Top Ten Books You Recently Added to Your To-Be-Read-List (Top Ten #76)

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Paper Bindings - Top Ten Books You Recently Added to Your To-Be-Read-List (Top Ten #76)

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



This week's theme is the Top Ten Books You Recently Added to Your To-Be-Read-List :

01."The Twain Shall Meet: The Mysterious Legacy of Samuel L. Clemens' Granddaughter by Susan Madeline Bailey, Deborah Lynn Gosselin - I recently went to the Mark Twain House in Hartford, CT and was told to check out this book when I asked the docent if Twain had any living descendants. I'm a fan of genealogy and find the descendants of famous people in history fascinating so I figured I'd give this book a shot.
"Did famous author Mark Twain’s only surviving child, Clara, and her daughter, Nina Clemens Gabrilowitsch, take a life-long secret to their graves?"

Revolutionary Hearts (review)

Monday, March 30, 2015

revolutionary hearts by pema donyo
Title: Revolutionary Hearts
Author: Pema Donyo
Release Date: March 30th, 2015
Genre: Historical - Romance
Age Group: New Adult or Older
Source: Author
Rating: 4 stars
Amazon
“Parineeta Singh has always known her purpose in life: to help exact revenge on the invading British and free India. She becomes a maid for General Carton in order to supply information to her brother’s Indian revolutionary group. But when her employer is exposed as an American spy, she agrees to help him escape the British Raj.

She did not agree to lose her heart.

To complete his mission, Carton – aka undercover operative Warren Khan – must hide both his true objective and his part-Indian heritage. But once he meets the captivating Parineeta, who holds the key to both his freedom and capturing her brother, a suspected anarchist, he finds the subterfuge more difficult than anticipated.

Navigating between the lavish social circles of the British elite and the dense jungles of 1920s India on the brink of the country’s revolution, the two must find a way to protect both their lives and their love. ”

Sunday Short #118 - March 29th, 2015

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Paper Bindings - Weekly Recap
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Moving prep in there words: Chaos...panic....disorder.


The Geography of You and Me | Review

Saturday, March 28, 2015


Title: The Geography of You and Me
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Release Date: April 15, 2014
Genre: Romance
Age Group: YA
Source: Barnes & Noble
Rating: 3
“Lucy and Owen meet somewhere between the tenth and eleventh floors of a New York City apartment building, on an elevator rendered useless by a citywide blackout. After they're rescued, they spend a single night together, wandering the darkened streets and marveling at the rare appearance of stars above Manhattan. But once the power is restored, so is reality. Lucy soon moves to Edinburgh with her parents, while Owen heads out west with his father.

Lucy and Owen's relationship plays out across the globe as they stay in touch through postcards, occasional e-mails, and -- finally -- a reunion in the city where they first met.

A carefully charted map of a long-distance relationship, Jennifer E. Smith's new novel shows that the center of the world isn't necessarily a place. It can be a person, too.”

When Robin Hood is Hot and Scalet Kicks Butt (mini reviews)

Friday, March 27, 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:
* Scarlet (Scarlet #1) by A.C. Gaughen - 5/5 stars
* Lady Thief (Scarlet #2) by A.C. Gaughen - 5/5 stars


The End of a Series and The Start of Another | Mini Reviews

Thursday, March 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:

  • Taste of Darkness (Healer #3) by Maria V. Snyder - 3/5 stars
  • Boomerang (Boomerang #1) by Noelle August - 4/5 stars



All My Robin Hood Feels (Waiting on Wednesday #91)

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Weekly book Meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.


lion heart by a.c. gaughen
Title: Lion Heart (Scarlet #3)
Author: A.C. Gaughen
Release Date: May 19th, 2015
Genre: YA - Fantasy - Retellings

“Imprisoned by Prince John for months, Scarlet finds herself a long way from Nottinghamshire. After a daring escape from the Prince's clutches, she learns that King Richard’s life is in jeopardy, and Eleanor of Aquitaine demands a service Scarlet can’t refuse: spy for her and help bring Richard home safe. But fate—and her heart—won’t allow her to stay away from Nottinghamshire for long, and together, Scarlet and Rob must stop Prince John from going through with his dark plans for England. They can not rest until he’s stopped, but will their love be enough to save them once and for all?”

Top 10 Books From My Childhood (Or teen years) That I Would Love To Revisit

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Paper Bindings - Top 10 Books From My Childhood (Or teen years) That I Would Love To Revisit
A weekly book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.


This week's theme is the Top Ten: Books From My Childhood That I Would Love To Revisit

One of my favorite parts of the school day as a child was quiet reading time. Quiet reading time was also my favorite part of my after school routine. And my favorite part of 'let mommy take a nap' time on the weekends. You get where I'm going here, right? I, like many of you, devoured books while I was growing up. Unfortunately, time has a way of making things fuzzy... so I don't necessarily remember those books as well as they deserve. 

So, in keeping with the theme, I'm listing ten books that I think deserve a fond re-read.

Eve Brenner Zombie Girl (review)

Monday, March 23, 2015

eve brenner zombie girl by a giacomi
Title: Eve Brenner: Zombie Girl (The Zombie Girl Saga Book 1)
Author: A. Giacomi
Release Date: January 25th, 2015
Genre: Zombies
Age Group: NA
Source: Author
Rating: 3 stars
“Eve used to be an ordinary girl, from an ordinary town, with ordinary dreams, but her dreams rapidly turn into nightmares when one grave mistake leaves her a little less than human and a lot less average.

Eve’s not quite the same girl she used to be. She desperately clings to her humanity as new desires, new abilities, and new urges take over with each passing day.

Eve Brenner: Zombie Girl is a tale that takes you on an emotional and terrifying journey as Eve struggles to cope with her new life and find a cure for her strange illness before time runs out. She desperately clings to her humanity as she tries to control the monster she knows is lurking inside her.

Turns out living was the easy part.”

Sunday Short #117 - March 22nd, 2015

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Paper Bindings - Weekly Recap
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Never move, Guys, just don't. As if it wasn't fun enough trying to find a new job and stressing over packing and logistics of the big move. YOU HAVE NO TIME TO READ. This really is a book sin right here.

I may or may not have devoted my one free day to reading, refusing to leave my room. I admit nothing.

The Course of True Love Never Did Run Smooth | Romance In Books

Friday, March 20, 2015

Paper Bindings | The Course of True Love Never Did Run Smooth | Romance In Books

Part three of a three part discussion dealing with romance in books.



Ah, the dreaded triangle. 

Or the convoluted-twice-stepped-on-smashed-with-a-mallet-equal-but-not-really-scalene triangle. Sometimes it’s a quadrilateral blob or even an octagonal mess. Whatever you want to call it, the trend seem to demand one.

Whether you love them or hate them, we just cannot seem to escape love triangles.

Red - The Book I'm Not So Sure About (review)

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Red by Alyxandra Harvey
Title: Red
Author: Alyxandra Harvey
Release Date: March 10th, 2015
Genre: Paranormal
Age Group: YA
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 3 stars
“Bad girls burn hot…

Red is the color of Kia Alcott's hair.
It's her temper, which blazes hot and always gets Kia into way too much trouble.
And it's the color of fire. Fires that Kia can start…just by thinking about them.

When her latest “episode” gets her kicked out of school, Kia is shipped off to her grandmother, who works for the wealthy Blackwoods. It's an estate shrouded in secrets, surrounded by rules, and presided over by a family that is far from normal…including the gorgeous and insolent Ethan Blackwood.

Ethan knows far more about the dangers of the forest surrounding the estate than Kia can ever imagine. For this forest has teeth, and Ethan is charged with protecting the outside world from its vicious mysteries.

But inside, even the most vibrant shade of red doesn't stand a chance against the dark secrets of the Blackwood family…”

A Series That Sounds Like It Should Be A Song (Waiting on Wednesday #90)

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Weekly book Meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.


no where but here by katie mcgarry
Title: Nowhere But Here (Thunder Road #1)
Author: Katie McGarry
Release Date: May 26th, 2015
Genre: YA - Contemporary
Goodreads

“Seventeen-year-old Emily likes her life the way it is: doting parents, good friends, good school in a safe neighborhood. Sure, she's curious about her biological father—the one who chose life in a motorcycle club, the Reign of Terror, over being a parent—but that doesn't mean she wants to be a part of his world. But when a reluctant visit turns to an extended summer vacation among relatives she never knew she had, one thing becomes clear: nothing is what it seems. Not the club, not her secret-keeping father and not Oz, a guy with suck-me-in blue eyes who can help her understand them both.

Oz wants one thing: to join the Reign of Terror. They're the good guys. They protect people. They're…family. And while Emily—the gorgeous and sheltered daughter of the club's most respected member—is in town, he's gonna prove it to her. So when her father asks him to keep her safe from a rival club with a score to settle, Oz knows it's his shot at his dream. What he doesn't count on is that Emily just might turn that dream upside down.


No one wants them to be together. But sometimes the right person is the one you least expect, and the road you fear the most is the one that leads you home.”

The Orphan Queen Launch Party At Books Of Wonder Recap

Monday, March 16, 2015

Paper Bindings - The Orphan Queen Launch Party

The What:
The Orphan Queen launch party.
The Where:
Books of Wonder in New York City
The When:
March 10th, 2015
The Who:
Jodi Meadows (The Orphan Queen) / C.J. Redwine (Defiance series) /
Cynthia Hand (The Last Time We Say Goodbye) / Brodi Ashton (Everneath series) /
Joy N. Hensley (Rite of Passage)

Sunday Short #116 - March 15th, 2015

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Paper Bindings - Weekly Recap
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I went to my first ever author signing! I braved a solo trip to NYC's Books of Wonder to go meet Jodi Meadows, CJ Redwine, Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Joy Hensley. What a lot of fun that was! If you ever get the chance to meet these ladies, go! They were super nice, funny, and all around great people.


Cartwheel (review)

Saturday, March 14, 2015


Title: Cartwheel
Author: Jennifer duBois
Release Date: September 24, 2013
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery, Crime
Age Group: Adult
Source: Barnes and Noble
Rating: 3.5
“Written with the riveting storytelling and moral seriousness of authors like Emma Donoghue, Adam Johnson, Ann Patchett, and Curtis Sittenfeld, Cartwheel is a suspenseful and haunting novel of an American foreign exchange student arrested for murder, and a father trying to hold his family together.”


All The World Is A Stage, But Who Are The Players Again? | Romance In Books

Friday, March 13, 2015

Paper Bindings | All The World Is A Stage, But Who Are The Players Again? | Romance In Books

Part two of a three part discussion dealing with romance in books.


Tropes or Stereotypes, every book has them. 

We have our protagonist and our antagonist. We have our mentor and our sidekick. Sometimes there is even a love interest or two thrown in too. But more than just these main archetypes, there are certain types of characters we see over and over again, especially in romance stories. It’s what the author does to the characters that differentiates them from their fellows. But sometimes, they still fall into the same old traps.

Air (review)

Thursday, March 12, 2015

air by heather james
Title: Air (Elements of Power #3)
Author: Heather James
Release Date: March 12th, 2015
Genre: Fantasy
Age Group: YA
Source: Author
Rating: 4.5

“Air.
I needed air.
I was gasping, but my lungs refused to take any in.

Jasmine's world is crumbling around her. Still reeling from the discovery of her parents' identities, she is forced to face the repercussions of her actions in the Helian Realm, while her beloved home is besieged by Helian attackers. And she still can't control her powers.

Roxy is confronted by the realisation that she has travelled across the Realms for a boy who thinks she betrayed him. A boy dating the girl who sold her out. And even while freezing in the Arcan Realm it seems she can't escape Cinaer's grasp.

Time is running out for the girls to save the world - and the boy - they love. But to have any chance of defeating Cinaer, they are going to have to work together. Cinaer is on a warpath and he's not giving up until he has secured the Helian throne - even if he has to reduce the Arcan Realm to dust in the process.

Air is the gripping final installment of the Elements of Power trilogy.”


I'm Ready To Be Trapped (Waiting on Wednesday #89)

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Weekly book Meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.


the cage by megan shephard
Title: The Cage
Author: Megan Shepherd
Release Date: May 26th, 2015
Genre: YA - Dystopian
Goodreads

“When Cora Mason wakes in a desert, she doesn't know where she is or who put her there. As she explores, she finds an impossible mix of environments—tundra next to desert, farm next to jungle, and a strangely empty town cobbled together from different cultures—all watched over by eerie black windows. And she isn't alone.

Four other teenagers have also been taken: a beautiful model, a tattooed smuggler, a secretive genius, and an army brat who seems to know too much about Cora's past. None of them have a clue as to what happened, and all of them have secrets. As the unlikely group struggles for leadership, they slowly start to trust each other. But when their mysterious jailer—a handsome young guard called Cassian—appears, they realize that their captivity is more terrifying than they could ever imagine: Their captors aren't from Earth. And they have taken the five teenagers for an otherworldly zoo—where the exhibits are humans.

As a forbidden attraction develops between Cora and Cassian, she realizes that her best chance of escape might be in the arms of her own jailer—though that would mean leaving the others behind. Can Cora manage to save herself and her companions? And if so . . . what world lies beyond the walls of their cage?”

TTT#75 Ten Books For Readers Who Like Historical Fiction

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Paper Bindings | TTT#75 Ten Books For Readers Who Like Historical Fiction
A weekly book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week's theme is: Ten Books For Readers Who Like Historical Fiction

This list was a hard one to come up with. I feel like I missed some big ones. Plus for me, picking a favorite historical fiction book is like picking a favorite child, but nonetheless, below are my top ten historical fiction books.

Sunday Short #115 - March 8th, 2015

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Paper Bindings - Weekly Recap
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All I did this week it seems was work or prep for moving., with a bit of movie watching thrown in for good measure. Gave up on Jack Ryan, was a bit bored with I ,Frankenstein, but loved rewatching Brigadoon.

When Magic Dares (review)

Saturday, March 7, 2015



Title: When Magic Dares (Darkly Fae #2)
Author: Tera Lynn Childs
Release Date: March 2nd, 2015
Genre: Faeries
Age Group: YA
Source: Author
Rating: 5 stars
“When magic dares, anything is possible.

Young, beautiful, and royal, Princess Arianne of the Deachair should be the most envied fae in all the realms. But tragedy stole a carefree life from her. Thrust into the role of ruler as a girl, she has spent the last decade struggling to keep her people safe at any cost. With her magic weakened by a devastating curse, strength, will and intelligence are her only powers left to wield. When the full force of the Moraine army marches on her palace, ready for war, she must act quickly to save her clan from total destruction.

As captain of the royal guard, Tearloch Donne considers the protection of the Moraine and their royal family his foremost duty. A duty he failed when a traitor within the palace ranks nearly assassinated the high prince. Now he will do whatever it takes to hunt the villain down and make him pay for his betrayal. But when he volunteers the enemy princess on a quest for answers, he finds himself weighing his duty to his clan against his growing feelings for her and a secret memory they share.

With the fate of two dying clans depending on their success, a proud princess with dangerous secrets and a loyal warrior bent on revenge must embark on a journey that could save them all… or destroy them both. ”

To Ship or Not To Ship That Is The Question | Romance In Books

Friday, March 6, 2015

Paper Bindings | To Ship or Not To Ship That Is The Question | Romance In Books


Part one of a three part discussion dealing with romance in books.


Lets get one thing straight right off the bat, I read romance novels. 

Usually historical or paranormal in genre, but I love the format: the meetings, the adventures, falling in love, the “happy ever afters.” So it rarely bothers me when I pick up a book that advertises itself as a thriller or an fantasy and I encounter two fools all lovey-dovey with each other, even if it becomes the main plotline of the story.

Gates of Thread and Stone (review)

Thursday, March 5, 2015



Title: Gates of Thread and Stone (Gates of Thread and Stone #1)
Author: Lori M. Lee
Release Date: August 5th, 2014
Genre: Paranormal - Dystopian
Age Group: YA
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 2.5-3 stars

“In the Labyrinth, we had a saying: keep silent, keep still, keep safe.

In a city of walls and secrets, where only one man is supposed to possess magic, seventeen-year-old Kai struggles to keep hidden her own secret—she can manipulate the threads of time. When Kai was eight, she was found by Reev on the riverbank, and her “brother” has taken care of her ever since. Kai doesn’t know where her ability comes from—or where she came from. All that matters is that she and Reev stay together, and maybe one day move out of the freight container they call home, away from the metal walls of the Labyrinth. Kai’s only friend is Avan, the shopkeeper’s son with the scandalous reputation that both frightens and intrigues her.

Then Reev disappears. When keeping silent and safe means losing him forever, Kai vows to do whatever it takes to find him. She will leave the only home she’s ever known and risk getting caught up in a revolution centuries in the making. But to save Reev, Kai must unravel the threads of her past and face shocking truths about her brother, her friendship with Avan, and her unique power.”


An Angel I Didn't Expect To Fall For (Waiting on Wednesday #88)

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Weekly book Meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.


end of days by susan ee
Title: End of Days (Penryn & the End of Days #3)
Author: Susan Ee
Release Date: May 12th, 2015
Genre: Angels - Demons - Dystopian
Goodreads

“End of Days is the explosive conclusion to Susan Ee’s bestselling Penryn & the End of Days trilogy.

After a daring escape from the angels, Penryn and Raffe are on the run. They’re both desperate to find a doctor who can reverse the twisted changes inflicted by the angels on Raffe and Penryn’s sister. As they set off in search of answers, a startling revelation about Raffe’s past unleashes dark forces that threaten them all.

When the angels release an apocalyptic nightmare onto humans, both sides are set on a path toward war. As unlikely alliances form and strategies shift, who will emerge victorious? Forced to pick sides in the fight for control of the earthly realm, Raffe and Penryn must choose: Their own kind, or each other?”

TTT #74 - Top Ten Books You Would Classify As ALL TIME FAVORITE BOOKS From The Past 3 Years

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Paper Bindings - TTT #74 - Top Ten Books You Would Classify As ALL TIME FAVORITE BOOKS From The Past 3 Years

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

This week's theme is: Top Ten Books You Would Classify As ALL TIME FAVORITE BOOKS From The Past 3 Years.

01. "The Hunger Games" Series by Suzanne Collins- When someone in my book club added the first book in this series to our to-read list I was skeptical. The cover didn’t give much away and the summary on the back didn’t tell me much either. But everyone was talking about it and Entertainment Weekly even did an article about it. So I gave in and gave it a shot. Long story short, I devoured “The Hunger Games” in one night and polished off the other two soon after. I’m sure most people have read this series by now, but if you haven’t, please do. It’s certainly one of my top favorites from the past three years. Plus the movies – except the first one! - aren’t bad either.

An Uncertain Choice (review)

Monday, March 2, 2015

an uncertain choice by jody hedlund
Title: An Uncertain Choice (An Uncertain Choice #1)
Author: Jody Hedlund
Release Date: March 3rd, 2015
Genre: Fantasy
Age Group: YA
Source: NetGAlley
Rating: 4 Stars

“Due to her parents' promise at her birth, Lady Rosemarie has been prepared to become a nun on the day she turns eighteen. Then, a month before her birthday, a friend of her father's enters the kingdom and proclaims her parents' will left a second choice. If Rosemarie can marry before the eve of her eighteenth year, she will be exempt from the ancient vow.

Before long, Rosemarie is presented with the three most handsome and brave knights in the land. But when the competition for her heart seemingly results in a knight playing foul, she begins to wonder if the cloister is the best place after all. If only one of the knights the one who appears the most guilty had not already captured her heart.”

The Month of Many Things - February Recap

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Paper Bindings - The Month of Many Things - February Recap

February was exhausting.

Why?

Because I started of the month hurting myself from the practically every two days snowstorms. It snowed on Groundhogs Day, so I don't think it mattered too much if the groundhog saw his shadow or not. It's really hard to shovel snow when you cannot life the shovel. Super painful.

Sunday Short #114 - March 1st, 2015

Paper Bindings - Weekly Recap
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This week was a blur. Between moving prep, working, and catching up on blog stuff I missed because of my injury, I haven't had a lot of free time left for me or reading.

I cannot believe that February is over and I do not have a SINGLE post finished and scheduled for March. (Aside from this recap and Feb's recap.) This is what happens when you break yourself and cannot type. I do not recommend it.