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Hedgie's Must Reads: October 2014

Gasp! It's the end of October! That means Christmas is exactly one month away! Well, December is, at least, but to me the whole month of December is Christmas. :-) So October was a great month. It was busy; I'm so glad I took that break in September. Worked a lot, even wrote some in my new story, didn't read as much as I wanted to, but still found some good books! But enough with all that - let's get into the books! So technically, I read these in September, but they didn't get reviewed until October, due to my little month-long break.

October Wrap-Up

The Assassin's Blade by Sarah J. Maas (3/5)
A series of five novella prequels to Throne of Glass, telling Celaena's story of how she ended up in the salt mines and what happened to Sam. I enjoyed most of the novellas, wasn't a huge of the romance - and unsurprisingly Celaena - but it was terrific backstory that helped me understand Celaena better. I still don't like her, though. However, Arobynn Hamel, …

October 2014 Book Haul

October is over! Which means we're heading in to the serious holidays! Yay! (I think.) So October was pretty busy; I didn't get as much reading done as I wanted, but I certainly got a lot of book buying done. To be totally and absolutely fair to myself, 26 of these book were $1.00 each (can't pass up a bargain like that!) and several more were free review copies (finished ones at that!). So in reality, while this book haul is massive, I didn't actually spend all that much money.

Waiting on Wednesday #65 + WWW Wednesday #35

The Retribution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #3) by Michelle Hodkin Publication Date: November 4, 2014
From Goodreads:
Mara Dyer wants to believe there's more to the lies she's been told. There is.
She doesn't stop to think about where her quest for the truth might lead. She should.
She never had to imagine how far she would go for vengeance. She will now.
Loyalties are betrayed, guilt and innocence tangle, and fat and chance collide in this shocking conclusion to Mara Dyer's story. Retribution has arrived.
Why I'm Excited
- True, I haven't yet read the other books. But I plan to very soon (this will, in fact, probably be the next series I buy), and I've heard nothing but good - and odd - things about this series. - I like odd.
Mortal Heart (His Fair Assassin #3) by Robin LaFevers Publication Date: November 4, 2014
From Goodreads:
Annith has watched her gifted sisters at the convent come and go, carrying out their dark dealings in the name of St. Mortain, patiently …

Top Ten Tuesday #63 + Teaser Tuesday #24

This week's topic: Top 10 Characters I Would Want to Be for Halloween. Quite honestly, I have no idea. And I'm tired enough that if I weren't dedicated to this blog and my readers, I would just skip this Top 10. But I won't! I will persevere! So, watch as I muddle my way through this!
Halt from Ranger's Apprentice by John Flanagan. Or, really, just any Ranger. It doesn't necessarily have to be Halt. I have the bow and the horse and the cloak - why not?Violet Baudelaire from A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. I actually did dress up as Violet one year - not for Halloween; another event (can't remember what). And it was fun. Sadly, I don't think my Violet costume fits anymore. . . .Flavia Gemina from The Roman Mysteriesby Caroline Lawrence. Also dressed up as her on numerous occasions. Sewing a sky-blue tunic isn't hard.George from Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene. Forget dressing up as Nancy Drew; everyone does (or did) that! George was my …

Review: The Universe Builders - Steve LeBel

The Universe Builders by Steve LeBel
Genre: YA, fantasy, science fiction
Published on August 1, 2014
Published by Argon Press
Pages: 420
Read From: 10.4.14 - 10.17.14

We've all heard of the fabled perfect being, the Greek God.Well, how about a geek god? named Bernie, yet.Fresh with his diploma from God School, determined but unsure, bright but without confidence, Bernie faces the challenge of building his own universe. If only it were that easy. . . .An old school rival will do whatever it takes to ensure Bernie's failure, even if it means destroying his world.It's god vs. god, guile vs. goodness, where only one of them plays by the rules. Bernie must find a way to outwit his evil foe. If he fails, it will cost him everything.
Cover Blurb:Yes or No? The cover art isn't bad. It's very sci-fi and rather interesting.

Characters: I wanted to connect to someone very badly, but I just couldn't. Bernie was a nice enough guy, but he was also pretty flat - as was …

Stacking the Shelves #65


Atlantia by Ally Condie For as long as she can remember, Rio has dreamed of the sand and sky Above - of life beyond her underwater city of Atlantia. But in a single moment, all Rio's hopes for the future are shattered when her twin sister, Bay, makes an unexpected choice, standing Rio Below. Alone, ripped away from the last person who knew Rio's true self - and the powerful siren voice she has long silenced - she has noting left to lose.
Guided by a dangerous and unlikely mentor, Rio formulates a plan that leads to increasingly treacherous questions about her mother's death, her own destiny, and the corrupted system constructed to govern the Divide between land and sea. Her life and her city depend on Rio to listen to the voices of the past and to speak long-hidden truths.
In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken Ruby can't look back. Fractured by an unbearable loss, she and the kids who survived the government's attack on Los Angeles travel north to regroup. O…

Guest Post: Author Behavior

Being involved in the book community, we hear a lot about author behavior; something an author said at an event that has caused a kerfuffle, or something they posted on a social media site. Some of these things have been, I think, blown out of proportion and taken out of context. Others, not so much (like an author stalking a blogger). So I've asked my guest bloggers, Hazel, Kel, and Katherine, to talk about what they think about author behavior. How should authors behave on their social media sites and at events? And what does it do to your regard for an author if they behave in a less-than-professional manner?
Katherine's Thoughts

I wrote a short story once. It was for my 9th-grade English class. I worked extremely hard on that story, simply because I don't have the natural talent some authors have when creating characters and worlds. The story was complete rubbish and I knew it. In fact, I'm surprised the FBI hasn't come looking for me, considering that I pretty…

Review: The Screaming Staircase - Jonathan Stroud

The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud
Series: Lockwood & Co. #1
Genre: Middle Grade, supernatural
Published on September 17, 2013
Published by Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 390
Read From: 10.1.14 - 10.4.14

A sinister Problem has occurred in London: all nature of ghosts, haunts, spirits, and Specters are appearing throughout the city, and they aren't exactly friendly. Only young people have the psychic abilities required to see - and eradicate - these supernatural foes. Many different psychic investigation agencies have cropped up to handle the dangerous work, and they are in fierce competition for business.In The Screaming Staircase, the plucky and talented Lucy Carlyle teams up with Anthony Lockwood, the charismatic leader of Lockwood & Co., a small agency that runs independent of any adult supervision. After an assignment leads to both a grisly discovery and a disastrous end, Lucy, Anthony, and their sarcastic colleague, George, are forced to take part in the perilous inv…

Review: City of Ashes - Cassandra Clare

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
Series: The Mortal Instruments #2
Genre: YA, paranormal
Published on March 25, 2008
Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Pages: 453
Read From: 9.25.14 - 10.1.14

Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what's normal when you're a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who's becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn't ready to let her go - especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary's only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil - and also her father.To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings - and if h…