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Blog tour: The Rampart Guards by Wendy Terrien

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Book title/Author: The Rampart Guards by Wendy Terrien Publisher/Year: February 26 2016 Camashea Press Genre: YA/MG Urban Fantasy Series: The Adventures of Jason Lex #1 Pages: 268 Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Synopsis

After his mom disappears, Jason Lex and his family move to a small town where he has no friends, no fun, no life. Things get worse when he’s chased by weird flying creatures that only he can see---Jason thinks he’s losing it. But when Jason discovers new information about his family, he’s stunned to learn that creatures like Skyfish, Kappa, and the Mongolian Death Worm aren't just stories on the Internet---they’re real and they live unseen alongside the human race. Many of these creatures naturally emit energy capable of incinerating humans. An invisible shield keeps these creatures hidden and protects the human race from their threatening force, but someone, or some thing, is trying to destroy it. Unsure who he can trust, Jason is drawn into the fight to save the people closest…

Top Ten Books I Enjoyed Recently That Weren't My Typical Type of Book

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Hi everyone! Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday, which is hosted over at The Broke and The Bookish. This week's topic is Top Ten Books I Enjoyed Recently That Weren't My Typical Type of Book.


1. Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick
I don't typically read mysteries/thrillers so this book was certainly out of my comfort zone.
2. Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake
I don't even like watching Horror films, let alone reading Horror novels like Girl of Nightmares.
3. The Moaning of Life by Karl Pilkington
I really don't read a lot of non-fiction, and definitely not celebrity memoirs.
4. Reservoir Dogs by Quentin Tarantino
I've only ever read 2 screenplays in my life, this being one of them.
5. The Martian by Andy Weir
I actually don't read a lot of sci-fi, so this was an exception.
6. Emma by Jane Austen
I haven't read many classics, but this is something that is out of my comfort zone that I want to change.
7. Watchmen by Alan Moore
I've loved all of the graphic novels I have read …

Mini Reviews #5

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More mini reviews, because I have so many books I need to review!


Dark Room by Tom Becker Publisher/Year: September 10th 2015 Stripes Publishing Series: Red Eye Source/Format: e-arc | NetGalley (Thanks NetGalley/Stripes Publishing!) Rating: 3 stars out of 5 I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affects my opinion.
I requested this book initially because of the photography element, as it is a passion of mine, but I also enjoy reading about it. I was wary as it is pitched as Horror, and I am not the biggest fan of that, but I was actually disappointed. It wasn't scary in the slightest and I wanted some. However, this book was very visual and easy to read, so I can't complain there. The killer was predictable and there weren't many moments that surprised me, unfortunately.

All of the Above by James Dawson
Publisher/Year: September 3rd 2015 Hot Key Books
Source/Format: e-arc | NetGalley
(Thanks NetGalley/Hot Key Books!)
Rating: 4.5 stars o…

Top Ten Songs I Wish That Were Books

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Hi everyone! Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday, which is hosted over at The Broke and The Bookish. This week's topic is Top Ten Songs I Wish That Were Books.


1. Wires - Athlete
This song makes me cry every time I listen to it, and I think that would be the same if it were in book form too.
2. Brooklyn Baby - Lana Del Ray
I feel like this song would make such a cool indie book.
3. Separate and Ever Deadly - The Last Shadow Puppets
If I could, every song on this album would be included on this list but I think this one in particular would work very well.
4. Paperback Writer - The Beatles
This song is about an aspiring writer, and would be perfect to read about.
5. Hourglass - Catfish and the Bottlemen
This song is all about someone missing the person they love, and I think if that idea was used as something to build on for a book, it would be great.
6. Love Me - The 1975
All the talk of fame in this song would make for an interesting book.
7. My Boy Builds Coffins - Florence + The Machine
This would mak…

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman: Book review

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Publisher/Year: May 7th 2015 Sceptre Genre: Contemporary Fiction Series: No Pages: 320 Source/Format: Paperback | bookbridgr (Thanks bookbridgr/Sceptre!) Rating: 5 stars out of 5

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affects my opinion.
*This review may contain spoilers!
Synopsis
At first sight, Ove is almost certainly the grumpiest man you will ever meet. He thinks himself surrounded by idiots - neighbours who can't reverse a trailer properly, joggers, shop assistants who talk in code, and the perpetrators of the vicious coup d'etat that ousted him as Chairman of the Residents' Association. He will persist in making his daily inspection rounds of the local streets.
But isn't it rare, these days, to find such old-fashioned clarity of belief and deed? Such unswerving conviction about what the world should be, and a lifelong dedication to making it just so?
In the end, you will see, there is something about Ove that is quite irresis…

Top Ten Fictional Crushes

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Hi everyone! Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday, which is hosted over at The Broke and The Bookish. This week's topic is Valentine's Day themed, so I picked my Top Ten Fictional Crushes.


1. Shane - The Morganville Vampires
For some reason I preferred Shane over Michael in this series. I think I enjoyed how funny he is in the books and how much he cares.
2. Sam - The Wolves of Mercy Falls
I felt that Grace and Sam's relationship was so cute and I liked how sensitive Sam seemed.
3. Jace - The Mortal Instruments
Of course I love Jace! I mean, who doesn't?
4. Zed - Finding Sky
Out of all the Benedict Brothers, I remember Zed being my favourite when I read them the first time.
5. Will - The Infernal Devices
I still find it really hard to choose between Will and Jem, but I think this is my choice.
6. Gansey - The Raven Cycle
Part of the reason why I love this series so much is because all of the boys are so charming, but I particularly liked Gansey.
7. Four - Divergent
This is such an obvious cho…

Stacking The Shelves [12]

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Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you're adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual, buying or borrowing. This meme is hosted by Tynga's Reviews and I'm excited to continue partaking in it!


Bought:

Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
For review:

Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman



In a Land of Paper Gods by Rebecca Mackenzie


What did you guys buy this week?

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Fans of the Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa: Book review

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Publisher/Year: September 8th 2015 Balzer + Bray Genre: YA Contemporary Series: No Pages: 368 Source/Format: e-arc | NetGalley (Thanks NetGalley/Balzer + Bray!) Rating: 4 stars out of 5

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affects my opinion.
*This review may contain spoilers!*
Synopsis
Mira is starting over at Saint Francis Prep. She promised her parents she would at least try to pretend that she could act like a functioning human this time, not a girl who can’t get out of bed for days on end, who only feels awake when she’s with Sebby.
Jeremy is the painfully shy art nerd at Saint Francis who’s been in self-imposed isolation after an incident that ruined his last year of school. When he sees Sebby for the first time across the school lawn, it’s as if he’s been expecting this blond, lanky boy with mischief glinting in his eye.
Sebby, Mira’s gay best friend, is a boy who seems to carry sunlight around with him. Even as life in his foster home st…

Top Ten Historical Settings I Love

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Hi everyone! Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday, which is hosted over at The Broke and The Bookish. This week's topic is Top Ten Historical Settings I Love.


1. 1920's New York
I just love the glitz and glamour of it all, but also the gangs and the violence. If I could go anywhere in time, it would be here.
2. 1950's England
After reading The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets I fell in love with this time period.
3. First/Second World War
For some unknown reason, I love reading books about war.
4. 1920's Shanghai
Despite not loving Ghosts of Shanghai, my favourite part was probably the setting, especially as I didn't expect it to be that interesting.
5. 1960's America
When I read Disappear Home, I loved the setting and all the hippies.
6. Salem Witch Trials
This time setting is equally scary as it is interesting for me.
7. Victorian London
This might be my other option if I had the choice to time travel somewhere, because I absolutely adore reading books set in this time.
8. China 1898
I fel…