Blog Tour Stop: Christina Henry’s Black Spring

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About the Book

A former Agent of death, Madeline Black now has everything to live for, most importantly, her unborn child. But Chicago has become ground zero in a struggle between ancient creatures, and only Maddy can stop the carnage…
The mayor of Chicago has announced a plan to round up the city’s supernatural beings and put them in camps. With her due date looming, Maddy’s best move would be to lay low for a while. But not everyone is willing to respect her privacy. Hounded by tentacled monsters, a rogue shapeshifter, and a tenacious blogger, Maddy turns to her most powerful ally, her uncle Daharan, only to find him missing.
Just when it seems like things can’t get any worse, Maddy gets an invitation in the mail—to Lucifer’s wedding. Turns out everyone has been invited, friends and enemies alike. And with that kind of guest list, it’s highly unlikely there will be a happily ever after.

Black Spring Excerpt

A figure approached cautiously, the object of the Retrievers’ suspicion. The person was dressed like a college student, a slouchy gray T-shirt over loose-fitting jeans and beat-up sneakers. But the baggy clothes could not disguise the obvious strength in his body, or hide the muscles flexing in his arms. Nor did the grimy Cubs cap completely cover the gold-blond of his hair or shade the brilliance of his green eyes.

He’d veiled his wings, and his eyes were unsure as he stopped a few feet from me. The Retrievers growled more intensely, but I put my hand on Stock’s neck, and they quieted instantly. They were obviously still on their guard, though.

The man before me stood silently, waiting to see what I would do.

“Samiel,” I said.

Everything was knotted up inside me. I wasn’t sure how to feel. There was happiness, and pain, and lots and lots of anger. Samiel was my brother-in-law, and seeing him again reminded me of happier days, when Gabriel was alive. But I was also reminded that he had left me, left me when I was in need of help, left me after I’d taken him in and sheltered him. He’d left even though I’d risked my life to save him from the court of the Grigori. He’d left knowing I carried his brother’s child, blood of his blood, and knowing that child needed protection.
As I thought these things the anger and the darkness rose up inside me, and he took a step back, like he could feel the pulse of dark magic. The Retrievers crouched, ready to strike.

“What do you want?” I asked, and my voice did not sound like my own. The effect was lost entirely on Samiel, who was deaf. But he could see my face, and read my lips, and know he was not welcome.


The Enchanted Alley’s (Brief) Review

I picked up this book not realizing that it was the last in the series.  Oops.  Even so, I enjoyed the read.

I was a little lost once or twice with the familial relationships, but that was likely because they’d been developed over the course of a series that I hadn’t read!  The author does a great job of reminding the readers about the past events and the connections between characters, but I had to wonder if the recaps wouldn’t have been too much for someone who was not new to the series.

From the perspective of a new reader, the world is extremely complex, well-developed, and interesting. I believe Beezle and the Retrievers are my favorites!  The book is obviously an intelligently written and researched book, and it shows in the level of detail given to the connections between characters, especially over such a long period of time.  Also, can I get a set of those wings?


About the Author

Bio picCHRISTINA HENRY is the author of the BLACK WINGS series (Ace/Roc) featuring Madeline Black, an Agent of Death, and her popcorn-loving gargoyle sidekick Beezle: BLACK WINGS, BLACK NIGHT, BLACK HOWL, BLACK LAMENT, BLACK CITY, BLACK HEART and BLACK SPRING. She is also the author of the forthcoming dark fantasy ALICE (summer 2015).

Christina was born in New York and now lives on the North Side of Chicago with her husband and son. She sees no conflict in rooting for both the Yankees and the Cubs. She also enjoys running long distances, eating large quantities of cinnamon rolls, reading anything she can get her hands on and watching movies with zombies, samurai and/or subtitles.


 

BLACK SPRING-1Essential Info:

Title:  Black Spring

Author: Christina Henry

Publisher: Ace/ROC

Length: 288 pages

Price: $5.99 Kindle

Release Date: October 28, 2014

Amazon Link: Buy it HERE

 

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Book Review: Everything That Remains by The Minimalists

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Everything that Remains is the most life-changing book I have ever read.


From The Minimalists’ website:

What if everything you ever wanted isn’t what you actually want? Twenty-something, suit-clad, and upwardly mobile, Joshua Fields Millburn thought he had everything anyone could ever want. Until he didn’t anymore.

Blindsided by the loss of his mother and his marriage in the same month, Millburn started questioning every aspect of the life he had built for himself. Then, he accidentally discovered a lifestyle known as minimalism…and everything started to change.

That was four years ago. Since, Millburn, now 32, has embraced simplicity. In the pursuit of looking for something more substantial than compulsory consumption and the broken American Dream, he jettisoned most of his material possessions, paid off loads of crippling debt, and walked away from his six-figure career.

So, when everything was gone, what was left? Not a how-to book but a why-to book, Everything That Remains is the touching, surprising story of what happened when one young man decided to let go of everything and begin living more deliberately. Heartrending, uplifting, and deeply personal, this engrossing memoir is peppered with insightful (and often hilarious) interruptions by Ryan Nicodemus, Millburn’s best friend of twenty years.


The Enchanted Alley’s Review:

Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus (AKA The Minimalists) published their “memoir” Everything that Remains to tell the story of how they went from corporate ladder climbing, overweight, unhappy, debt-riddled folks to embracing life and living purposefully and meaningfully.

The book is written from Joshua’s point of view, but there are endnotes that are interjections by Ryan along the way.  (Quite humorous interjections, at times.)

The story tells of how Joshua (or “Millie” as he is often called in the book) came to become a minimalist, how Ryan also became a minimalist, and how they developed their website and publishing company.  It not only shows their transformation, but it also shows how they approach life differently — how they approach possessions, food, relationships, and even the internet differently! Sounds like a lot, doesn’t it?  Well, it is.  Minimalism changed their lives, much like reading this book and seeing them on tour a few months ago has changed mine.  Like many readers, I can see myself in their story.  And I can see the potential for change.

Essays on the topics addressed in the book can be found on their website, but I still highly recommend reading this narrative.  Reading the story from beginning to end and seeing how all the parts fit together change the impact of the story.  It’s more visceral, real, meaningful.

If there is one book that you read this year, it should be this one.  


20370505Essential Info:

Title:  Everything that Remains

Authors: The Minimalists: Joshua Fields Millburn with interjections by Ryan Nicodemus

Publisher: Asymmetrical Press

Length: 216 pages

Price: $7.01 Kindle

Release Date: January 1, 2014

Amazon Link: Buy it HERE