Review: Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton

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Good Morning, Midnight
Author: Lily Brooks-Dalton
Published: 2016
Genre: Fantasy/Dystopian
Series: N/A
Rating: C+


When you’ve sacrificed everything for your career, how do you make sense of life once civilization falls and everything you’ve striven for no longer matters? This is a question that aging astronomer Augustine and a group of astronauts have to ask themselves when they discover they’re among the small handful of survivors at the end of the world.

When the evacuation party came to remove Augustine from his post at a research facility in the Arctic, he refused to leave. He had accepted the position with the knowledge that he would eventually die there and had no intention of changing his plans. When he discovers a young girl left behind, he has to accept a responsibility he has been avoiding his entire adult life. Continue reading

Top Ten 2014 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn’t Get To

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Top Ten 2014 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn’t Get To.

All of these are books that caught my interest in 2014 when they were released but I just never got around to actually buying/reading them.


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The Darkest Touch by Gena Showalter (Lords of the Underworld #11)
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Fierce immortal warrior. Host to the demon of Disease. Torin’s every touch causes sickness and death—and a worldwide plague. Carnal pleasure is utterly forbidden, and though he has always overcome temptation with an iron will, his control is about to shatter.


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Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge (Cruel Beauty Universe #1)
Genre: Young Adult/ Beauty and the Beast re-telling

Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.


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Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews (Kate Daniels #7)
Genre: Urban Fantasy

As the mate of the Beast Lord, Curran, former mercenary Kate Daniels has more responsibilities than it seems possible to juggle. Not only is she still struggling to keep her investigative business afloat, she must now deal with the affairs of the pack, including preparing her people for attack from Roland, a cruel ancient being with god-like powers. Since Kate’s connection to Roland has come out into the open, no one is safe—especially those closest to Kate.


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Wicked After Midnight by Delilah S. Dawson (Blud #3)
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Steampunk

Life as a contortionist in Criminy’s Clockwork Caravan should be the height of exotic adventure, but for Demi Ward, it’s total dullsville. Until her best friend, Cherie, is stolen by slavers outside of Paris, and Demi is determined to find her.


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The Paying Guests by Sarah Walters
Genre: Historical Fiction

It is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned; the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. And in South London, in a genteel Camberwell villa — a large, silent house now bereft of brothers, husband, and even servants — life is about to be transformed as impoverished widow Mrs. Wray and her spinster daughter, Frances, are obliged to take in lodgers.


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The Dress Shop of Dreams by Menna Van Pregg
Genre: Magic Realism

Since her parents’ mysterious deaths many years ago, scientist Cora Sparks has spent her days in the safety of her university lab or at her grandmother Etta’s dress shop. Tucked away on a winding Cambridge street, Etta’s charming tiny store appears quite ordinary to passersby, but the colorfully vibrant racks of beaded silks, delicate laces, and jewel-toned velvets hold bewitching secrets: With just a few stitches from Etta’s needle, these gorgeous gowns have the power to free a woman’s deepest desires.


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The Collectors Society by Heather Lyons (Collector’s Soceity #1)
Genre: Young Adult/ Alice in Wonderland Retelling

After years in Wonderland, Alice has returned to England as an adult, desperate to reclaim sanity and control over her life. An enigmatic gentleman with an intriguing job offer too tempting to resist changes her plans for a calm existence, though. Soon, she’s whisked to New York and initiated into the Collectors’ Society, a secret organization whose members confirm that famous stories are anything but straightforward and that what she knows about the world is only a fraction of the truth.


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Falls the Shadow by Stefanie Gaither
Genre: Young Adult

When Cate Benson was a kid, her sister, Violet, died. Two hours after the funeral, Cate’s family picked up Violet’s replacement. Like nothing had happened. Because Cate’s parents are among those who decided to give their children a sort of immortality—by cloning them at birth—which means this new Violet has the same smile. The same perfect face. Thanks to advancements in mind-uploading technology, she even has all of the same memories as the girl she replaced.


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Captain Marvel: Higher, Further, Faster, More by Kelly Sue DeConnick
Genre: Comic

As Captain Marvel, a.k.a. Carol Danvers, comes to a crossroads with a new life and new romance, she makes a dramatic decision that will alter the course of her life – and the entire Marvel Universe – in the months to come. But as Carol takes on a mission to return an alien girl to her homeworld, she lands in the middle of an uprising against the Galactic Alliance! Investigating the forced resettlement of Rocket Girl’s people, Carol discovers that she has a history with the man behind the plot. But when the bad guy tries to blackmail Carol and turn the Avengers against her, it’s payback time!


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Bitter Spirits by Jenn Bennett (Roaring Twenties #1)
Genre: Paranormal Romance

It’s the roaring twenties, and San Francisco is a hotbed of illegal boozing, raw lust, and black magic. The fog-covered Bay Area can be an intoxicating scene, particularly when you specialize in spirits…

Aida Palmer performs a spirit medium show onstage at Chinatown’s illustrious Gris-Gris speakeasy. However, her ability to summon (and expel) the dead is more than just an act.

Top 10 Books I’m looking forward to in 2015

Top Ten of 2014: A Week of Looking Back is a year-end meme hosted by Jamie @Two Chicks On Books, Rachel @ Fiktshun, Mindy @ Magical Urban Fantasy Reads, and Nancy @ Tales of a Ravenous Reader.

Today’s theme is 10 books I’m looking forward to in 2015. There are a lot of great books coming out next here. Here are a few that are currently on my radar.


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Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs (Alpha Omega Series #4)

Release: March 3rd 2015

Blurb from GoodReads: For once, mated werewolves Charles and Anna are not traveling because of Charles’s role as his father’s enforcer. This time, their trip to Arizona is purely personal, as Charles plans to buy Anna a horse for her birthday. Or at least it starts out that way…

Charles and Anna soon discover that a dangerous Fae being is on the loose, replacing human children with simulacrums. The Fae’s cold war with humanity is about to heat up—and Charles and Anna are in the cross fire.

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Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews (Kate Daniels Series #8)

Release Date: August 4th 2015

Blurb from GoodReads: Mercenary Kate Daniels and her Mate, former Beast Lord Curran Lennart, have broken with Pack, but Curran misses challenges of leading, so he grabs when Pack offers him its stake in the Mercenary

Guild. As a veteran merc, Kate can take over Guild’s unfinished jobs, not knowing they are connected. An old enemy has arisen.

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Otherworld Secrets by Kelley Armstrong

Release Date: August 25th 2015

GoodReads Blurb:Plume has signed up three Otherworld anthologies, each of which revolves around a different theme. The second in the trilogy, Otherworld Secrets, features fan-favorites such as Cassandra, Savannah, and Adam in rare and neverbefore- published short stories—plus a brand new novella. Fans old and new will flock to this mystery-themed volume to discover the deepest secrets of this captivating world.

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Dreaming Spies by Laurie R. King (Mary Russell Series #13)

Release Date: Feb 24th 2015

GoodReads Blurb:It is 1925, and Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes arrive home to find…a stone. A stone with a name, which they last saw in the Tokyo garden of the future emperor of Japan. It is the first indication that the investigation they did for him in 1924 might not be as…complete as they had thought. In Japan there were spies, in Oxford there are dreams. In both places, there is a small, dark-haired woman, and danger.

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Midnight’s Kiss by Thea Harrison (Elder Races Series #8)

Release Date: May 5th 2015

GoodReads Blurb: Kidnapped as leverage against Julian, Melly is convinced that her former lover won’t be rushing to her rescue. But when Julian gives himself up to save her, they both end up Justine’s captives. Armed only with their wits and their anger, Melly and Julian must work together to escape. But will they be able to ignore their complicated history, or will the fiery passion that once burned them blaze again?

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Shadow Study by Maria V. Snyder (Soulfinder series #1)

Release Date: Feb 24th 2015

GoodReads Blurb: Oddly enough, when Yelena was a poison taster, her life was simpler. But she’d survived to become a vital part of the balance of power between rival countries Ixia and Sitia. Now she uses her magic to keep the peace in both lands and protect her relationship with Valek.

Suddenly, though, they are beset on all sides by those vying for power through politics and intrigue. Valek’s job – and his life – are in danger. As Yelena tries to uncover the scope of these plots, she faces a new challenge: her magic is blocked. She must keep that a secret – or her enemies will discover just how vulnerable she really is – while searching for who or what is responsible for neutralizing her powers.

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SoulBound by Kristen Callihan (Darkest London series #6)

Release Date: Feb 24th 2015

GoodReads Blurb: When Adam’s soul mate rejected him, there was more at stake than his heart. After seven hundred years of searching, his true match would have ended the curse that keeps his spirit in chains. But beautiful, stubborn Eliza May fled—and now Adam is doomed to an eternity of anguish, his only hope for salvation gone…

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Alice in the Country of Joker: Nightmare Trilogy Vol. 3 by QuinRose

Release Date: March 24th 2015

GoodReads Blurb:Alice has been living in the Clover Tower for a while now, and with the coming of April Season, she is able to see Julius again and has met with Joker. Nightmare isn’t very pleased, and comes up with ways to keep Alice distracted with all sorts of mini adventures. While Alice can’t get away from Nightmare’s
penetrating gaze, she does not fear him; she may even love him. What will happen when Alice wakes up?

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Dark Instincts by Suzanne Wright (Phoenix Pack Series #4)

Release Date: April 7th 2015

GoodReads Blurb:It happens whenever wolf shifter Roni Axton is near Marcus Fuller: a crackle of sexual awareness that’s intoxicating…and deeply annoying. Marcus is a pack enforcer who oozes power, but Roni is lethal in her own right—nothing like the flirty females who flock around him. Even still, his possessive gaze makes one thing clear. Marcus has singled her out for seduction, and he wants to make her sit up and beg.

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Figure of Speech by Dana Marie Bell (Halle Shifters #4)

Release Date: March 3rd 2015

GoodReads Blurb:Chloe Williams has waited four very long years for her mate to acknowledge her. He has turned her away time and again for being too young for him,  even when she was in the hospital recovering from a traumatic beating. Now that he’s been turned into a Wolf, his mating instincts are kicking in big time. Chloe has to decide if it’s worth risking her heart yet again.

What books are you excited about in 2015?

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’m Looking Forward To In 2015

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Top Ten Books I’m looking forward to reading in 2015.


22889766 Spinster: A Life of One’s Own by Kate Bolick

This book looks like it might be pretty interesting. I’ve seen it floating around on a lot of people’s lists, so I’m definitely looking forward to giving it a shot when i comes out in the spring.

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Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews

I’m always excited for a new Ilona Andrews book. This will be book 8 in the Kate Daniels series.

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Shards of Hope by Nalini Singh

Despite being a little disappointed with the last two books in the series, I’m still excited about this one.

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Midnight’s Kiss by Thea Harrison

This is one of the few series I’m completely caught up on and I’m extremely anxious to read the next in series.

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The Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire by Molly Harper

Molly Harper can be a bit of a hit or miss with me, but the premise of this one sounds interesting.

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Dead Heat by Patrica Briggs

Dead Heat is the book I’m most excited for in 2015. It feels like it’s been forever since the last Alpha and Omega book. So I’m extremely excited to read more about Charles and Anna.

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Dreaming Spies by Laurie R King

I still have a few of the earlier books in this series to read, but I’m anxious for this one to come out.

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Shadow Study by Maria V. Snyder

I’m both excited and nervous about this one. I’m really hoping that Snyder doesn’t go the cliched route with this book and reveal that Yelena’s powers aren’t working because she’s pregnant. That would be a huge let down.

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Soulbound by Kristen Callihan

The events of Evernight have me really curious about how Callihan is going to handle this couple. I’m excited to see where she takes it.

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Hidden Legacy book 2 by Ilona Andrews

No cover, no title, no description, and due to be out almost a year from now but I don’t care. I want to read this book so bad already.

What books are you looking forward to in 2015?