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The adventures begun in the Feyland trilogy continue, where a high-tech computer game becomes a gateway to the treacherous Realm of Faerie. Rich-boy gamer Royal Lassiter lives on easy mode—until everything falls apart. Dark faeries are plotting to invade the mortal world, his controlling mom has turned home into enemy territory, and he can’t deny his irresistible attraction to newcomer Brea, despite the danger lurking in her mysterious eyes. Forced to undertake a perilous mission for the Dark Queen of Faerie, Brea Cairgead finds living among humans and hiding her true nature as one of the fey folk a fearsome challenge—especially when her emotions prove all too vulnerable to a certain human boy. Torn between impossible loyalties, she must serve her queen… though it may cost her heart. Can love between mortal and fey ever have a happy ending? (From Goodreads.com)

 

 

Sissy: Anthea Sharp draws us back into the magical world of Feyland with another beautiful novel of romance and adventure. I dare you to look at the cover and not be drawn into the story.

Bubby: I am always so excited when a new Feyland book comes out! This one shows us a whole new side of Roy Lassiter, the boy we hate to like. He actually has some depth. Who knew?

Sissy: Anthea Sharp just keeps getting better and better! I do not hesitate to recommend that everyone read Royal: Feyguard Book 2.

Bubby: A great novel to help you pretend that it’s still summer. Just what I needed.

Click HERE to buy Royal by Anthea Sharp at Amazon.com

We received a copy of Royal from the author in return for a fair and honest review.

© Bubble Bath Books 2014

 


What if a high-tech computer game was a gateway to the treacherous Realm of Faerie? 
Superstar gamer Spark Jaxley’s life might look easy, but she’s part of an elite few who guard a shocking secret; the Realm of Faerie exists, and its dark magic is desperate for a foothold in the mortal world.
Aran Cole hacks code and sells his gaming cheats on the black market. It’s barely a living, and one he’s not proud of. But when he turns his skills to unlocking the secrets behind Feyland–the most exciting and immersive game on the market–he discovers power and magic beyond his wildest dreams.
Spark’s mission is clear; pull Aran from the clutches of the fey folk and restore the balance between the worlds. But can she risk her life for someone who refuses to be rescued? (From Amazon.com)

Bubby: I was so excited for this new novel by Anthea Sharp. It is the first book in the Feyguard Series, a spin-off from the Feyland Trilogy (The Dark Realm, The Bright Court and The Twilight Kingdom). It helps a little with understanding the dynamic between characters to have read the Feyland Trilogy but Spark can definitely stand on its own. Our main character, Spark Jaxley is a superstar gamer who would really like to have a bit more of a normal life. Unfortunately, she won’t find that any time soon. Spark starts off quickly and escalates into lots of action and adventure right away.

Sissy:  To be honest with you I was not excited to read this novel.  Bubby made me, because we received this book in exchange for our honest review.  My not wanting to read Spark has nothing to do with the author–Anthea Sharp is a really great writer.  I just generally don’t enjoy this genre.  I don’t like gaming, I don’t like futuristic settings, and I don’t like weird made-up names.  Unless I make them up.  I DO, however, like magic, fantasy and romance, so I read the book.

Bubby: I, on the other hand, am a total geek/nerd/trekkie whatever you want to call it. I love this genre and sci-fi and fantasy make me very happy. I am not a hardcore gamer but I do love computer games and can get lost for hours playing. I have to admit that I spent a great deal of Christmas vacation playing the video games that my children received as gifts! Therefore, this whole thing is right up my alley. It’s not just a book about gaming, though. It’s a great read even if you’ve never played a video game in your life. Want proof? Sissy liked it!

Sissy:  Okay, let’s not get all mushy about it–I still wouldn’t pick this genre off the shelf.  Here’s what I liked about Spark: Spark, the character, is an awesome girl!  She is slightly tomboyish but can rock the spandex when needed.  She is true to herself and is real.  I liked the new character Aran, and how he struggles to do the right thing and go for the girl.  I liked how much I hated the bad guys (evil twin gamers Roc and Cora Terabin).  My favorite, though, was Niteesh–super little team-playing minuteman! And I think Anthea Sharp does a fantastic job with the Faerie realm.  She describes things so vividly and fleshes out the inhabitants so fully, you feel like you are actually there.

Bubby: I agree. The characters are so well drawn and the settings are amazing. Now, I am in no hurry to meet any of the dark and nasty elves, but I wouldn’t mind hanging out in fairyland for a while. I would be just fine living in a tree, having pointy ears, wearing floaty iridescent robes and having a magical ability or two wouldn’t hurt my feelings. Sometimes my dull and plodding soul just yearns for a little magic and enchantment. That’s one of the reasons I like playing video games. Just like reading, it transports you elsewhere for a time. Fun.

Sissy:  Except for the magical ability, you’ve described the way you are right now, Bubby.  I still think you should get those ears fixed.  And your soul is hardly dull and plodding.  Dill and pudding, maybe.  As for video games–they give me anxiety.  But I endured them for the sake of reviewing this book, which is very well done.

Bubby: Hey! My ears are just fine, thank you. I still think that deep down you want to be a gamer! If nothing else, it would improve your aging reflexes! At any rate, I will continue to read Anthea Sharp’s books for as long as she writes them. All the magic and adventure I could ask for mixed with a dash of romance. Lovely. 4 bubbles from Bubby, the wannabe elf queen.

Sissy:  You are surely wrong.  Not ever going to be a gamer.  3.75 bubbles from Sissy the enchantress (current, not wannabe).

Click HERE to buy this book at amazon.com

©Bubblebathbooks 2014


100-fireworksBubby:  Guess what, everyone?  This is our 100th post!  It’s amazing to me how much has changed since we started this blog in September of 2012.  We lost our dad just a month after we started, I did a huge remodel on my house, and my kids just kept on growing.

Sissy:  Congratulations to us, Bubby!  I feel like we should be having a party, or something.  Where’s the cake?  Yes, these past couple of years have been interesting times.  After Dad passed away it seemed like my house got emptier and emptier, and now I only have one child left at home–thank heavens for him!  But our sisterly bond just keeps on growing, and our love of books–well that has always been constant.

Bubby:  So in honor of our 100th post we are revealing our TOP TEN OF 2013! (Drumroll please…)

NUMBER 10:  Feyland by Anthea Sharp

Bubby:  Hey–wait just a minute there, Sissy–I had Feyland by Anthea Sharp as number 9!

Sissy:  Why do you always have to be so difficult?  You’re messing with my juju!  Alright, we’ll have to agree to disagree.

Sissy’s NUMBER 10:  Feyland by Anthea Sharp   Bubby’s NUMBER 10:  Finding Colin Firth by Mia March

Sissy’s NUMBER 9:  Finding Colin Firth by Mia March  Bubby’s NUMBER 9:  Feyland by Anthea Sharp

NUMBER 8:  Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson

NUMBER 7:  Unearthly series by Cynthia Hand

NUMBER 6:  Illuminate by Aimee Agresti

NUMBER 5:  The Girl of Fire and Thorns series by Rae Carson

NUMBER 4:  Mariana by Susanna Kearsly

Bubby’s NUMBER 3:  Making Faces by Amy Harmon     Sissy’s NUMBER 3:  The Shadowy Horses by Susanna Kearsley

Bubby’s NUMBER 2:  The Shadowy Horses by Susanna Kearsley     Sissy’s NUMBER 2 Making Faces by Amy Harmon

AND NOW FOR OUR NUMBER ONE TOP READ OF 2013…………………….

*****A Different Blue by Amy Harmon*****a different blue

Sissy:  Big Thank Yous to Amy Harmon and Susanna Kearsley and all our favorite writers out there–May 2014 bring you lots of blessings, happiness, and quiet, creative moments!

Bubby:  And big Thank Yous to all our readers!  Keep coming back to hear all of our great reading suggestions for you in 2014!

©Bubblebathbooks 2013


Fairy World BigBubby: Sissy, did you pick up that awesome offer from storybundle.com last week?

Sissy: Yep, sure did. Next on my list to read. Great book offers make me unusually effervescent!

Bubby: Well, be prepared to froth over because here’s another one. Now I’m sure that everyone has already gotten themselves a copy of Feyland by Anthea Sharp, but if they haven’t, now is the time. It is included in another fantastic book bundle called Faery Worlds and you can get the whole bundle (that’s seven books, people) for only 99 cents through the end of September. (Let me throw in a disclaimer – Sissy and I HAVE NOT read everything in the bundle, so it’s like one of those mystery grab-bags. We can’t guarantee content.)

Sissy: Positively bubbling over at the mouth. Splendid! Thanks so much to Anthea Sharp for letting us in on all these secret deals. Nice to have friends in high places!

Bubby: Here’s the link: Faery Worlds Enjoy!

Sissy: Here we also have for you lucky readers a sneak preview of the cover of Anthea Sharp’s newest book, Spark, which is a continuation of the Feyland story.

spark_promo

Bubby: Isn’t it pretty? Spark comes out this December – and you can be sure we’ll be doing a review on it. Here’s the teaser from Goodreads.com:

Superstar gamer Spark Jaxley’s life might look easy, but she’s part of an elite few who guard a shocking secret; the Realm of Faerie exists, and its dark magic is desperate for a foothold in the mortal world.

Aran Kelso hacks code and sells his gaming cheats on the black market. It’s barely a living, and one he’s not proud of. But when he turns his skills to unlocking the secrets behind Feyland—the most exciting and immersive game on the market—he discovers power and magic beyond his wildest dreams.

Spark’s mission is clear; pull Aran from the clutches of the fey folk and restore the balance between the worlds. But can she risk her life for someone who refuses to be rescued?

Sissy: Happy reading!

© Bubble Bath Books 2013


Bubby here. For today only one of our favorite authors, Anthea Sharp, has teamed up with the good people at StoryBundle. Books 1 and 2 in her fantastic Feyland trilogy are available as part of a pay-what-you-want (I know! Cool!) bundle of 9 books. Sissy and I highly recommend you check this one out! And stayed tuned for more fabulous news about Anthea Sharp. So exciting!

Check out the offer here: StoryBundle


Feyland is a full-D (which means you are fully immersed) game-the most high-tech of its kind-and Jennet Carter is the first to play the prototype. But what she doesn’t know is that the Dark Queen of the faeries has decided to use the virtual world as a portal to the real one, and that she’ll be battling for her REAL life.
Tam Linn’s real life is so bad that he finds solace in the simulated life of gamers.  He has no plan to get involved with a rich girl like Jennet.  But he may just be the hero she desperately needs.
Jennet and Tam enter the Dark Realm of Feyland and discover that much more is at stake–like the future of the entire human world.  Can they, with their limited abilities, defeat the dark queen and save mankind?

Sissy:  This book is far out of my wheelhouse (I heard Blake Shelton and then Usher and then Shakira use that term on The Voice) so Bubby was surprised when I loaned her Feyland by Anthea Sharp.  I think Bubby asked me 5 times if I really liked it for sure, because it was so much more her than me.  I told her that I reserve the right to broaden my horizons and be startlingly eclectic at any given moment.  I wondered about it meself when I started reading it, but I actually was able to follow all the futuristic techie jargon without going into a menopausal brain peat bog.

Bubby: At least you THINK you were able to follow it all. As I do not have access into said menopausal brain, I wouldn’t know for sure! But what you say is true. I started reading Feyland and was amazed that you had enjoyed it. But I really shouldn’t be too surprised. After all, the gaming and futuristic stuff is the only aspect that isn’t you – and that’s only part of the book. The bigger part is Fairyland itself – and you are all about the fairies and magic and stuff.

Sissy: I am a fairy. A sparkling flower fairy. Therefore, yes, all that stuff was appealing. This book is futuristic, though, because the rich people have such things as grav-cars (like a hover car sort of dealie), wrist chips, and fully automated houses (named HANA for House Activated Network Assistant). Sort of big-brotherish if you ask me.

Bubby: I like it. I want a grav-car and an automated house. Like the one in the tv show Eureka. Except you never watched that show so you don’t know what I’m talking about but it was cool. It was named SARAH (for words I can’t remember what they stand for). But the future bits aren’t my favorite. My favorite was right at the beginning when we met one of our main characters, Tam Lin and then when the character of Thomas Rimer was introduced. Now if you are a big fan of faerie-realm stories, you will already recognize these names. Tamlin is a famous character from the old Scottish Ballads – a mortal man who was captured by the fairies (Fae, Faery Folk, etc.) and then rescued by his own true love. Thomas Rhymer is also a ballad character – a bard who was so talented that the Fairy Queen decided to keep him as her own personal songsmith. The instant I saw Anthea Sharp use these names for her characters, I knew I had found a kindred soul. I was hooked.

Sissy: Yes, Bubby, you are a nerd. But since I am actually half-human and half-fae, I can’t really blame you for your fixation on the world of fairy.

Bubby: Which half? Somehow I’m not seeing either of our parents as faerykind . . .

Sissy: Just go with it! Stop trying to ruin my alternate realities. The clever thing about Anthea Sharp is that she was able to retell a very old story in a very modern way without any bumps or hitches. It works beautifully. The story flows so well, even for those with no knowledge of fairy lore. I think the author has written something that will capture a whole new demographic.

Bubby: I loves it. Loves loves loves it. I have a weakness for modern-day retellings of old stories; they just do something for me. I love tales that are seasoned with a little (or in this case, a lot) of magic. I even love stories that use age-old archetypes, in this case the poor little rich girl and the poverty stricken boy with a heart of gold. As Sissy said, the tricky part is weaving all of these elements together and actually having it work. This one works. It has it all, even a little hint of romance.

Sissy: The budding romance between Tam Lin and Jennet is reason enough for me to want to continue this series. I can tell they will have a lot more exciting and bonding adventures ahead. Tam Lin’s life is so painfully tragic, I hope better things are in store there, too.

Bubby: I agree! Jennet lives in this great big huge house with just her and her dad, who is never there anyway and Tam and his mom and brother (both of whom have some big medical issues) live in a shack in the super scary part of town. Can’t the Lin family just move into Jennet’s basement or something?

Sissy: Obviously, there is a lot more to explore in the lives of Tam and Jennet and the world of the Fae. I highly recommend Feyland to the techies, the fairytale lovers, and the fantasy fans, because this is a category bending read.  4.25 hover-bubbles.

Bubby:  Feyland checks all the requisite boxes for me.  I can’t wait to continue the series.  Maybe I can get cheapskate Sissy to buy them this time (she says “Not fairy likely…”).  4.5 bubbles.

Click HERE to buy Feyland at Amazon.com