Wednesday, April 27, 2016

I Want to Read It (11): The Door by the Staircase

I Want to Read It, a hybrid between WLW (or WOW) and what's on my to-be read pile. Well, instead of focusing just on books I would like to acquire, I will be using it to feature books that I just want to read. From the one's I want to buy to the one's sitting on my TBR at home.

The Door by the Staircase by Katherine Marsh, January 5, 2016. Published by Disney-Hyperion. Source: Wish-List.
Twelve-year-old Mary Hayes can't stand her orphanage for another night. But when an attempted escape through the stove pipe doesn't go quite as well as she'd hoped, Mary fears she'll be stuck in the Buffalo Asylum for Young Ladies forever.

The very next day, a mysterious woman named Madame Z appears at the orphanage requesting to adopt Mary, and the matron's all too happy to get the girl off her hands. Soon, Mary is fed a hearty meal, dressed in a clean, new nightgown and shown to a soft bed with blankets piled high. She can hardly believe she isn't dreaming!
But when Mary begins to explore the strange nearby town with the help of her new friend, Jacob, she learns a terrifying secret about Madame Z's true identity. If Mary's not careful, her new home might just turn into a nightmare.
Why: Sometimes Goodreads brings interesting sounding books to my attention. Like this one, The Door by the Staircase. I probably would not have seen this one if it had not popped up as recommended for another book I read.

You know me, I love middle grade books. Especially one's that have the character winding up somewhere too good to be true. The premise is just too intriguing and I want to know what evil is lurking there for Mary,   

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Teaser Tuesday: The Colossus Rises

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat. To participate, simply do the following: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Monday, April 25, 2016

All About Middle Grade Review: The Colossus Rises

The Colossus Rises (Seven Wonders, 1) by Peter Lerrangis, February 5, 2013. 348 pages. Published by HarperCollins. Source: borrowed from library.
One BoyJack McKinley is an ordinary kid with an extraordinary problem. In a few months, he’s going to die.

One MissionJack needs to find seven magic loculi that, when combined, have the power to cure him.

One ProblemThe loculi are the relics of a lost civilization and haven’t been seen in thousands of years.

Seven WondersBecause they’re hidden in the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
First Sentence:
On the morning I was scheduled to die, a large barefoot man with a bushy red beard waddled past my house.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

This Book is SO (9): SLOOOW

You know sometimes you're in the middle of a book and are just about to explode with feelings, be they good or bad, and you just want get them out there and no one is willing to listen. Well, that's what "This Book is So" is for; tell us how your current read is making you feel. Are you head over heels in love with, feeling kind of 'meh' about it, or maybe it's making you feel rage-y.

While the book I finished last week wasn't terrible, it also was not the best book I've read lately. It was so slow!! It was definitely one of those books that leaves you feeling like kinda of like.......

I spent a good portion of the book waiting for something exciting to happen. Like I said, it was slow and I did consider giving it a DNF, but, it wasn't bad enough to walkaway from.
At times, it strongly reminded me of a certain other authors work. One I like, and yet this one was...
 Just when I was about to give up hope that anything would ever happen, something finally does...

Finally, the end has me hoping that the second book will really take off. Yes, I haven't given up hope yet!! Book two sounds very promising, so, I'll definitely get it a shot!!

Here's your hints: 
  1. It's middle grade
  2. it has children who have special abilities that could kill them
  3. it's not new, though the series is still ongoing
  4. there are two secret organizations with different objectives
  5. there's a visual hint on my Instagram account.
Tell me, do you know what book I'm talking about? If you do, what did you think of it?

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

I Want to Read It (10): Lost in Babylon

I Want to Read It, a hybrid between WLW (or WOW) and what's on my to-be read pile. Well, instead of focusing just on books I would like to acquire, I will be using it to feature books that I just want to read. From the one's I want to buy to the one's sitting on my TBR at home.

Lost in Babylon (Seven Wonders, 2) by Peter Lerangis, October 29, 2013. Published by HarperCollins. 
With Marco gone and the first Loculus lost, Jack, Cass, and Ally are no closer to saving themselves (or the world) than when they first arrived at the Karai Institute. But when Bhegad tracks down Marco deep in the desert, the kids are off on the next leg of their quest-to the ancient city of Babylon. There the kids find themselves faced with a daunting choice that makes them question everything they've learned so far. It's a gut wrenching decision, but what the kids don't realize is that it's also a trap. Surprises pile on surprises until a long-lost figure from Jack's past returns, and the kids find themselves forced to engineer an escape that might just turn out to be a different kind of trap altogether....

Why- While I was not head-over-heels for The Colossus Rises, I am curious as to what will happen in Lost in Babylon. The series plot is pretty intriguing, so...   I'm hoping that the second book will be better, which is my main reason for wanting to continue reading the series.

Have you read The Seven Wonders series? If so, what did you think of it? Tell me if I should give the second one a chance!!
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