Book Review: The Magnetic Girl by Jessica Handler – 4 stars

I recently received an electronic Advanced Reader’s Copy (ARC) of The Magnetic Girl by Jessica Handler and was excited to have the chance to read it. The cover is fantastic (as you can see above) and I truly believe that a great cover is the first step toward drawing in the reader. The Magnetic Girl […]

Book Review: Once a Liar by A. F. Brady – 4 stars

As promised last week, I finished Once a Liar by A.F. Brady and wanted to share my thoughts with you! Let me start off by saying that this book is DARK. If you are looking for cuddly characters who warm your heart with whimsy…this is NOT your book. I love a good warm, whimsical novel […]

Author Interview: Scott Reintgen – author of the Nyxia Series

Nyxia Uprising Released Today! It’s a big day at my house! Nyxia Uprising was released today!  Spencer and I LOVED Nyxia and Nyxia Unleashed so we’ve had Uprising on order for at least 6 months!  I think we’re both ready for bedtime already so we can dig in! Perhaps even more exciting, however, is what […]

Book Review: More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera. 4.5 stars

We’re going backlist today and I have to start with the story of how I came to own this book. I had heard a lot about this book and seen copies of it everywhere 2 years ago when I was on a business trip. On a layover at Chicago Midway, I sat down next to […]

And We Have a Winner…

Thanks to those of you who voted, The Mana Panda Bear Virtual Book Club will be reading The Only Woman in the Room for the May book club session on May 14, 2019 at 8:00 pm EDT! It’s fine to get your copy of the book and start reading! Can’t wait to talk to you […]

Book Review: Man Mission by Eytan Uliel – 4 stars

This is the first time I’ve ever been given an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of a book to promote as part of a blog tour (thank you, Sage!) and I’m really glad that this was my first choice! Man Mission, is Eytan Uriel’s true coming of age story told through a recounting of fifteen years […]

A Mama Panda Bear Virtual Book Club?

Who would like to join me for a Mama Panda Bear Virtual Book Club?  I don’t currently have a book club IRL and I know that many of you are book lovers just like me!  I’m thinking of selecting 5 books each month and creating a poll.  Readers would vote for their favorite title and, […]

Book Review and Author Visit: The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander. Illustrated by Kadir Nelson

Spencer and I had the opportunity to listen to and meet Newbery Award-winning author, Kwame Alexander at Upper Arlington Public Library tonight. We had a wonderful time: Alexander is engaging, interesting and entertaining and, as you’ve probably heard, his work is amazing! if the name is familiar but you can’t place the books he’s written…think […]

Children’s Book Review: Tomorrow Most Likely by Dave Eggers. Illustrated by Lane Smith

I’m very excited to have the opportunity to review a children’s book for you. This one, by Dave Eggers (you may know him as the author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius) and illustrated by Lane Smith (Stinky Cheese Man anyone?) is a beautiful bedtime story about the things that might happen tomorrow. Tomorrow […]

Do you know this man?

No? Well you should! I’ll give you a few hints: 1) He’s the author of my son’s absolute favorite YA book series. 2) His last book in that trilogy will be released April 16th. 3) He has another book coming out late this year and one early next. 4) He is generous and kind and […]