Monday, March 20, 2017

It's Very Hungry Caterpillar Day #VHCday!!!!

Today is The Very Hungry Caterpillar Day!  Ahh so exciting!!!

Who doesn't love The Very Hungry Caterpillar?!  I even had a little outfit for my daughter last summer (sadness is that she has grown) that featured this little guy.  So, needless to say, I love love love the caterpillar!

I also love Eric Carle's other books.  They are fun, bright, and just great to read with the littles.

What is even better about it being The Very Hungry Caterpillar day?  There is a GIVEAWAY!!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Enter for a chance to win one (1) of five (5) copies of The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (ARV: $21.99 each).
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on March 20, 2017 and 12:00 AM on March 27, 2017.  Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about March 29, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

And there are a bunch more of us joining in on this to celebrate!  Happy first day of Spring!


Friday, March 10, 2017

Review: The Union by S. Usher Evans

Title: The Union
Series: The Madion War Trilogy #3
Author: S. Usher Evans
Publisher: Sun's Golden Ray Publishing
Publication Date: February 14, 2017
Source: Author

The Madion War Trilogy has come to an end.  The third book, The Union, is out in the world...and I have read it.

It is a little hard to discuss a third book in a series without giving any sort of spoiler for the books that proceed it, so consider yourselves warned.

In The Union, we are still dealing with the world as we knew it from the last two books.  Two major countries are at war and our love birds are from opposing sides.  In this book they are currently working together to try to bring down the King of one country and to reunite the warring factions.

And just like isn't working out very well.

And the love birds are finding themselves stuck in the middle of it.  Either they can't find any time to be with each other or someone is trying to exploit their relationship.

But before I get to the relationship and my feelings towards that with this book, I should probably discuss Theo.  See, Theo had been my favorite character for the majority of the series.  I thought she was strong willed and knew how to get what she wanted.  Then the Theo in The Union happened.  And she is not the Theo we knew.  She is weak.  She is whiny.  And she is kind of annoying.

I understand that some of this is because she has some what lost who she is due to things that have happened in the story line, but some of it was because of a boy.  Her insecurity in her relationship was really just...ugh.  We had a strong willed female crumbling at the idea that her relationship is doomed from them never getting to see one another.  It wasn't always because of that, but when it was...I really didn't feel like it felt like the Theo I had known.

Then our Princeling.  He did show some growth, and in a more positive way.  He wasn't as arrogant (he was still a little arrogant) as he had originally been and he had started to grow a pair of balls.  So that was nice.

Too bad Princeling and Theo together in The Union more or less just annoyed me (mostly Theo).   But really, there were points when they were together where I just had enough of them wanting each other.  There is more in this thought, but I can't really get into it without giving some major spoilers away.

Other things happened in the story.  One of the characters really made me think of another character from the Hunger Games and that connection I made, made it very difficult for me to imagine the character as who she should be and not who she isn't.  I wonder if I am the only one who kind of saw this?  Can you guess who I am talking about and who I thought they were?

All in all though, I enjoyed the series.  I mean, I devoured the first two books, and really liked them.  There was just something about this final book.  It just didn't reach that same level as the other books did (especially the The Island).

My Rating
3 Stars

This review is based on an ARC provided to me by the author.  All thoughts and opinions are mine and mine alone.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Blog Tour: Lifeblood by Gena Showalter - Guest Post and Giveaway

Title: Lifeblood
Series: Everlife #2
Author: Gena Showalter
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: February 28, 2017
Source: Irish Banana Book Blog Tours

LINKS: Amazon | B&N | Indiebound

Hi Everyone!  I am back with another lovely post about Lifeblood!  However, this time it is for a blog tour and not for a blitz!

This time I have for you guest post from Gena Showalter.  She was awesome enough to take some time out to answer a question for us!  Check it out!

What was the inspiration behind the Everlife series? 
I love scripture, and there are numerous scriptures about kingdoms not of this earth, kingdom vs. kingdom, a war between spiritual forces, and the power of choice.  Top those off with scriptures about life and death, blessing and cursing, light and dark, good and evil, and color me inspired!  In fact, once the idea for the Everlife series hit me – life as we know it is just a dress rehearsal and real life actually begins after death, in the afterlife, where only two realms are in power -- I was basically foaming-at-the-mouth eager to sit down and write book one (Firstlife).  Good and evil at war?  Yes!   But who is good and who is evil?  Everything is not always as black and white as it seems. 
I know many readers have said they consider Troika a type of heaven and Myriad a type of hell, but that isn’t exactly what I had in mind when I crafted them.  To me, the “hell” realm is Many Ends (where the Undecided go…and maybe others, though I can’t say who without giving spoilers, and the “heaven” realm is the Rest.  Troika and Myriad are merely paths that can lead to light or darkness, and for everyone – those in the light and those in the dark -- there will be bumps along the way.    
While the concept seems to totally contradicts the widely held believe that this life is the only one we will ever live, it gave me the opportunity to explore the idea that what we do now will matter for eternity. And of course, it enabled me to add a forbidden romance to the mix.  My favorite!  Ten, the heroine, is falling in love with one realm, but falling in love with the boy from the other realm.  Who will she choose?  The realm/home or the boy?


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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Book Blitz: Lifeblood by Gena Showalter

Title: Lifeblood
Series: Everlife #2
Author: Gena Showalter
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: February 28, 2017
Source: Irish Banana Book Blog Tours

OMG guys!  It is finally here!  The second book in the Everlife series by Gena Showalter!

Lifeblood is the sequel to Firstlife both written by the lovely and ever so talented Gena Showalter.  You may or may not recall that when I read Firstlife I was stuck on it for a long time after finishing.  It still sends my mind reeling when I think about the plot and the story in general.  So it is safe to say that I am super excited for the release of this gorgeous sequel.

If you need a reminder on any of my thoughts you can find my review for Firstlife right HERE.  I also made a fun pocket letter based off of the book too and you can find the post about that right HERE.

So what is Lifeblood about?  Well here is the synopsis for you!

My Firstlife is over, but my Everlife is only now beginning.

With her last living breath, Tenley "Ten" Lockwood made her choice and picked her realm in the Everlife. Now, as the war between Troika and Myriad rages, she must face the consequences.

Because Ten possesses a rare supernatural ability to absorb and share light, the Powers That Be have the highest expectations for her future—and the enemy wants her neutralized. Fighting to save her Secondlife, she must learn about her realm from the ground up while launching her first mission: convincing a select group of humans to join her side before they die. No pressure, right?

But Ten's competition is Killian, the boy she can't forget—the one who gave up everything for her happiness. He has only one shot at redemption: beating Ten at a game she's never even played. As their throw-downs heat up, so do their undeniable feelings, and soon, Ten will have to make another choice. Love…or victory.

LINKS: Amazon | B&N | Indiebound