February 11, 2016

Book Review: Bone Vol. 7: Ghost Circles

Title: Bone: Ghost Circles
Author: Jeff Smith

A long-dormant volcano explodes, blacking out the sun, mowing down trees, and filling the land with soot and ash. The Lord of the Locusts is released with the eruption. Against this apocolyptic backdrop, the Bone cousins along with Thorn and Gran'ma Ben struggle to reach safe haven in the city of Atheia. Meanwhile, Lucius Downs lies severely wounded and trapped with the villagers in the camp at Old Man's Cave. 

For the class I'm taking in my school media specialists license I have to read a bunch of YA books (oh darn!).  One genre we had to read from was graphic novels.  I picked a Bone book because I've seen them around forever but never read one!

Did I like it?  Yes it was good.  I wasn't blown away or anything, but I seldom am when it comes to graphic novels.  I struggle with graphic novels because I want to just read.  I don't want to have to interpret things from the pictures to help tell that story! That's too much work! I could see why kids would like this series.  It had some good humor between the characters that made me chuckle a few times.  Plus it had good action that helped pull the story along.  That action would hook in the reluctant readers or the readers that just like a book that moves.  

It was clear that this was the 7th book in a long series.  I should've started with book #1, but I got it from the library, so I just went with the one they had in.  I do like that it's part of a long series, because then it keeps kids reading since they can just go on to the next book.  

Final Thought: Over-all it gave me a good idea what the series is like and about.  If I was into reading graphic novels I would definitely keep on with the series, but because I'm not I won't read any more.  BUT it is one I would for sure recommend to my students.  

February 10, 2016

WoW: Summerlost by Ally Condi

This post is inspired by a meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine.

Today I'm Waiting On:

Release Date: March 29, 2016

It's the first real summer since the devastating accident that killed Cedar's father and younger brother, Ben. But now Cedar and what’s left of her family are returning to the town of Iron Creek for the summer. They’re just settling into their new house when a boy named Leo, dressed in costume, rides by on his bike. Intrigued, Cedar follows him to the renowned Summerlost theatre festival. Soon, she not only has a new friend in Leo and a job working concessions at the festival, she finds herself surrounded by mystery. The mystery of the tragic, too-short life of the Hollywood actress who haunts the halls of Summerlost. And the mystery of the strange gifts that keep appearing for Cedar. 

As I said before I'm a firm believer that middle grade books (or all books) should reflect to people their lives.  You should be able to see yourself in the books you read - see your life.  I think this is a prime example of a book that some kids need to see and read because it reflects their lives.  And if it doesn't - it might reflect the lives of someone they know, so it will give them an understanding of that.  

February 9, 2016

Release Day Celebration: Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard +GIVEAWAY

GLASS SWORD (Red Queen #2) by Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen #2
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Pages: 448

Release Date: February 9th, 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen

Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control. 

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors. 

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat. 

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?


Can I just share here - my son is reading the first book - The Red Queen - for a lit circle in English (yes I was surprised he agreed to read it!), and he's enjoying it.  He told me I had to get the ebook, so I could read along with him.  I did, and I am.  And I'm really liking it too!!!

Victoria Aveyard is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Red Queen. Victoria was born and raised in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, a small town known only for the worst traffic rotary in the continental United States. She moved to Los Angeles to earn a BFA in screenwriting at the University of Southern California. She currently splits her time between the East and West coasts. As an author and screenwriter, she uses her career as an excuse to read too many books and watch too many movies. She has sold several television pilots and feature-length screenplays. You can visit her online at www.victoriaaveyard.comor on Twitter at @VictoriaAveyard.


One winner will get a RED QUEEN Prize pack from HarperTeen, which includes:
- 1 Physical Copy of CRUEL CROWN (0.1 & 0.2 Red Queen)
- 1 Red Queen foam sword that reads “Kneel or Bleed”
- 1 Scarlet Guard scarf

Must be 13+ To Enter | Ships in US only | 
See Terms & Conditions for full contest rules before entering some restrictions apply

February 8, 2016

Cover Crush: Sweet by Emmy Laybourne

I love book covers! I love walking around Barnes and Noble just looking at all the different covers.  A good cover will make me pull the book off the shelf!  It's almost like I have a crush on them :)

Today I'm crushin' on:
Sweet by Emmy Laybourne

This cover just pulls me in!!! I wasn't thrilled with the hardcover version, so when they changed it to this one I LOVED it.  It seems to tell me a bit more about what the book is about or at least more the feel of the book.  

Questions I have when looking at it:
Is that blood?
Why is it blood?
Why the stuff on her lips?
Why does it seem as if she's surprised or shocked?
What does that tag mean??????
What is going on????

February 7, 2016

Books and a Cuppa Swap Reveal!

I participated in the Books and a Cuppa Swap hosted by Chaotic Goddess Swaps.
I've done several swaps through them and have loved them all!

For this swap you sent and received a book off your wishlist and a cup! 
I'm a huge coffee drinker so this swap was perfect for me.

My swap partner was Maggie from The Novel Orange.  

Here's what she sent:

First this is how it arrived.  Super fun!

When opened.
The coffee is called Kicking Horse coffee.  It's really good!!!

And a copy of Everything Everything!!!!! I've wanted this book.
Of course the amazing owl coffee cup.  Love this one.  In the inside it says "Don't forget to stay awesome".

Lastly a super cute bookmark - and do you see how it matches the book and the coffee cup?? 

Thank you Maggie and the Chaotic Goddess hosts!