[HAUL] June Book Haul!





What did I say? What did I say. I obviously have no self control whatsoever. Clearly. Most of these books I bought super cheap from the yard sale that I volunteer at every year. This year I had the luck of working at the book tent (MUAHAHAHA). I only spent $11 CAD on the first stack of books and spent $22 on the bottom stack in celebration of graduation. I am really hoping for a small stack of books in July and maybe one in August. Oh geez.

The books i got this month are:

  • To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny
  • The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling
  • The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith
  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by John LeCarré 
  • The Program by Suzanne Young
  • Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  • Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
  • Eragon by Christopher Paolini 
  • The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa
  • Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
  • The Shadow Society by Marie Rutkoski 
And obviously I have stories of most of these books as always.

I've read TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD as part of an English course and I adored the book, but I didn't have a copy. I was planning on getting it, but when I saw this copy at the sale, I obviously had to pick it up. It's a really pretty 50th Anniversary edition too! 

I honestly don't know too much about what BURY YOUR DEAD is about, I just read the back and saw that it was a crime novel set in Quebec, Canada and I knew that it would probably be interesting, so I stuck it in the bag. The yard sale was selling books for whatever you can fit into a bag for $6 at the end. I went home and looked this book up and it's something like the sixth in a series? Woops. 

I do own a copy of THE PHILOSOPHER'S STONE but it's so majorly wrecked. I don't even know what happened to it. It's all waterlogged and falling apart. I grabbed this the moment I saw this book being put on the table. I needed to replace my old, dying copy. And thankfully now I do. 

Costco has some majorly cheap books man. It's so tempting all the time! THE CUCKOO'S CALLING was being sold at Costco for $10 CAD and I couldn't resist. It's a crime novel written by J.K. Rowling. Seriously. How can I resist? Luckily enough my parents got it for me since I was there with them and I didn't have to pay for it myself. (Huzzah!) 

You might be saying, Ri. You already have a review up of THE PROGRAM by Suzanne Young. Why are you getting another copy? That's because I don't have a copy. I read it on PulseIt, a website that Simon and Schuster run and sometimes let you read their books for free on it. This book was on Chapters/Indigo for $5 and since I loved it I thought, why not? (Psssst. I love you Chapters/Indigo. Don't die on me like Borders did in the States.) 

I'm interested in highlander books and seeing as OUTLANDER is pretty much the most well known highlander book and how much people love this series, I really wanted to check it out. So I managed to find the entire series at the yard sale, but I didn't want to grab all seven(?) books. So I grabbed the first two. The second, DRAGONFLY IN AMBER, just in case I loved Outlander as I'm expecting to. 

So anyways, I hope that I manage to follow my goals for the next two months so I don't end up with an even bigger TBR pile than I already do. *sigh*

Happy Reading, y'all
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Plagued by past mistakes in both love and life, Quinn Bardot is in a bad place. With nowhere else to turn, she escapes to LA clinging to the promise of a fresh start.

Chase Crowley is known for being selfish and unbelievably persistent. All he's ever wanted is to become a successful actor. But now that he is about to have it all, he finds that something is still missing. Money and fame isn't what he expected.
Suddenly the two of them are thrown into a situation that neither is prepared for. Can Quinn extinguish her fears and let Chase in? Can Chase learn to put someone else's needs before his own?

Sometimes fate has other plans, even if it is the last thing you want.

(This is a New Adult Romance novel & contains language & adult situations. Not recommended for readers younger than 17)

***The Last Thing is a stand alone book with NO cliff hanger ending. It is book one in the series.***

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Briana Gaitan grew up in the South, but calls herself a geek at heart. She is a blogger,author,and fangirl who loves Star Wars, Star Trek, and Jewelry (bet you never thought you'd hear those three things in a sentence together) For fun, she loves watching any show on the SyFy channel, relaxing with her family, reading, and listening to indie music (sometimes all at the same time). Briana loves to write stories where there are no limits to the imagination.
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[Character Love] Daemon Black from the Lux Series


Character Love is a feature that I created to share the characters that I love every Saturday!

So this week's Character Love is Daemon Black from the Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I might seriously be in love with him. Also, I feel as if this is slowly turning into a book boyfriend feature. Ah well.

Anyways, my headcanon for Daemon is obviously Pepe Toth. How can he not be Daemon?


Pepe is the cover model for the Lux series books and the cover model for Kat is his fiance! Also, he's a professional soccer player!!!

Anyways, Daemon is snarky as all hell and just as hot. I love his character and how hilarious he is, even if at times he's a total ass to Katy. He's so sweet to Katy too and he's so incredibly loyal. I love him so much and want a Daemon of my own, since Daemon belongs to Katy. Ah well.
"Do you think you could stop me? I'll burn down the world to save her."

"Me and Katy look adorkable in extraterrestrial highway shirts. You would just look stupid. You can thank me later."

"What can I say? It's my sparkling personality."

"There’s a McDonald’s down the street. We’ll get you a Happy Meal. Maybe that’ll make you happier."

"As you can see, I don't look like a giant insect. Or . . . sparkle. . . Or a lumpy little creature, which I find offensive by the way."

"My lips change lives, baby." 
What a bae. Also, can you see why I want my own Daemon Black? Mmmmm. He's the quintessential JLA male character: snarky, oh so hot, and protective. Mmm.

If you've somehow been living under a rock and haven't read the Lux series, here's the synopsis of the first book

Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I'd pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring... until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something... unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon's touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I'm getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don't kill him first, that is.

Happy Reading!
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[Recap] The Festival of Trees!



So a couple weeks ago, I had the chance to go down to the Festival of Trees in Toronto with my school. The Festival of Trees is basically a celebration of Canadian literature for kids. There are several levels, like Red Maple for middle grade books, Silver Birch for young primary school children and White Pine for YA books. This event isn't free, it's fifteen dollars for entry, I think?

It was my first time going down to do this, since last year the trip for our school got cancelled because there weren't enough people.



So the first order of business after we arrived was to attend the White Pine award ceremony. There are representatives of both fiction and non-fiction books here, though non-fiction nominees only happen once every three years. One of the more notable nominees for this year's White Pine Fiction awards, was SERAPHINA by Rachel Hartman, though she was unable to attend the event.


Ms. Lisa Harrington won the White Pine award for Fiction for her book, LIVE TO TELL! I wasn't particularly rooting for anybody, as at the time I hadn't read any of the books yet.

The main reason I wanted to go to the Festival of Trees, was because MELISSA MARR and KELLEY ARMSTRONG were going to be there because ODIN'S RAVENS was nominated for the Red Maple award. I brought my copy of SEA OF SHADOWS and INK EXCHANGE and I lined up to get them signed . . . but I didn't.

The line was SO LONG. It was ridiculous. I had to leave and get on the bus before I could get my books signed, and they couldn't stay that long either, because I think they were flying down to the RT BookLovers convention down in New Orleans for the next day. So I was really sad that I couldn't get my books signed, but oh well.



And if you are somehow able to read the writing in this picture, please do.  I read it and it was absolutely HILARIOUS. It's one of those create your own story things with different people adding on. You can see that there's another one beside it, but this one was by far the funniest.

All in all, the event was fun. There were some activities that you could do to get a ticket and trade it in for a book. I saw people walking away with THE DARKEST MINDS and a Percy Jackson book. I didn't know about this until I had to leave, so oh well. I doubt I'll be going to this event again, because next year I'll be in University and it'll be really weird for a university child to be going. Maybe if I volunteer. Oh well.

Happy Reading!
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[Waiting On Wednesday] #O9: The Fire Artist by Daisy Whitney



Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

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Title: The Fire Artist

Author: Daisy Whitney

Series: N/A

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Release Date: October 14th 2014
Synopsis:
A forbidden romance literally heats up in this new fantasy from acclaimed author Daisy Whitney.

Aria is an elemental artist—she creates fire from her hands. But her power is not natural. She steals it from lightning. It’s dangerous and illegal in her world. When she’s recruited to perform, she seizes the chance to get away from her family. But her power is fading too fast to keep stealing from the sky. She has no choice but to turn to a Granter—a modern day genie. She gets one wish at an extremely high price. Aria’s willing to take a chance, but then she falls in love with the Granter . . . and he wants his freedom. Aria must decide what she’s willing to bargain and how much her own heart, body, and soul are worth.

In a world where the sport of elemental powers is the most popular form of entertainment, readers will be swept away by a romance with stakes higher than life and death.
This sounds absolutely incredible and so freaking great. I really need this book in my life ASAP, but then again I've been saying that a lot for a lot of fantasy. I really want to read ALL the books this summer, but also have a job to buy all these new releases in the new school year. Hahaha. Oh geez. But this magic system sounds so interesting and refreshing. I really cannot wait. Did you also know I tend to be a sucker for forbidden romance stories? I love them. I really love them.

Happy Reading!
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[Review] Immortal Beloved by Cate Tiernan


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Title: Immortal Beloved

Author: Cate Tiernan

Series: Immortal Beloved #1

Publisher: Little, Brown Books

Get it here: Indigo Amazon BookDepository

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Synopsis:

Nastasya has spent the last century living as a spoiled, drugged-out party girl. She feels nothing and cares for no one. But when she witnesses her best friend, a Dark Immortal, torture a human, she realizes something's got to change. She seeks refuge at a rehab for wayward immortals, where she meets the gorgeous, undeniably sexy Reyn, who seems inexplicably linked to her past.

Nastasya finally begins to deal with life, and even feels safe--until the night she learns that someone wants her dead.

Cate Tiernan, author of the popular Sweep series, returns with an engaging story of a timeless struggle and inescapable romance, the first book in a stunning new fantasy trilogy.


[Character Love] Wesley Ayers from The Archived series!


Character Love is a feature that I created to share the characters that I love every Saturday!

This week's CHARACTER LOVE is Wesley Ayers from The Archived series by Victoria Schwab. God do I love Wesley. He's so sassy and hilarious and lovely and swoon-worthy. I love him. I love him and his sass. Can I get my own Wesley? Also he wear's guyliner. I'm pretty sure in my The Archived Review, I mentioned that I used to (and sometimes still do) have a thing for guyliner?

Anyways, my headcanon for Wesley is . . . I don't have one. I can't find a picture of a man that I can truly envision as my beloved Wesley is perfection and I just. . . I just can't. Love him to pieces!
“It takes at least three assassination attempts to scare me off. And even then, if there are baked goods involved, I might come back.”

"It's a shame they do that," he says, thumbing through the pages. "Requirement ruins even the best of books.”

“You know,” he says, “for someone who doesn’t like touching people, you keep finding ways to put your hands on me.”

“We’re a team, Mac. You don’t go committing a crime without your partner in crime. Besides if I’d been with you, we probably wouldn’t have been caught. I could have stood at the door and made wild bird sounds or something when the cops came back. And if we did get caught, our mug shots would look fabulous.”
Wesley is just all around hot. I love him so hard and I need more of him in my life, which is why I'm waiting and hoping on The Archived book #3. I JUST NEED MORE WESLEY IN MY LIFE.

ANYWAYS. If you haven't read The Archived, here's the synopsis:


Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books.

Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.

Da first brought Mackenzie Bishop here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now Da is dead, and Mac has grown into what she once was, a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often—violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves, and she knows fear for what it is: a useful tool for staying alive.

Being a Keeper isn’t just dangerous—it’s a constant reminder of those Mac has lost. Da’s death was hard enough, but now her little brother is gone too. Mac starts to wonder about the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. And yet, someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself might crumble and fall.

In this haunting, richly imagined novel, Victoria Schwab reveals the thin lines between past and present, love and pain, trust and deceit, unbearable loss and hard-won redemption.
Who's your Character Love? Leave it down in the comments. :) 

Happy Reading!
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[Waiting On Wednesday] #O8: Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick



Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

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Title: Black Ice

Author: Becca Fitzpatrick

Series: N/A 

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Release Date: October 7th 2014

Synopsis:
Sometimes danger is hard to see... until it’s too late.

Britt Pfeiffer has trained to backpack the Teton Range, but she isn't prepared when her ex-boyfriend, who still haunts her every thought, wants to join her. Before Britt can explore her feelings for Calvin, an unexpected blizzard forces her to seek shelter in a remote cabin, accepting the hospitality of its two very handsome occupants—but these men are fugitives, and they take her hostage.

In exchange for her life, Britt agrees to guide the men off the mountain. As they set off, Britt knows she must stay alive long enough for Calvin to find her. The task is made even more complicated when Britt finds chilling evidence of a series of murders that have taken place there... and in uncovering this, she may become the killer’s next target.

But nothing is as it seems in the mountains, and everyone is keeping secrets, including Mason, one of her kidnappers. His kindness is confusing Britt. Is he an enemy? Or an ally?

BLACK ICE is New York Times bestselling author Becca Fitzpatrick’s riveting romantic thriller set against the treacherous backdrop of the mountains of Wyoming. Falling in love should never be this dangerous…
Have I mentioned I love crime shows already? This sounds like an incredible thriller! I cannot even. I devour all the crime shows and all the crime stories. Also, my blog is named after my two loves, in French, Winter and Coffee. So also, the snow and ice attracts me as well.

I own the first three books in her Hush Hush series and I read the first one a loooooong time ago and I aim to marathon those three books in the summer. :)

Happy Reading!
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Life update!

Hey all! This is my first life update on this blog. Like. Ever.

But anyways, this week is exams for me and I'll be taking a little time off to concentrate on studying and making sure I make the necessary grades to stay in my university program.

I might decided to post some content on my blog this week, depending on how I'm feeling. I'll probably still be on twitter, because that's kind of unavoidable. And you can always find me on my instagram or on my tumblr.

So yeah. I NEED TO STUDY. I'm so mathed out right now I cannot even. Also. I never want to play battleship like ever again. I am so done.

I have a calc&vectors exam on wednesday (in which I do not feel prepared), comsci on thursday and writer's craft & religion exams on friday. Fun stuff. And then I graduate next Thursday! And I also have to finish the yearbook by next friday. I'm the senior editor, so ya know. Need to get all those pages compiled!

All in all, Ri is taking a little hiatus for the rest of this week unless you want to find me on the twitters.

Happy Reading and Happy studying! 
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[Review] BZRK by Michael Grant


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Title: BZRK

Author: Michael Grant

Series: BZRK #1

Publisher: Egmont USA

Source: Library
Synopsis:
Set in the near future, BZRK is the story of a war for control of the human mind. Charles and Benjamin Armstrong, conjoined twins and owners of the Armstrong Fancy Gifts Corporation, have a goal: to turn the world into their vision of utopia. No wars, no conflict, no hunger. And no free will. Opposing them is a guerrilla group of teens, code name BZRK, who are fighting to protect the right to be messed up, to be human. This is no ordinary war, though. Weapons are deployed on the nano-level. The battleground is the human brain. And there are no stalemates here: It’s victory . . . or madness.

BZRK unfolds with hurricane force around core themes of conspiracy and mystery, insanity and changing realities, engagement and empowerment, and the larger impact of personal choice. Which side would you choose? How far would you go to win?


[Character Love] Penryn from the Angelfall series


Character Love is a feature that I created to share the characters that I love every Saturday!

So the character that I've chosen to feature in my very first CHARACTER LOVE feature is Penryn from the Angelfall series!

My personal fancast for Penryn is the absolutely stunning, Emily Rudd!

(image taken from Emily Rudd's tumblr)

I absolutely love Penryn! She's so kickass and she's got that sass that I love in all characters. And though Emily does have that innocent look, I think that Penryn's got that "looks can be deceiving" thing about her down.

Angelfall makes me laugh out loud with Penryn's sass, and also her kickass-ness. So here are some of her more memorable moments, whether they were about her kickass-ness or her incredible sass.
"In the long second before everyone absorbs what just happened, I see the angel rolling his eyes heavenward, like a teenager in the presence of overwhelming lameness. Some people just have no sense of gratitude."

"I've never killed anyone before. What frightens me isn't that I'm killing someone. What frightens me is how easy it is."

"'Oh.My. God.' I lower my voice, having forgotten to whisper. 'You are nothing but a bird with an attitude. Okay, so you have a few muscles, I'll grant you that. But you know, a bird is nothing but a barely evolved lizard. That's all you are.'"

"Either he's shaken by something or he's falling off the wagon hard and fast. Great. Just my luck to be partnered with an alcoholic angel." 
All of these quotes are from ANGELFALL and not the sequel, WORLD AFTER. I love Penryn so hard and I really cannot wait for the next book in the series!

For those who have yet to read ANGELFALL, Here's some info on it!


It's been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels' stronghold in San Francisco where she'll risk everything to rescue her sister and he'll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

Recommended for ages 16 and up.
Who is your Character Love? Leave it in the comments below!


Happy Reading!

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[Review] Contact by Laurisa White Reyes


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Title: Contact

Author: Laurisa White Reyes

Series: N/A

Publisher: Hallowed Ink Press

Release Date: June 23rd 2014

Get it Here: Amazon

GoodReads Page

Source: e-ARC via NetGalley
Synopsis:

It takes only half a second…

…Like those commercials where a crash test dummy rockets forward at high speed and slams into a wall.

…In that instant, every thought in Emma Lynn Walsh’s head collides with mine—every thought, memory, hope, disappointment and dream.

…I open my eyes to see Dr. Walsh peering at me, a puzzled expression on her face.

“Let—go—of—me,” I order though clenched teeth.

Mira wants to die. She’s attempted suicide twice already, and failed. Every time she comes in contact with another person, skin to skin, that person’s psyche uploads into hers. While her psychologist considers this a gift, for Mira, it’s a curse from which she cannot escape.

To make matters worse, Mira’s father is being investigated in the deaths of several volunteer test subjects of a miracle drug. Shortly after Mira’s mother starts asking questions, she ends up in a coma. Although her father claims it was an accident, thanks to her “condition” Mira knows the truth…but proving it just might get her killed!

4.5 snowflakes out of five!

I received an e-ARC from Hallowed Ink Press via Netgalley for an honest review. This fact in no shape or form affects my review. Except for the existence of the review itself. I received no compensation for this review in any way.This is my honest opinion of the work.

[Waiting On Wednesday] #O7: Even in Paradise by Chelsey Philpot



Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

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Title: Even in Paradise

Author: Chelsey Philpot

Series: N/A

Publisher: Harper Collins

Release Date: October 14th 2014

GoodReads Page
Synopsis:
When Julia Buchanan enrolls at St. Anne’s at the beginning of junior year, Charlotte Ryder already knows all about the former senator’s daughter. Most people do... or think they do.

Charlotte certainly never expects she’ll be Julia’s friend. But almost immediately, she is drawn into the larger than-life-new girl’s world—a world of midnight rendezvous, dazzling parties, palatial vacation homes, and fizzy champagne cocktails. And then Charlotte meets, and begins falling for, Julia’s handsome older brother, Sebastian.

But behind her self-assured smiles and toasts to the future, Charlotte soon realizes that Julia is still suffering from a tragedy. A tragedy that the Buchanan family has kept hidden … until now.
This sounds really interesting and as more of a summer read rather than a fall one, but whatever. The cover is absolutely gorgeous and I'm in a really contemporary mood right now since it's summer and stuff.

The synopsis sounds very mysterious and interesting, a little reminiscent of the mystery and the "rich white people problems"-esque drama of WE WERE LIARS. I doubt that it will be able to match the drama and lyricism of it though.

From what I've glanced at of the reviews from people who were lucky enough to read ARCs of it, it's Gatsby-esque? I've never read The Great Gatsby though I probably should because so many people say it's their favourite classic. Mine just happens to be TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD.


Anyways, Happy reading!
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[Review] In The Shadows by Kiersten White and Jim Di Bartolo


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Title: In The Shadows

Author: Kiersten White and Art by Jim Di Bartolo

Series: N/A

Publisher: Scholastics

Pages: Hardcover, 384 pages

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Synopsis:From the remarkable imagination of acclaimed artist Jim Di Bartolo and the exquisite pen of bestselling author Kiersten White comes a spellbinding story of love, mystery, and dark conspiracy, told in an alternating narrative of words and pictures.

Cora and Minnie are sisters living in a small, stifling town where strange and mysterious things occur. Their mother runs the local boarding house. Their father is gone. The woman up the hill may or may not be a witch.

Thomas and Charles are brothers who’ve been exiled to the boarding house so Thomas can tame his ways and Charles can fight an illness that is killing him with increasing speed. Their family history is one of sorrow and guilt. They think they can escape from it . . . but they can’t.


Four out of five snowflakes!

This ARC was provided to me by Andye at ReadingTeen in exchange for a review. I was not compensated in any way and it does not affect my review whatsoever except for the existence of this review.

[Review] Carnelian by B. Kristin McMichael



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Title: Carnelian

Author: B. Kristin McMichael

Series: The Chalcedony Chronicles #1

Publisher: Lexia Press

Release Date: February 1st 2014

Get it HereIndigo IndieBound Amazon

Source: e-ARC via NetGalley
Synopsis:
Everyone has a past, but for most it isn’t as long ago as Seth Sangre. His past is literally thousands of years ago. Seth’s life led him to the present seeking something that might help him save his country from destruction. He has been in the present for over three years now and just found exactly what he has been looking for.

Mari had dreams that college will be a fresh start, one where she would start over and not fall for the good looking player like high school. Unfortunately for her, that’s exactly what ends up falling into her lap on the first day she moves into the dorms. Now she has to hold to her promise to herself and not fall for the handsome Seth. But he doesn’t plan to make it easy for her. Seth has already marked her as his next conquest. As the semester progresses, Mari learns that Seth might just have a life of his own that’s actually from the past. Suddenly Mari finds her future along with her past put into question. She’s connected to Seth far more than she ever wanted to be and maybe the player isn’t who she thought he was. If Mari can trust her heart enough to follow him, Seth will lead Mari on an adventure of a lifetime and reveal family secrets she never knew existed


I received an e-ARC from Lexia Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This fact in no shape or form affects my review. Except for the existence of the review itself. I received no compensation for this review in any way.This is my honest opinion of the work.

[Review] Tic Tac Tome by Willy Yonkers


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Title: Tic Tac Tome

Author: Willy Yonkers

Publisher: Quirk Books

Release Date: June 10th 2014

Get it Here: BookDepository Indigo B&N

Source: Quirk Books.
Synopsis:

Think you’re pretty smart? Turn the pages to play your moves and watch as Tic Tac Tome beats you forward, backward, and diagonally. Tic Tac Tome features more than 1,400 pages, hundreds of draws and losses, and just one way for a clever reader to win. No apps, batteries, or touch screens required—Tic Tac Tome is powered by good old-fashioned book smarts. It’s deceptively simple, endlessly addictive, and (nearly) impossible to defeat. Complete with introduction and FAQs for the unfamiliar and unsure, Tic Tac Tome is the smartest book you’ll ever cross.


I received an early copy from Quirk Books in exchange for an honest review. This fact in no shape or form affects my review. Except for the existence of the review itself. I received no compensation for this review in any way.This is my honest opinion of the work.

[Waiting on Wednesday] #O6 The Young Elites by Marie Lu



Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

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Title: The Young Elites

Author: Marie Lu

Series: The Young Elites #1

Release Date: October 7th 2014

Format: All

GoodReads Page
Synopsis:

I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.

Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.

It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.
*screams* This book is toted as Assassin's Creed meets X-Men meets Game of Thrones. Can I just? This book sounds incredibly fantasy and like I have said several times before. I need fantasy in my life. The synopsis sounds incredible and in my mind, the synopsis is giving me the vibe of Grave Mercy by Rachel Lafevers meets Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas meets Game of Thrones. Anyways, the inspiration for this book has heavy influences from couture fashion and Venetian ornate-ness. If you haven't seen Marie Lu's pinterest inspiration board for this book, you can find it here. IT LOOKS SO BEAUTIFUL. Ugh.

A preview of the first chapter of The Young Elites has been released and you can find it here.

Happy Reading!
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[Blog Tour] Coin Heist by Elisa Ludwig!!



I love the graphics for this book so much. Ugh <3

Anyways, if you read my blog, you would already know that I did a review for this book already here. But if you don't, then here is some info on the book, COIN HEIST by ELISA LUDWIG.

The last place you’d expect to find a team of criminals is at a prestigious Philadelphia prep school. But on a class trip to the U.S. Mint—which prints a million new coins every 30 minutes—an overlooked security flaw becomes far too tempting for a small group of students to ignore.

United by dire circumstances, these unlikely allies—the slacker, the nerd, the athlete, and the “perfect” student—band together to attempt the impossible: rob the U.S. Mint. The diverse crew is forced to confront their true beliefs about each other and themselves as they do the wrong thing for the right reasons. Told from the revolving perspectives of four teens, each with their own motive for committing a crime that could change all of their lives for the better—that is, if they can pull it off.


Sounds cool right? I love heist stories so much and this was really no exception! It's toted as a story that's The Breakfast Club meets Ocean's Eleven (both things that I love), and this book really does have both those elements in it!

So before we get to the good stuff, here's some information that you should know:

This book will be free to download on iBooks and Amazon from June 7th to 9th. You can spread the word on twitter using the hashtag: #StealThisBook

Also, there will be a twitter chat with Elisa Ludwig on June 8th @ 8PM EST hosted by Mary at BookHounds, otherwise known on twitter as @maryinhb

Anyways! Into the good stuff! Here's a sneak peek from COIN HEIST by ELISA LUDWIG: 


Eight: BENNY

My advisor Mrs. Diamond rushed into homeroom like a white lady tornado, right in the middle of video announcements. She was usually just there, waiting for all of us to file in, like it was her house or something, and we were her guests. Now she brushed past our desks, her jacket swishing.
“Sorry, everyone. Sorry I’m late.”
Grumbles. It was too early for more than a grumble.
Meanwhile, on the smart board screen, two kids in ties who were way more awake than the rest of us talked about the weather.
Thirty-one degrees today with a chance of snow… kinda mediocre. Davis? Back to you.
It’s like that now, Cody, so get used to it.
It was like that now. Mediocre all over. The video announcements used to be a full half hour and now it took about five minutes. No more sports announcements, ’cause no teams were playing. No plays. No pep rallies or meetings or events. Not even the nerdy guy talking about Science Club. I hadn’t realized how much I liked watching that little dude until now.
Mrs. Diamond set her bags down on her desk and went about taking attendance, mumbling names to herself as she went. When she got to mine, which was the last one, of course, (Y's represent!) she looked up. “There you are. Benny, I need to talk to you. Do you have a moment?”
“Sure,” I said, a little worried but glad to have a reason to get out of my seat. Now that the announcements were over, the rest of homeroom was usually just sitting around alone and listening to everyone else gossip. Talking about their weekends and how much beer they drank and who hooked up with who. Stuff I didn’t need to know, because I didn’t know any of these people.
Mrs. Diamond was pushing sixty and she had dyed blond hair cut real short. I slouched up to her desk and waited to see what kind of trouble I was in, but then she looked up at me with a smile that made me even more nervous. The last time an old lady smiled at me like that was when my grandmom took me shopping at the end of the summer and told the salesperson at Kohls that I needed nice school clothes.
“Benny, I just had a meeting with the bursar’s office, and I'm afraid I have some… uhh… unfortunate news. They said that with everything that’s happened, they’re having trouble making ends meet for the financial aid program next year.”
“But I’m—I'm on scholarship,” I blurted out. It was meant to be a secret. The teachers knew, but supposedly no one else did.
Now her smile faded some. “The future of the D.M. Jamison athletic scholarship is unclear, actually. We lost that money in the, um, situation.”
Situation? Sounded more like a big hustle to me. “What about the other scholarship I got, from the state?”
“That was only five percent of your funding. You can keep it, but it’s not going to be enough.”
Goddamn. Was she for real? They were getting rid of my money now? They could do that to me, basically the only poor kid here? “Is there another scholarship I can apply for?”
“You should talk about it with the bursar. It’s too late for next year. The state deadlines were in January.”
“What the hell?” I didn’t mean to curse in front of a teacher, but I was freaking out. How would I break the news to my grandmom, after everything we did to get me here? She’d start crying, talking about my poor mom, her terrible story. How they came over from Mexico when she was a teenager, how she started working as a mushroom picker to help make ends meet. How she met my dad around the way, and they had me when she was too young. How she got an injury on the job and started popping pills because they wouldn’t send her to the doctor. How she OD’ed three months later. How my dad was deported back to the D.R., leaving me with my grandparents. I was four years old and I’d lived with them ever since. Corazoncito, my job is to protect you, my grandmom would say. And your job is to make us proud.
No, this would crush her into pieces. I had to graduate from HF, be the first in my family to go to college, actually have a career instead of a job. They were depending on me. “What am I supposed to do? I’ve been busting my butt trying to keep up my GPA. I had a great season.”
“I honestly don’t know, Benny. I’m trying to get more information. You’re not the only one in this situation.”
“I’m the only kid bussed in from North Philly.”
“There are plenty of others, from other neighborhoods, kids who needed a little help to be here. They’ll be in the same boat.”
I knew who she was talking about. Secret or no, all you had to do was look closely. A Chinese kid whose parents owned a restaurant in East Falls. A girl with a single mom from Conshohocken. Another guy whose parents lost some money in the stock market. He was from the mean streets of Ardmore. Ardmore. They had a Porsche dealership in that town. All of these people were rich compared to me, and they all lived in clean safe neighborhoods. Besides, even if they weren’t, pretty much, we were all screwed.
“I’ll let you know what I find out, okay?” She gave me a wink and my head spun with rage. Don’t get cutesy with me. This is my life we’re talking about. My one break.
If there was no money, I’d be back at Jansen. I’d be back with my homies, yeah, but I’d have no future. Might as well shoot me, because my life was over anyway.


Later, as we filed into art class, Rankin handed back our Mint projects. I’d made a blueprint of the production floor we'd seen on our field trip, with all the machines and everything. I'd been pretty proud of it—we had only spent an hour there, but I'd been able to recreate the entire place from memory. On my paper was a pink Post-It note—Rankin didn’t like writing on our “work”—with a red C. A stinking C? Under it he wrote, This is a great rendering, Benny, but next time, try to use your imagination.
It was the first C I’d gotten at HF, and it was one more slap in the face.
I didn’t need my imagination, I wanted to tell him. I was a mechanic, and I could fix a car in my sleep. Nothing imaginary about that. And by the way? All of this art stuff was bullshit.
But what did it matter now? I was leaving. I’d never see any of these people again. Maybe that was for the best.
Instead of relief, though, I was just worried. I still had no idea how I was going to tell my grandparents. Maybe if I waited long enough, the school would call and do it for me. Even then, they’d still be devastated. This was their dream—they were getting old and they didn’t have much else—and it was about to be smashed.
I sank down in the first empty seat I saw and stared into space, thinking. If Rankin thought I was gonna pay attention to his lectures about lines and fonts now, he was crazy. I could barely even enjoy looking at Dakota, I was so low. You know times are desperate when a girl in tight jeans can’t fix it.
“I don’t think that would work,” whispered this little girl with glasses sitting next to me. She was tiny, looked like she was twelve or something, and she always had some crazy hat on. I’d seen her around the halls, but we didn’t have any other classes together. I think her name was Alicia, or Alice, or something. “You’d need at least three people. One to work remotely, and two for the haul. And, to be frank, I don’t understand why you’re so obsessed with this.”
The guy she was huddled with was the headmaster’s kid. Jason. He shrugged. “I just think it’s interesting that it could be done. I think there’s potential there.”
“Potential for what?” she asked quietly.
“I don’t know. To get some money, funds, for whatever we need.”
My ears perked up.
“You’re serious,” she said. She was smiling this funny half-smile.
Were they talking about pulling some job? Something illegal? These two? That was hi-larious.
“It’s a victimless crime,” he said. “No one will lose anything, because that money wouldn’t technically exist. It’s not really stealing—it’s more like adapting it for our needs.”
“But isn’t that what fundraising is for?”
“Yeah, well, it’s worse than you think,” he said. “What’s happening here. I happen to know some stuff, and it doesn’t look good.”
Her voice dropped to an even lower whisper, but I could still hear her. “So you’re saying you want to try it. For real. The Mint. For HF.”
Time to make myself known. “So what’s the scheme?”
They both whipped their heads around guiltily. The headmaster's kid grimaced, his mouth a tight little line. “No scheme. I’m kidding,” he said. “It’s a joke. Ha.”
“You sounded pretty real to me,” I said.
He looked surprised, maybe because I was Invisible Man and they hadn’t even realized I was there. I probably should have just kept quiet, because now they were both freezing up.
“It’s a hypothetical situation,” the girl said. “We’re just talking it through. Like role-playing?”
“Okay, well, if it’s just hypothetical, then let me role-play, too.” I’ll admit I was mostly testing them, to see how far they were gonna take it. I was willing to bet this skinny kid was all talk. But the other chick, Alice, was staring at him with her big eyes. Super-serious.
“Yeah?” Jason said, checking me out. “And what can you do? You’d need to have some skills. Alice’s really good at hacking. I’m good at leading and planning.”
I thought about it for a moment. “I can fix cars. Or anything mechanical, really.”
“Huh.” He looked doubtful.
My eyes traveled around the room and locked on Dakota, who was standing nearby, wearing these sexy-ass boots. Was she listening in, too? Nah, she was probably just deep in thought about her project.
“And IDs,” I added. “I can make any kind of ID.” I’d been doing that for years around the neighborhood. You might think it was for buying booze, but it was actually to help kids that already had a record. The police were always coming through and stopping people and some of these guys just wanted to avoid more trouble. A new identity would do that for you.
Alice’s eyes lit up. “That could help, Jason. We could use IDs.”
So maybe it was a game, like one of those things kids did with the magic cards or some shiz, but it was fun. Rankin left us alone to work on our next project so we spent the rest of the period talking about it, the ins and outs. Who would do what, and how it would all work.
As we kept going I started to think: Maybe, if we could get enough money to save this school, they’d bring back my scholarship, and I could stay here next year and go to college like my grandparents wanted me to. Then someday, I could open my own business and make enough money to pay them back for all they’d done for me. Maybe even buy my grandparents some things they needed, like a new fridge, railings on the stairs. And a new AC unit. Send my dad in the D.R. a cut.
It was the best time I ever had in any class at HF. To the point that by the time the bell rang and we grabbed our stuff for the next class, and Jason asked if we wanted to meet at lunch the next day, I actually said I would.
And then I was out in the hallway, head spinning. It was a game, wasn’t it?

If it wasn’t, what the hell did I just agree to?


Oooooooo. Things are about to get interesting! The next exclusive excerpt will be posted on BookHounds tommorrow!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Elisa always knew she wanted to be a writer, when she was nine, she founded her own newspaper, The Elisa Bulletin, which she printed on her dot matrix computer and sold for 10 cents. She covered a range of stories from the Rubik Cube trend to reviews of Duran Duran albums. Her focus changed when she took a creative writing course in college and she was able to hone her craft of “making stuff up”. During a workshop, the author Julia Glass recognized Elisa’s innate ability to channel the teen experience and suggested she write YA. Since then, she’s never looked back and couldn’t be happier. Aside from writing, Elisa enjoys making ice cream, biking, Cape Cod, Scrabble, and flea markets. She lives outside Philadelphia, PA. For more information on Elisa and her books visit: http://www.elisaludwig.com


And as always, happy reading!
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