family, Free Books, Giveaway, Grave Mercy, Horse Camp, Julie Kagawa, Madeline Miller, Micol Ostow, Nate LeBoutillier, Nick James, Nicole Helget, Rebecca Wade, Robin LaFevers, Skyship Academy, The Iron Queen, The Song of Achilles, The Whispering House
I am so excited to type this post out. Seriously, one of my favorite things to do EVER is to give people things! So…with that being said, I felt like celebrating the 500 follower milestone by doing just that.
What am I giving away you ask?? Why, a box of books of course!! This box will contain 7, SEVEN, lovely books. Some are ARCs, and they are a mix of different genres. Here is the line-up for the Box of Books:
1. Skyship Academy (The Pearl Wars) by Nick James [ARC]
2. Horse Camp by Nicole Helget & Nate LeBoutillier [ARC]
3. Family by Micol Ostow
4. The Whispering House by Rebecca Wade [ARC]
5. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
6. The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa
7. Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers [ARC]-This has been one of my favorite books of 2012 so far. Be warned…You will NOT be able to put this down!
Want to know how to enter? Comment below what your favorite book of 2011 was. That’s it! If you want more chances to win, follow me on twitter @kpsimmon and tweet about it. Just post the tweet address in the comments below. 3 ways to enter! This contest will end Friday, April 20th, at midnight CST.
So, that’s it! And as they say in Hunger Games…Good luck! And may the odds be Ev-ah in your favor!
WARNING!! SPOILERS AHEAD!!
Next stop for The Husband will be a podcast with all of The Girls from http://thetigerseries.com. No kidding. He might be hooked on this whole book blogging thing. We shall see… Read on for his take on the rest of Tiger’s Curse!
To start things off today, I need to apologize. I’m a couple of days late with this blog post. Between work, little league, and my son’s birthday my normal blog postdate came and went without even realizing it. So…”I’m sorry.”
As busy as my life has been, it is interesting to note that I still found time to keep reading. I left you at about page 170 and I just finished the book. In fact, I haven’t been able to put it down most of the day.
If you remember, I wasn’t too thrilled with the book in the beginning. I was interested in the story, but not in love with it. I really didn’t like Kelsey, and felt like the story line was lacking in action and other necessities for this male reader. That was my general feeling for the first 150 pages or so. I liked it, but could have walked away from it with relative ease.
So much happens in the last 250 pages that I won’t spend much time today recounting the storyline. Instead, I want to share how my feelings have changed.
Much to my great relief, Kelsey has turned into a character that I like (for the most part). She shows great courage in facing the challenges that are presented to her in the quest to break the curse. The inner monologue about how dreamy Ren can be a bit tiresome for me, but I guess I get it. She’s a teenage girl in love. I was surprised when her feelings became conflicted between her feelings for Ren and her fear of getting hurt. It was nice to get to know more of her than just the girl with the tiger. I felt like it gave her some more depth, which, in my opinion, was desperately needed. She felt so shallow and unrealistic for the longest time.
I have really enjoyed Ren’s character for the majority of this book. He is strong and bold while also gentle and protective. I like that guy. I have to admit that I like the good guy getting the girl. I am interested to see how the love story plays out now that Kelsey has run back to Oregon to try to get some space from him. I wonder how he’ll respond. Towards the end of the book, there was some definite foreshadowing of the battle royale that is sure to come between Kishan and Ren. I’m sure that eventually there will be some sort of love triangle thing going on. Also by the end of the book, it doesn’t appear that the choice will be quite so cut and dry for Kelsey. She clearly has feelings for Ren, but Kishan seems to be a guy that she enjoys being around as well. As much as Ren has a head start, I don’t think he’s got this one in the bag. Is it just me, or did anyone else think that Ren’s cockiness with Kelsey near the end made him look like a bit of a tool? I bet The Wife will disagree on that one.
The story did become really exciting about half way through. I was totally engrossed in the hunt for Kishkindha, and the perils that Ren and Kelsey encountered there. Nice job, Colleen. It was really fun to read and full of imagery that was vivid and exciting. I can tell that Colleen did her research. This book is full of very specific Indian references that add some really interesting color and detail to the story. Overall, I liked it. What started as a begrudging read on my part, has turned into some genuine excitement to see what happens in the next couple of books.
On to Tiger’s Quest…
I’m so excited that I get to announce to you a Blog Tour that I am setting up for the amazing author, Amanda Havard! Amanda wrote the first book in THE SURVIVOR SERIES and released it a year ago. The Survivors is a beautiful and suspenseful story about a girl, Sadie, and her dreams, hopes, powers, and desires.
Now…It is time for the second book in THE SURVIVOR SERIES to be released this summer!
The Survivors: Point of Origin takes where the first book left off and RUNS through more twists, turns, and unexpected leaps than a person can imagine! To say I think it is wonderful would be an understatement. So, it is with a joyful heart, and me doing a bit of a happy dance, that I announce the Point of Origin Blog Tour coming up!
If you are a Book Blogger that loves YA and Paranormal, this Blog Tour could be tailor-made just for you! Want some more information? Go to http://www.InkSlingerPR.com and click the form under InkSlinging Blogs! Fill out the form, and I will be in touch with you ASAP! OR…You can just click HERE and go straight to the form! Filling out that form will also keep you informed when my next Blog Tour approaches. Can you believe there are more to come??
I love this!