Jan 23, 2018

Recent Reads: Women Who Dared by Linda Skeers and Livi Gosling

Women Who Dared: 52 Stories of Fearless Daredevils, Adventurers, and Rebels
Women Who Dared: 52 Stories of Fearless Daredevils, Adventurers and Rebels by Linda Skeers and illustrated by Livi Gosling

Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Publication Date:  

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27405327-pop-manga-coloring-book?from_search=true  https://www.amazon.com/Pop-Manga-Coloring-Book-Beautiful/dp/0399578471?ie=UTF8&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0399578471&linkCode=as2&redirect=true&ref_=x_gr_w_bb&tag=x_gr_w_bb-20

Format:  Hardback
Source: Own/ Won from a Facebook Giveaway



Goodreads Synopsis: 
Women have been doing amazing, daring, and dangerous things for years, but they’re rarely mentioned in our history books as adventurers, daredevils, or rebels. This new compilation of brief biographies features women throughout history who have risked their lives for adventure—many of whom you may not know, but all of whom you’ll WANT to know, such as:
• Annie Edson Taylor, the first person who dared to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel

• Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman who dared to fly in space
• Helen Gibson, the first woman who dared to be a professional stunt person
• And many more!
This is the perfect read for anyone who wants to know what it means to explore, discover, play, climb, and fight like a girl!
This book is a great one to pick up and put down in between doing things or reading another book. It would be great as a coffee table book addition or it is best for young women looking for role models. This book is a combination of tales about 52 miraculous women in history from all over the world. They have done awesome things for the furthering of women's rights and just for the heck of it. 

Each woman gets a two-page spread with an illustration of her on one side and a page about her life and accomplishment. The spreads are concise and easy to read and adult and younger readers will all really enjoy them. I learned some amazing things from this compilation and I loved reading through all of them. I can't wait to pass this one to a friend.

Jan 22, 2018

Recent Reads: With Love, From Me to You by Mary Manz Simon

Source: From Booklook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion or review.
With Love, From Me to You
With Love, From Me to You by Mary Manz Simon
Publisher: Zonderkidz
Publication Date:  December 26, 2017

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27405327-pop-manga-coloring-book?from_search=true  https://www.amazon.com/Pop-Manga-Coloring-Book-Beautiful/dp/0399578471?ie=UTF8&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0399578471&linkCode=as2&redirect=true&ref_=x_gr_w_bb&tag=x_gr_w_bb-20

Format:  Board book


Goodreads Synopsis: 
With Love, From Me to You is a board book for little ones that will remind them how important it is to love and be loved. With adorable illustrations and sweet, rhyming text by bestselling author Dr. Mary Manz Simon, this book shows children how important their actions and words are in expressing God’s great love with one another. Parents will enjoy reading this book on Valentine’s Day or any day of the year to encourage their children to remember that love is more than gifts and candy; it’s about doing for others and sending love to everyone who’s near.
This board book has a very good message, that love is everyday not just on and around Valentine's Day and it is important to love others with more than cards and candy. The books characters are little animals that are sharing love throughout the day and the text of the story reads kind of like a poem and rhymes a little. It was a very cute book overall, my only hesitation is that the text does mention God a few times. That is ok, but I think you can write a book about love without having to note that God shares love too. So this book is more on the religious end of the spectrum even though it might not seem it.

Jan 21, 2018

Building the Book Pile #268

Welcome to Building the Book Pile!  A Weekly meme inspired by Stacking the Shelves

Hello Readers, Bloggers, and Awesome people! 

Still going strong on the reading front. I finished the last book in my TBR pile post and am on to many others. I am very excited about it too. I love reading so much so reading slumps make me depressed... and reading really gets all the creative juices going (so to speak) because I have wonderful knitting plans and what to paint too, it is going to be wonderful once I get home from work everyday.

This weekend we did a bunch of errands and chores and helped the snow melt a little in the sun (gotta get rid of some of it before more comes). I also helped a friend look for her wedding dress, this was the first run and we already found something she really likes. I am so excited for her. Other than that it was a normal work week.

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Coming up on the Blog

Recent Reads: With Love, from Me to You by Mary Manz Simon (Youth)
Recent Reads: Women Who Dared by  Linda Skeers (MG, YA, Adult, Non-Fiction)
Recent Reads: Harley Quinn #24 and #25 by Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner (Comic)
Recent Reads: The Pink Umbrella by Amélie Callot (Youth)
Recent Reads: Harley Quinn #26 and #27 by Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner (Comic)

Books Received this Week

I finally got around to picking up my comic subscription... which means I picked up Harley Quinn #24-35
The Pink Umbrella by Amélie Callot and Geneviève Gadbout from Librarything Early Reviewers and Tundra books for review.
Hardened Hearts edited by Eddie Generous from Theresa Braun (one of the authors) for review. 

Have you missed anything lately?

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Happy Reading!

Jan 19, 2018

Recent Reads: The Crowns of Croswald by D.E. Night

Source: From the Author in exchange for an honest review this in no way alters my opinion or review.

The Crowns of Croswald (The Croswald Series)The Crowns of Croswald
Series: The Crowns of Croswald #1

Publisher: Stories Untold Press
Publication Date:   July 1, 2017

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27405327-pop-manga-coloring-book?from_search=true  https://www.amazon.com/Pop-Manga-Coloring-Book-Beautiful/dp/0399578471?ie=UTF8&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0399578471&linkCode=as2&redirect=true&ref_=x_gr_w_bb&tag=x_gr_w_bb-20

Format: Paperback ARC



Goodreads Synopsis: 
In Croswald, the only thing more powerful than dark magic is one secret…

For sixteen years Ivy Lovely has been hidden behind an enchanted boundary that separates the mundane from the magical. When Ivy crosses the border, her powers awaken. Curiosity leads her crashing through a series of adventures at the Halls of Ivy, a school where students learn to master their magical blood and the power of Croswald’s mysterious gems. When Ivy’s magic––and her life––is threatened by the Dark Queen, she scrambles to unearth her history and save Croswald before the truth is swept away forever.

Unboxing Video

A long while back I received an email about a promo package and if I wanted it, it would contain a book as well as other goodies and was blown away by the blurb and cover art so I said YES PLEASE. The Unboxing Video is above if you are interested in all the great things. I loved this experience, the box by itself was breathtaking and I was excited to get into the book but had other things I needed to get to first, then I fell into a reading slump and was useless. 

I started the book and fell into it. It is a fantasy that has a gorgeous world built around a character named Ivy. It has a bit of a Harry Potter feel to it but it has more too. The story follows Ivy as she is pulled into a school where she is learning to be a recorder of magical things and the royals who also attend, have the magic. She learns a lot of wonderful new things and then discovers that there are a lot of secrets being kept by the Halls and weird things turn her school like into a whirlwind of mystery, discovery, and best of all, magic.

The world the author created and the characters are a lot of fun to read about. the world sucks you in and Ivy the main character is an underdog and I really like that. She isn't trying to hard, she accepts her circumstances and when she learns more about her past she doesn't get cocky or annoying. I am very interested to see when the series will lead me.

Jan 18, 2018

Recent Reads: Nignt Study by Maria Snyder

Source: From Netgalley and Mira in exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion or review.  

Night Study by Maria V. Snyder
Night Study (Soulfinders, #2; Study, #5)
Series: Souldfinders #2, Study #5
Publisher: Mira
Publication Date: January 26, 2016  

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27405327-pop-manga-coloring-book?from_search=true  https://www.amazon.com/Pop-Manga-Coloring-Book-Beautiful/dp/0399578471?ie=UTF8&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0399578471&linkCode=as2&redirect=true&ref_=x_gr_w_bb&tag=x_gr_w_bb-20

Format:  Ebook



Goodreads Synopsis: 
Ever since being kidnapped from the Illiais Jungle as a child, Yelena Zaltana's has been fraught with peril. But the recent loss of her Soulfinding abilities has endangered her more than ever before. As she desperately searches for a way to reclaim her magic, her enemies are closing in, and neither Ixia nor Sitia are safe for her anymore. Especially since the growing discord between the two countries and the possibility of a war threatens everything Yelena holds dear.

Valek is determined to protect Yelena, but he's quickly running out of options. The Commander suspects that his loyalties are divided, and he's been keeping secrets from Valek...secrets that put him, Yelena and all their friends in terrible danger. As they uncover the various layers of the Commander's mysterious plans, they realize it's far more sinister that they could have ever imagined.
I am ashamed at how long it took me to get to this book from my Netgalley pile and that it took me so long to finish it. I really loved the Poison Study series and I liked the first in the Soulfinders series as well, and what I enjoy about them is how much world building there continues to be through the series even once you are well into it. The only problem though, is the same thing, there is so much detail about the people, places, thought processes that it can feel like you are trudging through. So if you aren't in the mood to read or for this type of story it can be a rough one. All that being said, I did enjoy this book quite a bit. I love Yelena and Valek, they are adorable together and the twists throughout the book involving them were wonderful. The other characters, while they lend to the overall story just don't always hit the mark, but the story overall was great. I love the politics in these books and the magic and the love these characters have for each other. It is a band of misfits and they come together to do great things. 

I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to the next one. My recommendation though, if you find a lot of detail too much or you are looking for a light read, this isn't it. There is a lot to take in all the time and not many parts you can just skim through (if that is how you read). There are little hints and secrets everywhere and they come together beautifully when the books wrap up.

Jan 17, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday: Banished by Betsy Schow

Banished by Betsy Schow
Series: The Storymakers #3
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: February 1, 2018


Why I Am Waiting:
I have read the first two books in this series and I can't wait to see how it all wraps up :) 

Update: I got a review copy :)



Jan 16, 2018

Blog Blast: Ellie, Engineer by Jackson Pearce


About the Book

The hilarious and smart start of a series about a girl who loves to build—STEM-powered, creative fun for girls.

Ellie is an engineer. With a tool belt strapped over her favorite skirt (who says you can’t wear a dress and have two kinds of screwdrivers handy, just in case?), she invents and builds amazing creations in her backyard workshop. Together with her best friend Kit, Ellie can make anything. As Kit’s birthday nears, Ellie doesn’t know what gift to make until the girls overhear Kit’s mom talking about her present—the dog Kit always wanted! Ellie plans to make an amazing doghouse, but her plans grow so elaborate that she has to enlist help from the neighbor boys and crafty girls, even though the two groups don’t get along. Will Ellie be able to pull off her biggest project yet?

Illustrated with Ellie’s sketches and plans, and including backmatter with how-tos, this is full of engineering fun!

"A charming book featuring an engineer who makes mistakes when navigating the roads of friendship. In addition to spotlighting engineering, the narrative contains strong themes of friendship and working together toward a common goal. VERDICT A solid addition to chapter book collections." ―School Library Journal

"Charming. . . . In addition to spotlighting engineering, the narrative contains strong themes of friendship and working together toward a common goal." ―School Library Journal

"Pearce emphasizes Ellie’s persistence and individuality. . . . Mourning’s notebook-style images help give a sense of how Ellie’s brain works." ―Publishers Weekly

"Explicitly rejects the idea that activities and objects are gendered (e.g., boys and girls can both like engineering and tea parties). The twist ending is not what most readers will expect. A spirited, duplicable depiction of STEM fun." ―Kirkus Reviews

About the Author
Photo Content from Jackson Pearce

Jackson Pearce currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia. After attending Brookwood High School in Snellville, GA, Jackson attended Georgia College & State University and later transferred to the University of Georgia, where she graduated with a major in English and a minor in Philosophy.

Jackson was an avid reader as a child—she loved the Boxcar Children and Indian in the Cupboard series, but really, she read anything she could get her hands on. This proved problematic when she got her hands on her mother’s paperback romance books from time to time.

It was her love of reading that spurred her to start writing—when Jackson was in her tweens, she was looking for a book that involved a smart girl, horses, baby animals, and magic. When such a book couldn’t be found, Jackson vowed to write it herself. She gave the story up after about ten pages, but the love of writing didn’t die as easily as the story. In her late teens, Jackson began writing for publication. Her first book, AS YOU WISH, sold to Harper Collins when she was twenty-two years old. There are currently four books in her series of retold fairytales—SISTERS RED, SWEETLY, FATHOMLESS, and COLD SPELL. She has also written a contemporary novel called PURITY, a historical fantasy under the pen name J. Nelle Patrick (TSARINA), and has two middle grade series forthcoming—THE DOUBLECROSS (AND OTHER SKILLS I LEARNED AS A SUPERSPY), coming July 2015, and PIP BARTLETT’S GUIDE TO MAGICAL CREATURES, co-written with Maggie Stiefvater, coming May 2015

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Jan 15, 2018

Early Reader Review: The Mutts Spring Diaries by Patrick McDonnell

Source: From Netgalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion or review.  
The Mutts Spring Diaries
The Mutts Spring Diaries by Patrick McDonnell
Series: The Mutts
Publisher: Andrew McMeel Publishing
Publication Date:  January 16, 2018

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27405327-pop-manga-coloring-book?from_search=true  https://www.amazon.com/Pop-Manga-Coloring-Book-Beautiful/dp/0399578471?ie=UTF8&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0399578471&linkCode=as2&redirect=true&ref_=x_gr_w_bb&tag=x_gr_w_bb-20

Format: Ebook



Goodreads Synopsis: 
Yesh! Mooch, Earl, and all their endearing Mutts friends return in this fourth Mutts collection for kids!

It's been a long, cold winter—Earl and Mooch are looking forward to shmelling the flowers! Spring is the season of new beginnings. The birds are singing fresh concertos they’ve been working on all winter long. The caterpillars are dreaming of butterfly flight. And the bears could use that first cup of coffee after their three-month hibernation. Celebrate spring with the Mutts gang as they go on egg-decorating sprees, dodge playful rain showers, and welcome home the birds from their winter vacation. Check out the “More to Explore” section to learn about the mysteries and wonders of the birds, who are all too happy to let you know that spring is here. You’ll find that Mooch and Earl’s feathered friends have some surprising secrets, and you won’t want to miss out on the springtime fun.
I really enjoy these, volumes of comic strips all put together into a nice neat package. This series of strips is Mutts and their springtime adventures. I love that Earl and Mooch are such good friends and their personalities are what make these comics so much fun and funny. 

This collection has dogs, cats, and a lot of birds. They celebrate egg-coloring and bunnies and welcome home all the birds and listen to their music. 

Even if you aren't familiar with Mutts and the comic strip, these are still really cute and the collection would be a great coffee table book or  great for anyone who enjoys Mutts, or classic newspaper comics. I was happy to have read these and now I am wishing for much warmer weather it is about 20 degrees F here in Vermont right now. I would love to welcome the birds home, but I have a few more months.

Building the Book Pile #267 - A little late but not forgotten...

Welcome to Building the Book Pile!  A Weekly meme inspired by Stacking the Shelves

Hello Readers, Bloggers, and Awesome people! 

I finally did a bunch of reading! Yay and got reviews up to, double yay! Last week I had a bunch of comic reviews up, those had been sitting on my desk for months I also finished 2 of the 3 books on my TBR, ones that I have been slowly reading for a few months. I am super excited about my progress. 

In other news, this weekend was low key, we helped a friend move and then had a "Family" dinner with a group of friends, we are going to try to make this a tradition and I am giddy about it.

Oh and I promised Killers photos from last week - THE SHOW WAS AMAZING! They put on a great one and I was super impressed and had a blast!


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Coming up on the Blog

Early Reader Review: The Mutts Spring Diaries by Patrick McDonnell (GN)
Blog Blast w/ Giveaway!: Ellie, Engineer by Jackson Pearce (MG)
Waiting on Wednesday
Recent Reads: Night Study by Maria Snyder 
Recent Reads:  The Crowns of Croswald by D.E. Night

Books Received this Week

  The Viking's Chosen  With Love, From Me to You
The Viking's Chosen by Quinn Loftis - Won from Clean Teen Publishing
With Love From Me to You by Mary Manz Simon for review from BookLook Bloggers 

Have you missed anything lately?

Comment and leave me a link to your Round-up/ STS/ Weekly...anything, post and I will happily stop by and say hello!
Happy Reading!

Jan 12, 2018

Recent Reads: Klaus #1 by Grant Morrison

Klaus #1
Klaus #1 by Grant Morrison

Series: Klaus#1
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Publication Date:  November 4, 2015

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27405327-pop-manga-coloring-book?from_search=true  https://www.amazon.com/Pop-Manga-Coloring-Book-Beautiful/dp/0399578471?ie=UTF8&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0399578471&linkCode=as2&redirect=true&ref_=x_gr_w_bb&tag=x_gr_w_bb-20

Format: Comic



Goodreads Synopsis: 
Set in a dark fantastic past of myth and magic, Klaus tells the story of how Santa Claus really came to be. Where did he begin? What was he like when he was young? And what happens when he faces his greatest challenge? Drawing on Santa Claus’ wilder roots in Viking lore and Siberian shamanism—taking in the creepier side of Christmas, and characters like the sinister Krampus—Klaus is “Santa Claus: Year One.”
I forgot I was saving this one for the holiday season! Sad that I missed reading and posting around Christmas, but happy that I got around to reading it. This is the first in a short installment (from what I can tell) about Klaus, Santa Claus to be exact.

The first issue follows a wild man selling furs into a town where the Baron is keeping everyone poor and down and how he is beaten and thrown out, the guards taking all of his wares. What comes from this is magical and I really hope I can find the others in this series because this was a wonderful beginning to a re-telling of sorts about how Santa Claus came to be and I loved it. 

All that being said this is not a series for younger audiences, there is a lot of violence (and a very bratty child I wanted to punch in the face...)