Shadow Scale (review)

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Title: Shadow Scale (Seraphina #2)
Author: Rachel Hartman
Release Date: March 10th, 2015
Genre: Fantasy
Age Group: YA
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 3 stars

“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 Trip to Post Apocalyptic Dublin (The Case of the Mini-Reviews)

Thursday, February 26, 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:

* Burned (Fever #7) by Karen Marie Moning

A Defiant Outcast (Waiting on Wednesday #87)

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Weekly book Meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.

Title: Born of Defiance (The League #8)
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Release Date: May 12th, 2015
Genre: Adult - Romance - Scifi

“Born an Outcast, Talyn Batur has spent the whole of his life fighting against the prejudice of his people. An Andarion without a father is not something anyone wants to be.

But when his companion’s brother draws him into a plot against the Andarion crown, he finds himself torn between the loyalty to their planetary government that his mother has beaten into him and his own beliefs of justice and right.

Now, he must decide for himself to remain a pawn of their government or to defy everything and everyone he’s ever known to stand up to tyranny. It’s a gamble that will either save his life or end it. And when old enemies align with new ones, it’s more than just his own life at risk. And more than just his homeworld that will end should he fail.”


Top Ten Favorite Heroines (Top Ten Tuesday #73)

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Paper Bindings - Top Ten Favorite Heroines (Top Ten Tuesday #73)

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

This week's theme is the Top Ten Favorite Heroines From Books:

01. Josephine "Jo" March - Little Women, Little Men, Jo's Boys by Louisa May Alcott - I have loved this character ever since I saw Winona Ryder's version of Jo March in 1994's Little Women and again in the 1999's television series Little Men. So much so, that my hypothetical first daughter will be named after her. Additionally, reading Louisa May Alcott's great novel made me love the character even more. From when she cuts off her hair to get money for her family or when she doesn't marry Laurie even though it would have been the easier choice, Jo is everything a flawed hero should be. Plus she's a writer, which always adds points in my book.

Soul Crossed (review)

Monday, February 23, 2015

Title: Soul Crossed (Of Demons and Angels #1)
Author: Lisa Gail Green
Release Date: February 25th, 2015
Genre: Angels - Demons
Age Group: YA
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 1 generous star

“One Demon.

One Angel.

One Soul.

Josh lived a reckless, selfish life, so upon his death, escaping the eternal torments of Hell by assuming the role of a powerful, soul-corrupting demon is an easy choice. His first soul assignment doesn’t seem too hard: the mortal Camden is already obsessed with weapons, pain, and torture. If only Josh wasn’t distracted by Cam's beautiful friend, Grace.

Grace never expected to die violently at age sixteen, but now she’s an Angel, responsible for saving a soul. She can already see past Camden’s earthly flaws, so the job should be be easy. If only that handsome, playboy Josh would stop getting in the way.

It’s forbidden for an Angel to be with a Demon, so if Josh and Grace stop resisting each other, the results would be disastrous.

And only one can claim Cam’s soul.”
*Received a copy via NetGalley for an honest review.*

*This review contains spoilers, you are warned.*

Sunday Short #113 - February 22th, 2015

Sunday, February 22, 2015

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

Another week of being broken, another week of falling behind where I wanted to be. I may have quite a few reviews to write now, but at least I can actually sit down and type for a bit before I have to rest my wrist.

Princess of Thorns (review)

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Title: Princess of Thorns
Author: Stacey Jay
Release Date: December 9th, 2014
Genre: Fantasy - Fairy Tale
Age Group: YA
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 3

“Game of Thrones meets the Grimm's fairy tales in this twisted, fast-paced romantic fantasy-adventure about Sleeping Beauty's daughter, a warrior princess who must fight to reclaim her throne. Though she looks like a mere mortal, Princess Aurora is a fairy blessed with enhanced strength, bravery, and mercy yet cursed to destroy the free will of any male who kisses her. Disguised as a boy, she enlists the help of the handsome but also cursed Prince Niklaas to fight legions of evil and free her brother from the ogre queen who stole Aurora's throne ten years ago. Will Aurora triumph over evil and reach her brother before it's too late? Can Aurora and Niklaas break the curses that will otherwise forever keep them from finding their one true love?”

The Caelimane Operation (review)

Thursday, February 19, 2015

the caelimane operation - the Darkside Codex - by chris pavesic
Title: The Caelimane Operation
Author: Chris Pavesic
Release Date: January 16th, 2015
Genre: Fantasy - Steampunk - Faeries
Age Group: YA or older
Source: Author
Rating: 3 stars

“In Southwatch it's important to keep the faith.

When the Temples to the Goddess north of Southwatch are burned and followers of Dione are murdered, Hierocrat Catherine, a bard of the Caelimane Temple, sets out to find those responsible and to bring them to justice. With only the help of a traveling group of minstrels and a retired fae investigator, Catherine must solve the mystery before more people are killed, but will she succeed when she finds herself pitted against members of her own Temple, rogue members of the Seelie Court, and a seemingly unstoppable army of undead?”

I Dream of Jinn (Waiting on Wednesday #86)

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Weekly book Meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.

Title: Becoming Jinn (Becoming Jinn #1)
Author: Lori Goldstein
Release Date: April 21st, 2015
Genre: YA - Paranormal

“Forget everything you thought you knew about genies!

Azra has just turned sixteen, and overnight her body lengthens, her olive skin deepens, and her eyes glisten gold thanks to the brand-new silver bangle that locks around her wrist. As she always knew it would, her Jinn ancestry brings not just magical powers but the reality of a life of servitude, as her wish granting is controlled by a remote ruling class of Jinn known as the Afrit.

To the humans she lives among, she’s just the girl working at the snack bar at the beach, navigating the fryer and her first crush. But behind closed doors, she’s learning how to harness her powers and fulfill the obligations of her destiny.

Mentored by her mother and her Zar “sisters”, Azra discovers she may not be quite like the rest of her circle of female Jinn . . . and that her powers could endanger them all. As Azra uncovers the darker world of becoming Jinn, she realizes when genies and wishes are involved, there’s always a trick.”


Bookish Problems Are Taking Over My Life (Top Ten Tuesday #72)

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Paper Bindings - Bookish Problems Are Taking Over My Life (Top Ten Tuesday #72)

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

This week's theme is the Top Ten Book Related Problems I Have:

01. No Space  - My shelves are over flowing. I literally have to restructure my reading habits and conduct a massive purge to get things under control. Add in a book buying ban, and I am a half a step closer to getting things under control. Only then, can I allow myself to buy more books.

02. Book Hangovers - All those hours spent wasted sitting there, hugging my feels, thinking about the book I just finished. Wasted reading time? Or sign of a spectacular book? You decide.

Interview With Chris Pavesic Author of The Caelimane Operation

Monday, February 16, 2015

Paper Bindings | Interview With Chris Pavesic Author of The Caelimane Operation

Paper Bindings is pleased to have Chris Pavesic, author of The Caelimane Operation join us today.

The Caelimane Operation is part of the Darkside Codex, a world that several other authors write stories in. Was it hard to write a book set in a world that other authors get to play with? How do you think all the stories connect to each other?

Sunday Short #112 - February 15th, 2015

Sunday, February 15, 2015

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

Another week of being injured, so this week hasn't been too productive. It turns out I pretty much suck at doing things with one hand. (Case in point, you wouldn't believe how many typos were in that sentence alone...)

She Dreamed of Dragons (review)

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Title: She Dreamed of Dragons
Author: Elizabeth J.M. Walker
Release Date: August 29th, 2014
Genre: Fantasy - Magic
Age Group: YA
Source: Author
Rating: 3.5 Stars

“Trina is more likely to set the palace on fire with her powers than be a princess – could a dragon mage be the next ruler of the magical kingdom of Dorlith?

Trina is a fifteen-year-old dragon mage in a kingdom ruled by witches and wizards – the same people who have brought dragons and other magical creatures near extinction. Trina can barely control her fire powers and is desperate for an apprenticeship, but finding a fellow dragon mage to be her teacher is proving more difficult than coming across an actual dragon.

Then there’s the Royal Tourney – a competition presented by the Queen to find a successor to the throne. Trina heads to the competition in the hopes of sparking some interest in the mage society and earning herself an apprenticeship.

She never intended to be a frontrunner in the competition.

She never meant to catch the attention of the evil witch trying to take over the throne.

She never expected to fall for a wizard.

Now Trina must face tough decisions about who she is and who she could become. Trina must ask herself: Can she really win the Royal Tourney?”

Paper Towns (review)

Friday, February 13, 2015

Title: Paper Towns
Author: John Green
Rating: 3 stars

“Who is the real Margo? Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows. After their all-nighter ends, and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they're for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew...”

The Assassins Blade (review)

Thursday, February 12, 2015

the assassins blade by sarah j maas
Title: The Assassin's Blade (Throne of Glass 0.1-0.5)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Rating: 4

“Contains all five novellas.

Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan's most feared assassin. As part of the Assassin's Guild, her allegiance is to her master, Arobynn Hamel, yet Celaena listens to no one and trusts only her fellow killer-for-hire, Sam. In these action-packed novellas - together in one edition for the first time - Celaena embarks on five daring missions. They take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and seeks to avenge the tyrannous. But she is acting against Arobynn's orders and could suffer an unimaginable punishment for such treachery. Will Celaena ever be truly free? Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine to find out.”

A Trip To Rome (Waiting on Wednesday #85)

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Weekly book Meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.

Title: An Ember in the Ashes
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Release Date: April 28th, 2014
Genre: YA - Fantasy

“Set in a terrifyingly brutal Rome-like world, An Ember in the Ashes is an epic fantasy debut about an orphan fighting for her family and a soldier fighting for his freedom. It’s a story that’s literally burning to be told.

LAIA is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution.

ELIAS is the academy’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias is considering deserting the military, but before he can, he’s ordered to participate in a ruthless contest to choose the next Martial emperor.

When Laia and Elias’s paths cross at the academy, they find that their destinies are more intertwined than either could have imagined and that their choices will change the future of the empire itself.”


Romance Pet Peeves (Top Ten Tuesday #71)

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Paper Bindings - Romance Pet Peeves (Top Ten Tuesday #71)
A weekly book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week's theme is the Top Ten Things I Like/Dislike When It Comes To Romances:

01.Girls that don't "need" guys - Lets face it, whether you like Twilight or not, we all hated the way Bella acted when Edward left her. Suicidal much? So when I encounter heroines that don't need a guy to complete them, I will absolutely root for them. Celaena from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas is a perfect example of this. I love the romance in this series, but Celaena is so badass that they guys are lucky if she even looks at them.

When Magic Dares (Cover Reveal)

Title: When Magic Dares (Darkly Fae #2)
Author: Tera Lynn Childs
Release Date: February 24th, 2015
Genre: Faeries
Age Group: YA

“When magic dares, anything is possible.
Full blurb coming soon.”
Author's Website

Look at the pretty blue cover! I loved When Magic Sleeps and I am highly looking forward to the next novella in this series. If you haven't read When Magic Sleeps yet, I highly recommend it.

Seeker (review)

Monday, February 9, 2015

Title: Seeker (Seeker #1)
Author: Arwen Elys Dayton
Rating: 2 Stars

“The night Quin Kincaid takes her Oath, she will become what she has trained to be her entire life. She will become a Seeker. This is her legacy, and it is an honor. As a Seeker, Quin will fight beside her two closest companions, Shinobu and John, to protect the weak and the wronged. Together they will stand for light in a shadowy world. And she'll be with the boy she loves--who's also her best friend.

But the night Quin takes her Oath, everything changes. Being a Seeker is not what she thought. Her family is not what she thought. Even the boy she loves is not who she thought.

And now it's too late to walk away.”

Sunday Short #111 - February 8th, 2015

Sunday, February 8, 2015

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

This week started out with a snow storm on Sunday....and me hurting myself. (This is what I had to deal with. Lifting all that snow on top of the already large pile broke me.)

But, on the plus side (if there is a plus side when your broken) I was unable to do much moving around and finally got around to working on the layout. While not entirely what I was going for since I was unable to do one thing I wanted, I am happy with it.

Trying Texas (review)

Friday, February 6, 2015

trying texas by tera lynn childs
Title: Trying Texas (City Chicks #3)
Author: Tera Lynn Childs
Rating: 4 stars

“Every girl deserves a wild ride...

New Yorker Cassie Bishop has one goal: produce the pilot episode of Try It On to get back in her boss’s good graces. She can handle a month of the dusty Texas outback, filming the social train wreck as a trust fund diva learns how to play cowgirl, if it means salvaging her career. But when the spoiled rich girl bails at the last minute, Cassie has only one option—take her place. Can anyone say yee-haw?

The only hitch is Ty Haywood, the real life, living breathing cowboy who is supposed to train her. He’s smart, funny, and makes a western shirt look tastier than a bag of hot candied cashews. Too bad he’s so deeply rooted in his Texas home.

As the film rolls, Cassie finds herself falling for the hunky cowboy, the raw beauty of the country, and the rhythm of small town life where city pressures—and ulcer medicine— are distant memories. When the month is up and the shoot wraps, will the city girl return home? Or will love and friendships convince her to give country life a try?”

Stone Cold Touch (review)

Thursday, February 5, 2015

stone cold touch by jennifer lynn armentrout
Title: Stone Cold Touch (The Dark Elements #2)
Author: Jennifer Lynn Armentrout
Rating: 5 Stars

“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…”

Stumbling Upon An Ancient War (Waiting on Wednesday #84)

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Weekly book Meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.

Title: The Girl at Midnight (The Girl at Midnight #1)
Author: Melissa Gray
Release Date: April 28th, 2015
Genre: YA - Fantasy - Paranormal

“Beneath the streets of New York City live the Avicen, an ancient race of people with feathers for hair and magic running through their veins. Age-old enchantments keep them hidden from humans. All but one. Echo is a runaway pickpocket who survives by selling stolen treasures on the black market, and the Avicen are the only family she's ever known.

Echo is clever and daring, and at times she can be brash, but above all else she's fiercely loyal. So when a centuries-old war crests on the borders of her home, she decides it's time to act.

Legend has it that there is a way to end the conflict once and for all: find the Firebird, a mythical entity believed to possess power the likes of which the world has never seen. It will be no easy task, but if life as a thief has taught Echo anything, it's how to hunt down what she wants . . . and how to take it.

But some jobs aren't as straightforward as they seem. And this one might just set the world on fire.”


TTT: Top 10 books I can't believe I haven't read in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy genre

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Paper Bindings - TTT: Top 10 books I can't believe I haven't read in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy genre

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

This week's theme is the Top Ten Books I can't believe I haven't read from the Sci-fi Fantasy Genre:

We all have blank spots on our library shelves.Spots filled with the books we haven't gotten around to reading yet.

Books that everyone we know assumes we have already read. Either because everybody has already read them. Or because they know our tastes and think well you must have read them.

Well, here's my shocking list of books I have not read...

A Teenage Spy and A Scoundrel (Mini Reviews)

Monday, February 2, 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:

  • Stormbreaker (Alex Rider #1) by Anthony Horowitz - 3/5 stars
  • Never Surrender To A Scoundrel by Lily Dalton - 4/5 stars

Sunday Short #110 - February 1st, 2015

Sunday, February 1, 2015

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

Another week has flown by! Sometimes it feels like I've fallen into the cycle of doom and will never emerge. But I expect the next few months to liven (and sadly, become more stressful) because with February comes the massive moving prep. And so far my book purge is just going. I'm only ~20 books down at this point, where I wanted to be -100 by now. It looks like I NEED to keep more books than I planned.

Most distressing.

I pity the poor movers. Oh, wait, that's me...

Resolutions Are Like Dreams - January Recap

Paper Bindings - Resolutions Are Like Dreams - January Recap

January was a chore.


Because it was all about finding myself, and figuring out what I wanted out of this blog and what I want out of life. With an upcoming move, I had a lot of things to think about. Luckily, blogwise, I think I figured out what direction I would like to take things in. I'm working more on getting posts set up in advance, and reading and reviewing more YA books on the blog. Things might be a little slow for a few weeks while I work on getting more books read and a buffer of review set up. But over the coming months, you should see more of stability of the range to posts, and hopefully an improvement of quality.