Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth | Excerpt and Giveaway!

Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth | Excerpt and Giveaway!

Hi everyone!  Long time no talk!  I’ve missed you desperately while I’ve been away and I’m sorry for the long-term unexplained absence.  Basically, I’ve been quite ill — so sick, in fact, that I can’t even bear to read!  Take a moment and let THAT sink in.  It’s been brutal.  Even looking at the computer for extended periods of time is tough.  I’m optimistic that I’ve been feeling slightly better lately and really hope to make a triumphant comeback in the very near term.  Thank you for your patience!!! I’m excited to return with a super-fun blog tour for Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth.  I’ve been looking forward to this book since the moment I heard of it — a Rapunzel retelling from the publisher of my beloved Alias Hook??!  Plus — that cover?!  Trust me — I am so in!  I have been incredibly sad not to be able to read… Read more »

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Thursday Thoughts (17) : The Power of Social Media

Thursday Thoughts (17) : The Power of Social Media

It’s Danie here and it is time again for Thursday Thoughts!  If you don’t remember what Thursday Thoughts is, it’s hosted by Ok, Let’s Read.  She is inviting us to share our thoughts about a specific bookish topic each week, link up and then chat with each other about the topics.  So far it’s been such a fun way to talk more about bookish-ness and less about specific books, and really any excuse to talk about bookish things I will totally take.  Definitely go check out her introduction post for more information, as well as a list of all the upcoming topics!  There will also be a link-up over there that will let you read everyone’s thoughts on the topic! This week our topic is social media! Have you ever connected with an author through social media? Do you think it’s important to have things like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram as a blogger, reviewer or author?… Read more »

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Sisters by Raina Telgemeier | Emily Reviews!

Sisters by Raina Telgemeier | Emily Reviews!

My Review Sisters is the newest graphic novel/memoir from author Raina Telgemeier, who has taken the children’s literature set by storm.  Her two previous works, Smile and Drama, have been almost universally praised, and are extremely popular with younger readers — and after now having read Sisters, it is easy to see why.  Telgemeier writes with truth and illustrates those writings with engaging drawings that makes the story really come to life. Sisters follows Raina’s life around the age of 14 when she and her mother, sister and brother take a long road trip from California to Colorado for a family reunion.  The author juxtaposes the time spent on the road with flashback scenes that depicts Raina and her sister at earlier points in their life.  This book covers so much real life — from pet conflict, to competition among siblings, to the tensions between parents and the pains of growing up… Read more »

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Fool’s Assassin by Robin Hobb | Emily Reviews!

Fool’s Assassin by Robin Hobb | Emily Reviews!

My Review As you may have noticed, I am doing something a little bit different with this review and not including the summary of the book from Goodreads.  That’s because, while this is the first in a new trilogy, this is actually the fourteenth book in a series that I really think that everyone who has an interest in fantasy novels should be reading.  And since this is the fourteenth book in that series, there are lots of spoilers for the series as a whole in the description of this book!  And also because of that, it’s incredibly difficult to review this in a really meaningful way without giving out any spoilers.  Regardless, that’s what I’m going to try to do here! To get a few quick things out of the way first, while this was an amazing five-star read of a book, it is absolutely NOT a good starting… Read more »

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Author Interview and Giveaway with Amy Richie | Splash Into Summer

Author Interview and Giveaway with Amy Richie | Splash Into Summer

Another Splash Into Summer interview, hooray! This one also comes with a giveaway. Amy Richie is the author of both vampire AND mermaid novels. How awesome is that!? Remember, you can always check out our ongoing Splash Into Summer calendar to see what else is going on or check out the linky here to make sure we see your fun splashy posts! Interview with Amy Richie Can you tell us a little bit about the merfolk in SAPPHIRE CITY? In Sapphire City, the merfolk are distinguishable by the color of their hair. Red hair means they are born to be guards, black hair are evil, white hair means they have a great destiny. There are four cities and the central city where the prince lives! They also have a breeding island called Nortica where the story starts. Stella and her mom return to Nortica. Please share some secrets about what to expect for the upcoming sequel! (Do you know how many books… Read more »

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Writing About Mermaids | Splash Into Summer Guest Post

Writing About Mermaids | Splash Into Summer Guest Post

Today we’re here with a really awesome guest post from author Katie O’Sullivan!  I really loved reading this post and finding out more about mermaids and the different things authors need to think about while writing about them. For more mermaid-y goodness, check out our main event calendar, or to jump in yourself check out our linky post! *************************************************************************************************** Thanks for inviting me to join your annual Splash into Summer event! I’m very excited to be here and talk mermaids with everyone! I’ve always loved mermaids, but for years there was a big gap in what was available in terms of mermaid tales for young adult readers. Thankfully, there are now wonderful mermaid tales that go beyond Disney’s Ariel and bring mermaids into the “real” world. My current Mermaids of Cape Cod series starts off right in my hometown of Harwich, Massachusetts. Readers journey beneath the waves to explore Nantucket… Read more »

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The Neptune Project by Polly Holyoke – Emily Reviews! | Splash Into Summer

The Neptune Project by Polly Holyoke – Emily Reviews! | Splash Into Summer

This review is part of our ongoing feature called Splash Into Summer! In order to see all the fun underwater fun we have going on, check out our main event calendar here, or to join in yourself, check out our linky post here! Don’t forget, we have a giveaway going on for a signed copy of this book, so definitely check out the Rafflecopter at the bottom of the post! My Review In this novel, Holyoke has created a dystopian society wherein the government is completely overbearing and destructive.  Seeing the writing on the walls, Nere’s scientist parents were part of a group that formed the Neptune Project, which basically genetically altered children so that they would have the ability to fully live underwater and escape this government.  Now unable to live on land, Nere and her friends develop gills, the ability to communicate with each other telepathically and the ability to… Read more »

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Author Interview and Giveaway with Maureen Betita | Splash Into Summer

Author Interview and Giveaway with Maureen Betita | Splash Into Summer

Yay! It’s time for another awesome author interview with Maureen O. Betita. You may remember Maureen from our Swashbuckling Summer event, so basically this awesome lady writes about pirates AND under-water creatures.  Yes yes and yes, thank you.  AND Maureen has ever-so-nicely offered an International giveaway of some of her novels, so read to the end to find out more about that! Remember, you can always check out our ongoing Splash Into Summer calendar to see what else is going on or check out the linky here to make sure we see your fun splashy posts! Interview with Maureen O. Betita For the uninitiated, can you describe your series? I love this part… The Kraken’s Caribbean is a place unlike any other. I like to consider it a cross between Pirates of the Caribbean and Alice in Wonderland – Tim Burton style. The characters are born in this crazy Caribbean,… Read more »

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Splashy Playlist | Splash Into Summer Guest Post

Splashy Playlist | Splash Into Summer Guest Post

I’m here with a fun guest post from my good friend Jen of FefferBooks!  She put together a really awesome playlist for you to listen to while listening to your fun summer-y reads and I could not love it more.  Enjoy!! Remember, you can always check out our ongoing Splash Into Summer calendar to see what else is going on or check out the linky here to make sure we see your fun splashy posts! ******************************************************************** I’m so excited to be a part of Splash into Summer! Like Emily, somehow I missed the whole mermaid/sea creature trend in books a couple of years ago, and I’ve loved following along with this feature and noting all the great books I need to add to my TBR! I also got to read a sneak peek of Atlantia this week, and it got me really excited about the whole concept of the ocean,… Read more »

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Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs | Danie Reviews!

Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs | Danie Reviews!

My Review 17 year old half human-half mermaid, Lily, has spent the past three years residing on land with her Aunt. During these three years, she has made friends, and developed a obsession crush on a fellow student, Brody. However, she’s also the princess of the underwater kingdom, Thalassinia. In order to become princess, she must “bond” with Brody, by kissing him. Then he will turn into a mermaid, and they can flip their little fins off into the sunset. Sounds great, right? All her planning gets thrown off when, instead of Brody, she accidentally bonds with Quince, her annoying, jerk of a neighbor.   *insert sigh here* I apologize in advance for the use of caps in this review.   Alright. There are a couple issues I had with Forgive My Fins. The first being how Lily and Quince bonded. Seriously, dude. In what world is it okay to TRICK… Read more »

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