Posts By: Michelle @ Book Briefs

May 03
Review- Once a Witch

Review- Once a Witch

Once a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough Paperback, 308 pages Published September 6th 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt  Source: Bought Summary(from Goodreads): Tamsin Greene comes from a long line of witches, and she was supposed to be one of the most Talented among them. But Tamsin’s magic never showed up. Now seventeen, Tamsin attends boarding school in Manhattan, far from her family. But when a handsome young professor mistakes her for her very Talented sister, Tamsin agrees to find a lost family heirloom for him. The search—and the stranger—will prove to be more sinister than they first appeared, ultimately sending Tamsin on a treasure hunt through time that will unlock the secret of her true identity, unearth the sins of her family, and unleash a power so vengeful that it could destroy them all. This is a spellbinding display of storytelling that will exhilarate, enthrall, and thoroughly enchant. —————————————————————– My Review: I really liked this book. This book was about Witches, but instead of calling themselves witches they said that they had… Read more »

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May 01
In My Mailbox (4)

In My Mailbox (4)

In My Mailbox was inspired by Alea at Pop Culture Junkie and created by Kristi at The Story Siren.  For Review (From Author for my Kindle): Cameo the Assassin by Dawn McCullough-White Across Eternity by Aris Whittier  Won:  The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson ( I won this in Robin Wasserman’s 3,000 follower twitter giveaway. Follow her on twitter- @Robinwasserman- Thank you Robin!) Bought: The Strange Power, The Possessed, The Passion (Dark Visions, #1-3) by L.J. Smith Thirst No. 2: Phantom, Evil Thirst, Creatures of Forever by Christopher Pike   Once Dead Twice Shy by Kim Harrison The Red Queen’s Daughter by Jacqueline Kolosov Paranormalcy by Kiersten White That’s everything I got in my mailbox this week. It was a great week, book wise! What did you get in your mailbox? Let me know in the comments below

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Apr 30
Review- The last Olympian

Review- The last Olympian

The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians book 5) by Rick Riordan Paperback, 400 pages Published January 25th 2011 by Disney HyperionSource: Bought Summary (from Goodreads) All year the half-bloods have been preparing for battle against the Titans, knowing the odds of a victory are grim. Kronos’s army is stronger than ever, and with every god and half-blood he recruits, the evil Titan’s power only grows. While the Olympians struggle to contain the rampaging monster Typhon, Kronos begins his advance on New York City, where Mount Oly…moreAll year the half-bloods have been preparing for battle against the Titans, knowing the odds of a victory are grim. Kronos’s army is stronger than ever, and with every god and half-blood he recruits, the evil Titan’s power only grows. While the Olympians struggle to contain the rampaging monster Typhon, Kronos begins his advance on New York City, where Mount Olympus stands virtually unguarded. Now it’s up to Percy Jackson and an army of young demigods to stop the Lord of Time. In… Read more »

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Apr 29
Trend: Bind-ups

Trend: Bind-ups

I thought I would start doing discussion type posts in between some of the reviews. It has been taking me longer than usual to read for the past few weeks because all of my spare time has been devoted to studying for finals. Luckily I am almost done, and then it will be summer, which means way more reading time! Has anyone else seemed to notice that more and more series that have been around for a few years have started to put out bind-ups of the books in the series? I have been loving this! A bind- up is when two or three (and sometimes more!) books in a series are re-printed and bound together. The best part is you get it for the price of just one paperback book! I really like bind-ups for a few reasons: You get two or three books for the price of one! Such a deal!  I get to discover series that already have multiple books, for less. Sometimes they were series that… Read more »

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Apr 26
Review- The Battle of the Labyrinth

Review- The Battle of the Labyrinth

The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians book 4) by Rick Riordan Paperback, 361 pages Published April 7th 2009 by Disney Hyperion Book CH  Source: Bought Summary (Goodreads) Percy Jackson isn’t expecting freshman orientation to be any fun.  But when a mysterious mortal acquaintance appears on campus, followed by demon cheerleaders, things quickly move from bad to diabolical. In this latest installment of the blockbuster series, time is running out as war between the Olympians and the evil Titan lord Kronos draws near. Even the safe haven of Camp Half-Blood grows more vulnerable by the minute as Kronos’s army prepares to invade its once impenetrable borders. To stop them, Percy and his demigod friends must set out on a quest through the Labyrinth-a sprawling underground world with stunning surprises at every turn. Full of humor and heart-pounding action, this fourth book promises to be their most thrilling adventure yet. —————————————————– My Review:  *There will be spoilers* This book is my favorite in the series so far! It was… Read more »

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Apr 26
Winner- Hoppy Easter Eggstravaganza Giveaway Hop!

Winner- Hoppy Easter Eggstravaganza Giveaway Hop!

I am so excited to announce the winner for my very first blog giveaway! First, I wanted to thank everyone for stopping by my blog and commenting on my reviews and entering the giveaway. You guys have blown me away! I got 81 entries in this giveaway! Thank you so much, and there will be many more in the future because you guys are awesome! I used random.org to pick the winner and the lucky number was entry #11, Chelsea Rafferty!  The winner has been emailed and has 48 hours to respond or I will choose a new winner.  Thank you again everyone for stopping by my blog and come back frequently for lots more reviews and giveaways soon! 🙂 -Michelle 

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Apr 24
In My Mailbox (3)

In My Mailbox (3)

In My Mailbox was inspired by Alea at Pop Culture Junkie and created by Kristi at The Story Siren.    All books in this week’s IMM were purchased by me. One of the Borders near me was going out of business so I got all of these books for at least 90% off! (I think the most expensive book was $1.25)   The Secret Hour by Scott Westerfeld  Rebel Angels by Libba Bray  Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr  Fragile Eternity by Melissa Marr  Need by Carrie Jones Hunger by Michael Grant  Being Nikki by Meg Cabot The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan  Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa That’s everything I got in my mailbox this week. What did you get in your mailbox?

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Apr 22
Review- The Titan’s Curse

Review- The Titan’s Curse

The Titan’s Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians book 3) by Rick Riordan Paperback, 312 pages Published April 8th 2008 by Disney Hyperion Source: Bought Summary (from Goodreads) When the goddess Artemis goes missing, she is believed to have been kidnapped.And now it’s up to Percy and his friends to find out what happened. Who is powerful enough to kidnap a goddess? They must find Artemis before the winter solstice, when her influence on the Olympian Council could swing an important vote on the war with the titans. Not only that, but first Percy will have to solve the mystery of a rare monster that Artemis was hunting when she disappeared — a monster rumored to be so powerful it could destroy Olympus forever.  ————————————————————- My Review:  This book started kind of slow for me. Which was surprising, because with the previous two books I was immediately engrossed in the story. It took me like 90 or so pages for the story to really pick up for me. It ended… Read more »

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Apr 21
Review- The Sea of Monsters

Review- The Sea of Monsters

The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians book 2) by Rick Riordan Paperback, 279 pages Published April 1st 2007 by Disney Hyperion Source: Bought Summary (from Goodreads) Percy Jackson’s seventh-grade year has been surprisingly quiet. Not a single monster has set foot on his New York prep-school campus. But when an innocent game of dodgeball among Percy and his classmates turns into a death match against an ugly gang of cannibal giants, things get . . . well, ugly. And the unexpected arrival of Percy’s friend Annabeth brings more bad news: the magical borders that protect Camp Half-Blood have been poisoned by a mysterious enemy, and unless a cure is found, the only safe haven for demigods will be destroyed. In this fresh, funny, and hugely anticipated follow up to The Lightning Thief, Percy and his friends must journey into the Sea of Monsters to save their beloved camp. But first, Percy will discover a stunning new secret about his family — one that makes him question whether… Read more »

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Apr 20
Hoppy Easter Eggstravaganza Giveaway Hop!

Hoppy Easter Eggstravaganza Giveaway Hop!

This is my first giveaway, so I decided to get the word out I would become part of a giveaway hop! They are really fun and easy, you just hop from blog to blog and you get to find tons of super cool, new blogs, as well as try to win lots of books! What could be better than that?  This blog hop is hosted by  I Am A Reader, Not A Writer & Once Upon a Twilight. so thanks to them for hosting such an awesome giveaway hop! This giveaway starts today, April 20th and will last until April 25th. I will announce the winner Tuesday, April 26th! Ok, so now onto the book I will be giving away… Shadowland (the Immortals #3) by Alyson Noel At the start of this breathtaking novel, Damen and Ever travel to Summerland in search of an antidote to reverse a powerful poison. But instead of the cure they seek, they find something far more sinister: the truth about their existence and the… Read more »

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