Random Thoughts: Amazing book titles

I was busy putting together the posts for the June VBC read along for our super secret book choice when I came about this little gem:


Dreams of Gods & Monsters (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #3)
 
 
I LOVE the title, but whyyyyyyyyyyyyy can't there be a synopsis yet? Hmm?? I guess it's probably a good thing since I haven't read book 2 yet, but still. What a teaser when there is just a stunning title that grabs your attention and nothing more. 


Review: The Rose Throne (Mette Ivie Harrison)

The Deets:
Audience: YA
Pages: 400
Publisher:May 14th 2013 by EgmontUSA
ISBN: 9781606843659
Genre: fantasy
Source: eARC from NetGalley


The Rose Throne (The Rose Throne, #1)Ailsbet loves nothing more than music; tall and red-haired, she's impatient with the artifice and ceremony of her father's court. Marissa adores the world of her island home and feels she has much to offer when she finally inherits the throne from her wise, good-tempered father. The trouble is that neither princess has the power--or the magic--to rule alone, and if the kingdoms can be united, which princess will end up ruling the joint land? For both, the only goal would seem to be a strategic marriage to a man who can bring his own brand of power to the throne. But will either girl be able to marry for love? And can either of these two princesses, rivals though they have never met, afford to let the other live?



I really had high hopes with The Rose Throne. I love fantasy/ fairy tale-ish books, but this one was only so-so for me.

I really liked the concept behind The Rose Throne. It had a certain magical element that I enjoyed (and was also very original). However, I felt that it was not fully developed. I am not certain if this will be a series or not, which greatly impacts my feelings toward this book. IF this is the beginning of a series, then I have a lot of questions I hope will be answered in the future. If this is not a series-- but a stand alone-- then I am very annoyed.

Why am I annoyed? Well, for obvious reasons: the ending. I could not believe how abrupt it was. I really thought there was more missing in my copy. When I have a book that leaves me with more questions than I started with, that's a problem.

I also felt a slight annoyance with the characters. I tried really hard to like Issa and Ailsbet but I just had a hard time connecting with them. However, they were probably the best characters in the book. I had serious issues with the romance between Kellin and Issa. I had no idea how 'serious' they were until it just sprang up on a page. Therefore, it wasn't very believable for me. There were a few other characters that I started to like, and then they suddenly disappeared from the story. So that was bothersome.

Alas, I really can't get beyond the rushed and abrupt ending. Since it bothered me so much, I can't be head over heals for this book. I did enjoy the writing and world building, but it left me wanting more.


Blog tour for Hero's Guide to Storming the Caste + Giveaway

 




The Hero's Guide to Storming the CastlePrince Liam. Prince Frederic. Prince Duncan. Prince Gustav. You remember them, don't you? They're the Princes Charming who finally got some credit after they stepped out of the shadows of their princesses - Cinderella, Rapunzel, Snow White, and Briar Rose - to defeat an evil witch bent on destroying all their kingdoms.

But alas, such fame and recognition only last so long. And when the princes discover that an object of great power might fall into any number of wrong hands, they are going to have to once again band together to stop it from happening - even if no one will ever know it was they who did it.





I just love this series! If you don't believe me, you can read just how much I loved the first book HERE.  (review of Storming the Castle to follow this week) You can also just take my word for it. I'm a pretty reliable source.

As part of the promotional book tour for Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle, the author and Walden Pond Press are releasing character sketches and exclusive information to help promote this amazing series. You can check out the other stops along the way by visiting these amazing blogs.



Without firther ado, the character being highlighted at this stop is Mr. Troll.



Occupation: Troll
Affiliation: The trolls
Kingdom of Origin: Sturmhagen
Current Residence: Under a trio of precariously balanced logs, Troll Place
Parents: Troll & Troll
Siblings: Troll, Troll, & Troll
Longtime Foe: Troll (a fellow troll who has always been jealous of Mister Troll’s comparatively luxurious troll house)
Likes: Veggies, brawls, Prince Angry Man
Dislikes: Greedy farmers, people who assume trolls are carnivores, Bandit Boy (a.k.a., Deeb Rauber)
Signature Move: The Big Furry Bodyslam
Quote: “Troll not like spend time in human house. Too many walls.”
Little Known Fact: Has written the only known troll recipe book, which includes dishes such as “Pinecone.” Step 1: Find pinecone. Step 2: Eat.


Mr. Troll first appeared in Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom.  Personally, I feel Mr. Troll is misunderstood. Maybe I am biased since I call my own little ones trolls (especially when they are acting less than delightful). Or it could be that this picture looks like my mini-labradoodle when she needs a haircut. Either way, I thought he was rather sweet in a not-so-smart and easily manipulated sort of way. I am also pleased to announce the Mr. Troll is making a stoic appearance in Storming the Castle. He's part of the hero posse. Aw, yeah.


You can follow the author, Christopher Healy on Facebook, Twitter, and his personal blog.

If you want to hear a bit more about the newest book in this series, check out the fun book trailer below. It is guaranteed to make you smile.
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Don't forget to enter the AMAZING giveaway! Every blog tour site will have THREE (3) copies of Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle to giveaway! You will also be entered for a chance to win $200 to the bookstore of your choice. That can buy a lot of books, my friend!


All readers of this blog have exclusive access to a special giveaway for THE HERO’S GUIDE TO STORMING THE CASTLE. You will need this SECRET CODE to enter: PRINCE CHARMING. Click here to enter.
WHAT YOU WIN: If you are one of the first three people to enter the giveaway TODAY, you will receive a signed copy of The Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle. EVERYONE who enters the giveaway from 5/6 to 5/26 is eligible to win a $200 gift card to the bookstore of his or her choice.


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