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Blog Tour: Fantasy Book Review: Red: The True Story of Red Riding Hood

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Red: The True Story of Red Riding Hood by Liesl Shurtliff

Synopsis:
Red is not afraid of the big bad wolf. She’s not afraid of anything… except magic.
But when Red’s granny falls ill, it seems that only magic can save her, and fearless Red is forced to confront her one weakness.

With the help of a blond, porridge-sampling nuisance called Goldie, Red goes on a quest to cure Granny. Her journey takes her through dwarves’ caverns to a haunted well and a beast’s castle. All the while, Red and Goldie are followed by a wolf and a huntsman—two mortal enemies who seek the girls’ help to defeat each other. And one of them just might have the magical solution Red is looking for.

Review:
Red is a brave girl who has a talent for messing up magic. She doesn’t trust herself to create a magic potion for granny, so she decides to search for a more permanent magical solution. Goldie is an over-eager and talkative girl who seems to be more trouble than she’s worth. But she’s a good friend, and accompanies Red on her adventure.

Red: The True Story of Red Riding Hood is the 3rd standalone installment set in the same world as Rump and Jack. I love these fun, fairy tale reimaginings with plenty of magic and heart. The characters are colorful. And the story is full of adventure, mystery, and magical creatures. I love this inspired world with shared characters and endless, adventures and stories to tell.

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Blog Tour Schedule:
Tuesday, February, 9: Once Upon A Twilight
Thursday, February, 11: Swoony Boys Podcast

Fantasy Book Review: Endure

Endure by Sara B Larson

Synopsis:
At last, Alexa and King Damian are engaged to be married. But their lives are far from safe. The kingdom of Antion is under siege, and Rylan is a prisoner of the enemy. Even worse, Alexa remains at the mercy of the evil Dansiian Rafe, who controls her mind and can force Alexa to kill or harm Damian at any moment. Despite this, Alexa is determined to rescue Rylan, which soon leads her far from Damian and deep into enemy territory.

When she arrives, what awaits her is deadlier than anything she could have ever imagined: an army of black sorcerers, and a horrifying plot to destroy the world as Alexa knows it. Will she be able to gather the strength to free herself, protect the love of her life, and save the land? Will there ever be true peace?

Review:
Alexa has lost almost everyone she has ever loved. So when she receives a letter threatening Rylan’s life if she doesn’t come alone, Alexa decides to try a foolhardy rescue. Meanwhile, war is brewing as an evil monarch seeks more power.

Endure is the final installment in the Defy trilogy. With an inspired story and interesting characters, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this series. The worldbuilding of these magical kingdoms has been intriguing and slowly unfolded in each novel. Full of adventure, drama, magic, and a bit of romance – this finale doesn’t disappoint.

Received in January

The following are the books, movies, television shows, etc. I received in January for review and/or giveaways:

Mystery Box:
Supply Pod

Ace:
The Brimstone Deception by Lisa Shearin

Daw:
Revisionary: Magic Ex Libris: Book Four by Jim C. Hines

Del Rey:
Star Wars: The Force Awakens by Alan Dean Foster
Alive by Scott Sigler

Disney Hyperion:
Starflight by Melissa Landers
Zero Day by Jan Gangsei
Once Upon a Dream by Liz Braswell
The Zodiac Legacy: The Dragon’s Return by Stan Lee

Harper Teen / Katherine Tegen:
Front Lines by Michael Grant
The Prey by Tom Isbell
The Capture by Tom Isbell
Dark Energy by Robison Wells
Mr. Fahrenheit by T. Michael Martin
Forest of Ruin by Kelley Armstrong

Harper Voyager:
The Vagrant by Peter Newman
Daughter of Blood by Helen Lowe

Macmillan Teen / Feiwel and Friends / Henry Holt / FSG / Roaring Brook Press:
Unscripted Joss Byrd by Lygia Day Peñaflor
The Rat Prince by Bridget Hodder
The Secret Sea by Barry Lyga
The Gilded Cage by Lucinda Gray
Trapped by S. A. Bodeen
The Voyage to Magical North by Claire Fayers
Gifted by H. A. Swain
Genius: The Game by Leopoldo Gout
The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood
Dream On by Kerstin Gier

Penguin Teen / Kathy Dawson Books / Speak / Viking:
Where Futures End by Parker Peevyhouse
Stolen by Melissa De la Cruz
Dove Exiled by Karen Bao

Pocket Books:
Star Trek: Voyager: A Pocket Full of Lies by Kirsten Beyer
Bitter Bite by Jennifer Estep

Pyr:
Masks and Shadows by Stephanie Burgis

Roc:
Isaac Asimov’s I, Robot: To Preserve by Mickey Zucker Reichert

Scholastic / Chicken House:
Wings of Fire: Escaping Peril by Tui T. Sutherland
Endure by Sara B. Larson
TombQuest: The Stone Warriors by Michael Northrop
Spirit Animals: Fall of the Beasts: Broken Ground by Victoria Schwab
Rise of the Wolf by Jennifer A. Nielsen
Secret Hero Society #1: Study Hall of Justice by Derek Fridolfs
Longbow Girl by Linda Davies

Simon & Schuster / Emily Bestler Books:
Dominion by John Connolly

Subterranean Press:
Freedom of the Mask by Robert McCammon
Down and Out In Purgatory by Tim Powers
The Days of Tao by Wesley Chu

Titan Books:
Quarry’s Deal by Max Allan Collins
Quarry’s Cut by Max Allan Collins
The Girls in the High-Heeled Shoes by Michcael Kurland
Broken Hero by Jonathan Wood
The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The White Worm by Sam Siciliano

Tor:
The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson
All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
Pathfinder Tales: Pirate’s Prophecy by Chris A. Jackson

Coloring Book Review: Deadpool and Age of Ultron

Deadpool Coloring book

Color Your Own Deadpool

With adult coloring books all the rage right now, Marvel has their own line. And I, of course, had to buy them.

This Deadpool coloring book states that it isn’t for children. There are some violent scenes, but that’s the extent. There are plenty of humorous images. And the fantastically-drawn images range from incredibly detailed to more simplistic. I love the variety in this book.
It’s definitely one of my favorites.

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And then, there’s:

Age of Ultron Coloring Book

Color Your Own Age of Ultron

The Age of Ultron book is great too. But the number of intricate artwork far outweighs the more simplistic. And it wouldn’t be bad, but some of the scenes are a bit repetitive. And my gray markers/coloring pencils got a LOT of workout from all the dull images of destruction in the first few pages. Thankfully, the superheroes wear colorful clothes.

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Marvel will be releasing Color Your Own Civil War in April 2016 (I’ve already pre-ordered as the price is discounted right now) and Color Your Own Little Marvels in June 2016.


A Truly Horrifying Blog Tour and Giveaway!

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Lori Goldstein joins SciFiChick.com today to share her High School Horror Story on this stop of Chandler Baker’s blog tour!

Lori Goldstein’s High School Horror Story

Here’s the thing about horror stories. Sometimes, it’s all about perspective.

What seems like a huge deal at the time might not be all that horrific in hindsight and vice versa, something that is entirely de rigueur might come back to bite you in your older keister.

My older keister has a big chunk missing. Because of this.

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Permed, teased, curling ironed, I owe my high school horror story to a monster can of Aqua Net.

But it’s not really my fault. See, I grew up in New Jersey. And if you don’t know anything about New Jersey, think Jon Bon Jovi pre haircut.

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I’m not looking so bad now, right?

Living in the shadow of New York City, we Jersey girls had to find ways to stand out. Or in this case, up. Way, way up.

Flipping through my high school albums proves it wasn’t just me. We were all doing it. That doesn’t make me want to whisper, “the horror, the horror” any less.

Though there was one benefit. For once in my life, I easily clocked in at five feet without heels.

Bio:
Born into an Italian-Irish family (hence the short temper and the freckles), Lori Goldstein grew up in a small town on the Jersey shore and now makes her home outside of Boston in a place close enough to the ocean that on the right day, she can smell the sea from her back deck, and yet it still takes an hour to get to the beach. She earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism and worked as a writer, editor, and graphic designer before embracing her love of fictional people. Lori is the author of the young adult contemporary fantasy series Becoming Jinn (Feiwel and Friends/Macmillan, out now; Circle of Jinn, May 17, 2016). When not writing or reading (preferably from a sandy local), Lori can be found chatting books and perfecting the art of efficient writing through Twitter (@loriagoldstein). You can visit her online at www.lorigoldsteinbooks.com, Tumblr and Instagram: lorigoldsteinbooks.com, Facebook: www.facebook.com/LoriGoldsteinAuthor, and Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/LoriGoldstein


Courtesy of Macmillan Children’s Publishing, I have a copy of Teen Frankenstein by Chandler Baker for one (1) lucky winner!

Contest is open to US residents only. No PO Boxes please. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends February 5. I’ll draw a name on February 6, and notify winner via email.

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Fantasy Book Review: The Night Voice

The Night Voice by Barb & JC Hendee

Synopsis:
With much relief, Magiere, Leesil, and Chap prepare to hide the last two of the powerful orbs. Once this last great task is completed, Magiere can take Leesil home to a life of peace.

Then, rumors reach them that a horde of undead creatures, slaughtering everything in their wake, are gathering in the far east regions of the Suman desert. This gathering could only be caused by the Ancient Enemy awakening.

With no other choice, Magiere tells Leesil they cannot go home yet. They must go to the desert and seek to learn if the rumors are true . . . and if so, face an awakening evil: The Night Voice.

Review:
Magiere and all of her companions have finally come together to plan what to do with the orbs that they have found. Meanwhile, a traitor among them is leading them right to the Ancient Enemy.

The Night Voice is the final installment in the Noble Dead saga. This finale is well-paced and full of drama, suspense, and magic. As the group divides up on their various final quests, there are some interesting pairings that made for some humor and conflict. And the big finale did not disappoint. There was a bittersweet epilogue that follows the lives of the remaining characters. It was a fantastic ending to an incredible, epic saga.

Book Giveaway: Staked

Courtesy of Del Rey, I have a copy of Staked by Kevin Hearne for one (1) lucky winner!

Contest is open to US residents only. No PO Boxes please. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends February 5. I’ll draw a name on February 6, and notify winner via email.

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