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Book Blast & Giveaway: Trollhunters by By Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus

| Thursday, July 23, 2015 | 3 comments |

Samples & prizing were provided by Disney-Hyperion.

From the minds of horror geniuses Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus comes a new illustrated novel about the fears that move in unseen places.

Purchase Trollhunters:
"You are food. Those muscles you flex to walk, lift, and talk? They're patties of meat topped with chewy tendon. That skin you've paid so much attention to in mirrors? It's delicious to the right tongues, a casserole of succulent tissue. And those bones that give you the strength to make your way in the world? They rattle between teeth as the marrow is sucked down slobbering throats. These facts are unpleasant but useful. There are things out there, you see, that don't cower in holes to be captured by us and cooked over our fires. These things have their own ways of trapping their kills, their own fires, their own appetites."

Jim Sturges is your typical teen in suburban San Bernardino— one with an embarrassingly overprotective dad, a best friend named "Tubby" who shares his hatred of all things torturous (like gym class), and a crush on a girl who doesn't know he exists. But everything changes for Jim when a 45-year old mystery resurfaces, threatening the lives of everyone in his seemingly sleepy town. Soon Jim has to team up with a band of unlikely (and some un-human) heroes to battle the monsters he never knew existed.

One (1) winner will receive a Disney-Hyperion collection of Young Adult Horror Books including:
·         Trollhunters by Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus
·         The Enemy by Charlie Higson
·         Lockwood & Co: The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud

·         plus branded Trollhunters pins!

Giveaway open to US residents only. Prizes provided by Disney-Hyperion. 

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Guillermo del Toro is best known for his critically acclaimed feature films, such as Pan's Labyrinth, Helllboy, The Hobbit, and Pacific Rim, as well as his best-selling Strain Trilogy.

Daniel Kraus is the award-winning author of Scowler and Rotters, and is the director of six feature films. He lives with his wife in Chicago. 

From Pan's Labyrinth to Hellboy to his best-selling novel The Strain, del Toro has captured the imagination through his works. His co-author Daniel Kraus is another award-winning author and filmmaker with a penchant for horror stories. Kraus' debut novel, The Monster Variations, was selected for New York Public Library's "100 Best Stuff for Teens." Fangoria called Rotters, his Bram Stoker-finalist and Odyssey Award-winning second novel, "a new horror classic." Kraus' 2013 title, Scowler, also won an Odyssey Award for best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults. 


Sean Murray is an illustrator, concept artist, author and teacher known for his work on video games such as Dungeons & Dragons Online and The Lord of the Rings Online, as well as the creator of The World of Gateway, which includes his fantasy guidebook Gateway: The Book of Wizards and the upcoming card game Gateway Uprising.


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Spotlight & Review: The Cave by Michela Montgomery

| Monday, June 29, 2015 | 0 comments |
Author: Michela Montgomery
Genre: Science Fiction, Thriller
Publisher: Post Hill Press
Publication: April 7, 2015

When a nuclear war devastates the U.S., a four-day excursion quickly turns into a fight for survival in The Cave. Six Stanford students journey into one of the deepest and longest caves in North America. A day into their journey, a nuclear war begins from within the U.S. Unable to return to the surface, and unsure what they will find when they do, the Cave will test the strength and survival of each person differently - transforming six individuals into a team, and ultimately...a family.

OK, I'm gonna be pretty honest here, it's been months since I've read this one so my memory is a bit shaky when it comes to the tiny details. However, I certainly remember enough to review it with confidence so here goes:

First off, I love, loved, loved the premise. A spelunking trip gone wrong might not be the most original idea but when paired with an apocalyptic event and six college students unprepared for this particular scenario (or really danger in general) made this one a compelling and at times thought provoking read. 

Secondly, I liked how the story showed us dual perspectives. It's great that we stay locked into the group below ground but with Nuclear Bombs going off above, it was nice to see bits and pieces of that devastation as well. 

Lastly, I really enjoyed how descriptive everything was. I really felt like I was in that cave alongside the characters touching the rocks, smelling the stale air and being terrified of the unknown.  It was great to feel genuinely scared for a characters safety. That's good writing to me. 

Now although I really liked the story I did have one small issue and that was the romance. I understand why the Author felt it necessary to inject the story with some loving but I really dislike that it had to be a love triangle scenario. I just didn't feel it necessary for Kate to struggle over her feelings and her indecisiveness made for many of her most annoying moments.  

Overall,  I really enjoyed The Cave and look forward to reading The Aftermath when it releases in August. I highly suggest picking this one up if you want to read something realistic and terrifying at the same time. 

With that being said, I'll be rating The Cave by Michela Montgomery ★★★.

Recommended For Fans Of: The DescentPandemonium , and The City Of Ember.   

 *Copy reviewed provided by publisher.  All opinions are my own and I was not compensated in an which way  for providing them.

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Michela Montgomery graduated with her B.A. in Creative Writing from California State University, Long Beach.  She completed the Claims Law Program with AEI and occasionally teaches classes on negotiation, litigation and investigation at her Corporate University.  Although born and raised in California, Ms. Montgomery considers Boston her second home and spends as much time there as possible.  She enjoys singing, dancing, yoga, cooking, the Red Sox, the Patriots and a good cannoli from Mike’s Pastries.  She lives in Northern California with her two children, a feisty Yorkie and a teacup Chihuahua named Killer.The Cave is her first novel.

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