Thursday, April 27, 2017

All About Middle Grade [Boug Tour] Review: Posted


Hey there! Today, I am lucky enough to be participating in a blog tour (again) for one of my favorite middle grade authors, John David Anderson. I am so excited to be sharing my thoughts on his new book Posted with all of you today!! Keep reading to see why I think you will love it!! I huge thanks to the wonderful people over at Walden Pond Press for the chance to join in!!


Posted by John David Anderson, May 2, 2017. 384 pages. Published by Walden Pond Press. Source: ARC received from publisher.
From John David Anderson, author of the acclaimed Ms. Bixby’s Last Day, comes a humorous, poignant, and original contemporary story about bullying, broken friendships, and the failures of communication between kids.

In middle school, words aren’t just words. They can be weapons. They can be gifts. The right words can win you friends or make you enemies. They can come back to haunt you. Sometimes they can change things forever.

When cell phones are banned at Branton Middle School, Frost and his friends Deedee, Wolf, and Bench come up with a new way to communicate: leaving sticky notes for each other all around the school. It catches on, and soon all the kids in school are leaving notes—though for every kind and friendly one, there is a cutting and cruel one as well.

In the middle of this, a new girl named Rose arrives at school and sits at Frost’s lunch table. Rose is not like anyone else at Branton Middle School, and it’s clear that the close circle of friends Frost has made for himself won’t easily hold another. As the sticky-note war escalates, and the pressure to choose sides mounts, Frost soon realizes that after this year, nothing will ever be the same.

First Sentence
I push my way through the buzzing mob and freeze, heart-struck, dizzy.

My Thoughts


You know you enjoy an author's work when you say "yes" to reading, and participating in a blog tour, without even reading the synopsis! What can I say, John David Anderson's writing is just so good!!
  • Given how prevalent social media is with, well, everyone, I thought Posted was a timely book as it looks at how the things we say, and do, can have a ripple effect on not only your own life but also upon those around you. It was interesting to see the theme of the "power of words" used throughout the book; of course, things still spiraled out of control even when the use of cell phones was prohibited. I really enjoy how deftly he dealt with the blowout from the one student's action, that provoked the banning of their phones, and how they adapted. 
  • There were so many things to enjoy about this book, outside of the topic of the "power of words". If I had to peg two things that made me such a fan of this book it would be the characters, with how well they were written, and the small town backdrop, with all its quirks. I thought John David Anderson did an incredible job animating the trials that Frost and his friends faced and the slow, sometimes rapid, changes that occur amidst friends. So many things I wish to say about the characters and their story arcs, yet to say all I wish to say would result in spoiling the entire book. Just know this, Frost, Bench, DeeDee, Wolf, and Rose's story-lines are so well done; their voices just fly off the pages. 
  • This is one of those books that I believe will resonate with readers (even those above the "recommended" reading age). Why, because I believe that so much of what happened to the characters is something that the majority of readers have been through or themselves (changing friendships, navigating the cafeteria, and being on the receiving end of cruel or nice words). I may have mentioned this already, but he did a really great job with bringing the woes and tribulations of middle school, or if we're all honest just school/life, and how your tribe can help you survive it (because friends are awesome). 
  • The short of this review- READ IT!! Posted mixes a serious topic with friendship and hilarity. You do not want to miss out on reading it... trust me!! 

Final Verdict: Posted- Does a great job of showing how even the smallest word (or deed) can ripple out in either a positive or negative way. There are really no good words to summarize why this is such a great book; just that the powerful message contained within blended so well with the writing to create a truly great read.

Be sure to check out Ms Yingling Reads for today's other tour stop; and don't forget to visit the next two hosts, Maria's Mélange & Novel Novice tomorrow for more


About the Author:
John David Anderson is the author of Ms. Bixby’s Last Day, Sidekicked, Minion, and The Dungeoneers. A dedicated root beer connoisseur and chocolate fiend, he lives with his wife, two kids, and perpetually whiny cat in Indianapolis, Indiana. You can visit him online at www.johndavidanderson.org

A advanced copy of this book was received in consideration for review. All thoughts are my own.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

I Want to Read It (54): The Gauntlet



I Want to Read It, a hybrid between WLW (or WOW) and what's on my to-be read pile. Well, instead of focusing just on books I would like to acquire, I will be using it to feature books that I just want to read. From the one's I want to buy to the one's sitting on my TBR at home.



The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi, March 28, 2017. Published by Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. Source: Wishlist. 
A trio of friends from New York City find themselves trapped inside a mechanical board game that they must dismantle in order to save themselves and generations of other children in this action-packed debut that’s a steampunk Jumanji with a Middle Eastern flair.

When twelve-year-old Farah and her two best friends get sucked into a mechanical board game called The Gauntlet of Blood and Sand—a puzzle game akin to a large Rubik’s cube—they know it’s up to them to defeat the game’s diabolical architect in order to save themselves and those who are trapped inside, including her baby brother Ahmed. But first they have to figure out how.

Why

Um, yeah, this sounds like one exciting read! I am 100% on board for giving The Gauntlet a chance because it sounds thrilling. That and I'm intrigued enough to want to know more about the game the characters get sucked into; that and whether or not they'll all make it out alive.

Have you read The Gauntlet, if so, what did you think of it? 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Teaser Tuesday: Curtsies and Conspiracies

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat. To participate, simply do the following: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Monday, April 24, 2017

A Vintage Reads YA Review: Curtsies and Conspiracies



Curtsies and Conspiracies (Finishing School, 2) by Gail Carriger, November 5, 2013. 310 pages. Published by Hachette Little, Brown & Co. Source: Borrowed from Library.
Does one need four fully grown foxgloves for decorating a dinner table for six guests? Or is it six foxgloves to kill four fully grown guests?
Sophronia's first year at Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality has certainly been rousing! For one thing, finishing school is training her to be a spy--won't Mumsy be surprised? Furthermore, Sophronia got mixed up in an intrigue over a stolen device and had a cheese pie thrown at her in a most horrid display of poor manners.

Now, as she sneaks around the dirigible school, eavesdropping on the teachers' quarters and making clandestine climbs to the ship's boiler room, she learns that there may be more to a field trip to London than is apparent at first. A conspiracy is afoot--one with dire implications for both supernaturals and humans. Sophronia must rely on her training to discover who is behind the dangerous plot-and survive the London Season with a full dance card.

First Sentence
Miss Temminnick.



My Thoughts

Months after finally reading Etiquette and Espionage I remembered to find the second volume at the library. Weeks after finishing it, I finally remembered to review it.... 

  • I cannot tell you guys how much I enjoyed this one! Between dying of laughter because Sophronia is hilarious and the bantering, which was on point, I found myself thoroughly amused and entertained. Add in further interactions between her, Soap and Felix, and you have a mess of trouble. Ah! It was just so fun to watch things unfold; especially since this book saw relationships taking new, and somewhat dangerous, twists. You'll get a taste of the witty dialogue if you check out tomorrow's Teaser Tuesday post.
  • It was nice to see Dimity have a slightly larger roll in book two. Even if that roll came with an unfortunate occurrence... Yes, I found myself really enjoying the way the characters balanced each other out. Plus, it was a nice change of pace to see Sophronia make decisions that would effect more than her curiosity. It really gave her some time to grow as a character; though she still has a long way to go into maturity (such a rash minded girl but that's what makes her so interesting, too).   
  • Again, I really love the world Gail Carriger created. Also that in Curtsies and Conspiracies that you learn more about Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality and the teachers. The world and characters all blend in so seamlessly that it feels so natural, even when the characters start talking about things that are out of the ordinary. Thus far, I have found myself really enjoying my foray into the world and politics of this series.
  • Which leads me to the writing. Gail Carriger is nailing the witty banter!! The Finishing School series is turning into one of my favorite reads this year! Simply because I am getting immense satisfaction from the story, writing and characters. I'm actually excited to delve into the rest of the series...and maybe even finishing it in the next couple weeks.
Final Verdict: Curtsies and Conspiracies- Every bit as entertaining as the first installment...just with more witty barbs!!

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A copy of this book was borrowed from the library. All thoughts are my own.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

I Want to Read It (53):



I Want to Read It, a hybrid between WLW (or WOW) and what's on my to-be read pile. Well, instead of focusing just on books I would like to acquire, I will be using it to feature books that I just want to read. From the one's I want to buy to the one's sitting on my TBR at home.




Theology and Sanity by Frank Sheed, September 1, 1993 (originally published 1946). Published by Ignatius Press. Source: Wishlist.
Vatican II issued an urgent call for the laity to take a more active role in the life of the Church. What should the life of the Christian believer be like? How are average lay Christians called to help save the world? How does theology fit into the picture?
One of Frank Sheed's most popular books, this ideal volume for the layman shows the practical aspects of theology in the life of a Christian believer. Logic, clarity, and simplicity permeate this eminently readable book. Drawing from his fifty years of street-corner preaching, as well as his long career as an author, lecturer and publisher, Sheed understands and communicates better than anyone the importance of theology and its relationship to living sanely in today's world. A brilliant synthesis of the Catholic view of life.

Why

I've been eye-balling this book from my mom's collection for months now! I keep contemplating reading it but have yet to find the time to fit it in. Right now, I'm really enjoying one of Frank Sheed's other books, A Map of Life, and am looking forward to delving further into his writing. Theology and Sanity sounds like a fascinating book; I'm really interested to see how he synthesizes theology and living in today's world (even though this was written way back in 1946)...

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Teaser Tuesday: St. Maria Goretti: In Garments All Red

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat. To participate, simply do the following: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Review: St. Maria Goretti: In Garments All Red



St Maria Goretti: In Garments All Red by Godfrey Poage, January 1, 1950. 129 pages. Published by TAN Books. Source: Borrowed.
The beautiful, true story of the 12-year-old girl who in 1902 died a martyr to preserve her purity. Describes her virtuous life, poverty, holiness, valiant resistance, heroic and lingering death, conversion of her murderer and canonization in 1950 with her mother, her murderer and over 500,000 present. This is the famous, popular, classic biography! This is a good book to read to children, so they have someone worthwhile to imitate. By having Maria put before them as a model, they will learn to appreciate the virtue of purity. For a child to imitate the saints, he or she must first love them -- which in turn requires knowing them. Get your children acquainted with one of the greatest saints of the twentieth century! 
First Sentence
"Assunta, I tell you, we'd do better to leave this place," Luigi exclaimed.



Thoughts


Almost two years ago, I had the opportunity to view the major relic of  St Maria Goretti during the Pilgrimage of Mercy when they made a stop in my state. It was truly an experience that is difficult to describe the feeling of being there; and of the chance to seek her intersession in prayer before her reliquary. The experience left me wanting to learn more about the young saint and the full story of how she died.

  • In Garments All Red, is heart-wrenching and incredible. I really liked how Godfrey Poage built her story up from the beginning, before her parents moved their family, as it laid the foundation and helps the reader to understand the time in which she was born and the desperation of poverty in which her family lived. One of the reasons I was drawn to reading this book, other than learning the full story of her life, was that this book has been regarded as one of the best books about Maria Goretti. 
  • Some of the hardships the Goretti family faced were the sudden sickness and death of Maria's father; preceded by the sharing of their house and the field work with the father and son of who would set Maria's story upon the path that would lead to her death. From beginning to end, this story is powerful because of Maria's love for God and Holy Communion, as well, as her purity. As I began to read her story, I could not help but find my heart bonding with her as she strove to learn about her faith and her ardent love for our Lord. Which made it all the more painful when tragedy befall her.
  •  As a warning, Maria Goretti's death was preceded by Alessandro's attempted rape of her and ended with him stabbing her multiple times. I know, that was put rather bluntly, but I wanted you all to know what happened to her so as to decide whether or not you should read it. Yes, she fought him off, to protect not only her chastity but to also preserve him from the evil he was trying to do. What is most striking about this, is that even as she lay suffering in the hospital, after surgery with nothing to dull the pain, she readily forgive him for all the pain he caused her. My heart truly broke reading about how much she suffered before her death to the point that I was silently crying during her agony and death. 
My thoughts are all over the place with this book, so, I'm going to end this review here. 

Final verdict: St. Maria Goretti: In Garments All Red- Maria Goretti's story is powerful as not many people could find it within themselves to forgive their murderer. Godfrey Poage does a wonderful job bringing this young saints story to life within the pages of this book. 

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A copy of this book was borrowed from my mom. All thoughts are my own.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Spinning Pages (10): The Inn Between/Hotel California


Oftentimes, while I'm reading a song will pop into my head because the book makes me think of it; sometimes the reverse happens and a random song will make me think of a book I have readSpinning Pages is a combination of my love for books and music. More often than not, inspiration for these posts strikes while I have music thumping in my ears while exercising (kind of like how this feature came to be). 


The Inn Between was totally made for this song!! WITHOUT A DOUBT!! It's almost too perfect, you know. You know, I was going to attempt to use a different song because this choice was too obvious...yet, nothing else quite hit the music/book  spot, so, I'm going for it.

It's not every day that you can pair the Eagles' Hotel California with a middle grade book, so...Let's do it!!

Hotel California by Eagles-
And I was thinking to myself
'This could be heaven or this could be Hell'
Then she lit up a candle and she showed me the way
There were voices down the corridor,
I thought I heard them say

Welcome to the Hotel California
Such a lovely place (such a lovely place)
Such a lovely face.
Plenty of room at the Hotel California
Any time of year (any time of year) you can find it here
                                   
You guessed it! The book takes place in a hotel that in many ways reminds one of the Eagles song above. This book, while slow in the beginning, had this creepy feel throughout the entire book. I wish I could say more, but that would spoil the entire story...

Suffice it to say, I devoured it in like two hours because I had to know what really happened to everyone. Curious to hear more about The Inn Between by Marina Cohen, then check out my review to see my full thoughts on it.

You can listen to the entire song below!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

I Want to Read It (52): Isabel Feeney, Star Reporter



I Want to Read It, a hybrid between WLW (or WOW) and what's on my to-be read pile. Well, instead of focusing just on books I would like to acquire, I will be using it to feature books that I just want to read. From the one's I want to buy to the one's sitting on my TBR at home.




Isabel Feeney, Star Reporter by Beth Fantaskey, March 1, 2016. Published by HMH Books for Young Readers. Source: Want to Read.
It’s 1920s Chicago—the guns-and-gangster era of Al Capone—and it’s unusual for a girl to be selling the Tribune on the street corner. But ten-year-old Isabel Feeney is unusual . . . unusually obsessed with being a news reporter. She can’t believe her luck when she stumbles not only into a real-live murder scene, but also into her hero, the famous journalist Maude Collier. The story of how the smart, curious, loyal Isabel fights to defend the honor of her accused friend and latches on to the murder case like a dog on a pant leg makes for a winning, thoroughly entertaining middle grade mystery. 

Why

This sounds like an exciting read! Especially with it being set in the 1920's and with the main character, Isabel, who's striving to become a star reporter. Now, I'm curious to see how she'll tackle the story handed her way and how things will play out for her.

Have you read Isabel Feeney, Star Reporter? What did you think of it, if you've read it?

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Teaser Tuesday: The Inn Between

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat. To participate, simply do the following: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Monday, April 10, 2017

All About Middle Grade Review: The Inn Between



The Inn Between by Marina Cohen, March 22, 2016. 208 pages. Published by Roaring Brook Press. Source: ARC received from publisher.
Eleven-year-old Quinn has had some bad experiences lately. She was caught cheating in school, and then one day, her little sister Emma disappeared while walking home from school. She never returned

When Quinn's best friend Kara has to move away, she goes on one last trip with Kara and her family. They stop over at the first hotel they see, a Victorian inn that instantly gives Quinn the creeps, and she begins to notice strange things happening around them. When Kara's parents and then brother disappear without a trace, the girls are stranded in a hotel full of strange guests, hallways that twist back in on themselves, and a particularly nasty surprise lurking beneath the floorboards. Will the girls be able to solve the mystery of what happened to Kara's family before it's too late?

First Sentence
The sound was faint at first.



While looking for something to read last week, I randomly grabbed Marina Cohen's The Inn Between from my backlog of review books. My hopes for it were not too high, so, it was pleasantly surprising that I found it to be so delightful.

  • I'll attempt to keep my thoughts as spoiler free as possible, while still trying to hit on the points that really made this book so good. The book starts off simply, you have Quinn and Kara spending one last trip together as Kara's family heads towards their new home (out of state), but as the story begins to unfold, over the course of the book, you get the full scope of what is going on in their lives. Like how this is more than about a chance to spend break together before they part, and more about dealing with the ghosts of the past. As things came to light, that I cannot tell you about, my heart nearly broke for Quinn over the guilt she felt for what happened in regards to her sister who vanished.

  • If I'm being honest, the first thirty pages were not that exciting. Yet as things started coming to light, I could not turn away because the creepy atmosphere of the hotel really intrigued me. That and I was curious to know if my theory was correct on why they were there/what was going on. It was an interesting turn of events; also a great way to bring the past to light as the terror of the hotel made Quinn look at what happened to her sister
  • It was not until I was fifty, or so, pages in that Marina Cohen's writing really pulled me. Yes, it started slow, but once the story really kicked into gear I could not turn away. So, if you find yourself slightly bored at first, please, please give it a little longer as the story is really good. Sure, Kara's brother was mildly annoying...but that story and the ending are not to be missed. 

Final Verdict: The Inn Between- Creepy and compelling make this book nearly impossible to set aside. I like how well the author dealt with Quinn's crushing grief and guilt over the disappearance of her sister.

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An advanced copy of this book was received in consideration for review. All thoughts are my own.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Spinning Pages (9): A Week without Tuesday/Library


Oftentimes, while I'm reading a song will pop into my head because the book makes me think of it; sometimes the reverse happens and a random song will make me think of a book I have readSpinning Pages is a combination of my love for books and music. More often than not, inspiration for these posts strikes while I have music thumping in my ears while exercising (kind of like how this feature came to be). 



When I first began writing this week's edition of Spinning Pages, I had an entirely different song picked out for A Week without Tuesday...until I found my brain churning out the chorus to SNSD's Taetiseo's Library.

To me, some of the lyrics perfectly suit the second installment of Angelica Banks' delightfully entertaining series Tuesday McGillycuddy. See why.

Library by SNSD Taetiseo

I wanted to easily and confidently
say that I knew everything about you
Sometimes, I get surprised
at all the things I didn’t know about you

My dictionary is filled up with you
Even with the little, trivial knowledge
Even if the night grows deep,without knowing, I will fall into it

Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Just a library
Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh, will you open up to me?
Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh, Just a place with nothing but you
Just a place with nothing but you

I chose this song, instead of the one I had planned on using, as you learn more about the land of story in A Week without Tuesday, and these lyrics just fit so well that I could not not use them. Sure, the song's about a romantic interest...yet the lines spoke to me about the book and the magic that the land of story held.

Honestly, this song is making me want to dive back into the series. Luckily for me, I still have one more book left in this delightful trilogy to tackle, so, hopefully I can get back into the world in the next few weeks. I'm sure this song will be looping through my brain while I read it...and probably during the time before I get a chance to read it.

I dare you to not have Library stuck in your head after listening to it. *insert evil laughter*

Need further convincing that you should read this series, then check out my reviews for the first two books- Finding Serendipity and A Week without Tuesday!!


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

I Want to Read It (51): The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse



I Want to Read It, a hybrid between WLW (or WOW) and what's on my to-be read pile. Well, instead of focusing just on books I would like to acquire, I will be using it to feature books that I just want to read. From the one's I want to buy to the one's sitting on my TBR at home.




The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse by Brian Farrey, April 9, 2016. Published by  Algonquin Young Readers. Source: Want to Read IT.
In the center of the verdant Monarchy lies Dreadwillow Carse, a black and desolate bog that the happy people of the land do their best to ignore. Little is known about it, except for one dire warning: If any monarch enters Dreadwillow Carse, then the Monarchy will fall. Twelve-year-old Princess Jeniah yearns to know what the marsh could possibly conceal that might topple her family’s thousand-year reign of peace and prosperity.
Meanwhile, in the nearby town of Emberfell, where everyone lives with unending joy, a girl named Aon hides a sorrow she can never reveal. She knows that something in the carse--something that sings a haunting tune only Aon can hear--holds the cure for her sadness. Yet no matter how many times she tries to enter, the terror-inducing dreadwillow trees keep her away.
After a chance meeting, Princess Jeniah and Aon hatch a plan to send Aon into the heart of the carse to unlock its darkest secret. But when Aon doesn’t return, a guilt-stricken Jeniah must enter the carse to try and rescue her friend--even if it means risking the entire Monarchy.

Why

Sometimes I love Goodreads. Like now, when I stumbled upon this interesting sounding middle grade fantasy. Everything about the synopsis has me wishing that I had a copy of The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse at hand. It just sounds that good; plus the previous book I read of Brian Farrey's was really well done.

Have you read The Secret of Dreadwell Carse? What did you think of it?

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Teaser Tuesday: A Week without Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat. To participate, simply do the following: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Monday, April 3, 2017

All About Middle Grade Review: A Week without Tuesday


A Week without Tuesday (Tuesday McGillycuddy, 2) by Angelica Banks, February 2, 2016. 384 pages. Published by Henry Holt & Co. BYR. Source: ARC received from publisher.
Something is broken in the land of story. Real and imaginary worlds are colliding—putting everything and everyone in grave peril. Tuesday and Baxterr, at the request of the Librarian, and with the help of Vivienne Small, venture to find the Gardener—the one person who can stop this catastrophe. On their way, they'll meet friends and foes, and discover strengths they didn't know they had. Will they be able to save the land of story?

First Sentence
Vivienne Small lived in a tree house.



Thoughts


In the craziness that was last year, I kinda misplaced my ARC of A Week without Tuesday amidst that mountains of books that I did not get to read last year. That aside, this was simply a joy to read. I had no problem jumping back into the life of Tuesday McGillycuddy and her adventures in the land of story.

  • I was ever so relieved that between my memory of the ending of Finding Serendipity and how A Week without Tuesday started, that I did not feel lost after it being two years since I first started the series. It was really easy to jump back into Tuesday's adventures; plus the intrigue of things amiss in story land definitely piqued my interest. 
  • I was hoping that Vivienne Small would make another appearance; I was not disappointed in as she played another crucial role in setting things right again. If you discount the fascinating world(s) that are attached to the library, worlds that correspond to those created for stories written by authors, it is the friendship/buddies in adventure that is Tuesday and Vivienne that make this a delightful read. Seriously though, they make a wonderful team!  

  • As much as I love Tuesday and Vivienne, Tuesday's parents are just as fabulous. Though their story arc nearly broke my heart (about as much as it was hurting Serendipity's). I don't want to spoil it, just know that it was so worrisome as Tuesday was completely in the dark as to what was happening at home during her absence. Yes, the family dynamics of the McGillycuddy family was/is one of the highlights of the series thus far


  • I may have become just a little giddy at seeing a character from one of my most beloved books, and their world, popping in to the story! I just really loved how the world was broadened throughout the book. It was really cool to learn more of the secrets of the world and how things worked. That and the decision that Tuesday had to make, and how she struggled with said choice, and what role she would take to save the land of story. SO WELL DONE!!
Final Verdict: A Week without Tuesday- Delightfully entertaining! Daring adventures and tough choices, this book is just all-around entertaining!!

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An advanced copy of this book was received in consideration for review. All thoughts are my own.
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