Monday, June 27, 2016

Graphic Novel Review: Giants Beware!



Giants Beware! (Chronicles of Claudette, 1) by Jorge Aguirre, illustrated by Rafael Rosado,  April 10, 2012. 208 pages. Published by First Second. Source: borrowed from library.
Make way for Claudette the giant slayer in this delightful, fantastical adventure!

Claudette’s fondest wish is to slay a giant. But her village is so safe and quiet! What’s a future giant slayer to do?

With her best friend Marie (an aspiring princess), and her brother Gaston (a pastry-chef-to-be), Claudette embarks on a super-secret quest to find a giant—without parental permission. Can they find and defeat the giant before their parents find them and drag them back home?

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

I Want to Read It (17): Ever the Hunted


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.


Ever the Hunted (Clash of Kingdoms, 1) by Erin Summerill, December 27, 2016. Published by HMH Books for Young Readers. Source: Wishlist.
Seventeen year-old Britta Flannery is at ease only in the woods with her dagger and bow. She spends her days tracking criminals alongside her father, the legendary bounty hunter for the King of Malam—that is, until her father is murdered. Now outcast and alone and having no rights to her father’s land or inheritance, she seeks refuge where she feels most safe: the Ever Woods. When Britta is caught poaching by the royal guard, instead of facing the noose she is offered a deal: her freedom in exchange for her father’s killer.
However, it’s not so simple.
The alleged killer is none other than Cohen McKay, her father’s former apprentice. The only friend she’s ever known. The boy she once loved who broke her heart. She must go on a dangerous quest in a world of warring kingdoms, mad kings, and dark magic to find the real killer. But Britta wields more power than she knows. And soon she will learn what has always made her different will make her a daunting and dangerous force. 

Why 
This one sounds super interesting! I came across it while browsing Goodreads and the title caught my attention, so, I of course had to see what it was about. I am most intrigued by the world hinted at in the synopsis and the tease about what makes Britta "a daunting force".

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Teaser Tuesday: Lilies of the Field

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, June 20, 2016

Classic Book Review: Lilies of the Field


Lilies of the Field by William Edmund Barrett, July 29, 1988 (originally published in 1962). Published by Grand Central Publishing. Source: Own.
The Haunting Miracle of a Humble Man and Four Nuns who Built a Little Church. A Poignant and Passionate Story of Change. Homer Smith was twenty-four. He stood six foot two and his skin was a deep, warm black. There was laughter in him. After leaving the army he bought a second-hand station wagon, equipped it for sleeping and living, and set off to see the west. That was how he came to drive by the field where four German nuns were working. One was clearing an area of cultivated land, three more were building a fence. For some obscure reason Homer Smith stopped to help - and that's where the drama began. With these simple circumstances William E. Barrett has written a novelette which has all the emotional and spiritual force of a full novel. There is significance without preaching, faith enveloped with humor. The result is a story of magnitude because of its very simplicity. 
First Sentence:

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Make Me Read It Read-A-Thon 2016


I am so excited that Val (from the Innocent Smiley) and Ely (from Tea and Titles) are hosting, again, the Make Me Read It Read-A-Thon!! Huzzah!! This was actually one of my favorite bookish things from last year. Trust me, you want to participate in this read-a-thon. It's fun and a great way to read down your tbr. All without having to make the final decision of "What should I read?!?"

It gave me a great opportunity to make time for some much neglected books from my personal TBR. Same as last year, I'll be taking book options, for ya'll to vote upon, from the massive list of books I own and have not read.

I cannot wait to see what y'all will pick for me to read this year!! I don't know how many I'll be able to read, but I really just want to make a dent in the old TBR!!!

This year, the books to vote on are.......


Make Me Read...

Magic Marks the Spot (mg)
The Flame and the Key (mg)
Mark of the Thief (mg)
A Spy in the House (ya)
Starters (ya)
Deadly (ya)
Dark Goddess (ya)
Deception (ya)
Daughter of Xanadu (ya)
Drowned Vault (mg)
Quiz Maker
Are you a middle grade author, want your book to be spotlighted this year during the challenge on my blog? Than this post is just for you. All about Middle Grade Challenge

Sign up for the 2014 All about Middle Grade Reading Challenge.

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