Game of Thrones: TV Series or Books

I am re-watching Game of Thrones season 1 in preparation for reading the books. The first time I watched the whole season, I enjoyed it immensely and now re-watching it the appeal is still the same. 🙂 Now I have a question dear friends, how do you feel about the TV Series? Is it close to the book series? Will I enjoy the book series more than the TV Series? I would love to hear your opinions. Have a great weekend lovelies!


Book Review: The Fellowship of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

Title: The Fellowship of the Ring
Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
Pages: 398
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 0618346252

Frodo Baggins knew the Ringwraiths were searching for him – and the Ring of Power he bore that would enable Sauron to destroy all that was good in Middle-earth. Now it was up to Frodo and his faithful servant Sam to carry the Ring to where it could be detroyed – in the very center of Sauron’s dark kingdom.


First off – fireworks!

(gifs courtesy of: Steepedsea)

The Fellowship of the Rings was never in my TBR pile for 2012, but when I saw this on TFG in Goodreads, I decided that I want to join in although I never did participated in the group personally. To be honest, The Fellowship of the Rings is one of those books that I dreaded to review not because it was horrible but because I was too afraid that I can’t properly write down my thoughts. I’ve read and reviewed The Hobbit and that alone was a handful though I enjoyed my experience very much. I am not like others who had read this way way back, this is actually my first time to read the book [I have watched the movie(s) first before I had the guts to read the book(s)].

Reading The Fellowship of the Rings was both joyous and arduous at the same this. It has been 4 days since I waited for the right string of words to write this review and give it justice but as I am writing this review now, I still find it difficult to come up with a review worthy of the book but bear with me and let’s get on with it shall we? This will be short and sweet I promise. 🙂

Tolkien created a world so vivid and descriptive that you can actually “see” it as you read it (well given that some of us have watched the movies first that’s a no brainer) but you know what I mean right? Tolkien has the talent in enticing readers to devour his novels not because of how talented he is in writing but because he created a world so new that readers can imagine and “travel” to. The world alone is a pull. It is not only Middle Earth that was interesting, it was also the characters and the adventure. It was a voyage that once you experience it, it will certainly be an expeirence to remember. I am so proud of reading The Fellowship of the Rings, to be able to finish it and to proudly say that I loved every page of it. Reading The Fellowship of the Ring maybe hard at first since Tolkien is a lot to grasp but every minute invested reading this novel is worth it. WARNING: Never read this book if you only have an hour or 2 a day since it can be very addictive and very disappointing when you have to put it down. Believe me, I know.

One thing I also like to note is how the movie adaptation was near close to the book. There were a few notable deductions but I believe it was much needed. A much better explanation is: The movie is the compressed version and the book itself is the in-depth and detailed version of the story. If you want the gist and not read the in between, watch the move; if you want to read EVERYTHING, grab the book.

The Fellowship of the Rings is a definite 10 stars on my 5 stars scale. 🙂 I can’t tell you enough how I love The Fellowship of the Rings and I can’t wait to read The Two Towers and The Return of the Rings – I just need to buy the books without the movie cover. Oh I hate those movie covers. Grrrr.

SIDE NOTE: And interestingly, there are quite a number of people who rated this 1 Star and 2 Stars in Goodreads (filter it by rating and see why). Ohh why people??!!!

DNF: The Demi-Monde: Winter by Rod Ress

Title: The Demi-Monde: Winter
Author: Rod Rees
Pages: 522
Publisher: Quercus Publishing Plc
ISBN: 1849163022

EXPERIENCE THE ULTIMATE IN VIRTUAL REALITY. The Demi-Monde is the most advanced computer simulation ever devised. Created to prepare soldiers for the nightmarish reality of urban warfare, it is a virtual world locked in eternal civil war. Its thirty million digital inhabitants are ruled by duplicates of some of history’s cruellest tyrants: Reinhard Heydrich, the architect of the Holocaust; Beria, Stalin’s arch executioner; Torquemada, the pitiless Inquisitor General; Robespierre, the face of the Reign of Terror. But something has gone badly wrong inside the Demi-Monde, and the US President’s daughter has become trapped in this terrible world. It falls to eighteen-year-old Ella Thomas to rescue her, yet once Ella has entered the Demi-Monde she finds that everything is not as it seems, that its cyber-walls are struggling to contain the evil within and that the Real World is in more danger than anyone realises.


More of an explanation than a review since I am marking this book as a DNF. I’ve had Demo-Monde in my reader for awhile now and sometimes a reader has to admit defeat when it comes to books that one just can’t grasp. I had issue with the book from the very start. First was the information dumped. It was overwhelming and I wasn’t appreciating the way the author laid all the facts right there. It was like being given a bulk of information to absorb right from the very start without the chance to get used to the setup first – if you know what I mean. Second was the toggle styled-acronym-slang-terms in the book that the author somehow thought necessary. I couldn’t get pass that especially when you read it almost line per line and you are lost with what is being talked about. I believe it was a vital part of the novel itself but for me it was just distracting. And lastly, I was not connecting to it. There was no love exchanged between Demi-Monde and I. It has a promising premise but reading it wasn’t as appealing to me as I wanted it to be.

I really reaLLY REALLY wanted to like this book but if I can’t get pass a few chapters, I need to stop entirely to avoid being disappointed in the end right? *sigh* Maybe in a few months I’ll revisit Demi-Monde and maybe then I’ll have a new view but for now, I just can’t.

Here are other reviews from readers who enjoyed it so you can decide if you want to read it:

Manga Review: Dance In The Vampire Bund, Vol. 1

I have never read manga, this is my first time reading and reviewing one so I hope I do this review any justice. 🙂 I am still searching for  materials since I am not initially familiar with manga (manga fans, any suggestions? I am not a picky reader) and I happen to find this series which is about vampires. I won’t pretend that I know these stuff but I’ll do my best and forgive me if I don’t include technical terms at first, I’ll do a thorough research these coming days about manga I swear! Enough babbling, let’s discuss Dance In The Vampire Bund, Vol. 1.

Author: Nozomu Tamaki
Pages: 192
Publisher: Seven Seas
ISBN: 1933164808

The most original vampire story in centuries!

After millennia in hiding, Mina Tepes, the princess of the ancient covenant and ruler of all vampires, wants change. Using the vast wealth of the Tepes line, she has paid off the entire gross national debt of Japan and in so doing, gained the authority to create a “special district” off the coast of Japan that is to become the future haven for vampires from all over the world!

Now, on the eve of the landmark press conference announcing the existence of vampires to the world, terrorists and rival factions are plotting to assassinate Mina Tepes.

I don’t know if reading Dance in the Vampire Bund was a great choice for a first time reader like me but there were no regrets here. 🙂 I enjoyed reading through the pages in spite some things that most may find uncomfortable. Like most vampire and paranormal stories, Dance in the Vampire Bund will tackle werewolves, vampires, intricacies between the two worlds and the issues imposed with their life and how they manage to co-mingle with humans. Princess Mina decided to create a bund or haven for vampires where in they can live peacefully together.

This is the first page, so basing from that picture alone with Mina on the right, you’ll probably have an idea on what to expect in the next few pages. Akira is supposedly Princess Mina’s knight/protector/partner or whatever you want to brand him. Basically, he swore his life to her forever.

This is their first time meeting again. Mina seems to be a harmless kiddo here – old vampire in young children’s body is not a new concept. I believe Anita Blake (Laurell K. Hamilton’s heroine in the Anita Blake Series) first encountered an old vampire who was in a young girls body.

This is an example of why some may have an issue of reading this series. It’s the idea of Akira and Mina together, I believe the exact term is Lolicon? Lolicon according to Wikipedia:

In Japan, the term describes an attraction to underage girls (whether prepubescent, pubescent, or post-pubescent) or an individual with such an attraction. In Japan, the term describes an attraction to underage girls (whether prepubescent, pubescent, or post-pubescent)It is also commonly used when referring to lolicon manga or lolicon anime, a genre of manga and anime wherein childlike female characters are often depicted in an erotic manner or an individual with such an attraction.

Indeed there is a lot of nude scenes and “inappropriate” manner but remember that this is very common (or so it seems) in manga (or in this sub genre of manga) so I wasn’t too bothered reading it and if you are very familiar with vampire novels and paranormal, that is also used commonly.

Another thing I found very fascinating in manga or anime is the Japanese fascination with sexy ladies having big bossoms. 🙂 The picture above is when Akira captured the culprit, trying to save Princess Mina’s life.

Another idea I loved in this series is the idea of “fangless” vampires (yes I have read books 1-8 so I apologize for the spoiler) which will be introduced more as the story progress. An to top that, aren’t these fangless kiddo vampires cute???

Anyway, it was a very exciting read. The story line was intriguing and very promising plus it was a new concept regarding vampires. Granted that it is only 192 pages but I have devoured this volume in less than an hour, that was how exciting it was. I couldn’t put it down. The artwork was amazing as well. I knew that Japanese artist are very talented when it comes to anime but I now have a new appreciation with manga – manga that never did interest me before. I can definitely say that I am a new fan of manga and I hope my journey to discovering new reads is as exciting as reading Dance in the Vampire Bund.

And did I tell you that there’s a side stories as well in the last 2-3 pages titled Dance with the Vampire Maid(s).

QUESTION: For avid manga fans, what are your recommendations for me as a newbie to the genre? 🙂 I have Amazing Agent Luna waiting to be read and reviewed but I’d like your opinion very much.

Book Review: Afterwards: A Novel by Rosamund Lupton

Title: Afterwards: A Novel
Author: Rosamund Lupton
Pages: 400
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
ISBN: 0307716546
Source: Netgalley

There is a fire and they are in there. They are in there…

Black smoke stains a summer blue sky. A school is on fire. And one mother, Grace, sees the smoke and rush. She knows her teenage daughter Jenny is inside. She runs into the burning building to rescue her.

Afterwards Grace must find the identity of the arsonist and protect her children from the person who’s still intent on destroying them. Afterwards, she must fight the limits of her physical strength and discover the limitlessness of love.


Afterwards is a story about family & friendship with the complications of tragedies that can break ties, un-credit people and make you double think about what you really believe in your life and the people around you.

This is the first book I have read from Lupton and my experience so far is “so-so”. Afterwards seems like a great book with a mysterious cover and promising storyline but there are holes in the story that a reader will certainly notice.

  1. Explanation – when Grace and her daughter were being treated in the hospital, they somehow experience an out-of-body phenomenon which helps them follow the development of the tragedy in spite being in critical conditions. Okay, so my problem with this here is HOW was this happening? There wasn’t anything to prepare the readers about this part of the story and it was just laid there by Lupton and that can be quite confusing. It’s like the author decided to make this story interesting by doing something such as this which is not working for me in this case.
  2. Narration – I had a hard time following Grace’s thoughts. The narration was not really working for me for some reason. I enjoyed the story more when Grace just watched as the events passed by.
  3. Development & Disconnection – I just felt that the characters weren’t developed enough for the story. It was like reading bits and pieces and not getting the whole piece. And what sucks is that I have read Afterwards a few days ago but I can’t remember the story anymore. It didn’t have that needed appeal to me to make it memorable like it did to other readers.

Enough with the things I didn’t love about Afterwards, let’s see what I did like about the story:

  1. Mystery – Lupton had a great idea and wrote a story that isn’t as predictable as some novels are. The ending wasn’t what I expected and the person to blame was also not the person that I thought would do it. This is where the story excelled, the “shock” effect of who did it, why they did it and how they did it.
  2. Emotionally tugging – I did say above that I didn’t connect with Afterwards as I hoped I would BUT that doesn’t mean that the story didn’t provide readers with tear jerking moments. It did have its highlights – here and there – and although it might just be here and there, I’d say that’s a plus point for me since little emotion is better than nothing at all. A smile there, a tear there is much better than a blank face skimming through pages.
  3. Writing – Lupton can indeed write well. Her writing style basing on Afterwards can be troubling at first but once you are on the wagon, it can be a ride of excitement and anticipation. Pacing was slow at first but the mystery of the story is worth the slow start. I haven’t read Sisters, Lupton’s praised book before Afterwards, so I may not justify Lupton’s skills but so far I am not closing my doors to any novel from her in the future.

People who have read Afterwards had mixed emotions. Not everyone is a fan but there are definitely a hefty number of readers that enjoyed this book. Here are some reviews that might help you decide if Afterwards is for you –

You can also read excerpts of Afterwards HERE.

Book Review: Knee Deep by Jolene Perry

Title: Knee Deep
Author: Jolene Perry
Pages: 240
Publisher: Tribute Books
ISBN: 9781476060316
Source: Tribue Books
Purchase Links: Kindle | Nook | Smashwords

Shawn is the guy Ronnie Bird promised her life to at the age of fourteen. He’s her soul mate. He’s more uptight every day, but it’s not his fault. His family life is stressful, and she’s adding to it. She just needs to be more understanding, and he’ll start to be the boy she fell in love with. She won’t give up on someone she’s loved for so long.

Luke is her best friend, and the guy she hangs with to watch girlie movies in her large blanketopias. He’s the guy she can confide in before she even goes to her girlfriends, and the guy who she’s playing opposite in Romeo and Juliet. Now her chest flutters every time he gets too close. This is new. Is Ronnie falling for him? Or is Juliet? The lines are getting blurry, but leaving one guy for another is not something that a girl like Ronnie does.

Shawn’s outbursts are starting to give her bruises, and Luke’s heart breaks as Ronnie remains torn. While her thoughts and feelings swirl around the lines between friendship and forever, she’s about to lose them both.


Second book that I’ve read from Jolene Perry and it is another smashing hit! I can’t tell you enough what I LOVED about this book or about the author or about her talent in telling us emotional and powerful stories. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much from this book, it was a book that I decided to be a “so-so” book but from the first few pages alone, I immediately told myself that I am reading another book worth recommending. Okay, so unto the book.

Ronnie is a girl who “tied” herself to Shawn, believing that he’s her forever. Luke on the other hand is her best friend and confidant. Two boys that will eventually lead Ronnie to a cross road between what she needs and what she deserves. Okay, I’ll explain that further. Ronnie’s relationship with Shawn was okay the first few chapters but as the story progress, you’ll find things that can irritate you if you have a boyfriend like Shawn and in the process, Ronnie will also irritate you because of how she reacts to her boyfriend. There are just things that a person can take and Shawn’s attitude was inexcusable. Luke on the other side tries so hard to make Ronnie see what is really in front of her – whether it be her abusive boyfriend or her love for her. So basically one boy is what she needs and one boy is what she wants – and on both scenarios Ronnie realizes things a little too late for comfort.

Ronnie is a strong character in my opinion. I like her very much and I sympathize with her. I actually can’t blame her since majority of women in her situation does the same thing as well and some just won’t let go. I love how Perry played with Luke and Ronnie’s character – the relationship felt sincere and genuine. Situations like this is a process and Perry wrote the succession of events in a casual and steady pace. It was believable. That’s another thing I love about Perry’s stories is that they are always believable and have depth. It’s not just a story of boy meet girl – fells in love with another – broken hearts – etc etc. There’s more in her stories that readers won’t regret time invested in reading it. I would definitely advice to pick her book from other contemporaries. No regrets in the end I promise.

Back to the characters, I also love Ronnie’s relationship with her parents. Although her mom seems a little busy to mind what’s up with her daughter, her dad knows that something monumental is happening and that attention to detail is what every parent needs to have for their kids. Kids always needs attention and guidance no matter what age they maybe (but parents, don’t overdo it. Your kids needs to have a life too and trust! It’s a two way communication after all). Although Ronnie’s friendship with Mindy was a little on the “oh oh list for parents” you guys have to agree that teens do experiment, it’s up to the parents to trust their kids that they won’t step over the line.

What happened to Ronnie and Shawn was devastating, to Ronnie mostly, and reading through that part was heart breaking and I can’t stop a tear or two from falling. I felt my heart just stopped (an no I am not exaggerating that bit) and kept reading wanting to know how Ronnie will handle the situation. At the end of it all, you got to admire this girl. Brave. Every abused person needs to learn when to say no and when to walk away – that’s the main point of Knee Deep. Oh and speaking of Knee Deep, I was curious of what the connection of the title was with the story and realized that Knee Deep is when you know when to finally let go and stop being scared of what might happen in the future for you. It’s when you  realize that you can handle troubles past “knee deep”. I might get the analogy wrong but that’s how I understood it and I totally get it and approve. Did I say that this is a recommended read? Seriously, you will get your moneys worth with Knee Deep. Perry is becoming one of my favorite authors and while you’re reading this, you might want to read my review of Night Sky by Perry as well.

About the author

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Jolene grew up in Wasilla, Alaska. She graduated from Southern Utah University with a degree in political science and French, which she used to teach math to middle schoolers.

After living in Washington, Utah and Las Vegas, she now resides in Alaska with her husband, and two children. Aside from writing, Jolene sews, plays the guitar, sings when forced, and spends as much time outside as possible.

She is also the author of Night Sky and The Next Door Boys.

FGH: Found, Grabbed, Hauled (IMM 8)

FGH: Found, Grabbed & Hauled is basically IMM – rebranded. Like the title said, this post highlights books that I found, grabbed and purchased this week. Includes bookish finds from second hand shops, bookstores, eARCS (Netgalley & Authors/Publishers) and anything book related.

Hey guys, so this is my 2nd post for FGH and I’ve got a number of books to share with ya’ll. I finally received my BD package and was sooo happy to open them. So here’s what I got this week:


* BS – Booksale (second hand shop), NBS (national bookstore)
Ohhh and I’ve also got this Merriam-Webster dictionary WITH Garfield Comics 😛
Usually there’s a word listed in the box section there (lookee picture above) and they use that word in a sentence in the comic strips.
On another hand, I bought Kwentillion (heard this from Chachic) and the illustrations are sooooo good guys. Only browsed it a few times and just looking at the art works is A-mazing!
Gaaah. I really don’t have any talent with taking pictures, can’t justify the beauty of these artworks. 🙂 It’s too pretty in person yo guys. I have to read it soon!!!



Intangible (Intangible #1)
by J. Meyers

Twins Sera and Luke Raine have a well-kept secret—she heals with a touch of her hand, he sees the future. All their lives they’ve helped those in need on the sly. They’ve always thought of their abilities as being a gift.

Then Luke has a vision that Sera is killed. That gift they’ve always cherished begins to feel an awful lot like a curse. Because the thing about Luke’s ability? He’s always right. And he can’t do anything about it.

The Oracle (The Gateway Chronicles #2)

by K.B. Hoyle

A year ago Darcy Pennington had no real friends. A year ago she’d thought that magic only existed in fairy tales. A year ago she would have laughed at the idea of other worlds.

Then everything changed when she’d visited Cedar Cove Family Camp and stumbled into a magical gateway to a world called Alitheia.

Wings of Hope
by Hillary E. Peak

The bond of a father and daughter is special. When Jules father asks her to come be stay with him because he’s terminally ill, she goes for the remarkable opportunity to really know her father. She never dreamed he had liberated a concentration camp, dealt cards to Bugsy Siegel or saved the life of a Black Panther. Wings of Hope takes you on a road trip through the memories of a man making peace with his life through his conversations with his daughter. Teaching her that death is sometimes the most heartbreakingly beautiful part of life. Hope is the last gift of a father to his daughter–the power to reach for her dreams.

Dead Radiance (Valkyrie #1)
by T.G. Ayer

Bryn Halbrook had always seen the glow. But it is only when her best friend dies that she discovers the meaning of those beautiful golden auras — Death. Alone, lost in the foster system, she struggles to understand who she is and why she was cursed with the ability to see the soon-to-be-dead.

The new foster kid, Aidan, isn’t helping any. Mr. Perfect seems to fit in no matter what, making her feel even more pathetic. But when his affections turn to her, Bryn finds him hard to resist. Impossible actually. A mystery himself, Aidan disappears, leaving behind a broken heart and a mysterious book that suggests Bryn might not be entirely human.

Bryn stands at the threshold of a journey of discovery. Will destiny help her find herself, find her purpose and her place in a world in which she’d never belonged?

**Thanks to J Meyers, The Writer’s Coffee Shop, Majanka of Enchanted Book Promotions & Cami of Reading Addiction Blog Tour

SIDE NOTE: I just received an email for the upcoming book to read from TFG (The Filipino Group) via Goodreads, I still haven’t finished The Fellowship of the Rings. Arrrgghh but I think I’ll finish it by Sunday, hopefully finish it by Sunday, HAVE to finish it by Sunday. Hahahah.

Okay what did you receive for this week guys??

Blog Tour: When Silver Moons Rise

The Solitary Bookworm & My Reading Addiction Blog Tours presents When Silver Moons Rise by KaSonndra Leigh

Title: When Silver Moons Rise (The Lost Immortals Book #2)
Author: KaSonndra Leigh
Date to be Published: 11/2012


Facing an unstable future, Chela Prizeon leaves Castle Hayne and crosses over to enemy territory in pursuit of Faris–the boy of royal blood who is cursed by a bitter rival. But soon Chela learns that he has been taken deep into the treacherous frozen prisons–a majestic, but deadly place where people enter and are never seen again. To find the boy she loves and his lost sister, Chela must join forces with one of her greatest enemies. And even though she pulls strength from the good in her powers, she finds herself drawn to the dark side’s temptation as well.

Narrated from both Chela’s and Faris’s point of view, this enchanting sequel to When Copper Suns Fall will take them on a voyage into unknown lands, where the dark, twisted, and revengeful wait to make this their most dangerous journey ever. 



The shackles tightened on my wrists and ankles, digging deep in my flesh. Dark magic eased its way through to my skin. I sucked my breath and held it, waiting for the fiery feeling to pass. Curse it. I could hardly move, let alone think. A small band of light eased in through the windows above me, giving the metal chamber a touch of softness.

“I ask you again, Faris Toulan. Is this girl worth your life? Your immortality? Or what’s left of it anyway,” Olivia hissed into my ear, a sneer on her face. I stayed silent, refusing to give in. She grasped my chin and forced me to look at her face.

I glanced deep in her empty eyes, and said: “Yes. Chela is everything to me. She’s all that you could never be. Your tricks can’t remove what I feel for her.”

Dark eyes glared at me. Her harsh laugh ripped through my soul. The kindness she showed me earlier disappeared at once. I didn’t care. All I hoped for, all I ached for was a chance to see Chela again. I promised to return as the protector she needed me to be. I refused to go back as the thing she was cursed to destroy.  That would only hurt her more than I had already done. I intended to keep my word.

“I do hope you understand what you’ve agreed to do,” Olivia said in a low, but deadly voice, her breath on my ear, her cold fingers stroking my face.  “By the time I’m done with you, there won’t be any other name you’ll call except mine. Because that’s how long you’ll beg for mercy.”

She moved closer to my face and kissed my lips. I wanted to gag. Inside, I was already screaming. But her torture, or whatever she planned for me, was nothing compared to facing a life without Chela. By thinking of her face, her laugh, even the way she sometimes annoyed me, I could handle anything Olivia did.

Hell most definitely existed. I was about to experience it in full force.

And then I heard Chela call my name…


In my dream, I felt his suffering as if it were my own. Every burn, each tingle, the agonizing way he screamed from inside that awful dark chamber. Lying in my bed, I thought of the kiss we shared the last time I saw him. My eyes flew open as I grasped at the air around me, reaching for him, but finding emptiness instead. And then the tears fell, and kept falling.

My mind was shutting down one cell at a time. Even breathing took effort. It was as if my lungs were a balloon, and his breath was magical helium; something that only the luckiest girl could find…and lose.

“Faris.” I called his name out loud, hoping with all my faith that he heard me. Was it possible for us to connect even with so much distance between us?  I had to try. If he can hear me, then our link will pull him through whatever they were doing to him.

I can’t just sit around and wait to hear news about his death. I had to do something.

“Chela. Can I come in?” My best friend, Alexa, stood in the doorway to my room. I didn’t even hear her open it. She walked over to the edge of the bed and sat down. Her kind eyes filled me with warmth after so many cold nightmares had left me shivering.

“Baby, you’ve been in this room almost a week. Jalen and I miss you. Come back to us.” She stroked my hair and laced her fingers with mine. Those small gestures were just enough to make me sit up and bury my face in her shoulders. “You got snot on my school uniform. Well, at least that’s a start.” I pulled back, glancing at Alexa’s face as she studied her shirt. Looking up at me, she wrinkled her nose.

“Eew, gross,” we both said at the same time. And then we both burst out laughing, covering our mouths as we giggled. She was right. Smiling was a good start. And then I heard a boy’s voice speak in my mind.

“Chela, I heard you. By the lights, I heard you,” Faris said.


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KaSonndra Leigh was born in Charlotte, North Carolina. She now lives in the City of Alchemy and Medicine, North Carolina. She likes to write about people doing fantastical things in magical worlds. Her two sons have made her promise to write a boy book next.

She holds the MFA in creative writing, and loves to play CLUE, Monopoly (the Indiana Jones version), and Pandora’s Box (good writer’s block therapy). She lives in an L-shaped house with a garden dedicated to her grandmother. It has a secret library complete with fairies, Venetian plastered walls, and a desk made out of clear blue glass.