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Book Trailer Tuesday (118) The Haunting of Sunshine Girl by Paige McKenzie & Vampire Girl by Karpov Kinrade

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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 Haunting of Sunshine Girl by Paige McKenzie & Vampire Girl by Karpov Kinrade

Available Now:The Haunting of Sunshine Girl by Paige McKenzie
Something freaky's going on with Sunshine's new house . . . there's the chill that wraps itself around her bones, the giggling she can hear in the dead of night, and then the strange shadows that lurk in her photographs. But the more weird stuff that happens, the less her mom believes her. Sunshine's always had a quirky affiliation with the past, but this time, history is getting much too close for comfort . . .

If there is something, or someone, haunting her house, what do they want? And what will they do if Sunshine can't help them?

As things become more frig…

Zurvival Saturday (123) Top 5 worst places to survive the Zombie Apocalypse

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Have you ever wondered how you'd fare if you woke up tomorrow and the Zombie Apocalypse had actually happened? Yeah, me too. We'd all like to think we'd survive but in all actuality some people will have it much easier than others. As the real estate market likes to say, it is all about location,location,location!

Last year the people over at Career Builder tirelessly had their number crunchers pour over data and they came up with a list of the best and worst places to live should a Zombie Apocalypse indeed happen. Not Surprisingly New York City came out on top of that one. If you'd like to read that article you can do so by clicking here. However, while that list certainly was interesting I wanted to broaden my horizons a bit more and include cities from various contents not just those in the US. Using a variety of factors in my decision,  here's what I came up with.

5.) Honolulu, Hawaii - At first glance Hawaii seems like the ideal place to live during a Zombie …

Throwback Thursday (1) Let's Reminisce Together

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For awhile now I've wanted to do a Throwback Thursday type of post where I share things that I enjoyed but aren't maybe as popular now as they might once have been.  However, I could never really decide what sort of content I wanted it to cover. Did I just stick to books or would I talk about tech and movies as well? In the end I decided it didn't need to fit into some pre-designed mold, I'd just cover anything I felt was interesting enough to post about. The only rule is that whatever the content, it must be at least 1 year or older before being shared. Anything sooner and it feels too fresh for me. This will be a work in process as I get a feel for how I want to share things so please bear with me. Also I still need a post image as I haven't figured out a design yet. Alrighty then, on to the content.
To kick off my very first post, I decided I'd throw things back to my very first Blood, Sweat and Books review which was posted on January 28, 2012. The book was …

Manga Monday (6) Manga Museums, Cool Casting News and More!

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Could a Manga Museum become reality? Yes, if the Japanese have any say about it. Japanese lawmakers have formed a caucus to plan a Manga National Center ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The yet unnamed center will focus not only on Manga but it will also showcase Anime and Video Games as part of its exhibits.

In other news, Drifters, an up and coming Anime based on  Kouta Hirano's  manga of the same name has recently cast Junko Minagawa (Jeanne d'Arc),Kenji Nomura (Gilles de Rais), Junko Kitanishi (Anastasia), and Masahiko Tanaka (Rasputin). The Anime which centers on the real life Samurai Shimazu Toyohisa is due to release soon but has no set date as of yet. Until that time you can check out the trailer below.


Media distribution service Crunchyroll recently announced  that it will stream Anne-Happy, the television anime adaptation of Cotoji's Unhappy Go Lucky! comedy manga. The series will premier on April 7th and will stream exactly as it is seen by viewers in Japan. If…

Freebie Friday (85) Free Post-Apocalyptic, Young Adult Paranormal and Fantasy E-Books

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 FREEBIE FRIDAY!!!!
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 (Dystopian,Post Apocalyptic)
Arena 1 by Morgan Rice [Purchase]
New York. 2120. America has been decimated, wiped out from the second Civil War. In this post-apocalyptic world, survivors are far and few between. And most of those who do survive are members of the violent gangs, predators who live in the big cities. They patrol the countryside looking for slaves, for fresh victims to bring back into the city for their favorite death sport: Arena One. The death stadium where opponents are made to fight to the death, in the most barbaric of ways. There is only one rule to the arena: no one survives. Ever. 

Deep in the wilderness, high up in the Catskill Mountains, 17…

Waiting On Wednesday (136) The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly blog post hosted by Breaking The Spine where readers share which books they are highly anticipating. This week I want to share The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry.

Why I'm Waiting:This book sounds amazing. I just love Historical Fiction stories set during the time of the Inquisition. Is that morbid? Probably. However, it is a very underutilized time period and so fascinating. For some reason this story reminds me of Grave Mercy (not the concept the wording of the synopsis) and that alone makes my body hum with excitement. I did so love that series. Anyway, enough rambling. I can't wait for this one and am so glad it is almost time for it to be released!




Expected Publication:
April 12, 2016 from Viking Books



I must write this account, and when I have finished, I will burn it.

Buried deep within the archives of a convent in medieval France is an untold story of love, loss, and wonder and the two girls at the heart of it all.

Dolssa is an upper-cr…

Review: The Fog Diver by Joel N. Ross

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Author: Joel N. Ross
Genre: Middle Grade, Adventure, Steampunk
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: May 26, 2015

A deadly white mist has cloaked the earth for hundreds of years. Humanity clings to the highest mountain peaks, where the wealthy Five Families rule over the teeming lower slopes and rambling junkyards. As the ruthless Lord Kodoc patrols the skies to enforce order, thirteen-year-old Chess and his crew scavenge in the Fog-shrouded ruins for anything they can sell to survive.

Hazel is the captain of their salvage raft: bold and daring. Swedish is the pilot: suspicious and strong. Bea is the mechanic: cheerful and brilliant. And Chess is the tetherboy: quiet and quick…and tougher than he looks. But Chess has a secret, one he’s kept hidden his whole life. One that Lord Kodoc is desperate to exploit for his own evil plans. And even as Chess unearths the crew’s biggest treasure ever, they are running out of time...



***SPOILERS BELOW***
Review I don't read many books in …

Book Trailer Tuesday (117) Reason to Breathe by Rebecca Donovan & The Division by Tom Clancy

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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 Reason To Breathe by Rebecca Donovan & The Division: New York Collapse by Tom Clancy.



Available Now:Reason To Breathe by Rebecca Donovan
In the affluent town of Weslyn, Connecticut, where most people worry about what to be seen in and who to be seen with, Emma Thomas would rather not be seen at all. She’s more concerned with feigning perfection while pulling down her sleeves to conceal the bruises - not wanting anyone to know how far from perfect her life truly is. Without expecting it, she finds love. It challenges her to recognize her own worth - but at the risk of revealing the terrible secret she’s desperate to hide.

Reason to Breathe is an electrifying page turner from start to finish, a unique tale of life-changin…

Restaurant Review: Old School Bagel Cafe

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OK, I know what you're probably saying to yourself "Why the heck is she reviewing a restaurant on a primarily Book and Movie blog?" Well, honestly, the experience pissed me off so much that I felt obligated to talk about it. I realize this review will only impact a very small percentage of you as I don't believe this is a National Chain. However, for those that this could affect, I realize this is only one experience and should I try them again in the future that opinion may change. So let's get on with the review:

Old School Bagel Cafe is a spot that I've wanted to try for ages but just never could seem to find time to stop at. The Cafe is always swarmed with people and the cars usually wrap around the parking lot making pulling into it near impossible most days. Even as a pedestrian, it took several death defying minutes to cross the street and make it safely inside.

Once inside The Old School Bagel Cafe I was hit with the smell of fresh baked bagels and bo…

Freebie Friday (84) Free Science Fiction, Horror, Paranormal, Young Adult & Adult Books

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 FREEBIE FRIDAY!!!!
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.

Adult & YA Horror

Shadow,Shadow by V.B. Marlow [Purchase] "The four of you have been blessed with a great gift. Well, it's a gift for you, but a curse for someone else." 
Harley receives a mysterious gift on her sixteenth birthday--a shadow box. The box gives her the power to trade someone to the shadows, meaning they will disappear and cease to exist. Harley can't imagine doing such a horrible thing and is warned that using the box comes at a price. Unfortunately, not using the box can be even more costly. Harley must make this life-altering decision as she discovers frightening revelations about the town she calls home.








Skeletal by Katherine Hayton [Purc…