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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

BLOG TOUR: Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're joining a Walden Pond Press blog tour already in progress starring the latest from author Laurel Snyder.  Technically, it's a PRE-PUB party, as the actual release date is set for 05/30/17 (as of this post), but that doesn't make it any LESS jolly; in fact, it cranks up the excitement factor just a few notches more!  So, without further ado, let's welcome today's blog tour guest and book of choice...

Laurel Snyder
Walden Pond Press

About the book...
On the island, everything is perfect. The sun rises in a sky filled with dancing shapes; the wind, water, and trees shelter and protect those who live there; when the nine children go to sleep in their cabins, it is with full stomachs and joy in their hearts. And only one thing ever changes: on that day, each year, when a boat appears from the mist upon the ocean carrying one young child to join them—and taking the eldest one away, never to be seen again.
Today’s Changing is no different. The boat arrives, taking away Jinny’s best friend, Deen, replacing him with a new little girl named Ess, and leaving Jinny as the new Elder. Jinny knows her responsibility now—to teach Ess everything she needs to know about the island, to keep things as they’ve always been. But will she be ready for the inevitable day when the boat will come back—and take her away forever from the only home she’s known?


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The adventure is brilliant...
Think Lord of the Flies, but toned down to fit the Middle Grade genre.  We have an island of children, nine to be precise, all supposed orphans, or at least currently being raised without parental assistance.  So, if there are no parents, you might be wondering a few things.  Who guides them, nurtures them, feeds them, and makes sure they learn what needs to be learned?  They do, or rather the other children that have comes before them, as well as the island itself.  Curious, right?  Oh, you've no idea.  It's a rather emotionally charged moment, the entrance and the exit of a new soul among them.  From the moment the newest Elder takes on the Care (newly arrived child) to when the former Elder leaves for who-knows-where in the boat with a mind of its own.  You get hints of the bigger questions lurking about as the tale moves forward, but, if you're at all like me, you'll be caught by surprise when the finale comes to pass.

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The characters are memorable...
Whether human or island born, they create a memorable storyboard in the mind. On the human side of things, the one we get to know the most is Jinny.  She's the new Elder but that doesn't mean she knows fact, it's much the opposite the she is finding out.  She questions everything, is unsure of the simplest things, and is unable to find her own voice half the time.  Guess what?  It's called growing up and while hard on us all, it's still something that has to be done.  She makes the best of it, acts out when it gets too much, accepts some help from those around her, and despite making a mess of things, her good intentions and gentle heart win out in the end.   On the animal/mineral side of the coin, the island itself is a character too.  From the unusual calmness that emanates from normally fickle creatures to the protective winds and mists that seem to blanket their precious island from would be prying eyes, it's a world of both harshness and wonder with a beauty all its own.

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The ending is curious...
Okay, so I have a little more insight as to the "why's" and "how's" after having read the education guide available for the book (thanks Debbie!), but at face value, I'm not certain the target audience is going to really see beyond the adventure in front of them.  After I finished reading, I even had to take a few steps back to reconsider everything I'd read and reevaluate the overall meaning.  It's definitely a "big picture" message...cherish childhood days because the great unknown is coming...but at the same time, I think it's meant to reassure that while yes, it IS unknown, you've been preparing your whole life for it whether you know it or not. 

All things considered, it's a wonderful story capturing the wildly sweet freedom that is imbued in our younger days while adding a mysterious luster to the teen-dom years ahead. 


About the author...

Laurel Snyder is a poet, essayist, and author of picture books and novels for children, including Orphan Island, Charlie and Mouse, Bigger than a Bread Box, and Swan, the Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova. She is also a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and a faculty member of Hamline University's MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults. She lives in Atlanta with her family and can be found online at


Special thanks to Debbie at Walden Pond Press 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 to release 05/30/17 via Walden Pond Press, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, so add it to your calendar, or pre-order your copy today!  In the mean time, for more bookish fun be sure to stop by the other sites on the tour as it makes its way through the blogosphere...

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

Monday, May 22, 2017

Mirabelle Harbor: You Give Love a Bad Name by Marilyn Brant

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Impression of me when finding a new MB book to read...

Today, we're taking a trip back to Mirabelle Harbor with one of my favorite authors, Marilyn Brant!  It's a series, yes (or rather, YEEEESSSS, with the mandatory fist pump action of awesomeness), but they can be read as standalone titles.  How do I know?  From my own experience, of course!  Let's see, I've read books 1, 5, and now 3, in that very order, and though it's definitely a case for the more the merrier, they worked just fine.  Anywho, getting back on topic...

Our armchair journey started out as my Friday read pick and ended up as my late night-couldn't-put-it-down-until-the-final-epage-was-turned companion.  That's right, it didn't survive the night but could you really blame me?  Well, I guess you could seeing how I haven't actually told you anything about it yet, but trust me, you won't hold it against me when all is said and done.  Ladies and gents, get your wish lists ready because today's title is on deck...

Mirabelle Harbor, Book 3
Twelfth Night Publishing

About the book...
"Nothing but love, 24/7" is the slogan of Mirabelle Harbor's only radio station, 102.5 "LOVE" FM. On the verge of turning thirty-five, local DJ Blake Michaelsen is well-known for several reasons: his very sexy on-air voice, his omnipresent family, his eligible bachelor status, and his reputation as one of the most impulsive men in Chicago's northern suburbs.

High-school French teacher and lifelong romantic Vicky Bernier is not at all wild about people who exhibit reckless conduct. (Blake.) Or men who have gigantic egos. (Blake.) Or grownups who still act like teenagers. (Blake, again.) She deals with enough adolescent behavior during the school day. Unfortunately, she's the staff advisor to the Homecoming Committee, and they've chosen him as their DJ for the big fall dance.

What happens when a man whose job it is to play love songs for a living is forced to admit his deepest secret-that he doesn't believe in true love-only to discover that the one woman who might capture his heart is the same woman who distrusts him the most?

No matter what you call it, with love there's an exception to every rule.

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She's hopeless romantic, teaching the younger generation one of the "love" languages, and holding out for her own Mr. Darcy.  He's got a voice most women melt for, spins the sounds of love for a living, but isn't so much a believer in Mr./Mrs. Right...more so of "right now".  What happens when their two divergent paths meet at a crossroads neither saw coming?  A most unexpected outcome, that's for certain, but one that'll leave them both as believers, one way or another...

Okay, so, I was more cryptic than I intended, but I don't want to spoil it for you!  It's definitely a read to experience first hand (as are the rest of this author's works), and there's nothing worse than having it ruined for you.  Still, this is a review, so I'll endeavor to impart a few thoughts from my own experience without over sharing.  Deal?  Here goes...

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...Blake, Blake, Blake, Blake, BLAKE!
Despite that oh-so-hot exterior complete with "I'm-too-mistrusting-of-love-to-tame" air of indifference, I saw your marshmallow center.  The moments of terror you were put through punched holes in your never-growing-up exterior and we SAW YOU for who you really are, or could be if you owned it.  Grant it, there was a short span of time that I really wanted to punch you in the face.  No, it wasn't for the bantering, or the innuendos, it was when you were acting like a total girl even when you got what you wanted.  Yes, I said it.  You were acting like a girl and I say that with the utmost respect for my gender.  After you manned up (or is it better put as OWNED UP to what was really happening), we were square once again and on our way to bliss-ville...and what a trip it turned out to be!

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...let's talk about you, Vicky Bernier!
I definitely think we would have been friends had I lived in your (technically fictitious) town.  Your love of animals, ability to hold your tongue despite needling from not-so-grown men, and desire to hold out for a relationship in lieu of a one night stand are all totally respectable traits.  Do I hold it against you that on one particular point, you conceded?  Nope.  In fact, I'm giving you a high five because of it.  It was on YOUR terms.  YOU made the decision.  You weren't coerced into it, or so caught up in the moment that your head was simply turned.  You made a conscious decision and hey, who could blame you?  The fact that it may have backfired in unexpected ways, well could you have POSSIBLY known THAT would happen?  I mean, I know I didn't expect it...and I don't really think THEY did either, know what I mean? 

In the end, their eventual togetherness (though for the moment or forever, who could say?) made a great weekend (or night...definitely night) read.  It's filled with wonderful characters (including a particularly brilliant bartender! ^-^), matters of the heart, window steaming action (though more blush versus full on play by play ....thank you very much!), and a totally awesome (sorry, had to work my 80's in there'll get it when you read it) ending you won't want to miss.  Bookmarks up for Marilyn Brant on another fabulous read fit for her fans, as well as those of Contemporary Romance in general.


About the author...

Marilyn Brant--GR
Photo Credit: Suzanne German
Marilyn Brant has been told she writes with honesty, liveliness and wit (descriptors she’s grown terribly fond of) about complex, intelligent women — like her friends — and their significant personal relationships. Although her favorite pursuits undoubtedly involve books, she proves she’s not just a literary snob by confessing her lifelong fascination (read: obsession) with popular music, especially from the ’70s & ’80s, most flavors of ice cream, and a variety of sensuous body lotions/oils. Her family believes she’s lost unquantifiable hours to the allure of “Tasty” videos on Facebook, but she refuses to substantiate this claim.

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Special thanks to author Marilyn Brant for the ebook for review.  (THANK YOU!) For more information on this title, the author, or her growing body of works, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title is available now in "tree" and "e", so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing.

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

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