Monday, June 29, 2015

The Bride Wore Size 12 by Meg Cabot

What a fun  read the Heather Well's series is.  Snappy conversation, romance and mystery all wrapped up in this series.  Meg Cabot writes a solid story/mystery that entertains.  Enjoy, you'll thank me later.

The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Politics, amazing powers and a caste system boils into to one epic story.  If you like Graceling by Kristen Shore and Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and throw in The Selection by Kiera Cass then you have a power house story.

Rebellion against the silver bloods is impossible because of their special powers but there's a new special out there.  Mare has the ability to control electricity and she's a red blood.  She's not the only special red out there.

There's betrayal and romance.  It's a good story.  You'll thank me later.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

This goes beyond the retelling of Red Ridding Hood.  One of the best modern literature tales that I've read this month, that and Shadow Scale.  Rosamund Hodge weaves words as if she's creating a beautiful tapestry.  The story plot construction, the characters and all the details are crafted together into a beautiful tale of love, betrayal, magic and political intrigue.

If you're a fan of Rosamund Hodge, read her other book, Cruel Beauty  the retelling of Beauty and the Beast.

Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman

This is modern literature at it's finest in the genre of fantasy.  Oh the surprises!  If you love music, dragons, adventure and political intrigue this is the book for you.  Behavior manipulation,
This follows the book Seraphina  .  This series is a perfect Adult book also.

Quad by C. G. Watson

So sad that so many school shooting stories have inspired such a story.  But what a powerful story it is. Bullying, Cliques and mean behavior ends up causing one student to lose it and take a gun to school.  Various student's story is woven together with the events that take place on a fateful day.

Monday, June 22, 2015

A Confusion of Princes by Garth Nix

If you're into science fiction, this is one adventure you won't forget.  Khemri is just one of thousands of princes.  There's backstabbing and assassins, luckily, Khemri has been training all his technically enhanced life.  He can connect his mind with his team of people but when he's given an assignment where he has to disconnect and become a basic human, he learns to adapt.  This is one different sci-fi story.  Enjoy.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes

This story just builds and builds.  Looking forward to when book 4 is published.  Read the series if you like Lord of the Rings, David Eddings series and Star Wars (but this isn't a sci-fi book)

Game of Thrones eat your heart out!

Size 12 And Ready to Rock by Meg Cabot

Big Boned by Meg Cabot

I am so enjoying this series.  Again some adult situations, not for high school library.  Great reading, fun characters to like, super dialog that's fun to read.  Great mystery to get into.  Enjoy, you'll thank me later!

Size 14 Is Not Fat Either by Meg Cabot

I wouldn't put this in a high school library but for mature readers this is a very funny book.  (Some words and situations)  It's a great book, the dialog is snappy and entertaining.  The situation is cleverly crafted and the characters are likable.  I'm a fan.  Great summer reading.  Enjoy!  You'll thank me later.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Dear Bully edited by Megan Hall and Carrie Jones

So many personal stories about bullying.  The young years, elementary up to high school.  Bullying is out there and still continues.  The more we are aware of how it affects us, the more we can do to talk about it and with hope, change the way things are and make our world a safer place.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The Twice Lost by Sarah Porter

Lots of surprises in this story.  If you're a fan of this mermaid book then you'll enjoy this last book of the trilogy.  The mermaids are in trouble.  The ocean is in trouble.  The humans are in trouble.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Bait by Alex Sanchez

Looking at the author's background is very impressive.  It's obvious he has helped many people overcome difficult challenges in their lives.  I can't image how hard it must have written but I think about how this can help anyone reading this book either understand others or themselves.  It's a positive book about healing, facing the truth and being brave to share the truth no matter how scary it is to share the truth.

Friday, June 12, 2015

I am the Messenger By Markus Zusak

There are no vampires or zombies, no big romance, no soldiers.  It's about a 19 year old cab driver who hangs out with his friends.  He accidentally becomes a hero when he stops a bank robber.  Soon after he get's playing cards with strange mysterious messages.  He goes on a sleuthing journey and ends up helping people along the way.  Very well written.  Not for immature audience.  There are lots of layers to this book about finding oneself.  It is a good story.  Well crafted.  A bit strange but good.  I listened to it on audiobook.  The audiobook was voiced well and interesting.

Journey by Aaron Becker

This wordless picture book is worth being in any classroom, library or personal bookshelf.  It's about friendship, adventure and imagination.  Creatively done, it's the story of a girl who takes herself on a journey and the out come is beautiful.  Enjoy, you'll thank me later.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

Oh just go down the rabbit hole with this one.  A lovely story: one part Dr. Who, one part Alice in Wonderland, one part modern, one part timelessness.  Enjoy every part of it.  I'm listening to the story on audiobook.  Worth listening to hear the rich voice of the reader.  Neil Gaiman knows how to wrangle words and covey a story to enfold you in to the story.  Oh just read the book!

Draw by Raul Colon

*Great for any age.  Good for art classes.  Also subtle humor.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The Wolves in the Walls by Neil Gaiman

This is a fun book to listen to.  It was based on the author's daughter having a bad dream when she was little.  You should see the illustrations.  Very smart and multi-layered illustrations.  Maybe a bit creepy that would give nightmares to.  Good read aloud.  If you get the audiobook, Neil Gaiman is reading the story.

The Magician’s Apprentice by Kate Banks

This is a book with lots of layers to it.  I think it would make a good gift.  Besides Peter Sis illustrated it.
There are a lot of layers to this story.  Lot of quotable lines in the book.  This is not a magical book like Disney's story, it's its own story.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Chasing Lincoln’s Killer by James Swanson

Great story.  I ended up listening to the audio version of the book.  I learned a lot.  Great book to have in the library.

The Woman Who Rides Like A Man by Tamora Pierce

Gender trading story of that continues of a girl who disguises herself as a boy.  The truth is now open and she's accepted.  She goes on adventures.  It's a good story.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce

Requiem by Lauren Oliver

The story is crafted by amazing literature.  Oliver's style of writing creates a fine picture of the events take place with her craftily chosen words.  I wish I could write like this.  The love triangle builds to a high acme of what is going on in Lena's heart.  Enjoy this final book in the series.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens

Witches and Wizards, orphan children, missing parents and a magical book all important ingredients for this fanciful tale.  I look forward to book 2. I was able to hear it by audiobook.  It's also a good audiobook.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Stardust by Neil Gaiman

I saw the movie first and it's similar and also different.  Neil Gaiman created a amazing story.  Read this book, you won't be disappointed.   I heard the audio book and it was worth listening to.  Crafted beautifully to become a forever fairy tale story.  There are some mature bits but not to graphic.  It's a great story and should be in a high school library.  Enjoy, you'll thank me later.