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Saturday, February 28, 2015

February Wrap-Up

Can you believe February is already gone??  So yes, it's time for my monthly wrap-up post!  Here's some statistics and such!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Blog Tour Review: Ilmarinen by Marilla Mulwane

Goodreads Blurb:
"Altana Burrows has always been special.

She’s smart, talented, and quick to learn. She also has a secret, and whenever she tries to tell anyone about it—her friends, her family, the school psychiatrist—they accuse her of letting her imagination run away with her. They don’t believe her. They don’t understand.
They don’t know about Ilmarinen.

They don’t know about the prophecy, or the role Altana will play in it. But the people of Ilmarinen know, and they will help her: a young hunter with a dangerous secret; a talking horse who loves to play; a little girl with a big axe; a beautiful woman in a red dress. Eventually, they will all play a part in Altana’s story, and the fate of a world will rest in their hands.

That is, if they can figure out how to kill a god."

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Bookish Discussions: Writing in Books

This weeks topic is: writing in books!  When I see pictures of writing in books, I always want to do it too!  Tell me that doesn't look cool and sophisticated and shows that 'worn' look of a book!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Discounted Books!

Here are a couple discounted books I found!  I'll be posting this kind of post periodically whenever a good deal comes up!

WWW (6)

WWW Wednesday's is a weekly event hosted by Should Be Reading!  All you have to do is answer three questions:

1.  What are you currently reading?

2.  What did you recently finish reading?
3.  What do you think you'll read next?

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Tag Tuesday: Book Blogger Confessions Tag

Here are the rules:
1.  Answer all the questions truthfully.
2.  Tag five other book bloggers!

Thank you so much Tia at Read It Write Now for tagging me all those months ago!  Sorry, I'm just getting to it now!

Monday, February 23, 2015

R&R Review Monday: Irony of Time by M.L. Crum

Goodreads Blurb:
"~A sensual novel~ When irony falls upon Miriam… she slams head on into the face of destiny.

Miriam Duvall is followed by a shadow cast over her by irony itself. Feeling reborn and falling in love—all within blissful amnesia—this feisty woman accidentally transcends the rules of time, regaining her memory right at the precipice of the most tragic event in her past. Seizing this opportunity, she looks destiny square in the eye and declares this time around, she’s the one in charge. She proceeds to manipulate the events leading to that fatal accident before it deteriorates the family she dearly loves and hurls her down a guilt-ridden path of self-destruction again.

Her opportunity for redemption knocks in the form of a handsome but mysterious physicist named Dr. Ian Stone. Shrouded in secrets, this man’s whole existence revolves around preventing the moment evil claimed his soul, robbing him of a life worth living. He has spent centuries calculating how to harness an exorbitant amount of energy, wherein making time travel a reality. However, one variable was never factored into his equations: falling in love. His obsession fuels a deep denial, deflecting his true feelings until his heart wins out at the exact moment he loses Miriam back in time.

Their contrasting worlds cohesively collide and repel during a series of climatic events spiraling around a man harboring a dark secret as he travels back in time to fight for a second chance at love, ironically placing this exceptional woman in a position where she must choose between a past life she desperately wants or a future with the man she undeniably loves.

Her slap-the-face-of-destiny decisions could deliver her into heartbreaking sadness or possibly set her on a journey of forgiveness that will reset her soul."

Sunday, February 22, 2015

R&R Interview and Review Sunday: Chains of Prophecy by Jason P. Crawford

Goodreads Blurb:
"Samuel Buckland is a young man who has it all and is planning for the future. Gregory Caitlin is a businessman and politician. He has designs to bring hope back to a world in need...and he'll be damned if anyone gets in his way! 

When the two cross paths, even the angels tremble. 

An ancient magic has been rediscovered. Sam must overcome his lack of faith and accept his destiny, or the world he knows will suffer the consequences. 

A skeptic who must harness the powers of demons and genies. A zealot who has begun to walk a darker path. Bound together by a stolen secret. 

Can any of them escape the Chains of Prophecy?"

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Stacking the Shelves (16) and A Week In Review

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly event hosted by Tynga's Reviews.  It features books you've recently added to your shelves, be it from the library, bookstore, or ebooks.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Review Friday: Empower by Jessica Shirvington

Goodreads Blurb:
"It has been two years since Violet Eden walked away from the city, her friends, her future and - most importantly - her soulmate, Lincoln. Part angel, part human, Violet is determined to stand by the promises she made to save the one she loves.

Living in the perpetual coldness of a broken soul she survives day to day as a Rogue Grigori in London.

But when an unexpected visitor shows up at her door, the news he bears about someone she swore to protect leaves Violet with no choice.

Even worse, she fears that this might all lead back to the night she tries hardest to forget. And what was taken without her permission.

Violet is going back to New York ... and she knows exactly who is going to be there.

With Phoenix in her dreams and Lincoln in her heart she knows it is only a matter of time before the final choice must be made."

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Bookish Discussions: Author Loyalty

This week's topic is Author Loyalty!  If I read a great book from an author, I'll most likely research the rest of that author's books and read them.  But have you ever decided that enough is enough?  If an author writes so many books and you just happen to read 'the best one' (all a matter of opinion of course) and the rest you think are terrible do you keep reading their books in the hope you'll like another?

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday (12)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine.  It features a book every Wednesday that haven't been released yet and you're anxiously awaiting!  My book this week is:

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award Part 4

Thank you to Lauren at Always Me for the nomination!  If you haven't been to Lauren's blog, hop on over!  She has an awesome set-up!

As I've said, I'm just going to answer the questions because I've already been nominated and nominated other people.  Here we go!

Monday, February 16, 2015

R&R Review Monday: Sinfully Cursed by Steven Brown

Goodreads Blurb:
"Josef Kaviani is an average, everyday sort of guy.

He works a desk job at a local college, with a manager that he can’t stand; he lives in an apartment worth far less than he pays; he still has feelings for the girl who got away. Every Tuesday, he goes to his local mosque to pray; every Friday, he goes bowling with his friends.

It’s a comfortable routine, and it’s almost enough to let Josef forget the dark, savage secret that he keeps from most of the world.

Josef’s halfway-normal life is torn apart by the nightmares of a past he has been trying to escape for years, and the implications of a future he’s never wanted. Pulled between three factions, Josef will eventually have to make a life-shattering decision; a choice that will force him to face the truth of who, and what, he is.

Before his secrets get him, and everyone he loves, killed."

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Review Sunday: Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral

Goodreads Blurb:
"After her mother died, Glory retreated into herself and her music. Her single father raised her as a piano prodigy, with a rigid schedule and the goal of playing sold-out shows across the globe. Now, as a teenager, Glory has disappeared. As we flash back to the events leading up to her disappearance, we see a girl on the precipice of disaster. Brilliant and lonely, Glory is drawn to an artistic new boy, Frank, who moves in next door. The farther she falls, the deeper she spirals into madness. Before long, Glory is unable to play anything but the song "Chopsticks."

But nothing is what it seems, and Glory's reality is not reality at all. In this stunningly moving novel told in photographs, pictures, and words, it's up to the reader to decide what is real, what is imagined, and what has been madness all along...."

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Bookish Quotes: Love

Hey guys this is my Valentine's Day post!  I saw this post at Falling Down the Book Hole and Ashley was kind enough to let me borrow her idea for the day :D So basically, here are some quotes about love (because you know, Valentine's Day) from books I've read.

Stacking the Shelves (15) and A Week In Review

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly event hosted by Tynga's Reviews.  It features books you've recently added to your shelves, be it from the library, bookstore, or ebooks.

Friday, February 13, 2015

R&R Review and Interview Friday: The Truth About Drew by Krista Noorman

Amazon(there is a Kindle Countdown deal going on until the 17th!  Get it on Kindle for only $0.99)  Goodreads  Book Depository  Barnes and Noble

Goodreads Blurb:
"At fourteen, Claire Thomas leads the average life of a teenage girl, living in the shadow of her popular older brother, maneuvering her way through family, friendships, and first love. But her childhood best friend, Drew, is not your average teenage boy. In fact, he's downright unusual. Sometimes he disappears, almost before her eyes. He speaks in clich├ęs, quotes and Bible verses, and is always writing in his worn leather notebook.

Drew seems to have the inside track to all things spiritual, but Claire lives in a family that does not go to church, with a mother who hates God. It seems Drew is trying to tell her something important, but she isn't sure what that is. After years of wondering why she is the only person to ever see or speak to him, thinking maybe he isn't real and it's all in her head, she is determined to discover The Truth About Drew."

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Bookish Discussions: Library or Buying Addictions

Today's topic is Library or Buying Addictions!  You know you have those days when you walk into the library and sudddenly, you can't stop yourself from checking out book after book that is on your TBR?  Or that has a pretty cover?  Or just because it looks awesome?  Yeah.  I had one of those days a couple weeks ago and I ended up having to use two grocery bags to bring all my books in the house.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

WWW (5)

WWW Wednesday's is a weekly event hosted by Should Be Reading!  All you have to do is answer three questions:

1.  What are you currently reading?

2.  What did you recently finish reading?
3.  What do you think you'll read next?

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award Part 3

Thank you so much Cari and Haley from My Addiction: Books for nominating me!  You gals are too sweet :)

Okay, so since I've done this award already, I'll just be answering the questions and not nominating anyone.  Let's get started!

Monday, February 9, 2015

R&R Interview and Review Monday: Days of Throbbing Gristle by Kevin Cole

Goodreads Blurb:
"Does Heaven know you're miserable now?

It’s 1987. Sam Henry Hay, a 17-year-old exchange student from Sheffield, hops into Texas, USA, with one burning ambition: Manipulate his gullible host parents into funding his university, and leave his dead-end life in Yorkshire behind.

But is Sam manipulating America or America manipulating Sam? The clever lad schmoozes his way into many a bed and purse, yet can’t get rid of anyone. He executes careful plans, only to watch them disastrously fall apart. Worst of all, this once proud nihilist watches in horror as he reveals a conscience, in a world growing ever darker around him.

Days of Throbbing Gristle is not your typical teenage tale. It’s a razor-slashing journey through a time and place that really was as bad as you’ve heard. For some, high school is the best time in their lives. For others, it’s a miracle they make it to the other side."

Sunday, February 8, 2015

R&R Review Sunday: Elixir by Ted Galdi

Goodreads Blurb:
"Meet 14-year-old Sean Malone. He has an IQ above 200, a full-ride scholarship to one of the country’s top universities, and more than one million dollars from his winning streak on Jeopardy. However, Sean wishes he could just be normal.

But his life is anything but normal. The US government manipulates him, using him as a codebreaker in pursuit of a drug lord and killing innocent people along the way.

For reasons related to his personal security, Sean finds himself in Rome, building a new life under a new name, abandoning academics, and hiding his genius from everyone. When he’s 18 he falls in love. The thrills begin again when he learns that his girlfriend is critically ill and it’s up to him to use his intellect to find a cure, a battle pitting him against a multi-billion-dollar pharmaceutical company and the demons of his past.

Elixir is a story about identity, secrets, and above all, love."

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Stacking the Shelves (14) and A Week In Review

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly event hosted by Tynga's Reviews.  It features books you've recently added to your shelves, be it from the library, bookstore, or ebooks.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Review Friday: Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Goodreads Blurb:
"Katy knows the world changed the night the Luxen came.

She can't believe Daemon welcomed his race or stood by as his kind threatened to obliterate every last human and hybrid on Earth. But the lines between good and bad have blurred, and love has become an emotion that could destroy her—could destroy them all.

Daemon will do anything to save those he loves, even if it means betrayal.

They must team with an unlikely enemy if there is any chance of surviving the invasion. But when it quickly becomes impossible to tell friend from foe, and the world is crumbling around them, they may lose everything— even what they cherish most—to ensure the survival of their friends…and mankind.

War has come to Earth. And no matter the outcome, the future will never be the same for those left standing."

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Bookish Discussions: Eating While Reading

I'M MAKING GRAPHICS GUYS!  I feel like such a computer whiz now ;)

So, eating while reading.  Or drinking while reading.  I've met tons of people who have a favorite beverage or snack while they're reading.  But I have a questions for all y'all.  If you're reading a physical books, what if you spill your drink on it?  Or get crumbs in the spine??  The HORROR!  See, I'm a person that simply has to keep my books nice and new and never spill anything on them.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday (11)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine.  It features a book every Wednesday that haven't been released yet and you're anxiously awaiting!  My book this week is:

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

The Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award Part 2

Thank you so much to Jayne from Booking Awesome for nominating me!  Since I've already done this award, I'll just be answering the questions and not nominating anyone else new.  Here are the rules in case you missed them in my last post of this award:

1. Thank the blogger that nominated you and link back to their site
2. Post the award's logo on your blog
3. Answer the 10 questions you've been asked
4. Nominate 10 bloggers
5. Set 10 new questions for your nominees

Here we go!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Review Monday: If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Goodreads Blurb:
"Just listen, Adam says with a voice that sounds like shrapnel.

I open my eyes wide now.
I sit up as much as I can.
And I listen.

Stay, he says.

Choices. Seventeen-year-old Mia is faced with some tough ones: Stay true to her first love—music—even if it means losing her boyfriend and leaving her family and friends behind?

Then one February morning Mia goes for a drive with her family, and in an instant, everything changes. Suddenly, all the choices are gone, except one. And it's the only one that matters.

If I Stay is a heartachingly beautiful book about the power of love, the true meaning of family, and the choices we all make."

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Be a Better Blogger February Challenge: Blogging Schedule

Hey guys!  So I kind of missed January's challenge in the Be a Better Blogger monthly challenges hosted by Book Bumblings but I'll be doing the February one!

R&R Review Sunday: Alicia's Ghost by Nick Iuppa and John P. Mendoza

Goodreads Blurb:
AND THE WORLD’S MOST HAUNTING HEROINE! The astoundingly beautiful Alicia has ended her modeling career in Mexico City, married the love of her life, helped pay his way through college, settled into a comfortable life in Los Altos, California, and now she’s dead... MURDERED. Her husband, Professor Carlos Mann, has wrapped himself in an obsessive-compulsive disorder to hide from that fact. But when Amy Joy, one of Carlos’s students, is sold into slavery by a Chinese mob that traffics in Asian girls, Alicia returns with a vengeance. Can Alicia save her man, foil the human traffickers, and destroy her murderer? Overwhelming supernatural forces stand against her. But, hell, that just makes her stronger! Told in the voices of Carlos and Alicia Mann, Alicia’s Ghost is a funny, imaginative and thrilling ride through the human and spirit worlds of Mexico and the American Southwest."
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