Oct 22, 2014

Building the Book Pile #111


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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?! 
How was your week ? Let me know in the comments.

Late is better than never right...? :/
ARG! Work sucks... there is so  much going on that by the time I return home I am so beat that I cannot even pick up a book. I just want to fall onto the couch and mindlessly watch TV - which is what I have been doing, well that and a lot of WOW -- but still lounging and not using brain power.

Since I fail at books and blogging... I really haven't been keeping up with anything :( 

But there are 2 giveaways still happening here - links below, plus a few blog tour-y giveaways as well - also linked for you.

Giveaways Going on Now!!

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GO ENTER!

 

Coming up on the Blog... 

    I have no clue - reading slump :(
    Hopefully the following this week-
    Review: The Hockey Saint by Howard Shapiro
    Release Day Blast: Puppet by Pauline Harris (I love this cover)


    Books Received this Week


    Physical Books

    How to Survive a Sharknado and Other Unnatural Disasters: Fight Back When Monsters and Mother Nature Attack


    How to Survive a Sharknado and other Unnatural Disasters by Andrew Shaffer- Got in my October LootCrate subscription box :)

    Links go to Goodreads and/or Publisher Site.

    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!

    Oct 16, 2014

    Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway! -- The Girl Who Came Back to Life by Craig Staufenberg

    Today is a Blog Tour Review and Giveaway for an adorable Middle Grade book. Hope you enjoy ! :)

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    The Girl Who Came Back to Life is a Middle Grade Fantasy (fable/fairytale).
     Check out the tour page for the full schedule.

    TheGirlWhoCameBackToLife_Cover_FrontOnlyThe Girl Who Came Back to Life by Craig Staufenberg


    About the Book
    When you die, your spirit wakes in the north, in the City of the Dead. There, you wander the cold until one of your living loved ones finds you, says "Goodbye," and Sends you to the next world. After her parents die, 12-year-old Sophie refuses to release their spirits. Instead, she resolves to travel to the City of the Dead to bring her mother and father’s spirits back home with her. Taking the long pilgrimage north with her gruff & distant grandmother—by train, by foot, by boat; over ruined mountains and plains and oceans—Sophie struggles to return what death stole from her. Yet the journey offers her many hard, unexpected lessons—what to hold on to, when to let go, and who she must truly bring back to life.
     

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    The Girl Who Came Back to Life was a very interesting and strange story. It follows a young girl who has just lost her parents and must travel North to see them off into the afterlife - but decides instead that she wants to bring them back to life. 
    The book jumps right in from their death and Sophie's attempts to make money and then the travels North; and it because it jumps right in there is not much time to learn about the character or even learn to feel for her as a reader. Give it a chance though. Once you get to about the halfway point you feel her mission take hold of you and want her to achieve and it is a wonderful story. The grandmother is horrible most of the time and that is saddening, but the people Sophie encounters along her journey are amazing and full of light in this almost depressing tale. 

    Sophie is strong, stubborn, and determined to reach her parents. Dealing with emotions that she has always suppressed Sophie learns a lot about herself on her journey North. Although as a reader we only see this through the transformations in Sophie as she travels - the tale is actually told as if by a narrator looking into her tale. It is a beautiful story. 
    The format itself is very easy to read; the chapters are short and there were a good amount of break-pages in between the chapters so its length is very short overall. I was surprised by this - the story if so deep yet the chapters leave a lot to the imagination. It was a very interesting read and I enjoyed it.
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    About the Author:
    Craig Staufenberg is a writer and filmmaker living in NYC. Website: craigstaufenberg.com



    3 signed copies of The Girl Who Came Back to Life by Craig Staufenberg (US)

    3 ebook copies of The Girl Who Came Back to Life (INT)

    Oct 14, 2014

    Spooktacular Giveaway Hop!


    WHAT'S UP FOR GRABS?? 

    Being in the Halloween mood, I am giving away a (once listened to) audiobook CD pack of Tales from Lovecraft Middle School by Charles Gilman. 
    It includes Book 1-3 of the series.

    Tales from Lovecraft Middle School #1, #2, and #3: #1: Professor Gargoyle, #2: The Slither Sisters, #3: Teacher's Pest

    ~The Nitty Gritty~
    Giveaway is open to US ONLY! (Sorry Int. Readers)
    Must be 18 or older or have a parent's permission to enter
    Enter using the Rafflecopter below.
    Winner will be emailed and have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.
    Giveaway Ends: October 31, 2014

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    Oct 13, 2014

    Blog Blitz: Guest Post w/ Giveaway! -- Zoe and the Demon Slayer by Neel Kay


    Eight facts about Worrock (the country in which Zoe + the Demon Slayer takes place. Well, for most part)

    1.   Worrock is actually in the same world as Bragimark and Niola from “The Witch of Luna Hill”-series. Worrock is the most southern of the three countries.
    2.   A snake is often depicted in Worrockan jewellery. It represents the Boncrup Snake that vowed to protect the country from outside intruders.
    3.   Worrock usually has a very mild climate, except for the rather harsh winters - but on the plus side: they are fairly short.
    4.   The original people of Worrock are the Kraquars of which Matis is one.
    5.   Worrock is also home of a Niolan line of witches called Isilins - they came to Worrock many years ago. Now, there is only one Isilin left in Worrock, though.
    6.   Worrock is a popular place to settle down, not least because of the mild climate and short winters, but also because it is known as a peaceful country – except of course when demons wander through an interdimensional portal that leads straight to Worrock.
    7.   The outer city of Eldgaard is inspired by houses and villages in 19th century Denmark, whereas the village of Neffe is mostly inspired by Viking houses.
    8.   If you ever did travel to Worrock, you’d probably think you had travelled about 8-900 years back in time. Or possibly that you’d lost your mind.


    About the Book

    Zoe and the Demon Slayer by Neel Kay
    Publication date: October 6th 2014
    Genres: Fantasy, New Adult
    Twenty-four year old book worm and blogger Zoe Graves was looking forward to the fourth and final instalment of her favourite book saga – The Augustin Chronicles. The evening was meant to be spent in line at the local bookstore with hundreds of other fans, getting the book, maybe even meeting the author, and ultimately spending the night with the dreamiest hero of them all, Lucien de Forest and the love of his life Noomi Augustin.

    But somewhere someone thought otherwise.
    Confused and hurt after a mugging by the bookstore, Zoe is somehow transported to another world, and suddenly finds herself in a snow-covered landscape witnessing a bloody fight far away from the English summer, and is left to rely on the help from the rather reluctant Matis, who just happen to be out to kill none other than Zoe’s favourite hero and heroine, Lucien and Noomi.
    Although convinced she might be in some sort of limbo or maybe even in a coma, Zoe figures that her role in the story is to prevent Matis from killing her all-time favourite fictional couple.
    http://www.amazon.com/Zoe-Demon-Slayer-Neel-Kay-ebook/dp/B00O6Z4LGY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1412868896&sr=8-1&keywords=Zoe+the+Demon+Slayer  B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/zoe-the-demon-slayer-neel-kay/1120495189?ean=2940046215069https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21526374-zoe-and-the-demon-slayer?ac=1
     Other Purchase Links:
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    A pair of book earrings 
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    About the Author
    Introvert, creative, awkward.

    Neel Kay lives with her husband and two kids in rural surroundings in the south of Denmark, not far from the German border. She’s a trained milliner, studied English at university, and now works a day job as a web editor. But she’s been writing always.

    Love coffee, scarves and sea views. Oh, and butt-kicking heroines who know how to swing a sword and aren’t afraid to get a little dirty.


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    Oct 12, 2014

    Building the Book Pile #110


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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?! 
    How was your week ? Let me know in the comments.

    I am writing this so late. It was a crazy busy weekend. I hope you all are having a wonderful Fall Season so far :)

    Giveaways Going on Now!!

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    GO ENTER!

     

    Coming up on the Blog... 

      Blitz: Guest Post and Giveaway --  Zoe and the Demon Slayer by Neel Kay
      Spooktacular Giveaway Hop
      Review: Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis
      Blog Tour: The Girl Who Came Back to Life 
       


      Books Received this Week

      The Swallow: A Ghost Story
      The Swallow: A Ghost Story by Charis Cotter - Won from Librarything Early Reviewers Program

      Links go to Goodreads and/or Publisher Site.

      Have you missed anything lately? 

       

       Random Review: Bend your Brain - Puzzle Book - 5 stars

      Recent Reads: The Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry (YA) - 2 stars 

      Trailer for Dehlilah Dusticle

       

        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!

      Oct 8, 2014

      Random Review: Bend Your Brain: 151 Puzzles, Tips, and Tricks to Blow (and Grow) Your Mind by Lindsay Gaskins

      Bend Your Brain: 151 Puzzles, Tips, and Tricks to Blow (and Grow) Your Mind
      Bend Your Brain: 151 Puzzles, Tips, and Tricks to Blow (and Grow) Your Mind by Lindsay Gaskins
      Publisher: Three Rivers Press
      Publication Date:  August 19, 2014



       

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

      Rating:




       



      Goodreads Synopsis: 
      Want to get your frontal cortex breaking a sweat? Make your blood pump to your cerebellum? Stretch your occipital lobe to its limits?

      Then you need to bend your brain! This first book from the team behind Marbles: The Brain Store, a chain devoted to building better brains, offers puzzles and brain teasers to help enhance memory, build problem-solving skills, and reduce stress.
              Since Marbles started helping people play their way to a healthier brain, they've sold, solved, and been stumped by more than their fair share of puzzles. Along the way, they've learned which puzzles tie people in knots (not in a good way) and which ones make the neurons downright giddy. With the help of their in-house team of BrainCoaches and access to cutting-edge neuroscience, they've designed these puzzles to keep your mind flexible and fit.
              Arranged in five key brain categories—visual perception, word skills, critical thinking, coordination, and memory—Bend Your Brain offers a variety of puzzles ranging from mind-warming (easy) to mind-blowing (hard!):

      ·  Connecting the dots? More like working your spatial-orientation skills.
      ·  Identifying famous smiles? Flexing your visual memory.
      ·  Taking a closer look at your keyboard? Coding, storing, and retrieving.
      ·  Word-doku? Summoning cognitive abilities like appraisal, inference, impulse control, and evaluation.
      ·  Word scrambles? Tapping your brain’s association areas.

      Your brain is your most important muscle, so let the brain-building begin!

       Review: 


      Bend Your Brain is a wonderfully fun book of puzzles designed to stretch your mind. It took me a while to write this review but not long to get through the book. The day I received it I brought it to bed with me and challenged my husband to help me solve some of the puzzles to see what the book was like – it became addicting and so much fun. We did the puzzles together and each of us had strengths and weaknesses with the different types of puzzles. The book is broken down into various types of puzzles but also different levels of brain power, so the mind busting and mind blowing levels were pretty extreme and often took a lot longer to complete.


      I really enjoyed the word games and I think my husband did better at the association puzzles. We both had the same issue with the book though – the progress was fast and the levels got really tough really quickly. We would have liked for more of the lower level ones to better prepare us for the rest of the levels.


      Overall I think this was a wonderful book. I love puzzles as it is and this was a wonderful way to spend an evening (or more). I think that if you are looking for a book to pass the time or a gift book, this would be a wonderful choice. There are puzzles for all types and levels so it is bound to appeal to most readers and puzzle-lovers.
       

      Oct 7, 2014

      Recent Reads: The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry

      The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place
      The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry
      Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
      Publication Date:  September 23, 2013



       

      Format: ebook
      Source:
      Netgalley and Macmillan Children's Publishing Group for review. Receiving this book in no way effects my opinion and review.

      Rating:



      Goodreads Synopsis: 
      There's a murderer on the loose—but that doesn't stop the girls of St. Etheldreda's from attempting to hide the death of their headmistress in this rollicking farce.

      The students of St. Etheldreda's School for Girls face a bothersome dilemma. Their irascible headmistress, Mrs. Plackett, and her surly brother, Mr. Godding, have been most inconveniently poisoned at Sunday dinner. Now the school will almost certainly be closed and the girls sent home—unless these seven very proper young ladies can hide the murders and convince their neighbors that nothing is wrong.

      The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place is a smart, hilarious Victorian romp, full of outrageous plot twists, mistaken identities, and mysterious happenings.

       
      Review: 
      First of all, I love this cover. It is beautiful and I think that is why I had such high hopes for this book. I know - don't judge a book by its cover - well I did, and now I am sad...

      I started reading The Scandalous Sisterhood in bed one night and got about 100 pages into it. I was interested in the girls and their background, scheming, the murder and what was to come in the pages of this beautiful book, but I could not get into it again after those first pages.

      I tried again with an audiobook version read by Jayne Entwistle and she was a wonderful reader. The voices of each girl were distinct and easy to identify with so many female characters and her English accent really added to the girls/ setting/ story. Sadly even after listening to it for an hour I wasn't as enthralled as I had hoped to be. 

      The writing style just made for an overall choppy sounds story. All of the  ---- said, then ---- said and back and forth between the girls started getting to me. I wanted more plot and faster. It just seemed to drag on.

      The original theme, the mockery of the death of the headmistress was wonderful and hilarious, but there was only so much of that I could take before I wanted more from the story.  I guess this absurdity was not for me.





       

      Oct 6, 2014

      Some Halloween Fun: Trailer for Delilah Dusticle's Transylvanian Adventure

      Today I would love to share the most adorable Trailer for a book that was just as wonderful -- 

      Delilah Dusticle's Transylvanian Adventure by A.J. York

      Just a bit of fun to get you ready for Halloween 


      What did you think? 

      Interested in the books? Here are some links --


      https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22008525-delilah-dusticle?ac=1


      https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22008519-delilah-dusticle-s-transylvanian-adventure?from_search=true

      Oct 5, 2014

      Building the Book Pile #109


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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?! 
      How was your week ? Let me know in the comments.

      It has been a few weeks since I have posted about my week. Work has been a bit stressful and while at home I am trying to relax a little more - playing video games, watching more TV... my new favorite show is Blacklist (I just started it so no spoilers!) but I love it. And since I have been a bit out of the blogging loop I have been being a bit slow about the reading as well. I have a few books I am trying to get through but nothing is feeling right.

      How was your week? Anything fun happen? Any good new books?  Have you entered my Something Wicked Strikes giveaway? -- You Should :)

      Next week I hope to have pictures of my Halloween decorations for ya. I love Halloween it is a wonderful time of year :D

      Giveaways Going on Now!!

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      Coming up on the Blog... 


        Nothing is scheduled to go up on the blog this week so I will try to finish a book or two to have some reviews up for you :) Maybe some Halloween goodies.


        Books Received these Past Weeks


        Physical Books

           

        The Wizard of Oz collection from Sweet Cherry Publishing for review consideration - this wonderful publishing company sent me this whole box set - 15 books, I am so excited and cannot wait to get started on them.
         
        The Diaries of Robin's Toys by Ken and Angie Lake from Sweet Cherry Publishing for review consideration -I also got this set of 10 books from Sweet Cherry.

        Tales from Lovecraft Middle School #1, #2, and #3: #1: Professor Gargoyle, #2: The Slither Sisters, #3: Teacher's Pest
        Tales from Lovecraft Middle School #1-3 by Charles Gilman (audiobook)- Won from Quirk Book from a Facebook Giveaway 
         
        Links go to Goodreads and/or Publisher Site.

        Have you missed anything lately? 

         

         September Re-Cap

        Something Wicked Strikes Giveaway

        Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway -- Blade Singer (YA)

        Early Reader Review: The Adventure of the Thimblewitch (Graphic Novel) 

        Recent Reads: Bad Magic (MG) 

        Bloggiesta End of the Line

         

          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!

        Oct 2, 2014

        Monthly Re-Cap: September 2014

        Hello Readers, Bloggers, and Awesome people! 

        Another month down, here's another wrap-up- complete with Goodreads and Review links. 

         

        Happy Fall! This is my favorite time of year - colored leaves, cider, pumpkins, Halloween, corn mazes!... so so much fun!

          A lot has happened on Cover2Cover in September, it was been a wonderful month!

        What did you read or listen to in September? 

        Link me up in the comments section! 

         

          ~~Events from September~~

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        ~~Books Read in September (+ Audiobooks Listened to in September)~~   


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