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Monday, June 30, 2014

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ARC Review: Going Down in Flames by Chris Cannon

Going Down in Flames by Chris Cannon

Going Down in Flames
Chris Cannon
Publication Date: June 30, 2014
Publisher: Entangled Ember

If her love life is going down in flames, she might as well spark a revolution.

Finding out on your sixteenth birthday you’re a shape-shifting dragon is tough to swallow. Being hauled off to an elite boarding school is enough to choke on.

Since Bryn is the only crossbreed at the Institute for Excellence, all eyes are on her, but it’s a particular black dragon, Zavien, who catches her attention.

Zavien is tired of the Council’s rules. Segregated clans, being told who to love, and close-minded leaders make freedom of choice almost impossible. The new girl with the striped hair is a breath of fresh air, and with Bryn’s help, they may be able to change the rules.

At the Institute, old grudges, new crushes, and death threats are all part of a normal day for Bryn. She’ll need to learn to control her dragon powers if she wants to make it through her first year at school. But even focusing on staying alive is difficult when you’re falling for someone you can't have.
Review copy provided by EntangledTeen for review – thanks!

For once, I think my instincts were right (not that I ever listen) about Going Down in Flames. I was expecting a lot more.
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Sunday, June 29, 2014

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The Sunday Post ~ 58: Discreet Hiatus

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, June 28, 2014

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Book Blast + Giveaway: Contact by Laurisa White Reyes

Title: Contact
Author: Laurisa White Reyes
Link: Amazon

Mira wants to die. She’s attempted suicide twice already and failed. Every time she comes in contact with another person, skin to skin, that person’s psyche uploads into hers. While her psychologist considers this a gift, for Mira it’s a curse from which she cannot escape.

To make matters worse, Mira’s father is being investigated for the deaths of several volunteer test subjects of the miracle drug Gaudium. Shortly after Mira’s mother starts asking questions, she ends up in a coma. Although her father claims it was an accident, thanks to her “condition” Mira knows the truth, but proving it just might get her killed.

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Blog Tour: The Silver Sickle by Ellie Ann - Review + Giveaway

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The Silver Sickle by Ellie Ann

The Silver Sickle
Ellie Ann
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Publication Date: July 2013
Publisher: Stonehouse Ink

The end of humanity will come through the Silver Sickle . . .

Farissa lives every moment with reckless abandon, for it may be her last. Any day now, the alien goddesses will harvest her and take her to the mysterious Silver Sickle, never to return. She’s accepted that. What she can’t accept is this new idea of freedom Zel has planted in her head. She’d give almost anything to be with Zel, but how can she run from her destiny if it means putting the whole kingdom in danger?

Everyone in the desert kingdom believes the goddesses are immortal, but Zel has invented a way to kill them. Now all he has to do is convince Farissa to run away with him and plant a seed of hope in her heart that she’s not destined to die. Little does he know that one seed of hope could change the course of the future.
Review copy provided by the author for the blog tour

If I could rename The Silver Sickle, I would probably call it "The Unfinished Silver Sickle Kiss," mainly due to the reason that the story focuses on a silver sickle and an unfinished kiss between 2 of the 3 main characters: Zel and Farissa.
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Friday, June 27, 2014

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Review: The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden (Will Someone PLEASE Give Me a Translator?!)

The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden

The Casquette Girls #1
Alys Arden
Publication Date: October 31, 2013
Publisher: fortheARTofit

After the Storm of the Century rips apart New Orleans, Adele Le Moyne and her father are among the first to return to the city following the mandatory evacuation. Adele wants nothing more than for life to return to normal, but with the silent city resembling a mold-infested war zone, a parish-wide curfew, and mysterious new faces lurking in the abandoned French Quarter, normal will have to be redefined.

Mother Nature couldn’t drain the joie de vivre from New Orleans, but the flood waters recede, and the body count continues to rise. Someone or something is draining life from its residents. Events too unnatural – even for New Orleans – lead Adele to an attic that has been sealed for three hundred years, and the chaos she unleashes threatens not only her life but everyone she knows.

Caught suddenly in a hurricane of eighteenth-century myths and monsters, Adele must quickly untangle a web of magic that links the climbing murder rate back to her own ancestors. But who can you trust in a city where everyone has a secret, and where keeping them can be a matter of life and death – unless, that is, you’re immortal.
Review copy provided by author via Xpresso Book Tours

What an interesting read! The Casquette Girls is centered shortly after Hurricane Katrina, and of course, New Orleans, where the unexplainable happens.
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Thursday, June 26, 2014

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Blog Tour: Carnelian - Spotlight + Giveaway

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Title: Carnelian (Chalcedony Chronicles #1)
Author: B. Kristin McMichael
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository
Publication Date: February 1, 2014

Everyone has a past, but for most it isn’t as long ago as Seth Sangre. His past is literally thousands of years ago. Seth’s life 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 that college will be 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 life of his own that’s actually from 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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Blog Tour: Awaken - Guest Post + Giveaway

Title: Awaken (Awakened Fate #1)
Author: Skye Malone
Links: Kindle | PaperbackBarnes & Noble | iTunes | Smashwords
Publisher: Wildflower Isle
Publication Date: June 3, 2014

Running away from home was never Chloe Kowalski's plan. Neither was ending up the target of killers, or having her body change in unusual ways. She only wanted a vacation, someplace far from her crazy parents and their irrational fear of water. She only wanted to do something normal for once, and maybe get to know her best friend's hot stepbrother a bit better at the same time.

But the first day she goes out on the ocean, strange things start to happen. Dangerous things that should be impossible. Things to which 'normal' doesn't even begin to apply.

Now madmen are hunting her. A mysterious guy with glowing blue eyes is following her. And her best friend's stepbrother seems to be hiding secrets all his own.

It was supposed to be a vacation. It's turning out to be a whole lot more.
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

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Review: A Different Kind by Lauryn April (Truly A Different Kind)

A Different Kind by Lauryn April

A Different Kind
Lauryn April
Publication Date: March 30, 2014
Publisher: Phantom Owl Press

Payton Carlson’s life is perfect – until the night she’s abducted by aliens. Now she’s plagued by pieces of memories from a night that feels as hazy as a dream, and that’s not the only strange thing that’s been happening. When Payton’s neighbor, Logan Reed, who spends every night sitting on his roof staring at the stars, starts to pay extra attention to her, Payton starts to wonder if he knows more about the night she can’t remember than she does. Suddenly finding a date to the Homecoming dance and cheering at the football games aren’t as important as they used to be - especially when the aliens return for a second time.

Review Copy provided by the author for review

A Different Kind follows Payton Carlson, a high school who has a perfect life as a cheerleader and on top of the social pyramid at her school, at least until she starts getting strange dreams that are actually her being abducted by aliens.
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Tuesday, June 24, 2014


The Pressures of Bestselling Books

Bookwyrming Thoughts Discussion

"All of my friends are reading this bestselling book and I want to too!"

Random story: non-bookish people usually don't understand the pressures of reading a bestseller. I can't fathom exactly how many times I've been bugged to read books like Shatter Me, or The Raven Boys or even sequels like Treason or City of Glass (I already read City of Ashes. The review comes in July). The list just goes on and on.
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Saturday, June 21, 2014

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Blog Tour: Darkness Reigns - Excerpt + Giveaway

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Title: Darkness Reigns (Darkness #2)
Author: L.M. Justus
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Publication Date: June 2014

New York City is a wasteland. More than eight million people are dead or worse…infected.

After their failed attempt to stop the spread of a virus that turns people into zombie-like, human-vampire hybrids, Reed Hennessy and his ragtag crew are scrambling to stay alive. To make matters worse, the human authorities are close to proving the existence of vampires and blaming them for the disaster in New York.

Their storm of trouble is already spinning out of control when an old enemy reappears to issue a challenge–an ultimatum that will mean certain death for at least one member of Reed’s group. With their mountain of problems growing exponentially and a host of enemies closing in, they flee for their lives, desperate for a miracle. Will they survive and avoid the world’s scrutiny, or will darkness prevail?
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Friday, June 20, 2014

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Blog Tour: Crane - Excerpt + Giveaway

Title: Crane (Legends Saga #1)
Author: Stacey Rourke
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Smashwords | iBooks

The Horseman is unending,
his presence shan’t lessen.
If you break the curse,
you become the legend.

Washington Irving and Rip Van Winkle had no choice but to cover up the deadly truth behind Ichabod Crane’s disappearance. Centuries later, a Crane returns to Sleepy Hollow awakening macabre secrets once believed to be buried deep.

What if the monster that spawned the legend lived within you?

Now, Ireland Crane, reeling from a break-up and seeking a fresh start, must rely on the newly awakened Rip Van Winkle to discover the key to channeling the darkness swirling within her. Bodies are piling high and Ireland is the only one that can save Sleepy Hollow by embracing her own damning curse.

But is anyone truly safe when the Horseman rides?
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Thursday, June 19, 2014

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Blog Tour: The Reapers - Playlist

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Title: The Reapers (My Demonic Ghost #2)
Author: Jacinta Maree
Link: Goodreads | Barnes & Noble | Amazon
Publication Date: September 17, 2013

The day you die is meant to be the end, but for 18 year old Jordon Hastings, his death was only the beginning.

In a dark and twisted world, lost spirits known as Reapers remain behind after death to help collect the spirits from the realm of the living. A new Reaper, Jordon struggles to accept his fate and lingers in the shadows of his mortal life. But when a demon wolf starts to live through his shadow, hunting his family and friends Jordon has no choice but to leave. As soon as he accepts his new role the truth behind the relationship between Reapers and Angelic Hunters is revealed. His loyalty is tested, making him choose between a corrupted God and a single Banished Spirit.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

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Blog Tour: Boneseeker by Brynn Chapman - ARC Review + Giveaway

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Boneseeker by Brynn Chapman

Brynn Chapman
Links: Amazon | Goodreads | Kobo | Barnes & Noble
Publication Date: June 17, 2014
Publisher: Month9Books

Arabella Holmes was born different and raised different. After it became apparent she wouldn't fit the role of a proper 1900's lady, her father, Sherlock, called in some lingering favors, and landed her a position at the Mutter Museum. The museum was Arabella's dream; she was to become a purveyor of abnormal science. What her father called a BoneSeeker.

Henry Watson arrives at the Mutter Museum with a double assignment--to become a finder of abnormal antiquities and to watch over and keep Arabella Holmes. An easy task, if he could only get her to speak to him instead of throwing knives in his general direction.

But this is no time for child's play. The two teens are assigned to a most secret exploration, when the hand of a Nephilim is unearthed in upstate New York. Soon, Arabella and Henry are caught in a fight for their lives as scientific debate swirls around them. Are the bones from a Neanderthal ... or are they living proof of fallen angels, who supposedly mated with humans according to ancient scrolls?

Sent to recover the skeleton, they discover they are the second team to have been deployed and the entire first team is dead. And now they must trust their instincts and rely on one another in order to survive and uncover the truth.
Advanced copy provided by Month9Books for review – thanks!

Okay, I have a question: who else, while reading this book (if you did), kept imagining Sherlock Holmes as Benedict Cumberbatch? And I don't even have cable to watch it, nor do I have time to watch Masterpiece Mystery....
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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

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Blog Tour: The Witch of Luna Hill - Excerpt + Giveaway

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Title: The Witch of Luna Hill (The Witch of Luna Hill #1)
Author: Neel Kay
Links: Goodreads | Amazon
Publication Date: February 14, 2013

A year ago, Aia was found dead in a lake. Fortunately, her rescuer managed to resuscitate her. But how she ended up in the water in the first place, she doesn’t remember. Actually, she doesn’t remember one single thing about her old life from before she died.

Now she lives her monotone life by the edge of the Great Forest in which she works hard day in and day out. Up there in Northland beyond the mountains, the war against supernatural beings, humans with strange abilities and all who side with them isn’t quite as visible as in the rest of Bragimark.

But when she meets Merian Storm, a privileged student trying to escape her dysfunctional family and the memory of the man she loved, Aia is jerked out of her comfort zone and thrown into a journey across the haunted mountains in search of her past.

When entering Merian’s war-torn home in the south, Aia’s role in the war becomes significant and so does her presence in the lives of the Storm family and vice versa – especially Merian’s rogue brother.
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Monday, June 16, 2014

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Blog Tour: Dark Metropolis by Jaclyn Dolamore - ARC Review + Giveaway

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Dark Metropolis #1
Jaclyn Dolamore
Links: Amazon | Goodreads
Publication Date: June 17, 2014
Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Cabaret meets Cassandra Clare-a haunting magical thriller set in a riveting 1930s-esque world.

Sixteen-year-old Thea Holder's mother is cursed with a spell that's driving her mad, and whenever they touch, Thea is chilled by the magic, too. With no one else to contribute, Thea must make a living for both of them in a sinister city, where danger lurks and greed rules.

Thea spends her nights waitressing at the decadent Telephone Club attending to the glitzy clientele. But when her best friend, Nan, vanishes, Thea is compelled to find her. She meets Freddy, a young, magnetic patron at the club, and he agrees to help her uncover the city's secrets-even while he hides secrets of his own.

Together, they find a whole new side of the city. Unrest is brewing behind closed doors as whispers of a gruesome magic spread. And if they're not careful, the heartless masterminds behind the growing disappearances will be after them, too.

Perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare, this is a chilling thriller with a touch of magic where the dead don't always seem to stay that way.
Advance copy provided by Disney Hyperion via Netgalley for review on the blog tour – thanks!

WARNING: May contain spoilers from other books and this book. Yes, there are reasons, and there may be too many to put them all in spoiler buttons without looking like a completely fragmented review.

Cabaret meets Cassandra Clare? Hmm... I can certainly see that, seeing what cabaret actually means in the dictionary... but I would probably say Cabaret meets Cassandra Clare meets Mary Shelley meets Veronica Roth.
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Friday, June 13, 2014

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ARC Review: Hexed by Michelle Krys

Hexed by Michelle Krys

Hexed #1
Michelle Krys
Publication Date: June 10, 2014
Publisher: Delacorte Press

If high school is all about social status, Indigo Blackwood has it made. Sure, her quirky mom owns an occult shop, and a nerd just won’t stop trying to be her friend, but Indie is a popular cheerleader with a football-star boyfriend and a social circle powerful enough to ruin everyone at school. Who wouldn’t want to be her?

Then a guy dies right before her eyes. And the dusty old family Bible her mom is freakishly possessive of is stolen. But it’s when a frustratingly sexy stranger named Bishop enters Indie’s world that she learns her destiny involves a lot more than pom-poms and parties. If she doesn’t get the Bible back, every witch on the planet will die. And that’s seriously bad news for Indie, because according to Bishop, she’s a witch too.

Suddenly forced into a centuries-old war between witches and sorcerers, Indie’s about to uncover the many dark truths about her life—and a future unlike any she ever imagined on top of the cheer pyramid.
Advance copy provided by Delacorte Press via Netgalley for review – thanks!

Happy Friday the 13th! By no means was this review deliberately placed on this day because it's witchy (maybe it was deliberate in my subconsciousness. I don't have a say in there).
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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

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Blog Tour: Caught in the Crossfire - Excerpt + Giveaway

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Title: Caught in the Crossfire
Author: Juliann Rich
Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Publication Date: June 16, 2014

Two boys at bible camp. One forbidden love.

That’s the dilemma Jonathan Cooper faces when he goes away to Spirit Lake Bible Camp, situated along Minnesota’s rugged north shore, for a summer of fun. He is expecting mosquito bites, bonfires with S’Mores, and photography classes with Simon, his favorite counselor who always helps him see life in perfect focus.

What he isn’t expecting is Ian McGuire, a new camper who openly argues against phrases like pray the gay away. Ian is certain of many things, including what could happen between them if only Jonathan could surrender to his feelings.

Jonathan, however, tosses in a storm of indecision between his belief in God and his inability to stay away from Ian. When a real storm hits and Ian is lost in it, Jonathan is forced to make a public decision that changes his life.
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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

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ARC Review: The Body in the Woods by April Henry

The Body in the Woods by April Henry

Point Last Seen #1
April Henry
Publication Date: June 17, 2014
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.

In this new series told from multiple perspectives, teen members of a search and rescue team discover a dead body in the woods.

Alexis, Nick, and Ruby have very different backgrounds: Alexis has spent her life covering for her mom’s mental illness, Nick’s bravado hides his fear of not being good enough, and Ruby just wants to pursue her eccentric interests in a world that doesn’t understand her. When the three teens join Portland County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue, they are teamed up to search for a autistic man lost in the woods. What they find instead is a dead body. In a friendship that will be forged in danger, fear, and courage, the three team up to find the girl’s killer—before he can strike one of their own.

This first book in April Henry’s Point Last Seen YA mystery series is full of riveting suspense, putting readers in the middle of harrowing rescues and crime scene investigations.
Advanced Copy provided by Henry Holt & Co. for Review via Netgalley – thanks!

I think I'm reading books too fast for the following reasons:
  • It was spring break. I probably got cabin fever. 101°F most likely
  • It was short, compared to a lot of other books I typically really, which are usually 350+
  • It really was action-packed and suspenseful
The last part is a fact, and to my embarrassment, I didn't realize April Henry was the exact same author who wrote Girl, Stolen which I actually loved (I forgot if it was Book Battle, Truman Readers Award Nominee, or both). Or maybe I just forgot who the author was. Whoops.
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Saturday, June 7, 2014


10 Things You Didn't Know About Sophia... and It's Not the Wizard

I honestly haven't done any facts about me post before have I? Aside from the Liebster Award which was over a year ago... so I suppose I'm well overdue for a factual post. o_o
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Thursday, June 5, 2014

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Blog Tour: The Murder Complex - Spotlight + Giveaway

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Title: The Murder Complex (The Murder Complex #1)
Author: Lindsay Cummings
Links: Goodreads | Paperback | Kindle | Barnes & Noble | iTunes | The Book Depository
Publication Date: June 10, 2014
Publisher: Greenwillow Books

An action-packed, blood-soaked, futuristic debut thriller set in a world where the murder rate is higher than the birthrate. For fans of Moira Young’s Dust Lands series, La Femme Nikita, and the movie Hanna.

Meadow Woodson, a fifteen-year-old girl who has been trained by her father to fight, to kill, and to survive in any situation, lives with her family on a houseboat in Florida. The state is controlled by The Murder Complex, an organization that tracks the population with precision.

The plot starts to thicken when Meadow meets Zephyr James, who is—although he doesn’t know it—one of the MC’s programmed assassins. Is their meeting a coincidence? Destiny? Or part of a terrifying strategy? And will Zephyr keep Meadow from discovering the haunting truth about her family?

Action-packed, blood-soaked, and chilling, this is a dark and compelling debut novel by Lindsay Cummings
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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

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Book Blast + Giveaway: The Labyrinth Society by Angie Kelly

Title: The Labyrinth Society - The Versailles Vendetta
Author: Angie Kelly
Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes

When 12 year-old Mia Cornell is sent to live at the Tarpley Estate, her ninth foster home, she has no idea what she's in for. Having a kind but mysterious foster mother and three quirky foster sisters is all well and good. Discovering that her new family is a secret society—they use a portal in their garden labyrinth to travel the globe seeking lost art, artifacts, and OSOs (objects of supernatural origin)—is something else entirely.

Mia barely has time to wrap her head around the truth when the Society's latest job, tracking down Marie Antoinette's necklace, goes sideways. Mia and her new siblings—Tomi, the historian; Devon, the hacker; and Lily, the muscle—must use their wits, plus a few cool OSOs filched from the Society's vault, to stay a step ahead of a sinister enemy from their foster mother's past. But just how far back does Mrs. Tarpley's past go? And will Mia stand by her new family or cut and run when they need her the most?
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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

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Review: The Void of Mist & Thunder by James Dashner (An Upside Down Hershey)

The Void of Mist and Thunder by James Dashner

The 13th Reality #4
James Dashner
Publication Date: July 13, 2012
Publisher: Shadow Mountain

Suspense meets sacrifice in the action-packed conclusion to New York Times bestselling author James Dashner’s 13th Reality series.

Atticus Higginbottom—aka Tick—has known all along that when the battle for every reality is on the line, his role will be a crucial one. But he never could have imagined how this final challenge would go down. While Tick’s friends Paul, Sofia, and Sato work together with the Realitants to fight the newest and biggest threat to the very fabric of all that exists, Tick finds himself alone with the villains responsible for the damage: Mistress Jane and Reginald Chu.

Each character faces unimaginable choices and death-defying odds in this breathless conclusion to a quirky, clever series. Ultimately, it will take a stunning sacrifice to save the day….

I apparently decided to make a funnel review, which really looks more like an upside blue and purple Hershey's kiss.
Thus, you are officially looking at what goes in – the title of the book – and what comes out as a result – the rounded rating.
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Sunday, June 1, 2014

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The Sunday Post ~ 57: Summer, Books, & Homework

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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