Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Teaser Tuesday

This Tuesday's Book Tease:

The Legion Series
Kami Garcia
Releases 10.7.2014
Little Brown Books for Young Readers


He is here... and he could be anyone.

Kennedy Waters lives in a world where vengeance spirits kill, ghosts keep secrets, and a demon walks among us–a demon she accidentally set free. 

Now Kennedy and the other Legion members–Alara, Priest, Lukas, and Jared–have to hunt him down. As they learn more about the history of the Legion and the Illuminati, Kennedy realizes that the greatest mystery of all does not belong to any secret order, but to her own family. With the clock ticking and the life of someone she loves hanging in the balance, Kennedy has to ask the question she fears most: what is it about her past that has left her Unmarked?


The boy I knew was gone.
The one caged before me was a monster.
And I was the one who had to kill him.

Kami Garcia brought out some awesomesauce with The Legion Series, and so far Unmarked has been remarkable.

Idols was definitely a fabulous start to a brave new series and after reader's delved into Beautiful Creatures, The Legion keeps up reading and wanting more and more from this author.

Previous Book In The Series:

Kami Garcia
Little Brown Books for Young Readers.
Released 10.1.2013

Monday, July 21, 2014

Monday Reads

Book In Hand:

Once Upon a Tower by Eloisa James

What We Read:

Snow Falling on Bluegrass by Molly Harper
Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Mass
He's So Fine by Jill Shavis

Monday, July 14, 2014

Monday Reads

Book In Hand:

 Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein


While We Watched by Carolyn Maull McKinstry
an audio download through the Sync Summer Audiobook Program

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Where We Fell Off The Earth.... but have returned

I want to think that when life gives you challenges, well you can make lemonade or some crap..... but really sometimes it takes way too much work. Or working. Or not sleeping.  Maybe some of all of the above?

I was gone, but now I am found.
Technology has returned to my homestead and there is only 95% of my day holding me back, but I am  reigning in that 5% before the school year works its way back into my schedule.

So now back to regularly scheduled programming......

Thursday, April 17, 2014

OnTour: Rose And The Lost Princess + Giveaway

Rose and the Lost Princess
Rose Series Bk#2
Holly Webb
Released 4.1.14

Now an apprentice magician, Rose is asked to help find a very special missing person
Turning the worn pages of her spell book, Rose can't believe how much her life has changed. Once a poor orphan, she is now an apprentice to the king's chief magician. But when the country's beloved princess vanishes, everything changes. As rumors of dark magic fly through the city, the king asks Rose for help. She must find the missing princess, before all is lost.

Rose has had a hard start in life from being an orphan to now a magician’s apprentice. But from scullery maid to having magic is proving to have hard beginnings. Being a friend to a princess has taken a turn for the worse for Rose, and with dark magic encroaching upon her life, Rose is struggling to balance her power with her obligations.

                Instead of being revered for aiding their country magicians are now deemed dangerous and having to be identified with their government. Rose’s teacher Mr. Fountain, the magician to the King, is now scrutinized and Rose is trying desperately to find what dark magics are afoot that has stolen the Princess from her kingdom.

                Will Rose find the Princess, or will her countrymen’s fears take hold of the populous cause grave implications for any magic user, especially Rose. While living at the home of her teacher Mr. Fountain, Rose is finding people’s anger towards magicians escalating, but also she is feeling animosity at home also being a maid, because the staff at her household is beginning to fear and hate her. With her trusty friend Gus the cat, Rose journeys to find out what magician has stolen away her city’s children and especially her friend the Princess.

                Finding the answer to what happened to the missing children will be a shocker to some, and was surely devastating to Rose, but she gets down to the bottom of this evil and helps to correct many wrongs.  Rose is a strong and unlikely character. Having a past of being an orphan has only helped to keep Rose on the tips of her toes, and her trial an errors really being out her humanity. With magic using prejudice on the rise, Rose is feeling the hostility in town from the citizens.

                What really caught me about Rose’s character in this middle grade read was that she works hard to get what she wants, compared to her upbringing and situations in life. Even when she is not as enthusiastic as she could be in some circumstances, Rose perseveres in her determination and pries out the truth in what is happening to her kingdom and her friends. Rose wants a good future and she works hard to create it. While some parts of the books felt slow, I remind myself that this is also a middle grade book, so progression does not need to be profound. Many more points of the story need to be addresses, like her parents, but that leaves lots of fodder for other books.   

Rose has the potential to be a great heroine in her stories. In her first book, Rose, Rose triumphed over an evil wizard and really captivated readers of many ages. Rose and the Lost Princess begins after Rose has finished and Rose is being recognized for her magic but also persecuted as the citizens of her town begin to fear magic users and their ability to harm mundane humans. Even the household that she lives in is struggling with the possibilities of evil wizards, not that Rose is one, but with wizards in proximity, people are beginning to bring themselves the fear of their friends. Being a maid and a magician seems a lot to Rose, but rescuing a princess now? That needs to be done.

Holly Webb has created a fabulous middle grade read with a believable heroine and sidekick cat, but also a driven plot and creative characters. From front to back this book holds readers’ interests and carries with it the hunger that other books will answer some crucial questions for readers. 


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Friday, April 4, 2014

Friday Reads: The Here and Now

This Friday our Book In Hand is:

 Ann Brashares had us by the seat of our pants growing up with The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Series and now she is taking readers into a dystopian twist with:

There Here and Now
Ann Brashares
Releases 4.8.2014
Delacorte Press

Pre-Order:  BN   Amazon

Blurb from the Publisher:

An unforgettable epic romantic thriller about a girl from the future who might be able to save the world . . . if she lets go of the one thing she’s found to hold on to.
Follow the rules. Remember what happened. Never fall in love.
This is the story of seventeen-year-old Prenna James, who immigrated to New York when she was twelve. Except Prenna didn’t come from a different country. She came from a different time—a future where a mosquito-borne illness has mutated into a pandemic, killing millions and leaving the world in ruins. 
Prenna and the others who escaped to the present day must follow a strict set of rules: never reveal where they’re from, never interfere with history, and never, ever be intimate with anyone outside their community. Prenna does as she’s told, believing she can help prevent the plague that will one day ravage the earth. 
But everything changes when Prenna falls for Ethan Jarves. 

Here is Ann Talking with Random House

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

WoW: Magic Breaks

We are hot on their tail with the upcoming release of Magic Breaks this July.

As Magic Rises ended there was so much going on and the tides are turning for Kate and Curran. Readers can never get enough of Curran, or at least I know I never get enough, so Magic Breaks pulls us back into the story as Roland is vying for power and Kate's responsibilities are piling up. But here is hope and surely hell to pay.

Magic Breaks
Ilona Andrews
Releases 7.29.14
ISBN: 9780425256220

Blurb from the Publisher:

No matter how much the paranormal politics of Atlanta change, one thing always remains the same: if there’s trouble, Kate Daniels will be in the middle of it…
As the mate of the Beast Lord, Curran, former mercenary Kate Daniels has more responsibilities than it seems possible to juggle. Not only is she still struggling to keep her investigative business afloat, she must now deal with the affairs of the pack, including preparing her people for attack from Roland, a cruel ancient being with god-like powers. Since Kate’s connection to Roland has come out into the open, no one is safe—especially those closest to Kate.
As Roland’s long shadow looms ever nearer, Kate is called to attend the Conclave, a gathering of the leaders from the various supernatural factions in Atlanta. When one of the Masters of the Dead is found murdered there, apparently at the hands of a shapeshifter, Kate is given only twenty-four hours to hunt down the killer. And this time, if she fails, she’ll find herself embroiled in a war which could destroy everything she holds dear…