Notice:


As of June 9, 2012 I will no longer be accepting e-books for review. This is due to the overwhelming
demand of reviews, work and night classes taking up a lot of my spare time. It
is taking me several months to read and post reviews therefore until “my to be
reviewed list” is smaller I will no longer accept any more e-books for review.
I am extremely sorry.


January 15, 2012

Review: Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick + Giveaway

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The noise between Patch and Nora is gone. They've overcome the secrets riddled in Patch's dark past...bridged two irreconcilable worlds...faced heart-wrenching tests of betrayal, loyalty and trust...and all for a love that will transcend the boundary between heaven and earth. Armed with nothing but their absolute faith in one another, Patch and Nora enter a desperate fight to stop a villain who holds the power to shatter everything they've worked for—and their love—forever. Excerpt from Becca’s website

I loved Hush, Hush and Crescendo but Silence was a bit of a letdown for me. I was a hoping for a different version of the continuation of the series. I wasn't expecting to relearn everything that seemed to have happened in the previous 2 books. For this reason I was a bit disappointed in Silence. Nora and Patch's characters felt off to me like they weren't the same from the previous books. I did like the Hank Miller storyline it was really the only thing that kept my interest in the story. I have recently learned that there is going to be a 4th book in the series and I'm not 100% sure where the series is going to go from here besides the obvious. I hope the 4th book is better than the 3rd and lives up to books 1 & 2.

Special thanks to Michelle from S&S Canada for sending me a finished copy.

The Rating:

3 out of 5

The Details:

Format: Hardcover
Dimensions: 448 Pages, 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.98 in
Published: October 4, 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
ISBN - 10:1442426640
ISBN - 13:9781442426641

Giveaway Time!

I was going through my bookshelf and I noticed I have 2 copies of Silence so I will be giving away 1 copy as well as a signed bookplate!

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Rules:

- Easy Peasy just name and email no bonus points this time around

- End Jan 31 at midnight MST

- Winner will be picked via random.org

- Must be 13 yrs or older

- Open International

 

****USE THIS FORM TO ENTER****

Good Luck!

Cassay Sig

January 3, 2012

Dec RAK wrap up and Jan RAK

Did everyone get all the books they wanted for Christmas? My bf got me Beautiful Chaos, so I was pretty happy.

This month I didn’t receive any RAK but I sent out 3 books…

Sister's Red by Jackson Pearce to Darlene

Sirenz by Charlotte Bennardo and Natalie Zaman to Patricia

and

The Hollow by Jessica Verday to Lethea (@luvdaylilies on twitter)

Ladies I hope you enjoy your books!

I also participated in Broke & Bookish Secret Santa and I received Dreamland by Alyson Noel and Playing Hurt by Holly Schindler from Snowdrop Dreams of Books

Heres the RAK Rules:

Good-bye 2011 and HELLOOOOO 2012!

It's a new year but we're no less excited to continue the gift of giving with RAK:)

Please remember that R.A.K. is not about receiving FREE books! It's about giving as well as receiving. It's about passing on the joy of reading and books with others. If during any given month, you find that you may not be able to give at all, please reconsider signing up for that month. We've found that there have been quite a few people who have received but not given and that may seem unfair to some.
COMPLETE RULES RE-CAP:
Please read carefully & follow all rules! Thank you!

  • Please sign-up each month that you can participate (and by participate, we mean give as well as receive).
  • Show off your participation by grabbing our RAK button (code is in the right sidebar).
  • Create a wish list (on Amazon, Goodreads, or your blog, etc) and post it in the Google Doc located in each R.A.K post for the month.
  • If you choose to do a R.A.K for someone, check out their wish list and contact that blogger directly for their information.
  • Once you receive a RAK, send us an our new email to [rakbybooksoulmates @ gmail . com] so that we can update the Google Doc. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU SEND EMAILS TO THIS ADDRESS!
  • E-book participation is limited to files being gifted directly to a person from the e-book store. Amazon's Kindle Store is set up to allow this, as well as the Kobo store and we believe Barnes & Noble with Nook as well.
  • At the end of the month, SHOW US YOUR R.A.K by making a "RAK Wrap-Up" post. This post should include who you SENT gifts to as well who you RECEIVED gifts from :)

OPEN TO EVERYONE including all our International brethren!

Remember, there's always the Book Depository and they offer FREE shipping!

Easy peezy!!

January Wish List:

The Demon Trappers Daughter by Jana Pliver

Blood Bound by Rachel Vincent

Witches of East End by Melissa de la Cruz

Hourglass by Myra McEntire

Crossed by Ally Condie

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

The Kane Chronicles, Book Two: Throne Of Fire by Rick Riordan

Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder

Wither (The Chemical Garden Trilogy) by Lauren DeStefano

A Game Of Thrones / A Clash Of Kings / A Storm Of Swords / A Feast Frow Crows / A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Sweet Venom by Tara Lynn Childs

So Silver Bright by Lisa Mantchev (hardcover to match the others)

Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

Hope you all get a butt load of books!

Cassay Sig

2011 Wrap up and a look at 2012

Well I can’t believe 2011 is over but am I ever glad! It was not the best year for me Sad smile and I am hoping that 2012 will be better.

It will be busier than normal that’s for sure. I am currently enrolled in my first PACE lvl (national lvl) course for my degree and its tough and my motivation for school is like –1,000,000 (but no one likes school right?) So I have been *trying* to focus on that. April is fast approaching and we will be doing the 2nd Annual Break Cassay’s out of Tax Jail. So if you want to have a guest post in the month of April let me know. Come this summer and fall I am looking at doing my field placement with has several papers that need to be written Confused smile. And then in March 2013 the most exciting thing ever is going to happen! My condo will be built and I will get to move in! This is the only thing that is going to help me get through this year besides books. Every few weeks I do what I call a “drive by” and it looks like they have finished the underground parking and having started digging up the ground where the building will be going. So that my personal life in a nutshell.

I have sooo many indie novels to review and sooo many personal books to reads and I feel bad that its taking me anywhere between 3-5+ months to read and review the novels that have been provided. But I thank the authors so much for being supportive and not demanding reviews NOW and giving me time to read/enjoy their novel and write down my thoughts. Due to the overwhelming review requests I have started to be a little bit more picky on which novels I am accepting to review but those that I don’t accept I am adding to a “go buy for ereader” list.

So to slowly eliminate my stressful TBR piles I have decided that for each review book I read I will read a personal book and I will mix in some BORING text book reading.

This year I met some wonderful indie authors with fantastic stories but I think my favorite story I have read this year would be…..

Her Dark Destiny by Dave Ferraro (you can find my review here)

 

How was your year? What was your favorite read this year?

Here’s to 2012!

Cassay Sig