May 27
Book Review – The Serpent King

Book Review – The Serpent King

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner Publisher: Random House Children’s Books Date Published: March 8th 2016 Genres: Adolescence, Coming of Age, Friendship, Love & Romance, Physical & Emotional Abuse, Social Issues, Young Adult Format: eBook Pages: 384 Rating: Description: Named one of the Most Anticipated YA Books of 2016 by Paste Magazine and Popcrush.com   “A story about friendship, family and forgiveness, it’s as funny and witty as it is utterly heartbreaking.” —PasteMagazine.com   “Will fill the infinite space that was left in your chest after you finished The Perks of Being a Wallflower.” —BookRiot.com   “A brutally honest portrayal… Read more »

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May 25
Check out my Dracula-quoting bookish scarf!

Check out my Dracula-quoting bookish scarf!

Thanks to Storiarts for sending me this lovely scarf for me to enjoy and share with you. We’ve all seen the trend of bookish gifts, especially clothing. I mean, why not wear your favorite words? We like to hang our favorite words or characters up on the walls or display them on shelves – it makes perfect sense to wear them too. I’ve collected a few fun bookish T-shirts, and now I have a new bookish clothing item to add to my collection: an infinity bookish scarf!   Check out how lovely this scarf is!  She is enjoying hanging out with her… Read more »

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May 23
Chat About Covers: The Viking

Chat About Covers: The Viking

  We’re starting a new feature here on Chapter Break called Chat About Covers. ‘Cause you know we all judge books by covers, whether we admit it or not. We judge the style, the color and font choices, and just the overall look. That might not keep us from reading the book, but we do still judge.   I’m going on my sword cover rampage today. I can’t stand sword covers. I’ve complained about them before and even tweeted about it. Why is there a trend to have only a sword on a cover? I know nothing about this book by this… Read more »

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May 22
Chat Between Chapters: We can be friends if you have read these books

Chat Between Chapters: We can be friends if you have read these books

 Let’s talk about books that make us friends with someone. We can be friends if you have read these books.  Julie: What is it about finding someone who has read a book you adore that makes them an instant friend? Somehow that shared experience of reading a book makes you two so much closer. We can definitely be friends if you have read some of the following books/series. (This is not a comprehensive list, of course.) Anything by Rachel Vincent, but specifically if you’ve swooned over Tod Vampire Academy/Bloodlines series. Dimitri and Adrian. You love them too, right? Then we’re… Read more »

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May 20
Book Review – Secret Garden

Book Review – Secret Garden

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett Publisher: Random House Value Publishing Date Published: 1998, First Published 1911 Genres: Classics, Family, JUVENILE FICTION, Orphans & Foster Homes Format: Audiobook Pages: 288 Audiobook Length: 8 hours 30 minutes Audiobook Narrator: Susie Berneis Rating: Description: What secrets lie behind the doors at Misselthwaite Manor? Recently arrived at her uncle’s estate, orphaned Mary Lennox is spoiled, sickly, and certain she won’t enjoy living there. Then she discovers the arched doorway into an overgrown garden, shut up since the death of her aunt ten years earlier. Mary soon begins transforming it into a thing… Read more »

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May 16
Guest Post: Robert Eggleton on Saving the Universe

Guest Post: Robert Eggleton on Saving the Universe

Guest Post:  Saving the Universe by Robert Eggleton   The following article discusses the evolving role of fictional heroes from the perspective of Lacy Dawn, the protagonist of Rarity from the Hollow, a double Gold Medal winning adult literary science fiction novel.   “Lacy Dawn is the last person you would pick to be the savior of the universe. She’s in the fifth grade in the backwoods of West Virginia. Her best friend – Faith, is the ghost of a school mate that was beaten to death and lives in a tree. During recess she gives advice to her schoolmates about their… Read more »

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May 15
Chat Between Chapters: Indie Bookstores

Chat Between Chapters: Indie Bookstores

We recently had Indie Bookstore Day so let’s chat about our favorite Indie Bookstores!  Julie: We are lucky in that Houston is rich in Indie bookstores. I have visited (and wanted to hug) a few of them, and yet I know there are still more I haven’t been to. What I love about these Indie bookstores are all the author events they host! Murder by the Book does events ALL. THE. TIME! I have met so many wonderful authors there! Katy Budget Books was a favorite of mine when I lived closer to it. It, too, has great author events… Read more »

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May 14
Armchair BEA 2016 – Day 4 – Surviving Fiction & Giveaway #ArmchairBEA

Armchair BEA 2016 – Day 4 – Surviving Fiction & Giveaway #ArmchairBEA

Surviving Fictional Worlds Today we’ll talk about surviving fictional worlds. We all know that sometimes, the worlds we love in fiction can be dangerous. Which fictional worlds would you want to live in? Which worlds do you never want to dive into? Which worlds are you content to stay behind the glass, so to speak, rather than wishing to dive through the page? And once you get there, what would you do?   Julie: Some of our favorite stories are set in the kind of world we are very happy that we are separated from by the pages. I don’t… Read more »

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May 13
Armchair BEA 2016 – Day 3 – Beyond #ArmchairBEA

Armchair BEA 2016 – Day 3 – Beyond #ArmchairBEA

Beyond the Book and Beyond the Blog Beyond the traditional form of the novel, what are your favorite alternative forms (graphic novels, audiobooks, webcomics, etc)? Do you have any favorite works within these alternate forms? How do you think the changing format affects the reading experience? Our secondary topic, beyond the blog could focus on the ways you engage in talking about books outside of your blog. Do you participate in book clubs, take classes, meticulously maintain your goodreads profile? Let the world know!   Julie: I am not big on graphic novels (honestly, I’ve never given them a try),… Read more »

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May 12
Armchair BEA 2016 – Day 2 – Aesthetics #ArmchairBEA

Armchair BEA 2016 – Day 2 – Aesthetics #ArmchairBEA

Aesthetic Concerns The Books: How often do you judge a book by its cover? How often are you surprised by what you find? Do you strategize and make sure every book in your series has the same cover design (as far as you are able to) and type? How important is it for the visual art on the outside of the book to match or coordinate with the literature art on the inside? The Blog: As a book blogger, in whatever form that takes, branding is important. Your colors, your fonts, your style of review, all of these things come… Read more »

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