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Monster on the Hill

Monster on the Hill
Rob Harrell
Top Shelf Productions, 2013
Audience: Childrens, Younger Teens
Source: Library

From Goodreads:
In a fantastical 1860s England, every quiet little township is terrorized by a ferocious monster--much to the townsfolk's delight! Each town's unique monster is a source of local pride, not to mention tourism.

Each town, that is...except for one.

Unfortunately, for the people of Stoker-on-Avon, their monster isn't quite as impressive. In fact, he's a little down in the dumps. Can the morose Rayburn get a monstrous makeover and become a proper horror? It's up to the eccentric Dr. Charles Wilkie and plucky street urchin Timothy to get him up to snuff, before a greater threat turns the whole town to kindling.

Monsters of all ages are sure to enjoy this tale about life's challenges, the power of friendship, and creative redemption, packed with epic battles and plenty of wild beasts!

I went into this book based on the cover alone. I liked the a…

Grasshopper Jungle

Grasshopper Jungle
Andrew Smith
Dutton Juvenile, 2014
Audience: Older Teens
Source: E-Galley

From Goodreads:
Sixteen-year-old Austin Szerba interweaves the story of his Polish legacy with the storyof how he and his best friend , Robby, brought about the end of humanity and the rise of an army of unstoppable, six-foot tall praying mantises in small-town Iowa.

To make matters worse, Austin's hormones are totally oblivious; they don't care that the world is in utter chaos: Austin is in love with his girlfriend, Shann, but remains confused about his sexual orientation. He's stewing in a self-professed constant state of maximum horniness, directed at both Robby and Shann. Ultimately, it's up to Austin to save the world and propagate the species in this sci-fright journey of survival, sex, and the complex realities of the human condition.

This was like nothing I have ever read before. Out-of-this-world trippy. I knew going in to it that this wasn’t necessarily my style. It wa…

Reviewers’ Roundtable: Blogging Similarities

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


Are we all writing about the same stuff?   Book blogs all do reviews, memes, blog tours, cover reveals, blasts, giveaways, and discussions.... is there something wrong with everyone doing the same thing?
Oh my gosh, YES Michelle. I totally agree with this. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with everyone doing the same thing. However, I often really want to think of something new and cool that will make my blog stand out from all of the others.
I think everything new and cool has already been done, though. Whenever I put pressure on myself to do something else, I remind myself that this blog is mostly to keep track of what I thought about what I read and to motivate me to read my own books.
I think the blogger’s personality, web design and reading taste is what makes the blog unique. So when other bloggers start doing the same thing, it will come across differently. I do firmly believe, however, that the original…

When A Digital ARC Expires...

My Life Next Door

My Life Next Door
Huntley Fitzpatrick
Dial Books for Young Readers, 2012
Audience: Older Teens
Source: My Own Bookshelf

From Goodreads:
The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, messy, affectionate. And every day from her rooftop perch, Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs up next to her and changes everything.

As the two fall fiercely for each other, stumbling through the awkwardness and awesomeness of first love, Jase's family embraces Samantha - even as she keeps him a secret from her own. Then something unthinkable happens, and the bottom drops out of Samantha's world. She's suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?

A transporting debut about family, friendship, first romance, and how to be true to one person you love without betraying another.

I was expecting a sunny, lighthearted summer romance. A classic, predictable, fluffy romanti…

Friends with Boys

Friends with Boys
Faith Erin Hicks
First Second, 2012
Audience: All Teens
Source: Library

From Goodreads:
After years of homeschooling, Maggie is starting high school. It's pretty terrifying.

Maggie's big brothers are there to watch her back, but ever since Mom left it just hasn't been the same.

Besides her brothers, Maggie's never had any real friends before. Lucy and Alistair don't have lots of friends either. But they eat lunch with her at school and bring her along on their small-town adventures.

Missing mothers...distant brothers...high school...new friends... It's a lot to deal with. But there's just one more thing.

MAGGIE IS HAUNTED.

Honestly, I hadn’t planned on reading this one because of the cover. Lame, I know. But I heard that she would be working with Rainbow Rowell in the future, and that Rowell liked this one the most. I enjoyed Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong, but I think I agree with Rainbow Rowell.

I really liked Anya’s Ghost, and I think that t…

The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars
John Green
Dutton Books, 2012
Source: My Own Bookshelf
Audience: Older Teens

From Goodreads:
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.

Holy smokes, two years goes by fast! I am probably the last person on the planet to read this book.

But here’s the deal -- it was SIGNED. Which means it cannot leave my apartment and I usually take my books everywhere with me. I didn’t want to mess it up! So it got dusty on my bookshelf.

I had a free afternoon, and felt ambitious - so I read it. In one. Afternoon. It was just as moving and fantastic as people had described.

Augustus Waters was, indeed, a plot twist. I loved the adventure and romance they had together. It reminded me - epic love stories have …

Top Ten Tuesday: Spring TBR

This is my first Top Ten Tuesday in FOREVER, so I decided to make this one pretty. And I am going to read all of them.  YES ALL OF THEM.
I hope.

Landline by Rainbow Rowell Technically, I don’t even know what this is about. Anything by this author is an auto read.
Stargazer by Michele Jaffe I’m going to try this one, even though it sounds a bit different than the books I’ve read by her.
Now and Forever - Susane Colasanti Another Auto-Read Author.
Dangerous - Shannon Hale Love, danger and annihilation. Need I say more?




A Hitch at the Fairmont - Jim Averbeck Hitchcock makes an appearance!
#scandal - Sarah Ockler Auto-Read!
Rose and the Lost Princess - Holly Webb Loved the first one! Pumped for the second.
House of Secrets: Battle of the Beasts - Chris Columbus and Ned Vizzini Another sequel I can’t wait to read.
Chantress Alchemy - Amy Butler Greenfield Gold, enemies gathering - sign me up!


Enders

Enders
Lissa Price
Delacorte Press, 2014
Source: E-Galley
Audience: All Teens

From Goodreads:
With the Prime Destinations body bank destroyed, Callie no longer has to rent herself out to creepy Enders. But Enders can still get inside her mind and make her do things she doesn't want to do. Like hurt someone she loves. Having the chip removed could save Callie's life - but it could also silence the voice in her head that might belong to her father. Callie has flashes of her ex-renter Helena's memories, too ...and the Old Man is back, filling her with fear. Who is real and who is masquerading in a teen body? This is the thrilling sequel to "Starters".

I was so happy with this book! I figured out the twist pretty early on but I didn’t care. I was super happy with the ending. It wrapped up what happened in the first book, but still left room for another. I’m perfectly happy with just this book, though. I don’t want another book just for the sake of another book! I’m c…

Going Rogue

Going Rogue
Robin Benway
Walker Childrens, 2014
Source: E-Galley
Audience: All Teens

From Goodreads:
Being permanently based in a local New York City high school as an undercover operative has its moments, goodand bad, for 16-year-old safecracker Maggie Silver. Pros: More quality time with her former mark-turned-boyfriend Jesse Oliver and insanely cool best friend, Roux. Getting to spend quality time with her semi-retired and international spy honorary uncle, Angelo. Cons: High school and the accompanying cliques, bad lunches, and frustratingly simple locker combinations. But when Maggie's parents are falsely accused of stealing priceless gold coins, Maggie uses her safecracking skills to try and clear their names. Too bad it only serves to put her and everyone she loves in danger. Maggie and her "new team" flee to Paris where they must come up with a plan to defeat their former allies.

I’m not big on heist stories. They usually get too complicated and go around in circl…

The Thing About Luck

The Thing About Luck
Cynthia Kadohata
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2013
Source: Library
Audience: Everyone

From Goodreads:
Summer knows thatkouun means “good luck” in Japanese, and this year her family has none of it. Just when she thinks nothing else can possibly go wrong, an emergency whisks her parents away to Japan—right before harvest season. Summer and her little brother, Jaz, are left in the care of their grandparents, who come out of retirement in order to harvest wheat and help pay the bills.

The thing about Obaachan and Jiichan is that they are old-fashioned and demanding, and between helping Obaachan cook for the workers, covering for her when her back pain worsens, and worrying about her lonely little brother, Summer just barely has time to notice the attentions of their boss’s cute son. But notice she does, and what begins as a welcome distraction from the hard work soon turns into a mess of its own.

Having thoroughly disappointed her grandmother, Summer figures the ba…

Mortal Gods Cover Reveal and Interview

Yes, you read that right.

I got to interview Kendare Blake! Author of Anna Dressed in Blood - and of course, the Goddess War books! So happy.

Don’t you love the cover for the new book?! It’s so full of energy and power. I’m sure the book will be fabulous also. I wish I knew more about the stories they were based on. I’m a librarian. Some research may be in order.

Here is the author interview:


I loved Anna Dressed in Blood. I knew it was a good horror book because I didn’t want to read it after 6pm due to potential bad dreams! Do you have plans to write another teen horror book?
This is excellent. Fear of reading at night, by yourself. Though that is how I recommend the book is read. In fact, all books, not just mine. Someday, I probably will write another horror book. In the meantime, the books I write will always be dark, disturbing in one way or another, and weird. I am contributing to a horror anthology due out in 2015: SLASHER GIRLS & MONSTER BOYS. That one should be GOOD.
Have…

Flora & Ulysses

Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures
Kate DiCamillo
Candlewick Press, 2013
Audience: Everyone
Source: Library

From Goodreads:
Holy unanticipated occurrences! A cynic meets an unlikely superhero in a genre-breaking new novel by master storyteller Kate DiCamillo. It begins, as the best superhero stories do, with a tragic accident that has unexpected consequences. The squirrel never saw the vacuum cleaner coming, but self-described cynic Flora Belle Buckman, who has read every issue of the comic book Terrible Things Can Happen to You!, is the just the right person to step in and save him. What neither can predict is that Ulysses (the squirrel) has been born anew, with powers of strength, flight, and misspelled poetry—and that Flora will be changed too, as she discovers the possibility of hope and the promise of a capacious heart. From #1 New York Times best-selling author Kate DiCamillo comes a laugh-out-loud story filled with eccentric, endearing characters and featuring an e…

Never Have I Ever

Never Have I Ever
By Katie Heaney
Grand Central Publishing, 2014
Audience: Older teens, Adults
Source: E-Galley

From Goodreads:
So begins Katie Heaney's memoir of her years spent looking for love, but never quite finding it. By age 25, equipped with a college degree, a load of friends, and a happy family life, she still has never had a boyfriend ... and she's barely even been on a second date.

Throughout this laugh-out-loud funny book, you will meet Katie's loyal group of girlfriends, including flirtatious and outgoing Rylee, the wild child to Katie's shrinking violet, as well as a whole roster of Katie's ill-fated crushes. And you will get to know Katie herself -- a smart, modern heroine relaying truths about everything from the subtleties of a Facebook message exchange to the fact that "Everybody who works in a coffee shop is at least a little bit hot."

Funny, relatable, and inspiring, this is a memoir for anyone who has ever struggled to find love, but h…

Panic

Panic
Lauren Oliver
HarperCollins, 2014
Source: E-Galley
Audience: Older Teens

From Goodreads:
Panic began as so many things do in Carp, a dead-end town of 12,000 people in the middle of nowhere: because it was summer, and there was nothing else to do.

Heather never thought she would compete in Panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors, where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher. She’d never thought of herself as fearless, the kind of person who would fight to stand out. But when she finds something, and someone, to fight for, she will discover that she is braver than she ever thought.

Dodge has never been afraid of Panic. His secret will fuel him, and get him all the way through the game, he’s sure of it. But what he doesn't know is that he’s not the only one with a secret. Everyone has something to play for.

For Heather and Dodge, the game will bring new alliances, unexpected revelations, and the possibility of first love for each of them—and the knowledge t…

The Last Forever

The Last Forever
By Deb Caletti
Simon Pulse, 2014
Audience: All Teens
Source: E-Galley

This book started off really good. I liked it a lot and it really did remind me of Sarah Dessen's books. However, it kind of became a little unrealistic towards the end. The thing with her love interest was really obvious to everyone but her (I think, anyway.) So the romance was kind of a let down, too. It was well-written and I will definitely read more by her. This just wasn't my favorite. I think her others will be good. This has a lower rating than her others on Goodreads (as of right now.)

From Goodreads:
Endings and beginnings sit so close to each other that it’s sometimes impossible to tell which is which.

Nothing lasts forever, and no one gets that more than Tessa. After her mother died, it’s all she can do to keep her friends, her boyfriend, her happiness from slipping away. And then there’s her dad. He’s stuck in his own daze, and it’s so hard to feel like a family when their house …