Monday, September 24, 2018

#MMBBR #Review #FirstLine #TheLostOnes by @sheena_kamal via #partner @Morrow_PB who provided a #free #reviewcopy


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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

#FirstLine ~ The call comes in just after five in the morning.

First I must say that I loved Nora and her dog, Whisper! It was an emotional read, but one that also grabs you right away and holds on tight! This story was driven by time and place with characters that begged to be paid attention to. It was dark, but light, deep and moving! A great first in what hopefully will be a long series!



#MMBBR #Review #FirstLine #IKnowYouKnow by @gillymacmillan via #partner @Morrow_PB who provided a #free #reviewcopy


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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

#FirstLine ~ The weather is raw.

This book was quite spectacular. I thought it was brilliantly plotted and paced, with a premise that was both engaging and original . The characters are all complex and the back stories are also quite intriguing. You never really know where the story is going to take you, which is fantastic! A fast paced, intense and emotionally charged read that is perfect for fall and book clubs! A must read!



Sunday, September 23, 2018

#MMBBR #Review #FirstLine #ALittleBirdToldMe ( #LittleBird ) by @MarianneHAuthor via #partner @AgoraBooksLDN who #provided a #free #reviewcopy

A Little Bird Told Me: a twisty yet tender debut about family, secrets, and the lies we tell ourselves by [Holmes, Marianne]

Released on 13th September 2018



Besides, if you were one half evil, wouldn’t you want to know about the other half?



In the scorching summer of 1976, Robyn spends her days swimming at the Lido and tagging after her brother. It’s the perfect holiday – except for the crying women her mum keeps bringing home.


As the heatwave boils on, tensions in the town begin to simmer. Everyone is gossiping about her mum, a strange man is following her around, and worst of all, no one will tell Robyn the truth. But this town isn’t good at keeping secrets…

Twelve years later Robyn returns home, to a house that has stood empty for years and a town that hasn’t moved on, forced to confront the mystery that haunted her that summer.

And atone for the part she played in it.

Marianne Holmes

Marianne Holmes was born in Cyprus to RAF parents but is now firmly based in London. After a sensible career in marketing, Marianne is now focusing on her love of language and writing. 

A Little Bird Told Me is her first novel.



My rating: 5 of 5 stars
#FirstLine ~ Prologue: They say I'll never find her.

A book steeped in mystery, a coming of age story that will leave the reader satisfied. A story that has some twists and turns, with a sweet and tender side. It has a great plot, great characters and a setting that cannot be missed. A story you will long to talk about!



#MMBBR #Review #FirstLine #TheBurnZone by @Renee_Linnell via #partner @shewritespress and @annasacca and who provided a #free #reviewcopy

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The Burn Zone (October 9, 2018; https://reneelinnell.com) — a cult survivor’s story, filled with inspiration and encouragement for anyone struggling to find a sense of purpose, spiritual fulfillment, or the answers to their problems.   

How did an accomplished actress like Smallville star Allison Mack get sucked into a secret cult? Renee Linnell knows—from experience. Despite achieving success as a surf model and professional dancer and traveling to nearly fifty countries alone before she turned thirty-five, Renee continued searching for…something

In The Burn Zone, Renee shares the story of her quest for truth and peace, her nearly seven-year detour into hell at the hands of her spiritual teachers, and her ultimate awakening. 

With honesty and courage, Renee recounts how she got sucked into the University of Mysticism and gave away her cherished possessions, tens of thousands of dollars, and all of her power. Dominated and manipulated, Renee cut ties with loved ones (including her twin brother) and obediently followed command after command. Renee got entangled in a romantic and business mess—and wound up losing over $500,000. 

While lying on the floor sobbing, she finally admitted to herself: “I am in a cult.” Then, she began the hard work of healing, forgiveness, and rediscovering and accepting herself.


Written as a work of catharsis and cautionary tale, The Burn Zone speaks directly to anyone who feels alone, lost, or worthless. 


My rating: 5 of 5 stars
#FirstLine ~ All my life I had been searching.

This book is so good. I was simply fascinated the whole way through. I could not stop reading. I love memoirs that pull you in because they are gritty and raw. I know all of us have searched for the right path, searched for comfort and searched for belonging. Honest and real Linnell shares her story in order for all of us to learn from her missteps. We can all afford to embrace our imperfections, flaws and learn what self-love really means!



Renee Linnell

About the Author:
Renee Linnell is a serial entrepreneur who has founded and cofounded five companies and has an Executive Masters in Business Administration from New York University. Currently she is working on starting a publishing company to give people from diverse walks of life an opportunity to tell their stories. She divides her time between Colorado and Southern California.   

#MMBBR #BoneSoup by @AlyssaCapucilli via #partner @simonschuster @pwisemanbooks ‏@barbfisch @blueslipper who provided a #free #reviewcopy

Bone Soup: A Spooky, Tasty Tale by [Capucilli, Alyssa Satin]

Alyssa Satin Capucilli, illus by Tom Knight
(July 24, 2018; Paula Wiseman Books/S&S; 
ages 4-8; 32 pages)

This is such fun twist on the beloved Stone Soup fable!

One Halloween morning three witches are looking for a tasty treat and they find only a small bone in their cupboard. So they decide to go from door to door in their village to find just the right ingredients for their Bone Soup. No one in the village is convinced that soup can be made from a bone, until the littlest monster reveals just what the special ingredient should be.


My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book is a new twist on a long told tale. I love that this book shows how you can make something from what seems to be nothing at the start. With the help of many friendly monsters they all pull their resources and make something very yummy. I love that it only take a little bit of each thing to make something fantastic for all to share. This story is perfect to teach cooperation, the beauty of working together, the power of giving small gifts and the delight of being a small part of something bigger. I just love this story. It is perfect for the upcoming Halloween holiday!


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A recipe for soup (a real soup with substitutions--e.g., "eye of a giant," is really an onion, "earthworms" are fusilli pasta, etc) is included at the end! Plus there's a darling activity kit here.



Alyssa Satin Capucilli is the award-winning creator and author of the Katy Duck series and the bestselling Biscuit series, which has sold over twenty-eight million copies. A professional dancer as well as a writer, she lives with her family in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York. To learn more, and to download a free story hour kit for Bone Soup, visit her website: alyssacapucilli.com.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

#MMBBR #Review #FirstLine and #Giveaway of #TheStormRunner by @ReadRiordan and @jencerv Thanks to #partner @DisneyHyperion and who provided a #free #reviewcopy and #prizing


THE STORM RUNNER
A Storm Runner Novel, Book 1
By J.C. Cervantes
Published by Rick Riordan Presents, 
an imprint of Disney Book Group
In Stores September 18, 2018
Recommended for ages 10-14

Website
Learn more about the book at ReadRiordan.com

Purchase Links
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About the Book
How can one boy with a limp stop the Maya god of death, disaster, and darkness from destroying the world?

Zane has always enjoyed exploring the dormant volcano near his home in New Mexico, even though hiking it is challenging. He'd much rather hang out there with his dog, Rosie, than go to middle school, where kids call him Sir Limps a Lot, McGimpster, or Uno – for his one good leg.

What Zane doesn't know is that the volcano is a gateway to another world and he is at the center of a powerful prophecy. A new girl at school, Brooks, informs him that he's destined to release an evil god from the ancient Maya relic he is imprisoned in--unless she can find and remove it first. Together they return to the volcano, where all kinds of crazy happens. Brooks turns into a hawk, a demon attacks them in a cave, and Rosie gives her all while trying to protect Zane. When Zane decides to save his dog no matter the cost, he is thrust into an adventure full of surprising discoveries, dangerous secrets, and an all-out war between the gods, one of whom happens to be his father.

To survive, Zane will have to become the Storm Runner. But how can he run when he can't even walk well without a cane?


My rating: 5 of 5 stars

#FirstLine ~ Zane Obispo has a pretty sweet life.

This book is jam packed with adventure,,,from cover to cover you will be sucked in. It was one of those books that you loved instantly. There were thrills, heroes, monsters (who are quire scary), twists and turns, with depth of story and perfect potting. This book left me and my boys wanting more! Beware you will do nothing else once you start this thrilling and magnificent book!




About Rick Riordan Presents
The Rick Riordan Presents imprint is dedicated to providing entertaining middle grade fiction based on various world mythologies. Rick Riordan is involved in the selection, editing, and promotion of these books, working with great authors to tell exciting stories inspired by the mythologies of their own heritages. Learn more about the imprint and its current and upcoming titles on their official site.

About the Author
J. C. Cervantes is the author of Tortilla Sun, which was called "a beautiful and engaging debut" by Kirkus, an "imaginative, yet grounded novel" by Publishers Weekly, and "lean and lightly spiced with evocative metaphor" by School Library JournalTortilla Sun was a 2010 New Voices pick by the American Booksellers Association and it was named to Bank Street's 2011 Best Book List. When Jennifer isn't reading or writing, she helping her husband with his gubernatorial campaign

Giveaway Prizing

MYTHOLOGY 101: RICK RIORDAN PRESENTS
One (1) winner will receive a trio of introductory mythology tales from a variety of cultures, including:
  • The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes;
  • Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi;
  • and The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan!

Giveaway open to US addresses only.
Prizing and samples provided by Disney Book Group.


TO ENTER:
Leave a comment with your email address (so I can email you if you win) about what mythical creature you wish were real! 

GOOD LUCK!!!!




Friday, September 14, 2018

#MMBBR #Review #FantasticFailures by #LukeReynolds via #partner #Aladdin #BeyondWords who provided a #free #reviewcopy


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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love this book. I love everything about it. I have learned as I grow older that all my greatest lessons learned and virtues that I come to appreciate came only after I have failed or lost at something. This book is a gift for all as you get to see how 35 famous people succeeded only after great defeats, disappointments and suffering. It shows what great lengths some must go through to be successful and that failure is only a failure if you refuse to learn from it and get back up. Kids will love this book because it is real, practical, funny and worthwhile. It is told in a way kids can relate to it and really let the messages resonate with them. A true gift to give to our young.


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