Monday, January 30, 2012

Top 10 Tuesday #3- Book club books...

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish! Leave a link to your Top 10 in the comments!

Top 10 books I think would make great book club books:
  1. Delirium by Lauren Oliver- such an interesting topic to talk about. The big issue? Our emotions, aka love. Remove it and you will have a perfect society! Right?
  2. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld- this is one that makes me wish I was still in the English classroom instead of the library! I would LOVE to teach this one with a whole class. There is just so much potential here for advancements, for the equality their society has embraced as their main focus by making everyone "pretty", the environmental issues, so, so many topics to talk about that people could easily be on either side of!
  3. Age of Innocence  by Edith Wharton- We actually did read this one in our book club. Many of us had read Ethan Frome back in our hs days, but when a very well done and fascinating biography, The Brave Escape of Edith Wharton by Connie Wooldridge, arrived at my MHS LMC from JLG we were instantly interested in anything she wrote. This is the book Wharton was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1921 and also a book which was incredibly scandalous for the upper crust of which she was a big part of!
  4. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot- this was another we did read in our book club recently. Created tons of discussion about the past and how both non-whites and the poor were taken advantage of by those who they trusted the most, their doctors. It also had us talking about life now and how there are still things that we don't challenge doctors about. Fascinating read of a story none of us had ever heard before.
  5. Flight by Sherman Alexie- So much history to talk about in here, plus so much about the main character, Zits, to talk about. Rachel and I do a collaborative unit with her Multicultural Lit. class and when I book talk this one, the guys POUNCE on it! (The boys who never read!) And then, they finish it so fast it's unreal! And then, they pass it to another in class who will tell me, "I never read Mrs. Schmelzer, but that was an awesome book!"
  6. Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern- this one is Rachel's and is still on my TBR list. She has been gushing about it ever since she read it! The magical world that Morgenstern created is supposed to be phenomenal and unbelievable all at the same time!
  7. Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson- the drama, the intrigue, the violence against women, the government could you not have discussion from this one!? This was another our book club did read last year and most liked. (Not Rachel.)
  8. Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly- this story was incredible! Our book club loved it! The real world and the historical world of Paris and it's revolutionary past become so painfully real for you. I remember wanting so desperately to be able to read faster. It all begins with a tiny heart in a jar.
  9. Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis- I have always thought these would make great discussion pieces to connect with the Christian religion to compare and contrast with the Bible. C.S. Lewis wanted to write stories that his own niece would enjoy but also learn the Bible stories. I find myself trying to figure out who is who every time I read them!
  10. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne- The tech. in this book is amazing. I can't believe this was written in 1870! Plus, the adventure is non-stop from beginning to end.
These would certainly get me to book club! The ones our group has been choosing haven't even been able to get me there let along getting me to read them! These would! Of course, Rachel disagrees with me completely and for example loved #3 which was one of the ones from our book club we both belong to. I couldn't even start that one sadly. Anyway, here are ours! What would yours be? Put it in the comments!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Review: Partials by Dan Wells

Partials (Partials, #1)Partials
Author: Dan Wells
Publisher: HarperTEEN
Release Date: February 28, 2012

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

No one has seen a Partial in eleven years. Eleven years ago the engineered soldiers, Partials, started a war that unleashed RM and completely desimated the human population. The human survivors have gathered together on Long Island and created a society determined not to become extinct.

Kira has no memory of her mother and barely remembers her father. When RM hit, she was 5. Wandering from home when she ran out of food after her father died until soldiers found her, she has grown up only knowing life with The Hope Act looming and this life of survivors making their own families. Now 16, Kira is a medic in training who is on the front lines watching babies die everyday. Why? RM is still killing them by attacking their immune systems within hours and days.

The Senate is hanging all its hopes on The Hope Act which makes pregnancy mandatory at 18.

The Voice wants freedom from The Senate's Hope Act even if it takes violence between the precious few left on Long Island.

Kira? She wants to save them all!

My thoughts: Wow! Action and adventure from beginning to end people! Exactly my kind of story. The desimated world post-partial war is told so well in this book. I didn't have to wonder about much of anything because Wells covered all his who, what, when, where bases so well. Another thing which makes this book my kid of book. We also get to watch the character of Kira, along with her circle of friends, grow from 15 and 16 year-olds just doing their jobs on a day-to-day basis in the beginning of the book into young adults who are taking charge of their lives by making big decisions and taking huge risks for the survival of them all.

I also appreciated that even though this is a first book in a series, Wells still wrapped up the main conflict from this book while leaving open the larger conflicts for the next book. No feelings of frustration!

The chemistry between the cast of "plague babies" who have made each other a family was fascinating. A world where you can walk down any street and pick out any empty house you want, clean it up and live in it was also such an interesting concept I'd never really thought of before. A world that is full of stuff but not people.

If you are looking for adventure, or action, or that thrilling feel of solve-the-mystery-with-science-before-it's-too-late (like Bones)...then THIS is the book for you! Try it and let me know what you thought!

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In My Mailbox #3

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren. The idea of In My Mailbox is to bring books to the attention of readers and bloggers while also encouraging interaction with other blogs. Link your IMM in the comments!

I apologize ahead of time about my goofy Badger fan wear but had just been to a 2 & 5 year old's Badger themed birthday party! Also...I had no idea I make THAT many faces when I talk! Too funny! Opps! Something to work on I guess.

Fabulous gifts from my pal Heidi @ YA Bibliophile:

Hallowed by Cynthia Hand
Sorta Like a Rock Star by Matthew Quick
Masque of Red Death by Bethany Griffin
The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong
Witch Eyes by Scott Tracey
When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle
Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver
Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler
The Gathering Storm by Robin Bridges
Unraveling Isobel by Eileen Cook
The Girls of No Return by Erin Saldin
Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
Faery Tales & Nightmares by Melissa Marr
The Future of Us by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler
 A gift from E.Lockhart for my MHS Libby:
 Die Unruhmliche Geschichte der Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart 
For Review from NetGalley:
Pretty Crooked by Elisa Ludwig and Katherine Tegen Books (Release Date: March 13) ~ from HarperCollins
Chomp by Carl Hiaasen (Release Date: March 27) ~ from Alfred A. Knopf BFYR
The Académie by Susanne Dunlap (Release Date: April 10) ~ Bloomsbury Children's Books

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Book Trailer Thursday #2- Everneath by Brodi Ashton

Book Trailer Thursday is a weekly feature inspired by Once Upon a Twilight.We are hoping to promote not only new books that are out or are soon to be out on the shelves, but to also promote the creation of book trailers themselves! Make sure to comment below!

This week’s trailer:

Author: Brodi Ashton
Release Date: January 24 (just this week!!)
Publisher: Harper Collins

This looks and sounds so darn good! I mean seriously, a fairytale retold!? I'm in every time! Here's the description from Goodreads...

Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath, where immortals Feed on the emotions of despairing humans. Now she's returned- to her old life, her family, her friends- before being banished back to the underworld... this time forever.

She has six months before the Everneath comes to claim her, six months for good-byes she can't find the words for, six months to find redemption, if it exists.

Nikki longs to spend these months reconnecting with her boyfriend, Jack, the one person she loves more than anything. But there's a problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who first enticed her to the Everneath, has followed Nikki to the mortal world. And he'll do whatever it takes to bring her back- this time as his queen.

As Nikki's time grows short and her relationships begin slipping from her grasp, she's forced to make the hardest decision of her life: find a way to cheat fate and remain on the Surface with Jack or return to the Everneath and become Cole's...

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #2- The Whisper by Emma Clayton

"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. Be sure to post a link to your Waiting on Wednesday in the comments!

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

The Whisper
by Emma Clayton
Release Date: February 1, 2012
Publisher: The Chicken House

Listen-can you hear it? 
The explosive sequel to THE ROAR! 

Suddenly alert to the microchips implanted in their brains, the army of stolen children revolts! But the response of the tyrant Mal Gorman is swift and brutal: He quickly quells the mutiny, sweeping up the fleeing children in spiked nets like so many trapped fish and dragging them back to their training camp. 

Juiced by potent Everlife pills, the once cadaver-like Gorman has chemically reversed the aging process; his diabolical mind is now powered by the body of a teenager. But psychic twins Ellie and Mika can read his every evil thought, and they refuse to let him wage his battles. Using their mutant powers, they abduct Gorman and take him beyond The Wall, to the wildlife he so fears. Before all-out war erupts, the brother and sister are determined to reconcile humankind with nature -- and to free the captive children. (Summary from

This is the 2nd book in the series which for some reason never really peeked and I'm just not sure why! Book 1, The Roar was awesome! Rachel actually read this one 1st and hounded me about reading it! It was great! This series falls into the dystopian category but it's also a bit more once you are shown what the twins can do. This possible future is just fascinating where the poor live in the wet & darkness below the rich get to live in the tower buildings and enjoy the sunlight and the view. The government has decided to "help" the children of the poor (whether they want it or not) and they are put on a nutrition and supplement program while also being heavily encouraged to compete in a military flight arcade game. The question is...why? The 1st was very well written and their world was nicely developed. 

Can't's coming SO soon! ALSO, I found out from my Scholastic Book Fair rep this week that they will be selling a paperback exclusive of this book the moment it's out! Very cool! So stop by your local school library's book fair for a copy of this next month.

What are you waiting on this Wednesday? Link it up in the comments!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Top 10 Tuesday #2

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish! Leave a link to your Top 10 in the comments!

Top 10 things I'm most looking forward to in 2012:
  1. The Hunger Games movie! In theatres March 23. I know that the movies are NEVER as good as the books, but I'm always hoping for that heart-stopping feeling when your imagination is literally unfolding in front of you on the screen!
  2. Bitterblue by Kirstin Cashore, pub. date May 1. I feel like I've been waiting forever for this one! I just LOVE Cashore's writing and Fire is one of my all time favorite books! I can't wait to see what The Seven Kingdoms has in store for us next!
  3. The Girl in the Clockwork Collar by Kady Cross, pub. date May. This is literally my all-time-favorite book ever! It had everything I want in a book! I can't wait to see what happens next for these stellar characters in the world that Cross has created!
  4. Pandimonium by Lauren Oliver, pub. date Feb. 28. This series has grabbed ahold of my mind and I literally think about it every other day! The possibilities...the writing...the cliffhanger!!!
  5.  BRAVE, the newest Disney princess movie coming in June, which just so happens to be the princess I've been waiting for my WHOLE LIFE...photographic evidence...
  6. Insurgent by Veronica Roth, Pub Date May 1. I feel as though I've been holding my breath for this one...waiting...wondering...and I can't wait to find out what happens next for Tris, her brother and everyone else in their city.
  7. The Whisper by Emma Clayton, pub. date Feb. 1. This is the 2nd book after The Roar which I loved and have never really understood why it didn't get more PR. Rachel read it 1st and gushed about it until I read it and she was right! Awesome book! Ironically I spoke with my Scholastic Book Fair rep. for my middle school coming up and she said they have the exclusive on selling the paperbacks of this! SWEET!!
  8. Wolf Pact by Melissa de la Cruz, pub. date Sept. This is a new series spin-off from her Blue Bloods series which I loved, but this is following Bliss on her journey to find the Hounds of Hell for her mother in the hopes that she can convince them to join the fight against the Silver Bloods. Bliss is my favorite and I'm so thrilled that Melissa has done this! YAY!
  9. So You Think You Can Dance Season 9- I love this show! The dancers, the dancing, the music, the judges, the choreographers...THE COSTUMES! There is SO much to love!
  10. Breaking Dawn, part 2, November 16. The end of part 1 was PERFECT! I loved the very last close up shot! SO good! I can't wait to see the war...AND I can't wait to see Renesmee!
What's your Top 10 this week on freebie week? Post it below!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

In My Mailbox #2

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren. The idea of In My Mailbox is to bring books to the attention of readers and bloggers while also encouraging interaction with other blogs. Link your IMM in the comments!
Adios, Nirvana by Conrad Wesselhoeft
Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann
Struck (Stupid Cupid, Flirting with Disaster, Pucker Up) by Rhonda Stapleton (bind up)

For Review from NetGalley:
Partials by Dan Wells ~HarperCollins
The Jade Notebook by Laura Resau ~Random House Children's Books
The Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman ~Random House Children's Books

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Review: Once a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough

Once a Witch (Witch, #1)Once a Witch
Author: Carolyn MacCullough
From: purchased NOOK Book
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Born into a long line of witches, Tamsin is prophesied to be the strongest of them all at her birth. Unfortunately, Tamsin's now 17 and her magic, or talent, has never appeared even a tiny bit! To avoid the family that either feels sorry for her all the time or treats her as if she can never do anything at all, she has enrooled in a private school in Manhatten. Tam addores everything about her life in the city at school away from her family.

Then one weekend while she's watching the bookshop for her grandmother, a stranger comes in looking for her very talented sister hoping she can find a long lost, family heirloom for him. After years of being found useless by her family, Tam decides to not correct this strange who thinks she's her sister and vows to find his missing heirloom for him. What she doesn't realize is that her agreement with the stranger is going to starther on a path that can't be stopped!

Some secrets can't be undiscovered...

1st: The title is perfect for the 1st & 2nd book, "Once a Witch, Always a Witch." Whoever came up with those titles deserves a raise!

2nd: This was just a GREAT read! I loved it! Tamsin and her family are just perfect in their drama and disfunction. The adventure they go on is gripping and flows so well! I can't wait to get to the next one!

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Review: Entwined by Heather Dixon

Author: Heather Dixon
From: purchased NOOK Book
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Princesses Azalea, Bramble, Clover, Delphinium, Evening Primrose, Flora, Goldenrod, Hollyhock, Ivy, Jessamine, Kale, and tiny baby Lily are in mourning. They must where nothing but black, the windows must be drawn closed with dark fabric at all times, all the clocks must be stopped, they must not recieve any guests and most importantly and hardest of all they must not dance for a full year. Dancing is their favorite thing. Dancing makes them feel. Dancing makes them proud. Dancing is when they feel the closest to their mother. How will they live for an entire year without dancing?

When the sisters stumble upon a magic passage way leading to a magic pavilion with music that plays just for them to dance to how could they possibly resist? This way they get to dance without anyone seeing. Only the Keeper is watching. But who is the Keeper? Why has he been trapped in the pavilion?

What are the sisters willing to do to keep their dancing a secret? What is the Keeper willing to do to keep them dancing every night? What is the King willing to do to undo their secrets before their secrets undo them all?

The 12 Dancing Princesses! Truly one of my most favorite Grimm's Fairytales that my daughters ask me to read regularly! This one is just as lovely and full of both the mystery and the dancing that the classic version has. Dark though this gets at times, it still never pushes itself out of its classic story. The sisters are absolutely delightful and watching their relationship with their father as they try to deal with their extreme grief is very well written by Dixon. I can't wait to see if there will be more along these lines from Dixon. What did you think of this one?

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Book Trailer Thursday #1- Partials

Book Trailer Thursday is a weekly feature inspired by Once Upon a Twilight.We are hoping to promote not only new books that are out or are soon to be out on the shelves, but to also promote the creation of book trailers themselves! Make sure to comment below!

This week’s trailer:
Author: Dan Wells
Publisher: HarperTEEN
Expected Publication Date: February 28, 2012

The human race is all but extinct after a war with Partials—engineered organic beings identical to humans—has decimated the population. Reduced to tens of thousands by RM, a weaponized virus to which only a fraction of humanity is immune, the survivors in North America have huddled together on Long Island while the Partials have mysteriously retreated. The threat of the Partials is still imminent, but worse, no baby has been born immune to RM in more than a decade. Our time is running out.

Kira, a sixteen-year-old medic in training, is on the front lines of this battle, seeing RM ravage the community while mandatory pregnancy laws threaten to launch what’s left of humanity into civil war, and she’s not content to stand by and watch. But as she makes a desperate decision to save the last of her race, she will discover that the survival of humans and Partials alike rests in her attempts to uncover the connections between them—connections that humanity has forgotten, or perhaps never even knew were there. (Summary from Goodreads)

Not only is this trailer incredibly well done (it’s amazing) but it also gives you just enough that you are just dying for more! I actually received this through NetGalley this week and can’t wait to get to reading it! Stay tuned for a later review on it! If you've read it, let me know what you thought!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #1

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

by Kady Cross

Expected publication: May 22, 2012
Publisher: Harlequin

In New York City, 1897, life has never been more thrilling - or dangerous.

Sixteen-year-old Finley Jayne and her "straynge band of mysfits" have journeyed from London to America to rescue their friend Jasper, hauled off by bounty hunters. But Jasper is in the clutches of a devious former friend demanding a trade-the dangerous device Jasper stole from him...for the life of the girl Jasper loves.

One false move from Jasper and the strange clockwork collar around Mei's neck tightens. And tightens.

The Strange Case of Finley Jayne and The Girl in the Steel Corset are both part of the Steampunk Chronicles which this is the 2nd book of and I have to tell you that these are my absolute favorites! I can't wait to read this one and will surely be re-reading the first two again in the very near future! Yes, they are THAT GOOD! Adventure, a love triangle, mystery, action...they have it all!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Top 10 Tuesday #1

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish!

Top 10 fantasy or syfy books I'd recommend to someone who doesn't read fantasy or syfy...
  1. The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross - this is literally my favorite book EVER at the moment! Think of each amazing classic science fiction/fantasy novel by Shelley, Wells, Verne, etc.  Then think…amazing group of vigilantes/crime fighters with special abilities derived straight from these old classics in London in the late 1800's. Plus, the main character is the most amazing, kick-butt "regular" class girl who quite literally has to fight to keep the wild, angsty side under control while also making sure that her demure and pleasing side doesn't get "stepped on" by others. Now I don't know about you, but this is what I have to do every darn day of my life= find a balance and hope that one side or the other doesn't overwhelm the other. Best book ever for me! (Plus the short story eBook is great and FREE.) Can’t wait for the next book! Hurry Kady, hurry!
  2. Fire by Kirstin Cashore- this is an amazing world of the Seven Kingdoms that Cashore has created where sometimes there are people who have special abilities and usually something special, or perhaps horrifying, about their looks (depending on how you look at it. Read it and you'll see what I mean.) Before Cross's books, this was my favorite! It is a world where people can be monsters too. They have the ability to persuade you to do anything they'd like you to do. Now, what if there was only one or two of these people left? This really makes you think about the “what ifs.” What if you could do this? Would you? If so, would you do it all the time or only some of the time? Would you be able to control yourself? It's the classic "If you had powers, would you use them for good or for evil?"
  3. Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins- If you haven’t read this all ready…shame on you! LOL! Read it already! These are amazing! There is so much of this book that I can already see in our world. What if….? Could this happen? Is it possible?  
  4. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling- the book that started it all…the amazing rush of people young and old who were reading about Rowling’s world. Why? Because not only is stepping into another world better than staying in your own sometimes but the battle between good and evil has always been something that has fascinated us all. If you’ve never read the books and only watched the movies, you are missing out on SO much. I you want to read books about hope, then these are the books! Get started!
  5. Dark Life by Kat Falls- Think deep sea pioneers and you've hit the nail on the head with this one. What I love about this one is the originality! Love it! I couldn't believe that this was a debut novel for this author after I read it. The future world that she has created is done so wholly that you can absolutely believe that it is a possibility. Plus there is the question: would living in Deep Ocean for an extended time period affect you? Would it affect your children? Then on top of everything, there is also the question “How much is too much governmental control?” What a perfect time period in politics for this book honestly.
  6. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld- Maybe the real problem with our world is what the parochial schools have been getting right all this time…if everyone is the same, then everyone is equal and even happy! This is a world where everyone becomes “pretty.” Once you’re a pretty, life is a party non-stop where all you ever have to worry about is where the next big thing is happening. If everyone’s beautifully perfect then what could anyone ever want for? You don’t even have to worry about what you eat because there is a pill you can take to take care of that. Perfect, right?
  7. The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong- What if you could see ghosts? What if you could even reanimate them? The beginning of the Darkest Powers series brings us into a house full of “broken” teenagers who aren’t what they appear to be. What they really are has yet to be completely discovered. What have they all been brought together for? Find out by reading the series! These literally couldn’t be read in the dark by me! Yikes!
  8. The Dead-tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan…and...The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan- these are the 2nd & 3rd in a trilogy which means you of course need to read the first one BUT these are amazingly moving! W-O-W! I loved these. Who would ever think that books that are post-zombie apocalypse could ever be great!? I was so wrong thinking this! The humanity is astounding in it. The decisions that people make or don’t make are fascinating. The world that exists or doesn’t exist is also fascinating. I can’t wait to see what else Carrie Ryan has in store for us. Please write faster Carrie!
  9. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl- a sleepy southern town where everything is the same as it was over a hundred years ago….enter a mysterious new girl in town…and everything changes! The sleepy little town will never be the same when the Castor world explodes both beneath and above the streets. Will there be anything left when everything is said and done? I loved the flashes of the past that dragged me into the Civil War and the reenactments that the students in town are required to be a part of! As a civil war reenactor, it was just cool to know that my family wasn’t the only group of crazies out there! I can’t wait to see the movie!
  10. Dying to Meet You by Kate Klise- a young boy is living on his own in an old house where he finds a ghost who becomes his companion. She fends for him, cares for him and even finds him an actual person (a grumpy old fella) to be his caretaker so he isn't taken away from his home. Throughout the book there are drawings, letters and the most adorable names that go along with the person’s personality or job. Just cute as cute could be as a whole package while also being very moving.

Monday, January 16, 2012

In My Mailbox #1

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren. The idea of In My Mailbox is to bring books to the attention of readers and bloggers while also encouraging interaction with other blogs.
Purchased as NOOK Books thanks to the I’m a Reader, Not Writer blog for the lead on all the amazingly priced eBooks out there right now all under $5…
Faerie Wars by Herbie Brennan
Witch and Wizard by James Patterson
The Strange Case of Finley Jayne by Kady Cross
Entwined by Heather Dixon
Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore
The Musician’s Daughter by Susanne Dunlap
Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey
Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
Hereafter by Tara Hudson
Untraceable by S.R. Johannes
Need by Carrie Jones
Once a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough
The Unidentified by Rae Mariz
Bumped by Megan McCafferty
Ten Things We Did by Sarah Mlynowski
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
My Fair Godmother by Janette Rallison
Withering Tights by Louise Rennison
Vesper by Jeff Sampson
Lucky by Rachel Veil
The Poison Diaries by Maryrose Wood
Titles mentioned in IMM…

New and borrowed from one of my school libraries…
Mastiff (Beka Cooper, 3) by Tamora Pierce

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Review: Unearthly by Cynthia Hands

Unearthly (Unearthly, #1)Unearthly
Author: Cynthia Hand
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
From: purchased NOOK Book
Clara sees the same thing over and over...a boy and a fire.

Who is this boy? Where is this fire? Why is she seeing this?

Easy answer...she's an Angel-blood. Difficult's her "purpose"

All Angel-bloods have a purpose, a reason they are on this Earth. The deal is, they have to figure out what the mission is: who, what, when, where, and how! When Clara finally gets to look around in the vision and see a license plate, her mother quickly closes up their life in sunny California that she and her brother have only ever known and moves them all to Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Now Clara's not only has a very mad brother, a hoovering mother, and a new school with new classes, new friends and new enemies, but now her visions have become more intense and the fire season is nearing.

Will Clara figure out what her purpose is in time?

This one was interesting. Different from anything I've read before! There are Angels (all men) on Earth who have intermixed with human women.
Things I liked:
-the setting! AMAZING mountain views from one of my favorite places in the world!
-Clara and Tucker
-all the fun outdoor adventures
-the mystery
-Angela who was sometimes called "Ange"! I've never seen my nickname anywhere else before! It was wicked cool to see it in a book!

Things that I had a hard time with:
-Clara's mom
-the secrets
-the ending!? (you'll see! Tell me what you think when you get there! I wanna know!)
I can't wait to read Hallowed! The reviews are coming out fast and hot now and it sounds like all of my issues will be eased with book's hoping! I will definately be promoting this one to my students!
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Friday, January 13, 2012

Review: The Strange Case of Finley Jayne by Kady Cross

The Strange Case of Finley Jayne (Steampunk Chronicles, #0.5)The Strange Case of Finley Jayne
Author: Kady Cross
From: FREE NOOK Book
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Finley Jayne has just been fired & thrown out of her employers home for being "unnatural" Of course she had no idea when she punched that vial governess who had just struck a defenseless child, that she would do it so hard she'd knock out all her teeth in the process! How in the world had she become so strong?

When Lady Morton walks into her family's bookshop the same week Finley has been sacked and offers her an extremely extravagant wage & station as a companion to her daughter, she wonders what she's truly being hired for. Of much trouble could she possibly get into as a young lady's companion?

LOVED this short story...are you kidding me!? This one drips with creepy. Creepy by way of Mary Shelley creepy! Steampunkfabulous! A must read!

Now I must work very hard to be patient and wait for Cross's The Girl in the Clockwork Collar...

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Friday, January 6, 2012

Review: The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross

The Girl in the Steel Corset (Steampunk Chronicles, #1)The Girl in the Steel Corset
Author: Kady Cross
From: Library
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Finley Jayne knows this is her last chance to get & keep a good household servants job. She's had so much trouble in the past. Trouble just seems to find Finley though. She's begun to wonder if there's something seriously wrong with her!? When there's trouble, something inside her begins to raise it's ugly and very dangerous head. Finley never knows if her other self will be able to keep from causing a scene or if she'll have to start looking for another job again.

Unfortunately Finley's newest employer has a son with a wide streak of evil...and after he tries to lay his hands on Finley, she has to get as far away as possible...
Right into The Duke of Greythorne. Soon Finley learns that not only is the Duke different from others but so are his friends. Soon Finley's wrapped up in a mystery that may be about to explode...

LOVED THIS! SERIOUSLY! This book was my absolute favorite from 2012. If this is what the new genre of Steampunk is all about...I'm in! If you are a fan of the late 1800's, old gadgets, or classic science fiction characters...this genre is for you!

(This actually brought back my old obsession with the movie The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen!) So darn cool! CAN'T WAIT FOR THE 2ND BOOK! For now I'll make myself happy with the FREE eBook, short story prequel instead...can't wait...ok, done gushing for now, but WOW!

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Review: Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

Author: Josephine Angelini
Release date: May 31, 2011
Published by: HarperTeen
From: Library
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Helen Hamilton has made a science out of being as invisible as possible by hunching her shoulders, being as average as possible at everything and making her hair fall across her face to hide it.

Unfortunately, all of this is just ridiculous! No matter what she does, she is still the most beautiful girl anyone has ever seen, AND, whether she wants to admit it or not, she is VERY special!

When Lucas Delos and his family come to the island, things begin to get crazy. She can't seem to stay away from him even though all she wants to do is kill him! On top of everything, she is also having horrendous nightmares and hallucinations of horrible things which she keeps telling herself just can't be real...but are they? What if she's truly going insane? What if she does kill someone? How can she get back her "normal" life from before?

I don't know if I would have picked this one up on my own without bloggers giving amazing reviews of it online! I'm so glad I did get it for our HS library and read it almost from cover to cover yesterday! Once I got about 50 pages into it, it grabbed ahold of me and pinned me down!

I loved the Greek mythology that permeates it through and through. I love Helen, she is just a great character and so are so many of them! That's what kept me going, all of the great characters. Once the chaos begins though, there's just no stopping! Angelini's story was expertly woven to the point that at times I thought I might know what was going to happen next or what could happen next, but I never had that "ugh...I totaly know what's going to happen next" feeling ever in the book because there are just SO many twists and turns with SO many characters and history to keep up with! I can't wait to see what happens next for Helen Hamilton!

AND, if this is how Angelini is going to always write...I'm in!

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