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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Book Gatheirng #33


Going along with our 2015 Blog goal to participate more in memes, Auggie-Talk is starting back up with the weekly Book Gatherings. We'll be participating in Stacking the Shelves, with Tynga's Reviews  and Sunday Post by Caffeinated Book Reviewer

Big stack of used books from Amazon today! I looooooooove used books, especially when I can get them in two days for under $4. *shake shake*


Stacking the Shelves






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!
If you want to find out more about Stacking The Shelves, please visit the official launch page!


The Sunday Post

It’s a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog. This is your news post, so personalize it! Include as much as you want or as little. Be creative, it can be a vlog or just a showcase of your goodies. Link up once a week or once a month, you decide. Book haul can include library books, yard sale finds, arcs and bought books..share them!




Book Gathering Vlog





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Purchased Books

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Thanks for joining us in this week's Book Gathering!

Please leave your own Stacking the shelves or Book Haul links in the comments below so I can stop by and see your awesome new stuff!

Until Next Blog,

Read On! 

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Featured Friday - Character Interview: "Moxie's Problem"






Happy Friday, Book Lovers!
IT'S COLD! We hope you're warm and snuggly today!


This Friday we're featuring a Character Interview with the infamous characters from "Moxie's Problem", a story about a cranky and spoiled princess from Alternative Universe Camelot (with not a whole lot going for her) who discovers that "real" life isn't all its cracked up to be.

Hank Quense

Hank Quense is a Satirical Fantasy author who takes some of your favorite stories and turns them on their heads! King Arthur? Shakespeare? They've all been re-imagined in intriguing and hilarious ways!

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Character Interview
With: Moxie, Percivale, Bors, and Gareth

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1.    Moxie, did you ever in your wildest dreams think youd have such an adventure?   

Never!  The Knights made me sleep on the ground, get up before dawn, ride or walk all day.  The sun dried out my skin, I was covered with bug bites, I didn't have a decent bath for weeks and there were snakes!

2. In hindsight, whats the FIRST thing you would have done differently if given the chance to start at the beginning again with the Knights? 

If I had known how disrespectful they were going to be, I would have had my daddy, the King, tell them that were to obey my commands and follow my orders.

3. If Percivale, Bors, and Gareth were sinking in a sand pit, who would you rescue first and why?  

 Well Perc is kind of sweet and he's the least disrespectful. On the other hand, he can't cook.  Gareth can cook and he's handsome in a way.  Bors, forget about it.  He's always lecturing me like a child.  Bors is definitely the last one I'd rescue.  Provided I didn't have to get my boots wet.

4. Now for the boys. (Sorry about the sandpit thing, I was just curious). I know you were kind of shocked over Moxie when you first met her. But if you had to pick one quality you admire in her, which would it be?

Percivale: I wouldnt call it admiration, but I was surprised at how she never stopped whining.  I didn't know people could do that all day long for weeks on end.  I thought that was pretty amazing.

Gareth: Moxie had nothing to admire so I just ignored her and let Percivale and Bors deal with her.

Bors: I never meet met a more stubborn woman in my life.  I went out of my way to teach some basic finance that could help her out in later life and all I got for my trouble was scorn and ridicule.  I guess I have to admire how pigheaded she is.

5. So, this Hero training stuff, do you think it actually prepared you for being a Hero? Or did you kind of have to ride by the seat of your pants?
Perc: The Hero Guild taught us how to fight and how to survive a battle.  But it never mentioned stuff about dealing with people like Moxie.  We don't have enough experience to tell if Moxie is a one-of-kind adventure or if everything in life is like dealing with her.

6. Moxie - Your one absolute biggest fear. 
Living my entire life trapped in a castle with nothing to do or to live for.  it'd be like a bird in a cage or a tiger trapped in a pen.  Bleah!

7. Soooo the Saxons I dont suppose you guys are planning anymore soccer games anytime soon? 
Gareth: We do.  The Knights of the Round Table have a full schedule of games against other British kingdoms and towns.  Only we call it football, not soccer.

Bors: So does the apprentice knights's team and all three of us play on it.

Perc: And don't forget the Saxons.  We never know when the Saxons will try to invade Camelot and defeat the Knights team.


9.  Guys - What are you favorite ways to relax after a long day of Hero-ing?

Percivale: drinking a mug of ale (drinking the water is too dangerous) and making a sketch or two of our most recent adventure.

Bors: I love to audit a nobleman's financial scrolls to see if he's cheating on the taxes he owes.
Gareth: My favorite way to relax is to cook up a new recipe or try out a new spice.

10. Whats next for our three Knights in not-so-shining armor?

Perc: I got this spooky feeling that we're not done with Moxie.  I think we're going to have to deal with her again.

Gareth: (gags)

Bors: (shudders)
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Feature and Follow Friday




More Memes!

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Do you post your reviews anywhere besides your blog? Where else do you post reviews? – Suggested by A Great Read

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Promo: "Where Dead Bodies Lie" by Kat Cazanav


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Title: Where Dead Bodies Lie (The Body Dowser Series, #1) 
Author:  Kat Cazanav
Release Date: 12/16/14

Summary from Goodreads: 

For as long as I can remember, I have been told to follow three important rules; 

Always guard my ability
Never share my secret
And pretend to be normal. 

However, those three little rules don’t make my life easier. I still find dead people and deal with strange visions. Not to mention, an attraction to a boy who doesn’t exist. Whenever we cross path’s he mists away like smoke on a mirror. He drives me crazy, that Kaff  Cooper. 

As a flock of dead crows fall from the blackened sky, Kaff becomes the only one who can see the truth straight to the dark underbelly of who I actually am. 

My hands feel the pull to extract the forsaken, the lost, the forgotten. It comes as naturally as breathing and there is no stopping it. 
 
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Excerpt
 A few more steps into the shadows and the lightness of a feather brushed against my cheek. Instinctively, I turned around, expecting to see someone but instead I lost my balance and stumbled forward, arms extended to catch my fall. I landed on my knees, my hands

scraped by broken twigs and rocks. I shifted my focus from my hands to a crumbling neighborhood further off in the distance. Barely visible through heavy fog, the dilapidated buildings had a rippling effect. There was no clear explanation for it, but looking back on that moment later, I realized the nausea, dizziness, little black dots floating across my eyes, even the black crows passing overhead, were all precursors to what was about to happen. 

The ground rumbled and opened up, like a woman spreading her arms wide to take me in. There was only one frightening explanation for this and as absurd as it seemed, it made sense.
Body dowsing. Someone was waiting for me in the limitless black hole beneath my feet.” 




Teaser quotes 
 
“Three years ago, you, Stella Monroe, experienced a terrible accident in an abandoned well. You went to the dark side and met Death. Maybe you should be tellin’ me what’s going on?” 

“I don’t do stiff tricks. I’m a dowser. I find things.” 




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Waiting on Wednesday #2





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


I can't wait to get my hands on:

18588998Title: 5 to 1
Author:  Holly Bodger
Genre: Dystopian
Publication: May 12, 2015
Pages: 224

Summary:

In the year 2054, after decades of gender selection, India now has a ratio of five boys for every girl, making women an incredibly valuable commodity. Tired of marrying off their daughters to the highest bidder and determined to finally make marriage fair, the women who form the country of Koyanagar have instituted a series of tests so that every boy has the chance to win a wife.

Sudasa, though, doesn't want to be a wife, and Kiran, a boy forced to compete in the test to become her husband, has other plans as well. As the tests advance, Sudasa and Kiran thwart each other at every turn until they slowly realize that they just might want the same thing.

This beautiful, unique novel is told from alternating points of view-Sudasa's in verse and Kiran's in prose-allowing readers to experience both characters' pain and their brave struggle for hope.

What are YOU not so patiently waiting for?


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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Review " Ward Against Disaster" by Melanie Card



18457745Title: Ward Against Disater
Author: Melanie Card
Genre: YA Supernatural
Publication: January 19, 2015
Pages: 276

Summary: 

Ward de'Ath should be dead by now. Instead, he’s chasing after a soul-eating creature—that he unleashed— and is bent on stopping her before she slaughters more innocents. Fortunately, Celia Carlyle remains by his side, a nobleman's gorgeous and deadly daughter, who is…well, dead.

Celia claims she’ll champion Ward wherever he goes, even when she thinks his quest is hopeless. He can only hope her pledge comes from her heart, and not because she’s bound to him through his magic.

When they enter Dulthyne, they stumble upon a dark power that threatens the entire town. Ward, with his unreliable necromancy, is determined to help but finds himself ensnared in the lure of white-hot magic…blood magic he struggles to resist. But if Celia’s love is a lie, it might just doom his soul to the dark arts forever.

 


Action packed. That's the first thing you need to know. Being that normally I get my hands on similar books only to find that its a weak romance with a watered down plot line, I didn't have too high of an expectation for this work, though the synopsis was plenty to pique my interest initially. I prepared myself for mild disappointment. But...


Yikes.
In this case Yikes is the "I was expecting PeeWee Herman and got Will Smith" Yikes. The kind of Yikes where you think to yourself... "Damn I didn't wear a cute enough dress". 

Are you following my line of thought here? No? Ok moving on. 

If you're expecting a sappy schmoozy romance with weak characters and half-assed battle sequences you will be so very disappointed, cupcake. Ward and Celia are a power couple (with a few issues... like actually accepting that they wuv eachother) but are certainly more concerned with stopping the murderous monster that's on a serious rampage (Gee... thanks Ward) than expressing their undying devotion to one another. Plus, Celia is still dead. So... there's that.

This Action-Adventure Fantasy is a bit on the dark side, but we're dealing with Necromancers here so no surprise. Writing style is actually pretty pleasing (read excerpt below for a little snippit) which is more than half the battle in so many cases.

I do certainly recommend this to lovers of Fantasy and darker tales. Another reviewer brought up a relevant consideration - YA or NA? It IS a bit hard to decide. Please can we call this a NA? The NA genre is severely lacking in non-contemporary titles. We're just going to do that. I've decided. NA it is.

This is book #3 in the series, so be sure to check out the other two:


 

About Melanie Card: 



Melanie has always been drawn to storytelling and can’t remember a time when she wasn’t creating a story in her head. Her early stories were adventures with fairies and dragons and sword swinging princesses. 

Today she continues to spin tales of magic in lands near and far, while her cat sits on the edge of her desk and supervises. When she’s not writing, you can find her pretending to be other people with her local community theatre groups. 





      Get your copy of Ward Against Disaster at: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iTunes





      Excerpt 

      Ward’s insides squirmed. “We can’t sit here long. She’s a vesperitti, all her senses are enhanced. If she hasn’t smelled our sweat, she’s listening to us talk right now.” She’d probably already heard them approach and could hear his heart trying to pound its way out of his chest. 


      Celia drew the silver knife—the only thing that could kill a vesperitti—from her dagger’s sheath at her hip. “We need to get her into sunlight to blind her. Get your silver ready.” 

      Nazarius drew his silver knife and stood. 

      Celia glanced at Ward, freezing him with her pale blue gaze. A hint of emotion swept through her expression but, like it had been since they’d started hunting Allette four days ago, he couldn’t figure out what it meant. “Stay here.” 

      Right. It meant he was a liability in a fight. And really, going up against a creature faster and stronger than a man, he was, without a doubt, a liability. 

      He opened his mouth to say something. Agree, disagree, wish her to stay safe? He didn’t know what, but she leapt away and dashed across the small clearing to the farmhouse’s front door before he could say anything. 

      Nazarius was a step behind her. She reached the door, threw it open, and Nazarius rushed inside, but he jerked back into the doorway, blocking Celia from entering.
      Something was wrong. 


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      Auggie's Top 10 Literary Best Friends

      Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. For future Top Ten Tuesday topics & info on how to participate, click here!

      This week's top ten topic is a freebie! I chose the above topic for this week. These are the gals that I think I'd be great friends with. 
      MY TOP LITERARY BEST FRIENDS



      1. Sookie Stackhouse - (Sookie Stackhouse Series) I've stated it before and I'll state it again. Sookie is a serious bad-a** with an awesome attitude. She's strong, independent, and fun. Even though tanning isn't my thing, I'd slather on five layers of 100 SPF just to lay out in the sun with her and chat about everything. She's also a reader, which is a plus. On top of ALL of that? Body shaming? Please! She embraces and loves her size 10 (and so does pretty much every guy she's ever met... ever).

      2. Maleficent- (Maleficent) I'm going off of the recently released book by the same name where the gorgeous and stylish villain from Sleeping Beauty (who has always been my favorite Disney villainess) was just in a really bad place at the time. Now everything's cool and she's back to being her fun-loving faery self and we are TOTALLY BESTIES. I'd love to hang out in her tree and have mudfights with the sprites. Best.

      3. Sunday Woodcutter - (Woodcutter Sisters) Sunday is calm, collected, graceful and creative. Even though I can't sew, I can see us sitting for hours and chatting while working on something. Maybe with her positive influence I'll finally be able to crochet a darn scarf.

      4. Brenna O'Toole - (The Ghallagers of Admore) Brenna is a spitfire! She's hilarious and hardworking. A mechanic and a fix-anythinger Brenna will be the first top hop under the hood of your car if you're stranded on the side of the road. She speaks her mind and I know I'd never get anything but honesty out of her. She has a gillion sisters already but she'd sure feel like one of mine!

      5. Sophie Hatter - (Howl's Moving Castle) Who wouldn't love Sophie? She's a no-nonsense person with a hidden romantic side. Even being turned into an 80 year old woman didn't phase her. She packed up her stuff and off she went to start a new life somewhere else. Get stuck dealing with a messy and tantruming Wizard? No big. She sorts him out and he falls head over heels for her! FIRE DEMON that wants to eat her eyes? Whatever. He's like family now. Sophie goes on so many adventures without even realizing it. That is one cool lady.

      6. Luna Lovegood - (Harry Potter) This one is kind of a "Duh". It's always nice having a quirky friend with a different perspective on the world. Intelligent and loyal and just plain interesting. Luna's strangeness is endearing and she's full of light and positivity and she's certainly not afraid to be herself, thank you very much.

      7. Brooklyn Wainwright - (Bibliophile Mysteries) Booklyn is just interesting. She knows how to restore old (practically ancient) books to their former glory, and she loves frozen pizza and wine. We could seriously have a party (books, wine, and pizza all the way!)

      8. Diana Bishop - (Discovery of Witches) - Lower on the list because she's so very serious and completely tied up in Matthew but she's so interesting and clever and she's seen SO MUCH. I mean, the woman is a wtich who has traveled back in time and is married to a vampire. We would have so much to talk about. *wink*

      9. Abra Walsh - (Whiskey Beach) - I didn't like this book. AT ALL. But weirdly, I liked Abra. She's your Manic Pixie Dream Girl but is actually interested in a relationship. She does pretty much everything. Massage, Yoga, jewelry making, baking. She's your all around hippie/hipster type who has a shady romantic past that she has OVERCOME to be the independent woman she is today.

      10.  Aurora Teagarden - (Aurora Teagarden Mysteries) This one was iffy. Aurora and I have this love-hate thing going on. Most of the time I think she's annoying as hell, but then she does something that makes me love her again and it's Ok. Overly polite, not entirely authentic, very dry without much color to her personality. She's very grandmotherly even in her 30's but she handles difficult situations with ease and does happen to have a lot of love in her heart. Oh, and she's a librarian who lurves to read. Check. Really, though, I think Aurora and I would be better off as sisters (so we could argue all the time).



      What was your Top 10 this week?

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