Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Ariadne by S.D. Hines

by S.D. Hines

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Published: 2013
Publisher: Story Merchant Books
Genre: Fantasy, Mythology, YA
ebook: 143 pages
Rating: 4

Heroines of Classical Greece series:
Ariadne: A Tale of the Minotaur

Three thousand years before The Hunger Games, a conquered nation was forced to send their finest youths to fight and die, facing an invulnerable creature they had no chance of defeating.

ARIADNE: A Tale of the Minotaur--one of Hines' Heroines of Classical Greece series--is a contemporary retelling of the classic tale of Theseus and the Minotaur, a story with more twists and turns than even the Labyrinth holds.

Prophesied in lost Atlantis, the Grand Conjunction is rapidly approaching, the day when a unique astrological alignment makes all things possible. But more is at stake than the fate of young Theseus, prince of Athens, and his fellow Athenian tributes. This single day will decide the destiny of nations, a vanished people's resurrection--and give birth to a god.

It is also the story of Daedalus and Icarus, of an immortal yearning for love, and the greatest and basest that humanity offers. A power will soon be released that will destroy the world unless it is tamed by the newborn god who is born of a man and monster. But who is the man, and who is the monster?

The secret lies not only in the Labyrinth, but IS the Labyrinth.

And the only person who can save two worlds and tame the monster is the weakest and meekest of all: Ariadne, the beautiful daughter of Minos, king of Crete.

My two-bits:

Great way to get into Greek mythology.

I was not too familiar with the Ariadne story other than her part with helping Theseus in the Labyrinth. This story gave some good background and character development of Ariadne who is a heroine, indeed.

I also liked learning about the Minotaur and watching his character and person evolve throughout the story. Fascinating.

And, this story's perspective of Theseus makes a more well-rounded version - one who is not as golden as portrayed in other retellings.


* review copy courtesy of publisher

* added this to my Bookish Bingo challenge

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Blitz: Strange and Ever After by Susan Dennard

DID you know...

IFB is hosting the promo tour for the third and final book in Susan Dennard's STEAMPUNK, ZOMBIE trilogy.


or rather in keeping with zombie mode, nom nom, delicious!

Visit here for tour schedule and a cool giveaway.

MUST get...

Strange and Ever After
by Susan Dennard
-just released: July 22, 2014
Amazon | Goodreads

In the conclusion to the trilogy that Publishers Weekly called “a roaring—and addictive—gothic world,” Eleanor Fitt must control her growing power, face her feelings for Daniel, and confront the evil necromancer Marcus...all before it’s too late.

He took her brother, he took her mother, and now, Marcus has taken her good friend Jie. With more determination than ever to bring this sinister man to justice, Eleanor heads to the hot desert streets of nineteenth-century Egypt in hopes of ending this nightmare. But in addition to her increasingly tense relationships with Daniel, Joseph, and her demon, Oliver, Eleanor must also deal with her former friend, Allison, who has curiously entangled herself in Eleanor’s mission.

With the rising dead chomping at her every move and Jie’s life hanging in the balance, Eleanor is convinced that her black magic will see her through to the bitter end. But there will be a price. Though she and the Spirit Hunters have weathered every battle thus far, there will be consequences to suffer this time—the effects of which will be irreversible. And when it’s over, only some will be able to live a strange and ever after.

Susan Dennard will leave readers breathless and forever changed in the concluding pages of this riveting ride.

AND if you haven't already, get the first books in the series too...

A Dawn Most Wicked
by Susan Dennard
Amazon | Goodreads

Something Strange and Deadly
by Susan Dennard
-book 1
Amazon | Goodreads

A Darkness Strange and Lovely
by Susan Dennard
-book 2
Amazon | Goodreads

Monday, July 28, 2014

This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki

This One Summer
by Mariko Tamaki (Author)
Jillian Tamaki (Illustrator)

Find out more about this book and authors:
Blog: Mariko
Twitter @marikotamaki

Website: Jillian
Twitter @dirtbagg

Just released: May 2014
Publisher: First Second
Genre: Graphic Novel, MG
Paperback: 320 pages
Rating: 4

Every summer, Rose goes with her mom and dad to a lake house in Awago Beach. It's their getaway, their refuge. Rosie's friend Windy is always there, too, like the little sister she never had. But this summer is different. Rose's mom and dad won't stop fighting, and when Rose and Windy seek a distraction from the drama, they find themselves with a whole new set of problems. One of the local teens - just a couple of years older than Rose and Windy - is caught up in something bad... Something life threatening.

It's a summer of secrets, and sorrow, and growing up, and it's a good thing Rose and Windy have each other.

This One Summer is a tremendously exciting new teen graphic novel from two creators with true literary clout. Cousins Mariko and Jillian Tamaki, the team behind Skim, have collaborated on this gorgeous, heartbreaking, and ultimately hopeful story about a girl on the cusp of childhood - a story of renewal and revelation.

My two-bits:

Perfect read for the summer - or if you are feeling summer-ish.

The illustrations in this graphic novel are tinted in blue which matches the sentimental nostalgic mood of the story - which is not of the warm fuzzy-feeling kind.

The story portrays the innocence and fun times of two tweens who have spent time family vacation times together. One particular summer exposes some horrors of reality in more ways than one.

However, overall a sweet read and loved the visuals.


* image source: dance panel

* added this to my Bookish Bingo challenge

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Stacking the Shelves - 7.26.14

Stacking the Shelves
hosted by Tynga's Reviews (details)

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!



The Fever
by Megan Abbott
-Horror, Mystery, YA
add-on book for BookSparks Summer Reading Challenge 2014
Amazon | Goodreads

by Rainbow Rowell
-chick-lit, romance
add-on book for BookSparks Summer Reading Challenge 2014
Amazon | Goodreads

The Vacationers: A Novel
by Emma Straub
-chick-lit, contemporary fiction
add-on book for BookSparks Summer Reading Challenge 2014
WIN a copy from BookSparks here
Amazon | Goodreads

For Review:

Ascension of the Whyte
by Karen Wrighton
courtesy of A Daydreamer's Thoughts Book Tour
Thanks Faye!
Amazon | Goodreads

The Red Sheet
by Mia Kerick
courtesy of Tribute Books Tour
Thanks Beckey and Nicole!
Amazon | Goodreads


by M.T. Anderson
-dystopia, YA
Amazon | Goodreads

Identity crises, consumerism, and star-crossed teenage love in a futuristic society where people connect to the Internet via feeds implanted in their brains.

For Titus and his friends, it started out like any ordinary trip to the moon - a chance to party during spring break and play with some stupid low-grav at the Ricochet Lounge. But that was before the crazy hacker caused all their feeds to malfunction, sending them to the hospital to lie around with nothing inside their heads for days. And it was before Titus met Violet, a beautiful, brainy teenage girl who has decided to fight the feed and its omnipresent ability to categorize human thoughts and desires. Following in the footsteps of George Orwell, Anthony Burgess, and Kurt Vonnegut Jr., M. T. Anderson has created a not-so-brave new world — and a smart, savage satire that has captivated readers with its view of an imagined future that veers unnervingly close to the here and now.

Listening of the audio version which I highly recommend as you will get a good feel for the advert feeds presented.


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Friday, July 25, 2014

Serenade by Emily Kiebel (with giveaway)


by Emily Kiebel

Visit Emily:
Twitter @TheEmilyKiebel

Just released: July 15, 2014
Publisher: SparkPress
Genre: New Adult, Paranormal
Paperback: 358 pages
Rating: 3.5

Suddenly the voice she prized is now dangerously seductive.

Lorelei Clark’s only concern was her future as a classically trained soprano, that is, until the day her father was tragically killed. Shattered by his death, she hesitantly accepts an invitation from a mysterious aunt to visit her lavish oceanside home in Cape Cod. She quickly discovers that her aunt and the two women who live with her are harboring a frightening secret – they are sirens, terrifying mythical creatures responsible for singing doomed sailors to their deaths. Even more astounding, Lorelei is one of them.

In this new world where water comes alive at her touch and an ancient power pulses beneath the tide, the most important rule Lorelei must learn is that a siren never interferes with fate. When she breaks this rule by rescuing a handsome sailor who should have died at sea, the sirens vow she must finish the job or face grave consequences. Finding herself inexplicably attracted to him, she must fight to keep him safe from the others, even if it means risking her own life – and her heart – in the process.

My two-bits:

Starts out as a mellow slow paced story that introduces the world of sirens and power of the Song.

I liked learning about the differences between sirens, banshees and mermaids. Other entities were also mentioned that figure into this world.

The last quarter of the book has some action scenes and interesting reveals.

Also included, a touch of romance.

About the author:
Emily Kiebel was raised in Colorado and went on to study classical music and English at Concordia University.

She found a love for singing early in life and now sings professionally and directs a local church choir.

In her spare time, she can be found exploring the natural beauty of the great outdoors with her beloved dogs, Ginny and Diggory, cooking for friends and family, traveling or dragging her friends along to obscure historical sites. Serenade is her debut novel.

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