Wednesday, September 28, 2016

I Want to Read It (31): The Road to Ever After



I Want to Read It, a hybrid between WLW (or WOW) and what's on my to-be read pile. Well, instead of focusing just on books I would like to acquire, I will be using it to feature books that I just want to read. From the one's I want to buy to the one's sitting on my TBR at home.


The Road to Ever After by Moira Young, October 20, 2016. Published by Macmillan Children's Books. Source: Wishlist.
Davy David, an orphan, lives by his wits in the dead-end town of Brownvale. When a stray dog called George turns Davy's life upside down just days before Christmas, he sets in motion a chain of events which forces them to flee. A mischievous wind blows the two of them to a boarded-up museum on the outskirts of town where they meet the elderly recluse, Miss Flint. She has planned one last adventure before her time is up and hires the reluctant Davy and George to escort her.


Why

Why am I only just now hearing about The Road to Ever After!! It sounds like such a wonderful book; and I have been waiting ages for another book by Moira Young!! After loving Blood Red Road intensely, I cannot wait to see what kind of story her newest book will turn out to be. The fact TRtEA looks remarkably different from her other series it was has caught my eye. I'm more than ready to see where her writing will go in such a different setting!! 


Tuesday, September 27, 2016

YA Review: Heartless [blog tour]


In just 42 days, everyone will have the opportunity to read Marissa Meyer's newest book Heartless!! I cannot wait for y'all to read Heartless!! Why, because it's a dark, twisty prequel to Alice in Wonderland and SO good!!

Heartless by Marissa Meyer, November 8, 2016. 464 pages. Published by Feiwel & Friends. Source: ARC from publisher*.
Long before she was the terror of Wonderland — the infamous Queen of Hearts — she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.
Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the yet-unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend and supply the Kingdom of Hearts with delectable pastries and confections. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next Queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the king's marriage proposal, she meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship.

Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans. 
First Sentence:
Three luscious lemon tarts glistened up at Catherine. 

Teaser Tuesday: Eden's Escape

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat. To participate, simply do the following: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Monday, September 26, 2016

All About Middle Grade Review: Eden's Escape [Blog Tour]


Eden's Escape (Eden of the Lamp, 2) by M. Tara Crowl, September 6, 2016. 320 pages. Published by Disney-Hyperion. Source: Author/Blog tour*. Age Range: 9-12.
Eden's new life on earth begins in New York City under the guidance of her new guardian: Pepper, a petite, bubbly genie alum who's also a Broadway actress. Before she has a chance to settle in, though, Eden is whisked away for a granting--only to find herself trapped in a laboratory. David Brightly, owner of the world's leading tech company, cares more about tapping into the lamp's power than making a wish and starts performing tests on Eden. With Brightly's plasma shield around the lamp, Eden has no way home. Left without a choice, she escapes the lab and goes on the run. After her daring exit, Eden finds herself on the streets of Paris--home to Electra's headquarters. Left in a strange city with a price on her head (courtesy of scheming Brightly), Eden has to keep her wits about her. She dons a chic disguise and flits around Paris incognito, investigating Brightly Tech. Assisted by Pepper and her old adversary Bola, as well as some new friends, Eden embarks on a quest to retrieve the lamp and protect the secrets of the genie legacy.

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 First Sentence:
This time, Eden landed on her feet.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

I Want to Read It (30): The Scourge



I Want to Read It, a hybrid between WLW (or WOW) and what's on my to-be read pile. Well, instead of focusing just on books I would like to acquire, I will be using it to feature books that I just want to read. From the one's I want to buy to the one's sitting on my TBR at home.


The Scourge by Jennifer A. Nielsen, August 30, 2016. Published by Scholastic Press. Source: Wishlist.
As a lethal plague sweeps through the land, Ani Mells is shocked when she is unexpectedly captured by the governor's wardens and forced to submit to a test for the deadly Scourge. She is even more surprised when the test results come back positive, and she is sent to Attic Island, a former prison turned refuge -- and quarantine colony -- for the ill. The Scourge's victims, Ani now among them, can only expect to live out short, painful lives there. However, Ani quickly discovers that she doesn't know the whole truth about the Scourge or the Colony. She's been caught in a devious plot, and, with the help of her best friend, Weevil, Ani means to uncover just what is actually going on. 
But will she and Weevil survive long enough to do so? 

Why:  If it's anything like her other books, then I simply need it! Jennifer A. Nielsen's books are incredible and The Scourge sounds like another winner! 

I admit, that I am quite curious to learn more about the Scourge and the Colony and see what's what. While I hadn't had this book on my radar till a coupe weeks ago- no time to browse upcoming releases by favorite authors- it has quickly piqued my interest. 

Have you read The Scourge or are you planning on reading it???

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Teaser Tuesday: Eden's Wish

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat. To participate, simply do the following: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Monday, September 19, 2016

All About Middle Grade Review: Eden's Wish



Eden's Wish (Eden of the Lamp, 1) by M. Tara Crowl, August 2, 2016 (originally published September 1, 2015). 288 pages. Published by Disney-Hyperion. Source: Author.
All twelve years of Eden's life have been spent in an antique oil lamp. She lives like a princess inside her tiny, luxurious home; but to Eden, the lamp is nothing but a prison. She hates being a genie. All she wants, more than anything, is freedom.

When Eden finds a gateway to Earth within the lamp, she takes her chance and enters the world she loves. And this time, she won't be sent back after three wishes.

Posing as the new kid at a California middle school, Eden revels in all of Earth's pleasures--but quickly learns that this world isn't as perfect as she always thought it was. Eden soon finds herself in the middle of a centuries-old conflict between powerful immortals. A ruthless organization run by a former genie will stop at nothing to acquire the lamp and its power--even hurt Tyler and Sasha, the new mortal friends who have given Eden a home. To save her friends and protect the lamp's magic, Eden must decide once and for all where she belongs.
First Sentence:
On the night when he found the lamp, Darryl Dolan was in a rotten mood. 

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

I Want to Read It (29): The Peddler's Road



I Want to Read It, a hybrid between WLW (or WOW) and what's on my to-be read pile. Well, instead of focusing just on books I would like to acquire, I will be using it to feature books that I just want to read. From the one's I want to buy to the one's sitting on my TBR at home.


The Peddler's Road (Secrets of the Pied Piper, 1) by Matthew Cody, October 27, 2015. Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers. Source: Wishlist.  
It is said that in the thirteenth century, in a village called Hamelin, a piper lured all of the children away with his magical flute, and none of them were ever seen again. 
Today tough, pink-haired Max and her little brother, Carter, are stuck in modern-day Hamelin with their father . . . until they are also led away by the Piper to a place called the Summer Isle. There they meet the original stolen children, who haven’t aged a day and who have formed their own village, vigilantly guarded from the many nightmarish beings that roam the land.
No one knows why the Piper stole them, but Max and Carter’s appearance may be the key to returning the lost children of Hamelin—and to going home themselves. But to discover the secrets of the Piper, Max and Carter will have to set out on a mysterious quest down the dangerous Peddler’s Road. 
Why: I readily admit that the whole reason I'm curious about The Peddler's Road is the premise of the Pied Piper and modern times. I'm really curious to see how the author will bring the Pied Piper into modern times and how everything will play out. 

Plus, I was sold at thirteenth century because I'm vastly intrigued by the Middle Ages...even if the book is not actually set then. It was enough to catch my attention. 

Have you read The Peddler's Road

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Teaser Tuesday: The Littlest Bigfoot

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat. To participate, simply do the following: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Monday, September 12, 2016

All About Middle Grade Review: The Littlest Bigfoot


The Littlest Bigfoot by Jennifer Weiner, September 13, 2016. 304 pages. Published by Aladdin. Source: received from publisher.
Alice Mayfair, twelve years old, slips through the world unseen and unnoticed. Ignored by her family and shipped off to her eighth boarding school, Alice would like a friend. And when she rescues Millie Maximus from drowning in a lake one day, she finds one.

But Millie is a Bigfoot, part of a clan who dwells deep in the woods. Most Bigfoots believe that people—NoFurs, as they call them—are dangerous, yet Millie is fascinated with the No-Fur world. She is convinced that humans will appreciate all the things about her that her Bigfoot tribe does not: her fearless nature, her lovely singing voice, and her desire to be a star.

Alice swears to protect Millie’s secret. But a league of Bigfoot hunters is on their trail, led by a lonely kid named Jeremy. And in order to survive, Alice and Millie have to put their trust in each other—and have faith in themselves—above all else.
First Sentence:
On a clear and sunny morning in September, a twelve-year-old girl named Alice Mayfair stood in the sunshine on the corner of Eighty-Ninth Street and Fifth Avenue in New York City and tried to disappear.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

I Want to Read It (28): The Terror of the Southlands



I Want to Read It, a hybrid between WLW (or WOW) and what's on my to-be read pile. Well, instead of focusing just on books I would like to acquire, I will be using it to feature books that I just want to read. From the one's I want to buy to the one's sitting on my TBR at home.


The Terror of the Southlands (The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates, 2) by Caroline Carlson, September 9, 2014. Published by HarperCollins. Source: TBR/Review Copy.
Hilary Westfield is a pirate. In fact, she’s the Terror of the Southlands! She’s daring, brave, fearless, and . . . in a rut. Maybe she hasn’t found any treasure lately. And maybe she isn’t fighting off as many scallywags as she’d like. But does that mean she and her loyal crew (including a magical gargoyle) deserve to be kicked out of the ranks of the Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates?

There is only one thing to do—find a daring mission worthy of her fearless reputation. With the help of first mate Charlie, finishing-school friend Claire, and the self-proclaimed intrepid gargoyle, Hilary sets sail on a swashbuckling expedition that may or may not involve a kidnapped Enchantress, bumbling inspectors, a mysterious group called the Mutineers, and—the most terrifying thing of all—a High Society ball.

Why: Um, because Magic Marks the Spot was hilarious and full of adventure!! Also, I'm really excited not only to see where Hilary's story leads next and to dive back into the world she lives in. I'm also excited to return to Caroline Carlson's writing as I quite enjoyed her first book and just cannot wait to see where she'll take the story next. 

I'm, like, 95% sure that I have a copy of The Terror of the Southlands hiding somewhere in my room...okay, more like 80% sure. *squirrels books away* So, have you read this series?? If not, what are you waiting for?!?!?

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Teaser Tuesday: Magic Marks the Spot

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat. To participate, simply do the following: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Eden's Escape by M. Tara Crowl [Release Day Blitz]


It has been some time since I last did a release day blog blitz, and, I could not resist helping to spread the word for Eden's Escape (Eden of the Lamp, 2) by M. Tara Crowl because it sounds like such a wonderful series!! I hope y'all are just as excited as I am about this one!!

Keep your eyes open as I'll be reviewing both books during September! Tell me, what about this series has caught your attention? Me, I'm all over the cover and premise as it sounds fantastic and exciting!!

About the author:
M. Tara Crowl grew up in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. She studied Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California, then received an MA in Creative Writing at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. She lives in New York City.

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Eden’s Escape (Eden of the Lamp #2) by M. Tara Crowl, September 6, 2016. Published by Disney-Hyperion. Ages 9-12. 
Eden's new life on earth begins in New York City under the guidance of her new guardian: Pepper, a petite, bubbly genie alum who's also a Broadway actress. Before she has a chance to settle in, though, Eden is whisked away for a granting--only to find herself trapped in a laboratory. David Brightly, owner of the world's leading tech company, cares more about tapping into the lamp's power than making a wish and starts performing tests on Eden. With Brightly's plasma shield around the lamp, Eden has no way home. Left without a choice, she escapes the lab and goes on the run. After her daring exit, Eden finds herself on the streets of Paris--home to Electra's headquarters. Left in a strange city with a price on her head (courtesy of scheming Brightly), Eden has to keep her wits about her. She dons a chic disguise and flits around Paris incognito, investigating Brightly Tech. Assisted by Pepper and her old adversary Bola, as well as some new friends, Eden embarks on a quest to retrieve the lamp and protect the secrets of the genie legacy.

Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Indiebound

Eden’s Wish (Eden of the Lamp #1) by M. Tara Crowl, September 1, 2015. Published by Disney-Hyperion. Ages 9-12.
All twelve years of Eden's life have been spent in an antique oil lamp. She lives like a princess inside her tiny, luxurious home; but to Eden, the lamp is nothing but a prison. She hates being a genie. All she wants, more than anything, is freedom.

When Eden finds a gateway to Earth within the lamp, she takes her chance and enters the world she loves. And this time, she won't be sent back after three wishes.

Posing as the new kid at a California middle school, Eden revels in all of Earth's pleasures--but quickly learns that this world isn't as perfect as she always thought it was. Eden soon finds herself in the middle of a centuries-old conflict between powerful immortals. A ruthless organization run by a former genie will stop at nothing to acquire the lamp and its power--even hurt Tyler and Sasha, the new mortal friends who have given Eden a home. To save her friends and protect the lamp's magic, Eden must decide once and for all where she belongs. 
Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Indiebound
Giveaway:


The blitz wide giveaway is for a $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card (winner’s choice). It is open to anyone who can receive a gift card via email. The giveaway run from Sept. 6-20.


Monday, September 5, 2016

All About Middle Grade Review: Magic Marks the Spot


Magic Marks the Spot (The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates, 1) by Caroline Carlson, September 10, 2013. 358 pages. Published by HarperCollins. Source: Purchased/own.
Hilary Westfield has always dreamed of being a pirate. She can tread water for thirty-seven minutes. She can tie a knot faster than a fleet of sailors. She particularly enjoys defying authority, and she already owns a rather pointy sword. There’s only one problem: The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates refuses to let any girl join their ranks of scourges and scallywags.

Girls belong at Miss Pimm’s Finishing School for Delicate Ladies, learning to waltz, faint, and cursty. But Hilary and her dearest friend, the gargoyle, have no use for such frivolous lessons—they are pirates! (Or very nearly.)

To escape from a life of petticoats and politeness, Hilary answers a curious advertisement for a pirate crew and suddenly finds herself swept up in a seafaring adventure that may or may not involve a map without an X, a magical treasure that likely doesn’t exist, a rogue governess who insists on propriety, a crew of misfit scallywags, and the most treacherous—and unexpected—villain on the High Seas.
First Sentence:
Master Hilary Westfield:
It is with great pleasure that the League accepts your application to our Piracy Apprenticeship Program. 

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