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Featured Author Week: Julie Kagawa (‘Blood of Eden’) visits Lytherus!

 

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Julie Kagawa will be joining us at Lytherus as our featured author of the week! As part of her stay, the staff of Lytherus will be offering a review of her Blood of Eden series (The Immortal Rules, The Eternity Cure,  and The Forever Song), in addition to giveaway copies, a guest post, and an exclusive interview with the author!

What’s the series about? Here’s the summary of the first book, The Immortal Rules:

immortal rulesTo survive in a ruined world, she must embrace the darkness…

Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a walled-in city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten. Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them—the vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself dies and becomes one of the monsters.

Forced to flee her city, Allie must pass for human as she joins a ragged group of pilgrims seeking a legend—a place that might have a cure for the disease that killed off most of civilization and created the rabids, the bloodthirsty creatures who threaten human and vampire alike. And soon Allie will have to decide what–and who–is worth dying for…again.

Enter Julie Kagawa’s dark and twisted world as an unforgettable journey begins.

To help make navigating this week’s awesome content easier, here’s a full breakdown and schedule of what to expect from Julie Kagawa’s stay:

Looking for more of your favorite authors’ featured author weeks? View our past archive of featured authors, with a stellar lineup including Brandon Sanderson, Leigh Bardugo, Marissa Meyer, and more!

 

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It’s Lissa Price (‘Starters’/’Enders’) week on Lytherus!

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Hi all! We got off to a late start this week due to some site issues, so we’re going to be featuring Lissa into the weekend. But we’ll still have all the awesome goodies you expect from a featured author week!

Lissa is here to talk about her STARTERS series, which began with STARTERS and finished with ENDERS, which hit stores in January of this year. This series has made a big splash all over the world, and we here at Lytherus are big fans of Lissa’s work.

Here’s a summary of the books from Amazon (warning, there will be some mild spoilers from book one in the summary of book two):

starters-pbReaders who have been waiting for a worthy successor to Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games will find it here. Dystopian sci-fi at its best, Starters is a terrific series kickoff with a didn’t-see-that-coming conclusion that will leave readers on the edges of their seats . . .” raves the Los Angeles Times. In the future, teens rent their bodies to seniors who want to be young again. One girl discovers her renter plans to do more than party–her body will commit murder, if her mind can’t stop it. Sixteen-year-old Callie lost her parents when the genocide spore wiped out everyone except those who were vaccinated first–the very young and very old. With no grandparents to claim Callie and her little brother, they go on the run, living as squatters, and fighting off unclaimed renegades who would kill for a cookie. Hope comes via Prime Destinations, run by a mysterious figure known only as The Old Man. He hires teens to rent their bodies to seniors, known as enders, who get to be young again. Callie’s neurochip malfunctions and she wakes up in the life of her rich renter, living in her mansion, driving her cars, even dating Blake, the grandson of a senator. It’s a fairy-tale new life . . . until she uncovers the Body Bank’s horrible plan. . . .

 

endersThe riveting conclusion to the sci-fi thriller STARTERS!
Someone is after Starters like Callie and Michael—teens with chips in their brains. They want to experiment on anyone left over from Prime Destinations—Starters who can be controlled and manipulated. With the body bank destroyed, Callie no longer has to rent herself out to creepy Enders. But Enders can still get inside her mind and make her do things she doesn’t want to do. Like hurt someone she loves. Having the chip removed could save her life—but it could also silence the voice in her head that might belong to her father. Callie has flashes of her ex-renter Helena’s memories, too . . . and the Old Man is back, filling her with fear. Who is real and who is masquerading in a teen body?

No one is ever who they appear to be, not even the Old Man. Determined to find out who he really is and grasping at the hope of a normal life for herself and her younger brother, Callie is ready to fight for the truth. Even if it kills her.

Here’s what’s on the list for Lissa goodies this week:

Weds: Summary of the features

Thurs: Review of STARTERS/ENDERS

Fri: Giveaway!

Sat: Interview with Lissa

Sun: Guest post by Lissa

Stay tuned as we bring you all of these wonderful things!

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Featured Author Week: Jennifer L. Armentrout (‘White Hot Kiss’) visits Lytherus!

We here at Lytherus are really excited to bring you a week featuring Jennifer L. Armentrout. She’s taken YA by storm with fun urban fantasy and hot romantic boys. Her newest book, White Hot Kiss, definitely keeps to that tradition. Here’s the summary of the story from Amazon:

whitehotkissOne kiss could be the last

Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she’s anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses.

Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she’s crushed on since forever.

Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she’s not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn’t an issue, considering Roth has no soul.

But when Layla discovers she’s the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne…it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.

Here’s a breakdown of what’s happening this week so you don’t miss a thing:

  • Monday: Introduction to the Jennifer L. Armentrout featured author week
  • Tuesday: Review of White Hot Kiss
  • Wednesday:  Giveaway of White Hot Kiss 
  • Thursday: Interview: Ten questions with Jennifer
  • Friday: Guest post: An editor’s perspective

Looking for more of your favorite authors’ featured author weeks? View our past archive of featured authors, with a stellar lineup including Brandon Sanderson, Leigh Bardugo, Lauren Kate, and more. Also, be sure to stay tuned over the next few weeks, we’re going to be bringing you some more brand new Featured Author weeks!

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Featured Author Week: Anne Leonard (‘Moth and Spark’) joins Lytherus this week!

 

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Fantasy book fans, you’re in luck! Anne Leonard, whose book Moth and Spark hit shelves on February 20th, is with us all week to talk about the book! It’s got dragons, romance, political intrigue, and so many other lovely high fantasy elements. Here’s a summary from Amazon to give you a better idea of what it’s about:

moth and sparkA prince with a quest. A commoner with mysterious powers. And dragons that demand to be freed—at any cost.

Prince Corin has been chosen to free the dragons from their bondage to the Empire, but dragons aren’t big on directions. They have given him some of their power, but none of their knowledge. No one, not the dragons nor their riders, is even sure what keeps the dragons in the Empire’s control. Tam, sensible daughter of a well-respected doctor, had no idea before she arrived in the capital that she is a Seer, gifted with visions. When the two run into each other (quite literally) in the library, sparks fly and Corin impulsively asks Tam to dinner. But it’s not all happily ever after. Never mind that the prince isn’t allowed to marry a commoner: war is coming to Caithen. Torn between Corin’s quest to free the dragons and his duty to his country, the lovers must both figure out how to master their powers in order to save Caithen. With a little help from a village of secret wizards and a rogue dragonrider, they just might pull it off.

Here’s a breakdown of what’s happening this week, to help you navigate the goodies we’re offering up:

  • Monday: Introduction to the Anne Leonard featured author week
  • Tuesday: Review of Moth and Spark
  • Wednesday:  Giveaway of Moth and Spark 
  • Thursday: Guest post from Anne Leonard about dragons!
  • Friday: Interview: Ten questions with Anne

Looking for more of your favorite authors’ featured author weeks? View our past archive of featured authors, with a stellar lineup including Brandon Sanderson, Leigh Bardugo, Marissa Meyer, and more. Also, be sure to stay tuned over the next few weeks, we’re going to be bringing you some more brand new Featured Author weeks!

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Featured Author Week: Lauren Kate visits to promote ‘Teardrop’!

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Lauren Kate will be joining us at Lytherus as our featured author of the week! As part of her stay, the staff of Lytherus will be offering a review of her new book, Teardrop, in addition to giveaway copies, a surprise guest post, and an exclusive interview with the author!

teardrop-promoMany of you will know Lauren Kate from her Fallen series, which includes Fallen, Torment, Passion, Rapture, and Fallen in Love. She is also the author of The Betrayal of Natalie HargroveTeardrop is the first book in The Teardrop Trilogy, her newest series.

The first in a new series by Lauren Kate, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fallen series, TEARDROP is an epic saga of heart-stopping romance, devastating secrets, and dark magic . . . a world where everything you love can be washed away.

Never, ever cry. . . . Eureka Boudreaux’s mother drilled that rule into her daughter years ago. But now her mother is gone, and everywhere Eureka goes he is there: Ander, the tall, pale blond boy who seems to know things he shouldn’t, who tells Eureka she is in grave danger, who comes closer to making her cry than anyone has before.

But Ander doesn’t know Eureka’s darkest secret: ever since her mother drowned in a freak accident, Eureka wishes she were dead, too. She has little left that she cares about, just her oldest friend, Brooks, and a strange inheritance—a locket, a letter, a mysterious stone, and an ancient book no one understands. The book contains a haunting tale about a girl who got her heart broken and cried an entire continent into the sea. Eureka is about to discover that the ancient tale is more than a story, that Ander might be telling the truth . . . and that her life has far darker undercurrents than she ever imagined.

To help make navigating this week’s awesome content easier, here’s a full breakdown and schedule of what to expect from Lauren Kate’s stay:

  • Monday: Introduction to the Lauren Kate featured author week
  • Tuesday: Review of Teardrop
  • Wednesday:  Giveaway of Teardrop 
  • Thursday: Part-two of our SDCC audio interview with Lauren Kate, focusing on Teardrop!
  • Friday: Guest blog post from Lauren Kate with a surprise topic

Looking for more of your favorite authors’ featured author weeks? View our past archive of featured authors, with a stellar lineup including Brandon Sanderson, Leigh Bardugo, Marissa Meyer, and more!

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Featured Author Week: Brandon Sanderson (‘Steelheart’) visits Lytherus!

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Brandon Sanderson, author of Steelheartwill be joining us this week for giveaways, an interview, and more!

Steelheart is out this week, beginning a new series What’s it about? Check out below:

steelheartFrom the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Mistborn Trilogy, Brandon Sanderson, comes the first book in a new, action-packed thrill ride of a series—Steelheart.

Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics.

But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his will.

Nobody fights the Epics . . . nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them.

And David wants in. He wants Steelheart—the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David’s father. For years, like the Reckoners, David’s been studying, and planning—and he has something they need. Not an object, but an experience.

He’s seen Steelheart bleed. And he wants revenge.

Here’s a breakdown of this week’s featured author articles:

  •  Introduction to the Brandon Sanderson Featured Author Week
  •  Review of Steelheart
  •  Giveaway of Steelheart!
  •  Exclusive interview with Brandon Sanderson

Looking for more to read? View our past archive of featured authors, with a stellar lineup including Lev Grossman, Stefan Bachmann, Colleen Houck, and more!

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Featured Author Week: Kendare Blake (‘Antigoddess’) Visits Lytherus!

kendare blake featured weekKendare Blake , author of the Antigoddes,  first book in the Goddess War series, will be joining us this week for reviews, an interview, a guest post, and an awesome giveaway!

Antigoddess is out this week. What’s it about? Check out below:

Blake_antigoddessThe Goddess War begins in Antigoddess, the first installment of the new series by acclaimed author ofAnna Dressed in Blood, Kendare Blake.

Old Gods never die…

Or so Athena thought. But then the feathers started sprouting beneath her skin, invading her lungs like a strange cancer, and Hermes showed up with a fever eating away his flesh. So much for living a quiet eternity in perpetual health.

Desperately seeking the cause of their slow, miserable deaths, Athena and Hermes travel the world, gathering allies and discovering enemies both new and old. Their search leads them to Cassandra—an ordinary girl who was once an extraordinary prophetess, protected and loved by a god.

These days, Cassandra doesn’t involve herself in the business of gods—in fact, she doesn’t even know they exist. But she could be the key in a war that is only just beginning.

Because Hera, the queen of the gods, has aligned herself with other of the ancient Olympians, who are killing off rivals in an attempt to prolong their own lives. But these anti-gods have become corrupted in their desperation to survive, horrific caricatures of their former glory. Athena will need every advantage she can get, because immortals don’t just flicker out.

Every one of them dies in their own way. Some choke on feathers. Others become monsters. All of them rage against their last breath.

The Goddess War is about to begin.

Here’s a breakdown of this week’s featured author articles:

  • Monday (September 9th): Introduction to the Kendare Blake Featured Author Week
  • Tuesday (September 10th): Review of Antigoddess
  • Wednesday (September 11th): Giveaway!
  • Thursday (September 12th): Guest post with Kendare Blake
  • Friday (September 13th): Exclusive interview with Kendare Blake

Looking for more to read? View our past archive of featured authors, with a stellar lineup including Lev Grossman, Stefan Bachmann, Colleen Houck, and more!

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Featured author week: Tad Williams (‘Happy Hour in Hell’) visits Lytherus!

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Tad Williams, author of the Happy Hour in Hell, book two in the Bobby Dollar series, will be joining us this week for reviews, an interview, a guest post, and an awesome giveaway!

Happy Hour in Hell is out this week, continuing the story that The Dirty Streets of Heaven began. What’s it about? Check out below:

happy hour in hellI’ve been told to go to Hell more times than I can count. But this time I’m actually going. 

My name’s Bobby Dollar, sometimes known as Doloriel, and of course, Hell isn’t a great place for someone like me—I’m an angel. They don’t like my kind down there, not even the slightly fallen variety. But they have my girlfriend, who happens to be a beautiful demon named Casimira, Countess of Cold Hands. Why does an angel have a demon girlfriend? Well, certainly not because it helps my career.

She’s being held hostage by one of the nastiest, most powerful demons in all of the netherworld—Eligor, Grand Duke of Hell. He already hates me, and he’d like nothing better than to get his hands on me and rip my immortal soul right out of my borrowed but oh-so-mortal body.

But wait, it gets better! Not only do I have to sneak into Hell, make my way across thousands of miles of terror and suffering to reach Pan- demonium, capital of the fiery depths, but then I have to steal Caz right out from under Eligor’s burning eyes and smuggle her out again, past demon soldiers, hellhounds, and all the murderous creatures imprisoned there for eternity. And even if I somehow manage to escape Hell, I’m also being stalked by an undead psychopath named Smyler who’s been following me for weeks. Oh, and did I mention that he can’t be killed?

So if I somehow survive Hell, elude the Grand Duke and all his hideous minions and make it back to the real world, I’ll still be the most hunted soul in Creation. But at least I’ll have Caz. Gotta have something to look forward to, right?

So just pour me that damn drink, will you? I’ve got somewhere to go.

Here’s a breakdown of this week’s featured author articles:

  • Monday (September 2nd): Introduction to the Tad Williams Featured Author Week
  • Tuesday (September 3rd): Review of Happy Hour in Hell
  • Wednesday (September 4th): Giveaway!
  • Thursday (September 5th): Exclusive interview with Tad Williams
  • Friday (September 6th): Guest post with Tad Williams

Looking for more to read? View our past archive of featured authors, with a stellar lineup including Lev Grossman, Stefan Bachmann, Colleen Houck, and more!

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Featured author week: Alison Croggon goes to beautifully dark places in ‘Black Spring’

black springI had the pleasure of reading an advance copy of Alison Croggon’s newest novel, Black Spring. It is her love story to Wuthering Heights. Did she honor the classic? I can’t answer that, as I have never read Wuthering Heights. What I can comment on though is that Croggon has delivered a dark, beautiful, bittersweet tale that is excellently written with wonderful, complex characters.

The gentleman Hammel decides to leave the city for a time and heads up north, to a beautiful small house in a strange small town. There he encounters his miserable, terrifying landlord, Damek, and a mysterious, beautiful, violet-eyed woman staring back at him from a mirror. Frightened and intrigued, he questions the woman running his house, Anna, and she reaccounts for him the terrible sad tale of the love affair between a witch-girl and her best-friend-turned-lover, and her ultimate death.

I should say out the gate that this is not a light, happy book. People who like endings that sit warm and good in the soul might want to steer clear of this story. Having said that, this book was a fantastic read, and I’d recommend it to anyone who wants great writing and intriguing characters. Lina, the witch-girl, was a strong, willful, breathtaking character, and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing how her life began, rose, and fell, ending in her death. It was definitely a bit odd, knowing the ending before seeing how we got there, and the conclusion of this story was always in the back of my mind, helped along by Anna’s occasional foreboding.

Croggon visits a more classic writing style, and it definitely took me a few pages to get into it, since I usually read more straightforward, less artistic language. But once I got into the story, the language was a treat. This book felt like dessert, the words sweet in my mind. It was an absolute pleasure to read.

The magic in this world was awesome and intense, but it wasn’t the focus of the story, not really. Though present in various forms throughout the tale, and helping move the tale forward, the story really is about love. About loss. About what it means to be completely enamored with someone, and to choose them, despite any and all consequences.

This story left me both light and heavy at the same time. Will I read it again? Not anytime soon. But that’s because the story will stay with me. I’m glad I made the journey with Anna, Hammel, Lina and Damek, and I encourage you to do the same; Black Spring was well worth every moment spent reading it.

Out today, Tuesday August 27th, 2013 (it was published earlier in Australia).

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Featured Author Week: Leigh Bardugo (‘Siege and Storm’) visits Lytherus!

 

Leigh Bardugo, New York Times bestselling author of Shadow and Bone and the upcoming Siege and Storm, will be joining us this week for reviews, a two-part audio interview, and an awesome giveaway!

Leigh sat down for an amazing audio interview that in total was around ninety minutes!  We’re also doing a great giveaway with a few chances to win both books.

Siege and Storm is out this week. What’s it about? Check out below:

Darkness never dies.

Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land, all while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. But she can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her–or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.

Here’s a breakdown of this week’s featured author articles:

  • Monday (June 3rd): Introduction to the Leigh Bardugo Featured Author Week
  • Tuesday (June 4th): Review of both Shadow and Bone and Siege and Storm
  • Wednesday (June 5th): Giveaway: one paperback of Shadow and Bone, two hardbacks of Siege and Storm, and one hardback set of both books up for grabs!
  • Thursday (June 6th): part one of our exclusive audio interview with Leigh Bardugo
  • Friday (June 7th): Part two of our exclusive audio interview with Leigh Bardugo

We’re also incredibly excited to announce that the following authors will be joining us for featured author weeks in the near future:

  • Elizabeth Moon, author of LIMITS OF POWER, will join us the week of June 9th
  • Tessa Gratton, author of the THE LOST SUN, will join us the week of June 23rd

Looking for more to read? View our past archive of featured authors, with a stellar lineup including Lev Grossman, Stefan Bachmann, Colleen Houck, and more!