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

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

Sweet by Emmy Laybourne
Pages: 288
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drugs, Alcohol, Substance Abuse, General, Social Issues, Survival Stories, Young Adult
Published by Feiwel & Friends on 2015-06-02
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The luxurious celebrity cruise&nbsplaunching the trendy new diet sweetener Solu&nbspshould be&nbspthe 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 passeners start acting really strange.Tom knows that he should be grateful for this job and the chance to&nbspshed his former-child-star&nbspimage. 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.

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 ★★★★★

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

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.

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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Feb 25

Review: The Intergalactic Adventures of Queen Bea

Blog Tour, Review, Reviewed by Michelle 2 ★★★★½

Review: The Intergalactic Adventures of Queen Bea

Genres: Adventure, Science Fiction, YA, Young Adult
Source: From Blog Tour
four-half-stars

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

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Welcome to my tour stop for The Intergalactic Adventures of Queen Bea by Jeanne Gransee Barker. This is a young adult sci-fi. The tour runs February 16-27 with reviews, author interviews, guest posts and excerpts. Check out the tour page for more information.

About the Book:

Everything she’d ever known was a lie. Now Bea must find the courage to trust her own voice to save not only herself — but an entire planet.
 
At almost 15, late-bloomer Bea Parker has just discovered that her aunt, uncle and cousins—the only family she’s ever known—aren’t actually related to her and don’t know anything about her birth parents. Then a strange, high-tech device shows up in her room in the middle of the night with a note promising answers about her shadowed past. This alien technology takes her on a journey that forces her to leave behind Earth, and everything she knows, to meet her destiny.

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On sale for only .99 cents on Amazon for a limited time! 

I always want to find more YA Sci Fi .. Fantasy YA is easy to find, as well as Dystopian with sci fi elements, but real sci fi is always harder for me. Much of the time they feel.. childish.. like they are trying too hard. The Intergalactic adventures of Queen Bea did not feel this way! Sure the MC is 15, and as mentioned in the books description is a ” late bloomer” , but the story was filled with mystery and intrigue and I found myself easily caught up in Bea’s story and wanting to know more of the history and of course how everything would play out!

How do I keep this review short and sweet so I don’t give away too much, but still explain how much I really did love it and get you to go pick it up!?

* The Intergalactic Adventures of Queen Bea is just that, filled with adventure! I really got pulled in to the story and enjoyed following along as Bea tries to figure out how the Viewer works and then drags Calvin into the mix and gets his head spinning as well!

* The characters truly grow and change.. in more ways than one! 

* At the end of the story I simply. didn’t want it to end! I was wishing book #2 ( There had gosh darn better be a book #2!! ) was already out. I would have 1 clicked the heck out of it!

**** the one thing that really pulled the book out of the running for a 5 star rating from me was that the first few chapters were a bit slow and awkward to me. It took me a few more to really connect with Bea and get hooked on the story. After I got hooked though there was no letting go!

 Reviewed by Michelle

About the Author:

I discovered science fiction when I was four. My father loved Star Trek, the original series. Every Friday night he’d make a big deal of getting the house quiet so he could hear the TV. The importance of it drew me in. And then I was hooked on other worlds, molecules being scrambled and reformed, and meeting totally logical aliens. As I grew older and continued to watch, I loved the idea that a story could explore our contemporary dilemmas couched in two-tone faces or hidden with green skin. Science fiction was the “gateway genre” that led me to fantasy and paranormal fiction.
I began my first novel at age 12. I still have the ring binder with the hand-written pages of OOTG-1 (that stands for Out of the Galaxy)—the story of the first manned expedition to venture forth beyond our galaxy. Alas, after about thirty pages my hand got tired and the crew never left the Milky Way. But that experience sparked a lifelong love of writing which  has continued through my school days to the present.
When I’m not enjoying the alternate universes of my written creations, I live, work, and play  Seattle, Washington.

Website | Facebook | Twitter @BarkerJeanne

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four-half-stars

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Feb 18

Student Review: Mayday by Jonathan Friesen

4.5 Stars, Review, Student Review 0 ★★★★½

Student Review: Mayday by Jonathan FriesenMayday on April 10th, 2014
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four-half-stars
Why’d I do it? I suppose it’s the only question that really matters.

Seventeen-year-old Crow will stop at nothing to protect her younger sister—even if it costs her her own life. But then she’s given a chance to come back and make things right. There are a few catches, though. First, she won’t come back as herself. And before she can set things straight, she’ll have to figure out what’s what—and things aren’t exactly as clear-cut as she remembered.

Powerful and hard-hitting, this is a compelling story about what it means to live your life—for your own sake—from an award-winning author.

I really liked how this story had a happy ending, even if it wasn’t perfect.  Crow gets to go back in time as someone else to try and change her life.  She learns a lot about herself and her loved ones which was very moving to read about.  She tries so hard to protect her sister, but she doesn’t realize her true purpose for going back until it is almost too late.  I honestly really liked the ending and I thought it was very touching.  She is able to move on in peace knowing that her family and friends are going to be safe and okay.

I will say that I liked the second time she went back much more than the first.  I think the plot was more dynamic the second time and it wasn’t as predictable, but I still liked the whole story.  However, Crow was first described as more of a solitary kind of person.  She didn’t like opening up to people, especially those she didn’t know and I just thought it was kind of weird that she opened up to Shane so quickly, especially in the first part of the story.  This is understandable considering the connection they had and it didn’t take away from the overall story; it was just something I noticed.

I would definitely recommend reading this book.  It is very uplifting and it is different than a lot of other books out there.  This is a story that many people can relate to and I think the author did a wonderful job in writing it!

four-half-stars

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