All posts for the month May, 2016

Penguin Random House Book Buzz

Published May 30, 2016 by Kattie Sivley

A few days ago I visited my local library and went to the Penguin Random House Book Buzz hosted by Robert Haddock.. It was really informative.  I didn’t know that the two publisher merged a couple of years ago and formed the largest publishing company!! Robert said they should have made the name Random Penguins to be more fun! Who doesn’t love random penguins?

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TBT Review: Riser (The Riser Saga #1) by Becca C. Smith

Published May 26, 2016 by Kattie Sivley

TBTI had a different book blog, and I had a bunch of problems with the blog hosting company, and all of my content was deleted.  I managed to salvage some of my reviews from back then by compiling what  I wrote on Goodreads, Amazon, and Barnes and Nobles review sections.  I will be posting these reviews under a new blog post called Throw Back Thursday Reviews, until I have posted them all on this blog. 🙂 See some that I have already posted here.


Goodreads Summary:

Black swirling holes churning madly in the center of every corpse. This is how eighteen-year-old Chelsan Derée sees the deceased. Her ability to connect to the black spinning holes allows her to control every dead thing within a four-mile radius.

But that’s the least of her problems. It’s 2320 and Chelsan Derée has to survive another year of high school, which for her is pure and utter torture, mainly due to the fact that her schoolmate Jill Forester’s favorite activity is making Chelsan’s life a living hell. If that isn’t enough, Chelsan’s impossible crush on Ryan Vaughn makes her brain do somersaults on a regular basis, especially since she is positive he doesn’t know she exists. And being eighteen Chelsan has to deal with the pressure of whether or not she should take a little pill called Age-pro, which cures aging, making the world eighteen forever and highly over-populated.

When Chelsan’s mother, Janet, is brutally killed, along with everyone else in her trailer park, Chelsan finds out that she was the intended target.

Chelsan must use her power to raise and control the dead to save herself, protect her friends and take down the man responsible for murdering her mother.

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HIPPOPOTAMISTER by John Patrick Green

Published May 25, 2016 by Kattie Sivley


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The zoo isn’t what it used to be. It’s run-down and falling apart. Hippo hardly ever gets any visitors. So he decides to set off for the outside with his friend Red Panda. To make it in the human world, Hippo will have to become a Hippopotamister: he’ll have to act like a human, get a job, and wear a hat as a disguise. He’s a good employee, whether he’s a construction worker, a hair stylist, or a sous chef. But what he really needs is a job where he can be himself.

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HippoMr-chef1My Thoughts:

I LOVED this book! Guys it is super cute! It is about a hippo at a run down zoo, who has a friend Red Panda, that leaves the zoo and goes to get different jobs.  After Red Panda visits the hippo at the zoo so often, the hippo decides to leave the crappy zoo and get a job also, so he has to become HIPPOPOTAMISTER!  The artwork is adorable and I think kids will really love this book.  He is really good at almost all of the jobs he tries in the world, and eventually they all come in handy for him.  This graphic novel is definitely worth checking out. 


About the Author


John Patrick Green grew up on Long Island and has worked in New York City since graduating from the School of Visual Arts with a degree in graphic design. He was the comics consultant for Disney Adventures magazine, where he wrote and often drew the popular Last Laugh feature. John is the co-creator and illustrator of the graphic novel series Jax Epoch and the Quicken Forbidden and Teen Boat!, both with writer Dave Roman. He has also worked as a writer, illustrator, or designer on comics and graphic novels for Nickelodeon Magazine, DreamWorks, Scholastic Graphix, and DC Comics. John lives in Brooklyn with zero cats and way too many LEGOs.


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8PS: What do you guys think of this graphic novel? Any other graphic novel recs?

Spring Fling Exchange

Published May 18, 2016 by Kattie Sivley

Danielle from Girlie to Nerdy hosted a gift exchange for a Facebook group that I am in called Geek Girls x Bloggers.  This was so fun!! The person we were sending our gift to was not who was sending to us so it was all a surprise!! Michelle Turner from Geeked Out Girl got me and she sent me the two cutest notebooks ever!  I am obsessed with buying notebooks and these are awesome because there are parts you have to color!! And who doesn’t love coloring?!?!?!



PS:  I am obsessed with gift exchanges! Tell me about some that you participate in!

#ArmchairBEA 2016: Surviving Fictional Worlds

Published May 14, 2016 by Kattie Sivley


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?

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#ArmchairBEA 2016: Beyond

Published May 13, 2016 by Kattie Sivley

ef1b2-armchairbealogoexampleBeyond 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!

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