Throne of Glass Read Along

Discuss Chapters 1-28 for 2015 TBR Pile Challenge

The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski (Review)

"unlike any book I've read before"

The Bodies We Wear by Jeyn Roberts (Review)

"as things normally go, it is in the darkest moments where we see some sort of light."

Accordance by Shelly Crane (Review)

"Accordance was a great second installment to one of my all-time favorite series!"

From Ashes by Molly McAdams (Review)

"The romance was amazing, I became so invested in the characters, and the story held me in its grasp from beginning to end."

The Queen of Zombie Hearts by Gena Showalter (Review)

"white-hot romance, amazing characters"

Of Monsters and Madness by Jessica Verday (Review)

"The world was spectacularly built ..."

Blood-Drenched Beard by Daniel Galera (Review)

"a bit too confusing and foreign for me to fully enjoy"

Review + #Giveaway: Polaroid Cube + Accessories

"a chance to win not only the Cube Cam itself, but 5 custom designed accessories that will make using the Cube 10000x more fun"

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Vote for May's TBR Pile Read-a-Long Read!


Read Along with us in May!

We need you to help us choose our TBR Pile Read Along book!

Reading books together makes for a great motivation to tackle our dusty TBR Piles! And this time, we're all about choosing the books together. We invite you to vote on a book you'd like to read most in March!

  
  

The voting poll will be open until April 12 and we'll announce the May read along, along with the discussion schedule, on April 14.

For some reason, the poll will not embed properly, so super frustrating. Click HERE to be taken to the poll and vote for May's read along book.

The Bookish Team will host two discussion posts, where we'll talk about the plot, favorite/least favorite moments and characters, and share memorable quotes! By joining in the read-a-long, you'll earn yourself extra points for July's giveaway.

And remember, it's never too late to sign up for the 2015 TBR Pile Reading Challenge and/or join our monthly read-a-longs. You'll have another chance to sign up on Debbie's March - April Wrap Up that will be posted April 25.

Top Ten Tuesday: New Additions

Top 10 Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted over at The Broke and The Bookish

Ten Books You Recently Added To Your To-Be-Read List

These books have most recently been added to my ever-growing TBR pile. Whether through recommendations from bloggers, favorite authors, or amazing synopses, I must read these books!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18336965-my-heart-and-other-black-holes https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16429619-the-kiss-of-deception https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24397040-a-whole-new-world
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22465597-vanishing-girls https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22836575-99-days https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20757532-shutter https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22055262-a-darker-shade-of-magic
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18367581-afterworlds https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18144703-the-tragedy-paper https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22504678-lady-thief

Have you recently added any of these books to your TBR? What books have you most recently added? Be sure to leave me a link to your TTT!
  
      

Monday, March 30, 2015

The Countess Captive Book two in the Fairy tale Keeper Series by Andrea CefaloIvo ever {Blog Tour, Book Review & Giveaway}

Please join Author Andrea Cefalo as she tours with HF Virtual Book Tours for The Countess' Captive Blog Tour, from March 23-April 16. Take The Countess' Captive Playbuzz quiz and enter to win a Fairytale Keeper Clutch Purse & $25 Amazon Gift Card! 03_The Countess' Captive_CoverPublication Date: February 14, 2015 Scarlet Primrose Press Formats: eBook; Paperback Pages: 232 Series: Book Two, Fairytale Keeper Series Genre: Young Adult/Historical/Fairytale Retelling Add to GR Button During March of 1248, Adelaide Schumacher-affectionately called Snow White-has lost so much: her mother, her possessions, and now her home. Adelaide hates abandoning her home city, her family’s legacy, and her first love?Ivo. More than anything, she hates her father growing closer to her mother’s cousin?Galadriel. Adelaide plots to end their tryst before her fate is sealed, and she never sets foot in Cologne again. But good and pious can only get Galadriel so far. Never again will she be destitute. Never again will she be known by the cruel moniker?Cinderella. Never again will someone take what is rightfully hers. No matter what it takes. The Countess’ Captive is the much anticipated follow-up to The Fairytale Keeper and is book two in The Fairytale Keeper series. The novel combines Grimm’s fairytale characters with real historical settings and events to create a tale that leaves the reader wondering where fact ends and fiction begins.

Praise for The Fairytale Keeper Series

“A…resonant tale set late in the 13th century… with unexpected plot twists. An engaging story of revenge.” –Publisher’s Weekly “Great historical fiction. Strong emotion injected into almost every page.” –Amazon Vine Reviewer “…a unique twist on the Grimm’s Fairy Tales. Part fairy tale retelling, part historical fiction… The Fairytale Keeper is a story of corruption.” -Copperfield Historical Fiction Review “The story that Cefalo weaves is intriguing and leaves you hanging on, wanting more.” -Hooked to Books Book Review Blog “…it doesn’t feel like any retelling. Because it’s not. The Fairytale Keeper is its own unique story…very entertaining, containing a strong female role, a sweet romance, and much more.” -Lulu The Bookworm Book Review Blog

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Intro:  Adelaide fumes as she sits in a carriage belonging to her Father’s mistress, Galadriel. Addie is angry at her Father, Ansel, the affair. Furious with the city’s archbishop for his corruption. And enraged by Galadriel’s usurping of her mother’s place.  At Ansel’s commands they will leave the city she loves. But Ansel, furious at Adelaide’s disappearance the night before, has little sympathy for her.
Passing clouds of smoke roll through Hay Market. By now, the flames smolder, lapping at the blackened, brittle skeleton of Cologne’s famous cathedral. Soon, nothing but cinders will be left of her. May the flakes of ash roll past the glass windows of our overreaching archbishop’s palace, so he can see them for what I hope they are: the remnants of his power flitting away like snowflakes on a frigid gust.
Father and I wait in his harlot’s halted carriage in front of the White Stag, only a few blocks from the cathedral’s remains. I hold my sleeve to my nose to keep the ashes from my throat and close the shutters to keep the smoke from slithering in, but that confines the noxious cloud. Father shoves open the shutters, his deep–set eyes narrow at me.
How long will it take him to forgive me?
Truly, it is he who should seek forgiveness, not I.

Sneaking out of my room worried him, and finding me in Ivo’s arms enraged him. But I did not betray him. Not like he betrayed Mama and me. The way I found Father and Galadriel, my mother’s cousin, ten days ago is etched on the back of my eyelids.



Passing clouds of smoke roll through Hay Market. By now, the flames smolder, lapping at the blackened, brittle skeleton of Cologne's famous cathedral. Soon, nothing but cinders will be left of her. May the flakes of ash roll past the glass windows of our overreaching archbishop's palace, so he can see them for what I hope they are: the remnants of his power flitting away like snowflakes on a frigid dust. 

But it isn't really murder, is it? I didn't' really know what was in that mug, so it couldn't be murder. Besides, if she intended to poison me, and in turn I accidentally poisoned her, she'd by getting what she deserved. Really I would be defending myself, and Father, from a mad woman. 

This is another win for author Andrea Cefalo! She has taken the fairy tale Cinderella in this second installment and weaved in her well done changes with exciting details and well developed characters. 

We start off right where we left off, with Adelaide and her father leaving Colgne. Adelaide is trying everything she can to change her father's mind because she thinks this is the worst possible thing that her father can do. Imagine your mother dying and only one month later your father is involved with another woman. You'd be just as irate as Adelaide is. But alas, it doesn't matter the three end up leaving to go to Galadriel's home. 

This fairy tale story is entertaining, well thought out and worth a read. I found myself staying up extra late to read "just one more chapter." You know how that goes if you are a reader like myself. I just love this authors work. I am holding my breath for the next novel in this magnificent series. 

Will Adelaide be able to see her love Ivo again any time soon? Not if Galadriel gets her way. She is out to mess up Adelaide's life and it seems things just keep getting worse and worse for this poor little girl. The bright spot is that she has a few happy moments once she is in Galadriel's house but are they enough to keep her there or will she disrespect her father and run away? 

Such a fast paced and fun read, this should be on the top of your to be read pile. Of course,only after you read book one in this amazing series.


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About the Author01_Andrea Cefalo_Author

Andrea Cefalo is an award-winning author and blogger on Medieval Europe. The next three novels in The Fairytale Keeper series will debut in 2015 and 2016. She resides in Greenville, South Carolina with her husband and their two border collies. For more information please visit Andrea Cefalo's website. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

The Countess' Captive Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, March 23 Review at Library Educated Review at A Chick Who Reads Tuesday, March 24 Guest Post at What Is That Book About Spotlight at A Literary Vacation Wednesday, March 25 Review at Back Porchervations Spotlight at Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers Thursday, March 26 Review at Cheryl's Book Nook Friday, March 27 Review at Bibliotica Review at With Her Nose Stuck in a Book Saturday, March 28 Spotlight at Romantic Historical Fiction Lovers Monday, March 30 Review at 100 Pages a Day - Stephanie's Book Reviews Tuesday, March 31 Review at Bookish Wednesday, April 1 Review at Shelf Full of Books Thursday, April 2 Guest Post at The Lit Bitch Friday, April 3 Spotlight at Caroline Wilson Writes Monday, April 6 Review at A Bibliotaph's Reviews Tuesday, April 7 Review at History From a Woman's Perspective Friday, April 10 Review at Boom Baby Reviews Monday, April 13 Review at Brooke Blogs Tuesday, April 14 Review at A Leisure Moment Wednesday, April 15 Review at Oh, For the Hook of a Book Thursday, April 16 Spotlight at Books and Benches Friday, April 17 Review at A Book Drunkard

Giveaway

To enter to win a Fairy tale Keeper Clutch Purse & $25 Amazon Gift Card please complete the giveaway form below. Clutch Purse Giveaway * Giveaway is open to US residents only. * Giveaway ends at 11:59pm on April 17th. * You must be 18 or older to enter. * Only one entry per household. * All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspect of fraud is decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion. * Winner will be chosen via GLEAM on April 18th and notified via email. Winner have 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen. * Please email Amy @ hfvirtualbooktours@gmail.com with any questions. The Countess' Captive  photo d510c0be-0751-408d-92cc-d955605f8222.png
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