April 23, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday

Sooooo....what book are we waiting on here at RFYF? Since Easter is this weekend, a young adult novel of 'nature', 'freedom', 'God', 'Karma' and 'life' of course!!

In The Shadows


by Jim di Bartolo, Kiersten White
Release Date: 29 April 2014
Publisher: Scholastic Press
From the remarkable imagination of acclaimed artist Jim Di Bartolo and the exquisite pen of bestselling author Kiersten White comes a spellbinding story of love, mystery, and dark conspiracy, told in an alternating narrative of words and pictures. 

 Cora and Minnie are sisters living in a small, stifling town where strange and mysterious things occur. Their mother runs the local boarding house. Their father is gone. The woman up the hill may or may not be a witch. 

 Thomas and Charles are brothers who’ve been exiled to the boarding house so Thomas can tame his ways and Charles can fight an illness that is killing him with increasing speed. Their family history is one of sorrow and guilt. They think they can escape from it . . . but they can’t. 

 Arthur is also new to the boarding house. His fate is tied to that of Cora, Minnie, Thomas, and Charles. He knows what darkness circles them, but can’t say why, and doesn’t even know if they can be saved. 

 Sinister forces are working in the shadows, manipulating fates and crafting conspiracies. The closer Cora, Minnie, Arthur, Thomas, and Charles get to the truth, the closer they get to harm. But the threat is much bigger than they can see. It is strangling the world.

 Until one of the boys decides he wants to save it. 

 Told in an astonishing mix of art and words, IN THE SHADOWS collides past against future, love against evil, and hope against fear. The result is both a mystery and a masterpiece.

(Amazon Summary)

April 22, 2014

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! 
Just do the following: 
  • Grab your current read. 
  • Open to a random page. 
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page. 
  • Share the title and author so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! 

All around him the mist slithered over objects, swallowing a bench and a trash can. A pair of red circles glowed to life in the center of the darkness.

Pg. 5

by J.T. Cope, IV

April 21, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

This is a fun meme that allows bloggers to get an idea of what everyone else is reading and perhaps help to find our next must-read. So check out what WE are reading and tell us what YOU are reading!!

Lora is Reading: 

The Forever Song (Blood of Eden, #3)

by Julie Kagwa



Cindi is Reading: 

Countryside: The Book Of The Wise

by J.T. Cope, IV


April 16, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday

Sooooo....what book are we waiting on here at RFYF? A post-apocalyptic thriller, of course!!

Meridian (Arclight, Book #2)


by Josin L. McQuein
Release Date: 22 April 2014
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
The electrifying sequel to Arclight, which Pittacus Lore called "powerful and gripping." Those within the Arc thought that they were the last humans left after the world was destroyed—but they were wrong. There are more survivors. But there is also more to be afraid of. A suspenseful sci-fi thriller to hand to fans of Veronica Roth, Stephen King's Under the Dome, and Justin Cronin's The Passage.

Marina thought that she had solved all of the Arclight’s mysteries. She had found her own history—that she was one of the Fade, that she never should have been human. She knows that the Fade who surround the Arclight don’t want to be the humans' enemies at all. She knows that the leader of those inside the Arc, Honoria Whit, never told the whole truth. But there is so much more that Marina is just discovering. There are more survivors out there. Only Marina—and her friends, all of whom have connections to the Fade they'd never known about—can lead her people to them. But there are also darker dangers, things that even the Fade fear. And Marina slowly realizes she may never have been “cured,” after all. The sequel to Arclight, Meridian is an intense, action-packed page-turner about the lines we draw between right and wrong, light and dark . . . and the way nothing is ever that black and white.

(Amazon Summary)

April 11, 2014

Alpha Male Madness Giveaway Hop

Alpha Males. You know you love em. And so do we! We're celebrating them and all their delicious alpha male glory for an entire week with giveaways at every single blog. Stop by and check out which males are making us pant with all that sexy swagger they have going on. Also enter for our grand prize!
A hidden truth.
Mortal enemies.
Doomed love.
Marked as special at an early age, Jacinda knows her every move is watched. But she longs for freedom to make her own choices. When she breaks the most sacred tenet among her kind, she nearly pays with her life. Until a beautiful stranger saves her. A stranger who was sent to hunt those like her. For Jacinda is a draki, a descendant of dragons whose greatest defense is her secret ability to shift into human form.
Forced to flee into the mortal world with her family, Jacinda struggles to adapt to her new surroundings. The only bright light is Will. Gorgeous, elusive Will who stirs her inner draki to life. Although she is irresistibly drawn to him, Jacinda knows Will's dark secret: He and his family are hunters. She should avoid him at all costs. But her inner draki is slowly slipping away;if it dies she will be left as a human forever. She'll do anything to prevent that. Even if it means getting closer to her most dangerous enemy.
Mythical powers and breathtaking romance ignite in this story of a girl who defies all expectations and whose love crosses an ancient divide.
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April 9, 2014

Childrens Book Review: Caminar by Skila Brown

Set in 1981 Guatemala, a lyrical debut novel tells the powerful tale of a boy who must decide what it means to be a man during a time of war.
Carlos knows that when the soldiers arrive with warnings about the Communist rebels, it is time to be a man and defend the village, keep everyone safe. But Mama tells him not yet — he’s still her quiet moonfaced boy. The soldiers laugh at the villagers, and before they move on, a neighbor is found dangling from a tree, a sign on his neck: Communist. Mama tells Carlos to run and hide, then try to find her. . . . Numb and alone, he must join a band of guerillas as they trek to the top of the mountain where Carlos’s abuela lives. Will he be in time, and brave enough, to warn them about the soldiers? What will he do then? A novel in verse inspired by actual events during Guatemala’s civil war, Caminar is the moving story of a boy who loses nearly everything before discovering who he really is.
This book written entirely verse form tells the story of Carlos caught in the midst of the Guatemala’s brutal 36-year civil war. The story is told from Carlos  and is the story of him growing up in Guatemala in the war torn times. This book is easy to follow. The verses are easy to read. The story is well told. The story is told with a lot of emotion. This book is aimed at 10-14 year olds and easily they will be able to associate with the characters. Highly recommend anyone wanting a verse story that flows nicely. I really enjoyed this book.
Reviewers Rating: 5 STARS!!!
Reviewed by~Lora
Thank you to Rachel Johnstone of Candlewick Press for the donation of this book to the Read for your Future book program in exchange for a honest review!

Childrens Book Review: Miss Emily by Burleigh Mutén, illustrated by Matt Phelan

Discover the mischievous and affectionate side of a revered poet in this adventure about Emily Dickinson, four young friends, and a traveling circus.
When an invitation to join Miss Emily in the garden appears, Mattie, Ned, Sally, and Mac know they’re in for some fun because Miss Emily — Emily Dickinson to the rest of us — always has a surprise in store for her young friends. And today’s may be the biggest adventure yet. In Burleigh Mutén’s suspenseful story, beautifully illustrated by celebrated artist Matt Phelan, Mac, the youngest member of the group, tells what happens when a reclusive poet and her band of pretend Gypsies wait for the midnight circus train to arrive.
This book gives insight to the character Emily dickenson. Its based on a real adventure. It is the story of Emily and her friends going on a night time adventure to the circus train. The story is told in a verse format but is easy to understand. The book is aimed at children aged 7-10 but can be easily read by anyone. This would be a great book for beginners readers. The pencil drawings are quit cute and very destinguishable. They are well drawn. I would highly recommend this book to any child. This would make a great easter book adventure.
reviewer Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by~Lora
Thank you to Rachel Johnstone at Candlewick Press for the donation of this book to the Read for your future book program in exchange for a honest review!

Childrens Book Review: Firefly July by Paul B. Janeczko, illustrated by Melissa Sweet

Celebrated poet and anthologist Paul B. Janeczko pairs with Caldecott Honoree Melissa Sweet for a collection of short poems to sample and savor.  It only takes a few words, if they’re the right words, to create a strong image. Whether listened to in the comfort of a cozy lap or read independently, the thirty-six very short poems in this collection remind readers young and old that a few perfect words and pictures can make the world glow. Selected by acclaimed poet Paul B. Janeczko and gorgeously illustrated by Melissa Sweet, Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems invites children to sample poems throughout the four seasons.
This book is designed for children 6-9 years old. but it can be read at any age. The cover is bright and colorful.  The illustrations are bright and busy and very beautiful. Definitly eye appealing. The poems dont rymn but they are cute and catchy. And capture the authors thoughts easily. They are perfect for a beginner reader. I would highly recommend this book for any new reader or even an Easter gift. Its for all seasons.
Publisher- Candlewick
Reviewer Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by~Lora
Thank you to Rachel Johnstone of Candlewick press for the donation of this book to the Read for your future book program in exchange for a honest review!

Childrens book Review: A is for Awesome by Dallas Clayton

Inspirational artist Dallas Clayton infuses his trademark whimsical art and positive message into an absolutely awesome alphabet book.
Alliterative and rhyming words of wisdom surrounded by all new art fill this energetic alphabet book by Dallas Clayton. Bursting with color and life, each spread offers a rhythmic phrase and an abundance of artwork illustrating the featured letter. The message of dreaming big and living life to its fullest permeates every page, inviting readers to "learn some new letters that you can use to make magical words and share big ideas."
This book is a cute book. It has the alphabet and with each letter it has a sentance to help with the meaning of the letter. The drawings are ALL done by the author. They are very detailed drawing with bright vivid colors. They story flows well and it rymns really well. Highly recommend for any children learning the alphabet. This book is a great place to start.
Reviewer Rating: 5 STARS
Reviewed by~Lora
Thank you to Rachel Johnstone at  Candlewick press for the donation of this book to the Read for your future book program in exchange for a honest review!