LBO May Wrap Up

Saturday, June 3rd 2017

 

Lia’s Bookish Obsession

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Mature Content by Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell

Saturday, June 3rd 2017

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About Megan Erickson

Megan Erickson is a USA Today bestselling author of romance that sizzles. Her books have a touch of nerd, a dash of humor, and always have a happily ever after. A former journalist, she switched to fiction when she decided she likes writing her own endings better.

She lives in Pennsylvania with her very own nerdy husband and two kids. Although rather fun-sized, she’s been told she has a full-sized personality. When Megan isn’t writing, she’s either lounging with her two cats named after John Hughes characters or… thinking about writing.

For more, visit meganerickson.org

About Santino Hassell

antino Hassell was raised by a conservative family, but he was anything but traditional. He grew up to be a smart-mouthed, school cutting grunge kid, then a transient twenty-something, and eventually transformed into an unlikely romance author.

Santino writes queer romance that is heavily influenced by the gritty, urban landscape of New York City, his belief that human relationships are complex and flawed, and his own life experiences.

Fan Art of Kaz Brekker

Friday, June 2nd 2017
Art

Dirtyhands

Bastard of the Barrel

Leader of the Dregs

Kaz Brekker is no ordinary 17 year old living on the streets of Ketterdam. Kaz is a cold-hearted ruthless bastard , who at the best of time is mostly known for performing any type of job for hire. Kaz’s always wears gloves, earning the name ‘Dirtyhands’  from the types of jobs he’s willing to do despite if they’re bloody or despicable. Even though, Kaz is a very convincing manipulator he’s also the person who seizes control in any if not ever situation. It’s why he was able to serve on the unforgiving streets of Ketterdam when others would have quickly perished. Kaz is cruel in nature but he’s also a quick witted thinker  and while others have a trick up their sleeves, Kaz manages to place an entire deck of cards up his sleeves for any and ever possible situation. What else would you expect from an expert lock-picker, card trickster, and professional at sleight of hand artist. he has no Grisha powers but his kills are so complex that Matthias often called him a demjin, meaning demon. Which could be true since Kaz hardly shows any emotions,  and when he does want to show emotions it’s very difficult for him to express them properly The range that Kaz does  express without any hesitation or difficulties are always wrath and anger.

What I love about Kaz is the fact that his backstory is more complex than I orignally realize when reading Leigh Barudgo’s Six of Crows. I wanted to hate Kaz for how cruel and evil he appeared within the first few chapters of the book, but quickly realize first impressions aren’t the best to judge a character, even if they are in a book. Do you want to know the truth about Kaz Brekker, because the truth is hidden in a book. I’m not going to spoil it for you!

The image that you see in this post is just my fan art of how I viewed Kaz Brekker. In the book he’s mentioned to have very pale skin, with hair trimmed short on the sides. His eyes are a brown that is so dark that it looks like coffee. He’s also described to have a sharp jawline with a lean muscular build. Did I mention that he walks with a  crow tipped cane?

Kaz Brekker in progress

Clearly my image does not have a cane, nor is my version of Kaz a deep brunette. I wanted to test out my Copicmakers, and I wanted to draw the Kaz I saw in my mind while I was reading Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom. I’ve always saw Kaz as a character whose never frazzled by a situation, at leas never physically showing it. That’s why I wanted to show a scared Kaz whose physically frazzled but facially focused. I wanted him to be equally parts cruel and beautiful. When readers read Six of Crows Kaz is 17 years old leader of the Dregs, but at one point in time he was new to Ketterdam, I’m sure he didn’t win each and ever fight he’s ever been in. I never used Copic Markers before, nor have I ever attempted to scan the image into the computer! Who knew light could be such a killer to a great marker art work, none the less this is my image of Kaz Brekker. He’s not a prefect illustration of the book description, yet I’m proud of him.

Lia’s Covington illustration of Kaz Brekker

Paper and Fire by Raine Crane

Tuesday, May 30th 2017

Paper and Fire by Raine CranePaper and Fire (The Great Library, #2) by Rachel Caine
Series: The Great Library
Published by New American Library on July 5th 2016
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 354
Format: Hardcover
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four-stars

Let the world burn.
With an iron fist, the Great Library controls the knowledge of the world, ruthlessly stamping out all rebellion and, in the name of the greater good, forbidding the personal ownership of books.
Jess Brightwell has survived his introduction to the sinister, seductive world of the Library, but serving in its army is nothing like he envisioned. His life and the lives of those he cares for have been altered forever. His best friend is lost, and Morgan, the girl he loves, is locked away in the Iron Tower, doomed to a life apart from everything she knows.
After embarking on a mission to save one of their own, Jess and his band of allies make one wrong move and suddenly find themselves hunted by the Library’s deadly automata and forced to flee Alexandria, all the way to London.
But Jess’s home isn’t safe anymore. The Welsh army is coming, London is burning, and soon, Jess must choose between his friends, his family, and the Library, which is willing to sacrifice anything and anyone in the search for ultimate control…

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About Rachel Caine

Rachel Caine is a pen name of Roxanne Longstreet Conrad, an American writer of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, suspense, and horror novels. She also publishes media tie-in novels as Julie Fortune.