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BEA'S BOOK NOOK "I can't imagine a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once." C. S. Lewis “If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.” ― Oscar Wilde

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Bea Reviews The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires

Bea's Book Nook, Review, The Most Magnificent Thing, Ashley Spires
Publisher: Kids Can Press 
Source: the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Release Date: April 1st, 2014

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Blurb from goodreads:

Award-winning author and illustrator Ashley Spires has created a charming picture book about an unnamed girl and her very best friend, who happens to be a dog. The girl has a wonderful idea. She is going to make the most MAGNIFICENT thing! She knows just how it will look. She knows just how it will work. All she has to do is make it, and she makes things all the time. Easy-peasy!? But making her magnificent thing is anything but easy, and the girl tries and fails, repeatedly. Eventually, the girl gets really, really mad. She is so mad, in fact, that she quits. But after her dog convinces her to take a walk, she comes back to her project with renewed enthusiasm and manages to get it just right.

For the early grades' exploration of character education, this funny book offers a perfect example of the rewards of perseverance and creativity. The girl's frustration and anger are vividly depicted in the detailed art, and the story offers good options for dealing honestly with these feelings, while at the same time reassuring children that it's okay to make mistakes. The clever use of verbs in groups of threes is both fun and functional, offering opportunities for wonderful vocabulary enrichment. The girl doesn't just make her magnificent thing --- "she tinkers and hammers and measures, she smoothes and wrenches and fiddles, she twists and tweaks and fastens." These precise action words are likely to fire up the imaginations of youngsters eager to create their own inventions and is a great tie-in to learning about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Bea Reviews Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber

Bea's Book Nook, Review, Are You Sleeping, Kathleen Barber
Publisher: Gallery Books
Source: the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Release Date: August 1st, 2017
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Blurb from goodreads:

Serial meets Ruth Ware’s In A Dark, Dark Wood in this inventive and twisty psychological thriller about a mega-hit podcast that reopens a murder case—and threatens to unravel the carefully constructed life of the victim’s daughter.

The only thing more dangerous than a lie...is the truth.

Josie Buhrman has spent the last ten years trying to escape her family’s reputation and with good reason. After her father's murder thirteen years prior, her mother ran away to join a cult and her twin sister Lanie, once Josie’s closest friend and confidant, betrayed her in an unimaginable way. Now, Josie has finally put down roots in New York, settling into domestic life with her partner Caleb, and that’s where she intends to stay. The only problem is that she has lied to Caleb about every detail of her past—starting with her last name.

When investigative reporter Poppy Parnell sets off a media firestorm with a mega-hit podcast that reopens the long-closed case of Josie’s father’s murder, Josie’s world begins to unravel. Meanwhile, the unexpected death of Josie’s long-absent mother forces her to return to her Midwestern hometown where she must confront the demons from her past—and the lies on which she has staked her future.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Review & Giveaway: Death Overdue by Allison Brooks

Review, Giveaway, Death Overdue, Allison Brooks, Bea's Book Nook

Series: A Haunted Library Mystery #1
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books 
Source: the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Release Date: October 19th, 2017 
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Blurb from goodreads:

Carrie Singleton is just about done with Clover Ridge, Connecticut until she's offered a job as the head of programs and events at the spooky local library, complete with its own librarian ghost. Her first major event is a program presented by a retired homicide detective, Al Buckley, who claims he knows who murdered Laura Foster, a much-loved part-time library aide who was bludgeoned to death fifteen years earlier. As he invites members of the audience to share stories about Laura, he suddenly keels over and dies.

The medical examiner reveals that poison is what did him in and Carrie feels responsible for having surged forward with the program despite pushback from her director. Driven by guilt, Carrie's determined to discover who murdered the detective, convinced it's the same man who killed Laura all those years ago. Luckily for Carrie, she has a friendly, knowledgeable ghost by her side. But as she questions the shadows surrounding Laura's case, disturbing secrets come to light and with each step Carrie takes, she gets closer to ending up like Al.

Now it's due or die for Carrie in Death Overdue, the delightful first in a new cozy series by Allison Brook.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Entangled Spook-tacular Paranormal Romance Sale!

Entangled, Spook-tacular, Paranormal Romance, Sale, Bea's Book Nook
No tricks here, just treats for you!


Entangled is excited to be celebrating our Halloween Spook-tacular here with you! What better way to celebrate Halloween than with some fun treats? So we've picked 12 not to be missed paranormal reads that you will want to load onto your e-reader and even better each is on sale for just 99¢!

So be sure to pick these up while they're on sale for this week only!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Excerpt & Giveaway: A Very Cowboy Christmas by Kim Redford

Excerpt, Giveaway, A Very Cowboy Christmas, Kim Redford, Bea's Book Nook



Excerpt, Giveaway, A Very Cowboy Christmas, Kim Redford, Bea's Book Nook

There's nothing like a firefighting cowboy to keep you toasty warm this Christmas...

Christmas is coming up, and single mom Sydney Steele is determined to make this a holiday to remember for Wildcat Bluff County. She still has to get those pesky, reluctant―and deliciously attractive―firefighting cowboys to pose for her charity calendar. They claim they're too busy pursuing an unknown arsonist to take a break.

Dune Barrett has been flirting with Sydney for months, so he jumps at the chance to give her a hand. And when he agrees to pose as Mr. December, she couldn't be happier. But to really win her over, Dune will have to convince eleven other guys from his crew to exploit their good looks for charity...a task much easier said than done.


Monday, October 16, 2017

Bea Reviews The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O'Neill

Bea's Book Nook, Review, The Tea Dragon Society, Katie O'Neill
Publisher: Oni Press 
Source: the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Release Date: October 31st, 2017 
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Blurb from goodreads:

From the award-winning author of Princess Princess Ever After comes The Tea Dragon Society, a charming all-ages book that follows the story of Greta, a blacksmith apprentice, and the people she meets as she becomes entwined in the enchanting world of tea dragons.

After discovering a lost tea dragon in the marketplace, Greta learns about the dying art form of tea dragon care-taking from the kind tea shop owners, Hesekiel and Erik. As she befriends them and their shy ward, Minette, Greta sees how the craft enriches their lives—and eventually her own.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Bea Reviews Snappsy the Alligator and His Best Friend Forever, Probably by Julie Falatko, Pictures by Tim Miller

Series: Snappsy the Alligator
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Source: the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Release Date: October 3rd, 2017 
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Blurb from goodreads:

Snappsy the alligator wants nothing more than a quiet evening alone, but a pesky chicken who insists he’s Snappsy’s best friend won’t leave him alone. Friendship bracelets? Matching shirts? The sleepover of the century? Snappsy did not ask for any of the activities this chicken – his best friend forever? – is planning.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Bea Reviews White Trash Zombie Unchained by Diana Rowland

Bea's Book Nook, Review, White Trash Zombie Unchained, Diana Rowland
Series: White Trash Zombie #6
Publisher: DAW
Source: the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Release Date: September 5th, 2017 
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Blurb from goodreads:

Angel Crawford has finally pulled herself together (literally!) after her disastrous dismemberment on Mardi Gras. She’s putting the pieces of her life back in order and is ready to tackle whatever the future holds.

Too bad the future is a nasty bitch. There’s a new kind of zombie in town: mindless shamblers, infectious and ravenous.

With the threat of a full-blown shambler pandemic looming, and a loved one stricken, Angel and the “real” zombies scramble to find a cure. Yet when Angel uncovers the true reason the plague is spreading so quickly, she adds “no-holds-barred revenge” to her to-do list.

Angel is busting her ass dealing with shambling hordes, zombie gators, government jerks, and way too many mosquitos, but this white trash chick ain’t giving up.

Good thing, since the fate of the world is resting on her undead shoulders.