All posts belong to The OWL. Powered by Blogger.

Cover Love: A Line in the Dark

I love book covers! I love walking around Barnes and Noble just looking at all the different covers.  A good cover will make me pull the book off the shelf!  
It's almost like I have a crush on them :)

Today I'm crushin' on:

Questions I have when looking at it:

What?  Just what??
Is that ink?
Is it a tattoo?
Why is that dripping from her fingers? 
Did she do this or did someone do it to her??

About the Book:

The line between best friend and something more is a line always crossed in the dark.

Jess Wong is Angie Redmond’s best friend. And that’s the most important thing, even if Angie can’t see how Jess truly feels. Being the girl no one quite notices is OK with Jess anyway. While nobody notices her, she’s free to watch everyone else. But when Angie begins to fall for Margot Adams, a girl from the nearby boarding school, Jess can see it coming a mile away. Suddenly her powers of observation are more curse than gift.

As Angie drags Jess further into Margot’s circle, Jess discovers more than her friend’s growing crush. Secrets and cruelty lie just beneath the carefree surface of this world of wealth and privilege, and when they come out, Jess knows Angie won’t be able to handle the consequences.

When the inevitable darkness finally descends, Angie will need her best friend.

Audio Review: Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Title: Coraline 
Author: Neil Gaiman
Narrator: Neil Gaiman
Coraline's often wondered what's behind the locked door in the drawing room. It reveals only a brick wall when she finally opens it, but when she tries again later, a passageway mysteriously appears. Coraline is surprised to find a flat decorated exactly like her own, but strangely different. And when she finds her "other" parents in this alternate world, they are much more interesting despite their creepy black button eyes. When they make it clear, however, that they want to make her theirs forever, Coraline begins a nightmarish game to rescue her real parents and three children imprisoned in a mirror. With only a bored-through stone and an aloof cat to help, Coraline confronts this harrowing task of escaping these monstrous creatures.

If you only have a second:  I can't believe I waited so long to read (listen) to this one!  

If you have a few minutes:  So yes I fully admit I was way behind the times in reading this one.  My daughter kept talking about how great it was, and we'd scare my husband telling him the premise of the book.  But it wasn't until recently that I finally read the book - well listened to it.  I loved it! It has that right mix of suspense and action and scariness that is just perfect.  As the reader I knew from the start to not trust these new parents, but of course Coraline didn't so that put me on edge right away!  I wanted to yell at her to run, run far far away but of course instead I had to watch her battle her way back.  

I loved Coraline the character as well. She was smart and brave, and I liked how she used her mind to figure out what to do in this situation.  Sometimes characters this age can get on my nerves, but she didn't at all.  Instead I was cheering for her! I knew she could figure things out.  I also knew that once through this experience she'd have a different attitude on her life back home.  

Lastly - loved the cat!  Wonderful addition to the cast of characters.  I kinda want him as my own! 

Thoughts on the audio book:  The audio book is narrated by Neil Gaiman himself, so that was really fun.  It was wonderful to hear him read it as he must have heard it in his head while writing it.  It made the story seem more authentic because I knew how Coraline said something was exactly as the author intended.  

Final thought:  If you haven't read this yet - do! 

Blog Tour: Welcome to Wonderland: Beach Party Surf Monkey by Chris Grabenstein

Very excited today to share with you a new book by Chris Grabenstein for the blog tour of Welcome to Wonderland: Beach Party Surf Monkey.

I LOVE Grabenstein's Mr. Lemoncello books, so I was excited to see about this series.  

About the Book

There’s always something wacky happening when you live in a motel, and P.T. (named after P. T. Barnum, of course) has grown up at the world’s wackiest! When word gets out that the hottest teen idols in Hollywood (plus current YouTube sensation Kevin the Monkey!) will be filming their next movie—Beach Party Surf Monkey—right in St. Pete’s Beach, Florida, P.T. and his friend Gloria know that the Wonderland would be the perfect location. Now they just have to convince the producers!

But when things start to go wrong (crazed fans? missing stars?), it will take all of Gloria’s business genius and P.T.’s wild stories to save the movie before both it and the Wonderland are all washed up!

About the Author

CHRIS GRABENSTEIN is the author of the New York Times bestselling The Island of Dr. LibrisMr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics, and Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, which was nominated for over 30 state awards lists!

Follower him on Twitter at @CGrabenstein, and visit him online at

You know those old movies that take place on the beach and or silly and wacky?  That is this book to a T!  Loved it!  Ok I will admit it took me a few pages to really like P.T.  On the first few pages he's pretty over-the-top, but after he relaxed a little I really liked him.  I loved his optimism and his willingness to try almost anything!  And to go along with him - I loved how Gloria balanced him.  He would get himself into so much more trouble without her!

The story itself if full of wacky twists and turns and the classic little guy vs the big guy theme.  Again it kept reminding me of those beach movies from like the 60's.  Characters with big personalities.  Over exaggerated events and behaviors.  BUT completely fun and silly.  I could see kids really getting into this one.  

Loved the ending and can't wait to see more of P.T. and Gloria!

Thank you Random House Kids for the chance to read and review the book.

The Explorers: The Door in the Alley by Adrienne Kress Blog Tour

Today I'm happy to share with you a new series: The Explorers!

The Explorers: The Door in the AlleyAdrienne Kress
Featuring a mysterious society, a secretive past, and a pig in a teeny hat, The Explorers: The Door in the Alley is the first book in a new series for fans of The Name of This Book Is a Secret and The Mysterious Benedict Society. Knock once if you can find it—but only members are allowed inside.
This is one of those stories that start with a pig in a teeny hat. It’s not the one you’re thinking about. (This story is way better than that one.)
This pig-in-a-teeny-hat story starts when a very uninquisitive boy stumbles upon a very mysterious society. After that, there is danger and adventure; there are missing persons, hired thugs, a hidden box, a lost map, and famous explorers; and also a girl on a rescue mission.

About the Author

Adrienne Kress is a writer and an actress born and raised in Toronto. She is the daughter of two high school English teachers and credits them with her love of both writing and performing. She also has a cat named Atticus, who unfortunately despises teeny hats. Look for her online at, and follow her on Twitter at @AdrienneKress.

What a cute book! I liked Sebastian from the start!  I loved how predictable he was and then had that completely shaken up! His reactions were really and funny.  I loved how he kept questioning to himself why he was doing what he was doing! I was questioning it, so I loved that he did too! I also loved Evie! She was great, and I think boys and girls alike will enjoy her personality and want to see more of her.  

The story itself was fun, crazy, action packed and capable of pulling readers along for the whole ride.  That is something that the intended audience needs.  They will giggle and want to keep reading.  How could you not when there is a pig that wears a hat! 

Another thing I liked was how the book doesn't talk down to it's reader.  Yes it's silly and goofy, but it doesn't resort to simple language in order to do that.  Instead it ramps up the reading level.  It pushes kids to learn some as they are reading - kinda like The Name of this Book is Secret or the Series of Unfortunate events.  I love when books do that!

Over all - great book that I think will be a hit with kids.  

Thank you Random House Children’s Books for providing a copy for review and hosting the blog tour!

Back to Top