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Armchair BEA | Day 2 Blogger Development

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Welcome to Armchair BEA 2013 Day 2!

Today we’ve been directed to discuss how we develop ourselves as bloggers. Last year we touched on this topic by discussing Networking. Developing our blogs depends on the type of blogger you currently are, the type of blogger you wish to become and the amount of time you have available to become that blogger.

For myself, I find it a good job if I can actively update my blog at least once or twice a month. I have had an extremely busy schedule with work, school, children and such. I had made a goal to review the books as I read them….and have not been keeping that goal! I still read ALL THE TIME. I just can’t seem to find the time to dedicate to writing up a review. If the book is extremely satisfying and MUST be shared I do wiggle in the time to write a quick review.

My suggestions to anyone trying to build up their blog is to first and foremost BE YOURSELF. Do not portray yourself as someone else, unless, of course that is your intent. I suggest reading and reviewing your most favorite books. Negative book reviews are always a sore subject, believe me. I have written my fair share and I will always stick by them. It’s important to be honest though. Don’t give a high rating to a book that you don’t like. Everyone is entitled to their opinions.

To increase blog traffic and commenting it’s always a good idea to host a giveaway. Giveaways are always fun! Joining Blog Tours is also a great way to get, first, review copies, and the chance to participate in a cooperative event. I love hosting author guest posts. I am not creative enough to do interviews but that’s always a route to take. Blog Hops are also awesome ways to generate traffic. I enjoy doing one seasonally or so. Having a good statistics metric meter is a great way to monitor  your blog traffic. Since I use WordPress I have many options to rely on. I do a monthly traffic analysis and update my Policy page. These statistics are necessary to update my profiles on both NetGalley and Edelweiss.

Lastly, network! Make sure you have a blog dedicated Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, RSS Feedburner and Goodreads accounts. These are staples to connecting with bloggers and readers alike. I participate in online networking the most but many bloggers have found ways to venture out into the world for IRL networking. Attending author events and conferences are great opportunities to meet other bloggers and authors. I have attending BEA several times as a publishing professional and a blogger both. It is quite the experience and I welcome every blogger to experience it at least once in your lifetime.

Other Armchair BEA Posts

Armchair BEA | Day 1 Introduction

Armchair BEA | Day 2 Blogger Development

Armchair BEA | Day 3 Giveaway!

Armchair BEA | Day 4 Ethics

Armchair BEA | Day 5 Keeping it Real

Armchair BEA | Day 6 Wrap-Up

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Armchair BEA | Day 1 Introduction

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Hello and Welcome to Armchair BEA 2013!

I participated in Armchair BEA last year and was excited to participate this year too!

I am getting off to a late start though, so my apologies!

If you’re new to The Cozy Reader: Welcome! I hope you enjoy my little cozy corner of the interwebz.

My name is Jessica and I love reading! I started my blog in 2007 but originally had it hosted as a Blogspot blog called “Book Reviews by Jess“, which I did cross posted to for quite a while but have not updated it in a long time. In May 2010 I decided to self host, re-name and re-image my blog; hence, The Cozy Reader. I couldn’t be more happier with my new look, even though it is three years old already!

If you peruse my reviews you’ll see that I love YA. I am also a lover of New Adult. I also find time to stick with some of my favorite adult authors and love that many of them have ventured into writing young adult series too.

This November I’ll celebrate my 6th year of blogging. This past year has not been too active for me because I completed my Associate’s Degree in Business. I will soon be starting my Bachelor’s degree and will need to focus back on school again.

You can see what I wrote for last year’s Armchair BEA 2012 Introduction.

Well, that’s a little bit about me! Tell me about yourself and your blog (just put a link to your introduction post in the comments!). I look forward to seeing all the BEA posts this week!

Other Armchair BEA 2013 Posts

Armchair BEA | Day 1 Introduction

Armchair BEA | Day 2 Blogger Development

Armchair BEA | Day 3 Giveaway!

Armchair BEA | Day 4 Ethics

Armchair BEA | Day 5 Keeping it Real

Armchair BEA | Day 6 Wrap-Up

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Summer Reading Ideas for KIDS!

The lovely people at Scholastic have blown my mind, again!

Alex has sent me the below summer reading ideas for our children. I don’t know about you but I love that my 3rd grade daughter reads, for fun, without being told. You know what else she loves? Her Kindle Fire and our old iPhones. She’s always playing a game on one of those devices. I love these ideas of rewarding kids for reading. To them they think they’re playing a game and that’s perfectly fine with me!

Use these great ideas from Scholastic to keep your readers reading over the summer!

A recent Kids & Family Reading Report shows that half of all parents are concerned that their children spend too much time playing video or computer games and visiting social networking sites, and not enough time reading books. Now that it is summer and school is out, what can parents do to get their kids reading more books? The solution: COMBINE TECHNOLOGY AND READING TOGETHER!  Something Scholastic has created with the Scholastic Summer Challenge program.

5 (FREE) ways to USE technology to GET kids reading books:

1.         Track Online Minutes: Kids can read over the summer and track their reading minutes online with the Scholastic Summer Challenge, a free global reading program where kids read, log minutes, and earn prizes. Kids can have fun winning prizes, trying to break the world record for summer reading, and helping their school log the most minutes to win a visit from Captain Underpants author Dav Pilkey.

2.      Time your Reading App: Families on-the-go can log their minutes with the free Scholastic Reading Timer mobile app, available for iOS and android devices. Use your summer challenge username and password to log minutes and spin the prize wheel to earn rewards! Plus, parents can see how many minutes their child logged and access articles and tips to encourage kids to read.

3.      Get a FREE ebook: Great news for parents: Among children who have read an ebook, one in five says he/she is reading more books for fun, especially boys! When kids register for the Scholastic Summer Challenge, parents can choose the “just right” ebook for their kids…FOR FREE from Storia®, Scholastic’s free teacher recommended ereading app.

4.      Learn: Parents can access free resources on the Summer Challenge website, including book lists and articles. On the Scholastic Parents Facebook page, parents can find the new content calendar that provides free daily expert tips and articles, activities, discounts on books, special Friday giveaways, and details about upcoming Facebook chats. When the Summer Challenge launched on May 6th, Scholastic hosted a chat with parent bloggers Amy Mascott and Allison McDonald.

5.      Share on social media: Parents can use social media with their kids for reading ideas. Parents can check out Scholastic’s Summer Challenge Pinterest Board with their kids. Since research shows that parents think their child should read 11 books over the summer, each week we’ll be pinning a collage of 11 books.

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Blog Tour Guest Post | Of Triton by Anna Banks with Giveaway

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Welcome to the Blog Tour stop for book two of Anna Banks’ Of Poseidon series, Of Triton!

Anna has presented The Cozy Reader readers with a guest post about her cover to Of Triton.

COVER LOVE—OR NOT by Anna Banks

When I first received an image for the cover of OF POSEIDON, I squealed. (I know that sounds cliché, and my first instinct was to make farting noises with my armpits, but I was in the post office and they tend to frown on that kind of enthusiasm). Anyhow, I was instantly in love.

When my editor emailed me the first draft of the cover for OF TRITON—not so much.

FIRST OF TRITON COVERIt wasn’t horrible, mind you, but it wasn’t Well, it wasn’t…Armpit fart material, you know? I tried to love it. I did. But I felt that it just wasn’t as magical as the cover for OF POSEIDON. And what’s worse, I had to email my editor and tell her that.

Not because I’m in charge of the cover; I’m not. Not because I even have a say in the cover; I don’t. Not really, anyway. Sure, the publisher wants the author to like their own book cover, but it’s not absolutely required that they love it. Or even like it. Kind of like how a bride picks out her bridesmaids’ dresses and hope for the best, but after all, it is her wedding…

So imagine my total relief, and giddiness, and urge to produce glorious armpit farts, when my editor emailed me back and told me that they’re changing the cover. They’re hiring models (models!) to do an underwater shoot (a freaking underwater shoot!) and that they are also using some of the images to create the cover for OF NEPTUNE.

Whew. That was a close one. AmIright? Which do you like better?

 

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Cozy Reader prefers the revised edition. I think it fits better with the first book of the series and just has a nicer feel to it.

Connect with Anna

Anna Banks will be on tour in June as part of the Fierce Reads Tour. Get all the info/dates: https://www.facebook.com/FierceReads/events

Of Triton is featured in our Spring 2013 Fierce Reads Book Trailer: http://youtu.be/w-F_U3TtW24

Pre-order Of Triton  and Anna Banks will send you bonus content! Details: http://byannabanks.blogspot.com/2013/04/of-triton-pre-order-bonus-content.html

Follow Anna Banks on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ByAnnaBanks

Become a fan of Fierce Reads on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/FierceReads

Of Triton Blog Tour Schedule

Monday 5/13 Bewitched Bookworms

Tuesday 5/14 Ex Libris

Wednesday 5/15 The Book Cellar

Thursday 5/16 Two Chicks on Books

Friday 5/17 Icey Books

Monday 5/20 Tales of a Ravenous Reader

Tuesday 5/21 The Cozy Reader

Wednesday 5/22 Mermaid Visions

Thursday 5/23 MacTeenBooks

Friday 5/24 Carina’s Books

Giveaway

Macmillan Children’s Publishing is offering one reader the chance to win a paperback copy of OF POSEIDON  a hardcover of OF TRITON and an OF POSEIDON bookmark! Simply use the below Rafflecopter widget to enter.

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Review | The Girl with the Iron Touch (Steampunk Chronicles, #3) by Kady Cross

 

The Girl with the Iron Touch (Steampunk Chronicles, #3) by Kady Cross
HarequinTEEN | May 28, 2013 | 384 pages

Procurement

eARC via NetGalley

My Grade

Plot: 5

Setting: 5

Writing: 5

Originality: 5

Characters: 5

Romance: 5

Overall: 30/30 Perfection!

Title/Cover Bonus: 5

Overall

A perfect installment to the Steampunk Chronicles.

Continue reading “Review | The Girl with the Iron Touch (Steampunk Chronicles, #3) by Kady Cross”

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Quick Review | Crumble by Fleur Philips

Procurement

eARC from publisher via NetGalley.

Summary (Goodreads)

Eighteen-year-old Sarah McKnight has a secret. She’s in love with David Brooks. Sarah is white. David is black. But Sarah’s not the only one keeping secrets in the close-knit community of Kalispell, Montana. Her father George, who owns a local gun shop and proudly drives a truck with a Confederate flag bumper sticker, hides his own complicated past. When he discovers Sarah’s relationship, George decides to share his feelings with Alex Mackey-a lonely classmate of Sarah’s whom George has taken under his wing. As Alex embraces the power of Sarah’s father’s dark hatred, the hopes and dreams of young lives hang in the balance. In just a few short months, Sarah and David will graduate from high school and leave Kalispell for a new life together in Los Angeles. Maybe in California, they can stop hiding their love-and the other secret they share…something George McKnight-and Alex Mackey-will never accept.

Quick Review

I disliked (hated) this book for several reasons.

First, there are way too many “issue” topics thrown into one book. I went into this thinking I’d get a story filled with hope for an interracial relationship. Negative. What I ended up with was a book full of racism, bullies, gun control, child abuse, abuse in general, alcoholism, killing, suicide, teen pregnancy, abortion, psychotic people and general idioticracy.

Second, the writing was full of excessive, mundane details. Numerous flash backs that did not support the topic at hand and further made the entire story read with more negative than positive. I confess to skimming the majority of these and they were numerous.

The entire character of Alex was just craziness. I never, ever want to be inside the head of someone like that again. Ever.

This book is the most negative thing I have ever read. Hated it. Immensely. I don’t understand why it was the winner or even nominated for the San Francisco Book Festival Winner for YA Fiction. I would never let my child read this book.

The summary is incredibly misleading. This is not a happy book. I do not recommend reading this on Mother’s Day weekend like I did.

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Blog Tour + Giveaway | Belonging (Temptation, #2) by Karen Ann Hopkins

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Welcome to the Blog Tour for Karen Ann Hopkins’ second installment of the Temptation series, Belonging! Belonging picks up after the first book, Temptation. See below for an exciting excerpt and the chance to win a SIGNED copy of Belonging!

About Temptation

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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.

Read my review of Temptation.

About Belonging

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I left everything I knew behind.

But it was worth it. He was worth it.

No one thought an ordinary girl like me would last two minutes living with the Amish, not even me. There are a lot more rules and a lot less freedom, and I miss my family and the life I once had. Worst of all, Noah and I aren’t even allowed to see each other. Not until I’ve proven myself.

If I can find a way to make it work, we’ll be NOAH & ROSE

together forever.

But not everybody believes this is where I belong.

Excerpt from Belonging

            Rebecca was uncomfortable with the territory the pep talk had gone into and she took both my hands softly between hers. “I’m sure you’ll do fine.  But, please, please be good.”  There was almost a look of desperation on her face.

What was her angle? Was she worried if I got kicked out of the community that Noah would go with me—and what about the warning from Ruth about Martha?  Could my initial instinct about the woman be so wrong? Martha had clearly been on my side during the laying down of the law by the bishop.  I decided to file away Ruth’s words for safety.  But, I wasn’t going to count Martha as an enemy until she proved to be one.

“Noah looked like he wanted something—what was his deal?” I asked him mom, a little worried about what she’d say.

“Oh, yes…well, he wants to have a few minutes alone with you to discuss this matter.  Really it’s mine and Amos’ fault that we allowed him such free rein immediately after the accident; calling you on the telephone and behaving as if the two of you were already courting. Now though, things must be different.”

“Can I spend any time with him at all?” I hoped I didn’t sound as if I was whining, but the thought of being separated from him while I was learning to be Amish was almost too much to bear.

Before Rebecca could say a word, Ruth took over. “It’s not only up to Rebecca and Amos.  Now that you’re under mine and James’ authority, you’ll be looking to us about the rules you must live under in this household, which are the Church’s Ordnung, but not solely.”

I slouched down in my seat.  I knew a parental lockdown when I saw one coming.  Only, I also knew that Ruth wouldn’t be as easy to manipulate as Dad was.  I adjusted my voice to sound resigned, I needed both these women on my side.

“What are the rules?”

“After this evening you will not be allowed to spend time alone with Noah unless there is a chaperone present,” and for good measure, Ruth added, “and the two of you will not be acting like a couple either.  That is exactly the kind of thing that will get Abram’s beard in a tangle.”

My optimistic personality chose to hear only the part about after tonight.  “Do you mean I get to talk to Noah, tonight—in private?”

Rebecca answered, “Yes, but only tonight, until you’re officially a courting couple.  Ruth and I understand how things have changed suddenly from what you were prepared for and we feel it is best to let you do your talking with Noah now.  Hopefully, this will keep you from mischief later.” She held my eyes for a significant few seconds before pushing her chair out.

“I do believe Noah is waiting on the front porch for you.” Rebecca pointed towards the hallway.  “We’ll be out back on the deck.”

I caught Ruth’s wink from behind her glasses as she walked by.  One second of solitude and I was sprinting down the hallway.

I didn’t even have to touch the knob, for Noah had the door open just as I reached it.  We stood a few feet apart, both breathing deeply, and both waiting.

Maybe it was the dress and cap I wore that suddenly made me feel like I really was an Amish girl.  Or perhaps it was Noah’s eyes, wide with anticipation that raised the tingling waves of nervousness from my belly.

For the first time in a long while, I didn’t know what to do with Noah.

 

Connect with the Karen Ann Hopkins

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.

Tour Schedule

Monday, April 22th – Ashley loves books
Tuesday, April 23th –  A Little Shelf of Heaven
Wednesday, April 24th – One Day YA
Thursday, April 25h – Fic Talk
Friday, April 26th – Bittersweet Enchantment 

Monday, April 29th – Reader Girls
Tuesday, April 30th – Bumbles and Fairy Tales
Wednesday, May 1sh – The YA Bookworm
Thursday, May 2nd – The Book Heist 
Friday, May 3rd –  Page Turners

Monday, May 6th –  Books Complete Me 
Tuesday, May 7th –  Bookish Escape
Wednesday, May 8th – Book Sp(l)ot Reviews
Thursday, May 9th – Irish Banana
Friday, May 10th – The Cozy Reader

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Review | The Eternity Cure (Blood of Eden, #2) by Julie Kagawa

The Eternity Cure (Blood of Eden, #2) by Julie Kagawa

Harlequin TEEN | April 30, 2013 | 446 pages

Procurement

eARC via NetGalley

My Grade

Plot: 5

Setting: 5

Writing: 5

Originality: 5

Characters: 5

Romance: 5

Overall: 30/30! Awesomesauce!

Title/Cover Bonus: 2

Overall

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 Summary

Allison Sekemoto has vowed to rescue her creator, Kanin, who is being held hostage and tortured by the psychotic vampire Sarren. The call of blood leads her back to the beginning—New Covington and the Fringe, and a vampire prince who wants her dead yet may become her wary ally.

Even as Allie faces shocking revelations and heartbreak like she’s never known, a new strain of the Red Lung virus that decimated humanity is rising to threaten human and vampire alike.

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Most Memorable Scene

That one time when Jackal finds himself in a precarious situation after a run in with a bad guy in a cell in the old hospital.

Plot

I don’t remember enjoying the first book as much as I did this second installment. I was thankful for the awesome review of events that happened in the first book in the beginning of this one. I usually find such reviews irritating but not this time. Since this is a sequel it is hard to explain the plot without giving anything away. I must say that Allie goes on one heck of an adventure. She runs into a number of past characters and a few new ones.

Setting

We are subjected to the sewers of New Covington yet again. We see a few new scenes from areas we didn’t get to visit in the first book and I found them refreshing. Seeing the Inner portion of a city from the inside instead of the outside was very cool. Julie did an amazing job of setting every scene. There is a ton of gore in this book though. I found myself eating and reading one day and I might have regretted it just a tiny bit.

Writing

This story is told from Allie’s perspective 99.999999%. Not until the very last scene do we switch point of views. I hate and love Julie for this all at the same time. The writing is impeccable. Brilliant.

Originality

When it comes to vampires it is hard to not find similarities  I found myself comparing Jackal’s attitude to several vampires from the Vampire Diaries such as Damon and Klaus because they both have an air of being the bad guy yet retaining just a bit of humanity disguised as humor and arrogance. The fact that the rabids and Red Lung are a disease and was created by scientists puts this story into the sci-fi area as well. Finding a cure does make this a tiny bit more like VD than I’d like though but the characters, especially Kanin, make this a book to love no matter the likeness to an amazing television series.

Characters

Allie is on  a mission and suffice it say that she is determined to do what she has set out to do: Find Kanin her sire. Allie’s journey takes her on an emotional roller coaster and it was so hard to end the book the way it did without wanting to hit something. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book and I just hope Allie has the strength to keep going as the person she was before that ending.

Kanin is awesome. That is all. I wish he talked more. He was very enlightening in this book.

Romance

Fifth amendment. We may or may not see a previous character that has romantic relations with another character and they may or may not enteract with each other in a passionate way. Let is suffice to say that damn, that boy is fine, and sweet.

Title/Cover Bonus

Eh, I dislike both really. The covers do not impress me. They don’t shout anything worth picking up. The title doesn’t connect with the previous book in anyway.

Ending

I have already hinted that the ending is not nice. It really isn’t. The last few scenes are just awful. Heart wrenching awful. I do not envy Allie nor the others involved. I can NOT wait for the next book. If I thought this one was intense I will plan to brace myself for what it yet to come.

Series

The first book, The Immortal Rules, was published April 24, 2012.

The second book, The Eternity Cure, will publish today, April 30, 2013.

The third book has not been announced and will probably publish in April of 2014.

Connect with the Author

 

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Exciting News! Blog Recognition

Just a few hours ago I received an email from Ksenia Winnicki, Digital Marketing Associate of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, informing me that my blog would be included in a page dedicated to bloggers who reviewed and featured Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, in the paperback edition releasing May 7th,2013.

I couldn’t be any more happier. Recognition is an amazing feeling.

You’ll find The Cozy Reader in the left-hand spire!

Check it out:

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Watermarked Shadow and Bone Blogger Thank You

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Blu-ray Giveaway | Life of Pi #piday #lifeofpiday

Happy Pi Day!

Enter today, Pi Day, for a chance to win a Blu-Ray Edition of Life of Pi!

About Pi Day

In honor of National Pi Day today, March 14, with the brand new edition of the Life of Pi Journeyweb site! The site has more to explore and interact with, perfect to celebrate Pi Day and Life of Pi now on Blu-ray and DVD!

Tweet your #LifeofPiDay facts you find on the site and post the graphic to your site for your readers to take part! When you post, link to http://journey.lifeofpimovie.com/ so everyone can go behind the scenes of this spectacular film! 🙂

About Life of Pi

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FROM OSCAR® WINNER ANG LEE* COMES A VISUALLY SPECTACULAR CINEMATIC ADVENTURE FOR THE AGES
The Inspirational Epic Journey, Nominated for 11 Academy Awards® 

Including Best Picture and Best Director, Arrives on
Blu-ray 3D , Blu-ray  and DVD March 12

 

Experience the Stunning Cinematography on Blu-ray 3D With Over Two Hours of Bonus Material Including Deleted Scenes, Making Of Featurettes,
Inspirational Artwork and More

 

Believe the unbelievable.  Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment presents a groundbreaking cinematic experience you will have to see to believe when LIFE OF PI debuts on stunning Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD from March 8 internationally and on March 12 in North America. Based on the acclaimed best-selling novel from Yann Martel that has been published in 40 languages, and brought to life by visionary Academy Award winning director Ang Lee (Brokeback MountainCrouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), this magical adventure of hope, wonder, survival, and the power of the human spirit has been celebrated by critics all over the world.

A ³magnificent and moving² (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone) motion picture event that has been hailed as ³a masterpiece² (Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times), taking in over $500 million in worldwide box office.  LIFE OF PI follows Pi Patel, a young man on a fateful voyage who, after a spectacular disaster, is marooned on a lifeboat with the only other survivor, a fearsome 450 lb Bengal Tiger named Richard Parker. Hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery Pi and his majestic companion make an amazing and unexpected connection.

With incredible cinematography from Oscar nominee Claudio Miranda** (The Curious Case of Benjamin ButtonTron: Legacy) and masterful performances from newcomer Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan (The Amazing Spider-ManSlumdog Millionaire), Rafe Spall (PrometheusAnonymous) and Gerard Depardieu (Paris, je t¹aimeCity of Ghosts), the LIFE OF PI Blu-ray 3D is loaded with over two hours of behind-the-scenes special features, including deleted scenes that will make you rethink the story (also presented in 3D), five featurettes that dive into the making of the visual spectacle, 60 pieces of inspirational artwork, storyboards and more.  Prebook is February 13.

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