Friday, September 30, 2022

Book Spotlight - The Trouble with Robots by Michelle Mohrweis + Giveaway

 

About The Book:

Title: THE TROUBLE WITH ROBOTS

Author: Michelle Mohrweis

Pub. Date: September 27, 2022

Publisher: Peachtree

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Pages: 288

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle, B&NiBooks, KoboTBD, Bookshop.org

Evelyn strives for excellence. Allie couldn’t care less. These polar opposites must work together if they have any hope of saving their school’s robotics program.

Eighth-graders Evelyn and Allie are in trouble. Evelyn’s constant need for perfection has blown some fuses among her robotics teammates, and she’s worried nobody’s taking the upcoming competition seriously. Allie is new to school, and she’s had a history of short-circuiting on teachers and other kids.

So when Allie is assigned to the robotics team as a last resort, all Evelyn can see is just another wrench in the works! But as Allie confronts a past stricken with grief and learns to open up, the gears click into place as she discovers that Evelyn’s teammates have a lot to offer—if only Evelyn allowed them to participate in a role that plays to their strengths.

Can Evelyn learn to let go and listen to what Allie has to say? Or will their spot in the competition go up in smoke along with their school’s robotics program and Allie’s only chance at redemption?

An excellent pick for STEAM enthusiasts, this earnestly told narrative features a dual point of view and casually explores Autistic and LGBTQ+ identities.

Reviews:

"Full of girl power without ever showing them as outsiders in robotics because of their gender, this brings a diverse team to the page and shows the various skills needed to make a team succeed."—Booklist

"Unsubtle but not overwrought, with genuinely inspiring kindness and collaboration found amid pain."—Kirkus Reviews

 

 

About Michelle Mohrweis:

Michelle Mohrweis is a STEM Educator and space enthusiast. When not writing, they can be found launching paper rockets down the middle of their street. They live with their husband and two dogs in Colorado, where they enjoy hiking and hogging all the best spots beside the heater when it gets too cold. Follow them on Twitter @Mohrweis_Writes and visit them on the web at MichelleMohrweis.com.

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Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a finished copy of THE TROUBLE WITH ROBOTS, US Only.

Ends October 4th, midnight EST.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

9/19/2022

Ya Books Central

Excerpt

9/19/2022

@allyluvsbooksalatte

IG Spotlight

9/20/2022

@jael_and_jenessa_reads

Review/IG Post

9/20/2022

BookHounds YA

Excerpt/IG Post

9/21/2022

Lisa-Queen of Random

Excerpt

9/21/2022

#BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog

Excerpt

9/22/2022

A Dream Within A Dream

Excerpt

9/22/2022

Kait Plus Books

Excerpt/IG Post

9/23/2022

Eye-Rolling Demigod's Book Blog

Review/IG Post

9/23/2022

GryffindorBookishNerd

IG Review

Week Two:

9/26/2022

Nonbinary Knight Reads

Review/IG Post

9/26/2022

The Momma Spot

Review/IG Post

9/27/2022

Nerdophiles

Review

9/27/2022

Rajiv's Reviews

Review/IG Post

9/28/2022

Laurenreads._

IG Review

9/28/2022

Because I said so -- and other adventures in Parenting

Review

9/29/2022

@jacleomik33

IG Review

9/29/2022

One More Exclamation

Review/IG Post

9/30/2022

Two Points of Interest

Review

9/30/2022

Two Chicks on Books

Excerpt


Thursday, September 29, 2022

Book Spotlight - Discovery of the Five Senses by K.N. Smith + Giveaway

 

About The Book:

Title: DISCOVERY OF THE FIVE SENSES (The Urban Boys #1)

Author: K.N. Smith

Pub. Date: September 29, 2015

Publisher: Two Petals Publishing

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 341

Find it: GoodreadsBooks2read (all retailer links here)

Welcome or unwelcome. Fate has arrived.

"A captivating and poetic tale of mystery, fantasy, and reality tied together by action!" 5-stars, Lars Jackson, Amazon Customer

A suspenseful incident in a forbidden preserve heightens the senses of five friends. Sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell become super-gifts that forever change the world. But furious battles confront the boys as they try to understand their sensory super powers in a race to save mankind. With light beings and mysterious strangers complicating their plight, can the boys defeat the evil Druth before it’s too late? Get prepared for the twisting and grinding of this award-winning, action-adventure story — an edge-of-your-seat narrative for young and mature readers alike.

Reviews:

"Brilliantly crafted and written!" - Megan King, Indie Book Reviewers

"An energetic adventure debut with stellar action sequences. Smith's writing is intelligent and often lyrical. Her exuberant prose never fails to dazzle." - Kirkus Media

"Author K.N. Smith uses her mastery of the written word to weave an entrancing, yet powerful tale of adventure that keeps you turning pages in an unquenchable desire to find out what happens next." - Publishers Daily Reviews

"Well written and very creative, 'Discovery of the Five Senses' is an absolute must-read for fans of novels such as Percy Jackson, Harry Potter, etc." - Anabella Johnson, Indie Book Reviewers

"K.N. Smith has an incredible way with words; her descriptions are vivid; you see what the characters are seeing, you feel what they are feeling; you feel like you are there." - Cody Brighton, Indie Book Reviewers 

"A wonderful and deeply written emotional adventure." - Self Publishing Review

"K.N. Smith's articulate word imagery is all that is needed to transport readers to a mysterious world. Make the time to connect with this piece of literary prowess. You will not regret it." - V. McDermott, Educator, English Teachers Association of Queensland, Australia  

 

About K.N. Smith:

K.N. Smith, winner of the “Best of” in the category of “Outstanding Young Adult Novel” at the Jessie Redmon Fauset Book Awards, is an author and passionate advocate of literacy and arts programs throughout the world. Her lyrical flair sweeps across pages that twist and grind through action-adventure and urban fantasy in edge-of-your-seat narratives. K.N. has over twenty-five years’ experience in communications and creative design as an award-winning consultant. Reading is still her foremost hobby. K.N. inspires people of all ages to reach their highest potential in their creative, educational, and life pursuits. Visit K.N. Smith at www.knsmith.com.

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Giveaway Details:

4 winners will receive $25.00 VISA eGift Cards

Ends October 1st, midnight EST.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

9/1/2022

@allyluvsbooksalatte

IG Spotlight

9/2/2022

Two Chicks on Books

Excerpt

9/3/2022

@jaimerockstarbooktours

IG Spotlight

Week Two:

9/4/2022

Lady Hawkeye

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9/5/2022

Ya Books Central

Excerpt

9/6/2022

#BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog

Excerpt

9/7/2022

GryffindorBookishNerd

IG Review

9/8/2022

Author Z. Knight's Guild

Excerpt

9/9/2022

fairrryprose

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9/10/2022

@kelzstarr_bookstarr

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Week Three:

9/11/2022

BookHounds YA

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9/12/2022

A Dream Within A Dream

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9/13/2022

Epic Book Society

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9/14/2022

One More Exclamation

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9/15/2022

Mom with a Reading Problem

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9/16/2022

pluvioreads

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9/17/2022

More Books Please blog

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Week Four:

9/18/2022

@booksrn_rashi

Review/IG Post

9/19/2022

The Momma Spot

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9/20/2022

hodophile_z

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9/21/2022

Wanderingwitchreads

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9/22/2022

Jeff_of_allmedia

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9/23/2022

Rajiv's Reviews

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9/24/2022

Little Red Reads

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Week Five:

9/25/2022

RavenzReviewz

Review/IG Post

9/26/2022

Nerdophiles

Review/IG Post

9/27/2022

Review Thick And Thin

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9/28/2022

@jypsylynn

Review/IG Post

9/29/2022

@enjoyingbooksagain

Review/IG Post

9/30/2022

Two Points of Interest

Review/IG Post


Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Book Review - The Prisoner's Wife by Maggie Brookes

 

Izabella, a Czech farm girl,  and Bill, a British prisoner of war,  fell in love during the war and decide to get married and go on the run. In the middle of the night, they travel through the countryside to avoid being captured. Izzy is dressed as a man to avoid detection and the punishment for her act of treason. The duo were able to evade capture until they were cornered by Nazi soldiers and tracking dogs.

Izzy's disguise works and the Nazi assumes that the pair are escaped British soldiers. They are transported to a POW work camp. Together as newly weds, they face deplorable living conditions along with the constant fear that Izzy will be exposed. In the middle of darkness, comes a small beacon of hope as the couple befriends a small group of prisoners. The group of men become their new family as they are willing to sacrifice everything to save Izzy from being discovered.

The novel is inspired by a true story and I thought it would be an endearing read about hope during one of history's darkest moments. However, I was sadly disappointed how boring this novel was. I have read many historical fiction books before but, this book barely had any story to it. It was mostly describing the living conditions of the camps and the people Izzy and Bill have met. I felt like it quickly got repetitive to the point of boredom. I had a hard time connecting with Izzy as a person. As readers, we rarely got to see and feel her plight and the danger of her exposure or learn anything about her and Bill. I was more than 80% done before, I called it quits on this book.

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Book Review - Raising the Horseman by Serena Valentino + Giveaway

 

Kat Van Tassel doesn't want anything to do with Sleepy Hollow and it's ghostly history. However, things doesn't go as Kat plans. She receives the original Katrina van Tassel's diary on the two hundredth anniversary of the Headless Horseman's original haunting. As Kat reads Katrina's diary, she notices a few events from Kat's past starting to merge with her present. Then Kat comes across a mysterious stranger who has Kat questioning everything she thought was true.

I thought the book had an interesting premise but, I felt like it was missing something. I found the book to be a bit predictable and dull at times. I thought that the book would focused on the horseman, he would have a bigger role and would have been described in detail. I felt like he was used mostly as a prop. I thought the book would have some spooky elements but, this didn't have any. It was an okay book but, not something I would read again.

**Disclosure - I received a free copy in exchange for an honest opinion**

 

 

About the Book

Title: RAISING THE HORSEMAN

Author: Serena Valentino

Pub. Date: September 6, 2022

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Pages: 304

Find it: GoodreadsAmazonKindle, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, TBD, Bookshop.org

From the New York Times best-selling author of Disney’s Villains series comes a ghostly new stand-alone novel that reimagines The Legend of Sleepy Hollow through the eyes of a modern teen.

The two-hundredth anniversary of the Headless Horseman's legendary haunting of Sleepy Hollow is approaching, but Kat van Tassel wants nothing to do with the town's superstitious celebrations. As a descendant of the original Katrina van Tassel, Kat knows she’s expected to fulfill her ancestor’s legacy by someday marrying her longtime boyfriend and running the prestigious family estate. But Kat dreams of a life outside Sleepy Hollow.
 
Then Kat meets Isadora, a new girl in town who challenges Kat to reexamine those expectations, opens her eyes to the possibility that ghosts are real, and makes her question who she truly wants to be . . . and be with.
 
When Kat is given the original Katrina’s diary, a new legend begins to take shape, one that weaves together the past and the present in eerie ways. Can Kat uncover a two-hundred-year-old secret, and trace its shocking reverberations in her own life, in time to protect what she truly loves?
 
Fans of Serena Valentino will delight in this supernatural coming-of-age tale that finally gives the women of Sleepy Hollow a chance to tell their side of the story.

Review:

“A sweet retelling of a spooky classic.”Kirkus Reviews


About Serena Valentino:

Serena Valentino has been weaving tales that combine mythos and guile for the past decade. She has earned critical acclaim in both the comic and horror domains, where she is known for her unique style of storytelling, bringing her readers into exquisitely frightening worlds filled with terror, beauty, and extraordinary protagonists. The books in her best-selling Villains series are best enjoyed when read in the following order: Fairest of All, The Beast Within, Poor Unfortunate Soul, Mistress of All Evil, Mother Knows Best, Odd Sisters, Evil ThingCold Hearted, and Never Never. She is also the author of the Villains graphic novels Evil Thing and Fairest of All.

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Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a finished copy of RAISING THE HORSEMAN, US Only.

Ends October 7th, midnight EST.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

9/1/2022

Celia's Reads

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9/2/2022

booksaremagictoo

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9/3/2022

Nonbinary Knight Reads

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Week Two:

9/4/2022

Nerdophiles

Review

9/5/2022

@ReaderOfTheWrittenWord

IG Review

9/6/2022

Eye-Rolling Demigod's Book Blog

Review/IG Post

9/7/2022

Book-Keeping

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9/8/2022

Ya Books Central

Excerpt

9/9/2022

A Dream Within A Dream

Review/IG Post

9/10/2022

@lexijava

Review/IG Post

Week Three:

9/11/2022

Laurenreads._

IG Review

9/12/2022

The Bookwyrm's Den

Review

9/13/2022

Forthenovellovers

Review

9/14/2022

GryffindorBookishNerd

IG Review

9/15/2022

Epic Book Society

Review/IG Post

9/16/2022

@booksrn_rashi

Review/IG Post

9/17/2022

Review Thick And Thin

Review/IG Post

Week Four:

9/18/2022

hauntedbybooks

Review/IG Post

9/19/2022

BookHounds YA

Excerpt

9/20/2022

Novel Novice

IG Spotlight

9/21/2022

@ReadsReaders

YouTube Review/IG Post

9/22/2022

@enjoyingbooksagain

IG Review

9/23/2022

Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

Review/IG Post

9/24/2022

Momfluenster

IG Review/FB Post

Week Five:

9/25/2022

PopTheButterfly Reads

Review/IG Post

9/26/2022

@drew_ambitious_reading

IG Review/TikTok Post

9/27/2022

@thebookishfoxwitch

IG Review

9/28/2022

The Momma Spot

Review/IG Post

9/29/2022

Two Points of Interest

Review/IG Post

9/30/2022

onemused

IG Review