Wednesday, July 3, 2013

swoon thursday | 4 - Dark Triumph

Swoon Thursday
Swoon Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by YA Bound to share your swoon-inducing bookish moments. Also, shout it out on Twitter with the hashtag #YABound.

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Dark Triumph
by: R. L. LaFevers | Website | Twitter
Series: His Fair Assassin #2
Page: 164

Then d'Albret's men are hard upon us. Resigned, Beast draws the sword from his back with his right hand while his left closes around the handle of the ax. "I will not let them take you alive."

Of all the things he could have said, that is the one thing that comforts me the most. "Nor I you," I say around a strange lump that has formed in my throat.

Kind of a non-traditional swoon.One of those that needs the story leading up to it, but I immediately noted the page number when I read Beast's line. Nothing quite like a protective knight!

For those wanting a little more...
Page: 318

He places me on the ground but does not remove his arms. Instead, he leans in and sets his mouth to mine. It is a lusty kiss, full of joy and triumph and victory. But after a moment, triumph gives way to something else. Something wonderous and fragile.

Beast's hands slide up my waist, firm and solid at my back, a buttress that will not give way, no matter what comes.

Have you read a great swoony scene lately? Let me know below!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

waiting on wednesday | 11 - The Transfer

Waiting on Wednesday
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we can't wait to get in our hands.

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The Transfer:
A Divergent Story

by: Veronica Roth | Website | Twitter

Publication Date: September 24, 2013
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Series: Divergent #0.1

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Summary: More Four! Fans of the Divergent series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth will be thrilled by "The Transfer," the first of four new short stories told from Four’s perspective. Each brief story explores the world of the Divergent series through the eyes of the mysterious but charismatic Tobias Eaton, revealing previously unknown facets of his personality, backstory, and relationships.

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Why the WOW: When I first read about these e-novellas on Veronica Roth's blog, I think there might have been a fist pump, followed by goofy smiling. I am beyond excited to read about Four! Last year's Free Four was a little nugget of Four, and I can't wait for more of his voice, history, and thoughts.

There will be four e-novellas after its all said and done. The Transfer, The Initiate, The Son, and The Traitor. Each are listed as 30 pages each, but what I'm assuming is a paperback onmibus of all four (Four: A Divergent Story Collection, Feb. 11, 2014) is listed as having 208 pages? I don't know if my math skills are working properly. (30 x 4 = 208 ???) More bonus material? Yes, please!

In other Divergent news…Have you guys seen the stills from the movie? And the first footage will be shown at Comic Con. Can't wait for this movie!

What are you waiting for?

books signings - fierce reads recap | 2

Fierce Reads Spring Book Tour

Featuring: Leigh Bardugo | Anna Banks | Emmy Laybourne | Jessica Brody
Date: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 @ 6pm | Memphis, TN | The Booksellers at Laurelwood

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This is a little late, but I still wanted to share the awesome road trip to the Fierce Reads event in Memphis, TN back in June. Side note: The blog has been a little neglected due to real life getting a little hectic. New website launch at work, and getting on the computer at home just didn't sound fun. And, I'm in the process of buying a house, a fixer-upper at that. I lovingly refer to it as my HGTV house. So, a lot of work ahead of me.

Back to the event, it was held by The Booksellers at Laurelwood. This was the second time I've gone to an event there, and the staff always does a great job with the moderators and refreshments. Books, authors, and cupcakes! Great bookstore to visit if you ever find yourself in Memphis.

Leigh Bardugo, Anna Banks, Emmy Laybourne, and Jessica Brody were all there promoting their latest books. While I had only read the Grisha books and Of Poseidon, all the authors were interesting to listen to. Emmy revealed that she has some bizarre first date questions that deal with survival scenarios. Imagine a first date asking you, if a major disaster happens how would you survive? That is beyond hilarious, but I bet it shed some light on the date's personality. Also according to Jessica, if you read her book, you'll apparently never be able to passively walk through a Target, Sam's, or Costco.

Unremembered sounds intriguing, reminded me slightly of Lost, one of my all time favorite TV shows, with the twists of memory loss and supernatural powers. But couldn't you possibly see the Lost writers eventually adding these elements if the seasons went any further? Yes. Picked up the first chapters in printed form, which was the first time I had ever seen this promo tool. Ingenious!

Now for my true drawl to the event, Leigh Bardugo and the Grisha Trilogy. For a week, I was fingerling about Siege and Storm and getting to hear Leigh speak. She did not disappoint, there was great insight to the characters and story. One question and answer that nearly had me rolling on the floor, Anything funny surrounding your book or tour? Leigh stated that she had been on Tumbler a lot lately and had come across some smutty fanfic, eliciting the response of "Uoh, my babies!"

The event was well-organized and definitely worth the drive over. Great questions by the audience (the linchpin to any event, in my opinion). All the authors were having fun and enjoying the tour, very visible from the audience. Thanks to MacMillian and Fierce Reads (who by the way has the best sway ever! Posters, bookmarks, a Shadow and Bone button "Whatever. Summon This.", and a bag!)

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