11/29/12



Blog Tour, Giveaway

Blog Tour: Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes & Giveaway!

In a land where magic has been forgotten but peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest is simmering. Three kingdoms grapple for power—brutally transforming their subjects’ lives in the process. Amidst betrayals, bargains, and battles, four young people find their fates forever intertwined:

Cleo: A princess raised in luxury must embark on a rough and treacherous journey into enemy territory in search of a magic long thought extinct.

Jonas: Enraged at injustice, a rebel lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country impoverished—and finds himself the leader of a people’s revolution centuries in the making.

Lucia: A girl adopted at birth into a royal family discovers the truth about her past—and the supernatural legacy she is destined to wield.

Magnus: Bred for aggression and trained to conquer, a firstborn son begins to realize that the heart can be more lethal than the sword…

The only outcome that’s certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed?

Welcome to the Falling Kingdoms Quest blog tour!

Hidden in each tour stop is the answer to a Falling Kingdoms trivia question. Email the answer to yrmarketing@us.penguingroup.com with Falling Kingdoms Blog Tour in the subject line for the chance to win one of FIVE hardcover copies of Falling Kingdoms! The more questions you answer, the better chance you have to win!

QUESTion: Which country has the most power: Auranos, Limeros, or Paelsia?

Excerpt: “I never said she was evil. Nor was she good. Even in the darkest and most cruel person, there is still a kernel of good. And within the most perfect champion, there is also darkness. The question is, will one give in to the dark or the light? It’s something we decide with every choice we make, every day that we exist. What might not be evil to you could be evil to someone else.” – Chapter 17, FALLING KINGDOMS

From Morgan: The three lands in Falling Kingdoms are all very different—icy Limeros, impoverished Paelsia, and affluent Auranos. Together, they form the land of Mytica, a small continent approximately the size of England.

In such close quarters, things can get heated, especially when two out of three of the kingdoms seem cursed. Limeros is slowly freezing over, Paelsia is wasting away. Auranos, the rich country with everything going for it, seems to be the one with all the power—and they aren’t reaching their hand out to help their troubled neighbors. Paelsia, despite its squalor and difficulties, remains very proud—perhaps too proud for its own good. And Limeros…well, it’s got a king with a secret agenda he’s meaning to implement as soon as the time is right. All three lands and those who lead them are interested in two things: survival and power.

Bottom line, there is no black and white in Mytica, only a really large and delicious palette of gray. Some kingdoms are just a little darker or lighter gray than others.

Tomorrow, head over to The Book Smugglers to find the answer to your next QUESTion, then email the answer to yrmarketing@us.penguingroup.com for a chance to win a copy of Falling Kingdoms!

11.30 QUESTion, found somewhere in The Book Smugglers tour stop: What is the meaning of Magnus’ name?

Falling Kingdoms QUEST blog tour schedule:

Mon, 11/26 Good Choice Reading
Tues, 11/27 Romance Junkie Reviews
Wed, 11/28 Cuddlebuggery Book Blog [
Fri, 11/30 The Book Smugglers
Mon, 12/3 Night Owl Reviews
Tues, 12/4 Chapter by Chapter
Wed, 12/5 The Compulsive Reader
Thurs, 12/6 Mundie Moms
Fri, 12/7 Ticket to Anywhere
Mon, 12/10 The Perpetual Page Turner
Tues, 12/11 Bookalicious
Wed, 12/12 The Children’s Book Review
Thurs, 12/13 Literary Rambles
Fri, 12/14 Alice Marvels

11/28/12



Giveaway

Giveaway: Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor

I have a SIGNED copy of Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor for one lucky winner!!

Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a world free of bloodshed and war.

This is not that world.

Art student and monster’s apprentice Karou finally has the answers she has always sought. She knows who she is—and what she is. But with this knowledge comes another truth she would give anything to undo: She loved the enemy and he betrayed her, and a world suffered for it.

In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Karou must decide how far she’ll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, secrets and impossible choices, Days of Blood & Starlight finds Karou and Akiva on opposing sides as an age-old war stirs back to life.

While Karou and her allies build a monstrous army in a land of dust and starlight, Akiva wages a different sort of battle: a battle for redemption. For hope.

But can any hope be salvaged from the ashes of their broken dream?

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11/27/12



Misc.

Done with Week 16! And other STUFF

I don’t usually do a lot of personal posts (although it seems as though I have a lot lately) so I’m just going to put my feelers out there and see what you think. I know, well I assume anyway, that most of you are coming here for the books and don’t really care about what is going in my personal life, so yeah….we we’ll see how it goes.

I’ve been busy turning food into a human. (You MODERN FAMILY watchers will get that!) It’s taken me awhile to “be ready” to have kids so I’m enjoying this whole pregnancy thing. I thought you might be interested to see a picture that my sister Chelcea made for me. She’s currently a Graphic Design  student, she’s the creative one in the family. You likey? They have such cute ideas for this kind of stuff on Pinterest! Addicted to that.

In other news I’ve been doing a lot of reading for once, but just not so much blogging. I should really be posting a review today…. if only I had the motivation to write one. I have 11 reviews I need to write! ELEVEN! Ack! I’ve never been that behind. And some of them have been in the queue for MONTHS! I’m hoping I have some time to do some review writing this weekend.

1.Insurgent by Veronica Roth (Do I even really need to review this one!?!?)
2.If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch (This one isn’t out till March 2013, so I’m still good! Although I read it in JUNE!)
3. Timepiece by Myra McEntire (I’ve actually wrote this review once already and wordpress ate it…)
4. Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
5. Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy (The audio book for this one is FABULOUS!)
6. Every Day by David Levithan (Another great audio.)
7. Through the Ever Nighy by Veronica Rossi
8. The Crimson Crown by Cinda Williams Chima
9. Easy by Tammara Weber
10. The Vincent Boys by Abby Glines
11. Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Which one should I review next?

I read Easy by Tammara Weber, The Vincent Boys by Abby Glines and Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire this past weekend. I must have been on a “bad boy” kick. I also read a historical romance about a “bad boy” too! Do you have any bad boy recs for me?

11/26/12



Book Review

Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally

Release Date: October 1, 2012
Author Info: Website | Twitter | Facebook
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Age Group: Young Adult
Shelfability: Acquire
Pages: 256
Format: eGalley
Source: NetGalley
Interest: Author
Challenge: The Completely Contemp Challenge

Miranda Kenneally, I LOVE YOU!!

Have you read Catching Jordan yet? If you haven’t you really should! It’s sort of a companion novel to Stealing Parker. Same setting and some familiar faces. It’s fun to see that when reading Stealing Parker, plus Catching Jordan is AWESOME. One of my favs!

If you think that these books are all about sports, you couldn’t be more wrong. I was apprehensive about that myself, but they play a very minor role. I think the sports are used more to create this bond between Miranda’s characters. I wasn’t a big athlete but I did participate in some sports and there is a kinship and deep friendship that you develop with your teammates.

Parker loves, er scratch that, loved playing softball. But for reasons you will find out in the novel, she quits playing. Cold turkey. With encouragement from her best friend, Drew, she ends up managing the boys baseball team. It seems like the perfect set-up, she gets to hang out with Drew and get a little bit of that “belonging to a team” feeling back. It’s here that she meets Brian, the new assistant coach. He’s older, gorgeous and Parker can’t help but flirt. Which leads to a secret relationship and as you can imagine all sorts of problems.

Parker’s character growth was probably my favorite thing about this novel. The girl does some really stupid stuff  (who hasn’t!) but she learns from all of that in the end. The age difference between her and Brian didn’t bother me, but Brian definitely took advantage of the situation and Parker and THAT bothered me. In the end he shows his true colors and I have to say I wasn’t very surprised. I loved Parker’s relationship with Drew and with Corndog. Though they were very different! And I loved that there was some growth in Parker’s relationship with her mother.

I also thought that the religious aspect of the story was interesting. I don’t want to scare you, or possibly turn you off with that statement, this isn’t a religious book, it’s not preaching to you. But the town that Parker lives in is very religious and there are two very different churches in this book and I loved that Miranda did that. You’ll see what I mean and even if you are a church goer or not, I think you’ll appreciate what Miranda did too.

Overall, I really enjoyed this novel. Catching Jordan is still my favorite of the two, but I can’t wait to read what Miranda has in store for us next!

 

11/25/12



In My Mailbox

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Welcome to In My Mailbox! You can find official information like how to participate, why it was started and other goodies about IMM on the IMM page!

Sorry for the last post IMMers! I was taking a hiatus this week with the holiday and thought that I had scheduled this post… only to come to find out I had it ready to go and never set it to publish!

I hope you had a wonderful turkey day for those of you celebrating!

I did get some fabulous titles this week, but I’m going to tell you all about them next week! Sorry! I’ve been doing a lot of reading this weekend amongst spending time with the family. It’s been nice.

Happy sunday!!





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