Archives for April 2016

April 21, 2016

Nefarious Tales|Disney Villain (Anti-Heroes Too) Fancasting

Nefarious Tales - Villain week

Welcome to my villain-y stop on the Nefarious Tales! The lovely Misha from Chasing Faerytales has put together a positively nasty (in the best sense) blog tour that celebrates the love of all the villain-y goodness in both books and movies.

 

When I heard of this celebration of villains I had to join! When I think about what about villains I love I couldn’t help come to my first villain loves; Disney villains. I have in my head what I think my favorite Disney villains should be cast in their own movies. I know that some have already HAD movies, but this is just what I think in my head.

 

So, without further ado here are my top 5 favorite villains (and a few anti-heroes) and who I think should play them!

 

 

 

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Hear me out, along with straight out villains there are also those who walk the line and are antihero and that is exactly what I think Meg was in Hercules. She began the movie as a servant of Hades and did things that were morally grey (for a Disney movie) and strung Hercules along while doing them. Now, the majority of what she did was because Hades made her (and thus is why HE is the villain in the story) but still, she did them. In the end she redeemed herself and I think that Mila Kunis could play both her sassy and sweet side.


Scar

Okay, okay, now this one is kind of cheating but I SWEAR when I came up with this list and which actors I thought would be best for them I did not know that Jeremy Irons for all intensive purposes DID play Scar (at least his voice). But, seriously, look at him! Doesn’t he look like Scar? Scar was one of my favorite villains because of how bad he was. There wasn’t a redeeming quality in him and he was the villains that you loved to hate as a kid!


 

LADY TREMAINE

Like Scar, Lady Tremaine was a villain that you couldn’t help but hate. In the original story there wasn’t a reason that she treated Cinderella as she did and that made it even more worse. In picking Maggie Smith to play the role in my head I knew that it would be hard to envision Professor McGonagall as a Disney Villain but that’s what makes it GREAT! I would love to see her step out of the sarcastic or stoic wise women and into a role that you can’t help but hate!


URSALA

I can remember watching The Little Mermaid on repeat with my little sister and thinking of how nasty (again in a good way) Ursula was. Hell, she almost got exactly what she wanted and was only thwarted in the nick of time! Ugh, so cool! I would love to see Melissa try this because I think that she could get those hilarious parts on spot and be fabulous doing it!


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Beauty and the Beast would have to be my FAVORITE Disney movie when I was a child and for almost 75% of the movie the villain was the Beast. I really don’t count Gaston as a villain (even though he technically is the “villain of the movie) because he doesn’t really do anything other than bluster and makes one puny villain in my opinion.  The Beast, like Meg, walked the line their respective movies between being a villain and being someone I sympathized with. They both redeem themselves in the end. As to why I see Gerard Butler as him, can we just remember P.S. I Love You? I think that he’d have the chops not only to play Prince Adam in the end but more importantly Beast. That accent doesn’t hurt either!

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April 16, 2016

Mini Reviews|The Passion of Dolssa & Summers at Castle Auburn

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The Passion of Dolssa
by: Julie Berry
Genre: Historical Fiction x100

 

 

Side Note: I DNF’d this book at about 50%.

Okay, when The Passion of Dolssa I was ecstatic. Women main characters, epic friendship, and historical fantasy! What more could my little 10-year-old self who only wanted to be a historian when she grew up ask for! All these things seemed to be just what the doctor ordered. Boy was I wrong! The thing that confused me the most about The Passion of Dolssa is the genre it is placed in. YA is marketed for teenagers and for the most part are the audience that reads it. Taking this into consideration, I don’t even think my history loving 16-year-old self would have been able to finish this. There is a very heavy theme of religion and heracy that I’m not sure would appeal to younger people. Not saying it won’t, but it’s a very niche number of young folks who would like it. I think that even though it doesn’t have any “adult” themes it should have been labeled New Adult (I think that’s what it’s called). Now, I’m not saying to NOT read this book because from what I did read Berry’s writing is on point for creating a rich and inviting setting for historical fiction it was more that I was floored by the intensity of this book. I might pick up the audiobook to give it a listen and maybe I can make it through but it won’t be a priority.

 


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Summers at Castle Auburn
by: Sharon Shinn
Genre: Light Fantasy

 

Ah, Summers at Castle Auburn. This was my first introduction to Sharon Shin’s writing way back when I was still in high school. When I went to read it again I was hesitant because for the most part I do not reread stories. But I’m so glad that I gave Summers at Castle Auburn another chance. Some of the original magic did wear off, but for the most part it was still as utterly absorbing as it was the first time I read it. The story revolves around an illegitimate daughter of a noble who spends her summers at the Castle Auburn as a noble and the other half of the year with her witch grandmother apprenticing as a wise woman.

As a girl, Corrie is absorbed with thoughts of the Prince (who is pitifully out of reach for anyone) and growing up to be a wise woman like her grandmother. Now I don’t want to give anything, but I couldn’t help but when I read Corrie’s childhood and how she views things as VERY similar to Sansa Stark from GoT in the beginning. This was where the magic died off because seeing that similarity (and raging at Sansa) made me grate my teeth a bit at the foolishness of her actions and thoughts when dealing with Prince Bryan.

This was my only gripe about this book and it passes quite fast. Shinn does a fantastic job at pacing the book and getting to the point of things and Corrie realizing how things are not as she believed. If you’re looking for an action packed fantasy that is filled with sword fights and magic this will not be the book for you. But, if you want a charming light fantasy this would be the one for you!

April 6, 2016

April Bout of Crazy Read-A-Thon Announcement

Now don’t look at me like that, I swear I have a good reason! I swear I have a good reason for joining three current or upcoming and one reading challenge in April. My life has been a little crazy with student teaching and it has left me with almost little time to read or even to blog. I have heard some wonderful things about some of these and I want to get back into the swing of reading and what better way of doing that then getting into readathons and challenges. Like most of the readers out there I am taken by my moods and what books that I want to read at a given time so even if I make a TBR it might change at any given time so bear with me. You will also notice that some of books I list are the same. I am choosing my TBR’s to maximize all the challenges that I am involved in. Work smarter not harder right? Ambitious much? Yes.


 

Bookish Bingo Readathon

Hosted by: Pretty Deadly Reviews

Start: April 3rd (12am)-April 9th (11:59pm) (Which also happens to be my birthday!)

The jist: to read books that fit into the squares of the Spring Bingo Card.

I plan to read:
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The Providence of Fire

by Brian Staveley

Outrun the Moon

by Stacy Lee

A Gathering of Shadows

by V.E Schwab

Under the Painted Sky

by Stacy Lee

Forbidden Orchid

by Sharon Biggs Waller

The Forbidden Wish

by Jessica Khoury

Genius: The Game

by Leopoldo Gaut


TBR Takedown

Hosted by: Leaning Lights

Starts: April 8th to April 10th (11:59pm)

The jist: to read books from your TBR.  This will also assist with my Rock Your TBR Challenge!

I plan to read:
TBR
Under The Painted Sky

by Stacy Lee

(Standalone)

Anne of Green Gables

by L.M Montgomery

(Most recent book haul)

Mistborn: The Final Empire

by Brandon Sanderson

(Part of a series/been on my shelf for over a year)


Genrethon

Hosted by: Squibbles Reads, Under the Radar Books, Vienna Waits Books, Lauren & the books

Starts: April 10-17

The jist:  read at least three books from different genres

I plan to read:
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Traitors Angels

by Anne Blankman

(YA historical)

Anne of Avonlea or Anne of the Island

by L.M Montgomery

(classic)

Alanna’s First Adventure

by Tamora Pierce

(YA Fantasy)


ARC April

Hosted by: Read. Sleep. Repeat

Starts: The entire month of April

The jist: to read books from your ARC TBR pile

I plan to read:

 

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Traitors Angels

by Anne Blankman

The Passion of Dolssa

by Julie Berry

Genius: The Game

by Leopoldo Gout

Outrun the Moon

by Stacy Lee

The Star-Touched Queen

by Roshani Chokshi

Once Upon a Dream

by Liz Braswell

Rebel of the Sand

by Alwyn Hamilton

Zeroes

by Scott Westerfeld

April 5, 2016

The Glittering Court Release Day Blitz

 

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I am so excited that THE GLITTERING COURT by Richelle Mead releases today and that I get to share the news, along with a special giveaway!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Richelle Mead, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for a signed copy of the book and a $25 Sephora Gift Card courtesy of Richelle, Penguin Teen, and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

Title: THE GLITTERING COURT

Author: Richelle Mead

Glittering CourtPub. Date: April 5, 2016

Publisher: Razorbill

Format: Hardcover, eBook, & audiobook

Find it: Amazon Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Goodreads

The Selection meets Reign in this dazzling trilogy of interwoven novels about three girls on a quest for freedom and true love from #1 internationally bestselling author Richelle Mead.


“Brilliant and original, Mead’s new series starts off with a bang and will leave readers on the edge of their seats until the very end.”

—School Library Journal

For a select group of girls, the Glittering Court offers a shot at a life they’ve only ever dreamed of, one of luxury, glamour, and leisure. To high-born Adelaide, whose wealthy family is forcing her into a loveless marriage, the Glittering Court represents something else: the chance to chart her own destiny, and adventure in an unspoiled, prosperous new land across the sea.

After a chance meeting with the dazzling Cedric Thorn, Adelaide poses as a servant to join the crop of impoverished girls he promises to transform into proper ladies. But her familiarity with upper class life comes with a price: she must hide her identity from her new friends, mysterious refugee Mira and fiery former laundress Tamsin, and most importantly, from Cedric himself—even though she’s falling in love with him.

Everything begins to crumble when Cedric discovers Adelaide’s ruse, and she catches the eye of a powerful young governor, who wants her for a wife. She didn’t leave the gilded cage of her old life behind just to become someone else’s property. But nothing is as daunting—or as wonderful—as the potent, forbidden attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. One that, if acted on, would make them both outcasts in a wild, dangerous, uncharted world, and possibly lead them to their deaths.

Without further ado, here is a EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT just for stopping by!

 

 

About Richelle:

rachellemeedRichelle Mead has written over twenty-five novels for teens and adults. She is the author of the international #1 bestselling Vampire Academy series and its spinoff series, Bloodlines. Her recent standalone novel, Soundless, draws upon Chinese mythology and history, and her forthcoming series, The Glittering Court, follows the adventures of girls destined for arranged marriages in a fantasy world inspired by colonial America. A lifelong reader, Richelle has always had a particular fascination with mythology and folklore. When she can actually tear herself away from books (either reading or writing them), she enjoys bad reality TV, traveling, trying interesting cocktails, and shopping for dresses to wear on tour. She is a self-professed coffee addict, works in her pajamas, and has a passion for all things wacky and humorous. Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington, where she is hard at work on her next novel.

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April 1, 2016

Epic Fantasy + Poisoner = Bowl of Epicness|The Queen’s Poisoner Spotlight

Epic Fantasy + Poisoner = Bowl of Epicness|The Queen’s Poisoner SpotlightThe Queen's Poisoner (Kingfountain #1) by Jeff Wheeler
Published by 47North on April 1st 2016
Pages: 336
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King Severn Argentine’s fearsome reputation precedes him: usurper of the throne, killer of rightful heirs, ruthless punisher of traitors. Attempting to depose him, the Duke of Kiskaddon gambles…and loses. Now the duke must atone by handing over his young son, Owen, as the king’s hostage. And should his loyalty falter again, the boy will pay with his life.
Seeking allies and eluding Severn’s spies, Owen learns to survive in the court of Kingfountain. But when new evidence of his father’s betrayal threatens to seal his fate, Owen must win the vengeful king’s favor by proving his worth—through extraordinary means. And only one person can aid his desperate cause: a mysterious woman, dwelling in secrecy, who truly wields power over life, death, and destiny.

Happy book birthday The Queen’s Poisoner!

Holy moly, this book sounds like an action packed adventure wrapped in a blanket of awesomeness! For this beautiful book’s birthday, I’m going to give you guys three reasons why I am adding it to my TBR and why I think that YOU should as well.

 

1| The Cover| I mean come on! I’m not saying that covers are the only thing that I look for in a book but come on, we all know that a beautiful cover is hard to pass up. Am I right?

2| Epic Fantasy a plenty| I love epic fantasy. It’s pretty much everything that I am inclined to read and this book sounds like a great ride.

3| Poisoning? Got to love| Ever since I read The Poison Study by Maria V Snyder and The Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb I’ve been fascinated with the idea of poisoners. I’m not saying that this book will have ANY similarities with these two books but you have to admit epic fantasy + poisoner=recipe for awesomeness!

 

If I haven’t convinced you, here is a short video from the author himself that might convince you!

 

If either the author or I have convinced you to check this book out, follow the links above to both Amazon or Barnes and Noble. Hannah over at Irish Banana has also put together a lovely giveaway as well. 5 winners will all receive copies of The Queen’s Poisoner! Go ahead and check it out!

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