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Book Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

six of crowsTitle:  Six of Crows

Author: Leigh Bardugo 

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Release Date: September 29th, 2015

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

Summary from 

My Review:  I know the term “book hangover” can seem strange to some people, but I am convinced it is a real thing and this book has given me a huge one. I have read a little over 10 books since reading Six of Crows, and it is still fresh in my mind and consumes a lot of my thoughts, haha. I work as a librarian and every student who comes in searching for a good book, this is the first one I recommend to them. I cannot even really describe it to them, I just say it is a mix of Ocean’s Eleven heist scheme, some fantastic characters that all live in some awesome fantasy world. That is a poor summary I know, but there is so much to this book, and so many complex and amazing characters, I have a hard time putting all of it into a simple summary. I do know that I am not wrong with my excessive love for this book though because every student or person I recommend it to comes back loving it and often one of their friends wants to take it and check it out in their place.

Then there is Kaz Brekker. He is probably my new favorite character, ever. I love everything about that shady guy and can easily see why he can get a team of people to follow him, maybe right into their own dooms. He alone is worth reading this book for.

I have not read the other books by Leigh that take place in the same world, so I am not sure if there are crossovers or anything like that from that series, but I know I loved this book without having to read them at all. Now that I have though and I have to wait for months (sobs) for the second book to come out, I will probably go ahead and give Shadow and Bone a shot just to try and hold me over until I can get back to Kaz and the gang again.

Cannot say enough good things about this book, love, love, love it and am excited for Crooked Kingdom this fall.

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Cover Reveal – All the Broken Pieces

I am very excited to be a part of the cover reveal for All the Broken Pieces by Cindi Madison today!  I have the summary, and excerpt and the cover to show you today.  First up is the summary:

What if your life wasn’t your own?

Liv comes out of a coma with no memory of her past and two distinct, warring voices inside her head. Nothing, not even her reflection, seems familiar. As she stumbles through her junior year, the voices get louder, insisting she please the popular group while simultaneously despising them. But when Liv starts hanging around with Spencer, whose own mysterious past also has him on the fringe, life feels complete for the first time in, well, as long as she can remember.

Liv knows the details of the car accident that put her in the coma, but as the voices invade her dreams, and her dreams start feeling like memories, she and Spencer seek out answers. Yet the deeper they dig, the less things make sense. Can Liv rebuild the pieces of her broken past, when it means questioning not just who she is, but what she is?

Summary from the publisher

Next is an excerpt from the book:

Olivia reached up, feeling the tender spots on her head. Her fingers brushed across a row of—were those little ridges made of metal?

“Careful. The staples are almost ready to come out, but it’s still going to be sore for a while.”

Staples?!Her stomach rolled. I have staples in my head? She lowered her now-shaking hand. “Can I get a mirror?”

Mom looked at Dad, then back at her. “I don’t think that’s a good idea. Not until you’ve healed a little more.”

Mom patted Olivia’s leg. “You just relax. We’ll be back in a few minutes.”

The two of them left the room, but when Mom swung the door closed, it didn’t latch. Olivia could hear their voices in the hall.

“I still think we should…” She couldn’t make out the rest of Dad’s muffled words. “…know if I can do this.”

“…late for that,” Mom said. “We’d lose everything, including…” Her voice faded as they got farther away. “…have to move.”

Olivia could tell the conversation was tense, but the words were impossible to decipher now. Holding a hand in front of her face, she turned it back and forth. A plastic tube ran from her arm to a machine next to her bed. She peeked into her nightgown and stared in horror at the long red stripe running down her chest.


            You’re alive. You shouldn’t be thinking about looks.

Lowering her hand, she scanned the room. I wonder how my face looks. From the way Dad stared at me, plus the fact Mom won’t let me see a mirror, it must be bad.

            Brains are more important than looks.

            That’s what ugly people say.

            Olivia put her hands on her head and squeezed. “Stop it,” she whispered to her arguing thoughts, hysteria bubbling up and squeezing the air from her lungs. What was happening to her? Why didn’t she recognize her parents or know where she was? Who she was? Tears ran warm trails down her cheeks. “Just make it all stop.”

And finally the cover:

So what do you think?  If you want to find out more about the book check out the links below.

All the Broken Pieces, by Cindi Madsen is available for pre-order on: Amazon | Barnes & Noble Be sure to add it to your TBR pile on Goodreads

Be sure to connect with Cindi at:!/search/cindi%20madsen

Book Review of The Thirteenth Chime by Emma Michaels

Title: The Thirteenth Chime

Author: Emma Michaels

Release Date: August 13, 2010

No one knew of its existence until it was removed from the attic upstairs.  In a beautiful house that overlooks the sea, an antique clock has the power to change the course of their lives.  The power the clock resonates will not only force Destiny and ex-boyfriend David on a journey into the depths of one man’s mind long dead, but into the mind of a man filled with hatred and bent on revenge.  With the only clues to the nature of the clock having disappeared into the sea, Destiny and David must retrace the steps the man had taken into the darkness, before they fall prey to the trap he had set in motion over half a century ago.

Hatred never dies.

Summary from

My Review: I found this book when I was online one day and saw the trailer on someone’s blog.  The trailer is awesome and I was immediately intrigued and started searching online to try and pre-order this book.  Sadly, it was not available for pre-order so I had to wait it out, but its ok because I have my copy now!  The cover looks even better in person by the way, the eye is even darker and inside the pupil are the numbers for a clock face.  The only thing I found strange is the roman numeral for “4” used on the clock face.  It thought it was supposed to be “IV” but on my cover it is “IIII”, anyone know why?  Just curious I guess, maybe I am just missing something.  Either way the cover is really cool, even the pages on the inside are faded a little so they are more yellowish instead of white which I thinks fits in really well with the tone of the book.  Alright enough about the appearance, onto the review.

The book centers mainly around Destiny and David so you get to see both of their point of views which I love.  I think multiple points of view always add depth to the story since you get multiple angels.  Anyway, Destiny and David dated for 4 years, but an accident shook both of them up and when David asked Destiny to marry him she said no.  A week later, she met Scott who asked her to marry him 6 months in and she said yes.  I don’t know about you, but I still think there are some unresolved issues there that Destiny needs to deal with before she can marry this new guy.  I also happen to really like David and wish that something would spark again between him and Destiny, but we don’t really get to see Scott that much so maybe I am not giving the guy a fair shot.  Not so sure, but I will be interested to see if that comes up later down the line.  On the same note, Stephanie, Destiny’s friend, starts to develop a little crush on David and I for one do not like it.  I guess I am one of those people who thinks you don’t date your friends ex’s no matter what, but that is just me.  I think this also might come up later down the line but we will have to wait and see.

The mystery in this story revolves around a grandfather clock that is in an old Victorian style house.  This cryptic clock only works some of the time and has a tendency to chime thirteen times when there is about to be trouble.  On a side note, I have a grandfather clock in my house and I find myself listening very carefully when it goes off now because I am worried I am going to hear that thirteenth chime.  I don’t even want to look up at that clock, I am actually thinking about silencing it 🙂  I know it is just a story, but I really got into this one, so it is kinda staying with me.  I think that is a sign of good writing though, Emma has me all freaked out about the object that causes so much mayhem in her book.

I would classify this book as a mystery, but there are definitely some paranormal elements in there.  There are no vamps or fey or anything like that running around, but that does not mean it is not obscure and that is what I like about it.  I also like that there is no fluff!  Thank you Emma for writing a great story and not putting in any of the nonsense.  The book is 240 pages, but you are always moving forward and getting new pieces to the puzzle which kept me very interested.  The Thirteenth Chime is a mystifying read that will captivate you so quickly you won’t even realize it has happened.  If you have not read it put it in your “to be read” pile!  I know I loved this book and as my final remarks I am going to leave you with the trailer, because it is awesome!  If it does not persuade you to pick up the book I am not sure what will, so watch and the go read! 🙂