Midweek Mash

This week started off with a nose dive. By Monday evening I felt myself on the decline and just couldn’t stop it. By 3 am Tuesday morning, every step I attempted had the potential to end in disaster.

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I am sitting upright today, which is something I have learned not to take for granted. Hopefully I can squeeze some work hours in tomorrow. I just need to advance to “walking straight” mode. So needless to say, I have spent much time in bed. On the plus side, this means I started 3 new books, so reviews are coming!

My time upright is still a bit limited, and I have this weird phantom smell thing occurring so I will keep it on the shorter side this week. I want to share a few upcoming titles I am excited about and take a quick look a retellings since we all know I adore them!


So there are several title coming out this Fall that I am pretty excited about. Of course, with this huge reading list, I will be lucky to get to them by next fall. But in no particular order, here is what my heart desires ♥

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There are also a number of sequels and additions to some very popular series to be released over the next few months. Unfortunately, I am behind or have chosen not to start them at this time. What titles are you looking forward to the most? I am probably most excited about Heartless at this point!

My Fall 2016 bookshelf on Goodreads can be found here for additional links to these titles. As always, feel free to add me if you wish 🙂


Everyone who frequents my blog knows I love retellings! I mean, LOVE them! Taking a classic story that is nostalgic and breathing new life into it by adding a dark or even an erotic twist can be the perfect recipe for a great read. Sometimes it works, sometimes it fails miserably. But when it does work, it is hard to put down. So here are a few of my favorites!

20890567Poison (A Wicked Snow White Tale) by Sarah Pinborough
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Goodreads Synopsis:

“An enticing contemporary retelling of the classic story of Snow White. While the handsome prince, the jealous queen, the beautiful girl and of course the poison all appear, Sarah Pinborough’s charming and provocative spin on the story will captivate fans of the fairy tale all over again..”

My Quick Review:
I read this a while back, so there is no posted review. However, I was instantly drawn into Poison with the author’s crisp writing and attention to detail. The narration is great! This was a dark, somewhat graphic and fast paced read. I finished this within a day and enjoyed every moment of it. It also happens to be a lovely little harback. Bonus!

11235712Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Goodreads Synopsis:

“Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.”

Cinder and Marissa Meyers are hardly unknown within the reading community and for good reason. You can find my review here.

23398606 Alice (The Chronicles of Alice #1) by Christina Henry
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Goodreads Synopsis:

“In a warren of crumbling buildings and desperate people called the Old City, there stands a hospital with cinderblock walls which echo the screams of the poor souls inside.

In the hospital, there is a woman. Her hair, once blond, hangs in tangles down her back. She doesn’t remember why she’s in such a terrible place. Just a tea party long ago, and long ears, and blood…

Then, one night, a fire at the hospital gives the woman a chance to escape, tumbling out of the hole that imprisoned her, leaving her free to uncover the truth about what happened to her all those years ago.

Only something else has escaped with her. Something dark. Something powerful.

And to find the truth, she will have to track this beast to the very heart of the Old City, where the rabbit waits for his Alice.”

Alice in Wonderland is one of my absolute favorites. So when a retelling is done well centered around the eccentric characters of Wonderland, I am 110% sold. Review here.

I have reviewed several retellings since launching Books, Vertigo and Tea. These can be found in the “retellings” category if you are interested in picking up a good story. What are some of your favorite retellings? I would love some recommendations. Link me a review so I can check out some new possible reads!

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That is it for me today. Time to rest. Stay strong, and keep reading. You are halfway there!

Cheers 🙂




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