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review 2017-11-14 15:59
The Zombunny: an illustrated easy reader chapter book - Dan Alatorre

Wish You Were Mine by Tara Sivec
Book starts out with a letter from Aiden to Everett... he needs Everett to go to Cameron and help her out.
This is a story of a camp that was once a cotton plantation in the Civil War, 40 acres of land near Charleston, SC. The camp is now a safe haven for kids who are going through problems due to their parents who are/have served in the military and some ddn't return home or came back damaged.
The three kids: Cameron, Aiden and Everett all attended the camp during the summer months as her relatives ran the camp back then. It's now her project but after Aiden has left it's on her shoulders and this year the person in charge of doling out money has new requirements.
Everett has his own past that led him overseas to help others in need to return after the letter and drank himself til his brother stepped in and got him in rehab.
She needs help and hopes he will come to her aide. It's all for a good cause...
Story is told with alternating chapters between them and at times it goes back in time and other times it's the present. Took me a while to get the hang of that although I've read many books in this same format.
What I like about this book is the location, the planned activities for the kids, help the counselors can give the children and parents alike and how those involved all come together to make it happen, hopefully for more years down the road.
The stories are hard to hear about, struggles they endure, heartaches and death. Some truths you just don't even hear about til it comes out at the end.
Adult sexual scenes. Wow surprise ending, didn't see it coming.
Received this review copy from Forever (Grand Central Publishing) via Net Galley and this is my honest review.

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review 2017-10-17 12:00
Review for Blog Tour I am Involved in.
Seize Today (Forget Tomorrow) - Pintip D... Seize Today (Forget Tomorrow) - Pintip Dunn
SEIZE TODAY (FORGET TOMORROW #3) BY PINTIP DUNN BLOG TOUR
 
– DIGITAL ASSETS Tour Date: October 9-27, 2017
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Seize Today (Forget Tomorrow #3) by Pintip Dunn
Publication Date: October 3, 2017
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Seventeen-year-old Olivia Dresden is a precognitive. Since different versions of people’s futures flicker before her eyes, she doesn’t have to believe in human decency. She can see the way for everyone to be their best self-if only they would make the right decisions. No one is more conflicted than her mother, and Olivia can only watch as Chairwoman Dresden chooses the dark, destructive course every time. Yet Olivia remains fiercely loyal to the woman her mother could be. But when the chairwoman captures Ryder Russell, the striking and strong-willed boy from the rebel Underground, Olivia sees a vision of her own imminent death…at Ryder’s hand. Despite her bleak fate, she rescues Ryder and flees with him, drawing her mother’s fury and sparking a romance as doomed as Olivia herself. As the full extent of Chairwoman Dresden’s gruesome plan is revealed, Olivia must find the courage to live in the present-and stop her mother before she destroys the world.
My Review
Definitely my favorite book out of the three, the first book was just okay to me, and the second book, I dnf the book, for some reason I just couldn't get into it. I am not sure why because I really loved the main characters from that book in this book, that I just finished. I really loved Olivia and Ryder both first as friends and then romantically. I really felt bad for her not having a loving relationship with her mother and not knowing whom her father was. I don't want to say much about Olivia's mother this way I don't give out spoilers, but I do have to say she's doing it for what she believes is the right reasons. Even if us the readers don't agree with what her reasons are. I really loved how this book ended and what happened with each pairings of the other two books. I thought the Author did right for each of these main characters. So I think I might go back sometime down the road to try to finish book 2, since I didn't last time, and hopefully I will be able to finish it then. I am so glad I was chosen to read and review this book for the book blog, it was a very fun and interesting read and a great finish to the Series. And I just have to say how much I loved Ryder, even though he does have trust issues, but he does have reasons to feel the way he does. And he was so cute most of the time with Olivia, even though he did have his moments of not trusting her. But if Olivia would have told him certain things, he wouldn't have had no reason to have those trust issues. So both parties were at fault. I would definitely recommend for people to read this series, because it's definitely interesting. Two other reasons you should read this is because of the two excerpts, I left below, especially the second excerpt, which is just too freaking cute!!!!
Excerpt 1:
Eleven years earlier… I pull the lever of the cage, switching the tunnel onto a different track, trying to confuse the mice. I know exactly how the future will play out, of course. I know which mice will fall down the trap and which ones will smack into the see-through glass wall. I know which mice will get hopelessly lost. I even know which ones will run the maze correctly on the very first try. I like watching them anyway. They wriggle over one another like worms, and their whiskers twitch when they're at a corner between two paths. But what I like most is how they come to me when I call. Picking up a mouse, I run my fingers over its soft fur and warm body. It looks at me with unblinking pink eyes, and I think it could be my friend. Of course, I can see which mice will come, so I know which ones to call. Rodents are predictable like that. Humans, not so much. They have too many wants, too many feelings. I don't see any one future for people. Rather, I see them all—every single pathway their futures might take, flickering before my eyes. So I have to guess which of my human classmates will want to play with me. Most of the time, I guess wrong. "Are you bothering my mice again?" a little boy's voice says. "Fates, Livvy. How many times do I have to tell you? Leave them alone!" Startled, I let go of the mouse and look up at Tanner Callahan, the other six-year-old who hangs around the scientists' labs. I'm here because my mom's the head of the Future Memory Agency, or FuMA, and he's here…I guess ’cause he has nowhere else to be. He's got black hair that pokes up in the back, and his skin sticks too closely to his bones. I thought this meant he wasn't eating enough, but MK, our child-minder, said that grief over his parents' deaths had burrowed holes through his resources. This makes me think of the mice digging through the straw, and my chest aches. I flash forward to his futures. He still has hundreds of branches remaining, but in most of them, one thing is the same: he will be sad and lonely until he kisses our classmate Jessa ten years in the future. I don't know why kissing should change anything. But I do know how it feels to be lonely and sad. We don't have to be like this. I could be his friend. I just have to figure out the right thing to say. "Jessa and I are going to rule the world one day." It can't hurt to bring up the girl he smushes lips with. Maybe if he thinks she and I are friends, he'll like me, too. "You know Jessa, right? The girl with the teardrop eyes? She's my best friend." Not true. I think Jessa only talks to me because she’s nice. But he doesn't have to know that. "Oh yeah? Well someday, I'm going to be the inventor of future memory," he shoots back. "And then we'll see who's more important." I bite my lip. That wasn't what I meant. I wasn't trying to brag or compare or compete. The futures containing our friendship begin to fall away, one by one. I guessed wrong once again.
Seize Today Pintip Dunn
Excerpt 2 "Are you sifting through my possible pathways?" he asks, his voice husky. I freeze. But if I'm a block of ice, his fingers do their job, tracing my lips again and again until I melt. "How…how do you know?" "Your eyes," he says. "They dilate when you're reaching into the future. I'm starting to learn when you're not here." I blink. Nobody's ever told me that before. "You…noticed?" I ask. "I notice everything about you," he says easily. "So, tell me. What did you see in our possible futures?" His voice is low and liquid, and it reaches inside me and caresses parts I didn't know existed. "What did I do? More importantly, what did you like?" Heat floods my face. "What, exactly, are we talking about?" "I don't know." His eyes gleam wickedly. "What do you think we're talking about?" "Future pathways," I snap. If I have to electro-whip my attention back on track, I'll do it, damn the Fates. "I see everything from me slapping you to…" I trail off, and my cheeks flame even hotter. Oh my. I can't possibly put into words the images flying through my head like a hailstorm. "Now I'm really intrigued." He moves his hand to my hair, tugging slightly. I feel the tension all the way to my toes. "Are you really not going to tell me? Because, you know, then I'll have to guess." "I'm not going to tell you," I whisper. His lips curve in a mischievous grin that makes me want to tuck him in my pocket and keep him forever. And then, while I'm still reeling from his cuteness, he leans in. I'm not ready. My mouth is partway open, and I'm in the middle of a breath. He kisses me anyway. I shut my mouth in a hurry. Lips, so soft. His back and shoulders, so hard. Holy Fates, that was his tongue. His tongue, slipping between my teeth. Sparks. So many sparks, igniting in the air around us. "How's this?" he whispers against my mouth. "Did you see this in our future?" I nod helplessly. He moves closer, scooping me up and shifting me on the mattress so that he can lie next to me. Our foreheads touch; so do our knees. "And this? Was this in some of our pathways?" I nod again, but that doesn't seem to satisfy him anymore. His eyes intent on mine, he catches my lower lip between his teeth. "Do you like it?" Do I like it? What kind of question is that? I've tasted every emotion in our world. I know the sorrow a mother feels when she clasps her deceased baby to her chest. I know the pride of a gold-star athlete when he stands on a podium and accepts North Amerie's highest honor. I know the rage that silences the heart of a murderer as he cuts short another's life. I even know kisses—hot, frenzied, passionate, fumbling, sweet, aching, innocent kisses. I've seen them all in other people’s futures, thousands of kisses, millions of kisses, as varied as the pathways themselves. And yet…and yet…I've felt nothing like kissing Ryder. Even the vision of this moment itself. So, yeah, I like it. It scares me how much I like it.
OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES
AUTHOR INFO:
 
Pintip Dunn is a New York Times bestselling author of YA fiction. She graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B. in English Literature and Language. She received her J.D. at Yale Law School, where she was an editor of the YALE LAW JOURNAL. Pintip's debut novel, FORGET TOMORROW, won the RWA RITA® for Best First Book. In addition, it is a finalist for the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire, the Japanese Sakura Medal, and the MASL Truman Award. THE DARKEST LIE was nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award. Her other books include REMEMBER YESTERDAY, the novella BEFORE TOMORROW, and GIRL ON THE VERGE. She lives with her husband and children in Maryland.
You can learn more about Pintip and her books at www.pintipdunn.com Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads 


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review 2017-10-13 20:54
great story, great characters
Don't Wake Up: The most gripping first chapter you will ever read! - Liz Lawler

Dr. Alex Taylor wakes up alone in an operating room, blinded by bright lights,  and strapped down to the operating table with her ankles  in stirrups. She was naked and only covered with drapes and her private parts were displayed. Alec doesn’t know how she got there or why. She sees a man in surgical attire with only his eyes showing. The Alec wakes up a second time in the hospital with her colleagues all around her. Alec had been found in the parking lot unconscious with a bump on the back  her head but that was all that was wrong with her. No one would believe what Alec had to say about the operating room and the man and the threats of hurting her with hints of rape and stapling her mouth shut.  Her family, friends and colleagues tell Alec she had not been naked in an operating room with a man asking her a question. No one stands by Alec not friends, colleagues, family or even Alec’s boyfriend. They all think she is having a breakdown. Alec wonders if she is losing her mind. Then a pregnant nurse is abducted, when she is found and brought to the hospital she is no longer pregnant and what she says before she dies makes Alec believe the man who torments her thoughts was the same man who took the nurse and caused her death. The police think Alec may be a serial killer. Alec finds out it wasn’t an accident for what had happened to her , someone was upset with Alec and wants her to pay. Even though Alec was released her ordeal isn’t over and her abductor is not finished with their work.

I really loved reading this book. It kept you at the end of your chair also it was unpredictable and I really liked that. It did make you wonder what was real and what wasn’t. It is a great psychological thriller. The ending comes very quick. . It had a great plot and pace. You do keep guessing while reading this. I really loved the ending. I don’t know why no one stood by Alec. She was suppose to be a respected doctor. I loved the characters and the twists and turns and I highly recommend.

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text 2017-10-04 00:21
A Different Kind of Hero

 

 

I thought it was time to develop a different kind of hero children can relate to. 

 

Too many existing heroes have a common background- an adult mourning the death of a relative. This horrific experience laid the path of the said person to become a superhero. Batman, Spiderman, and many others became heroes due to losing a relative from an act of crime.

 

I thought it would be hilarious to create a child who uses a malfunctioning gadget suit to protect his accident prone parents who were first responders. The defected gadgets is an addition to the humor. But Jeff is not a quitter. The themes of persistence and determination to attain goals is apparent. Right vs. Wrong. Good vs. Evil. All that are elements in this tight action-pack book with great illustrations by my brother Aaron Harris.

 

10 year-old Jeffrey Morgan is on a never-ending conquest to save his mother, a police officer, and his father, a firefighter from the acts of tyrants looking to compromise the quality of life in Springdale. Thus, Jeff's secret intervention makes him a protecter of the city too (Of course he eventually realizes that in the chapter-book).

 

Please check out "Jet Set Jeff: The Science Defender" on Amazon as a paperback and ebook at http://a.co/ipx06VE and http://a.co/53SJIc8 Subscribe to my FREE monthly newsletter about the history of comic strips, comic superheroes, and their creators at http://kforpartnership.wixsite.com/educ

 

You and the children won't be disappointed in the story of Jet Set Jeff: Science Defender.

 

My brother Aaron is fantastic. Check out his art gallery at http://Amiablecomics.wixsite.com/entertainment and at http://aarongharris.deviantart.com (parental advisory for some content)

 

 

 

 

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review 2017-09-22 03:30
For Book Tour Review that I am Involved with.
SUBMERGE BY TOBIE EASTON BLOG TOUR – DIGITAL ASSETS
Tour Date:
September 11-22, 2017
Link to Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33299927-submerge
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One (1) winner will receive a Kindle Fire
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Submerge (Mer Chronicles #2)
by Tobie Easton
Publication Date: September 12, 2017
Publisher: Month9Books
 
Now that Lia and Clay’s love has broken the Little Mermaid’s curse, everything has changed. Will Lia’s family remain on land, leading the only life she and her sisters have ever known, or will they move below the waves, to the sparkling new capital city? Lia is adamant about staying on land with Clay for her senior year. But at Melusine and her father’s trial, new revelations threaten what Lia holds most dear. The verdict will shake Lia’s whole world, calling into question her future with Clay, her feelings for Caspian, and the fate of all Merkind. As she wonders who to trust, Lia sets out on a treacherous path that will lead her away from her sheltered Malibu home to a remote and mysterious school for Mermaids—Mermaids who may hold the secret to ancient magic Lia can use to either get back all she’s lost or to embark on a thrilling and dangerous journey.
 
My Review
 
I liked this book but what I didn't like is that Lia and Clay weren't together a lot in this book. I really like those two together, but my favorite person in this book is Lia's best friend Caspian. I am wondering about him and another character, who I am not going to mention. I really feel bad for Clay in regards to something that happens to him in this book. Lia I do like her but she really does stupid stuff in this book. And you would think that she would learn to be more careful after what happened in the first book. Their is a different villain in this book and I didn't really care about what that individuals plot was. The ending was interesting and I can't wait to see if what this person wants, will come to be, and if so how it comes about. I am glad I took part in the book tour for this book. Thanks so much for all parties involved that let me take part in this book tour. I really can't wait to see what happens next!!!!!
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Tobie Easton was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, where she’s grown from a little girl who dreamed about magic to a twenty-something who writes about it. A summa cum laude graduate of the University of Southern California, Tobie hosts book clubs for tweens and teens. She and her very kissable husband enjoy traveling the globe and fostering packs of rescue puppies. Learn more about Tobie and her upcoming books on www.TobieEaston.com.
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