Sep 24, 2018

Giveaway! Win $100 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal Cash

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Sep 23, 2018

Building the Book Pile #272

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

Hello Readers, Bloggers, and Awesome people! 

Good morning wonderful people whom I adore so much! Just a week until school starts but I am feeling good. I was able to read my first chapter and get some homework done early so I hope to keep that up through the term. I also got a binder together :) I love school supplies. And today we are headed to Staples so that I can look at all the supplies and see if there is anything else I need (yes NEED not want, bc I want ALL the things).

I also got some reading done this week and hope to have another review up this week for you, but in case I don't I have a review of a movie for you instead. You will probably see more of these as I have to read for school and am going to need more non-reading down-time activities.

I hope you are all having a great weekend. 

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Coming up on the Blog

Giveaway: Win $100 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal Cash
Movie Time: The House with a Clock in its Walls (PG)
Waiting on Wednesday
Recent Reads: Uncharted by Erin Cashman (YA)
Monthly Re-Cap: September 2018

Books Received this Week

    Confessions of a Teenage Leper

For Review:
Confessions of a Teenage Leper by Ashley Little from Librarything Early Reviewers program and Penguin Random House for review.

Have you missed anything lately?

Week of September 17 - September 22

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Happy Reading!

Sep 21, 2018

Blog Blast w/ Giveaway! Peet the Creature with Big Feet by Leo

About the Book 
Peet is a big footed creature who is always on the run. He’s constantly hiding because he’s scared of what the other animals may think of him and his big feet. He can barely sleep at night because his struggle with insecurities never rests.

One night he was so tired from running that he managed to fall asleep. The next morning Peet wakes up and spots an unusual sight. He sees Squirrel and other animals heading west together. Peet decides to hide and wait for the animals to head over the hill where they could not see him.

Though when Peet feels secure with the animals gone, he spots a forest fire heading his way from the horizon. With no hesitation, Peet quickly runs towards the water to save himself. But when he has a moment to reflect, he realizes that he’s done something awful. He’s left all the animals behind who know nothing about the forest fire heading their way. Peet had to make a choice: Stay put and be safe? Or, head back and save the others?

Peet takes a deep breath and makes the right call. With the power of his large feet, he makes it back to the group of animals before the fire is able to. He tells the animals that a forest fire is heading their way and there no time to waste. The animals panic, but Squirrel comes up with a great idea. He suggests that Peet use his big feet to smash a large rock blocking their only exit. Peet steps up and gives the rock a great kick and breaks it with one swift hit.

Peet heroically leads the group of animals straight to safety over the water. Seeing rain clouds heading directly over the forest fire makes the group feel a sense of relief.

Squirrel reassures Peet that he shouldn’t be ashamed of his feet and it’s ok to be different. All the animals in the forest are unique too. Peet never has to hide again because from now on they are all friends.


Leo is running a KICKSTARTER Campaign for PEET, THE CREATURE WITH BIG FEET from now until October 15th.

Peet, the Creature with Big Feet

Leo Aquino is raising funds for Peet, the Creature with Big Feet on Kickstarter! A children's book about a Bigfoot who is self conscious about how large his feet are.


About the Author

Leo Aquino grew up in the Bay Area. As a boy, he loved drawing his favorite cartoons, such as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Dragon Ball Z. He hoped that someday he could grow up and draw for a living. Now, he is lucky to have been working as a professional artist for eleven years. From Disney Interactive to Jam City, Leo has had the opportunity to illustrate iconic characters such as Snoopy and Charlie Brown, Belle & the Beast, and the whole cast of Monsters Inc. to name a few.

Most recently, Leo was inspired by his many nieces and nephews to write and illustrate his first children’s book, “Peet, the Creature with Big Feet.” Leo hopes that his art and stories can inspire the next generation to shake off their fears and follow their dreams.

When Leo is not illustrating, he loves longboarding and making pizza in the Napolitano style. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon with his girlfriend and their cat, Charlie.

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Sep 19, 2018

Blog Blast w/ Giveaway!: An Unexpected Adventure by Kandi Wyatt

An Unexpected Adventure by Kandi Wyatt
Publication Date:  September 25 - 


Protect their community or protect their discovery?

For eighth graders Chace, Harley, Will, and Cherise, that’s a life-changing question after they find a dragon’s egg while hunting for thundereggs on the beach. Toss in summer jobs, family struggles, and a National Security Agent, and their summer vacation just became complicated.
Can they find a solution that won’t leave their hearts broken or their community in flames?

About the Author
Kandi J Wyatt is a wife, mother of five, teacher, artist, and author. In her free time, she enjoys writing fantasy stories and Christmas programs, and drawing with graphite and colored pencils. Portraits are her specialty. Kandi also enjoys photography, thanks to her photographer husband who has let her join his journey as both his model and apprentice, and she occasionally serves as his assistant when he needs a “light stand with feet.” 

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Sep 18, 2018

Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway! - Children of the Bloodlands by S.M.Beiko

Children of the Bloodlands by S.M. Beiko 
Series: The Realms of Ancient, Book 2
Publisher: ECW Press 
Release Date: September 25, 2018

About the Book
The dazzling second book in S.M. Beiko’s Realms of Ancient series

Three months after the battle of Zabor, the five friends that came together to defeat her have been separated. Burdened with the Calamity Stone she acquired in Scion of the Fox, Roan has gone to Scotland to retrace her grandmother’s steps in an attempt to stop further evil from entering the world.

Meanwhile, a wicked monster called Seela has risen from the ashy Bloodlands and is wreaking havoc on the world while children in Edinburgh are afflicted by a strange plague; Eli travels to Seoul to face judgment and is nearly murdered; Natti endures a taxing journey with two polar bears; Phae tries desperately to obtain the key to the Underworld; and Barton joins a Family-wide coalition as the last defense against an enemy that will stop at nothing to undo Ancient’s influence on Earth — before there is no longer an Earth to fight for.

Darkness, death, and the ancient powers that shape the world will collide as our heroes discover that some children collapse under their dark inheritance, and those who don’t are haunted by blood.

Children of the Bloodlands is book 2 in The Realms of Ancient series, we follow Roan and many others through a conflict that has been raging for all time.

These books, this world are so amazingly encompassing. Beiko does a wonderful job creating this world and holding the reading in it and that is what I love most about this series. 

The book itself is told from multiple points of view and at first it is a bit to keep up with but once you have the rhythm you are all set and it comes together so well. In each chapter you jump from person to person in a slight break versus having to wait an entire chapter before getting to the next POV. Roan is the lead and she is stubborn and hard to control, she is also learning how to be a part of this crazy family of beings that have powers. She is tired and frustrated and that is so real to the reader that I think it does wonders for the story. 

There is a lot going on with this story and it has many shock points that kept me guessing what crazy things could happen next. The overall book though is about a battle - the Ancients that have been locked away are trying to come back and making a good show of it. They are taking over children to take over the land and make it into a Bloodlands-esq wasteland, complete with creepy trees. The beginning and much of the description throughout reads like a horror story.

Overall this book was a lot of fun to read, I powered through over half of it very recently and the pace picked up enough to really help with that. I loved the ending and I loved how all the characters worked together but also apart and really loved how it all came together. I can't wait to read the third book.

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About the Author

S.M. Beiko is an eclectic writer and artist based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She also works as a freelance editor, illustrator, graphic designer, and consultant in the trade book and comic publishing industries in Canada and the U.S. Her first novel, The Lake and the Library, was nominated for the Manitoba Book Award for Best First Book as well as the 2014 Aurora Award. Her fantasy trilogy, The Realms of Ancient, began with Scion of the Fox, followed by Children of the Bloodlands, and will be concluded with The Brilliant Dark (2019).

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Praise for Children of the Bloodlands:

“In book 2 of The Realms of Ancient, Beiko brings the hammer down while continuing all that I loved about Scion of the Fox — the characters, the originality, and the real-world locations. I cannot wait to read the series finale. Bravo!” — Julie E. Czerneda, author of the Night’s Edge series

“S.M. Beiko's Children of the Bloodlands is a wild, fiery, earth-shattering, sky-scraping ride. Roan and her friends, who came together so memorably in Scion of the Fox, must now follow separate paths, which lead them into realms that are both terrifying and beautiful, and truths that hurt before they heal. Book 3 can't come soon enough!” — Caitlin Sweet, author of The Door in the Mountain and The Flame in the Maze

“The rewardingly complex mythology is deepened through parallel humanizing themes in the protagonists' storylines, while game-changing action sequences unleash real consequences in the highly diverse world. A densely-packed, well-crafted sequel that will leave readers eager for the trilogy's finale.” — Kirkus Reviews

“Children of the Bloodlands is an exceptional instalment to the Realms of Ancient saga. S.M. Beiko injects her narrative with a passion and pathos that had me hooked from the very first page. This is a complex and compelling fantasy from one of Canada's most exciting literary-spec writers. I'm eagerly awaiting book three.” — Charlene Challenger, author of The Voices in Between and The Myth in Distance

“[An] intricately plotted and pleasantly creepy volume. Roan, with her sarcasm, intensity, and increasing world-weariness, is a compelling, realistic protagonist . . . This action-packed Canadian animal fantasy trilogy is recommended for its unique mythology and diverse characters.” — School Library Journal online

Sep 17, 2018

Early Reader Review: Nighty Night and Good Night by Michael Smith

Source: From Booklook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion or review.

Nighty Night and Good NightNighty Night and Good Night by Michael Smith
Publisher: Zonderkidz
Publication Date:  October 2, 2018

Format:  Board Book



Goodreads Synopsis: 
Nighty Night and Good Night is the first book in a series of bedtime books by multiple Grammy and Dove Award-winning recording artist Michael W. Smith and VeggieTales co-creator Mike Nawrocki. In Nighty Night and Good Night, the stuffed animal band the Nighty Nights are called upon to help their friend Ben try to fall to sleep. This cute and sleepy adventure leads Lamby, Bear, and Sleepy Puppy to discover that a classic lullaby might just do the trick.

This book includes a link that allows readers to listen to Michael W. Smith sing the same lullaby that helps put Ben to sleep.

Founded by Michael W. Smith, Nurturing Steps is an infant and toddler series of children’s music and books with a simple mission to enliven a child’s journey with hope and faith through music and storytelling.

This padded board book features a soft matte cover and shines with foil.
Nighty Night and Good Night is a religious children's book about getting to sleep. Ben is having trouble falling asleep and his stuffed animals are there to try to help him. They try counting sheep and yawning and when none of that works they go into a nice lullaby.

The book is your pretty standard sleep time book, but it does start off and end with prayers so if you are on the religious side this one might be more for you than others. 

The images are cute and the story would be a nice bedtime tale with the little ones.

Building the Book Pile #271

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

Hello Readers, Bloggers, and Awesome people! 

Busy Busy Busy week - but I got a lot of reading done so YAY! School countdown is at about 14 days 😳 and I get to view the modules soon and that makes it more real

I hope everyone had a great week - sorry this is so short, I am posting on Monday because I completely forgot to finish this post Sunday morning :/

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Coming up on the Blog

Early Reader Review: Nighty Night and Good Night by Michael Smith (Youth)
Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway! Children of the Bloodlands (The Realms of the Ancient #2) by S.M. Beiko (YA)
Blog Blast w/ Giveaway: Peet The Creature with Big Feet by Leo Aquino (Youth)

Books Received this Week

  Nighty Night and Good Night  Finchosaurus

For Review:
Nighty Night and Good Night by Michael Smith from Booklook Bloggers and ZonderKidz for review.
Finchosaurus by Gail Donovan from the Author and Book Nerd Tours for review and blog tour.

Have you missed anything lately?

Week of September 8 - September 16
Blog Blast w/ Giveaway: The World of Aluna by Paula Garces  (Comics)

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!

Sep 14, 2018

Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway! Magic Harvest by Mary Karlik

Magic Harvest by Mary Karlik

Published by: Ink Monster LLC
Publication date: September 18th 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

About the Book
Young fae girls are disappearing.

Layla has never belonged to the fairy realm – at least, half of her hasn’t. She’s never known anyone with human blood, not even her father. When she was three, the dragon Fauth attacked the fairy festival, murdering her fae mum & stepfather. Frankly, some fairies think she should’ve been eaten too.
As she grew, despite being called names like “fuman” for being a half-blood, she’s discovered that being half-human isn’t terrible. She may lack magic, but she is immune to iron sickness, and she can wield a sword with elven skill.

Magic in the human world is disastrous.

Sixteen years later, when Layla’s half-sister is kidnapped and taken through a portal to the forbidden human realm, Layla rushes to the rescue. She’s older and stronger, and she’s not about to let her last living family member be taken from her without a fight.
Only someone who belongs to both worlds can find the truth.

The portal spits her out in the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, but neither her sister or the kidnapper are anywhere to be found. Stuck in a world she only knows from school books, Layla forges unlikely alliances to find her sister. As she becomes tangled in the dark world of fairy trafficking, magic harvesting, and murder, Layla will have to find the strength within if she is to survive and save her sister.

I really like fairies quite a bit, so when I see a book about fairies I like to try the first book in the series. Magic Harvest was a pretty good showing for a fairy book. There is magic and good versus evil and then some in this book. The book follows Layla, a half-fairy/half-human, who is thrown into a rescue mission when her half-sister is fairy-napped but some dark mysterious horseman and dragged into the human world.

Layla is an interesting main character and I could see where some readers might have given up on her early on. She is kind of depressing and honestly after all the fairies and her sister have put her through in the beginning of the book, I am not sure why she even goes after them to save them.  She is very emotional throughout the whole book and in some places it did get a little annoying but the plot of the book was interesting enough to keep me going. 

I liked that Layla had to be the hero to save the fairies and I really liked her interactions with the humans that end up helping her. The evil in the book was a perfect mix of scary, mysterious, and frustrating and I think it all came together well. So overall I think this was a good start to a series - that being said, you can read just this book and isn't a complete cliffhanger to the next book. Instead it offers the opportunity to keep going if you want to. I really like books that do that. 

So if you are looking for a new series, like fairies and magic, and a good versus evil story this one might be for you.
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Signed copy of Magic Harvest + Swag

About the Author
Mary Karlik has always been a dreamer. When she was a teen, she read The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, and then sat in every wardrobe in her Nanna’s home, trying to open the door to Narnia. She didn’t find it, but she did discover her voice as an author: one filled with her young adult self, and grounded in her roots as a Texan and her Scottish heritage, nourished by obscure Scottish folklore.

You can find her Texas roots in her YA contemporary romance Hickville series , which has been described as “100% solid storytelling,” and begins with Welcome to Hickville High, a “lovely story about growing up.”

She digs deep into her Scottish roots – there is magic there, she just knows it – for the forthcoming YA epic fantasy Fairy Trafficking series, beginning with Magic Harvest.

She makes her home in the beautiful Sangre de Cristo mountains of Northern New Mexico where she is a certified professional ski instructor, but she also loves visiting Scotland where she is currently studying Scottish Gaelic at the University of Highlands and Islands in Skye. Mary also earned her MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University, has a B.S. degree from Texas A&M University, and is a Registered Nurse.

Mary currently serves as the President of the Young Adult Chapter of Romance Writers of America and looks forward to raising a glass or two of gin and tonic with her fellow writers every year at RWA’s national convention. 

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