3 Stars for Rebekah L. Purdy’s The Winter People


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Author: Rebekah L. Purdy

Series: No

Date of Publication: September 2, 2014

Source: Netgalley

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Rebekah L. Purdy’s The Winter People has a very unique fairytale-esque/fantasy/paranormal theme, which I definitely enjoyed. So many elements reminded me of some of my most beloved TV shows and books. The winter people themselves reminded me of Game of Thrones in a way with their white walkers, the whole fairytale aspect reminded me of Once Upon a Time and the ‘bonding’ took me back to my Vampire Academy spirit bound days – this book was quite a journey 🙂 It follows Salome Montgomery, a 17 year old girl who lives with her loving mother alone most of the time because her dad is constantly travelling for his job. She always finds herself spending time with her grandparents, who live just down the street. When they ask her to take care of their house for the winter months while they go on vacation, Salome is scared because of a traumatic experience she had as a child which has left her with a horrible fear of snow and really, winter in general. In The Winter People, readers go on Salome’s personal journey of fear, discovery, loss, love and bravery.

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5 Definite Stars for K. R. Conway’s Undertow


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Author: K. R. Conway

Series: Undertow #1

Date of Publication: October 11, 2013

Source: Netgalley

Rating: ★★★

5 HUGE STARS FOR UNDERTOW

Okay so, I went into this book as I do with most books I don’t know much about: with an open mind and expecting a decent read. Boy, oh boy, was I taken aback (in a good way…a really good way) I’ll start you guys off with the Goodreads summary:

Seventeen-year-old Eila Walker’s new home has defied the brutal Atlantic for over 160 years. Abandoned since her 4th great grandmother Elizabeth vanished, the town legend declares that she drowned . . . or was struck by lightning.

Unbeknownst to the town and Eila, however, is that someone does know what really happened to Elizabeth, and he has returned, determined to protect the last surviving Walker from a history of violence.

But what starts out as a quest for redemption, evolves into something more and soon young guardian, Raef, is forced to reveal the truth to Eila. As hidden secrets about their warring
families come to light, Eila begins to realize that she may be their best shot at survival, even if it means following in her grandmother’s fearless footsteps to save her killer bodyguard.

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A 5 Star Review for Richelle Mead’s *Red-Hot* ‘The Fiery Heart’


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Author: Richelle Mead

Series: Bloodlines #4

Publisher: Razorbil

Date of Publication: November 19, 2013

Source: My Bookshelf 🙂

Rating: ★★★

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets – and human lives.

In The Indigo Spell, Sydney was torn between the Alchemist way of life and what her heart and gut were telling her to do. And in one breathtaking moment that Richelle Mead fans will never forget, she made a decision that shocked even her. . . .

But the struggle isn’t over for Sydney. As she navigates the aftermath of her life-changing decision, she still finds herself pulled in too many directions at once. Her sister Zoe has arrived, and while Sydney longs to grow closer to her, there’s still so much she must keep secret. Working with Marcus has changed the way she views the Alchemists, and Sydney must tread a careful path as she harnesses her profound magical ability to undermine the way of life she was raised to defend. Consumed by passion and vengeance, Sydney struggles to keep her secret life under wraps as the threat of exposure — and re-education — looms larger than ever.

Pulses will race throughout this smouldering fourth instalment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where no secret is safe

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Stacking The Shelves {1}


Stacking the Shelves

Hellllooooo everyone! Today I came across a feature called Stacking The Shelves on Tynga’s Reviews.  (Go check them out on that blog!) Essentially, this is a weekly post where all of us booklovers can share our hauls – whether it be physical books, e-books or library books. I thought this was a great idea because as much as I would love to read all of my new books, it might take a while to get to them. With this feature, I can rave all about these books and share my excitement! Sidenote: Now, this blog is run only by myself at the moment so, I might not have one every week, but once I’ve accumulated enough to make a blog post on, I will!

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Waiting On Wednesday {#1}


HAs I was browsing through GoodReads, YouTube and other blogs, I came across a cool weekly post idea called Waiting on Wednesday. Basically, every Wednesday you post about a new book that you’re waiting very impatiently for. We thought this was a fantastic idea, so we’re hoping to post one up every week!

For our first one, I went with a series that I absolutely love so far called The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. Cress, the third book in the series, has a release date for February 4, 2014 which means we’re going to have to wait a little while longer. (noooo!) Cinder and Scarlet, the first two books, are definitely favourites of mine mainly because I loved the fairytale aspect of them that are relatable to the bedtime stories I heard, but have intriguing changes to them.

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Tag #1 – My Bookish Pet Peeves


Lately on YouTube and other book blogs, I’ve been seeing so many people do the Bookish Pet Peeves Tag. Even though there is a large portion of booktubers and book bloggers doing this tag, I still thought I should join in on the fun and do it myself! As I’m writing this, I still don’t know how many I have, but we’ll see how this goes.

Doggy-Eared Pages

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Series Cover Changes

So I think every post that I’ve read on this tag has this one of their pet peeves, but I’m totally there with everyone else. COVER CHANGES. Ugh! It’s so common now too and it’s so annoying! I just want my books to look nice and pretty on my shelves. Sigh. I try to stay away from these, but sometimes, you have no choice! Look at this!:

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Paperback of Shatter Me #1

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I mean, REALLY? Why not make the hardcover the same as the paperback version so that the whole series matches? It’s so random! Other ones I’ve heard a lot about is the Across The Universe Series, The White Cat series and the Glow series. There’s so many!

Bargain Book Identification

remainderMark_1I’m sure all of you have purchased a bargain book before from a book retail store. (like Chapters or bookcloseousts.com) Don’t get me wrong, I loooovvve bargain books – when I find a hardcover copy bargain book of a novel I wanted to read, I do a happy dance. The only thing that seriously disappoints me is the markings left on the books.

< WHY MUST YOU DO THIS? I mean, I understand a little dot on the pages to identify the on-sale books, but A HUGE LINE? I even bought a bargain book copy of Starcrossed and there’s a huge, blue line across the top. It’s really just sad. I hope I’m not sounding super abnoxious…

When the Spine Breaks

Sometimes, there’s no way to avoid this one! Even with hardcover books, there’s always a way for a spine-malfunction to happen. I don’t know why but I’m so picky about this along with my many other bookish pet peeves. Every time I read a paperback book, I take extra special care and make sure I don’t bend the spine, otherwise it would drive me crazy. I guess the exception would be if you re-read that book over and over again that it just happens. Does this bother you too?

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Stickers On the Books

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No, I don’t mean the stickers that you can just peel off once you buy the book. I’m referring to the ones that you can’t take off once you buy the book. – the stickers that are printed on the books… I just wanted a nice, clean cover and BAM. There’s a sticker on it. And they seem to always be promoting something as well. ‘Now a major motion picture’ ‘In theatres May 5’ ‘Extra chapter at the end in John’s POV.’ NO, please no. If you couldn’t tell, I’m one of those people who takes her books very seriously… This seems to be happening a lot more lately. I guess authors and publishers just have more to say or advertize now. But still, I would probably go out of my way to find a copy of a book without a sticker.. Would you do that too?

Well, I thought I’d have a lot more pet peeves than those to be completely honest. Keep in mind though, these are only my physical book pet peeves. There are other things that bug me about the actual writing of a book. Like trilogies that should have been stand alone books. Or series that have over 15 books in them. I mean, just end it while it’s still good. Anyway, that’s all for my first bookish pet peeves. I’ll do one soon, but not too soon otherwise I’ll just sound like I hate everything about books haha! So what are your pet peeves? Are they the same as mine?

– C 

‘Speak’ by Laurie Halse Anderson ★★★★★


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Author: Laurie Halse Anderson

Year of Publication: 1999

Publisher: Square Fish

Length: 214 pages

ISBN: 0312674392

**5 STARS**

Wow, that book was really great. Even though I could not personally relate to this book as I haven’t had the same high school experience as Melinda Sordino has had, her story was still very moving. It will definitely stay with me for a long time.

Melinda is a very strong girl, and though it took her almost a year to speak out about what happened, the point is that she did speak. She was outcast for so long because no one, not even her closest friends or her parents, knew who she really was. She’s extremely misunderstood and frequently ignored or thought as weird/unpopular/not-good-enough, though in the end, things start to get better for her. I think that at the end, she finds herself – the real Melinda who’s been waiting for so long to come into the light again.

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