Picture Book Saturday: World on a String (Larry Phifer)

The Deets:
Audience: picture book
Publisher: June 4th 2013 by Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA)
ISBN: 9780988698406
Source: e-arc from netgalley in exchange for an honest review


World on a StringWorld on a String is the story of a young boy, Charlie, who finds and befriends a big red balloon. Soon, Charlie and his balloon become best friends. They play together. They go to school together. They do everything together.

Then, one night, Charlie’s balloon comes untied in a thunderstorm. At first, Charlie is very sad. He imagines that his friend is lost, tangled and all alone.

However, by remembering the happy times they shared, Charlie is able to shift his perspective, deal with his loss and, ultimately, he imagines his balloon as a very important part of the starry sky.


This is a simple story about loss and acceptance. The child in the book is very attached to his red balloon. But when a strong wind takes his balloon away, he has to learn to cope with the loss. At first he is overcome with grief and distraught, but he learns to accept his loss. In the end, he finds comfort and learns to move on.

The pictures are very stunning. They remind me vaguely of the illustrations in The Fantastic Flying Books of Morris Lessmore, but they have more of a watercolor feel to them. The colors are vibrant and draw your attention to the page. There is an abvious whimsical feel that makes this book very appealing and appropriate for younger readers.


Follow Friday




Friday Follow is a blog hop that was started by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. Each week a different question is posted by our hosts and we wil answer! This is a great opportunity for bloggers to network and interact.

This week’s question –

Confess your blogger sins! Is there anything as a newbie blogger that you’ve done, that as you gained more experience you were like — oops?

 
I saw a blog post a year or so ago on another blog that used Pinterest images to speculate possible book covers. I instantly loved the idea and decided to do it with a twist... hence "Cover Appeal" was born. I was all into it for several months. Then I saw a post from this blogger you might know (Parajunkee) about copyrights and such on internet images.
I felt like a major twit for not thinking about that before hand, being that in my profession we have to make sure we have permissions for everything. I put a whoa-ho on Cover Appeal until I can figure out a way to make sure I'm not jacking anyone's stuff unfairly. I'm a little sad about it because the images are gorgeous, but I don't want to be "that person" either.
So that was major mistake numero uno in a nutshell. As a side note though, I think my biggest mistake is not being a risk taker. I'm super shy about making introductions to people I don't know... I don't like being the first one to speak. So obviously that puts a huge damper on my efforts to "reach out" to bloggers, publishers, authors, etc. Maybe one day I will over come that, but being that I am an adult and things haven't changed, it's not likely to happen any time soon.
 


Review: Dreamless (Josephine Angelini)

The Deets:
Audience: YA
pages: 487
publisher:  May 29th 2012 by HarperTeen
ISBN: 9780062012012
genre: mythology
source: library book


Dreamless (Starcrossed, #2)Can true love be forgotten?

As the only scion who can descend into the Underworld, Helen Hamilton has been given a nearly impossible task. By night she wanders through Hades, trying to stop the endless cycle of revenge that has cursed her family. By day she struggles to overcome the fatigue that is rapidly eroding her sanity. Without Lucas by her side, Helen is not sure she has the strength to go on.

Just as Helen is pushed to her breaking point, a mysterious new Scion comes to her rescue. Funny and brave, Orion shields her from the dangers of the Underworld. But time is running out--a ruthless foe plots against them, and the Furies' cry for blood is growing louder.

As the ancient Greek world collides with the mortal one, Helen's sheltered life on Nantucket descends into chaos. But the hardest task of all will be forgetting Lucas Delos.


Can I start by saying best Helen of Troy story EVER?! This series takes the story of Helen of Troy to an all new level of awesome. Dreamless (Starcrossed #2) did not disappoint.

If you like love triangles, you are going to flip. There is so much tension between Lucas, Helen, and Orion that is was hard to pick a side. (Oh, Orion is a descendant of Adonis so he was extra yummy.) Now I don't usually like love triangles because they are usually frustrating, but this was a bit different. These demi-gods have very distinct roles to play in a prophecy and Helen is stuck in the middle. It was always a clear choice in other love triangles-- Team Peeta, Edward, and Four all the way. But I am torn between Lucas and Orion. I want them both, and I don't think I would be mad at Helen for picking either of them.

In Starcrossed I raved over how great Claire and Jason were. Well, in this book I did not feel that same love. In fact, if it were possible, I would punch Jason in the nose. I think Orion and Hector stole the show in Dreamless. The other characters were just kind of there taking up space. They helped move the plot, but they didn't move me.

In fact, this book took me over a week to read! It was only 487 pages! I can knock out 200+ pages in a night, but I took forever to read this. It just kept going and going and going. And those 50 page chapters?! Torture. Don't misconstrue this as me saying that the book wasn't good, because it was. It was action packed and very complicated. The plot was a finely tuned vessel, that's for sure. It just seems like too much was packed into this book.

The editing also irked me. For this to be a final copy I could not believe how many typos I found. Over 100! Yes, I totally counted. And yes, I wrote in the library book because I had to fix them! I can't leave grammar mishaps uncorrected. Sorry. It got so bad at one point that I was literally finding missing words/phrases on every other page. Someone really dropped the ball on that one.

Overall though, this was a great read for the plot. Orion was a wonderful addition, and I cannot wait to see how Lucas's new 'development' plays out. There were lots of hints at the end about the impending war, so it's going to be fierce. Hunks in chain metal. rar. Get ready! Epicness in the making.
 


Giveaway + Book Blast: Fields of Elysium (A.B. Whelan)

Fields of ElysiumFor as the new heavens and the new earth,
which I will make, shall remain before me,
saith the Lord,
so shall your seed and your name remain.
Isaiah 66:22

How can love mend a heart full of hate?

Small town girl, Molly Bennett, moves to Los Angeles where she becomes an outsider while attending Beverly Hills High School. It seems life cannot be any more dreadful. Then one day after school, something magical happens. On a secluded hike in the Hollywood Hills, Molly chases her disobedient mutt and only friend into a hidden cavern. She stumbles upon a strange glimmering gateway that transports her to Arkana, a planet that is the cradle of an advanced human race. There, teenagers navigate amazing flying vehicles, compete in perilous games for glory, and possess supernatural powers. While Molly tries to wrap her mind around this unbelievable discovery, she meets the alluring and mysterious Victor Sorren. He is a Sentinel Apprentice, whose hatred toward people from Earth is beyond understanding. Yet every time Victor unpredictably saves Molly’s life, his heart draws closer to hers, no matter how much he tries to fight against it. It further complicates things that their growing friendship is strictly forbidden. Earth people are prohibited in Arkana, yet Molly continues to cross through the portal to Arkana to see Victor. Torn between their double lives, they go down a dangerous path, from where there is no return and multiple endings.

Would you fight to be with the one you truly love? What cost would you be willing to sacrifice for that love?

Fields of Elysium is a suspenseful romantic tale full of forbidden secrets, unimaginable danger, deception, and the never-ending fight for true love.
 
 
 
 




 
The author of Fields of Elysium -- A. B. Whelan-- is an American writer born in Hungary. She currently lives with her husband and two children in Southern California. Fields of Elysium is the first book in her new YA series. Fields of Elysium is available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

You can read the first two chapters of Fields of Elysium from the author's website HERE. Follow A. B. Whelan on FACEBOOK , Goodreads or Twitter for up-to-date information for Fields of Elysium and her other novels.






The author has been gracious enough to host a giveaway. You can enter the giveaway with the Rafflecopter form below.
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Review: The Goddess Inheritance (Aimee Carter)

The Deets:
Audience: YA
pages: 384
publisher: February 26th 2013 by Harlequin Teen
ISBN: 9780373210671
Source: e-ARC from netgalley
genre: mythology
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The Goddess Inheritance (Goddess Test, #3)Love or life.
Henry or their child.
The end of her family or the end of the world.
Kate must choose.


During nine months of captivity, Kate Winters has survived a jealous goddess, a vengeful Titan and a pregnancy she never asked for. Now the Queen of the Gods wants her unborn child, and Kate can't stop her--until Cronus offers a deal.

In exchange for her loyalty and devotion, the King of the Titans will spare humanity and let Kate keep her child. Yet even if Kate agrees, he'll destroy Henry, her mother and the rest of the council. And if she refuses, Cronus will tear the world apart until every last god and mortal is dead.

With the fate of everyone she loves resting on her shoulders, Kate must do the impossible: find a way to defeat the most powerful being in existence, even if it costs her everything.

Even if it costs her eternity.




I am so sad to see this series end. I am completely smitten with Henry (and James), and this is a bitter sweet moment. This very unique spin on the Persephone and Hades myth captured my heart from book 1 (The Goddess Test). Sadly, Kate's story comes to a end with The Goddess Inheritance.

Just like the other books in this series, there is a lot of drama and betrayal going on. There is also a whole lot of Henry. (sigh) I was so happy see that he had a more active role this time around. He was present throughout the whole book, which made me very happy.

Of course, Kate is still Kate. She has matured a lot since book 2 (Goddess Interrupted). I was very impressed to see who she became. Of course, she's still pigheaded, which causes a lot of problems. That's Kate though.

The plot was pretty quick in this one. I managed to finish it in a little over 4 hours because it was so gripping. In true Kate fashion, she managed to be wishy-washy throughout 2/3 of the book, which really made the plot drag on. I was starting to get frustrated with the whole circular plot feeling, but then things picked up. I was catapulted into a hard-core battle of the wills. It was gripping and heart breaking all at once. Choices were made that had disasterous affects. Some of those choices were gut wrenching... leaving me twisting my face in disgust. You won't want to miss it!

As far as finales go, this was pretty solid. I was pleased with the ending, even if it left me a bit queesy in parts (due to a certain someone's choices). If you have read the other books in Aimee Carter's The Goddess Test series, do not let the finale go unread!

Giveaway + Cover Reveal: Ghost Light: Ivy Granger #2 (E.J. Stevens)

Have you read the The first book in the Ivy Granger series (Shadow Sight) by E.J. Stevens? If you have, I'm sure you loved it. Well, good news! The second book-- Ghost Light-- will be coming out soon and it now has a cover!



Ivy Granger, psychic detective, thought she'd seen it all...until now.

With a vengeful lamia that only she can see on the city streets, reports of specters walking Harborsmouth cemeteries, and an angry mob of faerie clients at her office door, it's bound to be a long night. Add in an offense against the faerie courts and a few foolish bargains and one thing is clear--Ivy Granger is in some seriously deep trouble.

Ivy Granger is back, gathering clues in the darkest shadows of downtown Harborsmouth. With the lives of multiple clients on the line, she's in a race against time. Ivy finally has a lead to the whereabouts of the one person who can help her control her wisp abilities, but will she put the needs of her clients above her own?

If Ivy doesn't find a solution soon, she could wind up a ghost herself.

GHOST LIGHT is the second novel in the bestselling Ivy Granger urban fantasy series by E.J. Stevens.
 

The author has also been gracious enough to offer a giveaway with this cover reveal.  The contest is open to US/Canada/UK only. To enter, fill out the rafflecopter form below.
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Here is a picture of the prizes:

 
 

    For more information about the Ivy Granger series, please contact E.J. or visit the Ivy Granger website (http://ivygrangerpsychicdetective.blogspot.com).
 

The Lost Girl read along: Da Rulz

So, you decided to participate in the read along, eh? Aren't you a smart cookie.

You know it will be a grand ol' time.

If you don't already know, the book we'll be reading in March is The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna. Go ahead and reserve your copy at the library now. The awesomeness will begin March 4th.

So here are "da rulz": 

* Be here or be square.
* You can participate through the comments section on the blog or through the Facebook post(s).

That's it. I'm a no rules kind of gal.

Of course, to entice you a bit more I'm offering up some goodies. Yes, you can win stuff. What can you win? I dunno yet. I'm still working on that-- but I'm thinking it will be a copy of the next month's read along title. (Who doesn't like free books, right?)

Now there are some rules for this one: 

* You have to actually participate. No lurking in the shadows for this one.
* You'll get 2 entries for every blog comment you post relating to the read along (i.e. responding to the discussion questions, completing the challenge task, whatever I throw out there).
* Want to participate through Facebook only? Well, that will earn you 1 entry per comment as well (same guidelines as above).
* Comment on the blog AND on Facebook... you do the math on that one.
* I can ship anywhere in the US or to a US mailing address. If you live internationally, the book will have to be an ebook format cuz I'm broke. You understand... 
* Oh, and you should be over 13 years of age as well. Just in case the material is questionable for your delicate minds. (Don't laugh. If my parents knew what I read at that age, they would probably die.)

Alright, so that's it! Happy reading!

Week 1 discussion questions here.

Week 2 discussion questions here.

Week 3 discussion questions here.

Week 4 discussion questions here.


The Lost GirlEva's life is not her own. She is a creation, an abomination--an echo. She was made by the Weavers as a copy of someone else, expected to replace a girl named Amarra, her "other," if she ever died. Eva spends every day studying that girl from far away, learning what Amarra does, what she eats, what it's like to kiss her boyfriend, Ray. So when Amarra is killed in a car crash, Eva should be ready.

But sixteen years of studying never prepared her for this.

Now she must abandon everything and everyone she's ever known--the guardians who raised her, the boy she's forbidden to love--to move to India and convince the world that Amarra is still alive.

What Eva finds is a grief-stricken family; parents unsure how to handle this echo they thought they wanted; and Ray, who knew every detail, every contour of Amarra. And when Eva is unexpectedly dealt a fatal blow that will change her existence forever, she is forced to choose: Stay and live out her years as a copy or leave and risk it all for the freedom to be an original. To be Eva.


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