October 19, 2011

Always A Witch by Carolyn MacCullough: Guest Post & Giveaway {Teen Book Scene}

Today I have Carolyne MacCullough, author of Once a Witch and Always a Witch, on the blog to talk about some of her Book Picks. Enjoy!

Author Book Picks, by Carolyn MacCullough 

Sometimes people ask me what is my favorite book. And I seriously wonder who could ever answer that question since how can you have just one favorite book. I even hate that “if you’re stranded on a deserted island and can take only three books with you for the rest of your life” kind of question since it’s impossible to choose three books. So, thank you for asking me about my favorite books and not putting a limit on them. Okay here comes a list (in no particular order).

The Road by Cormac McCarthy. Wow. Just wow. One of those books that makes me wish I could write half as well as he does. All about the love of a parent and child and redemption and hope set against this bleak and desperate backdrop of a post apocalyptic world. Amazing.

Winter Rose by Patricia McKillip. It’s a retelling of one of my favorite, favorite, favorite fairytales—the Scottish one of Tamlin. Gorgeous lush writing. Take a look at these few opening sentences: They said later that he rode into the village on a horse the color of buttermilk, but I saw him walk out of the wood. I was knelling at the well; I had just lifted water to my lips. The well was one of the wood’s secrets; a deep spring as clear as light, hidden under an overhang of dark stones, down which the briar roses fall white as snow, red as blood, all summer long.

Lips Touch Three Times by Laini Taylor. Three dark and wonderful stories of a kiss and how dangerous a kiss really can be. They’re all delicious and dangerous and wonderful.

The Hero and the Crown and The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley. I read these books over and over when I was a teenager. Two great heroines, sword fights, midnight rides across the desert, horses, and spells and magical swords. These heroines are so strong and powerful and so resourceful and they seemed liked girls I would be friends with.

The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. I would feel remiss if I didn’t include these classics. They’re brilliant.

The Passage by Justin Cronin. Oh, this one is a page-turner. Government experiments gone awry, a new breed of vampires unleashed upon the world causing the apocalyspe. And one strange little girl who seem to hold the key to everything. I’m hooked. And mad that I have to wait so long for the sequels.

The Magicians by Lev Grossman. This is fantastic. Sort of like Harry Potter crossed with The Secret History by Donna Tartt. A secret magic schools for wizards, the study of magic, and strange worlds within worlds.

The Harry Potter books. All of them. Love them all. Enough said.

Escape to Witch Mountain by Alexander Key. I grew up on all of Alexander Key books and loved them all. This one is particularly good because it’s for everyone who ever felt different or out of place in the ordinary world and wondered why.

Well, I should probably stop here, but my list could go on and on. I hope you check out
some of these if you haven’t already!

Thanks for stopping by Carolyn!

From Goodreads. The adventures of Tam and Gabriel continue with more time travel, Talents, spy work, and of course, the evil Knights.

Since the gripping conclusion of Once A Witch, Tamsin Greene has been haunted by her grandmother's prophecy that she will soon be forced to make a crucial decision—one so terrible that it could harm her family forever. When she discovers that her enemy, Alistair Knight, went back in time to Victorian-era New York in order to destroy her family, Tamsin is forced to follow him into the past. Stranded all alone in the nineteenth century, Tamsin soon finds herself disguised as a lady's maid in the terrifying mansion of the evil Knight family, avoiding the watchful eye of the vicious matron, La Spider, and fending off the advances of Liam Knight. As time runs out, both families square off in a thrilling display of magic. And to her horror, Tamsin finally understands the nature of her fateful choice.

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