Tuesday, January 22, 2019

#MMBBR #newrelease #pubday #pubdaylove #thewartimesisters by @lloigman via #partner @getredpr & @stmartinspress who provided a #free #reviewcopy

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#newrelease #pubday#pubdaylove #thewartimesisters by @lloigman 
via #partner @stmartinspress and @getredpr who provided a #free #reviewcopy 

ABOUT THE BOOK: Two estranged sisters, raised in Brooklyn and each burdened with her own shocking secret, are reunited at the Springfield Armory in the early days of WWII. While one sister lives in relative ease on the bucolic Armory campus as an officer’s wife, the other arrives as a war widow and takes a position in the Armory factories as a “soldier of production.” Resentment festers between the two, and secrets are shattered when a mysterious figure from the past reemerges in their lives. 

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#MMBBR #newrelease #pubday #pubdaylove #thecurrent by @TJohnstonWriter via partner @algonquinbooks who provided a #free #reviewcopy



One of Entertainment Weekly’s Most Anticipated Books of 2019

Tim Johnston, whose breakout debut Descent was called “astonishing,” “dazzling,” and “unforgettable” by critics, returns with The Current, a tour de force about the indelible impact of a crime on the lives of innocent people.

In the dead of winter, outside a small Minnesota town, state troopers pull two young women and their car from the icy Black Root River. One is found downriver, drowned, while the other is found at the scenehalf frozen but alive.

What happened was no accident, and news of the crime awakens the community’s memories of another young woman who lost her life in the same river ten years earlier, and whose killer may still live among them.

Determined to find answers, the surviving young woman soon realizes that she’s connected to the earlier unsolved case by more than just a river, and the deeper she plunges into her own investigation, the closer she comes to dangerous truths, and to the violence that simmers just below the surface of her hometown.

Grief, suspicion, the innocent and the guilty—all stir to life in this cold northern town where a young woman can come home, but still not be safe. Brilliantly plotted and unrelentingly propulsive, The Current is a beautifully realized story about the fragility of life, the power of the past, and the need, always, to fight back.

#MMBBR #Review #FirstLine #ScarletandIvy #TheLightsUnderTheLake by @hapfairy via #partner @Harper360 who provided a #free #reviewcopy

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The Lights Under the Lake
by Sophie Cleverly
12/31/18

Scarlet and Ivy’s school trip takes a turn for the worse as another mystery begins to unfold…
The fourth book in the SCARLET AND IVY series is perfect for fans of MURDER MOST UNLADYLIKE.
It’s summer and as a special treat after the horrors of last term Mrs Knight announces a school trip to Shady Pines Hotel on the shores of Lake Seren. Scarlet and Ivy are thrilled to get away from Rookwood for a break!
But the old hotel and the waters of the lake reservoir are covering up dark secrets. And when mysterious things start happening to hotel guests it seems that a malicious new threat is haunting the girls.
Locals say that at night you can hear the ringing of the church bells and see lights under the lake, that troubled souls buried in the flooded graveyard no longer rest…
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
#FirstLine ~ Scarlet and I were a team that couldn't be broken.

I have not read any of the other books in this series, which I will now go back and read after this fantastic story. I must see what else the girls did on their adventures. I loved this book from cover to cover. I adored the twins and their thirst for mystery and hunting for the truth. This book was sheer enjoyment and I was thoroughly entertained. Kids and parent will both love this book because there is depth in story and the characters are beautifully constructed. A hit!!!!! 

Monday, January 21, 2019

#MMBBR #Review #FirstLine #Giveaway #LostintheAntarctic The Doomed Voyage of the Endurance by @tod_olson via #partner @barbfisch at @blueslipper and @Scholastic who provided a #free #reviewcopy

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There wasn’t a thing Ernest Shackleton could do. He stood on the ice-bound Weddell Sea, watching the giant blocks of frozen saltwater squeeze his ship to death. The ship’s name seemed ironic now: the Endurance. But she had lasted nine months in this condition, stuck on the ice in the frigid Antarctic winter. So had Shackleton and his crew of 28 men, trying to become the first expedition ever to cross the entire continent.

Now, in October 1915, as he watched his ship break into pieces, Shackleton gave up on that goal. He ordered his men to abandon ship. From here on, their new goal would be to focus on only one thing: survival.
 


#FirstLine ~ The ship didn't stand a chance, and Frank Hurley knew it. 



My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was FANTASTIC. My son and I loved it. It was such an intense and wonderfully fleshed out story of survival that left us in complete awe. I was so engrossed in the book that it made me feel like I was part of the expedition. I know that kids and adults alike are going to love this book. It makes a perfect parent/child book club pick and one that should be in your home library. A must read for lovers of historical novels.


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Tod Olson is the author of the historical fiction series How to Get Rich and the four books in the Lost series--Lost in the Pacific, 1942; Lost in Outer Space;  Lost in the Amazon; and Lost in the Antarctic. He has written for national magazines on the Columbine school shooting, homeless teens, the murder of Matthew Shepard, and many other stories of interest to children and young adults. Tod holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and lives in Vermont with his family, his mountain bike, and his electric reclining chair. To learn more, and to download free teaching resources, visit his website: todolson.com.

Praise for previous titles in the Lost series

★"A riveting, completely engrossing true survival story." —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Engaging... A great choice for collections." —School Library Journal

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#MMBBR #Highlight #FirstLine #SugarRun by @MeshaMaren ‏via #partner @AlgonquinBooks who provided a #free #reviewcopy


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#FirstLine ~ In the yellow corridor they marched the woman single file.

On the far side the view was nothing but ridgelines, the craggy silhouettes rising up against the night sky like the body of some dormant god. Jodi felt her breath go tight in her chest. This road went only one way, it seemed, in under the mountains until you were circled.

In 1989, Jodi McCarty is seventeen years old when she’s sentenced to life in prison for manslaughter. She’s released eighteen years later and finds herself at a Greyhound bus stop, reeling from the shock of unexpected freedom. Not yet able to return to her lost home in the Appalachian mountains, she goes searching for someone she left behind, but on the way, she meets and falls in love with Miranda, a troubled young mother. Together, they try to make a fresh start, but is that even possible in a town that refuses to change?

Set within the charged insularity of rural West Virginia, Sugar Run is a searing and gritty debut about making a run for another life.
 

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

#MMBBR #Reviews #SesameStreet Another Monster at the End of This Book and #StarWars Build Your Own #MillenniumFalcon and I Am a #WonderWoman via #partner @The_BookishType

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Sesame Street: Another Monster at the End of This Book: An Interactive Adventure (Studio Fun International; ISBN: 978-0794441746; Hardcover $14.99; Ages 3-5)!

In this interactive version of the classic Sesame Street story, Grover tries everything to keep Elmo from turning another page and reaching the monster at the end of the book. With lift-the-flaps, sliders, and pop-up elements that kids will delight in, Another Monster is sure to be a new story time favorite!

2018 National Parenting Product Awards Winner. Tom Brannon’s illustrations are based on original artwork by Mike Smollin.



My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I adored The Monster at the End of this Book when I was a kid. This book is just as good! I loved it so much. I love how funny, interactive and colorful it is. I feel so much nostalgia reading this newest installment. I urge you to read this to your kid. I really urge you to buy it for your home library so your child can hand it down to their kid someday, just like I did with The Monster at the End of this Book. You will laugh with your child/children and create so many wonderful memories reading this book. It is sure to come their new favorite! 

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Star Wars Build Your Own Millennium Falcon (Studio Fun International; ISBN: 978-0794442187; $10.99; Ages 6-8).
Join Han and Chewbacca aboard the fastest bucket of bolts in the galaxy. Packed with amazing puzzles and a Millennium Falcon of your own to build, there are hours of Star Wars fun to be had. Work out complete mazes, code words, and puzzles in the uniquely illustrated, full-color activity book. Then press out the pieces to create your very own mini Millennium Falcon model, perfect for re-creating famous scenes from the Star Wars saga. The model is made from a sturdy foam core. Press out the pieces to build the Millennium Falcon—with no glue required!


Star Wars: Millennium Falcon Book and Mega Model by STAR WARS
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Star Wars fans are going to be so excited to read and build with this amazing book and mega model. You will get to hop into the world of the Millennium Falcon and learn everything you need to know through activities, facts and stories. I cannot wait to give this to my son for his birthday and watch him build one of ultimate favorite things! A must for all star wars fans!

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 I Am a Wonder Woman by Ellen Bailey (Portable Press; ISBN: 978-1684125487; Paperback $14.99; Ages 9-11; 128 pages) is an entertaining and inspirational look at some of the most influential women in history, from ancient times to the modern day, including lesser known visionaries such as Annie Londonderry and Britta Tott, to household names like the Bront√ęs, Cleopatra, Hellen Keller, J.K. Rowling, and more. Each page is filled with amazing stories about the women who have shaped the world and inspired others to follow in their footsteps. Readers can step into the lives of these pioneers by completing unique activities and answering thought-provoking questions for themselves. Quirky artwork throughout helps bring each woman’s story to life.


I Am a Wonder Woman by Editors Of Portable Press
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book is so inspiring and important. I adored how creative and entertaining it is. I know that girls and boys alike are going to want to learn all about all the most incredible woman that have ever lived. This book is jam packed with everything you ever wanted to know about the woman who changed the world and paved the way for other amazing woman! This book is designed to keep your mind busy through activities, quizzes, drawing and SO much more. This is perfect for the home or classroom! Such a fantastic book for kids of all ages.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

#MMBBR #Review #RunningwithWolves Our Story of Life with the #SawtoothPack by @LWWolves via #partner @NatGeoBooks and #MediaMasters


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Running with Wolves: Our Story of Life with the Sawtooth Pack (ages 9-12, $16.99, hardcover) by Jim & Jamie Dutcher ** excerpt attached **
On a clear, cold morning, Jim and Jamie Dutcher emerged from their campsite to come face to face with their only neighbors: a pack of wolves.  The leader, Kamots, intently moved closer — close enough to touch.  He was enormous, with powerful muscles, intelligent eyes and startlingly sharp teeth. But the Dutchers weren’t afraid.  And neither was Kamots; he drew close and gave a quick lick, as he did every morning — a greeting reserved only for kin.  Adventure, friendship, and family come together in this riveting memoir as two Emmy award-winning filmmakers take young readers into the world of a real-life wolf pack.  Jim and Jamie set out to prove that instead of fearsome beasts, wolves are social, complex, and incredible creatures that deserve our protection. Deep in the mountain wilderness of Idaho, they set up Wolf Camp, where they spent years capturing the emotional, exciting, and sometimes heartbreaking story of this amazing pack. Every chapter is filled with adventure of the highest order and Jim and Jamie weave a powerful and moving story — from the arrival of the first of the Sawtooth Pack to the tearful goodbye years later when Jim and Jamie knew their work was done, as painful a decision as that proved to be. Through first person narrative and an 8-page full color insert featuring the Dutcher’s photos, Jim and Jamie reveal how these brave wolves battled mountain lions, faced frigid temperatures and overcame all odds. Most of all, readers will discover the surprising kindness, compassion, and devotion that two humans experienced by living with wolves.



My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is amazing. My mind was literally blown. I could not stop reading this book and was sucked in right away. Both kids and adults will love learning about, following and being part of the Sawtooth Pack. I could not help but marvel at the beautiful way the wolves were captured and how they overcame so much. There is so much that was learned about wolves over the six years this book covered. This book really did capture how wolves are social and family focused. I will reread this book and I never reread. I cannot wait for my kids to read this too. They will also love it!


Wednesday, January 9, 2019

#MMBBR #Review #FirstLine #BecomingMrsLewis @pcalhenry via #partner @TNZFiction who provided a #free #reviewcopy


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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

#FirstLine ~ There are countless ways to fall in love and I'd begun my ash-destined affairs in myriad manners.

This book was so great. I loved the depth that Callahan can bring to her stories and the characters within them. She is so mindful of the little details, facts and history. Lisa Wingate called this book a "literary treasure" and I would have to agree 100% and find that description to be so perfectly fitting. Such a gift she has given us as readers. This book is sure to stay with you long after you finish reading it, which is a sign of a fantastic read! Book clubs will also find this book to be a perfect pick!



Monday, January 7, 2019

#MMBBR #Review #FirstLine #TruePlaces by @SonjaYoerg


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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

#FirstLine ~ The girl knew before she opened her eyes that Mama was gone.

This book is so speculator. I was just blown away. I was pulled into the originality, the characters, the setting and the dialogue. I was so interested in each and every character because they were all so well fleshed out. I was not sure how this amazing story was going to end. I want to see this made into a movie or a mini series because it is one of those stories that will translate to the big screen perfectly. There are many topics that will both touch your heart and make you think; both about your life and the impact you are making in the world. I am still processing this book because it was just so darn good! A must read and perfect for any season and for all book clubs!



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