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In Memento: Bilbo the First Reading Hedgehog

After a week, I can finally write this post.
Thursday, December 22nd, I had to make the hard decision to put my hedgehog Bilbo down. At four years old, he lived a long and healthy life for a hedgehog. He had been losing weight for a while and drinking a lot of water. All signs pointed to a tumor in the kidney area. However, he seemed to get better; he was still drinking a lot, but he was eating and gaining weight again. Then it seemed like he deteriorated over night. He stopped eating and drinking, and then he wouldn't run in his wheel. He couldn't maintain his own body temperature, so he had to be kept constantly warm with external heat sources. Even so, he became totally lethargic and had absolutely no interest in anything. With these signs, I knew it was coming. But there's no way to completely prepare yourself for losing something you love. Four years is a good life for a hedgehog, but it was way too soon to have to say goodbye.
Bilbo was the inspiration for this blog…

Author Interview: Hazel West

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Title:An Earthly King (Modern Tales of Na Fianna #2) by Hazel West Genre: YA, urban fantasy, alternate history
Synopsis Six months after Ciran defeated King Lorcan and instigated a peace treaty between the High Court of Ireland the Goblin realm, things have been slowly getting back to normal in the kingdoms. That is, until the council decides that it's time for High King Eamon to find a queen.
On top of that, there seem to be stirrings of rebellion in the Faelands, as not all the Fair Folk like the High Court's treaty with the Goblins. So it's up to Ciran Mac Cool and his company to stop the rebellion before it goes too far, while also trying to keep Eamon safe from potential assassins. And with all the prospective brides rubbing elbows with the High King, that's easier said than done.
With the help of their friends and a spunky agent from the Bureau of Protection Against Fair Folk, Ciran's Company attempts to stop the Faery plots before Ireland is thrown into all ou…

ARC Review: Ghostly Echoes - William Ritter

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Ghostly Echoes by William Ritter
Series: Jackaby #3
Genre: YA, historical fantasy, supernatural, mystery
Published on August 23, 2016
Published by Algonquin Young Readers
Pages: 352
Read In: July 2016












SYNOPSIS


Jenny Cavanaugh, the ghostly lady of 926 Augur Lane, has enlisted the investigative services of her fellow residents to solve a decade-old murder - her own. Abigail Rook and her eccentric employer, Detective R. F. Jackaby, dive into the cold case, starting with a search for Jenny's fiancĂ©, who went missing the night she died. But when a new, gruesome murder closely mirrors the events of ten years prior, Abigail and Jackaby realize that Jenny's case isn't so cold after all, and her killer may be far more dangerous than they suspected.
Fantasy and folklore mix with mad science as Abigail's race to unravel the mystery leads her across the cold cobblestones of nineteenth-century New England, down to the mythical underworld, and deep into her colleagues' grim histories to …

Waiting on Wednesday: Ghostly Echoes

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Ghostly Echoes by William Ritter (Jackaby #3) Publisher: Algonquin Books for Young Readers Publication Date: August 23, 2016
From Goodreads:
Jenny Cavanaugh, the ghostly lady of 926 Augur Lane, has enlisted the investigative services of her fellow residents to solve a decade-old murder - her own. Abigail Rook and her eccentric employer, Detective R. F. Jackaby, dive into the cold case, starting with a search for Jenny's fiancé, who went missing the night she died. But when a new, gruesome murder closely mirrors the events of ten years prior, Abigail and Jackaby realize that Jenny's case isn't so cold after all, and her killer may be far more dangerous than they suspected.
Fantasy and folklore mix with mad science as Abigail's race to unravel the mystery leads her across the cold cobblestones of nineteenth-century New England, down to the mythical underworld, and deep into her colleagues' grim histories to battle the most deadly foe she had ever faced.
Ever since Jackab…

Top 10 Books I'd Buy Immediately If Someone Handed Me A Fully Loaded Gift Card

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It's Top Ten Tuesday REWIND! Where I got to pick a topic that I missed or wanted to revisit! Well, I've been a lot of topics recently, due to my absence, so this one sounded super fun!! WARNING: lots of sequels.

Hiatus Update

Hello, everyone!
So, yeah, I've been unexpectedly absent again! Why? Well, there's a lot of reasons. And hopefully I can line 'em all up in a clear manner.
Life happens. This whole adulting thing doesn't leave me much leisure time, and while I actually got a ton of reading done in July (well, more than the last few months), it takes time to then write/record reviews and the like. Also, some personal things happened recently and it's taken all of the joy out of so much.Writing. In case you haven't heard, I have a new blog: The Freelance Chronicles (go check it out! It's my pet project at the moment and it takes up pretty much ALL of my spare time. I'm writing installments every week, plus promoting it, plus editing, plus plus plus - well, pretty much the only thing I'm not doing is the artwork.Booktube vs. Blogging. I'm still trying to decide whether it's more feasable to go all the way on Youtube, or to maintain a blog on top of it. This wil…

2016 TBR Update #8

So it's been a (long) while since I've done one of these updates, but I'm going to try and do them on Mondays on a regular basis. Not only so you can stay up to date on my reading challenges, but also my TBR progress for the months.
So my May TBR has 18 official books. Out of those, I have completed 1 this week.
Illusionarium by Heather Dixon (3/5 strawberries) I have 15 left to read: Calamityby Brandon SandersonDaughter of Dusk by Livia BlackburneEmpire of Night by Kelley ArmstrongA Game of Thrones by George R. R. MartinGlass Sword by Victoria AveyardThe Golden Yarn by Cornelia FunkeHarry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. RowlingHopper's Destiny by Lisa FiedlerIgnite by Sara B. LarsonPalace of Mirrors by Margaret Peterson HaddixRaging Sea by Michael BuckleyYellow Brick War by Danielle PaigeCurio by Evangeline DenmarkMonstrous by MarcyKate ConnollyStars Above by Marissa Meyer I have also read:

I am currently reading 3 books:
A Game of Thrones by George R. R. M…

Review: The Fire Wish - Amber Lough

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The Fire Wish by Amber Lough
Series: The Jinni Wars #1
Genre: YA, fantasy
Published on July 22, 2014
Published by Random House
Pages: 320
Read From 03.09.16 - 03.26.16










SYNOPSIS
The Princess
Locked in a caravan on her way to marry a prince of Baghdad, Zayele will do anything to escape.
The Jinni
Trained as a spy in the war against the humans, Najwa knows there's something about Zayele that the other jinn are hidden.
The Wish
Zayele captures Najwa and makes a wish. With a rush of smoke and fire, they fall apart, them re-form - as each other. A jinni and a human, trading lives.
Both girls must play their parts among enemies who would kill them if the deception were ever discovered - enemies including the fascinating young men Najwa and Zayele are just discovering they might live.
Review


Others in The Jinni Wars Series:
1)The Fire Wish
2)The Blind Wish

2016 TBR Update #7

So it's been a (long) while since I've done one of these updates, but I'm going to try and do them on Mondays on a regular basis. Not only so you can stay up to date on my reading challenges, but also my TBR progress for the months.
So my April TBR has 18 official books. Out of those, I have completed 1 this week.
Rise of the Wolf by Jennifer A. Nielsen (5/5 strawberries) I have 17 left to read: Calamityby Brandon SandersonDaughter of Dusk by Livia BlackburneEmpire of Night by Kelley ArmstrongA Game of Thrones by George R. R. MartinGlass Sword by Victoria AveyardThe Golden Yarn by Cornelia FunkeHarry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. RowlingHopper's Destiny by Lisa FiedlerIgnite by Sara B. LarsonThe Pirate's Wish by Cassandra Rose ClarkePalace of Mirrors by Margaret Peterson HaddixRaging Sea by Michael BuckleyYellow Brick War by Danielle PaigeCurio by Evangeline DenmarkIllusionarium by Heather DixonMonstrous by MarcyKate ConnollyStars Above by Marissa Mey…

April 2016 TBR

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I'm such a mood reader these days, but I'll still try to have a monthly TBR that I will (sort of) stick to.


Hedge's Reading Recap: March 2016

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Time to recap all the books I read this month! All in all, it was a pretty "tame" month. I had a lot going, so I didn't read as much as usual. But the books I did read were quite good!

Book Haul: March 2016

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It's been a while since I've done one of these! In total, I hauled 17 books this month, which is pretty conservative for me. Enjoy!

2016 TBR Update #6

So it's been a (long) while since I've done one of these updates, but I'm going to try and do them on Mondays on a regular basis. Not only so you can stay up to date on my reading challenges, but also my TBR progress for the months.
So my March TBR has 9 official books. Out of those, I have completed 1 this week.
The Fire Wish by Amber Lough (3/5 strawberries) I have 7 left to read: A Game of Thrones by George R. R. MartinHarry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. RowlingAnne & Henry by Dawn IusThe Bad Beginning by Lemony SnicketGirl on a Wire by Gwenda BondRise of the Wolf by Jennifer A. NielsenEmpire of Night by Kelley Armstrong I have also read:
No. 6 Vol. 4 by Atsuko Asano I am currently reading 2 books:
A Game of Thrones by George R. R. MartinRise of the Wolf by Jennifer A. Nielsen I have caught up on 0 series, and I have started 1 new series/trilogies/duologies (The Jinni Wars).
So I sort of failed in last year's all-year-round challenge, but this year I…

Hedgehog Life: 03.21.16 - 03.27.16

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Happy Easter! Has it been a week since I've done one of these updates? Quite honestly, I don't even remember last week, so it's entirely possible.
So things haven't exactly been busy; they've just been a blur. My life is hitting yet another changing point - details of which I'm not quite ready to share. Just know that I've made the big decision to buy my own car by the end of the year, and that decision was made for a particular reason that I want to keep under wraps until later (the suspense will hopefully not kill you).
Other than that, I have been crazy busy with writing, which is why I haven't read all that much in the past week - well, the entire month, to be honest. The Freelance Chronicles has been taking up all of my free time (as have a few animes, such as Tokyo Ghoul and Fruits Basket). I try to post a new story every Sunday and I'm kind of starting to catch up, so I need to turn out the stories as fast as I can (without sacrificing quali…

Waiting on Wednesday: The Raven King

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The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater (The Raven Cycle #4) Publication Date: April 26, 2016
From Goodreads:
The fourth and final installment in the spellbinding series from the irrepressible, #1 New York Times bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater.
All her life, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love's death. She doesn't believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem, but as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she's not so sure anymore.
In a starred review for Blue Lily, Lily Blue, Kirkus Reviews declared: "Expect this truly one-of-a-kind series to come to a thundering close."
Why I'm Excited - Um. . . .Well. . . .Gosh I don't know - maybe because it's the last book in The Raven Cycle!!!!!! Which actually makes me super sad. But I want to know how it ends! I've been in suspense ever since - well, Book One, to be honest!

Review: The School for Good and Evil - Soman Chainani

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The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani
Series: The School for Good and Evil #1
Genre: Middle Grade, fantasy
Published on May 14, 2013
Published by HarperCollins
Pages: 488
Read From: 03.04.16 - 03.09.16












SYNOPSIS
This year best friends Sophie and Agatha will discover what it is to be a student at the fabled School for Good and Evil, where ordinary boys and girls are trained to be fairy tale heroes and villains. With her pink dresses, glass slippers, and devotion to good deeds, Sophie knows she'll earn top marks at the School for Good and graduate a storybook princess.Meanwhile, Agatha, with her shapeless black frocks, wicked pet cat, and dislike for nearly everyone, seems a natural fit for the School for Evil.
But when the two girls are swept into the Endless Woods, they find their fortunes reversed - Sophie's dumped in the School for Evil to take Uglification, Death Curses, and Henchmen Training, while Agatha finds herself in the School for Good, among handsome princes and fair…

Waiting on Wednesday: Masks and Shadows

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Masks and Shadows by Stephanie Burgis Publication Date: April 12, 2016
From Goodreads:
The year s 1779, and Carlo Morelli, the most renowned castrato singer in Europe, has been invited as an honored guest to Eszterhaza Palace. With Carlo in Prince Nikolaus Esterhazy's carriage, ride a Prussian spy and one of the most notorious alchemists in the Habsburg Empire. Already at Eszterhaza is Charlotte von Steinbeck, the very proper sister of Prince Nikolaus's mistress. Charlotte has retreated to the countryside to mourn her husband's death. Now, she must overcome the ingrained rules of her society in order to uncover the dangerous secrets lurking within the palace's golden walls. Music, magic, and blackmail mingle in a plot to assassinate the Habsburg Emperor and Empress - a plot that can only be stopped if Carlo and Charlotte can see through the masks worn by everyone they meet.
Why I'm Excited - I will always, always, always read anything written by Stephanie Burgis. - Y…

Top 10 Books On My Spring 2016 TBR

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Top 10 Books On My Spring 2016 TBR. You know, it seems like whenever I make these lists this far ahead of time, I never actually end up reading the books. I've turned into such a mood reader. But I do want to get a lot of these books read!!

2016 TBR Update #5

So it's been a (long) while since I've done one of these updates, but I'm going to try and do them on Mondays on a regular basis. Not only so you can stay up to date on my reading challenges, but also my TBR progress for the months.
So my March TBR has 9 official books. Out of those, I have completed 1 this week.
The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani (4/5 strawberries) I have 8 left to read: A Game of Thrones by George R. R. MartinHarry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. RowlingAnne & Henry by Dawn IusThe Bad Beginning by Lemony SnicketGirl on a Wire by Gwenda BondThe School for Good and Evil by Soman ChainaniRise of the Wolf by Jennifer A. NielsenEmpire of Night by Kelley Armstrong I have also read:
Firelight by Kazu Kibuishi (4/5 strawberries)Noragami: Stray God Vol. 7 by Adachitoka (4/5 strawberries) I am currently reading 2 books:
A Game of Thrones by George R. R. MartinThe Fire Wish by Amber Lough I have caught up on 1 series (Amulet), and I have s…

Hedgehog Life: 03.06.16 - 03.13.16

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Hello, all! Wow, another week gone and I'm actually posting something on this blog! Now I just need to do reviews. . . .heheheheh. . . . yeah. . . .
So on that subject: The Reading Hedgehog is sort of undergoing a transformation - albeit a slow one. You might've heard a while back that a good friend has loaned me her video recorder indefinitely. My beautiful GoPro has sort of bitten the dust. Ever since my trip to New York in 2015, it has been MASSIVELY finicky about taking video until it just plain freezes up if I try and record anything longer than 5 seconds. And now I've broken the charging chord, so I can't even take pictures with it because it's battery is dead. Roar!
Anyway, I have a video recorder now - which means I can get back to shooting video!!!! As soon as I buy an SD card for it. . . .Which I am going to. And when I do, that's when you'll see the "transformation" on The Reading Hedgehog. I don't know why, but I've recently g…

Waiting on Wednesday: Yellow Brick War

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Yellow Brick War by Danielle Paige (Dorothy Must Die #3) Publication Date: March 15, 2016
From Goodreads: In this dark, action-packed third book in the New York Times bestselling Dorothy Must Die series, Amy Gumm - the new girl from Kansas - must do everything in her power to dave Kansas, kill Dorothy, and make Oz a free land once more.
Amy Gumm's mission to take down Dorothy Gale is not going according to plan. Dorothy has found a way to bridge the worlds of Oz and Kansas, and if the power-hungry dictator of Oz has her way, Kansas will be destroyed forever. Now, Amy has to team up with the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked to save her home, restore the balance between the magic and nonmagic worlds, maybe get the guy - and kill that not-so-sweet Kansas farm girl once and for all.
In the third installment of the New York Times bestselling Dorothy Must Die series, Danielle Paige's twisted versions of beloved Oz characters are back, including the biggest, baddest, most famous of a…

2016 TBR Update #4

So it's been a (long) while since I've done one of these updates, but I'm going to try and do them on Mondays on a regular basis. Not only so you can stay up to date on my reading challenges, but also my TBR progress for the months.
So my March TBR has 9 official books. Out of those, I have completed 1 this week.
Winter by Marissa Meyer (4/5 strawberries) I have 8 left to read: A Game of Thrones by George R. R. MartinHarry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. RowlingAnne & Henry by Dawn IusThe Bad Beginning by Lemony SnicketGirl on a Wire by Gwenda BondThe School for Good and Evil by Soman ChainaniRise of the Wolf by Jennifer A. NielsenEmpire of Night by Kelley Armstrong I have also read:
Basara Vol. 4 by Yumi Tamura (4/5 strawberries) I am currently reading 2 books:
A Game of Thrones by George R. R. MartinThe School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani I have caught up on 1 series (The Lunar Chronicles), and I have started 1 new series/trilogies/duologies (The Sch…

Hedgehog Life: 02.29.16 - 03.05.16

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Spring is almost here! Which means my allergies are going CRAZY! But I don't mind, because it also means that nice weather is coming and I can finally discard my winter clothes! FINALLY! This girl needs some sunlight!!
You know, I feel like I should, once again, apologize for my absence, but I'm not going to, because I'll just be doing it again in a few weeks. By now, you guys are probably used to it. So! What has this erratic blogger been up to this week?? Well. . . .
A friend and I went down to Salem, Oregon for the weekend to visit another friend. It was a blast. No, I didn't get pictures because my camera is official dead, my phone was also dead (and I forgot my charger), and I still need to get an SD card for the video recorder one of my friends had loaned me indefinitely. But trust me - it was a lot of fun. On our first night, we ate at an authentic Spanish restaurant that was so many levels of delicious I don't even know where to begin. The atmosphere was a…

Author Interview: Hazel West

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Hello, hello all! I have returned to the blog as part of the Blood Ties blog tour! Author and good friend Hazel West has a new book out, and I'm proud to host an interview with her on this blog (as well as a few other goodies)!

Title:Blood Ties (The Modern Tales of Na Fianna #1) Genre:YA, Urban Fantasy, Alternate History
Synopsis In an Ireland that mixes high kings, faeries, and modern warriors who drive fast cars, Ciran, a descendant from the famous warrior Fionn Mac Cool, bands together with a company of young warriors from the legendary order of Na Fianna to go on a quest to recover their missing family members who were captured by the Goblins in a shaky peace between the two kingdoms. Iran and his companions must figure out not only how they are going to rescue the prisoners, but how they are going to complete their mission without killing each other. Through trial and error, running battles, unexpected friendships, and daring escapes, Ciran and his company come fact to face with…