Apr 26

ARC Review: Drag Teen by Jeffery Self

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Published by Push on April 26th 2016

A fantastic, fabulous, funny YA debut from Jeffery Self, one of the gay icons of the YouTube generation, that follows one high school student on a drag race to his future.
Debut YA author Jeffery Self takes us on a road trip with an insecure high school senior who has one goal: to be the first in his family to leave Clearwater, Florida, and go to college. The problem is, he has zero means of paying for school -- until his friends convince him to compete in a drag teen competition for a college scholarship.




Apr 26

Review: Legend by Marie Lu

Review: Legend  by Marie LuLegend Series: Legend #1
by Marie Lu
Published by Penguin on November 29th 2011

"Marie Lu's dystopian novel is a Legend in the making."--USA Today
"Taut and exciting."--The Los Angeles TImes
"Legend doesn't merely survive the hype, it deserves it."
A New York Times bestseller!5 Starred Reviews!

What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic's wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic's highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country's most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.
From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths - until the day June's brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family's survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias's death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.
Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, this novel is sure to move readers as much as it thrills.
From the Trade Paperback edition.




Apr 25

Review: Fire Prophet by Jerel Law

Review: Fire Prophet by Jerel LawFire Prophet Series: Son of Angels #2
by Jerel Law
Published by Thomas Nelson Inc on 2012

"Jerel Law transports readers to a place where supernatural forces of good and evilcollide. Young readers will be entertained and inspired . . . I heartilyrecommend it." -Robert Whitlow, bestselling author of the Tides of Truth series




Apr 23

Dewey #readathon April 2016

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What is Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-thon? For 24 hours, we read books, post to our blogs, Twitters, Tumblrs, Goodreads and MORE about our reading, and visit other readers’ homes online. We also participate in mini-challenges throughout the day. It happens twice a year, in April and in October.

It was created by the beloved Dewey (her blog is archived at the Wayback Machine). The first one was held in October 2007. Dewey died in late 2008. We’re still saddened by her absence, but the show must go on. The read-a-thon was renamed to honor its founder in 2009.

Apr 23

Dewey #readathon April 2016: Hour One: Hello World

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What is Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-thon? For 24 hours, we read books, post to our blogs, Twitters, Tumblrs, Goodreads and MORE about our reading, and visit other readers’ homes online. We also participate in mini-challenges throughout the day. It happens twice a year, in April and in October.

It was created by the beloved Dewey (her blog is archived at the Wayback Machine). The first one was held in October 2007. Dewey died in late 2008. We’re still saddened by her absence, but the show must go on. The read-a-thon was renamed to honor its founder in 2009.

Apr 22

Review: Spirit Fighter by Jerel Law

Review: Spirit Fighter by Jerel LawSpirit Fighter Series: Son of Angels #1
by Jerel Law
Published by Thomas Nelson Inc on April 2nd 2012

“In his exciting debut novel, Jerel Law transports readers to a place where supernatural forces of good and evil collide. Young readers will be entertained and inspired by Spirit Fighter. I heartily recommend it.” —Robert Whitlow, bestselling author of the Tides of Truth series




Apr 21

Feature and Follow Friday: (6) #FF : What Defines a Misbehaving Author or Reviewer

Feature and Follow Friday is a Blog Meme hosted by Alison Can Read and Parajunkee’s View.  The basic concept is that each week, there is a post prompt, and we each post on that topic. And each week, a blogger is featured  on the host’s blogs.  The point of this whole thing is to help grow followers and to generally create a sense of community and we all get to know each other and follow each other, et cetera.  There is a more elaborate list of rules on the hosts’ sites if you want to read more specifics!

Apr 18

Review: Seeress by Ednah Walters

Review: Seeress by Ednah WaltersSeeress (Runes, #4) Series: Runes #4
by Ednah Walters
Published by Firetrail Publishing on January 1st 1970

I love Torin St. James...I need his strength…But someone from his past wants me dead.
Raine Cooper is certain of two things: her love for Torin St. James and her destiny to be a powerful seeress. But when she starts having premonitions, they are unclear and disturbing. Worse, they involve Torin. With her mother gone, her father dying, and her best friend in Hel, she is not sure who to talk to.
But when the visions become more personal and she foresees her future with Torin threatened by someone from his past, Raine becomes desperate for answers. Just her luck two new students arrive at her school and they seem to have answers. When with them, her powers are enhanced and her visions become clear. There is only one problem: Torin forbids Raine to see the two girls.
Can their love survive without trust?




Apr 17

My Piece of the Puzzle (4) An Autism Theme Song

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Each day and each experience when living with a child with autism is different.  Each child with autism is different.

For those who don’t know what autism is:

Autism is a developmental disability, which is defined as a syndrome. A syndrome is simply a mix of signs or characteristics that can be used to show a particular condition. Autism is a lifelong condition that combine both developmental and behavioural features.

Translation: Autism is a series of developmental issues in socialization and communication that affect each person differently.

Apr 16

Review: Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare

Review: Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra ClareWelcome to Shadowhunter Academy (Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy, #1) Series: Tales From The Shadowhunter Academy #1
by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan
Published by Simon & Schuster on February 17th 2015

Simon Lewis never thought he’d become a Shadowhunter…and now he has the chance. One of ten adventures in Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy.
After living as a Mundane and a Vampire, Simon never thought he would become a Shadowhunter, but today he begins his training at Shadowhunter Academy.
This standalone e-only short story follows the adventures of Simon Lewis, star of the #1 New York Times bestselling series The Mortal Instruments, as he trains to become a Shadowhunter. Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy features characters from Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments, Infernal Devices, and the upcoming Dark Artifices and Last Hours series. Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy is written by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan.