Apocalypse! Now What? - Laila Blake & L.C. Spoering Guest Post

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Paper Bindings | Apocalypse! Now What? - Laila Blake & L.C. Spoering Guest Post



When we first wrote After Life Lessons: Book One, we came up with a list of supplies we would like during an apocalypse. After Life Lessons: Book Two takes place several years later, giving the characters a better perspective for what is a must-have and what is a leave-behind.

So, say you’re stocked up on food, what’s next after you’ve lived this long? Here’s our new top six! 
    After Life Lessons : Book One by LC Spoering and Laila Blake
  1. First, find yourself some horses. No, really. Unless you can get some dogs and a sled, this is going to be your best way of getting around when the gas supplies finally run out or go off. See also: horses are cute.
  2. A good supply of seeds and old-timey tools and farming equipment. In The Interludes, Emily carves a plough for the horses to pull, and both of them are handy enough to improvise. But who of us really has a hand-drill rather than electric one anymore?

Some Tangled Webs (Waiting on Wednesday #96)

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Weekly book Meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.



Title: Tangled Webs (Tangled Webs #1)
Author: Lee Bross
Release Date: June 23rd, 2015
Genre: YA - Historical

“London, 1725. Everybody has a secret. Lady A will keep yours—for a price. This sumptuous, scandalous YA novel is wickedly addictive.

Lady A is the most notorious blackmailer in the city. With just a mask and a gown to disguise her, she sweeps into lavish balls and exclusive events collecting the most valuable currency in 1725 London—secrets.

But leading a double life isn't easy. By day Lady A is just a sixteen-year-old girl named Arista who lives in fear of her abusive master, Bones, and passes herself off as a boy to move safely through the squalor of London's slums. When Bones attempts to dispose of his pawn forever, Arista is rescued by the last person she expects: Jonathan Wild, the infamous Thief Taker General who moves seamlessly between the city's criminal underworld and its most elite upper circles. Arista partners with Wild on her own terms in the hopes of saving enough money to buy passage out of London.

Everything changes when she meets Graeden Sinclair, the son of a wealthy merchant. Grae has traveled the world, has seen the exotic lands Arista has longed to escape to her whole life, and he loves Arista for who she is—not for what she can do for him. Being with Grae gives something Arista something precious that she swore off long ago: hope. He has promised to help Arista escape the life of crime that has claimed her since she was a child. But can you ever truly escape the past?”

Top Ten Books Which Feature Characters Who Are Introverts

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Paper Bindings - Top Ten Tuesday - Introverts

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



This week's theme is the Top Ten: Books Which Feature Characters Who Are Introverts

Introverts are awesome. However, introverts don't really lend themselves to being the "hero" so most books feature extroverts going around and kicking butt with an occasional scene featuring their introverted friend/sibling/love interest. With that in mind, I chose to make this week's list the Top Ten Books that feature an introvert as a major character.

New Layout! Because I Just Couldn't Help Myself

Monday, April 27, 2015

Paper Bindings - new layout
Hello Pretty
So after much debating and more debating, I took the plunge and bought a premade layout. The price wasn't bad, the layout cute, it was easy to install, and most importantly, I didn't have to figure out the coding.

Cold Burn of Magic (review)

Cold Burn of Magic by Jennifer Estep
Title: Cold Burn of Magic (Black Blade #1)
Author: Jennifer Estep
Release Date: April 28th, 2015
Genre: Paranormal - Magic
Age Group: YA
Source: NetGalley
“There Be Monsters Here. . .

It's not as great as you'd think, living in a tourist town that's known as "the most magical place in America." Same boring high school, just twice as many monsters under the bridges and rival Families killing each other for power.

I try to keep out of it. I've got my mom's bloodiron sword and my slightly illegal home in the basement of the municipal library. And a couple of Talents I try to keep quiet, including very light fingers and a way with a lock pick.

But then some nasty characters bring their Family feud into my friend's pawn shop, and I have to make a call--get involved, or watch a cute guy die because I didn't. I guess I made the wrong choice, because now I'm stuck putting everything on the line for Devon Sinclair. My mom was murdered because of the Families, and it looks like I'm going to end up just like her. . .”

Sunday Short #122 - April 26th, 2015

Sunday, April 26, 2015

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


I have finally figured out how to get my TBR under control. Or at least manage it better.

To start, I am going to get over my fear of finishing series and catch up all the series I read. I am working down my goodreads TBR list and getting the books from the library in batches. So far I have only read a few books from the list but we are moving in the right direction because with the exception of a few ARCs/new series by authors I already read and love, I am not going to start any new series until I am all caught up.

The Girl at Midnight (review)

Saturday, April 25, 2015


Title: The Girl at Midnight (The Girl at Midnight #1)
Author: Melissa Grey
Release Date: April 28th, 2015
Genre: paranormal
Age Group: YA
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 4 stars
“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.”

Being Wicked Has Never Been So Good - The Wicked Will Rise (review)

Friday, April 24, 2015

The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige
Title: The Wicked Will Rise (Dorothy Must Die #2)
Author: Danielle Paige
Release Date: March 31st, 2015
Genre: Reimaging - Magic
Age Group: YA
Source: Purchased
Rating: 4 stars
“To make Oz a free land again, Amy Gumm was given a mission: remove the Tin Woodman’s heart, steal the Scarecrow’s brain, take the Lion’s courage, and then Dorothy must die....

But Dorothy still lives. Now the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked has vanished, and mysterious Princess Ozma might be Amy’s only ally. As Amy learns the truth about her mission, she realizes that she’s only just scratched the surface of Oz’s past—and that Kansas, the home she couldn't wait to leave behind, may also be in danger. In a place where the line between good and evil shifts with just a strong gust of wind, who can Amy trust—and who is really Wicked?”

These Broken Stars (review)

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Paper Bindings- These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Title: These Broken Stars (Starbound #1)
Author: Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Release Date: December 10th, 2013
Genre: Science Fiction
Age Group: YA
Source: Purchased
Rating: 5 stars
“Luxury spaceliner Icarus suddenly plummets from hyperspace into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive -- alone. Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a cynical war hero. Both journey across the eerie deserted terrain for help. Everything changes when they uncover the truth. ”

Some Superheroes (Waiting on Wednesday #95)

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Weekly book Meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.



Title: Powerless (The Hero Agenda #1)
Author: Tera Lynn Childs and Tracy Deebs
Release Date: June 2nd, 2015
Genre: YA - Superheroes

“Kenna is tired of being "normal". The only thing special about her is that she isn't special at all. Which is frustrating in a world of absolutes. Villains, like the one who killed her father, are bad. Heroes, like her mother and best friend, are good. And Kenna, unlike everyone else around her, is completely ordinary— which she hates.

She’s secretly working on an experiment that will land her a place among the Heroes, but when a Villain saves her life during a break-in at her lab, Kenna discovers there’s a whole lot of gray area when it comes to good and evil and who she can trust.. After all…not all strength comes from superpowers.”

I Will Buy Any Book From These Authors No Questions Asked (Top Ten Tuesday #81)

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Paper Bindings - I Will Buy Any Book From These Authors No Questions Asked (Top Ten Tuesday #81)
A weekly book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week's theme is the Top Ten All Time Favorite Authors:

01. Sarah J. Maas
This series has quickly become one of my favorite series ever. I'm a fan for life.

Sunday Short #121 - April 19th, 2015

Sunday, April 19, 2015

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

Hello week of reading and writing reviews, goodbye boredom.

Which translates as hello Sherlock/Arrow.

The Beholder (review)

Saturday, April 18, 2015

the beholder by ivan amberlake
Title: The Beholder (The Beholder #1)
Author: Ivan Amberlake
Release Date: April 29th, 2013
Genre: Paranormal
Age Group: NA or older
Source: Author
Rating: 3 stars
“Around the world, people die under mysterious circumstances. Each has a sign. Each is a piece of a jigsaw puzzle. A NYC interior designer Jason Walker receives a message saying he is the final piece.

Emily Ethan, a startling beauty with supernatural powers, appears and tells Jason that powers dormant within him are about to wake. He is the only person who can prevent darkness from enslaving the world. He is the Beholder whose advent has been awaited for many years.

Setting out on a journey with Emily, Jason discovers the world he could have never imagined, but the greatest surprise arrives the moment he realizes he has fallen in love with Emily.”

The Book That Will Eat Your Feels For Breakfast | The Orphan Queen | Review

Thursday, April 16, 2015


Title: The Orphan Queen (The Orphan Queen #1)
Author: Jodi Meadows
Release Date: March 10th, 2015
Genre: Fantasy
Age Group: YA
Source: Purchase

“Wilhelmina has a hundred identities.

She is a princess. When the Indigo Kingdom conquered her homeland, Wilhelmina and other orphaned children of nobility were taken to Skyvale, the Indigo Kingdom’s capital. Ten years later, they are the Ospreys, experts at stealth and theft. With them, Wilhelmina means to take back her throne.

She is a spy. Wil and her best friend, Melanie, infiltrate Skyvale Palace to study their foes. They assume the identities of nobles from a wraith-fallen kingdom, but enemies fill the palace, and Melanie’s behavior grows suspicious. With Osprey missions becoming increasingly dangerous and their leader more unstable, Wil can’t trust anyone.

She is a threat. Wraith is the toxic by-product of magic, and for a century using magic has been forbidden. Still the wraith pours across the continent, reshaping the land and animals into fresh horrors. Soon it will reach the Indigo Kingdom. Wilhelmina’s magic might be the key to stopping the wraith, but if the vigilante Black Knife discovers Wil’s magic, she will vanish like all the others.”

Titanic Remembrance Day: "Dear America: Voyage on the Great Titanic" (review)

Wednesday, April 15, 2015


Title: Dear America: Voyage on the Great Titanic: The Diary of Margaret Ann Brady, R.M.S. Titanic, 1912
Author: Ellen Emerson White
Release Date: September 1998
Genre: Historical Fiction, Children’s, Diary
Age Group: 10-14
Source: Amazon
Rating: 4 1/2

“Five years ago, Margaret Ann Brady's older brother left her in the care of an orphanage and immigrated to America. When the orphanage receives an unusual request from an American woman looking for a traveling companion, Margaret's teachers agree that she is the perfect candidate to accompany Mrs. Carstairs on the TITANIC, so that once Margaret arrives in New York she will be free to join her brother in Boston. But the TITANIC is destined for tragedy, and Margaret's journey is thrown into a frozen nightmare when the ship collides with an iceberg.”


A New Spinoff By An Old Favorite (Waiting on Wednesday #94)

Weekly book Meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.



Title: A Book of Spirits and Thieves (Spirit and Thieves #1)
Author: Morghan Rhodes
Release Date: June 23rd, 2015
Genre: YA - Fantasy

“Worlds collide in this suspenseful, page-turning Falling Kingdoms spin-off series, which explores a whole new side of Mytica—and an even darker version of its magic.

Crystal Hatcher, Modern-day Toronto: It’s a normal afternoon in her father’s antique bookshop when Crys witnesses the unthinkable: her little sister Becca collapses into a coma after becoming mesmerized by a mysterious book written in an unrecognizable language.

Maddox Corso, Ancient Mytica: Maddox Corso doesn’t think much of it when he spots an unfamiliar girl in his small village. Until, that is, he realizes that she is a spirit, and he is the only one who can see or hear her. Her name is Becca Hatcher, and she needs Maddox to help get her home.

Farrell Grayson, Modern-day Toronto: Rich and aimless Farrell Grayson is thrilled when the mysterious leader of the ultra-secret Hawkspeare Society invites him into the fold. But when he learns exactly what he has to do to prove himself, Farrell starts to question everything he thought he knew about family, loyalty, and himself….

Fate has brought these young people together, but ancient magic threatens to rip them apart.”

Top Ten Inspiring Quotes (Top Ten Tuesday #80)

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Paper Bindings - Top Ten Tuesday
A weekly book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

"Maybe our favorite quotations say more about us than about the stories and people we're quoting."
- John Green

Sunday Short #120 - New House and Ready To Read - April 12th, 2015

Sunday, April 12, 2015

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


New state, new house, new job, more bills.....just lock me in the box too.

Though I must say I do like the new house and new neighborhood. It will be nice once everything is all settled.

On the plus side, starting my new job definitely means that I get to read more and more books. Lunch hour for the win!

Silver Shadows - Is This Series Is Slipping Or Is It Just Me (review)

Friday, April 10, 2015


Title: Silver Shadows (Bloodlines #5)
Author: Richelle Mead
Release Date: July 29th, 2014
Genre: Vampires - Magic
Age Group: YA
Source: Purchased
Rating: 3 stars
“In The Fiery Heart, Sydney risked everything to follow her gut, walking a dangerous line to keep her feelings hidden from the Alchemists.
Now in the aftermath of an event that ripped their world apart, Sydney and Adrian struggle to pick up the pieces and find their way back to each other. But first, they have to survive.

For Sydney, trapped and surrounded by adversaries, life becomes a daily struggle to hold on to her identity and the memories of those she loves. Meanwhile, Adrian clings to hope in the face of those who tell him Sydney is a lost cause, but the battle proves daunting as old demons and new temptations begin to seize hold of him. . . .

Their worst fears now a chilling reality, Sydney and Adrian face their darkest hour in this heart-pounding fifth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where all bets are off.”

The Divergent Series: Insurgent (Book Club at the Movies)

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Paper Bindings | The Divergent Series: Insurgent (Book Club at the Movies)

Carrie and I went to go see Insurgent last week (after finishing Allegiant, Tracy and Stephanie refused to go see it with us) and here are some of our thoughts.

Tisha: Book: 4 stars (2012), 3 stars (2015); Film:3.5 stars
Carrie: Book: 4 stars; Film: 5 stars

Silence (Waiting on Wednesday #93)

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Weekly book Meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.


daughter of deep silence by carrie ryan
Title: Daughter of Deep Silence
Author: Carrie Ryab
Release Date: June 2nd, 2015
Genre: YA - Thriller - Contemporary
“I’m the daughter of murdered parents.
I’m the friend of a dead girl.
I’m the lover of my enemy.
And I will have my revenge.

In the wake of the devastating destruction of the luxury yacht Persephone, just three souls remain to tell its story—and two of them are lying. Only Frances Mace knows the terrifying truth, and she’ll stop at nothing to avenge the murders of everyone she held dear. Even if it means taking down the boy she loves and possibly losing herself in the process.

Sharp and incisive, Daughter of Deep Silence by bestselling author Carrie Ryan is a deliciously smart revenge thriller that examines perceptions of identity, love, and the lengths to which one girl is willing to go when she thinks she has nothing to lose.”

Top Ten Characters You'd Like To Check In With (Top Ten #77)

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Paper Bindings - Top Ten Characters You'd Like To Check In With (Top Ten #77)

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



This week's theme is the Top Ten : Characters You'd Like To Check In With

This has been defined to me as: The book or series is over and you so just wish you could peek in on the "life" you imagine they are leading years down the line after the story ends

Sunday Short #119 - April 5th, 2015

Sunday, April 5, 2015

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

If I don't reply to something, chances are I'm trapped in a moving vehicle or buried under a pile of boxes. Send help in the form of a swoonworthy, dashing, and available gentleman bringing gifts of fudge and books. Grapes and a fan is totally optional, of course.

A Darker Shade of Magic | Review

Friday, April 3, 2015


Title: A Darker Shade of Magic (A Darker Shade of Magic #1)
Author: V.E. Schwab
Release Date: February 24th, 2015
Genre: Fantasy
Age Group: YA or older
Source: Purchased
Rating: 5 Stars
“Kell is one of the last Travelers—rare magicians who choose a parallel universe to visit.

Grey London is dirty, boring, lacks magic, ruled by mad King George. Red London is where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London is ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. People fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. Once there was Black London - but no one speaks of that now.

Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell smuggles for those willing to pay for even a glimpse of a world they’ll never see. This dangerous hobby sets him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a dangerous enemy, then forces him to another world for her 'proper adventure'.
But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive — trickier than they hoped.”

The Witch Hunter (Waiting on Wednesday #92)

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Weekly book Meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.


The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker
Title: The Witch Hunter (The Witch Hunter #1)
Author: Virginia Boecker
Release Date: June 2nd, 2015
Genre: ya- paranormal - magic

“Elizabeth Grey is one of the king's best witch hunters, devoted to rooting out witchcraft and doling out justice. When she's accused of being a witch herself, Elizabeth is arrested and sentenced to die at the stake. Salvation comes from a man she thought was her enemy. Nicholas Perevil, the most powerful wizard in the kingdom, offers her a deal: he will save her from execution if she can track down the person who laid a deadly curse on him.

As she's thrust into the world of witches, ghosts, pirates, and all-too-handsome healers, Elizabeth is forced to redefine her ideas of right and wrong, of friends and enemies, and of love and hate.”

The Month of Chaos - March Recap

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

March was *cries*

Why?

I am never moving again. It's too much work and not enough time to read.