Feb 24, 2017

Recent Reads: Unblemished by Sara Ella

Source: From Booklook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion or review.

Unblemished (Unblemished #1)Unblemished by Sara Ella
Series: Unblemished #1
Publisher: Thomas Nelson/ HarperCollins
Publication Date: October 11, 2016

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27405327-pop-manga-coloring-book?from_search=true  https://www.amazon.com/Pop-Manga-Coloring-Book-Beautiful/dp/0399578471?ie=UTF8&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0399578471&linkCode=as2&redirect=true&ref_=x_gr_w_bb&tag=x_gr_w_bb-20

Format: Hardback



Goodreads Synopsis: 
Eliyana has always recoiled from her own reflection in the mirror. But what if that were only one Reflection—one world? What if another world existed where her blemish could become her strength?

Eliyana is used to the shadows. With a hideous birthmark covering half her face, she just hopes to graduate high school unscathed. That is, until Joshua hops a fence and changes her perspective. No one, aside from her mother, has ever treated her as normal. Maybe even beautiful. Because of Joshua, Eliyana finally begins to believe she could be loved.

But one night her mother doesn’t come home, and that’s when everything gets weird.

Now Joshua is her new, and rather reluctant, legal Guardian. Add a hooded stalker and a Central Park battle to the mix and you’ve gone from weird to otherworldly.

Eliyana soon finds herself in a world much larger and more complicated than she’s ever known. A world enslaved by a powerful and vile man. And Eliyana holds the answer to defeating him. How can an ordinary girl, a blemished girl, become a savior when she can’t even save herself?
Ah! I didn't realize that this was the beginning of a series and now I need more! It took me a little while to pick this one up but as soon as I did it was a pretty quick read. It is pretty fast paced throughout and the world building is very engrossing. The story follows Eliyana, a girl with a mark on her face, as she learns that there is another realm and that she has a very large place in it. There are loads of bad guys trying to capture her and there are a few love interests as well. 

Eliyana is used to being in the dark, hiding, and when her mother passes away that changes almost instantly. Then she is pulled into a war that she didn't even know existed but she is strong and she is capable and all she wants is to figure out the answers

The plot was pretty normal - good versus evil, light versus dark, a second world and the people in it have abilities that vary, and a kind of love triangle as well. So that was pretty straight forward but at the end of the book there were a lot of twists having to do with the characters and how they are involved that really grabbed my attention. I really liked all the characters even though there were a lot of tropes used and I think that if you are a fan of fantasy this would be a lively read for you. 

Feb 23, 2017

Release Day Bltiz: Stark Springs Academy by Ali Dean

The Stark Springs series By Ali Dean
February 23, 2017

The young adult sports romance series that has captured readers of all ages is now available as a boxed set!

When Roxie Slade snaps into a pair of skis, there’s no one on Sugarville Mountain in Vermont who can keep up with her. Not even the boys. Still, Roxie was shocked when she received a scholarship to Stark Springs Academy, a boarding school that churns out Olympians in each graduating class. Entering as a high school junior, Roxie can’t wait to learn from renowned coaches and train with the fastest ski racers from all over the globe. But, upon arrival, Roxie discovers that Stark Springs lives under its own set of rules, and it appears one boy plays dictator.

Ryker Black is not friendly and Roxie cannot fathom why everyone wants to be his friend. Sure, he’s gorgeous and rides a snowboard like it’s his fifth limb, but he’s cold, ruthless, and holds way too much power over the Stark Springs population. Roxie won’t put up with it. She’s here to train, and she doesn’t care about impressing anyone off the slopes. The only problem? Ryker Black doesn’t permit defiance. Not without consequences.


Ali Dean lives in Colorado with her husband, twin toddlers, and golden retriever. In addition to reading and writing, she loves the outdoors- everything from marathon training and biking to snowboarding and skiing.

Feb 22, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller


Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date:  February 27, 2017


Goodreads Synopsis:  
A 17-year-old pirate captain intentionally allows herself to get captured by enemy pirates in this thrilling YA adventure.

If you want something done right . . .

When the ruthless pirate king learns of a legendary treasure map hidden on an enemy ship, his daughter, Alosa, knows there's only one pirate for the job—herself. Leaving behind her beloved ship and crew, Alosa deliberately facilitates her own kidnapping to ensure her passage on the ship, confident in her ability to overcome any obstacle. After all, who's going to suspect a seventeen-year-old girl locked in a cell? Then she meets the (surprisingly perceptive and unfairly attractive) first mate, Riden, who is charged with finding out all her secrets. Now it's down to a battle of wits and will . . . . Can Alosa find the map and escape before Riden figures out her plan?

Debut author Tricia Levenseller blends action, adventure, romance, and a little bit of magic into a thrilling YA pirate tale.

Why I Am Waiting:
PIRATES!!!! (That is all) 🌊⚓️💀

Feb 21, 2017

Recent Reads: The Blue Chair by Cary Fagan

Source: Received from Tundra Books and Librarything Early Reviewers Program in exchange for an honest review this in no way alters my opinion or review.
Little Blue Chair
Little Blue Chair
Publisher:  Tundra Books
Publication Date:  January 24, 2017

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27405327-pop-manga-coloring-book?from_search=true  https://www.amazon.com/Pop-Manga-Coloring-Book-Beautiful/dp/0399578471?ie=UTF8&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0399578471&linkCode=as2&redirect=true&ref_=x_gr_w_bb&tag=x_gr_w_bb-20

Format:  Hardback



Goodreads Synopsis: 
A sweet, whimsical tale that chronicles the journey of a chair as it changes hands and uses. Perfect for fans of The Good Little Book, Something for Nothing and Virginia Lee Burton's The Little House.

Boo's favorite chair is little and blue. He sits in it, reads in it and makes a tent around it...until the day he grows too big for it. His mother puts the little blue chair out on the lawn where a truck driver picks it up. The truck driver sells it to a lady in a junk store where it sits for many years until it's sold and put to use as a plant stand. In the years that follow, the little blue chair is used in many other ways -- on an elephant ride, in a contest, on a Ferris wheel, in a tree...until the day it flies away, borne aloft by balloons, and lands in a garden of daffodils where a familiar face finds it.
A charming, beautifully illustrated read-aloud that follows the adventures of a little chair, beginning as the seat of a small child who loves books and circling back to that child's child many years (and bottoms) later.
Little Blue Chair was a quaint read about a little blue chair as it makes its way through multiple owners. What I loved about this book is that the chair's travel was based in re-homing and recycling goods. I loved this so much. I think that the younger generation should learn about things like this, you don't always need something new, you can just as easily find something that might serve your needs already around. I think it was a good message to spread.

Aside from the story itself, the illustrations were light and delicate but able to show the value of the little chair and how it helped a bunch of different people and then the best of all was how sentimental the ending of the story is. Overall this was very adorable and I really enjoyed it.

Feb 20, 2017

Let's Compare: Recent Read/ TV Show - The Reptile Room by Lemony Snickett

The Reptile Room (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #2)The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket
Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events
Publisher:  Harper Colins Publishers
Publication Date:  September 30, 1999
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27405327-pop-manga-coloring-book?from_search=true  https://www.amazon.com/Pop-Manga-Coloring-Book-Beautiful/dp/0399578471?ie=UTF8&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0399578471&linkCode=as2&redirect=true&ref_=x_gr_w_bb&tag=x_gr_w_bb-20

Format: Hardback
Source: Borrowed from the Library



Goodreads Synopsis: 
Dear Reader,

If you have picked up this book with the hope of finding a simple and cheery tale, I'm afraid you have picked up the wrong book altogether. The story may seem cheery at first, when the Baudelaire children spend time in the company of some interesting reptiles and a giddy uncle, but don't be fooled. If you know anything at all about the unlucky Baudelaire children, you already know that even pleasant events lead down the same road to misery.

In fact, within the pages you now hold in your hands, the three siblings endure a car accident, a terrible odor, a deadly serpent, a long knife, a large brass reading lamp, and the appearance of a person they'd hoped never to see again.

I am bound to record these tragic events, but you are free to put this book back on the shelf and seek something lighter.

With all due respect,

Lemony Snicket

A Series of Unfortunate Events Poster
The Reptile Room Part 1 and Part 2 Episodes 3 & 4
Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events
Network: Netflix
Publication Date:  January 13, 2017- present

A few more episodes in and I am still enjoying this series but in these episodes while still very true to the story there were a good amount of differences - minor ones but still.

So the book, The Reptile Room follows the children to their next guardian, Morty . He is a herpetologist, or snake scientist, who has a very large collection of reptiles. In the book Count Olaf is not far behind the children and disguises himself to wiggle his way into their lives with Morty. Sadly, it does not end well as the title of the series suggests.  This installment in the series is the first time that things seem to be looking up for the children and as a reader you really hope that nothing bad will happen. Like the last book, this one is great at defining loads of words for young readers and also lots of parts of writing for example in this novel we learn about dramatic irony - and it does it in a way that is easy to understand, fun, and engaging in the overall story.

So the show... these 2 episodes did their very best with the books plot and outline. A lot of the bigger explanatory pieces are there but the explanation at the end about Count Olaf's plan was a bit different here and there was a movie theater scene which was not in the book but gave the viewer more information about the parents/ whatever secret society thing is going on... but the books have yet to touch on that aspect at all. Looking forward to learning more.

I am loving the series, both book and show and already have the next book in hand. Happy reading/ watching! 

Feb 19, 2017

Building the Book Pile #132

Welcome to Building the Book Pile!  A Weekly meme inspired by Stacking the Shelves

Hello Readers, Bloggers, and Awesome people! 
Another crazy week and not so many blog posts :/ I had the best of intentions but could not find the time to sit down and finish things so that is my goal for today so that THIS week you will get everything that I missed last week plus a few extras. 

But even though I was slacking I did get a bunch of awesome books this week!
I hope your week was great and that it is getting warmer where you are, today it is in the 40s and for Vermont right now that is nice weather. I am very excited! Have a wonderful week!!! 

  Giveaways  on Cover2CoverBlog!
More coming soon

Coming up on the Blog...

Let's Compare: Recent Reads/ TV Show: The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket (MG)
Recent Reads: The Blue Chair by Carey Fagan (Youth)
Waiting on Wednesday
Blog Blast: Stark Set (YA)
Recent Reads: Unblemished by Sara Ella (YA) 


Books Received this Week      

Tricked (Fairy Tale Reform School #3)  A Boy Called Bat   Little Blue Chair  Wanted  The Spell Thief (Little Legends)  The Great Troll Rescue  Lady Mechanika, Vol.1: the Mystery of Mechanical Corpse
Tricked by Jen Calonita Requested from Sourcebooks for review
A Boy Called Bat by Elena Arnold from Nerd Book Tours and Walden Pond Press for Blog Tour
The Blue Chair by Cary Fagan from Librarything Early Reviewers and Tundra Books for review
Wanted by Betsy Schow for review consideration from Sourcebooks
   Little Legends: The Spell Thief by Tom Percival  for review consideration from Sourcebooks
Little Legends: The Great Troll Rescue by Tom Percival for review consideration from Sourcebooks 
Lady Mechankia Vol 1 by Joe Benitez from Diamond Book Distributors and Netgalley for review. 
Have you missed anything lately?
New Page: 2017 Reading Challenges 

Week of February 12 - February 19

Comment and leave me a link to your Round-up/ STS/ Weekly...anything, post and I will happily stop by and say hello!
Happy Reading!