1 - I CAN'T WAIT for Battlemage to be out tomorrow. I checked this weekend while I was wandering B&N on my Adoption Day buying myself presents but it wasn't there yet. Boo!
2 - Saturday was my Adoption Day and it is one of my absolute favorite days each year. It's more special then my birthday by far in my opinion. April 29 is the day that I legally as a court process received a birth certificate as Angela Sutter. Best day of my life! (I was 5 weeks when they picked me up, so I was only about 9 months old at that point.)
At my baptism.
3 - I found a book at B&N I am SOOOO excited about! Rebel of the Sands was one of the best reads I had of last year. I cannot wait to continue with Amani's story! If you haven't read book 1 yet, get to it!
4 - Right now I'm reading our book club book - I See You by Clare Mackintosh. Interesting so far. We'll see what I think after I get into it farther. Have any of you read a book by her?
5 - There are only 6 weeks left of the school-year for us. That means more free time for reading by all of us! YAY!
One of the main topics in this book is plant hunting. It was fascinating to read about and I've never seen this done in fiction for YA/MG before. I even read a nonfiction book about 10 plants that changed the world afterwards.
The only book that's sort of like this is an old one from the 80's which is Mr.Roger's talking about loss. This one is told from the POV of a child going through the loss of a pet. It's perfect and a MUCH needed book for children.
This book was alternating POVs but put together in a different completely different way then I've read before. You literally have to flip the book back and forth to read each chapter OR read 1 POV and then the other POV. Cool idea.
Jane has lived an ordinary life, raised by her Aunt Magnolia--an adjunct professor and deep sea photographer. Jane counted on Magnolia to make the world feel expansive and to turn life into an adventure. But Aunt Magnolia was lost a few months ago in Antarctica on one of her expeditions.
Now, with no direction, a year out of high school, and obsessed with making umbrellas that look like her own dreams (but mostly just mourning her aunt), she is easily swept away by Kiran Thrash -- a glamorous, capricious acquaintance who shows up and asks Jane to accompany her to a gala at her family's island mansion called Tu Reviens.
Jane remembers her aunt telling her: "If anyone ever invites to you to Tu Reviens, promise me that you'll go." With nothing but a trunkful of umbrella parts to her name, Jane ventures out to the Thrash estate. Then her story takes a turn, or rather, five turns. What Jane doesn't know is that Tu Reviens will offer her choices that can ultimately determine the course of her untethered life. But at Tu Reviens, every choice comes with a reward, or a price. (Summary from Goodreads.com)
In the walled city of Kos, corrupt mages can magically call forth sin from a sinner in the form of sin-beasts -- lethal creatures spawned from feelings of guilt.
Taj is the most talented of the aki, young sin-eaters indentured by the mages to slay the sin-beasts. But Taj's livelihood comes at a terrible cost. When he kills a sin-beast, a tattoo of the beast appears on his skin while the guilt of committing the sin appears on his mind. Most aki are driven mad by the process, but 17-year-old Taj is cocky and desperate to provide for his family.
When Taj is called to eat a sin of a royal, he's suddenly thrust into the center of a dark conspiracy to destroy Kos. Now Taj must fight to save the princess that he loves - and his own life.
A gritty Nigerian-influenced fantasy. (Summary from Goodreads.com)
Long ago, in a small village in the middle of a deep, dark forest, there lived a lonely, deaf girl named Maggie. Shunned by her village because of her disability, her only comfort comes from her vivid imagination. Maggie has a gift for inventing stories and dreams of one day finding fairy-tale love.
When Maggie meets the mysterious Piper, it seems that all her wishes are coming true. Spellbound, Maggie falls hard for him and plunges headfirst into his magical world. But as she grows closer to the Piper, Maggie discovers that he has a dark side.
The boy of Maggie's dreams might just turn out to be her worst nightmare... (Summary from Goodreads.com)
I can't wait to see the illustrations that go along with this. This one sounds awesome.
One by one, the students of Osborne High are dying in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasing and grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and the hunt intensifies for the killer, the dark secrets among them must finally be confronted. (Summary from Goodreads.com)
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Top 10 Authors We Are DYING to Meet & Can't Believe We Met...
1. Raina Telgemeier - I know that her life inspired her books, but I want to ask her what exactly made her write her books. She is the author of my FAVORITE books and I've read them all over and over and over. Mom got to meet her and got Ghost signed by her for me at BEA but I would really LOVE to meet her in person.
2. Lynda Mullaly Hunt - Fish in a Tree is my ALL TIME FAVORITE book. I would like to know what inspired her to write such a meaningful book.
3. Rick Riordan - I really like his books.
4. Lauren DeStefano - I like how she writes with expression. Her books are really good.
5. Ellen Hopkins - I cannot believe Ange and I met her this last fall. I was thrilled to meet the person who opened my eyes to writing in verse.
6. Rick Riordan - I would really like to meet him to talk to him about his Percy Jackson series.
7. Chris Crutcher - I would love to meet him to talk to him about what inspires his books. Why cancer? Where does all of the emotion come from?
8. Holly Black & Cassandra Clare - As usual I'm going to cheat and use these 2 as one since I met them both together for the first time while they were promoting the first book in the Magisterium series. I try very hard to be chill at all times about meeting people, but this was one of the first times I seriously FAILED!! I was SO FANGIRLING!!! And then they BOTH sat by me!!! AHHHH!!! It was SO hard to be chill and not run around crazy squealing. #adultingishard
9. Sherri L. Smith - I met Sherri this last fall at a YA Conference and I again FAILED at being chill. I was literally shaking when we took a picture together. AHHH! Her book, Orleans, is one of the best books I've ever read. Plus, she was an incredible speaker and writes in whatever genre she wants instead of staying in one or two areas only.
10. Anne Greenwood Brown - Anne is one of those people I am SO thankful to have met in life. She was the first author I got to choose to visit one of my school libraries and facilitate the hiring, decorating, scheduling, etc. all myself. She's the reason I got to go back to Bayfield, WI, for the 2nd time where my favorite pizza in the WHOLE world lives and it's one of my favorite towns. It's gorgeous and quaint. She's the one who introduced my entire family to the AMAZING music of A Firm Handshake who changed our lives forever in so many ways as a family. (Below is my favorite song by A Firm Handshake.) PLUS, she has become a great friend I look forward to spending time with anytime we are in the same area.