Thursday, August 14, 2014

Survive a Sharknado: And many other Unnatural Disasters

There is the possibility of a disaster everyday, but some disasters you may never imagine coming, so how do you prepare yourself for those? Not for the weak, How to Survive a Sharknado and other Unnatural Disasters will let you know that there are more horrors out there than you ever imagined!
    Filled with such helpful information such as:
    *Did you remove the sword from the stone, even after we warned you not to? - can you stop the rock monster?
    *Don't take pictures of the Elecktrokraken.- Survival is more important than page views or retweets.
    *Make Apocalyptic Drinks - recipes included.
    *Attempt to navigate out of the Whalestrom.

Filled with so much information that you may never have thought you needed to know, this guide will help you prepare for the end of times. From bees, bears and gators be prepared my fellow readers. You never know what is coming. 
You never know what you may need to know for what is coming.

About The Book:

How to Survive a Sharknado and Other Unnatural Disasters
Andrew Shaffer
Released: 7.8.14
Three Rivers Press

Sharks Are Flying at Your Head at 300 mph. How Will You Survive?
In the apocalyptic world we live in, Mother Nature is angry. Danger waits at every turn, and catastrophes like the Los Angeles sharknados have taught us that we need to be ready for anything. Too many lives have already been lost. 
But fear not. How to Survive a Sharknado and Other Unnatural Disasters is the first and only comprehensive guide to surviving the very worst that Mother Nature can throw our way. Inside this life-saving reference, you’ll find:
• Vital information about dozens of unnatural disasters and ungodly monsters that can injure, maim, or kill you, from arachnoquakes and ice twisters to piranhacondas and mega pythons; 
• Easy-to-understand survival tips for avoiding a bloody demise; 
• Inspirational words of wisdom from survivors, including Fin Shepard and April Wexler; 
• Useful resources, such as the Shepard Survival Assessment Test (S.S.A.T), and much more. 
With this essential book in hand, you too can be a hero who laughs in the face of calamity while saving friends and family. Or you can just avoid getting savagely ripped apart by a sharktopus. Either way, you’ve been warned. Now be prepared

* recieved a copy of this book for review purposes. no gain, much hilarious pain in reading with gusto. totally getting prepared for so many unnatural disasters looming in the future.

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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