Review/ Olive & Beatrix: The Not So Itty Bitty Spiders

Review/ Olive & Beatrix: The Not So Itty Bitty SpidersOlive & Beatrix: The Not So Itty Bitty Spiders on August 26, 2015
Pages: 80
Source: Book From BEA 2015

Meet twin sisters Olive and Beatrix! One is a witch. One is totally not-a-witch.

This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line called Branches, which is aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow!

Twin sisters Olive and Beatrix don't often get along. Olive is "ordinary" and loves science. But Beatrix is a witch! She has a brain full of tricks, and she uses her magic powers to play pranks on Olive and her best friend, Eddie. In this first book, Beatrix ruins Olive and Eddie's latest science project. So Olive and Eddie play a prank on Bea. They rig up a bucket of spiders over her bedroom door. But when the spiders crawl into one of Bea's magic potions...WHAM! Giant spiders are on the loose! These sisters will have to work together to shrink the not-so itty-bitty spiders down to size!

I received this book for free from publisher/pr firm in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I picked up this cute little book from #BEA15 this year.

This is the perfect book for the kids who are just a little too old for picture books but yet a little too young for chapter books. The book has some great illustrations that go along with the story really well.

I loved Olive & Beatrix. They were cute girls who loved to play off each other. Beatrix is the witch and loves playing all kinds of tricks on her sister and Olive is just your regular girl who is getting a little tired of being the one getting pranked on so with the help of her friend they set out to prank Beatrix. While Olive be able to pull it off?

This is the first book in the series and I have to say it was a fun and very quick read. We really enjoyed it and are looking forward to the other books in the series.

Review: Dancing Through Life: Steps of Courage and Conviction

Review: Dancing Through Life: Steps of Courage and ConvictionDancing Through Life: Steps of Courage and Conviction on August 1st, 2014
Pages: 224
Source: Book From BEA 2015

Candace Cameron Bure has grown up before our eyes and we've watched as she's balanced life in Hollywood with her faith for many years. But that all reached new heights when she was given the opportunity to join the cast of Dancing With the Stars. Being on the show was one of her dreams come true; and with that dream came the opportunity to display her Christian faith in front of millions of people, through an intense season of stretching beyond her limits, and to run the race God gave her with joy and perseverance.

Join Candace as she reflects on the self-discovery that came through leaping out of her comfort zone. Go behind the scenes and experience the highs and lows, the roadblocks, and the personal victories. Hear straight from her heart on tough lessons learned about grace, rejection, perfectionism, disappointment, accountability, dealing with criticism, and more. Through God’s strength, and with the help of endless support from her family and friends, see how Candace stayed true to herself and publicly lived out her faith in Christ all the way to the finale.

How do you stand with conviction in your world? Where does your courage come from when faced with challenges? How do you live out your faith on a daily basis despite opposition? Your stage probably isn't in Hollywood and the challenges you are facing may not be on live television, but they are no less real. Come along with Candace as she shares how she found the courage to stand with conviction on one of the largest platforms of her life.

Dancing Through Life is Candace Cameron Bure’s third book. Her other two are Reshaping It All: Motivation for Physical and Spiritual Fitness and Balancing It All: My Story of Juggling Priorities and Purpose.

I didn’t realize that this book was going to be at BEA until I walked by the B & H Publishing Group booth. When I saw it on the table I need I had to pick it up to read.

Dancing Through Life is all about Candace’s time on Dancing With the Stars season 18. The book offers behind the scenes stories that you might not know and her struggle throughout the course of the show to remain true to her beliefs. I have to applaud her for doing this. She has never sold herself out for ratings and stuck to her beliefs.

The book begins when Candace gets the email about being on the show which was a long life dream of hers. As she is writing the book she admits that she didn’t think she would end up in third place. As of fan of hers I was happy to see that she got as far as she did.

I really enjoyed reading this book because to watch Dancing With The Stars is one thing but to read behind the scenes is a whole other thing. So much goes on that we aren’t aware of especially in Candace’s case because she struggled every day.

I think Dancing With The Stars opened Candace’s eyes and took her out of her comfort zone on a daily bases. Every day was a struggle for her but she got through each hurdle and grew along the way. Its not easy trying to  remain true to yourself and what you belief but she managed to do it with grace and dignity.

I managed to read this book in pretty much one sitting and I enjoyed reading it. I can’t wait to flip through the finished copy to see the photos that would be included in the book.

I think after reading this I have a whole new appreciation for Candace. I really think I need to pick up her previous two books to read.

 

Meme/Waiting on Wednesday Special BEA Edition

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“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking The Spine and its spotlights upcoming books that we are eagerly waiting for. I plan on including upcoming releases and books that are already released.

Good Morning everyone.

Welcome to another special edition of the Waiting on Wednesday where I share with you the books I missed out on getting at #BEA15 but I have added them to my wishlist and I will be looking out for them when they come out.

This is another top ten list. Do any of these books interest you?

 

Review/ Prodigal & Riven

Review/ Prodigal & RivenProdigal & Riven on May 5th, 2015
Pages: 157 & 197
Source: Book From BEA 2015

Prodigal Book 2:

Two journeys. One inescapable outcome. No time to lose.

Stein has been with the Hollows for as long as she can remember. Taken as a child, she has no memories of her past—and that's always been fine by her. Until the day she stumbles across a hidden journal containing the devastating truth about her paternity. Now everything she thought she knew—and everyone she thought she could trust—has changed. The truth about who she is and where she came from is a secret so deep, it will rock the Hollows and the Tesla Institute alike.
During a test to verify her bloodlines, Stein makes a terrible discovery. She is carrying a rare genetic mutation that is slowly killing her. Unsure who to turn to and running out of time, she has no choice but to turn to Tesla—her most hated enemy—for help. But can she trust the man who she's been fighting against her whole life, or will she end up another piece in his deadly game of cat and mouse with the people who betrayed her so long ago?

Riven Book 3:

Two journeys. One inescapable outcome. No time to lose.

What should be a routine mission leaves Ethan with a serious problem. He's fractured—a break between mind and body that leaves him at the mercy of his Rifter abilities, which are quickly tearing him apart. He will have to trust the only person who might know how to fix him, a mysterious Rifter named Stewart Stills, who seems to have a special connection with the time stream.

Forced to face his dark past and a decision he may never forgive himself for, he will be trained unlike any of the others, to become a true guardian for time. If he accepts, it will mean leaving everyone he loves behind. If he refuses, time itself could unravel. After a glimpse of the dark future awaiting them all, he will have to choose between destiny and desire. Will he rise up and take his place as a defender of the natural order, or will he watch as all of time burns at the hands of the girl he loves?
Welcome to the time war.

I am so thrilled that I was able to stop by the Clean Teen booth to pick up a signed copy of Prodigal & Riven by two of my favorite authors Sherry Ficklin and Tyler Jolley and I was lucky enough to get to spend some time with them. They are two of the most awesome authors out there.

As per BEA tradition this was the book I packed with me to read on the train ride home. If you recall from my previous BEA (2013) I was lucky enough to have met Sherry and Tyler at a breakfast their publisher had put on for selected bloggers. I was lucky enough to have sat near them and they spoke about  their first book, Extracted and I’m not going to lying this wasn’t a genre I have read or had an interest in but listening to them both speak about the book I knew I had to read it and I don’t regret it. I read this book on the train ride back to Montreal and I loved it.

Prodigal and Riven were on my top ten list of books that I must get at BEA or die trying to get. Thankfully I was able to get a copy but it was so hard to hold off on reading this while I was in NYC because I really wanted to dive in and see what was happening.

I won’t get into to much of a review because I don’t want to give it all away since this is book 2 and 3 in the series.

Prodigal picks up right where Extracted ended. Stein discovered a journal from Tesla on her last mission. She probably wouldn’t have paid much attention to it had it not been for the emblem on the front of it. Its the same emblem she has on her navel. Curious about it she grabs it. She begins to question her past. With a simple blood test it will uncover who she really is. Will this provide her the answer she needs or wants to know?

I love how Prodigal was more about Stein because she was a favorite of mine from Extracted. She is this feisty nothing is going to stand in my way kind of character. She is that strong girl you want to me.

I was so happy that this was actually a flip book because Prodigal ended in a cliff hanger and I couldn’t imagine having to wait for Riven to come out. I probably would have stalked written Sherry and Tyler and begged them for book 3.

Thankfully having Riven on hand I was able to dig right into book 3 because other wise I might have gone ballistic on the train which would not have been good since there was already at least one wack a doodle on the train.

Riven is the extension of Prodigal and it tells Ethan’s side of the story of the events that have just happened. It was nice to discover more about Ethan since not alot of information about him was given. I really like Ethan. He is probably the kind of guy I could see my crushing over. I loved learning about his past and I think it made him who is today.

Riven gives a little bit more information about the time stream and how important is was.

I loved the friendship between Stein, Ethan, Ember, Lex, Nobel, Stills and Sissen. They stuck together and they had each other’s back which is my definition of a true friend. I can’t wait to discover more about these characters because they all have a story to tell.

I don’t know how I am ever going to wait for book 4 to come out. The suspense is killing me.

I loved both of these books and they were so much fun to read. I had to hold myself back from just breezing through the book because I know I could have but I wanted to savour the story and I didn’t want it to end.

If you are a fan of steampunk and/or futuristic then you would probably enjoy these books. I can’t recommend these two authors enough. You will fall in love with their writing style, characters or world. As I was reading this I could only imagine the world they had created.

Meme/Waiting on Wednesday Special BEA Edition

waitingonwednesday

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking The Spine and its spotlights upcoming books that we are eagerly waiting for. I plan on including upcoming releases and books that are already released.

I thought for the next three Waiting On Wednesday posts I would share with you the books I missed out on getting at BEA that I have added to my every growing wishlist of books.

This top ten list is going to be of the books I will definitely be buying when they come out: