Monday, September 29, 2014

Temple Run Giveaway!

Temple Run, the fastest-growing mobile game app, is taking its biggest leap yet, jumping into children's books! And you can win all three books in paperback:) from Egmont Publishing. (US and Canada only)
Ages 8-12

Temple Run Book One Run for Your Life!: Jungle Trek
Chase Wilder    
On Sale: 09/23/2014      
Trade Paperback
You're a lucky kid--for your birthday, you're having a destination party: a campout and scavenger hunt in an exotic locale. Depending on the choices you make, you will reach safety in time to enjoy your party, or you will be kidnapped and held for ransom, buying Guy and Scarlett time to make off with the treasure. You decide!

Temple Run Book Two Run for Your Life!: Doom Lagoon    
Chase Wilder    
On Sale: 09/23/2014      
Trade Paperback
You are an intern and will be accompanying the curator of an antiquities museum during school vacation on a dive to a newly discovered historic shipwreck. Depending on the choices you make, you will either be stranded at sea, drown, explore the wreck, or discover buried treasure. You decide! Run Downloaded Apptivity Book
On-Sale: 09/23/2014      
Trade Paperback
Temple Run Downloaded is a cool, fast, addictive mobile game, and fans can relive the excitement with this activity book shaped like a tablet. Race down ancient temple walls, along sheer cliffs, and avoid evil monkeys as you challenge your brain to solve these fun puzzles. Temple Run Downloadedincludes mazes, brain teasers, puzzles, 4 gatefold pages, and 4 sticker pages, with exclusive info about this favorite game and characters. Full color illustrations throughout.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Cover Reveal... The Griffin's Riddle by Suzzane Selfors

Okay, it's not YA, but this is a friend's book so I just had to share. You can pre-order it now at Amazon or B & N.

Blurb- Ten-year-olds Ben Silverstein and Pearl Petal have had quite a busy summer in the typically quiet town of Buttonville. Ever since Dr. Woo opened her doors, things have been more exciting than the senior center on pudding day! Together, Ben and Pearl have encountered all sorts of magical beasts -- from a sasquatch, to a lake monster, to a leprechaun, to a dragon, to a unicorn.
In "The Griffin's Riddle," when Ben and Pearl discover that Dr. Woo and the sasquatch are both sick with Troll Tonsillitis, the two must travel to the Imaginary World in search of the only cure -- a griffin's feather. But can they convince the "King of Creatures" to surrender one? And at what cost?
Suzanne Selfors delivers a wild journey filled with mythical creatures and zany adventures that are anything "but" imaginary.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Popular Banned Books of 2013

It's banned books week and I was checking out Huffington Post's article on what has recently been banned. I wasn't surprised at some, like Fifty Shades of Grey, but some others might surprise you. You can check out the full article here. I've said this before, I do believe in age appropriate reading, but not banning books. Parents- you do have a duty here to do your homework.

1. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian
2. The Bluest Eye
3. Looking for Alaska
4.(tie) A Bad Boy Can Be Good For a Girl
   Bless Me, Ultima
   The Hunger Games
   The Perks of Being a Wallflower
5. (tie) Captain Underpants... Poopypants
    The Color Purple
    Fifty Shades of Grey
    The Things They Carried

And the reasons given from ALA

Monday, September 22, 2014

Charlie Bumpers vs. The Squeaking Skull by Bill Harley

The Story- (blurb)
This Halloween Charlie and Tommy have big plans. They hope they can get out of taking their little sisters around and go trick-or-treating in Alex's upscale neighborhood instead. There they'll get tons more candy, they'll be on their own, and afterwards they'll get to attend the sleepover at Alex's house. But when Charlie finds out that the entertainment at the party is to consist of the "Scariest Horror Movies Ever," he is struck by panic. Charlie loves candy, he loves sleepovers with his friends, but he absolutely hates horror movies. There is yet another wrinkle in Charlie's Halloween plans. He is determined to win the big prize (ten movie tickets) that will be awarded for the best costume, but when he finally comes up with a genius prize-winning idea, he runs into an unexpected obstacle.

My Thoughts-
Halloween is on its way and Charlie and best friend Tommy are making plans. Charlie wants to win the school costume contest and 10 tickets to the local movie theater. He pulls out all the stops and works with the art teacher to come up with the most original and creative rabid bat. It's cool how he puts things together with art supplies and an idea.

Their other plan involves sleeping over at a friends house to go trick or treating at the big houses and get the big candy bars and then watch the scary movie, The Shrieking Skull. Charlie's plans hit a roadblock when his mom finds out about the scary movie, which his little sister calls The Squeaking Skull, and calls his friend's mom to voice her concern. Charlie is secretly delighted because he really hates horror movies, but doesn't want his friends to know.

Charlie's older brother Matt comes up with a plan to descare Charlie. Every night he tells him the adventures of The Long Fingered Man. A story that comes in handy at the sleep over and allows Charlie to express his real feelings about being scared.

 This story is loads of fun and filled with quirky ideas and plans. A perfect kids being kids book. 4 stars!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Tabula Rasa by Kristen Lippert-Martin

Welcome to YA Friday! One of my favorite days of the week. Today I am looking at the new release from Kristen Lippert-Martin, Tabula Rasa. And for my readers- Egmont USA is giving away a SIGNED copy. To enter fill out the rafflecopter form below. If you don't see it click 'read more'. To check out the entire blog tour and see all the stops click here.

The Story-
Sarah believes that she once committed murder. To live with her conscience she allows herself to undergo procedures that will wipe her memory. As a tabula rasa, a blank slate, Sarah believes that she will be a better person. But, during her last procedure something goes wrong and the laboratory where she lives is attacked by soldiers.

Fleeing into a blizzard, Sarah attempts to escape, only to end up trapped with a computer hacker that has plans of his own at the laboratory. Together, Sarah and Thomas attempt to avoid the elite soldiers, only to end up stuck back inside the lab building in the basement with "failed" test subjects. As more time passes from missing her last procedure , Sarah begins to have memories, memories that don't involve crime and murder. Who is she? and why do the soldiers want her specifically dead?

My Thoughts-
I love themes like this. Sarah can't remember her past and believes that she is undergoing experimental procedures to help mankind. Then the memories begin and voices sound familiar. Who is she? Why is she there? And why do the soldiers want her dead? Such great questions, and you have to read the whole book to figure them out.

The story also contains a blossoming romance. Sarah and Thomas go through the feelings of first crush with the potential of a relationship. I think this side plot was handled nicely and with the short timeline, appropriately.

The only thing that pulled at me was the motive of the villain, Hodges. Her way of dealing with things is way extreme and I just couldn't see someone doing the things she did. Overall, the story is fun and adventurous. 4 stars!

Thursday, September 18, 2014


I am happy to announce that my YA Fantasy, The Awakening, will be published by Skyrocket Press. The expected release date is December 2, 2014! As soon as I'm given the cover art I'll do a cover reveal:)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

And the winner is...

Congrats to Carl Scott! The winner of the non fiction Summer Dreamin' Giveaway.