Blog Tour for Stricken by C.K. Kelly Martin

 

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Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Stricken by C.K. Kelly Martin.  This tour is being hosted by Chapter by Chapter Blog Tours.   I will have a guest post and giveaway!

 

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C.K. Kelly Martin

 

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Most Anticipated Middle Grade Books

 

I’ve been really impressed by the quality of the middle grade books I’ve read so far this year.  I even put a couple on my favorite reads of the first half of 2018 list (Amal Unbound and Aru Shah and the End of Time).  I recently looked up middle grade books to see what sounds good for the rest of the year.  These are the standouts for me.  One is an early 2019 release, but I had to include it.

 

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Book To School Event Update

 

I recently participated in some Middle Grade May events in TBR and Beyond on facebook.  I finished early and wanted to share how I did.

 

First was the book of the month for Aru Shah and the End of Time.  I loved this book and gave it 5 stars.

 

I also helped out on a week long readathon and beat my goal of 4 books.  I was able to read a lot that week and the readathon really pushed me.  I needed it.

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Review of The Girl Who Drank The Moon by Kelly Barnhill

 

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The Girl Who Drank The Moon by Kelly Barnhill

 

Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the forest, Xan, is kind and gentle. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster named Glerk and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, Fyrian. Xan rescues the abandoned children and delivers them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey.

One year, Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, filling the ordinary child with extraordinary magic. Xan decides she must raise this enmagicked girl, whom she calls Luna, as her own. To keep young Luna safe from her own unwieldy power, Xan locks her magic deep inside her. When Luna approaches her thirteenth birthday, her magic begins to emerge on schedule — but Xan is far away. Meanwhile, a young man from the Protectorate is determined to free his people by killing the witch. Soon, it is up to Luna to protect those who have protected her — even if it means the end of the loving, safe world she’s always known.

The acclaimed author of The Witch’s Boy has created another epic coming-of-age fairy tale destined to become a modern classic.

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Review of Doll Bones by Holly Black

 

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Doll Bones by Holly Black

 

Zach, Poppy and Alice have been friends for ever. They love playing with their action figure toys, imagining a magical world of adventure and heroism. But disaster strikes when, without warning, Zach’s father throws out all his toys, declaring he’s too old for them. Zach is furious, confused and embarrassed, deciding that the only way to cope is to stop playing . . . and stop being friends with Poppy and Alice.

But one night the girls pay Zach a visit, and tell him about a series of mysterious occurrences. Poppy swears that she is now being haunted by a china doll – who claims that it is made from the ground-up bones of a murdered girl. They must return the doll to where the girl lived, and bury it. Otherwise the three children will be cursed for eternity . . .

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Review of Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed

 

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Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed

 

Life is quiet and ordinary in Amal’s Pakistani village, but she had no complaints, and besides, she’s busy pursuing her dream of becoming a teacher one day. Her dreams are temporarily dashed when–as the eldest daughter–she must stay home from school to take care of her siblings. Amal is upset, but she doesn’t lose hope and finds ways to continue learning. Then the unimaginable happens–after an accidental run-in with the son of her village’s corrupt landlord, Amal must work as his family’s servant to pay off her own family’s debt.

Life at the opulent Khan estate is full of heartbreak and struggle for Amal–especially when she inadvertently makes an enemy of a girl named Nabila. Most troubling, though, is Amal’s growing awareness of the Khans’ nefarious dealings. When it becomes clear just how far they will go to protect their interests, Amal realizes she will have to find a way to work with others if they are ever to exact change in a cruel status quo, and if Amal is ever to achieve her dreams.

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Review of Ice Wolves by Amie Kaufman

 

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Ice Wolves by Amie Kaufman

 

Everyone in Vallen knows that ice wolves and scorch dragons are sworn enemies who live deeply separate lives.

So when twelve-year-old orphan Anders takes one elemental form and his twin sister, Rayna, takes another, he wonders whether they are even related. Still, whether or not they’re family, Rayna is Anders’s only true friend. She’s nothing like the brutal, cruel dragons who claimed her as one of their own and stole her away.

In order to rescue her, Anders must enlist at the foreboding Ulfar Academy, a school for young wolves that values loyalty to the pack above all else. But for Anders, loyalty is more complicated than obedience, and friendship is the most powerful shapeshifting force of all.

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