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Friday, February 12, 2016

Blog Tour: Red: The True Story of Red Riding Hood by Liesl Shurtliff (ARC Review + Giveaway)

Hello and welcome everyone to official blog tour for Red: The True Story of Red Riding Hood by Liesl Shurtliff! Today I will be sharing with you all my review of the book and having a giveaway for a print copy! 

Title: Red: The True Story of Red Riding Hood
Author: Liesl Shurtliff
Publisher: Random House Kids 
Release Date: April 12th, 2016
Genre: Middle-Grade > Fairytale retelling

Source: Publisher (print ARC)

Red is not afraid of the big bad wolf. She’s not afraid of anything . . . except magic.But when Red’s granny falls ill, it seems that only magic can save her, and fearless Red is forced to confront her one weakness.

With the help of a blond, porridge-sampling nuisance called Goldie, Red goes on a quest to cure Granny. Her journey takes her through dwarves’ caverns to a haunted well and a beast’s castle. All the while, Red and Goldie are followed by a wolf and a huntsman—two mortal enemies who seek the girls’ help to defeat each other. And one of them just might have the magical solution Red is looking for. . . .

Liesl Shurtliff weaves a spellbinding tale, shining the spotlight on a beloved character from her award-winning debut, Rump. 
Pre-order/purchase at: Amazon | B&N

We all know the tale of little red riding hood. Red goes off to Grandma's house in the woods and falls prey to the big bad wolf. In THIS story, Red tells us what really went down

While Red's parents are away she stays with her Grandma. Red's Grandma loves to teach her magic even if every time Red tries something bad ends up happening. Red has decided to give up learning magic altogether. Until one day Grandma falls ill and Red must go out into the woods to collect ingredients for an all-cure potion. While collecting her items, she comes across a girl with golden curly locks, Goldie. Goldie joins Red in hopes to help out and along the way she discovers there may be a way to not only cure her Grandma but make it so she lives forever. Red is told there are 3 items within the woods that can create immortality but what one will work? On Red's journey to find these magical items she is faced with many challenges, new friends, and foes but more so she comes to find a strength in herself she never knew existed. 

Will Red find a way to save her Grannie? Or will finding the magic items be the least of her worries? Something evil is lurking nearby...and this time, it's NOT the wolf.

Wow! Talk about your fantasy books! Red was everything you'd expect from a fantasy story and more. The world building was simply amazing! There was so much always going on, a twist here, a turn there. The secondary characters, such a Goldie, Wolf, and Beast were all brilliantly captured and written into the story. The story held my attention and did not let go. I was totally lost in Red's world and excited to find out what would happen next. One of the main things I loved about the book was how different this retelling of red riding hood it is. I never expected the author to take the story in places she did. Author Liesl Shurtliff took the simple classic story of a girl visiting her Grandma and finding the wolf and remarkably warped it into something so much more!  I will definitely be checking out all of the other books in the series. 

Without a doubtRed: The True Story of Red Riding Hood by Liesl Shurtliff is one of my favorite read of 2016 so far! For a middle-grade novel, it really is quite amazing! I so recommend it to everyone! If you enjoy books with a ton of adventure, magic, epic world-building, and fun and likable characters then this book is a MUST-READ!

 4.5 STARS - Totally Awesome! I loved it, would read again.

About The Author: Liesl Shurtliff

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Liesl Shurtliff was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, with the mountains for her playground. Just like Rump, Liesl was shy about her name, growing up. Not only did it rhyme with weasel, she could never find it on any of those personalized key chains in gift shops. But over the years she’s grown to love having an unusual name—and today she wouldn’t change it for the world!
Before she became a writer, Liesl graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in music, dance, and theater. She now lives in Chicago with her husband and three young children, where she still dreams of the mountains. Rump is her first novel.

Come check out all of the blogs on tour!
Monday, February, 1: Bookiemoji, Author Guest Post
Tuesday, February, 2: Seeing Double In Neverland, Review
Wednesday, February, 3: MundieMoms/Kids, Review
Thursday, February, 4: BookHounds, Author Interview
Friday, February, 5: The Lovely Books, Review
Saturday, February, 6: I'm Shelf-ish, Guest Post
Sunday, February, 7:  Kid Lit Frenzy, Review
Monday, February, 8: Mel's Shelves, Review
Tuesday, February, 9: Once Upon A Twilight, Author Random Facts
Wednesday, February, 10: SciFiChick.com, Review
Thursday, February, 11: Swoony Boys Podcast, Review
Friday, February, 12: Bittersweet Enchantment, Review
Saturday, February, 13: WinterHaven Books, Review except 18
Sunday, February, 14: The Cover Contessa, Review
Monday, February, 15: Pandora's Books, Review
Tuesday, February, 16: On Starships and Dragonwings, Review
Wednesday, February, 17: As They Grow Up, Review
Thursday, February, 18: Owl Always Be Reading, Review
Friday, February, 19: Such a Novel Idea, Playlist and Review
Saturday, February, 20: The Children's Book Review, A Selfie and a Shelfie
Sunday, February, 21: The Mod Podge Bookshelf, Author Movie Cast
Monday, February, 22: Katie's Clean Book Collection, Review
Tuesday, February, 23: Words We Heart, Review
Wednesday, February, 24: Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers, Author Guest Post
Thursday, February, 25: Confessions of a Readaholic, Review
Friday, February, 26: Bookish Antics, Review
Saturday, February, 27: Bumbles and Fairy-Tales, Review
Sunday, February, 28: Valerie's Reviews, Review
Monday, February, 29: Lili's Reflections, Review
Tuesday, March, 1: To Read, or Not To Read, Review
Wednesday, March 2: Stories & Sweeties, Review
Thursday, March 3: Cafinated Reads, Review
Friday, March 4: The Book Monsters, Review
Saturday, March 5: Twinning for Books, Review
Sunday, March 6: Curling Up With A Good Book, Review
Monday, March 7: The Compulsive Reader, Review
Tuesday, March 8: The Reading Nook Reviews, Review
Wednesday, March 9: Resch Reads and Reviews, Review
Thursday, March 10: Beauty and the Bookshelf, Review
Friday, March 11: Xpresso Reads, Review
Saturday, March 12: Diamond’s Reads, Review
Sunday, March 13: Blissful Book Reviews, Review
Monday, March 14: Vi3tbabe, Review
Tuesday, March 15: The Book Cellar, Review 

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Book Trailer Release Blast: ARROWS by Melissa Gorzelanczyk + Giveaway!

Welcome to the book trailer release day blast for ARROWS by Melissa Gorzelanczyk! Enjoy watching and be sure to enter the giveaway below for some amazing prizes! 

Arrows by Melissa Gorzelanczyk 
Publisher: Delacorte Press 
Release Date: January 26th 2016 
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Fantasy, Mythology, Retellings, Romance

A modern cupid story set in present-day Wisconsin combining the fantastical elements of Greek mythology with the contemporary drama of MTV's Teen Mom.

People don’t understand love. If they did, they’d get why dance prodigy Karma Clark just can’t say goodbye to her boyfriend, Danny. No matter what he says or does or how he hurts her, she can’t stay angry with him . . . and can’t stop loving him. But there’s a reason why Karma is helpless to break things off: she’s been shot with a love arrow. 
Aaryn, son of Cupid, was supposed to shoot both Karma and Danny but found out too late that the other arrow in his pack was useless. And with that, Karma’s life changed forever. One pregnancy confirmed. One ballet scholarship lost. And dream after dream tossed to the wind.

A clueless Karma doesn’t know that her toxic relationship is Aaryn’s fault . . . but he’s going to get a chance to make things right. He’s here to convince Danny to man up and be there for Karma. But what if this god from Mount Olympus finds himself falling in love with a beautiful dancer from Wisconsin who can never love him in return?

This fast-paced debut novel explores the internal & external conflicts of a girl who finds herself inexplicably drawn to a boy who seemingly doesn't reciprocate her  feelings, touching on the issues of love, sex and responsibility, with a heroine struggling to control her destiny--perfect for fans of Katie McGarry's novels and MTV’s 16 and Pregnant. 
Purchase at: Amazon | B&NPenguin Random House

“This tale of Cupid meets teen mom is unique . . . for fans of fantasy fiction and mythology, such as Aimee Carter’s ‘The Goddess Test’ series or Rick Riordan.”—SLJ

“A sweet high-school twist on Greek mythology with added substance about teen parenting and breaking out of a bad relationship."—Booklist

"A great mythological take on love, heartache, and teen pregnancy."—VOYA

Here's the book trailer...

Melissa Gorzelanczyk is a former magazine editor and columnist who believes love is everything. She is a proud member of the SCBWI, The Sweet Sixteens and the Class of 2k16. Her young adult novel ARROWS is available now from Delacorte Press, a division of Penguin Random House. She is represented by agent Carrie Howland of Donadio & Olson. She lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin, with her husband and family. 

Must be 13+ To Enter | Ships in US only.

Please see terms and conditions for full contest rules. Some restrictions apply.
1 Winner will get an amazing Arrows Valentine includes:
- Signed hardcover of the book
- Stella & Dot arrow wishing bracelet - "Adventure awaits. This Arrow bracelet is the perfect reminder to fulfill your dreams."
- The official Arrows makeup bag by Gracie Designs
- A Valentine from the author
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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Release Day Celebration: GLASS SWORD by Victoria Aveyard + Giveaway!

Welcome to the Release Day Celebration for the GLASS SWORD (Red Queen #2) by Victoria Aveyard! 
We are so excited to read what happens next for Mare! Aren't you?! Come join in on the celebration for this new release and enter the giveaway below to win a RED QUEEN Prize pack!

Title: Glass Sword
Series: Red Queen #2
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Pages: 448
Release Date: February 9th, 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen

Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control. 

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors. 

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat. 

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?
Purchase at: Amazon | B&N 

Victoria Aveyard is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Red Queen. Victoria was born and raised in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, a small town known only for the worst traffic rotary in the continental United States. She moved to Los Angeles to earn a BFA in screenwriting at the University of Southern California. She currently splits her time between the East and West coasts. As an author and screenwriter, she uses her career as an excuse to read too many books and watch too many movies. She has sold several television pilots and feature-length screenplays. You can visit her online at www.victoriaaveyard.com or on Twitter at @VictoriaAveyard.

One winner will get a RED QUEEN Prize pack from HarperTeen, which includes:
- 1 Physical Copy of CRUEL CROWN (0.1 & 0.2 Red Queen)
- 1 Red Queen foam sword that reads “Kneel or Bleed”
- 1 Scarlet Guard scarf

Must be 13+ To Enter | Ships in US only | 
See Terms & Conditions for full contest rules before entering some restrictions apply
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