Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Warren the 13th and The All-Seeing Eye: A Novel by Tania del Rio and Will Staehle

Warren the 13th and The All-Seeing Eye: A Novel
by Tania del Rio and Will Staehle

Find out more about this book and author:
Website for Tania
Website for Will
Activity Booklet: (here)

Just released: November 24, 2015
Publisher: Quirk Books
Genre: Middle Grade, Paranormal, Steampunk, Witches
Hardback: 224 pages
Rating: 5

First sentence(s):
Warren the 13th tiptoed across the roof of the Warren Hotel, and the old slate tiles clattered like bones.

Meet Warren the 13th, a cursed 12-year-old Victorian bellhop who’s terribly unlucky . . . yet perpetually optimistic, hard-working, and curious. Orphan Warren’s pride and joy is his family’s hotel, but he’s been miserable ever since his evil Aunt Anaconda took over the management. Anaconda believes a mysterious treasure known as the All-Seeing Eye is hidden somewhere on the grounds, and she’ll do anything to find it. If Warren wants to preserve his family’s legacy, he’ll need to find the treasure first—if the hotel’s many strange and wacky guests don’t beat him to it! This middle-grade adventure features gorgeous two-color illustrations on every page and a lavish two-column Victorian design that will pull young readers into a spooky and delightful mystery.


My two-bits:
Loved the illustrations along with this story that has that gothic Edward Gorey feel to it.

It is playful with puzzle/riddle like sleuthing set in a hotel.

Treated to steampunkery scenes.


* review copy courtesy of Quirk Books

* SIGNUP to win a copy (here)

Monday, November 30, 2015

The Coal Thief by Alane Adams (with giveaway)

The Coal Thief
by Alane Adams

Find out more about this book and author:
Twitter @AlaneAdamsBooks

Just released: November 17, 2015
Publisher: SparkPress
Genre: Childrens, Historical
Hardback: 32 pages
Rating: 5

First sentence(s):
One morning, Georgie went into the kitchen. He poked around the potbellied stove, hoping to find a stray lump of coal.

Brrr! Georgie wakes up to a freezing morning in 1920s Pennsylvania and gets the bad news that there is no coal to heat the farmhouse—and he knows there is no money to buy more, either. Just after he finds this out, along comes his friend Harley, who drags him off on an adventure to find some mysterious “black gold.” Before Georgie can catch his breath, he’s in a pile of trouble—all the way up to his ears! Take a trip back in time and join Georgie in this heartwarming tale of mischief made and lessons learned in America’s storied past.

My two-bits:
Sweet and sentimental book that tugs at the heart.

This tale is also appropriate for the winter season as all can relate to cold weather this time of year.

About the author:
Alane Adams grew up in an old Quaker town called Whittier in Southern California. Adams attended Whittier High School and was active in every possible sport including basketball (proudly claiming the nickname Breakaway Adams!) and swimming and diving. For college, Alane attended the University of Southern California where she wanted to be an English major, but family convinced her to become an accountant to help run a family business. After spending the next few decades helping to build one of the largest recycling companies on the West Coast, Alane left the family business behind to pursue her writing career. Before launching into writing full-time, Alane began teaching full-time at a local university. Finally, the Legends of Orkney series was born when her then 12-year-old son challenged Alane to write a book he could read. She hasn't stopped writing since that day.

Alane's favorite books include any story involving folklore, fantasy and fairytales. When Alane is not writing or teaching, she is hanging out with her three boys, each who have grown up having adventures to rival those of her characters.

--~ Blog Tour Giveaway ~--

SIGNUP (here)


* giveaway courtesy of book tour sponsored by BookSparks @booksparks

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Fathomless by Anne M. Pillsworth

by Anne M. Pillsworth

Find out more about this book and author:
Twitter @AnneMPillsworth

Just released: October 27, 2015
Publisher: Tor Teen
Genre: Fantasy, Magic, YA
Hardback: 320 pages
Rating: 3 (DNF)

Redemption's Heir series:
book 3 - tba

First sentence(s):
Arkam's Independence Day festivities had drawn thousands of souls to its harbor, including Redemption Orne, who looked for a single should of peculiar quality.

In Anne M. Pillsworth's Fathomless, Sean dips even further into his magical destiny, but will blood prove thicker than the mysteries of Innsmouth's briny depths?

Sean Wyndham has tried to stay away from the lure of magic-the last time he tried to dabble in the dark studies, he inadvertently summoned a blood familiar, wreaking havoc on his town, and calling the attention of the Elder Gods. But now Sean has been offered the chance to study magic with a proper teacher, overseen by Helen Arkwright, a friend of Sean's father and heir to ancient order of much power, who protects New England from that which lurks in the coastline's unseen depths. But will learning theory be enough, when there is a much greater magical secret hidden in Helen's vaulted library?

Accompanied by his best friend, Eddy, and their enigmatic new friend Daniel, Sean wades out deeper into mystical legend and shadow. With hints and secrets buried long in family lore, they turn to the suspicious Reverend Orne once more for assistance. But as Sean deepens his understanding of his power, a darkness is waking...

Zombie sighting:
"Yeah. I got this series idea, too. Apocalypse, but not with zombies. Zombies been run into the ground." -chapter 1, page 12

My two-bits:

Got through 100 pages, and decided not to finish. Ack! I usually try to finish review copies but with the holidays and so many books on my pile, I am going to start to be stricter with myself and not waste reading time. So, I am rating the book based on what was read so far.

Although this story has an ensemble cast of characters, I could not connect with any to keep me reading.

Despite being book 2 in the series, it worked alright as a standalone. I did not feel that I was missing anything. But maybe knowing more of the backstory from book one would have interested me enough to follow at least one of the character story lines.

The pacing was slow at the start.


* review copy courtesy of TOR

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Stacking the Shelves - 11.28.15

Stacking the Shelves
hosted by Tynga's Reviews (details)

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!


For Review:

Warren the 13th and The All-Seeing Eye: A Novel
by Tania del Rio and Will Staehle
-Middle Grade, Paranormal
courtesy of Quirk Books -Thanks!
Amazon | Goodreads | WIN a copy (here)

The Coal Thief
by Alane Adams
-Children, Historical
courtesy of BookSparks -Thanks!
Amazon | Goodreads | WIN a copy (here) and (here)

(Redemption's Heir #2)
by Anne M. Pillsworth
courtesy of publisher -Thanks!
Amazon | Goodreads


The Silkworm
(Cormoran Strike #2)
by Robert Galbraith aka J.K. Rowling
-Mystery, Detective
Amazon | Goodreads

Private investigator Cormoran Strike returns in a new mystery from Robert Galbraith, author of the #1 international bestseller The Cuckoo's Calling.

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days—as he has done before—and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home.

But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were to be published, it would ruin lives—meaning that there are a lot of people who might want him silenced.

When Quine is found brutally murdered under bizarre circumstances, it becomes a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any Strike has encountered before...

=====> Listening to the audio version which I also did with book one. The narrator portrays the characters well. Reeeeally got into this series after listening to the first book in the series, The Cuckoo's Calling. Loving the main characters and their back stories.


From Owlcrate package @owlcrate (details & signup):
OwlCrate is a subscription service that sends you magical monthly boxes tailored to a chosen theme. Each OwlCrate will contain one new Young Adult novel, as well as 3-5 other bookish treats to help you get your nerd on.

Box includes:
- Soundless by Richelle Mead and bookmark
- Vampire Academy series tattoos
- Fairytale tea, Snow White from Adagio Teas
- Camp Half-Blood bracelet created by The Colorful Geek
- Castle locket necklace from The Geeky Cauldron
- Pocket mirror (dragon scales) designed by My Clockwork Castle

by Richelle Mead
-China, Fantasy, YA
Amazon | Goodreads

For as long as Fei can remember, there has been no sound in her village, where rocky terrain and frequent avalanches prevent residents from self-sustaining. Fei and her people are at the mercy of a zipline that carries food up the treacherous cliffs from Beiguo, a mysterious faraway kingdom.

When villagers begin to lose their sight, deliveries from the zipline shrink and many go hungry. Fei’s home, the people she loves, and her entire existence is plunged into crisis, under threat of darkness and starvation.

But soon Fei is awoken in the night by a searing noise, and sound becomes her weapon.

Richelle Mead takes readers on a triumphant journey from the peak of Fei’s jagged mountain village to the valley of Beiugo, where a startling truth and an unlikely romance will change her life forever...

OTHER things: kinda book-related

Participating in this...

Black Friday Book Bonanza
WIN books (here)

Books on the Nightstand 2015 Holiday Gift Guide is now available. GOT mine, get your free copy (here).

Tweet #GiveaBook - For each tweet Penguin Random House will donate a book to kids in need!

AND watched: in theatre

By The Sea (2015)
Director: Angelina Jolie
Starring: Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt
-Drama, Romance | imdb | my rating: 4.5

Set in France during the mid-1970s, Vanessa, a former dancer, and her husband Roland, an American writer, travel the country together. They seem to be growing apart, but when they linger in one quiet, seaside town they begin to draw close to some of its more vibrant inhabitants, such as a local bar/café-keeper and a hotel owner.

=====> Loved the visuals. A couple dealing with love on the rocks.

45 Years (2015)
Director: Andrew Haigh
Based on short story by: David Constantine
Starring: Charlotte Rampling, Tom Courtenay
-Drama, Romance | imdb | my rating: 4.5

In the week leading up to their 45th wedding anniversary, a couple receive an unexpected letter which contains potentially life changing news.

=====> Interesting focus on elderly love. Another couple dealing with love on the rocks.

AND watched: on DVD

Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014)
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Based on comic by: Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons
Starring: Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Samuel L. Jackson
-Action, Adventure, Comedy, Spy | imdb | my rating: 4

A spy organization recruits an unrefined, but promising street kid into the agency's ultra-competitive training program, just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.

=====> After watching the latest James Bond film, I got into the spy mood. This film had it all and was light and fun.

Dr. No (1962)
Director: Terence Young
Based on book by: Ian Fleming
Starring: Sean Connery
-Action, Adventure, Spy | imdb

A resourceful British government agent seeks answers in a case involving the disappearance of a colleague and the disruption of the American space program.

=====> Decided to go on a James Bond binge and re-watch all films.


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Friday, November 27, 2015

Black Friday Book Bonanza

Black Friday Book Bonanza
Nov 27-30, 2015
hosted by BookShelfery.com and Caffeinated Book Reviewer
details and complete list (here)


Pretty Baby
by Mary Kubica
-Mystery, Thriller
Amazon | Goodreads | my review

The Fever
by Megan Abbott
-Horror, Mystery, YA
Amazon | Goodreads | my review

The Good Neighbor
by A.J. Banner
Amazon | Goodreads| my review

WIN my review copies!

Open to US only.

Offer ends: November 30, 2015

TO DO: (2 parts)

1. COMMENT here and tell me what you are currently reading (include your email).

2. READ and comment on another post on my blog.


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