!
Rating: 3.5 Paw Prints!


A Sequel
I didn't enjoy this as much as the first, but I definitely appreciated the deeper messages, and how the author showed the complicated sibling relationship between Jack and Jill. Sometimes, love is enough. And sometimes, it isn't. The two of them were socialized so terribly, made to be kept separate from each other, just twins who coexisted in the big Wolcott mansion. Their parents, so focused on gender and perfection and you can never be your own person, pushed them toward the doorway that they found in their grandma's trunk. And in it, they found the Moors, and lived two very different lives. Though not quite friends, some things are bigger than untold pain and a past that they can't reconcile. I remember the two of them from the first book, so I was excited to learn more about what world they fell into, and of how they came to be who they are now. Definitely an intriguing and unique series! I can't wait for the next book.
Rating: 3.5 Paw Prints!

Some of my favorite quotes:
Some adventures require nothing more than a willing heart and the ability to trip over the cracks in the world.

The trouble with denying children the freedom to be themselves - with forcing them into an idea of what they should be, not allowing them to choose their own paths - is that all too often, the one drawing the design knows nothing of the desires of their model. Children are not formless clay, to be shaped according to the sculptor's whim, nor are they blank but identical dolls, waiting to be slipped into the mode that suits them best.

Beauty was all the brighter against a background of briars. 


What books did YOU read in December? Have you read any of these yet? If so, what did you think of them? Let's talk! :)