Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Review: "GRIM" Shortstories (Various Authors)

Happy Tuesday, booklings!

Another review today! I don't normally read story compilations, but this one really drew my attention because it is GRIMM based. I LOVE fairytale retellings!

Now, I can't say that I was absolutely stunned by this book but it wasn't bad. Read on to get the full scoop.

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16115038Title:  Grim
Genre: YA Fairytale Retelling
Publication: February 25, 2014
Pages:   480


CLAIRE DE LUNE and NOCTURNE author Christine Johnson, ed.’s GRIM, an anthology of dark fairy tale retellings, featuring stories by New York Times bestselling authors Ellen Hopkins, Amanda Hocking, Claudia Gray, Rachel Hawkins, Julie Kagawa, and others, to Natashya Wilson at HarlequinTeen, in a nice deal, for publication in Winter 2014, by Caryn Wiseman at Andrea Brown Literary Agency (World)

Short story compilations have always been a bit hard to review due to the many differing writing styles, perspectives, and creative qualities that each of the authors bring to the table. Some really step up, and others fall flat.

On a whole I would say that "GRIM" is certainly not the most unfortunate collection of short stories that I've ever read, but neither was it one of the better ones.

In the case of this book I would say that there were definitely some shining gems! But they were unfortunately buried in piles of what I can only call mediocre retellings of these classically grim fairy tales. I would venture as far as to say that a few of the short stories weren't even retellings. No fascinating twists, no unexpected turns, no interesting little creative additions. They seemed to just follow straight along with the original fairytale with barely even a new little splash of color.

Among the most interesting and well retold were Figment, The Twelfth Girl, and The Brothers Pigget. I would certainly recommend these short stories to a Grimm fan.

A few of the shorts were somewhat convoluted as the authors attempted to gain the upper hand over the reader and "surprise" them with twist endings or unexpected events. In the majority of cases these twists and turns were predictable or just not exciting enough.

Most all of the stories maintained some level of entertainment due to their resemblance to the originally loved Grimm stories. I have to say that I was expecting a little darker and a little grittier on many levels. Some of the stories seemed a bit reserved. I do realize that this is YA, but that hasn't stopped people from crossing the line into darker territory before. The darkness of the Grimm fairy tales wasn't just the violence or the discussion of death, it was the immense depth of meaning and the consideration that there are truly frightening and bizarre things out there in the world that can't be understood and that all of our actions have consequences. I just didn't feel that from these retellings.

All in all the book was entertaining enough to read and there were certainly a few good stories that had me grinning and I was introduced to an author or two that I plan on checking in to.

Read or not? I suggest giving it a try because there is quite a variety of voices, styles, and perspectives. That's one of the fun things about short story compilations, there just may be a little bit of something for everyone.
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Thursday, February 6, 2014

BOOK BLAST: Third Daughter by Susan Kaye Quinn

Happy Thursday, my frosty little bookworms!

Today AuggieTalk is happy to participate in the BookBlast for "Third Daughter" by Susan Kaye Quinn. This is going to be a GREAT read.

Read all the great info and Be sure to participate in the giveaway for a $50 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash! (Rafflecopter Giveaway at the bottom of the post) *happy dance*



http://www.bookblasttours.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Third-daughter.jpgSkyships, saber duels, and lots of royal intrigue... and, of course, kissing.

The Third Daughter of the Queen wants her birthday to arrive so she'll be free to marry for love, but rumors of a new flying weapon may force her to accept a barbarian prince's proposal for a peace-brokering marriage. Desperate to marry the charming courtesan she loves, Aniri agrees to the prince's proposal as a subterfuge in order to spy on him, find the weapon, and hopefully avoid both war and an arranged marriage to a man she does not love.

Third Daughter is the first book in the The Dharian Affairs Trilogy (Third Daughter, Second Daughter, First Daughter). This steampunk-goes-to-Bollywood (Bollypunk!) romance that takes place in an east-Indian-flavored alternate world filled with skyships, saber duels, and lots of royal intrigue. And, of course, kissing.

From the author of the bestselling Mindjack Trilogy, The Dharian Affairs is a new series filled with equal doses of action-adventure and romance, meant to appeal to fans of Mindjack.

NOMINATED for the Illinois Librarian's "Soon to be Famous Author Project" wherein librarians hope to discover local authors whose "work will jump off the page for readers."

"Third Daughter is vividly breathtaking. Quinn delivers royal intrigue, exotic locations, and sweeping romance. Not to be missed!" - Pavarti K. Tyler, author of Shadow on the Wall

"Susan Kaye Quinn writes characters that leap off the page... Incredibly well written, the vivid setting was crisp in my mind... As the plot raced on, I was cursing real life for not letting me just sit glued to my kindle, punching the touch screen to get to the next page." - Tiffany on Goodreads

A lone two-wheeled surrey ambled out of the shadows of the Samirian embassy and headed toward her dark corner of the Queen’s estate. Aniri held her breath and silently cursed the full two-moon night. If the carriage came much closer, the occupants would surely see her clinging to the side of the palace like a spider on her thread.

The six-hooved beast pulling the surrey slowed as it neared the giant stone statue of Devkasera. The mother goddess of ancient Dharia loomed larger-than-life, threatening the carriage with a sword and a scroll—the powers of destruction and creation—clasped in two of her six hands. The Queen loved the ancient traditions, so the goddess held a place of respect in the middle of the palace lawns. Aniri preferred the clean streets and steam-driven inventions of modern Dharia to the unwashed feet and mystic religion of her country’s past, but that didn’t stop her from sending a silent prayer to Devkasera—for invisibility for herself or perhaps a sudden loss of sight by the persons in the carriage.
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susan quinnSusan Kaye Quinn is the author of the bestselling Mindjack Trilogy, which is young adult science fiction. The Dharian Affairs trilogy is her excuse to dress up in corsets and fight with swords. She also has a dark-and-gritty SF serial called The Debt Collector and a middle grade fantasy called Faery Swap. It's possible she's easily distracted. She always has more speculative fiction fun in the works. You can find out what she's up to by subscribing to her newsletter (hint: new subscribers get a free short story!) or by stopping by her blog (www.susankayequinn.com).

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

TOUR: "Scintillate" by Tracy Clark - Excerpts

Happy Tuesday, dearlings!

Today is the release day for SCINTILLATE by Tracy Clark!  Happy Release Day!

We've got lots of lovely information for you including an Excerpt from the book. There's also a tremendous giveaway going on!

1 Prize pack of a key necklace and a signed copy of Scintillate. US ONLY

3 paperbacks of Scintillate US Only.

3 eBooks of Scintillate International.

At the end of the post you'll find a schedule of other great blogs that are going to be offering REVIEWS more EXCERPTS and other goodies that'll surely keep you reading! 

Tally ho!


Title:  Scintillate
Author:  Tracy Clark
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Genre: YA
Publication: February 4, 2014 (TODAY!)
Pages:  304

( Amazon | Goodreads | B&N )

A mighty flame follows a tiny spark Cora Sandoval’s mother disappeared when she was five and they were living in Ireland. Since then, her dad has been more than overprotective, and Cora is beginning to chafe under his confines. But even more troubling is the colorful light she suddenly sees around people. Everyone, that is, except herself—instead, she glows a brilliant, sparkling silver.

As she realizes the danger associated with these strange auras, Cora is inexplicably drawn to Finn, a
gorgeous Irish exchange student who makes her feel safe. Their attraction is instant, magnetic, and
primal—but her father disapproves, and Finn’s mother orders him home to Ireland upon hearing he’s
fallen in love. After a fight with her father, Cora flees to Ireland, both to follow Finn and to look for her missing mother.

There she meets another silver-haloed person and discovers the meaning of her newfound powers and
their role in a conspiracy spanning centuries—one that could change mankind forever…and end her life.


Tracy Clark is a young-adult writer because she believes teens deserve to know how much they matter and that regardless of what they’re going through, they aren’t alone. In other words, she writes books for her teen self.

She grew up a “Valley Girl” in Southern California but now lives in her home state of Nevada, in a smalltown at the base of the Sierra Foothills. Her two children teach her the art of distraction and are a continuous source of great dialogue. She’s an unapologetic dog person who is currently owned by a cat.

Tracy was the recipient of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Work in
Progress Grant. A two-time participant in the prestigious Nevada SCBWI Mentor Program where she waslucky enough to be mentored by bestselling author, Ellen Hopkins, who taught her so much about theart of writing and cured her of her ellipsis addiction.

Her debut novel was inspired by her enchantment with metaphysics as a teen, seeing it as the real magicin life. Tracy is a part-time college student, a private pilot, and an irredeemable dreamer.




I was kindling for the fire raging in my body. Whole one moment, but soon reduced to ash. And the world would forget I had ever existed when the wind scattered me to the stars.

It’s possible that feeling like death made me morbidly poetic. A hand touched my fevered brow, leaving behind a ghostly imprint, as if I’d been branded with ice. I floated in a haze of voices and images. Sensations pricked at me from the world, but I had one foot out that door, frustrated that no one would let me go through it.

My blood flowed searing and thick through my veins, and my mind took to conjuring relief, dreaming I floated on sheets of water beneath an icy moon, though my body burned under its cool gaze.

Every ounce of strength had been wrung out of me. Janelle found me on my hands and knees on the bedroom floor, trying to crawl to the toilet. She had to help me to the bathroom, even pull down my undies for me, which might have mortified me if I’d had the energy.

Right then, I decided I could maybe love my stepmom.


1 Prize pack of a key necklace and a signed copy of Scintillate. US ONLY

3 paperbacks of Scintillate US Only.

3 eBooks of Scintillate International.

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Week 1:
2/3/2014- Spare Reads- Review
2/3/2014- Flutters and Flails- Review
2/3/2014- Imaginary Reads- Guest Post
2/4/2014- Nette's Bookshelf Reviews- Review
2/4/2014- Auggie-Talk- Excerpt
2/5/2014- Ficwishes- Review
2/5/2014- Book briefs- Guest Post
2/5/2014- Jump Into Books- Excerpt
2/6/2014- Watcha Reading- Review
2/6/2014- Fade Into Fantasy- Interview
2/6/2014- Curling Up With A Good Book - Excerpt
2/7/2014- All in a Book- Review
2/7/2014- Addicted Readers- Guest Post
2/7/2014- Fantasy Book Addict- Interview

Week 2:
2/10/2014- The Demon Librarian- Review
2/10/2014- Cyndyrene- Review
2/10/2014- Stephanie Keyes- Guest Post
2/11/2014- BiblioJunkies- Review
2/11/2014- Fire and Ice- Interview
2/11/2014- Mom With A Kinde- Guest Post
2/12/2014- Curse of the Bibliophile- Review
2/12/2014- Such a Novel Idea- Interview
2/12/2014- Mythical Books- Excerpt
2/13/2014- The Girl Bookaholic- Review
2/13/2014- Sabrina's Paranormal Palace - Review
2/13/2014- Library of a Book Witch- Excerptf
2/14/2014- Fiddle Fadle - Review
2/14/2014- Books Are Magic- Review
2/14/2014- Page Turners Blog- Interview


Until Next Blog,

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Monday, February 3, 2014

Interview with Author Rachel Roberts: "The Medea Complex"

Happy Monday, Book Babes!

Thank you January for ending gracefully. It was such a slow month! I'm certainly ready for a bit of fuller schedule. Now that February is here, it's on!

To kick things off AuggieTalk would like to welcome back Rachel Roberts, Author of "The Medea Complex".  She answered a few questions we had for her about herself as a writer and her work.

The giveaway is still going strong! It'll END on Valentines Day, people. So get it together and sign up!  There will be 6 winners. 5 ebook copies of "The Medea Complex" and 1 signed physical copy are all up for grabs! 

Next Friday we'll have a review of this intriguing work and the winners will be announced.

Enjoy, my loves!


Title:  The Medea Complex
Author:  Rachel Roberts
Genre: Adult Fiction
Publication: June 18, 2013
Pages:   246


Based On A True Story
Anne wakes up in a strange bed, having been kidnapped from her home. Slowly, she realizes she is in a lunatic asylum.

1885. Anne Stanbury - Committed to a lunatic asylum, having been deemed insane and therefore unfit to stand trial for the crime of which she is indicted. But is all as it seems?

Edgar Stanbury - the grieving husband and father who is torn between helping his confined wife recover her sanity, and seeking revenge on the woman who ruined his life.

Dr George Savage - the well respected psychiatrist, and chief medical officer of Bethlem Royal Hospital. Ultimately, he holds Anne's future wholly in his hands.

The Medea Complex tells the story of a misunderstood woman suffering from insanity in an era when mental illnesses' were all too often misdiagnosed and mistreated. A deep and riveting psychological thriller set within an historical context, packed full of twists and turns, The Medea Complex explores the nature of the human psyche: what possesses us, drives us, and how love, passion, and hope for the future can drive us to insanity.
This trailer is going in the running for most compelling I've ever seen.


1.You were inspired by some of your own experiences to write "The Medea Complex". Do  you see some of yourself in the main character you created?

I absolutely do. Both in her craziness, and also in her strength and utter devotion to her child.

2. Lunatic Asylums were filled with sane women back in the day. Do you think you'd be in one, and for what reason?
Yes! What a great question. I think I would be in one for being so stubborn - and very independent. Women were very much the 'angels of the house', and I most certainly am not. I would be put into an insane asylum as soon as I told my husband to make his own dinner!

3. Do you still believe that women are controlled today by being labeled by media as "Crazy" or "Unstable"? How can we fight this?
I do. Take for example the Miriram Carey incident - the woman who rammed the White House gates recently. She was quite clearly suffering from postnatal depressions uglier and bigger sister - postnatal psychosis. I think the true madness doesn't lie in what she did, but the way she was simply shot without any questions, and lets not forget - she had a BABY in the back of the car. This really upset me, as I could so easily see her as me, or anyone else who has had a child and suffered. It alters your brain chemistry, and that is a fact. The problem is nobody truly understands why, and as it is something that only affects women, it is another thing for men to use and call us 'crazy'. Its another version of, "Are you on your period?" Infuriating. I think the only way to fight this is awareness. keeping your eye on your friends, sister - anyone who has recently had a baby. help them, watch them. Don't dismiss her feelings as being 'sad', or 'neurotic', or blame the sleepless nights. Really, I think more than anything, the men of the world need to be made aware of this. My postnatal depression was dismissed as natural - but mine went beyond that. feeling as if you cannot cope, is not natural.

4. What are some of your favorite books that feature unfair Asylum imprisonment?
Oh! I loved The Woman In White, by Wilkie Collins.

5. Are you writing another book?
Yes. I am writing the sequel to The Medea complex, which should be released late summer 2014.


British born and raised, Rachel Florence Roberts is a registered nurse, fiancée and mother of one based in Malta, EU. The Medea Complex was written shortly after the birth of her son, and took almost two years to complete. She suffered with postnatal depression in a country that did not understand her, and was henceforth the inspiration behind the novel. The Medea Complex will make anyone who has ever thought, lived, laughed, and loved, question the importance of those and everything around them.


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