Saturday, April 30, 2011

Book Giveaway for the Spring Blog Carnival

Ahoy, mates! It’s that time of year again. The weather is starting to heat up and what better to occupy our imaginations than some good ol’ pirate fun? Imagine yourself, if you dare, sailing the high seas, your boots firmly planted on the rolling deck of a wooden vessel, the wind captured in its sails pushing you ever onward to a place shrouded in mystery known only by the tales whispered around the fire’s glow...

I could be talking about Pirates of the Caribbean, On Stranger Tides because this movie franchise is one of my absolute favorites of all time, but I have another series that fits the bill just as easily, and has proven time and time again to be a fun, entertaining read filled with wild adventure and high seas hijinks.

The Bloody Jack Adventures, written by L.A. Meyer, are about the life and times of one Mary Faber, a happy young girl from a middle class London family until her family dies of the black plague. Orphaned and with nowhere else to turn, she joins Rooster Charlie's Gang, living on the tough streets of 18th Century London. But her friend and protector, Rooster Charlie, is killed by a corpse seller named Muck, and Mary runs away, dresses in boys clothing, changes her name to Jack, and secures her place on the ship, the HMS Dolphin, as a ships boy. And so begins the adventures of Jacky Faber, Ships Boy, Midshipman, Fine Lady, Lily of the West, Soldier, Sailor, Mermaid, Spy.

There are eight Bloody Jack Adventures published, and if you haven't started the series, I highly recommended it. Historical fiction has never been so entertaining, witty and fun. And as Jacky grows, romance blossoms, adding a nice saucy element into the mix. But Jacky--charming and impetuous--gets herself into some tight spots, and soon has young men fighting for her affections!

I love this series so much that I can easily imagine it on the big screen. It's that fun! That's why I chose to give one book from the Bloody Jack Adventure series away for the Spring Blog Carnival and because it almost coincides with the release of On Stranger Tides. If you're new to the series, pick Bloody Jack: Being An Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ships Boy, or if you need to catch up with a different book, choose the next one you need! Open Internationally.

Leave your comment below (tell me what you think of the books or the On Stranger Tides movie trailer) with the book you'd like to win and your email. The winner will be chosen using a random number generator on May 8th. I'll announce the winner on this website and contact them via email to get snail mail information.

Don't forget to visit our hard working Carnival hosts: Candace, Reading Angel, Pure Imagination, and The Book Swarm.

Be sure to stop by the rest of the booths held through the week!

May 1st-

Reading Angel: Haunted House
Reading Teen: Fortune Tellers Booth

May 2nd-

Candace’s Book Blog: Food Court
The Mod Podge Bookshelf: House of Mirrors

May 3rd-

The Book Swarm: Roller Coaster
Actin’ Up With Books: Karaoke Booth

May 4th-

Pure Imagination: Kissing Booth
Lovely Lit: Once Upon a Time Booth

May 5th-

Awesomesauce Books: Gaming Booth
Books R Us: Medieval Booth

May 6th-

Extreme Reader Book Reviews: Guessing Booth
Colloquium: Cotton Candy Booth

May 7th-

The Minding Spot: Teacups Booth
Miss Remmers Review: It’s a Bad World Booth

Now on to the next blog, ye blackguards, but stay tuned, because this lucky scoundrel scored the ARC for The Mark of the Golden Dragon: Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, Jewel of the East, Vexation of the West, and Pearl of the South China Sea (Bloody Jack Adventures). Review forthcoming.

Good luck to 'ee and fair wind!

1.Reading Angel77.Lov Liv Life Reviews (Int)153.Stella @ Ex Libris (INT)
2.Candace's Book Blog (Int)78.Books R Us (Int)154.Cedar Fort Books (US/ CA)
3.Pure Imagination79.Colloquium155.Gina C.
4.The Book Swarm80.Lorielle156.One Book Per Week (US/ CA)
5.Reading Teen81.Amanda @ letters written inside out (US)157.Bianca (Wicked Good Books)
6.Bookworm Lisa (Intl)82.Julie Anne Lindsey158.The Bookish Brunette (INTL)
7.Supernatural Snark (Intl)83.Jen @ At Random (US)159.Confessions and Ramblings of a Muse in the Fog (Int)
8.Down The Rabbut Hole (Intl)84.Rebecca Irvine160.Pimpin' Reads
9.Confessions of a Bookaholic (INT)85.PNR & UF Fanatics!161.Book Savvy Babe
10.I Am a Reader, Not a Writer (Int.)86.Lori's Reading Corner162.Sarah @ The Brazen Bookworm
11.Poisoned Rationality (Int)87.Helen Smith (Int)163.Laurie Carlson - lauriehere US & Canada
12.Kate (I Just Wanna Sit Here and Read!)88.Truly Bookish (US)164.Jen @ What's on the Bookshelf (Intl)
13.The Reading Fever (US & CAN)89.The Zealous Reader (Canada)165.Natalie (Id So RatherBe Reading)
14.Black Fingernailed Reviews90.Hope @ A Little Hope... Amidst the Chaos166.My keeper shelf (INT)
15.Book Addictions by Christina91.darkangel88167.Living, Loving, Laughing, Reading
16.Shell's Stories92.Diversion Press168.Sara @ Just Another Story (Int)
17.Hott Books93.Cleverlyinked169.Books & Other Creative Adventures (Int)
18.Star Shadow94.Marilyn's Romance Reviews170.Muriel Reeves
19.Books Devoured95.Carissa @ Preternatural Primer171.E. B. Walters
20.The Elliott Review (INT)96.Icey Books172.Ednah Walters
21.Vampires and Tofu97.The Enchanted Book173.PK Hrezo
22.bookgoonie98.Mommies Point of View174.Book Passion for Life
23.My Bookish Ways99.Susie Bookworm175.Hedgeland
24.Laura Kreitzer (US)100.Ruby's Reads (Int.)176.Dr A Nyland (International)
25.Books Like Stars (US)101.Book Flame177.Love & Money with Feng Shui (INT)
26.Manga Maniac Cafe (US)102.Just Children's Books (US)178.Lorielle
27.Actin' Up with books103.Lorien Velez (US)179.Dr. Stravagante
28.Dfor Darla's Definite Reads (US)104.Valarie180.Amy Jones
29.I Like These Books - (INT)105.Lori Calabrese Writes! (US/ Canada)181.Elaina@ New Reading Mania
30.See Scoot Read (Int)106.Joyce@whereismymind182.Hale & Salvatore Supernatural Must Reads { Canada/ U.S }
31.Mysteries And Cupcakes107.Lisa Peters183.Jess resides here
32.Joy @ Edgy Inspirational Romance108.Safari Poet184.Inga Silberg Books
33.Minding Spot109.Kelly's Lucky You (US)185.A Bookful of Thoughts (Int)
34.Southern Fiber110.Lisa's Loves Books Of Course( Int)186.Family Literacy and You
35.Bitsy Bling Books111.Do Not Disturb My Books187.Simply Stacie (International)
36.Gabrielle Carolina @ The Mod Podge Bookshelf112.Bada Bing Now188.Midnight Bloom Reads (INT)
37.Truth Be Told (US)113.Kadambari189.Livingston Hall Publishers (US, CA)
38.Ruth @ Bookish Ruth114.Beverly @ The Wormhole190.24/7 Book Cafe (US, CA)
39.Betty- Reflections with Coffee115.Brenda Pandos - Author191.TEENS READ AND WRITE (Intl)
40.The Lucky Ladybug (Int)116.The Daily Harrell - YA (Int)192.Must Love Books
41.A Myriad of Books (US & CAN)117.Rex Robot Reviews193.To Read or Not To Read
42.What Book is That?118.Book of Secrets (International)194.Reading With Bakin_Goddess
43.Mommies Point of View119.Roof Beam Reader195.Talking with Tundra (US/ CAN)
44.Stacy Juba: Mysteries, Murder & More120.Rachel (US/ AU)196.Barb @ Sugarbeat's Books
45.Laurie, Meg & Caity (Reader Girls)121.Meredith@ Mint Tea and A Good Book197.Nikki
46.Chelsey @ Starry Sky Books122.ROOTS IN MYTH198.The Book Fiend (Int)
47.Figuring Out the Small Stuff123.Bookworming in the 21st Century199.Sharon's Garden of Book Reviews
48.Sugar Creek Cottage-International124.Demon Lovers books & more (US)200.Spades High Reads
49.Sarah Reads Too Much125.Paperback Treasures (Int.)201.Brave New Adventure
50.Books and Things US126.Lady Reader's Bookstuff202.Loretta @ Between The Pages
51.Amethyst Daydreams127.Joan Holub203.Book Twirps
52.Cuzinlogic (INT)128.Fiction Flurry204.Curling Up By The Fire
53.paula schuck129.Reading, Writing and Waiting205.The Chey Show (US)
54.Extreme Reader Book Reviews130.Got YA206.Melanie @ ohslowdown
55.Andrea Contillo131.The Itzel Library (Int)207.charla
56.Mysteries and My Musings (US & Canada)132.Books Like Breathing208.Cici's Theories
57.Guen @ Ezine of A Random Girl133.Devon Ashley209.A.G. Wright
58.From the Trees134.The Book Pixie (US only)210.Kimberly's Bookshelf (US)
59.Alyssa @ The Babbling Bookworm135.A Tale of Many Reviews (Int)211.Book Talk
60.KM @ One Page At A Time Reviews (US Only)136.Nastasha212.River Plantation
61.Jennifer @ An Abundance of Books137.Mayra's Secret Bookcase213.Becky Wallace
62.Fiction State Of Mind138.Erika @ Moonlight Book Reviews214.Book Hounds
63.A & C Book Junkies (INTL)139.~ Sweeping Me~( INT)215.FOREVER YOUNG (adult)
64.Paranormal Opinion (Int.)140.PJ Schnyder216.Lindsay Writes
65.Fire and Ice141.pamela black217.Life's a Blog
66.Getting Naughty Between the Stacks142.glenda cates218.Rinoa
67.Coffee Table Press (INT)143.My Love Affair With Books (Int)219.Sommer Leigh
68.Carina L. Tai144.Jen @ In the Closet With a Bibliophile220.Luellen Jenkins
69.Muggle- Born. net (US)145.The Cait Files (Int)221.Kirby Reed (US)
70.Samantha Jo @ YA Enthusiast146.Absconditas (INT)222.kelli
71.Between the Bookcovers147.Book Lungs ♥ (INT!)223.Adventurez In ChildRearing
72.Lovely Lit (US)148.Ramblings From A Chaotic Mind224.Elli Winchester
73.Anne K. Albert149.Whispers by Rhiannon Ellis225.Kara Malinczak
74.Kate George150.Read Now Sleep Later (US)226.Lissa
75.Sheery's Place151.Two Readers Reviews227.Children's Interactive Mysteries
76.Mimi @ SoManyBooks (US)152.Evie @ Bookish

What to read next?

I stumbled upon this really cool book site if you're wondering what to read next.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Faithful Place by Tana French

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Adult; First U.S. Edition edition (July 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780670021871
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670021871

Flap copy:

Back in 1985, Frank Mackey was nineteen, growing up poor in Dublin's inner city and living crammed into a small flat with his family on Faithful Place. But he had his sights set on a lot more. He and his girl, Rosie Daly, were all set to run away to London together, get married, get good jobs, break away from factory work and poverty and their old lives.

But on the winter night when they were supposed to leave, Rosie didn't show. Frank took it for granted that she'd given him the brush-off--probably because of his alcoholic father, nutcase mother, and generally dysfunctional family. He never went home again.

Neither did Rosie. Everyone thought she had gone to England on her own and was over there living a shiny new life. Then, twenty-two years later, Rosie's suitcase shows up behind a fireplace in a derelict house on Faithful Place, and Frank is going home whether he likes or not.

Getting sucked in is a lot easier than getting out again. Frank finds himself straight back in the dark tangle of relationships he left behind. The cops working the case want him out of the way, in case loyalty to his family and community makes him a liability. Faithful Place wants him out because he's a detective now, and the Place has never liked cops. Frank just wants to find out what happened to Rosie Daly-and he's willing to do whatever it takes, to himself or anyone else, to get the job done.


My thoughts:

5 Stars: Loved it

Tana French knocked her third book, Faithful Place, out of the park. It isn’t just any old whodunit sleuthing story, but a great, emotionally charged story about love, longing and dysfunctional relationships that definitely raises the bar in the mystery genre. Her voice is fresh and believable. The prologue completely sucked me and I had to buy this book. I don’t normally read prologues; they often seem weird and confusing to me so I skim the first few sentences, head straight for chapter one, then maybe I'll go back and read them once I’m committed. But not this time, not this one:

"In all your life, only a few moments matter. Mostly you never get a good look at them except in hindsight, long after they've zipped past you: the moment when you decided whether to talk to that girl, slow down on that blind bend, stop and find that condom. I was lucky, I guess you could call it. I got to see one of mine face-to-face, and recognize it for what it was. I got to feel the riptide pull of my life spinning around me, one winter night while I waited in the dark at the top of Faithful Place.

I was nineteen, old enough to take on the world and young enough to be a dozen kinds of stupid..."

Brilliant. Tana French does an outstanding job of setting the tone, setting up the main character, Francis Mackey, as the now long suffering middle-aged detective haunted by an event from his past.

“…Over more than half my life it had worn itself a nice little corner in my mind, like a bullet lodged too deep to dig out; I didn’t feel the sharp edges, mostly, as long as I didn’t touch.”

I couldn't help but fall in love with Frank Mackey, and find out his story. He's complicated, real, and oh so believable. The pacing was perfect and as the plot unfolded, I was on the edge of my seat. Flashbacks are handled skillfully and without confusion. Every character is rich and well rounded with their Irish slang and quick wit. I laughed. I cried. I wanted a pint of Guinness. I felt the full gamut of emotions on a visceral level.

Faithful Place wins a spot on my "favorite book" list, and Tana French as a new "must read" author.

Excellent story and highly recommended if you enjoy mysteries. And even if you don't. Enjoy!

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