AudioBook Review: Batgirl At Superhero High

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ABOUT
BATGIRL AT SUPER HERO HIGH
(DC SUPER HERO GIRLS)

Get your cape on with the DC Super Hero Girls™— the unprecedented new Super Hero universe especially for girls! Readers of all ages can fly high with the all-new adventures of Wonder Woman™, Supergirl™, Batgirl™, and some of the world’s most iconic female super heroes as high schoolers!

Batgirl has always hidden in the shadows—but does she have what it takes to stand in the spotlight at Super Hero High?

Barbara Gordon has always been an off-the-charts, just-forget-about-the-test super-genius and tech whiz, and then she gets the offer of a lifetime when Supergirl recognizes that Barbara’s talents make her an ideal candidate for Super Hero High. Donning the cape and cowl, Barbara Gordon becomes Batgirl, ready to train at the most elite school on the planet, next to some of the most powerful teenagers in the galaxy. She’s always had the heart of a hero . . . but now she’ll have to prove that she can be one. Good thing she loves a challenge!

Award-winning author Lisa Yee brings mystery, thrills, and laughs to this groundbreaking series that follows DC Comics most iconic female Super Heroes and Super-Villains. Move over Batman™ and Superman™—the DC Super Hero Girls are ready to save the day and have fun doing it!


Chronology:
Companion/third in series (but can standalone)

Release Date:
January 3rd 2017

Age Range:
Definitely older children, lower middle grade. Maybe ages 8-12, ideally.


Star Rating:

4 Stars


Review:

If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, you’ll know two things. I rarely read middle grade, and I loathe audiobooks. Actually, when I requested this book I didn’t realize it was an audiobook. But I went with it. My sister was watching the show, and it made me want to request this.

I like the idea of these books, making superheroes for girls too, not just books. Encouraging reading with the books etc. Its pretty cheesy and dumbed down, but it is a lower middle grade book, so I expected as much. I do think pretween girls, which its intended for, will enjoy it if they enjoy superhero stories at all.

In the beginning, it was pretty clear this was a sequel/companion, as previous events are recapped, but it didn’t impair the story at all past the initial “wait what” moment. At certain times, the characters seemed to act a bit older than their supposed ages, and it through me off when hearing a familiar DC comic name that was characterized differently, so get used to the idea of “alternate DC universe with every hero and villain a 12 year old in superhero boarding school”.

I did think it was well written, and I like Mae Whitman’s narrating, even if I cannot get into it as much as I’d’ve liked because the audiobook took about 5x as long to listen to as it would have been to read.

Overall, I thought it was a cute story. If you fall into the target audience (or enjoy books for that target audience) I’d recommend it.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lisa Yee’s debut novel, Millicent Min, Girl Genius, won the prestigious Sid Fleischman Humor Award. Her other novels for young people, with nearly two million copies in print, include Stanford Wong Flunks Big-Time, So Totally Emily Ebers, Absolutely Maybe, and two books about a fourth grader, Bobby vs. Girls (Accidentally) and Bobby the Brave (Sometimes). Lisa is also the author of American Girl’s Kanani books and Good Luck, Ivy. Her recent novel, Warp Speed, is about a Star Trek geek who gets beat up every day at school.Lisa is a former Thurber House Children’s Writer-in-Residence whose books have been chosen as an NPR Best Summer Read, a Sports Illustrated Kids Hot Summer Read, and a USA Today Critics’ Top Pick.

Visit Lisa at lisayee.com or check out her blog at lisayee.livejournal.com.


 I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for this review. This is my honest opinion.

Book Review: Alexander Hamilton’s Guide To Life

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Original Release Date:

September 20th, 2016

Date I Read The Book:

October 2016

My Star Rating:

4 stars

Official Summary:

The life and lessons of the Founding Father who mastered the arts of wit, war, and wealth, longbefore becomingthe subject of Broadway sHamilton: An American Musical

Two centuries after his death, Alexander Hamilton is shining once more under the world s spotlight and we need him now more than ever.
Hamilton was a self-starter. Scrappy. Orphaned as a child, he came to America with nothing but a code of honor and a hunger to work. He then went on to help win the Revolutionary War and ratify the Constitution, create the country s financial system, charm New York s most eligible ladies, and land his face on our $10 bill.The ultimate underdog, he combined a fearless, independent spirit with a much-needed dose of American optimism.
Hamilton died before he could teach us the lessons he learned, but Alexander Hamilton s Guide to Life unlocks his core principles intended for anyone interested in success, romance, money, or dueling. They include:
.Speak with Authority Even If You Have None (Career)
.Seduce with Your Strengths (Romance)
.Find Time for the Quills and the Bills (Money)
.Put the Father in Founding Father (Friends & Family)
.Being Right Trumps Being Popular (Leadership)
For history buffs and pop-culture addicts alike, this mix of biography, humor, and advice offers a fresh take on a nearly forgotten Founding Father, and will spark a revolution in your own life.”

Author Bio:

JEFF WILSER is the author of four books, including The Good News About What’s Bad for You…The Bad News About What’s Good for You, named by Amazon as one of the Best Books of the Month in both Nonfiction and Humor. His work has appeared in print or online at GQ, Esquire, New York magazine, Glamour, Cosmo, Mental Floss, MTV, and The Huffington Post. His TV appearances have ranged from BBC News to The View. He lives in New York.

My Review: (Vague Spoilers)

As both a lover of the Hamilton Musical and an APUSH student, I thought this book was great!

It was entertaining, in a way biographies usually aren’t. Witty and full of pop-culture references, even if a lot went over my head, I didn’t get bored and have to put it down.

The book is told in a very narrative style, with little references to Miranda’s musical and other pop culture sprinkled throughout. Its well written, and requires no prior historical knowledge. As far as I can tell, it is historically accurate. Its also pretty funny, and reading the book did help supplement my APUSH reading (because wow our textbook is dry).

If you’re a fan of history or the Hamilton musical, and want to know more, I’d recommend this book.

Also, you can claim to be studying.

Read If You Like:

The Hamilton musical!

Historical nonfiction with pop culture references.

Or you are taking American history, this is much more entertaining than the textbook.

Disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for my honest review!

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My Current Review Copy TBR

I just wrote a discussion on how I keep track of my review copies and how to request arcs, and I thought I show you my current list.

I keep a word document on my computer with where I got it from, the format its in, and when the review is due. If I’m not given a date for the review (as is the case with netgalley) I just use the release date, or as close to the release date as I can get.

The italics signifies the review is due SOON. (I usually highlight, but I don’t know how to do that here…).

Though, I want to read, and schedule the reviews for all these books by the end of the year. That is my 2016 goal.

Color Coding:

  • Orange: Non-fiction (Any kind)
  • Red: Adult or New Adult Fiction
  • Pink: YA or MG Fiction

Blogging For Books:(1)
(Hardcover) Alexander Hamilton’s Guide To Life by Jeff Wilser  – End Of November 

NetGalley: (All e-books/e-arcs)(20)
The Nerdy And The Dirty by BT Gottfred – 15/11/16
The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles – 31/1/17
The United States of Absurdity by Dave Anthony and Garth Reynolds – 9/5/17 
There I Go Again by William Daniels – 1/3/17 
Grave Predictions by Stephen King and others – 21/9/16 
Alterations by Stephanie Scott – 6/12/16 
Miniatures by John Scalzi – 31/12/16 
The Hundred Lies Of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti – 1/3/17 
Hidden Universe Travel Guide: The Complete Marvel Cosmos by Marc Sumerak – 25/10/16 
Superman Science by Agniezka Biskup and Tammy Enz – 1/3/17 
Bring Back The King by Helen Pilcher – 10/1/17 
Doctor Who (The American Adventures) by Justin Richards – 25/10/16
Dreadnought by April Daniels – 24/1/17

Boy To The World by Eileen Walls – 26/7/16
Butterfly Bones by Rebecca Carpenter – 28/11/16
Piper Perish by Kayla Cagan – 7/3/17 

The Traveler’s Guide To Space by Neil F. Comins – 21/2/17 
Climate Change And The Health Of Nations by Anthony McMichael – 1/2/17 
Patient HM by Luke Dittrich – 9/8/16 
A Fabrication of the Truth by Katie Kaleski – 20/9/16

From Author: (1)
Unfathomable Chance by KT Munson (PDF) – End of November 

From Publisher: (1)
Bloomsbury (Paperback Arc) – Nowhere Near You by Leah Thomas – 7/2/17 – Soon as I can

Other: (3)
(Blog Tour/ Email) The Untold Tale and The Forgotten Tale by JM Frey (PDFs) –On Nov. 30th
Blog Tour – Hero High: Figure In The Flames by Mina Chara (PDF) – December 16th


So, what do you think? Do you like my system? Do you have your own system? What review copies do you have? Have you read/liked/disliked/want to read any of these books? Let me know!

Also, you you want to request a review of a book, you can see my policy here: Review Policy

And contact me here:  rivermoosevlogs@gmail.com

Discussion: Review Copies/ARCs

Review copies are the holy grail of book blogging.

And while I might not be the best source of information on how to get them, as I’m rejected more often then not, I have received a fair amount of them, so I thought I’d give my two cents.


First things first: Before you go requesting books, make sure you can handle it.

Have a system in place to keep track of everything, or you are going to lose your mind.

  • My preferred way of keeping track is a word document.
  • Every book sent to be is written in, along with who sent it/where I got it from, the format, the release date, the date the review is needed by, the title and author, and any requests by the person who sent it to me for the review.
  • Then, anything due in the next month is highlighted for urgency.
  • Physical copies do not leave my desk if I’m not reading them to make sure they stay in my mind.
  • Review copies take precedence over my own books.

Its how I do things.

Find something that works for you.


Before Requesting:

Before requesting books, make sure your blog is running smoothly. You don’t blog to get free books, you get books because you blog well. Remember that.

If you barely post, no one will send you anything. If your content/reviews or terrible (I don’t mean negative, I mean terribly written), you won’t get anything.

  • Post consistently (once a day, once a week, doesn’t matter).
  • Post good content.
  • Make sure your blog is easy to navigate.
  • Have a contact page/email somewhere it can be found. If, like me, you don’t want your personal email online, make an email just for blog contacts like I did.
  • HAVE A REVIEW POLICY. You can see mine here.

 


Where To Get Review Copies:

There are a couple different ways to get review copies.

You can:

  • Go to book fairs and conventions.
  • Wait for a publisher/author to contact you.
  • Email a publisher with a request.
  • Join a blog tour.
  • Join an ARC site like Netgalley, Blogging for Books or Edelweiss.

Book fairs and conventions are great, but if your like me, you have no means to get to them because they are far way/expensive.

Next option: wait. I have been contacted by a few authors (generally self published) to review their books, so it does happen. This is why its important to have contact information and a review policy page. But if this is the only thing you do, your not going to get many books.

Emailing:
The next section is all about this.

Blog tours:
Blog tours are GREAT. You get your blog acknowledged by other bloggers, and you all get to share in the excitement over the same book. I’ve joined two blog tour sites:

I like them both, and have joined blog tours and book blitzes on both. You can always do some research to find tour sites that fit your tastes. But if you want in on the big name book tours (which I have no experience in), I’d say your going to need some groveling and patience.

ARC Sites:
I don’t know what else to call these, but you know what I’m talking about.

This is where I get most of my review copies.

My personal favorite is Netgalley.

Netgalley is a site where any book blogger can sign up. They have both READ NOW and Requestable titles, most prerelease, some old, of all genres. The better your review ratio, the more likely you are to be approved by a publisher, so you are encouraged to actually post your reviews. All books are e-books though, so you either need an Ebook reader or a computer with Adobe Digital Editions installed.

Blogging For Books is also good. This site has both print and ebooks, but you can’t request another book until the review of the last one is posted. Selection is pretty limited, but they have some good ones every once in a while.

The other one I mentioned is Edelweiss, which a lot of people like but I don’t really enjoy using. Its frustrating and not easy to navigate, but go try it out if you’d like.

 


Emailing Publishers:

If you have the guts, you can always email a publisher asking for an ARC. I’ve done this twice. Once, I was ignored. The second time, I got the book. Really, it depends on the publisher, the book you’re requesting, and whether you have enough followers to make it worth the money to ship you the ARC. Don’t get discouraged, your not going to get every book, but try, eventually, you’ll get one (or a lot!).

Just make sure to thank the publisher when you do get a book, post your review on time, send them links, and NEVER be rude about not getting approved. You want to build relationships, not end them.

You are never entitled to an ARC. Don’t act like it.

Here’s a sample email of what I use when emailing publishers. If it helps you., let me know!

Sample Email:

Hello,
My name is Sam, I’m a book blogger and I’d like to request a review copy of:
Book Title
ISBN:
Expected Publication Date:

You can see my blog here: Link
My blog has X followers, and that number seems to be increasing steadily.
I get, on average, between X views a month, and an average of about X unique visitors a month.
I also share my reviews on Goodreads, Tumblr (where I have X followers), and Twitter.
(Info about me/my blog/why I blog)
I want to review BOOK TITLE because ………..
If you want to see some of my other reviews, here are some that I am quite proud of:
  • Links
I also have a review policy page: Link 
This page will give you more in depth information for what you can expect of my reviews.
I also have a directory of my reviews, if needed: Link
I understand you get many requests for Arcs, and that all cannot be answered. But, if you are interested here is my information:
Name 
Shipping Address
My email is X and if it is more convenient for you, I also accept e-arcs.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding my request.
I thank you for your time and your consideration.
Best,
Sam

Other Helpful Resources:

 


So, thats all I have for you today.

If there’s anything I didn’t cover you’d like me to cover, let me know!

Any discussions or topics you’d like me to talk about, any questions you have, shoot them over to me, I’m happy to help/answer in any way I can!

Did this help you? Do you have any thing to add/share? Let me know!