Wednesday, June 28, 2017

I Want to Read It (59): Dangerous Times



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.



Dangerous Times (Nathan Fox, 1) by L. Brittany, September 30, 2008 (First published January 1, 2007). Published by Feiwel & Friends. Source: Want to Read.
Sir Francis Walsingham, England’s spymaster general, has eyes and ears all over the world. His secret service protects Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth—and ensures the might of all of England. Now he has a new recruit. Fourteen-year-old Nathan Fox is an actor in the same company as young Will Shakespeare. His life in the theatre has taught him a thing or two about disguises and deception. But nothing can prepare Nathan for the shadowy world he’s about to enter now.
Nathan is trained in swordplay and streetfighting, codebreaking and escapes. Then he’s paired with fearless spy John Pearce for his first mission: a journey to Venice to forge an alliance against the powerful King of Spain.
Posing as master and servant, Nathan and Pearce move smoothly through Venetian society . . . until they cross paths with the great General Othello. Soon they become entangled in his tragic love affair with a young noblewoman, Desdemona.
Why

I am disappointed that this is the first time that I'm hearing about Dangerous Times as it sounds like it would have been one I'd enjoy. Sure, it came out a year before I started blogging, yet the fact that I never heard so much as a whisper about it makes me sad. 

I am definitely intrigued by this one because it's historical with spies, and, it has a young Shakespeare. It sounds like the plot will fuel, this books, young Shakespeare's imagination for his plays...or at least that's how I'm hoping the tie-in will happen (because if not, that would be a total waste, you know).

Have any of you read L. Brittany's Dangerous Times? If so, what did you think of it?

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Teaser Tuesday: Theology for Beginners



Teaser Tuesday 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 26, 2017

All About Middle Grade Review: Two Truths and a Lie: It's Alive


Two Truths and a Lie: It's Alive! by Ammi-Joan Paquette and Laurie Ann Thompson, June 27, 2017. 176 pages. Published by Walden Pond Press. Source: ARC from Publisher
Two Truths and a Lie is the first book in a fascinating new series that presents some of the most crazy-but-true stories about the living world as well as a handful of stories that are too crazy to be true—and asks readers to separate facts from the fakes!

Did you know that there is a fungus that can control the mind of an ant and make it do its bidding? Would you believe there is such a thing as a corpse flower—a ten-foot-tall plant with a blossom that smells like a zombie? How about a species of octopus that doesn’t live in water but rather lurks in trees in the Pacific Northwest?

Every story in this book is strange and astounding. But not all of them are real. Just like the old game in this book’s title, two out of every three stories are completely true and one is an outright lie. Can you guess which? It’s not going to be easy. Some false stories are based on truth, and some of the true stories are just plain unbelievable. And they’re all accompanied by dozens of photos, maps, and illustrations. Amaze yourself and trick your friends as you sort out the fakes from the facts!



Two Truths and a Lie: It's Alive, was quite fascinating definitely a book that readers are going to love. Not only will they learn something, they'll also get to work on their reasoning skills to discover the lie hidden with the two truths, it was also a fun and engaging read.

  • I readily admit that I spent most of this book cackling; do I even know why I found it so funny, not really. It could have been the names of the chapters, or the crazy and odd things that were included in each "Two Truths and a Lie" sections. There were definitely some odd things, like the "Miracle Underground Root" and "Discovering Prehistoric Bambi" just to name a couple, that was both fascinating and something that will intrigue readers of all ages.
  • I loved how the chapters covered a wide variety of things, from crazy, creepy, and cool plants, all the way to Humans-yes, no, maybe. First off, I would like to know how Ammi-Joan Paquette and Laurie Ann Thompson, the authors, came across some of these things. But the fact that some of the subjects were so off-the-wall was what made it fun; along with the art, and activity suggestions.
  • Why will readers love it, because they'll enjoy the challenge of trying to decipher the truths from the lies, and there are some things included in here that are so strange that it'll capture their attention.  
  • I am officially out of words. Two Truths and a Lie: It's Alive, was an excellent start to a new series. I am 100% looking forward to seeing what ground the authors will conquer in their next installment. Can you discern the truths from the lies, without looking at the answers, from the clues within the book? 

Final Verdict: Two Truths and a Lie: It's Alive- A fun and entertaining book that will help kids thinking during their summer break. Fun and challenging!!

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An advanced copy of this book was received for consideration for review. All thoughts are my own.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Spinning Pages (13): Perfect Cover/ Bad Girl


Oftentimes, while I'm reading a song will pop into my head because the book makes me think of it; sometimes the reverse happens and a random song will make me think of a book I have readSpinning Pages is a combination of my love for books and music. More often than not, the inspiration for these posts strikes while I have music thumping in my ears while exercising (kind of like how this feature came to be). 



I had entirely too many songs that could have worked for this book. I seriously considered pairing more than one song up with Perfect Cover, but decided that it would be best to keep it down to one song. It might just be me, yet I think that the characters might, albeit mildly, approve of the song selection- Bad Girl by Ladies' Code.

Bad Girl by Ladies' Code-
I’m a bad girlYes, I’m that kind of girlA person who deceives for loveWho doesn’t knowHow to hurt or cryA bad girlIs what you would call meBad Girl bad girl bad bad girlPlease leave me alone now
“You’re a weak girlYou’re a nice girl in my eyesA pitiful girl”Don’t view me like thatI’m sick of this now

There were about five other songs that I considered using, yet this was the one that stood out the most for Perfect Cover. From being underestimated, by everybody, to their various attempts to use a certain boy to get behind enemy lines, this song just really worked for the book. 

To be quite honest, I selected this song with two characters in mind, Toby and Brooke, as both like to pretend that nothing gets to them. 

I almost did not use this song simply because it still makes me somewhat sad to listen to Ladies' Code after they loss two members a couple years ago. But in the end, the song is just too good and perfect to not use it; that and I've liked it since it first released.

You can listen to all of Ladies' Code's Bad Girl below!!

           

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

I Want to Read It (58): The Naturals



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 Naturals (The Naturals, 1) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, November 5, 2013. Published by Disney-Hyperion. Source: Wishlist.
Seventeen-year-old Cassie is a natural at reading people. Piecing together the tiniest details, she can tell you who you are and what you want. But it’s not a skill that she’s ever taken seriously. That is, until the FBI come knocking: they’ve begun a classified program that uses exceptional teenagers to crack infamous cold cases, and they need Cassie.

What Cassie doesn’t realize is that there’s more at risk than a few unsolved homicides—especially when she’s sent to live with a group of teens whose gifts are as unusual as her own. Sarcastic, privileged Michael has a knack for reading emotions, which he uses to get inside Cassie’s head—and under her skin. Brooding Dean shares Cassie’s gift for profiling but keeps her at arm’s length.

Soon, it becomes clear that no one in the Naturals program is what they seem. And when a new killer strikes, danger looms closer than Cassie could ever have imagined. Caught in a lethal game of cat and mouse with a killer, the Naturals are going to have to use all of their gifts just to survive.
Why

Having just finished Jennifer Lynn Barnes' The Squad duology, I was curious to see what her newer books looked like. Then I ran across The Naturals and I'm thinking that I need this series in my life!! 
 I really like the premise of this one; it just sounds so exciting. Sure, it's a skosh similar, with teens being drafted by the government for special jobs, to the Squad books, but it sure sounds fascinating. 

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