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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Hollywood Crush's Holiday Gift Guide to The Infernal Devices

Oh how I love this Holiday Gift Buying Guide from Hollywood Crush. Today their feature is all things Infernal Devices. If you want to own some of the lovelies shown in the picture above, be sure to read their entire post HERE to find how how you can own each item, how much they cost and where you can purchase them at.

A Treat from Myra McEntire: A Sneak Peek of TIMEPIECE

Myra McEntire just blogged a fabulous treat for all of us...a sneak peek of TIMEPIECE, the sequel to this summer's HOURGLASS. But this is all part of the Winter 2011 YA Scavenger Hunt, which you must check out.

Myra's giveaway includes:
A) An exclusive scene from HOURGLASS.

B) The first scene from TIMEPIECE.


Wow, she's giving away the Jedi Master himself! Mundie Moms, don't you love all the treats from our favorite authors this month?

Book Review & Giveaway: Nicholas St. North And The Battle of the Nightmare King (The Guardians Book 1) by WIlliam Joyce & Laura Geringer

By: William Joyce & Laura Geringer
Published by: Simon & Schuster Kids
Released on: October 4th, 2011
Source: book from publisher to review
Ages: 8 & up
5 stars: This is a MUST HAVE MG!

Before SANTA was SANTA, he was North, Nicholas St. North—a daredevil swordsman whose prowess with double scimitars was legendary. Like any swashbuckling young warrior, North seeks treasure and adventure, leading him to the fiercely guarded village of Santoff Claussen, said to be home to the greatest treasure in all the East, and to an even greater wizard, Ombric Shalazar. But when North arrives, legends of riches have given way to terrors of epic proportions! North must decide whether to seek his fortune…or save the village.

When our rebellious hero gets sucked into the chaos (literally), the fight becomes very personal. The Nightmare King and his evil Fearlings are ruling the night, owning the shadows, and sending waves of fear through all of Santoff Clausen. For North, this is a battle worth fighting...and, he’s not alone. There are five other Guardians out there. He only has to find them in time. -quoted from Goodreads

Nicholas St. North and The Battle of the Nightmare King is an enchanting story with a rich mythology and is set in a world that's full of legend, adventure and action. This is a story that will appeal to adult readers and engage young readers as they meet mythological creatures, learn about ancient legends and experience the magic of Nicholas St. North's story. This fascinating world will allow young reader's imaginations to run wild as they are introduced to old world forklore that has a bit of Russian tradition mixed into it.

This is a book I think that will be most appealing to younger readers. It's an exciting read, with beautiful illustrations, and has a bit of a old fashion feel to it. William Joyce and Laura Geringer's writing is fabulous. It's easy to read and has a poetic feel to it. I didn't need to feel a connection to their characters to fall in love with this story. Their writing and world building are what made this book for me. To put it simply, I was captivated by the book. I swear I turned into a little kid again, as the excitement of this story came to life for me.

The only compliant I have, and this is the adult reader side of me saying this, I didn't like that it took so long to introduce the the heroine of the story. Had I been a preteen reading this, it wouldn't have bothered me at all. It's still a 5 star book for me, as this is one MG book I'd highly recommend picking up for Christmas/the holiday season. It's such a fun, action packed, quick read that even a reluctant reader will enjoy it. I'd be surprised if this book wasn't made into a movie. I'm definitely looking forward to more of William Joyce's MG/YA books.

Be sure to visit The Guardians of Childhood website to learn more this book and the next 5 books that will follow it. I'm looking forward to reading this series! You can read an excerpt here Thank you to Simon & Schuster, we have 2 copies we're giving away!! To enter, please fill out the form below:

Infernal Devices Clockwork Prince 31 Day Celebration: Day 26, CP AudioBook & Ed Westwick

It's day 26 of our 31 Days of Clockwork Prince Celebration and today, thank you to Simon Audio we have an AWESOME giveaway, or two or three...... It does involve Ed!! No, we're not actually giving Ed away. We're too selfish to do that. LOL We'd have to keep him to ourselves so we could listen to him read the TMI and ID series to us over and over again. Instead, we are giving away a LOVELY **SIGNED** head shot of Ed Westwick and Heather Lind, both of whom narrate the Clockwork Prince audiobooks!!!! Along with those, 1 winner will also win the CP audiobooks. But, that's not all, two other winners will each receive a copy of the CP audiobooks as well.

TO ENTER, please fill out the form below:

* This giveaway is for two autographed head shorts & three CP audiobooks
1st winner drawn- signed head shots of Ed and Heather & a CP audiobook
2nd & 3rd winners drawn- will each receive a CP audiobook

* This is open internationally (international rules apply)

* You must be 13 yrs & older to enter (if 12 & under you must have a parent/guardian's permission to enter)

* This giveaway will end on December 6th, 2011

GOOD LUCK to everyone!

A HUGE THANK YOU to Simon & Schuster audio for making this giveaway possible!

December 2011 YA Releases

Happy December 1st! I have no idea how it can already be December. This year has flown by. Here's this month's awesome list of releases, and each of the links goes to their Goodreads page.

December 1st:
December 5th:
December 6th:
December 8th:
December 27th:
Please let me know if you don't see a YA title that's being released this month. Just leave a comment with the book's title and the author and I'll add it to the post.

Thoughtful Thursday: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital's Thanks & Giving Campaign

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital has an annual Thanks & Giving campaign that takes place during the holiday season, and ask shoppers to give Give thanks for the healthy children in their lives, and give to those children who are not. Customers can look for the image above at their stores to see if proceeds of what they purchase go to St. Jude's.

Buy a book, help save a child's life! Now through December 31st, 2011, Ruckus Media Group (a group I've reviewed for on Mundie Kids), is donating 100% of their net proceeds to the Thanks & Giving campaign with the purchase of any of their Rukus' Classic Read-Play-and-Record-Along Rabbit Ears interactive storybooks through their App store. Go HERE to purchase their books.

Ruckus media has some of the best interactive books for kids. I'm a huge fan of theirs and have loved reviewing their books which all feature different talents reading them, like:

You can visit Rukus Media on iTunes, and their website. Click on the red links above to be taken directly to the book's application to purchase.

Please visit St. Jude's via their website, like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter