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Friday, December 19, 2014

Review: Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix

Posted by Irish in 4 Stars, Adult, Review0 Comments

Review: Horrorstor by Grady HendrixHorrorstör by Grady Hendrix
Published by Quirk Books on 23 September 2014
Genres: Abduction, Adult, Contemporary (No Romance Focus), Death & Dying, Friendship, Ghosts & the Undead, Mystery & Detective, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Suspense, Thrillers
Reading Challenges: 2014 - Read 12 Books by Male Authors, 2014 Personal Challenge
Pages: 243
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
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four-stars

Place(s) Traveled To: Cleveland, Ohio

First Line(s): It was dawn, and the zombies were stumbling through the parking lot, streaming toward the massive beige box at the far end.

 I remember when I started to read Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix someone in my Twitter stream made a comment that they didn’t think that a book set in an Ikea could be scary. My response was to ask if they’d ever worked in a large department store, because if you’ve ever been in one after hours when all the main lights are off then you know just how spooky they can be. With the lights off and the customers gone every sound seems to echos and your fellow employees are just shadows in the dim light if you spy them across the store. So I think that my experience working in such a chain store helped to make Horrorstor just a little more scary than it might for those who haven’t.

One thing that I really liked about Horrorstor was how the book was formatted. It was set up like it was a furniture store catalog with pictures and diagrams and descriptions that got creepier and creepier as the story progressed. The story starts off innocently enough but then as it moves along and you learn more about the store and the back story of the area it all begins to come together and the creep factor intensifies. To me Horrorstor reminded me a little of the movie Poltergeist which terrified me royally when I was a child so if you like that movie then you will probably like this book. Though, luckily for me and my over active imagination, this book wasn’t as scary as Poltergeist.

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Horrorstor is a quick read and I read it in a single sitting as I wanted to see just how this story would progress. Even with all of its supernatural bits I found it to be believable and a very odd little book. It made me laugh at times and cringe in others and at the end I wanted there to be more to the story. There are parts of me that hopes for a sequel and then there are other parts that are happy with how it ended. Its not a story where everything is tied up in a neat little bow so if you like that sort of thing then you will be disappointed. Horrorstor is more open ended in which there is an ending but there are still open threads so that we, as readers, are left to imagine where the story goes from the final page and that is something that I like….from certain types of books. Hendrix wrote a good story that was evenly paced and while this was my first read by this author it won’t be my last.

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Irish Recommends - Horrorstor
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Friday, December 19, 2014

Guest Post: Cora Carmack, Inspire Setting (featuring Wilder Bell)

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Guest Post: Cora Carmack, Inspire Setting (featuring Wilder Bell)

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About Inspire

Kalliope lives with one purpose.

To inspire.

As an immortal muse, she doesn’t have any other choice. It’s part of how she was made. Musicians, artists, actors—they use her to advance their art, and she uses them to survive. She moves from one artist to the next, never staying long enough to get attached. But all she wants is a different life— a normal one. She’s spent thousands of years living lie after lie, and now she’s ready for something real.

Sweet, sexy, and steady, Wilder Bell feels more real than anything else in her long existence. And most importantly… he’s not an artist. He doesn’t want her for her ability. But she can’t turn off the way she influences people, not even to save a man she might love. Because in small doses, she can help make something beautiful, but her ability has just as much capacity to destroy as it does to create. The longer she stays, the more obsessed Wilder will become. It’s happened before, and it never turns out well for the mortal.

Her presence may inspire genius.

But it breeds madness, too.

Cora Carmack and Wilder Bell talk about the setting of Inspire

Hi Guys! Cora Here! When I sat down to write Inspire, I did a lot of thinking about where this story should take place. Greece felt appropriate, but too obvious. I considered other major cities like New York, London, or Paris, but I feel like those cities (New York especially) get a lot of love in the Urban Fantasy genre. Mostly because it’s more believable that a city that large would have some kind of crazy, cool supernatural connection. Those cities are also known as hubs for artists, which makes sense for a book about a muse. But those choices just felt too obvious to me. But since I was trying to squeeze this book between my other contracted books, I didn’t have time for a lot of research (be it electronic or a trip) to do justice to some other city.

So, finally, I turned to Austin. I grew up in Texas. I live part of the year just outside Austin and part of the year in New York. But it felt almost like cheating to place a story so close to home (especially when I already have the Rusk University series in which Texas is featured prominently). But the more I brainstormed, the more it didn’t make sense to set this book anywhere else. Because simply put… Austin is inspired. It’s this odd mix of small town and big city. It’s eclectic and strange and a haven not just for actors and musicians, but artists of all kinds. The weirder the better. Austin is a place where everybody fits. Including an immortal, mythical figure like Kalliope. So, I decided to set the book in Austin and never looked back. And now I’ll let my favorite book boyfriend, Wilder (a native Austinite), tell you what he loves about the city.

Wilder Bell’s Five Things to love about Austin:

1. The Whole Thing.

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That might seem kind of obvious, but really it’s the big picture of Austin that makes it so fantastic. It’s the capitol of Texas, so it has that big city vibe. But there’s also a lot of country in this city. With a lake running right through downtown and incredible green spaces inside the city limits, it’s absolutely the best of both worlds.

Lady Bird Lake

You can hang out in Zilker Park or go kayaking on Lady Bird Lake or take a dip in the natural Barton Springs pool (pictured above), and then hit downtown for great food and awesome nightlife.

2. Speaking of Downtown, that’s definitely something you have to experience. There’s the infamous Sixth Street (Dirty Sixth, as some call it).

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Roads are blocked off on the weekends so that partiers can walk through the streets while they visit various bars and music venues. You’re likely to catch sight of the Austin Police Department’s special Mounted Patrol as they trot by on horseback in case anything gets out of hand. Beyond sixth though, there are fabulous acclaimed restaurants downtown and hole-in-the-wall, unique places with food so good you’ll be tempted to eat twice. You can drop by Congress Bridge around sundown to see the city’s huge bat population take off into the night sky, then keep heading south for the So-Co district. There you’ll find everything from cool vintage shops to food trucks to art galleries and music venues.

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(This frog is one of my favorite things about Austin….and just one of my favorite things, period. I’m doing well, frog, thank you for asking.)

3. The people of Austin are definitely one of the city’s highlights.

They’re quirky and odd and compassionate. Some are famous. Some are infamous. We’re the city that can claim everyone from Sandra Bullock to Matthew McConaghey to Willie Nelson.

Matthew McConaghey

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You’ve got Leslie Cochran, the homeless man beloved by the city who was an activist, a cross dresser, and mayoral candidate (he came in second). When Leslie passed away in 2012, the city mourned and hundreds showed up for a funeral for the man without a home.

Leslie Cochran

R.I.P, Leslie.

Austin is home to major Tech corporations and artists and politicians. It’s home to conservatives and liberals. And despite the tremendous diversity of the city, it’s a place that everyone can comfortably call home thanks to the live and let live attitude that’s the unspoken law of the land. And as they say, Keep Austin Weird.

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4. The arts. You might know Austin for its giant music and film festivals. Austin City Limits. South by Southwest.

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It is the Live Music capital of the world. Those festivals without a doubt bring some incredible creative personalities to Austin, but there are just as many amazing things going on year round. Incredible concerts (both tours and local bands). Hell, you’re likely to hear some great music from some random person busking on a corner downtown. You can go see a play. Indie film screenings. Check out some art (both in galleries and just public art around town). Like the “You’re my butter half” mural.

“You’re my butter half” mural

Or that statue of Willie Nelson. (I mentioned Austin is weird, right?)

 Willie Nelson Statue

5. The Food. Here’s what you need to know: Breakfast Tacos. Barbecue. Queso.

Hit up Torchy’s Tacos in the morning.

Torchy’s Tacos

Wait in line for a few hours to grab lunch at Franklin’s Barbecue (no, seriously… hours. It really is that good. Sometimes they have to put the “sold out” sign up before the restaurant is even open for business because the line is already so long that they’re pretty much guaranteed to run out of food).

Franklin’s Barbecue

Maybe catch a movie at night and order dinner right there in front of the big screen at Alamo Drafthouse. And then hit Kerbey Lane after hours for queso. All the queso.

There’s a lot more to love about Austin. Like the bluebonnets. UT sports. Chicken shit bingo. But these are my favorites. You know… in case you want to visit.

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December 15th

Smart & Savvy with Stephanie – Review & Character Interview

Desert Divas Book Addiction – Review

Book Angel Booktopia – Review

Tales of the ravenous reader – Review

In Between The Pages – Review

The Book Cellar – Guest Post

 

December 16th

Between Order and Randomness – Excerpt

Lost in Lit – Review & Character Interview-Kallie and Wilder

The BookWhisperer – Review

NC 2 DC – Review

The Cover Contessa – Review

Movies, Shows & Books – Review

 

December 17th

Typical Distractions – Review

K-Books – Review

Book Boyfriend Reviews – Review

Britt’s Book and Life Blog – Review

The Boyfriend Bookmark – Review

Romance Addict Book Blog – Dreamcast

 

December 18th

Author Groupies – Review

Booklovers For Life – Review

Bloggers[Heart]Books – Excerpt

Snuggling on the Sofa – Review

Mary Had a Little Book Blog – Review

Ficwishes – Review

 

December 19th

Red Hot + Blue Reads – Review

Worn Down Glories – Excerpt

Jen in Bookland – Review

Vi3tbabe – Review

Ticket to Anywhere – Guest Post

 

December 20th

Four Chicks Flipping Pages Review & Playlist

A Life Bound By Books – Review

Watcha Reading – Character Interview-Lennox

Keep it Fictional – Review

 

December 21st

Literati Literature Lovers – Review

The Shadow Realm – Review

Nose Stuck in a Book – Author Interview

StuckInBooks – Review

 

December 22nd

Anna’s Book Blog – Excerpt

Lovin’ Los Libros – Review

Spare Time Book blog – Review

shelf life – Review

Novel Grounds da – Review

Mean Girls Luv Books – Review

 

December 23rd

Stuck In YA Books – Review & Guest Post

LuLo Fangirl – Review

Give Me Books – Review

The Irish Banana Review – Review

Step Into Fiction – Review

Krista’s Dust Jacket – Review

 

December 24th

Grown Up Book Reviews / Mundie Moms – Review & Author Interview

The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club – Review

Up All Night Book Addict – Review

Wendi Galbreath – Review

Behind Closed Covers – Review

Cocktails and Books – Review

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

I Mustache You Some Questions

Posted by Irish in Misc2 Comments

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I was tagged in earlier this week by Andi to answer these questions. It was a lot of fun so thanks Kas! Picture was made by someone else.

Four names that people call me (other than my real name!):

  • Irish (just on ze internets)
  • G (rare)
  • That’s it….just have 2

Four jobs I have had:

  • QA/QC
  • Research Engineer for drug product development
  • Retail Sales Clerk
  • McDonald’s

Four movies I would/have watched more than once:

  • Dante’s Peak
  • The Princess Bride
  • The Fifth Element
  • Independence Day

Four books I’d recommend:

Four places I have lived:

  • Warren, Rhode Island
  • Syracuse, New York
  • Quincy, Massachusetts
  • Elsewhere in Massachusetts

Four places I have been:

  • London, England
  • Madrid, Spain
  • Krakow, Poland
  • Paris, France

Four places I’d rather be right now:

  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • London, England
  • Venice, Italy
  • Anywhere in Europe really

Four things I don’t eat:

  • Mushrooms
  • Tomatoes
  • 98% of the things made with cheese
  • Coconut

Four of my favorite foods:

  • French Fries
  • Chocolate Cake
  • Salmon
  • Avocado (but not guacamole…onions, blech)

Four TV shows that I watch:

  • The Walking Dead
  • Scandal
  • Black Sails
  • House of Cards

Four things I am looking forward to this year (in the next 12 months):

  • Hopefully BEA15 in May
  • Greece!!
  • Going to see my pig-tailed overlord (aka my niece and her minions, my sister and BIL)

Four things I’m always saying:

  • Wicked
  • Stay safe
  • Make good choices!
  • Blergh

Four people I tag:

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Cover Reveal: Asa by Jay Crownover

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We are so excited about the cover reveal for Jay Crownover’s ASA! ASA is the sixth and final book in Jay’s Marked Men Series, published by HarperCollins. Check out the hot cover and don’t forget to pre-order your copy today!

 

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About ASA:

Starting over in Denver with a whole new circle of friends and family, Asa Cross struggles with being

the man he knows everyone wants him to be and the man he knows he really is. A leopard doesn’t it change its spots and Asa has always been a predator. He doesn’t want to hurt those who love and rely on him, especially one stunning arresting cop who suddenly seems to be interested in him for far more than his penchant for breaking the law. But letting go of old habits is hard, and it’s easy to hit bottom when it’s the place you know best.

Royal Hastings is quickly learning what the bottom looks like after a tragic situation at work threatens not only her career but her partner’s life. As a woman who has only ever had a few real friends she’s trying to muddle through her confusion and devastation all alone. Except she can’t stop thinking about the sexy southern bartender she locked up. Crushing on Asa is the last thing she needs but his allure is too strong to resist. His long criminal record can only hurt her already shaky career and chasing after a guy who has no respect for the law or himself can only end in heartbreak.

A longtime criminal and a cop together just seems so wrong . . . but for Asa and Royal, being wrong together is the only right choice to make.

 

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And don’t miss the previous books in The Marked Men Series!

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And don’t miss Jay at 3pm EST over at the Between The Covers page on Facebook today! Come chat with her!

Jay CrownoverAbout Jay Crownover:

Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men series. She also introduced the dark and sexy world of The Point that started with BETTER WHEN HE’s BAD and is currently working on her newest series The Saint of Denver. Like her characters, she is a big fan of tattoos. She loves music and wishes she could be a rock star, but since she has no aptitude for singing or instrument playing, she’ll settle for writing stories with interesting characters that make the reader feel something. She lives in Colorado with her three dogs.

 

 

 

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Review: The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

Posted by Irish in 3 Stars, Review, Young Adult0 Comments

Review: The Thief by Megan Whalen TurnerThe Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
Series: The Queen's Thief, Book 1
Published by Greenwillow Books on 01 January 1996
Genres: Action & Adventure, Emotions & Feelings, Epic Fantasy, Espionage, Politics & Intrigue, Road Trip, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Issues, Young Adult
Reading Challenges: 2014 - Read 12 Books Published Before 2013, 2014 Personal Challenge
Pages: 280
Format: eBook
Source: Library
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three-stars

Place(s) Traveled To: Souis: Methana, Matinaea, Evisa // Hephestial Mountains // Eddis: Profactia, Pirrhea, Kahlia // Attolia

First Line(s): I didn’t know how long I had been in the king’s prison.

 

The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner is one of those books that has beeen recommended to me so many times that I’ve lost count. Its a book that’s been hyped up but not in an over the top way that I was wary of it but just enough to peak my curiosity and add it to my ‘books to read list.’ I finally got around to reading it was I stumbled across it while doing a search on my libraries digital catalog and so put in the request. I found The Thief to be a quick read and entertaining enough but it wasn’t a book that I feel head over heels in love with either. For one, its a book with lots of random head jumping and I’ve never been a fan of that. There were times when it wasn’t always easy to determine whose head I was in at the time and that was off putting. Though, overall, the head we ‘lived’ in most was that of Gen’s, the thief of the title.

The journey taken is Gen’s and the mystery is in trying to figure out why he stole the item he did and what his end game really was. The Thief is at its base a story of political intrigue and tense relations between neighboring lands while set in a fantasical world where the gods may still play an active role in the lives of those who believe in them. Its an interesting story and one that I read in a single sitting. Its an easy read and did hold my attention as I wanted to see what the love all my fantasy friends had for this book. When I finished I wondered what was it about The Thief that captured them so. For some, I think it may have been nostalgia since this book was first released in 1996 and I think that if I’d read this when I was younger I would have liked it more.

As it was, the way it was written never allowed for me to become fully attachted to any one character. There was a lot of descriptive telling of what was happening and very little dialogue between the characters. It was like there was a glass wall between me as a reader and what was going on in the pages of the story. There wasn’t a lot of emotion and it just came across as this matter of fact telling that lacked feeling. Despite this though I am curious to see where the rest of the series goes now that the base of this world and these characters have been established. I did enjoy Gen’s snark and his relationship with those around him. I liked the various twists that this story took and am looking forward to seeing what new adventures await. So while it wasn’t love at first sight for me it was still a worthwhile read and one that I will recommend to others looking to read fastasy, especially younger teens who are too old for middle grade but too young for likes of George RR Martin. lol

 

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Irish Recommends - Thief

 

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books of 2014

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Graphic made by David at From My Bookshelf

Graphic made by David at From My Bookshelf

 

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish this weeks topic is for the best books of 2014. I normally keep track of my favorite book of any given month in the sidebar of my blog so you can see which book those are and I initially thought of just duplicating those reads for this list. But then I thought, there were a few months were it was really hard to pick which book was the best of the best and looking at my Goodreads I decided to do a different approach. This has been a picky reading year for me and there weren’t a ton of books that recieved a 5 star rating…so for this Best Books of 2014 Top Ten Tuesday list here are those books that I loved enough to give 5 stars to. Which books were your favorites for 2014? Let me know in the comments or leave a link to your Top Ten Tuesday post! (Links go to Goodreads, unless otherwise noted.)

 

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Isla and the Happily Every After by Stephanie Perkins (my review) // Also Known As by Robin Benway (my review) // Something Real by Heather Demetrios (my review) // Open Road Summer by Emery Lord (my review) // I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios (goodreads) // Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor (goodreads) // Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson (my review) // The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord (goodreads) // The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows (goodreads)

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Top 12 List: November 2014 / Month in Review

Posted by Irish in Contest, Month in Review, Top 12 List4 Comments

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Hello Internet!

By now you know the drill with this post. I list out the top books that I read and loved this past month and from them I choose the best of the best. This book then gets listed in my Top 12 List (check out my sidebar) and at the end of the year those 12 books are pitted against each other and my top book for the year is chosen.

 

The Contenders – 5 Star Reads

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I had no 5 stars reads in November 2014 but I did read a lot of good books including The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows, Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch, and The Understatement of the Year by Sarina Bowen. All these books gave me the feels and sucked me in so that once I started reading I couldn’t put the book down. But there is only one that left me a bit emotionally scared and you may have noticed me sobbing in a corner over on Twitter as the author laughed at my pain. (Seriously, authors can be so evil!) This is a book that I shouldn’t have read now as its not even out until March 2015…which means that the final installment of the series (all hail duologies!!) won’t be out until Spring 2016. 2016?!?! That is so very very far away…and after that ending?!? Cruel. Just. Cruel.

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What about you? What was your favorite book read this month? Let me know in the comments below. =)

 

Month in review – Here’s the other books I read this month:

(most books read during this month will be reviewed next month)

 

4 Star Reads

The Orphan Queen (Orphan Queen, Book 1) by Jodi Meadows (4.5 Stars)
Blonde Date (The Ivy Years, Book 2.5) by Sarina Bowen
Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover (Rules of Scoundrels, Book 4) by Sarah MacLean
Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes, Book 1) by Sara Raasch
Understatement of the Year (The Ivy Years, Book 3) by Sarina Bowen


3 Star Reads

Love the One You’re With (Sex, Love & Stilleto, Book 2) by Lauren Layne (3.5 Stars)
The Storybook of Legends (Ever After High, Book 1) by Shannon Hale (3.5 Stars)
The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen (3.5 Stars)
The Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle (Hero’s Guide, Book 2) by Christopher Healy (Audio)
Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins, Book 1) by PL Travers
Seventh Grave and No Body (Charlie Davidson, Book 7) by Darynda Jones
The Stonekeeper (Amulet, Book 1) by Kazu Kibuishi
The Thief (The Queen’s Thief, Book 1) by Megan Whalen Turner

 

2 Star Reads

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1 Star Reads

Holding Holly (Love and Football, Book 4.5) by Julie Brannagh
Improper Relations (Improper, Book 1) by Juliana Ross


DNF Reads – maybe I’ll try these again at some point, but for now they don’t resonate with me

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

 

Books read in cover form

Books read in November 2014 – by the cover

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Book reviews:

Miscellaneous Posts:

 

Places “Traveled” to this month:

See my “travel” index for a complete list of all the places I’ve been through books. (This is list currently out of date, my apologies for that! So check out my Month in Review posts in the interim)

Allendia via The Stonekeeper
Avondell via The Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle
Attolia via The Thief
Eddis via The Thief
England: Dorest: Weymouth via Improper Relations (1858)
England: London via Mary Poppins (1934)
England: London via Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover (1833)
Erinthia via The Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle
Fairy Tale World via Ever After High
Harmonia via The Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle
Indigo Kingdom: Skyvale via The Orphaned Queen
Orphaned Wastes via The Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle
Primoria: Rania Plains via Snow Like Ashes
Primoria: Spring: Abril via Snow Like Ashes
Primoria: Winter: Jannuari via Snow Like Ashes
Primoria: Yakim: Cordell via Snow Like Ashes
Sounis via The Thief
Sturmhagen via The Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle
Sylvaria via The Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle
United States: Connecticut: Etna via Blonde Date and The Understatement of the Year
United States: Massachussetts: Boston via The Understatement of the Year
United States: New Mexico: Albquerque via Seventh Grave and No Body
United States: New York: New York via Love the One You’re With
United States: North Carolina: Lakeview via The Truth About Forever
United States: Vermont: Brattleboro via The Understatement of the Year
United States: Vermont: Burlington via The Understatement of the Year
United States: Washington: Noel via Holding Holly
United States: Washington: Seattle via Holding Holly
Wraithland: Liadia via The Orphaned Queen

 

Personal Highlights of November 2014:

Author signing at Odyssey Books with Claire Legrand, Kedall Kulper, Pheobe North and Cara Bertrand – this was a fun panel called Futures and Fairy Tales and made me want to rush home to read ALL THE BOOKS! Especially Winterspell which I’d bought the previous month because 1) What Sarah Read said it was good and 2) it contains an uberly gorgeous map (I’m such a sucker for a good map)

Time for another event at @odysseybks @odysseybksya

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Fall!! And buying pretty new boots…which I know absolutely love and wear every chance I get.

Getting back into cross stitching and turning this:

Gonna get my craft on #inspired #crossstitch #crafting #craft #crafty

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Discovering the podcast Serial and becoming so addicted and invested in the story that I can not wait for Thursdays!

*sobs* #nonewepisodes

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Finding out that Cadbury mini-eggs are now available in winter…yum!

Internet…I have found them!!! #Cadbury #minieggs #holiday #nojustateaster #nomnomnom

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Learning that there is a word for my dislike of endings…I will seriously avoid reading the last book in a beloved series so that it will NEVER EVER END!

Seeing Mockingjay Part 1 in theatres…while I didn’t like the book all that much I did like the movie…though I don’t think it should be two.

Thanksgiving! While I was too busy stuffing my face to take a picture of all the good food that my mother made I did capture my cousin’s dog begging so cutely for treats. How can you say no to that face?

Visiting my hometown and walking by my childhood library….which I always thought looked like a castle. What a magical place to visit and pick up books.

Always loved my childhood library (established in 1888) #georgehail #library

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Taking part in Small Business Saturday and buying some pretty new books!

Today's book purchases for #smallbusinesssaturday #bookstagram #books

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What were some of your November 2014 highlights?

 

Currently on repeat:

I love music and if I’m not listening to an audio book then you can be sure my trusty old iPod is getting a major workout. Every so often there comes a song that I just can’t get out of my head. I’ll find myself humming it throughout the day or singing lyrics softly to myself and then when I’m my car I’ll put the song on repeat and just belt it out at the top of my lungs. This month that honor goes to Taylor Swift’s Blank Space…I just can’t get enough of this catch tune right now.

 

2014 Reading Goal Progress
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Monthly Contest

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Enter to win a copy of my top pick of the month (or other book if in a series) and a $10 amazon gift card. This contest is open internationally (as long as The Book Depository ships your country) but If you live outside the US and you win then then the GC will be the equivalent to $10 US dollars. Any other Jodi Meadows book may be substituted for a pre-order of The Orphan Queen.

The winner of last months contest is: Kierra D!

Congratulations, you should expect an email from me shortly if not then please feel free to email me as sometimes my mail acts a wee bit wonky.

 

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Blog Tour: The Knife’s Edge by Matthew Wolf

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Blog Tour: The Knife’s Edge by Matthew Wolf

Knife's Edge

When legends come to life the world trembles from a single name. Ronin. Once-heroes from a different age, they wield elemental powers… wind, water, fire, stone, forest, sun, moon, flesh, and metal.

At the same time, a young man discovers his best friend with a sword in her stomach, and dark wings sprouting from her back. Guards rush onto the scene, accuse him of the act, and he is forced to flee.

In a new world without his memories, Gray must find his way amid legends and darkness, as he wrestles with an elemental power inside himself.

A power all too similar to the infamous Ronin…

 

“…covered in blood, his tattered clothes sodden and wet, the young man shivered as light and vision filled his mind. It was as if he was finally waking from a long, dark dream. Slowly, he looked down. A blade rested in his wet, shaking hands, and blood ran from it. In the half light seen through the dark canopy, the sword gleamed, a magical hue of silver and azure. Slowly, the man remembered…

‘Gray,’ he whispered his name aloud just as thunder cracked, the word lost beneath the raging storm.

Then, one step at a time, heart racing, Gray crossed beneath the canopy, and into the forbidden woods….”

Gray is a young man of seventeen with a mysterious past. Though he has forgotten much, what Gray can remember seems to only cause more questions—he has talent with a sword and staff, strange memories of people and grand, faraway lands.

Currently, Gray lives in the Lost Woods with an irascible hermit named Mura, who is much like a father to him. He finds solace in training, wielding the sword, the last of his possessions along with a tattered gray cloak. The sword is a part of his first real memory, a dark recollection of a cold night covered in blood, and he feels it is the key to understanding his past.

Tall, broad-shouldered, with jaw-length brown hair and dark green eyes, Gray is handsome, but bears a darkness that seems to trail him like a shadow, while the sword is always at his side. He befriends Darius and Ayva and they become close friends. He is glad that there are those who see him as normal, and who care little of his past.

Yet still, Gray’s heart churns in unrest, as he desires to unravel his forgotten past, to know who he once was… Gray is driven by the need to not only solve his past, but to understand his sudden, mysterious connection with the legendary Ronin, the storied betrayer’s of mankind.

 

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What People are saying about The Knife’s Edge

 

Domi – This book has everything any epic fantasy lover is looking for in a book, mesmerizing characters, fantastical creatures, sword fights, magic, mystery and even comedy. For some the beginning of the book might seem to be slow, but the further you read, it gets better on each page.

 

Tor-ole - Amazing, I am so happy when I find books that keep me up all night. This is a tome of light, among darkness. Never a boring page, action packed and loved the story. Can’t wait for the second book. And I want to know more about all the characters.

 

Sarah – It’s been a while since I read an epic fantasy that really gripped me. This book did just that with its inventive legends of The Ronin, an almost mythical group of magical heroes. I loved following Grey as he learned about his past, his talents and his connection to the Ronin. He was an easy character to like. Charming, self-doubting, and fiercely loyal to his friends, he was so easy to root for.

 

Amy - The Knife’s Edge is a well-written epic fantasy story. It’s the first book in the Ronin Saga series. Set in the fictional realm of Daerval, the author creates a fantastic world of magic and mythical creatures and a good quest plot. The hero of the story is Gray whose memory is lost and must learn about his destiny to save the realm. I enjoyed how the author kept you guessing as to who could be trusted, what their real intentions were, and how it would all end. It’s young adult fantasy fiction, but take it from this adult adult, it’s good reading for anyone over 13 years old.

 

Anna - What a great fantasy novel! I absolutely loved it. The author obviously has very colorful and creative imagination to be able to write such a story.It will take your imagination on quite a wild ride and in the end, you will feel happy and glad that you bought this book. Matthew Wolf really did a great job with the story line and characters, and brilliantly inserts cliff hangers in key points of the story which really draw you in. If you are a fan of fantasy & suspense themed books, then I think you will love this book like I did. I really enjoyed it and I highly recommend it if you are looking for an amazing read. 5 stars!

 

About Matthew Wolf:

Matthew Wolf is the author of THE RONIN SAGA, a nine part YA Epic Fantasy series.  He also loves cake.  Book two is out now, for sneak peek information on Matt and all things Ronin check out: roninsaga.com. He loves connecting with fans, those whirling blades really speak to his soul.  You can reach Matt atTheRoninSaga@Gmail.com, howl “Ronin” at the moon, or throw up a Wolf Signal in the sky.  All valid forms of communication.

 

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2014

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Graphic made by David at From My Bookshelf

Graphic made by David at From My Bookshelf

 

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish this weeks topic is those authors that I read in 2014 that were new to me. For this one I decided to focus on non-debut authors and go through my reading list to see which authors I’d never read before this year though many have been on my TBR pile for who knows how long. Sometimes you just need a little push to discover an author that the rest of the world knows is awesome. As I did with some of these authors listed below. Which authors did you discover in 2014? Let me know in the comments or leave a link to your Top Ten Tuesday post! (Links go to Goodreads.)

New to Me Authors
1) AC Gaughen – The Scarlet Series

2) Megan Whalen Turner – The Queen’s Thief Series

3) Megan McCafferty – Jessica Darling Series

4) Sarah J. Maas – Throne of Glass Series

5) C0lleen Clayton – What Happens Next

6) Kylie Scott – Stage Dive Series

7) RS Grey – Scoring Wilder

8) Heidi Joy Tretheway – Tattoo Thief Series

9) Jay Crownover – Marked Men Series

10) Miranda Kenneally – Thousand Oaks Series

 

 

 

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’m Looking Forward to in 2015

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Graphic made by David at From My Bookshelf

Graphic made by David at From My Bookshelf

 

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish this weeks topic is for the books that I’m looking forward to in 2015. This one was both really easy and also really hard. There are so many awesome titles coming out next year that it’s impossible to choose just ten to highlight here…and you’ll see that I kind of went over ten. And I could have just as easily done double the amount of what I listed below. The bottom line of all this is, that 2015 is going to be an amazing year for books and I can know wait to check them all out! What books are you looking forward to in 2015? Let me know in the comments or leave a link to your Top Ten Tuesday post! (Most links go to Goodreads.)

 

March

Death Marked by Leah Cypess – what will become of Ileni? I need to know…I also have some serious cover lust for this one.

Half Wild by Sally Green – Nathan!!

Twist by Karin Akins - After how Loop ends I really need to see how this one ends!

April

All the Rage by Courtney Summers – If Courtney Summers writes it…I will read it…even though I know that she’ll crush my soul with feels.

The Remedy by Suzanne Young – a prequel to the Program? Sign me up!! This one sound awesome and I have gimmie grabby hands for it.

May

The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West – I have such a reading crush on Kasie West and I love all of her books…I have theories on this one and hope they come true!

Hold Me Like a Breath by Tiffany Schmidt – fairy tale retelling mash up with organ trafficking crime families? um…yes please!

Illusionarium by Heather Dixon – I fell in love with Heather Dixon’s writing with her fairy tale inspired book Entwined and looking forward to her take on parallel words.

Lion Heart by A.C. Gaughen - I’m all bouncy with impatience for this one because after Scarlet I need to know what happens next…but cliff hangers! So I need the final book in series so I can read Book 2.

June

The Devil You Know by Trish Doller – Gimmie gimmie!! If you haven’t read a Trish Doller book then you are seriously missing out!

July

The Wild Girl by Kate Forsyth – This one comes highly recommended to me by a friend and I am looking forward to its US publication so I can give it a try

Fall

Violent Ends Anthology edited by Shaun Hutchinson (~Fall 2015)

 

Untitled 2015 Releases that I want like now

The Shattered Realms Book 1 by Cinda Williams Chima – More stories from the Seven Realms?!?! Yes please!!

Elemental trilogy Book 3 by Sherry Thomas – I need to know what happens next!!

 

 

Honorable mentions to those 2015 books I’ve already read

 

Reborn by Jennifer Rush – Nick…oh sweet sweet Nick…Loved his story so very muchly and 300 pages weren’t enough!

The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows – I read this one last weekend and now I’m a puddle of emotion. That ending!! I am so glad to have read it but also seriously kicking myself because book 2 won’t be out until 2016!! *sobs*

The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord – So much love for this one! I read it in a single sitting and when I closed the final page I had this goofy grin on my face and wanted 300 pages more.

I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios – this is a kick in the gut good!

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