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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #156

The Drowning King (Fall of Egypt #2)Ancient Egypt, 51 B.C. Sisters Arsinoe and Cleopatra face a devastating choice: to allow Rome's army to siphon power from their ailing father, or to take matters--and the dynasty--into their own hands.

It's the dawn of a new era for Egypt as Cleopatra and her brother, Ptolemy, are welcomed to the throne after their father's death. But joint rule breeds its own conflicts: can the Nile be shared? Long overlooked by his father in favor of the beguiling Cleopatra, Ptolemy is determined to prove his ability as both man and king-but, at eleven, he is no match for his elder sister, who's quick to assert her primacy throughout the land.

Their sister Arsinoe is torn between her siblings in one of history's greatest power struggles. As the palace echoes with rumors, scandals and betrayal, Arsinoe's love for her childhood friend Alexander deepens into a forbidden passion that could endanger both their lives. When Cleopatra is forced to flee a rebel uprising, Arsinoe decides she has no choice but to follow her sister into exile.

Yet while Cleopatra gathers an army to retake the crown, Arsinoe begins to doubt whether her sister is the champion Egypt needs. Faced with the choice of betraying her family or her country, Arsinoe will determine a kingdom's fate and the course of history.
Length: 432 pages (Hardcover)
Expected Publication Date: April 4th 2017 by Little, Brown and Company

Why I'm Waiting:
I haven't read the first book in this series yet, but it is coming up on my TBR pile and I have one of those feelings where I know I'm going to enjoy the book so I can't wait to read this one. Cleopatra, Ptolemy. You had me at hello.

A mysterious keepsake, a murdered bride, a legacy of secrets...
The Fourteenth LetterOne balmy June evening in 1881, Phoebe Stanbury stands before the guests at her engagement party: this is her moment, when she will join the renowned Raycraft family and ascend to polite society.
As she takes her fiancé's hand, a stranger holding a knife steps forward and ends the poor girl's life. Amid the chaos, he turns to her aristocratic groom and mouths: 'I promised I would save you.'
The following morning, just a few miles away, timid young legal clerk William Lamb meets a reclusive client. He finds the old man terrified and in desperate need of aid: William must keep safe a small casket of yellowing papers, and deliver an enigmatic message: The Finder knows.With its labyrinth of unfolding secrets, Claire Evans' riveting debut will be adored by fans of Kate Mosse, Carlos Ruiz Zafon and Jessie Burton.
Length: 448 pages (Hardcover)
Expected Publication Date: April 6th 2017 by Sphere

Why I'm Waiting:
This one just seems to have such a complex emotionally wrought story between it's cover that I can't help but be curious about it. It sounds like one that will have me put my thinking cap on as well.

What Are You Waiting On?

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday #99

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists at The Broke and the Bookish. 
The Top 10 Books I've Read In One Sitting:

Harry Potter Boxset (Harry Potter, #1-7)Lords of the North (The Saxon Stories, #3)Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits, #1)AmazoniaDaughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)Angels' Blood (Guild Hunter, #1)Seven Years to SinThe Secret History: A Novel of Empress TheodoraA Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire, #1)

.The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. I've read all of them in one sitting (many times over).

The Saxon Stories Book 5: Lords of the North by Bernard Cornwell. I read this one last week in a single sitting in preparation of the newest season of the Netflix adaptation of this series (The Last Kingdom) premiering. Excellent historical fiction!

 Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry. I loved the couple in this one and I am NOT one for YA romances but this one got me and I devoured it.

Amazonia by James Rollins. I love all of his books though this is my favourite by him. Rip roaring adventure in the amazon with fantastical creatures? Sign me up.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. I remember starting this one around 10 P.M. and  was finished it in 4 hours. Absolutely loved this one. Unfortunately the rest of the series was a let down for me but this was amazing.

Angel's Blood (Guild Hunter #1) by Nalini Singh I remember reading this one for a read-a-thon like 5 years ago and I loved it. I've been reading the series ever since. Want a kick ass heroine? Check this series out.

Seven Years to Sin by Sylvia Day I love Sylvia Day's romances in general but this one was special. Loved the characters and how unconventional their relationship was. If you like steamy reads check this one out.

The Secret History A Novel of Empress Theodora by Stephanie Thornton she writes about strong women in history and I LOVE HER BOOKS. I read this one on a rainy day whilst on summer vacation and was done by supper. She truly brings history to life.

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin while I didn't read it in one sitting the first time I read it I have read it twice since then both on cold winter days starting in the early morning and finishing by bed time.

His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire #1) by Naomi Novik set in an alternate history of our world the victorians have access to dragons for full scale aerial assults and to wage war and THEY TALK to their crew. Love this book, and series in general. Highly recommended.