Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Review: Holes by Louis Sachar

I liked the movie very much. I remember the first time I saw the movie. I was into sci-fi and action movie at the time but I just stumbled upon it and enjoyed it. So when I saw the book when I went to book sale I just snatched it from the person who was stacking the book. Lol! He was looking at me like I've lost my mind. And the book was even more awesome!!! This edition have some movie pictures which I didn't knew and saw when I got home. They are cool!!


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Title: Holes



Author: Louis Sachar
 


Series: Holes #1
 
 
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Synopsis


Stanley Yelnats is under a curse. A curse that began with his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather and has since followed generations of Yelnatses. Now Stanley has been unjustly sent to a boys’ detention center, Camp Green Lake, where the boys build character by spending all day, every day digging holes exactly five feet wide and five feet deep. There is no lake at Camp Green Lake. But there are an awful lot of holes.

It doesn’t take long for Stanley to realize there’s more than character improvement going on at Camp Green Lake. The boys are digging holes because the warden is looking for something. But what could be buried under a dried-up lake? Stanley tries to dig up the truth in this inventive and darkly humorous tale of crime and punishment—and redemption.

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My Review

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I liked this book very much and I knew I would cuz I enjoyed the movie. I watched the movie one or two years ago and I liked it! And that is why I picked the book up!
The plot line is cool and how everything in the end came around I liked it! I liked the two stories going in the past and present written simultaneously and how it get tied up in the end. It felt like all the holes got filled up :P
I definitely recommend reading this book and watching the movie as well.

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And I now only found out that there are books in the series. Will have to check that out! 

Monday, 16 November 2015

Super Middle Grade Mondays Book Blitz

 

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Welcome to this week’s Super Middle Grade Mondays Book Blitz presented by Tantrum Books/Month9books!
For our previous Super MG Mondays, we've featured some of our amazing middle grade authors. Today, we thought it’d be fun to feature publicity team!
It's Staff Day! YAY! Introducing:
Jaime and Stefani!
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Jaime:
 
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Describe yourself in three words. Easy Going, Social, Hard working.

Tell us about your day job. I am the Publicity and Marketing Director for Month9Books and Tantrum Books so I get to work with awesome authors and help their dreams come true all day long J

Which writers inspire you? There are too many to mention but all of our GMMG authors inspire me on a daily basis!

What are you reading right now? Winter by Marissa Meyer then Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes.

Do you have an author crush? Hahahaha yes I have quite a few! For their writing here’s just a few but definitely not my complete list because that would go on forever! Veronica Rossi, Leigh Bardugo, Naomi Novik, Maria V. Snyder, Jennifer Jenkins, Brynn Chapman, Julie Reece, Cindy Pon, Jennifer Davis, & Sarah J. Maas.
Now actual crush, crush? OMG have you seen Pierce Brown? He’s gorgeous!

Quick questions:

Physical books or eBooks? Physical books all day!

Coke or Pepsi? Neither. I rarely drink soda and when I do it’s Orange Soda.

Twitter or Facebook? Twitter.

Song you can’t get out of your head right now? Die A Happy Man by Thomas Rhett. He’s a cutie and I freaking love this song!

Sweet or salty? Both I love salted caramel and chocolate covered pretzels!

Coffee or tea? Tea.

Write on computer or notebook paper? I don’t write lol but I do make a to-do list for each day and that’s on paper. Just like I still keep an old school paper calendar instead of a google calendar.


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Stefani:
 
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Describe yourself in three words. Bookish, hard-working, wanderer.

Tell us about your day job. I’m the Publicist for Tantrum Books, so I get to promote a group of wonderful middle grade authors, and a Youth Services Librarian in Mississippi, where I get to plan, promote, and host programs for an amazing group of teens plus a lot of other librarian activities.

Which writers inspire you? Soso many. Any author that has written a book and put it out into the world inspires me.

What are you reading right now? Placebo Junkies by J.C. Carleson, The Selection by Kiera Cass (my teens at the library have been trying to get me to read this one for months), and Fairest by Marissa Meyer on audiobook.

Do you have an author crush? Um, duh. On their writing? Maggie Stiefvater, David Arnold, Becky Albertalli, Renee Ahdieh, Matt Haig. On the actual person? In a totally non-romantic way, Jeff Zentner – he’s hilarious and his book is incredible.

Quick questions:


Physical books or eBooks? Physical, hands down.

Coke or Pepsi? Gross. Neither.

Twitter or Facebook? Twitter, all day every day.

Song you can’t get out of your head right now? R.I.P. 2 My Youth by The Neighbourhood.

Sweet or salty? Depends on what time of day. I like a bit of both at every meal.

Coffee or tea? COFFEE, she types as she takes a big sip of coffee.

Write on computer or notebook paper? Computer for blog posts and such, but actual paper for planning.
 
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Review: A Dickens of a Murder by Joyce and Jim Lavene

One of my new fav books by Joyce and Jim Lavene. 

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Title: A Dickens of a Murder

Author: Joyce and Jim Lavene
 
Series: Canterville Book Shop Mystery 1
 
 
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Synopsis


Christmas at Canterville!
Lisa Wellman and Simon Canterville are surprised to find a dead man on their roof in the midst of rushing to open the Canterville Book Shop in time for the holidays. And not just any dead man – Ebenezer Hart – the man who opposed the book shop opening in Olde Town, Portsmouth, Virginia.
What might be more surprising is when Daniel Fairhaven – Lisa’s ex – turns up at the door of the three-story Victorian house to head the police investigation. She hasn’t seen him in years but the sparks start to fly as soon as they are in the same room together.
Simon and Lisa are obviously the best suspects for the murder. Each of them had something to gain by Hart’s death. Then an attempt on Simon’s life throws that theory into a tailspin.
But the biggest surprise yet comes when the ghost of Charles Dickens turns up to help Lisa with the murder investigation – and writing the mystery novel she has been working on for years.
Without a doubt, Daniel and Dickens in Lisa’s life means trouble. And there’s still the matter of trying to get the book shop open with a killer on their heels. 

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My Review


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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is my top fav book by Joyce and Jim Lavene. I loved it! It is a must read for book nerd cuz it is just awesome! Protagonist who is going to open a bookstore and the place where she lives is visited by ghost of famous authors---> heaven!! and dash of mystery ties it whole up!
I enjoyed it very much!! A def must read! Got the book in exchange of an honest review

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Joyce Lavene  

Joyce Lavene and Jim Lavene are a wife and husband team who have written and published more than 70 books since 1999. They live in North Carolina with their family and enjoy cooking, photography and ghost hunting. 

 

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Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Review: Imperfect by Ann Christy

I'm posting after so many days, had exams. But am happy for a whole month of vacations. And today is Diwali so Happy Diwali to all Indians who will read this. 
 Imperfect is the third book in Perfect Partners, Inc my fav series of Ann Christy. If you love sci-fi and ai genre you should definitely check this book out. My review for first two books is Here

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Title: Imperfect



Author: Ann Christy



Genre: Sci-fi



Series: Perfect Partners, Incorporated Book3


 


Publication Date: 7th August 2015 

 


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Synopsis

Sandra was built with everything; a perfect body, perfect face, and every upgrade that can be bought. Yet somehow she finds herself on the reject table next to a half-dissembled robot with an erratic personality. And now, on top of everything else, she’s just experienced her first emotion. Too bad for her it turned out to be fear.

But all is not as it seems inside the cold Perfect Partners facility. Behind the cool concrete and stainless steel there is more to find than just freshly minted PePrs with empty eyes, or unwanted returns awaiting disassembly. There is a mind with a plan, and if it succeeds, it might change the future for every PePr. As Sandra gets swept up in the plots and plans inside the PePr facility, she must maintain her placid facade or wind up on the chopping block along with her new friend. In the end, it all boils down to one question: How much is Sandra willing to give up to provide a better future for her kind?

Imperfect is the third novella in the Perfect Partners, Incorporated series. They don't need to be read in any order. You can try the PePr, Inc. universe with a free short story, PePr, Inc. available for a limited time
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 My Review

 



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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another amazing read in Perfect Partners. I love this series and am excited for other books in this series! Cuz it is just filled with awesomeness!! I loved the end very much!! I just love it! The books could be read in any order. They all are different just the setting is similar. Gah! I'm excited for more! A MUST READ!!!! Got the book in exchange of an honest review.

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About Ann

AnnChristy2014SuperSmallI’m a recently retired Navy Commander and secret science fiction writer. Since retiring, I work on my books as obsessively as I worked for the military and I still can’t figure out what I should wear if I can’t wear a uniform. I live by the sea under the benevolent rule of my canine overlords and a variety of unruly family members.
My first published series, Silo 49, cemented my desire to write fiction and it’s paved the way for a whole slew of new books. Strikers, Yankari: A Talking Earth Tale, The In-Betweener as well as a bunch of creepy (or creepily-cool) stories in published anthologies have already come out. And there is so much more to come.
I love to hear from readers so drop me a line! (No, really, I’m not even just saying that to be nice. I really do love to hear from readers!)

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Monday, 2 November 2015

Super Middle Grade Mondays Blitz

Super Middle Grade Mondays Blitz: Author Spotlight – Charles Curtis with Giveaway #SuperMGMondays
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Welcome to this week’s Super Middle Grade Mondays Book Blitz presented by Tantrum Books/Month9books!
Today, we get up close and personal with
Charles Curtis
author of Strange Country Day from Tantrum Books.
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Charles Curtis
Charles Curtis is a writer and journalist based in New York City. He has reported and written for publications including NJ.com (where he is currently the site’s sports buzz reporter), The Daily, ESPN.com, ESPN the Magazine, Bleacher Report, TV Guide and Entertainment Weekly. Charles has covered the NFL, MLB, NHL, NBA, golf, tennis and NASCAR. He has also written about television, film and pop culture.
In addition, Curtis has also written, produced and was featured in videos for ESPN.com and The Daily. He has made radio appearances on stations including 92.9 The Ticket in Bangor, Maine, WLIE 540 AM in Long Island and on morning shows across Canada via the CBC. He can be reached on Twitter: @charlescurtis82.
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As a young 8th grade writer who published his first story in my school’s literary magazine, I was always encouraged to write what I know.
So when I sat down to write STRANGE COUNTRY DAY, I immediately knew my protagonist, Alexander Graham Ptuiac, would be a tall, skinny sports-loving new kid just starting middle school and trying to fit in. That’s because, at the age of 12, I was a tall, skinny sports-loving new kid just starting middle school and trying to fit in.
Alex’s first day of school starts out with a bang: During 7th grade orientation, he’s pulled into a room with his classmates for a ritual known as “Fresh Meet Friday.” When the event turns into a riot involving the older 9th graders, Alex discovers he has previously unknown superhero-like powers that propel him to punch the ringleader in the nose.
Unfortunately, my first day of middle school wasn’t nearly as mind-blowing as Alex’s, but I did draw a little bit from experience. I attended a private school where I was one of many new kids faced with making friends with a whole new group of students, many of whom already knew each other. Luckily, there were no hazing rituals I was forced to participate in (unluckily, I didn’t have comic book-like powers, either), but in STRANGE COUNTRY DAY, I tried to capture that same nervousness I felt about walking into a –well – strange environment, trying to fit in and attempting to adjust to an increased workload and new schedule.
In the past few years, I’ve often joked about how my interests in those days – I visited a comic book shop once a week to pick up my stack and played the card game Magic: The Gathering every day at lunch – are suddenly trendy now and lamented about how I would have been much happier if I’d been a middle schooler in 2015. But I realize now just how influential both were on my creativity and imagination.
The other huge influence? Sports, of course. I spent countless nights in front of the television (I promise, Mom and Dad, it was after my homework was done…most of the time) or at one of the many New York stadiums/arenas, taking in any and all Mets, Giants, Knicks or Rangers games I could watch. I always wish I could go back in time and tell my middle school self that one day I’d find myself in the press box at those very same arenas and stadiums. Middle School Charles would be blown away.
The one thing that truly separates me from Alex? With the help of those aforementioned powers, he ends up joining his school’s football team as a quarterback. Despite my love for the game of football, I didn’t have half the athleticism to even begin to think about playing on the gridiron.
But hey, adults – especially authors – are allowed to reimagine their pasts too, right?
 
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Alexander Graham Ptuiac, the son of an inventor, wants to play for the school’s football team. During tryouts, and under the watchful eye of the team’s coach, he suddenly manifests mysterious superhuman powers. Alexander makes the team, but not before the some ill-intended adults take notice, putting his life in danger.
Alex struggles to suppress and control his strange new abilities, worried about exposing his secret and being kicked off the football team. Then he befriends Dex, a diminutive classmate who can somehow jump as high as ten feet in the air. Seems Alex isn’t the only one at school with a secret.
As the school year unfolds, Alex will find himself the target of bullies, holding hands with his first crush and discovering the shocking truth about himself and his parents.

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