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Friday, February 28, 2014

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ARC Review: Shinobi by Cole Gibsen


Katana #3
Author: Cole Gibsen
Publication Date: March 8, 2014
Publisher: Flux

Rileigh is ready to celebrate. 

Things have been quiet (as quiet as life can be for a reincarnated samurai), she's graduating high school, and her boyfriend, Kim, has finally regained his lost memories. But the urge to celebrate is short-lived when she realizes that if Kim can remember, chances are her (im)mortal enemy, Sumi, can remember as well. Sure enough, it's not long before the reincarnated ninja attacks Rileigh and her friends. But in the aftermath of the fight, Rileigh discovers that Sumi has performed an ancient ritual that allows her to switch bodies with Rileigh . . . and it's draining her ki. Hunted by the Network (who believe Rileigh is Sumi), Rileigh must track the vengeful ninja down before her own powers completely vanish.
Advanced Review Copy provided by Flux via Netgalley for review – thanks!

OMG I'M SO EXCITED!!! *fangirls and flails happily*
Oh wait, this the end. -_- *fangirling and happy flailing diminishes*

First, the cover's extremely pretty. I personally think it's the best of the series. :D

Second, I looked up what Shinobi meant on Bing and I ended with another term: Ninja. I'm going to go assume Shinobi means Ninja but I have no clue what ninjas have to do with the third and final novel in the Katana trilogy, because ninjas apparently appeared more often in Senshi.

Third, no picture in the review will probably say my feelings for the book completely.

Fourth, I have good news: no disappointing ending. I think it's surprisingly PERFECTO and I'm going to miss the characters. Oh, and book club, you're not getting anything from me. I honestly don't care how much you guys beg, but all I'm going to say is that it's thankfully not an Allegiant ending and you don't have to throw any books at the wall.

(It happened. Cole's future books won't be feared for either, though maybe I should since I don't read minds.)

Like the synopsis says, it's a jaw dropping conclusion. And this might be my reason why this review is formatted as it is. I didn't want to make a list either... O_o

Fifth, if a person can melt, I would be a puddle of goo right now. But then I wouldn't be able to write the review or fangirl, which would be a really bad idea. I think.
Sticking out like a sore pengthumb

Sixth, diplomas really should be rigged to have confetti shooting out when we open them. Sitting there for 2+ hours at commencement in choir robes that made me feel like a blue pengman. It's actually pretty boring and I have to deal with it again in 2 years. >_<

The thing is, I also loved what the author did in telling Chiyo's story. In the prior novels – I'm not sure if this is a spoiler? – we were reading (hearing isn't exactly valid) Senshi's story. It's essentially "hearing" both sides of the story and why *insert spoiler* happened. AKA motive.

The bad news? It's the end, and I basically have to go wave goodbye to the characters.

Sumi, I pity you, but I still don't like you and I personally think you deserve whatever happens. :p

Whitley, you're a bit hard not to like. Mixed feelings? Yep.

Rileigh, apparently you're my favorite tied next to Quentin. I think it's your sassiness. Me like. Actually, I liked it since day Katana was chosen as a book club pick and I finally got the chance to tick off a book from my TBR. :3

Quentin, I wish you were real. But... "denial isn't just a river in Egypt." O_o

Gene, you remind me of Albus Dumbledore. Just no magic and probably not an extremely long beard. Huh. You virtually LOOK like Dumbledore. With sunglasses. Maybe Psy and Dumbledore put together... – that didn't come out wrong, did it?!
Other characters: Kim, Drew, Braden, Michelle, even Dr. Wendell – I'm sure I missed someone – I don't have any words so... no comment.

Great. I think I made that part sound like I'm going to a funeral or something. Although technically I sort of am? More like a Farewell ceremony. O_o






Other Reviews:
Katana
Senshi
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Thursday, February 27, 2014

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Book Blast + Giveaway: The Orphan & the Thief by M.L. LeGette

The Orphan and the Thief Tour
Tour Schedule HERE
The Orphan and the Thief
Title: The Orphan and the Thief
Author: M.L. LeGette
Buy Link: Amazon

An adventure that will keep you and your kids spellbound.

Toad thought it’d be easy to steal from Mr. Edward P. Owl. Unfortunately for Toad, he isn’t the best of thieves. Caught in the act, he’s in more trouble than ever before. Now to save his hide, Toad must track down five rare potion ingredients for Mr. Owl. Or else.All Melena Snead wants is her family back, but after the Miggens Street Fire, that isn’t very likely. Orphaned and miserable, forced to work in an apothecary, she’s determined to find Milo, her missing brother. No matter what.

When Melena finds Toad ransacking her apothecary, Toad gets a nasty shock: apothecaries don’t carry Mr. Owl’s ingredients. Luckily, Melena’s willing to help, for a price.

With Melena’s pet Spit-Fire dragon and Toad’s enchanted talking beer mug, they embark on a fantastical journey, traveling the country in search of the potion ingredients. But can they gather all of them in time, what with monsters, pirates, and axe-wielding thieves? And if they do, is there an even greater danger waiting for them at the end?
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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

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Blog Tour: The Skinwalker's Apprentice - Excerpt + Giveaway

The Skinwalker's Apprentice Tour
Tour Schedule HERE
Title: The Skinwalker's Apprentice
Author: Claribel Ortega
Links: Goodreads | Amazon
Publication Date: February 24, 2014

New York City 1984: It’s Emerald Kipp’s sixteenth birthday, and nothing has changed. She’s still the biggest loser in school, she’s still trying to find a place for herself and yeah, she’s still a witch. Her last year of high school is turning out to be the worst yet, and Emerald thinks it can’t possibly get any worse. Unfortunately for her, she’s dead wrong.

East Hampton, NY 1658: The Pennyfeathers are the black sheep of their small English settlement. As hard as they try to keep the family secrets just that, the magical bunch just can’t seem to fit in. But when a High Priestess witch chooses 16-year-old Margo Pennyfeather as an apprentice, Margo’s luck finally begins to change. What she doesn’t know, is there’s a lot more to her apprenticeship, and to being a witch, than she could ever imagine.

Discover the mysterious beginnings of The Empire Witch Series in "The Skinwalker's Apprentice: An Emerald Kipp Novella."
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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

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Blog Tour: Peaceful Genocide - Excerpt + Giveaway

Title: Peaceful Genocide
Author: J.A. Reynolds
Links: Goodreads | Amazon
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.
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Monday, February 24, 2014

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Review: Soul Oath by Juliana Haygert

Soul Oath

Everlast #2
Author:
Juliana Haygert
Publication Date: November 25, 2013
Publisher: Self Published

It’s been three months since Nadine last heard from Victor, Micah or Ceris, allowing her to concentrate on her own life. But until Victor and Micah find the scepters that will restore them as true gods, their human bodies will require her healing touch and it’s only a matter of time until they wreak havoc on her life again.

As if to prove that, Victor shows up at the hospital dragging along with him a swarm of demons. Nadine is forced to flee to safety. Despite her attempts to keep her loved ones protected, the demons find her, and they bring her to Imha, the goddess of Chaos.

Now, confronted by her greatest fear, Nadine finds a new motivation. Vengeance. And when seeking revenge, no risk is too great, including her own life.
Review copy provided by author for review

Here's a random character peeve of mine sometimes: the characters that cry a lot. Particularly the main character. Simply because reading the main character wanting to cry 24/7 is really annoying.
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Sunday, February 23, 2014

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The Sunday Post ~ 43

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.

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Saturday, February 22, 2014

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Review: The Moon Dwellers by David Estes

The Moon Dwellers

The Dwellers Saga #1
Author:
David Estes
Publication Date: June 27, 2012
Publisher: Self Published

In a desperate attempt to escape destruction decades earlier, humankind was forced underground, into the depths of the earth, creating a new society called the Tri-Realms.

After her parents and sister are abducted by the Enforcers, seventeen-year-old Adele, a member of the middle-class moon dwellers, is unjustly sentenced to life in prison for her parents' crimes of treason.

Against all odds, Adele must escape from the Pen and find her family, while being hunted by a deranged, killing machine named Rivet, who works for the President. She is helped by two other inmates, Tawni and Cole, each of whom have dark secrets that are better left undiscovered. Other than her friends, the only thing she has going for her is a wicked roundhouse kick and two fists that have been well-trained for combat by her father.

At the other end of the social spectrum is Tristan, the son of the President and a sun dweller. His mother is gone. He hates his father. Backed by only his servant and best friend, Roc, he leaves his lavish lifestyle in the Sun Realm, seeking to make something good out of his troubled life.

When a war breaks out within the Tri-Realms, Tristan is thrust into the middle of a conflict that seems to mysteriously follow Adele as she seeks to find her family and uncover her parents true past.

In their world, someone must die.
     Wow! I just realized it's positive reviews month (except for one). Oh yeah, and virtually flawless (in terms of spelling and grammar) books week. *does a lot of happy flips*
     Shush. Coming across a row of good books is a good feeling. A very good feeling. I'm ecstatic. And yes, you've seen the monkey before... in my Lichgates review on Wednesday.
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Friday, February 21, 2014

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Blog Tour: The Polaris Uprising by Jennifer Ibarra - Review + Giveaway

The Polaris Uprising Tour
Tour Schedule HERE
The Polaris Uprising

Polaris #1
Author:
Jennifer Ibarra
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Publication Date: October 30, 2013
Publisher: Tiwala Books

In less than seven years, eighteen-year-old Ryla Jensen will succeed her father as the president of Neress, a nation where all citizens are cared for from the moment they’re born. Fed, sheltered, even educated—every need of theirs is met.

The only price they pay is their free will.

Groomed since childhood to take on a role she’s not even sure she wants, Ryla’s only escape from the pressures of duty is her sister, Alanna. But when her eyes are opened to the oppressive regime her father built, she begins to question everything she’s set to inherit—and finds herself at odds with her sister’s blind allegiance to their father.

Torn between loyalty to her family and the fight for freedom, Ryla must decide just how far she’s willing to go to make a stand and risk losing the person she loves most in the world: Alanna.
Review copy provided by author for review on the blog tour

     Another bystander review yet again. T_T But throughout the story, I was making connections – yet again – to movies and books:
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Thursday, February 20, 2014

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Book Blast + Giveaway: Paris Cravings by Kimberley Montpetit

Title:Paris Cravings
Author: Kimberley Montpetit

Can life really turn on a dime,
a missed bus—
or a stuck pastry shop door?

Chloe Dillard’s life has always been complicated. Her mother is a neurotic romance novelist and her boyfriend, Mathew, has been pressuring her to go “all the way”.

But after The Worst Night of Her Life, Chloe escapes on her Senior Class trip to the swoon-worthy city of Paris which takes her mind off her troubles—temporarily. On the final leg of her dream trip, Chloe squeezes in one final run for a last-minute box of decadent pastries. Add a stuck door, subtract a broken four-inch heel from her cute strappy sandals, and Chloe ends up one stuck girl on the bakery shop floor with a sprained ankle.

Rescued by the shop owner’s dreamy son with chocolate-syrup eyes, the beautiful city of Paris suddenly becomes Chloe’s personal secret adventure. And even though Jean-Paul, the oh-so-kind La Patisserie shop boy is the gentlemanly guy Chloe has always dreamed of, even he has a girlfriend.

The police are tracking her down as a run-away, Mom’s having a nervous breakdown over her daughter’s “disappearance”, and Chloe’s just trying to have a Happily-Ever-After even as her dreams with Matt are swirling down the drain.

Could being lost in the city of Paris be just what the doctor ordered? What’s a girl to do in the most romantic city in the world?

Book Links:
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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

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Review: Lichgates by S.M. Boyce

Lichgates

The Grimoire Saga #1
Author:
S.M. Boyce
Publication Date: January 1, 2011
Publisher: Caffeinated Books Publishing

Fans of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and Eragon will enjoy this contemporary remix of the classic epic fantasy genre.
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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.

     It's pretty rare that I join an author's street team before I even read their book. On the upside, that means I have high hopes for them. On the downside, I have high expectations for said author.
     Not exactly a downside for me (because I'm not the one who has high expectations for – oh wait. I do. But school is different from writing). :D
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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

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Blog Tour: Fighting for the Edge - Excerpt + Giveaway

Tour Schedule HERE
Title: Fighting for the Edge (Edge #3)
Author: Jennifer Comeaux
Publication Date: November 5, 2013

Two friends. Two dreams. One night that changes everything…

Ice dancer Aubrey London scoffs at romance. She’s focused on winning a medal at the upcoming Olympics and uses that as her excuse to avoid serious relationships. But when she and longtime friend Chris Grayden are thrown together by unforeseen circumstances, Aubrey finds herself questioning everything she's ever known about love, complicating her life both on and off the ice.

Pairs skater Emily Petrov embraces romance. She and her husband Sergei still act like honeymooners two years after their wedding. As Emily’s coach, Sergei provides constant support while she prepares to challenge for gold at the Olympics. But Sergei’s support might not be enough to help Emily overcome the one challenge she never saw coming.

With the Games only weeks away, Emily and Aubrey are on the verge of realizing their dreams. But one snowy, stormy night sets in motion a series of events that will test them in ways they never imagined, giving them more to fight for than Olympic medals.

Book Links:
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Monday, February 17, 2014

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Review: Merlin's Children by Megan Joel Peterson


The Children & the Blood #3
Author: Megan Joel Peterson
Publication Date: November 26, 2013
Publisher: Wildflower Isle

The stakes of the war have never been higher.

But what will be the cost to win?

Ashe knows loss, knows sacrifice and pain. Her allies are scattered and too many lie dead. The Blood are stronger than ever and more connected than she could have imagined.

But the worst is yet to come. The war has taken so many people she loves.

Now it just might take everyone who's left.


Buy Links:
Amazon | Merlin's Children | Smashwords
Review copy provided by author for review

     First off, allow me to commend Megan for making it past what I would call the Snowpocalyspse level, in which case the weather was nastily for a week in early January. I'm sure that says a lot, and that was not sarcasm whatsoever.
     Merlin's Children starts off pretty much exactly where Taliesin Ascendant left off, and we finally get answers from the prologue of Book 1.
     Or maybe I just now realized the answer to the question and it was in my face the entire time. *shrugs* I'm pretty sure it doesn't matter since as long as the question is answered, then it's all good.
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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Saturday, February 15, 2014

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Review: Unbound by Georgia Bell

Unbound

All Good Things #1
Author:
Georgia Bell
Publication Date: November 2, 2013
Publisher: Self Published

After her father dies, Rachel realizes she is scared and stuck. Scared of heights, of cars, of disasters harming the people she loves. Stuck in a life that is getting smaller by the minute. Stuck with a secret she has kept all her life: Someone has been watching over her since birth. Someone who tends to show up when she needs him the most. Someone she believes is her guardian angel.

Eaden is a 1,500-year-old immortal who wants to die. Drained by a life stretched too thin, he has requested his final reward – a mortal sacrifice bred specifically to bring him death. But something went wrong. Rachel’s ability to grant death has mutated in ways that threaten to upset the uneasy alliance between mortals and immortals. And utterly beguiled, Eaden discovers that although Rachel is the key to his death, because of her, he no longer wants to die. And he will do anything to protect her.

Swept into a world of legends, caught between the warring political factions of immortals, and carrying the future of mortal kind in her flesh and bone, Rachel must risk everything to save her world and the man she loves.
Review copy provided by the author via Xpresso Book Tours

     In short, let's just say that I thought for a good part of the book I might have to give another not-so-stellar review (which I really hate doing).
     Personally, as the story progressed on, I thought it was going to be a very Romeo & Juliet ending, and if it hasn't been mentioned quite clearly yet, I did NOT like that book. Oh, a boy mistakes his love for dead, apparently kills himself, and we all know what happens after that. Very ironic if you know what I mean. *gives Shakespeare a very bored look and wonders how to say "I am not very impressed" in Old English* Tis not a story for me.
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Friday, February 14, 2014

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What Should I Read Next? ~3: The Green Power of 3 Edition

What Should I Read Next?
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.
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It may have been noticed I didn't go back to edit last month's edition with who the winners are. It's hardly relevant to write that down when the next one (this) is going to have a little twist.
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Thursday, February 13, 2014

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Blog Tour: Web of Lies - Excerpt + Giveaway

Tour Schedule HERE

Web of Lies
Title: Web of Lies (Red Ridge Pack #3)
Author: Sara Dailey, Staci Weber
Link: Goodreads
Publication Date: November 25, 2013

In the midst of a struggle for control of his pack, eighteen-year-old werewolf enforcer-to-be Luke Stanton meets the one girl who will destroy everything…or complete him.

Eighteen-year-old Luke Stanton is focused, strong, and intimidating as hell. He has to be. As the future enforcer of Red Ridge, it will be his job to keep the other weres in line. So avoiding close friendships, pack drama, and especially pack females is in his best interest. He witnessed firsthand what love did to his father, so casual human hookups are enough.

Then she arrives: Scarlett Reed. She arouses something primal in him, something undeniable. But just as Luke gives himself permission to finally experience something real, the truth bursts free. The were beauty is harboring a secret so devastating it has the power to destroy him. At the same time, the pack is splintering over a battle for leadership, and Luke’s strength is needed more than ever. It is a time of upheaval, of the destructive power of lies. Everything he thought to protect is in danger: his family, his friends…and most of all, his heart.
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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

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Book Blitz: In Pursuit by Olivia Luck

Title: In Pursuit
Author: Olivia Luck
Links: Goodreads | Amazon
Publication Date: February 11, 2014

Eddie Neff needs space. Not the type that country stars croon about, but physical distance from her emotionally distant father and the tatters of a broken relationship. So when the opportunity to relocate her life and interior design business arises, the answer comes easily.

Adjusting to life with Claire, her gregarious new roommate, is more than simply testing comfort limits. With just one meeting, Eddie finds herself unable to resist the draw of Harris Grant, Claire’s brooding and overprotective older brother.

Harris doesn’t fit her idea of a safe relationship. He pushes Eddie to face her deepest insecurities and fears of abandonment. And Harris holds on to his own painful loss, unable to overcome personal demons.

Eddie and Harris must learn to conquer their internal struggles. But as they navigate their new love, outside forces fight to drive them apart.
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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

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Blog Tour: The Banovic Siblings - Interview

Title: The Banovic Siblings - Friends & Liars (Family Portrait #2)
Author: Gillian Felix

College boy Kevin Banovic’s casual affair with Savi DaCosta suited him perfectly. Things change when he finds out that Savi is his mom’s high school bestie. When Kevin tries to end their affair, Savi blackmails him. After Kevin rescues Savi’s stepdaughter, L’Wren, from her abusive boyfriend, he can’t stop thinking about her. He must find a way to handle Savi, protect L’Wren, and keep his sanity.

Bad girl Adriana Banovic is pleased with herself for getting her nemesis expelled from Westwood Academy. As feelings between her and her latest victim Haze Lyndon escalate, an unexpected rival discovers her secret and threatens to expose her. With emotions on the line, will her new rival beat her at her own game or end up another casualty of Adriana’s wrath?

Zax Banovic has it all. Tall and handsome, he’s an academic genius, with a killer smile and a heart of gold. When his best friend gets into trouble, he feels responsible and covers for him. But his best friend is not as honorable and has other plans for Zax.

The Banovic Siblings learn that blackmail is a gift that keeps on giving. This is the second book in the Family Portrait novel series.

If you like shows like the original Melrose Place, Beverly Hills 90210 and Nashville, where the guys and girls are hot and the schemes are hotter, you will like The Banovic Siblings.
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Monday, February 10, 2014

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Review: Delirium by Lauren Oliver


Delirium #1
Author: Lauren Oliver
Publication Date: February 3, 2011
Publisher: HarperCollins

Amazon Best Books of the Month, February 2011: Lena Haloway is content in her safe, government-managed society. She feels (mostly) relaxed about the future in which her husband and career will be decided, and looks forward to turning 18, when she’ll be cured of deliria, a.k.a. love. She tries not to think about her mother’s suicide (her last words to Lena were a forbidden “I love you”) or the supposed “Invalid” community made up of the uncured just beyond her Portland, Maine, border. There’s no real point—she believes her government knows how to best protect its people, and should do so at any cost. But 95 days before her cure, Lena meets Alex, a confident and mysterious young man who makes her heart flutter and her skin turn red-hot. As their romance blossoms, Lena begins to doubt the intentions of those in power, and fears that her world will turn gray should she submit to the procedure. In this powerful and beautifully written novel, Lauren Oliver, the bestselling author of Before I Fall, throws readers into a tightly controlled society where options don’t exist, and shows not only the lengths one will go for a chance at freedom, but also the true meaning of sacrifice. --Jessica Schein

     It's been a little foretold before I read Delirium that I probably wouldn't like it since the majority of it is based on romance (hi... love as a disease). And if you compare all my reviews on the blog so far, there's always SOMETHING ELSE with romance. Or there's none at all, in which I'm perfectly content with. ^_^ Unless the name is required reads, in which I have no choice but to read if I want to pass English with a stellar grade.
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Sunday, February 9, 2014

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The Sunday Post ~ 41: Olympics Edition

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.

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Saturday, February 8, 2014

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Review: Ephemeral by K.A. Poe


Ani'Mari Saga #1
Author: K.A. Poe
Publication Date: November 19, 2013
Publisher: Self Published

For Victoria Aldrich, death is everywhere. Cursed with powerful visions, she foresees the death of everyone she touches. Until she meets Spencer Manning.

When Victoria touches this strange new boy she sees nothing but blinding light. But sometimes the brightest lights cast the darkest shadows. As Victoria tries to understand why Spencer’s death is hidden from her, she also begins to glimpse a shadowy figure lurking around town—a boy that no one else seems to see.

The deeper Victoria pries into Hazel Grove's new inhabitants, the more she discovers their connection to her curse, and how she must use it to stop a fate worse than death.
Disclaimer: Review copy provided by author for a honest review

     If anyone paid attention to one of my Sunday Posts earlier this year (ha, the 1st post of the year actually), you're probably well aware that Ephemeral is pretty much guilty of helping me keep up with my reading schedule amidst making the new blog design.
     Then again, I was pretty much done by then, so I guess that piece of information was [very] irrelevant.
     Well, in most cases, Ephemeral was a page turner. Emphasis on most. There was also a cliffhanger, in which no matter how much I like them, I hate them as well.
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Friday, February 7, 2014

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Scavenger Hunt + Giveaway: The Deaths of Me by Cydney Lawson

Start the Hunt HERE
Title: The Deaths of Me
Author: Cydney Lawson
Publication Date: February 2014
Word Count: 80K

One, tiny little massacre, and suddenly Ivy’s the bad guy.

Now indebted to the Covenant until the unforeseeable future due to her murderous actions, the vampire has a new mission: save Rory, the last half-phoenix, from the clutches of a crazed group of humans who are bent on harnessing immortality.

But saving Rory means partnering with Dane—a werewolf playboy who never shuts up. Forced to work together until the Covenant reveals their plans, Dane finds himself falling out of his heartbreaker ways and into love with Rory.

When Ivy learns that Rory’s mounting passion becomes deadlier each time she and Dane touch, things get even more complicated. As the cult hunts them down, Ivy must fight to keep the two apart. It will take all three of them working together and facing their pasts to save their own lives before the cult reclaims what they stole in the first place: Rory's life.
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Thursday, February 6, 2014

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Book Blast + Giveaway: Muse Unexpected by V.C. Birlidis

Tour Schedule HERE
Title: Muse Unexpected
Author: V.C. Birlidis

"We're Muses. Not vampires, not fairies, not werewolves. We're Muses." Sophie was sure her mother had reached an epic level of crazy. ‘We're Muses?' She thought Muses were lame, not to mention she found the idea ridiculous. However, Sophie couldn't explain away her physical transformation that made Anne Hathaway in The Princess Diaries look like a bad Walmart make-over, not to mention why her mood swings triggered an uncontrollable ability to shoot powerful bursts of energy out of her hands.

Sophie soon realizes modern day Muses have evolved into powerful guardians of humankind, tasked with keeping mortals on the right path and the original Olympians locked away from the world. But old hatreds don't die easily, especially for immortal enemies that have an eternity to plot and gather their forces. Well aware of the Fates' foretelling of another Olympian war, and a young Muse that would rise up as a warrior and defeat them, the Olympians have vowed to either possess Sophie or destroy her. Either way, they will make sure everyone associated with their imprisonment will reap an eternal damnation in the Underworld, leaving the Olympians to restore Mount Olympus and force humankind into a future of never-ending servitude and misery.

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Book Blitz + Giveaway: Immagica by K.A. Last

Immagica Blitz
Immagica
Title: Immagica
Author: K.A. Last
Link: Goodreads
Publication Date: January 26, 2014

Immagica…
Where anything is possible.
Enter at your own risk.


The night before her fifteenth birthday, Rosaline Clayton uncovers a deep family secret. She receives an amulet from her deranged father, and he tells her she must find the book in order to save him. Rosaline is used to her dad not making any sense, so she dismisses their conversation as another of his crazy rants.

When Rosaline’s brother, Elliot, drags her to their nana’s attic to explore, they find the old leather-bound book tucked away in a chest. It sucks them into its pages, transporting them to a magical world. Along the way, Rosaline and Elliot are separated, and the only thing she wants is to find her brother and go home.

The creatures of Immagica have other ideas. After years of war, their land lies in ruin. Using the amulet’s power, they want Rosaline to defeat the dragon and restore Immagica to its former glory. But Rosaline is bound to Immagica in ways she doesn’t understand, and when she discovers the truth about her family, she must follow her heart to save them all.

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

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Book Blitz + Giveaway: Change of Heart by Shari Maurer

Change of Heart Blitz
Change of Heart
Title: Change of Heart
Author: Shari Maurer
Publication Date: December 8, 2013
Publisher: Self Published

When you’re 16 years old, it never occurs to you that you might die. Emmi Miller’s got a fabulous life. She has tons of friends, does great in school and is an all-star soccer player who played in Europe last summer. It even looks like Sam Hunter, a totally cute baseball player, might be interested in her. And then she gets a virus. No biggy, right? Until the virus goes to her heart and weakens it so much that, without a transplant, Emmi will die. Will Emmi get a heart in time? Is Sam too good to be true? What about her new friend Abe, who has also had a transplant and guides her through these scary times — is he just being supportive or is there more going on between them? And will Emmi realize it before it’s too late?

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

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ARC Review: Fates by Lanie Bross


Fates #1
Author: Lanie Bross
Publication Date: February 11, 2014
Publisher: Delacoute Press

What if your destiny was to kill the one you love?

One moment. One foolish desire. One mistake. And Corinthe lost everything.

She fell from her tranquil life in Pyralis Terra and found herself exiled to the human world. Her punishment? To make sure people’s fates unfold according to plan. Now, years later, Corinthe has one last assignment: kill Lucas Kaller. His death will be her ticket home.

But for the first time, Corinthe feels a tingle of doubt. It begins as a lump in her throat, then grows toward her heart, and suddenly she feels like she’s falling all over again—this time for a boy she knows she can never have. Because it is written: one of them must live, and one of them must die.

In a universe where every moment, every second, every fate has already been decided, where does love fit in?
Disclaimer: Advanced Review Copy provided Random House Children's for a honest review via Netgalley – Thanks!

     It's easy to write a positive review. It's easy to write a negative review without offending or insulting anyone. But there are books in which I have a hard time expressing in a review immediately, and Fates tend to be one of them. I sort of call them "the middles." AKA bystanders if anyone wants a real life comparison. No bullying is involved.
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Monday, February 3, 2014

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Book Blitz + Giveaway: Carnelian by B. Kristin McMichael

Carnelian Blitz
Carnelian
Title: Carnelian (The Chalcedony Chronicles #1)
Author: B. Kristin McMichael
Link: Goodreads
Publication Date: January 10, 2014

Everyone has a past, but for most it isn’t so far in the past as Seth Sangre. His past is literally from thousands of years ago. Seth’s past led him to the present seeking something that might help him save his country from destruction. He has been in the present for over three years now and just found exactly what he has been looking for.

Mari had dreams of college being a fresh start, one where she would start over and not fall for the good looking player like high school. Unfortunately for her that’s exactly what ends up falling into her lap on the first day she moves into the dorms. Now she has to hold to her promise to herself and not fall for the handsome Seth. But he doesn’t plan to make it easy for her. Seth has already marked her as his next conquest. As the semester progresses, Mari learns that Seth might just have a past of his own that’s literally in the past. Suddenly Mari finds her future along with her past put into question. She’s connected to Seth far more than she ever wanted to be and maybe the player isn’t who she thought he was. If Mari can trust her heart enough to follow him, Seth will lead Mari on an adventure of a lifetime and reveal family secrets she never knew existed.

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Sunday, February 2, 2014

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The Sunday Post ~ 40

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.
     Happy Groundhog's Day! In which hogs decide to pop out of the ground, or maybe it's just Hogwarts classes in the ground.
     I'm pretty sure most of you guys are probably ogling your eyes at football players today during the Super Bowl, so I really appreciate it if you stopped by my little corner of the intramaweb. :3
     I'll be reading and finishing a book. Or 2.
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Saturday, February 1, 2014

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Tutorial: How to Remove Image Backgrounds With GIMP

Bookwyrming Thoughts Tutorial
     GIMP is probably one of the best image editing softwares out there next to Photoshop, and possibly confusing. I'll admit I'm still confused even though I played around with it for quite awhile. Just less confused than when I first started. *phew*
     A few weeks ago, Kimba from the Caffeinated Book Reviewer asked if I could write a post on how to remove backgrounds from images in GIMP. There are a few options, and the ones that I know of either results in a long time waste or paying just to upgrade Serif (the free version is good enough for me, and I'm not sure how their background removing thing works).
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