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Weekly Wrap Up (85)

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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.


Hey all, it's Labor Day Weekend in the United States and if you don't know what that is it basically breaks down to the last hurrah of Summer, although, technically, it is supposed to be about celebrating the creation of the labor movement and its dedication to the social and economic achievements of American workers. Also tomorrow is my Birthday woot woot so things have been a bit busy around here. I'm not going to do a traditional format wrap up this week but if you stopped by this week you might have seen my Mini Review of Feral by Holly Schindler. I'm sad to say that was a disappointing read. I also shared my thought…

Booking Through Thursday (50) Enmity

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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:
Any books or authors you hate? Why? Is it the writing? The stories? The author’s personality? And—would you read their work anyway??

I think I've mentioned this before but I really detest the book Alive by Piers Paul. When I was in Junior/ High school we were assigned the book so much that I terally had the entire book memorized. By Sophmore year when yet again one of the teachers decided we'd read this book I had enough. I begged,moaned and complained to my parents until one of the went to the school and asked if I could read an alternative book for the lesson that year. They agreed much to the annoyance of my teachers and since then I've never looked at the book again and you know I'm good with that.

As for any Authors I hate, hmm, no,  but Charlaine H…

Waiting On Wednesday (106) A Vault of Sins (Chaos Theory #2) by Sarah Harian

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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 A Vault of Sins (Chaos Theory #2) by Sarah Harian.


Expected Publication:
September 16, 2014 from Penguin/Intermix

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Even though she’s escaped, twenty-two-year-old Evalyn Ibarra is anything but free. She’s desperate to return to a life that no longer exists, but prying reporters continually draw her back into nightmarish memories, using the tabloids to vilify her. Bad press is the last thing she needs during the trial of the year: the case that she and her fellow survivors staked against the Compass Room engineers. A case that could terminate the use of the inhumane system forever...

But in her dreams, she is still locked in that terrifying jail.

When she wakes, someone is trying to communicate with her in secret, through strange and intricate clues. As Evalyn follows their signs, she uncovers a c…

Book Trailer Tuesday (96) Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand & The Jewel by Amy Ewing

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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 Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand and The Jewel by Amy Ewing .


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Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane’s bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard. So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War.

The lieutenant’s name was Louis Zamperini. In boyhood, he’d been a cunning and incorrigible delinquent, breaking into houses, brawling, and fleeing his home to ride the rails. As a teenager, he had channe…

Mini Review: Feral by Holly Schindler

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Author: Holly Schindler
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Publisher: Harper Teen
Expected Publication: August 26, 2014

The Lovely Bones meets Black Swan in this haunting psychological thriller with twists and turns that will make you question everything you think you know.

It’s too late for you. You’re dead. Those words continue to haunt Claire Cain months after she barely survived a brutal beating in Chicago. So when her father is offered a job in another state, Claire is hopeful that getting out will offer her a way to start anew.

But when she arrives in Peculiar, Missouri, Claire feels an overwhelming sense of danger, and her fears are confirmed when she discovers the body of a popular high school student in the icy woods behind the school, surrounded by the town’s feral cats. While everyone is quick to say it was an accident, Claire knows there’s more to it, and vows to learn the truth about what happened.

But the closer she gets to uncovering the mystery, the closer she also gets …

Zurvival Saturday (104) Waiting On Zombies

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This week I want to share with you a few upcoming/ newly released Zombie books that I'm excitedly looking forward to reading. As far as I know all of those not yet published are on track to release this year. All titles have been linked to Goodreads in case you'd like to check any of them out further. In no particular order, let's get to the books!


The North by Sean Cummings
Expected Publication: October 6, 2014
It's six months past the end of the world . Their fight for survival has just begun.

Sixteen-year-old David Simmons is on a mission to save his eight-year-old sister. In a smoldering world infested with walking cadavers, the survivors of Simmons infantry reserve unit are going hatches down in a pair of armoured personnel carriers and everyone knows that it's only a matter of time until their fuel runs dry.

There's a weak short wave radio signal from a place called Sanctuary Base and it's supposed to be zombie-free. But there's more than a thousa…

Review: In A Handful of Dust (Not A Drop To Drink #2) by Mindy McGinnis

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Author: Mindy McGinnis
Series: Not A Drop To Drink #2
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Expected Publication: September 23, 2014

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The only thing bigger than the world is fear.

Lucy’s life by the pond has always been full. She has water and friends, laughter and the love of her adoptive mother, Lynn, who has made sure that Lucy’s childhood was very different from her own. Yet it seems Lucy’s future is settled already—a house, a man, children, and a water source—and anything beyond their life by the pond is beyond reach.

When disease burns through their community, the once life-saving water of the pond might be the source of what’s killing them now. Rumors of desalinization plants in California have lingered in Lynn’s mind, and the prospect of a “normal” life for Lucy sets the two of them on an epic journey west to face new dangers: hunger, mountains, deserts, betrayal, and the perils of a world so vast that Lucy fears she could be lost…

Book Trailer Tuesday (95) The Thickety: A Path Begins by J.A. White & Nightmares! by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller

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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 The Thickety: A Path Begins by J.A. White & Nightmares by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller.


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The Thickety:A Path Begins by J.A. White Hand in hand, the witch's children walked down the empty road.

When Kara Westfall was six years old, her mother was convicted of the worst of all crimes: witchcraft. Years later, Kara and her little brother, Taff, are still shunned by the people of their village, who believe that nothing is more evil than magic . . . except, perhaps, the mysterious forest that covers nearly the entire island. It has many names, this place. Sometimes it is called the Dark Wood, or Sordyr's Realm. But mostly it's called the Thickety.

The black-leaved trees swayed toward Kara…

Review: Blackout by Tim Curran

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Author: Tim Curran
Genre: Horror, Science Fiction
Publisher: Dark Fuse
Expected Publication: August 19, 2014

In the midst of a beautiful summer, in a perfectly American suburban middle-class neighborhood, a faraway evil is lurking, waiting to strike the unsuspecting residents.

First come the flashing lights, then the heavy rains, high winds, and finally a total blackout. But that's only the beginning...

When the whipping black tentacles fall from the sky and begin snatching people at random, the denizens of Piccamore Way must discover the terrifying truth of what these beings have planned for the human race.


ReviewIts been awhile since I've read a proper alien invasion type story, so, when I heard of Blackout I knew it was a book I'd have to read and since I am a such a huge fan of the Dark Fuse novellas to say I had my bar set high would be an understatement. Thankfully, I was not to be disappointed, not only did Blackout meet my expectations but it far exceeded them.

On…

Booking Through Thursday (49) Bookcases

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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:
When you visit a friend’s house, do you find time to browse their bookcases? Does it shock you if they don’t have one?

If I happen to spot a bookcase or even a pile of books on a counter you can bet I'll check them out. I've found many new books simply by spotting an interesting sounding title or a pretty cover on someones shelf. However, with the advent of E-readers and many people I know owning them, spotting physical books is becoming increasingly rare. That's not to say they aren't buying them but that their shelves have become much smaller being limited solely to the books they really loved. Personally, I find scrolling through peoples E-readers awkward and unless they offer it to me I don't do it. I guess in a way that makes me sad as I like to s…

Waiting On Wednesday (105) The Prey by Tom Isbell

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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 The Prey by Tom Isbell.


Expected Publication:
January 20, 2015 from Harper Teen

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A hot debut trilogy and a riveting story of survival, courage, and romance in a future where creating a master civilization is the only thing prized, no matter the method. After the Omega (the end of the end), 16 year old guys known as LTs discover their overseers are raising them not to be soldiers (lieutenants) as promised, but to be sold as bait because of their Less Than status and hunted for sport. They escape and join forces with a girls’ camp, the Sisters, who have been imprisoned and experimented on for the "good of the Republic," by a government eager to use twins in their dark research. In their plight for freedom, these heroes must find the best in themselves to fight against the worst in their en…

Just a quick update

This weekend I broke my charger port on my laptop. My husband will be trying to fix it tonight with the port from another laptop but should it not work or be incompatible I might not be updating as much until I can get to Best Buy next weekend. I can post on my Nook as I'm doing so atm but its not the easiest thing to do although I'll use it if I have to. Anywho I hope you all had lovely weekends. We went to see Into the Storm, it was really good, if you like disaster films that is lol. I also received A Time To Die in the mail by Author Nadine Brandes and I'll be reading that soon hopefully. Guess that's about it for now.

Kristin

Zurvival Saturday (103) Review: The Final Diary by P.B. Simister

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Author: P.B. Simister
Genre: Horror, Zombies
Publication Date: July 22, 2014

William Daniels: Author, coward, murderer, survivor.

The news reports are confusing.

The infection takes everyone by surprise and the infected have one thing on their minds: murder.
William Daniels writes books for children, is a loving husband and a caring father. His dream life is shattered when his wife comes home from work and tells him a homeless man bit her. On top of that, Gemma, William’s fifteen-year old daughter hasn’t come home from school.

He joins forces with his bullying neighbour and together with his freshly infected wife in the back of the car and an unwritten diary in his bag; they head out to search for Gemma.

When street thugs, a junkie and even the police cross his path, William soon learns that the infected are the least of his worries.

One thing is certain- the cost of survival in an infection-ravaged London is high.


ReviewThe Final Diary follows a man named William as he chronicles the…

Freebie Friday (68) Free Young/Adult, Dystopian, Contemporary & Fantasy 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) Concealed in the Shadows by Gabrielle Arrowsmith [Purchase]
Sydney Harter has long awaited September 12th, 2033—her eighteenth birthday. She can finally apply for guardianship of her sister, who is her only family and entire world. She hopes they will be lawfully reunited, but is prepared to defy authority and risk everything to escape the captivity of Miles County so that they can be together.

Escaping will be difficult and dangerous. Citizens are bound to their county by sophisticated chip implants that deliver shocks to those who dare to cross the electric barrier. Sydney is very clever, but her trickery is limited against the all-seeing eyes of techn…

Review: The Jewel by Amy Ewing

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Author: Amy Ewing
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy
Publisher: HarperTeen
Expected Publication: September 2, 2014

The Jewel means wealth. The Jewel means beauty. The Jewel means royalty. But for girls like Violet, the Jewel means servitude. Not just any kind of servitude. Violet, born and raised in the Marsh, has been trained as a surrogate for the royalty—because in the Jewel the only thing more important than opulence is offspring.

Purchased at the surrogacy auction by the Duchess of the Lake and greeted with a slap to the face, Violet (now known only as #197) quickly learns of the brutal truths that lie beneath the Jewel’s glittering facade: the cruelty, backstabbing, and hidden violence that have become the royal way of life.

Violet must accept the ugly realities of her existence... and try to stay alive. But then a forbidden romance erupts between Violet and a handsome gentleman hired as a companion to the Duchess’s petulant niece. Though his presence makes life in th…

Waiting On Wednesday (104) Talon by Julie Kagawa

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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 Talon by Julie Kagawa.

Expected Publication:
October 28, 2014 from Harlequin Teen



Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they're positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser.

Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George.


Soldier…

Book Trailer Tuesday (94) The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann & Messenger of Fear by Michael Grant

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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 The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann & Messenger of Fear by Michael Grant.

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The Unwanteds by Lisa McMannEvery year in Quill, thirteen-year-olds are sorted into categories: the strong, intelligent Wanteds go to university, and the artistic Unwanteds are sent to their deaths.

Thirteen-year-old Alex tries his hardest to be stoic when his fate is announced as Unwanted, even while leaving behind his twin, Aaron, a Wanted. Upon arrival at the destination where he expected to be eliminated, however, Alex discovers a stunning secret— behind the mirage of the "death farm" there is instead a place called Artime.

In Artime, each child is taught to cultivate their creative abilities and learn how to use t…