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Monday, December 31, 2012

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2012 ~ Year In Review

     It's New Year's Eve everyone!
     Let the festivities begin for the last day of 2012! Oh wait, I'm pretty sure they started wayyy earlier than today, XD. Or maybe not. :3 And let's just get this out of the way: it's a pretty long post. But most are lists, so no worries on hurting your eyes. (If you're worrying...) You can also go ahead and skim to the lists if you so choose.
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Sunday, December 30, 2012

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The Sunday Post ~ 7

     The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer - It's a chance to share news - A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. 
     It snowed! On Friday! And it didn't melt right away! :D SQUEEEE. *o* (Excuse me while I go prance around and jump around with joy throughout the house... without falling of course.)
     As much as I hate winter, it actually snowed. At least ONCE. :D Actually, it snowed once before but I don't count it since it didn't even stick. -_- But I also ran out of marshmallows so... T_T Hot Chocolate without the marshmallows. Oh wells. I guess it'll do. I mean, hot chocolate with a book but no marshmallows is okay, is it? :3
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Friday, December 28, 2012

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Review: Guardians of the Grimoire by Natasha Slight


The Grimoire #1
Released Date: October 10, 2011
Author: Natasha Slight
Publisher: Self Published

Rumors have spread among the immortals of a book that controls all the magic in both the human and spirit worlds. So what is the Spirit Mother to do when Kaël, a corrupt spirit, attempts to steal the Grimoire from her temple?

With no other option, she instructs Gaïa, a benevolent spirit, to hide the Grimoire in the human realm and to train three young girls in becoming the new guardians. Kerani, Tiluvia, and Cesca are awakened to their destinies, and thrust into a perilous journey as they race to Gaïa’s island. Accompanied by the Kal’rana sisters, the girls discover the magic that lies dormant within them. But fate plays a cruel twist on them, as their magical abilities are unleashed before they are ready, and disastrous consequences follow suit.

In a land shrouded in magic, and filled with as many friends as there are foes, will the girls be able to fulfill their destinies? Or will the balance of magic be thrown into chaos?

~Quoted from Author
Disclaimer: I recieved this book from the author in an exchange for a honest review. This does not bias my review in any way.

     This is not your typical YA fantasy book that you'll pick up randomly one day at the library. I usually get drawn toward fantasy books all the time anyways, so I thought it was going to be a typical fantasy book you find everyday when I got asked to review Guardians of the Grimoire. But then, you don't typically find a book about a grimoire everyday either. (And if there are a lot... tell me I need to expand my reading horizons a bit more. :p)
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Thursday, December 27, 2012

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Booking Through Thursday: Favorites 2012

Booking Through Thursday is a weekly meme hosted at Booking Through Thursday.
A deceptively easy question for this week (easy to ask but possibly hard to answer): What are/were your favorite book(s) of the year? (Bonus points if you know how many books you read.)


     T_T I have to play favorites now? Oh wells... funny, since I'm making a Year in Review list soon. (Wonder how long that'll take, lol) Um, let's see...
     Nah... I'll give you guys my list on Monday (Though it's gonna be pretty shabby, seeing as the fact I started blogging in November). Not planning to spill the precious beans here today. ;) But oy, all I can say is, one of the books is Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. I ended up reading Vampire Academy (and I mean almost all of it) in one school day when I couldn't go on a field trip due to allergies with the rest of moi classmates. :p
     As for le bonus question, I probably read at least 30-40, more or less. (Definitely more than 15 though!) I guess that's not a lot, considering if you look at other bookworms' amount of books read. Not that I'm jelly of you guys. I like keeping it balanced so I don't have an avalanche ready to tumble down on me... like my to-read list. :)
     Though I used to read at least 150... but I got scolded.
     Fun much? No way on the lecture. Just no way. >_<

~Happy Thursday!
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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

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Waiting on Wednesday: Spellcaster

     Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that highlights upcoming book releases that we're eagerly waiting for. :)
This Week's Selection: Spellcaster by Claudia Gray
Expected Release Date: March 5, 2013
Publisher: HarperTeen
From Goodreads:

When Nadia’s family moves to Captive’s Sound, she instantly realizes there’s more to it than meets the eye. Descended from witches, Nadia senses a dark and powerful magic at work in her new town. Mateo has lived in Captive’s Sound his entire life, trying to dodge the local legend that his family is cursed - and that curse will cause him to believe he’s seeing the future … until it drives him mad. When the strange dreams Mateo has been having of rescuing a beautiful girl—Nadia—from a car accident come true, he knows he’s doomed. 

Despite the forces pulling them apart, Nadia and Mateo must work together to break the chains of his family’s terrible curse, and to prevent a disaster that threatens the lives of everyone around them. Shimmering with magic and mystery, New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray’s new novel is sure to draw fans of the Hex Hall and Caster Chronicles series, and fans of the hit CW TV show The Secret Circle.

What's your pick for this week?

~Happy Kawanza!
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Sunday, December 23, 2012

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The Sunday Post ~ 6

     The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer - It's a chance to share news - A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. 
     Happy Sunday everyone! I think I spent most of my week lurking on Twitter (actually, I do that everyday...), reading, or playing MMORPGs (I'm also getting a bit bugged by a friend of mine to play it with him so... T_T. Compromise has been made already to make everyone happy.), along with surviving Finals. I don't think I did bad, so that's a good thing. ^_^ Until I see my grade. Dx
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Friday, December 21, 2012

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Review: Paranormalcy by Kiersten White


Paranormalcy Series #1
Author: Kiersten White
Released Date: August 31, 2010
Publisher: HarperTeen

Evie's always thought of herself as a normal teenager, even though she works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, her ex-boyfriend is a faerie, she's falling for a shape-shifter, and she's the only person who can see through paranormals' glamours.

But Evie's about to realize that she may very well be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures.

So much for normal.

     I'll be honest here: I just adore Evie's personality. And her habit of "bleep" when swearing which she picked up from her watery friend, Lish (such a sad ending for her. Dx *tears up again*). I'll probably face it. I kinda got the bleep habit as well after reading it, LOL. Not that I swear much myself. I kinda use it for fun sometimes when it's appropriate (Read: Really Fun Word to Use When Right).
     Did it make a lasting impression? Well...
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Thursday, December 20, 2012

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Booking Through Thursday: Present Tense

Booking Through Thursday is a weekly meme hosted at Booking Through Thursday.
Any books you’re particularly hoping to be gifted this year? Any that you’re giving as presents this holiday season?

     Not really... any YA book is fine with me, as long as it's a good book. :D
     On the matter of giving presents though... I don't celebrate Christmas. T_T (I'm missing out on a lot of fun, aren't I? :p)

~Happy Thursday!
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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

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Waiting on Wednesday: 'Till the World Ends

     Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that highlights upcoming book releases that we're eagerly waiting for. :)

This Week's Selection: 'Till the World Ends by Julie Kagawa,
Ann Aguirre, and Karen Duvall
Expected Release Date: January 29, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Luna
Dawn of Eden by Julie Kagawa

Before The Immortal Rules, there was the Red Lung, a relentless virus determined to take out all in its path. For Kylie, the miracle of her survival is also her burden—as a doctor at one of the clinics for the infected, she is forced to witness endless suffering. What’s worse, strange things are happening to the remains of the dead, and by the time she befriends Ben Archer, she’s beginning to wonder if a global pandemic is the least of her problems...

Thistle & Thorne by Ann Aguirre

After a catastrophic spill turns the country into a vast chemical wasteland, those who could afford it retreated to fortresses, self-contained communities run by powerful corporations. But for Mari Thistle, life on the outside—in the Red Zone—is a constant struggle. To protect her family, Mari teams up with the mysterious Thorne Goodman. Together, they’ll face an evil plot in both the underworld of the Red Zone and the society inside the fortresses that could destroy those on the outside... for good.

Sun Storm by Karen Duvall

Sarah Daggot has been chasing storms since she was a child. But after the biggest solar flares in history nearly destroy the planet, she becomes a Kinetic, endowed by her exposure to extreme radiation with the power to sense coming storms—in the cosmos and beyond. And she’s not the only one. Sarah believes the Kinetics are destined to join forces and halt the final onslaught of the sun. She’ll vow to keep trying to convince the one missing link in their chain of defense, the enigmatic Ian Matthews, up until the world ends.


What's your pick for this week?

~Happy Wednesday!
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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

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Cover Reveal: Dracian Legacy by Priya Kanaparti

     Check out the awesomous cover reveal for an upcoming novel to be released February 14th, 2013 by Priya Kanaparti!


Dracian Legacy #1
Author: Priya Kanaparti
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: Young Adult - Paranormal Fantasy, Romance

Ren and Axel are caught between two powerful magical races: one destined to end the bloodshed, the other out for vengeance.

Seventeen-year-old Ren Pernell is prophesied to end the war between the Dracians and the Telalians. So when a Dracian, Axel Knight, is sent to find and bring back the prophesied one before she turns eighteen and Telalians discover of her existence, unexpected sparks start to fly between the two. Once Ren finds the truth behind Axel’s arrival, she wants everything to do with him and nothing to do with his mission.

Things prove to be difficult as Ren’s life is constantly threatened by forces that are beyond her control, including the leader of the Telalians. With the clock ticking and Ren’s life in jeopardy, it is no just a mission for Axel. It becomes a personal endeavor to save the only one he’s ever loved. In a heart racing ending, they must find a way to evade the preordained war that won’t also end Ren’s life.

About the Author:
     Priya Kanaparti was born in India, grew up in Detroit, and is now living in Boise, ID. She attended Wayne State University for her undergrad degree in Bachelor of Science in Biology, and University of Phoenix for her Masters in Business Administration. Priya works as a project manager in software field during the day and lives in the world of her characters during the nights and weekends. She had found the love for reading and writing early this year, when she stayed home with her year old and needed something to occupy those 'downtime' hours.
       She loves playing tennis on a good summer day and chess during the cold winters, but reading and writing has become a year round hobby.
      She lives in Boise with her husband, son and a Yorkie. Dracian Legacy is her debut novel.
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     You can also win an ebook copy of Dracian Legacy and some other cool book swag from Shelly Crane and Jennifer Armentrout! Good Luck! (Not going to add Hunger Games reference... *wink*) :)

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~Happy Reading!
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Teaser Tuesday: Guardians of the Grimoire

     Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share 2 "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! Make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!
  • Share the Author & Title too, so that other TT participants can add the book to the TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
My Teaser:
(83% on Kindle)


Cesca horrified clawed at the wooden floor. “No!” she cried out. She turned away, not believing what she had just done.







What's Your Tease?

~Happy Tuesday!
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Sunday, December 16, 2012

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The Sunday Post ~ 5

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer - It's a chance to share news - A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. 
It's Finals Week! BOO. Yes, I seriously did say boo to tests. Because I have to miss lunch on one of the days so I have enough time... I don't know how I'm gonna keep my sanity in tack now. May the odds be ever in my favor... for passing.

Anyhoo, Winter Break and Early Dismissal is probably all that's best this week. Yay. And hopefully snow. :D (Mother Nature, please make up your mind. We want snow... o_o)

I've also been playing the usual Tech-O-War with my connection. Not exactly fun, since the connection almost always wins this type of battle (annoyingly). Actually... I think I'm playing Tech-O-War again as I'm writing this post (AGHHH). So during those times... I made a cute little blog button.
What do you think? :D
The Owl on there's the momma owl of the Favicon and Rating Owls. ;) It may need a few tweaks here and there though, *cough* Blog Name needs to be bigger *cough*, so it won't be pinned to the sidebar just yet for peeps to snag. :3 It might be there later this week, next week or today... or maybe a few hours after I post this... :3

Either way, life goes on. And I can always push the blog button for later to tackle with. Ahem. After studying too much and my brain's about to shatter. I really hope not.

Last Week:
Coming Soon:
  • Teaser Tuesday
  • Cover Reveal: Dracian Legacy by Priya Kanaparti
  • Waiting on Wednesday
  • Booking Through Thursday
  • Review: Paranormalcy by Kiersten White (maybe)

Book Haul:
Borrowed
(Book Club at School)
Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Purchased/Downloaded

~Happy Sunday!


P.S. R.I.P. to the victims in the Newtown (?) Shooting in Connecticut. :/
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Saturday, December 15, 2012

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Review: The Paladin Prophecy by Mark Frost


The Paladin Prophecy #1
Author: Mark Frost
Released Date: September 25, 2012
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

Will West is careful to live life under the radar. At his parents' insistence, he's made sure to get mediocre grades and to stay in the middle of the pack on his cross-country team. Then Will slips up, accidentally scoring off the charts on a nationwide exam.

Now Will is being courted by an exclusive prep school . . . and is being followed by men driving black sedans. When Will suddenly loses his parents, he must flee to the school. There he begins to explore all that he's capable of--physical and mental feats that should be impossible--and learns that his abilities are connected to a struggle between titanic forces that has lasted for millennia.

Co-creator of the groundbreaking television series Twin Peaks, Mark Frost brings his unique vision to this sophisticated adventure, which combines mystery, heart-pounding action, and the supernatural.

~Quoted from Goodreads

About time I started reading and finishing up this book. I feel like I've been avoiding a really good book because usually if I stop reading the book, it's a really bad one and I never want to see it again. ._. Therefore, the draft version of this post has been around for months sitting there. I feel sorry. Though if I wasn't a multitasker, I probably would've finished it in a couple of weeks instead of months. :( But I'm really glad I managed to find the time to finish it. :) (No, really. I did abandoned it for awhile.)

Imagine going to a private school (is it? It's been bouncing back and forth between a private school and a center for the extremely gifted) and there's no email, no internet, no text-messaging, no etc. allowed there. I would probably survive no cell phones though. As for email... happy go spam after spam. (And I get about 100+ a day already -_-). But maybe I would survive. At least I'm not forever alone ;)

I loved the action in the story from the very beginning, and it was an absolute page turner with many detailed descriptions. Maybe double than what I expected. There were lots of unexpected twists and turns throughout the story. I thought one thing was happening and the next page it says otherwise. I really loved the narration of the story and the characters. They were full of humorous and witty comments on each page. Possibly my favorite character so far in the series (change that to book, considering the fact there's only one so far) is Nick, one of Will's roommates at The Center. He always tries to make every scene he is involved in hilarious.

I also loved the technology at The Center. It would be so cool (and as Will thought at first, creepy) to have a little gal that looks, sounds, acts like me :D Of course... the thingamajig boards (forgot what they're called Dx) are similar to the SmartBoards my school has... but different. :3 What I really hated were the "Ride Alongs" and the creatures of "The Other Team." They really creep me out. A lot. I guess it's what I said earlier... it was really descriptive. I don't think I ever want to meet a Ride Along in my life time.

I would compare it to Harry Potter since it's just as good, but what would fellow Potterheads do? I deserve a tomato, probably. But if it's as good as Harry Potter (now, hence I said "AS GOOD AS." In no way, shape or form did I say it was BETTER THAN) that's probably sending some sort of message. And a good one at that. Along with it's agony cliff-hanger. (Yes, it means I'm probably skipping to the book store ASAP whenever the 2nd book comes out...)

Meeting another Cliff-Hanger:

Yea... it happens a lot. :p

Book Trailer:

~Happy Reading!
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Friday, December 14, 2012

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Cover Reveal: Dear Cassie by Lisa Burstein & Contest

Check out the cover for Dear Cassie by Lisa Burstein!


Dear Cassie
Author: Lisa Burstein
Publisher: Entangled Publishing

What if the last place you should fall in love is the first place that you do?

You'd think getting sent to Turning Pines Wilderness Camp for a month-long rehabilitation "retreat" and being forced to re-live it in this journal would be the worst that's ever happened to me.

You'd be wrong.

There's the reason I was sent to Turning Pines in the first place: I got arrested. On prom night. With my two best friends, who I haven't talked to since and probably never will again. And then there's the real reason I was sent here. The thing I can't about with the guy I can't even think about.

What if the moment you've closed yourself off is the moment you start to break open?

But there's this guy here. Ben. And the more I swear he won't - he can't - the deeper under my skin he's getting. After the thing that happened, I promised I'd never fall for another boy's lies.

And yet I can't help but wonder... what if?

Excerpt:
We kept walking on the lake trail, the bullfrogs croaking. There was also a humming in my ears from the nicotine.

It could only be from the nicotine. It had nothing to do with being outside, at night, alone with Ben. It had nothing to do with Ben coming to the cabin and taking me instead of Nez and it definitely had nothing to do with the stars above us shining like they were the sky's tiara.

I stopped on the trail and looked up, taking them in, when all of a sudden bright colored lights exploded in the sky - fireworks, one after another, on top of each other, huge kaleidoscopes of light, like sparkling rainbow spiders.

"How did you know?" I asked, my voice going softer, like if I talked too loudly they would stop. It was so beautiful, after weeks of so much ugly.

Ben turned to look at me, the colored lights in the sky turning his skin pink, blue, green. "I'm magic." He shrugged.

I geared up to tell him to fuck off, because that was some corny-ass shit, but then I realized that he really kind of was. In that moment he was able to actually make me forget being me.

"I would try to kiss you," he said, "but I'm afraid you'd kick me in the balls."

"I probably would." I laughed, the sky filling with noisy color like paint launching from a giant popcorn popper. "But like I said, it wouldn't be about you."

"I guess I'll have to figure out how to make it about me," he said, taking off his boots and socks and standing. "Come on."

"There is no way I am getting near that water again," I said.

"I'll make sure nothing happens to you," he said, holding his hand out to help me up.

I looked at his palm, open, waiting, just wanting to hold mine. For once, I didn't think about anything except that there was a cute, sweet, smart-ass boy standing in front of me with his hand out.

I pulled off my boots and socks and took it.

We stood at the lakeshore, our hands still clasped, the water licking our feet, fireworks decorating the sky. I turned to him. He was looking up, his mouth open in wonder like he was trying to swallow the moment. It was definitely one worth keeping.
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About the Author:
Lisa Burstein is a tea seller by day and a writer by night. She received her MFA in Fiction from the Inland Northwest Center for Writers at Eastern Washington University. She lives in Portland, OR, with her very patient husband and two cats. Dear Cassie is her second novel.
Author Links:
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Contest!
Lisa is hosting an EPIC CONTEST to celebrate Dear Cassie's cover reveal. Lisa wants you guys to share diary entries of your favorite fictional characters. That's right, choose ANY character from books, TV, movies, a cereal box and write a 500-700 length diary entry from their point of view.

The top 5 will be chosen and will be put to vote. The favorite will be published in the final version of Dear Cassie. The additional four will win $20 book buying gift cards.

So get diary-ing! Send your entries to prettyamystories@yahoo.com by January 1st!

Voting for the top 5 will being January 7th, with the winner being announced January 14!

~Happy Reading!
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Thursday, December 13, 2012

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Booking Through Thursday: Contemplation

Booking Through Thursday is a weekly meme hosted at Booking Through Thursday.
So … you’ve just finished reading a book. For the sake of the discussion, we’ll say it was everything a book should be—engaging, entertaining, interesting, thought-provoking. The kind you want to gush over. The question is—do you immediately move on to your next book? Or do you take time to contemplate this writerly masterpiece and all its associated thoughts/emotions/ideas for a while first?


Usually I move on to the next book, since I read more than one book at the same time but I almost always have a few days to contemplate when writing the review while the book is still fresh in my mind and the details are strong. :)

Occasionally though, I would start a really short story (less than 100 pages) while writing the review (and abandon it, come back to it later, tearing it apart virtually and rewriting it again. Repeat cycle) until it's not fragmented and sloppy like my notes at school. But with my happy-go-crazy schedule and my "pretty slow" reading skills (I can read fast if I choose to... but words just fly over my head and I have to reread again. Better read slow and know what you're talking about than read fast and have no clue at all. Of course... that's only in my case.), as soon as I finish one book, I have to start the next book ASAP.

But what if I don't have a short story? I would take one day off from reading the next book to ponder on my thoughts and emotions while tackling the review. (Minus school if it hits study days because I have to work anyways or get in trouble, so... that's an exception.)

In the most part though, I generally have to start the next book immediately.
~Happy Reading!
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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

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Waiting on Wednesday: Splintered

     Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that highlights upcoming book releases that we're eagerly waiting for. :)

This Week's Selection: Splintered by A.G. Howard
Expected Release Date: January 1, 2013
Publisher: Amulet Books
From Goodreads:

This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence. Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.
When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.


What's your pick for this week?

~Happy Wednesday!
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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

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Teaser Tuesday: Paranormalcy

     Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share 2 "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! Make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!
  • Share the Author & Title too, so that other TT participants can add the book to the TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
My Teaser:
(pg. 266 of 335)



"But - oh no!" I pulled back so I could look at him; he didn't move his arms. "You're grounded! Are you gonna climb out the window and steal a car?"







What's Your Tease?

Oh and I kind of wanted to do a different pattern on Tuesdays. Teaser Tuesday one week, and then Top Ten Tuesday the next. Then back again. (Of course... in December's case, it might not be very possible but to do 2 Teaser Tuesdays and then the last 2 Tuesdays, do Top Ten.) What would you guys prefer? :)


~Happy Tuesday!
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Monday, December 10, 2012

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Book Blitz: Scarlet Woods by Brooke Passmore

Today is the release day of Scarlet Woods by Brooke Passmore!

Title: Scarlet Woods
Author: Brooke Passmore
Publisher: Self Published
Blurb: Past, future, and love all exist in the door through time.

Modern and independent seventeen year old Morgan Westbrook thought she had seen all there was to her home town of Scarlet, Georgia, but one day while walking in the woods behind her house she discovers a mysterious door masked behind the trees. After admiring the door’s timeless beauty she walks through its entrance to venture into more woods, but what she doesn’t know is that the door is a gateway through time that takes her back to the year 1863 during the days of the Civil War in Scarlet.

Without knowing that she had traveled back in time, she stumbles upon Danny Carson, an attractive young man who is appalled to see that Morgan is wearing skimpy modern clothes instead of a nineteenth century dress. Although they find each other completely different than anyone they’ve ever known, they cannot help but feel drawn to one another. After spending time in another century, she discovers that she's time traveled back to the year 1863 and that the door took her there. For months she and Danny journey back and forth through the door to experience the joys of traveling to both of their centuries. When dilemmas of unwanted marriage, slavery, and war are thrown at them, they must face the perils that time travel has delivered them in both the future and the past.

Teaser:
March 14, 1863, Danny Carson was riding his black horse underneath the budding trees of the woods. He heard the crackle of rushing water hit against the pebbles and sharp rocks in the creek as the orange sun descended from the face of Scarlet, Georgia.

Winter had disappeared and Danny was thrilled. He hated winter; it was always a cold and lifeless season. Dull brown trails and naked branches weren’t a welcoming atmosphere, but now since spring had finally arrived, color had returned to the trees. Spring brought out so much greenery and life in the woods with its ivy spiraling up trunks, weeds and wild flowers blooming at tree roots, and the sun tanning the leaves while birds zipped through the branches.

People in Scarlet didn’t dare enter the woods late in the evening. They feared the idea of foul killers or fictional monsters haunting the trees at night. But when it came to the woods Danny was fearless. He’d visit at any time of day to get away from things just for a little while. He found the depths of the trees, the forever running creek, and the prowling Spanish moss to be an escape from his regular routine. Plus, he being practically the only visitor at any time of day gave him the full run of the place. The woods were his.

As soon as the sun winked at the ground and was about to depart from the sky, the storm had begun. The dark night clouds began to mix with purring thunder. Noticing how gloomy the day had become, Danny tensed up in his saddle. “Oh no…” He grumbled.

His horse Nashville was a handful when it came to storms and was terrified of loud thunder.

Then the lightning started ripping through the sky. Danny tightened his grip on the reins as the first set of thunder stung his ears. Nashville came to a halt on the dirt trail and let out a few worried neighs at the feel of raindrops plopping against his coat.

Danny rolled his eyes. “Whiny baby,” He stroked Nashville’s neck to help calm him down.

As more lightning nicked the gray sky, rain showered onto the forest floor. In a matter of seconds Danny and Nashville were drenched. Rapid rain pounded onto the creek and the thunder produced a drummed even beat that taunted the black horse.

Skittish and now ill tempered from the storm, Nashville scooted his burly legs back in reverse and shuffled his hooves on the dirt path. Danny had a firm hold on the reins trying to control him. “Calm down Nash! It’s only a bit of loud noise. Toughen up!”

The thunder became more prominent in the endless dark sky. Nashville gave out a loud neigh and began to buck in the air, unbalancing Danny’s weight on the saddle. “Steady! Stop it Nashville!” He said to his horse as he began to feel his feet start to slip out of the stirrups.

One large wave of lightning slashed through the clouds with a bright bolt. Thunder roared out like a hungry lion about to attack its prey, nearly shattering Danny’s eardrums.

Nashville couldn’t take it any longer. His front legs kicked off the ground, arching his back into the air. Danny lost his balance and accidentally let go of his reins while being thrown off his saddle. “No Nash!” He yelled as he fell into the wet mud below.

The second he was out of the saddle Nashville took off running into the rain.

Danny tasted chunky bits of mud as he sat up in a small pool of brown slush. He snarled seeing his horse run off into the distance. “Nashville! Come back you dumb horse!”

Nashville didn’t show any signs of slowing down. Danny stood up cursing under his breath as he chased his horse down the trail he had taken.

“Stop Nashville!” Danny yelled through the feverish raindrops.

He darted through bushes and stepped on thorns with his wet boots. Every other step of his chase he spat out dirt that had crept in between his teeth. “Stupid horse, stupid horse!” He kept muttering to himself.

With one last echoing neigh, Nashville took a sharp turn behind a hill and was out of sight. Danny ran a bit faster, hoping that he wouldn’t lose his horse’s tracks. After he took the same turn behind the hill, he came upon three possible paths that Nashville could have taken.

He looked for hoof tracks in the mud but this area of the forest was rockier than the rest of the woods and left no footprints to be seen. There was no telling which way Nashville went.

Placing the tips of his fingers to his mouth, Danny let out a high pitched whistle that screamed through the trees. Usually when he would whistle Nashville would instantly come to his side, but this time he didn’t show. Danny whistled three more times, but all that was around him were the trees and the rain.

With his head hung low, he began to walk back the way he came, realizing that his horse wasn’t coming back to him. He was covered in mud and was expecting a plum colored bruise on his rear from being bucked off his saddle. Now that he lost Nashville in the woods, he had to walk back home soaked in the rain.

Danny hoped that Nashville would be smart and find his way back home whenever the storm settled. He didn’t want his horse to go too far from home, but little did he know how far away his horse would run off to.

Running as fast as his hooves could take him, neighs burst from Nashville’s lips at each strike of thunder. He dodged past the wooded trees with remarkable speed as the rain penetrated his sight. Feeling frightened, he wanted coverage from the rain and desired to escape the storm.

He slowed down to a steady trot, but his legs were still fidgety. He needed to find shelter. Coming upon a hill he didn’t recognize, Nashville staggered up the hill in hopes of evading the thunder that seemed to loom over him.

He came to find more green oaks and weeping willows with saggy limbs that suspended just inches off the ground at the top of the hill. His hooves left tracks in the mud as he jogged around to view his new surroundings. His hooves stomped on wild flowers that sprouted all over the ground. The rain seemed tamer up on higher ground. Even with the gloomy sky hanging overhead, this part of the woods felt like a more positive environment. The gallant trees that encircled him gave Nashville a strange comfort and made him feel safe for some reason.

Nashville quickly stopped in his tracks to admire a massive object standing before him. It was a door, but not just an ordinary door. It was a rich chocolate brown that had two doors in one just like an entrance of a grand church. It didn’t belong to any building structure, wall, or fence and stood alone.

One of its doors was partially open. Nashville inched up to it and nudged the opened door back further to create a bigger opening.

What he saw inside the entrance was the exact same forest, or was it? The ground he stood on was wet and miserable with rain attacking the earth. On Nashville’s side of the door the sky was a lifeless color with drained out clouds, but looking through the door was the setting sun shining its warm rays on the dry ground. The grass wasn’t wet and the trees didn’t drip rain off their leaves. Everything through the door was light and calm. It was as if the other side of the forest was a completely different place and was free from the vicious storm. How was that possible?

This other side of the door was definitely odd with its drastic weather differences, but since Nashville was a horse he didn’t think too much of it. He entered the peaceful atmosphere through the door’s opening. A warm wind blew a light breeze against his wet coat after his first step through to the other side. There was no harsh rain and no loud thunder ringing in his ears. He was positive that this was the better side of the woods.

Nashville turned his soaked body back to face the door he came out of. It was ajar and he could see the unbearable rain continue to pour onto the grass on the side he just exited from. One final thunder erupted but it was contained inside the door sounding distant and far away, even though he stood only a few feet away from the entrance of the storm.

Nashville shook his head from side to side, slapping his long mane against his neck trying to get every raindrop off of him. He neighed out a happy tune and trotted through the dryer parts of Scarlet Woods.
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About Brooke Passmore:
I live in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma and am a 22 year old young woman who probably will never fully grow up. As a kid I played with Polly Pockets, swam in my swimming pool practically every day during the summer, and went on vacations to Disney World with my family (favorite days of my life). I loved telling stories as a kid by playing with my Polly’s and dressing up like princesses with my friends. Eventually everything that went on in my busy imagination I wrote down on paper in the late hours of the night.

When I was in sixth grade I moved into a new house with woods directly behind my backyard. I’d walk about the woods and loved trampling through the creek or getting lost in the trees. These trips through the woods gave me my inspiration for my book trilogy Scarlet Woods. My main character in my book is Morgan who lives in a house where the woods are right behind her backyard. My love for trees and anything woodsy definitely shows in my book and I hope I painted a pretty picture in readers’ heads about what Scarlet Woods looks like.

My favorite candies are Skittles and M&M’s. I put ketchup on practically anything with meat (even with chicken quesadillas). I’m a great fan of Florence and the Machine, The Beatles, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Birdie, and recently The Civil Wars. My favorite books are The Hunger Games, Shiver, and Wither. My favorite movies are Titanic and Gone with the Wind. The Vampire Diaries is the wonderful TV show I’m obsessed with (I’m a Delena lover!!). I hate ads on youtube that I repeatedly have to skip every single time I want to listen to the newest song from Glee. I love to smile, laugh, and purposefully sing loud and off key whenever my brother is around just to pester him. I have a cat named Phoebe who we named after Phoebe from Friends, a yorkie named Coco who we named because he likes to eat Cocoa Puffs, and a shih tzu maltese we named Indy after Indiana Jones. My favorite princess is Cinderella but I think my personality is a tie between Ariel and Belle so they’re all my ultimate faves. If I could choose a century to time travel to I’d probably choose the Victorian age, the roaring 20’s, the 1950’s, or the 1940’s. I think the Victorian age and the 1940’s were probably the most romantic eras in history and the 20’s and 50’s would probably the most fun!

~Happy Reading!
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Sunday, December 9, 2012

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The Sunday Post ~ 4

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer - It's a chance to share news - A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. 
Oh hey. It's Sunday. How the week goes by so fast into another. :p I did finished Oath of Servitude this week, which gave me the chance to read The Paladin Prophecy. And I FINALLY managed to get almost 3/4 done with The Paladin Prophecy by Mark Frost. But I still feel like I abandoned a good book.

I so blame my schedule in October. (I started it in October.)

This is probably going to be a bit of a post-less week. I have a choir concert on Wednesday, so there's no guarantee there's going to be a Waiting on Wednesday (aww) because I might not have a lot of time after school to do homework, hop on and post (double aww). But my goal for this week is to try to finish The Paladin Prophecy and hopefully post a review.

Outside of Blogotopia, though, there wasn't much that went on, besides the fact I survived my science test and minus one concert over with. *phew* (But 3 more to go and during school. Dx)

Last Week:

Coming Soon:

  • Book Blitz: Scarlet Woods by Brooke Passmore
  • Teaser Tuesday
  • Waiting on Wednesday (maybe)
  • Booking Through Thursday
  • Review: The Paladin Prophecy by Mark Frost (maybe)
What's new for you?

~Happy Sunday!
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