Montly Wrap-Up (October 2016)

First and foremost….

tumblr_muzyrxsvq41qedb29o1_500Happy Halloween!!!

I don’t know about you, but this is one of my favourite holidays! Unluckily, I woke up sick this morning, but I don’t think that I will let that stop me from getting dressed up and going to a haunted house hosted by my mother-in-law’s neighbours! I’m not sure what I’ll dress up as (gasp…I know, the last-minute-ness, and I swear I never let this happen! But I was away from Oct 2nd until the 27th and I just didn’t have time to figure something out)…but I think I’ll go with some skeleton face paint!

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The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid (ARC Review)

the_diabolic-3Title: The Diabolic
Author: S.J. Kincaid
Type: Fiction
Genre: Science Fiction, YA
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Date published: November 1, 2016
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 403
Source: Publisher

A physical copy of the book was kindly provided by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

Summary: Red Queen meets The Hunger Games in this epic novel about what happens when the galaxy’s most deadly weapon masquerades as a senator’s daughter and a hostage of the galactic court.

A Diabolic is ruthless. A Diabolic is powerful. A Diabolic has a single task: Kill in order to protect the person you’ve been created for.

Nemesis is a Diabolic, a humanoid teenager created to protect a galactic senator’s daughter, Sidonia. The two have grown up side by side, but are in no way sisters. Nemesis is expected to give her life for Sidonia, and she would do so gladly. She would also take as many lives as necessary to keep Sidonia safe.

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Wishlist Wednesdays (#3)

giphyWooooow it’s been a while since I wrote one of these! I guess I have been busy though. I’ve been working freelance, and reading a lot. I also just spent 24 days in Romania, visiting family. And the free time I had there, I spent either doing school work or reading. It’s been an adventure, haha. But in any case, I haven’t had much time to post anything other than reviews on here.

Now I’m sitting in Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam though, for a 17 hour layover (save me!), and before I try sleeping, I thought I could try writing up a daily meme post for you guys! And since it’s Wednesday, that of course means it’ll have to be a Wishlist Wednesday post!

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Top Ten Tuesday (#4): Top Ten Horror / Paranormal / Halloween-ish Books That I’ve Read

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I am very excited to have time for another Top Ten Tuesday post! I really do enjoy these, and this one in particular, sounds like it’ll be especially fun! I mean, it’s Halloween themed, so how could it not be?!

“This week’s topic is a Halloween related freebie: scary books, favorite horror novels, non-scary books to get you in the Halloween/fall mood, bookish halloween costumes, scariest book covers, scary books on my TBR, etc.”

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Wucaii by Pembroke Sinclair (Review)

41yhj3hllhlTitle: Wucaii
Author: Pembroke Sinclair
Type: Fiction
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Urban
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Date published: June 14, 2016 (original publication: April 10, 2013)
Format: E-book
Page Count: 206
Source: Author

A digital copy of the book was kindly provided by the author, in exchange for an honest review.

Summary: It has been 500 years since Aelana has been home, and a lot has changed in that time–including her. As a half-dragon, half-human hybrid, she has been traveling the universe destroying worlds. Both anxious and excited to return, she wonders what she will find. Her memories of home are filled with pain and loss, especially for her first and only love. She knows he won’t be there, but will his memory? Will her anguish remain? What waits for Aelana on her home world? Find out in this exciting urban fantasy novel by Pembroke Sinclair.

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Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (ARC Review)

28220785Title: Certain Dark Things
Author: Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Type: Fiction
Genre: Adult, Paranormal, Contemporary
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Date published: October 25, 2016
Format: E-book
Page Count: 334
Source: Publisher

A digital copy of the book was kindly provided by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

SummaryWelcome to Mexico City… An Oasis In A Sea Of Vampires…Domingo, a lonely garbage-collecting street kid, is busy eeking out a living when a jaded vampire on the run swoops into his life. Atl, the descendant of Aztec blood drinkers, must feast on the young to survive and Domingo looks especially tasty. Smart, beautiful, and dangerous, Atl needs to escape to South America, far from the rival narco-vampire clan pursuing her. Domingo is smitten.

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The Clay Girl by Heather Tucker [Review]

ECW22 The Clay Girl Selected.inddTitle: The Clay Girl
Author: Heather Tucker
Type: Fiction
Genre: Literary Fiction
Publisher: ECW Press
Date published: September 13, 2016
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 333
Source: Publisher

A physical copy of the book was kindly provided by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

SummaryVincent Appleton smiles at his daughters, raises a gun, and blows off his head. For the Appleton sisters, life had unravelled many times before. This time it explodes.

Eight-year-old Hariet, known to all as Ari, is dispatched to Cape Breton and her Aunt Mary, who is purported to eat little girls. But Mary and her partner, Nia, offer an unexpected refuge to Ari and her steadfast companion, Jasper, an imaginary seahorse. Yet the respite does not last, and Ari is torn from her aunts and forced back to her twisted mother and fractured sisters. Her new stepfather, Len, and his family offer hope, but as Ari grows to adore them, she’s severed violently from them too, when her mother moves in with the brutal Dick Irwin.

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Iron Cast by Destiny Soria [ARC Review]

28818313Title: Iron Cast
Author: Destiny Soria
Type: Fiction
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Publisher: Amulet Books
Date published: October 11, 2016
Format: E-book
Page Count: 384
Source: NetGalley

An e-copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Summary: It’s Boston, 1919, and the Cast Iron club is packed. On stage, hemopaths—whose “afflicted” blood gives them the ability to create illusions through art—Corinne and Ada have been best friends ever since infamous gangster Johnny Dervish recruited them into his circle. By night they perform for Johnny’s crowds, and by day they con Boston’s elite. When a job goes wrong and Ada is imprisoned, she realizes how precarious their position is. After she escapes, two of the Cast Iron’s hires are shot, and Johnny disappears. With the law closing in, Corinne and Ada are forced to hunt for answers, even as betrayal faces them at every turn. An ideal next read for fans of Libba Bray’s The Diviners.

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Swarm by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, and Deborah Biancotti [ARC Review]

swarm-cover-smallTitle: Swarm
Author: Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, and Deborah Biancotti
Type: Fiction
Genre: Science Fiction, YA
Publisher: Simon Pulse / Simon & Schuster
Date published: September 27, 2016
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 448
Source: Publisher

A physical ARC of this book was kindly provided by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

SummaryX-Men meets Heroes when New York Times bestselling author Scott Westerfeld teams up with award-winning authors Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti in the second book of an explosive new trilogy about a group of teens with amazing abilities.

They thought they’d already faced their toughest fight. But there’s no relaxing for the reunited Zeroes. These six teens with unique abilities have taken on bank robbers, drug dealers and mobsters. Now they’re trying to lay low so they can get their new illegal nightclub off the ground. But the quiet doesn’t last long when two strangers come to town, bringing with them a whole different kind of crowd-based chaos. And hot on their tails is a crowd-power even more dangerous and sinister.

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