A Duke And The Girl With A Plan | Mini Reviews

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Paper Bindings- Mini Reviews

There have been quite a few books that I've liked, or disliked, lately that haven't inspired me to write a lengthy review. But I wanted to say something about the books.

So here is the latest batch of mini reviews:

  • Duke of Midnight (Maiden Lane #6) by Elizabeth Hoyt - 4/5 stars
  • The Girl And The Machine by Beth Revis - 4/5 stars

The Year's Not So Hot Start (The Eh Files volume 8)

Friday, January 30, 2015

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:
* The Oversight by Charlie Fletcher - DNF
* Rooms by Lauren Oliver - 2/5 stars

A Last Minute Addition (Waiting on Wednesday #83)

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Weekly book Meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.

Title: Red Queen (Red Queen Trilogy #1)
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Release Date: February 1st, 2015
Genre: YA - Fantasy

“Graceling meets The Selection in debut novelist Victoria Aveyard's sweeping tale of seventeen-year-old Mare, a common girl whose once-latent magical power draws her into the dangerous intrigue of the king's palace. Will her power save her or condemn her?

Mare Barrow's world is divided by blood--those with common, Red blood serve the Silver- blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. Before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own.

To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard--a growing Red rebellion--even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction. One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays, the only certainty is betrayal.”


Book Club Gets A Say (Top Ten Tuesday #69)

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Paper Bindings - Book Club Gets A Say (Top Ten Tuesday #69)

A weekly book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week's theme is the Top Ten Books I'd Love To Read With My Book Club:

What better way to answer this week's theme than to have all members of our book club toss out a few selections.

01. Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas (Carrie's pick)-

Because Celeana is boss and the boys are lovely. Wonderful world, interesting plot.

written in red by anne bishop
02. Written in Red by Anne Bishop (Carrie's pick) - 

Because I love Meg and I love Simon. These books are well written and very entertaining. The world building is spectacular, I have to share it with the girls.

When Magic Sleeps (review)

Monday, January 26, 2015

when magic sleeps by tera lynn childs
Title: When Magic Sleeps (Darkly Fae #1)
Author: Tera Lynn Childs
Rating: 5 Stars

“When magic sleeps, everything changes.
In her dreams, Winnie Price always visits a fae realm. Dark prince Cathair O Cuana will do anything to save his dying clan, even hide his love for Winnie. On midsummer’s eve her monthly visiting owl changes into Cathair. When magic sleeps, she sees his true form and may finally be in his reach. A palace traitor brings the kingdom to the edge of war. Will disaster drive them apart or pull them together?”

Series Appreciation Giveaway

Sunday, January 25, 2015

**Giveaway is over.**

Paper Bindings - giveaway throne of glass sarah j maas the others anne bishop the dark elements jennifer lynn armentrout the raven cycle maggie stiefvater the lunar chronicles marissa meyer mistborn brandon sanderson

Guess what time it is?

Giveaway Time!

I am a big fan of series and it seems that most of the books I've read last year were part of one series or another. But I am still so far behind. This year I plan some major series catchup.

So what better way to celebrate than to giveaway a book from one of my more recent and highly loved series?

Sunday Short #109 - January 25th, 2015

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

The Big Book Purge In Ten Easy Steps

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Paper Bindings | The Big Book Purge In Ten Easy Steps

Does Your Book Collection Need To Be Culled?

You find yourself tripping over piles of books, sending them flying into others like falling dominoes. Or perhaps your shelves are bowing under the weight of rows of double stacked books. Or maybe you find yourself suffering from a mixture of the two.

Well, then, perhaps I can assist you.

A Long Awaited Invasion (Waiting on Wednesday #82)

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Weekly book Meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.

Title: The Invasion of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling #2)
Author: Erika Johansen
Release Date: June 9th, 2015
Genre: YA - Dystopian - Fantasy

“With each passing day, Kelsea Glynn is growing into her new responsibilities as Queen of the Tearling. By stopping the shipments of slaves to the neighboring kingdom of Mortmesne, she crossed the Red Queen, a brutal ruler whose power derives from dark magic, who is sending her fearsome army into the Tearling to take what is hers. And nothing can stop the invasion.

But as the Mort army draws ever closer, Kelsea develops a mysterious connection to a time before the Crossing, and she finds herself relying on a strange and possibly dangerous ally: a woman named Lily, fighting for her life in a world where being female can feel like a crime. The fate of the Tearling —and that of Kelsea’s own soul—may rest with Lily and her story, but Kelsea may not have enough time to find out.”


FREEBIE - Series Endings I Choose You! (Top Ten Tuesday #68)

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Paper Bindings - FREEBIE  - Series Endings I Choose You! (Top Ten Tuesday #68)

A weekly book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week's theme is a freebie. Therefore, I chose to pick the Top Ten Series That I Own And Want To Finish:

If you know me, than you know I have a hard time finishing series. Like epic love/hate relationship with last books. But I am trying to get better at series management, and one of the ways to do that is to finish them and cross them off my list. (I even tried to do this in December with very mild success thanks to the holidays.) So 2015 is going to be about finishing/catching up on series and reading the books I own.

Now for the hard part of picking just 10. 0_o

the eye of the world by robert jordan

01. Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan - I've read all but the last three. I own them all BUT it's been so long, so I need a complete reread to recall what all happens. I was waiting until I received the last book, and now that I've got it, nothing stands in my way....but me.

the eye of the world by robert jordan

02. Fragile Darkness (Midnight Dragonfly #3/3) by Ellie James - This one was not my fault! I borrowed books one and two from the library, only to find out that they did not have book three. I kept hoping they would get it in, since book two was a new addition, but they never did. Finally I went out and bought the ebook AND (this part is my fault) I completely forgot it and it got lost to the overflowing ebook files on my nook.

Heir of Fire (review)

Monday, January 19, 2015

heir of fire by sarah j maas
Title: Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Rating: 5 Stars

“Lost and broken, Celaena Sardothien’s only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend: as the King of Adarlan’s Assassin, she is bound to serve this tyrant, but he will pay for what he did. Any hope Celaena has of destroying the king lies in answers to be found in Wendlyn. Sacrificing his future, Chaol, the Captain of the King’s Guard, has sent Celaena there to protect her, but her darkest demons lay in that same place. If she can overcome them, she will be Adarlan’s biggest threat – and his own toughest enemy.

While Celaena learns of her true destiny, and the eyes of Erilea are on Wendlyn, a brutal and beastly force is preparing to take to the skies. Will Celaena find the strength not only to win her own battles, but to fight a war that could pit her loyalties to her own people against those she has grown to love?”

(Note: I shall try to be spoiler free for the previous books, but even the blurb has some of those...)

The Way of Kings (review)

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Title: The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive #1)
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Rating: 5 Stars

“Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soiless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter.

It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor that transform ordinary men into near-invincible warriors. Men trade kingdoms for Shardblades. Wars were fought for them, and won by them.

One such war rages on a ruined landscape called the Shattered Plains. There, Kaladin, who traded his medical apprenticeship for a spear to protect his little brother, has been reduced to slavery. In a war that makes no sense, where ten armies fight separately against a single foe, he struggles to save his men and to fathom the leaders who consider them expendable.

Brightlord Dalinar Kholin commands one of those other armies. Like his brother, the late king, he is fascinated by an ancient text called The Way of Kings. Troubled by over-powering visions of ancient times and the Knights Radiant, he has begun to doubt his own sanity.

Across the ocean, an untried young woman named Shallan seeks to train under an eminent scholar and notorious heretic, Dalinar’s niece, Jasnah. Though she genuinely loves learning, Shallan’s motives are less than pure. As she plans a daring theft, her research for Jasnah hints at secrets of the Knights Radiant and the true cause of the war.

The result of over ten years of planning, writing, and world-building, The Way of Kings is but the opening movement of the Stormlight Archive, a bold masterpiece in the making.

Speak again the ancient oaths,

Life before death. Strength before weakness. Journey before Destination.

and return to men the Shards they once bore.

The Knights Radiant must stand again.”

Amulet of Destiny (review)

Friday, January 16, 2015

amulet of destiny by kaite lynn johnsonTitle: Amulet of Destiny (The Lost Amulet Chronicles #3)
Author: Katie Lynn Johnson
Rating: 3 Stars
“A WAR IS RAGING, and Alvair’s tyrannical regime is more of a threat than ever. In an effort to gain the assistance of the powerful and elusive Council of the Triad, Alexa travels to the picturesque city of her troubled youth, Sierra Blanca. The fate of the free world is at stake, and her only hope is to find the most powerful Amulet in existence―the Amulet of Destiny―before her enemies do. The battle of the century is fast approaching, but before Alexa faces Dante she must reconcile with Caleb, as dark power consumes him and threatens to destroy their marriage.

In the epic final installment of The Lost Amulet Chronicles, Alexa is the last hope for a world consumed by greed. Accepting her destiny is difficult, and she alone can determine whether it is a blessing...or a curse.”


Bonus Content - Is It Worth It?

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Paper Bindings - Bonus Content

Everyone Loves Bonus Content

The little bit extra that features your favorite character, or maybe shows a hint about what could have happened if the cards were slightly different. These little extras drive readers into a frenzy causing them to squeal like rapid fangirls devouring an epic read.

Am I right?

A Mysterious Door (Waiting on Wednesday #81)

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Weekly book Meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.

Title: Dream a Little Dream (Silber #1)
Author: Kerstin Gier
Release Date: April 14th, 2015
Genre: YA

“Mysterious doors with lizard-head knobs. Talking stone statues. A crazy girl with a hatchet. Yep, Liv’s dreams have been pretty weird lately. Especially this one where she’s in a graveyard at night, watching four boys perform dark magic rituals.

The really weird thing is that Liv recognizes the boys in her dream. They’re classmates from her new school in London, the school where’s she’s starting over because her mom has moved them to a new country (again). But they seem to know things about her in real life that they couldn’t possibly know, which is mystifying. Then again, Liv could never resist a good mystery.”


Hides In Shame - I Meant To Read These Books Last Year (Top Ten Tuesday #67)

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Paper Bindings -Hides In Shame - I Meant To Read These Books Last Year (Top Ten Tuesday #67)

A weekly book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week's theme is the Top Ten 2014 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn't Get To:

stone cold touch by jennifer lynn armentrout

01. Stone Cold Touch (The Dark Elementals #2) by Jennifer Lynn Armentrout  - I rather enjoyed White Hot Kiss and with all the promos and the you pick the guy she ends up with stuff, I truly intended to read Stone Cold Touch. But certain personal events got in the way of reading and this one slipped passed me.

ruin and rising by leigh bardugo

02. Ruin and Rising (Geisha #3) by Leigh Bardugo - I'll admit it, I never read Ruin and Rising  because I don't want it to end. Then I spoiled myself and learned who she ended up with, and I'm just not a fan. So, this one stayed hidden in the shadows.

So Many Books What's A Girl To Do - Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed

Monday, January 12, 2015

Paper Bindings - So Many Books What's A Girl To Do - Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed

If you are anything like me, than your TBR (to be read) pile is out of control. Unless, of course, you do not count the 795 books I want to read or the Almost 300 owned and unread as out of control.

In that case, I am doing just fine. Spectacular even. Move along now, nothing to see here.


Still here?


We Were Liars (review)

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Title: We Were Liars
Author: E. Lockhart
Rating: 3.5 stars

“We are the Liars.
We are beautiful, privileged and live a life of carefree luxury.
We are cracked and broken.
A story of love and romance.
A tale of tragedy.
Which are lies?
Which is truth?”

The Rules of Love and Law (review)

Friday, January 9, 2015

the rules of love and life by jeff russell
Title: The Rules of Love and Law
Author: Jeff Russell
Rating: 3 stars

“It's 1938 in Baltimore, Maryland,and a lot of people around town thought things were pretty good that year. The worst of the Depression was over and a troubled Europe was an ocean away. Pesky labor unions seemed satisfied, Jews kept to themselves, and blacks knew their place. For everyone else the city’s odd blend of Southern attitude and Yankee hustle offered a comfortable, complacent stability with the promise of even better times to come. But on Thanksgiving Day that year a violent assault brings two very different people together and changes their lives forever.

Juliana Corbeau is a near perfect example of blue-blood upbringing. She lives in the city’s most prestigious neighborhood and attends private school. Will Stahl is an immigrant’s son. He lives in a rowhouse. Yet he too is a near perfect example; that of a first generation American. He’s a scholarship law student who’s both idealistic and ambitious.

Their unlikely love story begins when Juliana is taking a walk through exclusive, whites-only Wyman Park and is attacked, or so it seems, by a colored man. It’s Will who comes to her rescue, and that chance encounter sets them on a path where they must confront not only the class distinctions, prejudices, and racism of the times, but a tragic miscarriage of justice, a fateful Supreme Court decision, and danger for family trapped in Nazi Germany. When the war eventually reaches America at Pearl Harbor everything changes again, forcing them to make impossible choices about love, justice, family––and ultimately their very lives.”

End of the Year Book Survey

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Paper Bindings - 2014 Reading Survey

Number Of Books You Read: 251
Number of Re-Reads: Not logged, maybe only 2?
Genre You Read The Most From: Paranormal



1. Best Book You Read In 2014?
This one is a hard one to answer, I love book for different reasons. However, if I must only pick ONE book, then Captain Thorne Cress by Marissa Meyer wins. <3 <3 <3

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

The Book of Life (#3) by Deborah Harkness - This one was such a let down. Though I shouldn't have been surprised with the way number two was. It was just too boring.

Another dose of fantasy (Waiting on Wednesday #80)

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Weekly book Meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.

Title: Empire of Night (Age of Legends #2)
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Release Date: April 7th 2015
Genre: YA - Fantasy

“Sisters Moria and Ashyn are the Keeper and Seeker of Edgewood. Or at least, they were.

Their village is gone. Their friends have betrayed them. And now, the emperor has sent them on a mission to rescue the children of Edgewood—accompanied by Prince Tyrus and a small band of imperial warriors. But the journey proves more perilous than they could have imagined. With treachery and unrest mounting in the empire, Moria and Ashyn will have to draw on all their influence and power to overcome deadly enemies—not all of them human—and even avert an all-out war.”


2015 Fresh Slate For New Authors (Top Ten Tuesday #66)

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Paper Bindings - Top Ten Tuesday - Debuts

A weekly book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week's theme is the Top Ten Most Anticipated Debuts for 2015:

Also Known as the list where I ONLY have 10 debut books listed for 2015.
I think I need to fix this.

01. The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall - A YA Da Vinci Code? Sounds exciting.

02. The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard - I think this one sounds interesting.

03. Becoming Jinn by Lori Goldstein - Because I don't usually read about Jinn.

Challenges of 2014

Monday, January 5, 2015

Paper Bindings - 2014 Challenge Recap

It's over? Another year of reading has come and gone. It's so hard to believe that I've added 251 books to my read list. Some days I struggled to read 10 pages and others, I devoured several books.

But challenge-wise, lets see how I did.

The Challenge Takeover: Because I Have Lost My Ever Loving Mind

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Paper Bindings - Challenge Takeover

I'm only going to do one challenge (aside from Goodreads) this year, she said.
Self control, she said.

I'm only doing one challenge this year.
*hangs head against desk*

In addition to the Around the World & Goodreads challenges, I am now participating in two more challenges.

Someone help me.

Sunday Short #106 - January 4th, 2015

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

The Ruby Airship (review)

Saturday, January 3, 2015

The Ruby Airship by Sharon Gosling
Title: The Ruby Airship (The Diamond Thief #2)
Author: Sharon Gosling
Release Date: February 2nd, 2015
Genre: Steampunk
Age Group: YA
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 4 stars

“In this sequel to The Diamond Thief, trapeze-artist Rémy has left the circus and her life as a thief, but she doubts that detective Thaddeus Rec will ever truly trust her. Feeling torn between her new life and her old, Rémy decides to return to France and her old circus with Yannick, an old friend who unexpectedly appears.

Meanwhile, Thaddeus is sure that Yannick is up to no good. He's determined to find them and win Rémy back, even if he must risk a journey by airship to do so.”

Goodbye 2014 - December Recap

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Paper Bindings - All Things Life, Books, and Blog Monthly Recap -
Your guide to what's happening at Paper Bindings.

December was a blur.


Because I went on vacation in the beginning of the month, and the holidays fell at the end of the month. Add in all the yearly recap, and prep work for 2015, and you get my December.