Ellie, Engineer by: Jackson Pearce NERD BLAST & GIVEAWAY

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Ellie, Engineer
Synopsis 
 

The hilarious and smart start of a series about a girl who loves to build—STEM-powered, creative fun for girls.

Ellie is an engineer. With a tool belt strapped over her favorite skirt (who says you can’t wear a dress and have two kinds of screwdrivers handy, just in case?), she invents and builds amazing creations in her backyard workshop. Together with her best friend Kit, Ellie can make anything. As Kit’s birthday nears, Ellie doesn’t know what gift to make until the girls overhear Kit’s mom talking about her present—the dog Kit always wanted! Ellie plans to make an amazing doghouse, but her plans grow so elaborate that she has to enlist help from the neighbor boys and crafty girls, even though the two groups don’t get along. Will Ellie be able to pull off her biggest project yet?

Illustrated with Ellie’s sketches and plans, and including backmatter with how-tos, this is full of engineering fun!

 

Praise for ELLIE, ENGINEER

“A charming book featuring an engineer who makes mistakes when navigating the roads of friendship. In addition to spotlighting engineering, the narrative contains strong themes of friendship and working together toward a common goal. VERDICT A solid addition to chapter book collections.” ―School Library Journal

“Charming. . . . In addition to spotlighting engineering, the narrative contains strong themes of friendship and working together toward a common goal.” ―School Library Journal

“Pearce emphasizes Ellie’s persistence and individuality. . . . Mourning’s notebook-style images help give a sense of how Ellie’s brain works.” ―Publishers Weekly

“Explicitly rejects the idea that activities and objects are gendered (e.g., boys and girls can both like engineering and tea parties). The twist ending is not what most readers

 will expect. A spirited, duplicable depiction of STEM fun.” ―Kirkus Reviews
Jackson Pearce
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 

Jackson Pearce currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia. After attending Brookwood High School in Snellville, GA, Jackson attended Georgia College & State University and later transferred to the University of Georgia, where she graduated with a major in English and a minor in Philosophy.

Jackson was an avid reader as a child—she loved the Boxcar Children and Indian in the Cupboard series, but really, she read anything she could get her hands on. This proved problematic when she got her hands on her mother’s paperback romance books from time to time.

It was her love of reading that spurred her to start writing—when Jackson was in her tweens, she was looking for a book that involved a smart girl, horses, baby animals, and magic. When such a book couldn’t be found, Jackson vowed to write it herself. She gave the story up after about ten pages, but the love of writing didn’t die as easily as the story. In her late teens, Jackson began writing for publication. Her first book, AS YOU WISH, sold to Harper Collins when she was twenty-two years old. There are currently four books in her series of retold fairytales—SISTERS RED, SWEETLY, FATHOMLESS, and COLD SPELL. She has also written a contemporary novel called PURITY, a historical fantasy under the pen name J. Nelle Patrick (TSARINA), and has two middle grade series forthcoming—THE DOUBLECROSS (AND OTHER SKILLS I LEARNED AS A SUPERSPY), coming July 2015, and PIP BARTLETT’S GUIDE TO MAGICAL CREATURES, co-written with Maggie Stiefvater, coming May 2015

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Long Black Veil by: Jennifer Finney Boylan

Long Black Veil

The Very Picture of You by: Isabel Wolff

The Very Picture of You

It has been many, many years since I have read and loved Isabel’s book A Vintage Affair. I purchased this book years ago hoping to love it just as much. Unfortunately, I was bored. I didn’t really get into the book until the last 100 pages. Some of the first 1/3 of the story was decent but otherwise, I kept wanting to put it down.

This is a story about a portrait painter and the stories that her sitters tell. Maybe the subject matter wasn’t for me. I wonder if I go back and reread A Vintage Affair, if I would still like it as much as I did back then.

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Betrayed by: Lisa Scottoline

Betrayed

This is the second book in the Rosato and DiNunzio series.  I haven’t read the first one but I wasn’t lost.  I do want to go back and read it though.

Judy is an attorney and she needs to make a name for herself within the firm.  However, she gets sidetracked by a sick aunt and a dead woman who happens to be her aunt’s best friend.  Iris is found dead in her car the evening after Judy meets her for the first time and her aunt finds it very suspicious.  Judy promises to look into what is going on and finds herself in the middle of a very dangerous situation.

There is a lot more to this story then a surface mystery.  The relationships alone are worth the read.

I gave this book 5 crowns.

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Book 3 for my 2018 Beat the Backlist Challenge!

Shoeless Child by: J.A. Schneider

Shoeless Child Publication Date: January 24, 2018

Book #4 in the Detective Kerri Blasco series

Summary:

A little boy has seen a horrific murder but is too traumatized to speak. Detective Kerri Blasco struggles to connect with him…

Charlie Sparkes peeks out to see his mother and another young woman brutally shot. Hysterical, the brave child bolts into the cold November night for help. He screams and cries, only to fall into more trauma.

Homicide Detective Kerri Blasco is called to the murder scene. One woman lies dead next to the blood soaked rug where Rachel Sparkes was seriously wounded. With little memory of the attack, she has been taken to the hospital – but where is her child? He too, Kerri discovers, now lies in a hospital bed, mute and traumatized in a fetal position, refusing even food and water.

Charlie must have seen what happened. Kerri’s heart aches for this piteous little boy and she struggles to help him; struggles, too to find the monster who did this horrible crime. “It’s your kind of case,” Sergeant Alex Brand, Kerri’s boss and partner tells her, stepping up police urgency when another innocent is shot, and then another.

Kerri Blasco finds herself more emotionally obsessed with this case than with any other, despite clear and onrushing danger to herself…

My Review:

I am a mystery genre junkie!  These are my favorite types of books to read and when they are written well, I am  full immersed into the story.  This is one of those books.  I have read 2 other books in this series and love them.

Detective Kerri Blasco is a tough female Detective and in this book she shows her heart of gold.  It was so touching to read about her relationship with Charlie.  His story broke my heart and I couldn’t stop reading until I knew what happened.

I think I’ve said it before but I will say it again; if you love female detectives that can kick ass and take names, this is a series you should pick up.  I find this to be in the same vein as James Patterson’s Women’s Murder Club series.

I can’t wait to read more!

I gave this book 5 crowns.

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The Woman in the Windows by: A.J. Finn

34848682 Publication date: Jan. 2, 2018

What did she see?

It’s been ten long months since Anna Fox last left her home. Ten months during which she has haunted the rooms of her old New York house like a ghost, lost in her memories, too terrified to step outside.

Anna’s lifeline to the real world is her window, where she sits day after day, watching her neighbors. When the Russells move in, Anna is instantly drawn to them. A picture-perfect family of three, they are an echo of the life that was once hers.

But one evening, a frenzied scream rips across the silence, and Anna witnesses something no one was supposed to see. Now she must do everything she can to uncover the truth about what really happened. But even if she does, will anyone believe her? And can she even trust herself?

My Review:

I received an unsolicited copy of this book and knew nothing about it.  This is my type of book, so I didn’t hesitate to pick it up.  I loved this book.  It was a page turner and kept me interested every step of the way.

There are twists and turns and the main character Anna, is the type of woman you would befriend in your neighborhood.  This is an amazing debut novel that will have me on the lookout for more books by this author in the future.

Grab this book when it comes out, you will not regret it!

I gave this book 5 crowns.

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The Story of Arthur Truluv by: Elizabeth Berg

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Description from the publisher through Netgalley

 

December 2017 Indie Next selection
November 2017 LibraryReads selection
My Review:
I am a big fan of Elizabeth Berg’s novels.  She has a way of telling such honest stories and really touching the reader.  This story was no exception.
Arthur was an incredible character who really cared about people in such a different and outstanding way.  He befriends Maddy when she needs it the most  and their relationship is beautiful.
This is a quick read but it is so heart- warming.  I highly recommend it.
I gave this book 5 crowns.
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I received this e-arc from the publishers through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.