Jun 30, 2014

Monthly Re-Cap: June 2014

Hello Readers, Bloggers, and Awesome people! 

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

WOW... Summer is going to fly by -- June is already gone :/ EEEP!

What did you read or listen to in June? 

Link me up in the comments section!

  ~~Events from June~~

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

           Lost and Found (Amy Devlin Volume 3)    The Golden Cage (A Dance of Dragons, #0.5)     Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception (Books of Faerie, #1)    The Merciless          
Get Lost, Odysseus! (Myth-O-Mania, #10)The AbominablesThe Orchard of HopeOnce Dead, Twice Shy (Madison Avery, #1)
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20538995-goodnight-football?ac=1 7662594 Fall Leaves

~~Links to Reviews ~~

Jun 29, 2014

Building the Book Pile #97

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

Hello Readers, Bloggers, and Awesome people! 

What's Happening?!
This week was so much better than last, thank goodness. Work was pretty lax all week and the weekend has been pretty fun. I got a scooter from my dad, he wasn't using it anymore and it is pretty broken anyway. We are fixing it all up so that I can ride it into town :) I am excited about it.

How was your week? Let me know in the comments.

Giveaways Going on NOW!   

  Almost over -- Go enter!
June Kindle Fire

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Coming up on the Blog...

There is not much on my schedule this week as I gear up for a bunch of reviews in July. I hope to post the following this week:
  Recent Reads: Chalk by Bill Thomson (Youth)
Recent Reads: Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George

Books This Week

Wonton Soup Collection
 WonTon Soup Collection by James Stokoe from Oni Press for review

Tiger Lily Sweet Peril (The Sweet Trilogy, #2)  Dear Luke, We Need to Talk, Darth: And Other Pop Culture Correspondences
Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson from BookOutlet (bought - used a coupon)
Sweet Peril by Wendy Higgins from BookOutlet (bought- used a coupon)
Dear Luke, We Need to Talk. Darth and other Pop Culture Correspondences by John Moe from Blogging for Books for review

Landline by Rainbow Rowell from Macmillan Audio for review

Covers go to Goodreads Pages

Jun 27, 2014

June Write On Review-A-Thon: Plans & Progress

The Write On review-a-thon is a monthly event created and hosted by Brianna at The Book Vixen. It’s 2 days dedicated to getting reviews done, whether you have one review to write or 30+. This edition of the review-a-thon takes place all day Friday, June 27th and Saturday, June 28th. Let’s get those reviews done!

I don't have too many but I have a few that I need to write for the coming months -- Here is my list:
Used Strikethrough to show Completion :)

I need to write reviews for:
  • Get Lost, Odysseus (Myth-o-mania #10)
  • I Was the Cat by Paul Tobin
  • Princess Ugg #2 by Ted Naifeh
  • Fall Leaves by Loretta Holland
  • Chalk by Bill Thompson

Jun 26, 2014

Bloomsbury Sparkiversary Q&A with Giveaway (INTL)!

Sparkie 6 Month Anniversary: Q&A

What has been your best experience since the release of your book?

Ashley Poston: Definitely all the support on Twitter and Facebook! I never thought I’d have so many people out of the blue just tweeting me to tell me how much they loved my story! It means a lot to me. I think every author has one story that’s their “baby” and mine is The Sound of Us. While it’s a very funny, very light-hearted YA/NA crossover (think Fangirl), its tackles some heavy-hitting stuff that’s pretty personal to me. And it’s surreal and wonderful and thrilling to read how much other people enjoyed it!

Caroline Dunford: I loved seeing the face of my heroine Sharra on the beautiful cover. She is just as I imagined her.

Cat Kalen: I am thrilled with reader response. I heard from students who were using my book for their school reports and it thrilled me.

Christine Duval: Really it is more than one moment. It is all the times women have come up to me, written to me, tweeted to me about how Positively Mine reminded them of their own situations. Many are women who were teen moms or who found themselves unexpectedly pregnant in college. I am so moved that something I created has had meaning in another person’s life.

Frankie Brown: Meeting so many wonderful people! The Sparkies are a wonderfully sweet, vivacious group, and the online YA book community is a ton of fun.

Jen McConnel: Listening to the amazing audiobook for the first time! My narrator, Carolyn Bonnyman, has the perfect voice for the story, and I could listen to her all day long. It’s funny, too; when I was revising the sequel, I heard it in her voice. She’s become an integral part of my story, and I’m so glad!

Jenny Kaczorowski: The moment my book popped up in my local library’s eMedia collection! More than any other publishing dream, I’ve always wanted to have something I wrote in libraries. I stumbled across it by accident and nearly screamed.

Jenny Morris: Reading people’s reviews and knowing they totally got our story. It’s still crazy to me that a total stranger is reading something that I wrote and relating to it.

Judith Tewes: My title isn’t out in the world yet (releases in July), but I’ve had a blast supporting my fellow Bloomsbury Spark authors as each new title has launched.

Kate Jarvik Birch: It might sound a little sadistic, but hearing that my book has brought someone to tears is one of the best feelings EVER—it’s also pretty awesome to hear that I’ve made them yell and cheer, but for some reason the tears feel like the biggest payoff.

Kelley Lynn: Fans (Eep! I still can’t believe I have fans…haha) contacting me wanting to talk about the book. I actually had one twelve-year-old girl somehow get a hold of my phone number. She called me and in this really sweet, shaky voice, asked how she could get a signed copy of my book. It was just so flattering and is totally the reason I do this.

Marie Langager: It’s an awesome feeling when you connect with readers. Especially when they’re in a country you’ve never been to!

Theresa DaLayne: Since my book doesn’t release until mid-August of this 2014, I probably haven’t had it yet. THE EDGE OF YOU is my new adult debut, and although Ron and Lilly’s story isn’t full of rainbows and gumdrops, it’s real. I think my favorite part about writing the story was reliving my years spent in Kodiak Island, Alaska, where I grew up. A few characters, like Lori for example, play a small but beautiful role, and are depictions of real people. It was an honor to incorporate part of my life into the story that will be shared with so many others.

Jun 25, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

The Iron Trial (Magisterium, #1)

The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Doubleday
Publication Date:  September 9, 2014


Goodreads Synopsis: 
From NEW YORK TIMES bestselling authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare comes a riveting new series that defies what you think you know about the world of magic.

From two bestselling superstars, a dazzling and magical middle-grade collaboration centering on the students of the Magisterium, an academy for those with a propensity toward magic. In this first book, a new student comes to the Magisterium against his will -- is it because he is destined to be a powerful magician, or is the truth more twisted than that? It's a journey that will thrill you, surprise you, and make you wonder about the clear-cut distinction usually made between good and evil.

This book has been on my Goodreads To Read list since FOREVER (really 2012...but still!) I want it SO bad! Middle grade, Holly Black, Cassandra Clare, magic, good versus evil ...ahhhh WANT! [end crazy ... sorry about that...] and I am super jealous of everyone that grabbed it at BEA this year!

What are you waiting for?

Jun 24, 2014

Recent Reads: Once Dead, Twice Shy by Kim Harrison

Once Dead, Twice Shy (Madison Avery, #1)Once Dead, Twice Shy by Kim Harrison
Series: Madison Avery Trilogy #1
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date:  May 2009


Format: Hardback
Source: Bought, Home Library/ June TBR Jar pick #2

Image Source: Goodreads



Goodreads Synopsis: 
My name is Madison Avery, and I'm here to tell you that there's more out there than you can see, hear, or touch. Because I'm there. Seeing it. Touching it. Living it.

Madison's prom was killer—literally. For some reason she's been targeted by a dark reaper—yeah, that kind of reaper—intent on getting rid of her, body and soul. But before the reaper could finish the job, Madison was able to snag his strange, glowing amulet and get away.

Now she's stuck on Earth—dead but not gone. Somehow the amulet gives her the illusion of a body, allowing her to toe the line between life and death. She still doesn't know why the dark reaper is after her, but she's not about to just sit around and let fate take its course.

With a little ingenuity, some light-bending, and the help of a light reaper (one of the good guys! Maybe . . . ), her cute crush, and oh yeah, her guardian angel, Madison's ready to take control of her own destiny once and for all, before it takes control of her.

Well, if she believed in that stuff.

Once Dead, Twice Shy has been on my shelf at home for a while now. I loved the premise and the cover so I picked it up out of the bargain bin at some point. This month it was one of the books chosen from my TBR jar so I was excited to start reading it – what I found was that while the book was good it seemed like there was a lot of the story missing.

We start out the book with Madison and she is already dead, we get that information from the half page of Prologue… but then the story jumps right in assuming that we know how she died, who Barnabus is, how she is still alive but dead-ish… It was all very weird. As this is the first book in the Madison Avery series I figured that the author was doing some strange lead up to a flashback or something, but no…it just kept truckin’.

What I liked about the book was the fast pace of it all, even though a good amount was me trying to figure out what was going on. And the main character Madison was enjoyable as well. She was funny and seemed like a relatable person, which was nice. It was very hard to get past the feeling that this was book 2 in the series though – So if you know what I missed, please let me know  (thanks!).

Jun 23, 2014

Early Reader Reivew: Goodnight Football by Michael Dahl

Goodnight Football
Series: Sports Illustrated Kids
Publisher: Capstone Young Readers
Publication Date:  August 1st, 2014


Format: paperback ARC
Source: Capstone Young Readers as a prize from Armchair BEA. receiving this book in no way effects my review or opinion of the book



Goodreads Synopsis: 
From the opening kick off to the final whistle, Goodnight Football will bring the excitement of a football game to the youngest fan. The rhyming text, vibrant illustrations, and gentle ending will capture the love of the game through a child's eyes. A celebration of football, friendship, and family. This book is sure to be a touchdown for every football fan!

This book is adorable and I will be passing it on to family to read with their young ones. It follows a family as they attend a football game and all the wonders that are there. The colors and pictures are bold and bright to hold the attention of youngsters and the story is cute as it follows the kids leaving the stadium saying goodnight to all of the wonderful things that make up football. Lastly, the story rhymes, making it fun and easy to read aloud.

Being a book for ages 4-8 there isn't much more that I can say about it, but I do believe that your young reader will enjoy learning about football, stadiums, and love for the game thought this book. Very cute!

Jun 22, 2014

Building the Book Pile #96

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

Hello Readers, Bloggers, and Awesome people! 

What's Happening?!
This week has been...pretty meh and on the verge of horrible. Work on Monday was super stressful and all of the things decided to go wrong the day I come back from vacation; then on Tuesday my glasses broke - yup, right down the middle; and the rest of the week continued like that :/ (at work at least - oh work why do you torment me so?!) 

On the bright side, it was a warm sunny week and my veggie garden seems to be doing wonderful. AND my husband is the best, he really made sure that I was happy while home: helping around the house and being adorable <3
I also finished a few books and got wonderful things in my inboxes too.

Giveaways Going on NOW!   

$25 Amazon Card 
June Kindle Fire

Click pic/link to be taken to the giveaway!
Others may be linked on the right sidebar :) check them out!


Coming up on the Blog...

Early reader Review: Goodnight Football by Michael Dahl (Youth) 
Recent Reads: Once Dead, Twice Shy by Kim Harrison (TBR Jar - June #2) (YA)
Waiting on Wednesday
Blitz: Bloomsbury Spark's 6-month Sparkiversary w/Giveaway!

Books This Week

Ebooks - A cat themed week it seems
I Was the CatMiss Fatty Cat's Revenge (Cats in the Mirror #3)
I Was The Cat by Paul Tobin and Benjamin Dewey from Oni press for review (Release Date: August 6, 2014) - I have already started reading this one and it is very clever...
Miss Fatty Cat's Revenge (Cats in the Mirror #3) by Meg Welch Dendler from the author for review (Release Date: September 12, 2014)
 Viminy Crowe's Comic Book
Viminy Crowe's Comic Book by Marthe Jocelyn & Richard Scrimger from Librarything Early Reviewer in exchange for an honest review. - Love the cover for this one and it looks like a fun read.

Covers go to Goodreads Pages

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 Happy Reading!