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Always by: Sarah Jio

Always

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The Little Friend by: Donna Tartt

The Little Friend

I listened to The Goldfinch last year and liked it.  I purchase this book to see if how I would feel about another book by the same author and this time around, I was disappointed.  I listened to the majority of this on audiobook and I am glad I did.  This book is close to 600 pages and the story itself was a bit monotonous.  It was long and drawn out.  I enjoyed the first half of the book but then it just went on and on.

When I got to the end of the story which I had to physically read, I was so confused.  There was no wrap up; no answers.  I was at a loss and very annoyed.  This is a long book for there to be such a crappy ending.

I may try to listen to The Secret History such everyone raves about it but, I will not be purchasing it.

I gave this book 2 crowns.

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Perfect by: Cecelia Ahern

Perfect Publication date: April 4, 2017

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Loot Crate: My Dream Crate

Loot Crate

I learned about a project by Loot Crate where fans and looters can create a post about their dream crate.  Loot Crate is a geek gift and subscription service that “offers up a unique monthly box of awesome for every fandom, enthusiast group and style. Pick your crate and get excited.”  Check out www.lootcrate.com to see what it’s all about.
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Thank you to Loot Crate for the information about the project! If you had the opportunity to create your own Loot Crate box, what would you include?

So, I was excited to come up with my very own Dream Crate.  I had a hard time deciding on a theme but finally determined that my theme would be:  The Geeky Family.  My husband and kids are among the most important people in my life and we are a family of nerds.  We each have our own favorite fandoms and I couldn’t put together a box without included them.

My first items would be t-shirts.  jkqj_i_love_my_geek_combo_mbimage from ThinkGeek.com

Next up: Candles.  Believe it or not, my husband loves to light candles and he is pretty cool about the scents that he likes.  I am obviously a book nerd and my daughter is a candle freak too.

candlesI have been wanted to get my hands on these candles for the longest time.  I found them here. https://www.etsy.com/listing/255085920/bibliophile-tea-light-sample-pack-book?utm_campaign=shopping_us_Frostbeard_sfc_osa&utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=google&utm_custom1=0&utm_content=5269172&gclid=Cj0KEQjwnsPGBRDo4c6RqK-Oqu8BEiQAwNviCaOI5RW2zcV3y5qrOmjWIAqtlOkyNbcD3pFjrVNUs4oaAjGI8P8HAQ

Now, we wouldn’t be happy with a box unless it had some collectibles.

For my daughter: Nightmare pez She is obsessed with the Nightmare Before Christmas movie and the characters.  Her collection is a bit crazy.

For my husband and son: star trek ships They love to collect Star Trek ships.

For myself: disney-showcase-alice-in-wonderland-masquerade-figurine-root-4050318_1470_1 I am an Alice in Wonderland fan through and through.  I am collecting as may different Alice items as I possibly can and this is very unique.  I found it here:   http://www.hallmark.com/gifts/home-decor/figurines/disney-showcase-alice-in-wonderland-masquerade-figurine-4050318.html?mc=T_S_G_PLA_H%26G+-+FigurinesBrand+PLA+-+Willow+Tree+-+1C1&gclid=Cj0KEQjwnsPGBRDo4c6RqK-Oqu8BEiQAwNviCR8JnPeeB5xABasb2HVU1NVgBW4QBhzANhWl0X9RF2gaAiG98P8HAQ

As long as there was something for everyone in this box, this would be the perfect Dream Crate for me!

Get excited everyone!  If you could create your Dream Crate, what would it include?

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A Boy Called Bat by: Elana K. Arnold Illustrated by: Charles Santoso BLOG TOUR AND GIVEAWAY

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Synopsis 
 

For Bixby Alexander Tam (nicknamed Bat), life tends to be full of surprises—some of them good, some not so good. Today, though, is a good-surprise day. Bat’s mom, a veterinarian, has brought home a baby skunk, which she needs to take care of until she can hand him over to a wild-animal shelter.

But the minute Bat meets the kit, he knows they belong together. And he’s got one month to show his mom that a baby skunk might just make a pretty terrific pet.

A Boy Called Bat

My Review:

I haven’t read a middle grade book in so long but the cover of this book intrigued me.  I think the illustrations in this story are adorable and add so much to this story. This is a sweet story about a boy whose nickname is Bat because his initials spell it out.  He is a young 3rd grader who is on the autism spectrum.  He loves animals and he loves learning about them.  Lucky for him, his mom is a Veterinarian.  Bat’s social skills are challenged because of his autism but this is a story about learning how to be responsible and making friends.

Bat’s parents are divorced and he has an older sister who sometimes get frustrated with him.  He attends a school in which there are other students like him and his teacher is someone who is caring and willing to help his students.  Bat’s mom finds a rescues a baby skunk and Bat becomes very attached to his “new pet”.

I really loved this story and recommend this to everyone.

I gave it 5 crowns.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR                               Elana K. Arnold
 

ELANA K. ARNOLD completed her M.A. in Creative Writing/Fiction at the University of California, Davis. She grew up in Southern California, where she was lucky enough to have her own horse–a gorgeous mare named Rainbow–and a family who let her read as many books as she wanted. She lives in Huntington Beach, California, with her husband, two children, and a menagerie of animals. She is represented by Rubin Pfeffer of Rubin Pfeffer Content.

Photo Credit Melissa Hockenberger

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– 5 Winners will receive a Copy of A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold

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Queen of Hearts by:Colleen Oaks

Queen of Hearts  Queen of Hearts Saga #1

 

I love Alice in Wonderland and have found some really great re-tellings.  I was disappointed in this version, however.  It was very drawn out and nothing seemed to happen until the last third of the book.

Since this is a saga, there is obviously more than one book so this story ended on a cliff hanger.  I will not be purchasing the rest of the series but I may borrow it from the library if I am looking to continue on.  I didn’t really stay with me and I don’t know how interested I am in this saga.  The one thing I did like is how the original characters and their names were mixed up in this story.  That was a fun twist to the original.

I gave this book 2 crowns.

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From Ant to Eagle by: Alex Lyttle

From Ant to Eagle Publication date: April 1, 2017

Synopsis:

My name is Calvin Sinclair, I’m eleven years old and I have a confession…I killed my brother.

It’s the summer before grade six and Calvin Sinclair is bored to tears. He’s recently moved from a big city to a small town and there’s nothing to do. It’s hot, he has no friends and the only kid around is his six-year-old brother, Sammy, who can barely throw a basketball as high as the hoop. So Cal occupies his time by getting his brother to do almost anything: from collecting ants to doing Calvin’s chores. And Sammy is all too eager – as long as it means getting a “Level” and moving one step closer to his brother’s Eagle status.

When Calvin meets Aleta Alvarado, a new girl who shares his love for Goosebumps books and adventure, Sammy is pushed aside. Cal feels guilty but not enough to change. At least not until a diagnosis makes things at home start falling apart and he’s left wondering whether Sammy will ever complete his own journey…

From Ant To Eagle.

My Review:

I devoured this book in just a few hours.  I loved Cal and Sammy and their very common brotherly relationship.  As the older brother, Cal is having a hard time doing things without his little brother tagging along and when a pretty new girl moves into the neighborhood, he ditches his little brother to hang out with her.

Seemingly out of no where, Sammy becomes very ill and is hospitalized.  The diagnosis: CANCER.  This is the story of the guilt of the “healthy” family members and a young brothers grief and heartache dealing with his little brothers prognosis.

Yes, I cried.  Yes, I smiled and laughed.  Most of all, I felt.  This is touching, moving, beautiful story and I can’t recommend it enough.  Even though its target audience is upper middle grade, everyone should read this.  Did you watch that television show Red Band Society?  My teenager daughter and I loved that show and this book had that seem feel but from the perspective of the non-ill sibling.  Nicola Yoon’s Everything, Everything was released in September of 2015 and the hype that followed was out of control.  The hype for this book needs to surpass that.

Even before it publication date the publisher has told me that “Kirkus, Booklist and School Library Journal have all given it glowing reviews. We got huge orders from Barnes & Noble and Indigo (in Canada) for national in-store listings and we’ve sent out a thousand copies to librarians and booksellers across the country. Indie booksellers have been really supportive, saying it belongs alongside Wonder and Out of My Mind.”  I AGREE!  

Get this book NOW!  I will have a copy of this book forever!

I give it 5 crowns but wish I could give it more!

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Side note:   It’s the debut novel by Alex Lyttle, a Canadian doctor who wrote the novel as a cathartic experience after working in pediatric oncology.  The medical aspects of this book are accurate.  The feelings are realistic. I can’t say enough about it!

 

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