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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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Review: Neanderthal Opens the Door to the Universe by Preston Norton


Neanderthal Opens the Door to the Universe
by Preston Norton
Published: 5 June 2018
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 416
Formats: Print and eBook
Ages: Young Adult
Source: Physical ARC provided by Publisher
My Rating: 5/5!
Cliff Hubbard is a huge loser. Literally. His nickname at Happy Valley High School is Neanderthal because he’s so enormous - 6’6″ and 250 pounds to be exact. He has nobody at school, and life in his trailer-park home has gone from bad to worse ever since his older brother’s suicide.

There’s no one Cliff hates more than the nauseatingly cool quarterback, Aaron Zimmerman. Then Aaron returns to school after a near-death experience with a bizarre claim: while he was unconscious he saw God, who gave him a list of things to do to make Happy Valley High suck less. And God said there’s only one person who can help: Neanderthal.

To his own surprise, Cliff says he’s in. As he and Aaron make their way through the List, which involves a vindictive English teacher, a mysterious computer hacker, a decidedly unchristian cult of Jesus Teens, the local drug dealers, and the meanest bully at HVHS, Cliff feels like he’s part of something for the first time since losing his brother. But fixing a broken school isn’t as simple as it seems, and just when Cliff thinks they’ve completed the List, he realizes their mission hits closer to home than he ever imagined.

Razor sharp, moving, and outrageously funny, Neanderthal Opens the Door to the Universe is an unforgettable story of finding your place in an imperfect world.

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Blog Tour: The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty (excerpt + giveaway)


Welcome to the Blog Tour for The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty! I am lucky enough to be hosting an excerpt from the book, so check that out, then enter the giveaway, follow the tour links at the end of this post, and enjoy hearing all about The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl! Happy reading, Dreamers!



The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl
by Stacy McAnulty
Publish Date: 1 May 2018
Publisher: Random House
Pages: 304
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Age Range: Middle Grade
Middle school is the one problem Lucy Callahan can't solve in this middle-grade novel perfect for fans of The Fourteenth Goldfish, Rain Reign, and Counting by 7s.

Lucy Callahan was struck by lightning. She doesn't remember it, but it changed her life forever. The zap gave her genius-level math skills, and ever since, Lucy has been homeschooled. Now, at 12 years old, she's technically ready for college. She just has to pass 1 more test--middle school!

Lucy's grandma insists: Go to middle school for 1 year. Make 1 friend. Join 1 activity. And read 1 book (that's not a math textbook!). Lucy's not sure what a girl who does calculus homework for fun can possibly learn in 7th grade. She has everything she needs at home, where nobody can make fun of her rigid routines or her superpowered brain. The equation of Lucy's life has already been solved. Unless there's been a miscalculation?

A celebration of friendship, Stacy McAnulty's smart and thoughtful middle-grade debut reminds us all to get out of our comfort zones and embrace what makes us different.

"An engaging story, full of heart and hope. Readers of all ages will root for Lucy, aka Lightning Girl. No miscalculations here!" --Kate Beasley, author of Gertie's Leap to Greatness

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Blog Tour: Love Songs & Other Lies by Jessica Pennington (excerpt + giveaway)


Welcome to the Blog Tour for Love Songs & Other Lies by Jessica Pennington! Today, I get to host an awesome excerpt from the book! Go check that out, then enter the giveaway, follow the tour links by clicking the banner above, and enjoy everything Love Songs & Other Lies! Happy reading, Dreamers!




Love Songs & Other Lies
by Jessica Pennington
Publish Date: 24 April 2018
Publisher: Tor Teen
Pages: 288
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook
Age Range: Young Adult
It's summer romance and second chances, the songs that stay in your head, and the boy you'll never forget.

Two years after rock-song-worthy heartbreak, Virginia Miller is looking forward to a fun, carefree summer. Her friends just landed a spot on a battling bands reality show, and Vee is joining them for her dream internship on tour. Three months with future rockstars seems like an epic summer plan. Until she learns she’ll also be sharing the bus with Cam. Her first love, and her first heartbreak. Now Vee has more than just cameras to dodge, and Cam’s determination to win her forgiveness is causing TMZ-worthy problems for both of them. With cameras rolling, she’ll have to decide if her favorite breakup anthem deserves a new ending. And if she’s brave enough to expose her own secrets to keep Cam’s under wraps.

Breaking Vee’s heart was never Cam’s plan. All he wanted senior year was a new life, in a new town, uninterrupted by the tragedy he left behind. Then Vee swept him into a whirlwind of friendship, musical adventure, and a love he didn’t expect or want. Now, he has a second chance to make it right. But things get complicated when ratings-crazy producers, cameramen, and fans are involved. Can he rewrite their love song with the whole world watching?

Sometimes the last note is just the beginning. Love Songs & Other Lies is the debut romance from Jessica Pennington that Katie McGarry calls "fun and full of heart with a hero who stole my heart!”

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Release Day Blitz: Perfectly Misunderstood by Robin Daniels (excerpt + giveaway)


Welcome to the release day blitz for Perfectly Misunderstood by Robin Daniels! This book is the last in the Perfect series, so if you haven't read those books yet, go HERE to snag them. Then be sure to check out Perfectly Misunderstood below, complete with an awesome excerpt and giveaway at the bottom! Happy reading, Dreamers!



Perfectly Misunderstood
by Robin Daniels
Series: Perfect #4
Publishing date: 4 April 2018
Publisher: Bluefields
Format: Kindle
Pages: 346
Age Level: Young Adult
This dual perspective book is the final installment in the Perfect Series but can be read as a stand-alone.

Jayden Valdez is an overachieving intellectual. Mike McGinnes is Franklin High School’s dumbest jock. Even though they barely know each other, she finds his personality repulsive and he thinks she’s got a giant stick up her you know what. Mike and Jayden are surprised and annoyed when their teacher pairs them together for Spanish tutoring. Both feel it’s a complete waste of time, since nobody could learn from a person who bugs the crap out of them. Not to mention that their reputations might be ruined if people realize what they’re doing. But it doesn’t take long for Jayden to discover that Mike has a secret—he isn’t the person he appears to be. Much to her dismay, Jayden finds 'Secret Mike' strangely attractive. And for some crazy reason, Mike is amused by Jayden’s clever insults and witty banter. Suddenly, they have a much bigger problem than their mutual disdain. What started as irritating tension is beginning to feel more like romantic tension and acting on it would be a very bad idea.


Purchase: Amazon

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Book Blast: Ellie, Engineer by Jackson Pearce (+giveaway)



Welcome to the Nerd Blast for Ellie, Engineer by Jackson Pearce! This blast is hosted by Jean Book Nerd Tours. This book looks adorable and super fun, so be sure to check out Ellie, Engineer below and enter to win the awesome giveaway at the bottom! Happy reading, Dreamers!



Ellie, Engineer
by Jackson Pearce
Series: Ellie, Engineer
Publishing date: 16 January 2018
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 192
Age Level: Middle Grade
The hilarious and smart start of a series about a girl who loves to build—STEM-powered, creative fun for girls.

Ellie is an engineer. With a tool belt strapped over her favorite skirt (who says you can’t wear a dress and have two kinds of screwdrivers handy, just in case?), she invents and builds amazing creations in her backyard workshop. Together with her best friend Kit, Ellie can make anything. As Kit’s birthday nears, Ellie doesn’t know what gift to make until the girls overhear Kit’s mom talking about her present—the dog Kit always wanted! Ellie plans to make an amazing doghouse, but her plans grow so elaborate that she has to enlist help from the neighbor boys and crafty girls, even though the two groups don’t get along. Will Ellie be able to pull off her biggest project yet?

Illustrated with Ellie’s sketches and plans, and including backmatter with how-tos, this is full of engineering fun!


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