A frightened girl.

An empty field.

Four houses.

Which house would you choose?

FOUR HOUSES is a dark short story told in an unusual format that leaves readers wondering how they'd react if found in the same situation as seventeen-year-old Maddy.

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Review--Wings by Elizabeth Richards

Following the enthralling cliff-hanger ending of Phoenix, Natalie finds herself separated from Ash and unexpectedly reunited with her parents, including the father she thought was dead. After her escape from prison, Natalie's mother joined the Sentry Rebellion and had Natalie brought to her in Gallium. Natalie's relieved to know her parents are okay, despite her shock at learning her father is alive and well, but she can only think of Ash. She hasn't heard a word of him since she and Elijah were brought to the underground headquarters of the Sentry Rebellion. But she knows he's out there. And she vows not to stop searching for him, even if her parents won't help.

Ash, meanwhile, finds himself back in Black City, which was abandoned after the fires he set ravaged the city weeks ago. Still on the run from the Sentry government and now aligned with Elijah's brothers, it's the perfect place to avoid detection. He worries for Natalie, but the beat of his heart tells him she's still alive somewhere. He won't stop searching until he finds her, even as the United Sentry States and the terrible reign of Purian Rose come crashing down around him.


So I've finally read Elizabeth Richards' Wings, the conclusion to the Black City trilogy. I had read the first two installments in this series as ARCs, and then to top it off, I read this one over a month after its release. Naturally, my memory was off the fritz with trying to recall what had happened, besides the usual chaos. Add in a different trilogy with a similar setting and yeah, I struggled to get back into the groove of things, but as the pages kept turning, I gradually got into the story anew!

Basically, everything is in chaos in the United Sentry States. Purian Rose is still in power and causing mass destruction in a whole new way. Anyone not human, is a target and as to what he has planned for the country, we can only guess.

Natalie while happy to be with her parents, wants to find Ash and she's denied this at every turn. Until she finally rallies her friends and they go out to do just that. So in turn begins a whole new journey filled with danger and lots of action! Wings made for an incredible read! Add to that a new voice taking over a few chapters and we get some surprising insight. Granted, we have no clue what these past events have to do with the current ones. I really couldn't figure it out at all until it's said, but I blame that on it being over a year since I read Phoenix

I must say this is as "pulse-racing" as the cover jacket predicts! There is just so much action, so much that happens in this one, I was totally blown away! Revelations, deaths a plenty and other shocking twists made this a read to really keep you on your toes! And the ending was definitely the most pulse-racing of all! Just as you think you got things figured out, Elizabeth sends you in another direction to keep your heart racing!

There's definitely still moments of romance though! And despite my shoddy memory, I still totally melted at each and every one! Ash and Natalie are definitely one enjoyable couple! They've had their moments of doubts and struggles, but yet they still come to love one another through it all! 

The ending, the final ending I should say, definitely leaves you feeling content. There's a moment of peace and hope that I always love seeing with our characters. I always feel happy feeling like I know more of where they all stand and this one definitely gives out that feeling! I cannot wait to see what else Elizabeth will bring to us in the future, for I am definitely a fan for life!

Overall Rating 4/5 stars

Follow Friday

This is a weekly blog meme hosted by Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read.

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This week's question is: What is your favorite tv series that you can watch over and over again on Netflix?

MY ANSWER: Hmm...well I don't have Netflix, shocking I know! But there are quite a few shows I can never tire of it seems!

In no particular order, but arranged to look pretty ;) my picks are:

If for some reasons the pics aren't visible, the shows are: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Psych, The Big Bang Theory, and Supernatural (of course!)

Random Thursday

Did you know that October is "Black" month?!

Kidding, but what I mean is there are quite a few books coming out that month with the word "Black" in the title. (Initially when thinking of this post, I thought I had more titles, but apparently not!)

Check it out:

Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick
Black Spring by Christina Henry
Black Dog by Caitlin Kittredge

I might of also had Black Rook on the brain which is actually a recent release by Kelly Meade and a fantastic read! See my review here.

Review--The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets - and human lives.

In The Indigo Spell, Sydney was torn between the Alchemist way of life and what her heart and gut were telling her to do. And in one breathtaking moment that Richelle Mead fans will never forget, she made a decision that shocked even her. . . .

But the struggle isn't over for Sydney. As she navigates the aftermath of her life-changing decision, she still finds herself pulled in too many directions at once. Her sister Zoe has arrived, and while Sydney longs to grow closer to her, there's still so much she must keep secret. Working with Marcus has changed the way she views the Alchemists, and Sydney must tread a careful path as she harnesses her profound magical ability to undermine the way of life she was raised to defend. Consumed by passion and vengeance, Sydney struggles to keep her secret life under wraps as the threat of exposure — and re-education — looms larger than ever.

Pulses will race throughout this smoldering fourth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where no secret is safe.

Needless to say, I caved! I said I wouldn't read this until I had Silver Shadows in my hands, and I should have waited! Richelle Mead's The Fiery Heart was as awesome everyone's been saying it was since November! My resolve not to read this until Silver Shadows lasted up until a week before its release. I have to say though I am proud of myself for waiting this long!

After the OMG-ness of The Indigo Spell where Sydney finally admitted to her feelings for Adrian, we get to be right into a relationship of sorts between them. But naturally, they have to keep it a secret, since a relationship between a Moroi and an Alchemist is like the ultimate taboo, it would be bad enough if Sydney were just a human, but that's not the case, so their relationship is the ultimate secret throughout the book. 

It's even harder on Sydney keeping the relationship a secret--along with all the other things going on in her life; like training to harness her magical abilities and working on a way to counteract the Alchemist tattoo's powers like Marcus had been working on--when her sister Zoe is her new roommate. She's also hanging around Sydney and her friends more as her training to be a full-fledged Alchemist. She's a very ambitious sort and can be a rather pain at times. She's all about the Alchemist rules, basically, think of Sydney when we first met her and how annoying it was with her prejudice against Moroi and dhampirs.

And as the word has spread, we finally get Adrian's point of view in this book! And not just a chapter or two, but like half the book! Alternating between Adrian and Sydney's points of view, we get more insight to the character Adrian is and has become! I really felt for Adrian a lot, the struggles he goes through to be a better person for Sydney, all his doubts and pessimism. My heart ached for the guy more than once! He decides to work on his spirit abilities controlling him and try instead to control them through other means.

Our characters go through a lot of growth. Of course, over the entire course of this series to date and their original appearances in the Vampire Academy series, they have come a long way! The both of them!

Yes, we get to see old friends Rose and Dimitri again. Plus the usual Bloodlines crew! I love seeing these guys again and again! It's truly like visiting with old friends.

A lot of real life problems come up for the gang in this one. Struggles with love and romance are everywhere for all of them. We even have a new guy in the crew, Neil, he is another dhampir set to protect Jill.

The romance really heats up in this one too! OMG, the feels! I truly loved seeing Adrian and Sydney together! I loved getting both their perspectives and knowing how they felt for one another! It's truly amazing! I always envy the authors--granted female ones--who can write so beautifully from the male point of view. I feel like that would be super hard, but that's just from my writing standpoint. Needless to say Richelle does it well!

The ending, oh the ending killed me! I knew it was coming too. I was forewarned of course, but I couldn't stand it anymore! I wanted to be totally ready for when Silver Shadows arrived on my doorstep on Tuesday. And of course now, I felt myself screaming with a bit of agony at the ending! True, it wasn't totally unpredicted. We were given hints in the story itself as to what would happen, in a sense. But yeah, totally wish I had Silver Shadows at the ready, like I initially planned! You'll all be hearing a similar rant after I finish Silver Shadows and am dying for the final book too!

If you're at all a fan of Vampire Academy, you need to be reading the Bloodlines series! The Indigo Spell was the game changer for us fans and now The Fiery Heart is the one that really sets our hearts aflame--to be cliched! ;) --we pretty much know our breath will get caught when reading Silver Shadows and then there will be yet more agony and despair as we await the final installment, The Ruby Circle! I am so ready!

Overall Rating 5/5 stars

Waiting on Wednesday

I hate waiting...
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly blog post by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights releases we're eagerly awaiting.

As #1 New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong’s new Cainsville series continues, Olivia’s power to read omens leads to the discovery of a gruesome crime with troubling connections to her new hometown.

Omens, the first installment in Kelley Armstrong’s exciting new series, introduced Olivia Taylor-Jones, daughter of notorious serial killers, and Gabriel Walsh, the self-serving, morally ambiguous lawyer who became her unlikely ally. Together, they chased down a devious killer and partially cleared her parents of their horrifying crimes.

Their success, however, is short-lived. While Olivia takes refuge in the old, secluded town of Cainsville, Gabriel’s past mistakes have come to light, creating a rift between the pair just when she needs his help the most.

Olivia finds a dead woman in her car, dressed to look like her, but the body vanishes before anyone else sees it. Olivia’s convinced it’s another omen, a sign of impending danger. But then she learns that a troubled young woman went missing just days ago—the same woman Olivia found dead in her car. Someone has gone to great lengths to kill and leave this young woman as a warning. But why? And what role has her new home played in this disturbing murder?

Olivia’s effort to uncover the truth places her in the crosshairs of old and powerful forces, forces that have their own agenda, and closely guarded secrets they don’t want revealed.

I really enjoyed Kelley's new series Cainsville and sooooo cannot wait to see how this series will turn out! It's got just enough mystery and "oddness" to it to keep any paranormal fan intrigued!

TITLE: Visions
AUTHOR: Kelley Armstrong

GENRE: Urban Fantasy
RELEASE DATE: August 19, 2014

2nd Annual Beat the Heat Readathon Sign Up Post

So I decided I would take part in the 2nd Annual Beat the Heat Readathon. It sounds fun and really why not?! You can set your own challenge and since it's three weeks I figure I can get a lot done too! Since I read a lot anyway! 

Though I have NO CLUE what books I'll be reading as it's way too soon to tell! But lets aim the goal at TEN books!

It may not seem like a whole lot, but it's three weeks and I can probably average 3 books a week, sometimes more, but it all depends on the length and enjoyment of book and you know whatever else life decides to throw my way! But the goal is TEN with hopes for more!

If you're interested in joining, see the rules below or read the post in its original format at Novel Heartbeat.

Ze Rules! 

  • The Beat the Heat Readathon runs from August 11th to September 1st. What does this readathon entail, you ask? Well, read as much or as little as you want – the main point is to READ! You set your own goal, and for three weeks you read as many books as you can/want to reach your goal! 
  • There will be mini-challenges throughout the Readathon for participants, along with a grand prize giveaway at the end! 
  • Sign up here at Novel Heartbeat or over at Phantasmic Reads. You may join whenever you like, but to be eligible for our grand prize giveaway, you must sign up by August 24th. 
  • To join, all you have to do is make a sign-up post – even if it’s just a “Let’s do this!” thing – and add your post URL to the linky below! You can put your goals and progress (will be required for the final giveaway) in your sign-up post, or you can make it separate. Totally up to you! (You are welcome to use the template we provide as well.) 
  • In order to enter for the grand prize, you must have a post to keep track of your progress so we can see that you participated. 

Teaser & Top Ten Tuesdays
Here are the rules:

1. Grab your current read
2. Open to a page
3. Pick out 2 lines that are SPOILER FREE
4. Name the title, author, etc

"'It's downpouring, we have no cell phone service,, and we're in the middle of the mountains. Don't panic. Sure,' Korbie said. p 39*

*Quote comes from the ARC copy, therefore it and its page number are not final.

TITLE: Black Ice
AUTHOR: Becca Fitzpatrick

PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
GENRE: Thriller YA
RELEASE DATE: October 7, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list  that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.

This week's topic is: Top Ten Characters I Would Want With Me On A Deserted Island

*in no particular order

1. Ash from Julie Kagawa's Iron Fey Chronicles--Ash would be a good hunter and I think that would be necessary on an island
2. Atticus from Kevin Hearne's Iron Druid Chronicles--Atticus too would be good to have around, he's old, but powerful and intelligent
3. Yelena from Maria V. Snyder's Study Trilogy--Yelena knows how to taste for poisons--how she can do this without getting sick herself, I could never understand--which would also be good for getting the safe foods from the island

4. Clay from Kelley Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld Series--yes, another guy! I can't help myself! Clay would be another awesome asset since he's a werewolf! He'd be good to keep any other island inhabitants away!
5. Janco from Maria V. Snyder's Study Trilogy--Janco would be a delight to have around! He's funny, plus also resourceful just like Yelena!
6. Guy from Victoria Scott's Fire & Flood Duology--omg, did you see how Guy kicked ass in this competition?! I sooo want him on my deserted island!

7. Daemon from Jennifer L. Armentrout's Lux Series--do I need a reason to have Daemon there (and possibly me being some years younger?)?
8. Charley from Darynda Jones's Charley Davidson Series--because we're all gonna need some laughs!
9. Four from Veronica Roth's Divergent Trilogy--as long as he looks like Theo James while he's at it, I also think Four is a good survivor and resourceful type! We may not even be stranded for long!

10. Hermione from J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter Series--she's a freaking genius and she has magic! Definitely someone I want on a deserted island with me!

It's Monday! What are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. It's a fun meme where we gather to share what we've read last week and our reading plans for this week.

I am almost, almost finished with my review books! I have my current read, plus one more ARC that I won that I want to read and then I will go back to reading from my own stacks which just keep growing!

Last Week I Read:

Made for You by Melissa Marr (ARC)--Review to come at a later date
Revolution by Jenna Black (ARC)--Review to come at a later date
A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray (ARC)--Review to come at a later date
Night's Deep Hush by Erin Kellison (4.5 stars)

Currently Reading:

Black Dog by Caitlin Kittredge (ARC)

What I Plan to Read this Week:

Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick (ARC)
The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead

Other Posts of Interest:

1600 GFC Followers Contest!!

YAY! I swear every time I gain a new follower, I feel a jolt of glee! 5 years running this blog and I am now up to 1600 followers! I remember my early days and see single digits people, it was a little sad. And then the blogging community started to grow, I started finding more and more blogs, and people in turn found me! And here I am today with 1600 followers! Such a beautiful number! 

And that means it's contest time!!

Okay this first contest is for my INTERNATIONAL followers ONLY! I feel bad for my last few contests having to be US ones, so this one's for you guys!

There will be 2 winners and each winner will get to choose 1 book up to $10 (US)! So as long as the Book Depository ships to you, you're in! Sound good? Just enter the rafflecopter form and you're good to go!

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Now for my US followers I have some signed books goodies to give away! Firstly there's a signed set of Replica and Resistance by Jenna Black! 

To NOTE, Replica is a signed ARC made out to Jessica, so as long as you don't care about that, you're golden! Resistance is a normal copy signed generically!

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And secondly I have decided to give away my SIGNED ARC of Chloe Neill's Blood Games! I have read and enjoyed this one, so it's extremely gently used, practically nothing to it but travel wear from its first mail run! The cover is plain, no stunning Merit, hence why I decided I would give it away instead. Because I know some people don't care about the lack of pretty cover!

 Note, this is a borrowed pic from Chloe Neill's blog to show what the ARC looks like. And remember I only have one!

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