Throwback Thursdays #2

Its my second Throwback Thursday and I blame Lauren at The Housework Can Wait, and Mandi Kaye for my obsession with this idea! From Lauren’s website, Throwback Thursday is a day to:

It’s the nature of book blogging to focus mainly on new releases, but there are thousands of great books out there that haven’t seen the “New Releases” shelf in years. We hope to be able to bring attention to some older titles that may not be at the top of the current bestseller list, but still deserve a spot in your To-Be-Read pile.


I have now turned that day into Memory Lane! lol. This is a book that I read in the 4th grade! It came out in 1998, when I was seven, but I read it when I was eight or nine. It’s actually a series that I fell in love with then and continued to read long after I moved onto the next grade. This series now sits on my bookshelves where they forever remind me of that magical time in 4th grade where I began to fall in love with reading (it took me a LONG time to learn how to read and I had to go to all sorts of special classes during school to get help with it).

The Shadow Children Series by Margaret Peterson Haddix is about a society where a limit on population has been put into place. Families are only allowed to have two children but Luke Garner’s family had a third. Luke lives as an illegal third child where he must always stay hidden or risk being put to death. When the government cuts down the woods around his farm, where he had always been able to seek haven in the outside, he is forced to remain indoors at all times. What happens when he see’s a little girl’s face in the window of a house that he knows already has two sons?

There is just something about these books that is timeless for me, and it probably has to do with the fact that it reminds me of my childhood. These are definitely books that I will read/let me kids read years from now. I loved every one of these books, the only complaint that I have is when it ended. These books show kids to stand up for what’s right, for what they believe in, but also at the same time that it’s important to not act irrationally and that all plans you have to bring about change must be thought out. These books show that there is cruelty in the world but that even though bad things will happen you will always have your family to lean on and love and that there will always be hope.

Like I said before, I read this book when I was in the 4th grade during reading time, which was right after recess, so my teacher always turned on a soundtrack to settle us down. Every time I hear this song, even now more than a decade later, I think of these books and I remember sitting in that classroom and falling in love with Luke Garner and the world that Margaret Peterson Haddix created. Maybe one day this song will make you think of a book you love too.



Big News in the Halflings Series!

I am really excited to get to share all of this with you! Heather Burch author of the Halflings series has several special announcements that she made over on The Halflings Network a few days ago and I am so happy to get to help with this announcement. I would also like to note that all of my information is also coming from The Halflings Network.


A Halflings Rescue (FREE eBook):

Need your Halflings fix before Guardian releases this fall? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Heather Burch has penned another illustrated short-story that features your favorite Halflings in an action-packed side mission. It’s called A Halflings Rescue, and will be available for FREE download later this month. Stay tuned for more news on that later!

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Guardian cover reveal:

I love it! I love the green theme, I love how she’s looking away, and of course the two half-angels chilling over her shoulders. Guardian comes out in October just adding it to the list of amazing books coming that month! So excited!

Guardian eBook Pre-order Sale:

While Guardian won’t be available in bookstores until this fall, you can be one of the first to pre-order the eBook for only $3.99! Pre-order today, and Guardian will download to your eReader the day it releases. Click one of the links below to buy now!

Amazon.com | BN.com | iBookstore | ChristianBook.com

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And now the big annoucement! The cover and title reveal for the third book in the Halflings series due to hit stores February 2013. What’s it called you ask? Well…let this image speak for itself.

:0 Isn’t that one amazing! I LOVE it so much! Purple is my favorite color so I may be a little biased but look at her face! She is so fierce you know things are going down in that book! I love how there is a creepy forest behind her, after all Halflings did start in the woods too. Look at that tagline! “Sometimes facing means risking everything” How amazing is that you guys! Also the title is pretty kick butt too! Avenger!! I cannot tell you guys how excited I am for these books to come out!

I was waiting to have this giveaway for my SwagFest I was planning later this summer but now seems like the perfect time! I have 7 signed Halflings bookmarks to giveaway!

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Covers I Love

I was wondering what else besides reviews I could put up here and then I thought why not show you some book covers that I love!

The first one is from Victoria Schwab. The Archived. Doesn’t that look amazing you guys!!!! Its beautiful and mysterious all at the same time! The book isn’t released until 2013 but I am so excited to read it when it comes out! Victoria is such a talented writer and I know this book will be amazing!
Victoria Schwab Website

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There is something about this cover that I insanely adore! There is such a simplicity behind it but it also has a larger meaning. Remember when we were all kids and you blew dandelions to send their seeds into the wind. How many wishes did you make to the flying seeds? Send Me a Sign by Tiffany Schmidt comes out October 2, 2012 and I cannot wait to read this book!
TIffany Schmidt Website
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This cover is so cool! I haven’t read Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi yet but I have heard great things about it from other bloggers so this is on my to be read list! I love how the first tagline is scratched out and then rewritten next to it. I love it! I love how it includes the clouds, the birds, and the trees. There’s even a waterfall! The fading at the bottom of the cover is awesome and I love how the title is in two different colors. Lets be honest, I am just in love with this cover!
Tahereh Mafi Website

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I haven’t gotten a chance to read Shift or Exiled by M.R. Merrick yet either but look at those covers! I would seriously have this framed and hung on my walls because they are amazing! If I ever have a book published I would want it’s cover to look as amazing as these two!
I love how Exiled shows two completely different sides, fire and water, with the baron tree in the middle! There is something so ominous about that tree and I love it!

Shift is beautiful because it has so many things going on but it all fits together perfectly. And look at that doorway! The doorway sits in a foggy forest and yet beyond its doors is a baron land. Makes you wonder what else lays beyond that door.

M.R. Merrick Website

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And of course, you guys all know me so I can’t have a list without Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys. I love both of the covers but the paperback is definitely my favorite. I remember sitting in the library in Nashville in December and Ruta showed us the cover and my breath caught in my throat. It’s beautiful! It’s beautiful if you haven’t read the book and you stumble across it in the store and its even more beautiful once you’ve read it. You all know that I think this book is amazing and the beauty of the story is how people band together in times of horror to survive. People can be pushed to their limit and do things they never would have done before but they do it together. Lina suffers in this story and I think the snow and ice on her face really shows that. I love how her eye is closed too! I think it speaks to the things that she went through, she was strong but the best thing that she could do was survive. To me if her eye was open it would be a challenge and Between Shades of Gray is not about the challenge, its about bringing awareness to an event in history that people have largely shut their eyes too. Maybe Lina is sad about that and that’s why she isn’t looking at us.

Ruta Sepetys Website
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Obviously I am not analyzing any of these just saying what I thought about them. Let me know what you think about them and feel free to include any others you guys love.

Hannah

Throwback Thursdays

So you guys today marks a historic day on The Book Vortex. Yes, I am being a little melodramatic but its still an important day. I have never participated in a meme before but recently one of my friends, Lauren at The Housework Can Wait, started Throwback Thursdays with Mandi Kaye. From Lauren’s website, Throwback Thursday is a day to:

It’s the nature of book blogging to focus mainly on new releases, but there are thousands of great books out there that haven’t seen the “New Releases” shelf in years. We hope to be able to bring attention to some older titles that may not be at the top of the current bestseller list, but still deserve a spot in your To-Be-Read pile.

Right now is actually the PERFECT time for me to participate in Throwback Thursdays because I am currently reading a book called Child of Mist by Kathleen Morgan.

Here is a summary of Child of Mist from Goodreads:


In the harsh Scottish highlands of 1565, superstition and treachery threaten a truce between rival clans. It’s a weak truce at first, bound only by an arranged engagement between Anne MacGregor and Niall Campbell-the heirs of the feuding families.
While Niall wrestles with his suspicions about a traitor in his clan, Anne’s actions do not go unnoticed. And as accusations of witchcraft abound, the strong and sometimes callous Campbell heir must fight for Anne’s safety among disconcerted clan members. Meanwhile his own safety in threatened with the ever-present threat of someone who wants him dead.
Will Niall discover the traitor’s identity in time? Can Anne find a way to fit into her new surroundings? Will the two learn to love each other despite the conflict? With a perfect mix of a burgeoning romance and thrilling suspense, this book is historical fiction at its best

Why I love this book? First its completely different from anything that I’ve read. Its a Scottish Historical Fiction and its not a Young Adult book. *GASP* I know! Not a YA! But you guys, its SO good! Two enemies bound by duty to be together. We get to watch these two fall in love and LOTS of drama ensuing.
One of the things that I really love about this book is that its so authentic. Kathleen Morgan does a fantastic job with the language and behavior of her characters.

The book is a lot better than my feeble description but if you are a lover of historical fiction and romance with a strong and fierce female lead then this is the book for you! Check it out, give it a chance I don’t think you’ll regret it.

Hannah