Friday, November 30, 2012

Our Week in Books...

This is our week in books at Libby Blog! 
This feature is not our own original idea and is inspired by so many others that are out there (esp. IMM by Story Siren and Stacking the Shelves by Tynga's Review) with the goal of sharing our new books and getting to know one another a bit better in the book blogging world. If you have a similar post for the week, please share it in the comments so we can comment back...

Blogging for Regine...

Today I'm Blogging for Regine...

Regine Stokke began her blog after being diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of Leukemia in 2008 at age seventeen. Her goal was to paint a realistic picture of what it's like battling a life-threatening illness-and to share her experience with the world. During 15 months Regine was sick and to her death she transformed from an average teenage girl, upset that she doesn't have a private hospital room, to a grateful and humble young woman with a deep appreciation for the beauty all around her. 

Regine's Book: A Teen Girl's Last Words, new from Zest Books, is Regine's personal story as it was written on her blog and features her own photography and artwork, as well as comments from blog readers and entries from those who loved her most. The book deals with every facet of living with cancer, from the good days to the bad and everything in between. At an age when Regine's biggest concern should have been what dress she was going to wear to prom, she was worrying about whether or not the wig she wears looks natural and about all the things she may be leaving behind. "The fear of no longer existing never goes away," Regine confesses only a few months before her death. "I'm afraid to leave the world and I don't want to do it. I think about my family, and about my friends. I have to fight for them. I can't leave them behind with that sorrow. I have to try everything I can, despite how bleak everything looks."

Read an excerpt from Regine's Book in HuffPost Teen

My thoughts: In memory of Regine, and for everyone whose lives have been touched by cancer, I am joining up with ZestBooks and my fellow bloggers  to put a face on this terrible disease and illuminates the importance of becoming a blood and bone marrow donor. This book! I have to admit that it is heartbreaking, but it is also so very necessary and important! As an educator/school librarian/mother, I have to tell you that there really isn't anything out there like this that I know of in publishing for young adults and tweens. She and her family are very open and honest about every single thing that they are experiencing from beginning to end. I certainly read books and experienced pieces of this in my life with adults  that I knew, but not a child/teen. I cannot even begin to understand how a parent copes with this, not to mention the person themselves. Especially when the person is a child who has not, and never will,...graduate from college, buy their first home, walk down the aisle to get married, have children, etc. It's just so tragic. BUT, this book is also VERY informational too! I was fascinated by the definitions and explanations at the beginning about the process of diagnosis, the treatments, the side affects, etc. Such a good book.

One thing I thought about the whole time, was how HAPPY I was that I am already part of a wonderful and amazing club in my city, The Optimist Club. Optimist International, like other clubs for adults like the Lions Club, The Rotary Club, etc., has a large, main goal, purpose, of wiping out childhood cancer from the face of the earth. Everything we do is somehow connected to aiding in this struggle against this illness that is just so devastating in our lives. Our membership dues, our fundraising, all of it , in part or all, goes to help in the fight to cure childhood cancer.  To learn more about our Childhood Cancer Campaign and Optimist International, click on the logo below or JUST ASK me and I'd be happy to chat with you about it! 

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Zest Books has made a donation to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training in Regine's honor upon publication of Regine's Book. In addition to Optimist International, I urge you to consider supporting these incredible organizations in any way you can:
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society 
Be the Match - National Bone Marrow Donor Program 
DKMS - Register to become a bone marrow donor! 
Gift of Life: Bone Marrow Foundation 

ZestBooks has graciously offered a fabulous giveaway of the finished book, a bookmark, and Zest Books literacy poster as shown...


Review: Splintered by A.G. Howard

Author: A.G. Howard
Release date: January 1, 2013
Published by: Amulet Books
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Alyssa Gardner hears the voices of bugs and flowers, which is exactly what her mother and her grandmother were institutionalized for. The women in her family have been cursed ever since Alice Liddell claimed to have been down the rabbit-hole and back. Alyssa learns to deal with her curse as best she can, and even turns silencing the insects into a way to express herself with her art. After an especially bad visit with her mother, Alison, at the mental hospital she's lived in for years...Alyssa begins to wonder about the stories and the curse. What if everything were true? What if Wonderland really exists?

"I want to tell dad everything, but in his eyes, admitting Alison's delusions are real would be proof of my splintering sanity."

My thoughts: This was AMAZING! I mean, WOW! It's like she took Lewis Carroll's novel and twisted it HARD until it was the most amazingly warped version ever! I don't know that I can even write about this is any semblance of professional...I just want to shout at you about how awesome it was!

From the skater-girl main character, Alyssa Gardner, and her crush, Jeb Holt, who are tough and strong and committed to each other as friends well before they realize their mutual interest beyond the incredibly creepy and warped characters of Wonderland of Rabid White, the Octobenus, Herman Hattington, March Hairless, Door Mouse, Queen Red, Morpheus, and so many more. The world that Lewis Carroll introduced us to and it's bit of scary, doesn't even come close to the scary and creepy world of Wonderland that Alyssa falls into.

All Alyssa wants is to save her mother from the curse put on her ancestor, Alice Liddell, before the electroshock therapy begins on Monday morning on her mother Alissa, but once she tumbles down the rabbit hole she finds there is so much more to the story and to herself than she ever could have imagined. SO much more...

You have to read Alyssa's story so you can find out for yourself if she's able to complete the tasks and save her family and herself. It is a non-stop adventure from beginning to end that just gets better and better as it twists and turns its way through Wonderland deeper and deeper along the way.

My Splintered Soundtrack:

  • "Eyes on Fire" by Blue Foundation
  • "Spectrum" by Florence and the Machine
  • "Teardrop" by Jose Gonzalez
  • "Breathe Me" by Sia
  • Any to add to this after you've read this one? 

    I can't wait to get this on my bookshelves at home AND to get a copy for the high school LMC...the students will LOVE this one!

    Thursday, November 29, 2012

    Review: Stork by Wendy Delsol

    Author: Wendy Delsol
    Series: Stork, Book1
    Release date: October 12, 2010
    Published by: Candlewick
    My rating: 3 of 5 stars

    In the cold Minnesota weather, a recently transplanted Californian feels out of place. Katla Leblanc can’t believe how cold cold can be, and it’s only September! She’s already alienated some of the in-crowd, and her home-life isn’t perfect, what with her mom and dad’s divorce finalized and Stanley, her mom’s new beau. Then one dark night while waiting on a delivery of apples at her grandfather’s store, she sees a light on in the fabric store across the street.

    By deciding to check it out, she soon finds herself in a strange world of folktales come to life; however, when she returns to her grandfather’s store only a few minutes have passed. What is she to think of her strange encounter with a group of old ladies claiming…no, it’s too strange to be real, right? With this surprising beginning, Katla now has to sort out who she really is and how she fits into a world that suddenly has more magic than she ever knew existed.

    My Thoughts: A very interesting beginning pulled me right into this story with Kat’s meeting of the Stork ladies and her weird first interaction with Jack Snjosson, a boy who claims she should know him and has the coldest touch in the world.

    The main character, Kat, loves fashion and is a little disconnected from her new community, which I understood because of her recent uprooting from California, but I did have a little trouble connecting with her at first because she seemed a little distant and shallow. However, since I can talk about her as if she is a person I know, you can probably guess that she grew on me as she settled into the community and her new magical abilities.

    This first book in the trilogy very clearly introduces the characters and the elemental fight between good and evil that Kat will be involved in for the next two books. I’ve already grabbed book two and a bookmark and plan to start reading ASAP :)
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    Wednesday, November 28, 2012

    Book Trailer Thursday #45 - Lost Prince and Everbound

    Book Trailer Thursday is a feature inspired by Once Upon a TwilightWe 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 post a comment below and let us know what you've found out there this week!

    This week’s trailers:

    (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten, Book 1)
    Author: Julie Kagawa 
    Release Date: October 23, 2012
    Published by: Harlequin Teen

    Don't look at Them. Never let Them know you can see Them.
    That is Ethan Chase's unbreakable rule. Until the fey he avoids at all costs--including his reputation--begin to disappear, and Ethan is attacked. Now he must change the rules to protect his family. To save the girl he never thought he'd dare to fall for.
    Ethan thought he had protected himself from his older sister's world--the land of Faery. His pervious time in the Iron Realm left him with nothing but fear and disgust for the world Meghan Chase has made her home, a land of myth and talking cats, of magic and seductive enemies. But when destiny come for Ethan, there is no escape from a danger long, long forgotten.

    I really need to read this series! I love Fey books and just have no excuse for why I haven't honestly! I guess this should be on my holiday to-do list!? 

    (Everneath, Book 2)
    Author: Brodi Ashton  
    Release Date: January 22, 2013
    Published by: Balzar+Bray/HarperTeen

    Nikki Beckett could only watch as her boyfriend, Jack, sacrificed himself to save her. Desperate for answers, Nikki turns to Cole, the immortal bad boy who wants to make her his queen--and the one person least likely to help. Nikki and Cole, along with Cole's bandmate Max, descend into Everneath, only to discover that their journey will be more difficult than they'd anticipated--and more deadly. But Nikki vows to stop at nothing to save Jack--even if it means making an incredible sacrifice of her own. In this breathtaking sequel to Everneath, Brodi Ashton tests the bonds of destiny and explores the lengths we'll go to for the ones we love.

    This makes me want 2013 to arrive as soon as possible, like yesterday! :)

    What are you waiting on this week?

    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

    Waiting on Wednesday #44 - The Almost Truth and Orleans

    "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 below!

    This week's pre-publication "We can't wait to read it!" selections are...

    Author: Eileen Cook   
    Release Date: December 4, 2012
    Published by: Simon Pulse

    Sadie can't wait to get away from her backwards small town, her delusional mom, her jailbird dad, and the tiny trailer where she was raised...even though leaving those things behind also means leaving Brendan. Sadie wants a better life, and she has been working steadily toward it, one con at a time.
    But when Sadie's mother wipes out Sadie's savings, her escape plan is suddenly gone. She needs to come up with a lot of cash-and fast-or she'll be struck in this town forever.
    With Brendan's help, she devises a plan-the ultimate con-to get the money. But the more lies Sadie spins, the more she starts falling for her own hoax...and perhaps for the wrong boy. Sadie wanted to change her life, but she wasn't prepared to have it flipped upside down by her own deception. With her future at stake and her heart on the line, suddenly it seems like she has a lot more than just money to lose...(Summary from Goodreads)

    This sounds like a really interesting premise. I want to know what her deception is and how it all turns out!

    Author: Sherri L. Smith 
    Release Date: March 7, 2013
    Published by: Putnam Juvenile

    First came the storms.
    Then came the Fever.
    And the Wall.

    After a string of devastating hurricanes and a severe outbreak of Delta Fever, the Gulf Coast has been quarantined. Years later, residents of the Outer States are under the assumption that life in the Delta is all but extinct...but in reality, a new primitive society has been born.
    Fen de la Guerre is living with the O-Positive blood tribe in the Delta when they are ambushed. Left with her tribe leader's newborn, Fen is determined to get the baby to a better life over the Wall before her blood becomes tainted. Fen meets Daniel, a scientist from the Outer States who has snuck into the Delta illegally. Brought together by chance, kept together by danger, Fen and Daniel navigate the wasteland of Orleans. In the end, they are each other's last hope for survival. 

    Doesn't this sound good!? I can picture it, and can't wait to dive into this future. 

    What are you waiting on this week?

    Monday, November 26, 2012

    Top 10 Tuesday #27 - Most Anticipated Books for 2013...

    Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the team over at Broke and the Bookish! Leave a link to your Top 10 below!

    Top 10 Most Anticipated Books for 2013...

    1. Fragments (Partials Sequence, Book 2) by Dan Wells

    2. Dark Triumph (His Fair Assassin, Book 2) by R.L. LaFevers

    3. Unravel Me (Shatter Me, Book 2) by Taherah Mafi

    4. Splintered by A.G. Howard

    5. Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger

    6. The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress

    7. Requiem by Lauren Oliver

    8. If I Should Die by Amy Plum

    9. Override (Glitch, Book 2) AND Shutdown (Glitch, Book 3) by Heather Anastasiu

    10. Impostor by Suzanne Winnacker

    The rest of the books I can't wait for don't have covers! :( 
    Infinityglass (Hourglass, Book 3) by Myra McEntire
    The Girl with the Iron Touch (The Steampunk Chronicles, Book 3) by Kady Cross
    Untitled (Raven Cycle, Book 2) by Maggie Stiefvater
    The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
    Untitled (Shatter Me, Book 3) by Tahereh Mafi

    1. Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend (Confessions, Book 2) by Louise Rozett

    2. Awaken (Abandon, Book 3) by Meg Cabot

    3. The Goddess Inheritance (Goddess Test, Book 3) by Aimee Carter

    4. Everbound (Everneath, Book 2) by Brodi Ashton

    5. Othermoon (Otherkin, Book 2) by Nina Berry

    6. Origin (Lux, Book 4) by Jennifer Armentrout
    No cover, but I still want to read it!

    7. The Impossibility of Tomorrow (Incarnation, Book 2) by Avery Williams

    8. The House of Hades (Heroes of Olympus, Book 4) by Rick Riordan
    No cover, but I still can't wait! 

    9. Soulbroken (Legacy of Tril, Book 2) by Heather Brewer

    10. Requiem (Delirium, Book 3) by Lauren Oliver

    What's on your Top 10 this week?