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 waiting on wednesday

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted over at Breaking the Spine that highlights upcoming releases that we can’t wait for!

The book that I can’t wait for this week is. . . .

Ruin and Rising

Ruin and Rising

By: Leigh Bardugo

Publication date: June 17th, 2014


The capital has fallen. The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.

Now the nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.

Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.

Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova’s amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling’s secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for.

I tore through the first two books in this series in the last week, and they were so good! Even better than I was expecting, and I had pretty high expectations going in. They even inspired me to make a design board that you can see here. I’m bummed that I’ve missed out on this series for so long, but also excited because my wait for the last one is much shorter. One more month!


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This is me. I just finished Siege and Storm and . . . the feels are going to kill me! Luckily for me, it’s only a month until the last book comes out, and I can’t wait. I’m too overwhelmed to write a coherent review right now, but lets just say the first two books get 5 stars from me. I put together some idea boards of what I was imagining while I was reading the books. Enjoy!

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Image Sources

Setting sources clockwise from top left:

1. http://holly-jayne.quazen.com/arts/architecture/10-most-unique-churches-in-the-world/

2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Katalnay_gorka_Ekateriny_II_v_parke_Oranienbaum_(Russia).jpg

3. https://www.flickr.com/photos/vamoose627/9248606914/in/set-72157634565927850/

4. Sergiev Posad. https://www.flickr.com/photos/72649331@N00/420771851/

5. http://www.angelfire.com/pa/ImperialRussian/videos/images/287.jpg

6. http://www.incredible-pictures.co/2013/01/church-of-elijah-prophet-in-yaroslavl.html#.U3ugJyhFIUU

Animal sources clockwise from top left:

1. http://www.harmanvisions.com

2. Deviantart – http://nightlyre.deviantart.com/art/Ocean-s-Fury-315552549

3. Source unknown – pinterest -http://www.pinterest.com/pin/180073685075331679/

The clothes sources clockwise from top left:

1. Source unknown – pinterest -http://www.pinterest.com/pin/180073685075331615/

2. http://tsarselo.ru/images/photos/c60be940e6907293e4900262bff02d7e.jpg

3. http://alixofhesse.deviantart.com/art/Grand-Duchess-Anastasia-redo-126473043?q=gallery%253Aalixofhesse%252F4827983&qo=285

4. http://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/8015744

5. Etsy – http://www.etsy.com/listing/118538722/70s-vintage-red-and-black-fur-trimmed?utm_source=Pinterest&utm_medium=PageTools&utm_campaign=Share

6. http://www.horse-drawn-carriage-hire.co.uk/

7. http://www.rubylane.com/item/307969-R3135/Victorian-Sun-Burst-Brooch-Pendant

8. http://americanduchess.blogspot.com/2012/02/v44-sacramento-antiques-vintage-haul.html


Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted over at Tynga’s Reviews, that gives us a place to nerd out about all the new books we’ve gotten recently! I don’t plan on making this a weekly feature, but I do expect to do it once in a while when I get a bunch of books i’m excited to read. Anyway, without further ado, here are some books i’ve acquired lately that I can’t wait to read! (Links will take you to Goodreads)

From the Library



Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Seige and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

I feel like I’m really behind on reading some very well loved series, and this is one of them. Excited to start it!

How Not to Find a Boyfriend by Allyson Valentine

I grabbed this one on the way out as my four year old was having a tantrum so I literally have no idea what it’s about. Guess we’ll see! 

Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

I just finished Daughter of Smoke and Bone, and I am beyond blown away. It was so so good, and I absolutely can’t wait to read this. Again, I know i’m way late on this series, but I’m so glad I picked it up! This one’s getting started tonight.


I had some Kindle impulse buys this week . . .

Pushing the Limits  The 5th Wave  Last Second Chance

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

I’ve been hearing a lot of buzz about her books lately, and grabbed this one to try it out.

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Another one I’ve been meaning to read forever but haven’t gotten around to!

Last Second Chance by Caisey Quinn

Was looking for a light, easy, fun summertime read and I’m hoping this one will fit the bill!

Won in a giveaway!

Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes by Dahlia Adler

I was lucky enough to win a signed ARC of this through The Flyleaf Review, and I’m super excited. I’ve loved Dahlia Adler’s witty writing style through her writing on her website, and the synopsis looks great! Also, it is my very first ARC as a book blogger so I’m going to hug it and squeeze it forever. Also read it and review it of course!! Thanks again to the Flyleaf Review for the giveaway.