April 27, 2018

Unbreakable Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway


Unbreakable (Unblemished #3)
Author: Sara Ella
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: May 1, 2018

Publisher: Thomas Nelson
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Eliyana Ember is stranded in a foreign country in the Third Reflection with no passport, the inability to mirrorwalk, and zero clue where the nearest Thresholds back into the Fourth or Second might lie. Her mind is a haze, her memories vague. She knows a wormhole from the Fourth sent her here. She remembers her mom and baby brother Evan. Makai and Stormy and Joshua...

Deep down El realizes she must end the Void once and for all. Is there a way to trap the darkness within its current vessel, kill it off completely? To do so would mean sacrificing another soul—the soul of a man Joshua claims is a traitor. But he’s lied to her before, and even El senses Joshua can’t be fully trusted, but one thing is certain...

The Void must be annihilated. And only the Verity—the light which birthed the darkness—can put an end to that which seeks to kill and destroy.
Other Books in the Series:

Unbreakable is the third and final book in an original young adult fantasy that will finally give readers the answers to all their questions and will allow us to see what happens to all of our beloved characters. I loved the world building in this series - the Reflections (similar to parallel universes) were fascinating and I enjoyed learning about them as much as I could. The Reflections and their inhabitants were all detailed with vivid imagery and descriptions that allowed me to easily picture them in my mind. 

Eliyana was a great main character for the book and series. She was realistic and easy to connect with right from the beginning. I liked how the author made her "flaw" - the red birthmark on her face and neck - into a powerful symbol in the other Reflections. El has been through a lot in the series and must finish the war against the Void once and for all before everything is destroyed. We've met a wide variety of characters throughout the series and we continue to see how they interact with one another and go about their lives in the different Reflections. The love triangle was a big part of the trilogy and finally gets a conclusion in this novel. I can't really go into any details about the plot because I don't do spoilers, but I will say that we get to see what happens to each major character by the end of the novel. I really loved that we get to learn their fates and each one got their own endings. There were lots of twists and turns along the way, but I liked that the author wraps everything up nicely by the end of the book and ties everything together for the finale of the series. I have to admit that I wasn't a huge fan of the multiple points of view throughout the book - it was a bit confusing trying to keep up with what was happening with each person. And if a reader didn't have all of the characters down pat and their relationships with one another basically memorized, it would be incredibly confusing. I highly suggest reading the trilogy at once - one book right after the other so the information stays fresh in your mind and you don't forget any major information between readings. Other than those things, I thought this was a solid finish to a wonderfully imagined series and I would definitely recommend this book/series to fans of YA fantasy and science fiction!

Once upon a time, SARA ELLA dreamed she would marry a prince (just call her Mrs. Charming) and live in a castle (aka The Plaza Hotel). Though her fairy tale didn’t quite turn out as planned, she did work for Disney—that was an enchanted moment of its own. Now she spends her days throwing living room dance parties for her two princesses and conquering realms of her own imaginings. She believes “Happily Ever After is Never Far Away” for those who put their faith in the King of kings.



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Spotlight + Giveaway: The Girl in the Ice by Robert Bryndza

The Girl in the Ice (Detective Erika Foster #1)
Author: Robert Bryndza
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Release Date: April 24, 2018
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing


Her eyes are wide open. Her lips parted as if to speak. Her dead body frozen in the ice...She is not the only one.

When a young boy discovers the body of a woman beneath a thick sheet of ice in a South London park, Detective Erika Foster is called in to lead the murder investigation.

The victim, a beautiful young socialite, appeared to have the perfect life. Yet when Erika begins to dig deeper, she starts to connect the dots between the murder and the killings of three prostitutes, all found strangled, hands bound and dumped in water around London.

What dark secrets is the girl in the ice hiding?

As Erika inches closer to uncovering the truth, the killer is closing in on Erika.

The last investigation Erika led went badly wrong... resulting in the death of her husband. With her career hanging by a thread, Erika must now battle her own personal demons as well as a killer more deadly than any she's faced before. But will she get to him before he strikes again? 


"Compelling at every turn! The Girl in the Ice grabs us from the first page and simply won't let go, as we follow the brilliantly drawn Detective Erika Foster in her relentless hunt for one of the most horrific villains in modern crime fiction."
       --- Jeffery Deaver, #1 internationally bestselling author

"A riveting page-turner. An astonishingly good plot with perfectly drawn characters and sharp, detailed writing. The Girl in the Ice is a winner."
       --- Robert Dugoni, #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author

"Robert Bryndza's The Girl in the Ice has everything I look for in a mystery: an evil antagonist, a clever detective, and a plot that kept me guessing until the very end!"
       --- T.R. Ragan, New York Times bestselling author

"Once in a while a book stops you in your tracks...this is THAT book!"
       --- Crime Book Junkie

"I freakin' LOVED it!...Once in a while a book stops you in your tracks...this is THAT book!"
       --- Crime Book Junkie

"I loved, loved, loved this book and Erika Foster is most definitely my kind of heroine. She is smart, tenacious, direct and passionate...I found the writing tight, evocative and enthralling. I CAN NOT wait for the next installment."
       --- Angela Marsons, USA Today bestselling author

"An intriguing web of lies, secrets and suspense. I really enjoyed getting to know DCI Foster and am already looking forward to the next book."
       --- Mel Sherratt, author of Taunting the Dead

"A compelling read--once you've started, it's hard to put down."
       --- Rachel Abbott, author of Sleep Tight


Robert Bryndza is the author of the international #1 bestselling Detective Erica Foster series. Robert's books have sold over 2 million copies and have been translated into 27 languages.  He is British and lives in Slovakia.

FACEBOOK: @BryndzaRobert
TWITTER: @RobertBryndza
 (2) Paperback copies of THE GIRL IN THE ICE - Open to US/CAN only!


April 26, 2018

A Prom to Remember Blog Tour: Excerpt + Giveaway


A Prom to Remember
Author: Sandy Hall
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publication Date: April 24, 2018

Publisher: Swoon Reads


Love it or hate it, you’ll never forget it. In this heart-warming novel, Swoon Reads star, Sandy Hall, explores a classic high school celebration, capturing every relatable and hilarious teen milestone along the way.

Cora: Dating Perfect Boyfriend Jamie. Has NO IDEA how to break up with him…

Paisley: Anti-prom. Somehow nominated her anxiety-ridden best friend for prom king…

Henry: Hates social situations. Invited to prom by the most popular girl in school. SEND HELP!

Otis: Half of one of the cutest couples in his class. Not quite ready for a post-prom hotel room…

Lizzie: Shy. Excited to go to prom. With a boy. Whose name she doesn’t know.

Cameron: Loner. Over high school. Just wants to meet the mysterious girl who’s been leaving him notes…

Jacinta: Unnamed Nerd Girl #3. Determined to become the star of her own life, starting with prom…

Chosen by readers like you for Macmillan’s young adult imprint Swoon Reads, A Prom to Remember, from Sandy Hall (author of A Little Something Different), is a funny and cinematic look at the biggest dance of every high schooler’s life.

The first message had started with:

So I’m bored. I’m going to ask you a million questions (or maybe just five) on the off chance you’ll answer them and then I’ll have something fun to read. Please respond in complete sentences. The five questions are as follows:

* What’s your favorite color?
* Can you use chopsticks?
* What’s your first memory?
* What do you want to be when you grow up?
* Do you have a name?

He happily responded to all her questions.

My favorite color is green. But like LIME GREEN. A green that can be seen from outer space. A green so green you can practically taste it.

I cannot use chopsticks.

Number three is a difficult question. Because memory is a weird thing, isn’t it? Do I really remember a certain moment, or is it because I’ve seen pictures of it and heard the story a million times? I would say that prob­ ably my first memory is being in a minor car accident with my mom when I was four or five. I know there are no photographs of this moment slipped into family scrapbooks. No one was hurt, it was only a small fender bender, but it’s a pretty traumatic event for a kid. Also, I was really into police cars, so I remember when they arrived on the scene very distinctly.

Oh man. I have no clue what I want to be when I grow up. I had no idea that I’d be quizzed on this today, and I have no answer. “Something that’s not terrible” is about as specific as I can get.

As for your last query, yes, I do have a name. But if it’s all the same to you, I’d prefer not to share it. It’s kind of fun being anonymous.

And I ask you the same million (or five) questions.

When he got the laptop the next time, Laptop Girl had answered and he had to work pretty hard not to laugh too much at her responses.

My favorite color is now lime green. You’ve convinced me. A green so green that you can almost taste it.

I am surprisingly good at chopsticks. I got a little obsessed with them after my aunt took me out to hibachi for my sixth birthday. I wanted des­perately to be able to use them, so she took her time to show me, and after dropping several pieces of chicken on the floor, I managed to get one in my mouth.

Funny enough, I’m pretty sure that my birthday hibachi dinner is also my first real memory. There are other moments, but they’re more like images than memories, like a trip to the zoo and getting a new couch. I really REMEMBER the restaurant and the onion volcano.

I don’t know what I want to be when I grow up. I was hoping that you’d have an idea and I could steal it, much like your favorite color.

I, too, have a name, but I won’t be sharing because you’re right, ano­nymity is fun.

I’m a teen librarian from New Jersey where I was born and raised. I have a BA in Communication and a Master of Library and Information Science from Rutgers University. When I’m not writing, or teen librarian-ing, I enjoy reading, slot machines, marathoning TV shows, and long scrolls through Tumblr. A LITTLE SOMETHING DIFFERENT is my first novel.


April 25, 2018

The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl Blog Tour: Excerpt + Giveaway

Author: Stacy McAnulty 
Release Date: May 1, 2018 
Publisher: Random House 
Formats: Hardcover, eBook 
Pages: 304 

Find it:Amazon, B&N, iBooks, TBD, Goodreads 


Middle school is the one problem Lucy Callahan can't solve in this middle-grade novel perfect for fans of The Fourteenth Goldfish, Rain Reign, and Counting by 7s. 

Lucy Callahan was struck by lightning. She doesn't remember it, but it changed her life forever. The zap gave her genius-level math skills, and ever since, Lucy has been homeschooled. Now, at 12 years old, she's technically ready for college. She just has to pass 1 more test--middle school! 

Lucy's grandma insists: Go to middle school for 1 year. Make 1 friend. Join 1 activity. And read 1 book (that's not a math textbook!). Lucy's not sure what a girl who does calculus homework for fun can possibly learn in 7th grade. She has everything she needs at home, where nobody can make fun of her rigid routines or her superpowered brain. The equation of Lucy's life has already been solved. Unless there's been a miscalculation? 

A celebration of friendship, Stacy McAnulty's smart and thoughtful middle-grade debut reminds us all to get out of our comfort zones and embrace what makes us different. 

"An engaging story, full of heart and hope. Readers of all ages will root for Lucy, aka Lightning Girl. No miscalculations here!" --Kate Beasley, author of Gertie's Leap to Greatness

“4!” I shout. “I have 4 friends.”

“Who?” Nana asks.

“SquareHead314, HipHypotenuse, Numberlicious, and GregS77.”

“What?” Nana laughs, but I’m not joking. “Are those people?”

“Yes, they’re online friends. I know them from the math forums and the tutoring websites.”

“Do you know anything about them?” Uncle Paul asks, shaking his head. My family is ganging up on me.

“I know SquareHead314 is a whiz with differential equations. He . . . or she . . . can explain things in the simplest terms.”

“He or she?” Uncle Paul asks.

“Don’t be sexist. Girls are as good at math as boys are. I can’t assume SquareHead314 is a boy.” Now it’s my turn to shake my head.

“SquareHead is not your friend if you don’t even know his . . . her . . . gender.” Uncle Paul runs his hands over his microshort (maybe 1/8 inch) hair.

“What do you want me to do? Nana told me to be careful on the Internet. I try not to ask personal questions.”

“Lucy, you don’t know these people. You’ve never met them. They’re not your friends,” Nana says.

“Do you want me to invite them over?”

“No!” Nana snaps. “These people could be murderers. Especially Greg77. He obviously has no imagination.”

“It’s Greg-S-77. And he’s an expert in string theory.”

“What is that?” She holds up a hand. “Never mind.”

“Ma, how did you let this happen?” Uncle Paul asks. “Lucy needs to be around other kids. You can’t keep her locked away.”

“That’s right. I have her locked in a tower and never let her out. She’ll have to grow her hair and escape through the window if she ever wants to leave. Please, Paul.”

This would be a good time for me to say, Don’t blame Nana. Sure, she is the 1 who pulled me out of elementary school after 2nd grade. But I’ve never wanted to go back. Nana tried. She forced me to go to the homeschool gym class at the Y last year. I hated it. The other kids hated it, too. I only like to bounce a basketball 3 times. Or jump rope 3 times. Or run around the track 3 times. Actually, I hate running around the track any number of times. People don’t get me, and I don’t really need the distractions.

Instead, I say, “Nana hasn’t been to her doctor in over 2 years. 741 days exactly.”

“What!” Paul says.

“What does that have to do with anything?”

“Ma, you have to take care of yourself.”

Nana and Uncle Paul go back and forth. I quietly excuse myself and carry Uncle Paul’s duffel bag to my bedroom. I’m letting him sleep there for the weekend.

I log on to my computer.

LightningGirl: Hey, friends. I’m back.

SquareHead314: Great. We’re talking fractal geometry.

Maybe SquareHead and the others aren’t friend friends. But we’ve got a shared love of math. Maybe that’s enough.

Life is like an equation, and mine is perfectly balanced.

Nana + Uncle Paul + Math = Happiness

Other people might need to add in friends or sports or money or something else, but my equation is already solved.
Stacy McAnulty is a children’s book author, who used to be a mechanical engineer, who’s also qualified to be a paleontologist (NOT REALLY), a correspondent for The Daily Show (why not), and a Green Bay Packer coach (totally!). She is the 2017 Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Honor Recipient for Excellent Ed, illustrated by Julia Sarcone-Roach. Her other picture books include Earth! My First 4.54 Billion Years, illustrated by David Litchfield; Max Explains Everything: Grocery Store Expert, illustrated by Deborah Hocking, Braveand Beautiful, both illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff; Mr. Fuzzbuster Knows He’s the Favorite, illustrated by Edward Hemingway; and 101 Reasons Why I’m Not Taking a Bath, illustrated by Joy Ang. She’s also authored the chapter book series Goldie Blox, based on the award-winning toys, and The Dino Files. Her debut middle grade novel, The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl, will publish in May 2018. When not writing, Stacy likes to listen to NPR, bake triple-chocolate cupcakes, and eat triple-chocolate cupcakes. Originally from upstate NY, she now lives in Kernersville, NC with her 3 kids, 3 dogs, and 1 husband. 

(3) winners will receive a finished copy of THE MISCALCULATIONS OF LIGHTNING GIRL - US Only!

Tour Schedule: 
Week One: 
4/23/2018- Beagles and Books- Interview 
4/24/2018- Mrs. Knott's Book Nook- Review 
4/25/2018- A Dream Within A Dream- Excerpt 
4/26/2018- Here's to Happy Endings- Review 
4/27/2018- She Dreams in Fiction- Excerpt 

Week Two: 
4/30/2018- 100 Pages A Day-Review 
5/1/2018- Wonder Struck- Review 
5/2/2018- Nerdophiles- Review 
5/3/2018- The Underground- Guest Post 
5/4/2018- Feed Your Fiction Addiction- Review