Monday, May 30, 2016

YA Review: Blue Lily, Lily Blue

Blue Lily, Lily Blue (Raven Cycle, 3) by Maggie Stiefvater, October 21, 2014. 391 pages. Published by Scholastic Press. Source: Borrowed from library.
There is danger in dreaming. But there is even more danger in waking up.

Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.

The trick with found things though, is how easily they can be lost.

Friends can betray.
Mothers can disappear.
Visions can mislead.
Certainties can unravel.
First Sentence:
Persephone stood on the bare mountaintop, her ruffled ivory dress whipping around her legs.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Review: Lily of the Mohawks: the Story of St. Kateri

Lily of the Mohawks: the Story of St. Kateri by Emily Cavins, foreward by Fr. Mitch Pacwa, July 19, 2013. 134 pages. Published by Servant Books. Source: Borrowed from my mom.
Even before Kateri Tekakwitha’s canonization on October 21, 2012, many had been inspired by the story of the young Native American mystic who lived in the Mohawk Valley during the seventeenth century. With Emily Cavins's skill for weaving together historical facts and a compelling story, readers will discover Kateri’s path to sainthood against the backdrop of her life as a Native American in New York. These pages will reveal:
  • What led to Kateri’s desire to become a Christian
  • Her piety and self-denial in the face of persecution and illness
  • Her impact on the Catholic Mohawk community
  • The long road to sainthood, including two miracles attributed to Kateri
More than just a compelling story of Kateri’s short life, readers will also learn how to avail themselves of Kateri’s intercession, why Kateri has become known as the patron saint of the environment, and of her connection to St. Francis of Assisi.
First Sentence:
In the short time span of Kateri Tekakwitha's life, the power of several empires shifted: the Iroquois, the Dutch, the British, the French, and the Kingdom of God all collided.    

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

I Want to Read It (15): Gemina

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.

Gemina (Illuminae Files, 2) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, October 18, 2016. Knopf Books for Young Readers. Source: Wish list. 
Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminae continues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.
Why: To be honest, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed Illuminae. Usually those super hyped books just don't work for me, yet this one was good. I'm more curious to see if Gemina will be just as good, or better than its predecessor. 

We shall see how it goes in a few months. I'm hoping to enjoy it as much as the first one.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Teaser Tuesday: Outlaw: The Legend of Robin Hood

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, May 23, 2016

Graphic Novel Review: Outlaw: Legend of Robin Hood

Outlaw: The Legend of Robin Hood by Tony Lee,illustrated by Sam Hart and Artur Fujita, September 22, 2009. 160 pages. Published by Candlewick Press. Source: borrowed from library.
How did Robin of Loxley become Robin Hood? Why did he choose to fight injustice instead of robbing for his own gain? Expressive and gritty, this graphic novel whisks readers back to Crusades-era England, where the Sheriff of Nottingham rules with an iron fist, and in the haunted heart of Sherwood Forest, a defiant rogue — with the help of his men and the lovely Maid Marian — disguises himself to become an outlaw. Lively language and illustrations follow the legendary hero as he champions the poor and provokes a high-stakes vendetta in a gripping adventure sure to draw a new generation of readers.
First Sentence:
A moment if you please!
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