Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Quotes

This week's topic is book quotes. I love finding passages I love in books, but I'm terrible at keeping track of them. So I'm sharing book quotes about books that I love instead.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Review: Rescue on the Oregon Trail

Rescue on the Oregon Trail (Ranger in Time, #1)

Ranger just wants to dog for bones in the yard and chase squirrels. But when he comes across a metal box that's certainly not a bone, something changes. Instantly he's transported back in the time. He's not sure what's happening to him or where Luke is - but a boy needs his helping finding his sister.

Ranger can do that. He sniffs her out. He assumes his job is done, but he remains in the 1850s. The grateful family invite him on their trip with them. Without Luke, Ranger isn't sure what to do. But he doesn't want to leave the only people he knows, so he follows them.

He helps them along the way, wondering how he's going to get back home.
My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this book. It reminded me of the computer game we played as kids. I checked for a picture - and this is one of the first ones that came up. As Babymouse would say - Typical.

This book had everything I remember from the game. Getting supplies, crossing the rivers, sickness, and making hard choices because of the weather and timing.  I really liked Sam and his family. I loved Ranger throughout the story. I love how he gets distracted by squirrels! I wanted to give him a giant hug. He was so brave and so helpful. I can't wait to see where he goes next. Lots of action and danger in this book, which made me turn the pages to see what happened next.

Cover Thoughts: Cute!
Source: My Library
Library Recommendation: If you don't have this series for your public and school libraries - get it!

Saturday, April 27, 2019

CLA Conference

This Monday and Tuesday, I'll be at the Connecticut Library Conference. 

It's a special one this year because I was the co-chair for the conference. And it takes a LOT of planning. But it's almost here and I'm excited because I think it's going to be a great conference.

The keynotes are going to be amazing:

I really can't wait to hear them!

Plus I'm co-presenting a session on Core Modern Romance Authors for the library and helping out at Children's and Teen Book Buzz where I'm talking about upcoming middle grade and children's books.

It's going to be a busy two days, but it will be great.

Friday, April 26, 2019

Giveaway: Hearts Made for Breaking

About Hearts Made for Breaking

Hearts Made for Breaking
Lark has always been the queen of breakups. When she ends things with a boy, there are never any hard feelings. Sometimes he doesn’t even realize that she broke up with him. And that’s exactly how Lark likes it. What’s the point in hurting people? Or getting hurt?

Her best friends, Cooper and Katie, think Lark’s dating pattern is tragic. How can she know what love is if she refuses to take risks? They dare her to finally have a bad breakup, one that matters. To appease her friends, Lark selects “Undateable” Ardy Tate as her target. He’s a mysterious challenge and different from any guy she’s ever dated. Can she win him over? Will she break his heart? Or will the Queen of Breakups have her heart broken?

About author Jen Klein
Jen  Klein
Jen Klein is the author of Shuffle, Repeat; Summer Unscripted; and Hearts Made for Breaking. When she's not writing YA novels, Jen is an Emmy-nominated television writer. She has written on Grey's Anatomy and Star and is currently writing on The Resident. She lives in Los Angeles.


Yesterday, my heart was “broken,” which is why today I’m sitting on a glossy but practical daybed with hidden drawers for extra storage. The mattress is firm, the spread is a bright floral pattern, and the throw pillows are wide and comfortable.
Yep--IKEA on a Saturday morning. That’s me. It’s not exactly something I like to publicize, but this is what I do every time I fake a heartbreak. What better place to try to forget what’s wrong with me than here: a collection of perfect rooms, just like the rooms in the houses I want to design someday. Perfect houses for perfect families full of perfectly normal people.
That’s the dream.
I stay where I am through visits from a handful of other families who are interested in outfitting their homes. In the past, I’ve gone to a compact kitchen or one of IKEA’s cleverly designed space-friendly living rooms, but yesterday’s relationship dissolution propelled me here. There’s something comforting about the idea of eventually owning a home that I might want other people to visit. A place to be peaceful, a place to be proud of . . .
Until there’s an earthquake.
At least, that’s what I first think when I jolt awake, startled by the bed’s movement beneath me. Horribly aware that Southern California is a hotbed of geologic activity, I grab for the frame, jerk to an upright position, and scramble to remember the closest exit.
Except then the fog wisps away from my brain, and I realize three things all at once:
1.   I was asleep in IKEA. 
2.   There was no earthquake after all. 
3.   Undateable Ardy Tate is sitting on the end of the bed, looking at me with undisguised curiosity.
“Sorry, Lark.” His eyes are wide and brown and blinky behind his dark-rimmed glasses. I notice the light freckles scattered across the pale skin of his nose. “I didn’t realize you were actually asleep.”
“I wasn’t.” Lie #1.
“I wasn’t trying to freak you out.”
“You didn’t.” Lie #2. Ardy is all kinds of cute and lanky and--let’s be honest--a little awkward as he perches beside me in his screen-printed tee and skinny khakis. I realize I have no idea what to say to him, and that’s the part that’s freaking me out because usually I know exactly what to say to a boy.
No, not usually. Always.
This double standard is how I know the universe is unfair: because Ardy Tate is labeled Undateable, when, despite all appearances to the contrary, it should be a description for me: Lark Dayton.
My third and fourth fingers are tapping against the bed frame, so I make a tight fist to still the movement. “What are you doing here?” I ask, before thinking the question through, because it’s definitely not one I want to answer in return.
“My mom sent me out for candles.” Ardy looks rueful. “And, yes, I know I’m nowhere near the candles. This place is a maze.”
“Tell me about it,” I say, grasping the lifeline he’s unintentionally thrown out for me. “My parents wanted me to get . . . napkins.”
“The cute striped ones,” I say, remembering a package my mother bought one time. “I ended up in Guest Rooms and needed to take a break.”
“It’s not for the faint of heart,” Ardy agrees. “I think napkins and candles are both in the Marketplace. You want to go find it?”
I nod because what else would I do, and moments later we’re winding our way past closet storage systems and toward the staircase. My fingers tap against the leather strap of my messenger bag, and I hazard a sideways glance up at Ardy. He’s tall--much taller than I am--with a sharply angled jawline and the finest dusting of shadow around his mouth. Maybe he doesn’t shave on weekends. I wouldn’t know, because this is the first time I’ve seen him outside of REACH High.
It’s October now; Ardy Tate transferred to my school at the beginning of our senior year, so I’ve only been aware of him for a couple of months. When he arrived, even though I was newly flirting with Rahim Antoun, I noticed that (a) Transfer Boy existed and (b) Transfer Boy was quirky-hot and seemed smart. At first I didn’t pay much attention to him because Rahim and I soon were finding places to make out on campus, and I was enjoying that New Boy rush. By the time Rahim and I stopped hanging out (after I invented superstrict parents who would never let me go anywhere with him), two new things had come to my attention: (c) Transfer Boy’s name was Ardy Tate, and (d) Ardy Tate was Undateable--something about an event that occurred at his old high school--plus, he was basically stapled to Hope Burkett’s side. Hope’s boyfriend, Evan, is stapled to her other side, so supposedly she and Ardy aren’t together, but they seem like they are, and that’s enough for me. Although I may mess around with lots of guys, I do not go after those who belong to other people. Not by a long shot.
A girl has to maintain some ethics.
As we reach the bottom of the stairs, I can’t help asking the question. “What’s Hope doing today?”
Ardy looks confused. “I don’t know, homework or hanging out with Evan, probably. What’s Dax doing?”
His question throws me for a loop. Sure, Dax is the boyfriend who fake-broke my fake heart last night, but our short-term dalliance wasn’t front-page news or anything. Has Ardy been paying attention to who I date?
Or, rather, “date”?
“I don’t know,” I tell Ardy, because I don’t want to go there.
We step into the controlled chaos of the IKEA Marketplace: a tangle of aisles filled with interesting, low-priced items. The shelves closest to the stairs are brimming with galvanized metal wall letters, the type you buy separately so you can assemble them into words like FAMILY and LOVE and TOGETHERNESS to decorate your home.

Sounds great right?

Add it to Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39396874-hearts-made-for-breaking

This book comes out next Tuesday, but one lucky winner will win an ARC and a tote! 
(US only please) 

Thursday, April 25, 2019

On Your Radar: Her Royal Highness (24)

Title: Her Royal Highness
Author: Rachel Hawkins

Publisher: Penguin Teen
Release Date: May 7, 2019

Why it Should be on your Radar:
* Royal
* Boarding School
* Scotland
* Lesbian Romance
* Roommates
* Seeing Favorite Characters Again
* Banter
* Friendship
* Breaking the Rules

** Reviewed this book for Fresh Fiction

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Picture Book Wednesday: Let's Find Momo


A picture book of hide and seek with Momo and other day to day objects,

I love these Momo books, I'm happy to see this one for kids. It's another winner with great photos and bright colors, The two page spread had one page for hidden objects and one page for seeking.

It's a fantastic book for the library, but also fun for a baby shower gift.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: 1st reviewed Books

This week's topic is all about the first books reviewed on your blog, I've been blogging for 10 years now (I blogged about book prior to that on Myspace.) And I have to say my first reviews are terrible - so no links. 

But here are books I reviewed in October of 2008

French KissmasLet It Snow: Three Holiday RomancesThe Twelve Dates of Christmas (Simon Romantic Comedies)

Paper Towns

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Review: Opposite of Innocent

The Opposite of Innocent

Lily has a crush - and he's finally returning after two years away. Maybe he'll notice how much she's changed. She's grown; she's now 14. Luke isn't some random guy. She's over the moon when she learns he'll be staying with them for a bit. Could he be interested in her too?
My Thoughts: This novel is verse was hard to read because of the subject matter, but it's an important story. Luke isn't just your average crush. He's her father's best friend and twice her age. There's a thriller of a older man finding you attractive that gives you a rush as a teenager. 

This is a first love story that's icky.

Lily begins a relationship with Luke. He pressures her. She's na├»ve but looses her innocence and begins to understand what he friends have been telling her all along.  
I loved the ending.  It's a powerful story.

Cover Thoughts: Cute
Source: My Library
Library Recommendation: Grab this one for both public and school libraries - there are teen girls who will need this book.