Sep 2, 2015

Paperback Release and Giveaway!: Who R U Really? by Margo Kelly

Celebrating the Paperback Release of WHO R U REALLY? – a Young Adult Thriller by Margo Kelly

Nearly a year has passed since WHO R U REALLY? by Margo Kelly came out in hardback, and now, Merit Press (the YA imprint of F+W Media) is publishing a paperback version of the young adult thriller! 

Its official release date is September 4, 2015, and to celebrate, we’re giving away FIVE signed paperback copies! For a chance to win one, simply follow the steps below in the Rafflecopter.

Here are a few of the exciting things that have happened since WHO R U REALLY? debuted as a hardback:

Won 1st Place in the YA Category for the Idaho Author Award

The Department of Homeland Security took notice:
DHS invited Margo to partner with the STOP. THINK. CONNECT. campaign, which is the global cyber security awareness campaign to help people stay safer and more secure online.

Librarians have applauded the story:
“This book is sure to spark a dialogue between parents and teens as well as tell an appealing cautionary tale to a younger audience and would be a good addition to any middle school, high school, or public library.” The Idaho Librarian

“With all the different trending social media out there, this book is intriguing because the story centers around a naive yet strong-willed girl who falls into the trap of an internet predator. … You will definitely want to read this book to find out what happens!” The Dallas Public Library

Industry experts have had positive things to say:
"This tense thriller offers useful lessons." --The Horn Book Guide

"Based on actual events, the story should be required reading for all teens." --VOYA Magazine

"Kelly shows us just how terrifying, dangerous and unknown the world of online gaming can be--especially for a young teen.... The book is well-written and the story believable and engaging...I strongly recommend this book." --The Idaho Statesman

Description of WHO R U REALLY?:
When Thea discovers a new role-playing game online, she falls under the spell of Kit, an older boy whose smarts and savvy can’t defeat his loneliness and near-suicidal despair. As Kit draws soft-hearted Thea into his drama, she creates a full plate of cover stories for her parents and then even her friends. Ripped from a true-life story, Who R U Really? will scare you as Thea’s life spins out of her control.

Here are a few places you can buy a copy of WHO R U REALLY?:
Barnes & Noble  

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About the Author:

Margo Kelly is a native of the Northwest and currently resides in Idaho. A veteran public speaker, Margo is now actively pursuing her love of writing. Who R U Really? is her debut novel, published by Merit Press. The Department of Homeland Security has partnered with Margo to promote online safety. Margo welcomes opportunities to speak to youth groups, library groups, and book clubs. For more information, visit her website:

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Sep 1, 2015

Monthly Re-Cap: August 2015

Hello Readers, Bloggers, and Awesome people! 

Wow just wow - Summer flew by! and that is CRAZY!

August was a fun and interesting month for me - I 'ran' a 5K (mostly I walked) but it was the Insane Inflatable 5K so there were bouncy obstacles to get through too and it was a BLAST! Even if you are horribly out of shape (like me) you should sign up and do one, bring friends and laugh hysterically at yourself...

I painted a mountain mural in our spare bedroom and FINALLY got it all set for people to stay in there and not get dizzy over the crazy floral wallpaper that WAS in there. 

And I kicked butt on my summer reading :)

How was your August? Do anything fun?

What did you read or listen to in August? 

Link me up in the comments section! 


     ~~Books Read in August ~~     

Terrible Typhoid Mary: A True Story of the Deadliest Cook in America Con Academy Mechanica Desmond Pucket Makes Monster Magic  The Looney Experiment Max the Brave Golden  Tom Thorneval: Dream Merchant Extraordinaire  Stay! A Top Dog Story  Every Last Word  The Banished Craft (Shkode, #1)  The Princess Diaries (The Princess Diaries, #1)  Batman: The Dark Knight Returns

~~Links to Reviews ~~

Aug 30, 2015

Building the Book Pile #151

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

Hello Readers, Bloggers, and Awesome people! 

HELLO Lovlies! I hope you had a great week, mine was very productive :) I read a few books and wrote reviews for them (all already posted - because I have no self control with timing). I finished painting the trim in the spare room and it is pretty much ready for guests coming to visit for Labor Day weekend :)... and well really that is about it, but all great things to get done! Yay! How about you? Do anything fulfilling this week?

What's Happening?! 
How was your week ? Let me know in the comments.

  Giveaways Going on This Week!

Woohoo! Finally Some Giveaways!


Coming up on the Blog...

Early Reader Review: Hoodoo by Ronald L. Smith (MG)
Monthly Re-Cap: August 2015
GIVEAWAY! Paperback Release of Who R U Really? by Margo Kelly (MG/YA)
Early Reader Review: Max the Brave by Ed Vere (Youth)


Books Received this Week

Library Books 

A few of these are to finish out my Library's Summer Challenge :)

  The Inheritance    Batman: The Dark Knight Returns   Princess in the Spotlight (The Princess Diaries, #2)

Garden Spells (Waverley Family, #1)


The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss  Wicked Luck  Stay! A Top Dog Story

 The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss by Max Wirestone from Netgalley and Redhook in exchange for review.

Wicked Luck (Wicked Luck #1) by Shannon Maynard - Free for Kindle on Amazon (when I got it) - this cover makes me swoon :D

 Stay! A Top Dog Story by Alex Latimer from Netgalley and Peachtree Publishing in exchange for a review - already reviewed, see below 


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!

                      Aug 29, 2015

                      ARC August #5 Weekend Re-Cap

                      arc august 
                      ARC August Weekend #5 (The Last Weekend):
                      Saturday Preview and Re-cap

                      Happy August!

                      It is finally time for me to get things rolling with ARC August and I couldn't be more excited to do it. I have 6 books that were in my goals list and so many more from Publishers that I would love to get to!

                      In these last few days I hope to start and finish...

                        Sacrificed by Emily Wibberley

                      Sacrificed (The Last Oracle, #1)   

                      I finished a few shorter books this week and a few for Blog Tours so there wasn't a lot of ARC August progress, but ARCs were read that weren't on the list. Which is fine.

                      The Banished Craft (Shkode, #1)Stay! A Top Dog Story

                      Every Last Word

                           Reviews are up! Go check them out :)
                      Every Last Word
                      The Banished Craft

                      Aug 27, 2015

                      Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway! - The Banished Craft by EDE Bell

                      Welcome to my tour stop for The Banished Craft by E.D.E. Bell!  The tour runs August 18 - September 1 with reviews, interviews, guest posts, excerpts and giveaways.  The Banished Craft is a fantasy novel and is written for adults but is appropriate for mature young adult readers.   This is the first book of the Shkode series and releases on September 1, 2015.

                      The Banished Craft is a genre-bending fantasy saga that follows the adventures of Cor, a woman caught in a dying world that does not accept her, and Atesh, a dragon scientist who's been asked to violate his own ethics or put the lives of his family at risk. Follow their trials as they deal with a shattered world, mired in political upheaval, while they try to rediscover a lost magic. The Banished Craft begins the Shkode trilogy: a quirky and modern take on dragons and wizards, exploring themes of identity, prejudice, violence, compassion, and the ways we are all connected.

            "A wonderfully delightful and deeply imaginative tale of struggle and the quest for knowledge, set in a well-developed and complex high fantasy setting."
                      --G. S. Jennsen, author of Science-Fiction saga Aurora Rhapsody

                      "I love Bell's sensitive and insightful exploration of compassion, connection, and relationships. The Banished Craft provides layers of thought-provoking ideas as well as good old-fashioned escapism."
                      --Colleen Patrick- Goudreau, bestselling author of The 30-Day Vegan Challenge

                      I was lucky enough to come upon this book through Candace’s Book Tours and am so happy I decided I wanted to take part in its review tour. This book is a layered masterpiece of epic fantasy that focuses on two worlds that are ending. The book follows a cast of character in these worlds as they try to come to terms with various political, emotional, and societal concerns while experiencing major world changing events like earthquakes and places just disappearing entirely.

                      Upon reading the synopsis it seems like you will be following Cor and Atesh, but in reality there is a huge cast in this book and each point of view is just as interesting as the last as the author builds this grand complex world and society. Cor is a human that is a victim or gender inequality and racial prejudice living in one world, while Atesh is a dragon scientist forced to work for the violent, vindictive dragoness emperor of his world. I found the political upheavals of both story lines multifaceted and their issues realistic though set in a fantasy world.

                      As for the other characters, we have the privilege of understanding the views of theses individuals in the human world: King’s wife, people of the Sea region, people in the Cave region, and people of the Marshlands. In the dragon world, there is a general, the emperor, some neighbors, and some art kids. It all seems kind of mish-mashed but it worked REALLY well.

                      I was partial to the dragon world – I found it faster paced than the human interactions and complications. (and dragons are cooler anyway, right?! YES!) I found myself speed reading through the human realm to get back to the dragon realm sooner and often you would get more about the humans than the dragons in a row, but most of the time they alternated.

                      Overall, this was an epic book, as it was supposed to be. I really adored the world building – it was SO good and the book brings up a lot of hardships society faces and I think that this could have a lot of feels for most readers. I know that I had them.

                      About the Author
                      Author E.D.E. Bell is a graduate of the University of Michigan with an MSE in Electrical Engineering, and works as an advisor in technical intelligence. A vegan and enthusiastic ignorer of gender rules, she feels strongly about issues related to human equality and animal compassion. Married with three children, she decided to pursue her dream of writing and is excited to share that vision with fans of epic fantasy. 

                      Website | Facebook | Twitter @edebellauthor | Pinterest | Instagram |  Wattpad

                      Bell will be releasing her first Wattpad story on 1 Sept to coincide with the release of The Banished Craft.

                      $25 Amazon Gift Card (INT)
                      Ends Sept. 9th
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                      This event was organized by CBB Book Promotions.

                      Aug 26, 2015

                      Recent Reads: Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

                      Every Last Word
                      Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone
                      Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
                      Publication Date: June 16, 2015 


                      Format: ebook
                      Source: Netgalley and Disney-Hyperion in exchange for an honest review. Receiving the book in no way alters my opinion or review.



                      Goodreads Synopsis: 
                      If you could read my mind, you wouldn't be smiling.

                      Samantha McAllister looks just like the rest of the popular girls in her junior class. But hidden beneath the straightened hair and expertly applied makeup is a secret that her friends would never understand: Sam has Purely-Obsessional OCD and is consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can't turn off.

                      Second-guessing every move, thought, and word makes daily life a struggle, and it doesn't help that her lifelong friends will turn toxic at the first sign of a wrong outfit, wrong lunch, or wrong crush. Yet Sam knows she'd be truly crazy to leave the protection of the most popular girls in school. So when Sam meets Caroline, she has to keep her new friend with a refreshing sense of humor and no style a secret, right up there with Sam's weekly visits to her psychiatrist.

                      Caroline introduces Sam to Poet's Corner, a hidden room and a tight-knit group of misfits who have been ignored by the school at large. Sam is drawn to them immediately, especially a guitar-playing guy with a talent for verse, and starts to discover a whole new side of herself. Slowly, she begins to feel more "normal" than she ever has as part of the popular crowd . . . until she finds a new reason to question her sanity and all she holds dear.
                      So Many Feels for this book... I am not even sure where to begin. So far every book I have read by Tamara Ireland Stone has been great. I enjoy her characters and their lives and they are relatable, but I think Sam takes the cake in this area. She is by far the most realistic of characters I have read in a long time and it isn't just because of the OCD, that is a big factor but her troubles and worries are that of a teenage girl in high school and I really appreciate that. 

                      This book was so much deeper than I ever expected and while maybe not the most realistic portrayal of OCD in a person it was still VERY well done. As a reader who suffers from anxiety issues, a lot of this was an approachable take on mental illness (esp. for younger readers).

                      The story follows Sam as she is learning how to handle herself and her life in high school. It is not how she wants it to be and her 'friends' aren't the greatest group, especially because she feels she cannot tell them about her illness. Sam goes out of her way to find something better and happens upon the Poet's Corner, a way to break out of her 'normal' surroundings and people and be herself in front of others. In doing this she finds her true voice, friendship, herself through the 'crazy', and even a partner.

                      The book made me think about what it means to be different, about bullying, about mental illness, about friends, and about emotions. It was a lot of feels in one place and the last 6 chapters had me in tears, and not because it was sad - but because it was an elegant ending to an emotional roller coaster. I would recommend this book to everyone.