MMGM: The Candy Shop War

The Candy Shop War (2007) is a children’s fantasy novel by Brandon Mull about Nate, and his friends, tomboyish Summer, cool Trevor, and smart Paul (who everyone calls Pigeon, due to an incident in third grade), are given magic candy by Belinda White, the owner of a new candy and ice cream shop, but the fun turns sour when she uses their trust to do terrible things, and they have to go to John Dart, an agent that works against bad magicians, and Sebastian, another candy shop owner, but a good magician, unlike Mrs. White.

I first read The Candy Shop War a long time ago, and it’s been well read ever since– in fact, the front cover of it fell off. None of the pages though, and that’s all that matters. This book makes you feel like a kid, excited about all the special candy and its powers. It makes you want to run to a candy shop right away, and buy the lot of it. At first, anyways.

I don’t think I read the plot description of this book before I first read it, because I remember the whole Mrs. White thing really throwing me through a loop. There’s a couple of other plot surprises, though. It’s one of my favorite one of Brandon Mull’s books.

I will say, though, that I didn’t like the sequel all that much. It was alright, of course, but it had this whole magical arcade with pins built into it, and it almost felt like it was set in a differently world, just with the same characters. I tend to think of The Candy Shop War as just a stand alone novel.

These kids have a really cute friendship, and I especially like Summer. She’s kinda awesome. This book also has plenty of action scenes,  but it’s really a very safe book. No goryness, no cussing, no kissing, just good ol’ friendship and magical candy.

John Dart’s a pretty crazy character. I’ve gotta say, it’s been a while since I’ve read this book. Any middle grade book, really, since my English teacher’s been keeping me so busy with vaguely boring reading material. What I mean to say,  is that I don’t quite remember if I liked him or not, but I’m pretty sure I did.

I really did like the creativity of the different types of candy. Müll didn’t just go Classic flying, super strength, talking to animals. I mean, he had those, but he also came up with some really awesome ideas for the candy that are powers I would love to try out.

Also, this book has an excellent ending.

I’d like to end by saying that the reason that I am joining the MMGM group on the second week of the year, instead of on the first, is because I did one last week, but accidentally mistyped Shannon Messengwr’s email. Oops. Anyways, if you’d like to read that one, on Lost in Lexicon, by Pendred Noyce, just scroll down to my previous post and enjoy! Have a great week!


MMGM: Lost in Lexicon


“If this is an adventure, we should just plunge in…”

When thirteen-year-old cousins Ivan and Daphne go on a treasure hunt in the rain one summer day, they never expect to stumble into a whole new world where words and numbers run wild.

After the cousins outwit a plague of punctuation, grateful villagers beg them to find Lexicon’s missing children, who have been enticed away by dancing lights in the sky. Trekking between villages in search of clues, the cousins encounter a talking thesaurus, a fog of forgetting, the Mistress of Metaphor, a panel of poets, feuding parts of speech, and the illogical mathematicians of Irrationality. When a careless Mathemystical reflects them across the border into the ominous Land of Night, their peril deepens. Kidnapped, imprisoned, and mesmerized—with time running out—will Ivan and Daphne find a way to solve the mystery of the lights in the sky and restore the lost children of Lexicon to their homes?

Hello! And Happy New Year,  y’all! I don’t know about you, but I’m rather excited about 2017. I have big plans for it. One of which is to write a MMGM every week this year! What with vacations and all, I might miss a week, but I shall certainly try not to! In other news, I’ll also be posting fan art and news about Shannon Messenger’s books on here, so if you have something to share with me, please email me at (no, I’m not official yet, but maybe some day) 😉

That out of the way, onto the book! This book is, truly, an adventure in words and numbers as Ivan and Daphne battle their way through Lexicon. There are also llamas, bees, and fog. Daphne’s specialty is with words, particularly poetry. She has memorized dozens of poems, and is fascinated with different word rhythms. Ivan, on the other hand, loves math. He is an expert at deciphering patterns, making sense of them, and putting those patterns into good use in creative and fun ways.

One thing I will say about this book is that although I do believe it is a middle grade book, I have reread it multiple times as I have gotten older, and I want to reread it again at some point in the near future, and the older I get, the more I appreciate the book. Or, not exactly the older I get, but the smarter I get, and the two seem to generally correlate. I must warn you, the math in this book is complicated, and the poetic terms and literary devices mentioned are not commonly known. However, you can enjoy this book simply as an adventure book. It’s funny, it’s exciting, it’s creative. You don’t have to understand it entirely to read it; in fact, you should probably go into it expecting not to understand all of it. Just skim those parts, and hopefully you’ll still love it as much as I did.

If you do this, though, please, please reread it when you’re older. Even if you’re not the rereading kind of person, every time I open it up I love it more than the time before. So read it if you want a humorous adventure book, if that’s what you want out of it, or, if you want a stretch of the mind in a new and clever way, pick it up, and I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

Enjoy the first week of 2017! Until next time!

NOTE: the reason this wasn’t on her website is because I accidentally sent it to instead of *sigh* Next week!

🌍Lodestar Pre-order Giveaway! 🌍

Hey guys! We are less than three weeks away from the release of Lodestar, (YAY) and so in addition to the contest I will soon be posting on my Instagram @officialswmessengerfanclub , Shannon Messenger has just released the pre order giveaway! Scroll down slightly, and you will see where I have copy pasted all the rules and details for this giveaway from Shannon’s website. Then, there will be a link to Shannon’s website for you to enter! Have fun KOTLC friends! ❤️

It’s time guys.

The post you’ve been waiting for.


Now that we’re three weeks away from the launch of LODESTAR (AHHHH–WHERE DOES TIME GO???), it’s time to make sure you know how to get your free swaggish goodies!

(And warning: as always, this is a epically long post with LOTS of important information, so make sure you read it all carefully so you don’t miss your opportunity)

(Note: if you’re planning on coming to one of my signings, you don’t need to take advantage of this giveaway, since I’ll be giving out the same goodies in the main swag pack at my events. Go HERE to see if I’ll be doing a signing near you)

This giveaway is my way of trying to make up for the fact that it’s impossible for me to tour to every city. If I could figure out a way to teleport, I’d meet each and every one of you in person. But since I can’t, I like to make sure you all at least have a chance to get some of the fun things I give out at signings. So everyone who pre-orders a copy of LODESTAR before the cut-off date (10/31/16) AND fills out the form at the end of this post*, will get this awesome LODESTAR swag pack mailed directly to them:



In case you can’t tell from the picture, you’ll get:
One limited edition “Iggy’s Purple Reign” art print postcard (which are hand signed–you just can’t tell in the picture)
One hand signed KEEPER series bookplate
One Lodestar symbol sticker
One Iggy Sticker
One sheet of character stickers

And yes, EVERYONE who pre-orders the book and fills out the form before the cutoff date will get that!!!!!

And there’s more!

I will also choose twenty-five (25) of you at random and give you this: (yes, that’s in *addition* to the other swag!)

And again, in case you can’t tell, that is:
One 5×7 character art postcard
One Verdi on duty button
You don’t have to do anything special to enter for the extra goodies. I’ll choose the winners randomly from all the people who fill out the form for their swag. So that’s the only requirement: you must fill out the form at the end of this post. Which of course means you also must pre-order a copy of LODESTAR.

And because I like to keep things simple, I don’t require proof of purchase for the giveaway. If you say you pre-ordered LODESTAR, I trust you. But remember, liars have to lick lockers that taste like Iggy breath–meanwhile honest people get to eat big bowls of Starflower stew! 🙂 I also won’t be announcing the winners of the additional goodies. If you win the extra swag, you’ll find out when your prize arrives in the mail.

This giveaway is open internationally. It also doesn’t matter if you pre-order an eBook or a hardcover. As long as it’s LODESTAR, it counts. And you can buy your copy anywhere books are sold. Of course I recommend shopping local from your favorite indie and supporting a local business. But it’s up to you where you want to shop.

(and scroll down for one more option before you make your decision)

I also know lots of you pre-ordered your copies of LODESTAR months and months ago (which is so incredibly awesome, btw.) And if that’s the case, you can definitely still fill out this form and get your free swag pack. But if you haven’t ordered LODESTAR already, you must pre-order your copy before 11:59 pm (pacific time) on 10/31/16 AND fill out the form before then. After that I’ll close the form and there will be no more ways to enter.

And there’s no limit on how many swag packs you can get–as long as you buy the corresponding number of books. So if you pre-order five books, you can get five swag packs. Just make sure you tell me how many copies you pre-ordered so that I know how many swag packs to send you.

Also: since I’ll be on tour when this contest ends, there *will* be a delay on when your swag gets mailed to you. It won’t come with your book, since your book will be coming from wherever you ordered it from, and then I will be mailing the swag separately as soon as I’m home from tour. I PROMISE I’ll have them all in the mail before November 30th. (most likely much sooner). And I always post on my social media when they go in the mail, so you’ll know when to keep an eye out for it. Sorry for the small wait, I can’t mail stuff while I’m traveling.

(And again, if you haven’t checked to see if I’m touring in your area, see my events page HERE. I hope I’ll get to meet at least some of you!)

One final option to keep in mind, since this is the point where many of you start panicking and emailing me saying BUT WHAT IF I’M NOT ONE OF THE LUCKY 25 WINNERS?????? I REALLY REALLY REALLY WANT THE SPECIAL POSTCARD AND BUTTON!!!!!!

(especially since the ONLY other places I can guarantee that you’ll get the exclusive postcard and button are my local launch party and the Changing Hands event. At the rest of the events I’ll have a few for raffle prizes and that’s it–but I will have all the swag in the primary swag pack for everyone)

Once again, I’ve teamed up with the incredible people at Changing Hands Bookstore to give you a way that you’re guaranteed to get the extra pin and postcard. If you order your copy of LODESTAR through Changing Hands before my event there at 7pm on 11/16/16 (yes, you even get a couple of extra weeks to take advantage of this awesome offer), they’ll send you all of the swag I’ve mentioned in this post (except the signed book plate, since your book will actually come hand signed by me) as well as the extra postcard and the Verdi button. Changing Hands will ship anywhere–even internationally (there IS a shipping fee. You can call them for an estimate: 480.730.0205).

And if you decide to take advantage of this, here are a few things to keep in mind (and it’s a little confusing so make sure you read it carefully):

– Changing Hands won’t ship your book until after the 11/16 (since they’ll be holding onto them until I can sign them). But it will be worth the wait because you’ll get a hand signed book and the extra goodies.

– If you decide to take advantage of this and buy your copy of LODESTAR through Changing Hands, DO NOT fill out the form below. Go to Changing Hands’ website HERE (or call them–they’re super friendly: 480.730.0205) and order LODESTAR before 7pm (mountain time) on November 16, 2016. That’s all you have to do. Changing Hands will take care of the rest

– Another advantage to this: this is the only way–aside from coming to one of my signings–to have your book personalized to you. I used to personalize all the bookplates, but that’s gotten WAY too time consuming. So if you want a personalized, signed book–AND all the fun goodies I’m giving away–Changing Hands is the only way to go. But again, you HAVE to buy your book from them.
Um……….. I *think* that covers everything–but if I missed something, feel free to ask in the comments. (note: I will only answer questions posted in the comments on my website. If you’re reading this on Goodreads or any of the other places it feeds out to, make sure you go to to ask your questions. And I’m also only going to answer questions that haven’t already been covered by this post, so please make sure you’ve read this post carefully before you ask).

And …. I guess that’s it. Though I do want to once again thank all of you for incredible support. This series keeps growing and growing and it’s all because of you. I can’t wait for you to read LODESTAR. I’m so incredibly proud of it.

Only three weeks to go–AHHHHHH!!!!!

Here’s the link to her website to enter: