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The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui T. Sutherland

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Dragonet Prophecy; Wings of Fire

The Dragonet Prophecy (Wings of Fire #1)
Tui T. Sutherland
Published: 1st July, 2012
Scholastic Press
Genre: Fantasy
Age: Middle Grade, Young Adult
From: Purchased via Amazon

Summary:

The seven dragon tribes have been at war for generations, locked in an endless battle over an ancient, lost treasure. A secret movement called the Talons of Peace is determined to bring an end to the fighting, with the help of a prophecy — a foretelling that calls for great sacrifice.

Five dragonets are collected to fulfill the prophecy, raised in a hidden cave and enlisted, against their will, to end the terrible war.

But not every dragonet wants a destiny. And when the select five escape their underground captors to look for their original homes, what has been unleashed on the dragon world may be far more than the revolutionary planners intended…

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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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Gone Girl

Gone Girl
Gillian Flynn
Published: 24th May, 2012
Broadway Books
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Age: Adult
From: Purchased from WalMart

Summary:

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media–as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents–the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter–but is he really a killer?

As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?

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The Monthly Newsletter: April&May 2015

The Monthly Newsletter

Welcome to The Monthly Newsletter brought to you by the bloggers of Books and Ashes! Last month was hectic for both of us here so we didn’t have the time to make this post so this one will be a mash of both! (And this one is last, sorry about that!)

General Blogging

After the hectic month April was for both bloggers, May was a little more toned down for us but a great many things still happened! Between moving and hospitals we had plenty to do outside of blogging this month. We’re also (slowly but surely) getting caught up with revising our pages that list the reviews (as well as in the process of making another page for them too), as well as other tiny things throughout the blog to get it situated just right in our eyes. Hopefully by the end of the summer well have that done!

We’re also looking to maybe expand out more into social media, so the option of a Facebook for us has been put forward. We’re trying to figure out how we’re going to use that since we’re already stretched thin as it is between everything we run right now!

What do you guys think, is Facebook helpful with your blog?

The Monthly Writer

Bri I’ve diligently been working on my novel this month. I’m getting to much farther than I have before! I’m mashing together the three different beginnings I have designed in the past, and I honestly think this will be the best one. I can’t wait to see how it turns out this time!

Assassin Iris I don’t think I’ve mentioned my RP (or if I have it was only once) but the last month has consisted with lots of writing of my character. I just got a second character, and already I’m keeping my eyes peeled for a potential third. Safe to say that when I’m not here, my RP is definitely where I’m at! (happyneverafterrp.tumblr.com, come check us out!)

The Monthly Reader

We read a lot of books in both April and May, although definitely more in April than May but hey! There were some good books in there! I’ll be honest though, Rosamund Hodge’s books are freaking brilliant and I’m really looking forward to her next Retelling! As a little tidbit, I also finished Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda yesterday and I LOVED it! Expect a review for it soon!

April’s favorites were:

Lioness of Kell None of the Above Every Last Promise

May’s favorites were:

Compendium Crimson Bound  Confessions of a Virgin Sex Columnist Talon

Last Month's Reviews

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The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy by Sam Maggs

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The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy

The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy: a Handbook for Girl Geeks
Sam Maggs
Releasing: 12th May, 2015
Quirk Books
Genre: Nonfiction
Age: Children, YA, NA, Adult
From: Giveaway by author on BookLikes

Summary:

Fanfic, cosplay, cons, books, memes, podcasts, vlogs, OTPs and RPGs and MMOs and more—it’s never been a better time to be a girl geek. The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy is the ultimate handbook for ladies living the nerdy life, a fun and feminist take on the often male-dominated world of geekdom. With delightful illustrations and an unabashed love for all the in(ternet)s and outs of geek culture, this book is packed with tips, playthroughs, and cheat codes for everything from starting an online fan community to planning a convention visit to supporting fellow female geeks in the wild.

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Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby

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Things We Know by Heart

Things We Know by Heart
Jessi Kirby
Releasing: 21st April, 2015
HarperTeen
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Age: Young Adult
From: Edelweiss

Summary:

When Quinn Sullivan meets the recipient of her boyfriend’s donated heart, the two form an unexpected connection.

After Quinn loses her boyfriend, Trent, in an accident their junior year, she reaches out to the recipients of his donated organs in hopes of picking up the pieces of her now-unrecognizable life. She hears back from some of them, but the person who received Trent’s heart has remained silent. The essence of a person, she has always believed, is in the heart. If she finds Trent’s, then maybe she can have peace once and for all.

Risking everything in order to finally lay her memories to rest, Quinn goes outside the system to track down nineteen-year-old Colton Thomas—a guy whose life has been forever changed by this priceless gift. But what starts as an accidental run-in quickly develops into more, sparking an undeniable attraction. She doesn’t want to give in to it—especially since he has no idea how they’re connected—but their time together has made Quinn feel alive again. No matter how hard she’s falling for Colton, each beat of his heart reminds her of all she’s lost…and all that remains at stake.

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The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre

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The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things

The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things
Ann Aguirre
Published: 7th April, 2015
Feiwel & Friends
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Age: Young Adult
From: Publisher ARC from Reading Teen for review

Summary:

Sage Czinski is trying really hard to be perfect. If she manages it, people won’t peer beyond the surface, or ask hard questions about her past. She’s learned to substitute causes for relationships, and it’s working just fine… until Shane Cavendish strolls into her math class. He’s a little antisocial, a lot beautiful, and everything she never knew she always wanted.

Shane Cavendish just wants to be left alone to play guitar and work on his music. He’s got heartbreak and loneliness in his rearview mirror, and this new school represents his last chance. He doesn’t expect to be happy; he only wants to graduate and move on. He never counted on a girl like Sage.

But love doesn’t mend all broken things, and sometimes life has to fall apart before it can be put back together again…

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The Secrets of Attraction by Robin Constantine

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The Secrets of Attraction

The Secrets of Attraction
Robin Constantine
Releasing: 28th April, 2015
Balzer + Bray
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Age: Young Adult
From: Publisher ARC from Reading Teen for review

Summary:

Set in the same world as The Promise of Amazing, this smart, surprising, and romantic follow-up to Robin Constantine’s debut novel follows two New Jersey teens as they become friends and fall in love. Perfect for fans of Stephanie Perkins, Sarah Mlynowski, and Jennifer E. Smith.

Madison Pryce thinks she’s got everything figured out—she’s working on a portfolio for a summer art program and hanging with her friends. Plus she has her hot boyfriend, Zach. But then a visit from a family friend turns Maddie’s life upside down.

Jesse McMann is still reeling from a breakup that shattered his heart and his band. Then pride (and some goading from his bass player and fellow barista) forces him to find a new drummer—and the inspiration to write music again.

Kismet arrives in the unlikely form of Grayson Barrett, who tries out for Jesse’s band, and whose girlfriend is BFFs with the cute girl who orders a chai latte after yoga every Thursday: Maddie. What Jesse and Maddie thought they knew about the secrets of attraction and the rules of romance changes once they start falling for each other.

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The Monthly Newsletter: March 2015

The Monthly Newsletter

Welcome to The Monthly Newsletter brought to you by the bloggers of Books and Ashes! Each month we’ll have a general update about the blog and what we’re expecting to happen in the next month. We hope you’ll enjoy this feature and tell us what you think! We’d appreciate the chance to get to know our followers 🙂

General BloggingBri I took a little break from blogging for a bit this month, only posting when I needed to put up a review. This month was really stressful personally and I thought it would do me some good to step back a bit and relax. Next month will be more normalish for me with posting!

Discussions of the Month

I didn’t get the chance to write up the entire discussion post this month unfortunately, if I have time next month it should be up.

The Monthly Writer

What my brain wants to write: 3

What I need to write: 1

Bri I did both muse writing and necessary writing this month, which is a good thing and I really enjoyed my muse writing.

Assassin Iris I’ve spent most of this month writing away my muse for an RP group on Tumblr I’m fond of, so I’ve had a lot of fun between that and reading.

The Monthly Reader

I spent the month slow reading or reading whatever I fancied for the most part so it was really nice. Together though we still reviewed 34 books which isn’t all that bad, considering we read 40 total!

Favorites of the month:

The Problem with Crazy Eleven Weeks The Problem with Heartache Pretty Crooked Pretty Sly  Pretty Wanted Liars, Inc. Stones and Finger Bones

All of those were really good reads this month, especially the Crazy in Love series!

Also that journal I started last month? I couldn’t keep up with it at all. So I’m back to just winging my reviews but my new method is to write them after I finish the book immediately. We’ll see how well I keep up with that this coming month!

Last Month's Reviews

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Shh! by Stacey Nash

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Shh!

Shh! (Oxley College #1)
Stacey Nash
Published: 23rd February, 2015
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Age: New Adult
From: YA Bound Book Tours

Summary:

Nineteen-year-old Olivia Dean has the perfect reputation, the perfect boyfriend, and an increasingly perfect CV. She has it all, until Christian breaks up with her in public, calling her out as a self-gratifying sexoholic: the kind that plays solo. But Olivia doesn’t do any such thing — the only thing she does at night is sleep … right?

Now all the boys on campus seem to want her attention for the absolutely wrong reason — including resident hottie, Logan Hays. He’s pulling out his best moves to gain her attention, so resisting his sexy charm is hard work. With rapidly slipping grades, a disturbingly lurid reputation and demanding parents, Olivia must discover the truth behind her rumoured sleeping problem. If she doesn’t, the perfect life she’s worked so hard for may slip away, including the one person who has Olivia breaking all her rules — Logan.

What do you do when you’re asleep?

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Shh! is a story about acceptance, learning to trust and in turn love while facing life’s unexpected difficulties.

NB: This book is of a mild heat level, and contains no explicit sex scenes.

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Dissonance by Erica O’Rourke

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Dissonance

Dissonance (Dissonance #1)
Erica O’Rourke
Published: 13th March, 2014
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Genre: Science Fiction
Age: Young Adult
From: Won via giveaway on PulseIt

Summary:

Some decisions have unimaginable consequences.

Every time someone makes a choice, a new parallel world is spun off the existing one. Eating breakfast or skipping it, sneaking out instead of staying in bed—every decision creates an alternate universe in which an Echo self takes the road not travelled. As a Walker who can navigate between these realities, Del is training to help keep the dimensions in harmony.

When Del secretly starts to investigate other dissonant worlds, she get tangled up with an Echo of her longtime crush. She knows she shouldn’t keep seeing him. But as Del persists, she uncovers a truth that the Council of Walkers is trying to hide—a secret that threatens the entire multiverse.

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