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BLOG TOUR: "Pretty Dark Sacrifice" by Heather L. Reid

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When I think of horror, there are few more impressive than Stephen King, right? What makes him so appealing to other horror writers though? Heather L. Reid, a scream queen herself, had some insight on him and what attracts her to certain horror creatives and what she thinks makes horror scary. I mean if you want to try to understand the madness of the genius, it's best to go straight to the source, right?! Heather will be the first to tell you about how very personal her fears are and how they've definitely spurred her into telling some scary tales. Check out my interview with her at Fangirlish for that scoop.
What horror maven scared you as a child - how and why? I’ve always been a Wes Craven fan. I remember sneaking into the living while my parents were asleep and watching A Nightmare On Elm Street over and over again. The idea of Freddy killing you in your dreams is a truly scary concept. Adults didn’t believe in him and the kids had to keep themselves from falling asleep in…

'Waiting On' Wednesday #17: The May Queen Murders by Sarah Jude

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When I think of horror novels, such a pretty image doesn't come to mind. However, The May Queen Murders is a beauty! Its cover is imbued with a romanticized backwoods feel and is ever so YA -- a heady combination that is going to attract its readers from the moment they first lay eyes on it. The May Queen Murders focuses on friendships, what happens when you grow apart, while bringing in May Queen mythology and the folksy superstitions of the Ozarks all wrapped up in first love, betrayal of friendship and mystery which is why I couldn't resist picking Sarah's brain about the cover and what readers could expect on the inside.



DETAILS: Title: The May Queen MurdersPublisher: HMH Books for Young ReadersPublishing date: May 3, 2016Author(s): Sarah JudeSeries: Name of Trilogy unknown at this time

What is the favorite part of your book cover? Does anything stand out as particularly metaphoric for the story inside? The overall tone and creepiness of the image is my favorite part--it…

#TopTenTuesday: Ten Fellow Book Nerds From Favorite Books

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Thanks to the Broke and the Bookish for hosting.

Oh the bookish characters usually are my favorite of all time! Some come from classics, others of course from more modern times. Either way, I tend to gravitate to bookish people in books just like I do in real life. What about you all?
Also, I would recommend every single one of these books and their titles are links that take you to the Goodreads page so you can read their synopsis and possibly order them. Yeah? Help an author out this week if you can. 
Jackaby
His library... omigosh... his library is so awesome. So is his house by the way. Also, Jackaby takes offense at his books being used as weapons even though Abigail Rook seems to only have them on hand when in desperate situations.


Eleanor & Park
Okay so these two baby darlings are comic nerds, but comics count as book nerdish items. They read other things other than comics and yeah... they totally grow up to read all kinds of books.


Anne (of Green Gables)
This girlie grows up …

BLOG TOUR: "Love Lies Beneath" by Ellen Hopkins

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Ellen Hopkins writes about some serious issues - mental - drug usage - rehab - but in her new adult novel, it's more an emotional level and the reality and risk of falling in love. As usual, her prose is spot on and bruises while it sucks you into the struggle of its characters. With these books, she moves into another arena, tackles adult topics with adult characters and she has no plans of leaving behind YA either. She's just broadening her horizons and pushing herself in ways that she finds quite cathartic. Afterall that's what writing is for her -- catharsis.
"After eight highly successful young adult novels-in-verse, I decided to explore more mature subject matters and wrote my first two novels for adults utilizing my signature verse-style formatting. I changed directions with my third, Love Lies Beneath, choosing to write in prose to better connect with an older audience, some of whom might be resistant to the fiction/verse merger. I will continue to write YA, …

'Waiting On' Wednesday #16: A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

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There are so many Sherlock Holmes pastiches coming out. Every which way you like him -- seriously dramatic , YA, comedy, homage and mystery. A Study in Charlotte goes the YA route and it is probably the second most wanted ARC in this house behind only Beastly Bones (which I have yet to get approval for from Netgalley)!


DETAILS: Title: A Study in CharlottePublisher: Katherine Tegan BooksPublishing date: March 1, 2016Author(s): Brittany CavallaroSeries: Name of Trilogy unknown at this time
SUMMARY:
The last thing sixteen-year-old Jamie Watson–writer and great-great-grandson of the John Watson–wants is a rugby scholarship to Sherringford, a Connecticut prep school just an hour away from his estranged father. But that’s not the only complication: Sherringford is also home to Charlotte Holmes, the famous detective’s enigmatic, fiercely independent great-great-granddaughter, who’s inherited not just his genius but also his vices, volatile temperament, and expertly hidden vulnerability. Charlot…

#TopTenTuesday: Ten Recently Acquired Books

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Thanks to the Broke and the Bookish for hosting.

These are in no particular order, unless you count how I could remember them... Ha! This week's been super busy and I'm gearing up for the Percy Jackson party on Thursday. I cannot wait to show off what I have planned.
Also, I would recommend every single one of these books and their titles are links that take you to the Goodreads page so you can read their synopsis and possibly order them. Yeah? Help an author out this week if you can. 
#1 --> Emmy & Oliverby Robin Benway


#2 --> Jackaby by William Ritter


#3 --> Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell


#4 --> Percy Jackson and the Olympians Boxed Setby Rick Riordan



#5, #6, #7 --> Something Strange and Deadly Trilogy by Susan Dennard


#8 --> The Book of Lost Things (Mister Max #1) by Cynthia Voigt


#9 --> Trixterby Alethea Kontis


#10 --> Locked by Eva Morgan

"Waiting On" Wednesday #15: Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

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Have you seen this cover yet?! It was just revealed yesterday. And oh yeah, I'm not ecstatic to hear that Elizabeth Banks is thinking about directing the first book in movie form. The Red Queen could turn out to be an all women-ensemble for production - director, producer and screenwriter.
Also, how is that tagline?! I love it. KNEEL OR BLEED



DETAILS: Title: Glass SwordPublisher: Harper TeenPublishing date: February 9, 2016Author(s): Victoria AveyardSeries: The Red Queen #2
SUMMARY:
If there's one thing Mare Barrow knows, it's that she's different.Mare Barrow's blood is red—the color of common folk—bu

#TopTenTuesday: Ten Hyped Books I've Never Read

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Ohhhhh... this list could probably start wars. I know it is a bone of contention for people especially when they feel strongly about books and why they should be read before you make your critique. However, sometimes, I really... REALLY do not need to read a book to know all the reasons I would not like it.

Thanks to the Broke and the Bookish for hosting.


#1 --> Grey by E. L. James

Nope. No. I attempted reading this series, the Fifty Shades of What the Heck am I reading because everyone swears it is soooooo good; but only made it halfway through the second book. Yes, I am one of those persons who are appalled by this series and the Twilight series for the reasons that I do not like my heroes in romances to be stalkers nor the females to be weak-willed and dependent upon the men for every breath they take. [Pun intended.]

#2 --> Matched by Ally Condie

For some reason when I started this book, it just didn't work for me. I might've read the first chapter but that's it a…

Books On Television... Will You Watch?!

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Oh the joys of seeing your favorite books come to life... or the fear of having your fictional favorites re-imagined in way that doesn't meet your approval. Today, I'm focused on three shows. One is out already and I'm thoroughly enjoying it. Two have not arrived and I'm wary of one but delighted by the other teaser.

First up --> Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell



Gorgeous imagery. Excellent mood and lighting. Rather unsettling and brilliant writing. The production  accurately pulled everything quirky and weird of the book into its essence. I'm rather in awe of it. So very steady paced but ever so pretty and Victorian in all the ways that matter. Also, if you felt the book was a bit overwrought and prosaic, all of that's evened out by the limitations of a televised mini-series.


Secondly --> The Magicians

I am quite the fan of the first two books in The Magicians series by Lev Grossman. This trailer definitely strikes an intriguing balance between the modern …