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Acquired Books*

Clockwise by Elle Strauss [freebie]

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Book Review: “Wentworth Hall”

“Wentworth Hall” by Abby Grahame

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Historical Fiction,

Source: Library

Summary from Goodeads:

The prettiest people often have the ugliest secrets…

Eighteen-year-old Maggie Darlington has turned into an entirely different person. The once spirited teen is now passive and reserved. A change Lord and Lady Darlington can’t help but be grateful for.

     It’s 1912, and the Darlingtons of Wentworth Hall have more than just the extensive grounds to maintain. As one of Britain’s most elite families, they need to keep up appearances that things are as they have always been…even as their carefully constructed facade rapidly comes undone.

Maggie has a secret. And she’s not the only one…the handsome groom Michael, the beautiful new French nanny Therese, the Darlingtons’ teenage houseguests Teddy and Jessica, and even Maggie’s younger sister Lila are all hiding something. Passion, betrayal, heartache, and whispered declarations of love take place under the Darlingtons’ massive roof. And one of these secrets has the power to ruin the Darlingtons forever.

     When scandalous satires start appearing in the newspaper with details that closely mirror the lives of the Darlingtons, everyone is looking over their shoulder, worrying their scandal will be next. Because at Wentworth Hall, nothing stays secret for long.

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Behind the Blog: Michelle at Pink Polka Dot Book Blog

Behind the BlogGreetings to Michelle from Pink Polka Dot Book Blog!

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I’m a mom to a 6 year old cutie and a Boston Terrier beauty. I like to read (duh), write, sleep, and get dressed up… not in that order. I love anything 90′s, the color PINK, my awesome FYA Pittsburgh Book Club, and football.

How did you end up here in the world of book blogging?

2 1/2 years ago I started a blog on a whim just as a way to keep track of what I was reading. Then as I become more immersed in the blog world, things evolved and changed and now I review, do discussions and giveaways and all that good stuff. I still have just as much fun blogging as I did when I started, so I don’t plan on hanging it up anytime soon.

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Listed: Twelve Dancing Princesses

ListedI’m planning on doing a series of Listed posts where I list YA and MG books based on a particular fairy tale. This is the Twelve Dancing Princesses edition. I’m hoping to keep this relevant and up to date as more fairy tale books are released.

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Quick Thoughts: “Lawn to Lawn”

unnamed“Lawn to Lawn” by Dan Yaccarino

Genre: Children’s Fiction, Picture Book

Source: Library

Summary from Goodreads:

Not everyone loves lawn ornaments. But Pearl was different. Pearl was their friend—the only human who knew they were real.

So when Pearl’s family moves and (shockingly!) leaves their pink flamingo, deer, gnome, and lawn jockey behind, Flo, Betty, Norm, and Jack know what they must do. They must find Pearl no matter how long and perilous the journey.

Through cities and suburbs, over mountains and through swamps, the ornaments make their dangerous way. They survive storms and menacing gargoyles. They get directions from weather vanes and other statuary. And always, always, they must avoid the dreaded trash truck!

In this hysterical and quirky tale of toys-come-to-life, Dan Yaccarino reminds us that home is where the heart is and that no journey is too difficult when it leads to the one you love.

Book Review: “The Founder’s Curse”

“The Founder’s Curse (New Zigon #1)” by Danelle O’Donnell

Genre: Middle Grade/Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy, Science Fiction

Other New Zigon booksGoodreads

Source: The author in exchange for an honest review

Summary from Goodreads:

Have you ever done something without thinking, and have it change your life forever? That’s what happened to 14-year-old John Brown on his eighth grade field trip. By sliding his steel-toed work boot out a mere six inches, he triggers a series of events that turn his world upside down.

He meets Diana, who is no ordinary girl. Centuries ago she lived in an isolated pocket of space called New Zigon. She has the ability to manipulate the world around her with the help of an amulet she hides under her skin.

Can she return to her race and save her homeland from extinction? Can he find the time and strength to help her while hiding the truth from his austere parents? They must use every resource they have available to them to uncover centuries-old secrets as lives hang in the balance.

Travel with John and Diana and a diverse cast of characters through an adventure of discovery, loss, and rebirth as friendships are forged and old debts are revisited in this tale where “mind over matter” has a whole new meaning.

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I’m out of interviews!

Are you a book blogger? I’d love to interview you for my Behind the Blog feature. Make new friends and gain new followers!

I’d love to feature more new-to-me bloggers!surprise me

Get to know me and my blog better with my ‘Surprise me’ button. —>

Acquired Books*

The Story of Awkward by R.K. Ryals [freebie]

The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters [library]

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