PROLOGUEJune, Almost Three Years AgoThey were in the kitchen, the old woman at the table, and the young man at the counter, leaning casually and watching the girl and her friend talk about the latest gossip in their lives. Her friend was painting her nails again, and for once he wished he could smell the strong odor of the chemicals in the polish. Anything to help him feel he was a part of their world.He desperately wished he could be. A part of her world in particular.He’d been watching the girl for as long as he could remember.He loved her. Not just a young, silly love. But a real, intense, can’t-be-without-her love.He’d watched her grow up, watched her learn and play as a child, then argue and assert her independence as a young woman.He knew everything about her, except for her innermost secrets. He hoped maybe one day she’d tell him those secrets.But she didn’t know he was there. Didn’t know he existed in the same world as she did. Didn’t know he shared her home.And what would he say to her if she did know?He grabbed another cigarette from his pack of seventeen. Always seventeen cigarettes – that never changed. He didn’t light it; instead he just went through the motions. That was what his life consisted of now – going through the motions.When she looked up at him, he could swear that for the first time, she actually saw him there. He cocked his head, wondering what she could be thinking about that had her staring towards him so directly. When he leaned forward away from the counter, she jumped up, eyes open wide in shock.At that exact moment, her friend noticed the old woman sitting at the table next to her and shrieked as she jumped up to join the girl in the corner of the kitchen, sending her chair crashing to the floor. The girl’s parents, obviously responding to the commotion in the kitchen, came running into the room. The four of them quickly ended up huddled together tightly in the corner.The old woman spoke first, “Oh dear,” she said, in a soothing tone. “Let’s just all relax.” She waved her hands in a calming motion, but the family’s eyes widened even more with the shock of hearing her voice. Clearly, they could not just see the woman, but could hear her as well.Emotions flooded him, most significantly relief and excitement. He didn’t know what was going on, or how they could suddenly see and hear them, but he wasn’t about to question it or waste any more time.He’d been wishing for this moment for as long as he could remember.With a shrug, he walked over to the girl and smiled, no longer wondering what he might say to her if he ever had the chance.“Hey Doll, I’m Frankie.”
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Posted by Megan at 9:00 AM
Monday, October 15, 2012
Angela J. Townsend
Publish Date: November 20, 2012
Spencer Hill Press
Advanced Reading Copy
Reviewed by Rachael
Emma's life has been hell since she moved from sunny California to a remote Alaskan town. Abandoned by her father and living with the guilt of causing her mother's death, she makes a desperate dash for freedom from her abusive stepfather. But when her car skids off the icy road, her planned escape leads to further captivity in a world beyond her imagining.
Dragged across the tundra by an evil mountain man and his enormous black wolf, she learns that love can be found in the most unexpected places. Amarok, as she's nicknamed the wolf, is a young man from the gold-rush era enslaved by an ancient shaman. Emma's gentle touch and kind heart win his love and devotion. When a vicious madman--trapped in bear form by the same Shaman--attacks the travelers and injures Amarok, Emma must find the strength to face her fears and free the wolf she's come to love. But that means she must face down the evil shaman, a Siberian mammoth hunter from the ice age, and he has no intention of giving up his power to her. -Goodreads
When the blog tour for this book was announced I knew I had to get my hands on this one. Other than our basement home theater, Alaska is pretty much my favorite place on the planet. I fell in love with it in 1996 on vacation with my parents and it's where we honeymooned in August 2005. I had zero expectations going into the book other than loving the setting. I'm not normally the paranormal reader of the Hooked to Books crew, so I was slightly skeptical, but found the book really enjoyable.
Emma's life breaks your heart from the moment you meet her and you immediately are her #1 cheerleader. The fast pace of the opening events captures your interest immediately which is huge for me as in general I'm not a fast reader, so you have to grab me right away. The alternating narrators of the book (every other chapter is narrated by Emma or Amarok) kept things really interesting and is a writing style I generally tend to enjoy. Mixing ancient folklore with contemporary storytelling Angela Townsend creates a blended world that you immediately feel a part of without having to spend an excessive amount of time on background information (personal pet peeve). If you're looking for a quick, engaging read and want to break out of the dystopisn overload we've had lately, I'd definitely recommend this book!
The folks at Spencer Hill Press are offering a prize package to ONE winner throughout the tour that includes a copy of Amarok, a $25 Amazon gift card and a wolf charm necklace. You can enter below!
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Sunday, October 7, 2012
I haven't done a IMM in forever but this week calls for one.
I got a amazing package from Penguin and I was definitely doing a happy dance in my kitchen when I opened it.
Shades of Earth by Beth Revis (dies!)
Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff
Orleans by Sherri L. Smith
Natural Born Angel by Scott Speer
The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson (dies!)
Prodigy by Marie Lu
Rise by Andrea Cremer
I am SO EXCITED for all these books!
I also bought a book this week:
The Raven Boys (signed and doodled!) by Maggie Stiefvater
And since I'm here and SUPER excited about them... I got some of maternity pictures back this week.
So, I wanted to share a few of my favorites. :)
Only 3 more weeks before Baby Boy gets here!
Posted by Michelle at 11:26 AM