Thursday, November 29, 2012
Saturday, November 24, 2012
This title reminded me of Freak Show by James St. James.....it isn't the same book or anything, just the main character is so sure of himself, his strengths and his abilities and also completely unapologetic about not following the crowd.
The story centers around a boy in high school determined to leave his mark on the world, and he plans to do it through makeup. He gets a job at Macy's at the makeup counter and the experiences he has there change his whole life.
I found that Carlos' experiences were scary and enlightening and completely amazing....and Bil Wright hits all the right notes. My only complaint is that I didn't want the story to end....and that I really want to meet Carlos....and have him do my makeup and make me beautiful =)
Nikki Grimes does another book in poetry format in Planet Middle School. It's a simple story but aptly done.....Joylin is a jock, and then suddenly puberty hits and not only is she being treated differently, but she WANTS to be different.....if only as it concerns one special boy. This is a quick, fun, realistic book for middle grades.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Oh, yeah, you probably want to know what the book is about...well, ok then. Sam is a necromancer, as in he can speak to and raise the dead. He was born with it, it's a rare power, but it's his. He has "inherited" the estates of Douglas, due to Douglas' death at his hands (it was a kill or be killed sort of thing). So now Sam, who was an underachiever working at a burger joint, has a mansion, a seat of power, cars and oh yeah, a hot werewolf girlfriend. Sam is lost and feeling completely out of his depth. Then the dead Douglas comes back and things get really crazy.
yeah, it's that awesome......plan for some time because you won't be able to put it down......=)
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Hartley is having a heckuva a day.....first she is the last to find out her boyfriend is cheating on her, then when she goes to his house to confront him.....she finds a dead body....of the girl he was cheating with......So, now her (ex)boyfriend is a suspect (and so is she) but Hartley is determined to find out who did the crime (she knows her boyfriend isn't that smart, wait, make that evil). This was a fun frothy murder mystery that I completely enjoyed. You will too, try it
I love how Riggs incorporates the pictures into the story, and the touch of fantastical makes for an intriguing premise to be sure......I know that this won't be a book everyone likes, it's kind of quirky.....but if you LIKE quirky, give it a try
Thursday, November 01, 2012
Astrid loves to sit on her picnic table and send love up to the passengers on the planes flying overhead. She does this because "she doesn't need any love for herself, no one loves her anyway". This heartbreaking look at both a dysfunctional family and a girl struggling with her sexual identity is striking and unforgettable. Astrid is so much like myself and many people I know, passively accepting the negative thoughts others send her as truth. Watching her break through and find herself was heartwrenching and amazing to watch. This is an unforgettable book.
Alex Gregory did a stupid thing. He got drunk and decided to confront his father (which was admittedly dumb) and then he lost control of the car and ran over a lawn gnome on someone's lawn. Now he is stuck with working at a senior center for his community service hours. He is assigned the most grumpy irrascible man ever but somehow, in spite of himself, they start to become friends....and they change each others lives.
I absolutely adored this book. I had heard good things but was turned off by the horrid cover (I admit it, even though I should know better)......but Sonnenblink strikes just the right chord with Alex.......he's like your annoying kid brother who does stupid things but has a good heart. You REALLY need to read this...you'll laugh, you'll cry, you won't want it to end.
Poor Emma.....her name is Emma Freke....yeah, no one needs to try hard to find a name to call her. She doesn't really fit in anywhere and so when her mom shows her an invitation to the Freke family reunion, she jumps at the chance to meet the side of the family she's never known.
This is a sweet story and fun for the tween crowd.
Finally, got a chance to read Mark of Athena! It started out kind of slow, but once it picked up, it ran like a freight train.......this is the first volume where we see the Greek and Roman camps together. Of course, things get messed up so the group of 7 heroes are on the run from not only the bad guys but also the entire Roman camp.....Some of the characters get more fully fleshed out as they all get to know each other. My only complaint is that I have to wait for the next volume......
I absolutely adore the Iron Fey books, and so I was really happy to see that she has decided to add on to the series. In this though we have left Meghan and now move onto her baby brother Ethan. He is now 17 and trying not to be pulled into faery troubles....but of couse he is......I really liked Ethan as a main character, flawed but strong and willing to admit his shortcomings. I also like how Kagawa uses the time differences to make some really interesting twists in storylines and character issues.
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