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Thursday, July 31, 2014

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Chibi Views: Blood & Snow 1-4 by RaShelle Workman

Chibi Views are basically mini reviews - inspired by the small sizes of chibi in Japanese manga. They're usually really short, have big heads, and yep... adorable. Usually longer than tweets, but not it's not enough to technically qualify as a long and detailed review.
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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Movie Review: The Great Gatsby - Sophia Makes Her Attempt at Movie Reviewing

I'm going to attempt to write a movie review. I say attempt, because while I may have gone into book reviewing blindly with no experience whatsoever – I've never even read a book review prior to book blogging – I can count on both hands exactly how many movies I've watched in my entire lifetime. LITERALLY. Want the list?
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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DNF Review: Freak of Nature by Julia Crane

Freak of Nature by Julia Crane

IFICS #1
Author:
Julia Crane
Publication Date: January 9, 2014
Publisher: Valknut Press

Donate Body to Science. Check.

When seventeen-year-old Kaitlyn checked the box, she never suspected she’d have her life–and her body–stolen from her. She awakens one day in a secret laboratory to discover that her body is now half-robot and is forced to hide her own secret: that she still has human emotions and a human mind. If the scientists who made her find out, they’ll erase what remains of who she was.

Kaitlyn finds an unlikely ally in Lucas, a handsome, brilliant scientist who can’t get over the guilt he feels knowing she was once a vibrant, beautiful young woman. He never expected a science project to affect him the way she does. As he tries to help her rediscover her past, he finds himself falling for the brave girl struggling to find her place and acceptance between the human and computer worlds.

*For mature teens due to some sexual content.
Updated review copy provided by the author via Mark My Words Publicity

Someone once said I'm forgiving when it comes to books. I assumed that meant I should probably be more ruthless – and maybe murder some books – when it comes to the ones I read from then on. You guys have no clue how hard it is to be 100% merciless. :D
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Sunday, July 27, 2014

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Chibi Views: Happy Valentine's Slay by Cameron Jace

Chibi Views are basically mini reviews - inspired by the small sizes of chibi in Japanese manga. They're usually really short, have big heads, and yep... adorable. Usually longer than tweets, but not it's not enough to technically qualify as a long and detailed review.
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Saturday, July 26, 2014

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50 Shades of Grey Trailer: Sophia Expresses Her Opinions

Note: Some adult content may be involved. Run, little ones, run!
Okay, so. A few "evil" peeps - erm... Faye from The Social Potato and Lupe from Catching Bookz - have apparently teamed up to persuade me to post my reaction to the 50 Shades of Grey movie trailer. O_O
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Friday, July 25, 2014

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Review: Coexist by Julia Crane

Coexist by Julia Crane

Keegan's Chronicles #1
Author:
Julia Crane
Publication Date: June 10, 2011
Publisher: Valknut Press

Sixteen-year-old Keegan is struggling to keep her huge secret from her friends--she's an elf, descended from a long line of elves that live in secrecy alongside humans.

In elfin society, mates are predetermined but not allowed to meet until they are eighteen. Against tradition, Keegan's brother Thaddeus told her Rourk's name because his visions warned him she'd need Rourk's protection, especially since Keegan will play a key role in the coming war between the dark and light elves.

Rourk finds himself drawn to Keegan's side every time she thinks his name. He wants to talk to her but remains in the shadows, silently guarding her every time she mentally beckons him. A twist of fate thrusts the two of them together when Rourk is forced to step up his protection and make his presence known.

An ancient prophecy deeply entwines Keegan's family and the future of their society. Somehow they must find a way to thwart fate and win the battle...without losing Keegan. With war brewing, and dark forces aligning, will Keegan and Rourk ever have the life together that they both desire?
Part of the Keegan's Chronicles Trilogy set – Review request via Mark My Words Publicity

I'm beginning to notice a pattern in Crane's books... and it's not going well on my side: love interests constantly thinking of each other and stalker boy of some type. Although the latter's within good reason, so I'm not exactly too bothered.
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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Authors & Aspiring Writers: Why Proper Editing Matters - A Rant

Bookwyrming Thoughts Discussion
I support indie authors. I really do. In fact, most of the books I've read since starting Bookwyrming Thoughts? They're indie books. I personally think that there are some indie books out there that deserve to be read. In fact, there are probably 3 types: the ones who deserve to be on the bookshelves of Walmart or Barnes & Noble or Target, the ones who deserve to be on those bookshelves but need some tweaking, and then the ones who absolutely do not deserve to be anywhere but on the hard drive of a computer.
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Monday, July 21, 2014

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Chibi Views: The Grimm Diaries Prequels 7-10 by Cameron Jace

I'm introducing a new feature – it's called Chibi Views! Essentially Chibi Views are my versions of mini reviews. How did the name come about? Chibi are found in Japanese manga, and they're absolutely adorable. Plus, they're short and have big heads. Mini reviews – short. Big Opinions (reviews do count as opinions) – big heads. Get my mojo? ;)
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Sunday, July 20, 2014

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The Sunday Post ~ 59

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, July 19, 2014

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Tutorial: Customizing the Spoiler Button on Blogger

Bookwyrming Thoughts Tutorial
I've recently started using spoilers here on the blog - in fact, my review queue uses this too! - and I have to say it lifts a nice burden from my shoulders of having to find a way to rephrase things because I may be giving a TAD bit too much away - I usually don't but give warning if I do. You may have noticed that they're a darkish blue and work just like a link... without leading you anywhere.
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Friday, July 18, 2014

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Review: Remembrance by Michelle Madow

Remembrance by Michelle Madow

Transcend Time Saga #1
Author:
Michelle Madow
Publication Date: July 25, 2011
Publisher: Dreamscape Publishing

Lizzie Davenport has been reincarnated from 1815, England ... but she doesn't realize it until she meets her soul mate from the past and he triggers her memories to gradually return.

When Drew Carmichael transfers into Lizzie's high school, she feels a connection to him, like she knows him. But he wants nothing to do with her. Reaching Drew is more difficult because she has a boyfriend, Jeremy, who has become full of himself after being elected co-captain of the varsity soccer team, and her flirtatious best friend Chelsea starts dating Drew soon after his arrival. So why can't she get him out of her mind?

Lizzie knows she should let go of her fascination with Drew, but fighting fate isn’t easy, and she’s determined to unravel the mysteries of the past.

I mentioned in my Secret Diamond Sisters review that while I may not have liked The Secret Diamond Sisters – to be honest, contemporaries, romances and realistic fiction are either a hit or a miss for me – I would most likely like Michelle's other series, Remembrance.
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Thursday, July 17, 2014

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Blog Tour: Shattering Halos - Guest Post + Giveaway

Tour Schedule
Title: Shattering Halos (Halos #1)
Author: Sunniva Dee
Links: Goodreads | Amazon
Publication Date: February 24, 2014

I traded my death for love. I wasn’t given a choice. His decision has caught up with us, so now I am a living, breathing catalyst to war between Heaven and Hell.

The violations he committed saved my life. Since the collision, he’s appeared everywhere. In my hospital room, my school, even my house. He shows up in my paintings, my drawings, in all of my art projects. I can’t stop thinking about him.

He says his name is Gabriel, and he doesn’t understand what’s happening to him. He doesn’t know how I can see him or why he wants me in ways that should be impossible for a Celestial.

My obsession grows. I need him to hold me, kiss me—give all of himself. For every day he protects me, the consequences loom darker and taller. Soon, they’ll crash down on us.

The war is about to begin.
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

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Review: Faded by Chloe Miles

Faded by Chloe Miles

Faded #1
Author:
Chloe Miles
Publication Date: August 24, 2012
Publisher: Self Published

“Savannah wanted to kiss him, but she had never even kissed a human guy before, let alone a ghost. How was she supposed to kiss him if he wasn’t really there?”

Savannah has never been in love before, but she’s in love with Hunter Emmerton. He’s cute, funny, charming ... and a ghost. How can you date someone if nobody else can see them?

When seventeen-year-old Savannah Fraser and her three friends are killed in a car accident, they are given a second chance at life by a group of century-old earthbound spirits who need their help.

Savannah learns she is a Chosen One, which means she can switch between human and spirit form, heal people, and control the weather—and she is also now invincible.

The Chosen Ones are the only ones who can defeat The Forces—a trio of evil half-spirits who are slowly destroying the perfect little town of Fort Everwick with violent storms and not-so-natural disasters—and stop them from harming everyone they care about.

The Forces are set on destroying everything Savannah knows and loves, but they also have a more sinister plan—they want a new member to join them. They won’t give up until they get the one they want—and they have Savannah firmly in their sights.

But what Savannah didn’t count on was falling in love with Hunter. She’s never loved anyone the way she loves Hunter, and she knows he loves her, too. But how can they be together forever if he no longer exists and she’s the only one who can see him?

Will Savannah have enough belief in herself to defeat The Forces, or will they be able to lure her to the dark side and turn her against her loved ones—and tear her and Hunter apart?
Review copy provided by the author

Faded, was, well, a tad bit boring. The concept's interesting – 4 teens are killed and are then bought back to life to help some spirits – who are like guardian angels and have been around for almost a hundred years – defeat a trio of peeps called The Forces who have been around since 1989. Oh, and it most certainly puts out a new definition of feeling as though someone's watching you.
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Sunday, July 13, 2014

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DNF Review: Welcome to the Darkness by L.M. Justus - RANT ALERT

Welcome to the Darkness by L.M. Justus

Darkness #1
Author:
L.M. Justus
Publication Date: August 5, 2013
Publisher: Taurpio Publishing

A typical teenager, seventeen-year-old Reed Hennessy doesn’t realize how lucky he is to lead a normal life until he loses everything, including his humanity. The attacker who slaughters his family and destroys their home turns out to be a vampire, a creature Reed had considered a myth.

Now a vampire himself, but with the unique ability to walk in sunlight, Reed struggles in the dark underworld he didn’t even know existed. His only two allies in his fight to stay alive are his reluctant mentor, Nathaniel, a vampire with over two hundred years’ worth of emotional baggage, and Sarah, a rookie cop with a secret ability of her own.

Together, Reed and his companions face a harrowing, cross-country journey before stumbling into a plot which could mean the end of everything for humans and vampires alike.
Review copy provided by the author for review (originally for blog tour)

This was like a complete, and utmost rip off of the Blood of Eden trilogy. Take a look at the synopsis for book 2: a virus.
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Saturday, July 12, 2014

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DNF Review: The Lady Astronomer by Katy O'Dowd

The Lady Astronomer by Katy O'Dowd

The Lady Astronomer
Author:
Katy O'Dowd
Publication Date: October 30, 2011
Publisher: Untold Press

Lucretia's quiet life as an astronomer and hat-maker is quickly turned on its head by her brother. He is commanded by the king to build the grandest telescope in the land. Unfortunately for Lucretia, she is introduced to his majesty as her brother's assistant. Her nights spent on rooftops gazing at the stars are replaced by adventure and danger. In a race to build the Forty-foot telescope on time for the king, her misfortunes take their toll. When Lucretia finds herself held hostage at the Clockwork Court, the innocent country girl doesn't know who to trust. The lady astronomer finds court life to be more dangerous than she could have ever imagined. Even if her brothers manage to build the telescope on time, she might not live to earn her freedom.

With the help of her brothers, Freddie and Al, and her constant companions Leibniz the Lemur and Orion the Eagle Owl, Lucretia embarks on a journey that could change her life forever. Can she find the strength inside to balance her new life and overcome the obstacles threatening her destiny? Only the stars will tell.
Updated review copy provided by author for review

I think I overestimated The Lady Astronomer when I first snagged it for free on Amazon. The synopsis sounded promising – A girl having a normal life as an astronomer by night and hat maker by day suddenly working for the king thanks to her brother? Then that girl gets held hostage by not just ANY court, but a clockwork court in which her life is in danger? DING! A winner! But when I actually got the review request and started the book, I found it... disappointing. HIGHLY disappointing.

The book follows Lucretia H, an amateur astronomer, and her brothers, Freddie and Al. The brothers are inventors. They receive a letter from the king to move near the castle – in a place called the Slough – to build a megascope, which is apparently a forty foot long telescope.
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Thursday, July 10, 2014

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Review: City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

The Mortal Instruments #2
Author:
Cassandra Clare
Publication Date: March 25, 2008
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what's normal when you're a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who's becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn't ready to let her go — especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary's only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil — and also her father.

To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings — and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

In this breathtaking sequel to City of Bones, Cassandra Clare lures her readers back into the dark grip of New York City's Downworld, where love is never safe and power becomes the deadliest temptation.

When I mentioned (did I?) I would get back to The Mortal Instruments in about a month or two, I never thought I would come back... 5-7 months later. At least I don't have to wait anymore. ;)
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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

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Blog Tour: Gypsy - Excerpt + Giveaway

Tour Schedule
Title: Gypsy (The Cavy Files #1)
Author: Trisha Leigh
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Book Depository
Publication Date: May 13, 2014

Inconsequential: not important or significant.
Synonyms: insignificant, unimportant, nonessential, irrelevant

In the world of genetic mutation, Gypsy’s talent of knowing a person’s age of death is considered a failure. Her peers, the other Cavies, have powers that range from curdling a blood still in the vein to being able to overhear a conversation taking place three miles away, but when they’re taken from the sanctuary where they grew up and forced into the real world, Gypsy, with her all-but-invisible gift, is the one with the advantage.

The only one who’s safe, if the world finds out what they can do.

When the Cavies are attacked and inoculated with an unidentified virus, that illusion is shattered. Whatever was attached to the virus causes their abilities to change. Grow. In some cases, to escape their control.

Gypsy dreamed of normal high school, normal friends, a normal life, for years. Instead, the Cavies are sucked under a sea of government intrigue, weaponized genetic mutation, and crushing secrets that will reframe everything they’ve ever been told about how their "talents" came to be in the first place.

When they find out one of their own has been appropriated by the government, mistreated and forced to run dangerous missions, their desire for information becomes a pressing need. With only a series of guesses about their origins, the path to the truth becomes quickly littered with friends, enemies, and in the end, the Cavies ability to trust anyone at all.
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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

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Review: Prison Nation by Jenni Merritt

Prison Nation by Jenni Merritt

Prison Nation #1
Author:
Jenni Merritt
Publication Date:December 1, 2011
Publisher: Self Published

In the Nation, no one is innocent - not even the children born behind bars. Millie 942B has spent her entire life locked away with her criminal parents and countless other inmates. She believes in the Nation, in its strict laws and harsh punishments.

But when Millie is released on her eighteenth birthday, she finds things are nothing as she was taught. People vanish, never to be seen again. Lies cover every word. Trust is as fragile as ice.

And then there is Reed. Born and raised outside the Prison walls, his dreams and thoughts cause Millie to doubt everything she has ever believed.

What is truly worth fighting for? If she pushes too hard, she could lose her freedom. If she stays silent, she could lose herself. The clock is ticking, and Millie must find the truth before it is too late.

In a nutshell, Prison Nation is basically where the guilty are innocent and vice versa. The book follows Millie 942B, who's lived in a prison in Spokane her entire life thanks to a crime her parents committed. She sees a psychiatrist often, and is given the chance to be released at eighteen. However, shortly after Millie's released and meets Reed, she begins to doubt if what her parents did was really a crime.
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Sunday, July 6, 2014

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ARC Review: The Fire Wish by Amber Lough

The Fire Wish by Amber Lough


The Jinni Wars #1
Author:
Amber Lough
Publication Date: July 22, 2014
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

A jinni. A princess. And the wish that changes everything. . . .

Najwa is a jinni, training to be a spy in the war against the humans. Zayele is a human on her way to marry a prince of Baghdad—which she’ll do anything to avoid. So she captures Najwa and makes a wish. With a rush of smoke and fire, they fall apart and re-form—as each other. A jinni and a human, trading lives. Both girls must play their parts among enemies who would kill them if the deception were ever discovered—enemies including the young men Najwa and Zayele are just discovering they might love.

Advanced copy provided by Random House Children's via Netgalley for review – thanks!

The mere concept of jinni was what attracted my attention to take a look at The Fire Wish. The idea of a girl making a wish on a jinni – in the process of stripping away said jinni's choices – to change her path of being a princess to the caliph's son, was what made me decide to request The Fire Wish from Netgalley. There's a war that's been brewing, there's magic, and there are jinns... which haven't made much of an appearance in YA these days – what could go wrong?
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Saturday, July 5, 2014

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Do You Read Book Reviews?

Bookwyrming Thoughts Discussion
Well, hopefully you guys enjoyed the fireworks last night, but I have a confession to make: I do not read book reviews.

*GASP*

Actually, I do read book reviews. I usually just skim - or maybe it's called speed reading and I don't know it - and make a comment that apparently shows I pay attention - hey, it's possible to skim and make a thoughtful comment at the same time, and I guess I have some reasons why I don’t?
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Friday, July 4, 2014

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Blog Tour: Dwellers of Darkness - Excerpt + Giveaway

Tour Schedule
Title: Dwellers of Darkness (Darkness #3)
Author: Stacey Marie Brown
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Publication Date: February 27, 2014

Some days feel like years, but in Ember Brycin’s case just the opposite is true. She had only been in the Otherworld for a day or two when she returned back to the Earth’s realm. But it is three years later on Earth. Em is now 22. It would matter if she was human, but she’s not. She is a Dae, part Demon and part Fay, with a little Dark Dweller thrown in to make her even more of a freak.

Seeing Seattle rebuilt only confirms she has been gone three years. For her it was not long ago that the Seattle area was just rubble of concrete and death. All done by her hand.

One thing that hasn’t changed, though, is her undeniable connection to Eli Dragen, who is sexy, gorgeous, and even more volatile and frustrating. But her problems go way past him. The Seelie Queen of the Otherworld still holds Mark, Em’s father, and her friends, Ryan, and Josh as hostages. Em needs to rescue them without, once again, getting caught and being used as a pawn to help the Queen regain possession of Earth. At the same time Ember is in hot water with Lars, the Unseelie King, after breaking her contract with him.

As some secrets have come to light others seem to become even more enigmatic. The only truth Ember knows is,everyone is harboring secrets. As Eli’s past is revealed, Em understands more clearly why he acts the way he does and how much their lives are intertwined. But she also knows Eli is holding something back, something that could change their relationship forever.

Em herself continues to wrestle with her feelings toward Torin and her own secret she’s withholding from Kennedy. As the tension for war mounts between the Seelie and Unseelie (Light and Dark), the tension at the Dark Dweller’s compound mounts even more as they prepare to obtain the sword no matter what the price. But is Ember the answer to the location of the sword? Is she the one to fulfill the prophecy? As usual nothing is ever what it seems.
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Thursday, July 3, 2014

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Book Blast + Giveaway: Uncovering Cobbogoth by Hannah L. Clark




Title: Uncovering Cobbogoth (Cobbogoth #1)
Author: Hannah L. Clark

Norah Lukens needs to uncover the truth about the fabled lost city of Cobbogoth. After her archaeologist uncle’s murder, Norah is asked to translate his old research journal for evidence and discovers that his murder was a cover-up for something far more sinister.

When she turns to neighbor and only friend James Riley for help, she realizes that not only is their bitter-sweet past haunting her every step, but James is keeping dangerous secrets. Can Norah discover what they are before its too late to share her own.

Buy Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble


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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

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DNF Review: Incarnate by Jodi Meadows (It Doesn't Go Well)

Incarnate by Jodi Meadows

Newsoul #1
Author:
Jodi Meadows
Publication Date: January 31, 2012
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

New soul

Ana is new. For thousands of years in Range, a million souls have been reincarnated over and over, keeping their memories and experiences from previous lifetimes. When Ana was born, another soul vanished, and no one knows why.

No soul

Even Ana’s own mother thinks she’s a nosoul, an omen of worse things to come, and has kept her away from society. To escape her seclusion and learn whether she’ll be reincarnated, Ana travels to the city of Heart, but its citizens are afraid of what her presence means. When dragons and sylph attack the city, is Ana to blame?

Heart

Sam believes Ana’s new soul is good and worthwhile. When he stands up for her, their relationship blooms. But can he love someone who may live only once, and will Ana’s enemies—human and creature alike—let them be together? Ana needs to uncover the mistake that gave her someone else’s life, but will her quest threaten the peace of Heart and destroy the promise of reincarnation for all?

Jodi Meadows expertly weaves soul-deep romance, fantasy, and danger into an extraordinary tale of new life.

I forgot all about Incarnate until I decided I was going to go through my TBR list on Goodreads and see if the book was available at the county library's ebook loan. My results of many failures?
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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

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