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Book review: ‘Specters in a City of Ruin’, by Nathan Ritter (plus a giveaway!)

Specters in a City of Ruin

Specters in a City of Ruin (The Mind Trips of SCAM #2), by Nathan Ritter (66 pages, Kindle). Buy it here on Amazon. (Snag it for free until February 1st!)

A couple of weeks ago I gave you guys a review (and an author interview!) of Heroes in a World Reborn, the first in a new series of kids’ books, with a fun twist: the books are meant to be read while listening to classic music albums.  Now the sequel, Specters in a City of Ruin, is available on Amazon–and for a few short days, you can download it for free (so hurry!).

This book is meant to be read to Marvin Gaye’s 1971 album What’s Going On (which you can find here on YouTube). Just a day has passed since Max and Rob went on their first music-fueled adventure and founded S.C.A.M. (the Secret Club of Ancient Music), but they’re eager to go back to Uncle Lou’s and have another adventure.

However, things aren’t going so smoothly for the boys today. For starters, they can’t stop arguing about the rules for their new club. And when they choose a record from Uncle Lou’s stash, instead of a vibrant fantasy world, they find themselves transported to a dead city filled with phantoms and skeletons. What’s happening, and how will they get home?

If you have eight-to-twelve-year-old kids who enjoy fantasy adventures and music, they’ll love this series. The book ends on a bit of a cliffhanger that nicely sets up the third book in the series.

And for those of you who haven’t read the first book in the series, I’m giving away a Kindle copy this week! Just use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter, and don’t forget to download your free copy of book two before Sunday!

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GIVEAWAY: Book journal, vegan holiday chocolates, and $10 Amazon gift card (INTERNATIONAL)

Journal pack

Christmas might be over, but I’ve got one holiday giveaway left for the month. :) I love reading–obviously, given my blog title–so I couldn’t resist picking up this cute journal as a giveaway prize. The winner will also get a $10 Amazon gift card to pick up a new book for the new year, and a trio of vegan holiday chocolate bars to enjoy while they read!

The giveaway is open internationally for one week; just enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. Good luck, and happy holidays to all of you! Thanks so much for reading my blog!

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GIVEAWAY: Trio of Zoya Holiday/Winter 2014 PixieDust polishes (U.S. only)

Zoya PixieDust polishes

It’s almost Christmas, and this time of the year I live for glitter nail polish. This week I’m giving away a trio of Zoya’s new holiday/winter 2014 PixieDust polishes: Nori, Imogen and Thea. I’m also throwing in a 2-oz. bottle of their Remove Plus nail polish remover, to help you get all that glitter off when you’re ready to change your manicure!

Entry is easy: just fill out the Rafflecopter widget below. Due to shipping restrictions this giveaway is open to U.S. residents only, but I’ll have one more international giveaway coming up next Friday to finish out 2014, so make sure you subscribe to my feed so you don’t miss it!

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GIVEAWAY: Flower Beauty Lip Chubby gift set (INTERNATIONAL)

Flower Lip Chubby set

Time for another Friday giveaway! This week I’m giving away a Flower Beauty Lip Chubby gift set, containing three popular shades: Life’s a Peach, Berry-More, and Red-dy to Bloom. To enter, just use the Rafflecopter widget below. The giveaway is open internationally through next Friday and you can earn extra entries daily by sharing the giveaway on social media. :)

And while you’re at it, there’s still time to enter my Pacifica Wanderlust beauty set giveaway (here) and my giveaway for a copy of ‘The Magician’s Lie’, by Greer Macallister (here)–both giveaways end tomorrow, so don’t wait!

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Book review + GIVEAWAY: ‘The Magician’s Lie’, by Greer Macallister

(Disclosure: I received a copy of the book mentioned in this post in exchange for an honest review. However I was not compensated for writing a review and as always all opinions are my own.)

The Magician's Lie, by Greer Macallister

The Magician’s Lie, by Greer Macallister (hardcover, 320 pages). Publication date: January 13, 2015. Preorder it now from Amazon or Barnes & Noble, or add it on Goodreads.

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I have only one word to describe this novel: mesmerizing. I would have read it in one sitting if I hadn’t needed to stop for Thanksgiving dinner preparations; once you pick it up it’s very hard to put down, so make sure you’ve blocked out a few hours of free time before you get started.

The novel opens at a crowded theater in Waterloo, Iowa, in 1905. The Amazing Arden is the most famous female illusionist of the early twentieth century, a novelty in a time when women are relegated to the assistant’s role in a magic act. She’s most notorious for The Halved Man, an illusion in which she appears to saw a man in half on stage. Feisty and seductive, she decides to put a last-minute spin on her most famous act by swapping her saw for a fire ax–but when her husband’s body is later found under the stage, it seems that Arden was using the act to disguise an all-too-real murder.

Or was she? Young policeman Virgil Holt saw everything from the audience, so when he encounters the fleeing magician, he immediately takes her into custody, certain of her guilt. But Arden protests her innocence, and as she begins to weave the tale of her life, he realizes that as with her stage act, not everything is as it seems. Arden has a dark and spellbinding story to tell, and as the night unfolds, Virgil becomes less and less certain of the truth. It will take everything he has to decide if her story is true, or just another elaborately crafted illusion.

A lot of glitz and glamour goes into Arden’s stage act, but her life’s story is anything but enchanting. It’s a dark, gritty, and often painful journey from her childhood as Ada Bates to her reinvention as The Amazing Arden. It was difficult to guess how events would play out, and even once I thought I knew what would come next, I ended up getting a surprise in the next pages. Arden is an enchanting storyteller, leading you through the highs and lows of your life so that you’re dying to know what comes next, and holding your breath that her luck will take a turn for the better.

There was one teeny thing that bugged me about the ending of the book, but it’s very spoilerish, so I’m not going to put it in this post–but you can click over to my Goodreads review to see the blacked-out spoiler!

And now for the fun part: Sourcebooks is generously giving away a copy of The Magician’s Lie to one lucky reader! All you have to do to enter is use the Rafflecopter widget below. The giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will close on December 13th. Good luck!

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