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Title: ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD
Author: Kendare Blake
Publisher: Tom Doherty
Pub. Date: October 17, 2011
Format: purchased copy
Summary from Goodreads:
Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.
So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the murderous dead, and keep pesky things like the future and friends at bay.
Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects the usual: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.
Yet she spares Cas’s life.
How can I begin to sum up the sheer awesomeness of Kendare Blake’s ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD? It that even possible? Do the right words exist in English language?
I sure hope so, because I’m going to try and tell you all how great this story is.
For those of you who are not familiar with Blake’s work, be warned that she writes with a wicked sense of humor and if you, like me, enjoy sarcastic and witty characters, this is the book for you. But if you are still not convinced, how about adding some horror to the mix? The combination of all of these elements makes ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD a hilarious, heart-pounding, edge of your seat read. Blake will have you completely invested in Anna and Cass and just when you think that everything will be okay, she will pull your heart out of your chest and leave you dying to know what happens next.
ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD is perfect for fans of Supernatural, lovers of horror, and anyone who is up for a great ghost story with a little romance and lots of laughs.
I know I have not posted a review in a while, and I do apologize for that, but school and life have been incredibly busy. That said I am hoping to have some reviews for you this weekend.
In the mean time, feel free to enter this giveaway that is up on my blog for a chance to win some books and swag.
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I know I’ve been a little absent in the last few weeks, but I’m back and I come with gifts (sort of).
I was thinking that since I kind of forgot to do a post BEA giveaway (sorry about that!), that now would be as good a time as any to do a Labor Day/Post BEA giveaway. So what am I giving away?
Books, of course!
You’re probably thinking: “Well duh. This is a book blog.”
Yes, I know I’m being really cheesy, but stay with me because I think you will like what I have to offer.
-SWAY by Kat Spears (You can find my review here)
-BELZHAR by Meg Wolitzer
-THE VAMPIRES OF MANHATTAN by Melissa de la Cruz
-ATLANTIA by Ally Condie (THREE CHAPTER Preview)
-THE YOUNG ELITES by Marie Lu (SNEAK PEAK)
GIVEAWAY information and rules:
-the giveaway will run from August 8/31/14 to 10/1/14.
-you MUST be a USA resident
-You can enter by rebloging this post or sharing a link on twitter and tagging my (@kir_watson)
-The winner will be picked at random and will have 24 hours to claim their prize.
**I will message the winner on 10/2/14**
Good luck to all!
"He’s so good. It’s hard to find someone who can sing, play guitar, act really well, AND be cute." - Chloë Grace Moretz on co-star Jamie Blackley
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This article by Chuck Wendig really echoes the boring (yet completely true!!!) writing advice that I always give. He manages to do so in a much more fun way. Give it a read!
Welcome back to the Penguin Teen Author Spotlight! We’re here with Rachel DeWoskin, the coffee- and autumn-loving author of one of our new favorite books, BLIND. The novel is the sad, funny, smart, and fiercely inspirational story of Emma Sasha Silver, who loses her eyesight in a firework display gone wrong. To find out more, read on…
Name: Rachel DeWoskin
Who’s your favorite author, living or dead?
The poet, Anne Carson, is my favorite living author. I read every word she publishes, and her book AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF RED, changed my imagination.
What’s your favorite thing about your book?
Emma Sasha Silver, the brave girl at its center, who loses her eyesight and manages to be a resilient warrior about it. She re-learns the world.
If you could spend one year on a deserted island with one character from literature, who would you choose?
Maybe Alexi from THE BROTHERS KARAMAZOV, because he’s sweet and articulate. Or Hank Stamper, from SOMETIMES A GREAT NOTION? He’d be a very helpful lumberjack. Or wait, Pippi Longstocking! She’s perfect. She can do absolutely everything well and with courage, and anyway would be a fine friend.
Where do you write?
At a little room-of-her-own style office, with my books and computer and an espresso maker. It’s kind of a sensory deprivation chamber, no distractions!
Who is your favorite hero or heroine of history?
Harriet Tubman. Imagine being brave enough to save yourself from slavery and then risk your own freedom again and again to save others. Astonishing.
Do you tweet? What’s the funniest thing you’ve ever tweeted?
The funniest thing I ever tweeted was a note to my daughter’s kindergarten teacher, which I thought was private. But that was years ago, so even though I’m not funny, I’ve come a long way!
[Check out Rachel’s Twitter!]
What is your favorite season?
Autumn. I like leaves and new pencils and binders and cool weather.
If you could teleport anywhere in the known universe right now, where would you go? Beijing, my favorite, electric, wild city in the world.
Do you have any writing rituals?
I write five days a week, three hours a day. I only drink coffee when I write, and it gives me a giant jolt of joy and makes me feel like I love writing even though it might just be that I love coffee.
What is your idea of earthly happiness?
Reading with my lovely little girls. And dancing with them and my husband and want the embarrassing truth? My parents, too. I love being with my entire family. Even though we are a chaotic crew.
What is the best concert you’ve ever been to?
I don’t know about best – that’s probably a classical quartet (Civitas Ensemble) played by my fabulous friend from Shanghai (one I wrote about in my new novel BLIND.) But the one that leaps to mind, while I’m tearing it up with embarrassing truths: Def Leppard in 1989. Pour some sugar on me.
What are you currently working on?
A novel called SECOND CIRCUS, about a Jewish girl and her dad, who escape Poland in 1939 and live out the war in Japanese-occupied Shanghai.
And we are eagerly awaiting it!
Order BLIND here!
Title: SHATTER ME
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Pub. Date: November 15, 2011
Format: purchased copy
Summary from Goodreads:
Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.
The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.
The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.
Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.
Tahereh Mafi’s SHATTER ME has been on my reading list for the longest time and after months and month of pining after it I have finally decided to get the book and read it. The first thing that really struck me about SHATTER ME, was Mafi’s writing—beautiful, captivating, and very visual. I found myself immediately drawn to Juliette and her story. I wanted to know why Juliette was locked up, why she was so afraid to touch people, what the white bird symbolized. But most of all I wanted to learn more about Juliette’s world. And the more I read, the more I wanted to know. I think that SHATTER ME is absolutely stunning. I loved seeing Juliette grow and become more confident while refusing to let her past twist her into a bitter, vengeful person. With that said, I do have a part that I didn’t particularly love in this story; I was a little disappointed by the end. Without giving away too much, part of me wished that the compound wasn’t intended for a certain group of people. Yes, I know that sentence is extremely vague, but I am trying very hard not to spoil it for everyone else who has not yet read SHATTER ME. I would also like to add that even that small part that I disliked cannot turn me away from being excited to find out what happens next
When people start talking about a book I’m in the middle of!
Author: Kat Spears
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Pub. Date: September 16, 2014
Format: ARC provided by publisher
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Jesse Alderman, or “Sway,” as he’s known, could sell hell to a bishop. He also specializes in getting things people want—-term papers, a date with the prom queen, fake IDs. He has few close friends and he never EVER lets emotions get in the way. For Jesse, life is simply a series of business transactions.
But when Ken Foster, captain of the football team, leading candidate for homecoming king, and all-around jerk, hires Jesse to help him win the heart of the angelic Bridget Smalley, Jesse finds himself feeling all sorts of things. While following Bridget and learning the intimate details of her life, he falls helplessly in love for the very first time. He also finds himself in an accidental friendship with Bridget’s belligerent and self-pitying younger brother who has cerebral palsy. Suddenly, Jesse is visiting old folks at a nursing home in order to run into Bridget, and offering his time to help the less fortunate, all the while developing a bond with this young man who idolizes him. Could the tin man really have a heart after all?
When I first started reading SWAY I assumed that it would be a light read about a boy who meets a girl and falls in love with her. I wasn’t expecting it to be anything more than a cute love story. Well, I am thrilled to admit that I was completely wrong about SWAY. Yes, there is a romantic element in the story, and yes it is about a boy who meets a girl and falls in love with her. That said, however, the story goes so much deeper. Kat Spears does a fantastic job of creating a story with depth and emotion without making the story seem dark and depressing. I really loved the fact that even though there was a romantic element, Spears really focused on Jesse and his character development; she used his relationship with Bridget to shine a light on his issues and to show how his growing feelings for Bridget made him change. Kat Spears really captures Jesse’s voice in SWAY. This is a wonderful read filled with humor, sarcasm, and beautiful relationships.
“Deeply satisfying finale to the best-selling fantasy trilogy… Grossman captures the magic of fantasy books cherished in youth and repurposes it to decidedly adult ends… The essence of being a magician, as Quentin learns to define it, could easily serve as a thumbnail description of Grossman’s art: ‘the power to enchant the world.’”
— Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
Title: THE MAGICIAN’S LAND
Author: Lev Grossman
Publisher: Viking Adult
Pub. Date: August 5, 2014
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Quentin Coldwater has been cast out of Fillory, the secret magical land of his childhood dreams. With nothing left to lose he returns to where his story began, the Brakebills Preparatory College of Magic. But he can’t hide from his past, and it’s not long before it comes looking for him.
Along with Plum, a brilliant young undergraduate with a dark secret of her own, Quentin sets out on a crooked path through a magical demimonde of gray magic and desperate characters. But all roads lead back to Fillory, and his new life takes him to old haunts, like Antarctica, and to buried secrets and old friends he thought were lost forever. He uncovers the key to a sorcery masterwork, a spell that could create magical utopia, a new Fillory—but casting it will set in motion a chain of events that will bring Earth and Fillory crashing together. To save them he will have to risk sacrificing everything.
When Viking reached out to me to review THE MAGICIAN’S LAND I did not know what to expect. That said, I am happy that I was given the opportunity to read and review this fantastic novel. THE MAGICIAN’S LAND is a skillfully crafted and beautifully written fantasy with layers upon layers of magic, adventure, and betrayal. Just when readers think they have it all figured out, the plot twists and meanders, until the only thing left to do is to read on and see what happens.
One of the things that I absolutely loved about THE MAGICIAN’S LAND was Lev Grossman’s use of humor; there are so many brilliant and witty lines in this book that even the most humorless reader is bound to crack a smile. The next thing that I enjoyed were all of the magical elements that Grossman wove throughout the story. The magic ranges from simple mending tricks all the way to very complicated, binding multi-dimensional spells. One of my favorite magic moments in novel was when Quentin and Plum turned into Blue Whales and travel to Antarctica.
THE MAGICIAN’S LAND is a wonderful conclusion to THE MAGICIAN’S Trilogy that is bound to appeal to lovers of good fantasy. It’s a must read!