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Saturday, August 30, 2014

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Review: Pentimento by Cameron Jace

Pentimento by Cameron Jace

Cameron Jace
Publication Date: December 17, 2013
Publisher: Self Published

The day Iris Beaumont turns seventeen, she is threatened to be taken by the Beasts, the rulers of the new America. After the destruction of the world, the Beasts provide citizens with whatever they need in exchange for the one teenage girl they enslave every week. They call them the Brides, and they never comes back. Iris isn’t the worrying type though; she’s been defying the system since she was ten and never cared for the Beast’s rules.

Then she meets Colton Ray, who is not like any other boy she’s ever seen. His confidence and dominance are otherworldly she can’t rationalize the attraction she feels for him. Colton had one slight problem though. It’s rumored he is one of the Beast, and Iris could be the next on the Beast’s list.

It's so nice not to be reading another of Cameron Jace's works that's NOT The Grimm Diaries or The Grimm Diaries Prequels. Pentimento is a dystopian retelling of Beauty and the Beast, it's a stand alone with a cliffhanger, and I finished it within hours of starting it.
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Thursday, August 28, 2014

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Review: Seeds of Discovery by Breeana Puttroff

Seeds of Discovery by Breeana Puttroff

The Dusk Gate Chronicles #1
Breeana Puttroff
Publication Date: August 31, 2011
Publisher: Musefish Independent Press

Quinn Robbins' life was everything she thought a teenager's should be. She has good friends, a family that she loves, good grades, and an after-school job she enjoys. And, she's just been asked out by Zander Cunningham, a popular football player and great guy. But one day when driving home after picking up her little sister from the baby-sitter's, she nearly hits a boy who, after running blindly into the street, mysteriously disappears.

The mystery only deepens as she figures out who the boy is; William Rose, a reclusive, awkward boy from school who always has his nose in a pile of books.

As she becomes more aware of his behavior it becomes more obvious how out of the ordinary William is and how hard he deliberately tries to blend into the background. This only intrigues her more and she finds herself working to find out more about him, and exactly where he keeps disappearing to.

On a whim one night she follows him and suddenly finds herself in a new world. One where William is a prince, literally, and she is treated like a princess. She also discovers that she is stuck; the gate back to her own world isn't always open.

Quinn finds herself smack in the middle of a modern-day fairy tale, on a course that will change her life forever.

I apparently have books 2-4 from the Dusk Gate Chronicles back when Libboo was still open, and I got Seeds of Discovery when it was free on Amazon, which I believe it still is. The idea of a girl coming across an accident in which a boy disappears into thin air and then she manages to go into a different world after weeks of trying to figure out what he was up to was intriguing.
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

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Blog Tour: Crossing the Ice - Guest Post + Giveaway

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Title: Crossing the Ice (Ice #1)
Author: Jennifer Comeaux
Links: Goodreads | Amazon
Publication Date: August 3, 2014

Falling hard never felt so good.

Pair skaters Courtney and Mark have one shot left at their Olympic dream. They vow not to let anything get in their way, especially not Josh and Stephanie, the wealthy and talented brother and sister team.

The heart doesn’t always listen to reason, though...

The more time Courtney spends with sweet, shy Josh, the harder she falls for him. But they are on opposite sides of the competition, and their futures are headed in opposite directions. Will their friendship blossom into more or are their paths too different to cross?
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ARC Review - Mary: The Summoning by Hillary Monahan

The Summoning by Hillary Monahan

Bloody Mary #1
Hillary Monahan
Publication Date: September 2, 2014
Publisher: Disney Hyperion

There is a right way and a wrong way to summon her.

Jess had done the research. Success requires precision: a dark room, a mirror, a candle, salt, and four teenage girls. Each of them--Jess, Shauna, Kitty, and Anna--must link hands, follow the rules . . . and never let go.

A thrilling fear spins around the room the first time Jess calls her name: "Bloody Mary. Bloody Mary. BLOODY MARY." A ripple of terror follows when a shadowy silhouette emerges through the fog, a specter trapped behind the mirror.

Once is not enough, though--at least not for Jess. Mary is called again. And again. But when their summoning circle is broken, Bloody Mary slips through the glass with a taste for revenge on her lips. As the girls struggle to escape Mary's wrath, loyalties are questioned, friendships are torn apart, and lives are forever altered.

A haunting trail of clues leads Shauna on a desperate search to uncover the legacy of Mary Worth. What she finds will change everything, but will it be enough to stop Mary--and Jess--before it's too late?
Advanced copy provided by Disney Hyperion for review via Netgalley – thanks!

I don't know the precise reason why I actually requested The Summoning in the first place. I do know that I must have been really intrigued by the idea of a retelling of Bloody Mary and maybe just wanted a break from the influx of YA books that have some type of romance running about. Or, I just wanted to measure Hillary Monahan's debut novel with a scare-a-meter.
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Sunday, August 24, 2014

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Review: Gilded by Christina Farley

Gilded by Christina Farley

Gilded #1
Christina Farley
Publication Date: March 1, 2014
Publisher: Skyscrape

Sixteen-year-old Jae Hwa Lee is a Korean-American girl with a black belt, a deadly proclivity with steel-tipped arrows, and a chip on her shoulder the size of Korea itself. When her widowed dad uproots her to Seoul from her home in L.A., Jae thinks her biggest challenges will be fitting in to a new school and dealing with her dismissive Korean grandfather. Then she discovers that a Korean demi-god, Haemosu, has been stealing the soul of the oldest daughter of each generation in her family for centuries. And she's next.

But that’s not Jae’s only problem.

There's also Marc. Irresistible and charming, Marc threatens to break the barriers around Jae's heart. As the two grow closer, Jae must decide if she can trust him. But Marc has a secret of his own—one that could help Jae overturn the curse on her family for good. It turns out that Jae's been wrong about a lot of things: her grandfather is her greatest ally, even the tough girl can fall in love, and Korea might just be the home she's always been looking for.

I first came across Gilded somewhere on the Internet – I don't even remember where, but I didn't really bother reading the synopsis. The second time I came across Gilded, over at Fiction Freak, I paid more attention to the synopsis and to find out Christina Farley's debut novel was based off of Korean mythology? I was extremely ecstatic, and I was NOT the only one. Both Kahlan and I were extremely disappointed to find that Gilded wasn't at the local library (NOOOOOOOO).
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Saturday, August 23, 2014

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Blog Tour: Feral by Holly Schindler - ARC Review + Giveaway

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Feral by Holly Schindler

Holly Schindler
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Book Depository | Kobo
Publication Date: August 26, 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen

The Lovely Bones meets Black Swan in this haunting psychological thriller with twists and turns that will make you question everything you think you know.

It’s too late for you. You’re dead. Those words continue to haunt Claire Cain months after she barely survived a brutal beating in Chicago. So when her father is offered a job in another state, Claire is hopeful that getting out will offer her a way to start anew.

But when she arrives in Peculiar, Missouri, Claire feels an overwhelming sense of danger, and her fears are confirmed when she discovers the body of a popular high school student in the icy woods behind the school, surrounded by the town’s feral cats. While everyone is quick to say it was an accident, Claire knows there’s more to it, and vows to learn the truth about what happened.

But the closer she gets to uncovering the mystery, the closer she also gets to realizing a frightening reality about herself and the damage she truly sustained in that Chicago alley….

Holly Schindler’s gripping story is filled with heart-stopping twists and turns that will keep readers guessing until the very last page.
Advanced copy provided by HarperTeen via Edelweiss for the blog tour – thanks!

Feral isn't a book I would typically read, being a psychological thriller – those tend to scare me in some way or form. But if I ever said Anna Dressed in Blood was the creepiest book I've ever read, I'm completely wrong. Feral tops it off with it's eerie tale about a girl being viciously beaten during a winter storm in Chicago but then moving to Missouri, only to feel as though there's more behind the story that what it seems, especially when Claire finds the body of a local teenager.
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Friday, August 22, 2014

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Review: Paranormal Keepers by Jen Naumann

Paranormal Keepers

Paranormal Keepers #1
Jen Naumann
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Publication Date: March 11, 2014
Publisher: Phantom Owl Press

Everyone thinks Harper Young killed her boyfriend. No one will say it to her face, but the signs are everywhere.

It’s almost been a year since Gavin was torn from Harper’s arms and brutally murdered. The police wrote it off as a freak accident, deciding Harper’s strange testimony was given under duress. But she knows something unnatural was involved and refuses to stop looking until she finds his killer, even if it means her reputation as a senior is ruined. Even if it means there really are monsters living among us.

With the discovery of the mothmen, witches, vampires and all the creatures she always suspected were out there, Harper finds herself amidst a complex bundle of unseen heroes who call themselves "Keepers", sworn to keep the secret of the paranormal creatures that walk this earth. As she tries to understand what’s so special about her that she’s able to break an old Keeper law, Harper has a baffling vision of kissing a mysterious guy before a blade is brought down on him. Before she can get a handle on her future, she becomes central to a battle between the questionable “heroes” and the evil she’s been training to fight, leaving her to wonder if there’s any way to change the fate that has been foretold before it’s too late.
Review copy provided by the author via Lola's Blog Tours

It seems, that when it comes to books, death almost always grabs my attention. There's nothing really special about death – you die, you move on, right? Maybe there's something beyond us, maybe we're floating around – but anyways, I haven't figured out precisely why I'm drawn toward those types of books. Perhaps I really do need to see a psychologist.
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Thursday, August 21, 2014

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Blog Tour: Descend - Playlist + Giveaway

Title: Descend (Awakened Fate #2)
Author: Sky Malone
Other Books: Awaken
Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Google Play | iTunes | Kobo | Smashwords
Publication Date: July 27, 2014
Publisher: Wildflower Isle

Chloe always dreamed of visiting the ocean, and now the ocean is the only place she has left to go. Trapped in the form of a mermaid and on the run from the Sylphaen, her best chance for safety lies in traveling with Zeke to his underwater home and staying under his protection there.

Leaving isn’t easy, however. Her best friend doesn’t know where she’s gone, and her family doesn’t either. She’s been forced to abandon Noah, the boy she’s liked for years and who she’s just discovered likes her too. She only hopes Zeke’s people will help her so she can return soon.

But when conspiracies follow her and people start to die, safety becomes harder to find than ever. The Sylphaen are coming. They’re more powerful than she could have imagined.

And they’re not through with Chloe yet.
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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

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Blog Tour: Wings of Arian by Devri Walls - Review + Giveaway

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Wings of Arian by Devri Wells

Solus #1
Devri Walls
Publication Date: April 24, 2012
Publisher: Stonehouse Ink

Kiora thought she had never heard a lie until she was sixteen. But she was wrong. Her entire existence was based on nothing but. She thought that evil did not exist. Lie. That magic was not real. Lie. And that the land of Meros was all there was. One more lie.

With Aleric telling her that evil is knocking on the door and that she is the only one who can stop them she has a choice to make. Refuse, or start the wildest most painful ride of her life.

She reluctantly dips her toe into her new existence of magic and threads, dragons and shapeshifters, and the person who wants to take control of it all: the evil Dralazar.

However, this journey was never meant to be hers alone. She will be accompanied by a Protector. To her disbelief, and utter irritation they name the hotheaded, stubborn, non -magical, (albeit gorgeous) Prince Emane. They will have to trust each other with their lives, but right now Kiora would settle for a non hostile conversation.

And now it comes down to this, If you had never heard a lie, would you know when you heard one? Is knowing good from evil innate? Kiora finds herself having to decide who lives and who dies on those very questions.
Updated copy provided by author for the blog tour

This reviewer. Has some choice words to say about the editing. So if anyone wants to hear a rant, I made one in July. No cursing's involved... aside from a GIF somewhere. Yeah, I didn't make that. But one cannot simply bypass my criticism with a lot of typos.
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Monday, August 18, 2014

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Review: Awaken by Skye Malone

Awaken by Skye Malone

Awakened Fate #1
Skye Malone
Publication Date: June 3, 2014
Publisher: Wildflower Isle

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.

Awaken is the first book in the Awakened Fate series by Skye Malone, and I'm pretty familiar with her other series as Megan Joel Peterson (The Children and the Blood trilogy) that I was confident her latest book will go into my good graces pretty easily. Thing is, Awaken reminded me so much of The Little Mermaid, I can't help but have the urge to sing "Under the Sea" and ask one question:
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Sunday, August 17, 2014

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Review: Ever After by Chloe Miles

Ever After by Chloe Miles

Faded #3
Chloe Miles
Publication Date: March 29, 2014
Publisher: Self Published

One of Savannah’s friends is hiding a secret that will change her life—forever.

In this heartbreaking yet heartwarming conclusion to The Faded Trilogy, Savannah is facing an epic final battle with The Forces—and the possibility of losing Hunter forever.
If Fort Everwick no longer needed protecting, and Hunter was free to cross over, would he stay with Savannah as he promised—or leave her to live the normal life she deserves?

Savannah can’t imagine her life without Hunter, but does he love her truly enough to let her go?

Until then, The Chosen Ones only have one thing on their mind—defeating The Forces. But they are stronger than ever—and not prepared to go down without a fight.

Will The Forces finally be defeated once and for all? And can Savannah and Hunter really live happily ever after?
Review copy provided by the author

One thing I was excited for in Ever After was the final battle between The Chosen Ones and The Forces. Ever After is the sequel to Faded and See No Evil, and is the final book in Chloe Miles' Faded Trilogy. An entire year passes between books 2 and 3.
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Saturday, August 16, 2014

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DNF Review: Reveal by Brina Courtney

Reveal by Brina Courtney

Cryptid Tales #1
Brina Courtney
Publication Date: December 3, 2011
Publisher: Self Published

Shay could be the key to ending a war that humans don't know exist. Of a race of beings that aren't real, or are they?

Shay Tafford's childhood has been fatherless, filled instead with memories of speaking to the dead. She is forced to hide her unique ability from those living around her. That's why it's been comforting to have Jeremy, a child ghost, as her confidante. But recently he's been absent, perhaps lost as her father is. When Shay meets Hugh, the guy she's had a crush on for weeks, and finds he can speak to ghosts too she's just starting to find a normalcy in her life.

But as Hugh reveals the truth to Shay, about who she really is and about what it is she can do, he erases all chances she had at a normal existence. Turns out talking to ghosts is just scratching the surface of her genetically engineered gifts. Shay learns she may be part of an age old prophecy that could save the entire race of cryptids. But can she?
Updated review copy provided by the author via Mark My Words Publicity

Reveal is the first in Brina Courtney's Cryptid Tales series and tells about a person who has animal genes mixed with human genes, and have animal-like traits as a result. Shay, the main character of the book, has the ability to speak to ghosts ever since she was little and it reminds me much of Angel Lawson's Wraith trilogy. As much as a human with animal genes and traits seem interesting, the execution was poor.
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Friday, August 15, 2014

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Blog Tour: Stone of Destiny by Laura Howard - Review + Giveaway

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Stone of Destiny by Laura Howard

Danaan #2
Laura Howard
Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Publication Date: February 28, 2014
Publisher: Self Published

Allison thought it was crazy enough when she found out her father, Liam, wasn't entirely human. But now she has to join his magical allies to unravel his former mistress's plans. Aoife wants to keep Allison's parents apart forever.

Despite Allison's efforts to keep Ethan, the only guy she's ever cared about, out of this supernatural mess, fate keeps throwing him back into the mix.

Will Allison be able to find the amulet that holds the enchantment Aoife placed on Liam and destroy it? Are Ethan' s feelings for Allison strong enough to endure the magic of the Tuatha De Danaan?
Review copy provided by the author for the blog tour

A few confessions regarding Stone of Destiny:
  • I called this "Souls of Destiny" for quite a while. Good thing no one actually heard me say it...
  • Coincidently, I finished the prequel to Stone of Destiny, The Forgotten Ones, a few days before I got a tour invite. How could I not sign up? Oh, and no mind reading was involved. If that's the case, it's ALWAYS a coincidence. But I do love how some people think I have some sort of psychic ability and start asking about their future. *ominous voice – crystal ball and all* "The future holds the unknown...."
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Thursday, August 14, 2014

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Blog Tour: The Lost Kingdom - Interview + Giveaway

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Title: The Lost Kingdom (The Elements #1)
Author: Stephanie Beerden
Links: Amazon | Goodreads
Publication Date: April 28, 2014

A Prophecy made long ago, announced the arrival of the new Ladies of Elements.

And now almost a millennia later, it finally came true …

All her life Arima thought she knew who and what she was. That is until the day of her sixteenth birthday came and her world is turned upside down, when she’s told she’s not a White Witch but Lady Spirit. And that she is the one that has been foretold, will unite the Five Ladies of Elements once again and save Ilendia and the Other Lands from Ahriman, the Demon King.

At first Arima refuses to accept her new fate, but when Shanums come and destroy her village and kill her loved ones, she has no choice but to flee and fall right into the destiny she never wanted.

As she grudgingly starts her journey into the unknown, she is accompanied by her unicorn familiar Sirrim, Blythe, a Vampire with a dark past and Myrddin, a mysterious Ljosalfar.

And the longer her journey lasts, the more Arima begins to realise that she can’t escape her own destiny and she must learn to control her powers and learn to be a Lady for the sake of the Sisters she doesn’t know and the people of Ilendia and the Other Lands.

However, things get more complicated when Arima comes into the possession of a key. Her instincts compel her to go towards danger when she discovers that the key she holds, can unlock the legendary kingdom of El├ęssima, the home of the Ladies of Elements.

She will have to make the choice to follow her instincts …

…or stay on the path that has been laid out for her.
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

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Review: Ghosts in the Mirror by Joyce Mangola

Ghosts in the Mirror by Joyce Mangola

Ghosts in the Mirror
Joyce Mangola
Publication Date: June 21, 2013
Publisher: Lycaon Press

Sixteen-year-old Jeremy Riggs has lived his life in and out of the hospital. While the doctors are clueless as to why he lapses into comas, he is well aware of his unique ability to merge with a wandering spirit. With his own soul too weak to sustain life, it's the only thing keeping him alive.

Waking up from a coma a year after being found at the county dump—next to the remains of the last spirit to inhabit him—Jeremy finds the newest spirit is nothing like the previous ones. It's bent on revenge and has the will to take control over his body. With the police lining him up as a murder suspect and an ancient evil pursuing him, Jeremy must help the ghost hitching a ride in his body find eternal rest without seeing his own soul snuffed out.
Review copy provided by the author via Xpresso Book Tours

Ghosts in the Mirror pretty much lands on my list of most unique ghost (okay, related to ghosts) reads of all time.
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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

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Review: See No Evil by Chloe Miles

See No Evil by Chloe Miles

Faded #2
Chloe Miles
Publication Date: February 26, 2013
Publisher: Self Published

“You could have perfect vision and still not see the evil in someone. Well, at least not want to see it, anyway.”

The enthralling story that was built in Faded continues in exciting and unexpected ways in this action-packed sequel in The Faded Trilogy.

Are Savannah’s dreams predicting the death of someone close to her? Or is it someone even closer than she thinks? Can Savannah save one of her best friends—and stop another from suffering the same fate?

Savannah will need more strength than she ever has before if she is to defeat The Forces for good, and with Hunter’s love and encouragement to believe in herself, she finds the confidence she never knew she had.

However, while The Chosen Ones become more confident in their roles as protectors of Fort Everwick, The Forces only become more evil—and prove they will stop at nothing to win.

What will Savannah do that will change everything and determine her position of power over The Forces forever—and prove to them that she just might have it in her to beat them at their own game?

But while becoming their biggest threat, it also reinforces Savannah’s position as Gwen’s most cherished target.
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See No Evil is the second novel in Chloe Miles' Faded trilogy, with the Chosen Ones trying to get Logan back after the events near the end of Faded. Logan, on the other hand, is trying to get Abigail to leave the Chosen Ones and join the Forces.
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Sunday, August 10, 2014

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Review: Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Anna #1
Kendare Blake
Publication Date: October 17, 2011
Publisher: Tom Doherty

Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father's mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the murderous dead, and keep pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects the usual: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he's never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

Yet she spares Cas's life.

Anna Dressed in Blood is perhaps one of the creepiest books I've read so far this year. In case anyone's wondering, I did sleep well. Quite well. Although maybe I've jumped a few times while reading Anna Dressed in Blood, because it was that creepy.
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Saturday, August 9, 2014

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Review: Fractured Dream by K.M. Randall (Awkward At It's Best)

Fractured Dream by K.M. Randall

Dreamer Saga #1
K.M. Randall
Publication Date:
Publisher: Booktrope

Have you ever wondered where fairytales go once they’re created?

It’s been eight years since Story Sparks last had a dream. Now they’re back, tormenting her as nightmares she can’t remember upon waking. The black waters of Lake Sandeen, where her Uncle Peter disappeared decades before, may hold the secret to Story’s hidden memories, or a truth she’d rather not know. On a bright summer afternoon, Story and her two best friends, Elliott and Adam, take a hike to the lake, where they dive into the cool water and never reemerge. What they find is beyond anything they’ve ever imagined could be possible, a world where dangers lurk in the form of Big Bad Wolves, living Nightmares and meddlesome witches and gods.

Now Story must remember who she really is and somehow stop two worlds from ultimate annihilation, all while trying not to be too distracted by the inexplicable pull she feels toward a certain dark-eyed traveler who seems to have secrets of his own. The fates of the worlds are counting on her.
Review copy provided by Booktrope via Netgalley – thanks!

In all honesty, Fractured Dream felt as though I was dragging a big sack of potatoes around and trying to find a place to put them... yet finding nowhere. And it's just bad when I take a chunk out of veggie chips during 2-3 hours of complete peace and quiet when I should have taken more chunk out of the book. Apparently, the veggie chips were more interesting, because I normally have no problems reading a 400-500+ paged book.
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Friday, August 8, 2014

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Review: The Forgotten Ones by Laura Howard

The Forgotten Ones by Laura Howard

Danaan #1
Laura Howard
Publication Date: April 28, 2013
Publisher: Self Published

Allison O'Malley's plan is to go to grad school so she can get a good job and take care of her schizophrenic mother. She has carefully closed herself off from everything else, including a relationship with Ethan, who she's been in love with for as long as she can remember.

What is definitely not part of the plan is the return of her long-lost father, who claims he can bring Allison's mother back from the dark place her mind has gone. Allison doesn't trust her father, so why would she believe his stories about a long forgotten Irish people, the Tuatha de Danaan? But truths have a way of revealing themselves. Secrets will eventually surface. And Allison must learn to set aside her plan and work with her father if there is even a small chance it could restore her mother's sanity.

For a debut novel(la), this was a pretty good read. In fact, it's good enough that I sort of want to treat myself to the sequel. And that says a lot because I never buy a book over 99 cents. Even then it has to be traditionally published or it's a box set of young adult novels in which I don't own most of it already.

Though maybe I'll treat myself one day, when the last book comes out.
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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

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Review: The Beautiful and the Cursed by Page Morgan

The Beautiful and the Cursed by Page Morgan

The Dispossessed #1
Page Morgan
Publication Date: May 14, 2013
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

After a bizarre accident, Ingrid Waverly is forced to leave London with her mother and younger sister, Gabby, trading a world full of fancy dresses and society events for the unfamiliar city of Paris.

In Paris there are no grand balls or glittering parties, and, disturbingly, the house Ingrid’s twin brother, Grayson, found for them isn’t a house at all. It’s an abandoned abbey, its roof lined with stone gargoyles that could almost be mistaken for living, breathing creatures.

And Grayson has gone missing.

No one seems to know of his whereabouts but Luc, a devastatingly handsome servant at their new home.

Ingrid is sure her twin isn’t dead—she can feel it deep in her soul—but she knows he’s in grave danger. It will be up to her and Gabby to navigate the twisted path to Grayson, a path that will lead Ingrid on a discovery of dark secrets and otherworldly truths. And she’ll learn that once they are uncovered, they can never again be buried.

Gargoyles. The new "Nephilim."
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Monday, August 4, 2014

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Catching Thoughts: The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead

Yesterday in my Fiery Heart review... I mentioned that Lupe persuaded me – possibly with a sword... made of foam – to finally read The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead. On the other hand, I persuaded Lupe to join me in a bookish discussion about the Fiery Heart even though she already wrote the review (it was the catch. I'm totally persuasive. Sometimes).
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Sunday, August 3, 2014

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Review: The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead

The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead

Bloodlines #4
Richelle Mead
Publication Date: November 19, 2013
Publisher: Razorbill

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets - and human lives.

In The Indigo Spell, Sydney was torn between the Alchemist way of life and what her heart and gut were telling her to do. And in one breathtaking moment that Richelle Mead fans will never forget, she made a decision that shocked even her. . . .

But the struggle isn't over for Sydney. As she navigates the aftermath of her life-changing decision, she still finds herself pulled in too many directions at once. Her sister Zoe has arrived, and while Sydney longs to grow closer to her, there's still so much she must keep secret. Working with Marcus has changed the way she views the Alchemists, and Sydney must tread a careful path as she harnesses her profound magical ability to undermine the way of life she was raised to defend. Consumed by passion and vengeance, Sydney struggles to keep her secret life under wraps as the threat of exposure — and re-education — looms larger than ever.

Pulses will race throughout this smoldering fourth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where no secret is safe.

Let's face it: I would have stalled longer had Lupe from Catching Bookz didn't throw a "fit" and persuaded to get my butt into Bloodlines gear and read The Fiery Heart, thus joining her – and many others – in the waiting room for Silver Shadows (not anymore! Muahaha!).
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Saturday, August 2, 2014

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Review: Shattered Veil by Tracy E. Banghart

Shattered Veil by Tracy E. Banghart

The Diatous Wars #1
Tracy E. Banghart
Publication Date: February 28, 2014
Publisher: Self Published

When everything that defines you is stripped away, who do you become?

War has invaded Atalanta’s quiet villages and lush woodlands, igniting whispered worries in its glittering capitol. Far from the front lines, 18-year-old Aris Haan, a talented wingjet flyer, has little cause for concern. Until her beloved Calix is thrust into the fray, and a stranger makes her an impossible offer: the chance to join a secret army of women embedded within the all-male military.

Aris’s choice to follow Calix to war will do more than put her in physical danger; it will make her question everything she believes about herself. When she and her enigmatic commander uncover a deadly conspiracy, her expert flying may be the only hope for her dominion’s survival…and her own.

It’s Mulan meets Battlestar Galactica, with a heroine who is strong enough to save a nation…but only if she’s willing to sacrifice everything, even the one promise she swore she’d never break.
Review copy provided by the author via Mark My Words Publicity

After all the fails and near fails of the last few books I've read – have you noticed? I've never had so many DNF reviews in a month! Okay, 3 wasn't THAT many... O_o – it's an extremely nice change for a book to fall into my good graces.
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