“The Guard: A Selection Novella” by Kierra Cass

I don’t really like Aspen. I actually liked him more before I read “his version” so to speak. He comes across as selfish to the point that he doesn’t realize he’s selfish. This is sad to me because I really wanted to like him and to root for him. Also, it disappoints me that even after the public whipping of his friend for sneaking around with one of the Elite, he still arranges to have America sneak around and meet him. It’s selfish and wrong…

Before America Singer met Prince Maxon . . .
Before she entered the Selection . . .
She was in love with a boy named Aspen Leger.

Don’t miss this digital original novella set in the captivating world of Kiera Cass’s #1 New York Times bestselling Selection trilogy. This brand new 64-page story begins just after the group of Selected girls is narrowed down to the Elite and is told from Aspen’s point of view. The Guard also features a teaser to The One, the thrilling conclusion to The Selection trilogy.

"The Guard: A Selection Novella" by Kierra Cass

“The Guard: A Selection Novella” by Kierra Cass

“The Sandman and the War of Dreams” by William Joyce

While I’m not a huge fan of the name ManSnoozy, I do love how epic the Sandman truly is. And the story of Pitch and his real daughter? That was heartbreaking! Well, it would be if I had a heart! :-p

The Sandman is a character that I would love see explored more. I can only imagine how wonderful his travels and adventures before landing on Earth were. Not that this adventure wasn’t wonderful, but reading about him zooming about in space was just lovely!

As far as that ending, though… UGH! June 30th better be the correct release date because I don’t think I can wait much longer than that for the next book!

In their fourth chapter book adventure, the Guardians recruit Sanderson ManSnoozy, the sleepy legend also known as the Sandman, to their cause.

When the Man in the Moon brought together the Guardians, he warned them that they would face some terrible evils as they strove to protect the children of earth. But nothing could have prepared them for this: Pitch has disappeared and taken Katherine with him. And now the Guardians are not only down one member, but a young girl is missing.

Fortunately, MiM knows just the man to join the team. Sanderson ManSnoozy—known in most circles as the Sandman—may be sleepy, but he’s also stalwart and clever and has a precocious ability to utilize sand in myriad ways. If the other Guardians can just convince Sandy that good can triumph evil, that good dreams can banish nightmares, they’ll have themselves quite a squad. But if they can’t…they might never see Katherine again.

"The Sandman and the War of Dreams" by William Joyce

“The Sandman and the War of Dreams” by William Joyce

“Toothiana, Queen of the Tooth Fairy Armies” by William Joyce

I did not expect to like Toothiana’s back story as much as I did! Yes, we already know that I watched the movie first… Therefore, based on the movie character, I was expecting someone a bit more bubbly, annoying, and pre-teen-ish.

I’m absurdly glad that Toothiana is none of those! She’s a little dark, somewhat suspicious of the others, and she’s a wonderful addition to the books!!

Beware a tooth fairy queen scorned in this, the third chapter book of Academy Award winner William Joyce’s The Guardians series. There’s a lot more to this tooth-swiping sprite than meets the eye!

When last we heard, the Guardians were resting easy with the knowledge that the children of Santoff Clausen were finally safe from Pitch’s dastardly plans.

But is it all a ruse, a scheme, a lull the evil Nightmare King has deviously concocted?

Whatever Pitch’s plans, what he doesn’t know is that there’s a new Guardian in town, and she’s not the type to forget old grudges. Actually, she’s not the type to forget anything–because this Guardian is none other than Toothiana, the Tooth Fairy herself. She’s fierce and fast and crossing her will lead to a multitude of troubles. And, it turns out that, well, all those teeth she has been collecting? They contain memories. The forgotten memories of childhood… including the memories of how to fly. Young Katherine is hopeful that these memories might help her to remember her parents. The Guardians hope they’ll offer even further protection from Pitch.

You can see how this information would be invaluable to our heroes. But it could also be invaluable to Pitch…

"Toothiana, Queen of the Tooth Fairy Armies" by William Joyce

“Toothiana, Queen of the Tooth Fairy Armies” by William Joyce

“E. Aster Bunnymund and the Warrior Eggs at the Earth’s Core” by William Joyce

This is the best version of the Easter Bunny I’ve ever come across, hands down. I especially love his warriors.

Pitch, the Nightmare King, and his Fearlings had been soundly driven back by Nicholas St. North and company in the first Guardians’ adventure. But now Pitch has disappeared completely—and out of sight does NOT make for out of mind. It seems certain that he’s plotting a particularly nefarious revenge, and the Guardians suspect he might have gone underground. But how can they find him there?

Enter E. Aster Bunnymund, the only emissary of the fabled brotherhood of the Pookas—the league of philosophical warrior rabbits of imposing intellect and size. Highly skilled in martial arts (many of which he invented himself), Bunnymund is brilliant, logical, and a tunnel-digger extraordinaire. If the Guardians need paths near the Earth’s core, he’s their Pooka. He’s also armed with magnificent weapons of an oval-sort, and might just be able to help in the quest for the second piece of the Moonclipper.

This second book in The Guardians series is about much more than fixing a few rotten eggs—it brings the Guardians one step closer to defeating Pitch!

"E. Aster Bunnymund and the Warrior Eggs at the Earth's Core" by William Joyce

“E. Aster Bunnymund and the Warrior Eggs at the Earth’s Core” by William Joyce

“Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King” by William Joyce

This was an amazingly imaginative new take on Santa and his mythology. This is definitely a book I’ll be saving for my future children and recommending to others! I watched the movie first (don’t hate me!) but I’m loving the fact that the books are so different from the movies.

Before SANTA was SANTA, he was North, Nicholas St. Northa daredevil swordsman whose prowess with double scimitars was legendary. Like any swashbuckling young warrior, North seeks treasure and adventure, leading him to the fiercely guarded village of Santoff Claussen, said to be home to the greatest treasure in all the East, and to an even greater wizard, Ombric Shalazar. But when North arrives, legends of riches have given way to terrors of epic proportions! North must decide whether to seek his fortuneor save the village.

When our rebellious hero gets sucked into the chaos (literally), the fight becomes very personal. The Nightmare King and his evil Fearlings are ruling the night, owning the shadows, and sending waves of fear through all of Santoff Clausen. For North, this is a battle worth fighting…and, he’s not alone. There are five other Guardians out there. He only has to find them in time.

"Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King" by William Joyce

“Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King” by William Joyce