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As of April 30, 2014 we will no longer be posting reviews on tHe crooKed WorD. Reading is like breathing for us - and discovering new books and authors has been a wonderful adventure - but the time has come for us to move on. Thank you for your support, for allowing us into your lives, and for letting us influence in some small way the contents of your bookshelves.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Cake: A Fairy Tale

Cake: A Fairy TaleCake: A Fairy Tale
by Dina Keratsis

278 Pages
Published July 2, 2013

This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

She has nothing left to lose... When Breena stumbles into the enchanted borderland of Cake, she is given the choice to return to her world or face the unknown. Unable to bear returning to her empty life, she embraces the challenge, much to the annoyance of the handsome, brooding Rune. He wants redemption... Long ago, Rune failed in his duty to guard the Queen Likely and vowed never again to let desire rule him. Then he meets Breena, the last Likely, and least likely, to succeed. Sworn to protect her from the killer who seeks to destroy Cake, Rune is forced to face his awakening desire for the one woman he can never have. Together, they embark on a magical journey to save Cake and while Rune abandons his heart, Breena discovers that she has everything to lose.

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Overall, Cake was a fun read. It takes you into an imaginative world between our world and the faery world. There are some great characters, danger, magic, romance.

Among the many good things, one thing drove me absolutely batty: the whole oh-he's-so-cute-but-could-never-like-ME-I'm-not-good-or-pretty-ehough-but-look-at-him-he's-so-gorgeous attitude that Breena had for such a large part of the book. Absolutely. Annoying. It made me want to put the book down and walk away. Yes, I know, the character is supposed to be weak (not physically, just so sheltered she can't take care of things) and unsure, but this was too much.

That said, once she started growing out of that, the book got really good and I enjoyed it.

3.5/5 stars

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Book Spotlight - Tigereye

by Mara Harrison

180 Pages
Published August 5, 2013

Scarlett is being hunted - by the agency, the man in the blue car, the angry girl inside her own head. She doesn't know what they want from her...or why she keeps waking up in somebody else's life, masquerading as a spy. Code name: Tigereye

Scarlett Fitzgerald's normal teenage life is wrenched apart when she wrecks her car only weeks before graduation. Everyone assures her she's fine, but they're wrong. They have to be, because ever since the accident strange things have started to happen. It only takes a few days for Scarlett to realize she's being followed. The man in the blue car is getting closer and he won't leave her alone. But she'll take the creepy man in the car any day over the scary feeling that someone else is trying to control her body, or the memories of a surgery that everyone insists she never had. And then there are the dreams - vivid, scary, so real that she wakes up in the morning bruised and sore like she's been awake the entire time, fighting, falling, running for her life. Scarlett is plunged into a mystery that keeps growing every time she turns over a new rock. And when she finally gets to the truth, she realizes that nothing in her life is how she thought it was. Especially herself.

Mara Harrison has always been a writer. Since she was a kid she's been scribbling stories in notebooks. Romance, fantasy, sci-fi — she's tried them all. Other than a passion for great books, she loves music of all sorts, travel, art, dancing, cooking and of course collecting shoes! 

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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Cover Reveal - Spark by Anthea Sharp

Today we're thrilled to be part of the SPARK cover reveal! This book can't come fast enough (although we'll only be waiting until the end of November).

SPARK (Feyguard, Book 1)
by Anthea Sharp

Superstar gamer Spark Jaxley's life might look easy, but she's part of an elite few who guard a shocking secret; the Realm of Faerie exists, and its dark magic is desperate for a foothold in the mortal world.

Aran Kells hacks code and sells his gaming cheats on the black market. It's barely a living, and one he's not proud of. But when he turns his skills to unlocking the secrets behind Feylandthe most exciting and immersive new game on the markethe discovers power and magic beyond his wildest dreams.

Spark's mission is clear; pull Aran from the clutches of the fey folk and restore the balance between the worlds. But can she risk her life for someone who refuses to be rescued?

Monday, September 9, 2013

Book Bundles!

There are a couple of story bundles currently available that I'm excited to let you all know about! Stories from great authors at a great price - you can't beat that.

First up, we have  YA Science-Fiction/Fantasy pay-what-you-want bundle from Story Bundle. This is only available until Sept. 17, so hurry! You can pick this up here.
This bundle includes:
Feyland: The Dark Realm, by Anthea Sharp
Scourge, by David H. Burton
Powerless Omnibus, by Jason Letts
The Blemished, by Sarah Dalton
Closed Hearts, by Susan Kaye Quinn
Feyland: The Bright Court, by Anthea Sharp
and, as a bonus, The Vanished, by Sarah Dalton

Next up, the Faery Worlds Collection is available for .99 until the end of September. You get 6 full-length novels for a dollar! Get it here.
This collection includes:
The Unfinished Song (Book 1): Initiate, by Tara Maya
War of the Fae, Book 1 (The Changelings), by Elle Casey
Fairy Metal Thunder, by JL Bryan
Feyland: The Dark Realm, by Anthea Sharp
Faelorehn, by Jenna Elizabeth Johnson
Ever Shade (A Dark Faerie Tale, #1), by Alexia Purdy