Wednesday, February 15, 2017

BLOG TOUR / REVIEW FOR - STU STORIES - BY PATRICK HUELLER


Welcome to my stop for STU STORIES.  I am excited to be part of this tour.

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pic and description taken from blog tour site (http://blog.cedarfort.com/blog-tour-stu-stories/)

DESCRIPTION:

Stu Sanderson is no ordinary eighth-grader. Not only is he seven feet tall, but he also vanishes into thin air, duels knights and ninjas, lifts the downtrodden, and woos the best-calved girl in school. Become a middle-grade legend with Stu and his sidekick, Bird Bones, on the journey of a lifetime in “Stu Stories.”

MY REVIEW / THOUGHTS:

This was such a fun story....or stories :).  Although the whole time I read this book all I could think of was my son...hehe.  I can see him doing some of the things Stu and Bird Bones do in this book.

Stu wanted to become legendary so he tries new ways all the time to make himself that way.

With titles to the chapters like "Stu Goes Undercover", and "Stu's Head Falls Off", you can imagine the shenanigans these two boys get into.  I think poor Bird Bones was talked into participating a lot.  Doesn't that seem to always be the way?  One a leader, one a follower.

Some of their "tricks" were quite funny.  For example Stu disappears in the middle of class one day.  His teacher freaks out calls the Principal to report a missing student.  While the teacher was freaking out Stu slips right out of his hiding place and right back to his seat.  The way it happens is just funny.  It's what I picture any 13-14 yr old doing :).

Then there is the saying "it's all fun and games until someone looses an eye".  I will leave the book for you to find out what I mean.  Happy Reading!

MY RATING:





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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Patrick Hueller
pic taken from Amazon and bio taken from tour page

Patrick Hueller has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Minnesota. His fiction and humor have been published fairly widely (sometimes under the pen names “Paul Hoblin” or “P.W. Hueller”). Fun fact: he’s Cedar Fort author Andy Hueller’s identical twin brother. They like to do readings together whenever they can. He’s been a middle school teacher and is currently a college English professor at Hamline University.


THANK YOU!





Wednesday, February 8, 2017

BLOG TOUR / REVIEW FOR - DATING NEVER WORKS...UNTIL IT DOES - BY ZACK OATES


WELCOME TO MY STOP ON THIS FUN TOUR

pic and description taken from tour site

DESCRIPTION:

Tired of mixed messages, confusing signals, and of playing the dating game? Dating expert Zack Oates has experienced it all in this comical guide that will keep you happy and laughing. Perfect for audiences in dating situations of all kinds, these encouraging steps will help you find your celestial mate.

MY REVIEW / THOUGHTS:

I am not in the dating world any more which I am very thankful for.  I decided to join this tour because I do have a daughter that is in the dating world.  I thought it would be fun to read the "mans" point of view on dating.  This book was a lot of fun.  It was like Oates was sitting in the room with you having a discussion on how he got to where he is today.  It's entertaining, and a great "guide" to dating.

This book has so many great ideas for dating.  There are so many things in this book I tell my kids all the time, and it was fun to see another perspective.  He is so funny in this book.  One of his headings says "Dating is like passing gas - if you try too hard, it hurts".  I laughed so hard.

There is a lot of great advice in this book.  Some of them are.....

"Don't worry why they waited an extra five minutes to text you back, but just be grateful you are texting.  Enjoy the process and try not to get caught up in the details" (why do girls always make everything so important while dating, and forget to enjoy the ride).

"...if you never leave the safety of the friend zone, you'll never have anything but friends."  (too many kids now a days just want to "hang out" instead of breaching the "friend zone").

There is a quote in the book from Tony Robbins that Oates heard in a conference.  He was talking about a change of perspective...."...Nothing in the world changed in the last five minutes besides your perspective.  The positive attitude to succeed is completely up to you"

I really enjoy the date ideas at the end.  I am an old married woman but never too old to date my husband.  Plus, that is part of the "working" on my relationship.  

This really is a great book.  Even if you are not in the dating world anymore, there are some great ideas on ways to work on your relationship.  Marriage is work.  Sometimes it's hard and sometimes it's not, but it's work.  I am sure it took all of us going through many "duds" to get to our "Prince Charming's".   Take some advice from Oates, and read this book.  You will enjoy it so much.

Source:  I was given this book as part of a blog tour.  I was not compensated in any way for this review.  These are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book.

MY RATING:



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Zack Oates
pic taken from www.bowlofoates.com and bio taken from tour page


Zack Oates is an entrepreneur, hot tubber, and blogger. He has started six businesses, which have been featured in Wired Magazine, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. He has an MBA from BYU with an emphasis in innovation and a bachelor’s in advertising and marketing. He was voted one of the top 100 entrepreneurs by VSpring Capital and received first place at the largest university business plan competition in the world (over 800 teams participated). After living in Ukraine for two years serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he started a nonprofit in 2008 called Courage to Hope, which works with victims of domestic violence in Ukraine. In addition to being a finalist and then “Love Guru” on the Mormon Bachelor and Bachelorette, he has an inspiration and dating blog called Bowl of Oates..

A SPECIAL THANKS TO:

for allowing me to be part of this tour!



Monday, February 6, 2017

AUDIO BOOK REVIEW FOR - THE STRANGER GAME - BY CYLIN BUSBY

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pic and description taken from Goodreads

DESCRIPTION:

The Stranger Game is a dark, suspenseful, and twisty young adult novel—perfect for fans of Lauren Oliver and E. Lockhart—about fifteen-year-old Nico Walker, whose sister returns home after a four-year disappearance.

When Nico Walker's older sister mysteriously disappears, her parents, family, and friends are devastated. But Nico can never admit what she herself feels: relief at finally being free of Sarah's daily cruelties.

Then the best and worst thing happens: four years later, after dozens of false leads, Sarah is found.

But this girl is much changed from the one Nico knew. She's thin and drawn, where Sarah had been golden and athletic; timid and unsure, instead of brash and competitive; and strangest of all, sweet and kind, when she had once been mean and abusive. Sarah's retrograde amnesia has caused her to forget almost everything about her life, from small things like the plots of her favorite books and her tennis game to the more critical—where she's been the last four years and what happened at the park on the fateful day she vanished. Despite the happy ending, the dark details of that day continue to haunt Nico, and it becomes clear that more than one person knows the true story of what happened to Sarah. . .

MY REVIEW / THOUGHTS:

Nico's sister Sarah disappeared 4 years ago.  Her parents were devastated, but Nico had not determined if she was sad or happy about it.  Her sister Sarah was horrible to her.  Treated her like crap, always demeaning her.  Just an all around mean girl.

Through the years Nico and her parents had been though a lot.  Always being called to the Police Station to identify a body, or getting phone calls saying there was a sighting of Sarah.  Each time Nico's parents would take her out of school to go with them "just in case" it was Sarah.  Life was an emotional roller coaster for Nico and her family.

Then one day, Nico's parents get a phone call that Sarah has been found.  When she came home Nico wasn't quite sure what to think.  So many things were different about Sarah.  Then another roller coaster of emotions come over the whole family again.  Nico's mom and dad wouldn't let either of them out of their site, but wanted Sarah to have whatever she wanted.  Trying to make up for the 4 years she was gone.

This story is so very interesting.  It went in a totally different direction than I thought it would, which surprised me, and I love it when books do that.  I am sure others who reviewed this knew how it was going to end, but not me.  I was kind of shocked.

I really enjoyed listening to this book.  It was a fast listen.  I know that sounds funny, but it really was.  I hope that if you choose to read it you like it as much as I did.   Happy reading!

Source:  I bought this audio book for myself.  I was not compensated in any way for this review.  These are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book.

MY RATING:


WHERE TO BUY:

    

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Cylin Busby
pic and bio taken from Goodreads

Cylin Busby is the author of several teen books and numerous articles as well as the acclaimed young adult memoir, THE YEAR WE DISAPPEARED,which was a Wall Street Journal bestseller, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, and a Cybils Award winner. 
Her latest novel, THE NINE LIVES OF JACOB TIBBS, has earned starred reviews and was an Amazon Best Book of the Month. The former Senior Editor of Teen Magazine, Cylin now lives in Los Angeles with her family.










Saturday, February 4, 2017

AUDIO BOOK REVIEW FOR - CROOKED KINGDOM - BY LEIGH BARDUGO

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pic and description taken from Goodreads

DESCRIPTION:

Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn't think they'd survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they're right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and left crippled by the kidnapping of a valuable team member, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz's cunning and test the team's fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city's dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of magic in the Grisha world. 

MY REVIEW / THOUGHTS:

This installment in the Six of Crows series is so, so, so good. 

We get to revisit all of these wonderful characters.  Kaz and his crew of bandits :).  My favorite bandits ever.  

In their scheme to get the money they are owed, Kaz comes up with another plan that ends up being dangerous (of course), and has lots of moving parts that could go wrong.  Which is when this book gets really, really intense.

I was on the edge of my seat the whole time listening to this book.  It took me longer than planned to finish, but that was because I had some books that "had" to be read.  I would listen to this in my car, when I was getting ready in the morning, and at night when every one was asleep.  I took every opportunity between my "must" reads to listen to this book.

There is so much action in this books, and I grew to love Kaz's crew even more with this book.  They may have their issues, but they always have each others backs.  True loyalty, which makes their band so much better.

There is dancing on rooftops....okay more like fighting, but dancing sounds better ;).  Fighting, blackmail, kidnapping, and non stop action.  You will really enjoy this series!!!  It was fan freaking tastic.  Awesome.

Source:  I bought this book for myself.  I was not compensated in any way for this review.  These are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book.


MY RATING:



WHERE TO BUY:

   


ABOUT THE AWESOME AUTHOR:

Leigh Bardugo
pic and bio taken from Goodreads

Leigh Bardugo is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Grisha Trilogy (Shadow and BoneSiege and Storm, and Ruin and Rising). 

She was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Los Angeles, and graduated from Yale University, and has worked in advertising, journalism, and most recently, makeup and special effects. These days, she’s lives and writes in Hollywood where she can occasionally be heard singing with her band. Her new book, Six of Crows, arrives fall 2015.

She would be delighted if you followed her on Twitter, elated if you visited her web site, and downright giddy if you liked Shadow & Bone on Facebook



Friday, February 3, 2017

MINI REVIEW - IF YOU WERE ME AND LIVED IN THE ANCIENT MALI EMPIRE - BY CAROLE P. ROMAN

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pic and description taken from Goodreads

DESCRIPTION:

Join Carole P. Roman as she travels back in time to visit the exciting Ancient Empire of Mali in Africa during the 1300s. Learn about the varied customs and cultures. Travel to the past to discover what you would eat and do for fun. See the land and its rich history through the eyes of a youngster like you. Don't forget to look at the other books in the series so that you can be an armchair time traveler. 

MY REVIEW / THOUGHTS:

Another wonderful installment in Roman's series of books.  I have to admit I learned a lot reading this book.  I like to think I know more than I do :).  No, there were just some really interesting things in this book.  It's so fun.  

Again, these books are so great for young readers who want to learn more about different cultures.  I myself have learned so much myself.  The Ancient Empires fascinate me and they always have.  

Take some time and pick these up for your kids.  They are fun and informational.  I liked how at the end of this book there is an explanation of all the "important figures" during this Empire.  It's awesome.

Source:  I was given this book by the author in return for an honest review.  I was not compensated in any way for this review.  These are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book.

MY RATING:


WHERE TO BUY:

  

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Carole P. Roman
pic and bio taken from Goodreads

Carole P. Roman is the award-winning author of the Captain No Beard series. Both Captain No Beard-An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate's Life and Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis have received the Kirkus Star of Exceptional Merit. The first book in the series was named to Kirkus Reviews Best 2012. Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis has just been named to Kirkus Reviews Best of 2015. Each book in the series has won numerous awards including the NABE Pinnacle Award, ERIK Award for 2013, ForeWord Review Five Star and Finalist in the Book of the Year, and Reader's Views Children's Book of the Year 2013, Shelf Unbound Best Series, Back to School Resource Winner, IAN, National Indie Excellence Award, MoonBeam Award for If You Were Me and Lived in...Scotland. She is also the author of the award-winning non-fiction culture series If You Were Me and Lived in...exploring customs and culture around the world. She co-authored Navigating Indieworld: A Beginner's Guide To Self-Publishing and Marketing Your Book, which earned a 5 Star ForeWord Review Clarion Review. Roman lives on Long Island with her husband and near her children and grandchildren.


Thursday, February 2, 2017

MINI BOOK REVIEW FOR - IF YOU WERE ME AND LIVED ON MARS - BY CAROLE P. ROMAN

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pic and description taken from Goodreads

DESCRIPTION:

Join Carole P. Roman when she blasts off to colonize the planet Mars, in the newest book of her informative series. Learn about how life would be living on the Red Planet. Travel to Olympus Mons, the largest volcano in the solar system. Look into the sky and watch Phobos and Deimos, Mars' two moons. Discover what you would wear, and how the seasons change. See Mars through the eyes of an adventurous youngster like you and understand what life is like in a trip of a lifetime. Don't forget to look at the other books in the series so that you can be an armchair traveler.

MY REVIEW / THOUGHTS:

I have thoroughly enjoyed reading Roman's stories.  This one is no different, except its in space.

I love all the fun facts in the book.  They are great for young readers who are interested in other cultures and like to explore.

Although, after reading this one life on Mars sounds like it could be very interesting place to live.  It would take lots of preparation and you have to plan on being there a long time, but if it was really a thing we could do I think I would want to try it.  This one is super fun to read.

Source:  I was given this book by the author in return for an honest review.  I was not compensated in any way for this review.  These are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book.

MY RATING:



WHERE TO BUY:


  

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Carole P. Roman
pic and bio taken from Goodreads

Carole P. Roman is the award-winning author of the Captain No Beard series. Both Captain No Beard-An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate's Life and Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis have received the Kirkus Star of Exceptional Merit. The first book in the series was named to Kirkus Reviews Best 2012. Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis has just been named to Kirkus Reviews Best of 2015. Each book in the series has won numerous awards including the NABE Pinnacle Award, ERIK Award for 2013, ForeWord Review Five Star and Finalist in the Book of the Year, and Reader's Views Children's Book of the Year 2013, Shelf Unbound Best Series, Back to School Resource Winner, IAN, National Indie Excellence Award, MoonBeam Award for If You Were Me and Lived in...Scotland. She is also the author of the award-winning non-fiction culture series If You Were Me and Lived in...exploring customs and culture around the world. She co-authored Navigating Indieworld: A Beginner's Guide To Self-Publishing and Marketing Your Book, which earned a 5 Star ForeWord Review Clarion Review. Roman lives on Long Island with her husband and near her children and grandchildren.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Dragonwatch by Brandon Mull (Book Trailer)


Ladies and Gentlemen welcome to this AWESOME reveal of the long awaited book trailer for

DRAGONWATCH

BY 

BRANDON MULL




also there is an exciting contest that you can enter!  Here are the details:

Pay tribute to your favorite dragons! Send us a photo on social media and Brandon Mull may pick YOU as the fan most “Decked Out for Dragonwatch”!

If you love dragons, gather together your best dragon gear and unleash your imagination by creating a space in your home, classroom, library, or local bookstore that pays tribute to all your favorite dragons from Fablehaven and anywhere else in the universe.

Take a picture of your “Decked Out for Dragonwatch” space and send it to us via social media. Brandon Mull will choose the best, most creative spaces from submitted entries, and we’ll send those lucky fans and autographed copy of Dragonwatch plus a copy of The Caretaker’s Guide to Fablehaven and Fablehaven Book of Imagination.

See the website for the five ways to enter and the official rules: http://brandonmull.com/decked/


THANKS TO SHADOW MOUNTAIN PUBLISHING FOR THIS FUN TRAILER AND CONTEST!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

BLOG TOUR / REVIEW FOR - ASPEN EVERLASTING - BY KATHRYN COOPER


WELCOME TO MY STOP FOR THIS TOUR!

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pic and description taken from Goodreads

DESCRIPTION:

Water splashed on all sides then took control of the tires. The car swerved right toward the river.
“No. NO. NO!” I turned the wheel toward the road. It didn’t work. Fast running water pulled the car into the flooded river.


Aspen Foster thinks she’s just a normal sixteen-year-old, but when her car’s caught in a flash flood, Aspen and her sister discover the superhuman strength they never knew they had.

Soon Aspen learns she’s not normal at all. She’s an Evermortal fairy, with powers beyond her wildest dreams. But the more Aspen finds out about her family’s past, the more dangerous her future becomes.

This riveting fantasy is full of action, adventure, and romance. Suspenseful and exhilarating!
 

MY REVIEW / THOUGHTS:

When Aspen and her sister Willow are caught in a flash flood their whole life takes a turn.
They threw their friends to safety and then were able to jump further than they ever had.  They just tossed it up to a huge adrenaline rush.

Apsen, Willow and their brother Ash soon realize that their adrenaline rush is not really that.  They have strength like they had never had before.  This is when the party begins.  

Okay, party might be the wrong word, but isn't a party exciting?  So, this is where the excitement / party begins.

Apsen and her siblings soon find out there is more to their lives than they have ever know.  In this story about lies, faeries, evermortals, and unity, we are taken to a world that Apsen and her siblings have never been part of, but are now expected to save.

There are so many things Apsen doesn't know about her family and it all seems to be unraveling.  One thing stands true though.  She will fight for what she believes in.  Although her parents had not been forthcoming with her in the beginning, she trusts them will all her being, and is determined to stop the Queen.

This story was fun to read.  I think it would be great for younger readers too, who like faeries, and hidden worlds.  It is a great adventure.  You get to  step into another world and fight with Aspen and her family as they try to save the evermortals.  

If you like, adventure, deception, faeries, love and loyalty, you will enjoy this book.  It's a fun world to enter and enjoy as you leave life behind for a few hours.

Content:  Clean and great!

Source:  I was given this book as part of a blog tour.  I was not compensated in any way for this review.  These are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book.

MY RATING:


WHERE TO BUY:

  

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Kathryn  Cooper
pic taken from Goodreads - bio taken from tour page

Kathryn Cooper lives in the heart of Texas with her husband and four young boys. She has read and blogged about other authors’ books for years. She is excited to finally have her own book out for readers. “Aspen Everlasting” is her first novel.


A SPECIAL THANKS TO:

for allowing me to be part of this tour!



Saturday, January 7, 2017

AUDIO BOOK REVIEW FOR - SIX OF CROWS - BY LEIGH BARDUGO

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pic and description taken from Goodreads

DESCRIPTION:

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone...

A convict with a thirst for revenge
A sharpshooter who can't walk away from a wager
A runaway with a privileged past
A spy known as the Wraith
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes


Kaz's crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don't kill each other first.
 

MY REVIEW / THOUGHTS:

This was such a good book.  I have been scoring on the good reads lately.  I bought this audio book a long time ago, and I don't know why I waited so long.  This was so so good.

There are a lot of characters in this book, and I loved all of them.  Some I love, and some I loved to hate.  

When Kaz and his crew are hired to free a scientist who is making a drug that increases the abilities of the Gresha(sp?) they couldn't refuse.  Kaz's team didn't even know how bad it was for the Gresha, but they are soon going to find out.

Kaz has an idea in his head, and is hoping that it all turns out right.  He hopes that everyone makes it off the island.  Kaz is hoping that all his planning and tricks pay off.

This book is full of adventure, and excitement.  I couldn't stop listening.  Every time I turned off my car, I had to put my ear phones right in.  It was non stop action for me.  The crew that Kaz has put together is full of different back grounds.  Different races, and very different personalities.  Yet they all mesh.  It makes for an exciting story.

I had to pay close attention because of all the characters!  It made it an even more interesting story.  The world is awesome, the story is awesome and Bardugo might be one of my favorite authors.  Her writing is amazing.  I have loved everything I have read of hers.  I cannot wait to start the other book.  I wish I would have read it soon :).

Source:  I bought this book for myself.  I was not compensated in any way for this review.  These are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book.

MY RATING:


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Leigh Bardugo
pic and bio taken from Goodreads

Leigh Bardugo is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Grisha Trilogy (Shadow and BoneSiege and Storm, and Ruin and Rising). 

She was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Los Angeles, and graduated from Yale University, and has worked in advertising, journalism, and most recently, makeup and special effects. These days, she’s lives and writes in Hollywood where she can occasionally be heard singing with her band. Her new book, Six of Crows, arrives fall 2015.

She would be delighted if you followed her on Twitter, elated if you visited her web site, and downright giddy if you liked Shadow & Bone on Facebook.