Jul 112014
 
Early Review: Dirty Wings by Sarah McCarry

Dirty Wings by Sarah McCarry Book #2 in All Our Pretty Songs Genre: Young Adult Magical Realism Publication Date: July 15th 2014 ARC Provided by St. Martin’s Griffin and Netgalley Synopsis from Goodreads: A gorgeous retelling of the Persephone myth, Sarah McCarry brings us the story of Cass and Maia–the mothers from All Our Pretty Songs–and how their fates became intertwined. Maia is a teenage piano prodigy and dutiful daughter, imprisoned in the oppressive silence of her adoptive parents’ house like a princess in an ivory tower. Cass is a street rat, witch, and runaway, scraping by with her wits and her knack for [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 11, 2014 at 10:38 am
Jul 102014
 
Early Review: Black Rook by Kelly Meade

Black Rook by Kelly Meade Book #1 in Cornerstone Run Trilogy Genre: Paranormal Romance Publication Date: July 15th 2014 ARC Provided by InterMix and Netgalley Synopsis from Goodreads: She never saw this coming… Brynn Atwood is a low-level Magus whose unpredictable precognitive powers have made her an outcast among her people—and an embarrassment to her highly-regarded father. After a frightening vision in which her father is murdered by a loup garou man, Brynn decides to prove herself by finding the killer, and stopping them at any cost. Her target is Rook McQueen, the son of a small-town loup garou Alpha. Despite being the youngest of three, Rook is first [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 10, 2014 at 10:45 am
Jul 092014
 
New Release Review: Shattered by Kevin Hearne

Shattered by Kevin Hearne Series: Iron Druid Chronicles #7 Genre: Urban Fantasy Release Date: Jun 17, 2014 For nearly two thousand years, there was only one Druid left walking the Earth—Atticus O’Sullivan, the Iron Druid, whose sharp wit and sharp sword kept him alive while pursued by a pantheon of hostile deities. Now he’s got company. Atticus’s apprentice Granuaile is at last a full Druid herself. What’s more, Atticus has defrosted an archdruid long ago frozen in time, a father figure (of sorts) who now goes by the modern equivalent of his old Irish name: Owen Kennedy. And Owen has [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 9, 2014 at 7:01 am

Review: Threatened by Eliot Schrefer

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Jul 082014
 
Review: Threatened by Eliot Schrefer

Threatened by Eliot Schrefer Genre: Realistic Fiction/Animal Story Publication Date: February 25th 2014 Publisher: Scholastic Press Synopsis from Goodreads: Into the jungle. Into the wild. Into harm’s way. When he was a boy, Luc’s mother would warn him about the “mock men” living in the trees by their home — chimpanzees whose cries would fill the night. Luc is older now, his mother gone. He lives in a house of mistreated orphans, barely getting by. Then a man calling himself Prof comes to town with a mysterious mission. When Luc tries to rob him, the man isn’t mad. Instead, he offers Luc a job. [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 8, 2014 at 2:30 pm

Re-Release Review: The Trouble With Harry by Katie MacAlister

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Jul 082014
 
Re-Release Review: The Trouble With Harry by Katie MacAlister

Re-Release Review: The Trouble With Harry by Katie MacAlister Book 3 in Noble series Re-Release date: July 1, 2014 Original Release Date: May 2004 Genre: Historical Romance Book provided by NetGalley and Sourcebooks Casablanca Synopsis from Goodreads:  1. He is Plum’s new husband. Not normally a problem, but when you consider that Harry advertised for a wife, and Plum was set to marry his secretary, there was cause for a bit of confusion. 2. He has a title. Plum has spent the last twenty years hiding from the ton, and now Harry wants her to shine in society? Horrors! 3. [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 8, 2014 at 12:04 pm
Jul 072014
 
7 Books Everybody Loved Except Me

Today I’m sharing with you a list of 7 books that I didn’t like at ALL but which are loved by a LOT of readers, as shown by the thousands of Goodreads members that rated them 4+ stars. Some I hate, others, I just dislike. Once you finish reading the list, please share in the comments books you didn’t like but everybody seemed to love. Divergent by Veronica Roth Genre: Young Adult Dystopia Avg. Goodreads Rating: 4.35 Rated by: 920,000+ Goodreads Members D.G.’s Rating: 2 stars Why I Didn’t Like It:  I don’t get it. I really can’t understand why [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 7, 2014 at 6:47 am
Jul 042014
 
New Release Review: (Don't You) Forget About Me by Kate Karyus Quinn

(Don’t You) Forget About Me by Kate Karyus Quinn Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Mystery Publication Date: June 10th 2014 ARC Provided by HarperTeen and Edelweiss Synopsis from Goodreads: Welcome to Gardnerville. A place where no one gets sick. And no one ever dies. Except… There’s a price to pay for paradise. Every fourth year, the strange power that fuels the town exacts its payment by infecting teens with deadly urges. In a normal year in Gardnerville, teens might stop talking to their best friends. In a fourth year, they’d kill them. Four years ago, Skylar’s sister, Piper, was locked away after [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 4, 2014 at 7:00 am

Group Review: The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu

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Jul 032014
 
Group Review: The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu

**************************************************************** The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Publication Date: June 3rd 2014 ARC Provided by Roaring Brook Press and Netgalley Synopsis from Goodreads: Everyone has a lot to say about Alice Franklin, and it’s stopped mattering whether it’s true. The rumors started at a party when Alice supposedly had sex with two guys in one night. When school starts everyone almost forgets about Alice until one of those guys, super-popular Brandon, dies in a car wreck that was allegedly all Alice’s fault. Now the only friend she has is a boy who may be the only other person who [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 3, 2014 at 7:00 am
Jul 022014
 
New Release Review: On The Fence by Kasie West

On The Fence by Kasie West Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance Publication Date: July 1st 2014 ARC Provided by HarperTeen and Edelweiss Synopsis from Goodreads: She’s a tomboy. He’s the boy next door… Charlie Reynolds can outrun, outscore, and outwit every boy she knows. But when it comes to being a girl, Charlie doesn’t know the first thing about anything. So when she starts working at a chichi boutique to pay off a speeding ticket, she finds herself in a strange new world. To cope with the stress of her new reality, Charlie takes to spending nights chatting with her neighbor Braden through the [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 2, 2014 at 7:00 am

Spotlight on July’s New Releases

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Jul 012014
 
Spotlight on July's New Releases

Welcome to our monthly feature where we take a look at the books releasing in July and offer up our top picks. We have chosen 30 of our most anticipated new releases. The release dates are on a best known basis and are not guaranteed. Books may get delayed or sometimes even released earlier so please check with your favorite store to ensure availability. Now, on to the books!        On The Fence by Kasie West – Expected publication: July 1st 2014 by HarperTeen Fireborn by Keri Arthur (#1 in Souls of Fire) – Expected publication: July 1st 2014 by [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 1, 2014 at 7:00 am
Jun 302014
 
New Release Review: The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith aka J.K. Rowling

The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith aka J.K. Rowling Series: Cormoran Strike #2 Genre: Mystery Release Date: Jun 19, 2014 Audiobook narrated by Robert Glenister When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days–as he has done before–and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine’s disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on June 30, 2014 at 6:51 am
Jun 272014
 
New Release Review: Shaman Rises by C.E. Murphy

Shaman Rises by C.E. Murphy Book #9 in The Walker Papers Genre: Urban Fantasy Publication Date: June 24th 2014 ARC Provided by Harlequin Luna and Netgalley Synopsis from Goodreads: Joanne Walker has two choices: Defeat the enemy…or lose her soul trying. For over a year, Joanne has been fighting the Master—the world’s most abiding evil. She’s sacrificed family, friendships, even watched potential futures fade away…and now the Master is bringing the final battle to Joanne’s beloved Seattle. Lives will be lost as the repercussions of all Joanne’s growth come to her doorstep. Before the end, she’ll mourn, rejoice—and surrender everything for the [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on June 27, 2014 at 10:12 am

Summertime and the Reading is Easy…..

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Jun 262014
 
Summertime and the Reading is Easy.....

SUMMERTIME READS June 24th marks the beginning of summer in my part of the world. Summer means hot and humid days, sultry nights, and daylight up to 9PM. Living in Canada means making the most of our favorite season and we try to spend as much time outdoors relaxing with a tall cool drink and a good book (and lots of sunscreen and bug spray, too!). 2014 has been a fantastic year for books and I’ve come up with some great summer reads. Here’s my list of suggestions: The Martian by Andy Weir This book came highly recommended by Michelle [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on June 26, 2014 at 7:00 am
Jun 252014
 
Should You Read This Series? Midnight Breed by Lara Adrian

There are so many published series out there and I know you wonder…which ones are worth the read? In this feature, we tell you which series you should start and which ones you shouldn’t. As a ground rule, series in this feature must have at least 3 books published and the reviewer must have read more than half the series. If you want us to feature a series in the future, please ask in the comments. SERIES: Midnight Breed by Lara Adrian GENRE: Paranormal Romance BOOKS PUBLISHED TO DATE: 11 + several novellas SERIES STATUS: Ongoing (latest book will be [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on June 25, 2014 at 7:17 am
Jun 212014
 
Early Review: The Saint by Tiffany Reisz

New Release Review: The Saint by Tiffany Reisz Book 5 in The Original Sinners series, Book 1 of The Original Sinners: The White Years Release date: June 24, 2014 Genre: Erotica, BDSM Book provided by NetGalley and Harlequin MIRA Books Synopsis from Goodreads: In the beginning, there was him. Gutsy, green-eyed Eleanor never met a rule she didn’t want to break. She’s sick of her mother’s zealotry and the confines of Catholic school, and declares she’ll never go to church again. But her first glimpse of beautiful, magnetic Father Søren Stearns and his lust-worthy Italian motorcycle is an epiphany. Suddenly, [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on June 21, 2014 at 7:00 am
Jun 192014
 
Jumble Your Genres Reading Challenge: High Fantasy - Half a King by Joe Abercrombie

The Jumble Your Genres Reading Challenge takes on high fantasy in June! Christal and AH took a chance on a new YA high fantasy series and looooved the debut. Read on to see why they think you should run out and buy this book now. Half A King by Joe Abercrombie Book #1 in Shattered Sea Genres: Young Adult, High/Epic Fantasy Publication Date: July 15th 2014 ARC Provided by Edelweiss and Del Rey Synopsis from Goodreads: “I swore an oath to avenge the death of my father. I may be half a man, but I swore a whole oath.” Prince Yarvi [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on June 19, 2014 at 10:26 am
Jun 172014
 
New Release Review: Allegiance by Susannah Sandlin

Allegiance by Susannah Sandlin Book #4 in The Penton Legacy Genre: Paranormal Romance Publication Date: June 10th 2014 ARC Provided by Author Synopsis from Goodreads: From award-winning author Susannah Sandlin comes the fourth book in the smart and steamy Penton Legacy series. British vampire psychiatrist and former mercenary Cage Reynolds returns to Penton, Alabama, looking for a permanent home. The town has been ravaged by the ongoing vampire war and the shortage of untainted human blood, and now the vampires and humans that make up the Omega Force are trying to rebuild. Cage hopes to help the cause, put down roots in [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on June 17, 2014 at 11:28 am
Jun 132014
 
From Page to Screen: The Fault in our Stars

Let me take this introduction paragraph to brag for a moment.  I was one of those few people to spend extra money to see the very first viewing that they called ‘The Night before our Stars’.   The first official show, followed by a live simulcast with music and a question and answer via Twitter with the one and only John Green.  Oh, and also, he was joined by Ansel Elgort, Shailene Woodley, Nat Wolff, director Joshua Boone and Producer Wyck Godfrey.  It was… spectacular!  And now I’m going to attempt to harness all these feels into a fair impression of [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on June 13, 2014 at 8:00 am
Jun 122014
 
New Release Review: Fall From India Place by Samantha Young

Fall From India Place by Samantha Young Book #4 in On Dublin Street Genre: Contemporary Romance Publication Date: June 3rd 2014 ARC Provided by Netgalley and NAL Synopsis from Goodreads: The New York Times bestselling author of On Dublin Street and Down London Road returns with a story about letting go of the past and learning to trust in the future… When Hannah Nichols last saw Marco D’Alessandro, five long years ago, he broke her heart. The bad boy with a hidden sweet side was the only guy Hannah ever loved—and the only man she’s ever been with. After one intense night [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on June 12, 2014 at 7:00 am
Jun 102014
 
Release Day Review: The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey

The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey Genre: Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic Publication Date: June 10th 2014 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Orbit Synopsis from Goodreads: Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her “our little genius.”  Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don’t like her. She jokes that she won’t bite, but they don’t laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on June 10, 2014 at 10:28 am