Happy Birthday, President Lincoln!

Since today is Abraham Lincoln’s birthday I wanted to bring to your attention a wonderful historical novel. I can’t recommend this enough! About the Author:  Louis Bayard is a New York Times Notable Book author and has been shortlisted for both the Edgar and Dagger awards for his historical thrillers, which include The Pale Blue Eye and Mr. Timothy. His most recent novel was the critically acclaimed young-adult title Lucky Strikes. He lives in Washington, DC, and teaches at George Washington University. Visit him online at www.louisbayard.com. Praise for COURTING […]

Wicked Charm

Title: Wicked Charm Author: Amber Hart Publisher: Entangled Teen Release Date: January 30, 2018 Format: Paperback Pages: 304 Nothing good comes from living in the Devil’s swamp. Willow Bell thinks moving to the Okefenokee area isn’t half bad, but nothing prepares her for what awaits in the shadows of the bog. Girls are showing up dead in the swamp. And she could be next. Everyone warns Willow to stay away from Beau Cadwell―the bad boy at the top of their […]


Title: Layover Author: Amy Andelson, Emily Meyer Genre: Young Adult Fiction Publisher: Crown Books For Young Readers Release Date: 2018 Pages: 272 From two screenwriters who worked on the Step Up film franchise comes their debut novel–a road trip romance that begins with an unplanned flight layover in L.A. and turns into a wild adventure.   Review: “Layover” is a family drama that tugs at the heartstrings and features a sweet romance.  While the plot is somewhat implausible, the family […]

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4

Title: The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4 Author: Sue Townsend Genre: Juvenile Fiction Publisher: Harper Collins Release Date: August 14, 2003 Pages: 272 Adrian Mole’s first love, Pandora, has left him; a neighbor, Mr. Lucas, appears to be seducing his mother (and what does that mean for his father?); the BBC refuses to publish his poetry; and his dog swallowed the tree off the Christmas cake. “Why” indeed.   Review: While it made me laugh out loud […]

The Sweetest Kind of Fate (Windy City Magic #2)

Title: The Sweetest Kind of Fate Series: Windy City Magic, Book 2 Author: Crystal Cestari Publisher: Disney-Hyperion Release Date: March 6, 2018 Format: Hardcover Pages: 320 GREAT. I’ve somehow found myself tangled up with a siren, a mermaid, and a homicidal wicked witch who once tried to strangle me to death. Way to go, Amber! Amber Sand, legendary matchmaker, couldn’t be more surprised when her archnemesis, Ivy, asks for her help. Ivy’s sister, Iris, is getting married, and Ivy wants […]

Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card

Title: Americanized Author: Sara Saedi Genre: Young Adult Nonfiction Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers Release Date: 2018 Pages: 288 In San Jose, California, in the 1990s, teenaged Sara keeps a diary of life as an Iranian American and her discovery that she and her family entered as undocumented immigrants.   Review: I can’t sing the praises of this book enough.  It’s written so that it feels like you’re listening to your friend tell you a story filled with humor […]

The Rules of Rebellion Blog Tour Excerpt and Giveaway

  Blog Tour Giveaway Link: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/1cb554951243/   Excerpt from The Rules of Rebellion: Her dimples popped into place, her smile so bright it about knocked me senseless. She bounced a bit on her tiptoes, and for one hopeful second I thought she’d maybe hug me. Unfortunately, she reined in her enthusiasm. “That’s the nicest thing anyone has ever said to me,” she said. “I’ve got to run. My sister is probably pacing in front of my car by now. See […]

The Rules Of Rebellion Blog Tour

About The Rules of Rebellion: Skinny dip (her idea) 2. Prank someone (his idea) 3. Stargaze (her idea) 4. Kiss someone (his idea) Leo Zimmerman has had a crush on his curvy best friend Kylie Jenkins since forever, so When he discovers the girl with a flair for baking has a newfound plan to rebel against her overbearing parents, he’s determined to be the one to help her carry it out. Who better than a self-proclaimed rebel like himself to […]

The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell

Title: The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell Author: W. Kamau Bell Genre: Biography & Autobiography Publisher: Penguin Release Date: 2017 Pages: 352 You may know W. Kamau Bell from his new, Emmy-nominated hit show on CNN, United Shades of America. Or maybe you’ve read about him in the New York Times, which called him “the most promising new talent in political comedy in many years.” Or maybe from The New Yorker, fawning over his brand of humor writing: “Bell’s […]

Beyond the Messy Truth

Title: Beyond the Messy Truth Author: Van Jones Genre: Political Science Publisher: Ballantine Books Release Date: 2017 Pages: 256 A passionate manifesto that exposes hypocrisy on both sides of the political divide and points a way out of the tribalism that is tearing America apart–by the CNN political contributor and host hailed as “a star of the 2016 campaign” (The New York Times) who tries to “fight the right way” (The New Yorker) Van Jones burst into the American consciousness […]

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