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Cover of the Day – 2

Posted by on March 1, 2013 9:51 pm in Features | 4 comments

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“Cover of the Day” is a feature celebrating the gorgeousness of book covers! It occurs first semi-regularly on the Curio’s Facebook pageand is then being recapped once in a while on the blog!

With the Flu (yes, capitalized; it’s like a villain’s name!) hitting so hard, I ended up neglecting the blog’s new feature – but I didn’t forget it entirely! Here are the last four covers I selected. I have to say Infinityglass is one of the most gorgeous covers I have ever seen, although the new Harry Potter one absolutely charmed me!

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the ruins of lace

love in the time of global warming

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Infinityglass by Myra McEntire / The Ruins of Lace by Iris Anthony / Love in the Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block / Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling






Waiting on Wednesday – 15

Posted by on February 27, 2013 1:56 am in Book talk | 6 comments

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

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These two books are to be released in June this year, and both have extremely compelling premises. Plus, Ink’s cover is so gorgeous I would put a copy on my wall without hesitation, and though I have yet to read Richelle Mead, I have heard great things about her other novels!

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Ink by Amanda Sun

 

(June 25th, 2013)

 

I looked down at the paper, still touching the tip of my shoe. I reached for it, flipping the page over to look.

Scrawls of ink outlined a drawing of a girl lying on a bench.

A sick feeling started to twist in my stomach, like motion sickness.

And then the girl in the drawing turned her head, and her inky eyes glared straight into mine.

On the heels of a family tragedy, the last thing Katie Greene wants to do is move halfway across the world. Stuck with her aunt in Shizuoka, Japan, Katie feels lost. Alone. She doesn’t know the language, she can barely hold a pair of chopsticks, and she can’t seem to get the hang of taking her shoes off whenever she enters a building.

Then there’s gorgeous but aloof Tomohiro, star of the school’s kendo team. How did he really get the scar on his arm? Katie isn’t prepared for the answer. But when she sees the things he draws start moving, there’s no denying the truth: Tomo has a connection to the ancient gods of Japan, and being near Katie is causing his abilities to spiral out of control. If the wrong people notice, they’ll both be targets.

Katie never wanted to move to Japan—now she may not make it out of the country alive.

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Gameboard of the Gods  by Richelle Mead

 

(June 4th, 2013)

 

In a futuristic world nearly destroyed by religious extremists, Justin March lives in exile after failing in his job as an investigator of religious groups and supernatural claims. But Justin is given a second chance when Mae Koskinen comes to bring him back to the Republic of United North America (RUNA). Raised in an aristocratic caste, Mae is now a member of the military’s most elite and terrifying tier, a soldier with enhanced reflexes and skills.

When Justin and Mae are assigned to work together to solve a string of ritualistic murders, they soon realize that their discoveries have exposed them to terrible danger. As their investigation races forward, unknown enemies and powers greater than they can imagine are gathering in the shadows, ready to reclaim the world in which humans are merely game pieces on their board.

Gameboard of the Gods, the first installment of Richelle Mead’s Age of X series, will have all the elements that have made her YA Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series such megasuccesses: sexy, irresistible characters; romantic and mythological intrigue; and relentless action and suspense.

 

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What are you waiting on this week?

Review : The Midnight Spell by Rhiannon Frater and Kody Boye

Posted by on February 26, 2013 1:08 am in 4 stars reads | 6 comments

the midnight spellThe Midnight Spell by Rhiannon Frater and Kody Boye
Pages : 288
Genre : YA, Paranormal
Stand Alone
My Rating : 4/5

From the back of the book :

Best friends since kindergarten, Adam and Christy have always been the perpetual outsiders in their small town in Texas. The other kids call Adam gay and Christy a witch.

On both counts the bullies are right.

Their junior year in high school seems destined to be the same old same old until Christy decides to cast a love spell for Adam at the midnight hour. The next day an alluring and mysterious boy enrolls at school and sets hearts aflutter, including Adam’s. Meanwhile, Christy’s mad crush on the handsome football player Ian seems to be going nowhere fast and her witch puberty is making her life miserable.

When a great evil arrives in town that threatens everything they hold dear, the best friends realize that finding a boyfriend is the least of their worries. Soon Adam and Christy will have to battle a force of darkness that has killed in their town before, and will again.

Get your copy on Amazon today!

My Thoughts :

I’ve been really sick with the flu in the past couple weeks, which sadly kept me away from almost any kind of entertainment, including blogging. Fortunately, reading was one of those things I managed to do a little off, by reading small amounts at once before falling back in a confused, syrup-induced sleep. At times, I almost feared I wouldn’t managed to finish the book in time for the tour; happily for me, The Midnight Spell was such an entertaining book that reading it was a breeze!

First thing I have to say, and it’s something I always have to mention when I come across such an opportunity (which is too rarely, really) : I loved that Adam was a gay main character, and that his story wasn’t all about this single fact. It’s also refreshing to have a story where the homosexual character isn’t used as an humorous device.

I also found that Adam and Christy were a fantastic pair of narrators. They had distinctive voices, but not in a way that clashed; their chapters had a nice flow and completed each other. Also, how nice is it to have two narrators who aren’t in love with each other? It created a narration that is less about creating tension, and more about seeing different parts of the story develop through different perspectives.

My favorite thing about The Midnight Spell though, was how light and fun it was. There’s magic, and of course there is a dark, ominous danger looming around; but more importantly, the story is about friendship, love, relationships. Even though I sometimes felt that the dialogue wasn’t completely natural, Adam and Christy’s banter made up for it plenty. Also, loved Christy’s parents and their cat Callie, who was a character as much as anyone else in the book.

In the end, The Midnight Spell turned out to be a really fun read. It’s a YA novel that doesn’t take itself too seriously, even with its teenagers’ dramatic lives. I do hope we’ll see more of Frater and Boye’s work in a close future!

A digital copy of the book has been generously provided in exchange for this review.

Rhiannon Frater is the award-winning author of the As the World Dies trilogy (The First Days, Fighting to Survive, Siege,) and the author of three other books: the vampire novels Pretty When She Dies and The Tale of the Vampire Bride and the young-adult zombie novel The Living Dead Boy and the Zombie Hunters. Inspired to independently produce her work from the urging of her fans, she published The First Days in late 2008 and quickly gathered a cult following. She won the Dead Letter Award back-to-back for both The First Days and Fighting to Survive, the former of which the Harrisburg Book Examiner called ‘one of the best zombie books of the decade.’ Rhiannon is currently represented by Hannah Gordon of the Foundry + Literary Media agency. You may contact her by sending an email to rhiannonfrater@gmail.com.
Kody Boye was born and raised in Southeastern Idaho. Since his initial publication in the Yellow Mama Webzine in 2007, he has gone on to sell nearly three-dozen stories to various markets. He is the author of the short story collection Amorous Things, the novella The Diary of Dakota Hammell, the zombie novel Sunrise and the dark fantasy novel Blood. His fiction has been described as ‘Surreal, beautiful and harrowing’ (Fantastic Horror,) while he himself has been heralded as a writer beyond his years(Bitten by Books.) He currently lives and writes in the Austin, Texas area.

 

Filling the Shelf – 91

Posted by on February 25, 2013 2:33 am in Book talk | 11 comments

Filling the Shelf is basically Mailbox Monday or the more recent Stacking the Shelves, but with a title that suits my blog! If you’re interested in joining the fun or seeing what other bloggers added to their shelves, I invite you to visit the two hosts!

 

Happy Monday readers!

Wow, it’s been a while! And I’ve missed you guys! It’s only been a couple of weeks really, but to me it feels like ages. Maybe because I spent most of this time on the couch, sick with the stomach flu. I am SO glad I am almost back to health now! I’m planning on slowly getting back into the blogging world this week. Let me know what you’ve been up to recently so that I can stop by your place, too!

Even though I was sick, I received some new books in the last couple weeks (they always make things better!) and here are the new additions to my shelves :

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The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan (Paris, 19th century, Degas : from the description, I don’t think a book could be more for me! Heard a lot of great things about this one already.)

Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan  (This one is a memoir and it sounds absolutely fascinating. Click on the title to learn more; if it’s not already on your wishlist, I wouldn’t be surprised if you added it soon!)

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The Lives we Lost by Megan Crewe (I read The Way we Fall last year and really enjoyed it; I am excited to know what’s coming next (and the cover is pretty!))

Sever by Lauren DeStefano (The conclusion to the Chemical Garden trilogy!)

What did you add to your shelves recently? Have you read one of these books?