Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Online Author Event



Do y'all remember when I freaked out in total fangirl glee about "Seraphina" by Rachel Hartman?? No??
Here's a reminder: THE REVIEW OF GUSHING ADORATION



So I was delighted when Figment (the online community for readers and writers) asked me to let y'all know about an upcoming event they're hosting.  Here are the details:


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Join Random House authors RACHEL HARTMAN (Seraphina, New York Times bestseller and Morris Award winner), ELIZABETH LABAN (The Tragedy Paper), and ALEXANDRA MONIR (Timeless), along with Knopf Books for Young Readers editor ERIN CLARKE,for a live chat on Figment.
Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. ET http://bit.ly/InStoresNow
The event will include a half-hour moderated question-and-answer period.
Praise for Seraphina: “Full of grace and gravitas. Readers loath to turn the last page of this lush, intricately plotted fantasy will rejoice in the knowledge of next summer’s as-yet-untitled sequel.” — Washington Post
Praise for Tragedy Paper: “relatable and unusually gripping, even for an older reader...Romantic love, hard work, loyalty, friendship, suffering: Like the great tragedies that inspired the novel, it's all here. LaBan's take on adolescent life is rendered in the sweet, intelligent tradition of John Irving, but without any of the prep-school genre's self-satisfaction.” — Philadelphia Inquirer
Praise for Timeless: “a captivating romance and mystery spanning three decades of high-society life and intrigue in New York City." — Amazon Best Books of the Month


Sounds fun, right?  Be sure to follow the link to their giveaway!


 
sarahTHE REVIEW OF GUSHING ADORATION

Friday, February 22, 2013

Book Blogger Hop: Printed books or E-readers

I'm joining the Book Blogger Hop hosted by Billy at Ramblings of a Coffee Addcited Writer because one of my favorite book bloggers in the world, Susan at Bloggin' 'bout Books told me about it!

Question: Which do you prefer most: a printed book or an Ereader?


Answer: BOTH! I used to be firmly against e-readers until I went out of the country for several weeks and realized how dang beautiful it is to have unlimited books in a tiny, portable device.
But I still prefer a printed book if it's one  I really, really have been wanting to read. Even though I'll usually do a giveaway or take a printed copy to a local resale shop when I'm done with it, the more I've been anticipating a book, the more I want to hold it's ink-and-paper pages in my hands. Especially if it has a pretty cover. I'm kind of a sucker for a pretty cover! :)



sarah

Saturday, February 16, 2013

400 Follower Giveaway Winner/ Incarnate Mini-Review


Random.org has spoken....And
Congratulations to ERIKA on winning The Name of the Star and The Madness Underneath in my 400 Follower Giveaway!

And thank you, Followers! You people make me happy!


NOW:


Incarnate by Jodi Meadows...


Summary:
New soul

Ana is new. For thousands of years in Range, a million souls have been reincarnated over and over, keeping their memories and experiences from previous lifetimes. When Ana was born, another soul vanished, and no one knows why.

No soul

Even Ana's own mother thinks she's a nosoul, an omen of worse things to come, and has kept her away from society. To escape her seclusion and learn whether she'll be reincarnated, Ana travels to the city of Heart, but its citizens are afraid of what her presence means. When dragons and sylph attack the city, is Ana to blame?

Heart

Sam believes Ana's new soul is good and worthwhile. When he stands up for her, their relationship blooms. But can he love someone who may live only once, and will Ana's enemies—human and creature alike—let them be together? Ana needs to uncover the mistake that gave her someone else's life, but will her quest threaten the peace of Heart and destroy the promise of reincarnation for all?

Jodi Meadows expertly weaves soul-deep romance, fantasy, and danger into an extraordinary tale of new life.


(Prepare for a teeny-tiny review while my kids are distracted watching Brother Bear.)

I finished this book a week ago and I'm still pondering certain aspects. Which is, in a way,  a sign of a successful book.

 It hit me in the thinky bits, and I have so many questions...Here are a few off the top of my head.
(The natives are restless and have adbandoned their TV watching. I'll make it quick!)

1. The world Ana lives in: Is it medieval? Is it modern? A mixture? I am confused...

2. If there are a million souls reincarnated over and over, are they all living in Heart? Are they living in other places too? How big is this world?

3. Even if there are a sum total of only one million people on Earth, would 5,000 years be long enough to have a working knowledge of everyone's personality? It sounds that way in the book, but I'm not so sure...

4. Did anyone else end up staring into space wondering, "Would I love my true love if he/she showed up in  totally different physical packaging next time?"

5. Is anyone else more than a little troubled by the idea that you might be a soul's parent one lifetime, then maybe their child another time?

6. Is anyone else disturbed by Sam and Stef being sometimes BFFs, then sometime lovers, depending on what bodies they're in during any given life?

7. Does anyone else picture Sam--who is a muscian--like this and have to fight a tendency to forgive all that creepiness due to adorablility?


7. No? Just me? OK.

8. How much of who we are is dependent not on our souls alone but also on what we experience in life? And does the physical body we inhabit affect this to a substantial degree?

9. Why do I suddenly feel like I'm writing an Intro to Philosophy textbook?

I closed the book feeling muddled in several ways:
 On the one hand=Dragons. Always a plus.
 On the other=somewhat confusing world-building and philosophical questions bombarding me.
 Then again=way to write a romance, Jodi Meadows!

I sat and rambled about the book to my husband, who just gave me a "WHAT?" kind of look. Then I knew I'd have to take it to other readers to get a proper discussion going.


People who have read INCARNATE chime in...am I the only one who had so many questions and unexpectedly DEEP THOUGHTS on identity and what makes us who we are while reading a book a girl in love with a five thousand year old guy ( who is sometimes not a guy, depending on his current incarnation)?? Are any of my questions answered in ASUNDER?

sarah

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

The Madness Underneath ARC/The Name of the Star Giveaway

People, my blogging has been shamefully lax of late.
I blame computer problems, having a ton of kids, and that I'm trying to FINALLY write a book that's been clawing to get out of my brain for quite a while...In short, it has been typical chaos at my house.
(Case in point: while I wrote these two sentences, my three year old emptied all my Christmas wrapping paper from the storage box and is happily wrapping herself in purple ribbon. Let's see how long the belated little elf can entertain herself!)

But, HEY, while I've been gone, y'all have been stopping by and lo, new followers have even joined the fun...

400 Followers!! Whoot!!



I should do a Giveaway to celebrate...
How about  Books 1 and 2 in the Shades of London Series by Maureen Johnson??


The Name of the Star (Paperback)


I loved this book. Here's MY REVIEW

Note: Isn't the paperback cover much better? I think so, anyway.*

And I've also got an ARC of The Madness Underneath. I just finished it last night, so I haven't reviewed it yet. I didn't love it as much as The Name of the Star, I still liked it...


Here's a summary:

After her near-fatal run-in with the Jack the Ripper copycat, Rory Devereaux has been living in Bristol under the close watch of her parents. So when her therapist suddenly suggests she return to Wexford, Rory jumps at the chance to get back to her friends. But Rory’s brush with the Ripper touched her more than she thought possible: she’s become a human terminus, with the power to eliminate ghosts on contact. She soon finds out that the Shades—the city’s secret ghost-fighting police—are responsible for her return. The Ripper may be gone, but now there is a string of new inexplicable deaths threatening London. Rory has evidence that the deaths are no coincidence. Something much more sinister is going on, and now she must convince the squad to listen to her before it’s too late.

In this follow-up to the Edgar Award-nominated THE NAME OF THE STAR, Maureen Johnson adds another layer of spectacularly gruesome details to the streets of London that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.


One Winner gets BOTH books!!


 Follow the blog, you get an Entry. Tweet about it, you get another.

Toddler has now taken every shoe from my closet and it's like a high heel tornado hit my bedroom. I'm out!

Good luck to all!
a Rafflecopter giveaway


* US ONLY** This is a short lil Giveaway and it ends Feb. 15 so Hustle Up, Readers! **

* Winner have 48 hours to reply or new winner will be chosen






sarah
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