R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril Challenge

Reading Challenges and Events 0 Comments 1st September, 2014

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R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril Challenge

The summer is swiftly ending and turning into fall.  The nights are getting cooler, the cicadas are chirping, and the grocery store shelves are stocked with pumpkin beers. It’s time for the R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril Challenge that’s hosted each year by Carl from Stainless Steel Droppings.  The challenge runs from September 1-October 31.  Now, challenge is a bit of a misnomer, because Carl’s challenges aren’t about seeing how much you can read, but rather to gather people together to read books centered around a specific theme.  For the RIP challenge, this means reading books that fit within the mystery/gothic/horror/dark fantasy/thriller/supernatural… Read more »

August 2014: A Month in Review

About My Blog 1 Comment 31st August, 2014

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August 2014: A Month in Review

Despite the fact that August was one of the busiest months of work that I’ve had thus far, it has also been extremely productive in terms of blogging.  I put it down to the fact that switching to more of a review consideration approach has lowered my stress level tremendously, and rather than stressing about deadlines, I’ve been reading what I want to read when I want to read it.  Here are the books that I reviewed this month: And for anyone who missed it, I still have a giveaway going on until September 5 for Emily Croy Barker’s book… Read more »

“Unexpected Stories” by Octavia Butler

Book Reviews 3 Comments 29th August, 2014

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  Octavia Butler (1947-2006) is one of my all-time favorite authors.  She uses the platform of speculative fiction to deeply explore themes of race and gender, dominance and submission, and the use and abuse of power.  She sheds light on the dark side of human nature and shows how exploitation can become entrenched within a people’s way of life. Unexpected Stories contains two previously unpublished short stories that were never released during Octavia Butler’s lifetime.  As usual, I am blown away by her stories and can’t stop thinking about them. A Necessary Being The novella A Necessary Being takes place… Read more »

“The Witch’s Betrayal” by Cassandra Rose Clarke

Book Reviews 0 Comments 27th August, 2014

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  The Witch’s Betrayal is a short story set in the same world as Cassandra Rose Clarke’s The Assassin’s Curse duology.  One of the main characters in The Assassin’s Curse is Naji, an assassin who wields powerful blood magic to hunt down his prey.  In the previous books, Clarke mentions that Naji’s face is heavily scarred, but doesn’t go into any detail as to why.  The Witch’s Betrayal tells the story of how Naji acquired his scars and reveals additional insights into his relationship with the witch Leila. One day, Naji is given an assassination assignment that’s supposed to be… Read more »

Review and Giveaway: “Inamorata” by Megan Chance

Blog Tours, Book Reviews, Giveaways 7 Comments 25th August, 2014

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  Inamorata by Megan Chance is a blend of historical fiction and fantasy set in 19th century Venice.  Joseph Hannigan and his alluring sister Sophie come to Venice to escape scandal in New York.  Joseph is an artist, and he hopes to find a wealthy patron so that he can pursue his passion.  Sophie is Joseph’s muse and has dedicated her life to helping him succeed, but she also wants someone to see her as an individual and not as an extension of her brother’s company.  Enter Nicholas Dane, an attractive former poet who becomes captivated by Sophie.  Dane is… Read more »

“The Automaton’s Treasure” by Cassandra Rose Clarke

Book Reviews 4 Comments 23rd August, 2014

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  I absolutely adored The Assassin’s Curse and The Pirate’s Wish, so when I saw that Cassandra Rose Clarke had written a couple short stories set in the same world, I couldn’t resist. The Automaton’s Treasure is a glimpse into the backstory of Marjani, one of the minor characters in the series.  Marjani was a noblewoman who was exiled after her forbidden (lesbian) relationship with a princess.  In the later books, she becomes a pirate captain and is a total badass. The Automaton’s Treasure is set right after Marjani is exiled.  She’s traveling on a passenger ship that gets taken… Read more »

“The Pirate’s Wish” by Cassandra Rose Clarke

Book Reviews 2 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 7 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 2 Comments 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 1 Comment 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 »