The Basque Dragon Blog tour! Review and What Magical creature would I want as a Pet!

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The Basque Dragon  by Adam Gidwitz 

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Published by  Dutton Books for Young Readers on July 10, 2018

Genres: Middle Grade, Adventure

Pages: 192

Format: arc

Source: BEA

2018 challenge: N/A

Buy on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads

I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

Elliot and Uchenna—and Jersey!—have barely recovered from their first adventure with Professor Fauna when he approaches them with an all-new quest. Except this time they’re going to have to cross an ocean. In the mountains of the Basque Country, the Unicorn Rescue Society must track down a missing dragon. But how could someone even kidnap a dragon? And for what evil purpose? And is their newest, fire-breathing rescue more than they can handle?

New challenges await in this second book in the Unicorn Rescue Society series, a brand-new fantasy-adventure from Adam Gidwitz, the beloved bestselling and Newbery Honor-winning author of The Inquisitors Tale and A Tale Dark & Grimm. Illustrated throughout, it’s the perfect fit for newly independent readers looking for a story full of adventure, fun, and friendship.

What Magical Creature I want as a pet!

So you can totally tell I love Harry potter! But like these young adventures in this story, I also would REALLY REALLY want a dragon!!!

Here are my reasons!

  1. I have always want a pet that is super smart!!
  2. I never love the dark, his/her fire would make a great nightlight and keep me warm if we get lost on our various adventures!
  3. He/she would be able to become invisible so they can join my daily in my life!
  4. He/she could protect me at all costs!
  5. He/she also can sense danger and could save others from danger!

If i did get a dragon, I would want to be green and blue (my two favorite colors) and respond to the name Alext!!

 

My Thoughts:

I thought this was a great follow up to the first book in this series. I loved the adventure in this story and also how the storyline expanded the world. I just found this to a fast pace adventure story and think younger readers will fly throughout. I think the many illustrations will also increase the joy for this series. I really loved the dynamic between the professor and the kids in this novel. I really want to keep on reading this series. It was a def a super fun adventure series with some history tossed in!

AUTHOR BIO

Adam Gidwitz is the author of the critically acclaimed, New York Timesbestselling Grimm trilogy. He spent six years researching and writing his Newbery Honor-winning The Inquisitor’s Tale, including a year living in Europe. Adam lives with his family in Brooklyn, NY. Find Adam online at adamgidwitz.com or @AdamGidwitz.

Chris Lenox Smith is the Creative Director and cofounder of Mixtape Club, an award-winning audiovisual creative studio. Mixtape works with a range of brands and artists, including Google, HBO, ESPN, Spotify, Primus, and They Might Be Giants, to create memorable, narrative-driven films. Chris is a two-time winner of the ADC Young Guns Award for animation and music composition, his work spans across media, from short films and commercial work to musical scores that marry influences from the precomputer era with modern techniques.

Jesse Casey is the Managing Director and cofounder of Mixtape Club, an award-winning audiovisual creative studio. Mixtape works with a range of brands and artists, including Google, HBO, ESPN, Spotify, Primus, and They Might Be Giants, to create memorable, narrative-driven films. Drawing from his twin backgrounds in computer programming and printmaking, Jesse’s work embraces contemporary technology as a means to recreate the craft and artistry of classic film and animation.

ILLUSTRATOR BIO

Hatem Aly is an Egyptian-born illustrator whose work has been featured on television and in multiple publications worldwide. He currently lives in New Brunswick, Canada, with his wife, son, and more pets than people. Find him online at metahatem.com or @metahatem

Let me know in the comments if you will be picking this book up!

 

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Mid Year Freak out tag!!

So lets get into it! Hear me chat about this books in the video bellow! I always love doing tags!! So lets dive into it!

  1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2018: Cruel Prince!!!
  2. 2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2018: Wild Card!
  3. 3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to The burning Maze
  4. 4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year. Arch Nemis and Little white Lies 
  5. 5. Biggest disappointment. Rasbery Danis Murder
  6. 6. Biggest surprise. Love Lies and Spies 
  7. 7. Favourite new author. (Debut or new to you) Alexsandra Cristo 
  8. 8. Newest fictional crush. Bill from Save the Date 
  9. 9. Newest favourite character. Maddie from Not If I save you first 
  10. 10. Book that made you cry. Ship of the Dead 
  11. 11. Book that made you happy Foolish Hearts 
  12. 12. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received) Ash Princess 
  13. 13. What books do you need to read by the end of the year? Children of Blood and Bone and The Belles and so many more!!
  14. 14. Favourite Book Community Member Alexa and Kirsten!!!

Tell your some of yours answers in the comments!

WWW: Darkest Legacy!!!

So I am so excited for this book. I simply love the darkest mind series and so excited to dive back into this world and follow Zu! You def need to read the previous books in the series but there is still time to catch up!

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  • Series: A Darkest Minds Novel
  • Hardcover: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (July 31, 2018)

Summary!!!

he long-awaited new novel in the New York Times best-selling Darkest Minds series, now a major motion picture.
Five years after the destruction of the so-called rehabilitation camps that imprisoned her and countless other Psi kids, seventeen-year-old Suzume “Zu” Kimura has assumed the role of spokesperson for the interim government, fighting for the rights of Psi kids against a growing tide of misinformation and prejudice. But when she is accused of committing a horrifying act, she is forced to go on the run once more in order to stay alive.
Determined to clear her name, Zu finds herself in an uncomfortable alliance with Roman and Priyanka, two mysterious Psi who could either help her prove her innocence or betray her before she gets the chance. But as they travel in search of safety and answers, and Zu grows closer to the people she knows she shouldn’t trust, they uncover even darker things roiling beneath the veneer of the country’s recovery. With her future-and the future of all Psi-on the line, Zu must use her powerful voice to fight back against forces that seek to drive the Psi into the shadows and save the friends who were once her protectors.

Biography

Alexandra Bracken is the #1 New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of The Darkest Minds series and Passenger. Born and raised in Arizona, she moved east to study English and History at The College of William & Mary in Virginia. After working in the publishing industry, she now writes full time. You can visit her online at http://www.alexandrabracken.com or on Twitter (@alexbracken).
Let me know in the comments if any else is super excited about this novel!! I can’t wait to start reading it next!

TTT: My top ten Mid Year books!!

So I actually have had my best reading year so far. I read so many awesome books. That is largely because of all the cons I attended this year and last and also because I am still job hunting but hey the upside more time to read!

  1. The cruel Prince
  2. Zenith
  3. Foolish Hearts
  4. To kill a kingdom
  5. Not If I save you first
  6. Ash princess
  7. Spies Lies and Allies
  8. Obsideo
  9. Ship of the dead
  10. Save The date
  11. Wildcard

Okay so you got a extra one!

Tell me in your comments some of your favorite books so far of this year!

later book lovers!

What I am reading Monday!

I actually had a pretty good reading week! I just read such a long book in the president is missing so it took me awhile to finish it. I also read 25% of each the unexpected everything and Shadow and bone and really loving the them both!

What I finished reading!

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I thought this was the prefect summer read. It fixed my royal fantasy. I loved the book boyfriend in this but wish I felt more connected to all the characters overall.. check out my review later in the week!

What I am currently reading!

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I literally just stssrted this but I am loving it so far! Hope to read more this tomorrow!

What I want to read next!

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i am so excited to die into this  royal themed book from NOVEL. I got this from BEA! I have heard some really good things!

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I am so excited to read the sequel to the darkest mind series! I can’t wait to dive into this gem!

What I am listening too!

I am trying to make progress on The darkest prophecy and hope to also make more progress on The Unexpected everything!

Tell me in the comments what you want to read this week!

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The Case for Jamie: Non-Spoiler Review

The Case for Jamie by  Brittany Cavallaro 

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Published by   Katherine Tegen Books on March 6, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller

Pages: 368

Format: Hardback

Source: Library

2018 challenge: N/A

Buy on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads

I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

It’s been a year since the shocking death of August Moriarty, and Jamie and Charlotte haven’t spoken.

Jamie is going through the motions at Sherringford, trying to finish his senior year without incident, with a nice girlfriend he can’t seem to fall for.

Charlotte is on the run, from Lucien Moriarty and from her own mistakes. No one has seen her since that fateful night on the lawn in Sussex—and Charlotte wants it that way. She knows she isn’t safe to be around. She knows her Watson can’t forgive her.

Holmes and Watson may not be looking to reconcile, but when strange things start happening, it’s clear that someone wants the team back together. Someone who has been quietly observing them both. Making plans. Biding their time.

Someone who wants to see one of them suffer and the other one dead.

 

My Thoughts:

I def enjoyed this book. I have always enjoyed the two leads in this story and I really love Jamie alot. I really wish I had re-listened to book 2 because I think book 2 and three were very closely tied together and it did hinder my enjoyment just because I did not have firm grasp on these facts. I def loved getting in both characters heads and I did enjoy the mystery overall. I am so excited we are getting book 4. I will def edit this review on me re-listen next year. I just loved seeing the impact of the past events on Jamie and how it really effected him.

My extended thoughts on this whole series is coming after I re-read them next year!

Ozland: Non-Spolier Review!!

Ozland  by Wendy Spinale 

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Published by  Scholastic Inc. on April 24, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Retelling,

Pages:  288

Format: Arc

Source: Publisher

2018 challenge: NA

Buy on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads

I would give this book 4  for a review.

Summary!!!

With Everland and Umberland both destroyed, the survivors have taken refuge in a small village tucked within the shadows of the Bloodred Queen’s castle. Doc has found an actual cure for the Horologia virus, while Gwen, Pete, and Alyssa begin plotting the assassination of the queen with the help of Gail, an excellent huntress. But killing the queen won’t be enough. The world has been destroyed and its needs a ruler to set things right again. A ruler who is good, kind, and fair. Someone like the former king of Germany. But he’s dead . . . or is he?

There’s a rumor that the king has been hidden away in a secret land, where only the worthiest can find him. Desperate to end the war, a plan is hatched that could put everything right again. Yet before it’s set in motion, the village is burned to the ground, all survivors taken prisoner to the castle. Except Gail.

But is one girl enough to find a long-dead king, kill the wicked queen, and save the world?

My Brief Thoughts:

I thought this was such a solid conclusion to this series. I love how Wendy crafts these worlds and this once took the characters to OZ. I just really enjoyed how the turned the myth on it head. This story also pay off all the precious characters arcs and it was such a fast pace read. This book we get to finally get inside Doc head and I loved that so much! I wanted more information on some of the deaths that occurred of screen but it was such a good back and can’t wait to see what this author writes next!

My Extended Thoughts (slight vague spoilers afoot)

Characters: I loved the main characters in this book. I loved how she chose the leads in this book but also payed off so much stuff that began in previous books. Doc is def one of favorite characters  and I loved going into his head. I was def caught off guard at the start of this book because we lost many characters off screen and would have loved to have those deaths explored on page! I have always enjoyed how this author created her characters and made then both unique but also reflecting characters in their original story!

World Building: The world building in this story is super well done. It has a great balance of honoring the original world and also making it her own. I just loved how she created this world and it is def a series highlight for me!

Pace: This story had a such a fast pace and the is mostly because of the various locations we were in and also the various characters POV we were reading from!

Let me know your thoughts about this series in the comments!

Save the Date: Non-Spoiler Review

Save the Date by Morgan Matson

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Published by  Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Signed edition on June 5, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 432

Format: Hardback

Source: Personally bought

2018 challenge: N/A

Buy on AmazonBarnes & Noble, Goodreads

I would give this book 5 for a review.

Summary!!!

Charlie Grant’s older sister is getting married this weekend at their family home, and Charlie can’t wait—for the first time in years, all four of her older siblings will be under one roof. Charlie is desperate for one last perfect weekend, before the house is sold and everything changes. The house will be filled with jokes and games and laughs again. Making decisions about things like what college to attend and reuniting with longstanding crush Jesse Foster—all that can wait. She wants to focus on making the weekend perfect.

The only problem? The weekend is shaping up to be an absolute disaster.

There’s the unexpected dog with a penchant for howling, house alarm that won’t stop going off, and a papergirl with a grudge.

There are the relatives who aren’t speaking, the (awful) girl her favorite brother brought home unannounced, and a missing tuxedo.

Not to mention the neighbor who seems to be bent on sabotage and a storm that is bent on drenching everything. The justice of the peace is missing. The band will only play covers. The guests are all crazy. And the wedding planner’s nephew is unexpectedly, distractingly…cute.

Over the course of three ridiculously chaotic days, Charlie will learn more than she ever expected about the family she thought she knew by heart. And she’ll realize that sometimes, trying to keep everything like it was in the past means missing out on the future.

My Brief Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book. I have enjoyed all the books set in the Matson world. I really loved not only the formate of this book but also the entire family and the various situations that occurred. I loved the relationship between bill and charlie and just wish we saw a bit more of it throughout the novel. I just love all the high jinx that came from the wedding and all the problems that need to be solved. I thought it also tackled harder issues super well. I really loved the tie backs to her other novels. And it was a prefect summer read!

My Extended Thoughts

Characters: I loved the characters in this book so much. Even thought we had so many characters in this novel, i felt like they were all so well crafted and developed. I also really enjoyed the focus on the family relationships were at the heart of it. I really think even thought this book took place over a super short time frame Charlie really did change so much during this book. I really liked all of these characters!

Premise: I really loved the premise of the novel. A wedding weekend and so many issues coming up and a cute wedding planner to help Charlie save the day! I loved the short time line of this novel and all the drama that occurred!

Romancee! This book def. focused more on the self discovery of Charlie and I normally really enjoy that. But i did enjoy the potential boy crush in this and just wanted more of their “getting”to know each other in the book. But the situations they were in made me laugh and I did enjoy the paring. I just wanted it to have a bit more focus in the novel.

Pace: This was a super fast pace even thought it was so long and the wedding timeline def. help with that!

 

 

Book Haul: June!

So here are some of the titles I picked up this month! I am super excited to dive into these titles!

 

  1. Sea Witch
  2. Save the Date
  3. A torch against the night
  4. #murdertrending
  5. You don’t know everything Jilly P
  6. The backstagers and the ghost light
  7. Misfits
  8. Immoral Code
  9. Paper and Plastic
  10. Vicious
  11. The princess academy!

Tell me what books you book you think I should read first in the comments!

WWW: Little White Lies!!

I am so excited to dive into a new Jennifer Lynn Barnes series! I loved her first two series and really excited to see what the series is all about, it sound so awesome and I was lucky enough to get an Arc at BEA and I must read it!

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  • Series: Debutantes
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Freeform (November 6, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1368014135

Summary!!

I’m not saying this is Sawyer’s fault,” the prim and proper one said delicately. “But.”
Eighteen-year-old auto mechanic Sawyer Taft did not expect her estranged grandmother to show up at her apartment door and offer her a six-figure contract to participate in debutante season. And she definitely never imagined she would accept. But when she realizes that immersing herself in her grandmother’s “society” might mean discovering the answer to the biggest mystery of her life-her father’s identity-she signs on the dotted line and braces herself for a year of makeovers, big dresses, bigger egos, and a whole lot of bless your heart. The one thing she doesn’t expect to find is friendship, but as she’s drawn into a group of debutantes with scandalous, dangerous secrets of their own, Sawyer quickly discovers that her family isn’t the only mainstay of high society with skeletons in their closet. There are people in her grandmother’s glittering world who are not what they appear, and no one wants Sawyer poking her nose into the past. As she navigates the twisted relationships between her new friends and their powerful parents, Sawyer’s search for the truth about her own origins is just the beginning.
Set in the world of debutante balls, grand estates and rolling green hills, Little White Lies combines a charming setting, a classic fish-out-of-water story, and the sort of layered mystery only author Jennifer Lynn Barnes can pull off.

Author Info!

Jennifer Lynn Barnes has written more than a dozen acclaimed young adult novels, including The Naturals series: The Naturals, Killer Instinct, All In, Bad Blood and the e-novella, Twelve. A former debutante herself, Jen is also a Fulbright Scholar with advanced degrees in psychology, psychiatry, and cognitive science. Jen received her Ph.D. from Yale University in 2012 and is currently a professor of psychology and professional writing at the University of Oklahoma. You can find her online at http://www.jenniferlynnbarnes.com or follow her on Twitter @jenlynnbarnes.
Let me know in the comments if you will also be picking up this book this fall!
Later book lovers!