Monday, January 18, 2016

Blog Tour: Review: The Children's Horrible House by N. Jane Quackenbush

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The Children’s Horrible House by N. Jane Quackenbush
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Release Date: November 10th 2015
Publisher:  Smashwords Edition
Format: Paperback
Middlegrade – mystery
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Holly Spinatsch, a curious and rebellious tomboy, was forewarned by her siblings that if she didn't make her bed, she would be taken away to The Children’s Horrible House...and indeed she was.
On her search for kinship in this seemingly haunted jail like mansion, she discovers a mystery lurking and breathing, crying out for discovery.
However, when she and her friends attempt to solve the mystery, they are only left with more questions.

Holly Spinatsh is warned that she will be taken The Children’s Horrible House if she does not make her bed like her mother has asked. She isn’t worried though because her mom always tells her to make her bed but she never does. She doesn’t start to get worried until her brother and sister start singing the song and even calling them!
“The Children’s Horrible House
The Children’s Horrile House
Where you work all day and never, never play…
The Children’s Horrible House.”

She frantically tries to find some way to clean her messy room. She ever tries to write a note to one of her sisters to do it. When it doesn’t work and she has come to terms that it won’t get done by the time they will get to her. Then the bus shows up and off she goes.

When she gets there she finds out that the school is just how the song describes. You make beds over and over and over again until they decide it looks good. If you don’t eat your lunch then they bag it up and you have it each day until its gone. They also go to classes. There are many children there and Holly seems to not fit in with anyone. She quickly finds out who her bullies are going to be. Though she makes some good friends too.

The story is also intertwined with the back story of the house, The North Star Estate. The house had originally belonged to Hawthron North Star. He lived there with his ill-behaved daughter Saffron.  Saffron’s mother, Sings-in-the-meadow, had gone away when she was little. Saffron was very bitter about that and did not have a good relationship with her father because of it.

I enjoyed that part of the story more than the actual story. I’m not sure why. It was just a chapter stuck in here and there. It did a good job of filling in the questions about the house though. One thing that I can’t decide if I like or not were the names of everyone at the school. Ms Pankins, Mr. Ree, Major Whoopins…. Get it? This definitely made it more of a children’s book to me. I enjoyed the drawings that were placed throughout the book also.

Overall it was a cute story and I think my son would like to read it. Maybe if I get him to read it he will clean his room!

(maybe a 3.5)

About the Author:
N Jane Quackenbush
N. Jane Quackenbush is a graduate of Palm Beach Atlantic University. She lives in a horrible house filled with mystery and fun in St. Augustine, Florida, a place she finds a lot of material by which she is inspired. Many places mentioned in her books are based on actual haunted buildings, star-filled planetariums and magical gardens deep within The Nation’s Oldest City.
N. Jane Quackenbush has also written the following Children’s Picture Books:
The Rocket Ship Bed Trip
The Pirate Ship Bed Trip
The Afternoon Moon
and many more books in the works!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

November Wrap-up | December TBR

{November Wrap-up}

Obviously this month wasn’t great just for the fact that I started reading again late in the month.

 A Fairy Extraordinary Christmas Story

{December TBR}

Bringing over what I didn’t get to last month. Sticking to my plan of one physical review book, one Netgalley book, Edelweiss book, and one from my shelf.

The SculptorParallelEntangled (Spellbound, #1)Fiendish

Physical review book - The Sculptor by Scott McCloud
Netgalley (borrowed from the library) - Parallel by Lauren Miller
Edelweiss – Entangled by Nikki Jefford
My shelf - Fiendish by Brenna Yovanoff

How was your month?! Have you read any of these books? Let me know in the comments!

Monday, November 30, 2015

Bookish Birthday’s | December 1st New Releases

Click on the title or cover to be taken to Goodreads to read the synopsis!

Not If I See You FirstForbiddenTarnished (Perfected, #2)
Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom
Forbidden by Eve Bunting
Tarnished by Kate Jarvik Birch

All We Left BehindHellraisers (The Devil's Engine #1)Their Fractured Light (Starbound, #3)
All We Left Behind by Ingrid Sundberg
Hellraisers by Alexander Gordon Smith
Their Fractured Light by Meagan Spooner, Amie Kaufman

Queen (The Blackcoat Rebellion #3)
Queen by Aimee Carter

What are you looking forward to!? Anything I didn’t mention? Let me know in the comments!

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