Blog tour: HUNTER



Author: Mercedes Lackey

Pub. Date: September 1, 2015

Publisher:  Disney-Hyperion

Pages: 384

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

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Centuries ago, the barriers between our world and the Otherworld were slashed open allowing hideous fantastical monsters to wreak havoc; destroying entire cities in their wake. Now, people must live in enclosed communities, behind walls that keep them safe from the evil creatures constantly trying to break in. Only the corps of teen Hunters with lightning reflexes and magical abilities can protect the populace from the daily attacks.

Joyeaux Charmand is a mountain girl from a close knit village who comes to the big city to join the Hunters. Joy thinks she is only there to perform her civic duty and protect the capitol Cits, or civilians, but as cameras follow her every move, she soon learns that the more successful she is in her hunts, the more famous she becomes.

With millions of fans watching her on reality TV, Joy begins to realize that Apex is not all it seems. She is forced to question everything she grew up believing about the legendary Hunters and the very world she lives in. Soon she finds that her fame may be part of a deep conspiracy that threatens to upend the protective structure built to keep dark magic out. The monsters are getting in and it is up to Joy to find out why. 



About Mercedes:

Mercedes Lackey is the acclaimed author of over fifty novels and many works of short fiction. In her "spare" time she is also a professional lyricist and a licensed wild bird rehabilitator. Mercedes lives in Oklahoma with her husband and frequent collaborator, artist Larry Dixon, and their flock of parrots.


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5 winners will receive a finished copy of HUNTER. US Only.


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 Mercedes Lackey is the acclaimed author of over fifty novels and many works of short fiction. In her "spare" time she is also a professional lyricist and a licensed wild bird rehabilitator. Mercedes lives in Oklahoma with her husband and frequent collaborator, artist Larry Dixon, and their flock of parrots.


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Tales of A Ravenous Reader Guest Post Topics 


Top 10 favorite fantasy novels and why.


In no particular order:


The Witch World Series by Andre Norton


Andre Nortons books were some of the first fantasy and science fiction books I ever read once I got into the adultsection of the library (yes, in those benighted days kids under 12 were not allowed to take books out of the adult section without special permission!)  I absolutely adored the first book, and the rest of the Witch World books that followed.  Up until this point Andre had been known primarily as a science fiction author, but these books solidified her reputation and made her one of the important writers of fantasy too.


Jirel of Joiry by C.L. Moore


Written when fantasy was mostly of the iron-thewed Conan barbarian sort, C.L. Moores collection of Jirel stories centered on a female swordswinger, and not the sort to prance around in a chain-mail bikini.  Jirel is certainly the grandmother of Xena and three quarters of the heroines in Marion Zimmer BradleySword and Sorceress short story collections.  For once the princess was rescuing herself.


The Notorious Abess by Vera Chapman


This collection of 12 connected stories about the Abbess Hodierna of Shaston are not about some retiring nun.  The Abbess--no retired, cloistered lady--journeys back and forth between England and the Holy Land, battling demons, solving crimes, and aiding lovers.  If Jirel of Joiry had taken holy orders, she might have looked something like Hodierna.  Chapmans Arthurian books are better known (one of them was turned into the animated move The Quest For Camelot), but I like Hodiernas moxy the most.


Puck of Pooks Hill by Rudyard Kipling


Although Kipling is better known for his Jungle Book, I think this is the better book.  Puck either takes two siblings back in time to meet people who were around during seminal times in Englands history, or brings their spirits forward.  You decide!  The sequel, Rewards and Fairies, is just as good.


The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge


I adore this bookand so does J. K. Rowling.  Another book about a girl who takes matters and her life into her own hands in order to make things right.  Are you sensing a theme here?



Moonheart by Charles de Lint


This book more or less cemented my desire to become a fantasy writer.  If I could write as well on my best day as de Lint does on his worst, I would be a very happy author.


The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling


I am an unabashed Potter fan.  But of course, to my mind, the real heroine of the saga is Hermione.


The Once and Future King by T.H. White


This version of the Arthurian saga is pretty much the one most people think of when they think of King Arthur.  I love Whites sense of humor, and his wonderful worldbuilding.


The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien


Ill forgive him for making it mostly a boys club because of Samwise Gamgee, Eowyn, and Galadriel.



The Last Unicorn by Peter Beagle


If you dont like this book, your soul is a shriveled, nasty little raisin and you have no heart.  


#PAPERTOWNS prize pack of awesome

Are you a fan of John Green and his novels? How about Paper Towns and the fact that this movie is coming out this Friday? I don't know about you but I am super excited for this movie and the fact that I get to give away an amazing prize pack of awesome. Simply check out all the sites that you can read about Paper Towns and enter my giveaway at the end of this post and don't forget when talking about it use #papertowns 



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In theaters July 24, 2015

About the Film

Adapted from the bestselling novel by author John Green ("The Fault in Our Stars"), PAPER TOWNS is a coming-of-age story centering on Quentin and his enigmatic neighbor Margo, who loved mysteries so much she became one. After taking him on an all-night adventure through their hometown, Margo suddenly disappears--leaving behind cryptic clues for Quentin to decipher. The search leads Quentin and his quick-witted friends on an exhilarating adventure that is equal parts hilarious and moving. Ultimately, to track down Margo, Quentin must find a deeper understanding of true friendship--and true love.

Starring: Nat Wolff, Cara Delevingne, Austin Abrams, Halston Sage, Justice Smith

Directed by: Jake Schreier

Screenplay By: Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber, based upon the book by John Green

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One (1) winner receives:

  • $25 Visa to see the film in theaters
  • Paper Towns Buttons
  • Copy of the book (Movie Tie-In Cover)


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To enter this contest simply leave a comment letting me know who you would like to take on an movie adventure with you to see Paper Towns. GOOD LUCK!!

Hello everyone, thank you for stopping by today as I partake in the THE HEART OF BETRAYAL tour. I am not sure if you realize how much of a fan of Mary E. Pearson that I am, but you can consider me a huge fan.  So, I am beyond excited to join in with some of the most amazing bloggers around as we share some amazing reviews and special content with you. Being a music lover I have the pleasure of sharing Mary's music list for THE HEART OF BETRAYAL.

THE HEART OF BETRAYAL (The Remnant Chronicles #2) Mary E. Pearson
Release Date: July 7, 2015

Hardcover: 480 pages

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

ISBN: 978-0805099249

Intrigue abounds in this hotly anticipated sequel to The Kiss of Deception!

Held captive in the barbarian kingdom of Venda, Lia and Rafe have little chance of escape. Desperate to save her life, Lia's erstwhile assassin, Kaden, has told the Vendan Komizar that she has the gift, and the Komizar's interest in Lia is greater than anyone could have foreseen.

Meanwhile, nothing is straightforward: there's Rafe, who lied to Lia, but has sacrificed his freedom to protect her; Kaden, who meant to assassinate her but has now saved her life; and the Vendans, whom Lia always believed to be barbarians. Now that she lives amongst them, however, she realizes that may be far from the truth. Wrestling with her upbringing, her gift, and her sense of self, Lia must make powerful choices that will affect her country... and her own destiny.


Mary E. Pearson is the award-winning author of The Jenna Fox Chronicles, The Miles Between, A Room on Lorelei, and Scribbler of Dreams.  She writes full-time from her home office in California where she lives with her husband and two golden retrievers.

MARY'S Music Playlist

One of the most common questions I’m asked is how I combat writer’s block. There are a lot of ways, but one of my go-to answers is music! In an instant it can transport me back into the world of my characters. I am there!

For every book I create a playlist and as I write I keep adding to it and changing it. For the Remnant Chronicles, I currently have 23 playlists! (Yes, I just counted them!) Each one jogs me in a different way. Some have lyrics, others don’t.   I’ve posted my playlists in the past and it is interesting for me to see how my go-to songs have changed—though I still listen to them all.  Here are some of my favorites culled from 23 lists:

1.     I SEE FIRE by Ed Sheeran

2.     KISS ME by Ed Sheeran

3.     MAKE IT RAIN by Ed Sheeran

4.     GIVE ME LOVE by Ed Sheeran

5.     TILL KINGDOM COME by Coldplay

6.     NEVER SAY NEVER by The Fray

7.     WHEN WE ARE ONE by Gabriel Mann

8.     LET HER GO by Passenger

9.     ALL FALL DOWN by OneRepublic

10.  STRENGTH OF AN EMPIRE by Two Steps From Hell

11.  MOMENT OF GRACE by Liquid Mind

12.  PERSEVERENCE by Michele McLaughlin

13.  OCEAN WITHOUT SHORES by Constance Demby

14.  UNDYING LOVE by Two Steps From Hell

15.  VIAGGIO DI NOTTE by Roberto Cacciapaglia

16.  INTO THE BLUE by Jonae

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COVER REVEAL: #THEPOWER by Jennifer L. Armentrout

We are over the moon about this Cover Reveal for Jennifer L. Armentrout's THE POWER!! THE POWER is a New Adult Paranormal being published by Spencer Hill Press, and is a part of Jennifer L. Armentrout’s The Titan Series. It is being released on February 23rd, 2016!!

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“You don’t know what I’m capable of.”

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Don't miss THE RETURN, the first book in the Titan Series....

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THE RETURN Synopsis: The Fates are cackling their bony asses off... It's been a year since Seth made the deal with the gods that pledged his life to them. And so far, the jobs they've given him have been violent and bloody--which is kind of all right with him. But now Apollo has something else in mind for Seth. He's got to play protector while keeping his hands and fingers off, and for someone who really has a problem with restraint, this new assignment might be the most challenging yet. Josie has no idea what this crazy hot guy's deal might be, but it's a good bet that his arrival means the new life she started after leaving home is about to be thrown into an Olympian-sized blender turned up to puree. Either Josie is going insane or a nightmare straight out of ancient myth is gunning for her. But it might be the unlikely attraction simmering between her and the golden-eyed, secret-keeping Seth that may prove to be the most dangerous thing of all. Because history has once again been flipped to repeat.

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Author Photo  Jennifer L. Armentrout/J.Lynn Bio: # 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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Today I have the pleasure of being part of the FINDING AUDREY Blog Tour by Sophie Kinsella. I have been a long time fan of Sophie and have enjoyed her writing since I picked up my first "Shopaholic" book and have never stopped reading whatever she writes. FINDING AUDREY is Sophie's first YA novel and when I knew about this book I was over the moon excited, two of my favorite things together Sophie and YA. It is a match made in heaven and I hope you will agree

FINDING AUDREY by Sophie Kinsella

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Shopaholic series comes a terrific blend of comedy, romance, and psychological recovery in a contemporary YA novel sure to inspire and entertain.
An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen-year-old Audrey’s daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother’s gaming teammate, she is energized. She connects with him. Audrey can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she’s never been able to do with anyone before. As their friendship deepens and her recovery gains momentum, a sweet romantic connection develops, one that helps not just Audrey but also her entire family.

“With her trademark wit and sass, Kinsella sensitively broaches the complexities of young adult mental health.”—Booklist

“An outstanding tragicomedy that gently explores mental illness, the lasting effects of bullying, and the power of friends and loving family to help in the healing.” – Kirkus Reviews, starred

“Kinsella’s knack for humor and sensitivity shine in a story that should easily expand her already substantial fan base.” – Publishers Weekly

My Thoughts:

I have been  a long time fan and supporter of Sophie Kinsella and when it was announced that she would write a long awaited YA novel I was beyond excited. Sophie has a way of making you laugh and cry all in the same sentence and she does not disappoint with Finding Audrey.

Finding Audrey is a story about a girl that has been emotionally crippled due to a bullying incident at school. As a result she has sequestered herself in her home and cannot look anyone in the eyes anymore so she must constantly wear sun glasses to keep from going into a full on panic attack.

As her story begins we are treated to an on episode of family hijinks when Audrey's mother has a melt down of epic proportions and proceeds to take her brother's PC and threaten to chuck it out the two story window. These drastic actions are all done in the name of motherly love and the desire to have her son stop playing online computer games. It all seems rather drastic, but in true Kinsella style you cannot help but laugh at the madness that ensues. This witty style of writing is what makes FINDING AUDREY different from other novels dealing with this subject. You get to know Audrey and see how she struggles with her fears, how it affects everything that she now does but it's tinged with bits of humor and then you witness how supporting her whole family is and it gives you a sense of comfort despite the chaos that goes on in Audrey's "lizard" brain.

With the idea of attending a new school, Audrey is given goals by her doctor in order to make the new transition. She is told to begin with small interactions outside the house and with other people. Easier said than done, especially when her brother's gaming partner and friend Linus, begin to visit the house. Audrey remembers him from school and how much she liked him, at first this exposure draws her further back into her shell but then a slow romance begins to bloom via messages passed on between the two young love birds and trips to StarBucks. It is their interactions that are precious and heart achingly sweet to witness as Audrey slowly begins to emerge from her confinement and begin to find herself again.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading FINDING AUDREY and hated leaving this world of acceptance and love and the only complaint is that I wished to know exactly what issue traumatized Audrey instead of having the issue skirted around. The story works fine without the knowledge because bullying really needs NO excuse to flourish and exist but my lizard brain was just fixated on it. Previous Fans of Sophie Kinsella will enjoy this story and hopefully new fans will be introduced to her one of kind writing that makes everyone smile.

Sophie Kinsella raced into the UK bestseller lists in September 2000 with her first novel in the Shopaholic series - The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic (also published as Confessions of a Shopaholic). The book’s heroine, Becky Bloomwood – a fun and feisty financial journalist who loves shopping but is hopeless with money – captured the hearts of readers worldwide.  Becky has since featured in six further bestselling books, Shopaholic Abroad (also published as Shopaholic Takes Manhattan), Shopaholic Ties the Knot, Shopaholic & Sister, Shopaholic & Baby, Mini Shopaholic and now Shopaholic to the Stars! Becky Bloomwood came to the big screen in 2009 with the hit Disney movie Confessions of a Shopaholic.
Sophie has also written six standalone novels which have all been bestsellers in the UK, USA and other countries around the world: Can You Keep A Secret?, The Undomestic Goddess, Remember Me?, Twenties Girl, I've Got Your Number and her most recent standalone book, Wedding Night.
Sophie wrote her first novel under her real name, Madeleine Wickham, at the tender age of 24, whilst she was working as a financial journalist. The Tennis Party was immediately hailed as a success by critics and the public alike and became a top ten bestseller. She went on to publish six more novels as Madeleine Wickham: A Desirable Residence, Swimming Pool Sunday, The Gatecrasher, The Wedding Girl, Cocktails for Three and Sleeping Arrangements.
She submitted her first ‘Sophie Kinsella’ novel anonymously to her existing publishers and it was snapped up without her editors knowing that she was already one of their authors. It wasn’t until the appropriately titled Can You Keep a Secret? was published that Sophie revealed her true identity for the first time.
Sophie was born in London. She studied music at New College, Oxford, but after a year switched to Politics, Philosophy and Economics. She now lives in London, UK, with her husband and family.

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“Reading is everything. Reading makes me feel like I've accomplished something, learned something, become a better person. Reading makes me smarter. Reading gives me something to talk about later on. Reading is the unbelievably healthy way my attention deficit disorder medicates itself. Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it's a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it's a way of making contact with someone else's imagination after a day that's all too real. Reading is grist. Reading is bliss.”

Nora Ephron, I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman

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Upcoming YA Bay Area Book Events

I have compiled all the SF, bay area YA and NA events in this section. If you know of any events that I have failed to post, please let me know. Also, please keep in mind that some events may change and it is best to verify all events prior to attendance.



Books Inc. in San Francisco
Saturday, August 22 @ 7pm



Thursday, September 3 @ 4pm
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Hicklebee's in San Jose
Thursday, September 3 @7pm

Kepler's in Menlo Park
Friday, September 4 @ 7pm

Books Inc. on Van Ness, San Francisco
Friday, September 11 @ 7pm

Hicklebee's in San Jose
Wednesday, September 16 @ 7pm

Tickets are available to purchase at Kepler's and online
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Friday, September 18 @ 7pm

RAE CARSON in conversation with STACEY LEE
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Tuesday, September 22 @ 7pm

Linden Tree Books in Los Altos
Sunday, September 27 @ 3pm

A Great Good Place in Montclair
Monday, September 28 @ 7pm


Books Inc. Opera Plaza
Sunday, October 4 @ 2pm

Face in a book in El Dorado Hills
Sunday, October 4 @ 2pm

Book Passage in Corte Madera
Wednesday, October 7 @ 6:30pm

PATRICK NESS in conversation with SABAA TAHIR
Kepler's sponsored at the Redwood Shores Library
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Friday, October 9 @ 7pm

Kepler's in Menlo Park
Wednesday, October 14 @ 7pm

Call or stop by your local Books Inc. to purchase your ticket
Books inc. at the Grand Lake Theater
Wednesday, Ocober 28 @ 6pm

Book Passage sponsored must purchase tickets
Thursday, October 29 @ 7pm


Books Inc. Opera Plaza
Tuesday, November 3 @ 7pm

Hicklebee's in San Jose
Friday, November 6 @ 7pm

Towne Center Books in Pleasanton
Saturday, November 7 @ 4pm

Books Inc. Opera Plaza
Sunday, November 15 @ 5pm

...and lots more events are coming. I am so excited but cannot share them yet :) Stay Tuned!!

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