Friday, 2 November 2018

Weekend Blog Hops - 2 November 2018

It's the weekend once more. That means it's time for my book-blogger hopping.
http://www.coffeeaddictedwriter.com/2017/01/book-blogger-hop-january-13th-19th.html
Do you do collaborations with brands or other bloggers? Which collaboration was your favorite and why?
Not really. I mean, I get a lot of books to review from publishers, so that's a kind of collaboration, but I don't do any brand promotion per se. As to working with other bloggers, I have sometimes participated in one-off hops on special occasions, but I've not done any of those for a little while now.

 
http://www.rosecityreader.com/


http://www.fredasvoice.com/
Opening sentence:
When Clara played the piano, it wasn't magic.


 

 


From page 56:
A scrambling sounded at the engine door, and Clara turned quickly at the sight of a rat clawing at the coupler, its tail whipping behind it.




My Current Read
The Enchanted Sonata
Heather Dixon Wallwork

Clara Stahlbaum has her future perfectly planned: to marry the handsome pianist, Johann Kahler (ah!) and settle down to a life full of music. But all that changes on Christmas Eve, when Clara receives a mysterious and magical nutcracker.

Whisked away to his world—an enchanted empire of beautiful palaces, fickle fairies, enormous rats, and a prince—Clara must face a magician who uses music as spells…and the future she thought she wanted.
The Enchanted Sonata, a retelling of The Nutcracker Ballet with a dash of The Pied Piper, will captivate readers of all ages.

22 comments:

  1. I love the cover. I'm intrigued by the 56 too! I added you to the Linky. Happy weekend!

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    1. Overall, I enjoyed it. I'll be putting up a review shortly.

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  2. I haven't come across too many The Nutcracker retellings, but this sounds like a fantastic story. I'm going to add this one to my TBR list.

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    1. I thought it worked well, and it was a fun, imaginative tale.

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  3. Interesting - Nutcracker meets Pied Piper. I like the snippets, thanks for sharing.

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    1. I thought the blending of the two stories actually worked really well.

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  4. I love the sound of this retelling, I went to see The Royal Ballet perform The Nutcracker, many moons ago!

    Here is my Friday Post! I cannot believe how quick this week has gone!

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    1. Oh yes, the ballet version is such a UK Xmas tradition, isn't it? I went a couple of times back when I lived in England.

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  5. Ooh, that rat made me cringe! LOL. Thanks for sharing, and here's mine:
    “TRY NOT TO BREATHE”

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    1. Yes, the rats are pretty aggressive and 'evil' in this piece.

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  6. Sounds interesting. I hope you are enjoying it. This week I am featuring a historical mystery - A Dangerous Duet by Karen Odden. Happy reading!

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    1. Thanks Kathy. I did have fun reading it.

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  7. Oh, I will have to get this one for my daughter. My book is called 1968 Do you remember that year?

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    1. It was a fun retelling. There was a little bit of violence, so not for really young children, but I think Middle Grade and up would be okay.
      No, I wasn't alive in 1968, so that's not one on which I can comment. :)

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  8. This sounds different and I'm always on the lookout for that. Lovely cover too.

    My Friday 56 from Fairest

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  9. This sounds awesome! I've not seen a retelling of The Nutcracker before so I'm definitely intrigued by this. Happy reading! :)

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  10. I love the cover of this one so much and can't wait to hear more about it. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks Alicia. It's worth checking out.

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  11. You should try out a buddy read or a read-along, with another blogger, Nicki!! I've done one of each, and boy, are they FUN!!! Yes, they do take some work, but, believe me, the enjoyment -- in the mutual exchange of ideas and opinions with other bloggers -- is WELL worth the work!! :) :)

    OOOOOOH, the book you're reading!!!! I had not heard of it before!! "I wants it, I wants, my precious!" says Gollum. Lol. Seriously, though, I LOVE "The Nutcracker"!!! And this sure sounds like a LOVELY retelling! Thanks for putting this one on my radar!!!! <3 <3

    Thanks as well for stopping by and commenting on my own BBH post!! Hope you're having a WONDERFUL weekend!! <3 :)

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    1. Thanks, Maria. Maybe I will.
      I think you would like this Nutcracker retelling. I enjoyed it.

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