Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: One Kick

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine where she spotlights upcoming releases.

This week I am waiting on. . . 

One Kick
By: Chelsea Cain
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: August 19, 2014

Kick Lannigan, 21, is a survivor. Abducted at age six in broad daylight, the police, the public, perhaps even her family assumed the worst had occurred. And then Kathleen Lannigan was found, alive, six years later. In the early months following her freedom, as Kick struggled with PTSD, her parents put her through a litany of therapies, but nothing helped until the detective who rescued her suggested Kick learn to fight. Before she was thirteen, Kick learned marksmanship, martial arts, boxing, archery, and knife throwing. She excelled at every one, vowing she would never be victimized again. But when two children in the Portland area go missing in the same month, Kick goes into a tailspin. Then an enigmatic man Bishop approaches her with a proposition: he is convinced Kick's experiences and expertise can be used to help rescue the abductees. Little does Kick know the case will lead directly into her terrifying past…

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Book Review: The Swap

The Swap
Published By: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: August 26, 2014
Page Count: 400
Source: ARC Kindly Provided by Publisher via Edelweiss
Audience: Middle Grades - Magical Realism, Contemporary

I'm not typically a middle grades reader. In fact, I loved the cover of this one so much I snagged it before I realized it was a middle grades novel. I really should take a chance on more of these as they are something I could talk to my students about more than some of the upper YA stuff. The Swap was an excellent way to dive into middle grades and get a feel for this age group. Also, after teaching 7th and 8th graders for so long, I can firmly say that this novel portrays middle schoolers in a realistic and authentic way. Shull has captured the essence of the middle school experience beautifully in all of its bittersweet glory.

The Swap is Mean Girls meets Freaky Friday with a dash of The Mighty Ducks. Seriously, if this novel had existed when I was in middle school, I would have been all about it. No friend of mine would have gotten away with not reading this one. I did find that as an adult, I didn't love this one the way I love YA novels, but I did enjoy it. I love that there is a female main character, Ellie, and a male main character, Jack. It's so hard to find novels to hand to my male students from time to time. I think this novel will appeal to both genders and I love the messages it contains on topics such as bullying, giving your best, and finding true friends.

Teaser Tuesday: The Jewel, Please Ignore Vera Dietz, & Promiscuous

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly feature, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Sometimes parents try to hide their daughters, or pay off the doctors who test them. The blood test that indicates surrogacy is mandatory for every girl in the Marsh once she reaches puberty. They don't know why only girls from the poorest circle have the strange genetic mutation that causes the Auguries, but the royalty won't let anyone slip through the cracks. If you're caught trying to avoid the test, the sentence is death.

~ The Jewel by Amy Ewing, Kindle Location 436 (ARC)

I could hear our friendship dying right there. Hit by a truck so big, going so fast, there was nothing left. Not a shred of our childhood, not a splinter of our tree house, not a bit of our New Year's Eve kiss. Nothing. Jenny Flick had managed to take from me the only person I ever let in and replace me with beer, sex, and pot.

~ Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King, pg. 54

Monday, July 21, 2014

Book Review: Voices of the Sea

Voices of the Sea
Published By: WiDo Publishing
Publication Date: July 22, 2014
Page Count: 245
Buy it at Amazon or Barnes & Noble
Source: ARC Kindly Provided by Publisher
Audience: Young Adult - Fantasy

Voices of the Sea is Bethany Masone Harar's debut novel. I was lucky enough to get an advance copy and I'm happy to say I thoroughly enjoyed this book!

Voices of the Sea is a captivating book about a Siren clan in Pacific Grove, CA. The book begins with the brutal murder of one of the clan members by a man named Ortho. The Sons of Orpheus seem to be hunting the remaining sirens on Earth and the Pacific Grove clan must protect itself.

Cover Crazy: Royally Lost

The purpose of Cover Crazy is to feature a cover each week for us to admire its beauty. I really like this idea since there are so many great covers out there! Cover Crazy is a feature that was started by The Book Worms.

This is a great summer read and I love the feel of the cover. The giant map keeps the faces of the guy and girl hidden. I like that because it allows me to picture the characters without having a preconceived idea. I love the fun nature of this cover. It makes me want to travel and spend time under the blue skies.

What are your thoughts on this cover?

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Dreamosphere Blog Tour: Review

The Dreamosphere
Published By: Cedar Fort Publishing & Media
Publication Date: July 8, 2014
Page Count: 198
Source: Kindly Provided by Publisher
Audience: Middle Grades - Fantasy

When I received The Dreamosphere in the mail, I was a little disappointed at the size of the book. But Laura Stoddard sure packed a lot into 198 pages!

I really enjoyed this book. I thought Gwen's character was very relatable. She had been sad, depressed, and angry since her younger sister died. Once she made sense of what was going on in her dreamosphere, see made huge changes in her life that helped not only her, but also helped to uncover the darkness that seemed to be plaguing many others at school.

Magic Lamp Sunday 7/20/14

We discovered this meme at Ya-Aholic, where it ran on Fridays. It sounded like a fun addition to our lineup, but fits better here on Sundays. This is based on the basic Magic Lamp = 3 wishes idea. Since there are so many of us, though, we're just taking one each per week. 

If we had a Magic Lamp, we'd wish:   

Paula: I wish I had a cool uncle who owns a firing range like Matt does in Rumble by Ellen Hopkins. 

Pyper: I wish I could learn how to navigate my dreams. Inspired by The Dreamosphere by Laura Stoddard.  

Nicole: I wish I could see Antarctica. Inspired by When the Night Comes by Favel Parrett.   

Jen: I wish I had some outdoor survival skills. Inspired by The Forsaken by Lisa M. Stasse. 

Andrea: I wish That I could skate like Jack- inspired by The Swap by Megan Shull.   

Friday, July 18, 2014

Book Review: Magnolia

Published by: Simon & Schuster
Release date: August 5, 2014
Genre: YA contemporary
384 pages
Source: ARC kindly provided by publisher

I have been a Kristi Cook fan since the beginning of her Haven series. With Magnolia, she demonstrates why I am right about that.

Cook gives us a unique heroine in Jemma Cafferty. Take the typical beautiful cheerleader with great fashion sense and great friends, and give her red hair and the ability to remain calm in an emergency, and make her a crack shot with her pistol so she can shoot poisonous snakes and save people's lives. Make her a good girl who doesn't cause her parents too much worry, but not snotty or uptight. Jemma is so likeable, yet unlike any other character that comes to mind. She's a girl that everyone wants to be friends with, and reading her story makes you feel like you are.

Cover Reveal: Letting Go

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