HALF BAD: REVIEW + GIVEAWAY



Half Bad (Half Bad Trilogy #1)
by Sally Green
Publishing: March 4, 2014 | PenguinTeen'
Status: DNF
         Wanted by no one.
         Hunted by everyone.

         Sixteen-year-old Nathan lives in a cage: beaten, shackled, trained to kill. In a modern-day England where two warring factions of witches live amongst humans, Nathan is an abomination, the illegitimate son of the world's most terrifying and violent witch, Marcus. Nathan's only hope for survival is to escape his captors, track down Marcus, and receive the three gifts that will bring him into his own magical powers—before it's too late. But how can Nathan find his father when there is no one safe to trust, not even family, not even the girl he loves?
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RELEASE DAY BLITZ!



The Dreamcatcher (Dreamland #1.5!

by E.J. Mellow
        He captured hearts and now he's captured the spotlight.
        Experience The Dreamcatcher, a novella comprised of scenes from The Dreamer told in Dev's point of view., as well as seven extra scenes that did not appear in book one!
        *This is a companion piece to The Dreamland Series and is to be read AFTER The Dreamer for story consistency and spoilers


        E.J. Mellow is the author behind the NA Contemporary Fantasy trilogy The Dreamland Series. When she's not busy moonlighting in the realm of make-believe, she can be found doodling, buried in a book (usually this one), or playing video games. 
        Residing in Brooklyn, NY she is currently working on the third and final book in her series.


I'M NOT DISAPPOINTED, FOR ONCE!



Cruel Beauty (Cruel Beauty Universe #1)

by Rosamund Hodge
Publishing: January 28, 2014 | Balzar & Bray
Status: Finished. I will buy this and reread it over and over. That's how much I loved this book
         Graceling meets Beauty and the Beast in this sweeping fantasy about one girl's journey to fulfill her destiny and the monster who gets in her way-by stealing her heart.
         Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.
         Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.
         With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she's ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.
         But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle—a shifting maze of magical rooms—enthralls her.
         As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex's secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love.

NOVELLA: THE DREAMCATCHER



The Dreamcatcher (Dreamland #1.5)
by E.J. Mellow
Publishing: February 26, 2016 | Four Eyed Owl
Status: Finished
       He captured hearts and now he’s captured the spotlight.
       Experience The Dreamcatcher, a novella comprised of scenes from The Dreamer told from Dev’s point of view, as well as seven extra scenes that did not appear in book one!
       *This is a companion piece to The Dreamland Series and is to be read after The Dreamer for story consistency and spoilers.*

I FINALLY TALK ABOUT IT

It's that time of the year again-the time to reread my favorite book. Yes, I read this book every year, sometimes twice. I don't think love is a strong enough word to describe my feelings for this book, it's more of an obsession to be honest. Please excuse my horrendous grammar and punctuation.

PARODY OF GOOD AND EVIL



The School for Good and Evil (#1)
by Soman Chainani
Publishing: May 14, 2013 | HarperCollins
Status: DNF
         The first kidnappings happened two hundred years before. Some years it was two boys taken, some years two girls, sometimes one of each. But if at first the choices seemed random, soon the pattern became clear. One was always beautiful and good, the child every parent wanted as their own. The other was homely and odd, an outcast from birth. An opposing pair, plucked from youth and spirited away.
         This year, best friends Sophie and Agatha are about to discover where all the lost children go: the fabled School for Good & Evil, where ordinary boys and girls are trained to be fairy tale heroes and villains. As the most beautiful girl in Gavaldon, Sophie has dreamed of being kidnapped into an enchanted world her whole life. With her pink dresses, glass slippers, and devotion to good deeds, she knows she’ll earn top marks at the School for Good and graduate a storybook princess. Meanwhile Agatha, with her shapeless black frocks, wicked pet cat, and dislike of nearly everyone, seems a natural fit for the School for Evil.
         But when the two girls are swept into the Endless Woods, they find their fortunes reversed—Sophie’s dumped in the School for Evil to take Uglification, Death Curses, and Henchmen Training, while Agatha finds herself in the School For Good, thrust amongst handsome princes and fair maidens for classes in Princess Etiquette and Animal Communication.. But what if the mistake is actually the first clue to discovering who Sophie and Agatha really are.

BOOK REVIEW | THE ROMANCE *PUKE*



The Madman's Daughter (The Madman's Daughter #1)
by Megan Shepherd
Publishing: January 29, 2013 | Balzer & Bray
Status: DNF
          Sixteen-year-old Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself in London—working as a maid, attending church on Sundays, and trying not to think about the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumors about her father’s gruesome experiments. But when she learns he is alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the accusations are true.
          Accompanied by her father’s handsome young assistant, Montgomery, and an enigmatic castaway, Edward—both of whom she is deeply drawn to—Juliet travels to the island, only to discover the depths of her father’s madness: He has experimented on animals so that they resemble, speak, and behave as humans. And worse, one of the creatures has turned violent and is killing the island’s inhabitants. Torn between horror and scientific curiosity, Juliet knows she must end her father's dangerous experiments and escape her jungle prison before it's too late. Yet as the island falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her father’s genius—and madness—in her own blood.

BOOK COVERS

"Don't judge a book by its cover."

I'm sure you heard this at least once in our life and I'm sure you ignored it. I certainly have. When you're looking for books online or perusing your bookstore, a book with a great cover captures your attention. You click on it/take it off the shelf, read what it's about and you sample it. A book cover is so important-it does more than covering a book.

Almost every book cover relates to what the book is about. Maybe it's an object from the book or an idea. It provides a little insight. Sometimes it's in your face and incredibly literal or it's subtle and abstract. I'm going to mention some of my favorite covers because I'm vain and appearances mean a lot to me.

WHAT TO GET FOR THAT SPECIAL NERD IN YOUR LIFE

It's almost Valentines Day. Roses/Flowers, giant teddy bears where do you even put that? and chocolates are great, but I think these items are better. (I am not being sponsored by any of these shops. I only mentioned them because I thought they were cute.)

If you click on most of the images, they will lead you to the store.

My friend has a Celaena Sardothien bookmark from this store and I was so fascinated by it. It's basically a really cute, magnetic clip. The shop has all types of book characters, TV show characters, and miscellaneous things. It might be difficult finding a certain character because their product name is different.