"To find out what a story's really about,' the Librarian said,

'you don't ask the writer. You ask the reader."

- SNOW & ROSE by Emily Winfield Martin

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Release Day Launch (Excerpt/Trailer): THE PRINCE (Wicked Series #3.5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout (NA/A)

From #1 New York Times Bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes THE PRINCE, a new novella in her WICKED SERIES, brought to you by 1,001 DARK NIGHTS!!!

Be sure to grab your copy today!!!

A Wicked Novella, #3.5
by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Release date: August 14th, 2018
Published by: Evil Eye Concepts, Incorporated
Genre: New Adult/Adult - Paranormal Romance/Fantasy
Format: Paperback, eBook


From #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes a new story in her WICKED series!

She's everything he wants...

Cold. Heartless. Deadly. 
Whispers of his name alone bring fear to fae and mortals alike. The Prince.
There is nothing in the mortal world more dangerous than him. Haunted by a past he couldn't control, all Caden desires is revenge against those who'd wronged him, trapping him in a never-ending nightmare. And there is one person he knows can help him.

She's everything he can't have...

Raised within the Order, Brighton Jussier knows just how dangerous the Prince is, reformed or not. She'd seen firsthand what atrocities he could be capable of. The last thing she wants to do is help him, but he leaves her little choice. Forced to work alongside him, she begins to see the man under the bitter ice. Yearning for him feels like the definition of insanity, but there's no denying the heat in his touch and the wicked promise is his stare.

She's everything he'll take...

But there's someone out there who wants to return the Prince to his former self. A walking, breathing nightmare that is hell-bent on destroying the world and everyone close to him. 

The last thing either of them needs is a distraction, but with the attraction growing between them each now, the one thing he wants more than anything may be the one thing that will be his undoing.

She's everything he'd die for.

BUY LINKS - The Prince (Wicked #3.5)


EXCERPT - The Prince (Wicked #3.5)
Did it make you a bad friend if you were complete, a hundred percent envious of that friend? Yes? No? Kind of?
I figured it was somewhere in between.
That’s what I was mulling over as I watched Ivy Morgan brush thick, red curls over her shoulder, laughing at something her boyfriend Ren Owens had said to her.
At least I wasn’t envious of that—their love. Okay, well, that wasn’t entirely true. Pretty sure anyone who was as single as me would be envious of all that warm and fuzzy that was passed back and forth with each long look or casual brush of skin. The two could barely tear their gazes away from one another to eat the dinner we’d grabbed at the cute little diner inside the shopping center on Prytania Street.
I honest to God couldn’t be happier for them. They’d been through so much—way more than two people should ever have to go through to be together, and here they were, stronger and more in love than ever, and they deserved that happiness.
But their epic love story wasn’t the source of a current case of the green-eyed monster that was sitting on my shoulder.
Ivy was just such a… badass.
Even right now, relaxed in the chair, surrounded by twinkling Christmas lights with her hand in Ren’s and her belly full of a cheeseburger deluxe and crinkle fries and half of my tater tots, she could kick ass and take names along with addresses, telephone numbers, and social security numbers.
If the proverbial poo hit the fan, you called Ivy or Ren.
If you needed to know what streets Royal intersected with, you called… me. Or if you needed coffee or fresh beignets but were currently busy, you know, saving the world, you’d call me.
The three of us were all members of the Order, a widespread organization that was literally the only thing that stood between mankind and complete, utter enslavement and destruction by the fae. And not the super cute fae found in Disney movies or some crap like that. Humans thought they were on top of the food chain. They were wrong. The fae was.
The only thing pop culture got right about the fae was their slightly pointy ears. That was it. The fae were more than just beings from another world—the Otherworld—they were capable of glamouring their appearance to blend in with humans. But all Order members, even me, were warded at birth against the glamour. We saw through the human fa├žade to the creature that lurked beneath.

BOOK TRAILER - The Prince (Wicked #3.5)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Jennifer L. Armentrout

# 1 New York Times, USA Today and international bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. 

When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories… which explains her dismal grades in math. 

Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.


Wednesday, August 1, 2018

My JULY Book Haul and Wrap Up, and my AUGUST TBR 2018

Hello, friends!!! 

I really hope that you are all doing well and have been reading a lot of GOOD books!

I have to admit, my anxiety has been really bad lately and it is exhausting. I think I've been trying too hard, which then overwhelms me, and then I end up not accomplishing much of anything. I have a ton of ideas written down in a notebook, blog posts that are half-finished just sitting (over 40 of them!!!), pictures that sit on my phone and never get posted on Instagram... It's been an endless cycle. However! The motivation to get over the slump is strong and I hope to get back into the swing of things regularly... even with our school schedule starting next month! I feel it may be a good thing to have a busy schedule again!

Now, let's talk about BOOKS!!!

*My JULY Book Haul*

- SPELL AND SPINDLE by Michelle Schusterman (MG/HB) - from the author. 
- THE SISTERS OF THE WINTER WOOD by Rena Rossner (A/ARC) - from Redhook Books/Hachette. 
- 1 GRUMPY BRUCE by Ryan T. Higgins (C/Board Book) - from Disney Hyperion.
- I LOST MY TOOTH! (Unlimited Squirrels) by Mo Willems (C/HB) - from Disney Hyperion. 
- SOMEONE I USED TO KNOW by Patty Blount (YA/eARC) - from Barclay Publicity. 
MY PLAIN JANE (The Lady Janies #2) by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows and Brodi Ashton (YA/HB) - from Book Sparks.
- THE CIRCUS THIEF by Alane Adams (C/ARC) - from Book Sparks. 
- LOVELY, DARK, AND DEEP by Justina Chen (YA/ARC) - from Book Sparks. 
- NOBODY REAL by Steven Camden (YA/ARC) - from Harper 360/Harper Collins. 
- THE CHRISTMAS SISTERS by Sarah Morgan (A/ARC) - from HQN Books via Aro Publicity. 
- THE ADVENTURES OF PHATTY AND PAYASO: Central Park by Marie Unanue (MG) - from JKS Communications. 

- SPINNING SILVER by Naomi Novik (A/ARC) 
- STAY SWEET by Siobhan Vivian (YA/signed HB) 

- THE INEXPLICABLE LOGIC OF MY LIFE by Benjamin Alire Saenz (YA/Audiobook) 
- EMBER IN THE ASHES by Sabaa Tahir (YA/PB and Audiobook)
HEARTLESS by Marissa Meyer (YA/HB)
- GRIMM TALES: For Young and Old by Philip Pullman (A/PB) 
- THE YELLOW FAIRY BOOK (Coloured Fairy Books #4) by Andrew Lang (Classic/HB) - Hesperus Press Edition 

- SPINNING SILVER by Naomi Novik (A/HB) 

*What I read in JULY*

- DID YOU EAT THE PARAKEET? by Mark Iacolina (C/ARC) 
- GOD BLESS AMERICA: The Story of an Immigrant Named Irving Berlin by Adah Nuchi (C/HB) 
- SPELL & SPINDLE by Michelle Schusterman (MG/HB) 
- THE INEXPLICABLE LOGIC OF MY LIFE by Benjamin Alire Saenz (YA/Audiobook) 
- LEAVING AMARILLO (Neon Dreams #1) by Caisey Quinn (NA/eBook) 
- DON'T BLINK by Amy Krouse Rosenthal (C/ARC)
- GRACE AND FURY by Tracy Banghart (YA/ARC) 


First, I hope to finish reading
- THE SEAS by Samantha Hunt (A/HB) 
- THE KISS QUOTIENT by Helen Hoang (A/HB) 
- SOMEONE I USED TO KNOW by Patty Blount (YA/eARC) 

And then, I hope I have enough time to read these too
- BROKEN THINGS by Lauren Oliver (YA/ARC) 
- BLANCA & ROJA by Anna-Marie McLemore (YA/ARC)
- THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST by Samantha M. Clark (MG/HB) 
- A BLADE SO BLACK by L.L. McKinney (YA/ARC) 
- THE STORM RUNNER by J.C. and Jennifer Cervantes (MG/ARC) 
- KEEPER OF THE BEES by Meg Kassel (YA/eARC) 
- SPINNING SILVER by Naomi Novik (A/HB)

Please let me know in the comments what you're reading... 
and leave your blog or book haul links too - I'd love to visit and see what you all have been up to!

Happy reading!!!

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Blog Tour (Review) of SPILL ZONE #2: THE BROKEN VOW Written by Scott Westerfeld and Illustrated by Alex Puvilland (YA)

*A finished-hardcover copies of  SPILL ZONE and THE BROKEN VOW (Spill Zone #2) were sent to me for free by the publisher, Macmillan, for an honest review. All thoughts here are my very own. Any problems, concerns, questions, etc. please contact me via email - thebumblegirl@rocketmail.com - Thank you!

Written by Scott Westerfeld
Illustrated by Alex Puvilland
Release date: July 10th, 2018
Published by First Second (Macmillan) 
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian/Sci-Fi Mystery 
Format: Hardcover, eBook
Format read: Hardcover


All hell breaks loose in the second volume of New York Times-bestselling author Scott Westerfeld's visionary graphic novel duology.

Three years ago an event destroyed the small city of Poughkeepsie, forever changing reality within its borders. Strange manifestations and lethal dangers now await anyone who enters the Spill Zone. Addison got close enough to the Spill Zone to touch it, literally. She survived the encounter but came back changed.

It turns out she's not alone. North Korea has its own Spill Zone, and a young man named Don Jae is the only one who made it out alive. Alive, but changed. Now Addison, Don Jae, and, curiously, a rag doll named Vespertine, share an unholy bond and uncanny powers.

From Scott Westerfeld, the inspired imagination behind the New York Times bestsellers UGLIES and LEVIATHAN, comes THE BROKEN VOW, the second volume of our highly anticipated new graphic novel series. 


*A finished-hardcover copies of  SPILL ZONE and THE BROKEN VOW (Spill Zone #2) were sent to me for free by the publisher, Macmillan, for an honest review. All thoughts here are my very own.

Another page-turner! So much action and the story continues to flow effortlessly!

THE BROKEN VOW picks up right where book one left off... 
Addison has sold off the last of her pictures from the zone and now has enough money to "retire" and take care of her sister, Lexi. But. It seems that Addison may have spent too much time in the zone and she is feeling a bit off... and she not only learns that her Lexi's crazed doll has a huge role in why the Spill happened; there is also another survivor from a different Spill that happened in North Korea who comes looking for Addison for help. Together, they try to understand and figure out why the Spill happened and how to either control the Zone or end it all... 

And guys - the creepy doll, named Vespertine, is still creepy as all heck!
But she's also sassy and kind of grows on you. Trust me - you'll be rooting for her halfway through the storyline! 

Again, the illustrations are so vividly bright and yet still so eerie! The colors make the "monsters" look animated enough to jump off the page. And the style is just right - realistic enough to make the story creepier than it is already, but hard to look away. You really don't want to miss a single detail.

My one and an only TINY little bit of gripe with this book - I want more! 
Although we do get some answers and things seem to end on a well enough note, there is still potential for more and I still have a few questions...

I definitely recommend this series to those who not only enjoy graphic novels and comic books but to someone who really loves to immerse themselves into a new world with an open mind and vivid imagination. There is just so much that these books have to offer!

Check out the first volume in the
SPILL ZONE series now!

Written by Scott Westerfeld
Illustrated by Alex Puvilland
Release date: May 2nd, 2017
Published by First Second (Macmillan) 
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian/Sci-Fi Mystery 
Format: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook
Format read: Hardcover

Paperback edition


Nobody's ever really explained the Spill. 
Was it an angelic visitation? A nanotech accident? A porthole opening from another world?
Whatever it was, no one's allowed in the Spill Zone these days except government scientists and hazmat teams. But a few intrepid explorers know how to sneak through the patrols and steer clear of the dangers inside the Zone. 

Addison Merrick is one such explorer, dedicated to finding out what happened that night and to unraveling the events that took her parents and left her little sister mute and disconnected from the world.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Scott Westerfeld

Scott Westerfeld is a New York Times bestselling author of YA. He was born in Texas and now lives in Sydney and New York City. In 2001, Westerfeld married fellow author Justine Larbalestier.

He is best known for the Uglies and Leviathan series, and his next book, Afterworlds, comes out September 23, 2014.

His book Evolution's Darling was a New York Times Notable Book and won a Special Citation for the 2000 Philip K. Dick Award. So Yesterday won a Victorian Premier's Award and both Leviathan and Midnighters 1: The Secret Hour won Aurealis Awards. Peeps and Uglies were both named as Best Books for Young Adults 2006 by th
e American Library Association.


Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Review: STERLING, BEST DOG EVER by Aidan Cassie (C)

*A finished hardcover copy of STERLING, BEST DOG EVER by Aidan Cassie was sent to me by the publisher, Macmillan, for free for an honest review. All thoughts here are my very own. Any problems, questions, etc. please contact me via email - thebumblegirl@rocketmail.com. Thank you! 

Written and Illustrated by Aidan Cassie
Release date: July 10th, 2018
Published by: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux (Macmillan) 
Genre: Children's Picture Book
Format: Hardcover, eBook
Format read: Hardcover from the publisher


Sterling the dog has always wanted a home. But no home has ever wanted him.
So when Sterling sees a sign on the side of the Butlery Cutlery Company advertising free "shipping to homes around the world," he is determined to become the most terrific FORK ever! For what home doesn't need flatware?

Sterling is delivered on time and undamaged to the Gilbert family's front door.
He is not, however, what they ordered...
But he may be exactly what they need.

Here is a humorous, heart-tugging picture book about finding a family who wants you just as you are.


*A finished hardcover copy of STERLING, BEST DOG EVER by Aidan Cassie was sent to me by the publisher, Macmillan, for free for an honest review. All thoughts here are my very own.

A timeless story about a pup trying to find a forever home, learning to be himself, and accepting himself and, once he can do that, also accepting the fact that everyone else will love him too!
Sterling trying to please his new owners in any way possible was funny and sad. His quirky antics in trying to be the best fork possible, and then trying to be anything else that the family could possibly need really made us smile and laugh out loud. However, the realization that maybe Sterling should just be himself brought on an endearing conversation on how sometimes we try to be something that we are not just to make someone happy when we should always be the best "me" that we could possibly be. When Sterling finally realizes that, happy smiles all around! We knew he could do it! 
This illustrated book has become one of our favorites! The details and relatable pictures are really well made and engaging. 
A wonderful book for all children to learn that people-pleasing is not the way to do things; a reminder to always be ourselves, the very best version of ourselves and no matter what!


When Aidan Cassie was small, she drew dogs all the time and taped her pictures up everywhere. Then one wondrous day, her family got a dachshund. But the strange little pup didn't seem to know what she was.

She sat on the kitchen table.
She slept with the pillows.
And when Aidan clipped a leash to her collar, the dog just rolled on her back.

Like Sterling, Aidan's hound was confused, but Aidan loved her just the same.

Aidan grew up to become an author, animator, and illustrator. She earned her media arts degree at Emily Carr University of Art and Design and the Edinburgh College of Art. 

She lives on a small island in Canada's Salish Sea.

This is her first picture book. 


Thursday, July 5, 2018

Review: DRAWN TOGETHER by Minh Le and Illustrated by Dan Santat (C)

*An Advanced Reader Copy of DRAWN TOGETHER by Minh Le was sent to me by the publisher, Disney-Hyperion, for free for an honest review. All thoughts here are my very own. Any problems, questions, etc. please contact me via email - 
thebumblegirl@rocketmail.com. Thank you! 

by Minh Le
Illustrated by Dan Santat
Release date: June 5th, 2018
Published by: Disney-Hyperion
Genre: Children's Picture Book
Format: Hardcover, eBook
Format read: ARC from the publisher.


"Sometimes you don't need words to find common ground."

When a young boy visits his grandfather, their lack of a common language leads to confusion, frustration, and silence. But as they sit down to draw together, something magical happens - with a shared love of art and storytelling, the two form a bond that goes beyond words.

With spare, direct text by Minh Le and luminous illustrations by Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat, this stirring picture book about reaching across barriers will be cherished for years to come.


*An ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) of DRAWN TOGETHER was sent to me by the publisher, Disney-Hyperion, for free for an honest review. All thoughts here are my very own. 

There have been so many sweet and heartwarming picture books lately. But, DRAWN TOGETHER, is definitely the most endearing and inspiring story that we have read! 

DRAWN TOGETHER is about a little boy who often goes to visit his grandfather, but doesn't enjoy doing so because they don't speak the same language. It is awkward and uncomfortable to watch them try and fail to communicate, heartbreaking too. Until they find out that they have something in common! When the grandfather realizes that they may have something in common that can bring them together the boy starts to narrate their story from this point on. The slow build up to this point and how the story starts to unfold is so beautiful to witness.

The best thing about this book is that it truly lets the reader feel what the main characters are going through with each other. How uneasy they felt, and how upset they are with themselves for not being able to communicate easily with one another. 

As a person who has witnessed this first hand, it is truly frustrating and heartbreaking to see someone you love not be able to speak easily with someone that they could connect with and love unconditionally. (I'm speaking about my husband and his Italian grandmother, he never learned how to speak Italian, and she never learned English). Watching them struggle to communicate but still see the love that they have for one another is bittersweet. The stories that they could have shared would have been wonderful to witness... 
I have also experienced what a blessing it is to be able to communicate with loved ones in another language. I am forever thankful and grateful that my parents decided to teach me English and Spanish from the moment I was born. I was able to speak with my grandparents and relatives from the moment I was able to speak. Being able to form loving relationships with family and being able to embrace my family's culture is something that I will always cherish. 

The illustrations! Dan Santat one of our most favorite illustrators and authors and he has really outdone himself with DRAWN TOGETHER... not only are the illustrations of the story stunning, bold, and engaging, there is also a story within the story! When the main characters "takeover" with there own illustrations and show us not only their style of art but how they are feeling, what they are going through with each other - it is so endearing and eye-opening. There is so much to discuss, see and learn from. It is by far one of our favorite stories to go to; because every time we re-read the story and take another look, there is always something new that catches our eye or we learn more about the characters and what they've been through separately and with each other.

Definitely, a book worth picking up! Especially for a family that has aging family members that make it difficult for them to communicate with the younger generation, and vice versa. This book is full of hope! And the realization that there can be something that people can have in common and help bridge the gap to connect with one another. And, it definitely encourages everyone to embrace your family, cultures, languages and more. Don't let traditions disappear with the next generation - all it takes is a little love, determination, and devotion to keep it going. 


Minh Le is a writer but - like his grandfather - a man of few words. 

A first-generation Vietnamese-American, he is a national early childhood policy expert, author of LET ME FINISH!, and has written for the New York Times, the Horn Book, and the Huffington Post. 

Outside of spending time with his beautiful wife and sons in their home near Washington, DC, Minh's favorite place to be is in the middle of a good book. 



Dan Santat is the author and illustrator of the Caldecott Award-winning THE ADVENTURES OF BEEKLE: THE UNIMAGINARY FRIENDS, as well as THE COOKIE FIASCO, ARE WE THERE YETI?, and others. He is also the creator of Disney's animated hit THE REPLACEMENTS.

Dan lives in Southern California with his wife, two kids, and two dogs. 


Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Review: GOD BLESS AMERICA, The Story of an Immigrant Named Irving Berlin Written by Adah Nuchi and Illustrated by Rob Polivka (C)

*A finished hardcover copy of GOD BLESS AMERICA: The Story of an Immigrant Named Irving Berlin was sent to me for free by the publisher, Disney-Hyperion, for an honest review. All thoughts here are my very own. Any problems, concerns, questions, etc. please contact me via email - thebumblegirl@rocketmail.com - Thank you!

Written by Adah Nuchi
Illustrated by Rob Polivka
Release date: June 5th, 2018
Published by: Disney-Hyperion
Genre: Children's Picture Book
Format: Hardcover, eBook
Format read: Hardcover from the publisher.


An inspiring portrait of an immigrant and the gift he gave his new home.

Persecuted as Jews, Izzy Baline and his family emigrated from Russia to New York, where he fell in love with his new country. He heard music everywhere and was full to bursting with his own. Izzy's thump-two-three, ting-a-ling, whee tunes soon brought him acclaim as the sought-after songwriter Irving Berlin. He ignited the imaginations of fellow countrymen and women with his Broadway and Hollywood numbers, crafting tunes that have become classics we still sing today. 

But when darker times came and the nation went to war, it was time for Irving to compose a new kind of song:

A boom-rah-rah song.

A big brass belter.

A loud heart-melter.

A song for America.

And so "God Bless America" was born, the heart-swelling standard that Americans have returned to again and again after its 1918 composition.

This is the tale of how a former refugee gave America one of its most celebrated patriotic songs. With stirring, rhythmic text by Adah Nuchi and delightful, energetic art by Rob Polivka, readers will be ready to hum along to this exuberant picture book. 


*A finished hardcover copy of GOD BLESS AMERICA: The Story of an Immigrant Named Irving Berlin was sent to me for free by the publisher, Disney-Hyperion, for an honest review. All thoughts here are my very own.

In 1938, Irving Berlin's song, GOD BLESS AMERICA, debuted on the radio. And so many people liked it so much, "they wanted to replace the national anthem with it." However, some people boycotted it because Berlin was an immigrant... 

The author narrates Berlin's journey from when he was a small child fleeing from Russia with his family, to coming to America and moving to New York's Lower East Side, to how Berlin, even as a small child, knew the importance of having to work hard to help the family... we get to see Berlin fall in love with America and music and how he was able to combine the two by joining the Army to help and do what he did best - create music! Music that most people, even now, sing and hum every day... I had no idea he had done so much for Broadway and the Army - this memoir was so insightful!

Surprisingly, this book spoke to me on so many levels! In the times that we are facing now, I feel that many of us need a book like this for ourselves and our children. A reminder of America's history; a time to reflect and really see where most of us came from and are going... This wonderfully written picture book is a great way to help us teach our children about the "good old days" and what that saying really means and how dreams were possible! And with the right mindset, how everyone's dreams are still possible!

The illustrations are so heartwarming and endearing capturing the time period and pieces of Berlin's life perfectly. The old retro look piqued my little one's curiosity and question after question started to pour out of him - he wanted to know what was happening then and why. Finding out that everything takes place in New York, where we reside in and having it look so different and noticing how things change was so surprising for him... I also truly appreciated that the author added a note summarizing Berlin's biography and a timeline of events in the back of the book. It truly helped to answer his questions quickly and easily; other facts were discussed in animated detail, a few things were also elaborated due to a 4 1/2-year-old's imagination - which made this book memorable for the both of us.

I highly recommend this book to all! It's come to us at the most perfect time. Those who are looking to introduce their little ones to America's history and how diverse and wonderful it was and still is will love everything about this book!


Adah Nuchi is the daughter of immigrants. 

She has worked at the National Book Foundation, served as a children's book editor in New York, and currently works as a literary agent. 

This is her first picture book. 


Rob Polivka is a children's book illustrator and cartoonist living in Texas with his wife and three children. 

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