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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Stacking the Shelves, The Sunday Post, Bought Borrowed and Bagged


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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It's a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

Bought, Borrowed, & Bagged is a weekly meme, hosted by TalkSupe, where I share with you the books I have bought, borrowed, or bagged. Link up with me here.

What I read:
Plus One
source: library
Adrenaline Crush
source: macmillan via Netgalley
Where She Went (If I Stay, #2)
source: bought
If I Stay (If I Stay, #1) by source: bought

Last Week on the blog:

In a Handful of Dust (Not a Drop to Drink, #2)
source: harper teen
The Defiant (The Forsaken #3)
source: bought
Falls the Shadow
Source: Simon Teen via Edelweiss
Positive: A Memoir
Source: Harper Teen
The Edge of You
Source: Bloomsbury via Edelweiss

My week: Good, daughter has been on better behavior, and my back and stomach from surgery is feeling better.

Giveaways:
BZRK series by Michael Grant
The Code Busters Club 1-4
 Temple Run Book Two Run for Your Life!: Doom Lagoon and Temple Run Downloaded Apptivity Book


What are you reading? Any of my books new to you or have you read any of my books? If so, what did you think?
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Sponsored Giveaway: BZRK series by Michael Grant


BZRK – giveaway is Books #1 and #2 in paperback and Book #3 in hardcover (3 books to one person)
BZRK series by Michael Grant
Ages 14 and up

BZRK
978-1-60684-418-2
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2013 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults
 “With simmering pots of sexual tension, near-nonstop action, and the threat of howling madness or brain-melting doom around every corpuscular corner, Grant’s new series is off to a breathless, bombastic start.”—Booklist, starred review

BZRK Reloaded
978-1-60684-504-2
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VOYA Best Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror 2013
 “The graphic descriptions of what the real and artificial creatures . . . Add in some discussable ideas on the ethics of human experimentation and a smart, simple explanation of the potential in nanotechnology . . . . Round out the experience with realistically unpredictable characters and blockbuster action sequences to complete this thoroughly enjoyable, incredibly disturbing story.”—VOYA, perfect 10 review

BZRK Apocalypse            
978-1-60684-408-3          
On Sale: 10/14/2014      
Hardcover
 A great choice for readers with a strong stomach, an interest in the future of biomedical technology and the essential ethical debate, or anyone willing to embark on an unnerving, frighteningly plausible thrill ride all around the globe.”—VOYA, perfect 10 review




Giveaway is for:  BZRK series by Michael Grant. (Books #1 and #2 in paperback and Book #3 in hardcover)
Open to US/Can. If under 18, must have parent's permission.
No Purchase Necessary
Open: 9/20-10/4/14
The Sponsor: Egmont
Winners will be chosen by Giveaway Tools and notified by email. They will have 48 hours to respond.
Email addresses or physical addresses or any personal information will not be sold
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Void where prohibited by law
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Sponsored Exclusive Giveaway: The Code Busters Club 1-4



The Code Busters Club –giveaway is Books #1-3 in paperback and Book #4 in hardcover (4 books to one person) 
The Code Busters Club series by Penny Warner
Ages 8-12

“[A] fun series sure to appeal to graduates of Encyclopedia Brown and Ivy & Bean.”—Shelf Awareness
“This intriguing tale has vivid characters and such a tantalizing cliffhanger that readers won't be able to resist cracking the next Code Busters.”—Kirkus Reviews

The Code Busters Club, Case #1: The Secret of the Skeleton Key
978-1-60684-390-1
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2011 Agatha Award Nominee

The Code Busters Club, Case #2: The Haunted Lighthouse
978-1-60684-455-7
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Winner of the 2012 Agatha Award

The Code Busters Club, Case #3: The Mystery of the Pirate's Treasure
978-1-60684-517-2
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2014 Agatha Award Nominee
2014 Anthony Award Nominee

The Code Busters Club, Case #4: The Mummy's Curse
978-1-60684-459-5
On Sale: 10/14/2014
Hardcover





Giveaway is for:   The Code Busters Club  giveaway is Books #1-3 in paperback and Book #4 in hardcover
Open to US/Can. If under 18, must have parent's permission.
No Purchase Necessary
Open: 9/20-10/4
The Sponsor: Egmont
Winners will be chosen by Giveaway Tools and notified by email. They will have 48 hours to respond.
Email addresses or physical addresses or any personal information will not be sold
Liability: Brandi Breathes Books is not responsible for lost or stolen packages
Brandi Breathes Books Giveaways are hosted in Holly Springs, NC USA
Void where prohibited by law
-If you win a review on your blog and/or amazon is appreciated but not required.

Sponsored Exclusive Giveaway: Temple Run Book Two Run for Your Life!: Doom Lagoon and Temple Run Downloaded Apptivity Book

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Temple Run Book One Run for Your Life!: Jungle Trek
Chase Wilder    
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On Sale: 09/23/2014      
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Temple Run Book Two Run for Your Life!: Doom Lagoon              
Chase Wilder    
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On Sale: 09/23/2014      
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Temple Run Downloaded Apptivity Book
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On-Sale: 09/23/2014      
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Temple Run Downloaded is a cool, fast, addictive mobile game, and fans can relive the excitement with this activity book shaped like a tablet. Race down ancient temple walls, along sheer cliffs, and avoid evil monkeys as you challenge your brain to solve these fun puzzles. Temple Run Downloaded includes mazes, brain teasers, puzzles, 4 gatefold pages, and 4 sticker pages, with exclusive info about this favorite game and characters. Full color illustrations throughout.


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Friday, September 19, 2014

In a Handful of Dust by Mindy McGinnis review by Brandi Breathes Books


In a Handful of Dust (Not a Drop to Drink #2) by Mindy McGinnis
The only thing bigger than the world is fear.
Lucy’s life by the pond has always been full. She has water and friends, laughter and the love of her adoptive mother, Lynn, who has made sure that Lucy’s childhood was very different from her own. Yet it seems Lucy’s future is settled already—a house, a man, children, and a water source—and anything beyond their life by the pond is beyond reach.
When disease burns through their community, the once life-saving water of the pond might be the source of what’s killing them now. Rumors of desalinization plants in California have lingered in Lynn’s mind, and the prospect of a “normal” life for Lucy sets the two of them on an epic journey west to face new dangers: hunger, mountains, deserts, betrayal, and the perils of a world so vast that Lucy fears she could be lost forever, only to disappear in a handful of dust.
In this companion to Not a Drop to Drink, Mindy McGinnis thrillingly combines the heart-swelling hope of a journey, the challenges of establishing your own place in the world, and the gripping physical danger of nature in a futuristic frontier.
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Publishes in US: September 23rd 2014 by Katherine Tegen Books
Genre: Ya dystopia
Source: Harper Teen via
Series? Not a Drop to Drink #2
My Review of #1  Not a Drop to Drink 

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    I wanted to read In a Handful of Dust since I devoured Not a Drop to Drink. Ten years have passed and Lucy is a teenager now. She is a helper and unlike Lynn she is more of a people person, wanting to be around and surrounded. So when polio wipes through the community that Lynn and Lucy had accumulated since the first book. Lynn is still mourning Eli and the others that were the first that she let in. But Lucy is so full of hope, optimism, and she has this sweet romance with Carter. 

    It is neat to see Lucy grown up and the changes that were made in their camp. But when Lucy and Carter are both suspected of being the carrier to polio, and their lack of knowledge about such diseases, both are to leave the community before anything else could happen. Lucy leaves food for Carter as they travel after seeing him, and she so wants to find answers about the disease... If they can one day have a life together if the incubation period was shorter rather than something that never went away. 

    Lucy and Lynn meet a few people on the road and while Joss always rubbed me the wrong way, I loved Fletcher. He had such a kind and generous spirit. He helps the women with their horses, and gives them more news and a traveling companion part of the way to California, where there were rumors of a desalination plant as well as electricity. This dream really settles in Lucy's heart and Lynn supports her completely and they journey to California across the plains and mountains in hope of a brighter future and a community. 

     They had their fair share of hardships from altitude sickness, to being shot at, near drownings and lack of the amount of water and food they need. But things keep working in their favor at the end. 

     So again, the writing as well as Lynn's strength of character, her fighter's spirit, along with her rock solid determination to live as well as take care of Lucy. The plot kept me riveted and I didn't want to put it down. It did have some pretty disturbing twists in a community that took them in after a particularly bad time... and they see the lengths that some will go through in order to have water to drink and feel safe. It really blew my mind and I totally couldn't believe what I was reading. 

    Lucy grew so much in this one. She went from being afraid of everything and so dependent on Lynn to a girl with a fire in her heart and okay to start standing on her own two feet with the help of community. 

     While the Lucy and Carter thread was present, romance was never front and center in these books. I was a diehard and hoped for a way for them to eventually be together. That is why I don't give it a 5 star. It just didn't give me quite what I wanted as far as romance and the ending that I would want. I think that this ended better for me than the first one, but I still wanted a bit more closure. I have a lot of hope on Lucy's end, but Lynn I am so afraid of what happened with her and her decisions. 

    If there is another in this series I will jump at the chance to read it and I would love more in this world and find out what happens next and maybe they can have the romantic ending that I wish for them. The ending is laced with a lot of hope and promises of better times for the most part. 


Bottom Line: Enjoyed their journey and Lucy's character growth.

My question to you, my lovely readers:
How are you with romances that you root for but that they never really come about?