GUEST POST: The Perilous Journey of the Not-So-Innocuous Girl by Leigh Statham (things the readers doesn’t know about the novel)

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The Perilous Journey of the Not-So-Innocuous Girl
Leigh Statham
Expected publication: March 17th 2015 by Month9Books
YA > SciFi | Steampunk
 
 

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Lady Marguerite lives a life most 17th century French girls can only dream of: money, designer dresses, suitors and a secure future. Except she suspects she may be falling for her best friend Claude, a common smithie in the family’s steam forge.
When Claude leaves for New France in search of a better life, Marguerite decides to follow him and test her suspicions of love. But the trip proves more harrowing than she had anticipated, revealing secrets and testing her strength as well as her heart. Love, adventure and restitution await her in Canada, but only if she can survive the voyage.
 
 
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I’m so excited to have Leigh on the Blog today! Don’t you just love that cover? Gorgeous and absolutely intriguing. I cannot wait to get my hands on it! But before we lost ourselves to Margeruite’s world, Leigh shares stuff that readers (we) doesn’t know about the novel!! Scroll on!

 

Things the readers doesn’t know about the novel

 

Most readers probably won’t realize until they get to the very end of the book that this is a true story. Ok, so it’s not entirely true, but it’s based on the true story of one of my ancestors.

While they didn’t have solar powered robots or flying ships in 17th century France, they did have a lot of the other things I wrote about. Including strawberry trees, still growing on the western coast, sea ports filled with tradesmen and nobles, balls, arranged marriages, strict social rules and classes, navy men on the hunt for a wife, and most importantly, “Les filles du roi”, or Daughters of the King.

Louis the XIV realized that something needed to be done if he wanted to hold onto his land in New France (Canada). So he came up with a plan. He recruited single women, ages 12 to 25 to travel alone as his wards to New France where they would be given a dowry and trousseau and a husband.  The new family would then be given a land grant on which to start their own settlement. Sounds like a great deal if you are a street urchin or orphan, right? But Louis didn’t want riff raff, he wanted the best of the best. But how to convince the upper class ladies of France to leave the comfort of their estates and head into the great unknown?

This is where the real genius starts. Louis arranged for the girls to sail together on some of his best ships and once in the new world, they stayed at nunneries and churches. The game then became one of ladies choice. That’s right, Louis let the ladies pick who they wanted to marry.

Most of history is ruled by men. They are the movers and the shakers, but this is one case when the women were put in charge and the plan was a raging success. It even encouraged women to immigrate using their own means later in the century, something that was relatively unheard of before.

My hat is off to these brave ladies. They gave New France the solid foundation it needed to become modern day Quebec. I hope you enjoy the book and I hope it inspires you to make your own life a story of bravery and daring that leads to a better world.


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Leigh Statham was raised in the wilds of rural Idaho, but found her heart in New York City. She worked as a waitress, maid, artist, math teacher, nurse, web designer, art director, thirty-foot inflatable pig and mule wrangler before she settled down in the semi-quiet role of wife, mother and writer. She resides in North Carolina with her husband, four children, five chickens and two suspected serial killer cats. If the air is cool and the sun is just coming up over the horizon, you can find her running the streets of her small town, plotting her next novel with the sort of intensity that will one day get her hit by a car.

 

 

 

 

 

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ARC REVIEW: Red by Alyxandra Harvey

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Red
Alyxandra Harvey
Published March 10th 2015 by Entangled Teen
YA > Fantasy | Paranormal
198pages (ebook)
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3 ★★★1/2

 
 
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Bad girls burn hot…
Red is the color of Kia Alcott’s hair.
It’s her temper, which blazes hot and always gets Kia into way too much trouble.
And it’s the color of fire. Fires that Kia can start…just by thinking about them.
When her latest “episode” gets her kicked out of school, Kia is shipped off to her grandmother, who works for the wealthy Blackwoods. It’s an estate shrouded in secrets, surrounded by rules, and presided over by a family that is far from normal…including the gorgeous and insolent Ethan Blackwood.
Ethan knows far more about the dangers of the forest surrounding the estate than Kia can ever imagine. For this forest has teeth, and Ethan is charged with protecting the outside world from its vicious mysteries.
But inside, even the most vibrant shade of red doesn’t stand a chance against the dark secrets of the Blackwood family…
 
 
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“The more magic you used to keep monsters away, the more monsters were drawn to you. It was a delicate balance. Who knew what else had already gotten out?”

So this is the first book I read from Alyxandra and I cannot wait to check out her other books. Red was a little bit of everything which is very awesome to read. Drama, action, romance and intrigue. You can say that its jam packed.

I’m a fan of books that keeps leaving me mystified every chapter. And that’s just what Harvey did. I kept guessing, kept getting intrigued and I enjoyed every moment of it. The moment Kia was left to enter the Blackwood property, you just know that something sketchy is going on. The way Harvey described Kia’s feelings and environment gave me chills. There’s a creepy and eerie factor that you can’t easily shake off.

Kia was a blast. She’s such a girl on fire (literally) and I enjoyed her sassiness and spunky-ness. You can’t not like a who knows how to stay on her ground. She doesn’t take crap from anybody and I admire that about her. Ethan, on the other hand brought me headache. He is hot and cold. But I can’t deny the fact the Ethan is such a well written character. Its not that his all over the place, but he surprises you. I love the whole mystery that surrounded him even though it frustrated me for a bit.

Secondary characters can’t be missed as well. Absolutely well written and no one was a prop (I hated those) Each and every character played a part that lead the book to its greatness.

I’m a big fan of the romance! No insta-love, no high school crap that went down (maybe a little) and the whole thing made sense and progressed accordingly. What I mean by that is that it may be slow.. but it was sweet and worth the wait. Sparks flyin’ and by the end I can’t get enough of them.

I’m not sure if this is a series or not. Things ending that way is okay.. but following it up, in my opinion, would be so much better! Overall, I was deeply satisfied with Red. Totally not a book that you wanna miss out regardless of the book genre that you read because like I said, it has a little bit of everything!

 

 

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Alyxandra Harvey lives in a stone Victorian house in Ontario, Canada with a few resident ghosts who are allowed to stay as long as they keep company manners. She loves medieval dresses, used to be able to recite all of The Lady of Shalott by Tennyson, and has been accused, more than once, of being born in the wrong century. She believes this to be mostly true except for the fact that she really likes running water, women’s rights, and ice cream.

Among her favourite books are ‘The Wood Wife’ by Terri Windling, ‘Jane Eyre’ by Charlotte Bronte, and of course, ‘Pride and Prejudice’ by Jane Austen. Elizabeth Bennet is her hero because she’s smart and sassy, and Mr. Darcy is, well, yum.

 

Aside from the ghosts, she also lives with husband and their dogs. She likes cinnamon lattes, tattoos and books.

 

 

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ARC REVIEW: The Thorn and the Sinking Stone (Thorn & Dagger #1) by CJ Dushinski

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The Thorn and the Sinking Stone (Thorn and Dagger #1)
CJ Dushinski
Published March 10th 2015 by Entangled Teen
YA > Fantasy | Dystopia
247pages (kindle edition)
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 4 ★★★★

 
 
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Warring families. Forbidden love. And danger they can’t escape…
Daggers. Roses. Cowboys. Boat Men. Survivors of Earth’s Last War, four “families” vie to rule the dreary streets of Rain City through violence and blood. Valencia Hara, Princess of the wealthy Black Roses, is raised in warrior ways with sharpened steel. But she is no ordinary Rose. She is Cursed—tainted with the ability to see seconds into the future…
To avenge his father’s death, Sebastian Leold, of the rival gang Two Daggers, must face off against the Black Princess, he with his dagger, she with her katana sword. Yet a secret from a shared past leaves him unable to kill beautiful Valencia; nor can she kill him. For they once knew each other beyond their blood feud…and they have more secrets in common than they know.
But in a world filled with vengeance and violence, there can be no room for love…
 
 
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“Our reality was this: we were enemies caught in our parents’ war, trapped in a desperate situation where desperate people did desperate things. I wanted to trust him. I wanted him to trust me. But neither of us can do it blindly”

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That was a.. surprise. I didn’t expect to love the book so so much. After the last page of my eArc, I was so ready to make a huge fandom for this book and I already asked the author if there’s gonna be a sequel and thank the book gods that there will be because my FANGIRL HEART CAN’T TAKE IT if there’ll be nothing to follow that breathtaking ending.

I was drawn instantly from the first chapter. I was intrigued and excited because the atmosphere of this book is unbelievable. You can really FEEL everything that is happening in the book. The pain, the action, the love… you will be transported inside Sebastian and Valencia’s world and you know what? You’ll love it! Every moment of it.

Sebastian and Valencia are part of two different gangs that rules Rain City. Yes people, GANGS. ROYALTY GANGS. And they’re rivals. We’re talking about black motorcycles, daggers, katanas and lots and lots of running and fighting. See, my favorite part of this book is the whole concept and the whole premise. Its just.. ITS EPIC OKAY. I don’t remember being pumped by a book like this.

Valencia is all about taking revenge and proving to the other gang that they don’t mess with roses. Or the thorns, as the daggers call them. Valencia is a kickass. I am absolutely impressed by this heroine and okay, we need more of this kind of heroine in YA.

“Finally, finally, after so many years of hating them for what they’d done to my father, I’d have a shot to show them what it meant to face the wrath of a true Thorn.”

The girl is fierce and likeable. I love that she has her head on her shoulders even when Sebastian is starting to get under her skin. We all know it tends to go downhill when the romance starts to take over the book. But the romance was well done. (We’ll get more to that later)

Now, Sebastian… Sebastian is a sad sad love interest. Not the kind of sad that is irritating and annoying, but the kind that you want to hug and hurt for.

“I wanted time to stop. I wanted everyone to understand how profound this loss was. I was turning into stone.”

A Dagger that is hurting and a Rose that is full of hate.. could it be more epic?????

The answer is yes because the romance is just intense. Totally sweet and swoony but absolutely intense. Romeo and Juliet kind of romance doesn’t usually work for me but for Valencia and Sebastian, I’m so ready to cut somebody if the odds doesn’t work in their favor.

“Look at you. You’re beautiful and terrifying and how could God ever put someone like you on Earth for me to kill..”

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Some things that needs more work, in my opinion, is giving more information about Rain City.. their culture, their history and some of the terms that are used. But I have a feeling that everything will be more improved and epic because of what happened in the ending.

It is true that this book has The Young Elites feel into it but I wouldn’t say that they are the same. There’s a lot of different elements and comparing is just wrong anyway, right?

One thing I wouldn’t forget to mention is that the writing is terrific! It’s absolutely stunning. I cannot believe this is a debut novel. This series is absolutely to watch out for. You people need to choose sides.. Are you a Dagger or a Rose? Me? I’m wherever Bast and Vali will be. This book is surely a 2015 favorite!

 

 

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While attempting to navigate life as a responsible human being, CJ graduated from university with a B.Comm and worked her way along as marketer, copywriter, and graphic designer to earn a paycheck while pursing her passion for creating fantastical stories set in dark and wondrous corners of the world.  Born amongst the wheat fields and open skies of the Canadian prairies, CJ’s imagination has always run wild, taking her on adventures across the world from modeling in Seoul, South Korea to backpacking through Europe and surfing (poorly) in Hawaii.

 

After wandering through ancient cities and civilizations, learning from diverse cultures, and surrounding herself in new experiences, CJ was inspired and began work on her debut Young Adult novel THE THORN AND THE SINKING STONE, to be published by Entangled Publishing 2014/15. CJ currently resides in Calgary, Alberta Canada – home of the Canadian Rockies – and keeps one hand on her passport and pen at all times, ready to pick up, see the world, and weave her experiences into stories.

 

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Bookish Thoughts #005: ‘writing a review: am i doing it right?’

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Welcome to Book-ish thoughts! A weekly post here on Her Book Thoughts where we ask for a little of your time to share a thought about useless and nonsense things. YAY! Don’t worry, it will ALWAYS have something to do with a book or anything bookish!

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Sup everyone! It feels so long since I talked to you guys. Anyway,  there’s a question that has been nagging me for awhile now.

“Is there such a thing called a Right Review?”

Before anything else, I want to share how I ‘review’ before..

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DON’T LAUGH. I CONSIDER THAT AS A REVIEW BEFORE.

So yeah, pretty embarrassing. But every time I read that I actually feel proud of myself because it’s just a proof that I’ve grown as a reviewer. I think.

I have a confession to make. Sometimes I feel self-concious when it comes to my review. There’s a lot of questions swirling on my mind before or/and after I posted my review online like DID MY REVIEW EVEN MADE SENSE or WILL SOMEBODY ACTUALLY GET WHAT I’M SAYING? or OKAY I’M SEEING ERRORS. ERRORS EVERYWERE!

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That’s why I mostly just skim reviews. I’m so scared to accidentally copy a thought from a reviewer. And that is the last thing I want to do. 

That’s how I came up with this question. Should the review be so loooooong for it to be taken seriously? How about those who write short reviews (like me) Does it mean that our reviews doesn’t give the right information to the future readers? How about re-hashing what happened from the whole book.. if that’s what the reviewer did. IS IT EVEN CONSIDERED AS A REVIEW?

Here’s my take on this: I personally don’t rehash what happened on the books. At least, not usually. I write some backgrounds though so that readers will still know what the book is about from my perspective. But after those, it’s nothing but my thoughts. For me, as long as the reviewer expressed how she LOVED or HATED the book.. then that’s good for me. Then again, I do believe that it’s important to have standards. 

I even have this thing when my mind goes completely blank when I’m trying to review a book that I really loved. It’s a thing. I think some of you guys have it too, I’m not sure. But I try, REALLY HARD, to write a very intricate and honest review because after all, the authors also did a REALLY HARD job to write the book. 

Anyway, I really wanna know what’s your take on this. As a blogger, a reviewer, a reader or even as an author..

How do you write your reviews? Do you think there’s a wrong or right way to write one? Talk to me! 

Paula

ARC REVIEW: Blood Soaked Ashes (Eramane trilogy #2) by Frankie Ash

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Blood Soaked Ashes (Eramane Trilogy #2)
Frankie Ash
Published January 21st 2015 by Frankie Ash Books
YA > Fantasy
224pages (paperback)
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3 ★★★1/2

 
 
 
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A legion from across the sea wants her dead. The man she loves would die a thousand deaths to keep her alive. The demon she fears would cover the lands in blood-soaked ashes to have her again. Eramane is learning to accept her new life, a life that demands much from her. She is a Breather, and she has no idea how to be one. But when Eramane learns that a passage she opened between her world and the Reach cannot be closed, she will find herself on a treacherous journey searching for dangerous allies. In the north are the Cloud Walkers; across the South Sea is a kingdom with a massive army. Both could end up destroying her and all that she loves, if the demon she thought was dead doesn’t do it first.
 
 
 
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A Breather is what they call me. I have never heard of anything like it. Not many have. It is a gift held by very few, and the last Breather was rumored to have lived nearly five centuries ago

A part of a series that can be read as a standalone. If you’re hesitant because you’re afraid that there might be scenarios or even characters that you won’t understand, let me appease you. You will not be lost in the story. I mean, you will be, but in a good way.

Now that that is said and done, lets move on to the book characters. Eramane is unique. That’s the first thing that came out of my mind when I tried to describe her. She’s really something else. Not only her personality but her power too. I am not a huge high fantasy reader so please understand that me reading this book is totally out of my comfort zone. I’m really glad I read it though. Because I was transported to a whole new world. To a world where you will be terrified but will bring you absolutely curiosity as well. You can’t help but be enthralled.

Not only the main characters stand out, but the secondary characters too. They have their own POV’s and I can confidently say that they are done well. I can distinguish their voices from the author and you will really feel their emotions roll off through the pages.

The maturity of the romance aspect surprised me. This is so past the does-he-like-me-or-not stage. What I read was an impressive couple trying to pass through the tests and hurricanes that their evil world is throwing at them. I love how the main character and love interest balance each other.

My only complaint will be the pacing. The book is really short but I read it for awhile. Maybe its just me because like I said, I’m not a huge high fantasy reader. Either way, it was still an enjoyable journey until the end.

This book has a certain Game Of Thrones feel into it. Which I know a lot of readers are looking for. Especially readers who are looking for a YA High fantasy that is rich in characters and world building.


 

Frankie Ash has a treat for us today! Who’s ready to peek into Eramane’s world? Scroll down for … inspiration shown through her pinterest board

 

 

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  •  Lands in the north near Vegamon.
  • This would be beautiful for Mira.
  • Limearsy’s attire looks similar to this…let’s close our eyes and imagine:)

 

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  • beautiful accessories for Eramane
  • Poisoned 2 by kir-tat.
  • inspiration for Eramane’s costume in book 2, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves

 

 

 

 

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Frankie Ash lives in Northern Virginia. She is pursuing a master’s in English and wrote ERAMANE (Archway Publishing) and BLOOD SOAKED ASHES (both available online wherever books are sold.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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