1. Bewitched Kids Corner 18 - The Familiars by Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson

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    Bewitched Kids Corner 18 - The Familiars by Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson

    Happy Friday, and welcome to the latest installment of our monthly feature
    where we review Children’s books.

    The Familiars

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    Written by Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson and Illustrated by Peter Chan and Kei Acedera
    Amazon / B&N / Indiebound / Goodreads

    Is the kingdom’s fate in the hands of an orphan cat?

    Running fast to save his life, Aldwyn ducks into an unusual pet store. Moments later Jack, a young wizard in training, comes in to choose a magical animal to be his familiar. Aldwyn’s always been clever. But magical? Jack thinks so and Aldwyn is happy to play along.

    He just has to convince the other familiars the know-it-all blue jay Skylar and the friendly tree frog Gilbert that he’s the powerful cat he claims to be.

    Then the unthinkable happens. Jack and two other young wizards are captured by the evil queen of Vastia.

    On a thrilling quest to save their loyals, the familiars face dangerous foes, unearth a shocking centuries-old secret, and discover a destiny that will change Vastia forever. Their magical adventure an irresistible blend of real heart, edge-of-your-seat action, and laugh-out-loud humor is an unforgettable celebration of fantasy and friendship.

    Magical For Any Age

    Since my little foxes were born, I’ve been longing for the day when they would be old enough to read my classics:  Tolkien, Rowling, Weis & Hickman.  And for the past 8 years, they have whole heartedly resisted all inklings of fantasy, high or low.  So, it was with an insane amount of self restraint that I made myself remain nonchalant when my son picked up The Familiars by Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson a few months ago.  “Oh,” I said casually, “that looks interesting.”  Then I waited until he’d headed off to the counter to start my fist-pump dance that had the other library patrons wondering if I was experiencing a seizure.

    This series is a wonderful entree into the fantasy genre!  Centered around a trio of scrappy animals, who must learn to trust themselves as much as each other, this series is both filled with adventure and a few moments that were just scary enough for my soon-to-be third grader.  There’s also chatter about it becoming a movie, which I think would be fantastic.

    Fun and fantastical, this is a great easy ready and a perfect first “long” book for younger readers.

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  2. Illusive by Emily Lloyd-Jones

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    Illusive by Emily Lloyd-Jones

    X Men meets Oceans Eleven? What an amazing promise right? I love superpower stories and with this amazing cover I was just so excited to read it! 

    A vaccine that turns you into a super-human!

    The idea behind the super powers is actually  quite cool. There was a horrible disease and while a vaccine was created that actually helped, it also created super powers for a few lucky or unlucky people. There are classics like telekinesis, but also other powers like the power to create an Illusion, which our main heroine Ciere has.

    Needless to say the government likes to abuse these people for their own purposes and they are also hunted since everyone is afraid. So Ciere is hiding among criminals and turned into a thief. So far for the backstory….

    When you get tangled in something far bigger than yourself….

    Ciere is a small thief but then she messed with the wrong people and suddenly owes these people quite some money. Then, it gets even worse and the government is after her, and a super explosive secret!

    Actually, the part with the government the hunting down the vaccine, which was thought to be lost was a thrilling and exciting storyline. There was a big twist towards the middle and again towards the end that was nicely played! The part with the other mobsters? I could have done without it, and for quite a while I didn’t see where this was going. In the end, it made sense after all…

    Characters I wished I would have loved more! And Characters I loved and wished would have gotten more screen time.

    This story was definitely plot driven – at least for me! We get two POV – one from Ciere and one from Daniel. Ciere of course made sense, but why we also got Daniel’s POV made no real sense for me. Initially I thought he would be the love interest, but that turned out wrong, so I am still wondering about this. Quite frankly, I didn’t fully connect with Ciere.

    But.. there were amazing characters that I loved so much, but sadly weren’t the main characters. There is Kit, the one who took Ciere in and he’s such a mysterious man and he was such an interesting character. Then there is Magnus and the interactions between him and Kit were so intense and full of chemistry that I wanted to know more about their relationship! Were they lovers, friends, more like a father and son relationship? I still have no clue, but I want to know! I hope this is going to be explored int he next book.

    Then, there is Ciere’s best friend and I really really liked this boy. Sadly, he’s been written off towards the end and I felt so angry about it. I invested in him, connected with him only for him so apparently serve his purpose and then disappear.

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    Bottom Line

    Illusive by Emily Lloyd-Jones comes with a great and thrilling plot line that offers some surprising and exciting twists! I’m usually very very character driven and sadly I didn’t hit off with the main characters and rather fell in love with characters that were written off too fast or weren’t meant to be the focus of the story. So I am a little torn with this story I liked the idea and concept, but couldn’t love the characters.

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    So, the big question are you a character driven reader or a plot driven reader?

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  3. Pre-Squee about… Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews

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    Pre-Squee about… Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews

    Pre-SqueeWelcome to the Pre-Squee, a new weekly feature here at the Bookworms and at The Book Swarm. Some books, though they might not be coming out for a few months, need an early squee — we just can’t hold in our excitement about them! Sure, we’ll do full reviews closer to the release date but this feature gives us a chance to share a little bit of our love, whether it be for the story, cover, characters, or whatever. We’re quite flexible in our book love.

    So today we Squee about 

    Burn for Me
    by Ilona Andrews

    Series: Hidden Legacy #1

    Goodreads | Pre-Order : amazon

     October 28th 2014 by Avon

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    I think Mary also had a Pre-Squee about this one a few weeks ago. and now I know why! Damn it! Ir was so so so freaking awesome!

    Many people know Ilona Andrews “Kate Daniels Series” and love them, just like me I am such a big fan too! I also tried to get into her “The Edge” series but didn#t love it so much.

    But now…

    This new Series?

    HOLY FREAKING AWESOME!

    Nevada, the heroine is just fanfreaking amazing. She’s strong, independent and she knows what she wants! I admire her so much. And then there is Connor, or Mad Rogan a powerful (like really really powerful) magic user, who is just swoon worthy! Gosh, he’s the perfect alpha male that takes and not asks! But, when he meets Nevada – he finally found someone who tells him “no”

    YES Go Nevada!

    Seriously, this story is filled with amazing characters, the most amazing and oustinding heroine, a swoon worthy alpha male and lots of magic!

    Readers who love Urban Fantasy MUST read this book!

    Mark the calendar ladies! 

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  4. The Fire Wish by Amber Lough- The Jinni Wars Book 1

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    The Fire Wish by Amber Lough- The Jinni Wars Book 1

    Jinni’s!!! This recent trend is absolutely wonderful and makes me excited! I had a recent feature about Jinni’s with some wonderful images!

    Beautiful and wonderful ancient arabic setting!

    The story of The Jinni Wars is set in Baghdad way in the past, filled with some fantasy elements creates a very unique an magnificent atmosphere. Humans are at war with the Jinni’s and we are following two girls who look very much a like, but one is human and one is a Jinni – both dream of having a different life!

    When the human girl Najwa captures the Jinnie  Zayele, she wishes to trade places and now the must life the others life in fear of being discovered! We get both POV and the story shifts between these two girls and we get glimpses also into both settings, as the Jinni’s have to life underground in a disclosed environment.

    Love finds you whether you want it or not!

    Even though both girls desperately try to hide who they really are, the find love even though they were not prepared to do so! Both romances were sweet and adorable, but Najwa’s romance came with more chemistry and got me more excited. But, one should keep in mind that there are two stories in one that finally have to melt together. Maybe there was just not enough time to invest enough into both relationships.

    Secrets, Political Intrigue and Surprises!

    Apart from the beautiful setting, the sweet romance the story also deals with the ancient war between humans and Jinni’s and is just now about to take a turn. Needless to say our girls will play a crucial role in these events.

    The story started out a little slow, but picked up towards the middle. I absolutely loved the middle east setting, with all the beautiful woman and henna tattoos – and the Jinni’s world was so beautiful and fantastical. It was a great mix of history and fantasy! There are some twists and surprises that added a whole new level of excitement – and especially one twist was played very nicely and caught me by surprise.

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    Bottom Line

    The Fire Wish by Amber Lough was a wonderful Young Adult Fantasy story filled with magic, political intrigue and romance. The setting was magnificent with the magical filled arabic world and the story follows two girls, one human and one Jinni who are caught in the middle of an ancient war!

        

    Do you also love Jinni stories??? I hope there will be more Jinni related stories! 

    And don’t miss my Pinterest Inspirational Board which was inspired be The Fire Wish and Exquisite Captive! 

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  5. Sunday with the Bookworms 7… with Burn For Me, Valour and Vanity, and The Great Escape

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    Sunday with the Bookworms 7… with Burn For Me, Valour and Vanity, and The Great Escape

    Welcome Friends! Do you have a Coffee or a Tea? Then sit down and chat a little bit about your week with us!

    Like every week, Heather, Pushy and Danny are sharing what they read and what other exciting things happened in their lives!

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    *image from the wonderful Seth MacBeth

    Danny’s Week

    It’s been a fairly quiet week for me! Apart from some issues I had with my car which drove me nuts! The garage tried to fix it twice and after I spend an insane amount of money, I hope it’s working again now.

    But.. I got a lot of awesome reading done, which I missed so much! Last weekend I read 3 books and it felt like heaven! I read Ugly Love by Collen Hoover and it broke my freaking heart! I shared a particularly wonderful and heartbreaking quote in our Friday Feature “Bewitching Words and Whispers” 

    And then, because Jenny told me that I needed to read this book, I read Rites of Passage by Joy Hensley - and OMG this book was so freaking good! I read it in one sitting, I didn’t want to stop!

    Finally, just this morning I finished Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews! Holy Shit!! I loved it SO so SO much!! I’m still so bummed it’s over and I have to wait forever for the next book!

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    Heather’s Week

    I traveled out of state to give some critical training to our guys this week for work, so I had a bit of down time at the hotel at night to watch the rest of Season one of Hemlock Grove on Netflix. This series is a bit out there and gory and weird, but I totally loved it. Now I just need to find the time to start Season two. I also watched the new series Finding Carter on Mtv. It’s about a girl who didn’t know that she was kidnapped when she was three years old until she was hauled in by the police and fingerprinted for something unrelated, so she’s returned to her real family. It’s angsty and drama-filled goodness so far after four episodes.

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    Book wise, I finished up Valour and Vanity by Mary Robinette Kowal, which had so many emotional ups and downs that I really wondered if Jane and Vincent would make it out with their sanity in sections of the book. Next, I started the latest installment of the Songs of Magic series by the fabulous JL Bryan, called Fairy Luck. I’m eager to jump back into this YA fantasy land of  humor, evil, magic, and a fantastic male protagonist with a great head on his shoulders.

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    Pushy’s Week

    Quite week over here too! I finished The Agincourt Bride, boy was that good! But it left me in the mood for something light and fluffy. So I picked up The Great Escape by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. It’s so much fun! Also, because you can never be too good at it, and because it was recommended in an article in Forbes I read recently, I picked up Negotiation Genius by Deepak Malhotra and Max H. Bazerman.

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  6. Bewitching Words And Whispers 1 with Ugly Love, 16 Things I Thought Were True, and Ruin & Rising

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    Bewitching Words And Whispers 1 with Ugly Love, 16 Things I Thought Were True, and Ruin & Rising

    As we already promised before, we wanted to spice things up a little and add a few different Features to make our blog more fun and interesting! One of these features is Picture This, then we have a new Wednesday Feature called Pre-Squee and today, we have the first installment of Bewitching Words and Whispers.

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    In Bewitching Words and Whispers, we are going to share some of our favorite quotes that we’ve selected from the books we’ve read lately! Here we go!

    Danny picks…

    “We’re both gasping for breath between our tears. It’s intense. It’s heartbreaking. It’s devastating. It’s ugly. It’s over.” 

     from

    ugly love

    I read this book last week and damn it was so heartbreaking but SO SO GOOD! The quote I picked was during a scene that completely broke my heart!

    Heather picks…

    “I may be many things but not beautiful.”
    He traces a finger over my chin. “Trust me, Morgan. Some girls are cute and some girls are pretty. But to me, you’re beautiful.”

     from

     16ThingsIThoughtWereTrue

    I reviewed this last month and this snippet shows just a tiny bit of the swoonyness that is Adam. He knows just what to say to make Morgan (and me) melt! In this scene, they really come together after all of her doubts and insecurities and his fear of jumping back into a relationship with both feet.

    Pushy picks…

    Na razrusha’ya. I am not ruined. E’ya razrushost. I am ruination.”

     from

    ruin and rising

    I don’t think I’ve ever loved Genya more than when she spoke these words. I love how strong she is, even in the face of the evil that tried to destroy her!

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  7. The Game Series by Eve Silver - Book 2 Push

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    The Game Series by Eve Silver - Book 2 Push

    This is a series for everyone who loves Video Games, always wished to be in one and who loves SciFi !

    Intrigued?

    The first book RUSH came out last year and I really loved it!

    Rush by Eve Silver was most definitely a rush full of dark, edgy action. Rush was an incredible  fast paced story with vivid characters, which are full of secrets and mysteries! The setting was phenomenal , adding an unique and refreshing addition to YA Sci-Fi stories!

    Needless to say I was excited for this sequel, but also scared at the same time.

    Series Elements to be Excited about

    • Contemporary Setting with SciFi Elements and even Aliens!
    • The Game! The kids are pulled into “The Game” to fight off Aliens, there are have to finish missions in order to survive and ..„ maybe save the world!  and this created a Gaming Like Atmosphere !
    • Kick ass heroine! I love Miki so so much! She’s so strong and kick ass!
    • Complicated Romance, but no Love Triangle! Woooot!
    • Jackson our swoon worthy hero who drives us mad!

    What to expect from Push – Book 2 

    A lot of heartbreak – again! The first book ended with a huge cliff-hanger, which of course no one ever believed was entirely true. Needless to say, we are excited when Jackson is back in the picture, but at the same time he break Miki’s and our hearts! Stubborn Boy! He’s going to drive us crazy!

    A lot of action – again! The kids are again sent on dangerous missions, but this time it seems like “the game” has somehow changed and it’s getting more dangerous!

    A lot of exciting characters – again! I already loved Miki and the crew before, but I feel like Eve Silver spend even more tint flashing out and developing the secondary characters! I love Miki’s friends and they wonderfully add to the story!

    Second Book Syndrome? Unfortunately yes - as much as I enjoyed the book, I felt like we didn’t move much further with the story. Sure there were some new developments, but I was hoping for more! Well, I guess I will have to wait for the next book

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    Favorite Quotes!

    “Back at being an asshole, Jackson?” “I never stopped”

    I don’t get it. Don’t get him. His touch, his kiss, tell me I’m the most important thing in his world. His word tell me I don’t matter at all. 

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    Are you a gamer? Love video Games and … love books with video game elements? Then, have you read RUSH? 
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  8. Epic Into into the Styclar Saga - Lailah by Nikki Kelly - an inspirational post & giveaway

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    Epic Into into the Styclar Saga - Lailah by Nikki Kelly - an inspirational post & giveaway

    Today, Nikki Kelly is taking over the blog with an exciting  picture -walk-through her paranormal YA Debut LAILAH which is coming out in October 2014. You know that I am a big, huge, immense fan of all things paranormal so LAILAH, with its promises of Vampires, Angels and more was super high on my wish list!

    And I am so super excited that Nikki shared a few of her inspirational pictures, which most definitely will make you want to read Lailah RIGHT NOW! At the end, we will have a Giveaway for you too, so … stay and enjoy!

    and here is Nikki Kelly:

    With Lailah’s pub day fast approaching, Danny had a great idea to show some of the images from The Styclar Saga Pintrest board!

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    On Pintrest (www.pintrest.com/styclar) you can find a STYCLAR—Lailah, Gabriel and Jonah mood board and if you follow me, you can request access to the currently locked STYCLAR—Book2 mood board, which I am building as I FINISH UP WRITING THE BOOK!

    STYCLAR—Book One—LAILAH Opening quote

    YA novels that feature Angels, have a tendency to quote the bible or other oldy-worldy text, but not STYCLAR… Oh no.

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    Lailah—The Heroine

    There are a few reasons (no spoilers!) why it’s hard to accurately depict our protagonist, but here is a range of images that show how I imagine Lailah to look, both in present day and in the past. (#whoislailah)

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    Gorgeous Gabriel—Our rogue Angel Descendant

    Well, I don’t think any words from me are needed, except you’re welcome J (#TeamGabriel)

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    Jonah—Our Second Generation Vampire

    In my humble opinion, he’s an all round swoon worthy bad-boy. (#TeamJonah)

    As Jonah came to life on the page, he proved to me that change is possible and sometimes very necessary.

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    The Girl In Shadow—An enigma

    Hell hath no fury like The Girl In Shadow…

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    STYCLAR—LAILAH …

    …….features some great locations.

    I visited all of the main settings a number of times, as I like to experience the places and people for myself before I write about them. Here’s some images including the Pyrenees Mountains, next to the lake where the end of the story unfolds… (This is an actual photo taken in the very spot!)

    And of course we have various important and meaningful objects too, including Lailah’s Calvert chess set and crystal ring.

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    Lailah by Nikki KellyAbout Lailah

    • Publication: October 7th 2014 by Feiwel and Friends
    • Goodreads | Pre-Order: Amazon

     

    The girl knows she’s different. She doesn’t age. She has no family. She has visions of a past life, but no clear clues as to what she is, or where she comes from. But there is a face in her dreams – a light that breaks through the darkness. She knows his name is Gabriel.

    On her way home from work, the girl encounters an injured stranger whose name is Jonah. Soon, she will understand that Jonah belongs to a generation of Vampires that serve even darker forces. Jonah and the few like him, are fighting with help from an unlikely ally – a rogue Angel, named Gabriel.

    In the crossfire between good and evil, love and hate, and life and death, the girl learns her name: Lailah. But when the lines between black and white begin to blur, where in the spectrum will she find her place? And with whom?

    Gabriel and Jonah both want to protect her. But Lailah will have to fight her own battle to find out who she truly is

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     So guys, what do you say? Doesn’t this all sounds and look absofreaking amazing?? And.. of course, the most important question, Team Gabriel or Team Jonah? 

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  9. Homeroom Diaries by James Patterson, Introducing the Freakshow and a Giveaway

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    Homeroom Diaries by James Patterson, Introducing the Freakshow and a Giveaway

    Hey Guys! Happy Monday and I couldn’t be more excited than starting this week with a very special post to kick of the Blog Tour for James Pattersons newest Teen book: Homeroom Diaries.

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    I’m thrilled to have James Patterson on the bog today, introducing the characters who play centre stage in this new book, and I can say that it’s the perfect way to get completely intrigued by this story. When I read the world “cuckoo” I immediately had to think of one of my girl friends who loves to say this word, constantly.. :)

    In addition, the book is accompanied by illustrations, and I have one these below, but for now:

    Introducing the Freakshow –

    Guest Post from James Patterson

    Most people wouldn’t call their friends a Freakshow.

    But Cuckoo Clarke, the main character in my new book, Homeroom Diaries, is not most people.

    She and her friends, a tightknit group of misfits, wanted to call themselves something worse than what the “haters” at their high school could come up with, hence “Freakshow.” Yeah, that’s their sense of humor. Obviously, they each needed corresponding nicknames too.

    First, our narrator, Margaret Clarke, goes by Cuckoo, since she’s been to a mental institution and often acts a little, well, cuckoo. She’s a girl facing problems you don’t always read about in YA books, but that happen to millions of teenagers across the world.

    Her best friend is Katie, or Brainzilla. She’s focused her entire life and self worth on doing well in school—her dream is to go to Yale—and to have a life completely different from her parents.

    Tebow, real name Peter, is Cuckoo’s friend. Or maybe something more? He’s kind, athletic, and a devout Christian – another group I rarely see depicted with any measure of accuracy in books, YA or adult (and movies too).

    Beverly, or Flatso, is warm, kind, strong, and, well, fat – but it’s all muscle. But in high school, people don’t see muscle, they just see someone who looks different.

    Hana picked the name Eggroll, or Eggy, because the haters made fun of her for being Asian. She has what you’d call a “Tiger Mom,” but unlike Brainzilla, she cares more about yo-yos and playing the trumpet than getting into the Ivy League.

    Paul, AKA Zitsy, is – as you’d imagine – covered in zits. And even grosser, he has to help his plumber father with toilets, sewers, and other places you don’t want to think about.

    And now Read an Excerpt

    I’m Cuckoo Clarke.

    This story mostly takes place in a small town outside Portland called North Plains. There’s a gun shop outside town that has an annual Back-to-School Sale. (I’m anti-gun.) Every August, our town hosts the World’s Largest Elephant Garlic Festival. (I’m pro-garlic.) Most people around here wear Nikes, Portland’s proudest. (I prefer Uggs, but I wouldn’t say I’m

    definitely pro- or anti-footwear.)

    And now, welcome to the main setting of this show: NorthPlains High School! It looks the way you’re probably picturing it. The hallways are full of the Usual Suspects: Jocks, Nerds,

    Twinkies, Otaku, Barbies, Goths, Eurotrash, Jailbait, Stoners, Joiners, Glommers, Delusionals, Haters, Wankstas, Thespians, Teachers, Terror Teachers, Zomboids, Robots, Gleeks, United

    Colors of Benettoners, Libertarians, Activists, Juvies, Baristas,Blahs, and—my best friends—the Freakshow.

    That’s right. We call ourselves the Freakshow. My best friend, Brainzilla (Katie), had this idea that we should give our little group a nickname that’s far worse than anything any of the diseased minds in our school could dream up.
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    HomeroomDiariesAbout Homeroom Diaries

    Publication: July 21st 2014 by Little, Brown and Company

    In James Patterson’s first highly illustrated “diary fiction” story for teens, the mega-bestselling author’s most endearing and original teen heroine ever proves that everyone can use a helping hand once in a while. Margaret “Cuckoo” Clarke recently had a brief stay in a mental institution following an emotional breakdown, but she’s turning over a new leaf with her “Happiness Project”. She’s determined to beat down the bad vibes of the Haters, the Terror Teachers, and all of the trials and tribulations of high school by writing and drawing in her diary. And when life gets really tough, she works through her own moments of uncertainty through imaginary conversations with her favorite literary characters. Cuckoo’s also got a nearly impossible mission: she, along with her misfit band of self-deprecating friends (who call themselves “the Freakshow”) decide to bridge the gap between warring cliques and “bring the Nations together”. Not everyone is so willing to join hands and get along, but Cuckoo never stops smiling…until one of her closest friends, pushed to desperation by a Hater prank, decides that enough is enough.

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    In January, 2010, The New York Times Magazine featured James Patterson on its cover and hailed him as having “transformed book publishing.” Time magazine named him “The Man Who Can’t Miss,” and he is a two-time Children’s Choice Book Award “Author of the Year” nominee, a designation decided on by more than 15,000 children and teen readers. In the past three years, James Patterson has sold more books than any other author (according to Bookscan), and in total, James’s books have sold an estimated 260 million copies worldwide. Since 2006, one out of every seventeen hardcover fiction books sold was a Patterson title. He is the first author to have #1 new titles simultaneously on The New York Times adult and children’s bestsellers lists and is the only author to have five new hardcover novels debut at #1 on the list in one year—a record-breaking feat he’s accomplished every year since 2005. To date, James Patterson has had nineteen consecutive #1 New York Times bestselling novels, and holds the New York Times record for most Hardcover Fiction bestselling titles by a single author (76 total), which is also a Guinness World Record. From his James Patterson Pageturner Awards (which rewarded groups and individuals for creative and effective ways of spreading the joy of reading) to his website ReadKiddoRead.com (which helps adults find books that kids are sure to love) to his regular donations of thousands of books to troops overseas, Patterson is a lifelong champion of books and reading. His critically acclaimed Maximum Ride series debuted on the New York Times bestsellers list at #1 and remained there for twelve straight weeks. The series has so far made ninety-four cumulative appearances on The New York Times bestsellers lists, proving that kids of all ages love page turners. He captured the attention of boy readers with Daniel X series, and his third series for readers of all ages debuted in December 2009 with Witch & Wizard, which spent five consecutive weeks atop the New York Times bestsellers list. Patterson is the creator of the top-selling new detective series of the past dozen years, featuring Alex Cross and including the Hollywood-adapted “Along Came a Spider” and “Kiss the Girls,” starring Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman. He is also the creator of the #1 new detective series of the past five years, featuring Lindsay Boxer and the Women’s Murder Club, from which the ABC television drama series was adapted. He has authored books behind six films on the Hollywood fast-track, including the upcoming Maximum Ride movie forthcoming from Avi Arad, the producer of X-Men and Spiderman. He is the author of novels — from The Thomas Berryman Number (1976) to Honeymoon (2005) — that have won awards including the Edgar, the BCA Mystery Guild’s Thriller of the Year, the International Thriller of the Year award, and the Reader’s Digest Reader’s Choice Award. And, he has won a Children’s Choice Book Council’s Children’s Choice Awards “Author of the Year” award (2010). One of Forbes magazine’s Celebrity 100, James made a guest appearance on the popular FOX TV show “The Simpsons” in March, 2007.

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    Now tell me, which of the Freakshop Characters sounds most intriguing? I think I go with Cuckoo, so in love with that name:) 

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  10. Sunday with the Bookworms 6 … with Audiobooks, Hemlock Grove, and

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    Sunday with the Bookworms 6 … with Audiobooks, Hemlock Grove, and

    Welcome Friends! Do you have a Coffee or a Tea? Then sit down with us and chat a little bit about your week with us!

    Like every week, Heather, Pushy and Danny are sharing what they read this week and what other exciting things happened in their lives!

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    Danny’s Week

    Germany won the World Cup!!!!! YES! For the 4th time in history, we are world champions and the whole country is celebrating! Woot!

    But.. back to reading :))

    I finally (finally) finished the audio for City of Heavenly Fire- and I think it was an absolutely great way to tie finally everything together. The series got an ending it deserved and Cassandra Clare tied up neatly “The Mortal Instruments” series in, as well as introduced the next series The Dark Artficies which is coming end of 2015. Well done!

    Immediately I started the next audio from one of my favorite series: Kevin Hearne’s The Iron Druid Chronicles Book 7 “Shattered” – This series needs to be listened to on audio. I know I keep saying this, but Luke Daniels is a genius and brings these characters to live like no one else!

    I finished The Fire Wish and for my love of all things Jinni related I even created a special post – Picture This! Jinni’s. After this I quickly read “Forecast by Rinda Ellitot” which I liked so much and I started Illusive which has just the perfect pitch line to get me hooked: “The X-Men meets Ocean’s Eleven in this edge-of-your-seat sci-fi adventure about a band of “super” criminals .” 

    Illusive by Emily Lloyd-Jones Shattered by Kevin Hearne

    Heather’s Week

    After having a pretty good week at work but a cool one weather wise here in Chicago, we’ve been staying indoors once I’ve gotten home from work so it’s been a bit more calm. I’ve read a ton of Lego books with my son, but I also managed to fit in some reading for myself as well. I finished up the amazing near-future thriller The Forever Man by Pierre Ouellette. If you check out my review for the TLC Blog tour post, you can enter to win a $25 e-book gift card to the retailer of your choice and a copy of the book. I took a break from regular books to read a fantastic Twilight fanfiction, Détruit by Somah. It’s an alternate universe-all human story where Edward is a government contracted killer, and I really enjoyed this thriller. I used the website Ficsave to download the entire completed fic as a mobi file so I could read it on my Kindle.

    I’m really excited to be reading the fourth installment of the Glamourist Histories, Valour and Vanity by Mary Robinette Kowal. This one has been described as Jane Austen meets Oceans Eleven, and I’m really enjoying it so far. I’ve also continued to make my way through the audiobook of The Oversight by Charlie Fletcher while at work.

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    Now that Netflix has released the second season of Hemlock Grove, I started watching season one. I’ve made it through the first three episodes and I like it so far. There’s a werewolf that’s scruffy and cute, and some murders. I certainly like that I don’t have to wait a week between episodes and I can watch them whenever I want. I’m still watching True Blood (underwhelming), Teen Wolf (excellent), and Witches of East End (cheesy goodness).

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    Pushy’s Week

    Such a week! Lots going on personally, my brother actually go married yesterday (WOOT for SIL’s who are awesome!!). I started reading two books we’ll be hosting on tour in the next few months: The Agincourt Bride by Joanna Hickson and Made For You by Melissa Marr. It’s no secret I love historical novels and Melissa Marr and I’m loving both books!!

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    On the TV front, I’ve taken my love for history and England and started re-watching the Tudors. Good stuff!!!

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    So guys, tell us about your week. What are you reading and watching? 

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  11. Picture This 2 - Jinni’s

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    Picture This 2 - Jinni’s

    Hello, dear reader!!  We switching things up on Fridays and so we’ll have a few new, non-review posts coming up.  And today we have another round of:

    Picture This

    Playing off the theme that a picture’s worth a thousand words, Picture This is a post that deals with the visual behind the books we love.  In these posts we’ll share an image or two, talk about why we shared them and then we’ll leave the floor open to you to share your thoughts!  So, without further ado, this post’s Picture This theme is….

    Jinni’s

    Right now I am obsessed and excited about Jinni’s, and yes I always have the song “Jinni in a bottle” in my head whenever I think about it! I created a pinterest with some wonderful inspirations:

    Follow Danny Bewitched’s board Jinnie in a Bottle on Pinterest.

    I just read and finished two Jinni related books about which I am mega excited and I can’t wait to share my thoughts about them with you! And even though the both dealt with Jinni’s they are totally different. Exquisite Captive has a contemporary setting, while The Fire Wish is set in the past and plays in the old Bagdad.!

    EXQUISITE CAPTIVE cover FireWish

    What about you? Do you also love Jinni’s? Are there any Jinni books that you loved, then please share them in the comments!! 

    And which one is your favorite picture? 

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  12. The Things You Kiss Goodbye by Leslie Connor

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    The Things You Kiss Goodbye by Leslie Connor

    Issues like Abuse, Family Expectations and true Friendship made sure to create an emotional story!

    Bettina is not having it easy at home. A Father who cares more about family traditions and rules than the person itself makes it hard for Bettina to find her own way. I felt often so horrible during interactions between Bettina and her father. She cannot go out, she cannot date and basically do all the things usually kids her age do.

    For some reasons however he approves of Brady, and even allows her to date him. Finally free to go out, Bettina thinks initially that finally she can life a normal teenage life.

    But when golden boy Brady turns out to be not the wonderful golden boy everyone things him to be, Bettina has no idea how to react.

    Abuse in a very subtle way! When does abuse really starts!

    The abuse was portrayed in a very delicate and quite interesting way which is both a strong point of the book as well as the weak point. It’s clear vey fast that Brady is not good for Bettina, but in the beginning it’s very subtle and small things where he does not treat her right. This makes it even more complicated for Bettina to break up with him and leave him. Who would believe her?

    I think Leslie Connor drew a very fine line here when a relationship turns into something unhealthy and where to make a cut. While I think this was a very smart way to address abuse, I always expected things to escalate which then never happened. Also the end of this relationship (and I don#t think this is a spoiler) was not as strong as I hoped it to be.

    A savior to love and hold on to…

    Interesting was also the addition of Cowboy. An older boy who seems to understand Bettina much more than any of her family members or friends. He sees quid early that she needs someone who takes her seriously, who listens to her and just be there for her. Cowboy is a little older which adds another level of complexity to the story, but also this point could have been just stronger. It was a slowly building relationship based on trust, respect and friendship – just the sparkles were missing for me.

    And.. I am NOT going to talk about the ending which completely left me speechless, sad and also a little mad….

    Bewitched Rating

    Rating 3

    Bottom Line

    The Things You Kiss Goodbye by Leslie Connor was a story about  abuse, family expectations and true friendship, with a lot of emotionally draining events. I just wished for the issues to be more  powerful and a little more dramatic – but I guess that was entirely the intention. As much as I was missing a stronger story development, the ending was as dramatic and shocking as it could come.

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  13. What if your choice creates a new world? - Dissonance by Erica O’Rourke

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    What if your choice creates a new world? - Dissonance by Erica O’Rourke

    The cover has been already around for a quite a while and ever since I was fascinated with the story and the cover.

    Parallel Worlds – a quite interesting concept

    In general I love the concept of parallel worlds and universes and in Dissonance, the idea of “choices” is explored. If you choose differently at some important points in your life, how would that change your life? So which each decision a new world is created and even thinking about the enormity of this completely blows my mind. The challenge with books like these is to deliver and create a world that is still believable and easy enough to grasps without taking away too much from the actual story.

    This worked in Dissonance only to some extent. What I found missing was the enormity of the worlds that could have been created. We much rather got into contact with worlds that were too similar to the “original” one.

    Del walks from world to world to find the boy to fall for!

    Del is a Walker and only Walkers can travel between the worlds. There is even a secret society that makes sure the original world stays intact and does not break down. While Del is extremely talented as a Walker and can quite quickly catch the Dissonance of each world, she’s also a small rebel who is not much about rules. She often finds herself walking through worlds and is especially drawn to a specific one where here long time crush Simon finally realises her. Soon, she meets the different Simons in every world as if they are magnets destined to find each other. While this sounds quite romantic, I didn’t completely feel the romance between them.

    Dangerous Secrets and a World about to crash!

    The romance was not the biggest part of the story and the main focus was on the secrets the Walker community holds and Del is about to uncover. She realises that they are all told many lies, lies that can change everything.

    There are a few supporting characters that I have a love-hate relationship with. First there is Del’s grandpa who is quirky, but I still have a hard time completely understanding his motives. Then there is Del’s sister who I couldn’t stand for most of the book. Del’s best friend actually is my highlight with his loyalty to Del, despite her rebellious behaviour.

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    Rating 3.5

    Bottom Line

    Dissonance by Erica O’Rourke comes with a great and amazing concept of parallel world that are created with each and every decision people make every day and every second. I was missing a little the enormity  of this world as the story mainly resolves around worlds that are super close to ours. The romance was not quite convincing, but the plot thrilling enough to keep me hooked until the last page!

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    Do you love stories with Parallel Universes and Worlds? Which one is your favorite?

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  14. The Kiss of Deception - Seven Ingredients for Swoon Worthy Romance & Giveaway

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    The Kiss of Deception - Seven Ingredients for Swoon Worthy Romance & Giveaway

    I’m sure you already heard about this amazing new Young Adult Fantasy series! Heather already reviewed The Kiss of Deception and said it was “absolutely fabulous” . When I read a few weeks ago, I was completely blown away by how much I loved it!

    Needless to say, we are thrilled to host Mary Pearson today on the blog with her recipe for swoon worthy romance! The romance in The Kiss of Deception was so so freaking amazing!

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    So please welcome Mary E.Pearson with…

    Seven Ingredients I Love Seeing in a Swoon Worthy Romance

    1. Chemistry

    It’s not just about looks, or hormones, or that they both like coconut macaroons.  There has to be a certain magic between the two characters that is irresistible.

    1. Friction

    But of course they can and do tick, annoy, and infuriate each other too. They are not  made from exactly the same mold which is what keeps things interesting.

    1. Near misses

    Timing is everything and sometimes it seems like they are forever ships passing in the night. Come on you two, get it together.

    1. Independence

    They both have their own goals, their own needs, their own lives and motivations. They are interesting on their own without each other, but boy put them together and they are unstoppable.

    1. Obstacles

    It might be friends, family, that “other” person, or entire kingdoms, but rarely is love smooth sailing from the get go. Things get in the way.

    1. Doubt

    They just might not make it. Seriously, it would be a shame. As a reader, I worry that the obstacles might win. They might end up with the wrong person, or alone, or dead, or … so much could go wrong!

    1. The Kiss

    Or many. It make take a while, but the wait is so worth it. Whether it lasts for only a few words, a few sentences, or a few pages, at some point, even if momentary, love wins.

    Thanks for having me at Bewitched Bookworms today, Danny!

    The Kiss of Deception

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    by Mary E. Pearson (WebsiteFacebookTwitter
    Series: The Remnant Chronicles #1 
    Published by Henry Holt and Co.Macmillan on 2014-07-08 
    Genres: Fantasy & MagicLove & RomanceYoung Adult 
    Pages: 496 
    Source: Publisher 
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    5 Stars 

    In this timeless new trilogy about love and sacrifice, a princess must find her place in a reborn world.

    In a society steeped in tradition, Princess Lia’s life follows a preordained course. As First Daughter, she is expected to have the revered gift of sight—but she doesn’t—and she knows her parents are perpetrating a sham when they arrange her marriage to secure an alliance with a neighboring kingdom—to a prince she has never met.

    On the morning of her wedding, Lia flees to a distant village. She settles into a new life, hopeful when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deception abounds, and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—even as she finds herself falling in love.

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    So what are your ingredients for a Swoon Worthy Romance? Are you also excited about The Kiss of Deception? 

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  15. Sunday with the Bookworms 5 with a special award, Witches of East End, and Melissa Marr

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    Sunday with the Bookworms 5 with a special award, Witches of East End, and Melissa Marr

    Welcome Friends! Do you have a Coffee or a Tea? Then sit down with us and chat a little bit about your week with us!

    Like every week, Heather, Pushy and Danny are sharing what they read this week and what other exciting things happened in their lives!

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    *image from the wonderful Seth MacBeth

    Danny’s Week

    Even though it’s summer, the weather this week has been ugly here in Germany. Rain, cold and basically non-summery feelings. Too bad we had an “Open Door” on Thursday this week in our faculty, where we would have loved a little sunshine!

    This event has been lots of fun last year, we had lots booth for each field in biology, that is represented at our faculty. Then we also set up “fake labs” to show a little what we are doing every day. Lot’s of classes from schools are visiting and we can talk to them what it means studying biology in Munich.

    We also paired this event with a faculty party where we have a BBQ in the evening and some drinks. Highlight of the faculty party is always the “Award for Outstanding Teaching” which is always given by the student boy to one Professor or Lecturer who .. well deserves it.

    ……And much to my utter amazement, I got this award this year!

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    I was so so  touched, the speech from the students completely moved me! I would have never guessed a few years ago that I would find so much passion in teaching, but I just completely adore it. Working with talented students, helping them with problems and just seeing them grow into amazing scientist completely fulfills me which is why this award means so much to me!

    So uhm.. yes I had a great week..I’d say ;-)

    In terms of Reading? Since his week was so busy I didn’t have time for lots of reading. But I finished The Young World, which was such a fun read and I started The Fire Wish by Amber Lough! I’m so in love right now Young Adult Fantasy that I was completey thrilled when I got a Review Copy! I’m just about 20% in and even though the beginning was a little slow, I think it will pick up now, which is why I’m going back to reading right now!

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    Heather’s Week

    Congrats, Danny on your teaching award. It’s always nice to be recognized like that, especially when it’s by your students!

    I went back to work after having a week off for vacation, so needless to say, it was a long week. Getting used to rising at 4:30 am and hopping a train to commute into the city to be at work by 7 am was a bit hard to get used to after waking up whenever we felt like it for over a week. That being said, I mostly took a nap on the morning train ride, so I spent the afternoon portion reading The Forever Man by Pierre Ouellette. I’m reading this near future thriller for the author’s blog tour, and his imaginings of what the United States will be like soon as both frightening and so smartly drawn. I also started the audiobook The Oversight by Charlie Fletcher. I’m enjoying this magical world set in the past in England so far.

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    Season two of Witches of East End just started back up on Sunday on Lifetime. It’s based on the novels by Melissa de la Cruz and I haven’t read the books, but this show is a bit of a hot mess guilty pleasure. Sort of like a soap opera. There’s just not much new on during the summer…

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    Pushy’s Week

    OMG, Danny!!!  This is awesome!!!  I know how great that kind of recognition can be and I completely agree that it’s well deserved!  I love when you talk science with me!!  Like Heather, it was back to work for me this week as well, but thankfully I’m not up as early as she is so it was more pleasant for me.

    This week was quite busy (what with going back to work and all…) but I finished up my books from last week and started on an ARC I got for a tour, Made for You by Melissa Marr.  I’ve loved everything I’ve ever read by Ms. Marr, and I’m very much looking forward to seeing where this one goes!

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