Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: New Series I Want to Start

Top New Series I Want to Start

New as in the last year or two. There are so many!
I picked books that came out in 2013 or 2014.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Anne of the Island

77392Goodreads Says:    New adventures lie ahead as Anne Shirley packs  her bags, waves good-bye to childhood, and heads for  Redmond College. With old friend Prissy Grant  waiting in the bustling city of Kingsport and  frivolous new pal Philippa Gordon at her side, Anne tucks  her memories of rural Avonlea away and discovers  life on her own terms, filled with  surprises...including a marriage proposal from the worst fellow  imaginable, the sale of her very first story, and a  tragedy that teaches her a painful lesson. But  tears turn to laughter when Anne and her friends move  into an old cottage and an ornery black cat steals  her heart. Little does Anne know that handsome  Gilbert Blythe wants to win her heart, too. Suddenly  Anne must decide if she's ready for love...

My Thoughts:

-    The story picks up right after Anne of Avonlea ends. Anne is off to college!

-    I liked how real Anne's emotions were. I could relate to her. As her friends go off in different directions and get married, Anne longs for the joys of her childhood. She was uncertain of college and leaving home. She was home sick a lot. Anne is so real to me.

-    I love how Anne found a house to rent with her friends. That would have been a lot of fun in college. 

-    Phil was a fickle and silly character. I'm glad Anne found new friends, but this one was a bit annoying.

-    Davy cracks me up!

-    It drove me crazy that Anne wanted to keep Gilbert at arms length! What is wrong with her!? It takes her forever to realize that she loves Gilbert! Thank Goodness she finally does!

-    We need more books set in college!  

Previous Anne of Green Gables Book
(Click on the cover to see my thoughts)

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Launch Party for RC Lewis

Last night I had the pleasure of attending the launch party for R. C. Lewis. I'm really excited to read her book! She was accompanied by 7 other authors.

Here is me and Jenni waiting for the event to start. I don't know why I'm making a weird face. The picture that Jenni took is way more awesome than mine.

Instead of waiting in a side room before the event, the authors just mingled right there in the ballroom. It was different.

The pow wow with Courtney.

Here are all the authors! From left to right we have R.C. Lewis, Mindy McGinnis, Elana Johnson, Ann Redisch Stampler, Peggy Eddleman, Lissa Price, Dimitria Lunetta, and Kate Karyus Quinn. Two of the these ladies are Utah authors!

Since it was Rachel's event, she was able to take a few minutes to speak before they got to questions. 

Some of the questions were:

What makes a YA novel YA?
What do you hope your book will add to the YA genre?
Why do you Write YA?
Did you query your first book?

Some of the answers included:

YA is the age of discoveries and firsts.
YA doesn't carry all the baggage that adult books do.
A couple authors work with Teens.
A few of these authors wanted more strong female characters out in the world.
Teens have a sense of adventure that adults don't.

I'm going off of memory here, so I hope I got a lot of those right.

I completely forgot to get my usual picture of the author signing my book!!! GRRR!! I bought Stitching Snow and got it signed. I'm kicking myself for not getting a picture!

Afterwards, Jenni and I made our traditional stop to JCW's. We missed a few of you bloggers!! I hope you ladies come next time!

Upcoming Author Events:

Teen Book Fest with Kiersten White
Saturday, October 25
Noon - 2:00 PM @ Provo Library
Tickets are available

Authorlink with Ally Condie
Tuesday, October 28
7:00 PM @ Provo Library
Tickets are available

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Places to Visit

Top Ten Places Books Have Made Me Want to Visit

This will be hard to narrow down to ten!

Middle Earth is definitely at the top of the list!

I'd love to visit Green Gables on Prince Edward Island!

Ixia and Sitia from Maria V. Snyder's books

Theatre Illuminata from this lovely series!

Prydain from Lloyd Alexander's books

Who hasn't looked in the back of wardrobes for Narnia?

If I got to visit Camp Half-Blood, it would mean I was a Demi-God!

I'd want to attend the Gallagher Academy as a student, not a visitor.

Do comics count as books? Cause if they do . . . 

The Marvel Universe (don't make fun of me)

The Batcave

Monday, October 13, 2014

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

12813630Goodreads Synopsis:    Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave.

One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a wholly original story of rage and revenge, of guilt and horror, and of love and loathing from bestselling and acclaimed author Holly Black.

My Thoughts:

-    This is a good read for the Halloween season!

-    I liked the whole post vampire apocalypse concept. 

-    Some of the chapters were flashbacks or back story on other characters. It was a little confusing. It took a couple paragraphs to figure out what and who I was reading about.

-    This is a pretty violent book. I wouldn't recommend it for younger teens.

-    I don't know what to think of Tana. She was kind of unpredictable. I didn't know what she was going to do next. Her actions didn't seem to coincide with her motives. 

-    I didn't like Aiden for the moment I met him. What a loser!

-    I don't know how I feel about Gavriel. There were times when I didn't like him, but then there were times when he was awesome.

-    There wasn't really much of a plot. It was just about this girl in a vampire filled world trying to figure things out after a horrific event. I wanted more out of the story. The 'villain" didn't even appear til the end.

-    Overall, I liked this book, but it left a few things to be desired.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Maus II: And Here My Troubles Began

15197Goodreads Says:    Acclaimed as a quiet triumph and a brutally moving work of art, the first volume of Art Spieglman's Maus introduced readers to Vladek Spiegleman, a Jewish survivor of Hitler's Europe, and his son, a cartoonist trying to come to terms with his father, his father's terrifying story, and History itself. Its form, the cartoon (the Nazis are cats, the Jews mice), succeeds perfectly in shocking us out of any lingering sense of familiararity with the events described, approaching, as it does, the unspeakable through the diminutive.

This second volume, subtitled And Here My Troubles Began, moves us from the barracks of Auschwitz to the bungalows of the Catskills. Genuinely tragic and comic by turns, it attains a complexity of theme and a precision of thought new to comics and rare in any medium. Maus ties together two powerful stories: Vladek's harrowing tale of survival against all odds, delineating the paradox of daily life in the death camps, and the author's account of his tortured relationship with his aging father. At every level this is the ultimate survivor's tale - and that too of the children who somehow survive even the survivors.

My Thoughts:

-    This really puts things into perspective. I've never read a story so real and honest about the Jews during WWII.

-    What happened to a lot of Vladek's family and friends is so sad. What happened to Vladek and Anja was sad. This was a sad book.

-    I think I'd rather die than live in Auschiwitz. 

-    I'm surprised the Jews didn't die of fright. It would be awful to live in a constant state of fear. 

-    Unlike the first book, I felt like the illustrations were fitting for this story. 

-    The relationship between Art and his dad was funny and sad all at the same time. I enjoyed seeing the modern day happenings of Vladek's life.

-    I'm really glad the author included a real photo of his dad in one of the panels.

-    The ending was good. It was peaceful. 

First Maus Book
(cover is linked to my thoughts)


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Anne of Avonlea

859118Goodreads Synopsis:    At sixteen Anne is grown up...almost. Her gray eyes shine like evening stars, but her red hair is still as peppery as her temper. In the years since she arrived at Green Gables as a freckle-faced orphan, she has earned the love of the people of Avonlea and a reputation for getting into scrapes. But when Anne begins her job a the new schoolteacher, the real test of her character begins. Along with teaching the three Rs, she is learning how complicated life can be when she meddles in someone else's romance, finds two orphans at Green Gables, and wonders about the strange behaviour of the very handsome Gilbert Blythe. As Anne enters womanhood, her adventures touch the heart and the funny bone.

My Thoughts:

-    This book picks up right after Anne of Green Gables ends. I enjoyed continuing the story.

-    You'd think the people of Avonlea would get really fat with all the cakes and puddings they eat. Food is a big part of these books. I feel like Anne is always making a cake for something.

-    Davy is hilarious. His reasoning and shenanigans just crack me up. Of course, Anne got herself into some trouble as well, and that always puts a smile on my face.

-    While reading this, I noticed my surroundings a lot more. I stopped to look at how beautiful the weather was and how lovely the trees are. Books do funny things to me.

-    Oh Anne, when will you realize that Gilbert is the only one for you! How can you be so oblivious?

-    I loved the Echo Lodge people and those parts of the story. 

-    This was a lovely book! I just can't get enough of the people of Avonlea. 

Previous Anne of Green Gables Book
(Click on the cover to see my thoughts)


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

I'm never getting this book!

Dear person who has the 5th book of Amulet checked out:

There are 4 people on hold for this book, and you were supposed to return it on September 18. I have read the first 4 books in the series, and so has my husband and daughter. We are eagerly waiting to read the 5th book! It is mean and cruel for you to keep us waiting like this! Please return the book to the library ASAP!! 


An eager reader

Dear Provo Library:

There are 4 people on hold for the 5th book in the Amulet series, and the one and only copy has not been returned! Why don't you buy some more!? Please!


A loyal patron

Monday, October 6, 2014

Amulet: The Last Coucil

19522953From Goodreads:    Kazu Kibuishi's thrilling, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling series continues!

Emily and her friends think they'll find the help they need in Cielis, but something isn't right. Streets that were once busy are deserted, and the townspeople who are left live in crippling fear. Emily is escorted to the Academy where she's expected to compete for a spot on the Guardian Council, the most powerful Stonekeepers. But as the number of competitors gets smaller and smaller, a terrible secret is slowly uncovered--a secret that, if left buried, means certain destruction of everything Emily fights for.

My Thoughts:

-    This series would make a cool TV show. 

-    There were a lot of similarities with Studio Ghibli's Castle in the Sky.

-    I thought I had some things figured out, but I was wrong! I love a good surprise in a story.

-    Again, LOVE the illustrations. The scenery is amazing, some of my favorite in any graphic novel. 

Previous Amulet Books
(covers are linked)

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Amulet: The Cloud Searchers


Emily, Navin, and their crew of resistance fighters charter an airship and set off in search of the lost city of Cielis. There they hope to find help from the Guardian Council's powerful Stonekeepers. It's a mission that Alledia's survival depends on, and time is running out--Emily's got to find Cielis before the Elf King finds her.

My Thoughts:

-    I can't get over how amazing the illustrations are! The environments are amazing. I especially love the library.

-    The bar scenario was bit like a scene from Star Wars. I also noticed a bit of Castle in the Sky and Avatar: The Last Airbender.

-    There are some interesting new developments in this volume. The story is getting more interesting.

-    It is hard to know who to trust. There are so many uncertainties. I love it!

Previous Amulet Books
(covers are linked)

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