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Monday, March 27, 2017

In a Blue Moon by R.A. Desilets

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

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So, today we're diving between the epages of an ebook I devoured this Friday.  Now, you know my history with ebooks (prefer paper, ebook only when absolutely necessary, blah blah blah), so the fact that I started AND finished it in a day without the deadline looming 24 hours or less in the future, should speak volumes, but in case it doesn't, here I go.  ^-^  Ladies and gents, let's take a walk through a Young Adult fairytale redo you won't soon forget!  Today's featured title is on deck...

Blue Moon series, Book 1
R.A. Desilets

About the book...
When Effy stumbles down the rabbit hole, she discovers the wondrous fairy tale land of East Valley in chaos. Death and insanity reign after the release of the deadly blue moon curse. Teaming up with the only sane people left—Jack the giant killer, Hansel, and Cat from Cheshire—they traverse East Valley, desperately searching for an answer.

They know Effy’s the key to unraveling the curse, but everyone who remembers how to break the curse is… well, cursed. The murderous mob has Effy in their crosshairs. With Snow, Red, Rapunzel, Gretel, and Pinocchio on the group’s trail, Effy isn’t sure any of them will make it out alive.



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...Alice fell down a rabbit hole...
...Beauty loved a Beast...
...Red Riding Hood was eaten by a wolf...
...Snow White escaped her Evil Stepmother...
...Princess Aurora (Rose) pricked her finger...
...Cinderella lost her shoe but found her Prince...
...Prince Charming(s) did there required thing...
...Rapunzel let down her hair...
...Pinocchio was a real boy...
...Hansel and Gretel outwitted a witch...
...the Cheshire Cat riddled his way through madness...
...and Jack killed a giant.

The end...well, in our world at least.

Now, journey with me to East Valley, where the fairytales we know and (mostly) love come to life...just not exactly the way we've come to know them.  Apparently, the versions we were told growing up were simply partial life and times that bled through from their world to ours and when you take into account the actual differences, WOO BUDDY!  Let's see if I can repaint your perception without ruining the story for you...

Image result for stack of books...Effy is Alice and indeed falls down a rabbit hole, but no waistcoat wearing long-eared bunny is to be found, though the clock is ticking!
...Beauty (beastly!), Red (wolves fear her), Snow (and her stepmother was the evil one?), Rose (definitely not the life of the party), Cinderella (initially felt sorry for the girl, but didn't last past midnight), even the Prince's Charming (no way I'd be falling for THEM)....SO NOT WHAT YOU'RE EXPECTING!  That's all I can say on their accounts...sneak peeks are great but you've got to get to know them in the story!  Same goes for the wicked puppet, half the H&G duo, Horner, the Piper, and several others that make an appearance.
...the wily cat we grew to love is indeed still lovable and just as riddled with riddles but far more human in this tail, I mean tale.
...and Jack, well...let's just say he makes a bigger impression than he did in the fairytale despite the fact he never got the girl (or did he?  dun dun dunnnnn....).

Confused? Curious?  Scrambling to finish my review so you can go investigate it yourself?  I don't blame you in the least!  To me, it's one of those creative gems you may have overlooked but are oh so glad it came to your attention because the adventure was just that good.  Now, while I loved it as a whole, and I truly did, I had two minor moments of irritation that I do need to note.  Blacking it out due to potential spoilers, so highlight the text with caution! 

First, how quickly Effy manages to accept what's happening is not a dream (or is it?) but reality (or is it?  Okay, I'll stop doing that for now... ^-^).  Considering she's prized for her logical take on things, it didn't seem to jive with her character.  Second, when Rose is awakened it's almost like a nonevent even though it was such a huge thing they were trying to accomplish for a decent portion of the book.  I get it, much bigger things or dangerous things at least were happening at the time, but I was expecting a little more TADA type of moment to occur.

To conclude, this is an EXCELLENT way to revisit the fairytale characters you know and love in a whole new way, while getting on board with a new series you'll want on your radar.  I highly enjoyed my time in East Valley and can't wait for a chance to visit again...we are going, aren't we?  I mean that ending sorta got me thinking that we would need to...


About the author...

I'm Rachel A. Desilets, or R.A.Desilets, and my writing is all over the place.  Young Adult literature is definitely my main focus, but I do dabble in horror and humor on occasion.  With YA, I love to write magical realism, paranormal, and urban fantasy.  I love to change just one facet of the real world and create something new and different.  Sometimes, when the characters are strong enough, I'll write contemporary.

I was raised in a small town in New Hampshire and moved to Boston to attend Emerson College.  I graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor's in Writing, Literature, and Publishing.  This is the part where I tell you that I was an overachiever and also majored in Television Production and got a minor in Photography.  It was actually a lot of fun.

After graduating, I moved to southern California and turned my life into a bit of a cliche. I worked as a barista and met my husband while serving him coffee. We got married and adopted a bunch of cats. I currently reside in Oregon.

When I'm not writing, I play video games, drink tea, read way too much (though, is there such a thing?), and snowboard.



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Special thanks to author R.A. Desilets for the ebook for review.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the series, the author, or her other works, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title is available now (with book 2 hopefully following very soon...*hint hint*), so be on the lookout for it at a virtual retailer of your choosing.

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

Sunday, March 26, 2017

STORYBOOK SUNDAY: Rosie Revere's Big Project Book for Bold Engineers by Andrea Beaty

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.

Today's, we're exploring between the pages of a rather unique storybook that will really make you think.  How so?  Well, it's not JUST a storybook, nor a great way to celebrate Women's History Month without simply digging through the past, but a combination story AND activity book that puts kiddos in the driver's seat of their own imaginations and begs them to turn their daydreams into reality.  Curious?  You should be and to quench that curiosity, I give you today's storybook of choice...

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Andrea Beaty
Illustrated by
David Roberts
Abrams Books for Young Readers

This is the story of young Rosie Revere and how she dreamed, sketched, failed, and built her way through a thousand problems to find a solution or two.  What's that?  Yes, I said failed...but not in the sense you're thinking.  You see, inventors, scientists, and pretty much ANYONE IN LIFE don't simply learn by succeeding, but from mistakes, wrong turns, and failed attempts.  The only true failure though (in the bad sense of the word) is in giving up...a message that Rosie and her great-great-aunt drive home in abundance.

Along the way, readers are challenged not simply to learn about her tries, but to try things on their own.  From sketching at machines from your imagination to challenging scientific word searches, weights and measurements to solar ovens, there are loads of creative adventures to embark on that will not only be a blast (though not literally) but a learning experience too!  Talk about a GREAT WAY to bring the fun back to the classroom as summer approaches and minds start to wander.  I don't know many kiddos that could resist this if they tried!


About the author and illustrator...

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Andrea Beaty is the author of Iggy Peck, Architect and Rosie Revere, Engineer, among other children’s titles. She lives just outside Chicago. David Roberts has illustrated many children’s books, including Iggy Peck, Architect; Rosie Revere, Engineer; and Ada Twist, Scientist. He lives in London, where, when not drawing, he likes to make hats.


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Special thanks to the folks at Abrams for the copy 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.  This title is set to release APRIL 4, 2017 via Abrams Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Abrams, so pre-order it today or mark your calendar!

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

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