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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Six of Crows Blog Tour / Six Tips for Surviving the Grishaverse / 2 Giveaways! #magicandmayhem #sixofcrows

Hello and welcome to today's stop in SIX OF CROWS blog tour, hosted by Henry Holt & Co. I'm honored to be posting today on the release day of Leigh Bardugo's SIX OF CROWS release!! I'm thrilled to have partnered up with the lovely Casey from Dark Readers, one of my all time favorite book blogs from the UK, for today's post! Today we're sharing our Six Tips for Surviving the Grishaverse

Before I share my tips, a word from LEIGH BARDUGO, herself!

Thanks for being a stop on the tour, Katie! Hopefully I'll see you in Texas soon. Assuming I make it there, because I have no business giving advice on survival of any kind. I don't even go camping. When the zombie apocalypse comes, you will find me lying on the floor eating Cheetos. I regularly tip over when I'm doing anything more challenging than trying to stand still. I once ate a calla lily on a dare and had to be rushed to the emergency room. I got a concussion falling off of bleachers in a mascot costume. Look, I'd like to tell you I'm exaggerating, but I'd be lucky to last 24 hours in the Grishaverse. Volcra. Muggings. Maybe just a stray bullet. Who knows how I'd go? If I could choose, I think I'd get tipsy on champagne at a party at the Little Palace, wade into the lake, and sink peacefully to the bottom burbling, "I regret nothing." But if you can't go out like that, hopefully the suggestions you come up with will help you survive. 

Leigh, yes, I will be seeing TONIGHT at your singing in Austin. As far as my tips for surviving... First off, when the zombie apocalypse comes, I'll be lying on the floor eating Cheetos with you. Second, the "I regret nothing" plan sounds great to me. Although when it comes to surviving the Grishaverse that plan won't save us. 

For those you have read the book, you know the Grishaverse is kinda like hell, or at least maybe close to it. It's not a place you'd want to be wondering around in. Okay let's be honest, most of us wouldn't be caught dead there. haha no pun intended. However, chances are if you followed these 6 survival tips, you may survive it. 

Six Survival Tips for Surviving The Grishaverse

1. Except the Unexpected.
Be prepared for any and all situations. Know that not all things nothing will go as planned. You need to plan for the unexpected. Have a back up plan for your back plan, and be prepared to use it. 

2. Determination.
Never give up or give in. No matter how dark and troubling the world is around you, don't forget your cause in the fight. Never lose your hope. Stay strong, and strong willed. Your determination will be your saving grace.  

3. Know Your Enemy. 
Knowledge is power in this world. Kaz is a great example of that. It also comes at a price. In a world where loyalty can also be purchased, it's important to know your enemy like you know your friends. 

4. Never Underestimate The Power of a Grisha
I really don't think this needs explaining. However, if you find yourself lucky enough to have a Grisha on your side, I will caution, know what you need when it comes to the type of Grisha you wish to use. Never underestimate their power. Use this survival tip wisely. 

5. Don't Show Emotion & Don't Lose Yourself
Emotion is a weapon that can be used against you. Do not show emotion. No matter what. Also, do not lose site of who are you. The Grishavesre is a dark and dangerous world with many enticing things. Do not lose yourself to this world. 

6. Trust.
This is easier said than done. See survival tip #3 for why. However, no one can survive this world alone. If you can't trust those close to you, than you're as good as dead. You have to be able to allow those who are close to you, in. Their trust in crucial in this world. 

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Now you're prepared to enter the Grishaverse! Be sure to pick up your own copy of Leigh's SIX OF CROWS, which is out TODAY! Before you do, head over to our UK friends, Dark Readers and check out Casey's survival tips here.


By Leigh BardugoPublished by: Henry Holt and Co. 
Released on: 9.29.15 - TODAY
Series: Six of Crows
Purchase from: Amazon | B&N
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Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price--and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone...

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can't walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz's crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction--if they don't kill each other first.

 Author Links/Info: 

Follow The Blog Tour US/UK

September 24 
UKWinged Reviews         USCuddlebuggery
Topic: Six Book BFs of the Grishaverse

September 25 
UKYa Yeah Yeah             USBookiemoji 
Topic: Six Dos and Don’ts of the Grishaverse

September 26 
UK: Mugglenet                 USYA Interrobang
Topic: Six Companion Reads for Six of Crows

September 27 
UKJess Hearts Books     USReading Teen
Topic: Six Signs You Do/Don't Have What it Takes to Join Kaz's Crew

September 28 
UKWondrous Reads       USThe Midnight Garden
Topic: Six Favorite Quotes from SoC

September 29 
UK: Dark Readers            USMundie Moms
Topic: Six Tips for Surviving the Grishaverse

Enter to win a Six of Crows prize pack full of US AND UK swag by commenting on all 12 blog posts by 11:59pm EST Friday, October 2. Simply follow #MagicandMayhemTour or check out the list above!

Another Giveaway
Create a video telling Fierce Reads why YOU belong in Kaz Brekker's crew and enter the Six of Crows video contest for a chance to be in the Six of Crows sequel! Get all details and enter to win here.

If you're in the Austin, TX area, stop by Book People TONIGHT for Leigh Bardugo's SIX OF CROWS signing! Get all the details here!

Ten Books To Read If You Like These Popular Books\Authors / Top Ten Tuesday #39

Hello & welcome to this week's Top Ten Tuesday. This week's topic is Ten Books To Read If You Like These Popular Books/Authors. My last Top Ten Tuesday post was, Ten Books On My Fall TBR List.

Today's list is Ten Books To Read If You Like These Popular Books/Authors, also known as the Book Hangover list. Book hangovers happen when you finish a book or book series, and literally can't function after you finish said book/book series. It's as if life needs to stop for a moment so you can take in everything that just happened or mourn the end of a series you couldn't get enough. You either literally need the next book in the series asap or, if it's the last book in the series you want to go rock back and forth in the corner unable to function. If you've experienced any of those symptoms that means you may have read one of the following books/book series from these authors below.  

Here is my list of Ten Books To Read If You Like These Popular Books/Authors, also known as the Book Hangover list:

  1. Cassandra Clare, The Infernal Devices series
  2. Maria V Snyder, Poison Study series
  3. Sarah J. Maas, The Throne of Glass series 
  4. Morgan Rhodes, The Falling Kingdom series
  5. Rae Carson, The Daughter of Fire & Thorns 
  6. Jennifer L. Armentrout, The Dark Elements series 
  7. Sara Raasch, Snow Like Ashes 
  8. Jodi Meadows, The Orphan Queen series 
  9. Kristin Cashore, Graceling series 
  10. Tahereh Mafi, Shatter Me series 
New 2015 Releases honorable mentions aka authors whom I need to hurry up and write many more books.

  1. Sabba Tahir, An Ember in the Ashes 
  2. Renee Ahdieh, The Wrath & The Dawn 
  3. Anne Davis, Cage of Deceit 
  4. Becky Wallace, The Story Spinner
What books / books series / authors made your Top Ten list this week? Leave me a comment with your link so I can come check out your list. Happy Reading!

Banned Books Week: Celebrate The FREEDOM To READ with Random House Children's Books #BannedBooksWeek

This week on Mundie Moms we're celebrating #BannedBooksWeek, something we've done for the last few years here on the blog. Today I'm featuring Random House Children's Books banned books week celebration. 

Today the fundamental freedom to read is facing more challenges than ever. Children's books, in particular, are constant targets of book-banning efforts in school systems and public libraries.

This year marks the thirty-fourth anniversary of celebrating Banned Books Week, and Random House Children's Books is committed to those who stand against censorship. Fifteen of our books have appeared on the American Library Association's list of the one hundred most frequently challenged books since the Office for Intellectual Freedom began surveying in 1990. Despite these instances of censorship, we continue to publish books that celebrate the freedom of expression.

We are proud to support our authors' right to write and our readers' right to read. You can use this kit to talk to your readers about censorship and show support for banned books using the resources on our First Amendment First Aid site.

Follow us on Twitter @RHCBEducators to participate in a trivia challenge during #BannedBooksWeek. You could be eligible to win banned books and a First Amendment kit for your classroom or library! 

*All information and images in this post were received from Random House Children's Books, and are property of them. 

OUT TODAY - Tuesday September 29th, 2015!

Happy Tuesday! Check out some of today's new YA releases!  

Which new releases will you be picking up tonight? 

If you're in the Austin, TX area, stop by Book People TONIGHT for Leigh Bardugo's SIX OF CROWS signing! Get all the details here!