Sunday, March 30, 2014

{Giveaway} THE GOLDEN APPLE by Michelle Diener




We're celebrating the release of Michelle Diener's second fairy tale retelling:
The Golden Apple
An Adult Fantasy Romance based loosely on the Princess on the Glass Hill


The Golden AppleThe Golden Apple
by Michelle Diener
Adult Fantasy/SciFi
March 24, 2014

Kayla's world has been turned upside-down...

Her father has made her the prize in a deadly, impossible tournament, and Kayla has retaliated in the only way she knows how; by choosing her champion beforehand. But taking control of the outcome changes the game completely, and when the real reason behind the strange test becomes apparent, Kayla realizes not just her life, but her entire kingdom is at stake.

Rane's honor is torn in two...

In order to save his brother, Rane will do whatever he has to--including deceive and betray a princess. He knew nothing about this tournament would be easy, but when it turns into a deeper, far more sinister game, Rane is forced to see it through to the end, or leave his brother at the mercy of their enemy.

Now their fates are entwined, and they must venture into the deep, dark forest together...

Kayla and Rane are bound to one another by an enchantment and Kayla's actions. But the sorcerer forcing them to do his will may have miscalculated, because no-one comes out of the Great Forest unchanged. No-one.



The inspiration for The Golden Apple

The Golden Apple is loosely based on the Norwegian fairy tale The Princess on the Glass Hill. The original tale is more about the hero than the heroine, and it is a very straightforward quest story, with the hero becoming more and more accomplished, until at last he succeeds against the odds. But there were a few things in this fairy tale that stood out for me and made me take notice. The first is the very unusual situation of the king holding a contest for his daughter’s hand by putting her on top of a glass hill with a golden apple in her lap. Knights from all over are invited to race a horse up the smooth glass sides of the mountain and the one who can pluck the golden apple from the princess's lap wins her hand and is heir to the kingdom. As usual in fairy tales, there is no explanation as to how the king came by a glass mountain, but I wondered where he got it, and that sparked the starting point of the story. It is really the inciting incident that starts the story off, rather than the focus of the story, as it was in the fairy tale.

Secondly, the crux of the tale, for me, is that the hero cannot win the princess's hand without help from the princess herself. That part of the original tale is one or two lines long, but for me, it's fascinating. The feminine power determining and choosing which masculine power will prevail. This really made me interested, because the princess doesn't just sit there and take whoever it is manages to accomplish the (impossible) task set by her father, but actively chooses who it is she wants to win and helps them. I wanted to write a story about the consequences of her taking that power and using it and The Golden Apple was the result -- far, far more heroine-centric than the original, and I really had fun with it.
- Michelle Diener


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Image of Michelle DienerMichelle Diener writes historical fiction. Her Susanna Horenbout & John Parker series, set in the court of Henry VIII, includes In a Treacherous Court, Keeper of the King's Secrets and In Defense of the Queen.

Michelle's other historical novels include Daughter of the Sky, The Emperor's Conspiracy and Banquet of Lies (loosely connected to The Emperor's Conspiracy).

Michelle's first fantasy novel, Mistress of the Wind, is set for a December 23, 2013, release.

Michelle was born in London, grew up in South Africa and currently lives in Australia with her husband and two children.

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Friday, March 28, 2014

{Kat's Korner} Reviewing EVERBOUND by Brodi Ashton

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Hello! I'm back to bother you all yet again with more Brodi Ashton today! I'm going to talk about EVERBOUND, my favorite part of the EVERNEATH trilogy. If you planned on reading EVERNEATH, or are in the middle of doing so,

DO NOT READ ANY FURTHER.  
SPOILER ALERT TO THE TENTH POWER

I cannot avoid talking about the ending of EVERNEATH because EVERBOUND picks right up where Ashton leaves you off! I am so, so sorry. I'd avoid it if I could. Ok? Ready? Continue if you dare.




Another beautiful cover, this time less colorful. There is no red dress to contrast the dark smoke, but in my opinion, it is just as elegant. The model's hair flowing back and turning into smoke is so pretty and eye-catching, too. Seemingly simple, but still fabulous. The differences in the cover here I guess could be called symbolic, as the story takes a very different turn from EVERNEATH.



SUMMARY:

Nikki Beckett could only watch as her boyfriend, Jack, sacrificed himself to save her, taking her place in the Tunnels of the Everneath for eternity — a debt that should’ve been hers. She’s living a borrowed life, and she doesn’t know what to do with the guilt. And every night Jack appears in her dreams, lost and confused and wasting away.


Desperate for answers, Nikki turns to Cole, the immortal bad boy who wants to make her his queen — and the one person least likely to help. But his heart has been touched by everything about Nikki, and he agrees to assist her in the only way he can: by taking her to the Everneath himself.

Nikki and Cole descend into the Everneath, only to discover that their journey will be more difficult than they’d anticipated — and more deadly. But Nikki vows to stop at nothing to save Jack — even if it means making an incredible sacrifice of her own.

In this enthralling sequel to EVERNEATH, Brodi Ashton tests the bonds of destiny and explores the lengths we’ll go to for the ones we love


Here's that huge spoiler I was talking about: Jack's gone! He's in the Tunnels! I was heartbroken to begin with! I mean, *Nikki* was heartbroken to begin with. Having failed to find a way to not have herself or anyone take her place in the Tunnels forever, Nikki is left in a very bad state emotionally and mentally. The person she loves, who helped her survive the Feed, is now in the very place she fought to get away from.

So, she turns to Cole for help. Oh wait, just kidding; he's gone, too. He and the band packed up and fled. What will Nikki do?! Ashton did a fabulous job setting us up to really wonder about everything here. We know she wants to save Jack, but how will she? Will she discover another Everliving? Will she find some secret, mortal way into the Tunnels? Aliens? Science? None of the above! Ready for it? The best she can do until she finds another immortal or locates Cole is sleep. Jack appears in her dreams, and they talk about everyday life, and share memories of each other. She gets to return the favor from when she was in the Feed. Nikki reminds him about who he is, and that is so powerful, in so many ways. At the very least, powerful enough to keep him going in the Tunnels. But for how long?

Just when I think things will get boring and slow down for a while, Cole shows up. (Cole can never, ever be boring.) Eventually, Nikki convinces him to go with her into the Everneath. Ok, maybe she threatens him. Maybe. This is where the book gets crazy. Nikki is now relying on the very being she wanted nothing to do with, and his friends, on his turf. A friend of Cole's has to be bad news for her, right? And you just know the Everneath is going to be super dangerous. You really have to wonder about Cole's motives here. Especially because of his antagonist role from the last book. He really did not have to return to Nikki at all...

Anyway, they have to locate the Tunnels, which is not easy at all. The Everlivings are brought there in secret when they need to feed. Great! Nikki and Cole must trek through the Everneath, all the while staying hidden (because she's human), and find a place only Shades and the big bad Queen herself can get to on their own. How are they going to do all that as well as rescue Jack? Well, all I'm going to say is: Nikki has a few new tricks up her sleeve.

Bottom line, I loved this book. Nikki went from Persephone to Morpheus, and then into a whole new category of her own. Cole became more than the sort of creepy, yet still somehow attractive, immortal guy trying to use her solely for personal gain. You get to see how Nikki and Jack fell in love over the years woven into the progressing story. And my favorite part overall, you get to experience *almost* the entire Everneath, and learn a ton of things about the way it works. Ashton took Greek myths and made them her own, and EVERBOUND is where you truly see it shine, while she sets you up for an action-packed conclusion.

That's all for now, hope I successfully didn't ruin anyone's day with that spoiler. I'll be back soon! Happy reading!
 
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13115995-everbound

*This review is an HONEST representation of my personal thoughts and feelings of this work. EVERBOUND was purchased by me, and this review was not prompted nor paid for by any individual or group.



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Sarah J. Maas, and Erin Bowman!) at YAGB!
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Thursday, March 27, 2014

{A Twist in the Tail} DOROTHY MUST DIE by Danielle Paige

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!

Five more days. Five more days!!!
Are you ready to go back to Oz???

DOROTHY MUST DIE is the big book everyone is buzzing about this spring--and it comes out on Tuesday!!

The CW has an option to turn the series into a TV show. The publisher just released the first TWELVE chapters for you to read now.

Bookstores across the country are handing out sampler booklets to curious customers.

Social Media can't stop talking about it.

Epic Reads continues to create new posts around its new tentpole title, including the awesome Dorothy Must Die 101 primer that you all need to brush up on before reading and the fun What's Your Oz Name? generator.

(Mine, for the record, is either Evillene Pinagree or Evillene Baffleburg! Our last names are chosen by our astrological sign, and since I'm on the cusp line, I can go either way! Growing up, I was considered a Leo, but now with the new charts, I'm a Cancer. Go figure...)


O P E N I N G   L I N E:
    I FIRST DISCOVERED I WAS TRASH THREE days before my ninth birthday--one year after my father lost his job and moved to Secaucus to live with a woman named Crystal and four years before my mother had the car accident, started taking pills, and began exclusively waring bedroom slippers instead of normal shoes.
    I was informed of my trashiness on the playground by Madison Pendleton, a girl in a pink Target sweat suit who thought she was all that because her house had one and a half bathrooms.

The Wizard of Oz is one of the most iconic tales of our generation. Memorabilia from the movie continues to be popular.

Why no, I don't have a whole dresser top full of Oz memorabilia to call my own.
Me, a hoarder? Never!!! ^.~

Retellings are far and between, but those that exist do very, very well. Look at Gregory Maguire's WICKED: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, which has been turned into a runaway hit on Broadway. Look at the current villain du jour on ABC's TV series Once Upon a Time. The Wicked Witch was the most iconic character of all...

Until now.

It takes a lot of bravery and guts to take a beloved tale, twist it up, and shatter it into a thousand pieces. Danielle Paige was born Dauntless. She's more than up for the task, and has created a twisted, wicked version of Oz unlike anything else out there. Her full innovation reminds me of the way A.G. Howard completely corrupted and re-envisioned Wonderland in her best-selling Splintered series. DOROTHY MUST DIE is as dark and gritty as every retelling out there featuring a bad, bad green witch...except now, everything wicked is good, and everything good is wicked. Because in Oz, up is down and down is up.
...Say what?

Amy Gumm grew up in Kansas. She knows the story of Dorothy and her friends as well as everyone else. But they're just that. Stories. When her trailer home is swept away in a tornado and Amy herself lands in Oz, she can't believe it. Only the yellow brick road at her feet convinces her that this isn't a dream. But nothing is as it appears to be. She's stopped from rushing to greet her childhood favorite, Glinda the Good, and asked if she has a death threat. She hears that Dorothy is back in Oz and now a Princess...and very demanding. When the Tin Woodman captures Dorothy and she's thrown in jail to face execution, Amy is saved by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked. At first, she's terrified. Who wants to be surrounded by a bunch of wicked witches and warlocks? But then she discovers that they're the only ones capable of saving Oz and destroying Dorothy...but only if she, ordinary girl Amy Gumm, agrees to be their weapon of destruction...

Sounds totally bad-ass, right? Very Kill Bill (Or at least, how I imagine the movie must be, since I'm too squeamish to actually sit down and watch it). And there is blood and gore. I kind of had to skim-read a couple of parts, I admit it. While Amy doesn't want to get her hands dirty, she realizes over the course of the novel that there may not be any other choice. Amy is also highly susceptible here. Growing up, she was called Salvation Amy and treated like trailer trash. Her mom is drunk all the time and doesn't care. In Oz, Amy has a chance to shed that image and find people who care about her for the first time in her life. While Amy starts off as incredibly annoying, by the end of the novel, she's begun to grow and evolve, and I can imagine her being totally fierce by the end of the series.

I really like the way Paige incorporates so much of L. Frank Baum's series into the novel and doesn't rely solely on movie references. I cheered when Princess Ozma and Jellia Jamb made their first appearances. I loved seeing scenery like the ever-shifting mountains come to life, and the Deadly Desert that completely surrounds Oz. Even the first-hand "experience" in being sucked up in a tornado and whisked away to another realm felt tangible. It was fun to see that, rather than have a pet dog, Amy comes to Oz with her mom's mean pet rat Star. Star reminds me of Buttercup from THE HUNGER GAMES. Buttercup always hissed at Katniss and only liked Prim, until she'd been through so much and just wanted a familiar face to love. Star is the same way. She loves Amy's mom and hates Amy, but once the two survive a tornado and landed in the unfamiliar world of Oz, they're suddenly one another's only companions and forced into a newfound friendship. Amy can't trust any one, not even people she should be able to rely on. Nothing is what it seems in Oz, and there's a motive for everything.

Were there issues in the book? Yes, absolutely, but it's a debut novel and the series--and author--will only improve from here out. Was I shocked that a huge spoiler from the end of the book was widely known before I even opened the book and began reading? Again, yes, but I can understand why and it definitely adds to the appeal of picking this up, even if it left me wondering for way too long. There's also a lot of creativity in the writing to balance these aspects out. Tattoos are suddenly crazy awesome, living things of their own (I think I want one of these!). There's also a product called PermaSmile, which sounds awesome on the surface, but it's really sinister and creepy, and showcases so much of Dorothy's philosophy. We also get to know Dorothy's policies more and more, sliding into the knowledge that our beloved heroine has destroyed Oz and become a frivolous, vain, unfeeling woman who cares only for her own comforts in life.

It will be interesting to see where Paige takes the series and how popular it will be. The CW has an option out to turn this into a series, but this fall, NBC is putting out a ten-episode mini-series (with the possibility to expand with a second "season") entitled Emerald City, which will feature a bloodier, more sinister Oz. The two series may be too alike to both be on TV. (Which makes you wonder if NBC  heard about Danielle Paige's book deal with HarperCollins and rushed to develop something similar!)

C O V E R   D E S I G N:

It has the iconic musts. Dorothy's dress. Her shoes (And if those shoes give you any indication, this is based on the original book series by L. Frank Baum, not the movie that changed her shoe color from silver to red). The red is, instead, reserved for the title of the book, giving the words DOROTHY MUST DIE a vicious feel, which is appropriate considering their meaning!

Look at the way those letters raise off the finished jacket:


© 2013 HarperCollins Publishers

Eye-catching, no?

I also love the textured background.

It's funny what people see when they look at this cover. One of my co-workers only saw the word DIE when I showed him the book, while another only saw the picture of Dorothy's dress and not the words!

Either way, definitely a memorable cover!


O F F I C I A L   I N F O:

Title:  DOROTHY MUST DIE
Author: Danielle Paige
Release Date: April 1, 2014
Publisher: HarperCollins
Received: For Review (ALA Copy)
SUMMARY:

I didn't ask for any of this. I didn't ask to be some kind of hero. But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado—taking you with it—you have no choice but to go along, you know? 

Sure, I've read the books. I've seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little blue birds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can't be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There's still the yellow brick road, though—but even that's crumbling. 

What happened? 
Dorothy. They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe. 

My name is Amy Gumm—and I'm the other girl from Kansas. 
I've been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked. 
I've been trained to fight. 
And I have a mission: 
Remove the Tin Woodman's heart. 
Steal the Scarecrow's brain. 
Take the Lion's courage. 
Then and only then—Dorothy must die!
~*~

Visit me today on Rachael Turns Pages for Eight Reasons It Would Be AWESOME To Live In Rapunzel's Fairy Tale

Hey everyone!

Rachael from Rachael Turns Pages has been celebrating March in style with a month-long event centered around Rapunzel!



Since I hosted A Week of Rapunzel last month in honor of CRESS and am co-hosting Fairy Tale Fortnight next month, she asked if I'd be willing to put together a post to celebrate Rapunzel!

I put together
Eight Reasons It Would Be AWESOME To Live In Rapunzel's Fairy Tale

Aren't you curious to see what those reasons might be???

Maybe reasons involving fun things to do with your HAIR...


and sexytimes...


and, hmmm...

...well, just come on over and check out the post!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

{Excerpt & e-book/Giftcard Giveaway} TWELVE STEPS by Veronica Bartles


Twelve Steps
by Veronica Bartles
Release Date: 03/25/14

Book Summary:
Sixteen-year-old Andi is tired of being a second-class sibling to perfect sister Laina. There in Laina's shadow, Andi's only noticeable feature is her pretty awesome hair. And even that is eclipsed by Laina's perfect everything else.

When Andi’s crush asks her to fix him up with Laina, Andi decides enough is enough and devises a twelve-step program to wrangle the spotlight away from Laina. After all, great hair must count for something.

Step 1: Admit she’s powerless to change her perfect sister, and accept that her life really, really sucks. OK, maybe that's two steps in one.

Step 4: Make a list of her good qualities besides great hair. There have got to be at least three good qualities, right?

Step 7: Demand attention for more than just her shortcomings, and break out of her shell. Easier said that done, but worth the effort in the long-run. 

When a stolen kiss from her crush ends in disaster, Andi finds that her prince isn’t as charming as she'd hoped, and realizes she may need a new program--perhaps with less steps!

As cracks in Laina’s flawless fa├žade begin to show, the sisters work together to find a spotlight big enough for both to shine.


Here's an excerpt now!


The scent of buttered popcorn fills the air, and my mouth waters as I step into line with Summer and Emily to buy our tickets for Fiero Furious. I don’t see Jarod or his friends, but the movie starts in ten minutes. They’re probably already inside.

“Hey, Andi. What’s up?” Dave appears in line behind me.

“Are you following me now?” I take a half-step away from him, carefully maneuvering so that Emily stands as a buffer between us.

He laughs and points to the long line forming behind him. “I guess, if getting in line behind you means I’m following you, then I’m guilty as charged. But so are about thirty other people.”

I cross my arms and turn my back on him. “Whatever. I just think it’s awfully coincidental that you happen to show up right after we get in line.”

“You’re right. I planned it. Because it’s completely unbelievable that two random people could both want to go to the movies. On a Friday night. At the only good theater in town.”

“Hey, Dave, what’s up?” Summer asks, giving me her patented, exaggerated eye roll. I can practically hear her thoughts screaming at me. What are you so afraid of? Dave’s harmless. It’s not like he’s going to attack you right here in the middle of the mall. But she wasn’t there when Dave tried to kiss me in the coat closet after recess in fourth grade. She’d be freaked out too if some guy had been flirting with her nonstop since they were nine years old, even though she kept telling him she wasn’t interested.

Dave is totally following me. I’d bet anything that he was listening to our conversation in the cafeteria. I bet he doesn’t even like race car movies, and he’s only here because he wanted a chance to “accidentally” run into me. And if Summer can’t see what a creepy stalker he is, I’ll just have to prove it.

I give Dave a million-megawatt smile. “What movie are you going to see?”

He blushes and points to a little boy who’s probably about four years old hiding behind his leg. “My aunt and uncle are visiting, and I promised my cousin I’d take him to see Ninja Unicorn Strikes Back. He’s a little shy, so my aunt always worries that he isn’t socialized enough. Not sure that hanging out with his old cousin counts, but he’s a cool kid, so it’s all good. What are you here for?”

Very clever. Of course he’d choose a different movie, so he could pretend to be all innocent. And I have to give him bonus points for bringing along a decoy kid. I bend down and wave at the cute, little mini-Dave. “You like ninja unicorns?”

The little boy nods solemnly and releases his death grip on Dave’s pant leg.

I glance at Dave and then smile at the kid. “How long did Dave make you wait around for us to show up before you got into line?” That’s one thing Dave didn’t count on. Kids always tell the truth. He is so busted.

The little boy smiles and pats my cheek. “You have lots and lots of freckles,” he says.

I stand up quickly and cover my face with my hands. Summer and Emily are laughing so hard they’re practically rolling on the floor. “Well, it was nice meeting you,” I say and shuffle forward as the line slowly advances, leaving my friends to fend for themselves.

Dave scoops the demon kid up and closes the gap between us. “We think your freckles are adorable.” He hugs the kid. “Don’t we?”

The little boy nods. “I like freckles.”




About the Author
As the second of eight children and the mother of four, Veronica Bartles is no stranger to the ups and downs of sibling relationships. (She was sandwiched between the gorgeous-and-insanely-popular older sister and the too-adorable-for-words younger sister.) She uses this insight to write stories about siblings who mostly love each other, even while they’re driving one another crazy.   When she isn’t writing or getting lost in the pages of her newest favorite book, Veronica enjoys knitting fabulous bags and jewelry out of recycled plastic bags and old VHS tapes, sky diving (though she hasn’t actually tried that yet), and inventing the world’s most delectable cookie recipes.  TWELVE STEPS is Veronica Bartles's first novel.

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Monday, March 24, 2014

{Cover Redesign} PROPHECY OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL by Diantha Jones


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present:

There's a new look for Diantha Jones' PROPHECY OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL, and I'm excited to help reveal it!

I'd never heard of the title before, and I think it will get a lot of new attention with its new look.

Ready to see???



And here's a peek at the full jacket:



What are your thoughts? I really like all of the symbols engraved on the cover, giving it a mysterious air! I also like the way the image is encased like a mirror ball, perfect for a series with Oracles!


What are your thoughts about the cover?
Are you excited to read this one? 
    ~*~
O F F I C I A   I N F O:

Title:  PROPHECY OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL
Author: Diantha Jones
Release Date: March 1, 2012
Publisher: Kate Avery Ellison
Genres: Fantasy, Mythology, Young Adult
SUMMARY:

She has a destiny so great that even the gods fear her.

Constant hallucinations and the frequent conversations with the voices in her head, have earned eighteen-year-old Chloe Clever the not-so-coveted title of “Whack Job” in her home town of Adel, Georgia. With the onslaught of prescription medications and therapists threatening to push her over the edge, she wishes for a life far away from the one she has, a life where she is destined to be more than the butt of everyone’s jokes and mockery.

Be careful what you wish for has never rung more true.

After living through an attack from her worst nightmare, she awakens to find herself far from home, surrounded by glorious riches and servants…and a few demigods who enjoy killing things. Upon learning that her favorite rockstar is an Olympian god, she is thrust into her new life as the Oracle of Delphi, the prophesier of the future, and the great Pythia that the gods have been anxiously awaiting to arrive for centuries. Setting out to fulfill the prophecy she has been given and to keep her family safe from a demigod Princess that wants her dead, Chloe learns of how great she is to become, all the while fighting mythical monsters, evading divine assassins and trying to outwit the ever-cunning Greek gods who harbor secrets of their own. In the hopes of discovering the Most Beautiful and the truth of her destiny, she strives to uncover the mysteries of the demigod Prince who has sworn to protect her with his life…and threatens to win her heart in the process.

BUY:
~*~

Diantha was born on Thanksgiving Day so that explains why her mother calls her a "turkey." She spent the first 16 years of her life as an official Army brat (now she's a retired one), and has spent the last twelve years living in Georgia (Atlanta, then Savannah). She now resides in Washington D.C. She loves to read and watch movies (Quentin Tarantino is her fave director), and she loves cold weather and french fries (with cheese if possible).
Visit  Kate on her website, Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads!


Sunday, March 23, 2014

9 Great fantasy e-books for $1.99 RIGHT NOW!!!


The e-book deals are still rolling in, bookworms!
In addition to last week's post (where many books are still on sale, including brand-new release FIRE & FLOOD by Victoria Scott!),

Keep reading to see 
some great

$1.99

 e-book deals!!!

Tell me what you're going to choose!




There are NOT ENOUGH WORDS  for how much I love Rae Carson's high fantasy trilogy. (Plus, it's finished! You don't have to wait for ANYTHING!) Serious love. Everyone needs to read it (even if you don't super love the first book!). It just gets better and better and better. Rae Carson is amazing, and last year, the finale was my favorite book of the year!
If you haven't tried it out yet, YOU MUST!!!! THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS is book one, and a great deal!!!
My Review: THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS, THE CROWN OF EMBERS,
THE BITTER KINGDOM



Okay, shame is involved here. I wanted PROPHECY by Ellen Oh since before it had a cover. I pre-ordered it. Now it's out in paperback and there's a sequel. And I still haven't read it. But I want to!!!  It's a high fantasy set in an alternate version of South Korea. Yes please!!!

 
THE TAIL OF EMILY WINDSNAP by Liz Kessler is, of course, the first book in a story about a half-girl half-mermaid named Emily! I think the books are so cute, and they get much more involved later in the series when we start encountering unique mer-lore. Take the plunge with book one now!
My Review: EMILY WINDSNAP AND THE SIREN'S SECRET,
 EMILY WINDSNAP AND THE LAND OF THE MIDNIGHT SUN


If you're a fan of high fantasy, then Megan Whalen Turner's best-selling series is an absolute must read. It should already be on your bookshelf. If it isn't, though, now is a great time to snag book one, THE THIEF, at a steal!!! (Do you see the pun? Do you, do you?? ^.~)


I adore GRAVE MERCY by Robin LaFevers! I gushed all over it when I reviewed it. For $1.99, if you take a chance on nothing else, take a chance on this! It's historical fantasy, and there are assassins. And original mythology. And romance! Interested yet?
My Review: GRAVE MERCY, DARK TRIUMPH


I know next to nothing about KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES by Shannon Messenger. The cover first caught my eye, as Jason Chan covers almost always do. And it's a middle-grade fantasy that people have been buzzing about online, so I want to read it. I just haven't picked it up yet. Now's my chance--and yours, too!!!


Ready for another embarrassing secret? I've never read fantasy power player Terry Brooks. And he's an all-time best in the genre!!! Right now, there's an omnibus of the first three books in his best-selling series entitled THE MAGIC KINGDOM OF LANDOVER at such a low price? What am I waiting for???



HALF UPON A TIME by James Riley is a middle-grade book I've looked at several times at the store, but never purchased. Fairy tales for the win!!! You know I need to own every fairy tale retelling in existence! This one stars Jack, the son of the infamous Jack and the Beanstalk, and the adventures he gets into. It sounds really cute!


So Kat and I got to meet Erin Bowman when she was on tour last year during Young Authors Give Back. She's really, really nice, and TAKEN sounds awesome. So does its about-to-be-released sequel FROZEN. I just need to get back into the dystopian groove, because I'm really eager to read this! And that cover is AMAZING, especially after seeing the cover story of how they did the shoot atop some awesome mirrors.


What great deals have you indulged in recently?

...which of these books will you snag?
I'm curious!