8th British Book in the British book challenge!

Published May 29, 2015 by mrsjennyreads

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Peter Pan

Source: Bought

Genre:Fantasy

Format: Paperback

155 pages

Childhood fantasy brought as close to life as can possibly be. No matter how old you get, you are still Peter Pan when you read this book: perpetually young. A classic of its kind, unparalleled.

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About the author

J.M. Barrie

Sir James Matthew Barrie, 1st Baronet, OM (9 May 1860 – 19 June 1937) was a Scottish author and dramatist, best remembered today as the creator of Peter Pan.

The child of a family of small-town weavers, he was educated in Scotland. He moved to London, where he developed a career as a novelist and playwright. There he met the Llewelyn Davies boys who inspired him in writing about a baby boy who has magical adventures in Kensington Gardens (included in The Little White Bird), then to write Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up, a “fairy play” about this ageless boy and an ordinary girl named Wendy who have adventures in the fantasy setting of Neverland. This play quickly overshadowed his previous work and although he continued to write successfully, it became his best-known work, credited with popularising the name Wendy, which was very uncommon previously.

Barrie unofficially adopted the Davies boys following the deaths of their parents. Before his death, he gave the rights to the Peter Pan works to Great Ormond Street Hospital, which continues to benefit from them. (less)

Seventh Book in British Book Challenge! The Bone Season By Samantha Shannon

Published May 27, 2015 by mrsjennyreads

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The Bone Season (The Bone Season #1)

Published August 20th 2013 by Bloomsbury USA

Pages:452 pages

Source: Bought

Genre:Fiction, Fantasy

Format: Hardback

This is a book that had a lot of potential, but moved a bit too slow. It seemed to have a lot of build-up for further books. Not a whole lot really happens until further into the tale and Paige seems, at times, a little more childish than strong. But, there are some interesting plots developed and a pretty fascinating world created here. I am hoping that this will be just the lead-in to a much more entertaining novel.

Three out of five stars


About the Author!


Samantha Shannon was born and raised in West London. From 2010 to 2013 she studied English Language and Literature at St Anne’s College, Oxford, where she specialised in Emily Dickinson and Principles of Film Criticism.

In 2012 she signed a book deal with Bloomsbury Publishing to publish the first three books in a seven-book series, beginning with The Bone Season. Film rights to the novel were optioned by Andy Serkis’s London-based production company The Imaginarium Studios in 2012, and acquired by Twentieth Century Fox and Chernin Studios in October 2013. The Bone Season has been translated into twenty-nine languages. Its first sequel, The Mime Order, will hit shelves on 27 January 2015.

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My interview with Melinda Salisbury author of The Sin Eater’s Daughter

Published March 17, 2015 by mrsjennyreads

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I kill with a single touch.

Twylla is blessed. The Gods have chosen her to marry a prince, and rule the kingdom. But the favour of the Gods has it’s price. A deadly poison infuses her skin. Those who anger the queen must die under Twylla’s fatal touch.

Only Lief, an outspoken new guard, can see past Twylla’s chilling role to the girls she truly is.

Yet in a court as dangerous and the queen’s, some truths should not be told…


Melinda Salisbury lives by the sea, somewhere in the south of England. As a child she genuinely thought Roald Dahl’s Matilda was her biography, in part helped by her grandfather often mistakenly calling her Matilda, and the local library having a pretty cavalier attitude to the books she borrowed. Sadly she never manifested telekinetic powers. She likes to travel, and have adventures. She also likes medieval castles, non-medieval aquariums, Richard III, and all things Scandinavian The Sin Eater’s Daughter is her first novel. She can be found on Twitter at @AHintofMystery, though be warned, she tweets often.


  My interview 🙂

  1. What’s the best thing about being an author?

It sounds really trite, but one of the best things in my life these days (though not because I’m an author) is getting to talk to other authors, and bloggers, and fans and readers, so often. I think a fair few readers, spend, or have spent, a lot of time feeling isolated and alone, so getting to be part of this entire community of people who also love reading is incredible! The Internet has gone a huge way in making it possible, and I love that I can see recommendations and discussions and thoughts and feelings across social media from readers who are as passionate and excited about books as I am.

But that moment when someone tells you they like your book is priceless. Utterly priceless. That’s the hands-down best thing about being an author, the feeling that your book did for one reader what so many books have done for you.

  1. If you could meet a author dead or alive who it would it be?

J.K. Rowling. She’s my absolute idol. I met her for a moment at the The Casual Vacancy launch at the Southbank Centre, but I’d love to sit down with her and share a bottle of wine, and just talk to her. I think she’s a gifted writer, incredible humanitarian and an absolute role-model. She’s made a huge difference to my life with her books, and I’d love to tell her so in a way that wasn’t me blurting ‘Thank you!’ and then staring maniacally at her.

  1. Do you have any book recommendations?

Hmmm… No. I can tell you some books that I love lots and lots, but as for recommending them? It’s too personal, books are too personal, so I’ll leave it up to you to read the blurbs and see if any take your fancy. I try and only recommend books to people I know very, very well, purely because books are very subjective and what sings to one person will not resonate with another.

Because of that I don’t read reviews of books before I’ve read them myself. If I like the sound of a premise, I’ll give the book a try, it’s that simple. And whether I like a book or not depends on the phase of a moon, what I’ve just read, how tired I am, what mood I’m in, whether I’m hungry, what country it’s set in – there is no precise calculation, and I assume it’s the same for everyone. I read reviews for hotels and restaurants before I go there, because I like to know if they’re safe and clean but I don’t need to know that about books. Afterwards, I’ll read reviews if I felt particularly strongly, but before that I like to go in fresh, and give the book a totally clean slate to work with.

With that in mind, some books I love a lot include:
Ali Shaw’s The Girl With Glass Feet

Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus

Eowyn Ivey’s The Snow Child

Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha Trilogy

Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go

Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell

Alexi Zentner’s Touch

Scott Lynch’s The Lies of Locke Lamora

All of the Harry Potter books

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

The Snow Spider trilogy by Jenny Nimmo

The Brides of Rollrock Island by Margo Lanagan

Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow by Peter Hoeg

The Merman by Carl-Johan Vallgren

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

The Magicians by Lev Grossman

Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Dark Matter by Michelle Paver.

Basically, I like stories set in cold places, or with magic in. Preferably both.

  1. What is your favorite Jeff Goldblum movie? Mine is Lost world 🙂

Hands down Jurassic Park. That table scene. That cocky smile. That clever, terrible, tricksy brain. That leather jacket. He’s perfection in it.

Jenny- I so agree 🙂

  1. What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?

If I could use Polyjuice potion, who would I choose to be? And I would answer it by choosing to be the current Prime Minister, for as long as it took to sort out the education, healthcare and social financing in the UK. I’d start by cutting politician’s perks and putting the funding back into public libraries and youth services. Then I’d tackle state education, then healthcare. I’d level the playing field as much as I could.

Jenny- I had so much fun with this interview, thank you so much again!


My Epic Blog tour Date has begun today for Dearest by Alethea Kontis

Published February 19, 2015 by mrsjennyreads

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Dearest by  Alethea Kontis

Published by HMH Books for Young Readers

Genres~ Fantasy, retellings, fairy tales

Pages: 320 pages

Source: Bought

Format: Hardback

An interesting amalgamation of the classics of the classic fairytales, Alethea Kontis’s Dearest offers up as much dark fun as the previous installations. It’s the story of a sweet soul fatefully finding the accursed and, together, standing in the face of a mighty malevolence that has damaged the past and threatens the future. An enchanting delight of a story, this is true fantasy fun. Kontis, I believe, may be wielding magic of her own.

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 3 Woodcutter Sisters Prize Packs (signed copies of Enchanted, Hero, & Dearest – US Only)

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Links for Enchanted

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Links for Hero

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About this author

New York Times bestselling author Alethea Kontis is a princess, a fairy godmother, and a geek. She’s known for screwing up the alphabet, scolding vampire hunters, and ranting about fairy tales on YouTube.

Her published works include: The Wonderland Alphabet (with Janet K. Lee), Diary of a Mad Scientist Garden Gnome (with Janet K. Lee), the AlphaOops series (with Bob Kolar), the Woodcutter Sisters fairy tale series, and The Dark-Hunter Companion (with Sherrilyn Kenyon). Her short fiction, essays, and poetry have appeared in a myriad of anthologies and magazines.

Her YA fairy tale novel, Enchanted, won the Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award in 2012 and the Garden State Teen Book Award i 2015. Enchanted was nominated for the Audie Award in 2013, and was selected for World Book Night in 2014. Both Enchanted and its sequel, Hero, were nominated for the Andre Norton Award.

Born in Burlington, Vermont, Alethea currently lives and writes in Florida, on the Space Coast. She makes the best baklava you’ve ever tasted and sleeps with a teddy bear named Charlie.

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Exciting Book Giveaway by Random House : Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton

Published February 10, 2015 by mrsjennyreads

About the book

The night Quin Kincaid takes her Oath, she will become what she has trained to be her entire life. She will become a Seeker. This is her legacy, and it is an honor.

As a Seeker, Quin will fight beside her two closest companions, Shinobu and John, to protect the weak and the wronged. Together they will stand for light in a shadowy world.

And she’ll be with the boy she loves–who’s also her best friend. But the night Quin takes her Oath, everything changes.

Being a Seeker is not what she thought. Her family is not what she thought. Even the boy she loves is not who she thought. And now it’s too late to walk away.

Praise for Seeker

“Fans of Veronica Roth’s Divergent, Marie Lu’s Legend, and Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games series: your next obsession has arrived.”
School Library Journal
“A tightly-woven, action-packed story of survival and adventure, Seeker is perfect for fans of Game of Thrones.”
Tahereh Mafi, author of New York Times
bestselling Shatter Me series
“Secrets, danger, and romance meet in this unforgettable epic fantasy.”
 Kami Garcia, #1 New York Times bestselling
coauthor of Beautiful Creatures & author of Unbreakable
“[A] powerful beginning to a complex family saga…Dayton excels at creating memorable characters, among them Maud, the “Young Dread,” an ageless child whose mysterious clan is linked to the Seekers.”
Publishers Weekly
This is also going to made into a movie!! Yay! Sony bought the movie rights!

Arwen Elys Dayton is hard at work on the SEEKER series, a grand YA story for Random House.

Arwen began her career as a teenage staff writer at a foundation that produced Peabody Award-winning educational shows for PBS. Soon afterward, she began writing screenplays and novels, including Sovereign’s Hold and Resurrection, the #1 Amazon bestseller in Sci-Fi in both the US and the UK.

She spends months doing research for her stories. Her explorations have taken her around the world to places like the Great Pyramid (which she explored by flashlight when researching Resurrection), Hong Kong and its many islands, and lots of ruined castles in Scotland. She enjoys creating complete worlds inhabited by characters who charm, frustrate or inspire.

Arwen lives with her husband and their three children on the West Coast of the United States. You can visit her at arwendayton.com and follow @arwenelysdayton on Twitter and Instagram, or reach her by email at arwenelysdayton@gmail.com.

She is represented by Jodi Reamer at Writers House.

Also checkout SeekerSeries.com  and twitter hashtag #SeekerSeries

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Random House is sponsoring a book giveaway for the Seeker, the giveaway ends February 17th Monday.

I was having issues with rafflecopter, so we are going to do this. Comment below why you are excited to read the seeker and I will put names in a bowl and draw. I’m sorry do this….:( I promise to be fair!

 

Interview with Katie McGarry talking about her new upcoming book No where but here

Published February 7, 2015 by mrsjennyreads

Who is this amazing writer?

KATIE MCGARRY was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, and reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.

Katie would love to hear from her readers. Contact her via her website, katielmcgarry.com, follow her on Twitter @KatieMcGarry, or become a fan on Facebook and Goodreads


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An unforgettable new series from acclaimed author Katie McGarry about taking risks, opening your heart and ending up in a place you never imagined possible.

Seventeen-year-old Emily likes her life the way it is: doting parents, good friends, good school in a safe neighborhood. Sure, she’s curious about her biological father—the one who chose life in a motorcycle club, the Reign of Terror, over being a parent—but that doesn’t mean she wants to be a part of his world. But when a reluctant visit turns to an extended summer vacation among relatives she never knew she had, one thing becomes clear: nothing is what it seems. Not the club, not her secret-keeping father and not Oz, a guy with suck-me-in blue eyes who can help her understand them both.

Oz wants one thing: to join the Reign of Terror. They’re the good guys. They protect people. They’re…family. And while Emily—the gorgeous and sheltered daughter of the club’s most respected member—is in town, he’s gonna prove it to her. So when her father asks him to keep her safe from a rival club with a score to settle, Oz knows it’s his shot at his dream. What he doesn’t count on is that Emily just might turn that dream upside down.

No one wants them to be together. But sometimes the right person is the one you least expect, and the road you fear the most is the one that leads you home.

When can you get your hands on this book?!

May 26th 2015


My interview!
1.) During your research for your new book, did you find you have a favorite bike?
Yes! While writing Nowhere But Here, I fell in love with Harley Davidson’s Softail. I also have to say I fell in love with the bikes that had ape handlebars.
2.) What were positives and negatives during your research for your book?
While writing Nowhere But Here, I had the fabulous opportunity to hang out with a motorcycle club. The positives–endless. I met some of the most amazing men and woman at this clubhouse. What impressed me the most is how even though the members are not blood related, they shared this incredible bond. They loved and treated each other like family.
Clubhouse life is a bit different than my life. There were times that I saw something that might have made my cheeks turn red or caused my mouth to gape. But overall, it was a once in a lifetime, amazing experience.
3.) What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?
Tell us your favorite moment when you were a teen with your best friend:
Playing endless hours of Crazy 8’s. My best friend had a genetic disease which often caused her to be in pain and she would stay in bed. I hated when she was in pain, but I enjoyed the hours and hours and hours we would spend reading teen magazines in bed and playing Crazy 8’s.
I loved my best friend and I miss her terribly.
Thank you Kate again for this interview!

My exciting interview with Victoria Scott author the FIRE & FLOOD series & DANTE WALKER trilogy

Published February 7, 2015 by mrsjennyreads

Who is Victoria Scott?!

Victoria Scott is the author of TITANS (Scholastic, Spring 2016), the FIRE & FLOOD series (Scholastic), and the DANTE WALKER trilogy (Entangled Teen). Her books have been bought and translated in eleven foreign markets, and she is represented by Sara Crowe.

Victoria lives in Dallas with her husband and hearts cotton candy something fierce

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In Fire & Flood, Tella Holloway faced a dangerous trek through the jungle and across the desert, all to remain a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed for a chance at obtaining the Cure for her brother. She can’t quit–she has to win the race, save Cody, and then fight to make sure the race stops before it can claim any more lives. In the next legs of the race, across the ocean and over mountains, Tella will face frostbite, sharks, avalanche, and twisted new rules in the race.

But what if the danger is deeper than that? How do you know who to trust when everyone’s keeping secrets? What do you do when the person you’d relied on most suddenly isn’t there for support? How do you weigh one life against another?

The race is coming to an end, and Tella is running out of time, resources, and strength. At the start of the race there were one hundred twenty-two Contenders. As Tella and her remaining friends start the final part of the race, just forty-one are left–and only one can win.

When this awesome book coming out??!! February 24th 2015 🙂

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The Interview :

1.  What’s the best thing about being an author?
Hands down, meeting readers. Their enthusiasm is infectious and drives me to work harder.
2.  Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
I love everything by Rae Carson and Courtney Summers.
3. If you meet a author dead or alive who would it be?
That dream has already actualized. I’d always wanted to meet R.L. Stine, and last year it happened!
4. What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Believing that what you’re working on is worthy of publication. That blind faith never gets easier.
5.What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?
Hmm, how about: Victoria, what is your favorite dessert?
Answer: Warm oatmeal chocolate chip cookies!
Thank you so much Victoria! 🙂

Epic Interview with Kristi Charish author of Owl and the Japanese Circus

Published February 4, 2015 by mrsjennyreads

Who is Kristi Charish?

Kristi is the author of OWL AND THE JAPANESE CIRCUS (Jan 13th, 2015, Simon and Schuster Canada/Pocket Books), an urban fantasy about a modern-day “Indiana Jane” who reluctantly navigates the hidden supernatural world. She writes what she loves; adventure heavy stories featuring strong, savvy female protagonists, pop culture, and the occasional RPG fantasy game thrown in the mix. The second installment, OWL AND THE CITY OF ANGELS, is scheduled for release Jan 2016. Her second urban fantasy series, KINCAID STRANGE (Random House Canada), about a voodoo practioner living in Seattle, is scheduled for release mid 2016.

Kristi is also a scientist with a BSc and MSc from Simon Fraser University in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry and a PhD in Zoology from the University of British Columbia. Her specialties are genetics, cell biology, and molecular biology, all of which she draws upon in her writing. She is represented by Carolyn Forde at Westwood Creative Artists.

Where can you find Kristi?
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Fans of Kim Harrison, Jim Butcher, and Linda Hamilton will flock to the kick-ass world of Owl, a modern-day “Indiana Jane” who reluctantly navigates the hidden supernatural world.

Ex-archaeology grad student turned international antiquities thief, Alix—better known now as Owl—has one rule. No supernatural jobs. Ever. Until she crosses paths with Mr. Kurosawa, a red dragon who owns and runs the Japanese Circus Casino in Las Vegas. He insists Owl retrieve an artifact stolen three thousand years ago, and makes her an offer she can’t refuse: he’ll get rid of a pack of vampires that want her dead. A dragon is about the only entity on the planet that can deliver on Owl’s vampire problem – and let’s face it, dragons are known to eat the odd thief.

Owl retraces the steps of Mr. Kurosawa’s ancient thief from Japan to Bali with the help of her best friend, Nadya, and an attractive mercenary. As it turns out though, finding the scroll is the least of her worries. When she figures out one of Mr. Kurosawa’s trusted advisors is orchestrating a plan to use a weapon powerful enough to wipe out a city, things go to hell in a hand basket fast…and Owl has to pick sides

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My Epic Interview

  1. Obviously, there are many points of inspiration that brought you to this story. What are they?

KC: I’d been struggling with third person narrative for a while and really wanted to try writing in first person. I had just finished a writing prompt exercise (where the prompt was ‘When death’s clowns came for me’) and also just finished reading a mystery novel called ‘The Water Rat of Wanchai’ by Ian Hamilton (Ava Lee series). It was the first mystery I’d read in a while and I thought ‘wouldn’t it be great to write something like that!’ Prompt and mystery novel idea in hand, I started writing about an antiquities thief…

With absolutely no monsters, this was going to be a normal book, a break from fantasy…

That lasted all of twenty pages when I realized I’d accidentally written a dragon into the novel.

After that the list of influences are topped by 80’s style adventure movies. Indiana Jones, The Mummy, and Big Trouble in Little China are all up there.

  1. What made you choose the name Owl?

KC: I’d actually been playing Dragon Age 2 where the main character was named Hawke. I thought what a great way to name a character! When I came to naming Alix, Owl was the first thing that popped into mind and I liked the imagery that went with it- especially for an unconventional thief.

There’s also a double play on Owl as in Japanese mythology/culture Owls symbolize luck and offer protection against suffering…something Alix needs and kind of what this whole thieving career is helping her escape.

 

  1. Any connection between the Dragon, Mr. Kurosawa, and the legendary Japanese filmmaker of the same name?

KC: No, but that’s a good one! I actually picked Kurosawa for the loose translation of ‘black swamp’ as I thought it fitting for a dragon.

  1. A vampire-eating dragon? Very creative. Who is your favorite dragon, and if you could have she/he eat any well-known vampire, who would it be?

KC: I’m staying away from the obvious choice here…Is there anyway we can flip it around and make Edward kill Barney?? That I’d pay to see, only for the comedic value of watching Edward cry…no wait, Barney is a dinosaur…We can make an exception just this once though? Right?

Seriously though my favorite Dragon is Draco from Dragonheart. And as for Vampires? Lestat’s time has come. He’s had a good run but it’s time to fade;-)

  1. Who is your favorite fantasy author?

KC: Only one? This is going hurt…

Kelley Armstrong. And for book I’ll go with Haunted (hard to pick one out of the Women of the Otherworld Series but I adore Eve)

Other authors who’s work I devour: Kim Harrison, Cherie Priest, Diana Rowland (White Trash Zombie), Patricia Briggs, Anne McCaffery, Jim Butcher, Diana Rowland, Richelle Meade (Succubus Blues), and Carrie Vaughn.

  1. If you could pick any film director to make Owl and the Japanese Circus into a film, who would it be?

KC: Easy. Guillermo del Toro. The Hell Boy Goblin Market and Pan’s Labyrinth all the way. Next questionJ

  1. Which actress would you want for your heroine?

KC: Hmmmm….since this is fantasy-casting land here, let’s go with a toss up between Jennifer Lawrence and Ellen Page. I’m convinced both/either of them could slug back beer, play video games, and dungeon crawl with the best of them.

  1. If you could read only one author for the rest of your life, who would it be?

KC: …Shoot me now? Man, I’m tempted to say James Clavell but I’ve read all his stuff multiple times so no go there…

Nope can’t do it. Can’t take just one. You’ll have to pry my kindle out of my cold, dead hands 😉

 

  1. What can we expect for the future of Owl?

The second book in the OWL series, OWL AND THE CITY OF ANGELS is handed in and set for release Jan 2016 (last time I checked). Unfortunately I can’t say too much about the plot for OWL AND THE CITY OF ANGELS (yet) except it sees Owl settling into her new job as a contract thief for Vegas mogul Mr. Kurosawa (with mixed results) when he sets his sights on a trio of artifacts sitting in a Los Angeles recluse’s private collection. Owl is sent to fetch them and finds out that the City of Angels is anything but.

  1. Which musical artist would compose and perform the soundtrack of Owl’s epic life?

KC: Ha! Oh man, that’s putting me on the spot. I’m all about choices so I’ll list the top three that come to mind!

  • Asteroids Galaxy Tour
  • Fall Out Boy
  • Imagine Dragons 

Author Interview : Sara Raasch author of Snow like ashes

Published February 3, 2015 by mrsjennyreads

Who is Sara Raasch?

Sara Raasch has known she was destined for bookish things since the age of five, when her friends had a lemonade stand and she tagged along to sell her hand-drawn picture books too. Not much has changed since then — her friends still cock concerned eyebrows when she attempts to draw things and her enthusiasm for the written word still drives her to extreme measures. Her debut YA fantasy, SNOW LIKE ASHES, came out October 14, 2014 from Balzer + Bray, and the sequel, ICE LIKE FIRE, comes out October 13, 2015. Neither features her hand-drawn pictures.
SLA Summary:
Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.
Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend and future king, Mather—she would do anything to help Winter rise to power again.
So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore their magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers and fighting enemy soldiers just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics—and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.
Sara Raasch’s debut fantasy is a lightning-fast tale of loyalty, love, and finding one’s destiny.

My interview with Sara

1. What inspired you to write Snow like ashes?
I get this question a lot, and I never cease to feel super lame for answering it . . . because I don’t remember! I started writing SLA when I was twelve, so all I remember is that I wanted to write a book where “winter” was perceived as the “good guys.”
 2. What is your favorite part of the book?
The action scenes! I love writing action scenes of every kind: one-on-one fights, battles, even practice sessions. The more heart-pumping, the better!
3. If there a author you would like to meet dead or alive who would it be?
My all time favorite author is Sharon Shinn — she’s an adult fantasy author and I adore her works!
4.What are your favorite books or authors?
Well, I kind of answered this above, but I’ll expand: my favorite of Sharon Shinn’s books is the Twelve Houses series. Her fantasy world is so immersive!
5.What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?
I get asked a lot of really awesome questions — bloggers always do a great job of being unique and fun. No regrets!
Thank you so much for having me!
Thank you Sara again! 🙂

About her book:

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Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.
Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend and future king, Mather—she would do anything to help Winter rise to power again.
So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore their magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers and fighting enemy soldiers just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics—and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.
Sara Raasch’s debut fantasy is a lightning-fast tale of loyalty, love, and finding one’s destiny.
Look for the sequel, ICE LIKE FIRE, coming October 13, 2015!

Sixth book British Book Challenge Awakenings by Oliver Sacks

Published February 2, 2015 by mrsjennyreads

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Awakenings by Oliver Sacks

Published by Vintage

Genres~ Non Fiction, Science, Psychology, Health and Medicine, NeuroScience

Pages: 464

Source: Bought

Format: Paper Back

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My husband bought this book and he has great taste in books. I decided to read this for the challenge. I’ve noticed there are a lot of books out now about disease. Its like the new fad. I have a condition called papilledma. Its not deadly, which I am blessed by GOD for that. I don’t like reading about people suffering because I know how it feels. I have watched enough people be sick and I don’t want to read about it. That’s my personal choice. But this book was very insightful.

I am very blessed to have a husband that God blessed me with to support me. I love you Jacob

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Awakenings is a very moving tale. It is Sacks’s opus about the encephalitis lethargica virus. Very dramatic and full of heart, we suffer with Sacks as he suffers with his patients as they experience an awakening from their catatonic trances after he gives them L-DOPA. We then watch the journey for those who can adjust and those who cannot. A very touching book of not just medicine and science, but of hope and compassion.

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Oliver Wolf Sacks, CBE (born July 9, 1933, London), is a British neurologist residing in the United States, who has written popular books about his patients, the most famous of which is Awakenings, which was adapted into a film of the same name starring Robin Williams and Robert De Niro.

Sacks was the youngest of four children born to a prosperous North London Jewish couple: Sam, a physician, and Elsie, a surgeon. When he was six years old, he and his brother were evacuated from London to escape The Blitz, retreating to a boarding school in the Midlands, where he remained until 1943. During his youth, he was a keen amateur chemist, as recalled in his memoir Uncle Tungsten. He also learned to share his parents’ enthusiasm for medicine and entered The Queen’s College, Oxford University in 1951, from which he received a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in physiology and biology in 1954. At the same institution, he went on to earn in 1958, a Master of Arts (MA) and an MB ChB in chemistry, thereby qualifying to practice medicine.

After converting his British qualifications to American recognition (i.e., an MD as opposed to MB ChB), Sacks moved to New York, where he has lived since 1965, and taken twice weekly therapy sessions since 1966.

Sacks began consulting at chronic care facility Beth Abraham Hospital (now Beth Abraham Health Service) in 1966. At Beth Abraham, Sacks worked with a group of survivors of the 1920s sleeping sickness, encephalitis lethargica, who had been unable to move on their own for decades. These patients and his treatment of them were the basis of Sacks’ book Awakenings.

His work at Beth Abraham helped provide the foundation on which the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function (IMNF), where Sacks is currently an honorary medical advisor, is built. In 2000, IMNF honored Sacks, its founder, with its first Music Has Power Award. The IMNF again bestowed a Music Has Power Award on Sacks in 2006 to commemorate “his 40 years at Beth Abraham and honor his outstanding contributions in support of music therapy and the effect of music on the human brain and mind”.

Sacks was formerly employed as a clinical professor of neurology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and at the New York University School of Medicine, serving the latter school for 42 years. On 1 July 2007, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons appointed Sacks to a position as professor of clinical neurology and clinical psychiatry, at the same time opening to him a new position as “artist”, which the university hoped will help interconnect disciplines such as medicine, law, and economics. Sacks remains a consultant neurologist to the Little Sisters of the Poor, and maintains a practice in New York City.

Since 1996, Sacks is a member of The American Academy of Arts and Letters (Literature). In 1999, Sacks became a Fellow of the New York Academy of Sciences. Also in 1999, he became an Honorary Fellow at The Queen’s College, Oxford. In 2002, he became Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (Class IV—Humanities and Arts, Section 4—Literature).[38] and he was awarded the 2001 Lewis Thomas Prize by Rockefeller University. Sacks has been awarded honorary doctorates from the College of Staten Island (1991), Tufts University (1991), New York Medical College (1991), Georgetown University (1992), Medical College of Pennsylvania (1992), Bard College (1992), Queen’s University (Ontario) (2001), Gallaudet University (2005), University of Oxford (2005), Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (2006). He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2008 Birthday Honours. Asteroid 84928 Oliversacks, discovered in 2003 and 2 miles (3.2 km) in diameter, has been named in his honor.

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