Friday, November 30, 2012

Paper Bindings - NaNoWriMo

Just wanted to say a congratulations to all those NaNo writers out there who have met their goals or have worked their hardest to succeed with what they got. NaNo was fun this month. I hope everyone else enjoyed themselves!

2013 Paranormal Reading Challenge

The 2013 Paranormal Reading Challenge is hosted by Megan Likes Books and Auntie Spinelli Reads.  Click on the image above to go to the challenge official post.

The goal is to read at least one book from the category each month.

January - Vampires

01. Whispers At Moonrise by CC Hunter - Review
 02. Wild About You by Kerrelyn Sparks - Review
03.  Biting Cold by Chloe Neil - Review
04. A Tale of Two Vampires by Katie MacAlister - Review


Review- Bitter Blood

Thursday, November 29, 2012

TITLE: Bitter Blood (The Morganville Vampires #13)
AUTHOR: Rachel Caine
RELEASE DATE: November 6th 2012
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“Thanks to the eradication of the parasitic creatures known as the draug, the vampires of Morganville have been freed of their usual constraints. With the vampires indulging their every whim, the town’s human population is determined to hold on to their lives by taking up arms. But college student Claire Danvers isn’t about to take sides, considering she has ties to both the humans and the vampires.

To make matters worse, a television show comes to Morganville looking for ghosts, just as vampire and human politics collide. Now, Claire and her friends have to figure out how to keep the peace without ending up on the nightly news… or worse.”

Waiting On... Falling Kingdoms

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Weekly book Mmeme hosted Breaking the Spine.

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
"In a land where magic has been forgotten but peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest is simmering. Three kingdoms grapple for power—brutally transforming their subjects’ lives in the process. Amidst betrayals, bargains, and battles, four young people find their fates forever intertwined:

Cleo: A princess raised in luxury must embark on a rough and treacherous journey into enemy territory in search of a magic long thought extinct.

Jonas: Enraged at injustice, a rebel lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country impoverished—and finds himself the leader of a people’s revolution centuries in the making.

Lucia: A girl adopted at birth into a royal family discovers the truth about her past—and the supernatural legacy she is destined to wield.

Magnus: Bred for aggression and trained to conquer, a firstborn son begins to realize that the heart can be more lethal than the sword...

The only outcome that’s certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed?"

Review - Assassin's Creed 3

Monday, November 26, 2012

Assassin's Creed 3Assassin's Creed 3

A Ubisoft game

"Designed from the ground up over more than two years, Assassin’s Creed III takes one of gaming’s most beloved franchises to new heights.

The year is 1775. The American colonies are about to revolt. You are Connor, an assassin who has sworn to secure liberty for his people and his nation. To do so, you will hunt your enemies across a staggeringly large, open, and realistic world. You will unleash your lethal skills in a violent quest that will take you from chaotic city streets to blood-soaked battlefields in the hostile American wilderness and beyond. You will meet legendary heroes of American history, and together you will conspire to annihilate those who threaten Liberty itself.

Whether you use your predatory instincts to kill silently, or your fearsome arsenal to kill openly, one thing is clear: the world that the Assassins live in has become far more deadly. And so have you."

Sunday Short - Novemeber 25th, 2012

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Paper Bindings - Weekly Recap


The Crown of Embers (Fire and Thorns, #2) by Rae Carson (See my review - 4 hearts)
  Lady of Devices by Shelley Adina (See my review - 2.5 hearts)
Charon's Crossing by Sandra Marton (See my review - 2.5-3 hearts)
The Queen's Army by Marissa Meyer (See my review - 4 hearts)

The Queen's Army | Novella Review

Once Upon A Dream Books - The Queen's Army by Marissa Meyer

TITLE: The Queen's Army (The Lunar Chronicles #1.5)
AUTHOR: Marissa Meyer
RELEASE DATE: November 23rd 2012
PUBLISHER: Author's Website
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“It is time. The boy must leave his family to serve in the Queen's army. To be chosen is an honor. To decline is impossible. The boy is modified. He is trained for several years, and learns to fight to the death. He proves to the Queen—and to himself—that he is capable of evil. He is just the kind of soldier the Queen wants: the alpha of his pack.”

Review - Charon's Crossing by Sandra Marton

Saturday, November 24, 2012

TITLE: Charon's Crossing
AUTHOR: Sandra Marton
RELEASE DATE: October 10th 2011
PUBLISHER: Self Published
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“When Manhattan businesswoman Kathryn Russell inherits Charon’s Crossing, her first instinct is to sell it. A busy career woman didn’t need a tropical island getaway. But destiny brings Kathryn to Charon’s Crossing discovers that her new possession is haunted, and she hears the cry of a love lost. He is 19th-century sea captain Matthew McDowell. Betrayed by the woman he loved, doomed to walk these halls, he waits for the one woman who can set him free.”

Review - Lady of Devices

Friday, November 23, 2012

TITLE: Lady of Devices (Magnificent Devices #1)
AUTHOR: Shelley Adina
RELEASE DATE: May 30th 2011
PUBLISHER: Self Published
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“London, 1889. Victoria is Queen. Charles Darwin’s son is Prime Minister. And steam is the power that runs the world. At 17, Claire Trevelyan, daughter of Viscount St. Ives, was expected to do nothing more than pour an elegant cup of tea, sew a fine seam, and catch a rich husband. Unfortunately, Claire’s talents lie not in the ballroom, but in the chemistry lab, where things have a regrettable habit of blowing up. When her father gambles the estate on the combustion engine and loses, Claire finds herself down and out on the mean streets of London. But being a young woman of resources and intellect, she turns fortune on its head. It’s not long before a new leader rises in the underworld, known only as the Lady of Devices . . . When she meets Andrew Malvern, a member of the Royal Society of Engineers, she realizes her talents may encompass more than the invention of explosive devices. They may help her realize her dreams and his . . . if they can both stay alive long enough to see that sometimes the closest friendships can trigger the greatest betrayals . . .”

and 1/2

Review - Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Thursday, November 22, 2012

TITLE: Seraphina (Seraphina #1)
AUTHOR: Rachel Hartman
RELEASE DATE: July 10th 2012
PUBLISHER: Random House Books for Young Readers
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“In her New York Times bestselling and Morris Award-winning debut, Rachel Hartman introduces mathematical dragons in an alternative-medieval world to fantasy and science-fiction readers of all ages. Eragon-author Christopher Paolini calls them, "Some of the most interesting dragons I've read in fantasy."

Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty's anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high.

Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered—in suspiciously draconian fashion. Seraphina is drawn into the investigation, partnering with the captain of the Queen's Guard, the dangerously perceptive Prince Lucian Kiggs. While they begin to uncover hints of a sinister plot to destroy the peace, Seraphina struggles to protect her own secret, the secret behind her musical gift, one so terrible that its discovery could mean her very life.”

Happy Thanksgiving

Paper Bindings - Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

If you are traveling stay safe!  Hope everyone get yummy food and spends a fun time with their families. 

Waiting on... Clockwork Drama

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Breaking the Spine.  It is our chance to spotlight upcoming releases that we're eagerly counting the days until release day.

Clockwork Princess - by Cassandra Clare


"If the only way to save the world was to destroy what you loved most, would you do it?

The clock is ticking. Everyone must choose.

Passion. Power. Secrets. Enchantment.

Danger closes in around the Shadowhunters in the final installment of the bestselling Infernal Devices trilogy."

Top Ten Tuesday - Books I'm Thankful For

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Paper Bindings | Top Ten Tuesday - Books I'm Thankful For
Weekly book meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish.  

This week's theme was the top ten books/authors I am thankful for.

Review - The Crown of Embers

Monday, November 19, 2012

Once Upon A Dream Books - Crown of Embers by Rae CarsonOnce Upon A Dream Books - Crown of Embers by Rae Carson

TITLE: The Crown of Embers (Fire and Thorns #2)
AUTHOR: Rae Carson
RELEASE DATE: September 18th 2012
PUBLISHER: Greenwillow Books
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“She does not know what awaits her at the enemy's gate.

Elisa is a hero.

She led her people to victory over a terrifying, sorcerous army. Her place as the country's ruler should be secure. But it isn't.

Her enemies come at her like ghosts in a dream, from foreign realms and even from within her own court. And her destiny as the chosen one has not yet been fulfilled.

To conquer the power she bears, once and for all, Elisa must follow a trial of long-forgotten—and forbidden—clues, from the deep, hidden catacombs of her own city to the treacherous seas. With her go a one-eyed spy, a traitor, and the man whom—despite everything—she is falling in love with.

If she's lucky, she will return from this journey. But there will be a cost.”

Review - Lady Louisa's Chrstimas Knight

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Once Upon A Dream Books - Lady Louisa's Christmas Knight by Grace Burrowes

TITLE: Lady Louisa's Christmas Knight (Windham #6)
AUTHOR: Grace Burrowes
RELEASE DATE: October 1st 2012
PUBLISHER: Sourcebooks Casablanca
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“No one would ever guess that Lady Louisa, the most reserved of the Duke of Moreland's daughters, had published a book of racy poems under a pseydonym on a dare. Before she can buy and destroy all of the copies, a dastardly fortune hunter seeks to compromise her reputation by revealing her secret identity at a holiday ball.

Before she can be publicly ruined, close family friend Sir Joseph Carrington saves the day by offering to marry Louisa. As he recites poetry to her, waltzes with her by starlight, and showers her with lovely kisses, they both begin to discover that their match may be the best Christmas gift either has ever received...”

Sunday Short - November 18th, 2012

Paper Bindings - Weekly Recap


Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry (See my review - 4 hearts)
Lady Louisa's Christmas Knight (#3/#6) by Grace Burrowes  (See My Review - 4 hearts)

Review - Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry

TITLE: Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits #1)
AUTHOR: Katie McGarry
RELEASE DATE: July 31st 2012
PUBLISHER: Harlequin Teen
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“So wrong for each other …and yet so right.

No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with "freaky" scars on her arms. Even Echo can't remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal.

But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo's world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.

Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she'll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.”

Waiting On...Some More Adrian

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Breaking the Spine.  It is our chance to spotlight upcoming releases that we're eagerly counting the days until release day.

Once Upon A Dream Books - The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead
TITLE: The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines #3)
AUTHOR: Richelle Mead
RELEASE DATE: Razorbill / Penguin Group
PUBLISHER: Razorbill / Penguin Group
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“Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. Alchemists protect vampire secrets - and human lives.

In the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she struggles to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings and what her heart is urging her to do.

Then she finally tracks down the elusive, enigmatic Marcus Finch - a former Alchemist who the organization denies exists, and who lives in shadows, on the run. With Marcus's help, Sydney realizes that the group she's been loyal to her whole life has been hiding the truth from her. Is it possible that her golden lily tattoo might have more power over her than she thinks?

As she struggles to come to terms with what that might mean, Sydney is compelled to use her magical powers to track down an evil magic user who is targeting powerful young witches. Using magic goes against everything she always thought she believed, but she realizes that her only hope is to embrace her special blood - or else she might be next.

Forging her own way is harder than Sydney ever dreamed. Maybe by turning off her brain - and following her heart - she'll be able to finally figure out where she belongs.”

I must know what happens next!

Top Ten Tuesday - Deserted Island Time

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Paper Bindings | Top Ten Tuesday - Deserted Island Time
Weekly book meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish.  

This week's theme was the top ten books you would want to take with you on a deserted island.  

Sunday Short 11-11-12

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Paper Bindings - Weekly Recap


Defiance by C. J. Redwine (see my review - 4 Stars)
Day of Sacrifice by Stacey Wallace Benefiel (see my review - 3 Stars)


I did pick the the Day of Sacrifice short for free from the author's website.

Review - Day of Sacrifce novella by Stacey Wallace Benefiel

Once Upon A Dream Books - Day of Sacrifice by Stacey Wallace Benefiel

TITLE: Day of Sacrifice (Day of Sacrifice #1)
AUTHOR: Stacey Wallace Benefiel
RELEASE DATE: October 8th 2010
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“With only three days left until her twenty-first birthday, her Day of Sacrifice, Flora Hamilton should be living it up. But when another Supernatural family puts a hit on her she’s forced to go into hiding with Julian, her gorgeous new Guardian Angel. Sometimes running for your life isn’t so bad.”

Review - It Happened One Night

Thursday, November 8, 2012

It Happened One Night It Happened One Night

A 1934, black and white movie directed by Frank Capra.  Staring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert.
A romantic, screwball comedy that follows the adventure of a pair of opposites as they journey from Florida to New York.  The movie's heroine, Ellie is a rich socialite on the run from  her father on her way to her meet her fortune hinter husband.  Angry that her father wants to have her marriage annulled, she takes off and hops onto a bus heading north.  There she meets a recently fired journalist, Peter, who realizes stumbling onto her flight could be the story that gets him back on top.  Together the duo set off on an adventure that will change both of their lives forever.

Top Ten Tuesday - Series

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Paper Bindings | Top Ten Tuesday - Series
A little list-meme hosted each week by The Broke and the Bookish.

My Current Top Ten Favorite Series

Review - Defiance by C.J. Redwine

Once Upon A Dream Books - Defiance by CJ Redwine

TITLE: Defiance (Defiance #1)
AUTHOR: C.J. Redwine
RELEASE DATE: August 28th 2012
PUBLISHER: Balzer + Bray
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“While the other girls in the walled city-state of Baalboden learn to sew and dance, Rachel Adams learns to track and hunt. While they bend like reeds to the will of their male Protectors, she uses hers for sparring practice.

When Rachel's father fails to return from a courier mission and is declared dead, the city's brutal Commander assigns Rachel a new Protector: her father's apprentice, Logan—the boy she declared her love to and who turned her down two years before. Left with nothing but fierce belief in her father's survival, Rachel decides to escape and find him herself.

As Rachel and Logan battle their way through the Wasteland, stalked by a monster that can't be killed and an army of assassins out for blood, they discover romance, heartbreak, and a truth that will incite a war decades in the making.”

Sunday Short

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Paper Bindings - Weekly Recap

Currently Reading

Defiance by C. J. Redwine


None last week  :(

Review - Borderlands 2 video game

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Once Upon A Dream Books - Borderlands 2 ReviewBorderlands 2

By: Gearbox and 2k games
ESRB Rating: M
Version I played: xbox 360
Rating: 4/5