Thursday, October 31, 2013

{Guest Post & Author Q&A/$200 Giveaway} Halloween Memories with ELIXIR's Jennifer L. Armentrout


A Backwards Story is happy to once again be a part of Stuck in Books' tour for Jennifer L. Armentrout as we get ready for the final book in the Covenant series, SENTINEL.

Today is Elixir Day!

Check out the tour schedule to see the list of events.


Spencer Hill Press is giving away a $200 gift card to Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Book Depository or any indie bookstore of the winner's choice to not only stock up on amazing books, but to perhaps buy a Nook HD or Kindle Fire!
This post was first seen on A Backwards Story October 31, 2012 for the DEITY blog tour. Happy One Year Anniversary, post!!

Check out today's review of ELIXIR!

~*~
Halloween Memories
by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Growing up I was a huge fan of Halloween. Still am. And not just for the candy. I loved getting dressed up and trick and treating. Some of my favorite houses were the ones that had people hiding in the bushes. It’s the only day of the year where you can purposely scare the crap out of kids and get away with it.

Some of my favorite Halloween costumes were:

The standard mummy costume, but we didn’t use toilet paper. My mom had rigged up the costumes with ace bandages. Stayed on a lot better. Another year I was a witch and then a vampire. But my favorite costume was when me and my brother dressed up as punk rockers. We had tie-dyed hair and KISS make up. It was really cool.

But the best costume came when I was older—too old to trick or treat. I would give out candy, but just answering the door was boring for a teenager, so we had to come up with something. About a week before Halloween, we would put a stuffed dummy out on the front porch swing. The dummy would have on an old pair of men’s pants and flannel shirt. We’d use a basketball for the head, put a mask over it and then a hat. The neighborhood kids would get used to seeing the dummy as they went to their bus stops or to the corner market. Then, about a half an hour before trick or treating started, I would switch places with the dummy. Put the clothes on, the mask, and sit in the exact same position. My mom would put the bowl of candy in my lap and when kids started to come in, she would tell them that they had to get the candy themselves. Of course, I waited until their hand was in the bowl before I moved or grab their hand. I think I had more fun doing that than trick or treating.
  ~*~

Quickfire Q&A!

For JLA – 
After writing the series from Alex’s POV, what challenges did you face writing from Aiden’s POV in Elixir?

It was hard to get into Aiden’s head because he was more of a challenge to write than I anticipated.


For Alex – 
Um…seriously girl, if I ever hear “My Seth” again, I may puke. Is there anything about that time that you want to remember?

No. Well, except Aiden because he believed in me.

What inspired you to make Ashtyn a female football player in WILD CARDS?

Ashtyn is the girl in me who, in high school, wanted to be on the football team. Unfortunately I was too insecure to be the only girl on the team. I wish I could do it over again because I would have definitely been on that field! I guess I’m reliving that dream by writing Ashtyn!

For Aiden – 
Where does your strength come from? Standing up to Alex and even the Gods, you were a rock during Elixir. How did you do it?

It was all for Alex. I love her and I wasn’t giving up.

For Seth – 
During the time where you didn’t know where Alex was, what were you doing to find her?

Everything. I was gonna find her.

  ~*~
O F F I C I A   I N F O:

Title: ELIXIR
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Release Date: Nov. 27, 2012
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Received: Free e-book
SUMMARY:

Aiden St. Delphi will do anything to save Alex. 
Even if it means doing the one thing he will never forgive himself for. 
Even if it means making war against the gods.
~*~
#1 New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Jennifer L. Armentrout Lives in West Virginia. 

All the rumors you heard about her state aren’t true. Well, mostly. When she's not hard at work writing, she spends her time, reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write. 

She is the author of the Covenant Series (Spencer Hill Press), the Lux Series (Entangled Teen), DON'T LOOK BACK (Disney/Hyperion) and a yet untitled novel (Disney/Hyperion), and new YA paranormal series with Harlequin Teen. 

Jennifer also writes New Adult and Adult romance under the pen name J. Lynn. The Gamble Brothers Series (TEMPTING THE BEST MAN/TEMPTING THE PLAYER) and WAIT FOR YOU. Under her pen name, she is published with Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.
Author Links:
Goodreads | Website | Twitter | Facebook
BUY:
Amazon | B&N
~*~
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{Review/$200 Giveaway} ELIXIR by Jennifer Armentrout


A Backwards Story is happy to once again be a part of Stuck in Books' tour for Jennifer L. Armentrout as we get ready for the final book in the Covenant series, SENTINEL.

Today is Elixir Day!

Check out the tour schedule to see the list of events.

 
Spencer Hill Press is giving away a $200 gift card to Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Book Depository or any indie bookstore of the winner's choice to not only stock up on amazing books, but to perhaps buy a Nook HD or Kindle Fire!
SPOILER WARNING AHEAD!
(Even in the opening line!!! Make sure you have finished reading DEITY!)

O P E N I N G   L I N E:

   ALEX CLENCHED THE TITANIUM BARS HONED BY Hephaestus and Apollo, amber-colored eyes burning with hate. But those eyes… they didn’t belong to Alex. 
   Alex’s eyes were warm and brown like good whiskey. I’d memorized those eyes the first time I saw them in that warehouse in Atlanta. This was a different creature entirely. 
   When we’d moved her to the safe house deep in Apple River, Illinois, we’d almost lost her. None of us, including me, had been ready for the full display of her power. If Apollo hadn’t finagled Hephaestus— the only god who could build something that could withstand the Apollyon—into creating a room to keep Alex in, we wouldn’t have been able to control her
(pg. 1, US e-book edition)
You can read ELIXIR in its ENTIRETY online for free!
Publisher Spencer Hill Press has made ELIXIR available as an .epub and .pdf!

Visit my review of HALF-BLOOD if you have yet to read this amazing series, or my review of PURE and DEITY if you're not yet ready for DEITY.  I've also reviewed her stand-alone novel, CURSED, and done a guest post with both Armentrout and cover designer Kate Kaynak on the Covenant series design!

Did you see today's guest post with Jennifer Armentrout where she talked about her favorite Halloween Memories?  Check it out!

If you haven't read HALF-BLOOD, PURE, and DEITY, turn back and stop reading this review right now!  Check out one of the above-linked reviews instead!

I was so excited to once again take part in a blog tour for Jennifer Armentrout's Covenant Series. I have been with this series since the very beginning with HALF-BLOOD. I have watched Armentrout become a best-selling author and soar high. I've been lucky enough to meet her, and next month, I'll repeat that pleasure. When I saw that a tour was being put together for the final book in the series, I knew I had to take part once more. This time around, everyone gets a day dedicated to one specific book. I chose ELIXIR because, for some reason, I never reviewed it last time around. Plus, it's the only full "book" in the series in Aiden's POV, which is amazing all by itself. Yet another reason was that today marks the one year anniversary of my tour stop last year with Armentrout and DEITY. What can I say? I like anniversaries! This week, I've been re-reading the entire series. I managed to save APOLLYON all this time, and will read it for the first time today...and then it's on to SENTINEL, which comes out Saturday!!!

What I love best about ELIXIR is that it's from Aiden's POV. Armentrout has given us chapters from his POV before (Visit her site to read them all!), but never an entire "book." By book, I mean novella, but it still counts. This is NOT a part of the story from Aiden's perspective like all the chapters were. Instead, it propels the story forward and moves it along. DEITY ended with Alex becoming the Apollyon she feared, completely lost to Seth. ELIXIR showcases the way everyone in Alex's life deals with her unwanted change of heart. She's become a shell of herself, and wants nothing more than to find Seth and let him take control for eternity. She is lost. Aiden will stop at nothing to find a cure that restores balance to the woman he's finally admitted to loving and save her from a horrible destiny. Instead, he wants to find a way out. The only way to do this, however, requires doing something that Alex would have hated and resisted. If it's a choice between the unthinkable and death, does Aiden really have a choice? He will save Alex at all costs, even if it destroys him along the way.

Just...Aiden! *fans* I have always been Team Aiden. Seth creeps me out. Aiden has far more control than anyone humanly should. Alex is, quite literally, his Achilles' Heel. He will do anything to save her, to protect her, especially now that he's finally given in to these urges. It was amazing going inside his head and seeing the lengths he'd go to protect her. It was often frustrating to know that there was so much more to Aiden than us readers (or Alex, for that matter), were privy to, and ELIXIR is a special treat for fans. ELIXIR is painful and full of angst, yes, but it also showcases the lengths of the relationship that has captured our hearts and promises hints at what's to come in the fight for survival.

There's also a lot more mythology infused in ELIXIR than has been present in previous books. New gods are introduced, and we're starting to get more answers that are just as jaw-dropping as the two revelations that came toward the conclusion of DEITY. I can't wait to see the mythology in store for us with APOLLYON and SENTINEL as the series comes to a powerful close this week!

And...that's all I can really say without getting too spoilery!

~*~
C O V E R   D E S I G N:

If you missed it before, check out my cover design interview with Armentrout and designer Kate Kaynak for concept art and info on how they came to the final designs you're seeing now!

I still like the feel of these covers, the way they're so cohesive.  I especially love the beauty of the flower adorning ELIXIR. It looks so fragile, so delicate. It's strong and beautiful, yet it can break so easily. It really reflects what's going on in this book with Alex!
  ~*~
O F F I C I A   I N F O:

Title: ELIXIR
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Release Date: Nov. 27, 2012
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Received: Free e-book
SUMMARY:

Aiden St. Delphi will do anything to save Alex. 
Even if it means doing the one thing he will never forgive himself for. 
Even if it means making war against the gods.
~*~
#1 New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Jennifer L. Armentrout Lives in West Virginia. 

All the rumors you heard about her state aren’t true. Well, mostly. When she's not hard at work writing, she spends her time, reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write. 

She is the author of the Covenant Series (Spencer Hill Press), the Lux Series (Entangled Teen), DON'T LOOK BACK (Disney/Hyperion) and a yet untitled novel (Disney/Hyperion), and new YA paranormal series with Harlequin Teen. 

Jennifer also writes New Adult and Adult romance under the pen name J. Lynn. The Gamble Brothers Series (TEMPTING THE BEST MAN/TEMPTING THE PLAYER) and WAIT FOR YOU. Under her pen name, she is published with Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.
Author Links:
Goodreads | Website | Twitter | Facebook
BUY:
Amazon | B&N
~*~
****Giveaway*****



Spencer Hill Press is giving away a $200 gift card to Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Book Depository or any indie bookstore of the winner's choice to not only stock up on amazing books, but to perhaps buy a Nook HD or Kindle Fire.




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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Celebrating 10 Years with Gregory Maguire's WICKED!


Today marks the tenth anniversary of Wicked the Musical''s Broadway debut!

Gregory Maguire's debut novel WICKED: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE WICKED WITCH OF THE WEST itself is now 18 years old, having launched back in 1995.

Whether you love Wicked, hate Wicked, or have somehow never heard of Wicked, it is indisputable that today is a landmark occasion.

It's rare for musicals to hit the big 1-0 on Broadway these days, and for them to remain as beloved among all ages now as they did the day they debuted.

Wicked will always hold fond memories for me. I was lucky enough to see it with the original cast its first season. Before that day, I had never been to Broadway and seen a musical. I no longer remember whether I saw Aida or Wicked first that day (we saw both a matinee and an evening show), but it was still first.

At the time, there wasn't a lot of buzz around Wicked  It was a musical based on a book I'd read and enjoyed. I was shocked and overjoyed about the "twist" that causes the show to deviate from the novel. I loved the music. I loved everything about the experience!

The following spring, WICKED got HUGE. Monster-Huge. Everyone sang it. Everyone knew it. You could no longer get discounted tickets. There was an uproar during the Tony Awards when Avenue Q "stole" (or "deserved," depending on perspective) the Best Musical Crown from Wicked. Everyone followed the careers of Kristin Chenoweth (Glinda the Good) and Idina Menzel (Elphaba the Wicked)...and many still do.
(I admit it...I still do! I'm really excited atm because Idina Menzel will be voicing/singing Elsa the Snow Queen in Disney's new upcoming animated blockbuster Frozen this season! And after buying Kelly Clarkson's first-ever Christmas album yesterday, I'm ready to break out the Christmas music...and that includes some Kristin Chenoweth goodness!)

It became overkill. Knowing many people studying theatre, I heard the songs too frequently. I started to dislike them. I started to groan when I heard the mention of WICKED. As I fell more in love with the theatre, I discovered better, stronger musicals.

Yet somehow, I still love Wicked because it was special. It was my first. This past year, I actually found my cast recording of the original cast while cleaning and popped it into a CD player. It was so nostalgic, like returning home after a too-long absence. Ah, yes, I know you. I loved you. I miss you!

Can I listen to it all the time? Certainly not! But as a rare treat from time to time? Absolutely!

Happy anniversary, Wicked.  It's well-deserved! (And come December, happy ten-year anniversary to MY first time doing Broadway! I can't even believe it!)

Have you experienced the joy of a Wicked experience? What are your Wicked memories??

Monday, October 28, 2013

Free E-Book Series from Heidi Garrett!


Check out an excerpt I previously posted from 
TRUE LOVE'S FIRST KISS by Heidi Garrett!


Heidi Garrett has just announced the launch of her new Once Upon a Time Today collection! The first novella in the collection, BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL, will be released on November 15th.

Between now and then, she's throwing a fairy-tale-themed party and hopes you'll come! Over the next few weeks, she will be offering three free short stories on Amazon and some video—the story within the story—for the third one. There will also be a blog tour with a $25 Amazon gift card giveaway!

Here's this week's Heidi Garrett freebie!


Free on Amazon thru October 30!

A Short Story: The Girl Who Watched for Elves

In A Short Story: The Girl Who Watches for Elves, a young woman spends a transformational afternoon with a tarot reader. As the reader interprets the images in the twenty-card spread, the young woman experiences a deeper acceptance of where she's come from and a more expansive view of where she's going. The traditional tarot images--representing the formative points in her past, the challenges of her present, and the promise her future holds--awaken the young woman to a sense of life's magic.

The short stories, The Girl Who Watched For Elves, The Girl Who Dreamed of Red Shoes, and The Girl Who Couldn't Sing, chronicle the journey of a girl who never stopped believing in fairy tales. They are the prelude to Heidi Garrett's Once Upon a Time Today collection.
~ Excerpt ~
On a crisp fall day, a young woman visited a tarot reader.

He shuffled his cards and proffered the deck for her to cut before proceeding to lay out twenty cards, in two rows of ten.

The young woman sat across from the reader in anticipation.

What secrets might he reveal to her about herself?

The reader gazed at the tableaux, then at her, then back at the cards. He adjusted his glasses, and settled one elbow on the table.

What did he see in the cards?

"The world you were born into was very hot," he said.

She nodded, appreciating this new way of looking at her origins.

*~*~*

Once upon a time, a girl was born into the heat of battle. This battle wasn't apocalyptic in the sense of the world at large, no, the battle she was born into was rather microscopic, when considered in relation to the billions of people who lived on planet earth and the problems that plagued them. But she was only an infant, with a newborn's limited ability to move, and no ability to leave the battlefield, so to her, it was like being born into Armageddon...

She'll also be writing about Fairy Tales and what they mean to her on her blog!


Here's the first post:

Fairy Tales as Tales of Transformation


Sunday, October 27, 2013

{Mad About Nails} Halloween Nail Art

I've had quite a few people comment on my nails in the past ask what I was using or wish I'd done a close-up so they could see better, etc., etc., and 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!).

Welcome back to another edition of Mad About Nails! 


Here's my FOURTH Halloween-inspired look for October!
...And I think it's my favorite yet! (Don't you think?)

Check out the other designs here and here! ^.~

I may or may not have one more design next week. I want to do a manicure with Halloween-colored dots (like this brown version I did earlier this year), but I only did these on Friday and I have to re-do them on Thursday for a baby shower so.........probably won't happen. ;_;
Oh well, next year!

Here's a video of the materials used
(Or keep reading below!):




These two are POWERHOUSES for
long-lasting manicures!  One lasted
1.5 weeks, the other for 2!!!
I started off with a basecoat of ORLY "Bonder."  Many of the professional nail studios use this as a basecoat when doing nails for their clients.  It's a rubberized coat that helps polish adhere to the nail.  It stinks, but it's great!

I finished everything with a top coat of Revlon's "Quick Dry Top Coat."  I'd heard it was a rival for the legendary Seche Vite, but with fewer harsh chemicals.  It also doesn't go bad in the bottle or shrink when used.  I was intrigued, and so far, this stuff is
          FABULOUS.

Together, this combo has made my nails last, on average, 1.5 to 2 weeks. They're both awesome!



THE DESIGN:

I started out with ULTA's bright-orange "Sun of a Gun" as a base color. It's a perfect orange for Halloween, and opaque in one coat, though it takes a second coat to level out streaking.

After a few minutes when the polish was harder and wouldn't smear, I grabbed my L.A. Colors Art Deco "Black" from Dollar General and created some curved stripes on each nail. It's a little thicker than the It's So Easy Stripe Rite "Black" from Sally's Beauty Supply that I love, but I think that fell behind my headboard...and I didn't want to go crawling for it! A couple of my lines are thicker than I would have wanted (mostly on my right hand because my left hand isn't dominant to begin with), but it didn't come out bad at all! (This is the same nail art striper I was talking about yesterday in regards to my ALLEGIANT launch party nails!)

I decided to experiment with glitter on my ring fingers. If I didn't like it, it would be an accent nail. If I did, I'd do all my nails like that. Well...obviously, I didn't! The glitter obscured my awesome lines. It's still a fun glitter, though. I used China Glaze "Whirled Away" from the Cirque du Soliel: Worlds Away Collection that launched this past December/January. I still see this collection sometimes at ULTA. Check there, Sally's Beauty, or online. It may still be around! You have to fish for glitter at times if you don't want a bald spot on your nail. I wish the glitter was denser!

For the rest of my nails, I decided to add a pop of color that's barely there except when the light hits it. I had just bought a holographic polish on clearance by China Glaze, "Luxe and Lush." Looking up information on it, it's apparently from 2012's THE HUNGER GAMES: Capitol Colors Collection. I had no clue! Last year, I wasn't inspired by this collection AT ALL. There are twelve colors for the Twelve Districts. "Luxe and Lush" represents District 1: Luxury. 

The flakies are larger than in other holographics I've used. I was hoping for something a little more subtle, such as what's in Zoya "Chloe," but I can see these thicker flakies layering to create a cool design on their own. It wasn't exactly what I envisioned when I first picked it up, but it's still fun and colorful!

If you do a Halloween-inspired look, shoot me a link or tweet me a pic! I want to see what everyone else is doing this month!!


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

Saturday, October 26, 2013

{Mad About Nails} ALLEGIANT-Inspired Nails

I've had quite a few people comment on my nails in the past ask what I was using or wish I'd done a close-up so they could see better, etc., etc., and 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!).

Welcome back to another edition of Mad About Nails! 

This isn't my "real" Mad About Nails post for the week.
Expect another "real" post tomorrow!

For the ALLEGIANT Launch Party on Tuesday, I wanted to celebrate the debut of the book I've been waiting way-too-long to read.
(Okay, I might have read it last week and that MIGHT have been the GoodReads Status of the book I couldn't tell you about...but I couldn't OWN my own copy until Tuesday! And yes...I DID want to own it. And I WILL re-read it. So hah!)

[And no...there are no spoilers here...I won't review the book (or post my quote-marked pages) until 2014 to give more people a chance to read!]

Anyway, I fell asleep watching TV on Monday and didn't get a chance to do a "true" nail design!
I was frantic on Tuesday...What could I throw together that wouldn't get smudged before I had to work, since the party wasn't until 7 p.m.?

Well...I just wrote on top of my then-current French Tips with a memorable line from the book:


Can you read that? It says BE BRAVE.
Here it is again fisted, though now the "B" is out of order:


I did red/black lines and shatter on my right hand that looked really gross and wrong, so I didn't take a picture (I didn't trust myself to write cleanly on that hand), so I couldn't show you a lined-up "B."

Boo!

It was fun, though!

It was done fast and I didn't take time with it. I put it over nails that were starting to show their tips. I also had to reapply paint to my thumb as a base because I WANTED to draw the three ravens from Tris' tattoo...haha, I so can't draw birds! At least not with that little space!!

I took this off the following night, so it didn't last long at all!

If you want to see what polishes I used for the french tips, check out last weekend's Mad About Nails post and video. To get the black lettering, I used L.A. Colors Art Deco in Black, which I purchased at my local Dollar General. The red used for the "Be" is It's So Easy Stripe Rite in a red glitter from Sally's Beauty Supply.

In tomorrow's "real" Mad About Nails post and video, you'll see the Art Deco paint again, so no worries if you're curious!

Did you do anything to celebrate the launch of ALLEGIANT?

SEE YOU TOMORROW!

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

Thursday, October 24, 2013

{A Twist in the Tail} DELPHINE by Richard Sala


Love fairy tales and mythology?
Fans of mermaids, dragons, unicorns, and other mythical creatures?
Enjoy when a beloved classic tale is retold?
A Twist in the Tail Thursdays features all this and more!


In the spirit of Halloween,
who ISN'T into all the creepy novels right now?

I thought I'd celebrate one today by featuring the graphic novel
DELPHINE by Richard Sala:



O P E N I N G   L I N E:


(pg. 13, US hardcover edition)


This is the story of Snow White through the prince's eyes. That hooked me right away! I want to get into his thoughts and feelings as he journeys to his princess. We always see her POV. Even better? This is fantasy set in a contemporary world, not a medieval one.

I wasn't expecting the book to be quite so creepy. I knew it would lean creepy based on the cover alone. I mean, come on now! Just look at the cover! Those trees look like they have fingers, and they're reaching out to grab poor Delphine! And the thorns surrounding the cover? Darkness lies ahead for sure!

If I didn't know it based on the cover, I would once I started reading. The pages aren't in color, but they also aren't in black-and-white. Instead, they're an interesting shade of sepia, which loans a dark mood to the story from the get-go.

Take a look at one of the earliest images in the book:


Creepy, right? This is the color tone used throughout the comic, though it's a little more sepia in person than this image. The "Opening Hook" page I posted earlier has better detail on the coloring in the book. It really sets the mood.

There are, of course, beautiful full-color images at the start of each chapter. Here is how the book "officially" opens (I posted the first page with words as my "hook):


Don't be expecting a perfect, Disney-esque fairy tale, though. As I said, this is creepy.

The "prince" (who is never named...so we'll continue to refer to him as the prince) has many flashbacks to his college sweetheart Delphine. She left school to take care of her ailing father, and he hasn't heard from her since. He decides to track her down and find her, but he doesn't expect to wind up on a horrifying journey. There are witches, creepy hermits, zombie-ish dwarves, and more. When he finally finds Delphine, the result is horrifying.

As readers, much is left up to interpretation. How much of the prince's story is real? The flashbacks go in a few different directions. Is Delphine his one true love? Was she playing him? (After all, what kind of girl leaves and never even calls?) Is what he sees on the internet real, or a symptom of brain-washing? There are so many "ifs," and it's up to the reader to interpret the story. I interpreted everything in a morbid way that gave the ending a dark twist.

This is not your typical fairy tale retelling. It's dark and sad. Delphine is not an innocent maiden, but a girl who has been around the block before, which is what sets off her overly-religious stepmother in the first place. She's cynical and jaded; this is one girl who wouldn't have bunnies and birds following her around. The prince is head-over-heels in love with Delphine and will do anything to find her, but he never realizes the horror he is taking onto his shoulders. It's easy to admire all that he goes through, though sometimes you wonder just how bright he is if some of the hallucinations are "real."

While the art style wasn't always my favorite when looking at characters in profile (I kept staring at pointy noses, lol!), the sharp edges definitely gave everything a more twisted tone. I really loved the sepia coloring, which is so different from traditional comic book coloring.

DELPHINE was definitely an interesting, unusual read, and perfect for Halloween!

I'll leave you with my favorite image from the entire book, which is creepy, yet beautiful and hard to look away from:

   ~*~
C O V E R   D E S I G N:

What a creepy cover! Those trees look like they have fingers, and they're reaching out to grab poor Delphine! And the thorns surrounding the cover? Darkness lies ahead for sure!

I may not have looked twice at DELPHINE if I hadn't heard it was a new version of Snow White from the Prince's POV.

When I do look at it, I actually think of Little Red Riding Hood and Sleeping Beauty more than I do Snow White, though it's depicting an important scene from the tale!

This is a great way to lure in comic book fans who may not even read fairy tales. There's something for everyone here!
   ~*~
O F F I C I A L   I N F O:

Title: DELPHINE
Author: Richard Sala
Release Date: Jan. 18, 2013
Publisher: Fantagraphics
Received: Borrowed
SUMMARY:

A mysterious traveler gets off the train in a small village surrounded by a thick, sinister forest. He is searching for Delphine, who vanished with only a scrawled-out address on a scrap of paper as a trace. In his newest chiller, Richard Sala takes the tale of Snow White and stands it on its head, retelling it from Prince Charming's perspective (the unnamed traveler) in a contemporary setting. This twisted tale includes all the elements of terror from the original fairy tale, with none of the insipid saccharine coating of the Disney animated adaptation. Yes, there will be blood. 

Originally serialized as part of the acclaimed international series, Delphine is executed in a rich and ominous duotone that shows off Sala's virtuosity just as much as last year's full-color post-apocalyptic horror fantasy THE HIDDEN did; punctuated with stunning full-color chapter breaks.