Blog Tour: The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer by Laxmi Hariharan

Here’s another blog tour and giveaway for you guys! Today we’re featuring The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer by Amazon bestselling author Laxmi Hariharan. I’ve had Laxmi’s book The Destiny of Shaitan on my to-read list since forever so I really wanted to help spread the word about her latest book.

The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer is a character-driven YA thriller with an awesome female protagonist who’s set to take Bombay by storm, even if it means putting her life in the balance.

Read more about the book and check out the blog tour giveaway for a chance to win ebooks, signed paperbacks and a $25 Amazon gift card!

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Spotlight: Meritropolis by Joel Ohman

In Meritropolis everyone is assigned a numerical Score that decides their worth to society and whether they live or die. After a young boy is killed because of a low Score, his brother plots to take down the System.

Sounds good, right? Well, this exciting YA Dystopia is on sale for just 99 cents Thursday, November 27 through Monday, December 1. You can pick up your copy on Amazon.

To celebrate, we are offering a giveaway for an autographed copy and a $100 Amazon gift card—hooray!

Read on for an interview with Joel Ohman, the author of the book critics are calling, “The Hunger Games meets The Village with a young Jack Reacher as a protagonist”, then scroll to the end of this post to learn more about the book and the giveaway. Happy reading, and good luck!

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The Definitive Guide to Banned Books Vol. 1 [Infographic]

This is a wayyy late for Banned Books Week, but it’s still pretty interesting. Check out this infographic below.

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Review of Paths of Alir by Melissa McPhail

Paths of Alir is the third book in Melissa McPhail’s A Pattern of Shadow and Light Series. This series has really become one of my favorite fantasies so far. I read and reviewed book one, Cephrael’s Hand, last year and also posted about book two, The Dagger of Adendigaeth, just the other day as part of the massive blog tour that’s running through November 9th.

Read on for my thoughts on Paths of Alir and then check out the blog tour details to see what you can win during the tour!

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Review of The Dagger of Adendigaeth by Melissa McPhail

The Dagger of Adendigaeth is the second book in Melissa McPhail’s A Pattern of Shadow and Light series. I read the first book, Cephrael’s Hand, last year (absolutely loved it, by the way) and even read the book again for this year’s blog tour. I talked about the 3 things I loved about Cephrael’s Hand for my tour post.

Fresh from re-reading Cephrael’s Hand, I was more than ready to dive into book two. The timing was just perfect because the third book, Paths of Alir, came out this month and I’m also posting a review of that book for this tour! Yay!

Anyway, read on for my thoughts on The Dagger of Adendigaeth and enter the blog tour giveaway! You can win a $50 Amazon gift card or an autographed copy of The Dagger of Adendigaeth! It’s awesome, right? ;)

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Book Blast & Giveaway: Shadows of Ghosts by Stefan Haucke

Today we’re featuring Shadows of Ghosts by author Stefan Haucke. This blog tour runs through November 7. There are awesome prizes for the tour: one randomly chosen winner via Rafflecopter will win a $50 Amazon/ gift card and one randomly chosen host will receive a $25 Amazon/ gift card.

Read more about the book and get to know more about the author through a short interview.  Then enjoy an excerpt from Shadows of Ghosts!

Shadows of GhostsAbout Shadows of Ghosts

Shadows of Ghosts carries readers to Enara, a kingdom at war with itself, where for centuries centaurs have been treated like animals because of their horse-like lower bodies; they’ve been forced to work as slaves in the southern agricultural provinces, and have been bought and sold like livestock. But a strong abolitionist faction has convinced many that centaurs’ human torsos, heads, and intellectual abilities make them humans, who should be liberated from slavery and granted the same rights as any other person.

After four years of being forced to live in a remote village and having to keep his real identity a secret, Cal Lanshire, days away from his thirteenth birthday, is given the best birthday present he can imagine. He is told the war is almost over and he will soon be allowed to return home.

But then an old acquaintance unexpectedly arrives with news that changes everything. Cal’s father, the king, has been assassinated.

Suddenly the outcome of the war and the very fate of the kingdom depend upon Cal being able to reach the capital where he will take his father’s place.

With only his crafty best friend by his side and an escaped centaur slave to guide him, can Cal make it through an enchanted, hostile wilderness, past the assassins sent to kill him, and back to the capital before it’s too late?

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Book Spotlight: Ennara and the Book of Shadows by Angela Myron

Ennara and the Book of Shadows

Today we’re featuring the middle grade fantasy book Ennara and the Book of Shadows by author Angela Myron. I hate that I can’t do any review tours because I’m a big reading and blogging delinquent, but at least I can help out by putting the spotlight on these interesting books!

Read more about Ennarra and the Book of Shadows and check out the cool prizes — including dragon earcuffs!! — that the author is giving away as part of the tour! The giveaway is open to anyone in the world.

About the book

When strange accidents start happening around thirteen year-old necromancer Ennara and her friends, she must search for the mysterious stolen artifacts causing the attacks while learning the highest form of magic–the spells that could prevent the fruition of a terrible prophecy.

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Spotlight: Mobsters, Monsters & Nazis by Dan O’Brien

Dan OBrien Mobsters Monsters & Nazis 1Today we’re putting the spotlight on Dan O’Brien’s latest project: Mobsters, Monsters & Nazis: a collaboration between the author and Steve Ferchaud, who illustrated Conspirators of the Lost Sock Army and the Loose Change Collection Agency.

About Mobsters, Monsters & Nazis:

Blending noir, hardboiled detective stories, and pulp comics, Mobsters, Monsters & Nazis follows private investigator Derrick Diamond as he searches for an elusive object: a strange device that the Nazis need for their nefarious experiments. Aided by Ava Harpy, a lounge singer at the Yellow Monarch, they dive deep into the underbelly of the city, uncovering a sordid plot that is much larger than they could have possibly imagined.

If you love illustrated works, pulp comics, and a little bit of Lovecraft in your stories, then what are you waiting for?

Today we’re also revealing sketches for some of the interior illustrations (which will be black and white) of the first issue. Mobsters, Monsters & Nazis will be released as six issues (eBooks) starting on Halloween. It is influenced by film noir, pulp comics, and an abiding love of Lovecraft. It is now available for pre-order and author Dan O’Brien will be promoting it heavily starting October. He would love to hear what you think of it so far! Visit him at his blog, on Twitter, or follow him on Goodreads.

Check out the sketches below.

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Books to Movies: Stardust

Stardust by Neil GaimanBasic info.  The novel Stardust was written by renowned author Neil Gaiman and was first published in 1999. The movie came out in 2007 with an all-star cast that includes Claire Danes, Charlie Cox, Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert de Niro, Mark Strong, and more.

What’s the story? To prove his love, Tristan, a young man from a small English village, makes a promise to Victoria, the village beauty, to retrieve a falling star. He goes beyond the wall separating the village from the forest and finds himself in an entirely different world. Not only that, the fallen star turns out to be a young woman named Yvaine and she’s also being hunted by two other parties – three witches who want her heart to make them young again and the dead king’s sons who are after the throne.

Which one did I experience first? I saw the movie first. I don’t think I was even really interested in the book. I know Neil Gaiman is a great writer but I have never even read any of his work prior to Stardust. I know, I’m terrible. I currently have two of his books though but I haven’t gotten around to any of them. I know, I am the worst.

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Apartment Stuff: Spicing up a whole lotta wall space

We interrupt this program to present a feature post about prettifying empty wall spaces with cutesy artsy sticker things! 

We have a lot of empty walls in our apartment. Most of the time I kinda like it that way – I love white space! – but I think we’ll be putting up a few photos and what not in some of the spaces soon. We have yet to have some of our wedding photos printed up and framed. I know, it’s been forever, but it’s something we plan to do before the year ends. It would be nice to have a few family photos on our walls, especially on the wall near the living room. I vant a typical Filipino wall filled with photos!

Another option would be to get one of those wall decals or something. I usually see those things being featured on baby’s rooms or kids’ rooms, which I guess makes more sense since babies and kiddies need to be engaged or stimulated by their environment. I see a lot of these things on DIY blogs or on Etsy and they’re really cute.

wall sticker

I like the measuring thing on the left but the one on the right is adorable too.

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