So, As a relatively new blogger, I was very excited to find that there was a Secret Santa exchange geared just for us book-obsessed folks. I found out about The Broke and the Bookish Secret Santa purely by accident, but I immediately signed up because this is the sort of thing I absolutely adore.
I had a lot of fun trying to decide what to get for my match, and I really hope that they enjoyed their surprise. I wish I could have done more, but For the person I was matched with, it seemed like the perfect gift! Read more...(512 words, 5 images, estimated 2:03 mins reading time)
This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence. Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now. When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own. Praise for Splintered:STARRED REVIEW
"Fans of dark fantasy, as well as of Carroll’s Alice in all her revisionings (especially Tim Burton’s), will find a lot to love in this compelling and imaginative novel." —Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books "Alyssa is one of the most unique protagonists I've come across in a while. Splintered is dark, twisted, entirely riveting, and a truly romantic tale." —USA Today
"Brilliant, because it is ambitious, inventive, and often surprising — a contemporary reworking of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,’’ with a deep bow toward Tim Burton’s 2010 film version." —The Boston Globe
"It’s a deft, complex metamorphosis of this children’s fantasy made more enticing by competing romantic interests, a psychedelic setting, and more mad violence than its original." —Booklist
" Protagonist Alyssa...is an original. Howard's visual imagination is superior. The story's creepiness is intriguing as horror, and its hypnotic tone and setting, at the intersection of madness and creativity, should sweep readers down the rabbit hole." —Publishers Weekly
"While readers will delight in such recognizable scenes as Alyssa drinking from a bottle to shrink, the richly detailed scenes that stray from the original will entice the imagination. These adventures are indeed wonderful." —BookPage
"Attention to costume and setting render this a visually rich read..." —Kirkus Reviews
"Wonderland is filled with much that is not as wonderful as might be expected, and yet, it is in Wonderland that Alyssa accepts her true nature. The cover with its swirling tendrils and insects surrounding Alyssa will surely attract teen readers who will not disappointed with this magical, edgy tale." —Reading Today Online
"Creepy, descriptive read with a generous dollop of romance." —School Library Journal Read more...(1184 words, 13 images, estimated 4:44 mins reading time)
Title: The Comrades Author: Lynne Sears Williams Publisher: Heart Ally Books Publication Date: August 1, 2011 Page Count: 464 Where I got: From the Publisher through BWRTours for blog tour Where you can get it: Amazon How much: List Price 13.99 Paperback, Nook 2.99, Kindle 2.99 Format I read it in: EBook
“Three more engaging Welshmen have never been written! By turns hilarious, poignant, bloody–and bloody accurate–historical fiction seldom gets as good as this.”
— Diana Gabaldon
Readers of Diana Gabaldon’s historical fiction will love Lynne Sears Williams.
9th century Wales… Read more...(541 words, 6 images, estimated 2:10 mins reading time)
Sorry it has been so quiet here of late, my faithful readers, whoever you are!
I have had a lot of things going on lately, and it became necessary to kind of go “off the grid” for a while.
The good news, of course, is that I have gotten moved into my new home, and my family and I are much happier for it. Life is starting to regain some semblance of normalcy for the first time in a year. Read more...(326 words, 3 images, estimated 1:18 mins reading time)
Just Another Rabid Reader is happy to bring you Greta van der Rol and her views on tiger conservation! Please welcome her and read what she has to say. After the guest post, you will find some additional information about Greta and her book, as well as a fun giveaway you can enter!
Without further adieu, here is Greta!
Less than 4,000 and counting… Read more...(1020 words, 6 images, estimated 4:05 mins reading time)
It's time to make her choices.
Quinn Robbins is stuck in Eirentheos, unable to use the gate to go home, and she's facing the biggest decisions of her life. Will she accept the destiny that was handed to her - one she never wanted - or will she walk away?
With events spiraling out of her control, Quinn is forced to make some difficult decisions - and some of those choices have consequences she's not prepared for.
In the final installment of the story begun in Seeds of Discovery, Quinn is about to discover who her family really is, and that sometimes love, faith, and trust are the things most worth fighting for. Read more...(845 words, 13 images, estimated 3:23 mins reading time)