Friday, May 29, 2015

A Round-up of Intriguing Titles From Book Expo, Day Two!

Hey Bookworms!

(Did you miss yesterday's peek at the BEA Show Floor and a recap of the Teen Author Carnival?)

The first day of BEA was fantastic!

So was Day Two! If yesterday was for taking it easy, relaxing, and discovering new titles, today was for standing in author signing lines for a few books I was really excited about!

This NEVER happens, but somehow, I was able to see everyone I REALLY wanted to. It was amazing!

I was also fortunate to be invited to two spectacular publisher events! 

Harlequin Teen Event:

Between the breakfast and the BEA signing event later on, I got some great titles! I'm especially intrigued by A LEGACY OF KINGS and, after the morning, NEVER ALWAYS SOMETIMES as well!
It was awesome to meet the Harlequin Teen Team at breakfast! They also brought four of their authors to meet us:

(L to R)  Eleanor Herman, Adi Alsaid, Katie McGarry, and Jennifer L. Armentrout.

Then we conversed speed-dating style as the Harlequin Team and the Authors rotated tables.  It was sooo much fun!

AND Eleanor Herman knows how to dress for a party!!!


This year, Macmillan threw a great party in the evening. Not only did I get to chat with some publicists I love working with, but they brought  some of their authors as well!

(L to R) Leigh Bardugo, Marissa Meyer, Josephine Angelini, Sandy Hall, Leila Sales

The event was hosted in The Rare Book Room at The Strand, one of the best used bookstore I've ever been to. I've always wanted to go into this room, but they've always been closed when I try. Being there last night was gorgeous:


I was SO EXCITED to meet these authors and get these books. This was my Want List and I was very lucky to get everything!

*PASSENGER by Alexandra Bracken 

~This had the longest line I've been in so far! She is the sweetest, most genuine person and I can't wait to read this! 

*TRULY, MADLY, FAMOUSLY by Rebecca Serle 

~I forgot to take a picture because I was too busy chatting! Loved FAMOUS IN LOVE last year!


~I was really excited to meet him because TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE was very special to me. I like that he's back to telling the interesting stories of real people!

*AFTER ALICE by Gregory Maguire

~An Alice in Wonderland retelling from the author of WICKED!


~I had never heard of either author, but they live in the area! Someone recommended UPDRAFT because E.C. Myers gave it good early buzz and it was fantasy, and she was at a table with Lawrence, whose book is a little more sci-fi fantasy! 

*THE MAGICIAN'S LAND by Lev Grossman

~I have co-workers who love Lev Grossman. I've never read him, but I hear great things about this series!

*PRETTY BABY by Mary Kubica

~I went to Harlequin Adult Hour just for this title because it's going to be a big title for fans of psychological thrillers such as GONE GIRL. She previously has published a book called THE GOOD GIRL in the same genre that has sold well!


*STORM by Virginia Bergin
~This is a sequel to H2O. I heard about this at BEA *last* year from a very excited publicist, but they weren't giving away copies yet. I'm intrigued by this series! 

*CITY ON FIRE by Garth Risk Hallberg
~THE book of BEA this year! 1,000 BEA galleys and a $2 million advance! 



Thursday, May 28, 2015

A Round-up of Intriguing Titles From Book Expo, Day One!

Hey Bookworms!

(Did you miss yesterday's peek at the BEA Show Floor and a recap of the Teen Author Carnival?)

The first day of BEA was fantastic! I ran into so many bloggers and chatted with some new faces as well. I also got to talk to two publicists I've been working with for a while now, which was a highlight of the day for me!

Another highlight was seeing a Broadway musical! I saw Something Rotten on a co-worker's recommendation. It was hilarious! It's up for a whopping TEN Tony Nominations next month. I think it will scoop up quite a few!!!

 And of course, I got some great books already, too. Narrowing down my highlights to share was HARD and this list is longer than I'd like. I apologize to your TBR now!


~So excited to meet her,  ahhhh!!!
~Yay for local authors doing well!!!


*ILLUMINAE by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff ~Just LOOK at this video! I've never seen a HARDCOVER galley before. This book is gorgeous!!!

YouTube Link


*THE GOLDEN COMPASS: The Graphic Novel, Volume 1 by Philip Pullman with illustrations by Stéphane Melchior-Durand and Clément Oubrerie


~The summary for this one is crazy intriguing!
I kind of want to read it right now!
*THIS RAGING LIGHT by Estelle Laure
~The life that Estelle grew up living is ttragic and I love that it inspired her book!
*OMEGA by Lizzy Ford
~Goddesses. Say no more!
*NEVER SAID by Carol Lynch Williams
~Another one that sounds intriguing!


~Already read this one. Can't WAIT to chat about it!
*VIP: I'M WITH THE BAND by Jen Calonita
*COURT OF FIVES by Kate Elliott
~Love her!!!


~Just preordered this from Book Depository because the UK cover is stunning!
*ANOTHER DAY by David Levithan
*VENGEANCE ROAD by Erin Bowman
*NEWT'S EMERALD by Garth Nix


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Teen Author Carnival 2015 and Sneak Peek Photos of the BEA Showfloor!

Hey Bookworms!

This week is a book lover's Dream Come True!

Books, Books, Books!

I went to the Javits Center yesterday to register and took these great pictures of titles being promoted in big ways! Can't wait to explore more thoroughly today! 

Want to meet up this week at BEA?

Look for the girl with the TFIOS nails:

I might also be wearing one of these tops:

Don't be shy; stop and say hi!

Here are some of the highlights so far when you walk into Javits:

I'm so excited to read this!!! 
Norse mythology from Rick Riordan!

Ready for a sequel to Stieg Larsson's best-selling Millennium Trilogy?
A new book from Erin Bow, the author of PLAIN KATE!? Yes,please!!
I'm hoping to snag this one on Thursday during Harlequin Teen Hour!
The sequel to LEGEND is here!
I love this staircase!!! They're REALLY hyping ILLUMINAE!

I was also lucky enough to go to the Teen Author Carnival at the Jefferson Library for the third year running! 

The first panel I attended was "Only Time Will Tell" about using a constrained amount of time to tell a story, and featured (in order of below photo) Rebecca Serle, Lance Rubin (I so want to read his book DENTON LITTLE'S DEATHDATE now!!!), Adi Alsaid, Marieke Nijkamp (Her debut THIS IS HOW IT ENDS is chilling, but definitely a Must Read!), Tommy Wallach, Leila Sales, and Jennifer E. Smith:

The second panel was "The Road Less Traveled" about world-building, and featured (in order of below photo) Claire Legrand, Melissa Grey, Virginia Boecker, Alex London, Jennifer L. Armentrout, Alexandra Bracken, and Susan T. Dennard:

I asked a question about genre at the first panel and received a bag stuffed with books. I asked a question about world-building outside your preferred genre at the second panel and won MORE books, including my #1 Most-Wanted BEA Title, TRUTHWITCH by Susan T. Dennard. Ahhhhh!!!!

 ...And then I treated myself to some FroYo to celebrate, yepyep!

My week is already off to an amazing start!!!!!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

{Mad About Nails} Do-It-Yourself Avengers-Themed 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! 

Earlier this month, to celebrate the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron in theaters, I decided to go all out with Avengers nail art!

Sorry it took so long to post! I actually filmed this the day BEFORE the movie came out and wanted to have it up so you guys could do nail art that weekend, but the video was in so many pieces that it took forever to put together.

I'm only getting the time now. Sorry!
*hangs head in shame*

BUUUUUUUUUUUUT we're all going to want to do this again during Captain America: Civil War anyway, right!?

I'm NOT an artist--and I'm not pretending to be!!!

I went searching on Pinterest for nail art ideas that were simple and would at least semi look like I wanted the design to.

Ultimately, I chose these images for references. These are NOT my original designs and I don't claim them as such!
S.H.I.E.L.D. Logo
Captain America + Iron Man + Hulk's Eye
(Iron Man is a little bit this one, too)

Here's a look at the materials used.

I also filmed after each step of the process, 
so you can follow along and do these yourself!

I started off with a basecoat of Essie "Millionails" and a coat of Essie "Grow Stronger."

 My nails are breaking pretty frequently ATM, so I'm trying to strengthen them again! I picked up "Millionails" at Target to try, and saw on the back of the box that it said to pair this with "Grow Stronger."

So that's what I'm doing! (My Target, however, didn't sell GS, but ULTA does!)

My nails have gotten nice and long and strong, haven't they??

For my base color:

***If you can, let your base dry overnight! 
It will make it easier to get rid of mistakes 
and colors won't run together or clump!***

THUMB: I used two coats of ORLY "Liquid Vinyl" from their permanent collection. This is my favorite black ever. It's so shiny!

INDEX FINGER: To create the fleshy tone of Captain America's skin, I used ZOYA "Cho" from the 2012 True collection. This polish is still easy to find/buy on the Zoya website!

MIDDLE FINGER: To begin creating Iron Man's armor, I used ORLY "Luxe." This originally came out in the 2010 Foil FX Collection, but it's now part of the permanent line. I bought this about a month ago at Sally's Beauty Supply during a BOGO. This has FANTASTIC coverage if you're looking for a good gold!
RING FINGER: To create the fleshy tone of Thor's skin, I used Essie "Jazz." I think it's from the permanent collection, so you should be able to find it in stores as well!

PINKY FINGER: I used two different greens for this one. First, I used Sally Hansen Complete Salon "Loden Green," which I bought a year or two ago on clearance, so I'm pretty sure it's not being made anymore. Sorry! The color was a little too dark, so the next day, I put on a thin layer of Revlon ColorStay "Bonsai. This is from their permanent collection. I used a thin coat so that the "Loden Green" would still peep through and make the color multi-dimensional. I liked the texture and shimmer, because now the nail had more depth...and there is depth in the green of Hulk's skin. He's not one shade of green!

For my design:

I started with the image references loaded on my Tablet. I also pre-prepped with any color I thought I might use and had way too much. But that's better than having not enough and smearing your design when you run to grab what you need!

When you do a design that takes a long time like this one, may I suggest catching up on a TV show or watching a movie? Guess what I watched? The Avengers, of course!

Then I moved onto the first stage of each nail.

This is how your nails will look after completing Stage 1!
THUMB: I started with my thumb. I used a white striping polish, Finger Paints "Hip Hip Hue-Ray," which I purchased from Sally's Beauty Supply. I know it's not the best rendition of the logo (And in fact, the logo on my right hand somehow looked better, when usually that hand looks worse!) Whenever I made a mistake or needed to clean up, I used a black striping polish, Finger Paints "Ch-Art-Coal," also from Sally's!

INDEX FINGER: I made a French Tip using ZOYA "Ling" from the Summer 2014 Tickled Collection, which is still available on Zoya's website. I borrowed this from my mom, because it was just the right shade of blue! I brought the tip down and to the sides to create Cap's mask. I let that dry.

MIDDLE FINGER: I finished out Iron Man's armor using striping polish Nail Art by Diamond Cosmetics/Cover Girl "Red," which I found at Dollar General. I was able to create small areas of red at the sides and control the amount of paint I was using by doing it this way.

RING FINGER: I made a French Tip using ORLY "Dazzle" from the permanent collection, which I purchased at Sally's during a BOGO. I could have used a flat silver, but armor has a little shine to it, and I wanted to replicate that!

PINKY FINGER: I created the Hulk's eye using white striping polish Finger Paints "Hip Hip Hue-Ray." This is the nail that worries me the most. I'm no artist, but I'm drawing an eye!?

Stage 2
...This is when you go in and create the detail that finishes your design!

THUMB: See above. Completed in previous stage!

INDEX FINGER: I used white striping polish Finger Paints "Hip Hip Hue-Ray" to make the A and used a dotting tool I picked up at Claire's along with ORLY "Liquid Vinyl" to make the eyes and mouth!

MIDDLE FINGER: The black of the eyes and mouth are striping polish Finger Paints "Ch-Art-Coal," while the white of the eyes were created with white striping polish Finger Paints "Hip Hip Hue-Ray." I used a dotting tool to get better shape than the striping brush would have given me.
RING FINGER: I used Sally Hansen Insta-Dry "Lightening" to make Thor's hair. I'm not sure if they still make this or not. My bottle is pretty old! I mixed "Lightening" together with striping polish Nail Art by Diamond Cosmetics/Cover Girl "Cocoa," which I found at Dollar General, on a paint palette (Also from Dollar General), to create a slightly darker hair color for Thor's eybrows.  I used white striping polish Finger Paints "Hip Hip Hue-Ray"and ORLY "Liquid Vinyl" along with my dotting tool to make Thor's eyes.

PINKY FINGER: I made the pupil of Hulk's eye using ZOYA "Hunter" from the Fall 2013 Cashmeres and Satins Collection, which you can still buy from their website. The smaller pupil was used striping polish Finger Paints "Ch-Art-Coal." I used striping brush Art Deco "Intense Pink" from Dollar General to create rage, then went over the color with a sheerish green from OPI, "Bikini Envy" from the Beach Party Collection, which is long-discontinued and apparently "black bottle" polish from before OPI went green. Ooops, I've had it a long time, I guess! I also used "Bikini Envy" on its own on the green skin around Hulk's eye to add a little dimension. I finished the design with the eyebrow. I began by mixing together ZOYA "Louise" from the Fall 2013 Cashmeres and Satins Collection, which you can still buy from their website with ZOYA "Hunter" from the same collection, as well as Sally Hansen Complete Salon "Loden Green." The eyebrow faded a little too much into the Hulk's skin since my original basecoat was "Loden Green." So I decided to use an unnamed striping brush from an Urban Decay gift set, but it was too bright, so I topped THAT off with a light coat of my previous mixture to get a good color on the eyebrow.

Top Coat

I topped everything off with HK GIRL "Glisten & Glow." You can easily buy this online from HK Girl. I bought this online because I'd heard it was the best top coat to use with nail art. It doesn't smear or streak your art, dries fast, and lasts a long time. I've been very happy with it!

While it's not perfect, overall, I think this is a good salute to the movie, don't you?

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

If you do a similar design, I'd love to see! ❤ 

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Have You Watched Beauty And The Beat by Todrick Hall? Version 2 Just Released on YouTube!

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!

I first came across Todrick Hall because he's made so many viral Disney-themed music videos online such as Cinderonce, Cinderfella, Disney Dudez, as well as musical spoofs such as Chicago's Spell Block Tango. There are so many awesome music videos on his YouTube Channel, especially if you like spoofs and/or Disney. I believe he was on American Idol at some point, too. This summer, he has a behind-the-scenes music video series entitled Todrick premiering on MTV on Monday, August 31st at 10 pm.

Two years ago, Hall produced this really hilarious Beauty and the Beast parody, Beauty and the Beat:

This  month, Hall released a new parody of the song, Beauty and the Beat: Boots:

Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorite fairy tales. I always love seeing anything related to it! I also think Hall's videos are always so fun and creative.

Both Beauty and the Beast parodies take stereotypes and turn them upside down in a way that's funny to watch. I still prefer the first video, perhaps because it was "first" and I've known it longer.

But I also think it has a whimsy and humor that isn't replicated as well in the newer one. Plus, that Belle feels a little more genuine and less like she's only half in the world she's embracing. For example, take her interaction with the "Gaston" character in both videos. In the first, she enjoys  his company and everyone is envious. In the second, she's completely disinterested (As she was in the original tale, though!) and the googly-eyed trio doesn't really comment on their interaction. There aren't as many laughing-from-surprise moments such as the interaction with the baby from the first video.

But both videos are still amusing and showcase Hall's talent for producing high-quality, captivating parodies! It's also fun to watch all of the behind-the-scenes videos on how they're put together, so I think his TV show Todrick will do well and bring him many new followers!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

{Review//Design Analysis Vlog} AN EMBER IN THE ASHES by Sabaa Tahir

B O O K   T R A I L E R:

Some book trailers are good. Others, not so hot. The trailer for AN EMBER IN THE ASHES is really intriguing. If you're a fan of fantasy and you see this, you'll be wanting to pick this book up!

O P E N I N G   L I N E:

    MY BIG BROTHER REACHES home in the dark hours before dawn, when even ghosts take their rest. He smells of steel and coal and forge. He smells of the enemy.
    He folds his scarecrow body through the window, bare feet silent on the rushes. A hot desert wind blows in after him, rustling the limp curtains. His sketchbook falls to the floor, and he nudges it under his bunk with a quick foot, as if it's a snake.
    Where have you been, Darin? In my head, I have the courage to ask the question, and Darin trusts me enough to answer. Why do you keep disappearing? Why, when Pop and Nan need you? When I need you?
     Every night for almost two years, I've wanted to ask. Every night, I've lacked the courage. I have one sibling left. I don't want him to shut me out like he has everyone else.
    But tonight's different. I know what's in his sketchbook. I know what it means.
(pg. 3, US hardcover edition)

"You are an ember in the will spark and burn, ravage and destroy. You cannot change it. You cannot stop it."

This review has been a long time in the making. I started reading an advance copy of this last November, but had to put it down before I even finished the first chapter because I'd just finished reading ENDSINGER by Jay Kristoff and I just couldn't handle anything dark or gritty. (Small Spoiler: In chapter one, Laia's family is murdered, and after all the death and mayhem in ENDSINGER, I just COULDN'T go through any more heartache!) I finally picked up the book again a couple of weeks before it debuted and realized why everyone was buzzing about this debut novel. I decided to hold off on reviewing it until after I had a physical copy of the book so I could vlog about it because it's GORGEOUS, and then I held off a little longer so that it wasn't one review among 50 release week. Now, AN EMBER IN THE ASHES has been out for almost a month, and I can finally share my thoughts with you!

First, a word of advice: THIS IS NOT A STAND-ALONE. I repeat, THIS IS NOT A STAND-ALONE!

I'm a little amazed at how far-spread this misconception is. 

(Granted, I thought it was a stand-alone, too! If someone hadn't warned me in advance, I would have been SO MAD when I got to the end of the book!)
Originally, it WAS
But it was so open-ended and everyone on social media has been begging Tahir and Penguin for MORE. 

Yesterday, it was announced that Penguin officially greenlit a sequel, which will publish in 2016!!!

If you love books brimming with the best kind of fantasy, saturated in action and adventure and rebellion, AN EMBER IN THE ASHES is just what you've been waiting for.

The book alternates between two worlds, the world of an ordinary girl, Laia, and the world of a deadly Mask in Training, Elias. Both Laia and Elias have different perspectives in life, and under ordinary circumstances, their paths would never cross. But these aren't ordinary times. Thanks to events started by Laia's brother, her entire family is murdered and she's forced to seek refuge with rebels, who tell her that they'll only help save her brother if she puts herself in danger and spies on the Commandant of Blackcliff Academy and discovers secrets about the upcoming Trials to become the next Emperor. Elias, on the other hand, is a student at Blackcliff Academy on the brink of graduation, but considering deserting and throwing everything away. He wants nothing more than to leave behind his Mask and the horrors it requires of him. On graduation day, he is chosen as one of four Aspirants. The two are thrown together amidst a deadly power struggle as their nation is thrown even further into turmoil.

AN EMBER IN THE ASHES is unflinchingly gritty. Tahir isn't afraid to get her hands dirty or destroy her characters. Events can be brutal, and the Commandant will quickly become a villain that many readers will instantly loathe and not easily forget. The characters are so human and easy to relate to as well. Laia isn't the fiercest girl out there, and she's in way over her head. But this girl has a core of steel and will do anything for her family. She goes through more than anyone should ever be exposed to and is stronger than she knows. Elias is a seemingly strong, powerful character, ranked at the top of his graduating class. Inside, however, he's conflicted, and those roiling emotions have started to spill into his daily life. His peers begin questioning his motives, and so does he. The back-and-forth between Elias, his loyalties, and the yearnings of his heart swing back and forth in a way that's very believable, and will keep readers wondering what happens next. There are other strong characters that propel the series forward as well, notably Elias' classmate and closest friend Helene. There are even love triangles at play, which I usually don't care for, but romance isn't the core of this story, and the relationships are handled well in a way that works for the story, so I found myself not minding their inclusion (It helps that it leans more heavily one way than others), despite the lack of romance in the book. It will be interesting to see how relationships fall into play in the next book.

I really don't want to talk too much about the book itself or the world because SPOILERS. I was glad I went into this one blind, because it made the ride more thrilling. I want that same experience for you!

C O V E R   D E S I G N:

This book is so gorgeous, I did a Design Analysis Vlog:

I love how the words seem engraved/chiseled into the rock of the cover, and how it's like they're on fire. I love the small details you miss looking at a small image of the book, such as the three human silhouettes. I LOVE the surprise endpapers backing both sides of the book. I just lovelovelove so many things about this cover!

O F F I C I A L   I N F O:

Author: Sabaa Tahir
Release Date: April 28, 2015
Publisher: Penguin Razorbill
Received: For Review // Purchased

Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Alternative Free Fridays + Weekly E-Book Deals (42 Titles Featured Today!)

Not interested in the weekly Free Fridays title offered by Barnes and Noble?
I'm usually not, either!

I thought about it and realized just how many free e-books I've found and downloaded onto my nook. I decided to start sharing some freebies with you!

No matter your e-reader, no matter if you get the official weekly book or not,  I hope you enjoy my alternatives!

E-Book Deals of the Week:

(I own a nook, so that's where I look for deals, but these should also be available on Kindle, Kobo, iBooks, etc!)

***Some of Terry Pratchett's Discworld books and Jennifer Esteps Mythos Academy books are on sale, so if you're interested, take a peek at both series!***

***Most of the books in the Fingerprints series by Melinda Metz are on sale for $2.99! Metz is the author of the Roswell series, which was a popular teen TV series.***

LUCK ON THE LINE by Zoraida Córdova
MERMEN by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff
ELEMENTAL RUSH by Elana Johnson
THREATS OF SKY AND SEA by Jennifer Ellison
THE WARRIOR HEIR by Cinda Williams Chima
THE GOLDEN APPLE by Michelle Diener

AFTERWORLDS by Scott Westerfeld
UNSOULED by Neal Shusterman
THE THIEF by Megan Whalen Turner
STARRY NIGHTS by Daisy Whitney
ENTWINED by Heather Dixon
CRUEL BEAUTY by Rosamund Hodge
MAGGOT MOON by Sally Gardner
WICKED:  The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire 
UNBREAK MY HEART by Melissa Walker


ROOMIES by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando 
TORN AWAY by Jennifer Brown
YOURS TRULY (Prev. pub. as KETCHUP CLOUDS) by Annabel Pitcher 
INVASION (A sequel to The Last Princess) by Galaxy Craze
CINDER by Marissa Meyer


TRIXTER by Alethea Kontis
RED by Alyxandra Harvey
ROYALLY LOST by Angie Stanton

SNAPSHOT by Angie Stanton 
SEVERED SOULS by Terry Goodkind
AMERICAN GODS by Neil Gaiman


DIVERGENT by Veronica Roth
ELEANOR AND PARK by Rainbow Rowell
FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell
CROWN DUEL by Sherwood Smith 
MISTBORN: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

This week's Free Book Spotlight:

Author:  Anthea Sharp

Available FOR FREE from:


So many people like books with fairies. Or books with video games. Or, um, fairy tales. The Feyland series rolls thse together into something new. For example, there are roots tying this back to Tam Lin. (Okay, stop. That's really ALL you had to say to me.) Author Alethea Kontis ( ENCHANTED, HERO, DEAREST) recommended this one, and that's also all I needed to say yes. Even though I'm not a fairy girl! (Although, Sarah J. Maas might have changed that a little with ACOTAR!). Also, a lot of my co-workers love video-game influenced novels such as READY PLAYER ONE by Ernest Cline. So, hey. Book One is FREE!!! We'll see what we think, right?
Here's a brief summary:


What if a high-tech computer game was a gateway to the dangerous Realm of Faerie?

When a game…

Feyland is the most immersive computer game ever designed, and Jennet Carter is the first to play the prototype. But she doesn’t suspect the virtual world is close enough to touch — or that she’ll be battling for her life against the Dark Queen of the faeries.

Turns real…

Tam Linn is the perfect hero — in-game. Too bad the rest of his life is seriously flawed. The last thing he needs is rich-girl Jennet prying into his secrets, insisting he’s the only one who can help her.

Winning is everything…

Together, Jennet and Tam enter the Dark Realm of Feyland, only to discover that the entire human world is in danger. Pushed to the limit of their abilities, they must defeat the Dark Queen… before it’s too late.