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Friday, January 31, 2014


New Year, New Look

     Happy New Year!
     Bookwyrming Thoughts just underwent a makeover and HTML and I can officially ignore each other once more (actually, I can't really get away from it but still...). :D
     Let's just say I'm pretty happy with the new look. ^_^ Like writing a book, I would probably still be driving myself up the wall without some help and possibly guidance along the way, though I don't think you can drive yourself up the wall when writing... or can you? Someone put me out of my misery.
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Thursday, January 30, 2014

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Review: Deep Blue Secret by Christie Anderson

The Water Keepers #1
Author: Christie Anderson
Publication Date: July 29, 2011
Publisher: Self Published

California teen, Sadie James, thinks her life couldn't get any better. She has great friends, an energetic mother she adores, and the beach practically in her own backyard. But her carefree life is turned upside down when she's rescued by a mysterious and strangely familiar boy who won't even tell her his name.

Each time the boy appears, Sadie's unexplainable attraction to him deepens along with her need to unravel his secrets. The boy is there to protect her. But as wonderful and exciting as it might be to have an irresistible boy with crystal green eyes protecting her every move, every minute of the day . . . why does Sadie need one?

As Sadie finds answers, she realizes her life isn't as perfect as she thought. Not only is she caught in a world of dangerous secret agents she never knew existed, but it turns out her true identity may be the greatest secret of all.
Disclaimer: Even though this was a review request, the book was free on Amazon (it still is?)

     Well, Deep Blue Secret isn't a page-turner, thriller and action/adventure fans, but it has this thing where it keeps you reading. It's slow paced, yet good pace that it doesn't let the reader down but builds up and becomes more interesting – sort of – the further you read in the book.
     It is, however, not too impressive on my radar. Probably memorable though.
     Goodreads, take out Mermaids being a shelf ASAP. This is not about mermaids, so quit trolling potential readers.
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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

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Book Blitz + Giveaway: The Eve by Keary Taylor

The Eve Blitz
Blitz Schedule HERE
The EveTitle: The Eve (The Eden Trilogy #3)
Author: Keary Taylor
Links: Goodreads | Amazon
Publication Date: November 21, 2013
Publisher: Self Published

A plan was laid out as the Evolution crushed mankind, a plan that was right under Eden’s nose all along. And Eve is the key to everything. New Eden—mankind—they have a small chance at fixing their dismembered planet.

But it will be a reckless sprint against time and the coming Bane to retrieve the final piece to the plot. New Eden’s worst fears have become reality. The Bane are back in the city and they’re smarter and more aggressive than ever. They know where the humans are and they’re coming to finish what they’ve nearly completed.

Eve has been content with the family she’s found—Avian, West, Gabriel, Royce. But she’s about to discover she may have the one family Eve never thought she would: blood. With every odd stacked against her, all the lies and all the secrets of her origins will be exposed.

The past and the future are about to come full circle.
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Tuesday, January 28, 2014


Teaser Tuesday: To Kill A Mockingbird

Teaser Tuesday 
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!
This week's teaser is from To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee:
     "Dill, you watch out, now," I warned.
     Dill released the straws and grinned. "Scout, it's nothing but Coca-Cola." - Page 200 of 281
Any interesting teasers out there that might intrigue me (adult books won't intrigue me though)?

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Monday, January 27, 2014

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Review: Indigo Incite by Jacinda Buchmann

Indigo #1
Author: Jacinda Buchmann
Released Date: May 12, 2013
Publisher: Self Published

There are no secrets

Sixteen-year-old Tyler believed that his extra-sensory powers were a secret, but when his twin brother, Toby, is kidnapped by a covert government agency, he realizes that he has no secrets, and he has nowhere to hide.

He’s not alone

Now, in order to save himself and rescue his brother, Tyler must call upon the help of four strangers. Unknown to each other, Eddie, Liliana, Grace, and Sarah share a common bond. They are Indigo Children. With extra-sensory powers of their own, they must unite with Tyler in order to maintain their freedom.

Unexpected romance

They’re on the run. They’re on a mission. Romance is a distraction that Tyler can’t afford. But sometimes, the heart has a mind of its own.

Time is running out

Will they find Toby before the agency finds them first? Find out in Indigo Incite, Book One of the Indigo Trilogy.

Disclaimer: Review copy provided by author for the blog tour for an honest review
(Yes, I had to back out of the tour. Sort of.)

     Well, in a few words, Indigo Incite was quite the snooze fest. It has an interesting premise, yes, but quite DULL. There's nothing much going on. Nothing!
     It started out interesting, of course, with all those seriously cool powers but over the course of the book, there really was nothing going on. I was really just hoping it would slowly build up and end with a good pow.
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Sunday, January 26, 2014

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The Sunday Post ~ 39

The Sunday Post
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.
     Dear week, where did you go?
     Not much happened this week, but I envy the seniors in our school. The winter storm should have arrived 2 years from now. x) The only thing that happened is the continuous roller coaster known as the weather going up and down and will be going back down tomorrow.
     Fantabulous. That's Missouri weather for you. :p
     O_O That was the shortest Sunday Post ever (for me). How was your week?
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Friday, January 24, 2014

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Blog Tour: Indigo Incite - Excerpt + Giveaway

Indigo Incite Tour
Tour Schedule HERE
Title: Indigo Incite (Indigo #1)
Author: Jacinda Buchmann
Link: Goodreads
Publication Date: September 7, 2013

There are no secrets

Sixteen-year-old Tyler believed that his extra-sensory powers were a secret, but when his twin brother, Toby, is kidnapped by a covert government agency, he realizes that he has no secrets, and he has nowhere to hide.

He’s not alone

Now, in order to save himself and rescue his brother, Tyler must call upon the help of four strangers. Unknown to each other, Eddie, Liliana, Grace, and Sarah share a common bond. They are Indigo Children. With extra-sensory powers of their own, they must unite with Tyler in order to maintain their freedom.

Unexpected romance

They’re on the run. They’re on a mission. Romance is a distraction that Tyler can’t afford. But sometimes, the heart has a mind of its own.

Time is running out.

Will they find Toby before the agency finds them first? Find out in Indigo Incite, Book One of the Indigo Trilogy.

Buy Links: Amazon | Barnes and Noble
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Thursday, January 23, 2014

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Book Blitz + Giveaway: Cup of Life by Juliana Haygert

Title: Cup of Life (Everlast #2.5)
Author: Juliana Haygert
Link: Goodreads
Publication Date: January 20, 2014

His existence would mean nothing without her.

**New Adult Fantasy Novella**
**Novella between book #2 and #3, told on Micah’s POV**

Buy Links:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

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Blog Tour: Tick to the Tock - Playlist + Giveaway

Tick to the Tock Tour
Tour Schedule HERE
Title: Tick to the Tock
Author: Matthew Turner
Link: Goodreads
Publication Date: January 8, 2014

Dante King is a young twenty something who discovers he’s dying. He won’t live to see his next birthday and time is ticking away to live life before it’s taken from him. With the help of his eccentric and wild-free friend, Wilbur Day, and stubbornly rational cousin, Ethan Knight, the three friends embark on a trip that takes them across Europe, Asia, Australia and beyond.

Dante clings to his past though and the many regrets he has, yearning for acceptance and finally understanding faith. He’s only loved once, and when Daniella Adams comes back in to his life, the pair realise how in love they are – but must battle what they previously did to one another.

This is a heart pulling journey of amazing scenery and adventurous ways, but built on a life that is soon to end. It follows the love of Danii and Dante, finally realising how much they mean to each other but having it ripped away before their eyes. It’s about love and hardship between friends, family, and a dying son’s regret of not being better.

It’s a roller coaster ride of laughs and tears and making the most of life before it’s too late.

Buy Links:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble
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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

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Blog Tour: Revival - Excerpt + Giveaway

Blog Tour Hosted by Team Nerd Reviews

Title: Revival (Variant #1)
Author:Jena Leigh

Possessing the uncanny ability to fry a television set from twenty paces can really wreck a girl’s social life.

If you’re looking for proof, just ask sixteen-year-old Alexandra Parker. After catching her boyfriend in the arms of the prettiest girl in school, she made the journey from social elite to social pariah in a haze of electricity and exploding electronics. But finding herself at the bottom of Bay View High’s social hierarchy was nothing compared to the shock of discovering who—and what—she really is.

After being zapped out of a burning bookstore by the mysterious Declan—a hero nearly as handsome as he is infuriating—Alex finds herself under the protection of the powerful Grayson family. It’s through them that she learns the truth: that the world she’s always known is nothing like it appears to be... and that she has far more in common with them than she might want to believe.

Now, on the run from a fire-wielding hit man and a secretive government organization, Alex must navigate a strange and treacherous new world filled with superhuman mutants known as Variants. As she begins to unravel the many secrets of her family’s past, she uncovers the real reason for her parents’ death twelve years earlier—and finds out that the threat to her family, and to everyone she cares about, is still dangerously real.

Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble
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Monday, January 20, 2014

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Book Blitz + Giveaway: PODs by Michelle Pickett

Title: PODs (PODs #1)
Author: Michelle Pickett
Link: Goodreads
Publication Date: June 24, 2013
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

Seventeen-year-old Eva is a chosen one. Chosen to live, while others meet a swift and painful death from an incurable virus so lethal, a person is dead within days of symptoms emerging. In the POD system, a series of underground habitats built by the government, she waits with the other chosen for the deadly virus to claim those above. Separated from family and friends, it's in the PODs she meets David. And while true love might not conquer all, it's a balm for the broken soul.

After a year, scientists believe the population has died, and without living hosts, so has the virus. That's the theory, anyway. But when the PODs are opened, survivors find the surface holds a vicious secret. The virus mutated, infecting those left top-side and creating... monsters.

Eva and David hide from the infected in the abandoned PODs. Together they try to build a life--a new beginning. But the infected follow and are relentless in their attacks. Leaving Eva and David to fight for survival, and pray for a cure.

Buy Links:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Books-A-Million | Book Depository | Walmart
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Sunday, January 19, 2014

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The Sunday Post ~ 38

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 not a great writer in general, but I managed to tell a very twisted version of Goldilocks and the 3 Bears for my Biology poster on cells. O_o
     Goldilocks drowns in quicksand, managing to get over the electrified picket fence. Baby Bear #1 dies from eating a poisoned fish porridge made by Snow White's step mom, who is apparently a nanny. Oh, and the bears zip line into the house. All of that probably didn't make sense.
     I'll admit it helped me memorize the cell functions. I'm pretty sure a lot of people think I'm insane by now, but I do what I can, so don't question my logic? :p
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Saturday, January 18, 2014

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Review: Spellweaver by C.J. Bridgeman

The Spellweaver Chronicles #1
Author: C.J. Bridgeman
Publication Date: October 20, 2013
Publisher: Self-Published

Book One of the Spellweaver Chronicles

Felicity Lucas never really knew her mother. Even though they had lived together for all the fourteen years that Felicity had been alive, they had barely even had a meaningful conversation. It was a relationship that was far from perfect.

So when her mother dies in a car crash and Felicity is sent to live with her estranged father in a deprived London borough, she is determined to move on. It isn't easy - content with her solitude, she's never had friends before, but the most popular girl in her new school won't leave her alone and she's forced to attend counselling. To make things worse, it's obvious that her father doesn't want her around.

It is only after she discovers a book of spells and is attacked by a strange boy who can conjure flames in his hands that she starts to realise that her mother was far more than what she seemed. She had a great many secrets, secrets that promise to thrust Felicity into a terrifying world of magic and straight into the path of beings who are determined to destroy her...
Disclaimer: Review copy provided by author for a honest review

     Well, I'll have to admit that from reading the first few sentences, I had this really dreadful feeling I was going to have to face another DNF. And right after a different one as well.
     In other words, Spellweaver is not the greatest first impression when you first open the book. Thankfully, it wasn't a snooze fest and joined the really small DNF club.
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Friday, January 17, 2014

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Book Blitz + Guest Post: A Date of Godlike Proportions by Tellulah Darling

Title: A Date of Godlike Proportions (The Blooming Goddess Trilogy #2.5)
Author: Tellulah Darling
Link: Goodreads
Publication Date: December 20, 2013

There’s bound to be pressure when it takes 2500 years to get to a second date. Which is exactly why Theo Rockman, a.k.a. Prometheus, would rather not go. With his best friend gravely injured and the fate of humanity still on the line, Theo has all sorts of creative excuses to avoid dating swoon-worthy god and love of his life, Hephaestus.

YA romantic comedy gets an epic mythological twist in the free (at select retailers) short story A Date of Godlike Proportions (The Blooming Goddess Trilogy Book 2.5). Being human hasn’t killed Theo, but this date just might.

Buy Links:
Amazon | iTunes | Kobo
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Wednesday, January 15, 2014


Cover Reveal: True Colors by Melissa Pearl

Design by Dwell Design and Press
Title: True Colors
Author: Melissa Pearl
Link: Goodreads
Publication Date: February 16, 2014

Caitlyn Davis always cruised through life, not being the type to ruffle feathers or involve herself in high school drama…until a chance encounter with a strange, homeless man changes everything.

Suddenly, Caitlyn has the ability to see behind people’s masks. She discovers that her life isn’t as simple as she imagined and her high school is filled with secrets…some very sinister ones.

Unable to ignore her new gift, Caitlyn embarks on a mission to learn why one of her friends now appears terrified, but masks her fear behind a bright, smiling veneer. Will Caitlyn’s new ability lead her into hot water? Or is her new found vision a blessing that will expose her friends’ true colors?

Her quest will lead Caitlyn to lose friends, stand up for those in need, and even find love.

At Palisades High School every face tells a story…

Author Bio
Melissa Pearl was born in Auckland, New Zealand, but has spent much of her life abroad, living in countries such as Jordan, Cyprus and Pakistan… not to mention a nine month road trip around North America with her husband. “Best. Year. Ever!!” She now lives in China with her husband and two sons. She is a trained elementary teacher, but writing is her passion. Since becoming a full time mother she has had the opportunity to pursue this dream and her debut novel hit the internet in November 2011. Since then she has produced four more books and has a YA fantasy trilogy coming out this year. Unknown and Unseen (The Elements Trilogy) out now!

“I am passionate about writing. It stirs a fire in my soul that I never knew I had. I want to be the best writer I can possibly be and transport my readers into another world where they can laugh, cry and fall in love.”.
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Review: The Not Wholes by Giovanna Pezzulo

The Not Wholes
Author: Giovanna Pezzulo
Publication Date: June 9, 2013
Publisher: Self Published

That's how much I paid to become, one day, a famous music star. I'm Leonardo Ponti, I study and live in a conservatory in Italy, and I'm a castrated teen.
In two years I will finish school, but who knows if I will really sing in a majestic opera house, or prostitute in the dirty streets of the harbor?

Gianni and I spent most of the time together, sing difficult songs, and fight back bullies like Cesare who thinks that "the not wholes"—castrated students—are just trash.
Then why my friend stops to talk with me?

Women don't like castrated men, they can't get married, don't have sex, their body is too weak, and so on, but Martina, a gorgeous actress, is happy with me.
The rector of the school, not so much. He forbids me to see her.

If the king picks me for his new opera, everybody will know my name.
But my voice … What's happening to my acute voice?

The Not Wholes is a young adult historical fiction story about teen and music, school, friendship.
Disclaimer: Updated review copy was provided by the author for an honest review

     Okay, let me get this out of the way: Contrary to all the positive reviews and call me an oddball, but I did not like this book. And this review was a rewrite of the original one. I felt EXTREMELY bad to give the author a negative review (not that this is positive) and mention that it was littered with grammar and spelling errors. There was something REMOTELY wrong with me doing that, and it was nagging me for the rest of Winter Break. No one tell my mother I did this or she'll give me a VERY long lecture about how English is a hard language to master, right next to Chinese.
     Why did I get stuck with having to learn the 2 most difficult languages in the world? -_- At least I got away from learning how to read and write Chinese.
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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

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Book Blast + Giveaway: Bloodlines by Kendra C. Highley

Title: Bloodlines (Matt Archer #4)
Author: Kendra C. Highley

When seventeen-year-old Matt Archer set out on his last mission in the Australian Outback, he thought it would be like every other hunt.

Not even close.

After only two days on the ground, his best friend is possessed, a long-lost family member has returned and hidden truths have come to the surface. Add in a coven of witches bent on bringing about the end of the world and, well, this trip has started to suck. Badly.

As his power and strength continue to grow, so does Matt’s concern that he’s becoming more and more like the creatures he’s been charged to hunt: a monster.

Faced with some of his biggest challenges to date, Matt has to decide what he needs to protect most—his family, his team…or himself.

Book Links:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Smashwords | iTunes | Goodreads
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Monday, January 13, 2014

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DNF Review: Out of the Cave by Cotton E. Davis

Out of the Cave
Author: Cotton E. Davis
Released Date: October 7, 2013
Publisher: Burst Books

A neaderthal boy is time transported to the 21st century and eventually mainstreamed into a public high school.

The year is 2036. Fifteen-year-old-Kelly Tracer moves to Rivertown, Missouri, population 1900, where she enrolls in the local high school to begin her sophomore year. Imagine Kelly's surprise when she learns of another newcomer to Rivertown High, a sophomore like herself: a boy from 40,000 years in the past. A Neanderthal.

Further imagine Kelly's shock when she learns Neanderthals were not fellow Homo sapiens but were instead a seperate species of humans unto themselves. She remembers the boy being time transported to the twenty-first century from watching the news when she was six years old. Now, nine years later, he is being mainstreamed.

Kelly is further surprised when she sees Adam (the name humans have given him) in the flesh. Like his long-extinct people, he is heavily muscled with thick brow ridges above his eyes and possessed of a protruding muzzle of a mouth and only a slight chin. Then there is his humongous, spreading nose. More thuggish than simian-looking, Adam's primitive looks put Kelly off. Scare her even.

Kelly gets another surprise. Adam speaks English like an American. Raised by scientists since his sixth year, he sounds just like any other American kid, except for a touch of bass in his voice's timbre. Also, Adam is nothing like the dully fierce caveman stereotype Kelly expected. Aside from being shy, he is mild and thoughtful and quite considerate of the feelings of others. Adam is also very mature for his few years; an evolutionary response, according to his paleoanthropologist adoptive father, to living in the harsh conditions of a major Ice Age.

Not surprisingly, Kelly finds herself liking him.

You guessed it, Kelly and Adam will eventually become an item. But, before that, they'll go through enough tribulations to try the patience of a saint. After-all, the world is no more perfect in the year 2036 than it was in Adam's time.
Disclaimer: Review copy provided by the author for review

     I generally avoid all sports themed books. I just avoid them. Why? Because I'll be even more clueless reading them than reading non-fiction or any other genre in the entire universe. It's literally plopping me into the middle of nowhere and saying, "Okay, here ya go. Hope you survive."
     Or it's pretty much a version of The Hunger Games (how is Catching Fire anyways?). There is no handbook there. You just hide and kill out competition and hope you will be the last in the arena to survive.
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Sunday, January 12, 2014


What Should I Read Next? ~ 2

What Should I Read Next is a monthly feature on Bookwyrming Thoughts letting readers choose from a selection of books to be read and reviewed next on the blog.

February's Selection
  • The Conduit by Stacey Rourke
  • Whispers at Moonrise by C.C. Hunter
  • Ink by Amanda Sun
  • The Gathering Storm by Robin Bridges
  • Enchantment by Charlotte Abel
  • Witch Song by Amber Argyle
  • The Grimm Diaries Prequels volume 7-10 by Cameron Jace
  • Hidden Gem by India Lee
  • The Moon Dwellers by David Estes (returning)
  • Remembrance by Michelle Madow
I'm well aware Lichgates isn't on here... because it's the very next book I'm reading. :3

Up to a maximum of 3 books can be voted per person. Authors can vote too (thanks Diane Greenlay for bringing that up last time)! You just can't vote for your book if it's on there. :3 Voting closes January 18 (in case there's a tie).

But... any suggestions on the number of books selected? 20 seemed to be too much, lol. I'm not sure if 10 is too much as well or too little.

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The Sunday Post ~ 37: Snowpocalypse Survivor 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.
     How high the snow went: UP TO MY WINDOW. Actually, higher than that... by a few inches. O_O
     I also got almost 3 weeks of Winter Break, in which going back to school on a Friday and then hopping into the weekend is completely pointless in my humble opinion. My shoes became a free sponge as well (Curious. They're new. How can there be an unnoticeable hole?) for the snow. -_- But that was the longest break in the history of... not exactly mankind, but my life. It probably won't happen again. O_O
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Saturday, January 11, 2014

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Blog Tour: Vision of Shadows - Guest Post + Giveaway

Title: Vision of Shadows (Vision #1)
Author: Vincent Morrone
Publisher:Entranced Publishing
Publication Date: December 30, 2013

Is Bristol Blackburn about to meet the love of her life...or her killer?

After the death of her parents, Bristol Blackburn's life is thrown into chaos and she's forced to move to Spirit, a small town where shadows are stirring. As she learns to navigate her new school and figures out how to keep her psychic abilities secret from her family, Bristol comes face to face with the boy who makes a regular appearance in her dreams: the gorgeous, possibly deadly, Payne McKnight. Soon she’ll find out if Payne will be the love of her life, or the end of it — and she has no idea which possibility scares her more.

And that's not even the worst of it. Strange shadows are haunting her dreams, and they're up to something that could put Bristol and the lives of everyone she loves in jeopardy.

Book Links:
Goodreads | Entranced Publishing | Amazon
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Thursday, January 9, 2014

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Blog Tour: Branded - Review + Giveaway

Tour Schedule HERE
Branded (Sinners #1)

Sinners #1
Author: Abi Ketner, Missy Kalicicki
Publication Date: June 28, 2013
Publisher: Self Published

Fifty years ago the Commander came into power and murdered all who opposed him. In his warped mind, the seven deadly sins were the downfall of society. He created the Hole where sinners are branded according to their sins and might survive a few years. At best.
Now LUST wraps around my neck like blue fingers strangling me. I’ve been accused of a crime I didn’t commit and now the Hole is my new home.

Darkness. Death. Violence. Pain.

Now every day is a fight for survival. But I won’t die. I won’t let them win.

The Hole can’t keep me. The Hole can’t break me.
I am more than my brand. I’m a fighter.
My name is Lexi Hamilton, and this is my story.
Buy Links:
Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble
This is the exact same review that I posted back for the blog tour in July 2013 (I don't think I can copyright myself? :p). I just copied and pasted (well promo spots were taken). This is NOT a re-review. :p
Disclaimer: A copy was provided for free by the author for the blog tour in exchange for an honest review. The review is not influenced in any way.

     So. Branded. It has great potential as a series, and it takes quite a different twist from other dystopian books like The Hunger Games and Divergent. It's the first in the Sinners series, and is about a girl named Lexi Hamilton wrongly accused who lives in a futuristic society where there is no equal justice and a Commander who believes the Seven Deadly Sins are the downfall to society. Those who are accused are taken to live in a place called the Hole and branded with their sin. With danger lurking at any corner, those branded have to fight for their survival every single day.
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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

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Book Blitz + Giveaway: Darkness Watching by Emma L. Adams

Sorry if the formatting is different from the usual or I make a typo! Blame the weather. It's bipolar this year. :p
Title: Darkness Watching (Darkworld #1)
Author: Emma L Adams
Release Date: October 10, 2013
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press

Eighteen-year-old Ashlyn is one interview away from her future when she first sees the demons. She thinks she's losing her mind, but the truth is far more frightening: she can see into the Darkworld, the home of spirits– and the darkness is staring back.

Desperate to escape the demons, Ash accepts a place at a university in the small town of Blackstone, in the middle of nowhere - little knowing that it isn't coincidence that led her there but the pull of the Venantium, the sorcerers who maintain the barrier keeping demons from crossing from the Darkworld into our own world.

All-night parties, new friendships and a life without rules or limits are all part of the package of student life - but demons never give up, and their focus on Ash has attracted the attention of every sorcerer in the area. Ash is soon caught between her new life and a group of other students with a connection to the Darkworld, who could offer the answers she's looking for. The demons want something from her, and someone is determined to kill her before she can find out what it is.

In a world where darkness lurks beneath the surface, not everyone is what they appear to be...

Book Links
Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Barnes & Noble | Kobo
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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

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ARC Review: Salt by Danielle Ellison

Salt #1
Author: Danielle Ellison
Publication Date: January 7, 2014
Publisher: EntangledTeen

Penelope is a witch, part of a secret society protecting humans from demon attacks. But when she was a child, a demon killed her parents—and stole her magic. Since then, she’s been pretending to be something she’s not, using her sister’s magic to hide her own loss, to prevent being sent away.

When she’s finally given the chance to join the elite demon-hunting force, Penelope thinks that will finally change. With her sister’s help, she can squeeze through the tests and get access to the information she needs to find "her" demon. To take back what was stolen.

Then she meets Carter. He’s cute, smart, and she can borrow his magic, too. He knows her secret—but he also has one of his own.

Suddenly, Penelope’s impossible quest becomes far more complicated. Because Carter’s not telling her everything, and it’s starting to seem like the demons have their own agenda…and they’re far too interested in her.
Disclaimer: Advanced Review Copy provided by EntangledTeen for a honest review – thanks!

     I never thought I'd actually find the time to read Salt. Actually, I was hesitant (mainly due to the fact I have 10+ books on le review queue)... even though I really wanted to read it because it seemed like a really good book.
     I kind of gave in. I didn't regret it either, which would be second worse case scenario next to a DNF. And that would actually suck.
     I'm probably Salt deprived though, and I don't mean SODIUM CHLORIDE, as much as like salty snacks. Yum.
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Monday, January 6, 2014

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Review: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

City of Bones

The Mortal Instruments #1
Author: Cassandra Clare
Released Date: March 27, 2007
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder - much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air.

It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing - not even a smear of blood - to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk.

Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know...

     GUYS. I've officially started The Mortal Instruments. And I have it all planned out, as mentioned in my Clockwork Princess review last year, to read them in a way that I'll avoid waiting for the last book.
     Well, I actually did have the chance and could have City of Bones if I so chose before the movie came out... but I decided I didn't want any surprises. *shrugs*
     Of course, if Cassandra Clare is totally awesome with her writing, which I won't doubt at all, I'll have surprises even if I know the Shadowhunter World already, or as much as I can, that is.
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Sunday, January 5, 2014

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The Sunday Post ~ 36

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.
     OMG, it's the last day of break and I have to go back to school tomorrow. Horrors!
     Actually, only Algebra II and Speech (is it scary? I don't like talking. I like to write-speak) is scaring me. O_o
     Well, school and end of break besides, it's 2014!!! *tosses 2,014 book-shaped confetti in the air*
     Can you believe it? Time passes by too fast for me to enjoy every single book on my TBR (impossible bucket list item: finish every book on my TBR list).
     Oh, and I think I caught a good book (aka intriguing enough). *zips by with more progress in Delirium and Salt (actually, I finished it and now I'm sort of Salt deprived. The series, not Sodium Chloride)* Yes, Ephemeral is pretty much guilty of this (well, not really).
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