TTT #55 Books that Were Hard for Me to Read

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Paper Bindings - Top Ten Tuesday | Books that Were Hard for Me to Read
A weekly book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week's theme is: Top Ten Books that Were Hard for Me to Read

First off, I want to say “Hello!” to readers of this blog and to thank Carrie for bringing us on as co-bloggers. I’m excited to be writing my first post here at Paper Bindings (formerly Once Upon A Dream Books) and hope that I don’t embarrass Carrie too much. Anyway let’s, as they say, get on with the show:

One Last Letter (review)

Monday, September 29, 2014

one last letter
Title: One Last Letter
Author: Pema Donyo
Release Date: August 18th, 2014
Genre: Romance - Historical
Age Group: Non-YA
Source: Author
Rating: 3 1/2 Stars

“A romantic hardened by reality… Evelyn Lancaster turned her back on her love for ranch hand Jesse Greenwood when she was sixteen to pursue a career and marry into wealth that could save her father’s struggling ranch. Now twenty-three, she works hard to keep the property afloat, but no suitor has stirred her heart the way Jesse did. After her father falls ill, she needs all the help she can get to keep the ranch running.

A cowboy returning to what he left behind… After making his fortune, a newly wealthy Jesse has returned home to see his younger sister married. Still smarting from Evelyn’s rejection, he finds the tables have turned, and now only his investment could save the ranch that he vowed to never step foot on again.

When he agrees to help her salvage her family legacy, they must overcome their pride and painful past to work together. As long-held emotions rekindle, Jesse pretends indifference, only to admit his true feelings in an unsigned letter left on Evelyn’s porch.

Evelyn finds the missive and writes back, beginning a furtive correspondence. She dares to hope her mystery admirer is Jesse, but then another man comes forward to claim the letters as his own. Will one last letter give them the courage to say yes to love on the wild Texas plains?”

Frozen (review)

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Frozen by Melissa de la Cruz & Michael Johnston
Title: Frozen (Heart of Dread #1)
Author: Melissa de la Cruz & Michael Johnston
Release Date: 1st published: January 1st, 2013
Genre: Fantasy - Dystopian
Age Group: YA
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 3 stars

"Welcome to New Vegas, a city once covered in bling, now blanketed in ice. Like much of the destroyed planet, the place knows only one temperature—freezing. But some things never change. The diamond in the ice desert is still a 24-hour hedonistic playground and nothing keeps the crowds away from the casino floors, never mind the rumors about sinister sorcery in its shadows.

At the heart of this city is Natasha Kestal, a young blackjack dealer looking for a way out. Like many, she's heard of a mythical land simply called “the Blue.” They say it’s a paradise, where the sun still shines and the waters are turquoise. More importantly, it’s a place where Nat won’t be persecuted, even if her darkest secret comes to light.

But passage to the Blue is treacherous, if not impossible, and her only shot is to bet on a ragtag crew of mercenaries led by a cocky runner named Ryan Wesson to take her there. Danger and deceit await on every corner, even as Nat and Wes find themselves inexorably drawn to each other. But can true love survive the lies? Fiery hearts collide in this fantastic tale of the evil men do and the awesome power within us all."

At the Edge of the World | Review

Thursday, September 25, 2014

at the edge of the world
Title: At the Edge of the World
Author: L.C. Spoering
Release Date: August 26th, 2014
Genre: Paranormal - Romance
Age Group: YA
Source: Author
Rating: 3 Stars
“Lost in the chaos of Venice Beach, among the homegrown freaks and weirdos, the tourists and life’s forgotten people, one runaway is just another face in the crowd—and this is just how Shane likes it. Torn between the home he left behind and lure of the ocean he ran to, something has tied his fates to the beach, and he is not the only one.

She is a famous mystery: the Venice Skater Chick. Shane has loved her since his first night on the beach. Others are watching her, too—and at least one wants her dead.

A mystery unfolds between the famed boardwalk, a dusty record store, a cramped apartment and a hidden cave. Under the gathering storms, Shane makes a desperate attempt to protect the girl he loves, and the life waiting for him on the other side.”

A Trip Back To Oz (Waiting on Wednesday)

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Weekly book Meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.

the witch must burn
Title: The Witch Must Burn (#0.2)
Author: Danielle Paige
Genre: YA - Reimagining - Magic
Release Date: November 1st, 2014

"There’s a new Wicked Witch in Oz—and her name is Dorothy. This digital original novella is the second installment in the prequel arc to the edgy and exciting New York Times bestseller Dorothy Must Die.

Dorothy Gale is back . . . and she’s not the sweet little heroine of Oz anymore. She’s power-hungry and vicious, and she leaves a trail of destruction beneath her spike-heeled, magical shoes. But behind the scenes, there’s someone else pulling the strings. Someone who doesn’t want fame or glory—just control.

Glinda of the North brought Dorothy back to Oz for a reason. And in The Witch Must Burn, a young maid is about to discover that a witch who says she’s Good might be the most dangerous kind of Wicked."

XY (review)

Monday, September 22, 2014

xy by shanta everington
Title: XY
Author: Shanta Everington
Release Date: June 5th, 2014
Genre: Dystopian
Age Group: YA
Source: Author
Rating: 3 stars

“Fifteen-year-old Jesse lives in a society where babies are born neither male nor female - gender is assigned at birth. Will the secret she closely guards be found out? Boyfriend Zeus, mother Ana's Natural Souls, and new friend Ork, leader of We Are One, pull Jesse in different directions, forcing her to make her own mind up about who she really is.”

Once Upon A Time....I Got Some Co-bloggers

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Paper Bindings - New CoBloggers

You may remember this little bit of news about dust, well my new layout is nearly complete now. Only a few more little graphic details and a few pages left to fix to finish the change over. So I'd like to take a moment to reveal the big secret...even though the title tells all.

I've now got three new co-bloggers.

Why go from zero to three you ask? Where did the idea of getting a co-blogger come from since I never even hinted I was looking?

The answer is simple: Book Club.

So, I'd like to take a moment to tell you a few stories to introduce the ladies from my book club. I'll start with reintroducing myself first...

Take Me On (Blitz & Author Giveaway)

Friday, September 19, 2014

**Giveaway is over.**

Title: Take Me On (Pushing the Limits #4)
Author: Katie McGarry
Release Date: 05/27/14
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Summary from Goodreads:

Acclaimed author Katie McGarry returns with the knockout new story of two high school seniors who are about to learn what winning really means.

Champion kickboxer Haley swore she'd never set foot in the ring again after one tragic night. But then the guy she can't stop thinking about accepts a mixed martial arts fight in her honor. Suddenly, Haley has to train West Young. All attitude, West is everything Haley promised herself she'd stay away from. Yet he won't last five seconds in the ring without her help.

West is keeping a big secret from Haley. About who he really is. But helping her-fighting for her-is a shot at redemption. Especially since it's his fault his family is falling apart. He can't change the past, but maybe he can change Haley's future.

Hayley and West have agreed to keep their relationship strictly in the ring. But as an unexpected bond forms between them and attraction mocks their best intentions, they'll face their darkest fears and discover love is worth fighting for.

Bonus novella included: Crossing the Line.

The Queen of the Tearling (mini review)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen Title: The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling #1)
Author: Erika Johansen
Release Date: July 17th, 2014
Stars: 4

"Kelsea Glynn is the sole heir to the throne of Tearling but has been raised in secret by foster parents after her mother - Queen Elyssa, as vain as she was stupid - was murdered for ruining her kingdom. For 18 years, the Tearling has been ruled by Kelsea's uncle in the role of Regent however he is but the debauched puppet of the Red Queen, the sorceress-tyrant of neighbouring realm of Mortmesme. On Kelsea's 19th birthday, the tattered remnants of her mother's guard - each pledged to defend the queen to the death - arrive to bring this most un-regal young woman out of hiding...

And so begins her journey back to her kingdom's heart, to claim the throne, earn the loyalty of her people, overturn her mother's legacy and redeem the Tearling from the forces of corruption and dark magic that are threatening to destroy it. But Kelsea's story is not just about her learning the true nature of her inheritance - it's about a heroine who must learn to acknowledge and live with the realities of coming of age in all its insecurities and attractions, alongside the ethical dilemmas of ruling justly and fairly while simply trying to stay alive..."

Some Old Friends To Return Home (Waiting on Wednesday)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Weekly book Meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.

Title: Shadow Study (Study #4)
Author: Maria V. Snyder
Genre: Fantasy - Magic
Release Date: February 25th, 2015

"Once, only her own life hung in the balance...

Oddly enough, when Yelena was a poison taster, her life was simpler. But she'd survived to become a vital part of the balance of power between rival countries Ixia and Sitia. Now she uses her magic to keep the peace in both lands—and protect her relationship with Valek.

Suddenly, though, they are beset on all sides by those vying for power through politics and intrigue. Valek's job—and his life—are in danger. As Yelena tries to uncover the scope of these plots, she faces a new challenge: her magic is blocked. She must keep that a secret—or her enemies will discover just how vulnerable she really is—while searching for who or what is responsible for neutralizing her powers.

Yes, the days of tasting poisons were much simpler. And certainly not as dangerous..."

Gotta Read Them All (Top Ten Tuesday #53)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Paper Bindings - Gotta Read Them All (Top Ten Tuesday #53)
A weekly book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week's theme is the Top Ten Four Authors I've Only Read One Book From But NEED to read more.

This is a hard list for me to come up with. If I read a book by an author and love that book, a lot of times I immediately run out and read more by that author. Now if you'd have said only read two-three from, then I'd have a lot more to play with. Then there are the ones whom I've read all their published works in a matter of days.

But there are a few I can think of that fit this theme.

The Dream Thieves | Review

Monday, September 15, 2014

Title: The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle #2)
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Release Date: September 17th, 2013
Stars: 4

"Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same.

Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life.

Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after..." 

Sunday Short #90 - September 14th, 2014

Sunday, September 14, 2014

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

A weekly recap of all the books I've read or acquired throughout the past week.


The Captive (mini review)

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Title: The Captive (Captive Hearts #1)
Author: Grace Burrowes
Release Date: July 1st, 2014
Stars: 4

"Captured and tortured by the French, Christian Severn, Duke of Mercia, survives by vowing to take revenge on his tormentors. Before the duke can pursue his version of justice, Gillian, Countess of Greendale, reminds him that his small daughter has suffered much in his absence, and needs her papa desperately.

Until he surrenders his heart...

Gilly endured her difficult marriage by avoiding confrontation and keeping peace at any cost. Christian's devotion to his daughter and his kindness toward Gilly give her hope that she could enjoy a future with him, for surely he of all men shares her loathing for violence in any form. Little does Gilly know, the battle for Christian's heart is only beginning."

The Murder Complex (mini review)

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Title: The Murder Complex (#1)
Author: Lindsay Cummings
Release Date: June 10th, 2014
Stars: 3.5

"An action-packed, blood-soaked, futuristic debut thriller set in a world where the murder rate is higher than the birthrate. For fans of Moira Young’s Dust Lands series, La Femme Nikita, and the movie Hanna.

Meadow Woodson, a fifteen-year-old girl who has been trained by her father to fight, to kill, and to survive in any situation, lives with her family on a houseboat in Florida. The state is controlled by The Murder Complex, an organization that tracks the population with precision.

The plot starts to thicken when Meadow meets Zephyr James, who is—although he doesn’t know it—one of the MC’s programmed assassins. Is their meeting a coincidence? Destiny? Or part of a terrifying strategy? And will Zephyr keep Meadow from discovering the haunting truth about her family?"

An End of a Quartet (Waiting on Wednesday #64)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Weekly book Meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.

Title: The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy (Smythe-Smith Quartet #4)
Author: Julia Quinn
Genre: Historical - Romance
Release Date: January 27th, 2015

"Sir Richard Kenworthy has less than a month to find a bride. He knows he can't be too picky, but when he sees Iris Smythe-Smith hiding behind her cello at her family's infamous musicale, he thinks he might have struck gold. She's the type of girl you don't notice until the second—or third—look, but there's something about her, something simmering under the surface, and he knows she's the one.

Iris Smythe–Smith is used to being underestimated. With her pale hair and quiet, sly wit she tends to blend into the background, and she likes it that way. So when Richard Kenworthy demands an introduction, she is suspicious. He flirts, he charms, he gives every impression of a man falling in love, but she can't quite believe it's all true. When his proposal of marriage turns into a compromising position that forces the issue, she can't help thinking that he's hiding something . . . even as her heart tells her to say yes."

The Raven Boy | Review

Monday, September 8, 2014

Title: The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1)
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Release Date: July 30, 2013
Stars: 4.5

"It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore."

A Bit of Dust is Inevitable

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Paper Bindings | A Bit of Dust is Inevitable

Part of being a book blogger is being flexible, adapting, changing with the times.

If something works, keep it; if not, it's time to go. With that in mind, I've been doing a lot of thinking about my blog. A lot of thinking, for a long while now.

I know being a book blogger isn't about how many hits you get or all the times people comment on your posts. It's about being yourself and expressing your love of books, even when you have to explain why a book didn't grab your attention. It's about making friends and meeting new people. It's about supporting the authors you love and finding new books to cherish.

Straight Stalk (review)

Friday, September 5, 2014

Title: Straight Stalk (City Chicks #2)
Author: Tera Lynn Childs
Release Date: *rerelease* June 3rd, 2014
Stars: 4 "Every Girl Deserves A Little Revenge…

"Southern bell turned city girl shop owner, Bethany Lange knows a thing or two about gay men. She’s dated five of them. On top of her failed dating life, she’s trying to keep her SoHo boutique ahead of the creditors and on top of the trends. When a friend offers her a consulting job on a new gay makeover show, she snatches up the golden opportunity faster than you can say, “Never wear stripes with paisley.”

Color her déjà blue when one of the cast members turns out to be her latest ex. She doesn’t believe for a second that he’s gay and she’s going to prove it, even if she has to stalk him to get the proof. In the meantime, she’s battling a growing attraction to Chris, the show’s kitchen god. He’s sweet, sexy, and funny. The perfect guy… if only he weren‘t gay.

As the stalking and her attraction to Chris escalate, can Bethany prove to herself, once and for all, that she’s not the closet cleaner she fears she’s become? Can she stop falling for unavailable guys and find one that’s a lifetime keeper? Only time—and stalking—will tell."

The Accidental Dutchess (review)

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Title: The Accidental Duchess (Fairbourne Quartet #4)
Author: Madeline Hunter
Stars: 4

"When Lady Lydia Thornton is blackmailed over the shocking contents of a manuscript she once wrote, she must go to the most desperate of measures to raise the money to buy back the ill-considered prose: agreeing to an old wager posed by the arrogant, dangerous Duke of Penthurst. At least Penthurst is a man she wouldn’t mind fleecing—and she’s confident she’ll win.

Penthurst long ago concluded Lydia was a woman in search of ruinous adventure, but even he is surprised when she arrives at his house ready to bet her innocence against his ten thousand pounds—a wager he only proposed to warn her off gambling.

When she loses to a simple draw of the cards, Lydia is shocked. Now, her problems are twofold: a blackmailer determined to see her pay and a duke determined to tame her rebellious ways. One misstep and Lydia could find herself ruined—or bound to the seductive man who would make her his duchess."

A Trip Down The Rabbit Hole (Waiting on Wednesday #63)

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Weekly book Meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.

Title: Ensnared (Splintered #3)
Author: A.G. Howard
Genre: YA - Paranormal - Retelling - Fairy Tale
Release Date: January 15th, 2015


"After surviving a disastrous battle at prom, Alyssa has embraced her madness and gained perspective. She’s determined to rescue her two worlds and the people and netherlings she loves. Even if it means challenging Queen Red to a final battle of wills and wiles... and even if the only way to Wonderland, now that the rabbit hole is closed, is through the looking-glass world—a parallel dimension filled with mutated and sadistic netherling outcasts.

In the final installment of the Splintered trilogy, Alyssa and her dad journey into the heart of magic and mayhem in search of her mom and to set right all that’s gone wrong. Together with Jeb and Morpheus, they must salvage Wonderland from the decay and destruction that has ensnared it. But even if everyone succeeds and comes out alive, can they all truly have their happily ever after?"

Sassy and Sexy Romance Blog Party‏ & Author Giveaway

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

**Giveaway is over.**
Paper Bindings | Sassy and Sexy Romance Blog Party‏ & Author Giveaway

 First and foremost:

Our Sassy and Sexy Romance Party on Facebook takes place Tuesday night, from 4pm to 8pm Pacific Time (we have tons of great guests and prizes, so you should come check it out). Join in here:

Back To School (Top Ten Tuesday #52)

Paper Binding - Back To School (Top Ten Tuesday #52)
A weekly book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week's theme is the Top Ten Book Characters That Would Be Sitting At My Lunch Table.

For me, this is two fold. Knowing what I know now, I'd make different choices in high school. So I thought I'd come up with two lists:

Mermaid (review)

Monday, September 1, 2014

Title: Mermaid (novella)
Author: Kate O'Connor
Release Date: March 22nd, 2013
Stars: 4

"How far would you go for freedom?

Harvesting seaweed for World Food Co. is the only life genetically engineered sea drone Coral has ever known. Nothing in her short, monotonous life prepared her for a chance meeting with a boatful of strangers who force her to question everything she is. When the opportunity arises to change her place in the world, Coral finds herself caught between a powerful company and the family she was so desperate to leave. Struggling to unravel the tangle of politics and love, time is running out as she fights to learn the hardest lesson of all – what it means to be truly human."