Monday, March 1, 2021

Book Spotlight- Diary of an 8-Bit Warrior Graphic Novel by Pirate Sourcil, illustrated by Odone and Jez

 


The Book- On Sale: March 2, 2021

Minecraft fans, grab your swords and headlamps! Cube Kid’s bestselling Diary of an 8-Bit Warrior series is now a full-color, action-packed Graphic Novel! Experience heart-pounding quests with fan-favorite characters in an entirely new way.

Runt isn’t like the other villagers. He’s not too interested in farming carrots—much less trading. What he really wants is to become a warrior. One day, he summons the courage to leave the village and go exploring on his own. That’s when he meets Blurp, a zombie who wishes he were human. Together, the two journey far and wide in search of adventures... and get more than they bargained for along the way!

Follow these two unlikely friends as they explore the Minecraft universe like it’s never been seen before! The Diary of an 8-Bit Warrior Graphic Novel is the perfect story for gamers, comics fans, and any reading warrior in search of adventure.



The Author-

Pirate Sourcil is a comic book author known for his blog and his comic series Le Joueur du Grenier, published by Hugo BD. He is also a fan of geek literature and passionate about the world of gaming. After studying carpentry, Jez turned to drawing and graphic design and decided to make a career out of it.

The Illustrator-

Odone is a French illustrator and specializes in adding color to many comic books.


Friday, February 26, 2021

YA Book Spotlight- Warrior Tithe by T.J. Deschamps


 

The Book- On Sale- March 1, 2021

Sparks fly between an unlikely pair with a spurned sorcerer hot on their trail.

Aoife, a kelpie, flees a marriage trap laid by her father, Mannan mac Lir, and the sorcerer-king Cu Roi mac Daire, only to fall prey to an iron snare in the mortal realm.

Fagan, a poor cottar, with nothing left to lose takes pity upon the kelpie he finds in his snare, setting her free. When the kelpie transforms into a beautiful fae maiden and offers to take him to the queen of Sidhe to repay him for his kindness, he joins her on her journey.

However, Aoife is keeping secrets.

Her betrothed Cu Roi mac Daire will not let his betrothed go so easily. His life and his kingdom depend on it.




The Author-


T.J. Deschamps lives in the Pacific Northwest with her three precocious teens and her husband. There she builds worlds with words, reads, lifts weights, attends cons, and kayaks.






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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

YA Book Spotlight- Windchaser (Phantom Island Book 1) By Krissi Dallas



 The Book-

When one camp rule is broken, five teenagers embark on a mysterious journey full of magic, romance, and true friendship…

High school senior Whitnee has spent six years rebuilding her identity after her father’s mysterious disappearance left her with more questions than answers. With her two best friends, Morgan and Caleb, she returns as a mentor to the summer camp of her childhood. Nestled in the Texas hill country, Camp Fusion is everything Whitnee remembers—except for the haunting visions that only she can see. One fateful night, Whitnee and her friends embark on a magical voyage where unexpected adventure and heart-stopping romance collide—a journey that might unlock the dark, complicated mysteries of Whitnee’s family history. But will she find the answers she is looking for?


The Author-


Krissi Dallas loves pop music, mismatched socks, and fried chicken. She is queen in her household of handsome Dallas boys and enjoys educating her quirky, fun junior high students and serving in her church and community. The rest of her time is given to daydreams and writing. Find out more about the Phantom Island series and how to connect with her at www.KrissiDallas.com.




Let the Journey Begin...



Praise-

"The imagery is vivid and the world Dallas has built is absolutely lush. For people looking for high fantasy mixed with teen angst and a lot of secrets, check out this book. I highly recommend." -Amber Vilate, Young Adult Literature Review

"Phantom Island was extremely well-written... There are only a few other novels where I wanted to actually be in their world. I was captured from the very first page." -Marta Morrison, TeensReadToo.com

"Romance and strange, elemental powers light up Dallas' debut YA fantasy." -Kirkus Reviews

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Welcome to my World

 Hi everyone! It's been a long time. I am currently working on my MA in History from ASU online. Go Sundevils!



I'm going to be starting up my blog again focusing on author interviews and book spotlights. Thank you for all your support. Let's make 2021 happen!

Friday, October 16, 2020

Interview with Vanessa Jones, Author of the YA novel Sing like No One's Listening

I've got a fun author interview today. I asked Vanessa some questions about her new book, Sing like No One's Listening.

The Book-


Nettie Delaney has just been accepted into a prestigious performing arts school—the very same school her superstar mother attended. With her mother’s shadow hanging over her, Nettie has her work cut out for her— and everyone is watching. To make matters worse, Nettie hasn’t been able to sing a single note since her mother died. But if she’s going to survive a demanding first year, Nettie will have to work through her grief and deliver a showstopper. Or face expulsion.

As Nettie makes new friendships, navigates a budding crush, and struggles with overcoming her fear of singing, she auditions for the school’s next musical, only to find that the lead role alongside her love interest has been given to someone else. But then the musical lead blackmails Nettie into singing her parts for her while hidden under the stage. Will Nettie be able to summon the courage to find her voice? Or will all the pressure and anxiety of performing come crashing down?

The Author-

VANESSA JONES trained at Laine Theatre Arts in Surrey, England and went on to be a musical theater actor on West End, performing in shows including Sister Act, Grease, Guys and Dolls, Annie Get Your Gun, and Mary Poppins. She began her writing career with a stage play for a fringe theater and works as a freelance copywriter and editor. She lives in England with her fellow chimney sweep.


The Interview-

 Q&A--Vanessa Jones

What brought you to the world of writing from acting?

Friday, October 9, 2020

Author Q&A with Rebecca Elliott, Pretty Funny for a Girl

I've got a special YA author interview today! Rebecca Elliott, author of Pretty Funny for a Girl. 

The Book-

Pretty Funny For a Girl (October 2020; ISBN: 978-1-68263-147-8; Hardcover $17.99; Ages 12+) 
Stand-up comedy meets teen romance in this hilarious novel about family, friends, and fierce mistakes.

Haylah Swinton is an ace best friend, a loving daughter, and an incredibly patient sister to a four-year-old brother. Best of all, she’s pretty confident she’s mastered making light of every situation—from her mom’s new boyfriend to unsolicited remarks on her plus-size figure. Haylah’s learning to embrace all of her curvy parts, and besides, she has a secret: one day, she’ll be a stand-up comedian star. But she’s pretty sure girls like her don’t belong on stage.

When impossibly cool and undeniably good-looking Leo reveals he’s also into comedy, Haylah jumps at the offer to ghostwrite his sets. But is Leo interested in returning the favor? And is Haylah too head-over-heels to notice? If Haylah’s ever going to step into the spotlight, she’ll need to find the confidence to put herself out there, strut like the boss she really is, and prove to everyone that she’s more than just funny “for a girl.”

The Author-

REBECCA ELLIOTT is an author and illustrator of many picture books and The Owl Diaries early chapter book series. Pretty Funny for a Girl is her first YA novel. She earned a degree in philosophy and once did a brief stint in a dull office. Now, she enjoys eating angel delight, loudly venting on a drum kit, and spending time in her sunny garden. She lives in England with her family, some chickens, and a cat named Bernard.


The Interview-

Author Q&A with Rebecca Elliott

What brought you into the world of YA?

Monday, September 21, 2020

Becoming RBG, Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Journey to Justice by Debbie Levy

 In honor of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, I am reviewing a middle-grade novel devoted to her life, Becoming RBG, Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Journey to Justice by Debbie Levy.

The Book- 


Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a modern feminist icon—a leader in the fight for equal treatment of girls and women in society and the workplace. She blazed trails to the peaks of the male-centric worlds of education and law, where women had rarely risen before.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg has often said that true and lasting change in society and law is accomplished slowly, one step at a time. This is how she has evolved, too. Step by step, the shy little girl became a child who questioned unfairness, who became a student who persisted despite obstacles, who became an advocate who resisted injustice, who became a judge who revered the rule of law, who became…RBG (Simon & Schuster).



My Thoughts-


This book is written as a graphic novel and is very easy to read. I found myself speeding through it, and inhaling all of the information. It starts with RBG's birth and documents injustices that she noticed while growing up. She was influenced by her mom Celia, who wanted Ruth to go to college and become independent. When she decided to go to law school, there were very few women lawyers and she had to prove herself. The story continues on as she becomes a Supreme Court Justice, and then spotlights several laws that she was influential in passing. 

All the basics of this book are spot-on, but I was sad to see prejudice on behalf of the author. Most of the pictures of men in the book have quote bubbles that make them look stupid, outside of her husband. For example, in school, all the girls listen enraptured to Ruth while the boy looks bored and his thought bubble says, "Too brainy for me!" (42). Also, the author lets her own philosophy spill over as she describes events that took place during RBG's life. I'd point the bias out to my child before they read so that they can have a clear viewpoint. Overall, if you take out the author's bias, all the information about RBG is engaging and really worth the read. Young girls will find a hero who fought against the injustices of race and sex. Her life was amazing, inspirational, and worth reading about. 4 stars!

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