Oct 15, 2018

Blog Blast w/ Excerpt & Giveaway! The Lantern's Ember by Colleen Houck



About the Book

Welcome to a world where nightmarish creatures reign supreme.

Five hundred years ago, Jack made a deal with the devil. It’s difficult for him to remember much about his mortal days. So, he focuses on fulfilling his sentence as a Lantern—one of the watchmen who guard the portals to the Otherworld, a realm crawling with every nightmarish creature imaginable. Jack has spent centuries jumping from town to town, ensuring that nary a mortal—or not-so-mortal—soul slips past him. That is, until he meets beautiful Ember O’Dare.

Seventeen, stubborn, and a natural-born witch, Ember feels a strong pull to the Otherworld. Undeterred by Jack’s warnings, she crosses into the forbidden plane with the help of a mysterious and debonair vampire—and the chase through a dazzling, dangerous world is on. Jack must do everything in his power to get Ember back where she belongs before both the earthly and unearthly worlds descend into chaos.  





 
CHAPTER 1
CROSSROADS
          Jack sat on top of the covered bridge in his favorite spot, his arm draped over his carved pumpkin. The gourd wasn’t his first choice to house the ember of his immortality, but then again, he’d never really been given a choice.
          It wasn’t the first time he’d heard of foolish men who’d made deals with the devil. During every scary story he’d been told as a child on long winter nights, he’d clutched his covers to his throat imagining frightening specters, red demons, or wicked- clawed ghouls looming out of swaying shadows, ready to snatch up unmindful children and trick them with beguiling words. His imagination never came close to the truth. And he’d certainly never envisioned those devils walking earth as mere men, dressed as pirates, storing stolen souls in harvest vegetables.

Oct 14, 2018

Building the Book Pile #275

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

Hello Readers, Bloggers, and Awesome people! 

So this week was lots of ups and downs. School is going great and I have loads of posts prepared for the coming weeks to keep the blog going - I even have a few reviews too! It was the hubs b-day on Wednesday but I also had to bring Rolo (my Frenchie) to an eye specialist. He had an ulcer for a week and it worsened... so eye doctor was the next step. We are still trying to heal him up and go back for a re-check on Wednesday.  I had friends over on Friday for Pumpkin Carving and it was a great time though.

The weather is getting colder which is nice but the sun is going down at 6:30 already :( it make me a little sad.


I hope everyone is having a great month so far!

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Coming up on the Blog

Blog Blast - Excerpt & Giveaway! The Lanter's Ember by Colleen Houck (YA)
Waiting on Wednesday
Recent Reads: Begone the Raggedy Witches by Celine Keirnan (MG)
Early Reader Review: Phoebe and Her Unicorn in Unicorn Theater by Dana Simpson (MG, NG)
 

Books Received this Week

  That Night

For Review:
That Night by Amy Giles from the Publicist for review.

   
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Oct 12, 2018

Early Reader Review: This is a Whoopsie! by Andrew Cangelose

Source: From Netgalley and Diamond Book Distributors in exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion or review.

This Is a Whoopsie!
 This is a Whoopsie! by Andrew Cangelose
Publisher: Diamond Book Distributors
Publication Date:  October 16, 2018



https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27405327-pop-manga-coloring-book?from_search=true  https://www.amazon.com/Pop-Manga-Coloring-Book-Beautiful/dp/0399578471?ie=UTF8&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0399578471&linkCode=as2&redirect=true&ref_=x_gr_w_bb&tag=x_gr_w_bb-20

Format: Ebook 

Rating:


 



Goodreads Synopsis: 
This is supposed to be a book about all the different things moose can do, like leaping and jumping and being really tall. But maybe Whoopsie isn't the right moose for the job. You might want to pick a different moose for this book. Maybe instead we can do a book about falling down a lot? Yeah! Whoopsie would be great at that.This hilarious book about a clumsy moose shows that sometimes being a little different can make one great story.
Review: 
I really like books by Andrew Cangelose, they are silly and very cute. In this book you are supposed to learn all about moose, but the moose in the book is a bit clumsy and tends to ruin things - so when he accidentally falls into the text he has to put it back together. 

This was a great book about being different and telling readers that it is ok to be a bit different. Whoopsie the moose is funny and you and your kids will have a great time reading about him and reading his story revisions. I really liked this clumsy moose and think he will make kids laugh while learning an important lesson - it is ok to be yourself and create a new narrative.

Oct 10, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday: Father Christmas and Me by Matt Haig

Father Christmas and Me
Father Christmas and Me by Matt Haig
Series: Christmas #3
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd.
Publication Date: October 16, 2018



https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17608898-the-killing-jar?from_search=true&search_version=service
Synopsis:  



Why I Am Waiting:
OMG!!! Book 3!!! Yesssssss, I love Christmas books and these ones have started off my season for the last two years, hopefully my Netgalley request gets approved!

Oct 9, 2018

Early Reader Review: Brave Thumbelina by An Leysen

Source: From Netgalley and Clavis Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion or review.

Brave Thumbelina
Brave Thumbelina by An Leysen

Publisher:  Clavis Publishing
Publication Date:  October 11, 2018



https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27405327-pop-manga-coloring-book?from_search=true  https://www.amazon.com/Pop-Manga-Coloring-Book-Beautiful/dp/0399578471?ie=UTF8&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0399578471&linkCode=as2&redirect=true&ref_=x_gr_w_bb&tag=x_gr_w_bb-20

Format: Ebook

Rating:


 



Goodreads Synopsis: 
An Leysen's breathtaking and magical retelling of the classic fairy tale of Hans Christian Andersen!

Once upon a time, there was a woman who desperately wanted a child. One day, a good witch passed her house and gave her a flower seed. The woman planted the seed and took good care of it. Before long, two little eyes curiously stared at her between the petals. Inside the flower was a tiny girl! The woman named her Thumbelina. It soon became clear that Thumbelina was a very brave little girl.

In this magical picture book, An Leysen retells the classic fairy tale of Hans Christian Andersen. For children ages 5 and up and anyone who loves enchanting fairy tales.
Review: 
This is a gorgeous book retelling the story of Thumbelina.  The illustrations throughout are breathtakingly done in pastel colors. The images are whimsical and realistic and the retelling is very well done. 

This is on the wordier side of Youth reads - the images are large and take up a lot of space but each page has a full paragraph of text as well. So it isn't a quick bedtime read but it is a great book if you have time to sit and read. If your child sits well this is a beautiful book to read to them. It has some good teaching points about being thoughtful and nice and how that can help you in the long run and about appreciating the beauty of the world around us.

Oct 8, 2018

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Oct 7, 2018

Building the Book Pile #274

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

Hello Readers, Bloggers, and Awesome people! 

Happy OCTOBER!👻🎃☠️
This week has been a busy one again. I have read a few kids books for reviews but that is about all I can handle at the moment. My doggie - Rolo, had to go to the vet on Tuesday and will go again this week to check on an ulcer in his eye - same things happened last year but he is a Frenchie and getting old so this is the new norm. Hopefully we don't have to go see an eye specialist to help it heal but it is looking like that is what is going to happen 💸💸💸.

I started my class officially and am a few weeks ahead in the homework assignments, just waiting on weekly discussion posting/ responses. I am more excited than I thought I would be (esp. because it is statistics 🤮) and am getting really into it. I also really like the online class set up and I can just do things when I have time (even though there are deadlines) - when I was in college I never wanted to go to class and this alleviates the problem  (lol).

I hope everyone is having a great month so far!

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Coming up on the Blog

Another (#3) $100 Giveaway
Early Reader Review: Brave Thumbelina by An Leysen (Youth)
Waiting on Wednesday
Early Reader Review: This is a Whoopsie! by Andrew Cangelose (Youth)
 

Books Received this Week

      Brave Thumbelina  Phoebe and Her Unicorn in Unicorn Theater  Magic - The Gathering Cards: The Unofficial Ultimate Collector's Guide

For Review:
Brave Thumbelina by An Leysen from Netgalley and Clavis Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

Phoebe and Her Unicorn in Unicorn Theater by Dana Simpson from Netgalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

Magic the Gathering Cards by Ben Bleiweiss from Netgalley and F+W Media in exchange for an honest review.


   
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Oct 4, 2018

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Oct 3, 2018

Trailer Blast w/ Excerpt & Giveaway! Death by the River by Alexandrea Weis and Lucas Astor


About the Book
Some truths are better kept secret.
Some secrets are better off dead.

Along the banks of the Bogue Falaya River, sits the abandoned St. Francis Seminary. Beneath a canopy of oaks, blocked from prying eyes, the teens of St. Benedict High gather here on Fridays. The rest of the week belongs to school and family—but weekends belong to the river.

And the river belongs to Beau Devereaux.

The only child of a powerful family, Beau can do no wrong. Handsome. Charming. Intelligent. The star quarterback of the football team. The “prince” of St. Benedict is the ultimate catch.

He is also a psychopath.

A dirty family secret buried for years, Beau’s evil grows unchecked. In the shadows of the ruined St. Francis Abbey, he commits unspeakable acts on his victims and ensures their silence with threats and intimidation. Senior year, Beau sets his sights on his girlfriend’s headstrong twin sister, Leslie, who hates him. Everything he wants but cannot have, she will be his ultimate prize.

As the victim toll mounts, it becomes crystal clear that someone has to stop Beau Devereaux.

And that someone will pay with their life.

WARNING: Readers of Death by the River will encounter situations of violence and sexual abuse which could be upsetting. 








Oct 2, 2018

Early Reader Review: Up the Mountain Path by Marianne Dubuc

Source: From Netgalley and Princeton Architectural Press in exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinions or review.

Up the Mountain Path
Up the Mountain Path by Marianne Dubuc

Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Publication Date:  October 2, 2018 - TODAY!



https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27405327-pop-manga-coloring-book?from_search=true  https://www.amazon.com/Pop-Manga-Coloring-Book-Beautiful/dp/0399578471?ie=UTF8&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0399578471&linkCode=as2&redirect=true&ref_=x_gr_w_bb&tag=x_gr_w_bb-20

Format: Ebook


Rating:


 



Goodreads Synopsis: 
Mrs. Badger, an avid collector and naturalist, takes a weekly journey up to Sugarloaf Peak, greeting her friends on the way and sharing her discoveries with them. One day she meets Lulu, a very small cat, who wants to go with her to the top of the mountain. On the way, Lulu learns to take care of the natural world, help those in need, and listen to her intuition. Rich in wisdom and beautifully illustrated, Up the Mountain Path offers a profound story full of lessons about love, generosity, and following one's heart. 
Review: 
Such a heartwarming book. I love adventures and hiking and finding new places or new things in places I have been before. This book embraces the little things as well as bigger concepts like friendship, encouragement, and passing of the torch and traditions. For being so simply put together the book said so much. We follow a simple tale about Mrs. Badger walking up the mountain everyday. She is joined by Lulu who learns all about the mountain from Mrs. Badger and so much more. The illustrations are gorgeous, pastel colored with such wonderful detail. Some pages are full images some are just smaller ones that build the concepts. All are wonderfully done and right where you want/need them. 

This is a beautiful children's book and I highly recommend it. I will actually be sharing this title with some parents that I know for their young ones - I really adored it.