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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Review: They Never Came Back

They Never Came Back They Never Came Back by Caroline B. Cooney
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

They Never Came Back by Caroline B. Cooney is a intriguing read with lots of twists and plot turns.

Murielle Lynman was just a little kid when her parents left for England. She would have went with them, but her aunt stopped her. Her parents were actually thieves and they stole money from people.
Cathy Ferris is a teenage girl who lives with her adopted mom and dad. She is studying Latin at this advanced summer school program. One day, a boy named Tommy Lynman accused Cathy of being Murielle. Is she?

This book was a little odd to me. The plot was very confusing, with it switching between present tense Cathy and past tense Murielle. It was actually fairly slow but confusing until a little after halfway through the book. Then it started to speed up, and surprised me with how well it held my attention. You learned some shocking news about halfway through the book as well. The end of this book is very strange as was the beginning. It might just be that I don't really like mystery books, except for a few Nancy Drew: #1-64 books.

I wish that Cathy would let herself fall in love with Spencer, the boy she carpools with. It was obvious that he wanted to date her, but she didn't really want anything to do with him. I am a sucker for a good romance story, and I think romance would have made this book a bit more well rounded.

The writing style in this book was peculiar. It made the book confusing. I don't even really know how to describe it.

The characters were interesting. Murielle was a spoiled kid who didn't get much attention. She was independent and not sure of whether to trust her parents or not. Cathy was a shy low lying teen who didn't really want to make a lot of friends.

I would have given this book two stars, but since it got better at the end I bunked it up a star.
Overall, this book is an okay book that I would recommend to any mystery lover.

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Releases for the first part of 2016


Welcome to a new Top 10 Tuesday.  I actually have some time now so I am doing this TTT, plus it sounds interesting.  It is the top 10 releases from Jan. to June.

  1. The Unexpected Everything  The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson.  I really can't wait for this, since I love all of her other books.
  2. The Crown (The Selection, #5)The Crown by Kiera Cass.  Again, I read and loved the whole series.
  3. Scarlett Epstein Hates It HereScarlett Epstein Hates it Here by Anna Breslaw.  This book looks perfect, kind of like Fangirl by Rainbow Rossell.
  4. The Year We Fell Apart by Emily Martin.  They say this one is like Sarah Dessen's books.
  5. Liars and Losers Like Us by Ami Allen-Vath.  I was lucky enough to get to read an e-arc of this book, but I can't wait to see it as a paperback.
  6. Waiting For Callback by Perdita and Honor Cargill.  It looks cool.
  7. The Distance From A To Z by Natalie Blitt.  I have been waiting for this book for a while
  8. Before Goodbye by Mimi Cross.  It sounds like a perfedt romane.
  9. Love and Geloto by Jenna Evans Welch.  I like books about people going to foreign countries.
  10. Summer Days & Summer Nights: Twelve Love StoriesSummer Days and Summer Nights.  I am currently reading My True Love Gave To Me, so this sound amazing


Monday, December 28, 2015

If I Stay Movie

I just watched the If I Stay movie, and it was really good.  I only read a few pages of the book, before abandoning it to read other books.  But when I started my Hulu trial, and it was on Hulu, I decided to watch it.  It was very emotional, and I was really close to crying for more than one scene in this movie.  Some of the really big themes got glossed over to make it simpler.  I am tired now but I just thought it was book related and interesting.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Review: Liars and Losers Like Us

Liars and Losers Like Us Liars and Losers Like Us by Ami Allen-Vath
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I RECIEVED AN eARC OF THIS BOOK FROM SKY PONY PRESS THROUGH EDELWEISS. THIS DOES NOT AFFECT MY VIEWS OR OPINIONS ABOUT IT IN ANY WAY.

Liars and Losers Like Us is a touching romance novel with a lot of teenage drama.

Bree Hudges is a typical 17 year old girl. Prom is coming up at her school, and that means a lot of drama for everyone. When the class nerd, Maisey, who is constantly being teased, steps down from her prom court nomination, she lets Bree take her place. A few days later, Maisey commits suicide. Bree is confused about that, but she also has other things on her mind. Sean Mills, the hot boy in the class, starts going out with her. Will they make it to prom as a couple? Will they win prom court nomination?

There is a lot of drama in this book. That may irritate some people, but most teenager's lives are full of drama. It makes it more interesting and realistic.

This book starts out kind of slow, with a lot of teenage angst. However, as it progresses, it becomes more action packed and exciting. The ending fits with the book perfectly, and winds up all the loose ends from during the story. The love story has a few love triangles with Bree's best friend.
Once I got to about 50% through the book, I couldn't stop reading. I finished it in no time, and had a hard time putting it down.

The writing style in this book is similar to that of Meg Cabot and Sarah Dessen. The book deals with sensitive topics such as sex, divorce, and suicide. However, it does it in a lighter way. Liars and Losers Like Us also has a descriptive style that shows the main characters emotion.

The characters in this book are pretty cool. Sean sounds like he would be the perfect boyfriend, and he might be on my list of dream book-boyfriends. He is supportive and overall kind. Bree is a moody teenager who doesn't quite know where she belongs. Sometimes these characters, as well as the scenarios, seem stereotypical.

Overall, this book shows sensitive topics in a lighter fashion, making it a deeper young adult read that will leave readers engaged.

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Saturday, December 19, 2015

Review: Uglies

Uglies Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Uglies is a good dystopian novel about self acceptance.

Goodreads Blurb:
Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can't wait. In just a few weeks she'll have the operation that will turn her from a repellent ugly into a stunning pretty. And as a pretty, she'll be catapulted into a high-tech paradise where her only job is to have fun.

But Tally's new friend Shay isn't sure she wants to become a pretty. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world-- and it isn't very pretty. The authorities offer Tally a choice: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all. Tally's choice will change her world forever...


This book was a lot more interesting than the goodreads blurb made it out to be. They focused a lot in this place called the Smoke, which is where Shay ran away to . It is a place where people live like we do now. This book is never really slow. Sometimes, as a fast reader, I thought it moved a little too fast. I sometimes lost part of the story line because of this.

I didn't really like the way the characters talked about our generation. The called us the "Rusties" and criticized everything we do, like burn wood and waste metal. The weird part was, some of the things they did were worse.

Another thing I didn't really agree with was their view of beauty. They all wanted to be alike, and "Pretty". They had no individuality, which drove me nuts.

The characters in this book were pretty diverse. Tally was an ideal version of her society who ended up with a little individuality. Shay was unique and wanted independence from the society. David was the cute boy who Shay loves from out in the smoke. However, he falls for Tally.

I think this book was very engaging and easy to read. It was good and had great hidden messages.

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12 Days of Tagmas: #5 - Sweater Weather Tag.





12 days of Tagmas #5 - Sweater Weather Tag! 









1. Favorite Candle Scent? 
I really like any vanilla scented candles.

2. Coffee, Tea, or Hot Chocolate?

I like them all.  Coffee or hot chocolate are probably just a little better than tea.
 3. Best winter memory? 
I like ice skating, so my first times ice skating are probably my best memory. 

4. Best fragrance for winter?
I think the smells of peppermint  or vanilla are my favorite winter fragrances.

 5. Favorite Christmas food? 
Cookies all the way.  Especially sugar cookies!

6. Most worn sweater?
I have this homemade pink and yellow fleece sweater that I still wear a lot.

 8. Football games or jumping into leaf piles?
I like to jump into leaf piles.  Football bores me.

 9. Skinny jeans or leggings?
I like skinny jeans much better.

 10. Combat boots or UGGS?
I've never had either, but  UGGS look way more comfortable

 11. Is pumpkin spice worth the hype? It depends of what it is in. 12. Favorire winter movie? 
I really like A Charlie Brown Christmas, or anything on Hallmark.

13. What were you for Halloween? 

I threw on a witch hat and called it a day.
 14. Hats or scarves?
I like hats better.

15. Favorite thing about winter? 
Ice skating, basketball, and Christmas. 



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Friday, December 18, 2015

2016 YA Genre Challenge

I've been seeing all sorts of 2016 reading challenges, especially ones that are genre challenges.  The problem is, none of these challenges fit a young adult reader.  Since I really want to do one this year, I'm making one up on my own.  Here it is below.  Comment if you have any questions or suggestions, and feel free to do this on your own. 

There are 12 different genres in this challenge, one for each month.  The point is to read at least one book of the genre in the month it is scheduled.  All of these books should be YA.  If you can't read that genre one month, trade it for another month.

January: Romance
Febuary: Fantasy
March: Historical Fiction
April: Science Fiction
May: Mystery
June: Manga-Comics-Graphic Novels
July: Poetry
August: Memoir-Biography-Autobiography
September: Classic
October: Horror- Adventure
November: Informational
December: Realistic Fiction

This is just my rough draft.  If you have any ideas about how I could make this better, please comment below.


Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Review: Elijah of Buxton

Elijah of Buxton Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Elijah of Buxton is an interesting read that is kind of strange.

Elijah is an 11 year old boy who lives in Canada. His parents escaped slavery before he was born, and he was the first "free" boy born in the town of Buxton. He is growing up and learning about slavery and other adutlish things. While on a secret mission, he gets to go to America.

This book was very dull. It dragged on and didn't really get exciting until the last 100 pages or so. There were not many changes, and it was just a lot of talk. I think this book could be a little shorter. I liked The Mighty Miss Malone and Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis, so I was surprised I didn't like this one.

The writing was very hard to read, and it is confusing. I know it is supposed to represent how they really would have talked or thought, but it just got in the way of a potentially good story. Here are a couple quotes from this book. I got these quotes from goodreads.

“his sermons go on so long that some of the time you feel like begging, "Take me now, Jesus," 'bout halfway through 'em.”
― Christopher Paul Curtis, Elijah of Buxton

“Doggone it all!”
― Christopher Paul Curtis, Elijah of Buxton

Okay, I am done with that now. Those quotes don't even begin to describe how confusing the writing style was.

The only really decent part of this book was the historical element. The author did a good job talking about a difficult topic nowdays with such skill and ease.

Sorry for such the doozy of a review. I kept putting off writing it.

I give this book 2.5 stars.




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Cover Reveal: Pearl






Pearl
Deirdre Riordan Hall
Published by: Skyscape
Publication date: March 1st 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Run fast and run far, unless you’re fearless.

Unless you’re courageous.

I’m not, but I’d like to be.

Pearl Jaeger is seventeen and homeless after drugs, poverty, and addiction unraveled the life she shared with JJ, her formerly glamorous rock star mother.

This moment of happiness is fleeting; someone will take it from me.

When tragedy brings a chance to start over at an elite boarding school, she doesn’t hesitate. Yet the only salvation comes from an art teacher as troubled as Pearl, and she faces the stark reality that what she thought she wanted isn’t straightforward.

I trace the outline of my reflection in a window. I am no more than a replica of my mother. This is not the self-portrait I want to paint.

Through the friendships she forms at school—especially with Grant, a boy who shows Pearl what it means to trust and forgive—she begins to see a path not defined by her past. But when confronted with the choice to be courageous or to take the easy way forged by her mother’s failures, which direction will Pearl take?








Author Bio:

During her teens, Deirdre Riordan Hall traveled throughout the United States and Europe, developing a love for stories and a desire to connect with worlds—imagined or

real—on the page. She has written Sugar, To the Sea, Surfaced, and the Follow Your Bliss series. When not spending time with her family, writing, or traveling, Hall is at the beach, pretending to be a mermaid.





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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Book Blitz: A Bucket Full Of Awesome







A Bucket Full of Awesome


by Zainab T. Khan


Release Date: February 14th 2015





Summary from Goodreads:





"You know, Blake, even though we all know that cancer is a heartless dragon who wants to take everything and everyone into its fiery pit, we still fight with it. We still hope. And we clash again and again with its fire, and even though we get burned, we don't accept defeat. Humans are the most fragile yet the strongest beings on earth." 
"And they are the most stubborn." 
I laughed, "Right. They are stubborn." 


Summer Wallace is a wild, crazy girl who simply couldn't care less about her appearance. She strongly believe in the saying, "You Only Live Once", in teenage subculture also known as YOLO. She plays basketball like her life depends on it. Well, it sort of does, she loses one game and there's a dent in her ego, not a small one either. 

Meet Blake Walker, her best friend and her partner-in-crime. Although he is just like his childhood best friend in acting-like-a-kid department, he can be a bit saner than her. Though, at times, he can be crazier than her. But a day changes both of their lives which leads Summer to make a bucket list and complete it before her whole life takes a 180 degree. Whereas, Blake is determined to keep her as long as he can. And he is perfect for the job. After all, he knows her more than anyone else. And they have no room for regrets. As Summer Wallace says, "There shouldn’t be any space for regrets in our beautiful lives.” 








About the Author


 I'm Zainab, a 16-year old faux writer. You can say that I'm more of a reader than a writer. Meg Cabot would be my favorite young adult author. The forty rules of love by Elif Shafak and Making faces by Amy Harmon would be my all-time favorite  books.  Favorite  fictional boyfriends would be Jesse de Silva, Maxon Schreave, Adrian Ivashkov and Flynn Ryder.  
Update (14/07/15): David 'Tag' Taggert replaces all the four guys. Okay, not replaces but he is definitely my dream guy.

Now back to real life, I'm a student in high school and English and Culinary Arts are my favorite courses. It was due to Once Upon a Time the TV show that I stumbled upon the art and the magic of writing. Somehow, among all this, I ended up a publishing a book. I'm working on a new book currently, hoping to publish it by Fall 2015. 

I would like to mention here that English is not my first language, so I request all my readers to excuse me whatever mistakes and errors I make in my writing, though I try to give you the very best version.



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Monday, December 14, 2015

12 days of Tagmas #4 - The Winter Wonderland Book Tag! 




This is Tagmas from Just Another Bookish Blog.  This is tag #4


 1. What book is so happy and sweet that it warms your heart? 
I think that "The Running Dream" by Wendilin Van Draanen 2. What is your favorite book with a white cover? 
I liked "The One" by Kiera Cass. 3. You’re sitting in a nice, comfy chair, wearing a onsie, with a lovely hot chocolate but what MONSTER read are you reading? 
I would be reading Harry Potter 4. 4. It started snowing and you decided to have a snowball fight! What fictional character would you love to have a snowball fight with.
I would have it with DJ Shwink from Dairy Queen.

5. Sadly, your fire is starting to go out. So what book would you tear the last few chapters out of to keep it burning? 
The Giver would probably be my answer.  The ending almost wrecked the book.  Either that or Ender's Game.
 

6. What book is so close to your heart that you would give it to someone for Christmas who hasn’t read it but would like to get into reading? 
"Out of my Mind" by Sharon M. Draper is an amazing book for anyone.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

12 Days of Tagmas



12 days of Tagmas #3 - The Christmas Song Book Tag! 


I am just starting this tag and it is a little late, so I am starting at day 3.

There’s a lot of christmassy tags / tags that look cool! So, throughout December, I’ll try to do 12 Tags!
I CHALLENGE YOU TO DO THE SAME! We can celebrate Tagmas together! :D

I saw this tag on Fandoms On The Run, make sure to go check out her blog! 

So let’s get this started! :D

1. “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch, Name a villanous character you couldn’t help but love. 
I don't really have an answer for this one.  I don't read a lot of books with villains.  Maybe Alice from Side Effects May Vary?

2. “All I want for Christmas is You, Which book do you most want to see under your Christmas tree? 
I really want either the new Morgan Matson book, or the new The Selection book.  (Of course, neither of those are out yet.)

3. “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”, Name a character which overcomes major obstacles, and learns to believe in themselves. 
I think any of Sarah Dessen's characters fit the bill perfectly.

4. “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” , Which character do you think would be on the top of the Naughty list? The Nice list? 
The nice character would be DJ Schwenk.  The naughty character would Be Charlie Bone by Midnight for Charlie Bone.

5. “Frosty the Snowman, Which book just melts your heart? 
I have to say that Amy and Roger's Epic Detour did just that.

6. “Feliz Navidad, Name a book that takes place in a country other than your own. 
Anna and the French Kiss.  It obviously takes place in france

7. “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”, Which holiday book do you use to spread the Christmas joy? 
The book "Why the Chimes Rang" is an amazing book that spreads the Christmas meaning.

8. “Sleigh Ride What character would you love to spend the holidays with? (Doesn’t have to be a love interest!) 
I would spend the holidays with America at the castle in The Selection

9. “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”, Which book would you sacrifice to the fireplace to keep warm? 
Don't get too mad, but I don't really like.............Percy Jackson.

10. “Do you Hear what I Hear?, Which book do you think everyone should hear about? 
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Author Interview: Vanshika Prusty

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I recently did a author interview with Vanshika Prusty, the author of "Rebel".  Below is our interview.  Feel free to check out her book.  It comes out May 2016.


1. Why did you start to write?
I started writing because it was the only way I could express myself and my depression without being told that I was seeking attention when I wasn't.

2. Who would you say is your author inspiration?
My author inspiration is Cassandra Clare and J.K. Rowling mostly. There are other authors that gave me hope to move forward with my writing through their books but I have to say that most of my inspirations comes from Cassandra Clare and J.K. Rowling.
   
3. What is your favorite book?
My favourite book would have to be either Clockwork Princess or Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

4. Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
I do. Everyone has a story to tell, you don't have to be a bestselling author to be an amazing story teller with an unique story.

5. How long did it take you to write Rebel?
It took me about six months to write it and six months to personally edit it.

6. Where do you get your writing ideas from?
I get my ideas from the most random of places. Sometimes it's my dreams, sometimes it's a couple kissing on the bus.

7. Who would you recommend Rebel to?
I would recommend it to YA, Dystopian readers who are looking for a read with a female lead who is very relatable and impulsive.

8.
Do you have a playlist to go with the book? (I see a lot of authors have playlists to go with their books)
I don't have a whole playlist but I do like to listen to Les Friction, slow songs or really intense songs depending on the scene I am writing or if I need inspiration.

9. How does it feel to publish your first book at such a young age?
It feels unreal. It feels nerve-racking and amazing all at the same time. Some nights I feel overwhelmed by it and question my ability to be a good storyteller but at the same time, I am so grateful. I can't thank the people who have supported me through everything enough for encouraging me to go forth with the publication of Rebel.

10. Is there anything else you would like to tell readers about your book or yourself?
Well, I would just like to say that everyone who reads Rebel or any of my other stories, thank you. 

    


Friday, December 11, 2015

Review: Along for the Ride

Along for the Ride Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was another great Sarah Dessen book.

Auden has not had a typical childhood, because her parents haven't been real supportive. Ever since they got divorced, her mom has been the one who expects Auden to be an adult. Her dad hadn't been around. The summer after high school, Auden decides to move to her father's house for the summer. There she realizes how different his life is now. He is married to a lady named Heidi, and they have a little baby, Thisbe. As Auden gets settled into her life there, she meets a Eli. Her is a loner who decides to help Auden relive her childhood. Read the book to find out more.

Sarah Dessen books are always pretty much the same, but I can't stop reading them. The girl always is going through some difficult part in life, and they meet a guy and some other friends outside her comfort zone who somehow change her life. I don't know why it doesn't drive me nuts, but it doesn't.

The characters in this book were like the same as any other Sarah Dessen book, so I do not feel like re-writing what I have already said again.

The plot was pretty god in this book. The romance was good as usual and kept me reading. This book is a lighter read that is still not pointless, and you could find it thoughtful. I really like how Sarah Dessen makes references from her other books in this book. She seems to always weave something from her other books into it. That keeps we watching and guessing.

The writing style is very descriptive. It is creative and probably what keeps me reading these books.

I give this book a 3.75.

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Review: Just a Few Inches

Just a Few Inches Just a Few Inches by Tara St. Pierre
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Just a Few Inches was an interesting and unique read.

Carrie Roberts is a typical teenage girl. Despite how much she works out or how skinny she is, she still believes that she is "fat". When she finds the perfect dress for prom, she can't quite fit into it. Desperately, she does everything she possibly can to lose a few unnecessary pounds. She also takes weight loss pills that are supposed to help her shave off just enough. But when she takes an overdose, something strange happens. Carrie starts getting shorter as well as skinnier? Will she ever stop shrinking?

This book took me by surprise. I volunteered to read and review it thinking Carrie would just shrink a few inches. Instead, she shrunk from over 5 feet to under 1 foot. It was kind of crazy that way.

The characters in this book were pretty typical, but not overly. Carrie was an average teen, and it was nice to see a character who had a lot of the same feeling that I do (except for the shrinking part, of course). Even was the nerdy yet cool newspaper worker who develops a crush of Carrie. Carrie's sisters are normal, as well as her parents. I liked to see the teenage-ness in Carries friends.

The writing style in this book was unique. The characters had real conversations, and the teens actually sounded like teens, and not like mini adults. This book was also descriptive with good language.

The plot of this book was one negative part. It dragged on and on in the middle of the book, and was a little quick in others. The book was really exciting in the beginning and then the was end. That is the main reason I docked this book to a four, because of the monotonous scenes.

I really liked how this book talks about difficult issues. Every teen worries about their weight, and it was nice to see that as well as a few other difficult issues brought into a relatable and not too harsh teen book.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. For a fantasy, it was extremely good, and I really enjoyed getting the chance to read it.

I RECIEVED THIS BOOK FROM THE AUTHOR THROUGH THE GROUP WE HEART YA BOOKS IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW. THIS DOES NOT AFFECT MY OPINIONS OR VIEWS ON IT IN ANY WAYS.

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Book Blitz: Just A Few Inches












Just a Few Inches



by Tara St. Pierre



Release Date: May 31st 2015







Summary from Goodreads:







All Carrie Roberts wants is to be a little bit smaller.

To fit into the perfect dress for the Valentine’s Day Dance. To look beautiful for her boyfriend, the school’s star basketball player. To keep his jealous ex-girlfriend, a rival cheerleader, away from him. And to be noticed by her classmates.

Exercising and dieting don’t work, but an advertisement for weight loss pills promises a quicker solution to her problem. As time runs out, she takes more than the recommended dose until she’s just a few inches slimmer. Heads turn when she arrives at the dance, and the wonderful night with her boyfriend is beyond what she dreamed it would be.

Days later, Carrie discovers that her body is changing in ways that should be impossible. While her doctor searches for a cure, she desperately turns to her friends and family for support. Everyone is noticing her now whether she likes it or not, and even the media is intrigued by her incredible story. Getting everything she once wanted has created new problems—problems that are growing more terrifying every day.

Because Carrie Roberts is shrinking.
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"Just a Few Inches" is a Young Adult novel that deals with issues of body image, self-esteem, and teenage relationships. It is intended for readers age 13 and up.








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About the Author



Tara St. Pierre has been writing for over two decades, but her muse only sporadically provides inspiration. Her laptop is filled with incomplete manuscripts and other plot outlines, and she feels blessed when one finally pushes its way through to completion--no matter how long it takes!

She enjoys classic science fiction movies and television shows. When driving, she sings along with the radio loudly and off key. She prefers tea over coffee, spring over autumn, vanilla ice cream over chocolate, and caramel over hot fudge. Though she lives by herself, one of her two cats enjoys cuddling with her.

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Friday, December 4, 2015

Review: Midnight for Charlie Bone

Midnight for Charlie Bone Midnight for Charlie Bone by Jenny Nimmo
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Midnight for Charlie Bone is pretty much a fast paced version of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone but meant for a younger audience.

Charlie Bone is a young boy who is just normal until one day. That day, he realizes that he can hear people in images talking. His evil grandmother finds out and makes him go to a special school for it. It is a school for artists, but it also houses the "gifted children". In the meantime, Charlie gets caught into a mystery about a missing girl. Many things go wrong while he is trying to solve this mystery.

First of all, you could kind of tell that this book was meant to be a Harry Potter rip-off. There were some things, such as the whole gifted school idea, and the prefects, that made them fairly similar. However, it was also different in many ways.

Secondly, I don't usually read fantacy. I only read this book because it was on a book list for a book competition I am in. However, this book honestly surprised me. It was honestly hard to put down sometimes, and was halfway interesting.

The characters in this book were odd. Charlie was just a normal character, who in my opinion didn't have much of a personality. Benjamin, his best friend, was the same way.(I think I feel this way because most young adult books have really unique characters with detailed personalities. Charlie's grandmother Bone and great aunts were the stereotypical villains. A few of the characters at Bloor' (the special school) have good personalities. They are unique and odd as well.

This book had a lot of action and intertwining parts. It was actually interesting to see how Charlie solved the mystery. I didn't realize before this book that most fantasy characters act pretty realistic. There was never really a dull spot once this book got going, which was kind of a refreshing change. This book also got started pretty quickly.

Overall, ths book wasn't that bad for a fantasy book. I give it 3.5 stars.

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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Book Blitz: Between The Notes








Between the Notes



Release Date: 06/16/15


Harper Teen


382 pages





Summary from Goodreads:

When Ivy Emerson’s family

loses their house—complete with her beloved piano—the fear of what’s to come

seizes her like a bad case of stage fright. Only this isn’t one of her single,

terrifying performances. It’s her life.





And it isn’t pretty.





Ivy is forced to move with her family out of their affluent neighborhood to

Lakeside, also known as “the wrong side of the tracks.” Hiding the truth from

her friends—and the cute new guy in school, who may have secrets of his

own—seems like a good idea at first. But when a bad boy next door threatens to

ruin everything, Ivy’s carefully crafted lies begin to unravel . . . and there

is no way to stop them.





As things get to the breaking point, Ivy turns to her music, some unlikely new

friends, and the trusting heart of her disabled little brother. She may be

surprised that not everyone is who she thought they were . . . including

herself.





Debut author Sharon Huss Roat crafts a charming and timely story of what

happens when life as you know it flips completely upside down.







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Sharon Huss Roat lives in Delaware with her husband and two kids.
When not writing books for young adults, you might find her reading (YA of course), planting vegetables in her backyard garden, or sewing costumes for a school musical. BETWEEN THE NOTES is her first novel.



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