BLOG TOUR (REVIEW): Bridge 108 by Anne Charnock

 

 

Print Length: 195 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1542006082
Publisher: 47North (February 18, 2020)
Publication Date: February 18, 2020
Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
Language: English
ASIN: B07PLHGMQN



Praise for BRIDGE 108


“Readers who enjoy coming-of-age stories with hopeful messages will be gratified by this topical tale of human resourcefulness in the face of climate disaster.” —Publishers Weekly

 
A dystopian novel set in the climate-ravaged Europe of A Calculated Life. Told through multiple voices against the backdrop of a haunting and frighteningly believable future, Bridge 108 charts the passage of a young boy into adulthood amid oppressive circumstances that are increasingly relevant to our present day.

 

 

From the Arthur C. Clarke Award–winning author, a dystopian novel of oppression set in the climate-ravaged Europe of A Calculated Life, a finalist for the Kitschies award and Philip K. Dick Award.

Late in the twenty-first century, drought and wildfires prompt an exodus from southern Europe. When twelve-year-old Caleb is separated from his mother during their trek north, he soon falls prey to traffickers. Enslaved in an enclave outside Manchester, the resourceful and determined Caleb never loses hope of bettering himself.

After Caleb is befriended by a fellow victim of trafficking, another road opens. Hiding in the woodlands by day, guided by the stars at night, he begins a new journey—to escape to a better life, to meet someone he can trust, and to find his family. For Caleb, only one thing is certain: making his way in the world will be far more difficult than his mother imagined.

Told through multiple voices and set against the backdrop of a haunting and frighteningly believable future, Bridge 108 charts the passage of a young boy into adulthood amid oppressive circumstances that are increasingly relevant to our present day.

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MY REVIEW
 
I received a copy of this book for an honest review. What follows is my opinion and mine alone. There was no compensation made for this review.
 
Bridge 108 is a short near-future book that follows a short snippet of a young boy’s life. It is written in multiple narrations that give a few details of the world of human trafficking and what the world could become if the climate does not change.
 
Though well written, I think I would have preferred if the book was longer. There wasn’t enough information about the climate, the government, or pretty much how anything worked. In a way, this makes the book unique. The reader can make their own decision on what they’ve read. However, I personally would have liked more about how the family worked or Ma Lexie and Caleb’s relationship. It made for the ending to be a bit confusing for me.
 
That isn’t to say the book is bad. It isn’t. As I said before, it is well written. Charnock does a great job making you like the characters she gives you with the little space she has to tell the story. This is only the story of a boy who grows to teenhood, but not the story of the world itself. With that in mind, it is a book that you could easily pick through and make a slew of different theories. For that, my literary theorist brain is in love and I may take a gander at it again through a theorist lens.
 
If anything, this book only whets the reader’s curiosity in wanting more and for that, I ask Ms. Charnock to write about this world again and give me more. I am intrigued and I would love to know more about how everything has become this.
 
Final Rating: 3/5
 
 
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Anne Charnock‘s latest novel, DREAMS BEFORE THE START OF TIME, is the winner of the 2018 Arthur C. Clarke Award, and was shortlisted for the BSFA 2017 Best Novel Award. Her novella THE ENCLAVE has won the BSFA 2017 Best Short Fiction Award. This novella is written in the same world as her debut novel, A CALCULATED LIFE, which was a finalist for the 2013 Philip K. Dick and The Kitschies Golden Tentacle Awards.

SLEEPING EMBERS OF AN ORDINARY MIND, her second novel, was named by The Guardian as one of the Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of 2015

Anne Charnock’s journalism has appeared in New Scientist, The Guardian, Financial Times, International Herald Tribune and Geographical. She was educated at the University of East Anglia, where she studied Environmental Sciences, and at The Manchester School of Art, England where she gained a Masters in Fine Art.

As a foreign correspondent, she travelled widely in Africa, the Middle East and India and spent a year overlanding through Egypt, Sudan and Kenya.

 
       
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BOOK TOUR (EXCERPT): Watch Hollow by Gregory Funaro

Series: Watch Hollow (Book 2)
Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins (February 18, 2020)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0062643487
ISBN-13: 978-0062643483



Praise for WATCH HOLLOW Series

“Filled with clever, magical, and instantly likable characters, Funaro’s excellent, fast-paced, and twisty mystery—packed with suspense, facts, magic, and an incredible, deeply thought-out world—will leave readers eagerly awaiting the next chapter.” ―Booklist (starred review)

“A well-wound tale of good versus evil.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“The magically sentient house, creeping woods, and resident monster establish the story’s shivery Gothic feel, which will more than satisfy readers in search of a pleasantly scary read.” ―Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“There is magic, there is good and evil, and there is love all woven into a suspenseful and entertaining mystery. A well-crafted story that should be a hit with readers who enjoy a a good scare.” ―School Library Journal (starred review)

New York Times bestselling author Gregory Funaro brings us the second installment of the thrilling Watch Hollow series, where magic exists, monsters roam, and wooden animals come to life.

Having defeated the Garr, a vicious tree monster who lived within the enchanted woods of Watch Hollow, Lucy and Oliver Tinker now have the home they’ve always dreamed of: Blackford House. Powered by a magical clock and full of curious rooms and improbable knickknacks, Blackford House brims with the promise of new adventures.

 
Yet when a strange governess arrives from England—bringing with her the Kojima twins, Agatha and Algernon—the Tinker children’s once bright future quickly begins to dim. The Kojimas claim to be the rightful heirs to Blackford House, and soon after their arrival, a great evil enters the Tinkers’ new home, cursing it and turning it into an ever-changing labyrinth.

As a result, Lucy and Oliver, along with their clock animal friends, must now join forces with the twins to escape this labyrinth and save Blackford House, all while a new monster lurks around the corner.

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THE ALCHEMIST’S SHADOW BY GREGORY FUNARO EXCERPT

Ms. Graves opened the mechanical room door and peered inside. Even though it was still raining, there was plenty of light coming from the porthole in the back wall.

“Good heavens,” she said, gazing around at the machinery. “I took the twins on a tour of Big Ben once, but it was nothing compared to this. Look at all these gears and pipes. And is that the fail-safe mechanism?”

Ms. Graves was pointing to a pair of steel extension arms that arched down from the ceiling and hovered like claws just outside the swing range of the pendulum.

“That’s part of it, yeah,” said Lucy. “I’m not quite sure how it works, but you see that iron ball in the middle of everything? That’s called the conductor sphere. It’s where the energy from the sunstone and the shadow wood mix together to power the clock. Pop’s fixed it so the conductor sphere powers the fail-safe, too. I think.”

“Ingenious,” said Ms. Graves. “Your father is something, isn’t he?”

“Well, he’s been working on it day and night ever since we got here. He keeps promising us we’ll go to the beach and do other stuff, but . . .”

Lucy bit her lip and looked at the floor.

“All work and no play makes Charles a dull boy, eh?” said Ms. Graves.

Lucy shrugged, and the governess lifted Lucy’s chin with her finger.

“Tell you what,” she said, holding her eyes. “Weather permitting, how about I take you and the others to the beach tomorrow? We’ll make a regular day of it, just the five of us—that is, unless your father dares to come along.”

Lucy’s face brightened, and she nodded excitedly.

 

Copyright © 2020 by Gregory Funaro

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Gregory Funaro grew up in Cranston, Rhode Island, and wrote his first story, The Ghost in the Window, in the fourth grade. He considers this to be his finest work, but unfortunately it has been lost to time. His first book for Disney-Hyperion, ALISTAIR GRIM’S ODDITORIUM (2015), was a New York Times best seller and an Amazon Best Book of the Month. His other works for children have received starred reviews from Kirkus, School Library Journal, and ALA Booklist. Check out WATCH HOLLOW, the first book in his series for HarperCollins, as well as its sequel, THE ALCHEMIST’S SHADOW, coming in 2020. Greg also teaches drama at East Carolina University, and is busy working on his next novel.

       

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Boredom Brain vs Busy Brain

In January, I was the busiest I have been in a while. Aside from the holiday buzz and getting Bug back two school, I was busy working, trying to keep my house from going completely disgusting, and writing my ass off. I am sure quite a few friends and family had the annoying daily dose of complaining from me or perhaps the everlasting cry laugh of despair.

However, it beats having boredom.

I’m sitting here right now, without any looming deadlines, a house fairly clean, and work hours that are more manageable now that everything else is in line. And I hate it.

There is something about boredom that brings out the brain demons. You may know that I have anxiety and depression or you may not. No matter, you do now.

When I am bored, I eat too much. I write too little. And, my brain starts to remember just how much it hates me.

It’s funny and not at the same time. There is a level of depression or anxiety that comes from being busy and stressed, but I find that I am at my worst when I am doing nothing. I am not fulfilling some great deed the Universe has for me. I’m not helping people and making the world better with each smile. All I’m doing is sitting and seeing how little I am.

The busy brain is easier to manage in that there isn’t time for it to yell at me. It is too busy changing lives, creating worlds, or seeing which placement of silverware is better. Even right now, I am trying to keep it busy by crafting a blog post that will ultimately end with a few facts about me:

1. I must stay busy to keep from going crazy.

2. If this keeps up, retirement is not a good idea. Not unless I have a large fund and am able to travel without care.

3. I need a strong plan for when I’m a fulltime author.

What is your busy brain like versus the boredom brain?

NERD BLAST: Angel Bred by Heather Burch

Series: Halflings (Book 2)
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: HezLand Publishing (January 13, 2020)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1734449829
ISBN-13: 978-1734449822



Praise for HALFLINGS


‘Packed with action, Halflings is stocked with a feisty, likable cast and a fantastically impossible love-triangle that made my heart flutter, race and sigh. This hard-to-put-down novel kept me up late into the night and burrowed itself into my imagination.’ 
Serena Chase, USA Today 

 

To stop evil, would you resort to murder?

Her home has been destroyed. Her parents are dead. And Nikki may be next.
Forced to flee with a group of Halflings, Nikki struggles to find her place among the tight family of angelic beings.
Living in close proximity with Mace and Raven forces her to confront her growing feelings for each of them.

But there’s no time for love when piece by piece, the plot to destroy Nikki—and in doing so set about the end of the world—is unveiled.

Tensions mount and everyone’s loyalties are tested. Nikki may be important to the Halflings mission, but she refuses to be anyone’s babysitting assignment. She’s tired of standing on the sidelines and letting others fight her battles. Nikki will take matters into her own hands.

But when confronted with abject evil, does she have what it takes to commit murder?

Grab your copy now, and spread your wings. It’s time to fly. This is the second installment in the award-winning Halflings series. It was originally published as Guardian.

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Heather Burch is a #1 bestselling author of contemporary fiction. She lives in Southern Florida with her husband, John. Her title, One Lavender Ribbon was in the top 100 bestselling books for the year on Amazon. In 2014, she became one of the most quoted authors by Kindle readers. Her deeply emotional stories explore family, love, hope and the challenges of life. Her books have garnered praise from USA Today, Booklist Magazine, Romantic Times and Publisher’s Weekly. Heather lives to tell unforgettable stories of love and loss—stories that make your heart sigh.
        

 

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BOOK TOUR (REVIEW): Kill and Run by Lauren Carr

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“Steps up several
levels into an exciting category all its own. It’s thriller, cold case,
mystery suspense, and police procedural, all rolled into one exciting
novel. Set amidst the political drama that comes with Washington DC and
the Pentagon, a current multiple murder becomes a search years in the
past. With a young, hot lieutenant assigned to NCIS, and his beautiful
new wife, you have all the makings of a bestseller.  Nicely done, Ms.
Carr!” – Review by Merry Citarella, Mystery Suspense Reviews
“The plot was well thought out and there were no loose ends at the end.
The story was fast paced to keep my attention easily. The book is a
treat to a reader who loves a mix of genres in their reads. It has the
right amount of romance, mystery, action and thrill to keep me satisfied
from the start to the end.” – Reviewer: The Travelogue of a Book Addict

“I love how Carr writes. She has such great
characters, and there is always something happen. There is always some
kind of fire fight going on, and the way she connects things is just
fantastic.” – Reviewer: Paij Slater, My Love For Reading Keeps Growing

 

Book Details:

Book Title: Kill and Run by Lauren Carr
Series: Thorny Rose Mystery Series (Volume 1)
Category:  Adult fiction, 422 pages
Genre:  Murder Mystery
Publisher:  Acorn Book Services
Release date:  September, 2015
Content Rating: PG (mild violence and sexual suggestion)

 

Book Description:
Five women with seemingly nothing in common are found brutally murdered
in a townhome outside Washington, DC. Among the many questions
surrounding the massacre is what had brought these apparent strangers
together only to be killed.Taking on his first official murder case, Lieutenant Murphy Thornton,
USN, believes that if he can uncover the thread connecting the victims,
then he can find their murderer.The case takes an unexpected turn when Murphy discovers that one of the
victims has a connection to his stepmother, Homicide Detective Cameron
Gates. One wintry night, over a dozen years before, her first husband, a
Pennsylvania State trooper, had been run down while working a night
shift on the turnpike.

In this first installment of the Thorny Rose Mysteries, the Lovers in
Crime join newlyweds Murphy Thornton and Jessica Faraday to shift
through a web of lies and cover-ups. Together, can the detectives of the
Thorny Rose uncover the truth without falling victim to a cunning
killer?

MY REVIEW
I received a free copy of Kill and Run for an honest review. What follows is my opinion and mine alone.
Let me start off this review by first mentioning that this is the first book in a growing mystery series. You don’t have to read the first one to understand the others, but I’m the kind of person who wanted to at least meet the characters in their first element. That said, I am also reviewing the most recent addition to the series. So, keep an eye out!
Kill and Run is a mystery that circles around the deaths of five women. I found the book to be fairly well-paced, though much of the first quarter is the reader getting a feel of the characters. Which, honestly, is great. Each character plays well with each other whether it is motivated by love or anger.
I’m not sure how I feel with the military aspect of the book, but it’s not by any means a deterrent. It’s more that I want to know more about how the military works in moments like this and how close the book is to those details. It is by no means a deal-breaker. If anything, it inspires me to do my own research and I think that’s awesome.
The book is well written. You are pulled in pretty easily and the book can easily be a single sitting read if you aren’t careful. The mystery is well done as well. I definitely didn’t see it coming.
It’s a well done first book in a series.
All in all, I’m excited to read The Nutcracker Conspiracy to see how much the writing has grown and how the characters interact with each other.
Final Rating: 3/5
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“Lauren Carr’s books are never boring, that’s for sure. They entertain,
give us a good mystery to dig into, keep the reader guessing, give us a
few good laughs and make us eager for the next book. Warning: Lauren
Carr’s series are addictive, so be ready to read more than just one
book!”  Review by Laura Fabiani, Library of Clean Reads

 

Book Description:

Three years ago, the nation gasped in horror when the President of the
United States barely escaped an assassination attempt that left two
dead—the vice president’s wife and the attempted assassin.  Even after
numerous investigations proved otherwise, conspiracy theorists argue
that the assassin was acting on orders from the CIA, FBI, and every
federal agency within a hundred miles of the capital.

Aspiring Author Dean Conway is the last person Lieutenant Commander
Murphy Thornton wants to spend his Saturday afternoon when they end up
at the same wedding reception table. While their wives tend to
bridesmaid duties, Murphy is trapped listening to Dean’s latest
work-in-project—completing the manuscript of an investigative journalist
who’d disappeared months earlier.

“She was number twelve,” Dean says.

“Twelve?” Murphy asks.

“Twelve witnesses connected to or investigating The Nutcracker shooting have died either in an accident or suicide.”

Two days later, Dean dies suddenly―but not before sending a text message to Murphy:

“13”

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“Mysteries, murder, danger, and memories that threatens their
lives keeps the action and suspense at a high level and even when the
answers are found, it left me wanting more.” – Review by Sherry Fundin of Fundinmental

Book Description:After ten months of marital bliss, Jessica Faraday and Murphy Thornton
are still discovering and adjusting to their life together. Settled in
their new home, everything appears to be perfect … except in the middle
of the night when, in the darkest shadows of her subconscious, a deep
secret from Jessica’s past creeps to the surface to make her strike out
at Murphy.When investigative journalist Dallas Walker tells the couple about her
latest case, known as the Pine Bridge Massacre, they realize Jessica may
have witnessed the murder of a family while visiting family at the
winery near-by, and suppressed the memory.Determined to uncover the truth and find justice for the murder victims,
Jessica and Murphy return to the scene of the crime with Dallas Walker,
a spunky bull-headed Texan. Can this family reunion bring closure for a
community touched by tragedy or will this prickly get-together bring an
end to the Thorny Rose couple?

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Murder by Perfection is a wonderful read and a perfect to
escape from the challenges of a busy day. Danger, intrigue, humor, and
love all take their turn in this tale which will keep you reading into
the wee hours.” Review by Marilyn R. Wilson, Olio by Marilyn

Book Description:Beware: Perfection has a dark side!

Frustrated with their busy schedules, Murphy Thornton and Jessica
Faraday attempt to find togetherness by scheduling a weekly date night.
The last thing Jessica Faraday expected for her date night was to take a
couple’s gourmet cooking course at the Stepford Kitchen Studio, owned
by Chef Natalie Stepford―the model of perfection in looks, home, and
business.

When Natalie ends up dead and Murphy goes missing, the Thorny Rose
detectives must peel back the layers of Natalie Stepford’s life to
discover that the pursuit of perfection can be deadly.

 

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Meet the Author:

Lauren Carr is the international
best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, Chris Matheson
Cold Case, and Thorny Rose Mysteries—over twenty-five titles across
three fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!

Book reviewers and readers alike
rave about how Lauren Carr’s seamlessly crosses genres to include
mystery, suspense, crime fiction, police procedurals, romance, and
humor.

A popular speaker, Lauren is also
the owner of Acorn Book Service, the umbrella under which falls iRead
Book Tours. She lives with her husband and two spoiled rotten German
Shepherds on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

Connect with the author: Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook  ~  Instagram

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BLOG TOUR (REVIEW): The Unwilling by Kelly Braffet

Brand: MIRA

Categories: Historical Fantasy, Fantasy, Fiction, Epic Fantasy
On Sale Date: February  11, 2020
Publication Month: February 2020
ISBN: 9781488055393


Praise for THE UNWILLING“Kelly Braffet is extraordinary… Familiar yet entirely unique, The Unwilling is the sort of story that seeps under your skin and pulses there, intimate and vibrant and alive. Fantasy at its most sublime.” —Erin Morgenstern, New York Times bestselling author of The Starless Sea and The Night Circus

“A juggernaut of an epic fantasy novel with ingenious, thrilling twists and turns. Put this on the shelf beside Naomi Novik and George R. R. Martin. Kelly Braffet is a marvel and I’ll read anything she writes.” —Kelly Link, MacArthur Genius Recipient and and of Get in Trouble

“Kelly Braffet’s The Unwilling is a viscerally powerful book. Full of complex and compelling characters, this is the story of the corruptions of power and the strength it takes to resist. This is an incredible, brilliant story.” —Kat Howard, author of Roses and Rot

“Gorgeously told, The Unwilling is at once a sweeping epic and an intimate portrait of being trapped in an oppressive regime. Meet your new favorite fantasy writer.” —Gwenda Bond, New York Times bestselling author of Stranger Things: Suspicious Minds

“Suspenseful, magical, wonderfully written, and never predictable, Braffet’s first foray into speculative fiction is an essential addition to all epic-fantasy collections.” —Booklist, STARRED Review

“Wow…The characters, the world, the magic and greed and politics and pain–all of it adds up to something wonderful. I love it.” —Ellen Datlow, award-winning editor and anthologist

A penetrating tale of magic, faith and pride…

The Unwilling is the story of Judah, a foundling born with a special gift and raised inside Highfall castle along with Gavin, the son and heir to Lord Elban’s vast empire. Judah and Gavin share an unnatural bond that is both the key to her survival…and possibly her undoing.

As Gavin is groomed for his future role, Judah comes to realize that she has no real position within the kingdom, in fact, no hope at all of ever traveling beyond its castle walls. Elban—a lord as mighty as he is cruel—has his own plans for her, for all of them. She is a mere pawn to him, and he will stop at nothing to get what he wants.

But outside the walls, in the starving, desperate city, a magus, a healer with his own secret power unlike anything Highfall has seen in years, is newly arrived from the provinces. He, too, has plans for the empire, and at the heart of those plans lies Judah… The girl who started life with no name and no history will soon uncover more to her story than she ever imagined.

An epic tale of greed and ambition, cruelty and love, this deeply immersive novel is about bowing to traditions and burning them down.

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MY REVIEW
I have received a copy of this book for an honest review. What follows is my opinion and mine alone.
Oh my goodness, talk about a big ol’ girl. This book is nearing 600 pages and I have to admit, I was intimidated by its size once I had it in my hands.  That shouldn’t stop you from reading The Unwilling though.
This book doesn’t read like a regular fantasy. You know fantasy. It is a genre usually centering on a hero’s journey, epic magic, adventure, and fights. No, that is not The Unwilling.
I like to think that this book shakes up the fantasy genre itself. It doesn’t focus on a hero’s journey or a magic system, but on the politics of a grand empire and the budding revolution against it. The main point of view, Judah and Nate, are more of the first domino pieces set to collapse in order for something bigger to happen.
That and the, at first, slow pace may deter readers from the book, but I found that I could connect with the characters and was pulled into the world. It is rich in detail, but yet also a bit closed off. Which makes sense as Judah lives her whole life cloistered and shunned within the palace walls.
The magic is interesting and secretive, forcing the reader to theorize who Judah is and how she connects with Nate. I also found the supporting cast of the other “children” interesting. I love each one for their own personalities and the relationship between them all is intriguing.
All in all, this is a book I was going in blind and am glad to have read. I hope there is a sequel and I will be buying it.
Final Rating:4/5
Photo Content from Kelly Braffet

Kelly Braffet is the author of the novels The Unwilling, Save Yourself, Josie and Jack and Last Seen Leaving. Her writing has been published in The Fairy Tale Review, Post Road, and several anthologies. She attended Sarah Lawrence College and Columbia University and currently lives in upstate New York with her husband, the author Owen King.

     
WEEK ONE  REVIEWS/INTERVIEW
FEBRUARY 10th MONDAY JeanBookNerd INTERVIEW
FEBRUARY 11th TUESDAY Nay’s Pink Bookshelf REVIEW
FEBRUARY 12th WEDNESDAY Casia’s Corner REVIEW 
FEBRUARY 13th THURSDAY Here’s to Happy Endings REVIEW
FEBRUARY 13th THURSDAY MetalPhantasmReads REVIEW
FEBRUARY 14th FRIDAY Movies, Shows, & Books EXCERPT
FEBRUARY 14th FRIDAY On My Bookshelf REVIEW 
WEEK TWO — REVIEWS
FEBRUARY 17th MONDAY BookHounds REVIEW 
FEBRUARY 18th TUESDAY Ya It’s Lit REVIEW 
FEBRUARY 19th WEDNESDAY Gwendalyn’s Books REVIEW
FEBRUARY 19th WEDNESDAY Two Points of Interest REVIEW 
FEBRUARY 20th THURSDAY Book Briefs REVIEW 
FEBRUARY 20th THURSDAY Adventures Thru Wonderland REVIEW
FEBRUARY 21st FRIDAY Crossroad Reviews REVIEW
 
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NERD BLAST: Pippa Park Raises Her Game by Erin Yun

Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Fabled Films Press (February 4, 2020)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1944020268
ISBN-13: 978-1944020262

Praise for PIPPA PARK RAISES HER GAME “An empowering celebration of identity, friendship, and embracing one’s roots, Yun’s loose reimagining of Great Expectations follows a first-generation Korean-American girl learning to navigate her new life at an elite private school…. author Yun writes of Korean-American family life with heart- warming, authentic detail…” —Publishers Weekly December 1st issue

“Pippa is a magnetic heroine, funny and good-hearted, and young readers will relate as she makes one honest mistake after another in an effort to fit in. A nice balancing act between sports action, middle-school drama, and the struggles of an underprivileged immigrant family that will appeal to a wide audience.” —Booklist November 1st issue

“In this reimagining of Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations, familiar themes and predictability are offset by the depiction of Korean culture and language, which add texture and depth to the narrative. Readers will sympathize with this likable heroine as she struggles to succeed. VERDICT An enjoyable read with a buoyant contemporary twist on an old classic.” —School Library Journal November 1st issue

“This is a highly engaging and relevant title for schools that takes up issues of social class, ethnic identity, and the venture of staying true to oneself which will lend itself well to educators and parents looking to support growth in today’s tweens. Highly Recommended.” —School Library Connection March 2020 issue

“In Erin Yun’s enchanting Pippa Park Raises Her Game, a girl starts a new school and tries to reinvent her image… an exciting middle grade novel about middle school struggles and feeling out of place.” —Foreword Reviews March 2020 issue

A Contemporary Reimagining of Great Expectations by Charles Dickens for Middle Graders

Life is full of great expectations for Korean American Pippa Park. It seems like everyone, from her family to the other kids at school, has a plan for how her life should look. So when Pippa gets a mysterious basketball scholarship to Lakeview Private, she jumps at the chance to reinvent herself by following the “Rules of Cool.”

At Lakeview, Pippa juggles old and new friends, an unrequited crush, and the pressure to perform academically and athletically while keeping her past and her family’s laundromat a secret from her elite new classmates. But when Pippa begins to receive a string of hateful, anonymous messages via social media, her carefully built persona is threatened.

As things begin to spiral out of control, Pippa discovers the real reason she was admitted to Lakeview and wonders if she can keep her old and new lives separate, or if she should even try.

 
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A Contemporary Reimagining of Great Expectations by Charles Dickens for Middle Graders
Life is full of great expectations for Korean American Pippa Park. It seems like everyone, from her family to the other kids at school, has a plan for how her life should look. So when Pippa gets a surprising basketball scholarship to Lakeview Private, she jumps at the chance to reinvent herself.At Lakeview, Pippa struggles with popularity and the pressure to perform academically and athletically while keeping her past and family’s laundromat a secret from her elite new classmates. Juggling jealous Queen Bees, old and new friends, her own place at Lakeview, and an unrequited crush on the school’s most handsome— and most haughty— 8th grader is hard enough. But when Pippa begins to receive a string of hateful, anonymous messages via social media that threaten to unmask her carefully built persona, things begin to spiral out of control. 
With pressure mounting, Pippa discovers the real reason she was admitted to Lakeview Private, and wonders if she can keep her old and new lives separate, or if she should even try.

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Photo Content from Erin Yun

Debut author Erin Yun grew up in Frisco, Texas. She received her BFA in English from New York University and served as president of its policy debate team. This experience came in handy for her job as the debate consultant for the Tony-nominated Best Play on Broadway—What the Constitution Means to Me. Erin is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and has written reviews and articles for BookBrowse. She currently lives in New York City, and yes—she used to play basketball as a middle grader!

        

 

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Safety Nets

If you ask me who I am, I would tell you that I am an all or nothing kind of person. When I love, I keep loving until there is nothing left of me. I will drop everything for a person I care about.

You need money? Look at that, I got you. You need a person to talk to and just to talk? Here I am. I am that person.

I’m also overly cautious. It takes me years to make a changing decision in my life. I don’t jump into the deep end without knowing everything about that deep end. You won’t see me swimming in the ocean. You won’t see me ziplining. It’s because I don’t know where the end is or the statistics and it scares me.

It’s the same with my writing. My blog is a safety net. My short stories in anthologies are too. I am afraid to move past, to push through and becoming someone. And yet, I cry and grow depressed thinking no one likes my writing.

It’s not that people don’t. I know there are people who love my writing and they keep telling me to write. They tell me to jump.

But I’m scared.

My birthday is coming up in 9 days and it hurts knowing that I am scared all the time. I push past it, ignoring it by working and adding new projects. See, I’m too busy to do those other things. There is no way I can find the time.

Right now, I feel like crying. Out of anger, annoyance, or just knowing that I’m opening myself. It’s all of the above, to be honest.

There are going to be some changes in my life this year. Changes I’m not ready for, but I need to do to tell myself that I can. I’m becoming complacent. I’m becoming unloved (to myself, I know others love me).

I’m just sick and tired of being in a safety net. Lend me an xacto knife. I need to get to work.

 

NERD BLAST: ANGEL BORN by Heather Burch

Series: Halflings (Book 1)
Paperback: 310 pages
Publisher: HezLand Publishing (December 31, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1734449810
ISBN-13: 978-1734449815


Praise for HALFLINGS

‘Packed with action, Halflings is stocked with a feisty, likable cast and a fantastically impossible love-triangle that made my heart flutter, race and sigh. This hard-to-put-down novel kept me up late into the night and burrowed itself into my imagination.’ 
Serena Chase, USA Today 

Life was normal for Nikki until otherworldly wolves chased her through the woods near her high school. Now she’s a target for a myriad of supernatural beings.

Three half-human, half-angels are sworn to protect her. Complicating life further, Mace, Raven, and Vine–the Halflings–are the swoon-worthy new guys at her school.

For the Halflings, safeguarding Nikki isn’t just an assignment. All of humanity hangs in the balance.

Together, they outsmart the demons hunting her, but when Nikki’s name is connected to a research laboratory bent on world domination, the stakes rise.

This is the Author’s Cut edition and was previously published as Halflings.

Dive into this first book in the critically acclaimed Halflings series where angels aren’t always perfect and teen girls are more than what they seem.

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Photo Content from Heather Burch


Heather Burch is a #1 bestselling author of contemporary fiction. She lives in Southern Florida with her husband, John. Her title, One Lavender Ribbon was in the top 100 bestselling books for the year on Amazon. In 2014, she became one of the most quoted authors by Kindle readers. Her deeply emotional stories explore family, love, hope and the challenges of life. Her books have garnered praise from USA Today, Booklist Magazine, Romantic Times and Publisher’s Weekly. Heather lives to tell unforgettable stories of love and loss—stories that make your heart sigh.

        

 

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BOOK TOUR (REVIEW): THE WILL AND THE WILDS by Charlie N. Holmberg

Print Length: 265 pages
Publisher: 47North (January 21, 2020)
Publication Date: January 21, 2020
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English

Praise for THE WILL AND THE WILDS

“…An immersive, dangerous fantasy world. Holmberg draws readers in with a fast-moving plot, rich details, and a surprisingly sweet human-monster romance. This is a lovely, memorable fairy tale.” —Publishers Weekly

“Holmberg ably builds her latest fantasy world, and her brisk narrative and the romance at its heart will please fans of her previous magical tales.” —Booklist

A spellbinding story of truce and trickery from the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Paper Magician series.

Enna knows to fear the mystings that roam the wildwood near her home. When one tries to kill her to obtain an enchanted stone, Enna takes a huge risk: fighting back with a mysting of her own.

Maekallus’s help isn’t free. His price? A kiss. One with the power to steal her soul. But their deal leaves Maekallus bound to the mortal realm, which begins eating him alive. Only Enna’s kiss, given willingly, can save him from immediate destruction. It’s a temporary salvation for Maekallus and a lingering doom for Enna. Part of her soul now burns bright inside Maekallus, making him feel for the first time.

Enna shares Maekallus’s suffering, but her small sacrifice won’t last long. If she and Maekallus can’t break the spell binding him to the mortal realm, Maekallus will be consumed completely—and Enna’s soul with him.

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MY REVIEW
I received a copy from the publisher via JeanBookNerd for an honest review. What follows is my opinion and mine alone.
Sometimes you just need a book that you can sit and read in a single day. Preferably by a good author. It’s a good thing The Will and the Wilds checkmarks both of those requirements!
To be honest, I requested this book the moment I saw the author was Charlie N. Holmberg. How could I not? Her Paper Magician series is well written. I love the way she weaves a magical world, makes her studious characters stronger as the story progresses, and let’s not forget romance.
The Will and the Wilds has a similar set-up. However, I would say this is a slow burn and not as much action as Paper Magician. This does not make the book bad. Oh no. Holmberg is great at pulling a smile on my face and has gotten me interested in the Mysting lore and world. I personally cannot wait for the second book.
And also, can I just say that Maekellus is now on the list of book boyfriends? Seriously, even with his interesting animal-like qualities, I am growing to like him. There’s a mystery with him that we are only seeing the tip of in this book.
Final Rating: 3/5
Photo Content from Charlie N. Holmberg

Born in Salt Lake City, Charlie N. Holmberg was raised a Trekkie alongside three sisters who also have boy names. She is a proud BYU alumna, plays the ukulele, owns too many pairs of glasses, and finally adopted a dog. Her fantasy Paper Magician series, which includes The Paper Magician, The Glass Magician, and The Master Magician, has been optioned by the Walt Disney Company. Her stand-alone novel, Followed by Frost, was nominated for a 2016 RITA Award for Best Young Adult Romance, and her novel The Fifth Doll won the 2018 Whitney for Speculative Fiction. She is a board member for Deep Magic Ezine and lives with her family in Utah.

 
       
WEEK ONE
JANUARY 20th MONDAY JeanBookNerd INTERVIEW
JANUARY 21st TUESDAY A Court of Coffee and Books REVIEW
JANUARY 22nd WEDNESDAY Random Bookish Banter REVIEW
JANUARY 23rd THURSDAY BookHounds REVIEW
JANUARY 23rd THURSDAY Ya It’s Lit REVIEW
JANUARY 24th FRIDAY J.R.’s Book Reviews REVIEW
 
WEEK TWO
JANUARY 27th MONDAY Nay’s Pink Bookshelf REVIEW
JANUARY 28th TUESDAY Wishful Endings REVIEW 
JANUARY 29th WEDNESDAY Casia’s Corner REVIEW
JANUARY 30th THURSDAY A Bookish Dream REVIEW
JANUARY 30th THURSDAY Book Briefs REVIEW
JANUARY 31st FRIDAY Life Within The Pages REVIEW
 
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