Picture Book Saturday: Here I Am

The Deets:
Audience: small kids
Pages: 40
Publisher: September 2nd 2013 by Picture Window Books
ISBN: 9781623700362
genre: wordless picture book
Source: eARC from Netgalley



Here I Am

Newly arrived from their faraway homeland, a boy and his family enter into the lights, noise, and traffic of a busy American city. The language is unfamiliar. Food, habits, games, and gestures are puzzling. They boy clings tightly to his special keepsake from home and wonders how he will find his way. How will he once again become the happy, confident kid he used to be? Walk in his shoes as he takes the first tentative steps toward discovering joy in his new world.






Another wordless wonder. There is no text in Here I Am, so the reader is left to imagine the story. The illustrations are reminiscent of watercolor drawings; very fluid. I found it hard at times to determine exactly what was happening in each frame/picture, and some pages had a lot of images.

This would probably be a little harder for younger kids to work with without the context of the story explained to them. I think there is still plenty of opportunity to have an open dialogue about experiences new things and being scared of change. All kids can relate to that on some level.


Review: Doon (Carey Corp)

The Deets:
Audience: older MG or YA
Pages: 368
Publisher: August 20th 2013 by Zondervan
ISBN: 9780310742302
Genre: fairytale
Source: eARC from publisher via Netgalley



Doon (Doon, #1)DOON…

Veronica doesn't think she's going crazy. But why can't anyone else see the mysterious blond boy who keeps popping up wherever she goes? When her best friend, Mackenna, invites her to spend the summer in Scotland, Veronica jumps at the opportunity to leave her complicated life behind for a few months.

But the Scottish countryside holds other plans.

Not only has the imaginary kilted boy followed her to Alloway, she and Mackenna uncover a strange set of rings and a very unnerving letter from Mackenna's great aunt—and when the girls test the instructions Aunt Gracie left behind, they find themselves transported to a land that defies explanation. Doon seems like a real-life fairy tale, complete with one prince who has eyes for Mackenna and another who looks suspiciously like the boy from Veronica's daydreams. But Doon has a dark underbelly as well. The two girls could have everything they've longed for...or they could end up breaking an enchantment and find themselves trapped in a world that has become a nightmare.

I. Loved. This. Book. It is so hard to say what I loved about it the most. I am torn between the characters and the setting.

Lets start with the setting. Scotland and Doon. Obviously, Scotland is a fun setting- period. But then you add in this fantastical place of Doon. There are castles, and mysterious fog, and hotties in kilts. I guess I need to talk about the characters, because that's where my mind is. Duncan and Jamie are delightful. DELIGHTFUL. I don't get all swoony over book characters, but these two make me want my own kilt wearing hunk.

Duncan and Jamie are brothers and the princes of Doon. Duncan is also an open book with his feelings for Mackenna. He is charming and clever and oh so delicious. His brother, Jamie, has the same level of hunkiness but he's a brooding mystery. I LOVED seeing how these two characters interacted with the female leads. Now, add in a delicious Scottish accent and I became a melted puddle of mush. I dinna want the story to end! (See my Scottish accent there? eh?)

Veronica and Mackenna were also great characters. They were very different, but that difference seemed to make them stronger characters. Veronica is the hopeless dreamer and optimist. Mackenna is a bit more cynical. Each characteristic brings out the best in Veronica and Mackenna. In fact, the story would be pretty flat and predictable if both girls wanted the same thing. I enjoyed seeing how they each developed as the story went on. I am also THRILLED to know that this is going to be a series. I will be reading all of these books and relishing them as if they were dipped in gold.


Sweet Legacy Book Blitz + AMAZING Giveaway

OOOOH! It's finally here! Today is the release day for Sweet Legacy! I do love this series by Tera Lynn Childs.


Greer has always known she was privileged, though she had no idea how special her second sight made her, even among her triplet monster-fighting sisters. But when a god starts playing with her mind, can Greer step up in her pretty high heels to prevent anything from stopping her sisters’ mission?

Grace loves her adopted brother, Thane, but now that he’s back and has joined her sisters’ team, it’s clear his past is full of dark mysteries. She wants to trust him, but will Thane’s secret put the girls in even more danger?

Gretchen knows she can rely on her sisters to help her stop the monsters. But after getting to know some of the beasties in the abyss, she finds her role as a huntress comes with more responsibility than she ever imagined. How can she know what her birthright demands of her now?

The girls cannot hesitate as they seek the location of the lost door between the realms, even as monsters and gods descend on San Francisco in battle-ready droves. In this exciting conclusion to the Sweet Venom trilogy, these teenage heirs of Medusa must seek the truth, answer the ancient riddles, and claim their immortal legacy.


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Cover Reveal: A Wicked Kind of Dark (Jonathan K. Benton)


Author Jonathan K. Benton

Jonathan Benton always wanted to write books, having won first place in a short story competition when he was ten. Inspired by writes such as Ray Bradbury and Stephen King, Jonathan first discovered the crossover genre of literary/fantasy while reading Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes.
Jonathan grew up in New Zealand, dreaming of travelling to London and finally making the pilgrimage in his mid-twenties. Returning from England, he settled in Australia, the country he now calls home, and decided to take his writing seriously.









A Wicked Kind of Dark

Robert Duncan no longer believes in magic. A mysterious call about a blood moon, however, leads him back to the magical world of his childhood and to Luthien, the beautiful girl with flame-coloured hair, who he loved and lost.

As Robert unravels the secrets of his childhood, darkness enters his life and an ancient evil awakens. To have any chance of defeating the dark forces that would destroy two worlds, Robert must find Luthien before the rise of the blood moon. He must, once more, believe in magic …

A Wicked Kind of Dark mixes vast and spectacular fantasy landscapes with gritty urban reality. A must-read for people of all ages who believe in the power of imagination, and the importance of never losing touch with your inner child.



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