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Red House Books is going through a bit of a update!

I've always had a pretty clear vision of what I wanted this space to be but I've been detoured from my path by...lots and lost of other people's opinions and ways of doing things...

I'm committed to this little chunk of the interweb but I've also branched out into other places so! Now it's time to think of Red House Books as more of a hub of all things me! And Me is a hell of a lot of book love!

Stay tuned!

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Book Review: Hunted by Meagan Spooner

Genre: YA Fantasy Retelling
Publication: March 14th 2017 by HarperTeen
Acquisition: I purchased a hardcover

Synopsis:
Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. Though she grew up with the city’s highest aristocrats, far from her father’s old lodge, she knows that the forest holds secrets and that her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them.

So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas…or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance.

Deaf to her sisters’ protests, Yeva hunts this strange Beast back into his own territory—a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of creatures that Yeva’s only heard about in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin or salvation. Who will survive: the Beauty, or the Beast?
(from Goodreads)
5 / 5 Stars

So much love!
I love fantasy, I love fairy tale retellings and I love Spooner's writing. So! I had some pretty high expectations of Hunted. Happy to report - it did not disappoint!

What I liked:
The way the Beauty and the Beast story was enhanced. Every character had detailed and sometimes complicated backgrounds and everything played a part.
Also, the pure fantasy elements and the explanations on why the Beast was what he was and how it happened and how it could possibly be changed - it all fit together so well and really worked with the existing story (*cough* Disney *cough* *cough*) that most people know.
But! There was so much more to the story. I really can't go on enough about how wonderful all the details were. The backstory of the beast and Yeva's journey - it was fascinating. A fairy tale brought to life in an explosion of pure awesomeness.

What I didn't like:
Honestly, this was a solid 5 star read for me. I'd just be making up dislikes ;)

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Blue Moon Narthex by N.J. Donner Book Tour Stop + GIVEAWAY


Hey guys!
Today for my stop on the Blue Moon Narthex blog tour, I'm sharing some of author N.J. Donner's thoughts as well as an awesome giveaway!

ABOUT BLUE MOON NARTHEX:
The balance of good and evil has been left in the hands of a thirteen year old...

Since the beginning of time, Karmanic matter worked silently and unassisted keeping good and evil in balance, until growing greed in the world meant Karma couldn’t keep up. As World War I rages, the secret Karmanic Sovereign Legion works behind the scenes to help Karma.

A suspicious train accident and an odd stone-shaped object that belonged to his father thrust Cole McCarthy and two schoolmates into the middle of this battle to keep dark forces in check.

With only the powerful stone, a letter, and grandfatherly Norm to guide them, the trio must unravel clues and tap into unknown strengths to discover who Cole’s father really was and keep themselves and those they love safe.

Includes chapter 1 of book 2 in the Karmanic Sovereign Legion series!

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ABOUT N.J. DONNER:

N.J. Donner is the author of the new Karmanic Sovereign Legion books. N.J. loves to explore. The world fascinates him and he wants to figure out why and how things work, including Karma.

College adventures took N.J. far from his small Nebraska hometown to the southern hemisphere and the inner city. This was the beginning of his wanderlust and today he loves to travel with his wife, Amanda, and their three children.

N.J. became the first person to graduate with a minor in international affairs from Nebraska Wesleyan University and spent the years right out of college building a successful steel company.

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N.J. Donner's thoughts on...

~Books that influenced him~
The book I still remember from when I was young is Hatchet by Gary Paulson. It painted a picture in my head and I still have that vision to this day. The book made me want to write. I started, but never got very far. Who would have thought that twenty years later I would start again and actually finish? Even though my world is drastically different than the Canadian wilderness Paulson described, I still wanted to create a place that people could imprint on their minds.

~Author journey~
I wish I would have reached out for help sooner into the process. I have had the great fortune of meeting and working with my writing coach, Cindy Conger. If you are serious about finishing a novel, help is a must. You need someone to keep you on track, push you when you are down, and give you the criticism you need when you need it. Nobody writes a good book alone. The Blue Moon Narthex may have been released much sooner if I had looked for the assistance I needed earlier.

~The a-ha moment~
I never had a clear view of how The Blue Moon Narthex was going to come together. I had a rough idea. Writing is a time for my mind to wander, so the entire story was a surprise even to me as I was writing. About half way through my rough draft, my wife read it and said, “You need to finish this.” That is when I knew The Blue Moon Narthex was going to get finished.

~Advice he would give to his younger self~
Don’t be so self-conscious and worried of what others think. I’ve always been a space cadet, or perpetual dreamer. I had— and still have— crazy ideas bouncing around inside my head. I would tell my younger self to use those and don’t hold back.

~NH Setting~
I can’t say specifically, (spoiler), but it has to do with where in my mind Coreseum is located. (FYI, it’s not in New Hampshire.) Pictures of Durham station and how close the McCarthy family lived, were major factors as well.


Giveaway: Blue Moon Narthex Swag Box (US Only)

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

The You I've Never Known by Ellen Hopkins - Book Blitz and GIVEAWAY

Hey guys! I've been very MIA this month cause real life has been kicking my arse but I do have some bookish fun to share with you today!

I personally am in love with books in verse. I'm not very big on poetry so it's a bit confusing to my brain why I love verse so very much but I do - I do I do I do!!
If you're a fan of stories told this way and if you read YA it would be hard to not know about Ellen Hopkins and her fabulous books! I'm a huge fan so it's a treat today to be able to share with you info about her latest plus an awesome giveaway!

So, let's see what this one's all about - shall we?

ABOUT THE YOU I'VE NEVER KNOWN:
How do you live your life if your past is based on a lie? A new novel in both verse and prose from #1 New York Times bestselling author, Ellen Hopkins.

For as long as she can remember, it’s been just Ariel and Dad. Ariel’s mom disappeared when she was a baby. Dad says home is wherever the two of them are, but Ariel is now seventeen and after years of new apartments, new schools, and new faces, all she wants is to put down some roots. Complicating things are Monica and Gabe, both of whom have stirred a different kind of desire.

Maya’s a teenager who’s run from an abusive mother right into the arms of an older man she thinks she can trust. But now she’s isolated with a baby on the way, and life’s getting more complicated than Maya ever could have imagined.

Ariel and Maya’s lives collide unexpectedly when Ariel’s mother shows up out of the blue with wild accusations: Ariel wasn’t abandoned. Her father kidnapped her fourteen years ago.

What is Ariel supposed to believe? Is it possible Dad’s woven her entire history into a tapestry of lies? How can she choose between the mother she’s been taught to mistrust and the father who has taken care of her all these years?

In bestselling author Ellen Hopkins’s deft hands, Ariel’s emotionally charged journey to find out the truth of who she really is balances beautifully with Maya’s story of loss and redemption. This is a memorable portrait of two young women trying to make sense of their lives and coming face to face with themselves—for both the last and the very first time.


ABOUT ELLEN HOPKINS:
Ellen Hopkins is the New York Times bestselling author of Crank, Burned, Impulse, Glass, Identical, Tricks, Fallout, Perfect, Triangles, Tilt, and Collateral. She lives in Carson City, Nevada, with her husband and son. Hopkin's Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Pinterest pages get thousands of hits from teens who claim Hopkins is the "only one who understands me", and she can be visited at ellenhopkins.com.

Like most of you here, books are my life. Reading is a passion, but writing is the biggest part of me. Balance is my greatest challenge, as I love my family, friends, animals and home, but also love traveling to meet my readers. Hope I meet many of you soon!

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Giveaway:
3 Finished Copies of THE YOU I'VE NEVER KNOWN (US Only)

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Happy Book Birthday! NEW RELEASES January 31, 2017

Book Birthday Tuesdays highlight new young adult (and some adult and middle grade) books hitting shelves each week.

A big Happy Birthday to these lovelies today!


Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book by Jennifer Donnelly | GOODREADS

Caraval by Stephanie Garber | GOODREADS

Wires and Nerve: Volume 1 by Marissa Meyer and Douglas Holgate | GOODREADS

Long Way Home (Thunder Road #3) by Katie McGarry | GOODREADS

The Dark Days Pact (Lady Helen #2) by Alison Goodman | GOODREADS


The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles | GOODREADS

Blood of Wonderland (Queen of Hearts #2) by Colleen Oakes | GOODREADS

Unfolding by Jonathan Friesen | GOODREADS

Wait for Me by Caroline Leech | GOODREADS


And my Pick of the Day is…

Wires and Nerve: Volume 1 by Marissa Meyer

I am so so so looking forward to this one! The Lunar Chronicles is one of my favorite series ever and I'm also a huge fan of graphic novels.
I am a little worried the story won't be very...robust? For me, sometimes, with graphic novels - especially ones that already have a 'real' book background - the details are sometimes glossed over.
We'll see though as this one should be arriving today!

Any birthday book buying planned into your day?

What new releases are you most excited for?



Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Happy Book Birthday! NEW RELEASES January 24, 2017

Book Birthday Tuesdays highlight new young adult (and some adult and middle grade) books hitting shelves each week.

A big Happy Birthday to these lovelies today!


The You I've Never Known by Ellen Hopkins | GOODREADS

City of Saints & Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson | GOODREADS

Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson | GOODREADS

After the Fall by Kate Hart | GOODREADS


And my Pick of the Day is…

City of Saints & Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson - because it's billed as a ya 'thriller' and you all know how I feel about those!
Really curious to see if it will actually thrill - cause, that part is sometimes lacking ;)
Pretty sure this one didn't hit my radar sooner because that cover just isn't doing anything for me. The figure doesn't stand out enough - I didn't even see it at first.
I know - I know! I shouldn't judge but still...first impressions and all.
In any case - I would love to give this one a shot!


Any birthday book buying planned into your day?

What new releases are you most excited for?