Book Blast + Giveaway: The Shadow Cipher (York #1) by Laura Ruby


It was 1798 when the Morningstarr twins arrived in New York with a vision for a magnificent city: towering skyscrapers, dazzling machines, and winding train lines, all running on technology no one had ever seen before. Fifty-seven years later, the enigmatic architects disappeared, leaving behind for the people of New York the Old York Cipher—a puzzle laid into the shining city they constructed, at the end of which was promised a treasure beyond all imagining. By the present day, however, the puzzle has never been solved, and the greatest mystery of the modern world is little more than a tourist attraction.
Tess and Theo Biedermann and their friend Jaime Cruz live in a Morningstarr apartment house—until a real estate developer announces that the city has agreed to sell him the five remaining Morningstarr buildings. Their likely destruction means the end of a dream long-held by the people of New York. And if Tess, Theo and Jaime want to save their home, they have to prove that the Old York Cipher is real. Which means they have to solve it.
From National Book Award Finalist Laura Ruby comes a visionary epic set in a New York City at once familiar and wholly unexpected.

Laura Ruby writes fiction for adults, teens and children. She is the author of the newly-released YA novel BONE GAP, as well as the Edgar-nominated children's mystery LILY'S GHOSTS, the ALA Quick Pick for teens GOOD GIRLS (2006), a collection of interconnected short stories about blended families for adults, I'M NOT JULIA ROBERTS (2007), and the forthcoming middle-grade trilogy YORK. She is on the faculty of Hamline University's Masters in Writing for Children Program. She makes her home in the Chicago area.








It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading is a weekly meme hosted by
Here is what we Finished, Currently Reading, and what is
Next In line. How about you? These were some fantastic reads and we are so excited to share what we think with you! So make sure you keep your eyes out for our reviews!
 
  


Stacking the Shelves

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.
We love getting new books and seriously can't wait to dive into them.
How about you? What new books did you get?
 
Recruit (Bodyguard #1 [#1, part 1]) Hostage (Bodyguard #2 [#1, part 2]) Hijack (Bodyguard #3 [#2, part 1]) Ransom (Bodyguard #4 [#2, part 2]) Wicked Abyss (Immortals After Dark, #18) Borrowed Souls (Soul Charmer #1) The Simplicity of Cider Public Relations

Opposition Shadows

Book Blitz and Giveaway: Amy's Story by Anna Lawton

Amy's Story unfolds on the background of American history, from the late 60's up until 2011, and takes us through the timeline of how Italian-native Amy, full name America, creates her success story.
Amy experiences love, heartbreak, friendship, obstacles, success, and more as she moves from Italy to New York City to live near her American father. Following in her father's footsteps, Amy becomes a successful publisher. Her story is intertwined with Stella, her childhood friend, whose unfinished memoir she intends to publish. As Amy edits the manuscript, Stella's life is revealed as she also leaves Italy with her American lover Jim, a heartthrob who conceals his sensitive nature under a bravado facade.
Stella faces career achievements, setbacks and heartbreaking love as her journey runs parallel to major historical events ―the Vietnam War, student protests and the Kent State shooting, the birth of radicalism and feminism, presidential elections and assassinations, immigration, the Watergate scandal, up to the 9/11 attack and beyond― providing an interesting commentary on the highlights in history that influenced the development of American society over the past 40 years and brought about the current outcome.
Additional captivating characters complete the picture and sustain the action: Steve, Stella's husband, conformist and uninspiring; Nik, a passionate and extravagant Russian intellectual; Rosa, once a maid at Amy's grandmother's country estate and now married to the owner of a New York pizzeria; and others.
Stella's memoir never gets published, because Amy transforms it into a very successful novel. This twist will have readers reimagining the entire story, and Amy and Stella's tale will remain with them for a long time.
   




“WHERE ARE YOU FROM?” PEOPLE WANT TO KNOW.
“I'M FROM HERE. I LIVE IN WASHINGTON DC.”
“NO. I MEAN, ORIGINALLY, WHERE ARE YOU FROM?” THEY INSIST.
“I'M FROM ITALY.”
“OH, ITALY. WHAT A WONDERFUL PLACE!” THEY ARE REALLY APPRECIATIVE OF MY NATIVE COUNTRY.
THEY TELL ME ABOUT HOW MUCH FUN THEY HAD ON THEIR RECENT TRIP.
“WHY DID YOU MOVE TO THE US?”
“I MARRIED AN AMERICAN. I WAS STILL A STUDENT IN THOSE DAYS.”
“AND THEN, WHAT HAPPENED?”
What happened . . . I earned my PhD in Russian Literature at UCLA. As a professor, I taught courses in literature, cinema and visual culture at Purdue University and subsequently Georgetown University until I retired in 2013. At some point in my career, I took a leave and went to Moscow, where I worked for USIA at the American Embassy as the Deputy Director of Public Information and Media Outreach and the Editor-In-Chief of the magazine Connections. Back in DC, I alternated between teaching and working at the World Bank as the managing editor of the magazine Development Outreach. I also served on the Advisory Film Committee of the National Gallery of Art. Toward the end of my academic career, I ventured into the private sector and founded the publishing house New Academia Publishing, which is today a successful enterprise.
Writing has been an important activity in all my jobs over the years. I am the author of three scholarly books, edited volumes, and numerous articles and essays in academic collections. My book, Imaging Russia 2000: Film and Facts, received the CHOICE Award as Outstanding Academic Title 2005. Then, the time came when I switched to fiction, and my first novel, Family Album, was published in Italy. It will soon come out in the English translation.
Now my second novel, Amy’s Story, has just been released.
Although inspired by some real places and circumstances, it is not autobiographic. It is pure fiction.


Book Review and Giveaway: Animal Planet: Animal Bites books


The Forgetting (The Forgetting, #1)Title: Animal Planet: Animal Bites, Baby Animals
Author: Dorothea DePrisco
Publisher: Time Inc. Books
Release Date: March 7th, 2017
Pages: 80
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher - Thank You!
Age Group: Children (Suggested age: 7-10 years)
Genre: Nonfiction Children's

        

With more than 200 adorable photos of baby animals and their families, there's serious "aw" factor on every page of Animal Planet Baby Animals. This fun addition to the Animal Bites series provides kids in the first years of schooling with the perfect bite-sized view of their favorite animals. Arranged thematically with a focus on animal behavior and family relationships, young readers will explore sections about life cycles, feeding, play time, conservation, getting around, and so much more. Special book features designed for this age group include simple infographics and 'All Grown Up' animal facts to help kids learn more about how young and adult animals differ- just like humans!

For more Animal Bites books, check out Animal Planet Ocean Animals, Animal Planet Polar Animals, Animal Planet Wild Animals, Animal Planet Farm Animals, and Animal Planet Animals on the Move.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of books in the Animal Bites series benefits the principal partners of R.O.A.R. (Reach Out. Act. Respond.), Animal Planet's initiative dedicated to improving the lives of animals in our communities and in the wild.    




I have to start by mentioning that these books are so cool! We received the Baby Animals as well as Animals on the Move for review. My littles love looking at animal and nature books, so receiving these two books was very exciting! 




The pictures are high quality and stunning. The pages are full of, not only gorgeous pictures of animals, but also interesting facts and little tidbits about the animals themselves. We loved looking through the books to see the pictures and also learning something new about each animal as we read through. We've looked through these a few times and they are so packed with facts and gorgeous photos that each time we look through, we learn something new. 





Even though the age suggestion on these books is 7-10, my 4 year old and 1.5 year old still had a lot of fun looking at the animals and learning their names. In Baby Animals we talked about what the baby animals looked like in comparison to their adult parents. We also talked about the different animals habitats in both books. In Animals on the Move we talked about how different animals move and if there was a race which animal would win. Although, the age range is 7-10, I’d say that any age could get some fun use out of this book and there's plenty to look at and learn about for everyone. Even I learned a few new things reading these books! 

To make reading these books extra fun, the publisher has made activity sheets for all 6 books that can increase your learning experience and interaction with these awesome books. You can access the activity sheets in this dropbox, by clicking here

Something super cool the publisher has going with these books is that with each book bought a portion of the proceeds benefits the principal partners of R.O.A.R. (Reach Out. Act. Respond.), which is Animal Planet's initiative dedicated to improving the lives of animals in our communities and in the wild. With Earth day being tomorrow, what a perfect way to celebrate than by purchasing a book to learn and support the environment! 

Also really cool is that the publisher has offered to give away a set of all 6 books! This giveaway is US only. The whole set includes Animal Planet Ocean Animals, Animal Planet Polar Animals, Animal Planet Wild Animals, Animal Planet Farm Animals, Animal Planet Animals on the Move, and of course, Animal Planet Baby Animals. There is a rafflecopter down below to enter and good luck!


Animal Planet Ocean Animals (Animal Bites Series) Animal Planet Polar Animals (Animal Bites Series) Animal Planet Wild Animals (Animal Bites Series) 


Animal Planet Farm Animals (Animal Bites Series) Animal Planet Animals on the Move (Animal Bites Series) Animal Planet Baby Animals (Animal Bites Series)


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