Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: Ash & Bramble by Sarah Prineas


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This weeks book that I'm desperate to get my hands on:

Ash & Bramble by Sarah Prineas


Publication: September 15, 2015

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retelling, Romance

Goodreads Summary

When the glass slipper just doesn’t fit…

The tale of Cinderella has been retold countless times. But what you know is not the true story.

Pin has no recollection of who she is or how she got to the Godmother’s fortress. She only knows that she is a Seamstress, working day in and out to make ball gowns fit for fairy tales. But she longs to forsake her backbreaking servitude and dares to escape with the brave young Shoemaker.

Pin isn’t free for long before she’s captured again and forced to live the new life the Godmother chooses for her—a fairy tale story, complete with a charming prince—instead of finding her own happily ever after.

Sarah Prineas’s bold fairy tale retelling is a dark and captivating world where swords are more fitting than slippers, young shoemakers are just as striking as princes, and a heroine is more than ready to rescue herself before the clock strikes midnight.
 

Why I'm desperate for Ash & Bramble:

I know there are so many Cinderella retelling's out there but I would be totally lying if I said I wasn't excited for this one. This sounds like Cinderella but with a twist and I'm just dying for a chance to read it! I knew I was a goner when I read those words, "....a dark and captivating world where swords are more fitting than slippers..." I want it!!




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Monday, April 27, 2015

Together With You by Victoria Bylin Review



Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Genre: Christian Fiction, Contemporary, Clean Romance
Release Date: April 7, 2015
Pages: 336

Goodreads Summary 

A Tender Contemporary Romance about Finding Unexpected Love 
When a Lost Child warning blasts over the mall's PA system, toy store manager Carly Mason finds the little girl playing with a stuffed rabbit. Something about five-year-old Penny Tremaine is different. An ex-social worker, Carly recognizes that Penny suffers fetal alcohol effects, and a piece of Carly's own past suddenly confronts her. Never again will Carly become involved with a client. The risks are far too great. But something about Penny--and Penny's handsome father--tugs at Carly's heart. Before she has time to think it through, she agrees to a much-needed job as a nanny. 
Dr. Ryan Tremaine knows he messed up his life. But this summer he will redeem himself. With his ex-wife remarried and on a trip far away, his two teenage sons and Penny are living under his roof full time. Ryan is dedicated to his sink-or-swim list, a plan to reconnect with his children. The first step: recruiting Carly Mason to be Penny's nanny. 
Ryan never anticipated being so drawn to Carly, an attraction Carly seems to fight as much as he does. Could Carly be the missing piece that helps his family stay afloat, or will their blossoming romance only complicate things further?

My Review

Together With You is a wonderful and quite heart warming read, and I enjoyed reading it. Not only does this book have a well done romance but it's also about family issues, guilt and regrets. Something I'm sure everyone has gone through. It manages to pull at your heartstrings which is what I look for in a book.

Dr. Ryan Tremaine knows all about mistakes and regrets but doesn't believe he can obtain forgiveness. So, when he hires Carly Mason as a nanny he's not expecting to fall in love....But neither is Carly because she has made mistakes as well and its weighing on her conscience. I loved reading about Ryan and Carly, and I couldn't help but want them both to be happy. I also loved seeing them slowly open up to each other.

I loved the interactions between Carly and the Tremaine family! I liked how Carly's presence helped Ryan reconnect with his kids. It was beautiful seeing them become a real family and struggle together. You know a books good when it makes you laugh along with the character's. 

Another thing I like about this book was how there were debates between those who believed in God and those who didn't. Which I rarely see in Christian books, I liked seeing both sides of the picture it was quite engrossing and I would have like to read more about it. Though I was quite disappointed with the ending, it was still enjoyable nonetheless.

Rating: 3.5 stars

I received this book in exchange for an honest review through Bethany House Publishers.




Saturday, April 25, 2015

Stacking the Shelves # 9


Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews  and is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves be it in virtual form or physical. You can include books you’ve won, bought, borrowed from the library or review books.

In the month of April I got.......

Bought

Texas Gothic (Goodnight Family #1) by Rosemary Clement Moore

Yay! I finally bought myself a copy of Cinder! Now I just have to buy the rest! I've been dying to read it but I want to wait to have all of them so I can binge read them (something I've never done before). As for Texas Gothic, I just love ghost stories and murder! Love it! I have actually already read The School for Good and Evil and remember liking it (currently rereading it) which is why I bought myself a copy and also the second book while I was at it! ;)

For Review

Together With You by Victoria Bylin

I've already read Together With You, my review will be up on monday so I hope you look forward to reading it! As for The Jack of Souls, I can't wait to get pulled into an adventure/fantasy world! Need to read it already!


That's all for this week! Leave a comment and/or link to your Stacking the Shelves. I'll make sure to check them out too. Thanks for stopping by! Have an awesome weekend!




Friday, April 17, 2015

Feature & Follow Friday


Feature & Follow is a weekly Friday meme hosted by Parajunkee's View and Alison Can ReadEach host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it’ll allow us to show off more new blogs! 

I'd love it if you followed me through GFC and Bloglovin' and of course I'll make sure to stop by your blog and do the same!

This weeks question:

Here is €/£/$100,000. Buy something. Anything at all! What would be the first thing you choose, and why?

First and foremost, I'd have a full on freak out.



After I'm done *coughs* I'd want to buy books BOOKS BOOKS (also manga, I'd love to buy all the volumes of Immortal Rain by Ozaki Kaori!!!). That's the first thing that popped into my brain when I read the question.Why? Because books are my life, that is reason enough! Oh and of course I'd love to dine at different restaurants and try the most amazing food!! The little pleasure's in life you guys, that's all I need. Give me food and books and I'll be so satisfied! I can't think of anything else that would make me happier! 

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Black Elf of Seaward Isle by Joni Parker ~ Blog Tour: Review







Title: The Black Elf of Seaward Isle
Author
: Joni Parker
Publisher: Village Green Press, LLC
Pages: 330
Genre: Fantasy/Action Adventure
Format: Paperback/Kindle

On the mysterious Seaward Isle, Alex, the young daughter of Count Dumwalt, escapes Wizard Mylar’s attack on her father’s fortress with the help of two men, Hamlin and Tyrone, who take her to her brother in the village of Nyla.  Disguised as a boy to stay at the Sword Academy with her brother, she learns of the death of her parents and vows to avenge their deaths.  At the same time, a witch on the far side of the island predicts the rise of the Black Elf, the only person with the power to kill a wizard.

Meanwhile, Alex’s stay at the academy is cut short when the headmistress arranges her adoption by a Scinthian Scout, an Amazon warrior and her Dwarf companion.  When her adoptive mother is killed in a pirate attack, Alex returns home to Nyla where Tyrone, now the Governor, takes her in as his ward as he accepts a cadre of Scinthian soldiers for training to restore their decimated Army.  Since Alex can speak their language, she becomes a training liaison, leading to her selection as an elite soldier and assassin known as a tracker.  Her first mission succeeds beyond all expectations and results in her selection as a training officer for the Scinthians, still involved in an extensive training program. 


Upon assignment to a remote border outpost, Alex discovers evidence of foul play—eight missing soldiers.  As she attempts to uncover the mystery, she meets with resistance and skepticism, but she leads a mission to save them.  As she basks in her glory, the wizard shows up to seek revenge on Governor Tyrone, forcing Alex to intervene. 

For More Information

  • The Black Elf of Seaward Isle is available at Amazon.
  • Pick up your copy at Barnes & Noble.
  • Watch the book trailer at YouTube.
  • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.  

My Review

 The Black Elf of Seaward Isle is full of nonstop action and adventure and although the story was quite entertaining, I can't say the same for the character's. All the character's felt flat, even Alex the protagonist and that disappointed me.

In the beginning, I'm thrown into the story and the life of Alex whose parents have just been killed. And because of this she vows revenge and as she grows older is trained on how to fight and kill by different people. She meet's a variety of people on her journey but I couldn't quite keep up because she met someone knew every chapter or so. I couldn't quite grow to care for Alex (or any other character for that matter) because I never really got to know her as a person except on how she wants to get strong and avenge her parents. What disappointed me even more is that she excelled at everything she did with ease. And it's not that I didn't want her to succeed but I wanted to see her struggle, see her fall and get back up again. But she was good at everything, it just seemed too unbelievable. 

This book felt more action driven than anything else, and although there is a plot it wasn't quite what I was expecting. The story is told in third person narrative and switches from Alex to other character's and that sort of threw me off but I still found it enjoyable. The world building was good but I really would have like to known more about this world and the character's who time traveled to it.

Rating: 3 stars

I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

About the Author


Joni Parker was born in Chicago, Illinois, but left the windy city at an early age when her family moved to Japan.  Upon return to the United States, her family moved to Phoenix, Arizona where she graduated from Camelback High School and began college.  However within months, Joni quit college and joined the Navy where she became a Photographer’s Mate.  After 3 years in the Navy, she returned to college and got married.  She got a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and an MBA before she returned to the Navy.  As a Commissioned Officer, Joni attended the US Army Command and General Staff College, completing a Master of Military Arts and Sciences Degree.  She retired from the Navy with over 22 years of service and spent several years traveling the United States in a motorhome with her husband.  When he died unexpectedly, Joni returned to work for the federal government in a civil service job.  Five years ago, she started writing and retired once more to devote more time to her new passion.  She currently lives in Texas.  

Her latest fantasy books are The Black Elf of Seaward Isle, Tangled Omens and Blood Mission.
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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: Dark Shimmer by Donna Jo Napoli


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This weeks book that I'm desperate to get my hands on:

Dark Shimmer by Donna Jo Napoli


Publication: September 8, 2015

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retelling, Historical

Goodreads Summary

Set in medieval Venice, this captivating fairy tale retelling by award-winning author Donna Jo Napoli explores belonging, beauty, and the transformative power of love through the eyes of a teenage girl. Dolce has grown up hidden away on an island in a lagoon. She is a giant, a freak, tormented by everyone but her loving mother. She spends her time learning the valuable secret of making mirrors. Following a tragedy, Dolce swims away and lands on an island where people see her as normal, even beautiful. Marin, a kind widower, and his little daughter bring Dolce to live with them in their grand palazzo. Eventually, Dolce and Marin marry. She secretly continues to make mirrors, not realizing that quicksilver endangers her . . . and so evil begins in innocence.

Why I'm desperate for Dark Shimmer:

I gotta admit, that apart from the cover being pretty amazing (and creepy which I love) this seems like just the kind of read I've been looking for recently. A retelling of Snow White from the Evil Queen's point of view!!! B-but it doesn't come out until September!! 

*cries and reaches out to book heaven desperately*


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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

An Uncertain Choice (An Uncertain Choice #1) by Jody Hedlund Review



Series: An Uncertain Choice #1
Publisher: Zondervan
Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Romance, Medieval, Christian 
Release Date: March 3, 2015
Pages: 254

Goodreads Summary

Due to her parents' promise at her birth, Lady Rosemarie has been prepared to become a nun on the day she turns eighteen. Then, a month before her birthday, a friend of her father's enters the kingdom and proclaims her parents' will left a second choice. If Rosemarie can marry before the eve of her eighteenth year, she will be exempt from the ancient vow.

Before long, Rosemarie is presented with the three most handsome and brave knights in the land. But when the competition for her heart seemingly results in a knight playing foul, she begins to wonder if the cloister is the best place after all. If only one of the knights the one who appears the most guilty had not already captured her heart.
 


My Review

I'll admit that although I found this book to be a bit unrealistic and predictable at times, it grew on me. I had quite a bit of fun while reading it. I loved Rosemarie's interactions with the three knight they were all truly honest and wonderful men. And although some of the character's annoyed me I couldn't help myself I was drawn into the story.

Rosmarie's parents died without ever telling her that she would have to be a nun when she turned eighteen.....Unless she found her true love and married before then. And that is why a close friend of her father's brings along 3 suitors whom she will have to choose as a husband. I'll be completely honest Rosmarie's character irritated me at times not only is she indecisive but she's very naive as well. I understand that she was sheltered her whole life but it isn't that hard to put two and two together. Nonetheless, towards the end she grew on me for she finally found the courage she had hidden in her somewhere.

The romance was nice and definitely entertaining, I knew who she'd choose all along but still enjoyed her being courted by all three of them. Although, I would have like to have learned more about all of them, since it's a short book I didn't expect it. I understood why she choose who she did, after all I would've chosen him too. And even though, I was a bit sad to see them competing with one another I'm glad they still continued to be best of friends.  I'm being very vague to avoid spoilers, so bear with me.

The plot wasn't the best, it was pretty predictable but still it kept me entertained and after a while I didn't mind so much. The bad guy was so obvious but since I'm sure this book was more about romance than drama and betrayal though there is some of that, keep that in mind. The ending was as expected a happy one which is why I chose this book in the first place, it was a light read. No brain power needed here just a book to pass the time and have fun.

An Uncertain Choice is a light read full of romance and drama, one I'm sure other's will enjoy!

Rating: 3 stars

Recieved in exchange for an honest review through BookLook Bloggers.



Friday, April 10, 2015

Feature & Follow Friday


Feature & Follow is a weekly Friday meme hosted by Parajunkee's View and Alison Can ReadEach host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it’ll allow us to show off more new blogs! 

I'd love it if you followed me through GFC and Bloglovin' and of course I'll make sure to stop by your blog and do the same!

This weeks question:

Have you ever read a book you thought you'd hate but loved? Or vice versa?


I hated Save Me by Jenny Elliott even though I thought I'd come to love it. Instalove + flat characters + annoying heroine = Extreme disappointment. Enough said.



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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This weeks book that I'm desperate to get my hands on:



Publication: September 22, 2015

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Romance

Goodreads Summary 

The first book in a new trilogy from acclaimed New York Timesbestselling author Rae Carson. A young woman with the magical ability to sense the presence of gold must flee her home, taking her on a sweeping and dangerous journey across Gold Rush–era America.

Lee Westfall has a secret. She can sense the presence of gold in the world around her. Veins deep beneath the earth, pebbles in the river, nuggets dug up from the forest floor. The buzz of gold means warmth and life and home—until everything is ripped away by a man who wants to control her. Left with nothing, Lee disguises herself as a boy and takes to the trail across the country. Gold was discovered in California, and where else could such a magical girl find herself, find safety? Rae Carson, author of the acclaimed Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy, dazzles with this new fantasy that subverts both our own history and familiar fantasy tropes.

Walk on Earth a Stranger, the first book in this new trilogy, introduces—as only Rae Carson can—a strong heroine, a perilous road, a fantastical twist, and a slow-burning romance. Includes a map and author’s note on historical research.
 

Why I'm desperate for Walk on Earth a Stranger:

The cover completely captured me, and as soon as I read the summary I knew there was no going back. A strong heroine, magic, adventure, romance and the cross-dressing trope. It's as if Rae Carson put all the genre's and tropes I love into this book! I can't wait! I'm so excited!!


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Friday, April 3, 2015

Feature & Follow Friday



Feature & Follow is a weekly Friday meme hosted by Parajunkee's View and Alison Can ReadEach host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it’ll allow us to show off more new blogs! 

I'd love it if you followed me through GFC and Bloglovin' and of course I'll make sure to stop by your blog and do the same!

This weeks question:

Have you ever had a reoccurring dream? What was it?


This gif pretty much sums it up! I dream but for the life of me cannot remember anything! I just wake up with my heart racing but that's pretty much it. No memory whatsoever! :(

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Watch the Shadows by Robin Winters ~ Book Tour: Review & Excerpt

Robin WinterPublisher: White Whisker Books (April 20, 2015)
ISBN: 978-0-9863265-0-9
Category: Suspense/Thriller
Tour Date: March 16-April 30, 2015 
Available in: Print & ebook, 176 Pages

 In the college town of Isla Vista, California, small, odd things start happening. Science-geek Nicole notes the crows are leaving.  Meg Burdigal can’t find her tabby cat, Schrand. Brian the postman feels uneasy at the rustlings, the shadows he’s seen at the edge of his vision on his delivery route in town. Now Nicole sees fewer and fewer homeless in the park. Using her knowledge of biology and forensics, Nicole searches for answers—but will anyone take the horror she finds seriously? In this unusual thriller, 'Watch the Shadows', author Robin Winter explores where the ordinary slams against the extraordinary.

Excerpt

If Lincoln made it in time, Meg and she could walk home. Nicole didn’t know how she felt about that; to go back into the open again with poor visibility seemed dangerous. Yet this place with these people made her uncomfortable in so many ways that she couldn’t even hope to count them. The list started off with guilt, because she had a home to go to. Because she passed the homeless every day without a smile, or a quarter out of her slim allowance and vanishing summer job earnings. Then there was the smell—every time her skin prickled the least bit, Nicole found herself looking to check, some part of her mind certain that she’d picked something up—a flea, lice, or an unnamed disease.
She’d noticed how many of the men and women who came in looked like they wore every bit of clothing in their possession whether for warmth or to keep their goods from thievery, Nicole couldn’t guess. Skins bronzed not with a simple day’s worth of sweat, but with weeks of outdoor burnish. Some wore clothes so stiff-sleeked with dirt, skin oils, perspiration, that the fabric had an odd gloss, a smell like rancid butter, excrement and vomit. What did you do for toilet paper when you were homeless? She thought she recalled some folk carrying rolls among their goods.
Maybe primitive man smelled like this, before parts of civilization fell in love with hot water, soap and flush toilets. As if on cue, a thin man by Meg’s desk bent close to her. Nicole admired Meg then, who looked at him as one looks at any man, a slight smile of interest, without a back lean to her body, though he looked too close for comfort. One of those who didn’t know what the approachable radius should be. He was black, spidery tall like a daddy long-legs.
“I got a shower this morning. The water kind of leaked all over me, and it was mucho frio, Mrs. Meg, but I washed. I really washed. With a bit of soap, genuine Ivory, that I found at the laundromat. My first shower in three weeks, Mrs. Meg, but that sure is one good thing. Ain’t it just.”
“Yes,” Mrs. Meg said. “It sure is, Tony.”
As if one shower in three weeks could get a man clean. Nicole bet the dirt ground deep in, right down into the pores as unwashed day followed day. You’d have to steam clean, sauna maybe, then hit the showers three, four times to get a man like that clean. Meg smiled, nodding as though she could imagine exactly what he meant, and agreed how good it felt.
How many people here now? A dozen men, one sitting up with his back to a pillar, what was he doing? Rolling a joint? A cigarette?
“Hey, man, you can’t do that here,” someone among the long, prone shapes said.
“Who’s making noise over there?”
“There’s no smoking indoors.”
“But I’m rolling my own.”
“No smoking anything, kid, in here. Lookit the sign.”
“What good is it? I get comfortable, get my feet to feeling again, and now I can’t have my smoke?”
“Go out.”
“Shut the fuck up,” Eric, snarling again, his stable friendliness all gone. Worn off.
“Go outdoors.”
“Don’t want to. Need to keep my feet warm.”
“Besides, another fifteen minutes, they’ll close the doors. Save it for morning. You don’t wanna go out and have them close all your stuff in here, and you outside.”
“Do I have to come over there?” This sounded like a real threat. “A man needs his sleep.”
“What good is it, can’t have my smoke?”
“You make one more whine, and you’ll eat that fag.”
“Let him go. Bag’ll get him, that’s for sure, and good riddance.”
Nicole stopped in her pacing along the divide of the room. Who said that?
“Bag?” she said, and her own voice sounded so strange to her, so alien to her now that she wanted to stuff it back down her throat.
“Shut the fuck up.” Eric sat up.
Meg’s night assistant, Joe, went over, made some low-pitched conversation with the man who’d been rolling his own and Eric. After he’d gone, Nicole started over there, her legs shaking.
“Eric,” she said, soft, some instinct knowing she had to approach him first. “It’s Nicole. My name is Nicole.”
You give a man your name and you give him power. If you call him by his name and don’t give him yours, you put him in your power and he will be angry; on some level he will resent whatever you want. She’d heard that from Mom years and years ago when she was barely big enough to go to school.
He didn’t yell. Instead the big harsh voice answered her, grating.
“Hi, Nicole. You let a man sleep."

Review

Watch the Shadows had just the right amount of creepy atmosphere to keep me reading but it wasn't until I had read the first half of the book that I got really invested. But even then it wasn't an easy book to read, it was slow at times and had so many different character's, I couldn't keep up with all of them. Although, I will admit that the shadow part of the story was what kept me invested in it, but other than that, nothing else captured my attention.

I couldn't connect with any of the character's. I felt detached in a way just reading the story but not really caring what happened to the character's. Which I know in any story isn't good, but that's how I felt.There were so many POV's, that I felt a bit overwhelmed but I suppose it all depends on the person reading the book if they enjoy multiple POV's. As for me though I couldn't really get accustomed to it.

Isla Vista, California is where the book's setting took place and where bad things are happening. People are going missing more than usual and there are odd shadows being seen but played off as a trick of light and nothing more. This is where the story gets interesting, no one knows what's going on except Nicole a teenager who has a theory of what's happening but she's not sure she believes it herself......This book sure knows how to creep you out, although its more of a suspenseful thriller than a horror book. It wasn't until I was close to the end that this book had me unable to put it down.

I recommend this to anyone who loves a book about things that not only go bump in the night but also during the day.

Rating: 3 Stars

I received an early copy in exchange for an honest review.

Praise for 'Night Must Wait':

“'Night Must Wait' is a knockout. Robin Winter really delivers the goods with her twisting tale.”-Norb Vonnegut, author of The Trust “The world Robin Winter takes us to in 'Night Must Wait' is not the fantasy of Dorothy and Toto, no longer in Kansas; it is the scary, all too-real Africa.”-Shelly Lowenkopf, author of The Fiction Writers’ Handbook "Readers never know when they pick up a novel if the story will become so compelling that they are taken away to that magical place where one finds oneself inside the world of the book's characters, conscious of little else. 'Night Must Wait' did this for me. I read, forgot that I existed."- Gina Rose St John, Amazon Reviewer "Robin's way around a sentence is nothing short of gorgeous. The beauty of her prose only highlights the tragedies of war and betrayal. In an era when women were still relegated to wife or teacher, Robin's characters want, and get, more in ways both shocking and violent. I might not want to go to war torn Africa, but I do want to go on more adventures with Robin."- Kathleen O'Donnell, Amazon Reviewer

Praise for 'Future Past':

"Robin Winter's 'Future Past' is an original, meticulously crafted science fiction tale that blends the fantasy of Pinocchio and the hero's journey with elements of time travel, redemption, and a post apocalyptic world that brings readers to a satisfying, yet unexpected conclusion."- Matthew J. Pallamary "Truly imaginative, unique, and gripping -- I really really liked it! Robin Winter has a gift for inventing a world we'd be interested in saving, characters we'd be enriched to meet, and ideas about the human condition we'd be wise to ponder."- John Foran "Winter shows the strength and versatility of her writer's voice in 'Future Past'. Published shortly after her debut novel Night Must Wait, in which the setting offers a strong sense of place as a separate character, the science fiction themes of 'Future Past' haunts the reader long after the book is finished. Her first person approach with Ash gives chilling insight into a man-made world with apocalyptic consequences. Winter's prose is crisp and her pacing sharp, giving fans a science fiction a thrill that is worth the spooky ride."- Gretel Russell

About Robin Winter:Robin Winter

Robin Winter first wrote and illustrated a manuscript on “Chickens and their Diseases” in second grade, continuing to both write and draw, ever since. Born in Nebraska, she's lived in a variety of places: Nigeria, New Hampshire, upper New York state and now, California. She pursues a career in oil painting under the name of Robin Gowen, specializing in landscape. Her work can be viewed at Sullivan Goss Gallery in Santa Barbara or on-line at www.sullivangoss.com/Exhibits/RobinGowen2012.asp Robin is married to a paleobotanist, who corrects the science in both her paintings and her stories. She's published science fiction short stories, a dystopian science fiction novel, Future Past, and Night Must Wait, a historical novel about the Nigerian Civil War. You may contact Robin or read her blog at: http://robinwinter.wordpress.com, or on her website: www.robinwinter.net Twitter: https://twitter.com/winterobin13 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/robin.winter.144734?ref=ts&fref=ts

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Waiting on Wednesday: A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This weeks book that I'm desperate to get my hands on:

A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston


Publication: October 6, 2015

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, retelling, fairy tale

Goodreads Summary

LO-MELKHIIN KILLED THREE HUNDRED GIRLS before he came to her village, looking for a wife. When she sees the dust cloud on the horizon, she knows he has arrived. She knows he will want the loveliest girl: her sister. She vows she will not let her be next.

And so she is taken in her sister’s place, and she believes death will soon follow. Lo-Melkhiin’s court is a dangerous palace filled with pretty things: intricate statues with wretched eyes, exquisite threads to weave the most beautiful garments. She sees everything as if for the last time. But the first sun rises and sets, and she is not dead. Night after night, Lo-Melkhiin comes to her and listens to the stories she tells, and day after day she is awoken by the sunrise. Exploring the palace, she begins to unlock years of fear that have tormented and silenced a kingdom. Lo-Melkhiin was not always a cruel ruler. Something went wrong.

Far away, in their village, her sister is mourning. Through her pain, she calls upon the desert winds, conjuring a subtle unseen magic, and something besides death stirs the air.

Back at the palace, the words she speaks to Lo-Melkhiin every night are given a strange life of their own. Little things, at first: a dress from home, a vision of her sister. With each tale she spins, her power grows. Soon she dreams of bigger, more terrible magic: power enough to save a king, if she can put an end to the rule of a monster.

Why I'm desperate  for A Thousand Nights: 

Oh my god! As soon as I saw the cover and read the summary, I knew this book had to be mine. Murder, secrets, magic! What more could I possibly want! It just sounds so amazing, I can't help but lust after it!!!


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