Best of Summer 2013 KidLit Giveaway Hop ~ Down the River and Awakening Rose Book Review & Giveaway

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Hi there everyone, Paul here today bringing you the Best of Summer 2013 Kid Lit Giveaway Hop. I’d like to give a great big thank you to Renee at Mother Daughter Book Reviews and Katie at Youth Literature Reviews for hosting. You guys are the best, and thanks so much for hosting and promoting kid lit! Okay, now on to my post.

For those of you that follow me, I’m sure you’ll recognize the name Ann T. Bugg. I have read and reviewed all three of her Before Happily Ever After series, and she has guest posted here as well. Click here for her guest post and my review of Through the River and Into Snow (Snow White), book 1 in the series.

Now a bit about the author from her website: Ann T Bugg: (Ann T. Bugg is the pseudonym for author June Kramin. For more info on her women’s fiction, visit June Kramin).

 photo AnnTBugg_zpsd78d0a46.jpgAnn T. Bugg is queen of her castle in southern Minnesota where she lives with her knight in shining armor (who has come to her rescue more than once) and her own little Princess Valerie. The pets in her kingdom come in all shapes and sizes, as do all the critters that make their way out of the enchanted forest. She enjoys horseback riding and long walks with her dogs, but writing will always be her first love…

…well, writing and cute cartoon men 😀

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Be sure to check out Ann T. Bugg’s FB page, Amazon page (where you can subscribe to email alerts for new releases!), and her website. Now for the Goodread’s blurb for Down the River and Awakening Rose:
There is no magic mirror around, no sign of a frog or a possum, as Valerie and Samantha get ready for a canoe trip down the river with Val’s dad. As they wait for him by the river, their world transforms before their eyes. Through the stormy sky, a dragon approaches. With the help of a young man who suddenly appears, they take cover.
Discovering a baby dragon hidden in his knapsack and his intentions with it, they know what they are sent here to do. They didn’t expect the task at the end of their adventure: to help awaken a sleeping princess.
Now for my review:
Down the River and Awakening the RoseWhat I liked best: As usual, Val and Sam. Since the very first book I have absolutely loved these two and everything about them. I love their back and forth banter, comments, attitude, outlook, you name it. The rock, paper, scissors match is priceless.
What missed a bit: I’m going to address an issue that has been on my mind lately; POV. There is a lot of different trains of thought on this. I have discussed, asked, researched, you name it and in middle grade books there seems to be no clear cut rules as to how many POV’s there should be. In Down the River and Awakening Snow there are multiple POV’s; Jenna, Val, Sam, The Queen, Denworth, etc. I do love seeing things from multiple points of view and I strongly believe it adds to the story in the sense that you have a greater understanding of what is happening and especially why things are happening. The only reason I put this in the “misses” section is that I wonder if it was a tad too many POV’s? I believe fewer POV’s might be easier for young readers to follow.
Overall: I love this book, just like the rest of them. This book is a winner. It has great characters, action, suspense, treachery, heroism, humor, the list goes on. Speaking of humor, when Hob tells the girls that. “I can’t tell you how many times Merlin has helped. Paige traveled back to your day to fix your Wikipedia.” I laughed out loud. I highly recommend you pick up this book along with the others in the series. It is a great story for young (and older) readers, especially if you have young girls in your family. You should add this book and the entire series to your family collection.
Thanks so much for stopping by, now on to the giveaway! Head on down to the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win your choice of any of the four books from the Before Happily Ever After series (print copies US only, ebooks for international winners). Don’t forget to leave us a comment and tell us what fairy tale you would like to find yourself in the middle of in honor of Val and Sam. Then be sure to “hop” to all the other great Kidlit blogs by clicking the links below to check out all the great giveaways.  

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Indie author-friendly freelance editor, children's book blogger for picture books through YA, kid lit, SF/fantasy lover with special fondness for middle grade, pun-loving SCBWI member, meter-maid for poetry and rhyming picture books.


  1. I found your great blog through the WLC Blog Follows on the World Literary Cafe! Great to connect!

  2. I found your great blog through the WLC Blog Follows on the World Literary Cafe! Great to connect!
    Following on GFC, NetworkedBlogs and added to circles on G+

    Shelf Full of Books

  3. I would love to find myself in the midst of The Twelve Dancing Princesses. I think that’s a fine fairy tale that doesn’t receive much attention these days. How exciting it would be if I could be that 12th princess…

    • Hi Michelle,
      I have to agree with you since, I must admit, that I have never heard of The Twelve Dancing Princesses. Thanks so much for stopping by & sharing. Now, I have a homework assignment.


  4. Always a pleasure to visit your blog. Sounds like some great stories by Ms Bugg – a rose by any name.

  5. snow white i would love to be denise smith

    • Hi Melanie,

      Thanks so much for stopping by & sharing. I would love to visit Never Never Land, but I’m not so sure about seeing Captain Hook! I love the movie Pan with Robin Williams. Have a great day!


  6. Val and Sam sound like an awesome duo. The quote you shared was great.:)

  7. I would like to be one of the Dwarfs from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
    Kathy Davis

  8. Looks like a great giveaway! Thanks for linking up with Booknificent Thursday!
    Tina from

  9. I think I would like to be in the Sleeping Beuaty one.

  10. I would say Alice in Wonderland. My daughter still loves that movie and she is older now. It is such a crazy movie, kind of like my life!

  11. LOve to be Cinderella minus the wicked step mom and 2

    • Hi Erika,
      That would take all the fun out of it if the wicked step mom and 2 sisters were out of it. Ha, I’m with you though, I could live without having to deal with them. Thanks for stopping by and sharing.


  12. I would of loved to be the little fairy in Peter Pan.. odd but true. 😉

  13. We read the first book and really enjoyed it. I read it to my kids! Happy to tweet about your giveaway.

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