Monday, October 20, 2014

Mini Review: Industrial Revolution for Kids

Tagline from Publisher: This educational activity book introduces young readers to the Industrial Revolution through the people, places, and inventions of the time, from the incredibly wealthy Rockefellers and Carnegies and the dingy and dangerous factories of the day to the creation of new forms of transportation and communication.

Includes: timeline, photographs, bibliography, recommendations (both books and places to visit), and 21 kid friendly activities.
The chapters break up discussing the changing of the times, factories and other new jobs, tenement housing and immigrants, jobs for kids, unions and strikes, hope for a better life, and cultural changes to the country.

The Good:
The photographs are amazing and they bring history to life.
The information ranges from very poor families to the very wealthy ones.
The revolution's broken up into two time periods and shown how society advances in each
It asks the question - was it good? Yes the technology improved some lives, but it also made things harder.

The Bad:
Overall Impressions: A great book for older kids/tween readers, which gives readers plenty to think about after learning about this historical time period. 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Mysterious Saturday Review: Sealed with a Lie

 * Sequel to Two Lies and a Spy *
Kari and her brother Charlie are now living in Paris and attending an international school for spies. Kari's still reeling from finding out the truth about her parents, but she's trying to get by. Then the worst thing happens - someone kidnaps her brother.

She's not allowed to go for help;instead she must break a thief out of prison. Luckily, her annoying housemate follows her. Together, with her other friends, they hatch a plan.

Nothing is more important to Kari than her brother. She's desperate to know who took him and why. 
My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this book - for the action, the danger, the banter, and the friendship. I felt horrible for Charlie and his ordeal, I can't imagine what Kari felt as she desperately tried to save her brother. I enjoyed her banter with Evan - snarky, witty, and amusing. Gustav also added some humor into the story. Both the banter and the added humor blended nicely to defuse some of the tension in the story.  I'm curious to see where the story will go after the small cliffhanger.

Cover Thoughts: Ok
Source: My Library

Friday, October 17, 2014

Review: Percy Jackson's Greek Gods

From the Book Itself:

A publisher in New York asked me to write down what I know about the Greek gods, and I was like, Can we do this anonymously? Because I don't need the Olympians mad at me again. But if it helps you to know your Greek gods, and survive an encounter with them if they ever show up in your face, then I guess writing all this down will be my good deed for the week.
My Thoughts: A witty look at the Greek Gods and Goddesses from a demi-god who interacts with them first hand. Readers of both mythology books and Percy Jackson books will love this one. Percy Jackson describes the history of the gods and also shares a few tales from their past. Pop culture references (American Idol, Jeopardy, Friends, and more) are sprinkled through the book. Plus the illustrations are great. Pick this one up for your library!

Cover Thoughts: Great

Source: Sent for Review

Thursday, October 16, 2014

NaNoWriMo: Are you thinking about it?

I LOVE November - not just for the fall flavors, the boots, and the chilly crisp air but also because it's the one time of year that I stick to a writing schedule.

I've done NaNoWriMo for 6 years now and I'll be working on my 7th this year. I love it and here's why:

1. Everyone knows I do it, so I'm not pressured into saying yes for other things this month
2. I write Daily (or almost daily, I do take some days off)
3. The creative juices flow and I get into the heads of my characters
4. I feel accomplished after hitting my word count for the day
5. I talk about writing on twitter with other writers - and it's all encouraging
6. I know the words don't have to be perfect -they just have to be there (This was tripping me up before whenever I started writing, but thanks to the short window, now it doesn't matter. I have all the time in the world to go back and fix them.)
7. I have a plotting dinner date with my husband each year before November at the restaurant of my choice. He listens to me plot and offers suggestions when I get stuck.

So, if you're on the fence, bite the bullet and do it. You won't regret it!

Also, I've written a few handy tips here and here should you still be deciding.

When you join up, don't forget to friend me! (YA Book Nerd of course)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Books I'm Dying to Read: December Edition

Here are the books I'm looking forward to reading this month. There's still not many, so I'll be playing catch up and reading holiday romances! 

Operation Cinderella: I saw this advertised in an Ingram magazine and it caught my eye. Sounds like a good adult thriller 
Death with All the Trimmings: I've started this one and it's great so far! Love this series set in Key West. It always makes my mouth water.

Spell Booked: A new series about witches training their replacements when their spell book is stolen.
Ghost and Mrs Meyer: Book 2 in a pet friendly hotel series where a supernatural TV show has come to town for filming.
If You've Got In, Haunt it: New series about ghosts and vintage fashion

Top 10 Clues, You're Clueless: Looks really cute!
In the Cards: Debut that sounds really good

Meet Your Baker: Family bakery could be a place to heal, until someone is murdered
There's this Thing: Cute picture book for Valentine's Day

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Influenced Vacations

This week's topic is book that made you want to visit their setting.

Love, Lucy 
for Florence. I 've been there once, but would love to spend more time there.  Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss, #3) 
Paris! I need to explore this city so much more

A Blind Spot for Boys 
for Machu Picchu - I would love to see it

Lucky Me
 Ireland - I would love to visit Dublin and the countryside

Embers & Ash (Cold Fury, #3)  
Chicago and the hidden doors of Capone

Sleigh Bells in the Snow (O'Neil Brothers, #1) 
Vermont - a resort in the winter in front of a fire and lots of snow on the ground
The Apple Orchard (Bella Vista Chronicles, #1)
 Spending a week on an artisan farm

Wish You Were Italian (If Only . . . #2)  
Italian countryside

The Geography of You and Me
 Scotland - I've always wanted to go there, since I was a kid. 

Lost in London 
London - I've never been and need to go - one day!

The Maze of Bones (The 39 Clues Series #1) 
The entire series forces the siblings to see amazing place (I'd go without all the danger)

Where do books make you want to travel?

Tween Tuesday Review: All Access Sports

Tagline: A behind the scenes look at the coolest things in sports

The book's divided into three categories: Athletes, Places, and Gear.
Athletes: Facts about your favorites: from their pre-game rituals to what they like to do with their downtime to their favorite sneakers.
Cool Places: building monsters trucks and cool baseball fields
Gear: What does a hockey goalie really wear - plus cool history from Cooperstown and the making of a football

The Good:
The lift and look pages are awesome
Lots of facts
Great pictures
I like how it covers a variety of sports - from conventional to non conventional

The Bad: 
There's nothing bad about this book
Overall:Perfect - Get this for the young sports fans in your life!

* Sent for review

Monday, October 13, 2014

Famous In Love Blog Tour

The Book on Tour

Author: Rebecca Serle
Pub. Date: October 21, 2014
Publisher: Poppy
Pages: 336
Formats: Hardcover, eBook

The romantic story of a girl who gets plucked from obscurity to star in the next major feature film franchise based on a book and the ensuing love triangles she gets entangled in on—-and off screen. 

Meet Paige Townsen, Rainer Devon, and Jordan Wilder…

When Paige Townsen, a young unknown, gets cast in the movie adaptation of a blockbuster book series, her life changes practically overnight. Within a month, Paige has traded the quiet streets of her hometown for a crowded movie set on the shores of Maui, and is spending quality time with her co-star Rainer Devon, one of People’s Sexiest Men Alive. But when troubled star Jordan Wilder lands the role of the other point in the movie’s famous love triangle, Paige’s crazy new life gets even crazier.

In this coming-of-age romance inspired by the kind of celeb hookups that get clever nicknames and a million page views, Paige must figure out who she is – and who she wants – while the whole world watches.

Fun Fact:  LOCKED which is the story/movie script the characters are cast for inside FAMOUS IN LOVE is a real book! Written by Rebecca Serle writing as Parker Witter, who is also the reclusive author character in her Famous in Love series! Read the article in Publishers Weekly HERE!

About Rebecca:
Rebecca Serle is the author of When You Were Mine, The Edge of Falling, and Famous in Love and is an obsessive lover of all things pop culture. She blogs about The Vampire Diaries for New York magazine’s Vulture and can be found on Twitter: @RebeccaASerle. She, like Caggie, lives in Manhattan—just far from the Upper East Side.

Photo by Tara Kelly

Find Rebecca Online:

Hey guys! Rebecca Serle here, author of the upcoming series FAMOUS IN LOVE. It’s a novel where fiction meets reality When Paige Townsen, a totally normal girl-next-door, is plucked from obscurity to star in the next major film franchise based on a book. When she relocates from her hometown of Portland to Maui (as in, Hawaii!) to film the movie, she falls for the two lead actors she meets on set: Rainer Devon, and Jordan Wilder

       Would you ever want to star in a movie?
I don’t think so, no. I’m much better behind the scenes. Public speaking makes me incredibly nervous. I don’t think I’d last five minutes on a set.

       What book did you base the movie off from? (I love that the blockbuster movie is based off a book)
The movie is based off a novel Locked by Parker Witter. You can read that novel. It’s available online everywhere.

       Do you have a favorite book to movie adaptation?
Yep—Harry Potter. That’s not to say I don’t love others. Twilight, The Huger Games, Divergent—I’m fans of them all. But I grew up with Harry Potter and those adaptations were nothing short of magic. Being a part of the Harry Potter generation is something I will treasure forever.

       Do have a favorite movie love triangle? And literary love triangle?
My favorite current love triangle is probably Damon-Stefan-Elena on The Vampire Diaries. The love triangles I love the most are the ones where the boys have a lot of love for one another. Damon and Stefan are brothers. They’re probably my favorite pairing. Defan for the win!

Literary love triangles—hmm. Clary-Jace-Simon I think. I am a huge TM fan.
       If you were going to a Hollywood Premiere - what dress would you wear?
Something red by Prada because red is my favorite color and Prada is my favorite designer.

       What's up next for you?
I’m working on the sequel to Famous in Love, which should be in your hands next fall. Stay tuned and check for updates! 

 See where Rebecca's headed next in week one of the blog tour:

10/14/2014- WhoRuBlogReview
10/15/2014- Bewitched BookwormsGuest Post
10/16/2014- Fiction fareInterview
10/17/2014- Wishful EndingsReview

I really loved this book: read my review  and if you think it sounds good, then you're in luck

Giveaway Details:
Five winners will receive a finished copy of FAMOUS IN LOVE as well as an eBook of Parker Witter's LOCKED! ?(US Only)