How The Great Library Got The Better Of Me - Ink and Bone (Review)

Saturday, October 31, 2015


Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

TITLE: Ink and Bone (The Great Library #1)
AUTHOR: Rachel Caine
RELEASE DATE: July 7th, 2015
PUBLISHER: NAL - Penguin
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“In an exhilarating new series, New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine rewrites history, creating a dangerous world where the Great Library of Alexandria has survived the test of time.…

Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly—but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden.

Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the Library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family, who are involved in the thriving black market. Jess has been sent to be his family’s spy, but his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to enter the Library’s service.

When he inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life—and soon both heretics and books will burn.…”


Did Not Finish


The Parting of Words - DNF part 3 (The Eh Files)

Friday, October 30, 2015

The Eh Files - Did Not Finish (DNF) Edition - Paper Bindings

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.

The DNF Edition

I have decided this past year that I have way to many books I want to read to force myself to finish books I am not into. It has been a year of cleaning out my ereaders and taking an ax to my TBR. (Check out Part One and Part Two.)

Sometimes A Book Just Doesn't Capture Your Heart (The 'Eh' Files)

Thursday, October 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:

  • White Lion's Lady by Lara Adrian - 2/5 stars
  • Tiger's Promise (Tiger Saga #0.5) by Colleen Houck - 1/5 stars
  • No Place Like Home (Dorothy Must Die #0.1) by Danielle Paige - 2/5 stars
  • Death and The Girl He Loves (#3) by Darynda Jones - 2/5 stars


There Be Dragons Here (Waiting on Wednesday)

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Weekly book Meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.


Dragon Storm by Katie MacAlister
Title: Dragon Storm (Black Dragons #2)
Author: Katie MacAlister
Release Date: November 24th 2015
Genre: Paranormal - Romance
Publisher: Forever - Hachette

“TURN ON THE CHARM

According to some (including himself), Constantine is one of the greatest heroes of dragonkin who ever lived. Too bad he's now lonelier than ever and his biggest adventure involves a blow-up sheep—until he has an opportunity to save his kind once again. All Constantine has to do is break into a demon's dungeon, steal an ancient artifact, and reverse a deadly curse. The plan certainly does not involve rescuing a woman...

TURN UP THE HEAT

Bee isn't sure whether to be infuriated or relieved when Constantine pops up in her prison. The broody, brawny shifter lights her fire in a way no one ever has before, yet how far can she really trust him? Their chemistry may be off the charts, but when push comes to shove, Constantine will have to make a crucial choice: to save the dragons or the woman he's grown to love with fierce intensity.”

Book Club Recommends... Best Villains

Monday, October 26, 2015

Love to hate them or just hate them - villains always get some sort of gut reaction. Here are a few of our favorites that we would recommend:

"I can make bad things happen to people who annoy me. I can make them hurt if I want to."
-Voldemort, Harry Potter series

Take A Moment To Smell The Changes In The Air - October 12th through October 25th, 2015 Recap

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Your guide to what's happening at Paper Bindings.

If you look around, you might have noticed things look a bit differently. 

I'll be frank here, October is a bittersweet month for me. On one hand it is home to my favorite holiday and favorite season. On the other, there are a few days this month that bring to the forefront of my mind some rather depressing and emotional losses of my life. 

Therefore, I may be easily stressed and prone to bouts of crying. Especially around the anniversaries of my loved ones deaths.

Why Yes I'll Take A Side Of Swoon With My Danger - Dark Heart Of Magic (ARC Review)

Saturday, October 24, 2015


Dark Heart of Magic by Jennifer Estep

TITLE: Dark Heart of Magic (Black Blade #2)
AUTHOR: Jennifer Estep
RELEASE DATE: October 27th 2015
PUBLISHER: Kensington
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“Something Wicked This Way Comes...

As a thief, I stick to the shadows as much as possible. But when the head of the Sinclair Family picks me to compete in the Tournament of Blades, there's no escaping the spotlight—or the danger.

Even though he's my competition, Devon Sinclair thinks I have the best shot at winning what's supposed to be a friendly contest. But when the competitors start having mysterious "accidents," it looks like someone will do anything to win—no matter who they hurt.

As if I didn't have enough to worry about, mobster Victor Draconi is plotting against Devon and the rest of my friends, and someone's going around Cloudburst Falls murdering monsters. One thing's for sure. Sometimes, humans can be more monstrous than anything else...”



It's My Blogoversary And I'll Cry If I Want To

Friday, October 23, 2015

Paper Bindings - 3 Year Blogoversary - It's My Blogoversary And I'll Cry If I Want To
It's my party and I'll cry if I want to, cry if I want to....you would cry tears of joy too if you made it three years in the blogging  world.

This Past Year Was A Rush

This past year was a hard one in some regards.

I'd fallen into a rut blogging wise and spent a long time struggling how to get out of it. It wasn't so much that I disliked blogging, but rather thinking of my up coming blogoversary depressed me.

I Want To Run Wild With Wolves - An Apprentice To Elves (Review)

Thursday, October 22, 2015


An Apprentice to Elves by Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear

TITLE: An Apprentice to Elves (Iskryne World #3)
AUTHOR: Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear
RELEASE DATE: October 13th 2015
PUBLISHER: Tor
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“Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear return with the third book in their Iskryne trilogy, An Apprentice to Elves. The trilogy began with A Companion to Wolves, and continued in The Tempering of Men. This novel picks up the story of Alfgyfa, a young woman who has been raised in the Wolfhall by her father, Isolfr.

The warrior culture of Iskryne forbids many things to women—and most especially it forbids them bonding to one of the giant telepathic trelwolves. But as her father was no ordinary boy, Alfgyfa is no ordinary girl. Her father has long planned to send his daughter to Tin, a matriarch among the elves who live nearby, to be both apprentice and ambassador, and now she is of age to go.”



3 1/2 Stars Rounded Up

I'm All In This Week (Waiting on Wednesday)

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Weekly book Meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.

Waiting on all in by jennifer lynn barnes
Title: All In (The Naturals #3)
Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Release Date: November 3rd 2015
Genre: Contemporary
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion


“Three casinos. Three bodies. Three days.

After a string of brutal murders in Las Vegas, Cassie Hobbes and the Naturals are called in to investigate. But even with the team's unique profiling talents, these murders seem baffling: unlike many serial killers, this one uses different methods every time. All of the victims were killed in public, yet the killer does not show up on any tape. And each victim has a string of numbers tattooed on their wrist. Hidden in the numbers is a code—and the closer the Naturals come to unraveling the mystery, the more perilous the case becomes.

Meanwhile, Cassie is dealing with an equally dangerous and much more painful mystery. For the first time in years, there's been a break in her mother's case. As personal issues and tensions between the team mount, Cassie and the Naturals will be faced with impossible odds—and impossible choices.”

Top Ten Tuesday: Genie in a Bottle

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Paper Bindings | Top Ten Tuesday: Genie in a Bottle
A weekly book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week's theme is the Top Ten: Wishes I'd ask the Book Genie to grant me!

01. Now, genies traditionally only allow for three wishes, so I'll start by wishing for 7 extra wishes! This of course, totally breaks all of the established rules on genie etiquette, but for the purposes of this list (and perhaps because book genies can only effect the realm of books and therefore are more lenient on the whole 3 WISHES ONLY rule) the genie totally allows it!

Book Club Recommends: Books about World War One

Monday, October 19, 2015

Paper Bindings | Book Club Recommends: Books about World War One

WWI: The war to end all wars that, obviously, didn't actually end all wars. Sad, but true. WWI did, however, created some really good literature (both written during and based on it) that our Book Club will happily recommend to you!

What Would Dot Do? - State Of Grace (Review)

Sunday, October 18, 2015


State of Grace by Hilary Badger

TITLE: State of Grace
AUTHOR: Hilary Badger
RELEASE DATE: September 1st 2015
PUBLISHER: Switch Press
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“Ever since she was created, Wren has lived in an idyllic garden with her friends. Wren's deity Dot ensures the trees are laden with fruit and the water in the lagoon is crystal clear. Wren and her friends have everything they could possibly need right there, in Dot's Paradise.

If only Wren could stop the strange, disturbing visions she's started having. Do these visions make her less worthy of Dot's love? And what does Blaze, the most beautiful and mysterious of Dot's creations, know about what's going on in Wren's head?

Wren is desperate to feel Dot's love, just like everyone else. But that's harder than ever when a creation she's never met before arrives in the garden. He claims to be from outside and brings with him words and ideas that make Wren's brain hurt.

Gradually Wren and Blaze uncover the truth: they're part of a clinical trial of an ominous drug called Grace.

And as she deals with this disturbing knowledge, Wren confronts a horrific secret from her past. Now she must decide whether to return to the comforting delusion of faith or fight for the right to face the very ugly truth.”


All I Want For My Birthday Is Tobiah | The Glowing Knight | Review

Saturday, October 17, 2015


The Glowing Knight by Jodi Meadows

Title: The Glowing Knight (The Orphan Queen 0.2)
Author: Jodi Meadows
Release Date: September 1st, 2015
Publisher: Epic Reads - Harper Teen

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“Skyvale faces problems worse than anyone realizes. Secrets are building. Enemies are everywhere. 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 is ready to break free of his princely role—he's sick of the bodyguards that always trail him and is uncertain about the new girl at court, Meredith Corcoran, who his parents keep pushing toward him. When Tobiah's beloved tutor seems to be embroiled in a dangerous situation deep within the city, Tobiah jumps on the opportunity to throw off the royal restrictions and chase after him. But what happens in the narrow alleys and shadowy corners proves he doesn't know anything about the people he cares about—or the city he must one day rule.

The Glowing Knight is the second 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.”



Everybody Wants to be a Queen: A One True Pairing

Thursday, October 15, 2015

once upon a dream books - OTP - Your One True Pairing
Weekly book Meme hosted by Wonder Struck


Title: The Other Queen
Author: Philippa Gregory
OTP: King Francis II of France and Mary, Queen of Scots

The Fate Of My Love's Future Hangs In The Balance - The Burning Hand (Waiting on Wednesday)

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Weekly book Meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.


Waiting on Wednesday - The Burning Hand (The Orphan Queen #0.3) by Jodi Meadows
Title: The Burning Hand (The Orphan Queen 0.3)
Author: Jodi Meadows
Release Date: December 1st 2015
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: HarperCollins - Harper Teen Impulse
“The city of Skyvale's problems have reached the palace. 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 is no longer simply a prince. He wanted to be more and do more after he watched his tutor's brutal murder and uncovered a plot that threatens the safety of Skyvale. With the help of his cousin, James, and the guidance of a girl who knows her way around the city's rooftops, Tobiah is gaining confidence in his new role. He can no longer be just a witness to the evils occurring in his city, but is he willing to risk his reputation—and maybe even his life—to make things right?

The Burning Hand is the third 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.”

Dynamic Duos: The Top Ten Authors We'd Love to See Write a Book Together

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Paper Bindings | Dynamic Duos: The Top Ten Authors We'd Love to See Write a Book Together
A weekly book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.


This week's theme is the Top Ten : The Top Ten Authors we would love to see write a book together!

In other words: if we, as readers, could create a dream team to write us the most spectacular entertaining amazing brilliant book ever written, who would we choose?

The Week Of Happenings and Feels - Sunday Post #146 - October 11th, 2015

Sunday, October 11, 2015

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


I think I'm coming out of my video game cycle and falling back into a reading one. Figures since I just bought 4 new games. (Well, four new used games. I'd die if I spent that much money on video games.)

Which means I should get back into my normal reading habits. 

The Time I Fell Into A Paranormal Romance Trap - A Few Midnight Breed Books (Mini Reviews)

Friday, October 9, 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:

Ashes of Midnight (Midnight Breed #6) by Lara Adrian - 3/5
* Shades of Midnight (Midnight Breed #7) by Lara Adrian - 4/5
* Taken by Midnight (Midnight Breed #8) by Lara Adrian - 4/5

Rules of Seduction (ARC review)

Thursday, October 8, 2015



Title: Rules of Seduction
Author: Jenna Mullins
Release Date: April 21, 2015
Publisher: The Studio, a Paper Lantern Lit import
Source: NetGalley
Synopsis:
“The first rule of seduction is: don’t fall in love.

Fresh out of college, Dani Young heads for the LA sun to chase her dream of becoming a screenwriter-director. So when her former BFF turned actress Elise offers Dani the opportunity to work on the hit teen show Vamp Camp, Dani can’t refuse, even if it comes at a price: Elise wants Dani to seduce her boyfriend, Vamp Camp superstar Tate Lawrence. Turns out Elise has some major trust issues, and needs Dani to test Tate’s faith. The only rule: don’t fall in love with him.

Sure, Dani doesn’t mind occasionally glimpsing Tate’s megawatt smile…or accidentally-on-purpose brushing up against his perfect torso…but she’s no fool. There’s no way she’d ever fall for a shallow celebrity and no way one would fall for her, a lanky movie nerd.

But amidst vampire-crazed fans, a conniving fellow intern, and a devilishly handsome showrunner, Dani feels like all the rules she used to know have disappeared, except for one: Love doesn’t play by the rules.

Part The Devil Wears Prada, part How To Lose a Guy in Ten Days, this story of friendship and romance is sure to appeal to fans of Stephanie Perkins, Jennifer E. Smith, and Anna Todd.”




What If The Line Separating A Hero From A Villain Did Not Exist? | Vicious | Review


Vicious by V.E. Schwab

Title: Vicious (Vicious #1)
Author: V.E. Schwab
Release Date: September 24th 2013
Publisher: Tor


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“Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong. Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?”



After Happily Ever After (Waiting on Wednesday)

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Weekly book Meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.



Title: Young Widow's Club
Author: Alexandra Coutts
Release Date: November 10, 2015
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux
For seventeen-year-old Tam, running off to marry her musician boyfriend is the ideal escape from her claustrophobic high-school life on the island, and the ultimate rebellion against her father and stepmother. But when Tam becomes a widow just weeks later, the shell-shocked teen is forced to find her way forward by going back to the life she thought she’d moved beyond—even as her struggle to deal with her grief is forcing her to reinvent herself and reach out to others in ways she never imagined.”

Confession Time! I Need To Quit These Bookish Things - Top Ten Tuesday

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Paper Bindings - Confession Time! I Need To Quit These Bookish Things - Top Ten Tuesday
A weekly book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.


This week's theme is the Top Ten Bookish Things I Have To Quit Or Want To Quit:

01. Buying Books  - I have purchased or been given *mumbles a big number* of books since I've moved. In. Six. Months. And I've only read like 5 of them. And I haven't even counted the books I've purchased over the years and haven't touched since then.

Hi, my name is Carrie and I have an addiction to buying books.

Lets Go Explore The Dark Underbelly Of New York City - These Shallow Graves (ARC Review)

Monday, October 5, 2015


These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly

Title: These Shallow Graves
Author: Jennifer Donnelly
Release Date: October 27th 2015
Publisher: Random House

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“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. ”



I've Fallen Into Storybrooke and I Cannot Leave This Town - Sunday Post # - October 4th, 2015

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Paper Bindings - Weekly Recap
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I haven't had a lot of free time, but I'll admit I've been spending a lot of it watching Once Upon A Time. This show is addicting. My sister is watching it at the same time, though she is about a season ahead of me. But it is a lot of fun rushing to catch up with her and having someone to talk about a show with. 

The More I Read The More I Am Disappointed With Series Enders And Prequel Novellas (Discussion)

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Paper Bindings | The More I Read The More I Am Disappointed With Series Enders And Prequel Novellas (Discussion)

I read a lot, and with my goal of catching up on series this year, it is no surprise that I might find a few series whose endings I am less than happy with. It's a fact of bookish life that a series will wrap up in a way that satisfies the author and not necessarily each and ever reader.

And I am okay with that. I want books that are true to the characters and to the stories they contain.

But sometimes I wonder, is it my fault when upon finishing a series with a less than stellar ending I immediately wonder why I wasted my time on it? Or is the book to blame when all I am left with is that horrible urge to toss the book from a window?

Am I Not Merciful? - Illuminae (ARC Review)

Friday, October 2, 2015


Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Title: Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1)
Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Release Date: October 20th, 2015
Publisher: Penguin Randomhouse

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“This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet's AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it's clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she'd never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.”



September's TBR Accountability and October Bookish Goals

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Paper Bindings - September's TBR Accountability and October Bookish Goals

Each month the girls here at Paper Bindings have decided to start a TBR pile goal. We will pick a few books we are hoping to get through each new month and recap how we did last month.

September was quite a month, so let's see how we did.



Goodbye Summer Hello Fall - Another Month Come And Gone - September Recap

Paper Bindings - All Things Life, Books, and Blog Monthly Recap -
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September was a mess.

Why?

Because some very stressful things occurred during this month that I'd wish never happened. My hip has been bothering me, making it highly difficult to stand for 18 hours a day for my two jobs. I had a family scare that I don't wish to speak of. 

Overall, this month has kind of sucked.

But on a more fun note, I started watching Once Upon A Time