Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Books to Get Into the Halloween Spirit

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and Bookish.

 These are some quick recommendations! All of them are creepy/spooky/scary in some way, even if they aren't directly centered around Halloween. :)


1.) Beware the Wild by Natalie C. Parker

Beware the Wild

2.) The Fall by Bethany Griffin

The Fall

3.) Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong

Sea of Shadows (Age of Legends, #1)

4.) Pretty Dark Nothing by Heather Reid

Pretty Dark Nothing (Pretty Dark Nothing, #1)

5.) Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard

Pretty Little Liars (Pretty Little Liars, #1)

6.) The Splendor Falls by Rosemary Clement-Moore

The Splendor Falls

7.) The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron 

 The Dark Unwinding (The Dark Unwinding, #1)

Do you have any creepy favorites that get you in the mood for this season?


Friday, October 24, 2014

Review: Dead Girl Walking by Ruth Silver

  Dead Girl Walking (Royal Reaper)
Release Date: April 27, 2014
Publisher:  Patchwork Press
Pages: 242
Source: ARC from author (Thanks!)
ISBN-10:  0692202536
Rating: 3 Hearts

Book Description

"Forget everything you know about grim reapers. Princess Ophelia Dacre sneaks out of the castle to visit her boyfriend in secret. A perfect night cut short when she's brutally murdered. Ophelia is given the rare chance to become a grim reaper. She must become Leila Bele, cut ties with her old life, and follow the rules of the reapers. Her greatest adventure begins with death. Recommended: Ages 14+."


Short and Sweet:

While I really loved the premise for this, several parts of it felt rushed. I'm a bit on the fence about continuing with the series, but leaning towards wanting to.

To Elaborate... 

Princess Ophelia is enjoying sneaking out to meet her secret boyfriend (who thinks her name is Leila), but everything changes when she is murdered. When she leaves her body, she is given the chance to become a grim reaper, someone who finds and touches someone who is about to die so they won't feel pain, and their soul will be released. As she struggles to work through being a reaper, she is faced with challenge upon challenge still leftover from her old life. 

 The first part of this book really captured me. I loved the royalty/paranomal crossover so much, plus a secret/scandalous love interest?  Yes, please. The opening dynamic with Ophelia and her sister is really sweet, and it made me hope for a stronger sister story. The grim reaper aspect, while surprising, was really refreshing and original. 

However, there were so many areas where the story felt rushed. The story would just say how a character felt instead of opening it up to character development where you see their changing feelings instead of being told them. Though I definitely shipped the romance (and it wasn't insta-love, yay!), it had lots of rushing in it as well, especially given what happens to Ophelia's original love interest. 
Overall, I did like the story a lot. I think I like it enough to continue the series, but I'm still a little hesitant. I would still recommend it to anyone looking for a unique twist and premise in a story.  
 3 Hearts! 

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

HUGE Giveaway Opportunity: FORBIDDEN by Kimberley Griffiths Little

On November 4th, HarperCollins unveils Forbidden, a seductive YA debut from award-winning middle grade author Kimberley Griffiths Little. Forbidden transports readers back in time to the deadly deserts and sweltering heat of Ancient Mesopotamia for a tale of danger, duty, and forbidden love. Jayden is on the brink of womanhood and betrothed to her tribe’s prince, cold-hearted Horeb. But when tragedy strikes, Jayden meets Kadesh, a mysterious visitor from the south who makes Jayden doubt everything she knows. Torn between loyalty to her tribe and the chance to escape her fate, Jayden must make a choice that will change her life forever.
Kimberley is also offering a HUGE preorder giveaway from October 6th to November 4th (release day!) to celebrate. See below for full details on how to enter. TO ENTER:
  • You must preorder Forbidden through an online retailer or your local bookstore, then email a photo of your receipt to forbiddengiveaway@gmail.com.
  • Fill out the rafflecopter below
  • US/Canada Only
  • Ends at midnight EST on November 3, 2014
  • Optional entries: share the trailer on your own site or social media, follow Kimberley on twitter, and tweet about the giveaway (can be repeated daily for extra entries!)
  • Winners will be announced and contacted November 4th (release day!)
  • If the winner does not respond with their mailing address within one week, a new winner will be chosen.
(1) GRAND PRIZE WINNER: 1. NEWLY RELEASED Kindle Fire HD6 Tablet with 6" HD Display, Wi-Fi, Front and Rear Cameras, 8 GB -- choose your color! (Black, Magenta, White, Citron, or Cobalt) 2. GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS by Rae Carson 3. CHAOS OF STARS by Kiersten White 4. Satin Belly Dance Skirt 5. Belly Dance 150-Coin Hip Scarf 6. Red Silk Veil (not pictured) 7. Red Middle Eastern Earrings 8. Belly dance DVD: Sensual Belly Dance with Blanca, a professional dancer (technique, choreography, and performances) 9. "Will YOU risk it all?" button (not pictured) 10. Set of 10 Book Club Cards 11. Jeweled bookmark (not pictured)
2. Red Middle Eastern Earrings
3. Red Silk Veil (not pictured)
4. Belly dance DVD: Sensual Belly Dance with Blanca, a professional dancer (technique, choreography, and performances)
5. "Will YOU risk it all?" button (not pictured)
6. Set of 10 Book Club Cards
7. Jeweled bookmark (not pictured)
1. Red Middle Eastern Earrings
2. "Will YOU risk it all?" button (not pictured)
3. Set of 10 Book Club Cards
4. Jeweled bookmark (not pictured)
Good luck!
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About Forbidden: In the unforgiving Mesopotamian desert where Jayden’s tribe lives, betrothal celebrations abound, and tonight it is Jayden’s turn to be honored. But while this union with Horeb, the son of her tribe’s leader, will bring a life of riches and restore her family’s position within the tribe, it will come at the price of Jayden’s heart.
Then a shadowy boy from the Southern Lands appears. Handsome and mysterious, Kadesh fills Jayden’s heart with a passion she never knew possible. But with Horeb’s increasingly violent threats haunting Jayden’s every move, she knows she must find a way to escape—or die trying.
With a forbidden romance blossoming in her heart and her family’s survival on the line, Jayden must embark on a deadly journey to save the ones she loves—and find a true love for herself.
Set against the brilliant backdrop of the sprawling desert, the story of Jayden and Kadesh will leave readers absolutely breathless as they defy the odds and risk it all to be together.
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About Kimberley: Award-winning author Kimberley Griffiths Little was born in San Francisco, but now lives in New Mexico on the banks of the Rio Grande with her husband and their three sons. Her middle-grade novels, When the Butterflies Came, The Last Snake Runner, The Healing Spell, and Circle of Secrets, have been praised as “fast-paced and dramatic,” with “beautifully realized settings.” Kimberley adores anything old and musty with a secret story to tell. She’s stayed in the haunted tower room at Borthwick Castle in Scotland; sailed the Seine in Paris; ridden a camel in Petra, Jordan; shopped the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul; and spent the night in an old Communist hotel in Bulgaria. You can visit her online at www.kimberleygriffithslittle.com.
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Friday, October 17, 2014

Review: How We Fall by Kate Brauning

 How We Fall
Release Date: November 3, 2014
Publisher: Merit Press
Pages: 304
Source: ARC for review from author (Thank you!!)
ISBN-10:  1440581797
Rating: 5 Hearts

Book Description

"Ever since Jackie moved to her uncle's sleepy farming town, she's been flirting way too much--and with her own cousin, Marcus.

Her friendship with him has turned into something she can't control, and he's the reason Jackie lost track of her best friend, Ellie, who left for...no one knows where. Now Ellie has been missing for months, and the police, fearing the worst, are searching for her body. Swamped with guilt and the knowledge that acting on her love for Marcus would tear their families apart, Jackie pushes her cousin away. The plan is to fall out of love, and, just as she hoped he would, Marcus falls for the new girl in town. But something isn't right about this stranger, and Jackie's suspicions about the new girl's secrets only drive the wedge deeper between Jackie and Marcus--and deepens Jackie's despair.

Then Marcus is forced to pay the price for someone else's lies as the mystery around Ellie's disappearance starts to become horribly clear. Jackie has to face terrible choices. Can she leave her first love behind, and can she go on living with the fact that she failed her best friend?"


Short and Sweet:

I loved this book! Swoony romance, murder mystery, and gah! Beautiful. *insert incoherent gushing*

To Elaborate...

I sat down with this book one morning, intending to just read for a while, and I spent the next 3 or so hours unable to put it down. It is exciting, intense, and completely captivating.

Going into this story, I expected to be challenged by the cousin romance, and I was in the best way. It is the perfect combination of taboo, heart-throb, and INSANE swoon that made me ship Marcus and Jackie so hard. I love how the characters deal with their feelings (especially when they handle it badly). It is moving, sweet, torturous, and unforgettable. It makes you think hard about what is socially appropriate and how societal norms play a serious role in relationships.

But beyond the incredible romance, the plot in How We Fall is just breathtaking. The mystery behind the missing/dead Ellie and the new-to-town Sylvia is engaging and builds in a marvelously paced suspense. I love how real the story makes it. It does a wonderful job of showing characters who are dealing with a lot on a big scale (a missing person, a possible stalker, a taboo romance, etc.), but they also have to face everyday challenges like doing homework, babysitting, and attempting to find some sort of balance between everything. 

Overall, I just can't say enough about how much I loved this story. Kate Brauning has a fantastic voice in her writing, and I'm impatiently eager to read more from her.  If romantic suspense is your thing, this would be an excellent read to try. 

5 Big Hearts! 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Bookish Talk: Midterms and Blogging


I know several bloggers who blog while also dealing with college/school of some sort (holla, y'all). Like I'm sure plenty of them have recently, I've been struggling with making it through midterms. So for funsies and just because, I got inspired to do a little bookish talk on blogging/reviewing during times school is particularly stressful (like midterms).
"You mean the universe magically gives me not one but TWO excellent reads I'm dying to finish the same week I have 4 tests/projects?!"


"I can just test on the books I'm reading right? Or something? If I make a blog post about it, it's testable right? Wait, what?" 




"Well that didn't work out well...On to the next subject..."




"Self, stop getting distracted by ALL THE BOOKS!"


"Seriously, time to buckle down. Let's do Human Biology- LOOK, THIS BOOK HAZ HUMANS IN IT! HUMANZZZZZ!!!"


"Alright, time for a study break. I should probably catch up on some reading...." 


Then, somehow miraculously, midterms are over, and you finally have a little extra time to read, but now...


I hope everyone who is dealing with school stress and blogging makes it through this semester! Yay bookish love support! <3

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