*First Line Friday 1/31/20* All the Stars and Teeth- Adalyn Grace

38325332. sy475 Set in a kingdom where danger lurks beneath the sea, mermaids seek vengeance with song, and magic is a choice, Adalyn Grace’s All the Stars and Teeth is a thrilling fantasy for fans of Stephanie Garber’s Caraval and Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass series.

She will reign.

As princess of the island kingdom Visidia, Amora Montara has spent her entire life training to be High Animancer—the master of souls. The rest of the realm can choose their magic, but for Amora, it’s never been a choice. To secure her place as heir to the throne, she must prove her mastery of the monarchy’s dangerous soul magic.

When her demonstration goes awry, Amora is forced to flee. She strikes a deal with Bastian, a mysterious pirate: he’ll help her prove she’s fit to rule if she’ll help him reclaim his stolen magic.

But sailing the kingdom holds more wonder—and more peril—than Amora anticipated. A destructive new magic is on the rise, and if Amora is to conquer it, she’ll need to face legendary monsters, cross paths with vengeful mermaids, and deal with a stow-away she never expected… or risk the fate of Visidia and lose the crown forever.

I am the right choice. The only choice. And I will protect my kingdom.

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“This day is made for sailing. The ocean’s brine coats my tongue and I savor its grit. Late summer’s heat has beaten the sea into submission; it barely sways as I stand against the starboard ledge.”

*Blog Tour + Giveaway* Seven Deadly Shadows by Courtney Alameda & Valynne E. Maetani

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Title: Seven Deadly Shadows

Authors: Courtney Alameda & Valynne E. Maetani

Publisher: HarperCollins

Release Date: January 28th 2020

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal

Synopsis:

Kira Fujikawa has always been a girl on the fringe. Bullied by her peers and ignored by her parents, the only place Kira’s ever felt at home is at her grandfather’s Shinto shrine, where she trains to be a priestess.

But Kira’s life is shattered on the night her family’s shrine is attacked by a vicious band of yokai demons. With the help of Shiro—the shrine’s gorgeous half-fox, half-boy kitsune—Kira discovers that her shrine harbors an ancient artifact of great power . . . one the yokai and their demon lord, Shuten-doji, will use to bring down an everlasting darkness upon the world.

Unable to face the Shuten-doji and his minions on her own, Kira enlists the aid of seven ruthless shinigami—or death gods—to help stop the brutal destruction of humankind. But some of the death gods aren’t everything they initially seemed, nor as loyal to Kira’s cause as they first appeared.

With war drawing nearer by the day, Kira realizes that if this unlikely band of heroes is going to survive, they’re going to have to learn to work together, confront their demons, and rise as one to face an army of unimaginable evil.

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Author Information

Author - Courtney

A veteran bookseller and librarian, Courtney Alameda now spends her days writing thriller and horror novels for young people. Her debut novel, SHUTTER, was nominated for a Bram Stoker award and hailed as a “standout in the genre” by School Library Journal. Her forthcoming novel, PITCH DARK (Spring 2017), is a genre-blending science fiction/horror novel in the vein of Ridley Scott’s 1979 film ALIEN.

Courtney holds a B.A. in English literature with an emphasis in creative writing. She is represented by the talented John M. Cusick of Folio Literary. A Northern California native, she now resides in Utah with her husband, a legion of books, and a tiny five pound cat with a giant personality.

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Author - Valynne

Valynne E. Maetani (pronounced Vuh-lin Mah-eh-tah-nee) grew up in Utah and obtained a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania. In a former life, she was a project manager and developed educational software for children with learning disabilities. Currently, she is a full-time writer. She is a member of the We Need Diverse Books team and is dedicated to promoting diversity in children’s literature because every child should grow up believing his or her story deserves to be told. Her debut novel, Ink and Ashes, is the winner of the New Visions Award 2013, a Junior Library Guild 2015 selection, and Best Fiction Book in Salt Lake City Weekly’s Best of Utah Arts Award for 2015. She lives in Salt Lake City.

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My Review

I am a girl surrounded by monsters and ghosts from an ancient world.”

I really enjoyed the Japanese folklore and how the authors used that history and mythology to create a truly compelling story. I could see how much research went into this book and that honestly made my heart soar because there’s times where I had to do some research on books that depict mythology. But I didn’t have to do that with Seven Deadly Shadows. The authors really went all out with this book and I loved that.

With that being said, the mythology in this book is exceptional. Each page, each character, is steeped in Japanese mythology. I learned so much about Japanese folklore and culture from this story – I was unfamiliar with just how many demons and death gods are in this mythology, but not anymore. These co-authors truly created a story with an immersive world and enthralling characters.

“‘I’m not ashamed of who I am….Not anymore.'”

Kira is an exceptional character. She’s wonderfully flawed and strong and brave. Her character development throughout the story is phenomenal; her growth isn’t all at once but over the course of this entire story. Kira is also deeply devoted to her family, which is why it’s so devastating when her family shrine is attacked. She will do anything for her family and anything to protect them, which is why she teams up with Shiro to help right the wrongs of this ancient world.

I liked Shiro as a character; he’s fun and brings a certain light to this dark tale. I did feel the romance was a tad bit too fast, but nonetheless, I thought both characters worked well together and added to the overall plot. Actually, all of the secondary characters made the story interesting and definitely helped with Kira’s character development. Each character played a role and it was done beautifully.

“I suppose even death looks beautiful, sometimes. But its beauty is a lie.”

The atmosphere of this book was amazing. There was never a point where the story and world felt too dark. But I did enjoy how, as the reader, I could feel when a demon was about to greet Kira and her friends. I liked how the authors added a slight darkness to those scenes. The overall writing of this story is beautiful. I couldn’t tell the difference between which author wrote what scene, and that is honestly brilliant. I love not knowing the authors’ writing styles (though I do try to figure them out), so Seven Deadly Shadows became an even more fun book to me.

If you’re a huge anime fan, then I think you will definitely enjoy this book. I haven’t watched anime in years (I need to fix that, for sure, after reading this book), but reading Seven Deadly Shadows reminded me of why I loved watching anime and reading manga. This book provided me with teen memories I haven’t reminisced about in years, and I loved that added touch because it made the story more personal to me.

“He disappears into the shadows, leaving me to wonder what a death god might fear.”

All in all, Seven Deadly Shadows was a fun read filled to the brim with Japanese mythology and demons. If these two authors decide to write another book together, you best believe I will be buying it the day the book comes out.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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Tour Schedule

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Seven Deadly Shadows

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Giveaway

Grand Prize PictureGrand Prize: Win a signed copy of SEVEN DEADLY SHADOWS, a signed copy of Courtney Alameda’s SHUTTER, and a signed copy of Valynne Maetani’s INK AND ASHES; anime portraits of Kira and Shiro; a stuffed fox omamori charm from the Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine in Japan; an origami fox hand-folded by Valynne Maetani; a yokai mini sticker sheet; and an assortment of Japanese Kit Kats (not pictured) [INT]

Second Prize: Win (1) of (2) A signed copy of SEVEN DEADLY SHADOWS with anime portraits of Kira and Shiro (INT)

OPEN INTERNATIONALLY

Starts: 28th January 2020

Ends: 11th February 2020

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Thank you, Fantastic Flying Book Club, for having us on this wonderful blog tour!

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Cover crush Thursday

Today for cover crush Thursday it’s part of my current read and it’s basic but I think it’s a bad ass cover. This book is a retelling and it’s based after cinderella is dead. So with out a due please welcome

This cover I love the colors to it all and I’m oddity but I love people on my covers. So def suggest in July giving this LGBT sorta retelling or what not a try.

WWW Wednesday 1-29-20

That time of the week again it’s Wednesday which means it’s waiting on Wednesday!

What does that mean? It means the 3 W’s what you are currently reading? what did you recently finish? And what do you think will read next?

1. What I’m currently reading is cinderella is dead

Just started it but it’s been good already and just feel for the character and women even some guys for this world. But what it’s about is 200 years after cinderella is dead and all women have to attend the ball and if they don’t get chosen by a guy they just disappear and such.

2. What did I recently finish?

What I just completed this afternoon was the betrothed by kiera cass

This book was entertaining, wasnt as good as the selection but had similar elements like felt how one character was acting like in selection and I know I know seperate books and worlds. Other I was shocked by one set of drama I just didn’t see it coming. Just with the selection to this was selection the romance seems main aspect and politics second in this it’s all reversed so don’t get as much OTP but still like them. Last gotta say from this book is oh my stars does it have a semi bad cliff hanger someone who read the arc told me your going to want book 2 and boy do you. It’s cliffy fall and I don’t call most book endings cliffy. 4/5 stars

Other I finished 2 days ago is

This book is about a girl she is insanely popular book blogger/ social media influencer. And she has a best friend and his name is Nash and they talk daily books. Her family is famous so she wrote a pen name and they move around a lot. So one last move kels moves to no where CT. And low and behold her first day in library who does she meet her love interest and best friend Nash. She gets so nervous she doesn’t say who she is. And that’s where this whole book drama starts. So I can say I freaking loved the story which ya bloggers go thru and all sooo much like cover reviews, reviews, book drama or a book theme, like myself on Instagram I do coffee and books or beer and books. Only thing that made this book a lot lower rating is kels had many shots to tell Nash like literally but doesn’t so she comes off very annoying. And book with this deals with anxiety as a sub plot besides the main story. 3.75/5 and I could of loved this like eliza and her monsters.

3. What I plan to read next is maybe meet me at midnight or dunno 🤷‍♂️

*First Line Friday 1/24/20* A Werewolf in Riverdale- Caleb Roehrig

44575180Who is the Riverdale Ripper? And why is Jughead waking up covered in blood?

Everyone knows the characters from Riverdale: popular Archie Andrews, girl-next-door Betty Cooper, angsty Jughead Jones, and the sophisticated Veronica Lodge. But this is not the Riverdale you know and love. Something twisted has awoken in the town with pep. Inspired by the iconic Archie Horror comics, this reimagined universe takes the grittiness of the TV show and adds a paranormal twist.

Someone is killing the citizens of Riverdale. And after a bloody full moon, Jughead realizes he is the killer! Jughead is a werewolf. Can he keep this secret from his friends — including werewolf-hunting Betty Cooper? Jughead has to get his dark side under control — before it is controlling him.

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“As far as Dalton Doiley was concerned, if he was going to die tonight, then a graveyard was as good a place to do it as any other.”

*Blog Tour + Giveaway* Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibañez

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Title: Woven in Moonlight

Author: Isabel Ibañez

Publisher: Page Street Books

Release Date: January 7th 2020

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Synopsis:

A lush tapestry of magic, romance, and revolución, drawing inspiration from Bolivian politics and history.

Ximena is the decoy Condesa, a stand-in for the last remaining Illustrian royal. Her people lost everything when the usurper, Atoc, used an ancient relic to summon ghosts and drive the Illustrians from La Ciudad. Now Ximena’s motivated by her insatiable thirst for revenge, and her rare ability to spin thread from moonlight.

When Atoc demands the real Condesa’s hand in marriage, it’s Ximena’s duty to go in her stead. She relishes the chance, as Illustrian spies have reported that Atoc’s no longer carrying his deadly relic. If Ximena can find it, she can return the true aristócrata to their rightful place.

She hunts for the relic, using her weaving ability to hide messages in tapestries for the resistance. But when a masked vigilante, a warm-hearted princess, and a thoughtful healer challenge Ximena, her mission becomes more complicated. There could be a way to overthrow the usurper without starting another war, but only if Ximena turns her back on revenge—and her Condesa.

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Author Information

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Isabel Ibañez was born in Boca Raton, Florida, and is the proud daughter of two Bolivian immigrants. A true word nerd, she received her degree in creative writing and has been a Pitch Wars mentor for three years. Isabel is an avid movie goer and loves hosting family and friends around the dinner table. She currently lives in Winter Park, Florida, with her husband, their adorable dog, and a serious collection of books. Say hi on social media at @IsabelWriter09.

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My Review

Woven in Moonlight is one of the books I could easily fall in love with: enjoyable characters with strong development, incredible world building, and lush prose. It had all the elements I love in a fantasy novel. This book is truly a strong and masterful debut in the Young Adult fantasy genre.

“Words empowered by justice can never be silenced.”

Ximena is the decoy for the Queen, someone she easily sees as her sister. She understands how important her role is and what it means to protect the condesa from those that would wish to harm her. And when a Llacsan king demands the condesa’s hand in marriage, Ximena goes in her place, doing what she can to protect the condesa. But Ximena has plans of her own: plans that involve breaking this forced marriage and finding a path of her own, one that might possibly separate her from the condesa’s standin. Her courage and love for her people is inspiring, and it makes it difficult for any ready to not like her as a character. Yes, she has flaws (what character doesn’t?), but those flaws never overpower her true mission or her heart.

The world building in Woven in Moonlight is by far phenomenal and beautiful; the lush descriptions really make it easy to picture the world and the hardships many people face, including Ximena. This story is filled to the brim with storytelling and that dash of magic, I thought, really brought this story together nicely. I was, overall, very impressed with the layout and pace of this story – it’s not too slow, not too fast, and it builds tension (and a slow burn romance, might I add) really well, well enough to keep the reader on the edge of their seat.

“Rising tides can’t be held back, but they can be ridden.”

Ibañez has a way with her words. Her writing is powerful and lavish; she could turn even a truly dark scene into a scene that captures the beauty of the light. Her writing brought this world to life and gave the characters a strong and heartfelt voice, especially Ximena. It’s what made the story authentic and feel so real. Ibañez did an amazing job giving this novel (and the characters) a voice.

Woven in Moonlight is inspired by Bolivian culture and history and the current political situation; with all that said, this book beautifully captures that culture and historical background. I was really moved by this book and became deeply attached to some of the characters. I’m looking forward to reading Ibañez’s next work, as she has easily become an instant-buy author for me.

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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Woven in Moonlight

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Giveaway

PRIZE: Win a copy of WOVEN IN MOONLIGHT by Isabel Ibañez (US/CAN Only)

STARTS: 20th January 2020

ENDS: 3rd February 2020

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*Nerd Blast & Giveaway* The Vault of Horror

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SYNOPSIS

 

The Vault of HorrorWhen the history of horror comics was written, one name stood and still stands above the rest: EC Comics. With equal parts suspense, gore, camp, and morality tale, the triumvirate of EC’s horror output laid the groundwork for what was to come from many of the genre’s greatest writers and directors.

Now, AudioComics (a division of Pocket Universe Productions) presents EC COMICS PRESENTS… THE VAULT OF HORROR, its stories adapted and presented in an audio-rich fully immersive setting complete with a full cast, scoring, and soundscapes. This ghastly grimoire adapts issues #12 to #17 of the classic horror series, with werewolves, vampires, cutthroats, and numerous ne’er-do-wells!

Starring Kevin Grevioux (creator of the Underworld film franchise) as the Vault Keeper, and special guests Phil Proctor of the Firesign Theatre and Denise Poirier (MTV’s Æon Flux), the first season of VAULT is going to chill your spine and clam your palms! So put your headphones on and enter THE VAULT OF HORROR! It’s a real scream!

 
Director: WILLIAM DUFRIS
Sound Design: DAVID CHEN & CARLOS RODRIGUEZ SOUND
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Additional Post Production: MIND’S EYE PRODUCTIONS
Composers/Arrangements: FRANK SCHULMEYER
Cover Art: GEORGES JEANTY
Recorded at: MIND’S EYE PRODUCTIONS , PORTLAND, ME and INVISIBLE STUDIOS, LOS ANGELES, CA
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Giveaway:

Giveaway is open to International. | Must be 13+ to Enter
 

– 1 Winner will receive an Exclusive Predecessor Series to EC Comics Presents… The Vault of Horror and Midnight  Matinees.

– 1 Winner will receive a $25 Amazon Gift Card
Click on the image below to enter. Good Luck!
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ABOUT THE FOUNDERS

Lance Roger AxtLance Roger Axt (Co-Founder) was the creator/Producing Director of the audio theatre production company Play it by Ear Productions, through which he produced world-premiere radio one-acts for the award-winning anthology series “We Have Ignition,” and produced and co-directed a festival of original five-minute radio plays, You Have Five Minutes… before a live audience in Albuquerque, NM in 2009.

In addition, he produced a live re-creation of Norman Corwin’s legendary audio essay We Hold These Truths at the Canterbury Woods Auditorium in Pacific Grove, CA (2005), followed by a series of old-time radio re-creations on the Central Coast, “Those Thrilling Days of Yesteryear” (2007 – 2010)

Lance is the former Vice President of the National Audio Theatre Festivals, Inc., an organization dedicated to the education and promotion of contemporary audio theatre, and was a six-time attendee at the Festivals’ Audio Theatre Workshop in Missouri, where he directed the world premiere of Knocking on Heaven’s Door, written by comics legend JM DeMatteis (2011). He also produced the NATF’s “Audio Art of Animation” workshop in Hollywood, and is one of the co-creators of the Norman Corwin Award for Excellence in Audio Theatre, the only award of its kind in America honoring life achievement in audio theatre/radio drama. He has also narrated over two-dozen audiobooks for Audible Studios and Audible ACX.

A classically-trained actor (MFA, Trinity Rep Conservatory in Rhode Island) who has performed off-Broadway and with regional theatres in New England, Lance is also a produced playwright (Chasing Dragons), and has been commissioned to write a screenplay for a new production company in Los Angeles. Short fiction published by 01 Publishing and Pro Se Press (forthcoming). He is currently working on both full-length play and screenplay #2; on a graphic novel set in 1930’s Hollywood; and on his first YA prose trilogy.

AUDIOCOMICS COMPANY CREDITS:
Actor: NORM (Starstruck); Alec Killian (Titanium Rain, Episode One); Howard Deutchman (Honey West: Murder on Mars); Mayor Percy J. Benbough (The Domino Lady: Welcome to San Diego…); General Todd McAlister (Battle for LA); Sgt. Brian Mulcahy (The Perhapanauts: Monsters Among Us, or Chimaera Wanna Tellya Somethin’); Medulla (Molly Danger, Episode One: Mighty); Det. Donoghue/Timothy Lathrop (The Starling Project); Al Grubb and Ensemble (Locke and Key)

Director: The Domino Lady: All’s Fair in War (2012); Battle for LA (2013);
Co-Producer on all AudioComics Company productions (except HorrorScopes). Adapted Battle for LA for audio, and co-adapted Molly Danger, Episode One: Mighty.
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William DufrisWilliam Dufris (Co-Founder) began his audio career in London (radio plays, audio books, film/animation dubbing, language tapes), where he resided for 13 years. During this time, he had the privilege of sharing the microphone in a number of BBC Radio plays with Kathleen Turner, Sharon Gless, Stockard Channing, and Helena Bonham-Carter. He worked with legendary director Dirk Maggs (of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy fame) on his audio drama productions of The Amazing Spider-Man (where he voiced the title role of Peter Parker), Judge Dredd, Voyage, and An American Werewolf in London. He is best known as the original voice of Bob the Builder in the popular children’s show Bob The Builder for the US and Canada (series 1-9).

These experiences led Dufris to co-found the audio production company The Story Circle, Ltd in the UK, which produced audio theatre programs for numerous publishers. Upon returning to the US, Dufris founded Mind’s Eye Productions, and co-founded AudioComics, for which he has been producer, director, actor and engineer. He was also a guest artist at the National Audio Theatre Festival’s 2005, 2006, and 2007 Workshops, appearing in the world premiere works The Best Place to Grow Pumpkins, Rewind, Extra-Ordinary, and Histories, and directed Arigon Starr’s audio comedy Super Indian for Native Voices at the Autry Center in Los Angeles.

With over a thousand audiobooks to his credit, Bill is a multiple finalist for the APA’s prestigious Audie Award (winning in 2012 for The Murder of the Century), has garnered numerous Golden Earphones Awards through AudioFile Magazine, and was named by AudioFile as “One Of The Best Voices At The End Of The Century.”

AUDIOCOMICS COMPANY CREDITS:
Director: Starstruck (2010); HorrorScopes (2011); Honey West: Murder on Mars; Titanium Rain, Episode One (2012); Gamadin: Word of Honor; Molly Danger, Episode One: Mighty; The Perhapanauts: Monsters Among Us, or Chimaera Wanna Tellya Somethin’ (2013); The Starling Project (2014); Locke & Key (2015)

Actor: Dwannyun of Griivarr and Orga the Killer Cyborg (Starstruck); Ensemble roles (HorrorScopes); Lt. Mark Storm (Honey West: Murder on Mars); Austin Briggs (Molly Danger, Episode One: Mighty); and Karl the Mothman (The Perhapanauts: Monsters Among Us, or Chimaera Wanna Tellya Somethin’)

Co-Producer on all AudioComics productions.
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ABOUT POCKET UNIVERSE PRODUCTIONS
Pocket Universe Productions creates fully immersive “audio movies”, adapted from science fiction, fantasy, horror, and thriller prose, as well as from stage plays and graphic novels.

Founded by Lance Roger Axt and William Dufris, Pocket Universe elevates audio fiction to a whole new level by offering the best stories from the best writers and utilizing professional voice actors and richly layered soundscapes and music in order to provide stellar audio entertainment.

Pocket Universe is also one of very few production companies that brings a unique collaborative approach to the medium by working in partnership with independent creators and writers, guiding them through the process of adapting their stories for audio, all the while ensuring no unwelcome viewpoint is foisted onto their creations. Pocket Universe offers a second life for any creator’s story, via a medium that promises to present that creation to an entirely new audience.

Pocket Universe plans to expand our reach into the worlds of video games and animation, bringing the same quality found in our full-cast productions to the audio components of these forms of entertainment. Pocket Universe is also developing an original line of creator-owned properties for trans-media options and sales to the entertainment industry, including Mr. Dufris’ Twice Upon a Time, and Mr. Axt’s Plunder and Sight Unseen.

 
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