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Welcome to the Hinterland! | The Hazel Wood By Melissa Albert

Title: The Hazel Wood By: Melissa Albert Genre: Fantasy Pages: 368 Release Date: January 30th, 2018 Publisher: Flatiron Books
Summary from Goodreads: Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: Her mother is stolen away―by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother's stories are set. Alice's only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.”

Alice has long steered clear of her grandmother’s cultish fans. But now she has no choice but to ally with classmate Ellery Finch, a Hinterland superfan who may have his own reasons for wanting to help her. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel …

Month9Books | Year in Review Part 1

It's time to celebrate the amazing 2017 titles from Month9Books! Today we are showcasing just a few of the books that you need to get and enjoy while relaxing during the holiday season. While your here, be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post! Be on the lookout for Part 2 of the Year in Review with Month9books!
Darkness can only be controlled by those with the darkest of hearts. Ellison lost her mother at an early age. Now, sixteen, her father has found love again. He’s happy and doesn’t quite notice that Ellison does not get along with his new wife or her vicious daughters. When Ellison discovers a necromantic tome while traveling the secret passages of her father’s mansion, she wonders if it could be the key to her eventual freedom. Until then, she must master her dark new power, even as her stepmother makes her a servant in her own home. And when her younger brother falls incurably ill, Ellison will do anything to ease his pain, …

Love and Loyalty | Between the Blade and the Heart by Amanda Hocking

Title: Between the Blade and the Heart By: Amanda Hocking Genre: Paranormal Pages: 319 Release Date: January 2nd, 2018 Publisher: Wednesday Books
Summary from Goodreads: Valkyries have one great responsibility: to return immortals to the afterlife by slaying them. As a Valkyrie, Malin has always known that the balance of the world rests on her ability to carry out orders. But when Malin discovers that her mother spared the life of an immortal who was destined to die, her world is thrown into chaos.
Malin not only wrestles with the knowledge that her mother might not be who she thought—she’s also thrust into the path of a gorgeous blue eyed guy named Asher who needs her help slaying the rogue immortal who destroyed his family. The balance of the world is at stake. And, as Asher competes with Malin’s ex for her love and loyalty, so is her heart.
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Review: So, Valkyries  huh. This is an awesome concept. I've always been a big fan of Norse mythology. My husband is Norwegian and …

Merry Christmas! | #WeeklyMenu Week #229

Merry Christmas! Its a most wonderful day, and on this wonderful day, we are blessed to spend time with friends and family. Its been a long year full of doctor's appointments and surgeries. The boys are in a better place now, all of them. My youngest is able to hear. My middle boy is finally on the right medication for his ADHD, and we figured out how to overcome my oldest's night terrors and anxiety. All together its been a long year.

I hope you find joy in your Christmas celebrations. I will see you tomorrow.

Enjoy this weeks menu!

Monday - Christmas Festivities!
Tuesday - Spaghetti 
Wednesday - Grilled Cheese
Thursday - Blackened Chicken Alfredo
Friday - Grilled Avocado Caprese Sandwiches
Saturday - Broccoli Cheese Soup
- Tuna Sandwiches

Will Hedgehog Learn His Lesson | Hedge Hog! by Ashlyn Anstee

Title: Hedge Hog! By: Ashlyn Anstee Genre: Picture Book Pages: 21 Release Date: May 8th, 2018 Publisher: Penguin Random House, Tundra Books
Summary from Goodreads: Hedgehog is hogging the hedge and won't let the other animals live there. In this humorous political allegory, he learns that it's not a winning strategy.
Winter is coming, and the animals need homes. The worms move in with the ground hogs. The possums share a burrow with the foxes. The birds and the squirrels stay in the oak tree together. The hedgehog lives in the hedge . . . all by himself. When other animals come looking for a place to stay, he's NOT interested: it's HIS hedge and everyone else can STAY OUT. He gets busy making signs, putting locks on his door and even building a fence. All he cares about is keeping the other animals out... but he's making a huge mistake. 

Will the other animals find a home in time? Will Hedgehog learn his lesson? Is this a terrific story? Read on to find out.

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The Hate U Give | Playlist

Today's playlist is for The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. An intense book, full of reality and situations that, unfortunately exist in our society today. Lets see what I can come up with.

1. Tupac - Keep ya head up

2. Beyonce - Rather Die Young

3. Bruno Mars - Just the Way You Are

4. The Fresh Prince of Bell Air Theme

How to Train Your Dragon | Kids Corner

My son has really be into the How to Train Your Dragon series. I've never read the books but I've seen the movies. They were awesome and I'm excited to dive into the books as well. If you have a kid in middle grade that is struggling to read chapter books, I think this series might be able to help.
There are a lot of drawings and side notes to keep kids engaged and the story is really fun. My son wouldn't pick up anything that had to do with fantasy, he was a non-fiction science kid. Strictly text books and dictionaries. You gotta love it, but he was struggling with creative writing in school. It took a while to convince him, but now he is really excited to sit down and read in the evenings. 

Title: How to Train Your Dragon By: Cressida Cowell Genre: Fantasy Pages: 214 Release Date: May 1st, 2004 Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Summary from Goodreads: Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III is a truly extraordinary Viking hero known throughout Vikingdom as "the D…

The Last Jedi | Movie Review

It has been a long time since I was able to see a movie during the opening weekend, but I got lucky this time. My dear mother purchased us tickets to see for my dad's birthday. As the planets aligned, we left the kids with the baby sitter and made our way to the theater, there was a giddy feeling that crept in. 
This was how me and my husband looked walking into the theater. All sparks and fire. Our view was kind of skewed from our seats. Second to the front on the right hand side. Whatever, we were there. 
And then the movie started...
There was some of this...

A little bit of this....

And a few of these cute little guys...

To me, the story was great. There was a lot of character development or Ray and Ben Solo. We found out a little more about what happened to Ben to turn him into Kyle Ren. Ray went in search of her past in a dark cave and Finn took a girl to a casino. Strange but true. 
The cinematics were great. I felt like they went back to the old school ways, where they le…

Future as an Elementae | Reign the Earth by A.C. Gaughen

Title: Reign the Earth By: A.C. Gaughen Genre: Fantasy Pages: 448 Release Date: January 30th, 2018 Publisher: Bloomsbury
Summary from Goodreads: Shalia is a proud daughter of the desert, but after years of devastating war with the adjoining kingdom, her people are desperate for peace. Willing to trade her freedom to ensure the safety of her family, Shalia becomes Queen of the Bonelands.
But she soon learns that her husband, Calix, is motivated only by his desire to exterminate the Elementae—mystical people who can control earth, wind, air, and fire. Even more unsettling are Shalia’s feelings for her husband’s brother, which unleash a power over the earth she never knew she possessed—a power that could get her killed. As rumors of a rebellion against Calix spread, Shalia must choose between the last chance for peace and her own future as an Elementae.

This intense, richly drawn high-fantasy by the author of Scarletwill hold readers spellbound.
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Review: There was a lot going on wi…

Sesame Pork and Green Beans | #WeeklyMenu Week #228

Happy Monday! Its exactly one week until Christmas and I am totally ready for it. How about you? I'm done with shopping, I'm done with the crowds, I'm done with all the baking and hype. I can't wait for next Monday!
I managed to put pen to paper and make a big dent in my new manuscript. Its been a while since I've been able to write, and it hasn't been writers block, because I know exactly where I want to go with my book, but its more like I've been unmotivated to even look at my book. Its frustrating. I'm glad to be out of my funk.
Well, lets get back to this weeks menu, shall we? 
Monday - Patty Melt
Tuesday - Buffalo Chicken Taquitos
Wednesday - Parmesan Chicken Roll-ups
Thursday - Sesame Pork and Green Beans
Friday - Oven Fried Chicken
Saturday - Beefy Tomato Soup
- Tuna Sandwiches