Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #153 - I Was Here & Red Queen

"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: Gayle Forman
Release Date: January 27, 2015
Published by: Viking Juvenile

Cody and Meg were inseparable.
Two peas in a pod.
Until...they weren't anymore.

When her best friend Meg drinks a bottle of industrial-strength cleaner alone in a motel room, Cody is understandably shocked and devastated. She and Meg shared everything--so how was there no warning? But when Cody travels to Meg's college town to pack up the belonging left behind she discovers that there's a lot that Meg never told her. About her old roommates, the sort of people Cody never would have met in her dead-end small town in Washington. About Ben McAllister, the boy with a guitar and a sneer, who broke Meg's heart. And about an encrypted computer file that Cody can't open--until she does, and suddenly everything Cody thought she knew about her best friend's death gets thrown into question.(Summary from Goodreads)

This sounds like a heartbreaking story, but in a good way as most Gayle Forman books do.


Author: Victoria Aveyard
Release Date: February 10, 2014
Published by: Orion 

The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rules of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.

To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from the Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.

Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.

But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win? (Summary from Goodreads)

I'm so very intrigued by this book! The cover, the description, the blood...all of it!! I want it immediately!! 

What are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #152 - All the Bright Places & Alistairs Grim's Odditorium

"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: Jennifer Niven
Release Date: January 6, 2015
Published by: Knopf

Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.

Violet Markay lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister's recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it's unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the "natural wonders" of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It's only with Violet that Finch can be himself--a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who'd not such a freak after all. And it's only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet's world grows, Finch's begins to shrink.  (Summary from Goodreads)

Oh my. I want it in my hands now. I'm hoping it will be haunting and beautiful and uplifting. 


Author: Gregory Funaro
Release Date: January 6, 2015
Published by: Disney-Hyperion

Grubb, age twelve (or thereabouts), has never known anything beyond his miserable existence as a chimney sweep, paid only in insults and abuse by his cruel master.

All of that changes the day he stows away in the coach belonging to a mysterious guest at the inn that he is tasked with cleaning. Grubb emerges from Alistair Grim's trunk and into the wondrous world of the Odditorium. Fueled by a glowing blue energy that Grubb can only begin to understand, the Odditorium is home to countless enchanted objects and an eccentric crew that embraces Grubb as one of their own.

There's no time for Grubb to settle into his new role as apprentice to the strange, secretive Mr. Grim. When the Odditorium comes under attack, Grubb is whisked off on a perilous adventure. Only he can prevent he Odditorium's magic from falling into evil hands-and his new family from suffering a terrible fate.

Grubb knows he's no hero. He's just a chimney sweep. But armed with only his courage and wits, Grubb will confront the life-or-death battle he alone is destined to fight. (Summary from Goodreads)

This sounds so interesting and different. Plus it's a Middle Grade novel and I am always looking for a good one of these for our middle school library. My kiddos eat these up whole!

What are you waiting on this week?

Top 10 Books I Wouldn't Mind Santa Bringing Me!


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 I Wouldn't Mind Santa Bringing Me...

1. Rebel (Reboot, Book 2) 
by Amy Tintera 
I loved book 1 of this series, and REALLY want to get my hands on book 2.

2. Snow Like Ashes 
by Sara Raasch
Doesn't this sound good!?


3. Sisters' Fate (The Cahill Witch Chronicles, Book 3) 
by Jessica Spotswood
I LOVE this series and would love to have it complete on my bookshelf so I could reread it whenever I choose to! WOW! 


4. The Unbound (The Archived, Book 2)
by Victoria Schwab
This is a book I have been wanting. I have book 1, but would like to be able to just read, read, read when I get started.

5. Belzhar 
by Meg Wolitzar
This one sounds SO good and we recently got to meet her and hear her talk about writing. Meg is fantastic! WOW!! 

6. Strange and Ever After (Something Strange & Deadly, Book 3) 
by Susan Dennard
I loved this first book and need to finish the series. Pls, Susan is awesome!


7. Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle, Book 3) 
by Maggie Stiefvater
This series is so different and interesting. I love Maggie's books!!! Plus, Blue is fantastic! 

8. Thunderstruck (Weather Witch, Book 3) 
by Shannon Delany
I LOVE THIS SERIES!!! I must own the whole thing! I have got to get my paws on this one!

9. The Murder Complex 
by Lindsey Cummings
What a creepy idea for a book! I can't wait to try this one! I must get my hands on it.

10. Catalyst (Insignia, Book 3) 
by S.J. Kincaid
This series is so Ender's Game fun! I love the technie/warness of it all! 

What's on your Top 10 this week?

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #151 - The Conspiracy of Us & All Fall Down

"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: Maggie Hall
Release Date: January 13, 2015
Published by: Putnam Juvenile

Avery West's newfound family can shut down Prada when they want to shop in peace, and can just as easily order a bombing when they want to start a war. Part of a powerful and dangerous secret society called the Circle, the believe Avery is the key to an ancient prophecy. Some want to use her as a pawn. Some want her dead.

To unravel the mystery putting her life in danger, Avery must follow a trail of clues from the monuments of Paris to the back alleys of Istanbul with two boys who work for the Circle--beautiful, volatile Stellan and mysterious, magnetic Jack. But as the clues expose a stunning conspiracy that might plunge the world into World War 3, she discovers that both boys are hiding secrets of their own. Now she will have to choose not only between freedom and family--but between the boy who might help her save the world, and the one she's falling in love with. (Summary from Goodreads)

Um...the line about forbidden love and code breaking, check please! That's a book for me.


Author: Ally Carter
Release Date: January 27, 2015
Published by: Scholastic Press

This new series by Ally Carter focuses on Grace, who can best be described as a daredevil, an Army brat, and a rebel. She is also the only granddaughter of perhaps the most powerful ambassador in the world, and Grace has spent every summer of her childhood running across the roofs of Embassy Row.

Now, at age sixteen, she's come back to stay -- in order to solve the mystery of her mother's death. In the process, she uncovers an international conspiracy of unsettling proportions, and must choose her friends and watch her foes carefully if she and the world are to be saved. (Summary from Goodreads)

Doesn't this sound amazing!? Intrigue! If this is anything as good as her fantastic Heist Society series it's going to amazing!

What are you waiting on this week?

Monday, December 15, 2014

Top 10 Books I Read in 2014...


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 I Read In 2014...

1. Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

2. The Lovely and the Lost by Page Morgan

4. Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger 

5. Ruins by Dan Wells

6. Killer Instinct by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

7. Salt by Danielle Ellison

8. The Winter People by Rebekah L. Purdy

9. Sacrifice by Brigid Kemmerer

10. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

What's on your Top 10 this week?

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Review: Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

Bridge to Terabithia 
Author: Katherine Paterson
Release date: originally, 1977
Published by: HarperCollins
Award: Newbery Medal

Review: I like the story because, it has a story about how this boy named Jess wants to be the fastest kid in the whole school, but this new kid named Leslie end up being the fastest kid. Soon they become best friends and not far into the woods they built a castle stronghold and they called it Terabithia.

Jess has a little sister called Maybell. She cherishes him and loves anything he does. She follows them to Terabithia and Jess gets very angry at her so he makes her swear on the Bible to never follow again. 

I read this for book club, it's very good and we haven't met yet. I can't wait to meet next Wednesday. I really hope you like it too.

You would like this if you like stories about friendship. 



Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #150 - We Should Hang Out Sometime & Frostfire

"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...


We Should Hang Out Sometime: Embarrassingly, a true story 
Author: Josh Sundquist
Release Date: December 23, 2014
Published by: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

A bright, poignant, and deeply funny autobiographical account of coming-of-age as an amputee cancer survivor, from Josh Sundquist: Paralympic ski racer, YouTube star, and motivational speaker.

Josh Sundquist only ever had one girlfriend.
For twenty-three hours.
In eighth grade.

Why was Josh still single? To find out, he tracked down the girls he had tried to date and asked them straight up: What went wrong?

The results of Josh's semiscientific, wholly hilarious investigation are captured here. From disastrous Putt-Putt date involving a backward prosthetic foot, to his introduction to CFD )Close Fast Dancing), to a misguided "grand gesture" at a Miss America pageant, this story is about looking for love--or at least a girlfriend--in all the wrong places. (Summary from Goodreads)

I love reading a memoir with humor thrown in. This sounds like it will be an entertaining coming-of-age story and a great book to add to my YA memoir school bookshelf.


Author: Amanda Hocking
Release Date: January 6, 2015
Published by: St. Martin's Griffin

Bryn Aven is an outcast among the Kanin, the most powerful of the troll tribes.

Set apart by her heritage and her past, Bryn is a tracker who's determined to become a respected part of her world. She has just one goal: become a member of the elite King's Guard to protect the royal family. She's not going to let anything stand in her way, not even a forbidden romance with her boss Ridley Dresden.

But all her plans for the future are put on hold when Konstantin - a fallen hero she once loved - begins kidnapping changelings. Bryn is sent in to help stop him, but will she lose her heart in the process? (Summary from Goodreads)

Trolls? A tracker? This sounds SO good! I'm in! Plus...don't hate me...but I haven't ever read anything by Amanda Hocking. I know. I suck. But this one sounds amazing! 

What are you waiting on this week?

Review: Nature's Power by Patricia K. Hummer

Nature's Power
Author: Patricia K. Hummer

Review: This book is very interesting. I have learned a lot about how air, ice, and water can work together to make horrible destruction, and how much it could hurt you. But I'm still wondering about things I've already read and what's going to happen next. For example, are they going to talk about lava? I've written on sticky notes either a new word, something I'm still wondering more about, something that I didn't know, or something interesting. 

The book is about what nature can do, and how much it can destroy houses, trees, villages, or peoples lives.
Hurricanes, tornadoes or, for example, if all the glaciers melted at once the ocean will rise up to 180 feet. 

You should read this book if you want to know about storms like ice storms, water storms, or wind air storms that look like funnel tubes which are actually tornadoes.  


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #149 - Ticker & Darkest Part of the Forest

"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: Lisa Mantchev
Release Date: December 1, 2014
Published by: Skyscape

A girl with a clockwork heart must make every second count.

When Penny Farthing nearly dies, brilliant surgeon Calvin Warwick manages to implant a brass "Ticker" in her chest, transforming her into the first of the Augmented. But soon it's discovered that Warwick killed dozens of people as he strove to perfect another improved Ticker for Penny, and he's put on trial for mass murder.

On the last day of Warwick's trial, the Farthings' factory is bombed, Penny's parents disappear, and Penny and her brother, Nic, receive a ransom note demanding all of their Augmentation research if they want to see their parents again. Is someone trying to destroy the Farthings...or is the motive more sinister?

Desperate to reunite their family and rescue their research, Penny and her brother recruit fiery baker Violet Nesselrode, gentleman-about-town Sebastian Stirling, and Marcus Kingsley, a young army general who has his own reasons for wanting to lift the veil between this world and the next. Wagers are placed, friends are lost, romance stages an ambush, and time is running out for the girl with the clockwork heart. (Summary from Goodreads)

Okay, okay, I know this came out two days ago, but it sounds so good that I want to feature it. I haven't bought it yet, sooo technically it's still a WoW for me, right? ;) Penny sounds like a really interesting character, a person I want to get to know. 


Author: Holly Black
Release Date: January 13, 2015
Published by: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Children can have a cruel, absolute sense of justice. Children can kill a monster and feel quite proud of themselves. A girl can look at her brother and believe they're destined to be a knight and a bard who battle evil. She can believe she's found the thing she's been made for.

Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries' seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once.

At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking.

Until one day, he does...

As the world turns upside down, Hazel tries to remember her years pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough? (Summary from Goodreads)

1st - It's HOLLY BLACK!!! I'M IN!!!
2nd- This sounds BRILLIANT with the boy in the coffin sleeping who wakes up that both the boy and girl are in love with and the regular world around them. I cannot wait!
Plus - That cover is FANTASTIC!!! 

What are you waiting on this week?