Book Tours

Review + Giveaway: Moa & Statue of Ku by Tricia Steward Shu

This week we have a blog tour for Moa and Statue of Ku by Tricia Stewart Shiu. Moa and Statue of Ku are the first two books of the Moa series and for this blog tour I received review copies of both books. As with all Novel Publicity blog tours, there are some fabulous goodies to be won (Ahem, $600 in Amazon Gift Cards plus a Kindle Fire!), so be sure to check out the giveaway details in this post!

Review of The Grimoire: Lichgates by S.M. Boyce

About the book

The Grimoire is an old magical book that answers only to one person and it has chosen Kara Magari, who accidentally stumbles across it during a hike. When she opens the book, she suddenly finds herself in Ourea, a beautiful yet terrifying world  full of creatures that all want the book and its secrets. Kara suddenly becomes a most wanted person in this hidden magical world. By chance she meets Braeden Drakonin, a man who’s hiding something and has been looking for the book all his life. He can’t believe his luck when Kara comes into his life. Braeden only has one question for the Grimoire–one question that can fix everything in his broken life–and he’s not letting Kara out of his sight until he gets an answer. For Kara, there’s no way out of Ourea and she has no choice but to trust the Grimoire. — Get The Grimoire on Amazon.

I first found out about this book when I was browsing the giveaway page on Goodreads (awesome way to find book giveaways, by the way!). I saw the book and read the blurb. It had me at book and magic! I was feeling all book-blogger-ish and was interested in a book about a book. Plus it had magic stuff. And the title itself challenged me. Gree-mo-war? Grim-war? Gree-mee? Pronunciation challenge! :D

Mini Giveaway: $25 Amazon Gift Card up for grabs (An Offering to the Giveaway Gods)

I’ve blogged about my luck in giveaways several times and I know I’ve been saying I should host my own giveaway soon. I’ve been putting it off for a while because I wanted to give away something big but then I couldn’t really afford the big I had in mind. Ever since I jumped ship, or rather, threw myself overboard and got on my own little rowboat of dreams, I’ve been trying to minimize my spending since I no longer have a spiffy corporate job. It ain’t easy when you’re a fledgling freelancer, folks, and I get by with a little help from my friends. [intro Beatles song]

Book Review: Farsighted by Emlyn Chand

I got this book from Amazon when it was free for a brief period. I saw a link about it on Twitter and since I’m a sucker for free books, I downloaded it. I wasn’t able to get to it for weeks though. I finally gave it a go since I’ve been reading about it everywhere on my newsfeeds.

Farsighted by Emlyn Chand is about Alex, blind since birth and deemed an outcast by his peers. He has no friends until a nice new girl comes to town. Simmi sincerely wants to be friends with Alex and things starts to look up. Unfortunately for Alex, he also discovers a new ability. He has “visions” of the future and sometimes it gets him in awkward situations. No matter how hard he tries, Alex can’t escape his new ability, especially when he starts seeing visions of Simmi in danger. Alex gains the help of new friends and discovers more about his new sight. This book is about his journey to change the events in his visions. — Check out Farsighted on Goodreads.

Thicker than water: The House of Order by John Paul Jaramillo

I like short stories, especially the ones that don’t really follow a certain formula or end with a sound resolution because these are the ones that can make you think and speculate about the story or the characters. Good short stories leave me dwelling on them long after I’ve read them. Most of the stories in The House of Order are no exception.

The House of Order, the first collection of composite stories by John Paul Jaramillo, presents a stark vision of American childhood and family, set in Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico. Manito Ortiz sorts family truth from legend as broken as the steel industry and the rusting vehicles that line Spruce Street. The only access to his lost family’s story is his uncle, the unreliable Neto Ortiz.