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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Happy Birthday #HarryPotter

It's a great day for Harry Potter fans! Not only is today Harry Potter's birthday, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is also out! From last night's midnight releases, to Freeform airing a weekend of Harry Potter movies, to celebrating one of the most beloved children's book characters, fans of Harry Potter have plenty of reasons celebrate! 

Dust off your HP costumes, get your HP books out, pull out your HP decor, and gather together with fellow HP fans to celebrate! Follow up your Harry Potter read-athon with a Harry Potter movie-a-thon (being aired on Freeform)! This is the perfect weekend to use HP as an excuse to cancel all your plans, and relive part of the happiest memories of your childhood..... celebrating Harry Potter. 

Please remember, not all of us will be getting our copy of The Cursed Child at the same time. Please do NOT spoil things for others! 

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare - eBook Only $0.99 from Amazon UK!

If you love The Infernal Devices series, and use Amazon UK, you're in luck! For a limited time, the kindle version of CLOCKWORK ANGEL by Cassandra Clare is only $0.99! Who wouldn't want Will, Jem and Tessa on their kindle?! You can't be that price! If you haven't yet read The Infernal Devices series, now is your chance to discover my love of Will! Head over to Amazon UK, and purchase your e-book of Clockwork Angel, here


Love is the most dangerous magic of all... First in the bestselling prequel series to The Mortal Instruments, set in Victorian London. 

Something terrifying is waiting for Tessa Gray in London’s Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Tessa seeks refuge with the Shadowhunters, a band of warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons. Tessa finds herself fascinated by – and torn between – two best friends… 

Read all the sensational books in The Shadowhunter Chronicles: The Mortal Instruments, The Infernal Devices, Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy, The Bane Chronicles, The Dark Artifices, The Last Hours and The Shadowhunter’s Codex.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Happy Birthday Cassandra Clare!

We're wishing the queen of the Shadowhunters world, a very Happy Birthday! 

We love you, and hope that you have a fantastic day today! 

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

OUT TODAY - New Releases for Tuesday 7/26/16

Happy Book Birthday to today's New YA Releases! 

Check out the newest YA titles out on book store shelves today!


  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, July 31st, 2016 from Arthur A. Levine Books

  • Which new releases are you looking forward to picking up?

    Monday, July 25, 2016

    GIFTED by Heather Swain / Blog Tour: Book Review / Giveaway

    Hello and welcome to the next stop in the GIFTED blog tour hosted by Irish Banana blog tours. I'm so thrilled to share my review for Heather's newest release. Check out my review below, and be sure you enter to win the giveaway towards the end of this post. 


    By: Heather Swain
    Published by: Feiwel & Friends
    Released on: June 14th 2016
    Purchase from: Amazon | B&N | Indiebound | iBooks | The Book Depository
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    Rating: 3.5 Stars - It's A Goodread
    I received an ARC of this book from the publisher, in exchange for my honest review

    In Orpheus Chanson's world, geniuses and prodigies are no longer born or honed through hard work. Instead, procedures to induce Acquired Savant Abilities (ASAs) are now purchased by the privileged. And Orpheus's father holds the copyright to the ASA procedure.

    Zimri Robinson, a natural musical prodigy, is a "plebe"--a worker at the enormous warehouse that supplies an on-line marketplace that has supplanted all commerce. Her grueling schedule and her grandmother's illness can't keep her from making music--even if it is illegal.

    Orpheus and Zimri are not supposed to meet. He is meant for greatness; she is not. But sometimes, rules are meant to be broken. Here is a thriller, love story, and social experiment that readers will find gripping--and terrifying.

    A dystopian with music, romance, and two characters who were never suppose to be meet. GIFTED has a dual narrative that gives readers a clearer understanding of the different worlds both Zimri and Orpheus come from. These two characters couldn't be any more different. Yet, there's something that draws the two of them together. In world where people can be created to fit into their place in society, two teens are about to break all of their society's rules to follow their own dreams and aspirations. In the process they both end up falling for each other. 

    Zimri from the get go was a character I admired. She is a hard working, lower class teen who has a love for music, and does things by her own rules. Music is not only her passion, it's her love, and hope. It's apart of who she is. Unfortunately in her society, it's also banned. Being illegal is not going to stop her from keeping her music alive. What I loved about Zimri, is who she is. It's so easy to like her. She's compassionate, a care giver to her Grandmother, and deeply rooted not only within her community family, but the musical gift her inherited from her absentee mother. She's a strong girl, and someone who's always helping those around her. She's opposite of her love interest, Orpheus.

    Orpheus, the heir to the fortune his cruel and selfish father has created, was not a character I was excepting to like. In fact, he was unlikeable at first. He does a great job at playing his part in the role his father wants him to play. His family is well known, but what those closet to him don't get, is that Orpheus wants something more. He wants the freedom to make his own decisions, and not be brainwashed like his father is forcing him to do. I admire the fact that not only does he branch out, and go to the lower ranks of society, something that's forbidden, he grows up a lot while there. He makes his own choices, and for once does some good, that makes him realize there's a lot more to life than what his sheltered, rich life has provided for him.

    Swain does a great job with the development of her characters, her world building, and the realistic, futuristic issues. I really liked the way Swain gave some current social issues a futuristic solution. She shows readers how much technology has changes (both for good and selfish reasons), the repercussion of the disappearance of the middle class, the segregation of the remaining two classes, and influences music has in society. One of the things that sparked my interest with this story was the role music played in this dystopian. It was an interesting element to add to this story, but it gave it something unique, and unlike anything else I've read before in a dystopian.  

    The only thing I wasn't a fan of with this book, were the few pop cultural references. Normally I'm not a fan of pop cultural references in books, and in this case they not only felt out of place, the references felt like they were randomly thrown in to the story. Despite it's futuristic setting, these dated the story. This kind of story needs to not feel dated, and truly feel as though it's futuristic. Instead we're told of a current pop icon's death, which dated her at 100 years old, making this story set about 75-80 years in the future. However, this is a YA and many readers that this book is targeted for may enjoy this element to the story. Over all, I liked Gifted. Normally I'm not a big dystopian reader, but this was a fun, quick read.


    Heather Swain lives in a crooked house in Brooklyn, New York with her husband, two children, a barkless dog, and two rescue cats. She is the author of four novels for young adults, two kids craft books, two novels for grown ups, and numerous short stories, personal essays, and non-fiction articles.

    Connect with Heather online

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    RECREATED by Colleen Houck / Blog Tour: Guest Post / Giveaway #RECREATED

    Hello and welcome to the next stop in the RECREATED blog tour! I am so thrilled to have Colleen on the blog today, to share with us 5 Things We Might Not Know About Her. First, here's a little bit about her newest release, RECREATED, which is the sequel to REAWAKENED.


    By: Colleen Houck
    Published by: Delacorte Press
    To Be Released on: August 2nd, 2016
    Series: The Reawakened Series #2
    Purchase from: Amazon | B&N
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    From Colleen Houck, New York Times bestselling author of The Tiger’s Curse, comes Recreated,the second book in the epic Egyptian-inspired Reawakened series, in which a seventeen-year-old must literally go to hell to save the love of her life. 

    Lily Young thought traveling across the globe with a reawakened sun prince was a grand adventure. Now she’s about to embark on the journey of a lifetime. 

    When Amon and Lily part tragically, he transports himself to the Netherworld—what mortals call hell. Tormented by the loss of his one true love, he’d rather suffer in agony during Lily’s mortal years than fulfill his duty to protect humanity. 

    Heartbroken, Lily seeks refuge on her grandmother’s farm. Yet she can feel Amon’s pain, and she has been having dreams—dreams of Amon continually suffering. 

    For before he departed, Amon gave Lily something very special, an item that connects them even though they are worlds apart. Now Lily must use this object to free him, and to free their realms from darkness and utter chaos. She will do whatever it takes.

    Five Things You Might Not Know About Colleen Houck

    Thing #1- My nickname is Freenie. My littlest brother Jared came up with this one. 

    Thing #2- I’m a certified American Sign Language Interpreter

    Thing #3- My husband is Deaf

    Thing #4- I sleep with a stuffed white tiger

    Thing #5- My favorite drink is Diet Dr. Pepper and I usually order drinks with cherries at restaurants.


    New York Times Bestselling author Colleen Houck is a lifelong reader whose literary interests include action, adventure, paranormal, science fiction, and romance. When she’s not busy writing, she likes to spend time chatting on the phone with one of her six siblings, watching plays, and shopping online. Colleen has lived in Arizona, Idaho, Utah, California, and North Carolina and is now permanently settled in Salem, Oregon with her husband and a huge assortment of plush tigers.

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    Colleen is giving away 5 Reawakened and Recreated Book sets! To enter, please fill out the form below:


    July 19

    Bridget Howard
    Top Ten Things You’ll See in Recreated
    July 20

    This or That Questions
    July 21

    Sneak Peek #1

    Jeann Wong
    Would you Rather Questions

    Stephanie Ward
    Interview with the Egyptian Prince, Amon

    Nancy and Christy
    Sneak Peek #2

    Five Things You Don’t Know about Me

    Up Close and Personal Interview 
    Top Five Playlist Picks

    Bayram Furat
    Sneak Peek #3

    A.L. Davroe
    Recreated Dream Cast 

    Brittany Todd
    Sneak Peek #4

    Camilla Dass
    Egyptian Gods and Godesses

    C.J. Redwine
    Sneak Peek #5

    Discover Your Egyptian Name

    C.J. Redwine
    Author to Author Interview

    Jenna DeTapani
    New Creatures You’ll See in Recreated

    C.J. Redwine
    Poetry and Spells

    Alejandra and Ana
    The Number Three

    C.J. Redwine
    Featured Review

    The Netherworld

    The Afterlife

    Damaris Cardinali
    Five random things about me
    Melissa Murray
    Ten Books I recommend to my fans
    Haley Hagen
    Ten books I can’t believe I haven’t read

    Erica Gold
    Never have I ever

    Five things that make a good villain