Sunday, November 20, 2022

 



ASIN: B015ZS01MI
Publisher: Two Petals Publishing 
Publication date: ‎September 29, 2015
Language: ‎English
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Praise for DISCOVERY OF THE FIVE SENSES

"Brilliantly crafted and written!" —Megan King, Indie Book Reviewers

"An energetic adventure debut with stellar action sequences. Smith's writing is intelligent and often lyrical. Her exuberant prose never fails to dazzle." —Kirkus Media

"Author K.N. Smith uses her mastery of the written word to weave an entrancing, yet powerful tale of adventure that keeps you turning pages in an unquenchable desire to find out what happens next." —Publishers Daily Reviews

"Well written and very creative, 'Discovery of the Five Senses' is an absolute must-read for fans of novels such as Percy Jackson, Harry Potter, etc." —Anabella Johnson, Indie Book Reviewers

"K.N. Smith has an incredible way with words; her descriptions are vivid; you see what the characters are seeing, you feel what they are feeling; you feel like you are there." —Cody Brighton, Indie Book Reviewers

"A wonderful and deeply written emotional adventure." —Self Publishing Review

"K.N. Smith's articulate word imagery is all that is needed to transport readers to a mysterious world. Make the time to connect with this piece of literary prowess. You will not regret it." —V. McDermott, Educator, English Teachers Association of Queensland, Australia


Welcome or unwelcome. Fate has arrived.
“A captivating and poetic tale of mystery, fantasy, and reality tied together by action!” 5-stars, Lars Jackson, Amazon Customer

A suspenseful incident in a forbidden preserve heightens the senses of five friends. Sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell become super-gifts that forever change the world. But furious battles confront the boys as they try to understand their sensory super powers in a race to save mankind. With light beings and mysterious strangers complicating their plight, can the boys defeat the evil Druth before it’s too late? Get prepared for the twisting and grinding of this award-winning, action-adventure story — an edge-of-your-seat narrative for young and mature readers alike.

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My Review

This New series, I hope it is a series, has great imagination! A new twist to super powers, using the five senses takes it out of the ball park!

Five friends bond in a way you can't even imagine. After an outing in a forbidden forest, that is full of urban legend, their friendship bond of sports intensifies.

This was a fast read that kept you on the edge of your seat. Does it have fantasy? Yes. Does it have a villian? Yes. Does it have superheros with unique powers? Yes.  Adventure? Suspense? All the ingredients needed for a good story? Why, Yes, it has it all. 

I look forward to what adventures are yet to come!

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Photo Content from K.N. Smith 

K.N. Smith, winner of the “Best of” in the category of “Outstanding Young Adult Novel” at the Jessie Redmon Fauset Book Awards, and Readers’ Favorite “Gold Medal” honoree for “Young Adult - Mystery”, is an author and passionate advocate of literacy and arts programs throughout the world. Her lyrical flair sweeps across pages that twist and grind through action-adventure and urban fantasy in edge-of-your-seat narratives. K.N. has over twenty-five years’ experience in communications and creative design as an award-winning consultant. Reading is still her foremost hobby. K.N. inspires people of all ages to reach their highest potential in their creative, educational, and life pursuits. Visit K.N. Smith at www.knsmith.com.
      
WEEK ONE
NOVEMBER 7th MONDAY JeanBookNerd REVIEW
NOVEMBER 8th TUESDAY A Dream Within A Dream REVIEW
NOVEMBER 9th WEDNESDAY Living in a Bookworld REVIEW
NOVEMBER 10th THURSDAY Insane About Books REVIEW
NOVEMBER 11th FRIDAY Laura's Bookish Life REVIEW
NOVEMBER 12th SATURDAY #BRVLBookReviewVorginiaLee REVIEW
NOVEMBER 13th SUNDAY Nay's Pink Bookshelf REVIEW

WEEK TWO
NOVEMBER 14th MONDAY Casia's Corner REVIEW
NOVEMBER 15th TUESDAY Haney Hayes PR REVIEW
NOVEMBER 16th WEDNESDAY J.R.'s Book Reviews REVIEW
NOVEMBER 17th THURSDAY A Bronx Latina Reads REVIEW
NOVEMBER 18th FRIDAY Movies, Shows, & Books REVIEW
NOVEMBER 19th SATURDAY Crossroad Reviews REVIEW
NOVEMBER 20th SUNDAY Cover2CoverBlog REVIEW

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Friday, November 18, 2022

HAVEN JACOBS SAVES THE PLANET by Barbara Dee Official Nerd Blast

 



ASIN: B09RX41PKP
Publisher: Aladdin (September 27, 2022)
Publication date: September 27, 2022
Language: English

Praise for HAVEN JACOBS SAVES THE PLANET

"A powerful depiction of the impact of climate change on a young activist’s mental health." —Kirkus Reviews


Twelve-year-old Haven Jacobs can’t stop thinking about the climate crisis. In fact, her anxiety about the state of the planet is starting to interfere with her schoolwork, her friendships, even her sleep. She can’t stop wondering why grownups aren’t even trying to solve the earth’s problem—and if there’s anything meaningful that she, as a seventh grader, can contribute.

When Haven’s social studies teacher urges her to find a specific, manageable way to make a difference to the planet, Haven focuses on the annual science class project at the local Belmont River, where her class will take samples of the water to analyze. Students have been doing the project for years, and her older brother tells her that his favorite part was studying and catching frogs.

 
But when Haven and her classmates get to the river, there’s no sign of frogs or other wildlife—but there is ample evidence of pollution. The only thing that’s changed by the river is the opening of Gemba, the new factory where Haven’s dad works. It doesn’t take much investigation before Haven is convinced Gemba is behind the slow pollution of the river.

She’s determined to expose Gemba and force them to clean up their act. But when it becomes clear taking action might put her dad’s job—and some friendships—in jeopardy, Haven must decide how far she’s willing to go.


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Photo Credit: Carolyn Simpson

Barbara Dee is the author of twelve middle grade novels including Violets Are Blue, Haven Jacobs Saves the Planet, My Life in the Fish Tank, Maybe He Just Likes You, Everything I Know About You, Halfway Normal, and Star-Crossed. Her books have earned several starred reviews and have been named to many best-of lists, including The Washington Post’s Best Children’s Books, the ALA Notable Children’s Books, the ALA Rise: A Feminist Book Project List, the NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, and the ALA Rainbow List Top Ten. Barbara lives with her family, including a naughty cat named Luna and a sweet rescue hound named Ripley, in Westchester County, New York.
        

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Thursday, October 13, 2022

THE SUMMER OF NO REGRETS by Katherine Grace Bond Blog Tour {October 10th - 21st}

 



ASIN: ‎B007PUT3JW
Publisher: ‎Sourcebooks Fire (May 1, 2012)
Publication Date: ‎May 1, 2012
Language: ‎English

Praise for THE SUMMER OF NO REGRETS

"Brigitta...was incredibly unique" Blogger Ambur, Burning Impossibly Bright " Burning Impossibly Bright

"This is an utterly sweet, captivating book that will charm you, make you think, and maybe even make you shed a tear." Cupcake's Book Cupboard

"an interesting look at all that can change in the summer of a young woman's life." YA Bibliophile

"The story line immediately captured my heart " Charming Chelsey's

"...a novel of identity, true love, and the meaning of death; all told in the voice of a bright, thoughful, and passionately self-contradictory teenage girl." Book Talk

"...fun summer read with a little bit of a serious twist...You'll laugh, you'll tear up, and you'll be on the hunt for a celebrity lookalike crush in no time" Fiction Folio

"...the sort of book that should top your "to reads" list." Letters Inside Out

"...a delightful tale of self-discovery and of burgeoning romance." Allison Can Read

"The meaningful relationship that is created only makes you want more" Books With Bite

"Readers can expect romance, drama, and incredible emotion" A Cupcake and A Latte 


The summer Luke came into my life, I decided to keep him a secret. Even from my celebrity-obsessed best friend. Maybe he *was* a dead-ringer for notorious Hollywood bad boy Trent Yves. And it was possible that everything he told me was a lie. And yes, I was probably asking for trouble. But all I saw was Luke--sweet, funny, caring--someone who would let me be the real me.

But which was the real him?

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Ten quotes from THE SUMMER OF NO REGRETS

1.  I had looked at that face and it had looked back at me, and seen—what? Poet-and-violinist Brigitta? Seeker-after-Truth Brigitta? Brigitta-who-knows-the-origins-of-hundreds-of-words? No. He'd seen vapid Brigitta. Easily-entertained Brigitta. Sellout Brigitta.

2.  “Ahhhh,” said Natalie. “You sure you don't want him?

“That is so cheap,” I said. “Can't you see how cheap that is?”

“Do I care how cheap that is?” said Natalie. “Look at him, Brigitta! You want a religious experience? There's your god.”

3.  Mom talks about past lives and karma. When Dad was an atheist, he talked about how the body’s decay feeds the planet. Now he talks about the spirit world. I don’t like to think about any of that. Even if you go somewhere, everything familiar ends: no more birthday parties, no more brushing your hair. I shivered. The cougar's vacant face gazed

from the photo. She'd been so alive. And in that             moment of her aliveness I'd been about to die. How could death and life be sisters like that?


4.  “Don't you remember convincing everybody at Camp Eagle's Nest we were sisters? From a remote island off New Zealand?"

"We were twelve!"

"So? Who said you couldn't act goofy anymore? Who said you had to go all Grim Reaper? Who said you had to spend all your time up in a treehouse studying the mystical whatever-it-is you're after? We're sixteen, Brigitta. We don't have to be dead."

"I'm not dead."

"Yeah, well," Natalie made a zombie face, "you're doing a pretty good imitation."

5.  It had been a long time since I'd followed the animals' movements. I could be uninhibited when I was little, but it's different now. People see you; they make judgments. And pretty soon you find out you're alone. Maybe that's why I hadn't sensed the cougar when she was alive. Yet when I'd finally called her, Onawa had led me to her babies. Or rather, she had led Luke to her babies.


6.  "I didn't think you were afraid of anything."

Luke looked away from me and out to sea. "Oh, yeah," he said. "I am."

I moved the drapery behind us, so that we were between it and the outside glass encasing the lantern room. "What?" I asked him. "What are you afraid of?"

I thought he wasn't going to answer. Maybe I'd pushed him too far.

"Myself," he said.

I searched his face. "You're not frightening," I said.


7.  On the bedside table were Luke's car keys, a handful of agates we'd found on the beach, his wallet. I willed my mind to stop whirling. Downstairs, Liza was probably calling the press. Silly. Just like Natalie.

Still, the parallels between Luke Geoffrey and Trent Yves were hard to ignore: the unexplained absences, the crazy mom—and especially his looks. Even he knew he looked like Trent. I sat down on the bed and fingered Luke's wallet. If I opened it and pulled the

card out, would it say Luke Geoffrey?


8.  I swallowed a lump in my throat and faced him. "Why do you go along with them like that?" I said.

"Go along with who?" He wound the laces absently around the carving.

"Kids with Nerf balls and girls in shopping malls? Is this just an ego trip for you—'looking like a movie star?'"

Luke surveyed the blackberry bushes. He sighed. "Do you know how many times a day I would have to say, 'No, I am not Trent Yves' if I didn't do that? And I'm not going to disappoint little kids."

"So you just lie to them? Or was that really you taking your clothes off on David Letterman?"


9.  "These are the gods we worship," Dad mused softly.

"You mean Hollywood actors?"

"The American pantheon," said Dad. "Better than Zeus and the boys."

"If that was my pantheon, I'd be an atheist."

Dad clapped me on the back with a burst of laughter. "That's my girl," he said.


10.  He punched three numbers into the phone and waited. "A burglary," he said. "In progress."

The man herded Luke and me to the couch and stood over us with his poker. In his other hand, he had the phone on speaker, the police dispatcher still on the line. Luke held my hand, his face white as beach sand.






Photo Content from Katherine Grace Bond

Katherine Grace Bond wants to heal the rifts in our culture and in ourselves. She writes on writing, race, family, and relationships on Medium, and is at work on a time-travel fantasy, for which she spent a couple of months in France trying to chase down Manet. Her books include The Summer of No Regrets, about finding the meaning of life and death when the boy next door may be a movie star in hiding, and The Legend of the Valentine, illustrated by the awesome Don Tate. Her poetry collections include Considering Flight, about the uneasy dance between father and daughter on the razor’s edge of mental illness. When she’s not writing, she plays fiddle in an Irish band called The Scuppermonkeys.
        
WEEK ONE
OCTOBER 10th MONDAY CBY Book Club EXCERPT
OCTOBER 11th TUESDAY JeanBookNerd INTERVIEW
OCTOBER 12th WEDNESDAY Movies, Shows, & Books EXCERPT
OCTOBER 13th THURSDAY Insane About Books GUEST POST
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WEEK TWO
OCTOBER 17th MONDAY Casia's Corner REVIEW
OCTOBER 18th TUESDAY Crossroad Review REVIEW
OCTOBER 19th WEDNESDAY Two Points of Interest REVIEW
OCTOBER 20th THURSDAY Haney Hayes PR REVIEW
OCTOBER 21st FRIDAY TTC Books and More REVIEW


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Friday, May 27, 2022

THE NATURAL GENIUS OF ANTS by Betty Culley Official Nerd Blast.

 


Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers (May 10, 2022)
Language: English
Hardcover: 240 pages
ISBN-10: ‎0593175778
ISBN-13: 978-0593175774

Praise for THE NATURAL GENIUS OF ANTS

"Endearingly executed, this gentle tale will see readers applauding as they reach the end." —Booklist, starred review

"Quietly and emotionally intelligent, this tale satisfies." —Kirkus Reviews

"This hopeful story that explores the reality of hardship and mistakes amid themes of forgiveness and resilience.” —Publishers Weekly


A summer ant farm grows into a learning experience for the entire family in this lyrical coming-of-age story from the award-winning author of Down to Earth.

Harvard is used to his father coming home from the hospital and telling him about all the babies he helped. But since the mistake at work, Dad has been quieter than usual. And now he is taking Harvard and his little brother, Roger, to Kettle Hole, Maine, for the summer. Harvard hopes this trip isn’t another mistake.

In the small town where he grew up, Dad seems more himself. Especially once the family decides to start an ant farm— just like Dad had as a kid! But when the mail-order ants are D.O.A., Harvard doesn’t want Dad to experience any more sadness.

Luckily, his new friend Nevaeh has the brilliant idea to use the ants crawling around in the kitchen instead. But these insects don’t come with directions. So the kids have a lot to learn—about the ants, each other, and how to forgive ourselves when things go wrong.

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Photo Content from Betty Culley

Betty Culley’s debut novel in verse Three Things I Know Are True, was a Kids’ Indie Next List Top Ten Pick, an ALA-YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Nominee, and the 2021 Maine Literary Book Award Winner for Young People’s Literature. Her first middle-grade novel Down to Earth is inspired by her fascination with meteorites, voyagers from another place and time. She’s an RN who worked as an obstetrics nurse and as a pediatric home hospice nurse. She lives in central Maine, where the rivers run through the small towns.

        

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Friday, April 15, 2022

THE SISTERS OF LUNA ISLAND by Stacy Hackney Official Nerd Blast

 



ASIN: ‎B09841SCGN
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (April 12, 2022)
Publication date: ‎April 12, 2022
Language: ‎English


Praise for THE SISTERS OF LUNA ISLAND

“This is a captivating fantasy with a touch of mystery centered around family. Readers will connect with Marigold’s thoughts and emotions as she deals with her parents’ separation, sibling conflicts, and middle school drama…A charming story of magic and sisterhood.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Blooms with heart—steeped in splendiferous scents and in the poignant complexities of magic and family.” —Ingrid Law, Newbery Honoree and New York Times Bestselling Author


Little Women gets a Nevermoor twist in this bewitching novel about a young girl tasked to break a centuries-old curse or risk losing her beloved sisters.

Twelve-year-old Marigold Lafleur is the last of a long line of aromages: witches who blend scents into practical charms using aromagic. But ever since a terrible accident injured her father and damaged Luna Island, Marigold and her sisters, Birdie and Lou, have vowed to abandon their family legacy and mama’s way of life. Shunned by their neighbors and overlooked by their parents, Marigold relies on her big sisters above all else.

But when Marigold discovers a secret curse that threatens her family, her sisters can't stop the impending danger. It’s up to Marigold and her best friend, Sam, to uncover the origins of the curse and break the spell. To do so, she must learn to trust her instincts and believe in her own unique magic or risk losing her beloved sisters forever.

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Photo Content from Stacy Hackney

Stacy Hackney grew up in Virginia where she spent her early years forcing the neighborhood kids into performing plays she wrote, reading everything she could get her hands on, and singing in the school choir. She graduated from Wake Forest University with a BA in English literature and received a JD from the University of Virginia School of Law. She currently lives in Richmond, Virginia, with her husband, four sons, and their rescue dog named Albert. Stacy is the author of Forever Glimmer Creek and Sisters of Luna Island.

        

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