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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

You're always welcome at the HEARTWOOD HOTEL!

HI there!
Welcome back to another day of bookish fun here at Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Heartwood Hotel family/friends...
Mona, Ms. Prickles, and Mr. Heartwood, himself!

Today, you're in for a sweet treat, but that doesn't mean that it isn't dappled with trouble, danger, and hard won friendships.  It's a soon-to-be released chapter book series by Kallie George and illustrated by Stephanie Graegin via Disney Hyperion, entitled Heartwood Hotel.  The first two installments are getting set to hit bookstore and virtual shelves July 4th, 2017...go ahead, I'll let you mark your calendar before I continue...ready?  Great!  Now, don't worry, they won't sit there for long because this family of mismatched but oh so suited for each other animal friends are going to steal your heart away for adventure after adventure!  In fact, they're ready to get started RIGHT NOW, so if you'd be so kind as to grab your bags, we'll get started.  Up first...



An adventure filled beginning to what is going to be an adorable series for readers of all ages...

Mona the Mouse is in trouble.  Her home is being washed away by a terrible storm!  She's all by her lonesome, orphaned at a young age, but she's not giving up just yet.  She may be small in size, but she's big in heart, determination, and can-do attitude, which eventually lead her to the not-so-obviously doorstep of the Heartwood Hotel.  It's warm, cozy, and though filled to the brim with guests at the moment, always seems to find a place for newcomers thanks to the ever-so-generous Mr. Heartwood.  But wait...there's more than meets the eye at this hotel as well as in the story!  It seems that danger is still knocking on their door, from both the outside and within!  Will they be able to pull together and trust one another before it's too late?








Another sweet tale to add to this quickly growing series that reminds us of what's really important in life... family, friends, and a kind heart. A few extra seedcakes doesn't hurt either...

It's the season of gift giving in Fernwood Forest, but what's a mouse to do that didn't grow up with knowledge of those traditions?  Well, when you're the ever sweet, big-hearted Mona, you know where there's a will there's a way.  A gift of gratitude will be the last thing on their minds though when both guests and snow arrive in abundance, food starts to run short, and there's a thief in their midst!  If they're going to keep the grandest hotel's reputation, let alone their current guests alive and well, something has to be done and fast!  Good thing animals are known for their sharp vision, quick reflexes, and uber senses of smell...






Between the abundance of characters, multiple story lines, and adorable illustrations, this series has everything going for it and then some. It's enough to make one long for a room at the Heartwood Hotel to call one's own... and I'm pretty sure we'd be most welcome.  A great read for the heat of summer or the dead of winter that will kindle the fire of friendship, sharing, and kindness in the heart's of readers tall and small.



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Special thanks to Cassie at Disney Publishing Worldwide for the dual ARC for review.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the author, the illustrator, or the publisher, feel free to click through the links provided above.  Both titles are scheduled for release July 4th, 2017 via Disney Hyperion, so mark your calendar or pre-order your copy today!

Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!


Monday, June 26, 2017

BLOG TOUR: Words on Bathroom Walls by Julia Walton

Hi there!
Welcome back to another week here at Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers, and THANK YOU for making us a part of your busy day.  ^-^

Today, I'm pleased as punch to be shining the spotlight on a soon-to-be released title via Random House Books for Young Readers as well as participating in their virtual tour.  It's a Young Adult release from a new-to-me author that really strikes a nerve as she digs into the darkest corners of the mind to expose our deepest secrets, which is often our truest selves...but I'm getting ahead of myself.  First things first, and all that...it's time for the introduction.  Today's book of choice is....


by
Julia Walton
9780399550881
Random House Books for Young Readers

About the book...
Fans of More Happy Than Not, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and It’s Kind of a Funny Story will cheer for Adam as he struggles with schizophrenia in this brilliantly honest and unexpectedly funny debut.
 
Adam has just been diagnosed with schizophrenia. He sees and hears people who aren’t there: Rebecca, a beautiful girl who understands him; the Mob Boss, who harasses him; and Jason, the naked guy who’s unfailingly polite. It should be easy to separate the real from the not real, but Adam can’t.
 
Still, there’s hope. As Adam starts fresh at a new school, he begins a drug trial that helps him ignore his visions. Suddenly everything seems possible, even love. When he meets Maya, a fiercely intelligent girl, he desperately wants to be the great guy that she thinks he is. But then the miracle drug begins to fail, and Adam will do anything to keep Maya from discovering his secret.




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There were no reading updates with this one (if you follow on GoodReads, you may already know this), simply a start and a finish...and that my friends speaks volumes in and of itself.

It's a curious story that lets us inside the life of Adam... and Rebecca... and the mobsters... and several others that pop in and out of existence at will. That's right... Adam is different in some ways...he's been diagnosed with schizophrenia at a rather young age...but that doesn't make him any less worthy of life, love, and the chance to simply be. This is his story (albeit, a fictitious tale) and while filled with drug trials, non-productive therapy visits (at least verbally), and battles to discern what's actually there versus what he sees/hears, it's also bursting at the seams with your usual teenage angst, affairs of the heart, and the struggle to find ones place in that black hole called high school.  

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Seeing Adam's struggle from the inside out was eye opening.  I mean, there are a lot of WHAT IF questions posed that are really hard to fathom.  WHAT IF you walked into a room and had to pretend it was empty because you couldn't trust that the crowd you first perceived was actually there?  WHAT IF you screamed out against a danger you perceived to be imminent, that wasn't actually there?  It's mind boggling and heart crushing at the same time knowing that people actually have to face situations like this as their version of the norm.  The other other character connections made throughout the novel, really helped to balance things out and provide Adam with a support system he didn't always count on. Maya was a dream though not in the softest of tones, as was Dwight (quirky but AMAZING), Adam's mom, Paul, and the faceless/nameless therapist he's writing and discussing life with. My heart broke for him several times over, but perked right back up when all seemed right again with his world... or at least as right as it could be.

In the end, it tackles some rather large issues you weren't expecting in creative ways to provide readers an experience they won't forget, while sharing the truths about an affliction that is often approached with preconceived notions thanks to those most publicized cases in the media.  It reminds us that everyone is different, everyone should be given the chance to reach their potential...some just need to choose from another toolbox.



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About the author...

JULIA WALTON received her MFA in creative writing from Chapman University. When she’s not reading or baking cookies, she’s indulging in her profound love of Swedish Fish, mechanical pencils, and hobbit-sized breakfasts. Julia lives in Huntington Beach, California, with her husband and daughter. Follow her on Twitter at @Jwaltonwrites.



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Special thanks to Allison at Random House Children's Books for the ARC for review as well as the chance to bring this tour to you.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the author, or the publisher, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title is set for release July 4th, 2017 (at the time of this post), so mark your calendar or pre-order your copy today!  ALSO, if you happen to be in California, check out her upcoming tour schedule this July!

Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

STORYBOOK SUNDAY: School's Out for Summer!

HI guys and gals!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.


We're celebrating another day of bookish fun with Storybook Sunday! For those not up to speed on the post, I read a lot of great storybooks and thought, why not give them their own day in the sun. Hence, Storybook Sunday! Feel free to join the fun and create a post on your own site with the same name. I'd love to see any linked up in the comments! Anywho...back to the matter at hand.

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Today, we're celebrating the arrival of TWO new storybook releases via Disney Hyperion.  Despite the fact that most kiddos have bid farewell to the hallowed halls of learning for the summer, Fall will arrive sooner than they think and with it, the new school year.  Yep.  It's inevitable, at least until the adult years are in full swing and even then, learning still happens on a daily basis, just outside the classroom setting.  Ah, those were the days.  I was the kid that loved going back to school.  It wasn't for recess, or to catch up with old friends, it was purely for the learning...and the new school supplies.  (LOVE THEM!  STILL DO!)  Anyway, today's first book tackles that trepidation some feel at the turn of the season and why they should push it aside to join the masses, while the second title reminds us that sometimes the soundest advice comes from the most unlikely of places.  Ready or not, here come our books of choice...


by
Robery Neubecker
9781484732540

A tale of summer's end, 
Shared in rhyme and meter;
That reminds us all, 
Interest in school can peter.
From child to child,
Different levels are seen;
Many times over,
I'm not being mean!

It's a simple statement,
A matter of fact;
Not everyone learns
With the same tact(ics).
That's why we consider,
The subjects at hand;
And remind little learners,
They're numerous like sand.


Science and math
History and Spelling,
Library time...
...and recess for yelling.
Let's not forget 
Those added affairs;
Like music, sports,
And fundraising fairs!

There's much to learn
Yes, it is true;
But you WILL find something,
That inspires you.
So give it a shot,
Come on, let's go!
For you, the learner...
Are the star of this show.

Added note...in addition to the story and rhyme, I loved the illustrations!  The crisp Fall colors got me in the mood for leaves turning, cooler temps (though none are in sight here in FL at the moment), and rerouting my trip to work to avoid all the school zones.  (Hey, I have to adult now...and traffic can pile up!)  A great add to your end of summer reading list!





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by
Anica Mrose Rissi
Illustrated by
Zachariah OHora
9781484743645

What begins as a class lesson in evolution and change, becomes a big BIG problem!  Once upon a time, there was a group of kiddos led by the one and only, Mr. Stricter.  He wasn't like his name sounds though...he was one of the cool teachers.  He did EXPERIMENTS and everyone knows those are always FUN!  Well, this one takes a turn for the worst after their eggs hatch, grow into tadpoles, and are released into the wild...expect one.  Little Bruno...but not so little for long, and just what a ginormous problem he grow into, you won't believe!  The real problem though...Mr. Stricter is so caught up in the joys of having a pet, he can't see the frog for the hippo in the room.  (That will make sense when you read it....)  Can his class help him see the light without smashing his pet owning dreams to smithereens?  Only one way to find out....

While definitely an adventure, there is a heavy dose of imagination and fantastical-ness used here because really...I'm pretty sure that's how the particular pet they end up with actually comes to life.  Just sayin'.  Still, the trouble that follows will have kiddos in stitches as Little Bruno outgrows his name, his bowl, the room, and then some....and let's just say that Mr. Stricter will eventually see the light, even if it is snot crusted (eeww!).  A fun read for school days (or not) and a great way to explain why Suzy can't have a pony when you live in an apartment.




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Special thanks to Cassie at Disney Hyperion for the ARC copies for review.  (THANKS!)  For more information on these titles, the authors, or the publisher, feel free to click through the links provided above.  Both titles celebrated their book birthday June 20th, 2017, so be on the lookout for them on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing.

Until next time, remember....if it looks good, READ IT!





Friday, June 23, 2017

Willowdale, Book 1: Storm of Attraction by Lily Black

Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're diving between the epages of a book I read earlier this week that took me by storm...pun totally intended and OH SO ON TARGET!  It's the first release in the Willowdale series from author Lily Black and while new on the writing scene, her writing comes off as old hat...as in her written voice sounds MUCH more experienced.  Let's not just speculate about it though, shall we?  It's time to get on with the show!  Ready or not, today's ebook of choice is...


Willowdale, Book 1
by
Lily Black
9781940215860
Red Adept Publishing

About the book...
Alexa Wolving has just one rule: never give a guy a second chance. That works just fine in the safe life she’s built. In the charming town of Willowdale, her day job as a librarian balances perfectly with her evening job as a black belt instructor. But when she attracts the attention of a stalker, Alexa’s carefully built world begins to crumble.

Drew Cosimo knows he broke Alexa’s heart five years ago when he took his first Ranger assignment and disappeared from her life. Now that he’s out of the army, he’s moving back home to Willowdale. He’s not looking for a fight, but making peace would be easier if Alexa hadn’t told the entire town he was a money-grubbing jerk. Despite the tension between them, Drew is quick to offer his protection when a stalker forces Alexa from her home.

As the stalker’s attacks escalate, Alexa and Drew are forced to face their painful past and the simmering attraction between them. They must fight to save each other before everything they care about goes up in flames.






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Here's the deal...
...this is my site, and I like to keep it "real", so my reactions, while completely my own, may not always sound like the glowing praise of a professional reviewer, nor the burning scorn of a non fan...but you can trust that they are my HONEST opinion from start to finish.  Now that we've established that...

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At first glance, I was not enamored with this book.  Taking the cover and the synopsis into account, I thought it might lean too much towards the scary stalker story and leave no room for the potential romance, and though in the past I loved me some Crime Fiction, I've strayed away from it on the regular more recently.  Hey, you already knew that my reviews were scattered across the board.  I refuse to be pigeonholed into one particular niche or another, letting my interest in a title guide me towards or away from any book that crosses my path.  HOWEVER, something about this one called to me despite my initial trepidation and guess what?  I'm OH SO GLAD I heeded that call!

Once I began reading, I just couldn't stop.  Alexa was a strong female lead, and while she could seriously kick some booty if need be (and it definitely "need be" at some point in this book), it was nice to see her considering other options, like giving a particular blast from her past another chance even though she is staunchly against do overs when it comes to relationships.  Hey, I'm not saying she's going to make it easy or that she actually succumbs to those feelings still sizzling away after all these years, but even the moment's thought she gives it is a triumph when considering her past.  Drew, on the other hand, could fulfill all your military man dreams in the blink of an eye...too bad he's stubbornly hung up on the only girl that really got beneath his skin.  Why too bad?  Because, as I said, she's not going to make it easy, nor does he really deserve it to be with the exit strategy he employed the last time they were in each other's lives.  Guess it's a good thing fate (and a crazy butt stalker!  Eeek!) is pushing them together (and testing their limits of self control) despite the imminent danger they are BOTH in....

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In the end, it was a thrilling rush of a read that while filled with heart stopping action (it just keeps escalating!), danger (crazy stalker alert!), and suspense (who is more wily, the stalker or them?), still held enough battles of the heart to keep a romance fan's hopes alive and well.  Definitely a must read that should be on your reading list this summer as well as a new series to stay abreast of in the coming months.




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About the author...


Lily Black believes in true love, but she is also quite certain that going after it is the scariest thing we'll ever do. She explores this dynamic in her romantic suspense novels, which are set in the small imaginary town of Willowdale, where people dream big, love deeply, and kick butt if necessary.

Lily has a black belt in Chung Do Kwan Tai Kwon Do, and she has also trained in everything from judo to broadswords. She lives in North Carolina, where she tries to divide her free time between the mountains and the sea. She shares her home with a very patient and loving husband and their teenage daughter. 



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Special thanks to author Lily Black and the Red Adept Publishing team for the ebook for review.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the author, or the publisher, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title is available now, so seek out your favorite retailer to snag a ecopy or tree copy today!

Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!


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