Friday, April 27, 2012
by Lissa Price
In the future, teens rent their bodies to seniors who want to be young again. One girl discovers her renter plans to do more than party--her body will commit murder, if her mind can't stop it. Sixteen-year-old Callie lost her parents when the genocide spore wiped out everyone except those who were vaccinated first--the very young and very old. With no grandparents to claim Callie and her little brother, they go on the run, living as squatters, and fighting off unclaimed renegades who would kill for a cookie. Hope comes via Prime Destinations, run by a mysterious figure known only as The Old Man. He hires teens to rent their bodies to seniors, known as enders, who get to be young again. Callie's neurochip malfunctions and she wakes up in the life of her rich renter, living in her mansion, driving her cars, even dating Blake, the grandson of a senator. It's a fairy-tale new life . . . until she uncovers the Body Bank's horrible plan. . . . (description from Amazon.com)
First, I want to share the cool book trailer for Starters. I first saw it online, and then they actually showed it on the big screen before my viewing of The Hunger Games movie!! I couldn't believe it!!
Super cool, right? Love it.
Anyway...I really enjoyed this book. I think the concept of body sharing is both eerily cool and REALLY, really creepy! ...and what they planned to do with the bodies. :/
This book is the first and there is only one follow-up from what I can tell. I am really anxious to see what ends up happening in book two. I very much want to see more from not only Callie, but also both the "starters" and "enders" that she ends up teaming up with to bring down the Body Bank...
Though their original goal is met, the situation is by no means resolved...and poor Callie has a bigger issue still than most...
The Iron Fey, book five
Publication date: Oct. 23, 2012
No full summary, yet...but...I do know that this book begins a trilogy that features Meghan's brother, Ethan, and is set after the events of the first five books.
Thursday, April 26, 2012
The Iron Legends by Julie Kagawa
A new anthology including Summer's Crossing, Winter's Passage, and a new novella, Iron's Prophecy. There will also be an expanded guide to the NeverNever and an excerpt from THE LOST PRINCE!!
Now the family is homeless, and living in a campground. They have no money. Ember’s beloved dog is missing. School is going to start, and Ember and her sister have no clean clothes, no notebooks. The only place Ember feels at peace is floating in the middle of the lake at the campground. She has to make a fresh start. Can she? (description from Amazon.com)
Y'Tin is brave. No one in his village denies that—his mother knows that it takes a great deal of courage and calm to deal with elephants the way that Y'Tin does. He is almost the best trainer in the village—and, at twelve-years old, he’s certainly the youngest. Maybe he’ll even open up his own school some day to teach other Montagnards how to train wild elephants? That was the plan anyway—back before American troops pulled out of the Vietnam War, back before his village became occupied by Viet Cong forces seeking revenge, back before Y'Tin watched his life change in a million terrible ways. Now, his bravery is truly put to the test: he can stay in his village, held captive by the Viet Cong or he can risk his life (and save his elephant’s) by fleeing into the jungle. (description from Amazon.com)
Y'Tin - his village is taken over, half flee, half are killed...his friends turn on him, his elephant may be finding a new home with wild elephants... life has definitely gone to *shizz!
Although I got a little frustrated with the simplified sentences that the author wrote in, they did seem to fit the story. I liked Y'Tin and was fascinated with his relationship with Lady, his elephant. I found this to be a period in Vietnam that I thought I knew about, but this was definitely a new perspective to view things from.
Sophie - boyfriend assumed dead, father missing, school taken over by crazies wanting to raise an army of Demons... life has definitely gone to *shizz!
A very good wrap-up to the trilogy. I thought it packed just the right punch. There were funny bits, there were cool action scenes, there were hot romantic moments, and the resolution was well done. I am sad to see this trilogy end, but I thought this were left at a good point!
by Mary Lindsey
Lenzi hears voices and has visions - gravestones, floods, a boy with steel gray eyes. Her boyfriend, Zak, can't help, and everything keeps getting louder and more intense. Then Lenzi meets Alden, the boy from her dreams, who reveals that she's a reincarnated Speaker - someone who can talk to and help lost souls - and that he has been her Protector for centuries.
Now Lenzi must choose between her life with Zak and the life she is destined to lead with Alden. But time is running out: a malevolent spirit is out to destroy Lenzi, and he will kill her if she doesn't make a decision soon. (description from Amazon.com)
I had such high hopes that I would love this book. I first heard about it at BEA last year. The premise sounded cool and the cover was really phenomenal.
Sadly, this book just didn't grab me at all. It was not at all bad, but I got 1/3 of the way through and still felt "eh" about it. With the book award selection committee that I'm on, I just didn't have time to try and finish the book if I wasn't super into it already.
I may try to pick this one up again at some point in the future, but for now...it's a DNF.
If you want to check out some other reviews of the book, you can go to:
Reading Vacation's review
The Summer My Life Began
by Shannon Greenland
Elizabeth Margaret--better known as Em--has always known what her life would contain: an internship at her father's firm, a degree from Harvard, and a career as a lawyer. The only problem is, it's not what she wants. So when she gets the opportunity to get away and spend a month with the aunt she never knew, she jumps at the chance. While there, Em learns that her family has some pretty significant secrets. And then there's Cade, the laid-back local surfer boy who seems to be everything Em isn't. Naturally, she can't resist him, and as their romance blossoms, Em feels that for the first time ever, she is really living life on her own terms. (description from Amazon.com)
Are you looking for your next beach read, but you don't quite want pure fluff? This...this is the book for you! Though it started off just a little slow as Em was dealing with her uptight, overacheiving parents, it became an easy to read, engrossing story about a girl finding herself at a beautiful beach bed and breakfast.
I have to mention the setting. This book takes place on the Outer Banks in North Carolina. I've been there once for a wedding and it is beautiful. Shannon Greenland totally captured the quiet, wild beauty there and I quite literally just wanted to hop on a plane to go back! There is one specific cave scene that just... *sigh*...you'll see.
Oh, and the food. As Em spends time on the island with her aunt, she explores her cooking hobby. The descriptions of all the meals that Em creates...my mouth was watering as I was reading. I could almost taste each meal. I may even try to recreate a few of the best sounding dishes!
The very best aspect of this book, though, is truly the idea of family redemption and forgiveness. I can't tell you everything without giving away the best surprises of the book, but I will say that the author did a fabulous job showing two families that had to come back together after some painful partings...and in a believable, touching way. Em became the linchpin that drew everyone back together.
This could have been one of those books where "girl discovers self, girl rebels, everyone fights, girl runs off, family follows, family reunites...the end" but it was much, much more. Em discovers some rather large family secrets and decides to follow a new path, but also devotes herself to keeping her family together. Her stubbornness and the results that she is able to acheive made me tear up as I finished the book.
As I said, a great summer read, though perhaps not the fluff you might have been looking for in your next beach read. The Summer My Life Began is more...and it's well worth reading. Plus, I hadn't even mentioned the hot, hot boy that you will love! LOL :)
Full disclosure: ARC received from Publisher for blog tour through NetGalley
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
As thanks, Veronica Roth has posted an exclusive short chapter from Divergent, but from FOUR's point of view!! Check it out! Free Four Chapter
Monday, April 23, 2012
by Deva Fagan
Soon Trix discovers an entire universe full of deadly enemies and potential friends, not to mention space leeches, ancient alien artifacts, and exploding chocolate desserts. And she just might unravel the secrets of her own past if she can survive long enough. (description from Amazon.com)
Since I've started doing these storytimes, I've found it immensely helpful to read the "set-up" from other storytimes on other blogs to get ideas...so I want to "pay it forward." I'm going to try to put up as many storytimes as I can so that maybe someone else will get ideas for their storytimes!
Let me know if you have any format suggestions, etc!!
Thursday, April 19, 2012
I really enjoyed this book. I related well to the character, I thought the drawings were beautifully done, and it had a great plotline. The conceptual artwork here really is stellar...check out this example:
Annie has just started high school and she’s a mess. Her older brother has told her that her freshman year will strongly affect the rest of her life, and if that’s true her future is looking grim: She’s a loser at sports, is jealous of everyone, and has totally fallen in love with her best friend’s older brother. When she gets cast as a moaning, hunched-over old lady in the school play, she starts to forget about the rest of her life. Now she just wants to make it through freshman year. (description from Amazon.com)
As much as I liked the story concept for this book, it felt disjointed to me. I also really disliked the artwork. It felt really juvenile and well, messy... Check it out:
Overall, this was not the graphic novel for me.
Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire -- and then the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate. With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible.
Hop on over to The Hub blog to check out my post today on finding strong family connections in YA literature!! I'd love to hear your comments. :)
Thursday, April 12, 2012
As part of Support Teen Literature Day, I'll be "dropping" four teen books out and about in West Springfield, MA, where I work. I plan to take pictures later on my lunch break as I distribute them around so that I can post them here. I'm also encouraging the teens that come into the library to do the same! We'll see if they get involved.
I, did, in fact get two teens to help me out with ROCK THE DROP! I dropped two titles and they dropped two, so there were four teen titles that could be found in the local West Springfield, MA area.
Deanna even emailed me a pic of her drop: Firelight by Sophie Jordan found a temporary home outside the local cemetary! LOL
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Lexie @ BookBug!!
Lexie, check your email...and get me your mailing address before the end of the day on Friday, April 13th, so that I can get the ARC out to you ASAP! Congratulations again!
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
But once old Mrs. Glendoveer passes away, Clara comes to learn many dark secrets about the family. The Glendoveers suffered a horrific tragedy: their children were kidnapped, then drowned. And their father George Glendoveer, a famous magician and illusionist, stood accused until his death. As Clara digs deeper and deeper into the terrifying events, the five birds in the aviary seem to be trying to tell her something. And Clara comes to wonder: what is their true identity? Clara sets out to solve a decades-old murder mystery—and in doing so, unlocks a secret in her own life, too. (description from Amazon.com)
Martha, check your email...and get me your mailing address before the end of the day on Thursday, April 12th, so that I can get the ARC out to you ASAP! Congratulations again!
Saturday, April 7, 2012
Let me know if you have any format suggestions, etc!!
BINGO was his name-o,
B-I-N-G-O, B-I-N-G-O, B-I-N-G-O,
and BINGO was his name-o.
Bark, George by Jules Feiffer
The Patterson Puppies and the Midnight Monster Party by Leslie Patricelli
Thursday, April 5, 2012
by Jen Calonita
Publication date: April 10, 2012
We have a winner! Thanks everyone for entering. :)