Jan 22

Never Never by Brianna Shrum : Cover Reveal

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Never Never by Brianna Shrum : Cover RevealNever Never by Brianna Shrum
Genres: Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Young Adult
Published by Spencer Hill Press on Septemeber 15, 2015
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James Hook is a child who only wants to grow up.

When he meets Peter Pan, a boy who loves to pretend and is intent on never becoming a man, James decides he could try being a child—at least briefly. James joins Peter Pan on a holiday to Neverland, a place of adventure created by children’s dreams, but Neverland is not for the faint of heart. Soon James finds himself longing for home, determined that he is destined to be a man. But Peter refuses to take him back, leaving James trapped in a world just beyond the one he loves. A world where children are to never grow up.

But grow up he does.       

 

And thus begins the epic adventure of a Lost Boy and a Pirate.

This story isn’t about Peter Pan; it’s about the boy whose life he stole. It’s about a man in a world that hates men. It’s about the feared Captain James Hook and his passionate quest to kill the Pan, an impossible feat in a magical land where everyone loves Peter Pan.

Except one.

Coming September 15th 2015!

YAY . I’m huge fan of retellings. I’ve already read a few Peter Pan/Neverland ones.. but I can’t get enough! Looking forward to seeing what this author has to offer and what twists this story will have!

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Jan 06

Garden by Jane Yates ( MG Steampunk Cover Reveal!

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Genres: Steampunk
Steampunk for Middle Grade readers? Where was this when I was that age! Oh well. Guess I just have to read it as an adult :p
Loving this cover so much with the bright colors and interesting details! Looking forward to seeing what this book/ Author has to offer! Check out the larger version of the cover below!
Garden is a middle grade steampunk that releases in February 2015 by Autumn Orchard.


 

About the Book:


Inspired by the classic novel The Secret Garden, Jane Yates introduces us to a steampunk world of bio-domes, robots and mysteries. Eleven-year-old Aberdeen is so used to being by herself that all she has to fill her thoughts are stories of mighty dragons and grand castles. Aberdeen’s world is soon thrown into disarray however; her parents murdered.

Having no choice, Aberdeen is sent to live with her uncle back on Earth where her fascination into her new surroundings begin to take hold. Untrusting of new people at first, it isn’t long before Aberdeen comes across 3 other children, and taking a risk, befriends them as she tries to adjust to her new home. And yet, along with Maisy, Peter and Lenard, Aberdeen comes across a riddle – a set of clues to reveal the hiding place of a lost manuscript. A manuscript that forces more questions than answers.

Oh, and there’s Frank too, Peter’s robot dog, who completes this special circle of friendship.
Garden is a journey of self-discovery, of trials and friendship. With adventure boundless, Jane Yates follows up her acclaimed Paradox Child trilogy with a new tale for young fans of steampunk and science fiction.


 

 

Book Trailer:

 

About the Author:

Jane lives in the historic city of Oxford, England with her two spaniels. She works at the Pitt Rivers

museum there too and is amazed and inspired by its wondrous array of objects. Being a museum of anthropology and world archaeology, Jane often finds herself influenced by its exhibitions. And indeed it has helped Jane write a trilogy for children – the Paradox Child series.

Jane is not only a mother, artist and storyteller, but dyslexic too, which only highlights her success even more. Jane refuses to allow the disorder to halt her dreams and continues to enjoy her favourite hobbies. Jane is a lover of steampunk, adventure and children’s stories, which often play a huge role in her own books.

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Dec 07

Review: Dead Girl Walking by Ruth Silver

4 Stars, Review, Reviewed by Brittany, YA 0

Review: Dead Girl Walking by Ruth SilverDead Girl Walking on April 27th, 2014
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Forget everything you know about grim reapers. Princess Ophelia Dacre sneaks out of the castle to visit her boyfriend in secret. A perfect night cut short when she's brutally murdered. Ophelia is given the rare chance to become a grim reaper. She must become Leila Bele, cut ties with her old life, and follow the rules of the reapers. Her greatest adventure begins with death. Recommended: Ages 14+

Ruth Silver is one of my favorite indie authors! She writes original stories with interesting characters with an intriguing plot.  Another thing I like about Ruth’s book is that her female characters are strong women.  She writes books that are in current popular genres with a new fresh idea.  My favorite series of her’s is the Aberrant series, a dystopian series!

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Anyways on to Dead Girl Walking.  After some terrible circumstances,  the main character Ophelia is murdered while out visiting her boyfriend.  As luck will have it, she is given the rare chance to become a grim reaper.  The book is set in medieval times, which isn’t my favorite times but Ruth Silver can make anything intriguing.   Since Ophelia is murdered not far in to the book, you get to learn more about her as a reaper.  I was completely fascinated by the world of the reapers.  The synopsis for the book does not do it justice.

After her murder Ophelia is sent to be with the other reapers and quickly learns that there is a job for her to do.  Her new identity gives her a new sense of self but she quickly find herself thinking about her past life.  After some news from her old life resurfaces she is drawn back into it.  I will leave the rest for you tot discover.

I am glad there is going to be more books because there are lot of unanswered questions and I want to know more about the world of the reapers.

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Dec 01

Cover Reveal for Starfall (Starstruck #4) by Brenda Hiatt

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Cover Reveal for Starfall (Starstruck #4) by Brenda Hiatt
Pre-Order Dec. 10th, 2014
Release Date Feb. 24th, 2015 
STARFALL: The electrifying conclusion to the Starstruck series!
  
M, now Sovereign Emileia, has overcome incredible odds to save the Martian colony Nuath from destruction. But at what cost? Her soulmate Rigel has had all memory of her erased and is now on his way back to Earth. Without Rigel, life seems pointless but she’s expected to shake off her heartbreak and assume the responsibilities of leadership. Reluctantly, M does what she must until a glimmer of hope has her racing a quickly-closing launch window to return to Earth—and Rigel. Once there, she intends to do everything she can to restore Rigel’s memory and rekindle their love—if it’s not already too late.

 

About Brenda Hiatt:

Brenda Hiatt is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twenty novels (so far), including sweet and spicy historical romance, time travel romance, humorous mystery and a new young adult science fiction series. In addition to writing, Brenda is passionate about embracing life to the fullest, to include scuba diving, Taekwondo, hiking, traveling, and reading, of course! Brenda collects data on writers’ earnings, which she shares at her website, Website. Find more about her YA series at Starstruck Website

You can find Brenda on Facebook at and on Twitter at or subcribe to her newsletter at Subscribe

 

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Nov 20

Book Blitz: Devil Music by Carly Orosz

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Book Blitz: Devil Music by Carly OroszDevil Music on April 14th, 2014
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Cain Pseudomantis leads a miserable life. Bound to the mortal world by a powerful spell no demon could hope to break, he must obey his human master’s every command or face harsh punishment. He finds solace in the rock music which he listens to when he isn’t running unsavory errands for his master. Then everything changes. While on a mission in a seedy section of 1980s Los Angeles, Cain impulsively buys an electric guitar and discovers an unusual talent for music, a talent that catapults him to hair metal stardom. With three superpowered human band mates and his beautiful girlfriend Michelle by his side, his life starts to look a lot better. But Cain soon finds that even rock stars have troubles. The crusading televangelist Nathaniel Breen—who happens to be Michelle’s father—accuses him of turning the city’s youth to Satan worship. Meanwhile a mysterious killer known only as the Engineer terrorizes the Los Angeles rock scene with a series of brutal murders. When Cain and his friends attempt to unmask the killer, they discover a deadly secret that could cost Cain his hard-won freedom, and possibly his life.

Prizes!!!

About the prizes: Who doesn’t love prizes? You could win one of two $50 Amazon gift cards or an autographed copy of Devil Music! Here’s what you need to do…

  1. Enter the Rafflecopter contest
  2. Leave a comment on my blog

That’s it! One random commenter during this tour will win the first gift card. Visit more blogs for more chances to win–the full list of participating bloggers can be found HERE. The other two prizes will be given out via Rafflecopter. You can find the contest entry form linked below or on the official Devil Music tour page via Novel Publicity. Good luck!

Get Devil Music through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or iTunes.

Carly Orosz

About the author: Carly Orosz lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan with her husband. She graduated from Kalamazoo College and went on to earn an MFA in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College. Her poetry has been published in Wavelength Journal and SpoutMagazine. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, weaving on a hand loom, and studying the art and cultures of pre-Columbian Mexico.

 

Connect with Carly on her website, Facebook, Twitter,or GoodReads.

 

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Nov 18

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten sequels we can’t wait for

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1) (Brittany)Hexed (The Witch Hunter, #1) Krys, Michelle

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2) (Brittany) Fire & Flood (Fire & Flood, #1) Scott, Victoria

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3) (Brittany)  Orenda (Orenda, #1) Silver, Ruth

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4) (Brittany & Michelle) Branded (Sinners, #1) Ketner, Abi & Kalcicki, Missy

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5 ) (Brittany) Elusive Memories (The Hunted, #1) Shofner, Amanda

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6) (Michelle) Bulletproof ( A Songbirds Novel ) Pearl, Melissa

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7) (Michelle) Invisible Monsters ( Talker 25 #2 ) by McCune, Joshua

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8) (Michelle) The Replaced ( The Taking #2 ) Derting, Kimberly

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9) (Michelle) Fate’s Fables ( Fate’s Journey #1 ) Mitchel, T.Rae

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10) (Michelle) PODS ( PODS #1 ) by Michelle K. Pickett

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Nov 17

Review: Take back the Skies by Lucy Saxon

3 Stars, Review, Reviewed by Michelle 0

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Pages: 385
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, General, Love & Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Published by A&C Black on 2014-06-05
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Catherine Hunter is the daughter of a senior government official on the island of Anglya. She s one of the privileged she has luxurious clothes, plenty to eat, and is protected from the Collections which have ravaged families throughout the land. But Catherine longs to escape the confines of her life, before her dad can marry her off to a government brat and trap her forever.So Catherine becomes Cat, pretends to be a kid escaping the Collections, and stows away on the skyship Stormdancer. As they leave Anglya behind and brave the storms that fill the skies around the islands of Tellus, Cat s world becomes more turbulent than she could ever have imagined, and dangerous secrets unravel her old life once and for all . . .

Thoughts during the first 20%of Take Back the Skies: ” Meh, it’s ok.. could be better.”

20%-90%: “Oh this is getting GOOD! I love it, so full of action and intrigue!”

90%-100%: ” HOW DARE YOU!?! Why. Why would you do that. How is this acceptable? No. Just no.

 

Really i’m not sure what else to say about this book. Yes it was a roller coaster, but not in a very good way. It looks like maybe there is going to be more to the story. But the ending just. BAH. Obviously I won’t post spoilers, but it really ruined it for me. It just felt rushed and angered me and just. BAH. did I say bah already?

Ok, I feel like I am being harsh. I DID like the majority of this story, it was really interesting and had a lot of elements that I liked in it. The mystery behind it all was very dark and intriguing and once I got past the slow start it really hooked me. But gosh, sometimes an ending can just kill the love for a book.

Will I read #2? Yes. Because I am really hoping there is a way to repair the ending. But at the same time, it can’t really be fixed in a good way. Sigh. this is a rambling review, sorry about that.

Have you ever read a book that you loved 70%+ of, but one part of it just killed it for you?

If anyone else has read this and wants to share their thoughts please do! ( In a nice way )

Sorry for ragey rambling review. But sometimes coherent thoughts just won’t form!

 

Michelle

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Nov 14

Review: Bog by Karen Krossing

4 Stars, Middle Grade, Review, Reviewed by Brittany, YA, Young Adult 0

Review: Bog by Karen KrossingBog by Karen Krossing
on May 1st, 2014
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In the midnight forests of the north, a cave troll named Bog has spent his young life hunting with his father and avoiding humans whenever possible. When his father is mercilessly turned to stone by the Troll Hunter’s followers, Bog sets out to find the murderers and avenge his father. But with no leads and little knowledge of the human world, Bog knows his journey won’t be easy. Along the way, he meets a huge forest troll named Small and a young human girl named Hannie. Together, they venture deeper into human territory, where they learn of the legendary Nose Stone—a rock rumoured to bring a stone troll back to life. Hope fills Bog’s heart, but when he discovers the Troll Hunter is also going after the Nose Stone to destroy it, his quest becomes a race of cunning, trickery, and wits.

Do you ever want to read a book to escape or to go on an adventure? Bog is the perfect solution to all your reading needs.  I read it in just a few bedtime readings and was pleasantly surprised.  After Bog’s father is turned into stone, Bog sets off on an adventure to not only avenge his father but to find the Nose Stone.  Just like any adventure Bog finds friends in unlikely places, has to do the unthinkable, and begins to truly learn who he is.  Bog is a brilliant story that is relatable at all ages.   There is a quote on the blog that says “if you can read this novel without wishing you were a troll, you’re a better human than me. ” (Emily Pohl-Weary)  I couldn’t stop thinking about this quote the whole time I read the book.  How true it is!  This book made me love trolls!

 

For fans of Roald Dahl,  love to read middle grade fantasy, and anyone in need of a good adventure!

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Nov 11

Top Ten Tuesday ( Top Ten Characters we wish would get their OWN book )

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( Michelle & Brittany ) 1. Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling !

Michelle: I mean come on. It needs to happen. Can you imagine that POV?! It would be so interesting and fun! It would also be a great way to learn just how many of the weird/crazy things she says are true lol. Plus, as she grows she starts to kick some serious A**! She would be such an amazing character to follow. 

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( Michelle & Brittany ) Melinda from The Shadow Falls series by C.C. Hunter

Michelle: If you have read Born at Midnight and/or the rest of the series you know that Kylie’s ( the MC ) two best friends play a huge part in the story and in Kylie’s life. Della has already gotten her own spin of series ( because she is awesome and kicks A** and deserves it. ) and now we need Miranda! She is such a fun character with tons of quirks. She is emotional, and goofy and clumsy and .. a lot like me haha. That probably explains why I love her so much. Either way. I WANT HER POV!

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3. ( Michelle & Brittany )Bodee Lennox from Faking Normal

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4. ( Brittany ) Morpheus from the Splintered Series

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5. ( Brittany ) Alaska Young from Looking for Alaska

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6.( Brittany ) Kai from  Kaleidoscope (Faylinn #1)

There is some KAI POV’s in the later books but I would love it for the first books!

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6. ( Michelle ) Jacob from the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer122ae7e5185ba1aaf5c6091076064317

Twilight is a guilty pleasure. I don’t deny loving it even though I know it has it’s flaws. Jacob is one character I always wanted more of. This could be in big part because I have a thing for native american guys with long hair ( grr for chopping it off! Though…. he has aged really well and the short hair is still pleasing to the eye ;)  ). But come on. If you are ” Team Jacob” you cannot possibly deny that it would be amazing if he had his own book! Can you imagine how crazy his life is now?! And how different/weird it has to be watching your soul mate grow up?! 

7. ( Michelle & Amanda ) Susan from The Chronicles of Narnia

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Michelle:  Susan was always one of my favorite characters! She is so strong and brave. I just know a book from her POV would be epic!

 Amanda: Her not returning to Narnia was vaguely described, but it wasn’t actually explained. Her perspective, I think, would be interesting to read about and there could be a better, more personal description of how she was thinking and feeling.

8.  ( Michelle ) Any of the other contestants in The Selection series by Kiera Cass!

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Michelle: I think it would be so interesting to see if from the other contestants POV’s. We know some of them got very close with the Prince, and all we saw was what America was seeing ! 

9. ( Michelle ) George Cooper from the Song Of The Lioness quartet by Tamora Pierce

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 Michelle: There is so much about George’s story that we don’t know! And after knowing where he ends up ( I won’t say because of spoilers ) I HAVE to know more! I would love to read more of George’s story!

10.  (Amanda) Charlotte Montrose from Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

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I would love to hear her thoughts and opinions on everything that happened with all of the training she had to go through before they realized it was Gwyneth they were supposed to be training.

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Nov 08

Meet Our Student Reviewer: Amanda

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Hey all you Bookworms, you have probably noticed our new reviewer but here is her formal introduction.  She is a wonderful gal and definitely one of my favorite students.  She loves to read, gets mad over grammar errors, and is going to do something awesome with her future.  :)

My name is Amanda and I am a junior in high school. I live in Minnesota and I have three younger sisters. When I’m not in school I like to stay busy doing other activities. I play volleyball, take dance classes and I am involved in school clubs/teams such as the speech team, German club, and the National Honor Society. I love reading and enjoy doing so whenever I have some spare time!
1. Was there a specific book that started your passion for reading?

When I was little, my mom would always read me books before I went to bed or just for fun so it is hard for me to remember a specific book that started my passion for reading. Books that I always remember reading were anything Dr. Seuss and the Magic Treehouse series. But my all-time favorite books, hands down, are the Harry Potter books. I have read every book countless times and seen all the movies. Literally nothing can compare to them. Another book that I really liked was Olive’s Ocean. Looking back at the actual story, there are a lot of flaws, but there is something about this book that I just can’t put my finger on.

2. What is your favorite Genre?

I tend to gravitate towards sci-fi and fantasy stories more than anything, as well as historical fiction; and if there is also romance behind it, all the better. I also prefer books in a series because I feel like I have more time to get to know a character and develop an emotional connection with the story.

3. Least favorite Genre?

Depending on the topic, non-fiction may be my least favorite genre. I like reading about history and some fields of science, but it is definitely not my favorite genre to read.

4. What was the last book you read that surprised you?

I think the last book that surprised me may have been The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. I read this book a couple of years ago and the ending most definitely shocked me; it still does today, now that I think about it. I tend to over-analyse things so about halfway through a story, I usually have a pretty good guess as to how it might end, but not with this one.

5. If we were to look at your bookshelf right now, is there anything that would stand out?

The size. My bookshelf is way too small compared to the amount of books I have. As far as the rest of my books, they are in piles at the top of my closet until I get a new bookshelf.

6. Do you set up your bookshelf in any specific way?

I am probably the most obsessively organised person you could ever meet. Everything has it’s place, but with my books, they don’t really have set places. I have all of the books in a series by each other, but other than that, they just go wherever I think they look best.

7. Thoughts on Movie adaptions?

I love going to see a movie that has been adapted from a book. I like how I am able to get a clearer picture of the story. I would also say that the adaptation must stay true to the book and not go off in a completely different direction. But, I will never see a movie before I have read the book.

8. Are you a Cover Lover? Or does the Cover have really no effect on you?

If I have to chose between two similar books, I will most likely chose the one with the cooler cover. If I’m ever in the library and I don’t know what to read, I honestly just scan through the shelves and pick up which ever cover draws my attention.

9. Are you hoping to get anything out of blogging?

I’m hoping to read a wider variety of stories. With writing reviews, I can also focus more on how I really feel about a book and share it with others. This is also something I’ve never really done before, so I’m excited to try something new and have fun reading while doing it.

10. Do you feel that you have a noticeable writing style?

I try to be honest and talk about  both the good and the bad parts of a story. It’s easy to tell when I really love a book because I just can’t stop talking about it. Other than that though, I try to get my point across without writing a whole other book about a book.

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