Liebster Award

 

Recently I was awarded the Liebster Blog Award from Jeanne Bannon @ Beyond Words. As I understand it, this award is given to bloggers with fewer than 200 followers to help them to build their readership. I am honoured to have been chosen and thrilled to accept the award. Thank you, Jeanne Smile

I would love to pay this award forward by awarding it to the following bloggers:

Christina Irelan @ Intoxicated by Books – http://intoxicatedbybooks.blogspot.com/ – A great book review blog!  Check it out and support books, reviewers that take all formats/styles of books (too many won’t read eBooks or Indie authors).

Debbie @ I Heart YA Books – http://iheartyabooks.blogspot.com/ – A book blog dedicated to YA books.  Love her reviews and she’s another that loves Indie’s!

Linda @ Books – Treasure of Trash – http://books-treasureortrash.com/ – A book review site with a different attitude.  She’s pretty cool.  Check her out!

Felicia @ Livin’ Life Through Books – http://dream-wish-live.blogspot.com/ – A relatively new book blog but I love it.  Make sure to visit and brows her reviews (she does tons of them)

T. L. Haddix, author – http://tlhaddix.com – A wonderful author and fun person.  Check out her site and her series, Leroy’s Sins.  Very sweet gal.

The Rules:

1. Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to them.
2. Give the Liebster Blog Award to five bloggers and let them know in a comment on their blog.
3. Copy and paste the award on your blog.

 

Áine

Wild Weekend Hop Week

 Welcome to the Wild Weekend Blog and Facebook Hop!

You have both Saturday and Sunday to participate.

BTT – History

Sometimes I feel like the only person I know who finds reading history fascinating. It’s so full of amazing-yet-true stories of people driven to the edge and how they reacted to it. I keep telling friends that a good history book (as opposed to some of those textbooks in school that are all lists and dates) does everything a good novel does–it grips you with real characters doing amazing things.

Am I REALLY the only person who feels this way? When is the last time you read a history book? Historical biography? You know, something that took place in the past but was REAL.

Not all history is boring but I’ve not ready any lately that wasn’t boring.  Now, a good historical romance might be nice! Smile But it’s hard to find, or at least I find it hard to find good, engaging true-history.  I used to though, being history was my other main passion in school… If you have any suggestions, I’m all ears. Winking smile

Don’t forget to leave a link to your actual response (so people don’t have to go searching for it) in the comments—or if you prefer, leave your answers in the comments themselves!

WWW Wednesday (8/24)

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading? • What did you recently finish reading? • What do you think you’ll read next?

 My answers:

What are you currently reading? I am still reading “Sapphique” by Catherine Fisher.

Finn has escaped from the terrible living Prison of Incarceron, but its memory torments him, because his brother Keiro is still inside. Outside, Claudia insists he must be king, but Finn doubts even his own identity. Is he the lost prince Giles? Or are his memories no more than another construct of his imprisonment?

What did you recently finish reading? I finished reading “Incarceron” by Catherine Fisher.  See my full review HERE.

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What do you think you’ll read next?
 After I finish “Sapphique“, I’m planning to dive into “Bloodlines!” I just can’t wait, lol.  I have been looking forward to this book (and Adrian).

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Teaser Tuesdays (8/23)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teasers:

 


Claudia loosened her arm and stepped back beside Jared.  She saw how Finn gave her one glance; then he drew himself up and marched one, on hand on his sword.  She followed, wondering with terrors of the Prison had taught him such cold bravado.

~p. 107, “Sapphique” by Catherine Fisher
[Paperback – ARC]

 

 

 

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Musing Monday (Aug. 22)

This week’s musing asks…

Do you prefer character-driven stories, or plot-driven stories?

 

I would have to say character-driven, honestly.  A good plot is necessary but if the characters are not engaging and engaging I won’t enjoy the story and will probably not bother to even finish the book.  I don’t waste my time on books I simply can’t ‘get in to’… and this is one of those issues.

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Review: Incarceron

Title: Incarceron
Author: Catherine Fisher
Series: Incarceron
Publisher: Firebird / Hodder Children’s
Release Date: 2011 / 2007
Source: Giveaway – Pretty Deadly Reviews
Buy the Book:
Amazon

Finn cannot remember his childhood. He cannot remember his life before Incarceron – a prison that has been sealed for centuries, where inmates live in cells, dilapidated cities, and unbounded wilderness. No one has ever escaped. But then he finds a crystal key and a girl named Claudia.

Claudia’s father is the Warden of Incarceron.  And Claudia is about to become a kind of prisoner herself, doomed to an arranged marriage. If she helps Finn in his escape, she will need his help in return.

But they don’t realize that there is more to Incarceron than meets the eye. Escape will take their greatest courage and cost far more than they know . . . because Incarceron is alive.

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My Thoughts

Incarceron, wow! I have never read a book quite like this one. The anachronistic absurdity of Protocol intrigued me as much as it repulsed. I can, sadly, imagine a world where the leaders truly did lose their senses and came up with such an illogical and controlling decree.

The world of Incarceron, the prison itself, is dangerous yet compelling and at times beautiful. Forests of metal trees, cells, rotting filth, strange cities and even a tower in the sky.  While the world inside seems cobbled together out of different dreams, horrors, and times, it fits perfectly within the reality of what Incarceron is.

Claudia is a wilful, strong, and intelligent girl that is trapped in the world of corrupt politics. Finn is trapped in the corrupt Incarceron and in his own being as he has no memory from before awaking three years ago in a cell. Through a strange happenstance they end up meeting, virtually, and in a very short time, are both risking everything to find a way to get Finn Outside. The prison doesn’t want to loose Finn, yet just as determined is Claudia to rescue him. Her determination increases when she comes to believe that he is her lost betrothed.

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The characters are likable and you quickly get drawn into caring about them and hoping for their future. Even the lecherous Earl, grasping yet stoic Warden, and the wicked oathbrother Keiro are endearing in their own strange ways. The Queen is a definite exception – vile creature she is. But in a world of archaic politics, are you ever truly free? Is there a way to even save the would be prince (and no, I’m not telling whom that would be)?

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This was a combination of fast action-paced and slow intrigued-pace, blending to create an inviting and engaging world where you hate to have to pause in your reading. The end was definitely left as a tease for the sequel, Sapphique. I hope there is more development with Jared (Claudia’s very ill tutor) in the next book. There is just something compelling about him that I can’t quite explain. My only real complaint is that I was able to figure out who the prince was too early in the book. But all around I loved the book and give it 4.5 drops!

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Thankfully I have that book also so I will be beginning that next and posting its review next week.

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My Rating

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About the Author

Catherine Fisher is the New York Times best-selling author of Sapphique and Incarceron. She is “one of today’s best fantasy writers,” according to the London Independent. An acclaimed novelist and poet, she has written many fantasy books for young people, including The Oracle Prophecy series.

Please visit her website for more information, updates, or to contact Catherine Fisher.

 

Áine

BTT (8/18/11)

You’ve just had a long, hard, exhausting day, and all you want to do is curl up with something light, fun, easy, fluffy, distracting, and entertaining.

What book do you pick up?

I don’t know about light but it would all depend on my mood as to what would fit the bill.  I love reading and so any good book would do.  Reading relaxes me, no matter how stressed I am (as long as I can ‘get’ into the story.  If I want brain numbing fluff I’ll watch a movie. Smile

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Interview with Mistress Anya & Giveaway

Recently Christina Irelan, from Intoxicated by Books, visited with me, Mistress Anya, at my home.  It was an honour to have her visit and wish to interview me.  Please stop by and visit her blog and maybe even enter to win a copy of our story, Blood’s Voice!  Our Author, Áine, has gifted her with a free e-copy of our story.  I hope you enjoy my interview and the giveaway.

Blessings of forever,

Mistress Anya

A Taste?


I know that when a vampire loves you they never stop loving, how do you get past it when you lose your love as you did Braden?
That is complicated to answer since I don’t remember Braden but do feel the loss.  He is part of the past I lost.  But, if you noticed, I became involved with no one for a long time after Braden if what Nicholas and Louie say is true.  About a century passed before I became involved with Nicholas and even then, from what he’s told me, I still always was a bit reserved in allowing him completely into my heart.
I don’t know how I will deal with loosing Declán when the time comes.  How do humans manage when their lover dies?

 

Giveaway?

Now for the GIVEAWAY! I have a smashwords coupon code for one free Ecopy of the book Blood’s Voice that tells Anya Millar’s story. Please fill out this FORM to enter the contest. I will post the winner on August 27th.

 

WWW Wednesday (8/17/11)

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading? • What did you recently finish reading? • What do you think you’ll read next?

 My answers:

What are you currently reading? I am still rereading “Incarceron” by Catherine Fisher. Incarceron – a futuristic prison, sealed from view, where the descendants of the original prisoners live in a dark world torn by rivalry and savagery. It is a terrifying mix of high technology – a living building which pervades the novel as an ever-watchful, ever-vengeful character, and a typical medieval torture chamber – chains, great halls, dungeons.

What did you recently finish reading? I finished reading “Temple of the Winds” by Terry Goodkind.

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What do you think you’ll read next? After I finish “Incarceron“, I’m planning to jump right into “Sapphique.” I am enjoying Incarceron so I’m excited to have both books to read back-to-back..

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