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"Saying 'I notice you're a nerd' is like saying, 'Hey, I notice that you'd rather be intelligent than be stupid, that you'd rather be thoughtful than be vapid, that you believe that there are things that matter more than the arrest record of Lindsay Lohan. Why is that?' In fact, it seems to me that most contemporary insults are pretty lame. Even 'lame' is kind of lame. Saying 'You're lame' is like saying 'You walk with a limp.' Yeah, whatever, so does 50 Cent, and he's done all right for himself."— John Green

11.08.2018

BLOG TOUR --- The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White [Review + Giveaway]


Title: The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frakenstein
Authors(s): Kiersten White
Publication Date: September 25, 2018
Edition: Hardcover, paperback, ebook, audiobook; 304 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Source: Rockstar Book Tours
Buy: Amazon - Barnes & 
Noble - iBooks - The Book Depository; Audible







Tour Schedule

Week One:
10/15/2018- Under the Book CoverReview
10/16/2018- Simply Daniel RadcliffeReview
10/17/2018- Novel NoviceReview
10/18/2018- My Fangirl ChroniclesReview
10/19/2018- Pandora's BooksReview

Week Two:
10/22/2018- Jessica WritesReview
10/23/2018- Tween 2 Teen Book ReviewsReview
10/24/2018- Here's to Happy EndingsReview
10/25/2018- Savings in SecondsReview
10/26/2018- Vicky Who ReadsReview

Week Three:
10/29/2018- Smada's Book SmackReview
10/30/2018- YA Books CentralInterview
10/31/2018- For the Lover of BooksReview
11/1/2018- Malanie Loves FictionReview
11/2/2018- Oh Hey! Books.Review

Week Four:
11/5/2018- The Hermit LibrarianReview
11/6/2018- Tales of the Ravenous ReaderInterview
11/7/2018- BookHounds YAReview
11/8/2018- Eli to the nthReview
11/9/2018- 
Portrait of a BookReview


The Summary

Elizabeth Lavenza hasn't had a proper meal in weeks. Her thin arms are covered with bruises from her "caregiver," and she is on the verge of being thrown into the streets . . . until she is brought to the home of Victor Frankenstein, an unsmiling, solitary boy who has everything--except a friend.

Victor is her escape from misery. Elizabeth does everything she can to make herself indispensable--and it works. She is taken in by the Frankenstein family and rewarded with a warm bed, delicious food, and dresses of the finest silk. Soon she and Victor are inseparable.

But her new life comes at a price. As the years pass, Elizabeth's survival depends on managing Victor's dangerous temper and entertaining his every whim, no matter how depraved. Behind her blue eyes and sweet smile lies the calculating heart of a girl determined to stay alive no matter the cost . . . as the world she knows is consumed by darkness.


Review

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White re-imagines the original tale with a dark feminist spin., exploring the themes seen in the original, but bringing a twist all her own.  Kiersten breathes fresh life into the classic Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, just in time for the original's 200th birthday.

Kiersten takes the spotlight off of the mad scientist, and focuses on the women from the original, Elizabeth Frankenstein in particular.  Elizabeth, an orphan, is rescued by the Frankenstein family to act as a companion and caregiver to their young son, Victor.  Through manipulation, Elizabeth makes sure to secure her place in the family.  But that is threatened when Victor travels to study and falls out of contact with his family, and with Elizabeth.  Determined to keep her place, Elizabeth tracks him down, and what she finds would horrify anyone.

The characterization within this book is phenomenal.  Elizabeth is complex, both caring and deceiving; a true manipulator, but one by necessity.  She doesn't try to change Victor for the better, as that would cause problems for herself.  Instead, she helps him conceal and control some of his more dark tendencies.  The way that Kiersten sets this up during Elizabeth's development within the story, makes the reader understand her perspective, even sympathizing with her and the predicament she is in.  Elizabeth is strong, bold, and, above all else, a survive -- traits that aren't always seen as favorable in women; just another nod to the feminist power within.

It's hard to talk to much of the plot, as there are many twists and turns, but for a reader who has read the classic Frankenstein, Kiersten does an excellent job of dropping bits and pieces of the original plot within this book without making it simply a re-hashing of Shelley's work.  So, while it is not necessary to have read the classic, readers will gain another layer of understanding if they have.

Overall, this is a perfect autumn read, with it's feminist Gothic atmosphere and chilling revelations.  Do yourself a favor, read Frankenstein by Mary Shelley first and then dive right into The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein.  You'll love both books even more because of it.

Final Rating



About the Author

Kiersten White is the New York Times bestselling author of The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein, the And I Darken series, the Paranormalcy series, Slayer, and many more novels. She lives with her family near the ocean in San Diego, which, in spite of its perfection, spurs her to dream of faraway places and even further-away times. 

Visit her at www.kierstenwhite.com.



Giveaway

3 Winners will receive a finished copy of The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein, US Only.

11.06.2018

BLOG TOUR --- Watch You Burn by Amanda Searcy [Review + Giveaway]




Title: Watch You Burn
Authors(s): Amanda Searcy
Publication Date: October 23, 2018
Edition: Hardcover, ebook; 352 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Source: Rockstar Book Tours
Buy: Amazon - Barnes & 
Noble - iBooks - The Book Depository







Tour Schedule

Week One:
10/15/2018- RhythmicbooktrovertReview
10/16/2018- Moonlight RendezvousReview
10/17/2018- Patriotic BookaholicReview
10/18/2018- Jena Brown WritesReview
10/19/2018- A Gingerly ReviewReview

Week Two:
10/22/2018- Riddle’s ReviewsReview
10/23/2018- Do You Dog-ear?Review
10/24/2018- Pacific Northwest BookwormReview
10/25/2018- The Pages In-BetweenReview
10/26/2018- PopTheButterfly ReadsReview

Week Three:
10/29/2018- The Clever ReaderReview
10/30/2018- BookHounds YAReview
10/31/2018- Rainy Day ReviewsExcerpt
11/1/2018- Here's to Happy EndingsReview
11/2/2018- Liezel and Angie’s Book BlogReview

Week Four:
11/5/2018- Bookish bibliophileReview
11/6/2018- Eli to the nthReview
11/7/2018- Smada's Book SmackReview
11/8/2018- Taylor Fenner’s Bookish WorldReview
11/9/2018- YA Books CentralExcerpt


The Summary

Jenny didn't want to move to the creepy, possibly haunted town with her dad. But the cops are on to her, and the only way she can protect herself is by moving as far away from her hometown as possible and staying out of trouble.

But even after she moves, Jenny still gets the itch. The itch to light a match and then watch it burn.

It's something she hasn't been able to stop, ever since an accident years ago. Now, in a new town, Jenny has the strange feeling that someone is watching her every move. Will her arsonist ways be exposed? Or is the burning truth deep inside her a greater danger?



Review

 Watch You Burn by Amanda Searcy is a solid addition to your YA mystery/thriller shelf.  A "I-need-to-know-more" read, the mystery will keep you turning the page, as you learn about Jenny's pyromania and unravel who the real villain is!

Jenny is too close to an arson case in her hometown, so to lay low, she is sent to live with a father she hasn't seen most of her life.  With that move, also comes a fresh start.  But is she even willing to give that fresh start a chance?  The reader soon finds out, that while Jenny has the best of intentions, she does a very bad job of sticking to them.  But that isn't where the story ends; no, there is someone out there who knows Jenny's secret, and is killing because of it.

So there are two stories in one: the reader learns about the original incident that ran Jenny out of her hometown, and the new incidents of murder happening in her new town, which is all connected.  With all of this intensity, Jenny doesn't know who to trust, maybe not even her own father.  So while the pacing is a little slow at first, you'll definitely want to keep turning the page to figure out the mystery.

Jenny is a very suspicious person, for good reason, but that also makes her very shut-off from everyone.  She wants to know everyone's secrets, but won't share any of her own.  Also, with this suspicion, Jenny makes bad decisions.  Her mania is well articulated, with her uncontrollable itch that only fires can settle.  And within that mania, she is unlikable, selfish, and ultimately the cause for a lot of her own suffering.  So in no way is she is typical "likable" character.  But that's what I did like about her.  I think that her reactions, while frustrating to the reader, came across as realistic.  It's hard to know how you'd act if you survived something like Jenny did, so take that into consideration when reading.

Overall, I found Watch You Burn to be an interesting book and a good sophomore showing by Amanda Searcy.  Also, the cover design is on fire (sorry for the pun...); I will say, I am a sucker for a beautiful cover, and this does not disappoint.  I will definitely be picking up Amanda's first book, The Truth Beneath the Lies, and watching for more from her!

Final Rating



About the Author


Amanda Searcy has a BA from New Mexico State University and an MA in human rights from the University of Essex in England. She works in collection development for a public library system and loves chocolate, cats, and curling up with a good book. She lives in New Mexico. 

Visit her online at amandasearcybooks.com and follow her on Twitter at @aesearcy.


Giveaway

3 Winners will receive a finished copy of Watch You Burn, US Only.

10.29.2018

BLOG TOUR --- Are You Scared, Darth Vader? by Adam Rex [Review + Giveaway]



Title: Are You Scard, Darth Vader?
Authors(s): Adam Rex
Publication Date: July 3, 2018
Edition: Hardcover, ebook; 48 pages
Publisher: Disney Lucasfilm Press
Source: Rockstar Book Tours
Buy: Amazon - Barnes & 
Noble - iBooks - The Book Depository

Tour Schedule

Week One:
10/22/2018- YA Books CentralReview
10/23/2018- Oh Hey! Books.Excerpt
10/24/2018- BookHounds YAExcerpt
10/25/2018- The Pages In-BetweenReview
10/26/2018- What A Nerd Girl SaysReview

Week Two:
10/29/2018- Eli to the nthReview
10/30/2018- Do You Dog-ear?Review
10/31/2018- Such A Novel IdeaReview
11/1/2018- Novel NoviceReview
11/2/2018- 
Two Points of InterestReview


The Summary

It's midnight and the moon is full, but Darth Vader isn't scared.

OF COURSE I AM NOT SCARED.

Nothing can scare Lord Vader!

CORRECT.

Not monsters or witches or ghosts, and especially not the dark.

So what is Darth Vader scared of?

Read on in Adam Rex's hilarious and spooky Star Wars tale to find out!

YOU WILL LEARN NOTHING.



Review

This is the perfect mash-up of Halloween and Star Wars.  Featuring creepy monsters, and everyone's favorite Sith Lord, Darth Vader, both fans and non-fans will fall in love with Are You Scared, Darth Vader? by Adam Rex.

As with any picture book, the illustrations really make the story come alive.  All of the colors are muted, except for the text of the narrator, which appears in bright neon yellow.  This contrast makes the book both easy to read, and lends it an eerie quality, which is perfect for a story that features werewolves, vampires, and ghosts (check out an except below).



As the reader follows the journey of the narrator to scare Darth Vader, you find out that is a pretty tall task for one of the most feared villains in the galaxy.  Super humorous, and just on the right side of creepy for the little ones, this will be an enjoyable story for both kiddos and parents.

And don't worry, you totally find out what Darth Vader is afraid of, but SHHH no spoilers!


Final Rating



About the Author

Adam Rex grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, the middle of three children. He was neither the smart one (older brother) or the cute one (younger sister), but he was the one who could draw. He took a lot of art classes as a kid, trying to learn to draw better, and started painting when he was 11. Later he got a BFA from the University of Arizona, and met his physicist wife Marie (who is both the smart and cute one).

Adam and Marie live in Tucson, where Adam draws, paints, writes, spends too much time on the internet, and listens to public radio. Adam is nearsighted, bad at all sports, learning to play the theremin, and usually in need of a shave. He can carry a tune, if you don't mind the tune getting dropped and stepped on occasionally. He never remembers anyone's name until he's heard it at least three times. He likes animals, spacemen, Mexican food, Ethiopian food, monsters, puppets, comic books, 19th century art, skeletons, bugs, and robots.

His first picture book, THE DIRTY COWBOY by Amy Timberlake, was published by FSG in 2003. His picture book FRANKENSTEIN MAKES A SANDWICH, a collection of stories about monsters and their problems, was a New York Times Bestseller. 2007 saw the release of his first novel, THE TRUE MEANING OF SMEKDAY, which was adapted into the DreamWorks film HOME in 2014. He has illustrated the work of many authors, including Jon Scieszka, Mac Barnett, Neil Gaiman, Jeff Kinney, David Lubar, Kate DiCamillo, Eoin Colfer, Christopher Paul Curtis, and Paul Fieg.

Garlic and crosses are useless against Adam. Sunlight has been shown to be at least moderately effective. A silver bullet does the trick. Pretty much any bullet, really.

Giveaway



3 winners will receive a finished copy of Are You Scared, Darth Vader?, US Only.

10.19.2018

BLOG TOUR --- Sanity & Tallulah by Molly Brooks [Review + Giveaway]



Title: Sanity & Tallulah
Authors(s): Molly Brooks
Publication Date: October 16, 2018
Edition: Hardcover, paperback, ebook; 240 pages
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Source: Rockstar Book Tours
Buy: Amazon - Barnes & 
Noble - iBooks - The Book Depository









Tour Schedule

Week One:
10/8/2018- A Backwards StoryReview
10/9/2018- Christen Krumm, WriterReview
10/10/2018- The Layaway DragonReview
10/11/2018- Here's to Happy EndingsReview
10/12/2018- The OWLReview

Week Two:
10/15/2018- RhythmicbooktrovertReview
10/16/2018- Beagles & BooksReview
10/17/2018- Utopia State of MindExcerpt
10/18/2018- YA Books CentralInterview
10/19/2018- Eli to the nthReview


The Summary

Sanity Jones and Tallulah Vega are best friends on Wilnick, the dilapidated space station they call home at the end of the galaxy. So naturally, when gifted scientist Sanity uses her lab skills and energy allowance to create a definitely-illegal-but-impossibly-cute three-headed kitten, she has to show Tallulah. But Princess, Sparkle, Destroyer of Worlds is a bit of a handful, and it isn't long before the kitten escapes to wreak havoc on the space station. The girls will have to turn Wilnick upside down to find her, but not before causing the whole place to evacuate! Can they save their home before it's too late?

Readers will be over the moon for this rollicking space adventure by debut author Molly Brooks.
(Goodreads)


Review

Sanity is not your typical kid; she is a science prodigy and has bio-engineered a very illegal, very cute creature: a three-headed cat named Princess Sparkle, Destroyer of Worlds (or more specifically, Princess, Sparkle, and Destroyer of Worlds -- the full name usage is a funny joke that readers will smile at).  Of course, Sanity's best friend, Tallulah, is mixed up in it, helping Sanity keep the cat hidden from her own mother, Dr. Vega, senior scientist on board the space station Wilnick.

Of course Princess Sparkle, Destroyer of Worlds is discovered and quarantined, but you can't have a sci-fi adventure without something going wrong, so soon enough the girls discover PSDW has gotten loose.  Right after, things start to be nibbled on around the space station wreaking havoc.  Right away, PSDW is pointed to as the culprit.  Sanity and Tallulah must race against the adults on the station to find PSDW to both keep her safe, and save their home.  But not everything is as it seems.

Sanity & Tallulah has it all: friendship, hijinks, science, humor, a diverse cast, and love.  Love for family, love for their home, and love for each other.  Love pours out from this book; both from the author's writing and from the characters themselves.  Mix that together with a science experiment on the loose, and a high-stakes search to save their home, you'll fall in love with Sanity Jones and Tallulah Vega-Davisson.

The writing was full of humor and felt very real, even with the setting being a space station.  Sanity and Tallulah are great leading ladies, who have a total synchronicity that only BFFs can get.  All the adults on board are also great!  Dr. Vega, Tallulah's mom, is a whip-smart, no-nonsense lady who clearly loves both girls.  The girls' fathers are both featured prominently as well, Sanity's being the head of the space station and Tallulah's being a supply runner.  All of the characters are well delveoped and the illustrations are used to hint that there's more to all of them then we have been told.  This will make the readers want more stories set in this world.

But what really makes this book feel grounded, even in the midst of the sci-fi shenanigans, is that the author showcases diversity in her characters. Sanity is black, Tallulah is biracial (Latinx/white), Dr. Vega is a Latinx woman in charge of the whole science department, Sanity's father is a black man in charge of the whole space station, and her mom is part of the military in this world.  There is another department head who is Asian.  There are both gay and straight couples.  And Tallulah's dad has a prosthetic leg.  All of this diversity is refreshing and makes the story come alive even more.

This is one of the best graphic novels I've read in a while.  I couldn't put it down, and was so sad when it was over.  Molly Brooks hit it out of the park with her debut novel, and I can't wait to see what else she has in her.  Hopefully, it is more of Sanity & Tallulah!

Don't forget to enter below for your chance to win a finished edition of the book, and Sanity & Tallulah is out in stores now, so pick up a copy!


The cutest lab experiment you ever did see!


Final Rating


About the Author

Molly brooks is a freelance illustrator/comics-maker in Brooklyn by way of Nashville.

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