Monthly Archives: December 2014

It’s Time!

Hello everyone! I hope this week has been kind and you’ve stayed warm in this chilly winter season. I’m quite toasty right now with my blankets, and I’m heading over to my friends house really soon to open presents with her family. Super excited to see what everyone got!

I know there was supposed to be reviews for The Infernal Devices books and The Mortal Instruments, but those have been canceled for now because Iris had family do a surprise visit for the holiday season. I.E. There’s so many people (six plus her) in her house she can’t really get time to read in right now. So we’re going on a holiday break for the rest of the year until New Years Day! Our first week of the new year is packed with reviews of some pretty cool books, and I can’t wait to share mine with you! I’m getting a kindle sometime next week when Amazon gets it here so I’m really excited about that, I’ve been itching to have one of my own since I first used one a couple years ago! It’s a Kindle with a Touchscreen and I’m not super sure how much I’m going to enjoy it when it gets here, but hopefully I love it! It’s definitely going to make it easier for me to not get distracted when reading ebooks. I’m also getting a case for my Kindle, a physical copy of The Collectors’ Society by Heather Lyons (one of my two favorite books this year!), and three Assassin’s Creed necklaces (one for my, one for my moirail, one for my best friend).

For Christmas this year I got a copy of the new book that goes to Assassins Creed Unity, a crocheted dragon hat (which is blue and super adorable), and a copy of The Sims 3 Dragon Valley! The game is super adorable and the dragons are all tiny and cute as hell, plus the new clothes are awesome and I love the house pieces we’re given!

I hope all of you are having a fantastic day and that your holiday traditions have gone well! My personal has already passed (Yule) and it was a nice day, so I hope everyone else has a great holiday time!

Have a wonderful end of the year and I’ll see you guys again on New Years Day! ❤



The Dusty Chronicles by B. J. Sheldon

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Haunting (The Dusty Chronicles #1)
B. J. Sheldon
Published: 29th April, 2013
Wandering in the Words Press
Genre: Supernatural
Age: Young Adult
From: Girls *Heart* Books Tour


When sixteen-year-old, Dusty Vermeer, moves to rural Iowa with her dad and sister at the start of her sophomore year, she undergoes major life changes – a new school, new friends, and a popular new boyfriend. But she soon discovers all is not what it appears to be. When Jack Olson, a handsome young soldier, begins to invade her dreams each night, she bears witness to the horrors of war and must determine what is real and what is just a dream. When Jack finally steps out of her dreams in ghostly form, begging for help and struggling to remember his life, Dusty makes it her mission to solve the mystery behind his death. As she draws closer to the truth, she places her own life at risk while struggling to cope with the feelings she develops for the soldier who’s been dead for nearly 60 years.

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2014 End Of The Year Wrap-Up

Bri Wow! Hard to think 2014 has come and gone so quickly! It feels like it should be, like, I dunno, October? But nope! End of the year’s here! There was a lot that happened for Books and Ashes this year, and the two bloggers who run it.

Assassin Iris Indeed, Books and Ashes has been open for approximately nine, almost ten months now. I can’t really believe that so much happened with my blog so quickly!

Bri It’s great isn’t it? We’ve posted over 100 post, close to 80 of those were reviews!

Assassin Iris I owe it to you really, I doubt I would have made it this far without a co-blogger to help everything run smoother. You’re a very charismatic person.

Bri Thanks dear! ❤ I’m glad to be aboard this ship, co-captaining across the vast sea that is the blogging world!

Assassin Iris You’ve recently come off a Pirates of the Caribbean binge again, haven’t you?

Bri Yup :3 But let’s stop lollygagging! This post is about everything that’s happened this year for us. I want to share some books that were my absolute favorites this year that I’m still yammering about even now! Everyone should read these books because they’re so near and dear to my heart! In no real particular order (other than the top two being the ones I’m buying for Christmas!) :

All 18 of these books were read from September to December, and they were all my favorite reads of the year! I’m so happy to have gotten back into reading all the time, this is the most I’ve read in years. Plus my bookshelf is filling up rather nicely and I’m giddy about it, I love books so much ❤

Assassin Iris I suppose I should share my favorite reads of the year myself, though its considerably shorter than yours is. In no particular order:

All in all, not too bad of a good collection. These were read over the entirety of this year, though I didn’t review The Help or the Vampire Academy series. I thought they were both rather fantastic, and I want to read the spin-off series Bloodlines when I get the chance. I know the series is coming to an end in February so maybe I’ll be able to get the other books before then.

Bri The Help is really good! I’m so glad you got to read it and Vampire Academy! I think I miss the VA books enough to warrant a binge read for them with you some time during the summer, we have to binge read The Infernal Devices and The Mortal Instruments books first! Which starts today with our first set of dual reviews starting tomorrow until the end of the year (I’m so excited for this feature)!!!

Assassin Iris Just make sure to not text spoilers Bri, I haven’t read these books yet and I know you’ve read them all.

Bri Of course! 😉 Don’t want to spoil the buckets of feels that you’re in for my dear.

Assassin Iris Haha, of course. If you say so. Something else that happened is that I moved to the state of Virginia in the United States earlier this month. I never thought that I would come here for very long, and I’m rather homesick for everything back in Wales. The beach is nice though, and Bri’s home in the middle of nowhere was fun to visit for a week.

Bri Shush, my home in the middle of nowhere is boring! I can’t wait to visit you in the summer for the company and the beaches! Ah, I miss the beach. Growing up in Florida ten minutes from the beach was stellar, and though I don’t miss the price for living there, I do miss going to the beach often and smelling the ocean! Oh, I also basically became an “aunt” for my friend’s baby back in September when he was born! He’s three months and a day old now, and I couldn’t be happier with the kid! He’s so cute, he’s started smiling and its basically the epitome of adorableness. I’ve never been a big fan of babies because I like sleep, but I love watching after him during the days I’m there.

Assassin Iris We also both started uni this semester, and I managed to balance reviewing, school, and having a job the entire semester quite effectively. Probably helps I worked in a library so when I wasn’t shelving books, or helping people I read and did homework. I’m not sure I want to take a job on this upcoming semester though, I’m not sure how different uni is going to be here compared to Wales. Maybe my third semester if I feel good about it.

Bri I tried balancing reviewing, school, and babysitting an infant. School suffered a bit because of the other two, mainly because of babysitting. I give props to the parents who have infants/young children that also go to school and do well, it’s freaking hard! I managed to come out with good grades though so I was happy about that!

Assassin Iris Hm, anything else? Oh, yes, we’ll be starting up weekly rounds of discussion post where we post a discussion post some time during each week next month. Perhaps the second week of January since the first one is only three days long.

Bri Kinda excited to do that, and I know both of us want to hear from our dear readers! So when we have a discussion post (or any post) we really welcome readers to post a comment if you guys want! Give us your thoughts! ;D

Assassin IrisMemes will be starting next month around the same time as well. We have one up out sleeves already that we’re excited to post on the first day of January! So be on the look out for that one. Other than that, I think that’s everything. Besides our 2015 reading challenges which will be covered next month however.

Bri Yeah, so I guess I’ll do a quick recap right then about what’s coming up!

  • Binge read of The Infernal Devices trilogy and The Mortal Instruments series started today
    • Dual Reviews for each of the books in the series are planned to start to tomorrow with Clockwork Angel
  • We have a meme that’s all our own that we’re going to post on January 1st!
  • We’re going to participate in reading challenges for 2015!
  • We’re going to start weekly discussion post about different things the second week of January
  • Lots more reviews
  • Lots of post in general
  • Celebration for one year of Books and Ashes opening on Tumblr
    • There is going to be a second one in November to celebrate our WordPress opening!
      • Neither of these will have giveaways as we’re poor college kids.

I think that covers everything we’ve planned that affects the blog so far! 🙂

Assassin Iris Was that last bullet necessary?

Bri I hate having to charge my phone 3 to 5 times a day because I read so much. This kindle will make my life easier so I’m not glued to outlets all the time.

Assassin Iris Fair point.

Bri Now that we’re done, it’s time for use to sign off and wish everyone happy reading!



Assassin Iris~The Assassin and The Dragon~ Bri

Lifer by Beck Nicholas



Beck Nicholas
Published: 16th December, 2014


Asher is a Lifer, a slave aboard the spaceship Pelican. A member of the lowest rung of society, she must serve the ship’s Officials and Astronauts as punishment for her grandparents’ crimes back on Earth. The one thing that made life bearable was her illicit relationship with Samuai, a Fishie boy, but he died alongside her brother in a freak training accident.

Still grieving for the loss of her loved ones, Asher is summoned to the upper levels to wait on Lady, the head Official’s wife and Samuai’s mother. It is the perfect opportunity to gather intel for the Lifer’s brewing rebellion. There’s just one problem—the last girl who went to the upper levels never came back.

On the other side of the universe, an alien attack has left Earth in shambles and a group called The Company has taken control. Blank wakes up in a pond completely naked and with no memory, not even his real name. So when a hot girl named Megs invites him to a black-market gaming warehouse where winning means information, he doesn’t think twice about playing. But sometimes the past is better left buried.

As Asher and Blank’s worlds collide, the truth comes out—everyone has been lied to. Bourne Identity meets Under the Never Sky in this intergalactic tale of love and deception from debut novelist Beck Nicholas.

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Lunar Passing by Rachel Deagan

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Lunar Passing (Caged Moon #2)
Rachel Deagan
Published: 14th June, 2014


As if in slow motion, the world spun. The front fender of the truck slammed into us from behind, and everything lurched forward. Bags, arms, clothes, sailed by my head. The muffled sound of screams were lost somewhere in a tumultuous roar as the van hit a pothole, and we began to roll. Cold metal crushed in on me, and the splintering sound of gunshots echoed in my ears…

Several months had passed since the murders in the old farmhouse and secrets had been revealed. Too bad a cover up in this day and age, hadn’t been exactly so easy.

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Wearing the Cape Series by Marion G. Harmon

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A Superhero Story

Wearing the Cape: A Superhero Story (Wearing the Cape #1)
Marion G. Harmon
Published: 22nd April, 2011
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Science Fiction
Age: Young Adult
From: Lola’s Blog Tours; Author


Who wants to be a superhero?

Hope did, but she grew out of it. Which made her superhuman breakthrough in the Ashland Bombing, just before starting her freshman year at the University of Chicago, more than a little ironic. And now she has some decisions to make. Given the code-name “Astra” and invited to join the Sentinels, Chicago’s premier super-team, will she take up the cape and mask and become a career superhero? Or will she get a handle on her new powers (super-strength has some serious drawbacks) and then get on with her life-plan?

In a world where superheroes join unions and have agents, and the strongest and most photogenic ones become literal supercelebrities, the temptation to become a cape is strong. But the price can be high—especially if you’re “outed” and lose the shield of your secret identity. Becoming a sidekick puts the decision off for awhile, but Hope’s life is further complicated when The Teatime Anarchist, the supervillain responsible for the Ashland Bombing, takes an interest in her. Apparently as Astra, Hope is supposed to save the world. Or at least a significant part of it.

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Atman City Series by Michelle E. Reed


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Life, A.D.: Life, After. Dez (Atman City #1)
Michelle E. Reed
Published: 1st December, 2013
Genre: Paranormal
Age: Young Adult
From: Chapter by Chapter


In Life, A.D. you have two choices: join the program or face the consequences.

Seventeen-year-old Dez Donnelly crashes headlong into fate on the side of a rural highway, her life ending in a violent collision of steel and screaming brakes. The train that delivers her newly departed soul to the crossroads of the afterlife won’t be carrying her to the sweet hereafter until she accepts her abrupt end and learns to let go of the life she’ll never finish.

Her new reality is conduct manuals, propaganda, and unrelenting staff, all part of a system to ease her transition from life to death, while helping her earn her way out of limbo. Atman City, beautiful and enticing, is an ever-present temptation that is strictly off limits to underage souls. The promise of adventure proves too strong, and beneath the city’s sheen of ethereal majesty, Dez discovers a world teeming with danger.

Welcome to Life, A.D. where being dead doesn’t mean you’re safe, and the only thing harder than getting out of limbo is getting through it.

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Toucan Trilogy by Scott Cramer

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Today we’re happy to host a promo for author Scott Cramer since his Toucan Trilogy is going on a massive sale! Normally this series would cost you around $13 to get all three books but for this promo it’s only going to cost you around $2. Yes, only around two! So hop on it because Iris already got book one and has told me she is loving it!

Follow the Leigh siblings, Abby, Jordan, and Toucan, after a catastrophic pandemic kills the world’s adults.

Book 1: Night of the Purple Moon FREE (regular $2.99) 19-23 December

Book 2: Colony East $.99 cents (regular $4.99) 19–25 December

Book 3: Generation M $.99 cents (regular $4.99) 19–25 December

But Wait! There’s More!

Scott Cramer is hosting a daily giveaway for each of the books on his Facebook page! And on the 25th, he’ll be giving away TWO complete sets of the trilogy as well! You can check more of the details on his blog

So what are people saying about the books?

Things along the lines of:

“Be amazed, shocked, tortured, lost and loved along an amazing journey”

“All that could go wrong will go wrong, and the light at the end of the tunnel is purple. A wonderful story of family strength and love.”

“A post-apocalyptic survival tale with pirates, adventure, romance, suspense, betrayal, grief, evil scientists, and redemption”

“Would highly recommend these books for book clubs, but be careful they are highly addictive. The ending is so touching and shows the power of love”

“Touching, compelling, terrifying. Quite simply, one of the best books I’ve read all year.”

“I have read many series. This began strong and ended strong.”

Oh and there’s also:

“Cramer creates a picture of our world that’s both frightening and inspiring in this heartfelt story that both young adults and adults can enjoy.A heartwarming but not overly sentimental story of survival.KIRKUS REVIEWS

Now for the books!


Night of the Purple Moon
Scott Cramer
Published: 25th March, 2012
Train Renoir Publishing


Abby, 13, is looking forward to watching the moon turn purple, unaware that bacteria from a passing comet will soon kill off older teens and adults. She must help her brother and baby sister survive in this new world, but all the while she has a ticking time bomb inside of her–adolescence.

Goodreads: 3.7/5 Amazon: 4.3/5


My Thoughts so far:

This is really quite well written and thoroughly entertaining! I am quite unsure as to how I’ve never heard of this series before now but be certain that I definitely will be reading them all and giving the series a review once I finish it.

Colony East

Colony East
Scott Cramer
Published: 22nd October, 2014Train Renoir Publishing


When Abby’s little sister, Toucan, contracts a new, deadly illness spreading among the survivors, they go on a dangerous journey to Colony East, an enclave of scientists caring for a small group of children.

Abby fears that time is running short for Touk, but she soon learns that time is running out for everyone outside Colony East.

Goodreads: 4.4/5 Amazon: 4.6/5

Generation M

Generation M
Scott Cramer
Published: 4th November, 2014
Train Renoir Publishing


The explosive conclusion to the Toucan Trilogy.

Coldly implementing their vision of the future, CDC scientists allow a lethal infection to become an epidemic outside the colonies.

Abby, her body wracked by the infection, begins a desperate journey to find her brother Jordan and her little sister Toucan, and save the lives of millions.

Goodreads: 4.3/5 Amazon: 4.9/5

This event was organized by CBB Book Promotions

Caged Moon by Rachel Deagan

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Caged Moon (Caged Moon #1)
Rachel Deagan
Published: 18th January, 2012


Haunted by an animal attack, seventeen year old Charlotte feels she is being followed. When she runs into a mysterious boy while camping, she’s afraid. Nothing seems right about him. Despite trying to stay away, there is an unmistakable draw to be near him. Even his scent smells familiar. But the closer she gets, the faster the secrets begin to unravel. Not only is he not human, he may have a link to her past. When Charlotte finds out someone wants her dead, she is torn between love and fear. Can she trust him to keep her safe?

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Book Blitz: Insane by H. G. Lynch

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H. G. Lynch
Published: 21st January, 2014
Vamptasy Publishing


Something evil is going on in the Montgomery Psychiatric Hospital; every time there is an unexplainable blackout, a patient dies.
Callie isn’t insane – she sees the ghost of her dead best friend only because he really is there. It’s just that nobody believes her.
Casey is scarred after a horrific attack during which he killed someone. Temporary insanity was his plea, and the asylum is his prison.
With fear and death lurking everywhere, and no way to escape, Callie is certain it’s only a matter of time before she or Casey, the odd boy she has an inexplicable link with, becomes the next victim of the creature in the shadows.
Trapped in the asylum with a killer on the loose, there’s plenty of reason to be afraid of the dark.

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