“The Pirate’s Wish” by Cassandra Rose Clarke

Book Reviews 0 Comments 21st August, 2014

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  The Pirate’s Wish is the sequel to Cassandra Rose Clarke’s The Assassin’s Curse.  Naji is an assassin, and he’s under a curse to protect the pirate Ananna because she accidentally saved his life while he was trying to kill her.  He feels pain any time that she’s in danger, which is pretty much all the time, because Ananna is free-spirited and her childhood on a pirate ship gave her a warped definition of danger. The previous book ends with Ananna and Naji marooned on a magical island where reality doesn’t stay put and even something as simple as getting… Read more »

“The Ghost Bride” by Yangsze Choo

Blog Tours, Book Reviews 3 Comments 19th August, 2014

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  In The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo, a young Chinese woman navigates the boundaries between life and death as she approaches her wedding day. After her mother died, Li Lan’s father neglected her social life, instead choosing to sit in his office and smoke opium.  Now Li Lan nearly eighteen, and her prospects for marriage are bleak.  Her family has no money because her father hasn’t been paying attention to his business since his wife’s death.  One day, a member of the Lim family offers a unique proposition.  Li Lan could marry their son, who recently passed away, and… Read more »

“The Assassin’s Curse” by Cassandra Rose Clarke

Book Reviews 1 Comment 17th August, 2014

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  There are three ways of bettering yourself in the Pirates’ Confederation, Mama told me once: murder, mutiny, and marriage. Ananna of the Tanarau grew up on a pirate ship.  She’s about to be married off to a member of the Hariri clan, a rival pirate family, but she doesn’t like her fiance and runs away instead.  Ananna has heard stories since she was a little girl about the mystical assassins known as the Jadorr’a, but she’s never seen one, and doesn’t think they’re real.  They’re like a bogeyman or a monster under the bed. The Hariris send an assassin… Read more »

Giveaway: The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic

Giveaways 0 Comments 15th August, 2014

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Giveaway: The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic

  In celebration of the paperback release of Emily Croy Barker’s The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic, the publisher is letting me give away one copy of the book. To enter, please use the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.  The giveaway is US only and will run until September 5.  The winner has 48 hours to get back to me once I send the e-mail, otherwise I’ll draw a new one. THE THINKING WOMAN’S GUIDE TO REAL MAGIC (Penguin Paperback; On-sale: August 2014; $16.00; ISBN: 9780143125679) is the richly imagined story of what one young woman must… Read more »

“The Mark of the Tala” by Jeffe Kennedy

Book Reviews 0 Comments 13th August, 2014

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  The Mark of the Tala by Jeffe Kennedy is a fantasy romance novel about a young princess who is more than she seems.  Princess Andromeda (but everyone calls her Andi) is the middle sister.  She’s a bit of a tomboy and doesn’t fit in.  One day, she goes riding in the wild lands outside the castle and meets Rayfe, a handsome stranger who tells her that the Tala need her and that she will be his queen. Andi is understandably freaked out.  The Tala are basically the fae.  They possess great magic and can even shapeshift, but people think… Read more »

Kickstarter: The 11th Hour by Timothy Lyon Jr.

Uncategorized 0 Comments 12th August, 2014

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Kickstarter: The 11th Hour by Timothy Lyon Jr.

The 11th Hour by Timothy Lyon Jr. William Bryant is an Uppercity citizen who, just like everyone else, is perfect in every way. Day in and day out he continues life like so many others. However, a natural curiosity was born out of the staleness of perfection and now takes over William’s better judgment from time to time. After encountering the so-called “imperfect” from the Undercity, he sneaks his way down below Axiom’s Uppercity, a world his has never known. He discovers not a city that people claim to be hideous, rancid, and imperfect, but a one that is perfect… Read more »

“The Farthest Shore” by Marian Perera

Book Reviews 0 Comments 11th August, 2014

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“The Farthest Shore” by Marian Perera

  The Farthest Shore by Marian Perera is the latest in the Eden series, a set of standalone romance novels set in a fantasy world on the brink of its Industrial Revolution.  Captain Alyster Juell is on his first command, and he’s been assigned to compete in an international boat race with a new type of ship that’s powered by steam engines instead of wind and sails.  On the night before he leaves, he is interviewed by a reporter named Miri. Miri has a secret.  She’s half Turean.  Alyster’s country has been at war with the Turean pirates for years,… Read more »

Really, Amazon?

Articles, Lists, and Rants 12 Comments 9th August, 2014

I signed up for Kindle Direct Publishing a couple years ago when Kindle was experimenting with blog subscriptions.  I had forgotten about it entirely until this morning, when I got the following e-mail about the Amazon/Hachette debacle. Dear KDP Author, Just ahead of World War II, there was a radical invention that shook the foundations of book publishing. It was the paperback book. This was a time when movie tickets cost 10 or 20 cents, and books cost $2.50. The new paperback cost 25 cents – it was ten times cheaper. Readers loved the paperback and millions of copies were… Read more »

“How to Be Black” by Baratunde Thurston

Book Reviews 2 Comments 8th August, 2014

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  I bought How to Be Black by Baratunde Thurston because I thought it would make a hilarious coffee table book and/or conversation piece.  Race is one of those taboo topics that people (myself included) aren’t comfortable talking about.  Since Baratunde Thurston writes for The Onion, I hoped he’d be able to talk about racial issues with humor and levity.  I’d consider it a success. How to Be Black is hard to categorize.  It’s part humor, part education, and part memoir.  It’s designed to make you think, but it’s also lighthearted.  The author alternates between a memoir-style format that describes… Read more »

New Acquisitions: 8/6/2014

New Acquisitions 4 Comments 6th August, 2014

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New Acquisitions: 8/6/2014

New Acquisitions is a feature where I talk about recent books that I’ve purchased, borrowed, won, and/or received for review consideration.  All book descriptions are taken from Goodreads. For Review Consideration: The Brothers Cabal by Jonathan L. Howard I was introduced to Jonathan L. Howard’s writing through his young adult submarine adventure series called the Russalka Chronicles.  The Brothers Cabal is the fourth book in a series that he wrote for grown-ups, but it seems like it can stand on its own. Horst Cabal has risen from the dead. Again. Horst, the most affable vampire one is ever likely to… Read more »