book reviews for the thrifty soul

Fun in the Sun Winner!

And our winner of an autographed Cinder is BETH!!!


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Thanks everyone for entering! (Hopefully next time it’ll be a Rafflecopter.) We have a TON more books to give away this summer, so keep checking back.


Fun in the Sun Giveaway Hop

A spectacular THANK YOU to Kate at Ex Libris and Cari at Cari Blogs for helping organize this fantastic hop!

Cool pic, huh? Makes me wish I was on the beach somewhere, with a good book.

We’re super excited because this isn’t only our first hop, but our first giveaway EVER! *throws confetti* So here’s the deal.¬† We have an autographed copy of CINDER.¬† And we want to give it to you. Read more…

Cover Reveal: The Mephisto Kiss by Trinity Faegen

Trinity Faegen‘s sequel¬†to¬†The Mephisto Covenant¬†comes out September 25th from EgmontUSA!!! ¬†We’re super excited to be a part of the cover reveal for¬†The Mephisto Kiss which keeps up with the Mephisto brothers as they try to find the soul mates that will be their salvation. I am super excited to learn more about the brothers–I love when secondary characters get their own stories!

¬†For those of you who haven’t heard of¬†The Mephisto Covenant¬†here’s the synopsis from Goodreads:

Sasha is desperate to find out who murdered her father. When getting the answer means pledging her soul to Eryx, she unlocks a secret that puts her in grave danger–she is an Anabo, a daughter of Eve, and Eryx’s biggest threat.
A son of Hell, immortal, and bound to Earth forever, Jax looks for redemption in the Mephisto Covenant–God’s promise he will find peace in the love of an Anabo. After a thousand years, he’s finally found the girl he’s been searching for: Sasha.
With the threat of Eryx always looming, Jax knows he has to keep Sasha safe and win her over. But can he? Will Sasha love him and give up her mortal life?

And you should definitely get that on your library list!  Now, onto what you actually clicked here for!

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Goddess Interrupted by Aim√©e Carter

Goddess Interrupted releases tomorrow, and Rachel and Emmy discuss it with each other and tell why you should go BUY IT!


Rachel: Goddess Interrupted was one of my most highly anticipated books of this year, and that comes with certain expectations. And with a whole year to brood on those expectations, they can get rather high…. Sometimes books don‚Äôt always live up. GI was not one of those. This book was everything I wanted and absolutely more.

Emmy: I mean, we have more of all the characters we love *coughHenrycough* and I absolutely adored the way Carter characterized all the gods this time around. ¬†It goes way deeper into their theogony (the birth of the gods) which I think made me connect better to Walter and Ava and even Calliope. And of course, we‚Äôre introduced to Persephone, who added a whole new layer to the angst between Henry and Kate! Read more…

Author Interview: Aim√©e Carter

Today we have¬†Aim√©e Carter chatting about her upcoming sequel to The Goddess Test–read our review¬†here! She’s adorable, successful AND hilarious (I know, one person should not be so talented–try to contain your jealousy) so get excited!¬†Goddess Interruptedwas phenomenal addition to Kate’s godly adventure (this time in the underworld!)–expect our review to be up closer to the release date. (Hint: We loved it!) Read more…

Bewitching by Alex Flinn

Rating: SKIP IT

This book, unfortunately, had two significant issues. Let’s talk about the easy one first:


Take a look at this description:

Kendra Hilferty is a witch. Yes, a witch–and she has been for hundreds of years. She might be known for the inventive curse she put on one beastly teen guy, but there is more to her story. Here, she chronicles her immortal existence, from first discovery of her powers. While always good intentioned, Kendra has found that her bewitching can backfire, and her magic turns versions of The Princess and the Pea and The Little Mermaid–set against the real-world backdrops of Versailles and the sinking of the Titanic–on their heads. Kendra’s reminiscences of her past are wrapped around a real-time Cinderella story in which she is trying to play fairy godmother‚Ķ to the stepsister. With dark twists, hilarious turns, and unexpected endings, Bewitching is a contemporary read for fairy-tale lovers, fantasy fans, and anyone looking for more Alex Flinn.

What’s this? A book all about a kickass witch? Awesome!

‚Ķ..wrong. Read more…

In My Mailbox (1)


So In My Mailbox was started in November of 2008 by The Story Siren¬†and basically allows us to montage our books in whatever form pleases us. As much as we would love to, there’s just no way to review every book we receive for review! IMM let’s us feature those titles on the blog so our readers can see what’s on our To Be Read list. ¬†Because this is the first IMM bookcents has ever done, we’ll keep it short and sweet with a list of the books Emmy got this month to review! Read more…

Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen

This book was phenomenal. Gaughen writes with such a distinctive voice that her readers will be immediately transported into Sherwood Forest with Robin’s band of thieves. The setting, the etiquette, and the world building behind this story are flawless.

Told from the perspective of Scarlet–otherwise known as Will Scarlet to keep her femininity a secret–we’re quickly pulled into the bloody conflict the sheriff is raging against Robin and his band.

Some aspects of the Robin Hood legend are different, like Sir Guy of Gisbourne taking on the role of a thief-taker hired to hunt down Robin Hood and his merry men.¬† Except there’s more to his hunt than meets the eye, and the one in the most danger isn’t Robin but Scarlet.¬† Read more…

Author Interview: Jodi Meadows

Jodi Meadows’s debut novel Incarnate¬†came out last week and already has the world of YA talking. ¬†She’s taken some time out of her super busy debut week schedule to answer some questions for us. ¬†If you haven’t heard of it you must be living under a rock–I mean, how can you miss a cover as awesome as this one? Read Rachel’s review of Incarnate¬†HERE! ¬†We are so excited to have her on our blog today. ¬†Thanks for stopping by Jodi! Read more…

Incarnate by Jodi Meadows

Rating: BUY IT!

Incarnate was one of those books that I was honestly terrified to start, because I had heard so many fantastic things about it. I was afraid that it couldn’t possibly live up to my expectations.

I was wrong.

New soul

Ana is new. For thousands of years in Range, a million souls have been reincarnated over and over, keeping their memories and experiences from previous lifetimes. When Ana was born, another soul vanished, and no one knows why.

No soul

Even Ana’s own mother thinks she’s a nosoul, an omen of worse things to come, and has kept her away from society. To escape her seclusion and learn whether she’ll be reincarnated, Ana travels to the city of Heart, but its citizens are afraid of what her presence means. When dragons and sylph attack the city, is Ana to blame?


Sam believes Ana’s new soul is good and worthwhile. When he stands up for her, their relationship blooms. But can he love someone who may live only once, and will Ana’s enemies–human and creature alike–let them be together? Ana needs to uncover the mistake that gave her someone else’s life, but will her quest threaten the peace of Heart and destroy the promise of reincarnation for all? Read more…

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