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Mini Review: Stonefall by Dene Bebbington

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Author: Dene Bebbington
Genre: Horror, Gargoyles,
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: July 23, 2014

Stonefall tells the story of a group of students assigned to make a mockumentary. They choose the eerie half-built Woodchester Mansion as their base and set out to emulate the paranormal programmes they had seen on TV, with one of their group providing sound effects. It isn't long before they begin to realise why the Mansion was half-built, it is haunted and they are not prepared in any way for the horrors which spring to life because of their invasion...


Mini ReviewWhen I was asked to read Stonefall by the Author I went into it thinking it would be a quick, fun, read featuring Gargoyles. Considering the Novellas length I never thought it would be as complete a story as it ended up being. Not only does Stonefall have character development and world building befitting a full length novel but it also blended together humor and horror so well that I could easily see this being made …

Waiting On Wednesday (103) Infected by Sophie Littlefield

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly blog post hosted by Breaking The Spine where readers showcase which books they are highly anticipating. This week I'm turning my spotlight on Infected by Sophie Littlefield.


Expected Publication:
January 6, 2015 from Delacorte Books



The race-against-the-clock feel of TV’s popular show 24 meets the action-packed romance of the film Run Lola Run. This high-concept teen thriller sends readers on the race of their lives.

Carina’s senior year is spiraling downward. Fast. Both her mother and her uncle, the only two family members she’s ever known, are dead. Their deaths were accidents, unfortunate results of the highly confidential research they performed for a national security organization. Or so she’s been told.

She’s not buying it. 

After finding a unique code hidden beneath the stone in a ring her mother left to her, Carina goes straight to the only family she has left: her boyfriend, Tanner.


The people Carina loved kept dangerous secrets. Secrets that mak…

Review: 25 Perfect Days by Mark Tullius

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Author: Mark Tullius
Genre: Dystopian, Adult
Publisher: Vincere Press
Publication Date: March 15, 2013

A totalitarian state doesn’t just happen overnight. It’s a slow, dangerous slide. 25 Perfect Days chronicles the path into a hellish future of food shortages, contaminated water, sweeping incarceration, an ultra-radical religion, and the extreme measures taken to reduce the population.

Higher taxes, strict gun control, an oppressive healthcare system. Complete media control, genetically modified food, experimentation on citizens. The push of depersonalizing technology, unending wars, government sanctioned assassinations. Is this collection of stories merely science fiction or soon to be fact? Are these policies designed for the greater good or disguised to benefit a chosen few at the expense of the masses? Is this brave new world the best we could do or part of a sinister grand plan?

Through these twenty-five interlinked stories, each written from a different character’s point of view, 25 …

Weekly Wrap Up (83)

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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..). Each picture is linked for your convenience. All you need do is click on the cover and it will take you to the appropriate page! I'll also be linking my post up to Stacking The Shelves & The Sunday Post.


Posts From This Past Week
Sunday:Review: The Young World by Chris Weitz
Monday:From Page To Screen (73) Breaking Dawn Pt. 2
Tuesday:Book Trailer Tuesday (93) Outsider by Klaire de Lys & Mortal Heart by Robin LaFever
Wednesday: Free E-Book!! After the Frost by P.G. Owyns *Offer expired
Thursday:Review: Shipwreck Island by S.A. Bodeen
Friday: Freebie Friday (67):Free Young Adult, Science Fiction E-Books
Saturday: Zurvival Saturday (101):Review: Quarantine (Alone #3) by James Phelan


Books Received For Review

Zomburbia by Adam J. Gallaro Followers by Anna Davies Stonefall by Dene Bebbington
*Thanks to K-Teen, Point and Dene Bebbington for the review…

Zurvival Saturday (101) Review: Quarantine (Alone #3) by James Phelan

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This week, I'll be reviewing Alone (Quarantine #3) by James Phelan. As far as I know this is the last book in the Alone series. Hopefully though this isn't the end, I'd hate for the story to go out on such a low note after coming so far with these characters over the course of the series.
Author: James Phelan Genre: Horror, Zombies Series: Alone #3 Publisher: Kensington Books Publication Date: September 24, 2013 Links: Goodreads Amazon
In a dangerous, devastated New York, one 16-year-old Australian boy finds himself alone…

It's now or maybe never sixteen year old Jesse has spent eighteen days in post-apocalyse New York, waiting for help that never comes. He owes it to his new friends, Rachel and Felicity, to go beyond their temporary refuge to find other survivors who may hold the key to escape. Could the collective at Chelsea Piers have the answers or prove to be just another distraction in his quest? Meanwhile, Jesse is burdened with guilt and sadness at the fate of his othe…

Freebie Friday (67) Free Young Adult, Science Fiction, E-Books

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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 for that book. Unless noted all books are first in the series.






Young Adult (Dystopian, Fantasy, Paranormal)
Warchild: Pawn by Ernie Lindsey [Purchase]
The world ended long before Caroline Mathers was born, but that doesn't mean life stops for the fourteen-year-old army scout for the People's Republic of Virginia.

Abandoned by her parents, raised by her grandfather, she slinks through the forests surrounding her encampment, monitoring the woods for nomadic bands of criminals known as Republicons, all while keeping a watchful eye on her northern enemies from the Democratic Alliance. It's a hard life, but a simple one, at least until the day Caroline hears the sound that everyone dreads: distant drums echoing throughout their quiet valley,…

Review: Shipwreck Island by S.A. Bodeen

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Author: S.A. Bodeen
Genre: Middle Grade, Survival Fiction
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Expected Publication: July 29, 2014

Sarah Robinson is deeply troubled in the wake of her dad’s second marriage. She now has to deal with a new stepmom and two stepbrothers, Marco, who is her age, and Nacho, who’s younger. Even though they’ve all moved from Texas to California to start life as a new, blended family, none of the kids seem remotely happy about it.

Sarah’s dad and stepmom then decide to take the whole family on a special vacation in order to break the ice and have everyone get to know one another. They’ll fly to Tahiti, charter a boat, and go sailing for a few days. It’ll be an adventure, right?

Wrong. Dead wrong.

ReviewWhen I started reading Shipwreck Island the first thing I noticed was the similarities to another very popular Children's survival book called The Swiss Family Robinson.  However, my fears of an updated, Americanized, copycat were quickly replaced once the family a…

Free E-Book Today Only!! After the Frost by P.G. Owyns

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Free Ebook July 23rd

Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance
Publisher: Musvit Books
Publication Date: June 4, 2014

In the Pacific Northwest of 1928, Julian Powell lives a life that for most appears to be one of privilege—a perfect life in a huge house, servants, and carefully groomed grounds. No matter how idyllic it might seem, it has become a prison for Julian. His days are filled with the endless monotony of family gatherings, gossip, and brown suits. Overshadowing him is a life-long illness. Julian finds his only freedom from his overbearing family in secretly writing books celebrating the beauty of nature. Occasionally he escapes to the local bookstore, with the hope of seeing the town’s eccentric, William Neill. Julian’s life changes forever when he makes the boldest decision of his life. He leaves to take care of an ailing childhood friend, moving to a place that will take him away from all he has ever known to an unexpected new life. He becomes part of a family of his own choosing, …

Book Trailer Tuesday (93) Outsider by Klaire de Lys & Mortal Heart (His Fair Assassin #3) by Robin LaFever

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Book 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. This week I focus my spotlight on Outsider by Klaire de Lys & Mortal Heart (His Fair Assassin #3) by Robin LaFever.

Available Now:
Outsider by Klaire de Lys After witnessing the murder of her parents for marrying outside of their race, half-blood Astrid wants nothing more than to be left on her own. Placed in the care of Dag, a forgetful but well-meaning warlock, she vows to never feel as lost and helpless as she did on the day they were killed, and turns her back on the elves and the dwarves for destroying her life.

Forty years later, young dwarf Jarl Vǫrn is certain that his city, Bjargtre, is under threat from an emerging goblin King. When his fears are dismissed, he asks Astrid to help him and his adoptive son, Knud, to reach the capita…

From Page To Screen (73) Breaking Dawn (Pt. 2)

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This week on From Page to Screen I'll be tackling Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer. Since this book was split into two films I'll be dissecting the differences that way as well this week. To check out the differences from Breaking Dawn Pt. 1 click Here!

First Let's Discuss the Book.
Here is a bit of back story in case some of you aren't familiar with the novel. Breaking Dawn is a novel written by Author Stephenie Meyer. The book was originally published August 2, 2008 by Little, Brown and Company. Breaking Dawn is the Final Novel in the Twilight Saga and follows Bella as she grows up and faces the consequences for all of her actions thus far. During its first 24 hours released Breaking Dawn sold over 1.3 million copies in the U.S. and over 100k copies in Canada and 20k in the U.K. respectively. Breaking Dawn received very mixed reviews from Critics upon release but that didn't deter fans as Breaking Dawn went on to become the best selling Children's book of 200…

Review: The Young World by Chris Weitz

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Author: Chris Weitz
Genre: Young Adult, Post Apocalyptic
Publisher: Little, Brown Books For Young Readers
Expected Publication: July 29, 2014
Link: Goodreads

After a mysterious Sickness wipes out the rest of the population, the young survivors assemble into tightly run tribes. Jefferson, the reluctant leader of the Washington Square tribe, and Donna, the girl he's secretly in love with, have carved out a precarious existence among the chaos. But when another tribe member discovers a clue that may hold the cure to the Sickness, five teens set out on a life-altering road trip to save humankind.

The tribe exchanges gunfire with enemy gangs, escapes cults and militias, braves the wilds of the subway and Central Park...and discovers truths they could never have imagined.

ReviewThe Young World follows a group of teenage survivors as they search for a cure for the sickness that will kill them once they reach maturity.

When I started reading The Young World the first thing I noticed was how…

Free Book Blitz & Excerpt: Winter Angel (Seasons of Change #2) by Mia Hoddell

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Author: Mia Hoddell
Genre: Young Adult, Romance
Series: Seasons of Change #2
Publication Date: June 25, 2014

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She was on holiday. He was tricked into returning.
Neither of them wanted to be there, but neither could avoid it.


Amy wants to be back under the sun in Portugal. However, when her suggestion is overruled in favour of a skiing holiday, even she can't turn it down. What she couldn't have predicted is that the holiday could make her break the one, and only, rule she has: not to get into a serious relationship again.

When Amy first sees Luke, she knows something is wrong. He's struggling to cope with everything and her need to help people makes him the perfect distraction from the cold. He hasn't been to the Alps in five years and he swore to never ski again. But as his defences are broken by Amy's persistence, the winter paradise begins to reawaken his desires.

However, with constant flashbacks triggering his anxiety, he's torn, battling co…