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Happy New Year 2012


I hope 2012 will bring each of you something great and unique, but mostly health and accomplishments.

Now onto my dear blog. I've "abandoned" it for the second half of 2011, mostly for good reasons. I technically have 3 blogs and I've been thinking about which one to let go. Unfortunately a lot more things happened before I could make a sound decision and in the end I've decided to keep all 3 for now.
However I will be mostly blogging from wordpress and blogger and occasionally re-post here. No I'm not going anywhere. I still need this account for authors that I follow on LJ and for my writing buddies, I've been creating a blogroll and adding their blog to the list from wordpress. That way I can still show up and check in on them.

Here are the links to my blogs (and see you soon): http://fantasypen.blogspot.com / http:akossket.wordpress.com

Once again HAPPY NEW YEAR 2012.

Dawn Metcalf giveaway


Holidays are great time for giving but also receiving right??? I mean how can you go wrong with free books?
Author DAWN METCALF has some amazing books and sweets she is giving away. Please head over HERE asap to enter for a chance to win. :)

Marvelous Multicultural MG Monday - Vanished


From Goodreads: Eleven-year-old Neela dreams of being a famous musician, performing for admiring crowds on her traditional Indian stringed instrument. Her particular instrument used to be her grandmother’s—made of warm, rich wood, and intricately carved with a mysterious-looking dragon. When this special family heirloom vanishes from a local church, Neela is devastated. As she searches for it, strange clues surface: a teakettle ornamented with a familiar-looking dragon, a threatening note, a connection to a famous dead musician, and even a legendary curse. The clues point all the way to India, where it seems that Neela's intrument has a long history of vanishing and reappearing. If she is able to track it down, will she be able to stop it from disappearing again? 

Why I can't wait to get my hands on it: Well did you read the premise? Mystery and curse! I am sold. Plus it looks like a great candidate for my multicultural fantasy reads. True the idea of a not so ordinary musical instrument is not new but I'm putting my bet on the cultural setting and the originality of the story to make a difference. Have you had a chance to read it? If not I sure don't mind you adding it to your TBR list. Thanks for stopping by. :)

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If you have a moment check out my Winter Giveaway for a chance to win a brand spanking new 2011 debut.

Barbara Watson is also participating with her first giveaway starting this monday.

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From Goodreads: Set on fictional islands off northeast America in 1787, this story features two twelve-year-old girls from different cultures who must join forces to save themselves, their people, and one special baby. It's part historical (based on convicts who were sent to the Americas and Australia) and part fantasy. Above all, it's a captivating adventure in the tradition of The Princess Bride with shipwrecks, curses, chases, murder plots, magic (of all kinds), romantic legends, thieves and politicians (sometimes both), a caring schoolteacher and a handsome horse groom, a pair of feisty (sometimes difficult) heroines, and the mysterious power of story-telling at its center!

Why I think you should read this book: You have two strong minded, one extremely grouchy the other flat out mean, that got put together by faith or circumstances. This book is a great example of character growth with a touch of magic and a very omnipresent power of nature.
It is also a historical fiction that taught me (an adult) things about the old England's justice system that I had no idea about. I also got to relate (by history) a little to how the Colay felt when the new people arrived and literally took over their land.
It is a great read that will definitely leave your kids full of questions and dreamy about Tathenland.

Read Review HERE.

PS: This had to be posted on a tuesday because of LJ technical issues. My apologies.

From Goodreads: Tree-ear, an orphan, lives under a bridge in Ch’ulp’o, a potters’ village famed for delicate celadon ware. He has become fascinated with the potter’s craft; he wants nothing more than to watch master potter Min at work, and he dreams of making a pot of his own someday. When Min takes Tree-ear on as his helper, Tree-ear is elated–until he finds obstacles in his path: the backbreaking labor of digging and hauling clay, Min’s irascible temper, and his own ignorance. But Tree-ear is determined to prove himself–even if it means taking a long, solitary journey on foot to present Min’s work in the hope of a royal commission . . . even if it means arriving at the royal court with nothing to show but a single celadon shard.
Why you "better" read this book: Ok, not exactly like that but I highly recommend it. Yes just like that.
Now to answer the why.
This story was right on the edge (for me) between middle grade and young adult. Although it was meant for young audiences it had a lot of deep scenes and occurrences all the way through. Things that will make you stop and think. Tree-ear will charm you with his curiosity, wisdom, honesty, courage and big heart. You get to watch him grow from a boy into a man, though not physically. It would be major spoiler to explain it. All I can say is things happened, the life changing type.

I worried about Tree-ear, laughed with him and even shed a tear for him. To read the full review please head over here.


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