Blog Tour + Giveaway: Awaken by Georgina Kane


Welcome to our tour stop on the AWAKEN Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours! Today we are hosting Georgina Kane's book, Awaken. Make sure you check it out and enter the giveaway!

 

Title: AWAKEN 
Author: Georgina Kane
Pub. Date: December 5, 2017
Publisher: Fierce Girl Publishing House
Pages: 278
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Find it: Amazon, Goodreads

In the city of Daventry, citizens live without question of authority, liberty or even the ability to dream. Your purpose is determined by your placement within the Sectors of Society. 16 year old Ethan Drake is quiet and awkward without a lot of friends. Plagued by nightmares of people and places he doesn't recognize, he struggles to fit in. Much to his classmates surprise, he is placed in the esteemed Technology Sector alongside the city's top leaders. Soon his vivid and frightening dreams consume his life. He turns to his mentor, Dr. Godrik Stevens, a geneticist and the holder of many secrets to help him figure out what's wrong with him. In their search for a cure, they uncover a secret about their beloved city so horrifying, it could change their lives forever. Of course, there are those who want the secret to remain hidden and soon Ethan finds himself in the middle of a war. Will he be able to find the answers he so desperately seeks before its too late?
 

Georgina Kane – I graduated from St. Cloud State University with a BA in English Writing and Literature. I’ve been writing since childhood but I’ve recently started writing full length novels and short stories.
My first book is called Awaken – a YA scifi dystopian story of a 16 year old boy who finds out the secret his society has been keeping for hundreds of years.
I’m currently working on my second novel, Midnight Wolf – a YA supernatural thriller that follows three caster brothers who are sent to a high school to investigate supernatural attacks.


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Week One:
11/13/2017- The Desert BibliophileReview
11/14/2017- Life Within The PagesInterview
11/15/2017- JrsbookreviewsReview
11/16/2017- Jena Brown WritesReview
11/17/2017- PC Book Reviews & Book ToursGuest Post

Week Two:
11/20/2017- BibliobakesReview
11/21/2017- BookHounds YA- Interview
11/22/2017- TeacherofYA's Book BlogReview
11/23/2017- Wonder StruckExcerpt
11/24/2017- Owl always be readingReview


Happy Thanksgiving from all the Owls!!!!!


We wanted to take a little time today and let you all know that we are thankful for each and every one of you. You are our motivation everyday to continue to do what we do and aspire us to be better. Blogging is tough and it's not all rainbows and unicorns, but we love it. Especially when you send us a message telling us that you read one of the books we recommended and loved it! That right there is what keeps us going, so thank you!


I also wanted to give a little something away since it's thankGIVING and all.  I will give one lucky winner a box full of ARCs and Finished copies.  Yup, you read that right!  I am going to make this giveaway easy, so all you will have to do is tweet the giveaway and let us know what you are thankful for this year. That's it. Pretty easy, huh.  

* * U.S. Only. Sorry, but a box that big will be super expensive to ship outside of the U.S. 



Children's Book Reviews: Earn It!; One Leaf, Two Leaves, Count with Me! & Philomena's New Glasses

Hello Owls! I have a very fun post today, I'm so excited to be reviewing some picture books! I want to mention that these books would make great holiday gifts, as we are now getting into the holiday season. Let's talk about these three very cute, children's books...


Earn It!

Title: Earn It! A Moneybunny Book
Author: Cinders McLeod
Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books
Source: Publisher - thank you!
Age: 5 on up - but content is suitable for any age :)

Bun wants to be rich and famous. She loves to sing and knows she's meant for a career on stage. It should all be pretty easy -- her mom can just drive her to the concert hall to perform! But her mom reminds her that most good things, like the garden they are growing, take time and work. At first, Bun isn't terribly excited by the idea of singing lessons and practice, but as she does the math and daydreams about her future singing career, the more she starts to like the idea of earning her way to stardom -- a feeling just as good as being rich and famous!  

My kids and I both enjoyed reading Bun's tale. It was fun to see her dream, and dream in reality. From a parental aspect, I enjoyed the way that Bun's dream was handled. It wasn't discouraged, but was brought to reality on what it takes to achieve her dream. Bun's determination was sweet and my kid sand I had a fun time cheering for her throughout the book. I also love the learning aspects with the "money" (carrots are used as money in the book) and addition/subtraction that goes with it. Bun earns money each week through chores, so it's a great teachable aspect regarding allowance. Though my kids are a little young yet to understand money, this book is a great resource to grow with. They can be introduced to it now and then when they understand, they can do the math along with Bun. Additionally, a fun project to do would be to have a child think of their dream and what costs it may take to get there. 





One Leaf, Two Leaves, Count with Me!

Title: One Leaf, Two Leaves, Count with Me!
Author: John Micklos Jr, Clive McFarland (Illustrator)
Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books
Source: Publisher - thank you!
Age: All Ages

Count your way through the seasons! In spring, the tree's leaves appear, one by one. By summer, there's a glorious canopy. And when autumn winds blow, leaves fly from the tree, one after another, leading us into winter. There's a world of activity to spy in and around this beautiful tree as the wild creatures, and one little boy, celebrate the cycles of nature. As little ones count leaves, look for animals, and enjoy the changing seasonal landscape, bouncy rhymes and bold illustrations make learning to count easy -- corresponding numerals reinforcing the learning fun. 

This book is so fun! The book is colorful and we have a soft spot for books with rhyming phrases. Although the cover shows fall, it was a pleasant surprise to find that the book actually goes through all the seasons. It has a great learning aspect about showing kids how the seasons change, and even how they cycle through. Not only does this book teach about seasons, but we also had fun counting the leaves and looking at the animals in the pictures as well. Both of my kids and I thoroughly enjoyed this one and right after we finished, they wanted to read it again.





Philomena's New Glasses

Title: Philomena's New Glasses
Author: Brenna Maloney
Publisher: Vikings Books for Young Readers
Source: Publisher - thank you!
Age: All ages

Philomena needs new glasses. Her sister Audrey wants them, too. And if Philomena and Audrey have them, shouldn't their sister Nora Jean also have them?

In this utterly amusing tale of sisterhood, glasses, purses, and dresses, these girls soon make an important discovery. Not everyone needs the same things!

If you're looking a fun, light-hearted book with some fun humor, this is the one to pick. This tells such a cute story with pictures of real-life hamsters wearing glasses with purses and wearing dresses. We had fun giggling at the hamsters in their outfits with their accessories. There's also quite a bit of humor with the story-telling as well. The two together had us laughing quite a bit. Not only is this book fun with the hamsters, but there are some teachable moments as well. It talks about glasses and why Philomena needs glasses. It even shows a diagram of why Philomena needs glasses. This was a fun way to show my kiddos why some people (like their mom and dad) need to wear glasses/contacts. The sisters learn that they don't have to have everything that their sisters do and sometimes it's better to be unique. I loved the extra deleted scenes section in the back of the book which show some really fun blooper photos of the hamsters.

 







Blog Tour + Review + Video: Penelope March is Melting by Jeffrey Michael Ruby

Title: Penelope March is Melting
Author: Jeffrey Michael Ruby
Release Date: November 14, 2017
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Age Group: Middle Grade
Genre: Fantasy

             
Something sinister has come to Glacier Cove, an icy-cold town that sits on top of an iceberg. Nothing bad ever happens here. Until now. And it's up to Penelope March to stop it.

Mmm-hmm, that Penelope—the bookworm who lives in the ramshackle house with her brother, Miles. The girl with the mom who—poof!—disappeared. The one everyone ignores . . . except strange Coral Wanamaker, a tiny thing with raven-black hair and a black coat.

When Penelope meets someone who seems to know secrets not only about Glacier Cove but about Penelope herself, she and Miles are pulled into an ancient mystery. Together, they’ll face the coldest, cruelest enemy ever known. Looks like the girl who only reads about adventures is going to start living one.

This was a wildly imaginative story about 12-year-old Penelope March. I fell in love with her from the first page especially since she's an avid reader, and so was I at that age. She looks up to the daring heroines who save the day in the stories she reads and really, this is a journey of her accomplishing just that as she faces the unknown dangers that come with trying to save her town.

Glacier Cove is a town that sits on top of an iceberg and it is melting. Now I have to say, I don't know if it was the author's intention to make this whole story one giant metaphor for everything happening with our environment these days, but it is absolutely brilliant to weave these elements into the story.

When Penelope meets her quirky neighbor and finds out why things seem so off in the town, she will work with the quirkiest sidekicks around, including a fellow lonely girl, to save the town and maybe, herself. One of the more fantastic parts of this story was the emphasis on the importance of family and I loved Penelope's relationship with her brother - which is evident from page 1.

So as you can tell, I absolutely adored this book. So many elements were such great moral stories for children without going into "preachy" territory. And it was just so much fun! Let's not forget the fact that they live on top of an iceberg(!), the townspeople are so vividly written and have the kookiest names and each one stayed imprinted in my brain long after I finished the book.

I recommend this for children in the "upper" middle grade age range as there are some sinister forces at play, and there are tough subjects dealt with (but in a delicate, not-in-your-face type way) such as the dad's drinking, and some minor violence when Penelope and her brother finally have to fight the enemy of the town. Overall, I implore you guys to read this one - and to recommend it to the pre-teens in your life - as it has made my "top list" this year.

Happy reading!


JEFFREY MICHAEL RUBY (@dropkickjeffy) is the chief dining critic of Chicago magazine. He is the coauthor of Everybody Loves Pizza: The Deep Dish on America’s Favorite Food, and has also played college basketball in Ireland, assisted in an autopsy, and sumo wrestled in front of 20,000 people in New Jersey. He lives in Chicago with his wife and three children. Penelope March Is Melting is his first novel. Visit Jeffrey at jeffrubymedia.com and @dropkickjeffy on Instagram.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I'm Thankful For


* Top Ten Tuesdays (TTT) is a weekly event hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. * * This week's TTT is:  Books You're Thankful For. This was a little hard to get down to ten, but I really focused on books that have been favorites and have become a part of my book heart. Here are the Books that I am Thankful for.




Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter #1)

The Harry Potter Series

I'm so thankful to have these books. They were books that made me believe in myself, and books that ignited my imagination. They gave me hope. I also endlessly love how these books bring people together. 


Twilight (Twilight, #1)

The Twilight Series 

This series turned me onto YA when I was a teen and they made me want to read. I searched and searched to find another series that I could devour, like I devoured this series.


Daughter of the Forest  (Sevenwaters, #1)

Daughter of the Forest

This is a book of my heart. I often get speechless when it comes to this book because its hard to explain how much it means to me. This is one of my all time favorites, and one that I would recommend to everyone. 


Pride and Prejudice

Pride & Prejudice

It took me a long time to read this because I was intimidated, but I ended up completely loving it. I've yet to read more Jane Austen because I loved this one so much, but don't worry, I'll read more Jane Austen soon. 


The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby

I owe it to F. Scott Fitzgerald for my love of literature. I loved looking into this book and finding all the hidden symbolism and what different parts of the book can mean. This is one of my favorite classics with the characters and the settings - I'm a sucker for the twenties era. 



The Sun Also Rises

The Sun Also Rises

I'm thankful to have been introduced to Ernest Hemingway's work. Much like F. Scott Fitzgerald, it was enjoyable to think about and analyze this book. I'm looking forward to reading more someday.



Tracks

Tracks

What an incredible story. I absolutely loved everything in this story; the writing, the characters, the story. It was a powerful and impactful story to me; one that has stuck with me for years. 


The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1)

The Winner's Curse trilogy

This trilogy really touched my heart. I loved everything about it and I couldn't get enough. This series is a favorite of all time and one that I constantly recommend. 



Finnikin of the Rock (Lumatere Chronicles, #1)

The Lumatere Chronicles

This series really brings on the feels, and in the best way. I really felt for the characters and I got so involved and touched with the story that I simultaneously couldn't put the book down but also needed to step away and absorb it (and also because I just didn't want the series to end.) 



Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky, #1)

Under the Never Sky

There is so much I'm thankful for about this book. I'm thankful that it displays a relationship that isn't flawless and when things happen that aren't right, they are addressed. I'm thankful that it shows a platonic relationship between a male and female. I'm thankful for the ships. I'm thankful for the unique story. And I'm thankful for the absolute blast that I had reading these books. 


There are quite a few honorable mentions that I had to mention as well...

Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1) The Hating Game Maybe in Another Life 



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