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Quills and Roses

A book blog. With book reviews…and those other things.

Author Interview: Diane Solomon & Mark Carey

Hey all! Recently I’ve had the good fortune of being given an awesome MG time travel adventure to read (check out my review of The Ravenstone here) and now the talented authors Mark & Diane are doing an interview for me. (Seriously guys, y’all should become book reviewers. The perks are so cool.) In any case, less rambling from me and more from the lovely authors themselves! Continue reading “Author Interview: Diane Solomon & Mark Carey”

Guest Post: Fiction Funding a Brighter Future with Robert Eggleton

Child Maltreatment Can Be Prevented!

In Real Life, Not Just by Fictional HEA Endings

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Thanks, Sally, for the opportunity to tell your readers a little about me, my debut novel, and the nonprofit child welfare agency to which author proceeds have been donated in support of the prevention of child maltreatment.

I’ve worked in the field of child advocacy for over forty years. In 2002, I accepted a job as a children’s psychotherapist for our local mental health center. It was an intensive day treatment program. Many of the kids in the program had been abused, some sexually. Part of my job was to facilitate group therapy sessions.
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Series Review: So ALL your neighbours hate you? (Ascendance Part 3)

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Welcome back guys! It’s the first review of the New Year and we’re starting with the end. It’s the final book in the Ascendance series!

We’ve spent 2 books waiting, and it’s finally here: war against Carthya. Except the war is even scarier than Jaron expected. Apparently, he pissed off so many people that pretty much all his neighbouring countries are coming to attack him. What did he do, insult their mothers? Geez, it’s kind of hard to piss off 3 whole countries. Continue reading “Series Review: So ALL your neighbours hate you? (Ascendance Part 3)”

Happy Holidays!

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No book review this week, but I just want to take some time to thank all my readers. Thank you for stumbling upon my blog, and huge thanks to those who read my blog every week and leave a like. It always makes me happy to see familiar faces (or avatars) around, so I wanted to thank you for sticking with me all these months. Happy holidays to all!

Book Review: Twinception! (The Ravenstone by Mark Carey & Diane Solomon)

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I received a free copy of this book to review. However, the following review is my honest opinion.

You know how attics are full of junk but while cleaning them out, you always find a treasure or two? Weeelll, Aidan and Nadia’s attic is a little different. Just a bit. While cleaning their attic out, the twins (Yes, they are twins whose names are mirror images. Smart, right?) discover an ancient mirror. On its own, it’s innocent enough, but when an old guy manifests in the mirror and starts writing messages out at them, they get a little freaked. But also curious.  Continue reading “Book Review: Twinception! (The Ravenstone by Mark Carey & Diane Solomon)”

Drowning in Snow and Exams!?!

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Yay, first snow of the year! Obviously, Mother Nature likes to start off with a bang. This was what my house looked like on Monday, so we all went out and made snowmen. Then we realized it was exam week. Hah. So unfortunately, no review (neither book review, nor the month in review) for this week. Time to hit the books! (Not the cool ones. The boring, textbook-shaped ones.) Good luck to all other university students taking exams! High schoolers too, although those are less stressful. Bye for now!

Book Review: New Towns are Always Dangerous. (Atavus Falls by Jack Carroll)

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I received a free copy of this book to review. However, the following review is my honest opinion.

After his parents separated, Jackson moves with his mom and brother to Atavus Falls, a seemingly calm and charming town. Everything seems fine, for a while. He and his brother have finally escaped the constant fighting of their parents and the fists of their hotheaded dad. Jackson even meets a girl. But when his girlfriend is killed before his very eyes, he realises the town may not be as calm as he likes.

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Author Interview: M. Tara Crowl

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Hi all! Recently, I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing M. Tara Crowl, the lovely face you see up there. She’s the author of the Eden of the Lamp middle-grade series, which currently includes Eden’s Wish and Eden’s Escape. Seriously, though, her books sound super cute and creative! I, for one, always want to know what inspires writers to do what they do (they create amazing stories and worlds out of nothing, guys. It’s so magical.) so I’m always happy to do author interviews. Here’s how this one went: Continue reading “Author Interview: M. Tara Crowl”

Series Review: Spiders aren’t scary enough yet? (Immortals Part 1)

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Let’s dive right back into Tortall with another series from this universe!

Daine has nothing left after raiders killed her family so she leaves her tiny village in search of hope–and a job. She hires on with Onua and they travel to Tortall, which is now known as the land of opportunity. Daine hopes that if Tortall can accept a lady knight, they may be able to accept a lady holster, too. However, despite their open-mindedness, Daine knows she has a secret she can’t share. ‘Cos, you know, if you talk to animals, you’re sentimental. If they talk back…

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More time for reading?

Hi all! Just a quick update: there will be no review this week because I’ve had the flu all week.

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I’ll be back next week with another awesome book, though, so stay tuned :)

My Slush Pile: Your book is not the Hunger Games.

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I’m back with another Slush Pile post! For some reason, even though my inbox was supposed to be closed, people kept sending me queries, so I have some more slush from then. It is kind of odd, however. I had a large, bolded notice saying that my inbox was closed. Silly me, to assume that all writers can or will read. Hopefully, future emailers will find this and it will help them avoid some common mistakes. Want to play along? Read the email excerpts and guess what went wrong. Then read my comments and let me know how many you guessed correctly in the comments below.

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Book Review: What could go wrong, eh? (Cristina by Jake Parent)

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I received a free copy of this book to review. However, the following review is my honest opinion. This book may not be suitable for younger audiences. Reader discretion is advised.

Cristina is no stranger to abuse and drugs. But now, sober and divorced, she moves to a new town with her daughter, hoping distance will give them space to start a new life. With the divorce settlement, she can afford to buy a cheap house. However, the low price tag does come with a catch: the house was home to a guy who murdered his stepdaughter. But they’re gone now, right? So what could go wrong?

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Series Review: Honey, I’m baaaack (Song of the Lioness Part 4)

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Finally, we’ve reached the final book of this series! After leaving her tribe in the desert, Alanna is out to find answers. She received a mysterious map from some dying lady and since she’s curious, she’s riding  all over the place to figure out what it means. It turns out to be a map to the Dominion Jewel, a shiny rock that gives rulers control over the earth itself.  Obviously, she decides to go after it. It’s an excellent way to scare your citizens into–ahem, I mean protect your borders. Continue reading “Series Review: Honey, I’m baaaack (Song of the Lioness Part 4)”

Month in Review: Not-So Spooky October

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Hi guys! I know some bloggers are really good about doing themed months and they read all horror books in October, but I’m too random for that! (Plus I didn’t have any horror novels at hand). Instead, I read a bunch of fantasies, a romance, and finally, one thriller. That counts as a scary book, right? Keep reading if you missed any of my posts this month! Continue reading “Month in Review: Not-So Spooky October”

Book Review: Audience trying to kill you? All in a day’s work. (The Clown Prince of Paris by James Dudley)

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I received a free copy of this book to review. However, the following review is my honest opinion.

Tension fills the air in Paris, the city still raw from WW2. Despite the atmosphere of gloom, Tommy Malloy has brought his stand-up show from America to one of Paris’ hottest clubs to try to make it big. But when one of the audience starts a fight with the KGB in the middle of the club, things start looking bad. Then, said audience member is found in Tommy’s hotel room. Dead. I don’t think this is how comedy is supposed to work.

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