Shadow Bound by Rachel Vincent

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Unbound Book 2

Released May 22, 2012

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Back Cover Description:

If you live in the dark long enough, you begin to forget the light…

KORI DANIELS is a shadow-walker, able to travel instantly from one shadow to another. After weeks of confinement for betraying her boss, she’s ready to break free of the Tower syndicate for good. But Jake Tower has one final job for Kori, one chance to secure freedom for herself and her sister, Kenley, even if that means taking it from someone else…

The job? Recruit Ian Holt—or kill him.

Ian’s ability to manipulate the dark has drawn interest from every syndicate in the world, most notably an invitation from Jake Tower. Though he has no interest in organized crime, Ian accepts the invite, because he’s on a mission of his own. Ian has come to kill Tower’s top Binder: Kori’s little sister.

Amid the tangle of lies, an unexpected thread of truth connecting Ian and Kori comes to light. But with opposing goals, they’ll have to choose between love and liberty….

I love Rachel Vincent’s Soul Screamers Series and this looks like an exciting adult book!

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Posted by on May 25, 2012 in Uncategorized


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My Book Finds: Ready Player One

My Book Finds is where I’m going to share books that I recently found out about and can’t wait to tell others. They will probably not be very well-known books, at least not in the Young Adult world.

Today I found out about Ready Player One by Ernest Cline thanks to Priscilla from The Readables.

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It’s the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place.

Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets.

And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune–and remarkable power–to whoever can unlock them.

For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that Halliday’s riddles are based in the pop culture he loved–that of the late twentieth century. And for years, millions have found in this quest another means of escape, retreating into happy, obsessive study of Halliday’s icons. Like many of his contemporaries, Wade is as comfortable debating the finer points of John Hughes’s oeuvre, playing Pac-Man, or reciting Devo lyrics as he is scrounging power to run his OASIS rig.

And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle.

Suddenly the whole world is watching, and thousands of competitors join the hunt–among them certain powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prize. Now the only way for Wade to survive and preserve everything he knows is to win. But to do so, he may have to leave behind his oh-so-perfect virtual existence and face up to life–and love–in the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

A world at stake.
A quest for the ultimate prize.
Are you ready?

I was watching Priscilla’s May book haul when she described this book. I immediately went to Goodreads to add it. It sounds freaking amazing! A virtual reality, crazy puzzles, and a dangerous quest? Yes, please! Really looking forward to reading this; hopefully I’ll get to it sometime this year!

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Posted by on May 18, 2012 in My Book Finds


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“Waiting on” Wednesday (3)

“Waiting on” Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that I’m eagerly anticipating.

This week I am waiting on Of Poseidon by Anna Banks which releases on May 22nd 2012.

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Galen, a Syrena prince, searches land for a girl he’s heard can communicate with fish. It’s while Emma is on vacation at the beach that she meets Galen. Although their connection is immediate and powerful, Galen’s not fully convinced that Emma’s the one he’s been looking for. That is, until a deadly encounter with a shark proves  that Emma and her Gift may be the only thing that can save his kingdom. He needs her help–no matter what the risk.

I’ve never read a mer-people book before, so I’m excited about this one. The whole concept of an underwater world is very intriguing. It sounds like a different kind of book, and I like different!

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Posted by on May 16, 2012 in Waiting on Wednesday


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Teaser Tuesday (3)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading!

To participate, all you have to do is:

– Grab your current read.

– Open to a random page.

– Share 2 teaser sentences from somewhere on that page.

– Do NOT include spoilers!

This week’s teaser is from City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare.

You would do anything to save him, whatever it cost to you, whatever you might owe to Hell or Heaven, would you not?

She took out her stele, set the tip to the orange paint of the wall, and began to draw a Portal.

-pg. 126

I’m loving this so far! Cassandra Clare has a signature writing style that I just love. Plus, everything with Jace and Sebastian has me on the edge of my seat.

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Posted by on May 15, 2012 in Teaser Tuesday



Review: The Serpent’s Shadow by Rick Riordan

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The Serpent’s Shadow by Rick Riordan.

The Kane Chronicles #3

406 pages

Hardcover, US edition

Published May 1, 2012

My Rating: 5/5 Stars – Loved It!

Goodreads Description:  He’s b-a-a-ack! Despite their best efforts, Carter and Sade Kane can’t seem to keep Apophis, the chaos snake, down. Now Apophis is threatening to plunge the world into eternal darkness, and the Kanes are faced with the impossible task of having to destroy him once and for all. Unfortunately, the magicians of the House of Life are on the brink of civil war, the gods are divided, and the young initiates of Brooklyn House stand almost alone against the forces of chaos.

To find the answer they need, the Kanes must rely on the murderous ghost of a powerful magician who might be able to lead them to the serpent’s shadow… or might lead them to their deaths in the depths of the underworld…

Amazing end to this series! This was probably my favorite book in the series. I said it once and I’ll say it again: Rick Riordan is a genius.

I love that he wrote these books as recordings he transcribed. It was such an original idea. Carter and Sadie were hilarious to “listen” to. The things they said and did had me laughing out loud. This book included the author’s trademark sarcasm and wit in the whole cast of eccentric characters.

Aside from being funny, Carter and Sadie were very likable characters. You really wanted them to finally defeat Apophis and save the ones they loved. They were always so brave in whatever crazy situation they were in, despite still being kids. In short, they were awesome.

Another thing you gotta love about these books is the pacing. There is nonstop action from the beginning. You are stuck in this journey with the characters throughout the book and never want to see it end. All the cool Egyptian mythology elements that Rick Riordan puts his classic spin on add to how easy of a read this is.

I really enjoyed the ending. The author tied up any lose ends (i.e. Walt and Anubis) but also left the story in a way in which more could be told. You never know, maybe we’ll see more of Carter, Sadie, and our favorite Egyptian gods in the future.(I hope so!)

Overall: Love this book, this series, and Rick Riordan in general! Highly recommend his books to everyone!

Favorite Quotes

“She wore a pendant – a glittering platinum and diamond D – possibly her initial, or her grade average.”

“I cried because I missed seeing him so full of life, I mean, though the sight of Bes in a loincloth is enough to make anyone’s eyes burn.”

“‘Sadie,’ Dad said firmly,’please do not refer to the Devourer of Souls as Poochiekins.'”

“‘Tell me. I must know how to hunt Jelly Babies.'”   (heh, heh, Jelly Babies)

“‘Chaos… get ready to meet Ugly.'”     (I❤ Bes!)

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Posted by on May 14, 2012 in Reviews


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Song Spotlight (3)

The song I am spotlighting this week is Just A Game by Birdy from The Hunger Games Soundtrack.

[I do not own the rights to this video or this song]

When I first heard this song, I thought it was perfect for The Hunger Games ( I’m a huge THG fan). The tone is just right and the lyrics are amazing. Birdy has such a cool voice and the way she sings this song is beautiful. I just love this song so much!

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Posted by on May 13, 2012 in Song Spotlight


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My Book Experience: City of Lost Souls Launch Party

Earlier this week, I had the chance to go to the City of Lost Souls launch party on Tuesday. Finally living in Chicago pays off! It was a great event that I’m glad I went to.

The party started with a showing of the trailer. Somebody gasped when they showed Jonathan/Sebastian, which made everyone giggle. Then, the actor who portrays Jace in the trailer and on the book cover came out to introduce Cassie. I felt bad because no one called him by his real name, which is Judson Birza.

Cassie was awesome. She asked some trivia questions and gave out prizes. One of the answers was the writing on the wall: “mene mene tekel upharsin,” and everybody was surprised someone got that. I’m still mad I didn’t answer what Jace and Will were most afraid of: ducks, obviously! Then she answered questions and shared stories. Some of the topics discussed were:

— The incest storyline, which she got from watching a documentary.

–Cannibal ducks: a hilarious story with her and Sarah Rees Brennan feeding duck pie to ducks and the ducks proceeding to chase after them. Thus, “never trust a duck” was born.

–The inspiration for Magnus: Cassie’s glittery friend John.


— Will or Jem? Neither, she’d run off with Magnus.

There were lots of others that I just can’t remember now, sorry. After the Q&A, it was time for the book signing to start. You could also take a picture with “Jace” or get painted on runes while the book signing was going on. I did get a picture with Judson , but it’s a really bad one so I’m not gonna post it here.

It took awhile for me to finally get my books signed ( I was #287 in line), but it did happen. They were taking a poll of people’s favorite characters at the front of the line, so I said Will. After that, it was about 10:30 at night, and I was ready to go home. But all that waiting was worth it:

They were also handing out postcards with the family rings on them, which is what you see pictured. Since then, I have memorized what each family ring looks like (What can I say, I’ve got too much time on my hands).

My signed copy!

Overall, I had a great time. I can’t wait to read what happens in City of Lost Souls!

Happy Reading!

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Posted by on May 12, 2012 in Uncategorized


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