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9.13.2017

Blog Tour: BB-8 ON THE RUN by Drew Daywalt [REVIEW+ giveaway!]




When BB-8 is separated from his master, Poe Dameron, on the lonely desert planet of Jakku, he has no choice but to keep rolling. It's all up to him to get a top-secret map back to the Resistance so they can find Luke Skywalker and save the galaxy from the evil First Order.
It's scary to have a big job when you're just a little droid on your own. But BB-8 isn't alone for long. As he speeds across the sand, BB-8 meets all kinds of strangers who need his help. Should he do good things, as Poe always told him, or will that get in the way of his mission?
See how everyone's favorite little astromech droid makes friends and foils enemies in this funny and exciting new Star Wars adventure!
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OUR Review:

Yep, RhiReaders, you read that right. "Our". Because my daughter helped me read and review this one! As HUGE fans of both Drew Daywalt's Crayons books and Matt Myer's work in Battle Bunny—not to mention Star Wars, of course—there was no way we were not going to pick up a copy of BB-8 ON THE RUN.

We're happy to let you know it did not disappoint. The story is interesting and has a good message about taking the time to help others that I really thought made it worth reading with children. For Punk it was more just a fun read about a beloved character that let us know about a part of his story The Force Awakens just didn't need to cover but is interesting to know. If you've ever wondered what happened to the adorable little droid between leaving Poe and finding Rey this book will tell you.

The story is terrific but I confess, the illustrations were phenomenal. They are SO BEAUTIFUL! I want to be a monster and destroy the book just so I can frame some of the pages. 😍

BB-8 ON THE RUN is a perfect bedtime story for young Star Wars fans (and their parents) that is sure to spark conversations about other missing-piece-of-the-story moments in Star Wars, doing what is right, and why BB-8 is one of the best characters ever. Punk and I both gave it a solid two thumbs up and we hope to see this author and illustrator team up for more Star Wars stories in the future.

OUR Rating: 5 stars

Note: We received a complimentary ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

About Drew:

TEN TOTALLY TRUE FACTS ABOUT DREW DAYWALT FOR YOUR AUTHOR REPORT:
Before becoming an author, Drew was a farmer in the 1800’s.
Drew eats his weight in bamboo shoots every day.
Drew is a man of 1000 faces. Unfortunately, every face looks exactly the same.
The cheetah is the fastest land animal with recorded speeds of up to 80mph. Drew hopes one never chases him.
In addition to being an author, Drew is also a world renowned beekeeper.
And a race car driver.
Drew likes to make up stories about being a world-renowned beekeeper and race car driver. (He is neither.)
Drew just made a hot cup of tea. Please retweet.
Drew has three rows of razor sharp teeth designed for ripping and shredding his prey.
Drew has ferocious hair and he’s not afraid to use it.

Giveaway Details:
(3) winners will receive a finished copy of BB-8 ON THE RUN, US Only.

Ends on September 19th at Midnight EST!


Check out the rest of the tour:


Week One:
9/4/2017- Novel NoviceExcerpt or Illustrations
9/5/2017- NerdophilesReview
9/6/2017- BookCrushinGuest Post
9/7/2017- Book-KeepingReview
9/8/2017- Mundie KidsReview

Week Two:
9/11/2017- Owl Always Be ReadingReview
9/12/2017- BookHounds YAGuest Post
9/13/2017- RhiReadingReview
9/14/2017- Word SpelunkingInterview
9/15/2017- Once Upon a TwilightReview

9.12.2017

Release Day: BLACK by Donya Lynne [Excerpt + Giveaway]

Today we have the release day blitz of Black by Donya Lynne! Check out the release festivities and grab your copy today!

Title: Black

Author: Donya Lynne

Genre: Paranormal Romance

About BLACK:

Micah Black thought he was the last of his bloodline. He was wrong. Dead wrong.

 Micah just found out he has a brother. Ronan, the cat burglar who broke into his apartment and stole the ankh he’d been entrusted to protect, has turned out to be none other than his own flesh and blood. But that’s not the only revelation he uncovers about his family. After centuries of thinking his father was killed during the war, he learns that his father is alive. Still suffering the loss of Micah’s mother, his beloved mate, but alive.

The discoveries continue to pile up as more tightly held secrets and shocking surprises come to light, upending Micah’s world, sending him into a whirlwind of emotions and memories of war, love, and death. But it’s what King Bain reveals that throws Micah for the biggest loop. One that will chart a new path for Micah’s future and change the course of the coming war between the vampires and the drecks forever.

In the much-anticipated eighth book of the emotionally-wrenching, heart-stopping All the King’s Men Series, you see Micah as you’ve never seen him before. You will meet new characters pivotal to the survival—and hearts—of the characters you’ve come to love. Aliases will be revealed, alliances will be formed, and new enemies exposed as paranormal forces converge in a battle to decide who will ultimately rule humanity.   Recommended for fans of J.R. Ward, Lara Adrian, Kresley Cole.

Grab Your Copy Today:

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9.05.2017

Spotlight: BLACK BIRD OF THE GALLOWS by Meg Kassel

 
Hello Readers! Welcome to the Release Week Blitz for
Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel
presented by Entangled Teen!
Grab your copy today!

9.04.2017

Review: Summoner by S.D. Grimm [Excerpt + Giveaway]


SUMMONER
BY S.D. GRIMM


When Allie’s best friend dares their group to play a game in a cemetery—something she calls “witching”—Allie never expects what it might mean for her. When she plays, she doesn’t just find bodies, she summons their souls. But one soul wants more than Allie is willing to give.

And the boy next door could be the key to saving her.

Cody Burkhart. Straight from Montana, cowboy hat wearing, and smoking hot, he’s just the thing to help Allie become “normal” again after the death of her mother. And as her newly appointed Guardian, he’s also just the thing to help Allie ward off the vengeful spirit who’s after her soul. Except Cody has his own demons to slay that keep him closed off. But as the full moon approaches, so does their only chance to break the curse, and Cody will have to make the biggest sacrifice of all.


MY REVIEW

Note: ARC received via publisher.

Finding young adult fiction with both ghosts and romances hasn't been easy in the past few years. As a big fan of paranormal romance and YA I clamor for anything that brings the two together, if you're the same I think you'll enjoy SUMMONER.

As a young adult romance, SUMMONER, is superb! Allie was surprisingly three dimensional and if she were a real person I would have liked her a lot. Cody managed to be the kind of hero that brings out the heart eyes emoji. Protective but not overbearing, a little hurt but not broken, thoughtful and a good partner. Serious crush bait. Together they managed to be the kind of couple that feels perfectly paired.

The romantic plot of SUMMONER was good enough that the paranormal elements could have been swapped for something else and it would still have been a good book. Sadly, I felt like the paranormal stuff was under developed and never explained in a way that gave it roots. It wasn't unlikable, it just felt like it could have been explained more to the benefit of the reader.

Overall, if you enjoyed Cynthia Hand's Unearthly trilogy or Gena Showalter's Intertwined novels I think you'll find SUMMONER a read worth picking up. (4 stars)

EXCERPT


Mandy was right; moonlight made it easier to see, but the uneasy feeling in my stomach intensified as I moved toward that grouping of headstones. They were crooked and uneven. Like the ground beneath them settled a long time ago but never actually stopped settling.
The damp air made it harder to breathe.
“All right, what do I do with these things?” Derek took one of the L-shaped wires from his sister.
An involuntary shiver crept up my back as I recalled how cold those things were.
“Hold it like this.” Nell held the smaller section of the wire in her hand, letting the larger section point straight out in front of her. “One in each hand.” She gave Derek the other one. “Now, loosen your grip so they’re free to move when they want to, and start walking.”
Derek examined his metal rods. “You’re saying they’ll move on their own?”


“Yep.”
“No way.” Derek shook his head and tried to hand the hanger back.
“You scared?” Nell’s smile was evident in her voice.
“No.”
“Good.” Nell pointed toward the graves. “When you’re over an actual body, you’ll see the two points converge.” She held her arms in front of her as if they were the metal coat hangers. Then she folded them and her fingertips nearly touched. “If one side still sways—” she demonstrated by moving her right hand a little, “—then you’ve most likely hit a female.”
“You can’t possibly tell that.” Mandy’s voice was as breathless as I felt.
Nell simply shrugged. “We’ll let the tombstones tell us afterward.”
Did she have any fears? Was I the only one covered in a chill that seemed to cling to my soul? Maybe Mom’s death had altered me in this area, too. Death wasn’t this far-off elusive thing that I never thought about anymore. Death was real. Always present in my thoughts because of the hole it had left in my heart.
Derek tried to hand his sister the rods. “Maybe you should go first and show us.”
Nell made chicken noises.
Derek shifted his shoulders like he was preparing to shoot a free throw. “I just don’t want to mess up.”
Hunter groaned until Derek started walking. At first, nothing happened. Then, as he walked past the headstone, to the other side, the metal rods twitched toward him.
“Whoa.” He stopped.
Imaginary centipedes raced across my skin.
“Keep going,” Nell whispered.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR



S. D. Grimm’s first love in writing is young adult fantasy and science fiction. She is represented by Julie Gwinn of the Seymour Agency and author of SCARLET MOON. She currently has four books under contract, including the remainder of her YA fantasy series Children of the Blood Moon. When she’s not writing or editing, Sarah enjoys reading (of course!), practicing kickboxing and Brazilian jiu jitsu, training dogs, and binge-watching shows with great characters. Her office is anywhere she can curl up with her laptop and at least one large-sized dog. You can learn more about her upcoming novels at www.sdgrimm.com.


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GIVEAWAY


Summoner Prize Pack including:

* A velvet bookmark
* Keychain
* Charm
* A journal based on the one Allie’s mom gave her
* Allie’s salsa recipe
* A $20 Amazon gift card

9.03.2017

#CurrentlyReading 9.3.17


Hey there readers! Been way too long since I had time to write anything bloggish beyond reviews and spotlights. My summer was eventful and unusually exhausting. Now I'm working both a day job and a night job as the school year begins. But as the weather (hopefully) begins to cool here's hoping there's less to do that's keeping me away from my TBR and you guys.

Since I haven't been able to really update Goodreads as actively as I like to my currently reading is a bit wonky at the moment. I'm currently working on a few different books worth noting and some non-fiction that's not. Leave me a comment and tell me how you've been!

The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones
When Dee Moreno makes a deal with a devil--her heart in exchange for an escape from a disastrous home life--she finds her trade may be more than she bargained for. And becoming "heartless" is only the beginning. What lies ahead is a nightmare far bigger, far more monstrous than anything she ever could have imagined.
With reality turned on its head, Dee has only a group of other deal-making teens to keep her grounded, including the charming but secretive James Lancer. And as something like love grows between them amidst an otherworldly ordeal, Dee begins to wonder: can she give James her heart when it's no longer hers to give?

If I'm honest, I wasn't all that interested in this one. Since it was my Owlcrate book this month and it arrived on a day when I had just finished another book I decided to just start it and see if I could get into it. To my surprise I'm enjoying it a lot. That's one thing I do like about subscription boxes, sometimes you get something you'd never have chosen yourself that winds up being a really enjoyable read.


Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh BardugoShe will become one of the world's greatest heroes: WONDER WOMAN. But first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning. . . .
Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mere mortal. Even worse, Alia Keralis is no ordinary girl and with this single brave act, Diana may have doomed the world.
Alia just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn't know she is being hunted. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.
Together, Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. If they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.
This was one I had preordered and decided to cancel after I received an ARC. I just cannot get into it. Though I really like Bardugo's writing style for some reason this story is just not engaging me. Yet. I'm a few chapters in now and greatly hoping that will change. Have any of you read it already? Was your experience similar?

Halloween Carnival Volume 5

Richard Chizmar, Lisa Tuttle, Norman Prentiss, Kevin Quigley, and Peter Straub unmask monsters hiding in plain sight in an anthology of heart-pounding short fiction assembled by horror author and editor Brian James Freeman.
DEVIL’S NIGHT by Richard Chizmar
You’ve read about what happened that night. What you don’t know is the true extent of the damage. The papers got it wrong—and the truth is so much worse than you thought.
THE LAST DARE by Lisa Tuttle
Elaine hasn’t been back to her hometown in years. The house she lived in is gone. The tower house isn’t—nor are the stories of the fate that befalls whoever dares to go there.
THE HALLOWEEN BLEED by Norman Prentiss
People think there’s some sort of mystical power that allows enchantments and witchcraft to come to life on Halloween night. But real magic obeys no calendar—and true evil strikes whenever it’s least expected.
SWING by Kevin Quigley
In Hollywood, everyone lives forever. At least that’s what I used to think . . . before Jessica. But no one seems to live long when they’re around me.
PORK PIE HAT by Peter Straub
When it comes to jazz, there are players, and there are legends. “Hat” was a legend. His real name didn’t even matter. Still, he had his secrets—secrets best left buried in the past.

Short stories haven't really been my thing in the past but as my life gets crazier I find that they've been a nice break from my usual big reads. As soon as the school year starts, and sometimes even sooner, I start getting excited for Halloween. I guess this is a brand new anthology series this year so I might have to snap all of them up (there are five) and nibble away through the next month of so.

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