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Friday, August 30, 2013

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Blog Tour: Moonflower - Excerpt + Giveaway

 
Title: Moonflower
Author: E.D.C. Johnson
Publication Date: March 29, 2013
Word Count: 73,500

After Josephine Wood’s father dies of cancer, her mother up-roots the two of them and moves to the city. Josie hates her city life, but her teenage issues are of little consequence when they have a car accident and she wakes up in a strange land (reminiscent of Victorian Europe) alone. Lost, with her school backpack as the only connection to her world, Josie struggles to find her way home. She is found by Lucius Conrí, the son of a Marquess, who possesses royal blood and the gift to shift into a wolf’s form at will. Can the kind-hearted Lucius help her find her way while winning her love, or will she fall for Donovan Conrí his older, more serious brother and heir to the Conrí wealth?

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

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Book Blitz + Giveaway: Fable by Chanda Hahn

Title: Fable (An Unfortunate Fairy Tale #3)
Author: Chanda Hahn
Link: Goodreads
Publication Date: August 27, 2013

Book 3 in the UnEnchanted Series.

All that glitters is not gold.

When something precious is stolen from sixteen-year-old Mina Grime, she will do anything in her power to get it back, even if it means traveling to the dangerous Fae plane and battling one of the strongest fairy-tale villains yet.

However, nothing can prepare Mina for the dangerous obstacles she will face in the Fae world, or the choices she must make when love and life are on the line.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

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Review: Taliesin Ascendant by Megan Joel Peterson


The Children & the Blood #2
Author:
Megan Joel Peterson
Publication Date: July 31, 2013
Publisher: Self Published

The war isn’t over.

And new enemies await.


Life on the run hasn’t been easy, but so far, Ashe has survived. But now Carter has ordered her away from the Hunters to find her family’s people – an order she can’t refuse, no matter how much she wants to stay.

Following his command will bring her into an unknown world, however – a world filled with new enemies and old prejudices that will demand more of her than she can imagine, at a cost higher than she’ll ever be willing to pay.

Disclaimer: The author provided a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. The review is not influenced in any way.

     Well, I can definitely say I'm a big fan of Megan Joel Peterson's editing skills because I can go focus on the book more rather than complaining about edits (definitely a bonus).
     Anyhoo, Taliesin Ascendant is Book Two in the series, The Children and the Blood, with the previous title being the exact same as the series name, so I suppose I don't need to say it twice without sounding like a robot.
     But then again, no one actually knows that I sound like a robot when writing or if I'm being serious or whatever tone I intended to write in.
     So here are a few things you should know about Taliesin Ascendant, aside from the very obvious:
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Friday, August 23, 2013

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Review: The Keepers by J.L. Block


The Keepers Trilogy #1
Author: J.L. Block
Released Date: March 19, 2013
Publisher: Self Published

Ava's ordinary life is shattered when she is attacked and becomes involved in a secret society of magic.

Alongside the Keepers, Ava needs to mediate as the magics collide and are becoming out of control. She must Keep the increasing amount of secrets safe - even from her family. But there's a rising tension within this group as Ava replaces a fallen Keeper, and it becomes an issue of trust. The Rogues, betrayers to this creed, threaten to devastate the Keepers, who think themselves safe.

It will take both Ava’s inner and outer strength to overcome the chaos, or as she now knows, the Visma and, by extension, the mysterious Rogues that surround her.
Disclaimer: The author provided a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. The review is not influenced in any way.

What I Liked About the Book:
     The Cover – It's sooo pretty and beautiful. The artist is definitely extremely talented. I know I'm not exactly the person who judges a book by it's cover, but... I'm just attracted to them. And then the synopsis gets the glory.
     Great Potential – Quite different from other fantasy books, which is a nice breather. I'm sure there are the books out there that have something to do with crystals, but as I rack my brains and shuffle through its files virtually I haven't exactly read a book about crystals yet.
     Diversity of Characters – I, for one thing, am always glad you can distinguish the characters' personalities enough that if The Keepers were written in multiple POVs, it would be pretty distinguishable. There are always going to be characters that we dislike and like, but at least they're not all... the same.
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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

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Review: Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare


The Infernal Devices #2
Author: Cassandra Clare
Released Date: December 6, 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

In Clockwork Prince, with Mortmain vanished and the clock counting down on how long Charlotte can keep control of the Institute away from Benedict Lightwood, Will, Jem and Tessa must dig into Mortmain’s past to predict what he will do in the future,

But secrets about Mortmain aren’t all they find buried—Tessa begins to uncover the truth about her own birth, and the ghosts of Will’s past return to haunt him. As Tessa grows closer to Jem, and Will is driven further toward the brink of madness by jealousy and guilt, will they discover the truth in time to halt the next phase of Mortmain’s evil plan?


     So the light has finally shined a little on why Will is just a nasty person from the prior book and a little of Clockwork Prince. Yay. I was actually hoping there's a nicer person and a very good reason right under that layer of nastiness that explains it all...
     But I still don't like him. I might feel sympathy or pity toward him, but his overall personality is still... meh. Though I do like his ridiculous poems and songs, particularly the one about demon pox, which is now making me picture him as a leprechaun wearing Victorian clothes instead of the regular green outfits leprechauns, blue eyes and black hair with no beard and not standing at the end of a rainbow with a pot of gold at the end while dancing in circles....
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Thursday, August 15, 2013

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Review: The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa


Blood of Eden #2
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publication Date: April 30, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Teen

In Allison Sekemoto's world, there is one rule left: Blood calls to blood

She has done the unthinkable: died so that she might continue to live. Cast out of Eden and separated from the boy she dared to love, Allie will follow the call of blood to save her creator, Kanin, from the psychotic vampire Sarren. But when the trail leads to Allie's birthplace in New Covington, what Allie finds there will change the world forever-and possibly end human and vampire existence.

There's a new plague on the rise, a strain of the Red Lung virus that wiped out most of humanity generations ago-and this strain is deadly to humans and vampires alike. The only hope for a cure lies in the secrets Kanin carries, if Allie can get to him in time.

Allison thought that immortality was forever. But now, with eternity itself hanging in the balance, the lines between human and monster will blur even further, and Allie must face another choice she could never have imagined having to make.

I should warn you. It's a really long post. So feel to scroll on down to the After Reading part if you want to. :3

Before Reading:
     Wowzers. The Eternity Cure must be popular at my library (YAY!). Apparently I went crashing into dead ends (I even lost count of them) since who knows when (April, May) with so many holds (that includes ebook lend on Overdrive and whatnot but those holds weren't me) and FINALLY I have my hands on The Eternity Cure.
      Imagine my reaction after that. Happy dancing. Of course. VICTORY! (Yeah... I'm glad I placed a hold before the last copy got taken...)
     And then mom drops the bomb. Yes, a bomb. A verbal bomb. The one shatters your dreams (okay, not exactly dreams) into a million pieces and you can't put them back together, like Humpty Dumpty (poor Humpty...), who unfortunately has fallen off the wall.
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Monday, August 12, 2013

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

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Book Blitz: The Defiance by A.G. Henley

Title: The Defiance (Brilliant Darkness #2)
Author: A.G. Henley
Links: Goodreads | Amazon
Publication Date: July 29, 2013

Read The Defiance (Brilliant Darkness, #2), the highly anticipated sequel to The Scourge (Brilliant Darkness, #1), a 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Award Finalist!Suspicion Trust. Fear Compassion. Hate Love.

It hasn’t been long since Fennel, a Sightless Groundling, and Peree, her Lofty Keeper, fell in love and learned the truth: the Scourge, and their world, are not what they seem.

Fenn and Peree are determined to guide their people to the protected village of Koolkuna, but first they must convince them that everything they believe is a lie. An impossible task, especially when someone seems hell-bent on trying anything—even animal sacrifice and arson—to destroy the couple’s new bond and crush the frail truce between the Groundlings and the Lofties. Not everyone wants to uproot their lives in the forest, and those who stay behind will be left terribly vulnerable.
Fenn and Peree’s resolve to be together, and the constant threat of the Scourge’s return, push both groups to the breaking point. Unable to tell friend from foe, Fenn must again decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice to ensure the future of the people of the forest.

Only this time, the price of peace may be too high to bear.

Author Bio
A.G. Henley is the author of the BRILLIANT DARKNESS series. The first novel in the series, THE SCOURGE, was a finalist for the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Award.

A.G. is also a clinical psychologist, which means people either tell her their life stories on airplanes, or avoid her at parties when they’ve had too much to drink. Neither of which she minds. When she’s not writing fiction or shrinking heads, she can be found herding her children and their scruffy dog, Guapo, to various activities while trying to remember whatever she’s inevitably forgotten to tell her husband. She lives in Denver, Colorado.
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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

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Review: City of Secrets by Mary Hoffman


Stravaganza #4
Author: Mary Hoffman
Released Date: June 24, 2008
Publisher: Bloomsbury

'You have to choose whether you will learn the discipline to control it. Or whether you will use it to curse. Either way you have power.'

When Matt turns seventeen, he is shocked by how drawn he is to an old leather-bound book — especially since he is dyslexic and has never liked to read. But the book turns out to be far more powerful than Matt could have imagined. It is his talisman, an object that allows him to stravagate through time and place to a country called Talia. There, Matt arrives at Padavia University, where he meets other Stravaganti — including Luciano, who is in great danger after killing the head of the powerful di Chimici family in a duel. Together, Matt, Luciano and Arianna, a duchessa in disguise as a boy, must fight the di Chimici family before they make a terrifying breakthrough into our modern world....

     Stravaganza. Just another one of those series I apparently enjoyed and then abandoned and then realized that I need to go read the other books in the series... and also realized that I read one book ahead and skipped the fourth book. Whoops. I think I'll thank Goodreads when I checked. :p
      No wonder I didn't know who Matt was when I read City of Ships (aside from the very obvious...). Another whoops.
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Friday, August 2, 2013

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Project #WriterGoogleSearch

Introducing Project #WriterGoogleSearch. As authors, we find ourselves sometimes writing about topics, situations, procedures that we’re unfamiliar with. That’s where research comes into play, and with Google.com as our trusted ally, there’s no failing! Even when many of the
topics are questionable at best, resulting in searches like:

“Where to effectively shoot someone with a crossbow to render them immobile, or dead.”
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