Monday, July 25, 2016

Book Spotlight for the Great Disneyland Scavenger Hunt: A Detailed Path throughout the Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure Parks by Catherine F. Olen

Book Description:

See the enchantment of the Disneyland resort in a whole new way with "The Great Disneyland Scavenger Hunt." From Main Street U.S.A. to New Orleans Square, Walt Disney lovingly designed every detail to immerse guests in the magic of his theme parks.

See Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure through new eyes when you discover fantasy, thrills, and dreams around every turn. Whether you’re perusing the shops, waiting in line, or riding attractions, there’s plenty to uncover for even the most knowledgeable Disney fan.

If this is your first visit or your five hundredth, you will discover something new with "The Great Disneyland Scavenger Hunt."

Buy the Book:  Amazon  ~  Books-a-Million  ~ Barnes & Noble ~ Powell's Books  ~  Chapters.Indigo.ca

Author's Bio:

Catherine Olen has enjoyed a love affair with the magic of the Disney theme parks for as long as she can remember, counting herself among Disneyland passholders for the last twenty-five years. Previously, Olen owned and operated Hollywood Grave Hunter and is the proud author of The Final Curtain: Celebrity Deaths and The Upside of Undertaking, chronicling her previous career experiences. She has been a correspondent to Entertainment Tonight (US and France), The Biography Channel, Reelz Network, and the Mark & Brian radio show.

Connect with the author:  Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook  ~  Pinterest  ~  Instagram

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

G713 Book Review of the secret language of stones by M.J Rose

Name of Book: The Secret Language of Stones

Author: M.J Rose

ISBN: 9781476778099

Publisher: Atria Books

Part of a Series: The Daughters of La Lune

Type of book: France, WWI, mother/daughter relationships, White Russians, Revolution of 1917, 1918-1919, magick, witchcraft, special powers, lithomancy, gemstones, opulence, wealth, mentoring, Paris, coming-of-age, running away, rumors, thriller, travel, love letters, death and life, energy

Year it was published: 2016

Summary:

As World War I rages and the Romanov dynasty reaches its sudden, brutal end, a young jewelry maker discovers love, passion, and her own healing powers in this rich and romantic ghost story, the perfect follow-up to M.J. Rose’s “brilliantly crafted” (Providence Journal) novel The Witch of Painted Sorrows.

Nestled within Paris’s historic Palais Royal is a jewelry store unlike any other. La Fantasie Russie is owned by Pavel Orloff, protégé to the famous Faberge, and is known by the city’s fashion elite as the place to find the rarest of gemstones and the most unique designs. But war has transformed Paris from a city of style and romance to a place of fear and mourning. In the summer of 1918, places where lovers used to walk, widows now wander alone.

So it is from La Fantasie Russie’s workshop that young, ambitious Opaline Duplessi now spends her time making trench watches for soldiers at the front, as well as mourning jewelry for the mothers, wives, and lovers of those who have fallen. People say that Opaline’s creations are magical. But magic is a word Opaline would rather not use. The concept is too closely associated with her mother Sandrine, who practices the dark arts passed down from their ancestor La Lune, one of sixteenth century Paris’s most famous courtesans.

But Opaline does have a rare gift even she can’t deny, a form of lithomancy that allows her to translate the energy emanating from stones. Certain gemstones, combined with a personal item, such as a lock of hair, enable her to receive messages from beyond the grave. In her mind, she is no mystic, but merely a messenger, giving voice to soldiers who died before they were able to properly express themselves to loved ones. Until one day, one of these fallen soldiers communicates a message—directly to her.

So begins a dangerous journey that will take Opaline into the darkest corners of wartime Paris and across the English Channel, where the exiled Romanov dowager empress is waiting to discover the fate of her family. Full of romance, seduction, and a love so powerful it reaches beyond the grave, The Secret Language of Stones is yet another “spellbindingly haunting” (Suspense magazine), “entrancing read that will long be savored” (Library Journal, starred review).

Characters:

The main character is Opaline Duplessi, daughter of Sandrine. She is the eldest and has a mixed gift of receiving messages from various gemstones as well as spirits. She uses her powers to create powerful necklaces for women who have lost someone special in their lives due to the Great War. She is conflicted, lost and seems to be uncertain of what she is looking for or what she wants. She also sees the necklaces as her way of paying back and contributing to the war effort. There is also the Orloff family who came over from Russia and are White Russians who specialize in creating exquisite jewelry. The wife, Anna, is fascinated by supernatural while the husband is obsessed with creating gemstones. Timur had strong feelings for Opaline which weren't reciprocated and his elder half brother Grigori also is conflicted adn uncertain of what he wants. Jean Luc is a writer of love letters that needs Opaline's help in trying to cross over and to come to terms of what happened to him during the Great War.

Theme:

Life comes in different disguises

Plot:

The story is in first person narrative from Opaline's point of view. What I really liked was getting to know France during the Great War and learning even more about it. I also found it interesting to see how White Russians learned and survived after the Romanov Dynasty had died out. However, the supernatural elements went a bit over my head and some things weren't explained well, or the explanations were a bit sloppy; one being the painting that Opaline receives and its myriad of meanings and others on the conflict she has between herself and what her mother desires her to be.

Author Information:
(From back of the book)

M.J Rose is the New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen novels, the co-president and founding board member of International Thriller Writers, and the founder of the fisrt marketing company for authors, AuthorBuzz.com She lives in Greenwich, Connecticut. Visit her online at MJRose.com

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Opinion:

I am sad to report that I was disappointed in this story. Previously I have read The Witch of Painted Sorrows which was both astonishing and had a strange hypnotic beauty that couldn't let the reader go. This time around, there was lack of hypnotic atmosphere along with a memorable character, and if I might mention a minor complaint, but the character's background in the story is that of her mother's; too many events that happened to her happened to her mother. Also as well, it's good as a stand-alone novel which means reading The Witch of Painted Sorrows is optional and not a requirement. Unfortunately as well, I also found it a bit predictable and it didn't seem as compelling as I had hoped.

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Review + Giveaway at Queen of All She Reads
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Review + Excerpt + Giveaway at  Book Nerd
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Spotlight + Giveaway at Words And Peace
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Review at Poof Books
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Review at Diary of an Eccentric
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Review + Giveaway at From L.A. to LA

3 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

G724 Book Review of The Sons of Godwine by Mercedes Rochelle

Name of Book: The Sons of Godwine

Author: Mercedes Rochelle

ISBN: 978-0-9973182-0-3

Publisher: self published

Part of a Series: The Last Great Saxon Earls

Type of book: Godwineson family, Britain, Anglo-Saxon, Normandy, William Duke of Normandy, Harold Godwineson, Toasting, Swegn, marriages, battles, ruling kingdoms, power, politics, Edward the Confessor, 11th century prior to 1066, family relationships, deaths, loyalty, saints

Year it was published: 2016

Summary:

Emerging from the long shadow cast by his formidable father, Harold Godwineson showed himself to be a worthy successor to the Earldom of Wessex. In the following twelve years, he became the King's most trusted advisor, practically taking the reins of government into his own hands. And on Edward the Confessor's death, Harold Godwineson mounted the throne—the first king of England not of royal blood. Yet Harold was only a man, and his rise in fortune was not blameless. Like any person aspiring to power, he made choices he wasn't particularly proud of. Unfortunately, those closest to him sometimes paid the price of his fame.

This is a story of Godwine's family as told from the viewpoint of Harold and his younger brothers. Queen Editha, known for her Vita Ædwardi Regis, originally commissioned a work to memorialize the deeds of her family, but after the Conquest historians tell us she abandoned this project and concentrated on her husband, the less dangerous subject. In THE SONS OF GODWINE and FATAL RIVALRY, I am telling the story as it might have survived had she collected and passed on the memoirs of her tragic brothers.

This book is part two of The Last Great Saxon Earls series. Book one, GODWINE KINGMAKER, depicted the rise and fall of the first Earl of Wessex who came to power under Canute and rose to preeminence at the beginning of Edward the Confessor's reign. Unfortunately, Godwine's misguided efforts to champion his eldest son Swegn recoiled on the whole family, contributing to their outlawry and Queen Editha's disgrace. Their exile only lasted one year and they returned victorious to London, though it was obvious that Harold's career was just beginning as his father's journey was coming to an end.

Harold's siblings were all overshadowed by their famous brother; in their memoirs we see remarks tinged sometimes with admiration, sometimes with skepticism, and in Tostig's case, with jealousy. We see a Harold who is ambitious, self-assured, sometimes egocentric, imperfect, yet heroic. His own story is all about Harold, but his brothers see things a little differently. Throughout, their observations are purely subjective, and witnessing events through their eyes gives us an insider’s perspective.

Harold was his mother's favorite, confident enough to rise above petty sibling rivalry but Tostig, next in line, was not so lucky. Harold would have been surprised by Tostig's vindictiveness, if he had ever given his brother a second thought. And that was the problem. Tostig's love/hate relationship with Harold would eventually destroy everything they worked for, leaving the country open to foreign conquest. This subplot comes to a crisis in book three of the series, FATAL RIVALRY.

Characters:

Main characters include Harold who seems to be a bit full of himself as well as trying to do good, but in some cases that is the case for failure. In the book he strikes me as rarely reflecting on his actions and what he has done. There is also Toastig, Harold's younger brother who at one point hero-worshiped Harold but then starting harboring his own ambitions which seemed to be ignored. Gyrth, Leofwine and Wulfnoth are also mentioned. Two of them are neutral and tend to look up to Harold. The other brother, Wulfnoth, was a hostage at William Duke of Normandy's castle and is best seen as resourceful as well as a bit foreign towards his family. There are other characters from the previous two novels, but I will not discuss them here for fear of spoiling the surprise.

Theme:

One never knows how actions impacted others

Plot:

The story is in first person narrative from Harold, Toastig, Gyrth, Leofwine and Queen Editha's points of views. I personally would have liked more of Queen Editha's viewpoint on things that were going on in the story. Aside from that, I was really drawn into the drama and the roller-coaster ride that was 11th century prior to Battle of Hastings. While there are some details, the author doesn't spend pages and pages on them but instead takes the reader into where the action is which makes it more story driven plot, I also liked learning about how the seeds of hatred were planted between British and Scottish people.

Author Information:
(From back of the book)

Born in St. Louis MO with a degree from University of Missouri, Mercedes Rochelle learned about living history as a re-enactor and has been enamored with historical fiction ever since. A move to New York to do research and two careers ensued, but writing fiction remains her primary vocation, She lies in Sergeantsville, NJ with her husband in a log home they had built themselves.

Opinion:

Previously I've had an honor to read and review the author's previous two novels; Heir to a Prophecy as well as Godwine the Kingmaker. With each novel the author greatly improves in writing and in storytelling qualities. For me it was a very engaging story that focuses a lot on the events prior to 1066, the Battle of Hastings. Because I want to know a lot of background information about the characters, I don't think the novel is a good stand-alone book because when I started to read it, I wanted to go back to Godwine the Kingmaker and see why Godwine's wife doesn't like her firstborn son and so forth. The book also has a special surprise for her fans which I will not reveal. While I appreciate the clear narrative of the story as well as helping me learn about the Godwineson family, I do feel that some of the characters, in particular Wulfnoth, Leofwine and Gyrth were not as fleshed out as Toastig and Harold, but I did enjoy reading their point of views.

This was given to me by the author for an honest review 

4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

G727 Book Review of the ocean at the end of lane by Neil Gaiman

Name of Book: The Ocean at the end of the lane

Author: Neil Gaiman

ISBN: 978-0-06-225566-2

Publisher: William Morrow

Type of book: science fiction/fantasy, childish, whimsical, England, 1970s?, memories, Lettie Hempstock, farm, ocean, pond, old country, struggle, parental abuse, worms, magic

Year it was published: 2013

Summary:

Sussex, England. A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn't thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she'd claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy.

Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper and resonated in unimaginable ways. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie—magical, comforting, wise beyond her years—promised to protect him, no matter what.

A groundbreaking work from a master, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is told with a rare understanding of all that makes us human, and shows the power of stories to reveal and shelter us from the darkness inside and out. It is a stirring, terrifying, and elegiac fable as delicate as a butterfly's wing and as menacing as a knife in the dark.

Characters:

The main characters included an unnamed male narrator who seems to be naive when it comes to supernatural in life and also determined and obedient. In the story he is aged seven. There is also Lettie, a mysterious eleven-year-old girl who lives with her mother and grandmother. She is also obedient, loyal and is willing to go above and beyond to do what she can for the narrator. Ursula Monkton is a mysterious bad luck woman who tries to do good but can't and she is also determined to punish the male narrator for knowing about her.

Theme:

Past is what you make of it

Plot:

The story is in the first person narrative from a man's point of view.(Can't recall his name, sorry to say, and can't find it in the book.) As a middle-aged man he goes to a funeral and then he visits the Hempstock farm and the history of his childhood and how the Hempstocks were involved in his life comes back to him. The man becomes a child and its completely from his point of view, which means a child is narrating the story. I like when things are explained to me in the story and when they make sense, but in this story, the things I desired to understand weren't explained, and I grew more and more frustrated as the story moved on and I felt lost. Also as well, I felt a strange distance between the characters which makes it difficult to like or relate to the characters.

Author Information:
(From back of book)

Neil Gaiman is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the novels Neverwhere, Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, Anansi Boys, The Graveyard Book, and Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett) the Sandman series of graphic novels; the story collections Smoke and Mirrors and Fragile Things; and coeditor (with Al Sarrantonio( of the fiction anthonogly Stories. He is the winner of numerous literary honors, including the Hugo, Bram Stoker, and World Fantasy Awards, and the Newbery Medal. Originally from England, he now lives in America

Opinion:

Prior to this book, I've never picked up or read Neil Gaiman's stories. Long time ago, I did try watching Coraline when I was babysitting, and yes, it is a film I want to watch fully. But other than that, I didn't get a chance to read and review his works. I jumped at the chance to read this book mainly because the cover is amazing. Reading the book, however, turned out to be less than stellar experience. The story was too strange and scattered for my tastes and its best described as minimalist. Although it wasn't suited towards my tastes, there are some positive aspects of the book that caused me to understand why Neil Gaiman is very popular. One of the strengths of the book is the character's point of view, and that its left up to the reader to understand and fill in the blanks about the mysterious Hempstock family, which is different than the books that spell everything out in details.

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3 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

Monday, July 11, 2016

G707 Book Review of The Light of Grace Journeys of an Angel by Kasey Claytor

Name of Book: The Light of Grace Journey of an Angel

Author: Kasey Claytor

ISBN: 978-1-5043-5132-4

Publisher: Balboa Press

Type of book: spirituality, angels, previous lives, friendships, families, companions, seeking meaning, bonds from past lives, destinies, prehistorical times, medieval ages, near future, distant future, responsibility, equality, struggles

Year it was published: 2015

Summary:

The Light of Grace takes readers on an epic spiritual adventure as Grace, a newly-assigned angel, is given four humans to guide: Mumbi, an innovative prehistoric girl guided to break through limitations; Garth, a devout 14th century Christian who questions his faith; Arnina, a sensitive woman in the 21st century who seeks to rid herself of anxiety and fear; and Alistair, an extraordinary man living in the 26th century who explores the planes of consciousness.

Grace is accompanied by her loyal emissary, Aelfraed, who takes the form of a dog, a wolf, and a fox on earth so he can keep watch on Grace’s people. Follow Grace as she leaps through time and space to guide her humans through clan battles, war, space travel, lost loves, high times, and times of despair; and celebrate with her as they earn their hard-wrought wisdom. Discover the secrets of life in a story that spans thousands of years: how angels and humans communicate, how they manifest their realities, and bring forth their latent abilities

Characters:

For me personally the characters were more told than show, but that adds more to the story's charm rather than diminishes it. There is Grace who recently became an angel and it is through her that we meet and get introduced to multiple characters. The story starts out with Mumbi, a resourceful and intelligent prehistorical woman that is only starting to learn about herself and was born in the wrong tribe. She is selfless and does what she can to make life easier for others. There is also Garth,a man from medieval ages who is determined to give the best life he can for his family and although he's not an inventor, he desires to learn more about the spiritual world and during his time is dealing with conflicting message of love and its place in the world. Arnina is a young woman in the near future who is very intelligent and seems to struggle with both intelligence and spirituality through people and drugs. She also has a kind heart as well. The last main character is Alistair who is born in the distant future and unlike the previous characters, he is born in the age of spirituality and enlightenment and his struggle is to let go of his preconceptions towards others. Of course I would be remiss in not talking about Grace's sidekick, Aelfraed who is there for the four main characters in one animal shape or another, teaching as well as guiding them to their destinies.

Theme:

Anyone can find spirituality with hard work

Plot:

The story is in third person narrative from Mumbi's, Garth's, Arnina's and Alistair's points of view. Once in a while Grace does interject herself into their stories to give her thoughts or her love towards the characters. The best way I can describe the writing style is whimsical and filled with warmth. The story does have more told than show, but it doesn't take away from the charm and warmth that radiates from the pages. I also should mention that when it comes to medieval ages, some of the history is inaccurate; namely very few people had literary and writing abilities, especially when these people were peasants. The history that is mentioned tends to be broad and wasn't very narrowed down. It's also interesting to see how the future is like in the novel, or how people from different eras struggle with spiritual paths.

Author Information:
(From back of the book)

Kasey Claytor is a metaphysical teacher, certified meditation instructor, money manager, and inspirational speaker. She loves to teach others ways to find happiness and has penned several books on prosperity and spirituality, including The 7 Laws of Raising Financially Independent Kids And The God of Anna. Claytor lives with her husband and dog on a lagoon in Florida.

Opinion:

If the reader is searching for a book that focuses a great deal on spiritual and metaphysical sides then this is the right book to read because for me it feels as if a truth has been found and uncovered. It's definitely an interesting take on spirituality as well as angels and their function in human life. I don't think I understood how its possible to control multiple alternate universes by one person or what was going on 100 percent of time with Grace, and I do admit that the historical aspect of the medieval ages isn't well researched, but there is still something special about this story and the characters that inhabit the four stories.

This was given to me by Claire McKinneyPR  for an honest review

4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

Thursday, July 7, 2016

G734 Book Review of Sunborn Rising beneath the fall by Aaron Safronoff

Name of Book: Sunborn Rising; Beneath the Fall

Author:Aaron Safronoff

ISBN: 978-1-944606-00-8

Publisher: Neoglyphic Entertainment

Type of book: picture books, children/young adult, fantasy, environment, secrets, darkness, discoveries, family, community, journal, diseases, new friends, help, strong heroine

Year it was published: 2016

Summary:

On a distant world of forests floating on an ocean around a star, a blight threatens to plunge all life into darkness.
But three friends seek the light.
Together, they will Fall and be lost.
And at the very Root of darkness, they will find themselves.
But will it be enough to help them find their way home?

The World of Cerulean
Light and water flow from the ocean into the roots of the Great Trees, up through the boughs, and out over the lush canopies. But the once vibrant treescape has grown dim over generations of arboreal life, and the creatures of the forest have forgotten the light.
Barra, a young, willful Listlespur, finds her late father’s hidden journal, and reads about the old world and the mysterious plague her father believed destroyed it. He wrote that he warned the Elders. He urged them to take action. Those were his last words.
Together with her two best friends, Barra will explore every bark, wood, and leaf of the Great Forest to relight her world and complete her father’s story, even if she has to travel beneath the Fall.

Characters:

The main character is Barra who is best described as adventurous, impatient, a leader and extremely curious. She is not the type to be frightened easily by challenges. Plicks is Barra's friend and a bit opposite of Barra being caring, patient, shy and he also gets easily frightened. Also, unlike Barra and Tory, Plicks has capability of flying/gliding. Tory strikes me as creative and very gentle, and he in terms of being adventurous is somewhere between Barra and Plicks. There are other characters such as Fizzit who are best described as an enigma, and there are also three unique jelly creatures that are a great deal of help to the three friends and seem to be mind readers of sorts.

Theme:

It takes everyone to change destiny

Plot:

The narrative is told in third person narrative from Barra's point of view, although her friends and a few other characters also were given voices. What is pretty impressive is that while the story does not start in the middle of action and it starts in beginning, the author does not dump information but instead parcels it out throughout the book. I do feel that some things about the world are not fully explained as I wished; for example, what is the importance of tying keepsakes on their tails? Or I also was curious about a few antagonists of the book and feel as if only minimum was addressed instead of it being fleshed out.

Author Information:
(From inside the book)

Aaron Safronoff was born and raised in Michigan where he wrote his first novella, Evening Breezes. In his early twenties, he moved to California to attend culinary school. He fell in love with the Bay Area and has never considered leaving, although he did eventually leave the school.

During his ten years in the games industry, he worked at various levels and for several disciplines including quality assurance, production and design. All the while he was writing a novel, short stories, plays, and poetry. His career in design introduced him to amazingly intelligent, fun, and creative people, many of whom he considers family today.

Safronoff self0published, Spire, in 2011, and won the Science Fiction Dsicovery Award for the same in the summer of 2012. By the end of that year he decided to drop everthing and free fall into fiction, In the following three months he completed work on teh sequel to Spire, Flal Spire, edited Evening Breezes, and published both.

Today, Safronoff is co-founder and Chief Storyteller of Neoglyphic Entertainment and working on his fifth novel, the second book of the Sunbron Rising series. In his spare time, Safronoff enjoys reading a variety of authors, Phillip K, Dick, Cormac McCarthy and Joe Abercrombie among them, He enjoys living near the ocean, playing and watching hockey, and video games. He has a depe love of music and comedy.

Connect with the author: Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook

Opinion:

At the moment my little boy cannot give his opinion about the book, being only three months of age, although if all goes okay, and when he grows up, I do promise to include his opinions in my reviews of children's books. The pictures are very captivating and for those who are concerned about the portrayal of a strong female protagonist, this story has quite a few of them, and yes, this female protagonist is a leader and puts herself in danger far more than her friends do. I also liked the world building and discovering it through the protagonists' eyes. I do feel that some details weren't explained as clearly, but I feel if I mention which details I'm talking about, I will end up spoiling the story. Only thing I'll mention is those details are near the end of the story. The book is also a fresh air into the fantasy genre, at least fantasy novels I read previously because it emphasizes more community and family as well as friends rather than the traditional "chosen hero" that must save the world.

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July 4 -   Library of Clean Reads - book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
July 4 -   A Bookworm's Musing - review 
July 5 -   Heidi's Wanderings - review / giveaway
July 5 -   Rockin' Book Reviews - review / guest post / giveaway
July 6 -   The Autistic Gamer - review
July 6 -   Discovering/Writing Life - review / author interview / giveaway
July 7 -   Svetlana's Reads and Views - review
July 7 -   misty103 @ HubPages - review / author interview
July 7 -   Reading Authors - review / giveaway
July 8 -   #redhead.with.book - book spotlight / giveaway
July 8 -   Science & Fiction - review / author interview
July 10 - Writers and Authors - book spotlight 
July 11 - Working Mommy Journal - review / giveaway
July 11 - Room With Books - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
July 12 - Bookworm for Kids - review
July 12 - Book Reviews Nature Photos of Everything in Between - review
July 13 - A Mama's Corner of the World - review / giveaway
July 13 - Blooming with Books - review / giveaway
July 14 - fuonlyknew - review / giveaway
July 15 - BOOKSOMEREADS - review
July 15 - The Travelogue of a Book Addict - The Book Drealms - review / giveaway
July 18 - Library of Clean Reads - review / giveaway
July 18 - Puddletown Reviews - review / giveaway
July 19 - 100 Pages A Day - review / giveaway
July 20 - JBronder Book Reviews - review / giveaway
July 21 - Readers Muse - review / guest post
July 22 - 3 Partners in Shopping Nana, Mommy , + Sissy, Too! - review / giveaway
July 25 - Tales of the Marvelous - review / author interview
July 26 - Brooke Blogs - review / guest post / giveaway
July 27 - Cheryl's Book Nook - review / giveaway
July 28 - Life as Leels - review
July 29 - Pause for Tales - review
July 29 - New Horizon Reviews - review

4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)
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