Monday, July 31, 2017

July 2017 Wrap Up

I've been trying to catch up on just about everything this month and I think I've done okay with keeping up with my usual blog posts. I'm still a bit behind on older reviews but I have hope that August will be a good month. 

I read 

Books Finished: 

Audiobooks Finished:

Books I Started But Haven't Finished:

Total Pages Read This Month:
(Not including audiobooks or unfinished books)

Reviews & More
(Audiobook Review) The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

Can't Wait Wednesdays
The Ravenous by Amy Lukavics

Challenge Updates

The Dragon of the Month Club was published before 2017 so I think it counts for this challenge. I need to go back and take a look at the rules. I've been neglecting this challenge really bad lately. :(

1. Daughter of the Pirate King
2. The Dragon of the Month Club
3. Dragons of Nova


1. Daughter of the Pirate King
2. The Dragon of the Month Club
3. Dragons of Nova
4. The Hate U Give
5. The War That Saved My Life

2017 ABC Challenge

I hope you all had an awesome reading & blogging month! 

Sunday, July 30, 2017

The Sunday Post #70 - Book Sleeves!

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer
It's a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things you received, share news about what is coming up on your blog for the week ahead, and more.

I'll also be linking up to Book Photo Sundays via Rabbit Ears Book Blog today!

 It surprisingly stopped raining every day here and has been hot instead. Too hot to do anything outside.
I've been wanting to attempt to sew a book sleeve for half a year now and I finally did after finding some Harry Potter fabric at Walmart. I tried it out on some old chevron fabric first and it turned out okay so I tweaked my measurements and made a HP one that I'm in love with. Now I really want to make more (specifically a darker one that I can use all the time without worrying that it'll get dirty) but my Walmart fabric selection is so small and I have no craft stores nearby so it'll have to wait. But yay for not having to spend $20+/- for one sleeve! 

The first 3 books were Goodreads giveaway wins (I know, lucky me!) and I purchased Unbreakable and the The Falling Machine at the Dollar Tree. 

(Cover Reveal & Giveaway) Amanda Lester Coloring Book by Paula & Anna Mogileva
(Blog Tour & Giveaway) Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend by Cheryl Carpinello
(Can't Wait Wednesday) Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller
(Picture Book Review) Do Not Take Your Dragon To Dinner by Julie Gassman
(Audiobook Review) The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
ARC August TBR & Sign Up Post



I'm still on a Netflix ban but I have seen a few movies recently.
Kong. Wonder Woman. The Lost City of Z.
Wonder Woman was definitely my favorite. 

I hope you all a wonderful week! :)

Saturday, July 29, 2017

ARC August TBR & Sign Up

ARC August is hosted by Read, Sleep, Repeat and is all about getting to those unread advanced readers copies. There are lots of fun Twitter chats, interviews, and giveaways so be sure to join in and SIGN UP! And don't forget to use the #ARCAugust hashtag on social media! 

I'm really hoping this will help motivate me to get to my stack (and eshelf) of ARCs. I've accumulated quite a few in the past several months and I need to focus on them in August so I can read some spooky books in September and October. Plus, the holidays are coming up and I have a few craft projects in mind that will be taking up more of my time! 

My goal is to read at least 4 ARCs this month.

Here are the ARCs, both ebook and physical that I'm hoping to get to:

TBR subject to change, of course. 

Are you participating in the ARC August Challenge? 

Friday, July 28, 2017

Audiobook Review: The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Title: The War That Saved My Life
Author: Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Narrator: Jayne Entwistle
Series: The War That Saved My Life #1
Publisher: Penguin Random Group
Publication Date: January 8, 2015
Genre: Middle Grade Historical Fiction
Format: Audiobook
Source: Overdrive

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Literary Awards: 
Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Middle Grade & Children's (2015)
Newbery Honor (2016)
Odyssey Award (2016)
Schneider Family Book Award for Middle School (2016)
Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award Nominee (2017)
Bluestem Book Award Nominee (2017)

An exceptionally moving story of triumph against all odds set during World War 2, from the acclaimed author of Jeffereson's Sons and for fans of Number the Stars.

Nine-year-old Ada has never left her one-room apartment. Her mother is too humiliated by Ada's twisted foot to let her outside. So when her little brother Jamie is shipped out of London to escape the war, Ada doesn't waste a minute--she sneaks out to join him. 

So begins a new adventure of Ada, and for Susan Smith, the woman who is forced to take the two kids in. As Ada teaches herself to ride a pony, learns to read, and watches for German spies, she begins to trust Susan--and Susan begins to love Ada and Jamie. But in the end, will their bond be enough to hold them together through wartime? Or will Ada and her brother fall back into the cruel hands of their mother? 

This masterful work of historical fiction is equal parts adventure and a moving tale of family and identity--a classic in the making. 

My Thoughts: 
Ada has never been outside. She watches a tiny patch of the world through her London window and through whatever tidbits her little brother Jamie brings home to her. She has a club foot so she cannot walk and her mother is so ashamed of her that she has never let her leave the house. When her brother is sent away to the country to avoid the bombs that may drop on London, she faces the pain and, running away from the abuse and neglect, she goes with him. In the country, they are settled in with the lonely Susan Smith whom bathes them, feeds them, and treats them with kindness--something Ada has never known in her short life. 

This was such a heartwarming story.  Poor Ada spent her life locked away, being abused and neglected. When she goes to live with Ms. Smith, that way of life follows her and she cannot help but flinch, hide, or go into panic mode whenever she has done something wrong, no matter how small. It takes a lot of time and trust for her to really warm up to the Ms. Smith, but slowly, her walls start to break down as she experiences freedom, kindness, and love.
As with most cases of abuse, Ada holds onto those shortcomings her mother put on her and it takes her a long time to see her own worth. I thought Ada's ptsd issues were well done. Ada has a hard time coming to terms with the real world and real life, whether it be learning new things or accepting new relationships. 

This is a great read for young fans of World War II historical fiction. The story is more about Ada but still revolves around the war, children evacuating London, and more. I would recommend it to any history or contemporary fans and young readers in general. 

My Rating: 4 stars

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Picture Book Review: Do Not Take Your Dragon To Dinner by Julie Gassman

I received a free temporary ecopy of this picture book from Netgalley and Picture Window Books in exchange for an honest review.

Title: Do Not Take Your Dragon to Dinner
Author: Julie Gassman
Illustrator: Andy Elkerton
Publisher: Picture Window Books
Publication Date: August 1, 2017
Source: Netgalley

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We know you shouldn't take your dragon to the library, but what about taking him out to dinner? After all, dragons need to eat too! But with firey breath, flapping wings, and pointy spikes, that might not be a good idea! Rhyming text and diverse characters bring the importance of dinner manners to a new level in this colorful picture book by Julie Gassman.

My Thoughts: 
If you enjoyed 'Don't Bring Your Dragon to the Library', you are going to love this new rhyming book about why you shouldn't take your dragon to dinner. 

Sometimes we can't resist the urge to go out to eat as a celebration but there's something you must hear. Do NOT take your dragon to dinner. They are messy, rude, and often very clumsy. They'll make a mess and make you wish that you hadn't gone out to eat in the first place. Unless you teach your dragon their table manners first, of course.

Both the rhymes and brightly colored illustrations are incredibly entertaining and cover a diverse cast of dragons and their dinner companions. My toddler and I couldn't help but giggle at all the chaos and destruction the dragons caused. This is such a fun book that can also teach your little ones that table manners and behaving in public are very important.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Can't Wait Wednesday #17 - Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller

Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Tressa @ Wishful Endings and spotlights the books we are excited about and have yet to read. This meme is based on Waiting on Wednesday which is hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine.

I can't wait for...
Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller

Expected Publication: August 29, 2017
by Sourcebooks Fire

Perfect for fantasy fans of Sarah J. Maas and Leigh Bardugo, the first book in this new duology features a compelling gender fluid main character, impressive worldbuilding, and fast-paced action. 

Sallot Leon is a thief, and a good one at that. But gender fluid Sal wants nothing more than to escape the drudgery of life as a highway robber and get closer to the upper-class--and the noble who destroyed Sal's home. 

When Sal steals a flyer for an audition to become a member of The Left Hand--the Queen's personal assassins, named after the ring she wears--Sal jumps at the chance to infiltrate the court and get revenge. 

But the audition is a fight to the death filled with clever circus acrobats, lethal apothecaries, and vicious ex-soldiers. A childhood as a common criminal hardly prepared Sal for the trials. And as Sal succeeds in the competition, and wins the heart of Elise, an intriguing scribe at court, they start to dream of a new life and a different future, but one that Sal can have only if they survive. 


I was lucky enough to snag an ecopy of this from Netgalley a few months back and am really looking forward to starting it! It really does sound a lot like Throne of Glass and maybe a hint of Nevernight as well, but I'm eager to read some fantasy with a gender fluid character (because I just don't read enough lgbt / diverse books). Plus I love unique worldbuilding so that's a huge motivator as well. 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

{Blog Tour & Giveaway} Guinevere: At The Dawn of Legend by Cheryl Carpinello

BeachBoundBooks is pleased to be coordinating a Blog Tour for the children's historical fiction book written by Cheryl Carpinello, Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend. The tour will run from July 17 - August 7, 2017.


About the Book

Guinevere Dawn of Legend Cover FINAL Apple & B&N 

Title: Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend Book Two
Author: Cheryl Carpinello
Publisher: Beyond Today Educator 
Publication Date: June 21, 2017 
Number of Pages: 121 
Genre: Children's Historical Fiction 

Summary: “ Think before acting,” her father always warned. But Princess Guinevere is ruled by her heart. Her betrothal to King Arthur has not changed this. 

When Guinevere and Cedwyn’s latest adventure takes a dangerous turn, they find themselves embroiled in a life-or-death struggle as foretold by Merlyn’s Goddess of the Stones. 

Renegades—foiled in their attempt to kidnap the princess—steal the children of Cadbury Castle to sell as slaves. Guinevere and Cedwyn vow to rescue the children, but a miscalculation puts them all in more danger. The plan quickly unravels, and Guinevere’s impassioned decisions come crashing down as Cedwyn chooses to turn his dream of becoming a knight into reality. Will their courage be strong enough to survive, or will one make the ultimate sacrifice?

5-Star Review from Readers’ Favorite Reviewed By Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers’ Favorite

Children are attracted to adventure and they don’t see the risks that adults do, refusing to accept many of the limitations and rules enforced for the sole purpose of keeping children safe. Guinevere and Cedwyn are close friends and Cedwyn, although still very young, has pledged his life to protect the princess who will one day be his queen when she marries King Arthur. Being children, they have their adventures. And one such adventure to the mysterious standing stones results in magical visions and then a race for their lives. There are people intent on kidnapping Guinevere. When she out-foxes their intentions, they take the castle children instead to be sold into slavery. Guinevere insists on chasing after the kidnappers and rescuing the children. The adventure intensifies as they risk their lives and become heroes. But are they totally successful in rescuing the children? Or do they just manage to create more problems in the process.

Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend is the sequel to Cheryl Carpinello's first Guinevere story, Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend. Both books take the fascinating Arthurian legends and create stories that will entice even the most reluctant of readers. With realistic characters and an exciting plot full of adventure, the reader will be pulled along to an unexpected conclusion, one that demands another book to complete the series. Young readers will certainly easily associate with Guinevere and Cedwyn, who, at their young age, take risks and disobey their parents, while at the same time they reach out to help others and become heroes. A great way to entice readers, even reluctant ones, to follow the adventures found in legends.

Book One - Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend

 At the dawn of Camelot, one young girl is about to take her place beside the greatest king in England’s history.... She is a mere child of twelve. But in these medieval days, this is the age when childish things must be put away and greater responsibilities accepted—all in preparation for a betrothal of marriage. For young Lady Guinevere, on the advent of her thirteenth Birth Day, the whole idea is quite unbearable. After all, what could be better than spending her youth playing with her best friend Cedwyn, roaming the grounds around the castle looking for mythical creatures or hunting rabbits? However, the wizard Merlyn—her teacher and friend—knows that destiny has a way of catching up with a person. His arrival sets in motion a series of events that will lead Guinevere to her destiny whether she is ready for it or not.

About the Author

I’m a retired high school English teacher. A devourer of books growing up, my profession introduced me to writings and authors from times long past. Through my studies and teaching, I fell in love with the Ancient and Medieval Worlds. Now, I hope to inspire young readers and those Young-at-Heart to read more through my Tales and Legends for Reluctant Readers set in these worlds.

Blog Tour Giveaway

Prize: One winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card or $25 PayPal cash prize, winner's choice 
Giveaway ends: August 7, 11:59 pm, 2017 
Open to: Internationally How to enter: Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. 
A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the author, Cheryl Carpinello and is hosted and managed by Stacie from BeachBoundBooks. If you have any additional questions feel free to send an email to

Monday, July 24, 2017

Cover Reveal & Giveaway: Amanda Lester Coloring Book by Paula Berinstein & Anna Mogileva

Today is the cover reveal for Amanda Lester and the Pink Sugar Conspiracy Coloring Book by Paula Berinstein and Anna Mogileva. This cover reveal is organized by Lola's Blog Tours.

Amanda Lester and thePink Sugar Conspiracy Coloring BookAmanda Lester and the Pink Sugar Conspiracy Coloring Book
by Paula Berinstein and Anna Mogileva
Genre: Coloring Book

Twenty fun-to-color detailed drawings featuring characters from the popular Amanda Lester, Detective series. Designs are printed one to a sheet so you neverhave to worry about markers bleeding through. Includes portraits of blind sleuthIvy Halpin, her guide dog Nigel, arch villain Blixus Moriarty, and four different outfits for budding detective Amphora Kapoor.

You can find Amanda Lester and the Pink Sugar Conspiracy Coloring Book on Goodreads

You can see the portfolio of Anna Mogileva here.

Pages from the Coloring Book
Amanda Lester andthe Pink Sugar Conspiracy Coloring Book page 1
Amanda Lester andthe Pink Sugar Conspiracy Coloring Book page 2
Amanda Lester andthe Pink Sugar Conspiracy Coloring Book Page 3

About the Amanda Lester series:
Set in England’s Lake District, the series revolves around a twelve-year-old girl, Amanda Lester, who is forced to attend a super-secret school for the descendants of famous detectives, despite her desire to pursue filmmaking. Adding to the heroine’s angst is the fact that she is ashamed of her famous ancestor, bumbling Scotland Yard Inspector G. Lestrade.

The books in the series so far:

Amanda Lester and the Pink Sugar ConspiracyAmanda Lester and the Orange Crystal CrisisAmanda Lester and the Purple Rainbow Puzzle
Amanda Lester and the Blue Peacocks’ SecretAmanda Lester and the Red Spider RumpusAmanda Lester and the Gold Spectacles Surprise

Paula BerinsteinAbout the Author:
Paula Berinstein is nothing like Amanda. For one thing, she’s crazy about Sherlock Holmes. For another, she’s never wanted to be a filmmaker. In addition,compared to Amanda she’s a big chicken! And she wouldn’t mind going to a secret school at all. In fact, she’s hoping that some day she’ll get to build one.

You can find and contact Paula here:
- Website
- Facebook
- Twitter
- Goodreads
- Paula's blog on Goodreads
- The Writing Show podcasts
- Newsletter

There is a cover reveal wide giveaway for the cover reveal of Amanda Lester and the Pink Sugar Conspiracy Coloring Book. Open International. These are the prizes you can win:
- One winner will win an Amazon gift card and the Amanda Lester coloring book
- 2 winners will each win a copy of Amanda Lester and the Pink Sugar Conspiracy Coloring Book

For a chance to win, enter the rafflecopter below:

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