Review: A Masque of Infamy by Kelly Dessaint

I'm excited to be a part of the blog tour for Kelly Dessaint's A Masque of Infamy. I actually downloaded a copy of this title on Amazon the day it was offered as a free e-book. Thanks to Sage's Blog Tours for including me on the tour, which runs June 7-28, 2013. Be sure to check out the complete tour schedule and read reviews posted on other stops.Title: A Masque of InfamyAuthor: Kelly DessaintPublisher: Phony Lid PublicationsReleased: March 6, 2013Source: Amazon (free special for Kindle)Amazon | Goodreads | Author WebsiteSynopsis:A Masque of Infamy is a horrific and raucous story of teenage rebellion. But instead of “What d’ya got?” fifteen-year-old Louis Baudrey knows exactly what he’s fighting against… After moving from Los Angeles…

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Vlog: Children’s Book Haul

In the past week or so, we've received a bunch of new children's books: one in the mail, one from a friend, and a bunch from our local library. Here's a video of all of the new-to-us titles C and I will be reading together soon!Links to books and sites mentioned in the post:Strega Nona's Harvest by Tomie dePaolaThe Giant Cabbage: An Alaska Folktale by Chérie B. StihlerInch by Inch by Eric Carle (reviewed by Amy at Sunlit Pages)An Extraordinary Egg by Leo LionniSea Sums by Joy N. Hulme (a living math book!)The Frogs and Toads All Sang by Arnold LobelPicasso and Minou by P.I. Maltbie (this may be out of print, check your library)Tom Thumb by Eric Carle

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Vlog for Small Fry Saturday: Dragons Love Tacos

Small Fry Saturday is a meme inspired by The Well-Read Redhead, showcasing books our children enjoy.This week's pick is:Title: Dragons Love TacosAuthor: Adam RubinIllustrator: Daniel SalmieriPublisher: Dial BooksReleased: June 2012Source: my personal libraryAmazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodreadsC, who turns 4 in a couple of weeks, joined me for a little vlog about this title!These dragons love to party, and boy, are they are ever enthusiastic about eating tacos! But it's up to the host of the party to make sure the guests don't accidentally ingest anything spicy. In this story, an unfortunate mistake is made and chaos ensues. Luckily, these dragons are kind enough to help their host clean up the mess.Dragons Love Tacos is a cute book with an…

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I’ve Forgotten The Trumpet of the Swan!?

Monday I took C to Barnes & Noble with the intent of buying a classic children's read-aloud chapter book we could snuggle up with each night. I saw The Trumpet of the Swan by E. B. White facing out on the shelves, and remembered loving this story as a child.I have wonderful memories of being curled up in bed with this particular book. I can remember studying each illustration carefully, marveling over the swan's long, graceful neck and the stark contrast between its white feathers and black bill.I know the story is about a boy, a swan, the friendship between them, a trumpet and... yikes. That's all I remember! Why does seeing the cover of this book made me feel all cozy…

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Of Dice and Men by David M. Ewalt

Title: Of Dice and Men: The Story of Dungeons & Dragons and The People Who Play ItAuthor: David M. EwaltPublisher: ScribnerExpected Release: August 20, 2013Source: publisher (Edelweiss)Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodreadsSynopsis (from Amazon):The Hobbit meets Moneyball in this definitive book on Dungeons & Dragons—from its origins and rise to cultural prominence to the continued effects on popular culture today.Even if you've never played Dungeons & Dragons, you probably know someone who has: The game has had a profound influence on our culture. Released in 1974—decades before the Internet and social media—Dungeons & Dragons is one of the original ultimate nerd subcultures, and is still revered by more than thirty million fans. Now, the authoritative history and magic of the game…

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Review: Three Lives of Tomomi Ishikawa by Benjamin Constable

Title: Three Lives of Tomomi IshikawaAuthor: Benjamin ConstablePublisher: Gallery BooksReleased: June 4, 2013Source: NetGalleyAmazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodreadsSynopsis (from back cover):What writer Benjamin Constable needs is a real-life adventure wilder than his rampant imagination. And who better to shake up his comfortable Englishman-in-Paris routine than the enigmatic Tomomi "Butterfly" Ishikawa, who has just sent a cryptic suicide note? She's planted a slew of clues—in the pages of her journal, on the hard drive of her computer, tucked away in public places, under flowerpots, and behind statues. Heartbroken, confused, and accompanied by an imaginary cat, Ben embarks upon a scavenger hunt leading to charming and unexpected spaces, from the hidden alleys of Paris to the cobblestone streets of New…

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Requesting ARCs and Connecting with Friends on Edelweiss

When I first joined Edelweiss, I had a bit of trouble navigating the site and figuring out how to request review copies. Also, a couple of weeks ago they implemented an exciting new feature that allows registered users to connect with their peers.I made this video walk-through which I hope will help some new book bloggers out there learn how to request ARCs on Edelweiss, as well as introduce all of us to the new friend feature.

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Review: The Clock of Life by Nancy Klann-Moren

Title: The Clock Of LifeAuthor: Nancy Klann-MorenPublisher: AnthonyAnn Books (self-published)Released: November 2012Source: authorAmazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodreadsSynopsis (from the back cover):In the small town of Hadlee, Mississippi, during the 1980's, Jason Lee Rainey struggles to find his way amongst the old, steadfast Southern attitudes about race, while his friendship with a black boy, Samson Johnson, deepens.By way of stories from others, Jason Lee learns about his larger-than-life father, who was killed in Vietnam. He longs to become that sort of man, but doesn't believe he has it in him.In The Clock Of Life he learns lessons from the past, and the realities of inequality. He flourishes with the bond of friendship; endures the pain of senseless death; finds…

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Three New Books on My Nook

One of my graduating flute students and her mom stopped by today and spoiled me with a Barnes & Noble gift card! I bought three titles I've been wanting to read for a while. Also gives me a chance to test out posting from the Blogger app on my new phone. (fingers crossed!)

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Trains and Lovers by Alexander McCall Smith

Title: Trains and LoversAuthor: Alexander McCall SmithPublisher: PantheonExpected Release: June 11, 2013Source: publisher (Edelweiss)Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodreadsSynopsis (from Amazon):The rocking motion of the train as it speeds along, the sound of its wheels on the rails . . . There’s something special about this form of travel that makes for easy conversation, which is just what happens to the four strangers who meet in this collection of romantic, intertwined stories.As they journey by rail from Edinburgh to London, the four travelers pass the time by sharing tales of trains that have changed their lives. A young, keen-eyed Scotsman recounts how he turned a friendship with a female coworker into a romance by spotting an anachronistic train in an…

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