Posts Categorized: 2012

Midnight Garden Updates

Midnight Garden Updates

Hi everybody! Things have been a little quiet around here lately, as some offline things have kept both K. and me a little busy. Some good stuff has been going on, though–a little nod from Forbes Magazine, we’re cooking up some fun author guest posts for November, and most importantly, we’ve taken on a new reviewer! I can’t remember exactly how I first met Tonya on GoodReads, but I know that over the last year or so, we’ve bonded over our love of many books.  Her reviews are always insightful and thought-provoking, and K. and I are both very pleased to have her as a contributing writer here on the blog. You’ll find out a little more about Tonya in her own words below, and you’ll be reading her first review very soon. In the meantime, I hope you’ll join us in giving her a warm welcome. Meet Tonya, Our… Read more »

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An Interview with a Thunder Tiger (& Stormdancer giveaway!)

An Interview with a Thunder Tiger (& Stormdancer giveaway!)

Imagine, if you will, a black sky filled with lightning as a sky-ship floats high above the mountains of Shima. On the deck, buffeted by wind and lashing rain, a 16-year-old girl named Yukiko stretches out her senses and feels a flicker of warmth and a heartbeat. Could it be that the mythical griffin, long thought to be extinct, actually exists after all? Yes. This fiercely proud “thunder tiger,” with the beautiful head and wings of an eagle and the sleek hindquarters of a tiger, is named Buruu. As Yukiko gets to know him under extraordinarily difficult circumstances, she finds keen intelligence in this unlikely ally. We’re very fortunate that Buruu has permitted us to submit some questions to him, as arashitora do not often deign to speak to mere mortals. Character Interview with Buruu Your relationship with Yukiko starts off on a rocky note. I guess it’s a little… Read more »

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Meet Lish McBride’s Gnome Army (& Necromancer giveaway!)

Meet Lish McBride’s Gnome Army (& Necromancer giveaway!)

If you’re a fan of  the hilarious urban fantasies Hold Me Closer, Necromancer and the recently released Necromancing the Stone, you know Sam LaCroix is experiencing some household pains as he adjusts to his inherited army of mischievous gnomes.  You’ve probably also noticed that author Lish McBride’s bio claims that she’s been quietly assembling her own gnome army for some time now. We were mightily intrigued by this idea. As part of the official Necromancing the Stone Blog Tour, we challenged Lish to share photographic evidence of her minions, as well as some insights into their sneaky behavior. ~ Wendy P.S. Lish has confirmed, by the way, that there WILL be a third Necromancer book! It is planned for release sometime after her next two books are out. Stay tuned for more news. Lish McBride Guest Post Gnomes. They are a mysterious bunch. They might seem shy at first—standoffish, even—but… Read more »

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The Shadow Society: review

The Shadow Society: review

The Shadow Societyby Marie Rutkoski Three words sum up my overall experience with The Shadow Society: I don’t know. I didn’t know what I was reading and I still am not quite sure. I do know that I didn’t like it very much. The plot was uninteresting, the world building was lacking, and the characters were mediocre. It’s about Darcy, a foster child of many, always being returned to the system, always needing a place to belong. Finally she’s found a place where she has a home, a school, and friends. The mystery to her is her past — she is missing the first five years of her life. Intriguing, non? Well, not really. As a character, Darcy was kind of undetermined for me. She had no solid personality with which I could identify her. I didn’t know if she was the sweet, vulnerable, sensitive type. Or the badass, take-no-crap… Read more »

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The Raven Boys: review & giveaway

The Raven Boys: review & giveaway

The Raven Boysby Maggie Stiefvater On a cold night every spring, sixteen-year-old Blue and her psychic mother wait in a churchyard for the dead to arrive. Her mother is usually the one who sees the spirits of people who will die within the next twelve months, but this year, Blue herself is startled by the sad, desperate sight of a boy named Gansey falling to his knees before her. “There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve, Blue. Either you’re his true love…or you killed him.” With those chilling words, Blue is caught up in a mystery she never expected involving the privileged Raven Boys from Aglionby Academy. She must guard her heart closely, however, because Blue’s always been told that she’s destined to kill her true love with a kiss. If Edgar Allan Poe had taught the boys of Dead Poets Society,… Read more »

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Spark (Elemental #2): review & giveaway

Spark (Elemental #2): review & giveaway

Spark (Elemental #2)by Brigid Kemmerer CASE # 0197 SUBJECT:         Brigid Kemmerer, Author HYPOTHESIS:   Subject writes highly addictive books that are a serious impediment to normal sleep patterns. Exhibit A:       StormExhibit B:       Spark STATUS:  Considered a serious risk to all reasonable conduct. This paper is an emergency presentation to provide anecdotal evidence that the young adult author Brigid Kemmerer is a menace to society. Through her Elemental series, which follows a group of dangerously attractive brothers with the power to harness the forces of nature, she has irresponsibly spread rampant mass hysteria in a thinly disguised attempt to take over the paranormal romance genre. TEST READERS HAVE REPORTED: irregular breathing, flushed cheeks, and most alarmingly, a tendency to dissolve into incoherent giggles while reading the novels. Left unchecked, the subject will continue to be a detriment to all reasonable behavior as readers seem physically incapable of putting down her… Read more »

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Unspoken: review

Unspoken: review

Unspokenby Sarah Rees Brennan Sarah Rees Brennan’s Unspoken is unequivocally one of the best young adult books I’ve ever read. I don’t even know where to begin. Is it enough to tell you to read it? Synopsis aside, this is as colourful, as unique, as moving and absorbing as a book can get. The plot involves a strange family, a old-town legend, murder, love and magic. Brennan envisions an original premise that holds your attention from the very first page. Her idea is fully developed, never giving too much while holding nothing back; the details rather come as they may. The pace is a leisure walk through Kami’s everyday life, with curious bursts of the real mystery surrounding the return of the infamous Lynburn family, feared and revered as local gods. It is arguably slow, but readers are not left impatient because Brennan never fails to deliver quality. The air… Read more »

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