Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Perilous Sea Blog Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway

Oh, how I loved The Perilous Sea. So I'm beyond excited to be a part of this amazing blog tour :D Thank you Jaime at Rockstar Book Tours for letting me be a part of this tour :) I really loved The Perilous Sea. <3 It is a stunning second book in this amazing trilogy. It has no love triangle. Stunning characters. And an awesome plot. I love this series. And I am dying for book three. Sigh. My five star review can be found here. <3 Sherry is amazing as well. So kind. For my tour stop there is a guest post with Sherry that she wrote for my blog. <3 Thank you so much. I love it to pieces. Also, US giveaway at the end :) Thank you for this amazing guest post Sherry. <3 You are the best. And also, love triangles are the worst thing, so I could not be happier that this series have no hint of it at all. <3 This romance is the best.

How do you keep up the tension in a middle book without introducing a love triangle?

Interestingly enough, although I’ve always known that I do not enjoy reading love triangles, until I was asked this question, I have never asked myself why. 

But once I think about it, the answer is pretty clear. For a fictional relationship to work for me—heck, for a real life relationship to work for me—the following components are necessary: physical attraction, intellectual common ground, mutual respect, and last, but most certainly not least, emotional commitment.

The movie Titanic, for example.  There are various points in the movie when Jack and Rose could have gone their separate ways, instead each time they choose to stay together.   And every time they make that choice, they take their relationship to the next level, until they were in a state of absolute commitment.  Death was the one thing that could rip them apart.  It did.  But nothing could diminish that state of absolute commitment.  And the people who watched Titanic over and over again, they didn’t go for the special effects, they didn’t go for the spectacle of the boat sinking, they went for this kind of commitment.

And the reason I don’t like love triangles is that there is not enough emotional commitment in a love triangle. You have one person who is torn between two choices and that can certainly make for riveting drama, but then you do not get to see the truly interesting part, which is how two people who are committed to each other work through their challenges and change and grow.

So that’s what my middle book is all about, the same couple, working through a twist of fate that would tear them apart—that has torn them apart. It is about them asking themselves, what does their commitment to each other mean? Do they really give up so easily, in the face of this obstacle, or do they still do their best to love each other with kindness and generosity?

(And of course I lighten up my middle book with a second timeline in which my characters suffer from magical amnesia and get to fall in love with each other all over again.) :)

There are lots of ways to introduce additional tension and conflict without having to introduce an additional love interest. You can find out that this person is actually your enemy, is responsible for the death of a loved one, or has been hiding really important things from you—for reasons that are understandable from his point of view, yet nevertheless devastating to you. I came up with that list in about thirty seconds or so. If you spend some time brainstorming, there are endless possibilities.

So, go forth and explore that big wide frontier of middle books without love triangles. :)

Title: THE PERILOUS SEA (The Elemental Trilogy #2)
Author: Sherry Thomas
Pub. Date: September 16, 2014
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Pages: 432
Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

After spending the summer away from each other, Titus and Iolanthe (still disguised as Archer Fairfax) are eager to return to Eton College to resume their training to fight the Bane. Although no longer bound to Titus by a blood oath, Iolanthe is more committed than ever to fulfilling her destiny—especially with the agents of Atlantis quickly closing in.

Soon after arriving at school, though, Titus makes a shocking discovery, one that makes him question everything he previously believed about their mission. Faced with this devastating realization, Iolanthe is forced to come to terms with her new role, while Titus must choose between following his mother's prophecies—and forging a divergent path to an unknowable future.

Sherry Thomas is one of the most acclaimed romance authors working today. Her books regularly receive starred reviews from trade publications and are frequently found on best-of-the-year lists. She is also a two-time winner of Romance Writers of America's prestigious RITA® Award.
English is Sherry's second language—she has come a long way from the days when she made her laborious way through Rosemary Roger's Sweet Savage Love with an English-Chinese dictionary. She enjoys digging down to the emotional core of stories. And when she is not writing, she thinks about the zen and zaniness of her profession, plays computer games with her sons, and reads as many fabulous books as she can find. Sherry’s next book, THE PERILOUS SEA, volume two of her young adult fantasy trilogy, will be available fall 2014. Author photo by the lovely and talented Jennifer Sparks Harriman at Sparks Studio. ~ Website /Blog/Twitter/Facebook/Goodreads

Giveaway Details: US ONLY! 
For First Place: 1 winner will receive. The Burning Sky, The Perilous Sea, and The Hidden Blade and a handmade solid lotion bar and some homemade face scrubs, plus a burning sky bag. 
Runners Up: 2 winners will receive The Burning Sky, The Perilous Sea, and The Hidden Blade.

Tour Schedule:

Week One: 
9/8/2014- A Book and a LatteInterview 
9/9/2014- Such a Novel IdeaReview 
9/10/2014- FiktshunGuest Post 
9/11/2014- The Irish Banana ReviewReview 
9/12/2014- Bewitched BookwormsInterview

Week Two: 

9/15/2014- Two Chicks on BooksGuest Post 
9/16/2014- A Backwards StoryInterview 
9/17/2014- Carina's BooksGuest Post 
9/18/2014- NerdophilesReview 
9/19/2014- Candace's Book BlogReview

Waiting on Wednesday #153

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.


Goodreads Description:

Game of Thrones meets the Grimm's fairy tales in this twisted, fast-paced romantic fantasy-adventure about Sleeping Beauty's daughter, a warrior princess who must fight to reclaim her throne.

Though she looks like a mere mortal, Princess Aurora is a fairy blessed with enhanced strength, bravery, and mercy yet cursed to destroy the free will of any male who kisses her. Disguised as a boy, she enlists the help of the handsome but also cursed Prince Niklaas to fight legions of evil and free her brother from the ogre queen who stole Aurora's throne ten years ago.

Will Aurora triumph over evil and reach her brother before it's too late? Can Aurora and Niklaas break the curses that will otherwise forever keep them from finding their one true love?

Hardcover, 400 pages
Expected publication: December 9th 2014 by Delacorte Press
Pre-Order here.
I have seen a lot of people excited about this book lately. So I had to check it out too. And I think the summary is kind of exciting :D So I'm very excited for this book now. I do think it sounds adorable. So I'm just crossing all my fingers that this book will be awesome :D Will be looking for reviews of it. <3
What are you waiting for on this thorny wednesday?  

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Cress Tuesday #47

I don't think I will ever get tired of sharing these Cress teasers with you all. It just makes my heart happy to read small bits of Cress every time I choose a new teaser, hih. As you know, I adore these books. So much. And waiting for Winter is torture. November 2015 better arrive fast. <3 I'm also beyond excited for Fairest out in January :D It will be amazing. Sigh. Soon I will re-read them all. And I cannot wait. I adore this story and all the awesome characters. Marissa is amazing. I hope you are all enjoying these small and mostly non-spoilery teasers from Cress :) See all the previous Cress Tuesdays here. <3


Choking on his heart, Kai found himself anchored to the floor, expecting the man to 
leap at him and maul him to death any moment. He hadn't yet seen one of the queen's 
wolf soldiers in person, but he'd seen plenty of vids. He knew how fast they were--how deadly.


Small Kai teaser. <3 He is adorable when scared.

Was allowed to do this by Marissa and Macmillan; Thank you. <3 Marissa is the best. Check out her amazing website :D I'm also very much in love with the Lunar Chronicles facebook. So pretty. I hope you enjoy the teasers :) There will be one teaser each Tuesday. Can't wait for you all to read Cress :) Also, the teasers are now from my finished hardcover copy of Cress :D And oh, how it is gorgeous. <3

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Review: Endsinger by Jay Kristoff

I'm not sure my heart is ready to write this review. I'm not even sure that my heart is ready to live yet. Because Jay Kristoff murdered it with this book. Endsinger was perfect. But it was evil. There is so much death and betrayals and happy moments and oh. This book killed me. And I loved every moment of it.

When I got this gorgeous review copy in the mail yesterday, I peeked at the ending. Like I always do. So I knew one big thing that happened. But I didn't know about all the deaths. I was surprised at the twist near the end. And I was beyond heartbroken. Yet thrilled as well, because this book was epic.

I want to rage and scream and share about all the people who died in this book. I want to talk about it all. But I will not, because that would be sharing spoilers. And I want to see you all get shattered when you read it yourself, hah, like I did. Because this book murdered me. There is so much happening. There is so much death. Yet there is hope too. But so much death. And I must honestly say that I have never cried as much in a book as I did with Endsinger. It made me cry all the time. Which is just cruel, you know. But at the same time I loved this book to pieces. Because it has it all. It is written so well. I loved all the words. I loved all the characters. Though almost all the characters I loved ended up dead. How unfair. Yet so well done as well.

I had such high hopes for Endsinger. High hopes, and high fears. I won't say what happens. But I will say that I didn't expect all those deaths. I didn't see them coming at all. And that breaks my heart. Yet they also made so much sense, because there is a war, and people are cruel. People need to die. It happens. But it still hurts my heart. Because they were good people. Sigh. But enough about all that. There aren't only death in this book. There are also a lot of amazing moments. And all of this book made me happy.

We see more of Yukiko. And Buruu. Whom I adore more than anything. Yet holy crap. They go through so much in this book. And my heart cannot take it. Sobs. We learn the truth about Buruu's past. And it broke my heart. It was so perfect and real. I just loved reading about them both. They are the perfect match. This thunder tiger is the best. Sniffs. And Yukiko is amazing. I love how she grew in this book. I felt like she became a better person. Well. Except for one part that shattered me. Hmph. Still. Love her.

There are so many characters in this book. And I'm not going to mention them all. Just a few that I loved. Hana and Yoshi. They are perfect. And Akihito. And Michi. And oh. I still didn't like Kaori. But I might feel with her. Kind of. Then there is my Kin. I won't say anything about him. Just that he is my favorite character. And I love him to death. Yeah. I'm very thankful to Jay for writing Kin. He has a special place in my heart. Him and Yukiko. Sniffs. This book was just so beautiful. So perfect and sad.

The plot in Endsinger is stunning. There are things happening all the time. There are sea dragons. There are more thunder tigers. There is the Earthcrusher. Shudders. Then there are the demons. And the Endsinger. Oh, this book is creepy. And I loved it. It is horrifying. And I wanted more at all times. I was surprised at all the twists. All the deaths. Sweet moments, only to end badly. Those killed me a little. Yet I adored this book. I couldn't help it. It is the perfect ending to the trilogy. And it's all kinds of awesome.

Endsinger is a perfect final book in an amazing trilogy. It has it all. It is full of exciting moments, full of betrayals, full of adventure. There are so many surprising twists. And every moment of this book is perfection. I couldn't have loved it more. There are so many deaths. Which still breaks my heart. But there are also some happy moments. Bittersweet moments. And they are beautiful. This whole book was stunning. And I just loved it so much. You all need to read Endsinger in November. You will love it. <3

I could talk forever about this book. But I also don't want to give away spoilers, which is everything I want to talk about. So I'm not going to say much more. I just wanted to say that Endsinger was everything I wanted from the ending of this trilogy. It had it all. Well, there was one thing I was missing, but will be asking Jay about that part. But other than that, this book was breathtaking. And I just wanted to thank Jay for writing it. And beg him to write more from this world. I'll never have enough.

I cannot thank Mary at Thomas Dunne Books / St. Martin's Press enough for being so kind to send me this print ARC of Endsinger. <3 It meant the world to me. And I will treasure this book forever. My precious. I'm also so glad that I re-read the first two books before reading Endsinger, as I felt like I understood things better. Probably. And having read this book now, I cannot wait to read it again. Also so excited to get my hardcover of it. <3 Sigh. This book could not have been better. Well. Less deaths :D

In My Mailbox #150

I think this might have been the best mail week. As I got the most gorgeous ARC in the mail yesterday. It kills me how awesome it is. <3 My review of Endsinger will post shortly, after I finish it. Sigh. I also got a bunch of other amazing mail as well. <3 In love with all of it. Things are still missing, sigh, but yeah. That is just normal these days, I suppose. Anyway. I am still behind on comments. And I'm still feeling like crap most of the time. Just tired of being sick all the time. But yeah. Posts this week. Another Cress Tuesday. <3 I'm waiting on A Darker Shade of Magic. I also read some books. I read The Last Stormdancer. <3 Then I re-read Stormdancer. And re-read Kinslayer. And I am currently reading Endsinger. <3 Sniffs. They take forever to read, but so worth it. Giveaway winners have been chosen and emailed and announced. All three have responded. Which makes me happy. This week I also re-watched Maleficent. Sniffs. What a perfect movie. Love it so much. What did you get this week?

Endsinger. Just look at this beauty. Look at it. Sigh. <3 Thank you so much to Mary at Thomas Dunne Books / St. Martin's Press. This means the world to me. And this ARC is STUNNING. Almost done reading it. So perfect. And it will always be special to me. <3 Ack. So so much love for this :) Adore this series.

Heir of Fire. Hmph. One day I will read book one, lol. But had to get these. They are so pretty, right?
Trial by Fire. I loved this book. So much. And this hardcover of it is gorgeous. <3 I love it so much.
Rose Under Fire. I needed this new paperback edition. Because book is awesome and this is so pretty.
The Iron Trial. So excited about this book! Hopefully reading it soon. <3 And oh, it is very gorgeous.
Rae Carson. Got replacement of The Bitter Kingdom. <3 And this other goorgeous book. So excited!
Shades of Earth + Across the Universe. I had to buy these signed books. I did. Love them so much. <3
Champion. You know, I must own ALL the copies, hah. This is the new US paperback. <3 Very pretty.
Friday Never Leaving. I'm crossing my fingers that this book will be good. Because I wanted it, hih.

Mary Tudor. I have no idea why I got this book from The Book Depository. I didn't want it, lol. It arrived with packaging slip of Friday Never Leaving. Without that book. Hmph. Still. Free book for me, hih :)
His Dark Materials. When I re-read this series, I knew I needed all editions. This big book is gorgeous.
Movies. These three movies cost me $5! Ack. So cheap. Only ones they had, hih. They look awesome :)
The Unwanteds: Island of Legends. This is stunning. And I adore this middle grade series. And omg. This package is peeerfect. <3 Bought it from Changing Hands. Signed book too. So amazing. Love! <3

How To Train Your Dragon 2. These calendars are the most pretty. Gosh. Just look at them. So gorgeous.
Frozen. This calendar is gorgeous too :D I love it very much. Sigh. Frozen is all kinds of awesome.
Frozen books. And a bunch of Frozen books too :D New ones. <3 And they are all so so amazing.

My signed books. <3

More Instagram photos here. <3