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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Blog Tour: The Red Madrassa + Review

The Red Madrassa was quite an interesting read. I am not a total fan of magic but I did enjoy the different elements that the author wove into the story. While reading the story, I pictured my eleven year old niece liking the story. Be sure to read all the way to the bottom; there is a giveaway involved ;)







A magical accident threw them together. But when Fate holds all the cards, it can be impossible to tell the difference between pure chance and Destiny... 

The Madrassa, a magical school for mage practitioners, is the stuff of legend. With selective entrance exams and quotas for only the most advanced of mage children, it's almost impossible to attend.

When Allorna, a guardian trainee for the royal family, ends up on the doorstep of the citadel on the eve of the final day of a recruitment ceremony, she decides it must be fate.

She was sure she knew the path her life would take before she enrolled. But sometimes life has a way of throwing in magical curveballs and strange friends, just to see if you’ll trip up.

Oh, and one of those friends is a mage accused of murder, another is a slightly psychotic dragon, the third a healer facing an existential crisis, and the last is a female storm-caller with more hidden secrets than a thief lord.

Do they all belong at the new school they call home?


Author Terah Edun


Terah Edun is a young adult  fantasy writer born and raised in the Atlanta metropolitan area, who transplanted to the Northeast region for college, and now lives in South Sudan. She writes the stories that she always loved to read as a young girl.

She prefers tales of adventure, magic, fellowship and courtship – in other words high fantasy. But she’s not adverse to the occasional contemporary fantasy coming her way. Sometimes you’ll see cloaks, daggers, independent and strong girls, independent and strong guys, sweet and soft spoken girls, sweet and soft spoken guys, markets, cute guys, sparkly magic and irritatingly know-it-all boys. The book she’s currently working on is SWORN TO RAISE,  the first in the Courtlight series.

Outside of writing, she’s a international development professional with a penchant for Starbucks.


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My Review:


The Red Madrassa is an adventure story about five young people who find themselves destined to be students of the Madrassa, a school of magery. If anyone knows the Arabic language, madrassa means school. :) While the fantasy world in the story itself did not seem to have a middle eastern flavor to me, there was mention of the "caravan tongue" and Allorna, one of the main characters addressed one of the merchants at the town near the school in Arabic, or the "caravan tongue." I thought this was interesting.

The story follows Allorna, a gradis or imperial guard trainee, who is determined to help another youth, fifteen year old, Maride, who is accused of murdering his fiance. I have to admit, I was shocked when I learned the fiance was another man. Did not see that one coming at all. Sidimo is Allorna's friend and accomplice in breaking Maride out of his prison tower. Sidimo is also known as a 'deathkeeper' his clan once had the ability to keep death at bay of the ill and injured. But now they really can only offer diagnosis and how bad off the patient is, no real healing knowledge. Sitara is an Octupani. Her story begins by being struck by an energy source as she tries to use a portalway and waking up in the Madrassa. Vedaris is an outcast, a Sahelian dragon without the power to transform into his original Sahelian form or fly. His story begins when he escapes onto a ship that is torn apart by a storm. He also wakes up with healers at the madrassa around him.  All five arrive at the same time to the madrassa.

On the run from the authorities, Allorna, Maride and Sidimo decide to enlist in the academy, fate? Allorna thinks so. It was the last day of the Admittance of Harthur, mid-year admissions. They all initially pass their preliminary tests which means they all have magic or magery in them. Further tests decide the school of study, earth, fire, water, air, research, politics, the unknown or healing sciences. The bulk of the story follows each student as they learn more about their innate powers and those that will eventually help them in life. Allorna is accepted into the School of Fire, Sidimo into the School of Healing, Vedaris into the School of the Unknown, Maride into the School of Research and Sitara into the School of Air.

Their lessons are all interesting and begin to unlock mysteries of their own talents, lives and memories. The characters develop as they spend more time in the madrassa. They also begin to question how they all came to be there. They also learn more about each other. There are many secrets between them. Secrets that eventually come back to bite them. As they are out exploring the portalway that brought them to the Madrassa, they somehow pass through another hidden one and find themselves hiding from a royal convoy. They find an injured guard and uses all of their talents collectively, including Vedaris, to try and heal him. They are eventually caught, and brought before the Duke of Carne, the commander of the Imperial Guard, and the Administrator of the Citadel with most questions being answered. Though not all.

What I liked: 

The Red Madrassa was quite an interesting read. I am not a total fan of magic but I did enjoy the different elements the author wove into the story. While reading the story, I pictured my eleven year old niece liking the story. It was a light and easy read. I got through it in a day. The character are well developed. I really liked all of them. While there were quite a few character point of views, the author kept them short between each character, so it was easy to stay up to date with what was going on throughout the story. It got even easier to keep up once all five youngsters were at the school. Some character descriptions were great, like the pegasi . I liked the sassy diva, Bella. The ending, was satisfying but left me wanting to know more. Overall, I really like the book and I am glad this is a 5 book series. :)

What I didn't like:

The world-building could have been better. I could not picture the world they lived in it as I read the story. There is definitely a caste structure in the story but it was really hard to understand. The author did not really go into as much detail as I would have liked. While I loved the main characters, there were too many I think, especially since all five point of views/stories are told.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Book Review: Flap! by Alison Hertz

FLAP!FLAP! by Alison Hertz
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Twins Katie and Max decide to teach their little sister how to fly. Only, it is a lot harder than they expected.

This is such a cute story. I laughed at how creative and enthusiastic the kids were while trying to get their little sister, Lily, airborne. I was just tickled watching Lily be such a good sport. Crash after crash, Lily stays optimistic about her siblings approach to teaching her how to fly.I love the end. Kids will learn that when you try and put lots of effort in what you want, succeed or fail, you will have lots of fun!

Flap! will have you laughing with each crash, bump and thud all the while anticipating their next move. Flap! makes a fun read-aloud book.

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Friday, February 22, 2013

Blog Tour: Book Review: Untimed by Andy Gavin



This post will include a review and a giveaway, so be sure to go all the way to the bottom to enter the giveaway provided by the author :)



Charlie’s the kind of boy that no one notices. Hell, even his own mother can’t remember his name. And girls? The invisible man gets more dates.

As if that weren’t enough, when a mysterious clockwork man tries to kill him in modern day Philadelphia, and they tumble through a hole into 1725 London, Charlie realizes even the laws of time don’t take him seriously.

Still, this isn’t all bad. In fact, there’s this girl, another time traveler, who not only remembers his name, but might even like him! Unfortunately, Yvaine carries more than her share of baggage: like a baby boy and at least two ex-boyfriends! One’s famous, the other’s murderous, and Charlie doesn’t know who is the bigger problem.

When one kills the other — and the other is nineteen year-old Ben Franklin — things get really crazy. Can their relationship survive? Can the future? Charlie and Yvaine are time travelers, they can fix this — theoretically — but the rules are complicated and the stakes are history as we know it. And there's one more wrinkle: he can only travel into the past, and she can only travel into the future!

Link to excerpts from Untimed:
http://all-things-andy-gavin.com/untimed/sample/
Andy Gavin's Bio:
Andy Gavin is a serial creative, polymath, novelist, entrepreneur, computer programmer, author, foodie, and video game creator. He co-founded video game developer Naughty Dog and co-created Crash Bandicoot and Jak & Daxter. He started numerous companies, has been lead programmer on video games that have sold more than forty million copies, and has written two novels.

His first book, The Darkening Dream, has been well-received by fans and critics alike. Publisher’s Weekly called it “gorgeously creepy, strangely humorous, and sincerely terrifying.” Untimed is an even more ambitious follow-up. It is a lavish production with a cover by acclaimed fantasy artist Cliff Nielsen and twenty-one full page interior illustrations by Dave Phillips.

Prices/Formats: $5.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback, $24.00 hardcover
Publisher: Mascherato Publishing
ISBN: 9781937945053 ebook, 9781937945046 paperback, 9781937945039 hardcover
Pages: 325
Release: December 19, 2012

Buy Now @ Amazon
Genre – YA / Time Travel & Romance
Rating – PG
Connect with Andy Gavin on Facebook & Twitter


My review of Untimed by Andy Gavin

This review was a little hard to write as I had mixed feelings about the book. After reading the blurb, I thought, "Wow, this sounds like a cool and adventurous book," with the time travel and historical elements. While it was definitely action packed with a tight plot and all too real characters, the story was not quite what I expected. There were a great many things I loved about Untimed and a few things I did not like. I will begin with a short summary of the book then delve into my likes and dislikes.

Quick Summary:

Charlie is forgettable. Really! No one seems to remember his name, not even his own mother. Charlie has always felt like an outcast, never really belonging, always out of focus to the real world, or at least the world seemed out of focus to him. The only people who seem to relate to him are his dad and Aunt Sophie who are hardly ever around. His journey begins when his father and aunt abruptly leaves before telling him a really important secret. When Charlie chases down a strange and suspicious clockwork man, he finds himself jumping down a hole into London 1725. Charlie meets a Scottish teenage girl, Yvaine, and little does he know his life will change forever; as will history as he knows it. Good thing his dad made him learn and memorize all those history books. Charlie's adventure begins when he learns that he is a time traveler and the only way to get back to his time is with the help of Yvaine. You see, girls can only travel up the time stream while boys can only travel down. But things go drastically and horribly wrong when the two inadvertently allow a young Ben Franklin get killed screwing up the time-line. Not to mention, that time traveler hating tick-tock is out to kill Charlie and Yvaine. The time traveling duo must jump through time surviving time quakes, dodging the murderous clockwork men and alternate historical events as they try to find Charlie's father if they are to set history back on course and get Charlie back to his right timeline alive. 

What I liked:

Strong plot, strong characters, action packed, attention to details, balance of action and dialogue, unique time travel story, illustrations included, exciting jumps through time, especially with Charlie's aunt.
I love the thought of time travel. Like Charlie said, "Why study history when you can see it first hand?!?" But it is so much more complex than simply being an observer. Charlie learns really fast, as does the reader, just what happens when you mess with time. This really made me think of all the things that could have happened to our own history if certain events did not take place or if the outcome of the events had been different. Scary. In the story, the death of Ben Franklin caused catastrophic changes in the timeline and a creepy and dangerous alternate history was born. Andy Gavin wrote for the layperson. As much as I like this genre, science fiction/fantasy, I am not as up to par with the big science vocabulary. His word choices gave the story the right feel without being too technical or too dumbed down.  

What I didn’t like:

There was very little that I did not like. However, the one thing that really bothered me was the character Charlie. A lot of his behavior seemed very inappropriate for a boy his age, especially his relationship with Yvaine. I also did not care for how crude and loose Yvaine was. I get she lived a hard life in a really hard time/era, but it was just too much for me and my reading taste. There were too many "scenes" and references 




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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Baked Alaska by Josi Kilpack Book Blast 2/21/13


Baked Alaska by Josi S. Kilpack

An Alaskan cruise is the setting for amateur detective Sadie Hoffmillers latest adventure. Sadie plans to spend time relaxing with her two grown children, Breanna and Shawn, and her boyfriend, Pete, while enjoying the luxury and cuisine of an elegant cruise ship and helping to plan her daughters upcoming wedding. But even as the crew prepares to leave port, Sadie has suspicions about the voyage ahead and the relationship between her normally easygoing son and a mysterious female passenger he obviously knows but refuses to discuss. When the woman is discovered unconscious during the second night at sea, Sadies apprehension escalates. Over the last few years, Sadie has developed an extreme dislike for secrets and it would seem her son is keeping one from her. *Includes eight new mouthwatering recipes, tested and approved by the official bakers of Sadies Virtual Test Kitchen.




Praise for Baked Alaska
Josi Kilpack has done it again. You would think that all these events that occur in Sadie's life wouldn't be natural, but Josi Kilpack has a way of making you believe that it just "happens" and it is normal. I have grown to love Sadie's character, even if she is a busybody, you can't help but cheer for her as she attempts to solve a mystery or crime. One of my favorite series. :)
~Goodreads Reviewer Lacey McNeill









Author Josi S. Kilpack

Josi S. Kilpack grew up hating to read until she was thirteen and her mother handed her a copy of The Witch of Blackbird Pond. From that day forward, she read everything she could get her hands on and credits her writing “education” to the many novels she has “studied” since then. She began her first novel in 1998 and hasn’t stopped since. Her seventh novel, Sheep’s Clothing, won the 2007 Whitney Award for Mystery/Suspense, and Lemon Tart, her ninth novel, was a 2009 Whitney Award Finalist. Josi was the Best in State winner in literature for 2012 and currently has two books (Banana Split and Tres Leches Cupcakes) as finalists in the 2012 Whitney awards.

Josi currently lives in Willard, Utah, with her family.




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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Book Review: A Million Suns by Beth Revis

A Million Suns (Across the Universe, #2)A Million Suns by Beth Revis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I normally do NOT like serial novels but I was pleasantly surprised with A Million Suns. The story picks up where Across the Universe left off. Eldest is dead, Orion is frozen and the people are off the drug, Phydus. What problems Amy thought she had before is nothing compared to what she, Elder and Godspeed are about to face. Widespread fear, anger, dissent, clashes, rebellion and down right mutiny. Orion has left clues (and warnings) for Amy that will lead to a truth so great that he, and all the eldests before him, was willing to kill for. A truth about Godspeed and the planet Centauri. Add on to all this chaos and mayhem, Godspeed is dying. Literally. The old ship is losing the battle against time and if they don't find a way off the ship, it will take everyone with her. But then there is the warning. Orion placed the burden of a 'choice' on her shoulders. Stay on the dying ship, Godspeed or face the 'monsters' of planet Centauri?

The story is very engaging and kept me turning pages all through the night. The pacing was fast, the action kept going, and there was little to no romance so all focus was on the plot of the story!

The one thing I did not understand was Amy's hatred for Orion.????? Of all the people who hated her, tried to hurt and even kill her, Orion is the one she showed little emotion or hesitation to see killed. There were other inconsistencies but did not draw me too much away from the action and pace of the story.




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Monday, February 18, 2013

Blog Tour: The Dragon Empire and Giveaway


Today we're celebrating the release of Heather McCorkle's fantasy novel, The Dragon Empire! For today's stop Heather is answering the following question:

Why write from a dragon's point of view?

Heather: Dragons have fascinated me since I was very little. They are well covered in literature but it's rare to find a story written from their point of view. I wanted to give voice to the creature that has captured my imagination so completely.


Here is a bit about it:

On Yacrana dragons are the advanced species. But advanced doesn't always mean civilized...

There's trouble in the Dragon Empire, the kind that could start a war between dragons and the races of people. Hidden factions of dragons believe they should rule the lesser races, not simply stand aside and allow them to develop as they will. Having lived so long in peace, the Emperors turn a blind eye, many oblivious that such attitudes even exist.

Despite being only an architect class, emerald dragon, Grendar is willing to risk banishment and death to stop that which his rulers refuse to see. The hope of peace lies not within the scaled breast of a dragon however, but within the hands of a group of people. But if the hidden factions have their way, these people won’t live to fulfill such a destiny. With a reluctant seer at his side, Grendar must leave his precious Empire for the outside world to save those that will one day save his kind.

While The Dragon Empire is for ages young adult and up, it does contain mild violence and some difficult subject matter. 


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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Random Act of Kindness Giveaway Hop 2/17/13 - 2/24/13


February 17th is Random Act of Kindness Day 

Thanks to I am a reader, not a writer and Read for you Future for hosting this wonderful blog hop. Our gift is: we will donate one book of your choice to any children's organization that promotes education, reading and provides a safe haven for children in need. We will also send a monetary donation of $10 dollars to the organization on your behalf.

No act of kindness,
no matter how small,
is ever wasted.
~ Aesop ~

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Friday, February 15, 2013

Book Review: Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1)Across the Universe by Beth Revis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really liked Across the Universe, actually, more than I thought it would. I was sucked in my the gripping plot, the shocking twists and knee-buckling truths that made the lives and stories of Godspeed and her crew so riveting (and scary). I'm not big on romances but there were so many elements to this story that I was wholly occupied with trying to figure out the mysteries instead of gripping about why YA authors HAVE to add the 'love interest' angle into every story.

Admittedly, I did not like Amy. She got on my nerves not listening to people then getting mad when she got into trouble. But then, I began to see her as a bold, daring and courageous (and even a bit naive) young woman. She is a fast learner. More than Amy, I really liked Elder. To be so young (and naive) he was truly a leader in training. Unique. Raised to be a tough leader, ready to make the hard choices, he turns out to be more human than the whole lot.

The author showed (not told) just what living life trapped on a ship for centuries, cut off from your roots, heritage, civilization, history, and nature itself, can do to a group of people. Horrible things. Devastating things. But, good things can happen too. Like, Elder.

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Monday, February 11, 2013

Guest Post: Traditional Publishing, Self-Publishing and Alternative Publishing Tips


Traditional Publishing, Self-Publishing and Alternative Publishing Tips

Saturday, February 02, 2013
Janette Grant, Author

Article:

Looking outside of the box: publishing in the 21st century
Traditionally, the printing and distribution of books has been an exclusive enterprise reserved for those individuals who are either affiliated with or financially supported by large publishing houses, but the prominence of the World Wide Web and the ability to read materials upon portable electronic devices is revolutionizing the publishing industry. Writers and aspiring authors have access to a wealth of opportunities that were not available to them ten to fifteen years ago and the divide between publishers and writers is gradually shrinking. These changes require looking outside of the box when considering publishing prospects and can be divided into three major categories:  traditional publishing, self-publishing and alternative publishing.
Authors who previously may not have had access to a literary agent or an inside line to the editor of a mainstream publishing company can now take advantage of the numerous alternatives available. Writers have easier access to mainstream publishers through websites, better access to literary agents through online resources and social networking groups, and then there are the various smaller publishers, blogs and private websites that allow writers to publish their work immediately online.
For aspiring writers interested in breaking into the mainstream world of publishing, the traditional route may be the best fit. Although traditional publishing can be very time consuming and is hit or miss at best, especially for new authors who have not been published and who do not have an agent behind them when submitting a manuscript, large publishers have access to the most resources for marketing and distributing written works and will often secure writers through writing contracts that stipulate profits and future projects. It can take anywhere from 3 to 6 months to hear back from a publisher after an initial submission so a substantial time investment is necessary when considering this course. In addition, not all publishers accept un-solicited manuscripts and in those instances the writer must submit his or her work after securing a literary agent.
On the other hand, self-publishing can be a much faster process and can provide an author with more say in the creative and production process.  A writer can publish their work independently through companies that provide fee based printing packages where a minimum number of books are required to be purchased or there are companies that will assist writers in the process of self-publishing for a consultative fee and provide support with marketing and distribution. There are still other companies that do not require any fees or initial purchases but where an author can upload his or her finished manuscript and receive assistance in designing a book cover.
Alternative publishing opportunities consist of providers that allow writers to post, publish and upload their work for free. Some of these sources pay their contributors for their work and these platforms allow aspiring writers to develop their craft while reaching a live audience full of potential readers. There is a small concern surrounding the issue of security and the possibility of another writer or publisher developing similar books or writing to those published, but most of these private companies provide terms of agreement and implement every manner of precaution available to them.
In summary, there is a wide array of opportunities for aspiring writers seeking to have their works published. Traditional publishing houses are trying to meet the demands of a growing technology-savvy readership that turn more quickly towards an iPad or smartphone when reading and as a result may be less likely to accept manuscripts from new writers for hard print, but such companies, Harper Collins for example, have developed resources where aspiring writers can explore the possibility of producing an e-book which can be used as a stepping stone into the industry. Publishers like Author Solutions, CreateSpace and Lulu are worth looking into for self-publishing opportunities and can make the process easy with minimal investment while alternative publishing platforms like Wattpad and Goodreads have more of a social networking component where authors can write and receive hands-on feedback from readers who can read their writing online; these types of enterprises are especially useful for new writers because readers can comment on the work, share the work with others and provide response directly to the author in real time. Interactive platforms allow authors to directly reach their readers while simultaneously building a strong fan base.
For more information, some useful links about traditional publishing, self-publishing and alternative publishing are provide below.

Links:


Self-publishing

http://www.authorsolutions.com/USAPenguin.aspx?CMP=LEC-AS

Unsolicited manuscript submissions:


Solicited Manuscripts:


Literary Agents:



Isahah Janette Grant currently resides in Missouri City, TX and is the author of the children's book, Sameerah's Hijab and the First Day of School. She is a founding member of Muslimah Writers Alliance (MWA), an internationally based collaboration of Muslim women writers and advocates working to counter negative and inaccurate perceptions of members of the Muslim community. Her published works include poetry that has been published in three anthology collections and articles that have been published in the Providence Journal Bulletin newspaper. She currently owns and runs Mindworks Publishing, a community based desktop publishing business, and is working on completing her first work of fiction. She studied at Boston University in Massachusetts majoring in Print Journalism and writes poetry in her free time.


Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Kindle Fire HD Feburary Giveaway




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The winner will have the option of receiving a Kindle Fire HD (US Only)


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The Reluctant Bachelorette by Rachael Anderson


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1 winner will receive their choice of a Kindle Fire HD (US Only), $199 Amazon Gift Card or $199 in Paypal Cash (Internaitonal).
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