Category: Giveaways (Ended)

Dec 14
Navigating the Stars by Maria V. Snyder: Review & Giveaway

Navigating the Stars by Maria V. Snyder: Review & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 18 ★★★★½

KINDLE VERSION Navigating the Stars is about Terra Cotta Warriors in space. Sound weird? It is a little, but it’s also really enjoyable. What Fed My Addiction: Sci-fi that’s in-depth without being confusing. There’s a decent amount of science in this fiction, but I never felt overwhelmed or bombarded with facts. There are some basic things about the world that you have to understand—for instance, the fact that space travel essentially causes time travel and the fact that they’re universe is run by something called Q-Net, which Lyra hacks into in a very specific way called worming—but I don’t feel like you have to understand the details of how it all works in order to enjoy and appreciate the way it works. I never felt lost. The mystery of the Warriors. Usually the mystery aspect of a book like this is my least favorite part, but in this case, I was intrigued and wanted… Read more »


Nov 26
Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret by Trudy Trueit – Review & Giveaway

Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret by Trudy Trueit – Review & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 10 ★★★★

This is a fun and adventurous first book in a younger middle grade series. Filled with high-tech gadgets and virtual reality(ish) simulations of distant lands, it’s sure to capture readers’ imaginations. At the end of the book, there’s even some real-world discussion of innovations that could lead to the many different types of tech in the book—I loved that real-world tie-in. Cruz’s virtual “journeys” to different lands were interesting—I especially loved the trip to the butterfly conservation area in Mexico—and they always had a bit of excitement thrown in as well. Kids will appreciate the diverse cast (especially the Scottish character, whose distinct phrases are really fun), and the fact that they can learn some interesting facts throughout the book without feeling like they’re learning. I’m guessing this book would have been a big hit with my kids a few years ago. Be forewarned that this is very much a setup to… Read more »


Nov 19
The Camelot Code: The Once and Future Geek by Mari Mancusi – Review & Giveaway

The Camelot Code: The Once and Future Geek by Mari Mancusi – Review & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 6 ★★★★

This series is a fun middle grade romp through Camelot! What Fed My Addiction: King Arthur! I love all things Camelot, so the concept of this book had me hooked right from the start. Kids can get a little lesson on these epic characters in a fun format! (This makes me want to reread A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.) The story gives us a lot of the original Arthurian legends and then puts them in a spin cycle. Video games. Sophie and Stu love RPG-style video games, and I could see how this one would be lots of fun. They also sounded like realistic kids—I’ve had some of these same arguments with my teenagers over the value of video games vs. “real life” and their arguments mirror Sophie and Stu’s pretty nicely. (I was glad that there was a balance between the idea that video games can be a worthwhile… Read more »


Nov 16
Amber & Dusk by Lyra Selene: Review & Giveaway

Amber & Dusk by Lyra Selene: Review & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 6 ★★★★

There was a lot to love about this unique fantasy. I found myself engrossed in its world of perpetual daylight! What Fed My Addiction: Lyrical writing. This is a lush fantasy, filled with lavish sights and spectacular magic, and Selene’s writing style works perfectly for this genre. (In her Goodreads review of her own book, she says she writes what she loves to read: “Prose that tastes like sugared secrets.” That should give you a good idea of what to expect.) I love this type of writing. The worldbuilding. Selene did a fantastic job with the worldbuilding in this book. We are introduced to a unique new world with a lot of complex elements, but it never feels too overwhelming. I felt like I could picture most of the world in beautiful detail, and I loved the magical system. The book features a unique mythology that Selene created just for this world… Read more »


Nov 07
War of Storms by Erica Cameron: Excerpt & Giveaway

War of Storms by Erica Cameron: Excerpt & Giveaway

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Welcome to my spot on the tour for War of Storms by Erica Cameron, the third and final book in The Ryogen Chronicles. This series is action-packed fantasy that showcases diversity in ways you probably haven’t seen before (especially when it comes to gender), and for that alone it deserves all the praise. If you enjoy fantasy with epic battles and unique magic systems, this series is for you! Excerpt: War of Storms by Erica Cameron “I also saw Sanii and Yorri moments after their bond.” His quiet words take a few seconds to land. When they do, they hit like a boulder. I’d forgotten that. How had I forgotten? Tessen was the one who told me about the bond, and when he did, he admitted that he’d known since the day it happened. “Your brother always felt like he had to chase everyone else’s progress, and it made him wary. He was on guard with… Read more »


Nov 05
Twilight of the Elves (& The Adventurers Guild) by Zack Loran Clark & Nick Eliopulos: Review & Giveaway

Twilight of the Elves (& The Adventurers Guild) by Zack Loran Clark & Nick Eliopulos: Review & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 13 ★★★★

This series gives us a fun spin on a fantasy world inhabited by elves, dwarves and humans (not to mention some twisted otherworldly monsters). Zed is half elf and has spent his life trying to prove he’s worthy of attention. He’s always dreamed of becoming a mage and finally gaining status and respect, and he almost gets his dream … until things go wrong. Brock is Zed’s best friend, and he plans to follow in his parents’ footsteps and become a merchant, even if he does like to play the game of life by his own rules most of the time. He has no idea that intrigue awaits him and that his father and the head of the merchants have other ideas for him. When Zed and Brock both find themselves thrown into the Adventurers Guild, they discover that their world is a lot more dangerous and complicated than they ever imagined. They… Read more »


Nov 01
November 2018 Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway

November 2018 Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway

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Welcome to the November monthly link-up for the 2018 Book Blog Discussion Challenge hosted by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight! Say goodbye to warm weather and Daylight Savings because November is here! Hang in there, we’re almost done with 2018… The winner of our September discussion challenge giveaway was Angela @ Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. She let me surprise her with a book picked from a list, and I don’t know if she got it yet, so I’m not going to spoil which one I sent, just in case. I hope she loves it, though! If you don’t know what this challenge is all about or haven’t signed up yet (but want to), head on over to the challenge sign-up page to learn more! Even if you’d rather not join, we hope you’ll stop by occasionally to check out the MANY discussion posts that are… Read more »


Oct 29
October Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up & Make Me Read It Giveaway

October Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up & Make Me Read It Giveaway

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It’s time for the October Wrap-Up Round-Up! The September giveaway ends in a couple of days, so head over there for your last chance to enter! This is the link-up AND giveaway for our October wrap-up posts. If you don’t already know about the Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up, read the information below: Every month, at the end of the month, I’ll put up a monthly wrap-up link-up post where everyone can link up their month-end posts. There are no specific requirements for what needs to be in your post, as long as you have a book blog and your wrap-up summarizes your month in some way. The round-up will include a giveaway that encourages people to visit YOUR month end wrap-ups, giving entries for commenting and/or sharing.   Anyone can participate in the giveaway—you won’t have to actually link up in order to participate. If you don’t already post a monthly… Read more »


Oct 26
Lulu the Broadway Mouse by Jenna Gavigan: Review & Giveaway

Lulu the Broadway Mouse by Jenna Gavigan: Review & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 0 ★★★★

This book is just plain cute. Since I was a theatre major in college, I loved all the references to how Broadway and theatre in general work. I think any little kid with dreams of being on the stage would really enjoy this story (and learn a lot from it too). The style is sort of interesting because it’s really pretty much a contemporary MG set in a Broadway theatre—except the MC happens to be a mouse. I was expecting a bit more fantasy elements or something, but honestly, Lulu could have been a little girl and the story wouldn’t have been all that different. I’m not sure if that’s a positive or a negative about the book, it’s just a fact. I’m not sure how much the book will appeal to kids who aren’t already interested in the theatre since it’s not super plot-heavy, but if you know any kids who… Read more »


Oct 24
Recap of the YA Lit Conference at Anderson’s Bookshop. Plus a Giveaway!

Recap of the YA Lit Conference at Anderson’s Bookshop. Plus a Giveaway!

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This past weekend, I had the pleasure of attending the annual YA Lit Conference at Anderson’s Bookshop with my mom. We look forward to this event every year! It’s technically geared toward teachers and librarians but book enthusiasts are welcome as well.  🙂 I thought I’d give you a little rundown of the featured speakers. Enjoy! Mark Oshiro He gave his speech in numbers: At 8, he read IT by Stephen King(!!) and fell in love with stories. At 13, he saw himself in the character of Rickie in My So Called Life—a gay brown boy, which he’s never seen outside of himself. At 14, he was touched by The House on Mango Street In 2017, only 7% of children’s books were written by Black, Latinx, and Native authors combined 43 – The number of times his first manuscript (not Anger is a Gift) was turned down. Many agents told him it… Read more »