Top Ten Tuesdays - Top Ten Books I Read in 2013 (28)

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Paper Bindings | Top Ten Tuesdays - Top Ten Books I Read in 2013 (28)
A weekly book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week's theme is the Top Ten Books I Read in 2013 .

This was a hard to pick category because there were so many book I adored this year. Reading almost 400 books in a year will do that to you I guess. It's funny to note, while I read all sorts of different books, all my favorites this year are YA books. Way to go YA authors!

The Time I Was Forced To Read A Book And Hated It | The 'Eh' Files (1)

Monday, December 30, 2013

Paper Bindings | The Eh Files

For all those books rated from DNF to, but not including, three stars, I present to you The 'Eh' Files. At the end of each month I'll be listing all those books that make this category. Since I am aware that some books that are not my cup of tea, but may be something other readers enjoy, I'll include a couple of sentences explaining my rating choice.

So here is the latest batch:

* Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris - 1/5 stars

End of Year Book Survey

Friday, December 27, 2013

Paper Bindings | End of Year Book Survey

Saw this over at Perpetual Page Turner and just had to fill it out. It seemed like just a great idea, especially since this was my first full calendar year of book blogging.

Best Books of 2013

1. Best Book You Read In 2013?
I have two, so I am going to divide it up like this. 

  Published Author:                  Indie Author:

Review - God Save The Queen

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Title: God Save The Queen (#1)
Author: Katie Locke
"Queen Victoria rules with an immortal fist.

The undead matriarch of a Britain where the Aristocracy is made up of werewolves and vampires, where goblins live underground and mothers know better than to let their children out after dark. A world where being nobility means being infected with the Plague (side-effects include undeath), Hysteria is the popular affliction of the day, and leeches are considered a delicacy. And a world where technology lives side by side with magic. The year is 2012 and Pax Britannia still reigns.

Xandra Vardan is a member of the elite Royal Guard, and it is her duty to protect the Aristocracy. But when her sister goes missing, Xandra will set out on a path that undermines everything she believed in and uncover a conspiracy that threatens to topple the empire. And she is the key-the prize in a very dangerous struggle."

2014 Shifter Challenge

The Shifter Challenge 2014 hosted by Parajunkee
The Rules:
  1. The Shifter Challenge runs from January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014
  2. The challenge is to read 10 books that have a SHIFTER as a main, or supporting character
  3. Books can be in any format and should be at least 100 pages. Short stories do not count. You can also post about rereads.
  4. Post about this challenge on your blog stating that you are participating or create a shelf via Goodreads, Booklikes etc. That post or shelf is the link that you will include in the link-up below. The link should be the post link not just your direct blog link. Please be courteous and include a link back to this post.
  5. Post your reviews on the Review Post: Click here to log your reviews!


10 books

Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Paper Bindings - Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays

No matter what you celebrate, may you have time to spend with your families, and may all your dreams (bookish or not) come true!

The Art of Stealing Time | Review

Monday, December 23, 2013

Title: The Art of Stealing Time (Travellers #2)
Author: Katie MacAlister
"Experts in the art of stealing time, Travellers live on the edge of both mortal and immortal realms. But a few fight their outlaw instincts…
Gwenhwyfar Byron Owens learned everything she knows about potions and spells from her two Wiccan moms, who are forbidden by Otherworld laws from teaching magic to mortals. But when their latest transgression results in the kidnapping of a mortal woman, Gwen figures the only place to hide them all is in Anwyn, the Welsh afterlife…
But Gregory Faa—a member of the Watch—is hot on their heels. A Traveller who has stolen time, he’s eager to prove himself worthy of the Watch, only he has a past with the dark-eyed Welsh beauty he’s been charged with bringing to justice. He’s tempted to just let Gwen disappear into Anwyn, until he realizes that she’s being pursued by a squad of goons and death’s minions.

Gwen is used to taking care of her moms and herself, so she can’t give in to her heart’s demand to trust Gregory, despite the fact that he’s as handsome as the day is long—and the days in Anwyn can last centuries…"

Review - The Naturals

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Title: The Naturals
Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
"Seventeen-year-old Cassie is a natural at reading people. Piecing together the tiniest details, she can tell you who you are and what you want. But it’s not a skill that she’s ever taken seriously. That is, until the FBI come knocking: they’ve begun a classified program that uses exceptional teenagers to crack infamous cold cases, and they need Cassie.

What Cassie doesn’t realize is that there’s more at risk than a few unsolved homicides— especially when she’s sent to live with a group of teens whose gifts are as unusual as her own.

Sarcastic, privileged Michael has a knack for reading emotions, which he uses to get inside Cassie’s head—and under her skin. Brooding Dean shares Cassie’s gift for profiling, but keeps her at arm’s length.

Soon, it becomes clear that no one in the Naturals program is what they seem. And when a new killer strikes, danger looms closer than Cassie could ever have imagined. Caught in a lethal game of cat and mouse with a killer, the Naturals are going to have to use all of their gifts just to survive."

Review - Curtsies and Conspiracies

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Title: Curtsies and Conspiracies (Finishing School #2)
Author: Gail Carriger
"Sophronia's first year at Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality has certainly been rousing! For one thing, finishing school is training her to be a spy (won't Mumsy be surprised?). Furthermore, Sophronia got mixed up in an intrigue over a stolen device and had a cheese pie thrown at her in a most horrid display of poor manners.

Now, as she sneaks around the dirigible school, eavesdropping on the teachers' quarters and making clandestine climbs to the ship's boiler room, she learns that there may be more to a school trip to London than is apparent at first. A conspiracy is afoot--one with dire implications for both supernaturals and humans. Sophronia must rely on her training to discover who is behind the dangerous plot-and survive the London Season with a full dance card."

Waiting on...a southern belle (29)

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Weekly book Meme hosted Breaking the Spine.

Title: Rebel Belle #1
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Genre: YA - Paranormal
Release Date: April 8th, 2014

"Harper Price, peerless Southern belle, was born ready for a Homecoming tiara. But after a strange run-in at the dance imbues her with incredible abilities, Harper's destiny takes a turn for the seriously weird. She becomes a Paladin, one of an ancient line of guardians with agility, super strength and lethal fighting instincts.

Just when life can't get any more disastrously crazy, Harper finds out who she's charged to protect: David Stark, school reporter, subject of a mysterious prophecy and possibly Harper's least favorite person. But things get complicated when Harper starts falling for him--and discovers that David's own fate could very well be to destroy Earth.

With snappy banter, cotillion dresses, non-stop action and a touch of magic, this new young adult series from bestseller Rachel Hawkins is going to make y'all beg for more."

Top Ten Tuesdays - Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2013 (26)

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Paper Bindings | Top Ten Tuesdays - Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2013 (26)
A weekly book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week's theme is the Top Ten New To Me Authors I Read in 2013. Below you'll see the covers of the first book I read by them.

The Vampire With The Dragon Tattoo | Review

Monday, December 16, 2013

Title: The Vampire With The Dragon Tattoo (Love At Stake series #14)
Author: Kerrelyn Sparks
"He's Out of Control
Dougal Kincaid has something to prove. After being injured in a battle with the Malcontents, he's ready for active duty protecting unsuspecting mortals from these villainous vampires who want to rule the world. But first he has to get control of himself . . . because just the sight of a certain lovely doctor has his injured hand doing some peculiar things, not to mention the sizzling sensation that burns along his dragon tattoo.

Vampires? Vampires?! As a scientist, Leah is having trouble believing that these immortal creatures exist. But there they are, standing in front of her, asking for help in solving a genetic puzzle that can save mankind. There's even one in a sexy kilt! Just one look into Dougal's gorgeous green eyes sets her pulse racing. But can she trust him—and the overwhelming desire that refuses to be ignored?"

Sunday Short (52) - December 15th, 2013

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Paper Bindings - Weekly Recap
Your guide to what's happening at Paper Bindings.


The Positive Trait Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi
The Emotional Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi
The Art of Stealing Time #2 by Katie MacAlister

Interview With Andrea R. Cooper

Friday, December 13, 2013

Paper Bindings | Interview With Andrea R. Cooper

Today, I am proud to have Andrea R. Cooper with us. Mrs. Cooper is the author of the paranormal romance novel The Garnet Dagger and the historical romance novel Viking Fire.

RELATED : The Garnet Dagger // Viking Fire

Review - The Garnet Dagger

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Title: The Garnet Dagger
Author: Andrea R. Cooper
"Forbidden to cross the Elvin barrier into human lands, Brock cannot sate his curiosity. Cursed by a vampyre bite that forces him to feed on the life-essence of others, he is unable to touch another without taking their life. Chained by prophesy, he must find a witch, pierce her heart, and draw her blood for his cure.

Celeste must escape the monks who have held her prisoner for years. Her magic has been kept dormant by her captors. An ancient powerful Warloc craves her powers. If he succeeds in devouring her magic, she and the world will die.

When Brock falls in love with Celeste before realizing her demise is his cure, will love triumph over his desire to be healed? Will he risk everything to save her from a Warloc, an oath breaker, who also wants her dead?"

Waiting on...Erased (28)

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Weekly book Meme hosted Breaking the Spine.

Title: Erased #2
Author: Jennifer Rush
Genre: YA - Paranormal
Release Date: January 7th, 2014

"They thought they had escaped. They were wrong.

After fleeing the Branch with Sam, Cas, and Nick, Anna is trying to make sense of the memories resurfacing from her old life. At the same time, she's learning how to survive in hiding, following Sam's rules: Don't draw attention to yourself. Always carry a weapon. Know your surroundings. Watch your back. Then a figure from Anna's childhood reappears. Is it a Branch setup, or could it be the reunion Anna has hoped for? Uncertain of where her loyalties lie, Anna must fight to learn the truth -- before she is betrayed again. Ultimately, the answers hinge on one question: What was the real reason her memories were erased?"

Review - Viking Fire

Monday, December 9, 2013

Title: Viking Fire
Author: Andrea Cooper
"856 CE, Ireland is a land of myth, magic, and blood. Viking raiders have fought the Irish for over half a century. Rival Irish clans promise only betrayal and carnage.

Kaireen, daughter of Laird Liannon, is suddenly forced into an arranged marriage with her sworn enemy, a Viking. She refuses to submit. With no mention of love, only land and the protection of her clan, she endeavors to get her betrothed banished from her country. Will love find its way around her stubborn heart?

Bram, the Viking, finds himself without future or inheritance as a younger son in his family. A marriage to the Laird’s daughter would grant him land if he swears fidelity and if his men will fight along with the Liannons against any foe—Irish or Viking. However, the Laird’s feisty daughter only holds animosity for him and his kind. Is marriage worth the battle scars of such a relentless opponent?

With the blame for a rival laird’s death treacherously set against the Liannons, Kaireen and Bram must find a way to lay aside their differences as an unforeseen darkness sends death snapping at their heels."

Sunday Short (51) - December 8th, 2013

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Paper Bindings - Weekly Recap
Your guide to what's happening at Paper Bindings.


Curtsies and Conspiracies #2 by Gail Carriger
The Garnet Dagger by Andrea R. Cooper
The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Finish That Series Challenge

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Paper Bindings | Finish That Series Challenge

I easily have over 100 ebooks and almost 100 actual books in my house waiting for me to read them. Most of these I picked up because they were free, very cheap, or from a local book sale. (Now you know the cause of my book addiction, impulsive shopping.) That's not counting the books I'm getting from the library, buying because I ABSOLUTELY love the series and have to have the latest one, or am borrowing from a friend. All these pretty new books beg to be read.

My reading habits have shifted a bit towards the close of 2013. I've decided I wanted to slow down on reading some of the new authors I have discovered -except, of course, the author provided copies I am reading for review- and focus on reading the authors I know I love already. At least until I reach a hurtle on my TBR list.

Champion | Review

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Title: Champion (Legend #3)
Author: Marie Lu

"He is a Legend.
She is a Prodigy.
Who will be Champion?

June and Day have sacrificed so much for the people of the Republic—and each other—and now their country is on the brink of a new existence. June is back in the good graces of the Republic, working within the government’s elite circles as Princeps Elect while Day has been assigned a high level military position. But neither could have predicted the circumstances that will reunite them once again. Just when a peace treaty is imminent, a plague outbreak causes panic in the Colonies, and war threatens the Republic’s border cities. This new strain of plague is deadlier than ever, and June is the only one who knows the key to her country’s defense. But saving the lives of thousands will mean asking the one she loves to give up everything he has. With heart-pounding action and suspense, Marie Lu’s bestselling trilogy draws to a stunning conclusion."

Waiting on...a final story (27)

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Weekly book Meme hosted Breaking the Spine.

Title: Up From The Grave #7
Author: Jeaniene Frost
Genre: (Adult) Paranormal Romance - Vampires
Release Date: January 28th, 2014

"There’s always one more grave to dig.

Lately, life has been unnaturally calm for vampires Cat Crawfield and her husband Bones. They should have known better than to relax their guard, because a shocking revelation sends them back into action to stop an all-out war…

A rogue CIA agent is involved in horrifying secret activities that threaten to raise tensions between humans and the undead to dangerous heights. Now Cat and Bones are in a race against time to save their friends from a fate worse than death…because the more secrets they unravel, the deadlier the consequences. And if they fail, their lives—and those of everyone they hold dear— will be hovering on the edge of the grave."