Monday, July 30, 2012

Mythological Mondays: The Birth of the Olympics

Mythological Mondays is a feature I created to spotlight books brimming with--you guessed it--mythology! I adore this sub-genre and can't wait to share my love with all of my fellow bookworms! This feature isn't just focused on novel reviews; it may also include interviews, looks at original mythological tales, etc. Please feel free to do this with me! If you guys ever do a mythological feature and want to join this and snag my lovely mermaid, I would LOVE to see the feature. Leave a comment for us all to see! It doesn’t have to be Greek mythology, or even mythology per say. It can be mermaids, unicorns, or heck, even fairy tales (because I’m too lazy to do a separate fairy tale feature…). It doesn’t even have to be every Monday. I’m sure there will be Mondays when I skip, too!
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I'm always excited when it's an Olympics year.  Whether it's Summer or Winter, I have my favorite sports, and it's the one time I really sit down and watch them most of the time.  Last night watching all the swimming and gymnastics, I was even inspired to take off my (almost freshly-done!) nail polish and redo everything with a special Olympics design in honor of the ongoing games (yes, I'm nuts...).

Today, I was curious about the roots of the Olympics and where they stemmed from.  Do you know how much mythology is involved in the origins stories?  I think the stories of how such an acclaimed event came into fashion are intriguing:
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The Origins of the Olympics
NOTE: I pulled this word for word [with a few omissions] from: 
About.com Ancient/Classical History.
These words are NOT my own and I don't claim them to be.  
I knew the actual passage told the history better than I could summarize!

1. One Olympic origins story is connected with one of the early members of the tragedy-ridden House of Atreus. Pelops won the hand of his bride, Hippodamia, by competing in a chariot race against her father, King Oinomaos (Oenomaus) of Pisa, in Elis. Oinomaos was the son of Ares and the Pleiad Sterope.


Pelops, whose shoulder Demeter had once had to replace when she accidentally ate it, conspired to win the race by replacing the king's chariot's lynch-pins with ones made of wax. These melted on the course, throwing the king from his chariot and killing him. After Pelops married Hippodamia, he commemorated his victory over Oinomaos by holding the first Olympic Games. These games either expiated his killing or thanked the gods for the victory.


According to Gregory Nagy, in "Chapter 4 Pindar's Olympian 1 and the Aetiology of the Olympic Games", Pindar, in his 1st Olympian Ode, denies that Pelops served his son to the gods at the infamous feast where Demeter absent-mindedly ate a shoulder chop. Instead, Poseidon abducted Pelops' son and repaid Pelops by helping him win that chariot race.


2. Another version of the origin of the Olympic games, also from Pindar, in Olympian X, attributes the Olympic games to the great Greek hero Hercules (Heracles), who held the games as a thank offering to honor his father, Zeus, after Hercules had exacted revenge on King Augeus of Elis. Foolishly, Augeus had defaulted on his promised reward to Hercules for cleansing the stables.


3. Pausanias 5.7 says the Olympic origins lie in Zeus' victory over Cronus. The following passage elaborates this and also explains musical elements in the ancient Olympics.[5.7.10] Now some say that Zeus wrestled here with Cronus himself for the throne, while others say that he held the games in honor of his victory over Cronus. The record of victors include Apollo, who outran Hermes and beat Ares at boxing. It is for this reason, they say, that the Pythian flute-song is played while the competitors in the pentathlum are jumping; for the flute-song is sacred to Apollo, and Apollo won Olympic victories.


A common thread of the stories about the origins of the Olympic games is that the games were instituted following a personal or competitive victory and were intended to honor the gods.

Cover Art REVEALED: STORY'S END by Marissa Burt


To me, the cover for EVERBOUND by Brodi Ashton is just as gorgeous as its predecessor for EVERBOUND:


EVERBOUND by Brodi Ashton

I really enjoyed this year's release of STORYBOUND (reviewed here) and am looking forward to next year's sequel, STORY'S END.

I really like how similar the two books look to one another.  They both feature the same framing technique, albeit with different design work to the edging, and it's in the same shade of pale blue.  While the blue looked a little odd on STORYBOUND when I was expecting silver, it looks just right against the background of the new book.

I also like how, on both jackets, you see the characters entering a gorgeous, unique building that's looming and looking both eerie and captivating.

Plus, it's illustrated.  Always a perk.

Ahh, so shiny and nice...!

What are your thoughts on this week's cover choice?

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Week in Review: The Manageable Edition

Week in Review

The Manageable Edition!


This week felt so...refreshing.  I received two books for review...and that was it.  Believe it or not, it felt NICE.  


Some weeks, I'm overwhelmed at the amount of books I receive and don't know when I'll have time to read them all.  This week, a lot of my ARCs are expiring, for example, and I think I can renew a few of them, but there is no way I can read more than a couple in four days!  Even though I want the books a lot, this kind of situation makes me feel rushed, and like I "have to," and I forget why I wanted the book in the first place.


So yes, this week felt NICE.  Relaxing, manageable.  And both books sound great, which is always a plus!
READING NOW:



*FROSTFIRE by Zoë Marriott {Though I shouldn't, since I have so many review copies to read, but I started the first book on my birthday and finished it last night... *whines*}
*SIRENZ: BACK IN FASHION by Charlotte Bennardo and Natalie Zaman {Need to make time to pick this back up!}

[link to my GoodReads account so you can see my blurb feed as I read]
READ THIS WEEK:

*THE UNBECOMING OF MARA DYER by Michelle Hodkin {Re-read}
*THE EVOLUTION OF MARA DYER by Michelle Hodkin {Ahhh, it's here!}
*DAUGHTER OF THE FLAMES by Zoë Marriott {So good.  Read her. Now.}
REVIEWED:

*PUSHING THE LIMITS by Katie McGarry
FEATURES:

*Cover Art REVEALED: EVERBOUND by Brodi Ashton
*Mythological Mondays: The Mythology in PUSHING THE LIMITS by Katie McGarry
*Waiting on Wednesday: DEATH'S APPRENTICE: A Grimm City Novel by K. W. Jeter
*Mad About Nails: The Glittery Trio Edition

RECEIVED THIS WEEK:



 E-books for Review:

*IRONSKIN by Tina Connolly
{Out Oct. 02, 2012}
{Thanks to Netgalley and Tor Books! A steampunk retelling of Jane Eyre with fairies? I'm not a big fan of fairies, but retellings, oh my!}

*THE TIME KEEPER by Mitch Albom
{Out Sept. 11, 2012}
{Thanks to Netgalley and Hyperion! I adore Mitch Albom.  TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE is one of my all-time favorite books, in part because it inspired me to write my first finished "long"  story back in high school.  I'm not saying it was good, mind you.  I did, however, right the first seven chapters in one go after finishing MORRIE and it was about a relationship between a boy and his ailing grandfather, which is nothing like MORRIE, but similar.  Anyway, I love Mitch Albom, and his new book is being tagged, "a compelling fable about the first man on earth to count the hours. The man who became Father Time."  Yes, please!}


What did you get in your mailbox this week?

Friday, July 27, 2012

Mad About Nails: The Glittery Trio Edition

 
Welcome to my brand-new feature!  I've had quite a few people comment on my nails in the past month and ask what I was using or wish I'd done a close-up so they could see better, etc., etc.  So recently when I was in NYC and some book bloggers were commenting on my nails, I had a realization:  Why not do a feature on nail polish?  It's not book-related (Unless you're wearing the new HUNGER GAMES-inspired line from China Glaze, but I'm not even going into how wrong that is...), but it's fun.  Plus, if I do this feature, I'll be more likely to re-paint my nails this week and less likely to let them chip their way to the bare bones (which would mean that I could see my nails...and if I see them, I want to bite them!).  What do you think?  I think I'm officially toeing the "too crazy" line now...

Even though the end result was sort of an accident and not what I was initially planning, I think my nails came out really cute this week! I'm surprised by the amount of compliments I've received, too.  I've even had someone ask if I got them professionally done and someone else who thought they must have taken me a really long time to do (they didn't)!

Check out the following video to see what colors I used, or read my description  below!

The first half of the video features my nails right after I did them, but the picture right here to my left and the nails in the second half of the video feature the nail polish after one week and one day of application.  They've held up REALLY well, though they'll probably start chipping this weekend, which is sad, but also good, since I received a nail stamping set for my birthday yesterday and can't wait to try it out.  Whoot!




Aren't they cute?  I used ULTA's five-piece PopAganda set (only $9.95 for all five!) in "Bang!," "Bam!," and "Wham!"  I was also planning to use "Ka-Pow!" and "Zoom!," but my nails aren't long enough for a full, five-stripe manicure.  And THEN I was going to try a water marbling technique on top, but the black I chose is too thick to marble well.  I need to buy another black, I guess!
If you look closely, you can see some black from the bad marbling job on my thumb towards the edge and shimmering beneath the yellow "Wham!" polish.  When I turn my nails over, you can see some pink "Ka-Pow!" because I started with a pink tip, then re-did it with the blue "Bang!" to make everything pop.  I put the glittery "Jewelry Heist" from Wet n Wild's Spoiled line on top to bring the look together and hide all the flaws.  I think it's cute!


The second half of the video showcases the nail supply haul I snagged this week at Sally's Beauty Supply and the Dollar Tree, from nail thinner to cosmetic wedges for sponging on polish!  I've been watching a lot of videos on YouTube and have found so many cute things to try out!

 Is anyone else obsessed with nail polish? What are you wearing right now?

Thursday, July 26, 2012

{Review and Giveaway} PUSHING THE LIMITS by Katie McGarry

Stay tuned after today's review at the bottom of this post to enter to win your own copy of the buzzworthy PUSHING THE LIMITS!  Today may be my birthday, but HarlequinTeen and I are gifting one of you with this incredible, hard-hitting novel!

Also, did you know there's mythology in PUSHING THE LIMITS?  It's true!
Check out this week's Mythological Mondays post!

Another cool thing?  Candace's Book Blog, Natalia @ Dazzling Reads, The Page Turners, Mary @ The Book Swarm and at The Bewitched Bookworms have put together a PUSHING THE LIMITS Read-Along from July 31st to August 28th, including a live Twitter chat with author Katie McGarry!  
Click here for more information!

O P E N I N G   H O O K:


"MY FATHER IS A CONTROL FREAK, I hate my stepmother, my brother is dead, and my mother has...well...issues. How do you think I'm doing?"

(Page 1, US hardcover edition)



While I've always been more of a fan of fantasy than I have contemporary, especially teen contemporary now that I'm no longer a teen, I've been trying to read more in this genre.  PUSHING THE LIMITS by Katie McGarry has been garnering huge amounts of advance buzz this summer, the like of which I haven't seen since Stephanie Perkins released ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS.  It took me a long time to pick up ANNA because I didn't like the cover or the title and, let's face it, I thought it was pure romance, which I really don't read.  But it was devastatingly good and stuck with me long after the book ended because the character development was so superb.  PUSHING THE LIMITS also has a very romantic cover, so I overlooked the book when I first saw it online and I ignored the initial buzz.  I read an interview that another blogger had done with McGarry and became intrigued.  When publisher HarlequinTeen offered me a review copy and a giveaway copy, I jumped at the chance to see the book everyone is talking about.  I'm not going to make the mistake I did with ANNA and judge this book by its cover.

I'm so glad I read this.  As soon as the book arrived, I dropped what I was reading (Which turned into a DNF anyway, so I'm glad I dropped it...*cough*) to pick up PUSHING THE LIMITS and I devoured it.  It was my day off, so I had plenty of time to read, and I stayed up late to finish.  It was that good.  Like the way Perkins developed characters I became enamored with when reading ANNA, so too did McGarry.  Plus, PUSHING THE LIMITS is an issues book.  Personally, I love books full of hard-hitting issues because they keep my attention more than a straight-forward romance ever could.  Books with issues are the sort of contemporary novels I love best.

Ignore the deceptively romantic cover.  All of that romance came at a high price.  Told in alternating points of view between main characters Echo and Noah, both characters are incredibly damaged at the novel's start.  Echo's older brother died in Afghanistan, which was a huge blow to her family.  Her mother, who already suffered from mental illness, did something devastating, something that left scars on Echo despite the fact that her mind has repressed the memory.  Noah, on the other hand, is an orphan.  His parents died in a tragic house fire and his two younger brothers have been taken away from him and put into separate foster housing.  Both Echo and Noah had so much taken from them and have gone through so much ever since their respective tragedies.  Despite being from different paths in life, they find one another and learn how to heal, how to let go, how to move on, how to embrace the future and leave the past behind.  The journey these two embark on is incredible and by the novel's end, both have come so far.

It's hard to describe PUSHING THE LIMITS without giving things away.  All I can say is that McGarry, despite this being her debut novel, is a pro at layering and building up the development of her characters.  Their world is real, and it's so easy for readers to get lost in the journey.  The book has very raw, realistic emotions reminiscent of teen contemporary queen Simone Elkeles, who actually has a blurb on the dust jacket of PUSHING THE LIMITS.  While most of McGarry's secondary characters fall to the wayside (it isn't, after all, their story), it's interesting to see that she'll focus on one of these characters in the 2013 release of her next novel, DARE YOU TO.  While the character isn't one I necessarily gravitated to the first time around, it will be interesting to see how McGarry gets into her psyche and whether or not she can make me care the way she did when I read about Echo and Noah.  I'll willing to take that chance and find out.  Are you?
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C O V E R   D E S I G N:

The cover WITHOUT the dust jacket.
Image from Katie McGarry's blog b/c I'm LAZY, lol.
If I had seen this cover on the shelf and knew nothing about the book, I probably wouldn't have picked up PUSHING THE LIMITS.  The cover looks very light, and there are many YA contemporary novels with couples against a locker, so it doesn't really stand out.  Most recently, KEEP HOLDING ON by Susane Colasanti comes to mind, and this book also has a misleading cover since it's full of hard issues.

At the same time, the romance that builds between the two main characters is an important part of the story and the character development, so I can see why they went this route.  Plus, the cover was designed with darker, grittier colors and a punch of silver, so the coloring stands out.  I love that the female model has curly red hair like Echo does, too.  Win!

The interior of the design is fabulous.  If you take off the dust jacket, you see a full locker-sized image of the cover that spans the front cover, spine, and back cover.  Each chapter alternates between Echo's and Noah's POVs, and each character has a unique font well-suited for his/her personality:




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O F F I C I A L   I N F O:

Title: PUSHING THE LIMITS
Authors: Katie McGarry
Release Date: Out July 30, 2012
Publisher: HarlequinTeen
Received: Received for Review
 
SUMMARY:

No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with "freaky" scars on her arms. Even Echo can't remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal. But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo's world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible. Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she'll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: DEATH'S APPRENTICE: A Grimm City Novel by K. W. Jeter



Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine. This event highlights our most-wanted upcoming releases!

Title: DEATH'S APPRENTICE: A Grimm City Novel
Author: K. W. Jeter
Release Date: Oct. 30, 2011
Publisher: St. Martin's Press

 

WHY?

1) I love fairy tales.

2) The summary makes it sound as though there are going to be SO MANY fairy tales in one novel, and the mash-up sounds innovative and unique.

3) DEATH'S APPRENTICE sounds darker, and let's face it: The original fairy tales are a LOT darker than their Disney counterparts.  This is one reason I loved the recent release of KILL ME SOFTLY by Sarah Cross so much.  It was darker and based off of the original tales in a new way.  I'm hoping for the same with DEATH'S APPRENTICE!

SUMMARY: 


Forget about Once Upon a Time . . .

Built on top of the gates of Hell, Grimm City is the Devil's capital on earth. A place where every coffee shop, nightclub and shopping mall is the potential hunting ground for a ghost, a demon, or any of the other supernatural entities that inhabit the Grimm City world.Death's seventeen-year-old apprentice, Nathaniel, comes into his own as he leads an uprising against the Devil with the help of a half-dead wraith and a giant hit-man. What results is a bloody, brutal revolt that calls upon the loyalties of both the living and the dead.

Based not only upon the Brothers Grimm well-known fairy tales, but also upon their "unknown" sagas and essays, DEATH'S APPRENTICE is the first novel to be based upon the entire Grimm canon. Such a comprehensive, in-depth adaptation of the works of the Brothers Grimm has never been published before.

What are you anxiously waiting for this Wednesday?

Monday, July 23, 2012

Mythological Mondays: The Mythology in PUSHING THE LIMITS by Katie McGarry

Mythological Mondays is a feature I created to spotlight books brimming with--you guessed it--mythology! I adore this sub-genre and can't wait to share my love with all of my fellow bookworms! This feature isn't just focused on novel reviews; it may also include interviews, looks at original mythological tales, etc. Please feel free to do this with me! If you guys ever do a mythological feature and want to join this and snag my lovely mermaid, I would LOVE to see the feature. Leave a comment for us all to see! It doesn’t have to be Greek mythology, or even mythology per say. It can be mermaids, unicorns, or heck, even fairy tales (because I’m too lazy to do a separate fairy tale feature…). It doesn’t even have to be every Monday. I’m sure there will be Mondays when I skip, too!

I always love when mythology reaches me when I least expect it, as was the case with Katie McGarry's upcoming novel PUSHING THE LIMITS, out July 30th.  At first, I wondered why McGarry chose to name her main character Echo, but when I saw that the name had Greek roots, I was thrilled!

In Greek mythology, Echo is a nymph who is cursed by Hera.  She loses her voices and is forced to forever echo the words of other people and never her own.  Echo also shows up in other tales such as the infamous story of Narcissus.  Echo's mother was a huge fan of mythology and named both her children after mythological characters.  Echo's brother is named Aires.  I'm not sure if this is a creative spelling of Aries or someone minor in mythology that I'm not familiar with.  At one point, Aires is used in conjunction with the tale of Andromeda and Perseus, so I'm really unsure!  Either way, it's super cool that both children are named after mythological figures.

Another main character, Noah, often refers to Echo as a "nymph" or a "siren."  While this does get a little tedious after a while because it feels like being slammed with the term, the first time I came across it and saw Noah's explanation, everything clicked into place and made sense.  Of COURSE Noah would see Echo in this way and come up with this nickname.  Plus, Noah's really smart beneath the surface, so it's nice to see he knows his mythology.  A little out of place, but really fun!

I loved seeing all of the mythology that crept into PUSHING THE LIMITS!

**Check back this week for a review of PUSHING THE LIMITS and a book GIVEAWAY!!!**


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O F F I C I A L   I N F O:


Title: PUSHING THE LIMITS
Authors: Katie McGarry
Release Date: Out July 30, 2012
Publisher: HarlequinTeen
Received: Received for Review
 


SUMMARY:


No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with "freaky" scars on her arms. Even Echo can't remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal. But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo's world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible. Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she'll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.

Cover Art REVEALED: EVERBOUND by Brodi Ashton


To me, the cover for EVERBOUND by Brodi Ashton is just as gorgeous as its predecessor for EVERBOUND:


EVERBOUND by Brodi Ashton

I adored the cover for EVERNEATH.  It's probably one of my favorite covers of 2012, and a book I had to own in hardcover and not e-book format because it was so beautiful.

I'm having trouble choosing a favorite cover now!  They're both so beautiful.  I think EVERNEATH is still my favorite because the red really makes the dress POP and the fabric is made of something gossamer and almost fantastic.  I love the way you can't tell if the model is stepping out of the smoke or melting into it.  I adore the way the smoke is various shades of white, gray, and black.

I like the way this theme continues with EVERBOUND.  In addition to white, gray, and black, the smoke also has a tint of red, echoing the first book and the matching title treatment.  With this book, the model is obviously stepping out of the smoke and becoming whole again.  The cover is also much darker.  The wisps of disappearing/re-appearing...fabric? hair? ...isn't quite as obvious as with EVERNEATH, but overall, I think the cover is still fabulous.  It has me really excited to read this sequel!

What are your thoughts on this week's cover choice?

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Week in Review: The Feed Your Nook Edition!

Week in Review

The Feed Your Nook Edition!


This week, I made my nook VERY happy.  It got almost all the love!

 Did you enjoy Splash into Summer?  I know I did!  I still have one giveaway to come (and some of the giveaways are still going on through the end of the month.  Check them out!), and possibly a review of H2O, but other than that, we're done!  As much as I adore everything under the scene...it's good to go back to what *I* want to read again!
READING NOW:



*SKYLARK by Megan Spooner
*THE UNBECOMING OF MARA DYER by Michelle Hodkin {Re-read! It's time to evolve!}
*SIRENZ: BACK IN FASHION by Charlotte Bennardo and Natalie Zaman


Um...because I obviously can't stick to one book this week.  SKYLARK is expiring, SIRENZ is a tour read, and MARA DYER...well, I have a sequel I'm coveting! LOL.  I've started all three...and finished none...

[link to my GoodReads account so you can see my blurb feed as I read]
READ THIS WEEK:

*PUSHING THE LIMITS by Katie McGarry {Spotlighting soon, and there will be a GIVEAWAY!}


{What happens when you start four different books in one week?  You finish one of them...}
REVIEWED:

*FATHOMLESS by Jackson Pearce {Splashy One to Watch}
*WAKING STORMS by Sarah Porter
FEATURES:

*Guest Post and Giveaway with TANGLED TIDES Author Karen Amanda Hooper
*{Blog Tour Guest Post} The Writing Process for Kate Hinderer's EMERALD ISLE
*Waiting on Wednesday: PROPHECY by Ellen Oh
*The reality of e-books
*Terry Goodkind's latest novel is exclusively in e-book format!

RECEIVED THIS WEEK:





 Physical Arcs / Finished Copies

*PUSHING THE LIMITS by Katie McGarry 
{Thank you to HarlequinTeen for the lovely finished copy!  Check back soon to win a copy of your own!  The word of mouth on this has been incredible, and while I'm not huge on contemporary, especially when the covers are fluffier like this one, this was an issues book, and I love issues.  The story was gripping, the characters compelling.  I put down everything to read this when it arrived!}



 Purchased:

*THE ASSASSIN AND THE EMPIRE by Sarah J. Maas
{The fourth and final novella leading up to THRONE OF GLASS, which releases in August.  I can finally share my review with you soon!}

*THE SHADOW CATS by Rae Carson
{I loved THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS--which is on sale for $2.99 in e-book format.  Buy it!--and am looking forward to its sequel, so it's nice to have a novella to tide me over!}


*THE FIRST CONFESSOR: The Legend of Magda Searus by Terry Goodkind
{I'm sad that this won't be out in hardcover, since it won't match all of my other books, but it's interesting to see a bestselling author refuse his publisher's advance and self-publish instead, especially when a lot of his market has yet to dive into e-reading.  It will be interesting to see what happens!}


 E-books for Review:


*STORMDANCER by Jay Kristoff
{Out Sept. 18, 2012}
{Thanks to Netgalley and Thomas Dunne Books for the special access!  I've been drooling all over this novel.  It's Asian-flavored and sounds AMAZING.  With all the buzz on this one, I actually thought it was a teen book, but it's not; it's adult fantasy...and that's totally okay with me!  I keep trying to work other books back into my life, lol.}

{Thanks to Netgalley and Month9Books! This is an anthology packed with amazing authors and full of one of my favorite things, retellings!  And Mother Goose Rhymes?  What a novel concept!  I believe some of the proceeds for this release are going to charity}



*THE EVOLUTION OF MARA DYER by Michelle Hodkin
{Out Oct. 23, 2012}
{Thanks to Edelweiss and Simon & Schuster!  Ever since finishing THE UNBECOMING OF MARA DYER, I've been dying to know what happens next!  I was actually on Hodkin's site sniffing around on Friday, then saw the book up for review within minutes when checking Edelweiss, so I knew it was meant to me!  I just started re-reading THE UNBECOMING... yesterday so that I'll be ready to read this!}


 FREE e-books:


*THE LENS AND THE LOOKER by Lory Kaufman
{This was the Free Fridays title on my nook.  I actually have a review copy of both this and the second book.  I was going to read it when life got crazy, and then it's been mermaid time.  So I'll read it soon!}

*THE LIGHT KEEPERS by Mande Matthews
{I heard about Mande Matthews' book BONDED this week and saw a free prequel up, so I downloaded the prequel and a free sample of BONDED to see if I like it first!}

*THE PRINCE with free sample of THE MALICE OF FORTUNE by Niccolo Machiavelli; Foreword by Michael Ennis
{Random House is giving away a special edition of THE PRINCE for a limited time with a foreword by Michael Ennis, author of the upcoming novel THE MALICE OF FORTUNE, which is a DA VINCI CODE-inspired novel weaving together with THE PRINCE.}

What did you get in your mailbox this week?

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Terry Goodkind's latest novel is exclusively in e-book format!

Bestselling fantasy author Terry Goodkind's latest novel, THE FIRST CONFESSOR: The Legend of Magda Searus, is available exclusively as an e-book in a new experiment.  Rather than accept a lucrative advance, Goodkind decided to self-publish a prequel series predating his bestselling THE SWORD OF TRUTH series. 

For those who don't know the books, you may or may not be familiar with Sam Raimi's two-season blink-and-you-missed-it TV series entitled LEGEND OF THE SEEKER.  While not all that similar to the book series, it's what introduced me to Goodkind, as I'm sure it did many other readers as well.

In his press release, Goodkind states, "The book is 103 chapters at length and approximately 35% longer than THE OMEN MACHINE."  The hardcover edition of THE OMEN  MACHINE clocks in at 525 pages.  Longer books are easier to read on e-readers (to me at least) because they're not as heavy.


At the same time, I own all of Goodkind's books in hardcover and like having my books match, whether they're in hardcover, paperback, or e-book format.  Then again, I'm not even through the first book yet, so I probably can't talk.  


Last year, my local used bookstore had 9 of the 12 titles in hardcover (mostly first edition, no less!) for $2 each.  I bought the remaining 3 used online through sites such as Abe Books and the Amazon Marketplace, then pre-ordered THE OMEN MACHINE brand-new at a great discount to receive an autographed copy.  

Now, I'm wondering if I should read THE FIRST CONFESSOR before picking WIZARD'S FIRST RULE back up. (Er...re-reading from the beginning because it's been about a year....?)  Any longtime readers have any suggestions on this one?  I feel like if it's okay to read this first, THE FIRST CONFESSOR has the potential to bring many brand-new readers to the series, especially if the idea of such a long series feels as daunting to them as it does to me.  I love reading, I love fantasy, I love super-long books, but even so, 14 long books in a series when my TBR pile is already sky-high is intimidating.