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Freebie Friday (72) The Halloween Edition!!!

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.

Since it is Halloween, today's Freebie Friday is going to be all about books that go bump in the night.

Midnight Harvest by Elias Anderson [Purchase]
When a string of increasingly brutal serial murders spills into his jurisdiction, William Coe, a Homicide detective stricken with OCD and an eidetic memory, is forced to search for answers as the body count grows. As clues begin to surface, Coe starts to wonder about the exact nature of the killer he’s after. In a game of cat and mouse that could make or break his career, he’s forced to follow a trail that will lead him to places darker than he could have ever imagined...

Left Alive by Jeremy Lazlo [Purchase]
The world is dead. Plants gone. Ani…

Review: Meritropolis by Joel Ohman

Author: Joel Ohman
Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopian, Young Adult
Publisher: Create Space
Published: September 8, 2014

The year is AE3, 3 years after the Event. Within the walls of Meritropolis, 50,000 inhabitants live in fear, ruled by the brutal System that assigns each citizen a merit score that dictates whether they live or die. Those with the highest scores thrive, while those with the lowest are subject to the most unforgiving punishment--to be thrust outside the city gates, thrown to the terrifying hybrid creatures that exist beyond.

But for one High Score, conforming to the System just isn't an option. Seventeen-year-old Charley has a brother to avenge. And nothing--not even a totalitarian military or dangerous science--is going to stop him.

Where humankind has pushed nature and morals to the extreme, Charley is amongst the chosen few tasked with exploring the boundaries, forcing him to look deep into his very being to discern right from wrong. But as he and his friends le…

Waiting On Wednesday (115) City Of Savages by Lee Kelly

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 City of Savages by Lee Kelly.

Expected Publication:
February 3, 2015 by Simon & Schuster

It’s been nearly two decades since the Red Allies first attacked New York, and Manhattan is now a prisoner-of-war camp, ruled by Warden Rolladin and her brutal, impulsive warlords. For 17-year-old Skyler Miller, Manhattan is a cage that keeps her from the world beyond the city’s borders. But for Sky’s 16-year-old sister, Phee, the P.O.W. camp is a dangerous playground of possibility, and the only home she’d ever want.

When Sky and Phee discover their mom’s hidden journal from the outbreak of the war, they both realize there’s more to Manhattan—and their mother—than either of them had ever imagined. And after a group of strangers arrives at the annual P.O.W. census, the girls begin to uncover the island’s long-kept secrets…

From Page to Screen (77) The Leftovers

This week on From Page to Screen I'll be tackling The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta.

First Let's Discuss The Book
Here is a bit of back story in case some of you aren't familiar with the novel. The Leftovers is a book written by Author Tom Perotta and was published August 30, 2011 by St. Martin's Press. The Leftovers  chronicles life on earth after a rapture-like event that takes some and leaves others behind. The story is told episodically, revolving around the four members of the Garvey family, who have each begun an unlikely relationship following the event.

Let's take a look at some of the characters now

Kevin Garvey – The patriarch of the Garvey family, Kevin is a prominent local business man enjoying early retirement during the event. Afterwards, he is compelled to run for mayor of Mapleton to replace the psychologically compromised incumbent. Kevin stresses the importance of returning to normality as a way for the survivors to cope through initiatives like survivo…

Zurvival Saturday (110) Bite Sized Reviews

Have you ever read a book that when you finished you just felt like, "Huh, that's it?" For me these books are the hardest to review because I find myself neither liking or hating them. Instead these books just sort of exist on my reading landscape waiting to be forgotten.

So for this Zurvival Saturday, I wanted to share my quick thoughts on these books.

First up we have the anthology, Zombies: More Recent Undead
Publication Date: September 2, 2014 from Prime Books. 

My Thoughts: Despite some of the big names of the genre being included in this Anthology it was simply put, boring. Yes, the book has a lot of stories but ultimately I think that was its downfall. The stories I actually liked, What Once We Feared by Carrie Ryan, The Afflicted by Mathew Johnson and What Maise Knew by David Liss were a highlight for sure but considering this anthology has over 35 stories only really liking 3 isn't saying much. Overall, I just think this Anthology was bizarre and the stories …

Release Day Blitz: Puppet by Pauline C. Harris

Penelope lives in a world of advanced technology but many claim society has yet to catch up. Marionettes have advanced in the form of robots; lifelike creations remote controlled to perform super human tasks.

When Penelope makes a deal with Jed, a marionette-obsessed scientist, she doesn’t fully realize what she’s getting herself into. In order for Jed to take her away from the orphanage she lives in, she must first agree to undergo his experiments and tests, ultimately creating something no one ever dreamed possible; the first living marionette.

As Jed shows off his scientific creation to the world, concerns arise surrounding Penelope’s abilities and what she’s capable of doing. Ordered to somehow lessen her abilities, Jed makes a desperate attempt to change Penelope to make her more human, more vulnerable. After Penelope lies to the officials about her past, Jed makes sure it’s the last one she’ll ever utter. The truth is now the only thing she is capable of telling.

As Penelope strugg…

Mini Review: The Maze: Three Tales of the Future by Charity Tahmaseb

Author: Charity Tahmaseb
Genre: Dystopian, Science Fiction
Publisher: Collins Mark Books
Publication: July 19, 2014

Three stories. Three heroines. Three choices.

The Maze: Cadet Eppie Langtry navigates the cold and endless maze as part of the Academy's final training exercise. Her exploration leads her to a fellow cadet, and their combined curiosity triggers something no one expects--least of all the cadre running the maze.

What Little Remains: In a post-apocalyptic city, Kit ekes out an existence by tending to her rooftop garden. A rift in time brings her a new friend from the past--and something else far more menacing.

Inside Out: When Lexia befriends a girl from outside a luxury spa facility, she starts seeing the cracks in her mother's disastrous fifth marriage, the world in which she lives, and her own future.

Mini Review The Maze: Three Tales of the Future is a book I picked up on a whim one day while scouring Amazon for something quick yet interesting to read. I don't us…

Waiting On Wednesday (114) Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge & Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett

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 Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge & Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett

Expected Publication:
May 5, 2015 from Balzer + Bray

When Rachelle was fifteen she was good—apprenticed to her aunt and in training to protect her village from dark magic. But she was also reckless— straying from the forest path in search of a way to free her world from the threat of eternal darkness. After an illicit meeting goes dreadfully wrong, Rachelle is forced to make a terrible choice that binds her to the very evil she had hoped to defeat.

Three years later, Rachelle has given her life to serving the realm, fighting deadly creatures in an effort to atone. When the king orders her to guard his son Armand—the man she hates most—Rachelle forces Armand to help her find the legendary sword that might save their world. As the two become une…

Trailer Reveal & Giveaway: The Book Of Ivy by Amy Engel

Expected publication: November 11th 2014  From Entangled: Teen
After a brutal nuclear war, the United States was left decimated. A small group of survivors eventually banded together, but only after more conflict over which family would govern the new nation. The Westfalls lost. Fifty years later, peace and control are maintained by marrying the daughters of the losing side to the sons of the winning group in a yearly ritual.

This year, it is my turn.

My name is Ivy Westfall, and my mission is simple: to kill the president’s son—my soon-to-be husband—and return the Westfall family to power.

But Bishop Lattimer is either a very skilled actor or he’s not the cruel, heartless boy my family warned me to expect. He might even be the one person in this world who truly understands me. But there is no escape from my fate. I am the only one who can restore the Westfall legacy.

Because Bishop must die. And I must be the one to kill him…


About Amy Engel:
Amy Engel was born in Kansas and aft…

Review: Silvern (Gilded #2) by Christina L. Farley

Author: Christina Farley
Series: Gilded #2
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publisher: Skyscape
Publication Date: September 23, 2014

Jae Hwa Lee has destroyed Haemosu, the dangerous demi-god that held her ancestors captive, and now she’s ready to forget about immortals and move on with her life. Then the god of darkness, Kud, sends an assassin to kill her. Jae escapes with the knowledge that Kud is seeking the lost White Tiger Orb, and joins the Guardians of Shinshi to seek out the orb before Kud can find it.

But Kud is stronger and more devious than Haemosu ever was. Jae is soon painfully reminded that by making an enemy of Kud, she has placed her closest friends in danger, and must decide how much she can bear to sacrifice to defeat one of the most powerful immortals in all of Korea.

ReviewOne of the best things about the Gilded series so far has been the way it blends Korean Mythology with that of a girl living in the modern world. I really enjoy that aspect of the series and as of finis…