Thursday, March 29, 2012

Book Trailer Thursday #11 - Unspoken & Unraveling


Book Trailer Thursday is a weekly meme 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! 

This week’s trailers:

Release Date: September 11, 2012 
Published by: Random House Books for Young Adults
Kami Glass loves someone she's never met...a boy she's talked to in her head ever since she was born. She wasn't silent about her imaginary friend during her childhood, and is thus a bit of an outsider in her sleepy English town of Sorry-in-the-Vale. Still, Kami hasn't suffered too much from not fitting in. She has a best friend, runs the school newspaper, and is only  occasionally caught talking to herself. Her life is in order, just the way she likes it, despite the voice in her head. 
But all that changes when the Lynburns return.
The Lynburn family has owned the spectacular and sinister manor that overlooks Sorry-in-the-Vale for centuries. The mysterious twin sisters who abandoned their ancestral home a generation ago are back, along with their teenage sons, Jared and Ash, one of whom is eerily familiar to Kami. Kami is not one to shy away from the unknown - in fact, she's determined to find answers for all the questions Sorry-in-the-Vale is suddenly posing. Who is her own mother hiding? And now that her imaginary friend has become a real boy, does she still love him? Does she hate him? Can she trust him? (Summary from Goodreads)


This music really fits the feel of mystery and suspense that come about as Kami, the main character and an intrepid reporter (for her school newspaper :) , investigates the "Return of the Lynburns". 


Release Date:April 24, 2012
Published by: Harper Teen
Two days before the start of her Junior year, seventeen-year-old Jenelle Tenner is hit by a pickup truck and killed - as in blinding light, scenes of her life flashing before her, and then nothing. Except the next thing she knows, she's opening her eyes to find Ben Michaels, a loner from her high school whom Janelle has never talked to, leaning over her. And even though it isn't possible, she knows - with every fiber of her being - that Ben has somehow brought her back to life. 
But her revival, and Ben's possible role in it, is only the first of the puzzles that Janelle must solve. While snooping in her FBI father's files for clues about her accident, she uncovers a clock that seems to be counting down to something - but to what? And when someone close to Janelle is killed, she can no longer deny what's right in front of her: Everything that's happened - the accident, the murder, the countdown clock, Ben's sudden appearance in her life - points to the end of life as she knows it. And as the clock ticks down, she realizes that if she wants to put a stop to the end of the world, she's going to need to uncover Ben's secrets - and keep from falling in love with him in the process.
From debut author Elizabeth Norris comes this shattering novel of one girl's fight to save herself, her world, and the boy she never saw coming. (Summary from Goodreads)

I love the countdown clock in this and the "actual" footage used. It's a great effect which makes me want to read this one even more! I can't wait for it to come out! 

What's your favorite book trailer of the week?

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Review: Nali by Esther Henry

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Author: Esther Henry
Release Date: October 7, 2011
Published by: Xlibris
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


In the deepest jungles, in the most remote part of New Guinea, a young girl is just becoming a woman in her small and close-knit village still undisturbed by the outside world. Nali dreams of changing timeless traditions in her village, of love, of her future which is about to be decided for her as the elders decide who she will be given to in marriage. Follow Nali as she begins her journey into life itself to see if all her dreams come true or if they will be shattered into pieces.


My thoughts: Brilliant! Ok, I'm going to be completely real here...have you ever had a friend/acquaintance say "I'm writing a book." or "All I want to do is write someday"? I can't tell you how many times I hear people say that and in my sassy head I hear "oh God this'll be bad!" Well, I am here to say that I am HONORED that I know Esther and got to know her when she worked in our district! This book was just brilliant!


I do NOT usually read many cultural books. I always want to but have a hard time getting through them and all too often give up and pass it on to Rachel who loves them. NOT the case this time! I flew through this one. The writing is just so good! The story is unlike anything that I've ever read before. The villagers are absolutely fascinating. Completely different from any people I've learned about before and knowing that she actually lived in a village just like this for 10 years just makes me love the writing even more!
Final thoughts: A fascinating look into a group of people living in the deepest reaches of the jungle, where a young girl with all the same hopes and dreams of any other young girl lives. I just loved these characters!


You have GOT TO give this one a try! Plus, it's a steal as an eBook for about $3.50 or so for Kindle or NOOK.


Level: I don't usually put this in, but this is definitely a high school/YA and up book. I would not recommend this for middle grades.

My thoughts: What an amazing novel. I had never learned about this culture before and was fascinated by the gender bias against women. My developed nation background struggled with the abuse against women and the fact that women are worth less than the cattle. I did end up crying, but the story was worth it! 

Waiting on Wednesday #11 - The Raven Boys and The Phantom of the Post Office


"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!" selection is:

Release Date: September 18, 2012
Publisher: Scholastic Press

Filled with mystery, romance, and the supernatural, The Raven Boys introduces readers to Richard "Dick" Campbell Gansey, III and Blue Sargent. Gansey has it all - family money, good looks, devoted friends - but he's looking for much more than that. He is on the hunt to find Glendower, a vanished Welsh king. Legend has it that the first person to find him will be granted a wish - either by seeing him open his eyes, or by cutting out his heart.  
Blue Sargent the daughter of the town psychic in Henrietta, Virginia, has been told for as long as she can remember that if she ever kisses her true love, he will die. But she is too practical to believe in things like true love. Her policy is to stay away from the rich boys at the prestigious aglionby Academy. The boys there - known as Raven Boys - can only mean trouble. When Gansey and his Raven Boy friends come into her life, Blue realizes how true this is. She never thought her fortune would be a problem. But she was wrong. (Summary from Goodreads)


It's Maggie Stiefvater, what else is there to say!? We're in! :D


Release Date: May 8, 2012
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

The letter-loving trio at Spence Mansion has something to grieve about-Ghastly's post office is about to close, which will cut off their connections to their fans. A new invention called VEXT-mail is threatening to replace not only letters, but books, and even garage door openers! Could the mysterious occupant of P.O. Box 5 and his seemingly sinister plan save the doomed post office? Will he strike down Ghastly's beloved ghostwriter in the process? In this fourth book in the award-winning 43 Old Cemetery Road series, eleven-year-old Seymour Hop and his new friend Wy Fye, must solve this postmortem mystery...before it's too late! (Summary from Goodreads)


This series is the most adorable and cleverly written series for middle-grade and lower aged children. Although we thoroughly enjoy them as well! From the perfect names with double meanings to the drawings and letters these books are just plain sweet. Check them out sometime! We just can't wait for this 4th book in the series! 


What are you waiting on this Wednesday?  

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Top 10 Tuesday #11- Books We Would Play Hooky with...


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 Books We Would Play Hooky with....

1. Listen for Rachel by Lou Kassem- I know, I know - it has my name in it so of course I'd like it ;) However, I found this book when I was in junior high. I read it many, many, many times - the cover is in tragic condition. I still read it about once a year, but I handle it very carefully because I don't think it's in print any more! I love reading the story of Rachel, a 15-year-old Tennessee girl who has to stand up for herself as her family tries to get her interested in marriage while she is interested in becoming a doctor during the civil war era. If you read it, please keep in mind it is targeted for MG girls. (Rachel)

2. The Steampunk Chronicles by Kady Cross- I just can't get enough of these books full of kick-butt, action, adventure and mystery! PLUS, there's the connections to so many classic syfy/horror novels which just hook me every time! (Ange)

3. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson- So sad yet so powerful! It begins with a rape and ends with a girl who realizes that her words have power - she must speak. Who wouldn't want to spend a day tucked away from the world to read that? (Rachel)

4. The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer- The beautiful romance, the familiarity to every fear and silly insecurity that any girl or woman has on a regular basis, the world of vampires and werewolves, the girl who loves books...and the nature, nature, nature! There is just so much I love about these! They are my escape from the blah of every day life just when it's needed. I always get that fabulous euphoric feeling after finishing the series. (Ange)

5. Gilead by Marilynne RobinsonCongregationalist minister John Ames tells his story through a letter written to his very young son. It is a story about life and the generations that come before and after you. It is about how you may misunderstand your parents and their decisions. The first lines of the book are what draw me in every time, "I told you last night that I might be gone sometime, and you said, Where, and I said, To be with the Good Lord, and you said, Why, and I said, Because I'm old, and you said, I don't think you're old." When I want to spend a day reflecting, this is the book I pick up and read. (Rachel)

6. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer- I love the classics and this one is just one of my all time favorites! Are you kidding me!? There's romance, there's adventure, there's bawdiness and just plain fun! PLUS, I can completely picture Chaucer as he is in the movie A Knight's Tale FOREVER! He's SO perfect in it! (Ange)

7. The Girls by Lori Lansens- Ruby and Rose are 29-year-old conjoined twins. The story starts with them telling you that most twins like them don't live past 30, so you know right away this won't end happily! I love how the author has every other chapter written from the opposite girl's perspective. I felt like Ruby and Rose were my friends or my sisters by the time I finished because they were so real to me, just after the first couple chapters. You will really enjoy the story - if their life as Rose convinces Ruby to join her in writing their autobiography :) (Rachel)

8. Fire by Kristin Cashore- This is a brilliant story about a girl who literally fears who she is and what she can do. It's the journey and growth of this scared girl into the amazing and confident young woman at the end that gets me every time. Once I start reading it, that's it, don't even bother trying to interact with me! LOL! It is literally my 2nd favorite book ever! (Ange)

9. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordon- or any of the books in this series! When I want to escape into a fun adventure, these are the books I pick up and read. Percy Jackson is the most humorous hero a person could meet, and that is what draws me into his story.  I figured I'd better pick one light-hearted book I'd play hooky for; otherwise you might think I'd only take a day off to be depressed! (Rachel)

10. Sookie Stackhouse Series by Charlaine Harris- Ok, DO NOT judge the books by the ridiculous porno HBO series if you haven't tried these! Yes, Sookie has a few partners in the bedroom, but she's an adult and this is an adult, paranormal romance series. They are just SO stinking good and I love to just fly right through them! If you've never read them, what are you waiting for!? :) (Ange)


What's on your Top 10 this week?

Monday, March 26, 2012

Review: The Girl in the Clockwork Collar by Kady Cross

The Girl in the Clockwork Collar 
by Kady Cross
Release date: May 22, 2012
Published by: Harlequin Teen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Finley Jayne and her gang of lovelies are at it again! They are bent on saving the day again, specifically Jasper Renn's day after he is quite literally hauled away by bounty hunters right from London to New York City for murder! Will they be able to save Jasper? What if Jasper's guilty? Will they get there in time? The adventure begins when turn the page...so what are you waiting for!?


My thoughts: WICKED GOOD!! After how much I absolutely adored the prequel and book one, I was a bit nervous honestly...what if I didn't like this one!? Well, that was just silly...I LOVED IT! It was so fun to read about places and people of the past in a different past full of inventions and gadgets that didn't really exist until much later or had been torn down already. I really appreciated the bit at the end from Kady Cross explaining a bit of the actual history versus her history! I'm rather curious about Tesla now and might just have to read a biography on him now.


This second book in The Steampunk Chronicles did not disappoint with its gadgets and history all rolled into one. We even get to meet some new characters I hope to see again in the future, especially Wildcat McGuire. Just wait, you'll see. I can't wait for this one to come out so I can buy it for my MHS LMC so the kids can read it too now that I've gushed until so many of them have read book one just to get me to go away I think, and then they come rushing back to me gushing themselves about it! Hehe! Love it! My favorite part of the job!


Final thoughts: Mystery, intrigue, romance, butt-kicking action and adventure...who could ask for more from a book!? Brilliant Kady Cross, just brilliant. I just can't seem to get enough of them and can't wait to see what's in store next time for Finley and her gang of lovelies.
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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Kick-butt Characters Giveaway Hop- win Angel Experiment OR Angel by James Patterson!


Welcome to our 1st Giveaway Blog Hop at Libby Blog from March 23-28 co-hosted by Good Choice Reading and I Am a Reader, Not a Writer! Kick-butt characters are exactly what we love, especially girls that kick-butt which made this one PERFECT for us to join in on. There are 162 blogs in this hop, please stop by their blogs too for your chance to win! Thanks for stopping by and celebrating kick-butt characters with us!

Our Kick-butt characters are the ones in James Patterson's Maximum Ride series! They have been experimented on, kept in cages and treated like rats, never had a real family and are now constantly on the run from the people who want their most precious weapons back at all costs! 

Click HERE to go to the giveaway...Book 1 or Book 7! If you win, you choose! 
Good luck! 

Book Trailer Thursday #10- Starters & Darker Still


Book Trailer Thursday is a weekly meme 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 trailers:

Author: Lissa Price
Release Date: March 13, 2012
Published by: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Callie lost her parents when the Spore Wars wiped out everyone between the ages of twenty and sixty. She and her little brother, Tyler, go on the run, loving as squatters with their friend Michael and fighting off renegades who would kill them for a cookie. Callie's only hope is Prime Destinations, a disturbing place in Beverly Hills runs by a mysterious figure known as the Old Man.
He hires teens to rent their bodies to Enders-seniors who want to be young again. Callie, desperate for the money that will keep her, Tyler, and Michael alive, agrees to be a donor. But the neurochip they place in Callie's head malfunctions and she wakes up in the life of her renter, living in her mansion, driving her cars, and going out with a senator's grandson. It feels almost like a fairy tale, until Callie discovers that her renter intends to do more than party-and that Prime Destinations' plans are more evil than Callie could ever have imagined...

Doesn't this sound amazing! And the trailer just creeps me out! Which I love! I can't wait to get my hands on this one!



Darker Still (Magic Most Foul, Book 1)
Author: Leanna Renee Hieber
Release Date: November 8, 2011
Published by: Sourcebooks Fire

I was obsessed.
It was as if he called to me, demanding I reach out and touch the brushstrokes of color swirled onto the canvas. It was the most exquisite portrait I'd ever seen-everything about Lord Denbury was unbelievable... utterly breathtaking and eerily lifelike.
There was a reason for that. Because despite what everyone said, Denbury never had committed suicide. He was alive. Trapped within his golden frame.
I've crossed over into his world within the painting, and I've seen what dreams haunt him. They haunt me too. He and I are inextricably linked-bound together to watch the darkness seeping through the gas-lit cobblestone streets of Manhattan. Unless I can free him soon, things will only get Darker Still. 


After watching this trailer, I want to dive right into reading Darker Still. The discordant music in the background creeps me out but really sets the tone for the mystery and danger. I had been a little hesitant to read it because I thought it might scare me if I read it in the dark. Now I know it will! :)


What's your favorite book trailer of the week? 

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #10- Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman & Starters by Lissa Price



"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!" selection is:

Release Date: April 10, 2012
Publisher: Random House Children's Books

It was like an nightmare, but there was no waking up. When the night began, Nora had two best friends and an embarrassingly storybook one true love. When it ended, she had nothing but blood on her hands and an echoing scream that stopped only when tranquilizers pierced her veins and left her in the merciful dark. 
But the next morning, it was all still true: Chris was dead. His girlfriend Adriane, Nora's best friend, was catatonic. And Max, Nora's sweet, smart, soft-spoken Prince Charming, was gone. He was also-according to the police, according to her parents, according to everyone -
a murderer.
Nora is determined to prove his innocence, no matter where it leads. Her night of blood is just one piece in a puzzle that spans continents and centuries. Solving it may be the only way she can save her own life. (Summary from Goodreads.)

I read and reviewed this a while ago and when I noticed that April was just around the corner when this one will release. I will certainly be getting my very own copy of this one and one for our MHS LMC. This was just such a thriller full of intrigue, adventure and blood. You've got to 

Release Date: March 13, 2012
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Callie lost her parents when the Spore Wars wiped out everyone between the ages of twenty and sixty. She and her little brother, Tyler, go on the run, living as squatters with their friend Michael and fighting off renegades who would kill them for a cookie. Callie's only hope is Prime Destinations, a disturbing place in Beverly Hills run by a mysterious figure known as the Old Man.
He hires teens to rent their bodies to Enders - seniors who want to be young again. Callie, desperate for the money that will keep her, Tyler, and Michael alive, agrees to be a donor. But the neurochip they place in Callie's head malfunctions and she wakes up in the life of her renter, living in her mansion, driving her cars, and going out with a senator's grandson. It feels almost like a fairy tale, until Callie discovers that her renter intends to do more than party - and that Prime Destinations' plans are more evil than Callie could ever have imagined...(Summary from Goodreads.)

I know, I know! It's already out...but I haven't actually seen it yet! So it counts, right!? LOL! People have been gushing and gushing about this book! It sounds amazing and the book trailer is one we are actually featuring tomorrow in our meme Book Trailer Thursday because it's wicked good! I think what makes me so excited about this one is the similarities in the description to a show I adored on FOX called Dollhouse from a few years ago that was another fabulous brainchild of Joss Whedon. (He was the brilliance behind Buffy the Vampire Slayer!) CAN'T WAIT!


What are you waiting on this Wednesday? 

Top 10 Tuesday #10- Our Spring-to-read Lists...


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!

Our Top 10 Spring 2012 To-be-read Lists....

1. Nali by Esther Henry- We are reading this for our Book Club which is fast approaching! I can't wait since this author is a friend of ours and former colleague!! YAY! 

2. The Girl in the Clockwork Collar (Steampunk Chronicles, Book 2) by Kady Cross- I have been DYING for this! The prequel and book 1 are literally my FAVORITE BOOKS EVER and am SO excited that I was approved for it from Harlequin Teen and NetGalley! No pressure on hoping I love this one! LOL!

3. Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi- 1st things, the cover is GORGEOUS! 2nd, the idea of a girl who has been exiled who's trying to not get killed by an electrical storm meeting a hunter from a tribe who both end up needing each other even though they are complete opposites appeals to me. I want to know why and how...AND, we are going to meet her in April at Anderson's Bookshop! Plus, the author puts together these really great videos which I just LOVE! Here's the one I like most. Enjoy. 

4. Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, Book 1) by Robin LaFevers- 1st, the cover is GORGEOUS! WOW! I got this for review from NetGalley and can't wait to read it. I mean a girl would goes into a convent to avoid marriage to a bad man who then learns she's been blessed by the God of death himself!? Seriously, I'm in! Plus it's gotten tons of gushing from other bloggers lately online.

5. The Whisper (The Roar, Book 2) by Emma Clayton- I just loved the 1st book in this series and have never understood why it didn't get much PR when it was just out!? It was even a JLG selection if I remember correctly. Well I've made sure it's popular in Monroe! LOL! I can't wait to find out what happened to the 2 main characters after the end of the 1st book.

6. Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, Book 1) by Marissa Meyer- again, the cover is AMAZING! I love the idea that this is a Cinderella story where Cinderella's a cyborg! Plus, it takes place in Bejing, which I think will make for a very interesting story. 

7. Hallowed (Unearthly, Book 2) by Cynthia Hands- I read the 1st one of these over break and it was a nice, fast read for me. I liked that it was an original idea and story-line for me about Angels. I'm very curious to see what happens next!  

8. The Arctic Incident (Artemis Fowl, Book 2) by Eoin Colfer- I just loved the 1st book, which I listened to and have always meant to read the rest but haven't. Having gotten the 1st two books from NetGalley and Disney Group Books certainly kicks me in the butt to do it! I can't wait to see what happens next for the master criminal and his incredibly interesting group of friends. 

9. Shatter Me (Shatter Me, Book 1) by Tahereh Mafi- Are you kidding me...the 1st line int he sumamry says "Juliette hasn't touched anyone in exactly 264 days." Her tough is fatal and "The Establishment" wants to use her as a weapon! Wow! Wicked! I'm in! Plus, the author is incredibly fun on Twitter who we are going to meet in April at Anderson's too.

10. When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle- This is an ARC I got from Heidi at YABibliophile.com and I can't wait to read it. It's the Romeo and Juliet story except in this one Juliet is unstable and Rosalind is crushed when Romeo goes back to Juliet. I adore Shakespeare and can't wait to see how this all plays out! What a fun idea for a book!

We'll see if I actually stick to this order! :)


Spring-to-be-read list! Woohoo-two more weeks and then I'll be reading these books until my eyeballs dry up and fall out!

1. The Crowfield Demon (Crowfield Abbey, Book 2) by Pat Walsh- I jumped around like a small child on sugar when I saw this at the high school library! I read the first book last year, called Crowfield's Curse, and love, love, loved it! If you like fantasy and adventure these books are for you. Will has the Sight and must protect Crowfield Abbey from what he can now see-oh, yeah! I can't wait to read what Will does next.

2. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine's, Book 1) by Ransom Riggs- Thought it might be fin to scare myself over break. Apparently there was a reason these peculiar children were confined to this home on an island-creepy! The story is told through text and images, and I can't wait!

3. Behemoth (Leviathan, Book 2) by Scott Westerfeld- Steampunk awesomeness! The Darwinist and Clankers are fighting is this World War remash. Umm...I read Leviathan and loved it, so now I have to read #2 and...

4. Goliath (Leviathan, Book 3) by Scott Westerfeld- I've got to know if Alek and Deryn end up together!

5. Clockwork Angel (Infernal Devices, Book 1) by Cassandra Clare- I have had this book on my NOOK for a year now because a student recommended it to me. He had me reading this author's Mortal Instruments series while he started reading this series. After the first book, he told me I had to keep reading more of Clare's books :) I read the book jacket and decided more magic and mystery had to be in my future!

6. Witch and Wizard (Witch & Wizard, Book 1) by James Patterson- On my NOOK from the start of the year. It was another student recommendation. Man this pile of need to read books keeps growing!

7. Bewitching (Kendra Chronicles, Book 1) by Alex Flinn- It's from the point of view of the witch from Beastly! How could anyone resist reading about her and the things that led her to be who she is?

8. In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson- I am very intrigued by this historical telling of the U.S. Ambassador and his family's experience in Berlin during Hitler's rise to power.

9. Faery Tales and Nightmares by Melissa Marr- I've only gotten to read one of the short stories in this collection, and I'm hungry for more as it was just as enjoyable a read as Marr's Wicked Lovely series. Hope I get to read the entire collection this spring. 

10. Where Good Ideas Come From by Steven Johnson- I heard about this book at an in-service I attended. The ideas in this book are all about science and technology and our world. At the in-service, Naomi Harm shared the following video with is and that is what made me pick up the book: http://youtu.be/NugRZGDbPFU 

I have even more need-to-read books on my shelves and in my NOOK, but these are the ten I'd like to tackle and get through this spring. Happy reading!

What's on your Top 10 this week?