"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us." —J. R. R. Tolkien

Thursday, February 27, 2014

BOOKS TO LOVE: BROKEN WORLDS by Anitha Robinson

I picked up this book and read it nearly in one sitting which was such a welcome relief to my recent reading history. BROKEN WORLDS has that gripping quality that makes you have to turn the pages. To have to find out what happens next. The story and characters pull you in and don't let you go. And though the book is technically a science fiction story, at its heart, it is a story about abuse recovery. I'd recommend BROKEN WORLDS for those fans who enjoyed the TITHE series by Holly Black or the WICKED LOVELY series by Melissa Marr. Because of the abuse recovery theme, I'd save this one for the 9th grade and up crowd.


BROKEN WORLDS by Anitha Robinson (Cbay Books, June 10, 2014)



About the book:

When a brutal attack leaves her barely conscious, Kalli thinks that the young man carrying her away is an angel sent to ferry her to Heaven. After all of the abuse and months of homelessness, Kalli welcomes the relief that Heaven would bring. Handsome Ellis, though, turns out to be just as mortal as she is. A kind stranger, Ellis saves her life by taking her to a local clinic to be healed. Once better, Kalli finds herself staying with her unusual rescuer while being monitored constantly by his mysterious family. It s not an ideal situation, but it beats the streets. Now that she s safe and warm and appears to have found someone who cares for her, Kalli assumes the worst is behind her. She couldn t be more wrong. Broken Worlds was the very first Young Adult Winner in the Yummy but Brainy Writing Contest presented by CBAY Books.

Source of book: From publisher by request

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

BOOKS TO LOVE: ICE DOGS BY Terry Lynn Johnson

I'll be the first to admit that this book is totally not the genre I normally read. I'm all about the sci-fi and fantasy, but Terry Lynn Johnson is my online friend, and I could not resist picking this book up the very day it came in the mail!

What did I think?

I adored it! From the fun interaction between the main characters to the struggle for live and death in the harsh winter of Alaska, I couldn't put ICE DOGS down. I was immersed in the world of dog-sledding and I didn't want to leave. Well written, well-edited, and beautifully put together, ICE DOGS is a wonderful, edge-of-your-seat action adventure story perfect for middle grade and young adult audiences, boys and girls alike. Highly recommended!

ICE DOGS by Terry Lynn Johnson (HMH Books for Young Readers, February 4, 2014)


About the book:
Victoria Secord, a 14-year-old Alaskan dogsled racer, loses her way on a routine outing with her dogs. With food gone and temperatures dropping, her survival, and that of her dogs and the mysterious boy she meets in the woods, is entirely up to her.

Author Terry Lynn Johnson is a musher herself and her crackling writing puts readers at the reins as Victoria and Chris experience setbacks, mistakes, and small triumphs in their wilderness adventure. 


Source of book: Provided by publisher

Monday, February 17, 2014

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Mythology Books to Love

If you're crazy about mythology like I am, then I can't recommend enough this amazing series by George O'Conner! I'm thinking you should buy them all right now :)

Not only did I whip through the six currently published books (I think/hope more are coming), but so did my 3rd grader daughter and my 7th grade son. We all agree they're the best!



 ZEUS: KING OF THE GODS

ATHENA: GREY-EYED GODDESS

HERA: THE GODDESS AND HER GLORY

HADES: LORD OF THE DEAD

POSEIDON: EARTH SHAKER

APHRODITE: GODDESS OF LOVE


Source of books: Purchased

Monday, February 10, 2014

Things to Share!

Happy Monday!

In the realm of things to share, first, I have to point out this very awesome SOLSTICE fan book trailer!



Love it!

And second, in things to share, I'm super excited to announce that all four of my currently published books are now available in audiobook! Yes, I have an official author page on Audible with four items inside!

(Check them out here!)