Wednesday, November 28, 2018

1 Review and Giveaway: A Dreadful Fairy Book

A Dreadful Fairy Book
Written by Jon Etter
Ages 9-12 | Publisher: Amberjack Publishing  
November 20, 2018 | ISBN-13: 978-1948705141

Publisher’s Synopsis: Shade the sprite is dreadful at being the perfect fairy. After her treehouse burns to the ground, Shade embarks on a quest, albeit with rather questionable companions, to find a place her outré self can finally fit in—a place of companionship and comfort and, most importantly, positively filled with books. When fantastic ruffians, swindlers, and a pack of ruthless Unseelie hunters threaten to halt her at every turn, can Shade survive the dreadful journey and find a destination she can truly call home?

My Thoughts

After her treehouse burns to the ground, Shade the sprite goes off to search for a replacement of her most treasured item: a book that her parents used to read to her. Not to mention she's donezo with the rest of the sprites, mostly because they were responsible for the destruction of her house and her library. I did not blame her one bit for being angry.

Shade's never quite fit in with the rest of the sprites. They made fun of her size, her flying abilities, and her love of reading. Once she leaves, she vows never to return. She ventures her way into the unknown, befriending a ragtag motley crew. She meets some interesting and some dreadful characters in the search of the book she lost.

And if this doesn't have you hooked, let me tell you about the narrator of the story, Quentin Q. Quacksworth. Quacksworth is a reluctant narrator at best. He'd prefer to tell a story in which characters and plots behaved the way they should. I couldn't help feel as if Quentin Quacksworth and Lemony Snicket might have attended the same school for narrators.

I love that Shade wasn't your average fairy. She's sassy, independent, and fierce. The only complaint I have is that she was a little heavy on the name calling. Other than that, this book was a joy to read. I hope we might even see more of Shade's adventures in the future. Also, as any bibliophile would, I  loved all the bookish references. If you get the chance, then pick up A Dreadful Fairy Book for the fairy enthusiast in your life. It's not your grandma's fairy book.


Per FTC guidelines, I work in partnership with The Children’s Book Review and Amberjack Publishing. All opinions expressed are my own and are in no way influenced by this fact.


Enter to win a copy of A Dreadful Fairy Book by Jon Etter!

Ten (10) winners receive:

A bound galley copy of A Dreadful Fairy Book

Giveaway begins November 13, 2018, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends December , 2018, at 11:59 P.M. PST.

Giveaway open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older.

Amberjack Publishing is responsible for prize fulfillment.


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Monday, November 26, 2018

0 Calling All Authors and Bookish People

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

0 Review: The Other Miss Bridgerton

The Other Miss Bridgerton (Rokesbys #3)
by Julia Quinn
Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages
Published November 20th 2018 by Avon
ISBN13: 9780062388209


She was in the wrong place...

Fiercely independent and adventurous, Poppy Bridgerton will only wed a suitor whose keen intellect and interests match her own. Sadly, none of the fools from her London season qualify. While visiting a friend on the Dorset coast, Poppy is pleasantly surprised to discover a smugglers' hideaway tucked inside a cave. But her delight turns to dismay when two pirates kidnap her and take her aboard a ship, leaving her bound and gagged on the captain's bed…

He found her at the wrong time...

Known to society as a rascal and reckless privateer, Captain Andrew James Rokesby actually transports essential goods and documents for the British government. Setting sail on a time-sensitive voyage to Portugal, he's stunned to find a woman waiting for him in his cabin. Surely, his imagination is getting the better of him. But no, she is very real—and his duty to the Crown means he's stuck with her.

Can two wrongs make the most perfect right?

When Andrew learns that she is a Bridgerton, he knows he will likely have to wed her to avert a scandal—though Poppy has no idea that he is the son of an earl and neighbor to her aristocratic cousins in Kent. On the high seas, their war of words soon gives way to an intoxicating passion. But when Andrew's secret is revealed, will his declaration of love be enough to capture her heart…?

My Thoughts

Julia Quinn is my go-to author for historical romance. I know when I pick up one of her books I'm going to get a feisty, intelligent heroine and a swoon-worthy hero. I've read a great number of her books, but this is the first book in the Rokesbys series that I've read. And I hate to admit it, but I didn't love this book as much as the others.

Poppy Bridgerton is a girl ahead of her time. She's been through many seasons, but just can't seem to find a suitor whose interests match her own. James Rokesby is a pirate, I mean privateer, who is on a mission for the government when his path crosses with Poppy. He's on a time sensitive mission and must bring (kidnap) her with him until the mission is over. Poppy has no idea who Captain James really is, but he knows who she is. And of course, the two are attracted to each other, but there are complications galore! 

Mystery, passion, romance . . . yet, there was something missing for me. I liked both Poppy and James and all the other characters. The storyline was good. However, it just didn't seem as good as the other books I've read by Quinn. I guess there was bound to be one book by Quinn that I didn't love. Although this book wasn't my favorite, I did still enjoy it nonetheless, and I would still recommend it for historical romance fans. Julia Quinn is a master storyteller that excels at happily ever after!

*My thanks to Edelweiss and Avon for providing me with a digital arc for review. This is no way influenced my opinion. 

Friday, November 16, 2018

0 Treat Yo Self With This Christmas Gift Guide Roundup and Giveaway

Don’t forget gifts for you! At the holidays we always spend so much time thinking about others that it’s easy to leave ourselves out. Treat yourself this Christmas and enter to win all 6 holiday books! Then cozy up with a blanket, a hot cup of whatever you like, and get lost in a wonderful romance.

Cowboy Christmas Jubilee 

Cowboy SEAL Christmas

Mistletoe in Texas 

Billionaire Wolf for Christmas 

Rocky Mountain Cowboy Christmas

My Forever Home 

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

0 Review: The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel

The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel: A Story of Sleepy Hollow
by Alyssa Palombo
Paperback, 416 pages
Published October 2nd 2018 by St. Martin's Griffin


When Ichabod Crane arrives in the spooky little village of Sleepy Hollow as the new schoolmaster, Katrina Van Tassel is instantly drawn to him. Through their shared love of books and music, they form a friendship that quickly develops into romance. Ichabod knows that as an itinerant schoolteacher of little social standing, he has nothing to offer the wealthy Katrina – unlike her childhood friend-turned-enemy, Brom Van Brunt, who is the suitor Katrina’s father favors.

But when romance gives way to passion, Ichabod and Katrina embark on a secret love affair, sneaking away into the woods after dark to be together – all while praying they do not catch sight of Sleepy Hollow’s legendary Headless Horseman. That is, until All Hallows’s Eve, when Ichabod suddenly disappears, leaving Katrina alone and in a perilous position.

Enlisting the help of her friend – and rumored witch – Charlotte Jansen, Katrina seeks the truth of Ichabod Crane’s disappearance, investigating the forest around Sleepy Hollow using unconventional – often magical – means. What they find forces Katrina to question everything she once knew, and to wonder if the Headless Horseman is perhaps more than just a story after all. In Alyssa Palombo's The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel nothing is as it seems, and love is a thing even death won't erase. 

My Thoughts

Like many people, I was introduced to The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving at a young age, mostly thanks to Disney. I had read this Gothic classic before, but I couldn't really recall my initial impression of the story. I remember being terrified of the Headless Horseman. I remember thinking Ichabod was kinda ridiculous. I remember Katrina was the prize to be won. So I reread The Legend of Sleepy Hollow to refresh my memory of this classic, and now reading this story as an adult, I found I wanted more. Irving gives us a great characterization of Ichabod and Brom, but not so much about Katrina. 

Alyssa Palombo's The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel is the answer to my bookish request. Palombo explores the inner life of the woman at the center of Irving's story. Palombo gives Katrina her own unique voice. She's smart; she's feisty; she's forward-thinking; she's brave. And she's in love with Ichabod Crane. I have to admit I had a hard time seeing Ichabod as a romantic lead. I blame Disney. Truly I do. I had this preconceived notion of what Ichabod looked like stuck in my head, and I'm afraid that image was hard to shake off. Palombo's Ichabod would have any girl swooning. It just took me a few minutes to adjust my thinking.

I was intrigued by the storyline of this book from the get-go. This Gothic story told from Katrina's point of view was more interesting than the original story--sorry Irving. There were a few twists and turns that kept this story fresh and exciting. The characters felt more fleshed out than in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and the story felt more complete. I love that Palombo was able to capture the romance without losing a bit of the mystery. 

The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel is a great fall read. In fact, it's great any time of the year. Whenever I think of Sleepy Hollow from now on, Alyssa Palombo's The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel with be the first thing that comes to mind. And if you get the opportunity, you might want to pick it up. Be sure to clear your calendar for a day or two, you won't want to put it down.

Thanks to St. Martin's Griffin for providing me with a review copy. All my opinions are my own and are in no way influenced by this. 

Monday, November 12, 2018

0 Is there anything cooler than time-traveling, dimension-jumping, librarian spies? You're going to want to enter this #giveaway!

Is there anything cooler than time-traveling, dimension-jumping, librarian spies? We don't think so! TRoNTR is so excited for the next installment of Genevieve Cogman's Invisible Library series, THE MORTAL WORD, releasing on November 27th. If you love all things Doctor Who, this is one series that you seriously can't miss! Also, the cover to THE MORTAL WORD is really cool.

The fate of worlds lies in the balance. When a dragon is murdered at a peace conference, time-travelling Librarian spy Irene must solve the case to keep the balance between order, chaos…and the Library.

Penguin Random House is celebrating the release of Genevieve Cogman's next novel with a giveaway of epic proportions! They are giving away the entire Invisible Library series to one lucky winner. This giveaway runs from November 12th- November 23rd. To enter go to It's easy peasy lemon squeezy to enter! So don't delay. Good luck to everyone!


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