*First Line Friday 6/5/20* Lightbringer (Empirium #3)- Claire Legrand

36253143. sy475 The incredible conclusion to the trilogy that started with the instant New York Times bestsellers Furyborn and Kingsbane!

In this epic finale to the Empirium Trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Claire Legrand, two queens, separated by a thousand years must face their ultimate destinies.

Queen Rielle, pushed away from everything she loves, turns to Corien and his promises of glory. Meanwhile, whispers from the empirium slowly drive her mad, urging her to open the Gate. Separated from Audric and Ludivine, she embraces the role of Blood Queen and her place by Corien’s side, determined to become the monster the world believes her to be.

In the future, Eliana arrives in the Empire’s capital as a broken shell of herself. Betrayed and abandoned, she fights to keep her power at bay—and away from Corien, who will stop at nothing to travel back in time to Rielle, even if that means destroying her daughter.

But when the mysterious Prophet reveals themselves at last, everything changes, giving Rielle and Eliana a second chance for salvation—or the destruction their world has been dreading.

Praise for Furyborn:
A BuzzFeed Most Anticipated Title of Spring 2018
A Goodreads Most Anticipated Title of Spring 2018
A Bustle Most Anticipated Title of Spring 2018
“A must-read.” —Refinery29
“A series to watch.” —Paste magazine
“Visionary.” —Bustle magazine
“One of the biggest new YA fantasies.” —Entertainment Weekly
“Empowering.” —BuzzFeed

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“A Beast and a Liar

Simon crouched near the ice-frosted rock, knife in hand, lips chapped with cold, feet scabbed and callused in his worn boots, and watched with hungry eyes as the hare approached.”

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JBN Storytellers Box Unboxing- Last Girls Edition

Hello and Happy Wednesday!

Today we’re going to share a special unboxing with you. Jean from Jean Book Nerd sent me (Stacy) the Last Girls edition Storytellers box and we’re going to share what was inside. It’s an amazing box featuring one of my favorite reads of 2020 and I hope you enjoy it!

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Boxes

Book

The box included the book, Last Girls by Demetra Brodsky, a signed bookplate, and a letter from the author.

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shirt

A shirt that came in a special edition Last Girls gift bag

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Balm

A sticker, a survivalist dog tag keychain that was inside the special gift box, and Last Girls lip balm. The lip balm has to be the most unique item that ever came in a book box.

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Tote

A coaster, and my favorite item in book boxes… a beautiful blue tote bag.

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All

This was everything that came inside the Storytellers box. Everything was wrapped and handed with a lot of love and care. These boxes are the best ones that I’ve seen out in the book community. Thank you, Jean, for sending this amazing box my way!! ♥

I hope you enjoyed seeing all the goodies this box contained. If you’re interested in a box, click on the image below to order one.

Happy Reading!!

Sheryll

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*Nerd Blast & Giveaway* We Are Power- Todd Hasak-Lowy

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*Click on the banner above to find out more information about this release.*

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SYNOPSIS

 

50159736. sx318 sy475 A stirring look at nonviolent activism, from American suffragists to Civil Rights to the Climate Change Movement

We Are Power brings to light the incredible individuals who have used nonviolent activism to change the world. The book explores questions such as what is nonviolent resistance and how does it work? In an age when armies are stronger than ever before, when guns seem to be everywhere, how can people confront their adversaries without resorting to violence themselves? Through key international movements as well as people such as Gandhi, Alice Paul, Martin Luther King, Cesar Chavez, and Václav Havel, this book discusses the components of nonviolent resistance. It answers the question “Why nonviolence?” by showing how nonviolent movements have succeeded again and again in a variety of ways, in all sorts of places, and always in the face of overwhelming odds. The book includes endnotes, a bibliography, and an index.

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Praise for WE ARE POWER

“Nonviolence may have been the greatest invention of the twentieth century, more important than nuclear fission or genetic coding. It offers us the chance to build a working twenty-first century, and since young people will have to lead that fight, this book is a crucial gift!” —Bill McKibben, climate activist and author of Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?

“I’m so glad this book exists! From the opening pages where we meet Gandhi, to the closing with Greta Thunburg, and in between with Alice Paul, Martin Luther King, Vaclav Havel, Ceasar Chavez, and others, it is beautifully written, informative, and so moving. Readers young and older will be inspired to rise up peacefully, to act, to change the world–to save the world.” —Deborah Heiligman, author of Torpedoed: The True Story of the World War II Sinking of ‘The Children’

**STARRED REVIEW**
“Hasak-Lowy’s writing gives life to both the people and issues involved, taking time to explain historical backgrounds and the ways the lessons from one movement affected future ones.” —Booklist  

 
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“Highly recommended for its outstanding treatment of the history of social justice. A good resource for student activists.” —School Library Journal**STARRED REVIEW**
“There has never been a time when a book is more relevant than this one.” —School Library Connection“A striking and very timely conclusion highlights teenage Greta Thunberg’s bold challenge to fight global climate change.” —Publishers Weekly

“This excellent, timely overview will open eyes and deserves a wide readership.” —Kirkus

“. . .Readers will gain new appreciation for how nonviolent methods, often inspired by other movements for justice, led to victories.” —Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books  

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Giveaway

Giveaway is open to International. | Must be 13+ to Enter
 

– 5 Winners will receive a Copy of WE ARE POWER by Todd Hasak-Lowy.

ENDS: JUNE 22, 2020
Click on the image below to enter. Good Luck!
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

Todd Hasak-LowyI started writing fiction for adults, but now I write for younger readers, too. I’ve published two books for adults: a short story collection, THE TASK OF THIS TRANSLATOR (2005), and the novel CAPTIVES (2008). My first book for your younger readers, a middle grade novel called 33 MINUTES, was published in 2013. In 2015 I published a young adult novel, ME BEING ME IS EXACTLY AS INSANE AS YOU BEING YOU. That same year, a narrative memoir for ages 10 and up that I co-wrote with and about Holocaust survivor Michael Gruenbaum called SOMEWHERE THERE IS STILL A SUN came out. In early 2018 a young person’s history of the women’s suffrage movement, ROSES & RADICALS, which I co-wrote with Susan Zimet, was published. My latest book, WE ARE POWER: HOW NONVIOLENT ACTIVISM CHANGES THE WORLD, is coming out in April, 2020. In addition to writing, I teach literature at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and translate Hebrew literature into English. I live in Evanston, Illinois (just outside Chicago), with my wife, two daughters, a dog, and two cats.

 
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WEBSITE: https://www.toddhasaklowy.com/
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Thank you, Jean, and Todd Hasak-Lowy, for allowing us to share information about this new title.

If you want to learn more about this title and other upcoming titles, please click on the button below.

Happy Reading!

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It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? 6/1/20

Happy Monday and welcome to June.

I’m not sure what happened to May but it’s behind us now and hopefully, June will be a better month for all of us.

This week I’m going to read a book that I’ve owned for quite some time, a book that my husband purchased from a thrift store months and months ago, a book that I’ve received from Waterstones, and a book that the publisher sent me.

What are you reading?

I hope everyone has a great week and stay safe!

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Truly Madly Royally- Debbie Rigaud

41473901. sy475 Fiercely independent and smart, Zora Emerson wants to change the world. She’s excited to be attending a prestigious summer program, even if she feels out of place among her privileged, mostly white classmates. So she’s definitely not expecting to feel a connection to Owen, who’s an actual prince of an island off the coast of England. But Owen is funny, charming…and undeniably cute. Zora can’t ignore the chemistry between them. When Owen invites Zora to be his date at his big brother’s big royal wedding, Zora is suddenly thrust into the spotlight, along with her family and friends. Everyone is talking about her, in real life and online, and while Owen is used to the scrutiny, Zora’s not sure it’s something she can live with. Can she maintain her sense of self while moving between two very different worlds? And can her feelings for Owen survive and thrive in the midst of the crazy? Find out in this charming romantic comedy that’s like The Princess Diaries for a new generation.

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Horrorstör- Grady Hendrix

13129925Something strange is happening at the Orsk furniture superstore in Cleveland, Ohio. Every morning, employees arrive to find broken Kjerring bookshelves, shattered Glans water goblets, and smashed Liripip wardrobes. Sales are down, security cameras reveal nothing, and store managers are panicking.

To unravel the mystery, three employees volunteer to work a nine-hour dusk-till-dawn shift. In the dead of the night, they’ll patrol the empty showroom floor, investigate strange sights and sounds, and encounter horrors that defy the imagination.

A traditional haunted house story in a thoroughly contemporary setting, Horrorstör comes packaged in the form of a glossy mail order catalog, complete with product illustrations, a home delivery order form, and a map of Orsk’s labyrinthine showroom.

Designed by Andie Reid, cover photography by Christine Ferrara.

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Conversations With Friends- Sally Rooney

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Frances is twenty-one years old, cool-headed and observant. A student in Dublin and an aspiring writer, at night she performs spoken word with her best friend Bobbi, who used to be her girlfriend. When they are interviewed and then befriended by Melissa, a well-known journalist who is married to Nick, an actor, they enter a world of beautiful houses, raucous dinner parties and holidays in Provence, beginning a complex ménage-à-quatre. But when Frances and Nick get unexpectedly closer, the sharply witty and emotion-averse Frances is forced to honestly confront her own vulnerabilities for the first time.

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Today Tonight Tomorrow- Rachel Lynn Solomon

52766407. sx318 sy475 The Hating Game meets Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by way of Morgan Matson in this unforgettable romantic comedy about two rival overachievers whose relationship completely transforms over the course of twenty-four hours.

Today, she hates him.

It’s the last day of senior year. Rowan Roth and Neil McNair have been bitter rivals for all of high school, clashing on test scores, student council elections, and even gym class pull-up contests. While Rowan, who secretly wants to write romance novels, is anxious about the future, she’d love to beat her infuriating nemesis one last time.

Tonight, she puts up with him.

When Neil is named valedictorian, Rowan has only one chance at victory: Howl, a senior class game that takes them all over Seattle, a farewell tour of the city she loves. But after learning a group of seniors is out to get them, she and Neil reluctantly decide to team up until they’re the last players left—and then they’ll destroy each other.

As Rowan spends more time with Neil, she realizes he’s much more than the awkward linguistics nerd she’s sparred with for the past four years. And, perhaps, this boy she claims to despise might actually be the boy of her dreams.

Tomorrow…maybe she’s already fallen for him.

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*First Line Friday 5/29/20* Today Tonight Tomorrow- Rachel Lynn Solomon

52766407. sx318 sy475 The Hating Game meets Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by way of Morgan Matson in this unforgettable romantic comedy about two rival overachievers whose relationship completely transforms over the course of twenty-four hours.

Today, she hates him.

It’s the last day of senior year. Rowan Roth and Neil McNair have been bitter rivals for all of high school, clashing on test scores, student council elections, and even gym class pull-up contests. While Rowan, who secretly wants to write romance novels, is anxious about the future, she’d love to beat her infuriating nemesis one last time.

Tonight, she puts up with him.

When Neil is named valedictorian, Rowan has only one chance at victory: Howl, a senior class game that takes them all over Seattle, a farewell tour of the city she loves. But after learning a group of seniors is out to get them, she and Neil reluctantly decide to team up until they’re the last players left—and then they’ll destroy each other.

As Rowan spends more time with Neil, she realizes he’s much more than the awkward linguistics nerd she’s sparred with for the past four years. And, perhaps, this boy she claims to despise might actually be the boy of her dreams.

Tomorrow…maybe she’s already fallen for him.

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“Good Morning! This is a friendly reminder that you have three (3) hours and counting before suffering a humiliating defeat at the hands of your future valedictorian. Bring tissues. I know you’re a crier.”

 

*Cover Reveal* The Saved and the Sorry (Kingston City Limits #2)- T. Marie Alexander

The Lost and the Scarred is the first book in the Kingston City Limits series by author, T. Marie Alexander. We’re going to share with you the cover for the highly awaited sequel and the very exclusive blurb. Happy Reading!!

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Exclusive Blurb

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Everyone thinks they know my story now, but they know nothing.
All I want is to blend into the background.
To become invisible like I once was.
Like I prefer.
Harley is my only salvation in dealing with the backlash my father cultivated.
That is until I’m offered something I can’t turn down.
Something that has me questioning everything I was taught to be.
Something that could cost me Harley forever.

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Possessive. Impulsive. A hothead.
Everyone thinks they know my story. For the most part, they do. I’m all those things and more.
And that’s exactly how I like it.
It worked for me in the past. It kept people from diving in too deep.
But I can’t go on like this anymore.
I can’t keep hurting the one girl that has been my rock.
I need help.
Or I’m going to lose her forever.

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Cover Reveal

 

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*Arc Review* The Princess Will Save You (#1)- Sarah Henning

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A STABLE BOY
A QUEST

When her father dies, Princess Amarande is given an ultimatum: Marry the leader of one of the four neighboring kingdoms, or lose her crown—and possibly her life. And to force her hand, her beloved, the stable boy Luca, is kidnapped.

But Amarande was raised to be a warrior, not a sacrifice.

And nothing will stop her from saving her true love and rescuing her kingdom.

The acclaimed author of Sea Witch turns the classic damsel-in-distress tale on its head with this story of adventure, identity, and love.

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My Review

“True love is the most powerful force on this earth- we just forget it because those with power here deal in fear rather than love.”

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The Princess Bride is a classic and was an instant favorite when I was younger and it still is to this day. So when I heard that Henning was writing a strong feminist retelling, I was nervously excited because those are some pretty big shoes to fill. But Henning stepped up to the plate, knocked it out of the park, and left me in awe.

What if Buttercup saved Westley? This gender-swapped fantasy retelling will let you know that you should never underestimate the power of a female.

King Sendoa of Ardenia dies suddenly, leaving Princess Amarande the only heir to the throne. But since she’s female and not yet wed, the Kingdom can’t be hers until some of the requirements are met. Princes from other territories come far and wide to ask to take her hand in marriage but she wants the rules to change. She wants to rule Ardenia alone until she finds the right person and time to marry.

To force her into marrying someone she despises, Luca, her best friend and beloved is kidnapped.

She was always taught to fight for what she believes in and never sacrifice for something less. There is only one thing to do. That’s to put her life on the line to save Luca and her Kingdom. Nothing or no one will step in her way.

Okay, wow! This was epic. This was one of the best unique retellings that I’ve ever read. Henning took a classic that is close to my heart and turned it into something that is her own while also twisting the damsel in distress tale overboard. You’ll be amazed at the power of her words.

Princess Amarande was such a badass and strong character. She’s who we need at the head of this feminist revolution and I’m glad she’s now apart of my life. She also has made a special place in my heart. Her story and dedication for what she believes in will make you proud to be reading her story. She’s one character that will always stick with you.

The Princess Will Save You is the Princess Bride reimagining that we all needed. My mind is still blown by what I have read. This is one everyone needs to experience. It’s one that has left me speechless.

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