Thursday, April 17, 2014

*Facepalm*

I generally cringe at internet cultural items such as face palms, but this warrants such drastic measures. Plus, having Ariel here makes it not so bad. (And the background of this GIF perfectly matches my mermaid-themed blog design. Totally not a coincidence!)

I forgot my blogoversary! I’ve been planning something cool for a while now, and yet I managed to just forget it entirely. At least, I forgot to observe it on the day I’d designated to be my blogoversary. In fact, I don’t remember my exact blogoversary because I didn’t know it would be important to remember, and the first posts on this blog were actually imported from an old blog so I can never know for sure. Still, I’m not happy about missing it. Oh well. At least we have Easter and Fairy Tale Fortnight to look forward to on Sunday!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

{Event} Library Books Read-a-Thon

The amazing Rachael @ Rachael Turns Pages just announced the upcoming Library Books Read-a-Thon! It’s set all the way for June, so I don’t know what I’ll choose to read yet, but I have a list of a zillion books I need to check out from the library. This perfectly coincides with The Book Monsters Summer Library Challenge, and like I mentioned, my local library is pretty cool.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

{Blog Tour} Book Review + Giveaway: Rose and the Lost Princess by Holly Webb

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Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Release Date: April 1st 2014
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Source: ARC for Blog Tour
Find it: Amazon | B&N | Goodreads

Rose’s whole life has changed in a matter of weeks. She’s gone from being a lonely orphan to a magician’s apprentice, though she’s learned that power comes at a price. Even Rose’s friends don’t seem to trust her anymore, especially when rumors of dark magic begin to swirl through the city.

Then the country’s beloved princess vanishes, and the king asks Rose for her help. She must find the missing princess and put a stop to the evil magician behind the kidnapping… before all is lost.

Holly Webb’s Rose was absolutely wonderful, and its sequel is just the same. Rose and the Lost Princess picks up where the first one left off, with Rose exploring a newly discovered world of magic, and running into even more mystery and adventure. The pitch “Downton Abbey meets Harry Potter” is absolutely spot on, with the perfect mixture of magical adventures and historical drama.

I think I enjoyed the plot of this sequel even more than that of the first. Rose must assist in helping to find the lost princess, and in the process lots of obstacles cross her path. But Rose is a smart, resourceful, and dedicated person and works through it all. She’s an admirable character, and she’s such fun to read about. She still doesn’t know everything about her past, but she has a future ahead of her that involves apprenticing for Mr. Fountain.

All of the secondary characters are great. We get to meet several new characters, including Princesses Charlotte and Jane. I feel like none of the characters were developed too deeply, but I was alright with that because these are light-hearted books that don’t require too much development. I do hope that in the following books we get to know these characters even better, though!

Holly’s writing is enchanting. It’s easy and light, but still has a certain quality to it that adds depth and pulls readers in. I just can’t put my finger on it exactly (magic, maybe?) No matter what Holly has done to write such charming books, I can’t wait to continue reading!

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About the Author: HOLLY WEBB

Holly was born and grew up in southeast London but spent a lot of time on the Suffolk coast. As a child, she had two dogs, a cat, and at one point, nine gerbils (an accident). At about ten, Holly fell in love with stories from Ancient Greek myths, which led to studying university. She worked for five years as a children’s fiction editor before deciding that writing was more fun and easier to do from a sofa. Now living in Reading with her husband, three sons, and two cats, Holly runs a Guide unit. The Rose books stem from a childhood love of historical novels and the wish that animals really could talk.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Wishing on Wednesday: Divided by Elsie Chapman

Wishing on Wednesday @ Debz Bookshelf

Wishing on Wednesday is a weekly meme to feature recent and upcoming releases that I’m wishing for!


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The hunter becomes the hunted. . . .

West Grayer is done killing. She defeated her Alternate, a twin raised by another family, and proved she’s worthy of a future. She’s ready to move on with her life.

The Board has other plans. They want her to kill one last time, and offer her a deal worth killing for. But when West recognizes her target as a ghost from her past, she realizes she’s in over her head. The Board is lying, and West will have to uncover the truth of the past to secure her future.

How far will the Board go to keep their secrets safe? And how far will West go to save those she loves? With nonstop action and surprising twists, Elsie Chapman’s intoxicating sequel to Dualed reveals everything.

Why I Want It:

I really liked Dualed, but the one thing that disappointed me was the lack of answers to the questions it made me ask. Based on the synopsis (“reveals everything”?) this is going to satisfy me with all the answered that I NEED to know!

Read my review of DUALED!

Coming to a bookstore near you… May 27th 2014 from Random House

What are you Wishing for this Wednesday?

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Mel’s Fairytale Survey

The Daily Prophecy

The amazing Mel at The Daily Prophecy came up with this super-cool fairytale survey not long ago, so I figured I’d join in on the fun!

PART 1. CLASSIC PRINCESSES.

Pinocchio – The boy whose nose grows when he lies.
Is there are book you lie about, because you feel ashamed for liking it?

If anything, it’s the opposite. I’m one of those annoying people who will complain about super popular books that I enjoyed. Not because I want to be mean, or that I’m ashamed for liking it, but I like to challenge the popular opinion and make people think and ask questions. (Yes, I’ve done this with The Hunger Games, Divergent, and more.)

Starters (Starters, #1)Beauty and the beast – The girl who fell in love with personality.
Which book do you love that has a hideous cover?

I love STARTERS by Lissa Price, but the original cover gives me the creeps! It’s actually a really nice, professional, eye-catching cover, but it’s also super creepy. The newer cover is lacking in quality, but at least it isn’t as creepy!


Deception's PrincessSnow White Hunted down for her beauty.
Do you ever buy a book based on the cover alone and if so, what is the last one?

I’m super careful about all the books I buy, so no, but I’ve added plenty of books to Goodreads based on the cover alone. Most recently DECPTION’S PRINCESS by Esther Friesner, as it was reminiscent of a certain Disney princess… and then the synopsis confirmed my suspicions.

Incarnate (Newsoul, #1)Sleeping Beauty – Cursed to sleep, awakened by true loves kiss.
What is your favorite book couple?

I think I’ll have to say Ana and Sam from INCARNATE because they’re both so cute, and their relationship is genuinely realistic. They’re both so devoted to each other, but they still have problems that they work through like any other couple.

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)Little Mermaid – Gave up on her old life for love.
Do you ever branch out to new genres or do you like to stick with the ones you know and love? If you try new things out, what is the latest book?

I really don’t branch out much at all, and I am infamous in my hatred of paranormal romance, but I read DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE and love it!

Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3)Cinderella – Who lost her shoe after midnight.
What is the last book that made you stay up all night?

I haven’t willingly stayed up late in a long time because I have to wake up at 4:30 every morning except on weekends. But the last book that made me want to stay up late, and had me sitting in bed all morning on a Saturday was CRESS

The Comedy of ErrorsRapunzel – locked up in a tower.
What is  the worst book you’ve read last month?

I haven’t read a “worst book” in months *cough* Tumble and Fall *cough*, but the last meh book I’ve read was Shakespeare’s THE COMEDY OF ERRORS, which I’m performing next month (wacko old dad FTW!). It has too many plot holes and coincidences for my liking, but it’s super funny.


PART 2. MIX-MATCH.

Rump: The True Story of RumpelstiltskinAladdin – The poor boy who found a genie.
What is the latest book treasure/gem you found?

The latest book I’ve read (well, listened to) was RUMP by Liesl Shurtliff. It’s the most charming, hilarious middle-grade that I’ve read in a long time.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar ChildrenAlice in Wonderland – The girl who fell through a rabbit’s hole.
Which book made you really feel like you landed in another world?

MISS PEREGRINE”S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN had a surreal, unsettling feeling about it, and writing that managed to convince me that I’d landed in the world of Miss Peregrine and her Peculiar Children.

Sun and Moon, Ice and SnowEast of the sun and west of the moon – where a girl embarks on a journey to save her love.
Who is one of your favorite kick-ass heroines?

Can I name all three heroines from East O’ the Sun retellings? Because Cassie, Rose, and The Lass are all such strong, admirable heroines!

The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1)The Frog Prince – where an enchanted prince becomes human again.
What is a book you thought you would hate, but end up loving?

I’m always hopeful that I will enjoy a book, but some reviews led me to worry about THE WINNER’S CURSE. I’m almost finished with it now, and it’s amazing!

EntwinedHansel and Gretel – left alone in the woods and captured by a witch.
Which duo (sister/sister, brother/sister) is your favorite and why?

I feel like there aren’t enough sibling stories out there, especially in YA, which is a shame since siblings can be awesome. I’ve always had an affinity towards the Weasley’s, but I absolutely love all the sisters in Heather Dixon’s ENTWINED! They have such great relationships with each other, but they’re all unique!


Tumble & FallLittle Red Riding Hood – almost eaten by a wolf dressed as her grandmother.
What book disappointed you after falling in love with the cover and blurb?

I guess now is the time to talk about Tumble and Fall. It has the most beautiful cover ever, and an awesomely unique synopsis, but it just fell flat.

Tiger LilyRumpelstiltskin – nobody knows his name.
Which book do you love that doesn’t get enough attention?

There are so many! One that comes to mind is TIGER LILY. It’s one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read, but not many people have heard of it when I bring it up. I recommend it all the time! (And yet I STILL haven’t reviewed it!)

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