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Eat, Brains, Love

Eat, Brains, Love
By Jeff Hart
HarperTeen, 2013
Audience: Older Teens
Source: E-Galley


It turns out the books aren't really my thing. I gave it a go, and it seemed well-done. Honestly, I skimmed most of the book. I wanted to see how it ended but I didn't want to spend a lot of time on it. The author had an... INTERESTING twist to how Zombies are made. I wasn't a fan though. Ew.

I suppose if he grossed me out, he was successful. After all, it is a Zombie book.

It ends on a cliffhanger, and there will definitely be another book. However, I'm more interested to see what the title will be. I don't think I'll be reading the sequel.

You'll probably love this if you like teen books and zombies!

From Goodreads:
Jake Stephens was always an average, fly-under-the-radar guy. The kind of guy who would never catch the attention of an insanely popular girl like Amanda Blake-or a psychic teenage government agent like Cass. But one day during …

Pre-Order News!

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Here's how: You have until December 2 or until quantities run out. Here’s how to get your bookmark and a chance to win the first two books in the Liar Society series, or the exclusive afterword:
1. Pre-order the book (print or eBook) through any retailer (Barnes & Noble, Amazon, your local independent bookseller/Indiebound, Books-A-Million, Hastings, etc.)


By Rainbow Rowell
St. Martin's Press, 2013
Audience: All Teens
Source: Edelweiss

My own personal copy is on the way, hooray! I bought it, and I AM SO EXCITED for it to come in the mail. Rainbow Rowell is such a fantastic writer. I loved that this took place at a university. I loved that it was near me. I loved that my brother goes there so I could pester him with questions.

"Is there really a Pound Hall?"
"Is there really an Arnold, Nebraska?"


It was fun.

I loved that Cath wasn't perfect. I loved that Wren wasn't, either. And I loved that Levi wasn't perfect. And I loved the ending.

Overall, there's a lotta love going on for this book.

There should be another one about sophomore year. Right, Rainbow Rowell?


From Goodreads:

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan . . .

But for Cath, being a fan is her life — and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon…

Teen Talk @ Omaha: Rainbow Rowell

Aggggghhhh! Look at who I met! That's right - I got to see Rainbow Rowell, Stephanie Perkins and Gayle Forman! I can't believe it either.  I was SHAKING when they walked in.

Oh gosh. I have so much to say, I will write a separate post on each author.
Post Two: Rainbow Rowell

(I am going in the order that I met them.)

I had different experiences with each author. With Stephanie Perkins, I was like YOU ARE THE BEST and I am in AWE of you. With Rainbow Rowell, I just wanted to pull up a chair and chat and tell her EVERYTHING about how her writing has affected my life. I know she didn't have time for that, though. There was a long line behind me.
Things I wanted to say to Rainbow Rowell: 1. I think of her as Rainbow. Authors should be addressed as Ms. Rowell or Rainbow Rowell but I don't want to be disrespectful. But I think of her as RAINBOW in a way that the world knows CHER or MADONNA. One word. That's all you need. 2. Do you live in a neighborhood like in Fangirl? …

The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp

The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp
By Kathi Appelt
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2013
Audience: Everyone
Source: Library

I have a confession - I judge books by their covers. (And reviews, but covers, too.) Based on this cover, I wouldn't have read this one on my own. However, it was a part of the Newbery book group on Goodreads and was highly recommended, so I gave it a chance even though it was out of my comfort zone. It was fun to break the mold and find something different. I liked all of the different perspectives and the author's playful way of telling the story. The fun, original story and short chapters made me finish this in record time. It would be good for read-alouds according to Goodreads, and I totally agree!

Also, now I want a pet raccoon to be a scout for me.

From Goodreads:
Meet Bingo and J’miah, raccoon brothers on a mission to save Sugar Man Swamp in this tale from Newbery Honoree Kathi Appelt.Raccoon brothers Bingo and J’miah are the newest recruits…

Teen Talk @ Omaha: Stephanie Perkins

Aggggghhhh! Look at who I met! That's right - I got to see Rainbow Rowell, Stephanie Perkins and Gayle Forman! I can't believe it either.  I was SHAKING when they walked in. I was shocked - they were like REAL PEOPLE.  I think of authors like characters. You know? I feel like I know them through their words and characters and these are some of the BEST writers in YA today. And these people are such a BIG DEAL to me, I feel like they should be walking around with neon signs over their heads announcing "I AM RAINBOW ROWELL/STEPHANIE PERKINS/GAYLE FORMAN."
But they don't.
Oh gosh. I have so much to say, I will write a separate post on each author.
First up: Stephanie Perkins

Basically, we're twins. Here's a list of things we have in common:
1. Former Barnes and Noble Booksellers 2. Red Hair 4. She's a former librarian, I am a current librarian 5. We read more books than anyone in our class 6. I like her boots (I assume she also likes her boots that she …

Vampire Academy: Frostbite

By Richelle Mead
Razorbill, 2008
Audience: All Teens
Source: My Own Bookshelf

Whoo-hoo! Another love interest. Mystery! Romance! Danger! What more could we ask for in the second Vampire Academy book? We get to meet Rose's mom, so I guess that's a bonus. In general, I liked it. Can't wait for book 3!

From Goodreads:
Rose loves Dimitri, Dimitri might love Tasha, and Mason would die to be with Rose...

It’s winter break at St. Vladimir’s, but Rose is feeling anything but festive. A massive Strigoi attack has put the school on high alert, and now the Academy’s crawling with Guardians—including Rose’s hard-hitting mother, Janine Hathaway. And if hand-to-hand combat with her mom wasn’t bad enough, Rose’s tutor Dimitri has his eye on someone else, her friend Mason’s got a huge crush on her, and Rose keeps getting stuck in Lissa’s head while she’s making out with her boyfriend, Christian! The Strigoi are closing in, and the Academy’s not taking any risks... This year, St. …

Danny's Doodles: The Jelly Bean Experiment REVIEW AND INTERVIEW

Danny's Doodles: The Jelly Bean Experiment
By David A. Adler
Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2013
Audience: Elementary Age
Source: Provided by publisher

I am so thrilled to be a part of this blog tour. SO THRILLED! Do you know who David A. Adler is??? He wrote Cam Jansen. I KNOW! And I got to interview him!

First, the review: This book was FUN. It was in the spirit of Diary of a Wimpy Kid - but the kids were a lot nicer. I really liked the illustrations and the ending was great. It had jelly beans, baseball and science. What more could you ask for? And Calvin Waffle was so endearing. I'm looking forward to the next one, which is about DONUTS. Yes, donuts. I will definitely read it. I just hope the donuts don't end up linty from being in someone's pockets.

All of that being said, you will probably crave sweets while reading this book. Especially waffles. Because everyone likes Waffles!


I just wanted to say that I've worked at a library for 12 years now, and your b…

Vampire Academy

Vampire Academy
By Richelle Mead
Razorbill, 2007
Audience: All Teens
Source: My Own Bookshelf

I finally read it!!! I'm not big on Paranormal Romance these days, but I liked it a lot better than most vampire books. It was a really quick read, too and that helped. I liked how they didn't explain everything right away. I had to piece together information and that made the story interesting. Not everything was cliche, but it was dark - but not too dark. I can't wait to see what happens with the rest of the series.

From Goodreads:
St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger...

Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruth…

TBR Challenge Wrap Up #10

Hosted by Evie @Bookish
October Wrap Up Hosted by  Emily @Doodle's Book Blog

Bookish Buys - Persuasion

Bookish Buys
In my humble opinion, Persuasion by Jane Austen deserves way more attention that what it gets. Here are some bookish buys inspired by the proposal scene.
Man, that Lady could write.

Finding It

Finding It
By Cora Carmack
William Morrow Paperbacks, 2013
Audience: Older Teens/Adults
Source: E-Galley

I didn't like this one as much as the others. They're so similar and predictable... and yet they're not. There's always a small something that makes it a little different. I'm pretty sure I saw a movie with the same idea as the general plot of this book.

All of the main characters travels made me a little jealous but I really didn't respect the fact that her parents were paying for all of it. She didn't seem to be learning much, either. She had all of these opportunities and just partied it all away. I understand she was working through something but maybe had she learned more about the world, she would have healed more quickly. Who am I to say, I guess. I've never been through anything traumatic and have always had family and friends to support me.

From Goodreads:
Sometimes you have to lose yourself to find where you truly belong...

Most girls would …

Reviewers' Roundtable: Blogging Pet Peeves

Hosted by
Michelle at the Pink Polka Dot Blog
and Read Your Bookcase

What annoys you most about the blogging world?
Probably the fact that I am not yet as established as I want to be or as other bloggers out there. All of them seem to know each other. Have you noticed that? It's nuts. I'll keep plugging away. I've had some major breakthroughs lately and I can't wait to share them with you! Stay tuned!
What else... 
I got nuthin'.
Overall, the best parts outweigh the pet peeves, and really, they don't bother me that much.

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock
By Matthew Quick
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2013
Audience: Older Teens
Source: E-Galley

This book was awesome. I read it awhile ago, but I needed to let it be for a while before writing the review. It was an intense book. A teen really struggled in life and had no support system, and really terrible things had happened to him. It's no excuse for him wanting to do what he intended to do.

I had such great hopes for him, because under all of his pain, I think he was an incredible person who had a lot of potential. I really was pulling for him the whole book. I didn't want him to do anything wrong, and I wanted him to heal.

Also, this book is a fantastic example of Why Teachers are Awesome.

Overall it was incredibly well-written and I had no idea it was by the author of Silver Linings Playbook. I haven't read the book but I loved the movie. I thought, "Oh, that's why this book was so good."

From Goodreads:
Today is Leonard …

Jessica Darling's It List

Jessica Darling's It List
By Megan McCafferty
Poppy, 2013
Audience: Everyone
Source: E-Galley

This book was so much fun. Loved it! Didn't disappoint. Can't wait for the next one. The End.

I feel like I should seriously have a longer review, but it was SO GOOD! Sometimes too many words ruin it. It had me laughing out loud. I NEVER laugh out loud. Ever. Enjoy!

From Goodreads:
Move over, Dork Diaries! Jessica Darling, star of Megan McCafferty's bestselling Jessica Darling series for adults, is back in a hilarious new series perfect for tween (10 to 14) girls.

I hadn't even gotten to homeroom yet and I'd already discovered five hard truths about junior high:

1. My best friend had turned pretty.
2. She didn't know it yet.
3. It wouldn't be long before she did.
4. That knowledge would change everything between us.
5. And there wasn't a thing I could do about it.

It's the first day of seventh grade. Is Jessica Darling doomed for dorkdom?

New York Times bestsel…


By David Iserson
Razorbill, 2013
Source: Library
Audience: All Teens

Sooo I picked this one up because I love New Girl (who doesn't???) and this guy wrote for it! How cool is that?! Naturally, this book was hilarious! Astrid really is, as my mother would say, "Something Else." The best thing about this book was that you would be laughing and thinking, "How crazy is THIS?" and then Astrid would totally drop a bomb on you about her life and make you think seriously about why she is the way she is.

It has the best of both worlds - thoughtful and funny. A dash of mystery is a bonus.

Check it out.

From Goodreads:
Being Astrid Krieger is absolutely all it's cracked up to be.

She lives in a rocket ship in the backyard of her parents' estate.

She was kicked out of the elite Bristol Academy and she's intent on her own special kind of revenge to whomever betrayed her.

She only loves her grandfather, an incredibly rich politician who makes his money b…

Reviewers' Roundtable: Blogging Slump

Hosted by Michelle at Pink Polka Dot Blog
And Emily at Read Your Bookcase

What do you do when you hit a blogging slump?
Well, what do you know! The perfect topic! I just happen to currently be in a blogging slump. 
How it began: I switched branches at work.  It turns out helping out at a brand-new branch involves a lot of decisions. A lot. And most of them are small, but everyone has a different opinion, and we're all super nice (hello - we're librarians from the midwest) so no one wanted to hurt anyone's feelings. The first few weren't so bad, but after the 20th... you get REALLY TIRED. Throw in a lot of heavy books, carts, and shelves and by the time you get home you basically go right to sleep. Well, I did anyway. Then after we opened and the initial rush settled, I had two really big projects in a row. 
Therefore, the last thing I felt like doing after getting home was blog. I just wanted to read or watch TV. Or sleep. Basically, relax. Not work on something that feel…


Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin
By Liesl Shurtliff
Alfred A Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2013
Audience: Everyone

Source: Library

From Goodreads:
In a magical kingdom where your name is your destiny, 12-year-old Rump is the butt of everyone's joke. But when he finds an old spinning wheel, his luck seems to change. Rump discovers he has a gift for spinning straw into gold. His best friend, Red Riding Hood, warns him that magic is dangerous, and she’s right. With each thread he spins, he weaves himself deeper into a curse.

To break the spell, Rump must go on a perilous quest, fighting off pixies, trolls, poison apples, and a wickedly foolish queen. The odds are against him, but with courage and friendship—and a cheeky sense of humor—he just might triumph in the end.

Rump. A most unfortunate name. It's all Rump's mother could manage to say - but there is definitely more. The best part about this book was that it focused on Rump and how he got his name. It made him see…

Bookish Buys - Vampire Academy

Did you know there is an official Vampire Academy store?

I was excited, and then I saw there are about four things you can buy. I didn't really like any of them, but I did really like the fact that you can create your own custom t-shirt. How fun!

Check out what they have:

October TBR Goals

October 2013 Because I have so much to read and so little time, I'm going to start keeping a list on my blog of what I am going to try and read each month. I'm hoping it will help me to read a variety and finish books that I've been meaning to get read.

One Adult book:
1. Shining Girls

One book from my Goodreads TBR pile:
1. I'd Tell You I Love You...

Four library books:
1. Dani Noir
2. When You Reach Me
3. One Came Home
4. The Center of Everything

Four of my own books:
1. The Diviners
2. Shadow Kiss
3. Anno Dracula
4. Return to the Hundred Acre Wood

Two Galleys:
1. Fangirl
2. Antigoddess

Reviewers' Roundtable: Blogging Pressure

Hosted by Read Your Bookcase and
Michelle at the Pink Polka Dot Book Blog

Blogging Pressure: Do you feel like you need to come up with better or more creative content?

YES! I DO! I want to be different and original. I feel like if I do this, I will be as awesome and successful as Anna, my blogging role model. I don't want to copy anyone. But I can't think of anything good that hasn't already been done before. So I am the same as everyone. Sigh.
I like to think that maybe someday I'll have a genius lightbulb. But I probably won't.
So I'll just keep on keeping on.

What do you think?
Leave a comment!

Who is AC?

Who is AC?
By Hope Larson and Tintin Pantoja
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2013
Audience: All Teens

Source: Library

From Goodreads:
In this breakthrough graphic novel from the award-winning author of Mercury, there’s a new superhero in town—and she’s got kick-butt cyberpowers. Meet Lin, a formerly average teenage girl whose cell phone zaps her with magical powers. But just as superpowers can travel through the ether, so can evil. As Lin starts to get a handle on her new abilities (while still observing her curfew!), she realizes she has to go head-to-head with a nefarious villain who spreads his influence through binary code. And as if that weren’t enough, a teen blogger has dubbed her an “anonymous coward!” Can Lin detect the cyber-criminal’s vulnerability, save the day, and restore her reputation?

With ingenious scripting from graphic novel phenom Hope Larson and striking art from manga illustrator Tintin Pantoja, this action-packed story brims with magical realism and girl-power…