Review: Lotería by Mario Alberto Zambrano

I'm excited to be a part of the blog tour for Mario Alberto Zambrano's Lotería. Thanks to TLC Book Tours for supplying me with a review copy. This tour began July 2 and finishes up August 7; be sure to check out the complete tour schedule and read the reviews posted on other stops!Title: LoteríaAuthor: Mario Alberto ZambranoPublisher: HarperReleased: July 2, 2013Source: publisher (TLC Book Tours)Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodreadsSynopsis (from Goodreads):With her older sister Estrella in the ICU and her father in jail, eleven-year-old Luz Castillo has been taken into the custody of the state. Alone in her room, the young girl retreats behind a wall of silence, writing in her journal and shuffling through a deck of Lotería…

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Release Day Review: Love All by Callie Wright

Title: Love AllAuthor: Callie WrightPublisher: Henry Holt and Co.Released: July 9, 2013Source: publisher (NetGalley)Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodreadsSynopsis (from Goodreads):It’s the spring of 1994 in Cooperstown, New York, and Joanie Cole, the beloved matriarch of the Obermeyer family, has unexpectedly died in her sleep. Now, for the first time, three generations are living together under one roof and are quickly encroaching on one another’s fragile orbits. Eighty-six-year-old Bob Cole is adrift in his daughter’s house without his wife. Anne Obermeyer is increasingly suspicious of her husband, Hugh’s, late nights and missed dinners, and Hugh, principal of the town’s preschool, is terrified that a scandal at school will erupt and devastate his life. Fifteen-year-old tennis-team hopeful Julia is caught…

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Review: Silhouette of a Sparrow by Molly Beth Griffin

A couple of months ago, I won a copy of Molly Beth Griffin's Silhouette of a Sparrow through a giveaway hosted by Laura at BookSnob. Thanks to an incredibly stormy 4-day weekend with plenty of reading time, I finally got around to this one. This book also completed my "book a week" reading goal that I began at the start of the year!Title: Silhouette of a SparrowAuthor: Molly Beth GriffinPublisher: Milkweed EditionsReleased: September 2012Source: publisher (giveaway)Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodreadsSynopsis (from Goodreads):In the summer of 1926, sixteen-year-old Garnet Richardson is sent to a lake resort to escape the polio epidemic in the city. She dreams of indulging her passion for ornithology and visiting the famous new amusement park--a summer…

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I’m a Graphic Novel Newb

I'm a total graphic novel newbie, but recently I've been thinking about giving them a try. I like watching anime every once in a while, but I'm not really interested in reading it. Same goes for superheroes or other television/movie-related tie-ins. (I hope that makes sense!) However, after reading this post by Andi at Estella's Revenge during Armchair BEA and watching this YouTube video by Chelsey at Chels & a Book, I learned there's a whole other graphic novel world out there, outside of Marvel and manga. I now have a good number of titles on my "would like to try" list so far: https://read.rifflebooks.com/list/82840/embed So, I ended up buying Ice Haven yesterday. My spouse is already a long-time graphic novel (especially manga) fan,…

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Stargazey Point by Shelley Noble

Title: Stargazey PointAuthor: Shelley NoblePublisher: William MorrowExpected Release: July 9, 2013Source: publisher (Edelweiss)Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodreadsSynopsis (from Goodreads):Devastated by tragedy during her last project, documentarian Abbie Sinclair thinks she has nothing left to give by the time she arrives in Stargazey Point. Once a popular South Carolina family destination, the town's beaches have eroded, local businesses are closing, and skyrocketing taxes are driving residents away. Stargazey Point, like Abbie, is fighting to survive. But Abbie is drawn slowly into the lives of the people around her: the Crispin siblings, three octogenarians sharing a looming plantation house; Cab Reynolds, who left his work as an industrial architect to refurbish his uncle's antique carousel, a childhood sanctuary; Ervina, an…

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W… W… W… Wednesday

To play along, just answer the following 3 questions:1. What are you currently reading?2. What did you recently finish reading?3. What do you think you’ll read next?Currently Reading:      Recently Finished:       Coming Up Next:    

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Book Trailer Tuesday: The Returned by Jason Mott

Today I thought I'd feature The Returned by Jason Mott for Book Trailer Tuesday (hosted by Mary at BookHounds). I'll be reading it soon, and I have to say, the premise behind this debut novel has me completely intrigued.Elderly couple Harold and Lucille Hargrave tragically lost their only son when he was just eight years old. Decades later, he appears on their doorstep, still eight years old. But it's not just their son who is back from the dead: "All over the world people's loved ones are returning from beyond. No one knows how or why this is happening, whether it's a miracle or a sign of the end."If you have a bit of extra time, you can also watch this interview and audience Q&A with Jason…

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