Review of Game

Billy grinned. “Oh, New York,” he whispered. “We’re gonna have so much fun.”

I Hunt Killers introduced the world to Jazz, the son of history’s most infamous serial killer, Billy Dent.

In an effort to prove murder didn’t run in the family, Jazz teamed with the police in the small town of Lobo’s Nod to solve a deadly case. And now, when a determined New York City detective comes knocking on Jazz’s door asking for help, he can’t say no. The Hat-Dog Killer has the Big Apple–and its police force–running scared. So Jazz and his girlfriend, Connie, hop on a plane to the big city and get swept up in a killer’s murderous game.

After finishing the first book in the series, I went directly into the second book because I needed to know more. We were left with a bit of a cliffhanger at the end of the first book, so I was glad to be late in the game so that I could read the series all at the same time. I listened to the audiobook again, it was read by Charlie Thurston and was 13 hours, 31 minutes long.

  • I, once again, love Jasper's character. Seeing the world through his eyes and the trauma of being raised by a serial killer is such a unique spin in a young adult novel. It was like watching Criminal Minds through the mind of a teen.
  • The Game was an interesting and wicked twist to the story. I figured out the method of the game fairly early on, so it was a little frustrating that the police and FBI didn't catch on right away, but it still kept me guessing a little in the story and itching to find out the ending.
  • I seriously love Howie. He is so freakin' goofy but such a loyal friend. Plus, his disease really makes him an interesting character.
  • Billy, oh Billy. He is such a villain and the writing makes you want to love and hate him at the same time. I always think that it takes a great writer to come up with the perfect villain, it has the perfect the perfect mixture of love and hate
  • There is still another book in the series and I am going to find it soon. I would love to listen to the audiobook since I listened to the last two and I love Charlie's voice as the narrator.
  • Jasper's girlfriend, Connie was a little annoying in this book. I was ok with her going to NYC at first, but then when she started to play the game without going to the cops, it was frustrating. Seriously, there is a line between a teen being brave and being reckless. I know we all felt invincible when we were younger, but running into trouble with a convicted serial killer is just plain stupid.

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Waiting on Wednesday with The Heir

Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won Prince Maxon’s heart. Now the time has come for Princess Eadlyn to hold a Selection of her own. Eadlyn doesn’t expect her Selection to be anything like her parents’ fairy-tale love story. But as the competition begins, she may discover that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she always thought.

 America's daughter is going to be badass - I cannot wait to see how The Selection series continues!

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Release Day Blitz - An Ember in the Ashes

I am so excited that AN EMBER IN THE ASHES by Sabaa Tahir releases today and that I get to share the news, along with a special introduction from Sabaa herself!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Sabaa Tahir, be sure to check out all the details below.
This blitz also includes a giveaway for a signed copies of the book and some of those awesome sword letter openers we’ve seen around courtesy of Sabaa, Penguin Teen, and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

A letter from Sabaa Tahir.

Dear Readers,

Today, my “baby” AN EMBER IN THE ASHES is finally out in the world! From inception to pub date, this journey took eight years. And what a journey it was: writing, rewriting, revising, editing, querying, submitting; Meeting other debuts, bloggers, booksellers and librarians, and hearing their thoughts on EMBER. There aren’t enough superlatives to describe the radness.

And now, the book is here! I am so excited to see it in the hands of readers. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. To celebrate release day, I’m giving away two signed, first-edition hardcovers of the book. Details below!

All my best,


Author: Sabaa Tahir
Pub. Date: April 28, 2015
Publisher: Razorbill
Pages: 464
Set in a terrifyingly brutal Rome-like world, An Ember in the Ashes is an epic fantasy debut about an orphan fighting for her family and a soldier fighting for his freedom. It’s a story that’s literally burning to be told.

LAIA is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution.

ELIAS is the academy’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias is considering deserting the military, but before he can, he’s ordered to participate in a ruthless contest to choose the next Martial emperor.

When Laia and Elias’s paths cross at the academy, they find that their destinies are more intertwined than either could have imagined and that their choices will change the future of the empire itself.

Check out the book trailer!

About Sabaa:
Sabaa Tahir grew up in California’s Mojave Desert at her family’s 18-room motel. There, she spent her time devouring fantasy novels, raiding her brother’s comic book stash and playing guitar badly. She began writing An Ember in the Ashes while working nights as a newspaper editor. She likes thunderous indie rock, garish socks and all things nerd. Sabaa currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family.

Giveaway Details:

2 winners will receive a signed hardcover of AN EMBER IN THE ASHES. US Only.

3 winners will receive a hardcover of AN EMBER IN THE ASHES and a Sword Letter Opener! US Only.

Ends on May 9th at Midnight EST!

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Top Ten Tuesday with Top Ten Books Which Feature Characters Who Seek Out Mysteries

Today's Top Ten Tuesday was a kind-of choose your own topic with Top Ten Books Which Feature Characters Who _____. I choose to feature some characters who love to follow their curiosity and solve a little mystery!

Veronica Mars - Veronica Mars series

Grace - All Fall Down

Sophronia - The Finishing School Series

Cassie - The Naturals

Bee Fox - Where'd You Go Bernadette

Tandy Angel - Confessions series

Celaena Sardothien - Throne of Glass series

Harper Price - Rebel Belle

Rose Hathaway - Vampire Academy

Kira - The Partials series

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Wash Me Away Book Blitz

Monsters have a way of following you.

Immersed in a new world at boarding school, Addy Buckley learns she’s not the only one with secrets. While trying to navigate the minefield of painful lies that seem to be rattling around her family’s past, she meets soft on the eyes and heavy on the heart, Napoleon Blake.

When faced with the darkness, Addy must decide to cling to her new life and friends or let the monster carry her away. The choice is hers, sink or swim.

YA is published under Wendy L Owens
Adult and NA is published under Wendy Owens

Wendy Owens is a writer, born in the small college town, Oxford Ohio. After attending Miami University, Wendy went onto a career in the visual arts. After several years of creating and selling her own artwork she gave her first love, writing, a try. It’s become a passion ever since. Wendy now happily spends her days writing the stories her characters guide her to tell, admitting even she doesn’t always know where that might lead. Her first series, The Guardians, is a YA fantasy series about angel and human hybrids.

Since then she has branched into NA Contemporary Romance and released titles to include Stubborn Love, Only In Dreams, and Do Anything. Her next romance, The Luckiest is scheduled to be released in July 2014.
When she’s not writing, this dog lover can be found spending time with her tech geek husband, their three amazing kids, and two pups. She loves to cook and is a film fanatic.

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My heart leaps into my throat, and time has lost meaning. The entire car leans up on two wheels as it travels to the left, rather than straight ahead. My body presses into my father’s, and I wish more than anything I could hold myself away from him. He reaches for the door handle, but his efforts are futile, as the water has already risen to his window. We continue to move with the current, until it completely picks up the car. The metal tomb flips and turns onto the driver’s side door, snapping off the mirror. I don’t think. I struggle to unbuckle my seatbelt with one hand, the weight of my body pulling the strap taut, and crank down the passenger window with the other. Like a seamless and rehearsed dance, everything happens perfectly. The window is down, the buckle releases its grasp, and I grab on to the edge of the open window. Using the edge of the steering wheel, and my headrest, I push myself up and out the opening. The car slows, but it’s still moving with the flow of the water, rocking from side to side as the muffled sounds of metal scraping against the earth fill the vessel. “Addy Mae,” he cries up after me. It’s a tone I’ve never heard from him, or at least I don’t recall. I look down at him; his eyes are wide with fear. I feel sorry for him, the need to help him overwhelming me. I drop to my knees, readying myself to extend a hand. The car jerks unexpectedly, and I fall to my stomach, gripping the rim of the window for support. A cracking sound echoes from inside of the car. I look down to see a large rock has wedged itself firmly into the windshield, cracked glass splintering outward. “Goddamn it, Addy, you better get me the hell out of here,” he shouts. There he is, I think. The father I know. My hand is halfway extended when I pause and pull it back. “What the—” The windshield gives way, and the shards rush inward with a gush of water. His expression, his words—they all disappear in an instant, beneath the murky, churning waters.

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Week Recap - Owlcrate and NerdCon Registration

I had a rough week. I was stressed out at work and my mom has indicated that she is probably going to move to Montana soon, to be near her grand kids, which I understand, but it is still hard. My mom is my best friend and I love her being close. But I do know that my sister and nephews would love to have her there full time. Changes are tough sometimes!

On a happier note, I received my April Owlcrate this week, made a FauxDori (dyi post coming in May), order an Erin Condren Life Planner and registered for NerdCon in Minneapolis!

This Week on A Flurry of Ponderings:

Monday - Review of All the Bright Places
Tuesday - Top Ten Tuesday with Ten of My All-time Favorite Authors
Wednesday - Waiting on Wednesday with Saint Anything
Thursday - ARC Review of Flunked
Friday - Review of A Darker Shade of Magic
Saturday - Cover Reveal of You Can't Get Blood Out of Shag Carpet & Giveaway

This Week I Read:

Check out NerdCon and register! I wanna meet up with you in Minneapolis, Minnesota and see some amazing authors, including Stephanie Perkins, John Green, Rainbow Rowell, Cassandra Clare and Holly Black!

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