Review Snip: The Last Present By Wendy Mass

Monday, September 28, 2015
The Last Present by Wendy Mass Review

Rating: ★★★★
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Amanda and Leo have a history with birthdays. Now their friend's little sister, Grace, has fallen into a strange frozen state on her birthday, and Amanda and Leo must travel in time in order to fix whatever's wrong. As they journey back to each of Grace's birthdays, they start seeing all sorts of patterns . . . which raise all sorts of questions.

Amanda and Leo are going to have to unravel the threads of the past and present -- and travel much further than they ever imagined -- if they're going to save Grace. Luckily, a little birthday magic always helps in the charming and funny Willow Falls series by Wendy Mass, where everything is possible and there are no coincidences.

The last present was incredible, I really loved this book. especially because we got to read from Amanda's point of view again.

I enjoyed reading all the predecessors of The Last Present, so I had really high expectations for this book and The Last Present just smashed them all. I loved all the humor in the books, I found myself laughing a lot. I really appreciate humor in a book, it makes for a fun read. 

I know this book was intended to be the last book in the series (hence the name) so I guess that's maybe why I felt like Wendy Mass was trying to finish a bunch story lines in The Last Present, it felt kind of over stuffed.

Even though I'm super excited to read Graceful I feel like The Last Present would have been a nice finale to The Willow Falls series, ending the series with a book told by the original character(s) would have made for a very nice touch.
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"Gushing over Jaron, I mean The Runaway King" {Book Review}

Sunday, September 20, 2015
The Runaway King by Jennifer Nielsen Review

I loved the The Runaway Prince and can't wait to read the third, even though there were multiple, and I mean many times where Jaren made me want to bang my head against a wall. Still I can't believe I didn't read this book series sooner, like I mean how can you just have such an amazing series under your nose for so long and not read it!


Title: The Runaway King (The Ascendance Trilogy #2)
Author: Jennifer A. Nielsen 
Series: The Ascendance Trilogy #2
Genres: Fantasy, Mystery, YA
Source: Library 

A kingdom teetering on the brink of destruction. A king gone missing. Who will survive?

Just weeks after Jaron has taken the throne, an assassination attempt forces him into a deadly situation. Rumors of a coming war are winding their way between the castle walls, and Jaron feels the pressure quietly mounting within Carthya. Soon, it becomes clear that deserting the kingdom may be his only hope of saving it. But the further Jaron is forced to run from his identity, the more he wonders if it is possible to go too far. Will he ever be able to return home again? Or will he have to sacrifice his own life in order to save his kingdom?

The stunning second installment of The Ascendance Trilogy takes readers on a roller coaster ride of treason and murder, thrills and peril, as they journey with the Runaway King.



Favorite Quote

“I thought you were from a civilized country," he said. "How have you come to look more like Carthya's whipping boy than its king?" "I have a habit of irritating some of our less civilized people," I answered. "But you seem like a civilized...pirate. I'd much prefer it if you didn't have me whipped." "And why shouldn't I?" With some effort, I forced a smile to my face. "Because it will hurt.”

The False Prince was amazing, I included it in a From The Desk of a Fangirl post, that was how good it was. I was willing to embarrass myself raving about it to the world. And I didn't expect The Runaway King to live up to the first because sequels rarely do, but The Runway King just killed it. One of my favorite aspects of the Ascendance Trilogy is Jaren (even though I said sometimes he makes me want to bang my head against a wall)

I just love that if he does something wrong while trying to complete one of his reckless plans (that he knows will benefit his people in the long run if he can accomplish it) he has to fix it, he can't let it go, Jaren just has to make it right. He is such a unique hero, like a new version of Robin Hood, only better. (Didn't say that... Please English professors don't harm me)

"He is such a unique hero, like a new version of Robin Hood, only better."

The plot is crazy, but in the good way. I think I understand exactly what Jaren is going to do, and then another obstacle gets thrown in his way, and the plot just gets crazier. Also, I had no idea what the plot twist would be till Jaren figured it out, and I was reacting to it as he was. Which was nice, because I didn't know something long before the main character did, and that happens a lot.

You know a book is good when you walk by my room and I'm either talking or rather, yelling at the book. Hey, when a book is good I get wrapped up in the story and actually get pretty mad at the characters. So if I yell at your book, take it as a compliment! And yes, I was yelling a Jaren on multiple occasions.

Final Thoughts

If I had to write a one sentence review for The Runaway King it would be... Why are you still reading this, go get this book now, you need this series in your life! So all in all, The Runaway King was spectacular and Jennifer A. Nielsen is now on my favorite authors list. On to The Shadow Throne! I basically fangirled through the entire review, sorry 'bout that.
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Interview with Aleah Taylor + Giveaway {Ended}

Thursday, September 17, 2015
Interview with Aleah Taylor and Giveaway

Please give a hearty welcome to Aleah Taylor, the author of the soon to be released Mystery on Mount Dust! I was lucky enough to have the chance to interview this lovely lady. If Mystery on Mount Dusk looks interesting, your in luck, a giveaway is down below for three signed copies!

Published by Neverland Publishing Company (September 25, 2015)
Pages: 175

Ten year old George Mutton has moved to the mysterious town of Mount Dusk. Tucked away on a secluded mountain, Mount Dusk is the perfect place for restless George to discover adventure, but he might get more than he bargained for.

George befriends dark-haired loner Charlie Redwin and together they uncover the startling mystery of two missing families who vanished hundreds of years ago. At first a seeming pest, George's little sister Maggie eventually becomes an invaluable ally while Charlie's twin sister Yvonne remains a mysterious presence. She appears to know the secrets of Mount Dusk, but is she at all what she seems? Can she be trusted to help them? The children endeavor to find the answers to all their questions, but they end up more personally involved in the mystery than they had ever imagined.

With disappearances, ghastly ghosts and trapped spirits, the children become suddenly entangled in the hidden evil of their town which has lain unseen for many centuries. Can they rid Mount Dusk of the horror haunting it? Or will they become just another chapter in its terrible secret history?

What encouraged you to start writing?

Since I was four years old I’ve had an urge to write. My love of how strong the written word can be and the endless possibilities of a good story encouraged me to write.

Where did the ideas for Mystery on Mount Dusk come from?

I had always written short stories until I turned 18 when I suddenly decided to attempt a novel. I just started writing without any direction in mind and slowly the story came to me piece by piece, a lot of my ideas came from parenting my own son and imagining what he would do in certain situations.

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

To inspiring authors I say don’t become demotivated by your mistakes and let them override your creativity. You will make mistakes, you will write something that not everyone loves. Just stick with it and trust that with every writing attempt you’re becoming a stronger writer. Rewrite something ten times if that is what it takes, just keep going and trust in your abilities.

How do you like your book cover?

I love my book cover! It’s mysterious and dark which suits this book perfectly.

Did you read as a kid?

I have been reading like crazy since I was two, as a kid I had huge stacks of books, plus I would read anything else I could get my hands on. I’ve always had a deep love for literature.

Where did the inspiration for your story come from?

The inspiration for this story was my son, watching him grow up and learning about kids was fascinating, so naturally I wanted to write all about it!

Describe your book.

Mystery on Mount Dusk is a dark mystery novel with hints of magic and a lot of adventure. It’s all about a ten year old boy called George Mutton who moves to a new town and discovers the dark secrets of those who have lived there. With the help of his little sister Maggie, his best friend Charlie and Charlie’s twin sister Yvonne, George attempts to solve a mystery that is centuries old and rid his new town of the secret evil that has been haunting it.

What's your favourite thing to do while reading? 

I would have to say drink a coffee and recline in a comfortable chair next to an open window with fresh air blowing in.

Favorite Book to read?

My favourite book is Gone with the Wind by Margret Mitchell because it is a beautifully written novel that you’ll never forget, the characters stay with you forever. But I am also equally fond of David Copperfield by Charles Dickens because it is such an elegant and gripping tale of a life.

What's your Favorite drink?

My favourite drink is coffee, I don’t go a day without my coffee!
Who would you recommend your book too?
I would recommend my book to any middle-grade reader who likes dark magic tales, ghosts and adventure!

Coffee or tea?

Coffee in the morning is my favourite, but I love tea in the afternoon!
If you could meet any author who would it be?
If I could meet any author it would have to be Jane Austen because she had such a quick wit and I’m sure a conversation with her would be full of her signature dry humour.

Ebooks or Hard Copies?

Ebooks are easier to access and sometimes just easier to read, but I’ll always love the feeling of holding a hardcopy in your hand and having a beautiful big bookshelf full of well-worn novels. So I have to say hardcopy.

About the Author:

When Aleah Taylor was four years old she told her mother that she was going to be an author and
make beautiful books for everyone to enjoy. That passion has never left her. She finished writing her first book, a work of juvenile fiction, at eighteen and finished her next book, a work of literary fiction, at twenty one.
Aleah says her motivation is an overwhelming surge of creativity and a very deep love for literature. Also an artist and lover of Tudor and Victorian history, Aleah lives in Canberra with her son Tommi.

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Waiting On Wednesday: September 2015

Wednesday, September 16, 2015
How to Fight a Dragon's Fury WOW

How to Fight a Dragon's Fury
By Cressida Cowell

Publication Date: November 3 (US) September 19 (UK)
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Book 12 is the epic finale to the New York Times bestselling How to Train Your Dragon series! The Doomsday of Yule has arrived, and the future of dragonkind lies in the hands of one boy with nothing to show, but everything to fight for. Hiccup's quest is clear... But can he end the rebellion? Can he prove himself to be king? Can he save the dragons? The stakes have never been higher, as the very fate of the Viking world hangs in the balance!

Oh you lucky people in the UK who already have the book... I can't wait! We get to finally see what happens, this is the book the entire series has been building up to! I still have one book left in the series to finish before I get to this one, currently How to Betray a Dragon's Hero is number one on my TBR list and How to Fight a Dragon's Fury is first the second it comes out!
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Loves Of Late: August 2015

Monday, September 7, 2015
Loves of Late Aug 2015

From now on I'm going to do a monthly posts of my new favorite things of late. Topics will range from books to art techniques, so like my blog a mishmash.

Before we start I'd like to ask that if you use any browser other than Chrome, Internet Explorer, or Mozilla Firefox and my blog looks weird then please notify me. I designed my blog for chrome so I apologize if it looks weird on any other browsers.


This month has been a rather busy month for reading, though mostly audiobooks. Speaking of that I haven't gotten a new physical book in ages. So lets start with my two favorite books from the month of August. My choices are so close I don't even have a clear first place, but I did have to choose.

First Up We Have: The Shadow Throne by Jennifer A. Nielsen

The Shadow Throne is the last book in the Ascendance Trilogy by Jennifer A. Nielsen, and I finished it some time in the first week of August. I loved it, it was just a lot of fun to read.

I actually bought The False Prince, the first book in the series last year and read it, but for some reason ended up not reading on with the series. But a few weeks ago I saw the book was available at my local library and so I picked up the audio format. Long story short, I read it and absolutely adored it, and since then I have read the entire series.

I really enjoyed The Ascendance Trilogy and definitely encourage you to read it. Ms. Nielsen can write a good story that will no doubt keep you on your toes, as you journey through the world of Avena with an orphan named Sage as your guide.
Related Posts: Review: The Runaway King By Jennifer A. Nielsen

y We Have: How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell

How to Train Your Dragon came in as a close second, the two books were so close I could barely choose.

This book is aimed toward younger audience, but How To Train Your Dragon has a certain charm the will make all ages laugh. This book certainly has it's fair share of humor.

How to Train Your Dragon is worth the read, especially if you have watched the movie. While the plots and characters deviate widely between the books and the movies, they are equally amazing in my opinion. Though I must warn you, the two are very very different, just don't go in expecting a book version of the movie.

Cressida Cowell sure packs a ton of hilarity into her books, and every new story features an even sticker, harder to get out of, situation. And when our hero some how manages to escape we are left to marveling at his antics.
Related Posts: Book Review: How To Train Your Dragon By Cressida Cowell


I haven't watched that many newer movies this month, but I have caught up on a few of the most popular or not so popular animations from the last few years, and I have come across a few gems, that I wished I hadn't overlooked when they were released. 

First In The Movies Department We Have: Disney's Big Hero 6

Ahhhh, Baymax was simply too cute! I was pretty late seeing this movie considering that it came out almost a year ago, and now I wish I had seen the movie the second it came out. Big Hero 6 was a lot of fun to watch, the story was immersive and at times I found myself bawling like a baby.

However their were a lot of plot holes, but they can be forgiven. I especially loved the fact that Big Hero 6 embraced science, and showed that, yes scientist are not all old bald humans, or people with crazy hair. (JK)

Another thing that makes Big Hero 6 stand out from the rest of the Disney movies, is that Big Hero 6 has no romance, at all. But I like that, not every single story needs a love story. If you haven't already seen Big Hero 6 go watch it!

Last But Not Least We Have: Dreamworks Animation's Rise of the Guardians

I know I know, three years late... Well whatever. Rise of the Guardians has a pretty big fan-base for a movie that didn't do to well in the box office. I think that last one mainly has to with, *cough cough* North A.K.A. Santa Claus.

Rise of the Guardians was a breath of fresh air, it is truly one of a kind. I'm sad that it probably won't get a sequel due to it's unfortunate performance at the box office.

A teenage Jack Frost, a Santa with tattoos, a bird like toothfairy, a short man who talks with sand, and an anthropomorphic human sized Easter Bunny with an Aussie accent, are very original unique character designs. Though I must admit Jack looks an awful lot like Hiccup. Rise of the Guardians has a brilliant villain, Pitch is one of my favorites of all time. He's the bogey man! Can't think of a better choice. I have lots of love for this movie, Rise of the Guardians is an spectacular concept, I do hope to see more. 
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