The Blonde Bookworm: The Quest to the Uncharted Lands by Jaleigh Johnson

The Quest to the Uncharted Lands by Jaleigh Johnson

Friday, June 23, 2017

Author: Jaleigh Johnson
Pub. Date: June 13, 2017
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Pages: 352
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From the acclaimed author of the New York Times bestseller The Mark of the Dragonfly comes another magical and thrilling story that takes readers on an exciting new adventure. 
Stella Glass dreams of exploring worlds beyond her home of Solace, but when her famous parents are sent on a historic mission to the Uncharted Lands, it's simply too dangerous for her to join them. By order of the king, she is left behind.
Missing out on the excitement is one thing, but Stella is devastated at the thought of her parents flying into the unknown. So she takes matters into her own hands. Instead of staying with family as planned, she steals away and--right before takeoff--sneaks aboard the airship.
But Stella isn't the only stowaway. In the cargo bay is a boy who is also desperate to get to the Uncharted Lands. And someone else who's determined to keep the ship from making it there at all. . .
There is nothing better than a fun, fast paced, and well written middle grade fantasy book, and Jaleigh Johnson delivered everything I was hoping for with The Quest to the Uncharted Lands. The world-building was engaging, the characters were fun and unique, and the action never stopped. I loved each of the characters and found myself relating to each of them on some level.
The reader joined the crew on their way to the Uncharted Lands and we found two young and innocent stowaways as well as one that was not so innocent. The story followed Stella and her new friend as they attempted to protect the air ship as well as everyone aboard. I absolutely loved this novel and I thoroughly enjoyed the setting and how a majority of the story was aboard the air ship. So much action took place in such a short period of time in a small setting, but Jaleigh Johnson took full advantage of the setting and really made the ship come alive for the reader! 
I am a HUGE fan of Jaleigh Johnson and I highly recommend all three books in The World of Solace Series, but The Quest to the Uncharted Lands was by far my favorite. Readers of all ages will enjoy the action packed pages inside The Quest to the Uncharted Lands, so go out and grab your copy today! And be sure to enter the giveaway hosted by Rockstar Book Tours
*Rating 4/5 
-- More from the World of Solace --

Author: Jaleigh Johnson
Pub. Date: March 25, 2014
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook, audiobook
Pages: 400
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Piper has never seen the Mark of the Dragonfly until she finds the girl amid the wreckage of a caravan in the Meteor Fields. The girl doesn't remember a thing about her life, but the intricate tattoo on her arm is proof that she's from the Dragonfly Territories and that she's protected by the king. Which means a reward for Piper if she can get the girl home. The one sure way to the Territories is the 401, a great old beauty of a train. But a ticket costs more coin than Piper could make in a year. And stowing away is a difficult prospect--everyone knows that getting past the peculiar green-eyed boy who stands guard is nearly impossible. Life for Piper just turned dangerous. A little bit magical. And very exciting, if she can manage to survive the journey.

Author: Jaleigh Johnson
Pub. Date: March 8, 2016
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook, audibook
Pages: 384
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From Jaleigh Johnson, the acclaimed author of the New York Times bestseller The Mark of the Dragonfly, comes another thrilling adventure in the magical world of Solace.   
Lina Winterbock lives in the mountain strongholds of Solace. She’s an apprentice to the archivists, the wise men and women whose lives are dedicated to cataloging, studying, and preserving the objects that mysteriously fall from the sky in the scrap towns.   
Lina should be spending her days with books, but the Iron War has changed everything. The strongholds are now a refuge, and the people Lina once counted on no longer have time for her, so she spends her days exploring the hidden tunnels and passages of her home. The strongholds are vast and old, with twisting paths, forgotten rooms, and collapsed chambers, some of them containing objects that have been lost and forgotten even by the archivists.
And in one of the forgotten chambers, Lina discovers a secret.
Hidden deep in a cavern is a half-buried airship like nothing she has ever seen before. She’s determined to dig it out and restore it. But Lina needs help, and she doesn’t know anyone she can trust with her secret. 
Then she meets Ozben, a mysterious boy who has a secret of his own—a secret that’s so dangerous it could change the course of the Iron War and the world of Solace forever. 

Praise for The Secrets of Solace: 

"An engaging world rich in detail, mayhem, and adventure...All aboard for fantasy lovers with a dual penchant for girl power and keeping up with the Indiana Joneses."—Kirkus Reviews

Praise for The Mark of the Dragonfly: 
[STAR] “This magnetic middle-grade debut . . . [is] a page-turner that defies easy categorization and ought to have broad appeal.”—Publishers Weekly, Starred
[STAR] “Heart, brains, and courage find a home in a steampunk fantasy worthy of a nod from Baum.”—Kirkus Reviews, Starred
[STAR] “A fantastic and original tale of adventure and magic. . . . Piper is a heroine to fall in love with: smart, brave, kind, and mechanically inclined to boot.”—School Library Journal, Starred
A complex and impeccably developed plot—there is plenty to recommend in this novel.”—The Bulletin
Appealing characters and lots of action make it a good choice for young adventure readers.”—Booklist  

About Jaleigh:
Jaleigh Johnson is a fantasy novelist living and writing in the wilds of the Midwest.  Her middle grade debut novel The Mark of the Dragonfly is a New York Times bestseller, was chosen for the ABA 2014 Spring Indie Next list, and was named one of Amazon’s Top 20 Children’s Books of 2014.  Her other books in the Solace series from Delacorte Press include The Secrets of Solace and The Quest to the Uncharted Lands.  She has also written several novels and short stories for the Dungeons and Dragons Forgotten Realms fiction line published by Wizards of the Coast.  Johnson is an avid gamer and lifelong geek, and in her spare time she also enjoys traveling, reading, baking, and going to movies with her husband.  Visit her online at  Photo credit: Mark Jones.  

Giveaway Details:

3 winners will receive a finished copy of THE QUEST TO THE UNCHARTED LANDS, US Only. Enter HERE.
Tour Schedule:

Week One:
6/22/2017- La La in the LibraryExcerpt
6/23/2017- The Blonde BookwormReview

Week Two:
6/26/2017- YA Book MadnessExcerpt
6/27/2017- Book-KeepingReview
6/28/2017- Bibliobakes- Review

Week Three:
7/3/2017- The Desert BibliophileReview
7/4/2017- Savings in SecondsReview
7/5/2017- JrsbookreviewsReview
7/6/2017- Two Chicks on Books- Interview

7/7/2017- Seraphina ReadsExcerpt


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