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Monday, April 2, 2012

Welcome To Team ABNEGATION!

Divergent Nation kicked off today!!! I'm excited to be apart of the TEAM ABNEGATION! Together with our team leader, Divergent Examiner and my 8 other faction members:
we'll be bringing you giveaways, news, links and a whole lot more through out the month of April. You can find out more about our faction via our Tumblr page here, follow us on Twitter and be sure to look for the #TeamABNEGATION hash tag on twitter to keep up with our factions latest posts. Most importantly, don't forget to visit our links and!

Cover Reveal: A Shimmer of Angels by Lisa M. Basso

I'm thrilled to be able to reveal author Lisa M Basso's cover for her debut book, A Shimmer of Angels! Check out the fabulous cover below:

By: Lisa M. Basso
Published by: Month9Books
To Be Released on: November 20th, 2012

A compelling and spirited debut from Lisa M. Basso in which sixteen-year-old Rayna Evans has spent the last three years locked away in a mental institution for seeing angels. Intent on remaining free, she ignores signs that she may be slipping into the world she has tried so hard to climb out of. But when her hallucinations begin showing up at school, can Rayna keep her job, her sanity and keep students from dying at the hand of angels she can't admit to seeing?

Psychiatry, fantasy and real life come together in A Shimmer of Angels, as a young girl struggles with identity, secrets and confronting her greatest fears. A Shimmer of Angels is a wonderful read for anyone who has ever felt like an outsider, or perhaps has felt like giving up entirely. It touches on themes of suicide, ostracism and emotional pain. The author, personally exposed to suicide through the death of her beloved family member will donate a percentage of sales of this novel to a local suicide prevention and outreach program in San Francisco, California.

I'm looking forward to reading this book when it's out! 

Be sure to add A Shimmer of Angels to your Goodreads lists.

Follow Lisa via her Blog | Twitter | Goodreads

Lisa M. Basso was born and raised in San Francisco, California. She is a lover of books, video games, animals, and baking (not baking with animals though). As a child she would crawl into worlds of her own creation and get lost for hours. Her love for YA fiction started with a simple school reading assignment: S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders. When not reading or writing she can usually be found at home with The Best Boyfriend that Ever Lived ™ and her two darling (and sometimes evil) cats, Kitties A and B. 


Giveaway time!! Thank you to Lisa and Month9Books I've got 10 post cards to giveaway that feature the cover of A Shimmer of Angels. To enter to win one, please leave me a comment with your thoughts on the cover, along with your email address. 

I Hunt Killers Guest Post with Barry Lyga & Libba Bray

I'm excited to be the next stop on the I Hunt Killers blog tour by author Barry Lyga, hosted by Little Brown. Today's stop is a guest post with authors Barry Lyga and Libba Bray, talking about Barry's upcoming release.

Thank you to Barry and Libba for stopping by the blog today to share part of their interview with us. 

Please be sure to visit Barry via his Website | Twitter | Blog

I'll have my review for I Hunt Killers within in the next few weeks, but in the mean time, here's a little bit about Barry's upcoming release (out TOMORROW).

Published by: Little Brown
To Be Released on: April 3rd, 2012
Pre-Order from: Amazon | | Indiebound

What if the world's worst serial killer...was your dad? 

Jasper (Jazz) Dent is a likable teenager. A charmer, one might say. 

But he's also the son of the world's most infamous serial killer, and for Dear Old Dad, Take Your Son to Work Day was year-round. Jazz has witnessed crime scenes the way cops wish they could--from the criminal's point of view. 

And now bodies are piling up in Lobo's Nod. 

In an effort to clear his name, Jazz joins the police in a hunt for a new serial killer. But Jazz has a secret--could he be more like his father than anyone knows? -quoted from Goodreads

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"I think", he said slowly, "that I thought that the closet thing to being with you was being with Simon. Watching out for him. I had some stupid idea that you'd realize I was doing it for you and forgive me-"

All of Clary's rage rose to the surface, a hot, unstoppable tide. "I don't even know what you think I'm supposed to forgive you for," she shouted. "Am I supposed to forgive you for not loving me anymore? Because if that's what you want, Jace Lightwood, you can go right ahead and-" She took a step back, blindly, and nearly tripped over an abandoned speak. Her bag slid to the ground as she put her hand out to right herself, but Jace was already there. He moved forward to catch her, and kept moving, until her back hit the alley wall, and his arms were around her, and he was kissing her frantically. 

- City of Fallen Angels, pages 185-186

Must Have Middle Grade Monday

Welcome to this week's edition of Must Have Middle Grade Reads, a weekly feature here on Mundie Moms where I spotlight last week's middle grade books I reviewed on Mundie Kids. Unfornately I had a crazy busy week and didn't get around to getting as many MG reviews up like I wanted to. Hopefully I'll make that up this week w/ my reviews. This week's Must Have Middle Grade reads are:

By: Christopher Ford
Published by: Philomel Books
To Be Released on: May 10th, 2012
Ages: 10 & up
4 stars: I enjoyed It
Pre-Order from: Amazon  | Barnes & Noble
Greek tragedy has never been so funny
Zozimos' journey to the kingdom of Sticatha has been anything but smooth. He's survived enslavement, battled golems and a ravenous Cyclops, and generally served as plaything to gods and goddesses looking for a good laugh. All for the sake of reclaiming the Sticathan royal throne—stolen from him by an evil witch, aka his stepmother.
You'd think that a stickman would catch a break after all that, but you'd be wrong. Arriving home only brings crazy family members and a return trip to sea, where mercenary centaurs and giant boar gods keep Zozimos questing and readers laughing. It would all be an epic tragedy if it wasn't so funny.

This is a funny, slightly twisted retelling of the well known mythological story of Odyssey, that will get even the most reluctant reader to read. Christopher Ford's humor, and stick figure illustrations make this story engaging and highly entertaining. Zozimos is back and this time around his adventures land him in Sticatha. There is finds the evil witch who killed his father is actually a beloved Queen. Krata shocks him by telling him the reason why she killed his father, and who the other person was that was behind his murder. In order to get back the kingdom that's rightful his, Zozimos has to prove his worth by traveling to find the golden feather. 

You can read the rest of my review here.

CD Narrated by: David McCullough
Published by: Schoolmaster Press
Released on: February 22nd, 2011
5 Stars: I HIGHLY Recommend
Purchase from: Schoolmaster Press

Where would American be without John Adams?

This is the essential chapter in the John Adams story that tells of his vision and courage in making The Declaration of Independence happen. Marked for hanging by King George III, Adams risked his life to secure "Independence Forever" for America. Aided by the strong support of his wife, Abigail, Adams spoke up in the Continental Congress in Europe with a "Voice Heard 'Round the World." His dedication to the cause of American freedom separated him from his family for ten long years. -quoted from the back of the book

This is a fantastic history through music series that Scholastic has started and one I highly recommend checking out. John Adams: The Voice Heard 'Round The World not only teaches readers and listeners about the history of the birth of our nation, but gives a brief, well told story about John Adams, one of the great leaders in American history. Narrated by David McCullough, and music accompanied by the Boston Landmarks Orchestra, this is a CD that families, classes and fans of history of any age can enjoy. 

You can read the rest of my review here.

Middle Grade Monday:
Don't miss my Marvelous Middle Grade Monday meme on Mundie Kids, a weekly meme hosted by author Shannon Messenger's. You can check out this week's Mundie Kids feature here