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Picture Book Saturday: Worry Wart ( Lisa Kidahl)

The Deets:
audience: the wee ones
pages: 24
publisher: December 1st 2012 by Parables & Books
ISBN: 9780983318880
source: eARC from Netgalley






Chloe Lore is a worrywart. She is a sweet young girl, but she worries about everything, even things out of her control. Chloe is anxious all the time until she realizes that she doesn’t have to worry anymore. Get to know the world of Chloe, her family, and friends as you learn about being able to take control of your own life.






This one was okay. The message was good, but the delivery needs work.

For starters, the writing is way too mature for younger readers. Some of the sentences and word choice were far above picture book status. Now, usually I'm a huge fan of using harder words in books for younger readers, but they have to flow. There were times when some of the words seemed stretched and forced to make the end rhyme pattern work. With that being said, it was hard to hold the attention of my 5 year-old because I think he had a…

Review: Wild Ink (Victoria Hanley)

The deets:
audience: anyone
pages: 351
publisher: May 1st 2012 by Prufrock Press Inc
ISBN: 9781593638641
Source: book for review from publisher/author


What do you need to know to break in to the flourishing young adult (YA) market? With humor and a solid grounding in reality, author Victoria Hanley helps readers understand the ins and outs of the YA genre, how to stay inspired, and how to avoid common mistakes writers make in trying to reach teens. This book includes unique writing exercises to help readers find their own authentic teen voice and dozens of interviews with YA authors, blogging experts, editors, and agents to give inspiration and guidance for getting published. Chapters include writing exercises and self-editing techniques tailored to YA, along with encouraging words on dealing with self-doubt, rejection, and lack of time.

Ever wonder what it takes to become a YA author? How about learning about the publishing process? Maybe you just want to know more about what…

Early Review: Hysteria (Megan Miranda)

The deets:
audience: YA
pages: 336
publisher:  February 5th 2013 by Walker Childrens
ISBN: 9780802723109
genre: mystery, contemporary
source: eARC from NetGalley



Mallory killed her boyfriend, Brian. She can't remember the details of that night but everyone knows it was self-defense, so she isn't charged. But Mallory still feels Brian's presence in her life. Is it all in her head? Or is it something more? In desperate need of a fresh start, Mallory is sent to Monroe, a fancy prep school where no one knows her . . . or anything about her past.But the feeling follows her, as do her secrets. Then, one of her new classmates turns up dead. As suspicion falls on Mallory, she must find a way to remember the details of both deadly nights so she can prove her innocence-to herself and others.


Do not start Hysteria expecting to get warm fuzzies. It's a little gory at times, but it is also super fast-paced. I couldn't put it down.

If I had to imagine what "going cr…

Review: Beautiful Chaos (Kamir Garcia and Margaret Stohl)

The Deets:
target audience: YA
pages: 518
publisher: October 18th 2011 by Little, Brown and Company
ISBN: 9780316123525
Source: my own copy
genre: paranormal romance


Ethan Wate thought he was getting used to the strange, impossible events happening in Gatlin, his small Southern town. But now that Ethan and Lena have returned home, strange and impossible have taken on new meanings. Swarms of locusts, record-breaking heat, and devastating storms ravage Gatlin as Ethan and Lena struggle to understand the impact of Lena's Claiming. Even Lena's family of powerful Supernaturals is affected - and their abilities begin to dangerously misfire. As time passes, one question becomes clear: What — or who — will need to be sacrificed to save Gatlin?

For Ethan, the chaos is a frightening but welcome distraction. He's being haunted in his dreams again, but this time it isn't by Lena - and whatever is haunting him is following him out of his dreams and into his everyday life. E…