Blog Tour- Midnight Tales

I’ve always loved myths, tales, and folklores. I think that’s why I’ve always been drawn to reading fantasy novels. I love when an author creates a world so vivid and real that it has it’s own tales and myths associated with it. Immediately, when I think of this aspect in fantasy, I think of Leigh Bardugo. Her Grishaverse has become so real to me-it is so detailed and expertly crafted- it’s hard for me to believe that it’s not real!

I am so, so excited for the release of The Language of Thorns (which releases TODAY) because it goes into the myths of the land. I love the idea of reading the folklores that the characters I’ve come to love might have heard about their own history and lands history. I love to think of The Darkling as a child, or a young teen, growing up, absorbing the world around him. What stories might Nina have heard as a child? Plus, even people new to the series (ok, really if you’ve not read these books get on it now) can pick these stories up.

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I’m less of a writer myself and tend to express myself in photography. I love staging pictures (especially pictures of books) so I created an image of some of my Grisha book collection. I hope you’ll enjoy it and I’d love for you to let me know in the comments what types of stories or myths are your favorites? Do you love for your fantasy books to have a rich and detailed world?

34076952The Language of Thorns
By: Leigh Bardugo
Release Date: September 26, 2017
Publisher: Macmillan/Imprint

Summary:
Love speaks in flowers. Truth requires thorns.

Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid’s voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy’s bidding but only for a terrible price.

Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, #1 New York Times bestselling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love.

Perfect for new readers and dedicated fans, these tales will transport you to lands both familiar and strange-to a fully realized world of dangerous magic that millions have visited through the novels of the Grishaverse.

This collection of six stories includes three brand-new tales, all of them lavishly illustrated with art that changes with each turn of the page, culminating in six stunning full-spread illustrations as rich in detail as the stories themselves.

 

 

 

Let the Sky Fall Review

Let the Sky FallLet the Sky Fall
By: Shannon Messenger
Release Date: March 05, 2013
Publisher: Simon Pulse

My Rating:
star

Summary (via jacket copy):
Vane Weston should have died in the category-five tornado that killed his parents. Instead, he woke up in a pile of rubble with no memories of his past- except one: a beautiful, dark-haired girl standing in the winds. She’s swept through his dreams ever since, and he clings to the hope that she’s real.

Audra is real, but she isn’t human. She’s a sylph, an air elemental who can walk on the wind, translate its alluring songs, even twist it into a weapon. She’s also a guardian- Vane’s guardian- and has sworn an oath to protect him at all costs.

When a hasty mistake reveals their location to the enemy who murdered both their families, Audra has just days to help Vane unlock his memories. And as the storm winds gather, Audra and Vane start to realize that the greatest danger might not be the warriors coming to destroy them, but the forbidden romance growing between them.

The Story:
Let the Sky Fall had me interested immediately. The dual point of views of Audra and Vane gave me insight into what both were feeling and I enjoyed seeing the story unfold from both of their eyes. I enjoyed the aspect of the sylph/air elemental being the supernatural creature in this book though the basic story arc was pretty typical of a young adult paranormal romance. I was impressed with how creative Messenger was with explaining all the types of sylphs and their abilities. The story itself moves rather slowly but its a fast read regardless. You have a sense of urgency but its not stressful or very intense. When the climax finally happened it was a tad underwhelming and not all that surprising to me.  It’s one of those reads that you want to snuggle up in bed and read in an evening.

The Characters:
For the most part I liked Vane and Audra. Audra’s angst was a little too much at times but its not unrealistic that she would be like that but her whining sort of grated on me. Messenger did a good job at giving Vane a realistic male voice, as he focused on Audra’s appearance about as much as I would aspect a teen guy to. He was a genuinely nice guy that was likeable and had some pretty funny lines. Some of the parental interactions rang false to me being a mom myself. Mild spoiler: Vane’s adoptive mother’s eager acceptance seemed a bit too easy and honestly I could have done without her even knowing any of what was going on with him. End Spoiler As for the romance between Vane and Audra it was believable and built up nicely but for some reason I just wasn’t overly moved by it–thinking it was more me than the writing? I’m not sure why that was.

Final thoughts:
I will read the sequel and I look forward to where Messenger takes Audra and Vane in the next book.

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Legacy of the Clockwork Key Excerpt and Giveaway

Legacy of the Clockwork KeyLegacy of the Clockwork Key
By: Kristin Bailey
Release date: March 5th 2013
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pre-order: Amazon

Synopsis via Goodreads:
A teen girl unravels the mysteries of a secret society and their most dangerous invention in this adventure-swept romance set in Victorian London.

When a fire consumes Meg’s home, killing her parents and destroying both her fortune and her future, all she has left is the tarnished pocket watch she rescued from the ashes. But this is no ordinary timepiece. The clock turns out to be a mechanical key—a key that only Meg can use—that unlocks a series of deadly secrets and intricate clues that Meg is compelled to follow.
Meg has uncovered evidence of an elite secret society and a dangerous invention that some will stop at nothing to protect—and that Meg alone can destroy. Together with the handsome stable hand she barely knows but hopes she can trust, Meg is swept into a hidden world of deception, betrayal, and revenge. The clockwork key has unlocked her destiny in this captivating start to a trilogy.
Kristin Bailey does a beautiful job describing in exquisite detail her clockwork amusements in Legacy of the Clockwork Key. Her words are able to paint the picture of how each works and looks. My favorite was her description of the clockwork animals:
Dark brass and copper gears swirled in the bird’s breast, just beneath smooth dark wings. Two wheels instead of feet had been set on short brass legs. The body looked real, with real feathers, and the eyes were clear black beads. The brass beak had been so carefully crafted, the stately bird seemed as if it could come alive and steal the crumpet off my plate.
The horses were just like the illustrations in the book, and yet to see them real before me took my breath away. Silver plates formed their bodies, making them look like armored horses from the days when knights jousted for a lady fair. Each line, each seam in the plates was a graceful work of art. Instead of legs, they stood on large wheels with woven spokes that looked like shining frost on perfect spider webs. Every detail, from the soft curl of brass that made their long eyelashes to their wire manes tied neatly into little knots along the crests of their necks, was exquisite.

You can see the amount of imagination and creativity Bailey possesses in her descriptions.

About the Author 

Kristin BaileyKristin Bailey grew up in the middle of the San Joaquin Valley in California. As a kid she enjoyed visiting the beach, camping and skiing with her two brothers.
Now she is a military wife and mother of two young children. She is also terrible about spoiling her pets. She has one fluffy mutt, two cats who think they own the world, and a fish tank with a quartet of fat fish, and two secretive striped ninja-assassin snails.
In the course of her adventures, she has worked as a zookeeper, balloon artist, and substitute teacher. Now she enjoys writing books for teens who enjoy mystery and adventure as much as she does.

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Disconnect by Imran Siddiq

DisconnectDisconnect
by Imran Siddiq
Series: Divided Worlds Trilogy, #1
Publication date: February 22nd 2013
Genre: YA Sci-Fi

Summary (via Goodreads):
In space, love has boundaries.

Dirtying fingernails in sewers is fast approaching worthlessness for Zachary, a 16-year old Underworld scavenger. When footage of an Overworld girl, Rosa, is discovered, his intrigue heightens at why she expresses sadness with a lavish lifestyle.

In meeting Rosa, Zachary is scorned by her opinion of the deprived. She pities him and provides a means for them to communicate. With time, friendship and something he’s never felt grows; love for another human. Knowing Rosa calls him when it suits her isn’t enough; he wants to meet her, but how? Relationships in Underworld are few, let alone the impossibility with those above the ceiling.

Underworld will suffer when plans to conquer Jupiter’s moon, Europa move ahead. Worse is Rosa’s father, a disgraced Overworld ambassador, approving the plan.

Zachary must defeat the prejudice of the worlds, sneak within opposing forces, lose friends and challenge Rosa’s sadness. In doing so, a twisted secret is uncovered that may devour the reason he lives; Rosa.

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Author Bio:
Imran Siddiq may have tried to leave Leicester a few times, but its become his place to wake up to two cats, freeze when the heating’s off and most of all, get down to writing. At a young age, his primary school teacher commented on his creativity and ability to tell stories. At the age of 29, during a night in the jungle, the bug inside awakened, and for the last 5 years he’s been sacrificing every second that he can to write. A veteran of writing festivals, a presence on Twitter and gobbling up all forms of Star Wars and Lord of the Rings, he hopes he can bring a smile to others in the same way that he had, aged 5, reading with a torch under his duvet. Imran’s preferred genre is YA Sci Fi, and he has a tendency to throw a droid in every novel.

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New YA Releases for January 22, 2013

These are the new releases I’ll be checking out this Tuesday, January 22:

Everbound BoundlessThe Archived

Everbound by Brodi Ashton is book two in the Everneath series.
Summary (via Goodreads):
Nikki Beckett could only watch as her boyfriend, Jack, sacrificed himself to save her, taking her place in the Tunnels of the Everneath for eternity — a debt that should’ve been hers. She’s living a borrowed life, and she doesn’t know what to do with the guilt. And every night Jack appears in her dreams, lost and confused and wasting away.

Desperate for answers, Nikki turns to Cole, the immortal bad boy who wants to make her his queen — and the one person least likely to help. But his heart has been touched by everything about Nikki, and he agrees to assist her in the only way he can: by taking her to the Everneath himself.

Nikki and Cole descend into the Everneath, only to discover that their journey will be more difficult than they’d anticipated — and more deadly. But Nikki vows to stop at nothing to save Jack — even if it means making an incredible sacrifice of her own.

In this enthralling sequel to Everneath, Brodi Ashton tests the bonds of destiny and explores the lengths we’ll go to for the ones we love.

Boundless by Cynthia Hand is book three in the Unearthly series.
Summary (via Goodreads):
The past few years have held more surprises than part-angel Clara Gardner could ever have anticipated. Yet from the dizzying highs of first love, to the agonizing low of losing someone close to her, the one thing she can no longer deny is that she was never meant to live a normal life.

Since discovering the special role she plays among the other angel-bloods, Clara has been determined to protect Tucker Avery from the evil that follows her . . . even if it means breaking both their hearts. Leaving town seems like the best option, so she’s headed back to California – and so is Christian Prescott, the irresistible boy from the vision that started her on this journey in the first place.

As Clara makes her way in a world that is frighteningly new, she discovers that the fallen angel who attacked her is watching her every move. And he’s not the only one. . . . With the battle against the Black Wings looming, Clara knows she must finally fulfil her destiny. But it won’t come without sacrifices and betrayal.

In the riveting finale of the Unearthly series, Clara must decide her fate once and for all.

The Archived by Victoria Schwab is the first in the The Archived series.
Summary (via Goodreads):
Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books.

Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.

Da first brought Mackenzie Bishop here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now Da is dead, and Mac has grown into what he once was, a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often-violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves, and she knows fear for what it is: a useful tool for staying alive.

Being a Keeper isn’t just dangerous-it’s a constant reminder of those Mac has lost. Da’s death was hard enough, but now her little brother is gone too. Mac starts to wonder about the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. And yet, someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself might crumble and fall.

In this haunting, richly imagined novel, Victoria Schwab reveals the thin lines between past and present, love and pain, trust and deceit, unbearable loss and hard-won redemption.(