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Saturday, October 25, 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:
A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird, #1)
currently reading
source: harper teen via edelweiss

Last Week on the blog:

It's not you: It's me: DNF Chasing Power by Sarah Beth Durst

Sacrifice (Elemental, #5)
source: netgalley
Wide Awake
source: free online (twilight fan fic)
My week: Katie, my first grader, has been tracked out so we've had a full week. We went to the kids museum, the mall, shopping, chickfila, and spending time outside.

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?
Also, feel free to link up your blog and mailbox post.

Giveaway and Interview: Exclusive $25 Amazon Gift card and Grim Crush by S.L. Bynum

Grim Crush by S.L. Bynum

1. Do not interfere with someone’s death.
2. Do not become emotionally involved.
3. Do not show yourself to the living.
As a grim reaper, seventeen-year-old Xia has to follow these Rules. But when she meets Shilah, a Native American boy who can see reapers, she figures the rules don’t apply. To find out why he can see her, she pretends to be human, since carrying a scythe probably isn’t the latest teen craze. Things become unnerving as she begins experiencing first-time affection with Shilah, but she’s irreversibly drawn to him. Suddenly Xia finds herself breaking Rule Two, even while collecting dead souls behind Shilah’s back. It isn’t long before she is caught red-handed by the Angel of Death himself, and then not only is her relationship at risk, but also Shilah’s soul. And this leaves Xia wondering: can love overcome Death?

Author Bio: S. L. Bynum knew she had a creative imagination as a kid, when she would make her beanie babies go on the craziest adventures. She fell in love with writing at the age of twelve, when she wrote a rendition of The Three Little Pigs for her little brother’s homework assignment. She realized she wanted a career as an author at the age of sixteen, and when she’s not working on that dream, she works in a clothing store. S. L. Bynum is twenty-four now and besides books, she loves desserts, fashion, dancing (when she’s alone), warm weather, and playing video games. She lives in Greensboro, North Carolina with her family.

--The Twitter version: tell us about your book in 140 characters or less. Xia, a seventeen-year-old grim reaper, won’t let even Death stand in her way as she breaks the Rules of Reaping by falling for a human boy.

--How did you get the idea for the story?
I remember reading a Terry Pratchett novel featuring a grim reaper character, and I started thinking, what if a grim reaper wasn’t the usual stereotype? What if it was female instead of male, and wore a dress instead of a black robe? And then I liked the idea of a female grim reaper falling in love with a human, and I was like “This would be a paranormal romance novel. And paranormal romance is very popular these days. Plus mine is different from the usual human girl meets sexy vampire/shapeshifter/werewolf novels. I will tell the story from the non-human’s point-of-view.” So I wrote it.

--Which character would you most like to have dinner with? Probably my main character’s love interest, Shilah. Because he’s so hot! (And he has a sweet personality too.)

--Do you have any other works in progress? Any teasers or release dates? If all goes well, hopefully the Grim Crush sequel will be out next year!

--What are some of your favorite books? Do you still have much time to read? I will always have time to read. However, I do a lot of writing-related stuff, plus I have a part-time job, so it probably takes me two or three weeks to finish one book. My favorites are the Harry Potter Series, The Legend of Drizzt novels by R. A. Salvatore, the Alice books by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, and the Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini.

--If a fairy godmother said you could be put into the world of your favorite book for 24 hours, which book would you pick and why?
Probably one of the Harry Potter books, so I can fly on a broom and cast spells with a wand!

--If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
Flying. I would love to travel around the world without paying for gas or an airplane ticket.

--Besides writing, what do you like to do in your free time?
Dance to music alone. I’m kind of nervous to do it around other people. I also love being outside, when it’s warm out. I probably watch too many TV shows as well.

--What is one thing you would tell your 15 year old self? When that guy you like asks you to the prom, don’t be shy. Say yes.

--Is there anything else you want to add or say to your readers?
I love making new friends so feel free to message me on Twitter or Facebook! Twitter: @WriterSLBynum Facebook:

Lightning round: this or that?
Vanilla or chocolate? Vanilla
Video or Board Games? Video
Summer or Winter? Summer
Edward or Jacob? Jacob
Salty or sweet? Sweet
Beach or mountains? Beach
Phone call or email? Email
Early bird or night owl? Night Owl
Dog or cat? Dog

Ninjas or pirates? Pirates

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Friday, October 24, 2014

It's not you: It's me: DNF Chasing Power by Sarah Beth Durst

Chasing Power
Chasing Power by Sarah Beth Durst

Lies, secrets, and magic — three things that define Kayla's life.
Sixteen-year-old Kayla plans to spend her summer hanging out on the beach in Santa Barbara and stealing whatever she wants, whenever she wants it. Born with the ability to move things with her mind — things like credit cards, diamond rings, and buttons on cash registers — she has become a master shoplifter. She steals to build up a safety net, enough money for her and her mom to be able to flee if her dad finds them again. Well, that, and the thrill of using her secret talents.
But her summer plans change when she's caught stealing by a boy named Daniel — a boy who needs her help and is willing to blackmail her to get it. Daniel has a talent of his own. He can teleport, appearing anywhere in the world in an instant, but he lies as easily as he travels. Together, they embark on a quest to find and steal an ancient incantation, written on three indestructible stones and hidden millennia ago, all to rescue Daniel's kidnapped mother. But Kayla has no idea that this rescue mission will lead back to her own family — and to betrayals that she may not be able to forgive... or survive.
Publishes in US: October 14th 2014 by Bloomsbury
Genre: YA fantasy
Source: Netgalley
Series? not sure

Buy it: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | The Book Depository

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Stopped at 4%
    I wrote a post about negative reviews, and how I don't review if I don't finish, and a very wise blogger pointed out that knowing what a blogger doesn't like can be valuable to publishers and authors too. I think that it also helps my readers build trust that I am not just slapping good ratings on everything I read. I have a knack for picking what I will lack based on synopsis and reviews, but that even fails. Then another blogger mentioned she did a did not finish post and I thought it was a great idea. So, here we go:

I didn't connect with the main character. I guess that I should have paid closer attention to the synopsis but it starts out with shameless stealing for no reason than to impress friends and I just couldn't get farther than that. Even with the appearance of said boy who would be the romantic interest.

    That isn't to say that the writing is poor or the characters are poorly constructed, it's personal on my end.

Positive reviews:
All Things UF

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Review: Sacrifice by Brigid Kemmerer

Sacrifice (Elemental, #5)
Sacrifice (Elemental #5) by Brigid Kemmerer

Earth. Fire. Air. Water.
One misstep and they lose it all. For the last time.
Michael Merrick understands pressure. He's the only parent his three brothers have had for years. His power to control Earth could kill someone if he miscalculates. Now an Elemental Guide has it in for his family, and he's all that stands in the way.
His girlfriend, Hannah, understands pressure too. She's got a child of her own, and a job as a firefighter that could put her life in danger at any moment.
But there are people who have had enough of Michael's defiance, his family's 'bad luck'. Before he knows it, Michael's enemies have turned into the Merricks' enemies, and they're armed for war.
They're not interested in surrender. But Michael isn't the white flag type anyway. Everything is set for the final showdown.
Four elements, one family. Will they hold together, or be torn apart?


Publishes in US: September 30th 2014 by Kensington Teen
Genre: YA paranormal
Source: Netgalley
Series? Yes. Elemental #5
My review of previous
#1 Storm
#2 Spark
#3 Spirit
#4 Secret
Novellas: Fearless and Breathless  1.5 and 2.5

Buy it: Amazon Barnes & Noble IndieBound Book Depository

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   I wanted to read Sacrifice because I have loved getting to know the Merrick brothers in this series. They all have their own personalities and stories as well as girls that they are in love with. But as brothers there is always the element of family and the fact that Michael helped hold them together as the oldest after their parent passed. The paranormal magic in this one is also neat, learning about each brother and Hunter's powers and how they work together. There has always been someone to oppose them though, which has added plenty of tension and action to the stories. 

   It was nice getting back to the world and into the head of Michael. He shoulders such a load because he has taken over guardianship of his brothers, and he wants to be a good role model for them and be there for them. In this book his livelihood, his home and sense of security in a lot of ways is ripped from him. He becomes a suspect in fires and other disasters that center around him, and I feel so much for him. He has to keep their powers a secret, and there are lots of things pointing at him as a possibility because of his and his brother's elemental powers. 

   We also get the point of view of Hannah, Mike's girlfriend. She has her son, and she's a fire fighter. Her dad is the marshal, so there is plenty of pressure on her in a male dominated work environment and such shoes to fill. Then as Michael is under investigation she believes to much in his innocence but has to admit that the obvious signs are pointing to his involvement. I liked her strength and loyalty as well as her responsibility. he has a son and she tries so hard to be a good mom to him even though she had him earlier in life than most. 

   While I liked Michael and how much he is willing to do to protect his brothers and to be there for everyone. He is fiercely loyal and has so much that should be so drool worthy, this wasn't my favorite of the Merrick books. I did like his connection with Hunter and how we get to learn more about him. There is also a surprise ally that was neat to get his perspective and how much he stepped up. There was a lack of his other brothers though. They weren't on the scene as much and even though there was a lot of Michael and he learned to accept some help after so much trying to be strong. 

    I totally wasn't prepared for it to end where it did, because my kindle told me there was still a good 30% left, but it is the novellas included. So, yes, I did like where this one stopped and how things were resolved for now, I just was surprised and geared up for more. 

Bottom Line: Solid book moving the action and plot along.

My question to you, my lovely readers:
Have you ever been in charge of a sibling?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday, WoW

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. I also feature books that may have already released, but I am anxiously waiting to read.

This week, I'm featuring:
The Orphan Queen (The Orphan Queen, #1)
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

Jodi Meadows introduces a vivid new fantasy full of intrigue, romance, dangerous magic, and one girl’s battle to reclaim her place in the world.

Releases: March 10th 2015 by Katherine Tegen Books

What are you waiting on?