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Friday, March 29, 2013

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Review: Shadow Bound by Angel Lawson


Wraith #2
Author: Angel Lawson
Released Date: December 11, 2012
Publisher: Self Published

After recovering from a horrific fire that took the lives of two people and released her best friend, Evan, to pass from this world to the next, Jane Watts finally has a chance to live a normal life.

If you consider seeing and guiding ghosts normal.

It’s summer and Jane and her friend, Ava, spend the hot, humid days working and hanging at the pool while Jane’s boyfriend, Connor, attends summer school. With the ghosts under control, things are going well until a friend from Connor’s past reconnects with him. Hours later she kills herself. Charlotte’s suicide throws Connor into a tailspin and her ghost latches on to Jane because, as they learned from Evan, ghosts only linger if they need something.

Unfortunately, Charlotte doesn’t need something. She wants something.

In Shadow Bound, Jane struggles with the fact that not every spirit is welcome and not all have good intentions. With Ava’s help, Jane stumbles into a decades-old murder, what her gift really means and how to save Connor from forces intent on destroying them all.
Disclaimer: I received this book from the author for free in exchange for an honest review. The review is not influenced in any way.

     It's another one of those stories with a minor to majorly strange title in which the meanings of it are figured out with the following ways: a) woven throughout the pages and only reading will enlighten you, b) it's in the dictionary and it has a double meaning, which definitely isn't the typical definition you generally hear, or c) you simply never find out why.
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Thursday, March 28, 2013

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Booking Through Thursday: Rating

Booking Through Thursday is a weekly meme hosted at Booking Through Thursday.
Movies have a rating system to help guide the consumer weed out adult/violent/inappropriate kinds of films. Video games do, too. Do you think BOOKS should have a ratings system?

     Hmm... sure. I wouldn't mind it, though isn't that what genres are for? They usually classify which age group is appropriate, but don't exactly mention if there's any violent or innappropriate stuff. It does separate adult, teen, and children's books.
     It would be helpful to have a ratings system for books. At least then myself, and many others (especially younger ones) are fully warned before getting/buying a certain book and then tossing it to the side, "fuming" internally because it was inappropriate and we lost about $20 or more when we can't even read it. Or in other cases, stressing out (okay, I won't stress out much, but someone else in the house certainly will! In fact, I might hear another week long lecture for good measure).

~Happy Thursday!
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Book Blitz + Giveaway: The Grimm Diaries Prequels 11-14 by Cameron Jace


Title: The Grimm Diaries Prequels 11-14
Author: Cameron Jace
Link: Goodreads
Publication Date: March 28, 2013

10.5) Happy Valentine’s Slay by Wee Willy Winkie The real Sandman Grimm sheds a light on what happened in Jawigi, and tells about how some of the teens in Sorrow spend their Valentine’s Day.

11) Children of Hamlin by the Devil The Devil tells the story of the Piper of Hamlin, who he really is, the historical events he witnessed, and his relationship to Ladle Rat. Most of all, why they call him the Black Death.

12) Tooth & Nail & Fairy Tale by Jack Madly Jack Madly stole a sack full of baby teeth from Bluebeard’s enchanted castle, which reminds him of when he first met the Tooth Fairy when he was a child; a memory he wishes to forget.

13) Ember in the Wind by the Little Match Girl All the Little Match Girl wants is to sell her matches so she uses the money to eat and find shelter from the cold. But no one in the cruel city of crowded London helps her. Eventually, she learns something about who she really is, and it changes her life forever.

14) Jar of Hearts by the Queen of Sorrow The Queen of Sorrow, still trapped in the Dreamworld summons Cassandra, the fortuneteller, to ask her about the identities of Lost Seven. The problem with Cassandra is that she’s cursed that her predictions will never be believed. The Queen is still determined to believe her, but it will cost more than she can bargain for.

Author Bio:
     Wonderlander, Neverlander, Unicorn-chaser, enchanter, musician, survived a coma, & totally awesome. Sometimes I tell stories. Always luv the little monsters I write young adult paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and science fiction mostly. The Grimm Diaries series is a seven book saga that deals with retellings of fairy tales from a young adult POV - it connects most of the fairy tales together and claims to be the truth about fairy tales. I live in San Fransisco and seriously think circles are way cooler than triangles.
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~Happy Thursday!
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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

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Waiting on Wednesday: Nameless

      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: Nameless by Lili St. Crow
Expected Release Date: April 4, 2013
Publisher: Razorbill
From Goodreads:

When Camille was six years old, she was discovered alone in the snow by Enrico Vultusino, godfather of the Seven—the powerful Families that rule magic-ridden New Haven. Papa Vultusino adopted the mute, scarred child, naming her after his dead wife and raising her in luxury on Haven Hill alongside his own son, Nico.

Now Cami is turning sixteen. She’s no longer mute, though she keeps her faded scars hidden under her school uniform, and though she opens up only to her two best friends, Ruby and Ellie, and to Nico, who has become more than a brother to her. But even though Cami is a pampered Vultusino heiress, she knows that she is not really Family. Unlike them, she is a mortal with a past that lies buried in trauma. And it’s not until she meets the mysterious Tor, who reveals scars of his own, that Cami begins to uncover the secrets of her birth…to find out where she comes from and why her past is threatening her now.

New York Times bestselling author Lili St. Crow thrilled legions of fans with her dark paranormal series Strange Angels. Now she has crafted an evocative update of Snow White, set in a vividly imagined world and populated by unforgettable new characters

What books are you waiting for this week?

~Happy Wednesday!
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Monday, March 25, 2013

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Blog Tour: Shattered Soul by Jennifer Snyder

Title: Shattered Soul
Author: Jennifer Snyder
Link: Goodreads
Publication Date: May 14, 2011

Hellish Nightmare...

If seventeen-year-old Seth Bradson were to describe his life in two words, those would be the two he’d choose. Seth prefers to cope with his crappy existence by spending his days in a drug-induced haze. But when Ali Carson steps into his life, Seth finds something he’s subconsciously been seeking—a new drug, one that consumes his mind unlike any other.

Love.

In a moment of unforgivable weakness, Seth allows Ali to try crystal meth, his most addictive temptation. This single event begins the unraveling of both their lives and forces Seth to learn the definition of regret the hard way.

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Author Bio:
      Jennifer Snyder lives in North Carolina were she spends most of her time writing young adult fiction, reading, and struggling to stay on top of housework. She is an instant coffee lover with an obsession for spiral bound notebooks and smooth writing pens. Jennifer lives with her husband and two children, who endure listening to songs that spur inspiration on repeat and tolerate her love for all paranormal, teenage-targeted TV shows.
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Sunday, March 24, 2013

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The Sunday Post ~ 19

     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. 
     I'm pretty surprised I found a lot of time to chitchat on Twitter and read recent blog posts - I generally don't even have the time because I have to scramble to schedule the next few days' blog posts and tweets (don't worry, those tweets aren't robots, they're me. I just manually schedule them and not spam them :3).
     Spring Break was typical. I spent most of my time either at the library or reading at home. On the good hand, though, I'll be right on time to start the next book club read at school. ^_^
     I'm still not used to 6am feeling like 5am and the sun blinding me at 8 or 9am. >_<
     Random Blog Update: Due to the spam comments getting a bit out of control, I'm now moderating all comments. It's better than Word Verification at least. :)
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Saturday, March 23, 2013

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Review: Blood Apples by Cameron Jace



The Grimm Diaries Prequels #6
Author: Cameron Jace
Released Date: November 6, 2012
Publisher: Self Published

In this short diary, Prince Charming tells how Snow White was really killed -- or was she? -- and how he came to meet Rapunzel's and Jack the Beanstalk. Is it true that he really knows who wrote the original fairy tales and handed them over to the Brothers Grimm? And more importantly, Prince Charming explains why apples are red.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. My review is not influenced in any way.

     Hark who's talking. And so Prince Charming speaks. Snow White's Prince Charming. Actually, I'm surprised he's alive. Didn't he pretty much die by the hands of the very Snow White in prequel numero uno, which the Queen of Sorrow, along with others, witnessed? I might be wrong (Memory Lane is full traffic at this time). The likely worst case scenario that probably happened may have been good old Charming turning into whatever Snow White is (really, I shouldn't spill the “prediction” beans right now).
     I'll leave you to ponder on that. If you haven't read it. If you have read it, yay. It's not exactly spilling any beans... or did I just spill a handful (I hope I didn't... Dx)?

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Friday, March 22, 2013

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Book Trailer: The Fallen Stars


Title: The Fallen Stars (The Star Child #2)
Author: Stephanie Keyes
Link: Goodreads
Publication Date: April 12, 2013
Publisher: Inkspell Publishing

Kellen St. James was just your average seventeen-year-old prodigy, until he eighty-sixed the Lord of Faerie and proposed to the Celtic Goddess, Calienta. But then everything in Kellen’s life gets turned upside-down when he and Cali end up on the run from a seriously irritated group of faeries. The worst part? They have zero idea why they’re being hunted.

Suddenly, Kellen is stuck in the middle of another prophecy that foresees him turning away from Calienta and embracing the dark. He’ll be forced to take sides in a struggle to claim his birthright, while discovering secrets about his father’s past. Meanwhile, his passion for Cali grows stronger, even as the prophecy threatens to tear them apart.

In the end, will Kellen and Cali survive the fates? When the ultimate power is within reach, which side will he choose?

The Trailer
Today's trailer is for Stephanie Keye's second book, The Fallen Stars. Have a look!

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

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Booking Through Thursday: Spring

Booking Through Thursday is a weekly meme hosted at Booking Through Thursday.
Happy Spring Equinox, everyone! What book are YOU choosing to celebrate with?

     I'm celebrating with typical reading. They're probably not related to spring though. I haven't seen any bunnies or eggs popping up in Graceling yet, and I doubt I'll encounter them anytime soon since I'm almost done with it. Though if there were any, I was probably not paying attention very well when reading. O_o

~Happy Thursday!

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

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Waiting on Wednesday: Light

      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: Light by Michael Grant
Release Date: April 2, 2013
Publisher: Katherine Teagen Books

From Goodreads:

It's been over a year since all the adults disappeared. Gone.

In the time since everyperson over the age of fourteen disap-peared from the town of Perdido Beach, California, countless battles have been fought: battles against hunger and lies and plague, and epic battles of good against evil. And now, the gaiaphage has been reborn as Diana's malicious mutant daughter, Gaia. Gaia is endlessly hungry for destruction. She yearns to conquer her Nemesis, Little Pete, and then bend the entire world to her warped will. As long-standing enemies become allies, secrets are revealed and unexpected sacrifices are made. Will their attempts to save themselves and one another matter in the end, or will the kids of Perdido Beach perish in this final power struggle?

Light, the sixth and final book in the New York Times bestselling Gone series by Michael Grant, creates a masterful, arresting conclusion to life in the FAYZ.

What are you excited for this week?
(feel free to leave your thoughts below, or leave a link to your WoW post so I can check it out!)

~Happy Reading!

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Review: Daynight by Megan Thomason


Daynight #1
Author: Megan Thomason
Publication Date: November 13, 2012
Publisher: Self Published

Meet The Second Chance Institute (SCI): Earth’s benevolent non-profit by day, Thera’s totalitarian regime by night. Their motto: Because Everyone Deserves a Second Chance™. Reality: the SCI subjects Second Chancers to strict controls and politically motivated science experiments like Cleaving—forced lifetime union between two people who have sex. Punishment for disobeying SCI edicts? Immediate Exile or death.

Meet Kira Donovan. Fiercely loyal, overly optimistic, and ensnared by the promise of a full-ride college scholarship, Kira signs the SCI Recruit contract to escape memories of a tragedy that left her boyfriend and friends dead.

Meet Blake Sundry. Bitter about being raised in Exile and his mother’s death, Blake’s been trained to infiltrate and destroy the SCI. Current barrier to success? His Recruit partner—Miss Goody Two Shoes Kira Donovan.

Meet Ethan Darcton. Born with a defective heart and resulting inferiority complex, Ethan’s forced to do his SCI elite family’s bidding. Cleave-worthy Kira Donovan catches his eye, but the presiding powers give defect-free Blake Sundry first dibs.

Full of competing agendas, romantic entanglements, humor, twists and turns, daynight is Megan Thomason’s debut young adult dystopian novel and first in the daynight series.
Disclaimer: I received the updated copy from the author for free in exchange for an honest review via a Read & Review program on Goodreads. My review is not influenced in any way.

     Updated, you ask? Yes, updated. I apparently got the book from Amazon for free last year (read: December). I took the chance to be one of the reviewers so I can clean up my Kindle App Library (little by little), which is growing but that wasn't the actual reason why I was interested in Daynight (maybe partially though).
     I was interested in Daynight due to the fact that a) the cover caught my eye (I don't judge books by covers, but it's subconscious. Moi can't help it sometimes :(), b) the synopsis was good, and c) why not? It might even be the next Divergent (hey, I'm not saying it is) or another one of my favorite novels and land on my favorites shelf (not that I have any. I treasure every good book... although some stick out).
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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

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Cover Reveal: Surrender & Justice by Rhiannon Paille


SURRENDER (The Ferryman + The Flame #1)
Author: Rhiannon Paille
Cover Design: Regina Wamba of Mae I Design
Exclusively on Amazon / Kindle (don't forget to get your copy!)

How far would you go to save everything you ever loved?

Kaliel was warned about her love for the Ferryman. One day he will marry the land and leave Avristar forever. She doesn't listen, and because of what she is-- a Flame-- one of nine apocalyptic weapons, she sparks a war. In a desperate attempt to save her home and her love, Kaliel tries to awaken Avred, not knowing she may have to make the ultimate sacrifice.


JUSTICE (The Ferryman & The Flame #2)
Author: Rhiannon Paille
Cover Design: Regina Wamba of Mae I Design
Exclusively available at Amazon / Kindle

How far would you go to destroy yourself?

Krishani always knew he would have to go to the Lands of Men, but he never thought it would be like this. Enemies everywhere, an ancestor he can't respect, elders he can't trust, a curse he can't stop and friends he can't help but hate. Desperate to end the pain, he sets out on a quest to find the other Flames and face the enemy that took everything from him.

Both Books will be free on Amazon today ONLY.

~Happy Reading!

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Monday, March 18, 2013

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Book Blitz: Blood and Snow - The Complete Set by RaShelle Workman

Title: Blood and Snow - The Complete Set
Author: RaShelle Workman
Publication Date: 2013
Link: Goodreads
Blurb:
Every thousand years the Vampire Queen selects a new body, always the fairest in the land, and this time she's chosen Snow White.

Snow isn't an ordinary girl. She doesn't know that yet.

When Snow gets bitten by a Hunter, her life is thrown into a whirlwind of change where instead of worrying about what to eat, she has to fight not to drink the blood of fellow high school students. She becomes a revenant - not quite human, not quite vampire.

With the help of an eccentric old Professor, his seven adoptive sons, and her best friend, Snow learns to control her blood craving. Sort of.  She drinks a bloodlust tea, but she'd rather drink from her Hunter.

Or, a human.

She also discovers a whole other realm, one filled with fairies, dragons, and magic. And not only does the Vampire Queen want her, but there's a pendant called the Seal of Gabriel created for Snow by the Vampire Queen's twin sister. And Snow's supposed to use it to restore balance to all magical creatures. Including vampires.

Author Bio
     RASHELLE WORKMAN lives on a mountain with her husband, three children, and three dogs. From her back porch she can see the city lights and imagine... She's the bestselling author of the Dead Roses series (Sleeping Roses is being translated into Turkish, and will be available in print wherever Turkish books are sold in 2014), the Immortal Essence series, and the Blood and Snow series.
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Review: Seizure by Kathy Reichs


Virals #2
Author: Kathy Reichs
Released Date: October 18, 2011
Publisher: Razorbill

Ever since Tory Brennan and her friends rescued Cooper, a kidnapped wolf pup with a rare strain of canine parvovirus, they've turned from regular kids into a crime-solving pack. But now the very place that brought them together - the Loggerhead Island Research Institute - is out of funding and will have to shut down. That is, unless the Virals can figure out a way to save it.

So when Tory learns of an old Charleston legend about a famous she-pirate, Anne Bonney, whose fortune was never found, she can't believe her luck - buried treasure is exactly what she needs to save the Institute on Loggerhead! Trouble is, she and her friends aren't the only ones looking for it. And this time, the Virals' special powers may not be enough to dig them out of trouble . . .

     I had no clue why the title was Seizure. For all I knew, seizure meant something to do with a stroke or a heart attack and could possibly result in death if not fixed ASAP. I could be wrong with that definition as well. What I never knew however, was the other definition. The Dictionary enlightened me:
I guess I was partially right. Apparently there goes proof I'm not a walking/talking dictionary. Living proof. I'm honestly better off as a spellchecker any day. I must be bored if I did know the definition for every word that exists. Extremely bored. To the point of desperation. Which isn't happening any day until the zombie apocalypse at the least.
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Sunday, March 17, 2013

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The Sunday Post ~ 18

     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 Leprechaun Day everyone! ^_^ It's officially Spring Break for me. It's also been a really quiet week and not as busy. It's a good thing, since my mom wasn't very happy on taking me to the county library. I was lucky I was even able to go. (Reason why there weren't many memes this week) :p

Last Week:
This Week:
  • Review: Seizure by Kathy Reichs
  • Cover Reveal: Surrender & Justice by Rhiannon Paille 
  • Waiting on Wednesday
  • Review: Daynight by Megan Thomason
  • Booking Through Thursday (?)
  • Review: Blood Apples by Cameron Jace
Book Haul
Borrowed
Graceling by Kristin Cashore

~Happy St. Patty's Day!


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Saturday, March 16, 2013

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Blog Tour: Spy Island - Excerpt

Title: Spy Island
Author: Sophie Schiller
Blurb:
An adventurous girl in the West Indies risks her life to save a German U-boat deserter and stumbles into a nest of German spies hell-bent on taking over her tranquil island.

In 1916, Abigail Maduro plunges headfirst into the dangerous world of espionage when she travels to the West Indies to live with her Aunt Esther and witnesses a brutal murder at the hands of a notorious German spy. Vowing revenge, Abby embarks on a career as a spy hunter, not realizing that St. Thomas is a hotbed for German spies and saboteurs who use their Hamburg-America steamers to run clandestine missions against the Allies. But Abigail has more pressing problems of her own. She's forced to work as a seamstress, and is on the constant receiving end of her aunt's vicious tirades. Her only salvation are the two aging servants, Nana Jane, the daughter of an African slave with a taste for gossip, and Cooky Betty, the rotund, back-talking cook who samples most of what she makes.

A chance encounter with a mysterious stranger hurls Abby to the center of the conflict. Erich Seibold claims to be a stranded sailor in desperate need of shelter. Despite the danger, Abby hides Erich in the basement of her house and friendship blossoms between the two outsiders, even after Abby learns that he is a deserter from a German U-boat. The local German Consul, Lothar Langsdorff, also discovers Erich's true identity and blackmails him into committing sabotage and murder. When Erich is arrested, Abigail attempts a daring breakout to free him. But with Langsdorff still on the loose, Abigail relies on wits, bravery and a little island magic to save her island from a dangerous German spy.

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Friday, March 15, 2013

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Blog Tour: Dracian Legacy by Priya Kanaparti - Review


Dracian #1
Author: Priya Kanaparti
Publication Date: February 14, 2013
Publisher: Self Published
Buy Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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 become difficult as Ren’s life is constantly threatened by the Goarders, humans who sold their souls, a Proxy Succubi, and the leader of the Telalians, who has been searching for her as well. 

With the clock ticking and Ren’s life in jeopardy, it is no longer 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.
Disclaimer: I received this copy from the author for free to review for the blog tour. This does not influence my review in any way

     I might be called horrible for making you guys wait so long (er, since February 24...) for my thoughts to come out but... it's March 15. Thoughts about the book can now come out. ^_^
     Have I mentioned I hate books that are full of gushy romances throughout the entire story? I probably have. Sometime earlier this month. But I'll leave that for you to ponder on what the title is. >:) Maybe you already know. But... Dracian Legacy is full of gushy romances. Oh wait, not gushy. Swoon-worthy. Along with a few others that makes it... supercalifragilisticexpialidocious-awesomous.
     What can I say? I like romances (YA though) with a bit of other elements, especially action. Hence why I liked Divergent (at least the 1st of the trilogy) and many other YA books that are similar so much (with a few exceptions).
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Thursday, March 14, 2013

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Cover Reveal: Awakened by Kriston Johnson


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Title: Awakened (The Legends of Elyndia #1)
Author: Kriston Johnson
Publication Date: April 25, 2013
Link: Goodreads
Blurb:
Can fighting for the right side be the wrong thing to do?

Draven, the tyrant ruler of Elyndia for the last one thousand years, searches for the one who can fulfill his prophecy.

The Paladins, an elite band of warriors sworn to protect their way of life at all cost, search for the one with the ability to bring their world crumbling down.

An innocent girl, tormented by demons only she can see, lives on the brink of insanity and longs for a life of peace.

When seventeen-year-old Jade Rosenberg reads from an antique book, she has no idea she just read an incantation awaking her inherited power. But when opposing—and equally terrifying—groups invade her home, she learns she is descended from an enchanted realm and a member of a powerful race thought to have been hunted to extinction.

Ripped from her world, Jade is forced to seek refuge from those who want her dead. She is given one of two options and the time has come for her to make a choice: assassinate their sworn enemy…

Or sacrifice her soul.



Author Bio
     Kriston Johnson lives in Southwest Washington with her husband, teenage son, and miniature Australian Shepherd. Her home rests at the fringe of an old growth forest that she insists is the home of Jason Voorhees. Her husband thinks that’s a ridiculous assumption, because everyone knows it’s really Bigfoot. Every summer Kriston participates in the annual pilgrimage to Faerieworlds, a real life faerie realm here on Earth, and has an unhealthy obsession with Star Wars, The Vampire Diaries, and Iron Man. Awakened is her first novel. You can visit her online at www.kristonjohnson.blogspot.com.
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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

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Teaser Tuesday: Daynight

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading and altered by Laurynne at Coffee, Books & Lipgloss. 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:
(2% on Kindle)

     “Uh, yeah. How’d you know about that?” she says, wondering if it is still present. The nagging itch and twinge of discomfort that were there yesterday have disappeared.









What are you currently reading?

~Happy Tuesday!

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Monday, March 11, 2013

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Book Blitz: Queen & Commander by Janine A. Southard


60507e63ad7ca7c668125829766b6873_large Title: Queen and Commander
Author: Janine Southard
Summary:
On a world where high school test scores determine your future career, six students rebel.
 
A pair of star-crossed lovers plot to stay together, rather than be separated by the system's college plans. A former off-worlder instigates: there's a ship in orbit, he says. We could take it and run away.
 
But to take the ship, the three conspirators need more friends. Enter Rhiannon, the girl who set herself up for the ultimate success on this planet. She made sure her test would give the desired result: Queen. But her best friend begs her to take control of this plan to run away. So she drafts a would-be doctor who believes in following his Queen with all his heart. She finds a genius who can't seem to make the system work for him.
 
And then she gets them qualified for the ship in orbit. The ship to freedom. Now what will they do with it? And was freedom what they really wanted?
 
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Excerpt
Winning a ship means surpassing the competition.

     The three competing Queens swiveled their heads, hare-quick, to home in on new prey. They’d ignored her until she’d made that noise. Now they had the scent of fresh insecurity and would peck away until they laid her meager confidence bare for the massacre.
     “What a sweet little girl,” gushed the one in red. “Where’s your mother?”
     Dead, actually. Well, if this Queen planned to come after her for her age, she’d show her appreciation in the way only a younger person could. She raised her eye­brows and furrowed them down the middle, then pulled her head back onto her neck as though repulsed or doing a proper sit-up.
     From the way the older woman cringed back, Rhiannon knew she’d succeeded in making the derisive Did you seriously just say that to me? face that she’d seen on her more critical peers.
     A teenager can out bitch-face you any time, Queenie. Don’t try that tactic with me.
     The eldest cocked her head, more curious than cruel. Perhaps she found it as difficult to gauge Rhian­non’s age as the other way around. As far as Rhiannon knew, this woman had been one of Dyfed’s first Queens, self-made and just as untrained as herself. “Why do you think you deserve Ceridwen’s Cauldron?”

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     Janine A. Southard writes speculative fiction and videogame dialogue from her home in Seattle, WA. She sings with a Celtic band and is working on the next book in the Hive Queen universe. She’s also been known to read aloud to her cat. The cat appreciates all of these things. Maybe.
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Review: Wraith by Angel Lawson


Wraith #1
Author: Angel Lawson
Released Date: February 7, 2012
Publisher: Self Published

Freak. Weird. Crazy. These are the names tossed around seventeen-year old Jane Watts by her fellow classmates. But things aren’t always as they seem. Sometimes there’s a reason for talking to yourself in the hallway at school.

Adjusting to her new home and school after an abrupt move, Jane just wants to be like everyone else at school. Although she does manage to make one friend, Evan — sixteen, charming and protective. Evan is everything a girl could want in a best friend, with one minor caveat: He’s dead.

Caught somewhere between life and death, Evan is tied to Jane and the living world, unable to complete the journey to the other side. She thinks he’s here to be her friend, to take care of her, and that’s why no one else can see or hear him.

That is, until a new boy shows up at school after a rumored stretch in juvie. Connor can see Evan and is not convinced that the ghost is completely honest. Past experience taught him how ghosts tend to need something from the humans they connect to and Evan, despite his arguments, isn’t any different.

Jane is resentful of Connor’s intrusion but soon realizes that her ghostly friend has secrets about his past. And now Evan's family, still reeling from his tragic death, is in danger. Jane must face her fears and battle Evan’s human demons to free both of them.
Disclaimer: I received this book from the author for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not influence my review in any way.

     Coincidentally, I bought this book (actually, it was a freebie) on Amazon a few days before I received a review request, so it was actually nice to do a mini sweep (a very mini one) of the piles of books on my Kindle App.
     I normally don't read horror-like books. Or any books with ghosts, wraiths, ghouls, etc. Generally because I get a horrible nightmare and probably start screaming bloody murder in the middle of night if I read it during the evening or at night.
     I'm happy to say I didn't scream any horrid nightmares. Nor was it extremely scary, in my humble opinion. But I was expecting it to be a scary story in some way.
     Score -1 for me being wrong.
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Sunday, March 10, 2013

The Sunday Post ~ 17

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.
     I must be reading with steroids with the internet being a bubbly broken nutcracker. What used to take 2 weeks of normal reading now takes less than 2 weeks, more or less, as long as I focus on one book O_o.
      But I've read a book once in 12 hours, so no arguments on that being said. O_o x2. It might just be a good book, or I'm just that bored that I'm starting to devour books again.
     I'm also doing the impossible. At least it's pretty “impossible” in my book. Writing. Of all things. Not that I hate writing. I don't. It just crashes and burns in a few days or so after I come up with what may be a “great” idea. Either way, it doesn't last very long. All I can say is, it's fun. In the terms of doing nothing but homework, schoolwork, and reading, along with other stuff.
     Eh, let's see how long this writing streak lasts. Hopefully longer (read: 6 months or more?).
     Anyhoo... anything I should be in the loopity loop about while I'm still at this little isolated island? Besides the fact we just lost an hour of sleep in the US.
     Random Update: I see you notice the new header. The font color definitely doesn't blend into the background so it's easier to read (just in case...). Also, Review Archives is finally updated. Yay!
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Saturday, March 9, 2013

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Review: Mary Mary Quite Contrary by Cameron Jace


The Grimm Diaries Prequels #5
Author: Cameron Jace
Publication Date: September 13, 2012
The Fifth Prequel.

The Devil's take on fairy tales, exposing the origins of some of the most important, yet never explained, elements in the fairy world. Darker things the Brothers Grimm didn't want you to know about. More hints would just spoil the fun.

Let's just say that at some point in the Dreamworld even the devil was about so sell his soul.
Disclaimer: I received this book from the author for free in exchange for an honest review. The review is not influenced in any way.

     At first, I thought it was going to be told by Bloody Mary. Apparently, I was wrong. It's told by someone else. I should probably warn this review and story should not be read by kids 13 and under. Unless you can handle scary stories better than I can. Which is... pretty terrible from what I remember. No record of improvements. Yet.
     I found Mary Mary Quite Contrary to be more of a Fairy Tale and History Lesson of Legends. And a pretty entertaining one at that, what with the point of view the story is written in. With that thought in mind, I was hoping that I wouldn't scream bloody mary murder in the middle of the night with my tendency of attracting nightmares like a magnet when I read a horror story. Those usually last for days... especially Bloody Mary's legend.
     Coincidentally, I ended up reading the story of one of the characters mentioned. I just didn't know about the devices that she used *shudders* but since I read only one source about creepy night creatures and legends, I give no comment (legends get twisted in so many ways from the actual). Besides the fact it's actually pretty gruesome if you think about it if you actually look her up after you read Mary Mary Quite Contrary.
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Review: Dreamland by Sarah Dessen


Dreamland
Author: Sarah Dessen
Released Date: September 1, 2000
Publisher: Viking

Wake up, Caitlin

Ever since she started going out with Rogerson Biscoe, Caitlin seems to have fallen into a semiconscious dreamland where nothing is quite real. Rogerson is different from anyone Caitlin has ever known. He's magnetic. He's compelling. He's dangerous. Being with him makes Caitlin forget about everything else--her missing sister, her withdrawn mother, her lackluster life. But what happens when being with Rogerson becomes a larger problem than being without him?

     I was told that Sarah Dessen's works were awesome. So I basically went into the frame of mind that it would be a good book when I actually started reading it.
     I don't really hate saying this, but as a first time peep (read: I'm reading her works for the first time) on reading a work of Sarah Dessen's, I left with a pretty "eh..." view. I did try to keep the fact in mind that Sarah Dessen is a good writer, which was why I didn't go all mini stomping off with a hmph frowny faced at the wall.
     I don't exactly hate the book - not really - but I found it very boring from page 1 to the end. I'm pretty surprised I didn't fall asleep. Yet. There was just something missing. While I don't really mind reading gushy romances (YA speaking), I'm not one who prefers reading a book that's pretty much completely - as in 90% or more - lack of action.
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Friday, March 8, 2013

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Cover Reveals: Hell's Hallow and Afterlife Academy

Title: Afterlife Academy
Author: Jaimie Admans
Publication Date: March 15, 2013
Link: Goodreads
Blurb:
Even being dead isn’t enough to get you out of maths class.

Dying wasn't on sixteen-year-old Riley Richardson's to-do list. And now, not only is she dead, but she's stuck in a perpetual high school nightmare. Worse still, she's stuck there with the geekiest, most annoying boy in the history of the world, ever.

In a school where the geeks are popular and just about everything is wrong, Riley has become an outcast. She begins a desperate quest to get back home, but her once-perfect life starts to unravel into something not nearly as great as she thought it was. And maybe death isn’t really that bad after all...

Welcome to Afterlife Academy, where horns are the norm, the microwave is more intelligent than the teachers, and the pumpkins have a taste for blood.


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     Jaimie is a 27-year-old English-sounding Welsh girl with an awkward-to-spell name. She lives in South Wales and enjoys writing, gardening, drinking tea and watching horror movies. She hates spiders and cheese & onion crisps.
     She has been writing for years, but has never before plucked up the courage to tell people. She writes mostly chick-lit and young adult. Kismetology is her first novel and there are plenty more on the way!

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Title: Hell's Hallow
Author: Summer Stone
Publication Date: March 2013
Link: Goodreads
Blurb:
When Seraphina was younger, she healed her best friend's injured hand. Terrified by the inexplicable cure, the girl shunned her. From that day on, Seraphina found herself without friends, a freak and an oddity. And so she obeyed her mother’s rule to refrain from using her innate ability, heeded her mother's warning that its use could land her in the local mental health facility alongside her aunt and grandmother.

But when sixteen-year-old Seraphina finds a mysterious, wounded boy hiding in the hollow in the woods behind her house, she can't hold out against the overpowering urge to help him. She is drawn to him each night, and as they come to know one another, their irresistible attraction blooms.

She longs to uncover his secrets — where he comes from and why he's hiding and how he came to be so wounded — and to share her own, though she knows it's forbidden. And while her healing touch seems to be helping him, it's hurting her. When the symptoms of psychosis — experienced by the women in her bloodline who used their powers — begin to plague Seraphina, she is faced with the unbearable choice of saving her sanity or the boy she’s come to love.


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     Summer Stone loves immersing herself in the worlds that live inside her mind. When she's in the real world, she likes kicking back on the beach, exploring new places, reading (of course) and eating rich, gooey chocolate. She loves spending time with her husband and kids, which she does as much as she can. Summer writes young adult and women's fiction, both supernatural and contemporary, realistic and looks forward to sharing her novels with you!
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