December 19, 2014

Author Signings

I've been to a few author events lately, so I thought I'd share some quick pictures.  

The first was for the author Nancy Farmer.  
I loved her book The House of the Scorpion, so I was really excited to see her.  She talked about her life and how different people helped her become a storyteller.  
Fascinating stories!

Nancy Farmer 

My friend and I.  Sorry for the blurry picture.  Someone took it for us!

Then I went to a middle grade author panel at Addendum Books (love them!)

I got to see:

William Alexander author of Goblin Secrets

Kelly Barnhill author of The Mostly True Story of Jack

Brian Farrey author of The Vengekeep Prophecies series

Jacqueline West author of The Books of Elsewhere series

December 18, 2014

Free Book: Rogue Wave

I was sent this book without requesting it.  
Does anyone want it?  
I haven't read the first book Deep Blue, so I know I won't read this one.  
First one to say they want it - gets it!

December 16, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Books of 2014

Hosted by Broke and Bookish

As I was explaining in an earlier post, I want to keep blogging but in order to do that I really need to simplify what I do.  

Top Ten Tuesday is an awesome weekly meme, but I just can't do 10! I don't have the time.  
So I'm going to keep it simple and to the point and only share 1-2 picks for the week's current topic.

Today the topic is:
Top Books I Read in 2014

Well last's week's Top Ten post would cover this as well.  You can find it HERE.  
But I do have a couple I could add.

Awesome book that I read because I was using it with one of my classes.  

Kiss of Broken Glass by Madeleine Kuderick
I've seen mixed reviews on this one, but I really liked it because of how unique it was.

Just a cute, uplifting middle grade book.

December 15, 2014

Book Review: The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Mara Dyer wants to believe there's more to the lies she’s been told.
There is.

She doesn’t stop to think about where her quest for the truth might lead.
She should.

She never had to imagine how far she would go for vengeance.
She will now.

Loyalties are betrayed, guilt and innocence tangle, and fate and chance collide in this shocking conclusion to Mara Dyer’s story.

Retribution has arrived.

I'm going to be perfectly honest - I wasn't overly excited with how this series ended.  I really enjoyed the first two books, so I jumped right in to this one.  At first it was great. I loved how it started - very tense, very suspenseful - it grabbed me right away! But then it started to fizzle.  I'm not exactly sure why.  I think it went too much into the conspiracy angle, and to me that became very convoluted and too much.  And as it went along I lost interest in it. There were a few points were the action built up, and I was drawn back in more, but there wasn't enough of them.  But I kept reading because there were unanswered questions I had.  Sadly for me, I never felt like I got all the answers I needed or if they were answered I had a hard time buying in to the answers.  I felt almost frustrated at the end because I felt like I still didn't know what I wanted or needed to know to feel satisfied.  Sigh.  I had such high hopes because of how much I loved the first two books, so it's hard to not love this one. For those of you that have read the first two - I say read it.  I've read other reviews where they really enjoyed this book, so maybe it was just me!