Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Top Ten Words/Topics That Instantly Make Me Buy/Pick Up A Book

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.
Every once in a while I participate in this one when I either
1) Like the theme, and/or 2) Have the time!

This week's topic:
Top Ten Words/Topics That Instantly Make Me Buy/Pick Up A Book

A fun one!
How many of these can you guess before checking my answers below? 
^.~

I've given a few examples of books I bought or want based on this method, and included links for all titles previously reviewed. 
(Some books were read before I had a blog, while others are in my possession, but still sadly unread!)

In fact, one of the topics in the following top ten caught my eye just yesterday!
I was at the bookstore and saw a book someone had discarded, THE THINGS THAT KEEP US HERE by Carla Buckley.  
What caught my eye? This:


Ultimately, it wasn't a book for me, but the blurb was my first hook.  It's often that way with me and the books I pick up to check out.

Here are the top ten things that can make me curious:

1) Fairy Tales
A LONG, LONG SLEEP by  Anna Sheehan, NAMELESS by Lili St. Crow,
OF BEAST AND BEAUTY by Stacey Jay, THE PRINCESS CURSE by Merrie Haskell,
PRINCESS OF THE MIDNIGHT BALL by Jessica Day George (1, 2),
THE WOODCUTTER by Kate Danley

2) Mythology
ANTIGODDESS by Kendare Blake, A BEAUTIFUL EVIL by Kelly Keaton,
NORSE CODE by Greg Van Eekhout, THE SONG OF ACHILLES by Madeline Miller,
SWEET VENOM by Tera Lynn Childs, VENGEANCE BOUND by Justina Ireland

3) Mermaids
BETWEEN THE SEA AND SKY by Jaclyn Dolamore,
LOST VOICES by Sarah Porter (1b),
MONSTROUS BEAUTY by Elizabeth Fama, SEPTEMBER GIRLS by Bennett Madison,
TANGLED TIDES by Karen Amanda Hooper, WRECKED by Anna Davies

4) Blurbed by (Beloved Author's Name)
1) Tamora Pierce blurbs THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS by Rae Carson
2) Tamora Pierce blurbs GRACELING by Kristin Cashore
3) Cinda Williams Chima, Cindy Pon, Elana Johnson, and Jaclyn Dolamore ALL blurb CITY OF A THOUSAND DOLLS by Miriam Forster
4) Jodi Picoult blurbs LEFT NEGLECTED by Lisa Genova
5) Jodi Picoult and Jacquelyn Mitchard blurb THE REST OF HER LIFE by Laura Moriarty

5) Recommended for Fans of (Beloved Author/Series)
1) BEFORE THE STORM by Diane Chamberlain
2) THESE THINGS HIDDEN by Heather Gudenkauf
3) THE YEAR OF FOG by Michelle Richmond

6) Gorgeous and/or intriguing/captivating cover
BEAUTY QUEENS by Libba Bray, EVERNEATH by Brodi Ashton,
FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS by Diana Peterfreund (1b),
THE HERO ALWAYS WINS by Robert Eaton,
SHATTERED SOULS by Mary Lindsey, TEARDROP by Lauren Kate,
VESSEL by Sarah Beth Durst, WITHER by Lauren DeStefano
*VESSEL review coming SOON! I read it...er...a while ago, oops? 

7) Pictures of castles, knights, royalty, etc. (or such words in the title)
THE CADET OF TILDOR by Alex Lidell, CROWN DUEL Duo by Sherwood Smith,
FALLING KINGDOMS by Morgan Rhodes, THE FALSE PRINCESS by Eilis O'Neal,
THE HUNDRED THOUSAND KINGDOMS by N.K. Jemisin,
THE WAXING MOON by J. Lloyd Morgan (1)
*CROWN DUEL, FALLING KINGDOMS, and WAXING MOON reviews coming SOON!
I read 2 of these...er...a while ago, oops? And just found my copy of the 3rd... ^^;;

8) Elemental Magic
ELEMENTAL by Antony John, ELEMENTAL REALITY by Cesya MaRae Cuono,
SHIFT by M.R. Merrick, STORM by Brigid Kemmerer,
VENOM by Jennifer Estep, WATER by Shauna Granger
*ELEMENTAL and STORM reviews coming SOON!
I read these...er...a while ago, oops?
And a blog tour stop is coming next week with Shauna Granger!

9) Books about books (or about characters who are authors, etc.)
THE ANGEL'S GAME by Carlos Ruiz Zafón, BETWEEN TWO ENDS by David Ward,
THE BOOK OF HEROES by Miyuki Miyabe,
THE GLAMOROUS (DOUBLE) LIFE OF ISABEL BOOKBINDER by Holly McQueen,
PEOPLE OF THE BOOK by Geraldine Brooks, THE THIRTEENTH TALE by Diane Setterfield
(THE THIRTEENTH TALE is one of my top five all-time favorite novels!)

10) Asian-inspired flair


CIRCLE OF CRANES by Annette LeBox, EONA by Alison Goodman,
INK by Amanda Sun, SILVER PHOENIX by Cindy Pon,
STORMDANCER by Jay Kristoff, PROPHECY by Ellen Oh

Which words in a book's summary make you instantly start drooling and getting grabby hands?

Monday, April 29, 2013

{Cover Reveal/Giveaway} FOLLOW THE WHITE RABBIT by Kellie Sheridan



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Calling all Alice in Wonderland fans!
You're going to want to read FOLLOW THE WHITE RABBIT
when it debuts next month!

With today's cover reveal, you even have a chance to win a copy!

Check out today's fun cover reveal!

(And check out today's second Wonderland cover reveal,
UNHINGED by A.G. Howard!)



What are your thoughts?

I like the fun font of the title and way there is a human girl in intriguing make-up on the cover.  It makes me curious to know more!


O F F I C I A L   I N F O:

Title: FOLLOW THE WHITE RABBIT
Author: Kellie Sheridan
Release Date: Out May 21, 2013
Publisher: Kellie Sheridan
SUMMARY:

For centuries, Wonderland thrived as the domain of beautiful bedlam and unapologetic madness. It was a place like no other. All it took was one girl slipping in through the cracks of the universe to start chaos spiraling toward order. In the 150 years since Alice’s visit, the realm has become tainted—almost normal. Rabbits in waistcoats and playing card minions are little more than creatures of myth, and Wonderland is literally falling to pieces. 

For Gwen, Rose, and Lucky, Wonderland is home, and yet they know little of its former glory. When the Alice prophecy resurfaces, they’ll have one chance to use Wonderland’s own legends to bring a little mayhem back into their reality. For she who controls Alice controls the fate of Wonderland.
~*~
Kellie Sheridan is a Canadian author and book blogger. When not reading books or writing, she also works with books. She is currently working with two small publishers on the marketing/publicity side of things, and is also Joan of ARCs at Spencer Hill Press. In her spare time Kellie watches way too much television and travels whenever she has the opportunity. 

Kellie’s first YA novel, MORTALITY, was released in March, and she is currently hard at work on future writing projects.


Visit Kellie's website and follow her on Twitter!

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{Cover Art Revealed} UNHINGED by A.G. Howard





Calling all Alice in Wonderland fans!

Today's big for you!  

You get a new cover reveal from A.G. Howard
AND the reveal of a brand new book called 
FOLLOW THE WHITE RABBIT--along with a chance to win a copy!

Check out today's fun cover reveal, which debuted this weekend!



What are your thoughts?  How do you like it compared to the first book in the series, SPLINTERED?  

I love all the blues and purples, of course.  I also enjoy the way it matches the first book in tone so well, and continues the theme of madness being vomited all over the cover.  Very appropriate for a Wonderland novel!

The only thing I don't like is the spider walking along the brim of the hat *shudder* 
...but it continues the theme of bugs, etc. from the first book, so it works!

A.G. Howard was one of my first-ever blog followers, and I remember checking out her profile and seeing that she was writing a Wonderland novel.  She's been on my radar ever since, and I'm so happy to see a second book coming from her!


What are your thoughts?  

Sunday, April 28, 2013

{Guest Post/Mega Giveaway} daynight author Megan Thomason on the Controversy of "Cleaving"

On Tour with Prism Book Tours...

It's time to leave Earth and cross over to the other side... it's not as far away as you think!!


daynight’s controversy of “Cleaving” 
Part 2 of 3 
Find Part 1 on Pause Time and Part 3 on Beck Valley Books

Cleaving brings out some rather reprehensible behavior in some of the guys, who want to “sample the waters” so to speak, so that they can choose “the best” Cleave for them. Many readers have mistaken all the Cleaving discussion for pushing sex. On the contrary, it is all about who you end up with for life. Yes, there are two ways to achieve a Cleaving (have sex and end up Cleaved; or be Cleaved by the government and forced to have sex immediately to consummate), but Cleaving in and of itself, is not equivalent to sex. Obviously, had the main characters been living amongst adults it would be as if they were around a bunch of normal married people (with the exception that any violation of the marriage would result in death or Exile… there definitely is no divorce or adultery allowed in Garden City).

Seventeen year old, SCI Recruit Kira Donovan thinks that all the “Cleaving talk” is ridiculous. At one point her friends are chanting “Cleave, Cleave, Cleave” and she thinks quote-unquote:

Find some friends for the singular thought in your brain, people. I know their eighteenth birthdays are all staring at them in the face and the prospect of a lifetime with one person is huge, but honestly, I’m done with the Cleaving talk. Even if they are referring to the “lifetime commitment” instead of the “consummation” it still makes them sound like a bunch of freaking sex-starved robots. 

The question is, given the dystopian concept of Cleaving, are these teens a bunch of “hormonal” nightmares or are they reacting as they would? In Brave New World “everyone belongs to everyone.” People are expected to have sex with anyone and everyone, and ostracized if they don’t. Those who have feelings for and want to pursue a relationship with “one person” are ridiculed. Author Aldous Huxley dialed the societal morality meter to “extreme” on the promiscuous front to shed light on our increasingly promiscuous society.


Megan Thomason
Megan Thomason lives in paradise aka San Diego, CA with her husband and five children. A former software manager, Megan vastly prefers writing twisted tales to business, product, and marketing plans. When she isn't typing away on her laptop, she's reading books on her phone—over 600 in the last year—or attending to the needs of her family. Megan’s fluent in sarcasm, could potentially benefit from a 12-step program for road rage, struggles with a Hot Tamales addiction, loves world travel & fast cars and hates paperwork & being an insomniac. Daynight is Megan's first published novel, but fourth written one.

Find & Follow:


Daynightdaynight
by Megan Thomason
Paperback, 324 pages
Published November 26th 2012 by Creatspace

Meet The Second Chance Institute (SCI): Earth’s benevolent non-profit by day, Thera’s totalitarian regime by night. Their motto: Because Everyone Deserves a Second Chance™. Reality: the SCI subjects Second Chancers to strict controls and politically motivated science experiments like Cleaving—forced lifetime union between two people who have sex. Punishment for disobeying SCI edicts? Immediate Exile or death.

Meet Kira Donovan. Fiercely loyal, overly optimistic, and ensnared by the promise of a full-ride college scholarship, Kira signs the SCI Recruit contract to escape memories of a tragedy that left her boyfriend and friends dead.

Meet Blake Sundry. Bitter about being raised in Exile and his mother’s death, Blake’s been trained to infiltrate and destroy the SCI. Current barrier to success? His Recruit partner—Miss Goody Two Shoes Kira Donovan.

Meet Ethan Darcton. Born with a defective heart and resulting inferiority complex, Ethan’s forced to do his SCI elite family’s bidding. Cleave-worthy Kira Donovan catches his eye, but the presiding powers give defect-free Blake Sundry first dibs.



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clean slate complex
by Megan Thomason

Meet The Second Chance Institute (SCI): Worldwide non-profit and do-gooder organization. Their motto: Because Everyone Deserves a Second Chance at Life(TM). Reality: hidden behind every kind act is a dark agenda designed to gain control and force societal and moral extremes. Currently, the SCI’s pushing Project Liberate, a program to woo the poor and downtrodden into their Clean Slate Complexes—where “everything is provided” from jobs to food, shelter, clothing, and education. Unfortunately, as with all things that sound too good to be true, there’s a catch…

Meet Alexa Knight. Feisty, tough and currently homeless in Los Angeles, Alexa agrees to help the SCI in return for medical care for her sick mother. When she starts to suspect there’s more to the SCI than meets the eye will she believe Adam—the boy who saved her life and the SCI’s biggest champion, or Joshua—the attractive enigma who sings about conspiracy theories and pretends to be someone he’s not?

Full of action, humor, romance, twists and turns, clean slate complex is a companion story to the highly-praised dystopian novel, daynight. It can be enjoyed before or after readingdaynight.


Daily Giveaway:

daynight Second Chances Giveaway:
Choose what you enter to win wisely. Your stay on Thera may be extended indefinitely.


Highlighting a different giveaway every daynight of the Tour... International Winners will receive a $25 Amazon Gift Certificate and US Winners may choose $25 GC in lieu of Prize Package.

US only. International winners will receive $25 Amazon gift certificate. US winners can opt to receive $25 Amazon gift certificate in lieu of any prize package.Open only to those who can legally enter. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter and announced on Rafflecopter and Grand Finale posts as well as emailed and the winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Burgandy Ice @ Colorimetry and Prism Book Tours and sponsored by Megan Thomason. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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Become an SCI Recruit
The Second Chance Institute (daynight's Dystopia)
April   22 - Launch!
                - My Seryniti - Review
                - Little Library Muse
           23 - Tressa's Wishful Endings
                - Buckeye Girl Reads - Teaser
                - Marked by Books Review
                - Red Headed Bookworm
Welcome to Thera!
Building Thera
           24 - Coffee Books and Me
                  Stressed Rach
                  Snuggling on the Sofa - Review
           25 - Christy's Cozy Corner - Teaser
                - All Fantasy Words - Review
Kira * Blake * Ethan
Character Backgrounds & Posters
           26 - Susie Q-Pons and Giveaways - Review
                - My Passion for Books - Review; Ethan
                - Paranormal opinion - Blake
                - The Cozy Reading Corner - Kira
                - Book, Books, the Magical Fruit - Teaser
                - Bookaroo-Ju - Teaser
           27 - Bookworm Lisa - The Characters
                - Getting Your Read On - Review
Cleaving
daynight's Controversy of "Cleaving"
           28 - Fantastical World of Wonders - Review
                - Pause Time
                - A Backwards Story
                - Beck Valley Books
           29 - I Am a Reader, Not a Writer - Teaser
                - Books Mystify - Review
                - Mel's Shelves - Review
Vacation on Earth!
Escapism
           30 - The Broke Book Bank - Review
                - Letters to the Cosmos - Review
                - Arriane Cruz 
                - Candace's Book Blog
May      1 - Life of a YA Girl - Review
                - Fuonlyknew - Teaser
                - Jack's Junk Drawer - Review
Risking Exile
Dystopian Survival 101
             2 - A Tiffyfit's Reading Corner - Review
                - Lovin' Los Libros - Review
                - Paulette's Papers
                - Becky's Barmy Book Blog 
             3 - Backing Books - Teaser
                - Book Snob - Review
             4 - Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks
                - Living a Goddess Life - Review; Recipe
Clean Slate Complex
             5 - Mortality Bites
                - The Book Eater
                - Deco My Heart - Review
             6 - Passion and Life - Teaser
                - The Reading Diaries - Review
             7 - Grand Finale Blast!!

Saturday, April 27, 2013

{Excerpt/Giveaway} OF SILVER AND BEASTS by Trisha Wolfe

Come back on Tuesday, May 7th, as I review OF SILVER AND BEASTS!

Check out last week's review of another novel by Trisha Wolfe, ASTARTE'S WRATH!



***Excerpt***
“What’s your rank, baby blue eyes?” the guy asks, pushing off his cot and stalking toward the prince. Everything in me screams to act, but I don’t want to declare alliances this early on. Not without understanding the dynamic of placements and bonds already formed among these people. But I’ll not let this hulk of a man harm the prince. I brace my heel against the wall, ready to push off and lunge. Prince Caben rises to his feet, slowly turning to face him. He straightens his spine, squaring his shoulders. “I don’t have one. And my name is Payne. Not ‘baby blue eyes’, meathead.” Big guy laughs, his husky voice bounces off the rock walls. “I’m Crew”—he beats his chest hard once, like a barbarian—“and I’ve won three fights. I’ll win the next two and be the one awarded the freedom ring.” He leans down toward Prince Caben, leveling their faces. “So don’t even think about you or your princess over there walking out of here. I’m ranked as a Colossal. The strongest Colossal in Bax’s league.” Princess? I nearly scoff. Then I realize what the problem with Crew is: he feels threatened by Prince Caben. That revelation almost makes me laugh out right. What does a big stack of muscles like Crew have to fear from the prince? The other prisons slowly circle around the stand-off in the center of the cell. Tension thickens the musty air. It coils around my spine, tightening my muscles. If I allow the fight to continue without interruption, will the guards stop it? They’d want their fighters in pristine shape, wouldn’t they? Prince Caben doesn’t back away from Crew. Instead, he moves into his space. I roll my eyes. Stupid, conceited man. “Freedom ring?” the prince questions. “As in, there’s a chance to leave?” He rubs his chin, and I notice the dark shadow of facial hair that has darkened his features overnight. “Is there a season that has to be won, or can someone gain five wins during their entire imprisonment?” Crew’s eyebrows pinch together. He’s clearly despondent that he hasn’t succeeded in intimidating the prince. “We’re in a season right now, you weakling. If you don’t win—you’re dead. Which by the looks of you, will happen in your first match.” Prince Caben nods, as if he’s simply piecing together a jigsaw puzzle and not being told of his demise. “What is the cuff for?” He points to the iron clamp around Crew’s wrist. “It’s our biometric monitor.” Crew shoves the cuff up close to the prince’s face. “See those three blue lights? Those are my wins. When the fifth lights up, I’m outta’ here.” “Has anyone ever won the freedom ring before?” Prince Caben asks. Crew’s massive arms tremble. “No,” he grinds out. “But I will.” He cocks his cuffed hand back, then sends a blow to Prince Caben’s chin. Hell. I’m up and racing across the cell before the prince hits the ground. Crew spots me from his peripheral. He turns and swipes the air. I duck, roll, and come up behind him. I jump on the cot and leap onto his back. “You squirrely little ...” he mumbles, trying to reach over his shoulders to get a hold on me. Tightening my arms around his thick neck, I squeeze. He gasps for air, and rams my back into the wall. I wheeze as the air whooshes from my lungs, pain splintering through my already bruised chest. But I hold tight, bearing down harder, and cut off his supply of oxygen. Finally, I feel Crew weaken beneath my hold. He drops to his knees, and I only release him once I’m sure he’s knocked out. Stepping around the now limp Crew, I glance at all the wide eyes studying me, and meet the prince’s. Fury ignites his stormy blue irises. He picks himself off the floor and heads toward one of the side chambers, throwing the tattered material aside as he stalks inside. I follow after him. When I step inside the tiny, dank room, my eyes trail Prince Caben as he paces. He reaches each side of the small chamber with three quick strides. Back and forth. On his third round, I open my mouth and get out a single syllable before he holds up a hand, halting me. He drives his hand through his dark hair. “Thank you for making me look like a spineless jerk.” He shakes his head and faces me. Taken aback, I say, “This is my duty to protect—” “No. In your country it was your duty to guard me. In my world and here”—he opens his arms wide—“a man fights his own battles. He does not depend on a woman to fight them for him. You just disgraced me.” Fire simmers in my core. “I’m still assigned as your protector no matter what realm we inhabit, Your High—” I stop myself before addressing him by title out of habit. “Your pride is polluting your reasoning.” He laughs. “Yes, well. Thanks to your show out there, I no longer have my pride to worry about.”


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Friday, April 26, 2013

{Guest Post/Giveaway} Bethany Lopez discusses writing NISSA: A Contemporary Fairy Tale

Check out all the other tour stops for more
reviews and interviews/guest posts with Bethany!

Check out today's review of NISSA: A Contemporary Fairy Tale!

~*~

Bethany Lopez was born in Detroit, Michigan, and grew up in Michigan and San Antonio, Texas. She went to High School at Dearborn High, in Dearborn, Michigan, which is where she has set her Young Adult series. She is married and has a blended family with five children. She is currently serving in the United States Air Force as a Recruiter in Los Angeles, California. She has always loved to read and write and has seen her dream realized by independently publishing her novels through AmazonBarnes & Noble, and Smashwords.

Follow Bethany on her website, Twitter, and Facebook.


How I Came Up with the Idea for NISSA 
by Bethany Lopez

How I came up with the idea for NISSA:

I came up with the idea for NISSA while sitting in the waiting room at the doctor’s office in Nov 2011.
I took some notes on my phone:

-            Teenaged Fairy Godmother
-            Mission is a bullied teen
-            Fairy falls for her mission’s older brother
-            Love determined by Fate

After that, I wrote the first five chapters and took them with me to the Southern California Writer’s Conference. I took the pages with me to the Rogue Critiques. What this is, is a meeting at 9 pm, with a group of writers and one moderator. The moderator for my group was Romance Writer Laura Taylor. She had us submit the first five pages, she read them aloud to the group, then we all gave a critique.

I was terrified. I wasn’t sure if it was a good idea or not, and I wanted to get some feedback before I continued writing the story. The feedback was good. They thought my idea was an original one and they gave me some great advice on how to make it better. Still, I put it aside and didn’t finish the first draft until Camp NaNoWriMo in June.

I loved the world building aspect of Nissa's story. I enjoyed researching fairies, forests, and magic. I really wanted to make the story believable, but magical at the same time.

I had more beta readers on this book than all of my other books combined I think, lol. All in all it took me a year and a half from idea to publication. I love the feel of NISSA. I think it is a light, fun, and uplifting story.
~*~
O F F I C I A L   I N F O:

Title:  NISSA: A Contemporary Fairy Tale
Author: Random Jordan
Release Date: April 23, 2013
Publisher: Bethany Lopez
SUMMARY:

At 900 years old, Nissa is finally ready to follow her mother's path and become the best Fairy Godmother she can. She’s not thrilled when her first assignment turns out to be a teenage human girl with self-esteem issues, but she knows she has to start somewhere. Her assignment has dealt with bullies since her freshman year and they haven’t let up. If Nissa can’t help her regain her self-confidence, her future is bleak. 

To complicate matters, Nissa experiences all the signs that she's met the being fated for her. This impossibility distracts her from her purpose. After all, fairies and humans aren't meant for each other. How can her heart believe otherwise? Can Nissa successfully complete her first assignment as a Fairy Godmother? Will the fates allow Nissa and Levi to be together? And even if they do, will Levi believe Nissa once she reveals the truth?


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{Review/Giveaway} NISSA: A Contemporary Fairy Tale by Bethany Lopez

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Check out today's guest post with author Bethany Lopez
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O P E N I N G   L I N E:
I'M ONLY 900 YEARS OLD, which is relatively young for a fairy godmother, equivalent to an eighteen year old human.
(pg. 7, US e-book edition)

As a self-proclaimed fairy tale nerd, I admit that I love the offbeat tales, the ones that focus on secondary covers.  Within the last few years, I've read some interesting books from the fairy godmother's POV.  THE FAIRY GODMOTHER by Mercedes Lackey is my favorite example, though DON'T EXPECT MAGIC by Kathy McCullough, GODMOTHER by Carolyn Turgeon, and MY FAIRY FAIR GODMOTHER also come to mind.  When I heard that NISSA revolved around a fairy godmother in training, I knew I wanted to read another story revolving around the topic.

Nissa is excited for her first "real" assignment.  She's 900 years old (which is "18" in human years) and has been training for the past 3 years.  Fairy Godparents are able to help humans through difficult times and allow them to step into their potential.  Nissa's a little bummed that her first real assignment is to boost the self-esteem of a teenage girl rather than something more complex, but she makes the best of the situation.  She finds a way to become close to Vicky, who is tormented by a couple of popular guys at school and wary of people.  But nothing surprises Nissa more about her new assignment than being introduced to Vicky's brother Levi.  Fairies experience a unique way of discovering their soulmates, and Nissa is set into a whirlwind when she experiences symptoms around Levi.  There's no way a fairy and a human can be soulmates, and her life becomes even more complex as she's forced to deal with warring emotions while still attempting to complete her assignment.  Will Nissa sacrifice the world she's come from to explore the impossible, or is it all just a giant misunderstanding on her part?

The world of Fairy Godparents is vast and unique.  I loved Bethany Lopez's world-building, such as the way the Headquarters Branch is, quite literally, a branch.  Several branches on a beautiful oak serve as the floors of Headquarters.  Very imaginative!  I also liked little elements, like the way Nissa makes her teacher a dew drop sweet cake or the way coffee is substituted for hot nectar.  It's all very innovative, and made the atmosphere more realistic.  I also like the way Lopez sets up liaisons and guardians in the human world to make a Godparent's assignment easier.  These were my favorite elements of NISSA.  There was a case of insta-love, but due to the way fairies mate and know, it made sense in context, so I was able to accept the romance more readily than I might have otherwise.  There were some grammatical issues, mostly in contractions, and particularly with the lack of one resulting in sometimes overly formal dialogue or the awkward use of "I've" at times when used in speech.  It wasn't a huge detractor, however, because the world of the Fairy Godparents intrigued me so much.  While NISSA wasn't the deepest book I've read, it was a fun, fast read, and perfect for anyone who loves reading about "secondary" fairy tale characters.

C O V E R   D E S I G N:

So pretty!  I love that whimsical green dress and the equally flowy "N" in NISSA.  The darker green of the title pulls from the shadowed elements of the dress and adds dimension.  I love all the sparkle and glitter in that dress, not to mention the girl's pose and the way that fabric dances.

This is a cover that caught my eye before anyone else did.  Once I saw the word "fairy tale" on the cover, of course I was a goner!  The cover ensnared me first, though.

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Title:  NISSA: A Contemporary Fairy Tale
Author: Random Jordan
Release Date: April 23, 2013
Publisher: Bethany Lopez
Received: For Review
SUMMARY:

At 900 years old, Nissa is finally ready to follow her mother's path and become the best Fairy Godmother she can. She’s not thrilled when her first assignment turns out to be a teenage human girl with self-esteem issues, but she knows she has to start somewhere. Her assignment has dealt with bullies since her freshman year and they haven’t let up. If Nissa can’t help her regain her self-confidence, her future is bleak. 

To complicate matters, Nissa experiences all the signs that she's met the being fated for her. This impossibility distracts her from her purpose. After all, fairies and humans aren't meant for each other. How can her heart believe otherwise? Can Nissa successfully complete her first assignment as a Fairy Godmother? Will the fates allow Nissa and Levi to be together? And even if they do, will Levi believe Nissa once she reveals the truth?
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Bethany Lopez was born in Detroit, Michigan, and grew up in Michigan and San Antonio, Texas. She went to High School at Dearborn High, in Dearborn, Michigan, which is where she has set her Young Adult series. She is married and has a blended family with five children. She is currently serving in the United States Air Force as a Recruiter in Los Angeles, California. She has always loved to read and write and has seen her dream realized by independently publishing her novels through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords.

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