Monthly Wrap-Up (February 2017)

ezgif-1-757cf2028fFebruary was soooo shoooort. Like, what do I even do with that?! It just flew by. I guess it doesn’t help that I spent most of it sick with the worst virus I’ve ever experienced. Seriously. It was horrid, and I wouldn’t wish it upon my worst enemies. Although February has come and gone far too quickly, I am excited about March because, 1) spring, and 2) it’s my birthday month! I don’t look forward to getting older, but am excited for the books I’ll be reading the products I’ll be trying and reviewing! I’m also of course looking forward to good times with friends, and getting my hair done for the first time in a while! Whoo!

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Pacific Burn by Barry Lancet (Giveaway) [CLOSED]

I am very excited to be partnering with Simon & Schuster in order to bring you guys this giveaway! The giveaway is U.S. only, (sorry international followers! I will be hosting an international giveaway very soon!) And the book being given away is Pacific Burn by Barry Lancet, which came out today!

“Pacific Burn is a page-turning, globe-spanning tale of murder, suspense, and intrigue that grabs and holds your attention from beginning to end. Barry Lancet is truly a gifted author, and his character of Jim Brodie is unlike any private investigator you’ve ever encountered in literature.” —Nelson DeMille, New York Times bestselling author of Radiant Angel

Before the link to the actual giveaway, I would like to first share some images and info about the book with all of you (courtesy of Simon & Schuster):

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The Unleashed by Bentz Deyo (Review & Giveaway) [CLOSED]

32865995Title: The Unleashed
Author: Bentz Deyo
Type: Fiction
Genre: YA, Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Third Floor Publishing, LLC
Date published: January 13, 2017
Format: Paperback
Page Count:
Source: Author

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

Summary:  Leam Holt has done the unthinkable. He’s saved Harbing from utter destruction by consuming the toxin that was intended for the entire town and he’s rescued Eloa’s father from a prison cell under Darkness Headquarters.

But at what cost? Stricken by the poison and unable to remember who he is or access his Light side, Leam is captured by the evil Gideon and brought in for interrogation and training. Surrounded by Darkness, Leam revels in his undiluted Dark power and connects with other violent and corrupt kids, especially the bold and gorgeous Rylan. Still, Leam tries to piece together memories about his past, including those of Eloa, who he discovers is in grave danger.

While Sebastian and the forces of Light work to free Leam from the grasp of the poison and Gideon, the world is thrown into turmoil from exposure to the toxin. The battle for control over the prospect, the person who will lead the world into complete Darkness or Light, is heating up, and Leam’s role in the war grows murkier.

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Beautiful Broken Girls by Kim Savage (ARC Review)

29102879Title: Beautiful Broken Girls
Author: Kim Savage
Type: Fiction
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Mystery
Imprint: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publisher: Macmillan
Date published: February 21, 2017
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 336
Source: Publisher

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

Summary:  Remember the places you touched me.

The parts of Mira Cillo that Ben touched are etched on his soul.

Palm. Hair. Chest. Cheek. Lips. Throat. Heart.

It was the last one that broke her. After her death, Mira sends Ben on a quest for notes she left in the seven places where they touched—notes that explain why she and her sister, Francesca, drowned themselves in the quarry. How Ben interprets those notes has everything to do with the way he was touched by a bad coach years before. But the truth behind the girls’ suicides is far more complicated, involving a dangerous infatuation, a deadly miracle, and a crushing lie.

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Top Ten Tuesday (#18): Top Ten Books I Liked More Than I Thought I Would

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Soooo I’ve been sick for about 2 weeks now (although it feels like much longer), and I’ve therefore not had much time for meme posts. It also seems as if our host has been dealing with a lot of real life things too, because Top Ten Tuesday will sadly be on hiatus until March 7th! Nooooo. But real life things obviously have priority, and well all understand our host’s need to take it easy.

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The Diviners by Libba Bray (Mini Review)

7728889Title: The Diviners
Author: Libba Bray
Type: Fiction
Genre: YA, Historical, Fantasy
Imprint: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publisher: Hachette Book Group
Date published: September 18, 2012
Format: Digital
Page Count: 578
Source: Personal purchase.

Summary: Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City—and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It’s 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult.

Evie worries he’ll discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far. But when the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer.

As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfold in the city that never sleeps. A young man named Memphis is caught between two worlds. A chorus girl named Theta is running from her past. A student named Jericho hides a shocking secret. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened.

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WWW WEDNESDAY (#5)

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It’s been a while since I’ve been able to write one of these, and I’m really sad about that! So I’ll be posting a few more books than usual in this post, to catch you all up! I’m also hoping to make these posts more often! Also, for those of you who don’t know what WWW Wednesday is, I will post a quote from the post written by the hostess (at Taking on the World of Words), because I think that she explains it better than I could:

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A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket (Mini Review)

izsottmTitle: A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning
Author: Lemony Snicket
Type: Fiction
Genre: Suspense
Publisher: HarperCollins
Date published: September 30, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Page Count: 176
Source: Publisher

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

Summary: Dear Reader,

I’m sorry to say that the book you are holding in your hands is extremely unpleasant. It tells an unhappy tale about three very unlucky children. Even though they are charming and clever, the Baudelaire siblings lead lives filled with misery and woe. From the very first page of this book when the children are at the beach and receive terrible news, continuing on through the entire story, disaster lurks at their heels. One might say they are magnets for misfortune.

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Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones (ARC Review)

24763621Title: Wintersong
Author: S. Jae-Jones
Type: Fiction
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Imprint: Thomas Dunne
Publisher: Macmillan
Date published: February 7, 2017
Format: Digital
Page Count: 310
Source: Publisher

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

Summary: All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.

But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.

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Top Ten Tuesday (#17): Top Then Books That I Wish Had More Kissing In Them

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And thus, ’tis time for the first Top Ten Tuesday post of February! And it is also only fitting that this post shall be very very romantic. So, if that’s not your thing, I suggest that you do not read on. Also, if you consider the amount of or lack of kissing in a book to be a spoiler, do not read on, for I will be listing the top 10 books that I wish had more kissing in them!

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