Thursday, June 25, 2015
Welcome to our guest author Marianne Curley. Who has taken the time out of her busy book tour to join us for a guest post.
In the Avena Series, Ebony has a special relationship with her horse Shadow. It began when Ebony was two years old and, not knowing who she was, or that she had the ability to heal, unwittingly assisted in Shadow’s birth. The bond grew and the two became as close as any two living beings could.
Ebony and Shadow’s relationship may be a work of fiction, but the special bond a horse can have with its “owner”, though I hate to use that word, is not unusual. A horse can tell when its human caretaker, or special person, is experiencing pain or sorrow, or is in trouble or danger. It will comfort you and listen to you when you off-load your worries by standing still and quietly beside you, and horses show you their ability to feel joy when they nicker excitedly as you approach.
Horses are magnificent creatures that give us enduring pleasure. It doesn’t matter what we look like, how we talk, the colour of our skin, or how able bodied we are, a horse will love us unconditionally. There is nothing more enchanting than to ride with your horse through a meadow, or meander through a forest, or race across an open field with the wind in your face and your imagination taking the reins. And they give us the speed that allows us to feel as if we’re flying.
I’ve always wanted to feel that, but have never had the opportunity to own or even ride a horse. And that is what is so great about a book. You can use your imagination to experience almost anything through a character’s viewpoint.
While I’ve never owned a horse, I have had the pleasure of knowing many pets in my life. My first was a kitten when I was ten. He was a beautiful grey cat with white ‘socks’. I called him Kitten. (Clearly, I was not so creative in my younger days.) Kitten slept on my bed or on my window sill, soaking in the sun, or afternoon shade. We were great mates until he passed away, unfortunately from an illness he picked up from another animal on the farm where we lived at the time. When I was sixteen I bought myself a puppy that I called Ben. Ben grew into a strikingly handsome tri colour collie dog that I loved to bits. He was smart and protective of his family and loved to run. Since I still lived on the farm in those days, it was the perfect place for him.
Some of the other pets I shared my life with over the years included ducks, hamsters, mice, birds that we kept in a large aviary because I couldn’t stand to have a bird in a small cage, and two dogs named Chippa and Missy. They were great mates and passed away of old age at 17 and 15 respectively. Today I have a young dog named Pixie, a Chihuahua cross Pomeranian. When Pixie was a puppy I had to put a cat’s collar on her with two bells so I wouldn’t trip over her around the house. Thankfully, she’s bigger now, but still weighs in at only three and a half kilograms. Pixie gives me companionship and so much more. When writing my books I spend many hours a week isolated from human contact, but I’m not alone. Pixie is great company. I only have to look at her and can’t help but smile at her adorable antics.
Thank you for hosting the third stop on my blog tour for Fearless. It’s been a pleasure.
Sunday, June 21, 2015
After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.
Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she's bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her... but it's the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.
Then one of the other contestants turns up dead... quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.
While looking through the shelf at my local book shop for something to read, a staff member recommend that I should read Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas.
I have picked up this book a few times to buy and read but for some reason I always put it down. Now I wonder why I hadn't brought it earlier. The moment I started Throne of Glass, I was already sure that it's going to be just an good read.
Celaena Sardothien is an assassin trained by the King of the Assassins. When we first meet here she is serving hard time in the salt mine. After a year, she is offered a way out. All she has to do is beat out 23 other candidates in a competition to be the King’s Champion.
Celaena is the kind of character that knows what she wants and who she is. Strongwilled and determined Celaena will do what she must to survive. One thing i loved was though she is quiet a strong powerfull characters there is still a slight girlie side that you see once or twice, which makes her a little more relatable. As we learn more about her and her past you can understand how she turned out to be such a strong girl despite her awful past.
There are 2 leading men in the story ( though they do take a back seat to Celaena).
Dorian Havilliard. It is as prince Dorian champion that Celaena return s to the kingdom. But from the moment Dorian meets Celaena there is something about here that seems to draw him in, making him want to get to know her to protect. Unlike a lot of princes, dukes, and royal characters in story there is something relatable and somewhat real about him.
The plot overal is really good! With all the twists and turns, you are pulled in and you will not want to put the book down.
I loved this book. From it twists and turn, romance and it's killer fight. Not to mention it's killer leading lady.
If you’re a lover of Fantasy, Throne of Glass is definitely a series that you should add to your to-read list.
Sunday, June 14, 2015
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Children can have a cruel, absolute sense of justice. Children can kill a monster and feel quite proud of themselves. A girl can look at her brother and believe they’re destined to be a knight and a bard who battle evil. She can believe she’s found the thing she’s been made for.
Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries’ seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once.
At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking.
Until one day, he does…
As the world turns upside down, Hazel tries to remember her years pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough?
I enjoyed the twisy and turns in The Darkest Part of the Forest.
Holly Black crafts an awesome world, and fills it with strong characters and an engaging story. combines otherworldly fantasy elements with a twist.
The beginning was a little slow as we get introduced to this world and the characters, but as the story develops the pace picks up and you are pulled into a world of fantasy and magic.
Hazel and her brother, Ben, have told storys about the horned boy cursed to sleep in a glass coffin but when he awakes will it be what they had hoped it would be. The story is set in a small town called Fairfold, which is absolutely embroiled in fairies. It's a tourist attraction but the locals know the fairies are real and what the can really do.
Hazel is a brave with no concept of defeat. Ben is older, who comes accroas as soneone who goes with the flow more
I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a solid paranormal standalone, or anyone who enjoys faerie lore