Showing posts from August, 2015

BLOG TOUR: Into the Dangerous World by Julie Chibbaro

If you have any affinity to urban art and felt, feel like the kid from the wrong side of the tracks, Into the Dangerous World by Julie Chibbaro will read like it was taken from your own life. An insightful look into a young adult who has been forced into a way of thinking but rebels innately, clashes with the culture penning her in without realizing how her very existence fights. Inside her mind, her thoughts - is a vibrant world of expression just waiting for release. Why must everyone insist there's a certain way for her to share herself, her gift?! Ror finds beauty within herself, and while it might come from a dark place, stem from memories she would rather not face, in spite of it all she manages to track the real her and come out screaming... with pen and art paper at the ready.
Into the Dangerous World truly captivates with its stunning art overlaid with artful narration. The combined talents of Julie Chibbaro and artist JM Superville Sovak gear up for showing just what it&…

'Waiting On' Wednesday #19: Velvet Undercover by Teri Brown

So I'm a fan of femme spy fatale characters. This cover, Velvet Undercover, fulfills my heart's desire in every regard for a throwback spy looking book. In fact, I cannot think of one bad cover for Teri Brown. She has such precise titles with pretty covers! 
Seriously, look her up and then go buy her books, okay? Okay. 

DETAILS: Title: Velvet UndercoverPublisher: Balzer + BrayPublishing date: October 20, 2015Author(s): Teri BrownSeries: Looks to be a standalone at the moment

#TopTenTuesday: Ten Short Stories for if I Taught YA Fantasy Lit Overview

Thanks to the Broke and the Bookish for hosting.

These ten short stories prepare you for upcoming bestsellers, because of course when September rolls around, the publishing industry scrambles to get their "best chance of the next big thing" on shelves or pushed madly into winter promotions. The Frankfurt Book Fair also, takes place the beginning of October every  year and it is the place to be if you want to sell foreign rights and build some buzzy anticipation around novels that are hot in the USA, which is why, these short stories should find their way onto your e-reader. They are short and sweet and not so subtle in their attempts of drawing the reader in before the next installment of the books they're tied to come out. 

If I were doing an overview lit class or more likely a workshop, I would include these short stories since they all provide examples of how to pull readers into a fandom without giving away too much of the story. These shorts do a good job of creati…

BLOG TOUR: The Last of the Firedrakes by Farah Oomherbhoy [Part 2]

Farah Oomherbhoy created a fantasy world that's vibrant, magical in comparison to the dreariness of the real world in The Last of the Firedrakes. Aurora now living with her adoptive aunt and uncle who have no love for her finds herself transported to Avalonia, pulled there against her will.

{Queue up the sexy... behind door #1 is a Fae named Rafe. Behind door #2 is Kalen of Pixie Bush. Both enticingly real, rakish and not very forthcoming with the information when they're not interested in sharing. While you would think there's a love triangle twist here... I'm simply sharing your options of boy crushes. Aurora seems pretty set on one particular Fae with a savior complex if I'm reading the story right.}

Thrust into a new adventure where Aurora has power within her and begins to feel less helpless than she has since she lost her beloved adoptive parents. She discovers her own personal ancestry is a royal one that she never knew about that explains the magical world …

BLOG TOUR: The Last of the Firedrakes by Farah Oomherbhoy [Part 1]

Last of the Firedrakes engages fantasy readers on all levels of tropes. It has a wicked queen, an orphan with a royal name and an escapism that comes from being transported from harried teenager to hero of the day. A fun story that begins here but has more to come - this is book one of the Avalonia Chronicles -- and for young adult readers looking for a new villain to hate.
A fantastic adventure story that will transport you to a dazzling world of myth and magic.

16-year-old Aurora Darlington is an orphan. Mistreated by her adopted family and bullied at school, she dreams of running away and being free. But when she is kidnapped and dragged through a portal into a magical world, suddenly her old life doesn’t seem so bad.Avalonia is a dangerous land ruled by powerful mages and a cruel, selfish queen who will do anything to control all seven kingdoms—including killing anyone who stands in her way.  Thrust headlong into this new, magical world, Aurora’s arrival sets plans in motion that t…