Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Books that need MORE Attention Giveaway HOP

Books that need MORE Attention
Giveaway Hop

October 1-14, 2014
hosted by Stuck In Books


After I Do
by Taylor Jenkins Reid
-chick-lit, romance
Amazon | Goodreads
my review

Moral Order:
The Rise of Luca C. Mariner
by Phil Pauley
-sci-fi, YA
Amazon | Goodreads
my review

The Revealed
by Jessica Hickam
-dystopia, mystery, YA
Amazon | Goodreads
my review


For 3 winners.

WIN a copy of one of the books above!

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Offer ends: October 14, 2014

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Queen of Hearts: The Crown vol. 1 by Colleen Oaks

Queen of Hearts
The Crown vol. 1
by Colleen Oaks

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Twitter @ColleenBlooms

Published: 2014
Publisher: SparkPress
Genre: Fairy Tales, YA
Paperback: 222 pages
Rating: 4

Queen of Hearts series:
The Crown
The Wonder

Not every fairytale has a happy ending.
This is the story of a princess who became a villain.


A Father’s Betrayal. A Kingdom with a Black Secret. A Princess Slowly Unraveling.

As Princess of Wonderland Palace and the future Queen of Hearts, Dinah’s days are an endless monotony of tea, tarts, and a stream of vicious humiliations at the hands of her father, the King of Hearts. The only highlight of her days is visiting Wardley, her childhood best friend, the future Knave of Hearts — and the love of her life.

When an enchanting stranger arrives at the Palace, Dinah watches as everything she’s ever wanted threatens to crumble. As her coronation date approaches, a series of suspicious and bloody events suggests that something sinister stirs in the whimsical halls of Wonderland. It’s up to Dinah to unravel the mysteries that lurk both inside and under the Palace before she loses her own head to a clever and faceless foe.

Part epic fantasy, part twisted fairy tale, this dazzling saga will have readers shivering as Dinahs furious nature sweeps Wonderland up in the maelstrom of her wrath.

Familiar characters such as Cheshire, the White Rabbit, and the Mad Hatter make their appearance, enchanting readers with this new, dark take on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

My two-bits:

I have mixed feelings for this. Being that this is an origin story for the Queen of Hearts, Dinah, from Alice in Wonderland, it was hard to like her character. She does not come across as a love-to-hate characters either. But then, this could be because she really is a baddie which we will see her transform into in book 2.

A bit of Dinah's rocky relationship with her father, the King of Hearts, brewing hatred for half-sister, Vittiore, and affection for brother, Mad Hatter are explored to explain some of her background. Ack! she even has a love interest.

The story ends in a kind of cliffhanger as a mysterious person comes into play with helping Dinah along her path to being Queen.

As this is a dark story of Wonderland, I missed the light-hearted whimsical Wonderland point-of-view. But again, this is about the Queen of Hearts, the crazy loon who wanted to off everyone's heads.

See, me and my mixed feelings.

About the author:

Colleen Oakes is the author of the Elly in Bloom series and the YA fantasy Queen of Hearts Saga, both published via SparkPress, a BookSparks imprint.

She lives in North Denver with her husband and son.

When not writing, Colleen enjoys swimming, traveling, and immersing herself in nerdy pop culture.

She is currently at work on the last Elly novel and her second YA fantasy series, Wendy Darling.

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Dreaming of France - 9.29.14

Dreaming of France
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Grab a copy of the photo above and link back to my blog. Share with the rest of us your passion for France. Did you read a good book set in France? See a movie? Take a photo in France? Have an adventure? Eat a fabulous meal or even just a pastry? Or if you're in France now, go ahead and lord it over the rest of us. We can take it. Maybe we can all satisfy our yearnings for France, until we get there again.


Today I would like to share a book that I have on my wish list...

100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go
by Marcia DeSanctis
release date: November 4, 2014
Amazon | Goodreads

Told in a series of stylish, original essays, 100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go is for the serious Francophile, for the woman dreaming of a trip to Paris, and for those who love crisp stories well-told. Like all great travel writing, this volume goes beyond the guidebook and offers insight not only about where to go but why to go there. Combining advice, memoir and meditations on the glories of traveling through France, this book is the must-have in your carry-on when flying to Paris.

Award-winning writer Marcia DeSanctis draws on years of travels and living in France to lead you through vineyards, architectural treasures, fabled gardens and contemplative hikes from Biarritz to Deauville, Antibes to the French Alps. These 100 entries capture art, history, food, fresh air and style and along the way, she tells the stories of fascinating women who changed the country’s destiny. Ride a white horse in the Camargue, find Paris’s hidden museums, try thalassotherapy in St. Malo, and buy raspberries at Nice’s Cour Saleya market. From sexy to literary, spiritual to simply gorgeous, 100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go is an indispensable companion for the smart and curious traveler to France.


* looks like a fun one and one for ideas for the travel bucket list

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Winners for September pt3

Here are the winners for giveaways that
ended September 25, 2014

Thanks to all contestants!


The Fever by Megan Abbott
Winner: Steph of A Dream Within A Dream

Rock Angel by Jeanne Bogino
Winner: Holly of of Confessions of a Female Bookaholic

Mating for Life by Marissa Stapley
Winner: Becca of Becca's Backyard

Ghosting by Edith Patou
Winner: Stacy of A Place to Imagine


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The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey

The Adventures of Captain Underpants
book 1
by Dav Pilkey

Find out more about this book and author:

Published: 1997
Publisher: Scholastic
Genre: Children's
Paperback: 121 pages
Rating: 5

Captain Underpants series:
The Adventures of Captain Underpants (1997)
Captain Underpants and the Attack of the Talking Toilets (1998)
Captain Underpants and the Invasion of the Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies from Outer Space (1999)
Captain Underpants and the Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants (2000)
The Captain Underpants Extra-Crunchy Book o' Fun (2001)
Captain Underpants and the Wrath of the Wicked Wedgie Woman (2001)
The All New Extra Crunchy Captain Underpants Book O' Fun 2 (2002)
Captain Underpants and the Big, Bad Battle of the Bionic Booger Boy, Part 1: The Night of the Nasty Nostril Nuggets (2003)
Captain Underpants and the Big, Bad Battle of the Bionic Booger Boy, Part 2: The Revenge of the Ridiculous Robo-Boogers (2003)
Captain Underpants and the Preposterous Plight of the Purple Potty People (2006)
Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Re-Turn of Tippy Tinkletrousers (2012)
Captain Underpants and the Revolting Revenge of the Radioactive Robo-Boxers (2013)
Captain Underpants and the Tyrannical Retaliation of the Turbo Toilet 2000 (August 2014)[7]
Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-A-Lot (August 2015)

Pilkey plays with words and pictures, providing great entertainment. The story is immediately engaging - two fourth-grade boys who write comic books and love to pull pranks find themselves in big trouble. Mean Mr. Krupp, their principal, videotapes George and Harold setting up their stunts and threatens to expose them. The boys' luck changes when they send for a 3-D Hypno-Ring and hypnotize Krupp, turning him into Captain Underpants, their own superhero creation. Later, Pilkey includes several pages of flip-o-ramas that animate the action. The simple black-and-white illustrations on every page furnish comic-strip appeal. The cover features Captain Underpants, resplendent in white briefs, on top of a tall building. This book will fly off the shelves.

PeekAbook: here's a preview of another book in the series, but you can get an idea of the basic storyline and illustrations

My two-bits:

Based on the cover, the hero doesn't look appealing like the supermen we are accustomed to which is part of the reason why I never thought to pick up this book. However, the reviews and hype over this got me curious enough to give it a try.


I found this to be a hilarious and fun super-hero story.

The three main characters are endearing and ones I want to continue to follow in their adventures.

This series will be one of those secret guilty pleasure reads on my nightstand ;-)


AND, check out the 4th Annual Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop, September 21st to 27th, here


* part of the Top Ten Challenged Books Lists for 2013