Saturday, December 8, 2018

Book Review - Foxlowe: A Novel by Eleanor Wasserberg




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Foxlowe is a crumbling old house on the moors but to Green, it is a special place. Foxlowe is the only place she knows. In Foxlowe, Green can do whatever she wants. She can run through the hallways, eat desserts whenever she wants, and be free of daily hassles.

At Foxlowe, the family shares everything. They perform special rituals to protect themselves from the Bad. Everyone is content living at Foxlowe until Blue, Green's little sister, grows up and dreams of being in the Outside. She talks about become a Leaver; one of the unmentionables.

The writing style of this book wasn't my favorite. I found it to be quite annoying and made it harder for me to enjoy the novel. I couldn't bond with Green and had a hard time understanding why she did certain things and why she showed Freya so much loyalty. The book was a bit slow and didn't have much going on. I also didn't like that there were parts of the story that they didn't explain. For example, who were Blue's parents? There were several time jumps that made the book confusing in the later parts of the novel. Overall, this book was a bit of a letdown and difficult to get into. I would recommend reading a sample before buying.


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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Book Review - The Banker's Wife by Cristina Alger



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During an early morning in November, a woman and a man board a private plane heading to Geneva. The plane never makes it to the destination as it crashes in the Alps. Matthew Werner is among the passengers who disappeared. He leaves behind his young wife, Annabel, who is unable to cope with his disappearance. As Annabel tries to come to terms with her husband's death, she learns that her husband has kept a few secrets from her. While digging into his life, Annabel unwittingly puts herself in the crosshairs of his enemies.

Society journalist Marina Tourneau has finally made it big. She is now engaged in the famous Ellis family. She can finally stop writing about the powerful families now that she is one of them. However, when one of her close friends is murdered, she agrees to work one more story. While investigating for her story, she realizes that someone close to her might be involved her mentor's murder. Who is after Annabel? Will Marina be able to trust anyone?

I love thrillers and when I saw this book, I thought this book might be interesting. I found the plot to be interesting but, quite predictable. I didn't like many of the characters as I thought they were very one dimensional and not very well developed. I didn't really care if they got their happy ending or if they fell into a ditch. Overall, the book is a page-turner but, not a very good one.

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Book Review - Draw and Paint Super Cute Animals: 35 Step-by-Step Demonstrations by Jane Maday



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In this newest book by Jane Maday, she teaches readers how to draw cute animals. Utilizing photo references to create pencil drawings, the author shows simple techniques to add more depth to the drawings by using colored pencils and watercolor. Readers can learn to draw puppies, dogs, rabbits, cats, songbird, ducklings, flamingos, frogs and chipmunks.

I found the book to be easy to read. However, it didn't improve my atrocious drawing skills. I liked that the book included ways to paint our drawings. I liked that Jane included ways to add more dimensions to our drawings, such as flowers. Overall, a good book people who like learning to draw books.


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Friday, November 23, 2018

Book Review - The Camelot Code: The Once and Future Geek by Mari Mancusi + Giveaway


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An ancient and powerful relic is accidentally dropped down the Well of Dreams.  While trying to retrieve the relic, the young King Arthur falls into the well and time travels to the 21st century.  Arthur is desperate to return back to his time but, when he learns about his fate, he is hesitant to return back to his time. 

Sophie and Stu with the help of Merlin find themselves racing against the clock to bring back the pint-sized hero. While Stu is pretending to be Arthur, Sophie travels back to her time to retrieve Arthur. Utilizing their gaming experience, will Stu and Sophie be able to save the correct timeline?

I found the book to be a fun and enjoyable read. I liked how the author combined elements of gaming and fantasy. I thought the "pattern/cheat code" to release the sword from the stone to be quite funny. I remember having to do button combos like that to unlock special Easter eggs. The novel was a fun light-hearted read about young Arthur in a geeky way.


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THE CAMELOT CODE: THE ONCE AND FUTURE GEEK Blog Tour Assets
About The Book:
Title: THE CAMELOT CODE: THE ONCE AND FUTURE GEEK
Author: Mari Mancusi
Pub. Date: November 20, 2018
Publisher: Disney Hyperion 
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Pages: 346
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Young King Arthur accidentally time travels to the 21st century and googles himself, discovering the not-so-happily ever after in store for him once he pulls the sword from the stone. He decides he'd much rather stay here--and join the football team instead.

Now modern day gamer geeks Sophie and Stu, with the help of Merlin, find themselves in a race against time to pull a Camelot-size caper--get that sword pulled from the stone and the stubborn once and future king back to the past where he belongs. While Arthur takes on the role of wide-receiver in an attempt to save the football team from a losing season, Sophie and Stu sword-fight, joust, and horseback ride their way through Camelot as they fight to save the timeline. If they fail, the world as they know it (not to mention the existence of pepperoni pizza!) will cease to exist forever.


About Mari:
Mari Mancusi always wanted a dragon as a pet. Unfortunately the fire insurance premiums proved a bit too large and her house a bit too small--so she chose to write about them instead. Today she works as an award-winning young adult author and freelance television producer, for which she has won two Emmys.

When not writing about fanciful creatures of myth and legend, Mari enjoys traveling, cosplay, snowboarding, watching cheesy (and scary) horror movies, and her favorite guilty pleasure—playing videogames. A graduate of Boston University, she lives in Austin, Texas with her husband Jacob, daughter Avalon, and their two dogs.

Mari is pronounced like the name Mary. Mancusi is pronounced man-COO-see.

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Giveaway Details:
3 Winners will receive a finished copy of THE CAMELOT CODE: THE ONCE AND FUTURE GEEK, US Only.


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Tour Schedule:
Week Two:
11/19/2018- Feed Your Fiction AddictionReview
11/20/2018- Books a Plenty Book ReviewsReview
11/21/2018- Jump Into BooksReview
11/22/2018- Such A Novel IdeaReview
11/23/2018- Two points of interestReview

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Book Spotlight - Wilder by Andrew Simonet + Giveaway

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About The Book:
Title: WILDER
Author: Andrew Simonet
Pub. Date: November 13, 2018
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook
Pages: 320
Find it: GoodreadsAmazonB&NiBooksTBD

I met Melissa in the rubber room, a.k.a. in-school suspension. And that’s not her real name.

She had secrets, I had enemies.

“People are either useful or dangerous,” she said. “One or the other.”

“Which one am I?” I said.

“You’re both.”

Meili was right. (That’s her real name.)

You can solve a lot of problems if you don’t mind getting hurt.

Jason Wilder is in permanent in-school suspension for fighting. Meili Wen gets there by breaking a girl’s finger. Jason and Meili don’t just connect; they collide. Two people who would never cross paths―outsiders from radically different backgrounds―they form an exhiliarating, unpredictable bond. When circumstances push, they push back. There’s no plan. And there’s no stopping.

"I am so crap. How can you stand being with me? Don’t answer that or I will crash this thing with both of us on it, swear to god, are you ready?”

Yes. No. Didn’t matter.

I reached both arms around Meili’s waist as we zoomed down the hill.




About Andrew:
I am a writer and choreographer in Philadelphia. I am interested in messy, complex humans colliding with rigid systems. I am interested in how unequal everything is, and the stories we tell ourselves about that. I am interested in the stories men tell ourselves about everything. I am interested in what bodies know that brains don't. I think pretty is the enemy of beautiful.

My debut young adult novel, Wilder, will be published by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux in November 2018. I am currently writing a sequel.

I was a founding Co-Director of Philadelphia's Headlong Dance Theater from 1993-2013. We made raucous performance works.

I am an activist and organizer for artists having sustainable lives. I founded Artists U (programs in Philadelphia, Baltimore, and South Carolina) and wrote Making Your Life as an Artist.

Career stuff: my creative work has been supported by the Creative Capital Foundation, The NEA, The Rockefeller Foundation, The Pew Charitable Trusts, The New England Foundation for the Arts, Yaddo, and Ucross. I received a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, an Independence Fellowship in the Arts, and a Bessie for Choreography at the New York Dance and Performance Awards.



Giveaway Details:
3 Winners will receive a finished copy of WILDER, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:
Week Two:
11/19/2018- BookHoundsInterview
11/20/2018- Do You Dog-ear?Review
11/21/2018- The Desert BibliophileReview
11/22/2018- Two points of interestReview
11/23/2018- Oh Hey! Books.Review