08/31/11



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Book Blogger Appreciation Week: Get Your Vote On!

First off, I want to send out a huge THANK YOU to whoever it was that nominated The Story Siren! I very much appreciate it!

Voting for some of the BBAW categories as already began! (Some of the categories are judged for so will not be open for voting until later.) Today the long-list nominations for; Best Book Blog Feature, Best Book Blog Meme & Best Book Blogging Event were announced!

The Story Siren was fortunate enough to be nominated in every category!! WOOHOO!

For Best Book Blog Feature: Book to Pine For
For Best Book Blog Meme: In My Mailbox
&
For Best Book Blogging Event: The Debut Author Challenge

Head over to the Book Blogger Appreciation Week Website to see the complete list of blogs nominated! There are some fantastic blogs on that list and I am thrilled to be up there with them! If you’d like to vote for your favorites you’ll need to login to your BBAW account and fill out the user information to be prompted the voting link.

Thanks again to those you nominated The Story Siren!

GOOD LUCK to all my follow bloggers!

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08/31/11



Book Review

The Exiled Queen by Cinda Williams Chima

The Exiled Queen by Cinda Williams Chima

Release Date: September 28, 2010
Publisher: Hyperion
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 586
Format: Hardcover
Source: Bought
Interest: Series
Other Titles in the Series: The Demon King
Challenge: None
Buy the Book: Amazon

Haunted by the loss of his mother and sister, Han Alister journeys south to begin his schooling at Mystwerk House in Oden’s Ford. But leaving the Fells doesn’t mean danger isn’t far behind. Han is hunted every step of the way by the Bayars, a powerful wizarding family set on reclaiming the amulet Han stole from them. And Mystwerk House has dangers of its own. There, Han meets Crow, a mysterious wizard who agrees to tutor Han in the darker parts of sorcery—but the bargain they make is one Han may regret.

Meanwhile, Princess Raisa ana’Marianna runs from a forced marriage in the Fells, accompanied by her friend Amon and his triple of cadets. Now, the safest place for Raisa is Wein House, the military academy at Oden’s Ford. If Raisa can pass as a regular student, Wein House will offer both sanctuary and the education Raisa needs to succeed as the next Gray Wolf queen.

The Exiled Queen is an epic tale of uncertain friendships, cut-throat politics, and the irresistible power of attraction.

I absolutely adore this series. I don’t know why I waited so long to read this book! Although I’m glad that I have a copy of the next book at hand…which now I hear is book three in the four book series!

It has been a while since I read The Demon King but it wasn’t hard to get caught up in the incredible world that Chima created and remember the fantastic characters that seemed like long lost friends! It’s been amazing watching these characters grow, just in these first two novels…. especially Han! Love him!

High fantasy can be amazingly entertaining…. or amazingly boring. Chima is definitely under the amazingly entertaining catagory. These books are epic! And I don’t just mean the size. You feel like you are on these journey’s with these characters. That you’re traveling with Han and Raisa to Oden’s Ford that you are facing their obstacles with them and overcoming them along side them as well. Chima’s writing goes well beyond just creating a fantasy world. It’s addicting.

An intricate plot with betrayals and lies… forged alliances and friendships…. you never know who is trustworthy and what will happen next. The pages fly by much to quickly and you won’t be ready for the story to end! I can’t wait to devour the next book in this series.

One of my favorite fantasy series ever!

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08/30/11



Giveaway, Guest Blog

Guest Blog: Mary E. Pearson (The Fox Inheritance)

Mary E. Pearson

Books:

  • Scribbler of Dreams
  • The Adoration of Jenna Fox
  • The Miles Between
  • The Fox Inheritance
Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Buy the Book


The Fox Inheritance explores how far science might go to save a life. What is your position on bioethics?

Bioethics, by its very definition, is wrestling with all the questions that surround how far science and medicine should go to save, preserve, and create life. My position on bioethics is I wrestle. I know that probably sounds like the safe, middle of the road answer, but I think a black and white answer is dismissive of the complexity of the human circumstance. I do believe in the sacredness of human life, but that still doesn’t give me a firm viewpoint on what science can and should do. My reality check on “positions” is to hang one of my loved ones faces on it so it’s not just a theoretical stance.

When I wrote The Adoration of Jenna Fox, I tried to explore all viewpoints. My position was never clear and I didn’t want it to be. I trust the reader to wrestle with these questions on their own. The only thing I personally came away with after writing the story, is that none of us know for sure what we would do in an impossible situation until we actually experience it—again, when the theoretical becomes reality.

In The Fox Inheritance, I upped the ante on how far science went, and this time with two people—Kara and Locke. The outcomes for the two of them are very different which complicates things even more as far as a position goes. (Can you tell I like complications and gray areas?) And you could say I upped it even further with the introduction of a Bot with human characteristics, and a rogue scientist with some very human but inhumane characteristics. These contrasts are what fascinate and trouble me. I think bioethics will only continue to become more complex and wrestle-worthy in the future.

Are there any limits?

Absolutely. I think the Nazi biological experiments on people are an example that everyone agrees went beyond moral limits and was horribly wrong. But other areas are fuzzy, like when to pull the plug on a terminal or non-responsive person.

How do you define life?

Even scientists and theologians can’t define life precisely so I’m not sure any definition I come up with is worth a hill of beans, but I can tell you how I feel about life—especially human life—that it is special, and precious, and it comes with the unique burden of conscience which we must live up to.

Tomorrow Mary will wrap up The Fox Inheritance blog tour at Sarah’s Random Musings and will talk about how friends shape and mold us.
For previous blog stops and the full tour schedule, go to Mac Teen Books


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08/30/11



Book Review

The Fox Inheritance by Mary E. Pearson

The Fox Inheritance by Mary E. Pearson

Release Date: August 30, 2011
Publisher: Henry Holt
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 304
Format: Advance Reader Copy
Source: BEA
Interest: Author/Series
Other Titles in the Series: The Adoration of Jenna Fox
Challenge: None
Buy the Book: Amazon

Once there were three. Three friends who loved each other—Jenna, Locke, and Kara. And after a terrible accident destroyed their bodies, their three minds were kept alive, spinning in a digital netherworld. Even in that disembodied nightmare, they were still together. At least at first. When Jenna disappeared, Locke and Kara had to go on without her. Decades passed, and then centuries.

Two-hundred-and-sixty years later, they have been released at last. Given new, perfect bodies, Locke and Kara awaken to a world they know nothing about, where everyone they once knew and loved is long dead.

Everyone except Jenna Fox.

If you have not read The Adoration of Jenna Fox, this review will be spoilery!

The Adoration of Jenna Fox, is one of my all time favorite novel. Ever. To say that The Fox Inheritance had a lot to live up to in my eyes… is an understatement. Although Jenna is still my favorite, The Fox Inheritance definitely makes an appearance on my list.

This story is different… a lot different than Jenna Fox. As the reader we’re watching these characters deal with something completely different than what Jenna went through. There are more politics and technological advances… what Jenna’s Dad started is barely a blip on the technology radar.

Locke and Kara were/are Jenna’s best friends. You might remember that she finds them….. well finds their minds and disposes of them in hopes that they won’t ever wake up to the nightmare that she has experienced. Only she didn’t expect someone to have copies and she never expected to see her two best friends again.

Locke and Kara are two very distinct characters. It’s unclear initially who they are… what they are. What their motives are, are they good? are they bad? Pearson does an excellent job presenting these two characters and weaving just enough of the past in with the present for readers to grasp how they must be struggling with this new world they’ve “awaken” to. My favorite character would be Dot Jefferson, if she doesn’t make an impression on you… I may wonder if you’re even human.

The plot was fairly simple, but the world and the details that Pearson created were far from that. An incredible story in an even more incredible series.

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Giveaway: The River of Time Trilogy by Lisa T. Bergren



Win THE RIVER OF TIME TRILOGY!


Waterfall by Lisa T. Bergren

Lisa Tawn Bergren’s new YA series, River of Time, is romantic, historical fiction in which the plucky heroine doesn’t have to fear a vampire’s bite but must still fight for her life.

In Waterfall, American teenager Gabi Betarrini accidently finds herself in Fourteenth-Century Italy . . . Knights. Swords. Horses. Armor. And Italian hotties. Most American teens want an Italian vacation, but the Betarrini sisters have spent every summer of their lives there with their archaeologist parents. Stuck on yet another hot, dusty dig, they are bored out of their minds… until they place their hands atop handprints in an ancient tomb and find themselves catapulted into the Fourteenth Century and in the middle of a fierce battle between knights bent on killing one another.

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