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Weekly Wrap Up (39)

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Welcome to my Weekly Wrap Up!! Each week I share My Weekly Wrap Up of everything Book related (reviews,books purchased,won etc..). So let's get to it shall we!

Also I would like to wish all my Followers a HappyEaster. However you celebrate it, I hope you all are having a great day!!

Books Reviewed The Exemeus by Folami & Abeni Morris The Day Zombies Ruined My Perfectly Boring Life by Jen Naumann Ixeos by Jennings Wright

Books Received For Review Code Name: Atlas by Tony Evans TheFury by Alexander Gordon Smith The C.H.A.O.S. Trilogy by Jon S. Lewis
*Thank you to Tony Evans, Macmillan & Thomas Nelson for the review copies.

Books Purchased After: The Echo by Scott Nicholson Sunrise by Kody Boye
Books Won/Gifted None this week :(
Giveaways Ixeos Blog Tour $25 Giftcard EndsApril 11th Of Silver Beasts $10 Amazon Giftcard Giveaway Ends April 2

________________________________________  Well I think that about wraps up my Week. Link me to yours (Don't care which meme just like reading th…

Ixeos Blog Tour, Review and Giveaway!!

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Welcome to my stop on the Ixeos blog tour, hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer.
Click here to follow the rest of the blog tour!!

★★★ Format: E-Book Series: Ixeos Trilogy #1 Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy Publication Date: February 13,2013

The McClellands are enjoying a lazy summer vacation at the beach when they are lured from our world into Ixeos, an alternate Earth. Finding themselves lost in a maze of tunnels under Paris and surrounded by strangers, they discover that they have been brought to Ixeos for one purpose: to take the planet back from humanoid aliens who have claimed it. With the aid of the tunnels and a mysterious man named Landon, the teens travel the world seeking the key that will allow them to free Darian, the long-imprisoned rebel leader. But the aliens aren't the only problem on Ixeos -- the McClellands have to deal with brutal gangs, desperate junkies, and a world without power, where all the technology is owned by the aliens, and where most of the po…

Zurvival Saturday (49) Review: The Day Zombies Ruined My Perfectly Boring Life by Jen Naumann

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For this weeks Zurvival Saturday I'll be reviewing The Day Zombies Ruined My Perfectly Boring Life by Jen Naumann. I admit I actually read this last month but was sidetracked and never ended up getting around to write up my review, my bad I know. So here it is in all its shiny glory!!

 Rating: ★★★★
Author: Jen Naumann
Title: The Day Zombies Ruined My Perfectly Boring Life
Genre: Horror, Zombies, Young Adult
Format: E-Book
Copy Provided By: Author
Publisher: At Or With Me Publishing
Publication Date: June 2012

Seventeen-year-old Emma Ferdig has spent her entire life stuck in an itty-bitty town that is basically smack-dab in the middle of nowhere. She’s not bored because there are always the same mundane things to do with her best friend Finn every single weekend, but bored as in there is literally nothing for a teenage girl to do that doesn't involve farm animals and the threat of law enforcement.

But now she would do pretty much anything to go back to that boring life.

Emma'…

Cover Reveal & Giveaway!!! Of Silver Beasts by Trisha Wolfe

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Of
Silver and Beasts (A Goddess Wars Novel)
by Trisha Wolfe Release
Date: June 1, 2013


Genre: New Adult Dark Fantasy

Cover Reveal Organized by: YA Bound

Cover
Designed by: Steven
Novak

Summary
from Goodreads:
In the sand-covered queendom of Cavan, the goddess once
saved a young Kaliope’s life, preventing the mercury her father attempted to
hide in her blood from reaching her heart. Now, a cybernetic clamp filters it,
but the silver streaks swirling faintly beneath her skin are a constant
reminder that she’s different.




When nineteen-year-old Kaliope is chosen as head of the Nactue Guard, she
becomes the sworn protector to her empress. In the midst of an invasion on a
neighboring land, Kaliope is placed in charge of guarding Prince Caben, the
last heir to his kingdom. But when they’re attacked by the feared
Otherworlders, Caben and Kaliope are abducted and taken below to a realm where
they must fight for their life in a caged arena. 




Kaliope struggles to protect her princely charge, keeping him …

Dear Diary: Confessions From A Blogger (8) Book Swag

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We all know what goes on behind the scenes at our own blogs but rarely do we lift the curtain and share those experiences with others. Dear Diary: Confessions From A Blogger stems from the curiosity. This week I want to talk about Book swag.



Here is my Confession:

Whenever I receive a book for review, I usually find the package filled with bookish swag. These items usually include bookmarks, postcards sometimes pens (which I love) and much to my dismay very rarely the oh so glorious Magnet (which I really love) . Over my year plus of blogging I have gathered quite a large bit of swag and while very nice and thoughtful in all honesty I cringe when I see a package filled with the stuff. Even giving some of it away I'm always left with duplicates and sometimes triplicates. I've found creative uses for leftovers such as making the bookmarks into magnets or folding them up and shoving them under a table leg that is a bit wobbly. Heck I've even made them into packing con…

Booking Through Thursday (24) Rating Systems for Books

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Booking Through Thursday is a weekly bookish meme where participants are asked a series of questions about their reading habits. To join this or future Booking Through Thursdays Click Here

This Week BTT Asks: 
Do you think BOOKS should have a ratings system?

Good question this week. Honestly I do not see the need for a rating system. Books are already divided into categories such as Middle Grade, Young Adult, Adult, Non-Fiction etc.... What I wouldn't mind seeing however is a very small on the back Mature Content warning on Young Adult books. Not on the front cover with a big honking red sticker (hate those). On the back, under the blurb.

I would also not mind seeing Young Adult signs in bookstores  with age groups written underneath. I know Borders used to do this but I can't remember if Barnes&Noble does. To me Young Adult starts after 13 and that's even pushing it as I'd personally prefer it marketed to 14+ but lots of the parents seem to think the content in t…

The Exemeus by Folami & Abeni Morris: Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway

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Welcome to my stop on The Exemeus blog tour by Folami Morris and Abeni Morris hosted by YA Bound.  Click HERE to see the rest of the blog tour schedule!

Rating: ★★★★
Author: Folami & Abeni Morris
Title: The Exemeus (Book 1)
Genre: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Fantasy
Format: E-Book
Publisher: Royal Colours Ink
Publication Date: January 3,2013
Copy Provided By: Author

Hyalee Smith is dead, she just doesn’t know it yet.

Her short life was devoted to love and to hate. Love of the man who stole her heart, hate for the man who stole the world. Murdered by the government she swore to destroy, she has been given another chance to make it right. But to save the planet, she needs the help of the most powerful mystic the world has ever seen—unfortunately he hasn’t been born yet.

In a world where fear is the only currency, Dephon has committed the ultimate crime: inspiring hope.

His only goal is to make it safely through ninth grade, but on a post-apocalyptic Earth run by the Treptonian government, i…

Trailer Tuesday (46) Entwined by Heather Dixon & The School For Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

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Trailer Tuesday is a Weekly Blog Post hosted by me at Blood Sweat and Books. Each week I choose two Book Trailers to showcase. One Trailer will be for an upcoming book and the other will be one that has already been released.

In keeping with the Fairy Tale theme in honor of the Fairy Tale Giveaway Hop I'm participating in, This Week I focus my spotlight on Entwined by Heater Dixon and The School For Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

Available Now:Entwined by Heather Dixon Azalea is trapped. Just when she should feel that everything is before her . . . beautiful gowns, dashing suitors, balls filled with dancing . . . it's taken away. All of it.

The Keeper understands. He's trapped, too, held for centuries within the walls of the palace. And so he extends an invitation.

Every night, Azalea and her eleven sisters may step through the enchanted passage in their room to dance in his silver forest.

But there is a cost.

The Keeper likes to keep things.

Azalea may not realize…

Fairytale Giveaway Hop!!

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Fairy Tale Giveaway Hop Hosted By: I am a reader, not a writer, The Book Rat  &  A Backwards Story
Winner Is Lesley M The purpose of this hop is to celebrate Fairy Tales in all their magical glory. The list below includes some I've read or want to read. I am a huge fan of  Fairy Tale retellings whether traditional based or unique all their own. Check out my choices below:





a Rafflecopter giveaway
Giveaway Rules Must be 13 years or older to enter.
Giveaway open Internationally *As long as the book depository ships to your country.
Winner may choose E-book if they prefer.
All entries will be double checked so please make sure you actually read and complete them. The winner may choose any book from my list (or subsequent books in those series) as a prize. If none of the titles appeal to you or you happen to have them all, feel free to choose your own Fairy tale based book as a prize (up to $10)
Winner has 48 hours to respond after winning with shipping details before an alternative winner …

From Page To Screen (34) Beautiful Creatures

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For this weeks From Page To Screen, I have decided to cover Beautiful Creatures by Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia.

First let's discuss the book. Below is the cover.
Now for a bit of back story in case some of you aren't familiar with the novel. Beautiful Creatures is written by the Authors Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl. Beautiful Creatures was originally published December 1,2009 by Little, Brown and Company (Penguin Publishing in the U.K.). Beautiful Creatures is a supernatural romance. After the success of the first book the Authors were approached and convinced to turn it into a series which is now known as The Caster Chronicles.

Let's take a look at some of the characters now, shall we.

Main Protagonists

Ethan Wate- A teenager living in the rural town of Gatlin.  Ethan starts having dreams about a girl only to find out she actually exists and has just moved to his town. Ethan is a popular student with plans to get out of Gatlin once he Graduates. Due to his mothers d…

Weekly Wrap Up (38)

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Welcome to my Weekly Wrap Up!! Each week I share My Weekly Wrap Up of everything Book related (reviews,books purchased,won etc..). So let's get to it shall we!

Books Received For Review Forty Days by Stephanie Parent The Burn Palace by Stephen Dobyns  Eden At The Edge Of Midnight by John Kerry  Shadow Of Wrath by L.W. Patricks The Game by Shane Scollins
*Thank you to John Kerry, Shane Scollins, L.W. Patricks,Stephanie Parent and Blue Rider Press for the review copies.

Books Reviewed This Week The Miracle Inspector by Helen Smith Children Of No One by Nicole Cushing The Ward by Jordana Frankel
Books Purchased Alice In Deadland Complete Trilogy by Mainak Dhar Among The Living by Timothy W. Long *audiobook The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown
Books Won/Gifted Permanent Winter by Gra…

Review: Children of No One by Nicole Cushing

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 Rating: ★★★★
Author: Nicole Cushing
Title: Children Of No One
Format: E-Book
Publisher: Dark Fuse
Copy Provided By: Netgalley
Expected Publication Date: March 26,2013

Sadism, nihilism, poverty, wealth, screams, whimpers, sanity and madness collide in Nowhere, Indiana

For Thomas Krieg, Nowhere is a miles-long, pitch-black underground maze in which he's imprisoned dozens of boys for the past ten years -- all in the name of art.

For two brothers, Nowhere is the only place they clearly remember living. A world unto itself, in which they must stay alert to stay alive. A world from which the only escape is death.

But for an English occultist known only as Mr. No One, Nowhere is much more...and much less: the perfect place in which to perform a ritual to unleash the grandest of eldritch deities, the God of Nothingness, the Great Dark Mouth.


Review:

This was my reaction when I completed Children Of No One. I'm not even exaggerating here the Novella is truly that disturbing.  




Guys, I …

Zurvival Saturday (48) Zombie Music Videos

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For this weeks Zurvival Saturday I wanted to share my favorite music videos with Zombies in them. Can you guess which one on the list was directed by George Romero?? 5 Points for insert house name if you can!! In no particular order check out my favorites below:


Billy Idol- Dancing with myself  A great song on its own but the first time I saw the music video I was in love. Yup Dancing with myself is a total cheesefest but its an awesome cheesefest with a great song nonetheless.

Misfits- Scream  has a great old school zombie style. I love that the zombie scenes are kept in black and white while the band shots are in color. I also think this video has a pretty cool ending.

Blondie- Mother  is a video I only recently came in contact with. While not an overly huge fan of the song, I love the very Buffyesque vibe of the club she's singing in. In fact, I can totally imagine the scoobies rocking out and then kicking ass when the zombies arrived.

Backstreet Boys- Everybody   OK, if you…

Freebie Friday (38)

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It's time for another edition of Freebie Friday! Each week I compile a list of books that I've found for FREE and share them with all of you! All you have to do is click on the Title and it will take you to the purchase page.





*Though free at time of posting, please verify that the “Kindle Price” is actually $0.00. If you see a price for “Prime Members” or “read for free”, then the book is NOT free any longer. Please leave a comment (only applies if day posted) if you notice this so I can replace with another :)

*Authors Have an upcoming book that will be FREE? If so, let me know I'd love to feature your work in my post. Please share this post!! I thank you if you do.

Review: The Miracle Inspector by Helen Smith

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Rating: ★★★
Author: Helen Smith
Title: The Miracle Inspector
Genre: Dystopian,Adult,Fantasy
Format: E-Book
Publisher:  Tyger Books
Publication Date:September 4,2012
Copy Provided By:Author

Buy It Now: 
Amazon
Barnes&Noble

A darkly comic literary novel set in the near future. England has been partitioned and London is an oppressive place where poetry has been forced underground, theatres and schools are shut, and women are not allowed to work outside the home. A young couple, Lucas and Angela, try to escape from London - with disastrous consequences.


Review Kinda,sort of,maybe:

The Miracle Inspector can only be described as a very British Dystopian. I imagined the lovely Helen Mirren narrating this in my head. Once I switched from my normal internal monologue to that with her narrating The Miracle Inspector transformed into quite an enjoyable read. Of course that is not to say that this book didn't have some hiccups along the way.

To me, The Miracle Inspector was part V for Vendet…

Waiting On Wednesday (49) The Life Beyond by Susanne Winnacker

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly blog post hosted by Breaking The Spine. For this week's Waiting On Wednesday I chose The Life Beyond by Susanne Winnacker.

Title: The Life Beyond
Series: The Other Life
Genre: Horror, Zombies, Young Adult
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish Children's Books
Expected Publication Date: Unknown*
*UK readers The Life Beyond was released March 1st


15, 323 hours since Sherry listened to one of her father's bedtime stories. 30, 657 minutes since she heard his laughter.

Sherry's father's life is hanging in the balance... And if he turns into a Weeper, Sherry and Joshua know that the only way to save him lies on the other side of the fence - the barrier cutting them off from the rest of the world.

With Tyler and Rachel, they set off into the unknown, driven by the promise of a cure, and the hope of reclaiming the life they once knew. But they find that there are more than just Weepers standing in their way...

There is no going back. There is on…