August 15, 2017

The World's Greatest Adventure Machine Blog Tour! Giveaways!

Welcome to Day #2 of The World's Greatest Adventure Machine Blog Tour!

To celebrate the release of The World's Greatest Adventure Machine by Frank L. Cole (8/8/17), blogs across the web are featuring exclusive content from Frank and 10 chances to win a copy of Adventure Machine, as well as theme park tickets in the Grand Prize Giveaway!

Fantasy Movie Cast

Trevor Isaacs - would be played by Jason Drucker (the newest Greg Heffley in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid films) There’s something about the kids cast in the Wimpy Kids films. They’re so confident and yet bumbling. It’s the perfect combination for someone playing Trevor who has natural confidence, but makes a ton of mistakes.
Devin Drobbs - would be played by Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas Sinclair in Stranger Things). I love his attitude and toughness in that show. He’s stubborn too and Devin has to be one of the most stubborn characters I have ever written. 
Nika Pushkin – In a perfect world where I could pick anyone to play this part, I would’ve selected Danica McKellar (Winnie Cooper on the Wonder Years show back in the 80’s.) I based Nika off of her, but of course, Danica is much older now and would have a hard time pulling off the 12-year-old girl from Russia. So instead, it would have to be Olivia Rodrigo who stars in American Girl – Grace Stirs up Success.
Cameron Kiffing – He’s probably my favorite, just because he’s so unique and obnoxious, yet there’s such an endearing nature about him. I would love for Atticus Shaffer who plays Brick Heck on The Middle to take on the role of Cameron. He’s hilarious in that show and would be the perfect fit as Cameron.
Doug Castleton – Definitely Owen Wilson! I envisioned Owen, who’s one of my favorite actors, as Doug from the very beginning.

Blog Tour Schedule:
August 14th — BookhoundsYA August 15th — Good Choice Reading
August 16thWord Spelunking August 17th — Life Naturally
August 18th — A Dream Within a Dream August 21st— Reading Teen
August 22nd — Crossroad Reviews August 23rdNovel Novice August 24th — YA and Kids Books Central August 25th — Once Upon a Twilight

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An adventure novel about four lucky kids and a mysterious, but thrilling ride for fans of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or Jurassic Park! CastleCorp and the famous Castleton brothers are unveiling the World’s Greatest Adventure Machine! The roller coaster is an experience like no other, and four lucky kids have won the chance to be the first to ride it. There’s Trevor, whose latest stunt got him in trouble at school again. There’s Devin, whose father is pushing him to be the next Internet sensation. Nika’s wealthy grandfather isn’t too pleased about her participation. And Cameron, he’ll be the first to tell you, is a certified genius. The whole world is watching. But as the kids set off on their journey, they begin to realize that there is perhaps more to their fellow contest winners than meets the eye. And the Adventure Machine? It might just have a mind of its own. Join the contestants on their wild ride if you dare. Your adventure starts now!

About the Author: FRANK L. COLE lives with his wife and three children out west. When not writing books, Frank enjoys going to the movies and traveling. The World’s Greatest Adventure Machine is Frank’s ninth published book and his second with Delacorte Press. His first was The Afterlife Academy. You can learn more about his writing at or find @franklcole on Twitter.

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July 31, 2017

The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken Virtual Signing!

Hey GCReaders!

Woot Woot!

We have gotten tons of request for this one, and here it is!!!

This is a BRAND NEW middle grade book by the amazing and super sweet, ALEXANDRA BRACKEN!!! :) 

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"I would say it's a pleasure to meet thee, Prosperity Oceanus Redding, but truly, I only anticipate the delights of destroying thy happiness."

Prosper is the only unexceptional Redding in his old and storied family history — that is, until he discovers the demon living inside him. Turns out Prosper's great-great-great-great-great-something grandfather made — and then broke — a contract with a malefactor, a demon who exchanges fortune for eternal servitude. And, weirdly enough, four-thousand-year-old Alastor isn't exactly the forgiving type.

The fiend has reawakened with one purpose — to destroy the family whose success he ensured and who then betrayed him. With only days to break the curse and banish Alastor back to the demon realm, Prosper is playing unwilling host to the fiend, who delights in tormenting him with nasty insults and constant attempts trick him into a contract. Yeah, Prosper will take his future without a side of eternal servitude, thanks.

Little does Prosper know, the malefactor's control over his body grows stronger with each passing night, and there's a lot Alastor isn't telling his dim-witted (but admittedly strong-willed) human host.

From #1 New York Times best-selling author Alexandra Bracken comes a tale of betrayal and revenge, of old hurts passed down from generation to generation. Can you ever fully right a wrong, ever truly escape your history? Or will Prosper and Alastor be doomed to repeat it?

Hide From Me by Mary Lindsey Virtual Signing!!!

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We're excited to bring you our VERY first virtual signing for one of our favorite authors, Mary Lindsey!

HIDE FROM ME is a BRAND NEW book by Mary Lindsey coming November 2017 and we cannot wait for it's release! Starting today through October 31st you can order a signed personalized hardcover copy of HIDE FROM ME!

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"We all hold a beast inside. The only difference is what form it takes when freed."

Something's not right about Rain Ryland's new hometown. On the surface, it's a friendly, tight-knit community, but something deadly lurks underneath the small-town charm. Everyone he meets is hiding something—especially Friederike Burkhart, the hottest girl he's ever laid eyes on. Rain's determined to find out her secret, even if it kills him...and it just might.

Ancient magic and modern society collide in a sexy, spellbinding romance perfect for fans of C. C. Hunter and Maggie Stiefvater that proves sometimes beauty is the beast…

Learn more about Mary Lindsey and her books HERE.

July 17, 2017

Review: The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones

The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones
Hardcover, 400 pages
Publication: August 8th, 2017 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

When Dee Moreno makes a deal with a demon—her heart in exchange for an escape from a disastrous home life—she finds the trade may have been more than she bargained for. And becoming “heartless” is only the beginning. What lies ahead is a nightmare far bigger, far more monstrous than anything she could have ever imagined.

With reality turned on its head, Dee has only a group of other deal-making teens to keep her grounded, including the charming but secretive James Lancer. And as something grows between them amid an otherworldy ordeal, Dee begins to wonder: Can she give someone her heart when it’s no longer hers to give?


You know how sometimes you come across a book and you LOVE the premise and you like the cover and you LOVE the title, but then you don't love the book? Like you walk away feeling like you enjoyed the idea of the story more than the actual story?

That's how I feel about The Hearts We Sold. I don't want to say I didn't enjoy it, because I did. However, I didn't love it, and I really wanted to love it. I think this book had the potential to be a lot darker, but ultimately lacked the angst (for lack of a better word) to bring it all together. Given the premise, I expected the story to feel a lot heavier than it did.

Ultimately, though, I think my (mild) disappointment is due to the lack of development for the secondary characters. I liked Dee and James well enough, don't get me wrong. The book is written in third person, so we're given a taste of where the other characters came from...but that's just it. A taste. Not enough to flesh them out. Not enough for them to feel real. The cast is more diverse than most I've read lately (yay!) but at the end of it all they just felt flat. So much potential there that just never came to fruition, and that has clouded my view of the book, a bit. 

Overall though, I did enjoy The Hearts We Sold. It kept me interested from start to finish. Underneath my personal issues with the book there is a story about friendship, love, and sacrifice, and I recommend everyone give it a shot! 

Cover: 4 | Characters: 3 | Plot: 4 | Pace: 3 | Creativity: 4

July 11, 2017

Review: Kissing Max Holden by Katy Upperman

Kissing Max Holden by Katy Upperman
Young Adult, Contemporary Romance
Hardcover, 304 pages
Publication: August 1st, 2017 by Swoon Reads

Kissing Max Holden was a terrible idea...
After his father has a life-altering stroke, Max Holden isn't himself. As his long-time friend, Jillian Eldridge only wants to help him, but she doesn't know how. When Max climbs through her window one night, Jill knows that she shouldn't let him kiss her. But she can't resist, and when they're caught in the act by her dad, Jill swears it'll never happen again. Because kissing Max Holden is a terrible idea.
With a new baby sibling on the way, her parents fighting all the time, and her dream of culinary school up in the air, Jill starts spending more and more time with Max. And even though her father disapproves and Max still has a girlfriend, not kissing Max is easier said than done. Will Jill follow her heart and allow their friendship to blossom into something more, or will she listen to her head and stop kissing Max Holden once and for all?

I want to be with you, now and next year and after, for as long as we’re happy.

So, I have to admit…I was unfair to this book. I let it sit on my shelf for several weeks because I looked at the cover and the title and just thought, “I don’t want to read fluff right now.” That’s what I thought this book would be. Pure fluff. This is not to say there’s anything wrong with fluff – it has its place. But I assumed this book would lack depth and I was wrong.

Kissing Max Holden was absolutely adorable, but also sad and just flat out real. The characters are so raw and real that I felt like I knew them personally. In fact, I felt like they were plucked right out of my teenage years. They are not perfect, but they are good people who are in pain. Everything from the emotions and struggles of the characters to their language is absolutely on point. 

The one issue I had with this book – and to be honest it might be what keeps it from getting a higher rating from me – is the vilification of Max’s girlfriend. It comes from all angles – Jillian, all of their friends, and sometimes Max himself. She is never given a single redeeming quality, and the way she is blamed for everything got very, very frustrating. Classic “girlfriend/boyfriend is absolutely terrible so that absolves us for cheating” trope. The author does bring it full circle in a few moments of self-awareness for each of the main characters, but I still wish it had been addressed a bit more.  

Kissing Max Holden is an endearing story with raw and realistic characters that you will grow to love. This book isn’t even out yet but I need Upperman’s next book like, yesterday.