Book giveaway!

  • Feb. 20th, 2016 at 10:29 PM
Because I felt guilty about getting a copy that doesn't contribute to first week sales, I'm running a giveaway of V.E. Schwab's A Gathering of Shadows on my blog. Here. There a couple of different options for entering, and none of them should be mandatory (so you could get one entry just by visiting my facebook page).

The Poppet and the Lune Audiobook Review

  • Sep. 7th, 2015 at 11:55 PM
the poppet and the lune coverI listened to the complementary review audiobook copy of The Poppet and the Lune (2011) by Madeleine Claire Franklin, narrated by Elizabeth Basalto (2014). The review copy was kindly provided by Lisa ( [personal profile] jeweledeyes ) in a post to this community last year. It took me a while, but here is my review.

A novel in the style of a fairy tale, Poppet has a lot of fantastic elements like witches, werewolves, a patchwork girl, and many different kinds of magic. The book uses these elements to entertaining effect, with original adaptations of old standbys like the boy who cried wolf and gripping plot reversals. The world depicted in the book was charming and colorful, but also dark and mature in places. Ultimately, though, I thought the story undermined its own potentially compelling emotional core and was less powerful than it could have been.

As for the narration, Lisa said this was her sister's first audiobook narration and it showed. Ms. Basalto's voice is nice and the delivery earnest, but I noticed some technical flaws and tics that I don't see with more experienced narrators. Still, I thought the voice and story were a good match, and wish Ms. Basalto well in her narration career.

For a longer and more detailed review with story details including spoilers, see my journal entry.
My sister works as a narrator for She just finished her first audiobook, The Poppet and the Lune, by Madeline Claire Franklin, and ACX gave her 25 free download credits to give to book reviewers. She doesn't really know any reviewers and didn't know where to start, so I wanted to ask here and see if there are any bloggers who might be interested in a free copy of the audiobook for review? Or any recommendations of bloggers who might be interested?

Behind the cut, audiobook trailer, book description and Goodreads link for anyone who wants to know more )

Over at Bibliodaze I have reviews up for THIRD DAUGHTER by Susan Kaye Quinn and THE FALL OF LADY GRACE by Julia London!

Review: The Lost by Sarah Beth Durst

  • Jun. 11th, 2014 at 11:51 AM

Summary: Lost your way?

Your dreams?


Welcome to Lost.

It was supposed to be a small escape. A few hours driving before turning around and heading home. But once you arrive in Lost...well, it's a place you really can't leave. Not until you're Found. Only the Missing Man can send you home. And he took one look at Lauren Chase and disappeared.

So Lauren is now trapped in the town where all lost things go-luggage, keys, dreams, lives-where nothing is permanent, where the locals go feral and where the only people who don't want to kill her are a handsome wild man called the Finder and a knife-wielding six-year-old girl. The only road out of town is engulfed by an impassable dust storm, and escape is impossible....

Until Lauren decides nothing-and no one-is going to keep her here anymore.

The Lost is a mixed bag that I still ended up enjoying. Although I think Durst’s transition to adult made her feel as if she needed to strip down her writing style (a lot of the sentences are very short) otherwise I think her first foray into adult fiction was a successful one.

Read the review at Bibliodaze!