YA Review: Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

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Crimson Bound
Stand Alone  448 PAGES  YOUNG ADULT
PUBLISHED: May 5TH, 2015

When Rachelle was fifteen she was good—apprenticed to her aunt and in training to protect her village from dark magic. But she was also reckless— straying from the forest path in search of a way to free her world from the threat of eternal darkness. After an illicit meeting goes dreadfully wrong, Rachelle is forced to make a terrible choice that binds her to the very evil she had hoped to defeat.

Three years later, Rachelle has given her life to serving the realm, fighting deadly creatures in an effort to atone. When the king orders her to guard his son Armand—the man she hates most—Rachelle forces Armand to help her find the legendary sword that might save their world. As the two become unexpected allies, they uncover far-reaching conspiracies, hidden magic, and a love that may be their undoing. In a palace built on unbelievable wealth and dangerous secrets, can Rachelle discover the truth and stop the fall of endless night?

Inspired by the classic fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood, Crimson Bound is an exhilarating tale of darkness, love, and redemption.


“I am Rachelle Brinon. I didn’t listen to my aunt when she told me to stay on the path and save my own life. Damned if I’ll listen to the Forest now.”


Continue reading “YA Review: Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge”

YA Review (Horror): Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna #1) by Kendare Blake

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Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1)
Anna #1  316 Pages  Young Adult
TasCH’s Rating: 5 stars
Published: October 17th, 2011

Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the murderous dead, and keep pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects the usual: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

Yet she spares Cas’s life.


I think of her again. Anna. Anna Dressed in Blood. I wonder what tricks she’ll try. I wonder if she’ll be clever.
Will she float? Will she laugh or scream?
How will she try to kill me?

Anna Dressed in Blood left me giddy. I started this book on a whim, on an airplane going back home, and by the time I landed in my town I was already past page 200. It is addicting and amazing and horrific and SO VERY DAMN GOOD. Continue reading “YA Review (Horror): Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna #1) by Kendare Blake”

Mockingjay Part 2: A New Trailer is Here and it is AMAZING.

Hello, and welcome to my “fangirl-mode on” time. The Mockingjay trailer has been released and it has restored all my faith in not only movies but humanity as a whole.

I love how you see destruction alongside joy; however short lived it may be. I wonder if they’ll go through all the deaths in the movie same as the book. I also cannot wait for Coin to get hers. I love these movies; Jennifer Lawrence definitely brought Katniss to life. I cannot wait to see it!!


Review: The Bourbon Kings by J.R. Ward

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Bourbon Kings #1  400 Pages  Adult
TasCH’s Rating: 4 stars
Published: July 28th, 2015

For generations, the Bradford family has worn the mantle of kings of the bourbon capital of the world. Their sustained wealth has afforded them prestige and privilege—as well as a hard-won division of class on their sprawling estate, Easterly. Upstairs, a dynasty that by all appearances plays by the rules of good fortune and good taste. Downstairs, the staff who work tirelessly to maintain the impeccable Bradford facade. And never the twain shall meet.

For Lizzie King, Easterly’s head gardener, crossing that divide nearly ruined her life. Falling in love with Tulane, the prodigal son of the bourbon dynasty, was nothing that she intended or wanted—and their bitter breakup only served to prove her instincts were right. Now, after two years of staying away, Tulane is finally coming home again, and he is bringing the past with him. No one will be left unmarked: not Tulane’s beautiful and ruthless wife; not his older brother, whose bitterness and bad blood know no bounds; and especially not the ironfisted Bradford patriarch, a man with few morals, fewer scruples, and many, many terrible secrets.

As family tensions—professional and intimately private—ignite, Easterly and all its inhabitants are thrown into the grips of an irrevocable transformation, and only the cunning will survive.


So this is what a good soap opera should look like. Well, good as far as I am concerned anyways. The Bourbon Kings hits all the right notes, it has revenge, evil plots, romance, characters you will love to hate, some you will take pity on, and others that are just plain hateful. As well as it has those male characters that JR Ward is well known for writing: strong, willful, a little lost but also in control of themselves. Dark sexy beasts all around, Bourbon Kings is not lacking in this department (even though the gentlemen are as human as you and I). It also has flawed female characters and strong heroines you can root for, I mean what else can you ask for? Oh right, an interesting plot. Check on that one! While I would argue JR Ward’s strength lies in character development, the plot in Bourbon Kings is a well established one… if not one that will surely resonate for those BDB fans out there. Continue reading “Review: The Bourbon Kings by J.R. Ward”


At approximately 4:30 pm this afternoon I was made aware that Marie Lu’s upcoming title, The Rose Society, was being sold on amazon for only $9.94… I being a savy consumer went online and instantly pre-ordered it. Only I also started looking at other pre-orders I was interested in and well…

This is either a day for miracles or great deceit. All the hot YA books for this upcoming fall (or most of them) are all either on the $10 range or less.


Here is a list of those awesome titles, but if I were you I wouldn’t hesitate, just pre-order to your hearts contempt before amazon gets wise!

Taschima’s Loot:

UntitledSix of Crows Queen of Shadow The Rose SocietyUntitled

$9.94 – $9.94 – $9.94

UntitledCarry On Every Last Breath Sweet TemptationUntitled

$10.47 – $6.96 – $8.49

Lexie’s Loot:

UntitledQueen of Shadow Oblivion Walk on Earth a StrangerUntitled

$9.94 – $9.94 – $9.42

Untitled ink and bone The Veil Untitled

$9.89 – $7.86


Court of Fives Legacy of Kings The Iron Warrior Zeroes

A Whole new World Black Widow Dumlin' Pretending to be Erica

Untitled The Boy Most Likely To Illuminae Untitled


A Book of Spirits and Thieves An Ember in the Ashes Angelfall Daughter of Deep Silence

Red Queen Rook Scorched Silver in the Blood

Untitled The Fixer The Heart of Betrayal The Stars Never Rise Untitled

These deals are amazing, like out of this world. Better get on getting before they become wise at Amazin headquarters. Or maybe we are all a part of an awesome marketing experiment or something, either way I am game.


YA Review: Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine (*****)

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ink and bone
The Great Library #1  352 Pages  YA (Mature)
TasCH’s Rating: 5 stars
Published: July 7th, 2015

In an exhilarating new series, New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine rewrites history, creating a dangerous world where the Great Library of Alexandria has survived the test of time.…

Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly—but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden.

Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the Library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family, who are involved in the thriving black market. Jess has been sent to be his family’s spy, but his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to enter the Library’s service.

When he inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life—and soon both heretics and books will burn.…

“And so the very institution we thought would bring the most light to the world has instead drowned it in shadows, and claimed that shadow as full sun.
And we, poor blind creatures, have believed the lie.”

Thank you Rachel Caine, for giving us another story to look forward too. After you ended/took away Morganville Vampires I was a tad upset with you (how could you take away Claire? MYRNIN? THE TOWN OF CRAZIES?) but now we are all good. No more grudges, since you went ahead and created another addictive tale that is even more intricate and amazing than Morganville was at its very beginning. Continue reading “YA Review: Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine (*****)”



Friday was the serious day at BEA. In a normal year this would be the day you get to sit back, relax, and enjoy the show.


We got to the Javits on the crack of dawn; no kidding, we woke up at like 4 am and were there by like 5 am. Why? Because there was a rumor that Soundless by Richelle Mead was going to be dropped at the Penguin booth, and we were not going to miss that by any chance in hell. Richelle Mead is one of my absolute favorite authors, YA or otherwise, so this one was like top priority.


So we were the first people in line that day. And thank goodness for that since the line behind us morphed from a single file line into complete and utter chaos (it was more like a wave/congregation or people). I would have not like to be a part of that by any means. And of course everybody was there for Soundless, because the rumors were very true.

Continue reading “BEA 2015 RECAP (Part 3): THE HARDCORE READER/BLOGGER DAY”

BEA 2015 RECAP (Part 2): And So it Continues…

I am absolutely, and terribly, crappy at taking pictures. I always forget, so excuse this post for the lack of fun images of all the authors I met. Usually I try to be as fast as I can when getting my book signed because there are always over 50 people at each of my lines and I know they have other things to get to (unless the author has a short line and then I’ll be talkative). Sans pictures I shall link back to the authors titles’ Goodreads pages.

Thursday was the first full day at BEA, so I woke up at the crack of dawn (I am always the first to wake up and then wake up everybody around me–I had 5 roommates in my room so we all had to plan accordingly when it came to showers, etc.) even though I didn’t actually go with the crowd and do the line to get on the floor. Continue reading “BEA 2015 RECAP (Part 2): And So it Continues…”