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Book Fair!

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It’s that time of the year again for the schools to host the Scholastic Book Fair!! My girls get super excited when the book fair comes around and honestly so do I!  So here are the books that the girls have picked out for themselves:

Dog Man Unleashed (Dog Man #2) by [Pilkey, Dav]A New Class (Star Wars: Jedi Academy #4) by [Krosoczka, Jarrett J.]Judy Moody and the Bucket List by [McDonald, Megan]  

They are very happy with the books they were able to get this year. My 9 year old wanted Wonder by R.J. Palacio but I felt it was to expensive for a book fair book. Plus I have a coupon for Books A Million, so I will pick it up there.

One thing I noticed this year was that they didn’t have as big of a collection of Middle Grade books. I was however able to pick up these two beauties:

Serafina and the Twisted Staff (Fiction - Middle Grade) by [Beatty, Robert]

This is the sequel to Serafina and the Black Cloak which I purchased last year at the Book Fair.

Finding Serendipity (Tuesday McGillycuddy Adventures) by [Banks, Angelica]

When Tuesday McGillycuddy and her beloved dog, Baxterr, discover that Tuesday’s mother—the famous author Serendipity Smith—has gone missing, they set out on a magical adventure. In their quest to find Serendipity, they discover the mysterious and unpredictable place that stories come from. Here, Tuesday befriends the fearless Vivienne Small, learns to sail an enchanted boat, tangles with an evil pirate, and discovers the truth about her remarkable dog. Along the way, she learns what it means to be a writer and how difficult it can sometimes be to get all the way to The End.

I thought that Finding Serendipity just sounds so cute and a great adventure story.

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I’m 13 years old and I changed the world~ Book Review

Synopsis

Mom still won’t let me cut my hair. I still share a bedroom with Grandpa. And my cell phone is still stuck in the Stone Age.

But I’ve got a serious problem now. Big Mike has cancer, and I’ve got to step in and do what science hasn’t yet done. I’ve got to find a cure.

That’s right–I’m 13 years old, and I’m about to change the world.

My Thoughts

I received this book for an honest review from the author. This is D.K. Brantley’s second book and I was honored he asked me again to review his work.

This book follows Adam helping Big Mike through his cancer treatments. From the first book to the second these characters have grown so much. Now dealing with this more grownup situation I liked how they were both mature about the whole thing. I also liked how the students in the school were able to rally together to help also.

It is a short book and I was able to read it all in one sitting but it did pull on some heart strings. I couldn’t imagine having a child of mine go through something like this.

I was also asked to tell you about a boy that the author knows that is facing this terrible disease right now. His name is Dylan Duncan and he is a 7th grader in Cleveland, TN.

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Dylan was diagnosed in May of this year with Osteosarcoma. His mother, Becky Duncan, has since taken a leave from work to care for Dylan, which has led to an immediate stop and drastic drop in family income.

Daniel Brantley has decided that now through the end of 2016, all his books proceeds will go to the Duncan family. The book is now available on Amazon for $6.99 or if you would just like to donate to the cause here is the GoFundMe page that you can do so.

Donations for Dylan Duncan

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Thank you!

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You’ve Got Mail

Hello everyone I am back with another Bookmail announcement. I was asked by the author to read and review his book. I was so excited because it has been awhile since an author asked me to review their works. So without further adieu..

Dodger's Doorway

Synopsis

One night, Mark ‘Dodger’ Bishop ventures through a magical doorway that transports him to Storyworld, a strange realm inhabited by characters from fairy tales, myths, and legends. Dodger must team up with the warrior Humpty Dumpty and the alchemist Rumpelstiltskin to complete a series of adventures. Along the way, they encounter a cannibalistic witch, a mad puppeteer, ferocious bounty hunters, and much more. While Dodger conquers these various challenges, he soon begins to conquer his own fears and insecurities as well. (Goodreads)

It sounds like a great adventure and I love new twists on fairytale/storybook characters. Thank you so much Alessandro for sending me the book!

 

Author’s Information

Alessandro Reale

Alessandro ‘Alex’ Reale lives outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he works as a content writer and social media coordinator at a business resource company. In 2011, he published his first book, a young adult fantasy entitled Dodger’s Doorway. Currently, Alex is working on several sequels for Dodger’s Doorway and another book series revolving around historical artifacts.

Goodreads ~ Amazon ~ Blog

You’ve Got Mail!

A Blind Guide To Stinkville

A Blind Guide to Stinkville

I received this book for trade of an honest review. Thank you so much to Beth Vrabel and Sky Pony Press for sending me this gorgeous hardcover book for review!!!

Synopsis

 

Before Stinkville, Alice didn’t think albinism—or the blindness that goes with it—was a big deal. Sure, she uses a magnifier to read books. And a cane keeps her from bruising her hips on tables. Putting on sunscreen and always wearing a hat are just part of life. But life has always been like this for Alice. Until Stinkville.

For the first time in her life, Alice feels different—like she’s at a disadvantage. Back in her old neighborhood in Seattle, everyone knew Alice, and Alice knew her way around. In Stinkville, Alice finds herself floundering—she can’t even get to the library on her own. But when her parents start looking into schools for the blind, Alice takes a stand. She’s going to show them—and herself—that blindness is just a part of who she is, not all that she can be. To prove it, Alice enters the Stinkville Success Stories essay contest. No one, not even her new friend Kerica, believes she can scout out her new town’s stories and write the essay by herself. The funny thing is, as Alice confronts her own blindness, everyone else seems to see her for the first time.

This is a stirring small-town story that explores many different issues—albinism, blindness, depression, dyslexia, growing old, and more—with a light touch and lots of heart. Beth Vrabel’s characters are complicated and messy, but they come together in a story about the strength of community and friendship. (published oct 31,2015; Goodreads)

About the Author

Beth Vrabel

Beth Vrabel grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania. She won a short-story contest in fourth grade and promptly decided writing was what she was going to do with her life. Although her other plans–becoming a wolf biologist, a Yellowstone National Park ranger, and a professional roller skater–didn’t come to fruition, she stuck with the writing. After graduating from Pennsylvania State University with a degree in journalism, she moved through the ranks of a local newspaper to become editor of two regional magazines and a lifestyle columnist. Beth now lives in Connecticut with her wonderful husband, two charming children, a spoiled rotten puppy, and two guinea pigs, Winn-Dixie and Pippin. (amazon)

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New Releases- Sept/Oct

I wanted to make up a witty title for these posts but I can’t think of one this morning. Oh well…..

I wanted to share with you all some of the books that I just need to have. You know the books I’m talking about. The ones you either wait for after you devoured the first book, you looked up coming releases on Amazon, or your favorite BookTuber was lucky enough to get an ARC of that said book. These books are a mix of those three actions.

I am always looking for new releases so I can plan my budget out accordingly. Who am I kidding….I see that gorgeous cover and…..

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Over on Instagram I am part of a monthly challenge and yesterday’s challenge was “Gimme da Book”. Maybe that’s what I’ll call these. Here is the picture that I posted:

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Woo hoo….91 likes so far. I love my fellow bookworms. So I am going to show the covers better and their synopsis. If you don’t drool like I did then, well you have different tastes.

To the books!!!!!

1. The House by Christina Lauren

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Released Date: October 6, 2015

Synopsis
The story centers on Delilah Blue, who returns to her Kansas hometown to find that nothing has changed. Gavin Timothy still lives in the spooky house that has always kept Delilah at arm’s length, but now she finds herself smitten with him. Gavin urges Delilah to stay away, saying that something living in the house with him isn’t afraid of hurting her.

2. Dreamland by Robert L. Anderson

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Release Date: September 22, 2015

Synopsis
Dea Donahue walks through people’s dreams by using the dreamers’ possessions and feeds off the energy. But she is never to interfere in the dream and never to make her presence known. Having such a unique gift has made it difficult for Dea to grow close to people, and it doesn’t help that her single mother ups and moves them at a moment’s notice. But in rural Indiana, she has made friends with awkward Gollum and enigmatic Connor, who recently moved to town from Chicago. He’s running from a tragic past and rumors circulate that he’s dangerous. When Dea starts entering Connor’s dreams, she risks calling attention to herself from the faceless monsters her mother has always warned her about. Then Dea’s mother goes missing, and a graduate student starts writing an exposé on Connor. But to find her mother and help Connor, Dea must traverse a world of nightmares. This page-turning thriller is filled with creepy dreamscapes that will entrance and frighten readers. Although there are some plot holes involving Connor’s past and Dea’s ignorance regarding her mother’s behavior, these don’t affect the enjoyment of the story, which revs up to a satisfying conclusion.

3. The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich

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Release Date: September 15th, 2015

Synopsis

This creepy boarding school novel meshes real world issues with a paranormal mystery in a fun but scary debut. Carly Johnson might have dissociative identity disorder, where the trauma of her parents’ fatal car accident resulted in the creation of a nocturnal alter personality named Kaitlyn. Or there might be something supernatural at work, since Kaitlyn claims she and Carly have shared the same body and life since birth and may have been responsible for their parents’ deaths. A stint in a mental institution doesn’t help, and soon Kaitlyn realizes that the Carly personality seems to have disappeared. Told as an official report investigating the mystery of a fatal fire, this novel includes diary entries, notes, interviews, and transcripts from a video camera. One friend uses a fictional kind of Scottish witchcraft to unravel the mystery of the girls’ identity, there’s a complicated romance, and the diary itself, named Dee, becomes a menacing, ghostly apparition. Is this a creative exploration of mental illness, or a straightforward horror story? The multiple unanswered questions feel intriguing rather than frustrating. Fans of horror novels will appreciate the creepy photographs scattered throughout, and the multiple perspectives are smoothly integrated. 

4.  The Copper Gauntlet by Cassandra Clare & Holly Black

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Release Date September 9, 2015

Synopsis

Callum Hunt’s summer break isn’t like other kids’. His closest companion is a Chaos-ridden wolf, Havoc. His father suspects him of being secretly evil. And, of course, most kids aren’t heading back to the magical world of the Magisterium in the fall. 
  
It’s not easy for Call . . . and it gets even harder after he checks out his basement and discovers that his dad might be trying to destroy both him and Havoc. 
  
Call escapes to the Magisterium — but things only intensify there. The Alkahest — a copper gauntlet capable of separating certain magicians from their magic — has been stolen. And in their search to discover the culprit, Call and his friends Aaron and Tamara awaken the attention of some very dangerous foes — and get closer to an even more dangerous truth. 
  
As the mysteries of the Magisterium deepen and widen, bestselling authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare take readers on an extraordinary journey through one boy’s conflict — and a whole world’s fate. 

5.Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett

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Release Date September 22, 2015

Synopsis
ead bodies in a cornfield in the middle of Kansas, a mysterious ritual centuries in the making, visions of a dead girl, and the sinister plotting of an immortal Francisco Vázquez de Coronado all conspire to turn New York City teen Ash Larkin’s life upside down in this complicated but original paranormal tale. Ash and her twin brother take off for Kansas to find their mother, who has decided to return to the cult she escaped when she was pregnant with them. Their spotty knowledge of family history and Ash’s increasingly disturbing visions about her ancestors do not prepare the siblings for the people in the insular community of Quivira, who have clearly been waiting for them. Thrown into the center of a ritual she does not understand, Ash must sort through violent visions of 16th-century love, loss, and betrayal in order to find her mother and protect her brother. Help comes in the form of a handsome boy she’s not sure she can trust. What readers know of the key players’ complex histories and motivations changes as things are revealed to Ash in her visions, which makes the narrative difficult to follow at times. However, Liggett keeps things moving along with plenty of sexy, frightening, and funny moments. While the history gets a bit convoluted, the idea that when Coronado wandered into Kansas looking for gold, he stumbled across immortality and is still around, pulling puppet strings in a doomsday cult, is too good to pass up.

So there are 5 releases that I am looking forward to reading.

What books are you looking forward to in the next couple of months?

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You’ve Got Mail

I’m sorry I haven’t been on here for a couple days. My computer decided to break and it’s hard to post normal postings on my phone. Anywho….

I received two books in the mail, for review, over the past couple of days that I wanted to show you guys.

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Greyson Grey
By B.C. Tweedt

Morris College All-Sports Camp has everything twelve-year-old Greyson Gray needs to distract him from his father’s mysterious disappearance – intense athletic competition, weird friends, and a pretty girl.  

But when Greyson stumbles upon a terrorist’s sinister plot brewing in the observatory, a place already haunted by a chilling camp legend, he suddenly toils with two dueling worlds – one of lurking danger and mystery, the other of competition and awkward romance.  Spurred on by his father’s words to do what’s good no matter the danger, Greyson and his faithful friends must mount a daring and coordinated heist on the observatory in order to save thousands of lives. 

Greyson Gray: Camp Legend is an exciting adventure threaded with witty, sarcastic humor and gritty suspense. You will not only enjoy being in Greyson’s shoes as he battles evil in thrilling chases, but also as he deals with his awkward first crush, menacing bullies, and the loss of his father. Prepare to laugh out loud and fall in love with the characters as the Greyson Gray series begins with a bang. (Amazon)

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Searching for Darkness by Leah Ward

In this dystopian novel, the world has nearly been destroyed by dark magic. Fifteen year old Edwin doesn’t remember much about the past, including who his parents really were or how they died. Now he has discovered that he is a Seer, a person who can see things or places that do not exist to the normal eye. He has also learned that the dark magician, Nefarious, is in search of a book called Darkness – that only Seer’s can find. If he locates the spell book, he could destroy the Earth as it remains. But the question is, can Edwin find it first and rid it’s existence? This adventure novel is action-packed, deathly suspenseful, and continues with Edwin’s journey as he learns more about his gift, and his past life. (Amazon)

I’ve started reading Searching for Darkness already and I like it so far.

Thanks for reading this quick update.

Happy Reading!!