Thursday, September 29, 2011

[Blog Tour] Anna Dressed In Blood by Kendare Blake






Guest Post from Kendare Blake

What do you do when you’re not writing?  Can you give us a typical day?

A typical day? How boring do you want this? Because I can do boring, on a typical day. Here goes. I wake up, eat something, usually not cereal because sweet doesn’t do it for me early on. Cereal is more like a snack food to me. Sometimes you get on that cereal kick, too, where you eat like four bowls in a day.

Anyway, after that I get myself together, maybe do a little working out first, keep the writing-desk butt at bay, do any cleaning around the place that needs cleaning, subject myself to a couple of minutes of lap-cat, because he hasn’t had enough time with me after sleeping on me all night long and slowly driving me into a pretzel ball in the corner of the bed.

The husband is usually up by this point and we may go do something arty, or wildlife-y, like the zoo, or a hike, or the aquarium. Maybe hit an outdoor market. If it’s Tuesday, there are cheap movie tickets at a theater that serves bitchin’ potato skins and beer. But if we don’t do any of that stuff, we may video game our lives away. Right now we’re mindlessly hacking our way through Devil May Cry 4. It was only seven bucks at GameStop.

Somewhere in there is food, anything fried or cheesy is good. Nitrates are good. When we want to go healthy, we’ll eat Pho. In the evenings if we’re home we’ll usually barrel our way through whatever we’ve got on the DVR. Fringe. Boxing. Wilfred. Chopped. Midnight or so, the day is over.

And that’s a somewhat typical day off. Sex and the City it’s not, but I like it.

Contest


Who is about to take on Anna next?  In the first week, we met the ghost hunters.  In the second week, we saw their replies.  This week, we find out who actually makes it to Anna's door!

Each day this week, a final clue will be given for each of the three ghost hunters who accepted Anna's challenge to come to Thunder Bay.  Follow the tour for the rest of this week to find out who among the five is the one who will enter Anna's house on the last day of the tour!  A list of all the tour dates, including the first week's dates where the ghost hunters were introduced, click here.

On the last day of the tour, a link will be provided where you can enter the ghost hunter's name for 15 entries into the contest to win a Anna Dressed In Blood skinned and loaded Kindle 3!  Open US/Canada.

For an extra points in the meantime, you can gain +1 point a day by tweeting the following:
Who will make it to Thunder Bay?  Join the contest to best Anna and win an Anna Dressed In Blood Kindle!  Follow #ADIBtour @KendareBlake

About Anna Dressed In Blood - Goodreads, Amazon, B&N, Indie Bound

Just your average boy-meets-girl, girl-kills-people story…

Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.So did his father before him, until his gruesome murder by a ghost he sought tokill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels thecountry with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together theyfollow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping

pesky things like the future and friends at bay.When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressedin Blood, Cas doesn’t expect anything outside of the ordinary: move, hunt, kill.What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’snever faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutalmurder in 1958: once white, but now stained red and dripping blood. Since herdeath, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the

deserted Victorian she used to call home.

And she, for whatever reason, spares his life.


About Kendare Blake - WebsiteFacebookTwitter 
Kendare Blake lives and writes in Washington state, with cats and a husband who critique the work. Her first literary novel, Sleepwalk Society, recently won a 2011 Indie Excellence Award for crossover fiction. Her second novel, Anna Dressed in Blood, is YA horror, and will be released August 30, 2011, with a sequel to follow in 2012.






Tour Schedule: 
Monday, September 12th - Rachel, Parajunkee 
Tuesday, September 13th - Stacey, A Reader's Record 
Wednesday, September 14th - Alyssa, Teens Read and Write 
Thursday, September 15th - Heather, Buried In Books 
Friday, September 16th - Jenny, Supernatural Snark 
Monday, September 19th - Melissa, I Swim For Oceans 
Tuesday, September 20th - Tawni, The Book Worms 
Wednesday, September 21st - Alice, Alice Marvels 
Thursday, September 22nd - Julie, That's Swell 
Friday, September 23rd - Angela, The Reading Angel 
Monday, September 26th - Julia, Rex Robot Reviews 
Tuesday, September 27th - Ashley, Smash Attack Reads! 
Wednesday, September 28th - Britta, I Like These Books 
Thursday, September 29th - We Fancy Books 
Friday, September 30th (Anna's 1 month birthday!) - Kristi, The Story Siren 
Tuesday, October 4th: Announcement of the big prize winner on Kendare's Site!



Wednesday, September 28, 2011

[Review] Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley


Graffiti Moon
by Cath Crowley

Paperback, 272 pages
Expected Publication: Feb 14th 2012
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers


Senior year is over, and Lucy has the perfect way to celebrate: tonight, she's going to find Shadow, the mysterious graffiti artist whose work appears all over the city. He's out there somewhere—spraying color, spraying birds and blue sky on the night—and Lucy knows a guy who paints like Shadow is someone she could fall for. Really fall for. Instead, Lucy's stuck at a party with Ed, the guy she's managed to avoid since the most awkward date of her life. But when Ed tells her he knows where to find Shadow, they're suddenly on an all-night search around the city. And what Lucy can't see is the one thing that's right before her eyes.


-Goodreads


It was a fun and one of a kind; I love it!

I’m Lucy and was obsessed with him, the guy named Shadow. He’s a Graffiti artist that everyone talks about, I love his works and it’s everywhere I look at. Now I must find who he is.
Ed is the only person I know who knows how to find Shadow but I hate him. But I’m willing to take the risk just find Shadow.
Would Lucy find the one person she likes with the help of this guy? I she see pass the imperfections and realize that she really likes Ed?

This is my first aussie author read and I cannot say anything bad about this book. It was totally fun and a wonderful read. The story of Ed and Lucy is one of a kind. It revolves around Lucy finding Shadow a Graffiti artist which she’s totally obsessing with. She finds the canvases of Shadow very inspiring and with that she wants to meet this mysterious artist. I love how the story progress with the POVs of Ed and Lucy. I cannot say how much fantastic this book is in terms of the prose’s it just makes you love the characters more with their vulnerability, it shows their true emotions specially the character of Ed. I really admire the fact that this is a book with different POVs it suffice my questions through and through with the changing of POVs. I for myself love art and how Cath Crowley describes the art with words it just comes to life. Also with the POV of Poet also know Leo, even if it was really short it was written with brilliance. The whole story itself is brilliance. This book has one of the stories that you will never ever forget, it has a right mixture of everything. The redeeming factor in the end is what got me.

Lucy and Ed are just fantastic characters, they were well written characters. Ed is a very tough guy but has the vulnerability of a glass. While reading his point of view it makes me want to comfort him through and through his problems. I can totally relate to this character, he’s one character that you would totally fall for. With his point of view I understand how he really feels about Lucy, he is one guy that can be romantic and be tough at the same time. Lucy on the other hand I say is very inconsistent, I don’t know but I think she’s one character that describes a real girl, with her character I believe that girls are somehow like her. She is also tough but doesn’t know her emotions to others for they might take it as an advantage against her. All the minor characters also jive well on the story, Jazz as a best friend is one of a kind, I kind of wish I have a best friends like her, Poet is just downright cute. You rarely find a guy who writes Poetry these days and for that I just admire him.

The cover is good! I totally love it; it’s very simple but conveys the whole story.

The entire story is just amazing, Graffiti Moon was written with brilliance. I admire Cath Crowley for incorporating art and poetry. I can always say that I suck for guys who can draw and who can write poetry.  This is one story that I cannot forget easily.




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Monday, September 26, 2011

Follower Appreciation Giveaway!





As promise we're having a 


Follower Appreciation Giveaway!

We at We Fancy Books would like to THANK YOU all for all your support on the blog. All the comments on every review that make. We truly appreciate it from the bottom of our hearts! Please continue to visit the blog for more of our opinions about books. We ♥ you all!


So now lets start giving away some books! I'm feeling so generous today so we're giving away 6 books in total!


One winner will get the first 3 books from The Drake Chronicles by Alyxandra Harvey
(AUS Only)

  

Two winners of Book of Choice up to $10
(International & U.S)

 

One winner of Crossroads by Mary Ting
(US)


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Saturday, September 24, 2011

[Interview] Mary Ting Author of Croassroads



Today we have Mary Ting author of Crossroads for an Interview

1.    What do you like most about writing?
It helps me escape everyday life stress, not that my life is so stressful, but we all have problems, little or big.  I love creating stories where readers can do the same, escape into my world I’ve created.

2.    Who among the characters of Crossroads are more alike like you? 
Though I don’t like to admit it, Claudia is just like me.  Her experiences are my personal experiences…first car, first job, first time camping, but too bad there was so Michael when I was in high school…lol!!!

3.    Could you give us a little background about how you came up with Crossroads? 
Crossroads was inspired by a dream I had in high school-chapters one and two. I like to think that Crossroads is a place between Heaven and Earth. When I crossed over in my dream, I knew I was in a spiritual place. I remember feeling overwhelmed by the sea of clouds. My dreams gave me the idea on how to start my book.

4.    Who’s the author you look up for the most?
All authors inspire me, but I would have to say Stephenie Meyer because I took her idea and started writing Crossroads from a dream I had high school.

5.    Is there any future project you want to share to us?
I am currently working on a sequel to Crossroads.

6.    Can you give us some fun facts about you/your characters and on your writing Crossroads
     Many people like Davin, which I’m really happy about because his character was inspired by my friend who passed away. He was very likable and was a best friend to all his friends. Patty is my friend from church. She is exactly how I described her, social butterfly who knows everything about her friends and fashion. I named Claudia after a student I once had many years ago. I can still picture her face, just like an angel. When I was much younger, I had a crush on a boy name Michael, but his character is based off my husband, protective, romantic, and silly at times. No… he doesn’t have wings…lol!

Thank you so much for having me!!!

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 About Crossroads


Claudia Emerson has a good friend who shares the same first name and last name. That friend unfortunately dies in a tragic accident during homecoming dance. Claudia is distraught at the loss of her friend, but is even more disturbed by her dreams, which seem to take her to another place called Crossroads. Unknown to her, Crossroads is like a second heaven, a place between heaven and earth. It is where the souls of humans in comas or near death experiences may wander. Where, Claudia meets Michael, a nephilim, a half angel, half human, whom she often meets in her dreams. It turns out that this isn’t her first visit to Crossroads, which is an enigma for no human can ever travel there until Claudia. Now the fallen and demons are after her, suspecting she must be special and it is up to Michael and the other nephilims to protect her. Her dream becomes a nightmare as more secrets are revealed, about who she really is, and the true identities of the people she loves most. Can Michael fight his growing feelings for Claudia and protect her as a guardian angel should?



About the Author


Mary Ting resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing Crossroads was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother. It was inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl.

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Want to win a copy of Crossroads? There will be a giveaway soon so make sure to come back for a chance to win this awesome book!


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday #7 by TheJay2xA


"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

Immortal Rider
by Larissa Ione

Expected Publication: December 1st, 2011

Add this to your Goodreads shelf?


Description from Goodreads:

Sexy, powerful, and immortal, Limos is on a crash course with destiny. She’s been marked as Satan’s bride and her jealous fiancĂ© wants her all to himself. The only way this Horseman can keep herself—and everyone else—safe is to keep her distance. But not even Limos can save herself from the secrets she’s kept . . . or resist the seductive allure of one very brave human. 

Arik Wagner knows the saying “love hurts” better than most, yet he never thought stealing a kiss from Limos would land him in Hell. Literally. It takes all his military training to survive the demon torture, but once he’s topside, Arik realizes that the agony has just begun. With the Apocalypse looming and Satan demanding his bride, will Arik and Limos surrender to the desire smoldering between them? Or will giving in to their passion unleash hell on earth?

Why am I waiting for it?

I've read the first book Eternal Rider and it's really good! I really recommend this series! If you like the Black Dagger Brotherhood series I bet you'll love this book! Larissa Ione has a wonderful world in this book! Make sure to check it out ;)

Monday, September 19, 2011

[Review] Circle Nine by Anne Heltzel

Circle Nine
by Anne Heltzel


Harcover, 272 pages
Published: September 13th 2011
Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)


She knows only Sam, a mysterious teenage boy. He is her sole companion; her whole life. She was born, already a teenager, lying outside a burning building in soot-stained clothes, remembering nothing, not even her name. He showed her the necklace she had on, the one that named her: Abby. Sam brought her to live in his cave-palace, where he gives her everything she needs. He loves her. He protects her from the world outside, from everyone who wants to hurt them, like the denizens of Circle Nine, Dante’s deepest circle of hell. But even in a charmed, brand-new life like Abby’s, change will come. Sam falls ill. A new girl comes to stay, and Abby begins to question Sam’s devotion. With doubt comes emotional turmoil, changes in perception, and glimpses of her past identity. In this courageous psychological thriller, Abby tells the story of living her new life and discovering her old one, while grappling with an ever-changing reality.


-Goodreads


A world that is created with questions and doubt, it will keep your page turning and turning.

She doesn't know anybody, all she knows is Sam. The mysterious boy who she knows is her only hope in finding the truth. Who she really is, and why doesn't she remember anything from the past, not even her name. With only a necklace named her Abby, the only thing she can do is trust Sam. With Sam bringing in a new girl she started to question if Sam really loves her. With the glimpse of the past constantly reminding her that she knows her for a reason, Abby decided to look for the truth. 

My Thoughts 

Circle Nine is a very enjoyable read; I find the book really intriguing that’s why I kept turning the pages until I finished it. It follows the story of a girl who doesn't know who she is, not even her name. All she knows is that her name is Abby basing on the necklace that she has. She met Sam on one and only person that she knows and only trust. Even if she doesn't know Sam very well she trusted him with her life because it’s the only thing that she can do. Without knowing anyone who else can she trust? Sam has been a very kind person to Abby, everything she needs; Sam provides it for her. But then she started regaining memories of what has happened, she started asking questions which Sam doesn't approve of. Whilst Sam is keeping secrets from her she decided to look for the truth on what really happened, why she doesn’t have the memory, who she really is. I like how the story revolves on how Abby tries to remember things; it gives the reader a point of view of someone who happens to have lost a memory, in a way I somehow imagine myself being like it. I may not say that it conveyed the proper emotions of but by just reading Abby’s point of view I think justice has been served right to the emotions that I’ve felt for Abby. The world building is really good, though I really wish that there is more emphasis on Circle Nine which is the title. 

That characters as well as the book is very much confusing. I like the character of Abby. With saying I think she’s one of the book characters that I really admire. If I was in her place figuratively speaking I would die, or maybe yet go nuts forever. Abby showed how strong she really is which I really admire, despite Sam being protective of her she didn't just stopped there. She tried to ask questions and by asking she wants the truth. Even if it hurts Sam and herself in the process she decided to look for answers. I like Sam for just being Sam himself, but of course minus the complications. I love how he looks out for Abby; I genuinely feel for Sam because I think he really loves Abby and just wanted her to be safe. 

The cover is really good, I really like it. It shows how the book is really dark and with only a glimpse of the outside world is which is really good job on that but I really suggest a better cover art than this one. 

Overall I like this book; I really enjoyed the story and the characters while reading it. One thing I suggest is that I would really like to hear the point of view of Sam. What’s his purpose not saying the truth to Abby, what’s his reason on protecting Abby, does she really loves Abby. So many questions to be asked but I think this book is a standalone so I guess I just have to ask the author. I suggest this to you if you like a dark, thrilling and shocking read. This is a very dark and exciting debut that I suggest you should not miss out. I believe it’s worth the read.



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Sunday, September 18, 2011

In My Mailbox #3



In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. This meme allows bloggers to showcase the books they've received, bought or borrowed from the library.

The Giveaway Edition




Won:

Die For Me by Amy Plum
Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik
(with bookmarks of Shade and Shift)
The Strip by J.J. Salem
Hourglass by Myra McEntire
The Fallen Star by Jessica Sorensen
Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer

For Review:

Far From The War by Jeffrey David Payne

Also got some titles from Net Galley :)



Saving June by Hannah Harrington
The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Crave by Melissa Darnell


AND THE MOST EPIC OF THEM ALL!

I WON MYSELF A KINDLE FROM THE ONE AND ONLY!

Joy @ Joyous Reads
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You may want to follow her blog cause she's just freaking amazing! I love her forever! <3

She's also giving away a copy of Anna Dressed In Blood and an October book release of choice! so make sure you drop by her blog and follow this awesome woman!
Enter here


BIG BIG Thanks to the following:

Joy @ Joyous Reads
Lori @ Pure Imagination
Jeffrey David Payne
Suzanne Johnson @ Preternatura
Jena @ Shortie Says
Net Galley
Harlequin Teen
Pan McMillan

What did you get this week? Let us know in the comments :)
by the way Belated Happy Birthday to Era


Friday, September 16, 2011

Feature & Follow Friday


This week's featured blogger is


Librarian Mouse
 
To join the fun and make now book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules:
If you are new to the #FF fun, Feature & Follow Friday is a blog hop that expands your blog following by a join effort between bloggers. First you leave your name here and then you visit as many blogs as you can and tell them hi in their comments. You follow them, they follow you. Win. Win.

Now to make this #FF interesting we do a FEATURE blogger. The Feature bloggers are chosen randomly from participants in the Follow Friday or through twitter and blog introductions. If you are interested in becoming a Feature let me know!


Q. It's that pesky magic book fairy again! She has another wish: What imaginary book world would you like to make a reality?

If there's an imaginary book world that I would like to make reality it would be... The nevernever from The Iron King series! I've always wanted to know what it's like to be in a faery world, and I really want to meet Puck! well and Ash too :P


What imaginary book world would you like to make a reality?
let us know in the comments!

Happy Friday to everyone! *waves*


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