Ben Beaver Series Tour by Marcus Emerson

Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: Ben Braver and the Vortex of Doom

Author: Marcus Emerson

Book Series: Ben Braver Book 3

Rating: 45/5

Publisher: Roaring Book Press

Publication Date: March 3, 2020

Genre: MG Fantasy

Recommended Age: 8+ (some dark stuff, slight gore, and some violence)

Pages: 336

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Synopsis: An ordinary kid like Ben Braver is no match for a band of super villains, but he may be humanity’s only hope in Marcus Emerson’s Ben Braver and the Vortex of Doom.

The world will never be the same . . .

When the baddest of bad guys threatens the world with a giant black hole, Ben Braver is the only one who can stop it. Ready or not, he’s about to learn what it really means to be a hero.

The Ben Braver series is “a crazy fun ride–action packed and loaded with laughs!” says Max Brallier, author of the New York Times–bestselling series The Last Kids on Earth.

Review: Again, I still love all of the illustrations and the characters! The character develop continues to amaze me with how great it is and the POV is just as engaging as it was in book one. The pacing picked up in this one and the plot really drew me in from the first page. I think this book is the best one in the series.

However, there are still dark themes, so reader discretion advised!

Verdict: Again, a great read for graphic novel lovers looking to go into novels!

BEN BRAVER SERIES Blog Tour Digital Assets
I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the BEN BRAVER SERIES by Marcus Emerson Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

About The Book:

Title: BEN BRAVER AND THE VORTEX OF DOOM (Ben Braver #3)

Author: Marcus Emerson

Pub. Date: March 3, 2020

Publisher: Roaring Brook Press

Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook

Pages: 384

Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, Kindle, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, TBD, Bookshop.org
An ordinary kid like Ben Braver is no match for a band of super villains, but he may be humanity’s only hope in Marcus Emerson’s Ben Braver and the Vortex of Doom.

The world will never be the same . . .
When the baddest of bad guys threatens the world with a giant black hole, Ben Braver is the only one who can stop it. Ready or not, he’s about to learn what it really means to be a hero.
The Ben Braver series is “a crazy fun ride–action packed and loaded with laughs!” says Max Brallier, author of the New York Times–bestselling series The Last Kids on Earth.

Grab the first 2 books in the series!
THE SUPER LIFE OF BEN BRAVER
BEN BRAVER AND THE INCREDIBLE EXPLODING KID

Marcus

About Marcus:
Marcus Emerson is the author of the hit Diary of a 6th Grade Ninja series and the Secret Agent 6th Grader series. His career started in 2nd grade when he discovered Garfield. He grew up playing Super Mario Bros. 4, watching Thundercats, and reading comics like X-Men, Superman, and Wildcats. He lives in Eldridge, Iowa with his wife and children.
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Giveaway Details:
Three lucky winners will receive finished copies of The BEN BRAVER SERIES, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

3/2/2020 Lifestyle of Me Review
3/2/2020 BookHounds YA Excerpt/Spotlight
3/3/2020 Locks, Hooks, and Books Review
3/3/2020 Books,Dreams,Life Excerpt/Spotlight
3/4/2020 Nay’s Pink Bookshelf Review
3/4/2020 Preciousbooksworld Excerpt/Spotlight
3/5/2020 Savings in Seconds Review
3/5/2020 Word Spelunking Excerpt/Spotlight
3/6/2020 Not In Jersey Review
3/6/2020 The Writerly Way Review

Week Two:

3/9/2020 fictitious.fox Review
3/9/2020 Twirling Book Princess Excerpt/Spotlight
3/10/2020 Turning the Pages Review
3/10/2020 Hurn Publications Review
3/11/2020 She Just Loves Books Review
3/11/2020 Little Red Reads Review
3/12/2020 momfluenster Review
3/12/2020 Wonder Struck Review
3/13/2020 PopTheButterfly Review
3/13/2020 Two Points of interest Review

Ben Braver and the Incredible Exploding Kid by Marcus Emerson

Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: Ben Braver and the Incredible Exploding Kid

Author: Marcus Emerson

Book Series: Ben Braver Book 2

Rating: 4.5/5

Publisher: Roaring Book Press

Publication Date: March 5, 2019

Genre: MG Fantasy

Recommended Age: 8+ (some dark stuff, like an alternate reality goat that’s ripped, slight gore, and some violence)

Pages: 336

Amazon Link

Synopsis: The Super Life of Ben Braver: The Incredible Exploding Kid is jam-packed with art and comic strips. It’s another wacky adventure from Marcus Emerson, the author behind the hit Diary of a 6th Grade Ninja series!

“A crazy fun ride—action packed and loaded with laughs!” —Max Brallier, The Last Kids on Earth

Even though Ben Braver saved Kepler Academy from total destruction last year, he knows he still doesn’t fit in at his secret middle school for kids with special abilities. Ben’s been hiding his lack of super skills, but it’s getting harder as his classmates’ powers are getting stronger.

Will Ben be able to power up before his enemies at school take him down? And will he risk everything to become the ultimate superhero?

Review: Again, I still love all of the illustrations and the characters! The POV really works for this book and I love how the main character talks to the reader. It’s very inclusive and draws in the reader. I think this book definitely improved from the first one.

However, I did feel like some of the pacing was a bit slow still and that there are still very dark themes acorss this book as were with the first one.

Verdict: A great read for graphic novel lovers looking to go into novels!

Most Likely by Sarah Watson for Rockstar Book Tours

MOST LIKELY

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the MOST
LIKELY by Sarah Watson Blog Tour hosted by 
Rockstar
Book Tours
. Check out my post and make sure to
enter the giveaway!
About The Book:
Title: MOST
LIKELY (Most Likely #1)
Author: Sarah Watson
Pub. Date: March 10, 2020
Publisher: Poppy
Formats: Hardcover,
Paperback, audiobook
Pages: 384
From the creator of the hit TV series The Bold
Type comes an empowering and heartfelt novel about a future female president’s
senior year of high school.
Ava, CJ, Jordan, and Martha (listed in
alphabetical order out of fairness) have been friends since kindergarten. Now
they’re in their senior year, facing their biggest fears about growing up and
growing apart. But there’s more than just college on the horizon. One of these
girls is destined to become the president of the United States. The mystery, of
course, is which girl gets the gig.
Is it Ava, the picture-perfect artist who’s
secretly struggling to figure out where she belongs? Or could it be CJ, the one
who’s got everything figured out…except how to fix her terrible SAT scores?
Maybe it’s Jordan, the group’s resident journalist, who knows she’s ready for
more than their small Ohio suburb can offer. And don’t overlook Martha, who
will have to overcome all the obstacles that stand in the way of her dreams.
This is the story of four best friends who have
one another’s backs through every new love, breakup, stumble, and
success–proving that great friendships can help young women achieve
anything…even a seat in the Oval Office.
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Disclaimer: I received an e-arc of this book from the publishing company as well as a physical copy. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

 

Book: Most Likely

 

Author: Sarah Watson

 

Book Series: Most Likely Book 1

 

Rating: 4.5/5

 

Diversity: LGBTQA+ themes/discovery, depression/mental health rep and discussion of it, disability themes

 

Publisher:  Poppy

 

Publication Date: March 10, 2020

 

Genre: YA Contemporary

 

Recommended Age: 15+ (depression, discovering yourself, friendship)

 

Pages: 384

 

Amazon Link

 

Synopsis: From the creator of the hit TV series The Bold Type comes an empowering and heartfelt novel about a future female president’s senior year of high school.

 

Ava, CJ, Jordan, and Martha (listed in alphabetical order out of fairness) have been friends since kindergarten. Now they’re in their senior year, facing their biggest fears about growing up and growing apart. But there’s more than just college on the horizon. One of these girls is destined to become the president of the United States. The mystery, of course, is which girl gets the gig.

 

Is it Ava, the picture-perfect artist who’s secretly struggling to figure out where she belongs? Or could it be CJ, the one who’s got everything figured out…except how to fix her terrible SAT scores? Maybe it’s Jordan, the group’s resident journalist, who knows she’s ready for more than their small Ohio suburb can offer. And don’t overlook Martha, who will have to overcome all the obstacles that stand in the way of her dreams.

 

This is the story of four best friends who have one another’s backs through every new love, breakup, stumble, and success–proving that great friendships can help young women achieve anything…even a seat in the Oval Office.

 

Review: I thought this book did super well with character development! They were so well detailed without bogging down the story! The plot of the story was intriguing and kept me hooked throughout the book and the world building was well done as well. The book was a great example of modern-day issues being well handled in books.

 

I did feel like the beginning was super slow compared to the rest of the book. The writing style was also nothing remarkable. I also thought it was weird that the presidency was the forefront of this novel, but there was no real build-up to it. The book began with a prologue from the president and the epilogue was from them too, but nothing in-between about it.

 

Verdict: A well done contemporary!

About Sarah:

 

Sarah Watson
is the creator of the hit TV series The Bold Type, which the New York Times
described as “Sex and the Single Girl for millennials.” Previously she was a
writer and executive producer of the critically acclaimed NBC drama Parenthood.
She lives in Santa Monica, California. Most Likely is her debut novel.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Giveaway Details:
Three lucky winners will receive a finished
copy of MOST LIKELY, US Only.
Tour
Schedule:
Week
One:
3/9/2020
Excerpt
3/10/2020
Review
3/11/2020
Excerpt
3/12/2020
Review
3/13/2020
Review
Week
Two:
3/16/2020
Review
3/17/2020
Review
3/18/2020
Review
3/19/2020
Review
3/20/2020
Review

 

Hannah Goodheart and the Guardian of Time by C. Michael Morrison

Disclaimer: I received this book from Rockstar Book Tours. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

 

Book: Hannah Goodheart and the Guardian of Time

 

Author: C. Michael Morrison

 

Book Series: Hannah Goodheart Book 1

 

Rating: 3/5

 

Publication Date: October 1, 2019

 

Genre: MG Fantasy

 

Recommended Age: 12+ (slight violence, time travel, save the universe!)

 

Publisher: Fawkes Press

 

Pages: 318

 

Amazon Link

 

Synopsis: Turning thirteen can be difficult – especially when a time-traveling thief steals your necklace, and a brewing temporal conflict turns your birthday party into a mission to save the universe. As Hannah and her friends chase the thief across time and space, they learn her necklace is more than a pretty piece of jewelry. Only one person can control the powerful pendant, and they must find them before the entire universe is wiped from history.
Myth and magic collide as they race to find The Guardian of Time.

 

Review: For the most part I thought this was an enjoyable fantasy book and I loved the time travel aspect of it! The characters are well developed and detailed and the book is also very well written.

 

However, I felt sometimes the book was a bit chaotic during the action scenes. They were a little hard to follow. The book is also slow and there is a lot of detail with the characters and story that you have to refer back to in the book to remember.

 

Verdict: A great fantasy for a younger audience!

The Super Life of Ben Braver by Marcus Emerson

Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

 

Book: The Super Life of Ben Braver

 

Author: Marcus Emerson

 

Book Series: Ben Braver Book 1

 

Rating: 4/5

 

Publisher: Roaring Book Press

 

Publication Date: March 6, 2018

 

Genre: MG Fantasy

 

Recommended Age: 10+ (some dog abuse, bullying, vomit, illnesses, superhero powers, end of the world)

 

Pages: 320

 

Amazon Link

 

Synopsis: Ben Braver is an ordinary kid. All he wants to do is finish his summer watching awesome TV shows and eating his favorite candy. But when some kid screams for help, Ben, like his favorite comic book heroes, tries to save the day. Let’s just say it ends badly. But it does lead him to a secret school where kids with super abilities learn to control their powers. Ben’s never had any powers—and never thought he could be special. So when he’s offered a spot at the school, Ben realizes this is his chance to become the superhero he’s always dreamed of. Packed with black-and-white art and comic strips throughout.

 

Review: I thought this was a well-done book! It’s perfect for kids who are into graphic novels and want to branch out slowly. The illustrations are well done, the characters were compelling, and the plot is intriguing.

 

However, I did find the pacing slow and some of the references were a bit dated for this generation for kids unless they’re well versed in 80s/90s classics. The book had a few dark and gross themes as well and the plot took a bit to develop.

 

Verdict: Overall, I think this book is great for kids who are mature enough for some of the darker themes and it’s great as a middle ground between comics and novels.