Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Teaser Tuesday: Henry V

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. To participate, simply do the following: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Monday, June 29, 2015

All About Middle Grade Review: Tales from Shakespeare- Henry V


Tales from Shakespeare: Henry V (Retold in modern-day English) by Timothy Knapman, May 1, 2015. 48 pages. Published by QEB Publishing: Source: publisher.
Henry, newly crowned King of England, has decided he deserves to be king of France too... so war against France begins. What fate awaits Henry V and his people? Follow Henry's difficult journey in this dramatic tale of battle, triumph and loss. Combining modern-day English with stunning illustrations, QEB's Tales from Shakespeare bring the Bard's popular plays to life. Lively and easy-to-read, they are sure to capture your imagination!
First Sentence:
Prince Hal had always been a worry to his father-and to the rest of England.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Wish List Wednesday: Empire of Bones

Empire of Bones (Ashtown Burials, 3) by N.D. Wilson, October 22, 2013. Published by Random House Books for Young Readers.
Cyrus and Antigone Smith have thwarted Dr. Phoenix’s plans—for the moment. They’ve uncovered a new threat from the transmortals and managed to escape with their lives. Their next adventure will take them deep into the caves below Ashtown, where they will look for help from those imprisoned in one of Ashtown’s oldest tombs.

Why: I really enjoyed reading The Dragon's Tooth and since I have The Drowned Vault on my TBR stack...I'm thinking that I shall be needing this one as soon as possible! Definitely looking forward to more adventures with Cyrus and Antigone.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Teaser Tuesday: My Life in Dioramas

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. To participate, simply do the following: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Monday, June 22, 2015

All About Middle Grade Review: My Life in Dioramas


My Life in Dioramas by Tara Altebrando, April 18, 2015. 256 pages. Published by Running Press Kids. Source: publisher.
Twelve-year-old Kate Marino thinks she is a real mastermind. At least when it comes to hatching a plan to dissuade potential buyers from purchasing Big Red, the old farmhouse that has been the only home Kate has ever known, and which her parents must sell in order to downsize.
Kate has not even moved yet, and already her life is changing in unwelcome ways. Every moment and memory seems fleeting. Making dioramas of the people she loves in the places that she holds dear gives Kate a sense of calm. But there’s no way Kate is going to move now, when her dance troupe is finally going to compete at Dance Nation, and her best friend is starting to replace her with her enemy, Megan. It may take several bags of stink, the help of her friends, and a few fake dogs in order for her to be able to keep her life the way that she knows and loves it.
First Sentence:
"Come on!" I said. "Come on!"

Friday, June 19, 2015

All About Middle Grade Review/Interview: Raising Rufus [Blog Tour]


Guys, I am delighted to welcome David Fulk to the blog to discuss Raising Rufus and which dinosaur he's glad no longer roams the earth. You can check out both my review of his book and interview below.

Raising Rufus by David Fulk, June 9, 2015. 272 pages. Published by Delacorte Press. Source: publisher.
In the unremarkable town of Menominee Springs, Wisconsin, lives a twelve-year-old explorer named Martin, who one day stumbles across something remarkable.

It’s an egg. But not just any egg—a dinosaur egg. And a week later, Martin becomes the proud parent of . . . a Tyrannosaurus rex!

As the summer unfolds, Martin finds it harder and harder to keep Rufus hidden from rest of the world.

And then it gets ugly.

Can Martin save Rufus from his parents, his neighbors, and most importantly, the owner of the town carnival? With the help of his best friend, Audrey, and his science teacher, Mr. Ekhart, Martin must uncover his inner hero and find Rufus a home, even if it means losing the one thing he’s come to really care about.
First Sentence:
The hunter would not be denied.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Wish List Wednesday:Royal Wedding

Royal Wedding (Princess Diaries, 11) by Meg Cabot, June 2, 2015. Published by William Morrow and Company.
For Princess Mia, the past five years since college graduation have been a whirlwind of activity, what with living in New York City, running her new teen community center, being madly in love, and attending royal engagements. And speaking of engagements. Mia's gorgeous longtime boyfriend Michael managed to clear both their schedules just long enough for an exotic (and very private) Caribbean island interlude where he popped the question! Of course Mia didn't need to consult her diary to know that her answer was a royal oui.

But now Mia has a scandal of majestic proportions to contend with: Her grandmother's leaked "fake" wedding plans to the press that could cause even normally calm Michael to become a runaway groom. Worse, a scheming politico is trying to force Mia's father from the throne, all because of a royal secret that could leave Genovia without a monarch. Can Mia prove to everyone--especially herself--that she's not only ready to wed, but ready to rule as well?
Why: Okay, while I never wish for non-young adult/middle grade books here on the blog, I just cannot deny Royal Wedding. As one who anxiously awaited Princess Diaries installments (they usually released near my birthday) each year, I fear that I most know how things play out in Royal Wedding

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

All About Middle Grade Review: The Vanishing Island [Blog Tour]


I am so excited to be sharing my thoughts on Barry Wolverton's newest book The Vanishing Island. Here's a hint, this book is probably my second favorite middle grade read, so far, this year!!

The Vanishing Island (Chronicles of the Black Tulip, 1) by Barry Wolverton, September, 1, 2015. 352 pages. Published by Walden Pond Press. Source: publisher.
Does the Vanishing Island really exist? And if so, what treasure—or terrible secret—was hidden by its disappearance?

It’s 1599, the Age of Discovery in Europe. But for Bren Owen, growing up in the small town of Map on the coast of Britannia has meant anything but adventure. Enticed by the tales sailors have brought through Map’s port, and inspired by the arcane maps his father creates as a cartographer for the cruel and charismatic map mogul named Rand McNally, Bren is convinced that fame and fortune await him elsewhere. That is, until his repeated attempts to run away land him a punishment worse than death—cleaning up the town vomitorium.

It is there that Bren meets a dying sailor, who gives him a strange gift that hides a hidden message. Cracking the code could lead Bren to a fabled lost treasure that could change his life forever, and that of his widowed father. But to get there he will have to tie his fate to a mysterious Dutch admiral obsessed with a Chinese legend about an island that long ago disappeared from any map.

Before long, Bren is in greater danger than he ever imagined, and will need the help of an unusual friend named Mouse to survive. Barry Wolverton’s thrilling adventure spans oceans and cultures, brings together the folklore of East and West, and proves that fortune is always a double-edged sword.
First Sentence:
When Jacob Beenders was a boy in Holland, his mother told him stories about the Night Demon of the Netherlands, a black-clad boogeyman with fangs and shredding claws.

Teaser Tuesday: Shutter

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. To participate, simply do the following: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Monday, June 15, 2015

YA Review: Shutter

Shutter (Shutter, 1) by Courtney Alameda, February 3, 2015. 384 pages. Published by  Feiwel & Friends. Source: publisher.
Micheline Helsing is a tetrachromat—a girl who sees the auras of the undead in a prismatic spectrum. As one of the last descendants of the Van Helsing lineage, she has trained since childhood to destroy monsters both corporeal and spiritual: the corporeal undead go down by the bullet, the spiritual undead by the lens. With an analog SLR camera as her best weapon, Micheline exorcises ghosts by capturing their spiritual energy on film. She's aided by her crew: Oliver, a techno-whiz and the boy who developed her camera's technology; Jude, who can predict death; and Ryder, the boy Micheline has known and loved forever.

When a routine ghost hunt goes awry, Micheline and the boys are infected with a curse known as a soulchain. As the ghostly chains spread through their bodies, Micheline learns that if she doesn't exorcise her entity in seven days or less, she and her friends will die. Now pursued as a renegade agent by her monster-hunting father, Leonard Helsing, she must track and destroy an entity more powerful than anything she's faced before . . . or die trying.

Lock, stock, and lens, she’s in for one hell of a week.
First Sentence:
Call it reaper's insomnia, but the dead wouldn't let me sleep at night.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Sew Adventurous (2): Stamp Carving


Named after my first (negelected) Tumblr Sew Adventurous, this is my new blog feature where I'll be sharing some of the non-reading and non-bookblog things that I do. From my latest sewing project(s) to the cross stitch patters I'm currently working on. Hey, I might even get bold one day and chronicle my ill fated attempts at other forms of crafting.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

All About Middle Grade Review: Tales from Shakespeare- Hamlet


Tales from Shakespeare: Hamlet (Retold in Modern-day English) by Timothy Knapman, illustrated by Yaniv Shimony, May 1, 2015. 48 pages. Published by QEB Publishing. Source: publisher.
Hamlet is miserable after the death of his father, but when the ghost of his father appears and reveals that he was murdered, Hamlet decides to seek his revenge... Will he succeed? A tragic tale of deceit and revenge. Combining modern-day English with stunning illustrations, QEB's Tales from Shakespeare bring the Bard's popular plays to life. Lively and easy-to-read, they are sure to capture your imagination!

First Sentence:
Horatio was tired and very, very cold.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Wish List Wednesday: The Dungeoneers

The Dungeoneers (The Dungeoneers, 1) by John David Anderson, June 23, 2015. 448 pages. Published by Walden Pond Press.
The world is not a fair place, and Colm Candorly knows it. While his parents and eight sisters seem content living on a lowly cobbler's earnings, Colm can't help but feel that everyone has the right to a more comfortable life. It's just a question of how far you're willing to go to get it.

In an effort to help make ends meet, Colm uses his natural gift for pickpocketing to pilfer a pile of gold from the richer residents of town, but his actions place him at the mercy of a mysterious man named Finn Argos, a gilded-toothed, smooth-tongued rogue who gives Colm a choice: he can be punished for his thievery, or he can become a member of Thwodin's Legions, a guild of dungeoneers who take what they want and live as they will. Colm soon finds himself part of a family of warriors, mages, and hunters, learning to work together in a quest to survive and, perhaps, to find a bit of treasure along the way.

Why: Alright, I already know that The Dungeoneers is one incredible read. So, instead of this being a typical Wish List Wednesday, this is more of me wishing y'all will give this wonderful book a chance when it comes out later this month.

Want to know why I found it to be such a great read, then check out my review of The Dungeoneers and get this gem on your buy list!!

Monday, June 8, 2015

Except from I am the Traitor [blog tour/giveaway]


I am excited to be sharing with y'all an excerpt from I am the Traitor by Allen Zadoff with you today. I hope you guys will enjoy reading a sneak peek into Allen Zadoff's newest release!!

About the author:
Allen Zadoff is the author of the THE UNKNOWN ASSASSIN series as well as several acclaimed novels includingFOOD, GIRLS, AND OTHER THINGS I CAN'T HAVE, winner of the Sid Fleischman Humor Award and a YALSA Popular Paperback for Young Adults. Allen's action-packed series debut, I AM THE WEAPON (formerly BOY NOBODY), is a page-turning thriller about a teenage assassin that has already been optioned for film by Sony Pictures & Overbrook Entertainment. The book was featured in the Los Angeles Times' Summer Reading guide and has received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and VOYA. Kirkus Reviews called I AM THE WEAPON "fast, furious, and fun." Look for the sequel, I AM THE MISSION, beginning in June 2014. Allen is a graduate of Cornell University and the Harvard University Institute for Advanced Theatre Training. His training as a super spy, however, has yet to be verified. Visit Allen on the web at www.allenzadoff.com.
You can haunt Allen Zadoff at-

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads |






I am the Traitor (Unknown Assassin, 3) by Allen Zadoff, June 9. 2015. 352 pages. Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.
In the third and final installment in the Unknown Assassin trilogy, Boy Nobody is on the run from The Program and uncovers a secret about his past that forces him to decide where his loyalties lie.

The Program has sent Boy Nobody on countless missions, instructed to kill whichever target he was given. But now, after going rogue, he is on his own mission to rescue his friend Howard who was captured by The Program. Boy Nobody manages to free Howard as well as Tanya, a mysterious girl who was being held with him. Howard and Tanya help Boy Nobody collect information about his father, eventually revealing a dangerous secret that teaches Boy Nobody a valuable lesson -- he can't trust anyone.

Allen Zadoff packs the third book of the Unknown Assassin series with even more action, higher stakes, and mind-blowing reveals that will leave readers riveted.
Find it: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Goodreads



Giveaway Details
5 sets of THE UNKNOWN ASSASSIN Series (Books 1-3) US only.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Review: Vices and Virtues

Vices and Virtues: Knowing, Accepting, and Understanding Yourself by Alejandro Ortega Trillo, translated by Carolina Gambini, March 1, 2015. 160 pages. Published by Liguori Publications. Source: borrowed.
Behind every virtue is a vice. Likewise, behind every vice is a virtue that, when developed and strengthened, can overcome the vice, writes Fr. Ortega, an authority in moral behavior. In Vices and Virtues, he reveals how to leverage faults and weaknesses to forge virtues. In this three-part how-to guide, readers will get to know themselves with honesty, learn to accept themselves and their faults in humility, and begin to improve their lives by cultivating virtues. It might seem like an impossible task, but you'll have help and motivation from the highest source. Developing virtue can help you achieve balance in your life and holiness.
First Sentence:
As human beings we are, to a certain extent, the sum of our habits.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

[Blog Tour Review] The Dungeoneers


Guys, I am crazy, excited to be talking about John David Anderson's newest book The Dungeoneers!! This book was so good that it broke my brain! Read on to see why I loved his newest book!!

The Dungeoneers (Dungeoneers, 1) by John David Anderson, June 23, 2015. 448 pages. Published by Walden Pond Press. Source: publisher.
The world is not a fair place, and Colm Candorly knows it. While his parents and eight sisters seem content living on a lowly cobbler's earnings, Colm can't help but feel that everyone has the right to a more comfortable life. It's just a question of how far you're willing to go to get it.

In an effort to help make ends meet, Colm uses his natural gift for pickpocketing to pilfer a pile of gold from the richer residents of town, but his actions place him at the mercy of a mysterious man named Finn Argos, a gilded-toothed, smooth-tongued rogue who gives Colm a choice: he can be punished for his thievery, or he can become a member of Thwodin's Legions, a guild of dungeoneers who take what they want and live as they will. Colm soon finds himself part of a family of warriors, mages, and hunters, learning to work together in a quest to survive and, perhaps, to find a bit of treasure along the way.
First Sentence:
Colm Canderly had nine fingers and eight sisters.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Wish List Wednesday: No Such Person

No Such Person by Caroline B. Cooney, July 14, 2015. Published by Delacorte Press.
Miranda and Lander Allerdon are sisters. Miranda is younger, a dreamer, and floating her way through life. Lander is older, focused, and determined to succeed. As the girls and their parents begin another summer at their cottage on the Connecticut River, Miranda and Lander’s sibling rivalry is in high gear. Lander plans to start medical school in the fall, and Miranda feels cast in her shadow.

When the Allerdons become entangled in an unimaginable tragedy, the playing field is suddenly leveled. As facts are revealed, the significance of what has happened weighs heavily on all. How can the family prepare for what the future may hold? 

Why: Really, my biggest reason for wishing for No Such Person is that Caroline B. Cooney is one of my all-time favorite authors...and, well I just need her newest book in my life. It sounds like quite the thrilling read!!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Circus Mirandus (Release Day Blitz)

I usually don't do blitz-type posts here on the blog, except I wanted to help spread the word on Circus Mirandus' release because it sounds like an interesting read. So, stick around to learn more about Cassie Beasley and her book Circus Mirandus.




About the author:
CASSIE BEASLEY is from rural Georgia, where, when she's not writing, she helps out on the family pecan farm. She earned her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. CIRCUS MIRANDUS is her first novel.

You can haunt Cassie Beasley at-
Twitter | Website | Goodreads |
 Letter from the Author

Dear Readers,

Ages ago I hung a poster in my room with the words “The Circus Opens Summer 2015” in bold letters across the top. At the time, it seemed that Summer 2015 would never come. Now, miraculously, June 2 is here, and Circus Mirandus is springing up in bookshops all over the country.

In the story, those called to Circus Mirandus feel a change in the wind. They hear music on the air, pipes and drums leading them toward magic and hope and heart’s desires. Eventually they find themselves before the gates, standing, as I am now, on the threshold of somewhere both wonderful and unknowable.

As people read the pages into which I’ve poured so much time and self, I wonder what they’ll think of the world I’ve created. I wonder if they will love it as much as I do. It’s an exciting moment, stepping through these gates into a place I’ve imagined but never seen.

Thank you so much for making this journey with me. Thank you for supporting the book. Thank you, most of all, for believing.

Cassie Beasley


Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley, June 2, 2015. 304 pages. Published by Dial. 
Micah Tuttle believes in magic, even though his awful Great-Aunt Gertrudis doesn’t approve. Micah believes in the stories his dying Grandpa Ephraim tells him of the magical Circus Mirandus: the invisible tiger guarding the gates, the beautiful flying birdwoman, and the magician more powerful than any other—the Man Who Bends Light. Finally, Grandpa Ephraim offers proof. The Circus is real—and the Lightbender owes Ephraim a miracle. With his friend Jenny Mendoza in tow, Micah sets out to find the Circus and the man he believes will save his grandfather. The only problem is, the Lightbender doesn't want to keep his promise. And now it's up to Micah to get the miracle he came for. Readers will fall in love with CIRCUS MIRANDUS, which celebrates the power of seeing magic in the world.
You can learn more about Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley and purchase it through:
Amazon | B&N | IndieBound | Goodreads |

Giveaway information:
There will be 5 winners, and the Giveaway will run from June 2nd until June 16th. Winners will receive:
  • Signed hardcover of CIRCUS MIRANDUS
  • Audio sampler
  • Animal crackers
  • Bookmarks (pack of 10)
  • Poster

Teaser Tuesday: Sweet

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. To participate, simply do the following: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Monday, June 1, 2015

DNF...: Sweet *ARC*


Sweet by Emmy Laybourne, June 2, 2015. 288 pages. Published by Feiwel & Friends. Source: Publisher.
The luxurious celebrity cruise launching the trendy new diet sweetener Solu should be the vacation of a lifetime. But Laurel is starting to regret accepting her friend Viv’s invitation. She's already completely embarrassed herself in front of celebrity host Tom Forelli—the hottest guy ever!—and she's too sick to even try the sweetener. And that's before Viv and all the other passengers start acting really strange.

Tom knows that he should be grateful for this job and the chance to shed his former-child-star image. His publicists have even set up a 'romance' with a sexy reality star. But as things on the ship start to get wild, he finds himself drawn to a different girl. And when the hosting gig turns into an expose on the shocking side effects of Solu, it's Laurel that he's determined to save. 
First Sentence:
A guy wearing skinny jeans and a neon-blue fedora is leaping into the air, vaulting up onto the backs of people in the crowd, waving like a crazy and shouting, "Baby Tom-Tom! Baby Tom-Tom!" like a man on fire calling for a bucket.

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