Friday, August 31, 2012

Back to the Books Giveaway Hop...

Welcome to our stop on the Back to the Books Giveaway Hop at Libby Blog from September 1-7 co-hosted by Buried in Books and I Am a Reader, Not a Writer! There are 200+ blogs in this hop; please stop by the other blogs too for your chance to win some great prizes!

Enter below for a chance to CHOOSE ONE BOOK from the listing below + swag!
Box Out by John Coy (Pb)
The Cardturner: a novel about a King, a Queen, and a Joker by Louis Sacher (Pb)
 Hallowed by Cynthia Hand (Signed ARC!)
Real Live Boyfriends by E. Lockhart (Pb)
The Vespertine by Saundra Mitchell (Pb)
Why I Fight by J. Adams Oaks (Pb)

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Book Trailer Thursday #32 - Carnival of Souls and Forget Me Not

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:

Author: Melissa Marr
Release Date: September 4, 2012
Published by: HarperCollins

In a city of diamons, the Carnival of Souls hosts a deadly competition. Once in a generation, every citizen can fight to join the ruling elite. Without the competition, Aya and Kaleb would both face bleak futures - if for different reasons. For each of them, fighting to the death is the only way to try to live.
In our own world, Mallory knows that her father - and every other witch - fled the diamons' city long ago. She trains to be lethal because it's only a matter of time until the daimons catch up with them.
While Mallory possesses little knowledge of The City, every inhabitant of The City know of her. There are plans there for Mallory, and soon she, too, will be drawn into the decadence that is the Carnival of Souls. 
From Melissa Marr, bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely series, comes a brand-new tale of secrets, love and the struggle to forge one's own destiny. (Summary from Goodreads)

I simply cannot wait for this book to come out and it's SO soon now! This book trailer is EPIC! WOW! Has anyone read it yet by chance? How was it?

There's even a very cool website too. Check it out...
www.enterthecarnival.com




Author: Coralee Dean
Release Date: October 2, 2012
Published by: Simon Pulse

Ally is devastated when a scandalous photo of her is texted around school. With her reputation in shambles and her life essentially over, she hides out in a back hallway, trying to figure out where everything went wrong. 
Elijah has spent time in that hallway too. He landed there after taking a whole bottle of sleeping pills. Now he can see ghosts, and he knows what Ally has yet to suspect--that she's already half dead, and one choice away from never coming back. Elijah has loved Ally for years and would do anything to save her from the in-between place. But if she's going to live, Ally must face her inner demons and find the will to save herself. 
Told in interwoven verse narratives, this crushingly honest and poetic exploration of pain and redemption will appeal to fans of Ellen Hopkins. (Summary from Goodreads)

By the end of the trailer, I was so anxious because I don't want her to jump, especially since there is someone who is running toward her to help her. I imagine the trailer reflects the pace of the story.

What's your favorite book trailer of the week?

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #31 - Adaptation and Splintered

"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: Malinda Lo
Release Date: September 18, 2012
Published by: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Reese can't remember anything from the time between the accident and the day she woke up almost a month later. She only knows one thing: She's different now.
Across North America, flocks of birds hurl themselves into airplanes, causing at least a dozen to crash. Thousands of people die. Fearing terrorism, the United States government grounds all flights, and millions of travelers are stranded.
Reese and her debate team partner and longtime crush David are in Arizona when it happens. Everyone knows the world will never be the same. On their drive home to San Francisco, along a stretch of empty highway at night in the middle of Nevada, a bird flies into their headlights. The car flips over. When they wake up in a military hospital, the doctor won't tell them what happened, where they are--or how they've been miraculously healed.
Things become even stranger when Reese returns home. San Francisco feels like a different place enforcing curfew, hazmat teams collecting dead birds, and a strange presence that seems to be following her. When Reese unexpectedly collides with the beautiful Amber Gray, her search for the truth is forced in an entirely new direction--and threatens to expose a vast global conspiracy that the government has worked for decades to keep secret. (Summary from Goodreads) 

This book sounds creepy in a good way! What is up with the birds and what do you think has happened to her? (I'm hearing Twilight Zone music :)


Author: A.G. Howard
Release Date: January 2013
Published by: Amulet Books

This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical underworld, as well as a girl's pangs of first love and independence. Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers--precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Lindell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.
When her mother's mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice's tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice's mistakes and save her family. She must also decide who to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own. (Summary from Goodreads)

This sounds amazing! Wow! We love Alice in Wonderland at our house! The newest movie w/Johnny Depp is my absolute favorite of all the movies made based on Lewis Carroll's story. Look at that cover--gorgeous!

What are you waiting on this week?

Monday, August 27, 2012

Top 10 Tuesday #20 - Bookish Confessions...

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 Bookish Confessions...

1. I counted and I have over 90 books on my shelves (real and virtual) that I still need to read. Yet, just last week, I went to the bookstore and bought three more. (Clearly, I have an addiction--hehe!) ~Rachel

2. I am TERRIBLE about returning books to the public library! I know! How ridiculous is it that I'm a librarian and can't return books to other libraries on time!? We don't even check them out from the public library anymore because we always end up with fines! Only books from school now.  ~Ange

3. I have trouble getting rid of books that I thought were "good" but not "great". This is a problem because I am out of shelf, wall, floor, you-name-it space for any new books. ~Rachel

4. I am a slow reader! Oh so slow! I don't know if it's because I'm so distracted all the time or that my life seems to move a mach speed, but I watch others read so fast it makes me want to cry! ~Ange 

5. When I was little, my siblings and I would play "library". So we'd take down a whole bunch of my parents books from the shelves and "check them out"; unfortunately, we never re-shelved. We were horrible librarians. ~Rachel

6. I can't stop watching and loving books made into movies. ~Ange

7. Even though Persuasion is my all-time favorite classic book, I'd rather watch the movie (the 1995 BBC version!) than re-read the book. ~Rachel

8. I adore the Twilight books! I can read them over and over and over! After I read the series each time I can't even describe how wonderful and floating I feel! I mean I'm a grown stinking woman, family and all! What the heck!? ~Ange
9. When I'm reading books for book club, I have no hesitation about scribbling my thoughts all over the books. ~Rachel

10. I don't read the book club books! I believe I literally read 2 of the books we were supposed to read for book club last year! Rather naughty for a librarian wouldn't you say!? Oops! hehe! ~Ange


What's on your Top 10 this week?

Review: Altered by A. D. Croucher

Altered 
Author: A.D. Croucher
Series: Altered Sequence, Book 1
Release date: July 16, 2012
Published by: Indie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


All Reese wants to do is graduate high school, go to a great college...and not get arrested. That's right, not get arrested. You see Reese is one of those friends who helps his closest friend out no matter what it is, even if it's boosting a car. The thing is...it shouldn't have been that easy for Reese. He seemed to know just where the cops were going to go and just where Freddie was the whole time. How is that possible? But ever since Reese was cured by experimental medication of the same incredibly rare and excruciatingly painful neurological disease that took his own mother's life he's felt different, more somehow. He seems to know things he shouldn't or couldn't. And when a body is discovered in the trunk of the car Reese boosts, he needs an airtight alibi. So when his dad suggests he finally go into Pro-Gen Industries for those tests the doctor has been calling about for months now, how could they ever know that once Reese walks through those doors he may never walk back out again...

My thoughts: WHOA! I was not expecting this! What an adrenaline rush from beginning to end! From the opening car boost to the fight for his life in Pro-Gen. I loved this ride! I felt like I was watching an action packed movie I'd stumbled upon while channel surfing. Everything is so well written and thought through that I never stumbled or questioned anything; I just keep moving forward at Mach speed along with Reese. I don't want to give more away then I already have, but WOW buy this one for your eReader and READ IT! You'll love it! Whew, I feel like I need a nap now after riding this roller coaster in one sitting! By the way, I LOVED that even though I guessed and thought I knew what the root of it all was, I NEVER saw the truth coming! You'll have to let me know if you guessed it or not!

The great part!? It's $2.99 as a NOOK Book and only $7.99 as a paperback! Sweet deal for such an awesome read!

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Review: Andy Squared by Jennifer Lavoie

Andy Squared 
Author: Jennifer Lavoie
Release date: September 18, 2012
Published by: Bold Strokes Books
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The twins, Andrew and Andrea, do everything together. They have since they were born. They play soccer, the same position; they plan to go to college on a soccer scholarship; and, until this year, they had most of their classes together.

Something else is different about this year for Andrew: the arrival of a new student named Ryder. Ryder is very handsome, even Andrew thinks so. But Andrew likes girls—he’s a serial dater. However, whenever Ryder touches Andrew he becomes flushed and shivers; what is wrong with him? Could he really like Ryder in THAT way? What would the people at school say? The only person who is openly gay gets harassed every day—what would that mean for Andrew? And how would his sister and family react? His sister wants them to never change and stay on the path they planned as children.

Join Andrew as he learns about himself and his own ability to endure in the face of betrayal.

My Thoughts: I loved Andrew as a character. He felt very real to me as he went through his self-discovery. I liked how the author slowly allowed Andrew to recognize that he is gay—and the author uses this beautiful attraction plot line to reveal Andrew and his feelings. I also appreciated Ryder’s character, as he patiently waited for Andrew to realize for himself what his emotional changes meant. The whole middle part of the story is a lovely romance, but it is held together with the tension of discovery. Once the boys start dating, they slowly expose themselves to people who either choose to accept them or not.

Overall, this was a very enjoyable romance in which other relationships (parents, friends, classmates) were just as important—and just as interesting to follow.

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Friday, August 24, 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... 


For Review from NetGalley...
The Archived by Victoria Schwab (Hyperion)

For Review from the Author...
Altered by A.D. Croucher (Indie) - it's only $2.99 as a NOOK Book!
Perception by Lee Strauss (Indie)



Have a great week in books and let us know what you got for your libby this week!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Book Trailer Thursday #31 - Survive and Intentions

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:

Survive  
Author: Alex Morel
Release Date: August 22, 2012
Published by: Razorbill

Jane is on a plane on her way home to Montclair, New Jersey, from a mental hospital. She is about to kill herself. Just before she can swallow a lethal dose of pills, the plane hits turbulence and everything goes black. Jane wakes up amid piles of wreckage and charred bodies on a snowy mountaintop. There is only one other survivor: a boy named Paul, who inspires Jane to want to fight for her life for the first time.
Jane and Paul scale icy slopes and huddle together for warmth at night, forging an intense emotional bond. But the wilderness is a vast and lethal force, and only one of them will survive. (Summary from Goodreads)

I featured this for my Waiting on Wednesday a couple if weeks ago, and now there's a book trailer out for it! I can't wait to read this one and it came out yesterday! If you've already read it...how is it?



Author: Deborah Heiligman 
Release Date: August 14, 2012
Published by: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Rachel thought she was grown up enough to accept that no one is perfect. Her parents argue, her grandmother has been acting strangely, and her best friend doesn't want to talk to her. But none of that could have prepared her for what she overheard in her synagogue's sanctuary.
Now Rachel's trust in the people she loves is shattered, and her newfound cynicism leads to reckless rebellion. Her friends and family hardly recognize her, and worse, she can hardly recognize herself. But how can the adults in her life lecture her about acting with kacanah, intention, when they are constantly making such horribly wrong decisions themselves? This is witty, honest account of navigating the daunting line between losing innocence and entering adulthood--all while figuring out who you really want to be. (Summary from Goodreads)

It's the music in this one that gets to me. It pulls me in and makes me feel like this is going to be a story with an emotional journey. And the first question in the trailer--goodnes, me-oh-my. I want to read it now! :)

What's your favorite book trailer of the week?

Review: City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

City of Glass 
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: The Mortal Instruments, Book 3
Release date: March 24, 2009
Published by: Margaret K. McElderry Books
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Clary Fray, aka Clarissa Fairchild, is bound and determined to save her mother from the coma she went into after being attacked by demons. To do this she will have to journey to the Shadowhunter homeland of Idris, The City of Glass. Unfortunately, as Magnus Bane is opening the portal to Idris a demon attack occurs ending in tragedy forcing the group to rush through unexpectedly dragging Simon with them which is completely against the Law. Plus, Clary is left behind in New York. How is Clary going to get to Idris now? Once the Clave finds out Simon is a Daylighter will they ever let him out of their prison? Or lock him up forever? With an attack by Valentine and his army of demons eminent and Idris's survival dependent on Shadowhunters and Downworlders working together will Idris ever be the same again?

My thoughts: THIS WAS EPIC!!! I am so glad my students talked me into reading this series! They were right, it was great. Now that I've read the original trilogy, I can't wait for the movie they started filming this week! Everything worked out just as I had hoped it would by the time this book was done...which made me very happy indeed. I don't want to give anything away just in case I'm not the last person to read this series, but the fact that I literally read a 541 page book in 1 day should say it all! Loved it!

Now I I'll have to get the next two and the prequel series to try as well someday. Also, the covers on all of these are so dang good...PERFECT!


Check out the book trailer from Simon & Schuster I came across...




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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #30 - Forget Me Not and Wolf Pact

"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: Coralee Dean
Release Date: October 2, 2012
Published by: Simon Pulse

Ally is devastated when a scandalous photo of her is texted around school. With her reputation in shambles and her life essentially over, she hides out in a back hallway, trying to figure out where everything went wrong. 
Elijah has spent time in that hallway too. He landed there after taking a whole bottle of sleeping pills. Now he can see ghosts, and he knows what Ally has yet to suspect--that she's already half dead, and one choice away from never coming back. Elijah has loved Ally for years and would do anything to save her from the in-between place. But if she's going to live, Ally must face her inner demons and find the will to save herself. 
Told in interwoven verse narratives, this crushingly honest and poetic exploration of pain and redemption will appeal to fans of Ellen Hopkins. (Summary from Goodreads)

I think since this story is written in verse it will make her thoughts clearer and her feelings more emotionally powerful for the reader.  




Release date: September 25, 2012
Published by: ATOM/Hyperion

Lawson and his brothers escaped from the underworld and now lead desperate, dangerous lives. They're pursued by the Hounds of Hell from one town to the next, never calling any place home. But when the hounds finally catch up with them and capture the girl Lawson loves, the hunters become the hunted. Lawson will stop at nothing to track down the hounds, even if the chances of saving Tala are slim...
The only hope he has lies in Bliss Llewellyn. Bliss, too, has lost someone to the beasts and will do anything to get them back--even if it means joining forces with the insolent, dangerously goo-looking boy with a wolf's soul. (Summary from Goodreads.)

I've been waiting for this FOREVER! I thoroughly enjoyed Cruz's Blue Blood series and can't wait for the last book in that series, but Bliss is/was my absolutely favorite character in the series so when I learned that there was going to be a spin-off series based around her I WAS SO EXCITED! And now the it's almost here! Plus, it's GORGEOUS!

What are you waiting on this week?

Review: City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

City of Ashes 
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: The Mortal Instruments, Book 2
Release date: March 25, 2008
Published by: Margaret K. McElderry Books
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Clary Fray, whether she wants to or not, is settling into the world of Shadowhunters and Downworlders. Luke has taken her in and they visit her mother in the hospital regularly hoping for her to open her eyes. When someone begins to murder Downworlder children, Clary, Jace, Simon and the rest of the crew begins to suspect there is something bigger going on and that Valentine must be involved. The problem? The Clave has sent the terrifying Inquisitor and she is determined to prove that Jace is a spy among them helping his father all along. The day before Jace is put to Trail by the Inquisitor, the Soul-Sword is stolen and the City of Ashes will never be the same again. Will Clary and crew be able to stop Valentine from completing his evil plans? What about Jace? Will the Inquisitor finally listen and believe in Jace? Or are they on their own?

My thoughts: I really liked this one. I wish I could mark it as a 4.5, because that's what it would be for me since it was definitely better than the 1st book for me. There's a ton of action in this one and it also has a bit of an alternating POV which I thoroughly enjoyed. I have to say that the secondary characters really make these books for me! I love Luke, Simon, Magnus Bane, Alec, Isabelle, and Rafael. These characters bring so much to this story and there are even a few new ones to love in this 2nd book. Maia and the Seelie Queen are two great new characters who are added into the mix and while I truly hated the Inquisitor, she is a great character filled with power and rage that you hope gets what's coming to her. A great bad good guy. (get it!?)

If book 2 is better than 1, I can't wait to dive into book 3 now! Now I'm really getting excited about the movie and LOVING their casting! WOW! Between this movie and the Beautiful Creatures coming out in 2013 I am so stinking excited for movies next year!

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Monday, August 20, 2012

Review: Legend by Marie Lu

Legend 
Author: Marie Lu
Series: Legend, Book 1
Release date: Putnam Juvenile
Published by: November 29, 2011
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

June Iparis is the Republic's golden child in every way. She is the only person who has gotten a perfect 1500 on her Trials. A prodigy. She is smarter, stronger and faster then all of the cadets at the academy.

Day is a criminal on the run; a ghost. A modern day Robin Hood or Swamp Fox who's main goal is to break the Republic while helping his impoverished family stay alive.

When Day's latest burglary into a Repulic facility to steal medicine falls apart and he barely makes it out alive, little does he know that a captain will die, he will be blamed and the top cadet Iparis will begin to hunt Day with every bit of smarts and strength she has.

When these two worlds collide...the Republic will never be the same.

My thoughts: This was a good read and one that I can't wait to recommend to all the people who walk through the library doors looking for a book to fill the impossible gap left after reading the Hunger Games series. This is a perfect book for those who loved the HG series. I really enjoyed the story being told in alternating voices between Day and June, including the very cool difference in font and text color which I didn't even know about for the 1st half since I started the book as an audiobook in the car and then got sick of reading it so slow and grab the real book off my shelves to read instead. What a fun surprise!

The dystopian world Lu has created is interesting to say the least, but I wanted to know more about how the society got this way, why they were so militarized, and how our country as a whole was now set up. There seems to be much more to the world then we are being shown which I'm hoping is revealed in Prodigy, book 2. The characters were decent and I enjoyed watching them develop into more which is what I was hoping for since I had a hard time connecting with them in the beginning. This could be their youth since both main characters are only 15. I have to say that the bad guys in this book are seriously evil; great bad guys. I can't wait to see where Lu goes with this story because there seems to be SO much more to hear.

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Review: Pale by Chris Wooding

Pale 
Author: Chris Wooding
Release date: September 10, 2012
Published by: Stoke Books
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Jed hates all Pales. Pales are those people who are brought back from the dead by the Lazurus Serum. Pales live in the run-down part of town and are ostracized by society. Jed would never want to be turned into a Pale—he would rather be dead. But one day, an accident changes Jed’s world, and he isn’t given the choice.

My Thoughts: This was a really cool short story (around 70 pages). I loved how Wooding took the idea of prejudice and added a futuristic twist. It would be a really handy way to introduce the topic in a classroom and draw connections to history and current times (teacher brain at work)! For example, since Pales are technically dead by law, there are lawyers who pursue their estates because if they’re technically dead they can’t possibly own property.

I liked how Jed came to realize that what he and his friends believed—Pales aren’t real people—isn’t true because after his accident he knows he is just like he used to be except for his eyes and skin and hair that reveal him as a Pale. The only thing I wasn’t completely satisfied with was the ending—I think it just wrapped up abruptly, but that’s not to say that the ending trumps the story or the message of the story.

What a cool story!

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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Review: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

City of Bones 
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: Mortal Instruments, Book 1
Release date: March 27, 2007
Published by: Margaret K. McElderry Books
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Clary Fray is just your average fifteen-year-old New York City kid out for an evening of dancing with her best friend when she stumbles upon a murder in the club they're at but when the bouncers finally get there to help there's no body! The body has completely vanished and no on else but Clary seems to be able to see the two boys and the girl who attacked and killed the blue haired boy. How do you prove there was a murder when there's no body and no murderers? When Clary runs into one of the deadly boys at her local coffee shop and follows him, her world will never be the same again...she's soon thrust into a world she never dreamed could exist right within her very own.

My thoughts: This is one that my students have been telling me I need to read for a long time now! I'm not sure why I waited so long, but it did not disappoint. The characters were great. I love Clary, Simon and Jace; they are each such great characters. I could tell where some of the plot was going but so much of it was twists and turns that I either only guessed moments before hand or didn't see coming at all! I can't wait to see what happens next in book 2...here we go...
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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Cover Reveal: Perception by Lee Strauss

Author: Lee Strauss
Release date: September 12, 2012
Published by: ESB Publishing

Seventeen-year-old Zoe Vanderveen is a GAP--a genetically altered person. She lives in the security of a walled city on prime water-front property along side other equally beautiful people with extended life spans.
Her brother Liam is missing.
Noah Brody is a natural who lives on the outside. He leads protests against the GAPs and detests the widening chasm they've created between those who have and those who don't. He doesn't like girls like Zoe and he has good reason not to like her specifically.
Zoe's carefree life takes a traumatic turn. She's in trouble and it turns out that Noah, the last guy on earth she should trust, is the only one who can help her. 

I am loving this cover! And a this YA Syfy that takes place in the not-to-distant future promises to be amazing.

To find out more about Lee, you can follow her here:
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What do you think? 

Friday, August 17, 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... 

Won from ReadingTeen.net, HarperCollins and signed by Amy Plum...
Die for Me by Amy Plum - Check out Ange's review here!

Gifted from Greenwillow Books...
Masque of Red Death by Bethany Griffin - Check out Ange's review here!)

Gifted from the author, Louise Rozett and signed...

For Review from the Author...
The Super Spies and the High School Bomber by Lisa Orchard (Astraea Press) - Check out Rachel's review here!

Purchased NOOKBooks...
All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin (Square Fish/Macmillan) - $2.99!
The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers) - $2.99!

Purchased Books...
The Alchemy of Forever by Avery Willimas (Simon & Schuster)
As Dead as it Gets by Katie Alender (Hyperion)
Bad Girls Don't Die by Katie Alender (Hyperion)
For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund (Balzer + Bray)
From Bad to Cursed by Katie Alender (Hyperion)
Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry (HarlequinTeen) - Check out Rachel's review here!
Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley (Atheneum Books for Young Readers)

Mentioned in the video...


Have a great week in books and let us know what you got for your libby this week!

Review: The Super Spies and the High School Bomber by Lisa Orchard

The Super Spies and the High School Bomber 
Author: Lisa Orchard
Release date: July 26, 2012
Published by: Astraea Press
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Sarah and Lacy are spending the school year with their aunt and uncle because their parents have disappeared. No one knows what happened to them. Not only are their parents missing, but at the start of the school year a bomb goes off at the school and their Uncle Walt is inside.

Now Sarah and her Super Spies team are on the move again. They successfully solved the Cat Lady killer mystery this past summer, so nothing will stop them from finding out what happened at the school, which caused serious injury to their uncle.

The FBI is throwing around the word terrorist, and the first thing the Super Spies see at the school sight is a fishy guy in a fireman’s coat running away from the scene. With this clue in hand Sarah and the Super Spies rev-up for their next mystery adventure.

My Thoughts: This story starts out with a bang—literally!! I was a little worried at first about the implausibility of a huge bomb going off at a small Michigan high school (and the possibility of a terrorist), but after the first 50 pages Sarah grabbed me again, and I stopped worrying about the big idea and just let Sarah and the Super Spies lead me on an adventure. (And in the end it all worked out :) Orchard’s pacing of this mystery adventure is delightful, which is perfect because that is what will keep middle school readers reading!

I enjoyed the relationships between Sarah and her BFF Jackie and Sarah’s sister Lacy. It felt even more real and solid in this second book. The only thing that would occasionally take me out of the story is when the girls would use a phrase that would make me go, “Wait, when was this written? Early 90s?” With phrases like “cool beans,” and “Don’t have a cow” juxtaposed against a thoroughly modern plot element—a terrorist bombing—sometimes I felt out-of-time, if you will. I’m not sure, but I don’t really hear middle school girls using these phrases anymore. Don’t get me wrong, though. These phrases were used just a couple of times, so overall the dialogue is smooth and fits the plot and relationships!

And in the end, Lisa Orchard left me hanging with another mystery after the girls solve the crime (don’t doubt it:) Now, I need to know what happened to their parents!

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