Monthly Archives:: October 2013

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Cover Madness Giveaway: Halloween Edition!

Posted by 18 Comments


Happy Halloween!! And yep, we’re celebrating in style with another cover madness giveaway, Halloween Edition. If you’re not familiar with this giveaway, along with my co-host of awesome: Jenni from Alluring Reads, we’re showcasing all the new aweosme covers that have recently been revealed and in the end you win one of them! 🙂 Since it’s the Halloween edition obviously it’s creepy covers galore!

What’s up for grabs:

One winner will have their pick from the creepy new covers below:

CM10 CM11 CM13 CM7
CM14 CM15 Screen Shot 2013-10-30 at 6.44.46 PM CM16

**If the book chosen happens to become unavailable at TBD the winner will have to choose another book**

This giveaway was made possible by The Book Depository affiliate program. Help support future giveaways by using the link below or on my sidebar to shop at TBD


Giveaway Details

Book of choice from the list above (or the first in the same series).

Head on over to Alluring Reads for two more chances to win!
Click here for her giveaway post!

  • Open internationally (as long as TBD shops to you – not sure? Check here)
  • Giveaway ends November 25th, 2013
  • Full contest terms and conditions found on Rafflecopter

Grab the button!

Xpresso Reads

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Waiting on Wednesday (98)

Waiting on Wednesday (98)

Posted by on 10/30/2013 • 34 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

My pick this week:

This sounds so up my alley it’s not even funny! It sounds like it’s being told from the ghost’s point of view (unless there’s a twist :D). Plus it’s Jodi Lynn Anderson! I haven’t read anything by her yet but she’s highly praised.

What are you waiting on?

Review: Pawn by Aimee Carter

Review: Pawn by Aimee Carter

Posted by on 10/29/2013 • 32 Comments

For the 82323234287637’s book in its genre this year alone, Pawn was surprisingly original with a refreshing triangle-free minimalist romance and a plot that had tons happening throughout, not just anticipation for the ending. As my first Aimee Carter book I can’t tell you how it compares to her Goddess Test series, but I was impressed with this one for sure.

The world building, at first, sounds like your average dystopian. Society is divided by numbers given to you after a big test on your 17th birthday. If you get a 5 or over, you live a rich life, if you get a 2 or a 3… well at least you didn’t get a 1 and get sent to Elsewhere. The originality of it all comes after Kitty gets…

Review: Engines of the Broken World by Jason Vanhee

Review: Engines of the Broken World by Jason Vanhee

Posted by on 10/28/2013 • 19 Comments

Oh my word this was weird. Like, disturbingly weird. Talking minister cat/squirrel/dog, deadly fog, walking corpses and all! Fortunately it was the kind of weird that was so weird it was creepy. Unfortunately, the weird turned into the religious which is almost always a complete turn-off for me.

In simple terms, this story is about the end of the world. We don’t understand exactly what’s going on at first. Everything is kept very cryptic with a constant ominous vibe. Little by little we learn about the earth’s condition, about what happened to bring it to this point including bizarre happenings that makes us wonder just how crazy it all is. The creepy definitely was my favorite part of this novel. When their dead mother’s corpse started walking about, it…

Stacking the Shelves (73)

Stacking the Shelves (73)

Posted by on 10/27/2013 • 29 Comments

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews featuring the books we got this week, and I also mention blog news/happenings of the past week. Hiya! Is everyone ready for Halloween? We just came home from Boo at the Zoo – not sure how common this is but it’s just the zoo Halloween-ified and super fun to go with kids. Anyways, so I was in  Halloween mood and decided to try to replicate something off a cookie recipe site. I totally nailed it, right? I think so! >.<

THIS WEEK’S BOOK HAUL: (Click on covers and links below picture for Goodreads)

I received for review: –NIL by Lynne Matson –Plus One by Elizabeth Fama –Parasite by Mira Grant

*Big thanks to…

Fresh Batch (New Releases October 27th – November 2nd)

Fresh Batch (New Releases October 27th – November 2nd)

Posted by on 10/26/2013 • 8 Comments

Fresh Batch, posted weekly, keeps you up to date on the hottest releases of the upcoming week.

Flavor of the week:

Altered Gennifer Albin Series: Crewel World #2 Publication date: October 29th 2013 by Farrar Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Goodreads Purchase

Life. Possibility. Choice. All taken from Adelice by the Guild—until she took them back.

But amid the splendid ruins of Earth, Adelice discovers how dangerous freedom can be. Hunted by soulless Remnants sent by Cormac Patton and the Guild, Adelice finds a world that’s far from deserted. Although allies are easy to find on Earth, knowing who to trust isn’t. Because everyone has secrets, especially those Adelice loves most. Secrets they would kill to protect. Secrets that will redefine each of them. Torn…

Review: The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Review: The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Posted by on 10/25/2013 • 32 Comments

The Naturals is a hit or miss for me and very hard to review. Some parts of the book I really enjoyed, while others I found lacking. To give you an example – I’m not even sure if this book is part paranormal or not. As a serial killer mystery, however, it has its fair share of appealing qualities.

This novel starts by introducing us to our protagonist, Cassie, who’s always been good at reading people with only the tiniest of details. She quickly meets with an FBI team who takes her on to train as a profiler. That is about all we get as an introduction. Forget learning very much about this classified Naturals program. Moreover, we don’t find out where these special abilities come from. Are we supposed…

Review: Bold Tricks by Karina Halle

Review: Bold Tricks by Karina Halle

Posted by on 10/24/2013 • 16 Comments

*Spoiler free for the series*

Gah this book almost killed me! What an incredible finale! Bold Tricks ends The Artists Trilogy in the most action-packed, emotional way. Some of it is bittersweet, most of it will make you hold your breath in anticipation; I couldn’t have asked for a better ending. *Bows to Karina*

This is the road to the end, and like all endings should be, this one is a page-turner like no other. Intense moment after intense moment, Bold Tricks brings us into a whirlwind of emotion, passion, and disbelief. In other words, it’s a bloodbath! But honestly, what else would you expect from Ellie, Camden, and Javier together on the run? The biggest drug cartel is on the hunt for them, while they’re on the hunt…