Saturday, September 20, 2014

The World of Heir Blog Tour; The Sorcerer Heir by Cinda Willilams Chima & Enter To WIN The Entire SERIES!

Welcome to today's stop in The World Of Weir Blog Tour!


ABOUT “THE WORLD OF WEIR” BLOG TOUR
Those with magical powers in The Heir Chronicles series by Cinda Williams Chima are known as the Weir. The World of Weir blog tour leads up to the release of the can’t-miss series finale, The Sorcerer’s Heir (in-stores October 21st) by celebrating the magical fantasy world and the five types of magical guilds. Follow along for playlists, nail art, and more inspired by the series, plus exclusive excerpts from the upcoming finale.

WEEK 1:  THE WARRIORS September 14 – September 20
WEEK 2: THE WIZARDS September 21 –  September 27
WEEK 3: THE SEERS September 28 – October 4
WEEK 4:  THE ENCHANTERS October 5 – October 11
WEEK 5:  THE SORCERERS October 12 – October 18

WARRIORS ROUNDUP
We spent Week 1 of The World of Weir tour getting to know the Warriors guild of magic:
WARRIORS ROUNDUP / CALENDAR: 


Don't miss what was featured this past week on the following blogs: 
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Check out what will be featured this coming week: 
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ABOUT THE SORCERER HEIR


The can’t-miss finale to the beloved and bestselling Heir Chronicles series.

The delicate peace between Wizards and the underguilds (Warriors, Seers, Enchanters, and Sorcerers) still holds by the thinnest of threads, but powerful forces inside and outside the guilds threaten to sever it completely. Old friends and foes return as new threats arise in this stunning and revelatory conclusion to the beloved and bestselling Heir Chronicles series.

The Sorcerer’s Heir is a self-contained story, accessible to readers just discovering the Heir series, but loyal fans will be rewarded by visits from characters they love (and love to hate) from the earlier installments. Readers will be glued to their seats through riveting fight scenes, deadly political machinations, burgeoning romance, and the unfolding intrigues of a contemporary magical world.



ABOUT THE HEIR CHRONICLES
The Heir Chronicles series will keep readers glued to their seats through riveting fight scenes, deadly political machinations, burgeoning romance, and the unfolding intrigues of a contemporary magical world.

The Sorcerers Heir is a self-contained story accessible to readers just discovering the Heir series, but loyal fans will be rewarded by visits from beloved (and lovingly reviled) characters.

Series order
The Warrior Heir
The Wizard Heir
The Dragon Heir
The Enchanter Heir
The Sorcerer Heir

Praise for the series
"Chima offers a pitch-perfect blend of high fantasy and small-town reality..." –The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)

"Chima uses her pen like a wand and crafts a wonderfully rich web of magic, while thankfully leaving some dangling threads for subsequent tales." –VOYA  (starred review)

"A smoldering story soaked in tears, sweat and blood, constantly threatening to blaze into an inferno. Spellbinding."  –Kirkus Reviews  (starred review)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Cinda Williams Chima is the New York Times bestselling author of The Warrior Heir, The Wizard Heir, The Dragon Heir, The Enchanter Heir, and the four books of the Seven Realms series: The Demon King, The Exiled Queen, The Gray Wolf Throne, and The Crimson Crown. Cinda is a graduate of The University of Akron and Case Western Reserve University. She lives in Ohio with her family.

OFFICIAL LINKS #TheSorcererHeir
Visit Cinda Williams Chima’s Official Site
Follow Cinda Williams Chima on Twitter
Follow Disney-Hyperion on Twitter and Instagram

THE GIVEAWAY
Would you like a chance to WIN the ENTIRE SERIES? Thank you to Disney Hyperion, one lucky winner will receive all 5 books! To enter, just fill out the form below *US residents only.

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Good Luck!

Friday, September 19, 2014

FREEBIE FRIDAY aka The Belated Giveaway!!

HAPPY FRIDAY!!
I've got an exciting ONE DAY only giveaway happening here on the blog! 
One lucky winner will be entered to win these....


This was a giveaway I had originally planned on hosting a couple of weeks ago, but the craziness of life happened, and my giveaway never got posted. I'm doing a one day giveaway, as I'd like to get these arcs out ASAP, despite the fact a couple of these books have already been released. 

The Giveaway Details
  • 1 winner will receive the entire stack of arcs featured in the picture. That's 7 newly released and soon to be released books.
  • Fill out the form below to enter to win.
  • PLEASE READ THE TERMS & CONDITIONS via the entry form below, before entering.
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* Thank you to Simon Teen, Little Brown, Fierce Reads, and Harper Teen for the arcs.

Interview with Marie Lu, Author of The Young Elites

Marie Lu is on the blog today! 


Recently I had the chance, along with a few other fellow bloggers, to have a phone interview with Marie Lu, author of the upcoming release, THE YOUNG ELITES (hitting shelves on October 7th). 
She was more than gracious with her time, because we had a lot of questions for her. Have I mentioned before on here on much I adore Marie!?! If not, I do. She's one of the sweetest people I've had the chance of meeting. Okay, back to the interview. Before I share part of the interview, here is a little bit about her upcoming release:

ABOUT THE BOOK

I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.

Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.

It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.

*Photo credit: Paul Gregory 

Katie (Mundie Moms):  Hey, Marie.  How are you?
Marie Lu:  Good.  How are you?
Katie (Mundie Moms):  Good. Thank you.
So, my question is, I really love the title of your book, The Young Elites.  Can you talk a little bit about your process and how you chose that?  Was it something that came to you over the course of writing the story, or was the title something you already had in mind?  Or, is it something that, after you finished writing the story, you picked out a title?  
Marie Lu:  For this in particular, I definitely thought of The Young Elites first.  That's not always the case.  Sometimes I just have placeholder names, but for this one I felt like I couldn't quite get into the right mindset to write it.  Like, I didn't want to call them, like, super awesome people, being that [unintelligible].  
So, I'm thinking back to see what exactly made me think of that name.  I think honestly I saw it online.  It was the name of some sort of conference, like some international conference for young people, and it was called The Young Elites.  And I can't remember where I saw it, but that kind of stuck to me.  
And after I thought about it for a while, I was like, "Gosh, it would really fit this world and the people that are living in this world," because they're--they are extraordinary, but they're very, very young.  And that bleeds very much into who they are in terms of their powers and how they're treated by their families.  
And so, those two things kind of came together.  And I wanted to give them a name that was--that sounded kind of positive, 'cause they do have very derogatory and negative names attached to them too that basically points to the same thing.  So, I wanted them to have a name that's like, "No, we're amazing and we're also very, very young."  So, that's where The Young Elites came about.  
Katie (Mundie Moms): Thank you.

Check out other fellow blogger interviews with Marie Lu: 
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More With Marie

In addition to our phone interview, I recently had the chance to ask Marie a few more questions about The Young Elites:

MMs: In The Young Elites, which element did you have the most fun creating - the action, drama, romance, fantasy element etc?


Marie Lu: Hmm, the most fun.....I had a ton of fun designing the fantasy world. Fantasy has always been my favorite genre, and I really loved creating my pantheon of gods, creating crazy flying creatures, and making up the Elites' powers. It makes me feel like a kid again. I also didn't mind writing the romance..... ;)


MMs: Out of all your characters (from The Young Elites to your previous books), which character do you easily identify with?


Marie Lu: By the end of the Legend series, I identified the most with June. Even though she and I are very different people, I realized by the time I wrote Champion that I was putting a lot of pieces of my personality in her. In The Young Elites, I identify the most with Adelina, which is very unsettling for me! I mean, I don't identify with her whole "I hate the world I want revenge" part, but I do very much sympathize with her insecurities about herself and her desire to be loved and accepted.

MMs: Thank you Marie!
Marie Lu: Thanks so much again, Katie! <3>

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MORE ABOUT THE BOOK
Read an excerpt. Find out more about The Young Elites here.

Retailer links for Pre-Order:
·         Amazon & Kindle
·         Barnes & Noble & Nook
·         IndieBound
·         Apple
·         Kobo

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Marie Lu is the author of the New York Times bestselling Legend series. She spends her spare time reading, drawing, playing Assassin’s Creed, and getting stuck in traffic. She lives in Los Angeles, California, with one boyfriend, one Chihuahua mix, and two Pembroke Welsh corgis.

Learn More at her Official Website

Marie’s NYT-bestselling Legend series will be available in paperback after September 7th. Reviews on the Legend series:

“Legend doesn’t merely survive the hype, it deserves it.” –The New York Times

“Marie Lu’s dystopian novel is a ‘Legend’ in the making.” –USA Today

“An action packed-love story full of inventive details.” -The Los Angeles Times


*Thank you to Marie Lu, Penguin Teen & BHM for making this interview possible.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Whatever Life Throws at You by Julie Cross, Book Review


By: Julie Cross
Published by: Entangled Teen
To Be Released on: October 7th, 2014
Source: ebook from publisher to review
Ages: 17 & older
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Life loves a good curveball…

Seventeen-year-old Annie Lucas's life is completely upended the moment her dad returns to the major leagues as the new pitching coach for the Kansas City Royals. Now she's living in Missouri (too cold), attending an all-girls school (no boys), and navigating the strange world of professional sports. But Annie has dreams of her own—most of which involve placing first at every track meet…and one starring the Royals' super-hot rookie pitcher.

But nineteen-year-old Jason Brody is completely, utterly, and totally off-limits. Besides, her dad would kill them both several times over. Not to mention Brody has something of a past, and his fan club is filled with C-cupped models, not smart-mouthed high school “brats” who can run the pants off every player on the team. Annie has enough on her plate without taking their friendship to the next level. The last thing she should be doing is falling in love.

But baseball isn't just a game. It's life. And sometimes, it can break your heart…


An addicting and gritty story about family, friendships, falling in love, and choosing to follow your own path. Whatever Life Throws At You is a story that combined my love of sports, and YA romance in a way only one other YA author, Katie McGarry, has done. This is a realistic story that doesn't gloss over both the good and bad that life pitches to it's characters. It's a story about learning to listen to your own heart. It will make you laugh, cry, swoon, and  have you rooting for Annie & Jason. It's a book older young adult readers and new adult readers alike, will enjoy. 


I am a picky YA contemporary reader. I'm even pickier when it comes to what I like to call, "realistic YA contemporary" books. You know the books that don't sugar coat the good and the bad that teens deal with in real life. In fact, there's maybe three authors who's realistic contemporary books I'll read, Katie McGarry is one of them. Well, now Julie Cross has been added to that list. 

Whatever Life Throws At You is a book that surprised me. When I sat down to read it, I wasn't excepting to become addicted to the book. This is a book that to me, borderlines upper YA and NA reading. Cross does a fabulous job at tackling those feelings and emotions that come with being on the cusp of adulthood. You know that stage... where you're seventeen year's old, and have the world at your hands, and yet you're still not quite legal, and allowed to tackle the world no matter how bad you want to or think you can. Or maybe you'll understand what the nineteen year is going through. He didn't always make the best choices as a teen, while his past still haunts him, he's given a new chance to fulfill his dream. Even if he'll always have someone throwing his demons in his face.

Julie Cross doesn't make life the easiest for her characters. Being that this book is a realistic contemporary book, it mirrors real life to extent, and life is not easy. But like real life, even with all the heartache, and the damaged pasts, there's new beginnings, friendship, love, happiness and hope. Both Annie and Jason are characters who haven't had the easiest lives, but who does right? The brokenness each character has that slowly gets peeled away little by little as the story goes on, is masked behind a certain kind of strength I admired in both characters. 

Annie and Jason are strong characters, and yet they both have flaws, which made them feel human to me, vs being characters I was reading about in a book. I liked the way  Cross not only wrote them, but the way she developed them made them both relatable characters. Sure I may not have grown up having the same experiences they each had or are over coming, but emotionally, Cross tied me to them.  I felt for them. I cheered them on. I laughed, and cried with them. As a reader, I wanted both of the characters to succeed in their dreams, to over come their fears, learn from their past mistakes, and realize that even when everyone around them was against them, if they believed, they could over come their odds.

Jason Brody is a character I think a lot of fans are going to fall head over heels in love with. The more you get to know Jason, the harder he is to resist. There's so much more to him than meets the eye, and what is heard about in the press in this book. Annie for her part is a character I would have loved to have been friends one. She loves sports and she more than gets the game. She's also a character who says it how it is, and I admire her straight forwardness. I loved watching these two fall in love and the way they did so. They have an undeniable chemistry that definitely heated up the pages of this book. 

Aside from Annie and Jason, Cross introduced me to some pretty amazing characters who all played a huge role in the story. I love it when an author doesn't leave out characters who are family both literarily and figuratively speaking. I loved getting to know them. With meeting each of them, I slowly got to understand both Annie and Jason better. I also liked the ins and outs I learned about that happen behind the scenes of a baseball game. I'm not talking about the game that gets played on the field, but the game that is played that dictates star athletes lives. Wow, talk about adding to the drama. Kudos to Cross for tackling realistic topics, and situations that our characters get themselves into/find themselves in (whether they want to or not), that not only have an impact on them, but those they love. 

Whatever Life Throws at You is a book I think older YA readers and NA readers alike will love. It has a lot of NA cross over appeal. Being that it's a book for older readers, I liked that Cross didn't back down for tackling more mature situations, and how things were handled. There's something without giving anything away. This a book that does a great job at combining my love of YA romances and sports. You know you've read a good book, when you get to the end and not only feel satisfied with it, but you always don't want the story to end. That was the case with this book. *There are some scenes (well written sensual/sex scenes) in this book that are not suitable for younger readers. 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

BLACK ICE By Becca Fitzpatrick; Book Review / ARC & Prize Pack Giveaway!


Published by: Simon Teen 
To Be Released on: October 7th, 2014
Source: arc from publisher at BEA
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Sometimes danger is hard to see... until it’s too late.

Britt Pfeiffer has trained to backpack the Teton Range, but she isn't prepared when her ex-boyfriend, who still haunts her every thought, wants to join her. Before Britt can explore her feelings for Calvin, an unexpected blizzard forces her to seek shelter in a remote cabin, accepting the hospitality of its two very handsome occupants—but these men are fugitives, and they take her hostage.

In exchange for her life, Britt agrees to guide the men off the mountain. As they set off, Britt knows she must stay alive long enough for Calvin to find her. The task is made even more complicated when Britt finds chilling evidence of a series of murders that have taken place on that very mountain... and in uncovering this, she may become the killer’s next target.
But nothing is as it seems in the mountains, and everyone is keeping secrets, including Mason, one of her kidnappers. His kindness is confusing Britt. Is he an enemy? Or an ally?

BLACK ICE is New York Times bestselling author Becca Fitzpatrick’s riveting romantic thriller set against the treacherous backdrop of the mountains of Wyoming. Falling in love should never be this dangerous…

A thrilling murder, mystery set in the rugged and dangerous Tetons mountains, Black Ice has plenty of heart stopping action, romance and dangerous twists I didn't see coming. 

Fitzpatrick did a fabulous job at hooking me with her story. For one, I loved the setting. Oh yes, that beautiful, rugged, mountain setting played a huge part in the story itself. It has a crucial role in the story. The mystery and suspense of the story is awesome! There were times I felt my heart beating a little bit faster. Not only is there a murder mystery wrapped up into Black Ice, there's the whole Britt Pffeifer finding herself standard in the middle of a blizzard with her best friend, and then they find themselves in a heap of trouble as they descend on a cabin with two guys who aren't as nice as the girls first thought. 


Britt Pffeifer is a character whom, well I don't know how else to say it. She's extremely hard to like. At least some of the time. Britt grew up with wealth and previlage and has always depended on others to take care of her. Yep, not my type of character to root for, BUT, the thing about Britt is she changed and proved me wrong. Through the course of her kidnapping, Britt had me rooting for her. I wanted her to survive and out smart her two kidnappers. She does such an awesome job at keeping her wits about her, and followed her instincts/surivial skills to keep herself going. Britt changed, and I liked the character she became during her ordeal, because she turned into a strong, independent person who was going to do whatever it took for her to survive. Totally opposite of the girl whom I first met when the story started. 

Then towards the end of the book there's something that happens, which also leads to that twist that I didn't see coming and wow, talk about a crazy twist! Britt reverts back to her old self, and that's when I grew really frustrated with her and the book. Had I not been invested in the other characters, like Mason, and wanted to know the outcome of the crazy turn of events, I would have stopped reading the book all together. I'll just say it, Mason is a man of mystery. He is one of the two guys whom Britt and her best friend, Korbie, stumble upon in the cabin after their car gets stranded. While I never did like Shaun, from the get go I knew there something more to Mason and his story, and I wanted to know what it was. Dang, I wasn't excepting THAT to be his mystery. Yep, never saw that one coming. Nope, I can't say what THAT is, because it's one of the huge twists. Notice I said one twist. There are a couple twists that all brilliantly interconnect and even shocked me. 

The suspense in this story is one crazy thrill ride. Fitzpatrick does a brilliant job at keeping the pace of BLACK ICE going. So much so, that this is a book I devoured in one sitting. I had to know what was going to happen. Not only that, I loved the way Fitzpatrick created the story's riveting action, thrilling romance, and survival tactics. I realized once I was done with the book that nothing was put into the story that didn't give away hints to what was to come. Every detail big and small, in the present or in the flash backs from Britt, they are in the story for a reason. They all lead up to the twists towards the end of the book.


Now let's talk romance & character chemistry. There's a few things relationship wise that happen over the course of BLACK ICE. One, throughout the story Fitzpatrick allows the reader to see Britt learn to let go of the relationship she's been hung up on with her best friend's older brother, Calvin. Their relationship was not a healthy one, and through out her ordeal in the Tetons, Britt takes what she dwelt with in her relationship with Calvin to give her the added push to survive the snowy wilderness. In the process, I got to see what kind of guy Calvin was, and wondered how Britt never saw it. Two, we also see a different kind of relationship that forms with Britt and one of her captors. It's one that makes sense. Again, that's saying things without spoiling anything. There's a lot more to that complex relationship than I can say for sake of keeping this a spoiler free review. Then there's the twist with one of her captors, and who he is, and whether or he's really good or really bad. Which also added to the suspense of the story. 

BLACK ICE is a book I did like, but there parts of it I had a few issues with. Thankfully there was more to the book I liked than didn't, like the suspense and twits being two of them. I didn't buy into the relationship Britt and her best friend Korbie had. It felt like a fake friendship, and giving things that happen through out the book, I felt that Korbie would have been better left out of the story and had only been mentioned through Britt's flashbacks. I didn't like how Brit had this ability to grow into such a strong character, but as soon as someone shows up towards the end of the story, she reverts back to being a character without a backbone. Then there's the thing that happens at the every end of the book. Like in the epilogue. I'm so torn on what I liked and didn't like about it. I'll just leave it at that. 

In summary, Black Ice is an action packed read with heart pounding danger at every turn. Set in the beautiful Tetons in WY, gave Fitzpatrick's book the perfect setting for survival, suspense and the thrilling mystery that kept me hooked till the very end. 

4 stars - Over All I Enjoyed It!

The Giveaway
Thank you to Simon & Schuster, I have a sweet giveaway today! 
  • 1 lucky winner will win a SIGNED arc of BLACK ICE, a BLACK ICE water bottle & a $50 gift card to REI. 
  • 10 runner ups will each receive 1 arc of BLACK ICE 
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Hook's Revenge by Heidi Schulz: Blog Tour: Guest Post: DIY Pirate Costumes


Arrr! Welcome to the next stop in the HOOK'S REVENGE blog tour! Today I'm thrilled to have the fabulous, dreaded pirate, Heidi Schultz, also known as the author of HOOK'S REVENGE, here on the blog! She's stopped by to tell us how we can dress like a pirate!! 

DIY Pirate Costumes


Arrr! International Talk Like a Pirate Day is in just two days! Yesterday I shared some piratical words to get your speech shipshape, but now we need to do something about your clothes. No self-respecting pirate would be caught dead wearing jeggings and flip-flops! You’ll want something to inspire a bit more terror in your friends and loved ones this weekend. But who has time to shop with all the pillaging you’ve got planned?


DIY Pirate costume to the rescue!


Follow these three rules and you’ll have a pirate costume in no time:


  • Pillage your own closet, keeping a weather eye out for black and red.
  • The hallmarks of any DIY pirate costume are these three things: scarves, belts, and jewelry.
  • Attitude is everything.


Pillage your own closet


Last Halloween, I decided, two hours before going out, that I wanted to dress up. I generally put on a costume every year, planning weeks in advance, but last year we had some other things going on and I didn’t think I would want to. When I realized I really did, it was almost too late!


I opened my closet to see what I could come up with and saw my old forest fairy costume hanging next to a long denim jacket. Eureka! I decided to be a pirate fairy.
See photo here.


For a straight-up pirate costume, I could have easily ditched my wings and replaced my fairy dress with a long, white men’s dress shirt under my jacket, perhaps tucking the collar under and adding a short red or white scarf, a la Disney’s cartoon Captain Hook.


Or, I could have turned myself into a lesser crew member with an oversized t-shirt, (striped would be great), belted at the waist with a long scarf. I’d wear it over leggings and boots or loose fitting, cut off khakis and sandals.


Once you start looking over your closet with the dead-eyed stare of a pirate, you may be surprised at the treasure trove that is there. Keep a particular sharp eye out for anything red or black, the most swashbuckling colors there are. And if you don’t see what you are looking for, perhaps you could move on to another closet in your house—a roommate or significant other’s? I mean, you are a pirate, after all, right?


Scarves, belts, and jewelry

Pirates love to accessorize. Scarves can be worn around the waist, draped across the body, or on the head.


Layer on some belts. Use different widths and colors. Fasten a couple together to wear across your body. If you have an old one you don’t want to wear any more, consider cutting it short and adding a new hole. It’s now a wrist cuff.


And bring on the bling: Oversized earrings, necklaces, and bracelets of all kinds. Show off your hard won booty. (Um, not that kind of booty. I mean, unless you want. Who am I to judge?)


Attitude is everything


In Hook’s Revenge, the pirates in Jocelyn’s crew weren’t very experienced (you’ll learn more about them later this week), but that didn’t keep them from acting the part.


They knew that much of being a fierce pirate is how you carry yourself. Sneer, growl, shout out “ARRRR!” and “Bucko!” at random moments.


Battle scars and injuries also help lend an air of danger. If you have an eye patch lying around (and who doesn’t?), go ahead and don it. But if not, you could simply adopt a squint. No peg-leg? Exaggerate a limp. No hook for a hand? Just do what One-Armed Jack, one of Jocelyn’s crewmen, did and tuck an arm inside your shirt.


Now that your pirate costume is complete, I’d love to see it! Tweet me a picture @HeidiSchulz or tag me on Instagram @HeidiSchulzBooks. And don’t forget the ARRRR, Bucko!

About The Book

Twelve-year-old Jocelyn dreams of becoming every bit as daring as her infamous father, Captain James Hook. Her grandfather, on the other hand, intends to see her starched and pressed into a fine society lady. When she’s sent to Miss Eliza Crumb-Biddlecomb’s Finishing School for Young Ladies, Jocelyn’s hopes of following in her father’s fearsome footsteps are lost in a heap of dance lessons, white gloves, and way too much pink.
So when Jocelyn receives a letter from her father challenging her to avenge his untimely demise at the jaws of the Neverland crocodile, she doesn’t hesitate-here at last is the adventure she has been waiting for. But Jocelyn finds that being a pirate is a bit more difficult than she’d bargained for. As if attempting to defeat the Neverland’s most fearsome beast isn’t enough to deal with, she’s tasked with captaining a crew of woefully untrained pirates, outwitting cannibals wild for English cuisine, and rescuing her best friend from a certain pack of lost children, not to mention that pesky Peter Pan who keeps barging in uninvited.
The crocodile’s clock is always ticking in Heidi Schulz’s debut novel, a story told by an irascible narrator who is both dazzlingly witty and sharp as a sword. Will Jocelyn find the courage to beat the incessant monster before time runs out?
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Heidi Schulz is a writer, reader, and giraffe suspicioner. She lives in Salem, Oregon with her husband, co-captaining a crew made of their teen daughter, a terrible little dog, and five irascible chickens. Her debut novel for middle grade readers, HOOK’S REVENGE, will be published by Disney•Hyperion on September 16, 2014. A sequel, HOOK’S REVENGE: THE PIRATE CODE, will follow in fall 2015. Bloomsbury Kids will publish her picture book debut, GIRAFFES RUIN EVERYTHING, in 2016.