|❤ Tue, Sep. 03, 2013|
The time has come everyone! Sweet Legacy is here, TODAY, and it is the final book in the Sweet Venom trilogy. Enjoy the beautiful cover and go forth and read!
Greer has always known she was privileged, though she had no idea how special her second sight made her, even among her triplet monster-fighting sisters. But when a god starts playing with her mind, can Greer step up in her pretty high heels to prevent anything from stopping her sisters’ mission?
Grace loves her adopted brother, Thane, but now that he’s back and has joined her sisters’ team, it’s clear his past is full of dark mysteries. She wants to trust him, but will Thane’s secret put the girls in even more danger?
Gretchen knows she can rely on her sisters to help her stop the monsters. But after getting to know some of the beasties in the abyss, she finds her role as a huntress comes with more responsibility than she ever imagined. How can she know what her birthright demands of her now?
The girls cannot hesitate as they seek the location of the lost door between the realms, even as monsters and gods descend on San Francisco in battle-ready droves. In this exciting conclusion to the Sweet Venom trilogy, these teenage heirs of Medusa must seek the truth, answer the ancient riddles, and claim their immortal legacy.
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|❤ Thu, Aug. 22, 2013|
Kim Askew and Amy Helmes are back for more modernized Shakespearean fun with the third book in their Twisted Lit series, Anyone But You! The first two books are Tempestuous and Exposure and they do not necessarily have to be read in order as they are completely different stories linked only by their Shakespearean roots. Anyone But You will be released in January 2014 by Merit Press and is available for pre-order at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Powell’s.
Anyone But You: A Modern-Day Spin on Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet by Kim Askew and Amy Helmes (Book #3 in the Twisted Lit series)
Two Italian restaurants, both alike in dignity, in Chicago’s Little Italy where we lay our scene… After her family’s struggling eatery, Cap’s, falls prey to another of the Monte clan’s vicious and destructive pranks, sixteen-year-old Gigi Caputo finds herself courting danger during a clandestine encounter with Roman Monte, the very boy whose relatives have brought her family such grief. When the daughter and son of these two warring factions fall for each other, their quest to mend this bitter family feud turns out to be a recipe for disaster. Their story is irrevocably linked to the summer of 1933, when two twelve-year-olds, Benny and Nick, hop the turnstile at the Chicago World’s Fair. While enjoying some of the fair’s legendary amusements, Nick has a “love at first sight” encounter with Stella, a young girl who unintentionally causes a lasting rift between the two boyhood pals. Deftly winding its way through past and present day, this modern take on Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet has much to do with hate — but more with love.
Thanks to the wonderful authors of the Twisted Lit novels, Kim Askew and Amy Helmes, I am able to give away a copy of Exposure (Twisted Lit #2)! You can read my review of Exposure here.
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|❤ Fri, Jul. 12, 2013|
Congratulations to Wendi! I hope you enjoy The Queen’s Rivals!
If you did not win, please consider buying a copy!
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|❤ Wed, Jul. 03, 2013|
Most everyone is aware of Lady Jane Grey who usurped the English throne after King Edward VI’s death and before Queen Mary I’s reign. Not everyone is aware of her two younger sisters, Katherine and Mary. In this latest historical fiction book by Brandy Purdy, the author explores the tight bond between the three unfortunate sisters through fictional accounts of their mostly happy early childhood and their early teen years which saw them grow up much too quickly and take on very adult burdens.
I always enjoy Brandy Purdy’s books, so I did not hesitate when I learned her latest book, The Queen’s Rivals, was going on tour. As with her previous books, Purdy wove a fascinating story that brought these characters to life and although I have read fiction and nonfiction works on the Grey sisters, I feel like there is not much out there on those three young women who lived so long ago during the turbulent times of a weak king and a strong-willed queen.
Purdy chose Mary Grey, the youngest, as the narrator of the story. I thought it was an interesting and wise choice because Mary’s condition kept her in the background much of the time, sadly forgotten, but able to observe a lot and thus flesh out the story. The Queen’s Rivals began with a prologue featuring an older Mary reminiscing about her life and the lives of sisters before going into the story proper. Even though the Mary in the main story was very young at the time a lot of the events occurred, she sounded more mature than her years which was a result of the retrospective narration and the way she was shunned by much of the world (or perceived to be so).
Kate, the middle sister, delighted me as she did those around her. She was continuously described as sunny, spicy, saucy, and bubbly and Purdy really brought her to life with her positive attitude and the way things just came easily to and for her.
Jane, on the other hand, the oldest and most well-known, surprised me a bit. She preferred to be plain and study her languages and literature and the Protestant faith, but I was surprised at the tantrums she threw throughout the book, especially at her age and her station. It has been awhile since I have read the sisters’ real history so I cannot recall at the moment if there were time she acted so immaturely. But she was also strong-willed and I loved how Purdy subtly found common ground between Jane and her cousin Mary Tudor. Jane snubbed Mary at every opportunity and was as fervent about her religion and her plainness as Mary was about her religion and adornments. They were on opposite sides of the spectrum but they both had stubbornness and conviction in common.
There were a few small things in the book that would have made me raise an eyebrow if my facial muscles were inclined to do such a thing. I have not ever read anything about these little things in the story elsewhere so I am not sure if there was some truth to them or if it was just a bit of fictional license.
The Queen’s Rivals did not pull at my heartstrings as much as the previous book, The Queen’s Pleasure but it pulled at them hard enough from the execution scenes onward. I shed tears as I read those parts of the book; they moved me. I definitely sympathized with the Grey sisters and their plight and especially with Mary who had to endure all of this from a young age when things seemed like a confusing whirlwind and recounted it from a wiser, more mature standpoint later in life. It is another well-written and fantastic story with some historical liberties from Brandy Purdy and I am excited to find out what she will give readers next!
Recommended for fans of historical fiction set in Tudor England and for those who enjoy descriptive, steadily-paced books.
Rating rounded up from 4.5 because I do not have half-ratings.
Brandy Purdy is the author of The Boleyn Wife, The Tudor Throne, The Queen’s Pleasure, and The Queen’s Pleasure. In the UK, her books are published under the name Emily Purdy. The Queen’s Rivals (The Fallen Queen in the UK) is currently available in the U.S. and will be available in the UK in September 2013. She lives in Texas with her adorable cat, Tabby.
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|❤ Tue, Apr. 23, 2013|
In honor of William Shakespeare’s birthday (celebrated on April 23 – TODAY!), authors Kim Askew and Amy Helmes have dropped by with a guest blog post to announce a special contest!
Get A “Twisted Lit” Character Named After You!
We reimagined William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” and “Macbeth,” with our “compulsively readable” YA books, Tempestuous and Exposure. Ever since the novels were published a few months ago through Merit Press we’ve encountered a frequent question: Which of Shakespeare’s plays will inspire your next books in the Twisted Lit series?
While we’re currently hard at work putting our own spin on the Bard’s “Romeo and Juliet” we thought we’d look to you, the readers, to help us pick the fourth Shakespeare play that will inspire our next book in the series. Got a hankering for a new spin on “Hamlet?” Love to see “King Lear” get a YA update? Would you make much ado over our take on “Much Ado About Nothing?”
Go to our Facebook page (Facebook.com/Twistedlitnovels) and write on our wall to weigh in on which Shakespeare play you’d like us to revamp next. In doing so, you’ll be entered to have your very own name mentioned in one of our upcoming books (either as a character or some other fun reference). If you’ve always wanted to see your name in print — in a YA novel, no less — now’s your chance! The winner will also receive autographed copies of our first two novels, Tempestuous and Exposure.
* Winner will not be compensated for use of his or her name, and publication is not guaranteed. Details of plot and character used in connection with the name as it appears in the book are up to the sole discretion of the authors. Contest ends June 1.
Kim & Amy
Thank you, Kim and Amy, for inviting me to be a part of this! This is a wonderful giveaway and a great way to celebrate ol’ Will’s birthday as well. I love King Lear and I think it would be so cool for you two to twist that up. But I also love Twelfth Night with all of its mistaken identity and light-heartedness…I think that would be fun to update as well. Here’s hoping!
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