Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Review: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Author: Stieg Larsson
From: Purchased
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Blomkvist has just been found guilty of libel against the powerful Wennerstrom. Salander has just been given a new guardian who is nothing like her trusted guardian who she's had for 17 years before this one. When the elusive magnate of the Vangar Corporation calls on both of them to take one last crack at solving the 40-year-old unsolved mystery of Harriet Vanger's disapperance in 1966. They are soon sucked into the a world of evil that they could have never guessed was hidden there. See if you can solve it before they can, before the hunter becomes the prey!

This was a perfect thriller! It had crime, mystery, suspense, horror, and the thrill of the hunted staying ahead of the hunter. I did have a hard time with all the violence against women, but I think that's the point. You are supposed to be horrified by it! It interestingly also makes you want to do something to help the helpless which is always an admirable quality in any book. I can't wait to see what's up next for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo!

What did you think of this? Did you love it? Hate it? People seem to have very strong opinions one way or the other!

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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Mercury by Hope Larsen

MercuryMercury by Hope Larson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The current French Hill, Novia Scotia and French Hill, Novia Scotia 1859 weave in and out throughout this story of two girls living their lives a century and a half apart. Josey and Tara's lives are both changed by a curious necklace which can find anythign they seek out.

This was an interesting one. A graphic novel which is a historical fiction and realistic fiction marriage plus a small touch of fantasy. It's interesting that the author wrote the book AND did the illustrations which doesn't seem to happen very often in a graphic novel. I like parallel storylines like this and actually this makes me really want to read Revelution by Jennifer Connelly which has the same parralel storylines happening centuries apart. Try this one and see what you think.

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Monday, November 29, 2010

Blue Moon by Alyson Noel

Blue Moon (The Immortals, #2)Blue Moon by Alyson Noel

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ever Bloom is working on making her home with her aunt Sabine now that her sister Riley has finally crossed over. She & Damen are doing great and closer than ever. The biggest issues Ever has to worry about are convincing her aunt she's not anorexic and planning the perfect evening for taking her relationship with Damen to the next level. Until a new kid, Roman, shows up and everything changes. Will Ever be able to save her friends? Will she be able to save Damen? Will she be able to figure out who's behind it all before it all falls apart?
This was an interesting sequel novel after Evermore. It had lots of twists and turns, surprises & shockers which I liked since predictability in a sequel ruins it every time for me! Nicely done Alyson Noel! :-) Now on to book 3, Shadowland.

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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Maximum Ride, Manga 3 by Lee and Patterson

Maximum Ride: The Manga, Vol. 3Maximum Ride: The Manga, Vol. 3 by NaRae Lee

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The flock is settling in at Anne's farm in the country, Max's shaking is getting worse, the Erasors are still after them and Angel's powers are being the grow and expand at a frightening rate. Anne decides that it's now time for the flock to start school, but they aren't sure this such a good idea. Will they keep avoiding the Erasors? Will the voice in Max's head continue? Will Jeb find them again? What is their purpose?

This one was nice b/c it concluded a few things in the plot. They also seemed to be settling into a more normal life as well which is nice to see instead of run, run, run. Will this continue? I can't wait to try the regular series by James Patterson.

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Maximum Ride, Manga 2 by Lee and Patterson

Maximum Ride (The Manga #2)Maximum Ride by NaRae Lee

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The flock is on the run but finds a friend in the FBI agency who lets them stay at her place, but the voices are getting worse and worse along with the headaches for Max. Will she be able to get the flock back together and keep them safe this time?

This was good, but a bit shallow. I'm gonna grab the regular series next week to start! I'm intrigued!

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Monday, November 8, 2010

Toads & Diamonds by Heather Tomilson

Toads and DiamondsToads and Diamonds by Heather Tomlinson

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Darabani and Tana aren't sisters in blood, but they are sisters of the soul and sisters who carry the weight of gifts from the goddess Naghali-Ji. As they try to learn how to bear their gifts from the goddess, they are also trying to find their ways each on their way in the world while carrying their gifts. What happens next? Will they be able to help the people of their country while also keeping themselves safe? Will they be able to stay out of Governor Alwar's evil way? Will they be able to figure out what their gifts are meant for?
This was interesting. I liked that this was a remake of an old-school fairy tale. It was a bit slow though. I had a hard time trudging through it all. In the end it was ok. What did you think?

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Maximum Ride, Manga 1 by James Patterson & Narae Lee

Maximum Ride (Maximum Ride, The Manga, #1)Maximum Ride by NaRae Lee

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Max is trying the best she knows how to keep her family together and hidden from the world. Since the only father they've ever known, Jeb, disappeared she's been in charge. When they go for a morning stroll to pick strawberries with Angel, the littlest of them all, the worst happens...Erasers! The mutant Erasers have kidnapped her! Now Max, Iggy, Fang and Gasman take off in search of little Angel in the only place they'd like to never go back to again; the evil school & experimental facility they grew up in while being experimented on. Will they find Angel? Will they be able to elude the Erasers themselves? Will they be discovered for the freaks they were created as?
This was an interesting concept! It makes me want to read the regular books in the Maximum Ride series! On to the next one!

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Tricks by Ellen Hopkins

TricksTricks by Ellen Hopkins

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

5 teens looking for love. The love they've never really had in their lives. When they think they've found it, they do everything they can to manipulate life to hold onto it no matter what it costs them. Will it pay off? Will they be able to trick themselves into a happily ever after?
I had a hard time with this one. I've read Hopkins' poetry and love it, follow her on twitter and value her presence, but had a terrible time finding a place for this book that is so full of hate, evil and horrifying decisions. I kept thinking "is this realistic?" But the honest truth is that it probably is and I just don't want to know about it. I have since found out that I have many students in my own schools who live in some of these situations. The question do we save them? Can we? Do they want to be saved? What's next?

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryCharlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Charlie Bucket and his family are poorer than poor and getting thinner by the second! This is until the mysterious Willa Wonka decides to put 5 golden tickets in his candy inviting 5 lucky winners, not only win a lifetime supply of chocolate, but to also be the 1st ones in years to get to see the inside of his world famous chocolate factory.
This was wonderful! I can't believe I've never read this one before! My girls (age 3 and 6) hung on every word! A great bedtime reader! Give it a try.

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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Evermore by Alyson Noel

Evermore (The Immortals, #1)Evermore by Alyson Noel

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ever is just trying to survive a new school and a new life after the accident that killed her mother, father, sister and dog. Oh, and ever since the accident she can not only hear everything everyone thinks, but she can also see their auras. Her way of dealing with it is to listen to her iPod loudly while pulling her hood up over her head. But then Damen walks into her English class. Not only does he seem to know everything about her and can make things appear, but when he's talking to her she only hears his voice and nothing more. Why? and why does he seem so familiar? Who is he? Where did he come from?

I loved this. I bit different from the norm of what's out there right now. It's also enough to appease those who like Twilight and the other fantasy series that are so popular right now. I will definately be buying this series and reading this series! :)

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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & MargaretStohl

Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles, #1)Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ethan Wate is at the top of the food chain in the small southern town of Gatlin, South Carolina. That is until he meets Lena Duchannes, the new girl who lands at the very bottom of the food chain in Gatlin as the niece of the infamous recluse Macon Ravonwood. They find they are drawn to eachother until nothing else matters but being with eachother even though Lena is a Castor from a long line of Castors both Light and Dark. The only problem is that on the 16th birthday of every member of Lena's family they are Claimed as either Light or Dark whether they want to be or not. As her day draws closer and closer, her time with Ethan does too. Will she be Claimed as Fark or Light? Find out.

The history involved in the storyline was perfect. I loved it since it was mostly about the Civil War and about reeacting it which we do as a family. I never really thought about what if the march to the sea was darker than just fire and houses. I bet it was. Can't wait for the next one!

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Prince of Persia by Jordan Mechner

Prince of PersiaPrince of Persia by Jordan Mechner

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

This was so weird for me. I just didn't get it! There seemed to be multiple stories and timelines running throughout the book, but they just didn't make sense! What a mess! How the heck did Disney get such a wonderful movie out of this?? Can anyone explain what's so great about this?

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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Impossible by Nancy Werlin

ImpossibleImpossible by Nancy Werlin

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Lucinda Scarborough and all the Scarborough girls before her have been cursed by an evil Elfin Knight who wanted the original Scarborough girl as his true love forever. Instead Lucy's ancestor fell in love with a mortal and refused the Elfin Knight. The curse means that each Scarborough girl must take on 3 impossible tasks before the birth of her child or go mad forever!

This was a good story but didn't flow very well at all for me. It took me forever to get through this one for some reason. What did you think? I just read on Werlin's site that her next book, Extraordinary, will be along these same lines of new age faerie story. We'll have to see if Werlin can redeem herself!

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Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Mockingjay (Hunger Games, #3)Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

After the show stopping rescue of Katniss Everdeen from the arena of the Quarter Quell, the world has been waiting to see what's next for her. Katniss never wanted any part in a rebellion against The Capitol, but here she is...their Mockingjay! The problem? The Capitol still has Peeta. How will Katniss be able to save Panem and Peeta while also ensuring her own family is safe?

All I have to say about this one is that it was PERFECT!! I can't believe she wrote it perfectly! I was ready to be disappointed somehow, but I wasn't in any way!

Now I'm just waiting for 2 things...1. the movies! AND 2. What does Collins do to follow up this one?!

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Dark Life by Kat Falls

Dark Life (Dark Life, #1)Dark Life by Kat Falls

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ty lives in the future. In Ty's world the new frontier territory he and his family live in is in the deep ocean. He and his family are pioneer farmers providing food to the Topside. All Ty has ever wanted is to get a claim for land of his own underwater like his parents and he's almost old enough! That's when he meets a girl from the Topside who torpedos him into an adventure of a lifetime to save the lifestyle he holds most dear!

I LOVED this! It's Wild, Wild West meets Firefly!! What could get better!? This is an AMAZING 1st book from Kat Falls and I can't wait for Rip Tide, the 2nd book planned for the Dark Life Series!

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Saturday, August 14, 2010

Liar by Justine Larbalestier

LiarLiar by Justine Larbalestier

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Micah is a liar. She spends her first 2 weeks of high school as a boy after a teacher takes in her name, short hair and flat torso. She tells everyone her father is an international arms dealer after he picks her up at school in a luxury limousine he's reviewing for a magazine. Micah tells us the honest "truth" of her life before and after her secret boyfriend is found dead in Central Park after they ran together the night before. The problem is that once you are completely believing her, she suddenly tells you the "real truth."
I had a hard time getting into this book and then once it got the 2nd part, I didn't even like it anymore! It was well written and done, but the character, Micah, is just a despicable person. I hope that's what Larbalestier wanted because when I finally got the end of the book, I hated Micah and wanted nothing more to do with her. It will be interesting to see what my students think of this book. Will they like it? Will they hate it? Will it intrigue them?

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Hold Still by NIna LaCour

Hold StillHold Still by Nina LaCour

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Caitlin's best friend Ingrid has taken her own life a few weeks before the end of the last school-year and now Caitlin is all alone. As she tries to learn to breath again and her parents watch her closely, she keeps herself hidden within herself. After finding Ingrid's journal stashed under Caitlin's bed she reads a bit at a time and gets to see a clearer picture inside Ingrid's head than she ever let anyone else see. Gradually Caitlin makes new friends and begins to live her life again with their help. This was a wonderful book about the loss, regret and guilt that we all feel after someone close to us makes the ultimate decision to end their own life and what that does to the people around them who loved them. Nina LaCour got it just right. Not too raw, but just raw enough to feel real. To feel the ache that exists in Caitlin's core at the loss of her other half. Plus there's the added bonus of the illustrations throughout the novel which make the story all the more real. I might even sit down and read this one again!

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Sunday, August 1, 2010

Earthlight, Volume 2 by Christopher Schons

Earthlight Volume 2Earthlight Volume 2 by Christopher Schons

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Earthlight colony is still trying to find balance and feel safe after it's terrible terrorist takeover that was perpetrated by some of their own, but Damon's father also has to keep the colony from being shut down by Earth. While the grown ups are busy as usual with their jobs and fixing the mess leftover after the takeover; the kids are left with no one. What will happen next? Will the colony stay open? Will the video they kids decide to make about Earthlight help?
This one was a nice carry through from Volume 1, but the ending was great! It left me dying to read the next one!!

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Saturday, July 31, 2010

Earthlight, Volume 1 by Christopher Schons

Earthlight Volume 1 (Earthlight)Earthlight Volume 1 by Christopher Schons

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Sometime in the future, Earth has pioneered a colony on the moon called Earthlight. The Earthlight colony was started to create a way to use the sunlight as a type of battery to help with the energy crisis on Earth. After 3 teenagers are killed in an accident, Damon's father has chosen to replace the current chief of the colony and his mother is put in charge of the school. Unfortunately, coming to the moon from Earth makes Damon a "weeder" and makes him an outsider. Will Damon be able to fit in? Will his father be able to convince Earth to keep the colony open? Will his mother be able to keep the students out of trouble and safe? Read it and see...
This was an interesting storyline. I liked it and can't wait to start the next volume!

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The Fire Opal by Regina McBride

The Fire OpalThe Fire Opal by Regina McBride

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Maeve is a fiery and spirited young girl who watches as both her mother and then her sister become shells of their former selves. Will she be next? Has she really become mad as her father and brothers believe? Or are the things she's hearing on the wind and in her mind real? This an amazing 1st Young Adult novel for McBride! WOW! The Irish seaside is described in incredible detail to the point that you can also hear the sea and smell the air blowing in. The only issue I had was the ending which happened literally in the last couple if pages. It was very abrupt and rather unnatural. I'm hoping there will be another and that will explain and forgive this ending. Here's hoping! Read it; it's fabulous!

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Saturday, July 24, 2010

The Sons of Liberty #1 by The Lagos Brothers

The Sons of Liberty #1The Sons of Liberty #1 by Alexander Lagos

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was really something and definitely needs more volumes! It's set in 1777 and the next decade. The story has many different story lines running involving slaves, Benjamen Franklin, Quakers and more. All these plots come together to create a wonderful "what if..." in our history. I thought this was really well done from the drawings to the plots! Wow! I hope there are more volumes on their way! Try it out and see what you think!

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Friday, July 23, 2010

Pride of Baghdad by Brian K. Vaughan

Pride of BaghdadPride of Baghdad by Brian K. Vaughan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was really something! WOW! Based on a true story of 4 lions who wandered Baghdad after the United States had bombed the city letting the animals out of their zoo. It shows the harshness of war and living in a war-zone through the eyes of innocent bystanders. It even shows a bit of the harsh world each of them originally came from before entering the zoo. Well done but harshly graphic depiction of life in a war for the innocents. You've got to check this out if you haven't. I read it in a morning!

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H-E-R-O: Powers and Abilities by Will Pfeifer

H-E-R-O: Powers and AbilitiesH-E-R-O: Powers and Abilities by Will Pfeifer

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

This was classic comic book with regular Joe's becoming heroes with a device that they find here or there which changes them into a different superhero each time they type in H-E-R-O. Except there's a hitch, the need to experience having superpowers begins to drain the holders until they lose everything they have in their real lives. Will the next person do better? Who knows? Who would read the next one?

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Tales of the Slayer by the Creators of Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Tales of the Slayers (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Comic #1)Tales of the Slayers by Joss Whedon

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was an interesting one. Full of short stories written and drawn by different people depicting different slayers throughout history, a bit about them and how they survived or did not. I liked that it was based on the same world as Buffy's so I knew about most of it all ready. I especially like the original slayer who was a character we met on the show years ago. It did leave me wanting much more and didn't seem to be much at all as far as entertainment goes. So, interesting is the best descriptor I can do. See what you think!

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Token by Alisa Kwitney & Joelle Jones

TokenToken by Alisa Kwitney

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It's 1987 and Shira Spektor lives is an apartment building with her father, her grandmother and an eccentric, but lovable old movie star, Minerva. Shira spends most of her days with her grandmother and Minerva, which certainly doesn't prepare her for dealing with the here and now at her private Jewish high school with your typical mean girls and jocks. She's never even had a real first kiss! As Shira's father becomes more and more distant and critical while also getting closer to his secretary, she finds her own way to feel good by shoplifting and discovering her first love with a dark, young Spaniard.
This was a lovely little story. This one of the better young adult graphic novels I've come across. Good plot, good sketches, good all around. I loved the added element of the grandmother and old actress neighbor who take the place of her mother who died years before. I loved these characters.

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Water Baby by Ross Campbell

Water Baby Water Baby by Ross Campbell

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Brody is a hard core surfer girl until a shark takes off most of her leg. Now she has to learn to live with a prosthetic and adjust to all the things she cannot do now. With her girl Louisa she begins to find her way again while dealing with a loser ex-boyfriend and his numerous bad decisions.
This one I was so hopeful for. It had good characters, good sketches, and started out with a decent plot. Then it was so cruddy! :( It seemed like it was all about the girls and their hot bodies, drinking and getting with people. I was very disappointed to say the least.

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Monday, July 19, 2010

Linger by Maggie Stiefvater

LingerLinger by Maggie Stiefvater

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The very first line says it all, "This is a story about a boy who used to be a wolf, and a girl who was turning into one." Grace and Sam are human together now, but Grace seems to be getter sicker and sicker with a mysterious fever and eventually nose bleeds that never end. Isabel runs into one of the new wolves after finding a dead one down by the lake and finally finds someone even more damaged than herself. Will the youth of Mercy Falls who live within the world of these mystical wolves be able to hold their lives together? Or, will everything begin to fall apart that's been pinned together with desperation and need? Find out what lingers in the 2nd installment of The Wolves of Mercy Falls Series.

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Friday, July 16, 2010

The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong

The Reckoning (Darkest Powers, #3)The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Chloe Saunders and her band of genetically enhanced, supernatural, teenage pals are still on the run, but happily turning over the progress of running to adults while they rest up at a safe house with Andrew after escaping the Edison Group once again. Will they be able to get back into the Edison Group's facility to rescue Rae and Aunt Lauren? Will Derek's changing complete itself? Will Chloe be able to sleep without raising the dead around her? Will Liz be coming back anytime soon? Will they ever find Simon's father? Will Tori's evil mother find them? There's so much that needs to be answered in this last book of the Darkest Powers Trilogy. So many paths that need to unfold.Armstrong weaves this last book of The Darkest Powers delicately around every little detail that unfolds around her band of outlaws of the supernatural world. There are twists and turns that you won't see coming and an ending that's just right. Try it and see what you think about The Reckoning. I can't wait to see what Kelley Armstrong has in store for us next!

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Twilight: The Graphic Novel; Volume 1 by Stephenie Meyer and Young Kim

Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Volume 1Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Volume 1 by Stephenie Meyer

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is Twilight in a graphic novel. It's basically the exact story as the novel since it was done with Stephenie Meyer, but I did have some issues with it. My issues are mostly with the actual artwork. I hated the "sweat" drops that were CONSTANTLY on Bella! What the heck!? Yuk! What girl wants to identify with someone who's sweating all the time? Yuk!
Also it was an interesting twist on graphic novels since the graphics are (I think) photographs (they looked just like the movie) and drawings combined in some way. I'm certainly no expert on this, but it didn't always work. Sometimes it felt very weird to see a drawing standing in front of a picture of a car. I was also a bit frustrated that it wasn't the whole book. It was half of the book. That feels very much like a hope for a ride on the money wave that this book has been, which seems a bit naughty to me.
Ok, I'm done now. Overall- I liked it, but wasn't thrilled. It was ok, rather shallow. Of course I bought it for my hs LMC and will certainly get the next one for them as well! This will hook some kids into reading which of course is my ultimate goal as a librarian.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The Amaranth Enchantment by Julie Berry

The Amaranth EnchantmentThe Amaranth Enchantment by Julie Berry

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

We begin our story in a far away land in a world similar to our own in the last century when carriages and Kings were still prevalent. Lucinda is a sadly used and abused young women who has lost her parents when she was very young and was taken in by a slightly distant relative who treats her like a slave. Everything changes for Lucinda the moment that a mysterious woman walks into their goldsmith shop and entrusts them with working on her huge gem. Once this stone enters Lucinda's world, her world is flipped upside down and inside out as she races to save both herself and another. Join her on her race; you won't regret it!
This was a nice, quick read. Definitely a younger 6-8 grade level book, but still a fun read. I loved how everything, even the bits you don't notice, ALL come together. A very nicely woven fairy tale. It was almost another Cinderella with a Narnia twist. I wonder if that's what she was going for!?

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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Ash by Malinda Lo

AshAsh by Malinda Lo

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Aisling, or Ash as she's known to those closest to her, loses everthing one after another in life to be left with her spiteful and greedy stepmother to be forced to serve in what should be her own home. As Ash takes on all of the chores and serving in the household that once took 3 to do, she also begins to see the harsh reality of her future with her stepfamily. Her greatest happiness come from escaping into the Wood whenever she gets the chance. The Wood is where she meets Sidhean and Kaisa, who will both change her life forever.
I always love a fairy tale retold! This one did not disappoint in its retelling of Cinderella with the world of faeries intermixed with ours in the time of carriages and Yule balls. Think Holly Black's Tithe mixed with the original Cinderella. This was just the right amount of dark and light to keep me hooked! Read it today! :) Try it and see what you think!

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Fire by Kristin Cashore

Fire (The Seven Kingdoms Trilogy, #2)Fire by Kristin Cashore

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Fire lives in a world of monsters who come in the brightest and most mesmerizing colors out there! Birds, raptors, wolves, mice, cats, bugs and even humans are monsters. As all monsters can on some level, Fire can control the minds of the people and animals around her whether she wants to or not. She also earns the instant scorn or obsessive desire of those around her. Some want her blood and some want her body, while others just want her dead. As Fire's homeland of the Dells is in sad disarray and groups on many sides are after the Royal City and the crown itself, she is asked to do what she has pledged not to because of the legacy her father has left behind himself.
This book literally took over my life and I was unable to put it down until it was done! Although it is the same world as Graceling, it is not the same land and only one of the same characters is in this book. Even though this book technically would take place before Graceling in time, you could still read them in any order at all and be fine.
Enter the land of the Dells, the land of monsters and follow Fire as she makes friends, survives enemies, falls in love and helps guide a nation.

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Friday, July 2, 2010

kimmie66 by Aaron Alexovich

kimmie66 kimmie66 by Aaron Alexovich

My rating: 2 of 5 stars
This was so bizarre. I had no idea what this was even supposed to be about! Suicide? Our techno lives getting out of control? Friendship? Any ideas out there? Have you read it? 

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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Good As Lily by Derek Kirk Kim

Good as Lily (Minx) Good as Lily by Derek Kirk Kim

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Grace Kwon's 18th birthday celebration with her friends in the park ends rather bizarrely when ends up buying a pinate from a cart instead of ice cream and then when she finally breaks it open it not only lands on her head, but also is EMPTY! :( When she realizes in the night that she's left her cool new t-shirt from her guy pal in the park she sneaks back to get it only to find 3 more versions of herself there. How did this happen? What is she going to do about herself at 6, 29 and 70 strolling about? How will she keep it from her parents? AHHH!
This was actually one of the best young adult graphic novels I've come across. I was beginning to think it was impossible for people to write a graphic novel with any depth! Jeesh! Anyway, this one has given me hope! I'm going to stick to the Minx books and see if there are any others that raise above the shallow waters. Sadly the following article says that DC Comics cancelled the Minx line of books so when the ones they had in production are all out, that's it! How sad! Just when they were getting good. Is this true? Now where do I go for young adult graphic novels? :(

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong

The Summoning (Darkest Powers, #1) The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Chloe Saunders leads a dream life at A.R. Gurney School of the Arts. She studies film and theater, her passions, and hopes to be a film director some day. She's a bit quiet and her dad is gone about 98% of the time, but other than that life was ok. That is until she decided to dye her hair with red streaks and got her period finally, unfortunately the ghost of a janitor with a melted face chases her through the school building and it takes medication and a stretcher to get her out of there. Apparently after you attack your teachers, they'd rather you not come back to school anytime soon so she ends up at a group home called Lyle House which specializes in mentally troubled teens.
This was really good. It takes a while to get used to her seeing ghosts in their condition they died in and to get to know the characters of Lyle House, but once that all falls into place you have a nice thrilling and mysterious young adult book. I can't wait to try out the 2nd one. Check out the website just for the main character:

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Beastly by Alex Finn

Beastly Beastly by Alex Flinn

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Kyle Kingsley is at the top of the food chain in every way in life; gorgeous, wealthy, sporty, dating the hottest girl, etc. His father has raised him to believe that only the most attractive people are worth anything in life. On All Hallow's Eve he plays his last evil prank on a homely, green haired classmate only to be turned into the extreme ugliness that he is on the inside with only 2 years until one can see past his beastly exterior to love him. If no one does in the 2 years allowed, he remains a beast forever.

I had such high hopes for this one since I have a bit of an obsession for fair tales and especially retold or fractured fairy tales. Sadly this was a bit of a disappointment. It was ok, but nothing too exceptional. On the other hand, it looks like the movie they've made from it will be great! Check it out at

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The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong

The Awakening (Darkest Powers, #2) The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Chloe Saunders is now on the run from the Lyle House and the Edison Group after finding out that she and others like her are part of a science experiment and have been since being in the womb. Derek, Tori, Simon, Rae and Liz all continue to be a part of Chloe's new world which has turned her life upside-down and inside-out while she also tries to come to terms with the fact that she'd a necromancer. As Chloe discovers how powerful a necromancer she really is, she begins to understand how dangerous she really could be. She also becomes closer and closer with Derek as he deals with his changes which have begun way too early. I loved this 2nd book in the Darkest Powers Series. The 1st one was good, but very predictable. This one has a deeper development to it and depth that I really appreciated after so many others that are so shallow in this genre. Check it out! I can't wait to get my hands on the 3rd, The Reckoning!

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Clubbing by Andi Watson

Clubbing Clubbing by Andi Watson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Charlotte "Lottie" Brooks is sent to her grandparents in the English countryside where they own/run a golf course. Lottie's crime which sends her to her grandparents? Making, using & getting caught with a fake ID in London. While Lottie tries to figure out how to work in the pro shop and learns the ins and outs of the community around her, she stumbles upon a murder mystery in the countryside which sends her on an adventure she wasn't expecting in the dreary old countryside on England.

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Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1) Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Grace and Sam are from two completely different worlds that circle around one another closer and closer from the time they 1st meet 6 years before the present time. Can soulmates be found at first site? What happens when you only have a very sho...rt time with that soulmate before they leave you forever? I loved how Stiefvater used alternating points of view for the two main characters, Grace & Sam. She also included the current temperature outside which seems so bizarre out of context and was weird when I first noticed it, but makes total sense as you become immersed in Grace & Sam's world. See if you become as obsessed with Grace and Sam as I did. This book took over my life today! :) Great read; I can't wait for Linger AND Forever!

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Candor by Pam Bachorz

Candor Candor by Pam Bachorz

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Creepy! Wow, this is would make a great movie. It reminds me of the old Twilight Zone shows...
Oscar is the perfect son and dream child of Campbell Banks, the developer of Candor, FL. Candor is where people move to fix all their problems, that is if you can afford it. In Candor anything can be fixed by the messages, anything. The messages are everywhere all the time in the background music that's throughout their days and nights in Candor. If your child is having a difficult time with their weight, or homework, or problem! A specialized CD will be delivered to you personally by Mr. Banks which will alter your child's imperfections within the next few days. All your worries will just wash away in the perfect place on earth, Candor.
But is it really perfect? Read Candor and decide for yourself.

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Catching Fire (Hunger Games, #2) Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Katniss, Peeta and Haymitch are at it again. We find them in the Victor's Village trying to survive their lives of extreme privilege while continuing to watch the others around them in District 12 suffer each day of existence in Panem under the Capitol's rule. All are waiting for the 3rd Quarter Quell to begin which marks the 75th anniversary of the Hunger Games and the Capitol's revenge and domination. What will the Capitol have devised this Quarter Quell as a way to keep the masses under control? Twice as many contestants? Will their be friends who die this time? Will the Capitol now leave Katniss and all she loves alone?
This 2nd installment of the Hunger Games did not disappoint! It delivered in full! Awesome! Well written and planned out. I CAN'T for Mockingjay in August!

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Monday, June 7, 2010

Maze of Bones (39 Clues, book 1) by Rick Riordan

Amy and Dan Cahill, 2 orphans who have lost everything attend their grandmother's funeral and reading of her will only to be challenged into accepting to be part of a hunt for 39 Clues which will lead to a treasure which will make the owner the most powerful person in the world. The problem? Their other Cahill relatives who are also after the treasure and have formed teams and will fight to the death if needed.
I LOVED this and can't wait to get my hands on the next one! I used to be completely addicted to mysteries (Nancy Drew, Sherlock Holmes, etc.) and this is exactly like those old classics! The best part about this was how it brought in our American history with it. The fact that it's also all about 2 kids is great too.

The New York Four by Brian Wood & Ryan Kelly

The New York Four The New York Four by Brian Wood

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Cute story! I love the dynamics which show Riley growing from the shy girl into the more confident one at NYU while also showing the way that our virtual lives and relationships can take over. Try it out! See what you think.

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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Forest Born by Shannon Hale

Razo's little sister, Rin who loves her forest more than anything else decides to leave it when the trees who calm her turn away from her after she does something terrible. Will she be able to find acceptance with the trees again? Will she be able to survive the lifestyle of the big capitol city? Most of all, will she be able to understand the evil she feels building in herself?
This Book of Bayern was a bit different and hard to latch onto at times. It didn't quite go the route that I thought it would, which seemed to keep me frustrated at times. I liked, as I always do, being immersed in a land of characters I'm already friends with but struggled with Rin's major conflicts since they were conflicts I couldn't sympathize with. I still enjoyed the overall story of the girls, but just didn't enjoy this main character. Try it and tell me what you thought of this one!

River Secrets by Shannon Hale

When Bayern's own travel to the land of Tiran in the hope of avoiding another war by opening trade and hopefully winning over the people of the land. Razo finally gets his day by becoming one of the most important soldiers in Bayern's Own working to find the answer to the mysteriously burnt bodies that are being found before the Tiran's Assembly votes whether they will be going to war against Bayern again or not. Go along with Enna, Finn, Razo and the rest of the gang in their struggles to save Bayern from war.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Enna Burning by Shannon Hale

After Enna comes home from the Capitol of Bayern to the forest she loves only to have her mother pass away, she finds herself lost. Should she continue to stay and keep house for her borther who continues to grow more distant and sketchy by the day or head back to the Capitol to be with Isi and Geric. When Enna's brother becomes worse, she decides she must save him from himself. Will she be able to save her brother? Will she be able to help Isi and Geric as Tiran attacks Bayern city by city? What will Enna's part be in all of this? She has to find a way to be helpful.To learn more about the books of Bayern, click here.

The Van Alan Legacy by Melissa De la Cruz

Schuyler and Oliver are on the run after the massacre at Corcovado. They run from country to country and continent to continent. She has finally decided to let Jack go and let Mimi win. Bliss has finally discovered who she is and begins the great struggle within against her father, the greatest evil. Will Schyuler and Oliver be able to stay ahead of those tracking them? Will Mimi and Jack complete their bond? You will learn the answers to SO many questions in the 4th book of the Blue Bloods! I can't wait to see what happens next in Misguided Angel. What will the next chapter in their lives bring?

The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

** spoiler alert ** The Crown Princess Anidori-Kiladra Talianna Isilee has led a life of solitude in preparation of taking over her mother's position as Queen of Kildenree. When Ani finds herself passed over as not measuring up to the Queen's expectations for the next ruler of Kildenree, she finds herself lost. Where does leave Ani? What does she do next? When she is told she has instead been betrothed to the Crown Prince of Bayern, the very nation who is conquering all the lands around it. Once Bayern completes the mountain pass road, will they then put their eyes on Kildenree? Will Ani's ability to talk to animals help in the new land she travels to, or hurt her? This retelling of Grimm's The Swan Princess is incredibly written! I can't wait to read the rest!

Monday, May 24, 2010

I Am Furniture by Thalia Chaltas

Thalia Chaltas drags us into Anke's life and holds us up against the wall next to her like the wallpaper she is treated as by her father. Anke's older brother and sister are VERY visible to their father who abuses them physically, mentally and sexually. Anke, on the other hand, is invisible! She is seen as so unimportant that he doesn't notice or acknowledge her. Anke has liked being invisible because it has kept her safe all these years. The only problem is that once she takes one giant step out of her invisible box where her father has put her and into the Soccer Team she begins to find her voice and her strength. Will she be able to be brave enough to save them all? Will she be able to become a visible force with her father? If so, what will the consequences be? Read Because I Am Furniture and find out these answers to Anke's world.

Willow by Julia Hoban

Great read! Anyone who's been touched by true tragedy will be able to feel Willow's pain and begin to understand her extreme need to remain numb at all costs. Read it & find out why she needs to stay numb from it all. Now that she's met Guy will she be able to?

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

WOW! I read this yesterday and it literally sucked me in and grabbed my by the throat holding me down until I was finished. Once you start it, you have to finish it! There's no other choice! Anderson is one of the best YA authors out there and this book proves it once again! Try it!! Let me know what you thought!!