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The Princess Spy, by Melanie Dickerson 

The Princess Spy… what a great book!! Technically the fifth installment of Melanie Dickerson’s Hagenheim fairy tale romance series, it chronologically parallels The Golden Braid (book #6) and is told from another character’s perspective, focusing the story in an entirely different direction. 

Full of castles and princesses, adventure and just enough romance, this book makes me smile. Prior to reading Melanie Dickerson’s imaginative books, I typically steered away from this era (I’m not really sure why)… but since discovering these, I jump at the chance to pretend I’m in medieval Europe alongside these characters. It feels like we’re friends. 

This story is a creative retelling of The Frog Prince. I really love that these stories include more than only the most commonly told fairy tales. 

I’d liken The Princess Spy to a cup of tea. Something comfortable that makes you feel right at home. Because that’s what these books do for me.

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To Get to You, by Joanne Bischof 

SUCH a sweet story. Oh my goodness. 

To Get to You is a story of forgiveness and second chances.. of starting new and giving others that opportunity as well. It’s about seeing the best in others and embracing who they are deep down rather than judging who they might appear to be at a glance.

At a glance, this story is stereotypical mohawk-wearing, skateboard-riding, former troublemaker kid-from-a-broken-home meets stereotypical sheltered, mom-reads-her-texts, Christian homeschool girl. But truly, it goes so much deeper than this. These characters are so very alive and developed… and they are their own people. Not cast from a mold. Not stereotypical. At all

Riley’s bitterness toward his long-absent dad is understandable but really tugs at the heart. When he ends up having no other option but to call his dad for help after major car trouble, Riley must confront the lack of history they have together.

An adventurous road trip story, it incorporates themes of reconciliation and sweet love. And it brought tears. Joanne Bischof gives new meaning to the word heartfelt

This book kept me wanting to keep listening to just one more chapter, it left me continually wanting to know what comes next. I’m so looking forward to finding out when the next book is coming. 

Nick Powers did an excellent job with the audio book, as he brought out the many emotions found within these pages. 

This book, for me, is reminiscent of a freshly-baked batch of homemade cookies. The kind that aren’t yet cool, the kind that you find yourself reaching for another without even looking up. Because it’s natural. This story is natural too, it’s real. 

 
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Posted by on May 29, 2017 in Fiction, Joanne Bischof, YA

 

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In Between, by Jenny B Jones

In Between is both a fun and heartbreaking story. Katie is a foster child… one who will soon be aging out of the system. Written from Katie Parker’s perspective, this captivating story lets us as readers in on her innermost feelings and fears. While her choices aren’t always the best, she really just wants to love and be loved, and to replace her deepest fears with lasting hope. 

The humor in this book will bring a smile to your face. Jenny B Jones has a very upbeat and candid writing style that I truly enjoyed. As I listened to the audio version, I want to add that Reba Buhr did a fantastic job reading Katie’s story. I want to finish the series! 

This book correlates with guacamole and lime tortilla chips for me. Guacamole with some spice. The combination of flavors is just right. 

 

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Release Day for Curse by Steven James!!! – GIVEAWAY

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One of my Top Favorite Writers has a new release today!!! It’s called Curse, and is the third book in a YA trilogy… Haven’t read the first two? This is even more reason to pick them up asap! And if you’re not YA, that’s okay. You can still read these and definitely gift them to others!

Enter the GIVEAWAY!!!

Blitz-wide giveaway (US/CAN only)
5 print copies of Curse

This giveaway ends on May 26th:
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Book & Author Details:
Curse by Steven James
(Blur Trilogy #3)
Published by: Skyscape
Publication date: May 24th 2016
Genres: Thriller, Young Adult

What’s this book about?

Don’t miss this intriguing and climactic conclusion to the Blur Trilogy.

As Daniel Byers prepares to attend a basketball camp before his senior year of high school, the terrifying blurs that’ve plagued him for the last nine months return.

Dark images begin to haunt him—creatures crawling from the deepest pits of his nightmares, glimmers of chilling memories from his early childhood. But before he can unearth the meaning behind his mysterious hallucinations, Daniel must team up with two other extraordinary teens to save a young woman who has been abducted by a scientist obsessed with enacting his own warped form of justice.

This atmospheric mystery picks up where Fury left off and takes readers into the uncharted regions where reality and madness intertwine.

Find it on Goodreads: 
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28230959-curse?from_new_nav=true∾=1&from_search=true

Purchase the trilogy:
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Curse-Blur-Trilogy-Book-3-ebook/dp/B017TVZO5S

Who’s Steven James?

Best known for his high-octane thrillers, Steven James is the award-winning author of eleven suspense novels. The Blur Trilogy is his first mystery series for teens. Steven has taught creative writing around the world and loves rock climbing, science fiction movies, and chicken fajitas. Find him at these links…
http://www.stevenjames.net/
https://www.facebook.com/sjamesauthor
https://twitter.com/sjamesauthor
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/144788.Steven_James

 
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Posted by on May 24, 2016 in Giveaway, Steven James, Suspense, YA