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May 2, 2016

A Shot of YA: The May Queen Murders by Sarah Jude

Series: Standalone
Format: eGalley
Release Date: May 3, 2016
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
Genre: YA | Thriller

Stay on the roads. Don’t enter the woods. Never go out at night.

Those are the rules in Rowan’s Glen, a remote farming community in the Missouri Ozarks where Ivy Templeton’s family has lived for centuries. It’s an old-fashioned way of life, full of superstition and traditions, and sixteen-year-old Ivy loves it. The other kids at school may think the Glen kids are weird, but Ivy doesn’t care—she has her cousin Heather as her best friend. The two girls share everything with each other—or so Ivy thinks. When Heather goes missing after a May Day celebration, Ivy discovers that both her best friend and her beloved hometown are as full of secrets as the woods that surround them.

April 30, 2016

Steampunk Sundays: The Golden Owl by Lana Axe

The Golden Owl
Clockwork Calico Book 1
Lana Axe
April 21, 2016
AxeLord Publications
Steampunk Adventure | Middle-grade to Adult

Calico Cogg is a cat like no other. Rescued from the streets of Ticswyk by esteemed inventor Lionel Cogg, she has been fitted with implants to enhance her natural feline abilities. When Lionel is kidnapped, Cali must put her skills to the test to free him.

Dark schemes are in the works—a plague of tiny clockwork spiders are wreaking havoc on the city’s inhabitants. Only Cali, with help from her trusted mouse friend Emmit, can get to the bottom of it all. With a criminal mastermind planning a major heist, Cali must race against time to unravel his plot before he escapes with the city’s greatest treasure.

I thought I'd chill this Sunday and let the super adorable Calico Cogg take over the blog for me.

Bought, Borrowed, & Bagged [199]: Samuel L. Jackson

BB&B (Bought, Borrowed and Bagged) is a weekly meme, inspired my The Story Siren and Pop Culture Junkie, where we share with you the books that we have bought, borrowed or bagged (won or gifted) plus a recap of the previous week's reviews, upcoming reviews, on going events and book movie or television news. 

BB&B is an homage Barron's Books & Baubles from Karen Marie Moning's smash hit series, Fever. 

April 28, 2016

Suped Up: Empress of Bright Moon Duology by Weina Dai Randel

Empress of Bright Moon Duology
Weina Dai Randel
Sourcebook Landmark
Historical Fiction
April 5, 2016

Empress Wu kept me company during my week long hiatus. I loved the story so much because of the details I had to ask Weina Dai Randel to tell us more about the making of the duology. 

Tips to write an original novel truthful to your culture

by Weina Dai Randel

The Empress of Bright Moon, the sequel to The Moon in the Palace, has been out for a week now. The two books describe the journey of Empress Wu, who survives court intrigue, rebellion and other tragedies to become the first and only female ruler in China. The receptions of the books have been exceptionally well, and many readers were impressed with the rich historical details described in the duology. I'm pleased to hear that, and I'm glad to share my tips of how I wrote these novels truthful to the Chinese culture.