Review: Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

She won’t rest until she’s sent every walking corpse back to its grave.  Forever.

Had anyone told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed.

From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined?  Please.  But that’s all it took.  One heartbeat.  A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone.

Her father was right.  The monsters are real.

To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead.  To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland.  But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn’t careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies.

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Book Trailers: Random Magic by Sasha Soren

Every Saturday we share a book trailer, not of a new release, but of the books we love, want to read, and anything that fits in with BA, in the hopes of helping other readers find something new to enjoy.

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Check out the previous review of Random Magic and BA’s contribution to the Random Magic Tour: Pirates!
You can support Bookish Ardour by purchasing the above title via Amazon US.
Have something bookish you’d like to share with BA’s readers? We’re always looking for guest posters, regular contributors, and we’d love to hear from you.

Winner Annoucement: Shiewo eBook Giveaway

Recently we had a giveaway for five lucky winners to receive an eBook copy of Shiewo: A Fantasy Flight to Adventure by Ciye Cho, which I’ve reviewed and had the opportunity to quiz the author himself. Here’s more about the book.

Synopsis

The universe of Orberana is a place of great wonder and peril, a dizzying landscape filled with clouds that can talk, clockwork beings that mark their own time, and painted animals that awake in the night.

Shiewo Morose is the captain of a flying ship powered by music. She is also a determined young woman on a mission: a quest to find the Wishing Fish that created Orberana.

Sailing above the clouds, Shiewo and her crew (Erduu the bamboo, Theo the cloud, Livingston the goldfish, and Felix the painter) are headed for worlds of crazed clockwork bureaucrats, tyrannic kings, and tornado children–worlds that will test not only the crew’s bravery… but their very understanding of adventure.

Theirs is the odyssey of a lifetime…

 

And now, with the aide of Random.org, we have our five winners!

Amber W, Ritesh K, Malvina B, Frances S, Aliraluna

Congratulations to our winners, which have all been contacted by email. If you missed out, don’t worry, we’ll be having more giveaways coming up soon including our January giveaway.  You can check what’s going on on our Events page.

 

 

eBook Giveaway: Five Copies of Shiewo: A Fantasy Flight to Adventure up For Grabs

What’s Up For Grabs

A big thanks goes to author Ciye Cho for allowing me to host a giveaway where several of you, yes that’s multiple copies on offer, could score a free eBook copy of his novel Shiewo: A Fantasy Flight to Adventure!

Synopsis

The universe of Orberana is a place of great wonder and peril, a dizzying landscape filled with clouds that can talk, clockwork beings that mark their own time, and painted animals that awake in the night.

Shiewo Morose is the captain of a flying ship powered by music. She is also a determined young woman on a mission: a quest to find the Wishing Fish that created Orberana.

Sailing above the clouds, Shiewo and her crew (Erduu the bamboo, Theo the cloud, Livingston the goldfish, and Felix the painter) are headed for worlds of crazed clockwork bureaucrats, tyrannic kings, and tornado children–worlds that will test not only the crew’s bravery… but their very understanding of adventure.

Theirs is the odyssey of a lifetime…


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An Interview with Author Ciye Cho

With a vivid imagination and plenty of artistic ability, author Ciye Cho grew up dreaming about and creating fantastical creatures. Eventually this culminated into his first novel, Shiewo: A Fantasy Flight to Adventure, along with artwork and a soundtrack to go with the whimsical adventure. When not creating new worlds and characters, Ciye Cho resides in Australia and works as a freelance graphic designer.

You can find Ciye and follow his work on the Shiewo website, Facebook, YouTube, his blog, and Soundcloud.

Find copies of Shiewo at the following websites;

AmazonApple iTunesSmashwordsBarnes and Noble

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Bonnie: Going by your bio, the universe of Oberana has been in the making for quite some time. Do you remember how old you were when you first started creating Oberana?

Ciye Cho: I was twenty was when I started writing Shiewo, but the ideas behind the universe of Orberana have been with me since I was a child. I’ve always been fascinated by clouds, creatures of flight and, of course, the idea of a musically-powered flying ship. It did take quite a few years to write “Fantasy Flight”, for I worked on it in between part-time jobs and studies–but it’s been a fun ride! Continue reading

Review: Shiewo – A Fantasy Flight to Adventure by Ciye Cho

The universe of Orberana is a place of great wonder and peril, a dizzying landscape filled with clouds that can talk, clockwork beings that mark their own time, and painted animals that awake in the night.

Shiewo Morose is the captain of a flying ship powered by music. She is also a determined young woman on a mission: a quest to find the Wishing Fish that created Orberana.

Sailing above the clouds, Shiewo and her crew (Erduu the bamboo, Theo the cloud, Livingston the goldfish, and Felix the painter) are headed for worlds of crazed clockwork bureaucrats, tyrannic kings, and tornado children–worlds that will test not only the crew’s bravery… but their very understanding of adventure.

Theirs is the odyssey of a lifetime…

Review

I love Alice inspired fiction. It’s great to be able to enjoy work influenced by such a timeless tale. Shiewo: A Fantasy Flight to Adventure definitely has a wow factor to it and stimulates the imagination. The story is quite colourful, reminding me of Alice in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz. There are aspects from both of those well known stories present, the journey taken in hopes of improving or changing something you weren’t happy about, working together to achieve what seems like an out of reach goal, discovering the world is bigger than your personal universe, looking for answers, and of course that quirkiness that goes with this type of fiction. Continue reading

Review: Random Magic by Sasha Soren

When absent-minded Professor Random misplaces the main character from Alice in Wonderland, young Henry Witherspoon must book-jump to fetch Alice before chaos theory kicks in and the world vanishes. Along the way he meets Winnie Flapjack, a wit-cracking doodle witch with nothing to her name but a magic feather and a plan. Such as it is.

Henry and Winnie brave the Dark Queen, whatwolves, pirates, Struths, and fluttersmoths, Priscilla and Charybdis, obnoxiously cheerful vampires, Baron Samedi, a nine-dimensional cat, and one perpetually inebriated Muse to rescue Alice and save the world by tea time.

Review

When I picked up my copy of Random Magic I only had a vague idea of what to expect and that was pirates, magic, and fantasy. I got those three things and more. Random Magic is what I like to call Alice Fantasy because it’s not exactly definable by genre, but at the same time comes across as being inspired by Alice in Wonderland; that sort of surreal setting where the world hasn’t the logic of our own reality, but a logic of the unreal, and is a story that will throw the unexpected at you and keep you thinking about it long after. Continue reading