3.14.2017

Review: Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls by Lynn Weingarten

Title: Suicide Noted from Beautiful Girls
Author: Lynn Weingarten
Publication Date: July 7th, 2015
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Genre: YA
Pages: 320
ISBN: 148141853X
Source: Library
Rating: 

Synopsis (from Publisher):
They say Delia burned herself to death in her stepfather’s shed. They say it was suicide.

But June doesn’t believe it.

June and Delia used to be closer than anything. Best friends in that way that comes before everyone else—before guys, before family. It was like being in love, but more. They had a billion secrets, tying them together like thin silk cords.

But one night a year ago, everything changed. June, Delia, and June’s boyfriend, Ryan, were just having a little fun. Their good time got out of hand. And in the cold blue light of morning, June knew only this—things would never be the same again.

Now Delia is dead. June is certain she was murdered. And she owes it to her to find out the truth…which is far more complicated than she ever could have imagined.


Sexy, dark, and atmospheric, Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls will keep you guessing until the very last page.


Lynn Weingarten is an editor and New York Times bestselling author living in Brooklyn. Her fourth young adult novel, Suicide From Beautiful Girls, was published by SimonPulse in the US and Egmont/Electric Monkey in the UK. It was on The New York Times bestseller list for five weeks, is a YALSA Teens’ Top Ten book for 2016, was on Vanity Fair’s list of Best Books for July, Paste Magazine’s list 10 of the Best New YA Books For July, The Guardian’s list of 5 of the Best in Young Adult Fiction, Amazon UK’s list Best Books of The Month: Young Adult. It has been/will be translated into Spanish German, Russian, Turkish and Portuguese.

Her previous books include Wherever Nina Lies (an ALA Top Ten Popular Paperback for Young Adults, a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age, a YALSA Teen’s Top Ten Nominee and a Sequoyah Book Award Nominee) and The Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers (One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Teen Books of 2011).


In the past, Lynn edited books and developed ideas for Alloy Entertainment. She is currently Creative Director of Dovetail Fiction, the YA arm of Working Partners.

So...what exactly just happened?

I'm still processing how I feel about this book. And it's difficult to write a review without giving any spoilers because so. many. things. happened.

June's (ex) best friend committed suicide by fire. Or was she murdered? June is determined to find out what really happened to Delia on New Year's Eve with a little help from Delia's boyfriend...until he proves to be a little cray cray. Delia had left June a voicemail just before the deed was done to tell her something important, but June didn't pick up and now she's living with the guilt. However, there's a voice yelling in the background who doesn't want June to know whatever it is Delia is trying to tell her, and the questions just keep snowballing. In a Young Adult version of "whodunnit," Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls will definitely keep you on your toes and spinning in a million circles a minute.

I loved the pace of this novel. Lynn Weingarten did a great job of keeping the pages turning. Once you felt like you finally had answers, you'd be thrown with a plot twist sandwiched between more plot twists. I had a difficult time knowing who exactly I could trust right along with June throughout the novel. It's another one told in two different timelines between the past and the present so we learn about June and Delia's relationship as we go along, and what ended their friendship to begin with.

There were some inconsistencies that made the storyline unbelievable, like the fact that June investigated Delia's death more than the police did, or that Delia some how magically knew she was pregnant by a guy she had met the week before. The character development was also sub-par. Delia was pretty messed up, and I wasn't a huge fan of how much of that was romanticized. I was waiting for a message somewhere offering some light at the end of the darkness, but instead it all just ended up being glorified. June didn't have a whole lot of depth to her, other than her aspirations to Nancy Drew her way into finding answers. And their relationship was extremely toxic.

The ending. I won't give it away, but what the what? I mean really. What?

Although this is a Young Adult novel, I will warn the reader if you're concerned about having clean language and themes in your books, this is definitely not for you. There are several mature elements from the language to drug use to (light) sexual content.

Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls was a light, breezy read that can be finished within a day. If you're looking for an easy book to fly through, this could be a good choice if you can overlook the toxicity of the content and language. I would say, go ahead and give it a chance. It wasn't horrible, but it definitely wasn't my favorite. 


3.11.2017

Review: The Bone Witch (The Bone Witch #1) by Rin Chupeco

Title: The Bone Witch
Series: The Bone Witch #1
Author: Rin Chupeco
Publication Date: March 7th, 2017
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Genre: YA
Pages: 400
ISBN: 1492635820
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating: 

Synopsis (from Publisher):
The beast raged; it punctured the air with its spite. But the girl was fiercer.

Tea is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy makes her a bone witch, who are feared and ostracized in the kingdom. For theirs is a powerful, elemental magic that can reach beyond the boundaries of the living—and of the human.

Great power comes at a price, forcing Tea to leave her homeland to train under the guidance of an older, wiser bone witch. There, Tea puts all of her energy into becoming an asha, learning to control her elemental magic and those beasts who will submit by no other force. And Tea must be strong—stronger than she even believes possible. Because war is brewing in the eight kingdoms, war that will threaten the sovereignty of her homeland…and threaten the very survival of those she loves.






Despite uncanny resemblances to Japanese revenants, Rin Chupeco has always maintained her sense of humor. Raised in Manila, Philippines, she keeps four pets: a dog, two birds, and a husband. She's been a technical writer and travel blogger, but now makes things up for a living.





What you need to know (from the author's website):


Asha
Powerful spellbinders capable of using runic magic, most of whom can be found in the kingdom of Kion. While known for their skills in the arts and as entertainers, many are also some of the best fighters in the land.

Daeva
Deadly creatures that roam the land, formed by the False Prince. To defeat these beasts, one must find and rip their bezoar from their bodies – although such an action is only a temporary respite, as they are capable of resurrection.

Bone Witches
A derogatory term for Dark asha, the most feared among the spellbinders. Like the False Prince and his Faceless followers, they wield Dark magic, and are the only spellbinders able to control daeva.

***
It's finally here! I have been hearing about this book for months from the publisher, webinars, the library network, etc. I'm happy to [finally] announce the arrival of Rin Chupeco's enchanting new novel, The Bone Witch.

Not everyone is blessed with the gift of magic, and even fewer are born with the ability to raise the dead. But for our protagonist, Tea, she is one of the lucky few whose heartsglass (a necklace that portrays, in essence, one's heart) shines different than any other. Witches of the elements, such as her sisters, are considered to have respectable types of magic that offer special healing to those they encounter. However, Tea is a Bone Witch, a different kind of asha, that is often feared and seen as nothing but a user of dark magic who curses the innocent. With dark magic comes great power. With great power, under the right training, a witch can achieve depths of magic that can change the course of destiny itself. The reader discovers all this when Tea "accidentally" brings her brother back from the dead.

There were many aspects of this book I loved. The overall premise and tone of the book (and of course the gorgeous cover) are what initially drew me in. The levels of eloquence and embellishment used to worldbuild kept me intrigued. Chupeco uses several layers of mythology and folklore from many different cultures to weave her magical world, and you will find subtle politics within the plot that enrich the overall story.

The story is narrated in an alternative time, past and present. The first perspective features a mysterious asha in the future, about seventeen, exiled to the Sea of Skulls and full of secrets. The second is the story of how Tea discovered she was a Bone Witch, how she developed her powers, and fighting the frightening Daeva to return them to their graves. At first I found this a little confusing, but once I caught on, I enjoyed being let into the future every now and then as the premise was unfolding. This means a lot of the book was backstory, which I assume was laying down the foundation for future novels.

So why did I give it four stars? Partially because the book was a lot of just that, backstory. Although the style of writing was enjoyable, it moved slow at times. But the creation itself made up for a lot of it. I also thought that so much detail was put into the worldbuilding that the characters ended up lacking in development. There is so much potential here, and I hope we see these elements perfected in the books to come. Overall, I enjoyed The Bone Witch, and I look forward to checking out other works by Chupeco.

3.07.2017

Review: Secrets of Successful Book Tours by Roxanne Rhoads



Secrets of Successful Virtual Book Tours
Quick Tips for Authors Guide
Roxanne Rhoads

Rating: 

Book Description:
Are you considering a virtual book tour?

Not sure where to start or exactly what an online tour will entail?

Roxanne Rhoads, book publicist and owner of Bewitching Book Tours, shares her virtual tour expertise in this Quick Tips for Authors Guide.

Secrets of Successful Virtual Book Tours will guide you in utilizing the best marketing tool available- a virtual book tour, which can create online exposure for your book, jumpstart your book sales, help build your author brand, and expand your network.

In this guide you’ll learn:
·       what you should do before a tour
·       the components of  a great author website
·       the best social media outlets for authors to utilize
·       tips for building your author brand
·       how to write great guest blogs
·       what to expect from an online book tour
·       the secrets of successful book tours
·       how to schedule your own virtual book tour

And you’ll receive in-depth details about what to do during a virtual book tour to guarantee success.

Amazon    BN    Kobo    Scribd    iBooks
Smashwords    Inktera     Createspace

The world of publishing is continuously evolving thanks to technology and the Internet. It is now easier than ever to publish a book. But with the growing number of new books being released every day it is also harder than ever to get your book noticed in the crowd.

If your line of thinking includes- “If I publish it, people will buy it,” think again.

Indie publishing requires a dedication to self-promotion. Gone are the days an author hermits them self away to write, then hands the book to the publisher who does all the leg work for promotion. Even NYT Bestselling authors and those with contracts through the big publishers still have to do a certain amount of self-promotion.

There are many ways to promote:  social media, advertising on popular websites and blogs, print advertising in trade magazines, attending reader oriented conventions and events...but one of the best ways to get your book out there and build name recognition as an author is through a virtual book tour.

In this Quick Tips for Authors Guide, you will learn why a virtual book tour can be an author’s most effective marketing tool.

Roxanne Rhoads has been working in the world of online book promotion since 2005. She has worked as a freelance writer, author, book reviewer, book blogger, editor, self-publisher and book publicist. She has a unique advantage of knowing how multiple sides of book publishing and promotion operate.

Roxanne understands how book bloggers work and what they want to make their jobs easier while also understanding that authors need promotion to be streamlined, easy, and less time consuming.

Roxanne shares some of her knowledge in Secrets of Successful Virtual Book Tours.
What Readers Are Saying About Secrets of Successful Book Tours

As a book blogger, I am often surprised by the number of new authors I meet that do not really promote their books. There are a lot of inexpensive and free ways for them to do so. Roxanne Rhoads does an excellent job of laying these ideas out. The book is well-organized and easy to follow. She points out author mistakes and faux pas. She speaks from her past experiences. I have a background in marketing. Roxanne Rhoads has a strong understanding of marketing and does a great job of explaining her suggestions and ideas. I highly suggest this book to all authors. There are many great ideas in this book that can help brand you as an author as well as get your books noticed. There are so many books out there. It is absolutely necessary for an author to promote themselves.” Diane Lynch, Book Blogger

“Jam-packed with useful tips that had be scrambling for my calendar. And the conciseness is frankly another selling point for a busy authorpreneur. Who has time to wade through a bunch of fluff? Not me. And Roxanne doesn't waste our time with that -- she gets straight to the business of book tours. Want to run your own tour? No problem. The book provides advice on DIY'ers as well. From lists of blog ideas to the legal in's and out's of using images, Secrets of Successful Virtual Book Tours has something for novices and old hands like myself. And I believe her branding advice was spot on.” ~ Kirsten Weiss, Author

“This is a must have for any author planning to do a virtual book tour. Most of us wouldn't even think of half this stuff. Roxanne's advice is golden.” ~ Serena Synn, Author

“This book is packed with information on how to not only promote your book but also promote yourself as an author.” ~ Bonnie Amazon Review


I have been doing blog tours with Roxanne for quite some time now and I can say her organization and skills are without a doubt top notch.  If I ever actually get around to writing my novel I can assure you that I will use this as a guide.   She covers everything from building your brand to what to expect on a blog tour.

Her knowledge is well shared and I think every author that wants to build their brand should read this guy.  Simply put this is a must read for any author that wants to exposure that can come with a blog tour. ~Jen Brooks The Cubicle Escapee


In this era of self-publishing, an author needs to do as much as they can to get themselves noticed. Enter the virtual book tour, a tour of blogs on the Internet - as opposed to visiting book stores - with the aim of increasing an author's online presence and ultimately increasing book sales. Roxanne Rhoads guides you through the dos and don'ts of virtual book tours, with great advice on providing fresh material for each tour stop. She covers both tours run by established tour companies and tours you plan yourself, and she includes a list of sites where you can find book bloggers to contact. She also gives you some great advice about setting up your online and social media presence, as well as social media mistakes to avoid.

Roxanne Rhoads is the guru behind Bewitching Book Tours, the first book tour company I ever signed up with. If you're interested in a well-organized blog tour, be sure to check out Bewitching Book Tours. As Roxanne states, "Publication is only the beginning of the process ... promotion is the road to success."

An excellent quick guide for all authors. ~ Lynda Dickson - Books Direct

Recommended reading for anyone considering a blog tour. There is information here that I didn't know and have never come across before. If you want to do-it-yourself, there is a section to help with that as well. How to write a good guest blog, do's and don'ts, even copyright information. It changed the way I think about blog tours and I will be doing things differently the next time around. ~ kmontemayor Amazon Review


This little gem was borne out of Ms. Rhoads' experiences and speaks for itself. It is a must-have reference for authors old and new. ~ AoBibliophile



Secrets of Successful Virtual Book Tours is fantastic compilation of tips, tricks, and learning tools for ensuring your book tour is to your liking.  The guide is filled with do's and don'ts as you navigate your tour whether it's your first or your 10th.  Learn what a book tour is all about, how to market your author brand, write guest posts, and much, much more. Highly recommended for authors and bloggers, alike. ~Amber Marr Saph’s Book Blog

I have been a virtual book tour host for 4 years now, and I have seen many benefits from promoting a book this way. I have also seen authors simply try to promote by word of mouth, booths, visits to businesses, etc. Although this is also effective, it tends to keep an author within the area they are currently in. With a virtual book tour, your outreach is global.

Roxanne Rhoads owns a virtual book touring company called Bewitching Book Tours. I have been one of her hosts since the beginning of The Indigo Quill, and I can say in full honesty that it's one of my favorite tours to be a part of. I have seen both effective and ineffective companies, and BBT has proven to be one of the more successful. I am excited to introduce a title from Rhoads herself that will guide authors to meeting faithful followers and potentially aid book sales.

In this quick and comprehensive collection of tips, Rhoads lays down the foundation to boost your publicity actively and passively. In this treasure trove of information, you will find advice on getting a website going, utilizing social media, and creating a professional presence to help your advances. She also covers what kind of expectations you should and shouldn't have (be sure to read the fine print of your touring company) and how to create content that you can re-use in the future such as guest blogs and character profiles. 

It is so important in this progressive age for authors to actively get their work noticed. Even though I've been a host for years, there was information in this guide that I hadn't even thought of. Rhoads does a fabulous job of using her own experience paired with observation to create the perfect compilation for aspiring authors everywhere.

I don't want to give away all the gems you will find in this book, but as a librarian, tour host, and reviewer, I can tell you with confidence that this is a good resource to have at your fingertips if you are self-promoting. Secrets of Successful Book Tours is well organized and a quick and easy read. It makes the perfect reference guide for both new and seasoned authors alike. I would highly recommend it!

3.06.2017

Guest Blog: Secrets of Successful Virtual Book Tours by Roxanne Rhoads



Secrets of Successful Virtual Book Tours
Quick Tips for Authors Guide
Roxanne Rhoads

Book Description:
Are you considering a virtual book tour?

Not sure where to start or exactly what an online tour will entail?

Roxanne Rhoads, book publicist and owner of Bewitching Book Tours, shares her virtual tour expertise in this Quick Tips for Authors Guide.

Secrets of Successful Virtual Book Tours will guide you in utilizing the best marketing tool available- a virtual book tour, which can create online exposure for your book, jumpstart your book sales, help build your author brand, and expand your network.

In this guide you’ll learn:
·       what you should do before a tour
·       the components of  a great author website
·       the best social media outlets for authors to utilize
·       tips for building your author brand
·       how to write great guest blogs
·       what to expect from an online book tour
·       the secrets of successful book tours
·       how to schedule your own virtual book tour

And you’ll receive in-depth details about what to do during a virtual book tour to guarantee success.

Amazon    BN    Kobo    Scribd    iBooks
Smashwords    Inktera     Createspace

The world of publishing is continuously evolving thanks to technology and the Internet. It is now easier than ever to publish a book. But with the growing number of new books being released every day it is also harder than ever to get your book noticed in the crowd.

If your line of thinking includes- “If I publish it, people will buy it,” think again.

Indie publishing requires a dedication to self-promotion. Gone are the days an author hermits them self away to write, then hands the book to the publisher who does all the leg work for promotion. Even NYT Bestselling authors and those with contracts through the big publishers still have to do a certain amount of self-promotion.

There are many ways to promote:  social media, advertising on popular websites and blogs, print advertising in trade magazines, attending reader oriented conventions and events...but one of the best ways to get your book out there and build name recognition as an author is through a virtual book tour.

In this Quick Tips for Authors Guide, you will learn why a virtual book tour can be an author’s most effective marketing tool.

Roxanne Rhoads has been working in the world of online book promotion since 2005. She has worked as a freelance writer, author, book reviewer, book blogger, editor, self-publisher and book publicist. She has a unique advantage of knowing how multiple sides of book publishing and promotion operate.

Roxanne understands how book bloggers work and what they want to make their jobs easier while also understanding that authors need promotion to be streamlined, easy, and less time consuming.

Roxanne shares some of her knowledge in Secrets of Successful Virtual Book Tours.
What Readers Are Saying About Secrets of Successful Book Tours

As a book blogger, I am often surprised by the number of new authors I meet that do not really promote their books. There are a lot of inexpensive and free ways for them to do so. Roxanne Rhoads does an excellent job of laying these ideas out. The book is well-organized and easy to follow. She points out author mistakes and faux pas. She speaks from her past experiences. I have a background in marketing. Roxanne Rhoads has a strong understanding of marketing and does a great job of explaining her suggestions and ideas. I highly suggest this book to all authors. There are many great ideas in this book that can help brand you as an author as well as get your books noticed. There are so many books out there. It is absolutely necessary for an author to promote themselves.” ~ Diane Lynch, Book Blogger

“Jam-packed with useful tips that had be scrambling for my calendar. And the conciseness is frankly another selling point for a busy authorpreneur. Who has time to wade through a bunch of fluff? Not me. And Roxanne doesn't waste our time with that -- she gets straight to the business of book tours. Want to run your own tour? No problem. The book provides advice on DIY'ers as well. From lists of blog ideas to the legal in's and out's of using images, Secrets of Successful Virtual Book Tours has something for novices and old hands like myself. And I believe her branding advice was spot on.” ~ Kirsten Weiss, Author

“This is a must have for any author planning to do a virtual book tour. Most of us wouldn't even think of half this stuff. Roxanne's advice is golden.” ~ Serena Synn, Author

“This book is packed with information on how to not only promote your book but also promote yourself as an author.” ~ Bonnie Amazon Review


I have been doing blog tours with Roxanne for quite some time now and I can say her organization and skills are without a doubt top notch.  If I ever actually get around to writing my novel I can assure you that I will use this as a guide.   She covers everything from building your brand to what to expect on a blog tour.

Her knowledge is well shared and I think every author that wants to build their brand should read this guy.  Simply put this is a must read for any author that wants to exposure that can come with a blog tour. ~Jen Brooks The Cubicle Escapee


In this era of self-publishing, an author needs to do as much as they can to get themselves noticed. Enter the virtual book tour, a tour of blogs on the Internet - as opposed to visiting book stores - with the aim of increasing an author's online presence and ultimately increasing book sales. Roxanne Rhoads guides you through the dos and don'ts of virtual book tours, with great advice on providing fresh material for each tour stop. She covers both tours run by established tour companies and tours you plan yourself, and she includes a list of sites where you can find book bloggers to contact. She also gives you some great advice about setting up your online and social media presence, as well as social media mistakes to avoid.

Roxanne Rhoads is the guru behind Bewitching Book Tours, the first book tour company I ever signed up with. If you're interested in a well-organized blog tour, be sure to check out Bewitching Book Tours. As Roxanne states, "Publication is only the beginning of the process ... promotion is the road to success."

An excellent quick guide for all authors. ~ Lynda Dickson - Books Direct

Recommended reading for anyone considering a blog tour. There is information here that I didn't know and have never come across before. If you want to do-it-yourself, there is a section to help with that as well. How to write a good guest blog, do's and don'ts, even copyright information. It changed the way I think about blog tours and I will be doing things differently the next time around. ~ kmontemayor Amazon Review


This little gem was borne out of Ms. Rhoads' experiences and speaks for itself. It is a must-have reference for authors old and new. ~ AoBibliophile



Secrets of Successful Virtual Book Tours is fantastic compilation of tips, tricks, and learning tools for ensuring your book tour is to your liking.  The guide is filled with do's and don'ts as you navigate your tour whether it's your first or your 10th.  Learn what a book tour is all about, how to market your author brand, write guest posts, and much, much more. Highly recommended for authors and bloggers, alike. ~Amber Marr Saph’s Book Blog


Quick Tips for Authors- Online Presence

I work with authors everyday- many first time and indie authors.

So I see a lot of mistakes, faux paus, and things that flat out make me cringe.

And no I’m not pointing fingers or trying to shame anyone because I’ve been there. I’ve made many of the mistakes, learned from them and moved on. Now I am sharing my wisdom with others.

Social Media Profiles

Do not make your Twitter name, Facebook profile or any other social media profile name the title of your book or series. Unless it is the only book you ever plan to write.

You should work on branding yourself as an author- all your social media accounts should be your name.

In fact everything should be your author name: your website URL, your professional author email, your blog, everything.

Example: I am Roxanne Rhoads across the board- all my social media accounts, my website, my email- it is all Roxanne Rhoads.  I can easily be found as Roxanne Rhoads when someone googles me or searches on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, etc.

Once you have started building your brand you can create pages, groups, etc. to promote a book or series. When promoting your book you can also hashtag the title.

Twitter Example: “New release: Hex and the City by @RoxanneRhoads Vehicle City Vampires Book 2 #hexandthecity #vehiclecityvampires”

Notice that I linked to my twitter profile and hash tagged both my book title and series name.

Author Email

A big pet peeve of mine is author emails- I understand you work with pen names or perhaps you’ve had a certain email address forever…but you really need something professional and something easy to remember when someone in the professional needs to email you.

Example if someone were to email me, they could easily remember that I’m roxannerhoads@bewitchingbooktours.com. It would be harder to find me if I was cutebunny67@yahoo.com.

Sure that email address might have been cute when you were 18 but now you’re trying to be a professional.

When I am emailing an author I work with I type in their name and hope autofill or my contact list pulls it up. If they have some weird, out there address it won’t show up. If they use their name, bingo it pops up, easy peasy -saves me having to search for it, professionals love things that are streamlined and make their jobs easier.

Please grab a professional email address. You can get them free through numerous sources. And don’t use your real name address if you are working under your pen name. That is confusing, too. Create an email specifically for your author name.

If you buy a domain name you can even point it to that. I have a domain name and pay Gmail for their email service to point to my domain- roxannerhoads@bewitchingbooktours.com

It streamlines everything.

3.01.2017

Review & Giveaway: June Bug & Kat: The Lost Shoe by Sheila Robertson

Title: The Lost Shoe
Series: June Bug & Kat
Author: Sheila Robertson
Illustrator: Marivir Lynn Lomocso
Publication Date: January 26, 2016
Publisher: Tate Publishing
Genre: Children's
Pages: 60
ISBN: 1683011082
Source: Purchased from Author
Rating: 

Synopsis:
The wood pile rolled out from under a terrified Kat as she desperately tried to maintain her balance. Bug saw what was happening and knew that she was going to get caught. He couldn't let them catch him or they were all doomed. Best friends June Bug and Kat find themselves deep in a country mystery after discovering a lost shoe at the creek. Follow these young detectives as they enjoy their first adventure in June Bug and Kat the Lost Shoe.



Sheila Robertson first started writing stories to entertain her younger cousins while spending time at their grandparents in the country. Her child-like imagination and love of writing has produced the new juvenile chapter book series June Bug & Kat.
Her first series, Fairhaven Forest, is for younger audiences with 3 books released with the 4th one in production right now.
Sheila lives in Fairhaven Forest in rural southern middle Tennessee and daily enjoys all her woodland friends. She has written many children’s stories, skits, plays, and Vacation Bible School Programs.
Sheila also has a book entitled Alzheimer’s…There Is Hope available online.


Her favorite past times include: reading Christian Fiction, developing new products to accompany her books, and sitting on the front porch watching the squirrels play.

Holy moly did this book keep me on the edge of my seat! For a short, easy chapter book for early readers, I'm surprised at how into it I was!

This is a sweet and simplistic tale of two friends who love the outdoors and find a mystery while fishing together one day. If you've ever spent a day on the water, you've likely noticed a missing shoe, a shirt, or other items that must have a story behind them (a tire, perhaps?). Generally this kind of discovery is ignored, because it's totally natural to lose accessories when you're outdoors, right? June Bug & Kat didn't think so when they stumbled upon a very nice boot and some curious tracks in the mud. During the depression, not many people owned such nice clothing. And they most definitely would not leave it behind if it was lost.

This is a perfect story for children who are trying to get into chapter books and need a little encouragement. It is complete with illustrations throughout the book that still give it an "early reader" feel, but the storyline itself will engage readers enough to keep turning pages. Robertson did a wonderful job of leaving cliffhangers at the end of each chapter, encouraging the reader to continue.  If your child enjoys Scooby-Doo! then they will definitely enjoy June Bug & Kat.

The portrayal of country life for children in the great depression was another embellishing element to the storyline. With seamless transitions and compliment to characters, it added depth that made me feel more emotionally engaged and intrigued. I really enjoyed these parts of the story, including the "every day" events like the church picnic. It helped me to visualize and become part of the scenery.

June Bug & Kat was a pleasant read, and I'm hoping the added title means we will be seeing more of these two. If you're local, we have this title available in the library along with Sheila Robertson's Fairhaven Forest series. You may also purchase her books directly from the publisher, Tate Publishing.
About the Prizes
     
GRAND PRIZE: Signed copy of June Bug & Kat + Study Guide + Recorder
Second Prize: A June Bug & Kat T-Shirt
Third Prize: A June Bug & Kat Crazy Scramble Puzzle