Monday, October 31, 2016

Halloween Giveaway (You could win a DOZEN books!!!)

(And hey, on top of Month9Books giving away all this great stuff, you can STILL enter to win a spooky book of YOUR CHOICE from our Books Hiding Under Your Bed Week!!!)




Hello and Happy Halloween Everyone! We here at Month9Books love Halloween so we decided to share some of our favorite Halloween or scary books and not just feature them but give them away!

The Undertakers Series by Ty Drago!  
We love Zombies and we know you will too!







Two And Twenty Dark Tales & Very Superstitious  
These 2 anthologies are perfect to scare you on Halloween!





Into The Dark & Into The Light by Caroline Patti  
Body swapping can be freaky as heck!





Lucas Mackenzie and the London Midnight Ghost Show and Mc’Graves Hotel by Steve Bryant  
Full of ghosts and creatures perfect for the middle grade crowd!





The Requiem Red by Brynn Chapman 
A historical fantasy set in an insane asylum is the ultimate read on Halloween!



Hair in All The Wrong Places by Andrew Buckley 
For all the werewolf lovers in your life :)



Minotaur by Phillip W. Simpson  
What is more scary that being inside a creature’s lair? Hearing the story from his POV for sure!



Giveaway Details:

3 Winners will receive an eBook pack of all the books featured, International.

 1 Winner will receive a Middle Grade Pack with all the Undertakers Books, Lucas Mackenzie and the London Midnight Ghost Show and Mc’Graves Hotel, & Hair in All The Wrong Places, US Only.

1 Winner will receive a YA pack with Two And Twenty Dark Tales & Very Superstitious, Into The Dark & Into The Light, The Requiem Red, & Minotaur, US Only.

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Friday, October 28, 2016

{Review} THE ONLY THING WORSE THAN WITCHES by Lauren Magaziner

O P E N I N G   H O O K:

The Only Thing Worse Than Witches
   RUPERT WAS DOWN IN THE DUMPS. LITERALLY.

The garbage from Gliverstoll's town dump sloshed around his ankles, and piles and piles of trash extended as far as he could see. Rupert reached forward to peel something slimy off a bicycle handle, all while lamenting his horrible luck. Why did he have to be in Class B with the dreadful Mrs. Frabbleknacker? Everyone in Class A had Miss Snugglybuns—and she was supposedly the nicest, most wonderful teacher who ever lived. Rupert heard that Miss Snugglybuns baked her students a four layer cake every day. And during science class she brought in a big lamp and a watering can to help her class make rainbows.

But no. Rupert was stuck with Mrs. Frabbleknacker, who thought that the best way to teach waste management was to make her science class find a paper clip buried somewhere in the town dump.


(Page 1-2, US Paperback Edition)

     “WITCH TO BOY, WITCH TO BOY—CAN YOU HEAR ME? IF YOU CAN HEAR ME START WORK IN ONE HOUR. MEET AT THE FISHING DOCK. WEAR PURPLE. IF YOU CAN'T HEAR ME THEN MEET ME AT MAIN BEACH IN TWO HOURS, AND WEAR ORANGE."

~Witchling Two, THE ONLY THING WORSE THAN WITCHES



Halloween is fast approaching my fellow bookworms, and that bodes a very particular kind of question. What do you do when you want to participate in the holiday festivities but you don't particularly like all that scary stuff? What do you read if you want to be in the mood for Halloween, but don't want to be shaking under your covers at night?

The answer is this: You read THE ONLY THING WORSE THAN WITCHES by Lauren Magaziner. Witches are, after all, one of the staple symbols of our spooky holiday, and this amazing middle grade book will leave children and adults alike laughing till their sides hurt instead of trembling under the covers and reaching for their night lights. It is, in my opinion, an amazing book to read out loud, and I will admit to reading several parts out loud to myself just so I could hear how hilarious things sounded rolling off the tongue.

Rupert is an average boy, experiencing a semi average life in one of the few towns left that is home to witches. While he hears about interactions between his friends and other townspeople with the witches, his mother is completely against Rupert ever being near them. His curiosity has therefore always been twitching at the back of his mind, and when he finds an advertisement for a witch's apprentice he simply can't say no. Witchling Two is...well...quite possibly the most adorable witch I've ever had the pleasure of meeting. Her character is so vibrant that she flies off the page and you find yourself almost sick with the desire to dive into the book and converse with her yourself. Her pathological fear of bunnies is hysterically dramatic, and the fact that her spells always go topsy turvy...that just adds a lot of fun. As a main character, Rupert is charming. He's a quiet, sweet, slightly meek boy who has been terrorized by an oddly insane teacher. Yet he finds that in Witchling Two's company he his brave, smart, inventive, and capable of so much more than he ever thought. The friendship that plays out here had such a visceral effect on me. When I finished reading I had to call my best friend and relive all of our quirkiest adventures because I felt like my heart was going to pop out of my chest if I didn't.

AND THE STORYLINE, YOU GUYS. Charming, magical, words like these don't even begin to cover it. Lauren Magaziner embodies everything I have ever loved about a Roald Dahl book, but then she takes it the extra mile. The twists in the plot are insanely creative, and yet they flow together so perfectly that you don't feel like you just hit a drop on a roller coaster. You'll find yourself wanting to take a class in witch math, so that you too know that two plus three is honeybee! And the terrible Mrs. Frabbleknacker is a villain that embodies every not so good teacher you've ever had. She's so intense that I think she'd scare Miss Trunchbull from Matilda.

If you're in the mood for a witchy tale that will get you ready for halloween, but also leave you cracking up so hard you think you might have damaged internal organs, then THE ONLY THING WORSE THAN WITCHES is a book you need in your life. Let the sweet, heartwarming, giggle inducing, humor that sticks to the ribs storyline color your life, and remind you what two friends can do when they stick together.
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Content Ratings: highlight between ( ) for details

Romance: PG (This is a book about friendship. The romance train does not leave the station in any capacity.)
Language: PG ( No cursing )
Violence: PG ( Are bunnies violent? There are few conversations about crazy corporeal punishments Rupert's teacher has doled out, but that's about it.)
Other:  
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C O V E R   D E S I G N:
Vibrant covers tend to draw me in, and the cover of this book has the same colorful, quirky appeal as the covers of all the Roald Dahl books I loved so much growing up. I love how the background gets this blurred watercolor affect, and the focus of the cover is truly Witchling Two and Rupert. With Rupert's hands covering his eyes you get the sense that mischief will be awaiting you, and believe me it does.
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O F F I C I A   I N F O:

Title: THE ONLY THING WORSE THAN WITCHES
Author: Lauren Magaziner
Release Date: August 14th, 2014
Publisher: Dial Books / Penguin
Received: Purchased
SUMMARY:

Roald Dahl meets Eva Ibbotson in this hilarious middle grade debut perfect for reading aloud

Rupert Campbell is fascinated by the witches who live nearby. He dreams of broomstick tours and souvenir potions, but Rupert’s mother forbids him from even looking at that part of town. The closest he can get to a witchy experience is sitting in class with his awful teacher Mrs. Frabbleknacker, who smells like bellybutton lint and forbids Rupert’s classmates from talking to each other before, during, and after class. So when he sees an ad to become a witch’s apprentice, Rupert simply can’t resist applying.

But Witchling Two isn’t exactly what Rupert expected. With a hankering for lollipops and the magical aptitude of a toad, she needs all the help she can get to pass her exams and become a full-fledged witch. She’s determined to help Rupert stand up to dreadful Mrs. Frabbleknacker too, but the witchling's magic will be as useful as a clump of seaweed unless Rupert can figure out a way to help her improve her spellcasting—and fast!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

{Review} FOXHEART by Claire Legrand

O P E N I N G   H O O K:

Foxheart
   FOR THE FIRST twelve years of her life, Girl had no name.

At least, she pretended that was the case. In fact, she knew very well that her parents had given her a name, but she didn't consider it to be anyone else's business.

When she was three years old, on a stormy night that haunted her memories, her parents left her on the doorstep of Saint Martta's Convent of the White Wolf. There was no note, no birth papers—only a small, drenched girl with a flat, upturned nose and a head of wild gray hair.

The gray hair in particular alarmed the Sisters of Saint Martta's. It seemed to them too unusual for young girl, and they had been taught all their lives to be suspicious of the unusual. But they told themselves that most of the witches had been killed, and that the Wolf King was even now hunting those who might remain, and forced smiles to their faces.


(Page 1-2, US Hardcover Edition)

     “Sometimes," Anastazia said, "it isn't about being the most powerful person or the person who has the most knowledge. It isn't about being the oldest person, or the strongest person or the person who makes all the right decisions. Sometimes it's about being the person who decides to stand up and fight."

~Anastazia, FOXHEART



One of the best feelings you can ever have as a reader, is when you know that you're safe in the hands of a familiar author. You've read them before, you're a repeat offender when it comes to traipsing into a bookstore and heading right for their work. They keep each title different enough to be a unique experience, but that special and intangible SOMETHING is present in each book, drawing you in with familiar warmth. Whatever your bookish soul is in the mood for, you know you can get it from this author.

Claire Legrand is one of those authors for me, and I knew I would love her newest book FOXHEART before it even hit the shelves. Because I've just come to know that I will inherently love everything Legrand rights, that her narration speaks to me on a personal level I will probably never be able to put into fully formed words. We'll just call it book magic.

FOXHEART is, technically speaking, a fabulous middle grade high fantasy adventure, but I promise you there is glorious content in here for all ages. I'm nearing my 30's and my heart fluttered and I grinned stupidly at the sweet moments. I teared up and sniffled and clutched my chest at the sad parts. That's the consistency you'll expect to get from any Legrand book. You will feel all of the feelings; happy, sad, mad, annoyed, afraid. There are times you want to reach into the book, flick a character on the nose and say "NO STOP THAT THIS INSTANT." For as many of those moments there are times you want to reach in and give every character the biggest hug you can possible muster.

It's a very character driven story; centered around our main character Quicksilver. On the first page of the story she'd probably roll her eyes and give a derisive snort if anyone called her a hero, but by the end I think she'd half agree with me. Quicksilver is not a beautiful Princess in a magic land, but a sad and internally armor clad little girl with a squashed nose and a mess of grey hair. She's been abandoned by her parents, which is reason enough for thorns to grow around her hair, grown up the first twelve years of her life with no name at the convent she is taken in by, and suffers through cruelty from the other children. And as is the sad case, cruelty has a tendency to breed cruelty. The girl fights back, uses mischief and sneakery/thievery to prank and poke and try to hurt others around her before they have a chance to hurt her. She feels safer at a distance, the dog she named Fox the only creature that she will truly let close. Fox is a vibrant character of his own, let me tell you. I usually fall in love with the humans in stories, but this dog stole my heart on so many levels, especially when there's a shift in the plot that brings out a different side of him. Anastazia is a wizened, grumpy old woman with a talent for snark that made me laugh so hard I teared up a few times...and she is more than she appears as well. Actually, every character in this story is made of more than we originally think; from the meek Sly Boots to the seemingly evil Wolf King, and Rompus the terrifying dragon.

Like any good fantasy this book handles the concept of good and evil, trying to triumph over the latter, though the line between the two is always beautifully blurred by Legrand. There is mystery, there are battles, magic, beautifully heartbreaking bonds between witches and their monsters which immediately and nostalgically reminded me of the His Dark Materials series by Phillip Pullman. But the driving force throughout this book is how much Quicksilver grows without realizing that she's growing. Her life had shaped her like clay, carved her out to be a very self centered little girl. Self is all she's ever had, the choice to not share her name or who she can be as a person with those around her has always been the rebellion that gives her the most peace. When she begins her journey to fight the Wolf King, she doesn't know much about the evil he's doing, she doesn't take up arms to protect those around her. It's about her, implicitly. That doesn't change overnight, instead she opens up in these small pulsing with brilliance moments where she is either unaware or completely disgusted by the shifting of her heart and her own moral compass. With each of these moments you can feel a thorn snap away from her insides, you can feel her blossom into who she's actually capable of being.

The world she's moving through is an entity unto itself, and it shifts in unexpected ways I won't spoil for you here. The Star Lands is a rich environment for this story to take place in, and when you first open the book there's a map that details the land. I promise you that you will be consulting it frequently throughout the story, dying to be able to trace the character's movements through it. There are parts of it that are brilliant with color, parts that are grey and dulled. Dark forests with unicorns that are not at all a maiden's friend, ice caves, a dragon's lair...pretty much any sort of environment you'd want to see present in a fantasy story is represented, but not at all in the way that you're anticipating. Legrand has aces up her sleeve, and a creative mind that likes to lure you in with your own preconceived ideas, and then shake things up with something different. It's the kind of world you don't want to leave. I'll admit that when I finished the book I went back to the beginning and read it again right away.

If you're a fan of fantasy that features a vibrantly rich setting, a main character who is both good and not so good all at once, a litany of animal companions that will make you want to hug your pets close (or if you're like me and you have no pets, I'm afraid you'll just find a very soft blanket and cuddle that instead) and a storyline that never runs out of twists and turns, then FOXHEART by Claire Legrand is a book for you; for middle grade readers, ya readers and adult readers alike.

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Content Ratings: highlight between ( ) for details

Romance: PG (There are small moments where characters flirt or have feelings for one another, but none of the romantic feelings blossom into any sort of physical acts.)
Language: PG ( No cursing )
Violence: PG ( There are battles in this book, moments of death and pain. None of it is particularly graphic and is not lingered on longer than necessary to move the plot along.)
Other:  
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If you're going to read a high fantasy book, then you want the cover to give you a taste of what sort of world you're stepping into. This cover does the job; 3 main characters traveling a path. The coloring behind them is reds and blues and purples but ahead of them is grey, the shadowy cloaked figures looking like stone statues. It's ominous, a hint to readers that the characters will face some darkness and trial in their journey. I am a sucker when a cover takes the title's text and really make it part of the altogether imagery, so the way the vines are pulling on the Foxheart gave it extra oomph
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Title: FOXHEART
Author: Claire Legrand
Release Date: October 4th, 2016
Publisher: Greenwillow Books / Harpercollins
Received: Purchased
SUMMARY:

Orphan. Thief. Witch.

Twelve-year-old Quicksilver dreams of becoming the greatest thief in the Star Lands. With her faithful dog and partner-in-crime Fox, she’s well on her way—even if that constantly lands them both in trouble. It’s a lonesome life, sleeping on rooftops and stealing food for dinner, but Quicksilver doesn’t mind. When you’re alone, no one can hurt you. Or abandon you.

But the seemingly peaceful Star Lands are full of danger. Witches still exist—although the powerful Wolf King and his seven wolves have been hunting them for years. Thankfully, his bloody work is almost complete. Soon the Star Lands will be safe, free of the witches and their dark magic.

Then one day a strange old woman and her scruffy dog arrive in Quicksilver’s town and perform extraordinary magic. Real magic—forbidden and dangerous. Magic Quicksilver is desperate to learn. With magic like that, she could steal anything her heart desires. She could even find her parents.

But the old woman is not what she seems, and soon Quicksilver has to decide—will she stay at home and remain a thief? Or will she embark upon the adventure of a lifetime and become a legend?

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

{Excerpt/Giveaway} RED WINTER by Annette Marie



A New Series from Amazon Best-Selling Author Annette Marie, RED WINTER is coming…

“Soon all her human fears would become meaningless. Her future had been written by the kami, and her destiny awaited her.”

In the enchanting new fantasy RED WINTER by Annette Marie, Emi Kimura has been preparing her entire life to become the mortal host of a goddess. When she discovers the lies surrounding her true fate, she makes a dangerous bargain with a fox spirit to seek out the truth. As her final days as a mortal approach, she must choose whether to bow to duty ... or fight for her life.


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O F F I C I A L   I N F O:

Title:  RED WINTER
Author: Annette Marie
Release Date: October 21, 2016
Publisher: Dark Owl Fantasy Inc
SUMMARY:

Emi is the kamigakari. In a few short months, her life as a mortal will end and her new existence as the human host of a goddess will begin. Carefully hidden from those who would destroy her, she has prepared her mind, body, and soul to unite with the goddess—and not once has she doubted her chosen fate. 

Shiro is a yokai, a spirit of the earth, an enemy of the goddess Emi will soon host. Mystery shrouds his every move and his ruby eyes shine with cunning she can’t match and dares not trust. But she saved his life, and until his debt is paid, he is hers to command—whether she wants him or not. 

On the day they meet, everything Emi believes comes undone, swept away like snow upon the winter wind. For the first time, she wants to change her fate—but how can she erase a destiny already wrought in stone? Against the power of the gods, Shiro is her only hope … and hope is all she has left.


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Hadley Beach, California

The yokai didn’t move, just held her in place with a strength she couldn’t fight. She tipped her head back to see his face, to gauge his intent. His gaze traveled across her room, intent and analyzing. Then his eyes flicked down and he appeared almost surprised to see her staring up at him. His mouth curved into a sly grin, flashing pointed canines.

His amusement at her terror sparked a tiny surge of anger. “Let me go!”

“Ah, little miko, didn’t anyone ever tell you not to run from yokai?” His deep, purring voice sent a shiver across her skin. He leaned down as his hand on her throat forced her head back. He brushed his nose along her jaw, from her chin up to her ear. “It’s the surest way to make us pounce,” he whispered, his breath tickling her ear.

Goose bumps raced down the back of her neck and she clenched her jaw. “Get your hands off me.”

He hummed as he pushed his face into her hair, inhaling through his nose. “But didn’t you put your hands on me first?”

“I was treating your wounds.” She summoned her most commanding tone, desperately hoping her voice wouldn’t quaver. “You’re proving that your kind’s reputation is well deserved with such disrespect and ingratitude toward the person who saved your life.”

His head came up and fear shot through her that she’d offended him, that he would surely kill her now. Instead, he made a thoughtful noise, and his hands fell away, releasing her.

She almost leaped out of his lap but remembered his comment about running from yokai. With more self-control than she’d thought she had, she carefully stood, walked four steps, and turned to face him. He stayed where he was, lounging on the bed with his feet on the floor, casually propped up on one arm. His head tilted to one side as he watched her, and that slight, knowing grin played about his lips.

She sank down to kneel on the floor, mostly because her legs were shaking so badly she was afraid he’d notice. As nonchalantly as possible, she slid her hands into the opposite sleeves of her kimono and pinched her hidden ofuda between two fingers, ready to pull the paper talismans out.

“No need for that, little miko,” he remarked, each word almost caressing her. How could he have such an otherworldly yet still human voice? “I will not harm you.”

She flushed, embarrassed she’d been so obvious, but didn’t let go of the ofuda. “What was that—that assault then?”

“Assault, you call it? That little embrace?”

“You—” She broke off with a small shake of her head. If he was determined to ignore the inappropriateness of forcefully holding a woman against him and rubbing his face on her, nothing she said would change his mind. “You have the manners of a dog.”

“What did you expect? The ritual greetings of the imperial court?”

“Some respect for the person who saved your life would have been welcome.”

“Ah, yes, you did save me, and I am very grateful.” He idly tugged at a lock of his hair as his gaze slid down her and back up again. “I am in your debt. Tell me your desire and I will fulfill it.”

“My—my desire?” she choked.

He smirked again. “A favor, little miko. I am saying I owe you a favor.” 

 Author Bio: 

Annette Marie is the author of the Amazon best-selling YA urban fantasy series Steel & Stone, which includes the 2015 Goodreads Choice Award nominee Yield the Night. Her first love is fantasy, a limitless realm of creativity where she can break all the boring rules of real life, but fast-paced urban fantasy, bold heroines, and tantalizing forbidden romances are her guilty pleasures. She proudly admits she has a thing for dragons, and her editor has politely inquired as to whether she intends to include them in every book.

Annette lives in the frozen winter wasteland of northern Alberta, Canada (okay, it’s not quite that bad). She shares her life with her remarkably patient, comparatively sensible husband and their furry minion of darkness—sorry, cat—Caesar. When not writing, she can be found elbow-deep in one art project or another while blissfully ignoring all adult responsibilities.

To find out more about Annette and her books, visit her website at www.authorannettemarie.com


Find Annette Marie: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Amazon | Goodreads

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