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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Audio Blog Tour: Zoe & Zak and the Ghost Leopard



About Zoe & Zak and the Ghost Leopard


Move over Percy Jackson.
Find out what everybody is talking about!
If you loved Harry Potter, if you couldn't get enough of Percy Jackson, if you're wondering what to read after The Mark of Athena -- from bestselling author Lars Guignard comes the kids' magic fantasy adventure... GHOST LEOPARD.

Zoe and Zak are lost in exotic India, where gods and magic still exist. Before they can find their way home, they just have to do one little thing...

...Save a mythical creature from an ancient evil that wants to rule the world.

When Zoe Guire goes along on her mom's business trip to India, things get very weird, very quickly. An elephant god speaks to her from the bottom of a swimming pool... She and her classmate Zak get locked in a trunk and shipped off to a strange city near the foothills of the Himalayas... and a crazy snake charmer tells them they've been chosen to protect a mythical creature called the Ghost Leopard from an ancient evil that wants to take over the world.

As they travel deeper into the majestic mountains known as the Realm of the Gods, things get even weirder. If she and Zak want to make it back to their parents, they're going to have to tap into powers they never knew existed.

Because if they don't, things will never be the same for any of us ever again.


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My Review


So I've been doing things out of my comfort zone Zoe & Zak and the Ghost Leopard was my first audio book since I was in elementary school. What can I say about this? I wasn't sure of what I should expect, though this had sounded interesting to me (and I wanted to give it a try), I was a bit worried. And, for good reason. I have to give credit to people who listen to audio books often. 

Zoe & Zak and the Ghost Leopard is narrated by Bailey S. Carlson, I have to say that I liked her voice, and thought it fit. One thing I remember about having to deal with audio books when I was younger, was I wasn't very fond of the narrators voices. 

Listening to the audio book and trying to do something was very hard for me. I would play the audio book on my phone while trying to work and it didn't work out so well. I would have to turn it off because I would stop what I was doing and just listen instead. It worked out better for me when I had time that I didn't have to do anything at all. It was a fun listen and I couldn't help but get caught up in what was going on.

I would give this a 4/5. It's something I imagine myself listening to again, when I have time, and maybe even getting around to buying the book.

4/5


About Lars Guignard


Lars Guignard is a former film and television writer and a graduate of both McGill University and the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. His debut thriller novel, Lethal Circuit, has been an amazon top 100 Technothriller since its release.

Guignard has wanted to write Indian stories for kids ever since he attended a boarding school in the majestic Himalayas. The time he spent in the “school above the clouds” affected him profoundly, and once he returned home to North America he was struck by the lack of children’s stories from India available in our culture. Since India is such an incredible country, he decided to write a series of action adventure books for young adults about India to introduce young readers to this magical, mystical land. So if you’re looking for a great book adventure for kids, try Ghost Leopard today!

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Book Tour: Stone Guardian by Danielle Monsch

Stone Guardian


Gryphons flying past Skyscrapers? Wizards battling it out in coffeehouses? Women riding motorcycles with large swords strapped to their backs? All normal sights since the Great Collision happened twenty-six years ago.

Well, not normal for everyone. Larissa Miller may have been born after the Great Collision, but as a history teacher who lives in the human-only city, she has never come into contact with any other race or species. That is, until one day she walks out of her apartment only to be attacked by a mob of Zombies, but then is saved by a Gargoyle.

Leader of the Gargoyles, Terak has been watching over the human woman for months because of a cryptic prophecy. Gargoyles trust no one outside their Clan, but something about this woman stirs every protective instinct within him. When he realizes the danger to her is real, he refuses to allow her to explore this new world without him at her side.

In the course of their investigation Terak becomes entranced by his little human. But when he discovers why Necromancers want her and the great reward that awaits him if he betrays her, he must choose between the welfare of his Clan and not only Larissa’s life, but the fate of this new Realm as well.


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My Review


This will probably be a rather small review, it's one of those that I cant' really think of what to say. I know I say this often, but I haven't quite made up my mind about this book. That's usually because I haven't given myself enough time between finishing the book and writing the review. However with Stone Guardian, I didn't feel as if it left a huge impact with me. I feel that Stone Guardian was a cute read. Though I always feel weird calling a book cute, but I really can't think of a better way to describe it.

I struggled to get through the first couple of chapters. Stone Guardian quickly started with action, which at first I thought was great, until I found that it didn't keep much of my interest. I was barely within the first 3% of the book, and I had to put it down a number of times. Of course once I got into the next chapter it was golden. This was also one of the situations where I can't say that I liked the characters at first. However, I found that I did like the story enough that I wanted to continue. And, thankfully the characters did finally start to grow on me.

Though Paranormal Romance usually isn't my thing, I was glad that I had given this a try. (I mean, gargoyles! How Could I not give it a try?) I gave Stone Guardian a 3.5/5, I liked it and think it might be something I would read again (minus the first chapter however).

3.5/5


About Danielle Monsch


Born to the pothole ridden streets of Pittsburgh, PA, Danielle started writing in a time long ago, a time when there were not enough vampire stories to read and she had to write her own to fill the void. Yes, such a time of darkness did indeed exist.

Danielle writes stories full of fantastical goodness and plenty of action, but always with lots of romance (and a bit of woo-hoo!) mixed in. Vampires and Werewolves and Demons and Angels, Sword & Sorcery, Fairy Tales, Updated Mythologies and the like - if it's out of the ordinary, it's fair game for her stories.

When not writing, Danielle reads comic books and watches cartoons (though she says she reads manga and watches anime, because saying it in a different language makes all the difference.) She listens to music, plays D&D, follows XKCD, watches movies with the Rifftrax on, and is mom to two amazing little girls and wife to her favorite guy in the world.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Book Blitz: 'Jump Zone: CleoFalls by Wylie Snow'



Jump Zone: Cleo Falls by Wylie Snow
(Jump Zone #1 )
Publication date: September 9th 2013
Genres: Dystopia, New Adult

Synopsis:
All Cleo wants, all she’s ever wanted, is the acceptance of her tribe and the love of her family... and she almost dies trying to earn it. But the man who saved her, who found beauty in her flaws and loved her without condition, has cruelly betrayed her, and she’s dying all over again.

Was it all lies? His words, his promises, his kisses? Lost in unfamiliar territory, Cleo will fight the forces that conspire to destroy her homeland, even if she has to do it alone.

Libra longs for freedom—from prison, from pretense, and from his birthright... but he’s caught in a political game where only greed and power can win, and Cleo Rush is the pawn. How much is he willing to sacrifice for liberty? His morals, his principles, the woman he loves? No matter which path he chooses, people will die, their blood on his hands. And it could be hers.

To save themselves and their world, Cleo and Libra must overcome the double tragedy that binds their families in hatred. Together, they might live. Apart, Cleo will fall.


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Jump Zone Survival Quiz


In the book Jump Zone: Cleo Falls, the inhabitants of the Taiga forests struggle to survive daily life in the northern wilds. Take this simple quiz to find out if you’re Taiga material…

Question 1
How many days can you survive without water:
  1. 1
  2. 3
  3. 5
  4. 7

Question 2
You’re lost in a northern forest and want to travel due south. Which indicator do you look to for help:
  1. moss
  2. sun
  3. anthills
  4. all of the above

Question 3
You should avoid sleeping on the ground for what reason:
  1. ouch - you’ll wake up with stiff aching joints
  2. the cold hard ground will zap your body heat
  3. avoid snake bites
  4. forest dirt leaves harsh un-washable stains

Question 4
Your weak from hunger and the insects are looking awfully yummy. Which should you avoid:
  1. slimy ones
  2. flying ones
  3. brighty colored ones
  4. ugly ones

Question 5
Thunder, lightning! How do you estimate the distance of a storm:
  1. Count the seconds between the thunderclaps and lightning strikes and divide that number by five to equal the distance in miles.
  2. When you feel the first raindrop, start counting the seconds until you hear a rumble of thunder, which equals the number of miles away.
  3. Count the number of lightning strikes in one minute to equal the distance in miles.
  4. Who cares! Get yourself under the biggest tree you can find and prepare to get wet.

Question 6
Oh no, you’re lost! But you know to implement the S.T.O.P. plan. Gosh… what do those letters stand for again?
  1. Sing Things Or Pray – when in doubt, hum a hymn
  2. Stretch Twirl Oscillate Pivot – keep moving, turn this adventure into an exercise plan
  3. Stop Think Observe Plan – don’t do anything rash, think this situation through
  4. Solo Time Operating Plan – you’re alone and it’s time to do all those crazy things you saved for when nobody was watching… yeehaw!

Question 7
You’re still lost, and night is falling. It’s time to build a shelter. Choose your spot:
  1. An open, highly visible area – the search party needs to find you.
  2. The edge of volcano - best place to keep warm!
  3. At the bottom of a dry creek bed – no hair-curling dampness to worry about.
  4. Close to a water source – you might get thirsty in the night.

Question 8
You’re stranded in a forest with only one item from your handbag. What would be the most useful thing? Choose just one:
  1. Hairbrush
  2. Nail file
  3. Lipstick
  4. Tampon

Answers:

1 - B
The average person needs about 2 quarts of water per day to maintain good health. Going without water for 3 days spells death!

2 - D
All of the above! Though moss will grow on the north side of trees, it will be lusher and greener on the south side. Ants frequently build their nests on the south or southeast side of trees to take advantage of the warmth, and if you walk toward the sun precisely at noon, you’ll be headed due south.

3 - B
You’ll preserve your body heat by piling up a bed of grass, leaves or bows and getting yourself a few inches off the ground.

4 - C
Stop with the ick-face. Insects can be a great source of protein (pound for pound, as much as 3 times as much as beef!), but it’s a good idea to stay away from the bright ones, which could potentially signal poison or toxin. Leave the hairy ones and the smelly ones alone, too.

5 - A
As soon as you hear thunder, start counting – one Mississippi, two Mississippi, three Mississippi, etc… until you see a strike of lightning. Divide by five and that’s roughly how many miles out the storm is. And for heaven’s sake, don’t stand under a tall tree!

6 - C
Stop moving, sit down and relax, Think about your situation, how you got into it, how might you get out of it, Observe your surroundings, your supplies and/or tools, Plan your next move.

7 – A & D
Hopefully, somebody knows you’re missing (you DID tell someone about that wilderness hike, right?) so you should find or build shelter in a spot where the search and rescue team can find you. Though building too close to water can be hazardous (insects, animals coming to drink), it’s a good idea to stay fairly close as you need water to survive.

8 - D
You could probably find uses for all of those items, but surprisingly, a tampon is your best bet. The ‘Tactical Adventure Medical Preparedness Outdoors Necessity’ (see what we did there?), is a handy-dandy multi-purpose tool, summed up best by the good folks at The Art of Manliness (click the link, if only for the pictures of a man with a tampon in his mouth!): http://www.artofmanliness.com/2012/06/05/survival-tampon/

Your score:
7-8 correct – you are a survivor!
4-6 correct – you may want to brush up on your outdoor skills before you leave the beaten path.
1-3 correct – Glamping might be more your style.
0 – stay home, lock the doors, you’re not fit to go outside!


About Wylie Snow


Almost every author says they wanted to write from a very early age. Not me. I wanted to be a detective like Nancy Drew, or a wildlife expert like Jim Fowler or an archaeologist like Indiana Jones. Or have my own island resort and make fantasies come true!

I didn't do too badly with any of those... I married a detective, worked in a zoo, explored ship wrecks instead of old ruins, and spent 18 glorious years living on a sunny island.

As for those fantasies... I also write erotic romance as Wylie Kinson. Happy reading!

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Sunday, September 8, 2013

As one Read-a-Thon ends another begins...


Okay, so, this past week for the Fairy Tale Read-a-Thon I did okay I guess. I finished one book (The Wedding Bargain), got about halfway through another (The Fairy Godmother), and began another (Howl's Moving Castle).

 


Now on to Tackle your TBR Read-a-Thon!



Okay, so my goals for the next two weeks? Well, I'm currently working more hours and I haven't quite gotten used to it. So my goal is rather small, I just wanted to finish two books.

Showcase Sunday (27)


Showcase Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by Vicky at Books Biscuits and Tea.

Okay, what I've bought over the past... few days wasn't my fault. I recently discovered a local new/used bookstore, so I HAD to check it out. And then I was dragged off to the usual used bookstore I visit. Not my fault I swear! 

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Fairy Tale Read-a-Thon Update + Mini Challenges


Okay, so the past two days haven't been really great for me (I worked all day yesterday and Monday I ended up being busy). Plus I've been having a How I Met Your Mother marathon, but now that I'm done with HIMYM I can concentrate completely on reading! Along with reading some of Fairy Godmother I started one of my absolute favorite books Howl's Moving Castle!

 


Because I was busy yesterday, I worked all day yesterday I wasn't able yesterday's mini-challenge, so I'm going to do that now! So the challenge was Magical Quote Mini Challenge. For this challenge we had to go to page 7 or 77 and find the 7th line. I decided to go with a line from Howl's Moving Castle.

"This state of mind did not last."


Now for today's challenge! Wishing Well Mini Challenge. Which upcoming book am I dying to have?


It comes out at the end of next month, but I keep think its coming out sooner. 

Monday, September 2, 2013

Quick Fairy Tale Read-a-Thon Update


Ah, yesterday was a great day for me! I finished The Wedding Bargain (I read 192 pages) and started Fairy Godmother (64 pages). Here's to hoping that today is a good day, because I won't be able to do much reading tomorrow.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Fairy Tale Read-a-Thon Goals!


Alright so I'm not completely sure about my goals, however, I do know I'm off to a good start! This read-a-thon goes rather well with Jessie's Book Place theme this month. So some books I'm hoping to get to are:

     

And what I started a few days ago and hope to finish:



September Schedule

It's September and as I mentioned previously, it's:


So most of the books I will read this month will be of the romantic nature (partly because I really have to do something with the romance books piling up next to my overcrowded shelf).


Blog Tours:
On the 11th - Jump Zone by Wylie Snow (Book Blitz)
On the 15th - Courtlight Series by Terah Edun (Book Blitz)
On the 18th - Zoe & Zak and the Ghost Leopard tour (Review)
And possibly change of date - Stone Guardian by Danielle Monsch (Character interview)


TBR:
Okay, I won't be picking out any books for this month. There are two different read-a-thons I've signed up for, so this month I'll be feeling my way through.


Other:
As I mentioned above there are two read-a-thons I'm hoping to participate in: