Published: October 1 2012
Pages: 154
Goodreads Synopsis: Jay Gardner is a mischievous kid who can’t stay out of trouble. Unfortunately, Jay gets in so much trouble, his family is forced to move. The new neighborhood offers Jay a chance at a fresh start. But there’s something odd about Jay’s new town. Why does everyone have lawn gnomes in front of their homes? And why is everyone afraid to go outside at night? The lawn gnomes don’t come to life at night-do they? Jay is about to learn that mischief can quickly turn to horror.

In the beginning of the story, Jay’s life seems to resemble that of Alexanders from ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY by Judith Viorst and Ray Cruz. Accidental occurrences keep piling up for Jay.

The story takes a turn for terrifying when the lawn gnomes from surrounding neighborhood lawns seem more than just their exterior plaster and paint. Intense and thrilling scenes of fear ensue!

I personally love lawn gnomes, so I loved the premise of this story. I can’t say the idea hasn’t ever crossed my mind and I’m so glad that R.L.Stine gifted animation to those little statues so I could realistically experience the havoc evoked.

This was such a fun read for me. I loved so much being back in the world of Goosebumps and couldn’t put this book down. It was a quick read.

The ending turned weird. I’m wondering if I should have gone back and reread REVENGE OF THE LAWN GNOMES before picking up GOOSEBUMPS MOST WANTED. I don’t exactly remember what happens and I’m wondering if it’s been explained in the earlier book because the ending really threw me. I will have to further investigate this.

I liked it!

Published: January 1 2013
Pages: 134
Goodreads Synopsis: Jackson Stander is every parent’s dream. He doesn’t get into trouble, he always does his homework, and he never, ever lies. His teachers all trust him completely. He even volunteers at the local Youth Center. But that was all before Jackson came across an evil ventriloquist dummy. Now he must deal with Slappy and the son of Slappy as they wreak havoc on his family and friends. Jackson will soon see that two Slappy’s are not better than one!

I was very hesitant to read SON OF SLAPPY. Thoughts of ‘just skip two and move onto three’ filled my head. This is because as a kid, Slappy scared the living heck out of me. I think I can attribute my fear of dolls to him. (Fun fact: my mother had a secret collection of porcelain dolls for me. She gifted them to me years later and I almost fainted. LOL.)

Jackson is a very well-behaved child. His sister Rachel is a different story. Jackson and Rachel spend a week with their grandfather at his house of weird and odd collections. Jackson meets an evil ventriloquist dummy and must deal with the cataclysmic wrath that follows.

Slappy and Son of Slappy are back and just as wicked as ever. I was right to be weary, I was freaked out. Now, after the fact, it’s kind of thrilling and exciting. R.L.Stine did a great job of crafting a character that scared young me and stuck around to scare adult me.

The twist of this story was great!! I don’t know that I saw it coming, but I probably should have seen it coming. It gave me chills!

The ending was even better. I was completely taken by surprise. It was a very open ended conclusion. Also, I’m noticing that the endings to these books are leaving me with an unsettled feeling. . .I love it!

It’s a quick read but I highly recommend this series. I’m really enjoying it thus far. I almost think he created it for the readers that grew up with these original monsters. Now he’s haunting us again. I enjoyed this book a little more than the first, but not a full star worth.

I liked it!

R. L. Stine began his writing career when he was nine years old, and today he has achieved the position of the bestselling children’s author in history. In the early 1990s, Stine was catapulted to fame when he wrote the unprecedented, bestselling Goosebumps® series, which sold more than 250 million copies and became a worldwide multimedia phenomenon. His other major series, Fear Street, has over 80 million copies sold.

Stine has received numerous awards of recognition, including several Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards and Disney Adventures Kids’ Choice Awards, and he has been selected by kids as one of their favorite authors in the NEA’s Read Across America program. He lives in New York, NY.

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Thanks so much for reading! I hope you enjoyed this dual-review feature! See you next time.

Young Adult Review: AND THE TREES CREPT IN by Dawn Kurtagich

AND THE TREES CREPT IN by Dawn Kurtagich
Expected Publish Date: September 6 2016 from Little, Brown Books
Pages: 352
Goodreads Synopsis: When Silla and Nori arrive at their aunt’s home, it’s immediately clear that the “blood manor” is cursed. The creaking of the house and the stillness of the woods surrounding them would be enough of a sign, but there are secrets too–the questions that Silla can’t ignore: Who is the beautiful boy that’s appeared from the woods? Who is the man that her little sister sees, but no one else? And why does it seem that, ever since they arrived, the trees have been creeping closer?

And The Trees Crept In is a terrifying and utterly addicting tale about personal demons and how they can consume you. Its’ twisted plot and intense scenes of raw and heart pumping suspense will have you eyeing the trees around your house. . .just to make sure they are where they’re meant to be.

I’ve never seen a descent into madness this fantastically executed since THE BELL JAR by Sylvia Plath. Reading through, as the emotion and frantic thoughts burst from the page into reality and implanted into my mind. I felt like I was mad, too! I was expecting the trees to move or to have tea with a mad hatter! Dawn so perfectly captures surroundings and emotions that you will feel that you have fallen into the book yourself.

The characters were so well rounded and I clicked with them immediately. It was kind of hard not to, as I explained earlier, this book just draws you inside and these characters are your only company. I completely shut myself off from the world; I was completely and entirely engrossed! I especially loved the relationship between the sisters – Silla and Nori. There is a love interest and I “shipped” it so hard – Swoon worthy and so, so sweet!

If you’re going into this expecting a scary story, you’re in the right place, but you’ll leave with so much more. This book sent me through an array of feelings. My hair stood up on end during the intense suspenseful scenes, I felt alert and definitely aware of the trees in front of my house, sadness, and yea. . .I’ll admit that this book made me cry. They call Dawn the “Master of horror” but she’s also master of suspense and emotion.

The plot of And The Trees Crept In was full of twists and turns! I read a lot of horror and I didn’t see where this was going. The plot is original, which is always a plus in the young adult genre these days, and you leave the book with a great message. More advice than a message, really. This book lifted me up and I’m not sure if that’s because of where I am in my life right now or if that will be the general consensus, but it was just what I needed, personally.

If you like great characters, horror, twisty plots, and/or psychological thrillers, I highly suggest picking up AND THE TREES CREPT IN in September 2016!

Dawn Kurtagich

By the time she was eighteen, she had been to fifteen schools across two continents. The daughter of a British globe-trotter and single mother, she grew up all over the place, but her formative years were spent in Africa—on a mission, in the bush, in the city and in the desert.

She has been lucky enough to see an elephant stampede at close range, a giraffe tongue at very close range, and she once witnessed the stealing of her (and her friends’) underwear by very large, angry baboons. (This will most definitely end up in a book . . . ) While she has quite a few tales to tell about the jumping African baboon spider, she tends to save these for Halloween!

When she was sixteen, she thought she’d be an astronomer and writer at the same time, and did a month-long internship at Cambridge’s prestigious Cavendish Laboratories.

She writes over at the YA Scream Queens, a young adult blog for all things horror and thriller, and she is a member of the YA League.

Her life reads like a YA novel.

Also by Dawn: THE DEAD HOUSE

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Let’s Celebrate VENTURESS by Betsy Cornwell!

Today is the day where the cover for VENTURESS is REVEALED! Hypable will unveil the cover today, so make sure to head over there and see that, also consider following me on Twitter, as I’ll be retweeting it!

On Wednesday, we were given this sneak peek at the cover:

Here’s the synopsis that was provided by Hypable.com:

Young inventor Nicolette Lampton is living her own fairy tale happy ending. She’s free of her horrible step-family, running a successful business, and is uninterested in marrying the handsome prince, Fin. Instead, she, Fin, and their friend Caro venture to the lush land of Faerie, where they seek to put an end to the bloody war their kingdom is waging. Mechanical armies and dark magic await them as they uncover devastating secrets about the past and fight for a real, lasting happily-ever-after for two troubled countries—and for themselves.

I am so excited because I really enjoy MECHANICA! You can read my full review, here.

It’s HERE!!!!!!!!!!!

And the beautiful cover looks like. . . . . . . . .

Make sure to visit Hypable to enter the giveaway!!

About Betsy Cornwell

I wrote my first novel, TIDES, as a student at Smith College. After graduating from Smith and getting an MFA from Notre Dame, I moved to Ireland to live with the fairies.

TIDES was published by Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2013 and received a starred review from Publishers Weekly as well as a place on the Bank Street Best Children’s Books of the Year list and a Bisexual Book Awards nomination.

My second novel, MECHANICA, is a steampunk Cinderella retelling that came out with the same press in 2015. MECHANICA received a Kirkus star and was featured on best of the year lists at USA Today, Amazon.com, the Bank Street Center for Children’s LIterature, and ALA’s Amelia Bloomer Project (feminist literature for young readers)

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Contemporary Review: MY HAPPY LIFE by Rose Lagercrantz

MY HAPPY LIFE by Rose Lagercrantz. Illustrated by Eva Eriksson
Published: August 1 2012
Pages: 136
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ – I liked it
Goodreads Synopsis: Dani is probably the happiest person she knows. She’s happy because she’s she’s going to start school. Dani has been waiting to go to school her whole life. Then things get even better – she meets Ella by the swings. After that, Dani and Ella do everything together. But then somethings happens that Dani isn’t prepared for.

My Happy Life is a story about Dani having trouble falling asleep so she decides to reflect on her mostly happy life. Through reminiscing, we’re introduced to Ella and their sweet immediate friendship. Some unexpected news seems to shatter Dani’s happiness until we come full circle and discover just why it is that Dani is having trouble sleeping.

A cute story about friendship, loss, and finding the good in things. I commend the author for portraying such real and somber themes while overall maintaining an upbeat and happy tone. The message of finding the good in everything is a lesson that I think people of all ages can appreciate. Whether you’re learning it for the first time, or you need the friendly reminder, it’s a great lesson to shine through.

I enjoyed reading Dani’s story, though at times I found it meandering, I still recommend reading it as the overall message is not one to soon be forgotten. The heavy themes are handled with grace and buoyancy.

Thanks so much for stopping by and reading my review! Have a great day!

Discussion Post: Why I Review

If you visit book blogs, book reviews are one of the posts you’ll you’ll most likely come across. Book reviews are gold. They’re helpful for everyone and today I’m going to tell you why I write them.

For You

I write book reviews for you. If you are interested in a book, feel free to come to Book Yabber and search the search box to see if I’ve reviewed it. My reviews are always spoiler-free and 100% honest. I review to help you find books that you will enjoy. Maybe you’ve heard of the book and were on the fence about reading it, I review for you. Maybe you want to start reading within a new-to-you genre, I review for you. Maybe you read a review and discover a book you hadn’t known about, I review for you.

This is the reason I started this blog. I read books – great and not-so-great – and wanted to share them with all the readers! To my surprise, I did! I have readers who come to the blog and read my reviews. When they/you comment that my review led you to pick up that book, it makes my day. I’ve been blogging for almost four years and it still makes my day, every time.

For Authors

When I write a review, I publish on bookyabber.com, goodreads.com, amazon.com, and barnesandnoble.com. Regardless whether it’s a positive or a negative review, I always cross-post. For most websites like Barnes and Noble and Amazon, it’s not the overall outlook of the review, it’s the sheer numbers of how many. If a book gets X amount of reviews on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, the book is lifted higher on lists and receive more views, ultimately generating more revenue and attention. Authors pour so much of their heart and soul into their books, the least I could do is help repay them for their hard work. (By “repay”, I’m not talking monetary value, I’m talking effort.)

This is also why I request ARCs – I want to help promote the upcoming book. Sometimes I’m interested in the book and want to promote, sometimes I’ll request and read early because I want to support the individual author. I review and cross-post for authors.

For Myself

My memory is not the best. I always remember whether I have or haven’t read a certain book, but I cannot always remember specific content or my detailed thoughts about books. In this case, I’ll go back and read my own review. Try to get back into that mindset. See what I liked and what I didn’t like. I find it very useful to jog the memory.

Also, I’m a writer. I love to write. When I finish a book, I can’t wait to sit down and start pounding out my various thoughts. It’s a fun activity and as you can see from above, many people often benefit from it.

The floor is yours – why do you review? Let me know down in the comments. I’m excited to hear your side of it. Perhaps you don’t review, could you tell me why? Let’s Chat!!

Thanks for stopping by and reading my thoughts. I do hope you’ll share yours below! See you next time!


Fandom Friday! July 2016

Welcome to a Fandom Friday! A Book Yabber original feature! What is Fandom Friday? Think along the lines of a news page, gathering all the latest news stories from favorite fandoms over the past month and splicing them together in one convenient location. It’s open to all bloggers, so take a look at the linky below, follow links to other blogs, and read about all the fandoms!

My top two fandoms are Star Wars and Harry Potter, so expect to see that kind of news from me. What are your top fandoms? Gather news stories from the month, put them all into a blog post, and leave the link below to participate! I only ask that you link back to Book Yabber in your post. Let’s get started!

Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry Sorting

More information was released about Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry on Pottermore.com, including a quiz that will sort you into your Ilvermorny House. There are four houses – Horned Serpent (which represents the mind), Wampus (representing the body), Pukwudgie (representing the heart), and Thunderbird (representing the soul).

As I understand it, your Ilvermorny house is not entirely linear to your Hogwarts house. For instance, with me, I’m a Slytherin but was sorted into Horned Serpent. Get sorted yourself and let me know in the comments what your house is!

Read new Pottermore content here.

Meet Newt Scamander!

This is something I know nothing about and I’d like to keep it that way. Apparently Pottermore released a video introducing Newt Scamander, the lead in FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM. I am remaining pure in this situation as I want to be surprised when I got to the theater this fall. So I’ll leave the link here for you to explore, if you’re into that sort of thing.

Daniel Radcliffe Willing to Play Adult Harry Potter!

In an interview with Radio Times, Daniel Radcliffe says, depending on the script, he’s open to returning as an adult Harry Potter. He says Harrison Ford returned to his role as Han Solo and look how good that turned out.

Would you like to see more Harry Potter movies?

LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures

LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures is a cartoon TV series on Disney XD. It premiered June 20th 2016. It follows the Freemaker family – Kordi, Rowan, Zander, and R0-GR as they scour the galaxy in search of starship debris. They’re scavengers who build and sell starships from the debris they find.

Photo Source: starwars.com

There’s a quiz on Starwars.com that will tell you which Freemaker character you are! My results are as follows:

Photo Source: Which Character Are You? Results on starwars.com

If you couldn’t tell, I’m very please with my results. Are you watching this TV series? Did you take the quiz? Which character are you?

That’s all for this month! Thanks so much for reading! What is happening in your fandoms right now? Did you write a Fandom Friday post? Link up below, I can’t wait to read your post!

Remember, Fandom Friday is the first Friday of every month. Hope to see you in August!

July TBR

I don’t normally post TBR lists because I am such a mood reader. If I finish a book today and plan to start X tomorrow, I might feel completely different in the morning. This month I’m feeling pretty confident that I will read all that I currently plan, so let’s get to it!

THREE DARK CROWNS by Kendare Blake
Expected Publication: September 20 2016 by HarperTeen
Pages: 416
Source/Format: Twitter Trade/Physical ARC
Goodreads Synopsis: Every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown.

If only it was that simple. Katharine is unable to tolerate the weakest poison, and Arsinoe, no matter how hard she tries, can’t make even a weed grow. The two queens have been shamefully faking their powers, taking care to keep each other, the island, and their powerful sister Mirabella none the wiser. But with alliances being formed, betrayals taking shape, and ruthless revenge haunting the queens’ every move, one thing is certain: the last queen standing might not be the strongest…but she may be the darkest.

Kendare has been one of my favorite authors for a long while. I’m currently reading THREE DARK CROWNS and I am loving it so far. I can’t wait to dive deeper. Expect this review at the end of July.

THE TREES CREPT IN by Dawn Kurtagich
Expected Publication: September 6 2016 by Little, Brown
Pages: 352
Source/Format: Author/Physical ARC
Goodreads Synopsis: When Silla and Nori arrive at their aunt’s home, it’s immediately clear that the “blood manor” is cursed. The creaking of the house and the stillness of the woods surrounding them would be enough of a sign, but there are secrets too–the questions that Silla can’t ignore: Who is the beautiful boy that’s appeared from the woods? Who is the man that her little sister sees, but no one else? And why does it seem that, ever since they arrived, the trees have been creeping closer?

Dawn reached out to my on Instagram and asked if I wanted to read and review TREES early. I immediately jumped at the chance! It fits in perfectly as I’ve been on a horror reading kick. Expect this review in August.

Published: April 1 2013 by Scholastic
Pages: 140
Source/Format: Library/Paperback
Goodreads Synopsis: Night for Noah Bienstock is a scary time. He keeps having the scariest dream that he’s being hunted by a monster and can’t escape. Daytime isn’t much better for Noah, a shy, lonely 6th grader. But then Noah meets Monroe Sternom, the new kid in town. Monroe is assigned the seat next to Noah in school and they instantly hit it off. But there are some strange things about Monroe. Can he trust Monroe with the details of his dream? Noah must do what ever it takes to make sure his nightmares don’t come true!

I’ve read the first two of this series and I am absolutely hooked! I love being back inside the world of Goosebumps! I’ve frequented so much of my childhood inside the Goosebumps books. This is number 3, I also have number 4 (FRANKENSTEIN’S DOG) and number 5 (DR. MANIAC WILL SEE YOU NOW) out from the library. I have hopes of finishing all three this month. Expect to see this review early September.

Published: July 21 2007
Pages: 759
Source/Format: Own/eBook
Goodreads Synopsis: Harry is waiting in Privet Drive. The Order of the Phoenix is coming to escort him safely away without Voldemort and his supporters knowing – if they can. But what will Harry do then? How can he fulfil the momentous and seemingly impossible task that Professor Dumbledore has left him?

July is very exciting because on the 31st we get the EIGHTH HARRY POTTER!!!! I’m doing a re-read of DEATHLY HALLOWS with my friends, Nicole from Nicole’s Novel Reads and Marci from The Plot Bunny. I won’t be writing a review for DEATHLY HALLOWS as it’s a re-read. I do hope that you’ll read along with us!

**Also, Nicole is currently running a giveaway right now where she’s giving away a pre-order of HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD!!!. Find that giveaway here!.**

What are you planning to read in July? Let me know in the comments below! Have a wonderful July!

Monthly Rewind: June 2016

This happened weeks ago and I still can’t believe it happened. I met Joe Hill. OMG! It was amazing! I drove an hour and ten minutes in solid heavy traffic to Nashua NH. Joe read from THE FIREMAN, there was a kazoo sing along, Q&A, and then a signing. I had a great time! I’m still riding that high!

  • June was kind of crazy! Husband and I signed paperwork that carried us into the official buying stage of this house hunt. I’ve been spending my days getting our current apartment ready for viewings and signing so much more paperwork. LOL.
  • The viewings have started and I could have never anticipated how stressful they’d be on me. I have to keep the house in constant cleanliness. No clothes on the floor, no dishes in the sink, etc. It’s been a trying week, my friends. The stress has caused me to lose sleep, so I’m exhausted on top of it all. Agents call like an hour before. I hope it sells soon because it’s stressful.
  • As you can see from the picture above, I took some time and went to Nashua NH for the Joe Hill signing. Best night. Joe is one of my favorite authors and I really enjoyed THE FIREMAN!
  • Have you tried the Pink Drink from Starbucks yet? I have and let me tell you it is so delicious. A refreshing drink perfect for summer. I’ve developed an obsession, so perhaps. . .beware? LOL
  • I’ve been growing out a pixie hair cut for about nine months now. I went this month and got a haircut. A very minor one. I trimmed up the back, which was much longer than the front making it look like a mullet. So it’s much more even now and it makes it look longer! I’m pleased with it.

Through the crazy busy month, we managed to get out on the weekends and see some movies.

  • X-Men: Apocalypse – I’d rate this a three out of five. It was enjoyable.
  • Finding Dory – Dory gets five out of five. It was an incredible heartfelt movie that I highly suggest you see before it leaves theaters!

Books Read: 6
Pages Read: 1,976 pages
Favorite Read: STALKING JACK THE RIPPER (With WOMEN IN THE WALLS as a close second.)
Horror Challenge: 5/6!!
Genre: Adult [1]. YA [3] Middle Grade [2]

My Horror Reading Challenge is coming along very nicely! Last month I had read 4 books towards my goal of 16. This month I added 5 more on to that! I’ve passed the halfway point! I’m reading my tenth book!

  • Reviews: In July, you’ll see reviews for MY HAPPY LIFE by Rose Lagercrantz, PARTY GAMES (FEAR STREET RELAUNCH #1) by R.L.Stine, and GOOSEBUMPS MOST WANTED: PLANET OF THE LAND GNOMES by R.L.Stine.
  • Next month is my birthday month! Perhaps we’ll do something to celebrate!

In Celebration of Shark Week: Top Ten Shark Reads!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created and hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week is a Freebie week and in celebration of Discovery Channel’s SHARK WEEK, I decided to do Shark Reads!

THE SHARK ATTACKS OF 1961 (I SURVIVED #2) by Lauren Tarshis [Goodreads] – This fictional story was based on the true events of the Great White shark attacks of 1961 on the Jersey Shore.

DEEP TROUBLE (GOOSEBUMPS #19) by R.L.Stine [Goodreads] – A classic Goosebumps story! This was one of my favorites when I was younger. I still own it! Might have to change my reading schedule around to re-read that one this week!

JAWS by Peter Benchley [Goodreads] – You can’t have a list of great shark books without featuring JAWS, the novel that inspired JAWS the movie!

SURROUNDED BY SHARKS by Michael Northrop [Goodreads] – Davey’s family spend one morning of their vacation sleeping in. Davey doesn’t think vacations are for sleeping in, so he grabs his sunglasses and a book and heads for the beach. The glistening waves catch his attention and he goes for a swim. The currents pull him further into the water, farther and farther from shore. He finds himself surrounded by sharks! I’m actually picking this book up at the library today!

SHARK WARS (SHARK WARS #1) by E.J.Altbacker [Goodreads] – This is the first in a series of four books. Rising sea temperatures and over-fishing have forced food to greatly decrease and the battle for a new hunting ground has brought war.

SHARK BAIT by Justin D’Ath [Goodreads] – Sam Fox and another tourist who were vacationing at the Great Barrier Reef are swept away in the currents to vast and deep open water. They will soon find they are not alone. Another thrilling survival tale!

I’M A SHARK by Bob Shea [Goodreads] – A children’s book about a fearless shark. Is he truly fearless, though? A great message shines through that everyone has fears and it’s OK to admit that.

SMILEY SHARK by Ruth Galloway [Goodreads] – Smiley Shark loves to smile, but the other fish are afraid of his smile because his teeth are sharp. When a fishing net traps fellow fish, those scary sharp teeth might just come as a savior.

SHARK LADY: TRUE ADVENTURES OF EUGENIE CLARK by Ann McGovern and Ruth Chew [Goodreads] – This book has a special place in my heart. I distinctly remember reading this book several times in elementary school. Eugenie Clark inspired me to pursue marine biology. Unfortunately I didn’t take it very far, but I still think about her from time to time. Highly recommend this book about an incredible lady and her amazing adventures.

HUNGRY, HUNGRY SHARKS by Joanna Cole and Patricia Wynne [Goodreads] – I haven’t read this one specifically, but as a kid, I couldn’t get enough of books that contained real facts about sharks. From reading reviews, this seems like a great one!

Thanks for reading! Now go enjoy the Shark Week festivities!

*Though some of these books portray sharks as enemies, they are not in fact enemies. They should not be feared nor killed. They’re living creatures, just trying to survive alongside us humans, who are also trying to survive. When attacks happen, they’re not done purposefully, humans are often mistaken for seals. Please, save the sharks!*


The Marauders #4 – Barnes and Noble Teen Book Fest

I solemnly swear I am up to no good. *Tap*

Welcome to a brand new feature!! The Marauders is a feature where three book blogger friends share their many exciting adventures! Whether it be sailing the Charles River, ritualistic sacrifices in Salem, scaling the face of the Old Man of the Mountain in New Hampshire, or simply visiting a local independent bookstore, it’s bound to be a blast! Our grand adventures take place along the six states that encompass the vast and wonderful New England. Join me, Marci of The Plot Bunny, and Nicole of Nicole’s Novel Reads as we bring you along on our adventures, but keep track of us, for sometimes we shed our human forms and revert to our animagus forms! (Don’t worry, we’re registered!)

Our June adventure was not New England specific! Barnes and Noble hosted their first B-Fest Teen Book Fest. Hundreds of authors appeared in Barnes and Nobles nationwide! There were creativity panels, author signings, games, and a major swag giveaway! Nicole, Marci, and I only attended the swag giveaway. We had planned to come back for the games, but you’ll see later what held us up.

Marci and I arrived early – we were very ready to get our hands on STALKING JACK THE RIPPER ARC. We arrived at 9:30 and the giveaway wasn’t until 11. We grabbed some breakfast at the B&N Cafe. I was very sad as they didn’t have my new obsession – the pink drink! Have you tried Pink Drink yet?

We then found the Young Adult section of the book store and began to browse. Marci was telling me about THE MUSEUM OF HEARTBREAK by Meg Leder. She had just finished reading her ARC copy and she loved it! A five star read from her. You can read her review here.

SourceBooks Fire had a cutout in the store advertising THE CABIN by Natasha Preston. Marci and I both took our pictures and tweeted them on Twitter!

Shortly after we posted our photos to Twitter, Nicole arrived! The Barnes and Noble we were at had a balcony, so when we got a text from her saying she was here, we creeped on her from above! Hehe, sorry Nicole! The event was a little late to get going. At 11AM, the table was out and they started spreading out all the swag!

Photo Courtesy of Marci

We all grabbed our loot piles. I was lucky to grab an ARC of STALKING JACK THE RIPPER by Kerri Maniscalco. I also grabbed the FIERCE READS Coloring Book!

Then we were off, across the street, to the Cheesecake Factory for lunch! I unfortunately didn’t like the meal I picked, but I made up for it by ordered a huge slice of chocolate fudge cake! Marci and Nicole luckily enjoyed their meals and their desserts!

As we were leaving Cheesecake Factory to enter the mall, we noticed that it had downpoured! Thankfully we missed the rain by being inside. Next stop, The Disney Store!

I love going into The Disney Store because I’m a kid at heart! Star Wars, Snow White, Winnie The Pooh, and Captain America GALORE! Who are your favorite Disney characters?

We walked into the store and I know that I felt like a child in a candy store. There was so much to look at, so much I wanted to take home with me! We immediately started hugging the stuffed animals and taking photos.

LEFT: Marci looks like a princess in that beautiful gown. Nicole and Olaf are staying cool. You can call me Captain Phasmabeth. RIGHT: Nicole and NEMOS! Marci and Stitch! I stacked Captain America Tsum Tsums!

We left The Disney Store and were on our way to back to Barnes and Noble for the second part of the event: GAMES!

. . .We didn’t make it though. We walked into the rabbit hole otherwise known as Claire’s (So much nostalgia). Much hilarity ensued.

Alcohol was not involved. We’re just FUN people!

By the time we got back to Barnes and Noble the games had ended. So we decided to walk around and grab books that we want to recommend for Summer Reading!

I recommend: WHEN WE COLLIDED by Emery Lord, SUMMER OF SLOANE by Erin L Schneider, and TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE by Jenny Han.

Nicole recommends: LOVE & GELATO by Jenna Evans Welch, FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell, and ALL THE FEELS by Danika Stone.

Marci recommends: THE MUSEUM OF HEARTBREAK by Meg Leder, WINK, POPPY, MIDNIGHT by April Genevieve Tucholke, and LOVE CHARMS AND OTHER CATASTROPHES by Kimberly Karalius.

Woah, that was a long post, thanks for sticking to the end. I hope you enjoyed this month’s Marauders post. Our next post will be the first week of August. It might cover some very special event occurring on the last day of the month, having to do with a very special book series. Like, perhaps the EIGHTH book. . .or something. HEHE!

*Tap* Mischief Managed.