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Cover Reveal: Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

Cover Reveal: Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

Are you ready for your first look at one of this year’s most-anticipated books? Jay Kristoff is a longtime friend and favorite of the blog, and he’s launching a new series in August 2016 that should definitely be on your radar. Nevernight is a fantasy set on a planet in which it’s almost always daytime, and our heroine is hell-bent on seeking revenge for her shattered family. This author specializes in positively epic world-building and characterization, so I’m super excited to see this new world he’s created. Today we’re pleased to give you a peek at the new book! Here’s the official cover reveal, along with a synopsis and some words from Jay on a few things you should know about Nevernight. Drum roll, please… Just look at that beauty! Such a badass cover, and one that offers the promise of so many awesome things. I’m curious about Mia’s mask… Read more »

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YA Authors Read Snarky Reviews

YA Authors Read Snarky Reviews

Ever read a review that made you cringe because you loved the book so much? Well, imagine how the author feels! As bloggers, we can’t constantly be thinking about how an author will receive critical observation, or we’d be so crippled by the thought that we’d never say anything at all–which is entirely contrary to the spirit of citizen reviewing. BUT. There are times when things get so snarky that you do feel bad for the undoubtedly lovely person who put pen to paper, especially if you’ve gotten to know the author online. While many writers choose not to read their negative reviews (or just aren’t admitting it), the savvy ones who do, learn to put this stuff into context and try not to take it too much to heart. But never let it be said that The Midnight Garden allows its guests to rest upon their laurels! We invited… Read more »

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Endsinger: cover reveal + giveaway question

Endsinger: cover reveal + giveaway question

Ah, monkey children, you’re in for a treat today! Today we’re participating in Jay Kristoff’s cover reveal for the final book in his epic feudal Japan-inspired steampunk fantasy series The Lotus Wars. I’m a huge fan of both the books and the affable author (here’s my Stormdancer review and our hilarious interview with Buruu), so we’re excited to help unveil the fantastic artwork for Endsinger, which will be released in September 2014. Are you ready? Are you as excited as we are? Prepare to try to climb into your computer screens to get a closer look, because this beauty is GORGEOUS.     Ahhhh! Do you see the cuts on Yukiko’s determined face and the blood on her hands? What is this epic land-sky battle we see in the distance? WANT WANT WANT, I WANTS IT NOW. This goes so well with the stunning artwork of the previous two novels,… Read more »

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Kinslayer (The Lotus War #2): Cover Reveal and Giveaways!

Kinslayer (The Lotus War #2): Cover Reveal and Giveaways!

Peeps. PEEPS!  We are practically hopping with excitement over here, because today we’re participating in the official cover reveal for Kinslayer, the hotly anticipated second book in Jay Kristoff’s epic steampunk Asian fantasy series that began with Stormdancer.  The book won’t be out until this fall, but we’ve already got the US and UK/overseas covers to show you now, along with a sweet ARC giveaway. Are you read for all the awesomeness? Ta-da! Look how furious Buruu looks on the US cover! The author promised us there will be blood (heh), blood like a river, so judging by the marks on Yukiko’s face, it seems that there will be some serious conflict up ahead. I love the jade green colors, too. AND THERE IS A DRAGON. I quite like the overseas cover as well–it has a different feel to it, but it’s just as arresting with the cool blues and misty… Read more »

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Stormdancer: review

Stormdancer: review

Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff When a book arrives with a massive amount of fanfare, in the form of glowing advance praise and accompanied an agreebly affable author, it’s necessary to take a step away from all the hype to ensure that a review isn’t influenced by outside factors. Which I did–I avoided reviews, fled the country (okay, that wasn’t just to read this book), and read it away from much of the joyful noise that surrounded the book’s release. After the promise presented by the author’s description of the story as “telepathic samurai girls and griffins in steampunk feudal Japan,” I’m happy to find that this particular novel proved to be an exciting and memorable a reading experience. Stormdancer is nearly operatic in its scope and grandeur, and young Yukiko’s reluctant quest to find a supposedly extinct griffin–and her subsequent relationship with the fierce, noble beast–is both thrilling and moving. The thing is,… 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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