Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Tone Deaf by Olivia Rivers: Cover Reveal

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Title: Tone Deaf
Genre: New Adult Romance
Age Group: 16+
Release Date: November 4th, 2013

His world is music…
…Her world is silent.
Ali Blinde was a prodigy destined to become one of the greatest musicians of the 21st century.
Until the brain tumor struck.
Now seventeen, Ali lives in a soundless world where she gets by with ASL and lip-reading. So when she meets Jace Beckett, she thinks he’s her worst nightmare come true. Jace is the lead singer in the wildly-popular band, Tone Deaf, and he’s exactly the kind of success-story Ali hates and resents. 
Nineteen-year-old Jace has it all: fame, money, and any girl he wants. Every night on tour brings a new performance and a new girl, which is just what he needs to avoid the pain of relationships. 
But when Jace learns Ali is being abused, he reluctantly proposes a solution: Run away with him and his band as they tour the country. With freedom in sight, Ali takes the offer. Immediately, she’s swept into a world filled with wild punk music, wilder musicians, and maybe—just maybe—love.

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Author Bio:
Olivia Rivers is the author of six novels, ranging in genres from Epic Fantasy to Contemporary Romance. Along with being a writer, she’s a freelance digital artist, a literary agent assistant, and a high school student.  She’s a nerd at heart, and is a hopeless fan-girl for Doctor Who and Arrested Development. Olivia lives in California with a dog who thinks he’s a cat, a cat who thinks he’s a dog, and a kitten who is just generally confused.


A No Sneeze Pet (Pet Friends Forever) by Diana G. Gallagher

A No-Sneeze Pet
A No Sneeze Pet
(Pet Friends Forever)
By Diana G. Gallagher
Illustrated by Adriana Puglisi
88 pages 
NetGalley- Capstone Young Readers
August 1, 2013

Book Jacket Summary
Kyle and Mia are determined to help their friend, Emma, find a pet that won't make her mom sneeze. But Emma doesn't want a pet she can't cuddle, and Kyle and Mia are running out of ideas. Will they ever come up with the perfect no-sneeze pet, or is Emma out of luck?

My Thoughts
Mia and Kyle help Emma find a pet that her mom won’t be allergic too. Kyle’s mom is a vet and makes a list of animals that Emma should look at- turtles, lizards, snakes, and iguanas. Unfortunately birds cannot be on the list because they have allergens in their feathers. They visit people who have different kinds of “no sneeze” pets and they finally come up with a solution! Emma is happy to have a pet to cuddle and play with every day.
This is a cute book that suggests you take your time when looking for a pet because sometimes a kid cannot get a traditional pet. When they visit Mrs. Milton who takes in birds that people no longer want they learn that taking in an animal is a big responsibility and should not be taken lightly. The illustrations are nice and some the animals that Emma considers. I especially like the iguana! This is a great book to read before adopting a pet. There are discussion questions that focus on the care and responsibility of animals and you can see some other animals than the typical cat and dog. The book includes a glossary with words like algae, sensitive, and allergic. They have a list of ways Emma will care for her new hamster and some writing prompts. All in all this is a cute book!   

Book Pairings
Katie Woo Rules the School by Fran Manushkin
Mimi by John Newman
The Year of the Book by Andrea Cheng


Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Kiki: My Stylish Life (Lotus Lane #1) by Kyla May

Kiki: My Stylish Life (Lotus Lane, #1)
Kiki: My Stylish Life
Lotus Lane #1
Kyla May
96 pages
NetGalley- Scholastic
April 30, 2013

Book Jacket Summary
Meet the Lotus Lane Girls!
Kiki, Coco, and Lulu are the BEST of friends. They even have their very own club! But Mika, the new girl, is shaking things up on Lotus Lane. This first book is written as Kiki's diary--with illustrations and doodles throughout. Kiki LOVES creating cool outfits, hanging out with friends, and collecting fun facts like these:

Fact: I am a member of the Lotus Lane Girls Club.

Fact: I will one day be a VERY famous fashion designer.

Fact: My new neighbor Mika is trouble--triple trouble!

Fact: Even chickens must look their best.

Read Kiki's diary to find out all about life on Lotus Lane!

My Thoughts
Things get a bit crazy for Kiki when a new girl, Mika, moves next door. She has the same idea for an art project that Kiki does and even uses the same fabric for the fashion designs. Will this be a new meanie next door or can these two actually be friends?
This is an adorable new series for young readers that has a little bit of everything. It is told in diary format with cross outs and doodles. It introduces us to our characters: Kiki, Lulu and Coco who are all best friends and part of the Lotus Lane Girls Club or LLGC for short. Kiki is gaga over fashion! Her mom is a fashion stylist and brings her items from all over the world like a beret from France. She also takes photos of different outfits she can wear and texts them to her friends for advice. What a modern touch for an older person like me! We were excited to have phones in our rooms, never mind a cell phone at that age! Kiki is really cute and gives definition for words like ciao, vintage, delish on the side of her diary.  
I would recommend this one for younger readers who want in on The Dork Diaries but are still reading at a lower level. It is going to be a series and have different perspectives from each of the friends. Looks to be a cute series with a little bit of everything.

Book Pairings
Mason Dixon: Pet Disasters by Claudia Mills
Katie Woo Rules the School by Fran Manushkin
Mimi by John Newman

Monday, July 29, 2013

DARE ME by Eric Devine Book Blast

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When Ben Candido and his friends, Ricky and John, decide to post a YouTube video of themselves surfing on top of a car, they finally feel like the somebodies they are meant to be instead of the social nobodies that they are. Overnight, the video becomes the talk of the school, and the boys are sure that their self-appointed senior year of dares will live in infamy. Every dare brings an increased risk of bodily harm, but Ben cannot deny the thrill and sense of swagger that come with it. The stakes become even more complex when a mysterious donor bankrolls their dares in exchange for a cut in the online revenue the videos generate. But at what point do the risk and the reward come at too high of a price? What does it take to stay true to one’s self in the face of relentless pressure?

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About the Author
Eric Devine is the Young Adult fiction author of Dare Me (pub. date 10/8/13), Tap Out and This Side of Normal. He is also a high school English teacher and education consultant. 
Eric married his high school sweetheart, and together they are raising two daughters in Upstate, NY.
He is represented by Kate McKean of the Howard Morhaim Literary Agency
Both Dare Me and Tap Out are edited by Lisa Cheng and published by Running Press.

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Radiant Book Blitz

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Radiant by Christina Daley
Publication date: February 12th 2013
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

Mary is part Vietnamese. Carter is a complete jerk. Normally, they don't talk much.

But when Mary's in an accident on the way to school one morning, Carter nearly dies saving her life. The doctors say his chances of living are slim, and Mary's feeling the full weight of survivor's guilt.

However, Carter's back at school in a matter of days, as if nothing had happened. Although, he is a little "glitchy," and he's developed a sudden and intense interest in Mary. She thinks he's suffering from major brain trauma from the accident. Or that he's been possessed.

As it so happens, Carter really is possessed. And the thing controlling him is having the time of its life learning to be human.

Featuring a diverse cast of characters, RADIANT is a funny "paranormal-lite" story about being human, being in love, and being healed.


 photo photo1_zpsc4ed4b8f.jpgChristina Daley made her first book with neighborhood friends when she was four years old. They "wrote" out some semblance of lettering with crayons, cut up a cardboard box for the cover, and bound it all together with clear adhesive tape. It was brilliant.

Quite a few years later, Christina is trying her hand at writing "real" books. She lives in Dallas, Texas, with a pet plant named Herb.
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A voice called to her. It seemed close, and it was getting louder as the pain got sharper. "Hey? Hey! Are you all right?" it asked.
Mary blinked several times before she could finally see again. She was in the middle of the street. The cars had stopped and people on the sidewalk were staring.
"Are you all right?" the voice asked again. It was coming from a man wearing some type of uniform.
"What…?" Mary tried to say more, but her voice suddenly stopped working.
"Careful," he said as he helped her up. "Looks like you can move all right. Here, let's get you out of the street."
He helped her over to the sidewalk. "Stay here. Someone's calling the paramedics." And then he was gone.
Mary sat there, still in a daze. She started noticing familiar stuff all over the ground—an open book bag, books, folders, unused tampons, a shoe, and an apple with one bite mark. Her eyes followed the trail of debris to a brilliant red sports car, half of which was smashed in by a city bus.
What had happened? Mary studied the whole scene, trying to puzzle together the pieces. Then it dawned on her. The car had hit her. Not intentionally. She had run in front of the bus without knowing it. It was about to hit her, but the car had gotten in the way first. It had saved her life.
Mary thought about looking in the car. Then her feet sorta moved without her meaning them to, and she made her way to the passenger door. She recognized the person inside. Carter. She knew his last name, but she couldn't think of what it was. He was slumped over the seat with blood oozing all over his face. His eyes were shut.
Mary knocked on the window. The tears in her hand stung.
No response.
She beat the window with her fist.
Still nothing.
Mary stared. She couldn't believe it. On any other day, she wouldn't exchange two words with this guy. Just yesterday, he nearly mowed down an elderly couple while driving out of the school lot. Mary had secretly wished he'd be taught a lesson. But she didn't mean this.
She tried the door handle, but it was still locked. Suddenly, Carter's eyes flickered opened. He looked straight at her.
Mary gasped and pressed her face against the window.
Carter's eyes closed.
She stared at him, waiting for him to open them again. Waiting for any sign of life. But he was still like he was before.
Hands suddenly took hold of Mary, pulling her away from the car. Her feet moved on their own again. Someone was yelling "Miss" a lot. Parts of her brain found other noises too, like sirens, voices, beeping, and other things. The hands directed her to sit on something hard and cold.
"Miss? Can you hear me? Can you tell me your name?"
Mary didn't answer. She still hadn't found her voice, and her mind was fuzzy, too.
"Is that her bag there? Does she have a driver's license?"
A different person spoke. "No license, but I found a student ID. Her name's Mary Phan. She's seventeen and a junior here at Lewis Prep."
Mary heard a third voice. "I just talked with some of the kids on the sidewalk. One of them said her mom's a nurse at the memorial hospital."
"Find out how to contact the mom. Anyone see what happened?"
"Cops are questioning witnesses right now. Looks like she ran in front of the bus. It would've nailed her if that sportster hadn't gotten in the way."
"Anything on the bus or the driver of the car?"
"Everyone on the bus looks fine. The car belongs to a kid named Carter Maxwell. Also a junior." A sigh. "I wouldn't hold my breath. He looks really bad in there."
Mary tuned out everything else. All sights. All sounds. The only thing she could see in her mind was Carter staring at her.

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