Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Bad Kitty Goes To The Vet by Nick Bruel

Author: Nick Bruel
Publication: January 5, 2016
By: Roaring Brook Press
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A sick kitty is an unhappy kitty.
An unhappy kitty is a BAD kitty.

When Kitty is happy and healthy, everything is perfect. She jumps around, eats everything in sight, and has the energy she needs to keep slobbering puppies in their place. But when she’s sick, all she can do is lie in her bed. Looks like it’s time for this sick kitty to visit her least favorite person . . . the vet.

*I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

~ Review by The 11 Year Old ~

Describe This Book in 5 Words: Funny. Awesome. Enjoyable. Recommended. Satisfied.

Favorite Part: I don't want to spoil anything, but...what happens to Bad Kitty when the Vet puts her under anesthesia was my favorite part.

Favorite Character: The Vet because he's funny.

Would I Recommended This to other kids: Yes, because it can be enjoyed by all ages.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Audiobook Review: A Little In Love by Susan Fletcher

Author: Susan Fletcher
Narrator: Melody Grove
Publication: August 25, 2015
By: Recorded Books
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Inspired by Victor Hugo's classic Les Miserables, A Little in Love beautifully conveys the heartbreaking story of street girl Eponine. Paris, 1832 - a girl lies alone in the darkness, clutching a letter to her heart. Eponine remembers being a child: her swing and the peach tree and the baby brother she loved.

Mostly she remembers being miserable. Taught to lie and cheat and to hate the one girl, Cosette, who might have been her friend. Now, at 16, the two girls meet again, and Eponine has one more chance. But what is the price of friendship - the love of a boy?

*I received a copy of this audiobook from the publisher in exchange for an honest review* 

Audio: Melody Grove does a fantastic job of bringing Eponine and the rest of the characters to life. Her French is flawless and her accent made the whole experience much more enjoyable. 

Story: I love Les Misérables. I saw it on Broadway when I was 15 and have loved almost every adaptation since. (Except the movie version where Russel Crowe sings. That nearly ruined the whole story for me.) Les Mis was the inspiration for this book, but if you go into it expecting a straight retelling of Hugo's story, you will be disappointed. 

I was expecting a backstory filled with details and emotions that would add more layers to the character of Eponine I admire and respect. A girl who doesn't always make the right choice, does what she needs to survive, but who loves a boy so much she is willing to set aside her own feelings for his happiness. A girl who was bold, strong and ultimately, selfless. 

What I got was a sad, depressing story about a lonely girl with horrible parents and little to no backbone. The Eponine in A Little In Love is a shadow of the girl in Les Misérables. 

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Thicker Than Water by Brigid Kemmerer

Thicker Than WaterAuthor: Brigid Kemmerer
Publication: December 29, 2015
By: Kensington Books
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4.5 Stars! 

On his own

Thomas Bellweather hasn’t been in town long. Just long enough for his newlywed mother to be murdered, and for his new stepdad’s cop colleagues to decide Thomas is the primary suspect.

Not that there’s any evidence. But before Thomas got to Garretts Mill there had just been one other murder in twenty years.

The only person who believes him is Charlotte Rooker, little sister to three cops and, with her soft hands and sweet curves, straight-up dangerous to Thomas. Her best friend was the other murder vic. And she’d like a couple answers.

Answers that could get them both killed, and reveal a truth Thomas would die to keep hidden…

*Thank you to Kaye Publicity and Kensington for providing a copy for review*

My initial reaction upon finishing: HOLY CRAP THAT WAS GOOD!

I LOVE this cover.

Action, suspense, romance, and mystery---THICKER THAN WATER has it all. I'm usually pretty quick on the uptake when it comes to thrillers, but this one kept me guessing almost to the very end. I didn't want to put it down, I HAD to know what happened! I did not see the twist coming at all, but it elevated the story to whole new level of mind-effery.

Thomas and Charlotte are equally strong characters and as usual, Brigid Kemmerer nailed the male POV. Charlotte's family is overbearing at times, but with good reason. Having been raised by a cop myself, I particularly enjoyed the law enforcement aspect of the story.

I would love to see a sequel!

Read it. 

~ About the Author ~

Brigid Kemmerer finds the time to write somewhere between caring for her family and working at her day job, but sometimes she ends up mothering her coworkers and managing her family. The Elemental Series follows a family of four orphaned brothers who control the elements of Earth, Air, Fire, and Water, and their battles with those who want them dead. 

Sunday, December 13, 2015

#ApollyConOfficial Update

 ApollyCon 2016 is less than 3 months away, have you purchased your tickets yet?


You can find the full line-up of authors and all the event details HERE: http://apollycon.com

Not sure if you can attend? Check out the virtual bookstore! You can order signed/personalized copies. OPEN TO INTERNATIONAL readers too.

Model Drew Leighty as Seth from the Titans Series.
Model Pepe Toth as Daemon Black from the Lux Series

Saturday, December 12, 2015

The Golden Braid (Hagenheim #6) by Melanie Dickerson

Series: Hagenheim #6
Publication: November 17, 2015
By: Thomas Nelson

The one who needs rescuing isn’t always the one in the tower.

Rapunzel can throw a knife better than any man around. And her skills as an artist rival those of any artist she’s met. But for a woman in medieval times, the one skill she most desires is the hardest one to obtain: the ability to read.

After yet another young man asks for Rapunzel’s hand in marriage, Mother decides they need to move once again, but this time to a larger city. Rapunzel’s heart soars—surely there she can fulfill her dream. But Mother won’t let her close to a man. She claims that no man can be trusted.

After being rescued by a knight on the road to the city, and in turn rescuing him farther down the road, Rapunzel’s opportunity arrives at last. This knight, Sir Gerek, agrees to educate Rapunzel in order to pay back his debt. She just has to put up with his arrogant nature and single-minded focus on riches and prestige.

But this Rapunzel story is unlike any other and the mystery that she uncovers will change everything—except her happily ever after.
*I received a finished copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review* 

If you like fairytale re-imaginings with a dash of adventure, a pinch of romance, and a heaping does of faith, then this is the book for you. 

Rapunzel is my favorite of all fairytales and I enjoyed this take on it. Unlike all of the other re-imaginings I've read, Rapunzel does not start out locked in a tower. Nor is she meak. She's brave, strong and wields a knife like nobody's business. 

This was my first Melanie Dickerson book and I enjoyed her style of writing. The Golden Braid is part of a series but can be read as a stand alone.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

BLOG TOUR + GIVEAWAY: Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

Tell Me Three ThingsAuthor: Julie Buxbaum
Publication: April 15, 2016
By: Delacorte Press
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What if the person you need the most is someone you’ve never met?

Julie Buxbaum mixes comedy and tragedy, love and loss, pain and elation, in her debut YA novel whose characters will come to feel like friends. Tell Me Three Things will appeal to fans of Rainbow Rowell, Jennifer Niven, and E. Lockhart.

Everything about Jessie is wrong. At least, that’s what it feels like during her first week at her new ultra-intimidating prep school in Los Angeles. Just when she’s thinking about hightailing it back to Chicago—the closest place she has to something like home—she gets an email from a person calling themselves Somebody/Nobody (SN for short), offering to help her navigate the wilds of Wood Valley High School. Is it an elaborate hoax? Or can she rely on SN for some much-needed help?

The thing is, Jessie does need help. It’s been barely two years since her mother’s death, and because her father eloped with a woman he met online, Jessie has been forced to move across the country to live in LA with her stepmonster and her pretentious teenage son.

In a leap of faith—or an act of complete desperation—Jessie begins to rely on SN, and SN quickly becomes her lifeline and closest ally. Jessie can’t help wanting to meet SN in person. But are some mysteries better left unsolved?

*I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

~ Three Things I Liked About This Book ~

1) The cover has waffles on it. In the shape of a heart. (The slightly raised pictures gives the impression this may be a scratch 'n lick sniff book. Sadly, it is not.)

2) Jessie. I totally wanted to be friends with her! Her grief is palpable, but so is her hope. 

3) The mystery person!

~ Author Q&A ~

Tell Me Three Foods You Don't Like To Eat
1) Blue cheese. The only bad-for-you food I don’t actually like. Also, it smells like feet.
2) Olives. Can’t explain this one. Just not my thing.
3) Anything pumpkin flavored, which makes Trader Joes a no-go for the entire month of October.

Tell Me Three Places You Want To Visit Before You Die 
1) The red dunes of Namibia.
2) Costa Rica.
3) Vietnam.

Tell Me Three Songs You Could Listen To On Repeat Forever

1) The Book of Love. (I think it was originally by The Magnetic Fields, but I’m addicted to the Steve Goldberg version.)
2) Pretty much anything by Taylor Swift (TayTay is our family’s living room pajama dance party music)
3) Anna Begins, Counting Crows (Makes me nostalgic for my high school and college days)

Tell Me Three Pieces of Advice You'd Give Aspiring Authors

1) Read everything you can get your hands on.
2) Sit on your tushy for unhealthily long periods of time.
3) Write badly and then keep writing. And then write some more. And then edit, edit, and edit until you can’t look at your computer screen for another minute. Rinse and repeat.

~ Follow Julie Buxbaum ~



~ Giveaway ~ 

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Friday, December 4, 2015

OMG Shakespeare: Macbeth #killingit & A Midsummer Night #nofilter

 *Thank you Cassie McGinty and Random House for providing bound galleys in exchange for honest reviews*

Macbeth #killingitTitle: Macbeth #killingit
Series: OMG Shakespeare
Publication: January 5, 2016
By: Random House Books for Young Readers 
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Macbeth, one of the greatest stories ever told . . . in texts?!

Imagine: What if that tragic couple, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, had smartphones? A classic is reborn in this fun and funny adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays!

A prophecy from three witches.
A social-climbing couple committing a murder most foul.
A cover-up that spins way out of control.

and h8. The classics just got a whole lot more interesting. ;)
tl;dr A Shakespeare play told through its characters texting with emojis, posting photos, checking in at locations, and updating their relationship statuses. The perfect gift for hip theater lovers and teens.

A glossary and cast of characters are included for those who need it. For example: tl;dr means too long; didn’t read.

A Midsummer Night #nofilter (OMG Shakespeare)Title: A Midsummer Night #nofilter 
Series: OMG Shakespeare 
Author(s): William Shakespeare, Brett Wright Publication: January 5, 2016
By: Random House Books for Young Readers  

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, one of the greatest stories ever told . . . in texts?!

Imagine: What if the fairies and star-crossed lovers of the forest had smartphones? A classic is reborn in this fun and funny adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays!

Four lovers who can’t decide who they have a crush on.
One mischievous fairy with a love potion.
Total chaos in the fairy world, the human world, and everywhere in between!

and h8. The classics just got a whole lot more interesting. ;)

tl;dr A Shakespeare play told through its characters texting with emojis, posting photos, checking in at locations, and updating their relationship statuses. The perfect gift for hip theater lovers and teens.

~ My Thoughts ~ 

As with the other two books in this series, YOLO Juliet, and srsly Hamlet, these offer a fresh, fun and modern take on the classics; they're ridiculously fun to read! The Kingdom Chat Room might be my favorite part. 

Read them!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Naughty or Nice Holiday Giveaway by Harlequin Romance Report

Add some spice to your holidays with

Harlequin Romance Report's

Naughty or Nice Giveaway!


~ One Winner
~ US/Canada Only (not Quebec)
~ Must be 18 years old to enter.
~ Winner must respond within 24 hours or another winner will be chosen.
~ Publisher will mail out prize pack, Jenuine Cupcakes not responsible for lost prizes
~ Some titles in ebook format. 

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