Red Nights by Shari J Ryan


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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I loved Liss! I think that I may have connected with her right from the start as we share the same bad habit….smoking.

I loved how she was always trying to quit…sounds all too familiar to me:) I really enjoyed all the other characters too and had a secret crush on Tanner. I also loved Liss’s BFF, she was snarky and quick-witted just like I like my BFF’s.

The story takes you on this crazy twisty turny roller coaster and you do not know whom to believe or even what to believe and Liss has to try to piece together the night of the fire. She has a little help from a new found “night in shining armor”, but even he cannot be trusted fully at times.

The ending of the book was a little scary and I am not sure how I actually feel about it. The author left it open so that hopefully we can get another story with this crazy cast of characters.

All in all, it was a pretty good read and I was not able to decipher the ending at any point while reading. I was just as confused right up until the end right along with our main character.

Thanks to Ms. Ryan for the book for this review!

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2017 Book Survey


Hey Everybody! Today I will be talking about the books I read last year, I didn’t read much, but what I did I pretty much loved! I got the questions from Jamie at Perpetual Pageturner so go check her out!

Number Of Books You Read: 57

Number of Re-Reads: 5

Genre You Read The Most From: Comic books

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1. Best Book You Read In 2017?

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds. I can’t really explain it without giving spoilers, but it’s amazing and I highly recommend it.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?

Most surprising in a good way, was Hal Jordan and the Green Lanterns it was the first time I read anything about the Green Lanterns and now I’m pretty much obsessed.

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

The Mercy Thompson Series, it’s my all-time favorite series and it’s my goal to get as many people possible to read it.

5. Best series you started in 2017? Best Sequel of 2017? Best Series Ender of 2017?

I haven’t read any series this year except for comics books, DC Comics rebooted their universe so I started quite a bit, and not many of them I’ve loved. But Hal Jordan and the Green Lanterns, Teen Titans, and Suicide Squad I like the most.

6. Favorite new author, you discovered in 2017?

Upile Chisala. She wrote this amazing collection of poetry that I read at the beginning of the year and it stayed with me all year long. She’s amazing and I can’t wait to read more!!

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

I didn’t read anything out of my comfort zone. Idk if I even have a comfort zone honestly, I will read anything.

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

Red Hood and the Outlaws, Vol. 1: Dark Trinity by Scott Lobdell

9. Book You Read In 2017 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

The Closed Doors by Pauline Albanese. Which was a re-telling of the Persephone myth.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017?

City of Saints & Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson. Absolutely gorgeous!!

11. Most memorable character of 2017?

A Minha Mae from A Mercy by Toni Morrison. Her words have stuck with me, I don’t think I will ever forget her.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?

The Flowering Woman: Becoming & Being by Q. Gibson

Soft Magic by Upile Chisala

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2017?

A Mercy by Toni Morrison. I can’t it say it enough IT’S AMAZING!

Also, I wrote a fifteen page paper on this book alone.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read?

Nothing, lol

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2017?

Maybe you will remember to leave your words as they are; accept your story for what it is and find the beauty in it. Stop wishing to erase or cover up what has already been written and learn to smile back at the bits of life you have learned to live beyond.

— Q. Gibson

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?

Shortest: Leaf by Sandra Dieckmann (beautiful children’s book)

Longest: The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

17. Book That Shocked You The Most

Suicide Squad vol. 3

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

Adam & Mercy, always and forever!

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Bizarro and Jason Todd

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2017 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

God Help the Child by Toni Morrison

21. Best Book You Read In 2017 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

NOTHING!

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017?

Nobody. *sings* no new friends, no new friends

When it comes to TV tho… Creeley Turner from Damnation has my heart.

23. Best 2017 debut you read?

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

Lol, nothing comes to mind.

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

The Mercy Thompson series. Shocker.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2017?

Long Way Down made me cry like five times & A Mercy made me cry three times

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Red Hood and the Outlaws, best DC reboot

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

My soul is perfectly intact.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017?

Long Way Down, a novel in verse.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

Suicide Squad vol.3

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1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2017 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2018?

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur – Already got to it. 10/10 don’t recommend

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2018 (non-debut)?

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

3. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2018?

Honestly, I lowkey hate series.

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2018?

Reading: In total, I have read 546 books, I’m trying to get that number to 600.

Blogging: I really trying to stay consistent this year!

 

sam

 

Blog Tour: Defiant Attraction by VK Torston with GIVEAWAY!


V.K. Torston’s debut novel, Defiant Attraction comes out on November 16th, but NightlyReading is giving away a limited number of advance copies. Read on to find out how to enter!

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About the Book

Title: Defiant Attraction

Author: V.K. Torston

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Erotic Romance

Release Date: November 16th

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Dan might be the enemy of my enemy, but I’m not sure that makes him my friend. He’s definitely not my ‘step brother’, no matter what everyone at school says. Honestly, I don’t know what he’s supposed to be to me. Or what he’s becoming…

Fact: for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.

In the yearbook, I’ll be Sophia Ramos: Valedictorian. Years of honor roll certificates, AP classes, and lugging around an obnoxiously large cello case are about to finally pay off. If everything goes according to plan, I’ll escape these decaying suburbs for a top university across the country.

The problem? A few years ago, my mom met someone just as broke, just as drunk, and just as impulsive as she is. Approximately five seconds into their relationship, they decided it would be an excellent idea for him—and his son, Dan—to move in with us. (Spoiler alert: it wasn’t).

Now I share a house with none other than Daniel Cole. Even though Dan dropped out two years ago, he’s still the tattooed, bad boy, heartthrob, legend of St. Anthony’s Academy. He and I aren’t supposed to have anything in common.

Living together means war. First, Dan and I were at war with each other. Now, our rivalry is giving way to an unlikely alliance—two opposing sides teaming up against a common enemy: our respective parents.

Which is to say, we’ve been hanging out.

Question: What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object

Here’s the thing: My brain is a complex organ. One hundred billion neurons, each with an average of seven thousand synaptic connections to other neurons. My brain is my ticket out of here.

My heart, by contrast, is a pump. It moves blood around.

I know Dan is off-limits. I know I shouldn’t do something I’ll regret. And I know how much is at stake (my family, my future).

So why can’t I stop thinking about him? Those inscrutable jade eyes. The smile that can say a thousand different things at once. That tattoo curving across his abs…

Even though I know better, I feel that pounding in my chest. And it’s getting harder to ignore.

But if I follow my heart, I can never go back.

Answer: There is no such thing as an immovable object.

 

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Step One: Add Defiant Attraction to your TBR on Goodreads.

Step Two: Check out the excerpt from the first chapter on V.K. Torston’s website.

Step Three: Sign up to her mailing list and answer the trivia question using the form below.

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About the Author

vkheadshotV.K. Torston is a millennial and ‘cool aunt’ to a brood of nieces and nephews. She was born and raised in San Francisco, attended university in New York City, and aspires to one day live in London. A veteran of the independent music scene, she began writing nonfiction in her late teens. Then she realized that making up stories was way more fun than coming up with endless synonyms for ‘frenetic’ and ‘danceable.’ Her hobbies include drinking too much coffee, making up stupid songs, and ranting about current events. Defiant Attraction is her first novel.

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Halloween Book Tag


Hey Everybody! Today I will be doing the Halloween Book tag, I found it on The Sassy Book Geek, so check out her blog. Happy Halloween!

1.) Favorite Scary (Must Read) For Halloween?

I really don’t read scary books because I’m a baby but, I love Cryer’s Cross. It’s not scary but it’s a bit creepy. I can’t really tell you much about it because I don’t want to spoil anyone, but it’s really good! Also, the main character Kendall suffers from OCD, which was a really interesting thing to read about. If you want to be creeped out a bit read it, and honestly, it might be scary, depending on how you feel.

2.) Scariest Book Cover, Like Ever?

I haven’t read this book, but it’s always creeped me out a bit. The macabre mobile, over the baby carriage just gives me bad vibes. Also, it makes me think of possessed demon babies.

3.) If You Could Go Trick-or-Treating With Any Author, Who Would You Pick?

If I could go trick or treating with any author it would be Kevin Smith. He is like one of my all-time favorite people, I would love to just spend a night talking about the books he’s written, the movies he’s written, produced, and directed. Also, if I could just like talk him about the DC cinematic universe, Star Trek, and the MCU, and Bruce Willis, I would honestly die. Also, Kevin Smith is an incredibly sweet, and genuine person, so yeah. Can you guys tell I’m lowkey obsessed?

4.) If You Could Dress Up As Any Bookish Character For Halloween, Who Would You Be?

I would dress up as America Chavez! This is a gorgeous piece by the amazing Jen Bartel her artwork is amazing, follow her on Instagram. But anywho, America Chavez also known as Miss America is a Young Avenger who kicks butt! She is amazing and flawless, like she punched HITLER, if that alone doesn’t make you love her read the Young Avengers run by Kieron McGillen and Jamie McKelvie, it’s amazing and you’ll love every single character!

5.) If You Could Find Anything (From Any Book) In Your Trick-or-Treat Stash, What Would You Hope To Find?

Uh, an acceptance letter to Hogwarts, duh. Or like a check for a billion dollars, either one is fine.

6.) In What Fictional World Would You Like To Go Trick-or-Treating?

I know, it’s not a book but I have to go with Halloweentown. I mean how amazing would that be? Also, if you don’t know what Halloweentown is, like how? How?

7.) What Book Villain Would You Not Like To Meet Alone In A Dark Alley On Halloween?

Reapers from Courtney Allison Moulton’s Angelfire series. They are these creepy creatures, that you can’t see but they can kill you.

8.) Would You Rather Dress Up As A Vampire, Zombie, Werewolf, or Shadowhunter?

A werewolf, hands down.

9.) Pick A Candy (Just One) From Harry Potter That You Would Love To Find In Your Stash?

A chocolate frog. It’s probably like the safest candy in the Harry Potter universe and also, chocolate.

10.) What Is Your Favorite Halloween Candy?

Reese’s Peanut Butter cups!!

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Blog Tour: Chasing Nirvana by Ellyn Oaksmith


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Chasing Nirvana

by Elyn Oaksmith

Genre: YA Coming of Age Romance/LGBTQ

Release Date: November 3rd 2017

Summary: Fran Worth is just another girl trying to make it through senior year at Weather wax High in Aberdeen, Washington. But it’s 1993 and Fran is gay. Her comfortably off the radar life turns vividly public when a student nominates Fran for prom queen.When confronted by angry parents Fran refuses to back down, promising to deliver her hometown heroes in hopes of winning prom queen votes. Fran heads out on a 24 hour road trip to Daily City, California with four friends, including her crush who may or may not be gay. Their plan? To sneak backstage to ask Kurt Cobain and Nirvana to come home and play prom.No problem. Unless something goes wrong.

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About the Author

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I graduated from Smith College and have a very expensive MFA from The American Film Institute. Some writers will tell you that their MFA was a waste of money. I won’t.It gave me great editorial skills and colorful, crazy experiences working as a screenwriter in LA. Cooking on fishing boats in Alaska paid my tuition. Screenwriting and working in the middle of the Bering Sea have a lot in common: hard work, unpredictability and occasionally both make you want to scream. Besides my family and friends, I love rescue dogs, cats, cooking, baking, open water swimming, kayaking and reading, reading, reading, reading. Did I mention reading?

Author Links:

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GIVEAWAY:

Anyone who comments on any of the blogs during the tour is

eligible to win one of 30 e-bookcopies of Chasing Nirvana.

Anyone who signs up for the Author’s newsletter during the blog tour at this link:

http://eepurl.com/2ZfTP will enter to win one of 5 signed copies of the paperback.

Chapter Sampler:

Want to check out a sample of Chasing Nirvana? Download a three chapter sample here:

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Tour Schedule:

October 23rd                                                             

Blushing Bibliophile    Review

Mythical Books  Ad

3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too!  Spotlight

October 24th

Jamie Deacon – Stories of Young Love   Review

Character Madness and Musings   Chapter Sampler Link

October 25th

A New Look On Books   Playlist

To the moon and back reviews  https://tothemoonandbackagainreviews.blogspot.com/   Review*

The Layaway Dragon    Review

Loves Great Reads   Chapter Sample Link

October 26th

Plain Talk Book Marketing    www.plaintalkbm.com Promo Post

Amethyst Blue  http://Amethystblue.com     Promo Post

Nitty Gritty Romance     https://cathrinegoldstein.wordpress.com/     Promo Post

The Avid Reader   http://the-avidreader.blogspot.com      Promo Post

abookandalattee     http://abookandalattee.blogspot.com Promo Post

October 27th

Literary Meanderings    http://www.literaryme.net/     Promo Post

NightlyReading http://www.nightlyreading.wordpress.com  Promo Post

BookCrushin      http://bookcrush.in        Promo Post

The Readdicts    http://thereaddicts.blogspot.in/    Review
Afire Pages     https://afirepages.wordpress.com      Promo Post

October 30th

To Be Read     www.tobereadsite.wordpress.com    Review

The Phantom Paragrapher      www.thephantomparagrapher.blogspot.com    Review

Up ‘Til Dawn Book Blog  http://uptildawnbookblog.blogspot.com    Promo Post

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY SAM!!!


Just a quick post to with my co-blogger, Sam, a very very Happy Birthday!!!

Thank you Sam for all that you do!!

xoxo,

                          Heather

Blog Tour: Otherworld by Jason Segel & Kirsten Miller


Otherworld by Jason Segel

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Wow oh wow! This book takes it’s reader on a fantastical journey through a special made up world.

I must start off by completely talking about this cover. The cover is gorgeous and just looking at it gives you zero clues as to what takes place on the inside of this book of awesome! Second, I must talk about Simon! I loved him! Probably because he was made up of a little tiny bit of bad boy. I really enjoyed how he puts himself on the line without another thought to save those important to him. Thirdly, the world that was created by the author was beautiful. The reader is able to jump right in and get a feel for everything surrounding the characters. Who wouldn’t want to go play in another world for a while and live out all of their fantasies?

What I was not crazy about? The romance:( Everyone knows that I need to have a good romance in my books. Don’t get me wrong, there was some romance but I felt like I was on a roller coaster. At some points, it was really high and others…nonexistent.

If you are an avid lover of fantasy reads that transport you into a whole different dimension OR are a complete gamer….than you must get your hands on this book! It will not disappoint!

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About the authors

Jason:

New York Times bestselling author Jason Segel used to have nightmares just like Charlie, and just like Charlie, he’s learned that the things we’re most afraid of are the things that can make us strong…if we’re brave enough to face them. Jason likes acting, writing, making music, and hanging out with his friends. Sometimes he writes movies. Sometimes he writes songs for movies. Sometimes he stars in those movies and sings those songs. You might know him from The Muppets and Despicable Me. Your parents might know him from other stuff. Nightmares! is his first novel..

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Kirsten:

I write books.

Some of my books are what librarians call middle grade. (Kiki Strike, Nightmares!)

Some should be kept away from small children and people with weak stomachs. (How to Lead a Life of Crime, The Eternal Ones, Otherworld)

I write some books with Jason Segel.

I’ve written quite a few books on my own.

I’m an Aquarius.

My favorite food is cauliflower. (No joke.)

I will eat almost anything. And I’m weirdly proud of it.

I believe New York City is the most magical place on earth.

I love Dolly Parton and David Attenborough. Equally.

I cannot sing or play any musical instruments.

I’m obsessed with sewers and sanitation systems.

I once broke into a Mayan temple with my brother, Spike.

Spike is an alias. It’s not his real name.

I also have a sister. She prefers to remain anonymous.

We have the same birthday.

Yes, that sucks.

I think that’s all you need to know.

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Giveaway

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3 winners will receive a finished copy of OTHERWORLD, US Only.

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Tour Schedule

 

Week One:

10/2/2017- Fiction Fare- Review

10/3/2017- Eli to the nth- Review

10/4/2017- A Gingerly Review- Review

10/5/2017- A Dream Within A Dream- Review

10/6/2017- Novel Novice- Spotlight

Week Two:

10/9/2017- Feed Your Fiction Addiction- Review

10/10/2017- Zach’s YA Reviews- Review

10/11/2017- Jump Into Books- Review

10/12/2017- Savings in Seconds- Review

10/13/2017- YAandWine- Spotlight

Week Three:

10/16/2017- Lattes & Paperbacks- Review

10/17/2017- Here’s to Happy Endings- Review

10/18/2017- Shelf Rider- Review

10/19/2017- Seeing Double In Neverland- Review

10/20/2017- NightlyReading- Review

Week Four:

10/23/2017- Lisa Loves Literature- Review

10/24/2017- Don’t Judge, Read- Review

10/25/2017- Cindy’s Love of Books- Review

10/26/2017- Bibliobakes- Review

10/27/2017- Book-Keeping- Review

Week Five:

10/30/2017- BookHounds YA- Review

10/31/2017- Book Briefs- Review

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Birthday Book Tag!


Hey Everybody! Today I will be doing the Birthday Book tag in honor of my 23rd birthday on the 27th! I found this tag on Charlotte vlogs, so go check out her website!

1. Count your birthday along your bookshelf and then subtract your birth month. What book does it land on?
Starting at the top of my shelf, it lands on The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness. I haven’t read this book yet, but after reading the synopsis again I don’t know what I’m waiting for!

2. If you could spend your birthday with any fictional character who would it be and why?
If I could spend my birthday with any fictional character is would probably be Jason Todd or Damian Wayne, I love DC Comics and these two are my favorite characters. I would love to spend the day with them, they would probably hate me though, lol.

3. Find a book that takes place in the season you were born in.
A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall, I’m currently reading this one (very, very slowly) and it takes place during the Fall semester.

4. Find a book that is the color of your birthstone.
My birthstone is Opal
and comes in a variety of colors but my favorite variation is white, but my favorite color is blue so… I picked A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies, I read this book a long long time ago, I remember it being pretty good.

5. Is there a series with the same number of books as your age? If so what is it?

Honestly, I really hope there isn’t a series that has 23 books in it. But a series that I would read even if it did would be the Mercy Thompson series. I seriously don’t want the series to end!

6. Pick a book set in a time period, world or country you would like to have been born in.
A world I would like to have been born
in is Kelley Armstrong’s Cainsville. Cainsville is a city but whatever, I would love to be born into Cainsville, even though at times it’s a little (a lot) messed up, I love Armstrong’s take on supernatural creatures and I would love to be a Cwn Annwn, or like somehow related.

sam

Blog Tour: Blood Kiss by Karen Tjebben


Psychological Romantic/Suspense

Date Published:  June 2016

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 Alisha Woods knew she was in trouble. The situation was progressing. The harmless flirtation had long past intriguing and now bordered on terrifying. She had to take action, go on the offensive against her stalker. As she opened the door of Young Guns, she promised herself that she’d be ready when he came for her. She would survive.
Mike Lewis lived each day knowing that life could evaporate in a moment. Ghosts followed him, haunting his soul. He craved redemption, a chance to right the wrongs of his past. And when Alisha walked in, he recognized his chance at redemption. He would save her.
After everything Mike had done to prepare her, she thought she was ready. But as the blood spilled from her lips, Alisha’s mind raced for what she could have done differently…
She should have listened to Mike.

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Mike waited for her to say more. He was a patient man. He knew enough about human nature to know that if he didn’t say anything she’d eventually fill in the silence. He tried to look relaxed by resting his arms on the table and interlocking his fingers, but inside a storm was brewing.

“He knows where I live,” she said soberly. She looked into Mike’s eyes for strength. Even though he was intimidating, she saw goodness in him. She hoped that he could be more than a shooting instructor.

Mike didn’t like the man knowing where she lived, but this information didn’t surprise him. If the guy had been stalking her for a while, he knew all sorts of things about her that would make her skin crawl. He probably even tracked her monthly cycle.

She sucked in a deep breath and began, “I was going out with some friends, but I needed to stop by my house to drop something off. I didn’t bother parking in the garage,” she said with a shrug of her shoulder. “I just pulled into the driveway and ran into the house. I didn’t even lock the car.” She tilted her head and rubbed her fingers over her forehead, as if massaging herself would delete the memory of that night. “I was just going to be inside for a minute.” She sat straighter and looked Mike in the eyes. She found strength in him even though he sat silently. “But a friend called. The plans had changed, and she wanted to update me,” Alisha added casually. She scoffed and gave him a sad smile. “When I went back out to the car, a stuffed animal lay on my seat.”

Mike read the tension in her face as her muscles tightened around her eyes and mouth. She swallowed more frequently and her breathing had increased as she relayed the information. He smiled, trying to silently encourage her, but what she told him made his heart pound. “He was watching you,” Mike said calmly. He didn’t want to scare her any more than she already was.

“Yeah,” she nodded. “He must have seen me get out of my car and run inside.” She shook her head slowly in disbelief. “He was there. He was probably looking at me at that very moment.” She shivered and looked through the window into the darkness of night. “I didn’t see him. I didn’t see anyone that I could even question. None of my neighbors were outside.” She paused for a moment and then began again, “I don’t think he followed me. I think he was waiting for me.”

Mike nodded slowly. “He was there.” Mike knew how to hide. He could disappear in a jungle, desert, or city. Disappearing was one of his strengths, but he didn’t like hearing that the stalker could hide too. Most people would do something stupid and give themselves away: the shaking of leaves or the snapping of branches, wearing the wrong clothes for camouflage. There were so many things to consider when trying to disappear.

About the Author

Karen Tjebben lives in central North Carolina with her wonderful husband, twin daughters, and two hamsters. When her girls left for kindergarten, Karen discovered that she needed to fill her days with something, and that was the beginning of her new career in writing. She loves to create worlds filled with unique characters that she hopes will delight and raise goose bumps on her readers. In her free time, she enjoys traveling with her husband and seeing the world through her daughters’ eyes.

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Mini Reviews: Leaf & Superman and the Miserable, Rotten, No Fun, Really Bad Day


Hello Everybody! Today I have some children’s books I was given for review. Leaf is published by Flying Eye Books (love them!) and out today!  Superman is published by DC Comics and is released next Tuesday the 17th.  Just click the pictures for more information.

imageOne day, a polar bear washes up on the edge of the wild wood. Never seen such an animal, all the other animals of the wild wood run away from him. Eventually, the animals named the polar bear Leaf, because they want him to leave.

Leaf spends his days, alone in his dark cave. The animals are afraid of him and run away when they see him, they don’t talk to him but they talk about him.

Eventually, the other animals of the wildwood learn that Leaf just wants to go home. An icy place which is melting, which is how he ended up drifting so far away and ending up in the wild wood.

This story is incredibly sweet, and a little sad. I thought it was a great little story, filled to the brim with gorgeous pictures, and a story that resonates. Sandra Dieckmann highlights the plight that polar bears a facing today. Due to the changing climate, polar bears are losing their home, and though this tale has a happy ending, there is no happy ending for the Polar Bears in real life. But not only does this book touch upon climate change, but also about refugees.

Leaf didn’t want to leave his home, he had no control over it. But when he entered into the Wildwood, he wasn’t treated kindly. The other animals were scared and didn’t want him there, and they called him names. Leaf’s treatment is reminiscent of the treatment that can be seen in real life.

All in all, Dieckmann’s book is amazing. It’s such a simple and beautiful tale, but yet so impactful. This is a great book for children, but for anyone really.

Rating: 4/5

 

Superman and the Miserable, Rotten, No Fun, Really Bad Day is a MadTv superhero parody, and let me tell you, this little book is really funny. Honestly, I don’t really have much to say about this book, except that it was super cute and funny, and I really felt bad for him! As somebody who loves to read comics, it was hilarious to see Superman have a bad day. It’s a great story for children and adults too! I mean who wouldn’t want to see big, powerful, Superman just whine and complain, for a couple of pages? I hope MadTv continues to do more of these because this one truly was great.

Rating: 4/5

sam