Saturday, October 31, 2015

Halloweek Reading: Seize the Night - Christopher Golden

Halloweek Reading to SEIZE THE NIGHT!

Enjoying a great treat is not just for kids on Halloween. Indulge yourself this week and read SEIZE THE NIGHT: NEW TALES OF VAMPIRIC TERROR, the new “stellar anthology of tales” (Publishers Weekly Starred Review), sure to quench your thirst for a Horrific Halloween read! Conjuring reactions such as “Going back to the heydays of Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot” and “For anyone who likes tales of the creepy sort like Stephen King’s short stories in Everything’s Eventual or Nightmares & Dreamscapes,”  how can one resist?


SEIZE THE NIGHT
Edited by Christopher Golden
Gallery Books
October 6, 2015
ISBN: 9781476783093
Trade Paperback
$18.00

Once upon a time, vampires were figures of terror…and they can be again. Legends of these dark creatures sprang from every corner of the world and infinite variations throughout history—with even more of them waiting in the farthest corners of the imagination. SEIZE THE NIGHT takes hold of a popular culture environment where the vampire has largely lost its ability to inspire fear, and now brings out the dread, showcasing twenty all-new tales of horrifying evil from an extraordinary lineup of twenty contributors:

Under the Big Green Roof: October's Picture Book Reviews

The Most Magnificent Thing
Ashley Spires




The girl has a wonderful idea. "She is going to make the most MAGNIFICENT thing! She knows just how it will look. She knows just how it will work. All she has to do is make it, and she makes things all the time. Easy-peasy!" But making her magnificent thing is anything but easy, and the girl tries and fails, repeatedly. Eventually, the girl gets really, really mad. She is so mad, in fact, that she quits. But after her dog convinces her to take a walk, she comes back to her project with renewed enthusiasm and manages to get it just right.

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I adored this picture book!  Filled with illustrations that made me grin, The Most Magnificent Thing teaches a wonderful lesson about perseverance and working through the bumps in things, even when it seems like your idea has no merit.  I especially love how Spires shows the nameless little girl's progression from a brilliant idea, to anger over it not working the way she wants, to giving up, and all the way around to success.

Definitely a book for your storytime library, and a book I look forward to adding to my own library for future munchkins.

Publication: April 1, 2014
Publisher: Kids Can Press
-Digital ARC provided by NetGalley, in exchange for a review.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Blog Tour: Travel Bites - Hungry Traveller



Book Title:  Travel Bites

Book Genre:  Non-fiction travel literature


Author : The Hungry Traveller
Publisher : Wattle Publishing


Travel Bites is a collection of anecdotal travel stories that crisscross the globe. It is the first work by The Hungry Traveller who has combined his two great life passions: travelling and eating! The Hungry Traveller has been travelling for the last fifteen years and, along the way, has experienced many different sights, tastes, and cultures. Central to his travel experiences has been the role of food. Through his unique and very personal style of storytelling, you too can share in the highs and the lows of his stories from around the world. At the end of each story is a recipe for a dish inspired by his adventure. Travel Bites will capture your imagination and curiosity; and will leave you yearning to plan your next holiday, adventure or escape!


Print Edition

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Excerpt

The food looked good and the place seemed to be rather popular, so I went in. I walked up to the counter and ordered my food by raising four fingers, the number on the menu that corresponded to noodle soup with breast meat. Given that the shop was so close to the back packer area, the people who worked there were no doubt used to clueless tourists, and the lady taking my order seemed to understand what I was trying to ask for with a minimum of fuss. I also grabbed a large bottle of water and paid for my lunch.

A few minutes later, a steaming bowl was handed to me. I chose a stool at a bench that faced the street so that I could people-watch while I ate. As I expected, the broth was quite tasty but I struggled to pick up the vermicelli noodles with my chopsticks. However, given that everyone around me was busily slurping on their noodles, I did not feel so bad having to do the same.

After eating my food and drinking a lot of water I felt much better, so I continued with my walk. However, I soon found myself in trouble, as I came to my first busy road, where there was a constant stream of traffic. Although I was at a crossing that occasionally showed a green pedestrian light, traffic would continue to flow past. A cyclo driver, who had been watching me for a few minutes, took pity on me and came up to offer some advice.

“You cannot wait for no traffic. There is always traffic. You just walk and don’t stop.”

The look I gave him in response to this piece of advice, probably gave the impression that I thought he was insane.

“OK. Come with me.”

Waiting for a small gap in the traffic so we would not be immediately run down, he stepped off the curve and began pushing his cyclo across the road. I started walking with him. I noticed that once he started to walk across the road he no longer paid any attention to the traffic around him. I was not so blasé. However, as we moved across the road, I noticed that the motorcycle traffic just weaved around us. Once we had passed halfway and the traffic was now coming straight towards me, he saw my hesitation and called out,

“Keep walk! Keep walk! You stop. You get hit!”

That was all the motivation I needed to keep going. Then, and I thought rather unnecessarily, he added,

“They more scared of damage hitting you”

I turned, expecting him to be laughing at his joke, but surprisingly, he seemed to be quite serious.

Once we had safely crossed, I thanked him for his help. Then came the sales pitch I had been expecting.

“Have you been on cyclo before?”

“No.”

I tried to appear slightly uninterested. In reality, as soon as I had first seen one in the taxi trip over, I had wanted to have a ride in a cyclo! For the uninitiated, the cyclo looks like a reverse tricycle. A single passenger sits in a low, open front seat and the driver pedals the cyclo sitting to the rear and looking over the head of the passenger.

Review

I love this book!  It's a wonderful blend of travel guide, memoir, and collection of recipes.  The Hungry Traveller does a great job of sharing his experiences in world traveling, giving the reader a beyond the standard guidebook sight of the world.  My all time favorite part were the recipes he included, because one of my favorite parts about traveling is getting to try new foods.  On the flip side, when I fall in love with the unique foods and then leave them behind on my return, it makes me miss my travels; so, having some of his favorite recipes included was a fantastic touch.

Definitely a book to add to my library, because I want those recipes, and his fun take on his experiences, available for me to reread!

-Digital ARC provided by publisher, for reviewing purposes


The Hungry Traveller is a travelling enthusiast who loves to eat! When travelling, he enjoys meeting new people and engaging with locals to learn about their culture, history and the food that they eat.


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Thursday, October 29, 2015

NaNoWriMo 2015 is just around the corner!!!

As many of you may know, National Novel Writing Month, aka NaNoWriMo, is just around the corner.  What you may not know, is that I've been a participant of NaNoWriMo's unique blend of noveling madness for the past twelve years.  As such, I will be taking a mini-hiatus from my regular every other day posting for the month of November.  

I will definitely be posting during November; however, I'm not 100% certain, as a new blogger, that I'll be able to maintain the review rate I've been keeping to while I try to pound out 50,000+ words in thirty days.  I'm also sure you'll be hearing from me, as I bitch and moan about my monstrosity of a novel.

So, don't worry about my somewhat silence, I'll be back from NaNoWriMo land in December, and resume the every other day reviewing pace.

Happy NaNoWriMo to all participating!!

*if you're doing NaNo, I'm under renee_archer, and always love new buddies

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Review: Crimson Peak - Nancy Holder

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Title: Crimson Peak
Author: Nancy Holder
ISBN: 9781783296293
Publication Date: October 20, 2015
Publisher: Titan Books
Source: purchased


In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author is torn between love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider. Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swept away to a house that breathes, bleeds...and remembers.

Between desire and darkness, between mystery and madness, lies the truth behind Crimson Peak. From acclaimed director Guillermo del Toro.


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I've enjoyed Nancy Holder' writing since I first discovered her through her Buffy novelizations, so I was quite excited to find out she was the author behind the Crimson Peak novelization.  Having seen the film itself prior to picking up the novelization I already knew where the story was heading; however, Holder has brought a good amount of inner monologue and scenes which weren't in the theater release, and made this story all the more wonderful.

Definitely a movie novelization I enjoyed equally as well as del Toro's visually stunning film.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Review: Welcome to Night Vale - Jeffrey Cranor and Joseph Fink

'People are beautiful when they do beautiful things.'

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Title: Welcome to Night Vale
Author: Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor
ISBN: 9780062351425
Publication Date: October 20, 2015
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Source: publisher


From Goodreads:

Located in a nameless desert somewhere in the great American Southwest, Night Vale is a small town where ghosts, angels, aliens, and government conspiracies are all commonplace parts of everyday life. It is here that the lives of two women, with two mysteries, will converge.

Nineteen-year-old Night Vale pawn shop owner Jackie Fierro is given a paper marked "King City" by a mysterious man in a tan jacket holding a deer skin suitcase. Everything about him and his paper unsettles her, especially the fact that she can't seem to get the paper to leave her hand, and that no one who meets this man can remember anything about him. Jackie is determined to uncover the mystery of King City and the man in the tan jacket before she herself unravels.

Night Vale PTA treasurer Diane Crayton's son, Josh, is moody and also a shape shifter. And lately Diane's started to see her son's father everywhere she goes, looking the same as the day he left years earlier, when they were both teenagers. Josh, looking different every time Diane sees him, shows a stronger and stronger interest in his estranged father, leading to a disaster Diane can see coming, even as she is helpless to prevent it.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Review: Spinning Starlight - R.C. Lewis

"Clever girl."

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Title: Spinning Starlight
Author: R.C. Lewis
ISBN: 9781423185154
Publication Date: October 6, 2015
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Source: NetGalley



Sixteen-year-old heiress and paparazzi darling Liddi Jantzen hates the spotlight. But as the only daughter in the most powerful tech family in the galaxy, it's hard to escape it. So when a group of men show up at her house uninvited, she assumes it's just the usual media-grubs. That is, until shots are fired.

Liddi escapes, only to be pulled into an interplanetary conspiracy more complex than she ever could have imagined. Her older brothers have been caught as well, trapped in the conduits between the planets. And when their captor implants a device in Liddi's vocal cords to monitor her speech, their lives are in her hands: One word and her brothers are dead.


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One of my favorite fairy tales is Hans Christian Andersen's The Wild Swans, so I was beyond excited when I read the above synopsis for Spinning Starlight.  And I must say, I was not disappointed with Lewis' retelling of my favorite.

I really like Liddi's character.  She was both a really strong character, and so very insecure about her own self worth, making her feel true to life and three dimensional.  Liddi felt like someone I could relate to.  Someone I could see myself being friends with, if she lived in the same world I do.  Lewis does a fantastic job of portraying her struggle of coming into her own, while trying to come to terms with what the public world was constantly demanding of her.

And even though she spends the majority of the novel forced into silence, lest she kill her brothers, Liddi still manages to be a very complex character.  Watching Liddi try to navigate a foreign world without the ability to speak was both humorous and frustrating because Lewis wrote it in such a way as to make you want to reach out and help her.

I did find Tiav a bit flat in comparison to Liddi, but loved him just as much.  He was such a human character, that the gut wrenching misunderstanding in the latter half of the novel was completely believable in its drama.

Further, I adored the strong familial ties Lewis crafted between Liddi and her eight brothers, and Tiav and his mother.  It gave this retelling a true sense of the backbone of the fairy tale, which to me is the relationship between the siblings.  I loved the strength of Liddi's brothers, and the sense of self they gave to her, even when they weren't present.

My only complaint is about the amount of science speak that's interspersed throughout the novel.  I found it to be a bit distracting as a whole; however, I'm not much a science type gal, so that may be a personal preference coming into play.

Spinning Starlight was a wonderful retelling of a classic, lesser known fairy tale, and I look forward to not only adding it to my library, but also gobbling up Stitching Snow.

-Digital ARC provided by NetGalley, in exchange for a review.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Review: Illuminae - Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

"Am I not merciful?"

"Don't look at me!"

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Title: Illuminae: The Illuminae Files_01
Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
ISBN: 9780553499117
Publication Date: October 20, 2015
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Source: NetGalley



This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet's AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it's clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she'd never speak to again.


Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #6 - Seven Black Diamonds

Waiting on Wednesday



"Waiting on" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases we can't wait to get our hands on.

This week's pick is:

Monday, October 19, 2015

Review: Prisoner of Love - Cathy Skendrovich

'The gun bounced so much in her shaky grasp that if she did fire, he'd likely be the one to catch the bullet.'

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Title: Prisoner of Love
Author: Cathy Skendrovich
ISBN: 9781633754119
Publication Date: October 19, 2015
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Source: NetGalley



It was supposed to be a girls-only weekend in the California mountains. But when Lucy Parker is carjacked by an escaped prisoner, her fun weekend takes a nighmarish turn. Now she's caught up in a dangerous world of stolen money, vicious drug dealers, and murder, and the only thing keeping her alive is her oh-so-hot captor.

Imprisoned for a crime he didn't commit, undercover cop Jake Dalton wants answers-now. Worse, he's dragged Lucy into the mix, and she's now guilty by association. With their lives on the line, the race is on to get to Las Vegas before they're killed...and they're running out of time.


Review: Awake - Natasha Preston

‘I wanted to roll my eyes.’

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Title: Awake
Author: Natasha Preston
ISBN: 9781492618522
Publication Date: August 4, 2015
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Source: NetGalley



Scarlett Garner doesn’t remember anything before the age of four—but a car accident changes everything. She starts to remember pieces of a past that frighten her. A past her parents hid from her…and a secret that could get her killed.

Super Middle Grade Monday #3 - Michael Gibney

Super Middle Grade Mondays Blitz: Author Spotlight – Michael Gibney with Giveaway #SuperMGMondays



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Welcome to this week’s Super Middle Grade Mondays Book Blitz
presented by Tantrum Books/Month9books!


Today, we get up close and personal with

Michael Gibney

author of The Three Thorns (The Brotherhood and the Shield #1)
from Tantrum Books.


Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!

Michael Gibney

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Review: Merry Mary - Ashley Farley

"Miracles come in all shapes and sizes.  You were Mary's miracle, not the other way around."


Title: Merry Mary
Author: Ashely Farley
ISBN: 97810986167225
Publication Date: October 15, 2015
Publisher: Smashwords Edition
Source: NetGalley


Investigative journalist Scottie Darden is photographing the homeless for her Lost Souls series when she makes a discovery that could change her life forever. Under a makeshift tent in subzero temperatures in a downtown city park, she finds a woman's dead body with her infant child. Without her cell phone to call for help, Scottie makes the split-second decision to take the baby home. Her initial instinct is to provide the baby with food and shelter until her family can be located. But as her fondness for the baby grows, she finds herself facing a life on the run or worse—prison time for abduction.

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Merry Mary is a quick read, being that it's only an 89 page novella.  However, Farley still packs quite a whallop of emotion into the too short story.  I spent the story torn between shaking some sense into Scottie, and being in complete accord with the insanity her biological clock insisted was 'right'.

Further, I really loved the tight knit family bonds Merry Mary portrayed, both with Scottie and her parents, and Scottie and her brother.  Everything about them felt true to life, and very believable.  Scottie's husband, Brad, was probably the only person in the novella I didn't like - he came off as immature and lame, which I imagine was the idea of his portrayal.

Definitely a well thought out novella, with characters I want to see more of in more of Farley's writing.  I eagerly look forward to the next story of hers that I get the opportunity to step into.

-Digital ARC provided by NetGalley, in exchange for a review

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Review: Carry On - Rainbow Rowell

“At Watford, Magic is just the air we breathe. It's not what separates us from each other; it's what keeps us together.”


Title: Carry On
Author: Rainbow Rowell
ISBN: 9781250049551
Publisher: St Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: October 6, 2015
Source: Purchased

Simon Snow just wants to relax and savor his last year at the Watford School of Magicks, but no one will let him. His girlfriend broke up with him, his best friend is a pest, and his mentor keeps trying to hide him away in the mountains where maybe he’ll be safe. Simon can’t even enjoy the fact that his roommate and longtime nemesis is missing, because he can’t stop worrying about the evil git. Plus there are ghosts. And vampires. And actual evil things trying to shut Simon down. When you’re the most powerful magician the world has ever known, you never get to relax and savor anything.

Carry On is a ghost story, a love story, a mystery and a melodrama. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story — but far, far more monsters.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Review: Fat Cat Art - Svetlana Petrova


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Title: Fat Cat Art
Author: Svetlana Petrova and Zarathustra
ISBN: 9780399174780
Publication Date: September 15, 2015
Publisher: Tarcher
Source: Tarcher

Internet meme meets classical art in Svetlana Petrova’s brilliant Fat Cat Art. Featuring her twenty-two-pound, ginger-colored cat Zarathustra superimposed onto some of the greatest artworks of all time, Petrova’s paintings are an Internet sensation. Now fans will have the ultimate full-color collection of her work, including several never-before-seen pieces, to savor for themselves or to give as a gift to fellow cat lovers.

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This book is fantastic!  I love the way Petrova incorporates Zarathustra, her ginormous ginger tabby, into the famous works of art.  And Zarathustra's commentary joins all of the 'true' paintings with all of the snark you'd expect from a cat.  This is definitely a book I'm thrilled to add to my collection of cat-centric books.

-Finished copy provided by the publisher, in exchange for a review

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #5 - The Vatican Princess

Waiting on Wednesday



"Waiting on" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases we can't wait to get our hands on.

This week's pick is:

25614810Title: The Vatican Princess
Author: C. W. Gortner
ISBN: 9780345533975
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: February 9, 2016

From Goodreads:

For fans of Philippa Gregory and Alison Weir, a gripping novel that follows the extraordinary life of young Lucrezia Borgia, the legendary Renaissance Pope Alexander’s beautiful daughter. Was she the heartless seductress of legend? Or merely an unsuspecting pawn in a familial web, forced to choose between loyalty and her own survival?

Glamorous and predatory, the Borgias became Italy’s most ruthless and powerful family, electrifying and terrorizing their 15th-century Renaissance world.

To this day, Lucrezia Borgia is known as one of history’s most notorious villainesses, accused of incest and luring men to doom with her arsenal of poison.

International bestselling author C.W. Gortner’s new novel delves beyond the myth to depict Lucrezia in her own voice, from her pampered childhood in the palaces of Rome to her ill-fated, scandalous arranged marriages and complex relationship with her adored father and her rival brothers—brutal Juan and enigmatic Cesare.

This is the dramatic, untold story of a papal princess who came of age in an era of savage intrigue and unparalleled splendor, and whose courage led her to overcome the fate imposed on her by her Borgia blood.
 

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Why this is on my list:

There's just something about the history of the Borgias that just grabs me hook, line, and sinker.  And this summary sounds so amazing, I cannot wait to tear through this novel!


What are you waiting on?

Review: Touching Fate - Brenda Drake


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Title: Touching Fate
Author: Brenda Drake
ISBN: 9781633754041
Publication Date: October 12, 2015
Publisher: Entangled Teen Crave
Source: NetGalley


From Goodreads:

Aster Layne believes in physics, not psychics. A tarot card reading on the Ocean City Boardwalk should have been a ridiculous, just-for-fun thing. It wasn’t. Aster discovers she has a very unscientific gift—with a simple touch of the cards, she can change a person’s fate.

Reese Van Buren is cursed. Like the kind of old-school, centuries-old curse that runs in royal families. Every firstborn son is doomed to die on his eighteenth birthday—and Reese’s is coming up fast. Bummer. He tries to distract himself from his inevitable death…only to find the one person who can save him.

Aster doesn’t know that the hot Dutch guy she’s just met needs her help–or that he’s about to die.

But worst of all…she doesn’t know that her new gift comes with dark, dark consequences that can harm everyone she loves.
 


Book Blitz #3 - Super Freak by Vanessa Barger




ABOUT SUPER FREAK:

Super Freak by Vanessa Barger
Publication Date: October 13, 2015
Publisher: Tantrum Books
Genre: MG, Fantasy

Thirteen-year-old Caroline is a freak. Her parents have uprooted her to a town full of Supernaturals. You’d think she’d be thrilled. But, with someone without a magical bone in her body, this daughter of tree sprites feels like even more of an outcast than she has ever before.
To make matters worse, her new home is cursed. But when Caroline takes to investigating the mysterious and strange happenings of Harridan House, her BFF goes missing. Seems someone doesn’t want Caroline sticking her non-magical nose where it most certainly does not belong. Determined to prove herself, Caroline uncovers a plot to destroy her new hometown.
Undeterred, Caroline can’t give up. But what’s a human without magical powers to do? Caroline better figure it out fast, before she loses everything she has ever loved and the whispers she’s heard all her life prove true: Caroline is a useless superfreak.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Super Middle Grade Monday #2 - Steve Bryant

Super Middle Grade Mondays Blitz: Author Spotlight – Steve Bryant with Giveaway #SuperMGMondays


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Welcome to this week's Super Middle Grade Mondays Book Blitz
presented by Tantrum Books/Month9books!


Today, we get up close and personal with

Steve Bryant

author of Lucas Mackenzie and the London Midnight Ghost Show
from Tantrum Books.


Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!

Friday, October 9, 2015

Review: Cinderella's Shoes - Shonna Slayton

"You're right.  The tags distracted me.  I need to stay with my original plan.  I'm here to find Cinderella's shoes and see if they can lead me to my dad."

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Title: Cinderella's Shoes
Author: Shonna Slayton
ISBN: 9781633751231
Publication Date: October 6, 2015
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Source: NetGalley


The war may be over, but Kate Allen’s life is still in upheaval. Not only has she discovered that Cinderella was real, but now she's been made Keeper of the Wardrobe, her sole responsibility to protect Cinderella’s mystical dresses from the greed of the evil stepsisters’ modern descendants.
But Cinderella’s dresses are just the beginning. It turns out that the priceless glass slippers might actually exist, too, and they could hold the power to reunite lost loved ones like her father—missing in action since World War II ended. As Kate and her boyfriend, Johnny, embark on an adventure from New York to Italy and Poland in search of the mysterious slippers, they will be tested in ways they never imagined.

Because when you harness Cinderella's magic, danger and evil are sure to follow...

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Review: Illusion - Lea Nolan

"Don't you see?  We're connected, you and me.  We always have been.  And always will be.  So as long as this thing keeps buzzing, I'm going to be here for you."



Title: Illusion
Author: Lea Nolan
ISBN: 9781622664030
Publication Date: October 5, 2015
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Source: NetGalley invitation



New school. Cross-country move. Broken heart. If only these were Emma Guthrie’s worst problems as the first day of her sophomore year dawns. Instead, she must battle a trio of enemies—human and spectral—who may or may not have joined forces against her. All while pretending to be over Cooper Beaumont, her ex-boyfriend and true love, to shield him from her arch-nemesis’s revenge.

Worse, when the fight escalates, Emma is tempted to use the black magic she’s always fought against, endangering her own soul. As her enemies close in, join forces, and fight with new and dark magic she’s never seen before, Emma must finally harness the power within her to fulfill an ancient prophecy, defeat a centuries-old evil, save her family, and reclaim the only boy she’s ever loved.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #4 - Shade Me

Waiting on Wednesday



"Waiting on" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases we can't wait to get our hands on.

This week's pick is:

25773842Title: Shade Me
Author: Jennifer Brown
ISBN: 9780062324436
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: January 19, 2016

From Goodreads:

Nikki Kill does not see the world like everyone else. In her eyes, happiness is pink, sadness is a mixture of brown and green, and lies are gray. Thanks to a rare phenomenon called synesthesia, Nikki’s senses overlap, in a way that both comforts and overwhelms her.

Always an outsider, just one ‘D’ shy of flunking out, Nikki’s life is on the fast track to nowhere until the night a mysterious call lights her phone up bright orange—the color of emergencies. It’s the local hospital. They need Nikki to identify a Jane Doe who is barely hanging on to life after a horrible attack.

The victim is Peyton Hollis, a popular girl from Nikki’s school who Nikki hardly knows. One thing is clear: Someone wants Peyton dead. But why? And why was Nikki’s cell the only number in Peyton’s phone?

As she tries to decipher the strange kaleidoscope of clues, Nikki finds herself thrust into the dark, glittering world of the ultra-rich Hollis family, and drawn towards Peyton’s handsome, never-do-well older brother Dru. While Nikki’s colors seem to help her unravel the puzzle, what she can’t see is that she may be falling into a trap. The only truth she can be sure of is that death is a deep, pulsing crimson.

Shade Me is award-winning author Jennifer Brown’s first book in a thrilling suspense series about Nikki Kill.

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Why this is on my list:

I am super, super excited about this book!  Everything I've read by Jennifer Brown has been amazing.  And I love books where characters have unique skills, and synesthesia is nothing if not unique.  Add to that the fact that this is a thriller?  I am so sold on this book and I want it in my greedy book loving hands like yesterday!


What are you waiting on?

Author Visits #1 - Ferrett Steinmetz


As a few of you may know, I loved The Flux by Ferrett Steinmetz to bits for indulging my obsessive nature with a world where obsessions breed a certain style of magic.  I mean, what could be cooler than having the things you love the most, be they video games or cats, warp your world and give you the ability to perform magic governed by them?  If you don't know how much I enjoyed Steinmetz's second novel, check out my review here.

So, you can imagine my excitement when Steinmetz's publisher, Angry Robot Books, contacted me with an opportunity to interview him as a part of his blog tour celebrating the release of The Flux.  I spent a good week debating which questions to ask him, how to make myself sound all posh and not gibber like I normally do when speaking with authors, and then, spending the time waiting to hear back from him chewing at my nails nervously.

Now that I've recovered from the flailing, and the jittery nerves, it's my pleasure to welcome Ferrett Steinmetz to Books, Cats, and Caffeine, and help celebrate the release of The Flux:

Review: Breath - Jean Lowe Carlson

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Title: Breath 

Author: Jean Lowe Carlson

Series: Three Days of Oblenite #1

Release Date: 23 March 2013


Summary:

Gryffine Toulunnet is cursed to steal life with her kiss. Repressed and miserable, she is free of her curse but once a year, upon the heady death-festival of Rollows. Until her curse marks dashing barman Jessup Rohalle as her soulmate in a single night of passion. Destined to meet again, Jessup finds Gryffine and opens her restricted life into pleasure, causing Gryffine to fight her curse's isolation. But Gryffine's dark draw to kill is shared by another, a man bitterly cursed like she, a secret that Jessup can never know. And only her dark lover understands her suffering.

Potential Triggers: Menage a trois, murder

Book Blitz #2 - Nameless by Jennifer Jenkins

Release Day Blitz: Nameless by Jennifer Jenkins with Giveaway


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Happy Release Day to

Nameless by Jennifer Jenkins!!

Join us in celebrating this release from Month9Books!

Enter the giveaway found at the end of the post.

Happy Book Birthday, Jennifer!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Super Middle Grade Monday #1 - Vanessa Barger

Middle Grade Mondays Blitz: Author Spotlight - Vanessa Barger with Giveaway #MGMondays



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Welcome to the first Official Middle Grade Mondays Book Blitz #MGMondays
presented by Tantrum Books/Month9books!


Today, we get up close and personal in a "Would You Rather" Q & A with

Vanessa Barger

author of the upcoming book, Super Freak, from Tantrum Books.

Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!

Review: Ward Against Destruction - Melanie Card

'No.  Save the man.  Be a physician, not a monster.'

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Title: Ward Against Destruction
Author: Melanie Card
ISBN: 9781633754522
Publication Date: October 5, 2015
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Source: NetGalley


From Goodreads:

Ward de’Ath used to think that nothing could be more terrible than death. Now he realizes there are worse things. Like his never-ending hunger for blood. Even if he conquers the unbearable cravings that drive him headlong toward destruction, he’s a wanted man with a bleak future.

Assassin Celia Carlyle learns she is the only one who can protect Ward from disaster. She loves him–she wants to help him, but no one can tell her how to save him from himself. And the confusing voices in her head scream to let him go.

But Ward's dark trials keep mounting. A malevolent evil is rising in the land, threatening to unleash horror upon the world. The only way Ward can defeat it, and have the chance to marry Celia, is by accepting his fate and becoming the one thing he swore he would never become...