November 28th, 2012

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City of Dark Magic by Magnus Flyte

Penguin Books | November 27, 2012 | 464 pages | $10.88 (Amazon.com)

Summary (Goodreads)

Cosmically fast-paced and wildly imaginative, this debut novel is a perfect potion of magic and suspense

Once a city of enormous wealth and culture, Prague was home to emperors, alchemists, astronomers, and, as it’s whispered, hell portals. When music student Sarah Weston lands a summer job at Prague Castle cataloging Beethoven’s manuscripts, she has no idea how dangerous her life is about to become. Prague is a threshold, Sarah is warned, and it is steeped in blood.
     Soon after Sarah arrives, strange things begin to happen. She learns that her mentor, who was working at the castle, may not have committed suicide after all. Could his cryptic notes be warnings? As Sarah parses his clues about Beethoven’s “Immortal Beloved,” she manages to get arrested, to have tantric sex in a public fountain, and to discover a time-warping drug. She also catches the attention of a four-hundred-year-old dwarf, the handsome Prince Max, and a powerful U.S. senator with secrets she will do anything to hide.
City of Dark Magic could be called a rom-com paranormal suspense novel—or it could simply be called one of the most entertaining novels of the year.

 

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Connect with Magnus Flyte

Magnus Flyte is a pseudonym for the writing duo of Meg Howrey and Christina Lynch. Howrey is a former dancer with the Joffrey II and the winner of an Ovation Award. She is the author of the novels The Cranes Dance and Blind Sight and lives in Los Angeles. Lynch is a television writer and former Milan correspondent for W Magazine. She lives near Sequoia National Park in California.

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[amazon_link id=”067002497X” target=”_blank” ]Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm: A New English Version[/amazon_link] by Philip Pullman

Viking Adult | November 8, 2012 | 400 pages

About the Book (Publisher)

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the first publication of Grimm’s fairy tales. To celebrate, Viking is thrilled to publish FAIRY TALES FROM THE BROTHERS GRIMM, a retelling of fifty beloved stories by Philip Pullman, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the His Dark Materials trilogy.In 1812, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm published the first volume of Children’s and Household Tales. Now, two centuries later, fairy tales are once again all the rage with

TV shows like Grimm and Once Upon a Time dominating ratings and two movie adaptations of “Snow White” out in the same year. With FAIRY TALES FROM THE BROTHERS GRIMM, Philip Pullman brings these much-loved tales back to the page.From stories like “Cinderella” and “Hansel and Gretel” to lesser-known treasures like “The Girl With No Hands,” “The Three Snake Leaves,” and “Godfather Death,” Pullman retells fifty of Grimm’s timeless classics for the modern age in his lively, beguiling prose. He includes all the most familiar characters—Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, the Frog Prince, and Rapunzel—while also introducing readers to some they might not have met yet.

Pullman has consulted a variety of editions of the work to pull together a seamless version of each story that focuses on engaging readers and demonstrating exactly why these fairy tales have been told over and over again, remaining vibrant since their original publication in the early 19th century. With FAIRY TALES FROM THE BROTHERS GRIMM, Pullman pays homage to the tales of romance and villainy that inspired his unique creative vision—and that continue to cast their spell on the Western imagination.

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About the Author

Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy (The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass) has sold more than fifteen million copies and been published in more than forty countries. The first volume, The Golden Compass, was made into a major motion picture starring Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig. Pullman is at work on a companion His Dark Materials novel The Book of Dust. He lives in Oxford, England.

 

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Today I have the pleasure of hosting one of many stops in the Dear Teen Me Blog Tour.

While time does not allow me to draft my own Dear Teen Me letter, I would recommend this book to all teens and adults a like. I didn’t read all of the letters but the ones that I did really touched me. I would have to say that Carrie Jones’ letter was one of the best. It actually really concerned me because my husband just had a case of mono.

[amazon_link id=”1936976218″ target=”_blank” ]Dear Teen Me[/amazon_link] edited by Miranda Kenneally and E. Kristin Anderson

Zest Books | October 30, 2012 | 192 pages

Summary (Goodreads)

Dear Teen Me includes advice from over 70 YA authors (including Lauren Oliver, Ellen Hopkins, and Nancy Holder, to name a few) to their teenage selves. The letters cover a wide range of topics, including physical abuse, body issues, bullying, friendship, love, and enough insecurities to fill an auditorium. So pick a page, and find out which of your favorite authors had a really bad first kiss? Who found true love at 18? Who wishes he’d had more fun in high school instead of studying so hard? Some authors write diary entries, some write letters, and a few graphic novelists turn their stories into visual art. And whether you hang out with the theater kids, the band geeks, the bad boys, the loners, the class presidents, the delinquents, the jocks, or the nerds, you’ll find friends–and a lot of familiar faces–in the course of Dear Teen Me.

 

Connect with Zest Books

Zest Books is an award-winning publisher of smart and edgy titles that focus on the colorful chaos of teen life. These nonfiction books cover timely topics in creative ways by incorporating solid life advice, practical how-to instruction, and humorous commentary. Zest Books’ catalogue includes 97 Things to Do Before You Finish High SchoolWhere’s My Stuff: The Ultimate Teen Organizing Guide, and Scandalous! 50 Shocking Events You Should Know About So You Can Impress Your Friends. In Fall 2012, Zest Books launches a new line of memoirs and first-person accounts, and Dear Teen Me is the first book in this new line. Zest Books is distributed by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Connect with Dear Teen Me

Follow the rest of the blog tour from the Dear Teen Me Blog Tour website. The other stops for today are:

As You Were

Charlee Vale

Royal Reviews

Confessions of a Bookaholic

Falling for YA

Connect with Miranda Kenneally

Miranda Kenneally is the author of the contemporary YA novels Catching Jordan, Stealing Parker (just published), and Things I Can’t Forget(Spring 2013). Miranda is also the co-editor, with E. Kristin Anderson, of Dear Teen Me: Authors Write Letters to Their Teen Selves (Zest Books), and is co-creator of the Dear Teen Me website.

Connect with E. Kristin Anderson

E. Kristin Anderson, in addition to co-editing Dear Teen Me and co-creating its eponymous website, is a writer and poet who has been published in dozens of literary journals. She is also an assistant editor at Hunger Mountain for their YA and Children’s section.

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Please help me welcome Daniel A. Rabuzzi, author of [amazon_link id=”1927469090″ target=”_blank” ]The Indigo Pheasant (Longing for Yount, #2)[/amazon_link], which was released early last month. The first book of the series, [amazon_link id=”0980941075″ target=”_blank” ]The Choir Boats[/amazon_link], published in 2009 by ChiZine Publications.

Daniel has prepared a guest post on the selection of titles for both books as well as the series name. Titles are a topic that interest me very much. If you have followed my other blog tours you probably have noticed that. It was the topic in the previous blog tour hosted on The Cozy Reader.

Continue reading for a chance to win an eBook of the first book or the second if you have already read the first book.

[amazon_link id=”1927469090″ target=”_blank” ]The Indigo Pheasant (Longing for Yount, #2)[/amazon_link] by Daniel A. Rabuzzi

ChiZine Publications | September 5, 2012 | 350 pages

Summary (Goodreads)

London 1817. Maggie Collins, born into slavery in Maryland, whose mathematical genius and strength of mind can match those of a goddess, must build the world’s most powerful and sophisticated machine—to free the lost land of Yount from the fallen angel Strix Tender Wurm. Sally, of the merchant house McDoon, who displayed her own powers in challenging the Wurm and finding Yount in The Choir Boats, must choose either to help Maggie or to hinder her. Together—or not—Maggie and Sally drive to conclusion the story started in The Choir Boats—a story of blood-soaked song, family secrets, sins new and old in search of expiation, forbidden love, high policy and acts of state, financial ruin, betrayals intimate and grand, sorcery from the origins of time, and battle in the streets of London and on the arcane seas of Yount.

Daniel A. Rabuzzi Guest Post

Titles:  The Choir Boats and The Indigo Pheasant

Thank you Jess for asking me to be your guest at The Cozy Reader—and hello readers of the blog.   
Jess asked me to talk about how I came up with the titles for my novels:  The Choir Boats (ChiZine Publications/CZP, 2009) and its sequel, The Indigo Pheasant (CZP, 2012).  As other guests at The Cozy Reader have noted, titles need to grab a reader’s attention, offer the promise of a good story, inform the browser of some crucial element in the narrative.  (I will leave it to you who are reading this post to decide whether my titles succeed at doing those things).  For me, a good title is a title that makes me ask “what might this be?” and then open the book to pursue the answer to my question. 
As I have written elsewhere (for instance, “A Picture-Show in the Night-Kitchen,” at Layers of Thought, Sept. 26th, 2012  ), I am an “imagist,” not a “plotter.”  My writing springs from images and words that come to me, at stray and unplanned moments, most often in the middle of the night.  A scene (a man wearing a hat like a layer cake, slouching on a slow horse in the middle of a salt-marsh, for instance, or a woman striding down a spiral staircase, clutching a large leather-bound book under one arm and ringing a small bell with her other hand)… or a phrase, sometimes a single word…swims into my mind, and I wonder what it means, what its story might be.  I ask, “what comes next?” 
So it was with my titles.  They simply came to me and waited patiently for me to discover and explore their stories.  “What might a choir boat be?”  I was already writing about a place called Yount and a merchant family in London in 1812 and a girl who had escaped slavery in Maryland.   I knew that somehow this “choir boat” (whatever it was) had a place in their increasingly entwined stories.  Later, as the tale continued to grow and sprout branches, I found an “indigo pheasant” coursing through the underbrush, and knew at once that it too had a role to play. 

© Deborah A. Mills

Jess, your query has pushed me to delve into the roots of my titles.  I love adjectives and I love compound nouns.  I love pairings of words that are individually commonplace but together form odd or enigmatic meanings.  We know what a “choir” is and equally what a “boat” is, but what is a “choir boat”?  Likewise the “indigo” and the “pheasant.”  I have a notebook full of similar couplings, everyday words yoked together to form something that cannot quite be placed.  All of them are like creatures in a menagerie of hybrids, sleeping under glass, biding their time for the right moment to dash fully awake with their stories pouring forth. 

I had not realized until I wrote this post how many of my favorite titles take the form I describe above.  The Yellow WallpaperThe Golden CompassThe Golden BowlThe Porcelain DoveThe Glass-Bead GameSacred HungerJames and the Giant Peach. 

Not quite the same, but close:  A Clockwork Orange.

I would love to hear from readers at The Cozy Reader what some of their favorite titles are and why.  Are there some among you who also favor the title format that appeals to me?

Connect with Daniel A. Rabuzzi

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Daniel A. Rabuzzi studied folklore and mythology in college and graduate school, and keeps one foot firmly in the Other Realm.
 
ChiZine Publications published his first novel, The Choir Boats: Volume One of Longing for Yount, in 2009, and in 2012 brought out the sequel and series conclusion, The Indigo Pheasant: Volume Two of Longing for Yount.
 
Daniel’s short fiction and poetry have appeared in Sybil’s Garage, Shimmer, ChiZine, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, Abyss & Apex, Goblin Fruit, Mannequin Envy, Bull Spec, Kaleidotrope, and Scheherezade’s Bequest.  He has presented at Arisia, Readercon, Lunacon, and the Toronto Speculative Fiction Colloquium. He has also had twenty scholarly and professional articles published on subjects ranging from fairy tale to finance.
 
A former banker, Daniel earned his doctorate in 18th-century history, with a focus on family, gender and commerce in northern Europe. He is now an executive at a national workforce development organization in New York City, where he lives with his wife and soulmate, the artist Deborah A. Mills (who illustrated and provided cover art for both Daniel’s novels), along with the requisite two cats.
 

Blog Tour Schedule

Sept 14 – Civilian Reader
Sept 17 – Fantasy Book Critic
Sept 18 – Bibliophile Stalker
Sept 26 – Layers of Thought   Book & Yount greeting cards giveaway.
Sept 28 – So Many Precious Books, So Little Time   Book giveaway.
Oct 4 –     Charlotte’s Library
Oct 4 –     World in a Satin Bag
Oct 5 –     The Cozy Reader   Book giveaway.

Oct 11 –   Jess Resides Here

TBS –      Disquieting Visions
TBS  –     Grasping for the Wind
 

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Please help me welcome author Katherine Marsh! Her Blog Tour for her upcoming release of[amazon_link id=”1423135008″ target=”_blank” ] Jepp, Who Defied the Stars[/amazon_link] stops here with a guest post on her books title!

I am currently reading this and really enjoying it! I can’t wait to find out what else happens! Jepp is a memorable character you won’t soon forget.

See below on a chance to win a copy of this truly unique book for yourself.

[amazon_link id=”1423135008″ target=”_blank” ]Jepp, Who Defied the Stars[/amazon_link] by Katherine Marsh

Hyperion Book | October 9, 2012 | 400 pages

Summary (Gooodreads)

Fate:
Is it written in the stars from the moment we are born?
Or is it a bendable thing that we can shape with our own hands?
Jepp of Astraveld needs to know.
He left his countryside home on the empty promise of a stranger, only to become a captive in a luxurious prison: Coudenberg Palace, the royal court of the Spanish Infanta. Nobody warned Jepp that as a court dwarf, daily injustices would become his seemingly unshakable fate. If the humiliations were his alone, perhaps he could endure them; but it breaks Jepp’s heart to see his friend Lia suffer.
After Jepp and Lia attempt a daring escape from the palace, Jepp is imprisoned again, alone in a cage. Now, spirited across Europe in a kidnapper’s carriage, Jepp fears where his unfortunate stars may lead him. But he can’t even begin to imagine the brilliant and eccentric new master–a man devoted to uncovering the secrets of the stars–who awaits him. Or the girl who will help him mend his heart and unearth the long-buried secrets of his past.
Masterfully written, grippingly paced, and inspired by real histori-cal characters, “Jepp, Who Defied the Stars “is the tale of an extraordinary hero and his inspiring quest to become the master of his own destiny.

 

Katherine Marsh Guest Post

Titles

Greetings, Jess and Cozy Reader Readers!

Jess has asked me to write about titles, how I came up with mine and what factors influence me when I’m devising a title. Jepp, Who Defied the Stars is my third novel for young readers and was probably the hardest to figure out a title for. Partly this is because the story isn’t easy to explain. I can basically guarantee that Jepp is the most unusual book you’ll read all year. It’s a coming-of-age, adventure/ romance story that stars a dwarf and has a supporting cast that includes a giant, a nose-less astronomer, and a beer-drinking moose. And nope, it’s not fantasy either. A majority of the characters were actually real historical figures. Plus the book also attempts to answer—or at least explore—one of the biggest philosophical questions: Are our lives determined by fate and circumstance or can we change them through our own actions?

So back to that title question: How in heck do you come up with 1-7 words that encapsulate all this? It’s not easy. It’s especially not easy when you’re trying to do the job three weeks after having a baby, when only about a quarter of your brain is operational. But that’s just what I had to do. When my daughter was three weeks old, I had to start generating title ideas. This meant sending my preschooler out with dad, turning off Teen Mom reruns, and getting serious.

I always start the title process by devising a long list of all the words and terms that could possibly apply to my book.  Astrology is one of the big themes of the book—at 14, Jepp is taken to the royal court of the Spanish Netherlands to be a court dwarf and receives his first horoscope. So is astronomy—after Jepp is involved in an epic tragedy at court he finds himself pressed into service to the nose-less astronomer mentioned above. The word “stars” seemed to touch both on the science/free will aspect of the story as well as on the astrology/fate part. Jepp is such a huge character–no pun intended, just wait till you get to know him–that even before I came up with a title, I referred to my working draft as simply Jepp.

The hard part was uniting the “stars” and “Jepp” together. A good title needs a sense of drama and mystery—it’s the story in miniature but it makes you want to know more. My wonderful editor, Abby Ranger, hit on the words defy and defiance. That’s when it clicked: Jepp, Who Defied the Stars. The crux of Jepp’s story is his defiant attempt to change his own fate—a fate seemingly determined by his height, by his family, and by the tragedies and secrets that shape him. How does he do this? How can we all change who we are and escape our past? Not to leave you on a cliffhanger, but you’ll have to read my book to find out.

 

Connect with Katherine Marsh

 I’m the author of the upcoming historical YA novel Jepp, Who Defied the Stars (out October 9th!), the Edgar-award winning The Night Tourist, and a sequel, The Twilight Prisoner (read if you like ghosts, urban exploration and Greek myths)I live in Washington, D.C. with my husband and two kids, spent a decade as a journalist for publications ranging from Good Housekeeping to Rolling Stone, love to cook and hate to clean (my desk was the messiest by far at Good Housekeeping).

Blog Tour Schedule

Date Blog
September 25th  Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile
September 26th  YA Love Blog
September 27th  Novel Novice
September 28th  The Book Muncher
October 1st  YA Librarian Tales
October 2nd  In Bed with Books
October 3rd  The Cozy Reader
October 4th  Coffee, Books and Me

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September 28th, 2012

BlogFest 2012

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Welcome to BlogFest 2012!

If you are new to The Cozy Reader I am Jess and I love reading and then sharing what I have read with you, my readers. Welcome! I hope you enjoy your visit and would welcome you to follow along. Easy follow links are on my right-hand sidebar!

Don’t forget to use the handy dandy Tracker Site that Cinnamon developed especially for BlogFest!

Giveaway

Today’s giveaway consists of books I have been holding on to just for this BlogFest!

One lucky person will win a box of ARCs. All summaries are from Goodreads.

The books

[amazon_image id=”1595145958″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”large” ]Origin[/amazon_image]

Pia has grown up in a secret laboratory hidden deep in the Amazon rain forest. She was raised by a team of scientists who have created her to be the start of a new immortal race. But on the night of her seventeenth birthday, Pia discovers a hole in the electric fence that surrounds her sterile home–and sneaks outside the compound for the first time in her life.

Free in the jungle, Pia meets Eio, a boy from a nearby village. Together, they embark on a race against time to discover the truth about Pia’s origin–a truth with deadly consequences that will change their lives forever.

Origin is a beautifully told, shocking new way to look at an age-old desire: to live forever, no matter the cost.

[amazon_image id=”0374372837″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”large” ]Struck[/amazon_image]

Mia Price is a lightning addict. She’s survived countless strikes, but her craving to connect to the energy in storms endangers her life and the lives of those around her.

Los Angeles, where lightning rarely strikes, is one of the few places Mia feels safe from her addiction. But when an earthquake devastates the city, her haven is transformed into a minefield of chaos and danger. The beaches become massive tent cities. Downtown is a crumbling wasteland, where a traveling party moves to a different empty building each night, the revelers drawn to the destruction by a force they cannot deny. Two warring cults rise to power, and both see Mia as the key to their opposing doomsday prophecies. They believe she has a connection to the freak electrical storm that caused the quake, and to the far more devastating storm that is yet to come.

Mia wants to trust the enigmatic and alluring Jeremy when he promises to protect her, but she fears he isn’t who he claims to be. In the end, the passion and power that brought them together could be their downfall. When the final disaster strikes, Mia must risk unleashing the full horror of her strength to save the people she loves, or lose everything.

[amazon_image id=”0312569033″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”large” ]Monument 14[/amazon_image]

Your mother hollers that you’re going to miss the bus. She can see it coming down the street. You don’t stop and hug her and tell her you love her. You don’t thank her for being a good, kind, patient mother. Of course not—you launch yourself down the stairs and make a run for the corner.

Only, if it’s the last time you’ll ever see your mother, you sort of start to wish you’d stopped and did those things. Maybe even missed the bus.

But the bus was barreling down our street, so I ran.

Fourteen kids. One superstore. A million things that go wrong.

In Emmy Laybourne’s action-packed debut novel, six high school kids (some popular, some not), two eighth graders (one a tech genius), and six little kids trapped together in a chain superstore build a refuge for themselves inside. While outside, a series of escalating disasters, beginning with a monster hailstorm and ending with a chemical weapons spill, seems to be tearing the world—as they know it—apart.

[amazon_image id=”0312561075″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”large” ]Before You Go[/amazon_image]

The summer before his senior year, Jude (yes, he’s named after the Beatles song) gets his first job, falls in love for the first time, and starts to break away from his parents. Jude’s house is kept dark, and no one talks much—it’s been that way since his little sister drowned in a swimming pool seven years ago when Jude was supposed to be watching her.

Now, Jude is finally, finally starting to live. Really live. And then, life spins out of control. Again.

Acclaimed author James Preller explores life, death, love, faith, and resilience in his first young adult novel that will grip readers from the book’s dramatic first few pages to its emotional end.

[amazon_image id=”0525423265″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”large” ]The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life[/amazon_image]

An all-day scavenger hunt in the name of eternal small-town glory

With only a week until graduation, there’s one last thing Mary and her friends must do together: participate in the Oyster Point High Official Unofficial Senior Week Scavenger Hunt. And Mary is determined to win.

Mary lost her spot at Georgetown to self-professed “it” bully Jake Barbone, and she’s not about to lose again. But everyone is racing for the finish line with complicated motives, and the team’s all-night adventure becomes all-night drama as shifting alliances, flared tempers, and crushing crushes take over. As the items and points pile up, Mary and her team must reinvent their strategy–and themselves–in order to win.

[amazon_image id=”0802727964″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”large” ]Tempest Rising[/amazon_image]

Tempest Maguire wants nothing more than to surf the killer waves near her California home; continue her steady relationship with her boyfriend, Mark; and take care of her brothers and surfer dad. But Tempest is half mermaid, and as her seventeenth birthday approaches, she will have to decide whether to remain on land or give herself to the ocean like her mother. The pull of the water becomes as insistent as her attraction to Kai, a gorgeous surfer whose uncanny abilities hint at an otherworldly identity as well. And when Tempest does finally give in to the water’s temptation and enters a fantastical underwater world, she finds that a larger destiny awaits her-and that the entire ocean’s future hangs in the balance.

[amazon_image id=”0399159436″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”large” ]Black City (Black City Chronicles)[/amazon_image]

A dark and tender post-apocalyptic love story set in the aftermath of a bloody war

In a city where humans and Darklings are now separated by a high wall and tensions between the two races still simmer after a terrible war, sixteen-year-olds Ash Fisher, a half-blood Darkling, and Natalie Buchanan, a human and the daughter of the Emissary, meet and do the unthinkable—they fall in love. Bonded by a mysterious connection that causes Ash’s long-dormant heart to beat, Ash and Natalie first deny and then struggle to fight their forbidden feelings for each other, knowing if they’re caught, they’ll be executed—but their feelings are too strong.

When Ash and Natalie then find themselves at the center of a deadly conspiracy that threatens to pull the humans and Darklings back into war, they must make hard choices that could result in both their deaths.

#1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole introduces The Arcana Chronicles, post-apocalyptic tales filled with riveting action, the dark mysticism of Tarot cards, and breathtaking romance.She could save the world—or destroy it.

Sixteen year old Evangeline “Evie” Greene leads a charmed life, until she begins experiencing horrifying hallucinations. When an apocalyptic event decimates her Louisiana hometown, Evie realizes her hallucinations were actually visions of the future—and they’re still happening. Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she must turn to her wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate: Jack Deveaux.

But she can’t do either alone.

With his mile-long rap sheet, wicked grin, and bad attitude, Jack is like no boy Evie has ever known. Even though he once scorned her and everything she represented, he agrees to protect Evie on her quest. She knows she can’t totally depend on Jack. If he ever cast that wicked grin her way, could she possibly resist him?

Who can Evie trust?

As Jack and Evie race to find the source of her visions, they meet others who have gotten the same call. An ancient prophesy is being played out, and Evie is not the only one with special powers. A group of twenty-two teens has been chosen to reenact the ultimate battle between good and evil. But it’s not always clear who is on which side…

 

Note: Black City and Poison Princess have some wear since they were read. The rest are in new condition.

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The Enchanted Book
NOVELS ON THE RUN

 

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Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

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1 of the 52 Reasons to Love Jessica Brody and Her Books….

Jessica’s first boyfriend’s name was Nick; he asked her to be his valentine in 5th grade.

For 51 other reasons, visit The Book Muncher (August 1st), Blook Girl (August 3rd) and YA Librarian Tales (August 4th), and stay tuned for more!

[amazon_image id=”0374323038″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”large” ]52 Reasons to Hate My Father[/amazon_image]

[amazon_link id=”0374323038″ target=”_blank” ]52 Reasons to Hate My Father[/amazon_link]

Farrar, Straus & Giroux | July 3, 2012 | 352 pages

Summary (Goodreads)

Being America’s favorite heiress is a dirty job, but someone’s gotta do it.

Lexington Larrabee has never to work a day in her life. After all, she’s the heiress to the multi-billion-dollar Larrabee Media empire. And heiresses are not supposed to work. But then again, they’re not supposed to crash brand new Mercedes convertibles into convenience stores on Sunset Blvd either.

Which is why, on Lexi’s eighteen birthday, her ever-absent, tycoon father decides to take a more proactive approach to her wayward life. Every week for the next year, she will have to take on a different low-wage job if she ever wants to receive her beloved trust fund. But if there’s anything worse than working as a maid, a dishwasher, and a fast-food restaurant employee, it’s dealing with Luke, the arrogant, albeit moderately attractive, college intern her father has assigned to keep tabs on her.

In a hilarious “comedy of heiress” about family, forgiveness, good intentions, and best of all, second chances, Lexi learns that love can be unconditional, money can be immaterial, and, regardless of age, everyone needs a little saving. And although she might have 52 reasons to hate her father, she only needs one reason to love him.

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[amazon_image id=”037321054X” link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”large” ]Temptation (A Temptation Novel)[/amazon_image]

[amazon_link id=”037321054X” target=”_blank” ]Temptation (A Temptation Novel)[/amazon_link]

Harlequin TEEN | June 26, 2012

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Today I’m pleased to be the last stop on the [amazon_link id=”037321054X” target=”_blank” ]TEMPTATION [/amazon_link]by Karen Ann Hopkins Blog Tour!

My review of Temptation.

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Karen Ann Hopkins describes Amish tradition, since her debut novel TEMPTATION explores the Amish community:

 Interestingly, not all Amish Communities are alike. They all share certain traditions, such as using horse-and-buggies as their mode of transportation and the lack of modern technology within their homes, but some dramatic differences can be seen from community to community. For example, I tailored Noah’s Meadowview church after the Mays Lick community that I have had the most interaction with, but the Poplar Grove community, which is about five miles away from my home, has a very different Ordnung. My community members enjoy indoor plumbing and closed buggies, while the Poplar Grove families rely on outhouses and are forbidden to drive buggies that are covered. The members of this rustic community live a more grueling lifestyle than those in my own community, who, surprisingly enough sometimes look down upon their primitive counterparts, because of their choice to live even more isolated from the mainstream population of America. But, raising my eyebrow high, I learned that the rustic communities tend to be more lenient regarding social issues, allowing the observance of rumspringa, a rite of passage for some Amish youth to experience the ‘real’ world before joining up with their local church. The men in these communities are allowed to smoke cigarettes and even drink alcohol on occasion.

Summary (Goodreads)

Your heart misleads you.  That’s what my friends and family say.  But I love Noah. And he loves me.  We met and fell in love in the sleepy farming community of Meadowview, while we rode our horses together through the grassy fields and in those moments in each other’s arms. It should be  ROSE & NOAH forever, easy. But it won’t be. Because he’s Amish. And I’m not.

About Karen Ann Hopkins

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A native of New York State, Karen Ann Hopkins now lives with her family on a farm in northern Kentucky, where her neighbors in all directions are members of a strict Amish community. Her unique perspective became the inspiration for the story of star-crossed lovers Rose and Noah. When she’s not homeschooling her kids, giving riding lessons or tending to a menagerie of horses, goats, peacocks, chickens, ducks, rabbits, dogs and cats, she is dreaming up her next romantic novel.

Blog Tour Stops

Monday,June 25th – Ravenous Reader
Tuesday, June 26th – Xpresso Reads
Wednesday,June 27th – Harlequin Paranormal blog
Friday, June 29th – Page Turners

Monday,June 2nd – Evie Bookish
Wednesday, July 4th – I Like These Books
Friday,July 6th – The Cozy Reader

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This is a daily giveaway to win a paperback of TEMPTATION!

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Grand prize Harlequin Romance prize pack consisting of:

Grand Prize Harlequin Romance Prize Pack

  • 1 copy of TEMPTATION by Karen Ann Hopkins
  • 1 copy of SPEECHLESS by Hannah Harrington
  • 1 copy of INSIDE by Maria V. Snyder
  • 1 pair Harlequin socks
  • 1 red Harlequin bag
  • 1 large Harlequin notebook
  • 1 small Harlequin notebook & 1 pack of 3 Harlequin notepads

 

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This giveaway hop is hosted by I’m a Reader, Not a Writer and co-hosted by Rex Robot Reviews!

Thanks for stopping by on this awesome Summer Hop!!! I can’t wait to visit all the others to see what they’re giving away!

I want to know what you want to win! Tell me in a comment which book you’re most looking forward to reading this summer? It can be already published or not yet published.

One winner will receive their book of choice (up to a $15 value on The Book Depository). Don’t worry, you’re not locked into your comment pick. I just want to know what everyone’s wanting to read this summer.

The book I’m most looking forward to reading right now won’t be out until October! However, I was lucky enough to get a signed copy while at BEA last month! I’m waiting anxiously to get to reading it but I’m holding back to read some other titles first! I know Shannon is excited. If you don’t follow her, you should! She also has an awesome looking YA book coming out soon too!

Shannon’s Middle Grade Series

[amazon_image id=”1442445939″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”large” ]Keeper of the Lost Cities[/amazon_image]

[amazon_link id=”1442445939″ target=”_blank” ]Keeper of the Lost Cities[/amazon_link] by Shannon Messenger

October 2, 2012 | Aladdin | 488 pages

Summary (Goodreads)

In this riveting debut, a telepathic girl must figure out why she is the key to her brand-new world–before the wrong person finds the answer first.Twelve-year-old Sophie has never quite fit into her life. She’s skipped multiple grades and doesn’t really connect with the older kids at school, but she’s not comfortable with her family, either. And Sophie has a secret–she’s a Telepath, someone who can read minds. But the day Sophie meets Fitz, a mysterious (and adorable) boy, she learns she’s not alone. He’s a Telepath too, and it turns out the reason she has never felt at home is that, well…she isn’t. Fitz opens Sophie’s eyes to a shocking truth, and almost instantly she is forced to leave behind her family for a new life in a place that is vastly different from what she has ever known.

But Sophie still has secrets, and they’re buried deep in her memory for good reason: The answers are dangerous and in high-demand. What is her true identity, and why was she hidden among humans? The truth could mean life or death–and time is running out.

 

Shannon’s upcoming YA Series

[amazon_image id=”144245041X” link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”large” ]Let the Sky Fall[/amazon_image]

[amazon_link id=”144245041X” target=”_blank” ]Let the Sky Fall[/amazon_link] by Shannon Messenger

March 5, 2013 | Simon Pulse | 416 pages

Summary (Goodreads)

Vane Weston should have died in the category five tornado that killed his parents. Instead, he woke up in a pile of rubble with no memories of his past—except one: a beautiful, dark-haired girl standing in the winds. She’s swept through his dreams ever since, and he clings to the hope that she’s real.

Audra is real, but she isn’t human. She’s a sylph, an air elemental who can walk on the wind, translate its alluring songs, even twist it into a weapon. She’s also a guardian—Vane’s guardian—and has sworn an oath to protect him at all costs.

When a hasty mistake reveals their location to the enemy who murdered both of their families, Audra has just days to help Vane unlock his memories. And as the storm winds gather, they start to realize the greatest danger might not be the warriors coming to destroy them, but the forbidden romance growing between them.

Set amongst the desert airstreams of Coachella Valley in California, LET THE SKY FALL is about two teenagers broken by their pasts, divided by their futures, and bound by love.

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