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Tenderfoot: A Review, Blog Tour, & Giveaway!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Tenderfoot

Abby Drinen

There is something about stories where regular people, living fairly regular lives, end up in some unknown world facing an adventure of a lifetime that calls to me.  Maybe it's because life can be so daily?  Or the routine that keeps sanity in my house can leave my mind screaming for some kind of shake up?  Do you know what I'm saying?

Either way, I was pretty excited to get a chance to check out Abby Drinen's premier book that promised to take the reader away to a new land and on a serious adventure.




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Story Overview - from Goodreads


Tenderfoot (Enova #1)
by 
Abby Drinen
Genre: YA Sci-fi
Release Date: June 25th 2016


“No lights, no sound. But my skin knows this isn’t home. Why aren’t I afraid?”

Orphaned teenagers, Linnea, Sammy, Logan, and Daisy, have never met until they’re drawn into the fabric between worlds, crossing over from Earth to a place called Enova. Leaving behind lives filled with pain and loss they find hope in this new place. Adopted by caring, Enovan families they begin to settle in, but an assassination attempt on their lives changes everything. These four strangers must now band together and unravel the mysteries behind their purpose in Enova if they want to survive.




About the Author





I call Northern California home and share my hearth with my husband, three kids, and a red Rottweiler named Paco. I like to write about real characters in unreal worlds. The question I ask myself when I sit down at the keyboard is: how can I make this next scene a whole lot of fun to read?

Email: abbydrinenwrites@gmail.com (I LOVE to hear from readers!)

Pinterest: pinterest.com/abbydrinen (lots of pictures of Enova, plus characters, and other extras!)

Wattpad: wattpad.com/user/enovalady (rough drafts of my novellas)
Movellas: movellas.com/user/enova/movellas (rough drafts of my other stories & novellas)

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Personal Likes

The diversity of the four Earthers was wonderful. Linnea, Sammy, Logan, and Daisy are completely different, from different parts of the world, and yet when they end up in a new world, they soon realize working together is the key to their survival, and the unity between them was refreshing, even though it had a rocky start.

I also enjoyed the visuals Drinen gives of Enova (the new world).  The sana (sort of like water, but not) was interesting. The way she develops it throughout the story helps to keep the reader going, and makes it more real as the characters also learn slowly, through experience.


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Personal Dislikes


I wish I had connected with one of these characters.  There ended up being about 8 regular characters, and I never once felt a pull towards any of them.  Maybe it was the decision to give a different character's perspective for each chapter, or the fact that this is a setup book for a series, but I never once cared if a character really pulled through or not... which isn't good.

And, for regulars on Reading List this will sound like a broken record, I was greatly distracted by poor editing on the grammar and story structure.  There were many small grammatical issues that alone should be ignored, but when they added up to so many, and I wasn't distracted by a great pull to a character it was just too much.  Maybe the story structure issues spawned from an introductory book, but overall it was distracting for me.


Reading List Rating


I can only give this a three heart rating.  I read the entire book, and it was fun enough, but for me, that is enough.  All that being said, I know many fantasy/sci-fi fans will enjoy this, so do not be deterred by my noncommittal rating. 




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Tenderfoot (Enova Book 1)Tenderfoot by Abby Drinen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

~~I was given this to review ~~

I was interested in Enova and the new world but somehow I never connected with any of the main characters... Or their guardians for that matter. With the lack of connection issues with editing and grammar stood out like a sore thumb and I simply could not ignore it.

This is certainly a teen fantasy book as the world and special capabilities of these earthens go through a crazy adventure. While this book did not interest me greatly, I am sure young high fantasy fans would get into this story as it is full of spins and twists. Overall it is completely clean and acceptable for young teen readers.    

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My Suggested Audience

I would suggest this for teen readers who enjoy fantasy, sci-fi, new world series. While there are some flirtatious scenes, it is clean and harmless, only a few times alluding to previous decisions made on earth. And there is some violence that fits right into the sci-fi genre, but nothing unexpected or mature. As far as the adult sci-fi fans... this one might be a little young.  That might be why I personally did not connect... but then again, I am only one person. 






Giveaway


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"Arrogant people can't be trusted." #Tenderfoot @abby_drinen @Reading_List1


How often have you picked up a book that friend was not impressed with and then loved it? Do you allow others to completely influence your choices, or do you go with your gut when it comes to picking out books? 


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Storm Siren... A Sneak Peek

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Welcome to Sneak Peek Saturday on Reading List! 



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Current book:

Storm Siren 

Mary Weber



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Goodreads Summary:

In a world at war, a slave girl’s lethal curse could become one kingdom’s weapon of salvation. If the curse—and the girl—can be controlled.

As a slave in the war-weary kingdom of Faelen, seventeen-year-old Nym isn’t merely devoid of rights, her Elemental kind are only born male and always killed at birth — meaning, she shouldn’t even exist.

Standing on the auction block beneath smoke-drenched mountains, Nym faces her fifteenth sell. But when her hood is removed and her storm-summoning killing curse revealed, Nym is snatched up by a court advisor and given a choice: be trained as the weapon Faelen needs to win the war, or be killed.

Choosing the former, Nym is unleashed into a world of politics, bizarre parties, and rumors of an evil more sinister than she’s being prepared to fight . . . not to mention the handsome trainer whose dark secrets lie behind a mysterious ability to calm every lightning strike she summons.

But what if she doesn’t want to be the weapon they’ve all been waiting for?

Set in a beautifully eclectic world of suspicion, super abilities, and monsters, Storm Siren is a story of power. And whoever controls that power will win.



Sneak Peek:

"I think some have to fight harder to choose good over evil because the evil's got it out for them. And maybe its because those're the ones evil knows will become the strongest warriors, recognizing true wickedness when it rears its head." p 272







Initial Thoughts

I picked up this book strictly because a bunch of the book bloggers I follow were reading it... and most of them really enjoyed it.  And to be honest, for the first 150 pages, I wasn't feeling it.  Nym seemed like the typical conflicted almost-anti-hero of the genre, but then the action kicked in, and I got interested.  And of course that means I have to read the next book!




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Marissa, writes book reviews from a variety of genres and  shares thoughts on motherhood & life on Reading List. She loves to see what others are reading to grow her to-read list.  Marissa also enjoys photography and a new journal to fill. 

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Alyssa reads a variety of genres and writes about it at Sunrise Avenue. She is always looking for new bookish friends and recs'! Besides reading, Alyssa loves to bake and anything Doctor Who.


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Karen is a reading teacher who loves to listen to books as she commutes to and from work. She prefers crime thrillers and mysteries but enjoys a good book from any genre. She blogs about her life as a wife and mom at Dino Hero Mommy.






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• Pick up whatever book you are reading (non-fiction, fiction, children's... really the sky is the limit)
• Open to any page you have already read
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How to Create a Collaborative Partnership with Your Kids

Friday, August 26, 2016

Raising Human Beings

Ross W Greene

I won't lie, I stopped reading parenting books about half way through my third pregnancy.  I was tired of hearing "experts" share their sure-fire ways of raising perfect little angel kids.  It was slightly depressing when the encouragement you get somewhere in the middle of the book fades about two days after you finish the book.  There is never real applicable ideas that are translatable to unique families and children. Well, for the most part, that is.

But then I was presented with this book, and for some reason, I said yes. I am so glad I did. If you are only going to read one parenting book, no matter the age of your child, or how many kids you have, you seriously need to pick up this one... like yesterday... here's why...




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Book Overview 

This is a parenting book that allows parents to not just be the disciplinarians in their kids' lives, but the guides who can show these young people how to be respectful, decision-making adults one day. While Dr. Ross Greene has a long-standing reputation with families who have more difficult behavior problems to work through, this particular book is for families who just want more help in making daily life less chaotic through building relationships where each member of the family knows how to solve problems and work at overcoming their own personal hurdles.  

Greene walks you, the parent, through his three steps in such a wonderfully easy way that all parents will feel confident implementing this style of parenting into their homes, no matter their unique situations. As Green says, "Parents have so much guidance being thrown at them that it would be understandable if you decided to just turn on the autopilot and glide with your instincts." And since he realizes that only leads to unhappy homes or serious discipline issues, he made this how-to full of examples, and answers so you will be confident with this process months after you finish reading the book. 

Personal Likes

Greene's style in gaining my trust at the beginning was nice.  Because it is so true, every counselor any more has the perfect solution to whatever issue you might be facing in the moment - too much yelling, sullen kids who won't tell you what is wrong, kids who are not listening at school, and so on and so on... but those are just symptoms of the actual issues. Greene addresses that point exactly.

He also gives corny phrases to use for the first few times you try his three step process. And he admits it's cheesy.  But he swears it works. It seems to be helping me, and it has helped many many people according to his articles online.  There is something about having an actual script to follow at first, and permission to feel dorky while being a parent that makes it easier to do... or maybe that's just me...?

Also there are a half dozen or so real questions at the end of each chapter to help clarify each step and different scenarios. So if you were not clear on something in the chapter, no worries he will address it.


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Personal Dislikes


Well, it's a parenting book. And it is very technical. So that means dry. For me that means slow reading... and I do not like slow reading.  But I understand that is par for the course, so it's a minor hit.

Also, as another way of explaining each step and how it works for different families, Greene uses scenario stories throughout... for me, I could have done without them. But I am sure other people will benefit greatly from them. All preference here. 




Reading List Rating


I am going to give this four and half hearts... it's not quite five, simply because it's a parenting book, and I won't know how wonderful it really is until I've had months to implement it.  But I highlighted it like crazy, and already feel more confident about approaching the issues at hand in my house. 






My Suggested Audience

All parents should read this book. It doesn't matter your faith, or your moral standings. It doesn't matter how old your kids are, or what discipline issues you might have... this book will help you build the kind of relationship parents hope for while they are anxiously waiting for their new little one to arrive and begin the journey of parenthood. Also, this is an excellent book for teachers of all kinds - if you work with kids, you should consider this book.




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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There are a million parenting books out there... and I've only read a handful of them, to be honest. And most of the time they sound good while I'm reading them, but as soon as I put the book down it's out of my head. This one is not like that. Greene has put together a book that is so practical it sounds ludicrous, but I know that it will be a parenting technique I use for the rest of my life.

You see, Greene has put together a how-to for parents, knowing that so many parenting books promise to give a game plan, but never really give the nuts, and bolts of the plan - this time, Greene gives starter scripts. He gives word for word conversation starters to use with kids no matter their ages, and even goes so far as to guess what you will be thinking while you are using these starters.

Plus, at the end of each chapter he addresses tons of reader questions so that there are no questions by the time you reach the end of the book. The only question you will have is why didn't i read this book sooner!

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Amazing Quotes from Raising Human Beings:

  • "We've established that kids do well if they can, and that doing well is preferable, and that the key factor involved in doing well is skills, not motivation."  (location 3701 e-reader) This is the basis for much of Greene's process, and just internalizing these concepts helps with a parent's vantage in all situations. 
  • "Try not to worry about what other parents or the neighbors or your extended family is going to think. Try not to compare yourself to them or their children. Allowing yourself to be overcome with embarrassment or worry about what they think will only cloud your ability to see your kid for who he is."   (location 2369 e-reader)  Granted this kind of encouragement is typical in parenting books, but here, his tone throughout, helps to truly give you courage to try... and really trying is all he is asking... such an important point... try...




"force and power tend to bring out the worst in human beings, both younger and older..." #RaisingHumanBeings@Reading_List1




Do you feel overwhelmed with the challenges of parenthood? Would you like to have a script to try when you need to step in a really parent?  What if there was a way to work on the problems before they happen? Would you read a book if might help with those future hiccups?


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Under a Million Stars A Book Review

Monday, August 15, 2016

Under a Million Stars

Rita Branches



I remember reading The Notebook in high school before the movie came out. It was such a sweet story, so when the movie was released I was all about it.  I went with a bunch of my friends. I still love it. It still chokes me up, fills my heart, and reminds me that love stories are unique and can go through ups and downs.

Where you a fan?  Do you like similar love stories?

Well when a little birdie mentioned that this new book was the epic love saga similar to the Notebook without being the same story, I was all about it.

It did not disappoint.



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Story Overview 


Charlotte's life was zooming towards her dreams when her world came crashing down. Suddenly she was orphaned and could no longer even remember how to breathe. She could not even sit down to play the piano, the source of her future, at least so she thought. Without even the support of her best friend, Jacob, to help her through she collapsed in on herself.

Then when she had to move in with the Parker's, the family her parents named as her new guardians, life got more difficult. Jacob used to be her best friend, but something happened, and almost overnight he stopped speaking to her.  Of course, she had figured out how to handle that, Kylie was her new best friend, and the two of them could make it through anything... well before. 

Jacob had discovered a family secret that was tearing him apart. He wanted to tell Charlie but knew it would hurt her. Now, after a couple of years of playing it cool, dying a little inside each day, having her move into his home was going to be the end. He had to find a way out. 

Watching these two ex-best friends struggle to find the best path for them makes this a story that will keep you turning pages. 

Personal Likes


I loved the characters in this book. Charlie is a struggling girl, as you would expect, after losing her whole family. But she still is strong enough to keep trying, to allow her feelings a chance to escape even if it is only in the privacy of her room.  She knows her heart and clings to the hope that tomorrow must be better. Jacob is a teen boy who has no idea how to keep his family together with the knowledge that could tear it all apart.  It was refreshing to see his inner struggle to be strong, yet sensitive.

The pace of this story is wonderful.  It's just fast enough that you want to keep reading and knowing more.  Branches has done a wonderful job of creating a story that pulls you in completely.  You care about Charlie and Jacob and hope they could figure out a way to make it in this new reality.


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Personal Dislikes


I am not really a fan of this pattern in teen clean romances of seeking comfort from someone of the opposite gender during the night. Granted, this is a clean teen romance, but there is no need for all night snuggling.  I wish there would have been some way for Charlie to go to Mrs Parker with some of her hurt and need for more support.



About the Author


Hi! I'm Rita Branches. I was born and raised in in Portugal and I'm going to independently publish my debut novel in the Spring of 2016, Painting Sky. I am so happy that you decided to take a look at my work. Little bit about myself: along with being a writer, I am also a landscape architect. I started writing to bring 'to life' the stories that my mind created. I LOVE to read. It was and always will be my passion.

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Reading List Rating


five heart rating on Reading List

I have to give this book 5 hearts. I loved this book.  Seriously.  If I had the time I would read it again... maybe I will someday.  I would certainly buy it for friends! 



My Suggested Audience


I do agree that this is a teen appropriate story. There are some kissing, and hugging, and, as I mentioned before, there are a few scenes of sleepovers, that are for the most part clean.  That being said, maybe this is for those 14 and over.

I would not bury this book in the teen section, though.  For anyone who enjoys a sweet clean romance, this would be a wonderful choice. 






Wondering Questions to Consider


Books like this are a wonderful way to allow for conversation with your kids. A chance to say parts of teenage relationships you think would lead to too many physical moments. And a chance to hear from your kids what they think is okay for teens to do inside relationships while in high school.  So if you have a teen girl, this could be a wonderful buddy read.  Ask what she thinks about the love story, what she would want from a boyfriend, what is realistic. 


You can give up be unhappy, or you can fight it accomplish great things... #UnderaMillionStars @RitaBranches @Reading_List1




Are you a Nicholas Sparks, love story, fan? A sucker for a sweet Hallmark movie?  What are your favorites? 

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