I Felt A Funeral In My Brain by Will Walton

Thanks to #kidlitexchange for sharing the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟 I Felt A Funeral In My Brain by Will Walton. How do you deal with loss? Young Avery deals with missing a parent, losing a grandparent, and struggles with love of his best friend, Luca. While spending his summer studying poets and poetry he writes down his emotions in poetic form to try to make it all make sense and tell his story of an impossible summer break that may make or break him all at the same time. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

Coin Toss by Brian Amado

Thank you to #kidlitexchange for sharing the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Coin Toss by Brian Amado Jeremy “Savvy” Savage is quarterback for the Eighth Grade Football Team and he gets the chance of the lifetime and is offered to play for a Championship High School Team. He is excited. But as he finishes out Eighth Grade real life issues hit him and his friends on the team hard. He quickly realizes some bonds are unbreakable. Family and true friends are formed and stand behind choices you make. This book is an amazing read for football players (and football moms) with the details of the game, the complicated, but needed bonding to make things right on the field, the friendships, and the struggles of real life jump off the page at you. Amado did an amazing job with character and team building in this read! Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

Amber Dusk by Lyra Selene

Thank you to #kidlitexchange for sharing the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Amber Dusk by Lyra Selene. This YA read is full of fantasy, magic and adventure all buildt in a very beautifully described world! Sylvie has always wanted more than just her regular life in the Dustland, so she and her gift (maybe a curse) of illusion set off to find her future. Only something or someone has other plans for her and it is wicked. A star crossed love story tied into a suspenseful adventure. This is a must read for YA Fantasy readers. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

The Vanderbeekers and the Hidden Garden by Karina Yan Glaser

Thanks to #kidlitexchange for sharing the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 The Vanderbeekers and the Hidden Garden by Karina Yan Glaser. Returning to Harlem with these crazy kids is wonderful. This time they are sneaking around to a vacant lot next to the church to plant a secret garden for their neighbors who’s had an incident. Sad thing, creating a garden with no money and no skills is nearly impossible and they are racing against the clock and real estate developer who wants to build a condo right on that very spot. The adventures these kids go on continue to amaze me. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

The Collector by K. R. Alexander

Thank you to #kidlitexchange for sharing the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. The Collector by K. R. Alexander. OMG!!!!!!!!! There aren’t enough stars in the scoring system to do this one justice!!!!!!!! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 This middle school read was the creepiest, edge of your seat page turner I have read in years! Not scary, CREEPY. This book releases August 28, 2018 my advice is preorder it NOW! Josie leaves her home in Chicago after her mom loses her job and her Grandma has Alzheimer’s so the only sensible thing was for them all to live together. Josie and her sister Anna had three rules 1. Never leave the windows open after dark. 2. Never, Ever go by the house in the woods and 3. No dolls in the house. Seems simple enough. But in the country with no internet, no cable, and no neighbors life gets boring and rules are made to be broken. Children begin to go missing, Josie’s grandma is acting stranger than before and now her nightmares involve more than just herself and those woods. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

Princess Pulverizer: Grilled Cheeses and Dragons

Thanks to @kidlitexchange for the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. Princess Pulverizer: Grilled Cheeses and Dragons by Nancy Krulik. This chapter book has cute illustrations and simple to read vocabulary. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Princess Serena doesn’t want to go to princess school to learn tea parties and dancing, she wants to go to Knight School to rescue damsels in distress and slay dragons. Her father refuses until the princess convinces him to strike a deal with her. Eight good deeds must be preformed and then he will let her go to Knight School. So she’s off but good deeds are not easy, she gets yelled at and forced to run and then trapped by an Ogre. Then the Ogre traps a knight and a dragon with smelly breath and things just get really complicated, but she has the Queen’s jewels she rescued for good deed #1. Now she must find a way out (with the dragon’s help) she is able to move on to find more good deeds to do and win her way to Knight School. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

Beatrice Zinker Upside Down Thinker by Shelley Johannes

Thanks to @kidlitexchange for the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. πŸ™ƒ Beatrice Zinker Upside Down Thinker by Shelley Johannes. As second grade ends Beatrice is given an award for her unusual way of getting things done and she plots how to begin third grade with a secret mission and her best friend Lenny. Only when third grade begins, she has a strict teacher with strict rules and her best friend didn’t wear her ninja costume and now the whole mission is in jeopardy. This top secret plan just went topsy turvy over a new friend and a pink sweater. Quick to think at recess Beatrice jumps to the trees, but in a fall she learns the day might not end well. After compromising some thoughts in her head she comes up with a Plan B and sets it into motion, learning that sometimes compromise is the best way to go and still be able to be you. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 A cute chapter book recommended for middle grade readers with hand drawn illustrations. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

June Wrap Up

I am wrapping up June with 24 books read! I am glad to say Thank you summer for giving me my groove back! I struggled for a few months thinking I could get over 20…..maybe it’s the hot weather or more time or the kids are home, I can’t tell you but whatever it is, I will take it! Yay! My list includes Everless by Sara Holland, Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall, The Way of Beauty by Camille Di Maio, Mom Set Free by Jeannie Cunnion, Keep It Shut by Karen Ehman, The Fates Divided by Veronica Roth, No Ordinary Sue by Hoang Chi Truong, Its Always The Husband by Michele Campbell, The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo, The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins, Still Alice by Lisa Genova, Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Liani Taylor, Illuminae, Gemina, and Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, The 3 Everyday Rules of Magic by Amanda Rawson Hill, Boying Up by Mayim Bialik, Lights Camera Cook and The Heat Is On by Charise Mericle Harper, Trapped in Room 217 by Thomas Kingsley Troupe, A Million Junes by Emily Henry, That’s Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger, An American Marriage by Tayari Jones and Legendary by Stephanie Garber. Thank you to all the book clubs I read with: @halflostbutterflyreadalong @saltwaterreads @blackheartreads @purewowbookclub @bookofthemonth @uppercasebookbox @25infive Modern Mrs. Darcy (@annebogel)and all the #buddyreads I pair up with @mycornerforbooksand and @kaylasteirwalt and to @kidlitexchange to make this one awesome month of reading! You can find all of my reviews on Instagram @borensbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

That’s Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger

@kidlitexchange #partner Thank you to #kidlitexchange for sharing the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 That’s Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger. 3 years after a mass school shooting 6 survivors are still trying to pick up the pieces of a heart wrenching day. Six, well five, because in a small town hate is too much when people want to believe things happened one way when in reality, that isn’t how it happened at all. The struggles that each one of these survivors feel, the anxiety, the panic, and the strain of knowing becomes very real. Looking back through media and police reports one survivor realizes none of what was said is the truth. Setting in motion to tell the truth now, she realizes maybe the world just needed a story to hold onto. A lie set in motion to create a martyr, because the real world needs a reason, not the truth. Or do they? Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

Trapped in Room 217 by Thomas Kingsley Troupe

@kidlitexchange #partner Thank you to #kidlitexchange for sharing the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Trapped in Room 217 by Thomas Kingsley Troupe. When I was a kid I got lost in Estes Park Colorado at a campground so naturally exploring was the thing to do, only I didn’t find anything spooky, so when I saw this book was based in Estes Park I couldn’t wait to dive into it! Jayla Walters isn’t sure how to feel about her Dad’s job sending them to Colorado to stay in a hotel just before spring break begins and so soon after their mom left them. She puts on a brave face for her younger brother, Dion as they begin this unsure adventure. On their first night in the hotel Jayla and Dion realize something isn’t quite right. Someone, or something, or more than one somethings, visit their hotel room every night. They arrange a private tour of the haunted hotel after befriending the clerk and the janitor. Jayla has come up with the perfect solution to help set the spirit free or has she? Sometimes the things we think are the best, may iinly be the best solution to you. It’s important to consider everyone when you make a choice Jayla and Dion and their new friends find out. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com