The Accidental Highwayman Blog Tour: Excerpt + Giveaway

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The Accidental Highwayman Blog Tour: Excerpt + GiveawayThe Accidental Highwayman
by Ben Tripp

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Published by: Macmillan on October 14, 2014
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fairy Tales & Folklore, Fantasy, Fantasy & Magic, Historical, Humorous Stories, Young Adult
Pages: 304
The Accidental Highwayman is the first swashbuckling adventure for young adults by talented author and illustrator, Ben Tripp.

In eighteenth-century England, young Christopher “Kit” Bristol is the unwitting servant of notorious highwayman Whistling Jack. One dark night, Kit finds his master bleeding from a mortal wound, dons the man’s riding cloak to seek help, and changes the course of his life forever. Mistaken for Whistling Jack and on the run from redcoats, Kit is catapulted into a world of magic and wonders he thought the stuff of fairy tales.

Bound by magical law, Kit takes up his master’s quest to rescue a rebellious fairy princess from an arranged marriage to King George III of England. But his task is not an easy one, for Kit must contend with the feisty Princess Morgana, gobling attacks, and a magical map that portends his destiny: as a hanged man upon the gallows….

Fans of classic fairy-tale fantasies will find much to love in this irresistible YA debut by Ben Tripp, the son of one of America’s most beloved illustrators, Wallace Tripp (Amelia Bedelia). Following in his father’s footsteps, Ben has woven illustrations throughout the story.

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Chapter 3
RATTLE RIDES OUT

The sun was down and the sky a red bowl over the darkening countryside when I drove the cart through the crooked iron gates of the Rattle Manse, and the stars had come out by the time I had put Old Nell away in the stable. Midnight, my master’s fine black hunter horse, was not there, nor his tack. I brought my purchases into the house by way of the kitchen, and there found a note pinned to the long deal table with a paring knife.

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Audio Book Review: As You Wish – Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride

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Audio Book Review: As You Wish – Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess BrideAs You Wish
by Cary Elwes

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Published by: Simon and Schuster on October 14, 2014
Genres: Biography & Autobiography, Entertainment & Performing Arts, Film & Video, History & Criticism, Performing Arts, Popular Culture, Social Science
Pages: 272
Source: Audiobook from Publisher
My Rating: five-stars

NOTICE: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

From actor Cary Elwes, who played the iconic role of Westley in The Princess Bride, comes a first-person account and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film filled with never-before-told stories, exclusive photographs, and interviews with costars Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, and Mandy Patinkin, as well as author and screenwriter William Goldman, producer Norman Lear, and director Rob Reiner.

The Princess Bride has been a family favorite for close to three decades. Ranked by the American Film Institute as one of the top 100 Greatest Love Stories and by the Writers Guild of America as one of the top 100 screenplays of all time, The Princess Bride will continue to resonate with audiences for years to come.

Cary Elwes was inspired to share his memories and give fans an unprecedented look into the creation of the film while participating in the twenty-fifth anniversary cast reunion. In As You Wish he has created an enchanting experience; in addition to never-before seen photos and interviews with his fellow cast mates, there are plenty of set secrets and backstage stories.

With a foreword by Rob Reiner and a limited edition original poster by acclaimed artist Shepard Fairey, As You Wish is a must-have for all fans of this beloved film.
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If you are someone interested in the subject matter – a behind the scenes look at the making of the film, The Princess Bride – then there is no better way to gain that insight than by listening to the audio book, AS YOU WISH – INCONCEIVABLE TALES FROM THE MAKING OF THE PRINCESS BRIDE, written and read by no other than the dashing masked man himself, Cary Elwes (aka. Westley).
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Must Have Books: November 2014

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In this new monthly post, I simply outline those books that I am most looking forward to in the current month. It is by no means comprehensive. Just an organized post I plan to use as my own personal shopping list. Perhaps, you can use it for the same purpose.

I’m surprised by how few titles that are being released this month… Is November typically this slow? And why do most of the releases come out the same week?

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Book Review + Giveaway: A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

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Book Review + Giveaway: A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia GrayA Thousand Pieces of You
by Claudia Gray

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Published by: HarperTeen on November 4, 2014
Genres: Historical, Love & Romance, Parallel Universes, Science Fiction, Suspense, Young Adult
Pages: 368
Source: ARC from Publisher
My Rating: five-stars

NOTICE: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Every Day meets Cloud Atlas in this heart-racing, space- and time-bending, epic new trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray.

Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their radical scientific achievements. Their most astonishing invention: the Firebird, which allows users to jump into parallel universes, some vastly altered from our own. But when Marguerite’s father is murdered, the killer—her parent’s handsome and enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite can’t let the man who destroyed her family go free, and she races after Paul through different universes, where their lives entangle in increasingly familiar ways. With each encounter she begins to question Paul’s guilt—and her own heart. Soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is more sinister than she ever could have imagined.

A Thousand Pieces of You explores a reality where we witness the countless other lives we might lead in an amazingly intricate multiverse, and ask whether, amid infinite possibilities, one love can endure.
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I have to admit, I am having extreme difficulty gathering my (much beloved) thoughts about A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU by Claudia Gray. As exciting as it is intelligent, creative and compulsively addictive, this first entry in the author’s latest series is sure to be a hit among YA readers over the next couple years.

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