Review of The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave.

One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a wholly original story of rage and revenge, of guilt and horror, and of love and loathing from bestselling and acclaimed author Holly Black.
I have been intrigued by the cover of The Coldest Girl in Coldtown for a while, but never picked it up. I finally found the audiobook at my library and thought it was the perfect time for a vampire book. Man was I right. I am in love with this book. I silently begged for it not to end. The audiobook was read by Christine Lakin and was 12 hours, 9 minute long.


  • This has to be one of the best audiobooks I have ever listened to. Christine Lakin was an amazing reader, she had the perfect voice the for the book. They also did musical additions to the story which worked perfectly. Such a pleasure to listen to!
  • I loved the whole concept of this book. Holly Black did an amazing job with this story. There have been millions of vampire stories but this one is unique and fresh, I really want it to be a movie or TV show!
  • Coldtowns were so neat – I could see this happening in real life. Unlike the acceptance in the True Blood series, vampires were forced into guarded towns to live. Humans could choose to live there was well, because we all know the draw of vampirism. They were rough, dangerous but illusive at the same time.
  • I seriously enjoyed Tana. She has to be one of my all-time favorite characters. She was real, strong and weak, realistic but unstable. I would want to be her friend.
  • The open scene of the book catches you and you are on a whirlwind journey, not really knowing where the story is going to go. It kept you on your feet and begging for more.
  • Man, I am a sucker for vampire boys that are good and bad. Gabriel really got to me, I was begging for a romance the whole time. He, like Eric (from True Blood) is that vampire you NEED to stay away from, but fall for at the same time.
  • Midnight and Winter’s characters were so pivotal for me. Learning their real names and then have Coldtown really come to life for them (trying not to spoil) really shows human nature and our insatiable desire to supersede death and get ourselves into unnecessary trouble.
  • There was awesome death quotes in between each chapter.

  • Not a single one. The only thing I wanted was more! Please, please Holly, please write a sequel!
"When Tana was young, in her dreams blood tasted of strawberry soda or sherbert. If you drank too fast you would get brain freeze."

"She might be herself still. But she would be herself hungry. A self she didn't know yet. Herself with the brake lines cut. A self she didn't trust to do anything but kill."

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12813630-the-coldest-girl-in-coldtown?from_search=true




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Week Recap - Bookish Bingo

This week I signed up to do my first reading challenge with Great Imaginations!
The Rules
  • Sign-ups close on April 9th.
  • All reading and reviewing must fall between April 1st and June 30th.
  • One square per book. For instance, Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater is both the first in a series, and a YA book, but it can only count for one square.
  • Extra entries can be earned with multiple bingos or by filling out the whole card!
Head on over to Great Imaginations to sign up! Only a few more days for the contest to start! (Can you believe it is almost April!) 

This Week I Read:



This Week on A Flurry of Ponderings: 
Monday - Road to Somewhere Blog Tour & Giveaway
Tuesday - Top Ten Things on My Bookish Wish List
Wednesday - Waiting on Wednesday with Stitching Snow
Thursday - Review of Through the Ever Night
Friday - Release Week Promo for Miss Mabel's School for Girls (Giveaway) and Review of No Place Like Oz
Saturday - Things I Have Learned Book Blogging

Upcoming Reviews:
This one is a deal on Amazon - only $2.99

How was your week?
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Things I Have Learned Book Blogging


Things I have learned about having a book blog:
  1. There is a huge book blogging world – I never knew until I started my own blog how many amazing bloggers there are out there! Make sure to get involved with memes so you can meet new people! Here is my favorite list of memes to get involved with!
  2. Book blogging is work. Once you get signed up with NetGalley, Edelweiss and then start getting emails directly from authors / publishers, you now have homework! I write down in a notebook books I receive each week and then use my Google calendar to schedule release dates, tours, book cover reveals, ect. I write down a reading order and change the color coding on my Google calendar to make sure I am on track.
  3. Schedule your posts! When you have time, write posts and then get them scheduled. I am scheduled about two weeks out right now and it is so nice to have some “free” time to comment on blogs and read.
  4. Only choose books to review you are interested in. Reading and blogging should be fun, so pass up the books you think you won’t like. You are not going to hurt the author or publisher’s feelings, especially since you may give a “bad” review that they wouldn’t like anyway.
  5. Getting involved with book tours, cover releases, ect, is a fun way to get to know bloggers, authors and draw more people to you blog. I have done tours with Xpresso Book Tours, CBB Book Promotions, and IFB Tours. The tour hosts are amazing, pre-planned posts come straight to your email, you just add your review and post! They have been so nice with newbie questions and are there for support!
  6. Put your website html code into your comments, it is so much easier to click on your direct link to get to you blog than to jump through Blogger hoops. I am always appreciative when other bloggers use it. I have had numerous times where the Google + page does not link to a website and I have a hard time finding the blog. A comment signature is a great way to ensure traffic to your blog.
    Here is the coding:
    Your Name @ <a href="blog link/"> Blog Name </a>
  7. I believe that it is more important for me to visit other bloggers pages rather than replying to each comment. When the replies come to my inbox I often don’t read them because I didn’t ask a question that needs a reply. I LOVE comments, we all do. I think it makes more sense to support each other by visiting blogs. I do notice when I comment a lot on other blogs and they never read my page. Blogs are sustained by readership and support.
  8. There are a million amazing tutorials online! You can find how to design your own background, social media buttons, signatures, HTML coding, anything! Just Google or go on Pinterest! Such amazing resources out there, some even with Youtube videos!
  9. The biggest thing I have learned is that your blog if your home, your space, your opinion. If you are overwhelmed, not having fun, stressed out – change things! We choose to have our blog and it should be our place to express our love for books! Above all else, don’t focus on the amount of comments, the amount of followers, the free stuff (which is nice) – but have fun sharing what you love!

What are some tips / tricks that you have learned as a book blogger? I would love to hear your advice!

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Review of No Place Like Oz and First 12 Chapters of Dorothy Must Die

In this digital original novella, Dorothy travels back to Oz to reunite with old friends, but her story may not have a happy ending. No Place Like Oz is a prequel to the forthcoming novel Dorothy Must Die.

After returning to Kansas, Dorothy Gale has realized that the dreary fields of Kansas don’t compare to the vibrant landscapes of Oz. And although she’s happy to be reunited with Aunt Em, she misses her friends from the yellow brick road. But most of all, Dorothy misses the fame and the adventure. In Kansas she’s just another prairie girl, but in Oz she was a hero. So Dorothy is willing to do anything to get back, because there really is no place like Oz. But returning to the land she left comes at a price, and after Dorothy is through with it, Oz will never be the same.

Perfect for fans of Alex Flinn, Marissa Meyer, and Gregory Maguire, No Place Like Oz is a dark reimagining of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. Building off of its rich mythology, Danielle Paige creates an edgy, thrilling story for teens that chronicles the rise and fall of one of the literature’s most beloved characters. This digital original novella is a prequel that sets the stage for the forthcoming novel Dorothy Must Die.

I have been super excited for Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige, so I bought the digital novella from Itunes, the prequel No Place Like OZ. It was interesting to see how the story was set up for Dorothy Must Die, which is releasing April 1st.

  • Dorothy’s character was developed and it was almost hard to wrap around her being different from the sweet little girl in the movie. The prequel starts after Dorothy has returned from Oz the first time. People think she is crazy or trying to get attention with her stories of Oz. She finds herself homesick for Oz and wanting to go back.
  • The world building for Oz is interesting. I like how flowers had eyes, there was creepy, fear trees and fresh buttered corn right from the stalk. I am interested to see how much further the world building goes with the full novel.
  • We are introduced to a new character, a princess fairy named Princess Ozma. She has taken over ruling Oz, claiming that she is from the original line of fairies that created OZ.

  • Once again, not my favorite POV. It was written in First Person. I do see how it gave you insight into Dorothy’s internal struggle. I know I should get over this dislike for First Person, but alas, her it is still on my gripes.
  • I liked learning about Ozma. She was interesting, but once again not fully developed. I could not figure out if she was good or bad. I am not sure if she is going to be more developed in Dorothy Must Die.

“For everything that’s wonderful, there’s something wicked, too. That’s the price you pay for magic.”

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17331483-no-place-like-oz?from_search=true






I didn't ask for any of this. I didn't ask to be some kind of hero.
But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado—taking you with it—you have no choice but to go along, you know?

Sure, I've read the books. I've seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little blue birds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can't be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There's still the yellow brick road, though—but even that's crumbling.

What happened?
Dorothy. They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.

My name is Amy Gumm—and I'm the other girl from Kansas.
I've been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.
I've been trained to fight.
And I have a mission:
Remove the Tin Woodman's heart.
Steal the Scarecrow's brain.
Take the Lion's courage.
Then and only then—Dorothy must die!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18053060-dorothy-must-die

Travel back to Oz and take a deliciously devilish walk down a darker brick road by checking out the first 12 chapters of the highly anticipated DOROTHY MUST DIE now: http://www.epicreads.com/blog/read-the-first-12-chapters-of-dorothy-must-die/

In this reimagined Oz, the Good Witches can’t be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and Dorothy has become its tyrannical ruler.  Gritty, compelling, and high stakes, DOROTHY MUST DIE by Danielle Paige reimagines L. Frank Baum's Wizard of Oz series in a way you've never seen before. 

Arriving just in time for the 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz and already slated to become a CW show produced by Heroes creator Tim Kring, DOROTHY MUST DIE by Danielle Paige will be on sale April 1st.


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Release Week Promo for Miss Mabel's School for Girls

Let's welcome Katie Cross to the blog to celebrate the release of her YA fantasy, Miss Mabel's School for Girls, which releases March 27th, 2014!

For me, writing a book involved a lot of staring at a computer screen, slapping the delete button, pulling my
hair out, and Pinterest.

Oh, yes. You heard right. Pinterest.

The power of Pinterest comes from the images. I always find photos that I want to remember and have access to, so I pin them to a board for later reference. So, I thought to myself, Hey, I'm releasing my first book, Miss Mabel's School for Girls. Why don't I give the readers something to look at in anticipation of the book?

So instead of a boring interview where I talk about how great I am, I'm here today to take you on a visual tour to give you a few ideas of what you can expect to find in this exciting new young adult fantasy novel, Miss Mabel's School for Girls.

Wrought iron fence:
There's a wrought iron fence around the outside of the ancient manor that is Miss Mabel's School for Girls much like this one. It's known for creaking in the wind.

Potions bottles:
Potion bottles hold oh-so-many possibilities. Witches love potions, and the witches in Miss Mabel's School
for Girls are no exception. These particular bottles contain a variety of spices and herbs, all of which you can win during the launch giveaway March 27th-30th!

Peacock feather:
Miss Mabel loves peacock feathers. They represent beauty and vanity: her two favorite virtues.

Green mossy tree:
Miss Mabel's School is located in Letum Wood, a lush, expansive forest that hides many secrets. Some of these secrets catch up with Bianca Monroe, our sixteen-year-old heroine, in the dark of the night.

Trees/forest:
This is another view of Letum Wood as you'll expect to find it in the summer. It's lush, gorgeous, and a little on the dangerous side.


Old book photo:
A grimoire is a book filled with magical spells, a kind of magical diary passed through generations. This grimoire is available to win during the launch day giveaway! Head over to www.missmabels.com to find out how you can participate.

Hopefully these photos gave you an idea of the exciting adventure you'll find in Miss Mabel's School for Girls! Now, get your Pinterest on and start spreading the word! Visit www.missmabels.com to find out how to enter the giveaway and win lots of free stuff!


About the Book:

Never underestimate the power of a determined witch.

Letum Wood is a forest of fog and deadfall, home to the quietly famous Miss Mabel’s School for Girls, a place where young witches learn the art of magic.

Sixteen-year-old Bianca Monroe has inherited a deadly curse. Determined to break free before it kills her, she enrolls in the respected school to confront the cunning witch who cast the curse: Miss Mabel.

Bianca finds herself faced with dark magic she didn’t expect, with lessons more dangerous than she could have ever imagined. Will Bianca have the courage to save herself from the curse, or will Miss Mabel’s sinister plan be too powerful?

Miss Mabel’s School for Girls is the first novel in The Network Series, an exciting new fantasy collection. A gripping tale about the struggle to survive, it will take you to a new place and time, one you’ll never want to leave.



About the Author:
My world revolves around my husband (who is a major hottie), my Vizsla's, and the mountains.

I wear hiking boots instead of heels when I need to feel powerful, and on a bad day, I love a weightlifting workout. Actually, I love it on a good day.

I don't eat bread because my thyroid doesn't like it, although there are days I miss it. Especially ciabatta. Sweet potatoes are kind of my thing. Cookies too.

I write because I never stopped.

Visit me at www.kcrosswriting.com

Giveaway:

Go to www.missmabels.com and click on the 'giveaway' tab for more information. Enter to win a potions chest, an apothecary bag of herbs and spices, an old spell book that opens to hide apothecary herbs, amazon gift cards, and more! The giveaway lasts from March 27th at 7am to March 30th at 10 pm



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Review of Through the Ever Night

It's been months since Aria learned of her mother's death.

Months since Perry became Blood Lord of the Tides, and months since Aria last saw him.

Now Aria and Perry are about to be reunited. It's a moment they've been longing for with countless expectations. And it's a moment that lives up to all of them. At least, at first.

Then it slips away. The Tides don't take kindly to former Dwellers like Aria. And the tribe is swirling out of Perry's control. With the Aether storms worsening every day, the only remaining hope for peace and safety is the Still Blue. But does this haven truly exist?

Threatened by false friends and powerful temptations, Aria and Perry wonder, Can their love survive through the ever night?

In this second book in her spellbinding Under the Never Sky trilogy, Veronica Rossi combines fantasy and sci-fi elements to create a captivating adventure-and a love story as perilous as it is unforgettable.
The library didn't have the audiobook for the rest of the series, so I was able to get the hardcover versions of Through the Ever Night and Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi.

  • This book was definitely better than the first. There was still some build-up to the next book, but it was interesting enough on its own.
  • Aria has gotten smarter and stronger, I really enjoyed her growth from the first book.
  • Soren got a better wrap in this book, still snarky, but not as awful as he seemed in the first book.
  • I really enjoy Cinder's character and feel he is going to be a pivotal role in the final book. He is so sweet and so is Willow's crush on him.
  • I mentioned this already, but the middle book, like the first, needs the final book for completion. I know that a trilogy signifies that there is a continuation to the story, but I enjoy when each book stands on his own. 
  • The world-building has some holes. I would assume that there is a vast amount of space in-between the territories, but they seem to be able to walk significant mileage quickly. Unrealistic.
  • Along with the travel issues, I wish that there was some more description on the pods. I have a really hard time imagining what the pods.
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Waiting on Wednesday - Stitching Snow

Princess Snow is missing.

Her home planet is filled with violence and corruption at the hands of King Matthias and his wife as they attempt to punish her captors. The king will stop at nothing to get his beloved daughter back—but that’s assuming she wants to return at all.

Essie has grown used to being cold. Temperatures on the planet Thanda are always sub-zero, and she fills her days with coding and repairs for the seven loyal drones that run the local mines.

When a mysterious young man named Dane crash-lands near her home, Essie agrees to help the pilot repair his ship. But soon she realizes that Dane’s arrival was far from accidental, and she’s pulled into the heart of a war she’s risked everything to avoid. With the galaxy’s future—and her own—in jeopardy, Essie must choose who to trust in a fiery fight for survival.

As you probably have guessed, I love fairy tale re-tellings! This one is coming out next October, but sounds amazing! Cannot wait!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16067008-stitching-snow

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