Book Blitz: Charm

I am so
excited that
CHARM by J.A. Armitage is
available now and that I get to share the news!
If you
haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by USA Today Bestselling Author J.A.
Armitage, be sure to check out all the details below.
 
This blitz
also includes a giveaway for a Cinderella Prize Pack courtesy of J.A. So if
you’d like a chance to win, click on the link at the bottom of this post.
About The Book:

Title: CHARM
Author: J.A.
Armitage
Pub.
Date: 
September 26, 2017
Publisher: Amazon
Digital Services LLC
Pages: 291
Formats: eBook
Find
it: 
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You all
know the story of Cinderella… 
The kingdom needs an heir and Princess Charmaine is quite aware that the
job rests solely upon her shoulders. The problem is, she has no intention of
ever getting married, let alone pushing a child out of her ladyparts. When her
elder sister dies, Charmaine has to take her place at the ball designed to find
her a husband. The problem is, she doesn’t want to choose between a hundred
eligible bachelors. She just wants to live her life in peace and find love in
her own time. 

Cynder knows about the impending war between his people and those of his
masters, but working as an underpaid servant in the palace kitchens leaves him
with little power to do anything about it. On one hand, he’s a staunch
supporter of his own royal family, but he can’t deny the attraction he feels
for the daughter of the king and queen he works for. 

Charm is the first in the Reverse Fairytale series by USA Today bestselling
author J.A.Armitage. Take everything you think you know about fairytales and
turn it on its head.

Excerpt:
 
My mother smiled. Her smile had a way of putting people at ease. I’d seen
her use it countless times on nervous subjects. That’s what made her a good
queen. She flicked her eyes towards my father who just nodded and then she
turned back to me. Reaching forward and taking my hand in hers she spoke softly
to me. Another trick of hers to keep me calm. I wondered briefly what exactly
she would need to keep me calm for.
You already know
The little voice was persistent.
“We cannot cancel the ball. Too much is at stake and, while it is
unfortunate timing, it would be madness to stop it at this late stage. Your
father and I have talked extensively about this and we have decided that you
are to take Grace’s place.”
I opened my mouth in shock. We had only just begun the official mourning
for Grace and here they both were, asking me to take her place at some stupid
party.
“You mean dance with the men?”
“Not just dance with them. We need concrete ties. The country is in a period
of great instability and we need a leader to take our place when we are gone.
We need you to choose a husband.”
About J.A.:


Born in Leeds, I
lived a very normal life until I got bored one day and decided to travel the
world. Since then I’ve worked on a Banana Plantation, cleaned ACDC’s dressing
room and been a professional clown.

I climbed to
the bottom of the Grand Canyon and the top of Kilimanjaro. Nowadays you’ll find
me being a climbing frame for my two young children, working in a school, and
renovating my home.
Did I also
mention I wrote some books?
I hope you
enjoy them!
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Giveaway Details:

 
*****CHARM
GIVEAWAY*****
I’m giving
away a Cinderella swag pack, print copies of Charm and a $20 Amazon
voucher.
 

1st prize: Cinderella Swag Pack with NYT bestselling book, DVD and print copy
of Charm
 

2nd Prize: $20 Amazon Giftcard and Ecopy of Charm 

3rd Prize: Print copy of Charm
 
Just click
the link below to take you to the entry form
 
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Review: Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3)


Title: Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Source: Purchased
Release Date: February 4, 2014
Rating: ★★★★★

Goodreads Synopsis:

In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who’s only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a higher price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.

Review:

Cinder and her gang are back again in this third instalment of The Lunar Chronicles.

I love the way that Meyer works these fairytales into the setting of the book. For example, Wolf (from Little Red Riding Hood) is a street fighter. In this book, Cress (aka Rapunzel) has been imprisoned in a satellite her entire life, rather than in a tower. This works perfectly with this story, which has ventured out into space.

Cinder’s story continues to unfold in this story. I still find her part the most fascinating. Maybe that’s because she started the story so we know the most about her. I like the other characters too but they don’t feel as fleshed out as Cinder.

I love this series, and I wish it never had to end. My reviews for Cinder can be found here and Scarlet can be found here.

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? #5

It's Monday! What Are You Reading

This blog meme is hosted by Book Date. It is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It’s a great post to organize yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile!

What I just finished:

Yesterday I finished New Boy. It’s a clever retelling of Othello, set in a schoolyard of eleven-year-olds in the 1970s.

What I’m currently reading:

Today I am reading The West Woods for a blog tour with YA Bound Blog Tours.

What I’m reading next:

Next I will be reading Carry Me Home, which is also for a blog tour.

What are you guys reading this week? Have you read any of these books? Let me know in the comments!

Review: New Boy


Title: New Boy
Author: Tracy Chevalier
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Penguin Random House Canada
Source: NetGalley
Release Date: May 11, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

Goodreads Synopsis:

Arriving at his fifth school in as many years, a diplomat’s son, Osei Kokote, knows he needs an ally if he is to survive his first day so he’s lucky to hit it off with Dee, the most popular girl in school. But one student can’t stand to witness this budding relationship: Ian decides to destroy the friendship between the black boy and the golden girl. By the end of the day, the school and its key players – teachers and pupils alike – will never be the same again.

The tragedy of Othello is transposed to a 1970’s suburban Washington schoolyard, where kids fall in and out of love with each other before lunchtime, and practice a casual racism picked up from their parents and teachers. Peeking over the shoulders of four 11 year olds Osei, Dee, Ian, and his reluctant girlfriend Mimi, Tracy Chevalier’s powerful drama of friends torn apart by jealousy, bullying and betrayal will leave you reeling.

Review:

This is a very clever retelling of Shakespeare’s classic play, Othello. 

What I love most about this story is that it can stand alone. It is not just an adaptation of Othello. If I didn’t know that this was a retelling before I read it, I would have thought it was a unique story. 

It is a realistic portrayal of schoolyard drama. The whole story takes place during one school day. A lot can change within a day for children, with relationships being made and broken, so I can see these things happening in real life. 

I also liked that the story gave different perspectives of the events. We get to see what Dee, Osei, Mimi, and Ian do and what they think. I love the way that Shakespeare’s characters have been translated into children. The dramatic characters have great personalities for emotional kids. 

I loved this story. I just wish I had read it sooner! It is one of my favourite Shakespeare retellings!

Weekly Wrap Up #5

Here’s my weekly wrap up!

I went to Lake Placid this week on vacation. I had planned to read a lot but I really didn’t have much time.

I read 5 books this week, and reviewed all of them:

My favourite has to be Harley Quinn!

I also did a weekly book meme everyday:

What did you read this week? Have you read any of these books?

Ghosts


Title: Ghosts
Author: Raina Telgemeier
Genre: Graphic Novel, Middle Grade, Young Adult
Publisher: Scholastic
Source: Purchased
Release Date: September 13, 2016
Rating: ★★★★

Goodreads Synopsis:

Catrina and her family are moving to the coast of Northern California because her little sister, Maya, is sick. Cat isn’t happy about leaving her friends for Bahía de la Luna, but Maya has cystic fibrosis and will benefit from the cool, salty air that blows in from the sea. As the girls explore their new home, a neighbor lets them in on a secret: There are ghosts in Bahía de la Luna. Maya is determined to meet one, but Cat wants nothing to do with them. As the time of year when ghosts reunite with their loved ones approaches, Cat must figure out how to put aside her fears for her sister’s sake – and her own.

Review:

I loved the diversity in this graphic novel. It focused a lot on the Mexican traditions of their town. Carlos’s family makes more traditional mexican food and they speak Spanish fluently. Maya and Cat’s mother didn’t like the way her mother was so traditional when she was young so she didnt take the time to learn about her heritage. Cat and Maya get to learn about these celebrations from Carlos.

Another important aspect of the story is Maya’s illness. This is an important subject that isn’t covered enough in chuldren’s stories. I’m glad to see it represented here.

This is a great middle grade story for young readers.

Stacking The Shelves #4 

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This is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and Reading Reality. Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

This week I went to Lake Placid. I can turn any vacation into a bookish vacay! First we went to Barnes and Noble in Syracuse. I bought Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater and How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather. 

 

The DC comics were on sale, buy two get one free, so I had to stock up…


And these are some adorable Harry Potter bookmarks!

Then, I went to the bookstore in Lake Placid, called The Bookstore Plus.

 

I found a signed copy of Warcross so I had to get it! They also had some Pride and Prejudice stickie notes. So cute!


Finally we went to Watertown. I went to Hot Topic and bought a Hermione doll and a Hermione Pop! And at a game and comic store I found a Harley Quinn piggy bank!

So my shelves have been fully stacked this week! Did you get any fun books this week?