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Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong

Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong
Prudence Shen & Faith Erin Hichs
First Second, 2013
Audience: All Teens

Source: Library

From Goodreads:
You wouldn’t expect Nate and Charlie to be friends. Charlie’s the laid-back captain of the basketball team, and Nate is the neurotic, scheming president of the robotics club. But they are friends, however unlikely—until Nate declares war on the cheerleaders. At stake is funding that will either cover a robotics competition or new cheerleading uniforms—but not both.

It's only going to get worse: after both parties are stripped of their funding on grounds of abominable misbehavior, Nate enrolls the club's robot in a battlebot competition in a desperate bid for prize money. Bad sportsmanship? Sure. Chainsaws? Why not. Running away from home on Thanksgiving to illicitly enter a televised robot death match? Of course!

In Faith Erin Hicks' and Prudence Shen's world of high school class warfare and robot death matches, Nothing can possibly go…

The Book of Broken Hearts

The Book of Broken Hearts
Sarah Ockler
Simon Pulse, 2013
Audience: All Teens

Source: E-Galley (Edelweiss/NetGalley)

From Goodreads:
Jude has learned a lot from her older sisters, but the most important thing is this: The Vargas brothers are notorious heartbreakers. She’s seen the tears and disasters that dating a Vargas boy can cause, and she swore an oath—with candles and a contract and everything—to never have anything to do with one.

Now Jude is the only sister still living at home, and she’s spending the summer helping her ailing father restore his vintage motorcycle—which means hiring a mechanic to help out. Is it Jude’s fault he happens to be cute? And surprisingly sweet? And a Vargas?

Jude tells herself it’s strictly bike business with Emilio. Her sisters will never find out, and Jude can spot those flirty little Vargas tricks a mile away—no way would she fall for them. But Jude’s defenses are crumbling, and if history is destined to repeat itself, she’s speeding toward some serio…

The Beginning of Everything

The Beginning of Everything
By Robyn Schneider
Katherine Tegen, 2013
Audience: Older Teens

Source: Edelweiss/NetGalley

From Goodreads:
Golden boy Ezra Faulkner believes everyone has a tragedy waiting for them—a single encounter after which everything that really matters will happen. His particular tragedy waited until he was primed to lose it all: in one spectacular night, a reckless driver shatters Ezra’s knee, his athletic career, and his social life.

No longer a front-runner for Homecoming King, Ezra finds himself at the table of misfits, where he encounters new girl Cassidy Thorpe. Cassidy is unlike anyone Ezra’s ever met, achingly effortless, fiercely intelligent, and determined to bring Ezra along on her endless adventures.

But as Ezra dives into his new studies, new friendships, and new love, he learns that some people, like books, are easy to misread. And now he must consider: if one’s singular tragedy has already hit and everything after it has mattered quite a bit, what happens…

Tuesdays at the Castle

Tuesdays at the Castle
By Jessica Day George
Bloomsbury, 2011
Audience: Everyone

Source: E-Galley

From Goodreads:
Tuesdays at Castle Glower are Princess Celie's favorite days. That's because on Tuesdays the castle adds a new room, a turret, or sometimes even an entire wing. No one ever knows what the castle will do next, and no one-other than Celie, that is-takes the time to map out the new additions. But when King and Queen Glower are ambushed and their fate is unknown, it's up to Celie, with her secret knowledge of the castle's never-ending twists and turns, to protect their home and save their kingdom. This delightful book from a fan- and bookseller-favorite kicks off a brand-new series sure to become a modern classic.

Hooray! I love it when kids need to save the day. In this case, the King and Queen are ambushed and presumed dead. Their kids work to keep the crown from falling in to the wrong hands. Get this -- the Castle is magic. It's a character in the book!…

The Heist

The Heist
By Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg
Bantam, 2013
Audience: Adults

Source: E-Galley

From Goodreads:
FBI Special Agent Kate O’Hare is known for her fierce dedication and discipline on the job, chasing down the world’s most wanted criminals and putting them behind bars. Her boss thinks she is tenacious and ambitious; her friends think she is tough, stubborn, and maybe even a bit obsessed. And while Kate has made quite a name for herself for the past five years, the only name she’s cared about is Nicolas Fox—an international crook she wants in more ways than one.

Audacious, handsome, and dangerously charming, Nicolas Fox is a natural con man, notorious for running elaborate scams on very high-profile people. At first he did it for the money. Now he does it for the thrill. He knows that the FBI has been hot on his trail—particularly Kate O’Hare, who has been watching his every move. For Nick, there’s no greater rush than being pursued by a beautiful woman . . . even one who aims to…

Barbie World + Giveaway

Barbie World by Heidi Acosta
Series: Barbie Girl, #2
Publication date:  Summer 2013
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Synopsis: “One Night is all it took to change everything between Barbie and me. One night to potentially lose the girl of my dreams forever. How do I prove to her that she can trust me? That all I want to do is protect her carefully guarded heart. I need to prove to her that I want to be a part of her world. But How? ”
Dylan lost Barbie once before, now he is determined more than ever to win her heart and trust back. Easier said than done, especially with the new hot guy in town who is in a rock band and is the complete opposite of Dylan.
Barbie has been hurt beyond repair or so she thinks. It would be easier for heart to decide if she didn’t have to protect her little brother. And if Dylan would just put on a shirt! Dylan is not making this easy on her. It helps to have the distraction of the new guy in town cute bad boy Kai. But even though her heart is damaged it still…

Readers' Roundtable: Advice

A Natural History of Dragons

A Natural History of Dragons
By Marie Brennan
Tom Doherty Associates, 2013
Audience: All Teens, Adults

Source: My Own Bookshelf

From Goodreads:
All the world, from Scirland to the farthest reaches of Eriga, know Isabella, Lady Trent, to be the world’s preeminent dragon naturalist. She is the remarkable woman who brought the study of dragons out of the misty shadows of myth and misunderstanding into the clear light of modern science. But before she became the illustrious figure we know today, there was a bookish young woman whose passion for learning, natural history, and, yes, dragons defied the stifling conventions of her day.

Here at last, in her own words, is the true story of a pioneering spirit who risked her reputation, her prospects, and her fragile flesh and bone to satisfy her scientific curiosity; of how she sought true love and happiness despite her lamentable eccentricities; and of her thrilling expedition to the perilous mountains of Vystrana, where she made the first of m…

Dance of the Red Death

Dance of the Red Death
By Bethany Griffin
Greenwillow Books, 2013
Audience: All Teens

Source: Edelweiss/NetGalley

From Goodreads:
InDance of the Red Death, Araby’s world is in shambles—betrayal, death, disease, and evil forces surround her. She has no one to trust. But she finds herself and discovers that she will fight for the people she loves, and for her city.

Her revenge will take place at the menacing masked ball, though it could destroy her and everyone she loves…or it could turn her into a hero.



This was an adventure. Everyone was always running somewhere, but unfortunately, they went back and forth a lot. It kind of got old fast. How many times can they escape in one book? Overall, it fell kind of flat for me. I don't think I'm a Steampunk person. It was well done, I just wasn't thrilled, unfortunately. The girls didn't seem to do much or show a ton of attitude in the first book, but it was better in this book. Araby got to do some important stuff, but it seemed…

Top Ten Authors Who Deserve More Recognition

Top Ten Tuesday Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish Top Ten Authors Who Deserve More Recognition

Brenna Yovanoff really wrote a good one here. She has a few out, and I should read the rest of them based on how good this one was.

Sarah Weeks writes the cutest stories! Check her stuff out.
Jessi Kirby gets a lot of props in the blogosphere, but she deserves more cred out in the real world, too.
Kristin Levine - this book was fantastic. She deserves awards for it. It may not sound like the most exciting story but it was SO INTERESTING and incredibly well-written.
A.S. King can never have enough credit.
Jennifer E. Smith gets a lot of credit on blogs too, but the world should know about her.
Rainbow Rowell - seriously. OMG.
Robyn Schneider, I can't wait for your next book. Please write it fast. This was SERIOUSLY awesome. Don't forget about it, okay?
Raina Telgemeier writes great graphic novels. My fav is Smile.



These are adult books, so I'll count them as one. Jamie Mason's…

Faking It

Faking It
By Cora Carmack
William Morrow & Company, 2013
Audience: Older Teens, Adults

Source: Edelweiss, NetGalley

From Goodreads:
Mackenzie “Max” Miller has a problem. Her parents have arrived in town for a surprise visit, and if they see her dyed hair, tattoos, and piercings, they just might disown her. Even worse, they’re expecting to meet a nice, wholesome boyfriend, not a guy named Mace who has a neck tattoo and plays in a band. All her lies are about to come crashing down around her, but then she meets Cade.

Cade moved to Philadelphia to act and to leave his problems behind in Texas. So far though, he’s kept the problems and had very little opportunity to take the stage. When Max approaches him in a coffee shop with a crazy request to pretend to be her boyfriend, he agrees to play the part. But when Cade plays the role a little too well, they’re forced to keep the ruse going. And the more they fake the relationship, the more real it begins to feel.


This book was exactly what …

Reviewers' Roundtable: Trends

Meet the Reviewers: Michelle from the Pink Polka Dot Book Blog (Thursdays) Emily from Read Your Bookcase (Fridays)
 Emily from Emily's Crammed Bookshelf (Mondays)


Trends
So this week we're talking about trends. I think trends are ok. Trends happen (usually) because of one title that everyone loves. They want to read more like it. You know what I think about that? It's fantastic! Why? BECAUSE THEY WANT TO READ MORE. Hooray, mission accomplished! It makes my librarian heart all warm and fuzzy.
Vampires Due to the popularity of Twilight, everyone was reading vampire fiction, or paranormal romance.  I was never one for vampire stories, but it seemed like all of the good stories happened to have vampires in them, so I read them. Like any trend, it got a bit old after awhile. I'm glad it got people to read, though!
Dystopian I loved this book! I read other dystopians because of the hype surrounding them, but nothing compares to this one. I'm just read for more contemporary stu…

Odette's Secrets

Odette's Secrets
By Maryann Macdonald
Bloomsbury USA Childrens, 2013
Audience: Tweens

Source: Library

From Goodreads:
For Jews in Nazi-occupied Paris, nowhere is safe. So when Odette Meyer’s father is sent to a Nazi work camp, Odette’s mother takes desperate measures to protect her, sending Odette deep into the French countryside. There, Odette pretends to be a peasant girl, even posing as a Christian–and attending Catholic masses–with other children. But inside, she is burning with secrets, and when the war ends Odette must figure out whether she can resume life in Paris as a Jew, or if she’s lost the connection to her former life forever. Inspired by the life of the real Odette Meyer, this moving free-verse novel is a story of triumph over adversity.

It took me a while to get into this book. It started off with general information that I already knew, so I wasn't optimistic. Then Odette got sent to the country, and things got more interesting. She was trying to hide the fact…

On Gratitude

On Gratitude
By Todd Aaron Jensen
Adams Media Corporation, 2010
Audience: All Teens, Adults

Source: My Own Bookshelf

From Goodreads:
In this enlightening and engaging collection, celebrities from Seth Rogen and Sheryl Crowe to Joyce Carol Oates and B.B. King share the people, places, and things for which they are most grateful. Alternately sentimental and surprising, wise and wacky, these heartfelt \gratitude bucket lists\" as described by some of our most beloved artists are sure to inspire readers everywhere to make their own lists--and live their own lives with more love, affection, and thanksgiving."

I love Anna Kendrick and Alicia Keys and Kristen Bell and they all have interviews in here! Naturally, I bought it. On Gratitude has a well-rounded collection of celebrities: authors, athletes, musicians, actors and more. I learned a lot about some of my favorite celebrities. The essays were super short, too, so it was good before bedtime.

This one is perfect for reluctant r…

Masque of the Red Death

Masque of the Red Death
By Bethany Griffin
Greenwillow Books, 2012
Audience: Older Teens

Source: My Own Bookshelf

From Goodreads:
Everything is in ruins.

A devastating plague has decimated the population, and those who are left live in fear of catching it as the city crumbles around them.

So what does Araby Worth have to live for?

Nights in the Debauchery Club, beautiful dresses, glittery makeup . . . and tantalizing ways to forget it all.

But in the depths of the club--in the depths of her own despair--Araby will find more than oblivion. She will find Will, the terribly handsome proprietor of the club, and Elliott, the wickedly smart aristocrat. Neither is what he seems. Both have secrets. Everyone does.

And Araby may find not just something to live for, but something to fight for--no matter what it costs her.

This was an interesting read, but I expected to see a bit more of the original tale in this book. That was a bit disappointing. Also, the writing was well-done, but felt detached an…

Reviewers' Roundtable: Book vs. Movie

Michelle from Pink Polka Dot Book Blog (Thursdays)
Emily from Read Your Bookcase (Fridays)
 Emily from Emily's Crammed Bookshelf (Mondays)

Book vs. Movie
In general, I look forward to new interpretations of my favorite stories. I am not TOO picky about how it's done. As long as the director keeps the spirit of the book, I understand that not everything can be exactly the same. The biggest reason is for time purposes. Who wants to watch a five hour movie? Not me. So I GET it. It's fun for me to see what a story looks like from someone else's eyes.
Here's an example of keeping the spirit of the book:


When Charlie came out, everyone was talking about how it was a better interpretation of the book. I was looking forward to it, because there were a lot of differences in Willy Wonka. When I saw Charlie, though, I was disappointed. The ending was different and it lacked some of the magic that Willy Wonka had. And get this - Roald Dahl helped write the screenplay for Willy W…