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Welcome to the Blog Tour for Regine’s Book by Regine Stokke.

Review turned personal heart melt

I was supposed to read and write a review for this book.

However, I chickened out on the reading part.

I have issues getting myself to read about dying people. I really wish I could have gotten over that fear and read this book because I really did want to. I think.

Let me give you a personal insight to my teen-aged years. When I was in 9th grade there were major issues at home. It was so bad that I moved in with my grandparents that lived about an hour from my parents. I was 13, nearly 14, and an average young adult. It was strange living with my grandparents at first but turned out to be pretty awesome. I never wanted to feel like a burden to them. I did my best to stay out of trouble, got good grades, tried to date decent guys and they were great back to me.

My grandfather, Poppy, was diagnosed with multiple myeloma cancer sometime before I moved in with them. My grandparents dedicated a huge chunk of their time going to and from doctors appointments and chemo treatments. I was only 13 and I wasn’t given specific information on exactly what was happening. I think they did this to protect me. I thank them for this.

I remember watching my grandfather get progressively more fragile as his treatments went on. The side effects from the chemo treatments were the worst. Seeing my grandfather in that light was one of the hardest things I have ever had to face. Since they lived about an hour away we didn’t see them too regularly. Every holiday for sure and sometimes in between. My Poppy was always the patriarch of my mom’s family. Always stood strong, had an amazing mustache and just exuded a fierceness for caring. He was always there when you needed him. The cancer/chemo sucked the life out him and it was heartbreaking.

I eventually moved back in with my parents before my sophomore year. I will never forget that year with them. I am thankful that I was not living with them in his last months. I can’t imagine what it would have been like to be there when he passed. I like to remember him before he got sick. To this day I can’t even try to picture him when he was sick, only when he was my Poppy.

Here’s a picture of him and my cousin.

I am sure the book is amazing. Maybe one day I will build up the courage to read it.

Regine’s Book: A Teen Girl’s Last Words by Regine Stokke

Zest Books | October 23, 2012 | 336 pages

  Summary

Regine’s blog about living with Leukemia gained a huge following, and eventually became this book. She writes openly about emotional and physical aspects of her 15-month struggle to recover, and explains how her disease impacts her life. In the course of her illness, Regine has photography exhibits, goes to concerts, enjoys her friends & family, and advocates for registering as a blood and bone marrow donor. She was a typical teenager with an amazing will to live; and the lessons she learned have relevance for all of us. She died at home on December 3, 2009 with her family and cat by her side. Originally published in Norway, the book was selected by the Norwegian Ministry of Culture for a translation grant. Norwegian sales are as follows: 30,000 copies hardcover (May – Dec 2010); 17,000 copies paperback (Jan – Sept 2011)

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Zest Books is an award-winning publisher of smart and edgy titles that focus on the colorful chaos of teen life. These nonfiction books cover timely topics in creative ways by incorporating solid life advice, practical how-to instruction, and humorous commentary. Zest Books’ catalogue includes 97 Things to Do Before You Finish High School, Where’s My Stuff: The Ultimate Teen Organizing Guide, and Scandalous! 50 Shocking Events You Should Know About So You Can Impress Your Friends. In Fall 2012, Zest Books launches a new line of memoirs and first-person accounts, and Dear Teen Me is the first book in this new line. Zest Books is distributed by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Giveaway

One reader will receive the following prize pack:  a copy of Regine’s Book, a bookmark, and Zest Books literacy poster

This will be a comment only giveaway.

To enter

Please just leave a comment, filling out the entire comment form. Do NOT put your email address in the comment block.

Giveaway will end at least by December 11th or until I select the comment winner some time after that date.

Open to US mailing addresses only.

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Rouge (Cheveux Roux, #1) by Leigh T. Moore

Amazon Digital Services, Inc. | November 11, 2012 | 300 pages

Procurement

eBook provided by Author

My Grade

Plot: 3

Setting: 3

Writing: 4

Originality: 1

Characters: 5

Romance: 4

Overall: 20/30 = 66%

Title/Cover Bonus: 0

Overall

Lacking original plot line but has an amazing cast of supporting characters full of life, dreams, passion and honor. I am very critical in my review on the originality. If I hadn’t seen Moulin Rouge! prior to reading this I can bet you any amount of money that I would have been head over heels for this book.

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[amazon_link id=”B009B1N1IC” target=”_blank” ]Of Blood and Bone (The Minaldi Legacy)[/amazon_link] by Courtney Cole

Lakehouse Press | September 14, 2012 | 226 pages

Procurement

eARC via Kismet Book Touring

My Grade

Plot: 3

Setting: 5

Writing: 4

Originality: 3

Characters: 4

Romance: 4

Overall: 23/30 76%

Title/Cover Bonus: 3

Overall

A predictable romantic mystery. Left me disappointed because I adored her amazing YA series.

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[amazon_link id=”0373210582″ target=”_blank” ]Alice in Zombieland (White Rabbit Chronicles, #1)[/amazon_link] by Gena Showalter

September 25, 2012 | Harlequin Teen | 404 pages

Procurement

ARC from Harlequin Teen.

My Grade

Plot: 5

Setting: 5

Writing: 5

Originality: 5

Characters: 5

Romance: 5

Overall: 30/30! A++++ Perfect blend of paranormal, romance and mystery

Title/Cover Bonus: 5

Overall

An amazing cast of characters with a lovely romance, some spirit eating zombies and a pair of butt-kicking zombie slayers set to protect each other and everyone they love.

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[amazon_image id=”0545327865″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”large” ]The Dark Unwinding[/amazon_image]

[amazon_link id=”0545327865″ target=”_blank” ]The Dark Unwinding[/amazon_link] by Sharon Cameron

Scholastic Press | September 1, 2012 | 336 pages

Launch Party

Monday, August 27, 6:30-8 pm

Parnassus Books, 3900 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37215

Procurement

eARC from publisher via NetGalley

My Grade

Plot: 5

Setting: 6

Writing: 5

Originality: 6

Characters: 5

Romance: 5

Overall: 32/30!! A++++

Title/Cover Bonus: 5

Overall

An engrossing tale of a strange old man who loves his playtime, a niece who learns to love playtime too, amoung other things, a house full of endearing servants, tunnels and a most unusual self sustaining estate.

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[amazon_image id=”1599906953″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”large” ]Throne of Glass[/amazon_image]

[amazon_link id=”1599906953″ target=”_blank” ]Throne of Glass[/amazon_link] by Sarah J. Maas

August 7, 2012 | Bloomsbury USA Children | 416 pages

Procurement

eARC from publisher via NetGalley

My Grade

Plot: 5

Setting: 5

Writing: 4

Originality: 4

Characters: 4

Romance: 5

Overall: 27/30 90% A

Title/Cover Bonus: 4

Overall

A great look into the world of a teen aged, female assassin thrust into the world of royalty and some very strange events to unfold.

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[amazon_image id=”B008E409I2″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”large” ]Dante’s Girl (The Paradise Diaries)[/amazon_image]

[amazon_link id=”B008E409I2″ target=”_blank” ]Dante’s Girl (The Paradise Diaries)[/amazon_link] by Courtney Cole

Lakehouse Press | June 22, 2012 | 224 pages

$3.99 [amazon_link id=”B008E409I2″ target=”_blank” ]Amazon Kindle[/amazon_link]

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Kismet Blog Touring

My Grade

Plot: 5

Setting: 6

Writing: 5

Originality: 5

Characters: 5

Romance: 6

Overall: 32/30! A+++++ Super sweet romance in paradise!

Title/Cover Bonus: 5

Overall

An incredibly sweet contemporary romance set in the perfect paradise with the perfect Prince Charming ever.

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 [amazon_image id=”0373210493″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”large” ]Pushing the Limits (Harlequin Teen)[/amazon_image]

[amazon_link id=”0373210493″ target=”_blank” ]Pushing the Limits[/amazon_link] by Katie McGarry

Harlequin Teen | July 31, 2012 | 416 pages

Procurement

eARC from publisher via NetGalley.

My Grade

Plot: 5

Setting: 4

Writing: 4

Originality: 4

Characters: 5

Romance: 5

Overall: 27/30! 90%

Title/Cover Bonus: 5

Overall

A powerful contemporary set around two struggling teens looking for someone to accept them as they are; flaws, scars and all.

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[amazon_image id=”0375866566″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”large” ]Seraphina[/amazon_image]

[amazon_link id=”0375866566″ target=”_blank” ]Seraphina[/amazon_link] by Rachel Hartman

July 10, 2012 | Random House Children’s Books | 467 pages

Summary (Goodreads)

Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty’s anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high.

Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered—in suspiciously draconian fashion. Seraphina is drawn into the investigation, partnering with the captain of the Queen’s Guard, the dangerously perceptive Prince Lucian Kiggs. While they begin to uncover hints of a sinister plot to destroy the peace, Seraphina struggles to protect her own secret, the secret behind her musical gift, one so terrible that its discovery could mean her very life.

In her exquisitely written fantasy debut, Rachel Hartman creates a rich, complex, and utterly original world. Seraphina’s tortuous journey to self-acceptance is one readers will remember long after they’ve turned the final page

Quick Review

This book was very interesting. Full of exquisite details. In a very good way.

This was my first dragon book and I was fully engrossed; probably because of the historical elements and the back story we get introduced to.  Seraphina is a strong female lead character and her journey through this book is fulfilling and will leave you wanting to know more about her and her species.

A strong debut fantasy author and a promising new series. I await book 2!

Book #2, Dracomachia, will probably be published next year.

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[amazon_image id=”037321054X” link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”large” ]Temptation[/amazon_image]
[amazon_link id=”037321054X” target=”_blank” ]Temptation[/amazon_link] by Karen Ann Hopkins

Harlequin TEEN | June 26, 2012

Paperback | Kindle |B&N | Indiebound

Procurement

eARC from publisher via NetGalley.

My Grade

Plot: 4

Setting: 5

Writing: 4

Originality: 4

Characters: 4

Romance: 5

Overall: 26/30 86% B

Title/Cover Bonus: 3

Overall

An enlightening portrayal of the Amish community, forbidden love and strong family values.

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