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Cover Breakdown: Shadow Study by Maria V. Snyder

BY DJ DeSmyter, SEPTEMBER 24, 2014 | PERMALINK

Maria V. Snyder's Study series is one readers just can't get enough of. I don't think I've heard a single bad thing about it, and one of my best friends has been badgering me for years to read them. And now, there's a new spin-off series on its way, starting with the upcoming Shadow Study! For today's Cover Breakdown, let's take a look at the new book's (really pretty) cover! 

Once, only her own life hung in the balance.

Oddly enough, when Yelena was a poison taster, her life was simpler. But she'd survived to become a vital part of the balance of power between rival countries Ixia and Sitia. Now she uses her magic to keep the peace in both lands and protect her relationship with Valek.

Suddenly, though, they are beset on all sides by those vying for power through politics and intrigue. Valek's job — and his life — are in danger. As Yelena tries to uncover the scope of these plots, she faces a new challenge: her magic is blocked. She must keep that a secret — or her enemies will discover just how vulnerable she really is — while searching for who or what is responsible for neutralizing her powers.


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Cover Trend: Black & White & Re(a)d All Over

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 24, 2014 | PERMALINK

We've been pretty clear about our New Adult obsession, and ogling the hot cover models (as one does) had us noticing something quite peculiar … lots of these titles are black and white, with the occassional colorful font. We couldn't resist showing you — and punning in our blog title — we're only human, after all. But don't tell the beef cake that. To them, we'll always be perfect.

 

These titles have us feeling a little blue …

 

 

 

 

These font's aren't the only thing red hot in these books, we're sure we don't have to tell you.


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Very Short Reviews Of Difficult Books

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 24, 2014 | PERMALINK

Ah, classic literary fiction. It can be so wonderful, but at times dense, leaving us wishing for a guide to lead us through the venerable prose. Enter: Italian artist and writer Francesco D'Isa, who reviews the classics in a candid, tongue-in-cheek (and very short) way. We're happy to bring his column, "Very Short Reviews of Difficult Books," to English language readers! Check back here every Wednesday for three new reviews from Francesco.

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Michael Kohlhaas by Heinrich von Kleist

There is a metaphysical stubbornness in someone who would do anything to make sure even the smallest crime is punished. It is not surprising that Kafka adored this book, but it is surprising that it's an (almost) true story. 

Plot: A guy conducts a massacre to avenge a kerfuffle. 

Rating: ●●●●○ 

One Thousand and One Nights (aka Arabian Nights)

Telling stories that contain stories that contain stories, in order to give meaning to life — and to postpone death. 

Plot: A girl tells stories to a sultan. 

Rating: ●●●●●


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Giveaway: Heidi Cullinan's Love Lessons and Fever Pitch Ebook Bundle!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 23, 2014 | PERMALINK

September and Fall are not the only things to be back in session — students are well underway with the new classes, experiences and relationships. And Heidi Cullinan wants to take you back to college with Love Lessons and Fever Pitch, the first two books in her Love Lessons M/M series! We have one exciting e-book bundle of both books for a lucky reader to win! Read on to enter!

Using the widget below, enter to win an e-book bundle from Heidi Cullinan! One lucky winner will win an e-copy of both Love Lessons and Fever Pitch, which our reviewers call "unforgettable" and "a sure-fire winner". This contest is open to both U.S. and International readers and ends next Tuesday! Good luck!


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Cover Reveal: Betrayal by Margaret Bingley

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 23, 2014 | PERMALINK

Before Erotic Romance was the popular and widely loved genre that it is today, author Margaret Bingley (who U.S. readers might know as Marina Anderson) forged a new path in romance with Betrayal, which received next to zero exposure due to her publisher's view that the book was too "graphic" and "troubling" in its sexual content and overall themes. Originally written in 1989, Betrayal has continued to enthrall readers and now it's making its way to U.S. readers for the first time. And you know what that means, right? A new cover! But first, a bit about the story:

Set in the second half of the twentieth century, Lisa Green comes from a world of privilege, but only in the way of wealth, not in love. When a turn of events leaves her single, with an Autistic child to raise, without the means to support herself, Lisa gets stuck in an abusive new relationship that she is desperate to get out of.


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Kendall Kulper Unravels the Magic of Salt & Storm with a Giveaway

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 23, 2014 | PERMALINK

YA author Kendall Kulper has woven an alluring spell with her debut, Salt & Storm, a historical tale about witches, whalers and sacrifice. Kendall's take on witches and magic is not only creative and refreshing, but also incredibly believable and detailed. Today she she's here to talk about the creation of her story's magic. Be sure to check out the bottom of the post for a chance to enter to win a copy of the book!

One of my favorite things to write about in Salt & Storm was the magic of the Roe witches, the family of women who created good luck charms and magic spells for the island’s population and visiting sailors.

Because Salt & Storm is based in a world like our own, I wanted the magic to feel rooted in reality. So even though the magic in Salt & Storm is fiction, almost all of it came out of research I did into ocean magic and sailing superstitions. 


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On the Shelves: 9/23/2014

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 23, 2014 | PERMALINK

Here's a look at the titles we love that hit shelves this week.

Historical Romance

THE PRINCE WHO LOVED ME

"Hawkins puts her unique stamp on Cinderella in a tale that shines with humor, sparkling dialogue and plenty of sexual tension. With a feisty heroine, a sexy bad-boy hero and his scene-stealing dog, there’s everything readers crave."

NEVER MARRY A VISCOUNT

"Stuart’s first-rate conclusion to the Scandal at the House of Russell trilogy pairs a darkly passionate hero with a beautiful heroine, and they plumb emotional depths beyond their physical exteriors."


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Outlander Recap: Episode 1.7 — "The Wedding"

BY Regina Small, SEPTEMBER 22, 2014 | PERMALINK

Last week: Black Jack Randall interrogated Claire and ... punched her in the stomach. Yikes. To prevent Claire from another of these delightful chats, Dougal arranges a marriage between Claire and Jamie, since an English officer can't compel a Scottish citizen to report for an interrogation. Let's hope that works!

It's the early 1940s and Claire and Frank are walking happily hand-in-hand down the streets of London. Frank's eye is caught by a pair of newlyweds emerging from the local city hall. This prompts him to propose to Claire and he suggests they get married right then, by a justice of the peace. It's not the most romantic moment in the world, unless your boyfriend only proposing to you because you happened to pass city hall strikes you as incredibly gallant. Jesus, what if they had passed a slaughterhouse? I worry about you, Frank. You're highly impressionable.  Meanwhile, Frank's parents are waiting at a nearby restaurant — and they've never met Claire.

But Frank really, really wants to LOCK THIS DOWN so he tells Claire his parents can wait.


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"They'll never meet Claire Beuchamp; I'll have the pleasure of introducing them to Mrs. Frank Randall." For a seemingly progressive guy who goes downtown, Frank is disappointingly traditional about this whole marital naming bit.


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Witches of East End Recap 2.10 — "The Fall of the House of Beauchamp"

BY Elissa Petruzzi, SEPTEMBER 22, 2014 | PERMALINK

Well, last we left the ladies, they were, you know: DEAD. So let’s get right to it, shall we?

Wendy and Jo are weeping in the garden over the hanging bodies of Ingrid and Freya. Freddy stumbles out to explain that Spike was the culprit, but Wendy wants to hear none of it and kicks him out.

They get the sisters down and lay them on the grass. It’s pretty gruesome. Pretty soon they’re laid out inside, as the aunts prepare the bodies. “A lot of death,” my husband observes. True story, mister.

 


This is all pretty dark, so let’s pause and
look at Mädchen Amick’s kicky new hair cut!

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Back at Fairhaven, Killian and Dash have destroyed the attic during their brawl. Killian wakes up and summons a fireplace poker. He threatens to stab Dash with it, but doesn’t.

Wendy brings Jo some tea as they talk about how the girls will be reborn, but they’ll still be different — this version of them is gone. Wendy offers up her last life, but Jo says it would be impossible to choose who will live. (Here, let me do it for you: Freya. Boom. You’re welcome.)


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Jennifer Estep's Superhero-Sized Fall TV Picks

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 22, 2014 | PERMALINK

Whether it's Outlander, Witches of East End or The 100, we love TV as much as we love books. And with September in full swing, it's time for favorite shows to return for a new season and for new ones to capture our hearts and attention. Bestselling author Jennifer Estep is just as excited as we are about the Fall TV line-up, especially for all the superhero shows, and today she shares her top picks for the season.

Fall is my favorite time of year for several reasons — football, autumn leaves, cool temperatures and the start of the new TV season.

This year, I’m especially excited because of all the superhero-themed shows that will be hitting the airwaves over the next few weeks. I love, love, love superheroes, and this TV season offers a variety of takes on the crusaders from the speedy (The Flash) to the spooky (Constantine).

Here are some of the superhero-themed shows that I’m looking forward to this fall:

Gotham — premieres Sept. 22 (tonight!) — A hero is only as good as his villains, and Batman arguably has the best gallery of villains out of any superhero. This show will explore the origins of villains like the Penguin, along with a young Bruce Wayne and Jim Gordon, a cop who’s trying to do the right thing in a city full of corruption.


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