Goddess Awakening (review)

Thursday, July 31, 2014


Title: Goddess Awakening
Author: Cate Masters
Stars: 3.5
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"With a little help from a goddess, battling evil is a piece of cake for Jocelyn Gibson.

A descendant of the goddess Iris, Jocelyn Gibson may have forgotten about the realm of magic, but it hasn’t forgotten her. When Eric Hendricks is targeted by a demon, Joss must step in to battle the evil and save the town’s awkward, but endearing, vet…who also happens to be the man she loves.

Joss’s new inn, a culinary career specializing in cooking with lavender and a new love all make for a fine recipe of disaster. She needs to embrace her inner goddess and harness the powers she never knew she had before it’s too late."

Lumiere (Waiting on Wednesday #58)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Weekly book Meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.



Title: Lumiere #1
Author: Jacqueline Garlick
Genre: YA- Steampunk
Release Date: December 15th, 2014

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"One determined girl. One resourceful boy. One miracle machine that could destroy everything.

After an unexplained flash shatters her world, seventeen-year-old Eyelet Elsworth sets out to find the Illuminator, her father’s prized invention. With it, she hopes to cure herself of her debilitating seizures before Professor Smrt—her father’s arch nemesis—discovers her secret and locks her away in an asylum.

Pursued by Smrt, Eyelet locates the Illuminator only to see it whisked away. She follows the thief into the world of the unknown, compelled not only by her quest but by the allure of the stranger—Urlick Babbit—who harbors secrets of his own.

Together, they endure deadly Vapours and criminal-infested woods in pursuit of the same prize, only to discover the miracle machine they hoped would solve their problems may in fact be their biggest problem of all."

Authors That Have Overtaken My Shelves (Top Ten Tuesday #47)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Paper Bindings | Authors That Have Overtaken My Shelves (Top Ten Tuesday #47)
A weekly book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week's theme is the Top Ten Authors I Own The Most Books By.

Also know as the 'when Carrie started really reading and had money she read a lot of romance novels' list.

Yeah, I blame my coworkers on that one.

Sendoff for a Snitch | Review

Monday, July 28, 2014


Title: Sendoff For A Snitch (Jesse #4)
Author: KM Rockwood
Release Date: August 22, 2013
Stars: 4
"Everybody knows snitches get stitches. Or worse.

After years in prison on a murder conviction, Jesse's trying to make it on the street, but nothing comes easy. He's always broke and the police figure he's a natural suspect for almost anything, even without Aaron trying to set him up.

Jesse can't catch a break. His forklift at work is wrecked. His sometimes-girlfriend is furious with him. His basement apartment has a few feet of water in it. And it's still raining.

Wait until his parole officer finds out he's been caught driving Aaron's pickup truck. Without a license. That alone might violate his parole and send him back to prison. Then when Aaron's body is found floating in the flooded stairwell of his apartment, prison looks like a forgone conclusion, unless Jesse can manage to steer the police in another direction."

Eye Candy (review)

Thursday, July 24, 2014


Title: Eye Candy (#1)
Author: Tera Lynn Childs
Release Date: June 3rd, 2014 (rerelease)
Stars: 4

"Every Girl Deserves Something Sweet…

Lydia Vanderwalk has an obsession with candy, so when she invents an NEB (non-existent boyfriend) who turns out to be the male hire-a-date equivalent of a jumbo box of Hot Tamales she knows she’s in trouble.

Lydia has worked hard to have the right job, the right wardrobe, and the right everything else, in the quest for the appearance of perfection. When she needs her NEB for a golden career opportunity, she enlists a talent agent friend’s help to produce perfect date Phelps. He was supposed to be pure eye candy, but there’s more going on beneath the surface than Red Hots looks and Pop Rocks spontaneity.

Throw in a banking wunderkind ex-fiancé, a trio of cutthroat couture-climbers, and a designer of questionable orientation and origin, and Lydia soon learns that what you see is often much less than what you get when it comes to people and not everything in life can be solved by a Jolly Rancher and a shopping spree."

Historical Romance (Waiting on Wednesday #58)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Weekly book Meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.



Title: Never Judge A Lady By Her Cover (Scoundrels #4)
Author: Sarah MacLean
Genre: Historical Romance
Release Date: November 25th, 2014
"She is the most powerful woman in Britain, A queen of the London Underworld ... But no one can ever know.

He is the only man smart enough to uncover the truth, Putting all she has at risk . . . Including her heart.

The fourth book in New York Times bestselling author Sarah MacLean’s incredible Rule of Scoundrels/Fallen Angels series. These four dark heroes will steal the hearts of their heroines and the readers alike! This is the last in the Rules of Scoundrels series—Chase’s story

By day, she is Lady Georgiana, sister to a Duke, ruined before her first season in the worst kind of scandal. But the truth is far more shocking—in London’s darkest corners, she is Chase, the mysterious, unknown founder of the city’s most legendary gaming hell. For years, her double identity has gone undiscovered . . . until now.

Brilliant, driven, handsome-as-sin Duncan West is intrigued by the beautiful, ruined woman who is somehow connected to a world of darkness and sin. He knows she is more than she seems and he vows to uncover all of Georgiana’s secrets, laying bare her past, threatening her present, and risking all she holds dear . . . including her heart."

An Island of Tropical Hotties (Top Ten Tuesday #46)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Paper Bindings | An Island of Tropical Hotties (Top Ten Tuesday #46)
A weekly book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week's theme is the Top Ten Characters I Would Want With Me On A Deserted Island:

Which quickly became pick five before the island turns into a party (or a fight) because there are so many I would love to add to this list.

Monument 14 (review)

Monday, July 21, 2014


Title: Monument 14 (Monument 14 #1)
Author: Emmy Laybourne
Release Date: June 15, 2012
Stars: 3

"Your mother hollers that you’re going to miss the bus. She can see it coming down the street. You don’t stop and hug her and tell her you love her. You don’t thank her for being a good, kind, patient mother. Of course not—you launch yourself down the stairs and make a run for the corner.

Only, if it’s the last time you’ll ever see your mother, you sort of start to wish you’d stopped and did those things. Maybe even missed the bus.

But the bus was barreling down our street, so I ran.

Fourteen kids. One superstore. A million things that go wrong.

In Emmy Laybourne’s action-packed debut novel, six high school kids (some popular, some not), two eighth graders (one a tech genius), and six little kids trapped together in a chain superstore build a refuge for themselves inside. While outside, a series of escalating disasters, beginning with a monster hailstorm and ending with a chemical weapons spill, seems to be tearing the world—as they know it—apart."

The Lonesome Young (review)

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Title: The Lonesome Young
Author: Lucy Connor
Release Date: April 4th, 2014
Stars: 4

"WHAT HAPPENS when the teenage heirs of two bitterly FEUDING FAMILIES can’t stay away from each other?

The Rhodales and the Whitfields have been sworn enemies for close on a hundred years, with a whole slew of adulterous affairs, financial backstabbing, and blackmailing that’s escalated the rivalry to its current state of tense ceasefire.

IT’S TIME TO LIGHT THE FUSE . . .

And now a meth lab explosion in rural Whitfield County is set to reignite the feud more viciously than ever before. Especially when the toxic fire that results throws together two unlikely spectators—proper good girl Victoria Whitfield, exiled from boarding school after her father’s real estate business melts down in disgrace, and town motorcycle rebel Mickey Rhodale, too late as always to thwart his older brothers’ dangerous drug deals.

Victoria and Mickey are about to find out the most passionate romances are the forbidden ones.

. . . ON A POWDER KEG FULL OF PENT-UP DESIRE, risk-taking daredevilry, and the desperate actions that erupt when a generation of teens inherits nothing but hate."

City of Heavenly Fire (review)

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Title: City of Heavenly Fire (#6)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Release Date: May 27th, 2014
Stars: 3

"In this dazzling and long-awaited conclusion to the acclaimed Mortal Instruments series, Clary and her friends fight the greatest evil they have ever faced: Clary's own brother.


Sebastian Morgenstern is on the move, systematically turning Shadowhunter against Shadowhunter. Bearing the Infernal Cup, he transforms Shadowhunters into creatures out of nightmare, tearing apart families and lovers as the ranks of his Endarkened army swell.

The embattled Shadowhunters withdraw to Idris - but not even the famed demon towers of Alicante can keep Sebastian at bay. And with the Nephilim trapped in Idris, who will guard the world against demons?

When one of the greatest betrayals the Nephilim have ever known is revealed, Clary, Jace, Isabelle, Simon, and Alec must flee - even if their journey takes them deep into the demon realms, where no Shadowhunter has set foot before, and from which no human being has ever returned...

Love will be sacrificed and lives lost in the terrible battle for the fate of the word in the thrilling final installment of the classic urban fantasy series The Mortal Instruments!"

A Reason To Attend A Finishing School (Waiting on Wednesday #57)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Weekly book Meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.

Title: Waistcoats and Weaponry (#3)
Author: Gail Carriger
Genre: YA - Steampunk - Paranormal
Release Date: November 4, 2014

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"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."

Movies and Television (Top Ten Tuesday #45)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Paper Bindings | Movies and Television (Top Ten Tuesday #45)
A weekly book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week's theme is the Top Ten Eight Movies and TV Shows.

Also know as the list of the first eight that came to mind.

Cairo in White (review)

Monday, July 14, 2014


Title: Cairo in White
Author: Kelly Ann Jacobson
Release Date: February 14, 2014
Stars: 3.5
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"As Cairo sweltered in the summer of 1986, eighteen-year-old Zahra faced the heat for a rendezvous with her secret lover.

But after climbing the Ahmeds’ wall and darting through an open door, Zahra came face-to-dace with the last people she expected to see: her parents, who were taking tea and arranging her marriage. But not to Jamila; love between two girls in Egypt was forbidden. Instead, Zahra would marry Jamila's brother.

Twenty years later, Zahra’s American daughter, Aisha, steps off a plane at Cairo International Airport. Aisha is as headstrong as her mother, and she is determined to find a life in Egypt. Will Aisha find acceptance, even a home, in a culture that once rejected Zahra?

Cairo in White is a story of love, loss, and acceptance in the styles of Khaled Hosseini and Michael Ondaatje."

Interview with Denice Garrou

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Paper Bindings | Interview with Denice Garrou


Today, we are proud to have Denice Garrou with us. 


Denice Garrou is the author of the Dragonhorse Saga, a fantasy series involving magic, faeries, and so much more.


A New Series By A Favorite Author (Waiting on Wednesday #56)

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Weekly book Meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.


Title: The Young Elites
Author: Marie Lu
Genre: YA
Release Date: October 7th, 2014

"I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.

Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.

It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt."

Gypsy (Blog Tour)

Monday, July 7, 2014



Title: Gypsy (The Cavy Files #1)
Author: Trisha Leigh
Release Date: May 13th, 2014
Genre: Paranormal
Age Group: YA
Source: Blog Tour
Stars: 4

"Inconsequential: not important or significant.
Synonyms: insignificant, unimportant, nonessential, irrelevant

In the world of genetic mutation, Gypsy’s talent of knowing a person’s age of death is considered a failure. Her peers, the other Cavies, have powers that range from curdling a blood still in the vein to being able to overhear a conversation taking place three miles away, but when they’re taken from the sanctuary where they grew up and forced into the real world, Gypsy, with her all-but-invisible gift, is the one with the advantage.

The only one who’s safe, if the world finds out what they can do.

When the Cavies are attacked and inoculated with an unidentified virus, that illusion is shattered. Whatever was attached to the virus causes their abilities to change. Grow. In some cases, to escape their control.

Gypsy dreamed of normal high school, normal friends, a normal life, for years. Instead, the Cavies are sucked under a sea of government intrigue, weaponized genetic mutation, and crushing secrets that will reframe everything they’ve ever been told about how their "talents" came to be in the first place.

When they find out one of their own has been appropriated by the government, mistreated and forced to run dangerous missions, their desire for information becomes a pressing need. With only a series of guesses about their origins, the path to the truth becomes quickly littered with friends, enemies, and in the end, the Cavies ability to trust anyone at all."

Salvage (review)

Saturday, July 5, 2014


Title: Salvage
Author: Alexandra Duncan
Release Date: April 1st, 2014
Stars: 3

"Ava, a teenage girl living aboard the male-dominated, conservative deep space merchant ship Parastrata, faces betrayal, banishment, and death. Taking her fate into her own hands, she flees to the Gyre, a floating continent of garbage and scrap in the Pacific Ocean.

This is a sweeping and harrowing novel about a girl who can't read or write or even withstand the forces of gravity. What choices will she make? How will she build a future on an earth ravaged by climate change?"

My Immortal Soul (review)

Thursday, July 3, 2014


Title: My Immortal Soul (#1)
Author: Jen Printy
Release Date: February 15th, 2014
Stars: 3.5

"An endless love, for an endless price.

Jack’s immortality is exposed when he prevents a liquor store heist, forcing him to flee to protect his secret—a secret not even he understands. But when he meets Leah Winters—a mirror image of his decades-lost love, Lydia—his very soul is laid bare. He begins to question his sanity. Is she real, and if so, what does that mean for Jack and his secret?

Jack’s not the only mystery man in town. A stranger named Artagan hints at knowledge Jack is desperate to possess. But can he trust Artagan, or does the dark newcomer harbor deadly secrets of his own?

As Jack’s bond with Leah grows, so does the danger to her life. Jack must discover just how much he is willing to risk in order to save the woman he already lost once."

Snow Like Ashes (Waiting on Wednesday #55 )

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Weekly book Meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.

Title: Snow Like Ashes #1
Author: Sara Raash
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: October 14, 2014

Goodreads

"A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.

So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own."

Classics (top ten tuesday #43)

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Paper Bindings | Classics (top ten tuesday #43)
A weekly book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.


This week's theme is: Top Ten Classics I've Read Or Want To Read: