Top Ten Favourite Top Ten Subjects

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Top Ten Favourite Top Ten Subjects

Today’s top ten Tuesday is apparently in honour of TTT’s fifth Birthday.
Happy Birthday Top Ten Tuesday!

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 Top Three Taster:

1. Myrnin
Morganville Vampires
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“Myrnin turned away to pick up his Ben Franklin spectacles, balanced them on his nose, and looked over them to say,
“Don’t do drugs. I feel I ought to say that.”

 
2. Damon Salvator
The Vampire Diaries
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I didn’t say you were supposed to be okay with it, I just said I’m not sorry. But you know what I really am? Selfish, because I make bad choices that hurt you. Yes, I would rather have died than be human. I’d rather die right now than spend a handful of years with you, only to lose you when I’m too old and sick and miserable and you’re still you. I’d rather die right now than spend my last final years remembering how good I had it and how happy I was, because that’s who I am, Elena, and I’m not gonna change. And there’s no apology in the world that encompasses all the reasons that I’m wrong for you.”

 3. Otto MalpenseH.I.V.E
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“We have nothing to fear but fear itself. Oh, and a megalomaniacal headmaster, the world’s deadliest assassin, giant mutated plant monsters, an international cartel of supervillains, and the security forces of every country on earth, but other than that… just fear.”

 Top Three Taster:
1. I have no idea how to use the common blogging sites Netgallery and Bloglovin. Even though I have an account, I have no idea what it is for let alone how to use it.

2. I have been blogging for a year and I still don’t have a clue how to make my design look more professional. I am still discovering new things every day such as InLinkz.

3. Sometimes I still get upset over the lack of comments on my actual reviews. Maybe one day will I get into the big blogging world!

 Top Three Taster:
1. Percy JacksonFrom Percy Jackson and The Olympians/Heroes of OlympusHe is the son of a sea god… not only can we escape easily, if we wanted to stay on the island a while he could find water anywhere and catch a fish just by thinking about it!
2. Artemis FowlFrom Artemis FowlHe is a genius, and seems like a great friend once you get to know him. He can help me form plans to get free of the island or if things get really bad we can use some of his plentiful money to burn and keep us warm.
3. Claire DanversFrom Morganville Vampires As well as being very clever and great at making things work (she can design us traps and water systems and stuff) she seems like a great person and is around my age so we can be best friends. And another bonus is that if we ever managed to get off the island she could take me to visit Morganville, I’d love to go there but more importantly she can introduce me to Myrnin….. ❤ ❤
 Top Three Taster:
1. Rachel Caine – 20 books
2. Rick Riordan – 16 books 
3. P.C Cast – 12 books
 Top Three Taster:
 1. Claire Danvers Morganville Vampireshttps://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/2295562873/hehe.jpgI like to surround myself with brainy people who put their studies high on their list of important activities like Claire. She is also a lovely girl who would be great to hang around with, there would be a lot I can learn from her and I love her inner strength. She is one of the characters I can relate to the most and from the first time I read about her I just knew we could be best friends! Oh and she can introduce me to Myrnin (hehe)     

2. Hermione Granger Harry Potterhttps://i0.wp.com/img2.timeinc.net/instyle/images/2010/gallery/110910-Hermione-5-400.jpgI’ve always looked up to Hermione as a role model since I was very young (Yes I know she is a book character but it is better than looking up to a self-important celebrity that is made of plastic!) So I would be honored to have her at my table. I think that maybe she would want to sit with me as I tend to be very separate from the popularity rankings in the school and I like to learn as much as she does. Hermione has a lovely personality too and is very loyal, she has some of the best qualities I would look for in a friend.

3.  Otto Malpense H.I.V.Ehttps://i2.wp.com/static.tumblr.com/o0cepbq/pazme13fo/otto.jpgAgain a clever, underestimated character who I could learn a lot from. I would have a lot of fun having him at the lunch table and he could tell me some brilliant stories and he could teach me some of his villainous tricks!

Top Three Taster:

1. Fury (Elizebeth Miles)

It was a bit boring but I waited to find out the conclusion of the murder mystery so I trudged through it.
2. Under The Dome (Stephen King)
It was veeeeerrrry long and I don’t typically enjoy long books. It’s beginning made it hard for me to read as it was very slow going but I’m glad I did as it became fantastic!
3. Endure (Carrie Jones)
I didn’t want to have to see this series end. Unlike Wolves of Mercy Falls and Divergent it wasn’t well known enough to have a sequel and Unlike Maze runner it isn’t known enough to get a film. It was so hard to let it go that I put off reading this for over a year.

  
Top Three Taster:

1. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe – C. S. Lewis

2. Charlotte’s Webb – E. B. White
3. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
Top Three Taster:
1. Love Triangles As many of my readers will already know, I detest Love Triangles. You either love someone or you don’t. Stringing along two guys is both cruel and cheating so unacceptable. They are just so annoying, the reader can tell straight away who the main character is destined to be with so it’s annoying when she doesn’t just make up her mind faster and be done with it!  

2. Rushed RomanceA Rushed Romance takes away all the fun out of the book and you have nothing more to look forward to then. I get bored easily after the first kiss if it has been rushed and lose interest in the book. 

 3. Pathetic Whimpering Girls and Goody Goody GuysThis is the worst! When a girl is a desperate, pathetic, damsel in distress I instantly hate her. I just want to grab her by her hair and shout ‘Stand up for yourself girl, you don’t need a guy do everything for you!’. And don’t get me started on the guys who are so perfect they can’t do anything wrong. I like a bad boy, a rebel someone who ACTUALLY HAS FLAWS!



Top Three Taster:
1. I Have to Read Everything In Order If someone (or sometimes accidently myself) buys me a book and I havn’t read the ones before it then I will not read it until I have. They even have a special space on my bookshelf.

2. My Books make me antisocialIf someone forces me to stop reading a good book I get very, very, Grumpy. I’m even worse if I was in the middle of a good part.Books also cause me to zone out and stop listinging, not speaking to anyone around me lost in my own world. So I miss things going on around me and look antisocial, doesn’t help with making friends much. If I have just finished an incredible Book and have fallen in a Book Coma just before I go out anywhere or have to be social. I don’t really speak to anyone and sit there depressed and silent Until I am distracted from the Book’s hold on me. 

3. I love a real book but Kindles are just so comfortable…Books have a lovely smell and you can’t beat getting lost in paper. But they are so uncomfetable to read if you are laying on your back or in bed. You get achy hands but don’t want to stop reading even if it hurts. Kindles are light and soooo comfortable so I love my kindle a little too much…

Top Three Taster:
1. Hermionie Granger Harry Potter
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2. Annabeth Chase Percy Jackson/Heroes of Olympus
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3. Tris Prior Divergent
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Review Request: Rarity from the Hollow

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Title: Rarity from the Hollow

Author: Robert Eggleton
Publisher: Dog Horn Publishing Genres: Horror & Sci-Fi
Release Date: March 16th 2012

Pages: 354

Where Acquired: I was given a copy of the book from Robert in exchange for an honest review.

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Kindle Price: £4.54 Book Price: £7.72 (as of when posted) 

About the Author:
Robert Eggleton is best known for his investigative reports about children’s programs. Today, he is a recently retired psychotherapist at the Mental Health Center in Charleston, West Virginia. Rarity from the Hollow is his debut novel and followed publication of three short Lacy Dawn adventures. Author proceeds are donated to a child abuse prevention program operated by Children’s Home Society of West Virginia.

Cover: 
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Description:
Lacy Dawn is a true daughter of Appalachia, and then some. She lives in a hollow with her worn-out mom, her Iraq War disabled dad, and her mutt Brownie, a dog who’s very skilled at laying fiber optic cable. Lacy Dawn’s android boyfriend, DotCom, has come to the hollow with a mission. His equipment includes infomercial videos of Earth’s earliest proto-humans from millennia ago. DotCom has been sent by the Manager of the Mall on planet Shptiludrp: he must recruit Lacy Dawn to save the Universe in exchange for the designation of Earth as a planet which is eligible for continued existence within a universal economic structure that exploits underdeveloped planets for their mineral content. Lacy Dawn’s magic enables her to save the universe, Earth, and, most importantly, her own family.

My Review: 
I didn’t manage to finish this book. Mostly because I found it a little too disturbing for my tastes. I am a 19 year old who still enjoys Disney and can’t watch a horror film because they are terrifying after all. But for fans of horror movies and Stephen King this book is perfect. It is psychologically disturbing at a different level to what I have seen before and this made it hard for me to read, especially the scene describing her friends death. The writing style is very good, you can actually imagine it is written by a child right from her thoughts as she struggles through her life of abuse. But the book just wasn’t right for me, I would urge you to make your own opinions up about the book and if you are not easily scared or disturbed like I am, then I would urge you to give it a go for yourselves; It does have fantastic reviews from people who have read all of the book so I would urge you to goodreads to read the other reviews to help make your judgement on this book. I have heard from the author that the book becomes increasingly funny after the first few hard to read chapters so if you can get through the disturbing parts then make sure you give this book a go! Another thing to keep in mind is that this tale may be so disturbing to some as it is actually based on real problems children have shared with the author in group sessions over his years as a psychiatrist. The author gives all of his proceeds from the book to charity too so it is definatly worth reading if you are not faint of heart like me as I said earlier after the first three chapters it changes from Stephen King to more like Hitchhiker’s guide to the Galaxy.

‘Parent’s Guide’ to the Novel:

Piers Anthony found that my novel was “…not for the prudish.” Kevin Patrick Mahoney, editor of the once noteworthy site, Authortrek, found that it was, “…not for the faint hearted or easily offended….”   An early voice in the 1stchapter speaks about things that no child should know. It is that of a traumatized child – a voice most of us never listen to, or want to hear, but in real life is screaming. This passage is mild in comparison to some of the stuff that kids have said during actual group therapy sessions that I facilitated over the years. By child developmental stage, it is similar to the infamous early adolescent insult in E.T: “penis breath.” It is tame in comparison to the content of the popular T.V. series, South Park, which was devoured by millions of teens.  

Except for a scene involving domestic violence in the 3rd chapter, this early dialogue is the only mildly graphic content. There are no graphic sex scenes in the novel. The renewed romance between the protagonist’s parents does include sexual reference. The android coming of age during his pursuit of humanity is reality based. However, Lacy Dawn never lets the android get farther than to kiss her on the cheek. The android expresses no interest in sex – he falls in love, all consuming love by the middle of the story. The “F word” is used once, but there is no other profanity.

Rarity from the Hollow is A Children’s Story for Adults.

Rating: 

 It would be unfair to rate this book as I didn’t finish it because it just wasn’t my type of book, not because it was a bad book. I’ll leave it to you to decide if the book is for you or not follow this link to give it a try:
Rarity From The Hollow Excerpt


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Review Special: Salem’s Vengeance

Review Special: Review Request


Title: Salem’s Vengeance

Author: Aaron Galvin

Website/Blog: www.aarongalvin.com

https://i2.wp.com/www.aarongalvin.com/uploads/2/4/6/8/24683312/4585466_orig.jpg Aaron Galvin first cut his chops writing original stand-up comedy routines at age thirteen. His early works paid off years later when he co-wrote and executive produced the 2013 award-winning indie feature film, Wedding Bells & Shotgun Shells.

He is also an accomplished actor. Aaron has worked in Hollywood blockbusters, (Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, and Clint Eastwood’s Flags of Our Fathers), and starred in dozens of indie films.

Aaron is a proud member of SCBWI. He lives in Southern California with his wife and daughter. 

Publisher: Aames & Abernathy
Genres: YA, Historical Fiction, Horror, Fantasy
Release Date: July 25th 2014

Pages: 252

Where Acquired: I was given a copy of the book from Aaron in return for an honest review.

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Kindle Price: £1.55 (as of when posted) 
You can also buy the book in paperback and even a signed copy from his website.

Cover: 
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Goodreads Description: 
Sixteen-year-old Sarah Kelly never expected to meet the Devil’s daughter. She only sought innocent dancing in the moonlight, not a coven entranced by their dark priestess. When her friends partake of a powder meant to conjure spirits – and the results go horribly awry – Sarah is forced to make a choice. To keep their secret risks her own damnation, but to condemn them may invoke the accusing remnants of Salem to rise again.

My Review: 
At first the book took me a little while to get in to. This is mainly from my lack of experience with historical fiction and because of Aaron’s uncanny ability to write like a girl who actualy lived in the 1600s. However it didn’t take long for the book to pick up pace and I was thrown into the action; this is when I began to love the book. At first I didn’t really enjoy the diary parts but when I realised why I was reading them I enjoyed it a lot more. The characters in the book were fantastic as was the concept. I really liked the complexity of Sarah’s fmaily from her adorable but strange sister, her brother who wanted to grow up fast, her mother who was wimpy and cowardly and her father who was brave and loving with a very dark past. I also enjoyed the characters of Priest and Bishop who to me had the lovliest relationship. 
[ Beware Of Spoilers in the rest of the review ]
The death of Sarah’s father came to me as a bit of a shock, it was sudden, painful and heartbreaking all at once. This is when the book found it’s feet for me as it was non stop action from this point onwards. I love how Galvin captured the true nature of the witch trails in Salem as an excuse to punish people they didn’t like but he also managed to bring in a fantasy element even though that was still in a way grounded in science and reality. I think that is the reason why I found this book so haunting and creepy. It was the most realistic piece of fiction about witches that I have read based on corruption and strange drugs more than mystic and magic. Galvin captured the essence of that century perfectly with the battles between natives and americans centralising most of the book. Glavin gave us a glimpse into a real piece of history in his book with the struggles in the new colonies and the lies and deciet used to claim property off the natives. I really enjoyed reading the battle against the witches, but maybe it wasn’t the best Idea to read it in the dark… I also loved the blossoming relationship between Priest and Sarah as it was beautiful but did not distract from the main essence of the book which was the battle with the witches. Galvin didn’t hold back in the battle eaither. The fights were descriptive, bloody and gory making it seem even more realistic. Reading this book you really did feel like you were there with the characters and you felt every pain and heartbreak Sarah felt along the way. I would recomend my readers to give this book a go and to not give up over the first part as it does honestly become amazing in the end.

Rating: 

 

Some books you may also enjoy (Goodreads):

Walk The SkyPisces (Zodiac Twin Flames, #1)The After House


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Review: Across the Universe

Title: Across The Universe (Across the Universe #1)

Author: Beth Revis

Publisher: Razorbill
Genres: YA, Sci-Fi, Dystopia
Release Date: January 11th 2011

Pages: 398
Where Acquired: Amazon Kindle
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– Best Book Price: £2.81 Kindle Price: £3.99 (as of when posted) 

UK Cover: 
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A Cover From Elsewhere: 
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Goodreads Description: 
Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.

Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone – one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship – tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn’t do something soon, her parents will be next.

Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed’s hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there’s only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.

My Review: 
This book was so interesting. I absolutly loved the concept and the excitement of it. Not only was the romance sweet and gentle but the murder mystery that was thrown in was entertaining and fun to try and solve for the reader. I loved the way we got to see the book in two POVs one from someone born on the ship and one from someone disocvering it with new eyes. The corruption of the ship was reminicent of something from Game of Thrones it was that bad. I loved the voice of Elder and Amy, they were both very interesting characters. Elder was interesting for the fact that he couldn’t see the blatent strangness of the ship and for his adoration of Eldest. Amy was interesting for her story. Cryrogenics are interesting enough but Amy remained consious for the 200+ years she was stuck frozen in ice and i can’t imagine anything more terifying than that! I’m suprised when she woke that she was as normal as what she is. You also really felt for her when she realised she was stuck on the ship and never going to see her family again as you could tell how much she loves her parents. You also really felt for the characters thoughout the whole book, so much heart went into the writing. I especially felt bad for them when they realised they were not going to reach earth in their lifetime. Last point about this book is that the mating season was so creepy! Where did Revis come up with an Idea like that? The whole concept of the ship’s society was my favourite part. I love a good Dystopian society and this is up there with the best. It is very different from anything I have read before.

Quotes: 

 “That’s all you need to know about Godspeed,” he says. “Although you should also know this. I am Eldest.” Good for you, I think. Congrats on being old.” -Amy (Amy never lost her sarcasm and witt)

 “I never thought about how important the sky was until I didn’t have one.” -Amy

“He sounds like a regular Hitler to me”, Amy mutters.
I wonder what she means by that. Eldest has always taught me that Hitler was a wise, cultured leader for his people. Maybe that’s what she means: Eldest is a strong leader, like Hitler was.”
-Eldest (shows you how different the society is from what Amy was used to, right?)



Rating: 





 3 Similar Books You May Enjoy (Goodreads): 

Hourglass (Hourglass, #1)Tempest (Tempest, #1)XVI (XVI, #1)  


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Review Request: Rules for Riders

Title: Rules for Riders
Author: Natalie Scott
Publisher: Perfect Bound Marketing
Genres: Romance, YA, Contemporary
Release Date: September 6th 2014

Pages: 160
Where Acquired: From the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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– Kindle Price: £2.99 (as of when posted) 

UK Cover: 
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An alternative cover: 
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Goodreads Description: 
After a near fatal riding accident, Bebe Barkley is banned from riding and sent off to boarding school. Finn Foxley, her roommate and partner in crime, devise a plan to get themselves kicked out of school, in order to return to the world they love.
Once back on the Equestrian circuit, best friends will become deadly rivals! Enter Billy O’Reilly, Bebe’s handsome trainer, who will enforce 7 Rules that will turn Bebe’s world up upside down forever.


My Review: 
I never actually managed to finish this book. I thought at first when I took the book on that it would be a funny, quirky teen romance a little like Wild Child but I was very wrong. I wasn’t a big fan of the style of writing first of all and second, too much happened all at once. I got confused to what was going on. Last of all is that I really disliked the main character. She claimed to love the boy in the stables back at home but she was litteraly away at school for a few days before she was kissing some otherr boy. She was stroppy, arrogant and made out that her parents were evil and she was lonly but he dad was trying to do what’s best for her and the family with the stables were lovely. She had it lucky but chose to complain all the time. I’m not sure if this book really was bad or if it is just that I disliked the genre. Either way I wouldn’t recomend it to you, my readers.

Rating: 





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Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases for the Rest of 2015

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This is a weekly Meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish Where Fellow Book Bloggers Share Their Top Ten of The Given Subject.

Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases for the Rest of 2015

 

I am only going to write 3 for this list today as I can’t think of many books that are being released that I want to read. I am too busy catching up with books that are already released that I want to read. Also I am only doing 3 as the series I did keep up with have all ended or the books are released next year. So 3 it is, sorry about that everyone.

 
1. Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer [Rick Riordan]
15724396 Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers. One day, he’s tracked down by a man he’s never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. The man tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god. The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years. When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision. Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die . . . This is easily my most anticipated book of the year. This is beacuse (as you all know by now) Rick Riordan is my favourite author and it has been a long time since we have had anything un-greek/roman from him. I absolutly cant wait for this to come out and as it comes out of my birthday (like most of his books – I can’t complain) I will propbably get it as a birthday present. RELEASED 6TH OCTOBER 2015

2. Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes [Rick Riordan]
24621111Who cut off Medusa’s head? Who was raised by a she-bear? Who tamed Pegasus? It takes a demigod to know, and Percy Jackson can fill you in on the all the daring deeds of Perseus, Atalanta, Bellerophon, and the rest of the major Greek heroes. Told in the funny, irreverent style readers have come to expect from Percy, ( I’ve had some bad experiences in my time, but the heroes I’m going to tell you about were the original old school hard luck cases. They boldly screwed up where no one had screwed up before. . .) and enhanced with vibrant artwork by Caldecott Honoree John Rocco, this story collection will become the new must-have classic for Rick Riordan’s legions of devoted fans–and for anyone who needs a hero. So get your flaming spear. Put on your lion skin cape. Polish your shield and make sure you’ve got arrows in your quiver. We’re going back about four thousand years to decapitate monsters, save some kingdoms, shoot a few gods in the butt, raid the Underworld, and steal loot from evil people. Then, for dessert, we’ll die painful tragic deaths. Ready? Sweet. Let’s do this. Another Riordan book I am super excited for the release. The greek god’s book of a similar style was witty, informative and interesting so I can’t wait to learn more about the hero side of greek mythology. I have a big love for learning about greek mythology anyway so these books are perfect for me. AUGUST 6TH 2015
 
3. The Favourite (The Selection Novella #2.6) [Kiera Cass]
22917292While America Singer’s heart was torn between Aspen and Prince Maxon, her friend Marlee knew exactly what she wanted—and paid the price. Revisit the captivating world of Kiera Cass’s #1 New York Times bestselling Selection series in this digital original novella. Told from Marlee’s point of view, this all-new 64-page story returns to the fateful Halloween when Marlee and Carter were discovered, and reveals how that night—and Prince Maxon—changed their lives forever. The Favorite also features a teaser to The Heir, the fourth novel in the Selection series! The selection is one of my favourite series so I would have put the Heir on this list had I written it a month ago. However while we have been waiting Cass has been releasing a bundle of novellas. I have read and loved the Queen and The Prince and reluctantly read The Guard but now comes The Favourite; One I am very excited for as it shows what actually happened to Marlee from her percpective at long last. OCTOBER 6TH 2015 [Wait, what? Another book out on my birthday.. AWESOME!]