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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 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 overc…

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 jacki…

Review: Dreamless (Josephine Angelini)

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

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…

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

For 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. Ye…

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
Read it in 4 hours!

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 i…

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…

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 rea…