Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Top 10 Tuesday: My Automatic Hooks

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Oooooh, this week was so hard for me. I feel like I have a million words and topics that will snag my interest in a book synopsis, which makes narrowing them down to ten difficult. However, I've realized in making this list that many of my hooks are very interconnected.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Review: UNRAVEL ME by Tahereh Mafi

Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like her—people with gifts—and it is also the headquarters of the rebel resistance.

She's finally free from The Reestablishment, free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch.

Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible.

In this exhilarating sequel to Shatter Me, Juliette has to make life-changing decisions between what she wants and what she thinks is right. Decisions that might involve choosing between her heart—and Adam's life.
STOP. Below are spoilers for Shatter Me and Destroy Me. If you haven't read either of these books, DO NOT CONTINUE. Go back, read the books, then read this review. Okay, now you may continue.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Blogger Spotlight - Emily's Reading Room

Good Friday to you all! It's time for another Blogger Spotlight, where I introduce you to a blog that I adore in hopes that you will adore it as well. Today, our guest is Emily of Emily's Reading Room.

Fast Facts!

Name: Emily's Reading Room

Creator: Emily Ellsworth

Start Date: June 1, 2009

Number of GFC Followers: 1,351 (as of 4/20)

Post(s) That I Enjoyed: Her reviews are always excellent, but I also like her Blogger Confidential posts and her gorgeous Book Quote Printables.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Cover Love #27

Colette Iselin is excited to go to Paris on a class trip. She’ll get to soak up the beauty and culture, and maybe even learn something about her family’s French roots.

But a series of gruesome murders are taking place across the city, putting everyone on edge. And as she tours museums and palaces, Colette keeps seeing a strange vision: a pale woman in a ball gown and powdered wig, who looks suspiciously like Marie Antoinette.

Colette knows her popular, status-obsessed friends won’t believe her, so she seeks out the help of a charming French boy. Together, they uncover a shocking secret involving a dark, hidden history. When Colette realizes she herself may hold the key to the mystery, her own life is suddenly in danger . . .

Acclaimed author Katie Alender brings heart-stopping suspense to this story of revenge, betrayal, intrigue — and one killer queen.
Yet again, a cover completely wins me over. Yet again, a cover found via Cover Snark. Holla!

I know the cover is pretty gruesome, but look at all the pretty colors! It's so bright and peppy, despite the subject matter. The pinks and blues and yellows are lovely, and her eyes pop magnificently. Also, the tagline makes me giggle.

I found the cover to be so enchanting that I saved it as to-read, though I was convinced for some reason that it was an adult book. (The synopsis wasn't released yet.) Imagine my delight when I learned it was YA! Hooray! While the story sounds too Name of the Star for my taste, there's no way I can pass up a book with such a cover.

What do you think of this cover? And what cover do you love this week?

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Review: THE LOOP By Shandy Lawson

Ben and Maggie have met, fallen in love, and died together countless times. Over the course of two pivotal days—both the best and worst of their lives—they struggle again and again to resist the pull of fate and the force of time itself. With each failure, they return to the beginning of their end, a wild road trip that brings them to the scene of their own murders and into the hands of the man destined to kill them.

As time circles back on itself, events become more deeply ingrained, more inescapable for the two kids trapped inside the loop. The closer they come to breaking out, the tighter fate’s clutches seem to grip them. They devise a desperate plan to break free and survive the days ahead, but what if Ben and Maggie’s only shot at not dying is surviving apart?
I loved the concept of this story when I first stumbled across the synopsis. Two star-crossed lovers are stuck in a time loop that ends with them dying each time. It's like a teenage Groundhog Day meets, I don't know, a sanitized Bonnie and Clyde.

Sadly, I was not destined to love this book.

It wasn't a bad book. In fact, I could conceivably see people thoroughly enjoying this book. The premise is certainly an intriguing one. Ben and Maggie are stuck in a time loop, one that lasts only a couple days and sends them through those same two days again and again. It starts when they meet and ends when they die, shot down by a homicidal thief. The loop has to be explained to Ben every time it starts over, since he loses his memory every time the loop resets, leaving him only with a strong sense of deja vu. Maggie, on the other hand, can remember some of the details, though not all. This is her fourth loop.

My main problem was I couldn't make myself care. Seriously of the eight notes I made on this book, HALF of them were me repeating in some form how very little I cared:
No connection

Cool concept but just don't care


Very forgettable
I never felt close to either Ben or Maggie. For all Ben spoke of his connection to Maggie, she was nothing more than an untouchable reflection to me. Ben himself also felt flat. There was little depth to either of them, as their entire state of being was confined to the loop. I didn't care about Ben getting back to his life, because I didn't know his life. I had no feel for what he had lost, so what did I care if he got it back? Even their leap into insta-love failed to get a rise out of me, despite Ben's feeble insistence that it wasn't insta-love because he had known Maggie for a bajillion loops. (Phooey, I say, since he couldn't remember those loops.) Both characters felt like stick figures created to serve a plot that tickled the author's fancy. Billy Murray they ain't.

Part of the problem, I think, is how short the novel is. At 198 pages, it's wafer-thin, at least compared to what I normally read. Through the course of the novel, Ben and Maggie make it through their loop a grand total of two times. Two, apparently, is few enough times that I don't learn to care but enough times that I still feel bored. Not optimal, that.

I really have nothing else to say. The only other notes I have had to do with minor criticisms, such as Ben's propensity to use text lingo in an email and his commenting on the swoosh sound a sent email makes as if it's something new. Both incidents were unnecessary and annoying, but hardly a deal-breaker.

I'm hoping some of you will pick up the book in spite on my lackluster review and find elements that enchant and delight you. That's the marvel of reading. My favorite book can be another's least favorite and vice-versa. So check it out on your own and good luck. I, for one, will not be revisiting this particular loop in my life.

Points Added For: An interesting premise.

Points Subtracted For: Failing to make me care even slightly.

Good For Fans Of: Groundhog Day, short novels, star-crossed lovers.

Notes For Parents: Language, murder.

Note: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Top 10 Tuesday: Books I Thought I'd Like More/Less Than I Did

Hi all! Today's Top 10 Tuesday topic are books that either disappointed us or thrilled us by failing to meet our expectations or riding high right over them. I have books that fit either way, so I split the difference and gathered up five of each.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Review: REBOOT by Amy Tintera

Five years ago, Wren Connolly was shot three times in the chest. After 178 minutes she came back as a Reboot: stronger, faster, able to heal, and less emotional. The longer Reboots are dead, the less human they are when they return. Wren 178 is the deadliest Reboot in the Republic of Texas. Now seventeen years old, she serves as a soldier for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation).

Wren’s favorite part of the job is training new Reboots, but her latest newbie is the worst she’s ever seen. As a 22, Callum Reyes is practically human. His reflexes are too slow, he’s always asking questions, and his ever-present smile is freaking her out. Yet there’s something about him she can’t ignore. When Callum refuses to follow an order, Wren is given one last chance to get him in line—or she’ll have to eliminate him. Wren has never disobeyed before and knows if she does, she’ll be eliminated, too. But she has also never felt as alive as she does around Callum.

The perfect soldier is done taking orders.

Oh guys, we have another pokeable book on our hands. I can't settle on my final feelings for this book.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Interview With Sarah Skilton, Author of BRUISED

Today on the blog we have a very special guest. Ms. Sarah Skilton is the author of Bruised, possibly the only "issue" contemporary book in recent memory that has completely enchanted me. I wrote a gushing review about it a few months ago and then immediately sat down to request an interview.

What a fantastic book, you guys. Check out the synopsis below and then dive into the interview!
When Imogen, a sixteen-year-old black belt in Tae Kwon Do, freezes during a holdup at a local diner, the gunman is shot and killed by the police, and she blames herself for his death. Before the shooting, she believed that her black belt made her stronger than everyone else -- more responsible, more capable. But now her sense of self has been challenged and she must rebuild her life, a process that includes redefining her relationship with her family and navigating first love with the boy who was at the diner with her during the shootout.

With action, romance, and a complex heroine, Bruised introduces a vibrant new voice to the young adult world -- full of dark humor and hard truths.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Wishlist Wednesday #26

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It almost makes me sad sometimes how any wonderful books there are out there in the world, because I know I'll never be able to read them all. I can't even read all the books coming out this year. But then I wave my hands dismissively, because HOLY COW BOOKS ARE AMAZING! This week's pick is a perfect case in point.
Knox was born into one of the City’s wealthiest families. A Patron, he has everything a boy could possibly want—the latest tech, the coolest clothes, and a Proxy to take all his punishments. When Knox breaks a vase, Syd is beaten. When Knox plays a practical joke, Syd is forced to haul rocks. And when Knox crashes a car, killing one of his friends, Syd is branded and sentenced to death.

Syd is a Proxy. His life is not his own.

Then again, neither is Knox’s. Knox and Syd have more in common than either would guess. So when Knox and Syd realize that the only way to beat the system is to save each other, they flee. Yet Knox’s father is no ordinary Patron, and Syd is no ordinary Proxy. The ensuing cross-country chase will uncover a secret society of rebels, test both boys’ resolve, and shine a blinding light onto a world of those who owe and those who pay. Some debts, it turns out, cannot be repaid.
This is like... like the sci-fi version of The Whipping Boy! I only saw that movie once and only vaguely remember liking it, but still. My relationship-dynamic-driven girl brain is going haywire. CLEARLY there is bound to be major amounts of resentment between the two boys. Syd is a slave, forced to take Knox's punishments no matter what. Knox is a reckless brat who likely doesn't even think of Syd as a person. But now they're forced to work together and care for each other.

I LOVE watching two people go from hating each other to willing to die for each other. Bromance, you guys!

Your turn! What are you wishing for this Wednesday?

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Top 10 Tuesday: REWIND (My Book Boyfriends)

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Eeeeee! I've been waiting for this topic for MONTHS! I had to skip it last week because of the Attack of the Assassins! blog tour, but now I'm ready to go. I usually try to stick to the required ten picks, but not this week. I just can't.

Here are my book boyfriends, organized into appropriate subcategories:

Monday, April 15, 2013

Signed Books Giveaway Hop

Giveaway time! Boy oh boy, I'm excited about this one. As a baby blogger, I found it startling that people would willingly give away precious signed books. To be honest, I still find it mind-bogglingly generous, but I have two books in my giveaway stash that need loving homes.

Prize #1 is a brand-new, signed paperback copy of I Hunt Killers, courtesy of the author, Barry Lyga. Mr. Lyga had a stack of his books taking up space in his home, so he generously offered copies to bloggers under the condition that they be given away to followers, not kept. I just bought my own copy, so I'm beyond giddy to pass on such a good book to all of you. (Check out my review here.)

Prize #2 is a signed ARC of 17 & Gone by Nova Ren Suma. I received this ARC via LibraryThing and loved it to pieces. Now that I've read it, I need room on my shelf for a finished copy. Trust me when I say that you WANT this book. (Check out my review here.)

Here's what you need to know:
  • This giveaway is US only. So sorry, but I'm a bit tapped out from recent giveaways.
  • You must be 13 years old or older.
  • The chosen winners must respond to my notification email within 48 hours or risk losing their prize.
  • Please do not cheat. I DO check the entries, and I remember names.

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Now that you've entered, keep hopping to the rest of the giveaways. Good luck!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Review: LIFE AFTER THEFT by Aprilynne Pike

Moving to a new high school sucks. Especially a rich-kid private school. With uniforms. But nothing is worse than finding out the first girl you meet is dead. And a klepto. 

No one can see or hear Kimberlee except Jeff, so--in hopes of bringing an end to the snarkiest haunting in history--he agrees to help her complete her "unfinished business." But when the enmity between Kimberlee and Jeff's new crush, Sera, manages to continue posthumously, Jeff wonders if he's made the right choice.

Clash meets sass in this uproarious modern-day retelling of Baroness Orczy's The Scarlet Pimpernel.
First of all, not having read The Scarlet Pimpernel, I have no idea how Life After Theft rates as a retelling. I didn't even know it WAS a retelling until after I pasted the synopsis into this review. Really, after requesting the ARC from Edelweiss, I must have forgotten the entire synopsis, because I completely forgot the story was about a boy and not the girl on the cover (Kimberlee). When your first-person narrator suddenly throws out that his name is Jeff when you're expecting a chick, it makes for a very confusing first page.

Still, despite the misleading cover, I enjoyed Life After Theft much more than I expected.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Cover Love #26

Lynn knows every threat to her pond: drought, a snowless winter, coyotes, and, most importantly, people looking for a drink. She makes sure anyone who comes near the pond leaves thirsty, or doesn't leave at all.

Confident in her own abilities, Lynn has no use for the world beyond the nearby fields and forest. Having a life means dedicating it to survival, and the constant work of gathering wood and water. Having a pond requires the fortitude to protect it, something Mother taught her well during their quiet hours on the rooftop, rifles in hand.

But wisps of smoke on the horizon mean one thing: strangers. The mysterious footprints by the pond, nighttime threats, and gunshots make it all too clear Lynn has exactly what they want, and they won’t stop until they get it….

With evocative, spare language and incredible drama, danger, and romance, debut author Mindy McGinnis depicts one girl’s journey in a barren world not so different than our own.
A good cover can make all the difference. I shied away from this book at first, stemming from some college-related book PTSD involving our ever-dwindling water supplies. Bad memories there, you guys. So I stayed away. I just didn't care about the otherwise cool setup.

And then the cover was released. My gosh. Everything about it is PERFECT. The hauntingly beautiful mix of black-and-white and color landscape, the text that's nestled amid the scene rather than being plastered on top, and the lone figure standing watch atop the cabin roof. It totally drives home the prairie dystopia setting in a way that blows my mind.

What do you think of this cover, and what cover are you loving this week?

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

May Rereadathon And R&R - A Voting Matter

Hi all! I hope you all are having an excellent week. Personally, I'm having a thoughtful week as I ponder some possible adjustments to the blog. Nothing earth-shattering, I promise, but I feel that at least two of the matters need to be brought before you.

First, the May Rereadathon. To refresh your memory, a while back I floated the idea of setting aside the month of May to reread our favorite books. While the month wouldn't have to be used exclusively for rereads, devoting May to our old favorites would help us as readers and bloggers enjoy our lovingly worn hardback and paperback friends guilt-free.

That was the plan, anyways. A few weeks back, I received a wonderful yet completely unexpected windfall in the form of eight or so ARCs that I did not expect at all. It was lovely. However, all eight ARCs are due to be read during or near the month of May, and I just don't read that quickly.

Since there were many of you who were very excited about the May Rereadathon, I wanted to give you all the option to vote on how to proceed. We can 1) proceed with the Rereadathon in May as scheduled with the understanding that my own involvement will be limited, 2) move the Rereadathon to later in the year (I'm thinking July), or 3) drop it and do our own rereads as we see fit.

What should we do about the May Rereadathon?

Second, Rewind & Review. A few of you participate in Rewind & Review, my monthly review meme. More of you read and don't participate (ya slackers!). Thanks to my weekly trips to the Land O' Wonders - i.e. the thrift store where I find tons of cheap books - and my recent efforts to blog more during the week, my R&R posts have gotten rather bulky.

Consequently, I'm thinking of posting Rewind & Review every week, as opposed to every month. I would post R&R on Sunday and move my reviews to Monday. Anyone who links up would have the option of joining every week as well or continuing to post only once a month and linking up on whatever weekly post that happens to fall. Or, if you guys don't mind the bulkiness, I could leave R&R as a monthly meme. Or make it bi-weekly like Cover Love. Whatever. I'm flexible.

Should Rewind & Review go to once a week instead of once a month?

In both cases, the changes are ones that affect all of you to at least some degree. I can't promise I'll for sure follow the most popular options in each poll, but it's probable. Vote in this post or on the sidebar, and feel free to leave a note in the comments.


Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Top 10 Tuesday: Favorite Pre-Blogging Books

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Ah, it's good to be back! After all the fun and excitement of the Attack of the Assassins! blog tour, it's nice to get back to a familiar routine. I thought I would have trouble with this week's topic, to be honest. All of my post-blogging favorites stand out so clearly in my mind, crowding out old favorites. However, once I stood up and went to look at my bookshelves, I suddenly had the opposite problem. How on earth would I narrow down my favorite pre-blogging books to just ten?!

I tried, and while I did bend the rules a little, here are my Top 10 Favorite Pre-Blogging Books, in no particular order. (Note: I'm listing series as "one book," because I can.)

Monday, April 8, 2013

BEA Excitement

I let it slip in the Twittersphere last week that I sometimes flap my hands when I'm excited. Well, right now I'm so excited that I'm about to take flight.

BEA is in less than two months! In a little over a month (48 days, to be exact), I will be standing on New York asphalt for the first time in my life. For one week, I will be immersed in the heady mixture of New York sight-seeing and book-loving fanaticism. It will be AWESOME.

But the best part is who will be there to share it with me. Seriously, as excited as I am about New York and traveling and free books and all that, nothing tops how excited I get every time I hear from a fellow attendee.

I'm currently compiling a list of all the people I know will be at BEA. I have a list for authors and agents that I know and love, a list for authors whose books I have not read but would like to meet, and a list for fellow bloggers. As if reading my mind, BEA recently released the list of authors who will be signing during the conference.

Some of the author highlights:

  • Victoria Schwab, author of The Archived, who will be signing Vicious
  • Mary Grey, author of The Dollhouse Asylum, who recently took part in the Attack of the Assassins! blog tour
  • Diana Peterfreund, author of For Darkness Shows the Stars, who will be signing Across a Star-Swept Sea
  • Ally Carter, author of the Heist Society and Gallagher Girls series, who will be signing Gallagher Girls 6(!!)
  • Dot Hutchison, author of A Wounded Name
  • Sarah J. Maas, author of Throne of Glass, who will be signing Crown of Midnight
  • Elizabeth Wein, author of Code Name Verity, who will be signing Rose Under Fire(!!!)
  • Gretchen McNeil, author of Ten, who will be signing 3:59

As you can see, I am very excited, and I haven't even listed half of the authors I want to meet.

I'm also very, very excited to meet all my fellow bloggers. I've formed some really great friendships with some of you, and others I may not know that well but greatly admire. Being able to physically meet the people behind the icons makes me giddy! Also, as a sneaky person who operates anonymously, it will be fun to meet everyone in the flesh.

I know, for instance, that Hannah @ The Girl in a Cafe will be going, because she's my roommate! My blogger gal pal Gillian @ Writer of Wrongs will be there as well, because I've already had several squealing fits over meeting her.

But what I want to know is who else is going? C'mon, speak up! Who of you are going? What do you plan to do while you're there? And please please please can we meet up? Comment below!

(And for all you out there sick of the BEA chatter because you just can't make it this year, I love you and it will be okay. There's always next year.)

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Review: ARCLIGHT by Josin McQuein

The Arclight is the last defense. The Fade can’t get in. Outside the Arclight’s border of high-powered beams is the Dark. And between the Light and the Dark is the Grey, a narrow, barren no-man’s-land. That’s where the rescue team finds Marina, a lone teenage girl with no memory of the horrors she faced or the family she lost. Marina is the only person who has ever survived an encounter with the Fade. She’s the first hope humanity has had in generations, but she could also be the catalyst for their final destruction. Because the Fade will stop at nothing to get her back. Marina knows it. Tobin, who’s determined to take his revenge on the Fade, knows it. Anne-Marie, who just wishes it were all over, knows it.

When one of the Fade infiltrates the Arclight and Marina recognizes it, she will begin to unlock secrets she didn’t even know she had. Who will Marina become? Who can she never be again?
I've read some good books this year. No, I've read some great books this year. I've read happy books and sad books and inventive books. I even read a book that inspired an entire blog tour. But what I've missed so far this year is a book that latches onto my brain stem and doesn't let go. I've missed reading a book that makes me stay up until ridiculously late and then spend the day after telling everyone I can that they MUST read this cool new book.

I haven't had one of those this year, and it's made me sad. But this book. Oh man, THIS BOOK. This book has finally broken my streak for 2013. Holy guacamole.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

March Rewind & Review


I know I say it every month, but wow! What a month! I feel like my world went squealing into overdrive. Not only have I gotten better at doing more than one review a week, but I did THREE giveaways this month, as well as planned and hosted an entire freaking blog tour. That blog tour is the reason that Rewind & Review is late this month. I wanted to keep everything together.

With this month being so busy, it's more likely than ever that something cool may have slipped under your radar. Check out everything below, and pay special attention to the Ally Carter giveaway, as it's still open.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Attack Of The Assassins! Blog Tour Wrap-Up

We have come to the end of the Attack of the Assassins! blog tour. I have nothing special planned for today except for my sincere and heartfelt thanks to everyone who participated.

Thank you to Ems, Laura, Margo, Mary, Molli, Stacy, and Sunny for jumping on the idea of a blog tour when I presented it to you. Thank you for being such awesome fellow fans and bloggers. Thank you for putting up with me as I sorted everything out in rambling emails, and for sacrificing your time, blog space, brain power, and money to make this event possible. You ladies rock.

Thank you to Ms. Robin for writing such amazing books in the first place, for being so excited about the tour when it was presented to you, and for taking time to offer guest posts and interview answers amid your busy schedule. And thank you for Beast and Duval. Thank you so so much for Beast and Duval.

Thank you to my dad and brother for giving up a precious Sunday afternoon, as well as lots of time after that, to help me with my St. Mortain video. I couldn't have done without you. Literally.

And thank you to all of you for tuning in each and every day for every post, vlog, and giveaway. We hope that we have inspired you to hunt down a copy of these wonderful books for your own shelves, or revisit them if you already own them. We love the His Fair Assassin series, and it's our dearest hope that the rabid fangirl fever has spread to some of you.

You all have until the end of the day to enter in the various giveaways still going on as part of the tour. There are two concurrent events today, an interview at Burgundy Ice and a giveaway at In Which Ems Reviews Books. The full schedule is pasted once more below, so be sure you've gotten in your last-minute entries.

Official Attack of the Assassins! Tour Schedule

Monday, March 25: Attack of the Assassins! blog tour introductory post @ Bookshelvers Anonymous

Tuesday, March 26: Heart of a Female Assassin + giveaway @ Delusions at High Altitudes; Robin LaFevers' Top Five Heroines of All Time @ Bookshelvers Anonymous

Wednesday, March 27: Why I love the His Fair Assassin series @ In Which Ems Reviews Books; Fairy Tale Influences of Dark Triumph @ Bookshelvers Anonymous

Thursday, March 28: True Love = A Maggoty Carcass (A Dark Triumph post) + giveaway @ Mary Gray Books; Cover Love #25 (The HFA edition) @ Bookshelvers Anonymous

Friday, March 29: Review of Dark Triumph @ Girls in the Stacks; Interview with Robin LaFevers @ Bookshelvers Anonymous

Saturday, March 30: An Assassin In Love (The Unlikely Romance in Grave Mercy) @ Bookshelvers Anonymous (a guest post from Molli @ Once Upon a Prologue)

Sunday, March 31: Review: Dark Triumph @ Bookshelvers Anonymous

Monday, April 1: Review: Dark Triumph + giveaway @ In Which Ems Reviews Books; The Mythology of the Nine @ Bookshelvers Anonymous

Tuesday, April 2: Author Interview with Robin LaFevers (+Giveaway!) @ Blue Sky Bookshelf; A Special Message from St. Mortain @ Bookshelvers Anonymous

Wednesday, April 3: Interview with a fellow fan @ Burgundy Ice; Giveaway! @ In Which Ems Reviews Books; Tour Wrap-up @ Bookshelvers Anonymous

Once again, thank you all. Long live the assassins!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

A Special Message From Saint Mortain

We are nearing the end of the Attack of the Assassins! blog tour, a week-long celebration of the His Fair Assassins series by Robin LaFevers and the release of the second book in the series, Dark Triumph. To check out all of the great events going on (and to enter a giveaway!) check out my introductory post.

Today is a very big day, the biggest day of the entire tour. Because today is the RELEASE DAY for Dark Triumph! That sounds you hear is bloggers and readers everywhere doing flailing happy dances in front of their mailboxes.

In honor of the festive occasion, I bring to you a first for this blog. We have a special video message waiting for us from the head honcho himself, Saint Mortain.

Aw, wasn't that sweet? What a good daddy. And who knew he was an Isaiah Mustafa fan.

Chime in below with your own book birthday well-wishes for Sybella and her deadly sisters.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Guest Post: The Mythology of the Nine

We are in the middle of the Attack of the Assassins! blog tour, a week-long celebration of the His Fair Assassins series by Robin LaFevers and the release of the second book in the series, Dark Triumph. To check out all of the great events going on this week (and to enter a giveaway!) check out my introductory post.

As you can see in the introductory post, we have already been treated to two guests posts by Ms. Robin LaFevers. Today we get to enjoy the third and final guest post, one that is by far my favorite (which is saying a lot).


The Mythology of the Nine

by Robin LaFevers

While the Nine Old Gods of Brittany are my own invention, they were built on a number of historical, geographical, and ancient theological precedents, so I thought I’d share some of those here for those of you who are curious to know what my inspirations for the world of His Fair Assassin were.