Oct 22, 2016

Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway! - The Curse of the Boggin by D.J. MacHale

About the Book

Enter the Library, where no one knows how the stories end . . . and finding out will be terrifying.

There’s a place beyond this world, beyond the land of the living, where ghosts go to write their unfinished stories—stories that ended too soon. It’s a place for unexplained phenomena: mysteries that have never been solved, spirits that have never been laid to rest. And there’s only one way in or out.

It’s called the Library, and you can get there with a special key. But beware! Don’t start a story you can’t finish. Because in thislibrary, the stories you can’t finish just might finish you.

Marcus O’Mara is a 13 year old guy at a crossroads. He constantly finds himself in trouble at school, with his friends, and with his adoptive parents. Marcus doesn’t believe things can get any worse for him…until they get worse.

Much worse.

He begins seeing strange and impossible visions; gets thrown into paranormal danger and is haunted by a mysterious ghost with a singular goal: to give him a key.

It’s a key that opens the door to a mysterious library. When that door opens, the incredible adventure for Marcus and his friends begins as they learn the truth about Marcus’ past and uncover the strange world of unfinished stories that are found on the shelves of the Library.

The Curse of the Boggin is the first book in The Library series, however after you read this book you can read any or the stories in any order! Right from the beginning I think that this is a wonderful idea, young readers can pick up a book when they find it and get going, I love that flexibility. 

The book was a lot of fun too. The characters are a group of kids trying to fight off the supernatural with the help of a key and a magical library. I enjoyed the supernatural elements, some even gave me the creeps - always nice for a book that is supposed to to that. The plot moved along well, it was not too fast or too slow and the action was scattered throughout to keep my attention. 

At first I wasn't really a big fan of the main character, Marcus, he was a bit of a pain and has some trouble with authority but eventually I came to enjoy his company. I really liked his diverse friends and I am very inerested in how they will have bigger roles in later books. 

I really enjoyed this Middle Grade book and recommnend it for all MG readers (and even their parents). 

Giveaway is open to International. | Must be 13+ to Enter

- 10-15 Minutes Skype Session (personal or school class). 
- Two Signed Copies of The Library Book 1: Curse of the Boggin + Signed Bookmarks by D.J. MacHale
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About the Author

D.J. MacHale is a writer, director, executive producer and creator of several
popular television series and movies. As an author, his ten-volume book series: Pendragon: Journal of an Adventure Through Time and Space became a New York Times #1 bestseller.

He was raised in Greenwich, CT where he had several jobs including collecting eggs at a poultry farm; engraving trophies and washing dishes in a steakhouse…in between playing football and running track. D.J. graduated from New York University where he received a BFA in film production.

His film-making career began in New York where he worked as a freelance writer/director making corporate videos and television commercials.

D.J. broke into the entertainment business by writing several ABC Afterschool Specials. As co-creator of the popular Nickelodeon series: Are You Afraid of the Dark?, he produced all 91 episodes. D.J. also wrote and directed the movie Tower of Terror for ABC’s Wonderful World of Disney. The Showtime series Chris Cross was co-created, written and produced by D.J. It received the CableAce award for Best Youth Series.

D.J. created and produced the Discovery Kids/NBC television series Flight 29 Down. He wrote every episode and directed several. His work on Flight 29 Down earned him the Writers Guild of America award for Outstanding Children’s Script and a Directors Guild of America award nomination.

Other notable television writing credits include the ABC Afterschool Special titled Seasonal Differences; the pilot for the long-running PBS/CBS series Ghostwriter; and the HBO series Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective for which he received a CableAce nomination for writing.

In print, D.J. also authored the supernatural Morpheus Road trilogy; a whimsical picture book The Monster Princess; and The SYLO Chronicles, a thrilling sci-fi trilogy. He also wrote Voyagers: Project Alpha, the first of a six book science fiction adventure.

D.J.’s newest book series is The Library, a spooky middle-grade anthology about a mysterious library filled with unfinished supernatural tales, and the daring young people who must complete them.

D.J. lives in Southern California with his wife Evangeline and daughter Keaton. They are avid backpackers, scuba divers and skiers. Rounding out the household is a spoiled golden retriever named Casey and an equally spoiled tuxedo cat named Jinx.

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Oct 19, 2016

Recent Reads: Rebirth Harley Quinn #5 by Amanda Conner

Harley Quinn (2016-) #5
Undercover Punker Part 1: Eat to this Beat! by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti
Series: DC Universe Rebirth, Harley Quinn #5
Publisher: DC Comics
Publication Date:  Dec.  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:  Comic
Source: Bought/ Own



Goodreads Synopsis: 
“EAT TO THIS BEAT” part one! There’s been a string of brutal robberies and slayings up and down the East Coast, and the assailants are…knights on horseback?! Harley’s got a lead on the men behind the iron masks, but to find them she’s going to have to go undercover in the strangest place of all…New York’s punk scene!
What a strange transition...last issue Harley is peeved about the people ripping off the elderly people and takes a trip to put an end to one of the many call centers that is helping the program...in this issue we have Harley taking on a new issue - knights on horseback robbing banks and mail trucks. 

While I enjoyed this issue, it was a very weird way to move from that story into this one. I guess that they may collide at some point. 

Harley is her normal outrages self when these baddies take over her mail truck and harm her 'favorite' mailman - she is out for revenge but has to get close so her solution - put together a punk band. It is very Harley all over, outragous and ridiculous/ over the top. I enjoyed this as part 1 and will obviously keep reading... 


Oct 18, 2016

Recent Reads: Harley Quinn and her Gang of Harleys #6 by Jimmy Palmiotti

Harley Quinn and Her Gang of Harleys (2016-) #6
Bye-Bye, Love by Jimmy Palmiotti and Frank Tieri
Series: Harley Quinn and her Gang of Harleys #6 or 6
Publisher: DC Comics
Publication Date:  Nov. 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:  Comic
Source: Bought/ Own



Goodreads Synopsis: 
This is it! The moment you’ve been waiting six long issues for! The identity of Harley Sinn is revealed, and Harley’s gang has found their great leader. But trouble is only beginning for Har-oh who are we kidding? This is the issue where Harley and her Gang kick butt on her captors (and she gets quite a few shots with her mallet as well), as Harley Quinn teaches her gang the most important lesson of all: losing stinks, so win-and never leave Brooklyn if you can help it. 
This was a wonderful conclusion to the Gang of Harleys series. Harley and her gang are forced to deal with the disturbed Harley Sinn in order to get off of evil island and also to get her out of their hair for good.  Harley tries to reason with Sinn and help her and get her the mental help that she needs but isn't sure it will do her any good either. It was a violent issue but some good did come out of it and the Gang seems to be coming together and really helping Harley.

This comic also sets up more for the future, maybe not now but Sinn may make another appearance later, which is both terrifying but also made me very excited to see what may come of her. It also seems like the Joker may have a hand in it - both this and the most recent Harley comic have hints toward him.

Oct 17, 2016

Recent Reads: The Darkest Dark by Chris Hadfield

The Darkest DarkThe Darkest Dark by Chris Hadfield
Publisher:  Tundra Books
Publication Date:  September 13, 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
Source: Won from Tundra Books. This in no way alters my opinion or review.



Goodreads Synopsis: 
Inspired by the childhood of real-life astronaut Chris Hadfield and brought to life by Terry and Eric Fan's lush, evocative illustrations, The Darkest Dark will encourage readers to dream the impossible.

Chris loves rockets and planets and pretending he's a brave astronaut, exploring the universe. Only one problem--at night, Chris doesn't feel so brave. He's afraid of the dark.
But when he watches the groundbreaking moon landing on TV, he realizes that space is the darkest dark there is--and the dark is beautiful and exciting, especially when you have big dreams to keep you company.
Mini Review: 
This was a very cute book about a boy that wants to be an astronaut but is afraid of the dark and it is a true tale.  The writer tells a story about himself and being afraid of the aliens coming into his too dark bedroom and then his realization that if he wants to be an astronaut he would have to learn to adjust.  

The illustrations are wonderful and the story is very cute. I really liked that the author wrote about his life and it is also a great tale about following your dreams and in the writers case - even achieving them. 

Oct 16, 2016

Building the Book Pile #207

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

Hello Readers, Bloggers, and Awesome people! 

After having a few days off of work last week, this week seemed to have lastest forever, but I did have a few highlights. On Thursday there was a "Sip and Sketch" at the college museum site, there was wine and sketching for all levels so I went over and had a fun time. Then on Saturday I went with a friend to drop off some sheep pelts to be carded and made into yarn - the place was so neat all the machines and the lady showed us around them and it was very cool. And last night we had a Clue Mystery Game Dinner Party. We had dinner and played Clue and got fancy - it was so fun.

Reading was slacking this week but I did have some fun things up on the blog. I hope everyone had a fun week!

  Giveaways  on Cover2CoverBlog!

OMG... I did it again

Coming up on the Blog...

Recent Reads: The Darkest Dark by Chris Hadfield (Youth)
Recent Reads: Harley Quinn #5 by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti (Comic)
Recent Reads: Harley Quinn and her Gang of Harleys #6 by Jimmy Palmiotti and Frank Tieri (Comic)
Spooktacular Giveaway Hop 
Blog Tour: Review - The Curse of the Boggin (The Library #1) by D.J. MacHale (MG)

Books Received this Week  

Unblemished  Ready, Set, Find Christmas  The Darkest Dark

Unblemished by Sara Ella from BookLook Bloggers for Review

Ready, Set, Find: Christmas by Zondervan Publishing from BookLook Bloggers for Review

 The Darkest Dark by Chris Hadfield, won from Tundra Books

Triplicity by Staey Longo, Rob Smales, and Tony Tremblay from Tony for review

Have you missed anything lately?

Week of October 9 - October 15

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!

Oct 14, 2016

Release Day Blast: Bittersweet by Tyffani Clark Kemp

Hello Book Lovers
Today I wanted to let you know about a book that is releasing TOMORROW... Take a peek

Title- Bittersweet
Series- The Kaveesh #1
By Tyffani Clark Kemp
Publication Date- October 15th

She'd reconciled her life without him. His return would be Bittersweet.

Welcome to Mother Cora’s, where the offspring of the Kaveesh learn to coexist with humans.

One hundred and twenty years ago, the Kaveesh came to Earth to save the dying planet from a disease that gorged itself on anything in its wake. Buildings crumbled to dust. Soil and plant life were consumed. Two-thirds of the Earth’s population perished.

The only thing the Kaveesh asked in return was to help save their dying race. Breeding programs began and the half-breeds were born.

Lirabel is a half-breed and an overachiever. Despite a few setbacks, she’s scheduled to graduate early from Mother Cora’s and become the Half-breed Ambassador to the Humans.

Enter Jonas. They were best friends until he broke her heart and disappeared five years ago. Now, he’s back, but Lirabel couldn’t care less. There are more important things to worry about…

Like finishing her last year of school and becoming ambassador. Or the half-bred students losing control of their Kaveesh strengths who are being sent into quarantine. Or how the breeding programs are still up and running.

And somehow, Jonas’ bittersweet return is connected to it all.