The High Ratings of 2015 (Top Ten Tuesday #90)

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

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



This week's theme is the Top Ten Books I've Read So Far In 2015:

the orphan queen by jodi meadowsA Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwablion heart by ac gaughen



01. The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows - One of my most anticipated books of 2015 and it lived up to all it's promise. Meeting Jodi and attending The Orphan Queen launch event at Books of Wonder was a plus. - review -
02. A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab - I'll be honest here, I didn't hear much about this book until a few months before release. But when I had heard convinced me I needed to buy this book. And they weren't wrong. -review-

03. Lion Heart by AC Gaughen - I really love the tale of Robin Hood, so I had to check this series out. (Okay, so I delayed for a long while....but I had my reasons.) I quickly feel for this series and I really loved the final installment. - review-

It Has Been A While Since I've Done One Of These (The Eh Files)

Monday, June 29, 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:
* Enchanted Castle by Chrissy Peebles - 2/5 stars

The Week I Took A Chisel To My TBR - Sunday Post #131 - June 28th, 2015

Sunday, June 28, 2015

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


In one day I read or marked as DNF five books. I am pretty pleased with this accomplishment.

It might seem like nothing to you, but I am working on going through all my books and ebooks and cleaning up house so to speak. I finally feel like I am making a dent in my massive owned TBR pile.

Quiet. Gentle. Awesomeness... Emmy & Oliver (review)

Saturday, June 27, 2015



Title: Emmy & Oliver
Author: Robin Benway
Release Date: June 23, 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genre: YA
“Emmy’s best friend, Oliver, reappears after being kidnapped by his father ten years ago. Emmy hopes to pick up their relationship right where it left off. Are they destined to be together? Or has fate irreparably driven them apart?

Emmy just wants to be in charge of her own life...

She wants to stay out late, surf her favorite beach—go anywhere without her parents’ relentless worrying. But Emmy’s parents can’t seem to let her grow up—not since the day Oliver disappeared.

Oliver needs a moment to figure out his heart...

He’d thought, all these years, that his dad was the good guy. He never knew that it was his father who kidnapped him and kept him on the run. Discovering it, and finding himself returned to his old hometown, all at once, has his heart racing and his thoughts swirling.

Emmy and Oliver were going to be best friends forever, or maybe even more, before their futures were ripped apart. In Emmy’s soul, despite the space and time between them, their connection has never been severed. But is their story still written in the stars? Or are their hearts like the pieces of two different puzzles—impossible to fit together?

Readers who love Sarah Dessen will tear through these pages with hearts in throats as Emmy and Oliver struggle to face the messy, confusing consequences of Oliver’s father’s crime. Full of romance, coming-of-age emotion, and heartache, these two equally compelling characters create an unforgettable story.”


In Which The World Gets Better But The Plot Disappoints Me - The Invasion of The Tearling (review)

Thursday, June 25, 2015


the invasion of the tearling by erika johansen
Title:The Invasion of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling #2)
Author: Erika Johansen
Release Date: June 9th 2015
Publisher: HarperCollins
“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.”



Finally a New Diviners Book (Waiting on Wednesday #104)

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Weekly book Meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.


Paper Bindings - Waiting on Wednesday - Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray
Title: Lair of Dreams (Diviners #2)
Author: Libba Bray
Release Date: August 25, 2015
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Genre: YA, Historical, Mystery


“After a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title, "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities... Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer?”


The Week I Ran From Raptor Cats - Sunday Post #130 - June 21st, 2015

Sunday, June 21, 2015

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


It may not look like it from my number of posts, but I've gotten a lot done behind the scenes. However most of my review posts are not for a while yet, but we have some fun discussions coming your way sooner. And some secret things.

So yeah, be on the look out for that.

In personal news, I've finally beaten Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel game.
Go me.

It Was The End But Was It Perfect | The Ruby Circle | Review

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Paper Bindings - The Ruby Circle (Bloodlines #6) by Richelle Mead
Title: The Ruby Circle (Bloodlines #6)
Author: Richelle Mead
Release Date: February 10th, 2015
Publisher: Razorbill
“THEY WILL BE TESTED

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets - and human lives.

Their forbidden romance exposed, Sydney and Adrian find themselves facing the wrath of both the Alchemists and the Moroi in this electrifying conclusion to Richelle Mead’s bestselling Bloodlines series.

When the life of someone they both love is put on the line, Sydney risks everything to hunt down a deadly former nemesis. Meanwhile, she and Adrian becomes enmeshed in a puzzle that could hold the key to a shocking secret about spirit magic, a secret that could shake the entire Moroi world and alter their lives forever.

Don't miss their unforgettable final chapter...

LOVE WILL CONQUER ALL.”




I Cannot Believe I Am Saying This But... The 100 (review)

Friday, June 19, 2015


Title: The 100
Author: Kass Morgan
Release Date: August 2013
Publisher: Little Brown and Company

“NO ONE HAS SET FOOT ON EARTH IN CENTURIES - UNTIL NOW.

Ever since a devastating nuclear war, humanity has lived on spaceships far above Earth's radioactive surface. Now, one hundred juvenile delinquents - considered expendable by society - are being sent on a dangerous mission: to recolonize the planet. It could be their second chance at life... or it could be a suicide mission.

Clark was arrested for treason, though she's haunted by the memory of what she really did. Wells, the chancellor's son, came to Earth for the girl he loves - but will she ever forgive him? Reckless Bellamy fought his way onto the transport pod to protect his sister, the other half of the only pair of siblings in the universe. And Glass managed to escape back onto the ship, only to find that life there is just as dangerous as she feared it would be on Earth.

Confronted with a savage land and haunted by secrets from their pasts, the hundred must fight to survive. They were never meant to be heroes, but they may be mankind's last hope”



All You Had to Say was Gilded Age (Waiting on Wednesday #103)

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Weekly book Meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.


Paper Bindings - Waiting on Wednesday - These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly
Title: These Shallow Graves
Author: Jennifer Donnelly
Release Date: October 27, 2015
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Genre: YA, Historical

“Set in gilded age New York, These Shallow Graves follows the story of Josephine Montfort, an American aristocrat. Jo lives a life of old-money ease. Not much is expected of her other than to look good and marry well. But when her father dies due to an accidental gunshot, the gilding on Jo’s world starts to tarnish. With the help of a handsome and brash reporter, and a young medical student who moonlights in the city morgue, Jo uncovers the truth behind her father’s death and learns that if you’re going to bury the past, you’d better bury it deep.”

The Week I Wanted To Do Nothing - Sunday Post #129 - June 14th, 2015

Sunday, June 14, 2015

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


Real life wise, this week was a hard one. Going through a few things that is kind of killing my desire to do just about anything but mindless button mashing on my xbox. (There is something about the stupid comments the bandits make as you kill them on the Borderlands games that amuses me. It's not as twisted as it sounds. Been playing the Presequel game.)

Bookwise, I had a good week.

A Book To Make You Think - Path of the Heretic (review)

Saturday, June 13, 2015


Title: Path of the Heretic (The Beholder #2)
Author: Ivan Amberlake
Release Date: March 5th, 2012
Publisher: Breakwater Harbor Books
“After Emily Ethan is gone, Jason is left with too many questions unanswered. Betrayed by the one he loved and yet hurting after losing her, Jason is eager to find out what actually happened to Emily.

When he least expects it, the Darksighted return to New York City, but they are not after Jason. They seek to destroy those who may know something about where Emily can be.

The more Jason gets to know the world of Energy and Sight, the harder it is for him to belong in this world. He can’t enter the Sight when there are too many people around. And then Emily comes to his dreams and gives him clues of where to look for the answers.

The question is: should he believe her, or is it just another attempt to get him killed?”




Becoming One With Novellas | The Hidden Prince | Review

Thursday, June 11, 2015

The Hidden Prince (Orphan Queen # 0.1) by Jodi Meadows
Title: The Hidden Prince (The Orphan Queen 0.1)
Author: Jodi Meadows
Release Date: June 2nd, 2015
Publisher: Harper Teen Impulse
“The city of Skyvale is in trouble. Magic use is rampant. Crime is spreading. Told from the perspective of Tobiah, the crown prince with a dangerous secret, and set two years before the heart-racing action of The Orphan Queen, this 100-page digital novella brings to life one of Jodi Meadows's most beloved characters.

Tobiah Pierce knows he is a spoiled, sheltered prince, and he's tired of it. His only chance for freedom is if his cousin, James Rayner, passes the trials to be one of his bodyguards. But when Tobiah takes a rare opportunity to escape a courtly celebration and he witnesses a horrible—and magical—crime, he must make a momentous decision: return to the ignorance and comfort of the palace, or risk everything to discover the truth?

The Hidden Prince is the first of four prequel novellas that offer existing fans a deeper insight into a favorite character and the complex city of Skyvale, while new readers will find a stunning introduction to this rich world and the heart-pounding fantasy of the Orphan Queen series.”




Scout Grows Up (Watiting on Wednesday #102)

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Weekly book Meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.


Paper Bindings - Waiting on Wednesday - Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee
Title: Go Set a Watchman
Author: Harper Lee
Release Date: July 14, 2015
Publisher: Harper

“Originally written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman was the novel Harper Lee first submitted to her publishers before To Kill a Mockingbird. Assumed to have been lost, the manuscript was discovered in late 2014… Go Set a Watchman features many of the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird some twenty years later. Returning home to Maycomb to visit her father, Jean Louise Finch—Scout—struggles with issues both personal and political, involving Atticus, society, and the small Alabama town that shaped her… Exploring how the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird are adjusting to the turbulent events transforming mid-1950s America, Go Set a Watchman casts a fascinating new light on Harper Lee’s enduring classic. Moving, funny and compelling, it stands as a magnificent novel in its own right.”


Ghost Man Walking Or Can You Only Live Twice? - "Noggin" Review

Monday, June 8, 2015



Title: Noggin
Author: John Corey Whaley
Release Date: April 8, 2014
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
"Travis Coates has a good head…on someone else’s shoulders. A touching, hilarious, and wholly original coming-of-age story from John Corey Whaley, author of the Printz and Morris Award–winning Where Things Come Back.
Listen—Travis Coates was alive once and then he wasn’t. Now he’s alive again. Simple as that.
The in between part is still a little fuzzy, but Travis can tell you that, at some point or another, his head got chopped off and shoved into a freezer in Denver, Colorado. Five years later, it was reattached to some other guy’s body, and well, here he is. Despite all logic, he’s still sixteen, but everything and everyone around him has changed. That includes his bedroom, his parents, his best friend, and his girlfriend. Or maybe she’s not his girlfriend anymore? That’s a bit fuzzy too.
Looks like if the new Travis and the old Travis are ever going to find a way to exist together, there are going to be a few more scars.
Oh well, you only live twice.”




Welcome Back Reality - Sunday Post #128 - June 7th, 2015

Sunday, June 7, 2015

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



Well, I've survived my first week back from my BEAcation. It's always hard getting back into the daily motions when you've spent time doing nothing but what you've wanted to do.

My Feelings Are A Bit Complex Over This One - A Court Of Thorns And Roses (review)

Saturday, June 6, 2015



Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Release Date: May 4th, 2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury
“When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.”



After much thought...


The Highs and Lows of our BEAcation (BEA - BookCon Recap)

Friday, June 5, 2015

Paper Bindings - BEA and BookCon 2015 recap

Not only was last week the great Book Expo America (BEA) / BookCon week, it was also the first time my co-bloggers and I got to hang out in months. (Miss you guys already!) There were laughs, there were tears, and one horrible day I don’t wish to talk about but I will because ya’ll asked for a recap of our adventures.

This post will be long and image heavy, so you are warned.

If you’re feeling a tad stalkerish, err…curious, I tried to use the #BEAcation on my twitter/instagram posts.

(Color guide: Carrie // Tisha // Tracy // Stephanie))


Cursed and In Heels, She's Ready To Run - Spelled ( ARC review)

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Paper Bindings - Spelled by Betsy Schow
Title: Spelled
Author: Betsy Schow
Release Date: June 2nd 2015


Fairy Tale Survival Rule #32: If you find yourself at the mercy of a wicked witch, sing a romantic ballad and wait for your Prince Charming to save the day.

Yeah, no thanks. Dorthea is completely princed out. Sure being the crown princess of Emerald has its perks—like Glenda Original ball gowns and Hans Christian Louboutin heels. But a forced marriage to the brooding prince Kato is so not what Dorthea had in mind for her enchanted future.

Talk about unhappily ever after.

Trying to fix her prince problem by wishing on a (cursed) star royally backfires, leaving the kingdom in chaos and her parents stuck in some place called "Kansas." Now it's up to Dorthea and her pixed off prince to find the mysterious Wizard of Oz and undo the curse...before it releases the wickedest witch of all and spells The End for the world of Story.”

'Finding Carter', but in Book Form (Waiting on Wednesday # 101)

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Weekly book Meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.


Paper Bindings - Waiting on Wednesday - Emmy and Oliver by Robin Benway
Title: Emmy & Oliver
Author: Robin Benway
Release Date: June 23, 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genre: YA

“Emmy’s best friend, Oliver, reappears after being kidnapped by his father ten years ago. Emmy hopes to pick up their relationship right where it left off. Are they destined to be together? Or has fate irreparably driven them apart? Emmy just wants to be in charge of her own life... She wants to stay out late, surf her favorite beach—go anywhere without her parents’ relentless worrying. But Emmy’s parents can’t seem to let her grow up—not since the day Oliver disappeared. Oliver needs a moment to figure out his heart... He’d thought, all these years, that his dad was the good guy. He never knew that it was his father who kidnapped him and kept him on the run. Discovering it, and finding himself returned to his old hometown, all at once, has his heart racing and his thoughts swirling. Emmy and Oliver were going to be best friends forever, or maybe even more, before their futures were ripped apart. In Emmy’s soul, despite the space and time between them, their connection has never been severed. But is their story still written in the stars? Or are their hearts like the pieces of two different puzzles—impossible to fit together? Readers who love Sarah Dessen will tear through these pages with hearts in throats as Emmy and Oliver struggle to face the messy, confusing consequences of Oliver’s father’s crime. Full of romance, coming-of-age emotion, and heartache, these two equally compelling characters create an unforgettable story.”