Happy Halloween

Friday, October 31, 2014

Paper Bindings - Happy Halloween

Halloween has to be the best holiday ever. 

Well, aside from any gift giving holidays or birthdays -they should be legal holidays, no working on your special day. But even still, Halloween is my favorite.

(( And that's before the free candy. Just because I am "too old" to trick or treat does not mean I cannot dress up and enjoy the fun. ))

Yeah, Not For Me | The Eh Files volume 7

Thursday, October 30, 2014

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:

  • Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr - 1/5 stars
  • Legacy by Cayla Kluver - 2/5 stars

A New Spinoff (Waiting on Wednesday #71)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Weekly book Meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.

Prudence by Gail Carriger
Title: Prudence (The Custard Protocol #1)
Author: Gail Carriger
Release Date: March 17th 2015
Genre: Steampunk - Vampires - Shifters
“When Prudence Alessandra Maccon Akeldama (Rue to her friends) is given an unexpected dirigible, she does what any sensible female would under similar circumstances - names it the Spotted Crumpet and floats to India in pursuit of the perfect cup of tea. But India has more than just tea on offer. Rue stumbles upon a plot involving local dissidents, a kidnapped brigadier's wife, and some awfully familiar Scottish werewolves. Faced with a dire crisis and an embarrassing lack of bloomers, what else is a young lady of good breeding to do but turn metanatural and find out everyone's secrets, even thousand-year-old fuzzy ones?”

Waistcoats and Weaponry (review)

Monday, October 27, 2014

Title: Waistcoats & Weaponry (Finishing School #3)
Author: Gail Carriger
Release Date: November 4th, 2014
Genre: Steampunk - Paranormal - Shifters - Vampires
Age Group: YA
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 3 Stars

“Class is back in session...
Sophronia continues her second year at finishing school in style--with a steel-bladed fan secreted in the folds of her ball gown, of course. Such a fashionable choice of weapon comes in handy when Sophronia, her best friend Dimity, sweet sootie Soap, and the charming Lord Felix Mersey stowaway on a train to return their classmate Sidheag to her werewolf pack in Scotland. No one suspected what--or who--they would find aboard that suspiciously empty train. Sophronia uncovers a plot that threatens to throw all of London into chaos and she must decide where her loyalties lie, once and for all.”

Two Year Blogoversary - A Little Bit of Honesty Plus A Giveaway

Thursday, October 23, 2014

**Giveaway is over.**
Paper Bindings | Two Year Blogoversary - A Little Bit of Honesty Plus A Giveaway
Paper Bindings (formerly Once Upon A Dream Books) is turning two! Can you believe it?


It's so hard for me to believe yet another year has come and gone. Some days it feels like I just started, others days I swear I've been doing this for decades.

Secretly, I never even dared to think I might make it this far. I was so afraid that no one would ever bother to read what I spent hours writing. Then it would be just me sitting here all alone talking to myself. Those doubts almost kept me from blogging at all. 

Some More Dragons (Waiting on Wednesday #70)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Weekly book Meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.

Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman
Title: Shadow Scale (Seraphina #2)
Author: Rachel Hartman
Release Date: March 10th 2015
Genre: YA -Fantasy
“The kingdom of Goredd: a world where humans and dragons share life with an uneasy balance, and those few who are both human and dragon must hide the truth. Seraphina is one of these, part girl, part dragon, who is reluctantly drawn into the politics of her world. When war breaks out between the dragons and humans, she must travel the lands to find those like herself—for she has an inexplicable connection to all of them, and together they will be able to fight the dragons in powerful, magical ways.

As Seraphina gathers this motley crew, she is pursued by humans who want to stop her. But the most terrifying is another half dragon, who can creep into people’s minds and take them over. Until now, Seraphina has kept her mind safe from intruders, but that also means she’s held back her own gift. It is time to make a choice: Cling to the safety of her old life, or embrace a powerful new destiny?”

A Death Struck Year (review)

Monday, October 20, 2014

Title: A Death Struck Year
Author: Makiia Lucier
Release Date: March 4, 2014
Genre: Historical Fiction
Age Group: YA
Source: Amazon
Rating: 4 1/2 stars

“For Cleo Berry, the people dying of the Spanish Influenza in cities like New York and Philadelphia may as well be in another country--that's how far away they feel from the safety of Portland, Oregon. And then cases start being reported in the Pacific Northwest. Schools, churches, and theaters shut down. The entire city is thrust into survival mode--and into a panic. Headstrong and foolish, seventeen-year-old Cleo is determined to ride out the pandemic in the comfort of her own home, rather than in her quarantined boarding school dorms. But when the Red Cross pleads for volunteers, she can't ignore the call. As Cleo struggles to navigate the world around her, she is surprised by how much she finds herself caring about near-strangers. Strangers like Edmund, a handsome medical student and war vet. Strangers who could be gone tomorrow. And as the bodies begin to pile up, Cleo can't help but wonder: when will her own luck run out? Riveting and well-researched, A Death-Struck Year is based on the real-life pandemic considered the most devastating in recorded world history. Readers will be captured by the suspenseful storytelling and the lingering questions of: what would I do for a neighbor? At what risk to myself? An afterword explains the Spanish flu phenomenon, placing it within the historical context of the early 20th century. Source notes are extensive and interesting.”

Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow | Finishing Series Discussion

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Paper Bindings - Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow - Finishing Series Discussion

“Everything has to come to an end sometime.” – L. Frank Baun

If I had to pick one word to describe series endings, I’d have to choose: “Bittersweet.” 

It is overused, but there is no other word I can think of that pulls in the heartache and mixes it with the taste of accomplishment as well. The end of a book, is at its core, a goodbye. That portion of our journey is over, and we are leaving the characters behind, or perhaps, they are leaving us behind. Maybe it really is only a “until later” parting, because you plan to reread, but a part of your soul knows that even should you meet again, you won’t feel quite the same way.

Blue Lily, Lily Blue | Review

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Title: Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3)
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Release Date: October 21st, 2014
Genre: Paranormal
Age Group: YA
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 4.5 stars

"There is danger in dreaming. But there is even more danger in waking up.

Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.

The trick with found things though, is how easily they can be lost.

Friends can betray.
Mothers can disappear.
Visions can mislead."

Forbidden (Waiting On Wednesday #69)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Weekly book Meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.

Title: Forbidden
Author: Kimberley Griffiths Little
Release Date: November 4th, 2014
Genre: YA - Fantasy

“In the unforgiving Mesopotamian desert where Jayden’s tribe lives, betrothal celebrations abound, and tonight it is Jayden’s turn to be honored. But while this union with Horeb, the son of her tribe’s leader, will bring a life of riches and restore her family’s position within the tribe, it will come at the price of Jayden’s heart.

Then a shadowy boy from the Southern Lands appears. Handsome and mysterious, Kadesh fills Jayden’s heart with a passion she never knew possible. But with Horeb’s increasingly violent threats haunting Jayden’s every move, she knows she must find a way to escape—or die trying.

With a forbidden romance blossoming in her heart and her family’s survival on the line, Jayden must embark on a deadly journey to save the ones she loves—and find a true love for herself.

Set against the brilliant backdrop of the sprawling desert, the story of Jayden and Kadesh will leave readers absolutely breathless as they defy the odds and risk it all to be together.”

TTT #56 : Top Ten Places Books Have Made Me Want to Visit

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Paper Bindings | Top Ten Tuesday | Top Ten Places Books Have Made Me Want to Visit
A weekly book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week's theme is: the Top Ten Places Books Have Made Me Want to Visit. (whether fictional or real)

Asylum | Review

Monday, October 13, 2014

asylum by madeleine rou

Title: Asylum (Asylum #1)
Author: Madeleine Roux
Release Date: August 20th, 2013
Genre: Mystery - Paranormal
Age Group: YA
Source: Library
Rating: 3 Stars

“For sixteen-year-old Dan Crawford, New Hampshire College Prep is more than a summer program—it's a lifeline. An outcast at his high school, Dan is excited to finally make some friends in his last summer before college. But when he arrives at the program, Dan learns that his dorm for the summer used to be a sanatorium, more commonly known as an asylum. And not just any asylum—a last resort for the criminally insane.

As Dan and his new friends, Abby and Jordan, explore the hidden recesses of their creepy summer home, they soon discover it's no coincidence that the three of them ended up here. Because the asylum holds the key to a terrifying past. And there are some secrets that refuse to stay buried.”

The Beautiful Ashes (review)

Saturday, October 11, 2014

the beautiful ashes by jeaniene frost
Title: The Beautiful Ashes (Broken Destiny #1)
Author: Jeaniene Frost
Release Date: August 26th, 2014
Genre: Paranormal - Demons
Age Group: New Adult
Source: Library
Rating: 3.5 stars

“In a world of shadows, anything is possible. Except escaping your fate.

Ever since she was a child, Ivy has been gripped by visions of strange realms just beyond her own. But when her sister goes missing, Ivy discovers the truth is far worse—her hallucinations are real, and her sister is trapped in a parallel realm. And the one person who believes her is the dangerously attractive guy who's bound by an ancient legacy to betray her.

Adrian might have turned his back on those who raised him, but that doesn't mean he can change his fate…no matter how strong a pull he feels toward Ivy. Together they search for the powerful relic that can save her sister, but Adrian knows what Ivy doesn't: that every step brings Ivy closer to the truth about her own destiny, and a war that could doom the world. Sooner or later, it will be Ivy on one side and Adrian on the other. And nothing but ashes in between…”

Summer Adaptions (Book Club at the Movies)

Friday, October 10, 2014

Paper Bindings | Summer Adaptions (Book Club at the Movies)

There were many book adaptations to choose from this summer. “Maze Runner” was perhaps the best of the bunch, but these four were the “eh” of the barrel, no matter how much we were looking forward to them.

A New Kind Of Fairy Tale(Waiting on Wednesday #68)

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Weekly book Meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.

Title: Damsel Distressed
Author: Kelsey Macke
Genre: YA - Contemporary - Fairy Tale Retelling
Release Date: October 14th, 2014
"Hot girls get the fairy tales. No one cares about the stepsisters' story. Those girls don't get a sweet little ending; they get a lifetime of longing

Imogen Keegen has never had a happily ever after–in fact, she doesn’t think they are possible. Ever since her mother’s death seven years ago, Imogen has pulled herself in and out of therapy, struggled with an “emotionally disturbed” special ed. label, and loathed her perma-plus-sized status.

When Imogen’s new stepsister, the evil and gorgeous Ella Cinder, moves in down the hall, Imogen begins losing grip on the pieces she’s been trying to hold together. The only things that gave her solace–the theatre, cheese fries, and her best friend, Grant–aren’t enough to save her from her pain this time.

While Imogen is enjoying her moment in the spotlight after the high school musical, the journal pages containing her darkest thoughts get put on display. Now, Imogen must resign herself to be crushed under the ever-increasing weight of her pain, or finally accept the starring role in her own life story.

And maybe even find herself a happily ever after."

Billy and the Cloneasaurus | Review

Monday, October 6, 2014

Title: Billy and the Cloneasaurus
Author: Stephen Kozeniewski
Release Date: June 29th, 2014
Genre: Dystopian
Age Group: YA or Older
Source: Author
Rating: 3.5 stars

“Six billion identical clones make up the entire population of Earth, and William 790-6 (57th Iteration) is exactly like everybody else. In his one year of life he will toil in suburban mediocrity and spend as much cash as possible in order to please his corporate masters. When 790’s first birthday (and scheduled execution) finally rolls around, a freak accident spares his life.

Living past his expiration date changes 790 profoundly. Unlike other clones he becomes capable of questioning the futility of his own existence. Seeking answers in the wilderness, he discovers a windmill with some very strange occupants, including a freakish, dinosaur-like monstrosity. Which is especially strange since every animal on earth is supposed to be extinct…”


Sunday, October 5, 2014

In case you haven't guess already, I've finally joined Bloglovin. I've heard lots of good things about this site, so we will see how it all goes.

Sunday Short #93 - October 5th, 2014

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



So You Think You're A Villain? | A List Of Things You Should Never Do

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Paper Bindings - So You Think You're A Villain? | A List Of Things You Should Never Do

Being me, I've always been the hero of my own story...except for when I'm not.

Because let's face it, who hasn't had a day where they wanted to be the villain, forget the rules, and just run amuck.

So my villainy companions, if you are going to make it out there in the real world, here are ten things I wouldn't do if I was a you.

The Maze Runner (Book Club At The Movies)

Friday, October 3, 2014

Paper Bindings | The Maze Runner (Book Club At The Movies)

The Maze Runner

Carrie: Book: 2.5 stars; Film: 4 stars
Tisha: Book: 3 stars; Film: 4 stars

With the onset of YA novels (Divergent, The Giver, The Fault in Our Stars, and If I Stay, to name a few) being turned into films this year trying to become the next Hunger Games (November 21st can you come faster please?!) Carrie and I decided to give The Maze Runner film a try.

A Hottie Demon (Waiting on Wednesday #67)

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Weekly book Meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.

Title: Stone Cold Touch (The Dark Elements #2)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Genre: YA- Paranormal - Demons - Gargoyles - Shifters
Release Date: October 28th, 2014

"Every touch has its price

Layla Shaw is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life—no easy task for a seventeen-year-old who’s pretty sure things can’t get worse. Her impossibly gorgeous best friend, Zayne, is forever off-limits thanks to the mysterious powers of her soul-stealing kiss. The Warden clan that has always protected her is suddenly keeping dangerous secrets. And she can barely think about Roth, the wickedly hot demon prince who understood her in ways no one else could.

But sometimes rock bottom is only the beginning. Because suddenly Layla’s powers begin to evolve, and she’s offered a tantalizing taste of what has always been forbidden. Then, when she least expects it, Roth returns, bringing news that could change her world forever. She’s finally getting what she always wanted, but with hell literally breaking loose and the body count adding up, the price may be higher than Layla is willing to pay."