New Release: Last of the Talons by Sophie Kim

After the destruction of her entire Talon gang, eighteen-year-old Shin Lina—the Reaper of Sunpo—is forced to become a living, breathing weapon for the kingdom’s most-feared crime lord. All that keeps her from turning on her ruthless master is the life of her beloved little sister hanging in the balance. But the order to steal a priceless tapestry from a Dokkaebi temple incites not only the wrath of a legendary immortal, but the beginning of an unwinnable game…

Suddenly Lina finds herself in the dreamlike realm of the Dokkaebi, her fate in the hands of its cruel and captivating emperor. But she can win her life—if she kills him first.

Now a terrible game of life and death has begun, and even Lina’s swift, precise blade is no match for the magnetic Haneul Rui. Lina will have to use every weapon in her arsenal if she wants to outplay this cunning king and save her sister…all before the final grain of sand leaks out of the hourglass.

Because one way or another, she’ll take Rui’s heart.

Even if it means giving up her own.

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Entangled: Teen (September 27, 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 416 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1649372809
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1649372802
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 14 – 17 years
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ 10 – 12


Purchase from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or your favorite local bookstore.

First Chapter Review: A Nick of Time (The Adventures of Rupert Starbright) by Mike DiCerto

I received a digital copy of this middle grade fantasy novel from the author through Pump Up Your Book.

BLURB: It’s New Year’s Eve in Graysland, but when the final second fails to come Rupert Starbright finds his entire town frozen in time. Rupert and his school crush Rainn Evertree must travel to the Land of Annum to retrieve the stolen second from the nasty and evil Epoch. They will explore a wild, imaginative, and musical world where all the characters of the Zodiac join Rainn in helping Rupert in his most colorful and challenging adventure yet!

COVER: I love the cover art for this novel. It is so fun and colorful. I totally understand what genre I am reading by just looking at it, which always makes me happy because I want the cover to match the genre.

FIRST CHAPTER: Rupert is with his family and the entire town as they wait for the giant metal bellberry leaf to drop. Then everything stopped.

KEEP READING: I am definitely intrigued by this imaginative first chapter. From the very beginning, DiCerto constructs his characters’ world. Now, this is the fourth book in the series, so readers of previous novels will be familiar with Graysland, but for a first time reader, he used descriptions to paint a nice picture.

My only niggle is that I had no idea what the main character looked like or what he was. For all the descriptions, there was none of Rupert. Even though Rupert spoke of what Rainn looked like, I could only assume she was human, which doesn’t match the cover. This didn’t take much away from everything wonderful about the story, and I would definitely continue reading thanks to that neat cliffhanger ending to chapter 1, but I kept waiting to see if I would learn who or what Rupert is.

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Zumaya Thresholds (August 16, 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 306 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1612710999
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1612710990

Purchase your copy from Amazon!

This First Chapter Review contains my honest opinions, which I was not compensated for in any way.

Visit the author’s website at www.ruperstarbright.com or connect with him on Twitter and Facebook.

Ivy & Bean Coming to NETFLIX on Sept 2

Remember the Ivy & Beans books by Annie Barrows that my daughter loved when she was younger? We stopped reading at Book 6, but there are 12 books in the series right now. And in other exciting news, Ivy & Bean are coming to NETFLIX.

The films star Jane Lynch, Nia Vardalos, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and Keslee Blalock and Madison Skye Validum as the beloved duo Ivy and Bean. Here’s the trailer:

I’m pretty excited. I might just have to watch.

How Can We Be Kind? by Janet Halfmann

Did you know that our animal friends can teach us many things, including how to be kind?

In How Can We Be Kind?, by award-winning author Janet Halfmann, young readers follow along as they learn about the caring traits within the animal kingdom. From badgers to prairie dogs, and from ants to zebras, Halfmann’s charming book shares wisdom from our animal friends and how they can teach us to be kind. The story is followed up by facts regarding the animals featured.

With colorful digital illustrations by Darla Okada, How Can We Be Kind? is sure to delight young readers everywhere. What a special treasure this book is!

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Frances Lincoln Children’s Books; Illustrated edition (July 5, 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 40 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0711268797
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0711268791
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 3 – 5 years
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ Preschool – Kindergarten

Visit https://www.janethalfmannauthor.com/howcanwebekind for links to purchase.

I received a digital copy of this book from the author. This review contains my honest opinions, which I was not compensated for in any way.

A Whale of a Tale by Bill Kirk

A Whale of a Tale by Bill Kirk is an exciting rhyming sea tale of a young boy whose love of the sea and its animals leads to a life-saving mission that changes his life forever.

Will yearns to be a sea captain despite his mother’s misgivings. His brave father was lost in a gale, and she wishes to protect her only child from the same fate. But the sea calls to him, and at the age of twelve, Will signs on as a cabin boy. Little does he know that one act of kindness years ago will help him save the crew of two whaling ships when the sea rages into a frightening gale.

A twelve-chapter story told fully in rhyme, this touching adventure will capture young hearts. Following through on his goal to challenge the imagination of readers by exploring everyday life, A Whale of a Tale tells the story of a boy whose random act of kindness changed his life and the lives of his fellow crewmembers.

This amazing story is accompanied with black and white illustrations from award-winning artist KC Snider. Snider’s artwork has appeared in more than 70 books for children. She remains a favorite of mine.

Kirk provides a prologue and an epilogue built upon the history of whaling in the United States. He asks young readers to imagine what it might have been like to grow up in a whaling port. A glossary of terms is also provided.

This touching adventure is available in digital and print formats from your favorite online retailer. Grab a copy today!

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Bill Kirk Writes Worldwide (November 30, 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 32 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1951545230
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1951545239

I purchased a copy of this book from Amazon. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.