Jan 19, 2018

Recent Reads: The Crowns of Croswald by D.E. Night

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

The Crowns of Croswald (The Croswald Series)The Crowns of Croswald
Series: The Crowns of Croswald #1

Publisher: Stories Untold Press
Publication Date:   July 1, 2017

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Format: Paperback ARC



Goodreads Synopsis: 
In Croswald, the only thing more powerful than dark magic is one secret…

For sixteen years Ivy Lovely has been hidden behind an enchanted boundary that separates the mundane from the magical. When Ivy crosses the border, her powers awaken. Curiosity leads her crashing through a series of adventures at the Halls of Ivy, a school where students learn to master their magical blood and the power of Croswald’s mysterious gems. When Ivy’s magic––and her life––is threatened by the Dark Queen, she scrambles to unearth her history and save Croswald before the truth is swept away forever.

Unboxing Video

A long while back I received an email about a promo package and if I wanted it, it would contain a book as well as other goodies and was blown away by the blurb and cover art so I said YES PLEASE. The Unboxing Video is above if you are interested in all the great things. I loved this experience, the box by itself was breathtaking and I was excited to get into the book but had other things I needed to get to first, then I fell into a reading slump and was useless. 

I started the book and fell into it. It is a fantasy that has a gorgeous world built around a character named Ivy. It has a bit of a Harry Potter feel to it but it has more too. The story follows Ivy as she is pulled into a school where she is learning to be a recorder of magical things and the royals who also attend, have the magic. She learns a lot of wonderful new things and then discovers that there are a lot of secrets being kept by the Halls and weird things turn her school like into a whirlwind of mystery, discovery, and best of all, magic.

The world the author created and the characters are a lot of fun to read about. the world sucks you in and Ivy the main character is an underdog and I really like that. She isn't trying to hard, she accepts her circumstances and when she learns more about her past she doesn't get cocky or annoying. I am very interested to see when the series will lead me.

Jan 18, 2018

Recent Reads: Nignt Study by Maria Snyder

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

Night Study by Maria V. Snyder
Night Study (Soulfinders, #2; Study, #5)
Series: Souldfinders #2, Study #5
Publisher: Mira
Publication Date: January 26, 2016  

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:  Ebook



Goodreads Synopsis: 
Ever since being kidnapped from the Illiais Jungle as a child, Yelena Zaltana's has been fraught with peril. But the recent loss of her Soulfinding abilities has endangered her more than ever before. As she desperately searches for a way to reclaim her magic, her enemies are closing in, and neither Ixia nor Sitia are safe for her anymore. Especially since the growing discord between the two countries and the possibility of a war threatens everything Yelena holds dear.

Valek is determined to protect Yelena, but he's quickly running out of options. The Commander suspects that his loyalties are divided, and he's been keeping secrets from Valek...secrets that put him, Yelena and all their friends in terrible danger. As they uncover the various layers of the Commander's mysterious plans, they realize it's far more sinister that they could have ever imagined.
I am ashamed at how long it took me to get to this book from my Netgalley pile and that it took me so long to finish it. I really loved the Poison Study series and I liked the first in the Soulfinders series as well, and what I enjoy about them is how much world building there continues to be through the series even once you are well into it. The only problem though, is the same thing, there is so much detail about the people, places, thought processes that it can feel like you are trudging through. So if you aren't in the mood to read or for this type of story it can be a rough one. All that being said, I did enjoy this book quite a bit. I love Yelena and Valek, they are adorable together and the twists throughout the book involving them were wonderful. The other characters, while they lend to the overall story just don't always hit the mark, but the story overall was great. I love the politics in these books and the magic and the love these characters have for each other. It is a band of misfits and they come together to do great things. 

I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to the next one. My recommendation though, if you find a lot of detail too much or you are looking for a light read, this isn't it. There is a lot to take in all the time and not many parts you can just skim through (if that is how you read). There are little hints and secrets everywhere and they come together beautifully when the books wrap up.

Jan 17, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday: Banished by Betsy Schow

Banished by Betsy Schow
Series: The Storymakers #3
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: February 1, 2018


Why I Am Waiting:
I have read the first two books in this series and I can't wait to see how it all wraps up :) 

Update: I got a review copy :)



Jan 16, 2018

Blog Blast: Ellie, Engineer by Jackson Pearce


About the Book

The hilarious and smart start of a series about a girl who loves to build—STEM-powered, creative fun for girls.

Ellie is an engineer. With a tool belt strapped over her favorite skirt (who says you can’t wear a dress and have two kinds of screwdrivers handy, just in case?), she invents and builds amazing creations in her backyard workshop. Together with her best friend Kit, Ellie can make anything. As Kit’s birthday nears, Ellie doesn’t know what gift to make until the girls overhear Kit’s mom talking about her present—the dog Kit always wanted! Ellie plans to make an amazing doghouse, but her plans grow so elaborate that she has to enlist help from the neighbor boys and crafty girls, even though the two groups don’t get along. Will Ellie be able to pull off her biggest project yet?

Illustrated with Ellie’s sketches and plans, and including backmatter with how-tos, this is full of engineering fun!

"A charming book featuring an engineer who makes mistakes when navigating the roads of friendship. In addition to spotlighting engineering, the narrative contains strong themes of friendship and working together toward a common goal. VERDICT A solid addition to chapter book collections." ―School Library Journal

"Charming. . . . In addition to spotlighting engineering, the narrative contains strong themes of friendship and working together toward a common goal." ―School Library Journal

"Pearce emphasizes Ellie’s persistence and individuality. . . . Mourning’s notebook-style images help give a sense of how Ellie’s brain works." ―Publishers Weekly

"Explicitly rejects the idea that activities and objects are gendered (e.g., boys and girls can both like engineering and tea parties). The twist ending is not what most readers will expect. A spirited, duplicable depiction of STEM fun." ―Kirkus Reviews

About the Author
Photo Content from Jackson Pearce

Jackson Pearce currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia. After attending Brookwood High School in Snellville, GA, Jackson attended Georgia College & State University and later transferred to the University of Georgia, where she graduated with a major in English and a minor in Philosophy.

Jackson was an avid reader as a child—she loved the Boxcar Children and Indian in the Cupboard series, but really, she read anything she could get her hands on. This proved problematic when she got her hands on her mother’s paperback romance books from time to time.

It was her love of reading that spurred her to start writing—when Jackson was in her tweens, she was looking for a book that involved a smart girl, horses, baby animals, and magic. When such a book couldn’t be found, Jackson vowed to write it herself. She gave the story up after about ten pages, but the love of writing didn’t die as easily as the story. In her late teens, Jackson began writing for publication. Her first book, AS YOU WISH, sold to Harper Collins when she was twenty-two years old. There are currently four books in her series of retold fairytales—SISTERS RED, SWEETLY, FATHOMLESS, and COLD SPELL. She has also written a contemporary novel called PURITY, a historical fantasy under the pen name J. Nelle Patrick (TSARINA), and has two middle grade series forthcoming—THE DOUBLECROSS (AND OTHER SKILLS I LEARNED AS A SUPERSPY), coming July 2015, and PIP BARTLETT’S GUIDE TO MAGICAL CREATURES, co-written with Maggie Stiefvater, coming May 2015

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Jan 15, 2018

Early Reader Review: The Mutts Spring Diaries by Patrick McDonnell

Source: From Netgalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion or review.  
The Mutts Spring Diaries
The Mutts Spring Diaries by Patrick McDonnell
Series: The Mutts
Publisher: Andrew McMeel Publishing
Publication Date:  January 16, 2018

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Format: Ebook



Goodreads Synopsis: 
Yesh! Mooch, Earl, and all their endearing Mutts friends return in this fourth Mutts collection for kids!

It's been a long, cold winter—Earl and Mooch are looking forward to shmelling the flowers! Spring is the season of new beginnings. The birds are singing fresh concertos they’ve been working on all winter long. The caterpillars are dreaming of butterfly flight. And the bears could use that first cup of coffee after their three-month hibernation. Celebrate spring with the Mutts gang as they go on egg-decorating sprees, dodge playful rain showers, and welcome home the birds from their winter vacation. Check out the “More to Explore” section to learn about the mysteries and wonders of the birds, who are all too happy to let you know that spring is here. You’ll find that Mooch and Earl’s feathered friends have some surprising secrets, and you won’t want to miss out on the springtime fun.
I really enjoy these, volumes of comic strips all put together into a nice neat package. This series of strips is Mutts and their springtime adventures. I love that Earl and Mooch are such good friends and their personalities are what make these comics so much fun and funny. 

This collection has dogs, cats, and a lot of birds. They celebrate egg-coloring and bunnies and welcome home all the birds and listen to their music. 

Even if you aren't familiar with Mutts and the comic strip, these are still really cute and the collection would be a great coffee table book or  great for anyone who enjoys Mutts, or classic newspaper comics. I was happy to have read these and now I am wishing for much warmer weather it is about 20 degrees F here in Vermont right now. I would love to welcome the birds home, but I have a few more months.

Building the Book Pile #267 - A little late but not forgotten...

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

Hello Readers, Bloggers, and Awesome people! 

I finally did a bunch of reading! Yay and got reviews up to, double yay! Last week I had a bunch of comic reviews up, those had been sitting on my desk for months I also finished 2 of the 3 books on my TBR, ones that I have been slowly reading for a few months. I am super excited about my progress. 

In other news, this weekend was low key, we helped a friend move and then had a "Family" dinner with a group of friends, we are going to try to make this a tradition and I am giddy about it.

Oh and I promised Killers photos from last week - THE SHOW WAS AMAZING! They put on a great one and I was super impressed and had a blast!


Share about your week with me in the comments below!

  Giveaways  on Cover2CoverBlog!
None right now.

Coming up on the Blog

Early Reader Review: The Mutts Spring Diaries by Patrick McDonnell (GN)
Blog Blast w/ Giveaway!: Ellie, Engineer by Jackson Pearce (MG)
Waiting on Wednesday
Recent Reads: Night Study by Maria Snyder 
Recent Reads:  The Crowns of Croswald by D.E. Night

Books Received this Week

  The Viking's Chosen  With Love, From Me to You
The Viking's Chosen by Quinn Loftis - Won from Clean Teen Publishing
With Love From Me to You by Mary Manz Simon for review from BookLook Bloggers 

Have you missed anything lately?

Comment and leave me a link to your Round-up/ STS/ Weekly...anything, post and I will happily stop by and say hello!
Happy Reading!

Jan 12, 2018

Recent Reads: Klaus #1 by Grant Morrison

Klaus #1
Klaus #1 by Grant Morrison

Series: Klaus#1
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Publication Date:  November 4, 2015

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Format: Comic



Goodreads Synopsis: 
Set in a dark fantastic past of myth and magic, Klaus tells the story of how Santa Claus really came to be. Where did he begin? What was he like when he was young? And what happens when he faces his greatest challenge? Drawing on Santa Claus’ wilder roots in Viking lore and Siberian shamanism—taking in the creepier side of Christmas, and characters like the sinister Krampus—Klaus is “Santa Claus: Year One.”
I forgot I was saving this one for the holiday season! Sad that I missed reading and posting around Christmas, but happy that I got around to reading it. This is the first in a short installment (from what I can tell) about Klaus, Santa Claus to be exact.

The first issue follows a wild man selling furs into a town where the Baron is keeping everyone poor and down and how he is beaten and thrown out, the guards taking all of his wares. What comes from this is magical and I really hope I can find the others in this series because this was a wonderful beginning to a re-telling of sorts about how Santa Claus came to be and I loved it. 

All that being said this is not a series for younger audiences, there is a lot of violence (and a very bratty child I wanted to punch in the face...)

Jan 11, 2018

Recent Reads: Monstress #12 by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda

Monstress #12
Monstress #12 by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda

Series: Monstress
Publisher:  Image Comics
Publication Date:  May 31, 2017

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Format: Comic



 Goodreads Synopsis: 
END OF STORY ARC The final issue of the second arc!
Will Maika return with her soul intact?
It has been a while since I picked up this series, I had a stack of comics that have been sitting around and this was in it. In this installment Maika is battling it out with the Blood Fox and learning more and more about her past and her mother. This was a great end to this arc of the story but there are so many characters now I am starting to get a little lost and might need to re-read the series again to fully grasp all of the complexities. I am still enjoying Maika's growth in these comics and need to pick up the next issues in the series, after re-reading the beginning probably.

Jan 10, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday: Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh

Reign of the Fallen
Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication Date:  January 23, 2018


Why I Am Waiting:
Honestly, this cover got me, but then the synopsis was so interesting... it seems like a new take on zombies but with a bit more depth...

Jan 9, 2018

Recent Reads: Lumberjanes Gotham Academy by Chynna Clugston Flores

Lumberjanes/Gotham Academy Vol. 1Lumberjanes Gotham Academy by Chynna Clugston Flores
Series: Lumberjanes Gotham Academy #1
Publisher: BOOM! Box
Publication Date:  March 1, 2017

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Format:  Comic
Source: Bought/Own



Goodreads Synopsis:
What's to Love: We adore DC's Gotham Academy and it's been on our wish list to have them somehow meet the Lumberjanes. From the great characters to the fun stories, we saw a world in which these two groups could coexist. Fast forward and here we are—the crossover event we've dreamed about and can't wait to bring to you! What It Is: Something sinister is happening at a mysterious building deep in the woods, drawing the Lumberjanes and the Gotham Academy kids separately to investigate. Is it a weird cabin? An abandoned asylum? The two groups band together to find out what exactly is going on. Featuring a connecting subscription cover by Kelly & Nichole Matthews (Toil and Trouble)!
I have read the first volume of the Lumberjanes and really liked it and I also really enjoyed this comic. It is a DC mash up with Gotham Academy, which I have not read anything about up until this point, but the Gotham kids and the Lumberjanes are teaming up to find missing people and this comic is their union and the problems that start almost immediately afterward.

The story was captivating and I love the characters so far, I think this will be a fun combination of stories to read. It is a mostly female cast and I am excited for the weird things this series will throw at the reader.