Sunday, September 23, 2012

Fun Happenings This Week

Hey Everyone!

Sometimes during the week I learn of a few interesting bookish tidbits, so the past couple weeks I've been taking a few minutes to put together a post that gathers them together so I can share the fun all at one time:) These posts are typically an assortment of randomness, and I for one am a big fan of all things random, so I hope you guys enjoy!

EPIC READS: LIKE, TRY, WHY

I was recently asked by the awesome folks at Epic Reads to sponsor their weekly Like, Try, Why feature wherein books are recommended based on a preference for a particular genre, trope, type of character, or any other number of things. Basically it's a "if you're a fan of title A, then title B is the book for you" situation (hence the feature name), and I had a blast coming up with the reasoning behind my three suggestions below!


I want to extend a huge thank you to HarperCollins and Epic Reads for letting me be a part of Like, Try, Why, and if any bloggers out there are interested in coming up with your own recommendations for this feature, be sure to contact epicreads(at)harpercollins(dot)com to let them know you're interested.


GRIFFIN'S STORM

I'm thrilled today to share with you the new cover design for the third book in Darby Karchut's young adult Griffin series, Griffin's Storm. This book will be releasing in December of this year, and as I very much enjoyed the first book in the series, Griffin Rising, I can't wait to get caught up with Griffin's Fire before picking this third book up!

 

For centuries, there have been rumors about a lowly caste of supernatural beings known as the Terrae Angeli. Armed with the power to control Earth, Fire, Wind and Water, these warriors and their apprentices clandestinely serve as guardians for humans in danger.

An old enemy returns. A new alliance is formed. And Griffin finds himself in the eye of the storm when an ancient racial hatred is set loose, jeopardizing the very existence of the Terrae Angeli.

Once again, the teen guardian angel is forced to battle his worst nightmare. But this time, Griffin comes back swinging. With a vengeance.

After all, an eye for an eye...

More information on Darby and her books can be found here:
Website
Blog

MONSTROUS BEAUTY AUDIO CLIP

Macmillan Audio was nice enough to share with me a brief clip from the audiobook of Elizabeth Fama's dark paranormal tale (ha! I amuse myself with my oh-so brilliant allusion to mermaids) Monstrous Beauty, so I thought I would forward this little taste on:

Fierce, seductive mermaid Syrenka falls in love with Ezra, a young naturalist. When she abandons her life underwater for a chance at happiness on land, she is unaware that this decision comes with horrific and deadly consequences. Almost one hundred forty years later, seventeen-year-old Hester meets a mysterious stranger named Ezra and feels overwhelmingly, inexplicably drawn to him. 

For generations, love has resulted in death for the women in her family. Is it an undiagnosed genetic defect . . . or a curse? With Ezra’s help, Hester investigates her family’s strange, sad history. The answers she seeks are waiting in the graveyard, the crypt, and at the bottom of the ocean—but powerful forces will do anything to keep her from uncovering her connection to Syrenka and to the tragedy of so long ago.

24 comments:

  1. The LIKE, TRY, WHY weekly feature sounds incredibly fun and helpful for fellow readers and bloggers. :) I love the idea, so thanks for alerting us about it, Jenny!

    The narrator of Monstrous Beauty has a mesmerizing, soothing tone that I really like too. This is an upcoming read of mine and I can't wait for a GOOD mermaid novel, haha. :) Thank you for sharing! :)

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    1. I'm a big fan of this feature, it's given me some great new books to put on my list:) Looking forward to seeing what you think of Monstrous Beauty too!

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  2. Thanks for the Like, Try, Why Jenny! I've had second thoughts whether I should read Article 5 but since I adored Under the Never Sky, I'll definitely going to give it a chance.

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    1. You're welcome Chel! I adored Under the Never Sky as well, I can't wait for Through the Ever Night!

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  3. Thanks for sharing as always, Jenny! The Like Try Why feature sounds very helpful. I love your suggestions! And I've read them all too, ha! :D

    The Griffin's Storm cover is pretty cool, but probably wouldn't make my favourites list. ;)

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    1. It is helpful! There are a bunch of them too (maybe 12 or 13?) so you can go back through and see what else they suggest:)

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  4. Oooo great clip. Thank you so much for sharing.

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    1. You're welcome! Glad you enjoyed it:)

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  5. I love the feature! It certainly helps me choose what book to pick up next! Haven't read Griffin's Storm yet but I love the name Griffin. Sounds manly but still geeky. Yeah, I don't know. Hahaha. I just like it :D

    Great post, Jenny :D

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    1. I LOVE THE NAME GRIFFIN TOO! It's a favorite of mine, so I had an instant soft spot for him in the first book:)

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  6. I'm so in love with the Like, Try, Why feature. I don't even know why, haha. I love your suggestions, Jenny! I definitely need to read Defiance soon. Oh, and the audiobook excerpt it pretty great! Thanks for sharing, Jenny. :)

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  7. I've see the "Like, Try, Why" around and really like it--it's great for those who don't read a zillion books (like us) and for people who are looking for something in the same genre/with the same feel. An excellent marketing technique!

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  8. Jenny, thanks for the shout-out for my "boy." Glad you liked the new look for the series! And I'm crazy about "Like, Try, Why" idea. Clever and so useful!

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  9. Never heard of "LIke, Try, Why" but I really like your recommendations! I've read Under the Never Sky and have Article 5 on my shelf but haven't gotten to it yet. Glad to know I'll most likely enjoy it! =)

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  10. I haven't tried any of those books ;) But I like the idea

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  11. Like, Try, Why sounds awesome :) !! Krista at Nawanda Files actually has a feature like this and I really like it :) !!

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  12. I can't even begin to tell you how much I'm dying to read Monstrous Beauty. It seems Mermaids are huger than ever and I've had a lot of bookish friends recommend Elizabeth Fama to me. There's also a short story set in the Monstrous Universe that's available online, for those who don't know. :) (Oh who am I kidding, everyone knows about that!) Great post Jenny!

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  13. I love the idea of Like, Try, and Why! I think it is a great way of getting people to books that are similar to books they love :)

    :) :) :)

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  14. Seems like you've had a busy week! :) A great selection of novels, especially Monstrous Beauty

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  15. So excited for Griffin's storm! I love that series so much. And I will go try out the HarperTeen thing.

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  16. That is SO cool you were a part of Like, Why, Try! I love those readalike suggestions, and it's cool that there are always good reasons.

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