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Monday, December 3, 2012

Clockwork Princess Snippet

Now that fans have to wait one more week to find out what today's surprise that Cassie, Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson were going to reveal (Maureen hinted on Twitter it has something to do with Peru), Cassie treated us with a Clockwork Princess SNIPPET!!!!

“You do not want to help us,” Will said to Magnus. “You do not want to position yourself as an enemy of Mortmain’s.”

“Well, can you blame him?” Woolsey rose in a whirl of yellow silk. “What could you possibly have to offer that would make the risk worth it to him?”

“I will give you anything,” said Tessa in a low voice that Will felt in his bones. “Anything at all, if you can help us help Jem.”

Magnus gripped a handful of his black hair. “God, the two of you. I can make inquiries. Track down some of the more unusual shipping routes. Old Molly —”

“I’ve been to her,” Will said. “Something’s frightened her so badly she won’t even crawl out of her grave.”

Woolsey snorted. “And that doesn’t tell you anything, little Shadowhunter? Is it really worth all this, just to stretch your friend’s life out another few months, another year? He will die anyway. And the sooner he dies, the sooner you can have his fiancĂ©e, the one you’re in love with.” He cut his amused gaze toward Tessa. “Really you ought to be counting down the days till he expires with great eagerness.”

*mouth hangs open* Oh Shadowhunters! I don't even know what to make of that last comment. I do believe I'm going to have to invest in plenty of kleenex's and accept that Cassie is going surprise me as well as possibly have me lying in the fetal position after I read this book. Come on March 2013! Hurry and get here. 

Book Review / a Giveaway: Greta and The Goblin King by Chloe Jacobs

Published by: Entangled Publishing
Released on: November 13th, 2012
Source: book from publisher to review
5 stars: I Loved It
Purchase from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

While trying to save her brother from a witch’s fire four years ago, Greta was thrown in herself, falling through a portal to Mylena, a dangerous world where humans are the enemy and every ogre, ghoul, and goblin has a dark side that comes out with the eclipse. 

To survive, Greta has hidden her humanity and taken the job of bounty hunter—and she’s good at what she does. So good, she’s caught the attention of Mylena’s young goblin king, the darkly enticing Isaac, who invades her dreams and undermines her will to escape. 

But Greta’s not the only one looking to get out of Mylena. An ancient evil knows she’s the key to opening the portal, and with the next eclipse mere days away, every bloodthirsty creature in the realm is after her—including Isaac. If Greta fails, she and the lost boys of Mylena will die. If she succeeds, no world will be safe from what follows her back.... -quoted from Goodreads

A phenomenal debut! Brimming with fantasy, magic and a sizzling paranormal romance, Chloe left me wanting so much more of Greta and Issca's story. I wasn't hard for me to get swept me away with Greta and the Goblin King. This action packed debut is fabulous! I'm a huge fan of well written fantasy stories, and this was just what I needed. Greta's story has now found a new home on my shelf of "go-to" books. You know those books you can't get enough and find yourself wanting to read them over and over again, and can pick them up any time you're in a reading slump. Greta's story was exciting, had plenty of swoon worthy moments, and was fueled with action, in summary it was my kind of book! 

I thoroughly enjoyed what Chloe did with Greta's story. Greta is a hero/heroine who is driven by her need to protect, survive, and do what ever it takes to complete her mission. Often times that causes to act without given much thought to what she's actually doing, and given that, she at times comes across as selfish. What I love about her is that she knows this and later in the story admits this to herself when this very action puts herself, and those she cares about in trouble. She's also stubborn, strong willed and oh can she dish it to Mr Hotness aka Issac the Goblin King who's just as stubborn and strong willed as she is.

I admit I've not been one who's been drawn to goblins, but that was before I "met" Isaac. Isaac is one sexy goblin, and he just so happens to be the new Goblin King. He's also headstrong, caring, arrogant and funny. He was written in a way that made all these qualities charming on him, when normally I wouldn't think twice about him (if you're read Jennifer Armentrout's books, his arrogance is similar to that of Seth and Daemon's). I love the bantering between him and Greta. It was fabulous. He's definitely not use to people telling him no or what to do, but that was until he met Greta, who will do everything she can to deny her feelings for him. Believe me, this is one guy/goblin you don't forget about and Greta knows that. I admired the strength Isaac has to stay in control of who he is, and his determination to get what he wants from Greta. Yes this is a match made in fairy tale heaven, and it's not without it's complications. Greta and Isaac are characters who definitely stand out for me amid the many great characters I've read about this year.

This is a well written story that kept me on the edge on seat the whole time. There is plenty of danger, a lot of action, and surprising twists that kept me hooked with this book. Chloe's world building is memorizing. The Mylena world is beautiful, and dangerous. In a world full of fairy tale creatures like spites, fairies, trolls, and goblins, humans are something both feared and hated, which is all the more reason why Greta needs to find a way to leave, and not get to close to the Isaac. Among the dangers is a group of human boys who are on the same quest Chloe is, to get out of there, and save the other boys who have been captured, including Chloe's little brother. I enjoyed what these group of boys brought to the story, and aside from Isaac, and I'm looking forward to seeing what Wyatt's role will be with the rest of this series. 

I loved this read! When a story can make me laugh, sigh, and has me wishing I could read faster so I know what happens at the end, it's a win win in my book. If you love a well written fantasy, enjoy an undeniable paranormal romance, and crave action packed scenes, then you need to pick this one up! I can not wait to read more of this series. Don't miss my guest post with author Chloe Jacobs here

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My Weekly Round Up in the Stacks (IMM #148 / Stacking the Shelves #12) and a GIVEAWAY

Welcome to my late edition my weekly round in the stacks (inspired by both The Story Siren's In My Mail Box and Tynga Review's Stacking the Shelves). I have been so swamped lately with the Scholastic Book Fair I co-ran the week before Thanksgiving, then we had the holidays, and then the awesome cold and flu season hit my house, that I missed a couple posts for this feature. Here's some of the goodies I received the past two weeks. 

For Review:

Harper Teen:

This is one of the coolest things I've received! I'm beyond excited about finally having a KINDLE! The letter that accompanied it meant more than anything. Thank you so much HT!! This beauty came loaded with Harper Teen's Impulse titles that are releases tomorrow. Trust me, you want to get these titles tomorrow! I've already read Breathless and wow, what a hot novella! Go here to find out more about these titles. 

Penguin Teen / RazorBill


Entangled Teen:
Simon & Schuster:
Kensington Teen:
  • Othermoon by Nina Berry, to be released on 1/29/13

My kids loved this surprise package that arrived from Australia with some Christmas gifts. Thank you to Em for these lovely goodies!

Signed The Archive swag from Victoria Schwab!! I can't wait to feature The Archived on the blog. Guess what, I've got a set of these goodies I'm giving away today on the blog!Each of these items is signed, including the bag (the signature is on the back). Just leave me a comment with your email address to be entered to win! OPEN INTERNATIONALLY!

Thank you to: Harper Teen, Bloomsbury, Entangled Teen, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, Kensington Teen, Pyr, Victoria Schwab, and Em for this week's goodies!

Weekly Re-Cap:

Just in case you've missed some of the recent announcements, book reviews, blog tours and giveaways posted on the blog, you can find them here.

Book Reviews:
Cassie's Recent Posts / TMI /ID features:
Blog Tours:
Weekly Features:
Thank you for stopping! Let me know what goodies you've recently received. Leave me a link to your post so I can come and leave you a comment ;) 

Mundane Monday #165: Magnus from Magnus's Vow

Happy Mundane Monday! Magnus is here to brighten our Mondays. I mean how can you not have a good day when he's around. Magnus is one of my all time favorite characters, and this illustration of him is AWESOME! I love it! I had to use it in today's MM post.

It had been so long since Magnus had looked at the photograph that the resemblance between Will and Jace struck him suddenly. Though it was Alec who had the black hair and those eyes- that very startling dark blue- it was Jace who had more of Will's personality, at least on the surface. The same sharp arrogance hiding something breakable underneath, the same point wit....

He traced the halo of light around Will with a finger and smile. Will had been no angel, though neither had he been as flawed as some might have thought him. When Magnus thought of Will, even now, he thought of him dripping rainwater on Camille's rug, begging Magnus for help no one else could give him. It was Will who had introduced him to the idea that Shadowhunters and Downworlders might be friends.

- Clockwork Angel, paperback edition, Magnus's Vow