To Spoil or Not to Spoil . . .


Since the end of Breaking Bad, I've noticed much more discussion about spoilers and how people should or shouldn't discuss parts of shows, movies, or books. I'm curious about your thoughts. If you could spare a few moments to share your thoughts on spoilers, that would be a huge help. I'll be using the results to inform an upcoming post.



The Looking Glass by Jessica Arnold Review & Giveaway


I'm thrilled today to be part of the kick-off for The Looking Glass blog tour, hosted by Chapter by Chapter. There was so much about this book that I loved and I'm so happy to be sharing it with you all today. Be sure to enter the giveaway at the end of this post or, if you just can't wait to fall in love with the book, follow the buy links.

About the Book



Title: The Looking Glass
Author: Jessica Arnold
Publication Date: April 15, 2014
Publisher: Month9Books

Find the diary, break the curse, step through The Looking Glass!

Fifteen-year-old Alice Montgomery wakes up in the lobby of the B&B where she has been vacationing with her family to a startling discovery: no one can see or hear her. The cheap desk lights have been replaced with gas lamps and the linoleum floor with hardwood and rich Oriental carpeting. Someone has replaced the artwork with eerie paintings of Elizabeth Blackwell, the insane actress and rumored witch who killed herself at the hotel in the 1880s. Alice watches from behind the looking glass where she is haunted by Elizabeth Blackwell. Trapped in the 19th-century version of the hotel, Alice must figure out a way to break Elizabeth’s curse—with the help of Elizabeth's old diary and Tony, the son of a ghost hunter who is investigating the haunted B&B— before she becomes the inn's next victim.



My Thoughts

The Looking Glass was nothing at all like I expected. Going into this with a protagonist named Alice and a magical (sort of) mirror, I was anticipating something more along the lines of Alice in Wonderland. While Alice does find herself in an altered reality facing down obstacles to get herself back home, this tale is more gothic than whimsical,  more Lion's Gate than Disney. 

Alice wasn't keen on staying in a quaint and possibly hauted inn for a family vacation, and when she wakes up in an alternate version of the B&B surrounded by creepy paintings she knows this is no dream vacation. Her only clues to escape lay in the pages of a blood-stained journal that used to belong to the wholly unlikable Elizabeth Blackwell. As pieces of Elizabeth's story are revealed to the readers, I was constantly reminded of one of my favorite gothic tales, The Yellow Wallpaper. Elizabeth is trapped in an attic room with only the journals of a long-dead witch and a mystical mirror to keep her company, Elizabeth spirals slowly into madness. What follows is a beautifully crafted mystery as Alice struggles to find clues hidden in Elizabeth's ramblings. Adding to the suspense is a duo of ghost-hunters searching for proof of spirits. All three stories collide in the most satisfying of ways. 

Part ghost story, part psychological drama, and wholly entertaining, The Looking Glass is a fresh and original story sure to satisfy fans of Anna Dressed in Blood or Being Human.  I was hooked from page one and at found myself torn between wanting to figure out how all the pieces fit together and not wanting the story to end. This is definitely a book to add to your TBR piles!



About the Author


Jessica Arnold writes YA, codes ebooks, and is currently a graduate student in publishing at Emerson College in Boston. She spends most of her time in class or work or slogging through the homework swamp. If she has a spare moment, she’s always up for a round of Boggle. Given the opportunity, Jessica will pontificate at length on the virtues of the serial comma, when and where to use an en dash, and why the semicolon is the best punctuation mark pretty much ever       
Find Jessica online: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads






 Giveaway


  • Four (4) winners will receive an ebook copy of The Looking Glass by Jessica Arnold (INT)
  • One (1) winner will receive an ebook copy of The Looking Glass by Jessica Arnold AND a $10 Amazon Gift Card or B&N Gift Card – Winner’s Choice (INT)
  • Winners will be announced on May 9, 2014

Friday Reveal: Call Me Grim


Welcome to the Cover Reveal for Call Me Grim by Elizabeth Holloway, presented by Month9Books! Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!


ABOUT THE BOOK


Call Me Grim
Title: Call Me Grim
Author: Elizabeth Holloway
Publication date: November 11, 2014
Publisher: Month9Books

The truck should have turned Libbi Piper into a Libbi Pancake -- and it would have, too, if Aaron hadn't shown up and saved her life. The problem? Aaron's the local Grim Reaper... and he only saved Libbi's life because he needs someone to take over his job. Now, Libbi has two days to choose between dying like she was supposed to, or living a lonely life as Death Incarnate. Talk about a rock and a hard place.
And the choice goes from hard to sucktastic when her best friend shows up marked: condemned as a future murderer. Libbi could have an extra week to stop the murder and fix the mark... but only if she accepts Aaron's job as Reaper, trapping herself in her crappy town forever, invisible and inaudible to everyone except the newly dead. But, if she refuses? Her best friend is headed straight for Hell.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Elizabeth HollowayElizabeth Holloway is a registered nurse living in Southern Pennsylvania with her two teen children, Bam-bam the dog, and Tinkerbell the cat. CALL ME GRIM is her first novel.

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