BLADE SINGER Blog Tour with Review & GIVEAWAY!!!

 

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Blade Singer by Aaron de Orive & Martha Wells

I have been waiting for WEEKS to share this with you!!! I was invited to be part of the Blade Singer Blog Tour to bring you, the reader, coverage all over the internet of this super good book that you “OTTER” be reading!

And I do mean super-WOWZERS!! Is it ever great!!  Blade Singer could be described as a “sweeping fantasy”, I guess because it covers so much ground from Texas in our world to the Fae world in ‘someplace else’.

“Manuel “Manny” Boreaux, a troubled adolescent from Texas, is magically transported into the body of a goblin pickpocket in an alternate world inhabited by faerie creatures. Manny must quickly adapt to the danger all around him and try to find a way to get back home, a feat complicated by the pickpocket’s association with a notorious gang of thieves. But when Manny uncovers a plot to assassinate a young king, he must enlist the aid of an elf cavalier and a cat burglar to thwart a Sidhe witch’s scheme to ignite a civil war between humans and the Fae.”

Whoa-Manny is just some dude from Texas that is now a goblin in an alternate world trying to prevent a war between humans and the Fae.  The Fae are faerie critters! Think Disney fairies but meaner & trying to take over not just their own world but maybe ours, too.  Nasty little beasties and Manny is right in the middle of it all!

I devoured this book-it was so good!  It took a while to get started; there was a bit too much back story. There were also a couple of places where I had to say, well that was convenient!  But none of this is a deal breaker-just read the beginning really quickly and get to the ‘meat’ of the story!

I always like books with great characters and Blade Singer does NOT disappoint-lots of details that brought these fantasy creatures to life and made their actions in the plot really make sense.  The plot itself is very good-not just the same old fantasy/alternate reality.  A nice twist on how the ‘real’ world & Fae world intersect. I hope there are sequels!!  This book is not just for adults-older YA kids/fans of the genre would have no problem enjoying Blade Singer.  5 stars.

Make sure to stop by the other blogs on the Blade Singer tour and enter the giveaway!!

 

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Blog Tour List

Stop by and visit these other wonderful blogs!

This is the tour page for Blade Singer, a middle grade fantasy by Aaron de Orive and Martha Wells. The tour runs September 29th- October 10th with reviews, author interviews, guest posts and more.

Schedule

9/29

Sunshine, Bubbles and Books – Review

Sher A. Hart: Written Art– Review

9/30

Girl of 1000 Wonders – Review

Victoria Simcox’s Blog– Promo

Cover2CoverBlog – Review

10/1

Where Connor and JT Go– Review

Ashley’s Paranormal Book Blog– Promo

Three Boy Circus- Promo

10/2

Every Free Chance – Promo

Big Otter Books– Review

10/3

Brooke Blogs– Guest Post or Top Ten

Mind-Ventures– Review

10/6

Book Lovers Life– Top Ten

My Love for Reading Keeps Growing– Review

10/7

Literary Escapism– Guest Post

Bookish Wanderlove– Review

Book Enthralled – Review

10/8

Word Forward– Promo

WS Momma Readers Nook– Review

10/9

CBY Book Club– Review

Write Away Bliss– Top Ten or Guest Post

Books and Ashes – Review

10/10

Book Sense– promo

Shelf Life– Review

Suzy Turner, YA – Guest Post

Thank you to CBB book promotions for including Big Otter Books on the Blade Singer Blog Tour!!
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Talk It Up Tuesday

Let’s have some good, clean fun today! I think everyone “Otter” be reading more, but how about reading ‘better’. By that I mean, take a step back from your usual books and try something that’s uplifting or inspirational.

I read just about every genre out there and sometimes I get to the point I can’t take one more murder or another scary thing jumping out! Especially with Halloween coming up and all those good cozy/paranormal books I am intending to read 😉 This is a great week to recharge my spiritual batteries and it’s always better when it’s combined with humor!

The Grass Is Always Greener Over The Septic Tank by Erma Bombeck

The classics stick around for a reason!  Good old Aunt Erma literally wrote the book on inspirational family humor.  I read this YEARS ago and always try to re-read every few years because it’s just that good.  Erma and her family moved to the suburbs back in the days when nobody knew what the heck the suburbs were but they flocked there anyway.  This book gives us the unvarnished truth about family and how we are all truly hilarious when we are together.

I Prayed for Patience, God Gave Me Children by Linda Wood Rondeau

Ah patience, I remember those days, before children came along and showed me what life is truly all about!  Linda does a great job with this book; our journey as parents is one we do not have to make alone.  The scripture references are right on the nose and mesh perfectly with the text.  

 

Humor Me, I’m Your Mother! by Barbara Johnson

Sadly, we lost Barbara several years ago and the humorous/inspirational book world misses her unique blend of scripture and off the wall funny.  This book is uplifting and will have you literally in stitches at Barbara’s take on just about every aspect of motherhood.  She goes into quite a bit of detail about her own children and some of the challenges her family had faced over the years.

I hope you find something a bit different to enrich your reading life this week!!  Tomorrow is mild Wednesday and you just never know what we’ll be reading around here for ‘hump day’!!

Cozy Mystery Monday

OOOH!!! Some great new Cozy Mystery books this week. You “OTTER” be reading these!!!

Stirring The Plot by Daryl Wood Gerber

This is the 3rd in the Cookbook Nook series. I’m still 4th in line at the library for the first book in this series so it will be a while before I get to read this one. It looks SO good!! Jenna moves back home to open the Cookbook Nook and of course cozy mystery ‘stuff’ starts to happen! This is being released tomorrow 9/30.

 

 

Death Is Like a Box Of Chocolates by Kathy Aarons

I am seeing this book EVERYWHERE! Every blog, every newsletter, some serious buzz is being generated for this book. It was released 9/2 and is the debut novel for author Kathy Aarons. The plot is super: Michelle & Erica are best friends who open a Bookstore/Chocolate shop-can there be anything more perfect 😉 Things go awry as they usually do in cozies and a local photographer is dead of possible CANDY poisoning!! OH, NO!! Whatever will our heroines do? Why, solve the mystery of course! It will no doubt be wrapped up before they lose their store and ruin the Memorial Day Arts Festival. I’ve put this at the top of my to-read list.

These Haunts Are Made For Walking by Rose Pressey

A librarian by day and ghost tour guide by night-what a combination! Ripley (Rip) discovers a dead body, then a ghost who communicates via text messaging. Add in a cute cop who is also a ghost hunter and you have another great Rose Pressey book; the first in a new series. It was just released on 9/22 and has all 5-star reviews on Amazon. Pressey is always an enjoyable read with quirky characters in zany situations. Another top of the pile book!

 

Caught Dead Handed by Carol J. Perry

Another cozy/paranormal mix. Lee returns to Salem, Massachusetts to interview for a TV reporter job. When the call-in psychic for the late horror movie show is murdered, Lee takes the job. Is she becoming psychic for real? What is she really seeing in her crystal ball? Will she solve the murder? There is a cat on the book cover so I’m already a fan of the series before I even read it!!

 

Two new cozies and two new cozy/paranormal for this week.  They are all at the top of my to-read list, I need to study some physics or at least watch more episodes of the Big Bang Theory-maybe Sheldon could explain how ALL my books are #1 on my list!!

REVIEW: Closure by Angela Ford

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Closure by Angela Ford

This was good but short-less than 200 pages. The characters were very believable and the story moved right along. The plot focuses on Jessica, an FBI agent who uncovers a family secret that her murdered parents kept from her. There was lots of drama as Jess gets drawn into this mystery while realizing she has deep feelings for her boss! There were a couple of twists and turns that I didn’t expect but it was interesting and I liked the ending. I received a copy of the book, the review is my own opinion.

REVIEW: I Was a Teenage Ghost Hunter by Brian K. Henry

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I Was a Teenage Ghost Hunter by Brian K. Henry

I told you earlier this week about the behind the scenes things when you start a blog. Some of it is boring and time consuming, ok lots of it! But there are some cool things that go on and one of the best parts of blogging, is that authors contact you and ask you to read their book! As a reader, I think that is SUPER COOL and it makes my day every time it happens. I recently received a very nice message from author Brian K. Henry and he sent me a copy of his new book: I Was a Teenage Ghost Hunter.

The book is really good; great title and the cover is spooky! Devin is your basic slacker teenage boy. He works as a barista in a hotel coffee shop, hangs out with his friends and tries to keep his grades up. Oh, he also sees ghosts! When his visions get worse and another student spreads it all over school, his social life suffers, his grades suffer and his job still sucks. Two of his buddies talk him into gearing up like the Ghost Hunters on TV and going to the creepy old mansion to investigate. You know this is NOT going to end well!

The story is intriguing and there were a couple of twists I wasn’t expecting. The characters were interesting and very well written. My only complaints were the number of typos and the story was very detailed so it got bogged down with quite a bit of extra ‘stuff’ that could have used an editor. These are minor nitpicky things that were very easily ignored. The story moved right along and I enjoyed reading it. The wrap up at the ending was satisfying and made sense, it also left the door open to a sequel, which I would gladly purchase and read! 4 stars As stated above, I received a copy of the book from the author, the review is my own opinion.

mild Wednesday Goes to the Dogs

Wednesday is here again, Summer is over, fall has arrived and my boys are in the dog days/doldrums of reading.  Nothing is really taking their interest so I thought I would pull out some great books with a DOGS tie-in.

Calendar Mysteries: December Dog by Ron Roy

We have read, over & over, the A to Z Mystery books.  This is the next generation of that series aimed at the grade 1/4 and age 6/9 level.  The younger siblings of A to Z take over as lead characters.  In this one, the kids find a puppy on Christmas Eve.  Obviously, it’s a present for someone but the tag is ripped. Oh, no!!  The mystery is on as the kids scramble to find the puppy’s home before someone’s holiday i spoiled.  Super cute book, the kids are funny and well written.  The mystery is really sweet as the kids go all out to help the little puppy.  The drawings are top notch as we expect from John Steven Gurney-he also does the Bailey School Kids books.  If your kiddo is younger or a less experienced reader, I highly recommend these Stepping Stone books-they are perfect for “emerging readers”, which is a fancy way of saying:  written in easy words so the kids are encouraged to read instead of being frustrated.

Big Honey Dog Mysteries: Night of Flying Shadows by H. Y. Hanna

We were not familiar with the Big Honey Dog Mystery series.  This is a novella (55 pages) that can be read as a standalone without reading the series.  There are two books in the main series and 3 of these special Holiday editions.  We want to read all of them-this seems to be a great series for kids.  In this book, the mystery begins when a mysterious visitor arrives on Halloween night.  Honey the Great Dane and her canine sidekicks find themselves in a haunted forest…and something is stalking them!!  Spooky!! This is rated for 8 up grades 3/6.

Skippyjon Jones Snow What by Judy Schachner

This one is a bit of a cheat since it’s not technically about a dog.  But, oh, how we ADORE Skippyjon Jones!!  This is one of the best series for kids ever.  Skippyjon Jones is a Siamese Kitten who thinks he is a Chihuahua, much to the consternation of his mother and sisters!  The story unfolds in rhymes that just beg to be read aloud with lots of gestures & accents.   There is a frozen Ice Princess in this one that needs saving by the kiss of a Prince.  Will Skippyjon Jones save his poochitos by actually kissing her?!?!?!!?!!  Maybe I enjoy Skippyjon more than my kids, but that’s ok!  Snow What will be released October 21st for ages 3/5 but enjoyable for every age if you love kitties and puppies and rhyming and fun.  And don’t get me started on the illustrations-SUPER good!!

Kids “Otter” be reading and these doggies will make it easy for them to curl up with a book!!

REVIEW: Trial By Fire by Josephine Angelini

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Trial By Fire by Josephine Angelini

WOW! This book knocked my socks off! This is book one in a planned trilogy. Don’t pass this by because it’s a fantasy about witches. This has a great premise, great writing, super interesting characters. There are witches, alternate worlds, weird/scary creatures trying to kill people, and a heroine that has so many flaws that she should already be dead!

Lily is a Salem, Massachusetts teenager with life-threatening allergies that confound the finest medical minds. She attends a party that turns into a disaster and then mysteriously finds herself in an alternate Salem ruled by witches, the main & baddest one is her alternate self! She learns (maybe a bit to quickly, but that is a minor criticism) to harness her unique gifts because what is deadly to her in our world, makes her a powerful force in the alternate one.

There are very few missteps in this book, Angelini does a masterful job of weaving the story threads without dropping any important plot points. The plot moves along quickly and while there are some points where the reader has to suspend disbelief when things happen very conveniently, I think the reader will be so enthralled by the storyline and fantastic world building that they will be delighted to go along for the ride.

Monday is Mixed Up!

Something new this week instead of our usual Cozy Mystery Monday post.  Here is what’s new: when you start a blog, you quickly find out it’s not all book reviews & rainbows.  There is a biiiiiig learning curve of ‘stuff’ to figure out just to get started.  I learn something new every day because I found out bloggers also have to join a surprising number of groups dedicated to helping people learn to blog!  Bloggers teach each other how to do the behind the scenes mechanics of blogging like making things line up ‘right’ and pretty borders & fonts etc, etc.

Why this is good for you, dear reader 😉 is because in one of these lovely groups is a blogger who, at no charge to anyone!!, compiles a weekly list of books being reviewed on a bunch of blogs!!  All in one place, just click a link and whammo, there you are reading a great book review!

Some of these books are way outside what I normally read,/review & recommend. Some may even be steamy (!), but that’s ok. Take a look, pass on anything that is too far outside your comfort zone and read on!! It never hurts to see what other folks are reading-maybe we will find some new genre that is perfect for us. If you never look around, you might never see. Ooh, now that’s a great motto, I “Otter” write that down!

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REVIEW: Malled to Death by Laura DiSilverio

Malled to Death A Mall Cop Mystery by Laura DiSilverio

This is book 3 in the series and I enjoyed it quite a bit. EJ is a likable character and her family is a total hoot! Grandpa is back in this one and up to his usual mysterious shenanigans. He is helping EJ solve yet another Fernglen Galleria murder-this has to be the worst place to shop ever! Also on scene is EJ’s movie star dad, filming an action movie in the mall. When the props master is found murdered, EJ must figure out who wanted her dead and why-before her family become the next targets.

The mystery in this one totally fooled me! I was sure about 1/3 of the way in that I knew the answer, I kept telling the book why doesn’t EJ know that it’s *, then I got to the end and wow, I did NOT see that coming!! So good!!

There are some interesting subplots including one that deal with FINALLY a love connection for EJ-this is book three, it’s about time! That’s really my only criticism of this series-it moves sloooooowly.
The writing is very good, the characters are fully developed and believable, there is even a cat! But at times it’s like molasses wading through all the extra angst & scenery chewing to get to the meat of the story.

I do like the inclusion of EJ’s injury from Afghanistan and how she is dealing with not just the physical but also her mental recovery. She is such a believable character and her disability is part of the character: her leg gets tired and her knee gives out etc. EJ also acts like a mall cop most of the time-staying out of the way, calling the regular cops in when something happens and not snooping too much. There is a tantalizing thread left dangling that has to do with super secret spy type stuff that I can’t wait to read about in the next book. I recommend this series.

First Chapter Friday

Need some ideas for books for your 8-12 year old? You’re in the right place as I’ve read the first chapter in three YA/middle-grade books this week:

 

The Iron Trial by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare

My first book up for First Chapter Friday is The Iron Trial. It was just released on the 9th and I am already hearing so many good things about this book. You know these authors: Holly Black is The Spiderwick Chronicles and the super creepy Doll Bones and Cassandra Clare is of course The Mortal Instruments books. You just know any book they collaborate on will be excellent. The plot starts out like every other magic/fantasy/YA book out there: kids must pass the Iron Trial to be admitted to the Magisterium to study magic. Ho hum so far, right? WRONGO, me hearty (sorry, Talk Like a Pirate Day just got me!) The twist to this book is that Callum Hunt wants to FAIL the Iron Trial, so of course he passes and must enter the Magisterium.  Despite some comparisons to Harry Potter in the reviews, I thought the first chapter was pretty good and different enough to rate a full book read.

Spirit Animals #4 Fire and Ice by Shannon Hale

The Spirit Animals series has been on my radar for a while since Brandon Mull and Garth Nix wrote books in the series.  This is book 4 of the series and in this one, the four kids (Greencloaks) travel to the far, frozen North to try to stop “The Conquerors” using their “spirit animal” powers.

I didn’t finish the first chapter-VERY bloody/violent killing in the first two pages. Definitely NOT for the age 8-12 range that is the target market. NO NO NO. I’m not sure what Shannon Hale was trying to accomplish in using this to set up the plot but it is an epic fail for me.  I’ve read the reviews and I’m seeing lots of comments about the humor and character interaction later in the book but I just can’t get past chapter one–this series goes to our do NOT read pile.

 

Nightmares! by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller

OH!! You know how you get that tingly feeling when you read a really good book and you don’t want to put it down? Nightmares is THAT book!! Now this is a book for the 8-12 crowd-funny, scary and you will want to be Charlie’s friend as he tries to figure out what is going on in his new home.

His father has married a woman Charlie is sure is a real witch and they have moved to her purple mansion that may or may not be haunted. There is a touch of sadness when you read that Charlie can see his old house from his new bedroom window 😦 What a great plot point, that one sentence gives the reader more about Charlie than you could tell in 20 paragraphs. Authors Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller have done a fantastic job with the writing. Top of the to be read pile for this one.

One clunker this week but two your kids definitely “Otter” be reading!!

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