Book Tour and Giveaway: The Requiem Red by Brynn Chapman


On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

The Requiem Red

The Requiem Red
by Brynn Chapman
YA Historical Urban Fantasy
Hardcover, Paperback & ebook, 300 Pages
April 5th 2016 by Month9Books

Patient Twenty-nine.

A monster roams the halls of Soothing Hills Asylum. Three girls dead. 29 is endowed with the curse…or gift of perception. She hears messages in music, sees lyrics in paintings. And the corn. A lifetime asylum resident, the orchestral corn music is the only constant in her life.

Mason, a new, kind orderly, sees 29 as a woman, not a lunatic. And as his belief in her grows, so does her self- confidence. That perhaps she might escape, might see the outside world.

But the monster has other plans. The missing girl’s share one common thread…each was twenty-nine’s cell mate.

Will she be next?

My Review:

I loved this book! I literally could not put it down, so I definitely made a mistake in starting it at work. I found it so interesting to keep having a narration change between 29, Jules, and Dr. Greyjoy. I was able to get a much bigger idea of what was going on in the novel with the narration switches and there was no confusion as to who was talking. It is a difficult balance to maintain and so many authors fail at it but this was just superbly done. The detail in this book is stunning. It’s a scary and beautiful world with rich and realistic characters. I hope there is a sequel in the works because I cannot be left hanging like this or I shall suffer greatly. I highly recommend this if you want a book you can devour in one setting and feel fulfilled from it.

The Giveaway:

If you want a chance to win this awesome book and other great stuff, enter down below.

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Born and raised in western Pennsylvania, Brynn Chapman is the daughter of two teachers. Her writing reflects her passions: science, history and love—not necessarily in that order. In real life, the geek gene runs strong in her family, as does the Asperger’s syndrome. Her writing reflects her experience as a pediatric therapist and her interactions with society’s downtrodden. In fiction, she’s a strong believer in underdogs and happily-ever-afters. She also writes non-fiction and lectures on the subjects of autism and sensory integration and is a medical contributor to online journal The Age of Autism.

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Tour Schedule

– US Prize Pack: Signed The Requiem Red, The Violet Hour audiobook, and handmade “misneach” necklace (US only)
The Requiem Red ebook (INT)
Ends April 22nd

My Five Month Journey With Stephenie Meyer’s Life and Death

  
I remember when Twilight first came out or at least when it became popular. I was in sixth grade and everyone I knew was reading it and I wanted to so bad but my mom wouldn’t let me. I later found out she disapproved of the unhealthy relationship between Edward and Bella and didn’t want me to strive for a relationship like that. Thanks Mom for looking out. I may have read it in eighth grade on the sly along with all the rest of the series except Breaking Dawn. I was initially hooked. I thought these books were amazing and everything I wanted in a series. Flash forward to ninth grade where I was not so impressed. I had a desire to read it again and I wasn’t as thrilled this time. I felt like these vibrant characters I loved and a relationship I thought was so romantic was well….lack luster. I realized how problematic the franchise was and wanted nothing to do with it again. 

Obviously Twilight celebrated ten years a few months ago and I caved and bought Life and Death because I wanted to see what Stephenie was doing to prove it wasn’t sexist or problematic by switching genders. I bought this book in November and I still have yet to finish it. I just can’t. It’s worse than the original. I feel like it’s oddly more sexist than it was before. The language is less developed than before and Beau is more insipid than Bella. It’s almost like she got in way over her head or lost inspiration. She literally just took the original text, changed the names, and added opposite gender stereotypes in the place of others. I wanted to like this book, I really did.

The idea of switching genders of your characters to get a new perspective is one that is fascinating in theory. This just fell flat. It’s as if her publishers came to her and said, “Stephenie we need you to do something big for the tenth anniversary. How about you release Midnight Sun this time?” To which she refused since it got leaked twice and decided this was a better idea. 

I know this post isn’t timely or probably is in disagreement with what a lot of people thought but I didn’t want to release a review until I gave it a fair shot o finished it. I’m only on Chapter 13 five months later and I have no idea when I’ll finish it.

To Dance With Kings by Rosalind Laker

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Hey guys! If you all follow me on Instagram (BritLitBibliophile) you have seen this book multiple times because I am obsessed with this book. I picked this up over my winter break from a thrift store on a whim because I thought it might be interesting and if it wasn’t I was only out 99 cents. This is 99 cents well spent.

I’m just going to give the synopsis from the back of the book because so much happens that I don’t want to give away in my own synopsis.

“On a May morning in 1664, in the small village of Versailles, as hundreds of young aristocrats are coming to pay court to King Louis XIV, a peasant fan-maker gives birth to her first and only child, Marguerite. Determined to give her daughter a better life than the one she herself has lived, the young mother vows to break the newborn’s bonds of poverty and ensure that she fulfills her destiny—to dance with kings. Purely by chance, a drunken nobleman witnesses the birth and makes a reckless promise to return for Marguerite in seventeen years. With those fateful words, events are set into motion that will span three monarchies, affecting the lives of four generations of women.

Marguerite becomes part of the royal court of the Sun King, but her fairy-tale existence is torn out from under her by a change of political winds. Jasmin, Marguerite’s daughter, is born to the life of privilege her grandmother dreamed of, but tempts fate by daring to catch the eye of the king. Violette, Marguerite’s granddaughter, is drawn to the nefarious side of life among the nobles at Versailles. And Rose, Violette’s daughter, becomes a lady-in-waiting and confidante to Marie Antoinette. Through Rose, a love lost generations before will come full circle, even as the ground beneath Versailles begins to rumble with the chaos of the coming revolution.”

Rosalind Laker has created some of the most well rounded women I have ever come across in “adult literature.” I was honestly expecting a lot of romance and sex with no character development but it had it all. Marguerite is a headstrong business woman who will not be told what to do by any man. Jasmin grows up from a spoiled child to a woman who has faced many hardships and has grown ten fold. Her story is the most tragic out of them all. Violette has a rather short story that ends abruptly but in her short part of the novel she becomes a different woman as well. Rose sees the most horror out of all the women but comes out on top. This is just a beautiful story and its so engaging.

DISCLAIMER: I will note that in Jasmin’s story she is brutually beaten and sexaully assaulted by her husband so if that is something you’re not interested in reading about at all, this might not be the book for you. The descriptions aren’t too graphic but it happens often so that’s why I’m putting the disclaimer.

So I loved this book and will be reading more of her work. Let me know if you’ve read any of her other books or this one. What did you think? Do you think you’ll give this a try?

Carpe Librum Book Haul

  
So one of the greatest things about living near the nation’s capital is the ability to go to independent bookstores. I was googling used bookstores to go to and I was attracted to Carpe Librum because of it’s name, it has high reviews, and the prices are super low. When I got there I was not disappointed because there were so many books and for dirt cheap. No book is over $4, which is a steal. I managed to get five books for only $13.

Sepulchre: I’m always a fan of stories that intertwine the past and present and I’m hoping this won’t let me down.

Cloud Atlas: I’ve been hearing about this book for a really long time and never thought to give it a try until now. Apparently I picked up an edition from England which is pretty neat.

The Illuminator: A story about the beautiful illuminations in old books. Sign me up for medieval intrigue.

An Ember In The Ashes: I honestly don’t know much about this book except that it did very well last year in the bookstagram and book blogging communities. For $3 I had to see what was up.

The Autobiography of Henry VIII: I love any fictional account of the Tudors. I rarely see any from Henry’s perspective so this should be a fascinating read.

Barnes and Noble Haul

  
So I haven’t been to Barnes and Noble in a long time. I’ve been exclusively just buying used books or cheap Kindle books because frankly I haven’t known what I’ve wanted to read. So many amazing books have come out recently that I finally caved and bought some brand new books.

Lady Midnight: Honestly I wasn’t sure if I was going to buy this. There’s a bit of controversy around Cassandra Clare right now about her plagerizing from another series and I’m not too pleased with what I’ve been seeing. However my love for this series runs too deep not to buy it.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: I love Pride and Prejudice and from what I heard about the movie this is something I would love as well. I know this book has been out forever but my inner snob wouldn’t read it for a long time.

Cinder: Everyone is obsessed with the Lunar Chronicles so I have to cave and see what is up with these books. I know I’m super late on this one as well but better late than never.

Me Before You: Is this going to make me cry? I assume the answer is yes. I saw the trailer for the movie and I’m intrigued so I figured I’d give this one a go too.

Golden Son and Morning Star: If you all have been following my blog for a bit you know I fell in love with Red Rising. Needless to say I haven’t read the sequels yet but I felt compelled to since Morning Star was 30% off. Can’t wait to see how this story continues.

Book Tour: Demon Princess By Kassandra Lynn

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I received this e-copy from Xpresso Book Tours for free in exchange for an honest review. I was not paid and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Hello everyone!! So I’m absolutely thrilled and honored to be part of the Demon Princess book tour held by Xpresso Book Tours. Even though I am thrilled I will of course give my usual honest review. Before I get into all that let me give you the synopsis they provided because I don’t think I could sum it up any better.

With her father gone and her brother missing, Demon Princess Adriana has to assume the throne, temporarily becoming the Demon King. The procession is underway, and the princess is nervous yet determined … until the unthinkable happens and she is summoned! Somehow, Aldric, a mage-in-training has summoned the princess into the human kingdom. Now trapped, Adriana must hide her identity and escape before she loses her life in the hands of her mortal enemies.

First off, can we talk about the cover? I am utterly in love with it. I think it’s stunning and the covers on the subsequent novels are just as beautiful. I just am always drawn to blue and black covers with gorgeous dresses.

I liked this book but I didn’t love this book if that makes sense. It was an engrossing and quick read which was fantastic for my quiet shift at work yesterday. However, I feel like this book had potential to be so much more. We are introduced to characters very quickly and not all of them stay or are introduced at the end. I feel like details got a bit muddled and rushed. I do know this is the first book in the Demon Kingdom Fairy Tales so perhaps the following books will be more detail oriented and this first book was to just get everyone acquainted with the world and characters. I do think the characterization and emotional levels were well done though. I could really feel Adriana’s pain at being demoted to a summon beast and treated poorly by Aldric. I hurt for her throughout the book.

This book is very short only clocking in at 162 pages which can be very nice from time to time. So if you do want an engrossing and quick read in a new fantasy realm this would be a good choice. These books would be great for vacation because of their length or if you’re just a super busy person. My final review is 3 out of 5 stars.

If you want to buy Demon Princess you can get it on Amazon for Kindle for free or in paperback for $7.99

Anonymous Book Recommendations

Hello everyone! So yesterday I decided to have a little fun and ask people anonymously online what their favorite books were. I frequently use the apps Whisper and Yik Yak to vent or talk to random people. I decided since everything is anonymous people are probably more willing to give book recommendations because if they’re weird no one will know it’s  your favorite. I’m going to list all the book recommendations I got by app and by posting and I will link the amazon page to each one.

Yik Yak

I got a good response on here from my college feed but only two suggestions from my home feed. Since I live off campus and Yik Yak uses your location to determine where you can post, I had two places to ask the question.

Home Feed

L’Etranger  or The Stranger by Albert Camus

Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann

College Feed

One person said the Dictionary

One person said Facebook

The Culture Series by Iain Banks

Discworld Series by Terry Pratchett

Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Unwind by Neal Shusterman

Perks of Being A Wall Flower by Stephen Chbosky

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Looking For Alaska by John Green

The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Anything written by Timothy Zahn (I got no specific book names but they’re all Star Wars books)

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

 

Whisper

Anything by Donna Tartt or Sarah Waters

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

The Witches by Roald Dahl

Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak

Are any of your favorite books on this list? Are you going to try to get book recommendations from anonymous sites?