Showing posts with label Fantasy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Fantasy. Show all posts

22 March 2016

{Book Review} An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

By: Me My Shelf And I | 22 March 2016 at 1:24 AM | | | | | | 6 Comments so far

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An Ember In The Ashes
An Ember In The Ashes #1
Author: Sabba Tahir
Release Date: April, 2015
Publisher: Razorbill

I WILL TELL YOU THE SAME THING I TELL EVERY SLAVE.
THE RESISTANCE HAS TRIED TO PENETRATE THIS SCHOOL COUNTLESS TIMES. I HAVE DISCOVERED IT EVERY TIME.
IF YOU ARE WORKING WITH THE RESISTANCE, IF YOU CONTACT THEM, IF YOU THINK OF CONTACTING THEM, I WILL KNOW
AND I WILL DESTROY YOU.
Laia is a slave.
Elias is a soldier.
Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.
It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

Right about now you are probably wondering why it took me so freaking long to read this absolutely amazing book. Honestly I have asked myself the same thing, multiple times. The thing we need to focus on is that I have NOW read it and I crazy loved it and so now we can talk about it.

AN EMBER IN THE ASHES was the kind of book I read slowly, taking in every word and letting it work around in my brain a bit before moving on. My normal reading speed is that of a cheetah…you know if cheetah’s could read…so this was new for me. Something about this title made me want to absorb every single word, not just read it.

This was something that was so easy, Tahir’s writing is beyond beautiful and has the perfect balance of description and action. I find that I dislike a lot of fantasy novels because of the overly explained world building and a full page on what someone it wearing or 48 pages on a battle – there’s only so much I can take. But this, this was remarkable form word one and damn it I am so anxious for more!

Suspense, mystery, budding romance and danger around every turn – I am ashamed at myself for not picking this up sooner. This is the kind of review where I just want to gush like a lunatic for ten pages and I will likely fan girl a bit when I meet Sabaa on the 26th at Red Balloon books! I’ll be interviewing her, so if you have any questions you’d like me to ask her, leave them in the comments and I’ll do my best to get them answered!!

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14 March 2016

{eBook Sale + Giveaway} Becoming Jinn by Lori Goldstein

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What’s better than a new book? How about a new book that only costs $2.99? If you haven’t had the chance to start the BECOMMING JINN series by Lori Goldstein, or even if you just want to have a eCopy as well, now is the perfect time to pick it up!

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01 March 2016

{Scavenger Hunt + Giveaway} Seven Black Diamonds by Melissa Marr

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Are you ready for the next scavenger hunt clue? Below, in the excerpt provided by Melissa Marr you will find ONE word bold and red – that’s the one you’re looking for!

While you are here, don’t forget to check out the amazing giveaway! Happy hunting!

About The Book

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SEVEN BLACK DIAMONDS
Author: Melissa Marr
Release Date: March 1, 2016
Pages: 400
Publisher: HarperCollins
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
Find it: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks

This riveting fantasy marks Melissa Marr’s return to the world of faery courts that made her Wicked Lovely series an international phenomenon.

Lilywhite Abernathy is a criminal—she’s half human, half fae, and since the time before she was born, a war has been raging between humans and faeries. The Queen of Blood and Rage, ruler of the fae courts, wants to avenge the tragic death of her heir due to the actions of reckless humans.

Lily’s father has always shielded her, but when she’s sent to the prestigious St. Columba’s school, she’s delivered straight into the arms of a fae sleeper cell—the Black Diamonds. The Diamonds are planted in the human world as the sons and daughters of the most influential families and tasked with destroying it from within. Against her will, Lilywhite’s been chosen to join them...and even the romantic attention of the fae rock singer Creed Morrison isn’t enough to keep Lily from wanting to run back to the familiar world she knows.

Melissa Marr returns to faery in a dramatic story of the precarious space between two worlds and the people who must thrive there. The combination of ethereal fae powers, tumultuous romance, and a bloodthirsty faery queen will have longtime fans and new readers at the edge of their seats.

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He smiled and said, “I wanted to wish you happy birthday before I sing.”

Again, she nodded. This time, though, she looked up—and wished she hadn’t.

29 February 2016

{MMSAI Tours Presents} Becoming Jinn eBook Sale Promotional Blast

By: Me My Shelf And I | 29 February 2016 at 10:16 AM | | | | | | | Be the first to comment!

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What’s better than a new book? How about a new book that only costs $2.99? If you haven’t had the chance to start the BECOMMING JINN series by Lori Goldstein, or even if you just want to have a eCopy as well, now is the perfect time to pick it up!

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17 February 2016

{Waiting on Wednesday} The King Slayer by Virginia Boecker

By: Me My Shelf And I | 17 February 2016 at 8:38 AM | | | | | | 3 Comments so far

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

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The King Slayer
The Witch Hunter #2
Author: Virginia Boecker
Release Date: June 14th, 2016
Publisher: Little Brown BFYR

Magic, suspense, and political intrigue collide in this sequel to The Witch Hunter, perfect for fans of Graceling and the Grisha Trilogy.

Former witch hunter Elizabeth Grey is hiding within the magically protected village of Harrow, evading the price put on her head by Lord Blackwell, the usurper king of Anglia. Their last encounter left Blackwell ruined, but his thirst for power grows stronger every day. He's readying for a war against those who would resist his rule--namely Elizabeth and the witches, wizards, pirates, and healers she now calls her friends.

Having lost her stigma, a magical source of protection and healing, Elizabeth's strength is tested both physically and emotionally. War always means sacrifice, and as the lines between good and evil blur once more, Elizabeth must decide just how far she'll go to save those she loves.

In this sequel to The Witch Hunter, Virginia Boecker delivers a powerful story full of action, suspense, camaraderie, and romance.

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09 February 2016

{Book Birthday + Giveaway} Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

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Happy, happy HAPPY Book Birthday to Victoria Aveyard and GLASS SWORD! While you’re here be sure to enter the giveaway for an amazing RED QUEEN prize pack from HarperTeen! 

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GLASS SWORD
Red Queen #2
Author: Victoria Aveyard Pages: 448
Release Date: February 9th, 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen

Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.
Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

03 February 2016

{MMSAI Tours Presents} Arrows by Melissa Gorzelanczyk Book Trailer Release Blast

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One arrow changes everything – and one book trailer can do the same! Join us on Februray 11th as we release the book trailer for Melissa Gorzelanczyk’s Young Adult Fantasy novel ARROWS!

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02 February 2016

{Release Day Celebration} Darkness Fair (The Dark Cycle #2) by Rachel A. Marks

By: Me My Shelf And I | 02 February 2016 at 8:14 AM | | | | | Be the first to comment!

I’m so excited to be participating in the release day celebration of DARKNESS FAIR (The Dark Cycle #2) by Rachel A. Marks. Take a moment to check out this awesome Young Adult series, and while you are here don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

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27 January 2016

{Waiting On Wednesday} Shades of Darkness by A.R. Kahler

By: Me My Shelf And I | 27 January 2016 at 8:42 AM | | | | | | 3 Comments so far

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

The level of desire I have for this book is not measurable on any regular scale. Not only is this cover pure kick-ass transformed into an image, the author is one the kindest, funniest and most creative people I have ever had the pleasure of calling a friend.

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Shades of Darkness
Ravenborn #1
Author: A.R. Kahler
Release Date: March 8th, 2016
Publisher: Simon Pulse

American Gods meets The Secret History in this suspenseful start to a brand-new fantasy trilogy about a girl named Kaira Winters, the murders that keep happening at her artsy boarding school, and the lengths she must go to in order to protect the people she loves.

When Kaira Winters decided to go to Islington—a boarding school deep in the woods of Michigan—she thought she could finally get away from everything she has tried so hard to forget, including some things from her past that she refuses to believe ever actually happened.

Everything seemed great until the bodies of murdered students started appearing all over campus. The victims seem to have been killed in some sort of ritual sacrifice. And even worse, Kaira’s dreams are giving her clues to the killer’s identity.

Though she tries to resist, Kaira quickly realizes that she is the only one who can stop the violence, but to do so she must come to terms with her past. She’s going to have to listen to the voice that is buried deep within her…the one that claims to have unimaginable power…the one that claims to be an actual goddess.

But even if Kaira can harness the power within her, will it be enough to stop the darkness that has fallen over her school? And if it is strong enough, then what’s to stop the goddess from wreaking her own havoc once she’s released?

Filled with murder, mystery, and a little bit of magic, this fresh genre-bending novel is a thrilling page-turner you won’t be able to put down until the very last page.

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25 January 2016

{MMSAI Tours Presents} Glass Sword (Red Queen #2) by Victoria Aveyard Release Day Celebration

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Join us on the 9th of February for the release day celebration of this hotly anticipated second book in the Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard. 

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GLASS SOWRD
Red Queen #2
Author: Victoria Aveyard Pages: 448
Release Date: February 9th, 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen

Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.
Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

About The Author

7074943Victoria Aveyard is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Red Queen. Victoria was born and raised in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, a small town known only for the worst traffic rotary in the continental United States. She moved to Los Angeles to earn a BFA in screenwriting at the University of Southern California. She currently splits her time between the East and West coasts. As an author and screenwriter, she uses her career as an excuse to read too many books and watch too many movies. She has sold several television pilots and feature-length screenplays. You can visit her online atwww.victoriaaveyard.comor on Twitter at @VictoriaAveyard

17 January 2016

{MMSAI Tours Presents} Darkness Fair (The Dark Cycle #2) by Rachel A. Marks Release Day Celebration

By: Me My Shelf And I | 17 January 2016 at 4:18 PM | | | | | Be the first to comment!

I’m so excited to be participating in the release day celebration of DARKNESS FAIR (The Dark Cycle #2) by Rachel A. Marks. Take a moment to check out this awesome Young Adult series, and while you are here don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

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DARKNESS FAIR
The Dark Cycle #2
Author: Rachel A. Marks Pages: 333
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Against the backdrop of an ancient battle between the forces of Light and the forces of Darkness, Aidan struggles to control the newly awakened powers that seem to be his only hope for rescuing Ava, his little sister, trapped somewhere beyond the Veil. As he gravitates to Kara, the dangerously unstable girl who helped him realize his abilities, a terrible mistake of fate is revealed that points him back toward Rebecca, whose role is becoming more critical to the battle. And no matter what his heart wants, it might be too late to stop the pieces already in motion.

Without knowing the sacrifices that will be required of them, Aidan and his motley crew of friends—each with their own role to play—must face the demon threat head-on. They’re the only ones keeping the growing army of Darkness at bay, and if they fail, the future of humanity could be lost.

About The Author

Rachel A. Marks is an award-winning author and professional artist, a surfer and dirt-bike rider, chocolate lover and keeper of faerie secrets. She was voted: Most Likely to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse, but hopes she'll never have to test the theory. Her debut novel DARKNESS BRUTAL is due out from Amazon/Skyscape July 1st. Visit her on her website:http://www.rachelannemarks.com/

 

 

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14 January 2016

{MMSAI Tours Presents} Blood Passage by Heather Demetrios Official Blog Tour

By: Me My Shelf And I | 14 January 2016 at 9:28 AM | | | | | | Be the first to comment!

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MMSAI is thrilled to pieces to bring you the official blog tour for the second novel in the Exquisite Dark Caravan Cycle series by Heather Demetrios, BLOOD PASSAGE.

12 January 2016

{Release Day Celebration} The Blue Woods by Nicole Maggi


I can’t believe the release date for Nicole Maggi’s final book in the Twin Willows Trilogy is almost here! You won’t want to miss this blast – for checking it out on the 12th you could win a full signed set of the books!
 
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THE BLUE WOODS
Twin Willow Trilogy #3
Author: Nicole Maggi
Release Date: January 2016 Publisher: Medallion Media Group
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The Night Battles ascend in THE BLUE WOODS, the exhilarating conclusion to the Twin Willows Trilogy

Sixteen-year-old Alessia Jacobs wants to go to college someday like her friends. She wishes for a chance at a normal relationship with Jonah. But normal is never an option for a Benandante like Alessia, who has sworn to protect the magic in the world from the Malandanti . . . especially when Jonah is on the opposite side of the deadly struggle. When the war comes to a head, lives will be lost, love will be gained, and Alessia will risk everything to save the people she loves and destroy the Malandanti once and for all.

About The Author

Nicole was born in the suburbs of upstate New York, and began writing poems about unicorns and rainbows at a very early age.  She detoured into acting, earned a BFA from Emerson College, and moved to NYC where she performed in lots of off-off-off-Broadway Shakespeare.  After a decade of schlepping groceries on the subway, she and her husband hightailed it to sunny Los Angeles, where they now reside, surrounded by fruit trees, with their young daughter and two oddball cats.  She is also the author of THE TWIN WILLOWS TRILOGY, published by Medallion Press.  The first book, WINTER FALLS, is available now.
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04 January 2016

{MMSAI Tours Presents} Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard Official Blog Tour

By: Me My Shelf And I | 04 January 2016 at 4:06 PM | | | | | | Be the first to comment!

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GLASS SWORD is the highly anticipated sequel to RED QUEEN and MMSAI is beyond proud to be bringing you the blog tour for it. If you’re like me, you’ve been waiting on the edge of your seat for the next installment of this thrilling series and you’ll be happy to know the wait is almost over.

Be sure to mark your calendar and join us on this 10 day blog tour full of reviews, as well as a giveaway you won’t want to miss!

13 November 2015

{Guest Post + Giveaway} The Last Faerie Queen by Chelsea Pitcher

By: Me My Shelf And I | 13 November 2015 at 5:46 AM | | | | | | Be the first to comment!

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Welcome to our stop on THE LAST FAERIE QUEEN tour for Chelsea Pitcher. I'm thrilled that Rock Star Tours let me join in, I can't say enough wonderful things about this author and her novels and I want to spread the word about them every chance I get!

Chelsea has been kind enough to provide us with an AWESOME guest post, all about fantastic faeries and while you're here don't forget to enter the giveaway for one of two signed copies!

09 November 2015

{Guest Post + Giveaway} The Cobbogoth Series by Hannah L. Clark

By: Me My Shelf And I | 09 November 2015 at 9:10 AM | | | | | | 5 Comments so far

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I'm really happy to be able to be on this tour with Kismet Tours for Hannah L. Clark! We have an EXCLUSIVE letter from James Riley to Norah and a fantastic giveaway that is open internationally!
For more info about The Cobbogoth Series you can direct your readers to the Tour Page!

27 October 2015

20 October 2015

{Book Birthday} Tell The Story To It's End by Simon P. Clark

By: Me My Shelf And I | 20 October 2015 at 12:00 AM | | | | 1 Comment so far

Happy Book Birthday to Simon P. Clark and TELL THE STORY TO IT'S END

“Debut British-American author Clark creates a tale with mythic largesse…The book explores the relationship between truth and fiction, the essence of story, and the urgency of putting dreams and experiences into words ‘to fire imaginations and break worlds.’ Savvy readers and would-be writers will love this exploration of story as an art form, a panacea, and an endless part of life.” —Kirkus Reviews

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Tell The Story To It's End
Author: Simon P. Clark
Release Date: October 20, 2015
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

15 October 2015

{Guest Post} Marie Lu's Top Ten Superpowers + Giveaway

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Welcome to my spot on THE ROSE SOCIETY blog tour for Marie Lu. I'm really excited to bring you Marie's top 10 super power choices – you might be surprised with what she picked. I also will have a review of the book for you and if you get through all that I even have an amazing giveaway for you at the bottom!

Marie Lu's Top Ten Superpowers

10. Immortality

Okay, I’m torn on this one. I don’t know if this power would be a blessing or a curse—but as a mere mortal, the thought of immortality seems kind of cool, if only so that I could see how things are in the future. Also, if Brad commands it of me….

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9. Toph

Toph’s power in Avatar: The Last Airbender, i.e. her earthbending and metalbending? Coolest.

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8. Animal Control

I’ve always loved Beast Boy’s powers in the Teen Titans. How cool would it be to call a bunch of wolves to your side, or get a herd of wildebeest to do what you want? You could’ve singlehandedly saved Mufasa’s life!

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28 September 2015

{Book Blast} The Earthbound Series by Aprilynne Pike

By: Me My Shelf And I | 28 September 2015 at 12:05 AM | | | | | Be the first to comment!

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The final installment of the Earthbound series by Aprilynne Pike, EARTHRISE was released on September 1st, 2015 and to celebrate we're having a book blast and an epic, giveaway that will be open internationally!

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