Thursday, April 17, 2014

OnTour: Rose And The Lost Princess + Giveaway

Rose and the Lost Princess
Rose Series Bk#2
Holly Webb
Released 4.1.14

Now an apprentice magician, Rose is asked to help find a very special missing person
Turning the worn pages of her spell book, Rose can't believe how much her life has changed. Once a poor orphan, she is now an apprentice to the king's chief magician. But when the country's beloved princess vanishes, everything changes. As rumors of dark magic fly through the city, the king asks Rose for help. She must find the missing princess, before all is lost.

Rose has had a hard start in life from being an orphan to now a magician’s apprentice. But from scullery maid to having magic is proving to have hard beginnings. Being a friend to a princess has taken a turn for the worse for Rose, and with dark magic encroaching upon her life, Rose is struggling to balance her power with her obligations.

                Instead of being revered for aiding their country magicians are now deemed dangerous and having to be identified with their government. Rose’s teacher Mr. Fountain, the magician to the King, is now scrutinized and Rose is trying desperately to find what dark magics are afoot that has stolen the Princess from her kingdom.

                Will Rose find the Princess, or will her countrymen’s fears take hold of the populous cause grave implications for any magic user, especially Rose. While living at the home of her teacher Mr. Fountain, Rose is finding people’s anger towards magicians escalating, but also she is feeling animosity at home also being a maid, because the staff at her household is beginning to fear and hate her. With her trusty friend Gus the cat, Rose journeys to find out what magician has stolen away her city’s children and especially her friend the Princess.

                Finding the answer to what happened to the missing children will be a shocker to some, and was surely devastating to Rose, but she gets down to the bottom of this evil and helps to correct many wrongs.  Rose is a strong and unlikely character. Having a past of being an orphan has only helped to keep Rose on the tips of her toes, and her trial an errors really being out her humanity. With magic using prejudice on the rise, Rose is feeling the hostility in town from the citizens.

                What really caught me about Rose’s character in this middle grade read was that she works hard to get what she wants, compared to her upbringing and situations in life. Even when she is not as enthusiastic as she could be in some circumstances, Rose perseveres in her determination and pries out the truth in what is happening to her kingdom and her friends. Rose wants a good future and she works hard to create it. While some parts of the books felt slow, I remind myself that this is also a middle grade book, so progression does not need to be profound. Many more points of the story need to be addresses, like her parents, but that leaves lots of fodder for other books.   

Rose has the potential to be a great heroine in her stories. In her first book, Rose, Rose triumphed over an evil wizard and really captivated readers of many ages. Rose and the Lost Princess begins after Rose has finished and Rose is being recognized for her magic but also persecuted as the citizens of her town begin to fear magic users and their ability to harm mundane humans. Even the household that she lives in is struggling with the possibilities of evil wizards, not that Rose is one, but with wizards in proximity, people are beginning to bring themselves the fear of their friends. Being a maid and a magician seems a lot to Rose, but rescuing a princess now? That needs to be done.

Holly Webb has created a fabulous middle grade read with a believable heroine and sidekick cat, but also a driven plot and creative characters. From front to back this book holds readers’ interests and carries with it the hunger that other books will answer some crucial questions for readers. 


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Friday, April 4, 2014

Friday Reads: The Here and Now

This Friday our Book In Hand is:

 Ann Brashares had us by the seat of our pants growing up with The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Series and now she is taking readers into a dystopian twist with:

There Here and Now
Ann Brashares
Releases 4.8.2014
Delacorte Press

Pre-Order:  BN   Amazon

Blurb from the Publisher:

An unforgettable epic romantic thriller about a girl from the future who might be able to save the world . . . if she lets go of the one thing she’s found to hold on to.
Follow the rules. Remember what happened. Never fall in love.
This is the story of seventeen-year-old Prenna James, who immigrated to New York when she was twelve. Except Prenna didn’t come from a different country. She came from a different time—a future where a mosquito-borne illness has mutated into a pandemic, killing millions and leaving the world in ruins. 
Prenna and the others who escaped to the present day must follow a strict set of rules: never reveal where they’re from, never interfere with history, and never, ever be intimate with anyone outside their community. Prenna does as she’s told, believing she can help prevent the plague that will one day ravage the earth. 
But everything changes when Prenna falls for Ethan Jarves. 

Here is Ann Talking with Random House

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

WoW: Magic Breaks

We are hot on their tail with the upcoming release of Magic Breaks this July.

As Magic Rises ended there was so much going on and the tides are turning for Kate and Curran. Readers can never get enough of Curran, or at least I know I never get enough, so Magic Breaks pulls us back into the story as Roland is vying for power and Kate's responsibilities are piling up. But here is hope and surely hell to pay.

Magic Breaks
Ilona Andrews
Releases 7.29.14
ISBN: 9780425256220

Blurb from the Publisher:

No matter how much the paranormal politics of Atlanta change, one thing always remains the same: if there’s trouble, Kate Daniels will be in the middle of it…
As the mate of the Beast Lord, Curran, former mercenary Kate Daniels has more responsibilities than it seems possible to juggle. Not only is she still struggling to keep her investigative business afloat, she must now deal with the affairs of the pack, including preparing her people for attack from Roland, a cruel ancient being with god-like powers. Since Kate’s connection to Roland has come out into the open, no one is safe—especially those closest to Kate.
As Roland’s long shadow looms ever nearer, Kate is called to attend the Conclave, a gathering of the leaders from the various supernatural factions in Atlanta. When one of the Masters of the Dead is found murdered there, apparently at the hands of a shapeshifter, Kate is given only twenty-four hours to hunt down the killer. And this time, if she fails, she’ll find herself embroiled in a war which could destroy everything she holds dear…

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Cover Love: The Hidden Legacy is Coming!

Hold onto your garments ladies, this book is HOT. Or at least the cover is.

Ilona Andrews has been keeping readers occupied with her alpha males and kick ass female characters for years. From her Kate Daniels series to The Edge these reads are always hot off the shelf and keep readers at the edge of their seats in action and romance.

BURN FOR ME by Ilona AndrewsOn-sale 10/28/2014 | ISBN: 9780062289230 #1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews launches a brand new Hidden Legacy series, in which one woman must place her trust in a seductive, dangerous man who sets off an even more dangerous desire… Nevada Baylor is faced with the most challenging case of her detective career-a suicide mission to bring in a suspect in a volatile case. Nevada isn’t sure she has the chops. Her quarry is a Prime, the highest rank of magic user, who can set anyone and anything on fire.
Then she’s kidnapped by Connor “Mad” Rogan-a darkly tempting billionaire with equally devastating powers. Torn between wanting to run or surrender to their overwhelming attraction, Nevada must join forces with Rogan to stay alive.
Rogan’s after the same target, so he needs Nevada. But she’s getting under his skin, making him care about someone other than himself for a change. And, as Rogan has learned, love can be as perilous as death, especially in the magic world.

Pre-Order Links:

Are We The Only Ones Thinking This Cover is Hawt? Nope!

It is such a gorgeous, distinctive cover, melding together unique paranormal aspect of the world and the sizzle of the relationship between Mad Rogan and Nevada. It's rare when the cover captures a scene from the book exactly the way the author had imagined it. You learn to resign yourself to it. Covers aren't meant to be a literal representation of the narrative, but BURN FOR ME is.  It actually shows a pivotal scene, especially when combined with the aerial view splashback.  If you read the book, you'll know exactly what I mean. When I got the cover file, I sent it to a friend.  She emailed back in minutes.  The email said, "Who did you sacrifice to Cover Gods to get this?"
—Ilona Andrews on her reaction to the cover for BURN FOR ME

BURN FOR ME is a slight departure from Ilona Andrews’ other bestselling urban fantasy series. There’s still the trademark snappy dialogue/narrative and action-packed scenes, but there’s a stronger romance thread here that we wanted to get across right away with this cover.  Our hero Rogan is not just hot and sexy, but he’s powerful.  Like kill-you-with-a-stare powerful.  And Nevada is just as strong, only she doesn’t realize her full potential yet.  So I wanted to show off our couple, have that intimacy between them and not lose any kickass-ness (I know, not a real word, sorry).  The background with the exploding buildings around them…the idea was Ilona’s and the execution is just exquisite. 
—Erika Tsang, Ilona’s Editor extraordinaire

So keep your eyes open on the 28th of October release of Burn For Me, or find a Pre-Order and stalk the mail man (insert my own maniacal laugh since that is my plan) and close yourself away to read this beauty since I bet you will not be able to stop turning pages on this one.

Teaser Tuesday: April Fool's Day

This Tuesday I Pay Homage to April Fool's Day and all things internet.

I am sad to say that Whole Foods Market has evidently grown to hip and like all hipsters, they are over that which they inspired: fun with food on April Fool'd Day.
Whole Foods Market used to run a whole new webpage this day with great recipes like 7 Layer Dumpster Dip, Insects Raised with Compassion, Action Figures:
But this year they did NOTHING.

Google Trumps us all with:

Bill Clinton is even Fool's-ing us with:

Monday, March 31, 2014

Monday Reads

Book In Hand:

Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy by Karen Abbott
Rose and the Lost Princess by Holly Webb

What We Read:

Murder of Crows  by Anne Bishop
Dark Metropolis by Jaclyn Dolamore
Dangerous  by Shannon Hale
Enchanting the Beast  by Kathryne Kennedy
There Here and Now by Anne Brashares
The Lost by Sarah Beth Durst
The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski

Hitting the Bookstore For:

The Ring and The Crown  by Melissa De La Cruz

It is funny because while I was finally able to spend a lot of evening time reading this past week, it had more to do that I had to keep up with the farm and all of our goats that are due to kid this week making many late hours with a book in hand.

Scott Westerfeld Releases Afterworlds in 2014!

Scott Westerfeld
Releases: 9.23.2014

Here is another author if you haven't read you have been MISSING OUT on.

After his earth shattering series release of the UGLIES Series, Scott Westerfeld steampunked his way with the Leviathan Series and haunted readers with Peeps, Midnighters and So Yesterday.

Now he brings us Afterworlds....


Darcy Patel has put college and everything else on hold to publish her teen novel, Afterworlds. Arriving in New York with no apartment or friends she wonders whether she's made the right decision until she falls in with a crowd of other seasoned and fledgling writers who take her under their wings…

Told in alternating chapters is Darcy's novel, a suspenseful thriller about Lizzie, a teen who slips into the 'Afterworld' to survive a terrorist attack.

But the Afterworld is a place between the living and the dead and as Lizzie drifts between our world and that of the Afterworld, she discovers that many unsolved - and terrifying - stories need to be reconciled. And when a new threat resurfaces, Lizzie learns her special gifts may not be enough to protect those she loves and cares about most. 

With this upcoming book there is somewhat little known to readers about what we will expect, but here is Afterworlds in news online:

Scott Westerfeld's Website:
Children's Book Council had a special on it HERE
EW Just posted the cover HERE
Publisher's Weekly had an awesome post HERE 

So get excited my friends! Westerfeld is coming hot off the presses again!