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Review: While The Sun Is Above Us

Brooke Banks | 3:46 AM | | | | | 1 Comments


Title: While the Sun is Above Us  
Author: Melanie Schnell  
Genre: Adult, Contemporary,
Paperback, 240 pages
Published April 1st 2012 by Freehand Books (Broadview Press)
While The Sun Is Above Us takes readers deep into the extraordinary world of Sudan through the intertwined narratives of two women. In the midst of a bloody civil war, Adut is brutally captured and held as a slave for eight years. Sandra, fleeing her life in Canada, travels to South Sudan as an aid worker but soon finds herself unwittingly embroiled in a violent local conflict. When chance brings Adut and Sandra together in a brief but profound moment, their lives change forever.

In captivating prose, Melanie Schnell offers imaginative insight into the lives of innocents in a land at war, rendering horrific experiences with exquisite clarity. While The Sun Is Above Us explores the immense power of the imagination, the human desire for connection, and the endurance of hope.

“Schnell’s prose is transparent and true, and her voice is haunting, full of emotional clout. Hers are characters made of flesh and blood—they are brave, vulnerable, strong and, ultimately, alive with hope.”—Lisa Moore

”An urgent and powerful story about two women speaking to each other across every imaginable divide. This is a story that needs to be told!”—Buffy Cram, author of Radio Belly


I've won a copy of this book through a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.

I think I've said "wow" 15 times after finishing this book, trying to figure out how to write this review.

When I saw this book on the Goodreads giveaways page, I knew I wanted needed to read it. When I saw the book was written by a white Canadian woman, like Sandra in the book, I was a bit worried. I worried that Sandra would dominate the book unfairly and that it would be all about her perspective. Or it would become another tale of "whitey saves the natives from themselves". I also worried that Adut wouldn't be come across with the accurate perspective of a native Sudan woman and would instead sound whitewashed.

After reading, I find those fears were unfounded and  think Schnelle pulled it off expertly. From her bio on her website it says she lived in Sudan and from the Acknowledgement page in the book it's clear Schnell did an extensive amount of thorough research. I'm impressed with her effort and think it paid off.

{Admittedly, though  I do not have first hand experience with Sudan or its people. All my knowledge, limited as it is, comes from news sources - which is hardly a bastion of objective reporting anymore. Thus, my statements are qualified with "I think".}

Both women have distinct, compelling voices. While I was able to grasp early on what happened when the two women crossed paths, I didn't know what lead up to that point. I was completely enthralled by these women and couldn't stop reading their story. Not only to find out what happened but also because it's written so well. This book is written so beautifully. The writing is crisp, clear and direct,which I think matches the subject and characters perfectly. I love how the women alternated telling their stories and how they switched between past and present.

It's an enjoyable read in a gripping, heart-wrenching, tear-jerking, stomach-turning kind of way. It's a great book. It's just not for the faint of heart. It's not gory, glorified or graphic but rather matter of fact and straightforward. It's so realistic and perfectly on point, I started to wonder if this did in fact really happen. That's how good was.

When Sandra and Adut are done telling their stories, it sticks with you after. What happened in this book is so haunting and their voices so strong. There is also the lingering questions that don't get answered. There might not even be answers to those questions but I couldn't help wondering anyways. The questions are ultimately minor in relation to the overall story but still, I'd love to know how it is all connected.

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Review of Midnight: Century of the Vampires #1

Brooke Banks | 11:09 AM | | | | Please comment!

Midnight: Century of the Vampires (Midnight, 1)Midnight: Century of the Vampires by Ami Blackwelder

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

FYI: I received a copy through LibraryThing's Early Reviewers program in order to give an honest review. I haven’t read any of the author’s other work.

Hit or Miss? Midnight didn't even get up to the plate.

Recommend: Not in its current state. (Dec. 20th, 2012) Maybe with severe revisions.


This really felt like an incomplete, rushed rough draft and no, not because it was short novella either.  There were lots of typos in my copy for some reason. Mostly words with double l's missing an l. Of course, while typos are distracting they are  minor and easily correctable. This novella as more critical issues with believability and logical follow through. There's potential but if this is going to be the story's final form, then I can't in good conscious recommend it. I honestly didn't enjoy it, though I might have if things were fixed/changed. I was thinking of not rating this as it really does feel incomplete but I’m suppose to review the copy I have. For now, it is what it is.

  Specifically: ****Spoilers****

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The Ultimate Fan of Beth Revis?

Brooke Banks | 4:14 AM | | | Please comment!
Ok, so author Beth Revis is having this amazing giveaway for her fans:
The Grand Prize!

Now, most of the entries are for reviewers of her books Across the Universe, A Million Suns, and Shades of Earth.

Here's the catch - I haven't reviewed them because I haven't read them. So why would I enter a giveaway specifically for the ultimate fan? Part of me feels bad and thinks I shouldn't enter to let the real fans win it. The other part of me wants to win it so badly. I've heard so many great things about this series and think it would be mine kind of book. I've entered into SO many giveaways to try and win these books.  I don't have the ability to buy them and neither does my small family so my options to read them is giveaways or piracy. I have not and will not be a pirate because I don't want to take away from authors. I can't do the library either because my ex stole my card, took out a bunch of CDs and movies that he didn't return. I owe the library money and can't take out books until I pay it, which I can't do. (That dude is an asshole and hit me where it hurts)

Of course, I haven't won them yet so how can I say I'm the ultimate fan? I'm still a fan of Beth Revis because of the awesome person she seems to be. (I say seems only because I haven't talked to her personally.) I'm still a fan because I've entered, followed, tweeted and shared these books so many times through so many different giveaways. I want to read them and will absolutely review them when I do. And believe me, I will my get hands on these books because I want them so badly. For the giveaways doing gift cards and books of choice, guess which choice I'm going to make?

 A love out of time. A spaceship built of secrets and murder.

Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.

Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone-one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship-tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn't do something soon, her parents will be next.

Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there's only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming
Yep, that's right.

That's why I want to win. This is why I'm different than most people entering. I'm being honest and can't call myself the ultimate fan.  I'd quite honestly be happy with the third runner up prize, so I can finally read the books. Should I pass up the giveaway for others? Maybe. If Beth Revis thinks I shouldn't win, then I'm okay with that and will bow out completely. I can't say I deserve to win but *I* know how much I want this and how it would just third place would make my year.

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2013 TBR Reading Challenge

Brooke Banks | 10:58 PM | 1 Comments
(Note: Blog is currently under construction. Constant construction....please don't judge me! I know nothing and am slowly, painfully learning my way.)

I'm totally joining the 2013 TBR Pile Reading Challenge, hosted by Evie @ Bookish! I love reading ARCs and all that but a lot of books I just want to read have fallen by the wayside because of this. So, I'm pledged to work on my TBR list and want to make it to tier "Married With Children" in the challenge. Or at least try to.  I even have a plan of action! I'm going to read one ARC, then read a TBR book, and switch off like that.

The Appeal: 

We all have those books. We buy them, win them, they're gifted to us.. Then we put them up on a bookshelf and there they stay, collecting dust, waiting for the time when we'll finally decide to pick them up.. 
Join us on a quest to dust off your TBR Pile and read all the books you've been telling yourself you'll read next time you'll get a chance.. This is your chance! And we've got PRIZES!!! :D

Challenge Guidelines:
  1. This challenge will run from Jan 1, 2013 - Dec 31, 2013.
  2. Anyone can enter! You don't have to be a blogger, as long as you review the book you've read! (On your blog, Amazon or Goodreads/Shelfari!)
  3. Any genre, length or format of book counts, as long as it is a book that's been sitting on your shelf for some time now. Only books released in 2012 and earlier! NO  2013 ARCs and 2013 fresh-off-the-press releases allowed!
  4. You can list your books in advance or just put them in a wrap-up post. If you list them, feel free to change them as the mood takes you.
  5. When you sign up in the linky, put the direct link to your post about joining the 2013 TBR  PILE Reading Challenge. (If you don't have a blog, post about it on Facebook or Tweet!)
  6. You can move up levels, but no moving down.
  7. Sign-ups will be open until Dec 15, 2013, so feel free to join at any time throughout the year.
  8. On the 20th of each month one of the hosts will post a wrap-up. Every wrap-up will have it's unique theme, a mini-challenge, a giveaway and place for you to link up your reviews from this monthFor each review you link up, you will get one entry in a drawing of one book of choice from Book Depository. It's open to INTERNATIONALS. The giveaway will be open until the next wrap up post goes up! (i.e. the entire month)
  9. If you miss a wrap-up post + giveaway, you can link up your reviews next month. Do not, however, try to link up one review twice - we will be checking ;) 
  10. December is a wrap-up for the whole year. All the book reviews you linked up January-November + the ones you'll link up in December will be entered into a HUGE giveaway - a box of books
  11. You don't have to follow all the hosts to join the challenge, but you do have to follow all of us to be entered in giveaways!
(how many books you're planning to read for this challenge in 2013)

1-10 - A Firm Handshake
11-20 - A Friendly Hug
21-30 - A Sweet Kiss
31-40 - Love At First Sight
41-50 - Married With Children

For more information check out the host post, Evie @ Bookish

Below is an extremely tentative list of books I want to read for this challenge, just to give you an idea of what I've missed out on.

  • Ephemera series by Anne Bishop
  • Moirin Trilogy by Jacqueline Carey
  • Rain Wild Chronicles by Robin Hobb
  • Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult
  • The Wolf Gift by Anne Rice
  • Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
  • Demon Cycle by Peter V. Brett
  • Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
  • Tilt by Ellen Hopkins
  • Paraol Protectorate by Gail Carriger
  • Divergent/Insurgant
  • The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa
  • Desert Rice by Angela Scott
  • Transcend by Christine Fonseca
  • Keeper of the Light series by Dejana Vuletic
  • Black City by Elizabeth Richards
  • Velveteen by Daniel Marks
  • The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
  • The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefater
  • Elemental by Antony John
  • The Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne
  • Rizzoli & Isles by Tess Gerritsen
  • Showtime by Cloe Kayne
  • The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress
  • City of Dark Magic by Magnus Flyte
  • Anna Karenina
  • Grimspace by Anne Aguirre
  • Origin by Jessica Khoury
  • Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
  • Rootless by Chris Howard
  • The Fox's Mask by Anna Frost
  • Forge of Darkness by Steven Erikson
  • Finding ELE by Rebecca Gober & Courtney Nuckels
  • Matt Archer Monster Hunter by Kendra C. Highley
  • Night Angel series by Brent Weeks
  • Elemental Assasin series by Jennifer Estep
  • Night Marchers series by Rebecca Gober & Courtney Nuckels
  • Greta and the Goblin King by Chloe Jacobs
  • Legend series by Marie Lu
  • Causal Enchantment series by K.A. Tucker
  • Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Lanin Taylor
  • City of Bones
  • Matched
  • Clockwork Angel
  • The Luxe
  • Rot & Ruin
  • Unearthly

......and the list goes on and on and on and on...

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Status Report

Brooke Banks | 7:18 PM | 1 Comments
Well, I'm sitting here with two reviews to write, 6 books to read and a blog to design.

I jumped into my own blog knowing nothing and am currently over my head. For now, I'm going to keep doing reviews on Goodreads, Library Thing, Shelfari, etc and designing my blog at night. Once I get things the way I want them, I'll put my full effort into my blog. I'm nit-picky and particular so just looking at my blog the way it is makes me itch. I don't know why or how but I like things a certain way and until I get them correct, I'm not going to be able to focus on just blogging. Since changing the template changes blog posts I'm not going to keep posting since once I get the template/design how I want it, I'm going to have to correct each post.

Hopefully, it won't take too long. In the mean time I'll keep working on my writing and my reviews.
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Review: Hanging by a Thread

Brooke Banks | 12:24 PM | | | | | | 1 Comments

Hanging by a Thread
Hanging by a Thread by Sophie Littlefield
2 1/2 Stars: It was just okay for me, but someone else might get into it.

I won this book from a giveaway through Adventures in YA Publishing.
FYI: I haven't read any of the author's work before this so it's completely new and reading it as a stand alone novel.

I thought this book was okay. I liked it but not really liked it. It could have been better. I think the characters were done well. Their relationships were dynamic and made sense. The love interest was instant yet they didn't try to make it deeper by talking much about common interests. It's flimsy and I'm not an insta-noodle-love fan. Lust? Yeah, got it. Love, though, I don't buy the ramen noodle approach to it. Usually there's some dire circumstances pushing them together or a paranormal connection like soul mates to make it work. This time around it's Jake pretending to care about clothes and the teenagers are model hot of course. I'm wondering now what will happen next when old friends meet new and Jack learns the little secret about Clare. The characters did progress, which usually I'm head over heels for but in the total package there just wasn't enough for me. But is it enough to go on to the next book? I don't know. I really don't care and probably won't think about it at all once I'm done with this review. I think it will depend on what's the next mystery.

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Good Choice Reading Promotions: Cover/Blurb Reveal: SOMETHING DARKER by S.A. Price...

Brooke Banks | 1:47 PM | Please comment!
Good Choice Reading Promotions: Cover/Blurb Reveal: SOMETHING DARKER by S.A. Price...:

I have found and entered to giveaway this intriguing paranormal story about a God, his lost love and a librarian. I can't review it yet because I haven't read it but I encourage everyone to check it out! If you win or read it, let me know your thoughts; I'd love to hear about it. So everyone read on, enter and let's all cross our fingers! There's even more to win if you follow the link to Good Choice Reading.
SOMETHING DARKER (book one of the Inferii Dii)

Mmmm, sexy. If only the flame wasn't blocking the way!
SOMETHING DARKER (book one of the Inferii Dii)

The one thing Syrus Alcot, the God of Death Osiris in the Egyptian Pantheon, wants in all the worlds is the woman he loved and lost returned to him. When he gave up his powers, and freedom for a life of service he was promised her return. That was over one thousand years ago. A member of a team of dark gods charged with keeping humanity safe, he leads a loveless existence in New York City, searching for the one thing that could bring his wife back to him, a lapis scarab that was lost to him ages before.

Gwen Stapleton, a mild mannered librarian, is unaware that she holds the key to not only Syrus’ happiness, but her own. Seemingly stuck in a hopeless relationship with a man she doesn’t love, she has no idea that a chance meeting in Alphabet City will start a landslide to her heart’s content. Because Gwen is the keeper of the scarab, and is everything Syrus has ever wanted… and hes not the only one.

An Ancient evil is waking, and its servants will stop at nothing to see it seize its rightful place as the new pantheon of earth. And in order for Syrus and his team to save the world, Gwen is going to have to accept him, and show that love does make all the difference.
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Review: Cover of Snow

Cover of Snow by Jenny Milchman

I won this through a Goodreads Giveaway.
As I started reading the first chapter unfold and then finish with such a eerie, disturbing, "oh, fuck" moment that was just perfect, I was hooked.

In the middle I had some solid thoughts about what was going on and what was going to happen. At that point it started feeling a bit slow but it was still good. It was still intriguing.

The ending was...not really satisfying. On one hand, I don't want the "everything was okay and they all lived happily ever after since the villains were vanquished", on the other hand I felt it needed more resolution. It's hard to explain without giving anything away. Hmm....okay, say for instance there's this story, right? The main character is trying to get everyone to see "the light" and get rid of "the darkness". We go along this journey and the story ends with the main character revealing "the light" to everyone and they finally see "the darkness" for what it is. That's great! But what happens after? Do people embrace the light, fight it or flee? Does the darkness end, stay or get away unharmed? What happens?!? The main character's current main focus is done but the story isn't. Since I haven't read, heard or seen anything to suggest a sequel to this book, I feel...blah about the ending. I get not wanting to drag the story out further, leaving some room to maybe continue, letting the reader wonder and that it felt like a good place to end the book. I get it, I just don't particularly like it in this case. Now, if I knew this would be a series instead of a stand alone, I'd be okay with it.

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Review: That Night on Thistle Lane

Brooke Banks | 3:10 PM | | | | | | Please comment!

That Night on Thistle Lane by Carla Neggers    
I won this book through a Goodreads Giveaway.

It was okay. I can see the appeal but it wasn't really for me. I was fine for an average 3 star rating til the end. Then I just sighed and rolled my eyes as the last reveal. Oh well. I think it's okay for what it is but I'm not a fan. I could have liked it more but it didn't work out that way.

I recommend for romance lovers, for Carla Neggers fans, and for a quick, light, easy breezy read. It references classic old fashioned love stories and is clearly going for that type while being in modern times.

If you're looking for fast pace or steamy scenes, I doubt this work since it's so chaste and sparse. There's two scenes, in the middle and end, that totally maybe two pages. Everything else is looks, thoughts, and a kind of kiss.

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[Review] Saint's Gate: Subpar Villain and Romance Holds Back A Solid Case

Saint’s Gate is the first installment in Carla Neggers’s Sharpe & Donovan series. I won Saint’s Gate as a bundle with the second book, Heron’s Cove, from a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.

I loved the bits of information about Vikings, painting, and visual vocabulary. It reminded me of Ideas and Values in the Humanities (HUM 250 & 251). I don’t give a fuck about “saints” but I find them interesting historically in a detached way.

The insider’s peek into their nunnery is well done and the nuns aren’t stereotypes. The small town living experience is there in spades and it’s interesting how its subcommunities intertwine.

These lifelike neighborhoods coupled with mood-matching environment descriptions created a moving atmosphere. This along with an interesting buildup whodunit made me continue reading.

I do think the blurb’s misleading though, I’d call it a mounting mystery rather than countdown thriller. But that’s only a negative expectation-wise for me. It was enjoyable nonetheless minus the romance and until the climax.
Cover with a woman walking through a gate on an overgrown garden path, Saint's Gate covers the path in capitalized white letters and Carla Neggers in yellow text on top portion
Genre: Romance, Suspense,
Age: Adult
Format: Hardcover, 331 pgs.
Source: Won, Goodreads First Reads
Rating: 2.5 Stars
Series Rating: 2.5 stars
Recommendable? Conditionally
CW: Sex, Violence, Kidnapping, Torture

When Emma Sharpe is summoned to a convent on the Maine coast, it's partly for her art crimes work with the FBI, partly because of her past with the religious order. At issue is a mysterious painting depicting scenes of Irish lore and Viking legends, and her family's connection to the work. But when the nun who contacted her is murdered, it seems legend is becoming deadly reality.

Colin Donovan is one of the FBI's most valuable assets -- a deep-cover agent who prefers to go it alone. He's back home in Maine after wrapping up his latest mission, but his friend Father Bracken presents him with an intrigue of murder, international art heists and a convent's long-held secrets that is too tempting to resist. As the danger spirals ever closer, Colin is certain of only one thing—the very intriguing Emma Sharp is at the center of it all.

A ruthless killer has Emma and Colin in the crosshairs, plunging them into a race against time and drawing them deeper into a twisted legacy of betrayal and deceit.

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Pros Cons
Well-researched, interesting topics Forced, disconnected romance
Solid mystery I didn’t figure out early Villain was fine until sudden pathological change (aka bullshit) made them a monster
Decent, likable cast of charactersFailed climax with anticlimactic ending (because of villain)
Couldn’t connect with characters emotionally

Characters start strong and coast along

Emma’s history is different than anything else I’ve read while Colin’s standard FBI hero material. Her specialty meshes with his action-oriented style, creating a perfect crime-fighting duo for this case.

Their team leader, their families, and Father Braken round out the supporting cast. They’re likable with one exception. Boy, did that fucker make it hard to reader xe’s appearances. It’s a good start for a series but you’ll have to wait for character progression.

However, I did have difficulty connecting with them. Our dynamic duo’s most common emotes are staring and deadpan. They’re introspective, communicating only about the case while sizing each other up like spitting cats. I found Father Braken and his whiskey talk more interesting.

I’ve read and watched tons of crime dramas yet these partners didn’t do anything for me. Maybe because they felt like pawns instead of people or maybe there was too much suspicion and emotional isolation. I don’t know. The next book will hopefully expand upon the good beginning and I can groove with them.

The Hot Pocket Romance

I know insta-love is a cornerstone of romantic suspense but this was so horrendous, I don’t even give a fuck about that part. It doesn’t make any sense for these characters. It felt like watching your drunken friend cook after driving them home—without the funny.
Stick figure person with creepy expression making two dolls with distressed faces kiss
Emma was almost a nun and didn’t quit for sex. Yet she goes from “OMG, look at his hips” to saying she’s in love and jumping his bones 100 pages later. Really? Saying she “tripped and fell on” would be more believable.

It’s not like she was dying to lose her virginity and didn't have the opportunity to bone an attractive man before. She’s calculating and removed emotionally, not prone to rash decisions. Yet an empty house is all she needs to become an insta-fuck seductress apparently.

Then there’s Colin. He plainly wanted sex and was checking out Emma from get-go. He flipped from aloof and cold to hot and tempting like he was trying to neg her. Obviously, not surprising he gets his freak on. However, I do have problems believing he'd commit this quickly with all of his trust issues and career. It’s beyond “I don’t get the connection”, their romance flies in the face of their characterization. It felt forced to make it a romantic suspense.

Suddenly: Sadistic Killer! *jazz hands*

I was enjoying the building suspense and mystery until the end. Then the villain got amped up to make it a “thrill ride showdown” because Murderer + Torturer= Monster. But there were no prior signs or reasons for the shift.

It’s easy to see what it was supposed to accomplish but did the opposite. Confusion rather than shock or awe disrupted my focus. It killed progress from other solid pieces of last-minute information making it anti-climactic.

Skipping the transforming bite is a misstep. And falls in line with my other problem with Saint’s Gate, the sudden vaulting characters. Instead of feeling natural, it’s like they’re forced along with a cattle prod.

Imagine people going about their lives then randomly pulling this stunt.


Interesting tidbits and atmosphere but it’s not my kind of romance and even the best part, the case, ends on a sour note.

Recommended for:
fans of Carla Neggers or those not picking about fluff. If you want a mystery or case procedural, I’d recommend previewing it. If your suspension of disbelief is stronger than mine, you’ll hopefully have a better time.

Note: Originally posted on 11/28/2012, updated on 9/19. All ratings, pros, cons, and sections remain the same, it’s (hopefully) better written now and re-formatted to fit my new design.

FYI Update: I’ve read more of Neggers’s work, beyond Heron’s Cove (Sharpe & Donovan #2) and I won’t be reading more. They’ve all been alright but not my thing, especially with the pattern of adult women virgins who of course have first-time idealized sex. However, I’ve been recommended her Death series written as J.D. Ward, so I’ll be trying that soon(ish). We’ll see if mixing up the elements is enough or if Neggers really isn’t the author for me.
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Treason Released Today!

Brooke Banks | 7:32 AM | Please comment!

One trilogy I'm really excited to read is the Grimoire Trilogy by S.M. Boyce. Everything I've read about it interests me from the premise, the setting and the characters. I can't wait to finally get my hands on it to do a review.

The first book, Lichgates has been available and here's the blurb:

The Grimoire turns its own pages and can answer any question asked of it, and Kara Magari is its next target.  

Kara has no idea what she's getting herself into when she stumbles across the old book while hiking a hidden trail. Once she opens it, she's thrown into Ourea: a beautiful world full of terrifying things that want the Grimoire's secrets. Everyone in this new world is trying to find her, and most want to control the new-found power the book bestows upon her. Even if Kara does escape, Ourea will only drag her back. 

Braeden Drakonin grew up in Ourea, and all he’s ever known of life is lying. The Grimoire is his one chance at redemption, and it lands in his lap when Kara Magari comes into his life. He has one question to ask the book—one question that can fix everything in his broken world—and he’s not letting Kara out of his sight until he gets an answer.

There’s no going back now.

Doesn't that sound awesome? 
What question would you ask the Grimoire? I've thought about it a lot and there's so many possibilities - I just can't make up my mind. Do you go the world-saving route or save yourself? Do you puzzle out the meaning of life, the start of the universe or if there's a god(s)? - Hmmm. I think someone's answer would say a lot about them and yes, I'm chicken to answer it. I'd be in the camp to leave the magic the fuck alone and keep it out of people's hands because people suck. There's just too much room for abuse.

Now the second book, Treason is released today. There's a blog tour going on right now for $500 in prizes, including gift cards and copies of the books. For 10 entries into the contest, do a blog post about the release of Treason today, and is only good for today. There's also the handy dandy buttons on my sidebar to attract your attention and spread the word. 

I'm not going to put the blurb for Treason since it has spoilers about Braedon for those of us who haven't read Lichgates yet. Sooo, my plan is to entice you into the first book so you get hooked into Treason. Sneaky, huh? Lichgates is $3 on Amazon if you want to buy or gift it today! 

Good luck to everyone entering the contest, myself included. At this point in time I'm flat broke and couldn't afford books for even a cent. I'm truly thankful for all these wonderful giveaways so I can keep reading. (I'd use the library but I owe money.) I'm grateful for my awesome neighbor who lets me use their wi-fi and to my landlord who's helping us through a tough time. Books are my lifeline, my grounding, my passion and my escape. I don't know what I'd do if I didn't have books and thankfully online I've found people just like me, so no matter what I have a safe place.

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A Great Giveaway for 12 Books!

Brooke Banks | 12:21 PM | Please comment!
One of the many reasons I wanted to start a blog for books is the many great giveaways I've found.

Now, I'm late to finding this giveaway and my blog is still a major work in progress. 

On Mostly YA Obsessed, she is celebrating the makeover of her blog by giving away 12 books or for the international folks a gift card worth $25. I've got the handy button on the side to enter but do it quickly! There's only 9 hours left at this point.
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Sharing My Love of YA

Brooke Banks | 2:06 AM | Please comment!

I love the YA genre because it really gets inside teenager's heads to explain, explore and examine what is going on with them. One of my favorite authors ever, Ellen Hopkins captured my love and admiration with her Crank series. I found it on the shelve in the school library in a little rural town where I grew up. I'd never read anything like it. I felt connected, understood and not so alone. That's where my journey began. It continued with Cut by Patrica McCormick, Luna, and Making The Run. I haven't stopped loving the genre, even though I'm no longer a young adult. I think too many adults brush off YA fiction needlessly. There's so much wealth to be found once you acknowledged that teenagers are unique, interesting individuals with their own thoughts and feelings. Reconnect with your younger self and the kids around you today while experiencing well thought out worlds and twisting plots by reading Young Adult Fiction.

If you love YA, check out Beth Revis's post about her giveaway or click on the sidebar picture!

I can't seem to get the graphic to work for the form so here's the direct link:
50 Book Giveaway from Beth Revis - Share Your Love of YA Raflecopter Form

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Brooke Banks | 2:03 AM | Please comment!
My name is Brooke Banks and I review books. I started doing this a couple of months ago on Goodreads and wanted to branch out into my own blog space.

I'm currently trying to get everything set up the way I like it. Just be patient with me here and hopefully I'll have new content up shortly. 
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