Oct 17, 2017

Recent Reads: Shadow Study by Maria Snyder

Shadow Study (Soulfinders #1; Study, #4)
Shadow Study by Maria Snyder
Series: Soulfinders #1, Poison Study #4
Publisher: MIRA
Publication Date: December 2014  

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Format:  Audiobook
Source: Bought from Audible



Goodreads Synopsis: 
Once, only her own life hung in the balance…

When Yelena was a poison taster, her life was simpler. She survived to become a vital part of the balance of power between rival countries Ixia and Sitia.

Now she uses her magic to keep the peace in both lands—and protect her relationship with Valek.
Suddenly, though, dissent is rising. And Valek’s job—and his life—are in danger.
As Yelena tries to uncover her enemies, she faces a new challenge: her magic is blocked. And now she must find a way to keep not only herself but all that she holds dear alive.

It has been years since I read the Poison Study trilogy. I remember that I really enjoyed the 1st book and then 2nd and 3rd were ok but they lost my interest a bit in the end. Then recently I saw a book on Netgalley and it was called Night Study and so I requested it thinking it was the next book in the series - turns out I missed one, Shadow Study. So I got this book on Audible. 

If you have not read the Study series in a while, I would suggest a re-read before this book. I was pretty lost for the first few chapters. The book follows Yelena, Valek and Janco and we get chapters from all these points of view. In the beginning of the book we get some romantic time with Yelena and Valek. Yelena is then attacked and Valek goes back to work to find out who might be behind it. We then follow Yelena as her situation becomes more dire. When we follow Janco, it is while he is on duty.

These books have a lot of politics in them, that is why I recommend reading the other ones again - it was hard for me to remember which city was which and the backstories surrounding what happened to Yelena and Valek before this point. What I liked though was that we get a good amount of Valek's backstory in this book and I love how in love with Yelena he is. 

The plot was an interesting one, like a mystery, trying to find out who attacked Yelena and why she is having more issues - I won't say much more though because I don't want to spoil it for new readers. 

I am very ready to jump right into the next book though because there was an amazing ending and I can't wait to read on in the series. If you liked the Study series, this continuation offer more but also in more of an adult feel.  

Oct 16, 2017

Blog Blast w/ Giveaway!: Black Moon Rising by D.J. MacHale


 About the Book
The next fast-paced, thrilling adventure from bestselling author D. J. MacHale! Check out a book and fall under its spell . . . literally.

Marcus is an agent of the Library--a place filled with tales that don't have an ending. Mysteries that won't be solved until Marcus and his friends Theo and Lu step in to finish them. Before it's too late.

Because mysterious accidents are disturbing a middle school in Massachusetts. Windows shatter for no reason. Bleachers collapse at a pep rally. Most of the students think they're just having a string of bad luck, but Marcus suspects something a lot more dangerous. Something like witchcraft. When the black moon rises, this story must come to an end . . . one way or another.

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About the Author
D.J. MacHale is a writer, director, executive producer and creator of several

popular television series and movies. As an author, his ten-volume book series: Pendragon: Journal of an Adventure Through Time and Space became a New York Times #1 bestseller.

He was raised in Greenwich, CT where he had several jobs including collecting eggs at a poultry farm; engraving trophies and washing dishes in a steakhouse…in between playing football and running track. D.J. graduated from New York University where he received a BFA in film production.

His film-making career began in New York where he worked as a freelance writer/director making corporate videos and television commercials.

D.J. broke into the entertainment business by writing several ABC Afterschool Specials. As co-creator of the popular Nickelodeon series: Are You Afraid of the Dark?, he produced all 91 episodes. D.J. also wrote and directed the movie Tower of Terror for ABC’s Wonderful World of Disney. The Showtime series Chris Cross was co-created, written and produced by D.J. It received the CableAce award for Best Youth Series.

D.J. created and produced the Discovery Kids/NBC television series Flight 29 Down. He wrote every episode and directed several. His work on Flight 29 Down earned him the Writers Guild of America award for Outstanding Children’s Script and a Directors Guild of America award nomination.

Other notable television writing credits include the ABC Afterschool Special titled Seasonal Differences; the pilot for the long-running PBS/CBS series Ghostwriter; and the HBO series Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective for which he received a CableAce nomination for writing.

In print, D.J. also authored the supernatural Morpheus Road trilogy; a whimsical picture book The Monster Princess; and The SYLO Chronicles, a thrilling sci-fi trilogy. He also wrote Voyagers: Project Alpha, the first of a six book science fiction adventure.

D.J.’s newest book series is The Library, a spooky middle-grade anthology about a mysterious library filled with unfinished supernatural tales, and the daring young people who must complete them.

D.J. lives in Southern California with his wife Evangeline and daughter Keaton. They are avid backpackers, scuba divers and skiers. Rounding out the household is a spoiled golden retriever named Casey and an equally spoiled tuxedo cat named Jinx.

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Oct 15, 2017

Building the Book Pile #255

Welcome to Building the Book Pile!  A Weekly meme inspired by Stacking the Shelves

Hello Readers, Bloggers, and Awesome people! 

This week I have been trying to keep up with Blog Ahead - prepping 31 posts for after the month of October, it is hard while still prepping for this month. I have about 11 done and have ideas for more, I just need to sit and do them. Otherwise lots of fun on the blog so far this month and SO many GIVEAWAYS - links are below.
How is your month going? 

It has been very busy for me so far. Last weekend we had a friend visit/cleaning/a b-day party, this weekend I had an Oktoberfest day with some friends and today I am going to a pumpkin patch and then carving pumpkins...next week is just as busy with a dentist appointment but also more tattoo fill in :)
Don't forget to visit my knits shop - proceeds will probably go to buying books ;)


  Giveaways  on Cover2CoverBlog!

Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean's Most Fearless Scientist  Rocket Science for Babies

Coming up on the Blog

Blog Blast w/ GIVEAWAY: Black Moon Rising by D.J. MacHale
Recent Reads: Shadow Study (Study #4, Soulfinders #1) by Maria Snyder (YA)
Release Blitz w/ Excerpt and Giveaway! Call Your Steel by G.D. Penman (Adult)
Recent Reads: My Zombie Best Friend by terry Lowell (MG)
Blog Blast w/ Excerpt and GIVEAWAY! Deadlands: Boneyard by Seanan McGuire

NO Books Received this Week   


 Have you missed anything lately?

Week of October 8 - October 14

Comment and leave me a link to your Round-up/ STS/ Weekly...anything, post and I will happily stop by and say hello!
Happy Reading!

Oct 13, 2017

Early Reader Review: Phoebe and Her Unicorn in the Magic Storm by Dana Simpson

Source: From Netgalley and Andrew McMeel Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion or review.

Phoebe and Her Unicorn in the Magic Storm (Phoebe and Her Unicorn, #6)Phoebe and her Unicorn in The Magic Storm by Dana Simpson
Series: Heavenly Nostrils #6
Publisher: Andrew McMeel Publishing
Publication Date:  October 17, 2017

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27405327-pop-manga-coloring-book?from_search=true  https://www.amazon.com/Pop-Manga-Coloring-Book-Beautiful/dp/0399578471?ie=UTF8&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0399578471&linkCode=as2&redirect=true&ref_=x_gr_w_bb&tag=x_gr_w_bb-20

Format: Ebook



Goodreads Synopsis: 
The first Phoebe and Her Unicorn graphic novel!

Phoebe and Marigold decide to investigate a powerful storm that is wreaking havoc with the electricity in their town. The adults think it’s just winter weather, but Phoebe and Marigold soon discover that all is not what it seems to be, and that the storm may have a magical cause. To solve the case, they team up with Max, who is desperate for the electricity to return so he can play video games, and frenemy Dakota, who is aided by her goblin minions. Together, they must get to the bottom of the mystery and save the town from the magic storm.

I love Phoebe and her Unicorn - I have picked up a few of this series where it is a collection of comic shorts put into one place. This is the first full length graphic novel, one story and it is magical. 

In the story there is a power outage all over town and even Marigold is having problems with her magic - and that is unacceptable! Phoebe with the help of Marigold, Dakota and Max, are off to find the problem and fix it.

The full-length is just a entertaining as the collections - Phoebe and Marigold are still besties, and Marigold is still a bit conceited but it makes for a funnier tale. Dakota and her goblin cohort are so weird and Dakota is a wonderful enemy/friend combo. 

It was a bit different to read one story versus many shorts but I think that overall the story held together well and it didn't have as much punch as some of the one-liners from other issues but it was still very fun to read.

Oct 12, 2017

Discussion: Spooky Reads for October

Today is a Discussion Day here at Cover2CoverBlog. I am trying to start these a little more since they seem fun :) I hope you enjoy and if you have any topic suggestions let me know in the comments.

Today's Topic

Spooky Books for October

It is OCTOBER! You know that I love this month - it is autumn and crisp out and it is Halloween, so what better to discuss than Spooky Reads?!

So here are some books I have read that I think are great picks for this month!

 Youth Category 

 So in Youth - I went with some books that are more fun than scary but have great themes for this month - monsters, Halloween, and bats. I loved these books and think your young readers/listeners will enjoy them too :)
The images will link you back to Goodreads for some more details.
Bats in the Band   Even Monsters Say Goodnight
A Halloween Scare at My House: Prepare If You Dare  The Sad, Sad Monster (Xist Childrens Books)

Middle Grade 
 For MG, I went with a variety of things - OMG...I Did it Again?! is the 2nd book in a series about a young witch and the hijinks she runs into, Stitch Head is on the creepier side but still cute, Doll Bones and The Swallow are pretty spooky ones, and Guide to the Other Side is about a brother/ sister team fighting the supernatural. There is a little bit of something for all MG readers in here - click through to Goodreads and check these ones out.
OMG… I Did It Again?!  Stitch Head (Stitch Head #1)   Doll Bones The Swallow: A Ghost Story   A Guide to the Other Side (Beyond Baylor, #1)  

Young Adult
Here I tried to go real spooky, ones that had me worrying at night while reading them... Can we talk about Danielle Vega and how her books make me almost pee myself?! Geez they are creepy. A few others include The Hallowed Ones, the beginning of a series and is very suspenseful, and I know the Diviners isn't 'horror' but it was very creepy to me when I was reading it.

The Merciless   The Hallowed Ones (The Hallowed Ones, #1) 
The Diviners (The Diviners, #1)  Survive the Night  

What books do you think people should be reading this time of year?! Let me know your picks in the comments below!

Oct 11, 2017

Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway! - Scion of the Fox by SM Beiko

Source: From ECW Press in exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion or review.

Scion of the Fox by S.M. Beiko
Series: The Realms of the Ancient #1
Publisher:  ECW Press
Publication Date:   October 17, 2017

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Format:  Paperback Arc


Roan Harken considers herself a typical high school student — dead parents, an infected eyeball, and living in the house of her estranged, currently comatose grandmother (well, maybe not so typical) — but she’s uncovering the depth of the secrets her family left behind. Saved from the grasp of Death itself by a powerful fox spirit named Sil, Roan must harness mysterious ancient power . . . and quickly. A snake-monster called Zabor lies in wait in the bed of the frozen Assiniboine River, hungry for the sacrifice of spirit-blood in exchange for keeping the flood waters at bay. Thrust onto an ancient battlefield, Roan soon realizes that to maintain the balance of the world, she will have to sacrifice more than her life in order to take her place as Scion of the Fox.

American Gods meets Princess Mononoke in this powerful first installment of a trilogy sure to capture readers’ imaginations everywhere.

Praise for Scion of the Fox:

“A thrilling tale underscored by excellent, deep, and unique world-building.” — Kelley Armstrong, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“A smart, complex, animal-based fantasy.” — Kirkus Reviews

“S.M. Beiko's Scion of the Fox is the thrilling first installment in what will surely be an exceptionally imaginative trilogy. Roan Harken is an instantly relatable heroine, a girl with guts and moxie in spades, and Beiko moves her story from hilarious to heartbreaking with true literary grace. Evocative prose and crisp, crackling dialogue perfectly define this rich fantasy world. I can't wait for Book Two!” — Charlene Challenger, author of The Voices in Between and The Myth in Distance

“In Scion of the Fox, S.M. Beiko introduces us to Roan, a wry, fierce young woman whose world changes in the blink of an infected eye. She's more than she has ever imagined, and there's enchantment everywhere — flying, running, and swimming around her — transforming everything and everyone she has ever known. Beiko's magic-steeped Winnipeg is a marvel, and Roan is a delight. I look forward to following her into her next adventure.” — Caitlin Sweet, author of The Pattern Scars


Scion of the Fox is the first book in the Realms of Ancients series. It follows Roan, a high schooler with an incredible family history waiting to be discovered. When she is attacked and almost sacrificed to a river monster, she starts to learn that things in Winnipeg are not as they might appear. There are ancient families that have animal counterparts and they must offer up their children, 1 every year, to the darkling in the river so that they are not flooded.

So what can you expect? The is a lot of world building in this book so the plot takes a little while to pick up, but once  you are in it, you are in it for the long haul. Beiko does a good job giving the reader just enough information to keep them hooked while leaving enough out to have the story progress. I found the pacing a little slow in the first half but I flew through the second half.

I liked the characters, they were different and interesting, but also all had issues and were trying to overcome them in their own ways, or in some cases not at all. I liked that Roan was able to grow through this experience at least a little.  

As for the overall plot, it was very interesting. I liked the idea of this monster living here on earth and just going unseen by so many. I liked the alternate beings the Human/Animal mash-ups. I think that some of the big-hitting twists were very obvious from the beginning and while I enjoy when I can figure those things out, it does leave a bit to be desired in the end.

So in the end I enjoyed this book quite a bit, it was a lot of information and world building in one book, so I am interested to see how the next in the series are written, will there be more action now that the playing field is out there? I am curious. I think that teen readers that enjoy fantasy will enjoy this one.

About the Author

S.M. Beiko has been writing and drawing strange, fantastical things since before she can remember. She currently works as a freelance editor, graphic designer, and consultant and is the co-publisher of ChiZine Publications and ChiGraphic. Her first novel, The Lake and the Library, was nominated for the Manitoba Book Award for Best First Book as well as the 2014 Aurora Award. Scion of the Fox is the first book of the Realms of Ancient trilogy. Samantha lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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Oct 10, 2017

Blog Blast w/ Excerpt and Giveaway!: How to Catch a Monster by Adam Wallace

How to Catch a Monster by Adam Wallace & Andy Elkerton

Sourcebooks Jabberwocky

Publication Date: September 5, 2017

A USA Today Bestseller!

From the creators of the New York Times bestselling How to Catch a Leprechaun and How to Catch an Elf!

There's a monster in my closet,

with claws, and teeth, and hair,

and tonight, I'm going to scare him!

He lives just right through there...

Get ready to laugh as a young ninja heads into the closet to meet the monster that’s been so scary night after night! But what if things aren’t what they seem and our monster isn’t scary at all? What if our ninja hero is about to make a friend of strangest sort?

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About the Author
Adam Wallace is a children’s writer and cartoonist living in Australia. He is the author of the New York Times bestselling How to Catch series and Only You Can Save Christmas. 
Andy Elkerton is a children’s book illustrator based in the United Kingdom. 

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