Blog Tour + Review: Bookburners by Max Gladstone, Margaret Dunlap, Mur Lafferty

Bookburners (Bookburners #1.1-1.16)
Title: Bookburners
Author: Max Gladstone, Margaret Dunlap, Mur Lafferty, Brian Francis Slattery
Publication Date:  February 7, 2017
Publisher: Saga Press
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
Age Group: Upper Young Adult/Adult
Genre: Urban Fantasy

The critically acclaimed urban fantasy about a secret team of agents that hunts down dangerous books containing deadly magic—previously released serially online by Serial Box, now available in print for the first time! Magic is real, and hungry. It’s trapped in ancient texts and artifacts, and only a few who discover it survive to fight back. Detective Sal Brooks is a survivor. She joins a Vatican-backed black-ops anti-magic squad—Team Three of the Societas Librorum Occultorum—and together they stand between humanity and the magical apocalypse. Some call them the Bookburners. They don’t like the label. Supernatural meets The Da Vinci Code in a fast-paced, kickass character driven novel chock-full of magic, mystery, and mayhem, written collaboratively by a team of some of the best writers working in fantasy.

Coming in at approximately 800 pages, I can see how this book would scare any reader into running the other way. But, the book is broken into 16 different "episodes." So if you read it like me, you can read one or two episodes every day so it doesn't feel daunting. And it won't. Because this is such a high-paced read that you'll want to binge a little - just like those Netflix shows.

Sal Brooks is the newest team member of Team Three, a group set on finding all the books that contain magic-wielding powers that are able to destroy people, cities, and even the world. Their mission is to gather all these books to lock them up in the Vatican's black archives. Sal is a detective is thus a natural fit to the team who consists of Liam (a funny tech specialist), Father Menchu (a priest), Grace (a marshal artist), and Ashanti (librarian of the archives).

The perpetual good versus evil theme is consistent throughout the entire narrative and the battle human beings employ to utilize both. Like any show on television, each episode contributes to the overall story of the season but each is a standalone, having its own arc and focuses on the different characters so we get to know the background of each of the members of Team Three. It's interesting to see the story told from Sal, who is consistently flawed, but then to turn to the next episode to see perspectives from other characters. Throughout, we get to see demons, scary monsters, bookstores vanishing, and other major events that keeps you literally, at the edge of your seat.

This is such a fun read and I love stories that incorporate a team of people who are so different from each other. Books written by many authors tend to feel a bit disjointed but I definitely didn't feel it in this one. The episodes flowed naturally with a slight issue with pacing that didn't really bother me. But it felt that the authors have a great foundation for season 2 and I cannot wait for that one because there are definitely things left to be developed and explored.

I recommend this fun set-in-our-world fantasy. And if you're curious for more stories published in this format, I would check out serial box dot com, which is where this story was originally published.

MAX GLADSTONE has been thrown from a horse in Mongolia, drank almond milk with monks on Wudang Shan, and wrecked a bicycle in Angkor Wat. Max is also the author of the Craft Sequence of books about undead gods and skeletal law wizards—Full Fathom Five, Three Parts Dead, Two Serpents Rise, and Last First Snow. Max fools everyone by actually writing novels in the coffee shops of Davis Square in Somerville, MA. His dreams are much nicer than you’d expect. He tweets as @maxgladstone. Bookburners, which he wrote with Margaret Dunlap, Mur Lafferty, and Brian Francis Slattery, is available from Saga Press in January.

Before joining the Bookburners, MARGARET DUNLAP wrote for ABC Family’s cult-hit The Middleman in addition to working on SyFy’s Eureka. Most recently, she was a writer and co-executive producer of the Emmy-winning transmedia series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, and co-created its sequel Welcome to Sanditon. Her short fiction has previously appeared in Shimmer Magazine. Margaret lives in Los Angeles where she taunts the rest of the team with local weather reports and waits for the earthquake that will finally turn Burbank into oceanfront property. She tweets as @spyscribe. Bookburners, which she wrote with Max Gladstone, Mur Lafferty, and Brian Francis Slattery, is available from Saga Press in January.

MUR LAFFERTY is the author of The Shambling Guides series from Orbit, including the Netfix-optioned The Shambling Guide to New York City and Ghost Train to New Orleans. She has been a podcaster for over 10 years, running award-winning shows such as I Should Be Writing and novellas published via podcast. She has written for RPGs, video games, and short animation. She lives in Durham, NC where she attends Durham Bulls baseball games and regularly pets two dogs. Her family regrets her Dragon Age addiction and wishes for her to get help. She tweets as @mightymur. Bookburners, which she wrote with Max Gladstone, Margaret Dunlap, and Brian Francis Slattery, is available from Saga Press in January.

BRIAN FRANCIS SLATTERY is the author of Spaceman Blues, Liberation, Lost Everything, and The Family Hightower. Lost Everything won the Philip K. Dick Award in 2012. He’s the arts and culture editor for the New Haven Independent, an editor for the New Haven Review, and a freelance editor for a few not-so-secret public policy think tanks. He also plays music constantly with a few different groups in a bunch of different genres. He has settled with his family just outside of New Haven and admits that elevation above sea level was one of the factors he took into account. For one week out of every year, he enjoys living completely without electricity. Bookburners, which he wrote with Max Gladstone, Margaret Dunlap, and Mur Lafferty, is available from Saga Press in January.

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Review: Seeking Mr. Wrong by Natalie Charles

Title: Seeking Mr. Wrong
Author: Natalie Charles
Publisher: Gallery
Release Date: February 13, 2017
Pages: 300
Format: E-ARC
Source: Publisher
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance

In this warm, charming, and hilarious romance, a kindergarten teacher and children’s book author attempts to write erotica—and sets out to find the right Mr. Wrong for some hands-on inspiration. Lettie Osbourne has lived her whole life by the book. Sweet, predictable, and certainly not living life on the edge, she’s always been content to make a living as a kindergarten teacher who writes adorable children’s books on the side. After her fiancĂ© leaves her, Lettie decides she is perfectly content to accept her fate as mother to her beloved dog Odin and favorite auntie to her niece and nephew. But then everything changes. When Lettie’s publisher decides to sell only erotica, her editor convinces her to turn up the heat and throw some spice into her vanilla life. Lettie sets out to find the perfect man to inspire her writing...and finds him in her school’s vice principal, Eric Clayman. As Lettie and Eric grow closer and her writing gets steamier, she’s left wondering: is Eric Mr. Wrong? Or Mr. Right?

I have been very lucky to have found books outside my main reading circle that I have enjoyed. A lot of those book are books that have been steamy reads, some packed with emotion, and some that I could read over and over again. In Seeking Mr. Wrong, Natalie Charles allows me to experience something different. Presenting me with a story of getting outside your comfort zone to do the thing you love most. 

Lettie Osbourne, kindergarten teacher and children's book author, has lived her life in this sweet, dream like bubble. She has a fantastic publisher that loves her writing. What more could Lettie want? When the publishing house decides to change their route and go from sweet children's picture books to erotica, Lettie must make a decision and see if she is the person to write this. 

I really enjoyed her character. I found it fascinating that Lettie took this as a mission and her mission in writing this new book included finding the bad boy or she calls him, Mr. Wrong. Enter new vice principle. Eric is the calm, collected guy that seems like he wants the best in people, until one night, Lettie decides to take a leap of faith and sees just how wrong Eric is but how right it really feels. 

This story was one that took me a little bit longer to read than most of the adult books I have stumbled upon and I am okay with that. It is one that is not all about the steamy scenes, and even though I know readers really enjoy those, this book is emotionally driven to show people the idea of doing something you never thought possible. 

Natalie Charles writes a charming story that brings together two different people, who on the outside seem the same but once behind locked doors, a whole other persona is unleashed. 

Book Review: Tarnish by Katherine Longshore

TarnishTitle: Tarnish
Author: Katherine Longshore
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Release Date: June 18th, 2013
Pages: 448
Format: Paperback ARC
Source: Gifted
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Historical Fiction

Anne Boleyn is the odd girl out. Newly arrived to the court of King Henry VIII, everything about her seems wrong, from her clothes to her manners to her witty but sharp tongue. So when the dashing poet Thomas Wyatt offers to coach her on how to shine at court—and to convince the whole court they’re lovers—she accepts. Before long, Anne’s popularity has soared, and even the charismatic and irresistible king takes notice. More than popularity, Anne wants a voice—but she also wants love. What began as a game becomes high stakes as Anne finds herself forced to make an impossible choice between her heart’s desire and the chance to make history.
Im not much of a history buff, I know the basics but that's about it. When I picked up Tarnish I thought it would be boring and so detailed that I had to put it in my DNF pile. Glad to report that wasn't the case. Tarnish was a read that makes me want to read more historical fiction.

We all know what happens to Anne Boleyn after her marriage to Henry. What we don't know is what happened before her marriage to Henry? Who was Anne? What was she like? How did she first notice Henry? Did she have amours before him?

All that is answered in Katherine Longshore story, she didn't rewrite history, she just gave peaks into what could've, maybe happened when Anne was a teenager.

I liked Anne, she was outspoken and wanted people to listen to what she had to say. She didn't want to just marry and bear children, she wanted to be heard and seen and appreciated for her mind rather than body.

Court life was crazy, you had to act a certain way for people to notice you and Anne didn't like that she had to be someone else to get noticed but when she did get noticed she loved it, Anne wanted people to remember her name and as we all know it happened.

I don't know much about Thomas Wyatt at all but in this story, I was like King Henry who. Thomas accepted Anne as she was and I almost cried because I knew they wouldn't end up together but I'm going to pretend they did and lived happily ever after.

Tarnish was the first book I read by Katherine Longshore and now I'm even more excited to read the other books like Gilt and Brazen.

Waiting on Wednesday: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.
This week pick is:

When Dimple Met Rishi

When Dimple Met Rishi

Author: Sandhya Menon 
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Expected Release: May 30th 2017

A laugh-out-loud, heartfelt YA romantic comedy, told in alternating perspectives, about two Indian-American teens whose parents have arranged for them to be married.

Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading is a weekly meme hosted by
Here is what we Finished, Currently Reading, and what is
Next In line. How about you? These were some fantastic reads and we are so excited to share what we think with you! So make sure you keep your eyes out for our reviews!

The Black Witch (The Black Witch Chronicles #1)The Valiant (The Valiant, #1)Frostblood (Frostblood Saga, #1)Blackhearts (Blackhearts, #1)Too Late

Now I Rise (The Conqueror's Saga, #2)Blacksouls (Blackhearts, #2)Bookburners (Bookburners #1.1-1.16) A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)

Royal BastardsWing JonesCaraval (Caraval, #1)Goodbye Days I See You

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