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Two Exciting Upcoming Releases…and Where You Can Find Them Signed !

So there are two books coming out in the near future that I’m super excited about and I found places to pre-order signed copies!

The Passion of the Purple Plumeria (Pink Carnation, #10)The Passion of the Purple Plumeria (Pink Carnation #10) by Lauren Willig on August 6The House of Hades (Heroes of Olympus, #4)

AND  

The House of Hades (Lost Heroes #4) by Rick Riordan on October 8

If you’re like me, you can’t help but pre-order the books the minute they’re available online. And since I live in the middle of nowhere with absolutely no bookstores, I don’ feel bad about it.

However, I’ve only recently discovered that it’s not very hard to find bookstores where you can pre-order copies of books that are signed! So far I’ve only ordered signed copies through The Poisoned Pen (which is amazing! The books come covered and are packaged so they won’t get damaged.) and Barnes and Noble when they offer them (however, I received a signed copy from BN with a damaged dust jacket which I wasn’t too pleased about….).

This time I’m ordering  a signed copy Passion of the Purple Plumeria from the Poisoned Pen (Willig typically does signings here) and it seems like this one is only coming in paperback which is a bit disappointing since it won’t match the rest in the series….but oh well.

And I found a signed copy of Riordan’s The House of Hades on a site I haven’t used previously. I checked into the site and seems pretty legit so we will see how the book arrives.  The site I found it on is VJ Books. If any of you have used this site before let me know!

Let me know what sites you use to pre-order books from? Where do you purchase signed or collectible books from?

 

Smitten with Dan Brown: Review of Inferno by Dan Brown

Inferno (Robert Langdon, #4)

Inferno #4
Dan Brown
Adult Fiction
Rating 5

So I’ve been away from my computer for days…My excuse; Dan Brown (and Summer Reading Program madness blurgh :S ).  I know a lot of people are giving horrible reviews of this book, but, honestly, I loved it.  Dan Brown is one of the few popular “niche” writers I enjoy reading. Sure his writing is pretty formulaic and you can tell it is definitely a “Dan Brown book,” but they are fun and I find them to be interesting because of how they make me think about the world while I’m reading them. Yes, I know the ideas in his books take real facts and then put them into extraordinary circumstances, but having books based in facts is a cool idea.  (I love researching the facts in his books just to “double-check” them and see what really is out there.) Plus, the descriptions in a few of his books, especially the Langdon series, make me add places to my “Need to Travel to List” (Paris, Turkey, Italy…the list is never-ending).   Ok, enough defending Dan Brown, he is far richer than me so I don’t feel too bad for him I just don’t want people thinking this book is terrible just because some people want to rant about how horrible it is he has another book out.

Anywho,  Inferno was far better than the last book in the series, Lost Symbol , which I quite honestly detested (mainly for one reason which I won’t state here because it is a major spoiler).  Inferno centers around Dante and his famous work The Divine Comedy, a madman with an overzealous belief in overpopulation, and some very interesting characters.  Having never read the entire Divine Comedy (and not liking what I tried to read in college a few years ago) I was skeptical of this one, but a thorough understanding of Dante and Hell is not necessary as Brown, of course, provides plenty of facts about the writer, the literature, the time period, and all kinds of other fun stuff.  The story moves along quickly like all of Brown’s other novels, making it hard to find a place to stop reading for the night.  Plus, having read all of Dan Brown’s other books before, I honestly did not guess the ending to this one!

So, yes I do admit to enjoying Dan Brown books : )

Did you like this book? Are you a fan of Dan Brown?  Are there any formulaic or niche writer’s you enjoy reading?

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