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Top Books On My Wish List

15 Jun, 2011 by in Uncategorized 8 comments

I thought I’d share today the books are at the top of my wish list. Click on the title to add them to your TBR pile. These are books I do not own so I’m hoping to trade with another blogger or save up money to buy them. And the list is ever growing as I see new beautiful covers I can’t live without 🙂 Because as really, one can never have enough books! The hottest titles I’m Waiting on Wednesday for are…

Sweetly by Jackson Pearce to be released August 23, 2011
Stolen Nights by Rebecca Maziel to be released June 21, 2011
Vanish By Sophie Jordan to be released September 6, 2011
Everneath by Brodi Ashton to be released January 2012
Supernaturally by Kiersten White to be released July 26, 2011
The Eternal Sea by Angie Frazier published June 1, 2011
Entwined by Heather Dixon published March 29, 2011
Lola and the Boy Next Door to be released September 29, 2011
Indelible by Lani Woodland to be released September 27, 2011
Possess by Gretchen McNeil to be released August 23, 2011
The Girl of Fire and Thorns to be released September 20, 2011
Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore to be released June 21, 2012
Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma published June 14, 2011
Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick to be released October 4, 2011
What books are YOU waiting for? Would love to hear your comments!

Cinder and Ella Blog Tour

10 Jun, 2011 by in Uncategorized Leave a comment

Fire and Ice is honored to be a stop on the Cinder and Ella virtual blog tour hosted by Cedar Fort publishing which runs June 1-June 3oth.
Cinder and Ella
by Melissa Lemon
Paperback, 208 pages
Expected publication: November 8th 2011
by Bonneville Books
Source: NetGalley

4 stars
Synposis: After their father’s disappearance, Cinder leaves home for a servant job at the castle. But it isn’t long before her sister Ella is brought to the castle herself—the most dangerous place in all the kingdom for both her and Cinder. Cinder and Ella is a Cinderella story like no other and one you’ll never forget.
I’ll have to be honest, normally I am not a sucker for fairy tales or re-tellings of princess stories. However, Cinder and Ella kept me interested. In this version, Cinder and Ella are sisters in a family of six. Their father has disappeared since a mysterious visit from the Prince who plants seeds of discontent and darkness in the home,and their mother is a shadow of a woman who spends her days at the spinning wheel–isolated and mostly mute.

The sisters are left to fend for themselves, Cinder taking a motherly codependent role, Ella strong and silent. Ella’s identity gets somehow merged into Cinder’s and the two become simply known simply as Cinderella. Their mother forgets Ella all together and turns entirely to Cinder to care for her remaining two daughters, a vain self-centered one and a spoiled young child whiteout proper attention.

As Cinder and Ella grow weary of their daily routine, Cinder turns to the palace where she retains a job as a servant and Ella runs away. Soon Cinder is swept up into the beguiling trap of the sinister Prince and praise of the court, and eventually Ella is found,captured and brought to the castle.

Cinder must learn to discern good from evil. Ella must uncover the secret that awaits in the Prince’s secret chamber. Melissa Lemon uses the legend of the trees, a twisted fairy tale and a knight in shining armor to spin a completely new take on an age old story. While some of the characters seemed a bit undeveloped and the ending was abrupt I must say I enjoyed Cinder and Ella much more than anything else I’ve read recently. I think it would be suited for middle grade readers ages 12 and up as the content is clean. There is one small swear word and only vague references to ungentlemanly behavior by some of the antagonists. I’ll be curious to hear what moral other readers pull from this story. And, I can’t help but to wonder where the Prince is lurking…will he be back?

Thanks so much to Cedar Fort and NetGalley for the early peek plus the thoughtful discussion questions at the end of the book.

Visit all the stops on the Cinder and Ella blog tour for your chance to win a copy. Or you can go directly to NetGalley and request one yourself! To find out more about the author Melissa Lemon, please check the following links:

Melissa’s Facebook fan page
Melissa on Twitter
Melissa’s author blog
Melissa’s author page on Goodreads

In My Mailbox #21

10 May, 2011 by in Uncategorized 10 comments

Exile by Anne Osterlund
Corsets & Clockwork by Running Press
On The Volcano by James Nelson
The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan
Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
Graveminder by Melissa Marr
The Returning by Christine Hinwood
Leverage by Joshua C. Cohen
Forgotten by Cat Patrick
Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson
Addie on the Inside by James Howe
The Apothecary by Maile Meloy
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
What You Wish For by Mia Farrow
But I Love Him by Amanda Grace
Among the Truthers by Jonathan Key
Mercy by Rebecca Lim
Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Eyes Wide Open by Andres Gross
Putting Make Up on Dead People by Jennifer Violi
What should I read first?

Giveaway Winners

10 May, 2011 by in Uncategorized Leave a comment

Congratulations to buddyt who won Bumpy Landings by Donald Carey

to our winners of Radiance by Alyson Noel : Tiffany Drew, Amy Sondova, Amy Henstra, Rebecca Paulk, Cherry Rathbone, and Serena Montez.

and finally to Katie Patchell who won The Gifted by Deborah Andreason. Email us to confirm your mailing address!


Photography Friday- Emily Wing Smith Release Party

29 Apr, 2011 by in Uncategorized 1 comment

YA contemp author Emily Wing Smith unveiled her second book Back When You Were Easier to Love last night at The King’s English book shoppe. I have to say she is one of the most genuinely nice people I have ever met and her speech left me a little emotional. She spoke of determination, acceptance, finding who you are and spending time with the things that bring you the most joy. Which, by the way is the name of her latest protagonist. After having us laughing with her stories of writing on random bits of paper and obsessive teenage love, she broke out into song with the “Barely Manilows”, also known as “the six”–a group comprised of her critique partners and other YA authors including Brodi Ashton-Everneath and Bree Despain-The Dark Divine, Kimberly Webb Reid, Sara Bolton, and Valynn Nagamatsu. Among the crowd of supporters were local writers James Dashner, Sara Zarr, Kris Chandler, and Matthew Kirby.

What a pleasure it is to know Emily. She is truly an inspiration! Check out her blog at be sure to pick up Back When You Were Easier To Love.
All photos copyright Heather Gardner Photography.

Giveaway Winners

29 Apr, 2011 by in Uncategorized 2 comments

Congratulations to The Lovely Getaway who won a Baba Yaga t-shirt

Reading Splot who won some fine art photo prints from Heather Gardner Photography

MFrame who won the Hourglass Infinity band from Renaissance Jewelry. We need your ring size!

Juan Pablo who won an ARC of Huntress and Kimberly Flood who will receive a hardback edition

/picky girl
won The Last Werewolf Advanced Reading Copy.
ArtsyBookishGal won an ARC of A Young Man’s Guide To Late Capitalism on twitter

and a special thanks to Floetic Flo who bid $20 on a signed edition of Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick and Brenda Jean who donated $20 towards a Danielle Thorne ebook bundle for JAPAN relief.

Please email us to confirm your mailing addresses!


Bumpy Landings Blog Tour and Giveaway

25 Apr, 2011 by in Uncategorized 30 comments

Bumpy Landings
by Donald J Carey
Paperback, 256 pages
Published January 8th 2011

by Cedar Fort, Incorporated
ISBN 1599554135

4 stars

When Jordan MacDonald goes behind his mother’s back to get his pilot’s license, he soon finds out that a life full of dishonesty attracts more turbulence than he’s ever faced in the air. Set against the majestic backdrop of the Hawaiian islands, this heartwarming story of romance and self-discovery will take you to new heights with each turn of the page.

At 21 years old Jordan McDonald has decided he’s ready to be an adult and take on his dreams. Never mind the fact that he still lives at home with an overbearing mother who is out to control him every step of the way. Or the fact that he’s painfully stuck in socially awkward situations. He dreams of completing his pilot’s license, his deceased father’s wish for him. But he’s experiencing turbulence while navigating the paths of his life.

Set in Lai’e, Hawaii , Bumpy Landings will sweep you away with the smell of tropical flowers, Polynesian culture and mouth watering foods. Donald Carey takes you through the setting with the ease of a native. I found the book to be a wonderful break form the winter we’re having on the main land. (What I really want to know Donald…is how to you pronounce main love interest Kehau’s name?)

Bumpy Landings is a coming of age tale with just a dash of romance. The themes are ones all of us stuck between youth and adulthood experience: staying financially afloat, discovering independence, and following one’s heart. Bumpy Landings is an island gem, complete with lots of laugh out loud moments. And it’s a squeaky clean read I would recommend for all. Thanks to Donald Carey for leading me to greener pastures.

Fire and Ice is honored to be a part of the Blog Tour. Be sure to swing by Donald’s blog at to see his own photos of Hawaii and a schedule of all the other stops.

Follow us here, on tiwtter, facebook or Tumblr, then leave a comment below to be entered to win a copy of Bumpy Landings courtesy of author Donald Carey. Giveaway ends May 9, 2011 and is open internationally.