Thursday, October 30, 2014

YA Review: Mortal Enchantment [blog tour]



Mortal Enchantment (Mortal Enchantment, 1) by Stacey O'Neale, May 20, 2014. 230 pages. Published by Phoenix Reign Publishing. Source: author for blog tour.
In Kalin Matthew's world, elementals control the forces of nature. They are divided into four courts: air, woodland, fire, and water. At sixteen she will leave the life she's built with her mortal mother. Kalin will move to Avalon to rule with her father—the elemental king of the air court. Along the way, she's attacked by a fire court assassin and saved by Rowan, a swoon-worthy elemental with a questionable past.

Worst of all, she learns her father is missing.

To rescue him, Kalin will have to work with a judgmental council and a system of courts too busy accusing each other of deceit to actually be able to help her. But, they aren’t her biggest challenge. With the Midwinter’s Ball only five days away, Kalin must take over her father’s duties, which includes shifting control of the elements—power Kalin has yet to realize.

As Rowan attempts to train her, a war looms between the four courts. If Kalin fails, her father will die and the courts will fall, but the betrayal she’s about to uncover may cost her even more...
First Sentence:
I wonder if I can get pizza in Avalon.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

YA Review: The Shadow Prince

The Shadow Prince (Mortal Enchantments, 0.5) by Stacey O'Neale, March 25, 2014. 110 pages. Published by Phoenix Reign Publishing. Source: Author
Every sacrifice has consequences.

Sixteen-year-old Rowan has spent most of his life living among the mortals-learning to control the element of fire, impatiently awaiting the day his vengeful mother, Queen Prisma, will abdicate her throne. When he finally returns to Avalon for his coronation, his mother insists he must first prove his loyalty to the court by completing a secret mission:

Kill Kalin, the half-human, half-elemental daughter of the air court king.

Willing to do anything to remove his mother from power, he agrees to sacrifice the halfling. He returns to the mortal world with his best friend, Marcus, determined to kill the princess. But as he devises a plan, he starts to question whether or not he's capable of completing such a heinous task. And what price he will pay if he refuses?
First Sentence:
A beach bonfire?

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. To participate, simply do the following: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Divinicus Nex Chronicles Blog Tour: Interview with A&E Kirk & Giveaway


Guys, I am beyond excited to welcome the lovely Alyssa and Eileen, otherwise known as A&E Kirk, authors of the Divinicus Nex Chronicles to talk about their series and the newest release, Drop Dead Demons. I hope y'all will give these ladies a warm welcome to the blog.

Don't forget, you can check out my review of the first book, Demons at Deadnight, and see why y'all should be reading this series.

About the Author(s):
This mother-daughter duo were in and out of inter-dimensional paranormal prisons until they finally quit making up cover stories for secret societies and started writing novels. The Supernatural Continuum Warlords of the Supernatural Continuum Warlordian High Command had pity upon them, and instead of having them slaughtered by the slow, tortuous flesh eating underwater, earthworm squid, they transported them into a habitationally friendly dimension called OOARCHTOHUTHLAMADILFRUMP, also known as 21st Century Earth.

Due to a demon infestation in their sleepy mountain California town, and a lack of sexy Hex Boys to stop them, Alyssa and Eileen were forced to relocate to Los Angeles. The Amazon best seller, DEMONS AT DEADNIGHT, is book one in the DIVINICUS NEX CHRONICLES series, and the first of their exclusive re-creations of supernatural society secrets. You can uncover more paranormal, inter-dimensional classified information at AEKIRK.com and Facebook.com/AandEKirk.com.

Citizens of Earth, you are welcome.

You can haunt A&E Kirk at-
Website | Twitter Alyssa | Twitter Eileen | Facebook | Pinterest


DIVINICUS NEX Blog Tour
Tour Stop: The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia on Monday, October 27th
Author Interview

In seven words can you tell readers about Drop Dead Demons?

Funny. Sexy. Treasure hunt. Hexy secrets revealed.

What was the hardest thing for the both of you when it came to writing the sequel to Demons at Deadnight? What do y'all think will be the most difficult thing Aurora will encounter in the second installment of the Divinicus Nex Chronicles?


We had so much going on, lots of subplots happening, new characters to introduce and integrate into the story, the hardest part was keeping focused on the main plot which was Roses threat, the treasure hunt, and Aurora staying alive!

Auroras most difficult issue always comes down to trust. Being scared to really opening up and rely on the Hex Boys as partners is a huge problem she has to overcome. Plus figuring out how to use her powers, and encountering the most dangerous demons on the planet!

As the authors of Drop Dead Demons I'm sure y'all both have the chapter you loved most. So, with that in mind, could y'all (each) share a two sentence teaser from your favorite chapter?
Matthias wouldnt want me going into his room. Nope, breaching his private inner sanctum would be considered totally off-limits. Hed freak.
I looked left. And right. Then bolted up the stairs two at a time, raced down the hall, and skidded into his open doorway.Thats when things got downright weird.

A&E: This was a tough choice, but we picked this because Aurora just survived a tense first meeting with Matthias dad and now shes on the brink discovering more about the mysterious and brooding Matthias. His room gives Aurora a lot of insight into big, bad Matty!

Last book that kept you reading late into the night?

Eileen: Skin Game by Jim Butcher. 15th in the series and still awesome! Also Outlander. Loved those sexy scenes. Jamie is so hot!

Alyssa: Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher. Im trying to catch up on the series because Mom and my brother keep talking about it and accidentally letting loose spoilers within ear shot! Its killing me!!

If you could have tea with any author, dead or living, who would you choose? What would be the first question you asked them?

Alyssa: Meg Cabot for me. I loved her Mediator and 1-800-Where-R-U series growing up. Addicted to them. Her heroines are tough, tom-boy girls kicking down doors and taking names. Huge inspirations to me. Id love know how which of her characters she is most like/identifies the most with!

Eileen: JK Rowling because Im dying to find out how much of the whole series she had planned ahead of time, and what if anything changed as she wrote it. Did she know how Harry was connected with Voldemort? Did she know who was going to live and die? Did she know each characters story from beginning to end? Id love to know.

The world has fallen to a robot invasion and only one heroine/hero can possibly save the day, who do you choose?

Alyssa: River from Firefly/Serenity. That girl is a human terminator. I want her on my side.

Eileen: Stephanie/Valkyrie from the Skullduggery Pleasant series. Shes tough, clever, has stupendous fighting skills, and also an uber dark side she can tap into when shes in a serious bind. Robot Invasions certainly qualify!


From any, young adult, book that you've read, which character would you befriend in a heartbeat? Why?

Alyssa: Suze from Meg Cabots The Mediator series. Shes sarcastic, stubborn, smart, tough, loyal and quick on her feet.

Eileen: Puck from the Iron Fey series. Hes smart, funny, loyal, devious, and Id want to be part of all of his adventures!

Thank you Orchid! Its always a pleasure hanging out with a great lady like you!


 Ladies, I loved all of the answers, especially the Meg Cabot/J.K. Rowling ones. 




Giveaway Info:
Each week of this tour will feature a unique Divinicus Nex prize package giveaway, so be sure to follow along for more chances to win! The weekly prize packs:

WEEK 1: Choice of ebook (book 1 or 2), celtic cross necklace, feather hair clips
WEEK 2: Choice of ebook, (1 or 2), Signed Hex Boy Heaven Poster,  Love letter from a Hex boy
WEEK 3: Choice of ebook (1 or 2), Signed Hex Boy Poster, Divinicus Nex earrings
WEEK 4: Choice of ebook (1 or 2), Hex Boy Heaven Mug

Tour-Wide Giveaway: One lucky winner will receive a grand prize package consisting of a $100 Amazon gift card AND the chance to name a character in the third installment!

At each tour stop you will find a daily question. To be eligible to win the grand prize, you must answer at least 4 different daily questions. So go and visit the other tour stops, check the amazing content and answer the daily question!

Please enter via the Rafflecopter form (at the bottom of post). Giveaway is open internationally.

Daily Question:
You are a Mandatum hunter and get to pick any super power that is not fire, water, earth, or air. What other super power do you choose?



Demons at Deadnight (Divinicus Nex Chronicles, 1) by A&E Kirk, January 5, 2012. 
For seventeen-year-old Aurora Lahey, survival is a lifestyle.

DEMONIC DESTINY

Aurora has the crappiest superpower on the planet. And it’s just unleashed a hit squad from hell. Demons are on the hunt, salivating to carve her carcass into confetti.

CHARISMATIC KILLERS

The Hex Boys—mysterious, hunky, and notorious for their trails of destruction—have the answers Aurora needs to survive. But their overload of deadly secrets and suspicious motives makes trusting them a potentially fatal move.

LETHAL ALLIES

The battle to save her family, herself, and stop demonic domination may cost Aurora everything worth living for, and force her to reveal her own dark secrets. But no worries. She needs the Hex Boys to pull this off, and, chances are, teaming up with these guys will get her killed anyway.

You can add Demons at Deadnight to your Goodreads shelves or get your copy through Amazon.

Drop Dead Demons (Divinicus Nex Chronicles, 2) by A&E Kirk, May 27, 2014. 
Survival. It’s an on-going battle.

GOING ON A TREASURE HUNT…

Aurora Lahey finally knows why supernatural slayers salivate to slaughter her, but how to stop them? Not so much. Sure, she’s discovered her own lethal powers, and has six sexy, super-charged, demon hunting Hex Boys watching her back–the hottest one watching every part of her. But when a seductive stranger delivers a deadly ultimatum, Aurora and the Hex Boys plunge into a do-or-die hunt for a legendary Mandatum treasure, which will finally shift power in their favor. Or unleash hell on earth.

NEX MARKS THE SPOT…

Pursued by demons of mythical proportions, Aurora and the Hex Boys race deeper into the shadowy world of a centuries-old mystery and brutal conspiracy, where no one and nothing is what it seems. Where love and betrayal go hand-in-hand, and trusting the wrong person not only breaks your heart, but gets you killed.

DEMONS ON YOUR TAIL…

Uncovering shocking secrets from the Hex Boys’ past, hiding her Divinicus Nex identity, lying to her pretend-wish-he-were-real boyfriend, dodging demons, breaking into ancient tombs, taking the unexpected side trip to the dark depths of the Waiting World, tracking a traitor, and passing Physics…Aurora could do that in her sleep. Or more likely, die trying.

DON’T GET CAUGHT!

You can add Drop Dead Demons to your Goodreads shelves and get a copy from Amazon.


A Vintage Reads Review: The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall


The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall by Mary Downing Hahn, September 6, 2011. 160 pages. Published by HMH Books for Young Readers. Source: Bought at library sale.
When twelve-year-old Florence boards the crowded horse-drawn coach in London, she looks forward to a new life with her great uncle and aunt at Crutchfield Hall, an old manor house in the English countryside. Anything will be better, she thinks, than the grim London orphanage where she has lived since her parents' death.
          But Florence doesn't expect the ghost of her cousin Sophia, who haunts the cavernous rooms and dimly lit hallways of Crutchfield and concocts a plan to use Florence to help her achieve her murderous goals. Will Florence be able to convince the others in the household of the imminent danger and stop Sophia before it's too late?
First Sentence:
"Take good care of the girl," Miss Beatty told the coachman.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

A Haunting 6th Blogoversary (Day the Fifth) with Kate Tilton


I am so excited to welcome Kate Tilton, yes, that Kate Tilton host of #K8chat on Twitter (which you can join Thursday's at 9pm) and all around super nice person.

Not only does Kate host the wonderful #K8Chat weekly, but she is also an authors assistant and social media manager. And let's not forget about her hard work to connect readers and authors that would work well together. Yeah, y'all should most definitely check out her website and sign-up for her blogger emails. Kate Tilton, Connecting Authors & Readers.



Interview

Me: Q 1. What is the one author who made you fall in love with reading? Favorite book of theirs?

Kate:
I'm not even sure I remember. When I was little my mother used to read to me and my sister. Then as I got older I started to read book series based on Spy Kids and Star Wars. Those series are the ones that got me really into reading on my own. But I'd say my mother instilled the love of reading in me. :) 
That's like my mom. Not only did she give us a love of reading and reading to us when we were quite small.

Me: Q 2. If you could live inside the world of one book which would it be and why?

Kate: 
There are so many book worlds that I have loved. A few worlds I'd love to jump into: Breeana Puttroff's The Dusk Gate Chronicles, Alicia Kat Vancil's The Marked Ones Trilogy, or basically any world Suzanne Lazear writes. All of these worlds have magic or aliens, or creatures not of this world. I love reading stories about worlds and things that don't happen in the everyday. I know many people say reading is an escape (and it can be) but I find it more to be a place to explore new things that we might not get here in this world.
So many that I haven't heard of! I think I'll have to look into these because they sound interesting from what you've said about them.

Me: Q 3. Book you are currently telling the world they must be reading- RIGHT THIS MOMENT-?

Kate:
VICIOUS by V.E. Schwab! This is my favorite book of all time, seriously. Just think: words so carefully chosen, like music or poetry to describe some of the darkest parts of being human (and inhuman). VICIOUS plays with what is good and evil, right and wrong. It is compelling, unique, and something I devoured while also having to take pauses simple to appreciate how perfectly crafted it was. If you have not read VICIOUS you must do it. Do it now! 
Oh man!!! I may have to make Vicious my next library selection because you just sold me on needing it in my life.
Me: Q 4. Your thoughts on the ups and downs of blogging?

Kate:
Sticking it out with a blog can be a big challenge! I am (probably surprisingly to most) not a fan of writing. So for me I had to decide to really make the commitment to blogging. Life is full of unexpected challenges and it can be so easy to put the blog on hold when these things come up. Just like we have to make reading a priority to fit it into our busy lives, we have to do the same with blogging or eventually something will come up and the blog won't survive. 
Life, it can definitely interfere with ones plans for maintaining a blog...it's definitely a make or break moment.

Me: Q 5. The world has fallen to a robot invasion and only one heroine/hero can possibly save the day, who do you choose? 

Kate:
Since we are dealing with robots I'm going to want a tech guy. I'm leaning towards Robin/Nightwing from Young Justice. His skills in tech are simply marvelous to watch, plus he is a bit of a looker. ;). 
Young Justice's Robin, yes!!!! Robin is one of my favorite comic characters. I really wish I hadn't missed out on this show while it was on. 

Alright, now it's time for the tables to be flipped and I'll be answering a question from Kate.

Kate: What is your favorite thing to blog (reviews, interviews, guest posts, etc)?

Me:
Can have two favorites?!?! If so, it would be reviews and interviews.

Reviews because I enjoy putting down my thoughts on the books I read as it helps me to fully process what I thought on the book as I think back over what I've read. Sometimes though, it takes me days to actually be able to wrangle my thoughts into something semi-cohesive.

I enjoy doing interviews because there are questions I'm dying to ask, authors or fellow readers, and given the chance to fling questions at them is quite enjoyable. You just never know what someone will answer with; also nobody answers the same question in the same way. 
Kate, thank you so much for stopping by and helping me celebrate!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

A Haunting 6th Blogoversary (Day the Fourth) with Claudia White


Welcome back to the fourth day of A Haunting 6th Blogoversary. Today I have the ever awesome Claudia White, author of Aesop's Secret and The Key to Kashdune, over to help me celebrate another year of blogging.

Guys, if you haven't checked out her delightfully entertaining middle grade series you are really missing out (it's one of my favorites). I have also been very lucky to work with Claudia over the last year during All About Middle Grade feature with an interview, which y'all should definitely check out. You can learn more about Claudia White by visiting her website.

Interview

Me: Q 1. What is the one author who made you fall in love with reading? Favorite book of theirs?

Claudia:
Early on it was Marguerite Henry.  I was in love with horses and so, it seems, was she.  Misty of Chincoteague and King of the Wind are tied for first place of my favorite books.
I must look into these I haven't heard of them.

Me: Q 2. If you could live inside the world of one book which would it be and why?

Claudia:
Probably Chocolat by Joanne Harris.  I love the characterisation of Vianne Rocher, her kindness, wisdom and mystical ways.  Plus I've always loved France and the french people--I can see myself fitting nicely into the community.   
Books set in France are always pretty interesting...with the exception of The Hunchback of Notre-Dame. Chocolate...did they turn that into a movie?

Me: Q 3. Book you are currently telling the world they must be reading- RIGHT THIS MOMENT-?

Claudia:
Ken Follett's Century trilogy has hold of me right now.  The series begins with Fall of Giants followed by Winter of the World.  Edge of Eternity, the third book in this series is due out on September 16th--I can't wait!
Oh man, you are just adding on to my list of books to try out!!!!! *doesn't mind though*

Me: Q 4. Your thoughts on the ups and downs of blogging?

Claudia: 
I'm new to blogging, in fact I've just added a blog to my website.  Having said that, I can already see the challenges:  staying active, current and interesting being the biggest challenges.  Blogging offers such freedom of expression but at the same time, special care must be taken to not offend.  
Y'all be sure you check out Claudia's new blog (best of luck). Yes, those are some of the biggest challenges when blogging; but the benefits by far out weigh the challenges in my opinion.

Me: Q 5. The world has fallen to a robot invasion and only one heroine/hero can possibly save the day, who do you choose? 

Claudia: 
In a past interview, I said that Superman would be my hero, unless the robots have a supply of kryptonite to render him helpless.  If that were the case then I'd have to ask Mr. Incredible to step in to save the day.  
I would pick Mr. Incredible any day over Superman.

Alright, now it's time for me to answer Claudia White's question. *cracks knuckles in anticipation*

Claudia: You have such a wonderful enthusiastic style--how do you keep it up?

Me:
Aww, thanks, Claudia! *blushes* I don't know! I try to keep in mind that this is supposed to be an enjoyable venture by remaining flexible. If I'm not enjoying what I'm doing, I can tell by how much harder it is to write up a post. So, when that happens, I know that I need to take a step back and reevaluate why I'm blogging and get back to enjoying reading books even if that means taking a few days off from everything.

But, what I really think helps to keep me from loosing interesting and maintaining my "ness" is that, when the mood strikes me, I'll throw out all my current blogging routines and read whatever book is screaming at me to be read and then talked about.

Claudia, thank you so much for being a guest on my blog, yet again. It is always exciting to have you drop by and answer a few questions. 

Friday, October 24, 2014

A Haunting 6th Blogoversary (Day the Third) with Rose of Searching the Clouds


Today, I have Rose of Searching the Clouds stopping by to help celebrate my blog's birthday. Not too long ago, I was a guest on Rose's awesome blog on her Blogger Spotlight feature. Y'all should definitely check out the post as she had some of best questions (and sign-up for your chance to be featured, too).

So, this is me telling  strongly suggesting that you check out Rose's blog Searching the Clouds because I'm sure y'all will enjoy it.

Interview

Me: Q 1. What is the one author who made you fall in love with reading? Favorite book of theirs?

Rose:
J.K. Rowling. I read the Harry Potter books in first grade and fell in love, and to this day they are among my very favorite books.
Harry Potter is one of my favorites as well.

Me: Q 2. If you could live inside the world of one book which would it be and why?

Rose:
Oh boy, there are a ton of book-worlds that I would love to live in! I hate to be repetitive, but ultimately I think that the world of Harry Potter wins out. I am a wizard in disguise, after all.
I'm sure many of us, myself included, wouldn't mind living in the world of Harry Potter.

Me: Q 3. Book you are currently telling the world they must be reading- RIGHT THIS MOMENT-?

Rose:
The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski! GO FORTH AND READ IT RIGHT THIS MINUTE!!!
I second this motion!! I need The Winner's Crime in my life right now!!!

Me: Q 4. Your thoughts on the ups and downs of blogging?

Rose: 
Blogging can be tough, but I think that if you are committed enough you'll get through the bumpy roads just fine. :)
Dedication and remembering to keep it fun!

Me: Q 5. The world has fallen to a robot invasion and only one heroine/hero can possibly save the day, who do you choose? 

Rose:
Day from Legend by Marie Lu. He'd whip things in shape in a second.
I'm thinking I may need to finally read this series because of your answer.

Now it's time for me to answer Rose's question.......

Rose: Favorite minor character in a book? 

Me: Well, I'm not sure I have an all-time favorite minor book character, but there is one from a series I recently started that I've enjoyed quite a lot. Now, don't go telling him that I labeled him as a minor character as he's likely to be miffed...

My current favorite minor book character would have to be Inspector Grayling from Colleen Gleason's Stoker and Holmes series. There's just something about him and the way he clashes with Mina in the series that makes him interesting. And it doesn't hurt that he's a softy for dogs. So, between the clashing of defectiveness between Grayling and Mina, and the fact that I'm sure there's more to his story than what we've seen thus far, Inspector Grayling is my current top minor character.

Rose, thanks so much for stopping by to help me celebrate my blogoversary and for the wonderful interview.

Guy's don't forget to check out Searching the Clouds for bookish fun.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

A Haunting 6th Blogoversary (Day the Second) with Lisa of Girls with Books


On the second day of blogoversary (that being today) we have the lovely Lisa from Girls with Books! *huzzah*

Lisa is half of the duo of Girls with Books where they review a broad range of books from young adult to adult titles on their blog. Your mission, dear readers, should you choose to accept is to visit their blog and see the great things they have going on over there.  Go on, I'll wait for you to return.

Interview

Me: Q 1. What is the one author who made you fall in love with reading? Favorite book of theirs?

Lisa: 
I have always read Stephen King books but as I got older, my reading went to the curbside. Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series brought me back to reading. 

I've one Stephen King book through to the end, maybe two...it's so hard to remember without looking. I may not have read Stephanie Meyer, but I'm glad you found an author who's writing brought you back to reading.

Me: Q 2. If you could live inside the world of one book which would it be and why?

Lisa:
This is a difficult question. It's a toss up really between world of Twilight and the world of Divergent. Edward and Four, need I say more. :) 

Not sure I'd want to live in Divergent's world, but I do love the first book.

Me: Q 3. Book you are currently telling the world they must be reading- RIGHT THIS MOMENT-?

Lisa: 
The Kiss Of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
I need to read that!!!

Me: Q 4. Your thoughts on the ups and downs of blogging?

Lisa:
I love blogging. It's awesome to get to know other people who love books as much as I do. However, there are many book blogs out there and the trying to make our blog stand out takes a lot of time and energy. 
So much time and energy to make that happen.

Me: Q 5. The world has fallen to a robot invasion and only one heroine/hero can possibly save the day, who do you choose? 

Lisa:
Without a doubt, I'd choose Four and Tris. 

Now it's time for me to answer a question from Lisa.

Lisa: What is your favorite blogger moment? 

Me: Oh gosh, you are not holding back with this question!!!!Favorite blogger moment....There are so many moment(s) that have happened over the last few years that I find it hard to pick just one.

If I'm honest, it would have to be the first time someone followed my blog. More specifically, the first follower that was not someone I knew outside of the internet. It was just really great to think that someone outside of my circle was tuning in to see what I had to say about the books I read. It really just made me realize that there were other people just as interested in talking about books as I was. So, that would have to be my favorite blogger moment.

Lisa, thanks so much for joining in and helping me to celebrate another year of blogging.

Children's Book Review: Tales of Bunjitsu Bunny [ARC]

Tales of Bunjitsu Bunny by John Himmelman, October 28, 2014.128 pages. Published by Henry Holt CO. Source: publisher.
Introducing Isabel, aka Bunjitsu Bunny! She is the BEST bunjitsu artist in her school, and she can throw farther, kick higher, and hit harder than anyone else! But she never hurts another creature . . . unless she has to. This series of brief stories about Isabel's adventures are a beguiling combination of child-friendly scenarios and Eastern wisdom perfect for the youngest readers.

First Sentence:
Isabel was the best bunjitsu artist in her school.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A Haunting 6th Blogoversary [Day the First]:


*Note: due to blogger being cantankerous the last two days, this post is going up the day after my blogoversary* T_T

Guys, I am beyond excited to kick-off my sixth blogoversary by spotlighting a few bloggers and an author. They've all be kind enough to answer a handful of random questions to be shared with you lovelies starting tomorrow.

Because I can find no words to express my excitement over celebrating six years of blogging here at The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia, I decided that this gif from Enchanted does the job quite well in showing just how I feel today.


Even with what has happened over the weekend in the booksphere, I find myself still wanting to show my appreciation for all those who have supported me in this blogging endeavor for the past for years and to encourage y'all (those who blog) to not let anyone take away your joy of talking about books whether you like the book or not. Again, while I do encourage you not to be disheartened by the latest happenings, I do urge all of y'all to do always keep your personal safety in mind at all times whilst internet-ting.

All seriousness aside, let's get back to celebrating!!!!!!!!!!!



So, the question remains, after six years what have I learned from this experience........


  • That sometimes you just have to throw all the rules and any plans right out the window. Things don't always go just how you imagined them going; and you know what that is 100% okay because things happen! 
  • That there are still so many books out there that I want to read and authors I have yet to discover. Oh my gosh, just thinking of all the book world left to dive into has me crazy excited!!! *hides multiple stacks of TBR books under bed*
  • That I have find my people! You, yes, you wonderful you, who take the time to share your thoughts on what you read. Without you I would have missed out on so many books that I considered not within my reading preference. Y'all have also saved me from reading certain books that would have been not for me. Blogger, reader, reviewer, book lover: I believe y'all are all pretty awesome and look forward to yet another year of bookish fun. 
  • Finally, that there are so many amazing, nice authors out there. I am thankful for having the opportunity to work with so many of you through the years. 

FOR ALL YOU AWESOME PEOPLE!!!

I would like to thank each and every one of y'all for all of your support and for sticking around. I am definitely looking forward to sharing more awesome book things with y'all over the next year (and then-some).


In closing thoughts....

I'll be answering questions posted by my lovely blog guests over the next few days, so, if you have a question you like me to answer just leave it in the comments and I'll include it in the closing post for the celebration.

P.S. You can still sign-up to be spotlighted on the blog as I'm looking to make this a regular feature to help spread the book and book blog love around. All info is on the sidebar.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. To participate, simply do the following: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Monday, October 20, 2014

A Vintage Reads Review: Princess of the Midnight Ball



Princess of the Midnight Ball (Princess, 1) by Jessica Day George, January 20, 2009. 280 pages. Published by Bloomsbury USA Children's. Source: Library.
A tale of twelve princesses doomed to dance until dawn…

Galen is a young soldier returning from war; Rose is one of twelve princesses condemned to dance each night for the King Under Stone. Together Galen and Rose will search for a way to break the curse that forces the princesses to dance at the midnight balls. All they need is one invisibility cloak, a black wool chain knit with enchanted silver needles, and that most critical ingredient of all—true love—to conquer their foes in the dark halls below. But malevolent forces are working against them above ground as well, and as cruel as the King Under Stone has seemed, his wrath is mere irritation compared to the evil that awaits Galen and Rose in the brighter world above. 
First Sentence:
Because he had once been human, the King Under Stone sometimes found himself plagued by human emotions.

All About Middle Grade: Little Dead Riding Hood [blog tour/giveaway]


Thanks for having us here today, Orchid. I'm so excited about the recent release of LITTLE DEAD RIDING HOOD, I can't wait to share it with your readers!

Guys, I really wish I had had the opportunity to read Little Dead Riding Hood as it sounds like such a fun read. So, while I may have missed out on this one, I think y'all should check it out and enter the author's two excellent giveaway!

Little Dead Riding Hood by Amie and Bethanie Borst, October 14, 2014. Published by Jolly Fish Press.
You know things are going to suck when you’re the new kid. But when you’re the new kid and a vampire… well, it bites! Unlike most kids, Scarlet Small’s problems go far beyond just trying to fit in. She would settle for a normal life, but being twelve years old for an entire century is a real pain in the neck. Plus, her appetite for security guards, house pets and bloody toms (tomato juice) is out of control. So in order to keep their vampire-secret, her parents, Mort and Drac, resort to moving for the hundredth time, despite Scarlet being dead-set against it. Things couldn’t be worse at her new school, either. Not only does she have a strange skeleton-girl as a classmate, but a smelly werewolf is intent on revealing her secret. When she meets Granny—who fills her with cookies, goodies, and treats, and seems to understand her more than anyone—she’s sure things will be different. But with a fork-stabbing incident, a cherry pie massacre, and a town full of crazy people, Scarlet’s O-positive she’ll never live to see another undead day. Not even her Vampire Rule Book can save her from the mess she’s in. Why can’t she ever just follow the rules?

Add Little Dead Riding Hood to your Goodreads to-read list here. Purchase LDRH at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or your favorite Indie bookstore! ***
Seriously though, doesn't Little Dead Riding Hood sound like such a fun read. Come on, tell me why y'all think Amie and Bethanie Borst's book might be something you'd be interested in reading!!!! *waits*


About us:

Amie Borst is a PAL member of SCBWI. She believes in Unicorns, uses glitter whenever the opportunity arises, accessories in pink and eats too much chocolate.

Bethanie Borst is a spunky 14 year old who loves archery, long bike rides and studying edible plant-life. She was only 9 when she came up with the idea for Cinderskella!

Little Dead Riding Hood is their second book in the Scarily Ever Laughter series. Their first book, Cinderskella, released in October 2013.

You can find them on facebook. Amie can be found on twitter, pinterest, and her blog.  ***


We're having two great giveaways as part of our blog tour! The first is for a copy of LITTLE DEAD RIDING HOOD! So be sure to enter the giveaway by following the steps on the rafflecopter form below. a Rafflecopter giveaway
THEN - as soon as you finish that, be sure to stop by my blog for a second contest! I'm having a SCAVENGER HUNT that you won't want to miss with lots of extra great prizes! All you have to do is make sure you enter the contest below first then hopping over to my blog and filling out the rafflecopter form there! Super easy! Here's the rafflecopter form for my blog just in case you missed it!  a Rafflecopter giveaway 
See you soon! 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Review: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories by Washington Irving, September 30, 2014. 400 pages. Published by Penguin Classics. Source: publisher.
The timeless collection that introduced Rip Van Winkle, Ichabod Crane, and the Headless Horseman

Perhaps the marker of a true mythos is when the stories themselves overshadow their creator. Originally published under a pseudonym as The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent., The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories gave America its own haunted mythology. This collection of larger-than-life tales contains Washington Irving’s best-known literary inventions—Ichabod Crane, the Headless Horseman, and Rip Van Winkle—that continue to capture our imaginations today.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Wish List Wednesday

All Fall Down (Embassy Row, 1) by Ally Carter, January 27, 2015. Published by Scholastic.
Grace Blakely is absolutely certain of three things:

1. She is not crazy.
2. Her mother was murdered.
3. Someday she is going to find the killer and make him pay.

As certain as Grace is about these facts, nobody else believes her–so there’s no one she can completely trust. Not her grandfather, a powerful ambassador. Not her new friends, who all live on Embassy Row. Not Alexei, the Russian boy next door who is keeping an eye on Grace for reasons she neither likes nor understands.

Everybody wants Grace to put on a pretty dress and a pretty smile, blocking out all her unpretty thoughts. But they can’t control Grace–no more than Grace can control what she knows or what she needs to do.

Her past has come back to hunt her . . . and if she doesn’t stop it, Grace isn’t the only one who will get hurt. Because on Embassy Row, the countries of the world all stand like dominoes, and one wrong move can make them all fall down.

Why: I need no more reason to want this book than the fact that the Ally Carter wrote it! Between her Heist Society and Gallagher Girls books she has earned the right to be on my "Buy All of This Author's Work" list. 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

YA Review/Interview: The Spiritglass Charade [blog tour]


I am excited to welcome Colleen Gleason, author of the Stoker and Holmes series, to the blog to discuss her books. I'm also really excited to share my thoughts with y'all on the second installment of the aforementioned series.

The Spiritglass Charade (Stoker and Holmes, 2) by Colleen Gleason, October 7, 2014. 360 pages. Published by Chronicle Books. Source: publisher.
After the Affair of the Clockwork Scarab, Evaline Stoker and Mina Holmes are eager to help Princess Alix with a new case. Seventeen-year-old Willa Aston is obsessed with spiritual mediums, convinced she is speaking with her mother from beyond the grave. What seems like a case of spiritualist fraud quickly devolves into something far more menacing: someone is trying to make Willa "appear lunatic," using an innocent-looking spiritglass to control her. The list of clues piles up: an unexpected murder, a gang of pickpockets, and the return of vampires to London. But are these events connected? As Uncle Sherlock would say, "there are no coincidences." It will take all of Mina's wit and Evaline's muscle to keep London's sinister underground at bay.
First Sentence:
I reside in the very modernized London of the fifty-second year of Her Majesty Queen Victoria's reign.

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. To participate, simply do the following: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Monday, October 13, 2014

YA Review: The Clockwork Scarab

The Clockwork Scarab (Stoker and Holmes, 1) by Colleen Gleason, August 16, 2013. 384 pages. Published by Chronicle Books. Source: publisher.
Evaline Stoker and Mina Holmes never meant to get into the family business. But when you’re the sister of Bram and the niece of Sherlock, vampire hunting and mystery solving are in your blood. And when two society girls go missing, there’s no one more qualified to investigate.

Now fierce Evaline and logical Mina must resolve their rivalry, navigate the advances of not just one but three mysterious gentlemen, and solve murder with only one clue: a strange Egyptian scarab. The stakes are high. If Stoker and Holmes don’t unravel why the belles of London society are in such danger, they’ll become the next victims.
First Sentence:
There are a limited number of excuses for a young, intelligent woman of seventeen to be traversing the fog-shrouded streets of London at midnight.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Catholic Review: My Sisters the Saints

My Sisters the Saints: A Spiritual Memoir by Colleen Carroll Campbell, September 23, 2014. 240 pages. Published by Image. Source: Blogging for Books.
A poignant and powerful spiritual memoir about how the lives of the saints changed the life of a modern woman.

In My Sisters the Saints, author Colleen Carroll Campbell blends her personal narrative of spiritual seeking, trials, stumbles, and breakthroughs with the stories of six women saints who profoundly changed her life: Teresa of Avila, Therese of Lisieux, Faustina of Poland, Edith Stein of Germany, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, and Mary of Nazareth. Drawing upon the rich writings and examples of these extraordinary women, the author reveals Christianity's liberating power for women and the relevance of the saints to the lives of contemporary Christians.

First Sentence:
I still remember the sundress I was wearing that morning; it was black, cooped neck, and short.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Review: The Penguin Book of Witches

The Penguin Book of Witches edited by Katherine Howe, September 30, 2014. 320 pages. Published by Penguin Classics. Source: publisher.
Chilling real-life accounts of witches, from medieval Europe through colonial America
From a manual for witch hunters written by King James himself in 1597, to court documents from the Salem witch trials of 1692, to newspaper coverage of a woman stoned to death on the streets of Philadelphia while the Continental Congress met, The Penguin Book of Witches is a treasury of historical accounts of accused witches that sheds light on the reality behind the legends. Bringing to life stories like that of Eunice Cole, tried for attacking a teenage girl with a rock and buried with a stake through her heart; Jane Jacobs, a Bostonian so often accused of witchcraft that she took her tormentors to court on charges of slander; and Increase Mather, an exorcism-performing minister famed for his knowledge of witches, this volume provides a unique tour through the darkest history of English and North American witchcraft, never failing to horrify, intrigue, and delight.
First Sentence:
When thinking about witches today, a certain standard image comes to mind: she is an old crone with a warty nose, a black pointed hat, raggedy clothes, and a black cat by her side. 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

YA Review: Grave Mercy

Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, 1) by Robin LaFevers, April 3, 2012. 549 pages. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Source: Bought.
Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?
First Sentence:
I bear a deep red stain that runs from my left shoulder down to my right hip, a trail left by the herbwitch's poison that my mother used to try to expel me from her womb.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. To participate, simply do the following: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Monday, October 6, 2014

YA Review: The Murder Complex

The Murder Complex (Murder Complex, 1) by Lindsay Cummings, June 10, 2014. 398 pages. Published by Greenwillow Books. Source: library.
Meadow Woodson, a fifteen-year-old girl who has been trained by her father to fight, to kill, and to survive in any situation, lives with her family on a houseboat in Florida. The state is controlled by The Murder Complex, an organization that tracks the population with precision.

The plot starts to thicken when Meadow meets Zephyr James, who is—although he doesn’t know it—one of the MC’s programmed assassins. Is their meeting a coincidence? Destiny? Or part of a terrifying strategy? And will Zephyr keep Meadow from discovering the haunting truth about her family?

First Sentence:
It is the key to survival, the key to life.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

YA Interview: Holly Schindler (Author of Feral) [blog tour]


I am very excited to welcome Holly Schindler back for another interview (see her interview for The Junction of Sunshine and Lucky). This time Holly has stopped by to discuss her latest young adult title Feral. I hope y'all will give her a warm welcome back to the blog.

About the Author:
My debut YA novel, A Blue So Dark, earned a starred review in Booklist, was named one of Booklist's Top 10 First Novels for Youth, received a silver medal from the ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Awards, and won a gold medal in the IPPYs. Playing Hurt, my first romance, released in 2011. My first MG, The Junction of Sunshine and Lucky, released in 2014.

My third YA (and first psychological thriller), Feral, released August 26, 2014; the novel has earned a starred review in Publishers Weekly.

You can haunt Holly Schindler at-
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  • In five words, tell us about your latest YA book FERAL:

Psychological thriller; recovering from violence.

  • So, what is with the feral cats mentioned in your book?

Claire’s endured a horrible gang beating in Chicago. She moves to Peculiar, hoping that it will be an escape from the unrelenting nightmares and the bad feelings and awful memories…but she begins to suspect, almost immediately after crossing the city limits, that it will be anything but.

I purposefully drew several parallels between Chicago and Peculiar. I knew, for instance, that I wanted a wild gang to be tracking her again once she arrived in Peculiar. And as a Missouri girl, I do know how the feral cat population (barn cats) can explode. I thought they made a perfect “gang” for the rural setting. (I don’t want to get into this point too deeply, because it contains some spoilers, but one of the feral cats—Sweet Pea—also winds up offering a way to illustrate exactly how Claire feels about her own body, post-beating.)

As a side-note, though, I do absolutely love cats. I grew up with two cats I adored. One of them—Tuffy—was born feral. The use of feral cats in FERAL was about finding a plot element that was right for the book. It doesn’t in any way reflect how I personally feel.

  • Favorite line that Claire says in the book?

This comes from her thoughts, rather than dialogue—but it’s still my favorite:

“What harm could a dream do to anyone that wasn’t in a NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET installment?”

  • Holly, can you share with us a two-sentence teaser from your favorite chapter?

I was a bit concerned, when I started in on revisions for HarperCollins, that the Serena chapters might outweigh Claire’s story. (That’s part of the reason why I went into such detail about Claire’s beating…I wanted readers to sympathize with Claire more than they sympathized with Serena. This is, after all, Claire’s book.) But I really like the chapters told from Serena’s POV—my favorite of the Serena chapters is the second, in which we see a pack of hungry ferals (including Sweet Pea, the calico Serena’d been feeding on her back porch) closing in on Serena’s corpse:

“Don’t do it, Serena quietly pleaded, staring at Sweet Pea through eyes like shiny stones. Please, Sweet Pea, don’t do it. Don’t you recognize me?”

  • If you could chat over tea with any author, dead or living, who would it be and why?

Emily Dickinson. I’ve always loved her poems. But we have so many conflicting stories on who she actually was. My suspicion is: smart, sensitive, perhaps an affair with married man. I would love to sit down with her and find out for myself.

  • Last book that kept you reading late into the night?

TO BE SUNG UNDERWATER, Tom McNeal. I’m a big fan of literary reads, and there was just something really compelling about that book—especially in some of those opening chapters.

  • Which character from a book you’ve read recently would you befriend in a heartbeat?

I think my younger self would love to travel back in time and meet up with Emily Soper in Darlene Beck Jacobson’s WHEELS OF CHANGE

  • What is the craziest most adventurous thing you have done? If given the chance, would you do it again?

Craziest thing? Getting out of school and turning my back on full-time employment to pursue a writing career. It’s also by far the best thing I’ve ever done.

Holly, thank you so much for stopping by (again) and answering a more questions. Oh my gosh! That teaser from your favorite chapter; chilling and yet makes me want to read Feral more than ever!!!




Feral by Holly Schindler, August 26, 2014. Published by HarperTeen.
The Lovely Bones meets Black Swan in this haunting psychological thriller with twists and turns that will make you question everything you think you know.

It’s too late for you. You’re dead. Those words continue to haunt Claire Cain months after she barely survived a brutal beating in Chicago. So when her father is offered a job in another state, Claire is hopeful that getting out will offer her a way to start anew.

But when she arrives in Peculiar, Missouri, Claire feels an overwhelming sense of danger, and her fears are confirmed when she discovers the body of a popular high school student in the icy woods behind the school, surrounded by the town’s feral cats. While everyone is quick to say it was an accident, Claire knows there’s more to it, and vows to learn the truth about what happened.

But the closer she gets to uncovering the mystery, the closer she also gets to realizing a frightening reality about herself and the damage she truly sustained in that Chicago alley….

Holly Schindler’s gripping story is filled with heart-stopping twists and turns that will keep readers guessing until the very last page.

Don't forget, you can add Feral to your Goodreads shelves.

Enter for your chance to win a signed copy of Holly Schindler's Feral during the blog tour. See form for rules and details.


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