Friday, December 2, 2016

Divergent Epilogue by Veronica Roth available!

Carve the Mark
On a planet where violence and vengeance rule, in a galaxy where some are favored by fate, everyone develops a currentgift, a unique power meant to shape the future. While most benefit from their currentgifts, Akos and Cyra do not—their gifts make them vulnerable to others’ control. Can they reclaim their gifts, their fates, and their lives, and reset the balance of power in this world?

Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power—something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.

Akos is from the peace-loving nation of Thuvhe, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Though protected by his unusual currentgift, once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get his brother out alive—no matter what the cost. When Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. They must decide to help each other to survive—or to destroy one another.

We Can Be Mended
A short story that gives a glimpse into Four’s life five years after the conclusion of the Divergent series.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

NaNoWriMo Winner!

Sorry I haven't posted in a week, but it was for a good cause- National Novel Writing Month. I'd taken Thanksgiving off and had to play catch up. But, as of today, the very last day of November, I made it past the 50 K mark! And I'm not finished. I'm just about to reach the climatic ending, so this YA will be a bit longer.

Yahoo! I hope every NaNoWriMo Participant had a good experience.

Monday, November 21, 2016

The Kingdom of Oceana by Mitchell Charles

I've good a good one today for Middle-Grade Monday! It is The Kingdom of Oceana by Mitchell Charles.

The Story-
A long time ago, before Hawaii was known as Hawaii, Islanders lived on the island and had sacred beliefs. Young Prince Ailani and his older brother Nahoa trespass on an ancient burial ground and find a tiki mask that contains dark powers. Nahoa covets the masks, while Ailani resists it. The mask is left alone, but its evil has been awakened.

Ailani is training to find his spirit animal. During this time, his father the King takes Ailani and Nahoa to visit a neighboring Island where they meet Princess Momi, but there are secrets on the island, secrets breaking sacred vows.

Now a war between good and evil is rising and Ailani is caught in the middle of it. He must fight off cursed sea creatures and possessed people to fight against the magic of the tiki and save his island and the princess.

My Thoughts-
I really loved this book and I'm going to tell you right off that I'm giving it 5 stars! It was such a refreshing story full of new folklore and characters, for me at least. Readers will be captured by Ailani, a true hero with a heart of gold. He struggles to grow into his princehood and to stand up to a brother who is a tyrant. He is full of courage and fights for what he knows is true and just.

The other aspect I love is the setting. The islands are a wealth of treasure and literary fun. The people's life and traits are so different than ours that I soaked everything in, enjoying the diversity and culture. There was so much to see, it was a pleasure for the senses. The author also includes footnotes with definitions of island words.

I highly recommend this book to young readers. Adventure, magic, battles and young love- all in one amazing book.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Altered by Jennifer Rush

YA Friday! Today I am reviewing a find I discovered on sale just this week on kindle- Altered by Jennifer Rush.

The Story-
Seventeen year old Anna has spent the last four years working with her father in his top secret lab underneath their farm. She is in charge of entering data obtained from the four young adults imprisoned there: Sam, Trev, Nick and Cas. Over the years she has developed a deep relationship with each; Sam being her crush, Trev her best friend, Nick her enemy and Cas the clown.

When The Branch decides to take the boys away, her father helps them all escape and sends Anna with them, charging Sam to take care of her. Sam is the only one who has a slight memory of who he used to be and so they follow clues to dig deeper into who the young men were and what experiments might have been done to them.

But, all is not what it seems and if they can't figure out the truth, they will be separated, permanently.

My Thoughts-
I'm glad I took a chance when this bargain came my way. The base story itself is not so unique- Amnesia, top secret government experiment, super soldiers, however the search for the truth behind the four boys and Anna is the real page turner.

Anna is by far my favorite character. She has been raised by a single dad obsessed with work. She is home schooled and doesn't seem to have any friends besides the boys. No wonder she grows attached to them. What really pulled me in was her desire to remember her mother. She treasures this book of  recipes that her deceased mom made, drawing a connection by including her own recipes and drawings inside it.

Sam is the love interested, and really, he is hard to understand. He is the leader of the group and remains remote. I wish the author had given us more to like about him. Maybe some hints of feelings for Anna before the climatic end.

Of course there is a big twist, and I actually didn't see it coming. I think I was so focused on the Anna and Sam relationship that I missed hints from the author. I think young adults will enjoy this beginning of a series. It is a thriller with hints of romance and sci-fi. 4 stars!

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Monday, November 14, 2016


Tuesday is the day in the industry that new books get released, and tomorrow is the release of a new book in a very popular series, Dork Diaries. So, let's check out Dork Diaries 11: Tales of a Not-So-Friendly-Frenemy by Rachel Renee Russell. If you have a girl in grade school, believe me, they already know about this fun series.

The Story-
It’s a frenemy showdown in the eleventh installment in the blockbuster #1 New York Times bestselling Dork Diaries series!

Nikki Maxwell has the worst luck. Of all the schools she could have been assigned to for the student exchange week program, she’s stuck at North Hampton Hills, her arch nemesis MacKenzie Hollister’s new school. Even worse, there might just be someone at NHH who can out-MacKenzie MacKenzie!

At least Nikki can write about every moment of drama in her diary, so readers won’t miss a moment of it.

Can the queen of dorks survive a week at the head CCP’s new school or will it be a dorky disaster?

Why do girls like these books so much? Well, besides being funny, they are written in an easy to read format, check out the excerpt...

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Twitter Pitch Party for MG and YA

#KidPit Pitch Party
November 9

Children's Authors this is a great opportunity!
#KidPit is a Periodic Twitter Pitch Event.

This is a traditional Twitter pitch Event for children’s, MG, and YA books (if you write NA or adult, try #AdPit instead). Pitch your book in 140 character with hashtag #KidPit within the Event time frame (genre and age hashtags are optional). If any agents, editors, or publishers favorite your pitch, submit a query to them following the guidelines posted on their Twitter accounts. Post only six times per project per day.

You can follow the Twitter conversation for this Event on the hashtag  and see helpful blog posts on Heidi Norrod’s blog.

The original information pages for this Event can be found here.

#KidPit Rules

Only pitch unpublished, complete, and polished manuscripts.
Do not Like or Retweet other people’s pitches.
Do not pitch Adult or New Adult manuscripts.
Pitch only six times per project per day.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Spotlight- Evolution Revolution, Book 1: Simple Machines by Charlotte Bennardo

Welcome to Middle-Grade Monday! Today I am spotlighting  Evolution Revolution, Book 1: Simple Machines by Charlotte Bennardo.

About the book-
 As machines start encroaching on their forest, the animals band together to come up with a plan.

Jack the gray squirrel is declaring war against the construction machines that have come to cut down his woods and destroy his nest. With the help of his human friend Collin, Jack learns how to use simple machines like the wheel. He thinks he can stop the bulldozers, if he can convince the other woodland animals to join him in the fight. But as they take on the humans and their machines, people are noticing that Jack and his friends are smarter than ordinary forest animals. All of them are in more danger than they realize and now have to outsmart the scientists that are very interested in capturing them.

In the vein of the beloved Watership Down, Evolution Revolution: Simple Machines is a smart and charming book for younger readers that will have them wondering just what the animals in the yard are up to.

Based on school science curriculum, this book stands alone as a work of fantasy fiction, but holds additional educational appeal and can be tied into STEM (Science - evolution, biology; Technology - motorized RC car; Engineering - simple machines) in an accessible and fun new way.

About the Author-

Charlotte Bennardo is the co-author of the Sirenz series (Flux) and Blonde OPS (Thomas Dunne Books), hailed as “funny and entertaining” by Booklist. She resides in New Jersey with her family, and is currently hard at work fighting for chair space with her cat as she works on her next project.
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