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The Prince of Mist

The Prince of Mist
By Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Little, Brown Books, 2010
Audience: All Teens
Source: Library

This was another creepy one that I've read lately. I'm looking forward to reading the others in the set, too. It was incredibly well-written. I felt like I was there and I loved the misty, murky atmosphere. The clown part was not my favorite. It felt like an easy scare. In general, the atmosphere reminded me a bit of The Midnight Circus. The Prince of Mist himself was a creepy dude. Yikes! I wonder what the next one will be like and how involved he will be to the story.

From Goodreads:
A mysterious house harbors an unimaginable secret. . . .

It’s wartime, and the Carver family decides to leave the capital where they live and move to a small coastal village where they’ve recently bought a home. But from the minute they cross the threshold, strange things begin to happen. In that mysterious house there still lurks the spirit of Jacob, the previous owners’ son, who died by drownin…


By Adele Griffin
Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2011
Audience: Older Teens
Source: My Own Bookshelf

This was based on The Turn of the Screw by Henry James, which I have never read. Therefore, I didn't see the ending coming. I knew that I couldn't trust the main character's narration or judgement. It was quiet creepy, not downright scary. I thought it would be one of those I couldn't read before bed but it was ok. So that party was a little disappointing but I loved the twist. I'm glad I read it but it wasn't my favorite.

From Goodreads:
When 17-year-old Jamie arrives on the idyllic New England island of Little Bly to work as a summer au pair, she is stunned to learn of the horror that precedes her. Seeking the truth surrounding a young couple's tragic deaths, Jamie discovers that she herself looks shockingly like the dead girl—and that she has a disturbing ability to sense the two ghosts. Why is Jamie's connection to the couple so intense? What r…

Scones and Sensibility

Scones and Sensibility
By Lindsay Eland
Egmont USA, 2009
Audience: Younger Teens
Source: My Own Bookshelf

This book was adorable. Polly tried so hard to talk like Anne or Elizabeth. I'm surprised people in her life were so patient with that. I am an older sister, so I probably would have reacted the same way that Polly's older sister did -- not so patiently. I saw hints of other Austen novels besides Pride and Prejudice in the story. Of course, Polly's relationship meddling is similar to Emma. The relationship between the sisters reminded me of Sense and Sensibility, also. Just a cute, fun read, especially if you're a fan of L.M. Montgomery or Austen.

From Goodreads:
Seek tirelessly and you shall not find a contemporary heroine of middle-grade literature as refined and romantic as Miss Polly Madassa. Still swooning over the romantic conclusions of Pride & Prejudice and Anne of Green Gables, twelve-year-old Polly decides her purpose in life: helping along lonely hea…


Kendare Blake
Tor Teen, 2013
Audience: All Teens
Source: E-Galley

So, unfortunately, this one was a do-not-finish for me. I like my books to make sense, and this one didn't really - to me anyway. I didn't understand why they were teens. If they were reincarnated, why did they have everything happen then? Why not when they were kids, like in Percy Jackson? Or when they grew up and had more power to do what they wanted when? Or if they were just gods living in our time, shouldn't they have been a little bit older?

I began to realize that all I really wanted to do was read Percy Jackson, which is not confusing.

This one was well-written and I loved Anna Dressed in Blood, but this one wasn't for me.

What did you guys think? Did you like it?

From Goodreads:
The Goddess War begins inAntigoddess, the first installment of the new series by acclaimed author ofAnna Dressed in Blood, Kendare Blake.

Old Gods never die…

Or so Athena thought. But then the feathers started …

Reviewers' Roundtable: Graphic Novels

Michelle @ Pink Polka Dot Book Blog Emily @ Read Your Bookcase

Graphic Novels

Once upon a time, I didn't have any interest in Graphic Novels. Of course, our library didn't really have any and most good graphic novels that were written in the past weren't appropriate for kids.

Wow, that has changed. I gave a few a chance, and now I really enjoy them. My favorites are the ones that have a story similar to what I would read in a book and great art. Here are some of my favorites. I recommend all of them to new graphic novel readers. And the best thing about graphic novels -- you can read them in no time, and they're fun to re-read.

By the way, I am seriously disappointed that this didn't win the National Book Award.

TBR Challenge Wrap Up #11

Hosted by Evie @Bookish
November Wrap Up Hosted by  Bonnie @Words At Home

Just One Day

Just One Day
Gayle Forman
Dutton Juvenile, 2013
Audience: Older Teens
Source: My Own Bookshelf

I wasn't too sure about this book at the beginning. It seemed a bit... predictable. I LOVED where the author went with it. I was so worried it was going to overrated but it wasn't! It was just as fantastic as everyone said. I am SO excited to read Just One Year.

Also, this made me want to read Shakespeare. It was so important to the storyline and I hadn't read some of the most important plays they were discussing. So I picked up Macbeth and As You Like It. Hopefully I'll work up the determination to read them. But first - Just One Year!

From Goodreads:
When sheltered American good girl Allyson "LuLu" Healey first meets laid-back Dutch actor Willem De Ruiter at an underground performance ofTwelfth Night in England, there’s an undeniable spark. After just one day together, that spark bursts into a flame, or so it seems to Allyson, until the following morning, when she…

Reviewers' Roundtable: Series

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

Let's face it - there are so many series (what's the plural of series?) out there. It's hard to finish them all. Sometimes I don't even start a series because I know I don't have time to read them all. So here is a list of series and why I did or didn't finish them.
Did Not Finish

Oh, Twilight. I read spoilers about this book in Entertainment Weekly, and I decided then and there that I didn't need to read it. It was too long and it sounded crazy. That was enough for me. Not enough time. After a while, I felt like I should read it, but then everything went crazy with the movies. After that, I was tired of it. I liked the first book in this series, but the second one just was long and not as good. I saw Emerald Green came out and felt like I had to finish the series. Then I decided that since I felt like I had to finish, I should skip it because clearly, I didn't want to read it. There are…

Counting by 7s

Counting by 7s
Holly Goldberg Sloan
Dial, 2013
Audience: Everyone
Source: Library

This one started off really good. The main character reminded me of Joon from Benny and Joon. (A great movie.) Then it got so sad, it was hard for me to read. I really liked all of the people in the book. They all came together in an amazing way and really helped the girl heal. The ending was heartwarming, too. Overall, I really liked it. I just wish I had been prepared for the sad tone. It was really well-written, too.

From Goodreads:
Willow Chance is a twelve-year-old genius, obsessed with nature and diagnosing medical conditions, who finds it comforting to count by 7s. It has never been easy for her to connect with anyone other than her adoptive parents, but that hasn’t kept her from leading a quietly happy life . . . until now.

Suddenly Willow’s world is tragically changed when her parents both die in a car crash, leaving her alone in a baffling world. The triumph of this book is that it isnota traged…

When You Reach Me

When You Reach Me
Rebecca Stead
Wendy Lamb Books, 2009
Audience: Everyone
Source: Library

I didn't understand this book at first. I liked the different elements, but didn't really understand how everything tied together. It got a bit confusing, and I wasn't too sure about it. My opinion came down to the ending. It was fabulous. Everything did tie together in the end, even though I didn't see how it would myself while I was reading it. That's what was so great about it. There aren't many books out there that have endings that aren't pretty predictable. It was good. I'm looking forward to reading her other books.

From Goodreads:
By sixth grade, Miranda and her best friend, Sal, know how to navigate their New York City neighborhood. They know where it’s safe to go, like the local grocery store, and they know whom to avoid, like the crazy guy on the corner.

But things start to unravel. Sal gets punched by a new kid for what seems like no reason, and he shuts…

Boxers and Saints

Boxers & Saints Gene Luen Yang First Second, 2013 Audience: All Teens, Adults Source: E-Galley
This was a great duo. I really enjoyed Boxers, especially. I learned so much. Seeing the other side was a fantastic touch. I've read 3 of the 5 nominations for the National Book Award, and I hope that this is what gets it. Don't get me wrong, I liked the other two. But these were special and really well done. The characters and the art were fantastic. I think I'll end up buying these two because I will definitely want to revisit them.
Give them a try, even if you're not usually a graphic novels person!
Boxers From Goodreads: China,1898. Bands of foreign missionaries and soldiers roam the countryside, bullying and robbing Chinese peasants.

Little Bao has had enough. Harnessing the powers of ancient Chinese gods, he recruits an army of Boxers - commoners trained in kung fu who fight to free China from "foreign devils."

Against all odds, this grass-roots rebellion is…

Burning Blue

Burning Blue
By Paul Griffin
Dial, 2012
Audience: All Teens
Source: Library

Someone recommended this book to me. She said it reminded her of Veronica Mars - and she was right. It had a lot in common with the TV series! I really enjoyed reading it - especially because I figured out whodunit early on. It was an off-hand thought that I never would have guessed would actually be right! It made me proud. If you need a good mystery, check this one out!

From Goodreads:
How far would you go for love, beauty, and jealousy?

When Nicole Castro, the most beautiful girl in her wealthy New Jersey high school, is splashed with acid on the left side of her perfect face, the whole world takes notice. But quiet loner Jay Nazarro does more than that--he decides to find out who did it. Jay understands how it feels to be treated like a freak, and he also has a secret: He's a brilliant hacker. But the deeper he digs, the more danger he's in--and the more he falls for Nicole. Too bad everyone is turn…

Nightmare City

YA Book Bound Tours was nice enough to include me on this blog tour!

I probably wouldn't have picked this book up if I hadn't heard about it from them. I'm so glad I had the chance to read it! It was crazy suspenseful. I loved how the story unfolded. I thought the chances of a high school student actually experiencing all of this were pretty slim but it was still fun to read.
The reason for his weird day was so cool. It made so much sense but I still didn't see it coming. I look forward to reading Andrew Klavan's other books. They've been on my radar for a while but I haven't gotten to them yet. I should change that!
This book is good for guys and reluctant readers. It's a quick read and very engaging.  Enjoy!

From Goodreads:
What should have been an ordinary morning is about to spiral into a day of unrelenting terror.

As a reporter for his high school newspaper, Tom is always on the lookout for an offbeat story. But from the moment he woke up this morni…

Reviewers' Roundtable: Polarizing Covers

Emily @ Read Your Bookcase
Michelle @ Pink Polka Dot Book Blog

Polarizing covers - which did you love, which did you hate?


This looks like heaven. I wish I was sitting in this cover.

Cue the Indiana Jones theme music.

I like the vintage look and sense of humor.

Not so sure.

These aren't the best covers for the story, but I am attached to them. I don't really like the new covers, either. They say nothing about the book. I think I'd like something in the middle, please.

Hate These don't fit the Alice books.

What is this about? Mermaids? Seashells? I doubt it.
This doesn't seem very spy-ish, either.
 What do you think? What covers do you like?