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Book Haul!! ARCs from Penguin Random House!! :)

I have recently received some advanced reader copies from Penguin Random House and I just wanted to share them with you!! Get ready! Prepare yourself! They all seem super amazing!!

The books I recieved from Penguin Random House are:

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Warren the 13th and The All-Seeing Eye By Tania del Rio and Will Staehle

Meet Warren the 13th, a cursed 12-year-old Victorian bellhop who’s terribly unlucky . . . yet perpetually optimistic, hard-working, and curious. Orphan Warren’s pride and joy is his family’s hotel, but he’s been miserable ever since his evil Aunt Anaconda took over the management. Anaconda believes a mysterious treasure known as the All-Seeing Eye is hidden somewhere on the grounds, and she’ll do anything to find it. If Warren wants to preserve his family’s legacy, he’ll need to find the treasure first—if the hotel’s many strange and wacky guests don’t beat him to it! This middle-grade adventure features gorgeous two-color illustrations on every page and a lavish two-column Victorian design that will pull young readers into a spooky and delightful mystery.

The anticipate publish date is November 24th, 2015!

This story looks so interesting!! It promises witches, secret codes, monsters, mazes, and other sinister material! I can’t wait to meet the cast of characters in this for sure fun read 🙂


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These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly

Set in gilded age New York, These Shallow Graves follows the story of Josephine Montfort, an American aristocrat. Jo lives a life of old-money ease. Not much is expected of her other than to look good and marry well. But when her father dies due to an accidental gunshot, the gilding on Jo’s world starts to tarnish. With the help of a handsome and brash reporter, and a young medical student who moonlights in the city morgue, Jo uncovers the truth behind her father’s death and learns that if you’re going to bury the past, you’d better bury it deep.

The anticipated publish date for this book is October 27th 2015.

This adult literature historical thriller sounds like it will be likely to keep me up at night! This crime novel is said to include death, violence, secrets, revenge and romance! This story also deals with the double standards between the sexes. What would you give up to follow your heart? I can’t wait to read this dark, haunting and inevitably memorable book!


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The Last Kids on Earth by Max Brallier and Doug Holgate

The Simpsons meets  The Walking Dead in this hilarious post-apocalyptic graphic novel for middle-grade readers. 

Ever since the monster apocalypse hit town, average thirteen year old Jack Sullivan has been living in his tree house, which he’s armed to the teeth with catapults and a moat, not to mention video games and an endless supply of Oreos and Mountain Dew scavenged from abandoned stores. But Jack alone is no match for the hoards of Zombies and Winged Wretches and Vine Thingies, and especially not for the eerily intelligent monster known only as Blarg. So Jack builds a team: his dorky best friend, Quint; the reformed middle school bully, Dirk; Jack’s loyal pet monster, Rover; and Jack’s crush, June. With their help, Jack is going to slay Blarg, achieve the ultimate Feat of Apocalyptic Success, and be average no longer! Can he do it? 

Told in a mixture of text and black-and-white illustration, this is the perfect book for any kid who’s ever dreamed of starring in his or her own comic book or video game. And stay tuned for the sequel, coming in Summer 2016!

The anticipated publish date is October 13th 2015!

With all of the hype of Zombies and apocalypse, and with the growing popularity of graphic novels, this middle grade story is sure to please!! I also suspect that anyone who enjoys video games and super heroes will enjoy this book. It’s just a feeling I have.


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The Devil and Winnie Flynn by Micol Ostow and David Ostow

Winnie Flynn doesn’t believe in ghosts. (Though she wouldn’t mind a visit from her mom, explaining why she took her own life.) When her mysterious aunt Maggie, a high-profile TV producer, recruits Winnie to spend a summer working as a production assistant on her current reality hit, Fantastic, Fearsome, she suddenly finds herself in the one place her mother would never go: New Jersey.

New Jersey’s famous Devil makes perfect fodder for Maggie’s show. But as the filming progresses, Winnie sees and hears things that make her think that the Devil might not be totally fake after all. Things that involve her and her family. Things about her mother’s death that might explain why she’s never met Aunt Maggie until now.

Winnie soon discovers her family’s history is deeply entwined with the Devil’s. If she’s going to make it out of the Pine Barrens alive, she might have to start believing in what her aunt is telling her. And, find out what she isn’t.

The anticipated publish date is October 13th 2015!

What an eclectic mix of themes!! I’m really interested to see how this one unfolds! Suicide, abandonment, paranormal abilities, jersey devils, and reality TV. Oh my!! This book should be interesting to say the least!!


So these are the books I have recieved from Penguin Random House! Im glad I could share them with you! I can’t wait to let you know what I think of these amazing stories after I have read them! Keep your eyes peeled for my reviews!!

If you’re not having fun…
You’re not reading the right books 😉

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Posted in fiction, teen

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout


Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring…. until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something…unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don’t kill him first, that is.


I had been meaning to read this book for a long time, but i kept hearing about how similar it was to Twilight. I really just didnt want to be dissapointed. It turns out i didnt need to worry. It wasnt like Twilight in many ways, and i was not dissapointed!

First off, Katy is a very relatable character. Im not just talking about the fact that she loves books and is a book blogger. She is not so sure of herself, yet she`s brave, she`s witty and intellegent, and she doesnt take anyone`s attitude!

While the male protagonist is a massive jerk, he seems to have quite a few layers. I loved him, I hated him. I made excuses for him. I expect lots from him in the next books!

Heads up my friends, the story gets a tad steamy.  Passed kissing, yet not all the way. Just thought Id warn you. While I enjoyed it emencely…I had no warning.  I know that a lot of younger kids are reading teen books, and I just want everyone to know what they`re/ their kids are heading into. Awesomeness!! plus a smidge of sexual content. 😉

This is a refreshing book! It is different in all the best ways. Just when you think the story is going to be predictable, BAM! You are taken to new places my friend!

Go ahead, get obsessed!

Posted in 6-8, 9-12, fiction

Oliver and the Seawigs by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre


Along with his friends, a grumpy old albatross, a short-sighted mermaid, and a friendly island called Cliff, Oliver sets out to rescue his missing parents. On their perilous journey the friends meet evil islands, a boy called Stacey (not a girl’s name) and more sea monkeys than you can wave some seaweed at.


This imaginative, odd and original book was so much fun to read!  A great adventurous read for both boys and girls. These eccentric characters are so easy to love, and you will learn life lessons without even realizing it.

This was another book I found in the 9-12 section, which is completely fine, however; I would recommend this book to kids around 7 years old and up. wayyy up. Go ahead adults, indulge. It was a crazy quick read with wonderful illustrations, and I enjoyed every silly minute of it!

Posted in 6-8, 9-12, fiction

Ever After High: The Storybook of Legends by Shannon Hale!


At Ever After High, an enchanting boarding school, the children of fairytale legends prepare themselves to fulfill their destinies as the next generation of Snow Whites, Prince Charmings and Evil Queens…whether they want to or not. Each year on Legacy Day, students sign the Storybook of Legends to seal their scripted fates. For generations, the Village of Book End has whispered that refusing to sign means The End-both for a story and for a life.

As the daughter of the Evil Queen, Raven Queen’s destiny is to follow in her mother’s wicked footsteps, but evil is so not Raven’s style. She’s starting to wonder, what if she rewrote her own story? The royal Apple White, daughter of the Fairest of Them All, has a happy ever after planned for herself, but it depends upon Raven feeding her a poison apple in their future.

What if Raven doesn’t sign the Storybook of Legends? It could mean a happily never after for them both.

What an excellent story! I absolutely love anything to do with fairy tales, but the modern day twists and play on words were excellent!! Not to mention the life lessons on friendship, believing in who you are, and trusting your instincts! These characters were fun from the start, but developed into so much more throughout!
This book is in the 9-12 age group at the book store, and I would definitely recommend this to the younger of the group, or even younger still! Really, this book would be great for anyone who reads chapter books and loves fairy tales!
Cant wait to read the next! Ever After High: The Unfairest of Them All.
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Not a Drop To Drink by Mindy McGinnis


Teenage Lynn has been taught to defend her pond against every threat: drought, a snowless winter, coyotes, and most important, people looking for a drink. She makes sure anyone who comes near the pond leaves thirsty—or doesn’t leave at all. Confident in her own abilities, Lynn has no use for the world beyond the nearby fields and forest. But when strangers appear, the mysterious footprints by the pond, nighttime threats, and gunshots make it all too clear Lynn has exactly what they want, and they won’t stop until they get it. . . .


I have to admit, I was not thrilled to be reading this book.  Recommended to me by a friend i thought i would give it a shot.  I assumed that it would be unbearingly boring.  A girl sitting on her roof shooting at people and animals that get too close to her lake? yawn.

While a lot of the book took place on the roof looking through a scope of her riffle, there was also a lot of emotion, thought provoking ideas, complex relationships and surprisingly graphic gore.  It was a much better story than I thought it would be.

I am also excited to read book number two and find out what happens next. ” In a Handful of Dust”  takes place 10 years after the conclusion of book number one, and it sounds like they go on an adventure, and a large one at that!