Apr 19, 2015

Building the Book Pile #133

Welcome to Building the Book Pile!  A Weekly meme inspired by Stacking the Shelves

Hello Readers, Bloggers, and Awesome people! 

What's Happening?! 
How was your week ? Let me know in the comments.


I am back from a wonderful vacation to Myrtle Beach and have put out all of the work fires that began while I was away and now I can really start reading and blogging again. 
I am sad to say that I did NO reading while on vacation -  it is hard to juggle family and activities and find some peace to read while with them... :/ Oh well.
Sorry the blog has been pretty barren, I have been helping more on Armchair BEA as the Sponsorship Committee - so if you know an author or publisher that wants to help out with giveaways have them email armchairbea (at) gmail (dot) com
 
How was your week?


Giveaways Going on NOW

 

Coming up on the Blog...

Cover Reveal: Darkness Brutal by Rachel Marks (YA) Cancelled :(

      

Books Received this Week

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 Happy Reading!

Apr 15, 2015

Cover Reveal w/ Giveaway!: What Every 6th Grader Needs to Know by Rachelle Christensen and Connie Sokol

 

10 secrets to connectWhat Every 6th Grader Needs to Know 
By Connie Sokol & Rachelle Christensen 

Is your daughter asking questions about friends, peer pressure, school, and even her weight? As a mom, are you wondering how to answer them? Welcome to the club. But you can relax. Because we’ve asked real sixth-grade girls to dish on their top secret questions. And, we’ve provided time-tested real-life answers that work. Add to that an enjoyable format. The “Just for Girls” section speaks right to your daughter in words and ways she understands. The “Just for Moms” section talks straight to moms, giving you information, resources, and easy-to-share answers. We include tips for how to start, handle, and enjoy the conversations no matter the situation. Create connected conversations with your daughter as you explore these life questions together. Get plain facts and jumpstart questions. Discuss the provided scenarios so she can practice responses to use in real-time. Download decorative cards with positive statements and fun fill-in sentences. Use What Every Girl Needs to Know About 6th Grade to make it happen. Together, answer questions and create connection. You got this. 

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25266537-what-every-6th-grader-needs-to-know


Praise for What Every 6th Grader Needs to Know 10 Secrets to Connect Moms & Daughters  
"At a time when so many barriers are straining mother/daughter relationships, and our daughter's esteem is being attacked from every side, “What Every 6th Grader Needs to Know” gives mothers the tools they need to communicate (even about the tough stuff). It gives daughters the confidence to know that they have what it takes to survive the unique transitional years. Whether your relationship with your daughter is strained, or you want to strengthen what is already strong, use this smart and savvy information. You and your girl(s) will learn how to thrive through the teen years.” --Heather Ann Johnson M.S. Adjunct Faculty, BYU, Mother to 5 girls 

“With conflicting messages today, it's easy for moms and daughters to get confused and overwhelmed. This book bestows all the wisdom you want to pour into your daughter's heart and mind in a fun, non-threatening way. Dread turns into confidence as you realize you have the tools to face those teenage years TOGETHER and have a ball doing it.” --Rachel Skinner, Mother of nine, Social Worker 

“This book provided a wonderful bonding experience for me and my daughter. As parents we always think we know how our child is doing. Then we get into a deep conversation and realize that compared to what we thought, they are doing either so much better or are suffering so much more. But they hold those feelings back to protect us. Sometimes they fear that talking about it means more pain, but this books shows that talking is healing, especially when we know how.” —Karrie Glazner, Mother of Three Wonderful Kids 


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Author Connie E. Sokol Connie E. Sokol is a mother of seven and a favorite local and national speaker for over fifteen years. She is a core contributor on KSL TV's “Studio 5 with Brooke Walker” and a national blogger for "Motherhood Matters" at www.ksl.com. She is a former TV and radio host for Bonneville Communications and newspaper and magazine columnist. Mrs. Sokol is the author of twelve books including Faithful, Fit & Fabulous; Create a Powerful Life Plan; The Life is Too Short Collection; 40 Days with the Savior; and Caribbean Crossroads. Mrs. Sokol marinates in time spent with her family and eating decadent treats. 



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Author Rachelle J. Christensen Rachelle J. Christensen is a mother of five who loves connecting with her children and wrote this book in answer to questions from her two daughters. She also has an amazing husband, three cats, and five chickens. An award-winning author, she has written several mystery/suspense novels, and she solves the mystery of the missing shoe on a daily basis. Rachelle graduated cum laude from Utah State University with a degree in psychology and a music minor. She enjoys singing and songwriting, playing the piano, running, motivational speaking, and, of course, reading. 








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Apr 14, 2015

Early Reader Review: Harley Quinn Volume 2: Power Outage by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti

Harley Quinn Volume 2: Power Outage by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti
Series: The New 52 Harley Quinn
Publisher: DC Comics
Publication Date:  April 14, 2015



 

Format: ebook
Source: Netgalley and DC Comics in exchange for an honest review. This in no way effects my review or opinion of the book.


Rating:




 


Netgalley Synopsis: 
The best-selling Harley Quinn continues her bloody romp in the second volume of her own series!

The first rule of Skate Club is...you do not mess with the Mistress of Mayhem! Harley stumbles across an underground fight club where big money winds with a body count. She's in...and she's making Sy Borgman her agent for the fights. And what would happen if the demented Clown Princess of Crime visited the most popular comic con out there? Find out when Harley Quinn invades Comic-Con!! 
 Review: 

I have read almost all of the issues that make up this compilation and have them in my collection, but I jumped at the chance to review Harley Quinn Volume 2 for all the extras. I missed getting the Harley Quinn Invades San Diego Comic Con issue and had not read the Secret Origins Harley Quinn issue and as with all compilations I love seeing all the variant covers that they include. So fun!


I love everything about Harley Quinn and I love the New 52 series they are doing with her, but this set of comics is the compilation of the Harley Quinn/Power Girl duo and I didn’t LOVE them together. I love Harley as her bad a** self – avenging herself, the furry babies, the ones she loves etc., not as a super hero… I don’t really know why but HQ as a hero – seems off to me.

Don’t get me wrong; I still thought that these issues were great! Still LOL funny, sarcastic, over the top, and Harley always getting into trouble, and those are the things I enjoy.

What I liked most about this volume was the extras, they included issues #9-13, but also Harley Quinn: Future’s End #1, Harley Invades San Diego Comic Con, and Secret Origins, plus variant cover art.

Secret Origins was an interesting look into Harley’s past complete with family issues, career changes and her love for the one and only Mr. J. My favorite piece was the Comic Con issue, Harley at her very best. Harley invades Comic Con – as herself, obviously, but comes into contact with the HQ fans dressed to impress, all of the Mr. Js, and she is just trying to get her comic reviewed without getting kicked out of the show. As per Harley Quinn’s normal showing, this is not an easy tasks and the events that unfold while she is at the show are hilarious and wonderful.

Overall, I really enjoyed this compilation and love the New 52 Harley Quinn series.
 




 

Apr 7, 2015

Release Day: Neverland by Shari Arnold


Hosted by MMSAI Tours April 7th, 2015

NEVERLAND by Shari Arnold
Release Date: April 7th, 2015
About the Book:
It’s been four months since seventeen-year-old Livy Cloud lost her younger sister, but she isn’t quite ready to move on with her life — not even close. She’d rather spend her time at the Seattle Children’s hospital, reading to the patients and holding onto memories of the sister who was everything to her and more.

But when she meets the mysterious and illusive Meyer she is drawn into a world of adventure, a world where questions abound. 


Is she ready to live life without her sister? Or more importantly, is she brave enough to love again?

In this modern reimagining of Peter Pan, will Livy lose herself to Neverland or will she find what she’s been searching for?

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24809194-neverland?from_search=true
http://www.amazon.com/Neverland-Shari-Arnold-ebook/dp/B00UM9HZ3E/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1426699933&sr=1-1



1 Winner will get a $20 gift card Amazon and a signed copy of NEVERLAND. 

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About the Author
Shari Arnold grew up in California and Utah but now resides in Connecticut, with her husband and two kids, where she finds it difficult to trust a beach without waves. She writes Young Adult fiction because it's her favorite. And occasionally she takes photographs.


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Apr 6, 2015

Early Reader Review: Bob's Burgers Volume 2 by Chad Brewster

Bob's Burgers
Bob's Burgers by Chad Brewster
Series: Bob's Burgers Volume 2
Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment
Publication Date:  April 7, 2015



 

Format: ebook
Source: Netgalley and Dynamite Entertainment in exchange for an honest review. This in no way effects my opinion or review of the graphic novel.


Rating:



Goodreads Synopsis: 
Now you can read about the Belcher family (parents Bob and Linda, and their children Tina, Gene and Louise) with brand-new in-canon stories created by the TV show's producers, writers, and animators! That's right, all-original stories that expand upon the fan-favorite animated series, including hilarious installments of "Louise's Unsolved Mysteries", "Tina's Erotic Friend Fiction", "A Gene Belcher Original Musical", "Letters Written by Linda", "Bob's Burgers of the Day", and much more! "If you like Bob's Burgers and you like comic books then you may feel like you're living in one of the greatest times in human history because Bob's Burgers and comic books are coming together in the form of the Bob's Burgers Comic Book. But, of course, we could really mess it up. Then you'd feel like you were living in one of the worst times in human history. Either way, we hope you'll check it out. We tried to make something that's true to the show and true to the form without being a sad knock-off of either!" - Loren Bouchard, the creator of Bob's Burgers
 Review: 
I have been watching Bob's Burgers on Netflix and really enjoying it. I find Tina and Louise hilarious and love the episode that have them featured and the same was true of the graphic novel. 

I really enjoyed the sections of "Tina's Erotic Friend Fiction" and "Louise's Unsolved Mysteries", they were my favorite bits. I also laughed at Bob's burger ideas - but the more you read of them the more cheesy they get... 

I think that Gene's musicals would have been funnier and more entertaining had there been a note like '...set to the tune of ____' that way I knew how to sing/read those parts. 

All in all I liked this graphic and it did the series justice but I only really enjoyed about half of the elements. I think fans of Bob's Burgers will enjoy this a lot but if you are like me and only like a few of the characters it may be harder to get into.




 

Mar 30, 2015

Early Reader Review: Gronk Volume 2 by Katie Cook

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Gronk: A monsters Story by Katie Cook
Series: Gronk Volume 2
Publisher: Action Lab Entertainment, Diamond Book Distributors
Publication Date:  March 31, 2015



 

Format: ebook
Source: From Netgalley and
Diamond Book Distributors in exchange for an honest review. This in now way effects my review or opinion of the book.

Rating:


Goodreads Synopsis: 
In this second volume of Katie Cook's popular series Gronk, Gronk is learning to adjust to OUR world through the teachings of Dale, a woman who probably shouldn't be teaching anyone how to adjust to the real world.

Join Gronk, Dale, Harli, and Kitty for another year of fun!
 Review: 

These graphic novels are adorable. Each page is a short and snippets from Gronk and Dale's lives. They are hilarious and fun. In this volume Gronk has been living with Dale and is more human-like than in Volume 1. The overall nerdy theme in these comics are a lot of fun and I like being able to spot them - some are plot related in the comic others are a logo here or there. I really enjoy these. I found myself laughing out loud as Gronk is coloring on walls or ordering everything off of Amazon - and what I think is even better is that this is stuff that a kid would do (sometimes accidentally). Since it is relateable I think it makes the comic/ graphic even better.



 

Mar 28, 2015

Building the Book Pile #132

Welcome to Building the Book Pile!  A Weekly meme inspired by Stacking the Shelves

Hello Readers, Bloggers, and Awesome people! 

What's Happening?! 
How was your week ? Let me know in the comments.


So... as you may have noticed nothing has really bee going up on the blog -- SO sorry, these past two weeks I have been gearing up/ participating in Bloggiesta and also gearing up for all the awesomeness that will be Armchair BEA this year :)
AND work has been crazy since I am going on vacation VERY soon (In less than a week **SQUEE**)
So not really much reading/reviewing but I have done a good amount of cleaning, packing, and general cleaning of my house :P Also we have had some warmer weather and the melt has begun and I am super excited about Spring! I have my seedlings going and they are sprouting well already :D Do you garden? If so what do you like to plant?
and ... How was your week?


Giveaways Going on NOW

Last-But-Not-Least Lola Going Green

 

Coming up on the Blog...

Early Reader Review: Gronk: A Monster's Story (Volume 2) by Kate Cook (GN)

      

Books Received this Week

  

Comment and leave me a link to your Round-up/ STS/ Weekly...anything post and I will happily stop by and say hello!

 Happy Reading!

Mar 27, 2015

Recent Reads: Part-Time Princesses by Monica Gallagher

Part-Time Princesses
Part-Time Princesses by Monica Gallagher
Publisher: Oni Press
Publication Date:  March 25, 2015



 

Format: ebook
Source: Oni Press in exchange for an honest review. Receiving this book in no way effects my opinion or review.


Rating:




 


Goodreads Synopsis: 
Working as costumed princesses at the local amusement park is a nice gig, but it’s not what Courtney, Amber, Tiffany, and Michelle want to do with their lives. These queens of high school have their own plans for life post-graduation, and they do not involve fixed games and fried pickles.

But when all their plans fall apart, what are the girls to do? Left with no other options, they decide to keep their part-time jobs as princesses–for the moment. But even that plan is threatening to fall apart, thanks to the sudden and increasing muggings plaguing the park and chasing away customers.

With their back-up jobs in peril, the girls have no choice but to take matters into their own hands and fight back. But the more they work to save the park, the more their part-time jobs become full-time, and the more their carefully-planned futures get pushed to the wayside. Will these princesses ever get their lives back on track?

Will they even want to?
 Review: 
This was an interested theme for a graphic novel. Four popular girls work at the local amusement park as princesses and their lives are falling apart. 

These are the girls that I hated in high school, popular, snarky, name-calling, rude girls - they know they are popular so they don't have to care about acting like people. So reading this graphic novel was cringe-worthy for me...and I kept thinking that these girls would become better people through their hardships Slight spoiler: they don't get much better.

The story focuses on them trying to help the park because it is all they have left, and yes they become friends with the 'nerds' but it never really seemed sincere to me...

The drawing was imaginative and the park looked cool, but there was some variations with the girls sizes and in some frames they looked squashed and chubby and in others taller and leaner - it was a bit weird - whichever body type they were supposed to have, I would have liked that consistency. So a three out of five for this one. It was a cute story but I didn't really like the characters.


 

Mar 25, 2015

Bloggiesta 2015: Best Blogging Advice

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This week is Bloggiesta and the wonderful moderators have asked us to write up our Best Blogging Advice.

So here is my advice...hopefully it will be helpful.

 

http://www.bloggiesta.com/2015/03/your-best-blogging-advice-ever/

1. Blog what you love: 
I happen to love reading and I needed a hobby and so Cover2CoverBlog happened. If you aren't passionate about what you are blogging about it gets hard - there is a lot more work here than you imagine  (trust me, I had NO IDEA what I was getting into).

2. Keep it fun!: 
There are so many bloggers that get overwhelmed about their blogging life - I figure, I am doing this as a hobby, for FUN :) so I can stop whenever. Do I feel bad when I slack on the posting? Yes, but it is still something fun for me and I do it for me... so keep it light and fun and blog when you can .... which brings me to ->

3. Don't stress it, blog when you are able: 
Yes, that means that sometimes you will have the same post sitting on your blog for a week, but you need you time too - so take it! 

4. Make it your own: 
You are blogging because you love something right? Well make it yours. Be yourself and do what feels good to you. You want pictures of kittens all over the place, go with it :P

Just Have Fun! 

Mar 19, 2015

Recent Reads: Princess Ugg #8 by Ted Naifeh


Princess Ugg by Ted Naifeh
Series: Princess Ugg #8
Publisher: Oni Press
Publication Date:  February 25, 2015



 

Format: ebook
Source:
Oni Press in exchange for an honest review. This in no way effects my opinion or review of the comic.

Rating:




 


Synopsis from Oni Press:
The Grimmerians abandon their fight against the frost giants after learning Ülga’s being held in captivity. Using what little she’s learned of diplomacy, Ülga tries to find a way to end the threat of war before the kingdoms destroy each other, but she’ll need the help of the other princesses.
 Review: 
This was a good episode in the Princess Ugg series, we see her really coming into herself and learning a lot from her time with the more civilized population. I like Ulga's gusto in these books, she is a strong female who knows what she wants and is able to use her traits to help herself and the other princesses. 

Without giving away too much, the princesses are all together in this installment working to get back at Julifer's father for snatching them and Ulga finally realizes that they are her friends, all of them. Another great comic in this series.