Thursday, July 31, 2014

All About Middle Grade Interview: G.A. Morgan (The Fog of Forgetting)

This week, I am excited to welcome G.A. Morgan, author of The Fog of Forgetting, to the blog to talk about her book. I hope y'all will give her a warm welcome.

About the author:
Hi, I’m G.A. Morgan and I wrote the book The Fog of Forgetting. It’s a middle-grade adventure-fantasy that takes place off the coast of Maine. It’s the first book in a trilogy about five stones and kids: three brothers and two sisters who find themselves on a mysterious island shrouded by fog. I began the story that became The Five Stones Trilogy many years ago, when my own children were very little.They were miserable and cold, and we had a long way to go before making it home, so I began to tell them about some kids who were a lot like them, only older, who steal a boat and get lost in a fog that is not your typical fog. It is stealthy, and moves in quickly from the northeast. It  leaves most people traveling in circles…but sometimes, very rarely, a few are able to pass through.

You can haunt G.A. Morgan at-


1. In five words tell us about The Fog of Forgetting

Classic adventure for spirited readers.

2. What is it about fog that made you want to use it to transport the characters towards their adventure?

Fog is always mysterious and full of surprises. It is beautiful and dangerous and seemingly insubstantial, but anyone who has been lost in the fog knows how quickly it becomes menacing. I also like it as a metaphor for feeling unmoored.

3. Which of the children was the easiest to write about, hardest? 

Knox was the easiest. His voice just came out all in a piece. Evelyn was trickier. She is riding that line between girlhood and adulthood, and has seen awful things in her short life. Life in Haiti after the earthquake was no picnic for her, and she had to take on a lot of responsibility quickly. Yet, she still is young. I didn't want her to sound too jaded.  

4. Can you share two sentences from your favorite chapter of  The Fog of Forgetting, and tell us why that chapter is your favorite? 

That is SO hard. I love all the chapters, but today I guess it is: 
"Her slingshot hung at her belt beside its satchel of carefully picked rocks; her bow and quiver were hitched up on her shoulder; the tips of her two hunting knives pointed to the ground by the soft, brown suede of her boots. At that moment she was more like an imaginary creature—half-fiercesome warrior, half-shrouded maiden of the wood—than the Calla they knew." 
These lines take place when a very important person in the children's lives is leaving them. I love them, and that chapter, because the chapter delves into the nature of loss, and these sentences best describe the thin line between fantasy and real life that I am trying to explore—and how quickly one can melt into the other.
5. Last book that kept you reading late into the night? 

Kate Atkinson's Life After Life

6. Everyone has that one book they've read more times than they can remember. What one book is your most read? What is it about that book that keeps bringing you back?  

I have to give you two: I re-read Lord of the Rings every year, in February. My all time favorite book is, however, is called The Evidence of Things Unseen, by Marianne Wiggins It dips into everything I think is important. I almost stopped writing after I read this book because I felt like there was nothing else that needed to be said. I was so overwhelmed that I wrote to her and asked her if I could study with her. I offered to work as her gardener. I'm not kidding.

7. The world has fallen to a robot invasion and only one heroine/hero can possibly save the day, who do you choose? 

Sigourney Weaver from Alien 2, or Lisbeth Salander, depends on the weaponry and tech.

8. Care to tell us about your writing cave (include picture if you want)

Well,'s a room in the attic but it feels more like a cave right now because of how over-run with books and papers it is. I have a stand-up desk and another large desk surface covered with books and research. I put up a huge bulletin board and when I have an idea or find an image I like, I pin it up to the board. 
I also have some paintings from friends of mine and special totem objects that, I swear, help when the words aren't flowing. I step away from the desk and look at my collection (and, yes, there are stones) and then, occasionally, I lie down in a fetal position and groan or fall asleep, then I wake up, and often an idea has taken root. 

9. Any up coming project you can share with us? 

I am finishing up the second book in the trilogy and starting the third. The whole trilogy will be available by 2016, at which point I may be permanently stuck in aforementioned fetal position, buried in paper!

Ms. Morgan, thank you so much for stopping by. Pretty awesome that you re-read The Lord of the Rings series every year-I'm still making my way through my first reading of it (one more to go). 

The Fog of Forgetting by G.A. Morgan, July 17, 2014. Published by Islandport Press.
In The Fog of Forgetting, the beginning of a new adventure-fantasy trilogy, five children wash up on the shores of an foreign land, unwitting agents of destiny in a realm struggling to withstand a force that could change their world -- and ours -- forever.

Move over, Narnia. The journey to Ayda has begun.

Sneaking out for a quick boat ride on a summer day, five children find themselves engulfed in a curtain of dense, powerful fog that transports them from the rocky Maine coast to the mysterious island of Ayda. Rescued by Seaborne, a machete-toting wayfarer of few words, the children suddenly find themselves at the center of a centuries-old battle between Dankar, the ruler of Exor, and three siblings that rule the other realms of Ayda. At stake are the four stones of power and the elusive Fifth Stone that binds them all.

When 9-year-old Frankie is kidnapped by Dankar, her older sister Evelyn and the three Thompson brothers must learn to harness the powers of the daylights, ancient forces of earth, fire, water, and air, to navigate their way through the realms of Ayda, rescue her, and find a way home.

You can add The Fog of Forgetting to your Goodreads Shelves.

Sasquatch by Andrea Schicke Hirsch (Cover Reveal)

Long time no cover reveal... hope y'all will enjoy seeing the cover for Andrea Schicke Hirsch's Sasquatch.

About the Author:
Andrea Schicke Hirsch has been a bookseller, editor and copywriter, teacher and paralegal.  She studied theatre and English at Fordham University and has a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Bridgeport. A Connecticut native, she lives in Wilton with her family. This is her first YA novel.

Sasquatch by Andrea Schicke Hirsch, March 2015. Published by Spencer Hill Press.
Following his parents' ugly divorce, Jake Oliver chooses to move with his father to a remote corner of Connecticut. Bad enough their new home turns out to be a fenced-in dump in the middle of nowhere, but it seems that the previous owner, his dad’s late Uncle Horace, had been the local crackpot ridiculed by the community for his belief that a Bigfoot roamed the vast woodland preserve that lay beyond the property. Not everything about Jake’s new life is bad, though. His job at the local market is okay, and it doesn’t hurt that his coworker is pretty Nell Davis. But when odd things start to happen, like weird calls in the dead of night, stones thrown by an unseen assailant, and lingering foul odors wafting on the breeze, Jake starts to believe that maybe old Horace wasn’t so crazy after all. With Nell’s help, Jake is determined to make a name for himself by proving to the world that the mythical Sasquatch is alive and well and living in the woods just on the other side of that fence. 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Wish List Wednesday

The League of Seven by Alan Gratz illustrated by Brett Helquist, August 19, 2014. Published by Starscape.
The launch of a middle grade fantasy trilogy set in an alternate 1870s America, where electricity is a dangerous and forbidden science, Native Americans and Yankees live side-by-side as a United Nations, and eldritch evil lurks in the shadows beyond the gaslights...

Young Archie Dent knows there really are monster in the world. His parents are members of the Septemberist Society, whose job it is to protect humanity from hideous giants called the Mangleborn. Trapped in underground prisons for a thousand years, the giant monsters have been all but forgotten -- but now they are rising again as the steam-driven America of 1875 rediscovers electricity, the lifeblood of the Mangleborn.

When his parents and the rest of The Septemberists are brainwashed by one of the evil creatures, Archie must assemble a team of seven young heroes to save the world.

Why: Because I've quite enjoyed the previous book(s) of Alan Gratz that I've read. But most importantly because it sounds wildly fun!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. 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, July 28, 2014

YA Review: A Tale of Two Centuries

A Tale of Two Centuries (My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century, 2) by Rachel Harris, August 6, 2013. 320 pages. Published by Entangled Teen. Source: library.
Alessandra D’Angeli is in need of an adventure. Tired of her sixteenth-century life in Italy and homesick for her time-traveling cousin, Cat, who visited her for a magical week and dazzled her with tales of the future, Alessandra is lost. Until the stars hear her plea.

One mystical spell later, Alessandra appears on Cat’s Beverly Hills doorstep five hundred years in the future. Surrounded by confusing gadgets, scary transportation, and scandalous clothing, Less is hesitant to live the life of a twenty-first century teen…until she meets the infuriating—and infuriatingly handsome—surfer Austin Michaels. Austin challenges everything she believes in…and introduces her to a world filled with possibility.

With the clock ticking, Less knows she must live every moment of her modern life while she still can. But how will she return to the drab life of her past when the future is what holds everything she’s come to love?
First Sentence:
I close my eyes against the gentle breeze and twirl, my green silk surcoat swishing around my ankles in glorious abandon.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

All About Middle Grade Review: Samantha Sanderson On the Scene

Samantha Sanderson On the Scene (Samantha Sanderson, 2) by Robin Caroll, May 6, 2014. 252 pages. Published by Zonderkidz. Source: publisher.
As Samantha and the rest of the middle schoolers prepare for the upcoming Spring Fest, 'mean girl' Nikki faces the reality that her parents are getting divorced. It's hard for Samantha to sympathize because of Nikki's mean girl reputation. But when Nikki becomes victim of a string of attacks, Samantha takes it upon herself and her super sleuth abilities to get down to the bottom of the bullying. Plus, articles on bullying are just the kind of serious topic the school paper needs instead of fluff like popularity tips. Samantha enlists the help of her tech-savvy BFF, Makayla, and while the two track down clues, they leave a trail of trouble behind, and may even be directly responsible for a break in of their very own school's computer lab!
Nikki is touched by Samantha's assistance and warms up to her, which only makes Aubrey all the ruder to Samantha, but Samantha doesn't care. She's comfortable in her own skin, and vows to help others feel the same way.
The Samantha Sanderson series is about an ordinary girl with extraordinary dreams. Each book touches on a crime straight from headlines, from bomb threats to bullying, while following Samantha and her friends as they navigate middle-school and questions of faith.

First Sentence:
Then I just felt the pop.  

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wish List Wednesday

West of the Moon by Margi Preus April 1, 2014. Published by Harry N. Abrams.
Astri is a young Norwegian girl desperate to join her father in America. After being separated from her sister and sold to a cruel goat farmer, Astri makes a daring escape. She quickly retrieves her little sister, and, armed with a troll treasure, a book of spells and curses, and a possibly magic hairbrush, they set off for America. With a mysterious companion in tow and the malevolent “goatman” in pursuit, the girls head over the Norwegian mountains, through field and forest, and in and out of folktales and dreams as they steadily make their way east of the sun and west of the moon.

Why: I was first drawn in by the cover, but, as I read what West of the Moon was about I knew it would be going on my wishlist. It sounds like one of the crazy, magical books that just begs to be read. Besides, I am quite curious to find out if they'll be reunited with their father.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. 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, July 21, 2014

All About Middle Grade Review: Castle Behind Thorns

Castle Behind Thorns by Merrie Haskell, May 27, 2014. 336 pages. Published by Katherine Tegen Books. Source: Library.
When Sand wakes up alone in a long-abandoned castle, he has no idea how he got there. The stories all said the place was ruined by an earthquake, and Sand did not expect to find everything inside-from dishes to candles to apples-torn in half or slashed to bits. Nothing lives here and nothing grows, except the vicious, thorny bramble that prevents Sand from leaving. Why wasn't this in the stories?

To survive, Sand does what he knows best-he fires up the castle's forge to mend what he needs to live. But the things he fixes work somehow better than they ought to. Is there magic in the mending, granted by the saints who once guarded this place?

Unexpectedly, Sand finds the lost heir, Perrotte, a girl who shares the castle's astonishing secrets and dark history. Putting together the pieces-of stone and iron, and of a broken life-is harder than Sand ever imagined, but it's the only way to gain their freedom, even with the help of the guardian saints.
First Sentence:
Sand woke, curled in the ashes of a great fireplace.

#ReadFairyland Read-A-Long (updated)

Starting today, I'm hosting an impromptu read-along for Catherynne M. Valente's Fairyland series. As typing this is still quite bothersome with my finger all splinted and about to succumb to the allergies for the night, so I'll keep this short.

I want y'all to join me on reading the Fairyland series. You can be either a first time reader, like myself, or even just interested in re-visiting the series. You could just join in on Twitter to talk about what you enjoyed about this series. Really anything goes...just so long as you play nice.

Over the next few days I'll be posting little snippets on Twitter as I make my way through the series. Please, do feel free to join in with little teasers (non-spoiler please) and help me share your love for this interesting sounding book series.

To join in the fun on Twitter just use #ReadFairyland. I want to know what y'all think of the book as we go along.


The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

Day One: read chapters 1-4
Day Two: 5-8
Day Three: 9-12
Day Four: 13-16
Day Five: 17-22

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Catholic Review: Angels and Saints

Angels and Saints: A Biblical Guide to Friendship with God's Holy Ones by Scott Hahn, May 27, 2014. 208 pages. Published by Image. Source: Blogging for Books.
Angels and saints. Catholics tend to think of them as "different" from the rest of us. They're cast in plaster or simpering on a holy card, performing miracles with superhero strength, or playing a harp in highest heaven.
Yet they are very near to us in every way. In this lively book, Scott Hahn dispels the false notions and urban legends people use to keep the saints at a safe distance. The truth is that Jesus Christ has united heaven and earth in a close communion. Drawing deeply from Scripture, Dr. Hahn shows that the hosts of heaven surround the earthly Church as a "great cloud of witnesses." The martyrs cry out from heaven's altar begging for justice on the earth. The prayers of the saints and angels rise to God, in the Book of Revelation, like the sweet aroma of incense.
Dr. Hahn tells the stories of several saints (and several angels too) in a way that's fresh and new. The saints are spiritual giants but with flesh-and-blood reality. They have strong, holy ambitions--and powerful temptations and opposition that must be overcome. Their stories are amazing and yet familiar enough to motivate us to live more beautiful lives. In this telling of their story, the saints are neither otherworldly nor this-worldly. They exemplify the integrated life that every Christian is called to live.
Still, their lives are as different from one another as human lives can be. Dr. Hahn shows the heavenly Church in all its kaleidoscopic diversity--from Moses to Mary, Augustine to Therese, and the first century to the last century.
Only saints will live in heaven. We need to be more like the saints if we want to live in heaven someday. Dr. Hahn shows us that our heavenly life can begin now. 
First Sentence:
When people talk about "the Church," we know what they mean-or at least we think we do.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

[Blog Tour Review/Giveaway] Silent Starsong

Silent Starsong by T.J. Wooldridge, July 15, 2014. 240 pages. Published by Spencer Hill Press. Source: publisher.
Eleven-year-old Kyra is meant to continue the Starbard's proud family legacy of interpreting the future from the stars' songs. Her deafness, incurable by the best medics, breaks her mother's heart and pushes her father to explore anything to help his little girl--including the expensive purchase of a telepathic alien servant to help Kyra communicate on a planet inhospitable to unfixable genetic defects. Marne's telepathy is too weak for his Naratsset culture, so he is sold into slavery and expects to die at the hands of human owners--until he meets a human child who begs her father to save him. Her kindness introduces Marne to a new world--one where he would risk his life to save a human from her own people's abuse and the stars' songs can touch even a deaf girl and a defective telepath. When an intergalactic terrorist organization kills Kyra's father, driving her mother to madness, Kyra and Marne only have each others' friendship--until even that is threatened by the danger surrounding the Starbard heritage. But can the two friends, not good enough for either of their cultures or families, manage to keep each other safe when several different worlds threaten their lives?
First Sentence:
One year ago...

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Wish List Wednesday

Princess of Glass (Princess, 2) by Jessica Day George, May 25, 2010. Published by Bloomsbury USA Children's.
Hoping to escape the troubles in her kingdom, Princess Poppy reluctantly agrees to take part in a royal exchange program, whereby young princes and princesses travel to each other's countries in the name of better political alliances--and potential marriages. It's got the makings of a fairy tale--until a hapless servant named Eleanor is tricked by a vengeful fairy godmother into competing with Poppy for the eligible prince. Ballgowns, cinders, and enchanted glass slippers fly in this romantic and action-packed happily-ever-after quest from an author with a flair for embroidering tales in her own delightful way.

Why: After recently discovering Princess of the Midnight Ball, I found myself wanting to know what will happen in the next book. I really loved Jessica Day George's writing and her characters, so, library willing, I hope to find out what happens next.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. 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, July 14, 2014

YA Review: The Winner's Curse *ARC*

The Winner's Curse (Winner's Curse,1) by Marie Rutkoski, March 4, 2014. 355 pages. Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). Source: publisher.
Winning what you want may cost you everything you love.

As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions. One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction.

Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin. But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined. 
First Sentence:
She shouldn't have been tempted. 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

All About Middle Grade Review: Edna in the Desert

Edna in the Desert by Maddy Lederman, September 9, 2013. 167 pages. Published by eLectio Publishing. Source: Author.
Edna is a precocious troublemaker wreaking havoc at her Beverly Hills school. Her therapist advocates medication, but her parents come up with an alternative cure: Edna will spend the summer in the desert with her grandparents. Their remote cabin is cut off from cell phone service, Internet and television. Edna’s determined to rebel until she meets an older local boy and falls in love for the first time. How can she get to know him from the edge of nowhere?
First Sentence:
The sun baked Edna's forehead and brought her slight queasiness to a more threatening nausea. 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Wish List Wednesday

Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, 2) by Sarah J. Maas, August 27, 2013. Published by Bloomsbury USA Children's.
From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena's world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie...and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.

Why: After finally discovering the epicness that was/is Throne of Glass, I need Crown of Midnight in my hands. While I may be late to the game, I really enjoyed the world that she create din the first book and am looking forward to seeing whether or not my theories are right.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. 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, July 7, 2014

[Blog Tour] The 'Sound Effects' of Minion

Due to technical difficulties my guest post with John David Anderson on "Sound Effects" for the A Minion Tour is going up today...instead of yesterday.

About the author:
John David Anderson writes novels for young people and then, occasionally, gets them published. Besides Minion, he is the author of Sidekicked, and Standard Hero Behavior. He lives with his patient wife and brilliant twins in Indianapolis, Indiana, right next to a State park and a Walmart. He enjoys hiking, reading, chocolate, spending time with his family, playing the piano, chocolate, making board games, chocolate, not putting away his laundry, watching movies, and chocolate. Those aren't his real teeth.
To find out more:

You can haunt John David Anderson at-
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People always ask me if I was a comic book fan growing up, and while I was (and still am) a superhero fan, I didn’t exactly have a stash of comics under my bed. (Sadly I didn’t have a stash of anything under my bed. My mother was a clean freak; she actually moved the bed to vacuum underneath it. Weekly.) However over the years I have come to appreciate the medium and the way it combines text and art to tell stories. Though I don’t regret working exclusively with language, which can paint its own pictures when necessary, there are a few advantages comics have over novels when spinning a superhero yarn. Chief among these, for me anyway, are the kerblams.

Onomatopoeia. Yes, the word sounds like the name of a bowel disorder (“I’m sorry, Mr. Smith, but it appears you have a bad case of onomatopoeia”), but onomatopoeia would tell you that bowel disorders sound very different. That’s because onomatopoeia is just a fancy of way of saying “sound words.” You know, like meow or yeowl or hurrrk-hurrrk-hack-hurrrllllrrrrkkkk…all sounds my cat makes.

Comics have the advantage of those spikey bubbles with literally awesome-sounding words like bam, biff, splat, kerthunk, and the now famous snikt, which is either the sound of Wolverine’s claws coming out or my pants splitting in back when I bend over. Unfortunately most novels shy away from using too much onomatopoeia, resulting in narratives that are decidedly less sound-effect intensive as their inky brethren.

That leaves it up to you, dear Reader, to add the sound effects for yourself. With that in mind, I’ve decided to give you a list of helpful sounds you can use when you are reading my new novel, Minion. In most cases, I have indicated a page number, though many of these sounds can be employed on multiple occasions, and, of course, you are always welcome to create sound effects of your own.
§  Keeey-runch: Use this sound whenever someone gets punched. Page 151 would be good (not page 143—that’s a different sound, more like keeeyrsplatch). You can also use it when someone eats a taco.
§  Schlrurp: The sound of a breadstick being removed from a tub of congealed cheese. See page 48.
§  Kaboomaboomaboom: The sound of lots of things blowing up at once. Page 217.
§  Frazwoooooom-whoof-thunk: The sound of a Comet plummeting out of the sky landing in the middle of some nefarious enemy dealings. Page 60, for starters.
§  Uhhh: The sound that a teenage boy makes whenever he is forced to talk to a teenage girl that he kind of likes. Multiple pages.
§  ???: The sound a silent alarm. Page 6.
§  Hrrrrmmmmmmmmmmmm: The sound of a son trying to convince his father to pee his pants. Trust me. That’s what it sounds like. Page 80.
§  Skreeeerch!: The burning rubber of an SUV trying to make a quick getaway (page 156). Without the exclamation point it is the sound of the basement door slowly being opened.
§  Flpppt: The sound of a brochure advertising the merits of a life in Toledo hitting the kitchen floor. Also the sound of a father’s heart about to break. Page 188.
In addition to the above, feel free to use the standard kerpow, zap, clunk, boom, wham, zonk, toka toka, crash, whiff, and boom whenever the action calls for it (just about every other chapter, and lots at the end). The key to a proper dramatic insertion of onomatopoeia is to be vocal about it—it won’t have quite the effect if you don’t say it out loud. A proper reading of Minion should include at least a few moments where you sound like you yourself are about to explode.
And if anyone in the book splits their pants, you know what to say.

John David Anderson is the author of Minion, Sidekicked, and Standard Hero Behavior. He never successfully convinced his father to pee his pants.

Want more on John David Anderson and his books, then check out my review of Sidekicked and my interview with him from last year, as well, as the next stop in the tour at Candace's Book Blog.

Minion (Sidekicked, 2) by John David Anderson, June 24, 2014. Published by Walden Pond Press. 
John David Anderson returns to the world of superheroes he created in Sidekicked with an entirely new cast of characters in Minion, a funny and emotional companion to his first breakout tween novel—perfect for superhero fans who also love the work of bestselling authors Rick Riordan, Louis Sachar, and Frank Cottrell Boyce.

Michael Morn might be a villain, but he's really not a bad guy. When you live in New Liberty, known across the country as the City without a Super, there are only two kinds of people, after all: those who turn to crime and those who suffer. Michael and his adoptive father spend their days building boxes—special devices with mysterious abilities—which they sell to the mob at a price. They provide for each other, they look out for each other, and they'd never betray each other.

But then a Super comes to town, and Michael's world is thrown into disarray. The Comet could destroy everything Michael and his dad have built, the safe and secure life they've made for themselves. And now Michael and his father face a choice: to hold tight to their life or to let it unravel.

YA Review: The Archived

The Archived (Archived, 1) by Victoria Schwab, January 22, 2013. 328 pages. Published by Hyperion. Source: library.
Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books.

Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.

Da first brought Mackenzie Bishop here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now Da is dead, and Mac has grown into what she once was, a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often—violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves, and she knows fear for what it is: a useful tool for staying alive.

Being a Keeper isn’t just dangerous—it’s a constant reminder of those Mac has lost. Da’s death was hard enough, but now her little brother is gone too. Mac starts to wonder about the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. And yet, someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself might crumble and fall.
First Sentence:
The Narrows remind me of August nights in the South. 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Wish List Wednesday

Ruin and Rising (Grisha, 3) by Leigh Bardugo, June17, 2014. Published by Henry Holt and Co..
The capital has fallen.
The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.

Now the nation's fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.

Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.

Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova's amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling's secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for.

Why: Do I really need a reason for needing Ruin and Rising in my life, after reading the first two books of Leigh Bardugo's most excellent Grisha series...I think not. 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. 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!