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Waiting on Wednesday: The Wrinkled Crown

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The Wrinkled Crown Anne Nesbet Publication Date: November 10, 2015
From Goodreads:
Up in the magical, wrinkled hills, Linny breaks an ancient law. No matter how musical a girl may be, she must not so much as touch a string of a lourka before she turns twelve, or she'll be spirited off to Away. When the curse meant for her strikes her best friend instead, Linny must leave her home behind to try to set things right. If you walk down out of the wrinkled hills, you will never find your way home - everyone knows that other law. But Linny has the gift of not getting lost, and she will risk everything to rescue her friend. With her father's young apprentice, Elias, she travels down into the Plain, where science may have found a cure for magic. Linny and Elias soon find themselves caught up in the age-old battle between the wrinkled places and the Plain. Can Linny keep the fractured land from falling apart - and save her best friend?
Why I'm Excited
- I need some new Middle Grade fa…

Waiting on Wednesday: Manners & Mutiny

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Manners & Mutiny by Gail Carriger (Finishing School: #4) Publication Date: November 3, 2015
From Goodreads:
When a dastardly Pickleman plot comes to fruition, only Sophronia can save her friends, her school, and all of London. . . .but at what cost? Our proper young heroine puts her training and skills to the test in this highly anticipated conclusion of the rousing, intriguing, and always polished New York Times bestselling Finishing School series!
Why I'm Excited
- I've been enjoying this series immensely ever since I picked it up, and I can't wait to see what happens to Sophronia next! - I'm also sad that it's ending. :(

2015 TBR Update #8

So it's been a (long) while since I've done one of these updates, but I'm going to try and do them on Mondays on a regular basis. Not only so you can stay up to date on my reading challenges, but also my TBR progress for the months.
So my October TBR has 16 official books. Out of those, I have completed 0 this week.

I have 15 left to read: Empire of Night - Kelley ArmstrongScholar's Plot - Hilari BellThe Dark Hills Divide - Patrick CarmenHopper's Destiny - Lisa FiedlerIgnite - Sara B. LarsonDevoted - Jennifer MathieuHidden - Donna Jo NapoliThe Spindlers - Lauren OliverThe Mouse with the Question Mark Tail - Richard PeckAsylum - Madeleine RouxThe Sin Eater's Daughter - Melinda SalisburyCirca Now - Amber McRee TurnerOf Monsters and Madness - Jessica VerdayThe Whispering Trees - J. A. WhiteBad Luck Girl - Sarah Zettel I have also read:
Attack on Titan Vol. 4 - Hajime Takaya (5/5)Attack on Titan Vol. 5 - Hajime Takaya (5/5)Fairy Tail Vol. 3 - Hiro Mashima (5/5)Fairy…

Hedgehog Life: 10.12.15 - 10.18.15

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So my big promise to get back on top of blogging this week? Didn't really happen. But I've got a good reason for it.
This Week I Read: Attack on Titan Vol. 4 - Hajime Takaya (5/5)Attack on Titan Vol. 5 - Hajime Takaya (5/5)Fairy Tail Vol. 3 - Hiro Mashima (5/5)Fairy Tail Vol. 4 - Hiro Mashima (5/5)Basara Vol. 3 - Yumi Tamura (4/5)Black Butler Vol. 3 - Yana Toboso (5/5)Noragami: Stray God Vol. 3 - Adachi Toka (4/5)Rave Master Vol. 2 - Hiro Mashima (3/5) As you can see, it's been a manga week (again). I'm still pushing my way through Scholar's Plot by Hilari Bell (and loving it). But I honestly haven't had much time to read. See, I made the big decision to resign from my job and I've been busy tying things up there and then starting to search for a new one. I don't really want to get into all of it, but it was just time for me to move on. So, yes, I've been busy with that - took up a lot of my time and energy.
On top of that, I'm getting ready for …

Waiting on Wednesday: The Many Lives of John Stone

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The Many Lives of John Stone by Linda Buckley-Archer Publication Date: October 20, 2015
From Goodreads:
An English teen questions all she knows about aging when she encounters a set of journals that date from the present back to the reign of King Louis XIV in this blend of contemporary and historical fiction from the author of the acclaimed Gideon Trilogy.
Stella Park (Spark for short) has found summer work cataloging historical archives in John Stone's remote and beautiful house in Suffolk, England. She wasn't quite sure what to expect, and her uncertainty about living at Stowney House only increases upon arriving: what kind of people live in the twenty-first century without using electricity, telephones, or even a washing machine? Additionally, the notebooks she's organizing span centuries - they begin in the court of Louis XIV in Versailles - but are written in the same hand. Something strange is going on for sure, and Spark's questions are piling up. Who exactly is …

Top 10 Author Duos I'd LOVE To See Write Together

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It's Top Ten Tuesday time! And this week's Top Ten Tuesday topic is: Top 10 Author Duos You'd LOVE to See Write Together! This took some brain-wracking, but I think I've come up with a fairly good list. I sort of cheated and a few authors more than once, but I think you'll understand when you see which authors I used more than once.
Leigh Bardugo and Victoria Schwab. Two incredible authors all on their own; just imagine what they'd be like if they wrote a series together?!Victoria Schwab and Maggie Stiefvater. Same case as the first one. Two amazing authors on their own; put their genius together and the world might explode.Jonathan Stroud and Anthony Horowitz. I know, they both kind of write books entirely different from one another, but I would love to see what they could create together!!Cat Winters and Ruta Sepetys. Both historical fiction writers, BUT - Cat Winters always does some supernatural twist on her books. So what could my most favorite supernatura…

2015 TBR Update #7

So it's been a (long) while since I've done one of these updates, but I'm going to try and do them on Mondays on a regular basis. Not only so you can stay up to date on my reading challenges, but also my TBR progress for the months.
So my October TBR has 16 official books. Out of those, I have completed 1 this week.
The Lost Kingdom by Matthew J Kirby (3/5) I have 15 left to read: Empire of Night - Kelley ArmstrongScholar's Plot - Hilari BellThe Dark Hills Divide - Patrick CarmenHopper's Destiny - Lisa FiedlerIgnite - Sara B. LarsonDevoted - Jennifer MathieuHidden - Donna Jo NapoliThe Spindlers - Lauren OliverThe Mouse with the Question Mark Tail - Richard PeckAsylum - Madeleine RouxThe Sin Eater's Daughter - Melinda SalisburyCirca Now - Amber McRee TurnerOf Monsters and Madness - Jessica VerdayThe Whispering Trees - J. A. WhiteBad Luck Girl - Sarah Zettel I have also read:
Tsubasa: Those With Wings Vol. 1 - Natsuki Takaya (3/5)Fruits Basket Vol. 4 - Natsuki Taka…

Hedgehog Life: 10/5/15 - 10/11/15

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So I know you've all noticed my unannounced, sudden disappearance from the blogosphere and really all of my social media. Except for the still-consistent Goodreads updates, you haven't seen hide nor hair of me for a good month (and a half). I'm really sorry about there; there is an explanation for it, and I have every intention of still posting my August Wrap-Up, Book Haul, TBR, and all that good stuff.
Now normally, I do a brief weekly update of what I've posted and what I've read. But I'm going to skip a lot of that, except for a brief reading update.
This Week I Read: - Tsubasa: Those With Wings Vol. 1 - Natsuki Takaya (3/5) - Fruits Basket: Vol. 4- Natsuki Takaya (4/5) - Attack on Titan: Vol. 3 - Hajime Isayama (5/5) - Noragami: Stray God Vol. 2 - Adachi Toka (4/5) - The Lost Kingdom - Matthew J. Kirby (3/5)
So I gave a very brief update a few weeks back on why I've been absent. I had some medical things come up that had me wiped out for a while. I'…

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

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Rated: PG-13

















Is it worth watching?

Oh, absolutely. Whether or not you've read the book, this was one hell of an awesome movie. Very well made, intense, and thought out, it'll keep you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end.

Is it clean?

There is quite a bit more profanity in this installment than the previous one. Thomas and Newt and Brenda spit out a lot of s-words. And while it's not gory (more suggested), there's some violent moments and the Cranks are disturbing, so if intense isn't your thing, you'll find it all quite disconcerting.

How is the cast?

I have absolutely no complaints about the cast. Zilch. Brenda, Jorge, Aris, Jensen were all spot on. Our returning characters - Thomas, Newt, Minho, Teresa, Winston, Frypan - continued to deliver just as effectively as they had in the first movie.

Did the story stay close to the book?

And now we get to tricky ground. There's only one way to put this: Scorch Trials the movie and Scorch Trials the book ar…

Waiting on Wednesday: The Toymaker's Apprentice

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The Toymaker's Apprentice by Sherri L. Smith Publication Date: October 13, 2015
From Goodreads:
Stefan Drosselmeyer is a reluctant apprentice to his toymaker father until the day his world is turned upside down. His father is kidnapped and Stefan is enlisted by his mysterious cousin, Christian Drosselmeyer, to find a mythical nut to save a princess who has been turned into a wooden doll. Embarking on a wild adventure through Germany, Stefan must save Boldavia's princess and his own father from the fanatical Mouse Queen and her seven-headed Mouse Prince, both of whom have sworn to destroy the Drosselmeyer family.
Based on the original inspiration for the Nutcracker ballet, Sherri L. Smith brings the Nutcracker Prince to life in this fascinating journey into a world of toymaking, magical curses, clockmaking guilds, talking mice, and erudite squirrels.
Why I'm Excited
- Well, The Nutcracker is quite simply my most favorite Tchaikovsky ballet ever! - I'm game for anything th…