Friday, September 12, 2014

Review: The Demon Notebook

The Demon Notebook
Erika Megann
 Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
From Goodreads:
For Grace and her four best friends, magic is just harmless fun—until it's not...

Things have gone wrong for Grace, Jenny, Rachel, Adie, and Una. Very wrong. A freak snowstorm stranded the whole school, the history teacher's gone bonkers, and their notebook has taken on a diabolical life of its own, bringing all of their previously failed spells to life. At first the girls are thrilled to see their magic finally working.

But the spells are botched and people might get hurt and Una's not acting quite right...

Can the girls stop the madness before the demon notebook works through their list of spells, slowly creeping towards the last, truly awful spell that they didn't really want to happen?

My Review:   I would like to thank netgalley and the publisher for a copy of this book for my honest review.

    I enjoyed this book about friendship and witchcraft. Delightful adventure and fantasy that is never too dark or scary, This story highlites good friendships with long lasting bonds in a positive way. The story is fast paced but never loses any of its charm. I was pulled in right from the begining and did not stop reading.

    I would recommend this book for middle graders who want to be intoduced to a spooky and dark story with an interesting storyline and good friends.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Review: The Other Lamb

The Other Lamb
Katie Young
 Curiosity Quills Press
Published August 28th 2014
Incarcerated on Earth as punishment for breeding with humans, the Watchers found a way to escape. Zach is living proof of that…even though someone has cut out his heart.

When Zach turns eighteen he develops an insatiable thirst for blood, but he tries to bury his fears and go on enjoying his birthday. His best friend Kim has scored them tickets to the hottest gig in town. But a charged encounter with his idol, the enigmatic rock star known as Grigory, leads to a revelation that shatters everything Zach thinks he knows about himself and the world, and places everyone dear to him in grave danger.
Zach is a Naphil, the forbidden offspring of a mortal woman and a Watcher. When those who seek to destroy him snatch Kim, Zach is forced to embark on a journey of discovery spanning continents and ages. With the help of a mysterious stranger named Sam, Zach must unearth the truth about his parentage, find Kim, and discover who has stolen his heart…before he triggers the apocalypse.
My Review :  Wow what a book. I now look at fallen angles in a whole new light and it is a eye opener. This book grabs you and does not let go till the last page. Filled with interesting revolations that keep you reading and holding your breath till the next one . I was a little surprised by the graphic sex and violence being that it is a young adult book I believe it is more of a new adult book. I may continue the series but my daughter will have to wait another year before I let her read this. My son on the other hand is loving this book right now (He is 18)

Review : The Dirt Diary

The Dirt Diary
Anna Staniszewski
 Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
From Goodreads: WANTED: Maid for the most popular kids in 8th grade.

Cleaning up after the in-crowd gets Rachel all the best dirt.

Rachel can't believe she has to give up her Saturdays to scrubbing other people's toilets. So. Gross. But she kinda, sorta stole $287.22 from her college fund that she's got to pay back ASAP or her mom will ground her for life. Which is even worse than working for her mother's new cleaning business. Maybe. After all, becoming a maid is definitely not going to help her already loserish reputation.

But Rachel picks up more than smell socks on the job. As maid to some of the most popular kids in school, Rachel suddenly has all the dirt on the 8th grade in-crowd. Her formerly boring diary is now filled with juicy secrets. And when her crush offers to pay her to spy on his girlfriend, Rachel has to decide if she's willing to get her hands dirty....
My Review:  I want to thank Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of this book for my honest review
 I really enjoyed this book. This book deals with being an outsider to the cool kids. Crushes. Family Issues. This book is a great read for anyone with those problems. We all had thoese problems in 8Th grade. Delightful tale and Rachel is such a great character. She seems to leap off the pages and you are soon invested in her life. You want to help and root for her. Wether it is her baking skills, her struggles with a mother and father that just separated, or her crush and his evil girlfriend, you do want everything to work for her, and help her overcome the issues.
   Anna Staniszewski writting is wonderfully descriptive and flows so well you will finish this book and want more. I know I do. First book the trilogy and I am starting the second book soon. I was interested in the description but I am finishing the series for the love of the story.  

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Cover Reveal : Night of Pan

Night of Pan, by Gail Strickland
Genre: young-adult, historical-fantasy

Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press

Date of Release: November 7, 2014

Series: Book One of The Oracle of Delphi Trilogy

Cover Artist: Ricky Gunawan (



The slaughter of the Spartan Three Hundred at Thermopylae, Greece 480 BCE—when King Leonidas tried to stop the Persian army with only his elite guard—is well known. But just what did King Xerxes do after he defeated the Greeks?

Fifteen-year-old Thaleia is haunted by visions: roofs dripping blood, Athens burning. She tries to convince her best friend and all the villagers that she’s not crazy. The gods do speak to her.

And the gods have plans for this girl.

When Xerxes’ army of a million Persians marches straight to the mountain village Delphi to claim the Temple of Apollo’s treasures and sacred power, Thaleia’s gift may be her people’s last line of defense.

Her destiny may be to save Greece…

…but is one girl strong enough to stop an entire army?

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About The Author:
While studying the Classics in college, Gail Strickland translated much of Homer’s ILIAD and ODYSSEY, Herodotus’ prophecies and THE BACCHAI by Euripides. Living on the Greek islands after college, she discovered her love of myth, the wine-dark sea and retsina.

THE BALTIMORE REVIEW and WRITER’S DIGEST have recognized Gail’s fiction. She published stories and poems in Travelers’ Tales’ anthologies and the San Francisco Writer’s anthology. Her poetry and photography were published in a collection called CLUTTER.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Gail grew up in Northern California. She raised her children; was a musical director for CAT children’s theater; taught music in schools; mentored young poets and novelists and introduced thousands of youngsters to piano and Greek mythology. Gail is passionate about bringing the richness of Homer’s language and culture to today’s youth.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Cover Reveal : Remembering Kaylee Cooper

Remembering Kaylee Cooper, by Christopher Francis
Genre: middle-grade paranormal-fantasy

Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press

Date of Release: September 30, 2014


Kaylee Cooper is certain that Alex will become friends with a ghost this year. Alex thinks that he is far too old to be listening to a first grader and encourages Kaylee to stop jeopardizing his important sixth grade social life. Kaylee doesn’t listen and finds awkward ways to spend as much time with Alex as possible, even if it means following him into the boy’s washroom.

Fed up, Alex develops a strategic plan to ultimately help him get rid of Kaylee Cooper for good.

However, he soon learns about the mysterious legend of Screaming Ridge that pulls an unlikely group of friends together, including the girl of his dreams, and the school’s meanest bully. When they discover that the legend is real, and that Kaylee Cooper is at the core of the mystery, Alex stares death in the face and helps save her from an eternal life of misery and confusion.




About The Author:
Christopher  FrancisCHRISTOPHER FRANCIS Born in Brisbane, Australia, Christopher was accepted at age 19 into Sheridan College’s Animation program before earning a degree in Sociology from McMaster University.

He then enjoyed a two-year adventure overseas working with children, before completing his Bachelor of Education degree at York University. He is now teaching junior and intermediate level students in Burlington, Ontario.

Through Christopher’s experience working with children, he found writing and illustrating to be one of his passions. Currently working on a middle grade series, he recently completed and illustrated the first three books. He has also created seven other children’s picture books and illustrated children’s novels for independent authors

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Review: Caller 107

Caller 107
Matthew Cox
 Curiosity Quills Press
When thirteen-year-old Natalie Rausch said she would die to meet DJ Crazy Todd, she did not mean to be literal.

Two years is a long time to be stuck between two people who want nothing more than to destroy each other. A tween crush on the larger-than-life jock from a local radio station is the only trace of a once-happy life ruined by warring parents.

Whenever WROK 107 ran a contest, she would dive for the phone, getting busy signals and dead air every time. She never expected to get through, but at least with her best friend at her side, it used to be fun.

Before her parents ruined that too.

Her last desperate attempt to get their attention, falling in with a dangerous group of older teens, goes as wrong as possible. With no one left to blame for her mess of a life but herself, karma comes full circle and gives her just a few hours to make up for two years worth of mistakes–or be forever lost.

My Review :  I would like to thank Curiosity Quills Press for a copy of this book  for my honest review.

         I thought this book was wonderful because of the thought provoking matters it dealt with. Divorce is hard on children and when the two people divorcing want nothing more than to hurt each other children get caught in the middle. This book showed that and what happens when the child pushes back.  I think teens and adults should read this book just for the discussions that can arise from it.  My step daughter is reading it and we have discussed so much already. Really a touching and thought provoking book. I also liked how Natalie was able to see each parents side and come to a better understanding of what really happed in her parents marriage.  


Friday, August 8, 2014

Review: The Misadventures of Hobart Hucklebuck Magic & Mayhem

The Misadventures of Hobart Hucklebuck: Magic and Mayhem,
 by Stan Swanson
Genre: middle-grade, action-adventure fantasy
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Date of Publication: August 7th, 2014.
Cover Artist: Ricky Gunawan (
Things are not as they should be in Pennywhistle. Enchanted toasters are not toasting, enchanted sprinklers are not sprinkling and Hobart Hucklebuck’s origami messenger birds are suddenly attacking him.
Someone seems to be draining the power from all of the enchanted items in the village. But who could it be and why have they implicated Hobart’s grandfather?
"The Misadventures of Hobart Hucklebuck" follows Hobart and his friends, Specks Spacklethack and Rosie Rumpleskirt, as they try to solve this mystery and free Hobart’s grandfather from the Tower of Tribulation on Mumblemonk Mountain.
The trio’s investigation into the mysterious happenings on Druid Lane gets them into hot water more than once and ultimately brings them dangerously close to disaster not only for themselves, but the entire village of Pennywhistle.

My Review: I really enjoyed this fun and thrilling story. Fast paced and flow is wonderful. I enjoyed the whimsical writing in this book it reminded me of how Willy Wonka(Gene Wilder)  talked in the movie. (I have never read the book)  it was very amusing and had me giggling at the names of items and people.  The story was good too Hobart tries to prove his grandfathers innocents, and find out why enchanted items are not working. The author also makes us look at how dependent people are on enchanted items just like we are dependent on electronic items now. I am buying this book for my daughter. I thought it was fun and fast read with wonderful characters and amazing moral lessons and family values .


About The Author:
Stan Swanson

Stan Swanson is a Bram Stoker award finalist and author of eight books including Forever Zombie (a collection of short stories), Write of the Living Dead (a highly-praised writing guide written with Araminta Star Matthews and Rachel Lee) and Return of the Scream Queen (co-authored with Michael McCarty and Linnea Quigley). He is also editor/publisher for Dark Moon Books and Dark Moon Digest. Upcoming titles include Horror High School: Return of the Loving Dead (the first book in a young adult horror series co-written with Araminta Star Matthews), Dead Sparrows (a collection of apocalyptic poetry) and The Methlands (a horror novel co-written with award-winning author Joe McKinney).

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