Monday, May 22, 2017

Review: Journey Across the Hidden Islands

Twin sisters have spent their last year apart, each training for her future. Seika remained in the palace, learning her role as heir of the kingdom while her sister Ji-Lin learned how to become a warrior to protect her sister. In their world, the two must make a journey across the Hidden Islands to reform the bond between the dragon that keeps their world safe. The princesses believe that day will be far in the futures, so they're stunned when their father sends them on their way.

Little prepared for the journey, they arrive at the first island and realize something is amiss. Monsters are attacking the people, who are in hiding. The earth shakes, causing damage. There's something drastically wrong. How are these two Princesses supposed to save the world?
My Thoughts: I adored this book. I felt bad for the sisters first for their separation from each other and their strict lifestyle and then because they were forced into this journey without proper preparations. I love how they started to bond again after so long apart. I adored Alejan (the flying lion). He added humor and bravery into the novel. I loved how these two sisters grew into their positions and how they wanted to change the world. I love that they never stopped trying, even after all the hardships that came their way. A wonderful novel filled with adventure, action, danger, bravery, friendship, humor, and growing up. 

Cover Thoughts:Amazing
Source: ARC sent for review
Library Recommendation: Perfect for both public and school librarians - grab this one.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Review: Someone Else's Summer

Most days, it used to be Anna, Storm and Cameron together. But then Anna grew tired of being the third wheel and sought out other opportunities. Now her sister, her best friend, is dead. And she's left to pick up on the pieces and move on.

One night while in her sister's room, she discovers a list. Her sister used to create lists all the time, but it's been a while since Anna and Storm completed a list together. Now Anna feels compelled to complete the list her sister will never get the chance to start.
My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this book. Since it's all about lists, here's 10 reasons why I liked this book:

I didn't see the end coming, but I liked it. It's realistic and understandable. Oh, I forgot about the camera when making my lists. I loved the picture part. Reading this book made me want to write my own list of summer moments. 

Cover Thoughts: Perfection - a moment captured in time with a Polaroid.
Source: ARC sent for review

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Review: Dragon with the Chocolate Heart

Aventurine loves her dragon life, but she hates being cooped up in the caves waiting until her scales are hardened so she can escape danger. Annoyed at everyone, Aventurine  decides to take matters into her own hands and show her family that she can survive.

She escapes through a hole in the mountain case, hurting her wings as she maneuvers outside. But when she encounters a human, she's distracted by the smell of hot chocolate.

After she drinks the chocolate, her form changes into a human. Without her dragon form, Aventurine isn't sure what to do next, but she knows that she finally found her passion - chocolate. Armed with barest hint of knowledge, she makes her way towards the city to become an apprentice at a chocolate house. Can she survive in the city with her limited knowledge of humans?
My Thoughts: I adored this novel. First for the dragons - I loved the family squabbles. I loved Aventurine learning more about the human world. Her limited knowledge made me laugh. The secondary characters brought life in to the story. Greta added humor. Marina added motherly affection. I adored Marina and her knowledge of chocolate. I liked that she feared success. Silke added friendship and sass. I love how she knew how to obtain information and how she pushed herself forward. I adored the two princesses and how Aventurine immediately understood their behavior based on her own siblings. I loved reading about the chocolate houses and the politics of the town. Of course, this book made me crave chocolate - how could it not? I was sad when it ended because I desperately wanted more - and there is more coming! 

Cover Thoughts: Charming
Source: ARC sent for review
Date Released: May 30, 2017
Library Recommendation:Be sure to get this one for both your school and public library. It's so charming; readers will gobble this one up!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Review: Batgirl at Superhero High

In providing tech support for Super Hero High, Barbara Gordon knows the inside scoop on the school. She badly wants to attend, but her father is dead set against it. She doesn't have any superpowers and he's worried about her.  She makes a deal with him and starts on a trial basis.

Since she's behind, she has a lot of work to catch up on. Plus, everyone still comes with her with tech questions. When she's selected to be on a reality show featuring her technology skills, she can't say no.

But will her technology skills bring about her downfall and give her father a reason to bring her back home?
My Thoughts: I was really happy to have a Batgirl book, she's been in the shadows the last two books and I'm glad she came into her own here. I loved that she didn't have any superpowers. I liked that she relied on her own skills. She has a giant heart and tries to help everyone. I like how everyone at the school comes together in friendship and in times of need. A great addition to this series and I'm looking forward to seeing who the next heroine will be. 

Cover Thoughts: Cute
Source: Book sent for review
Library Recommendation: Perfect for both public and school libraries.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

On Your Radar (7)

Title: Perfect Ten
Author:  L. Philips 
Publisher: Viking Books For Young Readers
Publication Date: June 6, 2017

Why it Should be on Your Radar:

M/M Romance
Not an issue book
Wiccan spell
Frank about Sex
Bad relationships
Falling for people - easily
The list of 10 items to look for in a relationship

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Blog Tour: Dragons Love Tacos 2

Our dragons' favorite snack is in danger of going extinct in this laugh-out-loud, time-traveling sequel to the New York Times bestseller Dragons Love Tacos.
Listen, don't freak out, but I have some terrible news: There are no tacos left anywhere in the entire world! That's a huge problem because, as you know, dragons love tacos. We've got to do something! I know, let's fire up that time machine in the garage and go back in time, to before tacos went extinct. Then we can grab lots of tacos and bring them back with us. Just be sure you don't grab any tacos with spicy salsa. You remember what happened last time…

Check Out the Book Trailer:

Where would you go if you could travel back in time? 
If I had to search for tacos, I would go back to Ancient Rome  

Dragons could use shields to save their tacos from being eaten by anyone else. Or they could pile their tacos high on the shields like a plate to bring them back to current times to plant taco trees.

Shield Facts: 
1. Were designed to protect against swords and spears
2. Shields were curved to protect your body better
3. You could knock someone over with your shield
4. You could kneel and use your shield for cover while fighting
5. You could use the shields together to build a wall so your enemy couldn't get through.

Make your Own Shield:

Adam Rubin is the New York Times best-selling author of a half dozen critically-acclaimed picture books including Secret Pizza Party and Robo-Sauce. He spent ten years working as a creative director in the advertising industry before leaving his day job to write full time. Adam has a keen interest in improv comedy, camping and magic tricks.

Daniel Salmieri has illustrated many fantastic picture books, including the New York Times bestseller Robo-Sauce. He grew up in Brooklyn, New York, constantly drawing and painting images of ninja turtles, dinosaurs, and fighter jets (not in the same scene...), and graduated from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Enter for a chance to be one (1) grand prize winner and receive a set of Dragons Love Tacos and Dragons Love Tacos 2 (ARV: $17.99 each), or to be one (1) of five (5) second place winners to receive Dragons Love Tacos 2 (ARC: $17.99 each).

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on May 1, 2017 and 12:00 AM on May 29, 2017.  Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about June 2, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Moms

This week's topic is in honor of Mother's Day. I'm using this week to highlight books I've read this year with great mothers. 
meme from The Broke and the Bookish 
The Hate U Give by Angie ThomasHarry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

These were by far the best (and not just this year)

What to Say Next by Julie BuxbaumWhen Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya MenonThe Other F-Word by Natasha Friend
The moms in these books stood out to me too.

What about you? What great moms have you read about lately?