Thank You – 200 Followers

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Hi Everyone!

Just wanted to say THANKS to all of you who have followed, commented, and liked my posts. Today, I reached 200 followers and I’m incredibly excited and so grateful! You are all so amazing and wonderful. I’m glad to have met and communicated with all of you! So thank you from the bottom of heart!!!!!

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sincerelykarenjo2

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Review – Pumpkin Spice Secrets

Pumpkin Spice Secrets

(Swirl #1)

Hillary Homzie

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3.75 round to 4 ★ – LIGHTHEARTED, CHARMING AND DELICIOUSLY FUN
PUBLISHED BY SKY PONY PRESS SEPT. 12, 2017
GENRE(S): MIDDLE GRADE, FICTION, ROMANCE

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Just as Maddie picks up her favorite pumpkin spice drink from the coffee shop counter, she spills it all over the cute guy standing behind her! Luckily, her embarrassment evaporates into a crush when she starts chatting with him — his name is Jacob, and he’s just starting in her grade at her middle school.

But before Maddie can tell her best friend Jana about him at lunch the next day, Jana announces her huge new crush — on the same guy! Maddie doesn’t want to cause trouble, so she keeps her feelings hidden. Jana will get over her crush soon, right?

Add major school stress to Maddie’s secret, and it’s a recipe for disaster. Can she keep her cool and work things out with both Jacob and Jana before it all turns into a total mess?

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Pumpkin Spice Secrets by Hillary Homzie is a deliciously fun middle grade story about first crushes, friendship and self-discovery.

At first, I had a difficult time getting into this book. I would read a few chapters and take days/weeks of break before I pick it up again. (I started reading October of last year and finished Jan 9) It wasn’t terrible or anything. Actually, the story was paced well, easy to read and charming in its own way. Maybe I just wasn’t in the mood for a middle grade book or something. But when I finished this a few days ago… I surprisingly had a change of heart and ended up really liking it. It’s light, fun, and incredibly cute. If I had been a tween reading this book, there’s no doubt in my mind that I would fall head over heels in love.

The characters were great and delightful. I really liked Maddie and thought she was just the kindest and sweetest girl. Tween me definitely could relate to her public speaking anxiety and boy dilemma. The friendships between the girls and the boys too were absolutely heartwarming. Maddie and Jana’s bond was amazing and that scene between them in the end just made my heart melt. The characters were just all so adorable and fun. And Maddie and Jacob – definitely shippable! I can just picture them together in their late teens being all lovey dovey and that would certainly make me swoon!

While I initially had a difficult time getting into this book, I definitely think it’s an amazing and cheerful read with many sweet moments that will make you smile and your heart happy. Pumpkin Spice Secrets is a fun, lighthearted, and lovely story with a sprinkle of tween drama – a sure hit for middle grade readers (and even adults) looking for something adorable and entertaining.

I received an advanced reader copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


abouttheauthor

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Hillary is the author of the tween novels, The Hot List (Simon & Schuster/M!X)
and Things Are Gonna Get Ugly (Simon & Schuster/M!X), as well as the
humorous chapter book series, Alien Clones From Outer Space (Simon &
Schuster/Aladdin), a Children’s Book-of-the-Month selection and listed as one of
the 30 recommended funny books for kids in The Children’s Literature Lover’s
Book of Lists by Joanna Sullivan Ed.D. Suppertime Entertainment (the creators
of the twice Emmy-nominated Todd World) and Telescreen (Lizzie McGuire)
developed the books to become an animated television series. Hillary created the
bible for the show, and helped develop the pilot with a creative team including
animation veteran Chris Henderson (Disney’s Return to Neverland, Clifford’s
Really Big Movie) and director Terry Lennon (Lion King 11/2) and art director
Alan Bodner (The Iron Giant, Kim Possible). She is a creative consultant for
clones, which has been purchased by several networks, including ABC Australia.
Hillary’s young adult fiction has been published in Teen Magazine and
anthologized (Muddville Diaries, Avon Books), and she has sold non-fiction and
fiction projects to Klutz Press/Scholastic Books, The Learning Company and
John Muir Books.
Hillary found her start in comedy performing sketch Off-Broadway (Playwrights
Horizons, Synchronicity Space, 55 Grove Street, Manhattan Punchline, The
Boston Comedy Club and Schecky’s Big Fat Cantina with Sarah Silverman) with
HA! Comedy Duo and Rubber Feet, and was a Heideman Playwrighting Award
Finalist for play, The Juice of It. She has also written for many publications,
including Dance Magazine, New York Newsday and Parent’s Express, and has
reviewed books for the Philadelphia Inquirer and Children’s Literature.

Hillary holds a master’s degree in education from Temple University and a
master’s of arts degree from Hollins University in children’s literature and writing.
Currently, she’s an associate visiting professor of creative writing at Hollins
University Graduate Program in Children’s Literature, and has lectured on
comedy and children’s writing at conferences and schools across the United
States. She has also been privately coaching both published authors and
aspiring authors for nine years, several of whom have achieved publishing
success with major national accolades She loves to speak at schools and
literature festivals. Visit her on the web at http://www.hillaryhomzie.com and follow her
on twitter @HillaryHomzie.

(Photo Credit – Suzanne Bronk)

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Thanks for reading my review. Have you read this book or any others in the series? Let me know what you think in the comments. As always, have a lovely day!

sincerelykarenjo2

TBR Thursdays

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Hello lovely readers and Happy Friday Eve!! It’s been forever since I’ve done a TBR Thursday and I’ve really missed it. I have tons and tons of books on my TBR so I thought I’d keep showing you all them. Maybe you can give me some recommendations on which ones I should bump up the list and read ASAP.

TBR Thursdays is a weekly segment that highlights books, ebooks, and ARCs that I own and have been in my TBR forever. At the end of the year, I’ll do a recap to see how many of these books I actually read.

For my first TBR Thursday 2018, I’m choosing two books – Wintersong and Shadowsong by S. Jae-Jones


Wintersong

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PUBLISHED BY THOMAS DUNNE BOOKS FEBRUARY 7, 2017
GENRE(S): YOUNG ADULT, FANTASY,  ROMANCE, RETELLINGS
PAGES: HARDCOVER 436
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Synopsis 

Beware the goblin men and the wares they sell.

All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.

But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.

Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.

Shadowsong

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EXPECTED PUBLICATION: WEDNESDAY BOOKS FEBRUARY 6, 2018
GENRE(S): YOUNG ADULT, FANTASY,  ROMANCE, RETELLINGS
PAGES: HARDCOVER 384
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Synopsis 

Six months after the end of Wintersong, Liesl is working toward furthering both her brother’s and her own musical careers. Although she is determined to look forward and not behind, life in the world above is not as easy as Liesl had hoped. Her younger brother Josef is cold, distant, and withdrawn, while Liesl can’t forget the austere young man she left beneath the earth, and the music he inspired in her.

When troubling signs arise that the barrier between worlds is crumbling, Liesl must return to the Underground to unravel the mystery of life, death, and the Goblin King—who he was, who he is, and who he will be. What will it take to break the old laws once and for all? What is the true meaning of sacrifice when the fate of the world—or the ones Liesl loves—is in her hands?


So I’ve had Wintersong since April 2017. I also met the lovely author during Yallwest and got my book signed. I planned on reading this, but never got to it because I was waiting to binge it when the sequel came out. Well, Shadowsong just happened to appear in my mail a few weeks ago. I think I won the ARC from a giveaway — most likely from Shelfawareness… I’m not really sure. Sometimes there’s a note in the package, so I’d know where the book was from, but most of the time there isn’t. And I’m really bad at keeping track of all the giveaways I join. Anyway, now that I have both books, I’m planning on reading them before the Shadowsong’s release date.

Have any of you read Wintersong? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below!

sincerelykarenjo2