Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday [#158]

Title: The Bride Test (The Kiss Quotient #2)
Author: Helen Hoang
Genre: Adult | Contemporary | Romance
Publisher: Berkley

Publication Date: May 7, 2019

Khai Diep has no feelings. Well, he feels irritation when people move his things or contentment when ledgers balance down to the penny, but not big, important emotions—like grief. And love. He thinks he’s defective. His family knows better—that his autism means he just processes emotions differently. When he steadfastly avoids relationships, his mother takes matters into her own hands and returns to Vietnam to find him the perfect bride.
As a mixed-race girl living in the slums of Ho Chi Minh City, Esme Tran has always felt out of place. When the opportunity arises to come to America and meet a potential husband, she can’t turn it down, thinking this could be the break her family needs. Seducing Khai, however, doesn’t go as planned. Esme’s lessons in love seem to be working…but only on herself. She’s hopelessly smitten with a man who’s convinced he can never return her affection.
With Esme’s time in the United States dwindling, Khai is forced to understand he’s been wrong all along. And there’s more than one way to love (goodreads).

Monday, April 8, 2019

Book Review: Wicked Saints [Blog Tour]

Title: Wicked Saints (Something Dark and Holy #1)
Author: Emily A. Duncan
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Publication Date: April 2, 2019
Source: Publisher
Format: eARC

A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself.
A prince in danger must decide who to trust.
A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings. 
Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war.
In a centuries-long war where beauty and brutality meet, their three paths entwine in a shadowy world of spilled blood and mysterious saints, where a forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between dark and light (goodreads).

Wicked Saints was a powerful start to a series I can't wait to read more of. 
Friday, April 5, 2019
Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Amber Reads Her Shelves: April 2019

Amber Reads Her Shelves is my attempt to actually read the books I read. Every month I will choose 3 books that have been on my shelves for at least 6 months. Voting will be open until April 16.
Monday, April 1, 2019

Quick Travel and Spring Weather: March 2019 at a Glance

March was another whirlwind month. I did some travel, attended some nerd events, and read way too many books. 
Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday [#157]

Title: Descendant of the Crane
Author: Joan He
Publisher: Albert Whitman Company
Publication Date: April 9, 2019

Princess Hesina of Yan has always been eager to shirk the responsibilities of the crown, dreaming of an unremarkable life. But when her beloved father is found dead, she’s thrust into power, suddenly the queen of a surprisingly unstable kingdom. What’s more, Hesina believes that her father was murdered—and that the killer is someone close to her.
Hesina’s court is packed full of dissemblers and deceivers eager to use the king’s death for political gain, each as plausibly guilty as the next. Her advisers would like her to blame the neighboring kingdom of Kendi’a, whose ruler has been mustering for war. Determined to find her father’s actual killer, Hesina does something desperate: she enlists the aid of a soothsayer—a treasonous act, punishable bydeath, since magic was outlawed centuries ago.
Using the information provided by the sooth, and uncertain if she can trust her family, Hesina turns to Akira—a brilliant investigator who’s also a convicted criminal with secrets of his own. With the future of Yan at stake, can Hesina find justice for her father? Or will the cost be too high (goodreads)? 
Monday, March 25, 2019

C2E2: Bigger than Ever Before

Back in 2010, Matt and I attended the first Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2). A lot has changed over the past 9 years, but I still have a good time. This year I listened to sci-fi and fantasy authors talk about how they approach magic in their books, and heard some of my favorite childhood voice actors showcase their talents.