Glittering Court

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by Richelle Mead

series: The Glittering Court

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About the Book:

Big and sweeping, spanning from the refined palaces of Osfrid to the gold dust and untamed forests of Adoria, The Glittering Court tells the story of Adelaide, an Osfridian countess who poses as her servant to escape an arranged marriage and start a new life in Adoria, the New World. But to do that, she must join the Glittering Court.

Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies who appear destined for powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. Adelaide naturally excels in her training, and even makes a few friends: the fiery former laundress Tamsin and the beautiful Sirminican refugee Mira. She manages to keep her true identity hidden from all but one: the intriguing Cedric Thorn, son of the wealthy proprietor of the Glittering Court.

When Adelaide discovers that Cedric is hiding a dangerous secret of his own, together they hatch a scheme to make the best of Adelaide’s deception. Complications soon arise—first as they cross the treacherous seas from Osfrid to Adoria, and then when Adelaide catches the attention of a powerful governor.

But no complication will prove quite as daunting as the potent attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. An attraction that, if acted on, would scandalize the Glittering Court and make them both outcasts in wild, vastly uncharted lands…

About the Author: 

RICHELLE MEAD is the #1 New York TimesUSA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Vampire Academy series and its spin-off series, Bloodlines. Originally from Michigan, she now lives in Seattle, Washington.

Giveaway Legal statement:

Enter for a chance to win one (1) of ten (10) copies of The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead (ARV: $10.99 each).
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on March 28, 2017 and 12:00 AM on April 5, 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 April 7, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

Ready, Set … Baby!

By Elizabeth Rusch

Illustrated by Qin Leng

 

 

This picture book is a perfect gift to any child that is about to become a big brother or sister. While some might feel it is a bit graphic with pictures of what babies look like in mommy’s tummy, I never got that feeling nor did any adults that I showed this to for their opinions. Kids will like the story and learn a lot about their future little brother or sister. This is THE BOOK to get it is very similar to the What to Expect when you’re expecting but tamed down fun kid version. The author tackles it all from the loud noises and smelly diapers to the fun of having the sibling around. The whole book is told through a kids point of view and eyes making this a must have on bookshelves. The illustrations are well-defined and detailed with out too much to see on each page. The thought bubble dialogue made this picture book feel a bit like a graphic novel which really made the young listeners excited. They said it made them feel like the big kids that read the graphic novels and that made this book a real hit with the book crowd. The pictures are not graphic in nature and done in a very sweet way. Kids as young as kindergarten enjoy this picture book. Many talked about how their mommy was going to have a baby or just had a baby. It opened up discussion and the kids really enjoyed it. If you wanted to read this in a classroom setting but not sure about the content you could skip some of the dialogue or pictures.  Skim parts of the book and post – it the pages that you are going to breeze over. Maybe set it out and let the parents look over it and you can find out their thoughts. Most of the kids I read this to liked it and remembered more about the stinky diapers – baby farts and screaming than what the baby looked like in mommy’s tummy. Grab a copy and look it over decide if it is right for your child or classroom. Overall I felt it was a good book – well informative – and done up in a tasteful manner. The kids liked it and enjoyed the book. Most of the comment that I wrote down from the kids that were there for the review were about the funny things their own little siblings do that was in the book.

summary: Big kids Anna and Oliver give young readers the inside scoop on what to expect when a new baby is expected. In a fresh picture book/comic style, Ready, Set . . . Baby offers up a funny, loving, reassuring peek into life as a big brother or sister—with solid information, kid-friendly humor, and even tips for parents on how to help kids thrive when the new baby arrives.

Thank you HMH Books for Young Readers for sending us a copy of Ready, Set… Baby! for review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.

Proof of Lies

by Diane Rodriguez Wallach

series: Anastasia Phoenix

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I really enjoyed this book and start to the series a lot. Anastasia is a strong tough girl that doesn’t let anyone or anything stop her from finding her sister. Proof of Lies was non stop action and so many plot twist and turns I didn’t know where this story was heading most of the time – which I loved! This book as something for every reader. You like action it has tons. You like mystery, suspense and thrills it has that. You like romance it even has a little bit of that, not so much I’d call it a romance novel but just enough to make the reader happy. You like a strong kick butt girl Anastasia is your girl. I can’t wait to see where this series continues to go and I can’t wait for Lies That Bind to come out in 2018. Grab a copy and gift this book to your teen reader – your nieces – friends or yourself, this book is perfect for some great spring break or summer (which is just around the corner) reading. Carve out a good weekend for just reading since I know I wasn’t really wanting to put this book down long enough to do anything that should have been done.

summary: Some secrets are best kept hidden…

Anastasia Phoenix has always been the odd girl out, whether moving from city to international city with her scientist parents or being the black belt who speaks four languages.

And most definitely as the orphan whose sister is missing, presumed dead.

She’s the only one who believes Keira is still alive, and when new evidence surfaces, Anastasia sets out to follow the trail—and lands in the middle of a massive conspiracy. Now she isn’t sure who she can trust. At her side is Marcus, the bad boy with a sexy accent who’s as secretive as she is. He may have followed her to Rome to help, but something about him seems too good to be true.

Nothing is as it appears, and when everything she’s ever known is revealed to be a lie, Anastasia has to believe in one impossibility.

She will find her sister.

Thank you so much Entangled Teen for sending me a copy of Proof of Lies. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.

Very Hungry Caterpiller

by Eric Carle

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar: Follow the progress of a hungry little caterpillar as he eats his way through a varied and very large quantity of food until, full at last, he forms a cocoon around himself and goes to sleep. Die-cut pages illustrate what the caterpillar eats on successive days.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s ABC : Children can learn their ABCs with the Very Hungry Caterpillar and animal friends.

Love from the Very Hungry Caterpillar : The very hungry caterpillar displays its love for the reader as the cherry on a cake, the apple of an eye, and the bee’s knees.

Eric Carle How Things Grow : An acorn becomes an oak tree, a tadpole becomes a frog, and a very hungry caterpillar becomes a beautiful butterfly.

Today is not only the first day of Spring but it is also The Very Hungry Caterpillar Day! 🙂 My girls loved this book growing up and while we have long past the stage of this book it still remains a favorite childhood book and we created many memories while reading it.

3 of our favorite activities when they were little:

2 B’s make a Butterfly: A simple craft where you cut out 2 upper case B’s and glue the solid line of the B’s together and decorate them to creat a butterfly. You could also do this with just 1 and have it look like the butterfly was flying.

Butterfly Sensory Tub: Orzo Pasta, Rotini or Pipette, Shells and Bow tie pasta, paint or food coloring and a tub to hold it all. The Orzo is the egg – Rotini or Pipette is the caterpillar – Shells are the chrysalis and Bowtie is the butterfly.

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Butterfly Garden: Research online what flowers – caterpillars  and butterflies are native to your area and make a list and go your nursery and create a butterfly garden. Butterfly gardens also attract hummingbirds and Bees!  PLEASE make sure to use plants that are not treated with chemicals that are killing off the honeybees. I know that means it making an extra trip but what isn’t good for the bee’s surely can’t be good for hummingbirds and butterflies too.

I hope you have fun with Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar today and any day. Looking for more ideas and inspiration hop on over to the following blogs that are participating in The Very Hungry Caterpillar Day.

Others Joining in the #VHCDay Fun!
Books and Giggles
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Giveaway Legal: Enter for a chance to win one (1) of five (5) copies of The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (ARV: $21.99 each).

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on March 20, 2017 and 12:00 AM on March 27, 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 March 29, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

Spring books: From Runaway Eggs to Peeps

I have 3 cute spring books I want to share with you. I read these to the kinders (kindergarten students) and they loved them! These are perfect for spring or even Easter read alouds and gifts. These books would be great for toddlers through early elementary. One of the books is even fun for all ages from toddler to adult.

The Runaway Egg by Katy Hudson

 

This was such a fun one to read and was enjoyed by all. They laughed so hard and this was a favorite that has been read over and over. This is a great one to start the conversation about lots of baby farm animals being born in the spring or for a big brother/sister awaiting the arrival of their baby sibling. The story is simple and easy to read, making it good for story/bed time. The illustrations are bright and colorful while also being soft almost colored pencil like. Listener’s and reader’s will enjoy all the fun antics and chaos that ensues while watching the egg that is thought “boring” go on quite an adventure.

 

 

summary: Chick is getting a new baby brother . . . and he does NOT understand what all the fuss is about. What is so exciting about an egg that just sits there? Well, it turns out this egg doesn’t “just sit there”–it cracks, two little legs pop out, and it sprints away! Oh, brother! Chick immediately finds himself on a madcap chase through the barnyard as he attempts to protect the legged egg from danger. 

Little Golden Books: Peeps in Pajamas by Golden Books – illustrated by Ron Cohee

 

This cute little golden book is perfect for some bedtime reading. You can never go wrong with Little Golden Books and this one stars Peeps the food that while some might dislike them they still find themselves eating them each Easter season.  This little book is geared more for the younger book-worm and I think it’s perfect for toddler through Kindergarten. However the easy short sentences also make this a good beginning reader for those who are learning or have just learned to read.

 

 

summary: PEEPS Bunnies and Chicks are starring in their first Little Golden Book! This funny, illustrated storybook tells what the PEEPS do to help themselves fall asleep. 

 

 

Peeps Guide to Life by Andrea Posner- Sanchez – illustrations by Random House

 

 

Peeps Guide to Life is the book I mentioned was perfect for all ages. Gift this to your bookworms from toddler to adult. This would be a cute book for the Easter basket of a high school or college student as well as a preschool aged reader. The guide to life was fun to read and the Peeps make it such a cute book. I really enjoyed this as well as my neighbors toddler and preschool aged kids. Throw in some Peeps and you have a cute gift that will be loved by all.

 

 

summary: Let your PEEPSonality shine through with advice from PEEPS! The iconic PEEPS Chick and Bunny share uplifting words of wisdom in this fun hardcover book. There are also awesome facts and trivia about PEEPS. It s a great gift for PEEPS fans of all ages! Perfect for Easter or anytime. PEEPS(r) is an iconic brand found in Easter baskets everywhere with a heritage spanning over 60 years

Thank you so much Random House for sending me these great books. All thoughts and opinions are my own and the wonderful kindergarten listeners. No opinions were influenced by the free books.

Addie Bell’s ShortCut to Growing Up

by Jessica Brody

 

 

Oh my gosh this book is simply precious! I loved every minute of this cute book! I reminded me of one of my all time favorite movies: 13 Going on 30.  Lucky for  Addie Bell doesn’t skip all those years and head straight to 30 she just skips those wonderful awkward tween years. In doing so she has altered everything she thought high school was going to be like. She soon see’s popularity comes with a price and she wants everything to go back to the way it was before she made that wish. So many times kids want to grow up to fast or think if only I was older things would be so much better. This book represents those feelings so well. I simply can not recommend it enough. This book will be gifted to every tween girl reader I know. I think this is a great summer read for girls entering middle school for the first time or even high school for the first time. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Addie Bell’s ShortCut to Growing Up – this book was my first 5 star read of 2017!!!

summary: Seventh grader Addie Bell can’t wait to be in high school, where everything seems cooler and more fun. What if there was a way to be older . . . right now?

Addie’s parents won’t let her have her own phone, she doesn’t have any curves, and her best friend, Grace, isn’t at all interested in makeup or boys. Then, on the night of her twelfth birthday, Addie makes a wish on a magic jewelry box to be sixteen . . . and wakes up to find that her life has been fast-forwarded four years! Suddenly she has everything she’s always wanted (like a driver’s license and a closet full of cool clothes). But Addie soon discovers that a lot more has changed than she expected—including her friendship with Grace. Can Addie turn back time and take back her wish . . . or has she lost the chance to experience what could have been the best years of her life?

Thank you so very much Jessica Brody and Delacorte for allowing me to read Addie Bell’s Shortcut to Growing Up. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.

10 Things I Can See From Here

by Carrie Mac

 

 

10 Things I Can See From Here deals with a lot and I mean a lot in just 320 pages. At times I felt like I was getting way to much information about every body else but not a whole lot about the main character Maeve. Maeve has a lot on her plate but throughout the book I think she handles it pretty good considering her anxiety and panic attacks. 10 Things I Can See From Here was a good book that at times the characters and their decisions drove me a bit bonkers. How could they not see Maeve needed their love and support – she was what comes first not what they wanted! Maeve’s step brothers and stepmom were awesome and really without them in her life I’m not sure she would have had any loving support that she needed!

 

 

summary: Think positive. Dont worry, be happy. Keep calm and carry on. Maeve has heard it all before. Shes been struggling with severe anxiety for a long time, and as much as she wishes it were something she could just talk herself out of, its not. When Maeve is sent to Vancouver to live with her dad, her very pregnant stepmom, and her twin six-year-old half brothers, she struggles to rise to the challenge.

Vancouver brings a wide array of new worries, but Maeve finds brief respite—as well as even more worries—in Salix, a local girl who doesnt seem to worry about anything. Though the summer includes catastrophes than even Maeve could never have foreseen, she is able to reach inside herself to find the courage to be there for the ones she loves.

Thank you Alfred A Knopf for sending me 10 Things I Can See From Here. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.