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Minute Review: Epic Fail (Claire LaZebnik)

The Deets:
Audience: YA
Pages: 295
Publisher: August 2nd 2011 by HarperTeen
ISBN: 9780061921261
Genre: retelling
Source: my own copy


At Coral Tree Prep in Los Angeles, who your parents are can make or break you. Case in point:

- As the son of Hollywood royalty, Derek Edwards is pretty much prince of the school--not that he deigns to acknowledge many of his loyal subjects.
- As the daughter of the new principal, Elise Benton isn't exactly on everyone's must-sit-next-to-at-lunch list.

When Elise's beautiful sister catches the eye of the prince's best friend, Elise gets to spend a lot of time with Derek, making her the envy of every girl on campus. Except she refuses to fall for any of his rare smiles and instead warms up to his enemy, the surprisingly charming social outcast Webster Grant. But in this hilarious tale of fitting in and flirting, not all snubs are undeserved, not all celebrity brats are bratty, and pride and prejudice can get in th…

Release Day Book Blitz: Louder Than Words (Iris St. Clair)

Louder Than Words by Iris St. Clair Release Date: 09/16/14 Swoon Romance
Summary from Goodreads: Disappointment has been on speed dial in Ellen Grayson's life lately. Her dad died, her mom numbs the grief with drugs and alcohol, and her so-called friends have slowly abandoned her. 
Trusting a popular teacher with her troubles should have been safe and should NOT have led to an unwelcome seduction attempt that made her desperate to escape the final moments of Junior year. Lesson learned. Best to keep all the sordid details to herself and trust no one.
Enter Rex Jacobi, a cocky boy, recently transplanted from New York City and fellow summer camp employee. Though his quick wit and confidence draws her in, she can't let him get too close. And summer is just long enough and hot enough to keep a boy like that at arm's length.
But by the time Rex's charm wears down her resistance, it's too late. He's put Ellen on the "just friends" shelf and has shifted his romantic…

Blog Tour: Rose and the Magician's Mask

The Deets:
Audience: Middle Grades
Pages: 224
Publisher: September 2nd 2014 by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
ISBN: 9781492604303
Genre: fantasy, magic, mystery, historical fiction
Source: eARC from Netgalley



Rose is now a fully fledged magician's apprentice-will her new magic be enough to find the dangerous magician's mask?

When a precious mask of unimaginable power is stolen from the royal palace, Rose suspects that dark magicians are at work and that danger looms. The race to stop the evil thieves will take Rose to the mysterious city of Venice, where nothing is quite what it seems. Can Rose use her magic to find the terrible mask before its true powers are revealed?







Our dear Rose is changing. She is growing and learning more about herself, including accepting who she is regardless of her unknown past. I liked how Rose struggled with the idea of not having a family, and yet she still stayed true to herself. That is one of the qualities I think I like most abo…

Fantasy League by Mike Lupica blog tour

I am thankful to have the opportunity to participate in the blog tour for Mike Lupica's Fantasy League. While I did not have time to read the book prior to the tour, I can say I am a fan of his previous books. Mike Lupica has a gift for writing books for teenage boys. I cannot tell you how many copies of his books I have bought for my classroom library over the years. They were always the most coveted books for the male readers. I am happy to say that he has a new book coming out this fall: Fantasy League. It's sure to be as well received as his many other novels.

Author Bio
Mike Lupica is the 31 bestselling author of many popular books for young readers, including QB 1, Heat, Travel Team, Million-Dollar Throw, and The Underdogs. He has carved out a niche as the sporting world's finest storyteller. 
Mike Lupica has been called "the greatest sports writer for middle school readers." He is the author of multiple bestselling books, including Heat, Travel Team, Millio…