Title: The Year of Shadows Author: Claire Legrand Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars Release Date:August 27, 2013 Age Group:Middle Grade Source:Simon & Schuster Middle grade books always get to me. Why? Because childhood and innocence are sacred to me and when injustices are done to either of these two precious things, it’s difficult to accept. Claire Legrand’s The Year of Shadows is not a walk in the park. It is not an action adventure that you can read on and off for a few giggles. This is a story of loss. Many losses. Olivia and her Nonnie and her maestro father have moved into the music hall because money is tight and they’ve had to sell their belongings. This is, of course, after Olivia’s mother left them about a year ago, having just given up on their life changing for the better. Olivia’s life is hard — practically homeless,… Read more »
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And then it was August. Where has time gone? Summer, we hope, has been good to you! We hope your vacation has been filled with barbecues, sun burn, and good books. We still have about a month left to enjoy but for now, let’s get back to our favorites feature! This month, we are tackling the dreaded question: which books would you bring to a deserted island? It’s a hard one, this one, because it means forever. And ever. And ever. You make a list then you change it. You are made to make a choice between your classics, guilty pleasures, soul-pleasing, intellect-stimulating, heart-swooning books! But we did it. With difficulty. And if we can, so can you. So read our list and make your own! ———————————————– K.’s Top Five Books For A Deserted IslandThis was hard. At first, I considered bringing with me Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe because — hello!… Read more »
Title: Just One DayAuthor: Gayle FormanRating: 3.5 out of 5 starsRelease Date: January 8, 2013Age Group: YASource: PurchasedYou know how, after reading a disappointing YA novel, we list a bunch of things we wish the author had done…well, Gayle Forman actually does them. Just One Day is a coming-of-age story. It’s about a girl who meets a boy on a train. She abandons her plans and they spend a day together in Paris. In one day, the girl lets slip all of her inhibitions and takes chances; confesses thoughts that have never until now fully made themselves known; and begins to hope for a future she never realized she wanted. And then it is taken away from her. At the brink of a new beginning, it is ended. The girl leaves a lot of herself in Paris, in that one night, with that boy. The struggle now is to learn to live… Read more »
You can tell a lot about a person by her nightstand. It is, after all, one of the most personal spaces a person owns. And a reader’s nightstand is always interesting. So this month Wendy, Tonya, and I have decided to give you guys a sneak peek into what goes on behind closed doors. So, you nosy little buggers, enjoy! K.’s Nightstand Allow me to confess to one thing: I cleaned it up. Guilty! I make my bed but it’s never that neat. And there would usually be a bottle of water, some scraps of notes, and a whole bunch of other crap. But all in all, this is my set up. I bought the nightstand from Winners. I love it and was smiling ear to ear as I built a great big bonfire with my old, crusty one. The blue pen holder is a liar as it is really… Read more »
Title: Siege and Storm (The Grisha #2)Author: Leigh BardugoRating: 5 out of 5 starsRelease Date:June 4, 2013Publisher:Henry Holt and Co.Age Group: YASource: ARC provided by the publisher “The boy and the girl…” A beautiful beginning. Simple, intimate, yet with so much promise. I feel like this encapsulates the very vein of the book: a quiet story of the heart framed in blazing adventure. Leigh Bardugo’s Siege and Storm has been garnering praise, and when you read it, you will understand why. Bardugo is a storyteller. She moves words across the page effortlessly as if they have been her friends all her life. She creates imagery appealing to our senses; builds tension and fervor, panic and wonder. She knows how to express a scene, as though she has planted herself right in the middle of it and shows us exactly where and how to look. She does more than tell us,… Read more »
Title: Dare You To (Pushing the Limits #2)Author: Katie McGarryRating: 2.5 out of 5 starsRelease Date: May 28, 2013Publisher: Harlequin TeenAge Group: YASource: ARC provided by publisher Dare You To by Katie McGarry is the second installment in her Pushing the Limits series. It’s a companion novel and follows the story of Beth Risk, a character we first meet in Pushing the Limits. This is a contemporary romance and this kind in particular, I tend to call “giddy books”. You know, the ones that make you feel all of seventeen again — all gigglish and sweet. Le sigh. Unfortunately, it failed to actually make me giddy. The first thing I noticed was the page count. My arc had 462 pages. 462. No contemporary novel should be 462 pages long. That’s high fantasy. Epic romance. Not a book about a girl and a boy and a high school. Okay enough, I’m not… Read more »
Title: Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms #1)Author: Morgan RhodesRating: 3 out of 5 starsRelease Date: December 11, 2012Publisher: RazorbillAge Group: YASource: Purchased Falling Kingdoms is a high fantasy about Mytica, a continent on the verge of a war, drawing with it the fates of four young people into chaos and tragedy. The synopsis, while not entirely unique, is intriguing. It seems to promise all the staples of a good fantasy novel: heroes, princesses, politics, magic, romance, death. And all of this it delivers…on a young adult level. Morgan Rhodes’ tale tells of Cleo, Jonas, Magnus, and Lucia and the destinies they are called forth to fulfill as their land teeters on the bloody edge of conflict and grapples with menacing want-to-be-kings, sly sorcerers, and an ancient magic long lost. The world building is convincing enough. The map, the descriptions, the names, they all work to compel a reader to believe. Rhodes… Read more »