Review: Tortured Souls by Keigh Leigh Wheaton


Title: Tortured Souls

Author: Keigh Leigh Wheaton

Series: The Orion Circle #1

Publisher: Sea Dragon Press

Date of Publication: July 29, 2014

Source: Netgalley

Rating: ★★★

Before reading Tortured SoulsI hadn’t read many paranormal books, though I’d like to say that one of my debuts into the genre was a pleasant surprise! To start, I have a short summary:

This book follows a 15 year old girl named Kassandra (although she goes by Kacie and CiCi) who leads a relatively normal life, living with her father, Adam, her brother, Gavin and her super-loving dog, Kodiak. Oh, fairly normal except for the fact that she is clairvoyant meaning she can see and communicate with spirits, both good and, unfortunately, very very evil. Since early childhood, she has recognized her “gift” (as not so much a gift, but a curse really) and shared this information with her parents. That very day, her mother fled the house and never returned – something Adam, her father, will always blame her for. When she starts going on early-morning runs with her longtime crush, the very dreamy and brave Logan, she is introduced into a whole new paranormal world which she had no idea she was living in – The Orion Circle only accepts select and elite individuals. Soon Kacie is thrown headfirst into this world, not really knowing what she’s doing….

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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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5 HUGE Stars For Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park


Title: Eleanor & Park

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Date of Publication: February 26, 2013

Source: My Bookshelf

Rating: ★★★

 Two misfits.

One extraordinary love.

Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.

Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.

Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try

 

And Rainbow gets yet another 5 stars!!

This book warmed my heart – immensely. The characters Rainbow Rowell has created through Eleanor and Park are two of the funniest, most loveable AND loving, real and relatable individuals. This book is such a great story about love, finding yourself, learning to accept who you are and accept love from others. On the other hand….

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How Many Books is ‘Too Many’?


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Hello there, everyone. Today on this lovely winter day, (I’m just kidding, I don’t particularly like the cold, especially below freezing weather) I realized how many books on my bookshelf I have yet to read. In 2012, I managed to read 41 of them which, considering there are 52 weeks in a year, was essentially like reading 1.2 books a week. ***snaps and claps*** However, I wished I had read more, especially during the summer, because NOW there are so many more books that I want/need coming out. I really cannot stop myself from buying a book or two (or five) every time I’m at a bookstore, which is at least a couple of times a month. But in my defence, they’re bargain books sometimes so…

Iv’e always wanted to challenge for myself to only read the books I have on my shelf and once those were all read, I could buy more. After thinking for a while I realized there may be some problems with that….

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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

2012-08-12 DogEarMessage to All My Friends: PLEASE BY ALL MEANS do not doggy-ear my pages! I don’t know about you, but I hate when I let someone borrow my book and it comes back doggy-eared. It just ruins the whole look of the crisp, clean pages, and it’s not like you can ever take that little dent out. Basically, my books are like my babies and the evil doggy-earers must stay away.. Is this super obsessive compulsive of me? Ha, I hope not.

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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Hardcover

Hardcover

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 

Recommendations From CoveringAllCovers: Young Adult


Hello Book Lovers!

CoveringAllCovers here! Today I wanted to share with you a couple of my favourite young adult novels that I have read in the past or some that I am particularly looking forward to reading! Here goes!

  • The “Hush Hush” Saga by: Becca Fitzpatrick
  • The “Divergent” Series by: Veronica Roth
  • The “Delirium” Series by: Lauren Oliver
  • The “Vampire Academy” Series followed by the “Bloodlines” series by: Richelle Mead
  • The “City of Bones” Series by: Cassandra Clare
  • “The Hunger Games” Trilogy by: Suzanne Collins
  • The “Unearthly” Series by: Cynthia Hand
  • “Cinder” by: Marissa Meyer
  • The “Graceling Realm” Series by: Kristin Cashore

*Just a side note*

These happen to all be young adult books (as you can see by the title of this post) but I plan on making more posts on recommendations but for different genres.

Now, let’s discuss why I enjoy these books so much.

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