Wednesday, August 31, 2016

The Nine Lives of Jacob Tibbs by Cylin Busby ~ Review by Tristan

The Nine Lives of Jacob Tibbs by 
Hardcover272 pages
Published February 2nd 2016 
by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Source: ARC Provided by Publisher
Rating 3 Out of 5 Star


For fans of Katherine Applegate's The One and Only Ivan comes the swashbuckling story of a little cat's adventures on the high seas
Captain Natick does not want to take a kitten on board his ship when it sets sail in 1837, but his daughter convinces him that the scrawny yellow cat will bring good luck. Onto the ship the kitten goes, and so begins the adventurous, cliff-hanging, lucky life of Jacob Tibbs. At first, Jacob’s entire world is the ship’s hold, where the sailors heave their heavy loads and long-tailed rats scurry in the darkness. But before long, Jacob’s voyage takes him above deck and onward to adventure. Along the way, Jacob will encounter loss and despair, brave thunderous storms at sea, face down a mutiny, survive on a desert island, and above all, navigate the tricky waters of shipboard life and loyalties. 

Praise for The Nine Lives of Jacob Tibbs

"Original, surprisingly intense. . . . A beautiful piece of writing."  --Holly Goldberg Sloan, New York Times-bestselling author of Counting by 7s

"Rarely does a book come along that I finish and think, 'This is going to be a classic.' This is that book." --Jo Knowles, author ofSee You at Harry's 

"Emotional resonance and chockablock seafaring adventures combined with coming-of-age themes takes this over the top. . .An outstanding choice for fans of middle grade nautical adventure and animal narrator novels." --School Library Journal, starred review

"With engrossing action and great character description and development, Busby has created a story that will enthrall fans of animal fantasy. Kelley's full-page drawings add to this well-crafted tale, which many readers may come to treasure." --Booklist, starred review

"In addition to giving Jacob an engaging narrative voice, Busby fills the novel with nautical lore and lingo, making Jacob's journey one to savor." --Publishers Weekly

"An absorbing historical coming-of-age adventure supported by deeper themes of grief, despair, and determination."  --Kirkus Reviews


Thank you Random House for sending a copy for review, This in no way affected my opinion.

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About the Author

Cylin Busby Ross likes to say that she is from Maine, but really she has lived in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Maine, New York and California. 

Since both of her parents were born in Maine, and she went to high school there, she thinks of it as her home state. She can also do a mean Downeast accent.

Cylin has worked at Random House, HarperCollins, and Simon & Schuster as a children's book editor. She was also Senior Editor at Teen Magazine. 
She is a best selling, award winning author of fiction and nonfiction books for young readers, numerous magazine articles and short stories. She lives in Los Angeles with her family.

Moonlight Brigade (The Wild Ones #2) by C. Alexander London ~ Review by Tristan

Moonlight Brigade (The Wild Ones #2) by 
Hardcover272 pages
Published September 20th, 2016 
by Philomel Books
Source: ARC Provided by the Author
Rating: 5 Out of 5 Stars


The new animal-fantasy/adventure series for fans of Warriors, Spirit Animals, and Redwall!
Kit may have saved the Wild Ones from the Flealess, but he and his neighbors are not out of danger yet. Coyote has taken charge of the Thunder River Rompers, a notorious gang of nearsighted otters, and he has his sights set on Ankle Snap Alley. When, on the eve of the First Frost, Coyote and his henchmen steal all of the seeds and nuts that the Alley's residents have stored up for winter, Kit knows that he can't sit by and do nothing. As he tries to fulfill his school assignments and win himself a coveted invitation into the Moonlight Brigade, Kit knows he must outsmart the Coyote so that his fellow Wild Ones can survive the winter.

With so much depending on him, it's time for Kit to pull off his greatest trick yet and save the community he now calls home. Howl to snap!

Praise for The Wild Ones:

“Raccoon hero Kit and his ragtag community of creatures will sneak their way into your imagination and steal your heart. They may pick your pocket, too, but they’ll take you on an adventure you won’t soon forget. This is a fantasy that kids will adore (and quick-of-paw parents will steal). A wild ride from a wildly imaginative author.”--Katherine Applegate, Newbery Medal-winning author of The One and Only Ivan and the bestselling Animorphs series

"Bold deeds, betrayals, and buffoonery kick off this series with gusto."--Kirkus Reviews

"The sharp, lively descriptions ('like dynamite in a silk purse') shine while the exhilarating finale illustrates that home is wherever your 'howl to snap' friends live."--Publishers Weekly 

"Readers will root for Kit as he tangles with scoundrels, liars, and even a hungry crocodile....A promising new series for fans of animal adventure."--School Library Journal


Thank you Alex for providing me with a copy for review. This in no way affected my opinion.

While Moonlight Brigade did not have as much action as The Wild Ones I liked the fact they were different and it was a new adventure I was reading. Go get this book. Howl to Snap!

If you would like more Wild Ones awesomeness check out my interview with Author Alex London on Youtube.

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About the Author:

C. Alexander London (Alex) has written books for children, teens, even a few grown ups. He’s the author of The Wild Ones series,Dog Tags and Tides of War series, as well as the Accidental Adventures and two titles in The 39 Clues series for young readers.
His young adult debut, Proxy, was an American Library Association Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Readers and included on their 2014 Best Fiction For Young Adults list. Proxy is a 2015 Texas Lone Star Reading List and TAYSHAS Reading List selection, a 2016 Intermediate Sequoyah Masterlist selection in Oklahoma, and has been on many state reading lists including Colorado, Arkansas, Missouri. The sequel, Guardian, is available now.
His books for adults include One Day The Soldiers Came: Voices of Children in War and National Jewish Book Award finalist Far From Zion.
Alex was born in Baltimore, Maryland and moved to New York to attend Columbia University. He graduated with a degree in philosophy and earned his Masters Degree in Library Science from Pratt Institute. 
At one time a journalist reporting from conflict zones and refugee camps, he has recently moved from Brooklyn, NY, to Philadelphia, PA where he can be found wandering the streets talking to his dog, who is the real brains of the operation. 

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: RoseBlood by A.G. Howard

RoseBlood by 
Hardcover464 pages
Expected publication: January 10th 2017 
by Amulet Books


In this modern day spin on Leroux’s gothic tale of unrequited love turned to madness, seventeen-year-old Rune Germain has a mysterious affliction linked to her operatic talent, and a horrifying mistake she’s trying to hide. Hoping creative direction will help her, Rune’s mother sends her to a French arts conservatory for her senior year, located in an opera house rumored to have ties to The Phantom of the Opera. 

At RoseBlood, Rune secretly befriends the masked Thorn—an elusive violinist who not only guides her musical transformation through dreams that seem more real than reality itself, but somehow knows who she is behind her own masks. As the two discover an otherworldly connection and a soul-deep romance blossoms, Thorn’s dark agenda comes to light and he’s forced to make a deadly choice: lead Rune to her destruction, or face the wrath of the phantom who has haunted the opera house for a century, and is the only father he’s ever known.

A. G. Howard brings the romantic storytelling that Splintered fans adore to France—and an entirely new world filled with lavish romance and intrigue—in a retelling inspired by a story that has captivated generations. Fans of both the Phantom of the Opera musical and novel, as well as YA retellings such as Marissa Meyer’s Cinder, will devour RoseBlood.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Back to School - Ten Books to Pair With Classics

Thank you The Broke and the Bookish for organizing the fun Top Ten Tuesday and for the meme!


August 30th: Back to School - Ten Books to Pair With Classics

In no particular order

1. Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell - a Cinderella retelling

2. Red: The True Story of Red Riding Hood by 

3. The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd

4. Unhooked by 

5. And I Darken by 

6. Rose & Thorn by 

7. The Shadow Queen by 

8. Cinder by 

9. For Darkness Shows the Stars by  Jane Austen's Persuasion

10. Splintered by 

Come back next week September 6th: Top ten TV shows I wish never got cancelled 

Monday, August 29, 2016

A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes #2) by Sabaa Tahir ~ #BEA16 Review

A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes #2) by 
Hardcover452 pages
publication: August 30th 2016 
by Razorbill
Source: ARC Provided by Publisher at BEA
Rating: 5 Out of 5 Stars


Elias and Laia are running for their lives.
After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt the two fugitives as they flee the city of Serra and undertake a perilous journey through the heart of the Empire.

Laia is determined to break into Kauf - the Empire's most secure and dangerous prison - to save her brother, who is the key to the Scholars' survival. And Elias is determined to help Laia succeed, even if it means giving up his last chance at freedom.

But dark forces, human and otherworldly, work against Laia and Elias. The pair must fight every step of the way to outsmart their enemies: the bloodthirsty Emperor Marcus, the merciless Commandant, the sadistic Warden of Kauf, and, most heartbreaking of all, Helene - Elias's former friend and the Empire's newest Blood Shrike.

Bound to Marcus's will, Helene faces a torturous mission of her own - one that might destroy her: find the traitor Elias Veturius and the Scholar slave who helped him escape... and kill them both.


Thank you BEA and Penguin Teen for the advance copy of A Torch Against the Night for review. This in no way affected my opinion.

I had very high expectations for A Torch Against the Night since I absolutely loved An Ember in the Ashes. Well Sabaa slayed all expectations I had. This book was amazing from start to finish. It kept building and building and every twist and turn I was dying for more.

I was so happy for Helene POV she is my favorite character. She had so much happen to her in this book and I enjoyed watching the making of her destiny. ""Most people," Cain says , "are nothing but glimmers in the great darkness of time. But you, Helene Aquilla, are no swift-burning spark. You are a torch against the night -- if you dare to let yourself burn."

I definitely was not expecting some major plot twists that happened with Elias and Laia in this book. It is a great talent when an author can immerse you in their vision completely and throw all your miss conceptions away. This is a must read for all my fellow fantasy lovers. 

I will leave you now with one last quote and then I hope you all get your own copy and come back and discuss your thoughts! "The field of battle is my temple. The swordpoint is my priest. The dance of death is my prayer. The killing blow is my release."

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About the Author:

Sabaa Tahir grew up in California’s Mojave Desert at her family’s 18-room motel. There, she spent her time devouring fantasy novels, raiding her brother’s comic book stash and playing guitar badly. She began writing An Ember in the Ashes while working nights as a newspaper editor. She likes thunderous indie rock, garish socks and all things nerd. Sabaa currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: The Turncoat's Gambit (The Inventor's Secret #3) by Andrea Cremer

Last year I was part of the Blog Tour for The Conjurer's Riddle and I read book 1 and 2 back to back and fell in love with this series. So I am super excited for The Turncoat's Gambit and can not wait to read this one.

The Turncoat's Gambit (The Inventor's Secret #3) by 
Hardcover352 pages
Expected publication: November 15th 2016 
by Philomel Books


What if America had lost the Revolutionary War? And now lived in constant fear and oppression? From the bestselling author of Nightshade, this is the action-packed final chapter of The Inventor's Secret trilogy

Charlotte has spent her whole life fighting the British Empire, following in the footsteps of her parents and their group of rebels. But when her reunion with her mother laid bare horrible truths about the rebellion, Charlotte knew she had to escape. Now she is on the run, with no idea who the enemy is--or which of her compatriots is truly on her side. 

In this action-packed conclusion to the Inventor's Secret trilogy, full of swashbuckling pirates and young ladies who can hold their own against them, Charlotte will need to fight for her life and for her beliefs -- whatever they might be.

Praise for The Conjurer's Riddle:

"This is classic steampunk [with] exotic and picturesque locales, lots of interesting machinery, and the adrenaline rush of following the adventures of an honest and fearless heroine. A suitably swashbuckling sequel."--Kirkus Reviews

Praise for The Inventor's Secret:

* "Cremer...creates an inventive blend of steampunk and alternative history in this new series. She gives readers a fantastical world with mechanical wonders and an opulent vintage setting. The characters are interesting and well developed. Readers will be drawn to future installments."--VOYA, starred review

"[A]n entertaining romp in a richly imaginative setting."--Kirkus Reviews

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Savage by Thomas E. Sniegoski ~ Review

Savage by 
Hardcover416 pages
Published May 31st 2016 
by Simon Pulse
Source: ARC Provided by Publisher
Rating: 4 Out of 5 Stars


The future is looking bright for Sidney Moore as she as she gets ready to leave the small island of Benediction behind for one of Boston’s top veterinary programs. There are some bumps in the road to navigate—her father’s recovery from a debilitating stroke, and her own guilt for ending her relationship with her high school boyfriend, and having to leave behind her deaf German shepherd, Snowy—but she’s always been strong willed, with a passion to achieve her life’s dreams.

Now a storm is bearing down on Benediction—a hurricane that will bring devastating winds and rain, rising tides…and something else.

Something deadly. Something that will transform all the things that creep, crawl, and flutter into instruments of terror and death.

The future is looking bright for Sidney Moore. All she has to do is survive the storm.


Thank you Simon and Schuster for sending me a copy of Savage for review. This in no way affected my opinion.

I normally do not read thrillers but this on spoke to me. While reading this book I could not sleep and was shaking like a leaf. It took me a bit to stop staring into every crack in my house. Thank you Thomas for that. I also really enjoyed the different POV's from others in the town so you got a complete picture of everything that was happening.

I however, did not think this story was singularly focused on Sidney and I also believe this story is more then a YA novel. I think this is for adults too. I think my favorite POV and most creepy was the hoarder. I was like omg I used to love watching that show and the author gave a perfect visual. Then imagine something creepy going down in that mess. I was glued.

This is a must read for thriller fans and those who are reluctant thriller readers. I wish the ending had been as creepy as the beginning and kept that level. I think the one upping what was already creepy was not necessary but that was very minor and only happened in the last couple chapters. This however would be my number one thriller recommended book and I already have my father reading it who is a huge fan of thrillers.

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About the Author:

THOMAS E. SNIEGOSKI is the author of more than two dozen novels for adults, teens, and children. His teen fantasy YA series Fallen was adapted into a trilogy of monstrously successful TV movies by ABC Family Channel. His other books for teens include Sleeper Code, Sleeper Agenda, and Force Majeure, as well as the upcoming series The Brimstone Network. The author's first adult novel, A Kiss Before the Apocalypse, hit the shelves in 2008, with its sequel, Dancing on the Head of a Pin to be released in 2009. 

Sniegoski's work for younger readers includes Billy Hooten: Owlboy, and the fantasy quartet OutCast, which he co-authored with Christopher Golden. OutCast is in development as a film at Universal. Sniegoski and Golden have also collaborated on the adult dark fantasy series The Menagerie, and multiple creator-owned comic book series, including The Sisterhood, which is being prepped for a feature film by InterMedia, and Talent, currently in development at Universal after a major bidding war.

As a comic book writer, Sniegoski's work includes Stupid, Stupid Rat Tails, a prequel miniseries to international hit, Bone. Sniegoski collaborated with Bone creator Jeff Smith on the prequel, making him the only writer Smith has ever asked to work on those characters. Sniegoski and Golden also wrote the graphic novel BPRD: Hollow Earth, a spinoff from Hellboy.

Sniegoski was born and raised in Massachusetts, where he still lives with his wife LeeAnne and their Labrador Retriever, Mulder. Tom recently completed the new young adult novel, Legacy, which is set to be released in October of 2009