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Red Rising

Red Rising
By Pierce Brown
Del Rey (Random House), 2014
Audience: Adults, Older Teens
Source: E-Galley

From Goodreads:
The war begins...

Darrow is a Helldiver, one of a thousand men and women who live in the vast caves beneath the surface of Mars. Generations of Helldivers have spent their lives toiling to mine the precious elements that will allow the planet to be terraformed. Just knowing that one day people will be able to walk the surface of the planet is enough to justify their sacrifice. The Earth is dying, and Darrow and his people are the only hope humanity has left.

Until the day Darrow learns that it is all a lie. Mars is habitable - and indeed has been inhabited for generations by a class of people calling themselves the Golds. The Golds regard Darrow and his fellows as slave labour, to be exploited and worked to death without a second thought.

With the help of a mysterious group of rebels, Darrow disguises himself as a Gold and infiltrates their command school, intent on taki…

Roomies

Roomies
By Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2013
Source: E-Galley
Audience: Older Teens

From Goodreads:
When East Coast native Elizabeth receives her freshman-year roommate assignment, she shoots off an e-mail to coordinate the basics: television, microwave, mini-fridge. That first note to San Franciscan Lauren sparks a series of e-mails that alters the landscape of each girl's summer -- and raises questions about how two girls who are so different will ever share a dorm room.

As the countdown to college begins, life at home becomes increasingly complex. With family relationships and childhood friendships strained by change, it suddenly seems that the only people Elizabeth and Lauren can rely on are the complicated new boys in their lives . . . and each other. Even though they've never met.


This book was fantastic. I wish I could have read it when I was transitioning from high school to college. Lo and EB’s lives were completely opposite - an…

Minders

Minders
By Michele Jaffe
Razorbill, 2014
Audience: Older Teens
Source: E-Galley

From Goodreads:
Q: If the boy you love commits a crime, would you turn him in?

Sadie Ames is a type-A teenager from the wealthy suburbs. She's been accepted to the prestigious Mind Corps Fellowship program, where she'll spend six weeks as an observer inside the head of Ford, a troubled boy with a passion for the crumbling architecture of the inner city. There's just one problem: Sadie's fallen in love with him.

Q: What if the crime is murder?

Ford Winters is haunted by the murder of his older brother, James. As Sadie falls deeper into his world, dazzled by the shimmering pinpricks of color that form images in his mind, she begins to think she knows him. Then Ford does something unthinkable.

Q: What if you saw it happen from inside his mind?

Back in her own body, Sadie is faced with the ultimate dilemma. With Ford's life in her hands, she must decide what is right and what is wrong. And how w…

When Goodreads is over capacity...

The Good Luck of Right Now

The Good Luck of Right Now
By Matthew Quick
Harper, 2014
Source: E-Galley
Audience: Adults

From Goodreads:
For thirty-eight years, Bartholomew Neil has lived with his mother. When she gets sick and dies, he has no idea how to be on his own. His redheaded grief counselor, Wendy, says he needs to find his flock and leave the nest. But how does a man whose whole life has been grounded in his mom, Saturday mass, and the library learn how to fly?

Bartholomew thinks he’s found a clue when he discovers a “Free Tibet” letter from Richard Gere hidden in his mother’s underwear drawer. In her final days, mom called him Richard—there must be a cosmic connection. Believing that the actor is meant to help him, Bartholomew awkwardly starts his new life, writing Richard Gere a series of highly intimate letters. Jung and the Dalai Lama, philosophy and faith, alien abduction and cat telepathy, the Catholic Church and the mystery of women are all explored in his soul-baring epistles. But mostly the lette…

These Broken Stars

These Broken Stars
By Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Disney Hyperion, 2013
Source: E-Galley
Audience: All Teens

From Goodreads:
It's a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone.

Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they’re worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help.

Then, against all odds, Lilac and Tarver find a strange blessing in the tragedy that has thrown them into each other’s arms. Without the hope of a future together in their own world, they begin to wonder—would they be better off staying here forever?

Everything changes when they uncover the trut…

Mystic City

Mystic City
By Theo Lawrence
Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 2012
Source: Library
Audience: All Teens

From Goodreads:
Aria Rose, youngest scion of one of Mystic City's two ruling rival families, finds herself betrothed to Thomas Foster, the son of her parents' sworn enemies. The union of the two will end the generations-long political feud - and unite all those living in the Aeries, the privileged upper reaches of the city, against the banished mystics who dwell below in the Depths.

But Aria doesn't remember falling in love with Thomas; in fact, she wakes one day with huge gaps in her memory. And she can't conceive why her parents would have agreed to unite with the Fosters in the first place.


Only when Aria meets Hunter, a gorgeous rebel mystic from the Depths, does she start to have glimmers of recollection - and to understand that he holds the key to unlocking her past. The choices she makes can save or doom the city - including herself.

This is a book that I recei…

How to Catch a Bogle

How to Catch a Bogle
By Catherine Jinks
HMH Books for Young Readers, 2013
Audience: Children, Younger Teens
Source: Library

From Goodreads:
If ever a chill entered her soul, or the hope suddenly drained from her heart, she knew a bogle was to blame.Birdie McAdam, a ten-year-old orphan, is tougher than she looks. She's proud of her job as apprentice to Alfred the Bogler, a man who catches monsters for a living. Birdie lures the bogles out of their lairs with her sweet songs, and Alfred kills them before they kill her. On the mean streets of Victorian England, hunting bogles is actuallyless dangerous work than mudlarking for scraps along the vile river Thames. (See glossary!) Or so it seems—until the orphans of London start to disappear . .

This book was so much fun. I really liked the main character. I’m glad she was spunky, smart and strong. I liked the fact that the best apprentice Alfred found was a girl. I wish I would have known about the glossary before I started reading, tho…

Reviewers’ Roundtable: Book Storage

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

Book Storage
Let’s talk about how many books I have! It’s bad, people. Bad. Normally I don’t talk about it, but my friends asked after I had a margarita (I’m a lightweight.) So, I told them. I’m not going to give the specific number here based on their reactions!

But they did ask, “Where do you keep them all???”

Well, I have 3 bookcases in my living room, one half bookcase in my bedroom, 1 storage tote under my bed and 6-8 totes or crates in my closet. Oh yeah, I forgot about the shelf in my dining area.

Yikes, right???

Hence, the title of this blog.


Liar & Spy

Liar & Spy
By Rebecca Stead
Wendy Lamb Books, 2012
Audience: Younger Teens, Children
Source: Library

From Goodreads:
The instant New York Times bestseller from the author of the Newbery Medal bookWhen You Reach Me: a story about spies, games, and friendship. Seventh grader Georges moves into a Brooklyn apartment building and meets Safer, a twelve-year-old self-appointed spy. Georges becomes Safer's first spy recruit. His assignment? Tracking the mysterious Mr. X, who lives in the apartment upstairs. But as Safer becomes more demanding, Georges starts to wonder: what is a lie, and what is a game? How far is too far to go for your only friend? Like the dazzlingWhen You Reach Me,Liar & Spywill keep readers guessing until the end.

I really wanted to read this one when it first came out, but I ended up reading When You Reach Me first. I think that Liar & Spy was my favorite of the two. It reminded me of Harriet the Spy, one of my favorites. The setting, but not the story, o…

Flight of the Phoenix

Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist
Book One: Flight of the Phoenix
By R.L. LaFevers
HMH Books for Young Readers, 2009
Audience: Children
Source: Library

From Goodreads:
Nathaniel Fludd’s life has taken a turn for the worst. With his parents lost at sea, he lands on the doorstep of a distant cousin—the world’s last remaining beastologist. Soon Nate is whisked off on his first expedition, to Arabia, where the world’s only phoenix prepares to lay its new egg. When disaster strikes, Nate quickly finds himself all alone.
       Will he be able to see the phoenix safely hatched, keep his accidental pet gremlin out of trouble, and rescue his guardian from the Bedouin? If he fails, nothing will stand between the world’s mythical creatures and extinction.
Too bad Nate’s not the sort of boy who enjoys adventure . . .yet.


Nate has lived a bit sheltered - compared to the rest of his family. His parents wouldn’t let him go with them on a project they had, and unfortunately, they are considered gone. When…

The Tropic of Serpents

The Tropic of Serpents
By Marie Brennan
Tor Books, 2013
Audience: Older Teens, Adults
Source: E-Galley

From Goodreads:
Three years after her fateful journeys through the forbidding mountains of Vystrana, Mrs. Camherst defies family and convention to embark on an expedition to the war-torn continent of Eriga, home of such exotic draconian species as the grass-dwelling snakes of the savannah, arboreal tree snakes, and, most elusive of all, the legendary swamp-wyrms of the tropics.

The expedition is not an easy one. Accompanied by both an old associate and a runaway heiress, Isabella must brave oppressive heat, merciless fevers, palace intrigues, gossip, and other hazards in order to satisfy her boundless fascination with all things draconian, even if it means venturing deep into the forbidden jungle known as the Green Hell . . . where her courage, resourcefulness, and scientific curiosity will be tested as never before.


I can’t celebrate these books enough. I absolutely loved the first o…

Hokey Pokey

Hokey Pokey
By Jerry Spinelli
Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2013
Audience: Children
Source: Library

From Goodreads:
Welcome to Hokey Pokey. A place and a time, when childhood is at its best: games to play, bikes to ride, experiences to be had. There are no adults in Hokey Pokey, just kids, and the laws governing Hokey Pokey are simple and finite. But when one of the biggest kids, Jack, has his beloved bike stolen—and by a girl, no less—his entire world, and the world of Hokey Pokey, turns to chaos. Without his bike, Jack feels like everything has started to go wrong. He feels different, not like himself, and he knows something is about to change. And even more troubling he alone hears a faint train whistle. But that's impossible: every kid knows there no trains in Hokey Pokey, only tracks.

Master storyteller Jerry Spinelli has written a dizzingly inventive fable of growing up and letting go, of leaving childhood and its imagination play behind for the more dazzling adventures of a…

Lincoln’s Grave Robbers

Lincoln’s Grave Robbers
By Steve Sheinkin
Scholastic Press, 2013
Audience: All Teens
Source: Library

From Goodreads:
The action begins in October of 1875, as Secret Service agents raid the Fulton, Illinois, workshop of master counterfeiter Ben Boyd. Soon after Boyd is hauled off to prison, members of his counterfeiting ring gather in the back room of a smoky Chicago saloon to discuss how to spring their ringleader. Their plan: grab Lincoln's body from its Springfield tomb, stash it in the sand dunes near Lake Michigan, and demand, as a ransom, the release of Ben Boyd --and $200,000 in cash. From here, the action alternates between the conspirators, the Secret Service agents on their trail, and the undercover agent moving back and forth between the two groups. Along the way readers get glimpses into the inner workings of counterfeiting, grave robbing, detective work, and the early days of the Secret Service. The plot moves toward a wild climax as robbers and lawmen converge at Linc…

Cover Reveal: Mr. Darcy High School Edition