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Thursday, October 31, 2013

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Book Blast + Giveaway: Arbitrate by Megan Thomason

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Title: Arbitrate (Daynight #2)
Author: Megan Thomason
Buy Link: Amazon

It's one year later. And everything has changed.
Remember The Second Chance Institute (SCI). Earth’s benevolent non-profit by day, Thera’s totalitarian regime by night. They’ve stepped up their game on Earth and on Thera—infiltrating political parties, preying on the downtrodden, and planning offensive maneuvers. The SCI’s abuse of their charter leads to Arbiter oversight and bitter consequences.
Remember Kira Donovan. Broken, burdened, and evading those who wish her harm, Kira enlists the Arbiters’ help when forced to return to the clutches of the SCI and her angry, estranged love.
Remember Blake Sundry. Exiled, determined, and packing an agenda, Blake seeks assistance on Earth and Thera to use his newfound knowledge to bring down the SCI.
Remember Ethan Darcton. Overworked, emotional, and holding a grudge, Ethan hunts down his stolen property, but finds himself in awkward territory, stuck between the Arbiters and the SCI.
Full of action, competing agendas, romantic entanglements, humor, twists and turns, arbitrate is Megan Thomason’s third installment in the award-winning daynight series after daynight and clean slate complex (a daynight story).
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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

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Cover Reveal: Wasteland by Lindsey Leggett

Title: Wasteland (Flight #2)
Author: Lindsey Leggett
Link: Goodreads

Wasteland, the next book in the FLIGHT trilogy, takes place a few months after the ending of book one.

Trapped in a cell and experimented on, Piper Madden’s only hope is remembering Asher. Then, Elder Corp President Rupert Elder gives her new orders: to be a leader in a war against the Harpies. Without a choice, Piper must obey Rupert’s commands or suffer from paralyzing and painful Nanomachines. But the war is just beginning, and Asher has gone missing. The resistance is slowly building, and the upcoming war will be larger and bloodier than anything seen since the Devastation that ruined the earth. Throughout all of this, Piper remembers the time before she ran to Ichton, when David was alive and her hope in Elder Corp was still strong.

Author Bio
Nearly every writer struggles to put together information about themselves, perhaps because we’re so used to detailing the lives and ways of others. For the most part I am a writer, editor, photographer, and all-around artist living in the wilds north of Toronto, Ontario. I thrive on the juxtaposition of beauty and grit, enjoy urban crawls, indie everything, and time well-spent in the woods.
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~Happy Wednesday!
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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

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Review: Scarlette by Davonna Juroe


Scarlette
Author: Davonna Juroe
Publication Date: October 12, 2012
Publisher: BumbleB Media Inc.

What if Little Red Riding Hood was real?

Ninety years before the Brothers Grimm penned their version of "Little Red Riding Hood," an historic, gruesome series of events shocked all of Europe. Starting in 1764, an unidentified wolf-like animal ferociously mauled dozens of peasants in the GĂ©vaudan region of France.

Whispered rumors of unnatural creatures blended with age-old superstition to cause mass hysteria. A werewolf was blamed for the carnage. Alarmed, King Louis XV sent his best huntsmen to rid the province of the beastly scourge, but this legendary massacre had only just begun.

Scarlette, a 19-year-old seamstress who is laboring to make ends meet, lives under this dark threat. Although fearful of the nightmarish monster lurking in the surrounding forest, she remains skeptical of the supernatural gossip.

Until her grandmother is attacked.


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Monday, October 28, 2013

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Cover Reveal: Peaceful Genocide by J.A. Reynolds

Title: Peaceful Genocide
Author: J.A. Reynolds
Link: Goodreads
Publication Date: November 25, 2013

Seventeen-year-old Mitzi and Deuce can recall how many drops of water were on a leaf from a rainstorm five years ago and conversations from last week, month, or year. They have the ability to remember every second of everyday—since birth.

This gift has blessed Mitzi with a history of being sexually assaulted by researchers and abused by her own parents. She trusts no one. Likes no one. Deuce, however, is a high school standout. His gift has made him a superstar on the football field and his memory promises him endless opportunities.

When they both end up at an Alzheimer’s research facility under false proviso, they quickly realize this place isn’t what it seems to be. They endure crazy military-style tests, are forcefully drugged, and complete real-life simulations that haunt them.

Mitzi and Deuce have no idea what the researchers want to do with them or their memories. But one thing is clear: the researchers will go to any lengths to get what they want.


~Happy Monday!
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Sunday, October 27, 2013

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The Sunday Post ~ 26

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.
Guys, guys, guys! Allegiant came out on Tuesday!!! And then The Iron Traitor comes out in 2 days! :D

And then I have to wait at least 3 weeks to check it out from the county ebook library. -_- Library, you suck. Just for not having 2 copies of The Iron Traitor. ;p

Actually, I take that back. Because otherwise I may be demanding a refund for some books that I've read and didn't like.

And I would be broke. Go figure.

I've figured out a handy advantage to having 3 tests/midterms on a Friday for the last 2 weeks. Less test-hectic this week. :3

It's kind of a nice feeling to have.

Oh, and I had no school on Friday. And then another one coming up this week... and the day after that, my blogoversary (and yet I have no clue what to write. I think I'll slide by and skip it... o_O)! In other words, yay sauce on reading time. And TV time. Grimm Season 3 premiere – remember that totally killing cliffhanger back in May? Yeah, the one that said, "To be continued... Oh, you knew that was going to happen."

Yeah... I know how to mind read. In fact, you must be thinking... "OMG, TOMORROW'S MONDAY. IT'S DOOMS DAY."

The problem though? Too many good fall shows, me has to be picky. >_<
  • Drops Vampire Diaries – that just sucks (that I can't watch it. I'm not saying the show sucks). But then I've dropped it for a while... O_o
  • Wants to watch Reign. Because it sounds interesting. Can't. -_-
  • Definitely wants to continue watching Once Upon A Time. Simply because I'm a sucker for fairy tales.
    • Speaking of Once Upon A Time, that also means Grimm is on the list as well.
  • Also wants to watch Revenge, but I want to watch Once Upon A Time: In Wonderland. Like I said, I'm a sucker for fairy tales.
  • Wants to watch Beauty and the Beast. And I don't mean the Disney one. Goodness, there are so many retellings, aren't there?
  • Also wants to watch Sleepy Hallow. Maybe I'm just a sucker for retellings and not just fairy tales, because I used to find Icabod Crane intriguing. But I was like what? 8? And I'm not even sure I spelled the dude's name right. Or maybe I didn't find him intriguing, but the fact that he's pretty much ignorant. :p
Huh. Digital, you're sort of replacing Cable. I don't think Charter and DirectTV are very happy. Just need to add a movie channel that plays Harry Potter near Christmas and I'll be happy...

Iknow I'm starting to sound like a hyperactive blogger. Too much going on this week. And I made this week's post really long as well. O_o

Well, how are you guys this week? Anything exciting going on aside from the fact it's getting cold now..? -_-

Last Week:
 This Week:
  • Cover Reveal: Peaceful Genocide by J.A. Reynolds
  • Cover Reveal: Wasteland by Lindsey Leggett
  • Review: Scarlette by Davonna Juroe
  • Book Blast + Giveaway: Arbitrate by Megan Thompson
Book Haul:
For Review
  • Interlude by Sarah Godfrey + Victoria DeRubeis
  • Shinobi by Cole Gibsen (sent from Flux via Netgalley - thanks!)
Bought

~Happy Sunday!
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Saturday, October 26, 2013

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Book Blitz: Destiny by P.T. Michelle

Title: Destiny (Brightest Kind of Darkness #3)
Author: P.T. Michelle
Link: Goodreads
Publication Date: October 2013

When destiny is on the line, will love be enough to light the way?

In order to save Ethan, Nara gets pulled deeper into his dark world, where everything she thought she knew about Ethan and herself turns on its head. Ethan and Nara turn up the heat with bone-melting seduction and heart-rending moments, but surprising revelations, lies, treachery, betrayal, and unimaginable evil will challenge their relationship and their future together. As the stakes rise, encompassing more than just her relationship with Ethan, will Nara make the ultimate sacrifice?
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Friday, October 25, 2013

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Blog Tour: Lichgates - Excerpt

Title: Lichgates (The Grimoire Saga #1)
Author: S.M. Boyce
Pages: 336
Publisher: Caffeinated Books Publishing

Kara Magari is about to discover a beautiful world full of terrifying things—Ourea.

Kara, a college student still reeling from her mother’s recent death, has no idea the hidden world of Ourea even exists until a freak storm traps her in a sunken library. With no way out, she opens an ancient book of magic called the Grimoire and unwittingly becomes its master, which means Kara now wields the cursed book’s untamed power. Discovered by Ourea's royalty, she becomes an unwilling pawn in a generations-old conflict—a war intensified by her arrival. In this world of chilling creatures and betrayal, Kara shouldn’t trust anyone… but she’s being hunted and can’t survive on her own. She drops her guard when Braeden, a native soldier with a dark secret, vows to keep her safe. And though she doesn’t know it, her growing attraction to him may just be her undoing.

For twelve years, Braeden Drakonin has lived a lie. The Grimoire is his one chance at redemption, and it lands in his lap when Kara Magari comes into his life. Though he begins to care for this human girl, there is something he wants more. He wants the Grimoire.

Welcome to Ourea, where only the cunning survive

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

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Review: Fracture the Spider's Web by Sarah Godfrey + Victoria DeRubeis


The Marionettes of Myth Saga #2
Authors: Sarah Godfrey, Victoria DeRubeis
Released Date: September 1, 2013
Publisher: Self Published

Even gods can be killed.

The sword of Ra had finally responded to Kali’s command—just in time for her to spear her sister, Solara, through the heart. Kali then bled out. Her life ended. When her eyes next opened, she was in an underground hospital, and she wasn’t in possession of her own body.

Toivo and Carmi can only wait under Ave and Elliot’s roof, desperate for news. All they know is that Solara’s body was recovered, but Kali’s is missing, and the funeral for their fathers is nearing. With their family broken and interspecies warfare brewing, the brothers will have to reconcile their grief and do what it takes to keep from losing Kali a second time. They won’t be alone, and they won’t be unchallenged.

But the real war has already begun. Toivo is struck with a mysterious illness, Yuuhi’s vampire parents are calling, and Jason must understand Ares’ motivations, or lose to them. In the end, each of them might just be at the mercy of the hand that holds Ra—or the hands that pull on the web of marionette strings.

Their decisions can stop the war, or ignite it.

Disclaimer: Review copy provided by authors for review

     I was mainly curious on how the second book would play out according to what happened in the ending of the first one. Very curious. As Tessa Gray of The Infernal Devices would say, Curiosity is my besetting sin. Would it go down the drain – which I hope it didn't – or would it play out smoothly?
     I'm happy to say it played out smoothly without a lot of bumps or confusion.
     I think I'm probably also allowed to say that my favorite character is possessed. *gives innocent look* Go blame the synopsis.
     But I have to say Amon is a pain. In the butt. I think Roh summarizes all of my thoughts and complaints in a few sentences:
“And to prove you are not a child throwing a tantrum,” he twisted to peer back at me with his electric yellow eyes, “you act like a child throwing a tantrum.”
     Yep. That about sums it up. But then a different character sums it up even shorter.
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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

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Blog Tour: Just Ella - Playlist + Giveaway

Tour Schedule HERE
Title: Just Ella
Author: Annette K. Larsen

A Proper Romance
Ariella was only looking for a distraction, something to break up the monotony of palace life. What she found was a young man willing to overlook her title and show her a new and vibrant way of life. But when her growing feelings for Gavin spiral out of control and clash with the expectations of her station, she will discover that the consequences of her curiosity are far more severe than she’d imagined.
I watched in helpless horror as two guards hauled Gavin to his feet and dragged him from the room. My voice was frozen, unable to protest as another guard took hold of my arm, leading me upstairs. From the confines of my room, I stared into the darkness beyond my window, hoping to catch one more glimpse of Gavin. He was gone, and I wondered if he would have been better off if he had never met me.
I write clean romance. Why? Because that’s what I love to read, but over the years I’ve discovered it’s quite a challenge to find good clean romance. I believe it’s a genre that many people are looking for and too few authors are writing. My first novel, Just Ella, took me many years to write because I wanted it to be more than just a cutesy love story. I wanted it to have depth, to feel genuine. Hopefully I succeeded, but you’ll have to be the judge.
Buy Links: Paperback | Kindle
Blog Tour Special: Grab your copy for just $4.99!

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Sunday, October 20, 2013

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The Sunday Post ~ 25

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.
     Well, last week I had a bunch of tests. And of all days, a Friday. Start the day with a test, and there's a test right after that test in a different class and then a test right after lunch. And then I had another test this Friday, so I'm pretty "test-pooped" out. If that's even a word.
     Ha... let's see how I survive December then. :p
     But this week hasn't been really interesting. And still just as test hectic with midterms (3 in a row on a Friday? You have got to be kidding me... O_o).
     Anyhoo, what's new for you guys this week?
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Saturday, October 19, 2013

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Review: The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead


Bloodlines #3
Author: Richelle Mead
Released Date: February 12, 2013
Publisher: Razorbill

In the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she finds herself struggling to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings and what her heart is urging her to do. Then she meets alluring, rebellious Marcus Finch--a former Alchemist who escaped against all odds, and is now on the run. Marcus wants to teach Sydney the secrets he claims the Alchemists are hiding from her. But as he pushes her to rebel against the people who raised her, Sydney finds that breaking free is harder than she thought. There is an old and mysterious magic rooted deeply within her. And as she searches for an evil magic user targeting powerful young witches, she realizes that her only hope is to embrace her magical blood--or else she might be next.

Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, the Bloodlines series explores all the friendship, romance, battles, and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive—this time in a part-vampire, part-human setting where the stakes are even higher and everyone’s out for blood.

     I'm developing a "bad" habit with making lists as reviews now... and have no clue why. Maybe it's the fact that it's usually concise and straight on? O_o
     I'll let you guys be the judge. Oh, and this won't be a listyish review.
     Well, I can't take us down memory lane, because unfortunately, despite the fact I recently did a skim-a-refresh-a-thon with both Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series, I still don't remember half the things that happened in the prior books.
     The really unfortunate part is the fact I can't go do another one because I'm pretty much piled high on books. And this isn't the ever so famous TBR.
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Friday, October 18, 2013

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Book Blitz + Giveaway: Going Thru Hell by T.J. Loveless

Title: Going Thru Hell
Author: T.J. Loveless
Publication Date: October 1, 2013

KYLIE RIPPONS is a SpongeBob pajama bottom wearing, Dodge Ram 1500 4×4 driving, USDA certified klutz, coffee-addicted mortal, seeking a normal life despite the constant harassment of gods and the ability to braid time.

Kylie sees actions and consequences as bright, shining timelines in her head. Born with the power to gather the strings and braid them into a new chain of events, she is the weapon of choice for many pantheons in their never ending wars. But using the ability requires fuel, and for a mortal, it means a piece of her soul.

One Mesopotamian goddess, the only forsaken Valkyrie, and a rogue, immortal, Berserker ally with Kylie. Constant harassment forces the group to take drastic action, and go on the offensive. She must braid time to save friends, and herself, as the gods drive them into situations in which she must choose: braid time, save her friends, and lose pieces of her mortal soul, or become slave to the pantheon of her choice.

Deception by an old friend sends Kylie fleeing to her parents’ home, where she hid her son, Riot. She’s too late, the gods found Riot and hold him hostage. Searching for him, Kylie experiences the most devastating betrayal of all.

Kylie faces her worst nightmare: kill a friend and permanently hide Riot, leaving him motherless, or become a slave in exchange for his safety, leaving her soulless and insane.

If only the gods allowed for personal choice.
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Thursday, October 17, 2013

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Book Blast + Giveaway: Angus MacBain by Angela Townsend

Title: Angus MacBain and the Island of Sleeping Kings
Author: Angela Townsend

Angus MacBain and the Island of Sleeping Kings

Angus MacBain is unaware that his ancestral roots hail from an ancient sect of Scottish kings. When his dying grandfather gives him a dragon pendant, thirteen-year-old Angus learns of a legacy that will take him across an ocean to the island of Iona and thrust him into a heritage he did not know he had. He soon discovers that his mother, whom he had believed dead, is really a seal fairy, in hiding from a dangerous enemy. To save her, Angus must undergo a perilous journey of destiny and power to battle an evil Dacian knight and those who serve him. With only his family shield and the advice of a wizened vampire hunter to protect him, Angus must navigate dangerous terrain and dark enemies, in a land where the past and the present mingle, and sleeping kings wake.
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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

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Waiting on Wednesday: Allegiant

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 Pick: Allegiant by Veronica Roth
Publication Date: October 22, 2013 (That's SIX days away!)
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

One choice will define you.

What if your whole world was a lie?
What if a single revelation—like a single choice—changed everything?
What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?


The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.

But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.

Told from a riveting dual perspective, Allegiant, by #1 New York Times best-selling author Veronica Roth, brings the Divergent series to a powerful conclusion while revealing the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent.

What's your pick for this week? Feel free to leave you links and comments below so I can check it out as well! :)

~Happy Wednesday!
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Monday, October 14, 2013

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Cover Reveal: Echoes of Balance by Cally Ryanne

Title: Echoes of Balance (The Ways #1)
Author: Cally Ryanne
Link: Goodreads
Publication Date: December 17, 2013
Publisher: REUTS Publications

For Chloe Moraine, fighting wild bears--and the occasional vampire--is a better pastime than the tediousness of keeping the universe in balance. But balancing is the family business. It comes with being one of the last in the ancient line of Naimei.

So when the impending return of the Original Demons threatens global harmony, Chloe is obligated to help. Even when that means the dull-as-dirt task of following a human girl who “might be involved, maybe, ” instead of the thrilling hunt she craves.

With their powerful magic and ancient Ways, Chloe’s family is unconcerned, certain they’ll quickly fix the imbalance while she’s preoccupied with human high school. But when the Ways start to fail, the threat becomes more serious, and the only person that seems to know anything is a debonair vampire with an offer to help.

If Chloe chooses to trust him, and the darker side of the supernatural he represents, she’ll betray her family and risk losing them, and herself, in the process. But if he’s right, he may just be their only chance to stop the return of the Originals and save the world.

Maybe high school won't be so boring after all.
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~Happy Monday!
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Sunday, October 13, 2013

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The Sunday Post ~ 24: Returning Edition

      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.
     Hiya everyone!
     I figured it was about time that I slowly begin to slip back into meme mode, starting with The Sunday Post. It's been, what? 3-5 months since the last Sunday Post back in April or May?
     I'll admit that's quite a long time. But I did have my reasons (no matter how small...) as to why I took a huge meme break:
  1. I'm still alive, in case you're wondering. I just had less time for memes. When you're stuck with only about 2 hours a week of internet at the library, the other stuff kind of take priority over memes. Unless I want to be deemed untrustworthy for being unable to email a tour coordinator at the last minute (hey, I don't live five minutes of walking time away from the library).
  2. Blog Post Schedule. I originally planned to come back last month. Unfortunately, my schedule was packed.
  3. The Obvious: school. Hooray. Go homework, schoolwork, and tests. And speaking of tests... *facepalm* I might have to slip away for about a month two soon. *sigh...*
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Saturday, October 12, 2013

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Book Blitz + Giveaway: No Angel by Helen Keeble

 
Title: No Angel
Author: Helen Keeble
Publication Date: October 8, 2013
Publisher: HarperTeen

Rafael Angelos just got handed the greatest gift any teenage boy could ever dream of. Upon arriving at his new boarding school for senior year, he discovered that he is the ONLY male student. But what should have been a godsend isn’t exactly heaven on Earth.

Raffi’s about to learn that St. Mary’s is actually a hub for demons-and that he was summoned to the school by someone expecting him to save the day. Raffi knows he’s no angel-but it’s pretty hard to deny that there’s some higher plan at work when he wakes up one morning to discover a glowing circle around his head.

Helen Keeble’s debut novel, Fang Girl, has been praised for its pitch-perfect teen voice, and VOYA called it “refreshing and reminiscent of Louise Rennison’s Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series.” No Angel brings you angels and demons like you’ve never seen them-complete with the wry humor of Vladimir Tod, sinfully irreverent romance, and some hilariously demonic teenage dilemmas.
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Helen Keeble is not, and never has been, a vampire. She has however been a teenager. She grew up partly in America and partly in England, which has left her with an unidentifiable accent and a fondness for peanut butter crackers washed down with a nice cup of tea. She now lives in West Sussex, England, with her husband, daughter, two cats, and a variable number of fish. To the best of her knowledge, none of the fish are undead.

Her first novel, a YA vampire comedy called FANG GIRL, is out 11th Sept 2012, from HarperTeen. She also has another YA paranormal comedy novel (provisionally titled NO ANGEL) scheduled for Sept 2013.
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~Happy Saturday!
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Friday, October 11, 2013

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Book Blitz + Giveaway: The Wall by Lauren Nicolle Taylor

Title: The Wall (The Woodlands #2)
Author: Lauren Nicolle Taylor
Link: Goodreads
Publication Date: October 11, 2013
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Word Count: Approx. 88,000

Joseph, wake up, wake up, wake up.

She says it over and over. It’s her plea, her prayer, her mantra. But life doesn’t stop while he’s sleeping. Rosa’s been thrown into a new world, with new rules, and a philosophy that sounds too good to be true. She’s also sure they didn’t rescue her out of the goodness of their hearts. The Survivors must want something from them… but what?

The Wall finds Rosa eagerly entering a new life, yet struggling to keep the demons and ghosts of the past from dragging her backwards. She’s left so many people behind and isn’t sure how to start over. There’s freedom in the Survivors’ world, more than she’d ever dreamed of, but there’s also secrets. The darkest of which pulls Rosa headfirst into a trauma, forcing her to reevaluate her past and pushing her to make a choice that may destroy the tenuous, sewn-together family she’s built on the outside.

Will Rosa make the right choice… or will she lose everything she has fought so hard for


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Thursday, October 10, 2013

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Review: Katana by Cole Gibsen


Katana #1
Author: Cole Gibsen
Released Date: March 8, 2012
Publisher: Flux

Skater girl or supernatural samurai? Rileigh Martin wants to believe that adrenaline gave her the strength to fend off three muggers in the mall parking lot. But adrenaline doesn't explain the voice in her head giving her battle tips and warnings.

While worrying that she's going crazy (always a reputation ruiner), Rileigh gets a visit from Kim, a handsome martial arts instructor, who tells Rileigh she's harboring the spirit of a five-hundred-year-old samurai warrior.

Relentlessly attacked by ninjas, Rileigh has no choice but to master the katana--a deadly Japanese sword that's also the key to her past. As the spirit grows stronger and her feelings for Kim intensify, Rileigh is torn between continuing as the girl she's always been and embracing the warrior inside her.


     Anyone who's seen me at book club would probably know that I was practically bouncing off the library walls when I found out Katana by Cole Gibsen was the next book we were going to read.
     I apologize if I looked like a hyperactive bookworm that day and looked like a chipmunk chittering away. Or maybe a squirrel starving for acorns (oops for any cuteness overload).
     But here are a few interesting things about Katana:
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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

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Cover Reveal: Gravediggers by Cindy M. Hogan

Title: Gravediggers
Author: Cindy M. Hogan
Link: Goodreads | Amazon Preorder
Publication Date: Fall 2013

Seventeen-year-old Billy thinks his father’s murder will never be solved—until he stumbles across an old ammo box while digging a grave in his small-town Tennessee cemetery.

What he finds leads him to question everything he knows, and his search for answers will uncover more than he bargained for: lies, secrets, and conspiracies—and behind them all, a dangerous truth.


Author Bio
Cindy M. Hogan graduated with a secondary education teaching degree and enjoys spending time with unpredictable teenagers. More than anything she loves the time she has with her own teenage daughters and wishes she could freeze them at this fun age. If she's not reading or writing, you'll find her snuggled up with the love of her life watching a great movie or planning their next party. She loves to bake, garden and be outdoors doing a myriad of activities.
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Saturday, October 5, 2013

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Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green


The Fault in Our Stars
Author: John Green
Released Date: January 10, 2012
Publisher: Dutton Books

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.


     Okay, so I should probably be crying by the end of the book, right? Or so I heard so many people say (that includes the few classmates who tole me so)....
     I didn't.
     I must be extremely unemotional or something. Because I was honestly extremely scared that I would bawl my eyes out when I was warned from experienced readers of the book to keep a few boxes of tissues next to me as I read.
     But The Fault in Our Stars was majorly depressing when you know who died – I am not talking about Voldy here, people, but I refuse to give spoilers as much as possible, despite the fact that you may already know what happens in the end due to lots of people talking about the book (you know... the film? Coming sometime in the near future?) via the internet thingamajig (and yet we love it all the same).
     So... I actually loved the characters – Hazel has a pretty sassy attitude. Add in Augustus Waters and it makes their conversations even more interesting. And then there's Peter Van Houten, who, based on John Green's description, reminds me of a certain character in The 13th Reality series by James Dashner.
     What was the little dude's name again? Oh yes, Rutger.
     Though Rutger was so much more pleasant than Peter Van Houten.
     Essentially, The Fault in Our Stars is a beautifully written (and a bit heartbreaking) novel, even if you're not crying at the end. But the book didn't exactly land on my all time favorites list of books; maybe simply the reason is the very fact that it's easy to make me laugh but hard to make me cry.
     Unless the book decides to smack me in the head one day unexpectedly.
     I'm sure it will be very well noticeable if a book suddenly sprouts wings and flies out of the school library.
     If that happens, pigs are flying, gorillas are singing opera and cows are dancing. Do realize I made up the last two from the top of my head...
     Or maybe it's simply because, as mentioned near the beginning of the review, I'm simply just one of those unfortunate – or maybe lucky? – people who have a hard time being made to cry. Maybe I'll just suddenly burst into tears in a few hours after the book finally sinks its claws in and I'm just a late crier (doubtful... probably from allergies by then).
     Though you might want to keep a box of tissues or two if you ever decide to read The Fault in Our Stars. Just in case you might actually need them.
Some infinities are bigger than other infinities.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Owls





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Friday, October 4, 2013

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Book Blast + Giveaway: Cerberus by P.K. Gallagher

Title: Cerberus (Parish #1)
Author: P.K. Gallagher

For Kaeden Parish, life in Solace has always followed certain rules—everything makes sense, everything can be planned for, and everything is as it seems. Unfortunately, the secret harbored by his gorgeous, albeit guarded girlfriend is about to shatter all of that.

After a successful attack on his life opens his eyes to a world of war, shadows, and supernatural creatures—a world he didn’t plan for—Kaeden finds himself resembling the sort of monster he has always feared. As he desperately struggles to resist a new temptation, danger draws ever nearer, threatening the ones he loves most. A prophecy tells of a final battle and great destruction, and Kaeden must decide which side he is on, a choice that could mean the end of the world.

In Book 1 of the Solace Series, P.K. Gallagher pulls readers into a realm where good and evil are at war, and the outcome of it all rests on one young man’s decision to either go and live…or stay and die.

This is where the story of Parish begins.
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Thursday, October 3, 2013

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Book Blast + Giveaway: Just Ella by Annette K. Larsen

Title: Just Ella
Author: Annette K. Larsen

A Proper Romance
 
Ariella was only looking for a distraction, something to break up the monotony of palace life. What she found was a young man willing to overlook her title and show her a new and vibrant way of life. But when her growing feelings for Gavin spiral out of control and clash with the expectations of her station, she will discover that the consequences of her curiosity are far more severe than she’d imagined.
 
I watched in helpless horror as two guards hauled Gavin to his feet and dragged him from the room. My voice was frozen, unable to protest as another guard took hold of my arm, leading me upstairs. From the confines of my room, I stared into the darkness beyond my window, hoping to catch one more glimpse of Gavin. He was gone, and I wondered if he would have been better off if he had never met me.
 
I write clean romance. Why? Because that’s what I love to read, but over the years I’ve discovered it’s quite a challenge to find good clean romance. I believe it’s a genre that many people are looking for and too few authors are writing. My first novel, Just Ella, took me many years to write because I wanted it to be more than just a cutesy love story. I wanted it to have depth, to feel genuine. Hopefully I succeeded, but you’ll have to be the judge.
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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

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Cover Reveal: Defector by Susanne Winnacker

Title: Defector (Variants #2)
Author: Susanne Winnacker
Link: Goodreads
Publication Date: June 26, 2014
Publisher: Razorbill

Synopsis currently unavailable.

Synopsis for Book 1: Imposter
Can Tessa pose as Madison . . . and stop a killer before it’s too late?

Tessa is a Variant, able to absorb the DNA of anyone she touches and mimic their appearance. Shunned by her family, she’s spent the last two years training with the Forces with Extraordinary Abilities, a secret branch of the FBI. When a serial killer rocks a small town in Oregon, Tessa is given a mission: she must impersonate Madison, a local teen, to find the killer before he strikes again.

Tessa hates everything about being an impostor—the stress, the danger, the deceit—but loves playing the role of a normal girl. As Madison, she finds friends, romance, and the kind of loving family she’d do anything to keep. Amid action, suspense, and a ticking clock, this super-human comes to a very human conclusion: even a girl who can look like anyone struggles the most with being herself.

Author Bio
Susanne Winnacker studied law before she became a full-time writer. She lives with her husband, a dog and three bunnies in Germany. She loves coffee (in every shape and form), traveling and animals.
When she isn't writing, you can usually find her in the kitchen, experimenting with new vegan dishes.
Her YA thriller IMPOSTOR will be published on May 28, 2013. It has been optioned for TV by Warner Brothers!
 

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~Happy Tuesday!
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