Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Mini Review: Wrong in All the Right Ways

Mini Review: Wrong in All the Right Ways by Tiffany Brownlee
Everything in Emma's life has always gone according to her very careful plans. But things take a turn toward the unexpected when she falls in love for the first time with the one person in the world who’s off-limits–her new foster brother, the gorgeous and tormented Dylan McAndrews.

Meanwhile, Emma’s AP English class is reading Wuthering Heights, and she’s been assigned to mimic Bronte’s style in an epistolary format. With no one to confide in, she’s got a lot to write about. Emma and Dylan try to constrain their romance to the page–for fear of threatening Dylan’s chances of being adopted into another home. But the strength of first love is all-consuming, and they soon get enveloped in a passionate, secretive relationship with a very uncertain outcome.
-summary and cover via Goodreads

Mini Review: This is a contemporary YA reimagining of Wuthering Heights. I've never read that book before (I know, I know!), but after reading this book I'm definitely more interested in reading it! If you're interested in reading this book because you love Wuthering Heights, give it a try! :)

I received an ARC of this book from the author.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Interview With Tiffany Brownlee!

Today I am happy to present an interview with Tiffany Brownlee! Ms. Brownlee's debut YA book, Wrong in All the Right Ways, releases tomorrow! Now here's the interview! :)

The bold font are the questions I asked, the regular font are her answers, and the bold italic font are my comments about her answers.

1. Would you please describe your book, Wrong in All the Right Ways, in seven words?

A swoon-worthy account of forbidden first loves. 
That's seven words, right? Right?? 
Hmm. Well, we're going to pretend that swoon-worthy is one word, so yeah...that's seven words :) 

2. What was the hardest part of writing your book? And what was the easiest part?

The hardest part of writing my book was going through the the revision/editing phase. You don't realize how many grammatical errors and inconsistency errors you have until you actually sit down and read every single word aloud. It was insane how many mistakes I had! But I learned so much about my craft during that process, and it made my book so much better, so I wouldn't trade those difficult days for anything in the world. The easiest part, believe it or not, was writing the first draft. I wrote it in 20 days. I know...TWENTY DAYS! Some days, when I look back on it, I'm not even sure how I did it while working a day job. Anyway, I'm amazed at how much of the original draft actually made the final cut. I thought most of it would change in the revision stage, but that wasn't the case. I mean, obviously some things changed, but it wasn't nearly as much as I imagined it would be.

3. Random question! What's your favorite Disney movie?

That's so hard! I love all-things Disney, but I'm gonna have to go with a more recent movie and choose Tangled. I LOVE Rapunzel and I totally have a crush on Flynn Rider (haha!) And don't even get me started on the floating lanterns scene. It makes me tear up every time. It's absolutely beautiful!

I love Tangled, too! :)

4. If you're able to talk about it, what are you working on now?

I can't say much, but right now, I'm working on a contemporary romance novel that touches on the subject of teenage homelessness. I know...it's not much to go on, but the details have to be kept hush-hush until further notice, so that's all I can say at the moment.

5. What are some books you've read recently and enjoyed? And what are some upcoming books you're looking forward to reading?

There are sooo many amazing books that I've read recently, but lately, I've been absolutely obsessed with Rachel Lynn Solomon's YOU'LL MISS ME WHEN I'M GONE and Farrah Penn's TWELVE STEPS TO NORMAL. These books are amazing, and I cannot stop raving about them! As for books I'm looking forward to reading, I am waiting very patiently for HEART OF THORNS by Bree Barton (out July 31st) and HERETICS ANONYMOUS by Katie Henry (out August 7th). I've heard so many great things about these two books, and I cant wait to dive into them!

Thank you so much to Ms. Brownlee for letting me interview her! :)

Author bioTiffany Brownlee is a graduate from Xavier University of Louisiana working as a middle-school English teacher in the New Orleans area. She has been writing stories since childhood and won her first creative writing award in second grade. Tiffany originally conceived of this novel as she was re-reading Emily Brontë's Wuthering HeightsWrong in All the Right Ways marks her debut. 

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Non-Fiction Review: 999 Super Silly, Awesomely Hilarious, Funny Bone-Tickling Jokes for Kids

Non-Fiction Review: 999 Super Silly, Awesomely Hilarious, Funny Bone-Tickling Jokes for Kids

999 Hilarious Jokes—Hand-Picked by Kids for Kids

Who's there?
Lena who?
Lena little closer. I don't hear too well.

What did the dairy farmer do at the candy factory?
Milk chocolates.

Kids love to laugh—and here’s a fantastic collection of more than 999 jokes and funny stories especially for 6- 12-year-olds!

Compiled and edited by kids for kids, you can be sure these are jokes that young readers will find a ton of laughs to enjoy and share—with anyone who will listen! 999 Super Silly, Awesomely Hilarious, Funny Bone-Tickling Jokes for Kids promises hours of good, wholesome entertainment for the whole family!
-summary and cover via Goodreads

Review: I really enjoyed reading this book! I've always loved telling jokes, and after reading this book, I have a lot more of them to tell! And it's absolutely perfect for elementary and middle school age kids. I highly recommend this book for the people in your life who love joke books, this would be an awesome gift! :)

I received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Review: More Than Meets the Eye

Review: More Than Meets the Eye by Karen Witemyer

Many consider Evangeline Hamilton cursed. Orphaned at a young age and possessing a pair of mismatched eyes--one bright blue, the other dark brown--Eva has fought to find her way in a world that constantly rejects her. Yet the support of even one person can help overcome the world's judgments, and Eva has two--Seth and Zach, two former orphans she now counts as brothers.

Seeking justice against the man who stole his birthright and destroyed his family, Logan Fowler arrives in 1880s Pecan Gap, Texas, to confront Zach Hamilton, the hardened criminal responsible for his father's death. Only instead of finding a solitary ruthless gambler, he discovers a man not much older than himself with an unusual family. When Zach's sister, Evangeline, insists on dousing Logan with sunshine every time their paths cross, Logan finds his quest completely derailed. Who is truly responsible for his lost legacy, and will restoring the past satisfy if it means forfeiting a future with Evangeline?
-summary and cover via Goodreads
Plot: I really enjoyed it! From the very first chapter I was immediately drawn into the book, and wanted to find out what would happen!

Characters: Evangeline was a great main character! I really liked the fact that while she was adventurous, she wasn't stupid. She thought things out before she did them, but wasn't afraid to act to help her family. I loved her brothers! The family that they had made together was really nice. I especially liked Zach, and I hope the author is writing a book about him. Logan was great!

The cover: I like the fact that the cover mentions how her eyes look, because they play a big part in the book.

Overall: I loved this book! This was an excellent new book by Karen Witemeyer, and is now one of my favorite Adult Christian books. And I really hope the author is writing a book about Zack! A really good book, I highly recommend it! :)

I received a e-ARC of this book from the publisher.