July 12, 2018

Cover Crush: The Disappearance of Sloane Sullivan

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:

About the Book:
No one wants me to tell you about the disappearance of Sloane Sullivan.

Not the lawyers or the cops. Not her friends or family. Not even the boy who loved her more than anyone. And most certainly not the United States Marshals Service. You know, the people who run the witness protection program or, as it’s officially called, the Witness Security Program? Yeah, the WITSEC folks definitely don’t want me talking to you.

But I don’t care. I have to tell someone.

If I don’t, you’ll never know how completely wrong things can go. How a single decision can change everything. How, when it really comes down to it, you can’t trust anyone. Not even yourself. You have to understand, so it won’t happen to you next. Because you never know when the person sitting next to you isn’t who they claim to be...and because there are worse things than disappearing. 

Why I'm crushin':
I'm not sure - something about this just caught me - I think it's the picture within a picture.  And it's something with the eyes.  They grab you! 

July 11, 2018

WoW: A Room Away From the Wolves

There are some books I just can't wait for.  Here's where I share! 

Due Out: September 4th
Bina has never forgotten the time she and her mother ran away from home. Her mother promised they would hitchhike to the city to escape Bina’s cruel father and start over. But before they could even leave town, Bina had a new stepfather and two new stepsisters, and a humming sense of betrayal pulling apart the bond with her mother—a bond Bina thought was unbreakable.

Eight years later, after too many lies and with trouble on her heels, Bina finds herself on the side of the road again, the city of her dreams calling for her. She has an old suitcase, a fresh black eye, and a room waiting for her at Catherine House, a young women’s residence in Greenwich Village with a tragic history, a vow of confidentiality, and dark, magical secrets. There, Bina is drawn to her enigmatic downstairs neighbor Monet, a girl who is equal parts intriguing and dangerous. As Bina’s lease begins to run out, and nightmare and memory get tangled, she will be forced to face the terrible truth of why she’s come to Catherine House and what it will take for her to leave . . .

Why I'm waiting:
I've enjoyed so many books by Nova Ren Suma that I know this one will be great too! 

July 6, 2018

Blog Tour Book Review: Willa of the Wood by Robert Beatty +GIVEAWAY

Today I'm excited to be part of the blog tour for Willa of the Wood! 

I've seen this one a while ago, and knew it was something I needed to check out! 

Thanks to RockStar Tours for hosting the tour.  You can find out more about them HERE.  

Author: Robert Beatty
Pub. Date: July 10, 2018
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
Pages: 384
Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, Audible, B&N, iBooks, TBD

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Robert Beatty comes a spooky, thrilling new series set in the magical world of Serafina. 

Move without a sound. Steal without a trace. 

Willa, a young nightspirit of the Great Smoky Mountains, is her clan's best thief. She creeps into the homes of day-folk in the cover of darkness and takes what they won't miss. It's dangerous work — the day-folk kill whatever they do not understand. But when Willa's curiosity leaves her hurt and stranded in a day-folk man's home, everything she thought she knew about her people — and their greatest enemy — is forever changed.

About Robert: 
Robert Beatty is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Serafina Series published by Disney-Hyperion, a spooky mystery-thriller about a brave and unusual girl who lives secretly in the basement of the grand Biltmore Estate.

Serafina and the Black Cloak was a #1 New York Times bestseller, has been on the list for more than 45 weeks, and won the prestigious 2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize. The second book in the series, Serafina and the Twisted Staff, became a #1 New York Times bestseller in the first week of its launch and earned a “Starred Review” from Kirkus Reviews, which said, “Even better than its predecessor, a sequel that delivers nonstop thrills from beginning to end.” Enjoyed by both young readers and adults, the books are being taught in over a thousand classrooms nationwide. The third book in the Serafina series comes out in July 2017. Robert Beatty has been awarded an additional four-book deal with Disney-Hyperion.

Robert Beatty lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, North Carolina with his wife and three daughters, who help create and refine his stories. He loves to explore Biltmore Estate and the darkened forest trails where his novels take place. He writes full-time now, but in his past lives, Robert was one of the early pioneers of cloud computing, the founder/CEO of Plex Systems, the co-founder of Beatty Robotics, and the chairman/CTO of Narrative Magazine. In 2007, he was named an Entrepreneur of the Year.

So I'll be perfectly honest - I have not read the Seraphina books.  I've had tons of kids read them and really like them, and they are on my TBR pile for sure! So when I had the chance to review this book set in the same world, I knew I had to be a part of the tour, and I'm glad I did.  I can see why students like books written by this author.  This book started out jumping right into the action!  I was holding my breath from almost page one! I continued to hold it for quite a while.  The book continued like that.  It had scenes that were filled with tension and action followed by scenes with emotion and character development.  Loved that!

I loved the plot of the story as well.  I love when characters have to question that they thought was the truth and then struggle through learning what they can and should believe now.  Willa does this.  Watching her wrestle thought this was great.  And I made me really like Willa!  And about Willa - LOVED her.  She was smart and brave and impulsive.  At times I loved everything she did, and at times I wanted to shake her.  It made her real - even though she clearly wasn't! 

The world building was great.  I will say it took me a bit to understand and learn the world of Willa's, but I've always struggled with that when reading fantasy.  It takes me awhile to let go of my understanding of the real world and go into the world of a fantasy book.  Once I understood the world better I was fully engulfed in it.  

Final Thought:  Really enjoyed it and really liked Willa.  Pushed Seraphina to the upper end of my TBR!
Library Thoughts: I will for sure be adding it to my middle school library! 

3 winners will win a finished copy of WILLA OF THE WOOD 
US Only.

Tour Schedule:

Week One:
7/2/2018- jrsbookreviews- Review
7/3/2018- YA Books Central- Interview
7/4/2018- Here's to Happy Endings- Review
7/6/2018- The OWL- Review

Week Two:
7/9/2018- A Dream Within A Dream- Excerpt
7/10/2018- A Backwards Story- Interview
7/11/2018- Novel Novice- Guest Post
7/12/2018- Don't Judge, Read- Review
7/13/2018- Two points of interest- Review