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BOOK BLAST & GIVEAWAY York: The Shadow Cipher by: Laura Ruby

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York The Shadow Cipher by Laura Ruby
Synopsis 
 

It was 1798 when the Morningstarr twins arrived in New York with a vision for a magnificent city: towering skyscrapers, dazzling machines, and winding train lines, all running on technology no one had ever seen before. Fifty-seven years later, the enigmatic architects disappeared, leaving behind for the people of New York the Old York Cipher—a puzzle laid into the shining city they constructed, at the end of which was promised a treasure beyond all imagining. By the present day, however, the puzzle has never been solved, and the greatest mystery of the modern world is little more than a tourist attraction.

Tess and Theo Biedermann and their friend Jaime Cruz live in a Morningstarr apartment house—until a real estate developer announces that the city has agreed to sell him the five remaining Morningstarr buildings. Their likely destruction means the end of a dream long-held by the people of New York. And if Tess, Theo and Jaime want to save their home, they have to prove that the Old York Cipher is real. Which means they have to solve it.

From National Book Award Finalist Laura Ruby comes a visionary epic set in a New York City at once familiar and wholly unexpected.

MEET THE AUTHOR
Laura Ruby
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 

Laura Ruby writes fiction for adults, teens and children. She is the author of the newly-released YA novel BONE GAP, as well as the Edgar-nominated children’s mystery LILY’S GHOSTS, the ALA Quick Pick for teens GOOD GIRLS (2006), a collection of interconnected short stories about blended families for adults, I’M NOT JULIA ROBERTS (2007), and the forthcoming middle-grade trilogy YORK. She is on the faculty of Hamline University’s Masters in Writing for Children Program. She makes her home in the Chicago area.

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The Whole Thing Together by: Ann Brashares

The Whole Thing Together Publication Date: April 25, 2017

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Perfect by: Cecelia Ahern

Perfect Publication date: April 4, 2017

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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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Reignited by: Colleen Houck Review and GIVEAWAY

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Synopsis 
 

A sibling rivalry.
A forbidden romance.
A spell that changes everything.

In Heliopolis secrets abound and passions ignite as chaos rises.

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Tiger’s Curse series and Reawakened comes a novella full of celestial marvel, passion, betrayal, and evil that will grow to reign over humanity forever.

Before Lily and Amon met, before the cosmos was in chaos and needed three brave brothers to fight off evil, there were four siblings who helped rule the earth.

Each sibling had a special gift. Osiris, the god of agriculture, helped mortals to grow and thrive in their natural environment. Isis, the goddess of creation, fostered health and wellness. Nephthys, the seer, was able to keep the balance between all living beings and the universe. But Seth, the youngest sibling, was left without any special powers. The Waters of Chaos, which granted each god’s talent, were running dry, and Seth was paying the price.

As time passed, however, Seth’s determination and willfulness resulted in a very special gift, one that should have granted him the ability to enact wondrous change. But Seth’s competitive childhood gave him a heart so cold and vacant that instead, his gift brought about great evil.

Seth was now the god of unmaking, the creator of disorder and destruction. And he was ready to seek his revenge, dominating all who got in his way.

My Review:

I love the Tiger’s Curse series from Colleen Houck and I have book 1 and 2 of this Reawekened series on my TBR shelf.  I was asked to read and review this novella and was so excited.  This is listed as book #0.5 so I picked it up before I could dive into the rest of the series.

This is a story of sibling rivalry between the gods of Egyptian myths.  Of course, a godess is involved.  The details that Colleen uses in her stories transport the reader to that world.  I can picture each scene vividly in my head.  I can’t wait to read more about Seth, Osiris, and Isis and their twisted tales of love.

I gave this book 5 crowns.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR  colleen-houck
 

New York Times Bestselling author Colleen Houck is a lifelong reader whose literary interests include action, adventure, paranormal, science fiction, and romance. When she’s not busy writing, she likes to spend time chatting on the phone with one of her six siblings, watching plays, and shopping online. Colleen has lived in Arizona, Idaho, Utah, California, and North Carolina and is now permanently settled in Salem, Oregon with her husband and a huge assortment of plush tigers.

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Untamed (Splintered 1.5, 3.5) by: A.G. Howard

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This is a companion book comprised of novellas that take place between books 1 and 2 and then after book 3.  I liked reading the stories about what happened in between and after the series ended.  I enjoy A.G. Howard’s writing and her story telling abilities.  She has a way of transporting you to Wonderland with the characters.

This is an interesting read but not a necessary one to understand the story.  I am a fan of this series so for me, it is a must read.

I gave this companion collection 4 crowns.

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