Only If You Dare: 13 Stories Of Darkness And Doom by Josh Allen and illustrated by Sarah J. Coleman Blog Tour

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the ONLY IF YOU DARE: 13 STORIES OF DARKNESS AND DOOM by Josh Allen, illustrated by Sarah J. Coleman, Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

About The Book:

Title: ONLY IF YOU DARE: 13 STORIES OF DARKNESS AND DOOM

Author: Josh Allen, illustrated by Sarah J. Coleman

Pub. Date: August 31, 2021

Publisher: Holiday House

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Pages: 208

Find it:  GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, TBDBookshop.org

Thirteen chilling short stories to keep you up at night–but only if you dare.

You never know what’s out to get you. Though you might think you’re safe from monsters and menaces, everyday objects can turn against you, too. A mysterious microwave. A threatening board game. A snowman that refuses to melt. Even your own heartbeat has its secrets. Thu-thump. Thu-thump. When you stop to listen, each beat sounds more menacing than the last.

Master storyteller Josh Allen brings thirteen nightmare scenarios to life in this page-turning collection that’s perfect for budding horror junkies. In his wondrous world, danger waits behind every doorway . . . even in the most ordinary places.

Eerie illustrations by award-winning artist Sarah Coleman accompany the stories, packaged in a stunning hardcover edition complete with glow-in-the-dark jacket. Readers will sleep with one eye open! 

Reviews:

★ “Allen has cemented himself as the heir-apparent of ­Alvin Schwartz; this is the new quick pick for patrons who want more after reading all the classic ‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.’. . .A chilling anthology of memorable scares that will leave even the biggest ­horror buffs sleeping with the light on.”School Library Journal, Starred Review

“Thirteen illustrated short stories range from eerie to totally terrifying. Each tale stands completely alone, but a strong sense of foreboding, unease, and utterly chilling twists runs through the collection. . . . intrepid tweens and teens who enjoy a thrill will be thoroughly sucked in.”The Horn Book

“Twisty, terrifying, and oh-so fun! Just when you think you’re safe, Josh Allen brings on the scares. From monstrous microwaves to carnivorous pillows, you’ll never look at life the same way again.”—Kim Ventrella, author of The Secret Life of Sam

“Horror fans will enjoy this spine-tingling selection. . . .”—Publishers Weekly

“This delightfully dark and spine-tingling anthology will keep young readers and horror lovers on the edge of their seats.”—Booklist

“An excellent offering for young people looking for real scares that don’t condescend to them or pander to adult anxieties about what might be ‘too scary.’ This book will fly off the shelves.—Kirkus Reviews

My Review

A perfectly spooky and fun read! I really enjoyed this collection of spooky stories. All of them were full of suspense and creepy. A great read anytime of the year but especially around Halloween!

About Josh Allen: 

Josh Allen checks under his bed before switching off the light each night. During the day, he teaches creative writing and literature at Brigham Young University-Idaho. His debut book for young readers, Out to Get You, received two starred reviews and was a Junior Library Guild selection. He lives in Idaho with his family.

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About Sarah Coleman: 

Sarah Coleman was an early pioneer of hand lettering and has illustrated covers for many renowned books, including the 50th anniversary edition of To Kill a Mockingbird and Newbery Honor-winner Wolf Hollow. Her design clients range from Coca Cola and Starbucks to The New York Times. She lives in the UK.

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Giveaway Details:

3 winners will win a finished copy of ONLY IF YOU DARE: 13 STORIES OF DARKNESS AND DOOM, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

9/27/2021BookHounds YAExcerpt
9/27/2021Pick a good bookExcerpt
9/28/2021YA Books CentralExcerpt
9/28/2021The Pages In-BetweenReview
9/29/2021popthebutterfly readsReview
9/29/2021Rajiv’s ReviewsReview
9/30/2021NerdophilesReview
9/30/2021@coffeebooksandmascaraReview
10/1/2021Locks, Hooks and BooksReview
10/1/2021Lifestyle of MeReview

Week Two:

10/4/2021FyreKatz BlogReview
10/4/2021two points of interestReview
10/5/2021The Bookwyrm’s DenReview
10/5/2021@bookisheclecticReview
10/6/2021Jazzy Book ReviewsReview
10/6/2021hauntedbybooksReview
10/7/2021@jypsylynnReview
10/7/2021@amysbooknook8IG Post
10/8/2021Satisfaction for Insatiable ReadersReview
10/8/2021My Fictional OasisReview

The Curse Of The Mummy : Uncovering Tutankhamun’s Tomb by Candace Fleming Blog Tour

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the THE CURSE OF THE MUMMY: Uncovering Tutankhamun’s Tomb  by Candace Fleming Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

About the Book:

Title: THE CURSE OF THE MUMMY: Uncovering Tutankhamun’s Tomb

Author: Candace Fleming

Pub. Date: September 7, 2021

Publisher: Scholastic Focus

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

Pages: 304

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, KindleAudibleB&NiBooks, KoboTBD, Bookshop.org

Award-winning and critically acclaimed author Candace Fleming presents the edge-of-your-seat true story of the search for Tutankhamun’s tomb, the Western public’s belief that the dig was cursed, and the battle for ownership of the treasures within.

During the reign of the New Kingdom of Egypt, the boy pharaoh Tutankhamun ruled and died tragically young. In order to send him on his way into the afterlife, his tomb was filled with every treasure he would need after death. And then, it was lost to time, buried in the sands of the Valley of the Kings.

His tomb was also said to be cursed.

Centuries later, as Egypt-mania gripped Europe, two Brits — a rich earl with a habit for gambling and a disreputable, determined archeologist — worked for years to rediscover and open Tutankhamun’s tomb. But once it was uncovered, would ancient powers take their revenge for disturbing and even looting the pharaoh’s resting place? What else could explain the mysterious illnesses, accidents, and deaths that began once it was found?

My Review

This was a very interesting read. I enjoyed reading about the burial and discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb. I also liked how the author included the curse that people thought they unleashed after the discovery. The parts about the curse were suspenseful. I also loved that photos were included. A really interesting read!

About Candace:

Candace Fleming awarded herself the Newbery Medal in fifth grade after scraping the gold sticker off the class copy of The Witch of Blackbird Pond and pasting it onto her first novel—a ten-page, ten-chapter mystery called Who Done It? She’s been collecting awards (her own, not Elizabeth George Speare’s) ever since.

Today, Candace is the versatile and acclaimed author of more than forty books for children and young adults, including the Los Angeles Times Book Prize honored The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of the Russian Empire; Boston Globe/Horn Book Award-winning biography, The Lincolns; the bestselling picture book, Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!; the Sibert-Award-winning Giant Squid; and the beloved Boxes for Katje. She contributed the chapter on Katharine of Aragon to Fatal Throne. Photo credit: Michael Lionstar.

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Giveaway Details:

3 winners will win a finished copy of THE CURSE OF THE MUMMY, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

8/24/2021Kait Plus BooksExcerpt
8/25/2021The Momma SpotReview
8/25/2021Lifestyle of MeReview
8/26/2021#BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee BlogExcerpt
8/27/2021A Dream Within A DreamExcerpt
8/27/2021Rajiv’s ReviewsReview
8/28/2021YABooksCentralInterview

Week Two:

8/29/2021Log Cabin LibraryExcerpt
8/29/2021BookHounds yaReview
8/30/2021Two Chicks on BooksExcerpt
8/31/2021Little Red ReadsReview
8/31/2021Jaime’s WorldExcerpt
9/1/2021Locks, Hooks and BooksReview
9/2/2021@lexijavaExcerpt
9/3/2021Two Points of InterestReview
9/4/2021hauntedbybooksReview
9/4/2021EnjoyingbooksagainReview

Week Three:

9/5/2021The Bookwyrm’s DenReview
9/6/2021Books and Zebras @jypsylynnReview

Willa of Dark Hollow by Robert Beatty Blog Tour

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the WILLA OF DARK HOLLOW by Robert Beatty Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

About the Book:

Title: WILLA OF DARK HOLLOW

Author: Robert Beatty

Pub. Date: May 4, 2021

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

Pages: 384

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, KindleAudibleB&NiBooks, KoboTBD, Bookshop.org

Young nightspirit Willa discovers an ancient, powerful magic deep in the forest in the enchanting companion to Robert Beatty’s instant #1 New York Times best-seller, Willa of the Wood.

This enchanting companion to Robert Beatty’s instant #1 New York Times bestseller Willa of the Wood is perfect for any reader who cares deeply about the natural world. 

Willa and her clan are the last of the Faeran, an ancient race of forest people who have lived in the Great Smoky Mountains for as long as the trees have grown there. But as crews of newly arrived humans start cutting down great swaths of the forest she loves, she is helpless to stop them. How can she fight the destroyers of the forest and their powerful machines?

When Willa discovers a mysterious dark hollow filled with strange and beautiful creatures, she comes to realize that it contains a terrifying force that seems to be hunting humans. Is unleashing these dangerous spirits the key to stopping the loggers? Willa must find a way to save the people and animals she loves and take a stand against a consuming darkness that threatens to destroy her world.

Praise for Willa of the Wood:

Willa of the Wood will grip readers from its first page… Willa is… an admirable protagonist.”—Culturess

“A moving, atmospheric journey of hope.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Beatty conjures up a resourceful, compassionate heroine. Full of atmospheric details and richly described magic… this well-paced tale asks insightful questions about the relationship between nature and humans.”—Publishers Weekly

“The heroine is an appealing character… and her anguish is clear as she wavers between frightened self-preservation and her desire to help her friends.”—School Library Journal

“Willa is a strong and likable creature of the natural world, and seamlessly represents themes of loyalty, tradition, family, and stewardship of the Earth in this engaging story.”—School Library Connection

Accolades:

2018 Goodreads Choice Awards: Middle Grade, finalist

2018 Cybils Award, Elementary Middle Grade Speculative Fiction Nominee

Amazon: Best Children’s Books of 2018, ages 9-12

Imagination Soup: Best Middle Grade Chapter Books of 2018

BNKids: July’s Best Books for Young Readers, selection (2018)

Brightly: 9 Middle Grade Books for Environmentally Conscious Kids, selection (2018)

PopSugar: The Best books for Kids in 2018, as Voted by Actual Kids and Parents Who Read Them, selection

A Mighty Girl: 2018 Books of the Year, ages 9-12

GRAB WILLA OF THE WOOD NOW!

Willa of the Wood and Willa of Dark Hollow are being adapted into a multi-season, live-action television series!

My Review

I really enjoyed reading Willa of Dark Hollow. The writing had me hooked from the first page! Willa is an interesting character and that made her fun to read about. I liked the twists and turns and the magic of this book. i don’t want to say too much because of spoilers but I really think you should read this book!

About Robert:

Robert Beatty is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of the Serafina series and the Willa of the Wood series published by Disney Hyperion. Loved by young readers and adults alike, the Serafina and Willa books are being taught in over a thousand classrooms nationwide and have been translated into over 22 languages. Robert lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, North Carolina with his wife and three daughters. He writes full-time now, but in his past lives, Robert was one of the early pioneers of cloud computing, the founder/CEO of Plex Systems, the co-founder of Beatty Robotics, and the chairman/CTO of Narrative magazine. In 2007, he was named an Entrepreneur of the Year. When asked about the inspiration for his books, Robert said, “The Serafina and Willa books grew out of my desire to write stories about unusual and heroic young girls for my three daughters.”

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Giveaway Details:

3 winners will win a finished copy of WILLA OF DARK HOLLOW, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

5/1/2021BookHounds YAExcerpt

Week Two:

5/2/2021Log Cabin LibraryExcerpt
5/3/2021jillpiscitelloExcerpt
5/4/2021YA Books CentralExcerpt
5/5/2021NerdophilesReview
5/6/2021JenguerdyReview
5/7/2021booksaremagictooReview
5/8/2021Amani’s ReviewsReview

Week Three:

5/9/2021Little Red ReadsReview
5/10/2021The Bookwyrm’s DenReview
5/11/2021A Court of Coffee and BooksReview
5/12/2021Emelie’s BooksReview
5/13/2021Books and ZebrasReview
5/14/2021Kait Plus BooksExcerpt
5/15/2021michellemengsbookblogReview

Week Four:

5/16/2021two points of interestReview
5/17/2021History from a Woman’s PerspectiveReview
5/18/2021Rajiv’s ReviewsReview
5/19/2021Lifestyle of MeReview
5/20/2021Haunted By BooksReview
5/21/2021The Momma SpotReview
5/22/2021Fyrekatz BlogReview

Week Five:

5/23/2021The Try EverythingExcerpt
5/24/2021Musing of SoulsReview
5/25/2021PopthebutterflyReview
5/26/2021more.books.yes.pleaseReview
5/27/2021DearRivarieReview
5/28/2021MomfluensterReview
5/29/2021A Dream Within A DreamExcerpt

Week Six:

5/30/2021Lady HawkeyeExcerpt
5/31/2021Do You Dog-ear?Review

High School Musical The Musical the Series The Road Trip Blog Tour

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL: THE ROAD TRIP by Melissa de la Cruz Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

About the Book:

Title: HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL: THE ROAD TRIP

Author: Melissa de la Cruz

Pub. Date: May 4, 2021

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Pages: 272

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle, B&NiBooks, KoboTBD, Bookshop.org

An original novel inspired by the hit Disney+ television series HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL: THE MUSICAL, by the #1 New York Times best-selling author of the Descendants series, Melissa de la Cruz.

Join everyone’s favorite Wildcats from the Disney+ smash hit original series High school Musical: The Musical: The Series in this novel by New York Times bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz.

On the heels of their wildly successful run of High School Musical, the gang learns of a can’t-miss opportunity—a High School Musical convention in the next state. There’s something for everyone: panels about mounting your next hit show, cafeteria-tray-dance workshops, Wildcat cosplay, and even a special appearance from the pooch who played Sharpay’s dog (well, one of her puppies, that is).

Ready to hit the road, the crew immediately begins making plans. Nini can’t wait to use the weekend to show how much she cares for Ricky (especially since they just got back together). Kourtney debates signing up for a singing workshop (especially if she’s maybe, just maybe, considering auditioning for the next show), and Gina and Ashlyn decide it’ll be the perfect trial run for living together (especially because Gina has never actually had a friendship last this long). Carlos can’t wait to help Miss Jenn prep for the spring musical, even if Seb has to stay behind to help with the family farm. But car breakdowns, late starts, and a lost E.J. throw a wrench in their plans. 

Will the East Highers get the weekend getaway of their dreams? Or will the bumps on the road get the better of them?

Praise For HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL: THE ROAD TRIP:

A breezy and fun read, the book contains chapters that offer pithy first-person accounts from each character, including quirky Miss Jenn; Carlos and his boyfriend, Seb; recently reunited couple Nini and Ricky and their BFFs, Kourtney and Big Red; popular senior E.J. and his songwriter cousin, Ashlyn; and talented triple threat Gina. The plot includes references to the series and themes straight from the musical: nurturing your talent, showing others how much they matter, and acknowledging the importance of teamwork. Although race isn’t mentioned overtly, the characters are cued as racially diverse, following the casting of the TV show. Fans will appreciate the inside jokes, but explanations in the text make it accessible even to those unfamiliar with the program.

A lighthearted and charming read.—Kirkus Reviews.

My Review

I’m a huge High School Musial and High School Musical:the Musical: the musical series fan so I was so excited to read this book! This was so fun to read! I really enjoyed getting to read more about the characters and the fact that it was in multi-point of views really worked well. I think the personality of the characters was captured really well and matched with the show.

There are a bunch of references to the High School Musical movies and tv show series as well, which I really loved! I think any fan of the movies and TV show would love this book! If you are looking for a fun read then you need to pick this one up!

About Melissa:

Melissa de la Cruz (www.melissa-delacruz.com) is the author of the #1 New York Times best-selling Descendants series, as well as many other best-selling novels, including all the books in the Blue Bloods series: Blue BloodsMasqueradeRevelationsThe Van Alen Legacy, Keys to the Repository, Misguided Angel, Bloody Valentine, Lost in Time, and Gates of Paradise. She lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband and daughter.

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Giveaway Details:

3 winners will win a finished copy of HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL: THE ROAD TRIP, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

5/1/2021jillpiscitelloExcerpt

Week Two:

5/2/2021YA Books CentralExcerpt
5/3/2021Living in a BookworldExcerpt
5/4/2021BookHounds YAExcerpt
5/5/2021Perusewithcoffee (blog)Review
5/6/2021Musing of SoulsReview
5/7/2021Kait Plus BooksExcerpt
5/8/2021The Book ViewReview

Week Three:

5/9/2021onemusedReview
5/10/2021Lifestyle of MeReview
5/11/2021Emelie’s BooksReview
5/12/2021MidnightbookloverReview
5/13/2021Fire and IceReview
5/14/2021Shelf LoveReview or Excerpt
5/15/2021JenguerdyReview

Week Four:

5/16/2021Margie’s Must ReadsReview
5/17/2021Amani’s ReviewsReview
5/18/2021two points of interestReview
5/19/2021Haunted By BooksReview
5/20/2021booksaremagictooReview
5/21/2021fictitious.foxReview
5/22/2021The Reading WordsmithReview

Week Five:

5/23/2021MomfluensterReview
5/24/2021michellemengsbookblogReview
5/25/2021Rajiv’s ReviewsReview
5/26/2021Struck by StoriesReview
5/27/2021Fyrekatz BlogReview
5/28/2021BiancaBuysBooksReview
5/29/2021Do You Dog-ear?Review

Week Six:

5/30/2021A Dream Within A DreamExcerpt
5/31/2021Lady HawkeyeExcerpt