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Book Blast: Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret by Trudi Trueit (+giveaway)


Welcome to the Nerd Blast for Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret by Trudi Trueit! This blast is hosted by Jean Book Nerd Tours. This series looks to be absolutely amazing and exciting. Don't believe? Just watch the book trailer, read the praises for the series, and check out the synopsis below. Also, be sure to enter in the fantastic giveaway, which can be found below. Happy reading and exploring, Dreamers!


The Nebula Secret
by Trudi Trueit
Series: Explorer Academy #1
Publishing date: 4 September 2018
Publisher: Under the Stars (National Geographic imprint)
Format: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
Pages: 208
Age Range: 8-12 years old
Adventure, danger, and a thrilling global mission await 12-year-old Cruz Coronado as he joins an elite school for explorers.

Cruz leaves his tranquil home in Hawaii to join 23 talented kids from around the globe to train at the Explorer Academy with the world's leading scientists to become the next generation of great explorers. But for Cruz, there's more at stake. No sooner has he arrived at the Academy than he discovers that his family has a mysterious past with the organization that could jeopardize his future. In the midst of codebreaking and cool classes, new friends and augmented reality expeditions, Cruz must tackle the biggest question of all: Who is out to get him, and why?

Readers can get in on the excitement with puzzles and codes embedded throughout.

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Trailer Blast: Jaclyn and the Beanstalk by Mary Ting (+giveaway)



Welcome to the Trailer Blast for Jaclyn and the Beanstalk by Mary Ting! This blast is hosted by Jean Book Nerd Tours. I am absolutely intrigued about this imaginative retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk. Check out the book info, teasers, and of course, trailer below! Be sure to enter the giveaway, as well. Happy reading, Dreamers!



Jaclyn and the Beanstalk
by Mary Ting
Publishing date: 3 September 2018
Publisher: Vesuvian Books
Format: eBook, paperback
Pages: 214
What fate awaits a girl who hears monsters at night…

Sixteen-year-old Jaclyn looks up to her father. An honest man who once fought for the king, he now teaches Jaclyn how to use her wits—and her sword.

But he has a secret. And his secret may have a connection to the one thing Jaclyn is hiding from him.

Upon hearing “monsters” are terrorizing the small villages around Black Mountain, Jaclyn’s father and his friends head out to hunt them … but they don’t return.

Armed only with her sword and three magic beans—a gift from a mysterious old woman—Jaclyn sets out for Black Mountain to save her father.

On her climb, one bean drops and grows into a beanstalk, catching her when she falls.

She isn’t the only one that takes the ride. Jack, her childhood friend and secret crush, is following her.

Jaclyn and Jack will have to work together to save not only their fathers, but the townspeople the beasts plan to lay waste to before it’s too late.


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Review: Twilight of the Elves by Zack Loran Clark & Nick Eliopulos


Twilight of the Elves
by Zack Loran Clark and Nick Eliopulos
Series: The Adventurers Guild #2
Published: 13 November 2018
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 384
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
Ages: Middle Grade/ages 9-12
Source: Physical ARC provided by Publisher
My Rating: 4/5!
"I should probably start at the beginning," Zed wrote, "When things first went wrong..."

Zed, Brock, and their friends may have saved Freestone from destruction, but the fight against the Dangers is far from over. No one knows what to expect next from the dark power that forced the elves to abandon their city. And the influx of elf refugees in Freestone strains resources and brews resentment among the townspeople. Things have shifted between best friends Zed and Brock, as well, with their friendship crumbling under the weight of the secrets they’re keeping from each other.

When tensions reach an all-time high, Queen Me’Shala, leader of the elves, approaches the Adventurers Guild with a mission. She wants a small group of adventurers to go behind the king’s back on a covert mission to save her city, and Zed, Brock, Liza, Jett, Micah, and their elven friend Fel join the quest. To face a powerful form of magic thought to be extinct, the adventurers will have to learn how to rely on each other and fight harder than ever before.

Don’t miss this second installment of Zack Loran Clark and Nicholas Eliopulos’s Adventurers Guild trilogy, where the stakes are raised, the action is breathless, and the dangers will stop even the bravest of hearts.

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Book Blast: The Library: Oracle of Doom by D.J. MacHale (+giveaway)



Welcome to the Nerd Blast for The Library: Oracle of Doom by D. J. MacHale! This blast is hosted by Jean Book Nerd Tours. This middle-grade series sounds like an absolute adventure! Check out the third installment below and enter the giveaway at the bottom! Happy reading, Dreamers!



Oracle of Doom
by D. J. MacHale
Series: The Library #3
Publishing date: 9 October 2018
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Format: eBook, Hardcover
Pages: 304
Age Level: Middle-grade
Check out a book and read your future. . . . It’s another page-turning adventure from #1 New York Times bestselling author D. J. MacHale!

Marcus is an agent of the Library, a place filled with tales that don’t have an ending. Puzzles that won’t be solved until Marcus and his friends step in to finish them. This time it’s their own stories at stake.

Theo just visited the Oracle Baz, an old amusement-park machine that spits out fortunes for the cost of a quarter. Fun, right? The only problem is, the oracle’s cheap predictions have been coming true . . . and Theo’s fortune says that life as he knows it will end on his fourteenth birthday! Plus, Lu’s cousin, who also went to the oracle, is missing.

Marcus knows where to find help for his friends–the Library. It turns out that the Oracle Baz was a real man who died in a fire long ago. Can a glimpse into the fortune-teller’s past change all their futures?


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Book Blast: The Lantern's Ember by Colleen Houck (giveaway + excerpt)


Welcome to the Nerd Blast for The Lantern's Ember by Colleen Houck! This blast is hosted by Jean Book Nerd Tours. This novel sounds really creepy good, so check it out below, read the excerpt, and enter the giveaway at the bottom! Happy spooky reading, Dreamers!




The Lantern's Ember
by Colleen Houck
Publishing date: 11 September 2018
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Format: eBook, Hardcover
Pages: 416
Age Level: Young Adult
Welcome to a world where nightmarish creatures reign supreme.

Five hundred years ago, Jack made a deal with the devil. It’s difficult for him to remember much about his mortal days. So, he focuses on fulfilling his sentence as a Lantern—one of the watchmen who guard the portals to the Otherworld, a realm crawling with every nightmarish creature imaginable. Jack has spent centuries jumping from town to town, ensuring that nary a mortal—or not-so-mortal—soul slips past him. That is, until he meets beautiful Ember O’Dare.

Seventeen, stubborn, and a natural-born witch, Ember feels a strong pull to the Otherworld. Undeterred by Jack’s warnings, she crosses into the forbidden plane with the help of a mysterious and debonair vampire—and the chase through a dazzling, dangerous world is on. Jack must do everything in his power to get Ember back where she belongs before both the earthly and unearthly worlds descend into chaos.


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Book Blast: Queen of Kenosha by Howard Shapiro & Erica Chan (+giveaway)


Welcome to the Nerd Blast for Queen of Kenosha by Howard Shapiro! This blast is hosted by Jean Book Nerd Tours. This graphic novel sounds really good, so be sure to check out Queen of Kenosha below and enter the giveaway at the bottom! Happy reading, Dreamers!



Queen of Kenosha
by Howard Shapiro
illustrated by Erica Chan
Series: The Thin Thinline Trilogy #1
Publishing date: 9 October 2018
Publisher: Animal Media Group LLC
Format: Paperback
Pages: 160
Genre: Graphic Novel
Queen of Kenosha is a graphic novel set in 1960s Greenwich Village during the height of the singer-songwriter scene – and mixed with a small team of patriots committed to stopping the establishment of the Fourth Reich.

In this first installment of the Thin Thinline Trilogy, the fiercely independent Nina Overstreet has an axe to grind. A talented singer-songwriter slogging her way through the burgeoning Greenwich Village folk music scene of 1963, the Queen of Kenosha, Wisconsin, realizes that standing on the cusp of stardom gets her little respect and barely a cup of coffee in New York City. It finally comes, but in a way she could have never imagined. A chance encounter with the mysterious Nick Ladd at a late-night gig spins her life in a different direction—one that becomes a daily balance between life and death, right and wrong. Nick recruits Nina to join him and a team of ex-FBI operatives in a clandestine agency to stop the establishment of the Fourth Reich by undercover Nazis in post-War America.


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Book Blast: Ruin of Stars by Linsey Miller

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Welcome to the Nerd Blast for Ruin of Stars by Linsey Miller! This blast is hosted by Jean Book Nerd Tours. This book looks amazing, so be sure to check out Ruin of Stars below and enter to win the awesome giveaway at the bottom! Happy reading, Dreamers!



Ruin of Stars
by Linsey Miller
Series: Mask of Shadows #2
Publishing date: 28 August 2018
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Format: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook
Pages: 416
Age Level: Young Adult
As Opal, Sal finally has the power, prestige, and most importantly the ability to hunt the lords who killed their family. But Sal has to figure out who the culprits are before putting them down. Which means trying to ignore the fact that Elise is being kept a virtual prisoner, and that the queen may have ulterior motives.

And the tales coming out of north are baffling. Talk of dark spirits, missing children, and magic abound. As Sal heads north toward their ruined homeland and the lords who destroyed everything, they learn secrets and truths that can't be ignored.


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