My thoughts on The Griever’s Mark (Griever’s Mark #1) by Katherine Hurley

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The Griever’s Mark (Griever’s Mark #1) by Katherine Hurley 

YA Fantasy

Release Date: 11/11/14

333 pages

 

Summary from Goodreads:

Astarti’s master controls her through a Leash, a bond of energy anchored deep within her. Despite being one of the few remaining Drifters, able to manipulate the energy world, she cannot break free. She knows her fate: she will serve until she dies, at which point her master will harvest her energy to augment his own.

Oh, yes, she’s done some bad things in her master’s name. She’s not asking for forgiveness. She expects you to hate her.

What she doesn’t expect is Logan, a man meant to be her sworn enemy. A man with secrets as dark as her own.

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katherine hurleyAbout the Author
I’m Katherine Hurley, author of The Griever’s Mark series. Book 1 will be out in November 2014 and Book 2 in spring of 2015.

My love of myth and legend led me inexorably into fantasy, and I have no intention of leaving. Ever. I grew up riding horses and finally, finally, finally have one of my very own. (I’m hoping Astarti will get some quality horse time at some point, but Drifters don’t really need horses. Hmm.) I’m also an avid (but amateur!) mountain biker and whitewater kayaker.

I was born in New Mexico, grew up in Kansas, got my MFA in Michigan, and now live in West Virginia. The most beautiful place I’ve ever been is New Zealand.

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My **spoiler-free** thoughts on The Griever’s Mark  

I have to admit The Griever’s Mark had a slow start for me. There were so many descriptions early on that I felt a bit bogged down… and the Drift was a tough concept. Fatigue may have played into my early opinion… but you had to wrap your mind around a new concept for existence.

Once I passed my early hesitation,  I fell into pace with the story. The descriptions flowed, the Drift became understandable and Astarti’s character emerged fully fleshed. That’s when The Griever’s Mark definitely took off.

Hurley did a good job creating a world with both physical and *almost electric layers. Her characters were likable yet flawed, the conflict palpable, and pace was excellent. The plot was well planned and unique. (I was thinking Lord of the Rings one minute and The Matrix the next.)

Would I recommend The Griever’s Mark? Yes.

Will I continue the series to find out what happens? Yes. I entered the giveaway on Goodreads for  Chains of Water and Stone (The Griever’s Mark #2)

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Check out the fun cover of Cambria Hebert’s latest novel: #Player

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Title: #Player
Release date: March 9, 2015 
Series: Hashtag Series #3 (this book is not a standalone) 
Genre: New Adult College Romance 
Author: Cambria Hebert 
Other books in this series: #Nerd (book one) and #Hater (book two) 
Format: Ebook and print 
Synopsis:

Players gotta play.

Hate is like a poison. It contaminates everything.

So does doubt.

Even though I deny what I overheard, even though I insist it isn’t true, the seed of doubt has been planted. I can’t help but be tormented with the endless what-if’s that have taken over our lives.

Romeo and I were happy in love. The future stretched before us brighter than any star in the darkest sky. Now everything is broken. Literally broken. Romeo’s entire career is at stake, my entire future is threatened… and my past?

It’s coming back to haunt me.

To haunt us.

Romeo says we’re in this together and right now the only sure thing is us. But how far can a love so new be pushed? The lengths we will have to go to save each other puts everything at risk.

Romeo is a #player but how much of the game can one person play?

for blogsAUTHOR BIO:
Cambria Hebert is a bestselling novelist of more than twenty books. She went to college for a bachelor’s degree, couldn’t pick a major, and ended up with a degree in cosmetology. So rest assured her characters will always have good hair.

Besides writing, Cambria loves a caramel latte, staying up late, sleeping in, and watching movies. She considers math human torture and has an irrational fear of chickens (yes, chickens). You can often find her running on the treadmill (she’d rather be eating a donut), painting her toenails (because she bites her fingernails), or walking her chorkie (the real boss of the house).

Cambria has written within the young adult and new adult genres, penning many paranormal and contemporary titles. Her favorite genre to read and write is romantic suspense. A few of her most recognized titles are: Text, Torch, Tryst, Masquerade, and Recalled.

Cambria Hebert owns and operates Cambria Hebert Books, LLC.

Goodreads Reading Challenge 2015: Will you commit?

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Photo Credit: Flickr by Moyan Brenn

I signed up for the Goodreads Reading Challenge last month. Accountability is a personal motivator, so this should help me keep track of my reading and encourage me to read more. I set my goal for the year at 30 books, but was aware of the larger numbers some folks were throwing around. The temptation to raise my number to be more competitive was hard to ignore, but I managed to stand my ground. I’ve set myself up to fail before with stellar expectations that require sacrifices and unnecessary stress. So while my goal does not seem too lofty, it seems doable. And that’s a good starting point.

( And reading serves as an opportunity to learn as well as an opportunity to escape. I find myself thinking about specific sentences… their structure and efficiency… as well as the nuances of the plot and identifiable traits of the characters. I don’t want reading to become a chore. Chores take the fun out of everything.)

So far by mid-February, I’ve made progress.

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Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Remote by Lisa Acerbo, and Take Me There by Carolee Dean complete my list as of now. Next, I have plans to tackle the many books I added to my kindle… whenever I find my kindle, but that’s a topic for another post.

 

Want to join in the challenge? Go to Goodreads to get started.

Spooktacular Halloween Sale from Curiosity Quills

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My publisher, Curiosity Quills, is offering a spooktacular sale for Halloween and my book, The Undead, is one of the titles on sale for only 99 cents through Friday.

Grab your copy here.

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And check out the other great titles on sale at curiosityquills.com

When the Tables Turned

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Photo Credit: flickr by regan76

Years ago, my husband and I passed a household rule that prior to watching a movie, you had to read the book. The goal was to help our kids appreciate the value of the written word. (And also, we wanted them to recognize that what your mind creates is almost always better than a produced movie.) Through the years, there were a few moans and groans from the kids, but mainly acceptance. And occasionally, we’d miss the fact that a movie actually began as a book and all earned an immediate pass.

Earlier this year when The Fault in Our Stars movie trailers were released, the book started getting a lot of attention. Several of my daughter’s friends recommended that she read TFIOS.  And since my daughter wanted to see the movie, she asked for the book.  TFIOS was quickly devoured during Spring break.

And then she started the “you need to read this” campaign. You see, I’d been there, nestled on a chair, reading one of John Green’s books before. It was last summer when I stumbled upon Looking for Alaska. I’d never heard of John Green at that time, but loved his book. But I pushed back on reading The Fault in Our Stars. It’s not that I didn’t want to read his work, but John Green had already reached into my heart and tampered with my emotions until they bubbled up to the surface, demanding to be felt.* (TFIOS reference)

As the release date for the movie grew closer, my daughter started asking me when I was going to read. I continued to put it off, saying I’d get around to it. All the while, I was buying myself more time. And then she turned the tables on me. She wanted to go see the movie with ME and she wanted to talk about the book.

Alas, I couldn’t circumvent a rule we’d established. So this week, I read TFIOS and today, she and I are going to see the movie.

I’m not posting a book review because I would be one of thousands singing the praises of John Green, but I am glad that he’s writing books that my daughter wants to read. (and me too)

Do you like reading the book before you see the movie? Do you ever read a book after you’ve seen the movie?

 

Double Cover Reveal for James Wymore

Salvation

 

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Release Date: May 16, 2014

 

Book Blurb:

A man wakes on a frozen battlefield when a scavenging couple finds him among the dead. As they nurse him back to health, he is struck with the horrible realization he can’t remember who he is or anything about his past. Taken in by the kind pair, he begins helping with their farm. She even takes him to meet her family, especially her single sister. The ideal life offered in the high mountains of Winigh is shattered when he sees a transport bringing enemy monsters to the shores below. Cut off by high snow on the pass, their fate will soon be the same as the town his company failed to protect in the last battle, if this estranged soldier cannot help them fight off the next wave of invaders. Even worse, the people of the town don’t trust this Selene soldier. He has a strange resistance to their folk magic which some say make him as dangerous as the enemies preparing to destroy them.

 

 


 

Exacting Essence

 

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Release Date: June 12. 2014

 

Book Blurb:

Remember waking up late in the night after a nightmare? Your mother holding you tight and whispering everything would be all right? She lied.

Evil clowns haunted Megan’s dreams for years. Even though nobody ever said she was crazy, she knew they were all thinking it. With her life falling apart, she turns suicidal until a new therapist suggests the impossible: dreams are real. Nightmares are living, breathing predators, feeding off dreamer’s fears by exacting essence.

Most, of course, forget theirs as soon as they wake up. Megan is not so lucky. She is also not so powerless.

But is even a power nurtured in her dreams enough to fight off the horrors lurking just beyond the veil of sleep?

 

Author Bio:

On a lifelong search for fantastic worlds hiding just out of sight, James Wymore writes to explore. With three books and six short stories in print after just one year, he continues to push the boundaries of imagination. Journey with him at http://jameswymore.wordpress.com

 

Links:

Website: http://jameswymore.wordpress.com

Twitter: @JamesWymore

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JasWymore

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/James-Wymore/e/B00BI1FZI2/