Tuesday, September 19, 2017

THE SCHOOL OF GOOD & EVIL: QUESTS FOR GLORY by Soman Chainani / Series Spotlight & Giveaway #GuestsforGlory #SchoolOfGoodAndEvil


Out Today! Happy Book Birthday to QUEST FOR GLORY the next installment in THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD & EVIL series by Soman Chainani! QUEST FOR GLORY is the next installment into one of our favorite middle grade series, THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD & EVIL. To celebrate, and a huge thank you to Soman Chainani, we're giving away some chapter samples of this new book.  Before you do, check out more about the book, and the rest of the series below:

ABOUT THE BOOK


By: Soman Chainani
Published by: Harper Collins
Released on: September 19th, 2017
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If Good and Evil can’t find a way to work together, neither side will survive.

With every end comes a new beginning in the fourth installment of Soman Chainani’s New York Times bestselling School for Good and Evil series, Quests for Glory. Join Sophie, Agatha, Tedros, and the other students as they begin a new era in the Endless Woods—The Camelot Years—where Evers and Nevers alike must move beyond the bounds of school and into the biggest, boldest adventures of their lives.

The students at the School for Good and Evil thought they had found their final Ever After when they vanquished the malevolent School Master. Now, on their required fourth-year quests, the students face obstacles both dangerous and unpredictable, and the stakes are high: success brings eternal adoration, and failure means obscurity forever.

For their quests, Agatha and Tedros are trying to return Camelot to its former splendor as queen and king. For her quest, Dean Sophie seeks to mold Evil in her own image. But soon they all feel themselves growing more isolated and alone. When their classmates’ quests plunge into chaos, however, someone must lead the charge to save them...


ABOUT THE SERIES (Books 1-3)

BOOK ONE


By: Soman Chainani
Published by: Harper Collins
Released on: May 14th, 2013
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The first kidnappings happened two hundred years before. Some years it was two boys taken, some years two girls, sometimes one of each. But if at first the choices seemed random, soon the pattern became clear. One was always beautiful and good, the child every parent wanted as their own. The other was homely and odd, an outcast from birth. An opposing pair, plucked from youth and spirited away.

This year, best friends Sophie and Agatha are about to discover where all the lost children go: the fabled School for Good & Evil, where ordinary boys and girls are trained to be fairy tale heroes and villains. As the most beautiful girl in Gavaldon, Sophie has dreamed of being kidnapped into an enchanted world her whole life. With her pink dresses, glass slippers, and devotion to good deeds, she knows she’ll earn top marks at the School for Good and graduate a storybook princess. Meanwhile Agatha, with her shapeless black frocks, wicked pet cat, and dislike of nearly everyone, seems a natural fit for the School for Evil.

But when the two girls are swept into the Endless Woods, they find their fortunes reversed—Sophie’s dumped in the School for Evil to take Uglification, Death Curses, and Henchmen Training, while Agatha finds herself in the School For Good, thrust amongst handsome princes and fair maidens for classes in Princess Etiquette and Animal Communication.. But what if the mistake is actually the first clue to discovering who Sophie and Agatha really are…?

The School for Good & Evil is an epic journey into a dazzling new world, where the only way out of a fairy tale is to live through one.

ABOUT BOOK #2


By: Soman Chainani
Published by: Harper Collins
Released on: April 15th, 2014
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After saving themselves and their fellow students from a life pitched against one another, Sophie and Agatha are back home again, living happily ever after. But life isn't exactly a fairytale. When Agatha secretly wishes she'd chosen a different happy ending with Prince Tedros, the gates to the School for Good and Evil open once again. But Good and Evil are no longer enemies and Princes and Princesses may not be what they seem, as new bonds form and old ones shatter

ABOUT BOOK #3


By: Soman Chainani
Published by: Harper Collins
Released on: July 21st, 2015
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In the epic next chapter of Soman Chainani’s New York Times bestselling series, The School for Good and Evil, everything old is new again as Sophie and Agatha fight the past as well as the present to find the perfect end to their story.

As A World Without Princes closed, the end was written and former best friends Sophie and Agatha went their separate ways. Agatha was whisked back to Gavaldon with Tedros and Sophie stayed behind with the beautiful young School Master.

But as they settle into their new lives, their story begs to be re-written, and this time, theirs isn’t the only one. With the girls apart, Evil has taken over and the villains of the past have come back to change their tales and turn the world of Good and Evil upside down.

Readers around the world are eagerly awaiting the third book in The School for Good and Evil series, The Last Ever After. This extraordinary new journey delivers more action, adventure, laughter, romance and fairy tale twists and turns than you could ever dream of!

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Friday, September 15, 2017

THE ADVENTURER'S GUIDE TO DRAGONS (and Why They Keep Biting Me) by Wade Albert White / Blog Tour: Book Review & Giveaway


Welcome to the next stop in THE ADVENTURER'S GUIDE TO DRAGONS blog tour. I'm thrilled to share my review for Wade's newest book in a must read series full of humor, adventure and friendship. Find out more about the book below and don't forget to enter to win! 

ABOUT THE BOOK


By: Wade Albert White
Published by:  Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Released on: September 5, 2017
Ages: 8 & up
Purchase from: AmazonB&NiBooksTBD
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Rating: 5 Fireballs
A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for my honest review

Get ready for dragons, robots, and an even more dangerous quest in the sequel to The Adventurer's Guide to Successful Escapes! 

Anne, Penelope, and Hiro have returned to Saint Lupin's Quest Academy for Consistently Dangerous and Absolutely Terrifying Adventures, where there's only one way to leave: pass or fail. At the annual Quest Academy awards, they're recognized for their success in their first outing-Best Illegal Quest That Nearly Destroyed the Entire World--but a strange boy steals Anne's gauntlet and activates a new quest that pits them against all of dragonkind. Their charge: kill the dragon queen. The problem is, Anne doesn't want to kill any dragons! But ignoring a quest can have horrible consequences, just as killing the dragon queen would start an all-out war between people and dragons. To avert disaster, Anne and her friends will have to dodge robot attacks, defeat new foes, and survive the dangerous dragon trials just for a chance to explain.
With charming, funny text and lots of heart, The Adventurer's Guide to Dragons is the perfect read for anyone who likes fantasy with lots of laughter.
An unforgettable of adventure brimming with humor, friendship, dragons, and magic! This is the kind of book that gets kids exciting about reading. Be warned, this adventure is one you'll be reading at your own risk.... 

This adventure story follows a girl name Anne, and her friends Penelope and Hiro. When Anne is tasked with fulfilling a quest, it's going to take a whole lot of team work, smarts, and bravery to do the impossible. This is a hero's quest unlike one I've ever read before. It's the perfect blend of characters you wish you had as a real life friends, a lot of humor, and an imaginative, magical filled world with talking robots, dragons, a floating island, a volcano, unlikely heroes and so much more. 

White's writing is captivating. This book is such a fun read not only because of the voice telling the story, it also has the perfect mix of adventure, and humor that makes reading this book so much fun, for both kids and adults. We also like that at the beginning of each chapter is an illustration and at the end of each chapter there is a tip /guide for being an adventurer. This is the kind of story I would have re-read as a kid. I love being able to read this book along side my daughter now. 

I don't remember the last time I enjoyed reading an adventure story as much as I did reading this one. This is a fun, laugh out read with a cast of unforgettable characters, a richly detailed unimaginable setting, and an ending that will make you wish the next book in this series was already out. I really hope there will be many more books in this series. It makes the perfect read out-loud for a classroom setting or at home. It's also a great book for reluctant readers as well. I highly recommend picking this book up. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Wade hails from Nova Scotia, Canada, land of wild blueberries and Duck Tolling Retrievers. He teaches part-time, dabbles in animation, and spends the rest of his time as a stay-at-home dad. It is also possible he has set a new record as the slowest 10K runner. Ever. He owns one pretend cat and one real one, and they get along fabulously.
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Friday, September 8, 2017

BB-8 ON THE RUN by Drew Daywalt / Blog Tour: Book Review & Giveaway #BB8OnTheRun


Welcome to the next stop for the BB-8 On The Run blog tour! We're so thrilled to be apart of this tour. Being huge Star Wars fans, this is a book I was beyond excited to feature on the blog. Trust me, it's one that's worth picking up. Below you'll find more information on the book, my thoughts on it, and a giveaway! First, about the book:

ABOUT THE BOOK 

Written & Illustrated By: Drew Daywalt
Published by: Disney Lucasfilm Press
Released on: September 1, 2017
Ages:
Pages: 40
Purchase from: AmazonB&NTBD,
Add it to Goodreads
Rating: 5 Droids
*A copy of this book was provided by Disney Hyperion in exchange of my honest review

When BB-8 is separated from his master, Poe Dameron, on the lonely desert planet of Jakku, he has no choice but to keep rolling. It's all up to him to get a top-secret map back to the Resistance so they can find Luke Skywalker and save the galaxy from the evil First Order.

It's scary to have a big job when you're just a little droid on your own. But BB-8 isn't alone for long. As he speeds across the sand, BB-8 meets all kinds of strangers who need his help. Should he do good things, as Poe always told him, or will that get in the way of his mission?

See how everyone's favorite little astromech droid makes friends and foils enemies in this funny and exciting new Star Wars adventure!

A must have for Star Fans of all ages! Stunning illustrations, and a message about friendship, hope, and never giving up, make this book one readers of all ages will enjoy. Out of all of Daywalt's books, this one is my absolute favorite! That, and I may be bias since it is about one of my favorite droids, BB-8.

Take a journey with BB-8 on his quest to find his master, and in the process, you'll learn that no matter how small this droid is, he's a true friend who does everything he can to help others. Even if it deters him from his mission. BB-8 might be small, but that doesn't mean he can't do amazing things. We loved that he always lent a helping hand to others, and not just his friends. In his helping others, he even over-came his fear of being alone.

Easy to read, and visually stunning, this book is one you'll want to read again and again. With humor, fun, and foiled villains, this is one adventure readers will enjoy. Plus, what's not to love about the illustrated Star Wars world, and getting to hanging out with a droid over and over again. The nice thing is that this book is both for longtime Star Wars fans as much as it for those not familiar with it. I highly recommend picking up this book!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR



TEN TOTALLY TRUE FACTS ABOUT DREW DAYWALT FOR YOUR AUTHOR REPORT:
Before becoming an author, Drew was a farmer in the 1800’s.
Drew eats his weight in bamboo shoots every day.
Drew is a man of 1000 faces. Unfortunately, every face looks exactly the same.
The cheetah is the fastest land animal with recorded speeds of up to 80mph. Drew hopes one never chases him.
In addition to being an author, Drew is also a world renowned beekeeper.
And a race car driver.
Drew likes to make up stories about being a world-renowned beekeeper and race car driver. (He is neither.)
Drew just made a hot cup of tea. Please retweet.
Drew has three rows of razor sharp teeth designed for ripping and shredding his prey.
Drew has ferocious hair and he’s not afraid to use it.


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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

UNI THE UNICORN AND THE DREAM COME TRUE by Amy Krouse Rosenthal / Blog Tour: Book Review #UniTheUnicorn


By: Amy Krouse Rosenthal 
Illustrated by: Brigette Barrager
Published by: Random House
Released on: August 29th, 2017
Ages: 3 & up
Purchase from: Random House | Amazon | B&N
Add it to Goodreads
Rating: 5 rainbows
Thank you to Random House for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review

Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Brigette Barrager reunite to bring us a sparkly, magical sequel to Uni the Unicorn!

The Land of Unicorns is in trouble — it has been raining and raining for what seems like forever. This is a big problem because there are only three ways that unicorns can get their magic: from the golden sun, from magnificent rainbows, and from the sparkle of believing. 

Luckily, Uni the Unicorn has always always always believed…that little girls are REAL. Join this very special unicorn and the little girl who believes right back as they finally meet and work together to save a magical land and all who live there!

Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Brigette Barrager reunite to revive this world glowing with possibility and hope that is the stuff of childhood fantasies. 

Adorable illustrations, and Rosenthal's magical craft of story telling, Uni's newest story is just as good as the first. This story is proof that believing is real, friendship is magic, and unicorns will always be cool no matter how old you are. 

When the magic of Uni's world begins to disappear because of the nonstop rain, and lack of sun, and rainbows (the unicorn's source of magic), Uni has to do something. Even though Uni is the only ONE unicorn who believes that little girls exist, that believing turns into something real, when the girl and Uni finally meet. What transpires is magic, friendship, and proof that you never stop dreaming or believing, even if you're the only one. 

Amy and Brigette once again join forces to bring to life the magic, wonder, and fun of childhood in a beautifully told and illustrated story. This is another picture book I would have worn out as a kid. It's wonderful to have a story that can both be a fun, enchanting story as well as share a wonderful message to it's audience. 

If you love unicorns, rainbows, magic, believing, dreaming and friendship (it doesn't need to be in that order), than this book is for you. 

Monday, September 4, 2017

THE DREADFUL TALE OF PROSPER REDDING by Alexandra Bracken #ProsperRedding


Welcome to today's exciting feature, celebrating this week's release of THE DREADFUL TALE OF PROSPER REDDING by Alexandra Bracken. I absolutely loved reading this book. I'm so thrilled to team up with Disney Hyperion to celebrate the release of Alexandra's debut middle grade book. Trust me, you don't want to miss entering to win this awesome Prosper Redding prize pack. First, before you enter to win, check out more about the book. Don't forget to pick up your copy of this must read TOMORROW (9/5), when it's out!

ABOUT THE BOOK 



By: Alexandra Bracken
Published by: Disney Hyperion
To Be Released on: September 5th, 2017
Ages: 9+
Series: The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding #1
Purchase from: AmazonB&N | The Book Depository 
Add it to Goodreads
Read the first two chapters on Disney.com

“I would say it’s a pleasure to meet thee, Prosperity Oceanus Redding, but truly, I only anticipate the delights of destroying thy happiness….”

Prosper is the only unexceptional Redding in his old and storied family history—that is, until he discovers the demon living inside him. Turns out Prosper’s great-great-great-great-great-something grandfather made—and then broke—a contract with a malefactor, a demon who exchanges fortune for eternal servitude. And, weirdly enough, eight-hundred-year-old Alastor isn’t exactly the forgiving type.   
  
The fiend has reawakened with one purpose--to destroy the family whose success he ensured and who then betrayed him.  With only days to break the curse and banish Alastor back to the demon realm, Prosper is playing unwilling host to the fiend, who delights in tormenting him with nasty insults and constant attempts to trick him into a contract. Yeah, Prosper will take his afterlife without a side of eternal servitude, thanks. But with the help of his long-lost uncle, Barnabas, and his daughter, Nell, a witch-in-training, it seems like Prosper has at least a fighting chance of ridding himself of Alastor before the demon escapes and wreaks havoc on his family. 

Little does Prosper know, the malefactor’s control over his body grows stronger with each passing night and there’s a lot Alastor isn’t telling his dim-witted (but admittedly strong-willed) human host… 

From #1 New York Times best-selling author Alexandra Bracken comes a tale of betrayal and revenge, of old hurts passed down from generation to generation.  Can you ever fully right a wrong, ever truly escape your history? Or will Prosper and Alastor be doomed to repeat it?  

ABOUT THE AUTHOR



Alexandra Bracken is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Darkest Minds series. Born and raised in Arizona, she moved East to study history and English at the College of William & Mary in Virginia. After working in publishing for several years, Alex now writes full-time and can be found hard at work on her next novel in a charming little apartment that's perpetually overflowing with books. Visit her online at www.alexandrabracken.com and on Twitter @alexbracken.

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Prepare to be Spellbound! I LOVE this prize pack and I'm so excited to team up with Disney-Hyperion to host a giveaway for it. If you follow us on Instagram I shared a picture of the prize pack we were sent, along with an Insta-story for it. 

One (1) winner will receive:
  • The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding;
  • PLUS spellbinding merchandise including “Witches Brew” hot cocoa; witch-broom pen set; and trick-or-treating tote!

Giveaway open to US addresses only.
Prizing and samples provided by Disney-Hyperion.

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

SUPER SAURUS SAVES KINDERGARTEN by Deborah Underwood / Book Review


By:Deborah Underwood
Illustrated by: Ned Young
Published by: Disney Hyperion
Released on: June 27th, 2017
Ages: 3 & up 
Purchase from: DisneyAmazon | B&N
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Rating: 4 Owlets 
Thank you to Disney Hyperion for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Arnold has a plan.

The evil genius Zorgo-disguised as Mr. Zachary-will never stop him. That's because Arnold is . . . SUPER SAURUS! No kindergarten in the universe can hold him.

Or can it?


Perfect for kids who are anxious or unsure about going to kindergarten. Super Saurus Saves Kindergarten will chase their worries away. They'll find Arnold has a lot of the same worries they do, but once he puts on his cape, Arnold can do anything. He soon realizes that Kindergarten is a lot more fun than he thought it would be. Even without his cape,Arnold is still a hero. He proves that heros not only come in all shapes and sizes, they also learn to overcome their fears. 

What a fun read. Underwood's combination of superhero, and dinosaurs theme was a perfect match for this book. Paired with Young's equally fun illustrations, make this book a must read for kindergarteners. This is one book we really enjoyed reading, and look forward to passing on to a kindergarten class to enjoy. I highly recommend picking this one up!

Monday, August 28, 2017

7 ATE 9 The Untold Story by Tara Lazar / Book Review


By: Tara Lazar
Illustrated by: Ross MacDonald
Published by: Disney Hyperion
Released on: May 16th, 2017
Ages: 4 & up
Purchase from: DisneyAmazon
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Rating: 5 Owlets 
Thank you to Disney Hyperion for a providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review

6 has a problem.

Everyone knows that 7 is always after him. Word on the street is that 7 ate 9. If that's true, 6's days are numbered. Lucky for him, Private I is on the case. But the facts just don't add up.

It's odd.

Will Private I put two and two together and solve the problem . . . or is 6 next in line to be subtracted?


A really fun read with a great who-done it mystery for all ages! 

Detective I is on the case of the missing number. Did 7 eat 9? If so, who's next? Could it be 6? 6 is really worried 7 is out to get him next. Or could another number be responsible for 9's sudden and suspicious disappearance. With Detective I hard on the case, readers will enjoy trying to solve the mystery as letters and numbers are question over 9's disappearance. Just be warned, not everything is at it appears... See if you an solve the mystery before Detective I can. 

7 Ate 9 is an engaging story that makes for the perfect read aloud, as it invites readers to join in the mystery. It's fast paced storyline, and fun illustrations make it easy to follow along. This is an entertaining read worth checking out. 

Friday, August 25, 2017

FALL IS FOR SCHOOL by Robert Neubecker / Book Review


Written & Illustrated by: Robert Newbecker
Published by: Disney Hyperion
Released on: June 20th, 2017
Ages: 4 & up
Purchase from: Amazon | B&N
Add it to Goodreads
Rating: 3 owlets - It's A Good Read
An unbound book was provided by the publisher in exchange for my honest review

Fall is time for turning leaves,
The weather's growing cool.
Fall is here! Come on with me!
It's time to go to school.


In this exuberant sequel to Winter is for Snow, the two seasonally-opposed siblings face the end of summer with both joy and dread. But as Sister shares her enthusiasm for fall, school, and everything they encompass, Brother's own excitement grows in this celebratory picturebook. Robert Neubecker's expressive illustrations and buoyant rhymes will encourage even the most reluctant school-goers to embrace the start of a new season!


"Fall is time for school! We'll learn, and we'll be cleaver. A great big world will open up and change our lives forever."

Fall Is For School is a fun reminder about the excitement of the beginning of the school year, and all the fun the fall season brings with it. When a young sister's brother isn't as excited about the approaching school year as she is, she tries to ease his reluctance by telling him about all the things she's looking forward to. From colder weather to the the things they learn in school, to playing on the play ground, celebrating Halloween, music, art, sports and so much more. Through her sharing the things she loves about school, her brother's reluctance starts to disappear. 

I liked how the sister went about trying to ease her older brother's fears in going back to school. I get why he was sad about summer vacation ending, and loved the enthusiasm the young girl had with the beginning of the school year, and the excitement of the approaching fall season. As she tries to ease his fears by getting him excited about school and fall, including celebrating Halloween, he slowly starts to realize there are a lot of things to enjoy, and be excited about.  I liked how the author showed the different interests and learning abilities the brother and sister have.

This is a cute story, and perfect for those who are a little reluctant to go back to school. With some rhyming scattered through the book, and diversity illustrated through out the story, a lot of young readers will be able to identify with this book. Definitely worth reading for those with back to school jitters. 

I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves. ~ Anna Quindlen

Good children's literature appeals not only to
the child in the adult, but to the adult in the child.
~ Anonymous ~