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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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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Review: Since You’ve Been Gone By Mary Jennifer Payne


Title: Since You’ve Been Gone

Author: Mary Jennifer Payne

Publisher: Dundurn Group

Date of Publication: January 1, 2015

Source: Netgalley

Rating: ★★★

First, I’d like to thank Dundurn Press for sending me this book though Negalley in exchange for an honest review. It’s greatly appreciated! Going into reading this, I didn’t know much about it, except for the small blurb I read online. Either way, the cover caught my eye while scrolling through Netgalley and I thought I’d give it a go.

For a brief summary without too many spoilers because this is an ARC!: Edie Fraser and her mom, Sydney, have been on the run for years now, from someone they used to love and trust – her father. As a child, Edie was always careful around him because of his erratic mood swings but one day, he snapped. Ever since then, Sydney has gone to all lengths to provide a safe, abuse-free, environment for her daughter but unfortunately, this means moving. A lot. Edie stays in a town or city long enough to make some new friends and get comfortable where she is but, sooner or later her mom tells them they have to leave again. This time, to a whole new country – England.

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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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*The Selection*: A Competition of A Lifetime ★★★★★


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The Selection by Kiera Cass was a very interesting novel and was much better than I expected. Immediately, I knew I was goingto like the plot of this book just because it was so different than anything I had read lately. America Singer is a Six – two castes (a social class that the people of the country were divided into) up from being homeless, hungry and penniless. She and her family live in a town in Carolina and don’t have much themselves. When the opportunity to become Prince Maxon’s wife (The Selection) is brought upon every girl between 16 – 20 years of age, America’s mom is quick to convince her. Eventually, after much pestering, not only from her family but from others as well, she agrees to enter, doubting her odds anyhow. Surprisingly enough, America is one of the 35 girls chosen for The Selection and will live with the Prince and his family in the palace until a wife is chosen. Cass brings us on America’s journey through the transition into living like a One (in a palace nonetheless), through the violent attacks by the rebels and the tension between her and the other girls fighting for the crown all the while trying desperately to forget something..or someone.. she has left behind in her town in Carolina….

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