Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Review: The Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman

The Book of Blood and ShadowThe Book of Blood and Shadow  
Author: Robin Wasserman
Release Date: April 10, 2012
Book Site: bookofbloodandshadow.com/
Publisher: Random House Children's Books and Knopf Books for Young Readers
Received: from NetGalley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Nora's life has become a nightmare that there is no waking up from...


her brother is dead, her best friend is lying in a pool of his own blood which his girlfriend is kneeling in, staring blankly, straight ahead while clutching the precious, and now bloody, letter that Nora gave him to keep safe...


but this isn't how it began. This is the middle. In the beginning we meet Nora after she's been awarded a full scholarship to the prestigious prep school on the other side of their town thanks to her incredible skills with the Latin language. She has a new best friend and is friends with his girlfriend; they spend every day together in teenage bliss.


So where does it all go wrong? Let Nora explain it all to you...explain the blood, the shadows, the translations, the whispers in the night...


My Thoughts: Great suspenseful book. This one will be a great one to buy for my HS Library! I can already see some of the kids who will love it in my head! This was a LONG book. There is just so much in it and it literally spans two continents with its mystery and suspense. This was very different from the other books I have read by this author. I loved the history, the Latin, the girl power that Nora is the best at translating and the broken girlness of Nora (as per usual.) I already have one student who's excited about this book because I was telling her all about the Latin in it and she's been studying Latin through our Virtual School for 2 years now! I can't wait to see the actual hardcover of this book to see what the separate parts really look like since I read a NetGalley of this. This is certainly a HS book though and not a MS one in my opinion with all the bloody parts which in a few places are very detailed. I even had to literally go and sit with my family in the bright lights downstairs one night when the book was really messing with my head! :D


Last thoughts: Florence and the Machine's "Ceremonials" album is a perfect soundtrack for this book, don't read this at night in the dark by yourself and I have got to go to Prague someday to see some of these places that are now burned into my head with Elizabeth and Nora for forever.


A book I won't soon forget! Intense! It leaves its mark!
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Waiting on Wednesday #7- Serpent's Shadow by Rick Riordon and Partials by Dan Wells

"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 "I can't wait to read it!" selections are...

Release Date: May 1, 2012
Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children

He's b-a-a-ack! Despite their best efforts, Carter and Sade Kane can't seem to keep Apophis, the chaos snake, down. No Apophis is threatening to plunge the world into eternal darkness and the Kanes are faced with the impossible task of having to destroy him once and for all. Unfortunately, the magicians of the House of Life are on the brink of civil war, the gods are divided, and the young initiates of Brooklyn House stand almost alone against the forces of chaos.
To find the answer they need, the Kanes must rely on the murderous ghost of a powerful magician who might be able to lead them to the serpent’s shadow... or might lead them to their deaths in the depths of the underworld...

Equally as adventurous and as interesting as following Percy Jackson and learning about Greek mythology! 

Release Date: February 28, 2012 = YESTERDAY!!
Published by HarperCollins

Humanity is all but extinguished after a war with partials--engineered organic beings identical to humans--has decimated the world’s population. Reduced to only tens of thousands by a weaponized virus to which only a fraction of humanity is immune, the survivors in North America have huddled together on Long Island. The threat of the partials is still imminent, but, worse, no baby has been born immune to the disease in over a decade. Humanity’s time is running out. 
When sixteen-year-old Kira learns of her best friend’s pregnancy, she’s determined to find a solution. Then one rash decision forces Kira to flee her community with the unlikeliest of allies. As she tries desperately to save what is left of her race, she discovers that the survival of both humans and partials rests in her attempts to answer questions of the war’s origin that she never knew to ask. 

LOVED this one and can't wait for the rest of the world (especially my students) to be able to read it! I will be getting my own copy as soon as I have the cash! I reviewed it as a NetGalley and loved it! Check out the Review and the Book Trailer too! 

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Top 10 Tuesday #7- Theme Songs for 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 we'd give a theme song to and why:

1. Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross -- Victorian tunes with harpsichord and strings but also some electric guitar and drums when she is kicking butt!
2. Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare* -- (Erica's suggestion) She always thinks of Kelly Clarkson's What Doesn't Kill You because of the cursed main character. 
3. Crank by Ellen Hopkins* -- (Alyssa's suggestion) Because of the main character's huge life change, she thinks of Of Mice and Men's Second and Sebring 
4. Unwind by Neal Schusterman* -- 
(Erica's suggestion) 
She see's a movie opening with Green Day's Boulevard of Broken Dreams 
5. A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park* -- (Alyssa and Rachel (me!) :) Never Say Never by The Fray because it is about Salva who keeps moving forward.  We also thought the start of The Fray's She Is because it's about wanting to come home and being on your own, very much like the characters in the story. 
*I had the kids help with this week's 5 b/c I'm not a big music person.

Actually I tend to pick a playlist or album for an entire series that I listen to looped while I read. Here's a few of the more recent ones I can remember...
6. Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins- Riot! by Paramore. They are tough, especially Katniss, and it fits with her determination and the action she is a part of over and over.
 Plus, it has an angry edge which she needs. (and UPRISING by Muse b/c it's PERFECT!!)
7. Wicked Lovely Series by Melissa Marr- Lungs by Florence and the Machine. I actually have no idea what it is about this album but it fits the series SO perfectly. I literally listened to it over and over through all 5 books last summer! The sadness, the flow, the beats...the magic it makes you feel.
8. Steampunk Chronicles by Kady Cross- Escape Artist by Zoe Keating. I have no idea if this has a whole album or not. I'll have to find out because I'm in LOVE with this one thanks to Maggie Stiefvater sharing it. It's contrasts fit Finley Jayne so well with her two halfs that are so different from one another. There would also need to be a rougher cello at times which sounds closer to an electric guitar when she is kicking butt! (p.s. this is my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE SERIES right now! If you haven't read them, get it done!)
9. Millenium Trilogy by Steig Larsson- Both All We Know Is Falling and Riot by Paramore. These books needed something that both rocks and pumps it way through it all. Something that was ready to rock when necessary. These books were unreal! They broke you, informed you, horrified you and kicked butt!
10. Darkest Powers Trilogy by Kelley Armstrong- Brand New Eyes by Paramore. These just fit so well for me. The feel and the power that goes along with the characters. Great combo.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

In My Mailbox #7

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!


Purchased NOOK Books...we BOTH bought this one:
Nali by Esther Henry (Xlibris)

Gifts from Heidi @ YA Bibliophile:
Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu (HarperCollins and Walden Pond Press)
The International Kissing Club  by Ivy Adams (Walker & Company)

What did you get in your mailbox this week for your libby?

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #6- Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver & Insurgent by Veronica Roth


"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:
Release Date: February 28, 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins

I’m pushing aside the memory of my nightmare, 
pushing aside thoughts of Alex, 
pushing aside thoughts of Hana and my old school, 
push, 
push, 
push, 
like Raven taught me to do.
The old life is dead.
But the old Lena is dead too.
I buried her.
I left her beyond a fence,
behind a wall of smoke and flame. 

(Summary from Goodreads)


Release Date: May 1, 2012
Publisher: HarperTeen

One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love. 

Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so. (Summary from Goodreads.)

My thoughts: I honestly don't know that either of these need any thoughts or comments except to say that I WILL be finding money somehow to buy these the moment they are out in hardcover! These are both book 2's in ongoing trilogies and if you haven't read the 1st ones, Delirium and Divergent, WHAT IN THE WORLD ARE YOU WAITING FOR!? :) 
Get to it! 

What are you waiting for this week?

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Top 10 Tuesday #6- Books we'd grab if...

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the fantastic crew over at Broke and Bookish. 

Top 10 books we'd grab if our house was about to be abducted by aliens (or any other natural disaster)...
  1. Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster - I would grab this first!  It was my favorite read in 5th grade, and I still read this word-witty adventure about once a year :) (Rachel)
  2. The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross- which I don't actually own yet, but I will ASAP people! It's hard not to gush and gush and gush about this one...it's PERFECT! Kick-butt heroine, amazing characters, tie-ins to many of the great classic syfy books of Stevenson, Wells and Shelley! Seriously my favorite book EVER!! (Ange)
  3. Persuasion by Jane Austen - My favorite Austen book.  The female lead endures through many years of choices influenced by others until, with age and escape from a staid home-life, she takes control of her own future. (Rachel)
  4. Fire by Kristin Cashore- I can't help it, I know I always list this book but it's just one of my all time favorites! It has it all...love, sadness, loneliness, amazing powers...so much! (Ange)
  5. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak- Umm...who wouldn't grab this one? (Rachel)
  6.  Shakespeare's Complete Works - I have a book of ALL of the plays and sonnets which I LOVE and would have to grab! It even looks wicked cool and old. Love it! It's my treasure. I mean, it's Shakespeare! (Ange)
  7. My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult - Tear jerker!  My first Jodi Picoult read and I loved it.  One of my favorite things is when an author gives me multiple characters' perspectives.  Picoult lets you dive into the minds of every character as they work through the tumultuous time of usurping one daughter's rights in order to keep another daughter alive. (Rachel)
  8. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - this is an amazing book about coming-of-age, racism, morals and values in small-town southern USA. There are just so many elements of this that remind me of who we are as a people in this country both the best of us and the most evil of us. (Ange)
  9. Harry Potter by J. K. Rowlings- (can I grab all seven!?!?) At a minimum I would grab the first book before the aliens got here.  It's the one that sucked me in and made me drool for the next and the next and the next... (Rachel)
  10. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer - the 1st one if it has to be only one, but I'm telling you right now it would be all 4 if it came down to it and the aliens were outside our door! Reading them just takes me away and I float afterwards when I've finished them. I don't know what it is, but that's the effect they have on me. (Ange)

What's in your Top 10? Link it below!

Monday, February 20, 2012

The Apothecary by Maile Meloy

The ApothecaryThe Apothecary 
Author: Maile Meloy
Release date: October 4, 2011
Publisher: G. P. Putnam's Sons
My rating: 3 of 5 stars


The year is 1952 and Janie has just arrived in London via Los Angeles because of her parents' fear of being put on the list of communists.


Janie is very unhappy at first to move to cold, dreary London. She has to get used to a new school and even gets put in Latin--which she has never studied. When a bomb warning drill occurs, she sees Benjamin Burrows stand up and refuse to hide under a table--he points out that it will not save him. Janie admires his courage and defiance. She soon discovers that he is the Apothecary's son. This discovery takes Janie on quite an adventure involving spies with a nuclear bomb and an international ring of people with various "magic" backgrounds and abilities trying to protect the world.


Overall, I enjoyed the adventure. From seeing them return Ben's father to his human form after he was just a handful of salt to seeing Janie and Ben transorm into birds in order to escape bad guys. The only slow part came in the middle after Ben's father returns to them--the adventurous moments slow as the author gives the reader details about the atomic bomb and the plans to stop it. But once these details are revealed, the adventure continues at a steady pace. It was a quick read for those looking for an escape that doesn't require a lot of thinking but does include some fun.
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Sunday, February 19, 2012

In My Mailbox #6

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!


Purchased NOOK Books...
 Ange's:
Jane by April Lindner (Poppy)
The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams (St. Martin's Griffin)
Cold Kiss by Amy Garvey (HarperTeen)

Rachel's:
Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi (Simon & Schuster)

What did you get in your mailbox this week for your libby?

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Review: Mastiff by Tamora Pierce

Mastiff (Beka Cooper, #3)Mastiff 
Author: Tamora Pierce
Released: October 25, 2011
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Beka Cooper has just lost her would-be-mate but what everyone doesn't know is that they had already left each other quite a while before he went and got himself killed by being careless during work. Beka hides from the world until her Lord Gershom comes personally to fetch her and Tunstall for a secret mission for the crown. Soon Beka has not only seen too much death and destruction of the darkest kind, but also she, Achoo, Pounce, Tunstall and a new addition to their crew, Farmer, are on the biggest hunt of their lives for the most precious of things has been taken. Only Beka and her crew can be trusted in all the realms; they are the hope of Tortall.


My thoughts: This is the last in a trilogy which is pure genius. The world that Pierce has created has amazing depth and character. I can't begin to understand how she kept track of all of her characters, story-lines, etc. I love how the world of Tortall is set up like our own Medieval world with Kings, knights and all the rest. Of course it's Tamora Pierce so there's also magic. Lots of magic. AND, there are lady knights! How cool is that!? I don't know what it is that drew me to these books...I think it was the main character of Beka. She's a reluctant heroine (which I love) who has all of these amazing bits and pieces about her that just suck you in! Plus she kicks butt! Literally!


If you haven't tried these books, do it! Terrier is book 1! I, on the other hand, will have to try another one of Tamora Pierce's series AND buy these 3 books for myself since I adore them!


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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Book Trailer Thursday #5- Lovetorn by Kavita Daswani

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:

Lovetorn
Author: Kavita Daswani 
Release Date: January 17, 2012
Publisher: HarperTEEN

When Shalini’s father gets a new job in L.A., she is torn away from her life in India and the boy to whom she’s been betrothed since she was three. L.A. is so different, and Shalini dresses and talks all wrong. She isn’t sure she’ll survive high school in America without her fiancĂ©, Vikram, and now she has to cope with her mom’s homesickness and depression. A new friend, chill and confident Renuka, helps Shalini find her way and get up the courage to join the Food4Life club at school. But she gets more than just a friend when she meets Toby—she gets a major crush. Shalini thinks she loves Vikram, but he never made her feel like this. 
In Lovetorn, Shalini discovers that your heart ultimately makes its own choices, even when it seems as if your destiny has already been chosen.  (Summary from Goodreads)

Both of us not only LOVE this book trailer but can't wait to get our hands on this book! We both have a passion for "multicultural" YA lit. and this one certainly fits the the bill! HAve you read it yet? 

Do you have a book trailer for Thursday?

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #5- Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier & Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore

"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 "I can't wait to read it!" selection is:

Release Date: October 30, 2012
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.

Gwen’s life has been a rollercoaster since she discovered she was the Ruby, the final member of the secret time-traveling Circle of Twelve. In between searching through history for the other time-travelers and asking for a bit of their blood (gross!), she’s been trying to figure out what all the mysteries and prophecies surrounding the Circle really mean. At least Gwen has plenty of help. Her best friend Lesley follows every lead diligently on the Internet. James the ghost teaches Gwen how to fit in at an eighteenth century party. And Xemerius, the gargoyle demon who has been following Gwen since he caught her kissing Gideon in a church, offers advice on everything. Oh, yes. And of course there is Gideon, the Diamond. One minute he’s very warm indeed; the next he’s freezing cold. Gwen’s not sure what’s going on there, but she’s pretty much destined to find out. (Summary from Goodreads.)

I JUST read the 1st book and it was AMAZING! I can't wait for the next one.

Release date: May 1, 2012
Publisher: Dial

Eight years after Graceling, Bitterblue is now queen of Monsea. But the influence of her father, a violent psychopath with mind-altering abilities, lives on. Her advisors, who have run things since Leck died, believe in a forward-thinking plan: Pardon all who committed terrible acts under Leck’s reign, and forget anything bad ever happened. But when Bitterblue begins sneaking outside the castle—disguised and alone—to walk the streets of her own city, she starts realizing that the kingdom has been under the thirty-five-year spell of a madman, and the only way to move forward is to revisit the past. Two thieves, who only steal what has already been stolen, change her life forever. They hold a key to the truth of Leck’s reign. And one of them, with an extreme skill called a Grace that he hasn’t yet identified, holds a key to her heart. (Summary from Goodreads)

Fire was literally my ALL TIME FAVORITE BOOK EVER until Kady Cross's book recently knocked it off of its podium! Cashore is an AMAZING writer and Fire is just plain B-R-I-L-L-I-A-N-T!! I have been foaming at the mouth reading the reviews that have been coming out in the last couple of weeks since people picked this ARC up at ALA...*pouts and once again looks for magic wand to speed up time*

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Top 10 Tuesday #5- Books that broke our hearts

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 that broke our heart a little:
  1. Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls- I vividly remember reading this in middle school (it was required) and finishing it at home in my bedroom which was followed by crying (and not the good kind) that literally went on until I had no more tears left! (Ange)
  2. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Neffinegger- I became SO invested in him even though I already KNEW the ending from the movie! Still just as heartbreaking! (Rachel)
  3. Forever by Maggie Stiefvater- All I'll say about this is that I wasn't prepared for the ending and it broke me people. So job well done Maggie since she told us at a visit nearby that her goal was to make us cry! That meanie! ;) (Ange)
  4. Deadline by Chris Crutcher- Right in the beginning the main character tells you "I have cancer. I'm going to die. No, I'm not telling anyone."  It's fun and courageous but also devastating. I don't think there's anything else to say! (Rachel)
  5. Laika by Nick Abadzis- This one of the best graphic novels I've ever read and there are honestly only a few so far that are truly moving and not just fun fluff. This is one of them. Not only are the 4+ layers of plot-lines amazingly done, but the story itself is sooo well done and inevitably breaks your heart even though you know it's coming since it's based on a true story. (Ange)
  6. 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher- This one starts out with a suicide which the already dead girl then explains why it's all a certain boy's fault. Sad. (Rachel)
  7. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson- I doubt there are many out there who haven't read this. It's a classic which most read in middle school and in my opinion beautifully done, but absolutely heart-breaking just as it should be. (Ange)
  8. Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay- This one takes place in France during the Holocaust--It's Sarah's story as she tries to find her brother after she has been taken and sent away by the Nazis. (Rachel)
  9. Tricks by Ellen Hopkins- My girls at my high school LOVE her and BEG for the next book before it's even out in stores. This is the ONLY one I'll EVER read! It BROKE ME!! Too much sadness, darkness and helplessness. My heart ached for the world, for every person in the book, for students who I know struggle...it was just TOO much for me. I get what she's doing and completely love that students who will read nothing else will read her books. It just won't be me reading any others. (Ange)
  10. The Girls by Lori Lansens- They are joined together at the head; unlikely to live past their 30th birthday; brain aneurysm found, need I say more? (Rachel)
What's on your Top 10 this week?

Sunday, February 12, 2012

In My Mailbox #5

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!


Sorry it's SO long! LOL! We'll have to work on that! See what happens when you get the 2 of us together! :)

Purchased...
Before for I Fall by Lauren Oliver (HarperCollins)
The Poison Eaters and other stories by Holly Black (McElderry)

From the Library...
The Apothecary by Maile Meloy (G.P. Putnam's Sons)
China Boy by Gus Lee (Plume Books)
This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel (Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing)
Queen of Water by Laura Resau and Maria Virginia Farinango (Delacorte Books for Young Readers)


Found these 2 great videos for This Dark Endeavor! Enjoy...


Saturday, February 11, 2012

Review: Thirteenth Child by Patricia C. Wrede



Thirteenth Child (Frontier Magic, #1)Thirteenth Child  
Author: Patricia C. Wrede
Series: Frontier Magic, Book 1
Released: April 15, 2009
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Eff is the thirteenth child born into her magical family. This means she will only bring trouble to her family; at least that is what tradition says. She also has a twin brother, Lan, who is the seventh son of a seventh son. This means he will have amazing magical abilities. To avoid the stigma put upon thirteenth children, Eff's parents decide to move west to the border between the civilized magic world and the untamed magical world.


Eff's story unfolds in this border town. We follow her as she grows into a young woman, learning about the different magic in the world. This is a very interesting frontier story; the world is creatively imaginative yet oh-so familiar. You will become attached to Eff and her struggles as a thirteenth child. You will also be drawn into the adventure of the frontier town and settlements as they face both magical and non-magical creatures of the West. I know I plan to pick up the next book in this series!
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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Review: Witchlanders by Lena Coakley

Author: Lena Coakley
Published by: Atheneum
Released: August 30, 2011
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First there is Ryder, a Witchlander, whose father has recently died and whose mother has fallen into an addiction to maiden's woe. He doesn't believe that the witches who worship the Goddesses, foretell the future, and keep the villages safe deserve the tithes he and the other villagers have to pay.

Then there is Falpian, a Baen--enemy to the Witchlanders, whose twin brother has recently died and whose father has sent him far from home to mourn. He should have magical abilities; he should be able to sing the magic of the God's world.

One day, something horrible comes to Ryder's village; death and fear travel with it. Ryder must find a way to protect his family and community. This may mean working with his enemy. How can he betray his people, but how can he not if it means saving them?

This story is an adventure of magic and other possibilities. Ryder and Falpian are two strong characters whose lives and worlds will pull you in from page one. The boys have family problems that occupy their minds while they must also work to defeat a great evil.

The creation of the Witchlander's world and its politics with the Baen is realistically woven into the story. It made me feel like the world within the book was real. I became emotionally invested in each boy's life and hoped through each scary encounter that they would be able to come together and succeed.

Book Trailer Thursday #4- Stolen Away by Alyxandra Harvey

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: Alyxandra Harvey
Release Date: January 17, 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury

For seventeen years, Eloise Hart had no idea the world of Faery even existed. Now she has been abducted and trapped in the Rath of Lord Strahan, King of Faery. Strahan was only meant to rule for seven years, as Faery tradition dictates, and then give up his crown to another. But he won't comply, and now chaos threatens both worlds.

The only one who can break his stranglehold on the Faery court is his wife. . . Eloise's aunt Antonia. Using Eloise to lure Antonia, Strahan captures his wife, desperate to end the only threat to his reign. Now Eloise must become the rescuer. Together with her best friends Jo and Devin, she must forge alliances with other Fae, including a gorgeous protector named Lucas, and Strahan's mysterious son, Eldric—who may or may not betray them. (Summary from Goodreads)


This trailer not only makes this book look SO good, but I also love this one because it'll be a great example for our students! I'm always looking for book trailers that I can show students which they could make themselves! If they have an idea of what IS possible they tend to strive to create book trailers in the multicultural literature class with Rachel and I that are really quite well done! This one will definitely be added as a new book trailer to show as a possible A+ product!