Jun 06

Have You Seen this….#booksfortrade June Edition!

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Andi of Andi’s ABCs and Brittany of The Book Addicts Guide have this great new feature called Have You Seen This… It’s to help out bloggers searching for hard-to-find books like old ARCs and international copies. Every month there will be linky where you can link up your post for others to see on Andi’s and Brittany’s blogs.

Linky here: http://www.bookaddictsguide.com/have-you-seen-this/

MY WISH-LIST
ARCs:

  • Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
  • Splintered by A.G. Howard
  • Ensnared by A.G. Howard
  • anything by Jamie McGuire (not sure if these even exist)
  • Fever by Lauren DeStafano
  • Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Paperback, Hardcover, or ARC (for my classroom) 

  • Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
  • Charmed by Michelle Krys
  • Winners Curse by Marie Rutkoski
  • The Jewel (The Lone City, #1)  by Amy Ewing

If you have any of these that you wouldn’t mind trading, let me know! Comment below or tweet @wordsafterwards!

 

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May 25

Review: Love is Red by Sophie Jaff

4.5 Stars, Adult 0

Review: Love is Red by Sophie JaffLove is Red on May 12th, 2015
Goodreads
four-half-stars

This electrifying, addictive, and hypnotically beautiful debut spins suspense and literary fantasy into a stunning epic—the first volume in the Night Song Trilogy—ablaze with fear, mystery, and possibility.

Katherine Emerson was born to fulfill a dark prophecy centuries in the making, but she isn’t aware that this future awaits. However, there is one man who knows the truth: A killer stalking the women of New York, a monster the media dubs the “Sickle Man” because of the way he turns his victims into canvasses for his mesmerizing, twisted art.

Unleashed upon Manhattan after lying dormant for centuries, the Sickle Man kills to harvest the precious hues of his victims. As his palette grows, so too does his power. Every death brings him closer to the one color, and the one woman, he must possess at any cost.

While the city hunts the Sickle Man, Katherine must decide what to do about two men who have unexpectedly entered her life: handsome and personable David, and alluring yet aloof Sael. Though she’s becoming increasingly torn between them, how well does she really know them? And why is she suddenly plagued by disturbing visions?

Told from the alternating viewpoints of Katherine and the Sickle Man,Love Is Red is a riveting thriller that unfolds into an intense story of obsession and control, desire and fate. Katherine may not realize it yet, but with this haunting novel—as arrestingly original as Marisha Pessl’s Night Film, Patrick Süskind’s Perfume, and Lauren Beukes’s The Shining Girls—her moment of awakening is here. And soon she will find herself fighting a battle at the edges of our world, among forces more dangerous than we can possibly imagine.

LOVE IS RED by debut novelist Sophie Jaff (Harper; On Sale May 12, 2015) interweaves the literary and the supernatural, fantasy and horror, the past and the present. Its intoxicating narrative pulls you in and holds you close.

This is the blurb that I received from Harper Collins about Love is Red.  It didn’t seem like my typical read but I took the chance and I was not disappointed.  There is a dual perspective between the Sickle Man and Katherine and it was brilliant.  I will just say that the dual perspective gave me a close enough look in to the murders that I got nightmares.  I don’t usually read horror for this reason but I couldn’t put the book down.  I had to know how it was going to finish. The Sickle Man reminded me of a bad guy you would find on the show Supernatural….just plain scary.

The entire book kept me guessing; it took paths that I would have never expected it to, especially the end.  I am very glad that it is a series because there are LOTS of unanswered questions at the end.  I definitely think that might bug some readers but I am fine knowing there will be more books.

Overall, this book is a great read.  Love is Red is something really different in a really fantastic way.  The whole book just felt really original and it was a great breath of fresh air!

A big thanks to Harper Collins for sending this book my way! 

four-half-stars

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May 15

Have you seen this…..#booksfortrade

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Andi of Andi’s ABCs and Brittany of The Book Addicts Guide have this great new feature called Have You Seen This… It’s to help out bloggers searching for hard-to-find books like old ARCs and international copies. Every month there will be linky where you can link up your post for others to see on Andi’s and Brittany’s blogs.

Linky here: http://www.bookaddictsguide.com/have-you-seen-this/

 

MY WISH-LIST
ARCs:

  • Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
  • Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
  • Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
  • Court of Thorns by Sarah Maas
  • Splintered by A.G. Howard
  • Unhinged by A.G. Howard
  • Ensnared by A.G. Howard
  • anything by Jamie McGuire (not sure if these even exist)
  • Fever by Lauren DeStafano

Paperback or Hardcover

  • ANY UK Harry Potter
  • I will take anything cool to do with HP. :)
  • Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
  • Predestined (Existence Trilogy #2) by Abbi Glines

If you have any of these that you wouldn’t mind trading, let me know! Comment below or tweet @wordsafterwards!

 

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May 01

My latest reads……

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Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)I waited sooo long to read this, I checked out it from the library at least twice and ended up returning it without reading it.  I finally got into the book and man it was good.  If you loved Graceling, you will love this book! 

Beautiful Redemption (The Maddox Brothers, #2)

This book series is my guilty pleasure!  I have loved every story of Jamie McGuire has ever written! 

The Dangerous Book for Demon Slayers (Demon Slayer, #2)

Definitely a quirky book series.  I read the first one a while back and fell in love with it’s humor and story line.  It is a really easy read with a ton of action and demons! 

The Goose Girl (The Books of Bayern, #1)

Strangely enough I saw this on a BuzzFeed list and decided to give it a try.  The Goose Girl is a great fantasy story and I of course loved the connection  to the Grimm Fairy Tales! 

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Apr 30

Orenda by Ruth Silver Book Blast!!

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Orenda

Orenda Book #1

By- Ruth Silver

Genre- YA/MG Fantasy

Published By- Booktrope Publishing

 

Join forces with a parallel universe.

 

Dark forces, magical creatures, and the world Lil thought she knew collide when a dream transports her to the strange world of Orenda. Stunned and terrified, Lil comes face to face with her doppelganger, Willow, who possesses the ability to travel between the two worlds. Everything Lil knows logically says that Orenda can’t exist, but a small clue may be proof that it was more than an ordinary dream. With the threat of her sister in danger, Lil crosses dimensions but it may cost her even more than she bargained for. 

 

A sword wielding girl, the eternal suit, and a parallel universe come together in this action-packed Young Adult fantasy adventure that will keep readers of all ages turning the pages. Orenda is the first novel in the Orenda series.

 

  

 

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Apr 28

Hunted (Sinners #2) by Abi Ketner & Missy Kalicicki

Review, Reviewed by Brittany 0

Hunted (Sinners #2) by Abi Ketner & Missy KalicickiHunted on April 28th, 2015
Goodreads
four-stars

HUNTED is the electrifying sequel to the bestselling debut BRANDED, A Sinners Series, by Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki.

It’s been three months since the revolt against the Commander’s fifty-year-old regime failed.

Under a new ruler, things were supposed to change. Get better.

But can anyone really be trusted?

Lexi and Cole soon find out, as life takes an unexpected turn for the worse.

In this ever-changing world, you must hunt or be hunted.

Lives will be lost.

Dreams will be crushed.

Fears will be realized.

Secrets will be exposed.

When Cole is once again faced with losing Lexi at the hands of a monster, one encounter will change everything.

Forever.

This is one of those books that I have waited so long for and couldn’t put down the minute I started.  Abi and Missy donated Branded into my HS classroom and it has been one of the most highly checked out books!  I have multiple copies that are all dog eared and a bit loved.

Hunted started off in a hurry and didn’t let up until the very end.  If I had to sum up Hunted in a few words it would be action, suspense, and Cole.  :) I was really impressed and intrigued by all the twists and turns and I often asked myself how is this going to end, will there be any plot resolution, and please don’t kill Cole.  Abi and Missy are masters at getting your emotions involved.  They have created a believable and relatable heroine.  Much like Katniss, you learn to really care for Lexi and experience the world as she does.

Like most readers, I often wonder is the second book going to live up to the first, am I going to be let down, is it going to have second book syndrome?  Hunted was a really great second book and it definitely lived up to Branded’s expectation!  It does ends rather unexpectedly but it left me even hungrier for Liberated and there isn’t even a release date…………

four-stars

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Apr 12

Cover Reveal: Spellbinder (A Shadow Falls Novella) by C.C. Hunter

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Cover Reveal: Spellbinder (A Shadow Falls Novella) by C.C. HunterSpellbinder on June 30th 2015
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When magic, romance and family secrets collide, the result is spellbinding!

Miranda Kane has always felt like a screw up–at least when it comes to her ability to wield magic. Her only sanctuary is Shadow Falls camp, where she’s learning to harness her powers as a witch. But thanks to her shapeshifter boyfriend who called it quits and ran off to Paris, both her heart and powers feel broken.

When she unexpectedly lands a top spot in a spell casting competition in France, she flies out with her best friends Kylie and Della. But her trip takes her straight into the heart of a dangerous supernatural mystery–and a heated romance. What Miranda doesn’t expect is for her investigation to unleash shocking revelations…about herself, her family, and her arch enemy. Now Miranda must step up and show everyone that she’s a witch to be reckoned with….before it’s too late.

Notes from C.C. Hunter:

Miranda has been very patient. First, I wrote Kylie’s story. Then, I wrote Della’s. Well, I’m still writing Della’s, but Unspoken will be out later this year. All the while, Miranda has been waiting for me to write her story. She didn’t bug me about it, but I always felt her there, in the back of my mind, wondering when it would be her turn. And now, she has her very own novella! Not that Kylie and Della aren’t in it, after all, they are her best friends, but this is from Miranda’s point of view. In Spellbinder, Miranda participates in an important magic contest. But someone is bumping off the competition, and a cute blue-eyed warlock is assigned to protect her. But on the plus side, the competition is in Paris, and Kylie and Della are there to cheer Miranda on. But do you also remember who’s in Paris? Yup, Perry. And Miranda has a lot of decisions to make, and let’s just hope she survives the competition in one piece!

In Spellbinder you’ll learn:

      1.      When you play with fire, you might find things getting hotter for other reasons.

      2.      It’s possible for a girl to be kissed like she’d never been kissed and not even know who kissed her.

      3.      Magic moms are ten times worse than soccer moms.

      4.      The only thing better than going to Paris, is going to Paris with your two best friends.  Well, it would be if someone wasn’t trying to kill you.

      5.      Sometimes the people you think you know the best, aren’t at all who you thought they were.

      6 .     Some things are harder to forgive than others.

      7.      Family can work together and overpower dark magic.

      8.      If someone needs help and you ignore them, you may never forgive yourself.

      9.      While a hug doesn’t fix everything, it can be exactly what you need at the moment.

    10.   Some people are willing to kill to win.

Spellbinder is available for pre-order now at

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Spellbinder-Shadow-Falls-Novella-Hunter-ebook/dp/B00VE732LC/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1428337412&sr=1-1&keywords=spellbinder+cc+hunter

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/cc-hunter-spellbinder?keyword=cc+hunter+spellbinder&store=ebook

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/spellbinder/id981047929?mt=11

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Apr 08

Review: Sweet by Emmy Laybourne

3 Stars, Review, Reviewed by Michelle 0

SweetbyEmmyLaybourneReview: Sweet by Emmy LaybourneSweet by Emmy Laybourne
Published by Macmillan on June 2nd 2015
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drugs, Alcohol, Substance Abuse, General, Social Issues, Survival Stories, Young Adult
Pages: 288
Goodreads

The luxurious celebrity cruise launching the trendy new diet sweetener Solu should be the vacation of a lifetime. But Laurel is starting to regret accepting her friend Viv's invitation. She's already completely embarrassed herself in front of celebrity host Tom Forelli--the hottest guy ever!--and she's too sick to even try the sweetener. And that's before Viv and all the other passengers start acting really strange. Tom knows that he should be grateful for this job and the chance to shed his former-child-star image. His publicists have even set up a 'romance' with a sexy reality star. But as things on the ship start to get wild, he finds himself drawn to a different girl. And when the hosting gig turns into an expose on the shocking side effects of Solu, it's Laurel that he's determined to save. Emmy Laybourne, author of the Monument 14 trilogy, takes readers on a dream vacation in Sweet that goes first comically, then tragically, then horrifyingly, wrong!

What do I say about a book that was so bizarre that while I was… intrigued?.. and read it all the way through… when I turned the last page I simply thought..”wtf?”

Sweet starts out like a fairly normal contemporary.. and while I do not tend to enjoy too many contemporaries I found myself enjoying this one and reading about a MC who may not have been a perfect size 2 ( or whatever size you think is ideal ) She was OK with that. She grew up with a family who was very open and honest and who showed her every day that people come in all shapes and sizes and everyone will find someone who will love you for YOU. You could really tell how different she was from her best friend and through flash back stories you could tell why.

Then it starts to get…odd. addictions can become severe for sure. Addicts will fight and lose love ones just to get what they want. But when what they want more than anything is to lose weight? How far will they go.. and when will they stop?

Sweet takes addictions and weight lose to the extreme… I won’t go into the spoilers.. but it gets pretty horror story intense. I was torn between being so sucked into the drama ( I can’t help it… I love cheesy horror stories ) and shaking my head at how over the top it felt. I suppose it could be a real issue.. but my gosh I hope not.

Anywho.. if like me you like some stories a bit over the top with the horror story cheesyness maybe give it a shot! It does have a good “moral of the story” feel and the female MC was fairly relate-able … though I didn’t totally swoon at the love interest.. and the side characters were really just.. side characters.. forgettable… BUT I did finish it.. I DID want to know how it ended. so something about it got to me.

 

Reviewed by Michelle

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Mar 11

Review: Undertow by Michael Buckley

5 Stars, Review, Reviewed by Michelle 0

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Undertow by Michael BuckleyUndertow by Michael Buckley
Series: Undertow #1
Published by HMH books for young readers, Houghton Mifflin on 2015-05-05
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, General, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 384
Source: Netgalley
Goodreads
five-stars

First, we feared them. Then we fought them. Now they might be our only hope.                                                                                                                                                                                       Sixteen-year-old Lyric Walker's life is forever changed when she witnesses the arrival of 30,000 Alpha, a five-nation race of ocean-dwelling warriors, on her beach in Coney Island. The world's initial wonder and awe over the Alpha quickly turns ugly and paranoid and violent, and Lyric's small town transforms into a military zone with humans on one side and Alpha on the other. When Lyric is recruited to help the crown prince, a boy named Fathom, assimilate, she begins to fall for him. But their love is a dangerous one, and there are forces on both sides working to keep them apart. Only, what if the Alpha are not actually the enemy? What if they are in fact humanity's best chance for survival? Because the real enemy is coming. And it's more terrifying than anything the world has ever seen.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Action, suspense, and romance whirlpool dangerously in this cinematic saga!

This story was the perfect blend of wonderfully weird mixed with honest and heartbreaking reality. What I truly loved about this story that while it is a Paranormal/Fantasy story.. there are parts of it that really kick your heart back into the real world. It reminds you that just because there are crazy things going on in a paranormal aspect.. there are other characters in this world that have a life as well, and it’s not always going so well. Undertow features a side character/ best friend who has an abusive Father. I loved that there was a side character that tugged at your heart strings just as much, if not sometimes more than the MC and that it was just so… REAL.

But that’s not all I loved about Undertow by Michael Buckley.. really.. there is so much that I loved! Some may read the descriptions and think… “ooohhh.. Mermaids!” but these are NOT mermaids.. and they really don’t like being compared to them! The characters from the sea featured in this story are more like the ones you would find on the Flying Dutchman with Davy Jones ( Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead man’s chest ) They are not all very pretty. Some of them are straight up gruesome. Can you imagine going to school with someone/something like that? I’m pretty sure that just like in the book, not everyone would be rolling out the welcome wagon!

Undertow is full of intrigue and secrets waiting to be uncovered, and once those secrets are uncovered? Drama and action ensue! The story grabbed hold of me from the start and the only thing that stopped me from reading it from start to finish in one sitting was the need to get out of bed in about 3 hours … and less than 3 hours of sleep doesn’t make me a very fun person to be around. I finished it the very next chance I got and was not disappointed! I cannot wait to see how the rest of this story unravels and what else Michael Buckley has up his sleeve!

Reviewed by Michelle 

five-stars

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