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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!

Happy Reading!

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Posted by on May 25, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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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.

–Manga

— 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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Review: Re-Read of My Soul to Steal by Rachel Vincent

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Published: December 21, 2010

Pages: 343

Edition: Paperback, US

4th in the Soul Screamers series

My Rating: 5/5 Stars – Loved It!

I am currently taking part in the Soul Screamers Reading Challenge hosted by Fiktshun.

Goodreads Description:

Trying to work things out with Nash—her maybe boyfriend—is hard enough for Kaylee Cavanaugh. She can’t just pretend nothing happened. But “complicated” doesn’t even begin to describe their relationship when his ex-girlfriend transfers to their school, determined to take Nash back.

See, Sabine isn’t just an ordinary girl. She’s a mara, the living personification of a nightmare. She can read people’s fears—and craft them into nightmares while her victims sleep. Feeding from human fear is how she survives.

And Sabine isn’t above scaring Kaylee and the entire school to death to get whatever—and whoever—she wants.

A-freakin-mazing!

When I first read this book, I thought it was a major game changer for the series. The author took some big risks that definitely payed off. It was my favorite of the series (this was before IID, obviously).

*Slight spoilers ahead*

Kaylee and Nash’s relationship was so fragile in this book. You could feel the tension between them in their scenes together. If I was in Kaylee’s position, I would have distanced myself from Nash too. I just could not trust him after everything he did. Plus, the addition of Sabine didn’t help the matter at all.

Speaking of Sabine, she is something else! Sometimes I just wanted to slap her. But I also kind of respect her. She knows what she wants and is honest about it. She doesn’t BS you, which is nice. That doesn’t mean I still didn’t want to slap her at some points.

There were also Rachel Vincent’s signature Netherworld creatures, which I love. This book had more hellions, possessions, and maras. Doesn’t that sound like a recipe for awesomeness!?

Since this was my second time reading this, I noticed some nice Tod moments I didn’t pick out the first time around. I love Tod so much. If nothing else, read this series for Tod!

Overall: It’s Rachel Vincent people, need I say more?

Favorite Quotes (So many one liners, so little time)

“Can we save the live demo for later, please? Bean Sidhe in angst, here.”

“Just go away, Tod. I have enough to worry about without adding ‘taking stupid advice from a dead guy’ to the list.”
Tod blinked at me, and the smallest cobalt tremor of emotion rippled through his irises before he regained control. Before I could interpret what I’d seen. Then he sighed and blinked out of the room, pizza box and all.

“Whoever said it is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved was full of crap.”

 

 
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Posted by on May 10, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Song Spotlight (2)

This week I am spotlighting the song “Free” by Graffiti6.

(I do not own the rights to this song or video)

I just love the feel of this song. And the lead singer has a  really unique, cool voice.

Happy Listening!

 
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Posted by on May 5, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Review: Lockdown by Alexander Gordon Smith

5/5 Stars- Loved it!

Goodreads Description

Furnace Penitentiary: the world’s most secure prison for young offenders, buried a mile beneath the earth’s surface. Convicted of a murder he didn’t commit, sentenced to life without parole, “new fish” Alex Sawyer knows he has two choices: find a way out, or resign himself to a death behind bars, in the darkness at the bottom of the world. Except in Furnace, death is the least of his worries. Soon Alex discovers that the prison is a place of pure evil, where inhuman creatures in gas masks stalk the corridors at night, where giants in black suits drag screaming inmates into the shadows, where deformed beasts can be heard howling from the blood-drenched tunnels below. And behind everything is the mysterious, all-powerful warden, a man as cruel and dangerous as the devil himself, whose unthinkable acts have consequences that stretch far beyond the walls of the prison. Together with a bunch of inmates—some innocent kids who have been framed, others cold-blooded killers—Alex plans an escape. But as he starts to uncover the truth about Furnace’s deeper, darker purpose, Alex’s actions grow ever more dangerous, and he must risk everything to expose this nightmare that’s hidden from the eyes of the world.

What a way to kickoff a series! I’ve heard good things about this book, and when I first read the description I knew I would like it. It was thrilling, suspenseful, and downright terrifying at times.

First, the characters. I really liked Alex. He was a smartly written character you cared for. He wasn’t a perfect person, but he made a great protagonist. Donovan and Zee were awesome allies to Alex and provided some comic relief to their depressing situation.

Speaking of their situation, Furnace Penitentiary is definitely a place I NEVER want to visit. The warden gave me the creeps, the dogs were hecka scary, and the wheezers freaked me out! Fortunately, I like a little scary in my books, so it worked for me. But with the creepiness also comes mystery. This book had me asking a lot of questions. I really hope we learn more about Furnace in future books!

There were many suspense-filled scenes as well. The writing leaves you constantly on the edge of your seat. The last 10 pages of the book had me flipping through the pages with my heart pounding to find out how it would end. And the ending certainly did not disappoint. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next one!

Overall: A story with plenty of thrills and chills along with some great characters. I loved it!

Favorite Quotes:

As for favorite quotes, there were a lot of creepy quotes that I really liked, but I’m gonna have you discover them on your own.

Plus, Alex, Donovan, and Zee had some good one-liners too.

 

 
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Posted by on May 5, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Breaking Book News: Rick Riordan

Are you ready for some awesomeness? Well here it is: Rick Riordan is writing a new series based on Norse mythology! I heard about it today and this was my reaction: “OMG BEST NEWS EVER SO MUCH AWESOMENESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” (As you can tell I like saying awesomeness) To say that I am super excited would be a MASSIVE understatement. I will read anything that man writes. If you don’t already know, Rick Riordan is the author of the amazing Percy Jackson, Kane Chronicles, and Heroes of Olympus series. To find out more visit this link. Who’s excited?

Happy Reading!

 
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Posted by on May 3, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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“Waiting on” Wednesday (1): City of Lost Souls

“Waiting on” Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking The Spine  that spotlights upcoming releases that you’re eagerly anticipating.

This week I’m waiting on City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare that comes out May 8!

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CoFA left us on a pretty big cliffhanger with Sebastian and Jace. Can’t wait to see what happens in this book!

Happy Reading!

 
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Posted by on May 2, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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