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Waiting On Wednesday (122) Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

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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 Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine. 


Expected Publication: 
July 7, 2015 from NAL



In an exhilarating new series, New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine rewrites history, creating a dangerous world where the Great Library of Alexandria has survived the test of time.…

Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly—but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden.

Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the Library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family, who are involved in the thriving black market. Jess has been sent to be his family’s spy, but his loyalties are tested in the fin…

Freebie Friday (77) Free Science Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal, Thriller & Horror 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.

Science Fiction & Fantasy Sleepers by Megg Jensen [Purchase] An adoptee raised in a foreign land, sixteen-year-old Lianne was content with her life as handmaiden to the queen, until a spell cast on her at birth activated. Now she's filled with uncontrollable rage and access to magic she thought had been bled from her people years ago. Even her years of secret training in elite hand-to-hand combat and meditation can’t calm the fires raging inside her. Her heart is torn between two boys, the one she’s always loved and the one who always ignored her. But when the kingdom threatens to tear itself apart due to rumors surrounding the queen’s alleged affair, who will Lianne protect and who will…

Review: The Prey by Tom Isbell

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Author: Tom Isbell
Genre: Young Adult, Survival, Dystopian
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: January 20, 2015

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 enemies.


***SPOILERS BELOW***
ReviewThe Prey by Tom Isbell was one of my most anticipated reads of 2015. Sure the book was a debut and the reviews pouring in were less than stellar but that didn't deter me from reading this one nonetheless. Unfortunately, I should have listened to the crowd. While I certainly enjoyed The Prey…

Book Trailer Tuesday (106) Ghost House by Alexandra Adornetto & The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

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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 Ghost House by Alexandra Ardonetto & The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black .


Available Now:
Ghost House by Alexandra Adornetto After the loss of her mother, Chloe Kennedy starts seeing the ghosts that haunted her as a young girl again. Spending time at her grandmother's country estate in the south of England is her chance to get away from her grief and the spirits that haunt her. Until she meets a mysterious stranger…

Alexander Reade is 157 years dead, with secrets darker than the lake surrounding Grange Hall and a lifelike presence that draws Chloe more strongly than any ghost before. But the bond between them awakens the vengeful spirit of Alexander's past love, Isobel. And she will stop at nothing…

From Page To Screen (80) Percy Jackson & The Sea of Monsters

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First let's discuss the book.
Here is a bit of back story in case some of you aren't familiar with the novel. Percy Jackson & The Sea of Monsters is a novel written by Author Rick Riordan. The book was originally published in April 2006 by Hyperion books and is the second novel in the series. Upon release The Sea of Monsters was generally well received and was nominated for numerous awards, including the 2006 Book Sense Top Ten Summer Pick and the 2009 Mark Twain Award.



Let's take a look at some of the characters.
Percy Jackson - 13-year-old demigod son of Poseidon. Percy is a brave, spirited natural leader, and is willing to risk his life to save friends, family, strangers, and sometimes even enemies. Percy is somewhat short-tempered, and thus has trouble controlling his anger (such as when he sees bullying) and tends to do or blurt out things before thinking, no matter the consequences, causing him to get into a lot of trouble. He also feels responsible for everyone an…

Review: The Coldest Girl In Coldtown by Holly Black

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Author: Holly Black
Genre: Horror, Vampires, Young Adult
Publisher: Little, Brown Books For Young Readers
Publication: September 3, 2013

Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown's gates, you can never leave.

One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.


ReviewThe Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a book I had been wanting to read since it released back in 2013. As things would have it, I just never seemed to find the time to get around…

Waiting On Wednesday (121) The Distance Between Lost and Found by Kathryn Holmes

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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 Distance Between Lost and Found by Kathryn Holmes. 


Expected Publication:
February 17, 2015 from Harper Teen



Ever since the night of the incident with Luke Willis, the preacher’s son, sophomore Hallelujah Calhoun has been silent. When the rumors swirled around school, she was silent. When her parents grounded her, she was silent. When her friends abandoned her … silent.

Now, six months later, on a youth group retreat in the Smoky Mountains, Hallie still can’t find a voice to answer the taunting. Shame and embarrassment haunt her, while Luke keeps coming up with new ways to humiliate her. Not even meeting Rachel, an outgoing newcomer who isn’t aware of her past, can pull Hallie out of her shell. Being on the defensive for so long has left her raw, and she doesn’t know who to trust.

On a group hike, the incessan…

Freebie Friday (76) Free Science Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult & Paranormal Romance

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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.

Science Fiction & Fantasy
Unleashed by Rachel McClellan [Purchase]
Seventeen-year-old Claire Williams’ tough upbringing has taught her how to throw a punch or two to survive, especially when it involves a man’s unwanted attention. But her strength waivers when she visits Bodian Dynamics, a medical research facility, and stumbles upon classified information—someone has stolen a drug that not only changes a person's appearance, but also unleashes the darkest, most evil part of their inner psyche.

After an intimidating security guard threatens the lives of her friends if she speaks to anyone about the incident, Claire pretends the drug never existed. But when she finds a dead girl in her sc…

Review: A Cold Legacy (The Madman's Daughter #3) by Megan Shepherd

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Author: Megan Shepherd
Series: The Madman's Daughter #3
Genre: Historical Fiction, Young Adult
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Expected Publication: January 27, 2015

After killing the men who tried to steal her father’s research, Juliet—along with Montgomery, Lucy, Balthazar, and a deathly ill Edward—has escaped to a remote estate on the Scottish moors. Owned by the enigmatic Elizabeth von Stein, the mansion is full of mysteries and unexplained oddities: dead bodies in the basement, secret passages, and fortune-tellers who seem to know Juliet’s secrets. Though it appears to be a safe haven, Juliet fears new dangers may be present within the manor’s own walls.

Then Juliet uncovers the truth about the manor’s long history of scientific experimentation—and her own intended role in it—forcing her to determine where the line falls between right and wrong, life and death, magic and science, and promises and secrets. And she must decide if she’ll follow her father’s dark footsteps or her mother…

Waiting On Wednesday (120) Half Wild by Sally Green

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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 Half Wild (The Half Bad Trilogy #2) by Sally Green. 


Expected Publication:
March 24, 2015 from Viking Juvenile



"You will have a powerful Gift, but it’s how you use it that will show you to be good or bad."

In a modern-day England where two warring factions of witches live amongst humans, seventeen-year-old Nathan is an abomination, the illegitimate son of the world's most powerful and violent witch. Nathan is hunted from all sides: nowhere is safe and no one can be trusted. Now, Nathan has come into his own unique magical Gift, and he's on the run--but the Hunters are close behind, and they will stop at nothing until they have captured Nathan and destroyed his father.
___________________________________ Why Am I Waiting? Even though I wasn't in love with the first book Half Bad (Review Here), …