Browsing Tag:

Random House Books for Young Readers

    THE SCIENCE OF BREAKABLE THINGS by Tae Keller Blog Tour Review

    I am so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for THE SCIENCE OF BREAKABLE THINGS by Tae Keller. From the moment I first read this book’s description I couldn’t wait to meet Natalie and find out whether scientific method helped her with everything she was going through with her family.

    For my stop today I’m sharing my thoughts about this lovely and amazing book, which released last seek. So if you’d like to know what I though scroll down for my review.

    If you haven’t yet heard about THE SCIENCE OF BREAKABLE THINGS or its author, Tae Keller, information about both book and author are below along with places to find them online.


    Add to Goodreads

    Author: Tae Keller
    Release date: March 6, 2018
    Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
    Pages: 304
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook


    How do you grow a miracle? For the record, this is not the question Mr. Neely is looking for when he says everyone in class must answer an important question using the scientific method. But Natalie’s botanist mother is suffering from depression, so this is The Question that’s important to Natalie. When Mr. Neely suggests that she enter an egg drop competition, Natalie has hope.

    Eggs are breakable. Hope is not. Natalie has a secret plan for the prize money. She’s going to fly her mother to see the Cobalt Blue Orchids—flowers that survive against impossible odds. The magical flowers are sure to inspire her mother to love life again. Because when parents are breakable, it’s up to kids to save them, right?

    An extraordinary debut about the coming-of-age moment when kids realize that parents are people, too, and that talking about problems is like taking a plant out of a dark cupboard and giving it light. The Fourteenth Goldfish meets The Thing About Jellyfish in THE SCIENCE OF BREAKABLE THINGS.


    NOTE: This review is based on an ARC received from the publisher in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book. A Kindle eCopy was purchased for my collection.

    The Review

    THE SCIENCE OF BREAKABLE THINGS is a charming and delightful, emotional, meaningful, and thoroughly engaging read. It is full of hope and heartache and humor, clever footnotes, adorable illustrations, and a plethora of broken eggs.

    Ever since Natalie’s mom all but disappeared from her life, Natalie’s been looking for answers and for a way to fix things so that the mom she knew will return and replace the not-there version who spends most of her days in bed.

    Her new, overly enthusiastic science teacher’s suggestion that she participate in the local egg drop competition might not be such a bad one. It will give her just the opportunity she needs to help – that is, if she can win.

    Going it alone she doesn’t stand a chance, but with her best friend Twig and new friend Dari on her team, winning is a real possibility – even with drop ideas that contain glitter, marshmallows, and chocolate.

    Tae Keller created a sympathetic, relatable, likable, funny, flawed, and real character in Natalie. She put her character in a situation that forced her to grow up, to learn things she might not have wanted to learn, to adapt, to become more aware, more thoughtful, more understanding. But she didn’t make her go it alone.

    The author did an incredible job of keeping her story at just the right amounts of serious and fun. It is moving and heart-rending. But with a hashtag happy teacher, a friend who doesn’t know the meaning of a whisper, and a dad whose idea of fun is running errands, it is equally as lighthearted and hilarious as it is affecting.

    Aimed at a middle grade audience, THE SCIENCE OF BREAKABLE THINGS can be just as easily enjoyed by a young adult readership, as well as readers of most ages. It incorporates science in a way that is amusing and educational. It tackles emotionally tough issues. It introduces a bit of cultural diversity. It offers food for thought. It has some sweet and wonderful characters. And it is witty and smart and an amazingly great read.

    The Rating

    About Tae Keller

    Saavedra Photography

    TAE KELLER (@TaeKeller) grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii, where she wrote stories, ate spam musubis, and participated in her school’s egg drop competition. (She did not win.) After graduating from Bryn Mawr College, she moved to New York City to work in publishing, and now has a very stubborn Yorkie and a multitude of books as roommates. Visit her at and be sure to join her newsletter




    Add to Goodreads

    Title & Series: A SHADOW BRIGHT AND BURNING (Kingdom on Fire #1)
    Author: Jessica Cluess
    Release date: September 20, 2016
    Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
    Pages: 416
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Read an EXCERPT


    Henrietta can burst into flames.

    Forced to reveal her power to save a friend, she’s shocked when instead of being executed, she’s named the first female sorcerer in hundreds of years and invited to train as one of Her Majesty’s royal sorcerers.

    Thrust into the glamour of Victorian London, Henrietta is declared the prophesied one, the girl who will defeat the Ancients, bloodthirsty demons terrorizing humanity. She also meets her fellow sorcerer trainees, handsome young men eager to test her power and her heart. One will challenge her. One will fight for her. One will betray her.

    But Henrietta is not the chosen one.

    As she plays a dangerous game of deception, she discovers that the sorcerers have their own secrets to protect. With battle looming, how much will she risk to save the city—and the one she loves?


    NOTE: This review is based on a finished copy of the book received from Blogging for Books. A kindle eCopy was purchased for my collection.

    The Review

    A SHADOW BRIGHT AND BURNING is an instantly captivating, utterly enchanting, lightning-fast and unputdownable read. It is filled with delightful, interesting and creepy characters, exciting and deadly battles, dark and light sorcery, secrets, deception and betrayal. It introduces a main character who is strong, determined, loyal and kind-hearted, with amazing abilities, and with dangerous secrets to protect. And it promises to keep readers riveted with incredible writing, intriguing world-building, thrilling magic, a touch of romance, and the anticipation of what is still to come.

    In a world where magic is outlawed, having the ability to create fire is dangerous and not being able to keep it hidden could mean death. But with an ability that is hard to control when angry or upset, Henrietta Howel knows she won’t be able to keep her secret for long. Not when everything the headmaster does causes her hands to burst into flames.

    And when her secret is revealed at last, she thought she’d be taken to London to be imprisoned or executed. She never imagined that it would be to train with other sorcerers, that she was a sorcerer, that she could be the prophesied one. Or that she could be something else.

    With the Ancients wreaking havoc and getting closer than ever before to defeating the sorcerers and with even more more to lose, Henrietta will have to find a way to master her ability, learn to harness all sorcerer powers, and keep all of her secrets from coming to light. A near insurmountable feat at best, but with threats from within and without, her attempt to succeed may just be futile.

    Jessica Cluess spun a tale that will make readers fall in love with her characters, their abilities, their world. She created the perfect blend of action, suspense and spellbinding magic. She delivered frightening and gruesome enemies, charming and mysterious sorcerers, along with moments of humor, horror and adorableness, making A SHADOW BRIGHT AND BURNING an absolute must read.

    The Rating

    About Jessica Cluess

    Jessica Cluess is a writer, a graduate of Northwestern University, and an unapologetic nerd. After college, she moved to Los Angeles, where she served coffee to the rich and famous while working on her first novel. When she’s not writing books, she’s an instructor at Writopia Lab, helping kids and teens tell their own stories.




    Book Watch: Dualed


    DualedDUALED by Elsie Chapman releases in the U.S. on February 26, 2013 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Random House Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 304 pages.

    DUALED is the first book in author Elsie Chapman’s series of the same name. The second book in the series, DIVIDED, is slated for release in February 2014.


    There are a ton of awesome books releasing the week of February 26th, but there is no book I’m more excited for than DUALED by Elsie Chapman. I have been pining for this book ever since I first noticed it last spring and with release date less than three weeks away the wait is finally almost over.

    I did not have instant cover love for this book. Nor was I immediately attracted to its title. While the shadowed image of the girl, which highlighted the fact that she was carrying both a knife and a gun and that the shadow wasn’t a true shadow, might have piqued my curiosity eventually, it was the tagline that claimed my full attention.

    Two of you exist. Only one will survive.

    Yeah. Those two simple sentences alone raised more than a few questions – Why are there two? Are they clones? Are they twins? Why must only one survive? What kind of world did this author create?

    And they were questions I definitely wanted answered. So, of course I checked out the description which made me that much more desperate to get my hands on a copy.

    DUALED sounds amazing. As the description hints, it does sound like it will provide a lot of food for thought about this society, about the survivors, about who best deserves a chance to live. And I cannot wait to discover for myself just what questions this story raises for me.

    But I also cannot wait to meet West Grayer and to find out what the “tragic misstep” was that causes her to question her own worth. I am also very curious to see how the author introduces the “Alts” and whether she brings them to life only to destroy them in the course of this story.

    This dark, dystopian society reminds me a little bit of the one in King’s The Long Walk, so I’m incredibly interested in diving in when it releases later this month.

    The description promises a story that has “fast-paced action” and “unexpected romance” along with those ideas to ponder. Which make this first book in the author’s series one that I think definitely deserves the spotlight.

    So, without a doubt, DUALED is my choice for the book to watch this week. Even with all those other awesome releases.

    And if you don’t want to have to wait for release and would like to listen to an audio excerpt on YouTube, CLICK HERE.


    Book Trailer


    Places to Watch

    The author on TWITTER

    The author on FACEBOOK

    The author’s WEBSITE

    The author on PINTEREST

    The author’s TUMBLR

    The author on GOODREADS


    About the Book

    Goodreads description:

    You or your Alt? Only one will survive.

    The city of Kersh is a safe haven, but the price of safety is high. Everyone has a genetic Alternate—a twin raised by another family—and citizens must prove their worth by eliminating their Alts before their twentieth birthday. Survival means advanced schooling, a good job, marriage—life.

    Fifteen-year-old West Grayer has trained as a fighter, preparing for the day when her assignment arrives and she will have one month to hunt down and kill her Alt. But then a tragic misstep shakes West’s confidence. Stricken with grief and guilt, she’s no longer certain that she’s the best version of herself, the version worthy of a future. If she is to have any chance of winning, she must stop running not only from her Alt, but also from love . . . though both have the power to destroy her.

    Elsie Chapman’s suspenseful YA debut weaves unexpected romance into a novel full of fast-paced action and thought-provoking philosophy. When the story ends, discussions will begin about this future society where every adult is a murderer and every child knows there is another out there who just might be better.


    Other Amazing Books to Watch

    Here are a bunch of wicked cool books releasing the week of February 26th:


    THE MADNESS UNDERNEATH (Shades of London #2) by Maureen Johnson

    FRAGMENTS (Partials #2) by Dan Wells

    PULSE (Pulse #1) by Patrick Carman

    SCANDAL (The Ivy #4) by Lauren Kunze and Rina Onur

    WHAT WE BECOME (Those That Wake #2) by Jesse Karp

    ALSO KNOWN AS by Robin Benway

    EMBLAZE (The Violet Eden Chapters #3) by Jessica Shirvington (March 1)

    THE LOOK by Sophie Bennett (March 1, in stock Feb. 8)

    ME, HIM, THEM, IT by Caela Carter

    REVENGE OF THE GIRL WITH THE GREAT PERSONALITY by Elizabeth Eulberg (March 1, in stock Feb. 8)



All content - except for guest posts and guest reviews - has been written by me and can not be copied or used without permission. All graphics and images used on my site – aside from book covers used for purposes of discussion – have either been given to me by authors, publishers or bloggers for guest posts, blog tours, interviews or promotion, have been sourced, have been designed by me or have been purchased for my exclusive use. Aside from images with a “grab code” beneath, no images can be used or displayed without permission.


All reviews on this website are unbiased and reviewers are in no way compensated for their reviews by the author, publisher, or any other agencies. While some reviews may be based on receipt of ARC copies of an authors work, a fair and impartial review is always given by the reviewer. Most of the reviews, however, are based upon books purchased after publication date.