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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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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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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.

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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 

The third book to this magical series coming out next month! YAY!

Published January 21, 2015 by mrsjennyreads

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In her third book about the delightful Woodcutter sisters, Alethea Kontis masterfully weaves “The Wild Swans,” “The Goose Girl,” and a few other fine-feathered fairy tales into a magical, romantic companion novel to Enchanted and Hero.

Readers met the Woodcutter sisters (named after the days of the week) in Enchanted and Hero. In this delightful third book, Alethea Kontis weaves together some fine-feathered fairy tales to focus on Friday Woodcutter, the kind and loving seamstress. When Friday stumbles upon seven sleeping brothers in her sister Sunday’s palace, she takes one look at Tristan and knows he’s her future. But the brothers are cursed to be swans by day. Can Friday’s unique magic somehow break the spell?


Alethea Kontis

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, the Sand Point romance novel 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, 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.You can find Princess Alethea online at: http://www.aletheakontis.com.

I love her youtube channel!


Her new book comes out  February 3rd 2015. Trust me if you like fairy tales you would LOVE HER BOOKS!!!

Look at this amazing cover of this book! :)

Published January 20, 2015 by mrsjennyreads

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Kai always believed the only danger to the city came from within. Now, with a rebel force threatening the fragile government, the walls have become more of a prison than ever.

To make matters worse, as Avan explores his new identity as an Infinite, Kai struggles to remind him what it means to be human. And she fears her brother, Reev, is involved with the rebels. With the two people she cares about most on opposite sides of a brewing war, Kai will do whatever it takes to bring peace. But she’s lost her power to manipulate the threads of time, and she learns that a civil war might be the beginning of something far worse that will crumble not only Ninurta’s walls but also the entire city.

In this thrilling sequel to Gates of Thread and Stone, Kai must decide how much of her humanity she’s willing to lose to protect the only family she’s ever known.

This book comes out March 10th 2015

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About this author


Lori is an avid writer, reader, artist, and lover of unicorns. She should probably spend less time on the internet (but she won’t). She has a borderline obsessive fascination with unicorns, is fond of talking in capslock, and loves to write about magic, manipulation, and family. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband, kids, and a friendly pitbull.

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