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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

BLOG TOUR: The Boy is Back by Meg Cabot

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're joining a TLC Book Tours promotion already in progress starring the latest release from an author well known in the literary arena.  She's the creative mind behind the stories that brought us Princess Mia, among other memorable characters, and while this one is is technically fourth in a series, it reads perfectly well as a stand alone.  Ladies and gents...because in truth, there is just as much for the ladies as there is for the gents with this multi-narrator's blog tour guest and book of choice is...

Meg Cabot
William Morrow Paperbacks

About the book...
In this brand-new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot, a scandal brings a young man back home to the small town, crazy family, and first love he left behind.

Reed Stewart thought he’d left all his small town troubles—including a broken heart—behind when he ditched tiny Bloomville, Indiana, ten years ago to become rich and famous on the professional golf circuit.  Then one tiny post on the Internet causes all of those troubles to return . . . with a vengeance.
Becky Flowers has worked hard to build her successful senior relocation business, but she’s worked even harder to forget Reed Stewart ever existed. She has absolutely no intention of seeing him when he returns—until his family hires her to save his parents.

Now Reed and Becky can’t avoid one another—or the memories of that one fateful night.  And soon everything they thought they knew about themselves (and each other) has been turned upside down, and they—and the entire town of Bloomville—might never be the same, all because The Boy Is Back.

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Once upon a time, there was a fair maiden not from the wrong side of the tracks exactly, but certainly not from the pristine, nose-raised-high hills surrounding.  She had a mad crush on the local "prince" and as luck would have it, one day, her chance came to make all her wishes come true.  Only thing is...wishes are wishes, and reality is  well, reality...the latter isn't always as nice or accommodating as the former.

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Our "maiden" would be Becky Flowers; modern business woman with a heart of gold, and ten years removed from the high school girl crush she had on our "prince", Reed Stewart.  Good times were had back then, until it all came crashing down on prom night.  No, it's not what you're thinking, though still traumatic to their love lorn hearts and with consequences that would remove them from each other's lives for a full decade.  What?  TEN YEARS?!  Yep, ten long years...but tell that to either one when their paths cross once again because to read their thoughts, you'd think only days had passed.  One thing leads to another and soon it seems inevitable, the heart wants what the heart wants...but will it be enough to remove the hurt of the past, the hardships of the present, and form a possible future?  

Okay, so the Stewart family is definitely not the Brady bunch.  They have problems like everyone else, but they hit the publicity fan when their seemingly level headed parents tried a variation on the "eat and ditch" ploy popular in some circles, and it backfired.  Do I think they had ill intents?  No, but that doesn't mean everyone else agrees which acts as the fuse that lights the proverbial fire under their children's behinds to help get their financial picture in order...and boy does it need help.  The antics of Marshall and Carly, Trimble and Lyle, and several other choice voices, add the flavor and flair the story needs to keep things interesting...otherwise we're dealing with a case of parental units getting older, possible shadiness occurring to their money holdings from unexpected sources, and a second chance love story.  All good things, but the extras are what make this one come together.  Now to the sticky part...

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Try as I might, I couldn't really get on board the bandwagon of fandom.  I suppose it could have been the format (it's told COMPLETELY in tweets, messages, emails, and news postings...but I have enjoyed this style from time to time), maybe the multi-narrator voice of the story (then again, doubtful), or maybe it was just TOO light (with that whole non-event deal) for me at this moment in my reading life. In retrospect though, I think my biggest issue was the event that drove the wedge between father, son, and potential daughter-in-law, so many moons ago.  I was waiting for some big to-do and when it happened, it was (to me) pretty much a non-event.  I mean, teens do things much MUCH worse in life and fiction without the harshness doled out here, not to mention that Reed really should've grown a pair in TEN FLIPPING YEARS.     

Whatever the case may be, I don't regret my time between the pages, but sadly, I probably won't be making another journey either.  Cie la vie!  Every book is not for every person, but this one might just be YOUR NEXT BEST READ!  You'll never know if you don't give it a shot though, so please...pick up a copy, crack the spine (*shudders*) and tell me YOUR point of view!


About the author...

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Meg Cabot was born in Bloomington, Indiana. In addition to her award-winning adult contemporary fiction, she is the author of bestselling young adult fiction, including The Princess Diaries and the Mediator series. More than twenty-five million copies of her novels for children and adults have sold worldwide. Meg lives in Key West, Florida, with her husband.


Special thanks to Trish at TLC Book Tours for the chance to bring this tour to you as well as to the HarperCollins Publishers publicity team for the copy for review.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the series, the author, the publisher, THIS TOUR, or those forthcoming, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title is available now via William Morrow Paperbacks, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing.

Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!

Monday, October 24, 2016

BLOG TOUR: The Wishing World by Todd Fahnestock

Hi guys and gals!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're joining a Roger Charlie blog tour featuring a soon to be released title that you won't want to miss.  It finds itself at home in the Children's Fiction/Fantasy genre and when I say that it will have your imagination will running wild, that is NOT an understatement.  The fact that it can provoke readers imaginations is one thing but within the story world itself, that provocation, that POWER, had consequences far beyond what you might at first perceive.  So clear your minds and be prepared, we're going on an adventure!  Today's ebook of choice is...

The Wishing World

Todd Fahnestock

About the book...
In the Wishing World, dreams are real. You can transform into your own hero, find wild and whimsical friends, and wield power as great as your imagination. But Lorelei doesn't know about any of that. All she knows is that a monster took her family.

It happened during a camping trip one year ago. Hiding inside the tent, she saw shadows, tentacles and a strange creature. By the time she got up the courage to crawl outside, the monster--and Lorelei's mom, dad, and brother--were gone.

Lorelei is determined to find her family. When she accidentally breaks into the Wishing World, she discovers a way. It's a land more wonderful than she could have imagined, a land of talking griffons, water princesses, and cities made of sand, where Lorelei is a Doolivanti--a wish-maker--who can write her dreams into existence.

There's only one problem: the monster is a Doolivanti, too. What he wishes also comes true, and he's determined to shove Lorelei out, keep her family, and make the whole Wishing World his. To save them, Lorelei must find the courage to face him, or her next wish may be her last.


 Doolivanti, griffon, eternal seas, Squeak... and the list goes on. This book is neither short on characters, nor imagination, and they work wonders to build a story that you'll long to get lost between the pages of...I know I did, and now that I've emerged, allow me to shed a little light on my journey.

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What begins in a rush of memories shared, familial loss felt, and the innocent wishes of one little girl made so strongly that the very rules of the natural world consider bending to her will, grows into a quest unlike any other.  Lorelei is our leading lady and though young in age, she is so much stronger, and wiser than she even knows.  Though her family was taken from her, she never really gave up on them...good thing too because otherwise what happens after her wish of all wishes hits the universe would be unfathomable.  You see, sometimes wishes can come true, but even so, it doesn't mean they were meant to play out the way we expected.  Lorelei wants her family back, but in order to possibly accomplish the impossible, she's going to have to face the darkest darkness of another's heart, while making some tough decisions within her own.  Her choices affect more than just herself and her family, but a whole world of wildly fantastical creatures and creations.  Will she be strong enough to preserve this world of imaginations gone wild while still answering her heart's desire?  Wouldn't you like to know...  *smirk*

Oh come on, you knew I wasn't going to spoil it for you and seriously, I couldn't forgive myself if I did!  The cast of characters is vast and wonderful.  The connections they have to each other and to Lorelei are unexpected, yet work beautifully.  I must say, a favorite character of mine was most definitely Squeak.  Yes, he is a mouse.  No, we can't understand him, though others can, but that doesn't make his observations, opinions, and direction any less important (or spot on!) there is a reason for that lack of understanding that we come to understand later on along with Lorelei.  Speaking out her, I gotta say, she was a gem herself!  I was at first confused by her shedding of the "Loremaster" name and image when she came to The Wishing World but gradually, it all made sense.  Just one of many mysteries that reveal themselves by book's end...and what an end it is!  Satisfying and yet room to grow; I wonder...

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In conclusion, it was one fascinating rush of a read! Filled with all the magical characters you can stand, and capturing so much within its words while leaving mountains still left to explore, this is one read that you'll definitely want to explore on more than one occasion.  It works as a standalone but most readers will still be clamoring for more... *joins the hordes*

Recommended read for Children's Fiction fans of all ages.  All you need is an interest, and a heaping dose of imagination, and you'll be sailing through the "e" or "tree" pages faster than you can riddle through a Flimflam's poetic nonsense.


About the author...

Todd Fahnestock

TODD FAHNESTOCK won the New York Public Library's Books for the Teen Age Award for one of his short stories, and is the author of the YA bestseller Fairmist as well as The Wishing World. Stories are his passion, but Todd's greatest accomplishment is his quirky, fun-loving family. The Wishing World began as a series of bedtime stories for his children.



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Special thanks to Samantha at Roger Charlie for the ebook for review as well as the chance to bring this tour to you.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the author, THIS TOUR, or those promotions on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title is set to release Tuesday (10/25/16) via Starscape, so mark your calendar and be on the lookout for it at a virtual retailer of your choosing.

Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!

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