Feature and Follow Friday #4


The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee’s View and Alison of Alison Can Read.

Alison Can Read Feature & Follow

Share something you’ve learned about book blogging or just blogging in general in the last month.

A: I learned that blogging is not as easy as I initially thought it was when I started it. It takes time and effort to maintain a steady stream of posts and you have to put a lot of thought into each of your posts. Also, blogging, especially book blogging = lot of commitments and I can’t be my usual lazy self about it. 🙂

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3 Month Blogoversary Giveaway (INT)!


I am in shock right now. Seriously. I just noticed the date on my laptop a few minutes back and I seriously can’t believe that it has been THREE months already since I started my blog. Yes, on May 15th, 2013, That Artsy Girl’s Book Blog entered this (virtual) world. It feels like yesterday when I thought, “Hey, I like books. I like writing. So, what don’t I start writing about books I like?”

Over these three months, I have met some amazingly good authors, some insanely helpful bloggers and readers who are just as crazy about books as I am. And I just made a spur of the moment decision to thank all you people out there who took the time to read my blog. And what better way to thank book-crazy people than to host a giveaway of books?

So, here it is, all official looking:

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The winner of this giveaway will win ANY BOOK OF HIS/HER CHOICE. The giveaway is INTERNATIONAL as long as the Book Depository ships to your country. Thanks so much guys for all your love!

***GIVEAWAY***

Review: The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett


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Sixteen-year-old Dusty Everhart breaks into houses late at night, but not because she’s a criminal. No, she’s a Nightmare.

Literally.

Being the only Nightmare at Arkwell Academy, a boarding school for magickind, and living in the shadow of her mother’s infamy, is hard enough. But when Dusty sneaks into Eli Booker’s house, things get a whole lot more complicated. He’s hot, which means sitting on his chest and invading his dreams couldn’t get much more embarrassing. But it does. Eli is dreaming of a murder.

Then Eli’s dream comes true.

Now Dusty has to follow the clues—both within Eli’s dreams and out of them—to stop the killer before more people turn up dead. And before the killer learns what she’s up to and marks her as the next target.

Rating:

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Review:

Going into this book, I was fully expecting a romance with maybe a touch of paranormal. But guess what? This book has an actual plot, you guys! Yay! Also, the heroine of this book, Dusty is really, really likeable. She is not popular but she doesn’t whine about her unpopular status every five pages or so. Double yay!

The Nightmare Affair was very enjoyable for me, but I had to take away one star because some portions of the book sort of reminded me of Harry Potter. Like the boarding school that Dusty goes to, the teachers, some of the secondary characters. Even the murders happening in the book were sort of reminiscent of the second book from the HP series. But that said, the mystery surrounding the murders is one of the reasons I liked this book. It is so nicely done with just the right amount of suspense, whodunnit and whoisnext. Although I guessed one of the villains the minute he was introduced, I was still a bit surprised by the main baddie of the book.

Coming to the romance aspect, again I have to give credits to the author because she has managed to pull off a sweet romance that doesn’t ruin the flow of the story. Even though it’s obvious Dusty feels an attraction towards the guy Eli, that doesn’t make her act like a complete idiot in front of him. She is strong and independent and fierce just the way I like my heroines.

So, this is a well-written book with an amazing set of characters. I think a lot of people would enjoy this book if they managed to stay oblivious to a few HP similarities. 🙂

Review: 10 Ways To Kill A Cupid by Leigh Parker


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Three years after becoming a Cupid, the normally cheeky and cheerful Leigh has to question her work ethics when her next assignment happens to be the woman who killed her.

Meet Natalie McIntyre, actually, no, you wouldn’t want to meet Natalie McIntyre, the foul mouthed, anti social Senior Manager at her father’s cardboard box factory who really isn’t in the mood to spend the next 7 days with a weird blonde haired girl who just will not go away.

Over the course of a week Leigh has her work cut out when she learns that not only is Natalie hell bent on being stubborn, cranky and incredibly hard to pair but the appearance of the blue spark puts everything she’s ever learnt as a Cupid in jeopardy.

Rating:

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Review:

I read glowing reviews of this book on Goodreads and I was really excited about reading this book. I’ve found that when a book is too hyped up by other readers, then the book will most probably let me down. That is what happened with this book. I tried to like this book. Every time I lost interest in the story, I told myself that it will get better and forced myself to read it. Even though I did get to the end of this book, it was a definite struggle.

The book started out fine. There was a likeable lead heroine who is a Cupid of all things. Unique premise, right? There were a lot of unique things about this book. I could tell that the author had put a lot of thought into each scene, but the problem was it didn’t work out too well. Often, I found myself questioning what kind of person would react that way in a particular situation. The interactions between the characters seemed a bit forced and unrealistic to me.

But that doesn’t mean this book is bad. It really isn’t. There are a lot of funny parts in the book. The growth in the relationship between Natalie and Leigh is oh so adorable. Sure, they cuss like sailors at times, but it only adds to the charm of the story.

Overall, I found the book to be moderately good if not amazing. Worth a read.

Review + Giveaway: Cobweb Bride by Vera Nazarian


I’m really sorry I haven’t updated my blog in quite a while, but I broke my laptop a week back and now it’s display is shattered to smithereens. Hopefully, it will be back in good condition by next week in which case I will be able to post more often. In the meantime, I’ll be using my friend’s laptop, so please go easy on me if the posts are sporadic.

So, anyway, today I bring to you a book that will appeal to all fantasy fans. Plus, there are TWO awesome giveaways. The first is blog specific and is for five ebook copies of Cobweb Bride. And the other giveaway is for paperback and hardback copies of the same.

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Release Date: July 15, 2013

Publisher: Norilana Books 

Imprint: Leda 

Trade Hardcover
(First Edition)
ISBN-13: 978-1-60762-112-6
ISBN-10: 1-60762-112-6

$24.95 US / 20.00 UK

Trade Paperback
ISBN-13: 978-1-60762-113-3
ISBN-10: 1-60762-113-4

$14.95 US / 12.00 UK 

Ebook (multi-format)
ISBN-13: 978-1-60762-114-0
ISBN-10: 1-60762-114-2

$5.99

Many are called…
She alone can save the world and become Death’s bride.

Cobweb Bride is a history-flavored fantasy novel with romantic elements of the Persephone myth, about Death’s ultimatum to the world.

What if you killed someone and then fell in love with them?

In an alternate Renaissance world, somewhere in an imaginary “pocket” of Europe called the Kingdom of Lethe, Death comes, in the form of a grim Spaniard, to claim his Bride. Until she is found, in a single time-stopping moment all dying stops. There is no relief for the mortally wounded and the terminally ill….

Covered in white cobwebs of a thousand snow spiders she lies in the darkness… Her skin is cold as snow… Her eyes frozen… Her gaze, fiercely alive…

While kings and emperors send expeditions to search for a suitable Bride for Death, armies of the undead wage an endless war… A black knight roams the forest at the command of his undead father … Spies and political treacheries abound at the imperial Silver Court…. Murdered lovers find themselves locked in the realm of the living…

Look closer — through the cobweb filaments of her hair and along each strand shine stars…

And one small village girl, Percy—an unwanted, ungainly middle daughter—is faced with the responsibility of granting her dying grandmother the desperate release she needs.

As a result, Percy joins the crowds of other young women of the land in a desperate quest to Death’s own mysterious holding in the deepest forests of the North…

And everyone is trying to stop her.

Rating:

four-stars

Review:

I received a free copy of this book from Fiction Addiction Blog Tours and I’m so glad I did.

I have read many books to date but none like this. The best word I can think of to describe this book is unique. Everything about this book is unique – the story telling, the characters, the plot, everything. When I first started this book, the language seemed a little too flowery for my taste but as I delved deeper, I realized the language was just setting the tone for the book. The story is every bit as beautiful as the language in which it is written. The characters are far from flat. They jump out of the pages. They are very, very real. They are neither good, neither bad. They are gray, as are all humans. The descriptions and world building are important elements of the story as they add the necessary magical touch to the book. Plus, unlike many books that are coming out now, romance is kept on the backseat while plot develops at a slow but steady pace. If you are looking for a good fantasy book with awesome characters and close to no cliches, I would definitely recommend this book for you.

As for cons, the only thing that bothered me about this book was the pace. In some parts, I wished the story would move a little fatser but that didn’t make me lose interest in the story in any way.

Giveaway #1

Giveaway #2