Sep 2, 2014

Monthly Re-Cap: August 2014

Hello Readers, Bloggers, and Awesome people! 

Another month down, here's another wrap-up- complete with Goodreads and Review links. 


Annnnnnnndddddd....It's September!!


What did you read or listen to in August? 

Link me up in the comments section! 


  ~~Events/ Goodies from August~~

ARC August 2015 

Last month was ARC August, I had a plan to read 5 ARCs that are in my TBR. I got through 3 that were in that plan  -- Courtney Crumrin, Mortal Danger, and The Case of the Stolen Sixpence.  Even though I didn't finish my list I did get a lot of good reading in - a few from my TBR that weren't ARCs, a few review copies, and a few ARCs that weren't on the list -- Princess Ugg, Small Blue and the Deep Dark Night, and Maddy Kattle. Did you participate? How did you do?!


~~Books Read in August (+ Audiobooks Listened to in August)~~   

Courtney Crumrin: The Final Spell (Courtney Crumrin, #6)Viminy Crowe's Comic Book22022641Mortal Danger (Immortal Game, #1)The Stern and Wild Ones (Seeker Series, #1)20256583
Small Blue and the Deep Dark NightThe Case of the Stolen Sixpence18149042
Maddy Kettle: The Adventure of the Thimblewitch22807865

~~Links to Reviews ~~

Sep 1, 2014

Early Reader Review: Fall Leaves by Loretta Holland Leaves by Loretta Holland

Illustrated by Elly McKay

Publisher: HMH for Young Readers

Publication Date:  September 2, 2014


Format: Paperback ARC

Source: HMH for Young Readers for Review. Receiving this book in no way effects my opinion or review of the book.


Goodreads Synopsis: 
Autumn is in the air: days grow shorter and nights are long. Birds leave, flowers, too. Apples and temperatures fall—then snow!

Part poem, part silent stage, this luminous picture book puts autumn on display and captures the spirit of change that stays with us long after fall leaves. Unlock the secrets of this busy and beautiful time of year as the natural world makes way for winter.

Fall Leaves is a beautifully illustrated book for ages 4 to 8 about the coming and goings of the fall season. The artwork throughout is absolutely wonderful with light box illustrations that really pop out and look very real. The colors throughout are bright and vibrant and I think young readers looking on will love these images. As for the tale/poem told, I think that there are two ways to read this book: There is large text on each page that can be read as if a poem and then smaller text that seems as if designed for a parent to read to children.

Reading this book to myself, I very much enjoyed it, I think the text will have children asking many questions – about words, happenings, and meanings, which as a parent you could view as wonderful or frustrating depending on the day. This was a very cute read and the ARC copy I received included an activity at the end about how to make Leaf Prints. I hope that it stays with the officially released book as it is a fun and easy fall activity to do with kids.

Many Thanks to HMH for Young Readers for this ARC.

Aug 28, 2014

Recent Reads: Food Trucks! by Mark Todd

Food Trucks!Food Trucks! by Mark Todd
Publisher: HMH for Young Readers
Publication Date:  June 3, 2014


Format: Hardback
Source: HMH Young Readers for Review. Recieving this book in no way effects my opinion or review of the book.


Goodreads Synopsis: 
"Talk about your meals on wheels!" A convoy of comic food trucks is heading your way, serving up a mouthful of good eats with a side of humor and verse. They've got everything from french fries to falafel. You can sample sushi. Build a burger. Eat an empanada! There's a food truck flavor to satisfy every appetite in this comically illustrated picture book with rhyming text. A fun and informative homage to tasty treats and transportation. Additional fun facts on food history and nutrition are also peppered throughout the book.
This was a really fun book. It is jam-packed with colorful images and interesting facts about various types of food that it talks about. The illustrations of the food trucks are playful and bright and the book will teach kids about all kinds of different foods using witty poems that go along with the images.

I found this book to be really fun and it did teach me a lot of random food facts that I would then yell across the room to my husband... so this book will be great for all ages and I think parents will enjoy it just as much as kids will.


Aug 27, 2014

Recent Reads: Small Blue and the Deep Dark Night

Small Blue and the Deep Dark Night by Jon Davis
Publisher: HMH for Young Readers 
Publication Date:  August 26, 2014
Grades: Pre-K- 3, Ages: 4-8   


Format: Hardback ARC
HMH for Young Readers for Review. Receiving this book in no way effects my opinion or review of the book.



Goodreads Synopsis: 
When Small Blue wakes up in the middle of the night, she thinks of hungry things . . . and warty things . . . and hairy things! But are they really as scary as they seem? With the help and comfort of Big Brown, Small Blue slowly begins to imagine fun things in the dark instead of scary ones. Jon Davis's whimsical text and illustrations featuring a sweet father-daughter duo ensure that neither the night nor the unknown will be scary again.

Small Blue and the Deep Dark Night is a very cute tale about spinning the spooky into fun and the what-ifs that lurk in the dark. Big Brown (a bear) takes care of Small Blue (a bunny) and helps him to realize that those ghastly things he is imagining are playful creatures that just want to say hello.

I think this book is very cute and would be great for young ones that are afraid of being in the dark. It is a good representation of thinking positive as well. Small Blue is adorable and comes to accept that the deep dark night isn't a very scary place after all. 

The illustrations are beautiful and engaging with bright colors and cute characters in playful situations. Even the dark pages are interesting and fun. I think this would be a wonderful bedtime story.


Aug 25, 2014

Blast w/ Giveaway!: Twisted Dark by Neil Gibson

About the Book

Twisted Dark is Neil Gibson's interconnected psychological thriller anthology. This, the first volume, is formed of 12 individual and unique stories comprising of nearly 200 hundred pages. The stories vary from 10 year old girls to Colombian drug lords and everything in between but the stories are all somehow connected some obviously so and some not. It is left to the reader to find the connections, with some impossible to see until you have read multiple volumes. The books contains horror, dark, at times demented, stories incorporating every human emotion, illegal activity, and brutal reality. Using various illustrators allows each story and character to develop their own form the reader is left desperate to turn the pages. The book has been embraced by the comic book world receiving critical acclaim and a cult underground following.

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About the Author

Neil is the founder and lead writer at TPub. He is currently writing all of the titles at TPub, but is looking forward to the day when other writers are hired he can take credit for their work. He used to be a management consultant, before realising in his 30s that he loved good comics and wanted to make a career out of them. He believes that the comic book medium is one of the most efficient mediums for communicating stories. If you want to annoy him, just mention how you think comics are for kids. His reaction is a common source of amusement. He has given talks in universities and clubs about comics and will gladly talk anywhere he is invited to about comics and how underutilised they really are. To book Neil to give a talk, please email


Aug 24, 2014

Building the Book Pile #105

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

Hello Readers, Bloggers, and Awesome people! 

What's Happening?! 

Look a finished patio! I am so excited about this, little by little we have been doing pieces of it and now it is finally finished.  :D

Events Happening Now!
  ARC August 2015  
How was your week ? Let me know in the comments.

Giveaways Going on Now!!
Fetch Blog Tour


Coming up on the Blog... 

Blog Blast: Twisted Dark Volume 1 by Neil Gibson (Graphic Novel)

Early Reader Review: Small Blue and the Deep Dark Night by Jon Davis (Youth)

 Recent Reads Review: Allies and Assassins by Justin Somper (YA)

Recent Reads Review: Food Trucks! by Mark Todd (Youth) 



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