20. ruj 2014.

Crown of Ice by Vicki L. Weavil

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Thyra Winther's seventeen, the Snow Queen, and immortal, but if she can't reassemble a shattered enchanted mirror by her eighteenth birthday she's doomed to spend eternity as a wraith. Armed with magic granted by a ruthless wizard, Thyra schemes to survive with her mind and body intact. Unencumbered by kindness, she kidnaps local boy Kai Thorsen, whose mathematical skills rival her own. Two logical minds, Thyra calculates, are better than one. With time rapidly melting away she needs all the help she can steal. A cruel lie ensnares Kai in her plan, but three missing mirror shards and Kai's childhood friend, Gerda, present more formidable obstacles. Thyra's willing to do anything – venture into uncharted lands, outwit sorcerers, or battle enchanted beasts -- to reconstruct the mirror, yet her most dangerous adversary lies within her breast. Touched by the warmth of a wolf pup's devotion and the fire of a young man's desire, the thawing of Thyra's frozen heart could be her ultimate undoing. 
        As a kid I really was fortunate enough to get and read many of H. C. Anderson's fairy tales. I loved them and had a nice collection of them. But somehow "The Snow Queen" was never among them and it wasn't before Frozen exploded worldwide that I have heard of this tale. Now with Crown of Ice I think I've got to understand it better.

      The first thing I noticed while reading Crown of Ice was how much it stick to the real story. There were a lot of new elements, which I'll mention later on, but basic is there. We've got a boy and a girl, Gerda and Kai, who are a bit older than in fairy tale. But they've been friends forever and during that time Gerda saw Kai as her future and her safe harbor, something that was written in start. At the same time Kai even though incredibly smart still aware that it's likely that he will stay in village despite his desires to go to University. It was all as planed until our Thyra returns to their lives, but now as the Snow Queen and lures Kai into her castle where he is bound to help her. They have little time and lots of things to figure out.

      Despite the base that was somewhat similar to the original this story presents some fresh elements as well. Even though the cover will tell you different story, Crown of Ice was dark and at moments really cruel. The line between good and evil was always present and while I could understand Thyra and her behavior I couldn't connect with her at the same time. That's actually the main reason why I couldn't enjoy this one fully, but everything except that was nicely done. I loved how the story was even unpredictable even though the background was familiar to me.

      All in all, even though story was a bit low at moments, it still was nicely organized and well written.

Rating: 3.5 stars.

Until the next time,
*Note: Copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher, Month9Books. Thank you!

19. ruj 2014.

Cover Reveal: I Heart Robot by Suzanne van Rooyen

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I HEART ROBOT Cover Art from Suzanne van Rooyen

I'm not the most artistically inclined. While I do love art and have been known to bust out the pencils and paints myself, it's not an area where I'd consider myself particularly talented. In short, I knew that cover design was something best left to the professional and I had every confidence in Month9Books.
I am so grateful to Georgia McBride for allowing me to have the amount of input I did when it came to cover creation for I Heart Robot. This is a novel that is as much about a civil rights struggle in a futuristic, post-war city as it is about romance, and we wanted a cover that reflected both elements. Finding the right balance between romance and science fiction was a tall order, but Month9Books delivered in spades by presenting me with two stylistically different covers. I loved elements of both, and by working closely with the cover artist and with Georgia we managed to combine all the best parts of both original covers into what we have today: a cover that reflects the gritty world my characters live in while emphasizing the fact that this is above all, a love story.
I Heart Robot
Sixteen-year-old Tyri wants to be a musician and wants to be with someone who won't belittle her musical aspirations.
Q-I-99 aka 'Quinn' lives in a scrap metal sanctuary with other rogue droids. While some use violence to make their voices heard, demanding equal rights for AI enhanced robots, Quinn just wants a moment on stage with his violin to show the humans that androids like him have more to offer than their processing power.
Tyri and Quinn's worlds collide when they're accepted by the Baldur Junior Philharmonic Orchestra. As the rift between robots and humans deepens, Tyri and Quinn's love of music brings them closer together, making Tyri question where her loyalties lie and Quinn question his place in the world. With the city on the brink of civil war, Tyri and Quinn make a shocking discovery that turns their world inside out. Will their passion for music be enough to hold them together while everything else crumbles down around them, or will the truth of who they are tear them apart?
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Title: I Heart Robot
Publication date: March 31, 2015
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Suzanne van Rooyen
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SVSuzanne is a tattooed storyteller from South Africa. She currently lives in Finland and finds the cold, dark forests nothing if not inspiring. Although she has a Master’s degree in music, Suzanne prefers conjuring strange worlds and creating quirky characters. When not writing, she teaches dance and music to middle schoolers and entertains her shiba inu, Lego. Suzanne is represented by Jordy Albert of the Booker Albert Agency.
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18. ruj 2014.

Cover Reveal: ReBorn by Ada Adams

Hello all. Today I've got a cover reveal for you. It's for the last book of Angel Creek series and you might have heard of ReVamped and ReAwakened.

So without further ado here is the cover and all the info.

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About the author

"Many people sing in the shower. I write scenes in my head and act them out."
A self-proclaimed book and TV junkie, Ada Adams spends most of her days immersed in imaginary worlds. Much like the kick-butt female characters she enjoys writing about, she is a martial artist with a Black Belt in Shotokan Karate. She is also a big proponent of lifelong learning and has attained a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology as well as a Masters of Science in Education.
Ada began her writing career at the age of three (with a string of short stories that only a mother could love) and has been inventing quirky characters and imaginary worlds ever since. She is the editor-in-chief of VEUX Magazine (www.veuxmag.com) and a passionate advocate for the arts.
Ada lives in Toronto, Canada. When she is not writing, you can find her on an adventurous nature hike with her puppies, Caramilk and Oreo. Or, more likely, deep in a jar of Nutella.

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17. ruj 2014.

Waiting on Wednesday (#113)


You know the story. This is a meme created by Breaking the Spine and every week we pick books we're waiting for. Here are our picks for this week.

Glass' pick

From the USA TODAY bestselling author of Sweet Thing and Nowhere But Here comes a deeply emotional contemporary romance about the second chances waiting beyond the shattered dreams of youth.

Under the bright arena lights of a rodeo show, young Avelina Belo falls for a handsome cowboy with a larger-than-life personality. After a whirlwind courtship, she happily moves away from her family in northern California and settles into married life with her cowboy on a seven-thousand-acre cattle ranch in Montana. One freak accident later, Avelina’s hopes for the future come to an end.

Nate Myers graduated from UCLA medical school at the top of his class, ready to follow in the footsteps of his father, a superstar cardiothoracic surgeon. Six years later, Nate’s career is being ruined by a malpractice suit. Questioning himself for the first time, he retreats to a Montana cattle ranch to visit his uncle and gain perspective. There, he meets a beautiful young woman named Avelina who teaches him more than he ever knew about matters of the heart.


Expected publication: November 11th, 2014

Tanja's pick



Annith has watched her gifted sisters at the convent come and go, carrying out their dark dealings in the name of St. Mortain, patiently awaiting her own turn to serve Death. But her worst fears are realized when she discovers she is being groomed by the abbess as a Seeress, to be forever sequestered in the rock and stone womb of the convent. Feeling sorely betrayed, Annith decides to strike out on her own.

She has spent her whole life training to be an assassin. Just because the convent has changed its mind doesn't mean she has...





Expected publication: November 4th, 2014

We'd love to see your picks so feel free to link them up.

Until the next time,

15. ruj 2014.

Bookish Problems #9 - Reading and music

Greetings all. While writing an review last week I started thinking about this question and actually problem for me. I have met many people who like to listen to music while reading or studying and I've always admired them. My brain seems to lose it when I try to do both simultaneously. 

Paying attention to words (but which ones?).

       However, I do love both and I don't think I can imagine my life without any of the two so why cannot I combine them. The answer is really simple. While listening to music I can't focus on the words if there is some lyrics in the song. I either sing it or try to understand and catch all the words. I lost track of the story and I need to reread that part again. I don't need complete silence though. I live in the city where there is always some noise and I got used to it so it's not really bothering me. But I do like to read with my TV and music player off.

But writing and music 

      Well this is another story altogether. While writing posts and reviews I noticed that I usually do that with some background music. There is a catch of course. I listen to classical music while doing this. Now, don't give me weird looks and no I'm not such geek (even though Zemira probably considers me the biggest geek in the Geekdom), but classical music rarely (if ever) has words and all those soothing and melodic pieces really give me inspiration. However, I really don't know all Beethoven's or Mozart's pieces by heart and I probably never will. There are rarely ever on my playlist. But there is one piece that I truly love and listen often. Its by an amazing violinist Itzhak Perlman.

What about you - music or not? If yes, please share your magical powers with me and teach me how to train my brain to process both?  

Until the next time,

14. ruj 2014.

The Sunday Post (#24)

Hello all. Well, as some of you know Sundays are always reserved for Sunday Post which is a meme created by lovely Kim @Caffeinated Book Reviews!

It'll be pretty chaotic this week on the blog as we actually don't have things planned out. Glass's been busy with job hunting still and well Tanja's mom has this thing that's called fall clean, as you know normal people have big spring clean, but in her household it's fall clean - logic was never strong with us. Tanja has been dusting and vacuuming all week and didn't have much time to plan the next week. So this schedule below might wary! 
At the same time we're way behind responding to comments and we shall get to it soon. 
Also Tanja is taking part in #TackleTBR read-a-thon and below you'll see update. 
Thanks for being around peps! Catching up to come! 
  • Bookish Problems #9 - Reading and music 
  • Crown of Ice by Vicki L. Weavil (review)
  • Waiting on Wednesday (#113)
  • ReBorn by Ada Adams (Cover Reveal)
  • Month9Books (Cover Reveal) 
  • Dunno - go with the flow people! 
Tanja's haul 
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (bought) 

Tackle your TBR read-a-thon - Check in! 

So we're half way through this read-a-thon and I can actually be very optimistic about reaching my goal. Hopefully it'll stay that way. Now this is just a quick update about my reads till now. I've managed to read 4.5 books till now and they are: 

Crushed by Eliza Crewe 
Ghost Heart by Ripley Patton 
Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis - last 50% of it. 
Love and Other Unknown Variables by Shannon Lee Alexander 
Stray by Elissa Sussman 

My goal is to read at least 6 books, but I'm secretly hoping to get to 10. We shall see. Till the wrap-up stay cool!

Until the next time, 


13. ruj 2014.

ARC Review: Jackaby by William Ritter

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“Miss Rook, I am not an occultist,” Jackaby said. “I have a gift that allows me to see truth where others see the illusion--and there are many illusions. All the world’s a stage, as they say, and I seem to have the only seat in the house with a view behind the curtain.”
Newly arrived in New Fiddleham, New England, 1892, and in need of a job, Abigail Rook meets R. F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with a keen eye for the extraordinary--including the ability to see supernatural beings. Abigail has a gift for noticing ordinary but important details, which makes her perfect for the position of Jackaby’s assistant. On her first day, Abigail finds herself in the midst of a thrilling case: A serial killer is on the loose. The police are convinced it’s an ordinary villain, but Jackaby is certain it’s a nonhuman creature, whose existence the police--with the exception of a handsome young detective named Charlie Cane--deny.
Doctor Who meets Sherlock in William Ritter’s debut novel, which features a detective of the paranormal as seen through the eyes of his adventurous and intelligent assistant in a tale brimming with cheeky humor and a dose of the macabre.
          Comparing a book with some mainstream concepts such as Sherlock or Doctor Who is not something I look forward while reading a book. Yes, it can do wonders for marketing, but it can also create false expectations. Beware of that! As you can see the blurb for this book did just that but I cannot tell you if it's for the better or worse as I didn't read the blurb before reading the book, so I didn't have those kind of expectations.

          One thing is sure you can draw parallels between the three. Jackaby is weird detective in town who has unusual way with investigating crimes and resolving mysterious cases. He is not praised by police or other townsfolk but at the end of the day it's the best they have got. When Abigail finds herself in little town called New Fiddleham she couldn't dream that she would find herself in the middle of serial killings which got stranger and stranger. In desperate need of job she finds an open position as Jackaby's assistant and slowly starts to change her views on the world.

          When I started this book it sounded like a story of mystery and killings, but paranormal elements here surprised me. Everything sounded so real and touchable that I though it would be more Sherlock than Doctor Who like. But at the same time I was impressed how the author managed to put folktales and legends and shape them so they fit the story. It was really well done and I really enjoyed it.

          Despite the references this book had everything I wanted. It was funny, interesting and nicely packed together. I'm sure that many will enjoy it as much as I did. Only things that I can put as con here would be the predictability. But nothing scary, I assure you.

Rating: 4 stars.

Until the next time,

12. ruj 2014.

Cover Reveal: Where the Staircase Ends by Stacy Stokes

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After her best friend orchestrates the lie that destroys her reputation, Taylor wants more than anything to disappear from her life. But when an accident turns this unspoken wish into reality, instead of an angel-filled afterlife, Taylor must climb a seemingly endless staircase into the sky.
Instead of going up, the journey plunges her into the past. As she unravels the mystery behind her friend’s betrayal, she must face the truth about life and find the strength to forgive the unforgivable -- unless the staircase breaks her first.
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Title: Where the Staircase Ends
Publication date: April 2015
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Author: Stacy Stokes
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Stacy Stokes attended the University of Texas at Austin and The Wharton School of Business. She grew up in Dallas, TX, and currently lives in San Francisco with her husband. WHERE THE STAIRCASE ENDS is her first novel.
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11. ruj 2014.

The TBR Tag

Hello. Yes I've got tagged again. Like I said to Lola she has started something. I haven't gotten tagged before, so this is really new for me. I love doing these posts. So let's focus on the TBR Tag. I've got tagged by Montana @The Book Bells. Thanks, hon! I'm supper excited to do this. So let's go! 

1. How do you keep track of your TBR pile?
God bless Goodreads and whoever invented it. I still claim it's the best invention since Internet came to life. I would be lost without it.

2. Is your TBR mostly print or e-books?
It's mostly e-books, and a lot of them are ARCs actually. I have got plenty of print books that are still sadly on my shelf unread but I shall change that.

3. How do you determine which book from your TBR pile to read next? 
It really depends. Sometimes I like organize it by publication date if I have got a lot of ARCs, but I usually just start reading whatever I feel like reading.

4. A Book that has been on your TBR list the longest.
The Girl With Glass Feet by Ali Shaw. I'm really not proud of this as this book is really short and I should read it and I have heard such great things about it. But every time I get determined to read it I start something else. Why? I have no idea.

5. A Book you recently added to your TBR pile.

Golden Son by Pierce Brown. I added this on as soon as I finished Red Rising. I really want to read more and go back to that world soon!

6. A book you never plan on reading 

Ghost House by Alexandra Adornetto. Or any by this author really. I don't like people who cannot understand critics and well I don't want to have anything with them.

7. An unpublished book on your TBR that you're excited for

Winterkill by Kate A. Boorman. I sadly haven't got approved for this one and I usually get over that easily as I'm lucky enough to get approved for lots of books. But this one!! I want it badly.

8.  A book on your TBR that basically everyone's read by you 

Across the Universe by Beth Revis. Yes I know! I'll get to this series one day. I will. Really! It's just I somehow always skip it. I have no idea why.

9. A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you 

The Bronze Horseman series by Paullina Simons. I don't think I know anyone who didn't like this book. I heard so much about it and I really cannot wait to read it.

10. A book on your TBR that you're dying to read 

I take it we're talking about already published books. So Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secret of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz. I really want to discover that secret too.

11. How many book are on your Gooreads TBR shelf? 

114. I'm really trying to keep this under control but I'll probably lose it sooner or later. I'm happy for now, but there is that old saying - for every read book I add 2 more on my TBR shelf.

So I won't tag anyone specific this time. I always feel bad that I left someone out of this and he/she really wanted to do it. So you all consider yourself tagged! :) 

Until the next time,

10. ruj 2014.

Waiting on Wednesday (#112)


You know the story. This is a meme created by Breaking the Spine and every week we pick books we're waiting for. Here are our picks for this week.

Glass' pick

The sound of the ocean, the crash of the waves as they kick up against the sand and rocks—these are the only sounds Megan Greene wants to hear. She wants to leave the rest of the world behind, and find some peace.

The offer of a private house on the beach, set in a small town in Maine, is perfect. Time to think—to be by herself. It’s all she wants. It’s the escape she needs.

Until she stumbles across the painting that seems to echo her own chaotic mindset.

Until she meets the unfriendly artist behind the stormy painting and discovers his secrets.

All Zachary Adams wants is to be left alone. His canvases, and the unending scope of the ocean and sand, are his life. They direct him—fill his hours. Bring him focus.

Until she enters his life.

She dredges up memories of the past—the haunting images he has hidden for years; the fears he has never shared.

A story he keeps buried below the surface.

Can she make him see what he is missing? Can he trust her enough to believe?

Together they embark on a journey where their pasts collide and threaten to tear them apart.

Will their fragile bond hold or wash away with the ebbing tide?

Expected publication: October 14th, 2014

Tanja's pick


It's an oppressively hot and sticky morning in June when Sterling and her brother, Phin, have an argument that compels him to run into the town swamp -- the one that strikes fear in all the residents of Sticks, Louisiana. Phin doesn't return. Instead, a girl named Lenora May climbs out, and now Sterling is the only person in Sticks who remembers her brother ever existed.

Sterling needs to figure out what the swamp's done with her beloved brother and how Lenora May is connected to his disappearance -- and loner boy Heath Durham might be the only one who can help her.

This debut novel is full of atmosphere, twists and turns, and a swoon-worthy romance.


Expected publication: October 21st, 2014

We'd love to see your picks so feel free to link them up.

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