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Waiting on Splintered

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Splintered By A.G. Howard Expected Publication: January 2013
From Goodreads: For sixteen years, Alyssa Gardner has lived with the stigma of being descended from Alice Liddell—the real life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s famed novel, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. But cruel jokes about dormice and tea parties can’t compare to the fact that Alyssa hears the whispers of bugs and flowers... the same quirk which sent her mother to a mental institution years before.

When her mother takes a turn for the worse and the whispers grow too strong for Alyssa to bear, she seeks the origins of their family curse. A set of heirlooms and a moth tied to an unusual website lead Alyssa and her gorgeous best friend / secret crush, Jeb, down the rabbit hole into the real Wonderland, a place more twisted and eerie than Lewis Carroll ever let on.

There, creepy counterparts of the original fai…

Top Ten Heroines

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Gathering Blue

Gathering Blue
By Lois Lowry
Ember, 2000
Audience: Everyone

From Goodreads:
In her strongest work to date, Lois Lowry once again creates a mysterious but plausible future world. It is a society ruled by savagery and deceit that shuns and discards the weak. Left orphaned and physically flawed, young Kira faces a frightening, uncertain future. Blessed with an almost magical talent that keeps her alive, she struggles with ever broadening responsibilities in her quest for truth, discovering things that will change her life forever.

I really liked this one. It was different from The Giver, but I still thought it was good. I was hoping Kira's world would tie in to Jonas' world. I think my favorite part of Kira's world was that names added syllables as people grew. What a fantastic idea. The worst part of her world was that rule about "broken" people not being able to live.

I looked at the flap of the next book, and it looks like that's about Kira also. I'm glad. …

Teen Movie Thursday: Part of Me

Katy Perry: Part of Me
Dan Cutforth, Jane Lipsitz, 2012

So I thought going into it that this was mostly a concert with interesting facts thrown in.

Actually, it was more of a documentary with some music thrown in.

I absolutely love Katy Perry's music. As a person, she just seems to sparkle and she seems sincerely loving and kind. Even though I don't know her, I wish the best for her. I'm so happy she's become so successful and I have no idea what I would do without her records. Music would be so boring without her.

I knew most of the information in this movie, but it was nice to see it directly from the source. It was fun to see her with her family and close friends. It was not so fun to see her heartbroken, however.

Going through the divorce just took her sparkle away, and that made me so upset. I was so sad for her. She really did share everything with the viewer, and I really hope she finds someone who appreciates her ambition in the future and works just as hard as…

Waiting On Paper Valentine

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Paper Valentine By Brenna Yovanoff
Expected Publication: January 2013
From Goodreads: PAPER VALENTINE, in which a girl haunted by the troubled ghost of her best friend finds herself sucked into a darkly mesmerizing string of murders, in which a serial killer who leaves a paper-heart 'valentine' on his victims' bodies draws ever closer.
Ummmm, this book is about the hottest July on record. Which sounds familiar to all of us after last summer, I am sure... So why is it coming out in JANUARY? Winter! Is it because Valentine is in the title? Silly.

Top Ten Books for Halloween

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The Alfred Hitchcock pop-up book - perfect if you don't have time to watch all of his movies.





I was not expecting a scary book when I picked this one up. I was expecting fantasy. This one is creepy, though. The way the murders are described is scary. Lois Duncan is the queen of teen horror fiction. Locked in Time was my favorite, I think. They were all good, but this one is creative and different from all the other horror books. It stuck with me more than her others.
White Crow was creepy in a realistic way. The new friend - I wouldn't have put up with her. I couldn't believe the ending. Right when you think you have it figured out, BAM! Surprise.
Anna Dressed in Blood - it started off completely terrifying, then calmed down a lot. But I can't think of a better book for Halloween. Look at the cover, for goodness sake.








This one is good for the EW! factor. Some of these people died in truly disg…

Cardboard

Cardboard
By Doug TenNapel
GRAPHIX, 2012
Audience: All Teens

From Goodreads:
When cardboard creatures come magically to life, a boy must save his town from disaster.

Cam's down-and-out father gives him a cardboard box for his birthday and he knows it's the worst present ever. So to make the best of a bad situation, they bend the cardboard into a man-and to their astonishment, it comes magically to life. But the neighborhood bully, Marcus, warps the powerful cardboard into his own evil creations that threaten to destroy them all!


So, this one was kind of disappointing. It was still fun. I think I'll always read Doug TenNapel's books, and I can't wait for the next one. This one just was three stars instead of four or five. It probably would have helped if I had read the description and known what I was getting into. Magic Cardboard? Really? 

I didn't like the characters very much and I really wish there had been more romance. A lot more. But I am a girl, and obvious…

New Books, Happy Girl 14

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I am incredibly happy to report that I fixed my nook, so now I can download NetGalley books again! Horray!
It turns out that my nook was too full (imagine that.) So I archived some books, cleared up some space, and it's all good. So look for NEW reviews in the future.
In other news, I am super disappointed that my copy of Two and Twenty Dark Tales was delayed. Ah! How am I supposed to read it?!?
I'm still working on Gathering Blue right now, but I did buy this one:

The Giver

The Giver
By Lois Lowry
Ember, 2006
Audience: Everyone

From Goodreads:
Jonas's world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear or pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the Community. When Jonas turns twelve, he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.

I was surprised at how much I did and didn't remember from reading this book back in grade school. I remembered The Giver giving Jonas the memories, especially the one about the sled. However, I didn't remember the most important part - the ending (which I loved, by the way.)

I reread it because I didn't know about the sequels until I high school, and of course then I didn't have time to read all of them. Now, there's a fourth book, so it's the perfect time to read everything.

I also noticed how similar…

Bad Island

Bad Island
By Doug TenNapel
GRAPHIX, 2011
Audience: All Teens

From Goodreads:
Something on this island is up to no good . . .

When Reese is forced to go on a boating trip with his family, the last thing he expects is to be shipwrecked on an island-especially one teeming with weird plants and animals. But what starts out as simply a bad vacation turns into a terrible one, as the castaways must find a way to escape while dodging the island's dangerous inhabitants. With few resources and a mysterious entity on the hunt, each secret unlocked could save them . . . or spell their doom. One thing Reese knows for sure: This is one Bad Island.


At first, I didn't think I was going to like this book. Don't judge it by its first ten or so pages. They look weird, but it gets more... normal... sort of. But I really liked it. It has a shipwreck in it. How can you NOT love a book with a shipwreck? Am I right?

The whole thing with Pickles was GENIUS. So well constructed. And I loved figuring …

Waiting On My Birthday

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Soooooo many good things come out on my birthday. I hope I get a Barnes and Noble Gift Card! New releases scheduled for November 13:


Top Ten Favorite YA Authors

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Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish Top Ten Favorite YA Authors This topic feels a little repetitive to me this week. So, I am going to do something a bit different with it.
Here are my top five absolute favorites. I will read ANYTHING they write, and I always look forward to their next book.
Meg Cabot
Stephanie Perkins
Sarah Dessen I can't wait to review my first Sarah Dessen book on this blog. Cannot. Wait!



A.S. King


Maggie Stiefvater

And here are the top ten authors that I always mean to read, and hear amazing things about, but I never seem to get around to (I swear someday I will!):
John Green
Kristin Cashore
Shannon Hale
Alexandra Bracken
Ally Carter






Stealing Parker

Stealing Parker
By Miranda Kenneally
Sourcebooks Fire, 2012
Audience: Older Teens

From Goodreads:
Red-hot author Miranda Kenneally hits one out of the park in this return to Catching Jordan's Hundred Oaks High.

After her family's scandal rocks their conservative small town, 17-year-old Parker Shelton goes overboard trying to prove that she won't turn out like her mother: a lesbian. The all-star third-baseman quits the softball team, drops 20 pounds and starts making out with guys--a lot. But hitting on the hot new assistant baseball coach might be taking it a step too far...especially when he starts flirting back.


At first, I was worried that this book would be a little repetitive... I remember Chasing Jordan being that way. I looked back for my review of it, but I guess I didn't mention that.

Anyway.

This book was FABULOUS. Absolutely fabulous. And I don't usually go for sports books at all. This book was so much more than that. I loved the way religion was incorporat…

New Books, Happy Girl 13

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Stealing Parker By Miranda Kenneally
I found it! I found it on the shelf at my bookstore! It was mis-shelved in the children's chapter books. Hurray! I'm 100 pages in, and I'm liking it.
What did everyone else get?

The Diviners

The Diviners
By Libba Bray
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2012
Audience: Older Teens

From Goodreads:
Evie O'Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City--and she is pos-i-toot-ly thrilled. New York is the city of speakeasies, shopping, and movie palaces! Soon enough, Evie is running with glamorous Ziegfield girls and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is Evie has to live with her Uncle Will, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult--also known as "The Museum of the Creepy Crawlies."

When a rash of occult-based murders comes to light, Evie and her uncle are right in the thick of the investigation. And through it all, Evie has a secret: a mysterious power that could help catch the killer--if he doesn't catch her first.


Oh man.
This book was AMAZING. Also, it was incredibly huge, which I was not expecting. It took me longer to read it than usual because it was so long, (a…

Teen Movie Thursday - Pitch Perfect

Pitch Perfect Comedy/Music, 2012 PG-13, 112 Minutes
Starring: Anna Kendrick, Skylar Astin, Brittany Snow, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp
From IMDB.com: The Barden Bellas are a collegiate, all-girls a cappella singing group thriving on female pop songs and their perfect looks. After a disastrous failing at last year's finals, they are forced to regroup. Among the new recruits is freshman Beca, an independent, aspiring DJ with no interest in the college life. But after she meets Jesse, from the rival all-male a cappella group, Beca has a new outlook and takes it upon herself to help the Bellas find their new look and sound and get back into the competition. Written by napierslogs
The Good: The music, the acting, the pace
The Bad: The way they portrayed the Cynthia Rose, the name "Fat Amy," the girls didn't bond, they didn't mix up their act soon enough
The Ugly: WAY TOO MUCH PUKING

So. What I wish someone had told me: THERE IS A LOT OF VOMIT in the opening scene, and you do…

Waiting On Sapphire Blue

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Sapphire Blue By Kerstin Gier Expected Publication: October 30
From Goodreads:

Gwen’s life has been a rollercoaster since she discovered she was the Ruby, the final member of the secret time-traveling Circle of Twelve. In between searching through history for the other time-travelers and asking for a bit of their blood (gross!), she’s been trying to figure out what all the mysteries and prophecies surrounding the Circle really mean. At least Gwen has plenty of help. Her best friend Lesley follows every lead diligently on the Internet. James the ghost teaches Gwen how to fit in at an eighteenth century party. And Xemerius, the gargoyle demon who has been following Gwen since he caught her kissing Gideon in a church, offers advice on everything. Oh, yes. And of course there is Gideon, the Diamond. One minute he’s very warm indeed; the next he’s freezing cold. Gwen’s not sure what’s going on there, but she’s pretty much destined to find out.
I re…

Top Ten Book Settings

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Boarding School I love books where teens go to school in another country!

New York Concrete jungle where dreams are made of!


River Heights So many crimes happen there. What an interesting place!

The Future

The Past

Greece

Spain I haven't read any yet, but I am always looking for books set here!
Texas
England
Australia