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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the awesome people at The Broke and the Bookish
This week’s topic is: Thanksgiving themed Freebie
1. My Boys
I’m so very thankful for my amazing husband that works so hard and my incredible little boy who fills my life with joy everyday. There’s soon to be another little boy to bring even more happiness. I don’t know if my heart can take it.
2. My Parents
I’m incredibly lucky to have two wonderful parents that have been my rock for as long as I can remember. They’re my best friends.
Why else would I be here!?
4. My Kindle
I loved my Kindle before I had Finn, but now it’s my saving grace. Reading one handed with a baby/toddler is a must.
5. Baby wearing
Speaking of having hands free, baby wearing is absolutely amazing! I’ve talked about it before, but I’m super excited to use my new ring sling when this little one arrives (SOON!).
6. Cloth diapers
I’ve also talked about diaper briefly, I think. We decided to CD Finn before he was born and he’s still in them at almost 2.5. It’s been such a fun journey and I’m excited to start it all over again with the new baby because fluffy cloth diaper butts are the cutest! I’m also thankful for them because they’ve opened my eyes to so many other green ways of living.
7. The internet
What would we do without the internet. How would I find books to read? Research pregnancy/baby things? Would I even know about cloth diapers and baby wearing? Probably not!
8. Maternity pants
My time in maternity pants is almost over, but I will miss them. So much comfort!
9. Hot Wheels & Thomas the Train
Hot wheels may be taking over my house, but I’m thankful for anything that brings Finn so much happiness.
I’ve been a little lazy about my planner lately, but I still love it so much.
Hello everyone! Are you getting excited about Thanksgiving, US friends? I am! But right now it’s time for a new Saturday Situation, hosted by Candace at Candace’s Book Blog and me. So, here’s the scoop: I’m going to set up two Linky’s. One for Giveaways that you want to promote and one for Posts that you want to promote. The posts can be reviews, discussions, rants, events you are planning, anything that you want people to read! I know there’s so many great posts out there that often go unread. Here’s your chance to tell the world! Feel free to link up to other bloggers posts as well! Let’s spread the love!
on February 16, 2016
Series: The Girl from Everywhere #1
Genres: Fantasy, Historical, Young Adult
Heidi Heilig’s debut teen fantasy sweeps from modern-day New York City to nineteenth-century Hawaii to places of myth and legend. Sixteen-year-old Nix has sailed across the globe and through centuries aboard her time-traveling father’s ship. But when he gambles with her very existence, it all may be about to end. The Girl from Everywhere, the first of two books, will dazzle readers of Sabaa Tahir, Rae Carson, and Rachel Hartman.
Nix’s life began in Honolulu in 1868. Since then she has traveled to mythic Scandinavia, a land from the tales of One Thousand and One Nights, modern-day New York City, and many more places both real and imagined. As long as he has a map, Nix’s father can sail his ship, The Temptation, to any place, any time. But now he’s uncovered the one map he’s always sought—1868 Honolulu, before Nix’s mother died in childbirth. Nix’s life—her entire existence—is at stake. No one knows what will happen if her father changes the past. It could erase Nix’s future, her dreams, her adventures . . . her connection with the charming Persian thief, Kash, who’s been part of their crew for two years. If Nix helps her father reunite with the love of his life, it will cost her her own.
In The Girl from Everywhere, Heidi Heilig blends fantasy, history, and a modern sensibility with witty, fast-paced dialogue, breathless adventure, and enchanting romance.
The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig has such a creative premise. It’s ultimately one big adventure that a map nerd like myself can’t help but adore. I’ve read a few time travel books but none quite like this one. It has something for just about everyone, action, historical elements, romance, and slight traces of myth and magic.
The time travel aspect of the story is so very imaginative. How do you even come up with something like that? Big props to Heidi Heilig on that. Like I mentioned before, I looooove maps. Maps in fantasy novels are one of my favorite things ever. I must preorder this book just for all the maps that I suspect will be in it, well and because I like the book a lot.
The Girl from Everywhere is pretty hard for me to review. The plot was so intricate and sometimes twisty. I don’t want to accidentally give anything away. I did find all of the characters delightful. Nixie was a fabulous main character. She had all the qualities you want at the helm of a fantasy/adventure story. She was strong and capable. There’s some slight romance but it certainly isn’t the focus of the story. There’s also a small love triangle but it wasn’t a horrible makeyounotlikethebook one. I want to declare myself team Kasmir right now, though. I really enjoyed Nixie’s relationship with her father. It was definitely flawed, but that made it so believable.
I’m excited to see where the story goes from here! This is definitely a debut you want to watch out for! Add it to your 2016 lists now.
If Amy Schumer and Rainbow Rowell had a baby, she’d be Anna Breslaw. Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here is a witty, hilarious, heartwarming novel that’s perfect for fans of David Arnold’s Mosquitoland and Maria Semple’s Where’d You Go, Bernadette?
Meet Scarlett Epstein, BNF (Big Name Fan) in her online community of fanfiction writers, world-class nobody at Melville High. Her best (read: only) IRL friends are Avery, a painfully shy and annoyingly attractive bookworm, and Ruth, her pot-smoking, possibly insane seventy-three-year-old neighbor.
When Scarlett’s beloved TV show is canceled and her longtime crush, Gideon, is sucked out of her orbit and into the dark and distant world of Populars, Scarlett turns to the fanfic message boards for comfort. This time, though, her subjects aren’t the swoon-worthy stars of her fave series—they’re the real-life kids from her high school. Scarlett never considers what might happen if they were to find out what she truly thinks about them…until a dramatic series of events exposes a very different reality than Scarlett’s stories, forever transforming her approach to relationships—both online and off.
“Laughs, pop culture, and heart: Welcome to Anna Breslaw’s world. You’ll love it here.” —DC Pierson, author of Crap Kingdom and The Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep and Never Had To
“Scarlett Epstein is so funny and smart it makes me wish I were her when I was a dorky Jewish teen.” —Megan Amram, author of Science…For Her!
“Fresh, raw, immediate and true. Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here feels so hip and now and yet somehow echoes back to Judy Blume. I fell in love with Scarlett and cried the kind of reading tears that slide down your temples and pool in your ears. It’s also laugh-through-your-tears funny, though, and gets five Jersey tomatoes from this girl who knows Jersey.” —Wendy Wunder, author of The Probability of Miracles and The Museum of Intangible Things
This sounds so very, very good. I’ve been craving a good, funny contemp and this just might be it!
Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.
In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles, but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.
Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods–a powerful family in the Colonies–and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, his passenger, can find. In order to protect her, Nick must ensure she brings it back to them–whether she wants to or not.
Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are playing, treacherous forces threaten to separate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home… forever.
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Alexandra Bracken is the New York Times bestsellingauthor of The Darkest Minds and Never Fade. Born and raised in Arizona, she moved east to study history and English at the College of William&Mary in Virginia. Alex now lives in New York City, where you can find her hard at work on her next novel in a charming little apartment that’s perpetually overflowing with books. Visit her online at www.alexandrabracken.com and on Twitter @alexbracken.
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