Fool For Books Giveaway Hop

It’s April Fools Day somewhere in the world, but this is no joke.  You can win a $10 Amazon giftcard as part of the Fool for Books Giveaway Hop.  This hop is hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer.  Giveaway is opened INT and winner has 48 hours to verify email address before another one is chosen.

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Fairy Tale Giveaway Hop

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Fairy Tale Giveaway Hop

This Hop is hosted by I am a reader, not a writer, The Book Rat, and A Backwards Story.

You may have a copy of any book on my fantasy review list.  This is an ebook giveaway for INT, but if you live in the US you may choose a paperback instead.  Urban fantasy and paranormal romance books from my review list can be chosen too.  You can find the full list HERE.  Any book that I review that’s fantasy related between now and the end of the contest can also be selected.  And you may pick any book in the series as long as I’ve reviewed as least one of the series books.

US residents win a print copy!

Here’s a sample of what you can pick!

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Book Review: The Talisman of El by Alecia Stone

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Talisman of El by Alecia Stone

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Publisher:   Centrinian Publishing Ltd

Released May 20th, 2012

WHAT IF YOUR WHOLE LIFE WAS A LIE?

One Planet.

Two Worlds.

Population: Human … 7 billion.
Others … unknown.

When 14-year-old Char­lie Blake wakes up sweat­ing and gasp­ing for air in the mid­dle of the night, he knows it is hap­pen­ing again. This time he wit­nesses a bru­tal mur­der. He’s afraid to tell any­one. No one would believe him … because it was a dream. Just like the one he had four years ago – the day before his dad died.

Char­lie doesn’t know why this is hap­pen­ing. He would give any­thing to have an ordi­nary life. The prob­lem: he doesn’t belong in the world he knows as home.

He belongs with the others.

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What first drew me into the story was the attention to detail.  The dialogue is authentic and not once did I question whether or not the kids acted their age.

Charlie is a very sympathetic character, as the only thing he desires is to have some sort of family again after his dad dies under mysterious circumstances, which he witnesses.  When he meets Jacob, his foster parent, he thinks that he has found some normalcy, however he soon learns that Jacob has a terrible secret.

Although minor, I liked Richard and Derkein the best.  Richard is an orphan they find hiding and Derkein, well, he has an unique dilemma that I’ve never seen in another character before.  His life-threatening situation makes Charlie realize that there are worse things out there than a maniac foster parent.  I like how real of a character Charlie felt.

What turned me off from the story was Alex.  She felt undeveloped for me and pigeonholed into the weak, “please save me” heroine.  As the only female in the story, it really bummed me out.  It seemed that her only contribution to the story was to be a love interest and to make this cast not entirely male.  If her lackluster character was cut from the story completely, then I probably would of rated this book much higher.

The romance is mild and doesn’t come into play until late in the story.  In the beginning of the story, Charlie is too focused with figuring out how to save himself and his band of misfits by finding the Talisman of El.  The pacing moves steadily, although the plot doesn’t feel like it moved in a linear path.  It felt like the characters took one too many wrong turns.  But overall, it’s a good story that would appeal to teenage boys.
rating Cplus rating

(I received a copy of this book from the author/Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.)

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3 Print copies of Talisman of El

Open Internationally

Ends 2/18/13

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Author Alecia Stone

Alecia Stone is the author of Talisman Of El (Centrinian, 2012), the first book in the Talisman Of El trilogy. She graduated with a BA in Film & TV and has worked in television for a short period of time before branching out into storytelling. Alecia loves anything and everything paranormal. Her fascination with all things supernatural sparked her obsession with books, particularly young adult fantasy fiction, which she has never grown out of. She was inspired to become an author after reading Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen at the age of fourteen.

In 2008, Alecia started working on Talisman Of El, a contemporary young adult fantasy fiction inspired by people who disappeared mysteriously, including, but not limited to, Amelia Earhart and Percy Harrison Fawcett, who went on an expedition in search of an ancient lost city. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys going to the movies, listening to music, and travelling.

Talisman Of El is her first novel. At present, Alecia lives in England, United Kingdom with her family.

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Book Blast + Giveaway: Red Madrassa by Terah Edun

Welcome to the Book Blast and Giveaway for Red Madrassa hosted by I Am a Reader, Not a Writer.  You can view the Tour Schedule to check for upcoming interviews, guest posts, and reviews.  I’ll be reviewing Red Madrassa on the 27th of February.  I’m nearly done with reading the book and I must say that it’s a pretty epic read.  Not sure if it will make the 5 star criteria, but I’ll definitely be checking out the sequel.  Terah Edun has crafted an amazing fantasy world with this book.

Red Madrassa by Terah Edun

Genre:  YA Fantasy

Publisher:  Self published

Links:  Amazon | Amazon Kindle  |  Goodreads

Released November 8th, 2012

A magical accident threw them together. But when Fate holds all the cards, it can be impossible to tell the difference between pure chance and Destiny…

The Madrassa, a magical school for mage practitioners, is the stuff of legend. With selective entrance exams and quotas for only the most advanced of mage children, it’s almost impossible to attend.

When Allorna, a guardian trainee for the royal family, ends up on the doorstep of the citadel on the eve of the final day of a recruitment ceremony, she decides it must be fate.

She was sure she knew the path her life would take before she enrolled. But sometimes life has a way of throwing in magical curveballs and strange friends, just to see if you’ll trip up.

Oh, and one of those friends is a mage accused of murder, another is a slightly psychotic dragon, the third a healer facing an existential crisis, and the last is a female storm-caller with more hidden secrets than a thief lord.

Do they all belong at the new school they call home?

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Book Blast Giveaway

$50 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash

Ends 2/28/13

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer http://iamareader.com and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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Terah Edun is a young adult  fantasy writer born and raised in the Atlanta metropolitan area, who transplanted to the Northeast region for college, and now lives in South Sudan. She writes the stories that she always loved to read as a young girl.

She prefers tales of adventure, magic, fellowship and courtship – in other words high fantasy. But she’s not adverse to the occasional contemporary fantasy coming her way. Sometimes you’ll see cloaks, daggers, independent and strong girls, independent and strong guys, sweet and soft spoken girls, sweet and soft spoken guys, markets, cute guys, sparkly magic and irritatingly know-it-all boys. The book she’s currently working on is SWORN TO RAISE,  the first in the Courtlight series.

Outside of writing, she’s a international development professional with a penchant for Starbucks.

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Giveaway: Kindle Fire HD

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Every month, I am a Reader, Not a Writer organizes a Kindle Fire giveaway.  The authors partipating this month have some very interesting books that I had to add to my to-be-read list.  Freak of Nature and Rapunzel Untangled intrigue me the most.  I love androids and I love fairy-tale retellings.  Which book interests you the most?

Kindle Fire HD Giveaway!
The winner will have the option of receiving a Kindle Fire HD (US Only)

Or $199 Amazon.com Gift Card (International)

Or $199 in Paypal Cash (International)

This giveaway is sponsored by these Authors:

One Classic Latin Lover, PleaseThe Reluctant BacheloretteBetrayal (Wounded Heroes, #3)Bellyache: A Delicious TaleEthan Justice: OriginsI Have PeopleFor What It's WorthA Kiss of Ashen Twilight (Ashen Twilight #1)The Unraveling (Sage Seed Chronicles, #3)Fateful (Fateful, #1)Dracian Legacy (Dracian, # 1)Cascade Brides: The Complete SeriesA World ApartReality Bites: Tales of a Half-VampireFace-Off (Book One)Two EqualsThe Ghost of Josiah Grimshaw (Morgan Sisters, #1)One for KamiFreak of NatureGrace DollThe Secret of the Scarlet Stone (Gabby Girls Adventure, #1)Gallagher's Hope (Gallagher, #2)The Spy LoverPRIZE-WINNING PACIFIC STORIES  (SPECIAL EDITION, BOXED SET VOL I-III)RejectedRapunzel UntangledA Hard Act to FollowStarseed

Giveaway Details

1 winner will receive their choice of a Kindle Fire HD (US Only), $199 Amazon Gift Card or $199 in Paypal Cash (Internaitonal).

Ends 2/28/13

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer http://iamareader.com and sponsored by the authors. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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