Thursday, January 19, 2017

The Book Jumper by Mechthild Gläser ~ Review

The Book Jumper by 
Hardcover384 pages
Published January 3rd 2017 
by Feiwel & Friends 
Source: ARC Provided by Publisher
Rating: 2.5 Out of 5 Stars


Synopsis:

Amy Lennox doesn't know quite what to expect when she and her mother pick up and leave Germany for Scotland, heading to her mother's childhood home of Lennox House on the island of Stormsay.

Amy's grandmother, Lady Mairead, insists that Amy must read while she resides at Lennox House—but not in the usual way. It turns out that Amy is a book jumper, able to leap into a story and interact with the world inside. As thrilling as Amy's new power is, it also brings danger—someone is stealing from the books she visits, and that person may be after her life. Teaming up with fellow book jumper Will, Amy vows to get to the bottom of the thefts—at whatever the cost.


Review:

Thank you Fierce Reads for sending me a copy of The Book Jumper for review. This in no way affected my opinion.

First off this is one of my favorite covers so far for 2017. The book was about 50/50 for me in what I liked and did not like. I loved the writing when they were actually jumping into the stories and the entire concept of the lost manuscript that wove into what was happening.

I however, did not like the writing outside the world of book jumping. The mom and daughter relationship was too odd to be plausable. At first they seemed close and then when they got to the island it was like a different relationship. Now also the love interest seemed like they had no chemistry. It was like you are good looking and you are the only person attractive that is my age so we must like eachother.

Now that being said The Book Jumper was a fun whymsical read that made you want to be able to dive into the classics and live between the pages. I am giving The Book Jumper 2.5 Out of 5 Stars since this was a mix bag for me.



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About the Author:

Mechthild Gläser was born in the summer of 1986 in Essen. Even today, she lives and works in the Ruhr area, where she devotes herself to her studies and now and then dances badly ballet - but only when no one is looking. She started writing early, and her laptop still stands on the pink desk-top shelf on which her first stories arose. She finds inspiration everywhere, but best with a cup of peppermint tea.


Wayfarer (Passenger #2) by Alexandra Bracken ~ Review



Wayfarer (Passenger #2) by 
Hardcover532 pages
Published January 3rd 2017 
by Disney-Hyperion
Source: Hardcover provided by Publisher
Rating: 4 Out of 5 Stars


Synopsis:

All Etta Spencer wanted was to make her violin debut when she was thrust into a treacherous world where the struggle for power could alter history. After losing the one thing that would have allowed her to protect the Timeline, and the one person worth fighting for, Etta awakens alone in an unknown place and time, exposed to the threat of the two groups who would rather see her dead than succeed. When help arrives, it comes from the last person Etta ever expected—Julian Ironwood, the Grand Master’s heir who has long been presumed dead, and whose dangerous alliance with a man from Etta’s past could put them both at risk. 

Meanwhile, Nicholas and Sophia are racing through time in order to locate Etta and the missing astrolabe with Ironwood travelers hot on their trail. They cross paths with a mercenary-for-hire, a cheeky girl named Li Min who quickly develops a flirtation with Sophia. But as the three of them attempt to evade their pursuers, Nicholas soon realizes that one of his companions may have ulterior motives. 

As Etta and Nicholas fight to make their way back to one another, from Imperial Russia to the Vatican catacombs, time is rapidly shifting and changing into something unrecognizable… and might just run out on both of them.


Review: 

Thank you Disney Hyperion for sending me a copy of Wayfarer for review. This in no way affected my opinion.

Wayfarer was so beautifully written. From Passenger to Wayfarer they flow effortlessly. The journey was not what I expected so I enjoyed just sitting back and letting Alexandra take me along into her imagination. At the end of Passenger Etta and Nicholas are separated and they will have to follow their own path in Wayfarer. You will have to read to see if their paths through time will collide again.

Wayfarer did not have many OMG moments but the last couple chapters did have me in tears. I think Alexandra wrote a story for all to cherish. My only issue would have been that her pacing was too perfect so I did not have any climactic moments until the very end. I am giving Wayfarer 4 out of 5 Stars.




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About the Author:

Alexandra Bracken was born and raised in Arizona. The daughter of a Star Wars collector, she grew up going to an endless string ofStar Wars conventions and toy fairs, which helped spark her imagination and a deep love of reading. After graduating high school, she attended The College of William & Mary in Virginia, where she double majored in English and History. She sold her first book, Brightly Woven, as a senior in college, and later moved to New York City to work in children's book publishing, first as an editorial assistant, then in marketing. After six years, she took the plunge and decided to write full time. She now lives in Arizona with her tiny pup, Tennyson, in a house that's constantly overflowing with books. 
Alex is a #1 New York Times bestselling and USA TODAYbestselling author. Her work is available across the world in over 15 languages. 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Blog Tour: #Giveaway #Win Heartstone by Elle Katharine White ~ Review




Tour Schedule:

Week One:
1/9/2017- YA Book NerdInterview         
1/10/2017- Seeing Double In Neverland Review
1/11/2017- Novel NoviceGuest Post     
1/12/2017- What the Cat ReadReview 
1/13/2017- Two Chicks on BooksInterview        

Week Two:
1/16/2017- Fiction Fare Review
1/17/2017- The Eater of Books!Excerpt
1/18/2017- History from a Woman's PerspectiveReview             
1/19/2017- Stories & SweetiesExcerpt
1/20/2017- The Book NutReview       






Title: HEARTSTONE
Author: Elle Katharine White
Pub. Date: January 17, 2017
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Pages: 352
Formats: Paperback eBook
Source: ARC Provided by the Publisher
Rating: 5 Out of 5 Stars

Find it: AmazonBarnes & NobleiBooksGoodreads

Synopsis:



A debut historical fantasy that recasts Jane Austen’s beloved Pride & Prejudice in an imaginative world of wyverns, dragons, and the warriors who fight alongside them against the monsters that threaten the kingdom: gryphons, direwolves, lamias, banshees, and lindworms.

They say a Rider in possession of a good blade must be in want of a monster to slay—and Merybourne Manor has plenty of monsters.

Passionate, headstrong Aliza Bentaine knows this all too well; she’s already lost one sister to the invading gryphons. So when Lord Merybourne hires a band of Riders to hunt down the horde, Aliza is relieved her home will soon be safe again.

Her relief is short-lived. With the arrival of the haughty and handsome dragonrider, Alastair Daired, Aliza expects a battle; what she doesn’t expect is a romantic clash of wills, pitting words and wit against the pride of an ancient house. Nor does she anticipate the mystery that follows them from Merybourne Manor, its roots running deep as the foundations of the kingdom itself, where something old and dreadful slumbers . . . something far more sinister than gryphons.
It’s a war Aliza is ill-prepared to wage, on a battlefield she’s never known before: one spanning kingdoms, class lines, and the curious nature of her own heart.
Elle Katharine White infuses elements of Austen’s beloved novel with her own brand of magic, crafting a modern epic fantasy that conjures a familiar yet wondrously unique new world.


Review: 

Thank you Harper Voyager for providing me a copy of Heartstone for review. This in no way affected my opinion.


There is no denying the chemistry between Darcy and Elizabeth in Pride and Prejudice and the same is true of Daired and Aliza. However, while we get that tension from the beginning and what seemed like indifference we also get a point where the relationship turns and then builds.


Heartstone is an adult book but had crossover appeal and could be for any age. It did not have content that would be inappropriate for younger readers. I also do not think a younger reader would have a hard time with the language. This was like any classic should be and was meant to be loved by people of any age. Adults and youths and even parents who want to read an adventure to their children before they tuck them in at night.


Heartstone is a retelling of a classic but it is so much more. Elle wove a fantasy world effortlessly around this classic. She also remained true to the classic without using it as a crutch. I felt the twists and turns and raw emotions throughout. Daired had just as much appeal if maybe not a little more then Darcy and that is no small task. With Dragons, Gryphons, Hobbgoblins and so much more this is a story not to be missed.





About the Author:

Elle was born and raised in Buffalo, NY, where she learned valuable life skills like how to clear a snowy driveway in under twenty minutes (a lot easier than you think) and how to cheer for the perennial underdog (a lot harder than you think).

MEET ELLE

When she's not writing she spends her time reading, drinking absurd amounts of tea, having strong feelings about fictional characters, and doing her best to live with no regrets.


Connect with her on Facebook at @ellewhite.author, or witness the hilarious spectacle that is a writer contending with the 140-character limit on Twitter at @elle_k_writes.




Giveaway Details:
3 winners will receive a finished copy of HEARTSTONE, US Only.

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Blog Tour: The Warden's Daughter by Jerry Spinelli ~ Review




The Warden’s Daughter Blog Tour
January 3-19

January 5My Brain on Books
January 6Book Blather

January 9:  Bookhounds YA
January 10thReviews Coming at YA
January 11thProject Mayhem
January 13thReaders in Wonderland

January 16th: The Cover Contessa
January 17th: YA Books Central
January 18thReading Nook Reviews
January 19thXpresso Reads




The Warden's Daughter

Hardcover352 pages
Expected publication: January 3rd 2017 
by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Source: Hardcover provided by the Publisher
Rating: 4 Out of 5 Stars

Synopsis:

From Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli (Maniac MageeStargirl) comes the knockout story of a girl who must come to terms with her mother's death from inside the walls of a prison.

Cammie O'Reilly is the warden's daughter, living in an apartment above the entrance to the Hancock County Prison. But she's also living in a prison of grief and anger about the mother who died saving her from harm when she was just a baby. And prison has made her mad. This girl's nickname is Cannonball. 

In the summer of 1959, as twelve turns to thirteen, everything is in flux. Cammie's best friend is discovering lipstick and American Bandstand. A child killer is caught and brought to her prison. And the only mother figures in her life include a flamboyant shoplifter named Boo Boo and a sullen reformed arsonist of a housekeeper. All will play a role in Cammie's coming-of-age. But one in particular will make a staggering sacrifice to ensure that Cammie breaks free from her past. 

Master storyteller Jerry Spinelli spins a tale of loss and redemption like no other. The Warden's Daughter shows that kindness and compassion can often be found where we least expect it. 


Praise for the works of Jerry Spinelli: 


Spinelli is a poet of the prepubescent. . . . No writer guides his young characters, and his readers, past these pitfalls and challenges and toward their futures with more compassion. The New York Times 

It's almost unreal how much the children's book still resonates. Bustle.com on Maniac Magee"
 





Review:


Thank you Random House for sending me a copy of The Warden's Daughter for review. This in no way affected my opinion.

As a mother this story really moved me. There were many times I wanted to reach through the book and comfort Cammie. I think this book is great for kids in exploring the emotions and sense of loss and how to find your place when you live with that grief everyday. 

I teared up many times throughout the book but I wanted the ending to pack the same emotional punch. This story is so rich and full of emotion. Cammie's mother saves her but now Cammie has a hole in her heart she just needs to fill. Was Cammie the most likeable character no but she was relateable. That to me is more important and I appreciated that Jerry Spinelli made a character you may not like but that you still root for.

Cammie's horrible behavior and anger is from the sense of loss and I would have loved the reflection on what brought her to the point of closer nit just closer in the end. This book is a must read and I highly recommend it.









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About the Author:

When Jerry Spinelli was a kid, he wanted to grow up to be either a cowboy or a baseball player. Lucky for us he became a writer instead.


He grew up in rural Pennsylvania and went to college at Gettysburg College and Johns Hopkins University. He has published more than 25 books and has six children and 16 grandchildren.
Jerry Spinelli began writing when he was 16 — not much older than the hero of his book Maniac Magee. After his high school football team won a big game, his classmates ran cheering through the streets — all except Spinelli, who went home and wrote a poem about the victory. When his poem was published in the local paper, Spinelli decided to become a writer instead of a major-league shortstop.

In most of his books, Spinelli writes about events and feelings from his own childhood. He also gets a lot of material from his seven adventurous kids! Spinelli and his wife, Eileen, also a children's book author, live in Pennsylvania.