Review: Blackbird by Anna Carey

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Title: Blackbird
Author: Anna Carey
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publishing Date: September 16, 2014
Pages/Format: 256, eARC
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This twisty, breathless cat-and-mouse thrill ride, told in the second person, follows a girl with amnesia in present-day Los Angeles who is being pursued by mysterious and terrifying assailants.

A girl wakes up on the train tracks, a subway car barreling down on her. With only minutes to react, she hunches down and the train speeds over her. She doesn’t remember her name, where she is, or how she got there. She has a tattoo on the inside of her right wrist of a blackbird inside a box, letters and numbers printed just below: FNV02198. There is only one thing she knows for sure: people are trying to kill her. 

On the run for her life, she tries to untangle who she is and what happened to the girl she used to be. Nothing and no one are what they appear to be. But the truth is more disturbing than she ever imagined. 


Book in One Word: Meh.
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Blog Tour: Made for You by Melissa Marr

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Hello, book obsessers! When I got the email from Xpresso Book Tours about a blog tour for the latest Melissa Marr book, I was totally all "heck yes!" (I read her Wicked Lovely series forever ago.) So I immediately signed up, and thank gosh I did, because I'm on the tour (obviously, and you can see the rest of the dates here), and I got to read Made for You which was SO GOOD. Here, let me tell you about it in my review. But be sure to stick around! I'll tell you where you can find Melissa on the internet, and there's a very, very cool giveaway. Enjoy!

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Be Our Tattooed Guest: Eden + Stars

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Welcome to Be Our Tattooed Guest, an original feature here on Beauty and the Bookshelf! This feature is all about tattoos of the literary, poetic, and bookish variety, and people showing them off! To learn more about Be Our Tattooed Guest, please go here.

This week's tattooed guest has a tattoo that's a little starry...
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Waiting on Wednesday (101)

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Waiting on Wednesday
is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine
 that showcases upcoming releases 
that people are very much anticipating.

This sounds seriously fun.
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Top Ten Tuesday (101)

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

This Tuesday's theme is...

Top Ten Books on 
My Fall TBR Pile
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Blog Tour: Fire in the Woods by Jennifer M. Eaton

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Hello, extraterrestrial earthlings! Welcome to Earth--er, I mean my stop on the blog tour for Fire in the Woods by Jennifer M. Eaton! This book seems to be kind of like the television show Star-Crossed, which I really liked. So today Jennifer is here with a very fun guest post, and I'll be telling you all about the book and where you can find its creator (online, not in person), and there's a giveaway! Take a break from gazing at the stars (I don't think someone is actually going to fall from the sky) and see what Fire in the Woods is all about (hint: that's where someone falls from the sky)!

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Blog Tour: Predator by Janice Gable Bashman

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Hello, were-readers! Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Predator by Janice Gable Bashman! I was very interested in Predator when I first heard about it because it has one of my favorite things: werewolves. Today Janice will be telling us some crazy things related to the shapeshifters, plus I'll tell you all about the book and where you can hunt find Janice, and there's a giveaway. But first, let us pause for a moment to howl at the moon out of joy (you know you want to).

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Song as Old as Rhyme: Favorite Live Tracks

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It's been a VERY LONG TIME since I shared some music recommendations with you guys, and that's ridiculous, because I listen to music ALL THE TIME. And really, we all love music, don't we? GOOD. So today I'm going to share some YouTube of live performances that I REALLY LIKE with you--not necessarily for the performance itself (unless noted), but because of the sound or version of the song. Let me know what ones you like and what life performances are your favorites!
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Be Our Tattooed Guest: Breenah + The Lowly Worm

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Welcome to Be Our Tattooed Guest, an original feature here on Beauty and the Bookshelf! This feature is all about tattoos of the literary, poetic, and bookish variety, and people showing them off! To learn more about Be Our Tattooed Guest, please go here.

Ooh, today's tattoo is a certain little creature you may remember from your childhood!
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Review: The Assassin's Blade by Sarah J. Maas

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Title: The Assassin's Blade
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Blooms-bury USA Childrens
Publishing Date: March 4, 2014
Pages/Format: 435, Hardcover
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Discover where Celaena Sarthodien's thrilling saga began. 

Celaena Sarthodien is her kingdom's most feared assassin. Though she works for the powerful and ruthless Assassin's Guild, she yields for no one and trusts only her fellow killer for hire, Sam.

When Celaena's scheming master, Arobynn Hamel, dispatches her on missions that take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, she finds herself acting independently of his wishes--and questioning her own allegiance. Along the way, she discovers friends and enemies alike, and discovers that she feels far more for Sam than just friendship. But by defying Arobynn's orders, Celaena riskes unimaginable punishment, and with Sam by her side, he is in danger, too. They will have to risk it all if they hope to escape Arobynn's clutches--and if they fail, they'll lose not just a chance at freedom, but their lives....

A prequel to Throne of Glass, this collection of five novellas offers readers a deeper look into the history of this cunning assassin and her enthralling--and deadly--world.


Book in One Word: GOOOD.
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