Its a sad day….

Unfortunately, we are closing out blogging doors today.

Sometimes, when there are too many irons in the fire, you have to acknowledge that you can do some things very well, or a lot of things poorly. In this case, while we love to read and review books, and feature authors, we are not doing justice to this space or the idea of what we wanted to do with this space.

So for all our fabulous followers and commenters and authors/publishers who’ve stopped by, read our opinions, and asked us to review, we thank you.

We’ll leave our reviews up on Goodreads, and we wish you all fabulous reading!

The blog will stay up for about another week, and then we will be removing it from the web.

Thank you again.

Beautiful Curse by Jen McConnel Review and Blog Tour

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Today I’m taking part in the BEAUTIFUL CURSE blog tour hosted by YA Bound Book Tours. I’ve gotten the chance to read and review Jen McConnel’s great take on one of my favorite myths – Cupid and Psyche.

The Review

Beautiful CurseTitle: Beautiful Curse

Author: Jen McConnel

Publisher: Swoon Romance

Publication Date: December 2014

Genre: YA Fantasy

Book Summary (from Goodreads)

Sixteen-year-old Mya Jones is cursed.

She is, hands down, the most beautiful creature on earth. But beauty can wound, and Mya finds herself reviled and shunned by her peers. If there is even a chance that she could start over, Mya longs to take it, no matter the risks.

So when the strange Mr. Merk offers her a new life away from home, Mya is hesitant but hopeful. Only she didn’t count on the mysterious Ross, or her feelings for him.

BEAUTIFUL CURSE is a contemporary retelling of the myth of Psyche and Cupid.


If you’re a retelling fan, this is a great book for you to read! I love the Eros and Psyche myth (also related to my love of East of the Sun and West of the Moon) so this was a no brainer when I saw the chance to sign up for the blog tour and review.

The book focuses on Mya, who wakes up her first day of her junior year of high school and is suddenly freakishly gorgeous. You’d think that would make high school fantastic, but it doesn’t. The boys all want to…well, you know… and the girls hate her. Even the teachers seem to despise her, with a few exceptions (and I love the way McConnel sorts out the teachers so a few are immune to her “charms.”

She is dealing with a lot of family drama as well, and believes her beauty may be the cause of it. Just when she thinks things can’t get worse, she finds out she’s been chosen for a special school, and that’s where things get into the retelling more seriously. The palace and its occupants are quite well done and very intriguing. If anything, my complaint is that we don’t see enough of it and Mya’s time with her teachers and servants.

Ross, despite not seeing him at all, is an interesting and warm character, though he does sometimes act far older than a man you’d expect Mya to be interested in. While the romance here is sweet, it is also my only complaint with the book. Mya and Ross suffer from insta-love (IMO) and I really wanted to see their interactions and see how they could have fallen in love with words and tones of voice and such. Instead, she’s got a crush on him after meeting him only twice.

Once Mya breaks her promise not to look on him, she seeks out help and must perform some impossible feats. I love where the author has Mya meet Aphrodite, and I enjoyed their interplay. In some ways, I found the tasks too easy to perform, but they made sense with the story and the character.

Mya is a well-drawn character, as are all the supporting cast. The author has done a great job of creating a believable world for these characters to inhabit, as well as a great underlying and subtle message, and I actually liked the bittersweet undertone to the ending. If you like retellings, definitely pick this one up!


Where to Find the Book



Book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.



About the Author

jen mcconnelJen McConnel first began writing poetry as a child. Since then, her words have appeared in a variety of magazines and journals, including Sagewoman, PanGaia, and The Storyteller (where she won the people’s choice 3rd place award for her poem, “Luna”).

She is also a former reviewer for Voices of Youth Advocates (VOYA), and proud member of SCBWINCWN, and SCWW.

A Michigander by birth, she now lives and writes in the beautiful state of North Carolina. A graduate of Western Michigan University, she also holds a MS in Library Science from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. When she isn’t crafting worlds of fiction, she teaches college writing composition and yoga.

Once upon a time, she was a middle school teacher, a librarian, and a bookseller, but those are stories for another time.

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Month9Books Birthday Bash & Guest Post!

Welcome to Month9Books Birthday Bash! We’re so excited you’re all stopping by!

This is going to be an awesome event with many tour stops featuring our authors! The full schedule is below and make sure to stick around for the EPIC Giveaway taking place!

Here’s a quick note from Georgia McBride, owner of Month9Books!

“Month9Books is turning 2 this year and I could not be happier. We are living proof that if you have a dream to write, create and inspire, you should follow that dream and let nothing keep you from realizing it. Thank you to all the readers, writers, agents, partners and friends who have made this possible. We write for you.

–Georgia McBride, Publisher and Owner of Month9Books”

While all of the posts are from our authors that have books out already we also want to look forward to some of the 2015 titles we can’t wait to share with you!

Here’s a slide show of some our 2015 books!


We have a ton of sequels coming as well as new books from awesome debut authors and we’re so excited to share them all with you! We have something for everyone from every genre from Sci-Fi to Fantasy to Paranormal and Horror!

In celebration, today Ashelyn Drake has stopped by to tell us what the hardest part of writing is. Take it away Ashelyn!


When I first decided I wanted to be an author, I thought actually writing the book was the toughest part. And while there are days when the words just don’t want to come out right, drafting and revising are not the hardest parts of my job. Believe it or not, it’s letting go. I’m the person who loves the build-up to release day but fears the actual day. Why? Because I know not everyone will love my book. In fact some people will hate it. There, I said it.

Reading is subjective. I’ve read reviews that say I conveyed so much emotion on the page that the reader needed a box of tissues beside her. I’ve read other reviews of the same book that say there was no emotion at all. See how different those reviews are? So what’s my reaction? To each his/her own. Every reader is entitled to his or her opinion. It doesn’t make me love my book or characters any less. That’s why I try to avoid reading reviews unless a reviewer or my publicist sends it to me and I know it’s safe.😉

Still, I worry on release day. I worry that no one will read my book, even though people have marked it “Want to Read” on Goodreads. I worry people will read it and hate the book. I stalk my rankings on Amazon, holding my breath as the page loads. It’s killer sometimes.

So yeah, writing the book is tough, but knowing it’s out there for people to read is even tougher. But, I’m a writer. It’s who I am, and I’ll continue to put out books I love in hopes that others will love them, too.


About the Book

Title: INTO THE FIRE (Birth of the Phoenix #1)

Author: Ashelyn Drake

Release Date: September 9, 2014

Pages: 300

Publisher: Month9Books

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Goodreads/Amazon/Barnes & Noble

Seventeen-year-old Cara Tillman’s life is a perfectly normal one until Logan Schmidt moves to Ashlan Falls. Cara is inexplicably drawn to him, but she’s not exactly complaining. Logan’s like no boy she’s ever met, and he brings out a side of Cara that she isn’t used to. As the two get closer, everything is nearly perfect, and Cara looks forward to the future.
But Cara isn’t a normal girl. She’s a member of a small group of people descended from the mythical phoenix bird, and her time is running out. Rebirth is nearing, which means she’ll forget her life up to this point—she’ll forget Logan and everything they mean to one another.. But that may be the least of Cara’s problems.

A phoenix hunter is on the loose, and he’s determined to put an end to the lives of people like Cara and her family, once and for all.

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About Ashelyn (penname of Kelly Hashway):

Kelly Hashway grew up reading R.L. Stein’s Fear Street novels and writing stories of her own, so it was no surprise to her family when she majored in English and later obtained a masters degree in English Secondary Education from East Stroudsburg University. After teaching middle school language arts for seven years, Hashway went back to school and focused specifically on writing. She is now the author of three young adult series, one middle grade series, and several picture books. She also writes contemporary romance under the pen name Ashelyn Drake. When she isn’t writing, Hashway works as a freelance editor for small presses as well as for her own list of clients. In her spare time, she enjoys running, traveling, and volunteering with the PTO. Hashway currently resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, daughter, and two pets.

Website | Ashelyn’s Blog | Ashelyn’s FB | Ashelyn’s Twitter | Ashelyn’s Goodreads





Month9Books is also doing a giveaway, so make sure you enter!

Giveaway Details:

(1) New Kindle with touchscreen (US only) loaded with all our Month9Books titles. US Only.

(1) Paperback prize pack of 5 Month9Books Titles. US ONLY.

(2) eBook Prize Packs of 5 Month9Books titles. International

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Meet the Authors and amazing host Blogs!
All posts will be live on October 31st!

Jessica Arnold will be hosted by Read for your Future
Vanessa Barger will be hosted by Pretty Little Pages
Lisa M. Basso will be hosted by In Vogue with Books
Sarah Bromley will be hosted by A Book and A Latte
Steve Bryant will be hosted by Jump Into Books
Brynn Chapman will be hosted by A Backwards Story
Nicole Conway will be hosted by Two Chicks on Books
Scott Craven will be hosted by Books and Ashes
Ty Drago will be hosted by The A P Book Club
Dorothy Dreyer will be hosted by Her Book Thoughts!
Dorothy Dreyer will be hosted by Oops! I Read A Book Again
Jennifer M. Eaton will be hosted by Book Briefs
Kit Forbes will be hosted by Book Lovers Life
Janice Gable Bashman  will be hosted by All Things Urban Fantasy
Amanda Gray will be hosted by Aspiring Joy
Kelly Hashway/Ashelyn Drake will be hosted by Book Geek Review
Elizabeth Holloway will be hosted by Tales of a Ravenous Reader
Missy Kalicicki and Abi Ketner will be hosted by Once Upon A Twilight
Nicola Marsh will be hosted by ReadWriteLove28
Georgia McBride will be hosted by YA Sisterhood
Jen McConnel will be hosted by A Dream Within A Dream
Jackie Morse Kessler will be hosted by Dark Faerie Tales
Beck Nicholas will be hosted by The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club
Michelle E. Reed will be hosted by Doodle’s Book Reviews
Heather Reid will be hosted by Bookish Things & More
A. Lynden Rolland will be hosted by Fiction State of Mind
Kristal Shaff will be hosted by Chicklit vs Fantasy
Pab Sungenis will be hosted by Classy Cat Books
Rachel Tafoya will be hosted by Jessabella Reads
Vicki L. Weavil will be hosted by Magical Urban Fantasy Reads


I won an award!


I was nominated by the Bodacious Book Babes, thank you so much for nominating my blog! From what I understand, you answer their 11 questions, then you nominate 11 people with under 200 followers, and post 11 new questions for them to answer.

The Rules:

Link and thank the blogger that nominated you

Answer the 11 questions your nominator gives you

Tag 11 other bloggers who have 200 or less followers

Ask the 11 nominated bloggers 11 questions and tell them you’ve nominated them

Bodacious Babe’s Questions:

1. How many books (estimate) do you currently own? How many have you actually read?

Oh, man. How many do I own? Probably at least 200-300? There’s a lot. And I actually got rid of a bunch when I moved last year! Of those, only about 50 have I not read.

2. If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what would it be?

One Book? What kind of torture would that be? *sigh* If I had to choose, it would be the Complete Works of William Shakespeare. Or Jane Austen. Either way, I get to read lots of books in one!

3. What was the worst book you’ve read this month?

I don’t know that I’ve read any that were that bad. Really! I choose to skip this one. lol

4. What was the first book you fell in love with?

The first book? Hmmmm… I loved the original fairy tale set my mother gave me. Especially the Goose Girl. Yes, it was the “uncensored” fairy tales. Could explain alot about me, maybe.

5. Hard copies or ebooks? Why?

While I love ebooks because I can fit more on less space for cheaper, I still prefer regular books. They don’t give me migraines (as often) and there’s nothing like that new book smell.

6. If you could be best friends with any fictional character, who would it be?

All these questions are so hard! I think I’d be best friends with Aragorn. Mainly because I’d get to hang out with Elves and wander Middle Earth. How is that not a good plan?

7. If you could change the ending of any book, what would it be and how would you change it?


8. What’s one book you would read to make you feel better if you were having a bad day?

Notes on a Small Island (or really anything by) Bill Bryson. He’s funny and informative and I love his travel essays.

9. Who is your favorite author and why?

I’m going to say Shakespeare and Bronte because I will always love anything Hamlet or Jane Eyre. ANYTHING.

10. What are your top three favorite genres?

YA paranormal/scifi/fantasy, romance, and travel essays (esp if they’re set in UK or Caribbean.)

11. What book or series do you hate the most? Why?

Also, To the Lighthouse by Virginia Wolf or As I Lay Dying by Faulkner. That stupid lighthouse is mentioned once at the end. And Faulkner…oh, Faulkner. I know they’re classics, and they had the writing chops, but… yeah. Not my cup of tea.

My Questions:

1. If you were stranded on an island and could only have three books, what would they be?

2. What book have you read this year that turned out to be a surprise love?

3. If you had to recommend one book to a reluctant reader, what would it be?

4. Who would your fictional boyfriend/girlfriend be?

5. Hard copies or ebooks? Why? (I’m totally stealing this one from Bodacious Babes)

6. If you could spend a month in one book’s world, which one would it be?

7. What ending made you want to throw something?

8. What is your favorite book to movie adaptation?

9. What is your least favorite book to movie adaptation?

10. What three authors would you want to have lunch with? Where?

11. Best book you ever read?

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Waiting on Wednesday: A Murder of Magpies by Sarah Bromley


Title: A Murder of Magpies
Author: Sarah Bromley
Publisher: Month9Books
Release Date: October 28, 2014
Genre: YA Fantasy

Winter in Black Orchard, Wisconsin, is long and dark, and sixteen-year-old Vayda Silver prays the snow will keep the truth and secrecy of the last two years buried. Hiding from the past with her father and twin brother, Vayda knows the rules: never return to the town of her mother’s murder, and never work a Mind Game where someone might see.

No one can know the toll emotions take on Vayda, how emotion becomes energy in her hands, or how she can’t control the destruction she causes. But it’s not long before her powers can no longer be contained. The truth is dangerously close to being exposed, placing Vayda and her family at risk.

Until someone quiets the chaos inside her.

Unwanted. That’s all Ward Ravenscroft has ever been. To cope, he numbs the pain of rejection by denying himself emotions of any kind. Yet Vayda stirs something in him. He can’t explain the hold she has on him–inspiring him with both hope and fear. He claims not to scare easily, except he doesn’t know what her powers can do. Yet.

Just as Vayda and Ward draw closer, she finds the past isn’t so easily buried. And when it follows the Silvers to Black Orchard, it has murder in mind.



This is a Waiting on Wednesday which I first saw at Breaking the Spine. The goal is to post a yet-to-be-published book that we are waiting to read. If you’d like to see more, go to see the whole list. We’ll be posting one each week from now on, so if you have a book you think we should check out, feel free to contact us and let us know!

Fiendish by Brenna Yovanoff

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Author: Brenna Yovanoff

Publisher: Razorbill

Publication Date: August 2014

Pages: 341

Genre: YA Horror

Book Summary (from Goodreads)

Clementine DeVore spent ten years trapped in a cellar, pinned down by willow roots, silenced and forgotten.

Now she’s out and determined to uncover who put her in that cellar and why.

When Clementine was a child, dangerous and inexplicable things started happening in New South Bend. The townsfolk blamed the fiendish people out in the Willows and burned their homes to the ground. But magic kept Clementine alive, walled up in the cellar for ten years, until a boy named Fisher sets her free. Back in the world, Clementine sets out to discover what happened all those years ago. But the truth gets muddled in her dangerous attraction to Fisher, the politics of New South Bend, and the Hollow, a fickle and terrifying place that seems increasingly temperamental ever since Clementine reemerged.


Yovanoff’s other books have been on my to-read list for awhile. But this one appeared during a trip to B&N this weekend, and I loved the cover and was in the mood for something creepy. When the first line tells you the MC has been trapped in a cellar by roots for ten years, well, it doesn’t get much creepier and intriguing than that, right?

The book was enjoyable, and while I didn’t find it scary at all, parts of it were creepy and disturbing. At least, the beginning was. I will admit that being dropped into the middle of Clementine’s world, with mention of craft and crooked families and fiends, was jarring at first. It was explained over the course of the book, but I found myself at times wishing for some more explaination. I mean, boys found a girl pinned in a burned out cellar with her eyes sewed shut. While there was some cursing and some fear, there wasn’t nearly enough for what I would have thought. It both confused me and set things up that this place was outside of “normal” reality.

The magic in the book is also not fully explained, and I ended the novel still unclear about the star and its five points and the system itself. I wished for more, because I think it would have made the whole thing better and maybe made me love the characters a little more. For most of them, I felt like it was a love them or hate them kind of thing. I liked Clementine and Shiny. Rae and Davenport and Fisher all were a little blah for me.

I also had a hard time with Clementine. She is put in the cellar when she’s 7. She comes out 10 years later. There’s a lot of talk about how she can’t fit into her skin quite right, but she never really comes out with a seven-year-old’s mentality. I mean, she’s singing Farmer in the Dell not long before being locked up and going over her numbers, and then she comes out, thinks about things, says some vague things that sound like she was “out of body” while imprisoned, and then she’s acting like a normal seventeen year old. Especially since halfway through the book she’s got a romance going. When you forgot about the beginning and the age, it works. When you really think about it, its weird.

I have to say one thing I truly adored, and that was Yovanoff’s prose. Its beautiful. The first three pages alone I went back and reread more than once. Her words just shine. Throughout the book there were little sprinkles of fantastic lines and descriptions, and that I loved. I wish I had loved it more, but I will be going to check out her other books soon! If you enjoy dark fantasy, I’d suggest you give it a try.

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Where to Find the Book



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Book was purchased by the reviewer.

This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

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Author: Leila Sales

Publisher: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux

Publication Date: Sept 2013

Pages: 279

Genre: YA Contemporary

Book Summary (from Goodreads)

Making friends has never been Elise Dembowski’s strong suit. All throughout her life, she’s been the butt of every joke and the outsider in every conversation. When a final attempt at popularity fails, Elise nearly gives up. Then she stumbles upon a warehouse party where she meets Vicky, a girl in a band who accepts her; Char, a cute, yet mysterious disc jockey; Pippa, a carefree spirit from England; and most importantly, a love for DJing.

Told in a refreshingly genuine and laugh-out-loud funny voice, THIS SONG WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE is an exuberant novel about identity, friendship, and the power of music to bring people together.


This is not my normal reading choice. Generally, as I work in a high school, I do not go for contemporary YA novels because I can get enough real life drama everyday. But this book had an interesting premise – a girl who saves herself with music – so I decided to give it a try.

The book is a great read. It deals with some tough issues – fitting in, losing yourself by trying to be something you aren’t, learning to trust yourself and value yourself, and suicide and bullying. It deal with these well, and I think that while Elise is at times a bit over the top, she also has some thoughts, feelings, and attitudes that most teenagers can relate to. The fact that she is bullied and takes it, and when it gets extreme still takes it without getting an adult involved is something that teenagers everywhere are dealing with.

There are times when I didn’t like Elise, and I thought that some of the behaviors would have been flags for her parents, and some things, like her nighttime walks, were a little hard to swallow. (My mother would have known. I might have gotten away with that once, but she’d have been waiting up for me the next time…) I didn’t expect so much from this book. I didn’t expect the undercurrents about cutting and suicide, or the heavy amount of bullying in the book. But I felt that it was a book that teens can relate to, and if it helps even one teen who is feeling depressed and alone and maybe thinking about harming themselves to stop and ask for help from someone, then it is definitely worth the read.

Sorry this review is a bit disjointed. The book was good, and overall I liked it, but there were parts that I didn’t care for. If you enjoy contemporary YA, this is a great book.


Where to Find the Book



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Book was borrowed from the local library by the reviewer.