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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Kirkus has given rave reviews to A Sure Thing by Marie Harte (ISBN 9781492631859) and Left at the Altar (ISBN 9781492608134) by Margaret Brownley!

Both reviews will be included in the September 1st issue.

kA SURE THING by Marie Harte

"Harte is known for sizzling sex scenes in her contemporary romances that feature everyday characters (as opposed to billionaires) and a sprawling cast of secondary characters who add conflict and depth to the story as well as hints at upcoming directions for the series. A blazing hot, emotionally intense love story launches a new series from an author on the rise."

 

 

 

 

 

 

lLEFT AT THE ALTAR by Margaret Brownley

"This chaste (kisses only) historical romance has a unique hook, a quirky Old West town chock full of interesting characters, and some unexpected twists that make the story refreshingly original. A sweet, touching love story that revisits a fascinating and overlooked aspect of history: the confounding way time was kept and how it could cause more problems than it solved."

 

 

 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

9781492620945-mThe Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books has reviewed Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova for their September 2016 issue .

“Córdova pulls elements from Greek mythology and Spanish and Latin American legends to craft a memorable world in Los Lagos, a supernatural realm that is as fascinating as it is threatening. The history and customs of Alex’s family’s type of witchery are also carefully constructed, giving readers a complete world to sink into with satisfaction and wonder.”

You can read the full list of reviews and media hits below!

“This work is a magical journey from start to finish... A compelling must-have for teens.”School Library Journal, STARRED review

"Córdova’s (the Vicious Deep series) magic-infused, delightfully dark story introduces readers to an engrossing, Latin American–inspired fantasy setting and an irresistible heroine.” Publishers Weekly

"Although YA readers will likely be used to books featuring magic, Córdova has created something distinct with cantos, Deathday celebrations and the fantastical in-between realm of Los Lagos. Córdova’s rich exploration of Latin American culture, her healthy portrayal of bisexuality and her unique voice allow this novel to stand out among its many peers.” —RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars

"This succeeds with its lush use of Latin American mythologies, an unexpected love story, and, above all, in Alex’s complicated relationship with her family. Alex is a necessary heroine, and this dark fantasy nicely paves the way for a sequel.” -Booklist

Book Riot:

17 Great Upcoming Books About Women

164 YA Books For Your July-September 2016 Radar

Summer & Fall Preview: Books to Watch For By Authors of Color

Riot Round-Up: The Best Books We Read In June

Bustle:

Bustle- "Labyrinth Lost' Follows One Bruja's Journey To Find Her Family and Discover Her Fate- Exclusive Excerpt

Bustle- 9 Books By Latinx Authors I Wish I Had As A Teenager

School Library Journal:

SLJ July Popular Pick

School Library Journal Teen:

SLJ Teen- Family, Magic, and Identity: Zoraida Cordova on "Labyrinth Lost"

B&N Teen:

27 of Our Most Anticipated Fantasy YA books of the Second Half of 2016

22 of Our Most Anticipated LGBTQ YA books of hte Second Half of 2016

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Junior Library Guild has chosen three Fall titles –

9781492632757-sThe Assassin Game by Kirsty McKay

 ISBN: 9781492632757

 

 

 

 

9781492615743-s  One Was Lost by Natalie D. Richards

  ISBN: 9781492615743

 

 

 

 

9781492638025-s  Scenes from the Epic Life of a Total Genius by Stacey Matson

  ISBN: 9781492638025

 

 

 

 


9781492635963-sA Year in the Life of a Complete and Total Genius by Stacey Matson was also a selection.

ISBN: 9781492635963

Monday, August 22, 2016

9781492622468-m9781492600978-mAnother week on the New York Times bestseller list for This Is Where It Ends and The Cellar, with both at #6 on their respective lists!

Monday, August 22, 2016

 9781492637899-SLibrary Journal has given 1-2-3 Magic Teen by Thomas W. Phelan, PhD, a STARRED review! The review will run in their September issue.

“Few authors are as successful as Phelan and for good reason. His guidance is consistently sound, on target, and presented in an upbeat, practical way.”—Library Journal

 

 

 

9781492629887-sThis follows a STARRED review for Phelan’s 1-2-3 Magic, also from Library Journal:

“Phelan’s method has a proven track record of ending the negotiations and getting kids back on track...1-2-3 {Magic} is the gold standard of child discipline for good reason.”—Library Journal

 

Monday, August 22, 2016

9781492621591-mBooklist has given Jane Ashford’s What the Duke Doesn’t Know a STARRED review!

“Ashford soars to new heights of literary excellence by creating a cleverly conceived story that takes all the traditional elements readers love in Regency romances and making everything seem refreshingly new. Throw in Ashford’s gift for creating intriguingly different characters and her dry sense of humor, and you have a romance worth cherishing.” – Booklist, STARRED Review

This follows a STARRED review from Publishers Weekly and a great 4-star review from RT Book Reviews:

“Ashford’s delightful second venture into the social lives of the six sons of the Duke of Langford (after Heir to the Duke) pokes gentle fun at British society stuffiness in a story that pits propriety against authenticity, passion, and personality.” – Publishers Weekly, STARRED Review

“Readers already acquainted with The Duke’s Sons will be delighted to see so many previously introduced characters included in the enchanting story. Kudos to Ashford for bringing a free-spirited Polynesian heroine into strict Regency society, adding diversity and interest to a charming romance.” – RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars

The full Booklist review will be included in their Sept. 1 issue.

Monday, August 22, 2016

9781492635475-mHere is a fantastic trade review from Publishers Weekly for THE UNSEEING by Anna Mazzola. The review appeared in this week’s issue and is now available online

“This is a cleverly written and intricate mystery that doesn’t try to outsmart the reader or become convoluted, and that includes great characters and subplots that eventually intersect to make for a multidimensional read. The authentic setting of Victorian London enhances the reading experience.”

Monday, August 22, 2016

9781492637257-mTHE OTHER EINSTEIN by Marie Benedict has made POPSUGAR’s list of “25 Books You’re Going to Want to Curl Up With This Fall.” 

POPSUGAR has over 20M unique monthly visitors and THE OTHER EINSTEIN lands at #17! 

The list includes major fall releases by authors such as: JoJo Moyes, Meg Cabot, Ann Patchett, Caroline Leavitt, Maria Semple, Jennifer Weiner, and Jodi Picoult, just to name a few. 

 

Monday, August 22, 2016

The October 2016 issue of RT Book Reviews features reviews for 7 Casablanca and 4 Landmark titles including 4.5 Star reviews and Top Picks for Elizabeth Chadwick’s The Autumn Throne and Asa Maria Bradley’s Viking Warrior Rebel!

Reviews included in the October 2016 issue:

 

Paranormal Romance

9781492618874-SViking Warrior Rebel by Asa Maria Bradley – 4.5 Stars, Top Pick!

ISBN: 9781492618874

 

 

 

 

9781492621805-SA Very Jaguar Christmas by Terry Spear – 4 Stars

ISBN: 9781492621805

 

 

 

 

 

Historical Romance

9781492630173-STo Love a Texas Ranger by Linda Broday – 3 Stars

ISBN: 9781492630173

 

 

 

 

 

Romantic Suspense

9781492628262-sIn Safe Hands by Katie Ruggle – 4 Stars

ISBN: 9781492628262

 

 

 

 

9781492639176-SRace the Darkness by Abbie Roads – 3 Stars

ISBN: 9781492639176

 

 

 

 

 

Contemporary Romance

9781492641537-STrue-Blue Cowboy Christmas by Nicole Helm – 4 Stars

ISBN: 9781492641537

 

 

 

 

9781492634638-SSaving Jake by Sharon Sala – 4 Stars

ISBN: 9781492634638

 

 

 

 

 

Women’s Fiction

9781402296840-SThe Autumn Throne by Elizabeth Chadwick – 4.5 Stars, Top Pick!

ISBN: 9781402296840

 

 

 

 

9781492637257-sThe Other Einstein by Marie Benedict – 4 Stars

ISBN: 9781492637257

 

 

 

 

9781492618063-SThree Amazing Things About You by Jill Mansell – 4 Stars

ISBN: 9781492618065

 

 

 

 

9781492637363-SA Deadly Affection by Cuyler Overholt – 4 Stars

ISBN: 9781492637363

 

 

Monday, August 22, 2016

9781492626015-mAmanda Bouchet’s A Promise of Fire has been included on Barnes & Noble buyer Jules Herbert’s list for recommended August romances!

 

Friday, August 19, 2016

 

9781492623441-mBookPage has included THE READERS OF BROKEN WHEEL RECOMMEND in its roundup of “Favorite Debuts of 2016 (so far!).”    

THE READERS OF BROKEN WHEEL RECOMMEND is in great company as the list includes titles such as: The Girls by Emma Cline, The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, and several other popular debuts.

You can read the full list here.

 

Friday, August 12, 2016

 

9781492622475-m9781492600978-mThis Is Where It Ends and The Cellar are both in the #5 spot on their respective The New York Times bestseller lists this week!

 

Friday, August 12, 2016

Cosmopolitan - Sept. issueThe September issue of Cosmopolitan magazine features Fashion is Freedom by Tala Raassi

The book is highlighted on the Fun, Fearless…Fail! page, where the cover is prominently placed in the center, top row of the page.

Cosmopolitan has a print circulation of 3.3 million and is on stands now! 

 

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

9781492626015-mAmanda Bouchet’s A Promise of Fire continues to receive fantastic reviews! 

“High fantasy is a rare find in romance — complex world-building and political machinations can get in the way of a central, essential love story — but Bouchet skillfully melds the genres while crafting a sexy, emotional romance. Griffin and Cat are beautifully matched — together, her magic and his might make for a sparkling read.” – Sarah MacLean for The Washington Post

“I think you all should just go read it now… Really great start to the series.”  - Smexy Books, A-

“I can say, without a doubt, that A Promise of Fire is going on my keeper shelf. I want more of these characters and I want more of this world. I cannot remember the last time I wanted to both savor and devour a book, and Bouchet’s writing is so engaging and magical that I wish she had some sort of backlist I could dive into for the next few months. If you’re even slightly tempted by this review or from the chapter one excerpt, buy this book.” – Smart Bitches Trashy Books, A

“An exciting fantasy/romance debut: action-packed, emotionally charged, and skillfully plotted.” – Kirkus Reviews, STARRED Review

Give this to your Game of Thrones fans. They will love the political plays, the dragons, and the adventure. Bouchet is a debut author to watch.” Booklist, STARRED Review

Amazon.com has selected A Promise of Fire as one of its best romances for August 2016.

A Promise of Fire has also been featured and/or named a ‘Top Pick’ or ‘Recommended Read’ for August on a number of top outlets, including:

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

9781492637257-mCheck out the following trade reviews for The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict:

"In her compelling novel… Benedict makes a strong case that the brilliant woman behind [Albert Einstein] was integral to his success, and creates a rich historical portrait in the process.”  — Publishers Weekly 

“…expect steady demand in public libraries.” — Library Journal

“Benedict's debut novel carefully traces Mileva's life—from studious schoolgirl to bereaved mother—with attention paid to the conflicts between personal goals and social conventions. An intriguing…reimagining of one of the strongest intellectual partnerships of the 19th century.”  — Kirkus Review

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

9781492632962-m Publishers Weekly has wrote a wonderful review for Max at Night (9781492632962; Sept. 6) by Ed Vere:

“Max, the black kitten from 2015’s Max the Brave, is back, and he’s calling it a night. After realizing that the moon is nowhere in sight, Max heads out into the night, climbing ever higher in an attempt to spot it. It’s a long and lonely journey—the trees, rooftops, and hills Max climbs stay silent when he asks, “Have you seen the moon?”—but Vere makes his travels worth it: when the moon does appear from behind some clouds, it nearly fills a full page, glowing with a pale greenish-white light. It’s a lovely nighttime excursion that delivers just enough adventure to leave sleepy readers imagining semi-magical quests of their own. “Ages 3–6. (Sept.)

This follows a Kirkus review: “This outing surpasses Max’s last…cozy, dozy, comforting fare.”

 

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

School Library Connection has reviewed the following Jabberwocky and Fire titles for their October 2016 issue.

 

9781492633396-SScarlet and Ivy: The Lost Twin by Sophie Cleverly

2016. 304pp. $16.99 hc. Sourcebooks Inc. 9781492633396. Grades 5-8

“The book draws the reader in with a compelling story, well-drawn characters, and an absorbing mystery. The clues are interesting to try and figure out with the characters, and the personal growth of the characters as they search is interesting as well. First published in the UK, this is definitely a series to watch for.”

Ivy receives a letter informing her that a place has opened at Rookwood School, the school her twin sister Scarlet attends. However, Ivy discovers that Scarlet has disappeared under mysterious circumstances and that she is to take her place, acting as her sister. When Ivy finds Scarlet’s diary with pages missing, the hunt is on for those pages. They tell the story of the evil Miss Fox, the school’s headmistress, and the growing problems Scarlet had with both her and a student named Violet, who has also disappeared. With the help of her roommate, Ariadne, Ivy finds all the pages and discovers the truth about Scarlet—not dead as Ivy thought, but locked away in an asylum. The book ends as Ivy finds her twin. There are unanswered questions, but those may be answered in sequels. The book draws the reader in with a compelling story, well-drawn characters, and an absorbing mystery. The clues are interesting to try and figure out with the characters, and the personal growth of the characters as they search is interesting as well. First published in the UK, this is definitely a series to watch for. Betsy Ruffin, Retired Librarian, Educational Reviewer, Cleburne, Texas

Highly Recommended

 

9781492632603-SThe Changelings by Christina Soontornvat

2016. 288pp. $16.99 hc. Sourcebooks, Inc. 9781492632603. Grades 6-8

“The plot is fast paced with intervals of vivid description…an engaging story with unusual twists and a thought-provoking conclusion.” 

 

After her family moves into their late grandmother’s house, Izzy’s sister Hen is abducted by a Pied Piper figure and taken to Avhalon—a Faerie world, ruled by evil queen Morvanna. During a rescue attempt, Izzy encounters numerous creatures—some malevolent beings found in early folklore, and others, like Changelings, who protect and guide her. Izzy cheats death several times and even instigates a Faerie revolution. The plot is fast paced with intervals of vivid description. Izzy and Hen display realistic behaviors typical of contemporary children. The characters revived from old folklore show more depth, and their actions deviate from early stories. Readers who enjoy adventure fantasy and who are familiar with older folktales, particularly the legend of King Arthur, would appreciate the world that Soontornvat creates. This is an engaging story with unusual twists and a thought-provoking conclusionCynthia Schulz, Ph.D., Retired Middle and High School Teacher-Librarian, Lacey, Washington

Recommended

9781492631798-STwisted by Hannah Jayne

2016. 298pp. $9.99 pbk. Sourcebooks Inc. 9781492631798. Grades 8-12

“A nearly perfect thriller to safely recommend to teens looking for a mystery similar to many of the real and fictional crime shows available.”

This story pieces together the likelihood that Bex’s father is the Wife Collector, a serial killer, while she is living comfortably with foster parents halfway across the country. Details of life with her father are told in italicized flashbacks as she questions her father’s current location when a murder occurs near her new home, strengthening her memories of testifying against him as a child. Jayne’s writing lacks the gratuitous details of other young adult thrillers, making it an agreeable addition to a collection with its undemanding narrative that incorporates critical thinking skills by placing readers in Bex’s shoes. Should she reveal her true self to her newly-found friends, or keep her past hidden? Should she fear her father? Will she become him? These dilemmas keep the book grounded but balanced with the gripping elements that complicate the chase. A nearly perfect thriller to safely recommend to teens looking for a mystery similar to many of the real and fictional crime shows available. Alicia Abdul, Librarian, Albany (New York) High School

Recommended

 

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

We're pleased to share the excellent review that Booklist has given Alissa Johnson’s A Gift for Guile (ISBN 9781492620532; July 2016):

“The second installment in Johnson’s beguiling Thief Taker series (A Talent for Trickery, 2015) is another superbly written historical romance that will win over readers with its engaging characters and a skillfully constructed plot that deftly mingles equal measures of danger and desire.”

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

We're so excited to share that Horn Book Magazine has reviewed Dara Palmer's Major Drama by Emma Shevah (ISBN 9781492631385; July 2016) for their July/August 2016 issue:

"With themes of transracial adoption, racism, identity, friendship, and sibling rivalry (not to mention a hyperactively decorated page design), there's a lot going on here, but Shevah's novel raises interesting questions without attempting to neatly answer them all....[Dara's] emotional growth is believable and appealing, and her super-chatty narration is never not funny."

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

We're thrilled to share that Kirkus has given A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet a STARRED review!

“Debut author Bouchet tells a swashbuckling tale through Cat's irreverent, diffident, yet still somehow buoyant first-person point of view; this is an exquisite high-fantasy romance with masterful worldbuilding based on Greek mythology. An exciting fantasy/romance debut: action-packed, emotionally charged, and skillfully plotted.” 

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

gcn.gifWe're thrilled to share two more author blurbs for Kasey Lane’s BEAUTIFUL CRAZY (Casa/November 2016):

“A scorching-hot love story, Kasey Lane gives readers a rockin’ romance that sings!” —Marie Harte, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Body Shop Bad Boys series

Vibrant and sexy! The chemistry between Kevan and Mason is explosive and I was cheering for their happy ever after from page one.” —Stefanie London, USA Today bestselling author of the Dangerously Sexy series

 

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