Apr 23, 2018

Blog Tour: Excerpt and Giveaway! Magnetic by Carissa Miller

Magnetic by Carissa Miller
Publication Date:  September 10, 2017

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27405327-pop-manga-coloring-book?from_search=true  https://www.amazon.com/Pop-Manga-Coloring-Book-Beautiful/dp/0399578471?ie=UTF8&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0399578471&linkCode=as2&redirect=true&ref_=x_gr_w_bb&tag=x_gr_w_bb-20

About the Book:

When Elle Christiansen’s rebellion leads to her father’s expulsion from a parsonage in small-town Ohio, the forlorn pair is forced to move to Oklahoma to live with an aunt neither of them has ever met. Here she encounters her aunt’s neighbor—Maverick Mason, the quietly confident son of a wealthy oil tycoon who infuriates her as much as he inexplicably draws her in…

Maverick slowly gains Elle’s trust and coaxes her out from the seemingly impenetrable walls of self-protection she erected around her heart when her mother was murdered. He convinces Elle to confide the secrets of her tortured past: that she saw her mother’s murder before it took place, and she was the one who found her, bleeding to death at the end of a lonely dirt road. Together the unlikely pair begins to unlock the secrets of not only Elle’s sordid past, but her mother’s and grandmother’s as well, to uncover decades of greed, corporate corruption, lies, and murder. Quickly, the sobering realization hits: if they do not solve her mother’s murder, Elle will undoubtedly suffer the same fate. As she continues her journey toward truth alongside the boy she is magnetically drawn to in a way both frightening and uncontrollable, Elle finds the road she is most afraid of going down—that one lane dirt road where her mother was murdered—just might be the only place she can truly find redemption.

Magnetic tells of the enduring pain of living with unsolved violent crime. Inspired by debut author Carissa Miller’s true-life events, it’s a haunting account of a young girl’s struggle in the aftermath of shattering loss. With an unraveling love story, puzzling mystery, unexpected twists and turns, and a gripping pace that will keep you turning pages, our heroine takes you on her journey as she learns one of life’s great lessons: facing your fears instead of running from them, is the only way to truly find freedom.

My dad and I had an unspoken pledge of silence. I don’t remember exactly when it happened. I just know that one day I realized there was a great divide between us, an endless chasm formed by words that had never been spoken, hurt that had never been expressed, and most of all, questions that would never be asked. We didn’t even know what to say to each other anymore, so we said nothing at all. Yes—silence was how we learned to operate, ever since “we” became just the two of us. So, I would never tell my dad I knew why we were really leaving Brookville and in turn, he would never tell me I was the one to blame for him losing his job. Instead we would file it away with all the things left unspoken between us over the years and leave them somewhere in the middle of nowhere in Ohio, along with all the other darkness.  
Sometime in the early afternoon, my dad pulled into a McDonald’s in Illinois after we had been driving in complete silence for somewhere close to seven hours. I quit counting eventually, knowing our trip would take much longer than it should thanks to our antiquated and unreliable means of transportation. Every possession we owned was packed to the brim in the back of a decrepit fifteen-passenger church van the congregation so kindly bestowed upon us as our tainted parting gift. I rolled my eyes as I hopped out of the van and saw the fiery orange letters emblazoned on the side of the faded black paint job—Brookville Church of God. I hated that stupid van, an ever-present reminder not only of my preacher’s-daughter upbringing, but also of the church that fired my dad for my transgressions.

About the Author:
Carissa Miller writes a lifestyle and design blog called CC and Mike, where she and
her husband blog about their experiences designing, building, and flipping houses in the Midwest. She was inspired to write her debut novel–Magnetic—because of her firsthand experience living with the trauma of an unsolved violent crime, her mother’s attempted murder. When she’s not writing, blogging, or designing, Carissa loves Oklahoma summers on the lake with her husband and three children, going to Oklahoma State sporting events and cheering on the Cowboys, and traveling cross country with her family in the RV she and her husband renovated. Carissa laughs loudly, loves with her whole heart, tells it how it is to a fault, and enjoys living life to the fullest, every moment of every day.

You can follow along with Carissa and her family on Instagram – ccandmikecreative, Facebook – CC and Mike, Pinterest – CC and Mike, Twitter, or by subscribing to their blog – http://www.ccandmike.com/.

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Apr 22, 2018

Building the Book Pile #251

Welcome to Building the Book Pile!  A Weekly meme inspired by Stacking the Shelves

Hello Readers, Bloggers, and Awesome people! 
It is actually starting  warm up here in Vermont. FINALLY! We had a nice day on Saturday and today is supposed o be nice again. Yesterday we took a ride to Manchester NH and hung out - we had Chipotle for lunch because I love it and we don't have one closer to us. Then we went to the motorcycle shop and got me my own helmet so that I can ride around with the hubs this summer. Someday I will learn to ride my own but for now this is good.

As far as blogging goes, I think it was a good week and I even got a good mount of reading done :)
How has your week been so far?
Share about your week with me in the comments below!

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Coming up on the Blog

Blog Blast: Excerpt and Giveaway for Magnetic by Carissa Miller (YA)
Early Reader Review: Simon and the Big, Bad, Angry Beasts by Ian De Haes (Youth)
Waiting on Wednesday
Early Reader Review: Fish-boy by Vanita Oelschlager (Youth)
Early Reader Review: All Summer Long by Hope Larsen (MG, GN)


Books Received this Week

 Unbreakable (Unblemished, #3)

Unbreakable by Sara Ella (Physical Copy) from Booklook Bloggers

Have you missed anything lately?

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Apr 20, 2018

Early Reader Review: The Key to Everything by Pat Schmatz

Source: From Netgalley and Candlewick Press in exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion or review.

The Key to Every Thing
The Key to Everything by Pat Schmatz
Publisher:  Candlewick Press
Publication Date:  May 8, 2018

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27405327-pop-manga-coloring-book?from_search=true  https://www.amazon.com/Pop-Manga-Coloring-Book-Beautiful/dp/0399578471?ie=UTF8&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0399578471&linkCode=as2&redirect=true&ref_=x_gr_w_bb&tag=x_gr_w_bb-20

Format:  Paperback ARC



Goodreads Synopsis: 
For eleven-year-old Tash, Cap'n Jackie isn't just the elderly next-door neighbor — she's family. When she disappears, only Tash holds the key that might bring her back.

Tash didn't want to go to camp, didn't want to spend the summer with a bunch of strangers, didn't want to be separated from the only two people she has ever been able to count on: her uncle Kevin, who saved her from foster care, and Cap'n Jackie, who lives next door. Camp turns out to be pretty fun, actually, but when Tash returns home, Cap'n Jackie is gone. And Tash needs her — the made-up stories of dolphin-dragons, the warm cookies that made everything all right after a fight, the key Cap'n Jackie always insisted had magic in it. The Captain always said all Tash had to do was hold it tight and the magic would come. Was it true? Could the key bring Cap'n Jackie back? In a heartfelt and stunningly written story, Pat Schmatz introduces readers to a tenacious, fiercely loyal girl struggling to let go of the fantasies and fears of her childhood . . . and say yes to everything that lies ahead.

The Key to Everything is a bout a young girl who is sent off to camp, when she returns her life is turned upside down when her neighbor Jackie is gone. There is so much more to this book though... and I don't want to spoil it.
It took me a few days to digest this book after reading it. It follows a girl named Tash who is still young and right now she is bitter about having to go to camp for the summer. The book is about 200 pages and it is a middle grade read so it was a quick one but it was also a very emotional one. It will bring back feelings of being a misunderstood 11 year old and hating everything or if you are 11 and reading it - you will completely understand where Tash is coming from. It is also sad. Tash is troubled to begin with but she has Jackie, their elderly neighbor, who stays with her during the day and they come up with these elaborate stories and magical worlds together. It sounds pretty great for Tash but not so good when something happens to Jackie. 

I really really don't want to go into too much detail about this plot because I think it adds to it not to know what is going to happen. Tash is learning to grow up in this book and sometimes it takes some hard-knocks to get there.

If you are looking for a contemporary read this was a good read, it is emotional though, so be prepared. I also think that all ages would do well reading this book it was beautiful.

Apr 19, 2018

Early Reader Review: Little Bear and His Chair by Claressa Swensen

 Source: From the Author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion or review.

Little Bear and His Chair by Claressa Swensen 
Publication Date: 
returning to Kickstarter on May 1st

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Format:  Ebook




Little Bear has a favorite chair, and he doesn’t want anyone else to sit on it. When his stubbornness gets in the way of his friendships, Little Bear has to decide what’s more important to him. A short story that teaches the value of friendship, and the importance of sharing.
Little Bear and His Chair is about a bear that has a favorite chair and doesn't want anyone messing it up. He does everything he can think of to keep others off if it. He tells them and puts up signs. When one of is friends doesn't respect this request Little Bear gets angry. His friends decide that he is not being very nice and choose to play without him.

This book has a lot of layers for a children's book. There is a sharing lesson to be learned, and about treating others and their things with respect. There is also a lesson here about being kind and friendship. 

I am an adult reading this book without a child, and I found it very cute. I read a few reviews before getting the book thus prompting me to read it to see it for myself how I felt about it. Some reviewers have noted aspects of bullying in this book - I can see where they are getting that but I do not believe that it is intentional. I think that may books with lessons of sharing and friendship have this element but because it is so in the spotlight right now we are more tuned into it. I can recall my siblings and myself (when I was much younger) having similar issues to Little Bear, sometime you have things you don't want to loan out and other kids get mad at you and one kid will almost always pass on this news. So, this book is not inaccurate and I don't feel like it was intentionally trying to show that bullying is ok.

This is a book that is trying to help parents and kids talk about sharing and friendship at its core - however, if you see fit as a parent to talk about bullying while reading it as well - that is completely up to you.

About the Author:
Claressa Swensen resides in Northern Utah with her husband, baby girl, and her two dogs. She has written four children’s books, including Teensy the Littlest Fairy and Dino Dino Doing Homework. Her books are currently available in seven Barnes & Noble locations across Utah. Her work has been featured in Readers Favorite and over 10 different reading blogs. 

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Apr 17, 2018

Early Reader Review: Deep Water by Watt Key

Source: From Macmillan in exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion or review.

Deep WaterDeep Water by Watt Key
Publisher:  Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication Date:  April 17, 2018 - TODAY!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27405327-pop-manga-coloring-book?from_search=true  https://www.amazon.com/Pop-Manga-Coloring-Book-Beautiful/dp/0399578471?ie=UTF8&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0399578471&linkCode=as2&redirect=true&ref_=x_gr_w_bb&tag=x_gr_w_bb-20

Format:  Paperback ARC



 Goodreads Synopsis: 
A middle grade survival story about a scuba dive gone wrong and two enemies who must unite to survive.

It's the most important rule of scuba diving: If you don't feel right, don't go down.

So after her father falls ill, twelve-year-old Julie Sims must take over and lead two of his clients on a dive miles off the coast of Alabama while her father stays behind in the boat. When the clients, a reckless boy Julie's age and his equally foolhardy father, disregard Julie's instructions during the dive, she quickly realizes she's in over her head.

And once she surfaces, things only get worse: One of the clients is in serious condition, and their dive boat has vanished--along with Julie's father, the only person who knows their whereabouts. It's only a matter of time before they die of hypothermia, unless they become shark bait first. Though Julie may not like her clients, it's up to her to save them all.
I am not a huge fan of more contemporary books, I normally stick with fantasy and the like - but this description had me interested. I am so glad I agreed to read it, because it was SO good! 

The book follows Julie as she goes on a dive that is destined for mishaps and she finds herself and her companions abandoned in the ocean. She has to work to keep herself and the others alive. 

While there wasn't a lot of character development in this book with the main character, but there was so much other stuff to keep the reader interested that it didn't matter (at least for me). There was character growth in the secondary character though - which was nice - mostly because you want to punch him for the first half of the book.

While they are stranded they go through so much, and Julie's character does so well trying to navigate and keep everyone safe - it was inspirational and a good take on the 'don't panic' style of things. I found the information that the book delivered to be both educational as well as made for a great story too. 

I read this book in about 2-3 sittings and really enjoyed it the whole way through. If you are looking for a more contemporary book, like the ocean, or survival stories, you are sure to enjoy this one.

Apr 16, 2018

Blog Blast: Excerpt and Givaway - An Authentic Experience by Kelly Wittmann

Hello Readers!

Today I have the pleasure of sharing an excerpt and giveaway from Kelly Wittmann the author of An Authentic Experience, which is a new contemporary Young Adult novel.


An Authentic Experience by Kelly Wittmann
Publisher: Sara Camilli Literacy Agency
Publication Date:  February 13, 2018

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27405327-pop-manga-coloring-book?from_search=true  https://www.amazon.com/Pop-Manga-Coloring-Book-Beautiful/dp/0399578471?ie=UTF8&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0399578471&linkCode=as2&redirect=true&ref_=x_gr_w_bb&tag=x_gr_w_bb-20

Fifteen-year-old Silver Abelli’s life has been as tumultuous as the punk rock she was raised on. Her divorced parents just don’t get along, even though they’re both musicians who stubbornly spurn the mainstream but secretly crave the limelight. Silver has always lived with her mom, Nicola, but when Nicola is diagnosed with a brain tumor, she must go to live with her obnoxious, hard-partying father, Renz. It’s a really bad time to fall in love, so you can pretty much bet that Silver will.

Enter Jake Sullivan…



Supposedly it’s against the body clock of a teenager to get up early in the morning, but Silver loved to rise before the sun to work with her grandfather at the family business, Tomasino’s Bakery. On these quiet mornings, they would roll out the dough together and bake the pastries that went on sale at 7:00 AM, under the supervision of Pope Francis, whose portrait hung on the wall. 

“Gramps, is it illegal for me to work here?”
“Of course not; don’t be ridiculous.”

“I’m only fifteen.”

“Only fifteen!” he scoffed. “You know what I was doing when I was fifteen?”

“What?” said Silver, sprinkling some flour on the dough. 

“Well… The same thing you’re doing right now. It wasn’t exactly breaking rocks with a pick ax, but my point is there’s nothing wrong with a little hard work. I pay you, don’t I?”


“And it’s not illegal, as long as you’re family. I wouldn’t do that.” There were several other people working with them in the big kitchen in back of the store, and he turned to one of them and said, “Esther, we gotta get those cronuts going for that catering job.”

“I know,” the woman said, waving a hand in the air. “It’s all under control.”

“What is it with the cronuts?” he said as he turned back to Silver. “I talked to a guy I know in New York who’s in the business a couple months ago and he said ‘Get ready for the cronuts. They’re coming your way.’ You know, I talk to these bakers in New York and it never fails, they can always tell me what the next trend is going to be. Used to always take almost exactly two years to get to Milwaukee. Always. But then came the internet and now everyone knows what people are eating in New York. So now it’s more like two months until it gets here!” Once upon a time, Gramps had resisted the internet with all his might, but now he loved it. He said it made doing business so much easier.
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Apr 15, 2018

Building the Book Pile #250

Welcome to Building the Book Pile!  A Weekly meme inspired by Stacking the Shelves

Hello Readers, Bloggers, and Awesome people! 

Happy Sunday! 

This week Vermont had some rain, some snow flurries, and some sun... I am SO ready for spring to actually happen but it has stayed on the colder side here (sad face). I finished some non-essential reading (of course) but it is better than nothing... and it was a pretty chill week at work. This upcoming week will be busy again but I was happy for a bit of a break. 

Oh on another note - have you heard of Webtoons? it is a site online to read online comics and the authors/creators load them weekly - I am addicted to a few of them now and binge read a few and am caught up... so many, SO GOOD!. Loving this as a work -break outlet. My love started with "Let's Play" - it is drama and some romance it is so fun. You should go and find something awesome!

I am also excited that the next season of Series of Unfortunate Events is on Netflix - I need to check out the next book from the library so I can read it before I start watching. Did you like my comparison reviews? I don't know if I will still do them but it was fun for me - so you might get them anyway...

Now that I have officially rambled at you... I will move on to the bloggy things...

BUT ALSO - How has your week been so far?
Share about your week with me in the comments below!

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Coming up on the Blog

Blog Blast: Excerpt and Giveaway! An Authentic Experience by Kelly Whittman (YA)
Early Reader Review: Deep Water by Watt Key (YA)
Early Reader Review: Little Bear and His Chair by Claressa Swensen (Youth)
Early Reader Review: Key to Everything by Pat Schmatz (MG)


Books Received this Week

The Helm of Darkness (War on the Gods, #1)

Thief of Happy Endings by Kristen Chandler - from Publicist and Penguin Young Readers for review. 

The Helm of Darkness by A.P. Mobley - from the author for review. 

Have you missed anything lately?

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Apr 12, 2018

Blog Blast: The Summer of Broken Things by Margaret Peterson Haddix


About the Book

From New York Times bestselling author Margaret Peterson Haddix comes a haunting novel about friendship and what it really means to be a family in the face of lies and betrayal.

Fourteen-year-old Avery Armisted is athletic, rich, and pretty. Sixteen-year-old Kayla Butts is known as “butt-girl” at school. The two girls were friends as little kids, but that’s ancient history now. So it’s a huge surprise when Avery’s father offers to bring Kayla along on a summer trip to Spain. Avery is horrified that her father thinks he can choose her friends—and make her miss soccer camp. Kayla struggles just to imagine leaving the confines of her small town.

But in Spain, the two uncover a secret their families had hidden from both of them their entire lives. Maybe the girls can put aside their differences and work through it together. Or maybe the lies and betrayal will only push them—and their families—farther apart.

Margaret Peterson Haddix weaves together two completely separate lives in this engaging novel that explores what it really means to be a family—and what to do when it’s all falling apart.

About the Author
Margaret Peterson Haddix grew up on a farm near Washington Court House, Ohio. She graduated from Miami University (of Ohio) with degrees in English/journalism, English/creative writing and history. Before her first book was published, she worked as a newspaper copy editor in Fort Wayne, Indiana; a newspaper reporter in Indianapolis; and a community college instructor and freelance writer in Danville, Illinois.

She has since written more than 40 books for kids and teens, including Running Out of Time; Double Identity; Uprising; The Always War; the Shadow Children series; the Missing series; the Children of Exile series; the Under Their Skin duology; and The Palace Chronicles. She also wrote Into the Gauntlet, the tenth book in the 39 Clues series. Her books have been honored with New York Times bestseller status, the International Reading Association’s Children’s Book Award; American Library Association Best Book and Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers notations; and numerous state reader’s choice awards. They have also been translated into more than twenty different languages.

Haddix and her husband, Doug, now live in Columbus, Ohio. They are the parents of two grown kids.

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Apr 10, 2018

Recent Reads: Saga Volume 5 by Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Saga, Vol. 5 (Saga, #5)
Saga Volume 5 by Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Series: Saga, Collecting Issues 25-30.
Publisher: Image Comics
Publication Date:  September 9. 2015

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27405327-pop-manga-coloring-book?from_search=true  https://www.amazon.com/Pop-Manga-Coloring-Book-Beautiful/dp/0399578471?ie=UTF8&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0399578471&linkCode=as2&redirect=true&ref_=x_gr_w_bb&tag=x_gr_w_bb-20

Format:  Paperback
Source: Borrowed from a friend



Goodreads Synopsis: 
Multiple storylines collide in this cosmos-spanning new volume. While Gwendolyn and Lying Cat risk everything to find a cure for The Will, Marko makes an uneasy alliance with Prince Robot IV to find their missing children, who are trapped on a strange world with terrifying new enemies.

Collecting: Saga 25-30

I like this series, it is easy to read and I enjoy most of the characters... and my friend let me borrow up to Volume 8. I feel obligated to read them because I have them, but as we progress I am not as excited to read them - that might be why the ratings aren't spectacular. Anywho, in volume 5 there were so many heart wrenching parts! I was thrown all over the place emotionally.

Alana and Marko are trying to get back to each other, Prince Robot IV is doing his best to be cooperative but is looking for his kid, and Gwen is still trying to help The Will. Every storyline in this volume had an emotional part - I was completely thrown off by how deep this got and it was a little depressing overall. 

I liked where it was going and still do, I am interested to see how reunions will change things for all the characters...