Monday, January 20, 2014

New Year, New Books Day 20 (Part 1): Natalie Whipple + House of Ivy & Sorrow

Welcome to Day 20 of New Year, New Books! Today I'm featuring...

1) Natalie Whipple
-author of House of Ivy & Sorrow (April 15th, 2014)

Natalie's other book(s), Transparent and Blindsided were really good, so I'm super excited for her 2014 standalone!

Title: House of Ivy & Sorrow
Author: Natalie Whipple
Shelves: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal
Publication Date: April 15th, 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen


Summary from Goodreads: Josephine Hemlock has spent the last 10 years hiding from the Curse that killed her mother. But when a mysterious man arrives at her ivy-covered, magic-fortified home, it’s clear her mother’s killer has finally come to destroy the rest of the Hemlock bloodline. Before Jo can even think about fighting back, she must figure out who she’s fighting in the first place. The more truth Jo uncovers, the deeper she falls into witchcraft darker than she ever imagined. Trapped and running out of time, she begins to wonder if the very Curse that killed her mother is the only way to save everyone she loves.

Excerpt from House of Ivy & Sorrow
Natalie's website|Goodreads author page

“Not safe . . . not safe . . .” She goes to her cabinets, grabbing all sorts of eyes. Eyes—for which to see. Magic can be rather literal at times. “No good can come from those who seek the dead.”

“Would you mind explaining?”

No answer. She’s already in full incantation mode, the small cauldron heating on a Bunsen burner and all. Nana is an incredible witch. I watch in amazement as she goes through each phase at lightning speed, and by memory. I still have so much to learn from her. The liquid is almost finished by the time I realize what she’s doing.

I groan. “Do I have to?”

“Yes, child, before it’s too late.” She motions for me to come over.

I grab the small knife on her desk as I go. Payment. Always. I hold my finger over the bubbling liquid and cut. It doesn’t sting until the blood is already dripping. I watch, only because I have to know when to stop the flow. The concoction turns from green to autumn orange. I pull my hand back and search for a tissue.

“That’s it. . . .” Nana waves her hands over the baby cauldron. In an instant a ghostlike figure appears—the man, with his sad eyes and nice suit, right from my fresh memories.

***Grand Prize Giveaway***
2 Surprise 2014 ARCs + swag
Yep, these will be from my own shelf. Yep, this giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY. Yep, it is a surprise and I am not telling you what the ARCs will be but here's an idea of what MIGHT be in it:

Any of these books are fair game! But in the end, the winner will only get 2. And I promise that the surprise ARCs will be good:)

Here are the rules of entry:
2) The winner has 48 hours to respond to my email. If not, I will have to pick a new winner. 
3) The prize will be sent out at my discretion, so I might take me a little longer than a week to get it to you.
4) In order to earn the maximum amount of entries, you can comment on EVERY SINGLE DAY of New Year, New Books!
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  1. It becomes clear that mystery, murder cases and fantasy can become a great combination!

  2. The whole blood bubbling thing gave me chills. Eewww...

  3. Ooooh, loved the excerpt! I'm rather intrigued. Love the dark feel.

  4. This is one of my favorite covers of all time, and the book sounds absolutely wonerful in every way. I am so intrigued, and I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy! I really wish there was a giveaway!!!!

  5. Ooohhhh, this book sounds so good! I have an eARC of it that I need to read! I also have a copy of her other book.. Transparent?? I think that's it. I need to read both ASAP! They both look amazing!

  6. Ugh I want this book so badly! That excerpt was amazing, and that cover is gorgeous! *grabby hands*

  7. More fantasy/paranormal! And another cool cover! ;D

  8. I am in love with this book cover! I think I would enjoy this book. You sure show me to a lot of neat and interesting books!! I'm Excited!!

  9. Ooo, yes! I want to read this book so much!

  10. I'm excited to read this one! I love good witch books. :)