Publisher: Disney Hyperion

WoW [99]

Posted March 8, 2017 by Lizzie in Meme / 1 Comment

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday (aka: WoW) is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine, spotlighting releases we are waiting for eagerly.

This Week’s Victim Pick….

WoW [99]A Fiendish Arrangement by Alexandra Bracken
Series: The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding #1
Published by Disney Hyperion on September 5th 2017
Genres: Middle Grade, Fantasy
Pages: 272
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"I would say it's a pleasure to meet thee, Prosperity Oceanus Redding, but truly, I only anticipate the delights of destroying thy happiness."
Prosper is the only unexceptional Redding in his old and storied family history — that is, until he discovers the demon living inside him. Turns out Prosper's great-great-great-great-great-something grandfather made — and then broke — a contract with a malefactor, a demon who exchanges fortune for eternal servitude. And, weirdly enough, four-thousand-year-old Alastor isn't exactly the forgiving type.
The fiend has reawakened with one purpose — to destroy the family whose success he ensured and who then betrayed him. With only days to break the curse and banish Alastor back to the demon realm, Prosper is playing unwilling host to the fiend, who delights in tormenting him with nasty insults and constant attempts trick him into a contract. Yeah, Prosper will take his future without a side of eternal servitude, thanks.
Little does Prosper know, the malefactor's control over his body grows stronger with each passing night, and there's a lot Alastor isn't telling his dim-witted (but admittedly strong-willed) human host.
From #1 New York Times best-selling author Alexandra Bracken comes a tale of betrayal and revenge, of old hurts passed down from generation to generation. Can you ever fully right a wrong, ever truly escape your history? Or will Prosper and Alastor be doomed to repeat it?

My Thoughts

First off, did you know Alexandra Bracken was writing this?! I didn’t! It sounds AMAZING! I’m a massive middle grade fan, every summer I always get the urge to read a fun adventure story and this pick sounds like an awesome cross between a western fantasy and I want it. The narration style is totally different than any other Bracken book too, it sounds really witty! I’m curious how the entire tone will sound since this is her first middle grade. Either way, two Bracken books in one year? Yes please!

And now…over to you: what book are you waiting to release? Link me up and I’ll try my best to drop by! 🙂

Lizzie
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Blog Tour: Spindle [Guest Post & Giveaway]

Posted December 9, 2016 by Stephanie in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Guest Post / 6 Comments

Blog Tour: Spindle [Guest Post & Giveaway]

Blog Tour: Spindle [Guest Post & Giveaway]Spindle by E.K. Johnston
Series: A Thousand Nights #2
on December 6th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retelling
Pages: 368
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The world is made safe by a woman...but it is a very big world.
It has been generations since the Storyteller Queen drove the demon out of her husband and saved her country from fire and blood. Her family has prospered beyond the borders of their village, and two new kingdoms have sprouted on either side of the mountains where the demons are kept prisoner by bright iron, and by the creatures the Storyteller Queen made to keep them contained.
But the prison is crumbling. Through years of careful manipulation, a demon has regained her power. She has made one kingdom strong and brought the other to its knees, waiting for the perfect moment to strike. When a princess is born, the demon is ready with the final blow: a curse that will cost the princess her very soul, or force her to destroy her own people to save her life.
The threads of magic are tightly spun, binding princess and exiled spinners into a desperate plot to break the curse before the demon can become a queen of men. But the web of power is dangerously tangled--and they may not see the true pattern until it is unspooled.

Guest Post

Tell us about your inspiration behind Spindle!

So back in 2012, I had just sold The Story of Owen and I was looking around for what I should do if I wanted to make a career of this writing thing. Though I would shortly get sidetracked by Exit, Pursued By A Bear, I was thinking about fairy-tale retellings.

I really, really love retellings. I love the straight-up ones, I love the trope-inversion ones, I love the ones that take place in space. I love them because the stories are so familiar, but we have changed, and so the story changes with us.

I love Sleeping Beauty a lot, but when I as little I was always perplexed by the King and Queen’s decision NOT to tell their daughter about her curse. I don’t have children, but I like to imagine that if I did, and if they had been cursed by a fairy to prick their finger on a spinning wheel and die, I would, from the time they were quite young, be all “This is a spinning wheel. NEVER TOUCH IT.” I wanted to write the story where the girl knows all the information.

Later, when I was at university for archaeology and learned about textile production, I realized that if you tell a pre-industrial society they can’t spin, they starve to death, because all of their food money goes to clothing instead.

Finally, one night I was at my friends’ house, and we were playing Settlers of Catan. Rachel dealt the board, and the three of us looked at it, and it was TERRIBLE. She was all “I’m going to deal again” and I was all “Wait, let me take a picture first!”, and that was the final piece. (It also turned out to be an excellent map in the book itself, which is a total career goal.)

About the Authorspindle-author

E.K. Johnston had several jobs and one vocation before she became a published writer. If she’s learned anything, it’s that things turn out weird sometimes, and there’s not a lot you can do about it. Well, that and how to muscle through awkward fanfic because it’s about a pairing she likes.

Her books range from contemporary fantasy (The Story of Owen, Prairie Fire), to fairy-tale reimaginings (A Thousand Nights, Spindle), and from small town Ontario (Exit, Pursued By A Bear), to a galaxy far, far away (Star Wars: Ahsoka). She has no plans to rein anything in.

You can follow Kate on Twitter (@ek_johnston) to learn more about Alderaanian political theory than you really need to know, or on Tumblr (ekjohnston) and Instagram (ek_johnston) if you’re just here for pretty pictures.

E.K. Johnston is represented by Adams Literary

LINKS: Website | Twitter | Tumblr | Instagram

Giveaway

3 Finished Copies of SPINDLE (US Only!)
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Starflight [Review]

Starflight [Review]

Posted November 28, 2016 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments

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WoW [81]

WoW [81]

Posted October 26, 2016 by Lizzie in Meme / 3 Comments

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Blog Tour: Shutter [Top 10 & Giveaway]

Posted October 20, 2016 by Stephanie in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Guest Post / 6 Comments

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Summer of Sloane [Review]

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Passenger [Review]

Posted March 7, 2016 by Stephanie in Review / 4 Comments

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This Shattered World [Review]

Posted September 18, 2015 by Stephanie in Review / 1 Comment

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Alienated [Review]

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Posted April 27, 2015 by Stephanie in Review / 0 Comments

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