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The Flintstones Vol. 2: Bedrock Bedlam

The Flintstones Vol. 2: Bedrock Bedlam Book Cover The Flintstones Vol. 2: Bedrock Bedlam
Mark Russell
October 10, 2017

Fred and Barney reunite for Mark Russell's modern take on Hanna-Barbera's most famous stone-age family! This second volume starring the first family of Bedrock (and civilization, really) tells the story of who we are and why we do what we do as if it all began with Fred, Wilma, Barney, Betty and the rest of the citizens of Bedrock. Shining a light on humanity's ancient customs and institutions in a funny origin story of human civilization, Mark Russell (PREZ) blends modern interpretations with Hanna-Barbera's classic characters, bringing a breath of fresh stone-age air. Hanna-Barbera has created some of the most recognizable animated characters of all time. As part of DC Comics' reimagination of cartoons like SCOOBY-DOO, JONNY QUEST, SPACE GHOST and WACKY RACERS, these new series are infused with modern and contemporary concepts while keeping the heart and soul of the classic animation. Collects THE FLINSTONES #7-12.



I have trouble finding the words to express how much I LOVE The Flintstones reboot comics.  “Bedrock Bedlam” is an even stronger follow-up to the first volume.  The art is beautiful and the satire is biting.  They definitely are not the Flintstones of your childhood (or the childhood of your parents).

This unbiased review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher.

All the Forever Things

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Jolene Perry
Young Adult Fiction
Albert Whitman and Company
April 1, 2017

From growing up in the funeral home her family runs, Gabriella knows that death is a part of life and nothing is forever. Yet Bree, her best friend, has been a constant; it’s always been the two of them together against the world. But when Bree starts dating a guy—the worst guy— from that ultra-popular world, suddenly she doesn’t have time for Gabe anymore. Now the only one at school who wants to spend time with “Graveyard Gabe” is Hartman, the new guy, but Gabe, not wanting to lose her mind over a boyfriend the way Bree has, holds back. It takes a very strange prom night (with the family hearse instead of a limo) for Gabe to truly fall for Hartman. But when she leaves the after-prom party with him, she’s not there for Bree—or for the deadly accident that happens that night. Bree survives, but will she and Gabe ever be able to rebuild their friendship?



“All the Forever Things” is a unique book that deals with deep issues in a sensitive and entertaining way.

I think every young adult or adult who is/was an outcast will be able to relate to “Graveyard Gabe,” even if your family does not own a funeral home. The story is bittersweet and touches on friendship, embracing who we are, first loves, forgiveness, and death.  Somehow this is all put together in a way that hurts at times but is funny and entertaining at others.

I recommend “All the Forever Things” for upper middle graders through adults who are looking for a good young adult novel that is different from the norm.

This unbiased review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher.


Content Warning:

Language, Sexual Situations, Disturbing Imagery

The Hundred Lies Of Lizzie Lovett

The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett Book Cover The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett
Chelsea Sedoti
Young Adult Fiction
Sourcebooks Fire
January 3, 2017

Hawthorn wasn't trying to insert herself into a missing person's investigation. Or maybe she was. But that's only because Lizzie Lovett's disappearance is the one fascinating mystery their sleepy town has ever had. Bad things don't happen to popular girls like Lizzie Lovett, and Hawthorn is convinced she'll turn up at any moment-which means the time for speculation is now. So Hawthorn comes up with her own theory for Lizzie's disappearance. A theory way too absurd to take first. The more Hawthorn talks, the more she believes. And what better way to collect evidence than to immerse herself in Lizzie's life? Like getting a job at the diner where Lizzie worked and hanging out with Lizzie's boyfriend. After all, it's not as if he killed her-or did he? Told with a unique voice that is both hilarious and heart-wrenching, Hawthorn's quest for proof may uncover the greatest truth is within herself.



I wish I could say I liked “The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett,” but that would be telling my own lie.

There were a few secondary characters I would like to know more about, but unfortunately their potential was wasted.  Instead we have to suffer through one of the most annoying and least self-aware young adult characters I have ever encountered.  What is supposed to be quirky is actually creepy, and her love interest is someone who did nothing but enable her.  Not to mention the fact that he is someone you would not be surprised to find on an episode of Dateline.  Those characters took me out of any interest I tried to develop in the plot.

I appear to be in the minority with “The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett.”  If it sounds interesting to you, then by all means give it a read.

This unbiased review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher.

Content Warning:

Language, Sexual Situations, Drug Use, Underage Alcohol Use

True North Cover Reveal

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Let us know what you think of the cover for True North by L.E. Sterling which releases April 4, 2017!

This cover reveal is brought to you by Entangled TEEN & YA Interrobang!


About True North (True Born, #2):

Abandoned by her family in Plague-ridden Dominion City, eighteen-year-old Lucy Fox has no choice but to rely upon the kindness of the True Borns, a renegade group of genetically enhanced humans, to save her twin sister, Margot. But Nolan Storm, their mysterious leader, has his own agenda. When Storm backtracks on his promise to rescue Margot, Lucy takes her fate into her own hands and sets off for Russia with her True Born bodyguard and maybe-something-more, the lethal yet beautiful Jared Price. In Russia, there’s been whispered rumors of Plague Cure.
While Lucy fights her magnetic attraction to Jared, anxious that his loyalty to Storm will hurt her chances of finding her sister, they quickly discover that not all is as it appears…and discovering the secrets contained in the Fox sisters’ blood before they wind up dead is just the beginning.??

As they say in Dominion, sometimes it’s not you…it’s your DNA.

Want to read more? Pre-order your copy of True North (True Born, #2) by L.E. Sterling today!


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le-sterlingAbout the Author:

L.E. Sterling had an early obsession with sci-fi, fantasy and romance to which she remained faithful even through an M.A. in Creative Writing and a PhD in English Literature – where she completed a thesis on magical representation. She is the author of two previous novels, the cult hit Y/A novel The Originals (under pen name L.E. Vollick), dubbed “the Catcher in the Rye of a new generation” by one reviewer, and the urban fantasy Pluto’s Gate.
Originally hailing from Parry Sound, Ontario, L.E. spent most of her summers roaming across Canada in a van with her father, a hippie musician, her brothers and an occasional stray mutt – inspiring her writing career. She currently lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Strange History

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Bathroom Readers' Institute
Portable Press
June 14, 2016

This exciting title from the folks at the Bathroom Readers' Institute contains the strangest short history articles from over 30 Bathroom Readers—along with 50 all-new pages. From the 20th century to the Old West, from the Age of Enlightenment to the Dark Ages, from ancient cultures all the way back to the dawn of time, Strange History is overflowing with mysterious artifacts, macabre legends, kooky inventions, reality-challenged rulers, boneheaded blunders, and mind-blowing facts. Read about…

*The curse of Macbeth
*Stupid history: Hollywood style
*The secret LSD experiments of the 1960s
*In search of the lost “Cloud People” of Peru
*The Swedish queen who declared war on fleas
*Unearthing the past with the Outhouse Detectives
*The Apollo astronaut who swears he saw a UFO
*How to brew a batch of 5,000-year-old beer
*The brutal bloodbaths at Rome’s Coliseum
*Ghostly soup from ancient China
*The bathroom of the 1970s

And much, much more!



“Strange History” is a fun history book filled with facts and stories that will have you either laughing, horrified, or thankful you don’t know what crazy stuff is going on right now behind-the-scenes.  All of the stories are short and can be read quickly.  It definitely makes history fun and accessible.  In fact, I recommend it for teachers or parents to get interesting anecdotes they can throw into relevant lessons to keep students engaged.

This review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

A Fierce and Subtle Poison

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Samantha Mabry
Young Adult Fiction
Algonquin Books
April 12, 2016

Spending the summer with his hotel-developer father in Puerto Rico, seventeen-year-old Lucas turns to a legendary cursed girl filled with poison when his girlfriend mysteriously disappears.



“A Fierce and Subtle Poison” is a wonderful tale of magical realism and fantasy based heavily upon the stories and superstitions found in Puerto Rico.

If you’re looking for a book with typical romance, this one is not for you.  The focus is more on the mysterious nature of a girl and a boy’s search to find himself.  I absolutely loved the look into how Puerto Ricans view the rich Americans who are taking over and destroying the natural beauty of their homeland.  For his part, Lucas, the main character, does have a love of the place and the people.  It’s nice to see hope for change.

The characters are very well-developed, and the book reads at a fast and easy pace.  It’s easy to get lost in the world and believe in magic again.  I can’t say much else without giving away some important things, but I can say the ending is satisfying and leaves room for a sequel without needing one to make the story feel complete.  It’s a really fun ride.

“A Fierce and Subtle Poison” does have some themes that might not be appropriate for younger middle graders, but anyone older who loves a good fairy tale will enjoy this book.  I highly recommend it.

This review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


Content Warning:

Language, Sexual Situations, Underage Alcohol Abuse, Violence, Brief Mentions Of Animal Death (Not Graphic)

Jodie’s Shabbat Surprise

Jodie's Shabbat Surprise Book Cover Jodie's Shabbat Surprise
Anna Levine
Juvenile Nonfiction
Kar-Ben Publishing

During their Shabbat walk in the park, Jodie and her dog Digger find the perfect birthday present for her archaeologist father.



I absolutely loved this book, which is much-needed, as resources for Jewish children can be difficult to find. The story is engaging and teaches about how wine was made and archaeology. There is also additional information about the true story upon which the book was based, allowing parents an additional talking point with their children. The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous and engaging for little eyes. There is just the right amount of detail, allowing plenty to look at without being too busy or distracting. A wonder book I highly recommend to those who practice Judaism or those who wish to teach their children about it and the Old Testament.

This review is based upon a copy acquired through the Goodreads First Reads program.


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