Special Editions, Special Prices

 

**This is not an attack on Special Editions, consumers, or Publishers/Authors/Companies who make them, I freakin love them, but, I do want to talk shop for a bit!**

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Special Editions

Whether it’s a steel book BluRay, a shiny console, a pretty videogame, or worst of all for my self-control, a pretty book.

I didn’t even realize special editions of books existed really until like last year. Don’t get me wrong, I knew there were different editions, but, special? I was in the dark guys. The only thing I had preordered previously as far as books went was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and I did get a ‘special edition’ of that, the one with the slipcase. But I mean…that was yonks ago lol. So now I’m happy to preorder special editions when I can. They tend to be okay on price, sometimes the shipping is heart-wrenching. I won’t name names but 20.00 for shipping a 20.00 book did hurt my soul and wallet lol. However, I was lucky enough to have. the funds to do so.

I’m not here to really talk about the preorders of them or buying them out of stores which also have some great special editions. [For instance, I preordered Chain of Gold from Waterstones rather than getting a box I wanted because I couldn’t justify that sort of spending this go around.] No, today I want to talk about reselling.

There’s no harm in it, it’s good! You don’t want a book, you need money, maybe just wanted shelf space? This is such a great option! I’m all for reselling and trading! Sometimes the books we are intending to sell even gain some value, which is great! Woo more monies!

But is there a line to draw?

I’m guilty of pushing that line, I really wanted a special edition of a certain book, someone was selling it for 54.00 and I bought it, of course, these special editions are usually at least half that sort of price. But, supply and demand my friends, it’s a bitch.

I’ve seen the Goldsboro special edition orange sprayed edges of ‘Priory’ go for 140, and I’m pretty sure that’s on the cheap side of what a special edition can go for. There’s also the chaos that is the selling of the Aurora Rising Goldsboro, the Fairyloot editions of like…any book, and they all seem to get a bit out of hand. Not because it’s wrong for people to sell their books, but because us as consumers and they as buyers have no idea what prices are okay, there’s no issue in selling what you have for the price you set, but man is it hard on people to find special editions if they didn’t have a chance to preorder/order at the time the books went on sale. Even Waterstones editions seem to go for a hefty price for a few books.

It can be unfair to those who don’t have the money, they’re stuck seeing people put books up for sale that they have been searching for, and are unable to afford the crazy inflation.

I guess what I’m asking is, is there a better way we can do things? I’m genuinely asking, by the way, not being patronizing. Do we trade more? That can be difficult when you don’t want what someone has to offer, or sometimes someone doesn’t have anything to trade Do we maybe wait a certain period of time before jacking up prices? Maybe three months after release we just go hogwild but until then we try to let people purchase it at a lower price? I’m not sure but I feel like there’s a huge imbalance here. ESPECIALLY WHEN PEOPLE BUY TO SELL. And these are the only people I take issue with. I watched those Queen of Nothin editions sell out and then I watched people IMMEDIATELY sell them, just like with some of the other special editions, this is just the more current example.

I mean some people were selling them before they were even in their hands, and others the moment they got the box. I get selling the stuff in the boxes if you only want the book, that’s fair enough, but to immediately flip the book, and sell it for a crazy amount of money? It just seems unfair and it’s been on my mind a lot lately.

Part of the reason for that is because I’ve considered selling some of my special editions, but I hesitate because I’m unsure what to price them at. I could put it up high, the editions are ‘special’ enough but it feels wrong but at the same time, well hey, I need money. So, again, I’m searching for some sort of guideline on this, and I wish we had more discussions on the cost of books. So, here we are, I’m chaotically discussing the price of special editions.

If you preordered a book for 16.00, and aren’t in dire need of money, maybe try not to sell it for 75? I don’t know, I’m not sure if I’m just whining.

What do you all think?

2019 Retellings I Read & Loved

Hey all, I’ve felt in a retelling mood lately, maybe because I read so many fantastic ones last year. Here are the ones that debuted last year that I read and reviewed [except I haven’t reviewed Stepsister yet. Click on the picture to be taken to my review post, click on the link under to be taken to the GoodReads page!

 

The Boy Next Story (Bookish Boyfriends, #2)

Retelling of/Based off of: Little Women

 

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Retelling of/Based off of: King Arthur

 

Spin the Dawn (The Blood of Stars, #1)

Retelling of/Based off of: Mulan

 

The Return of King Lillian

Retelling of/Based off of: The Emperor’s New Clothes

 

House of Salt and Sorrows

Retelling of/Based off of : The Twelve Dancing Princesses

 

A House of Rage and Sorrow (The Celestial Trilogy, #2)

Retelling of/Based off of: Mahabharata

 

The Winter of the Witch (Winternight Trilogy, #3)

Retelling of/Based off of: Russian Folktales/lore [Inc. Baba Yaga]

 

The Deathless Girls

Retelling of/Based off of: Dracula [His brides to be specific]

 

Coral

Retelling of/Based off of: The Little Mermaid

 

Blood Heir (Blood Heir, #1)

Retelling of/Based off of: Anastasia

 

Stepsister

Retelling of/Based off of: Cinderella

 

Miss Austen eARC Review

 

Miss Austen

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GoodReads:

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: twenty three years after the death of her famous sister Jane, Cassandra Austen returns to the village of Kintbury, and the home of her family’s friends, the Fowles.
She knows that, in some dusty corner of the sprawling vicarage, there is a cache of family letters which hold secrets she is desperate should not be revealed.
As Cassandra recalls her youth and her relationship with her brilliant yet complex sister, she pieces together buried truths about Jane’s history, and her own. And she faces a stark choice: should she act to protect Jane’s reputation? Or leave the contents of the letters to go unguarded into posterity …

Based on a literary mystery that has long puzzled biographers and academics, Miss Austen is a wonderfully original and emotionally complex novel about the loves and lives of Cassandra and Jane Austen.

Book Information:
By: Gill Hornby
Publisher: Century/FlatIron Books
Page Count: 416
Format: Hardback, Paperback, eBook
Release Date: January 23, 2020

 

My Review

This book was deeply moving, the look at sisterhood and family was perfection especially in regards to the family Hornby is writing of. The Austens. A family quite close to each other and within that closeness an even deeper bond between Cassandra and Jane. She takes a bit of a mystery angle in this, trying to give us answers in the gaps Cassandra has left by culling certain correspondences with/regarding Jane. She was the gatekeeper and that is the role she plays in this novel.

This is all from Cassandra’s perspective but fluctuates between the past with Jane and the present, as she struggles to find and get hold of letters that could be harmful to Jane’s writing legacy and reputation.

One of the most beautiful things about this novel was the fact that it highlights the absolute contentment between the sisters. Of course, there were rough times and hardships, heartache, loss, and the wish of something more, but, through it all, they were fine with having each other. It was as if Hornby and Austen are shouting through different times to say ‘it’s okay to be single, to value love of family over romantic love, that it’s not necessary to lead a fulfilled life.’ But, the story and Austen’s novels also say, it’s just as okay to choose/have romantic love. I loved that quite a bit about Hornby’s novel. She’s taken a real-life mystery and made it into a delightful work of historical fiction.

Hornby’s prose is so reminiscent of what you enjoy in an Austen novel if you’re an Austen fan, and it just flourished. There wasn’t too much focus on small details, and the characters were so enjoyable. It was just the pacing which seemed to drag on in the present without aim sometimes that really threw me, but, it paid off in the end as the present did have its own purpose.

There’s also a very Jane Austen-esque story within that concerning some of the Fowle family as I mentioned above it’s the focus of the present. I enjoyed every minute of this book. I just felt at times it could drag which is why I did not give it a higher rating as it really put the story on pause almost by doing the pacing like that. Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an eARC in exchange for my honest review.

If you’re in the U.K. Waterstones has a beautiful edition of this up for preorder, and there’s another signed edition available at Goldsboro, but, there’s also just the regular versions of course which all have the same amazing pages within!

The Cursed Key Blog Tour

 

 

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Blurb:
A forgotten past, a dark mage, and an unyielding curse.
Another team beat free-spirited archaeologist Olivia Perez to the dig of a lifetime, and now she’s left with the choice to wait for scraps or brave a dangerous, dusty tomb in hopes of finding other priceless artifacts. Her reward? A mysterious key she has no idea is cursed. Soon, Olivia realizes she’s brought home more than just an ancient rarity.
Malevolent visions begin to plague her. Unnerved by what they reveal, she casts away the key…unknowingly placing it into the waiting hands of a dark mage bent on destruction. Only when a shifter agent from the Paranormal Intelligence and Tracking Organization arrives searching for the key does Olivia realize what a huge mistake she’s made. 
Forced to team up with the ill-tempered shifter, her journey to reclaim the cursed key leads down a twisting path of dark histories, dangerous magic, and deadly obstacles. But Olivia’s efforts to take back the ancient relic before the dark mage can destroy the lives of humans, shifters, witches, and fae alike are thwarted by her own dark past…and a price steeper than what she’s willing to pay.
Fans of Tomb Raider and Ilona Andrews will love the blend of urban fantasy, magical adventure, and paranormal romance in THE CURSED KEY from Miranda Brock and New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Hamilton!
Book Details:
The Cursed Key
by Miranda Brock & Rebecca Hamilton
(The Cursed Key Trilogy #1)
Published by: Evershade Publishing
Publication date: January 14th 2020
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Urban Fantasy
GoodReads

Purchase Link

Amazon | B&N | iBooks | Kobo | Google Play

My Review

This was such a fun read! It’s one of those books while it didn’t have anything that ‘blew me away’ it definitely was enjoyable and filled with things I like. Adventure, a hint of romance, paranormal beings, magic, and a very Indiana Jones/Tomb Raider vibe going on.

Olivia is an archaeologist, she has wandered into the jungle, hoping to find something the other excavating teams haven’t yet, and that’s when her world gets turned upside down.

She finds a key, and suddenly I’m reminiscent of the curse of the mummy King Tut, what seems like just plain bad luck is more than that, she’s plagued with visions and it has nothing to do with heat fatigue from the climate as they persist after she returns home.

The whole time Olivia and the reader are unsure of who she is, you know there is something different to her, the mage she runs into proves as much, but, you don’t know what.

Has the key given her magical powers or was she born with them and they’ve been hiding?

I loved the mystery to Olivia and really thought the banter between her and her shifter friend was cute and fun.

The romance is slow burn which is a favorite of mine and though the book did keep me interested I felt that the magic system and worldbuilding could have used more focus. I am hoping that is rectified in book 2 as I definitely intend on reading the next one.

Again, a solid read, nothing incredible, but definitely fun and worth a snoop!

Thank you to Xpresso Tours for an eARC of this to read and review honestly as part of the blog tour.

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Giveaway

Tour-wide giveaway (US Only)

A Kindle + $50 Amazon Gift Card
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About the Authors

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New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Hamilton writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance for Harlequin, Baste Lübbe, and Evershade. A book addict, registered bone marrow donor, and indian food enthusiast, she often takes to fictional worlds to see what perilous situations her characters will find themselves in next. 
Represented by Rossano Trentin of TZLA, Rebecca has been published internationally, in three languages: English, German, and Hungarian.

Author Links
Website | Facebook | Twitter

 

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From an early age Miranda Brock has always loved fantasy and adventure everything. Since she doesn’t live in a world of enchanting powers, mythical beasts, and things unbelievable she has decided to write about them. (Although, if you happen to see a dragon flying around, do tell her.) Born in southern Illinois, where she still resides with her husband and two children, she grew up running through the woods, playing in creeks, and riding horses. What started out as writing poetry grew into short stories and eventually led to her first novel, Souls Discovered. Miranda lives in the country where she finds inspiration in the simplicity and beauty around her. With the help of a ridiculous amount of coffee and some good music she writes whenever she gets a chance.

Author Links

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

 

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Someone Close to Home Blog Tour

 

 

Someone Close to Home

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GoodReads:
Talented pianist Megan Youngblood has it all – fame, fortune and Gideon.

But Gideon isn’t good enough for Megan’s ambitious, manipulative mother, whose meddling has devastating repercussions for Megan and for those close to her.

Now, trapped inside her own body, she is unable to communicate her needs or fears as she faces institutional neglect in an inadequate care home.

And she faces Annie. Sadistic Annie who has reason to hate her. Damaged Annie who shouldn’t work with vulnerable people.

Just how far will Annie go?

‘Someone Close To Home’ is a story of love, malice and deadly menace.

Book Information:
Paperback:
252 pages
Publisher: Ashford Carbonel Publishing (9 Dec. 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0995696608
ISBN-13: 978-0995696600
Amazon UK Link

My Review

Content/Trigger Warnings: Rape, sexual, emotional/mental, and physical abuse. Violence/murder, and elder/medical abuse.

This book, this was nothing like I expected! I thought it was going to be more of a thriller, but that’s not to say it’s not, it’s just, so much more than that.

The past and present collide as Megan Youngblood after suffering a stroke is put into a rather low funded care home by her two children. This does give her time to think about her past though, the journey that led her to this moment, especially as she’s left unable to communicate. She is under the mercies of the caregivers, some who are sweet and caring, some who treat it sim[ly as a job, and others. Others who use their position to abuse her and others in the home.

Unfortunately, this doesn’t seem to be anything new for Megan, her life has been rife with pain. She’s been under the care of those who would do her harm before, only this time she cannot even protest it if she wanted to.

Each chapter gives us the present and the past, and I was caught up in both timelines and it was almost weird to come upon them joining to just have the present but I’m so happy it was done this way, you see just how much Megan has been through. But I also feel as if she’d been through too much. It was a very hard and heavy read, as much as I loved it, it was not something I expected to make me so emotional; in the best and worst of ways haha, you can’t help but cry for Megan and her life, but I do think the ending made it all worthwhile, but, telling would be spoilers.

The main issue I had with this, and that’s not that it was a hard read, that’s just a warning that you will be probably too invested in Megan’s life, but that it felt disjointed between the ‘scarier’ thriller part and the rest of it.

I expected Annie to be featured more prominently given her role in the book, instead that huge plot of the story doesn’t come in till 70+ % through, so that was a bit of a shock to the system and by that time it made it feel like two different stories, but, the culmination of it all brings it all back on track.

Great, difficult read. Thank you to Anne Cater and the publisher for a chance to read and review this as part of my honest opinion. Four cups from me!

 

About the Author

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Alex Craigie was ten when her first play was performed at school. It was in rhyming couplets and all she can remember about it is that:
  • it was written in pencil in a book with weights and measures on the back
  • the two heroes were Prince Rupert and his brother (whose name was changed to Sam to facilitate the rhyming process.)      
  • as writer, producer and director she ‘bagged’ the part of female lead. 
When her children were young, she wrote short stories for magazines and since then has fulfilled her ambition to write a novel.
Someone Close to Home has won two ‘Chill with a Book’ awards – The Reader’s Award and the Book of the Month Award.
Alex lives in a small village in Pembrokeshire, Wales, and knows that she and her husband are lucky to have their children and grandchildren living nearby. It’s often chaotic and noisy but these are her most treasured moments and she savours them – even if she’s reduced to an immovable heap after they’ve gone.  
As an independent author, without a big publishing machine behind her, she is very grateful to all the people who have found and bought her first book – and a huge thank you to those who’ve gone out of their way to write a review on Amazon or Goodreads. These reviews make a massive difference to ‘Indies’ and the positive ones encourage other readers to risk buying a copy.
What else can she say?  Nothing, really. Writing this personal promotion has been very, very hard and she needs to go away now and lie down in a darkened room, preferably with a big bar of chocolate…  
She looks forward to any contact from fellow lovers of books and any honest feedback is very welcome.

 

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Love Lettering Blog Tour

 

 

Love Lettering

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GoodReads:
The thing is, the letters don’t always tell me truths about myself. Sometimes they tell me truths about other people. And Reid Sutherland is – was – one of those people.
In the last year, Meg Mackworth’s beautiful hand-lettering skills have seen her rocket to social media fame, and now she has a booming business crafting stationery for the stars. But she has a secret: sometimes, she just can’t resist hiding messages in her work. Slightly unprofessional, maybe – but harmless. Right?
Analyst Reid Sutherland and his gorgeous fiancée had their future mapped out. Until he noticed a pattern in his wedding invitation that made him think twice.
When Meg looks up from her desk one day and sees Reid standing in front of her with no wedding ring, holding the invitation she created, she thinks that her career is over.
But her life may be about to begin . . .

Purchase Links

Amazon UK | Amazon US

**The links to the book used in this post are Affiliated links, should you click on my links and use them to purchase this book, it will gain me some monies, and will cost you nothing, but gotta disclose this first.**

 

My Review

This book is pure adorable fluff wrapped in witty humor, sarcasm, and ‘codes.’ To say I loved this book would be an understatement.

First off, I thought Meg was a brilliant character and the fact that we get to see the story through her eyes is just so great.

Following this thought, I actually loved Meg and Reid so much because they seemed so much like REAL people. They had faults, they had quirks, they had problems between each other in communicating and it felt like a real relationship because of this.

Reid is someone who loves numbers, and he is direct and such a solid presence in this book. I loved him as much as I loved Meg, he wasn’t just ‘swoon-worthy’ [though he was that too] he was loveable and endearing.

Meg loves letters, she is an artist, a small business owner, and someone who has learned to go with the flow no matter her feelings to avoid conflict, she isn’t direct, but she has a softness to her that really balances out Reid while still seeing her as this independent force of her own.

**This book also has some extremely steamy and satisfying scenes lol.**

I loved how much letters and Meg’s artistic sense of them came into play in this book and I love that her love of letters did not diminish just because this was a love story. Such a perfect balance, that Clayborn gives us this ultimate/perfect RomCom where you laugh, fall in love and stay on the edge of your seat through it all.

I think my only issue was that the climax of the story happened so late in the game that I wanted to see more of the aftermath of it, but the epilogue still provided me with the right sense of closure I like to have in a book.

This novel also really had me wanting to update my planner and have better handwriting haha, Meg inspires us all!

There are hardships for our lovers, and there are obstacles, but nothing that made them incompatible, and I really appreciated that. I mean I love drama, don’t get me wrong [I mean my twitter handle is Dramahuman after all…] but sometimes what happens between two people is just too much for a relationship to sustain. So the fact that this was really grounded with how their relationship worked, for the most part, made me extremely happy.

Clayborn also nails the atmosphere of Brooklyn, and I mean that she makes me want to go back to 90s RomComs, watch them all based in Manhattan and New York while binging on chocolates.

There are other characters to love, I adored the people in Meg’s life, her friends and colleagues, and I’m so glad Clayborn put together such a well rounded and amazing book.

If you can’t tell, I loved this. Four huge cups of hot chocolate for this, and guess what? It’s going on my ‘to reread’ shelf.

Thank you to Hodder & Stoughton for an ARC of this in exchange for my honest opinion as part of the tour.

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Starve Acre eARC Review

 

 

Starve Acre

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GoodReads:
The worst thing possible has happened. Richard and Juliette Willoughby’s son, Ewan, has died suddenly at the age of five. Starve Acre, their house by the moors, was to be full of life, but is now a haunted place.

Juliette, convinced Ewan still lives there in some form, seeks the help of the Beacons, a seemingly benevolent group of occultists. Richard, to try and keep the boy out of his mind, has turned his attention to the field opposite the house, where he patiently digs the barren dirt in search of a legendary oak tree.

Starve Acre is a devastating new novel by the author of the prize-winning bestseller The Loney. It is a novel about the way in which grief splits the world in two and how, in searching for hope, we can so easily unearth horror.

Purchase Links

Amazon UK | Amazon US

**The links to the book used in this post are Affiliated links, should you click on my links and use them to purchase this book, it will gain me some monies, and will cost you nothing, but gotta disclose this first.**

 

My Review

What can I say? This book was creepy, dark, and mysterious. I loved it, and it did have an aspect of horror that though chilling was also okay for cowards like me to read, haha.

There was a really raw feel to the grief in this story, both husband and wife affected in different ways. Not to mention this whole while there’s darkness encroaching, what you think is just grief eventually twists. It’s amazing and I cannot express how delightfully creepy I found this book. It’s more of a novella really in terms of length but there was no denying the fact that this is one fully fleshed out story of grief, creepy hares, and the folklore of a village still alive in the mystery under the field.

It also felt a bit reminiscent of Cujo, in the way the child is experiencing things, the flashbacks in ‘Starve Acre’ help to draw on this horrifying dread.

This book was amazing. The prose was completely haunting and this story left you chilled to the bone from start to finish. It was brilliant how Hurley made you as the reader always sense this looming/impending doom. You weren’t sure what would happen, you weren’t sure what exactly happened before the start of this but you watch this creepy tale slowly unravel the past and come together with the future to give you something horrific and breathtaking.

Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for an eARC in exchange for my honest opinion. 4.5/5 Cups of Hot chocolate from me, sorry for the short review but basically: IT’S DARK, SCARY, AND AMAZING, GO READ IT.