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Tuesday, February 03, 2015

My 3R's: Reading, Reviewing and Rory (With a Giveaway!)

Even though we're in the second month of the new year, I'm still living in the past.  I know it's SO 2014 of me to be reviewing books I read LAST year, but hey, I'm nothing if not thorough!  I was catching up, too—the last book I reviewed was one I read in October, after all—and then, this happened:

This furry ball of cuteness is an 8-week old purebred Australian shepherd.  He's adorable.  The kids named him Rory (I have a couple Whovians in the house) and we're all in love.  As you can imagine, this pup's got a lot of energy.  A lot.  And since I'm a SAHM, Rory and I spend a lot of time together.  A lot.  Needless to say, I haven't gotten much done lately in the way of reading, reviewing, housework (especially since Rory doesn't believe me when I tell him the softest, most comfy place to pee/poop is outside in the grass), or really anything.  It's like having a new baby in the house, except worse because this baby is mobile!  Aussies are super smart and Rory's no exception—he'll be fully trained in no time.  I hope ...

In non-dog related news, I went to a fun book event last night.  As a late birthday present for my 13-year-old daughter, I bought tickets for the two of us to see Marissa Meyer at Changing Hands Bookstore.  The new Phoenix location opened recently and, while it's not as cozy-funky as the one in Tempe, it's roomier.  Less space for actual books, but more for author events.  At any rate, the event was billed as a Lunar Ball.  There were decorations, food, face painting, and a number of people dressed in formal/party wear (DD and I not included—we're party poopers like that).  "Queen" Marissa was very charming.  She chatted with the crowd, answered questions, and did a reading from Winter (available November 10, 2015).  Then, she signed books, very graciously agreeing to autograph and personalize all five of our books, plus two bookmarks and a Lunar Chronicles sweatshirt that I received as a thank you for participating in the Scarlet blog tour.  All in all, it was a good time.  We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

As part of the ticket price for the event, each person received a hardcover copy of Fairest, Meyer's new book.  We don't need both our copies, so I'm giving away one.  It's signed (not personalized) and includes a signed bookmark (as shown below -- sweatshirt is not included).  If you're not familiar with The Lunar Chronicles, it's a series of "rebooted" fairy tales featuring a cyborg Cinderella and her friends.  A prequel, Fairest tells the story of Levana (who's based on the evil queen in Snow White).  The series is clean, clever and fun—I've loved all the books and can't wait to delve into this one!

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  1. I love the characters, especially the girls, who all seem real and are strong and clever. Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. I was pretty reluctant to read Cinder, but I was so happily surprised. I love that they are so clever and that all three (pre-fairest haven't gotten there yet) have stayed so strong. It is a very rare series that doesn't go downhill after the first book.

  3. I love fairytales, and Marissa Meyer has put a really cool spin on them - I love seeing how she interprets things!

  4. Got to agree with KT. Usually one of the book in a series is a big disappointment but I liked them all. I feel like I should have known a prequel was coming out but I didn't. Excited to read it!

  5. My husband has actually read them all. He told me that I have to read them. This would give me that push I need to start. I actually started Cinder, but then it was due back at the library and I had to return it before I could finish it...

  6. What a fun evening! And good luck with Rory! :-)

  7. I've loved this imaginative take on these classic fairy tales and I'm really looking forward to Fairest and Winter!

    Go, Rory! :)

  8. I'm jealous! The launch party was less than an hour away, but I didn't make it. I'm glad you had a good time, and I'll try harder for the Winter ball!

  9. I've had Cinder on my TBR for a really long time, and finally just bought a copy last week --- can't wait to get to it!

    ~ Liza @ Classy Cat Books

  10. Looks like it was a lot of fun! Sad I didn't make it :(. Cute puppy!

  11. In have yet to read the series but my daughter loves loves loves these books. She is anxiously awaiting to read Fairest.

  12. LOVE LOVE this series! I would love to add Fairest to my collection! :)


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