Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Moon Chosen Blog Tour: Excerpt + Giveaway

I'm excited to be taking part in this awesome blog tour today. I haven't read any books by this author before, but all her books seems amazing. Her newest one, Moon Chosen, looks so pretty and sounds so awesome :D I think you are all going to love it. I will hopefully be reading it one day too :) For my post today I will be sharing an excerpt from the book. And also sharing an awesome giveaway hosted by the lovely publisher :D Thank you so much Jessica, for letting me take part in this. <3 You are the bestest.


CREDIT: From Moon Chosen by PC Cast. Copyright © 2016 by the authors and reprinted by permission of St. Martin’s Griffin. 

Mari braced herself, and as she had so many times before, felt her mother stiffen while energy surged through Leda and into Mari, sizzling through her palm, down her arm to swirl around and around inside her, growing in power with each second that passed.  Mari’s heartbeat began to hammer and her breathing suddenly increased until she was panting as hard as was the pup.  In her arms, Rigel whined uncertainly.

“Focus.”  Her mother’s voice was only a whisper, but Mari could feel it through her whole body.  “You can do this.  The power is not yours to keep – your body is merely its channel.  Borrow serenity from the image of the Earth Mother.  Though you may be surrounded by chaos or sickness or injuries, find the true you within. Release that which belongs to the world –fears, worry, sadness, so that the silver stream may wash unimpeded through you. It is a waterfall at night. Rigel is the basin that must hold it.”

Mari stared at the beautiful image of the Earth Mother that Leda pruned and cared for so lovingly.  But, as always, the figure was only foliage and art to Mari.  She couldn’t feel the divine presence her mother revered.  She could not find her true self – her center.  “Mama, I c-can’t.  It’s s-so c-cold.  It- it hurts.” Mari stuttered through chattering teeth.

“Only because the healing power is not meant for you.  Release the fears of your body, Mari.  Focus!  Find your grounding and become a channel for the moon’s energy.  Tonight you must succeed.  If you do not, your Rigel will surely die.”

Her mother’s words exploded through Mari’s body.  “No!  He can’t die.  I won’t let him.”  She gritted her teeth against the cold and tried to focus past the pain – to release the cacophony of emotions that swirled through her body unimpeded – and to be the channel for the moonfall of water.  Yet, still the power was a whirlpool within her.  It terrified Mari and threatened to suck her down to drown in its freezing depths. 

This was when she usually failed.  This was when she dropped her mother’s hand and allowed sickness to claim her so that she vomited, dry heaving misery and moonlight while Leda stroked her back, consoling her with calm, loving words that reminded Mari there would be a next time – she would do better the next time.

But there was no next time for Rigel, and Mari refused to lose him.  Think!  Focus!

“Mari, slow your breathing.  Calm your heart.  This is no longer practice.  You either heal Rigel, or fail and he dies from shock and blood loss.  This is your reality.”

“That’s it, Mama!  I need to make this my reality!”  Mari squeezed her eyes closed.  Could that be the answer?  Could it really be that simple?  Mari imagined that she was in their burrow, alone, sitting at her desk preparing to create a sketch.  Her gulping breath slowed.  Her hammering heart quieted.  Mari found her grounding as she envisioned a blank sheet of paper.  On that paper her imagination began to quickly, easily, sketch an image of herself, sitting crossed-legged with Rigel spread across her lap.  From above her silver light cascaded into her lifted palm, washing through her body in a glistening wave to spout from her other palm, which was pressed against the pup’s bloody chest.  Eyes still tightly shut Mari worked on the scene, creating a picture of Rigel’s body that was washed clean of blood by the liquid light, leaving behind wounds that were neatly closed and already healing.

Suddenly the cold tide within Mari was controllable.  Instead of drowning her, it used her as a conduit, passing through her harmlessly as she let go of the energy.  I’m doing it!  I’m doing it!  And just that quickly her concentration shattered.  The picture she’d been creating disappeared along with the tide of power within her.

“No!  No!  Get it back!  I was doing it – it was working,” Mari gasped, gripping her mother’s hand like a lifeline.

“It’s too late.  The sun is fully risen.  Even with your help I cannot call the moon back to me,” Leda knelt beside Mari, gently disentangling her daughter’s hand from hers.  “But it was enough.  You did it, sweet girl.  I knew you could.  Praise the Earth Mother and the blessed Moon!  You have saved him.”

Feeling dizzy and disconnected, Mari looked down at Rigel.  The pup wagged his tail animatedly and sat up, licking her face.  Even though she felt light-headed, she laughed weakly and put her arms around him.  He nested there, curled against her body and, sending her waves of contentment, Rigel fell sound to sleep in her arms. With a trembling hand, Mari brushed aside the blood-matted fur on his chest.  What had only moments before been deep, seeping, whip-like lacerations were now pink lines of newly joined flesh that had ceased bleeding.

“I knew it was true.  You do have my powers and more.” 

#1 New York Times bestselling author, P.C. Cast, brings us a new epic fantasy set in a world where humans, their animal allies, and the earth itself has been drastically changed. A world filled with beauty and danger and cruelty…

Mari is an Earth Walker, heir to the unique healing powers of her Clan; but she has cast her duties aside, until she is chosen by a special animal ally, altering her destiny forever. When a deadly attack tears her world apart, Mari reveals the strength of her powers and the forbidden secret of her dual nature as she embarks on a mission to save her people. It is not until Nik, the son of the leader from a rival, dominating clan strays across her path, that Mari experiences something she has never felt before…

Now, darkness is coming, and with it, a force, more terrible and destructive than the world has ever seen, leaving Mari to cast the shadows from the earth. By forming a tumultuous alliance with Nik, she must make herself ready. Ready to save her people. Ready to save herself and Nik. Ready to embrace her true destiny…and obliterate the forces that threaten to destroy them all.

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You can read the first five chapters here.

PC was born in the Midwest, and grew up being shuttled back-and-forth between Illinois and Oklahoma, which is where she fell in love with Quarter Horses and mythology (at about the same time). After high school, she joined the United States Air Force and began public speaking and writing. After her tour in the USAF, she taught high school for 15 years before retiring to write full time. PC is a #1 New York Times and #1 USA Today Best-Selling author and a member of the Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame. Her novels have been awarded the prestigious: Oklahoma Book Award, YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, the Prism, Holt Medallion, Daphne du Maurier, Booksellers’ Best, and the Laurel Wreath. PC is an experienced teacher and talented speaker. Ms. Cast lives in Oregon near her fabulous daughter, her adorable pack of dogs, her crazy Maine Coon, and a bunch of horses. Her latest release, MOON CHOSEN, book 1 in the TALES OF A NEW WORLD series debuts October 18th!

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Saturday, October 22, 2016

In My Mailbox #260

This week have not been good. Sigh. My stomach have been the most painful for three days this week, which is just the worst. I get why I need my medicine now. Ugh. I wanted to quit it, but I cannot take this pain all the time. I just can't. So getting my usual medicine that I get every six weeks on Wednesday :) Hope it will make the pain go away. Ugh. So yeah. Not feeling very good. I got to read two books this week; though I wish I had read more :) I just didn't know what to read after finished Hunted, lol. But I have decided that tomorrow I will start re-reading Six of Crows, finally :D Then Crooked Kingdom. <3 I'm too nervous. Yet so excited :D Cannot wait. I did get some aaamazing mail this week, though :D And I'm in love with it all. <3 Eee. So much gorgeous. I also blogged a whole bunch, I couldn't help but share three cover reveals, lol. First I posted my review of Going Wild :) Then I shared the cover for Now I Rise. <3 Then I shared the cover for Our Dark Duet :D Eee. This week I'm waiting on The Perfect Stranger :) And then I posted my review of Hunted. <3 And shared the cover for The Fallen Kingdom :D This week my Book Collection is books by Sherry Thomas. <3 Yeah. I blogged a bunch this week :D Yay. I'm hoping that next week will be better for me, and that I will get to read much too :) What did you get this week?

Game of Thrones. I couldn't help but get this official coloring book :) I just need to start coloring too, haha.
Gemina. Sigh. This book was perfection. Two of all my editions of this book have arrived :D So gorgeous.
The Immortal Heights. I can't help it. I needed two of this paperback :D This book is just so so amazing.
Trolls. I just saw this movie today :D Eee! I loved it. I bought this 1 book on sale. I need more.. maybe :D
Plush + Pop. This TY owl is beyond adorable. So cute. And Maleficent + Stitch pop :D They are so cute.

Crooked Kingdom + Ruin and Rising. Ahhh :D I love this so so much. Gosh. Thank you so much Leigh and Changing Hands. <3 My package was simply the best. So glad I ordered Crooked Kingdom and Ruin and Rising to be signed :D Eee. And all the swag! I am dead. I need the other cards too :) So, so perfect.
Foxheart. EEE! I am SO thrilled with all of this :D Gosh damn. Claire is amazing. And Books of Wonder too. So glad I bought this stunning personalized copy :) This book is perfection. And oh god, I love all the swag. <3 So much. The bookmarks :D DYING. The poster map! Ah. It is all perfect. Thank you Claire. <3

More Instagram photos here. <3

Friday, October 21, 2016

Book Collection #34

34th week of my new Book Collection posts. I will be doing this every Friday. And I am loving it. I own so many amazing books, and I love that I get to share my collection of many of them. I will be posting all my collections randomly, but I love them all. I hope you will all enjoy these posts of mine. Would love to know if you have any collections like mine; if you own and love these books too. Let me know. I love my books.

Books by Sherry Thomas.

Eee, I adore this trilogy of books beyond words. All three are amazing. This world is amazing. These characters are amazing. Oh, I love these books so much. I wish there would be more, lol. I need more. I want more. Ack. I also adore Sherry so, so much. She is so kind and so awesome. So far I haven't read any of her adult books, and I don't own any of them yet, sobs. But I'm getting them one day. And I have ordered her newest adult book that is out this week, and getting it shortly. Super excited to read it. I just love this collection of mine. Seriously, though, if you haven't read these books yet then get started. Now. Okay, I might own a bit too many of these books, lol, but I just couldn't help it. I just love them too much.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Cover Reveal: The Fallen Kingdom by Elizabeth May

Third cover reveal post this week, ack, I know :D But I couldn't not share about this GORGEOUS cover today. I loved the first two books; The Falconer and The Vanishing Throne. They were amazing :D And eee, The Fallen Kingdom is so stunning. My gosh. I love this cover. This is the US version. And I cannot wait to see the UK version too :D They are both always gorgeous. Eee. Gosh, I cannot wait to own this one. Sigh. So perfect looking. I am dying to read this book. Yet I am so worried. Ahhh. The summary is killing me. My girl having lost all her memories? Nooo. My boy being lost too? Nooo. I need my happy ending, haha :D And romance. Always more romance, lol. I just. I hope the ending will be happy for them :D Pretty please. Either way, though, I'm going to love this book. I just wish it was out before June. Hmph. I want it now, lol. This time the UK and US editions of the book will be out at the same time. In June. Aw. Oh, well :D It will be worth the wait, I'm sure of it. What do you think of the cover? :D Isn't it gorgeous?

The long-awaited final book in the Falconer trilogy is an imaginative tour-de-force that will thrill fans of the series. Aileana Kameron, resurrected by ancient fae magic, returns to the world she once knew with no memory of her past and with dangerous powers she struggles to control. Desperate to break the curse that pits two factions of the fae against each other in a struggle that will decide the fate of the human and fae worlds, her only hope is hidden in an ancient book guarded by the legendary Morrigan, a faery of immense power and cruelty. To save the world and the people she loves, Aileana must learn to harness her dark new powers even as they are slowly destroying her. Packed with immersive detail, action, romance, and fae lore, and publishing simultaneously in the UK, The Fallen Kingdom brings the Falconer's story to an epic and unforgettable conclusion.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Review: Hunted by Meagan Spooner

This book was everything I wanted it to be. I'm not sure where to begin talking about it. I knew I would love it the moment I first saw it. The cover is gorgeous. The summary is amazing. And I adore Meagan. I'm so glad that I was right. Because, oh, I loved this book so much. It was so amazing. And really evil too. Ack.

The writing in this book was just truly awesome. I loved it right away and I never stopped loving it. The setting was amazing too. I loved reading a little bit about the town they live in. I just loved reading about the forest. And the castle. And eee. This book was just all kinds of exciting. I enjoyed reading every moment of it.

Okay, I wish the ending had been a little bit longer, but apart from that I loved everything. The ending included. It was awesome. It felt like this would be one book only. But oh, how I want a sequel more than anything. And Goodreads mentions that this is part of something. But I do not know what. I need to know. Right away. Will there be a sequel? Or just other fairy tale books? Oh, how I am curious. Either way, I will love whatever Meagan is writing next. Just really hoping for a Hunted sequel, lol. I'm not done with this world or these characters. I mean, the epilogue was awesome, if a bit evil, but I still think there could be more. So fingers crossed for that. Either way, though, I enjoyed this book oh so much. I shall be looking for all the editions. I need them all.

This book is told from the point of view of Yeva. Whom is all kinds of awesome. I adored her so much. I loved reading about her life. I loved her two older sisters too. They were kind and sweet and so amazing. Their dad was pretty great too. Yeva was just such an amazing main character. I loved that she loved to hunt, despite not having done it for some years now, after she got older. I loved how she took care of their dogs. Doe-Eyes was so adorable. I just loved reading about Yeva. She was the best. Most of the time, lol.

This story is a retelling of beauty and the beast. And it is such a gorgeous retelling of it. Different, yet the same at times. Much more brutal. Much more exciting. Much better, lol. I adored this retelling so much. There isn't much romance in this one. Which made me a little sad, but I'm okay with it. Because there is more near the ending. And it is so beautiful. And sad. And so perfect. Yes, I do wish there had been more romance, but I'm okay with there not being so. There was the start of a beautiful friendship. Was so good.

There is no love triangle, though at one point Yeva gets engaged to Solmir. She cares for him, but she does not love him, She's trying to save her family. And nothing much happens with this man. I thought it would bother me, but it did not, because he isn't in the story much. And the ending with him was good. I liked it. Solmir was an interesting character, though. He was kind and pretty sweet. A good friend for Yeva and her sisters. I did like reading about him a lot. But also so glad that he wasn't truly a love interest, lol.

Yeva is an amazing hunter. And I loved that part about her. Her father used to call her Beauty, which I found to be all kinds of awesome. I loved their relationship when she was younger. Her father is still awesome, though. I loved how there were so many details about her sisters. And I just adored reading about them. I'm not going to talk too much about the plot in this book, just a little bit. Mostly about the Beast. This book is mostly about Yeva and the Beast, being alone far away. Which I just loved so much.

There are a few small parts in the book from the Beast's point of view. They were amazing. Wish his parts had been longer, but also love that they were short. Must admit that I loved the Beast more than anything. He was dark and awful and sweet and so interesting to get to know. He is more beast than man. And I loved that. He is full of mystery. Of secrets. And getting to know it all was all kinds of exciting. Okay, sure, he keeps her captured in a small cell for many weeks. Which was so awful. Yet I still loved him the most.

There is just so much happening in this book. I'm not sure how to describe some of it. There are fairy tales being told. And they were amazing to read about. There is a bit of magic in this book. And it was stunning. This is not like the disney version of beauty and the beast. There aren't any other people who have been cast a spell on, besides the Beast. Which was all kinds of horrible, to be honest. Because the Beast have been all alone for so long. Just. Ahh. I loved him so much. Despite how dark he was. Loved.

I don't know what else to say. I want to say it all. This book was beyond amazing. Hunted was everything I wanted it to be. Full of fantasy, adventure, heartbreak and love. Reading about Beauty and the Beast was the most fun thing. They argue a bunch. Yet they slowly become friends. I loved their relationship so much. Sniffs. Hunted was perfection. Writing was so good. And I loved every moment of this book. Eee. I just wish it had been even longer, lol. Thank you so, so much to HarperTeen for Edelweiss auto approval.