Cover Reveal: Mine to Spell by Janeal Falor

Today we have something different for you.  Instead of just revealing a cover we are asking YOU to help us choose WHICH cover to use!   Mine to Spell by Janeal Falor is the second book in the Mine series. This is a YA fantasy and it is scheduled to release May 5th, 2014.


Do you like cover choice #1:

Or do you like cover choice #2:
Cast your vote here:

Cover #1 or cover #2?
  
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Be sure to stop by the authors website on March 6th for the final reveal of which cover was chosen!

MINE TO SPELL Description:
Cynthia has always hidden from her father’s hexes behind her older sister. When her family gains independence unheard of for women, she’s relieved that her days of harsh punishments are over. But as her seventeenth birthday approaches—the typical age to be sold to a new master—death threats endanger her sisters. She now faces two options: run or meet society’s expectations.  
For once, Cynthia isn’t going to let her older sister shield her from the problem. She’s going to prove to herself, her sisters, and society that her family isn’t a threat to their traditions. She willingly chooses to be purchased by a new master. A bold step that takes her somewhere she never thought she would go and to a man she might possibly fall in love with. With his help, she may just find a way to save her sisters while discovering how to stand up for herself. If she lives long enough.

 

About the author:
Amazon bestselling author Janeal Falor lives in Utah with her husband and three children. In her non-writing time she teaches her kids to make silly faces, cooks whatever strikes her fancy, and attempts to cultivate a garden even when half the things she plants die. When it's time for a break she can be found taking a scenic drive with her family or drinking hot chocolate.


*Giveaway*

 Ten Giveaway Combo Packs: ebooks of YOU ARE MINE and prequel, MINE TO TARNISH
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Book Review: Fire Country by David Estes

Title: Fire Country
Author: David Estes
Series: The Country Saga #1
Publisher: CreateSpace
Published: January 29th, 2013
Page count: 398
Format: Ebook
Source: Free copy courtesy of the author 


Buy from:   Amazon  .  Barnes&Noble . Goodreads

Book Summary:
In a changed world where the sky bleeds red, winter is hotter than hell and full of sandstorms, and summer's even hotter with raging fires that roam the desert-like country, the Heaters manage to survive, barely. 

Due to toxic air, life expectancies are so low the only way the tribe can survive is by forcing women to procreate when they turn sixteen and every three years thereafter. It is their duty as Bearers.

Fifteen-year-old Siena is a Youngling, soon to be a Bearer, when she starts hearing rumors of another tribe of all women, called the Wild Ones. They are known to kidnap Youngling girls before the Call, the ceremony in which Bearers are given a husband with whom to bear children with. 

As the desert sands run out on her life's hourglass, Siena must uncover the truth about the Wild Ones while untangling the web of lies and deceit her father has masterfully spun.

*The Reader's Review*

My rating: 5/5 stars!
Oh my freaking pricklers, Fire Country is the most awesomely awesome, coolish book ever! It's wickedly kick-ass and insanely fun to read. I can't believe it took me so long to plunge into this remarkable world David Estes created, I've been missing out so much.

This book blew and burned my mind away! The plot, the characters, the action, PERRY. Everything so fresh, so ... wild, it's so unlike anything I've ever read, definitely has won a place for my top shelf and I don't believe for a second it will ever be bumped down.

The society in Fire Country is as primitive as the age of dinosaurs, but it seems that it takes place in a very distant future from us. The sky is red, food is lacking and the air is so hot, thus the name of Fire Country. The only way for their tribe to survive is to have all the women of age, called bearers, to procreate babies with their assigned call to try to keep their numbers high, while others die young due to the Fire. This is The Law, and everyone has to abide with the rules, even though not everyone agrees to it, like Siena, daughter of the next Greynote of their tribe.

I adored Siena. She is so smart and a fighter with two left feet. Her courage is admirable and her personality is funny, getting close to wooloo (crazy!). I loved how Siena opens up to the reader and invites us into her head. It was a blast really, felt almost like touring front row through Fire country. I had a lot of fun reading her thoughts, as crazy as they were. The things she would come up with, like PERRY the prickler. 

I still can't believe she made me fall in love with that plant she named in confinement. The arguments they would have were comical and I swear anyone will fall in love with this unusual addition. I now want to own a prickler and name him Perry too and have nice sarcastic chats with him and laugh and laugh and laugh, and laugh some more. Oh Perry, you funny baggard!

And I can't forget to mention Siena's best friend Circ, who is the sweetest, smartest, scorchin' and most perfect dimpled person Fire country has ever known . He broke my heart to pieces but made me soar into the star filled sky as well. My tears, my heart and everything else were for you dude!

This book is not one that bores you down for a second, trust me. If you're looking for a great, planned out story with amazing world-building, then this one's it. If you're looking for fun, strong characters, then look no further. And, if you're looking for a new plant to obsess over  with and possibly a book you want to love and feel the need to gush over and pester everybody you know within gushing distance, then I plead you to stop right here, go download this goodness and prepare to be sizzled away.




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Don't forget to download your FREE copy of Fire Country in celebration of Fire Country's Birthday! Go to
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/280371 and use coupon code: WH62C. It expires March 1st, 2014.

Fire Country Birthday Bash!


HAPPY BIRTHDAY FIRE COUNTRY! 
*throws confetti and hands out chocolate cake*

Today, we are celebrating here at The Reader and the Chef along with many other bloggers out there, Fire Country's first birthday! 

In the first year since Fire Country was born, so much has happened. David Estes signed with an agent, sold more than 10,000 books, wrote five more books and published a further three. He knew he just had to celebrate and he'd love for you to be a part of it! David owes so much of his support to the blogger community, and he wants everyone to have the chance to be a part of the Fire Country Birthday Bash. Isn't he awesome?!

EVERYONE goes home a winner, simply follow the prompts below and swipe your eCopy of Fire Country from Smashwords. Read and leave a review on Amazon if you enjoyed it. Feel free to share the code with your friends, family, neighbours and literary inclined pets. 
Coupon Code: WH62C
Expiration: March 1, 2014

Seriously, you must download it. Fire Country is amazing!

And what's a party without prizes? Yes, David is not only giving everyone a chance to download their own copy of Fire Country, book one in the Country Saga for free, but he's also giving you stuff too. You could win an Amazon giftcard open internationally, U.S residents can win a signed copy of the David Estes book of your choice, or a handful of David Estes eBooks of your choice! 

Enter on the rafflecopter below and don't forget to wish David and Fire Country a very happy birthday!

Visit David via his Blog  Facebook • Twitter and via Goodreads
Pay Perry the Prickler a visit on Twitter and Goodreads

Book Review: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

Title: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Publisher: Poppy/Little Brown
Published: January 2nd, 2012
Page count: 236
Format: Ebook
Source: Netgalley 


Buy from:   Amazon  .  Barnes&Noble .  The Book Depository  
                                         Goodreads

Book Summary:
Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything? 
Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan's life. Having missed her flight, she's stuck at JFK airport and late to her father's second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon-to-be stepmother Hadley's never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport's cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he's British, and he's sitting in her row. 
A long night on the plane passes in the blink of an eye, and Hadley and Oliver lose track of each other in the airport chaos upon arrival. Can fate intervene to bring them together once more? 
Quirks of timing play out in this romantic and cinematic novel about family connections, second chances, and first loves. Set over a twenty-four-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver's story will make you believe that true love finds you when you're least expecting it. 

*The Reader's Review*

My rating: 5/5 stars!

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is so darn GOOD. I want to yell at it “BRAVO” from atop a very high building while clapping and eating chocolate. Maybe even gush a thing or two about it to any unsuspecting passersby, besides you of course.

It’s just that from beginning to end this book  gave me all I wanted to read about and more. It made me feel, it made me fall in love, it made me mad (at some characters) and it made me laugh and smile stupidly from the sweet, sweet things that happen between Hadley and Oliver.

The author has a fascinating way of describing everything with the right words. I wasn’t just reading about Hadley’s and Oliver’s story, I was THERE, at the airport, on the plane, in London and in any other place in between. Not only that, but with each character I came across, I never had trouble imagining them because they felt real and very much alive.

I admit I was attracted to read this book because of the love story it promises just by its title and beautiful cover. It’s cute and funny, highly improbable, but opens the possibility of finding love when and where you least expect it.  Yet there’s also worth mentioning the main plot that makes this great love story possible, the one that has to do with Hadley’s father getting married again in London.

*Begins rant*

Just by thinking about this makes my blood boil. How could her father do such a thing? After all the support Hadley and her mother gave him to pursue his dreams, he decides to divorce and stay in London because he falls in love with another person. I mean, come on! He totally abandoned her and he expects Hadley to be happy to see him walk the aisle? No sir, you’re a horrible parent but you’re lucky to have Hadley as your daughter. She has a hard time accepting it (and I’m on her side with all her thoughts) but she proves at the end that she is far better than YOU will ever be. 

*Ends rant*

Whew, with that out of the way (I got carried a bit), all I have left to say without making this review much longer than it already is, is that The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is sooo worth your time and makes you believe that anything can happen. Also, you might get an insane urge to go hang around an airport all day. Yup, just saying. *wink*



*Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for the copy of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, you rock!*

Book Blast: Frost series by Liz DeJesus

Title: First Frost
Author: Liz DeJesus
Series: The Frost Series Book # 1
Publisher: Musa Publishing
Published: June 22, 2012 

Buy from/find:   Amazon  .  Goodreads . Musa Publishing

Book Summary:


Fairytales aren’t real…yeah…that’s exactly what Bianca thought. 
She was wrong.
For generations, the Frost family has run the Museum of Magical and Rare Artifacts, handing down guardianship from mother to daughter, always keeping their secrets to “family only.” 
Gathered within museum’s walls is a collection dedicated to the Grimm fairy tales and to the rare items the family has acquired: Cinderella’s glass slipper, Snow White’s poisoned apple, the evil queen’s magic mirror, Sleeping Beauty’s enchanted spinning wheel… 
Seventeen-year-old Bianca Frost wants none of it, dreaming instead of a career in art or photography or…well, anything except working in the family’s museum. She knows the items in the glass display cases are fakes because, of course, magic doesn’t really exist. 
She’s about to find out how wrong she is.
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Title: Glass Frost
Author: Liz DeJesus
Series: The Frost Series Book # 2
Publisher: Musa Publishing
Published: July 19th, 2013

Buy from/find:   Amazon  . Barnes&Noble . Goodreads 

Book Summary:
When joined together, Cinderella's slippers grant the wearer her heart's desire. But whose wish will be granted? 
When Cinderella’s glass slipper is stolen, Queen Felicia sends her faithful steward Terrance to the real world to retrieve his love and witch-in-training, Bianca Frost. The power of the glass slipper, when paired with its mate, and in the wrong hands, could ruin the peace of Everafter. Bianca must gather every bit of magic she has learned in the past few weeks to find the slipper and protect her new love. Together, Bianca, Ming, Prince Ferdinand, and Terrance venture deep into the heart of Everafter to seek clues as to who has stolen the slipper and why. Along the way, they uncover what happened to the Seven Dwarves after Snow White married the prince, but also learn the awful risk of tampering with black magic and the high price that must be paid for magic, even when used for good. 
Bianca and Terrance’s relationship is put to the test. Through the pain of suffering and loss, Bianca must determine if following her gallant boyfriend into his faraway world is in fact her heart's desire.
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About the Author:

Liz DeJesus was born on the tiny island of Puerto Rico. She is a novelist and a poet. She has been writing for as long as she was capable of holding a pen. She is the author of the novel Nina (Blu Phi'er Publishing, October 2007), The Jackets (Arte Publico Press, March 31st 2011) First Frost (Musa Publishing, June 22nd 2012) and Glass Frost (Musa Publishing, COMING SOON).
She is also a member of The Written Remains Writers Guild http://www.writtenremains.org/.
Liz is currently working on a new novel.


*Birthday Bash*

Liz DeJesus is celebrating her birthday by having  both books on sale for 99 cents (this weekend only) and a facebook online party where there will be games, prizes and a giveaway. Join in on the fun by clicking HERE. (I'm going!)

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The Reader's Note: You can find my reviews for First Frost and Glass Frost  on Cuzinlogic. You are more than welcome to check them out by clicking on the titles. ;)

Cover Reveal: Keeper by Ingrid Seymour

Hey awesome people! Today we're super excited to reveal the cover for Keeper by Ingrid Seymour.  This book is a YA fantasy and is releasing as a serial novel with the following release dates:

 vol 1 - March 05
 vol 2 - April 2
 vol 3 - May 7
 vol 4 - June 4

However, the cover we're talking about here is for the omnibus edition that contains ALL of the stories and it comes out in July. Awesome, right? I love omnibus editions! But enough said already, I present to you...The Cover:




About the Book:

Greg Papilio both wants and dreads his impending metamorphosis. He’s tired of being a runt—always picked last on the basketball court—and tired of being ugly, like a caterpillar, when he could be what girls call “drop dead gorgeous.” But as much as he looks forward to the transformation, he also fears the caste it will inevitably assign to him. He doesn’t want a common caste, or one that will obliterate his freewill and make him a slave. He wants a powerful one, a cool one. 
Samantha Gibson is average. She’s short and a little full around the hips—a terribly cute look for a future chef. À-la-Rachael-Ray in her old days. She’s two years away from culinary school, from her uncaring parents, and from carving a perfectly Human future. She wants independence, a career and a quiet life of her own. 
Except fate couldn’t care less about what Greg and Samantha want and gives them exactly the opposite. Greg’s metamorphosis assigns him a caste that enslaves him to Samantha, while her chance to attend Le Cordon Bleu is taken away when her parents get a divorce. And fate’s cruelty doesn’t stop there. Not content with shattering their dreams, it also makes them fall in love, just to tear them apart when Samantha morphs, losing her freewill and developing a compulsion for a guy she barely knows. 
Still, these misfortunes are just the tip of the iceberg, because Greg’s fate is to protect Samantha at a time when someone wants her dead. He is her Keeper and will stop at nothing to ensure her safety, even if her secret past proves deadly, even if she belongs to someone else.



Author Bio:

Ingrid Seymour loves, loves, loves to write. She's a young and new adult author. She writes in a variety of
genres including romance, urban fantasy, paranormal and horror. She loves pizza and sushi, Sunkist and gum. She believes in vampires, witches, but not zombies (uh-uh, never!) She writes to loud music, daydreams constantly and spends too much time in twitter!! Find her there? ;) Ingrid has incredible fun doing what she does, but more than anything she enjoys hearing from her readers. It's a dream come true.

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That's what HE said Thursday #5: Henry - The Goddess Test


That's what HE said Thursday is a weekly meme hosted at Chapter Break where you post a favorite line of a book boyfriend to his heroine. It's the perfect meme to share all those awesome quotes!

This week I want to share a quote from my favorite greek god of all times: Hades. He has been my #1 since I saw Disney's Hercules and I was pretty excited when Aimée Carter wrote her Goddess Test series with Henry (Hades) as the swoony love interest of the main character. He soooo deserves the spotlight!



Quote: 
“I care," he said in a trembling voice. "I care so much that I do not know how to tell you without it seeming inconsequential compared to how I feel. Even if I am distant at times and seem as if I do not want to be with you, it is only because this scares me, too."  
Henry to Kate, The Goddess Test 

I fangirled so much in this part of the book! Henry is this very quiet character who has been hurt in the past when Persephone left him, and because of this, he is almost always distant with Kate and she's not sure if he wants her around or if he has feelings for her like she does, until this very moment. This very EPIC moment. Henry is such a handsome fella and knows how to win a girl's heart. So jealous of Kate, I have a huge crush on him. ;)






The Week's Entrée #5

Oh man, Valentine's day came and went so fast and we feel like it was the best one to date. Actually, this weekend was the best one of our lives! (kidding, but close). You see, we ate a WHOLE chocolate cake in two and a half days that we still can't believe we did it. Scratch that bucket list! 


And because I know you are so curious about it, here is a picture of the cake:


In other more important news...

The winner of the Valentine's day giveaway was... Cara Rosalie Olsen!  *throws heart-shaped confetti* Thanks to everyone who participated! I promise we will have another giveaway soon.

Books I Bought, Won or Received:
I got approved on Netgalley to view 18 Truths by Jamie Ayres thanks to Curiosity Quills Press. I absolutely love its cover and I can't wait to find out what it's all about.  
18 Truths by Jamie Ayres
Published: January 28th, 2014
Lying is unbearable, betrayal is inevitable, and choosing which path to take is impossible. 
Olga Gay Worontzoff ended her senior year as an eighteen-year-old girl totally in love with Nate, enjoying their new romance and about to attend the university of her dreams. Now she’s spending her summer in the weird subculture of the Underworld, with charmingly witty and powerful angels, and problematic demons, trying to rescue Connor, the best friend and secret crush she was unable to save during a freak accident. 
But Nate has other things on his mind, mainly Grace. She’s their first assignment as joint spirit guides, and Olga’s feeling hurt and jealous. His mysterious behavior has Olga questioning everything she believed about him and now she must decide whether to stick to their plan, or follow her heart. Unfortunately, a series of mistakes threatens everyone around her and plants Olga in the center of cosmic events much larger than she ever imagined. 
Only one thing is certain: the chilling truths uncovered during her journey will leave no one untouched.
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I also received from Author S. L. Morgan (thank you!) the second book to her Ancient Guardians series. I loved the first book and I'm pretty excited to go back to Pemdas with Reece and Levi!

The Uninvited by S.L. Morgan
Published:February 14th 2014 by Pasidian Press
I will forever protect her with my own life… 
Reece Bryant, a college student from Earth, had her entire life turned upside down when she discovered her true genealogy. Not only did she discover that life exists beyond Earth, but also that being brought into the dimension of Pemdas would change her life forever. 
After she falls helplessly in love with the Emperor of Pemdas’ son, Levi Oxley, she happily accepts his proposal of marriage, and she couldn’t be more excited to start her new life with him in this enchanting dimension. Everything is ideal, and Reece has never felt more content in her life, until unexpected occurrences begin to take place.  
Confident that Reece, the Key, is safe in Pemdas, the Guardians are busier than ever protecting Earth from other dimensions who seek to terrorize humans. After introducing Reece as his future wife into royal society, Levi and Harrison resume their duties on Earth where they come across an entity that the Pemdai Guardians have never encountered before. It is when this being is able to read into Levi’s mind, and discover he knows where the powerful stone is, that everything will change for him. 
In this installment of the Ancient Guardians series, you will be left guessing as you turn each page, and wondering who is orchestrating the bizarre events occurring within the protected lands of Pemdas. Prepare to encounter the Guardians as fierce warriors, bold and unafraid to do anything within their power to protect the Key, which they have sworn to guard for centuries.

To Read This Week:

I won't put anything new on the pile for this week because I seriously need to finish these two:



But if I have time, I might start with 18 Truths. 

And that's it for this edition of The Week's Entrée. What's on your plate for this week? Did you eat cake on Valentine's Day too? ;)

Book Review: Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma

Title: Imaginary Girls
Author: Nova Ren Suma
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Published: June 14th 2011
Page count: 348
Format: Hardcover
Source: Gifted (thanks Joy from Joyousreads!)

Buy from:   Amazon  .  Barnes&Noble .  The Book Depository  
                                         Goodreads

Book Summary:
Chloe's older sister, Ruby, is the girl everyone looks to and longs for, who can't be captured or caged. When a night with Ruby's friends goes horribly wrong and Chloe discovers the dead body of her classmate London Hayes left floating in the reservoir, Chloe is sent away from town and away from Ruby.

But Ruby will do anything to get her sister back, and when Chloe returns to town two years later, deadly surprises await. As Chloe flirts with the truth that Ruby has hidden deeply away, the fragile line between life and death is redrawn by the complex bonds of sisterhood.

With palpable drama and delicious craft, Nova Ren Suma bursts onto the YA scene with the story that everyone will be talking about.

*The Chef's Review*

My rating: 4/5 stars!

Imaginary Girls has such a beautiful cover, it's not hard to fall for it right away. The reviews on the back of the cover made the book sound intriguing, so I started reading the first chapter...let me tell you, I was instantly hooked!

When I was reading it, I couldn't shake off the feeling of eeriness and wonder. The relationship between the two sisters was amazing and a little scary. This book is about the love between sisters and the lengths they can go to protect each other, specially by the eldest.

I loved the way the author describes the scenes and the characters throughout the whole book. Although if I could change one thing about Imaginary Girls, it would have to be the ending. It's the type that you're not sure what becomes of the characters after the last page, so there's not a real sense of closure for it, more like a "to be continued...". My opinion, of course.

I really don't want to give the story away, but I do recommend it to the reader who is in the mood for a dark, mysterious and challenging read. 

Valentine's Day Giveaway!


Happy Valentine's Day everyone! I hope you have eaten lots of chocolate, cake and heart shaped candies (I have!). This is a fab holiday, it's so cheery and bright. The best thing? You don't need to have a romantic special someone to enjoy this day because friends and family count too!

And because we like you so much, we want to give away a paperback copy of our favorite YA Contemporary Romance book:





This will be open INTERNATIONAL as long as The Book Depository ships free to you. (Click here if you're not sure) Giveaway will last little over a day, so make sure to enter soon! Winner will have 48 hours to answer the notifying email, if not, then I'll be forced to pick another winner. Good luck!


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