Review: How to Outfox Your Friends When You Don't Have a Clue by Jess Keating

Oct 5, 2015

TitleHow to Outfox Your Friends When You Don't Have a Clue
Author: Jess Keating
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Publishing Date: October 6, 2015
Pages/Format: 320, eARC
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What would middle school be like if you lived in a zoo? Just ask Ana Wright, star of the hilarious, award-nominated My Life is A Zoo series that combines first crushes, friendship fails...and pack dynamics.
Surprise! Ana's long distance BFF is finally coming back to visit. But with her purple hair and new attitude, Liv is barely the girl Ana remembers. This new Liv probably thinks a birthday party at the zoo is lame. Maybe if Ana has a super-secret sleepover instead, she'd never have to introduce Liv to Ashley, former enemy and now Ana's best-ish friend. What could go wrong?
Creature File for Liv:
Species Name: Best Frendicus
Kingdom: New Zealand
Phylum: girl who used to be Ana Wright's best friend, girl who used to like getting milkshakes at Shaken, Not Stirred
Feeds on: video chats with Leilani, attention from boys
Life span: undetermined, but if things keep going the way they are, the lifespan of Ana and Liv, BFFs isn't going to be the "forever" they thought...
Jess Keating combines the quirky humor and animal-centric plots of Carl Hiaasen with the awkward adolescent antics of Lauren Myracle in this fresh new middle grade series!
Book in One Word: Foxtastic!

Blog Tour: Minotaur by Phillip W. Simpson

Oct 1, 2015

Hello, creatures of the book world! Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Minotaur by Phillip W. Simpson. I've been looking forward to this book because it's about, well, a Minotaur! And I don't know about you, but that seems awfully interesting. Phillip is here today talking about myth and fiction, and you can enter to win a copy of his book, so be sure to check it all out!

Waiting on Wednesday (149)

Sep 30, 2015

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I still haven't read this author's most recent contemporary novel (for shame, dishonor on my cow), but I absolutely adored her first one (my review is here, if you're interested), and you bet your arse I'm waiting on her next one.

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Sep 29, 2015

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Review: The Pirate Code by Heidi Schulz

Sep 28, 2015

TitleThe Pirate Code
Author: Heidi Schulz
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publishing Date: September 15, 2015
Pages/Format: 352, Hardcover
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Fresh off a fearsome encounter with the Neverland crocodile, Jocelyn Hook decides the most practical plan is to hunt down her father's famous fortune. After all, she'll need the gold to fund her adventuring in the future. (And luckily, Hook left her the map.)

But the map proves to be a bit harder to crack than Jocelyn had hoped, and she's convinced that the horrible Peter Pan might be the only one with the answers. Of course, he doesn't really feel like helping her, so Jocelyn takes the only reasonable course of action left to her: she kidnaps his mother. Evie, though, is absolutely thrilled to be taken prisoner, so Jocelyn's daring ploy doesn't have quite the effect she'd planned for.

Along with the problem of her all-too-willing captive, Jocelyn must also contend with Captain Krueger, whose general policy is that no deed is too dastardly when it comes to stealing Hook's treasure. And with the ever-shifting Whens of the Neverland working against her as well, Jocelyn, Evie, Roger, and the rest of the Hook's Revenge crew have their work cut out for them. 

In this rambunctious showdown between characters new and old, Jocelyn puts her own brand of pirating to the test in a quest to save her future and those she loves.

Book in One Word: Arrgghhhtastic!

A Very Bookish Auction

Sep 26, 2015

Hello, readerlies! As you most certainly know, I am a fan of books. I like to read them and anticipate them and own them and hold them with the utmost fragility (and occasionally throw them with no fragility at all). I have new books and upcoming books and old books, but I don't really have old books. Enter Invaluable.

Blog Tour: Never Never by Brianna Shrum

Sep 25, 2015

Hello, lost boys, girls, and scallywag pirates! I am very excited about today's post, for I have Brianna Shrum here to talk about her debut novel Never Never, a retelling of Peter Pan told from the point of view of the one and only Captain Hook. I've already read the book (spoiler alert: I loved it), and I very much want to shove it in all your faces or else make you all walk the plank. But for now, I've got a interview with Brianna that will hopefully hook you (pun intended) into Never Never, and there's also a giveaway for the book that you'll definitely want to enter. So don't be a codfish--check it out!

Review: Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman

Sep 24, 2015

TitleLegacy of Kings
Author: Eleanor Herman
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publishing Date: August 18, 2015
Pages/Format: 384, ARC
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Imagine a time when the gods turn a blind eye to the agony of men, when the last of the hellions roam the plains and evil stirs beyond the edges of the map. A time when cities burn, and in their ashes, empires rise.

Alexander, Macedonia’s sixteen-year-old heir, is on the brink of discovering his fated role in conquering the known world but finds himself drawn to newcomer Katerina, who must navigate the dark secrets of court life while hiding her own mission: kill the Queen. But Kat’s first love, Jacob, will go to unthinkable lengths to win her, even if it means competing for her heart with Hephaestion, a murderer sheltered by the prince. And far across the sea, Zofia, a Persian princess and Alexander’s unmet fiancĂ©e, wants to alter her destiny by seeking the famed and deadly Spirit Eaters.

Weaving fantasy with the salacious and fascinating details of real history, New York Times bestselling author Eleanor Herman reimagines the greatest emperor the world has ever known: Alexander the Great, in the first book of the Blood of Gods and Royals series.

Book in One Word: Dethroned

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Sep 23, 2015

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Sep 22, 2015

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