Wandering Star

Zodiac ReadAThon

by Romina Russell

Giveaway alert: Enter for a chance to win either one (1) grand prize set of Romina Russell’s Zodiac Series in paperback, including Zodiac, Wandering Star, and Black Moon (32.97) or to be one (1) of five (5) second place winners to receive a copy of Zodiac by Romina Russell (ARV: $10.99 each). NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on June 26th, 2017 and 12:00 AM on July 17, 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 July 21, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

I really do think this one was better than the first. So many times as a series progresses, especially when there is 4 a second book kinda drags. This is not the case with Wandering Star – it was right up there with Zodiac and I think it might have even been better. In Wandering Star you can feel the story getting more involved and diving deeper into the action packed Zodiac world. Rho’s character really faces some obstacles and not just the normal teenage ones. She faces those to but her world has been turned upside down and she has been stripped of her title. I think she does the most growing in this book. There are a few twist and turns that leave you with “Wait, did I just read that right?” moments. There is some budding romance going on but this book is more than that. I can’t wait to continue this story with Black Moon. Will it be right up there with Zodiac and Wandering Star? Or will it be even better?

About the Book:

 Rho is ready to live a quiet life until Ochus appears to her, bearing a cryptic message that leaves her with no choice but to fight and she embarks on a journey through a new set of Houses that reveal much more about the Galaxy and herself.

I was going to create some really cool cookies for this book but we didn’t eat the last “tester” batch of decorated cookies in time. Fingers crossed I create them for Thirteen Rising. We did however find some really cool Nebula prints that would look really pretty printed and framed and placed on a wall. I just did a quick google search of Nebulas and found the ones they want for the room color redo. This one kinda reminded us of the Wandering Star cover a little. We got a poster print at Staples for under 12 bucks! 🙂

SCHEDULE:
 
Week One:
July 17 – Bookiemoji
July 18 – 
July 19 – 
July 20 – Picture Books to YA
July 21 – The Book Nut
Week Two:
July 24 In Wonderland
July 25 The Hardcover Lover
July 25 – The Eater of Books!
July 26 –
July 28 –
Week Three:
July 31 –
August 1 – YA and Wine
August 2 –
August 3 –
August 4 – Four Violet
Twitter Chat: August 6th @ 8PM EST Hosted by @buttermybooks @ ButterMyBooks

Zodiac ReadAThon

At the dawn of time, there were 13 Houses in the Zodiac Galaxy. Now only 12 remain….

by Romina Russell

Giveaway alert: Enter for a chance to win either one (1) grand prize set of Romina Russell’s Zodiac Series in paperback, including Zodiac, Wandering Star, and Black Moon (32.97) or to be one (1) of five (5) second place winners to receive a copy of Zodiac by Romina Russell (ARV: $10.99 each). NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on June 26th, 2017 and 12:00 AM on July 17, 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 July 21, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

Looking for some fun summer reading. Zodiac is a great series that might just be your ticket to getting your middle grade reader or high school reader opening a book over the summer. Book 4 of the series is getting ready to come out and Romina Russell and Penguin Teen are doing a fun readathon working up to its release. We’ve all read Zodiac in this house and can’t wait to read the whole series. Funny thing is this book came out before all the talk and addition of the 13th zodiac sign. I don’t know maybe there always was one but it’s new to me. So we found that kinda funny that before it became official her book already had it! Thirteen Rising comes out August 29 which is the day before her birthday so perfect timing. We are having fun with the space themed series. You got space – constellations – fantasy – action – weather disasters that are destroying the houses – and a strong kick butt girl character Rho! I love this series and even better it’s a great series for even your middle grade reader. While the main character is a girl it’s a space fantasy so even boys might like it. Go to your library and  grab copies of: Zodiac – Wandering Star and Black Moon so you and your readers can participate in the read along. Then you will be ready for Thirteen Rising on August 29th. While we are not 100% sure that is the last book of the series – we kinda hope it’s not. My high school reader likes to wait and binge reads the whole series when the final book comes out.This is the one series that broke my daughters rule on waiting. She devoured Zodiac and said she might not wait till July 17th to start Wandering Star. 🙂

About The Book:

Rhoma Grace is a 16-year-old student from House Cancer with an unusual way of reading the stars. While her classmates use measurements to make accurate astrological predictions, Rho can’t solve for ‘x’ to save her life—so instead, she looks up at the night sky and makes up stories.

When a violent blast strikes the moons of Cancer, sending its ocean planet off-kilter and killing thousands of citizens—including its beloved Guardian—Rho is more surprised than anyone when she is named the House’s new leader. But, a true Cancerian who loves her home fiercely and will protect her people no matter what, Rho accepts.

Zodiac Constellation Cool Wall Art

We were going to make Zodiac based room decor but I haven’t finished it yet. Why didn’t I finish it yet? Because I’ve been reading – baking  and binge watching SuperGirl and the Great British Baking Show with my girls. Why didn’t anyone tell me those shows are so good and cute. Anyway I didn’t get around to finishing it. This is the project we are doing it’s by Martha Stewart but it’s not that hard and I think it’s going to turn out great! 🙂

Zodiac Constellation Wall Art source and instructions

ZODIAC REREAD SCHEDULE:
Week One:
June 26 – Paper Trail YA – Spotlight
June 26 – Live Love Read – Spotlight & Zodiac Magnets
June 26 – Novel Knight – Spotlight
June 27 – The Book Lounge
June 28 – YA and Wine – Review & Wine
June 29 – Life Within The Pages – Review
June 29 – In Wonderland – Book Look
June 30 – The Book Talk – Spotlight
June 30 – The Heart of a Book Blogger – Mood Board
Week Two
July 3 – Picture Books to YA – Review & Zodiac Decor
July 4 – Wandering Bark Books – Spotlight
July 5 – Teacher of YA
July 6 – The Hermit Librarian – Review & Zodiac Playlist
July 6 – Swoony Boys Podcast – Review & Book Look
July 7 – Mundie Moms
July 8 – Quirky and Peculiar – Spotlight
Week Three
July 10 – A Perfection Called Books – Cancer Mood Board
July 10 – The Biblio Life – Spotlight
July 10 – The Book Vortex – Spotlight
July 11 – Fly Leaf Chronicles – Review
July 11 – The Book Nut – Reading Habits By Your Zodiac
July 12 – Resch Reads and Reviews – Zodiac Inspired Makeup Look
July 13 – Four Violet
July 13 – Rants and Raves of a Bibliophile – Zodiac Inspired Snacks
July 14 – Novel Novice – Styled By Books
July 15 – The Books Buzz – Zodiac & Galaxy Nail Art
 
Twitter Chat: July 16th @ 8PM EST Hosted by Brittany @ Brittany’s Book Rambles

Doctor Who (meets Mr Men and Little Miss)

originated by Roger Hargreaves

written and illustrated by Adam Hargreaves

I have to say I’ve never actually read or even looked at a Mr Men or Little Miss book. I guess when my bookworms were little they never grabbed copies from the library. I don’t remember having them in my Pre-K classroom but I might have that was a very very long time ago. I am a huge Doctor Who fan – well I’m a big David Tennant and Matt Smith as the Doctor fan.  I started watching when the 9th Doctor came on and while he was OK I was happy when he made the switch. Anyway back to these cute books.

I was sent Dr First – Dr Fourth – Dr Eleventh and Dr Twelfth. I really wish they had a Dr Tenth but oh well maybe it will be in the works. These books are made for Dr Who fans from older readers to adult. While they are picture books I’m not sure they would hold the younger picture book readers and listeners attention. I really love the Dr Eleventh book the most. The author really captured Matt Smith’s characters personality and I could hear his voice and River Songs as I was reading. We have this on display with our adipose, Tenth and Eleventh doctors wands and the Tardis.  While I read the First, Fourth and Twelfth there wasn’t the connection of watching and loving them for me. I still enjoyed the books but missed that connection to the story. We kept the Dr Eleventh book and passed on the other 3 to a big Dr Who fan we know. 🙂 They were really happy and loved them very much.

If you know of a big Dr Who fan that has loved them through all the long years these little books would be perfect for them. They would really enjoy them and they would be cute in a Dr Who display.

Thank you so much BBC and Penguin Young Readers for sending us these 4 Dr Who books. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.

The Go Between

by Veronica Chambers

 

 

 

I don’t know I just wasn’t feeling this book. I guess it was the rich kids having rich kid problems that let’s face it I’ve never experienced that just threw me off. I didn’t really connect with the characters and just felt that it was an OK book but maybe one that just wasn’t for me. I’m sure there is a reader out there for this book and they would love it. As for me and my middle grade reader we liked it alright but both of us decided it wasn’t on our recommend list.

 

 

 

About the Book: 


She is the envy of every teenage girl in Mexico City. Her mother is a glamorous telenovela actress. Her father is the go-to voice-over talent for blockbuster films. Hers is a world of private planes, chauffeurs, paparazzi and gossip columnists. Meet Camilla del Valle Cammi to those who know her best.

When Cammi s mom gets cast in an American television show and the family moves to LA, things change, and quickly. Her mom s first role is playing a not-so-glamorous maid in a sitcom. Her dad tries to find work but dreams about returning to Mexico. And at the posh, private Polestar Academy, Cammi s new friends assume she s a scholarship kid, the daughter of a domestic.

At first Cammi thinks playing along with the stereotypes will be her way of teaching her new friends a lesson. But the more she lies, the more she wonders: Is she only fooling herself?

Thank you Delcorte Press for sending me a copy of The Go Between. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.

Windfall

by Jennifer E Smith

 

 

We have all seen the people on TV that win the lottery and we’ve all thought about it. What would you do if you won the lottery? Windfall is a classic rags to riches story set in modern times. Teddy doesn’t have much and his mom works hard. When he gets a winning ticket for his birthday he goes a little wild, I mean who wouldn’t right? He’s 18 I guess it’s to be expected. I felt sorry for poor Alice who is in love with Teddy and then money changes everything and he turns into a rich snot. I don’t believe the old saying “money changes people”. I have some friends that won the lottery and they won big but you know what they are still their sweet self’s and they didn’t change personality wise. This is a contemporary fiction book which for me can be hit and miss. I have a few authors that I really like so I’m always looking to add a few more new ones to the bunch.  I haven’t read any of Jennifer E. Smiths books before at the library and always meant to grab one but never did. So I was happy to read Windfall as my first novel of her’s. Overall Windfall was OK if I had to grade it I’d give it a good solid C. It’s not a bad book and if you really like contemporary than you would love this one I think. For me I just didn’t get invested in the characters or the story line.

About the Book: Alice doesn’t believe in luck—at least, not the good kind. But she does believe in love, and for some time now, she’s been pining for her best friend, Teddy. On his eighteenth birthday—just when it seems they might be on the brink of something—she buys him a lottery ticket on a lark. To their astonishment, he wins $140 million, and in an instant, everything changes.

At first, it seems like a dream come true, especially since the two of them are no strangers to misfortune. As a kid, Alice won the worst kind of lottery possible when her parents died just over a year apart from each other. And Teddy’s father abandoned his family not long after that, leaving them to grapple with his gambling debts. Through it all, Teddy and Alice have leaned on each other. But now, as they negotiate the ripple effects of Teddy’s newfound wealth, a gulf opens between them. And soon, the money starts to feel like more of a curse than a windfall.

As they try to find their way back to each other, Alice learns more about herself than she ever could have imagined…and about the unexpected ways in which luck and love sometimes intersect.

Thank you Delcorte Press and Blogging for Books for sending me a copy of Windfall. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.

Lock and Key and Just Listen

 

 

 

by Sarah Dessen

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Lock and Key was nothing like I expected. Usually I can whiz through a Sarah Dessen book pretty fast. This one was a bit more character driven and with a lot of back story weaved through out the book. I really enjoyed how Ruby and her cast of friends and family all had their own stories to tell. This book would be what I consider an ensemble cast each one just as important as the main character. I liked all the characters except Ruby and Cora’s mom and Mr Cross. I loved that Ruby had a big project about a single word: FAMILY and that many characters had to give their definition of the word. That little extra bit was fun and I loved all of Sarah Dessen’s explanations for Family.  Each time I read one and thought about the character that was giving it I thought it fit that person perfectly and was a good way to define family. The theme’s in Lock and Key: Family, Hope, Perseverance, Abandonment, Love, Trust, Loss and Acceptance. That is a lot for Teen Chick Lit right?! Lock and Key is a wonderful heartwarming book to read this summer – or anytime!

About the Book: Ruby, where is your mother?

Ruby knows that the game is up. For the past few months, she’s been on her own in the yellow house, managing somehow, knowing that her mother will probably never return.

That’s how she comes to live with Cora, the sister she hasn’t seen in ten years, and Cora’s husband Jamie, whose down-to-earth demeanor makes it hard for Ruby to believe he founded the most popular networking Web site around. A luxurious house, fancy private school, a new wardrobe, the promise of college and a future; it’s a dream come true. So why is Ruby such a reluctant Cinderella, wary and defensive? And why is Nate, the genial boy next door with some secrets of his own, unable to accept the help that Ruby is just learning to give?

Just Listen

 

 

I really enjoyed Just Listen as well. It a win win week reading wise and I’m loving this ReadADessen campaign! Annabel is just a semi normal teen who is going through a lot. So many kids are bullied and harassed at school so this book will really hit home with those. School should be a safe buffer zone that kids can go to and not have to worry about what people are saying or be judged! In the beginning I wasn’t really invested in the story but I’d say with in the first 4 chapters I was hooked and wanted to know how Annabel’s story was going to play out. I didn’t like Sophie and really just wish she would go away. So much was going on at home that I really just wanted Annabel to have a happy time at school. Overall out of the two I read I really can’t pick a winner I loved them both and gave both a A- these are 2 I think would be great for some summer YA Chick Lit reading and something you and your teen could enjoy.

About the Book: Last year, Annabel was “the girl who has everything” — at least that’s the part she played in the television commercial for Kopf’s Department Store.

This year, she’s the girl who has nothing: no best friend because mean-but-exciting Sophie dropped her, no peace at home since her older sister became anorexic, and no one to sit with at lunch. Until she meets Owen Armstrong.

Tall, dark, and music-obsessed, Owen is a reformed bad boy with a commitment to truth-telling. With Owen’s help, maybe Annabel can face what happened the night she and Sophie stopped being friends.

Thank you Penguin Random House for sending me a copy of Lock and Key for review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book. I grabbed a copy of Lock and Key at my library for the ReadADessen campaign.

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The Truth About Forever

 

 

 

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by Sarah Dessen

 

 

My ReadADessen continues and this time I picked up The Truth About Forever. I had not read this one before – well I’m pretty sure I haven’t since nothing seemed familiar to me while reading it. This book was really great and I like that while her books would be considered YA Chick Lit they are not light and fluffy. She has some grit and heavy topics in her books but doesn’t make them so heavy that they are too much to handle. The topic is a big hard and heavy hitting one: A Parents Death. Macy was a such a sweet likable character and this one might just be my new favorite of Sarah Dessen’s. This story was filled with happy and sweet moments along with the sad and bittersweet moments. I think the author did a great job and touching on all the stages of grief and how we all grief differently. I really could have read a couple hundred more about Macy and really wish there was a book 2 to continue her life story. So I’ll just have to cherish what I read and be so happy I picked this one up at the library for the ReadADessen reading campaign, next up Lock and Key!

About the Book: Expect the unexpected.

Macy’s got her whole summer carefully planned.

But her plans didn’t include a job at Wish Catering. And they certainly didn’t include Wes.

But Macy soon discovers that the things you expect least are sometimes the things you need most.

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