Review: Redworld

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Title: Redworld
Author: A.L. Collins
Genre: Middle Grade
Publisher: Capstone Young Readers
Source: NetGalley
Release Date: February 1, 2018
Rating: ★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Belle Song and her family are aliens on a new world. The Songs came to Mars to seek a new life, but living on the red planet isn’t easy. The land is rough. The people are strange. The weather is unpredictable, and water is always in short supply. However, adventure is never far away. Belle adapts to her new life on Mars, faces dangerous Water Raiders, explores wondrous ancient sites, and has other amazing adventures on Redworld. From the rich imagination of author A.L. Collins comes a fantastic sci-fi western story of growing up on the Martian plains.

Review:

This was a unique middle grade story about life on Mars.

While I was reading this story, I was reminded of the book The Martian. That’s the only book I’ve read that is set on another planet. However, in this story, Mars has already been colonized and humans have lived there for many years.

It was interesting to see the different alien races that also lived on Mars. The segregation between the aliens was a lot like race segregation in the real world. Belle’s friend, Ta’al is of the Nubian race. She has to go through separate entrances, and she is completely ignored by everyone else at school. Belle questions why this is, which demonstrates that she is an intelligent girl.

This book is separated into four parts. Each of these parts was originally published as a separate book. This is a little confusing at first, because the characters are reintroduced at the beginning of each part. My least favourite part was the first one. It was an introduction to the characters and setting, but I found it anticlimactic. The following parts had more solid storylines with lots of tension, so I enjoyed them more.

This book is great for kids who are interested in life in space.

Blog Tour: Wicked Charm

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Title: Wicked Charm
Author: Amber Hart
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Source: Chapter by Chapter Blog Tours
Release Date: January 30, 2018
Rating: ★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Nothing good comes from living in the Devil’s swamp.

Willow Bell thinks moving to the Okefenokee area isn’t half bad, but nothing prepares her for what awaits in the shadows of the bog.

Girls are showing up dead in the swamp. And she could be next.

Everyone warns Willow to stay away from Beau Cadwell—the bad boy at the top of their suspect list as the serial killer tormenting the small town.

But beneath his wicked, depthless eyes, there’s something else that draws Willow to him.

When yet another girl he knew dies, though, Willow questions whether she can trust her instincts…or if they’re leading to her own death.

Review:

This was a very suspenseful story.

It is a great mystery. Girls who dated Beau go missing and are murdered near his home. It seems like Willow will be next. I didn’t guess who did it, but the solution makes sense if you look back on the story.

I didn’t feel a connection with Willow or Beau. I felt like they were only focused on the murders, and didn’t talk about anything else. Of course, the murders were concerning since Beau was a suspect, but I think they should have done some other things to build their relationship and develop their characters.

This was a great suspenseful story. If you’re looking for a creepy teen story, you should check this one out!

About the Author:

Ambert Hart.jpgAmber Hart resides on the Florida coastline with family and a plethora of animals she affectionately refers to as her urban farm. When unable to find a book, she can be found writing, daydreaming, or with her toes in the sand. She’s the author of several novels for teens and adults, including Wicked Charm, the Before & After series, and the Untamed
series. Rep’d by Stacey Donaghy of Donaghy Literary Group.

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Tour Schedule:

Week 1:

February 5, 2018 – Pooled Ink – Review

February 5, 2018 – Book Lady’s Reviews – Review

February 6, 2018 – Treestand Book Reviews – Review

February 6, 2018 – What Is That Book About – Spotlight

February 6, 2018 – Confessions of a YA Reader – Review

February 7, 2018 – A Court of Coffee and Books – Review

February 7, 2018 – Cuzinlogic – Spotlight

February 7, 2018 – Read. Eat. Love. – Spotlight

February 8, 2018 – Adventures Thru Wonderland – Review

February 8, 2018 – Book Princess Reviews – Spotlight

February 8, 2018 – Jill Jemmett – Review

February 9, 2018 – Smada’s Book Smack – Review

February 9, 2018 – A Dream Within A Dream – Review

February 9, 2018 – Books and Ladders – Guest Post

Week 2:

February 12, 2018 – Writer’s Alley – Guest Post

February 12, 2018 – Becky on Books – Review

February 12, 2018 – Here’s to Happy Endings – Review

February 13, 2018 – Literary Meanderings – Spotlight

February 13, 2018 – Indie Wish List – Review

February 13, 2018 – My Book Addiction – Review

February 14, 2018 – Book-Keeping – Guest Post

February 14, 2018 – Book Reviews by a Little Bookworm – Review

February 14, 2018 – Chapters through life – Review

February 15, 2018 – Bibliobibuli YA – Guest Post

February 15, 2018 – Hauntedbybooks13 – Review

February 15, 2018 – Dana’s YA Bookpile – Review

February 16, 2018 – Books Direct – Review

February 16, 2018 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – Guest Post

February 16, 2018 – Dani Reviews Things – Review

Week 3:

February 19, 2018 – Meandbooks – Review

February 19, 2018 – Omg Books and More Books – Review

February 19, 2018 – Chapter by Chapter – Interview

February 20, 2018 – Lori’s little house of reviews – Review

February 20, 2018 – Biscotto’s Books – Review

February 21, 2018 – More Books Than Livros – Review

February 21, 2018 – Love Books Group – Review

February 22, 2018 – Darque Dreamer Reads – Review

February 22, 2018 – Makayla Sophia – Review

February 23, 2018 – eBook Nerd Reviews – Review

February 23, 2018 – Bookhounds YA – Guest Post

February 23, 2018 – Rants N Scribbles – Spotlight

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Thank you to Chapter by Chapter for letting me participate in this blog tour.

Review: DC Super Hero Girls: Date with Disaster!

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Title: DC Super Hero Girls: Date with Disaster!
Author: Shea Fontana
Genre: Middle Grade, Graphic Novel
Publisher: DC Entertainment
Source: NetGalley
Release Date: February 6, 2018
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

From the highly successful multimedia pop culture property comes DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: DATE WITH DISASTER!, starring one of its most popular characters, Batgirl.

Catwoman is out alone on the prowl one night when KABOOM–an explosion at S.T.A.R. Labs rouses the other girls from their slumber. Star students Batgirl and Lois Lane both know the lab incident is fishy, and they meet later to share clues. But nothing could’ve prepared Batgirl for what they see next–Batgirl’s dad on a date!

Batgirl is grossed out until her friends convince her Dads get lonely, too. And with the school dance coming up and everyone pairing off–heck, even Principal Waller has a date with a guy named Deadshot–maybe it’ll be okay just this once. The girls place a personal ad for Commissioner Gordon while they delve deeper into the mystery surrounding the explosion, but they’re about to discover more than who is behind the attack on S.T.A.R. Labs. Could it be that posting an ad looking for dates for the commissioner is like advertising catnip for criminals?

DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: DATE WITH DISASTER! continues to develop the relationships forged in DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: FINALS CRISIS, HITS AND MYTHS, SUMMER OLYMPUS, PAST TIMES AT SUPER HERO HIGH and OUT OF THE BOTTLE. Written by Shea Fontana, this Batgirl-centric story is perfect for girls ages 6-12.

Review:

This is another great story about the DC Super Hero Girls!

One of the great things about this book is that it featured some non-superhero characters along with the Super Hero Girls. Lois Lane and Commissioner Gordon played an important part in this story. They don’t have super powers so they had to use their intelligence to help the Super Hero Girls.

I love how the Super Hero Girls are a younger version of their adult counterparts. My favourite is Harley Quinn, and she’s so funny in this story. When everyone gets the alert on their alarm to wake up and get to work, most of the girls get up, but Harley whacks her alarm with her mallet and goes back to sleep. She brings a lot of humour to this story.

I loved this book! It’s great DC Super Hero Girls fans of all ages.

‘Waiting On’ Wednesday – February 7

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This is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. In this post we highlight a book that’s highly anticipated.

The book that I’m waiting on this Wednesday is Heart of Iron.

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Here’s the synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Ana is a scoundrel by nurture and an outlaw by nature. Found as a child drifting through space with a sentient android called D09, Ana was saved by a fearsome space captain and the grizzled crew she now calls family. But D09—one of the last remaining illegal Metals—has been glitching, and Ana will stop at nothing to find a way to fix him.

Ana’s desperate effort to save D09 leads her on a quest to steal the coordinates to a lost ship that could offer all the answers. But at the last moment, a spoiled Ironblood boy beats Ana to her prize. He has his own reasons for taking the coordinates, and he doesn’t care what he’ll sacrifice to keep them.

When everything goes wrong, she and the Ironblood end up as fugitives on the run. Now their entire kingdom is after them—and the coordinates—and not everyone wants them captured alive.

What they find in a lost corner of the universe will change all their lives—and unearth dangerous secrets. But when a darkness from Ana’s past returns, she must face an impossible choice: does she protect a kingdom that wants her dead or save the Metal boy she loves?

I loved Ashley Poston’s first book Geekerella. I have preordered Heart of Iron and I can’t wait for it to come out on February 27!

What books are you waiting on this week?

 

Review: Things To Do When It’s Raining

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Title: Things To Do When It’s Raining
Author: Marissa Stapley
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Canada
Source: Publisher & NetGalley
Release Date: February 6, 2018
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

When secrets tear love apart, can the truth mend it?

Mae Summers and Gabriel Broadbent grew up together in the idyllic Summers’ Inn, perched at the edge the St. Lawrence river. Mae was orphaned at the age of six and Gabe needed protection from his alcoholic father, so both were raised under one roof by Mae’s grandparents, Lilly and George. A childhood friendship quickly developed into a first love—a love that was suddenly broken by Gabe’s unexpected departure. Mae grew up, got over her heartbreak, and started a life for herself in New York City.

After more than a decade, Mae and Gabe find themselves pulled back to Alexandria Bay. Hoping to find solace within the Summers’ Inn, Mae instead finds her grandparents in the midst of decline and their past unravelling around her. A lifetime of secrets stand in the way of this unconventional family’s happiness. Will they be able to reclaim the past and come together, or will they remain separate islands?

From the bestselling author of Mating for Life comes a powerful story about guilt, forgiveness and the truth about families: that we can choose them, just as we choose to love.

Review:

I loved this book!

The story was very fast paced. A lot happened in a short time. Though there were a lot of characters, I felt like I knew all of them very well. They all had a detailed history, from Lilly and George’s generation to Mae and Gabriel. This made them feel like real people.

I usually have trouble with novels with ensemble casts who span generations. I find the authors try to appeal to readers of different ages by including specifics about each generation. However, it was not the case with this book! Each of the generations brought a new depth to the story.

This story contained many different genres. There was mystery or thriller because Mae’s fiancé disappears under suspicious circumstances. There was also romance between the characters. Finally, there was historical fiction when George has flashbacks to his time in WWII. I loved the way these different genres were woven together into this story.

I loved this book and I highly recommend it!

Top Ten Tuesday – Books That Have Been On My TBR The Longest

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and it is now hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is Books That Have Been On My TBR The Longest and I Still Haven’t Read Yet. For this list, I chose the first 10 books I added to my Goodreads “Want to Read” shelf. Here’s my list:

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1. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

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2. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh

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3. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

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4. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

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5. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

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6. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

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7. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

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8. Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens

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9. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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10. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray

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Review: Dear Martin

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Title: Dear Martin
Author: Nic Stone
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
Source: Purchased
Release Date: October 17, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Raw, captivating, and undeniably real, Nic Stone joins industry giants Jason Reynolds and Walter Dean Myers as she boldly tackles American race relations in this stunning debut.

Justyce McAllister is top of his class and set for the Ivy League—but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. And despite leaving his rough neighborhood behind, he can’t escape the scorn of his former peers or the ridicule of his new classmates. Justyce looks to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for answers. But do they hold up anymore? He starts a journal to Dr. King to find out.

Then comes the day Justyce goes driving with his best friend, Manny, windows rolled down, music turned up—way up, sparking the fury of a white off-duty cop beside them. Words fly. Shots are fired. Justyce and Manny are caught in the crosshairs. In the media fallout, it’s Justyce who is under attack.

Review:

This story is amazing. It’s very moving.

The issues that Justyce faced are familiar to anyone who watches the news. He was wrongfully arrested because of his skin colour. He was trying to do the right thing and ended up in trouble. After that, everything spirals out of control because Justyce wants to face this social injustice head on.

The plot of the story was very fast paced. I read the whole book in just a couple of hours. I couldn’t put it down! When the big twist happens halfway through the book, when the shots were fired, I was shocked.

I loved the irony in the way Justyce’s mom behaved. She wanted her son to have a good life and have opportunities so she sent him to a private boarding school. She didn’t want him to be judged by his skin colour. However, she refused to let him date a white girl, just because she has white skin. Even if the girl loved Justyce and was good for him, she still wouldn’t accept her just because of her skin. This ridiculous prejudice just shows how no one should be judged solely by the way they look. People from all different races and backgrounds are both good and bad. Appearance doesn’t define the way you behave.

It’s a great story for it’s entertainment value as well as it’s teachable moments. I highly recommend this book to everyone!