Sep 15, 2014

Building the Book Pile #107


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Welcome to Building the Book Pile!  A Weekly meme inspired by Stacking the Shelves

Hello Readers, Bloggers, and Awesome people! 

What's Happening?! 
AH! I am a day late with my bookpile post... well darn it. Anywho, things have been a little all over the place. I am getting books read and that is great. I am also in the process of painting my kitchen/ having my husband redo the horrible drop ceiling and make it look better; un-wallpapering the spare room, and refinishing a desk that I got for free -- (yay free!).

So overall super busy but having a wonderful time :)
 
How was your week ? Let me know in the comments.



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Coming up on the Blog... 

Bloggiesta is at the end of the week. I will have a Mini Challenge up on Wednesday and then posts for the end of the week for progress.


    Early Reader Review: Bad Magic by Pseudonymous Bosch (MG) 

    Recent Reads: Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein (MG)


    Books Received this Past Week
    Ebooks

    The Hockey Saint
     

    Maggie Eats Healthier by Paul Kramer from the Author for Review Consideration (MG)
    The Hockey Saint by Howard Shapiro from the Author for Review Consideration (Graphic Novel)

    Physical Books

    The Clockwork Scarab (Stoker & Holmes, #1)  Bend Your Brain: 151 Puzzles, Tips, and Tricks to Blow (and Grow) Your Mind

    The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason from Librarything Early Reviewers Program
    Bend Your Brain: 151 Puzzles, Tips, and Tricks to Blow (and Grow) Tour Mind by Lindsey Gaskins for Review from Blogging for Books Program - I am so excited for this it looks like so much fun.

     

    Have you missed anything lately?



            Comment and leave me a link to your Round-up/ STS/ Weekly...anything post and I will happily stop by and say hello!

           Happy Reading!

          Early Reader Review: Miss Fatty's Revenge by Meg Welsh Dendler

          Miss Fatty Cat's Revenge (Cats in the Mirror #3)
          Miss Fatty's Revenge by Meg Welsh Dendler
          Series: Cats in the Mirror #3
          Publisher: Serenity Mountain Publishing
          Publication Date:  September 12, 2014



           

          Format: ebook
          Source:Author in exchange for an honest review. Receiving this book in no way effects my opinion or review of the book.


          Rating:


          Goodreads Synopsis: 
          Book 3 in the Cats in the Mirror series.

          Jealousy is a festering emotion, and Miss Fatty Cat was wallowing in it. Boiling over with envy of the pampered and privileged life she thought Kimba and Hiro enjoyed—both on Earth and as members of the space-traveling cat royal family—Miss Fatty Cat enters into a partnership with the rebel group who opposes the monarchy. All of their treacherous plans fall apart when the family unexpectedly moves to Arkansas, but Miss Fatty Cat discovers that this is the perfect opportunity to help orchestrate a kidnapping of Kimba and Hiro while they are cut off from the protection of the Cats in the Mirror. If the sisters are stolen away, how will their human or alien cat families ever find them again?


          Some cats are born on Earth and
          never know who they really are.
          Others are sent.
          They are undercover
          for their years on Earth.
          They know who they are.
          They know that they are not
          from Earth at all.
          And they are part of a bigger plan.
          Miss Fatty's Revenge is the third Cats in the Mirror book and the cats and family have moved and it is making things very difficult for all parties involved. Miss Fatty Cat can't connect with her Mirror colleagues, the kittens can't connect with them either and are afraid of being abducted by rebel cats, and the Mirror cats are worried about the kittens safety.

          In this book, Miss Fatty Cat is tired of dealing with the kittens, Kimba and Hiro. They get all the attention and this house and family was supposed to be hers to enjoy on Earth and they are ruining all of her fun.

          This was another fun book in the series. I found this one to be a lot more action packed than the previous installments, but still great.  There was a lot of conflict that the kittens had to deal with and the scheming was clever and suspenseful.

          As always, Dendler did a wonderful job making the cats very cat-like as well as characters in this grand story. I really like the mix of the sci-fi genre with a cast of cats - it makes for an interesting and playful plot every time.


           

          Sep 14, 2014

          Bloggiesta 2014: To Do List

           Bloggiesta

          "The idea behind Bloggiesta is to spend four days working on perfecting your blog and connecting with other bloggers who are doing the same thing. Spread the word and get all your friends to come and fiesta with us!"
          YAY it is another Bloggiesta!!!

          So for my list I would like to:
          • Back up the blog
          • Prep some reviews
          • Update my TBR sheet
          • Clean up my inbox
          • Update my "Reviews by Author" Tab
          • Participate in a Twitter Party
            • Here are the deets (#bloggiesta @bloggiesta):
              • Blogging and Life (Time Management): Thursday September 18 @ 2 p.m. Eastern
              • All Your Blogging Problems Solved: Friday September 19 @  6 p.m. Eastern
              • Book Blogging Basics: Saturday September 20 @ 11 a.m. Eastern
              • End of Event Wrap Up: Sunday September 21 @ 1 p.m. Eastern
          • Do some mini challenges
          • Visit as many Bloggiesta blogs as possible to cheer people on :)
          If I think of anything else, I will add as I go and strike trough as I complete tasks. I am also hosting a Mini Challenge during the week so make sure to stop back.

          Sep 13, 2014

          Cover Reveal: The Soul Thief by Majanka Verstraete

          Today's cover is for The Soul Thief by Majanka Vestraete. It is very pretty. I hope you like it.
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          the soul thief - front cover


          What do you think? I think it is beautiful but looks like it is a romance for an older audience. The girl on the cover looks older and even a little like a pin-up model... or am I just crazy? Tell me what you think in the comments!

          About the Book
          The Soul Thief by Majanka Verstraete
          Expected Release: November 11, 2014
          Publisher: Booktrope
          Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal


          Synopsis: 
          When Riley is injured in a car crash and sees a girl stealing a boy’s soul, she’s convinced she’s hallucinating. But when she sees the same girl at the hospital later, she knows she wasn’t dreaming. That’s when Riley learns her secret heritage and who she really is: a halfling Angel of Death. Riley must come to terms with her new reality and supernatural abilities, but before she can do this, girls her age start dying in mysterious circumstances. It’s up to Riley to figure out why, what the innocent victims have in common, and what she can do to stop them. 


          The Soul Thief - full cover majanka 


          About the Author 


          Majanka Verstraete begged her Mom to teach her how to read while she was still in kindergarten. By the time she finished fifth grade, she had read through the entire children’s section of her hometown library. She wrote her first story when she was seven years old, and hasn’t stopped writing since. With an imagination that never sleeps, and hundreds of possible book characters screaming for her attention, writing is more than a passion for her. She writes about all things supernatural for children of all ages. She’s tried to write contemporary novels before, but something paranormal always manages to crawl in. Majanka is currently studying for her Master of Laws degree, and hopes one day to be able to combine her passions for law and writing. When she’s not writing, reading or studying, she likes watching “The Vampire Diaries” and “Game of Thrones,” spending time with her friends, or playing “World of Warcraft.” http://majankaverstraete.com

          Sep 11, 2014

          Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway!! -- Rose and the Magician's Mask by Holly Webb

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          Rose and the Magician's Mask by Holly Webb
          Series: Rose #3
          Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
          Publication Date:  September 2, 2014

          Ages: 9 and up 


           

          Format: Paperback
          Source: Sourcebooks Inc. in exchange for an honest review. Receiving this book in no way effects my review opinion of the book.


          Rating:





           


          Goodreads Synopsis: 
          Rose is now a fully fledged magician's apprentice-will her new magic be enough to find the dangerous magician's mask?

          When a precious mask of unimaginable power is stolen from the royal palace, Rose suspects that dark magicians are at work and that danger looms. The race to stop the evil thieves will take Rose to the mysterious city of Venice, where nothing is quite what it seems. Can Rose use her magic to find the terrible mask before its true powers are revealed?



            I love the Rose series. I think they are adorable and fun to read and the plots are both fun and suspenseful all at the same time. In this book, the third of the series, Rose must travel to Venice to help the king track down a missing mask, which may be in the hands of an already powerful magician.

          Rose is a wonderful character to follow, she grows more and more in every book and I really enjoyed her growth in this book - coming to terms with who/what she is, a magician as well as a servant. I grew to really like other characters as well, who are beginning to see Rose as more than a servant and I am happy for that development. 

          The plot in this book is drawn out, there is a lot of build up and then all of a sudden at the very end all of the big stuff happens. While that is great and many things were resolved, I kinda of dislike books that do that. When a book ends so abruptly I feel like I missed something or that the author all of a sudden thought 'oh no, to many pages' or something. 

          Overall, I think this book is the perfect length for a young audience and there is enough throughout it to keep them engaged, but most of that is character growth and I think that many younger readers are looking for the exciting plots and resolutions...then again maybe I am wrong. Either way this was a wonderful book and I really do love the series as a whole so far.




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          Must be 13 with parent permission or older.
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          Sep 10, 2014

          Recent Reads: Vacation Hiro by Meg Welsh Dendler

          Vacation Hiro (Cats in the Mirror, #2)Vacation Hiro by Meg Welsh Dendler
          Series: Cats in the Mirror #2
          Publisher: Serenity Mountain Publishing
          Publication Date:  Nov. 10, 2013



           

          Format: ebook
          Source: Freebie for Kindle (a while back)


          Rating:




          Goodreads Synopsis:  

          This is the second book in the Cats in the Mirror series.

          Destiny is a tricky thing. By its very nature, it cannot be avoided. Hiro and Kimba thought they were free from the pull of their destiny and the scheming of the alien Cats in the Mirror. But when the family goes away on an extended vacation, the sisters find themselves right back in the middle of it all again. A week is an eternity for a cat left behind. Without Daddy's love and care, will Hiro be tempted to join her cat family and leave Earth behind? Will finding out who they really are change the sisters' lives forever?

          Some cats are born on Earth and never know who they really are. Other are sent. They are undercover for their years on Earth. They know who they are. They know that they are not from Earth at all. And they are part of a bigger plan.

          This middle grade book is perfect for for those who love cat books for kids or animal books for kids and are looking for chapter books.


           The Cats in the Mirror series is a very cute series about cats. I read the first book a while back and then during a freebie promotion on amazon picked up the second book, sadly this sat on my kindle until the author contacted me to review the third book in the series and I am sad that I waited so long to read it.

          Vacation Hiro is about one of two kittens, book one really focused on Kimba while this book is about Hiro. Hiro is the shyer of the two kittens and loves her 'daddy', her human companion. In the book Hiro talks to the cat in the mirror and learns more about her and her sisters background. 

          The book is very cute. I love reading about the cats and the author did a wonderful job making the cats seem like cats as well as characters in this wonderful book and world. The cat characters outside of the house, or alien cats, are very interesting and the plot kept me engaged and even made me giggle at times. The author also includes pictures throughout of her real life cats who are the stars of the book - they are adorable.

          I can't wait to read book 3.




           

          Sep 9, 2014

          Recent Reads: Booger Bob by Paul Kramer

          Booger Bob
          Booger Bob by Paul Kramer
          Publisher: Aloha Publishers
          Publication Date:  October 16, 2010



           

          Format: ebook
          Source:From the Author in exchange for an honest review. This in no effects my review or opinion of the book.



          Rating:




           


          Goodreads Synopsis: 
          Bob the Booger - A story that is an extremely funny representation of what people do with what comes out of their noses and how they dispose of it. Although the subject matter could be considered gross by many, there is a lesson to be learned after the laughter stops.
           Review:  
          Just to start out, Paul Kramer has a lot of books that discuss important topics with kids in a lighthearted manner. Titles include "Divorce Stinks!" "Bullies Beware" and "Maggie Eats Healthier". I was able to choose one of his books and decided upon "Booger Bob" based on the cover image, looks interesting, right?

          "Booger Bob" is a short, rhyming book about personal hygiene - in this case picking your nose. It is geared toward youth readers, as it is supposed to teach them that picking your nose in public is gross. I think that this book would be funny for kids to read. Thinking about how my little brothers would react to it, I can almost guarantee that they would be cracking up with laughter and trying to pick their noses in front of whomever was reading the book to them - so I am not sure if the book would have the desired affect on them (or most your boys ...but it may).

          While I found the book to be witty and an interesting way to bring up nose-picking to kids; I found it to be almost too joking about the topic and in the end the overall take is to pick ones nose in private where no one can see you ... I am not sure that is something that I want my brothers to do either - if a tissue is readily available and it will do the trick, why would you pick your nose... just sayin'

          More of Paul Kramer's books can be found at Aloha Publishers.
          New Titles Coming Soon...


           

          Sep 8, 2014

          Giveaway! $229 or a Kindle Fire!


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           It’s time for September’s $229 Kindle Giveaway Hosted by I Am A Reader. We are giving away 2 great prizes both valued at $229. Winner’s choice of a Kindle Fire HDX or $229 Amazon Gift Card or $229 Paypal Cash!   The first prize is available via the rafflecopter below. The 2nd is available only to those share this giveaway. You can find info on how to enter the 2nd giveaway in the rafflecopter.   

          Win a Kindle Fire HDX 7", Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash ($229 value)
          The winner will have the option of receiving a 7" Kindle Fire HDX (US Only - $229 Value).
           

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           1 winner will receive their choice of an all new Kindle Fire 7" HDX (US Only - $229 value), $229 Amazon Gift Card or $229 in Paypal Cash (International). Ends 9/30/14 Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. 

          No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the participating authors & bloggers. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.   a Rafflecopter giveaway



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          Sep 7, 2014

          Building the Book Pile #106


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          Welcome to Building the Book Pile!  A Weekly meme inspired by Stacking the Shelves

          Hello Readers, Bloggers, and Awesome people! 

          What's Happening?! 
          Work has been pretty busy lately, but I have been reading which is nice. Now that our patio is finished we have moved on to the next house project - the kitchen. We are re-painting, redoing the ceiling (replacing a drop-ceiling with something nicer- still a variation on the drop-ceiling tho :/), adding new lighting, and maybe...maybe painting the cabinets but we will see how the rest of the projects go.

          I have a lot of fun stuff coming up on the blog this fall - Bloggiesta Mini Challenge and Halloween giveaways :)  So make sure to keep in touch 
           
          How was your week ? Let me know in the comments.



          Giveaways Going on Now!!
          Fetch Blog Tour  http://cover2coverblog.blogspot.com/2014/08/blast-w-giveaway-twisted-dark-by-neil.html

           

          Coming up on the Blog... 

          Giveaway: Kindle or Case (Hosted by I am a Reader)

          Recent Reads: Vacation Hiro (Cats in the Mirror #2) by Meg Welsh Dendler

          Blog Tour: Rose and the Magician's Mask (Rose #3) by Holly Webb

          Early Reader Review: Miss Fatty's Revenge (Cats in the Mirror #3) by Meg Welsh Dendler

            Cover Reveal: The Soul Thief by Majanka Verstraete (YA)


              Comment and leave me a link to your Round-up/ STS/ Weekly...anything post and I will happily stop by and say hello!

             Happy Reading!

            Sep 5, 2014

            Random Review: Fire and Smoke by Chris Lilly


            Fire and Smoke: A Pitmaster's SecretsFire and Smoke: A Pitmaster's Secrets by Chris Lilly
            Publisher: Clarkson Potter
            Publication Date:  April 22, 2014



             

            Format: Paperback
            Source: Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review. Receiving this book in no way effects my opinion or review of the book.


            Rating: 






            Goodreads Synopsis: 

            Grill like a pro with the expert recipes and tips in Fire and Smoke. 
             World champion pitmaster Chris Lilly combines the speed of grilling with the smoky flavors of low-and-slow barbecue for great meals any night of the week, no fancy equipment required. Cook trout in a cast-iron skillet nestled right in smoldering coals for a crispy yet tender and flaky finish. Roast chicken halves in a pan on a hot grill, charring the skin while capturing every bit of delicious juice. Infuse delicious smoke flavors into fruits and vegetables, even cocktails and desserts. Fire and Smoke gives you 100 great reasons to fire up your grill or smoker tonight.


             Review: 
            We learned so much from this book and the most important thing my husband took from it is that our propane grill is great for just that – grilling…but useless when it comes to good barbeque. I loved the wonderful pictures and explanations throughout the book, and the recipes where pretty easy to follow. I think this is a great addition to anyone’s cookbook collection especially if you like to grill/smoke foods.

            The beginning of the book is a breakdown of the differences between grilling and smoking foods and the various types of apparatuses to do so. It made my husband want to spend all the money, to which I said no, but be aware – dreams of grandeur do occur when you start getting into this book. The possibilities sound wonderful and the foods look beautiful in the book.

            I really loved the drinks that are included in the recipes as well; I have never thought to add grilled components to drinks up to this point. It was a very interesting twist to normal things.


            I think this book would be a wonderful addition for all cooks and grilling lovers regardless of how long they have been cooking.