Friday, May 30, 2014

Blood Rites (Dresden Files #6)

Author: Jim Butcher
Goodreads Rating: 4.32
Pages: 439
Format: Audiobook
 Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, takes on a case as a favor to his friend Thomas-a vampire of dubious integrity-only to become the prime suspect in a series of ghastly murders.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Wild Born (Spirit Animals #1)

Author: Brandon Mull
Goodreads Rating: 3.99
Pages: 224
Format: ARC BEA13
Four children separated by vast distances all undergo the same ritual, watched by cloaked strangers. Four flashes of light erupt, and from them emerge the unmistakable shapes of incredible beasts - a wolf, a leopard, a panda, a falcon. Suddenly the paths of these children - and the world - have been changed for ever. Enter the world of Erdas, where every child who comes of age must discover if they have a spirit animal, a rare bond between human and beast that bestows great powers to both. A dark force has risen from distant and long-forgotten lands, and has begun an onslaught that will ravage the world. Now the fate of Erdas has fallen on the shoulders of four young strangers ...and on you.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Curses and Smoke Book Blast and Giveaway

Curses and SmokePublication Date: May 27, 2014
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Genre: YA Historical


When your world blows apart, what will you hold onto?
TAG is a medical slave, doomed to spend his life healing his master's injured gladiators. But his warrior's heart yearns to fight in the gladiator ring himself and earn enough money to win his freedom.
LUCIA is the daughter of Tag's owner, doomed by her father's greed to marry a much older Roman man. But she loves studying the natural world around her home in Pompeii, and lately she's been noticing some odd occurrences in the landscape: small lakes disappearing; a sulfurous smell in the air...
When the two childhood friends reconnect, each with their own longings, they fall passionately in love. But as they plot their escape from the city, a patrician fighter reveals his own plans for them -- to Lucia's father, who imprisons Tag as punishment. Then an earthquake shakes Pompeii, in the first sign of the chaos to come. Will they be able to find each other again before the volcano destroys their whole world?

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Vicky Alvear ShecterAbout the Author

Vicky Alvear Shecter is the author of the young adult novel, CLEOPATRA'S MOON (Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic, 2011), based on the life of Cleopatra's only daughter. She is also the author of two award-winning biographies for kids on Alexander the Great and Cleopatra. She is a docent at the Michael C. Carlos Museum of Antiquities at Emory University in Atlanta.

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Book Blast Schedule

Monday, May 12
Bibliophilia, Please
bookworm2bookworm's Blog

Tuesday, May 13
Broken Teepee
Passages to the Past
In the Hammock Blog

Wednesday, May 14
CelticLady's Reviews
The Most Happy Reader
I'd So Rather Be Reading
History From a Woman's Perspective

Thursday, May 15
Kinx's Book Nook
A Bibliotaph's Reviews
Historical Fiction Obsession

Friday, May 16
Booktalk & More
The Mad Reviewer
Book Lovers Paradise

Saturday, May 17
SOS Aloha
Reading the Ages
Kelsey's Book Corner

Sunday, May 18
Giant Squid Books
WTF Are You Reading?

Monday, May 19
Caroline Wilson Writes
So Many Books, So Little Time

Tuesday, May 20
West Metro Mommy
The True Book Addict
The Musings of ALMYBNENR

Wednesday, May 21
Book Nerd
Tower of Babel
Hardcover Feedback

Thursday, May 22
Paperback Princess
Bittersweet Enchantment

Friday, May 23
History Undressed
Historical Fiction Connection

Saturday, May 24
Literary Chanteuse
Just One More Chapter

Sunday, May 25
A Dream within a Dream
The Little Reader Library

Monday, May 26
Pages of Comfort
Griperang's Bookmarks
Raizza's Book Blogging Adventure

Tuesday, May 27
Princess of Eboli
Ageless Pages Reviews
The Musings of a Book Junkie

Even Better! A Giveaway!

To win a copy of Curses & Smoke or a $25 Amazon Gift Card please complete the Rafflecopter giveaway form below. Giveaway is open to US residents only.

Giveaway ends at 11:59pm on May 27th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
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Friday, May 9, 2014

Interview with Samantha Shannon


I was so excited when I was ask to interview Samantha Shannon. My co-blogger, Brianna, read and reviewed The Bone Season for the blog, and when I got to read it, man was I excited. I loved it, from start to finish, I fell in love with this amazing world and characters. I felt for Paige and got absorbed by the book. 

On May 10th, I'll be meeting Samantha Shannon at her NYC signing at the 92Y. If you're in town, you should check it out for sure! You won't regret going to see her to get her when you're seeing her movie in theaters! You can get a ticket here. Tickets are $22 or $15 if you qualify for their 35 and under program. If you don't already have a ticket you should get one now!

So please check out Samantha's interview below:

1. The Bone Season is your first book you've published and it hasn't been out yet for a year, how have the last 8 months been for you?


 It's been a lot of fun and a real rollercoaster. I've met lots of new people, visited lots of new places, and done lots of new things.

2. You explore different types of Clairvoyance in your book, how in depth was your research? 


I did quite a lot of research on different views on divination and clairvoyance over the centuries to create the Seven Orders of Clairvoyance system. I looked at nineteenth-century Spiritualism and mediumship, classical impressions of augury and soothsaying, and modern parapsychology.

3. What type of Clairvoyant would you be?

A bibliomancer, I think. There are various ways to practice bibliomancy (e.g. allowing a book to fall open at a random page and using the first words to identify something about the querent), but generally, it refers to connecting to the æther through books. Bibliomancers find true joy in reading and value books above all other objects. They also have one book Рtheir numen Рto which they become intimately connected. One of the worst things you could do to a bibliomancer would be to leave them without books for an extended period of time.

4. How does it feel having your own Wikipedia Page and a page for your Book?


Pretty surreal. Always strange to see myself as an encyclopaedia entry. I'm still not used to that side of the experience.

 5. Are there any special features in the paperback of The Bone Season?

I'm not sure about the standard paperback, but there is a Waterstones book club edition (UK only) with an extra map, a Q&A with me, and a list of topics for book club discussion.

 6. Film rights were optioned back before the book went on sale. What was your reaction and is there any news on this front?

It's very exciting. I did an event last week with the team at Imaginarium Studios, who hold the film rights with Twentieth Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment, and we discussed the time frame for getting the film to the screen, which should be about three years. The latest news is that we've secured a double Oscar-nominated screenwriter, whose name should be announced next week.

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