Friday, September 19, 2014

Lark Rising Blog Tour: Spotlight + Giveaway

Really excited to be a part of the blog tour for Lark Rising. <3 This cover is just stunning. And I cannot wait to own my pre-ordered hardcover of this stunning book. Huge thank you to Jaime at Rockstar Book Tours for letting me be a part of this awesome blog tour. <3 And for sending me a review copy of it. My review will get posted on the 28th. My post for today will be a book spotlight :) And there is also a very awesome US only giveaway at the end of the post. <3 Best of luck to all of you. I think many will love Lark Rising :D So you must buy it. <3 As the book is exciting and has an interesting romance.

Title: LARK RISING (Guardians of Tarnec #1)
Author: Sandra Waugh
Pub. Date: September 23, 2014
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Pages: 384
Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Full of romance and nature magic, this debut fantasy is perfect for fans of Shannon Hale, Juliet Marillier, and Kristin Cashore.

“A beautifully realized world, a unique voice, and a compelling, action-packed story. This is a striking debut novel with a lovely folkloric flavor.” —Juliet Marillier, author of Wildwood Dancing

Lark has foreseen two things—she will fall for a young man with sage green eyes, and he will kill her.

Sixteen-year-old Lark Carew is happiest close to home, tending her garden and gathering herbs for medicines. But when her Sight warns her that monsters called Troths will soon invade her village, Lark is summoned on a journey to seek help from the legendary Riders of Tarnec. Little does she suspect that one of the Riders, Gharain, is the very man who has haunted her visions. Or that the people of Tarnec have called her there for another reason: Lark is the Guardian of Life, the first of four Guardians who must awaken their powers to recover four stolen amulets. Together, the amulets—Life, Death, Dark, and Light—keep the world in Balance. To take back the Life amulet, Lark will have to discover her true inner strength and give in to a love that she swears will be her downfall.

Sandra grew up in an old house full of crowded bookshelves, in walking distance of an old library that allowed her to drag home a sack of six books at a time. It goes without saying, then, that she fell in love with the old house in Litchfield County, CT, because of its many bookshelves, and she lives there now with her husband, two sons, and a dog who snores. Loudly.

LARK RISING is her first novel and the first in the GUARDIANS OF TARNEC series. SILVER EVE follows in 2015.

Giveaway Details: 3 Prize Packs - US ONLY!
1 winner will receive a leaf necklace, $25 Amazon gift card, sachet, a signed hardcover of LARK RISING, and a bookmark and a postcard.
1 winner will receive leaf earrings, cuff, soap, sachet and a signed hardcover of LARK RISING, and a bookmark and a postcard.
3 winners will receive a signed hardcover of LARK RISING, and a bookmark and a postcard.

Tour Schedule:

Week One:
9/15/2014- Mom With A KindleInterview
9/16/2014- The Book LandersReview
9/17/2014- My ParaHangoverReview
9/18/2014- Two Chicks on BooksGuest Post
9/19/2014- Carina's Books- Spotlight

Week Two:
9/22/2014- A Backwards StoryReview
9/23/2014- Word SpelunkingGuest Post
9/24/2014- Literary MeanderingsInterview
9/25/2014- Fall Into BooksInterview
9/26/2014- Magical Urban Fantasy ReadsGuest Post

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Review: Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White

I wanted to read this book because I thought the cover was gorgeous. And it sounded interesting too. Which is why I requested the book from HarperCollins International. <3 Was so happy when I got it. It was an easy to read book, but, I'm sorry to say that I had big issues with it. I just did not love it at all.

There were some things about this book that I enjoyed. But for the most part, there were things that annoyed me. I liked the story a whole lot. I thought it was exciting and fun to read about. But then there were the writing. I did not like the way this book was written. I didn't like how the characters acted.

And because of that I ended up not liking this book like I wanted to. There was a twist near the ending that I didn't see coming, but it wasn't exciting for me. It felt a bit silly. And the big showdown with the villain or whatever, was so silly. It was over so fast and I didn't enjoy it at all. Hmph. I wanted to, though. But no. I didn't feel the grief main girl was supposed to be feeling at the end. I didn't seem to care at all, because I felt like it was written very poorly. Sigh. I do wish I had loved this book. But I did not. I found so many things to be silly and a bit weird. I did like the plot, though. And that it was an easy to finish book. But I know I won't think about it for long before I forget what happened in it. Sigh. I'm going with two stars for this.

Illusions of Fate is told from the point of view of Jessamin. Sometimes I liked her, but sometimes I didn't care for her at all. I didn't understand her. First she thinks one thing, then in the next minute she thinks the opposite. It bothered me a bit. I didn't understand the point of her childhood friend, Kelen. Or her new friends either. One of them I liked. But it all just seemed a bit silly to me. I didn't connect with any of it, and it just didn't feel real. Which upsets me a lot, because it could have been amazing. Hmph.

There is romance in this book. As there is a boy, Finn. Whom I kind of loved. But then. It is so weird as well. We don't get to know enough about him. And Jessamin is so conflicted about her feelings for him. And the romance. Sigh. It was just.. annoying. It didn't make me swoon or anything. Like I wanted it to. But yeah. I did like Finn. I just wish I had loved Jessamin more. And omg, that bird. Sir Bird. Ugh. That bothered me like nothing else, lol. It just, yeah. It was not for me at all. Didn't get the point of it.

There is also a villain in this book. And I felt like it was done so badly. I wanted it to be more awesome. It was not. She is in contact with the villain almost right away, he kidnaps her, and hurt her fingers. And, sure, that must have been painful as hell. But I didn't feel a single thing. I didn't connect at all. And this bothered me so much. As I like a bit of torture in my books. But this was just not done well enough. I didn't even see the point of the villain. Why he cared at all. Sigh. Mostly, this book just bothered me.

I'm sure there are a bunch of things I could say about this book. But I don't want to. Some things were interesting, but mostly I did not like this book. I did not hate it at all, though. But yeah. A boring book is no fun to read. A book where you don't connect to anything. Which was depressing. Anyway. I do think others might love this book, and I'm curious to read other reviews. Huge, huge thank you to HarperCollins International for sending me this gorgeous print review copy. <3 It is all kinds of pretty.

Cover Reveal: All the Rage by Courtney Summers

Oh, how I am dying to read this book. First, I adore Courtney. She is awesome. Second, this summary is the best. Thirdly, this cover is stunning. So happy that I can finally see it :D And it is gorgeous. I adore it. Oh, how I think I will love All the Rage. <3 It sounds like such a good book and I'm just dying to read it. Wishing it was April already. This book just sounds all kinds of amazing. And heartbreaking. And I think it will kill me. Yet I also think it will be the best. And I'm so excited. Especially since Courtney once said this book has her favorite boy that she has written. <3 Ack. How I want this. Also. You can read the first chapter of the book here. Sniffs. It just seems so so good already. What do you think of the cover?

In her hardcover debut, from the author of Cracked Up To Be and This is Not a Test, comes a powerful new young adult novel. 

The sheriff’s son, Kellan Turner, is not the golden boy everyone thinks he is, and Romy Grey knows that for a fact. Because no one wants to believe a girl from the wrong side of town, the truth about him has cost her everything—friends, family, and her community. Branded a liar and bullied relentlessly by a group of kids she used to hang out with, Romy’s only refuge is the diner where she works outside of town. No one knows her name or her past there; she can finally be anonymous.But when a girl with ties to both Romy and Kellan goes missing after a party, and news of him assaulting another girl in a town close by gets out, Romy must decide whether she wants to fight or carry the burden of knowing more girls could get hurt if she doesn’t speak up. Nobody believed her the first time—and they certainly won’t now—but the cost of her silence might be more than she can bear. 

With a shocking conclusion and writing that will absolutely knock you out, All the Rage examines the shame and silence inflicted upon young women after an act of sexual violence, forcing us to ask ourselves: In a culture that refuses to protect its young girls, how can they survive?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Perilous Sea Blog Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway

Oh, how I loved The Perilous Sea. So I'm beyond excited to be a part of this amazing blog tour :D Thank you Jaime at Rockstar Book Tours for letting me be a part of this tour :) I really loved The Perilous Sea. <3 It is a stunning second book in this amazing trilogy. It has no love triangle. Stunning characters. And an awesome plot. I love this series. And I am dying for book three. Sigh. My five star review can be found here. <3 Sherry is amazing as well. So kind. For my tour stop there is a guest post with Sherry that she wrote for my blog. <3 Thank you so much. I love it to pieces. Also, US giveaway at the end :) Thank you for this amazing guest post Sherry. <3 You are the best. And also, love triangles are the worst thing, so I could not be happier that this series have no hint of it at all. <3 This romance is the best.

How do you keep up the tension in a middle book without introducing a love triangle?

Interestingly enough, although I’ve always known that I do not enjoy reading love triangles, until I was asked this question, I have never asked myself why. 

But once I think about it, the answer is pretty clear. For a fictional relationship to work for me—heck, for a real life relationship to work for me—the following components are necessary: physical attraction, intellectual common ground, mutual respect, and last, but most certainly not least, emotional commitment.

The movie Titanic, for example.  There are various points in the movie when Jack and Rose could have gone their separate ways, instead each time they choose to stay together.   And every time they make that choice, they take their relationship to the next level, until they were in a state of absolute commitment.  Death was the one thing that could rip them apart.  It did.  But nothing could diminish that state of absolute commitment.  And the people who watched Titanic over and over again, they didn’t go for the special effects, they didn’t go for the spectacle of the boat sinking, they went for this kind of commitment.

And the reason I don’t like love triangles is that there is not enough emotional commitment in a love triangle. You have one person who is torn between two choices and that can certainly make for riveting drama, but then you do not get to see the truly interesting part, which is how two people who are committed to each other work through their challenges and change and grow.

So that’s what my middle book is all about, the same couple, working through a twist of fate that would tear them apart—that has torn them apart. It is about them asking themselves, what does their commitment to each other mean? Do they really give up so easily, in the face of this obstacle, or do they still do their best to love each other with kindness and generosity?

(And of course I lighten up my middle book with a second timeline in which my characters suffer from magical amnesia and get to fall in love with each other all over again.) :)

There are lots of ways to introduce additional tension and conflict without having to introduce an additional love interest. You can find out that this person is actually your enemy, is responsible for the death of a loved one, or has been hiding really important things from you—for reasons that are understandable from his point of view, yet nevertheless devastating to you. I came up with that list in about thirty seconds or so. If you spend some time brainstorming, there are endless possibilities.

So, go forth and explore that big wide frontier of middle books without love triangles. :)

Title: THE PERILOUS SEA (The Elemental Trilogy #2)
Author: Sherry Thomas
Pub. Date: September 16, 2014
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Pages: 432
Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

After spending the summer away from each other, Titus and Iolanthe (still disguised as Archer Fairfax) are eager to return to Eton College to resume their training to fight the Bane. Although no longer bound to Titus by a blood oath, Iolanthe is more committed than ever to fulfilling her destiny—especially with the agents of Atlantis quickly closing in.

Soon after arriving at school, though, Titus makes a shocking discovery, one that makes him question everything he previously believed about their mission. Faced with this devastating realization, Iolanthe is forced to come to terms with her new role, while Titus must choose between following his mother's prophecies—and forging a divergent path to an unknowable future.

Sherry Thomas is one of the most acclaimed romance authors working today. Her books regularly receive starred reviews from trade publications and are frequently found on best-of-the-year lists. She is also a two-time winner of Romance Writers of America's prestigious RITA® Award.
English is Sherry's second language—she has come a long way from the days when she made her laborious way through Rosemary Roger's Sweet Savage Love with an English-Chinese dictionary. She enjoys digging down to the emotional core of stories. And when she is not writing, she thinks about the zen and zaniness of her profession, plays computer games with her sons, and reads as many fabulous books as she can find. Sherry’s next book, THE PERILOUS SEA, volume two of her young adult fantasy trilogy, will be available fall 2014. Author photo by the lovely and talented Jennifer Sparks Harriman at Sparks Studio. ~ Website /Blog/Twitter/Facebook/Goodreads

Giveaway Details: US ONLY! 
For First Place: 1 winner will receive. The Burning Sky, The Perilous Sea, and The Hidden Blade and a handmade solid lotion bar and some homemade face scrubs, plus a burning sky bag. 
Runners Up: 2 winners will receive The Burning Sky, The Perilous Sea, and The Hidden Blade.

Tour Schedule:

Week One: 
9/8/2014- A Book and a LatteInterview 
9/9/2014- Such a Novel IdeaReview 
9/10/2014- FiktshunGuest Post 
9/11/2014- The Irish Banana ReviewReview 
9/12/2014- Bewitched BookwormsInterview

Week Two: 

9/15/2014- Two Chicks on BooksGuest Post 
9/16/2014- A Backwards StoryInterview 
9/17/2014- Carina's BooksGuest Post 
9/18/2014- NerdophilesReview 
9/19/2014- Candace's Book BlogReview

Waiting on Wednesday #153

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.


Goodreads Description:

Game of Thrones meets the Grimm's fairy tales in this twisted, fast-paced romantic fantasy-adventure about Sleeping Beauty's daughter, a warrior princess who must fight to reclaim her throne.

Though she looks like a mere mortal, Princess Aurora is a fairy blessed with enhanced strength, bravery, and mercy yet cursed to destroy the free will of any male who kisses her. Disguised as a boy, she enlists the help of the handsome but also cursed Prince Niklaas to fight legions of evil and free her brother from the ogre queen who stole Aurora's throne ten years ago.

Will Aurora triumph over evil and reach her brother before it's too late? Can Aurora and Niklaas break the curses that will otherwise forever keep them from finding their one true love?

Hardcover, 400 pages
Expected publication: December 9th 2014 by Delacorte Press
Pre-Order here.
I have seen a lot of people excited about this book lately. So I had to check it out too. And I think the summary is kind of exciting :D So I'm very excited for this book now. I do think it sounds adorable. So I'm just crossing all my fingers that this book will be awesome :D Will be looking for reviews of it. <3
What are you waiting for on this thorny wednesday?